Staunton Vindicator: June 10, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: The paper urges voters to approve the proposed county subscription to the Valley Railroad and points out the advantages such a road would bring.
Full Text of Article:A Good Union Man
The question will soon be asked the people of Augusta whether they will vote the credit of the county for a subscription of $300,000 to the capital stock of the Valley Railroad and thereby secure not only the immediate beginning but the early completion of a railroad that they have earnestly desired for well nigh 40 years. Burdened with debt, straitened by the failure of crops, and dreading a load of unusual taxation, it would be strange indeed if a proposition to pay more, to add the burdens already on our backs, did not meet with decided opposition from many of the most prudent and influential citizens of the county, from the men whose opinion all esteem, even when we do not agree with them, for they are patriotic men earnestly desiring the welfare of the county and jealous of its reputation. They are ones, above all others, whose support we desire for this great work, therefore we would reason with them, asking them to weigh the question fairly, before they decide to oppose the subscription. The advantages of the future we may overlook--increasing facilities for going and sending to the great markets, the reduction of fares and freights resulting from competition, the development of our mineral resources, the demand for the surplus lands of the county; especially those contiguous to the new Railroad, the distribution of coal for fuel, for furnaces and for the manufacture of lime &c., &c., since more than one third of the whole county will be within five miles of the Valley Railroad. Saying nothing of these future results, which will inevitably follow the completion of this Railroad, we desire to call attention to the benefits of the present and ask if we can afford to let them go. Will it not pay the whole community to pay the interest on $300,000 for 2 or 3 years, if by so doing they can secure an expenditure of more than a million and a quarter of Dollars in the county? The best markets our producers now have is on the line of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, far west of us, because thousands are there at work on the extension of that road. How would the market be if this work were going on at your doors? As soon as the road is completed the company has an offer from responsible parties, to pay 6 per cent upon the cost of it for the privilege of using it;--to relieve us from paying interest any longer than the 2 or 3 years employed in the construction of the road. While a large amount is being paid for any and everything you have to sell, you are asked to loan a small portion of your receipts for a few years; to invest in the best stocks of the country, at the same time reaping the benefit of the whole expenditure, not only of your own mite, but of others' thousands. Would it not be well for those opposed to consider this carefully, ere they determine to throw aside the great advantages which must accrue to us by the construction of this great Valley Railroad, when they can be secured at so little real cost to us as a community?
(Column 02)Summary: The paper reprints David Fultz's claim for compensation from the federal government for losses sustained during the war. He claims to be a solid union supporter.
(Names in announcement: David Fultz)Full Text of Article:
In the United States Senate on Monday, Mr. Johnston said: I present the memorial of David Fultz, of the town of Staunton, Virginia, who represents that he was the owner of a large farm near that town, and that Federal soldiers under the command of Generals Hunter and Sheridan, when they passed through the Valley, took and carried away from him nine valuable horses, all of his grain and provisions, and entered his dwelling and broke and destroyed and carried away many articles of property and some family relics of great value, leaving him without the necessaries of life. He also sets forth that he never, by word, act, or deed, aided or abetted the rebellion, but, on the other hand, he had uniformly denounced secession as an abominable political heresy, and rebellion as the madness of folly and wickedness. He therefore prays that, being a loyal man and friend of the Union, he may be speedily compensated for the actual losses sustained by him. I know him personally as a man of high standing and good character, and I hope the prayer of the petitioner will receive the favorable attention of the Committee on Claims, to whom I move the reference of this petition.
The motion was agreed to.
