Thursday, 1 Jan 1880:
DIED.—In Cairo, Dec. 30, 1879, Mrs. Martha A. Morgan, wife of
R. M. Morgan, in the 23d year of her age.
Saturday, 3 Jan
Charles Newton, an industrious colored man of Alton, fell dead
Saturday afternoon at the Hopgood plow works. He was about 60 years of age,
and father of Charles W. Newton, principal of a colored school in St.
Thomas Grant, who was waylaid and shot at Charleston a short time
ago, died on the 28th of his wound. The murderers, James Cook and
Charles Lloyd, have been arrested and jailed and will be held for
murder. Cook is an ex-penitentiary bird.
Henry Wilson, brother-in-law of Frank Hight, who was murdered
near Caledonia, Pulaski County, week before last, has been arrested for the
murder. The evidence elicited at the inquest is wholly of circumstantial
nature, but points strongly to
(Frank may be Francis M.
Hight, who married Mary E. Sinks on 9 Sep 1869, in Pulaski Co.,
Ill. The 10 Jan 1880, issue stated, “We know of no such man as Henry
Sunday, 4 Jan
Our readers will doubtless all remember the Rev. Coan, who visited
our city some time ago and delivered a lecture in the Presbyterian church on
missionary work in Persia. This gentleman died in Wooster, Ohio, a few days
ago at a very ripe old age. While here he made many friends who esteemed
him for his many good qualities and profound learning.
Tuesday, 6 Jan
Mrs. James B. Gordon, who was born in this city, was raised here and
who has many friends and acquaintances here, is dead. He died in Dyersburg,
Tenn., on the 14th of December of pneumonia after an illness of about a
week. Mr. Gordon was a brother of Mrs. Summerwell, of this
city, and his many friends will hear of his death with surprise and sorrow.
He was a man of many excellent qualities, kind-hearted and liberal, who
befriended whomsoever he could, seldom thinking of self when the wants of
others were apparent.
Wednesday, 7 Jan
AN OLD RESIDENT DEAD.
Devine, at his residence, in the 55th year of his age. Funeral will
leave the residence on Ohio Levee, for St. Patrick’s Church, at 1:30 o’clock
today. A special train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street for Villa
Ridge at 2 o’clock.
The news of Mr. Devine’s
death will be received this morning with surprise and sorrow by his many
friends. He has been in feeble health for a number of years, but not being
confined to his bed, but little was thought of it, and his death was not
looked for. He has been a resident of this city for twenty-eight years and
those who have known him longest esteemed him most. During his residence
here he has experienced many ups and downs in life, but has ever been known
as a persevering, straightforward man. Mr. Devine was a Roman
Catholic. He leaves a wife and three children.
Thursday, 8 Jan
The funeral of Mr. Dennis Devine was well attended yesterday. A
special train took the remains to Villa Ridge.
Many of our readers will remember Mr. Philip Baugh, who for many
years kept a shoe shop on Eighth Street, and who is a brother of the wife of
Mr. Charles Phifferling. This gentleman is dead—having died in
Mayfield, Ky., a few days ago. Mr. Baugh has many warm friends here,
who respected him as an industrious man, and esteemed him for his many
excellent qualities. He removed from this city several years ago, making
Mayfield his home, and was doing an excellent business there, when the hand
of death was laid upon him.
A colored man named Jerry Loven, at work at the box factory, loading
logs on the log way, fell into the river about 9 o’clock Tuesday and was
drowned. The Hill Wrecking Company sent their diver, Hiram Hill to
the scene of the accident, who recovered the body about 11 o’clock
yesterday. The wrecking company returns thanks to Major Halliday for
kindly giving the use of the coal company’s tug in towing the wrecking
boat. Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest and the jury returned a
verdict of accidental drowning.
Friday, 9 Jan 1880:
SUICIDE OF A MINER.
PEORIA, Ill., Jan. 7—A coal
miner named Henry Timudt, committed suicide last night by stabbing
himself in the throat. He was found about 6 o’clock this morning lying near
a barn in the lower part of the city.
SUICIDE OF A BOY.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan.
7.—Daniel Decastro, a boy about 14 years old, committed suicide this
evening by hanging himself to a harness hook in the stable of his employer.
ARREST OF THE SPRY BROTHERS.
FIELDON, Ill., Jan. 7.—John
Spry, aged 22 years, and Henry Spry, aged 14 years, both of
whom are brothers to and were with Ben Spry when the latter shot
Rowden, the mail contractor, night before last, have been caught and are
incarcerated in the Jerseyville jail. The excitement here is intense, as it
is now generally believed that the entire Spry family were cognizant
of what was going on. Ben Spry is at large, yet, but will probably
be arrested soon. C. C. Rowden was a Mason and will be buried with
Masonic honors today at high twelve. He leaves a wife and two small
children to mourn his untimely death.
A SAD ACCIDENT.
Another distressing accident
occurred night before last, at eleven o’clock in the yards of the Illinois
Central railroad. A Mr. Joseph Norvell, who is a switchman of the
yards was engaged in switching cars onto various tracks and while a train of
freight cars were in motion, he stepped between them to draw a coupling pin
and while running along between the cars, his foot caught between the double
rails, and held it fast. He at once threw himself on the outside of the
track, with his knee on the inside, and the loaded cars passed over the
ankle and knee, crushing and tearing the limb into a shapeless mass of flesh
and bone. He was at once removed to the stone depot and Dr. Parker,
the railroad’s physician, was soon after on hand and found amputation of the
limb, close to the body, necessary. This was performed in the depot since
it was feared that the amputation at his residence would prove too great a
shock to his young wife. He is a young man, twenty-nine years of age, and
came to this city about three months ago. His residence is on Fourteenth
Street, between Washington and Walnut. We learn from Dr. Parker that
his chances for recovery are very slight. The accident occurred at the head
of the incline.
SUICIDE AT MAYFIELD.
We find in the Paducah
News the following concerning the death of Phillip Baugh, who
will be remembered by our citizens as one of Cairo’s former residents:
“Yesterday evening about 2
o’clock a shoemaker named Phillip Baugh, who resided at Mayfield,
committed suicide. He had been on a big drunk and just before taking his
life said, ‘He had lived long enough.’ Suiting his action to his word he
took a dose of some sort of poison and died almost instantly. Baugh
leaves a wife and three children, two girls and boy. The oldest child is
about fifteen years old.”
An account by mail says:
“Today (Monday) a German shoemaker named Phillip Baugh, who had been
on a drunken spree at Mathis & Taylor and called for eight
grains of morphine, saying he wanted to sober up and the medicine was to
settle his nerves. The drug being furnished him he took a small portion and
left for his home. Arriving there he sat before the fire for a short time,
when drowsiness soon overcame him. His wife became alarmed and called for
aid, and a passerby entered and helped the man to bed, where he died in a
few minutes. He leaves a wife and three children. Whiskey was the cause.”
We publish the above in
order that we may be afforded a chance to deny its truthfulness. We have it
very directly from parties who ought to know, that there is good reason for
the belief that the facts are not as above stated, but that Mr. Baugh
died a natural death.
married Sarah Dunn on 3 Feb 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Saturday, 10 Jan 1880:
Mt. Carmel Register: “Henry Wilson, of Cairo, a
brother-in-law of Frank Hight, who was murdered near Caledonia,
Pulaski County, last week has been arrested for the murder. The evidence
elicited at the inquest is wholly of a circumstantial nature, but points
strong towards Wilson.”
We know of no such man as
Henry Wilson. The Register is one ahead of us.
The doctors of Rev. Whittaker yesterday believed that that gentleman
could not live. This news will be received with sorrow by all who know
him. He was an earnest worker in the cause of Christ and temperance, being
always manly, frank and sincere in all he said or did. His death would be a
great loss to the Methodist church, all the members of which have learned to
love him. That his condition may not be as bad as reported is our wish.
It was yesterday evening reported that Mr. Joseph Norvell, who was
run over by the Illinois Central cars, would not live until midnight.
Inflammation had set in and this morning he will in all probability be
numbered with the dead. This is indeed a hard blow to his young wife.
Sunday, 11 Jan 1880:
Mr. Joseph Norvell, as we yesterday stated he would, died. His limb
was so horribly crushed that amputation near the body was found necessary,
and, inflammation setting in, caused his death. He was a young man,
twenty-nine years of age, was married and has been a resident of this city
for only three months. His death occurred yesterday morning at 8:30
Mr. Joseph A. Lee, for many years a switchman of the Illinois Central
railroad, died yesterday afternoon of consumption from which he had suffered
for three or four years.
Tuesday, 13 Jan 1880:
A SAD CALAMITY.
FAIRBURY, Ills.—A terrible
accident occurred here yesterday in the central shaft. Four tons of
soapstone fell from the roof of the mine, instantly crushing to death Alfred
Eaton. He was a young man and the entire support of his mother and
four children. He was riding at the bottom of the shaft in a car which
jumped the track, knocking out the support of the overhanging roof. The
funeral today in the Baptist church drew a large crowd.
The remains of Mr. Joseph Norvell, were on Sunday morning placed on
the Illinois Central train and taken to Gilman, Ills. His wife, we
understand, has also gone to that city, where, it is believed she has
The funeral of Mr. Joseph A. Lee, who died of consumption, on
Saturday last, took place yesterday and was largely attended. Mr. Lee
was an Odd Fellow and a member of William Penn Lodge, No. 56, Cincinnati.
The Odd Fellows turned out in a body yesterday and followed the remains to
their last resting place, Villa Ridge.
The following from the Argus are the facts as we yesterday learned
them: “The Paris C. Brown brings news of an awful disaster to the
Evansville and Cairo packet Idlewild yesterday morning by which four
men have no doubt lost their lives and four others are seriously injured.
She was lying at Weston and her crew were employed in putting off a large
boiler that lay across her forecastle, when a keg of powder exploded in her
bow tearing it into splinters as far back as the steps. It is said that the
heavy boiler which was thrown by the explosion against the steps prevented
further mischief than was wrought. She was immediately forced out on the
bank and thus prevented from sinking. Eight of her crew, who were at work
about the boiler, were seriously injured, and when the Brown passed
four of them were expected to die. No one else was hurt except one
passenger who was standing on the steps, and he very slightly.” As to what
caused the explosion of the powder is a mystery. There were three kegs of
powder in the bow, but only one exploded.
(The 15 Jan 1880, issue
gives the names of the injured as Wat Johnson, Tom Boswell,
Sam Osborn, Sam Stroud, William Woods, Charley
Crider, and Frank Rains.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 15 Jan 1880:
Yesterday morning a dispatch arrived here from Villa Ridge, to Mr. William
F. Axley, stating that his brother, Mr. Elijah Axley, had
suddenly died, and summonsing him and William N. Axley, a nephew of
deceased, to attend the funeral. Both obeyed the summons. We could not
learn any particulars except that deceased contracted his illness by
The following are the names of those who sustained injures on board the
Idlewild by the explosion of the keg of powder: Wat Johnson,
thigh broken; Tom Boswell, right leg broken and left thigh fractured;
Sam Osborn, both knees shivered; Sam Stroud, left leg broken
and other ankle sprained; William Woods, both legs broken, one in two
places; Charley Crider, right leg broken; Frank Rains, right
leg broken; and Andy Long, both ankles sprained and slightly cut
about the head. The Idlewild is now laid up at Mound City for
Friday, 16 Jan 1880:
ARREST OF THE MURDERER SPRY
McLeansboro, Ill., Jan.
14.—Capt. W. B. Garner and Deputy Sheriff John T. Barnett
arrested Benjamin W. Spry, of whom mention was made in yesterday’s
Republican, for the murder of Lum Rowden near Pittsburg, in
Jersey County, in this state on Jan. 5, and for whom it is understood there
is a reward of $400 offered. The prisoner answers the description exactly,
and says that he and Rowden had an old grudge and he had been to the
grocery and was going home past Rowden’s house with a double-barreled
shotgun and deceased followed him, and the boys hallooed and told him that
deceased was cocking his gun, and he the defendant, fired and heard
Rowden halloo and supposing he had killed him immediately left; but he
did not know for certain that he had killed Rowden until told so when
arrested today. The deputy sheriff and Capt. Garner will start for
Jerseyville with the prisoner on the 1:45 train in the morning. There is no
question as to his identity. The prisoner is about nineteen years old.
(The murdered man’s name was
given as C. C. Rowden in the 9 Jan 1880, issue and was likely
Christopher Columbus or “Lum” Rowden.—Darrel Dexter)
The four-year-old child which was burned to death on Thirteenth Street a few
days ago, was yesterday morning buried in the Seven Mile Graveyard. This is
the second negro child which has been burned to death in this city this
winter and doubtless it will not be the last one. Both children were burned
in precisely the same manner—by their clothes catching fire from the stove,
but it is not to be presumed that this will prove a warning to our colored
population. It must not be thought that hereafter they will be more careful
with their little ones—that they will not leave the house without taking
them with them or putting them into the charge of some older person. No;
improper care of children is one of the characteristics of the negro race
and they will continue to leave their little ones alone in the house to burn
and scald their souls out of their body into the “blue beyond.”
Saturday, 17 Jan 1880:
THE MURDERER SPRY.
JERSEYVILLE, Ill., Jan.
15.—Capt. W. B. Garner and James F. Leslie of McLeansboro,
Ills., arrived here on the 10:30 train this morning, having in charge
Benjamin Spry, who assassinated Columbus C. Rowden on the 5th
inst., and Peter Groesjean, who assisted in the bloody deed, the
details of which have already appeared in these dispatches. The assassins
went to St. Charles, Mo., and from there to Kansas City, beating their way
on freight trains. Leaving Kansas City last Friday, they went to St. Louis,
crossing the river at Venice, and from there to McLeansboro, where Spry
has an uncle, and where the culprits were arrested immediately after
arriving. The prisoners did not know Rowden was dead until after
their arrest. Four hundred dollars reward was paid today to the captors.
An immense crowd of people were at the depot and jail on the arrival of the
murderers. They will have a preliminary examination next Tuesday. Spry
will undoubtedly be legally hanged.
Sunday, 18 Jan 1880:
The death of George W. Sieber, the absconding ex-treasurer of St.
Clair County, is reported to have taken place in the city of Mexico.
A dispatch was yesterday evening received by Mr. Aisthrope from Mr.
W. G. Hughes, stating that if Mrs. Hughes’ children would see
their mother alive, they must come at once to Pomeroy, Ohio. Mrs. Hughes
has been unwell for quite a time and visited Pomeroy in search of health.
The news of her dangerous illness will be received with sorrow and surprise
by her many friends.
(The 24 Jan 1880, issue
names Mrs. Hughes’ daughter as Mrs. Aisthorpe.—Darrel
Wednesday, 21 Jan 1880:
William Howarth (colored) is hereby notified that his wife, Josephine
Howarth, to whom he was married in this city, is dangerously ill and
may be found at Jackson, Tennessee, near the Central depot –living with
married Josephine Johnson on 1 Aug 1879, in Alexander Co.,
Saturday, 24 Jan 1880:
Mrs. Joseph Lee, whose husband died a short time ago with
consumption, has sold out her household furniture at auction and
contemplates taking up her residence in St. Louis.
DEATH OF MRS. W. G. HUGHES
Pomeroy, Ohio, Jan. 23d, 1880
To C. N. Hughes:
Mrs. Hughes died last
night. Will bury her Sunday. B. R. Remington
The news of Mrs. Hughes’
death comes unexpectedly to her many friends in Cairo. Although it was
generally known that she left here for the purpose of improving her health,
no one was prepared for the sad news contained in the above dispatch. She
was a lady of an unusually agreeable temperament whose society was sought
upon all occasions, and whose many deeds of kindness will be ever fresh in
the minds of many. Her daughter, Mrs. Aisthorpe, and other
relatives, were called to her bedside by a former dispatch and attended her
to the last.
Saturday, 31 Jan 1880:
SUDDEN DEATH FROM PARALYSIS.
CLINTON, Ill., Jan. 29.—At
10 o’clock last evening Mr. Thomas Bosler, an old and respected
citizen of this city, while sitting in his chair preparatory to retiring
after his day’s labor, was suddenly stricken with paralysis of the brain,
and before aid could be rendered was a corpse. Mr. Bosler came to
Clinton fifteen years ago and engaged in the blacksmithing business and
continued an active businessman until within three hours of his death. He
had just finished shoeing a pair of horses and setting some harrow teeth
when he was taken ill.
DEAD UNDER THE HEDGE.
CARROLLTON, Ill., Jan.
29.—Israel Standifer, a once opulent and intelligent farmer residing
east of this city, though of late reduced in fortune and shaky in mind, was
found dead yesterday out among the hedges on one of the large farms west.
He had a book and a bundle and was seen Sunday afternoon inquiring the way
to town. He evidently died Sunday night and lay three days and nights under
We understand that some time ago the friends of Billy Harrison
circulated a petition among the people of Cairo asking the governor to
pardon him. It will be remembered by most everybody that Billy killed Joe
Swoboda, during a drunken brawl in a downtown bagnio. Harrison
was sent to the penitentiary for a certain number of years. He has now
served about half his term. Mr. A. Swoboda yesterday circulated a
petition asking the governor to withhold his pardon and let the prisoner
serve out his full term. It is intended to counteract the other petition
and is being unanimously signed, and may have the desired effect.
Wednesday, 4 Feb 1880:
“Old Mother Mack,” she of the suicide brigade, will be buried today
at eleven o’clock in the Seven Mile graveyard.
“Mother Mack is dead!” greeted our ears at about 11 o’clock a.m.
yesterday, and upon inquiry we ascertained that she had caused her death by
taking poison. For the benefit of those who do not know who is meant by
“Mother Mack,” we will state that she is a woman forty-two years old
named Nancy Brown, who came to this city sixteen years ago, and has
during that time been the mistress of one of the most disgraceful of our
lowest dens. “Had the city in its treasury all the money this woman has
cost it,” said a citizen to us yesterday, “It could therewith build a fine
city hall.” She has three boys who have, we believe, always lived in the
city. The bagnio she kept is the old tumbledown, frame structure on the
corner of Tenth and Commercial Avenue. She took the poison at 5 o’clock
p.m. day before yesterday. Dr. Leach was sent for at eight, but his
best efforts proved of no avail, and she died at ten o’clock yesterday
Thursday, 5 Feb 1880:
Although the law requires that an inquest shall be held on all persons who
commit suicide, etc., no inquest was held on “Mother Mack,” alias
Nancy Brown, who died in her brothel day before yesterday from the
effect of taking poison. We have not seen Coroner Fitzgerald and
hence do not know why this usual ceremony was omitted, but suppose it was
because there was no necessity for it. It was a very clear case of suicide,
no doubts being entertained by anyone as to the cause of her death. An
inquest upon the body would have been a luxury, which would have cost the
county in the neighborhood of thirty dollars.
A painter, for some time in the employ of B. F. Blake, died in the
hospital, yesterday. Some days ago he was taken with a fit in the Reform
Hall and was taken to the hospital and his death is probably due in part to
Friday, 6 Feb 1880:
Central Illinois Citizens Likely to Be Made Rich by the Demise of Leonard
Case of Cleveland.
CENTRALIA, Ill., Jan. 31.—A
number of citizens of this place at Carlyle, sixteen miles from here, are
receiving numerous congratulations over the great fortunes they have fallen
heirs to by the death of Leonard Case, of Cleveland, Ohio, who, it
will be remembered, recently committed suicide in that city. The estate is
said to be worth all the way from $1,000,000 to $14,000,000, and it is
expected that the greater portion of this immense wealth will be divided
between his only living cousin, Zepher Case, of Carlyle, Ill., and
the heirs of another cousin, Mrs. Sarah B. Matthews, deceased, Mr.
Case having left no nearer kin. Mrs. Sarah B. Matthews being
dead, the half of this large estate goes to her five children and their
heirs, namely, L. F. Matthews, traveling agent of the Ohio Falls Car
Company; Rev. Robert J. L. Matthews, a Presbyterian minister at
Montague, Mich.; Mrs. Mary B. Bein, Mrs. Margaret Wilson, and
Mrs. L. A. Louis. Mrs. Bein and Mrs. Wilson both
reside in the city. Mrs. Louis is dead. She was the wife of L. A.
Louis, late superintendent of telegraph of the Central railway. Thus
it will be seen that Mrs. Sarah Matthews’ five heirs named above will
receive, at the settlement of the estate, $700,000 or $1,400,000 each. Mrs.
L. A. Louis being dead, her seven children fall heirs to her portion,
giving each one of them $200,000, a handsome competence for life. There is
a report that Mr. Case left a will bequeathing his property to
benevolent institutions, but this the heirs deny. The supreme court of the
state of Ohio will decide the matter.
(Zophar Case married
Mary C. Halstead on 24 Jun 1833, in Clinton Co., Ill. Zaphor Case
married Sarah Ann Mosslander on 24 Dec 1856, in Mason Co.,
Sunday, 8 Feb 1880:
Mary Barnsback, a widow of a soldier of the War of 1812, died
recently near Edwardsville, aged 85 years.
Thursday, 12 Feb 1880:
BLOODY MURDER AT DONGOLA.
On Saturday evening 7th of
February, a “tramp”—name unknown—stopped in Dongola, and while Mr. A.
Misenhimer’s family was in the dining room eating supper, the tramp
entered the front room and stole some wearing apparel. Shortly after, he
was detected and the stolen apparel taken from him. He was not under
arrest, so he went into Sessions & Hathaway’s saloon and
remained there until about 8 o’clock p.m., when he left, walking on the
Illinois Central north. On Sunday morning his mangled corpse was found on
the Illinois Central railroad three quarters of a mile north of Dongola.
Near where his remains lay, his cap was found lying near the railroad fence,
together with thirteen rough switches that had been partially worn out by
whipping him. The coroner being called, an inquest was held over his
remains, and the verdict of the jury caused the arrest of the following
named persons, viz: A. S. Wilbur, William Walker, Simon
Aden, Ewing Sessions, John Scott, Riley Dale, and
Tom Davis. Two bullet holes were found in deceased’s body. That
deceased was murdered, there is not a shadow of doubt, but who did it is not
positively known. The evidence, circumstantially points to the men under
arrest. They are now in Jonesboro, trying for a writ of habeas corpus.
Your correspondent wrote the entire evidence in the examination and must say
that it is most damning against some of the men and rough against all. A.
S. Wilbur, William Walker and Ewing Sessions, will have
the hardest battle to fight of all, as the evidence, circumstantial, is
quite strong against them. It is high time that the business of murdering
men and displacing them on the railroad for the cars to hide the hellish
crime be stopped. There have been other and similar cases too often in the
suburbs of Dongola.
(The 22 Feb 1880, issue
identified the murdered man as John Conners.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 13 Feb 1880:
Peoria was the scene of a cold-blooded murder, yesterday, the tragedy being
enacted at noon in one of the principal streets. Some months ago the wife
of Luther B. McKinney left him, owing to continued ill treatment, and
took up her abode with her stepfather, Jacob Frye, a well-known stock
dealer. McKinney attributed his wife’s conduct to the influence of
Mr. and Mrs. Frye, and repeatedly threatened them with violence.
Meeting Mr. Frye, yesterday noon, he drew a revolver, his intended
victim doing the same and both fired together. Frye dropped dead in
the street and McKinney, who was severely wounded, in the arm, was
Hiram Hill will be at the ferry landing today with the wrecking boat,
Charlie Hill, searching the bottom of the river for the colored
driver and wagon that were lost last fall. As he always finds bodies when
he looks for them, he will undoubtedly be successful.
Saturday, 14 Feb 1880:
A negro boy who arrived in this city a few weeks ago and who it is said
walked all the way from Arkansas, died up town yesterday. He will doubtless
have to be buried by the county.
Tuesday, 15 Feb 1880:
The Illinois Central train had just started on Sunday when a man was seen to
jump from the train and make for the river. He jumped upon the Cairo City
Coal Company’s barges and gaining the outer one commenced stripping himself
of his clothes. Officer Schuckers, being upon the levee, was
notified of the man’s action and gained the barge just in time to save his
life. It was his intention to commit suicide, and he had already rid
himself of his clothes and was about to plunge into the river, when the
officer laid hands upon him. The stranger, who was a powerful man, was
greatly put out by the officers’ interference and struggled with him to gain
the water, but a stranger coming to Schucker’s assistance, this was
prevented. He was then made to put on his clothes again and was placed in
the care of Jailor Andy Cain. His name is R. P. Toler and he
was in company of his mother and his two children, on his route from Dallas,
Texas, to Dongola. We learn that his wife died in Dallas a few weeks ago,
and ever since that time he has talked and acted like a deranged man.
