Sunday, April 27, 2008


Fulton Journal
June 7, 1861

Among the most commendable acts of our present able and efficient City Council, not the least is that of fencing the Cemetery.
It had long been a source of mortification to many of our citizens, that within the extensive bounds of the city, no spot consecrated to the burial of the dead could be found where the remains of a departed relative or friend could be deposited with safety.
We think it hard when the force of circumstances makes it necessary to leave the mortal part of one we have loved and cherished to bleach and moulder in the wilds of some far off uninhabited region; and how bitter is the necessity which some times occurs, of committing to the deep sea and its monster inhabitants the once proud casement of a noble heart.
Our better feelings would always prompt us to bestow the last sad office upon the dead in a manner which would imply most fully the affection we entertain for the living. When no absolute necessity for it exists, there is then no excuse for any neglect to pay proper respect to the memory of the departed.
It must be a matter of gratulation with our citizens that Fulton is at last about to be relieved from the stigma of an unfenced, unadorned and neglected Cemetery. A project was set on foot two years ago, and through it, we believe the necessary funds for fencing the grounds were obtained, but for some reason, satisfactory no doubt to those who assumed the charge of the matter, the fence was never built, and those who contributed have never heard from their money. The Council have now very properly taken hold of the matter, and in a few days the Street Commissioner, Mr. Needbain, will have enclosed the grounds with a neat and substantial fence.
The location is on the highest ground in the city, commanding a view of the Mississippi River, Lyons, Clinton and the country for many miles in extent. If properly improved and beautified it can be made one of the finest Cemeteries in the West. It is to be hoped that those who have friends buried there, will co-operate with our city fathers in the good work they have begun, and that very soon full compensation in the way of improvements will be made for the neglect of the past.

Stolen Fruit

Fulton Journal
February 26, 1875

"Stolen fruit is the sweetest." So thought young Haveerty on Sunday last, when he jumped on a cutter in which two pretty Lyons girls were taking a ride through Base street, in this city, and hooked a kiss from one of them. It was a daring attempt and one that should not be generally encouraged.

New Drinking Fountain

Fulton Journal
April 23, 1915

The fountain which was donated to the city by Smaltz Brothers last fall is being erected on the corner near Robbins’ store today. The agreement was that the city should install the fountain in some convenient public place.
The fountain will stand thirty-eight inches high, the base is iron and the inside of the basin, which is about twelve inches in diameter, is of porcelain. It is in a place convenient for the public, and that cool stream of water continually flowing in the fountain will be appreciated by the people in hot weather.

Teen Boys

Fulton Journal
January 23, 1880

A lot of boys ranging in years from ten to eighteen are wont to make night hideous by screeching and yelling like so many idiots and hyenas, by the ringing of doorbells, by talking rudely to passers by, by running in and out of church during divine service, and disturbing the peace in diverse ways. Now the JOURNAL has been furnished with a list of their names and the authorities, also; and if they don’t stop their transgressions, the JOURNAL will publish them and the authorities prosecute them. Boys’ places are in their homes after night.


Fulton Journal
September 2, 1887

He is a bad man who will leave his cow in the street at night; but the man who will calmly and deliberately with malice perpense attach a big, harsh, clamorous bell to his hungry cow and turn her into the street at night, to feed and keep innocent people awake is a villain of the deepest dye. A first warder says there were two bovines decorated with bells in his ward Thursday night.