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The Cairo Daily Bulletin

1 Jan 1884-31 Dec 1884


The Weekly Cairo Bulletin

14 April 1884


Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

Tuesday, 1 Jan 1884:

The funeral of the late Mrs. W. F. Pitcher occurred Sunday afternoon.  Services were held at the house conducted by Rector Davenport, and attended by many of the friends of the family.  “Rock of Ages” was sung in a very impressive manner by Mrs. W. P. Halliday and Miss Clara Robbins, and a hymn from those present closed the service.  The remains were conveyed by special train from the foot of Twenty-eighth Street to Beech Grove.


Thursday 3 Jan 1884:

Three hundred and seventy-five persons were killed by railways in Illinois last year. 


Friday, 4 Jan 1884:

Mrs. Joseph A. Lee, sister of Mrs. T. B. Ellis, died at St. Louis Tuesday.  She had been taken there from here in the hope of improvement, but the change seems to have had the opposite effect.  The remains will be interred at Villa Ridge.


Saturday, 5 Jan 1884:


            ALTON, Ill., Jan. 4.—The funeral of Mrs. Charles Phinney, of this city, who died very suddenly of heart disease in Bunker Hill last Thursday, took place from her husband’s residence, corner of Twelfth and Langdon streets this morning.  Rev. Thomas Gorden and Dr. Armstrong officiated.  It was very largely attended.



            BEARDSTOWN, Ill., Jan. 4.—The preliminary trial of John Walton, noted as a sport in this section, for the murder of Joseph W. Sechler, on Christmas Eve, is in progress here.  The examination was set for last week, but as there was a large crowd in the city and rumors of lynching were prevalent, it was considered advisable to postpone it.  Messrs. Pollard, of St. Louis, and Phillips, of Virginia, are representing the defense, while the prosecution is being conducted by State’s Attorney Hewitt.  Today the courtroom was crowded.  Strong efforts will be made to have the prisoner released on bail.  Among eyewitnesses of the crime, C. T. Benjamin, Hill Boyle, Theo Sebauer and one or two others, have been examined. Their testimony tends to show that Walton had no provocation and the effort to set up a theory of self-defense was generally regarded as a failure.  The tragedy drew out of Walton’s alleged undue intimacy with his victim’s wife.


News was received yesterday of the death of Peter Kuykendall, a “little old fisherman” who is known to nearly everybody in Cairo.  He claimed to be a cousin of Hon. A. J. Kuykendall of Johnson County.  He was seen last in this city less than a week ago.  He died at East Cairo early yesterday morning of pneumonia.

            (Peter Kuykendall married Matilda Culvert on 24 Nov 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Hussey, agent for the Southern Division of the Illinois Central road, at Wickliffe, died Thursday night, after some weeks’ prostration with malaria.  Wickliffe is said to be very unhealthy, which is one of the principal reasons urged against it as the county seat.  During the last year there have been thirty-two deaths and within the last two or three weeks, the Illinois Central road has had three different agents there, two getting sick and leaving, and the third dying.


Tuesday, 8 Jan 1884:

Mrs. Lohman, wife of the publisher and editor of the Anzeiger, is lying dangerously ill at St. Mary’s Infirmary.  Her illness has been the cause of the delay in issuing the first copy of the paper.


Wednesday, 9 Jan 1884:

Found Frozen in a Fence Corner

            MT. OLIVE, ILL., Jan. 8.—Fritz Carly, a German, living one and one half miles north of this city, has been missing since Friday night last.  On Friday he was assisting Mr. Wertz in putting up ice, and after his day’s work was done, started home, being at the time pretty well loaded with liquor.  Today about 3 o’clock a party of boys found his frozen body in the corner of a fence enclosing the pasture of Mr. Nelzman, about one mile north of here, near the railroad.  It is supposed he was overcome by the extreme cold weather and stopping to rest met his horrible fate.  The thermometer Friday night stood 30 degrees below zero. 


Thursday, 10 Jan 1884:
More About the
Belleville Horror

Thomas Loyd died early yesterday morning at his residence on Poplar Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth streets.  He was in the employ of the Wabash Railroad Company some distance above here.  He left home but a short time before, and Monday a dispatch was received by his family, asking them to meet him with a physician, as he was dangerously ill.  He was brought home the same night, and the physician at once expressed the opinion that he could not be saved.  His ailment was originally malarial fever.
The death of Mrs. C. Lohman at St. Mary’s Infirmary, yesterday morning, at 1 o’clock, will call forth expressions of sympathy for the bereaved husband here.  She was in a precarious state of health, the result of dropsy in an advanced stage, and it was found necessary to place her under the care of the Sisters of the Infirmary.  But the disease could not be arrested, although all that care and medical skill could do was brought to bear against it.  Deceased was thirty-eight years of age.

Saturday, 12 Jan 1884:
B. F. Duncan, a sawmill man, well known in this and adjoining counties, died at his home in Pulaski County, from the effects of knife wounds received by him in a quarrel with a young man named George Hillman, on the 1st of this month.

Sunday, 13 Jan 1884:
It was reported yesterday that the body of young Silcot, the missing telegraph operator, was found in the cottonwoods below the city.  Also that the body of another man with whom he had been “doing the city” during the day was found near the same place.  The report was entirely untrue.  Chief Myers made a trip through the cottonwoods yesterday, but found no sign of Silcot.
L. Silcott, the telegraph operator of the Texas & St. Louis railroad has been missing since Monday. He crossed the river on ice and it is supposed he was drowned coming back.

Tuesday, 15 Jan 1884:
Touched Off With His Toe

BOONVILLE, Mo., Jan. 14.—Nicholas Crump, a farmer living five miles west of here, was found dead at 10 o’clock last night in the woods near his farm.  He left home that evening with his shotgun, telling his wife he was going to kill himself.  When found he had one boot off and it is supposed he put the muzzle of the gun to his mouth and pulled the trigger with his toe.  Deceased was 45 years of age.

Wednesday, 16 Jan 1884:
Father Hogan, formerly of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church here, died a day or two ago at Petersburg, Ill.  He had been sick for a considerable time.

Thursday, 17 Jan 1884:
A report circulated up town Tuesday that Mr. James Greaney was shot and mortally wounded and which reached downtown yesterday, is not true.  Mr. Greaney is alive and well, and prepared to “set ‘em up” to the villain who originated the report.

Friday, 18 Jan 1884:
A report has reached here that Mrs. Allen, nee Miss Laura Pfifferling, formerly living with her mother and sisters on Seventh Street in this city, committed suicide at Smithland, Ky., last week.  The report was brought here by someone who came from there a day or two ago.

(Laura Pfifferling married Stewart Allen on 15 Feb 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Joseph Brown, second mate on the steamer Tyler, was yesterday taken to the marine hospital station here, to be treated for a broken leg.  He received his injury Monday while standing on the deck of the boat at Caruthersville, Ky.  The bank caved in, falling onto the boat and partially burying him.  A negro decker named Tom Williams, who was standing on the top of the bank when it went down, was buried under the slide and killed; but he was not missed until the boat arrived here.  Mr. Brown says he is sure Williams was buried under the slide. 
Sunday, 20 Jan 1884:
Two men, a white man named Snyder and a negro, who occupy the farm of Mr. Hiram Hill, in Kentucky, came over in a skiff yesterday for empty corn sacks.  They bought five hundred and these from Mr. R. H. Cunningham and having loaded them in the skiff got in themselves and started back home about 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon.  They went out just above the Illinois Central wharfboat at which the steamer Powell was lying at the time, but when they got opposite the bow of the boat the current was so strong that they were drawn under the guards of the boat in spite of their efforts to avoid it.  The white man, seeing the imminent danger of being drawn under the wheel of the boat, grasped some of the timers under the guards and let the skiff go from under him, but the negro remained in the skiff, went down with it under the wheel of the boat and was drowned.  The skiff and sacks had not been recovered last evening.  The white man was rescued from his perilous position.

Tuesday, 22 Jan 1884:
The death of Pilgrim McRaven, one of the prominent farmers of this county, occurred at his home in Clear Creek some days ago.

(Pilgrim McRaven married Elizabeth Jane Phillips on 31 Jul 1851, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 24 Jan 1884:
A telegram to Mr. H. H. Candee yesterday announced the death of the nine-year-old son of Mrs. Carrie E. Morris, widow of Mr. W. H. Morris, in Sheboygan, Wis., Tuesday night.  The funeral will occur tomorrow.

Friday, 25 Jan 1884:
Samuel McGee, another prominent farmer of Clear Creek, in this county, died about ten days ago.  Alexander County can illy spare any of its successful tillers of the soil and mortality among them is entirely too great.
Sunday, 27 Jan 1884:
Kicked to Death

Clinton, Jan. 26.—Eight days ago J. L. Brookshire was kicked by a vicious mule.  The gentleman never regained consciousness and died of his injuries.
Old Aunt Rosa Burned to Death

Fire at midnight destroyed six tenement houses on the levee between Twelfth and Fourteenth streets, owned by Horace Hannon, John McCarthy, and Rose Ellis, and occupied by 75 people.  Loss $3,000, insurance $1,000.  Old Aunt Rose Smith after being taken out ran back for a trunk and was burned.  She was an eccentric old colored woman with some money in the bank.
The Mt. Carmel Register gives a full account of the murder of W. B. Mahon in that city several days ago from which the following extract is taken:—”There is not the slightest clue to the murderer.  That robbery was his object is conceded by everybody, but the approach of Mr. Beck caused him to flee before having time to rifle the body of his victim.  Miss Nellie Bedell saw a man cross the street from the scene of the outrage to Shaw’s blacksmith shop, and an investigation showed the footprints of a man at the point she indicated.  The weapon with which the crime was committed was found by Orra Havill, on Wednesday morning, at the rear of Shaw’s shop.  It is an iron rod, three feet long, seven-eights of an inch thick, a nut on one end, two nuts and a large, broken jagged piece of iron on the other end.  Blood is freely spattered over one end of the rod for a distance of a foot or more, and hairs adhere to the nut and jagged iron.  Three or four tramps were picked up on suspicion, but being able to give good accounts of themselves were turned loose.  There is so little to work upon that the officers are at a loss which way to turn.  Three hundred dollars reward has been offered for the arrest of the murderer, which will possibly be increased to $500 or $1,000.”
One old colored woman, known as Aunt Rose, was buried in the fire yesterday morning. She had shoved her trunk out on the sidewalk and went back for something else and never returned.  Her remains were found in the ruins covered with ashes, cinders, and rags, arms, legs and head burned off.  Coroner Fitzgerald held an inquest over them yesterday, and they were buried at the Seven-Mile graveyard. Deceased had $50 in the City National Bank.  A child was also reported lost, but was found yesterday.
Among the prisoners in the county jail here is a woman named Martha Lambert, who was brought here about a week ago from Pope County under a bond of $800, charged with having murdered a child at Bloomfield two weeks ago. 
Thursday, 31 Jan 1884:
Mr. L. W. Johnson, of the firm of Johnson & Flowers, left yesterday afternoon for Iowa, called there by a telegram announcing the serious sickness of his aged father.

Last night at 8:15 o’clock, Mr. Leo Klebb breathed his last at his residence on Sixth Street.  He was nearly fifty years of age, one of our oldest citizens and much esteemed by all who enjoyed an intimate acquaintance with.  Though a little gruff in manner, he was of a most genial disposition and an honest, straightforward man in all his dealings.  By many years of hard labor, economy and steady, intelligent application to his business, he managed to amass considerable property and was doing a prosperous business where he was taken down with his last sickness.

His ailment was a typho-malarial fever, with which he had been prostrated for several months previous to his death.  He rallied a little yesterday afternoon, but it proved to be only the last flash of his departing life.

He leaves a wife and four or five children who will have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows Order, the Rough and Ready Fire Company and of the Casino Society.  These organizations will take charge of the remains.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Leo Kleb Apr. 10, 1835-Jan. 30, 1884.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 1 Feb 1884:
Leo Klebb would have reached his fiftieth year next April.  He was born in Oberhausen, Baden, Germany, came to America in 1856, locating at Madison, Ind., first, then going to Cape Girardeau, Mo., and coming to Cairo in 1858.  He was married here in about 1862 to Miss Louisa Zimmerman, who, with five daughters, and two sons, survive him.  Three children are dead.  He was first employed as a baker in a small frame on Sixth Streets, where now one of his brick houses stands, and by hard work and excellent management made steady progress financially, so much so, that at his death he owned five brick businesses in the business part of the city, besides other property.  His life was insured for $5,000 in the Odd Fellows Mutual Society.

(Leo Kleb married Louise Zimmerman on 29 Jan 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Smith wife of Phillip Smith, died at the family residence on Twenty-third Street.
A telegram received yesterday forenoon by Mr. O. Haythorn conveyed the sad news of the death of Mr. Jesse Johnson, father of Mrs. Haythorn and Mr. L. J. Johnson, of this city, at Boon, Iowa, yesterday morning.  Deceased was eighty years old.  He was here on a visit six or eight months ago, and was then in excellent health.  He was sick only a few days before his death.  His remains will be taken to Terre Haute, Ind., for interment Saturday, tomorrow.  Mr. L. J. Johnson left Thursday for Boon, to attend his father’s bedside, but did not arrive in time to see him alive, he will meet the remains at Dixon, Ill., and accompany them to their last resting place.  Mr. and Mrs. Haythorn are detained here by sickness in the family.

Died—At 9:15 o’clock Wednesday night, Jan. 30th, at his residence on Sixth Street, Leo Klebb, aged 49 years, 9 months.

Funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Remains will be taken from residence to Illinois Central passenger depot, on Second Street and Ohio Levee, from whence a special train will convey them to Villa Ridge for interment.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Members of Alexander Lodge No. 224 I. O. O. F. are hereby notified to meet at the lodge room at 1:30 o’clock this day for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother, Leo Klebb.
C. K. Slack, Sec’y. 

Saturday, 2 Feb 1884:
Brakeman Hooper’s Terrible Death

ANNA, Ill., Feb. 1.—Thomas Hooper, a brakeman on the I. C. road, met a horrible death in Cobden, six miles north.  While making a coupling his foot caught in the brake, and he was thrown under the wheels of the moving cars, which severed his leg from his body.  His predecessor in the same position was killed similarly a few weeks ago.
A dispatch received by Mr. O. Haythorn from Mr. L. J. Johnson, Chicago, yesterday morning, stated that the remains of Mrs. Haythorn’s father had arrived here, accompanied by relatives, and that the party would have to lay over there twelve hours before continuing on their way to Terre Haute.
The funeral of the late Leo Kleb, yesterday, was an imposing one.  The Odd Fellows, Rough and Ready Fire Company, and Cassino Society, all in uniform, attended it and were followed by several hundred ladies and citizens generally making a procession covering over six squares as they moved from the residence on Sixth Street, toward the Ohio Levee and to the Illinois Central passenger depot.  The Cairo City band headed the procession.  Four coaches were crowded with friends of deceased and family who attended the last rites over the grave at Villa Ridge.

Funeral services of Mrs. Gustina, wife of Phillip Smith, will be held at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Barnes, on 23d street and Holbrook Avenue, this (Saturday) afternoon at one o’clock.  Special funeral train will leave foot of 14th street at half past two for Villa Ridge.  Friends of the family are invited to attend. 
Tuesday, 5 Feb 1884:

Funeral services of Thomas Marion will be held this (Tuesday) afternoon at two o’clock at the residence of his stepfather, Philip Brown.  Special train will leave foot of 14th street for Villa Ridge at half past two.  Friends of the family are invited to attend. 
Saturday, 9 Feb 1884:
Eccentric Career of a Rich Man’s Absent-Minded Son.

McLEANSBORO, Ill., Feb. 9.—Thomas H. Mellon, a well known citizen of this county, and one of its most original characters, died yesterday at his residence near here.

In 1848, having received a liberal education, he was sent to Cuba to look after some valuable estates belonging to his father, Thomas Mellon, a soldier of 1812, who fought with Jackson behind the cotton bales at New Orleans, but who afterward became a very wealthy citizen of Philadelphia.  Young Mellon remained on the island of Cuba about two years and learned to speak the Spanish language fluently.  He then returned to America and set out under a tour of the West, but had gone no further than southern Illinois when he met, fell in love with and married a Miss Bryant of this county.  Desiring to settle here, his father set him up as a merchant, but his wife soon died and he soon failed in business.