Yesterday afternoon he was put upon the Illinois Central train and sent to
Dongola, where his mother has preceded him.
(R. P. Toler married
Rosannah V. Arnhart on 14 Dec 1867, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Wednesday, 18 Feb 1880:
Last night about nine o’clock a negro while walking on a stage plank from
the wharf onto a steamboat, accidentally stepped off and falling into the
river was drowned. His name was unknown to those who witnessed the
Thursday, 19 Feb 1880:
Last Monday evening, at Harrisburg, Fred Gregson, son of John P.
Gregson, formerly of this city, but now a resident of Mound City, was
shot in the abdomen by one of a crowd of roughs who had congregated at the
Cairo and Vincennes depot, where Gregson worked, to create a
disturbance. Although the young man still lives, the wound will probably
Maurice Howard, who received a very severe cut in the head with a
razor from Lee Meyers, while in our county jail, came very near
bleeding to death at Mound City yesterday—his wounds having become opened by
his movements. He has, until now, been kept in our jail for safe keeping,
and is charged with murder.
The case of the negro who killed young Tessier will be heard at this
term of the Pulaski County circuit court which is now in session in Mound
City. The grand jury yesterday had the case under consideration and will
probably indict the negro. Witnesses from this city were yesterday
subpoenaed to appear before the jury.
Yesterday morning we reported the drowning of a negro who stepped off the
stage plank of the W. P. Halliday at nine o’clock the night
previous. At three o’clock yesterday morning another negro fell into the
river from the wharfboat and also drowned. Boards and ropes were thrown to
each of the men, but the rapid current of the river carried them off before
they could be rescued. The levee rousters who yesterday conversed about the
drowning of these men expressed much satisfaction at their death, saying
that “country niggers” had no business on steamboats.
Saturday, 21 Feb 1880:
A BASTARD BABY
Over Which Hogs Were Yesterday Fighting.
The Father and Mother of the Child Discovered—The Inquest to Be Held Today.
Yesterday morning brought to
light what may turn out to be one of the most damnable crimes that has been
committed in this city for many a day. At about 8:30 o’clock a.m., while on
their way to school a number of school children passing over the commons, on
Twenty-fifth Street, between Washington and Poplar found
THE CORPSE OF A GIRL BABY
over which the hogs were fighting. The hogs had rooted it up on
Twenty-fifty Street, a few feet from a whitewashed board fence, and had
already eaten off its feet when discovered. The nose and mouth had been
bitten into by the hogs, but the flesh on the face all remained. The
children who were on their way to school, drove off the hogs and
HUNG THE CHILD UP ON
the fence, between two boards, by its head, in order to place it out of the
reach of the hogs. They then continued on their way to school—telling all
whom they met of the occurrence. This soon spread the report and by noon
the subject was in the mouth of every uptown family, and many were they who
had visited the scene and seen the little creature dangling by its head from
the fence by that time. At twelve o’clock Coroner Dick Fitzgerald,
Sheriff Hodges and others went there and found that the child had
been buried near the fence under a few inches of ground, where the hogs had
dug it up. It was apparently a seven months’ child, fully developed,
perhaps twelve or fourteen inches in length, and it was judged from its
IT HAD BEEN BORN ALIVE.
It had been buried in a
five-pound candy box constructed of such light material as fruit boxes are
made out of. The box being too short for the child it must have been
doubled up into it. Several small sheets of linen were found dry and
unstained except where they were spotted with blood, and from this it is
argued that the child was buried before the last rain, which was only a few
days ago. This supposition is very reasonable, since the heavy rain of
Thursday morning would have passed through the little ground, which covered
the box and have saturated and soiled the sheets.
placed it in a box and took it down to the courthouse where it remained
while he went in search of evidence to convict the guilty party.
At about 5:30 o’clock we
found Coroner Fitzgerald at the courthouse corner, surrounded by six
or eight negro women, all of whom had, apparently something very important
to communicate. Upon approaching the scene we found the theme of
conversation, as we expected, the finding of the baby on Twenty-fifty
Street. The women were in the act, to use a slang phrase, of “giving away”
the woman who had given birth to the child, and were revealing to the
coroner so much of the affair as they had learned. They stated that they
had just come from the house of a negro women named Linda Burns, who
lived on Twenty-third Street near the corner of Cedar and said that Linda
Burns informed them that she was the mother of the child which had been
found on the commons. They were notified by Officer Schuckers to
attend the inquest at 10 o’clock this morning. When, in company with the
coroner, we at once set out for Linda Burns’ house to learn
particulars. A small shanty on the aforesaid street was pointed out as her
residence, and upon entering we found a rather young looking negro woman
with one child on her lap and three others jumping about the floor. The
room was less comfortable than the cell in the county jail in which the day
before we had visited E. F. Davis. A number of panes were broken out
of the only window which admitted light to the room, and their places filled
with rags, and the cracks which admitted the wind were numerous and large.
The furniture in the room was composed of a stove, three chairs and a
bedstead, which was filled with dirty rags. The coroner made himself
thoroughly at home before saying a word, when the following conversation
Coroner—How many children have you?
C.—How many years have you lived in Cairo?
L.B.—I have lived here three years.
C.—Where did you live before you came to this city?
L.B.—In New Madrid, Mo.
C.—Where did you live before you lived there?
L.B.—I was born and raised in New Madrid.
C.—Are you a married woman?
C.—What is your husband’s name?
C.—You are unwell, are you not?
L.B.—Yes; I am not quite well. You are a doctor aren’t you?
No reply from the coroner.
L.B.—You are the doctor who tended to a woman on this street are you
The coroner looked as wise as you please and kept his mouth shut.
C.—How long have you been unwell?
L.B.—For about three months.
C.—Have you been worse of late?
L.B.—Yes; miscarriage was the cause.
C.—When was this?
L.B.—A week ago today (Friday)
C.—How long ago has it been since you ascertained that you were pregnant?
L.B.—About three months ago.
C.—Was it not seven months ago?
L.B.—No sir; I know it hasn’t been over four months.
C.—Where is your husband?
L.B.—He’s not alive.
C.—When did he die?
L.B.—He died last winter.
C.—How do you support yourself?
L.B.—I am unable to work, and get along as best I can. Sometimes I
have a hard time getting along.
C.—How old are you?
C.—Who is the father of the child you say you miscarried?
C.—Is he a married man?
L.B.—Yes; and he drives a team for Halliday Brothers.
C.—Does he know of your having given birth to the child?
L.B.—Yes; I gave birth to the child between seven and eight o’clock
Friday night and sent for him on Saturday; but he couldn’t come during the
day because he drives a team, but he came at night.
C.—Who buried the child?
L.B.—He took it away at night and buried it.
C.—He made a bad job of it.
C.—Who was with you immediately after giving birth to the child?
L.B.—My sister who lives next door. (She had told half a dozen who
had visited her yesterday that her sister knew nothing about the affair.)
C.—Are you sure that Charles Dunlap is the father of the child?
L.B.—I think I ought to be, since he is the only man who has kept me
since my husband died.
Upon leaving the house the
coroner started for the next house to see the woman’s sister and ascertain
what she knew about the affair, but that worthy lady was not found at home,
and it being now dark, we left the coroner, who, after expressing the
opinion to Officer Schuckers that Dunlap should at once be
arrested, visited several neighboring families with the object to find, if
possible, some positive proof of crime.
At eight o’clock last night
Sheriff Hodges and Officer Schuckers called at Charles
Dunlap’s house to arrest him, but found him sick in bed, and hence he
was permitted to remain where he was. The inquest will be held at ten
o’clock this morning.
Sunday, 22 Feb 1880:
The coroner’s jury summoned to sit on the corpse of the child spoken of in
yesterday’s Bulletin found that although circumstances were
suspicious, there was no evidence to show that the case was one of
infanticide, and their verdict was given accordingly. Dunlap and the
woman Burns were discharged from custody and the corpse turned over
to Dunlap, the father, for burial in the Seven Mile grave yard.
The “Pitt case”—or in other words the case of the negro who stabbed young
Willie Tessier in Mound City while that burg was afire, will come up
for trial in the Pulaski County circuit court tomorrow. The Mecham
murder case will be taken up after the negro has been disposed of.
We were yesterday informed by Mr. Pat. Clancy that the man who had
been murdered three quarters of a mile above Dongola on the night of the 7th
inst., was not a “thieving tramp whose name was unknown,” but that he was an
honest and industrious man, whose name was John Conners, and who, for
quite a while, had worked in the Illinois Central yards of this city, under
Mr. Frank Dougherty. Mr. Clancy was well acquainted with the
murdered man and states that he has relatives living in Massachusetts.
Wednesday, 25 Feb 1880:
STATION AGENT KILLED.
Carlyle, Ill., Feb. 23.—F.
E. Norcross, the station agent of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad,
was instantly killed here at 2 o’clock this afternoon while switching cars.
No blame is attached to anyone. The coroner’s inquest will be held this
evening. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
The Hays-Telford murder occurred in Marion County about a year
ago. Hays has been sent to the penitentiary for the crime. The
family of Telford have had a monument made that displays a curious
taste, to say the least about it. At the top of the shaft is carved a large
butchering knife. Then follows:
George W. Hays,
Died Jan. 18, 1879,
Aged 22 y’s, 6 mos., 6 d’s.
Pittman, the negro who stabbed young Willie Tessier at Mound
City, has been sentenced to imprisonment for life. He deserved nothing
less, and unless he is pardoned, this sentence will be harder on him than
On Sunday night last, James Riley, a section boss on the narrow gauge
railroad, was stabbed by a negro at Hodges Park. Riley, in company
with another white man, attended a negro dance given at that place, and
getting into a quarrel, was stabbed by the negro before he had a chance to
defend himself. He was yesterday reported very low. The negro was
yesterday held under bond of six hundred dollars.
Thursday, 26 Feb 1880:
THE LAST OF AN ILLINOIS PIONEER.
RICHVIEW, Ill., Feb. 24.—The
funeral of the Rev. Simeon Walker took place here today at 11
o’clock. The deceased was extensively known throughout the state, was for a
century a minister of the Methodist church, and was one of the early
settlers of old Kaskaskia. For sixty years he resided in this county. His
death removes one of the oldest settlers of the state.
We yesterday learned the particulars of the stabbing affray which took place
at Hodges Park Sunday last, and this is about the way it occurred. The
negroes of the place were having a dance and a darkey employed by one Mike
Tooney, a farmer in the neighborhood, attended, but being generally
disliked, the negroes pitched on him and threatened to give him a beating.
Mr. Tooney hearing that the darkey in his employ was about to receive
a beating went to the ball in order to get him to return home, but upon
arriving there was met at the door by a threatening crowd of negroes, one of
whom named Jim Wallace, called him a s-- b----. At this time a white
man named Jim Riley interfered and attempted to quiet the negroes
when, without any angry words passing between them, he was stabbed twice in
the left side by a negro named Joseph Davis. Davis was
immediately arrested and was placed under six hundred dollars bond by Squire
Hargis. It was yesterday rumored that Davis had made his
escape from Constable Hargis, who is a son of the squire, but as to
whether or not the rumor is true, we have no means of knowing at present.
Jim Riley is the son of a section boss on the narrow gauge and is
himself in the employ of the road at Hodges Park. His chances for recovery
yesterday morning were considered very doubtful. George Hendricks
appeared for the negro at the trial.
Saturday, 28 Feb 1880:
Mr. Reynolds, an old gentleman and one who has resided at Commercial
Point for some time, died very suddenly the other day. It was on a
Wednesday morning that he went to work, feeling perfectly well, and after
being at work a few hours, feeling cold, he took a drink and laid down upon
his bed with his clothes on and died at three o’clock in the afternoon. No
physician attended him and the supposition is that the cause of his death
was a congestive chill. For these particulars we are indebted to Mr. J. H.
Mulcahy, of Commercial Point.
Sunday, 29 Feb 1880:
William Stetler, a boy sixteen or seventeen years of age, was drowned
a little above Halliday Brothers warehouse night before last by the
overturning of a skiff, which was caused by the current carrying it against
a coal flat. Besides the unfortunate boy, the skiff continued his father
and three men named respectively John Harris, James Phillips
and Clint Phillips. They were on their way home in their fishing
boat when the accident occurred.
We were yesterday apprised of the
death of Mr. Fred Whitcamp, who found a watery grave in the
Mississippi River, about six miles above this city, on Sunday last. It
appears that the river had washed away the support from beneath the
riverbank and upon Mr. Whitcamp and a laborer in his employ,
approaching it, the bank gave away beneath them—carrying them both into the
stream. A tree stump being within reach of the laborer he secured a hold
upon it and thus saved his life, but Mr. Whitcamp was immediately
carried away by the current. Owing to the highness of the water which cuts
off all communication between this city and Mrs. Whitcamp’s farm, she
found it impossible to convey the sad intelligence of her husband’s death to
her relatives and friends sooner, and it was with the greatest of difficulty
that she yesterday succeeded in reaching Cairo. Mr. Whitcamp took up
his residence in this city in ‘64 and was, at the time of his death, known
to quite all of our citizens as an industrious man who made his living by
the sweat of his brow, and who was honest to the core and generally
esteemed. He is a brother of our fellow citizen Mr. Henry Whitcamp,
who resides on Poplar near the corner of Seventeenth Street. Many years ago
he connected himself with the Masonic fraternity and has been an active
Mason of good standing ever since. He frequently attended divine services
in the German Lutheran Church and was, we believe, a member thereof at the
time of his death. He was fifty-eight years of age and leaves a wife and
two daughters who mourn his sudden taking off, and who have our sincere
sympathy. A notice of reward offered for the recovery of his remains will
be found in another column.
FIFTY DOLLAR REWARD!
Fifty dollars reward will be paid by the
undersigned, for the recovery of the body of Fred Whitcamp, who was
drowned in the Mississippi River, several miles above Cairo, on Sunday,
February 22nd. He is of medium height, wore Canton flannel underclothes,
blue cheviot over shirt, vest and knit jacket, blue jeans pants, and wore
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp
(Memphis and New Orleans papers please copy and send bill to this office.)
After the bloody
murder perpetrated on the tramp near Dongola, things have quieted down and
our quaint little town though she has time and again been scandalized by
similar outrages, still exists.
Thursday, 2 Mar
The jury in the case of Mrs. Meacham at Mound City gave her fourteen
years in the penitentiary.
Yesterday morning Mr. James Barclay received a telegram from
Louisville which stated that his brother, Hugh Barclay, a banker at
Russellville, had been stricken with paralysis at the Gait House and his
life was despaired of. A telegram was from W. P. Barclay, a younger
brother, cashier of the Russellville bank.—Argus.
Wednesday, 3 Mar 1880:
It is true as we stated in yesterday’s issue that Mrs. Esther Meacham
was sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary. We learn from Mr.
Mulkey of the firm of Mulkey & Leak, who were the
defendants in the case, that they will, on Saturday next, file a motion for
a new trial. There was nothing positive about the evidence, upon which she
was convicted, but it was purely circumstantial and the attorneys believe
that a new trial will be granted. Judge Harker presided over the
last term of court.
WAS HE MURDERED?
The Supposition that Mr. Fred Whitcamp, Sr., was Murdered, Sustained by Late
George Kohl, the Hired Man, Thought to Be the Guilty Man.
Since the first appearance in these columns
of a notice announcing the death of Mr. Fred Whitcamp, Sr., by
drowning, numerous stories, some of them very extravagant, have come to our
ears, which, were they known to the parties whom they concern, would tend to
make them feel very uncomfortable. But especially are these stories
damaging to the hired man, who has been in the employ of Mr. Whitcamp
for about a year, and whose name is George Kohl.
Our readers will remember that we stated in
Sunday’s issue that the water had washed away the earth from beneath the
river bank and upon Mr. Whitcamp, and a laborer in his employ,
approaching it, the bank gave away beneath them—carrying them both into the
stream. That a tree stump being within the reach of the laborer, he secured
a hold upon it, and thus saved his life, but that Mr. Whitcamp was
immediately carried away by the current. We also stated that owing to the
high water which cuts off all communication between this city and Mrs.
Whitcamp’s residence, she had found it impossible to convey the
intelligence of her husband’s death to her relatives and friends until a
week after the occurrence. These particulars we procured from good
authority and, of course, therefore, had reason to believe them true.
But now comes Mr. Fred Whitcamp, who
is a nephew of the deceased, and who has made investigations of the bank
which is said to have caved in, and says that no caving is visible at the
place, and that there is not current there which could have washed away the
earth from beneath the bank; and also that no stump is visible upon the
catching hold of which the laborer said he had rescued himself. He further
says that there is no step-off at the place but that the water gradually
deepens and that a person can wade about in it near the bank with perfect
safety. The slough—for slough it is, and not the river—has been dragged
with nets and hooks for several days, but in vain. Had Mr. Whitcamp
drowned there his body would have been easily recovered, since there is no
current in the slough which could have carried it off.
These facts are ample and sufficient to
convince the thinking mind that Whitcamp was the victim of foul play,
and that he was
MURDERED AND DISPOSED OF
in some other way. But who is guilty of the devilish deed is the question
which then arises. Let us see. It is known that Mr. Whitcamp, when
he left his house, had upon his person three hundred dollars in cash, with
which he intended to buy a team and pay various debts, and that he third
man, Kohl, had the means of knowing that Mr. Whitcamp had the
money about his person. Kohl, when he informed Mrs. Whitcamp
of her husband’s death, was only wet up to the waist, and had in no way the
appearance of a man who had struggled in the water and mud for life. His
clothes were unsoiled and he had the appearance of a man who had simply
waded into the water in order to wet his clothes.
This being the case, the question will occur
to the reader, why was not the news of the affair at once conveyed to
relatives in this city or at least to the nearest neighbor in order that
search might have been instituted at once? This is a question we do not
propose to answer. Yesterday, in conversation with the nearest neighbor of
the deceased, we were informed that he had visited the city on Wednesday
last, and that he would gladly have brought the news, but that he knew
nothing about the affair. Why he had not been informed he knew not.
News was yesterday morning conveyed to this
city that Kohl, who had been left in charge of the house, while Mrs.
Whitcamp was in the city, had made his escape. He was seen day
before yesterday at about four o’clock in the evening sneaking away from the
house and avoiding, as much as possible, the public road. If there was
anything to fix the crime upon him, this it would seem should be sufficient
to prove him guilty. He was seen to take the narrow gauge track and it was
supposed at first that he had followed it up, but a dispatch received by
Officer Hogan, yesterday evening, states that he had not been seen
along the road. A reward of
has been offered for his arrest, by the relatives in this city, and the
officers will doubtless strain every nerve to bring the villain to justice.
Kohl is five feet six inches in height, has gray hair with beard and
mustache, has not burnsides. His face is red, and through the skin the blue
veins are plainly visible.
Mr. Fred Whitcamp, the nephew of the missing man, was yesterday at
work with commendable energy assisting the officers in working up the case,
and we also hear the Mr. Henry Whitcamp is sparing no pains in
bringing to light the facts in the case. We hope, for the sake of all
concerned, that the matter may be cleared up without the discovery of
Thursday, 4 Mar 1880:
DIED.—Bouchard.—Feb. 26, 1880, Edward, infant son of Alfred S. and
Virginia Bouchard, aged 6 days.
GEORGE KOHL’S CAPTURE
He Is Arrested by Sheriff Hodges at Jonesboro and Brought to This City
What He Has to Say—A Talk with Him in the County Jail.
before last Sheriff Hodges
boarded the freight train of the narrow gauge road at this point, in search
of the German, George Kohl,
who rests under the suspicion of having murdered Fred
Sr. He made inquiries all along the road and found that
had been seen at various stations refreshing himself with drinks, and
walking at a very rapid rate. The train, in order to accommodate the
sheriff, stopped at every station long enough to permit him to make
inquiries as to whether or not
Kohl had been seen and it was in
this manner that the fellow was traced to Jonesboro. Upon arriving there
the sheriff made inquiries for him in all the saloons of the place, but no
one had noticed such a man as the sheriff sought and he returned to the
train to resume his trip. But upon arriving at the train he saw
upon the caboose and immediately took him under arrest, and upon reaching
him found in his possession $54, a razor, and fine pistol. This pistol was
cocked in the fellow’s pocket.
He gave his
name as John Miller
and said he had for some time been working for a farmer about fifteen miles
below Jonesboro. The sheriff kept him in ignorance as to why he was
arrested, but when he neared Cairo with him, the fellow suspected the cause
of the arrest, and told the sheriff that his true name was George
and that he had been in the employ of Mr. Fred
Upon the arrival here, he was locked up in the county jail, where we
yesterday visited him and had the following conversation with him:
Reporter—Your name is George Kohl,
that’s my name.
from your name that you are a German.
He said he
was and seemed to feel more at ease after we exchanged a few words in German
you enter the employ of Mr. Fred
October 1st, 1879.
had you been in this city before Mr.
a few weeks.
you happen to find employment with him?
was recommended to Whitcamp
by John Sackberger.
I boarded with Sackberger
during my stay in Cairo.
boarding with Mr. Sackberger
didn’t you form the acquaintance of men who you could call upon to testify
to your good character?
formed no acquaintances, but
Sackberger knows me and knows
that I always behaved myself.
where you came from when you came to this city; what you worked at and for
came to this city from Troy, Ills., which is located about eighteen miles
from East St. Louis, and worked upon a farm about half a mile distant from
Troy, for a German named Jacob
to give your side of the story to the public and if you choose you may now
tell me all about the drowning affair.
sir, it was on the Sunday before the last, that the affair happened. Mrs.
expressed the desire in the morning to visit the graveyard where her son
lies buried, and, notwithstanding that her husband thought it would be
difficult and dangerous to reach the graveyard, she went immediately after
dinner, taking her daughter with her. This left
and me alone in the house, and we sat by the fire for about half an hour,
talking of different things, when the conversation drifting upon the
Mississippi River, he suggested that we pay that stream a visit. I am not a
river man and expressed my aversion for the water, but after again urging
me, I consented to accompany him, although I did so reluctantly. We crossed
the slough together, upon a raft he had made, and then walked to the river.
Upon arriving at the riverbank, and while standing close to the river, he
pointed to the opposite shore, saying that he had always supposed the land
on the opposite side higher than the land on which we stood, but that
apparently he had been mistaken in this. He had just uttered these words
when the earth broke away beneath us, and landed us both into the river. As
I went down I secured a hold upon a willow which was hardly as large as my
wrist and clinging to it, was fortunate enough to save my life, but
at once sunk, and as he did so, he called to me saying, “Oh, George, help
me!” These were his last words and I replied, “How can I help you?” I had
fallen into the water up to my neck and made haste in getting out of my
time was it that Whitcamp
two in the afternoon—perhaps a little later.
the distance between the river and
four and five hundred yards.
to the house immediately after the accident?
time did you reach the house?
four or half past four o’clock.
R.—Am I to
understand that it took you between two and two and a half hours to reach
the house, which was only four or five hundred yards distant from the river?
answering the question he replied: I got to the house a few minutes before
returned and had rid myself of my wet clothes when she entered. I procured
clothes and informed her of the accident.
general supposition is that if you were carried into the river by the dirt
and crawled out upon it, that your clothes should have been soiled, but I
hear that they were not.
could my clothes be dirty when I had been in the water?
the nearest neighbors were in easy reach of you, why did you not apprise
them of the accident?
nobody told me to do so.
exhibited a supreme indifference on your part.
know that Mr. Whitcamp
had three hundred dollars about his person on Sunday?
you leave the premises on Monday evening?
I desired work and I went in search of it.
not have work upon Mrs. Whitcamp’s
not receive your wages regularly or had you any other fault to find with
was well pleased with my position and received my wages whenever I asked for
inform anybody of your intention to leave or place anyone in charge of the
stock when you left?
there any money due you when you left?
was about a month and a half of wages due me.
alone should have been an inducement for you to remain at least until Mrs.
To this no
reply was given, but he desired work and therefore had left the place. He
knew what his enemies were up to. They desired to convict him of a crime of
which he was not guilty, and in order to accomplish their purpose were
concocting false stories and denying self-evident facts. He had been
informed that his story as to the caving in of the bank was discredited, but
give him liberty and he would convince these disbelievers. He would take
them to the spot and put their nose upon the caved-in bank in
order that they might
see it. He was a poor laborer, without friends, without means and without a
home, but they would never succeed in convicting him of a crime that was
never committed. The money he had handed over to the sheriff, he had
obtained honestly by hard toil and constant saving, and was stained only by
the sweat of his brow and not by the blood of any human being. Being
considerably excited, he spoke quite eloquently and said many things for
which we have no space, and which, while they are of no real consequence,
would doubtless have been left unsaid, had he been more calm.
