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The Lafayette Daily Journal
1872 and 1873

Submitted by Susan Yost Clawson

Lafayette Daily Courier, Feb 2, 1872

In anticipation of the good times coming when the railroad is finished and Dayton is Station No. 1 east of Lafayette, the good people are beginning to put on almost city airs. Grounds are being pointed out for depots, machine shops, warehouses and other public builddings. To hear some of them talk, one is reminded of Chicago only a few years ago. The town is better supplied with church edifices than with devout church members, judging from the attendance at the weekly prayer meetings. The Presbyterians, Methodists, United Brethren, and Universalists have each neat and commodious houses of worship. A new, large two story brick schoolhouse will be ready for occupancy early in the spring. Dayton has beautiful stores, groceries, eating-houses, manufacturing establishments &c. It has no saloons, and but one hotel, kept by Jacob Kahl. It has no name and in this respect reminds one of the definition an intuitive understanding of the word--Acophalous, which means without a head. A-ceph, Aceph-alous without doubt. Name or no name, between substantial moment is not to be found anywhere about that furnished by Kahl’s other and better half. There is but one drug store in the place, that of Carnahan &. Bush; but this accounts . . . add adult enough to . . . region of country. The senior partner is a graduated physician of the old school, a younger brother of our Prosecuting Attorney. The best observable feature is that there is not a single lawyer in the place.
 Of the old settlers, David H. Gregory, Esq., is the only one left. Mr. Greory was born in Butler County, Ohio, is seveny-five years of age, entered the farm on which he now lives, and on which a large protion of Dayton is situated, in 1827, receiving his patent from President John Quincy Adams. He was on the ground where Delphi [would be] long before there was a single [whse] . . . within miles of the [place]. A. B. Brooks [?] of Lafayette, is said to be the only living man who remembered when Mr. Gregory settled in Dayton. Many things of interest might be written concerning the old . . .  time permits. Long before . . .  in Indiana his father and mother died and were buried near old Fort Hamilton, . . . since Mr. Gregory returned to the place of his birth, hunted up the graves of his father and mother and each described with the following verses, severally,

“Here lies the man . . .
When . . .
But like the  . .  Divine
He poured in the balsam, the oil and the wine.”

“Here lies the woman, the first save one,*
Who settled on Miami, above Fort Hamilton,
Her table she spread, and that of the best--
Anthony Wayne ofttimes for her guest.”
 *Rhoda Pojter.

 The mind of the old man is about as vigorous as in his youth. Two years hence he expects to celebrate his golden wedding. In the meantime, he will vote for Grant, Colfax, or any other man the Republicans may nominate.

Lafayette "Daily Courier," dated Saturday, July 6, 1872:

Lafayette Public Schools

[picture of Ford School Building]

We occupied a  leisure hour this forenoon in accompanying J. T. Merrill, Esq., the efficient Superintendent of the Public Schools, to the Ford School Building, to take a look through the various rooms and examine the varied and large assortment of geological specimens, which comprise the cabinet of curiosities, as well as the splendid apparatus used in the illustration of the scientific studies of the pupils.

Upon the walls, in tasteful letters, are inscribed mottoes, reminding the youth who gather within their sacred precincts to drink from the Pyerian spring of their duties and privileges. Some of these we transfer to our columns: "Prize the Truth," "Love One Another," "What I do I will do Well," "No Excellence Without Great Labor," "Perseverance," "God Bless our Schools," "He does well who does the best he can," "Be Faithful to Every Trust."

There are fourteen rooms occupied as school and recitation rooms, admirably seated and complete in all their appointments, including a lecture room which will readily seat three hundred pupils. They are tastefully adorned with pictures, rendering them cheerful and giving an air of refinement to all the surroundings.

The cabinet embraces many rare specimens of fossil formation, some two hundred of which came from Germany, all appropriately labelled. We are not sufficiently conversant with geology to describe them, or to give their names. Superintendent Merrill has been at great pains to collect them and to have them properly arranged. Many of them were contributed by Mr. Stein, of this city, who brought them with him from California and Utah, on his return from the Pacific slope last summer. The appliances for making chemical tests are ample and excellent.

The astronomical and electrical apparatus have been purchased under the supervision of Mr. Merrill, and are perhaps the best to be found in any public school in the State of Indiana. The electrical machines, the telegraphic battery, the astronomical views, with the gas generators, all in the hands of the skillful teacher, assist in making clear to the pupil the hidden mystery of science. We can not forbear giving a description of the "Celestial Indicator," an admirable apparatus in facilitating the study of astronomy, which it has been eloquently said has "the beauty of poetry and the exactness of geometry."

The Celestial Indicator, invented and constructed by Mr. Henry Bryant, is a simple apparatus which illustrates with great clearness many important astronomical phenomena.   It is a celestial sphere within which the sun and planets are placed in their proper positions. All the parts have freedom of motion whenever motion is required. Without entering into detail, a few of the
most striking illustrations are the following:

The subject of celestial measurements is made very clear, the meaning of right ascension and declination being seen as [illegible on my
        The procession of the equinoxes is beautifully shown, also the changes consequent thereon, of the places of the fixed stars, referred to
the vernal equinox, the ecliptic, and celestial equator, and the varying positions of the poles of the heavens through thousands of years. The changes of the seasons, the phases of the moon, and eclipses, both solar and lunar, are all illustrated.
        The conjunction, oppositions, and the direct and retrograde motions of the planets are also explained by means of this apparatus, and likewise the transits of Mercury and Venus.
        Every true citizen feels a just pride in our public schools, which, with the excellent corps of teachers the Superintendent has called around him, and ably seconded by the present Board of Trustees, are, we may say without exaggeration, equal to any in the West. The interest of our citizens in their prosperity was manifested in the large number who crowded the First Baptist Church and thronged the pavement in front of it, on the occasion of the exercises attending the first graduating class of the Ford School, a few evenings since. They have a right to be proud of the magnificent educational facilities in our midst, and they can most heartily join in the invocation, "God bless our schools." They are, indeed, poor men's colleges, where their children can be educated and fitted for the active duties of life.

