Bedford Star
March 27, 1875
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G. N. Rouse at the south side jewelry store has on hand at present a most superb and elegant stock of watches and jewelry which he will sell to those who wish to purchase at figures never before offered in this place. Go and see him and judge for yourselves.


Charles Kramer's flouring mill is so nearly completed that he thinks he will be ready to set it in motion in about ten or twelve days at farthest.


Eugene Thomas can at all times be found in his gallery ready to wait upon his customers and take their pictures in style or manner they wish. Gallery over Johnson's Drug Store, South side.


William Ham has apprenticed himself to Gus Ellis, the west side jeweler. Success Bill.


John McMillion is preparing to close out his saloon business and go into some other. He wishes all persons indebted to him to come forward immediately and make a settlement either by cash or note. He means exactly what he says and hopes he will not have to resort to the courts.

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The following circular of information is being sent out by J. H. Smart, the state superintendent of public instruction.

In answer to inquiries concerning recent amendments to the school law, the following synopsis of the more important changes is furnished for the information of school officers and teachers:

  1. The county superintendent will be appointed by the county commissioners in June.
  2. The compensation has been reduced to three dollars per day.
  3. Applicants for license are required to pay a fee of one dollar for examination, and no per diem can be charged for time spent in such examination.
  4. The number of days allowed for visiting schools is to be determined by the board of county commissioners provided the number of days so allowed shall not be more than one-half the number of schools in the county.
  5. The number of days allowed for office work cannot exceed twenty.
  6. School trustees of cities and incorporated towns are to be appointed in June instead of in April.

NOTE: These amendments went into effect on the 9th of March 1875. There are other amendments to the school law not given in this circular, because they are of general interest. An edition of all amendments will be printed and circulated as soon as possible. County superintendents, to whom this circular will be sent, are requested to send a copy to each county auditor, to the secretary of each school board, to the clerk of each common council, and to the clerk of the board of town trustees.

James H. Smart

The other amendments referred to provide that parents living outside the limits of incorporated towns and cities may send their children to the school of such towns or cities by paying tuition instead of having their property taxed for school purposes as was the custom under the old law; that school boards shall organize anew each year, and the officers give new bonds, and that the members of the boards shall be elected by the common council.


On Saturday last two very respectable looking gentlemen arrived in Bedford and registered at the Judah House as Wiley F. Tincher and John Tincher, Lebanon, St. Clair County, Ill. They inquired of the landlord and his gentlemanly clerk, Jo [consider Joe a spelling variant] Carson, if any Tinchers lived in this vicinity, and Jo was just the very lad that could tell them all about James Tincher for he is his brother-in-law.

The two gentlemen sat quietly and listed to Jo's story that ran about thus: "When Jim Tincher was a small boy he had a brother, William, a mother and father. His father's name was Samuel, and he was a school teacher. While Jim and Willie were yet very young, their mother died. Soon after her death, Samuel, their father, left the two boys with an aunt and went west and was never afterward heard from. William Tincher died while young, and James was all that was left of the family." And here ended Jo's story, and he sat with open ears and eyes while Mr. Wiley F. Tincher related his story. "My father's name was Samuel Tincher, and he was a school teacher, and he came from Indiana-so mother says. He died while I and my brother, John, were yet too young to comprehend. Our mother married again, but we kept the Tincher name because we like it the best. I went to the post office one day at Lebanon and asked if there was anything for Tincher when a gentleman at my side said that name sounded familiar to him. One word brought on another till I found he was from Huron, Lawrence County, Indiana, and that he knew two Jim Tinchers in his county; so we thought we would take a trip to Lawrence County and see if we couldn't find kinfolks."

Jo Carson was just certain that the Springville Jim was their half brother. The two strangers were equally certain that they were half-brother to Jim Tincher of Springville. So on Sunday morning Wiley F. and John went to Springville, found James Tincher and talked the matter over. They returned to Bedford on Monday last and reported their success. The Illinois Tinchers left for their home on Monday and no doubt are glad to know they have kinfolks in the Hoosier state.



F. G. Brady has established an ink factory on the south east corner public square where the very best article of black ink can be had in quantities to suit the purchaser and at low prices.

Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.