Friday, 5 Mar 1880:
At Winchester, on the 29th, James Padgett was shot and killed by
Joseph J. Fields, a well-to-do farmer of Greene County.
Gorman P. Miller, connected with the wharf boats here since 1871,
died at the Sisters Hospital in this city, Wednesday night, at 12 o’clock.
His remains are in charge of the wharf boat company and will be buried at
Villa Ridge today, the train leaving here at 11 a.m.
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, the wife of the missing man, came very near
losing her life day before yesterday by falling from a raft into the slough
near her house. She was seated upon the raft while a negro was propelling
it over the slough and becoming dizzy she fell into the water. Where the
accident occurred the water is very deep and but for the negro extending to
her the pole with which he was propelling the raft, she would have found a
The body of Mr. Fred Whitcamp has not yet been found, although a
continual search has been kept up for it. A number of men yesterday left
this city to assist in the search.
The death of Mr. Gorman Miller, although not unexpected, yet caused a
little consternation among his numerous friends yesterday morning. It
occurred at the hospital a little after twelve o’clock night before last.
He had been for some years suffering from consumption, but had not until
recently been compelled to forsake his duties on the wharf boat. He is said
to have been an excellent employee, attentive to his duties, honest,
obliging, and a man who knew how to gain friends and keep them. The funeral
takes place today at about 11 o’clock. The remains will be taken to Villa
Ridge on the regular train and there interred with proper rite.
The whole story of the drowning of Fred Whitcamp, as it was day
before yesterday told us by George Kohl, and as it appeared in these
columns yesterday, is exceedingly damaging to that gentleman, but especially
is the latter part of it so. He says that he left Whitcamp’s
premises in search of employment on the premises and that he had no fault to
find with the work he was there required to perform. He also says that he
left the house without informing the neighbors of his intention to leave and
that he left no one in charge of the stock which he had been instructed to
feed and take care of during Mrs. Whitcamp’s absence to this city.
But perhaps the most damaging fact of all which he disclosed, was, that a
month and a half’s wages were due him and that he hurriedly left without
waiting to be paid for his services. These facts coupled with the facts
that he had sneaked away from the house in the evening, and that he walked
at an unusually rapid rate until he was overtaken by the sheriff, and also
that he denied his true name to the sheriff, and lied to him as to the last
place he had worked, seem by themselves, to form a chain of evidence against
him, that is, to say the least of it, very strong. But however this may be,
it is possible that the man is innocent. He spoke to us with an air of
frankness that does not betoken the criminal, and the public should withhold
their judgment until he is proven guilty of crime.
Saturday, 6 Mar 1880:
The many friends of Mrs. C. Hanny will regret to know of her
dangerous illness. She was so low last evening that her life was despaired
News has come to us from Clear Creek of the death of Mr. Nathan Sams,
one of the oldest citizens of that place. He had been quite feeble all last
fall and winter and of late was seized with pneumonia and though medical aid
was called, the disease would not loosen its hold upon him and he died of
the disease. Mr. Sams was born in Union County, Illinois, August 27,
1813, and died in the sixty-seventh year of his age, and has been living
upon his farm, there for forty years. He acquired considerable property and
at the time of his death was wealthy. In his death the people of that
community may safely say they have lost one of their best citizens. He was
an industrious, hard-working man, though he had sufficient means to live in
plenty, without work. He did not consider this an excuse for idleness. He
was upright, honest and truthful, and no one ever doubted the correctness of
a statement when it came directly from him. He was both charitable and
obliging, and always willing to lend a helping hand to one in need and had
many friends and no enemies. We sympathize with the bereaved family in the
loss of one so dear to them, for we are sure that in him they lost a devoted
husband and a loving father. More, here at least, at this writing, is not
for us to say, but this we will say, that the name of Nathan Sams
will be remembered by friends and relatives in this community, long after
the remains of his frail body have returned to its mother dust.
Sunday, 7 Mar 1880:
The news of the death of Mrs. C. Hanny was wafted over the city
yesterday morning and caused many exclamations of regret and expressions of
sympathy from the lips of her numerous sincere friends. Mrs. Hanny
is a relative of Mr. John Antrim and was married to Mr. Hanny
in 1872, we believe. She has lived among us ever since, and true to her
perfect womanhood, she has been an exemplary “help meet” and mother. She
bore bravely Mr. Hanny’s recent reverses, and like a true comforter,
lightened as much as possible the burdon of his misfortune. She was known
by nearly everyone in the city, as a woman of rare qualities, intelligent,
noble, gentle, loving and generous. A woman of the truest type, whose
departure may well be heartily regretted by our entire community. Mr.
Hanny has our heartfelt sympathy in his affliction.
(Ursula Garter married Christopher
Hanny on 16 Sep 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 10 Mar 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Frederick Whitcamp, Sr., which took place at 3
o’clock yesterday afternoon, was one of the largest ever seen in this city.
It was attended by the members of the Masonic fraternity and of the Arab
Fire Company, together with a large number of his friends who had no
connection with these societies. The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Coroner Fitzgerald returned from the scene of the Mason crime
yesterday evening. And we learn from Mr. Samuel Orr , who
accompanied the coroner, that the woman was shot in the left side, near the
shoulder, the ball passing close to the heart and lodging in the other side
of the breast. The man in order to be better able to accomplish his own
destruction pulled off his boot, set the butt of the gun on the floor and
muzzle to the side of his neck under the right jaw and shoved down the
trigger with his toes. The load lodged in his brain and death was the
immediate result. The cause of the act was jealousy. We have not space for
the minute particulars.
A portion of the evidence in the Whitcamp case given before the
coroner’s jury, Monday, appeared in these columns yesterday morning in a
confoundedly “mixed” state. The manuscript passed to the printers in
perfect form, a portion of Miss Caroline Whitcamp’s evidence was made
to follow the evidence of Mr. Nick Williams. This was bad—it was
worse than bad. It made a very awkward appearance, and was the cause of
some of our golden locks turning gray. It was sufficient to drive the music
from any man’s soul, to cause the glittering and saintly smile of delight to
bid adieu to the countenance and cause it to look old and care warn before
its time. But what can’t be cured must be endured, and the matter will
appear OK in The Weekly Bulletin.
(The Tuesday, 9 Mar 1880, issue has not been
The facts in the Whitcamp murder case, so far as they have been
substantiated by the testimony taken, and the circumstances surrounding it,
present a most horrible picture of mingled reasoning brutality, and cold,
calculating human nature that seeks to gain a selfish end by means the most
diabolical, regardless of the consequence that seem certain to follow. That
these facts will prove sufficient in the minds of a jury to convict the wife
of the deceased, cannot be positively asserted, but if unimpeached, they
point to her as a monster, who has long ago ceased to bear within her soul
the slightest semblance to humanity, and whose heart of stone experiences
neither regret nor sympathy. However, Mr. Fred Whitcamp may have
borne himself toward his family—whatever may have been his private faults,
his reputation in this community was that of an honest man, a genial
companion, an unassuming, hardworking peaceful citizen, and a sincere
friend. He was not altogether temperate, and sometimes allowed his good
nature to be overruled by drink, when, perhaps his bearing toward his family
was not that of a model husband and father, but this fault was amply made up
for by his other good qualities, and his deeds of violence during these
periods were always followed by acts of kindness and regrets. In view of
these facts, it is difficult to find a sufficient motive for the commition
of so heinous a crime as that with which Mrs. Whitcamp stands
charged, much less a justification for it.
Tuesday, 11 Mar 1880:
DEATH OF AN ILLINOIS PIONEER.
CLINTON, Ill., March 9.—Mr. William Eaton,
aged 93 years, a very highly esteemed and respected citizen of Clinton, died
at eleven o’clock this morning. Mr. Eaton lived in this county about
20 years and was a very prominent citizen. He will be buried Wednesday with
Mr. James Gash was very low yesterday. His mind has been wandering
since Sunday, and it was expected that he would not survive another day.
This will be sad news to his numerous friends in this city, who have enjoyed
his acquaintance for many a year. He contracted the consumption while in
the army, and although going to much expense to effect a cure, has steadily
been sinking. His left lung is entirely gone, and but very little of the
right lung remains.
Friday, 12 Mar 1880:
The attorneys of Mrs. Meacham have secured a new trial for that lady.
A man named A. Hudson, uncle of Captain Newman, of the
Champion, was shot and instantly killed yesterday, near Ogden’s Landing,
by a party named Simmons. It is reported that Hudson went to
the house of Simmons for the purpose of raising a disturbance, which
resulted as above. Hudson received a heavy charge of buckshot in the
abdomen and another in the back of the head. Simmons gave himself up
to the authorities at Blandville, and the preliminary examination took place
yesterday. Hudson was a bad man and feared by the people of his
“DEY’D BETTER HANG HIM!”
What Our Colored People Think Should Be Done with Kohl.
Our dear colored people are somewhat
concerned about the Whitcamp murder case and express themselves quite
freely as to what should be the fate of Mrs. Whitcamp and Kohl.
We have heard many of their remarks, but the below which caught our ear
while passing a crowd of darkies yesterday, about expresses the opinion
generally entertained by them:
First Darkey—Dey oughter hang dat man shore
Second Darkey—Go way nigger! Dey never
hangs no white men in dis town. No sah; dey don’t never ter hang white
trash when they murders.
Third Darkey—Dey hanged Glass—I knows
that mighty well, an if they don’t hang Kohl dey’ll never hang
another nigger in dis town. I done tole you now.
First Darkey—Dem’s de facts. Dey’s been
hanging niggers all dis time for almost nothing an dey’d better hang dat
Unless present appearance are deceitful the
wish of these gentlemen of color will doubtless be gratified, and they with
a portion of our white population, will be afforded an opportunity to kindly
gather to see a murderer hung.
Sunday, 14 Mar 1880:
The Paducah News says: The steamboatmen of Nashville gave the
remains of Thad. P. Gibson, late second clerk of the steamer B. S.
Rhea, a nice burial, the funeral being largely attended by river men and
other prominent citizens of Nashville. A fund has also been made up,
contributed to mostly by steamboat men for the erection of a handsome
monument to Thad’s memory, Capt. T. G. Ryman heading the list with a
This is court week and so was last week. So for two weeks there has been a
turmoil among our citizens (Dongola), i.e. a certain portion of them. A
bill for murder was found against seven of our citizens. We speak of the
seven who were admitted to bail, by Judge Harker, a few weeks ago.
They were indicted and again admitted to bail and their case laid over till
next term of court. But for fear of hurting the character of Dongola and
being personal, we omit giving any of the names. Being in a saloon at
night, where “forty rod whisky” is sold and local games of cards played, has
cost these men lots of trouble and will result in a big pile for Union
County taxpayers to foot; and yet, too many of our citizens say: “It pays
to license saloons.”
In another column will be found the funeral notice of Richard W.
O’Callahan, who died of consumption at the hospital at 2 o’clock
yesterday morning. He was the son of Alderman O’Callahan, deceased,
and was generally regarded as an exemplary young man.
The funeral services over the remains of the
late Richard W. O’Callahan, will be read at 2 p.m. today, in St.
Patrick’s Church, corner Ninth Street and Washington Avenue. The cortege
will leave his late residence, corner Fourth and Commercial, at half past
one, to go to the church. A special train will leave foot of Eighth Street
at 2 p.m., carrying remains to Villa Ridge for interment in the Catholic
cemetery. Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.
Tuesday, 16 Mar
We are glad to be able to announce an improvement in the condition of Mr. C.
Hanny, who was actually reported dead yesterday morning. But while
he is better, he is yet too ill to receive visitors and will, for the
present, not be apt to receive many, since Dr. Dunning informs us
that he carries the keys for the front and back doors in his pants pockets.
Lewis Norman was born January the
15th, 1815, and died at Thebes, of typhoid fever, March 12th, 1880, aged 65
years, 1 month and 27 days. Hence are we again admonished that we must die,
and the voice from the sacred pages cries to us to prepare to meet our God.
Thebes, March 13th, 1880.
Died, at her residence, March 14th, Mrs.
Franziska, wife of C. Koch. The funeral will leave the residence
(between Fifth and Sixth streets on Commercial Avenue) at 2 o’clock p.m.,
for St. Patrick’s Church, where services will be held over the remains. A
special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 3 o’clock p.m.,
carrying the remains to Villa Ridge for interment in the Catholic cemetery.
Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.
(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge
reads: Francis wife of C. Koch Born Aug. 6, 1841, Died March 14,
1880. Buried next to her was Christian F. Koch, her husband.—Darrel
Thursday, 18 Mar 1880:
THE DILLARD MYSTERY.
The alarm of fire which was sounded at 12:30
o’clock night before last caused by the burning of a shanty at the corner of
Twenty-eight Street and Ohio Levee, which was occupied by the old negro
Thornton Dillard, commonly called “Dr. Dillon.” The shanty was
burned to the ground and the occupant, Dr. Dillard, was burned to a
crisp. Early yesterday morning the rumor was set afloat that the old man
who is a rag picker—had a few days ago obtained two hundred dollars from the
Illinois Central Railroad and that some person had knocked him in the head,
taken the money from him and then set fire to the shanty—leaving him inside,
to burn to death. It was subsequently found, however, that he had obtained
no money from the railroad, but, notwithstanding, since he had made frequent
brags that he was in the possession of a large amount of money, there were
those who entertained serious doubts concerning the cause of his death. In
order to get at the facts in the case, Coroner Fitzgerald, in company
of a jury of six, yesterday forenoon visited the spot where the shanty had
stood. It had been but a poorly constructed affair, about six by eight in
size and perhaps five feet in height, and was found to be entirely
destroyed, and the only things which remained of its contents was an old
stove and a cupboard. In front of the stove were found some of the old
man’s bones, burned into small pieces, and also some of his brains which had
fallen out of his head when he was removed. A little farther on, the jury
found the remains of the man, which had been placed upon a saw frame of the
adjoining wood yard, in order to keep it out of the reach of dogs. The legs
above the knees and the arms above the elbows were gone, as was also the
lower jaw bone. The back portion of the skull had, apparently, been burned
off, thus causing the brains to drop out of the head, and the whole
trunk—for nothing more than the trunk remained—was burned to a crisp.
The jury after hearing the evidence of Mr. Miller, the night watchman
of the elevators, adjourned until four o’clock in the afternoon, when the
fireman and engineer of a switch engine of the Illinois Central arrived and
Officer Lally were sworn and permitted to make their statements. All
that was learned from these gentlemen was, that Dillard had been in a
habit of keeping a large fire in his shanty at night—one that might have
been apt to set fire thereto; that the place was visited by them shortly
after the breaking out of the fire; that although the shanty was small the
fire was very hot and that Dillon, when first seen, was in a crouching
position, and afire from head to foot, and apparently dead. No one was seen
about the shanty at the time the fire was discovered.
This was about the substance of the evidence
and the jury, believing that something more positive could be ascertained,
adjourned until ten o’clock this morning.
There are those who believe that the old man
was killed by some tramp who has heard him brag about his money and that the
shanty was set on fire in order to hide the deed. They claim that in a
shanty so full of cracks and holes he could not have been smothered by
smoke. He might have been drunk, they say but the shanty was such that a
man, even in a drunken condition, might have gained egress with ease. It
was supposed that he had at least some money, in coin, about his person, but
none could be found where he was burned. It was also believed that he had a
shotgun in his shanty at the time it was burned, and if so, the barrel of
the gun should have been found upon the site, and the fact of its not being
there is looked upon as evidence of foul play.
These are only some of the reasons why it is
thought that the old man was murdered and those who can throw any light upon
the matter should be at the court house at ten o’clock this morning, when
the jury will meet again.
Friday, 19 Mar 1880:
The wife of Mr. Dalton, a laborer, who resides on Twenty-eighth
Street, died while in the labor of childbirth day before yesterday. No
physician was in attendance, we hear, and the child has since died.
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, the wife of the murdered man, still emphatically
denies having any knowledge as to how her husband came to his death. She
stigmatizes Kohl’s confession as a monstrous lie, but has nothing to
say against the man himself. She is a woman of much firmness of character
and will doubtless insist to the last that she is not implicated in the
murder, and in case she does this, the only evidence upon which she can be
convicted will be circumstantial, and although the circumstantial evidence
is very strong, it will perhaps not prove strong enough to hang her.
THE JURY’S VERDICT.
The coroner’s jury which had under
consideration the cause of the death of Thornton Dillard colored,
yesterday morning, agreed upon the following verdict.
We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to enquire
of the death of Thornton Dillard, colored, (known as Doc. Dillon) on
oath, did find that he came to his death by burning in his shanty, while the
same was on fire—or from causes to the jurors unknown.
W. F. Schuckers, foreman; W. W.
Wooten, P. H. Mortin, Gus. Morse, E. H. Thielecke,
Saturday, 20 Mar
Died—Friday morning, March 12th, of typhoid fever, Mr. Louis
Norman. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. Ritter.
Tuesday, 23 Mar 1880:
About six weeks ago Johnny Lonergan, son of William Lonergan,
of this city, left Cairo for Red Bud, Randolph County—a station on the Cairo
and St. Louis Railroad. The parents, hearing from the boy frequently to the
effect that he was in good health and enjoying himself, felt no uneasiness
about him whatever. The great shock the family received yesterday morning
through a telegram conveying the intelligence that Johnny had “died at 9
o’clock,” admits, of course, of no description. The telegram was a simple
announcement of the death, leaving the family in ignorance as to all the
details—whether the young man had met a violent death or had died of sudden
illness; and yesterday evening the family had not yet been placed in
possession of the particulars. By the first conveyance yesterday, Mr.
Lonergan left for Red Bud and will doubtless return today with his son’s
body. Meanwhile our citizens are extending to the grief stricken family the
most friendly evidences of condolence and sympathy.
Wednesday, 24 Mar
A dispatch received from Mr. William Lonergan, at New Athens,
yesterday evening, was to the effect that he would arrive in Cairo with the
remains of his son, by the 4 o’clock Illinois Central train, this morning.
The particulars of the young man’s death were not communicated. It is
probable that the body will be buried at Villa Ridge this afternoon.
Thursday, 25 Mar
Mr. Lonergan, accompanied by his brother, arrived in the city with
the remains of his son, Johnny, yesterday morning. Johnny had been staying
at the house of his uncle, near Red Bud, several weeks. On Friday morning
last, when some distance from his uncle’s house, he was attacked with
congestion of the bowels. Although on horseback at the time, the intensity
of his sufferings were such that it was with the utmost difficulty he
reached home, and the nearest physician living four miles distant, two or
three hours elapsed before medical attention could be secured. But little
relief was obtained through the treatment bestowed upon the patient,
although the doctor passed the entire night by his bedside. About 9 o’clock
Monday morning, after much suffering, Johnny died. As we have already
stated, Mr. Lonergan, the father repaired to Red Bud by the first
conveyance, and would have returned to Cairo with the body on Tuesday, but
for the circumstance that after a long and exhausting drive to New Athens,
he arrived only ten minutes too late for the train—a mishap that compelled a
layover of twenty-four hours. He reached here yesterday morning, however,
and at half past 2 o’clock in the afternoon the remains were conveyed to
Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge, where they were interred in the family
burying lot. A large number of the friends of the family accompanied the
body to Villa Ridge and witnessed the solemn rites of sepulture. The
earnest sympathy manifested was very general among our people and served, in
a measure at least, to soften the poignancy of the sorrow into which the
family had been so unexpectedly precipitated. Johnny was about 18 years of
age at the time of his death—a youth of most exemplary habits, and loved and
respected for his modest and unobtrusive bearing an unexceptionable conduct,
by all who knew him.
Friday, 26 Mar 1880:
Officer Lally is terribly incensed by the report abroad yesterday
that he was not only implicated in the murder and incineration of old Dr.
Dillon, but had been arrested therefore. He pronounces the report
infamously false and slanderous and is especially anxious that the man who
is willing to “father it” assert himself.
(“Dr. Dillon” was Thornton Dillard,
according to the 18 Mar 1880. issue—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 28 Mar 1880:
Closely following our information yesterday that Mr. and Mrs. Robertson’s
child was dangerously sick, came the report, which we neglected to make
public, that, during the afternoon, the child died in a spasm. Mr. and Mrs.
R. have the heartfelt sympathies of their acquaintances, as was
evidenced during the sickness of the child and during the solemn rites of
sepulture. The remains left the city for burial yesterday.
A disposition was manifested on the part of some of our citizens, yesterday,
to charge the drowning of the two negroes from the wheel house of the
Guiding Star, to carelessness on the part of the mate and pilot. In the
absence of any proof of the justice of such a grave intimation, we feel
constrained to regard the parties named as guiltless. It may have been a
lamentable mistake on the part of one or both, but that they felt any
reckless disregard of human life is a suspicion in which we have no share.
While the steamer Guiding Star was moored behind the yellow
warehouse, yesterday morning, the stern line, as a result of the high wind
prevailing, became entangled in the wheel. Two colored men, named George
Mundy and Bill Stone, and a white man named Cook,
clambered into the wheel to disengage the line. This work was in progress
when the pilot, seeing the line slack, and understanding that orders had
been given to “go ahead,” rang on the steam. The wheel commencing to
revolve precipitated the colored men into the river and both of them were
drowned. Mr. Cook managed to keep out of the water, but was badly
crushed and wounded. He was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary and received
all needful attention. The bodies of the colored men were not recovered and
the extreme roughness of the river prevented anything like thorough search
for them. The affair is certainly a most lamentable one, but it seems to us
that proper precautions on the part of the men entering the wheel, or the
officer who essayed the control of the work, might have prevented its
Friday, 2 Apr 1880:
We received a call, yesterday, from Mrs. Dr. Holden, late of
Jonesboro. The doctor died, as the readers of The Bulletin were duly
informed, of cancer of the stomach, from which he was a sufferer for more
than three years. For several weeks prior to his death his agony was
extreme, but he endured it with a patience and fortitude characteristic of
the man. Mrs. Holden will leave Cairo for Metropolis in a day or
two, and reside there for a brief season with her father and mother. It is
her purpose, however, to make a permanent home with her daughter, Eddie, who
is married and lives in Deer Lodge, Montana. By a recent letter from that
distant region, Mrs. H. was informed that the thermometer, on
Christmas Day, scored 48 degrees below zero, with the snow lying upon the
ground three or four feet deep. Rather a rough climate that for “yellow
fever germs” and not a climactic paradise, we should say, for human beings ,
and especially for those who are acclimated only to the mild temperature of
(Alexander G. Holden married Mrs.
Jane S. Walker on 5 Apr 1865, in Union Co., Ill. The 13 Dec 1879,
and 20 Dec 1879, issues of the Jonesboro Gazette reported that Dr.
Alexander G. Holden, of Jonesboro, died 5 Dec 1879. He was born 1
Nov 1816, in North Carolina, and was married to Elizabeth G. Dabney,
who preceded him in death.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 6 Apr 1880:
The remains of Mr. Dyer, drowned at Caseyville, several weeks ago,
and found floating in the river, above town, was sent to Caseyville,
yesterday, on the Fisk.
The floater picked up in the Ohio Sunday morning, proved to be the body of
Mr. Marshall Dyer, of Caseyville, Ky. Mr. Dyer was drowned
from a skiff opposite Caseyville, over a month go, while in the act of
passing to the shore from the Idlewild. On the body (which was duly
cared for by Judge Yocum and Capt, Orr) were found a valuable
gold watch and $177 in money. Mr. Dyer was in very easy
circumstances at the time of his death.
Thursday, 8 Apr
The little towns of Southeast Missouri have their scenes of violence as well
as the villages farther south. In the vicinity of Bertrand, a few miles
distant from Charleston, John Douglass fired the contents of his
shotgun, last Monday, into the body of William Lettsinger. The
latter had accused Douglass of stealing two plugs of his tobacco and
as there seemed to be a respectable foundation for the charge, Douglass
became deeply angered, and having his shot gun at hand, promptly essayed the
destruction of Lettsinger’s life. Ten of the twenty shots that
struck L. passed into the cavity of the body. The wounds are
regarded mortal. Douglass is in jail.
We stated a few days ago, on authority which we regarded as indefensible,
that a gold watch and chain were found on the body of Mr. Dyer. Walt
of the Argus says it was not a gold watch, but a silver watch with a
“leather chain.” Without rebuking the envious spirit, in Walt, that would
deny even a dead man, the glory of wearing a gold watch, we proceed with the
proofs constantly accumulating on our hands, that the watch was a gold one.
