Excerpts from June 10-15, 1902 editions of The Princeton Clarion-News:
AN OFFFICIAL NOTICE
Postmaster James H.Warnock has received notification from the Post office department of Washington of the establishment of four additional rural mail routes, three of which extend out from this city. The routes will be established July 15 and it is expected that others will be established throughout the county at that time.
There are four routes branching out from here at present. These routes will be changed at certain points to accommodate the new ones...The carrier on route No. 1 will carry a locked pouch from this post to Francisco. Carrier No. 4 will take mail to Bovine for carrier No. 8, whose route extends out from that point. Carrier No. 6 will take mail to Lyles and vicinity. Connections will be made by carriers at various points in order to give quick and efficient services. Route No. 2 will connect with Route No. 9 out from Ft. Branch at Robinson’s corner. Route No. 3 will connect with Route 27 out from Francisco at Hollingsworth Corner. Route No. 8 will make connections with route No. 19 at Kendle’s corner, and will also make connections with route No. 20 from Owensville. Route No. 6 will connect with Route No. 37 out of Mt. Carmel. Route No. 7 will connect with Route No. 36 at Cherry Grove. Route No. 8 will connect with Hazleton and Petersburg routes.
The promoters of the Evansville-Princeton traction company have been busy for the past few days securing deeds for the right-of-way for the line.
NIGHT AND DAY
The drilling at the test well of the Inter-state gas and oil company is going on night and day. The well is now at a depth of 55 feet. A small vein of coal was truck Monday afternoon and a faint flow of oil was noted, but of course it was only a small quantity at this depth.
HEN CAUSES TROUBLE
Jesse Rector, age 14 years, was fined $1 and costs in Justice Corder’s court this morning for pointing a pistol at Elizabeth Vickers, allegedly residing in south Princeton. The case is the result of a family disturbance that took place not long since over a setting hen claimed by the Rector and Vicker families.
SEWER IN TROUBLE
Complaints were registered Saturday against the clogging of refuse matter at the mouth of the courthouse sewer, on the Tichenor land, a short distance southwest of the city. The board of county commissioners and Health Officer Critchfield visited the scene today and found that the cess pool at the mouth of the sewer had overflowed and was causing considerable annoyance about half acre of ground being covered with the refuse. The opening from the cess pool to the branch had become clogged up and refused to serve as a drain.
NO SMALL-POX NOW
To the Public: We are pleased to say to the public that there is not a case of small-pox in Gibson county at the present time.
In January 1902 small-pox broke out in south Princeton, resulting in quite a number of cases. Since that time from all sources there has been 93 cases in the city, towns and county. We have done the best we could to rid the county of the disease, notwithstanding we have met with considerable criticism for what we did and for what we did not do. Our actions were without malice or ill feeling toward anyone.
We wish to say that the work of stamping out the disease in the county is not due to our own efforts alone, but to other physicians as well, and to those we feel very grateful.
We have had small-pox in Fort Branch, Patoka and Owensville. Owensville may well feel proud of its council and health officer, for much credit is due them in the way they handled their first case with a number of exposures.
The city authorities of Princeton have been a great auxiliary to City Health Office R.S. Anderson, who is a proficient and able officer. The city council has been liberal in giving its time and service whenever necessary.
—J.S. Critchfield, County Health Officer.
ABOLISH FREE LUNCH
An effort is being made to abolish free lunch in the saloons of the city after July 1. A petition to this end is being circulated by the bartenders, but the work is primarily an effort of the saloon proprietors, whose profits are cut short by the free lunch route. At a meeting of the bartenders tonight the matter will be discussed and probably acted upon.
A number of mischievous boys have been using the derrick of the Inter-state gas and oil company as a short of trapeze, climbing to the top, sliding down the rope and giving acrobatic stunts on the cross braces.As the boys have tried everything but climbing the smoke stack, it is feared they may do this since, there has been a delay to the work and the stack has cooled off.
These antics of the youngsters are highly dangerous to life and it is a wonder that someone has not been seriously injured. An official of the company stated this morning that he was satisfied the parents knew nothing of the actions of the boys or they would not permit it. The company does not object to the boys visiting the derrick, but it does object to such dangerous monkeying around with the machinery.