Daily Journal, May 12, 1873


Rudolph Schwegler, of Schwegler & Bro., and Mr. Hausen, of Hull’s jewelry establishment, started Saturday evening for Europe. They will sail from New York on the 15th. May success attend them.

Daily Journal, August 4, 1873

Mr. Hanson returned home from Europe Saturday. He is looking well and happy. Rudolph Schwegler who went out with him was to have sailed for home on Wednesday of last week.

Daily Journal, April 11, 1873

Trouble at Monitor

 Our correspondent “Billy” writes from Monitor, under date of April 8:
 “We have had a big rain up this way. The South Fork of Wild Cat is up, running around the bridge, and so deep that we dannot cross it, consequently we have had no mail this week.
 “Mr. Yost has run out of ale. We have not had a drink since yesterday morning, and with all the rain and high water Monitor is the dryest place I have ever seen.
 “We are now proposing to have a new bridge and the temperance law repealed. Six of us regular old-timers went to the Post-office to-day, and Yost had no beer, so we made a motion to adjourn in disgust.”

Daily Journal, May 19, 1873

Dr. Crouse of Dayton, and Thomas Baker, of the Lahr and Mason houses, accompanied by their wives, will resume their wedding tours today. They will visit Niagara Falls, go down the St. Laurence to Quebec, thence to Boston, and home by Philadelphia, and revisit the scenes of their earlier years in Pennsylvania.

 M.V. Crouse, son of our old friend Dr. D. H. Crouse, of Dayton, Indiana, preached in the First Presbyterian Church last evening. He is a young man of fine talent, and given abundant promise of a career of great success and usefulness in his chosen profession.

Daily Journal, May 29, 1873

Our Heroic Dead

 The following are the names of the soldiers who were buried in the different cemeteries near this city, prior to last Decoration Day. Since then many brave boys have fallen while fighting the peaceful battles of life. Their memories are as sacred to the loyal men, women and children of the nation as those who fell on the gory battle-field, and to-morrow their graves will be strewn with flowers and their names and fame will be sent to history along with those gone before.

“Their swords are rust.
Their good steeds dust,
Their souls are with the saints we trust.”

War of the Revolution—Jacob Lane, Nathan White.

War of 1812—John Goldey, Thomas Goldsberry, Captain Thomas Rogers, James Emerson, James Bruce, George Rank, Sr., Elias Bedford, William Cunningham, Abraham Fry, Lemuel Devault, David W. Parker, Robert W. Thompson, John G. Bedford, Joshua Wood, Charles B. Naylor, William Bullock, Newberry Stockton.

Black Hawk War—Benjamin Bowen, Joseph Goldsberry, Jacob Walker, WIlliam M. Jenners, John L. Pifer, John McCormick, Major Daniel Mace.

Mexican War—Robert Marshall, James Stewart, Z. M. P. Hand.

War of the Rebellion—John Heppehamer, C. F. Wilstach, Stephen M. Goodwin, Isaac Marshall, Colonel William B. Carroll, Captain Henry Quigley, W. K. Davison, George P. Thompson, William P. Thompson, Martin Thompson, Hi Carroll, Charles A. Naylor, Jr., Charles W. Brower, Richard F. Fahnestock, William H. Rinard, P. D. Downey, James C. Walters, J. W. Vance, C. A. Harms, S. E. Henry, James Hays, G. W. Glaze, William Frazier, J. W. Dill, Wm. T. Gerrard, H. C. Cowdry, Henry C. Wallace, Robert Marshall, George S. Rose, Jeremiah Grover, John Clark, Lieutenant Carter, Samuel Briley, Alvin Gay, Thomas Hamer, Sr., Frank Hamer, Jr., John F. Tanquary, William J. Tanquary, Gideon G. Lane, James Lupton, — Allen, Williard G. Lane, John McGuire, Joab Gillet, Frank B. Sloan, William Ball, Samuel M. Miller, James E. Devault, George Halliday, William Rodgers, Thomas C. Wallace, eight in the pit, killed in the railroad collision—names unknown—Clem Bell (colored), Benjamin Bruce, William Robinson, Augustus Bemis, J. W. Buchanan, Andrew Hickenlooper.

Any person having information as to those who have died and been buried in any of the city cemeteries since last Decoration Day, will confer a favor upon the committee by leaving the names at this office for publication to-morning morning.

Daily Journal, May 30 , 1873
Additional Names

 The following omissions in the list of soldiers, published yesterday, have been reported:
 Benjamin F. B. Cook, Asbury Rank, Captain John Boswell, Colonel Chris. Miller, Dr. T. W. Fry, and Jacob Lane, father of the Lane brothers and Mrs. P. B. Hutchinson—a veteran of the War of 1812, Lewis Williams, and Ab. Spring.

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