Mr. Hammersmith writes us from Elgin, as follows: “I manufactured
watch 5,001, found on the body of Mr. Dyer, and know it to be gold,
sixteen carats fine.” Three ministers of the gospel called on us yesterday,
and testified, in concert, that the watch and chain were of a fine quality
of gold, and worth at least $160. Dr. Casey and Capt. Hambleton
bear very positive testimony to the same fact, and Capt. Johnson,
although absent from the city, desires his affirmative evidence on the same
point, to be taken for what it is worth. But above and beyond all this, we
met Capt. Potter, the publisher and proprietor of the Argus,
only yesterday evening, and protested with greater vehemence that the
occasion called for, that both watch and chain were of the purest metal ever
delved from the mines of California. By reproducing all this irrefragable
proof, we may be magnifying a small matter, but we did it in vindication of
the maxim that “truth crushed to the earth shall rise again.” Hence, with
more fervor than the matter deserves, we now assert that truth is erect
again, and maintains a mathematical perpendicular.
Friday, 9 Apr 1880:
The remains of Otto Kratky, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Kratky, will be conveyed to Villa Ridge by special train, that will
leave the foot of Fourteenth Street, at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Services
at St. Joseph’s Church at 2 o’clock. The friends of the family are invited
to attend as well the services as the rites of burial.
We give notice, elsewhere, of the burial of the remains of little Otto
Kratky, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kratky. Wednesday morning this
little boy was in perfect health. He took a ride with his father, played on
the margin of the sipe water and was full of life during the whole day. He
ate a hearty supper, Wednesday evening, and retired as usual. During the
night his groaning arrested the attention of his parents. They at once
discovered that he was suffering from a high fever, and complained of
irritation of the lungs, stomach and bowels. A physician was called, who
decided that the case was beyond the reach of his skill; that the child was
suffering from an “in driven” case of scarlet fever. The quoted adjective
is of our own coinage. Every remedy known in the practice in such cases was
employed to no effect, and in a few hours the little boy died. Two or three
cases of scarlet fever are known to exist in the same neighborhood, but they
are thought to be under the control of the attending physician.
Sunday, 11 Apr 1880:
DEATH OF MR. JAMES GASH.
The following announcement was left at
The Bulletin office, at a late hour, yesterday evening: “Died, at his
residence in this city at 20 minutes to 4 o’clock, April 10, 1880, Mr. James
Gash, in the 46th year of his age. The remains will be conveyed to
Villa Ridge for burial, by special train that will leave Cairo at 3 p.m.,
today. Services over the body will be said in the Presbyterian church at 2
o’clock. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.
Tuesday, 13 Apr
The funeral of Mr. Gash Sunday was largely attended, the church being
crowded, and two carloads going to the cemetery. The floral decorations
were lovely, we believe, the handiwork of Mrs. C. W. Bradley. Rev.
Mr. George’s sermon was short, impressive, and appropriate; the
ceremonies at the grave were fitting to so solemn an occasion. That the
widow, son and daughter of the deceased have the tenderest sympathy of their
multitude of friends, was manifested by the crowd who followed them to the
grave. He has passed away—”like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.”
Thursday, 15 Apr
John H. Gunn, of Richview, Washington County, that has been convicted
of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in the state prison, for the
killing of a boy named Maxey, at Richview, seventeen years of age.
Died, yesterday, at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of Mr. John English,
on Fifth Street, Mrs. Julia Kelley, widow of Christopher Kelley.
Funeral services will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, at 2:15 p.m., today,
after which the remains will be placed on a special train, at the foot of
Eighth Street and conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment. Friends and
acquaintances are invited.
Sunday, 18 Apr 1880:
“Old Trim” writes us from Dongola, under date of Thursday, that only a few
days ago, “Mr. McEntire, who resides on the eastern side of Union
County, was found dead in the woods, near his home. His gun was lying near
him, and his own pocketknife sticking up to the handle in his neck. He had
been shot in the back part of the head and, as his own gun had not been
discharged, the presumption is that is was not suicide, but that he had been
murdered. Union County, we are sorry to say, is becoming notorious for
murder. Men can league themselves together, slay their fellow man, fill
almost a “straw bond” for their appearance at court and run round loose,
ready at all times to engage in some other devilish crime.”
(The 17 Apr
1880, Jonesboro Gazette reported that John M. McIntyre of
Stokes Precinct, Union County, was shot in the head and his throat cut and
was found in the woods on Thursday, 15 Apr 1880. He was about 51 and a
native of Tennessee.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 20 Apr
A colored man and his wife, residents of the Fifth Ward, attended church
Sunday afternoon, leaving their baby—a child about three months old—asleep
in its cradle. Upon their return home, about sunset, they were considerably
horrified by finding the child a corpse, with the pillow upon which it had
been reposing lying across its face. It is conjectured that in a paroxysm
of some kind the baby had worked its head under the pillow and there
smothered to death. The half dozen horrible deaths that have followed as a
result of leaving their helpless children locked up, alone, should admonish
our colored parents that “there’s danger in it.”
The floater over which Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest the other
day, was believed to be the body of one of the colored men who were drowned
with Marshall Dyer, at Caseyville, several weeks ago. The body was
clad in the coarse clothing usually worn by steamboat roustabouts, and had
the appearance of having been in the water two or three weeks or longer.
The conjecture that it was the body of one of the negroes drowned from the
wheelhouse of the Golden Crown, a week or two since, is disproved by
the fact that the body when first seen, was at a point some distance above
where the Golden Crown was moored. There were three white men and
two negroes or three negroes and two white men in the skiff with Dyer,
and only one man of the whole number succeeded in reaching the shore.
Friday, 23 Apr 1880:
Additional reports from Marshfield, Mo., the town destroyed by the cyclone
of Sunday, placed the killed at seventy-one and the seriously injured at
about the same figure. The survivors are entirely destitute, but charitable
people in neighboring cities are doing everything in their power to
alleviate the suffering.
Friday, 30 Apr 1880:
It not being a fact of great importance, it slipped our memory yesterday
that a negro man had died in the boarding house of a white woman on Fourth
Street on the morning of day before yesterday. He was a river man, and
being ill, was given a certificate by the captain of the boat in order that
he might gain admittance to our marine hospital. But being put off here
late in the night he sought the house of the above mentioned woman and
obtained lodging for the night and was found dead in the morning. Dr.
Wood was sent for and found that heart disease had been the cause of his
death. He was asked to bury the remains but refused. Coroner Fitzgerald
was then sent for and was asked to hold an inquest over the body and bury
it, but the negro’s death having resulted from natural causes, he refused to
touch it. The captain’s certificate having been found, Dr. Carter of
the marine hospital was next sent for and although the certificate was OK,
he refused to take charge of the remains, because the negro had not passed
an examination. Finally Mr. Fisher was notified, but his objections
agreed with those of Doctor Carter, and the remains were left upon
the hands of the woman. All of which argues, if it argues anything, that
Republicans have a more kindly feeling for live “niggers” than dead ones.
Saturday, 1 May
After dark last night a floater was found at the head of wharf boat No. 1.
It was not ascertained whether he was white or black. Coroner Fitzgerald
will hold the inquest today.
The mother of Old Bill Lee, commonly known as Granny Lee, died
night before last of pneumonia. She was believed to be nearly one hundred
years old. Her eyesight and hearing were good to the last.
(“Granny” Lee was
Hannah or “Old Han” Lee,
who is in the 1870 census of Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill. She was born
about 1783 in Virginia. Living with her was her son, William “Old Bill”
Lee, born about 1830 in Illinois.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. McGrath, the white lady who keeps the lodging house on Fourth
Street in which the rouster died whom we mentioned in yesterday’s
Bulletin, has been compelled to draw upon her own slender purse and
dispose of the remains. We would not mention this fact but that it is very
palpable that some official has neglected his duty in leaving the body upon
the woman’s hands. Dr. Wood, who is the overseer of the poor, knew
that the remains were there, but would not listen to the request that he
should bury them. The negro was a marine and had the certificate to that
effect upon his person, but Dr. Carter, of the marine hospital,
firmly refused to see to it that the remains were placed beneath the
ground. Coroner Fitzgerald would not touch them because the negro
had died a natural death. Mr. Fisher, Mayor Thistlewood and
County Commissioner Halliday were consulted as to what should be done
and who should do it, but were indifferent about the affair. Had Mrs.
McGrath taken the remains and placed them into the street, she should,
perhaps have been as free from blame as either of these gentlemen, all of
whom are public officials. In reference to as to who shall bury the
remains, we find the following law, which is chapter 107, section 24 of the
Revised Statutes: “When any non resident or any persons not coming within
the definition of a pauper, of any county or town, shall fall sick, not
having money or property to pay his board, nursing and medical aid, the
overseer of the poor, of the town or precinct (who is Dr. Wood) in
which he may be, shall give, or cause to be given him, such assistance as
they may deem necessary and proper, or cause him to be conveyed to his home,
subject to such rules and regulations as the county board may prescribe, and
if he shall die, cause him to be decently buried.” This is the law and we
believe it to be the only one covering the case. Would it have been amiss
if either of the above named public offers had sufficiently interested
themselves in the affair to look it up and ascertain whose duty it was to
bury the body? Would either of them have received the condemnation of our
people had they done this and after having found the law, urged the proper
officer to comply with it?
Wednesday, 5 May 1880:
A few days ago the Sun stated that
the body of my son had been found at Cotton Wood Point, and that tomorrow
(the day after the statement appeared in the Sun) I would go after
it. This was not true. I had already gone down to James Bayou twelve hours
before and found it was not my son, but the body of a stranger. I write
this and ask you to publish it so that I may be set right with my friends.
Thursday, 6 May
The little child of Henry and Mrs. Gossman died yesterday morning at
about four o’clock after prolonged illness. The parents have the sympathy of
their many friends, including The Bulletin. The funeral takes place
Thursday, 20 May 1880:
Two deaths occurred in a house on Ohio Levee between Twelfth and Fourteenth
streets yesterday. The building is one of a class to which reference was
made in these columns some days ago. It is a rickety old building, almost
unfit for occupation for anyone, even when clean, but filthy as it is, and
full of human beings as a carcass is of vermin, it is a poison-breeding
spot, which together with a number of other similar places demands the
attention of the authorities.
Friday, 21 May 1880:
Mrs. Fred Whitcamp who is accused of murdering her husband, occupies
the debtor’s cell in our county jail—the same that E. F. Davis
occupied while in durance vile.
Saturday, 22 May
The Blandville Press says: “The coroner of Cairo held an inquest on
the body of a dead man found on the ferry boat. The verdict was that he was
bit to death by gallinippers at Wickliffe.”
Saturday, 29 May 1880:
The news of the death of Mr. C. Hanny’s little child yesterday
morning drew forth many expressions of heartfelt sympathy from the numerous
friends of Mr. Hanney. The Bulletin joins with them.
Sunday, 30 May 1880:
The following is from the Carbondale Free Press of yesterday:
“Minnie Starrett, a girl well known hereabouts, died on last Tuesday
morning. For quite a time past she has been an inhabitant of a house of bad
repute in Cairo. A week before her death she arrived here in a state of
great suffering, and was taken to the residence of her sister. She was
evidently under the influence of poison of some character. Whether she was
the victim of her own hand, or whether she was murdered, is not known, as
after her arrival she was not in a condition to give an intelligible account
of herself. From the time she arrived until she died she was continually
passing from one spasm into another, each attended by the most intense
suffering. Poor little Min. She was only nineteen years old, and yet
steeped in sin. She was innocent looking, handsome and kind-hearted. Had
her bringing up and education been different, she might have been an
ornament of society, but following the example set before her, she began the
downward road years ago. An outcast, friendless and forsaken, she was borne
to her last resting place by the few who were not ashamed to acknowledge her
as a friend. Misguided and unfortunate girl, it is to be hoped that her
sufferings atoned for her sins, and that the hereafter is more kind than
The girl referred to in the above was known
here in Cairo as Minnie Morgan. For a long time she was an inmate of
one of the house of ill repute on Thirteenth Street and more recently of the
brick at the corner of Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue. For a long time
she was in the habit of taking morphine in great quantities and on one
occasion, six or eight months ago, got an overdose and came near dying, but
prompt medical attendance and the application of a stomach pump managed to
pull her through. Of late, however, she had become so addicted to the use
of the poison, that she scarcely ever left the bed, and a few weeks ago was
sent to Carbondale to her friends.
Wednesday, 2 Jun 1880:
Yesterday at about one o’clock Jack Adams, a colored man who lives in
one of the wooden buildings facing the “railroad strip” between Eighth and
Tenth streets, took his basket on his arm and started to market. When he
reached the sidewalk near Squire Comings’ office on Eighth Street, he
fell, and when those who were nearest at the time went to him he was still
breathing, but expired before his body could be removed to his home. He is
supposed to have died of heart disease.
Thursday, 3 Jun
Dr. Scott of Metropolis, attempted suicide by cutting his throat with
a razor on Monday last. The cause of the rash act is not known.
Jack Adams, the colored man who fell dead on the street on Tuesday,
was buried yesterday, the colored Odd Fellows, of which order he was a
member, turning out in force.
Mr. Thomas Higgins, father-in-law of Mr. Tim Coyle, is
dangerously ill and his recovery is despaired of.
Thursday, 10 Jun 1880:
DESPERATE CHARACTER KILLED.
MURPHYSBORO, Ill., June 8.—Our usually quiet
city was thrown into a fever of excitement about ten o’clock last night by
the report that John Davidson, a man who has enjoyed the reputation
for some time of being a desperate character, had been killed by one Jerry
Kane. Your correspondent hastened to the scene of bloodshed and
found the dead man lying on the sidewalk with a small knife wound in the
breast, which an autopsy showed had penetrated the heart. The particulars
of the affair as far as we could ascertain were, that Davidson had
been drinking a great deal; for the past day or two, and was “square on his
muscle,” and said he was “the best man on the globe.” He went into the
saloon of F. Sundmacher, and selected Kane as the person upon
whom his muscle might exhibit itself. He struck Kane on the head,
and was proceeding to demolish him when Kane stabbed him with fatal
result. No one sympathized with the dead man, as he got what has been
expected for years. Eight years ago Davidson shot and killed a man
named Burns for which crime he escaped conviction. Kane is a
quiet, peaceable citizen.
“Bill” Lee is dead! All that was tangible of him in this world was
found yesterday morning lying in one corner of a miserable hut upon a few
old, ragged blankets and some straw, which had served as a filthy bed for
him these many long years. He died of dysentery after some weeks’ illness
and was, at the time of his demise, unattended by a friend. He was about
fifty years old, had lived here since his childhood, and was known by every
citizen of Cairo. The oldest citizens cannot remember his first appearance
here, though it is generally supposed that he came from Missouri at the age
of about five years. His father, who was his mother’s third husband, is
said to have been half idiot and died a few years after Bill’s birth. He
came to Cairo with his mother and the two have lived here at the expense of
the people of the county from the day of their arrival until their deaths.
He believed that the world owed him a living and while it is not known that
he had appropriated the property of others in a spirit of dishonesty, he
nevertheless studiously avoided everything that smacked of work, and
succeeded by begging and using the monthly allowance from the county to live
and drink whisky. He was a pitiable sight as he hobbled along our streets,
his limbs crippled and stiff from the long use of bad spirits, his face
bloated, and distorted with a horrible grin, tobacco juice running down the
sides of his mouth, his hair unkempt and his dirty body covered with still
dirtier rags. His appearance always excited the sympathy of a few and the
merriment of the many. The former supplied him occasionally with clean
clothes and the latter, with tobacco and nickels, which he was made to earn
by jumping for them when placed at a certain distance, and with which he
secured the stuff that so often rendered him entirely helpless. In spite of
his hard fate, he was always in good humor, and though his mental state was
below mediocrity, he would often say some very sensible as well as witty
things, which always brought forth a peel of laughter from the crowd
gathered around him. But while his life may not have been a bother to
himself, it certainly was so to the people of the county, and his departure
is quite a relief. He was buried in the potters’ field seven miles from the
city, unattended by a single mourner and will, ere many days pass, be
entirely forgotten by our citizens.
Saturday, 12 Jun
We regret to learn that Mr. James A. Burke, who has been confined to
his bed with sickness for nearly a year, is at present quite low with
dysentery. This ailment has reduced him to nothing but skin and bones, and,
although he has tried every remedy suggested, and has called to his bedside
almost every physician in the city, he has experienced no benefit from them.
Died.—At six o’clock yesterday evening, and at his residence on
Sixteenth Street between Cedar and Locust streets, Mr. Henry Sticher.
Services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock and the remains taken to
the train at the foot of Fourteenth Street at 3 o’clock and buried at Villa
Ridge. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the
funeral. Mr. Sticher was an old citizen and was known as an honest,
hard-working man. He had been an invalid for sometime previous to his
death. He was about seventy years old and leaves a wife and three sons to
mourn his departure for the unknown realm.
Sunday, 13 Jun 1880:
The funeral of Mr. Henry Sticher took place yesterday at two
o’clock. Quite a number of his friends formed out to accompany his remains
to their place of repose.
Tuesday, 15 Jun
At half past ten o’clock Sunday morning,
June 13th, 1880, at the residence of Rev. Benjamin Y. George, Mrs.
Nina Gilman Hickman, wife of Mr. B. L. Hickman, of St.
Mrs. Hickman was born in Washington
City, November 5th, 1857. She was the daughter of William H. and the late
Maggie D. Gilman, and sister of Mrs. Benjamin Y. George. The
family removed while she was an infant, to Columbia, Boone County, Missouri,
and that was her home until her marriage, October 16, 1878.
The youngest child, somewhat delicate in
health from her childhood, she was the darling of her family. She was as
brilliant in her gifts and as lovely in her disposition as she was beautiful
to behold. Her untimely death fills the hearts of her devoted husband, her
family and innumerable friends with a grief which is only relieved by the
memory of her sweet Christian life and the assurance that she has entered
Funeral services will be held in the
Presbyterian church this morning, at a quarter before ten o’clock.
The remains will be, for the present, interred at Beech Grove.
Wednesday, 16 Jun
About nine o’clock yesterday morning, near Burksville, a station on the
Cairo and St. Louis railroad, a tramp outraged a twelve year old little
girl, whose name we did not learn. Upon learning of the crime the citizens
turned out en masse and at the time Conductor Keefe’s train
passed were on the rascal’s track with a good prospect of overtaking him.
If caught he is probably now contemplating the past from another world,
since his pursuers, in their excited state, would give him short time and a
Mrs. Hickman, sister-in-law of Rev. B. Y. George, and who died
at the Presbyterian parsonage last Sunday, was temporarily buried at Beech
Grove Cemetery, yesterday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by
Rev. Bonnar (the deceased being an Episcopalian) assisted by Rev.
George, who gave a short history of the deceased. The procession, which
was large, started from the Presbyterian church at the appointed time and
proceeded to the train at the foot of Sixth Street.
A COLD-BLOODED MURDER.
Hodges, a Prominent Farmer of Johnson County, Shot Through the Heart
Two farmers of Johnson
County, named respectively Hodges and Hutton, had a difficulty
in that county yesterday morning, at about seven o’clock which resulted in
the willful murder of Mr. Hodges by a third party. It appears that a
quarrel had sprung up between the two men some time ago and they cordially
hated each other. Yesterday morning, at the time stated above, they met and
resumed the quarrel, when Hutton dared Hodges to fight him.
Hodges while attempting to get to Hutton, was shot through the
heart by a party who was concealed in the weeds, and who was a friend of
Hutton’s. Of course, death was the immediate result. Hutton and
Hodges are neighbors and two of the most prominent men of the
county. Great excitement prevails among the people of the county and
hundreds are scouring the neighborhood in quest of the murderer. The
officers of this city last night received a description of the man who, it
is supposed, is the perpetrator of the cowardly deed, and it was supposed
that he would arrive here during the night, but at the time of going to
press, no arrest has been made.
(The 20 Jun
1880, issue gives the deceased’s name as William R. Hodge. William
R. Hodge married Manda M. Elkins on 28 Sep 1865, in Johnson
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 17 Jun
Miss Lulu, daughter of Mr. George T. and Lucy Hannon Cushing,
and niece of Mr. H. A. Hannon and Mrs. B. F. Parker, of this
city, died a few days ago of neuralgia of the heart, at Dubuque, Iowa. She
was seventeen years of age, and a very promising young lady. During her
visit to Cairo, some time ago, she made many sincere friends who will
heartily regret her untimely death.
Friday, 18 Jun 1880:
Nothing has yet been heard of the man who day before yesterday shot Farmer
Hodges, of Johnson County, through the heart. It was expected that
he would flee to this city and from here attempt to make his escape, but
this supposition was not well founded since he has not yet been seen here.
Saturday, 19 Jun
Ever since the death of Mr. Greenfield, we believe, the ferry which
used to make regular trips from Greenfield’s Landing to the Illinois shore
has been withdrawn, and this has been done to the great inconvenience of the
farmers across the river and to the detriment of our merchants.
Sunday, 20 Jun 1880:
Last Wednesday morning we mentioned that William R. Hodge and J. D.
Hutton, both prominent citizens of Johnson County, had quarreled and
that Hodge, while attempting to reach Hutton, was shot through
the heart by a third person. This was all we could learn at that time, but
the below which we last night found in the Golconda Herald, gives
some additional facts:
“William R. Hodge and J. D. Hutton,
both well-to-do, respected citizens of Johnson County, old acquaintances and
neighbors, brother Masons as well as brothers in the Baptist Church, became
involved in a bitter personal controversy growing out of a church trial.
Bad blood had existed between them for some time, and while disputing on
Tuesday morning, a young man named Coopenhaver, a nephew of Hutton,
walked up to where the old men were standing and shot Hodge through
the heart without a word of warning. Coopenhaver fled, but was
closely followed by the sheriff, who lost track of him at Columbus, seven
miles west of here. He is easily identified, having but one hand, and will
undoubtedly be captured. Coopenhaver has been in the neighborhood
but a short time, and it is claimed by Hodge’s friends that he had
been brought there by his uncle for the express purpose of committing the
murder, which he accomplished on Tuesday morning last.
(The 16 Jun 1880, issue gives the deceased’s
name as Hodges.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 22 Jun
A colored man named Albert Wilson, about two weeks ago, stepped upon
a nail, the point of which entered the fleshy part of the sole of his foot.
He neglected to treat it properly and walked about attending to his daily
duties until last Friday, when he was taken with the lockjaw. Dr. Parker
was called, but too late to render the unfortunate man any assistance. He
died last night at about 8 o’clock, not having eaten a particle since
Friday. He lived in destitute circumstances and petitions were circulated
last night to obtain the necessary money to defray funeral expenses.
Thursday, 24 Jun
The remains of Mr. James A. Burke were yesterday interred at Villa
Ridge. The funeral was quite a large one.
Died.—Yesterday afternoon, Benjamin, the infant son of Mr. William
Oehler, who resides on Twenty-eighth Street, between Poplar and
Commercial. The child was seven months old and died after a brief illness.
The funeral will leave the residence at 1:30 o’clock p.m., today for St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church and will leave there at 2 o’clock for the special
train at the foot of Fourteenth Street, which will convey the remains to
Villa Ridge. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.
Friday, 25 Jun 1880:
(A poem “In Memoria” of
Miss Lulu Cushing, of Dubuque, Iowa, was published.)
Saturday, 26 Jun
(A corrected version of “In Memoria”
of Miss Lulu Cushing
Sunday, 27 Jun 1880:
It is believed that Miss Gill, who died a few days ago at the age of
sixty, has, at last, had her long desired want gratified. She was the
author of the popular song, “I Want to Be an Angel.”
Tuesday, 29 Jun
Mr. Michael Hogan, an old resident of Unity Precinct, in this county,
and one who had many acquaintances in Cairo, died at his home Saturday last
and was buried day before yesterday. He was an industrious and honest man
and was esteemed by his neighbors and friends generally.
Mr. John Soet, the sick man in whose favor charity has been
solicited, is growing worse. The physician in attendance reports that
inflammation of the bowels has set in and the patient will probably die.
Wednesday, 30 Jun
DEATH OF DR. FOOTE
DEAR SIR:—I read in today’s Globe
Democrat that Rev. Dr. Charles H. Foote died yesterday morning at
his residence in Ionia, Mich. It was known here that his health had been
bad for some time, but cheering reports and been received of his partial
restoration. From the statement of the brief dispatch, his death seems to
have come suddenly upon his family in the midst of their fond hopes. The
report of it is certainly a great surprise and shock to his very numerous
friends in Cairo.
It was my fortune to know Dr. Foote
quite intimately before I came to labor as a minister in his former field.