Having become attached to the locality, however, he determined to make it his home, and not long after again married a poor girl, the daughter of an almost indigent farmer.  His father next settled him upon a farm, where he remained until his death.  He had little capacity for business, and was remarkable for absent-mindedness.  At one time after riding on horseback to the county seat six miles from his home, he returned on foot, not thinking of his horse until he came in sight of the stable.  At another time having gone to town with his wife in a carriage, he returned along not missing his wife until she was inquired for by the children.  But notwithstanding these eccentricities, Mr. Mellon was loved and respected by all who knew him.  He was a member of the Methodist church, and was not without some power as a local preacher.
Seven little children, four of them girls, were drowned in the principal thoroughfare yesterday morning, while their mothers stood at the third story window wringing their hands and screaming, unable to save their darlings and strong men stood quietly by, paralyzed with terror at the impending torrent of waters that was sweeping rough the streets carrying the little ones out of sight in a few minutes.
Saturday, 16 Feb 1884:
A young man named Martin Birmingham, known by many in this city, was drowned in the Mississippi between here and Grand Tower several days ago.  He was a passenger on the
Minnetonka on her way up.  The Baton Rouge was coming down, and the two boats met and passed each other so closely, it is said, that is seemed a collision would occur.  Birmingham was standing on the deck of the boat, and, under the impression that the boats would run together, he hurried to a place of safety, but stumbled and fell overboard.  His home was in Louisville, but he was in the city much of his time.

Sunday, 17 Feb 1884:

A dispatch received by Col. John Wood here from his son at Chicago yesterday afternoon about 4 o’clock, brought the sad intelligence of the death, a few minutes before, of W. Hyslop, our formerly, highly esteemed fellow citizen.  The dispatch gave no particulars of the sad occurrence, but from a letter received by Col. Wood several days ago, it appears that Mr. Hyslop must have been sick only three or four days.

Deceased was stopping at the residence of John Wood, Jr., Chicago, at the time of his last sickness and death.  He was a Scotchman by birth, but came to this country many years ago.  He became a citizen of Cairo before the war.  He came here from Paducah, and, in company with others, started a state bank which was subsequently merged into the present City National Banking which he held position of trust, beginning from bookkeeper and ending with cashier, which positions he held until his departure from the city.  He was popular in society and was generally esteemed for his many good acts and his general merits as a man.  He left here six or eight years ago for his Scottish home, but came back several month ago and was traveling for his health.  He was in southern Illinois a few weeks ago and went to Chicago to visit a few friends before going to Canada, and from thence home. He was probably sixty years of age and a widower.

His remains will probably be sent to Scotland. 
Wednesday, 20 Feb 1884:
An old farmer of Mississippi County, Mo., named E. C. Parsons, died Monday. He was well known among the businessmen of this city. 
Saturday, 23 Feb 1884:
Or Was John Rigby Killed in Self-Defense?

TAYLORSVILLE, Ill., Feb 22.—E. T. Leigh and John, his son, are soon to be tried for the murder of John Rigsby, in October 1882.  Great interest is felt in the case, as witnesses have suddenly appeared whose testimony it is claimed, will prove the supposed brutal murder to have been only a justifiable homicide.  Why these witnesses did not appear at the coroner’s inquest is not explained, and the impression prevails that there is a close connection between the defendant’s purse and the witnesses’ tongues.  We are likely to have another verification of the oft-repeated assertion that a rich man cannot be hung in this country.  The progress of the trial will be closely watched.

Sunday, 24 Feb 1884:
The Anna correspondent of the Jonesboro Gazette denies the story that the negro John Gill, spoken of in these columns some days ago, was made the victim of an outrage in that town.  The story was based upon the negro’s own statement, but he may not have been an angel of light and veracity.

Tuesday, 26 Feb 1884:
An old negro named Archie Robinson was found dead in his room in one of the shanties in the extreme upper end of the city.  His body was found lying in the rude fireplace, badly burned on the lower side.  A bad cut in one hand and blood on a chair near by were the only evidences of violence on or about the body.  The man was about sixty years of age, had lived in Cairo many years and was generally known as a peddler of vegetables.  He was living alone in the house, his wife being in St. Louis at work.  His body was found yesterday morning by a woman who was in the habit of making his bed and cleaning house for him.  Coroner Fitzgerald summoned a jury to investigate the case and after some inquiry adjourned until this morning.  It is the opinion of those who have taken a look at the circumstances that the old man burned to death.

Wednesday, 27 Feb 1884:
Patrick Long’s Horrible Death

ALTON, Ill., Feb. 26.—Patrick Long, employed at the quarries of the Alton Macadam & Stone Ballast Company, met with a horrible death this morning.  He was directing a stream of water against a clay bank, when hundreds of tons of earth were precipitated upon him.  His body has just been recovered.  It showed very few bruises, as he had suffered the torture of being buried alive.
The coroner’s jury in the case of the death of the old negro, Archie Robinson, returned a verdict yesterday afternoon, which was to the effect that the deceased came to his death by burning, or some other cause to the jury unknown.  The theory that deceased was murdered is entirely discarded by the jury and coroner, and only a few naturally superstitious negroes in the country believe that he was.  A letter written to deceased by his wife several days ago, and was said to have contained $15, the possession of which by deceased was urged as a probable incentive to the murder, simply informed deceased that the writer would be at home in a few days and gave not the slightest intimation of any enclosure, nor was any evidence brought before the jury that the old man had received or had possessed any money, or anything of value that might have temped a villain to so black a deed.  The most reasonable theory is that deduced from the circumstances by the coroner.  He believes that the old man was sitting in the chair in front of the fireplace, was taken with a fit of some kind, fell into the fire and burned to death before recovering consciousness.  The wound on the hand was not a cut as first stated, but a burn or bruise, and it seems that in his fall he grasped the leg of the chair with his bruised hand, leaving a blood spot on the chair, but released his hold immediately after falling and in the throws of the fire crouched up close in a corner of the fireplace.  The old man’s remains were buried yesterday evening.

Friday, 29 Feb 1884:
A white woman named Hunter, a widow, was found dead in bed at her home on Twelfth Street yesterday morning.  She is supposed to have died of heart disease, as she was apparently quite well the day before.  She had lived in Cairo for about twenty years.  She leaves a son and daughter.  The former is a miller, employed in a mill up the Illinois Central road.  He was telegraphed for yesterday and will probably be here to attend the funeral today.

Saturday, 1 Mar 1884:
The Murderer of Ross and DePugh Uneasy about His Neck

ALTON, Ill., Feb. 29—Felix Henry, the self-confessed murderer of Ross and De Pugh, is becoming very nervous as the time for his trial approaches.  It is said that he will go back on his confession, except that he killed the men, and will claim that it was done in self-defense.  He thought at first by making a full confession he would escape the gallows, but the popular indignation at his atrociously brutal crime has been so great that the prosecution will insist upon the full penalty of the law.  Henry realizes this now, and he is doing all he can to save his neck.  The Court meets on March 17th, and his case will be among the first called.
The cause of the accident on the southern division of the Illinois Central yesterday morning is said to have been that the rear end of a side-tracked freight train projected over onto the main track, and, being struck by the engine of the passenger train threw it from the track and killed the engineer named Fielder
Wednesday, 5 Mar 1884:
A man named William Gatlin, living in a cottage on Washington Avenue, opposite the post office, died there Sunday night, leaving a wife and several children in straightened circumstances.  Through the efforts of Mrs. Ford, member of the Ward Charity Committee, means were provided for burying the remains and the survivors are receiving aid from the Ladies’ Charitable Society.  Deceased had been sick for a long time.  He was a son-in-law of Mrs. Puckett.

Whereas, the member of the Rough and Ready Fire Company have heard with deep and heartfelt regret of the death of their friend and companion, Leo Kleb, one who was for so many years associated with them as a member of the company, and whose general qualities have endeared him to all acquainted with him; therefore be it,

Resolved, That we desire to pay our humble tribute to his memory and his many good qualities.  He was a good citizen, a warm friend and a loving and devoted husband and father.

Resolved, That we deeply deplore and mourn his loss and join in sympathy with the sorrow of his bereaved family.

Resolved, That as a token of respect a leaf of our journal be set apart as a token and that these resolutions be inscribed thereon and that each member wear the usual badge and company’s hall be draped in mourning for the same length of time.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the bereaved family and they be published in the daily papers.
George J. Becker
John Johnson
Friday, 7 Mar 1884:
A man named W. Morgan came to this city from Wickliffe yesterday and related one of the most startling incidents of the late flood and storm that has yet been given.  He was living with his wife and three children on the Jno. Williams place, about five miles below New Madrid.  His premises were surrounded by water and when the windstorm came he felt it necessary to leave the house and find some safer place for himself and family.  He put his three children into a craft of some kind and took them to an eminence nearby, then he returned for his wife and a few household goods, but found to his horror that the house had been completely wrecked, fragments of timber being scattered all around in the water, and after some search he found the body of his wife among a heap of debris, mutilated almost beyond recognition.  He brought his children to Wickliffe and came here yesterday for aid.  He was referred to Dr. Benson who had still a few of the
Caldwell’s rations left and issued some of them to the poor fellow.  There is now urgent need of aid of every description in the bottoms below here—between Cairo and Memphis, where the flood was fully as destructive as in the bottoms above.
Tuesday, 11 Mar 1884:
Saturday evening last an engine of the Texas and St. Louis Railroad broke through a trestle a few miles out from Bird’s Point and went down under about fifteen feet of water, drowning the engineer named James Smith.  The trestle had been inspected and repaired since the flood and was believed to be entirely safe.  The engine moved onto it at a moderate rate of speed, showing a flat cart in front of her, but she had gone but a short distance when one side of it gave away and she turned over.  The fireman and another man who were in the cab of the engine escaped by jumping on the trestle as the engine went over.  The engineer happened to be on the side that gave way, and could not get out.  Search was immediately made for the engineer’s body.  A diver was procured from Cairo, who was engaged nearly all day Sunday in a search for the body.  It is believed that Smith was buried under the engine.  Deceased leaves a wife and three children who reside at Bird’s Point.

(The 14 Mar 1884, issue gives his name as Stephen Smith.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 12 Mar 1884:
Mr. Charles Holly, the diver who was employed by the Texas and St. Louis road to hunt for the body of the drowned engineer, Smith, says that the body was very probably buried under the engine or under the drift wood weighed down by the engine.  He made two dives, but could see no traces of it and was finally compelled to abandon the search because of the pile driver brought there to repair the trestle.  Parties who saw the accident say that Smith jumped from the engine onto the water as she went over, was seen to float among the drift for an instant, but the engine fell right on top of him and took him to the bottom, together with a large quantity of drift by which he was surrounded.  The search for the body will probably not be resumed until the damage to the trestle is repaired and the water shall have gone down sufficiently to permit the work of raising the wrecked engine.

(The 14 Mar 1884, issue gives his name as Stephen Smith.—Darrel Dexter
Friday, 14 Mar 1884:
Mr. M. F. Tissier, of the East St. Louis Herald was in the city yesterday.  He came to look up the particulars of the drowning of engineer, Stephen Smith, on the Texas and St. Louis road, and to have the body recovered at once.  Smith was an intimate friend of Mr. Tessier and a relative of one of the attaches of the Herald office.  Mr. T. feels very indignant over interruption of the search for the body by the work of repairing the trestle.  It is probable that a suit for damages against the company will result from the accident.

Sunday, 16 Mar 1884:
A telegram from Beardstown, Ills., informed Mr. R. W. Miller yesterday morning of the death of his brother, from heart disease, which occurred there at 8:30.  Deceased was sixty-five years of age.

Tuesday, 18 Mar 1884:
A telegram received Saturday by Mr. C. H. Warner, manager of the telephone exchange, announces the death of his mother, late Mrs. L. J. Warner, which occurred at her home in Northfield, Vermont.
Those who knew James McDonald here, a brakeman on the St. Louis and Cairo road, will regret to learn of his violent death at East St. Louis Sunday morning.  In stepping from a large flat car to a smaller one the man missed his footing and fell between the cars.  After the train had gone some distance the conductor missed McDonald and backed down.  The unfortunate man was found lying outside the track in a dying condition.  His back was shockingly mangled and the right leg and left arm broken.  McDonald was placed on the train, but died before it reached East St. Louis.  Coroner Bader held an inquest and rendered a verdict of accidentally death.  McDonald was about 28 years old and his home was in Waynesville, Pulaski Co., Mo.  It is not known whether he was married or not.

Wednesday, 19 Mar 1884:
Jailed for Murder.

SALEM, ILL., March 18.—The coroner of Marion County has returned from Centralia with David Bell (colored) and placed him in jail.  Bell shot a negro in Centralia last Saturday night, and the man died in a few minutes.  Great excitement prevailed over the murder, and it was with difficulty that the people could prevent a lynching.
Peter Duffy is an angel of some kind now—he died Monday night at the house of a relative on Thirteenth Street.  During life in the flesh he was not an exemplary citizen, but he was often punished for acts prompted by those who were more guilty than he—he was frequently more sinned against than sinning.  His name and deeds are matters of record probably upon every fiftieth page of every police court docket in the city, and he was probably one-third of his lifetime a beneficiary of this community’s hospital at the municipal bastille.  He was at one time a handsome young fellow, he became a man of family and a drunkard simultaneously, lived a life of wretchedness and dissipation and died a pauper, to be buried by the county.  He leaves a family of wife and several children.
Friday, 21 Mar 1884:
Mrs. Frank Hano, one of Alexander County’s best known citizens in her lifetime, died some weeks ago.
A negress named Kate Fisher died yesterday.  Probably no one regrets her death more than Justice Robinson, for she was one of his best cash customers. 
Tuesday, 25 Mar 1884:
Mayor Mertz of Mound City died at his home there Sunday morning.  He died of abscess of the stomach with which he had been suffering for some time.  He had been prostrated about a month before his death, and a week or ten days ago his suffering was so great that he resolved to submit to a surgical operation.  Little if any hope was entertained by the surgeons at the time that the operation would save his life, though it might afford temporary relief, which it did.  His remains were interred yesterday morning at Beech Grove Cemetery, accompanied there by several hundred friends. 

Deceased was about sixty-eight years old, have lived in Mound City over twenty years and was one of the most popular men in the place.  He leaves three or four grown children.

Died, yesterday at 4:45 p.m., the infant son of Frank Shafter, aged two years, two months and six days.  Funeral will occur this afternoon.  Remains will be conveyed from residence on south side of Seventh Street between Walnut and Cedar streets, at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon, to special train on Ohio Levee, to be conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment.  Friends of the family are invited.

(Frank Shafter married Annie Murphy on 18 Jul 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The drowning of the little son of Mr. Frank Shafter, yesterday afternoon will excite much sympathy in the community for the bereaved father, who has, within the last year or so, lost his wife and two little children.  Mr. Shafter lives in a house on Seventh Street near Walnut.  There is no water in the yard at all, but the floor of the cellar under the house is covered with water to the depth of only about eight inches.  The little fellow went down the back steps and was playing near the entrance to the cellar door, all by himself.  Two young girls were sitting in the door of the house, but they did not notice the child’s absence until Mr. Shafter came home and inquired for him.  Mr. S. searched and was the first to discover the little body laying face downward in the cellar, and quite dead, near the cellar door, where the child had evidently fallen and died with hardly a struggle.  The discover was a terrible blow to Mr. Shafter, who has had much more than his share of the bitterness of life within the last year or eighteen months.  The funeral occurs today.

Wednesday, 26 Mar 1884:
A Tragedy in Low Life.

CARMI, ILL., March 25.—A tragedy in low life occurred at Hawthorne Township, where Howard Gentry, a colored laborer, shot his faithless wife and then killed himself.  Gentry’s wife had eloped and then returned, but her return was only for the purpose of spiriting away the children.  Gentry, learning this, killed her.

(Howard Gentry married Ellen Worlds, daughter of Henry and Jenny Worlds, on 13 Dec 1874, in White Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A Wife Murderer In Danger of Lynching.