(Column 01)Summary: The Virginia Female Institute will hold commencement exercises on June 15th and 16th.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: The paper corrects its report of election returns for South River Township. The vote for Jacob Wissler for Justice of the Peace should have been 178 and for F. M. Bell, 66.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Jacob Wissler, F. M. Bell)
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of Greenville will hold a fair and festival on the 16th. The proceeds will go towards furnishing the Methodist Parsonage.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of the Presbyterian Church held a successful fair in the Town Hall. They raised $850, and everyone commented on the variety of items for sale.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: The paper criticizes "Independent Ticket" who opposed the $100,000 subscription to the Valley Railroad. The article lists the committee members who arranged for another vote on the issue.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: N. K. Trout, J. B. Evans, W. B. Kayser, A. M. Bruce)
(Column 01)Summary: The paper lists a number of men visiting the Valley under the supervision of N. H. Hotchkiss who wish to purchase land in the area. "We have met a number of these gentlemen and we learn that all are practical men, who desire to settle in Virginia and help us restore the prosperity of our State. As we have said before, energetic, practical men, who desire to cast their lots among us, come from where they may, will meet a cordial welcome at the hands of Virginians." Hotchkiss has been spreading information while on business in the North to those wishing to migrate.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: N. H. Hotchkiss)
(Column 02)Summary: The commencement exercises of the Augusta Female Seminary will take place on June 14th and 15th.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The Staunton Musical Association will give a concert in the chapel of the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institution on June 10th. Prof. H. Scharf will also perform a reading. Proceeds will go to cover association costs. The paper declares the event one of the best of the year.The Census
(Names in announcement: Prof. H. Scharf)
(Column 02)Summary: Mr. H. Risk will take the census of the first district of Augusta. Mr. E. L. Houff will take the census in the remainder of the county. "It is intended that this shall be the most perfect census ever taken, and we advise all to be ready to give the census taker correct information on all questions propounded. A fine of $30 attaches to giving incorrect answers to the questions required to be asked by the Assistant Marshal."Married
(Names in announcement: H. Risk, E. L. Houff)
(Column 02)Summary: James M. Hoover and Miss Rachel M. Teaford, both of Augusta, were married near Staunton on May 25th by the Rev. J. I. Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: James M. Hoover, Rachel M. Teaford, Rev. J. I. Miller)
(Column 02)Summary: John C. Firebaugh of Missouri and Miss Kate A. Shuey, daughter of George W. Shuey of Augusta, were married on June 8th at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. A. J. Bushong.Married
(Names in announcement: John C. Firebaugh, Kate A. Shuey, George W. Shuey, Rev. A. J. Bushong)
(Column 02)Summary: Hubert Marsh of Jersey City and Louisa Blanchard of New York were married in Staunton's Catholic Church on June 8th by Father Weed.Died
(Names in announcement: Hubert Marsh, Louisa Blanchard, Father Weed)
(Column 02)Summary: James Tipping of Staunton died in Richmond at the residence of Capt. John M. Allen.Died
(Names in announcement: James Tipping, Capt. John M. Allen)
(Column 02)Summary: John Churchman died at his residence in Augusta on May 29th. He was 78 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: John Churchman)
(Column 02)Summary: Peter H. Rush died at his residence near Midway, Augusta County, on May 28th. He was 79 years old.Died
(Column 02)Summary: Mrs. Catharine Strouse died near Middlebrook at the residence of her husband, Dr. P. Strouse, on June 2nd after suffering an illness of five weeks. She was 73 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Catharine Strouse, Dr. P. Strouse)
(Column 02)Summary: Francis De Sales Gorman, child of William and Julia Gorman, died in Staunton on May 18th after a protracted illness. He was 3 years old. "This little boy, who has left behind him so many aching hearts, was the pet of the community. A manly little fellow, of singularly fine physical development, frank countenance, and bright intellect, he attracted the attention, and won the heart of even the casual passer-by."Died
(Names in announcement: Francis De Sales Gorman, William Gorman, Julia Gorman)
(Column 02)Summary: Andrew A. Stuart died in Rockbridge County on June 3rd after suffering a disease, "probably of tubercular character," for two months. He lived most of his life in Augusta and recently moved to Rockbridge. "To a discriminating mind and sound judgement and high sense of honor was added a firmness that nothing could shake, giving a stability and dignity to his character that secured the confidence and respect of men." He was a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church.
(Names in announcement: Andrew A. Stuart)