It was no surprise to me to find when I came here that, not only within the
church, but among all classes of the people, his name seemed to awaken
pleasant recollections and to be, indeed, as “ointment poured forth.” It
will, perhaps, be pleasant to our people, now that he has gone to his
eternal reward, to know that from my first acquaintance to the last
interview I had with him, he never spoke of Cairo, or her people, but in
terms of kindness, affection and gratitude. Dr. Foote leaves no
immediate family but his wife and daughter Mamie. Nowhere, I am sure, can
they have truer or deeper sympathy in their great bereavement than here.
It is not needful, even if, at this hour,
time and your space permitted, that I should attempt a portrayal of this
good man’s character, for most of your readers remember him well, not only
as an able and useful minister, but as a genial friend.
Permit me, however, to say that I put myself
among those to whom his death comes as a personal loss. His time and
steadfast friendship had placed me under undying obligations and bound me to
him in ties of genuine affection. Appreciating his worth as a man, a
Christian, and a minister of the gospel. I take a melancholy pleasure in
bearing this tribute to his memory. Very respectfully yours,
Benjamin Y. George
Cairo, June 29th, 1880
Wednesday, 7 July
Rev. Mr. Bonnar, of the Episcopal Church was called east a few days
ago by a telegram announcing the dangerous illness of his father. He
arrived too late to see him in life, or to have even the consolation of
attending his funeral. Mr. Bonnar will now probably be absent
A man known to Cairo people, but whose name we have forgotten, who is in the
employ of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain railroad company, at Belmont, Mo.,
was struck by lightning and instantly killed the other day, during heavy
thunderstorm. He had taken refuge from the storm under a tree and the
lightning stuck the tree with the above result.
The boiler of Mr. James Morris’ mill located at Ullin burst on
Saturday last—killing the engineer and fireman. We could learn no
particulars about the affair.
Saturday, 10 Jul
BEATEN TO DEATH.
FREEPORT, Ill., July 8.—A special from
Langley four miles west of here says that about 11 o’clock last night
Patrick Sloan, a well digger, while returning to his home was
attacked by some unknown ruffians who beat him to death in the most horrible
manner, his body being found this morning about a mile from his home, his
pockets being robbed and a portion of his clothing stolen. Sloan is
known to be a quiet and industrious citizen and by hard work had acquired a
considerable amount of property.
A young colored man, about twenty years of age, named John Brown, was
yesterday drowned in the Mississippi River while in swimming. He was
subject to epilepsy or falling fits, and it is supposed that while in the
water, he was attacked with them and went under.
Tuesday, 13 Jul
KILLED BY A RUNAWAY.
FREEPORT, Ill., July 11.—Yesterday, Hiram
Buckworth, a well-known businessman of this place, was run over and
instantly killed by a runaway team belonging to the American Express
Wednesday, 14 Jul
We were informed last night that Mr. Loet, to whose destitute
condition we have several times called attention, had died last night.
reference is to John Soet mentioned in the 29 Jun 1880, issue, he was
still living when the 12 Jan 1881, issue was published.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 15 Jul
TWO BRAKEMEN KILLED.
MENDOTA, Ill., July 13.—Two brakemen
employed on the L. C. Railroad were instantly killed this morning by being
thrown between the cars. They were standing on the rear car talking to each
other when the car was struck by a switch engine, the force being so great
as to throw the men between the cars, which came together, killing them
instantly. The accident was one of the most remarkable that ever occurred
on this road.
BOYS DROWNED WHILE BATHING.
SPARTA, Ill., July 13. A sad case of
drowning happened near here yesterday. Two boys, aged nine and eleven
years, sons of James Gordon, who lives at Blair Post Office, six
miles south of Sparta, went with their father and hired man to a field some
two or three miles from home. Mr. Gordon and the man went to work in
the field while the boys went to gather blackberries, telling their father
that they would probably go home after gathering some berries. It seems
that after picking berries for some time they went to a creek near by and,
divesting themselves of their clothing, went into the water to bathe. The
water being quite deep and neither of them being able to swim, they were
both drowned. It is supposed that one of them going into the water first
sank out of sight and that the other went to his assistance, when he too,
was drowned. Mr. Gordon, coming home at night, inquired for his boys
and learning that they had not returned, raised an alarm and with a large
number of neighbors, commenced searching the weeds and fields. It was
between 10 and 11 o’clock last night that the clothing of the boys was found
on the banks of the creek where the bodies were afterwards found. A
faithful dog that had gone with the boys was there also keeping watch over
the clothes. The creek was reached and the bodies found. They will be
buried today in one wide grave. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon who are highly
respected here, are entirely prostrated under this great misfortune. They
have, however, the sympathy of the entire community in their great
Yesterday forenoon, Mrs. Henry Whitcamp, who is charged with the
murder of her husband, was brought into court, and, upon being asked by
Judge Harker whether she was guilty, replied that she was not.
George Kohl, was also brought into the judge’s presence, but being a
German and there being no interpreter present, was returned to his cell
until such time when an interpreter shall have been secured.
Scarlet fever has played sad havoc among the children in this city within
the last day or two, a number of deaths occurred and three were buried
yesterday. These were the children of Mr. Peter Huber, Mr. Jacob
Klein and Mr. Dan Fitzgerald.
Saturday, 17 Jul
A FARMER’S FATAL SPREE.
DECATUR, Ill., July 15.—On Monday of this
week a man living about twenty miles southeast of Decatur, by the name of
Myhisser, came to the city with a load of wheat which he sold. He then
bought a jug of whisky and started for home. On the way his team took
fright and ran with great speed over rough places, throwing him upon the
wagon bottom. As he was considerably intoxicated he could not get up and he
was so jolted that he was nearly dead when found within two miles of his
home lying upon his back on the wagon bottom with his money scattered around
him. He died soon after being discovered.
RAILROAD FIREMAN KILLED.
CENTRALIA, Ill., July 15.—Another
distressing and fatal accident befell a young man on the Illinois Central
this morning. His name was Peter Vaughn, age 19 years. His parents
reside in Champaign. He ran as fireman for George Granger, engineer,
between that city and this. This morning between here and Central City,
Granger missed him and running the train back found him crushed to
death. No one knows how it happened.
The child of Mr. Jacob Klein, which was reported seriously sick
yesterday morning, has died.
George Kohl, who stood charged with the murder of Fred Whitcamp,
was tried in the circuit court yesterday. Upon being asked whether or not
he was guilty of the charge he replied in the affirmative. Judge Harker,
in order to give him to understand what he was doing and to impress upon his
mind the enormity of the consequences of such an admission, explained to him
the crime with which he stood charged in all its horrible details, and
concluded with the statement that he could either give him fourteen years in
the penitentiary or send him there for life or hang him. He asked the
prisoner if he had counsel. He replied that he had not and did not think it
necessary to employ one since there was no use. The judge thereupon
appointed counsel and sent them together out of the courtroom for
consultation. Upon their return the prisoner persisted in his plea of
guilty, saying at the same time that he would never have committed the deed
had he not been continually urged to do it by Mrs. Whitcamp. The
judge, taking into consideration the circumstances in the case sentenced him
to imprisonment for life. The fact that Kohl has been disposed of
and sentenced is an important one to Mrs. Whitcamp, since it removes
the principle witness against her.
Sunday, 18 Jul 1880:
The trial of Mrs. Fred Whitcamp for the murder of her husband will
not take place at this term of the circuit court, but has been postponed
until the next term. George Kohl having plead guilty to the charge
of murder and having been sentenced to imprisonment for life, of course,
prevents him from testifying in the case, and since he was the principal
witness of the affair, it is probable that Mrs. Whitcamp’s punishment
will be very light, or that she will not be punished at all.
Tuesday, 20 Jul
WITH A BLOW OF THE FIST.
CARROLTON, Mo., July 18.—At about 12 o’clock
last night Patrick McHenry, a section hand on the Wabash, St. Louis
and Pacific railway, living at Wakenda, this county, met his death in a
singular manner. He was under the influence of whiskey and deposed to be
noisy and abusive, so much so that the other parties in the house could not
sleep. After repeated efforts to quiet him, one Davis, also a
railroad employee, struck McHenry on the neck with his fist, killing
him in less than five minutes. Davis fled the country, immediately,
and has not been apprehended.
Thursday, 22 Jul 1880:
off the City of Helena at 8:15 a.m., 18th inst., Miss Mary Lemons,
5 feet 4 inches high, dark complexion, blue eyes, 45 years of age, hair
nearly gray, and a small hard lump on the left side of the forehead. Any
person finding and burying the body will be liberally rewarded.
Ashport, Tenn., July 20, 1880
Last Sunday, the 18th, Miss Mary Lemons was drowned off the City
of Helena near Grand Tower. In another column this morning will be
found a description by which the body may be identified. A liberal reward
is offered by Elijah Lemons, Ashford, Tennessee, for the recovery of
Sunday, 25 Jul 1880:
Yesterday morning about eleven o’clock Parson Powell died at his
residence on the Missouri shore, of congestion of the stomach. Mr.
Powell was an old citizen of this part of the country and had
innumerable friends, all of whom regret his unexpected demise. Owing to
imperfect communication we were unable to learn the mere circumstances of
the sad event.
Last Thursday, during a thunderstorm (near Thebes), George, son of Adam
Kaufman, was struck by lightning and instantly killed. He and two other
persons had started to the field to cover some wheat that had been threshed;
the men were so completely shocked as to fall; after recovering sufficiently
they went back to the house without missing George. Upon inquiry as to his
whereabouts, they could not remember anything except that he was with them.
Parties searched for him immediately and found him dead. One of the other
men is not expected to live.
A young man at East Cape Girardeau, whose name we have been unable to learn,
by hanging himself. It is said he was insane.
Wednesday, 28 Jul 1880:
The old hump-backed colored rag gatherer, well known by everybody in the
city, met a fearful death at 10 a.m. yesterday. He was in the habit of
going through the railroad yard in search of the coal that had fallen from
the flat cars, for home use. It is supposed that he was engaged in picking
up coal on the Illinois railroad, in the switch yard, when a train of cars
that had been given a shove and allowed to run onto the track where the old
man was, struck him, knocked him down and running over his neck and
otherwise mutilating his body, killed him instantly. Coroner Fitzgerald
immediately summoned a jury and held an inquest. The coroner bought a
coffin and had the horribly mutilated remains of the poor old man decently
A young man named Joseph Stats, residing in the north part of
Centralia, who was married only nineteen days since, was shot dead in his
yard last Monday night by some unknown person. There is no clue to the
murderer. The dreadful deed is supposed to have been committed by some of
his previous rivals in the suit for the hand of his bride. Some suppose it
to be a case of suicide, caused by the fact that he was destitute of funds.
He was shot through the heart. His wife went out and found him just dying.
Thursday, 29 Jul
The credit of Alexander County seems to have taken wings to itself. Coroner
Fitzgerald day before yesterday attempted to purchase a coffin on
credit, in which to bury the remains of the negro who was run over by the
Illinois Central cars, but found it necessary to extract some of the loose
change from his pantaloon’s pocket before he was permitted to remove the box
from the store room.
Saturday, 31 Jul
On Monday or Tuesday last quite a distressing accident occurred to Mr.
Joseph Hunsaker, brother of Mrs. Nick Hunsaker, of Goose
Island. He was on horseback and was crossing a bridge in Union County when
his horse, becoming frightened, jumped aside and fell from the bridge. The
horse fell on Mr. Hunsaker, burying the pummel of the saddle in his
abdomen, causing his death shortly after the accident.
(The 31 Jul
1880, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Joseph Hunsaker was
thrown off a bridge at Jonesboro and his horse fell on him on Tuesday, 27
Jul 1880. He was 45 and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His marker in
Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Joseph Hunsaker Died July 27, 1880, Aged
44 Yrs., 7 Ms.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 3 Aug 1880:
Father Maher, a Catholic priest who came here a short time ago from
Paducah, Ky., and being an invalid, entered the hospital, died suddenly and
unexpectedly yesterday evening at about seven o’clock. He had been tenderly
cared for by the sisters, was able to stand a drive occasionally, and was
expected to be entirely recovered in a short time. He passed away very
(The 5 Aug 1880, issue gives his name as
Father Meagher.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 5 Aug 1880:
Father Meagher, who died in St. Mary’s Infirmary last Monday was for
years an active teacher of the Catholic religion in Paducah and was
generally esteemed there. He had also a number of warm friends in this city
who were greatly surprised and pained to hear of his sudden death. After
appropriate services over them in St. Joseph’s Church, the remains were
placed on board the Gus Fowler, for Paducah, where they were interred
(The 3 Aug 1880, issue gave his name as
Father Maher.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 6 Aug 1880:
A day or two ago, the little boy of Mr. Theodore Thomason, formerly
of this city and well known here by nearly every citizen, but now of Villa
Ridge, was riding on horse back when in some manner not known, the animal
stumbled and fell upon its rider, killing him instantly. The accident is a
terrible blow to the parents; who have the sympathy of this community in
Some weeks ago a family named Harrison, and consisting, we believe,
of husband, wife and several children, the smallest, a mere babe, and all in
very straightened circumstances, came here from the country and took up
their residence near the Catholic church, on the corner of Ninth Street.
The family suffered much, it is said, for the necessaries of life and were
in poor health besides. The little baby sickened shortly after their
arrival here and died yesterday evening.
Thursday, 12 Aug 1880:
Report reached here from Villa Ridge, yesterday, that Mr. E. P. Axley,
brother of our fellow citizen, W. F. Axley, was not expected to
live. He has been for some time suffering from a bilious attack, and has,
within the last few days, grown constantly worse.
At a barbecue held at
Olive Branch day before yesterday, one Henry Thrupp was shot by James
Gregg. We have no particulars other than that a dispute of some kind
led to the tragedy. No arrests were made.
The family of Mr. Joseph Cavender has been sorely afflicted with
illness of late. Every member has been down with the scarlet fever, and
yesterday death entered his household and took away his little son, aged
seven or eight years. He was buried yesterday.
A horrible accident occurred on the incline of the Cairo and Vincennes
Railroad yesterday evening about five o’clock. The switch engine was
backing a freight train down the incline onto the Junius S. Morgan
for transfer, and as the train reached the boat and was passing under the
beam that supports the jackstaff, one of the brakemen, George W. Richter
by name, who was standing on top of one of the cars, was struck by it and
knocked down between the cars, and falling across the track, was cut in two,
the two parts falling in the river below. The Charley Hill was
immediately called, and a search for the remains instituted, but up to the
time of writing they had not been found.
(His name is reported as George W.
Richner in the 13 Aug 1880, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
A rather good looking woman named Sarah Smith yesterday told quite a
pitiful tale of domestic infelicity at the coffin shop of Mr. L. S.
Marshal. When she entered the shop she laid a dead child, four or five
months old, on the table and after carefully covering it, told the following
story. She had lately arrived in this city with her husband, but after
being here a few days her husband had deserted her, leaving her with the
child in a penniless condition. She obtained a situation with one, opposite
Thistlewood’s livery stable, and gave the child to some kindly
disposed people for safekeeping. Yesterday, she says, the child was
returned to her and a few minutes afterwards it died. Not being able to
bury it she applied to Dr. Wood for assistance and that gentleman
told her to take the child to the coffin shop and wait there until he came.
She did as she was bid—carried the dead child in her arms through our
streets from Ninth to Nineteenth streets, and after arriving at the shop
aforesaid waited three hours before the doctor put in an appearance. After
he came, a rude coffin was obtained and the child was placed in it and
buried in the seven-mile graveyard without a mourner.
Two murderers, a father and son, who have for ten years escaped justice,
arrived in this city by the Iron Mountain train yesterday morning, in charge
of the ex-sheriff of White County bound for their old home in Harrisburg,
Saline County, where they committed the crime. The following are the facts
concerning the affair as we yesterday learned them from one of our citizens
who is well acquainted with all the circumstances. In 1870 there resided in
Harrisburg two families named respectively, Pickering and Dawson.
The Pickering family had two sons named William and James and the
Dawsons had also a son, James W. by name. Young Dawson and young
Jim Pickering both became enamored of the same girl, which caused
jealousy between them and finally bitter hatred between the two families.
The girl showed a marked preference for Dawson and when one day she
was out horseback riding with him, they were met by the two Pickering
boys and their father. William Pickering, without any warning, drew
a weapon and shot Dawson who fell from his horse, and not being quite
dead, the old man and Bill, finished their victim by beating him to death.
Jim Pickering stood by urging the assassins on in their murderous
work. The murders were arrested and lodged in jail, but Jim gathered a mob
who went to the jail a few days after the arrest, and compelling the jailor,
David Stiff, to surrender the keys, set the prisoners free. These
fled and were lost sight of for the time being. Jim Pickering, being
the only one at hand, upon whom the officers of the law could revenge the
dastardly deed, was arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in the
penitentiary for his share in the crime. He was pardoned after having
served four years of his time. Recently the ex sheriff of White County in
this state, learned that the murderers were in Texas and he went in search
of them. He found them in the southern part of that state engaged in
farming and in a prosperous condition. He arrested them and brought them
through here yesterday for home, where they will now probably receive
Friday, 13 Aug 1880:
The remains of George W. Richner whose death we chronicled yesterday,
have been recovered, and were turned over to his brother who arrived in this
city from Champaign yesterday.
(His name is reported as George Richter
in the 12 Aug 1880, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
A letter received in this city from Mrs. Dr. Waldo, conveys the
intelligence that she has been ill all summer. She resides in Washington
City, where she has been since the death of her husband.
The shooting affray which occurred at Olive Branch a day or two ago, and of
which we spoke yesterday, was a very cold-blooded affair. The parties, it
is said, met at a colored barbecue a few days before and got into a dispute
there which engendered a grudge, and meeting again at Olive Branch, the bad
blood again showed itself, but no words were passed. Henry Trupp,
the victim, is said to have been a gentleman of a most peaceful nature and
generally considered one of the best citizens in that part of the country.
Jake Greggs, the murderer, is known as a ruffian and feared by all
who are not of his own stripe. We were informed last night by Will Smyth
that Greggs, after firing the fatal shot, lay down behind a log with
his weapon cocked, ready for use upon anyone who might dare to attempt his
arrest. Knowing the desperate character of the man, no one would venture to
attempt an arrest and the villain escaped into Missouri and it is supposed,
is now with his relatives in that state.
Saturday, 14 Aug
SUPPOSED TO BE MURDERED.
McLEANSBORO, ILL., Aug. 12.—Ralph Rekley,
from Minerva, Ohio, who some time since was here visiting his cousin, Tom
Rekley, has disappeared and some think he has been murdered. He was on
his way to see about some mineral lands near Elizabethtown, where his
partner was to meet him. He was last seen in Golconda. The missing man was
twenty-four years of age and had dark hair, eyes and complexion. He had
quite a sum of money with him, and as he was a temperate and moral man, foul
play can alone account for his disappearance. A reward will be paid for any
information to his fate.
Wednesday, 18 Aug 1880:
A letter from Ireland by Mr. James Graney, yesterday morning, conveys
the intelligence that the mother of Will Smyth died there a short
time ago. She lived in Ballygar, County Galway, and her funeral, so says
the letter, was the grandest that has occurred in that part of the country.
Thirty priests officiated in the ceremony. Mr. Smyth’s father died
some years ago while on a visit to this country.
Thursday, 19 Aug
MARY STRADER’S STRANGE FATE.
JACKSON, Mo., Aug., 17.—Mary Strader
accidentally killed herself near Burfordville, in this county, yesterday.
Deceased went from her father’s house over to a half brother’s to borrow a
cross-cut saw. Finding no one at home she raised a window of the kitchen
and went in to get the implement. As she was climbing out at the window,
which was about five feet from the ground, it is supposed she slipped and
the sash fell catching her neck and breaking it. She was found by friends
hanging in this manner about two hours after she left home. An inquest was
held by Esquire John S. Henry and a verdict was rendered in
accordance with the facts as stated above.
Friday, 20 Aug 1880:
In the latter part of July, 1879, one John Gilson was found dead in a
well up in this county, and an inquest revealing no suspicious evidence in
the case, a verdict of accidental death was rendered. Since then, however,
circumstantial evidence has appeared which points strongly to the wife of
deceased, Mary Gilson, and the hired man, named Martin Van
Hazlewood, who had been engaged upon the premises, as having hastened
the death of the man. The evidence is purely circumstantial but taken in
connection with admission from time to time thoughtlessly made by the wife,
the grand jury, considered it a sufficient ground to base an indictment upon
against both the woman and their hired man. They were arrested and are now
in our county jail awaiting trial for the murder of the husband.
Saturday, 21 Aug
MRS. ISABELLA J. STRATTAN.
MT. VERNON, Ill., Aug. 19.—Mrs. Isabella J.
Strattan, wife of Capt. S. T. Strattan, a prominent merchant
of this city, died at the family residence last evening. Mrs. Strattan
was a lady highly respected and beloved by the whole community, and her loss
is greatly mourned.
AN ESTIMABLE OLD LADY.
VANDALIA, Ill., Aug. 19.—Mrs. Thompson,
an estimable old lady, wife of B. W. Thompson, the oldest citizen of
Vandalia Township, died last Sunday at her home, three miles east of this
place. The sympathy of a widely extended acquaintance is tendered the
Tuesday, 24 Aug 1880:
Martha Newson, an old colored woman and a member of Parson Rix’s
church, died in a house on Twelfth Street near Washington Avenue,
yesterday. She will probably be buried today.
Wednesday, 25 Aug
THRESHING ENGINE EXPLODED.
SHOBONIER, Ill., Aug. 23.—This morning a
threshing engine belonging to J. M. Chase exploded, killing one man
and severely injuring two others. The name of the man was Ed. Luster,
the injured, Ed. Braasch and Jacob Schmit. A separator and
four stacks of wheat were destroyed at the same time by fire.
Friday, 27 Aug 1880:
VERY SERIOUSLY INJURED.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Aug. 25.—Charles
Friede, proprietor of a hotel in Mount Olive, Macoupin County, an old
gentleman about fifty-five years of age, while returning home from this city
tonight, fell from the platform of the cars when at full speed near the
outskirts of town and was very seriously injured. He will probably die
OBSEQUIES OF THE LATE MRS. SMYTH.
A few days ago we mentioned the death of Mr.
Will Smyth’s mother, which occurred in Ireland on the 30th ult., and
although we mentioned the occurrence of the funeral, could present no
particulars. The following is an extract from the Freeman’s Journal,
published at Dublin, in reference thereto:
“The obsequies of the above named estimable
and lamented lady took place on Friday, the 30th ult., amid evidences of
deep and sincere sorrow for the loss of one who was loved and respected by
all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance or the happiness of enjoying
her friendship. Mrs. Smyth, whose loss is deplored by all, was
sister of the Rev. William Maguaran, P.P., and of the late very Rev.
P. Magauran, P.P. of Ahascrah and Caltra, and chancellor of the
diocese of Elphia, and was widely known and esteemed and enjoyed the
friendship of many—nay most—of the priests, not only of Elphia, but of
Clonfert and Galway, many of whom came at great inconvenience and on very
short notice to be present at her interment, while the absence of many
others may be accounted for by their being on vacation enjoying their
holidays. As wife and mother, sister and friend, and as a model of every
virtue, Mrs. Smyth was highly esteemed, as was made manifest by the
large funeral cortege on Friday and the number of clergy and of the
surrounding gentry who followed her hearse or sent their carriages as a mark
of their condolence with the living and respect for the dead. The following
clergymen were present at the solemn mass and office on Friday, and at the
interment which took place in the ancient abbey of Kilroran, where the
remains of this estimable lady were laid in the family vault to wait the
Archangel’s trumpet and the final resurrection.”
Saturday, 28 Aug
HOMICIDE AT ALTO PASS
ALTO PASS, Ills., Aug. 26.—Thomas W.
Hawkins, a carpenter residing near here, had an altercation with John
Collins, in the drug store of the latter, and was fatally shot with a
revolver, dying almost instantly. The deceased was intoxicated and has made
threats against Collins. Collins claims the shooting was in
self-defense and has given himself up.
(The 28 Aug 1880, and 4 Sep 1880, issues of
the Jonesboro Gazette state that Thomas W. Hawkins was buried
in Cobden Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)
SLAIN BY HER STEPFATHER.
MURPHYSBORO, Ill., Aug. 26.—Abe Ridgeway
(colored), of Grand Tower, Ill., murdered his stepdaughter on Monday night.
