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June 5, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.
Perry Brink was something of a character. He was a man of large frame and prodigious strength. Although ordinarily quiet and good-natured, he was absolutely fearless, and when circumstances forced him into trouble, he was not the damaged party. He was a soldier in the late war, serving in the 103 Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and his comrades say there never was a better. He never uttered a word of complaint about anything, but cheerfully endured the greatest hardships and was always ready for duty.
During the palmy rafting days, when the boys were "sore given to revel and ungodly glee," and fighting was one of the principal diversions, Perry Brink was regarded as a tower of strength. He never incited a quarrel or gave offense to anybody, but when the affair was started he always took a hand for his friends and was usually worth a dozen ordinary men. Intellectually and morally, however, he was not a potent force, and in wordly affairs he was not thrifty. But these things are not for us to discuss. He is gone, and peace to his ashes.

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Speaking of tall oaks, which, from little acorns grow, one of the largest oaks of which we wot, was cut by Elias Cocheran recently on the farm of Joseph Grube, in Bell township. It was 80 feet to the first limb, and measured 47 inches across the stump inside of the bark. It was cut in the saw mill of P. D. and Clay Wolf, and made 2,279 feet of car planks and 60 feet of wheelbarrow lumber. It was a white oak.

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John W. Bell, Esq., of Paola, Kansas, will shortly return to Jefferson county to abide permanently with us. There is something about old Jefferson that is attractive. Her people are intelligent, hospitable, and genuine, and she has wealth and enterprise. The county is rapidly developing and the population increasing. There is room here for young men of character, ability, and energy, and there is no reason why they should go West.

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Geo. F. Walker now has charge of the restaurant in the rooms formerly occupied by Charles Dinger, on Findley street, where he serves meals at all hours at reasonable prices. Oysters served in all styles and sold by the quart. A fine line of tobacco and cigars is also kept in stock. Rooms open all night.

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