September 15, 1865

Macomb Journal


For County Judge,

For County Clerk,

For County Treasurer,

For School Commissioner,

For County Surveryor,


            Apology. – We are obliged this week to omit our usual chapter of “army life.” An unusual pressure upon our time is the cause.


Our Candidates.

            We place at the head of our columns this week the names of the candidates nominated at the Union County Convention in this city on Saturday last.

The ticket is a good one, and a strong one. The Convention came together determined to do full justice to the soldiers who have periled their lives, and endured hardships in the cause of their country. – Four out of the five candidates have seen three years hard service in the tented field, and three of these entered the service as privates and served in the ranks the larger portion of their time.

Mr. L. A. Simmons, the candidate for County Judge, has been for many years a resident of the county, and we presume is well known to the vast majority of out citizens. He is a lawyer of several years practice, and stands high in his profession. Four years ago he was elected upon the Democratic ticket in this county as School Commissioner. He was then an ardent, enthusiastic Democrat, but as the war progressed he saw that the tendency of the Democratic party was to give aid and comfort to those in armed rebellion against the government. He loved the party in which he had been reared and educated, and it was with pain that he was compelled to dissolve his connection with them; but loving the cause of his country more than party he did not hesitate, when his judgement was convinced, to array himself upon the side of the government. Although enjoying a good, lucrative practice in his profession, and also holding the office of School Commissioner of the county, he resigned all, and enlisted as a private in Capt. Higgins’ company, in the 84th regiment, and served for nearly a year in that capacity, when he was promoted to the position of Quartermaster of the Regiment, which place he filled until honorably mustered out at the close of the war. His nomination was a well-deserved compliment to his patriotism and merits, and we predict his election by a decisive majority.

For County Clerk, the Convention nominated by acclimation Capt. William Ervin, late of the 84th regiment. The highest compliment that we can bestow upon Capt. Ervin is to point out the fact that the Convention nominated him by acclimation. All other aspirants to that position yielded to the eminent fitness and high merits of Capt. Ervin for that office, and no other name was brought before the convention. He proved a true and brave soldier, and we believe he will prove an excellent County Clerk.

William H. Hainline, for four years a private in the 16th Illinois, was nominated for the office of County Treasurer. – Mr. Hainline is a young man of superior education and intelligence. He has prved his devotion to the cause of his country by four years of faithful service in the ranks as a private. These are the men, above all others, who deserve the gratitude of their country, and we feel a peculiar pride and satisfaction in placing the name of Mr. Hainline at the head of our columns as our candidate for Treasurer.

For School Superintendent we have the name of William Venable, jr. Mr. Venable was among the first in this city to offer his services to the country. During the first year of the war he enlisted as a private in the 2nd Illinois Cavalry, and served three years faithfully and honorably. He is a graduate of Knox College, and for two years a successful teacher in this State. – He is thoroughly conversant with the interests of education, is a man of good, sound, practical judgment, and we have no doubt the cause of the education in this county would be elevated and advanced under his guidance.

For County Surveryor we have our standing candidate, James W. Brattle. There is not a man in this county more eminently qualified for that position than Mr. Brattle. Although he has not been a soldier in the field, he has been a soldier in the Union cause at home, and has never yet run from friend or foe.

The ticket is before us. It is worthy of our support. Now let the Union men of the county pledge each other that it shall be elected. The signs of the times are auspicious. The great Union party of the country, which has stood by the government for the past four years, must not now relax its efforts and thus lose the fruits of victory over rebellion. The Union is saved, but it is only saved by being in the hands of its friends. If there should be lethargy or lukewarmness among us, or divisions in our ranks, there stands an unscrupulous foe ready to seize upon the reins of [missing] Democratic party is not yet purged of its disloyalty. It would to-day affiliate with rebels and yield to their demands. The safety perpetuity of our government depends then upon its being administered by those who have stood by it and upheld it through the dark hours of the last four years.

This ticket commends itself to the support of every soldier in the county. – There was a large representation of soldiers in the Convention, and their voice carried the day. It illustrates the fact that REPUBLICS ARE GRATEFUL. The country will stand by the soldiers who have so long and so patiently stood by her in her hour of peril.


The Eagle and its Editors.

            Since our return from the army, the Eagle has been almost exclusively devoted to abuse of us and our paper. It would seem as though it regarded us as in its way, and so week after week the big editor and all the little editors of the establishment, have brought their batteries to bear on us with a view to our annihilation. – They all seem animated by that petty hate or spite, which is characteristic of the mean, low and vulgar mind. Every week they make some new accusation, as though they were eager bent in prejudicing the public mind against us. The pubic know that we served three years in the army, while the editor of the Eagle ran away to Idaho to escape the draft. We are not surprised that these facts worry him. He knows that the public look with scorn and contempt upon all skulkers, and hence he looks with jealous eye upon the editor of this paper, and being conscious of his own contemptible meanness he spits his venom at us, thinking thus to degrade us to his own level. We have recently learned that his own party having become disgusted with him, have taken measures to get rid of him. He formerly professed great piety, and one of the churches in this city was moved by his appeals to contribute something to educate him for the ministry, but they soon discovered that he hadn’t the sense of an intelligent baboon, and of course they dismissed him. He never was free from vicious and depraved habits, and always bore the reputation of a notorious liar. In politics he professed himself a traitor, but he undoubtedly did this so that people might suppose him to be loyal, knowing that the opposite of his assertions was generally taken to be the truth. Since the Eagle establishment was given over to him he has spent a large portion of his time running after republicans and coaxing and begging of them to subscribe for his miserable paper. We don’t know much about the individual who is about to assume control of the Eagle, but we think he will be found at least to possess ordinary intelligence, and have some of the characteristics of a gentleman, which will be an improvement on the slobbering chucklehead that now perches in that establishment.


Population of Macomb.

We have been furnished by Wm. S Hall, Esq. with the figures showing the population of this city as established by the last census. The total population for the town of Macomb is 2934. There are thirty more males than females.

Prairie City township reports a population of 3457, which includes Bushnell. – The estimated population of this city was about 3000, and the figures don’t appear to vary much from that!



C. C. Chapman & Co. have removed their Book and Stationery Store to J. O. C. Wilson’s building, on the north side of the square, in the room lately occupied by Alexander & Co. Their stock is being replenished with all the school books in use in this country, which they offer at reduced prices.

They also have a good line of Notions, to which they are now making additions. If you want anything in their line give them a call at their new store, north side of the square.


To Whom it may Concern.

Persons on the hunt of Woolen Goods, Yarns, Coverlets, etc., will consult their best interests by dropping into the Woolen Goods Establishment on the north side of Square.

N. B. Venable says he will DUPLICATE any firm’s prices in the country, whose stocks come from CHICAGO MARKET. Particular attention is directed to THE FACT that he retails Fancy Yarns for just ONE HALF Chicago wholesale prices. No one can fail to see the amount saved by buying direct from him. Figures won’t lie. Come and compare prices.


Fresh Meat.

Fresh meat is a thing that is generally sought after by almost every one; and good fat beef is a real luxury. Mr. J. G. Gamage, a well known meat dealer of this city always has such on hand, and of excellent quality. We have frequently been the recipients of Mr. Gamage’s bounty in the way of generous cut of sirloin, and therefore speak advisedly when we say he keeps and sells good meat. Our readers must bear in mind that he has removed his stand to the market four doors north of Burton & Hall’s Store.


            → The Circuit Court adjourned on Saturday.


            → The Board of Supervisors have been in session in this city the present week. – We trust the clerk will be more prompt than usual in furnishing a report of the proceedings.


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