It seems the girl came to Murphysboro on Monday, and married a man whom her
stepfather did not like. They returned to Grand Tower. During the night,
Ridgeway came in, found them in bed together, and stabbed the girl
eleven times, causing instant death. Ridgeway is now in jail
(The 29 Aug 1880, issue gives the alleged
murderer’s name as Abram Ridgway.—Darrel Dexter)
We learned it yesterday evening that a shooting affray had occurred at Alto
Pass, which had resulted in the death of one Thomas Hawkins. John
Collins, a druggist, did the shooting in self-defense. A woman is said
to have been the cause of the affair.
Sunday, 29 Aug 1880:
MURDER AT GRAND TOWER.
Barton’s Free Press
Abram Ridgway is a colored man, the
head of a family living at Grand Tower. A member of his family was Alice, a
stepdaughter of marriageable age. Alice for some time past had been
receiving the attentions of, and was engaged to, Lee Craig, a young
colored man who resided in Carbondale. Ridgway did not like Craig,
and forbade his stepdaughter the privileges of his company. But the girl
would not give up her lover. On Monday last she came to this place, where
she and Craig were married. The young people then went to Grand
Tower where Ridgway received them kindly and invited them to his
house. They went with Ridgway, happily believing that the storm was
over and that naught but happiness was in store for them. With this belief
the young people retired to their nuptial couch. After a while the young
wife was called from her bed by her stepfather, who assaulted her with a
knife. She received one or two stabs and fled from the house, an infuriated
demon pursuing. Overtaking her he again and again plunged the knife into
her body. In the meantime Craig interfered, trying to save his
wife. Being unarmed, he could do but little, and it was not until the fatal
blows had been given that he attracted attention from the girl to himself.
The girl died within thirty minutes of the attack. The murderer fled to the
woods immediately after committing the crime. Large parties turned out in
pursuit of him, but he eluded them. On the following evening he came to the
house of a friend, requesting the latter to go down town learn the state of
public feeling and procure some tobacco. The friend did as requested, and
at the same time informed the officers, and an arrest was made. The
prisoner was taken to jail on Wednesday. It is a wonder that he was not
lynched, as the colored people of Grand Tower were highly incensed at the
murder. It is said that he had openly threatened to kill the girl in the
event she married Craig.
Tuesday, 31 Aug
Maj. Jesse Hinkle and family left yesterday morning for Hinkleville,
Ky., to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Matilda Hinkle. The
old lady had lived seventy-eight years and died after a short illness at the
residence of her son, Dr. Charles Hinkle. The bereaved relatives
have the sympathy of this community.
KILLED BY THE CARS.
At 6:30 o’clock yesterday evening a most
horrible accident occurred on the Illinois Central railroad’s incline, which
resulted in the death of the fireman of switch engine No. 72, named John
Tuttle. The engine had been backed down the incline, for the purpose of
drawing the freight cars up the levee, which were standing on the transfer
steamer H. S. McComb. The engine, having been coupled to the cars,
started ahead with them at the usual rapid rate, but had hardly left the
carriage of the incline which leads to the boat, and was starting up the
embankment when the engine broke loose from the tender and immediately upon
doing so, being relieved of her burden, dashed suddenly forward and thereby
threw the fireman back and out of the engine and onto the track. The tender
and cars, which had been given a good start up the embankment, caught the
man’s body immediately upon it touching the track and shoving it along for a
distance, gradually cut it in two just below the ribs. In doing this, the
tender and several cars passed over him. After being thus cut in two he
breathed for fifteen minutes and a horrible eternity each minute was to his
friends who had at once gathered around, and who knew they were helpless in
the emergency. The remains were then gathered up as best they could be and,
conveyed to the residence of his mother, on the corner of Twenty-fifth
Street and Commercial Avenue, where Coroner Fitzgerald held an
inquest on the remains. The deceased was twenty-two years of age, was
unmarried and lived with his widowed mother. The family arrived in this
city about eight or ten yeas ago and he has been in the employ of the
Illinois Central Company for ten months. During the first five months of
this time he was watchman at the uptown switches and during the latter five
months fired the engine from which he fell into eternity.
When we visited his mother’s residence a
little after seven o’clock last night, to learn the particulars above
related, the house and the sidewalk in front if it was crowded with his
friends and the friends of the family all of whom expressed their sympathy
for the living relatives and their horror at the manner in which young
Tuttle had come to his death. The Illinois Central Railroad will convey
the remains to Smithland, Kentucky, today.
Wednesday, 1 Sep
The remains of John Tuttle were yesterday conveyed to Smithland, Ky.,
The coroner’s jury, which sat on the body of John Tuttle, who was
killed on the incline of the Illinois Central railroad night before last,
acquitted the railroad of all blame—as least it did not charge the road with
neglect in the matter.
Thursday, 2 Sep
William Selfe, the partner of Dr. Clark, was yesterday morning
at 3:30 o’clock found dead in his bed by his partner. He had been ill for
three days and the jury found that his death had been caused from affection
of the heart or some other cause to the jurors unknown. The gentleman
composing the jury were, Wood Rittenhouse, foreman; O. A. Osborn,
Walt F. McKee, R. H. Cunningham, G. W. Whitlock, and M.
J. Buckley. Our readers will remember Mr. Selfe as the fleshy
old gentleman of full face and heavy mustache, whom in walking about our
streets, invariably had a pipe in his mouth and a cane in his hand. He
roomed with Dr. Clark, in the large brick building on Ohio Levee,
near the corner of Fourteenth Street, which is owned by the two.
Friday, 3 Sep 1880:
Testimony Given Before the Coroner’s Jury Concerning His Death.
The sudden death of old man Selfe—Doctor
Clark’s partner—has created some talk among the gossips of the city, and
the have thereby created some doubts as to the cause of the old man’s death,
in the minds of some of other more thoughtful people. It is true that Dr.
Clark acted somewhat strangely during the night the old man died, but
since his mind is effected his conduct does not argue foul play.
The following testimony given before the
coroner’s jury by Anna and Nicholas Nie, who reside in the same
building in which the old man died, is the cause of the talk. Anna Nie
being sworn, and questioned by Coroner Fitzgerald said:
My name is Annie Nie, my age is
twenty-nine years. I reside in the same building in which Selfe
died. That night, at about one o’clock I heard a noise as of a man
groaning. I called my husband and he rapped on Selfe’s door, but did
not get any response from the room. I heard Mr. Clark speaking loud
to deceased about fifteen minutes before my husband had rapped, but could
not hear what he said. I think Mr. Clark could not have fallen
asleep from the time I heard him talking until the time my husband rapped.
This happened September 1st, 1880, in this city. Mr. Clark came to
me about daylight and said deceased was dead. Mr. Clark would not
admit anyone to the room and was very stubborn when they asked to be let
Nicholas Nie being sworn said:
“Last night deceased seemed to suffer a good
deal. I went to the door where he slept and knocked, but could get no
reply. I then went downstairs and called Bettie Hines, as she was in
the habit of waiting on deceased. We both came up and knocked, but could
not get in. Mr. Clark said in a very surly tone of voice that he
would not admit anybody, and at about 4:30 o’clock, Mr. Clark
reported the deceased was dead. Mr. Clark was very short and surly
in his answers when we asked for admission. Deceased must have suffered
very much thorough the night before death. Mr. Clark acted very
strangely about the matter, in so far as he refused us admittance to the
Dr. Clark having first been duly
My name is Christopher R. Clark, am
sixty-one years of age. My occupation is taking care of our property. I
mean by “our property” the property owned by deceased and myself. I am also
running a medical shop. The name of deceased is William Selfe. His
age is forty-eight years, seven months, and nineteen days. I have known him
since 1841. He has been sick for about three days. He smoked a great deal
and had a partial disease of the heart. About two o’clock in the morning
Bettie Hines tried to gain admittance to the room, but I was in my
underclothes and thought her assistance unnecessary, as deceased was then
more easy. The last time I saw him alive was at 1:30 o’clock this morning
and I discovered that he was dead two hours later. I did not send for any
doctor as deceased was very stubborn and would not have any. He owns a
share in my property and owns some personal property.
(Nicholas Nie married Dorothea A
Reynolds on 5 May 1877, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 5 Sep 1880:
Mr. George Chrisman, an old citizen here, died yesterday about noon
after an illness of only a week. He is a relative of Mr. C. R. Woodward.
His son Will, who resides at Fredonia, Kansas, has been telegraphed to and
has replied that he left there for Cairo yesterday. The time of the funeral
will be fixed after his arrival.
We find the following concerning the death and burial of Mr. Samuel
Halliday, Sr., the father of our fellow citizens, the Halliday
Brothers, in the Meigs County Telegraph:
“Mr. Samuel Halliday, who was for
twenty-three years auditor of Meigs County, died at his residence in
Springfield Township, Gallia County, last Wednesday, August 25, in the 82d
year of his age. The funeral took place on Saturday and was largely
attended. The interment was at the McQuigg Cemetery in Rutland Township,
this county. Mr. Halliday was born in Scotland, but came to this
country at an early day and for many years was a very prominent citizens of
Meigs County, holding the office of auditor as above stated, nearly a
quarter of a century. For the past fifteen years he has resided in Gallia
County. He leaves seven children, his sons being prosperous businessmen at
Tuesday, 7 Sep 1880:
Mr. Harry Walker’s little child, which has been ill for quite a time,
died at 5 o’clock Sunday morning and was interred at Villa Ridge. The
bereaved parents have the sympathy of many friends.
The funeral of Mr. George Christman took place yesterday afternoon.
The services were conducted by Rev. B. Y. George in the Presbyterian
church at 1 o’clock, and the procession then moved up to the train at the
foot of Eighth Street, bound for Villa Ridge, where the remains were
interred. Mr. Christman is a brother of Mrs. C. R. Woodward.
He was born near St. Louis in this state, was left an orphan at an early
age, was cared for by his uncle, George Christman, near Louisville,
Ky., until he was seventeen years old, when he went to St. Louis, Mo. Here
he married and resided several years. Leaving St. Louis, he came here and
has been a universally respected citizen of Cairo for eighteen years. A
wife and five children—four boys and one girl—and numerous sincere friends
mourn his sudden death.
Cairo, Ills., September 6th, 1880.
Mr. and Mrs. Walker are said to be
offended at my remarks at the funeral this afternoon. If I have said
anything untrue—not in strict accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ—I
will publicly retract it.
Thursday, 9 Sep 1880:
News yesterday came to this city from Goose Island Precinct, concerning the
death of John Russell, a young man about twenty years of age, and a
son of Mr. Robert Russell. He was riding along on horseback when the
animal threw him from its back and kicked him in the head, cracking his
skull and breaking his jawbone. When he was found he presented a horrible
sight—the brain being scattered about him and the sharp shoes of the horse
having torn his face all to pieces. He has for some time been in the employ
of Os. Greenlee, and was an exemplary young man.
We had a talk yesterday afternoon with Mrs. Samuel Owens, into whose
house the loaded gas pipe was thrown yesterday morning. She is of the
opinion that the “machine” was intended for the destruction of her family,
and was not intended to injure Mr. Martin Glassen, who occupies the
second story of the building, and who took possession of it but a few months
ago. We enquired of her whether she had ever had a difficulty or
misunderstanding of any kind with anybody in this city, to which she replied
that about a year ago, she had caused the arrest of a Mrs. Clark, who
is the wife of a colored blacksmith, who occupies the adjoining building.
She had done this from necessity and not from choice, but since then Mrs.
Clark and her husband had exhibited anything but friendly feelings
towards her. About Christmas last year, the family had lost a little child,
and Mrs. Clark blamed her for the child’s death—saying that she (Mrs.
Owens) had poisoned it. So firmly did Mrs. Clark believe this
that she had the corpse taken to Dr. Gordon for examination, and,
although the doctor gave it as his opinion that the child had died a natural
death, Mrs. Clark, nevertheless, seems to have adhered to her former
opinion. Besides this there were those in the neighborhood who had
repeatedly threatened to force her to vacate the house, although the better
element in the neighborhood desired her to remain. Some very hard words had
passed between one of her neighbors and herself not a great while ago, and,
one night, shortly afterward, all her flowers, which she had in pots in
front of the house, were broken off and destroyed and coal oil poured all
over the front door sill. This had undoubtedly been done for a cause—and
for no other cause than to set fire to the house, but very likely this
rascal was frightened away before he had an opportunity to touch a match to
it. She thought that the person who was guilty of such an act was capable
of cutting out her heart and would not hesitate to attempt to take her life
by such means as had been employed yesterday morning. But, while this was
so, she could not tell who the guilty parties were. She did not believe
that any one had attempted to injure Mr. Gladden, nor does any other
sensible person—not even those who are attempting to make political capital
out of it.
Saturday, 11 Sep
Is it usual, or has it been the custom for coroners, after holding an
inquest, to present to the county a bill of ten dollars for coroner’s fee,
one dollar for summoning the jury, and also one dollar for each member of
the jury, and to pocket the total amount? If this has been the custom, is
not the county still liable to those jurymen for every dollar thus collected
and embezzled. At present the county commissioners instruct the clerk to
draw an order in favor of each juryman for one dollar, which is a much
better way. We are led to these remarks from glancing over the records of
the county court, as published in The Bulletin, in 1877. We then
find that the amount paid in acting coroner, Justice Comings, for
holding an inquest on the body of Charles Stewart, who was drowned
near the stone depot, was $23.
(A poem, “In Memoriam” of Georgie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walker,
Cairo, Ill., was published.)
Sunday, 12 Sep 1880:
The wife of “Tom” Collins, colored, died yesterday, on Eleventh
Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street, of congestive chills.
Tom is well known in this community.
Tuesday, 14 Sep
The daughter of Mr. A. C. Atherton, of Hodges Park died about twelve
o’clock last Sunday.
at the residence of her parents, on Seventh Street, Monday, Sept. 13th,
aged ten years and seven days, only daughter of George W. and Mary P.
Strode. The remains will be taken to Columbus, Ky., for interment. The
yacht, Ariadne, with the funeral party, will leave the wharfboat at
Sixth Street this morning at nine o’clock. Funeral services at residence by
Rev. B. Y. George, at half past eight o’clock.
Wednesday, 15 Sep
HOMICIDE AT FARMINGTON, MO.
DeLASSUS, Mo., Sept. 13.—A fatal shooting
scrape took place in front of the courthouse at Farmington, today, in which
McMullin, sheriff, and Henry Horn, a noted desperado, were the
participants. There appears to have been an old feud between them, arising
out of the frequent arrests of Horn for violations of the law, and
the last one taking place yesterday, he being arrested for disturbing the
peace at the fair grounds. It is said that Horn came to town this
morning with the avowed intention of killing the sheriff, for he expressed
as much to several parties. He also tried to shoot another man at the fair
grounds today and was only prevented from so doing by the interference of
friends. The facts as gleaned by your reporter are as follows:
and Horn were standing on the sidewalk on Main Street. Horn
was a little under the influence of liquor and McMullin was trying to
get him to desist in the use of obscene and abusive language. Horn
then started across the street, saying something and pulling his pistol at
the same time. McMullin followed about five steps and Horn
had crossed about two-thirds of the street, when he suddenly turned, taking
deliberate aim at McMullin, who immediately brought his pistol in
position. Horn then fired, striking McMullin near the nipple
on the right side. McMullin returned the fire, hitting Horn’s
little finger, who fired another shot, striking McMullin in the
abdomen. McMullin fired again, striking Horn just below the
nipple but fortunately for him his suspender buckle kept the ball from
penetrating his body. Had it met no obstacle Horn would have been no
more. Horn fired again, missing McMullin entirely.
McMullin then shot him through the thigh. Horn fell and raised
his pistol to shoot again, but seeing his adversary on his feet ready to
give another shot, he threw up his pistol, saying: “I give up; I am dying.”
whereupon McMullin stood over him saying: “You have also done the
work for me.” McMullin then walked off and would have fallen had not
his friends assisted him to his home. McMullin will die. The
sympathy of the community is with our sheriff who was killed in the
discharge of his duty. He is about 60 years of age and leaves an
interesting family to mourn his loss. Horn is in jail.
The yacht Ariadne left our wharf at the foot of Sixth Street,
yesterday morning, with the funeral party of the child of Mr. and Mrs.
Strode on board. She went to Columbus, Ky., where the dead child was
interred in the family plot.
Thursday, 16 Sep
The wife of Mr. J. H. Stephens, colored, who died day before
yesterday, was taken to Villa Ridge for interment yesterday.
Stephens married Henrietta Wilson on 30 Jun 1877, in Alexander
Co., Ill. A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Memmietta
wife of J. M. Stephens Born Feb. 5, 1855, Died Sept. 13, 1880.—Darrel
Friday, 17 Sep 1880:
We were yesterday given by a gentleman from Blandville, the details of a
horrible occurrence that took place there. A Mr. E. W. Bugg lives in
Blandville with a wife and two children. They have in their employ a
colored woman, who does the washing and ironing. While ironing, the other
day, she had occasion to leave the house, and leaving the children alone in
the room she closed the door and went. Mr. Bugg had gone out in
town, and Mrs. B. was in another part of the house. But happening to
open the kitchen door, a short time after the colored woman had left, a
sheet of fire burst forth and she retreated with a cry and badly scorched.
When entrance was at last effected the children were discovered burnt to a
crisp. It is believed that the colored woman left the hot iron standing on
the cloth-covered ironing board setting it afire and causing the fearful
We this morning announce Mr. Richard Fitzgerald as an independent
candidate for re-election to the office of coroner. We recall a few cases
in which he has saved the county a very snug little sum of money. The first
case, we remember, is that of the death of an old negro wood sawyer, who
resided on Thirty-fourth Street and who died suddenly and without any
apparent cause. Mr. Fitzgerald was called by the relatives in whose
house he had died, but finding that he had come to his death from natural
causes, held no inquest, as he might have done had he desired to swell his
pocket book, and the remains were buried by the relatives. Not very long
ago an aged colored woman died in the neighborhood of Seventeenth Street
while a neighboring building was afire. Mr. Fitzgerald found that
death had been caused by fright and old age, and therefore did not hold an
inquest. A negro who had been sick, died during the night in Scott’s
saloon, while lying on a bench, but there being no marks of violence on his
person, and it being ascertained that there was no poison in his system, no
inquest was held, and Mr. Scott had the remains decently interred
without any expense to the county. Our readers all remember the death of
old Nancy Mack, who held forth on the corner of Tenth and Commercial
and who died by taking a dose of poison. Mr. F. personally
investigated the matter, found no one to blame but herself, and, since her
physician was willing to testify that her death resulted from poison, Mr.
Fitzgerald held no inquest. The dead body of a child was found in the
commons uptown. The coroner’s jury made an inquiry into the circumstances
attending the case; the coroner discovered the responsible parties and
compelled them to give the body decent burial, and thus saved the county the
expenses. Not long ago a colored man died in a house downtown. The
occupants of the house refused to bury the corpse, the overseer of the poor
did likewise, and the coroner, finding that the man had come to his death
from natural causes, saved the county the expense of an investigation by
jury and a burial.
Saturday, 8 Sep
Mr. Sullivan of Sandusky Precinct, and one of the oldest inhabitants
of this county, died day before yesterday at the home of his son. He was
about ninety years old and the father of Mr. Patrick Sullivan.
Freddie Winter, the sixteen year-old son of Mrs. Emeline Winter,
died suddenly day before yesterday, of congestive chills, and was buried
yesterday afternoon. The funeral leaving here at 2:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge,
from the family’s home on Twelfth Street, between Poplar and Commercial.
Sunday, 19 Sep 1880:
Father Masterson will hold the usual services in St. Patrick’s
Church, corner Ninth Street and Washington Avenue, today. The funeral
services over the remains of Mrs. Cook will be held in the church at
two o’clock p.m.
Tuesday, 21 Sep
Willie, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Snell, died of croup last
night about half past 9 o’clock. He was one year and nine months old. The
funeral will leave St. Joseph’s Church at 2 o’clock today. Friends are
(Rudy Snell married Mary Carr
on 2 Feb 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa
Ridge reads: Baby Willie Snell son of Rudy and Mary Snell,
Died Sept. 20, 1880, Aged 1 Yr. 9 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant daughter of Mr. Henry Wilson died day before yesterday and
was buried yesterday at ten o’clock.
Thursday, 23 Sep 1880:
We regret to hear of the death of the little son of Hon. John R. Thomas.
He died a few days ago.
The trial of Mrs. Whitcamp for the murder of her husband has again
Friday, 24 Sep 1880:
Dr. C. W. Dunning was sent for yesterday by Dr. Bass, of
Ballard County, Ky., to assist in the treatment of Mr. Grundy Bryant,
who is afflicted with hydrophobia in its first stages. The case appears to
be a dangerous one, though some hopes are entertained for the patient’s
recovery. Mr. Bryant was bitten in the cheek some three weeks ago by
a dog that was fighting with his own dog, and with which he interfered. He
immediately applied a madstone, and the wound caused him no inconvenience
until a few days ago, when he was taken with spasms, and has since become
worse. At the sight of water he is thrown into convulsions, yet be in full
possession of his senses, and believes that he will live through the ordeal
all right. Dr. Dunning had not returned yesterday evening, and we
have no advices as to the state of Mr. Bryant yesterday.
Saturday, 25 Sep
Litchfield had its first murder Sunday night. Mrs. Gabrielle Carter,
a colored woman, was shot and instantly killed by some person who fired
through the window of her house. Shields Carter, her husband, was
absent, and is suspected of the murder.
(Shields Carter married Gabrielle
Parker on 31 Jan 1868, in Montgomery Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Henderson crossed on the ferry yesterday afternoon with the
intention of paying Mr. Grundy Bryant a visit, but he had proceeded
but a short distance on the Kentucky shore when he was met by the sick man’s
nurse, who informed him of Mr. Bryant’s death. He was much worse
during Thursday night, and had to be tied down in bed, and when not tied had
to be held down by five men. Yesterday morning he was taken with spasms and
at about ten a.m. his attending physician, Dr. Bass, gave him
morphine. He died at one o’clock in the afternoon, leaving a wife and three
or four children. His was an unmistakenable case of hydrophobia.
Sunday, 26 Sep 1880:
In Elgin, 21st, John Porter, employed in Swan’s livery stable,
was kicked in the groin by a horse he was harnessing, and is thought to be
Capt. John N. Shunk died in St. Louis Friday morning after an illness
of not quite a week. Capt. Shunk was well known at Cairo and was
Thursday, 30 Sep 1880:
James Henderson, formerly an employee of the Illinois Central Company
at this point, was run over and killed by an engine in Chicago a few days
ago. He was well known among railroad men in this city.
Saturday, 2 Oct 1880:
Walter, son of H. V. Thompson, a boy about fifteen years of age, has
been sick with typhoid-intermittent fever for about five weeks. He was out
about one week ago, but took a relapse and was not expected to live through
On last Wednesday the steamer Gus Fowler, having been delayed,
started out from the Cairo and Vincennes railroad wharf after dark, and when
about three miles above the city, collided with a skiff containing two
colored men and one white man, cutting it in two and precipitating the
occupants into the water. The men had been at work on the Champion
at Mound City, and were on their way to Cairo in one of the Champion’s
lifeboats. It was quite dark and they were talking and laughing so that
they neither heard nor saw the steamboat until it was too late to avoid the
catastrophe. The negroes were sitting one in each end of the boat and the
white man was in the middle rowing. When their boat was struck it severed
in the center and the negroes clung each to one half of it, and were saved,
but the white man, whose name is Edwin Woods, went under with a cry
of pain, which gives ground for the belief that he was injured by the
collision. Search was made for his body, but in vain. Mr. Woods is
a stepson of Mr. L. P. Wilcox, of Anna, Illinois, who was last night
informed of the disaster by a letter from Mr. Walton Wright.
(The 9 Oct
1880, Jonesboro Gazette reported that Edward Woods, son of
Mrs. L. P. Wilcox, died near Mound City on Friday, 1 Oct 1880, aged
29 years.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 3 Oct 1880:
A reward of twenty-five dollars will be paid
for the recovery of the body of Edwin H. Wood, drowned three miles
above Cairo, on Thursday evening at 8 o’clock. He is thirty years old, has
auburn hair and long mustache, has lost several teeth, had two silver
dollars in his pocket, wore corded cotton pants, was in shirt sleeves and
had on striped cheviot shirt. He wore boots and had not been shaved for
Information concerning the remains should be
furnished to G. D. Williamson, Cairo, Ills., who will pay the above
reward on recovery of the body.
Cairo, Ills., October 2, 1880
Mr. L. P. Wilcox, of Anna, whose stepson was drowned in the Ohio
River about three miles above this city on Thursday evening last, was in the
city yesterday and offers a reward of twenty-five dollars for the recovery
of the remains.
