april 5, 1889

The second election of Marion since its incorporation as a city of the second class passed off with little work and excitement. W.P. Morris was elected mayor. Sam W. Howe was elected mayor of Florence. He appears to have been the ladies’ choice. Frank McKercher was elected mayor of Peabody. Frank seems to be the regular “old stand-by” for that office over there.

During the terrific thunderstorm last Saturday night, lightning struck the residence of Mr. Josiah Anderson, in the northwestern part of Marion, and killed that gentleman instantly.

Hank Roberts wants us to say a good word for A.T. Remer, the nurseryman. Of 158 evergreens set out by Mr. Roberts, purchased from Remer last spring, all but two are living. Considering the fact that last season was an extremely hard one on tree life, this result is remarkable.

It seems true that anthracite coal has been found at Alma, in Wabaunsee county. Three veins have been found, one 40 inches thick, another 28 inches and the third three feet. The only difficulty is their depth, the first being 1680 feet and the last 1846.

The pestiferous fly has put in his regular spring appearance. He comes to stay all summer. After him, the chigger! Such is life.

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