BLOOMINGTON, ILL., March 25.—The Pantagraph’s Petersburg, Ill., special says:  “At 11 a.m. the state militia on duty around the jail to prevent the lynching of the wife murderer, Houlden, has been relieved and the jail is without a guard.  The sheriff anticipates trouble if the weather is not stormy tonight.  He will be on the alert.  Public feeling against Houlden is running very high.
The funeral of the little child of Mr. Shafter occurred yesterday afternoon.  A special train conveyed the remains from the foot of Eighth Street to Villa Ridge.
Whisky and Exposure.

Carlinville, ILL., March 25.—Thomas Fogarty, a youth aged sixteen years, met with a sudden death last night, caused from exposure, having lain out all Saturday night in the rain.  He, in company with a party of boys, got in possession of a jug of whisky and all got drunk.  Fogarty was left in the gutter, and when found in the morning was in a dying condition and lived but a few hours.  His death was caused by whisky and exposure. 
Saturday, 29 Mar 1884:
Miss Mamie, daughter of Mr. Steele, clerk of The Halliday, died at Paducah yesterday.  Mr. Steele went up a day or two ago to attend his daughter’s bedside, as she was expected to die, and he telegraphed the news of her death to Mr. L. P. Parker last evening.  Miss Mamie was 18 years of age and very attractive young lady.  She had been sick for several weeks. 


Tuesday, 1 Apr 1884:
James Goodwin, a
Mt. Pulaski Ill., Murderer, Captured at Alton.

ALTON, ILL., March 31.—An important arrest was made here today by City Marshal Joesling.  James Goodwin, who was indicted by the Pulaski County, Ills., grand jury about a year ago for the murder, and who escaped and was arrested on identification by a citizen of Pulaski County, who was in the city.  He was employed here by the Huse-Loomis Ice Company.  Goodwin is said to have murdered a man by braining him with a club in Mound City.

(The 15 Aug 1882, issue stated that James Goodwin killed Dug Heathcock in a saloon in Ullin, Pulaski Co., Ill., on 12 Aug 1882.)

Mrs. Hannah Lame, wife of Charles Lame, died yesterday evening a few minutes before six o’clock, in the 73rd year of her age.  Mrs. Lame has suffered greatly for the past year and a half, and although her death has been expected for weeks to occur at any time, the end came with a shock to her family and friends such as death under any circumstances always brings.  Notice of the funeral will be given tomorrow.

Wednesday, 2 Apr 1884:

The funeral of Mrs. Charles Lame will take place at 1 o’clock from her late residence today, and proceed to the Methodist church from thence to Beech Ridge.  The friends of the family are cordially invited and especially the Daughters of Rebecca.

Thursday, 3 Apr 1884:

Mrs. Hanna R. Lame, who departed this life Monday evening at 6 o’clock, was born in Philadelphia, Feb. 29th, 1812.  In very early life she united with the Methodist church and was regarded by all of her friends as a bright and shining light in the Christian life.  In 1834 she was united in marriage to Mr. Charles Lame.  She was the mother of six children, two of whom survive her, Mrs. E. C. Ford, of Cairo, and William R. Lame of New York City.  In 1864 Mrs. Lame removed with her family to Cairo, uniting here with the Methodist Church a short time afterwards; since then she was a consistent attendant at all the services until December a year ago, when she was stricken with the illness that resulted in her death.  For fifteen months her sufferings have been great at times; at intervals she would rally and be able to be up and attend to her household duties.  Her constant attendants have been her devoted husband and daughter.  She also leaves a granddaughter, Miss Maud Burnett, to mourn her loss, who had been under her care since a little child, and now for the second time has lost a mother.  During Mrs. Lame’s last hours up to Sunday at midnight, she sang her favorite hymns, repeated passages of scripture and frequently prayed for her loved ones.  At 12, on Sunday night, she told her son-in-law, Mr. Ford, to sit down and rest, and then sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul.”  She immediately became unconscious until the last, dying without a struggle, so calm that husband or daughter could not perceive the last breath.
The funeral of Mrs. Hannah Lamb occurred yesterday afternoon.  The remains were taken from the residence on Tenth Street, to the Methodist church, where Rev. Scarritt held an impressive service over them in the presence of many friends.  From the church the remains were conveyed to a special train at the foot of Eighteenth Street, followed by a large number of people and taken to Villa Ridge and interred. 
Saturday, 5 Apr 1884:

DIED.—Of congestion of the brain, Thursday, midnight, John Petrie, aged 58 years.  Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran church, 13th street, at half past one o’clock, this (Saturday) afternoon.  Special train will leave foot of Fourteenth Street at half past two o’clock for Beech Grove Cemetery, where the burial will take place.  Friends of the family are respectfully invited.
Thursday, 10 Apr 1884:
Johnnie Feith died last night about 6:45 o’clock at the residence of his parents corner Eleventh Street and Washington Avenue.  He had been sick with dropsy since May of last year and had suffered much during the time.  He died very gradually and easily.  He was in his twenty-seventh year.  Funeral will probably occur tomorrow.

            (A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  John P. Feith 1857-1884, Brother—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 11 Apr 1884:

Funeral services over the remains of John P. Feith, who died Wednesday in the 27th year of his age, will be held at St. Patrick’s Church this (Friday) afternoon, at 2 o’clock.  A special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at three o’clock for Villa Ridge, where the burial will take place.  Friends and acquaintances of deceased and the family are invited to attend.

Saturday, 12 Apr 1884:
The funeral of the late John N. Feith took place yesterday afternoon.  Services were held at St. Patrick’s Church, which were largely attended.  A special train of three coaches, all full of people, left the foot of Eighth Street, conveying the remains to Villa Ridge for interment. 
Tuesday, 15 Apr 1884:
News of the death of Mr. H. H. Milburn reached here by telegraph Sunday morning.  It came from Colorado, Texas, where deceased had been stationed for some time as agent of the Texas Pacific Railroad.  The sad event occurred early Sunday morning.  It was unexpected, though Mr. Milburn had been ailing for some time.  Too close application to his office duties here was the prime cause of his sickness, which developed into consumption.  He left here with a view to improving his health, but without avail.  He leaves a wife and child, who, accompanied by his mother, were just about to leave here to take up their permanent residence at Colorado to where their household effects had preceded them.  His remains will be brought here and will probably be interred somewhere in Kentucky where his father is buried.  They will arrive today on the Iron Mountain road.

            (Henry H. Milburn married Lucy D. Wilson on 5 Jun 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 16 Apr 1884:
A telegram from the agent of the Iron Mountain road at Texarkana yesterday afternoon said the remains of Mr. H. H. Milburn, deceased, would leave Texarkana at 6:40 last night and will arrive at Cairo on the Iron Mountain train this morning.  It is probable that the Knights of Honor will take charge of them while here.
DIED—At Cairo, Ill., on the 14th inst., at 5 p.m., Wallace B., only son of W. W. Conway, of Pittsburgh, Pa.  “Suffer little children to come into me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

The members of the Cairo Lodge No. 1412 K. of H. are requested to meet at Odd Fellows Hall at 10 o’clock this morning to arrange for the reception of the remains of our deceased brother, H. H. Milburn.
John S. Hacker, Dictator

Thursday, 17 Apr 1884:
A committee of the Knights of Honor Lodge of this city accompanied the remains of H. H. Milburn to Princeton this morning, as did also deceased’s wife and mother.
The remains of Mr. H. H. Milburn arrived by the Iron Mountain train yesterday morning at 11:30 o’clock and were received at the Union depot by a committee of the Knights of Honor Lodge of this city.  They were taken to the home of Mr. Samuel Wilson, up town, and at five o’clock this morning forwarded to Princeton, Ind., by the Wabash road for final interment. 
Saturday, 19 Apr 1884:
A negro named George Lovett arrived here by steamer
Montana Thursday and, being sick, he went to the home of a friend on Washington Avenue above Thirteenth Street, where he died during Thursday night, of pneumonia.  A negro woman died in another house in the same neighborhood the same night, but not of any contagious disease.

Sunday, 20 Apr 1884:
Bird’s Point in Mississippi County is severely afflicted with small pox.  Five people have died there in all, of this disease, three of whom died Friday—all negroes.

DIED—At the residence n Fifth Street, at 10 o’clock last night, John, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Oehler, aged six months.  Funeral will occur tomorrow.  Services will be held over remains at St. Patrick’s Church at 1 o’clock p.m., Monday, and special train will leave foot of Eight Street at 1:30 o’clock, conveying remains and friends to Villa Ridge.

Tuesday, 22 Apr 1884:
The funeral of the little child of Mr. William Oehler occurred yesterday afternoon.


Miss Mamie Smith, niece of Mr. Daniel Hartman, is dangerously sick.  She came home from school in Cape Girardeau several weeks ago, because of sickness and has grown worse, so that yesterday her life was despaired of.
Three negro girls were riding in a canoe, in the upper end of Lake Edwards in this county, Sunday afternoon, when one of them, observing that her dress was dragging in the water, made a sudden movement to one side, causing the canoe to turn over, and all the occupants to be thrown into the water, which at that point was probably eight feet deep.  One of the girls caught onto the overturned canoe and held herself up until help came, but the other two went down and were drowned.  The bodies were soon after found and taken to the homes of their parents.  The drowned girls were sixteen and eighteen years of age respectively. 
Thursday, 24 Apr 1884:

Miss Mamie Smith, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Smith, died at 7 o’clock last evening at the residence on Eighth Street.  Funeral tomorrow.

Friday, 25 Apr 1884:
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of Miss Mamie Smith, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Smith, who departed this life in the 18th year of her age at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, will take place today, Friday afternoon.  Services at the Methodist church, corner Eighth and Walnut, at 1:30 p.m.  Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 p.m. for Beech Grove.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Saturday, 26 Apr 1884:
Mr. George Shelton returned Thursday from Bowling Green, Ky., where he had gone in response to a telegram announcing the serious illness of his sister.  He left here Friday, of last week, and reached there two hours after his sister had died.
The funeral of the late Miss Mamie Smith occurred yesterday afternoon.  Services were very largely attended.  A special train of three coaches crowded with friends conveyed them to Villa Ridge.  Deceased was a very promising young lady and much admired by the young people in the city.
Mysterious Death.

Mrs. Geck was found dead in her house at the corner of Fourteenth and Walnut streets, last night about 9:30 o’clock.  She was found by her son, seated in a rocking chair, quite dead.  The son gave the alarm and officer McTigue, who was nearby, called Dr. Gordon who hastened to the scene, but found that he could render no service in the case.

A cut over the dead woman’s left eye and slight bruises under the eye on the chin first attracted attention.  One of the pockets of her dress was turned inside out and nickel was found lying on the floor near her.  A wash bowl of water discolored by blood, was standing on a table nearby, and beside it lay a hand looking glass.  At the suggestion of the officer, the son, William, looked about the house to see if there had been robbery, but nothing was missed.  But the search resulted in the finding of Mrs. Geck’s pocketbook in a closet in the room where she sat.  The pocketbook was bloodstained and contained two five-dollar bills.

The first impression was that she had been foully dealt with, but the circumstances and inquiry among the neighbors seem to dissipate this opinion.  She and her son, a young man about twenty-one years old, were the sole occupants of the corner house.  Her son had left her alone shortly after supper, and she had told him that she would go out in town.  It seems that she started to go out, for a colored man says that he saw her come forth from the house and suddenly fall forward upon her face, striking her head against the edge of the sidewalk.  She arose almost immediately, however, and went slowly upstairs, holding one hand to her forehead.  The circumstances in the room seem to indicate that she bathed her wounded face in the washbowl, by the aid of the looking glass, but becoming faint, sat down and expired.  It is not at all probable that the wounds she received caused her death, for they are all too slight.  The largest, that over her eye, was but skin deep and hardly an inch long, the others were only surface bruises.  Dr. Gordon was puzzled to account for the fatal result under all the circumstances.

Deceased was probably over fifty years old.  She was an old resident here and had lived for many years in the house mentioned, which she owned with several others adjacent.  She leaves two grown sons.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads:  In Memory of Maria Anna Geck Born Aug. 27, 1823 Died Apr. 25, 1884.—Darrel Dexter)

Sunday, 27 Apr 1884:
An inquest was held yesterday morning over the remains of Mrs. Maria Geck.  Coroner Fitzgerald summoned a jury consisting of Mr. Thomas Keth, foreman; Mr. Patrick Kennedy, Mr. Samuel Williamson, Mr. Nicholas Williams, Mr. Nicholas Feith, and Mr. Louis Petri.  Several witnesses were examined and the surrounding circumstances were inquired into.  The verdict was that the deceased died from a shock and concussion of the brain, the result of a fall.
Funeral Notice.

DIED—At her residence in this city, corner of Fourteenth and Walnut streets, Friday evening, April 25, 1884, Mrs. Maria Geck, aged sixty-one years.  The funeral will be held today (Sunday) the procession leaving residence at one o’clock p.m. for St. Patrick’s Church.  Special train will leave Eighth Street for Villa Ridge at 2:30.  Friends of family invited.

Miss Mamie Smith, who departed this life on Wednesday evening at seven o’clock, was the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Smith, and beloved niece of Mr. Daniel Hartman of this city.  Mamie was born in Cumberland, Md., September 20th, 1866.  Her father died the following year or so; the widow then removed with her little family to Cairo, Mamie being but eighteen months old.  She has since grown up among us, and was well known as an amiable and sweet girl.  Last spring she was quite ill for some time with malarial fever, but apparently recovered her usual health.  In September she went to Cape Girardeau to attend St. Vincent’s Academy; she was progressing rapidly with her studies and won the affections of the sisters and pupils.  Her family were looking forward to her return home in June and to a bright future; their hopes seemed to be centered on this idol of their affections, but “man proposes but God disperses,” and the star gem in the family casket has been called away, only to be reset in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom.

A short time ago Mamie was taken very ill at school, of typho-malarial fever; two weeks ago, her mother brought her home and since then she has been gradually sinking until she fell asleep in Jesus.  A few days previous to her death, she requested Rev. Mr. Scarritt of the Methodist Church to sing and pray with her.  The last night of her stay on Earth was spent in prayer and praise, she requesting a friend to tell her of Jesus, also to sing, “Nearer My God to Thee.”  When the 14th chapter of John was repeated to her, she clasped her hands, murmuring “A Mansion for Me.”  Her entire illness was characterized by a sweet, patient, spirit, and that beautiful smile of hers!  Shall we ever forget it? 
The funeral services were held in the Methodist church; Rev. Mr. Scarritt delivered a very impressive and touching sermon from John XI chap., 28th verse, “The Master is come and called for thee.”  His remarks were listened to with close attention; there was not one in the house who was not visibly affected. The church was crowded to overflowing with friends, great many being the young companions of the deceased, who came to pay the last tribute of affection to our beloved Mamie.
Her roommate arrived in time for the services, bringing with her a floral tribute of love from the pupils of St. Vincent’s Academy.

The casket with its precious burden, covered with floral emblems of esteem, was borne to Beech Grove Cemetery and laid in its last resting place, to wait with our loved ones for the resurrection more. 
Wednesday, 30 Apr 1884:
A negro was found dead on the sidewalk back of Bill Scott’s place of business yesterday morning. He was a victim of the improvidence which is the characteristic trait of the negro race.  He had been laying around at different places downtown for several days, sick and hadn’t the means to provide care for himself.

The funeral of Mrs. Bettie Fann, who died at 11:30 p.m. April 28, 1884, will take place today, leaving the house on Washington above Ninth Street, immediately after 1 p.m.  Services at the M. E. church at 1:30 and a special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 for Villa Ridge.  Friends of the family invited to attend.
Mrs. Bettie Fann, sister of Mr. Henry Elliott, died about 11:30 o’clock Monday night at the residence of Mrs. McKee on Poplar Street between Ninth and Tenth where she was boarding.  She died of consumption, with which she had been afflicted for a long time.  Her husband and child, a very sweet little girl, survive her.
Mr. N. K. Grose, formerly of this city, engaged in the saloon business on Washington Avenue and Fourteenth Street, but who left here to engage in railroading, died at Toyah, Texas, on the 15th instant.  His remains were interred at Fort Worth. 


Thursday, 1 May 1884:
Terrible Accident.

Last night about 9 o’clock young George Ross, the twelve year-old son of Mrs. James Ross, was killed on the Wabash Railroad near the “Y.”  He was on a freight train that had just come in and in attempting to step from the caboose to the car next ahead, he missed his footing, fell between the cars and was cut to pieces and instantly killed.  His bleeding and mangled remains were picked up and brought downtown to his parents’ house on Tenth Street and Commercial Avenue.
The late Mrs. Margaret Geck left a will in the care of Mr. C. N. Hughes, who will today submit it to the county court to be probated.  Deceased divided all her personal and real property between her two sons and her daughter, Mrs. Charles Gilhofer.