(Lorenzo P. Wilcox married Mrs.
America A. Wood on 28 Mar 1859, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 5 Oct 1880:
Michael O’Callahan, the young man whose funeral takes place this
afternoon, was twenty-two years old and had come to this country only about
four months ago. He was walking along the edge of a barge lying below
Halliday’s warehouse, when he lost his footing and fell into the river
between two barges, and was drowned. His body was found at 10:30 o’clock
a.m. yesterday, nearly in the same place where he fell in.
The funeral of Mr. Michael O’Callahan, nephew of Capt. Hugh
O’Callahan, will start from the corner of Fourteenth Street and Ohio
Levee for St. Patrick’s Church at 1:30 o’clock p.m., today, where services
will be held. Leaving the church at 2:30 o’clock the procession will move
to the train at the corner of Eighth Street and Ohio Levee, which will
convey the remains to Villa Ridge for interment.
The funeral of Henry McRoe, a colored barber, took place Sunday
afternoon. It was headed by a cornet band and conducted by the colored
Masons of the city, who turned out numerously and performed their duty
Mr. William Casey, an employee at Halliday warehouse,
yesterday morning, recovered the body of Mr. Edwin Wood, who was
drowned a few miles above the city last Thursday night. His stepfather, Mr.
L. P. Wilcox, of Anna, Ill., was notified of the finding of the body,
which will be taken to Metropolis for interment.
Wednesday, 6 Oct
The funeral of Mr. Michael O’Callahan, who was drowned the other day,
took place yesterday and was well attended. The remains were interred at
A skeleton was unearthed under Halliday Brothers warehouse, the other
day. The laborer who dug it up again interred it without much ceremony.
Thursday, 7 Oct
In Memory of Orpha M. S. Wilson, aged fourteen months and eight days,
daughter of Harry E. and Mary A. Wilson. A little child with blue
eyes and golden hair and warm caressing baby fingers came into this dim
world. God’s perfect gift of life to brighten their earthly home and they
rejoiced with fond words and tender cares and thanksgivings for the
priceless trust and up into the face of its mother smiled the baby girl, and
she kissed its lips and smoothed its pale golden hair, thanking God for a
gift so fair.
Wilson married Mary Rennie on 25 Sep 1877, in Alexander Co.,
Friday, 8 Oct 1880:
Yesterday evening about six o’clock, little Walter Thompson breathed
his last. He had suffered much for several weeks from intermittent fever,
but seemed to be convalescent day before yesterday and until yesterday
afternoon, when he was again violently attacked with the result as stated.
The remains will be interred at Beech Ridge today.
Wednesday, 13 Oct 1880:
MURDER AT DUQUOIN.
Perry County Democrat
As we go to press this week, we learn that
the dead body of James Shaw, who resides near DuQuoin was found last
night (Thursday) at about twelve o’clock, near the brick warehouse, west of
the railroad, perforated with three holes—one in the breast and two in the
head. So far as we could ascertain, the murderer or murderers, are
unknown. Shots were heard in the vicinity of the warehouse at above eleven
o’clock that night, an investigation of the locality revealed the corpse of
Shaw lying on the ground, a revolver clenched in his right hand. The
theory of suicide, our informant said, was upset by a discovery of the fact
that one of the wounds was made by a 48-caliber ball and the others by 32
calibers, showing that at least two different revolvers were used. Vigorous
efforts are being made to detect the guilty men.
Tuesday, 19 Oct 1880:
DEATH OF COL. GEORGE SCROGGS.
CHAMPAIGN,. Ill., Oct. 17.—Col. George
Scroggs of this city, ex-member of the Illinois legislature and late
United States consul at Hamburg, Germany, died yesterday at Denver, Colo.,
of consumption, aged 38 years. He was proprietor of the Champaign
Gazette, which will continue to be published by his heirs. His wife
will arrive here tomorrow night with his remains when the interment will
occur. His death is universally regretted here.
Thursday, 21 Oct 1880:
Mrs. Thomas, wife of the member of Congress from this district, died
last Sunday at her home in Metropolis.
Friday, 22 Oct 1880:
We regret to hear of the serious illness of Mrs. George W. Morse.
She was not expected to live yesterday.
Governor Cullom has offered a reward of two hundred dollars for the
arrest of Thomas Hillard, who murdered A. B. Hendrickson, at
Crab Orchard, Williamson County, on the 9th of the present month. He has
also offered a reward for the arrest of the person or persons who murdered
Hiram P. Allen at Sandwich, DeKalb County, on the 15th of February,
Saturday, 23 Oct
The funeral of Mr. Isaac Walder yesterday afternoon was largely
attended. The remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge and followed to their
resting place by the Odd Fellows and Jewish society of this city.
in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Isaac Walder Died Oct.
21, 1880, Aged 51 Yrs., 3 Ms., 14 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 24 Oct 1880:
We regret to hear that Mrs. G. W. Morse was not expected to live
after midnight last night.
We regret to hear of the serious illness of the two daughters of Mr. H. F.
Potter, the Misses Metta and Phoebe, who have lately taken up their
residence in this city. Miss Metta was not expected to live last night.
At 8:30 o’clock p.m. day before yesterday, Andy Young, the colored
man who was some time ago shot by the clerk of the Paris C. Brown,
breathed his last. Dr. Carter was called, who, after examination,
discovered the ball in the dead man’s shoulder.
We learn from Mr. Will Smyth, that on day before yesterday, a
horrible double tragedy occurred about eight miles back of Wolf Island,
which resulted in the death of Mr. George Lovitt and his wife. It
appears that these two have been lately united in the holy bond and that
since their union Lovitt has been drinking excessively. On
day before yesterday, while under the influence of liquor Lovitt beat
his wife’s brains out with a smoothing iron and then killed himself by
cutting his throat in five places with a pocket knife. He occasionally
visited this city and was known to some of our people.
ACCIDENT ON THE VINCENNES ROAD.
Quite an accident occurred on the Cairo and
Vincennes Road to the gravel train, four miles this side of Oak Town, last
night, which resulted in the death of one man and seriously wounding five or
six. The train, which was composed of eight or nine cars and an engine, was
thrown from the track by the engine striking a cow. The tender of the
engine was thrown on one side of the track and the engine on the other, and
the cars were generally wrecked and piled one upon another. Drs. Parker,
Bryant, and Dunning were sent for and found their hands full.
They amputated two legs of two men and reset numerous broken bones. We
could learn no names last night.
ANOTHER HORRIBLE ACCIDENT.
The incline of the Illinois Central was
yesterday the scene of another accident, which resulted in the death of a
young switchman. The details of this catastrophe are, if possible, even
more terrible than the one which preceded it. This is the third accident
that has occurred on the incline within a few months past and the immediate
cause was the same in every case. It has, in fact, become a very common
occurrence that the coupling of one or more cars in a train breaks while it
is being drawn up the incline, and it would seem that more attention should
be given to the condition of this important part of a train before it is
started up a steep incline. By last evening’s accident, Thomas Jones,
a young man about twenty years of age, lost his life. He was a switchman
and was standing on the hindmost car of a train that was being drawn up the
incline from the steamer Junius Morgan, when about half the ascent
had been made, the coupling of the car upon which Jones was standing,
broke, allowing the car to run back. The remainder of the train went a
little farther when another coupling broke, allowing one or two more cars to
rapidly run down the steel embankment. Young Jones saw his danger
and, it is supposed, jumped from the car as he had done on a previous
occasion under similar circumstances. In his descent toward the river, he
struck the sharp edge of one of the cross-timbers, which protrude on either
side of the carriage with his abdomen and the force of the fall tore a
fearful wound the entire length of his body, after which he fell into the
river. He was immediately fished out of the water, laid upon a flat car and
taken to the stone depot, where Dr. Parker arrived soon after and
gave the poor man all possible attention. He lived about fifteen minutes
after the Doctor’s arrival, uttering only a few incoherent words and groans,
and died in the greatest agony. His home is on the corner of Twenty-first
and Poplar streets, and he leaves his parents and two brothers to mourn over
his fearful death.
Tuesday, 26 Oct
The funeral of Mrs. Morse, who died last Sunday, took place
yesterday. A large number of friends attended in carriages, buggies and on
THE VERDICT OF THE CORONER’S JURY.
The following is the verdict of the
coroner’s jury which yesterday enquired into the death of young Thomas
Jones, who was killed on the incline of the Illinois Central Railroad on
“We, the undersigned jurors sworn to enquire
into the death of Thomas Jones, aged 18 years and 11 months, from the
evidence on oath do find that he came to his death on October 23, 1880, from
internal injuries received by falling from a coal car on the cradle of the
incline switch of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, at Cairo,
Illinois. That the said fall and accident was caused by reason of the
breaking of the coupling of the cars attached to the engine No. 72,
belonging to said company, and that the Illinois Central Railroad Company
are responsible for the accident and death of the deceased, by reason of not
having safe or extra couplings in addition to the ordinary coupling of cars
the grade of said incline switch being so great that the ordinary car
couplings have heretofore frequently proved insufficient.
William Wolf, foreman; W. M. C.
Heath, Adolph Swoboda, Richard Welsh, David Kelly,
Thursday, 28 Oct
An account of the latest sickening tragedy, which occurred near Charleston,
Mo., appeared in these columns a few days ago. While it is a pleasing fact
that monster Lovett, after the murder of his wife, promptly rid the
world of his own presence by cutting his throat, his departed spirit must be
condemned, first for beating out his wife’s brains at all, and second, for
performing the operation with a flat iron. The flat iron and all other
domestic utensils are, by reason of a time-honored custom, essentially the
weapons of the softer sex and should never be grasped with murderous intent
by man. This is ironical.
Wednesday, 3 Nov
The colored man, who, a few days ago, fell from the building which is being
constructed for Smith & Brothers, and broke one of his legs,
sustained internal injures from the fall, which resulted in his death day
The funeral of Miss Meta Potter, who died at 11:30 a.m. day before
yesterday, took place yesterday forenoon from her parents’ residence, on
Commercial Avenue, near Eighth Street. Rev. Whitaker conducted the
services at the house, where a large number of friends of the deceased had
congregated, after which the funeral started for the train, which took the
remains to Beech Grove, where they were interred with appropriate
ceremonies. Miss Meta was one of our most popular young ladies, and she
will be greatly missed by her numerous young friends, a large number of whom
attended her funeral in a body.
Thursday, 4 Nov
The funeral of Mrs. Herbert A. Harrell takes place today at 1:30
p.m. The procession will leave the residence of Mr. Miles Parker, on
Walnut, near Eighth Street and proceed to the Illinois Central train, at the
foot of Eighth Street, which will take the remains to Villa Ridge for
burial. Mrs. Harrell was born and raised here, and is known to
nearly every one and enjoyed the sincere friendship of all. She suffered
from consumption for a long time, and thinking her health would be
benefited, Mr. Harrell removed to Chicago, where he employed the
best medical talent in the city to attend her, but without avail. She grew
steadily worse, and was finally compelled to return to her old home to pass
away forever from among the friends of her youth. Her death will be
sincerely regretted by the entire community and the bereaved child, husband,
parents, and other relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of all.
The funeral of Mr. Herbert A. Harrell
will leave the residence of M. W. Parker, Esq., corner of Eighth and
Walnut at 1:30 p.m., to the Illinois Central Railroad, foot of Eighth
Street, for interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery. Friends are invited to
Friday, 5 Nov 1880:
The funeral of Mrs. Herbert Harrell took place yesterday forenoon, at
11:30 o’clock. The remains were taken from the residence of Mr. Miles
Parker, to the Illinois Central train, and then to Villa Ridge, where
they were interred with appropriate ceremonies. A large number of friends
accompanied the funeral party to the place of burial.
Tuesday, 9 Nov 1880:
KICKED TO DEATH.
A little after 8 o’clock last night, Mr.
John O’Donnel came to his death by being kicked in the side by one of
his horses. He had just returned home from his day’s labor and jumped from
his wagon with the intention of unhitching the horses and probably touching
one of the animals in so doing, it kicked him, with the above result. His
wife, assisted by the neighbors, immediately carried him into the house, and
did everything possible for him, but in twenty minutes he was dead.
Mr. O’Donnell had been a resident of
this city for about sixteen years, and was widely and favorably known.
Being temperate, frugal and industrious, he enjoyed the good will and esteem
of all. He was a good neighbor, a devoted husband, and leaves a wife, a
four-year-old child and several brothers to mourn his untimely taking off.
He was forty-six years of age.
For many years he was in the employ of
Halliday Brothers, as teamster, but has since then been his own master.
The funeral will leave at 12:30 o’clock for
St. Joseph’s Church, and the train, which will convey the remains to Villa
Ridge, will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street, at 2 o’clock p.m. today.
The friends of the family are invited to attend.
Wednesday, 10 Nov
The funeral of Mr. John O’Donnell took place yesterday afternoon,
quite a large number of his friends and acquaintances of the family
attending. The ceremony in St. Joseph’s Church, delivered over the remains
by Father O’Hara, was very impressive and listened to by a large
concourse of people. The remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge by special
train at 2 o’clock p.m.
The following lines are inscribed to the
memory of Thomas, son of Edward and Ellen Jones. He was born in this
city, November 12, 1861, and met a horrible and untimely death at the
incline on Saturday night, October 23, 1880. Possessing all the attributes
of a splendid physical appearance, with mental qualities of an unusually
high order, it is not strange that his many friends sadly miss him.
But when we add that his brief life
exemplified all the manly and graceful virtues, that he was invariably as
gentle as a child, and had never in his whole life spoken unkindly to or of
anyone, it will readily be understood why his many acquaintances feel a
personal loss in his untimely and horrible death. In the bosom of his
family, with his father, mother, sister and three brothers, he was the joy,
the comfort, and the mainstay. Their loss is irreparable and their grief
inconsolable. The buoyancy of his disposition, his invariable cheerfulness,
and the ready support he rendered those dear to him, can never be replaced,
and their lives are saddened forever, brightened however, by the hope of a
perfect reunion where sorrow and partings are unknown.
Thursday, 11 Nov
Mrs. Sarah Martin, sister of J. H. Speck, of Barclay’s
prescription drug store, died suddenly in Columbus, Ohio, day before
yesterday. A dispatch announcing this fact and that the funeral would take
place this morning, reached Mr. Speck too late to admit of his being
present at the funeral.
Saturday, 13 Nov
Mr. Henry Devlin died at two o’clock yesterday morning in consequence
of the injuries received as stated in yesterday morning’s Bulletin.
He was an old citizen of Cairo, honest and industrious. His funeral will
probably take place today.
(The Friday, 12 Nov 1880, which explain
Henry Devlin’s injuries, was not preserved.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 14 Nov 1880:
Died, at Waterloo, Iowa, Mrs. Mary
Holcome, aged 37 years. Mrs. Holcome, or Mrs. Kendall, as
she was at that time, was for many years a resident of Cairo. She was a
sister of Dr. R. W. Brigham, and Mrs. Henry Goe, now of Villa
Ridge. Her husband, Mr. Kendall, died in Cairo in 1876. A few years
after his death, Mrs. Kendall removed to Pennsylvania, where she
resided with her mother until 1879, when she was united in marriage to W. H.
Holcome, Esq., of Iowa, and removed with her husband to that state,
where for one brief year, she blessed his home with the joy and sunshine of
her presence, when the summons came for her to come up higher, which she
obeyed with Christian resignation, and childlike faith, leaving many friends
to mourn her departure. Mrs. Holcome was a most estimable woman, a
faithful wife, devoted mother and true friend. Quiet and unassuming in her
manners, her real worth was best known in the domestic circle of her own
home. To her bereaved husband and orphaned children, relatives and friends,
we would offer our heartfelt sympathy, but know full well, from said
experience, how hollow and almost meaningless falls any attempt at
consolation on our ears, while the sound of the clods falling on the coffin
lid of a loved one is still echoing in our hearts. Still we would ask them
not to grieve as those without hope, but remember that the loved one has but
“crossed the mystic river” a little in advance and ere long they will join
her in a world where death and sorrow are unknown.
I. A. M.
Cairo, Ill., Nov. 13, 1880
The funeral of Mr. Henry Devlin took place yesterday forenoon—the
remains being conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment. He was a man who was
well known to almost every person in Cairo. His funeral was well attended.
Tuesday, 16 Nov
The Chicago Times, in its dispatches, announces the death of Rev.
Gilbert, several years ago rector of the Episcopal Church in this city.
He died in Florida of yellow fever. Mr. Gilbert was a man of rare
intellectual attainments and an earnest worker in the faith.
Thursday, 18 Nov 1880:
A letter to Mr. Speck, from his brother-in-law, states that his
sister, whose death we chronicled a short time ago, died in consequence of
injuries received through the explosion of a coal oil lamp. While holding
the lamp in her hand, the flame caught the oil in some way and she dropped
it on the floor. It broke, scattering the burning oil in all directions,
and setting her clothes on fire, and all her efforts to put it out were in
vain. When assistance arrived, and the flames were smothered, she had
received the injuries from which death ensued.
Friday, 19 Nov 1880:
A dispatch from Charleston, Mo., to the St. Louis Republican, says:
“John Phillips, a farmer who lives near this place, at about 8
o’clock this morning, shot and almost instantly killed John Smith, a
son of a widowed lady of this place. The facts in brief seem to be about as
follows: Smith and Phillips had a difficulty in which some
words and blows were passed. They were separated when Phillips went
and bought a pistol and returned to the place of the first difficulty.
Smith, who had in the meantime gone out, came in and struck Phillips
with his fist. They again separated, Smith was led away, and when he
had gone about twelve feet, Phillips fired, inflicting the mortal
wound. He fired again, but without effect. The examination will be held
Saturday, 20 Nov
FOUND NOT GUILTY.
A dispatch received by W. C. Mulkey,
Esq., last night, conveys the intelligence that Mrs. Esther Meacham,
and her son, Morris Howard, were acquitted of the charge of murder
yesterday evening after the jury had consulted for one hour. The case was
tried at Vienna—a change of venue having been taken from Mound City on
Tuesday last. Messrs. Mulkey, Robarts and Spann
appeared for the defendants and to their efforts in great part must be
attributed the acquittal of the accused.
The case was a very complicated one, and was
in many respects similar to that of Mrs. Whitcamp, who is confined in
our county jail for the murder of her husband. It has excited considerable
interest among the people of Alexander and the neighboring counties, who
generally believed that she was guilty of the crime.
Sunday, 21 Nov 1880:
Mrs. Sophronia Staffer, of Centralia, died in this city yesterday
forenoon, at the residence of her father, Mr. B. Mathews, on
Nineteenth Street, between Commercial Avenue and Poplar Street. She was a
sister of Mr. Willis Mathews, and came here several weeks ago with
the expectation that a change of climate would tend to assist her in the
recovery of her health, but it was evident from the start that her
expectations would not be realized. The remains will be conveyed to
Centralia on the eleven o’clock train today.
Wednesday, 24 Nov
Gov. Williams, of Indiana, whose illness we announced a few days ago,
died at noon Saturday last. His death is followed by universal sorrow in
Indiana. Gov. Williams was an unquestionable patriot and a faithful
public servant. He lived out his three score years and ten, and goes to the
tomb with an unblemished record in all the relations of life.
THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF M. C. HALL
Held Before Judge Olmsted Yesterday—It Developed the Fact That the
Killing of Andy Goings Was Clearly an Act of Self-Defense, and Hence He Was
The preliminary examination of M. C.
Hall, second clerk of the steamer Paris C. Brown, for the killing
of Andrew Goings some time last October, was had, yesterday, before
Judge Olmsted. The examination consumed the entire day, and we take
pleasure in laying before our readers the evidence in the case, which shows
the killing to have been a clear case of self-defense. The people were ably
represented by Prosecuting Attorney William C. Mulkey, and the
defendant by D. T. Linegar, Esq. We merely give the substance of the
testimony, eliminating all unnecessary verbiage, and will only add that,
under the facts, the court exercises a sound discretion in discharging the
is a young man of perhaps 25 years old, very pleasing in his manner, and
wore upon his countenance, during the whole of his trial, the appearance of
a consciousness of his entire innocence. Upon his acquittal he resumed his
place on board the steamer of which he is clerk.
following is the testimony for the People:
sitting on stage of wharfboat, on railing; defendant had a difficulty with
Ed Fisher; someone said to Fisher, “Why don’t you have the
clerk arrested?” and Hall said, “What in the hell have you got to do
with it?” Goings said, “If you served me that way (as he had
Fisher), I’d show you what I would do about it;” and the clerk said,
“You had better take it up,” when Goings started for the clerk; when
Hall shot first at me, and second and third time at Goings. I
did not see Goings have a weapon; cannot say if he had or not; they
were twelve steps apart, Goings going toward Hall; Goings
started for Hall and Hall retreated a few steps, drew his
pistol, and fired first toward me, then at Goings twice.
laboring in hold of barge nearby and heard something about riot; saw
Goings dodging, and said, “That’s enough, I’m shot.” I did not see any
weapon in Goings’ hands.
difficulty; Hall told Fisher to get his money; clerk kicked
his hat in river; Hall got buggy spoke; Goings said to
Fisher, “Get officer and have him arrested;” and clerk said, “You big
s—b----, what have you got to do with it?” Goings said, “I’m no more
a s—of b--- than you are;” someone said, “Shoot him,” and Hall pulled
pistol and shot, shot again, and Andy (Goings) said, “I’m shot;”
Hall said, “Any more of you s--- b----s want any of it?” and went on
board boat. Goings had no weapons; no search was made for weapons.
had a little knife as he went toward man when he shot; Hall said, “Is
there any other s—b---- I can kill?” He had stick and pistol and went on
board boat. Goings told me after he was shot that he thought he
could make his way to the clerk before he shot; he closed his knife 3 feet
before he got to the clerk; when Andy called him a s-- b---- he shot.
three shots fired; heard no cries; I boarded with Goings; I saw him
have a small knife; deceased lived four weeks after being shot; I helped
G. W. MERIDIAN.
was my brother-in-law.
assistant surgeon U. S.
hospital service: I was called to see Goings September 30; wound
particularly described; continued to call on him until October 22d; he
failed to follow my directions and had pneumonia; gunshot wound was the
cause of death.
I sat on
gangway of wharfboat; Goings said to Clerk Hall, “It’s me you
ought to be after;” clerk said, “Yes, I’ll run you in the river.” Hall
pulled out pistol; I got away; Goings got behind me, when he was
shot; Goings had nothing in his hand at the time he was shot; he had
a borrowed knife. Deceased was not searched.
testified as to the
wound and cause of death.
testimony for the defense was as follows:
I reside in
New Orleans and am clerk of the U.S. district court; was a passenger on the
P. C. Brown; saw large fine looking yellow man (Goings)
sitting on rail of gang plank of wharfboat, a difficulty had occurred
between Hall and small black man; deceased said, “No s-- b---- of a
steamboat clerk can make me leave boat,” etc. The clerk, Hall, said,
“What have you got to do with it, you yellow s—b----;” deceased said, “I’d
wring your G-d d--- neck and throw you in the river,” advanced towards
Hall and Hall fired, the party broke and ran, and deceased again
advanced and second and third shots were fired. I think it was the second
shot that took effect. Deceased had a knife in his hand, whittling while
sitting on rail. He advanced in a threatening manner after jumping from
rail. He advanced toward Hall with a knife in his hand. Someone had
said to small black man, “Come get your hat and we will stand by you.” I am
positive Goings did not close his knife and put it in his pocket. I
swear positively he had his knife in his hand when he advanced on Hall.
Goings was five feet from Hall when shot.
WALTON W. WRIGHT.
same as last witness, but in addition that he saw the knife fall from
Goings’ hand after he was shot, that knife blade was 4 inches in length,
that Goings said before advancing, “You cannot run over me; I’ll
wring your neck and throw you into the river;” got off rail, opened knife
and started for defendant, who pulled revolver and fired. Knife looked like
steamboat knife. After deceased started, Hall said, “Stop” at the
same time putting hand behind him. Deceased continued to advance when shots
mate of Paris C.
Brown, described knife as having a blade 4 inches in length. That after
the language testified to by other witnesses, had passed deceased and
advanced toward Hall with an open knife in his hand (position shown)
in a very angry and threatening manner, and was about to say what he
(witness) would have done under similar circumstances, but was checked, when
Hall told deceased to stop, but deceased continued to advance, and
Hall drew and fired three times; staid until Hall left; and
deceased said, “Get a doctor.”
difficulty; Goings spoke first and said no s-- b---- could make him
leave, etc.; he had a knife in his hand; advanced towards Hall, who
said, “Stand back; if you don’t I’ll shoot.” Goings continued to
advance with knife in hand and Hall fired. The knife deceased had
was an ordinary black-handled knife, with four-inch blade.
something in deceased’s hand; can’t say if it was a knife; it might have
been; it looked “shiney.” He started towards Hall and Hall
fired three shots.
passed between parties; s-- of a b---h was passed; Goings rose up to
his feet, shut up knife and started for the clerk.