(Josephine Geck married Charles Gillhofer on 9 May 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
News from Capt. Moore brought here by Capt. Taylor of the Fowler yesterday was anything but encouraging.  The sick man became steadily worse after the boat left here Tuesday evening.  His tongue was paralyzed when Mound City was reached.  At Caledonia it was thought he would die in a few minutes and a physician was engaged, who attended him until the boat arrived at Paducah where he was placed aboard the Dexter to be conveyed home.  When the Fowler left Paducah yesterday morning it was believed that Capt. Moore would not live until Evansville was reached.

Friday, 2 May 1884:
The funeral of young George Ross occurred yesterday afternoon.  Services were held over the remains at St. Patrick’s Church and a special train of two coaches left the foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge, bearing the mangled remains to Villa Ridge for interment.  The train was crowded with friends of deceased and family.  The death of the body has thrown a gloom over the home of the parents that will be lasting.  Mr. Ross was just on the eve of departing for his new home in Kansas City, where all had been prepared for his reception.  The approach of their hour for departure had been rendered pleasant by a farewell party given them by their friends only a few days ago; but now their last recollections of Cairo must always arouse pain.  Their departure will probably be delayed a few days by this terrible catastrophe; and when they finally leave the heartiest sympathy of the community will go with them.
Fell Between the Cars.

VINCENNES, IND., May 1.—At Edwardsport, in this county, on the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad, a boot black, about eighteen years old,, name unknown (thought to be from Cairo or St. Louis) who was stealing passage, was killed and his body horribly mutilated this morning by falling between the cars of a train which was departing for Indianapolis.

Saturday, 3 May 1884:
News from Evansville concerning Capt. Moore, received here yesterday afternoon, was to the effect that he died Thursday morning at 6:30 o’clock, or about fifteen minutes after reaching home.  He was met at Shawneetown by his family who accompanied him home.  He did not regain consciousness before his death, but lay in a stupor from the time the Fowler left Mound City until the end.  Mr. Ford regrets very much that he was not at home when the Capt. was first stricken and kept him here, believing that the removal so soon after the stroke hastened the captain’s death.
Another Startling Occurrence
Sudden Death of Mr. Samuel Wilson, Senior.

Of the several painful events that have kept this community in constant excitement for several days past none was more painful than the sudden death, yesterday about noon, of Mr. Samuel Wilson, Senior.  Early yesterday morning he came into the saloon of Mr. Louis C. Herbert and taking a seat in a chair complained of being very sick.  Mr. Herbert offered to hire a hack and have him conveyed home, but he refused, saying that he would not go home under any circumstances.  He also refused medical care, but called for a little liquor and peppermint, which was given him.  He remained there several hours, going out several times and returning again, until about 11:30 o’clock when Mr. Herbert, going out into the back yard heard loud groans in one of the outhouses.  He called “Who is there?” and Mr. Wilson answered, saying “Come in here, Louis, and help me up.”  Mr. Herbert entered and found Mr. Wilson lying on the floor in a heap, evidently in great agony.  The sick man was taken back into the saloon and Dr. Gordon was called, who pronounced him to be beyond the reach of medical skill.  A hack was immediately procured and Mr. Wilson was taken home and carried into the house by Mr. Herbert and another gentleman, and within ten minutes afterwards he died, surrounded by his grief-stricken family.  He never spoke after he had been picked up by Mr. Herbert and sank steadily and rapidly.  When Dr. Gordon arrived to attend him, the sick man seemed as a man in the last stages of cholera, but it is the opinion of the doctor that congestion of the bowels was the fatal cause.

Mr. Wilson was born in Livingston County, Kentucky, August 14th, 1824, and he was therefore nearly sixty years of age.  He was married in Smithland, Kentucky, removed from there to Paducah and came to Cairo from there, in 1854.  Soon after coming here he embarked in business in company with Mr. Solomon Littlefield, but dissolved partnership soon after and has since conducted the business by himself, and his efforts have been attended with that success that comes to true merit.  In 1860 he sold out his store to Capt. G. D. Williamson (who still runs it in the old place) and started where his present store stands.  Here he was burned out twice, one in 1863 and again in 1867, but rebuilt again each time and continued to prosper as before.  He has built seven or eight houses in all in various parts of the city.  He was a businessman of the strictest integrity, of excellent judgment and the greatest liberality disposed to all he met, a steadfast friend, generous to a fault, esteemed by all who knew him.

His wife and four grown children survive to mourn his death, and they will be joined in their sorrow by the community generally.

Tuesday, 6 May 1884:
There is more small pox at Bird’s Point.  Two more cases were found Sunday.  One, a negro, was removed from the neighborhood to an isolated house several days before when the weather was bad, and it was thought he would not recover.  The new cases are also negroes.
The funeral of the late Samuel Wilson, Sr., occurred yesterday afternoon.  Services were held at the residence, by Rector Davenport of the Church of the Redeemer, and a special train of three coaches took the remains and attendants to Villa Ridge from the foot of Fourteenth Street.  The train was crowded with friends.
An old man named Lonsdale, employed in the stave factory of Meyer & Nordman, at Mound City, was killed while at his post of duty yesterday morning.  He was at work at a machine called the header into which he was inserting a piece of timber when the machine bursted and fragments of it struck him on different parts of the body with such force that death was almost instant.  Two negroes standing near were also slightly injured.  The dead man was about fifty years old and leaves a family of wife and seven children.

Wednesday, 7 May 1884:
Spoiled His Well.

VANDALIA, ILL., May 6.—Andrew Schutz, a German baker, and at one time an influential citizen, committed suicide this morning by drowning in a well.  Temporary insanity, induced by hard drink, is the supposed cause.
The St. Louis Republican of yesterday, published a special from Danville, Ills., stated that a boy named George Ross, aged 13 years, son of L. N. Ross, living several miles south of that city, was killed on the Wabash road Monday while trying to steal a ride.  The similarity between this and the death of young Ross of this city several days ago is striking. 
Friday, 9 May 1884:
Judge J. H. Robinson yesterday received news of the death of his sister, Mrs. E. H. Osborn, at Springfield, Mo., yesterday morning.  He left last night for Kansas City, where the remains are to be buried, to attend the funeral. 
Sunday, 11 May 1884:
Mamie Smith

Who that looked on her face and saw how peaceful it was, and how, as one of her friends said, there were no signs of death upon it, but could feel how beloved a thing it is to fall asleep in Jesus.
To the young, whose hopes are strong, whose eyes see the beautiful things of the world, to whom smiles are more natural than tears, joy than sorrow, death seems a terrible thing.  To them, it is not as often to the old, the laying aside of a burden which has sometimes been hard to bear, the giving up of the brightness of life which is symbolized in blue skies and sunshine, in the breath of soft winds upon the cheek and is the perfume of flowers.  Even when winter has changed nature’s face and stolen its beauty, they can look beyond and see as little Nell did the coming of spring once more—a beautiful and happy time in which the birds shall sing again.

And in many among the young there is a root to these joyous thoughts which lies deep in the heart, and which brings forth the fruit of righteousness.  To some of them who live for the Master, He has taught that under all things of His creation are His everlasting arms.  That though happiness seems to perish here with the form that clothes it yet it lives eternally, and of such was she.

And so while to those who loved her, and for whom her departure has made a void which no other form can fill, there is deep grief, yet “ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

Tuesday, 13 May 1884:
Shot Himself.

ALTON, ILL., May 12.—About seven o’clock last night a young man named John Ward died at the residence of William Kidwell, on Milton Hill, a few miles below this city, from a pistol wound.  He was taking some cartridges out of the weapon, when it was discharged, the charge entering his stomach, resulting in death a few hours later.  He was twenty-four years old, unmarried, and was a brother-in-law of Mr. Kidwell.

Wednesday, 14 May 1884:
Selecting a Jury.
Interest in the Walcher Murder Trial—Eminent Counsel.

HILLSBORO, ILL., May 13.—The work of selecting a jury in the case of Webster Walcher, charged with the murder of Stephen Sturgeon at a spelling school on the evening of January 16, was begun yesterday, and at noon today only eight jurors had been obtained.  The case excites great interest in the county, owing to the youth and respectability of the defendant, who is only nineteen, and the son of a minister.  The young men were rivals for the affections of a girl, and a quarrel arose, when Walcher drew a revolver and shot Sturgeon dead.  Governor Palmer, of Springfield and Hon. J. M. Truitt, and George L. Zink of the local bar are defending, while George M. Stevens of Nokomis, assists State’s Attorney Amos Miller.  About ninety witnesses have been subpoenaed and the trial promises to be interesting.
The following reports of inquests held by R. Fitzgerald, coroner, were presented, examined, and on motion approved:  Jerry Thompson, colored, Sept. 11th, 1883; John Lally, Nov.9th, 1883; J. T. Walsh, Nov. 11th, 1883; Noah High, Nov. 28th, 1883; Henry Renfro, colored, Dec. 23rd, 1883; Archie Robinson, colored, Feb. 25th, 18834.
A switchman named W. H. Van Allen was killed on the Wabash track near the Union Depot yesterday morning about one o’clock.  He was in the act of stepping on the foot board at the end of the flat car attached to the switch engine, the board was wet, his foot slipped and he fell backwards between the rails while the car and engine passed over him, leaving him behind, a shapeless mass of flesh and bone and rags steeped in blood.  The ghastly remains were gathered up and taken home to the wife and child on Tenth Street.  Deceased was about twenty-eight years old.  He had been a railroader from boyhood and had been for many years on the Wabash Road.  About three months ago he married his present wife at Danville, Ill.  He came here immediately after and has been in the Wabash yards here ever since.  He has mother and sister living at Danville, and his remains were taken there by last evening’s train, accompanied by his wife. 
Friday, 16 May 1884:
Died of Her Injuries.

ALTON, ILL., May 15.—Mrs. Lucy A. Clayton died yesterday from the effects of injuries received by being thrown from a buggy while driving from this city to her home in Upper Alton last week.  She was over sixty, leaves a husband, aged seventy, and four grown children. 
Sunday, 18 May 1884:
The Verdict a Surprise and Most Bitterly Denounced.

HILLSBORO, ILL., May 17.—Not since the Bond trial have the people of Montgomery County been treated to such a surprise as was this morning given them by the verdict of the jury in the Walcher murder case.  The evidence closed at ten o’clock this morning and the argument of counsel consumed the time from that up to nine last night.  Governor Palmer did not make as strong a pick on behalf of the defense as was expected, and it was thought he had but little confidence in the case.  The most sanguine of the prisoner’s friends did not even dare to think that he would get less than five years sentence, and as an acquittal was hardly hinted at except occasionally by some sarcastic individual who would remarks that no one could be convicted by a Montgomery County jury.  The greatest astonishment was therefore created when shortly after twelve last night the jury brought in a verdict of acquittal.  On the first ballot the jury stood eight for conviction and four for acquittal, but at the end of five ballots the eight were brought over.  The verdict is denounced on all sides and trouble is feared.
The blood-curdling story of the killing of a man near Clark’s block Friday night was thoroughly run down by the officers yesterday and was proven to be a ridiculous canard, invented by a half witted babbler.

Tuesday, 20 May 1884:
The body of a white man was discovered yesterday morning lying in front of The Halliday.  He had been in the water some time judging from his decomposed condition.
The body of a drowned man was found in the river near the back opposite The Halliday yesterday morning.  Coroner Fitzgerald and a jury held an inquest over it, but the investigation revealed nothing that indicated who the floater was, or where from.  A report was circulated at first that it was the body of a man, who, it was alleged had been killed near
Clark’s block Friday night, but , as previously stated, the story about the killing is a hoax, though perpetrated, perhaps in good faith, by a man who is a little off mentally.

Wednesday, 21 May 1884:
An old white man named Bolin died in a flatboat lying near the Elevator, early yesterday morning.  He was a ship carpenter and his home was in New Albany, Ind.  He had insisted upon accompanying two young men who owned the flatboat and who were bent on a roughing tour down the river in search of work.  The young men objected on account of his old age, expressing the fear that he would sicken and die, but he had declined to be influenced by their protestations.  The flat arrived here Monday and the old man was sick.  The young men, learning that he was a Mason, notified some member of the order here and the lodge at once took charge of the sick man, gave him medical attendance and were waiting for a Cincinnati boat to send him back home yesterday.  But they had to content themselves with sending back only the remains, which was done.
Friday, 23 May 1884:
The case of Kate Cotton, for murder, was taken up and occupied the court all day.  The jury was obtained early in the afternoon and one witness Mrs. Thompson, wife of Jerry Thompson, the murdered man, had been examined when court adjourned to meet again today.  Mr. W. C. Mulkey is defending the prisoner and Hon. D. T. Linegar and Mr. George Hendricks prosecuting.

Saturday, 24 May 1884:
The Cotton murder case was on trial all day yesterday in the circuit court.  The examination of the physicians was concluded and that of the chemist will begin today.  It is thought the case will not be concluded till about Tuesday night.

Sunday, 25 May 1884:
In the circuit court yesterday the Kate Cotton case was on trial all day, excepting the time occupied by the Republican County Convention, which was from 12:30 till 3 o’clock.  The last witness for the prosecution, Dr. McDowell, was on the stand all day.  Witnesses had made a chemical analysis of the stomach of the dead man, Jerry Thompson, and its contents, and had discovered strong proof of the presence of arsenic.  He brought his mechanical apparatus with him and, by a series of interesting tests, demonstrated to the jury and others present how he had arrived at his conclusions.  He probably satisfied all who watched him that his conclusions were correct, and that arsenic was present in the contents of the dead man’s stomach, and if his testimony had stopped here, the case of the prosecution would have seemed clear and invulnerable.  But he was not permitted to stop here.  He was induced by Mr. Mulkey for the defense to explode a bomb shell in the camp of the prosecution, by testifying also, that he had analyzed a jar of coffee brought him by a negress named Riggs and that the process had developed no traces of poison in the coffee.  The defense is prepared to prove that this coffee was the remains left in the pot and in the cups from which the Thompson family had been drinking just before they were taken sick, and that said remains were gathered up immediately after the alarm had been given.  The defense will produce about twenty witnesses to prove its theory, which seems to be that, while deceased may have died from poison, the deadly dose was not introduced into his stomach through the instrumentality of the coffee prepared by defendant.  The case may last the greater part of this week and promises to gain in interest day after day till the end, which, everything considered, is as yet shrouded in grave doubt.

Tuesday, 27 May 1884:
Henry Hurt, pilot on the Miss V. T. Co.’s barge line has been in the Marine Hospital here for some time, suffering from an abscess near the hip.  Yesterday he was expected to die every hour.  He is a brother of Tobe Hurt, whom everybody here knows well.
We are given to understand from a reliable source that the “bombshell” referred to by the evening paper, when it exploded in court yesterday, simply amounted to this:  Mr. Mulkey had simply done that which no lawyer with the smallest spark of good sense and forethought would fail to do—he had interviewed those who were to testify on his side of the case with reference to what they would testify to on the stand, which he had not found an opportunity to do before.  And several of the witnesses who were present at “the interview” testified yesterday that Mr. Mulkey had told them to wear to the truth and nothing but the truth.
The courthouse was crowded yesterday with a mixed audience, all intent upon hearing the testimony for the defense in the Kate Cotton case.  Nearly all the seating capacity of the circuit court room was taken up.  The defense examined seven witnesses, all with a view to showing that there was not the least ill feeling between the defendant and the young man, Miller, for whom the defendant is claimed by prosecution to have intended to poison.  The interest was intense at times and spectators crowded over the railing and close to the jury and witnesses’ stand to hear what was said.  The examination of witnesses for the defense will continue today and perhaps tomorrow.  It is thought that the case will not be concluded till Thursday or Friday.
Since throwing bombshells is in order in the Kate Cotton murder trial, and since the prosecution claims to have “Seen the one thrown into their camp by the defense Saturday,” couldn’t the defense now “go” the prosecution “one better,” by proving by Dr. McDowell that the liquid analyzed by him and which the defense is ready to prove was the remains of the coffee from which the dead man drank, was not only free from any trace of poison of any kind, but was also entirely free from real natural coffee?  In these days of oleo margarine and of roasted peas, such a thing should not be so very difficult.  The prosecution might object on the ground this would involve a violation of standard poker rules, which do not permit a better to “raise” after he has been “called,” but then, poker rules are not supposed to govern in murder trials. 
Thursday, 29 May 1884:
To Be Hanged at Belleville Friday.

BELLEVILLE, ILL., May 28.—The circuit clerk yesterday made out the death warrant of William Brown, the murderer of Lavigne, who will be hanged at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.  The sheriff has received numerous applications for admission to the hanging, but all have been refused as the law provides that only the officials, relatives of the family over twenty-one years old, a reporter from each paper in St. Louis and St. Clair County, and twelve reputable citizens selected as a jury, can be admitted.  The following have been selected as the jury:  John Benner, Fred. Hein, Jr., Joseph Meamber, Conrad Rest, and John Nieman, of East St. Louis; John Boul, W. E. Ward, E. A. Welk and Fred Schwartzenbach, of Belleville; J. M. Fozen, of Shiloh; J. B. Virn, of Cherokee; and Rev. Carl Von Weigowski, of Ridge Prairie.  Brown has written the sheriff, asking permission to spend tomorrow with his wife, who is in jail for complicity in the crime.  Brown is to be strangled by the same rope that Phil. Matthews swung from for the murder of Annie Gyer.
Death of Well Known Pilot

CAIRO, ILL., May 28.—Henry Hurt, a prominent pilot on the Mississippi River, died at the hospital here last night.
The evidence in the Kate Cotton case was all in last evening about 5:30 o’clock at which time Mr. Hendricks began the opening argument for the prosecution.,  Mr. Hendricks will conclude this morning and will be followed by Mr. Mulkey for the defense and Mr. Linegar will then conclude the argument for the prosecution.  It is believed that all of today will be consumed in the argument and if necessary a night session will be held by the court.  Mr. Linegar’s argument will probably be, as usual, the master effort of the day.
The remains of Henry Hurt were taken from here to St. Louis on the 2:30 o’clock train this morning.  Mrs. Durfree, a daughter of Mr. Hurt, accompanied the remains of her father, also Mr. Tobe Hurt, a prominent wholesale liquor merchant of Louisville, Ky., who is a brother of the deceased, will accompany the remains.
Pilot Henry Hurt died at the Marine Hospital station about 8 o’clock Tuesday night.  His remains were taken charge of by Undertaker Feith and sent to St. Louis yesterday, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Durfree, and her husband, to be interred there.  He was connected with the barge line for upwards of ten years.

Friday, 30 May 1884:
Ground to Pieces
Terrible Death of a Brakeman

TAYLORSVILLE, ILL., May 209.—Harry Taylor, a brakeman on stock express No. 58, going east, was killed here last night.  His train passed here at 11:40 and he was not missed by the conductor until two o’clock this morning.  When the train arrived at Decatur they telegraphed back along the line, and the night operator here found fragments of his remains scattered along the track for some distance near the Ohio & Mississippi crossing.  Taylor’s residence is not known, but it is supposed to be Detroit, Mich.  He was supposed to have fallen off the train while setting a brake.
The argument in the Kate Cotton case took up all day in the circuit court yesterday.  Mr. Hendricks closed his opening argument for the prosecution about 9 o’clock.  Mr. Mulkey followed for the defense and spoke till six o’clock at night, or about eight hours altogether.  Mr. Linegar began the closing argument for the prosecution about 7 o’clock and was still speaking at 10 o’clock last night.  The courtroom was literally packed with people almost from the beginning of Mr. Linegar’s speech.  The seats were all occupied all day yesterday, but at night there was not standing room in the auditorium and the upper strata of the air in the court room was so thick you might have cut it out in chunks—with the aid of blasting powder.

Saturday, 31 May 1884:

Mr. Linegar concluded his argument in the Cotton case shortly after 11 o’clock last night, when the case was given to the jury, which was out about half an hour and then returned the verdict given above.


The jury in the Kate Cotton case stood ten for “guilty” on the first ballot.  The two voted for hanging on the first ballot, not thinking that the first question to be balloted upon was whether or not defendant was guilty, and that the punishment was to be fixed afterwards.  It took but little to bring about a unanimous verdict of “guilty” and when then the questions of punishment came up, seven were for penitentiary for life, and five were either for hanging or for fourteen years in the penitentiary, which were the other two alternatives left to the jury by the court in its instructions.  The five came over to the seven one but one until all had yielded.  Few people will doubt that the jury did its duty well.  They stood the test of a severe ordeal and acquitted themselves very satisfactorily.  The case was one of the most interesting ever tried here and was conducted with marked ability by those in charge on either side.  Mr. Mulkey probably had a bigger job than ought to have been undertaken by any one man, and, under all circumstances, he made a remarkably good defense.  His client may congratulate herself upon retaining her existence among the inhabitants of this mundane sphere and thank Mr. Mulkey for bringing out every mitigating circumstance and every fact that might create a doubt in her favor.  Mr. Mulkey’s pay will consist chiefly in the gratitude of those for whom he labored.  Messrs. Linegar and Hendricks are likewise worthy of praise for their energetic and able prosecution, and will also have to be content with the good will of their clients, “The People,” for their recompense, though they will have in addition what Mr. Mulkey cannot have, viz.:  the glory appertaining to success.
Hanged at Belleville, Illinois, for the Murder of the Peddler Lavigne.
One of the Most Brutal Crimes in the Annals of the State Speedily Expatiated.
The Blood-Stained Wretch Confident of Going Straight to Glory—His Last Hours.

BELLEVILLE, ILL., May 30.—The morning of Decoration Day opened bright and clear, and would have been thought a splendid one for any purpose but an execution.  Brown, the murderer, rose early this morning, and to those who watched him closely he showed little signs of weakening.  He prayed fervently, however, and seemed satisfied that he was going to glory.  Sheriff Ropiequet was an early visitor at the jail, and he also inspected the scaffold and got everything in readiness.  The execution created a great deal of excitement in the town, and as early as 8 a.m. large crowds stood in the bright sun surrounding the spot where the scaffold was built.  Brown was shaved by Jack Mason, a preacher-barber, shortly after rising.  He then fell to and ate
of beans and potatoes, and returned to his prayers.  His wife was seen but sturdily refused to converse.  She strongly resembles an Indian in all her characteristics, and has a cunning look.  “Don’t know nothing,” is her constant answer to questions.

During the morning Brown seemed in good spirits and converses freely with his attendants.  At 9:30 a.m. Sheriff Ropiequet entered the cell with his deputies and proceeded to read the death warrant, which Brown listened to calmly and with the closest attention.  “Put on the ropes,” said the sheriff, immediately after reading the warrant, and the negro was quickly pinioned.  At this juncture Brown’s wife began moaning and sobbing in her cell, but making no boisterous demonstration of grief.
to the gallows was arranged slowly and in good order, as the attendance permitted by law in the State is quite small. Supported by Elder Luce and the Sheriff, the condemned negro shuffled along, making a strong effort to keep up his flagging sprits.  Following him were representatives of the court, several county officials, the jury selected to witness the hanging, and a number of newspaper reporters.
Elder Luce made a lengthy and fervent prayer, which was interrupted by the “amens” of the criminal.  The sheriff then asked Brown if he had anything to say, and the condemned negro answered huskily, “Yes.”  He then made a brief speech, confessing the murder of Lavigne, declaring himself sure of heaven, and expressing his faith in the forgiveness of God.
promptly, and in twelve minutes Brown was pronounced dead.

The discovery which led to the arrest and conviction of Brown was made March 1 last, by some boys living near Cahokia.  Their first finds was a part of the chest of Lavigne, the murdered man, a section of the ribs with the flesh torn off, and the heart, which had been cleft in twain.  These portions were half-concealed in the mud and ice of a slough, about one quarter of a mile from the village and near the road leading to East St. Louis.  Shortly after this find, and only a few yards distant, more ribs, a kidney and pieces of flesh were taken from the mud and weeds at the edge of the slough.  The remains in both instances had evidently been disinterred by several hungry dogs whose barking had attracted the attention of the boys.  The curs of the village had been feasting on the remains of the poor peddler.  The parts found were then put in a box and turned over to coroner Bader.

During the following week, while skating on a pond near Brown’s cabin, some children came upon a bundle consisting of aprons, oil cloths, and bibs, evidently a peddler’s stock in trade.  Deputy Sheriff Anthony hastened to the scene and entered upon an inspection of several
in that vicinity.  The result was that Brown, his wife and stepdaughter were all arrested and taken to East St. Louis.  The following day, March 7, Sheriff Ropiequet, Deputies Dawson and Ragland and State’s Attorney Holder made a thorough inspection of Brown’s place.  The floor was flecked with bloodstains, as was also an ax, and in the fireplace, among the ashes, was the charred skull of a human being.  The officers returned to Belleville with their prisoners, and while still on the train, Brown made a confession, which fixed his doom to a certainty. 


Sunday, 1 Jun 1884:
Last Wednesday, a large hack full of ladies and gentlemen went up to Beech Grove to spend the day.  Among the company were Mr. Harry Lentz and wife, Mrs. Capt. Totten, Mrs. Humm, Mrs. Williamson, Mrs. E. C. Ford, Mrs. Osborn, and several others.  They all went up to beautify the graves of their beloved dead.  Mrs. Williamson had the body of her little son removed to another lot.  When the casket was opened it was found the body was petrified and perfectly natural; the flowers and clothing also were just as they were buried eight years ago.  The eyelashes were nearly an inch long.

Yesterday at 3 o’clock p.m., Mrs. Wentzel Brandel died at her home on Eighth Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street, at the age of 43 years, 10 months, 3 days.

Funeral will occur tomorrow, Monday, afternoon.  Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 1 o’clock and special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 o’clock, conveying remains to Villa Ridge for interment.  Friends are invited.

Tuesday, 3 Jun 1884:
The funeral of Mrs. Brandel occurred yesterday afternoon.  A special train conveyed the remains and friends to Villa Ridge.

Thursday, 5 Jun 1884:
Dr. Strong left yesterday afternoon by rail for Cleveland, Ohio, in response to a telegram summoning him at once to the bedside of his aged father who had been lying at the point of death for several days.  The telegram did not state that the old gentleman had died, but that was the Dr.’s presumption.

Friday, 6 Jun 1884:
A young girl sixteen years old died at East Cairo, Ky., yesterday morning of small pox, and two other children, likewise afflicted, were not expected to survive through the night. 
Wednesday, 11 Jun 1884:
Frank Leseure a Suicide

DANVILLE, ILL., June 10.—Frank Leseure, member of the wholesale and retail hardware firm of Yeomanns, Shedd & Leseure, committed suicide this morning by shooting himself through the head with a No. 44 bulldog revolver, it is supposed, while insane, insanity being hereditary in the family.  He leaves a young widow and one child.
A lady named Martin died at the Waverly Hotel Monday.  She came there about two weeks ago, gave birth to a child, about a week ago and never recovered.  Her remains were taken home yesterday by her father. 
Friday, 13 Jun 1884:
The sad news of the death of Mr. John Koehler was telegraphed to Mr. J. A. Goldstine here from Eureka Springs yesterday morning.  Death occurred at 7:30 o’clock a.m. yesterday, after a long period of suffering.  His remains will be brought down here and interred at Villa Ridge.  Mr. George Koehler left yesterday afternoon for St. Louis to meet them.  The funeral will be conducted by the Rough and Ready Fire Company of which he was an old an honored member.  The following brief sketch is from last evening’s Argus:  “The deceased was born in Germany on the 23rd of June, 1831, and hence lacked a few days of being 53 years of age.  He emigrated to the United States in 1852, locating at Cincinnati, where he remained two years and learned the baker’s trade.  He came to Cairo in 1854 and has been a resident here ever since, engaged in business of different kinds, at time being very successful and at others unfortunate.  He leaves a family consisting of wife and six children, all grown.”

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  John Koehler 1830-1884.—Darrel Dexter)
As may be seen from notices published elsewhere, the member of the Rough and Ready Fire Company and of the Cairo Cassino are requested to meet at their respective halls, to prepare to attend the funeral of their late brother, John Koehler.  The remains left Eureka Springs yesterday afternoon in charge of Mr. George Koehler, and if all connections are made as was expected yesterday, they will arrive here this afternoon at 2:15 and will be taken immediately from the foot of Eighth Street by special train to Villa Ridge.  But if by some unforeseen circumstances connections should be missed and the remains not arrive today as expected, then the funeral will be deferred till tomorrow afternoon.  The tolling of the Rough’s bell will be the signal.
To the Members of the Rough and Ready Fire Company:

You are hereby notified to attend the funeral of our late brother, John Koehler, at 1:30 o’clock p.m. today, if the company’s bell tolls before noon.  If the bell is not tolled, the funeral will be deferred until Saturday at 1:30 o’clock p.m.

As our late brother has been an old, well-tried fireman, we also respectfully invite all firemen that wish to participate with us. Also all friends of the family.

Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 o’clock p.m. for Villa Ridge.
Committee Rough & Ready Fire Co.
Cairo, June 13th, 1884.

Members of Cairo Cassino will consider the foregoing notice as also governing them and will gather at their hall accordingly.
By order of President.
J. A. Goldstine

Saturday, 14 Jun 1884:
Mrs. John Koehler and Mr. G. Koehler, arrived on yesterday afternoon’s train from Eureka Springs, having in charge the remains of the late John Koehler.  They did not get here in time to have the funeral occur yesterday and it was deferred till this afternoon.  The remains were conveyed to the residence on Eighth Street, from whence the funeral will start.

Sunday, 15 Jun 1884:
News was received here yesterday by Mr. Louis McDeMontcourt, of the Box and Basket Factory, that Mr. Thomas Orr died at Boston Friday.  Mr. Orr was one of the heaviest lumber dealers in the East and bought large quantities of lumber all through this section of the country.  He is well known here.
The late John Koehler was buried at Villa Ridge yesterday afternoon.  It was a very large funeral.  The hearse was followed from the residence to the train, first, by the Cairo City Band; second, by the Cairo Cassino Society; third, by the Rough and Ready Fire Company, all in uniform; while a procession covering several squares moved along the sidewalk.  A special train of three coaches was crowded with friends who followed the remains to Villa Ridge.
The body of a negro was taken from the Ohio River just above the wharfboats yesterday forenoon.  An inquest was held, but nothing definite was learned about the man.

Tuesday, 17 Jun 1884:

At 12:45 a.m. Monday after a lingering illness, Mary Josephine, wife of the late Martin Towers.  Funeral from residence 5th and Washington Avenue to St. Patrick’s Church at 1:30 p.m. today (Tuesday).  A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 to carry the remains to Villa Ridge.  Friends invited.

Wednesday, 18 Jun 1884:
Cut His Throat

FREEMONT, ILL., June 17.—Karl Morris, a variety actor, committed suicide last night by cutting his throat with a razor.  Ill health and despondency led him to commit the act.

Thursday, 19 Jun 1884:
Old Man Orth’s Suicide

PEKIN, ILL., June 18.—”Old Man” Orth, a well known farmer of Fremont Township, five miles east of here, committed suicide last night by taking poison. 
Sunday, 22 Jun 1884:
At the Methodist church today memorial services will be held in memory of Bishop Simpson, deceased.  The hour of the service is 11 o’clock.  Rev. Scarritt will officiate.  The church has been draped in mourning for the occasion.
Thursday, 26 Jun 1884:
Yesterday at Charleston, Mo., occurred the death of Edward, youngest son of Mr. Phillip Lehning.  The remains are expected to arrive here at seven o’clock this morning and will be taken to Villa Ridge by special train some time this afternoon.