Goings took up difficulty; s-- of b---- passed between clerk and Andy.
Andy got up with a knife in his hand and started at clerk and clerk said,
“If that’s your game, you can have it,” and fired. I think the knife was a
small pocketknife. He was whittling with small knife; he started for Clerk
Hall, got up and went right straight towards him with his knife.
levee at time of difficulty and saw witness, Frank Jenking, 20 feet
below where I stood on levee, and he staid there while difficulty lasted. I
am not positive, but think he was there.
also testified that
Frank Jenkins stood on levee, near himself and Mr. Able, while
difficulty was going on the wharfboat.
Thursday, 25 Nov
A letter from Milwaukee, Wis., to relatives in this city, of Mr. Albert
Grindler, formerly a citizen of Cairo, and who will be remembered by
many, states that he was found dead in his bed last Wednesday morning. He
was afflicted, as will be remembered, with epilepsy, and had been for some
time employed in a hospital in Milwaukee. His death will be regretted by
his many friends.
Saturday, 27 Nov 1880:
BURIAL OF THE LATE GOV. WILLIAMS
VINCENNES, Ind., Nov. 25.—The last sad rite
was performed in the burial of Gov. Williams today from his old
homestead, surrounded by his sorrowing relatives, neighbors and friends.
The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. J. M. Harbin, pastor of the
Methodist church of Wheatland, who recently conducted the funeral services
at the burial of the governor’s wife. He was interred in the family burial
ground known as Walnut Grove Cemetery, situated about a mile from the
governor’s home. There was an entire absence of all pomp and pageantry, the
services being simple and impressive. He was laid to rest surrounded by the
snow-covered hills and vales he had loved for many years as his home.
A colored boy—bright mulatto—was killed by the cars near Wetaug, on the
morning of the 24th inst. He was trying to beat his way to Cairo, where he
claimed he had friends.
Sister Oda, known in the world as Mary Ann Smith, who is a daughter
of Mrs. Ellen Smith, of this city, died in Loretta Academy, at St.
Louis, day before yesterday. She was born and raised in Cairo and was known
and beloved by a large circle of acquaintances here, who sincerely mourn her
death. She was gentle, loving, patient, forbearing, grateful and, above
all, truthful. Before entering the academy and when yet quite young, she
was of a serious but not somber turn of mind, was indifferent to many things
that are generally alluring to girlish tastes and loved home and its quiet
and peaceful ways. Her self sacrificing labors were many, as are the labors
of all those similarly situated and for these, too, she will be remembered
and missed by a host of friends. In her last days the good sisters of the
academy and all the dear and kind friends of the great city were unceasingly
busy in smoothing the way of this sweet and gentle-tempered woman down to
the dark valley—yet not a dark valley to her, but a flower-strewn,
sky-lighted pathway to a home of blissful rest and everlasting joy. Her
relatives and friends left yesterday morning to attend the funeral, which
takes place in St. Louis, today.
Sunday, 28 Nov 1880:
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION ON A MURDER CHARGE.
CHARLESTON, Mo., Nov. 26.—The preliminary
examination of John Phillips, charged with the murder of John
Smith, was concluded this evening, and he was held in a bond, of $1,000
to answer at the next term of the circuit court. Public sentiment is almost
unanimous in favor of the accused, as Smith was said to be a violent,
vindictive, quarrelsome and dangerous man, and the provocation that caused
the homicide was great. Phillips will likely be able to give the
Thursday, 2 Dec 1880:
Frederick Martin died at his home, on the corner of Tenth and Cedar
streets, day before yesterday. The funeral takes place this forenoon, when
the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge per Illinois Central passenger
Mrs. Martin Kating, formerly of this city, but lately a resident of
Chicago, died in that city a few days ago, and was buried on Sunday last.
She lived in this city for quite a number of years and was well known.
Prayers were delivered for her in St. Joseph’s Church on Sunday last.
Mrs. Morris Fitzgerald, of Unity Precinct, died a few days ago and
her brother, Mr. Michael Lynch, is reported dangerously ill.
Friday, 3 Dec 1880:
Our readers will remember that much of the evidence given before the
coroner’s jury in the case of John ___e, who was killed on the
incline of the Illinois Central Railroad, showed that his death had resulted
from a criminal neglect on the part of the railroad company. This being so,
Coroner Fitzgerald, with a view of saving the county the costs of the
proceedings, presented Mr. DePue, the bill for the same, stating to
him at the same time, that under the circumstances the company was liable
for the costs. In this action he was sustained by the revised statutes and
Mr. Depue sent the bill to Mr. Beck for consideration. That
gentleman, however, returned it with the statement that under recent
decisions of the supreme court, the company was not liable.
verdict of the coroner’s jury, reported in the 26 Oct 1880, issue gives the
deceased’s name as Thomas Jones.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday, 5 Dec 1880:
Mrs. William Thompson, who was a resident in the Fifth Ward, died day
before yesterday and her remains were yesterday forenoon conveyed to Villa
Ridge for burial.
A white rouster on the steamer Polar Star, while in a drunken state,
fell from the boat last Friday afternoon into the river while she was lying
at this port, and though efforts were promptly made to rescue him by
throwing planks out within his reach, he floated down the stream and was
Mr. John Lynch, of Unity Precinct, is quite ill and was not expected
to live when last heard from.
Tuesday, 7 Dec 1880:
The wife of Mr. John Gladney died of consumption Sunday morning and
the remains will be interred today. John is meeting with some severe
afflictions of late. His only child died a few weeks ago.
(John Gladney married Fannie Sides
on 24 Sep 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Johana Bambrick, wife of Michael Bambrick, who died on
Saturday last, was buried yesterday afternoon—the remains being taken to
Villa Ridge. She was forty-eight years old and leaves six children.
(There is a marker in Calvary Cemetery at
Villa Ridge for Johanna Bambrick, but there are no dates.—Darrel
Mr. John Lynch, of Sandusky, whose severe illness we chronicled a few
days ago, died day before yesterday. His remains were yesterday carried to
their last resting place. He was a young man of excellent character,
industrious and frugal, and was generally esteemed by a large circle of
Saturday, 11 Dec
THE CORONER’S INQUEST.
A coroner’s inquest over the remains of
Moses Justus, was yesterday forenoon held in the Arab Engine House.
The testimony disproved the statements of some of Glenn’s friends
that he (Glenn) had been knocked down and beaten before using his
knife and showed that the murder was committed entirely without cause. Dr.
Petrie who examined the wounds, testified that death had resulted
from a wound inflicted in the back, which—being probed—was found to extend
to the heart. The prisoner was committed without bail.
The following is the verdict of the jury:
“We, the undersigned jury, sworn to enquire
of the death of Moses Justus, from evidence on oath, do find that he
came to his death from wounds inflicted with a knife in the hands of
Anderson Glenn. That we deem the killing to be murder.
William McHale, foreman; D. J.
Foley, Henderson Downing, Ferdinand Koehler, Charles
Hewitt, P. Mockler.
(The 12 Dec 1880, issue reported the name of
the alleged murderer as Anderson Glinn.—Darrel Dexter)
The scarlet fever is raging rather extensively in and about Hinkleville,
Ballard County, and there is considerable excitement and uneasiness among
the people because of the fact. It is said that within the past few days
there have been several deaths among the children of the locality named,
while a large number are sick.
The killing of two negro men in this city within the last month or two will,
of course, give new ground to Cairo’s numerous calumniators for abusing our
city as one in which the pistol and the knife are never at rest, where
bloody murder holds high carnival and where the peaceable citizen is kept in
a state of continual fear for his own life. The fact that all the parties
to the affairs referred to were river men, who had no permanent residence
anywhere and who were here by chance only, will be entirely ignored by these
stubborn slanderers, for, to consider it, would be to abandoned their
prejudice and stop their vile tongues—would, in fact, leave them without any
stock in trade.
Sunday, 12 Dec 1880:
Mr. W. M. Vickers, Jr., editor of the Vienna Times, died at
Vienna last Wednesday night, of consumption.
THE MURDERER GLINN.
His Version of How and Why He Killed Moses Justus as Related to a
Bulletin Reporter Yesterday.
We yesterday called upon Anderson Glinn,
the murderer of Moses Justus, with a view of obtaining his side of
the story concerning the killing, in which the public is more or less
interested. We found him lying on his cot in the cell and upon acquainting
him with the object of our visit, he lazily arose therefrom and seated
himself on a stool, which stood near the cell door, and appeared ready for a
talk. He is a tall mulatto, of medium build, small features, and generally
expressionless face, and has about him that devil-may-care manner, which is
characteristic of all steamboat rousters.
“Harvey Willis, Moses Justus
and I were walking along Commercial Avenue, and had just reached the corner
of Fifth Street,” said he, “when Justus asked me for a dime. I
refused to give it to him, when he commenced to kick me and abuse me. I
then told him that the money I had was mine, and that I was under no
obligations to him and would not give him the money. He then kicked me off
the sidewalk, and after scuffling with him he tore away from me and ran into
one of the eating-houses near the corner, where he obtained a butcher knife
with which he was coming towards me, when I drew my knife to defend myself.
When I drew my knife he was standing in front of the house and seeing that
he was about to stab me, I shoved him around and stabbed him in the back.”
Reporter—You intended to kill him?
R.—Do you think you did right in killing
I do not, and am sorry I killed him. But if I hadn’t killed him, he would
have killed me.
R.—You say you stabbed him but once in the
back. How did he receive the stabs in the neck and breast?
don’t know anything about them. I didn’t stab him in front, but only once
in the back.
R.—Didn’t you have your knife out when
scuffling with him?
I did not; and didn’t take it out until Justus came at me with a
R.—Have you had any previous difficulty with
none of consequence. He threw rocks at me while back of Scott’s
saloon, but we had no serious misunderstanding.
R.—You drew your knife on him on that
Being questioned in regard to his relatives
and those of the man he had killed, he said:
“My home is in eastern Virginia; have
father, mother and brothers living there; have known Justus for about
a year, but don’t know whether he has relatives living. He was no
particular friend of mine.”
(The 11 Dec 1880, issue reported the name of
the alleged murderer as Anderson Glenn.—Darrel Dexter)
Many of our readers will doubtless remember Lee Myers, the Jew, whom
Judge Harker sentenced to two years’ imprisonment at the last term of
the circuit court for practicing the confidence game. His father who was
one of the wealthy men of Evansville, and proprietor of a large furniture
factory in that city, died a few days ago, leaving his wayward son his
Tuesday, 14 Dec
From the Paducah Enterprise we learn of the death of Judge W. P.
Fowler. He was the father of Capt. D. G. Fowler, who was killed
by the explosion of the steamer Pat Cleburne, Capt. L. A. Fowler,
who died in Paducah in 1878, Capt. White Fowler, who died in the
Confederate Army, W. P. Fowler, who died in 1874, and Capt. J. H.
Fowler, who alone is left of the family.
The governor has pardoned William Penrod, who was convicted of
manslaughter at the October term, 1879, of the Johnson County circuit court,
and sentenced to the penitentiary for three years. The petition was granted
on the recommendation of the judge and state’s attorney.
Mr. H. G. Carter, an old resident of Mound City, died of consumption,
on Saturday last. He was quite well known to many of our citizens.
(The 22 Dec 1880, issue suggests that H. G.
Carter was not deceased.—Darrel Dexter)
The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dewey, died on Monday morning
last. It was born on Thanksgiving Day, and was sick for several days before
death ensued. Short funeral services will be held at the house on Sixteenth
Street, between Cedar Street and Jefferson Avenue, at 10 a.m. today, and the
train leaves the foot of Fourteenth Street for Beech Ridge at 11 o’clock.
Wednesday, 15 Dec
The funeral of the little child of Mr. E. S. Dewey took place from
the residence of the father yesterday forenoon. Rev. George preached
the funeral sermon at the residence.
Thursday, 16 Dec
A man named John O. Bruner, while crossing the Mississippi River, on
the ice, a few days ago, broke through when nearly at the Missouri side, and
was drowned. He was seen to go down by a number of men, but no assistance
could be rendered him.
From the Paducah News we learn that nothing as to the whereabouts of
McCarty, the alleged murderer of Miss Randolph, of Ballard
County, has yet been discovered, and it is now reported in Ballard that he
is a fugitive from justice in Missouri, that he murdered two men in that
state ands that there is a reward of $500 offered for his apprehension.
Friday, 17 Dec 1880:
A man named William Connell died in the hospital in this city
yesterday, after an illness of a few weeks. He came her in 1878, and was
for some time in the employ of Mr. James Cheeney, as driver of the
Saturday, 18 Dec
Last night, about ten o’clock a colored steamboatman named Henry Guy,
while walking along the sidewalk on Ohio Levee, just above Sackberger’s,
fell from the sidewalk and landed upon a pile of old timbers, through which
large spikes had been driven, and was badly injured. He was carried to
police headquarters and was found, upon examination, to be seriously
injured. He was in terrible agony and it was expected that he would not
live until this morning.
about 8:30 o’clock last night, a man named Robert Hartman, who worked
at East Cairo, entered the saloon of Mr. John Sackburger, under the
influence of liquor, and was shortly afterwards put to bed. At 10:30
o’clock he was heard to fall out of the bed and a few minutes afterwards
expired. Officers Dunker and Hogan were at once called in and
upon examination found $32.20 upon his person, but no letters by which any
information concerning him could be obtained. Immediately after death his
lips turned black and foam settled at his mouth, from which it is believed
that he came to his death from poison. The inquest will be held today.
Sunday, 19 Dec 1880:
Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest over the remains of Robert
Hartman, whose sudden death in Mr. John Sackberger’s house was
mentioned in yesterday’s Bulletin. The jury found that he had come
to his death from an affection of the heart. It was not learned whether he
had relatives living or not.
Tuesday, 21 Dec
Mrs. Becky Louis, wife of Mr. John H. Louis, died at
Commercial Point, on the afternoon of the 18th inst. She was well known and
highly esteemed throughout the county.
Wednesday, 22 Dec
Yesterday morning brought the news that Rev. Hooper Crews, father of
Mrs. P. W. Barclay, died at Oregon, Ill., after having been sick for
some time. He was a minister of the M. E. church and was in the third year
of his appointment as minister of the church in Oregon. He was seventy-six
years of age at the time of his death.
A colored man named Thomas Harris, who confesses to having murdered a
negro woman at Brooklin, opposite Paducah, Ky., was yesterday brought here
from Helena, Ark., by a Memphis detective named W. G. Pride, who
placed his prisoner in our county jail for safekeeping and took him out in
the evening to continue on his way to Metropolis, where the prisoner will be
We yesterday had the pleasure of forming an acquaintance of Mr. H. G.
Carter, of Mound City, one of the able attorneys who have been engaged
for the defense in the Zanone divorce case, and who—if reports may be
believed—recently shuffled off this mortal coil. It is but justice to Mr.
Carter to say that since the announcement of his death he has been
among us in a decidedly materialized state, which fact would be sufficient
to warrant a jury in pronouncing him an unusually lively corpse. In the
trial above referred, his efforts in behalf of the defendant are highly
Thursday, 23 Dec
Mr. Elijah Dickerson, one of the prominent citizens of Commercial
Point, is very low with consumption. One of our physicians leaves for his
bedside this morning.
Friday, 24 Dec 1880:
Mr. Samuel Bradshaw, of Commercial Point, who was in the city
yesterday, reported that Mr. Elijah Dickerson, of that place, of whom
we spoke in yesterday’s issue, is still very low. Dr. Stephenson,
Mr. Dickerson’s physician, says that his patient suffers from
consumption and dropsy and will not long survive.
Detective Pride, of Memphis, was here yesterday, on his way back to
his home, having left the negro Harris at Metropolis, who killed a
girl in that town a short time ago and escaped, and for whose arrest
Governor Cullom had offered a reward of two hundred dollars. He is
entitled to the money and will, of course, receive it.
John Conner, a young white man, who arrived her some time ago from
New York and was employed as switchman in the Illinois Central railroad
yards, at this point, was taken sick last Sunday morning, and, after
suffering considerably until Wednesday morning, died at the residence of his
relatives Mr. Patrick Sweeney, where he had been living. He will be
Saturday, 25 Dec
The coroner was yesterday evening notified that the remains of a man had
been fished out of the Ohio River near the narrow gauge depot but it being
too late in the evening the inquest was postponed.
Miss Rodney, of Missouri, who is well known in this city, caught a
severe cold while attending the wedding of Miss Mollie Clark the
other day and died from the effect of the cold night before last.
Sunday, 26 Dec 1880:
The human remains, which were fished ashore out of the Ohio River, near the
narrow gauge freight depot, day before yesterday, and of which we made
mention at the time, were yesterday examined by Coroner Fitzgerald,
who found only the trunk of the body—the head, arms and legs being gone—and
had it decently interred near to where it was fished ashore.
Wednesday, 29 Dec
We publish elsewhere an interesting sketch of the life and labors of Rev.
Dr. Hooper Crews, father of Mrs. P. W. Barclay of this city.
REV. DR. HOOPER
was one of the oldest Methodists in the country and had for nearly fifty
years devoted his time and energies to work in the Rock River Conference,
and in the vicinity of Chicago. He was born April 17, 1807, in Barren
County, Kentucky, near the town of Glasgow, and consequently at the time of
his decease was more than 73 years old. His father died when he was quite
young, and he was surrounded by all those elements that led to corruption
and perdition. His mother was pious, and believed in hell and determined
that her boy should not go there. He, however, was influenced by his
surroundings, and was growing up in worldliness, when in his 17th
year he attended a camp meeting, held at Level Woods, Hardin County, in his
native state, by the famous
Lindsey and was there converted.
THE IDEA OF PREACHING
then entered his mind,
but it seemed absurd. Two years afterward he heard Presiding Elder George
preach from the text, “Go work today in my vineyard.” The sermon seemed
aimed at him and after it the elder said to him: “Very young friend, I
dedicate that sermon to you.” He was surprised and distressed, but shortly
afterward he spoke to his mother about the matter, and found, to his
surprise, that she had been thinking of the same thing and she told him to
go and preach. A license to exhort was given him without his application,
and one day an elder called upon him to supply a vacancy in the Bowling
Green Circuit. He was 21 years old when he accepted the position. In 1829
and was appointed to
the Salt River Circuit, where he remained for two years. In 1831 he was
sent to the Greensbury Circuit, and preached in that circuit for two years.
In 1833 he was stationed at Russelville, and in 1834, after having been
appointed by Bishop Soule
to Cythiann, Ky., Bishop Roberts
transferred him to the Illinois Conference in order to send him to Galena.
The Illinois Conference then included Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and
Minnesota. It had at that time forty-six preachers. The districts and
circuits were then very large. The appointments of Galena embraced the
mining districts as far north as Platteville, Iowa. The transfer was made
on the condition that Mr. Crews
GO BACK TO KENTUCKY
after a year. But in
1835 Bishop Roberts’
urgency overcame his decision to return to his native state, and he staid in
Illinois, and was sent to Springfield, and during the same year was married
to Miss Mary F. Smith,
of Russelville, Ky. The people were at that time wild with speculation, and
in May, 1837, he found that the full membership of his church had diminished
by forty during his pastorate. He was quite overcome by this discovery, and
after much silent prayer he preached
A POWERFUL SERMON
on “What shall it
profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul.” His sermon
produced such an impression that an altar service lasting until midnight was
held and forty persons, all men, were converted at that meeting. In 1837 he
was appointed presiding elder of the Danville District, and served the
churches in that relation for three years. In 1840 he was transferred to
the Rock River District and was stationed at the Clark Street Church of
Chicago, where he preached two years. In 1842 he was appointed presiding
elder of the Chicago District, laboring thus for two years. In 1844 he was
appointed presiding elder of the Mount Morris District, remaining in that
office for four years. In 1848 he was again made the presiding elder of the
Chicago District for one year. In 1849 he was appointed agent of the Rock
River Seminary, which office he filled for three years. In 1852 he was
stationed in Galena for two years. I 1854 he was again appointed to Clark
Street Church, Chicago, during two years. In 1856 he was stationed at the
First Church of the Rockford District. In 1860 he was appointed to Joliet.
In 1862—while in this charge—he was elected chaplain of the 100th
Regiment and served in that capacity until 1863. His health failing then,
OBLIGED TO RESIGN,
and that year was made
presiding elder of the Joliet District during two years. In 1865 he was for
the third time appointed presiding elder of the Chicago District, serving
four years. In 1869 he was stationed at Indiana Avenue for one year. In
1870 he was appointed to Emburry Church of Freeport, serving three years.
In 1873 he was appointed to Batavia, serving three charges for three years.
In 1876 he was sent to the First Church of Rockford; in 1877 to the
Centennial church of Rockford; in 1878 he was appointed to Oregon, where he
was, at the time of his death, serving his third year by the unanimous
request of the official board. Dr.
ALWAYS STOOD HIGH
in the esteem of his
brethren of the ministry in the Methodist Church. On four occasions he was
honored by the votes of his conference as delegate to the general conference
in 1836, 1840, 1848 and 1850. The degree of divinity was conferred upon him
by the Northwestern University in 1869. Dr. Crews leaves three
children, Mrs. Barclay, of Cairo, Mrs. Miller, of Denver,
Colo., and Capt. Hooper Crews, of the United States Cavalry.
was held on Friday last
and was very largely attended.
Besides a large delegation from Chicago,
there was a special car from Rockford that brought some thirty-five of his
friends from that city, who came to weep with the bereaved family and to pay
their last respects to the departed. The church was most beautifully and
appropriately decorated, and in every seat the mourners sat, for in all
probability there was not one present who had not a personal acquaintance
with the sainted dead, and all that knew him loved him. On the platform and
in the congregation there must have been thirty or forty preachers of his
own and other denominations. The Rev. H. L. Martin conducted the
The choir opened by rendering in a most
touching manner the hymn beginning: “Fade, fade, early earthly joy—Jesus is
After which the first
scripture lesson was read by Dr. Moore, presiding elder of the
Freeport District. This was followed by an appropriate hymn; and then the
congregation was led in prayer by the Rev. William S. Spencer, pastor
of the Centennial Church, Rockford, of which church Dr. Crews was
pastor before going to Oregon. Another hymn and Dr. Hatfield, of
Chicago, delivered an address from Acts XI, 1, 24: “For he was a good man,
and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith; and much people was added unto the
Lord.” Though these words were originally spoken of Barnabas, everyone at
once recognized their fitness as applied to the venerable man whose remains
lay in the beautiful casket before the chancel. Goodness was the preeminent
quality that distinguished Brother Crews, as he was familiarly
called; and by the power of sublime faith and the Holy Ghost, he had wrought
a great work in planting churches in this and adjoining states. Dr.
Hatfield’s remarks were well chosen and fitly spoken.
Friday, 31 Dec 1880:
Mr. Thomas Higgins, who has been a resident of this city for the last
fifteen years, died of consumption at his residence on Ninth Street,
yesterday morning. He was the father-in-law of Mr. Tim Coyle. A
special train will convey the remains to Villa Ridge at two o’clock this
The Weekly Cairo Bulletin
Monday, 19 Apr 1880:
“Old Trim” writes us from Dongola, under date of Thursday, that only a few
days ago, “Mr. McEntire, who resides on the eastern side of Union
County, was found dead in the woods, near his home. His gun was lying near
him, and his own pocketknife sticking up to the handle in his neck. He had
been shot in the back part of the head and, as his own gun had not been
discharged, the presumption is that it was not suicide, but that he had been
murdered. Union County, we are sorry to say, is becoming notorious for
murder. Men can league themselves together, slay their fellow man, fill
almost a ‘straw bond’ for their appearance at court and run round loose,
ready at all times to engage in some other devilish crime.”
Apr 1880, Jonesboro Gazette stated that John M. McIntyre, of
Stokes Precinct in Union County, was found shot in the head and his throat
cut on Thursday, 15 Apr 1880.—Darrel Dexter)
Died yesterday, at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of Mr. John English,
on Fifth Street, Mrs. Julia Kelley, widow of Christopher Kelley.
Funeral services will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, at 2:15 p.m. today,
after which the remains will be placed on a special train, at the foot of
Eighth Street, and conveyed to Villa Ridge, for interment. Friends and
acquaintances are invited.