(Philip Lehning married Hellena Kesler on 10 Aug 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Edward J. Lehning 1868-1884.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 27 Jun 1884:
Although the notice of the funeral of the youngest son of Mr. Phillip Lehning, of Charleston, had been very brief and indefinite, a large number of friends attended it.  A special train took the remains and mourners to Villa Ridge in the afternoon starting from the passenger depot.  Deceased was a very promising boy, aged about sixteen.
There have as yet been no further developments in the Nelson Howard mob matter.  Everything stands in status quo.  Kittle, the informer, was hanging around Commercial Avenue all day yesterday, but went home on the FowlerMilburn, for whose arrest Kittle had a warrant, is employed in the Wabash switchyards, pursuing his regular duties without showing any signs of fear.  He is not easily scared anyway, of which fact he has given ample proof.  Kittle himself denied last evening just before leaving for home that he had made any disclosures concerning the affair.  But he denied too much.  He has been shooting off his mouth too freely and been exhibiting legal documents sustaining what he said entirely too loosely to make a retraction now that will have any effect.  He will probably have to stand by what he has done and take the consequence.  He has placed himself in an unenviable light, be his story true or false.  If true, he is at best an informer against the guilty, a betrayer of confidence for a mercenary purpose; a seller of the good names, perhaps the liberties, perhaps even the lives of a dozen or more men, for a paltry sum of money.  If not true, he has forfeited all claim to the respect of the meanest wretch that breaths.  These are the horns of the dilemma in which he finds himself, upon either of which he will have to submit being impaled.  But the outcome of the whole matter will probably be wind, which will doubtless be used for all it may be worth by designing men, seeking personal gain.

Saturday, 28 Jun 1884:
Mr. Kittle, the young man who has raised such a hub bub about the Howard mob, has not very wisely concluded to let the whole matter drop, and we can only hope that he will not find himself in the position of the man who, having caught a good hold of a red-hot poker, couldn’t let go again.  Mr. Kittle stands in a very unenviable position.  It appears now that he acted entirely by himself in this whole matter, and that his object was blackmail.  He went to Justice Ried Monday morning last, all by himself and perfectly sober, and made an affidavit to the effect that he had personal knowledge of those who composed the mob that hung Nelson Howard, but mentioning the name only of Alex Milburn as one of the party.  He swore out a warrant for Milburn’s arrest, had himself appointed a deputy sheriff and came down here to arrest Milburn.  When he served his warrant Milburn told him to “go to ----.”  He told Milburn he did not want to arrest him.  He was sorry for what he had done, but couldn’t help it now.  All he wanted now was a little money and he would leave this section of the country.  He also exhibited a list of names, which, he said, had been obtained from a woman downtown to whom one of the party had disclosed the whole secret and given all the names.  He probably expected Milburn and the others whose names appeared in his list to “fork over” liberally in order to keep him quiet.  But he was mistaken in this idea.  The boys didn’t scare worth a cent and he has been compelled to make strenuous efforts to let go and crawl back into his little hole.  As intimated before, whether he will be permitted to crawl back now unmolested is somewhat doubtful.  It is just probable that the men against whom he plotted will not rest under the stigma he has placed upon them in his affidavit and in his verbal ramblings; it is just likely that they will now compel him to carry his scheme to its legitimate end—compel him to go before the properly constituted tribunal, and there either make good his charges or stand convicted of a most infamous attempt to extort money from them—to gain a few paltry dollars by a bold, outrageous plot involving a sacrifice of the good names, the liberty and the lives of a score of innocent men!  It is barely possible that Kittle will be able to meet such an emergency, but it is not probable at all—in fact there is a very strong probability just the other way.

Mrs. Wolfe, the wife of the late William Wolfe, of the New York Store, died last evening about 5 o’clock.  She had been sick abed but three or four days, though she had been ailing for some time previous.  She was the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. George Poore, of this city, and was a sister to Mr. C. O. Patier.  Due notice will be given of the funeral.
A Self-Convicted Liar.
Theodore Kittle, the Hero of the Howard Mob Blackmailing Scheme, Swears that His Statement to Parties Here Connecting Hon. Daniel Hogan with the Infamous Plot, Is False.

The following affidavit, filed by the signer in Pulaski County Thursday morning, explains itself:

I, Theodore Kittle, do solemnly swear that the statement in The Daily Cairo Bulletin of Thursday morning, June 26th, 1884, relative to Senator Hogan, of Mound City, Illinois, wherein said paper says that I was “made drunk and, while in this condition, was taken by Senator Hogan before a Justice of the Peace and induced to make an affidavit in which I accuse Alex. Milburn and others of having committed the crime,” etc., is wholly false and not true, as I made said complaint without the knowledge so far as I know of Senator Hogan, and that Senator Hogan has never asked me to make any complaint whatever against anyone whomsoever, and that said article so far as my being drunk at the time I made said complaint is false, as I was duly sober and I was never induced by anyone to make said complaints against Alex. Milburn, but made it of my own volition on information and belief.  That I never had any conversation, wither directly or indirectly, with Senator Hogan, since the hanging of Nelson Howard by a mob in Mound City; save once which was the next day after the hanging of said Howard, when said Hogan asked me about said hanging, but never asked me to make any complaint.  THEO. KITTLE.
Subscribed and sworn before me this June 27th 1884.  J. A. WAUGH, County Clerk.

The statement quoted in the foregoing document and which it is intended to contradict, was not made by The Bulletin, originally, as some may infer, but was made by Kittle himself to not less than twenty different men, responsible citizens of this city, and was published on his authority.

Kittle does not say in his affidavit that he did not make the statement attributed to him in The Bulletin, of the 26th; and he does well not to say that.  He does well, we repeat, NOT to swear that he did NOT say to anyone here, that “he was made drunk and while in this condition was taken by Senator Hogan before a Justice of the Peace and induced to make an affidavit accusing Alex. Milburn and others of being members of the Nelson Howard mob;” he does well NOT to swear that he did NOT say to anyone here, that Senator Hogan had told him that he (Hogan) intended to run for office again in fall and that he would give him (Kittle) $500 for information leading to the discovery of members of the Nelson Howard mob; he does well NOT to swear that he did NOT say, that Senator Hogan had shown him a roll of greenbacks and said, in substance, “Kittle, you can make all this by disclosing the names of men who were connected with the hanging of Howard;” he does well NOT to swear that he did NOT, for several hours Thursday evening amuse a crowd on lower Commercial Avenue by singing a little original doggerel in which he represented Mr. Hogan as being on his way to Springfield to get $3,600 for him as the reward offered by the State for the apprehension of the eighteen Nelson Howard mobbers he (Kittle) claimed to know;—he does well not to deny under oath that he made all or any of these statements, and more, too, of a similar nature, for if he had done so we should have been under the necessity, a somewhat painful necessity, we must confess, of sending Mr. Kittle to the penitentiary for perjury.

We can produce in tomorrow’s issue a dozen affidavits from as many different responsible men, affirming that Kittle not only made the statements above quoted, but made them repeatedly and openly.  But there is no need of doing this—at least not yet.  In the foregoing affidavit, Kittle does not deny  that he made the statement.  He only denies that the statement is true, and thereby swears that he lied when he made it.

Sunday, 29 Jun 1884:
Death of Mrs. Wolfe.

Mrs. Dulcie M. Wolfe, widow of the late Major William Wolfe, and youngest child of Mr. O. A. and Mrs. C. E. Osborn, died Friday evening, June 27th, at 5 o’clock, aged 32 years, one month, and 24 days.

The deceased was born at Ottawa, Ills.  Her late husband was one of the leading businessmen of this city and highly esteemed.  He was the partner of Mr. C. O. Patier in the New York Store.  Mrs. Wolfe’s health has not been good since the death of her husband, which even greatly affected her.
Funeral Notice.

The funeral will be held today (Sunday) the procession leaving the house for the Church of the Redeemer at 1:30 p.m.  Services at the church at 2 p.m.  The special funeral train will leave for Beech Grove Cemetery from the corner of Fourteenth Street and Ohio Levee at 2:30 p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Tuesday, 1 Jul 1884:
Two men named
Hammond and Stice settled a difficulty with knife and pistol at Fort Jefferson Sunday.  Each had accused the other if improper conduct with a woman, and each resented the “talk” by attacking the other.  The result was that Hammond was seriously cut in the vicinity of the heart and Stice was shot dead.
Thursday, 3 Jul 1884:
Mr. Matthew Clark died suddenly at his home of Twelfth Street, Tuesday night, at 11 o’clock.  He had been at work at the stone depot till about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, when he went home, complaining of being sick.  He grew steadily worse and died at the hour named, in spite of all that some of the best medical talent in the city could do.  Mr. Clark was one of our old citizens known by nearly everybody and esteemed as well.  He was about forty-eight years old, a large, hale and hearty man, apparently good for twenty-five years yet, at least.  He leaves a wife and five children, the latter comprising two grown boys, George E. and Willie, who are in South Bend and Memphis respectively, and have been telegraphed for.  He also has a nephew living in Chicago.  His death is much regretted in the community.  The funeral will probably not occur till tomorrow.

Friday, 4 Jul 1884:
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of the late Matthew Clark will be held today, July 4th.  The procession will leave residence at 1 o’clock p.m.  The funeral train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at half past 2 o’clock.
Funeral Notice.

Infant child, Emma Teresa, daughter of Jacob and Caroline Kline.  Funeral procession will leave residence at Brick Yard at 1 o’clock July 4th, 1884.  Services at St. Joseph’s Church.  Procession from church to train at Fourteenth Street.  Train leaves at 2:30 p.m.  All friends are invited.

(Jacob Klein married Caroline Haller on 5 Oct 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Emma T. Klein 1883-1884, Daughter.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 9 Jul 1884:
Governor Hamilton has issued a proclamation offering a reward of $200 for the apprehension of the murderer of Frank M. Crooks, who was found murdered on the morning of the 17th of June, near Shelbyville.
Ernest B. Pettit Dead.

About 11 o’clock a.m. yesterday Mr. Pettit died at his residence on Twenty-eighth Street, near Commercial Avenue.  He had been sick since the 5th with an affection of the bowels which developed into cholera morbus soon after and proved fatal.  Monday Mr. Pettit was in a fair way to recover, but he took a ride down to his business on Eighth Street, in a street car on that day, remained in the store for several hours, during which he was more active than he should have been, and was taken with a relapse.  Deceased was one of our most active businessmen, and though yet quite a young man he had been councilman for several terms, and had established a flourishing business. He came here twelve years ago, engaged in the New York Store, where he worked himself up to a partnership.  Afterwards he established the store now conducted by Mr. George F. Ort, uptown, which he sold out to that gentleman.

He was married in Paducah five or six years ago, and there his remains will probably be interred.  His wife and several children survive him, and will have the hearty sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

On last evening the Anchor Fire Co. No. 7, of which Mr. E. B. Pettit was a member, held a meeting for the purpose to taking action in reference to his funeral.  It was resolved that the members should attend the funeral in a body.  The following members, James Carroll, G. F. Ort, A. H. Steel, and Thomas Payton were appointed to act as pallbearers in conjunction with four members of the Catholic Knights.  Members of the above company are requested to meet at their engine house promptly at 2 p.m. today, for the purpose of making preliminary arrangements for the procession.
The Catholic Knights, of which the deceased was also a member, likewise, held a meeting last night and appointed W. C. Mulkey, R. Snell, B. McManus, and D. J. Foley to act as pallbearers for that society.  The members will also accompany the remains to Paducah.

The funeral will leave the residence of deceased on with Street between Commercial and Poplar at 3 p.m.  Will go to St. Joseph’s Church and from there will march to 14th Street and Ohio Levee, where the steamer Gus Fowler will receive the remains for transportation to Paducah.

Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Thursday, 10 Jul 1884:
The late E. B. Pettit was a member of the Knights of Honor, in which he held a policy on his life for $2,000.  He was also a trustee of St. Joseph’s Church.
The Late Ernest B. Pettit’s Funeral.

The funeral of the late Ernest B. Pettit took place yesterday afternoon.  The cortege left the residence on Twenty-eighth Street at 3:30 o’clock and services were held in St. Joseph’s Church by Rev. Father Sweeney who delivered an eloquent sermon over the beautifully decorated coffin.

From the church the procession winded its way down Washington Avenue and up Sixth Street to the steamer Fowler lying at the wharf boat.  The Catholic Knights of America, Branch 238, and the Anchor Fire Company attended the funeral.

The following committees from the two organizations mentioned accompanied the remains to Paducah:  Catholic Knights, W. C. Mulkey, R. Snell, B. McManus and B. D. Stapleton.  Anchor Fire Co., G. F. Orth, James Carroll, A. H. Steele and Thomas Payton.  Mrs. Glauber, of Paducah, mother of Mrs. Pettit, and her two brothers, and Miss C. Davis, of Metropolis, also attended from here.
Deceased was born in the city of Quebec March 31st, 1850.

Friday, 11 Jul 1884:
E. B. Pettit in

The Paducah News of Wednesday, after noticing the death of the above named citizen of this city, continues:

“Ernest Pettit for a number of years lived in Paducah, coming here with his father when quite a lad and growing to manhood at this place.  He was married here to Miss Mary Ann Glauber, daughter of Mrs. S. Glauber, some twelve years since and shortly thereafter moved to Cairo.  In his new home he prospered, both financially and socially, and from a young man in moderate circumstances and almost unknown he rapidly rose to a good possession and high in social prominence.  For a number of years he was a councilman and served his constituents honorably and well.  In all his walks he was ever a respectable and polished gentleman and his death will be deeply regretted among his Cairo friends and by the large number of Paducah who knew him in his young days as well as those who in later years formed his acquaintance.  His loss to his family will be irreparable and, in the great afflictions, their friends will extend them earnest sympathy.

“A wife and four children, a sister, Mrs. McGauley, of Cairo, and two brothers, Mr. Frank Pettit, of Denison, Tex., and Mr. Clarence Pettit, of Cairo, and some distant relatives are left to mourn the death of a most affectionate husband father and brother.  To them the News extends its condolence.

“The funeral will occur tomorrow at 9 o’clock from the Catholic church, of which the deceased was a consistent member.  Services with High Mass will be conducted by Rev. Father Jansen of the church here.  The interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the Mayfield Road.  All friends of the deceased and family are invited to attend.”

Saturday, 12 Jul 1884:
Stranger Drowned.

Carrollton, Ill., July 11.—An unknown German harvest hand was drowned near here while bathing.  He was unable to speak English and all that is known is that he was called Louis, was about twenty-five years of age, of florid complexion, had sandy hair, red mustache and blue eyes, a scar on the right knee and second finger off the left hand.
The Paducah News of Thursday:  The remains of Mr. Ernest B. Pettit, whose death in Cairo Tuesday was mentioned in yesterday’s News, were brought to this city last night on the steamer Fowler.  They were under the escort of a delegation of eight gentlemen from the local lodge of the Catholic Knights of America and were accompanied by the pastor of the Cairo Catholic Church.  Here the remains were met by a delegation from the Paducah Lodge of Knights of America and escorted to Mrs. S. Glauber’s residence.  The funeral occurred this morning in accordance with the announcement of yesterday.  The services at the Catholic Church were very solemn and most impressive.  The pastor from Cairo preached the sermon and paid a handsome tribute to the memory of the deceased.  The church was filled with friends and many followed the remains to the grave.  The interment was under the auspices of the Catholic Knights of America, of which the deceased was an honored member. 
Friday, 18 Jul 1884:
Notice, Odd-Fellows.

All Odd-Fellows are requested to meet at their hall at 9 o’clock this morning, for the purpose of arranging to attend in a body the funeral of Brother Harmon H. Black, at 3 o’clock p.m.
By order of Henry Hasenjager, N. G.
Funeral Notice.

DIED—Yesterday at 2:20 p.m., the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Coyle, aged six months and twenty-three days.  Funeral services will occur at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, from whence remains will be conveyed to Illinois Central passenger depot, corner of Second and Ohio Levee, to be taken to Villa Ridge for burial.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

After a hard fight during several years against the messenger that must finally overtake us all, Hon. H. H. Black died last night at 11:20 o’clock, at the family residence on Commercial Avenue, surrounded by the resident members.

Several years ago he went with his brother, Louis, to Fort Worth, Kansas, where the latter is in business.  He went away, as upon several other occasions, with a view to prolonging his life, if not to get rid entirely of a malady of the throat and lungs with which he had been suffering for years.  But, unlike upon his previous expeditions to foreign climes, he grew steadily worse on the last and on Tuesday started for St. Louis and for home.  He arrived here yesterday afternoon by the 2:10 o’clock Illinois Central train, was conveyed home in a buggy from which he was able to alight with some assistance, climbed the stairs to the family rooms over the store, and lay down that night never to rise again.

He was about thirty-five years old; a finely educated man and one who, but for his fatal sickness, which overtook him just after he had been elected to the 32d Illinois Legislature in 1880, was in a fair way to become one of the leaders of the Republican Party of this end of the State.

It may be said of him with truth that he had not an enemy in the world; and no better commentary could be written of any man who had lived to be even but thirty-five years old.

Deceased was a prominent member of the Beni Britt, a Hebrew benevolent and religious association, and also of Alexander Lodge of Odd Fellows.

The funeral will occur today at three o’clock p.m.

Saturday, 19 Jul 1884:
On the way back from Villa Ridge, yesterday on the funeral train of the late H. H. Black, Mrs. Kerth was suddenly taken very sick.  She fainted and was unconscious for some moments.  Dr. Strong was on the train and was called to her aid, and by the time the train reached here, she was all right again.

Sunday, 20 Jul 1884:
A colored woman named Rix died on 22nd Street Friday.

Tuesday, 22 Jul 1884:
Resolutions of Respect.

At a regular meeting held Sunday, by Branch 238, Catholic Knights of America, the following resolutions in memory of the late Ernest B. Pettit, were read and adopted:

Whereas, God in his wisdom has removed from his sphere of usefulness our late beloved brother, Ernest B. Pettit, whose untimely death robs a loving wife of the sweet companionship of an affectionate husband, helpless children of the providing care of an indulgent father, the Catholic Knights of the membership of an endeared and zealous member, the poor and suffering of the city of the practical charity and solacing sympathy of one who, in their sickness, was ever with them, and in death sat by their side, the community at large of an honest, pure, enterprising citizen, therefore be it

Resolved, That to the woe-stricken wife, though we cannot stay the tear or heal the spirit wounds, realize the impotency of consolation to a grief like hers we extend nevertheless, our heartfelt condolence.

To the fatherless children, whose young minds as yet cannot grasp their loss in its plenary awfulness, we have naught to offer.  Their grief is short, their growing minds will soon grow above their wounds, their plastic affections soon twine around new objects.  For his many friend we have a fellow feeling; their grief is ours; our hearts are sad, and earnest words can but half express that sadness.  ‘Tis natural to say naught of the dead, but good, but today, we feel, the pen would refuse to write any word of him, whom to know was to love.

Resolved, That, as a token of veneration for his memory, these resolutions be recorded in our minutes, and that a copy be sent to the bereaved relatives, and also be published in THE CAIRO BULLETIN and Argus.
P. J. Purcell,
W. C. Mulkey,
M. J. Howley, Committee on Resolutions
A man named Hayden was shot and killed in Bardwell, Ky., last Friday.  Hayden is said to have been a rough fellow, very abusive to his wife, and this was the incentive, which led to his father-in-law to shoot him.

Wednesday, 23 Jul 1884:
Death of Miss Dora Lentz, daughter of Moses and Mary Lentz, occurred on the 9th instant at 4:30 o’clock p.m.  On the next day at 2 o’clock p.m. the funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. Root, after which the remains followed by a large crowd of mourning relatives and friends were carried to the Hazlewood Cemetery for interment.  Omnipotence spared her until she had reached the age of 21 years, 6 months, and 24 days, when in the bloom of life, and then for some unknown cause to us, snatched her from the bosom of the family to try the realties of the unknown.  The deceased was well respected and highly esteemed by all who knew her and leaves many friends to join in with the bereaved family and relatives to mourn their loss.  (Elco Items) 
Saturday, 26 Jul 1884:
A colored boy named Henry Cunnigan was killed yesterday forenoon by a runaway team belonging to Mr. Peter Carraher.  He had been engaged in hauling dirt with the team and was returning to the bank after a load, in going over the levee at Tenth Street, the timbers composing the bed slipped forward striking the mules and causing them to run away.  The boy fell forward when they started, was caught on one of the stay chains, and dragged and kicked to death.  He was the son of a widow living on Fifth Street and was about fifteen years old.  His body was permitted to lie where it was liberated from the wagon some hours before it was taken home, several parties to whom the mother applied for aid to bring the body home refusing to do so. 
Wednesday, 30 Jul 1884:
A riverman named Thomas Rowdem, who was left off here several days ago by the steamer James Lee, and placed in the Marine Hospital, died there yesterday and his remains were sent to Memphis yesterday evening, where he has relatives who will see him decently buried.

Thursday, 31 Jul 1884:
Dr. Wolfe, of Caledonia, died Tuesday evening.  He was a very prominent citizen of Pulaski County, and was known generally throughout Southern Illinois. 


Sunday, 3 Aug 1884:
A Priest’s Strange Death.

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., August 2.—Rev. Father James P. Smith, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at this place, was last seen alive on Wednesday night, when he stood by his church gate smoking, as was his custom.  Yesterday afternoon his body was discovered in a well on the premises.  It had been supposed, when he failed to say mass on Thursday morning, that he had been called away to attend some sick person during the previous night, and as priests are frequently summoned to go into the country his absence caused no alarm.  When he failed to return yesterday, however, great anxiety was felt.  His room was entered and his coat and watch were found.  This discovery caused great excitement and led to a search, which resulted as stated.  It is believed that his death was due to an accident.  It was his habit to lower and raise the bucket by the rope instead of using the windlass, which worked hard.  He must have lost his balance and fallen in.  The greatest sorrow prevails here, as he was very popular with Protestants as well as Catholics.  Father Smith was a native of County Caven, Ireland, and was only thirty-six years old.  The church is draped in mourning.  The funeral will take place on Monday. 


Saturday, 9 Aug 1884:
The death of Mrs. William Longergan occurred between 9 and 10 o’clock last night.  It was expected to occur every minute, even on Thursday.  Mr. Lonergan watched by her bedside constantly and all that good nursing and the best medical talent could do was done.  Mr. Lonergan has been the victim of several severe blows during the last year or more, which make him an object of general sympathy in the community.  He has borne the repeated and severe trials bravely.  Let us hope that this latest and perhaps the hardest blow of all, will be the last.  The funeral occurs this afternoon.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge read:  Mary G. wife of William Lonerman Died Aug. 4, 1884, Aged 43 Yrs., 11 Mos., 29 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)

DIED—At the residence corner of Thirteenth and Washington, last night, Mrs. Lonergan, after a severe illness of some months.  Funeral will occur this afternoon.  Remains will be conveyed from residence to St. Patrick’s Church, where services will be held.  A special train will take remains and attendance to Villa Ridge, leaving the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 o’clock.  Friends are invited to attend.

Sunday, 10 Aug 1884:
Judge S. Marchildon, of Thebes, died at his home last Thursday morning about 5 o’clock and buried Friday.  Deceased was one of the oldest citizens of this county, and a man of character who commanded respect of all with whom he came in contact.  He was a farmer and in business in Thebes, and was prosperous in both.  He was about sixty-seven years old.  He leaves a son, William, and two daughters, Mrs. Rolwing of Thebes and Mrs. Cully of East Cape Girardeau.  He wife nee Mrs. Massy, also survives him.

(Severe Marchildon married Mrs. Miranda (Dexter) Anderson Massey on 2 Oct 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Mrs. Lonergan took place yesterday afternoon.  Many friends were in attendance. 

Tuesday, 19 Aug 1884:
A telegram to Messrs. Jackson of this city, received yesterday, announced to them the sad news of the death of their father at Ashland, Va., the night before.  Mr. J. S. Jackson and Mr. Walter Jackson are on their way to Ashland to attend the funeral.  Deceased was about fifty-eight years old.  He was sick but a short time and his death was sudden.  Seven sons and three daughters survive him.  Six of the former are here in the west, all live young men engaged in prosperous business.  Three of them—Messrs. G. H., J. S. and Shirley—are here now.  Messrs. E. P., W. H. and W. C. were here at one time, but are now traveling for St. Louis houses.

Wednesday, 20 Aug 1884:
Capt. Mark Cole returned from Dixon Springs and tells about a cold-blooded murder that was committed within about four miles of Vienna on Monday at noon.  David Avery shot and killed Dan Gage Avery is a farmer near Vienna and is generally considered a tough character.  Some days ago an execution was issued against him and the officer levied upon a stack of wheat in his field.  Avery swore that he would shoot the first man who should bid on the wheat at the sheriff’s sale; and Gage being the intrepid individual, Avery carried out his threat and shot him in the back, just after having passed him in a wagon on the Metropolis Road.  Avery then drove into the woods and at last accounts had not been heard from.  Excitement is intense among the ruralists and threats of lynching are freely made.
A man named Peyton, an employee of the Halliday sawmills, died during Monday night and was buried yesterday at Villa Ridge.  The cause of death was sunstroke with which he was overcome Monday afternoon while standing on the Illinois Central track, in front of the mills.  He has been in the company but a few months, coming here direct from Ireland.  He was living with relatives on Twenty-seventh Street, who took charge of his remains. 
Friday, 22 Aug 1884:
Mrs. Benjamin Thistlewood’s mother, Mrs. C. V. Coyle, died at Pulaski Thursday morning, and was buried yesterday.
Mrs. Coyle, formerly a resident of Cairo, died Wednesday at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Ben Thistlewood, near Pulaski, and was buried yesterday.
The line man of the Baltimore & Ohio telegraph company, who, as was stated in yesterday’s Bulletin, was sun struck while at work on Ohio Levee Wednesday afternoon and taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, died soon after having arrived there, and was buried at Villa Ridge yesterday afternoon.  His name is not known, as he never spoke after he was afflicted.  He was a young man, unmarried, but is believed to have a mother somewhere in Southern Illinois. 
Sunday, 24 Aug 1884:
Mrs. Thomas Clark, wife of Conductor
Clark, of the M. & O. R.R. died last Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21st, at the residence of her father at Jordan Station on that road.  Mr. and Mrs. Clark were only married a few months and have resided in Cairo since, on Washington Avenue, near 10th street, waiting to get possession of their house bought of Capt. Keiser when his family left Cairo.  Mrs. Clark was a most estimable lady and her death will be surprise to her many friends here.
Mr. John West was called suddenly to the bedside of his grandmother who resides in Holly Springs and is very sick. 


Tuesday, 26 Aug 1884:
Funeral Notice.

Died Sunday evening at 5 o’clock Con Galvin, son of Michael and Mary Galvin, aged 16 years.  Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at half past one p.m. today, Tuesday.  A special train will leave foot of 14th Street at half past two for Villa Ridge where the burial will take place.  Friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

(Michael Galvin married Mary Glewney on 1 Aug 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A son of Mr. Galvin, leaving on Twenty-seventh Street, died Sunday evening, aged about fifteen years.  He had been sick for but a day or two, with cholera morbus.  He will be buried today.
Rev. J. A. Scarritt went to Anna yesterday to officiate at the funeral of Rev. G. W. Farmer, for many years a very popular minister of this end of the State, who died at the hospital there last Sunday.
Vienna and Johnson County were wild with joyous excitement last evening over the news of the capture of Avery, the man who murdered the young schoolteacher near the city last week.  Avery was said to have been captured at or near Shawneetown.

Wednesday, 27 Aug 1884:
The Johnson County desperado Avery was brought down here Monday night and confined in the county jail for safekeeping until his trial.  He was chained to the seat in the car to insure against his escape and two officers stood guard over him.  He passed through Vienna safely, contrary to expectations.  He is a large man with a somewhat vicious look.  He was captured at a farmhouse about two miles from Caseyville, in Hardin County, early Monday morning.  He was standing on the porch of the house in the act of preparing for breakfast when he was suddenly confronted by two deputy sheriffs, each pointing a cocked gun at him.  He surrendered without a struggle.  He denies all responsibility, either for the shooting, or the burning of the wheat stacks.  He held a consultation with Southern Illinois’ leading criminal lawyer at the jail yesterday, and will doubtless make a most vigorous defense.  His real name is believed to be Whitesides, which he changed to Avery after having killed a man in Kentucky and moved to Johnson County.
Last Sunday a little child of a family living in the basement of the miserable brick house belonging to John McCarthy, on Railroad Avenue, above Twelfth Street, died.  The family was very poor and had not the means to bury the child’s body with.  Applications was made to Dr. Wood, who gave an order for a coffin, the applicant expressing the belief that this was all that was needed.  But the coffin was not procured , for some reason, and the child’s body was left unattended to until yesterday, when the stench arising from it aroused the neighbors to action, and the matter was brought to the notice of Chief Reardon, who had the body buried at once.

Thursday, 28 Aug 1884:
Avery, the Johnson County prisoner in our county jail, has employed Judge Allen and Hon. D. T. Linegar to defend him in his coming trial for murder.  Judge Allen was in the city yesterday, having come in response to a telegram, to consult with the prisoner.  The case will very probably be tried in this county and will be an exciting one.
An old man named
Shannon, living at Birds Point, Mo., died Monday night.  His remains will be brought to this city today and buried at Villa Ridge.  He was about sixty-eight years old.  He had been employed for some time in the Iron Mountain yards at Birds Point.

Friday, 29 Aug 1884:
A dead negro was found in a freight car in the Illinois freight yards yesterday morning.  He had evidently been dead but a short time, and his death resulted from natural causes so far as Coroner Fitzgerald’s jury could learn.  He was a stranger here, and probably went into the car sick and died without giving anyone notice of his presence or condition.

Saturday, 30 Aug 1884:
A little child of Mr. C. W. Wheeler was buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.  It died Wednesday night.
Disastrous Wind and Rain Storm in
Southern Illinois

CARMI, ILL., August 29.—This morning at eight o’clock a severe rain and windstorm visited this county.  The dwelling of William Zeigler, a German farmer living a half mile south, was struck by lightning and consumed.  Two of his children were dangerously shocked but will recover.  The wife of John Hoffa, Jr., who was visiting at Zeigler’s was instantly killed.
Death of a Pioneer.

MATTOON, ILL., August 29.—Mrs. Ann Gray, an octogenarian, died here this morning of paralysis of the heart.  She was widely known in this section of Illinois, having been one of the pioneer settlers.
Sunday, 31 Aug 1884:
A young man, about 18 years of age, named Thomas Dunning, called at this office yesterday.  His mother’s name was Nancy Dunning, and his father’s name was Dick Dunning, died when he (Thomas) was an infant.  Himself, his mother and two sisters passed through Cairo ten years ago, when he was 8 years old.  While in Cairo he got separated from the family and strayed away or was taken to Johnson County, where he was been until yesterday.  He has not heard from his mother or sister since he was taken from them ten years ago.  He is now on his way to Dallas, Texas, in search of them, and asks all the help he can get from the newspapers of the country, by their giving publicity to these facts.  Any information addressed to him at Mt. Pleasant, Union County, Ill., will be thankfully received.

(Richard Dunning married Nancy Jane Harguson on 1 Sep 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter


Tuesday, 2 Sep 1884:
Argus:  The young man who was in the city last week hunting his mother, from whom he was separated during the war when a child, at this place, is told hereby that he will probably find her residence at Creal Springs, in the person of Mrs. Nannie Dunning
Thursday, 4 Sep 1884:
Boy Killed.

About 9 o’clock last night, as the special train, which had taken the Delta engine to Mound City, returned, and when near Thirty-second Street, a boy named John Henry Smith jumped from one of the flat cars, fell on the track and was killed.

The train was moving at the rate of probably twenty-five miles per hour.  At the point where the boy jumped off, the street was several feet higher than the track, the track having not yet been raised to the raised level.  It was quite dark, and it seems that boy was not aware of the condition of the street.  He jumped off in spite of the protests of those near him, but failing to win a footing on top of the bank, he fell back under the wheels.  One flat car, the tender and engine passed over him and ran about a square before it was stopped and run back.  The boy’s mangled remains lay strewn about the track.  One leg and arm were cut off and his head was mashed to a jelly.

The boy was the son of a widowed mother who is employed at the boarding house on the corner of Thirty-second Street and Commercial Avenue, to where the ghastly remains were conveyed.
Avery was taken to Johnson County yesterday to be examined and held to bail.  Sheriff Whittaker and deputy came down here after him.
A young Scotchman named J. T. Ross-Smith who has been employed in the job rooms of Mr. E. E. Ellis for several weeks was taken sick with congestive chills yesterday, and was believed to be in a very critical state last evening.

Friday, 5 Sep 1884:
The little daughter of Mr. Armstrong, living on Eighteenth Street, between Poplar and Commercial, died Wednesday and was buried yesterday.  She was about 13 months old.

Saturday, 6 Sep 1884:
While the
Hudson was lying at Neely’s Landing, 70 miles above Cairo, an accident occurred which killed one man and injured another very badly.  The guy rope broke and let the stage fall, knocking the man killed into the river.  His name could not be learned.
About two months ago a young man named John W. Randall, who was employed on one of the transfer boats, got his foot mashed between the boat and the landing barge at East Cairo.  He was taken to the marine hospital here and Dr. Parker had to amputate his leg above the knee.  The wound healed up nicely and he was able to move about on crutches when he was taken down with typho-malarial fever in a violent form and yesterday he died.  He was about thirty years old.  He had a father living in Crawford, Ind., and Dr. Parker wrote to him some days before the son died, asking for instructions in case of death which seemed imminent, and the reply came that the father was too poor to do anything or come here, and requesting that his son be buried here if he died.  Accordingly, the young man was buried at the seven-mile graveyard.
A negro named Bob Davis shot and killed another negro named Bob Clark, at Birds Point, about 10 o’clock last night. 
Clark was a section hand on the Iron Mountain road.  The shootist came to this city immediately after the killing, but managed to avoid arrest and probably got away.

Sunday, 7 Sep 1884:
A negro named Harper died on Tenth Street Friday night and was buried yesterday at Unity.

Tuesday, 9 Sep 1884:
Antonio Cella Dead.

At 10:55 o’clock Antonio Cella died at his house on Commercial Avenue above Eighteenth Street.  About 5 o’clock yesterday morning he was found in his bed in an unconscious state, but it was mistaken for drowsiness until 8 o’clock when Dr. Parker was summoned to attend him.  But he was beyond the reach of medical aid.  He remained unconscious all day until his death.  Apoplexy is believed to have been the cause of death.

Wednesday, 10 Sep 1884:
A man who came down from Paducah last Sunday with the baseball crowd on the Gus Fowler was drowned yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  He fell from the outside guard of wharfboat No. 2 and drowned without a struggle.  He had been dissipating pretty freely ever since he arrived here.  He was a cigar maker by trade and worked for Mr. Charles Neihaus, in Paducah, and was a man of rather respectable appearance and intelligent when sober.  Had dark skin, black moustache, and about 35 years old.  Mt. Redman’s little boy had only a few moments before he fell overboard cautioned him as to the danger of sitting so near the edge of the guards, but he remarked that if he should fall overboard and drown it would be but small loss.
A young man named John McGregor, who came down from Paducah Sunday with the Eckfords to witness a match game of baseball and remained here on a spree, fell from wharfboat No. 2 yesterday afternoon and was drowned.  Someone who saw him fall in stripped himself and dove down after him three or four times without finding him.  He was about thirty years of age, was a cigar maker by trade, employed in the factory of Mr. Hyman at Paducah.  He had for some time been employed in Mr. F. Korsmeyer’s factory here some years ago.
Funeral Notice.

Antonio Cella, born July 8th, 1834; died September 8th, 1883, Aged 50 years, 1 month, and 29 days.

Funeral services will be held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, September 10).  A special train will leave foot of Fourteenth Street at 2:30 o’clock p.m. for Villa Ridge, where the burial will take place.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.

Thursday, 11 Sep 1884:
Mr. Albright’s Sore Affliction

Yesterday morning the aged father of Hon. F. E. Albright, Democratic candidate for Congress in this district, died at his home in Wetaug, Pulaski County.  The sad news reached Mr. Albright here while on his way to Elco to address a public gathering there yesterday afternoon, and he turned back at once and went home.

Deceased was about seventy years of age and probably died more from the infirmities of age than any other cause.  He had loved for many years in southern Illinois and was generally and favorably known by the people.

We confidently extend to Mr. Albright the heartfelt sympathies of the people of this district, irrespective of party.

(The 13 Sep 1884, Jonesboro Gazette announced the death of the Rev. I. N. Albright, father of F. E. Albright, near Dongola.—Darrel Dexter
The funeral of the late Tony Cella occurred yesterday afternoon.  Services were held at St. Joseph’s Church and a special train took remains and friends to Villa Ridge from foot of Fourteenth Street.

Yesterday’s Suicide.

About 11 o’clock yesterday forenoon, Timothy Mahanny, proprietor of Three States house, corner of Fourth Street and Ohio Levee, shot himself in the head, with the evident intention of committing suicide.

The deed was done in an upper room of the house.  Officer McTigue was the first to enter the room.  He was near the place when the shot was fired and was called by someone who heard the shot fired and the body fall to the floor.  He and Mr. Haslam, of Buffalo Bill’s show, went up the stairs together and found the door of the room locked.  The officer burst the door open and found Mahanny lying on the floor with the pistol to his right temple and fired, and fallen backwards to the floor.  When found, he lay quite still, but was breathing heavily.  Blood was issuing from his nose and from a wound in the vicinity of the right temple, forming large pools on the floor near him.  One eye was almost driven from its socket and the other was discolored, caused by the concussion.  The bullet, which was a 38 caliber fired from a Smith & Wesson pistol, ranged forward and upward, lodging over the left eye and causing an abrasion of the skull there several inches square.

Dr. Parker was immediately summoned, but he could do nothing for the man and expressed belief that he would not live through the night.  But the wounded man improved a little as the effects of the first shock wore away.  He was bathed and his wounds dressed, while lying on the floor, where he had fallen.  He soon became partially conscious, understood what was said to him and responded by motions with his one eye and fingers.  After half an hour, he was able to speak and even shook hands with his little daughter, and two hours after he had shot himself, he was able to get up and with the help of two men, walk from the room that had been the scene of his bloody work into another, where he was made more comfortable.  Here he continued about the same for several hours, but then began to grow weaker steadily.  He drank water freely from a spoon, but took no nourishment.

At 10 o’clock last night he was reported to be still alive, but very low and not expected to live till this morning. 

The immediate cause of the deed was a quarrel in which the negro, John Hervey, figured prominently.  Hervey had told Mrs. Mahanny an ugly story about her husband, which induced her to rebuke the latter rather severely.  Mr. Mahanny had for some time been in a very morose, melancholy state of mind and the undue excitement consequent upon the trouble indicated so unbalanced his mind that he planned and executed is awful deed.

Timothy Mahanny is a brother of Officer Patrick Mahanny.  He has lived in Cairo many years.  He has been a hard worker, accumulating a snug sum of money from driving drays, with which he bought the two lots where the Three States house stands and the one just back of it.  He built these two houses, but recently and had been doing a prosperous business there since.

Friday, 12 Sep 1884:
An Ex-Confederate Officer in an
Illinois Poor House.

HILLSBORO, ILL., September 11.—Colonel James Boyer, died here in the poorhouse yesterday.  He was born in Virginia in 1831, and was a colonel in the Confederate Army, and a man of considerable ability.  He was well known in the railroad circles, having been a contractor on a number of roads in this state.  During the last few years he has been addicted to intemperance, and a few weeks ago he ran out of money and was compelled to go to the poorhouse.
The body of Mr. McGowan, of Paducah, who was drowned here Tuesday evening, went up on the Gus Fowler yesterday evening.  He will be buried until his relatives in the East send for the remains.
The body of the young Paducahan, McGowen, who was drowned off wharfboat No. 2 last Monday, came to the surface near the spot where he went down, yesterday forenoon.  The body was taken charge of by the friends and decently ensued and sent to Paducah to Mr. Joseph Heiman, proprietor of the cigar factory, in which deceased was employed.  The Paducah News of Wednesday says of deceased:  “Mr. McGowan was a single man, aged about 35 years old and during his four or five months’ stay in this city had made many friends.  He was a good-hearted, clever gentleman, his only fault being that he would sometimes drink too much.  His immediate friends say that his drinking at Cairo was the first he had done for over two months, and that when sober he was a pleasant fellow and an excellent workman.  The cigar makers’ union of this city held a meeting and passed resolutions lamenting the death of their friends who was so succinctly taken away.”
Timothy Mahanny died about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Only his physical vigor enabled him to live so long.  He was conscious until within a short time of his death.  He spoke several times during the night before and even yesterday morning, but grew constantly weaker.
Funeral Notice.

Timothy Mahanny died yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock.  Funeral will occur today, leaving family residence corner of Fourth Street and Ohio Levee for St. Patrick’s Church at 1:30 o’clock.  Special train will convey remains and friends to Villa Ridge from the foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, 13 Sep 1884:
Timothy Mahanny’s remains were interred yesterday afternoon at Villa Ridge, several hundred friends escorting them to their last resting place.  Father Murphy conducted impressive services both at the church and at the grave.

Sunday, 14 Sep 1884:
Whisky’s Work.

MATTOON, ILL., September 13.—Barney Cunningham, a young man, was killed by a passenger train on the Illinois Central at Doran’s crossing, three miles north of here this morning.  He was drunk, and sat down on the track to wait for the train to take him to work.

Tuesday, 16 Sep 1884:
The death of Joseph French occurred Sunday night, at the family residence, near Twenty-ninth and Sycamore streets.  The remains were taken to Ullin yesterday for burial.

Wednesday, 17 Sep 1884:
The negro who was shot in the groin in a downtown African bagnio some nights ago and was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, did not die as was reported he did.  He was out again yesterday.

Thursday, 18 Sep 1884:
A wreck on the Wabash near Carmi Tuesday night interrupted trains yesterday on this end of the line.  A freight train broke through a bridge and was heaped up in a terrible wreck in the slough below, the brakeman was killed and also the fireman—so said report yesterday. 
Sunday, 21 Sep 1884:
Patrick Collins died at St. Mary’s Infirmary early yesterday morning and will be buried this afternoon at 2 o’clock at Villa Ridge.  He had been an old citizen of Cairo, keeping one of the small stands above the Illinois Central passenger depot on Ohio Levee.  He was between fifty and sixty years old and leaves a wife and several children.  He died of dropsy, with which he had been afflicted for some time.
Last night, Miss Maud Burnett’s death was considered a question of but a few hours.  She had grown rapidly worse during the latter part of the afternoon and continued in a critical state. 
Wednesday, 24 Sep 1884:
Last evening Maud Burnett was much improved.  Dr. Strong was of the opinion that if she continued to improve today and tomorrow, as she did during yesterday, she would be out of danger.  She has been conscious through her sickness and has been able to speak faintly, but otherwise she has been helpless.

Thursday, 25 Sep 1884:
Mattie Taylor, a colored girl living on Sixth Street, near Commercial, died last evening about 6 o’clock.
Mrs. Ellen Hoar died at her residence on Tenth Street during Thursday night after a sickness of several weeks.  She was the widow of Michael Hoar, who died some months ago and who had for so long been yardmaster for the Illinois Central Railroad Company here.  The funeral will occur this afternoon.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  In Memory of Michael Hoar, Who Died Nov. 10, 1883, Also his wife, Ellen Hoar, native of County Rosscommon, Ireland, Aged 56 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of Mrs. Ellen Hoar, widow of the late Michael Hoar, will take place today (Thursday) September 25.  Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 1 p.m.  Special train will leave foot of Eight Street at 2:30 p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Friday, 26 Sep 1884:
The remains of “Claudie Stuart” the suicide were interred at Villa Ridge yesterday, being conveyed there by the 12:25 train and followed by twenty-five or more of her neighbors.
The order to pay the insurance on the life of the late Ernest B. Pettit, in the Catholic Knights of America, will be issued about October 1st.  The delay is due to the fact that lodges defer sending their assessments until near the end of the time set for making the remittance, which is 90 days.  It is understood an effort will be made at the national convention of this order, which meets in May next, to reduce the time.
The tragic death of Mrs. E. T. Johnson, of Indianapolis, last year when she shot herself, being ashamed to look the world in the face, had its sequel in the murder Wednesday—murder cold-blooded and deliberate as ever was committed.  Her husband after following her seducer for months found him and emptied both barrels of a shotgun into his body.  “Public sympathy is on the side of Johnson, who is supposed to be insane,” dispatches say.  It is the old story, but those who remember how this wronged husband chose rather to bear the suspicion of having murdered his wife than to smirch the fair fame of the dead, who remember the pathos of his letters to her and her letters to him after he discovered how cruelly he had been wronged, will find no difficulty in explaining how it is that public sympathy is in his favor, even though he took care to kill without risk of being killed.  He has committed a terrible crime, taking vengeance for one still more terrible, which the law could not reach, and the sympathy of the community has already dreamed his defense in making him insane.  Out of respect for decency and for established usage a jury will be empanelled to ratify the verdict. 
Tuesday, 30 Sep 1884:
The five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Lovett died Sunday morning early and was buried at Villa Ridge yesterday afternoon.
Wednesday, 1 Oct 1884:
Deliberate Suicide.

SALEM, ILL., September 30.—Yesterday the wife of W. C. Scott committed suicide by getting upon the track in front of a passing train.  She was standing at her gate for near an hour before train time.  She then walked slowly toward the track.  When near the track she stopped and leaned against the fence some twenty minutes waiting for the train, and as it approached sat down on the rail and was struck and terribly mangled, dying instantly.
Funeral Notice.

DIED.—Yesterday morning, 9 o’clock Arthur Eston, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Pettis, aged 9 months, 12 days.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence corner Eighth and Washington this (Wednesday) afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.  Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:30 for Villa Ridge.  Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend.

(There is a marker for Arthur Pettis in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Pettis died yesterday morning, aged 9 months.  It was a bright, interesting child, and had arrived at that age when children seem most endeared to loving hearts.  The child was taken sick in Chicago as the family were on their way from a visit to the old home in Virginia.  It is a sad homecoming and the sorrowing parents have the heartfelt sympathy of their large circle of friends. 
Friday, 3 Oct 1884:
A telegram was received yesterday morning announcing the death at St. Louis of the venerable mother of Mrs. Augusta Harris.  Mrs. Harris had already started to her bedside, but would not arrive until several hours after her death.


Saturday, 4 Oct 1884:
Wash Fletcher, colored, was hung at Paducah yesterday at 11 o’clock for the murder of his wife in June.  He was very penitent, spent the night in prayer and went the way of all murderers.

Sunday, 5 Oct 1884:
Boy Killed.

An accident occurred on the Wabash track below the union depot about 6 o’clock last evening, by which Andy Desdemonia, son of Joseph Desdemonia, whose place of business was on the corner of 6th and Commercial where he is now building brick business house, lost his life.  It seems that the regular switchman was away, and Andy, by request or his own accord, was doing the switchman’s work.  He had thrown the switch and attempted to jump on the break beam of the tender, as it backed down, standing in between the rails to do so.  He jumped, but missed his hold, fell backwards, and the engine backed over him.  The first intimation the engineer had that anything was wrong was when he saw the boy’s hat fly out from between the wheels of the engine.  The engine was immediately stopped, but the boy was dead when picked up, crushed and bruised to death.  His body was not cut but every bone seemed to be crushed and broken.  He was eighteen years old on Friday, just merging from youth to manhood, and his loss falls with crushing force on his parents.  The body was taken to their home, on Ohio Levee, in the Saup building, where the inquest was held last night.
Funeral Notice.

Funeral services over the remains of Andrew Desdomoni, aged 18 years, will be held this afternoon.  The funeral cortège will leave the family residence corner Sixth and Ohio Levee for St. Patrick’s Church at 1 o’clock p.m.  At 2 p.m. a special train will leave foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge.  Friends of the family are invited to attend. 
Wednesday, 8 Oct 1884:
The infant daughter of Peter Langan died yesterday afternoon and will be buried today.

Thursday, 9 Oct 1884:
Mr. Ward, an old citizen and prominent lawyer of Charleston, Mo., died last week.

Friday, 10 Oct 1884:
The hanging of Wash Fletcher, the negro murderer, of his mother-in-law, in Paducah, Friday, has spread the greatest consternation among the negro fraternity of our neighboring city, extending even into the country adjacent.  These simple-minded people imagine the murderer’s ghost to be walking about in the dead hour of night in search of those who were in any way instrumental in his death.  The black prisoners confined in jail huddle together as night falls in the most abject fright, all agreeing that the disembodied spirit can be plainly distinguished, shaking the fastenings of the jail doors or rattling the strong iron bars which guard the windows, generally making night hideous and horrible.  A gentleman on the Fowler said yesterday that a small settlement of negroes below Paducah would positively be depopulated in the next two or three days should the ghostly visitations from Fletcher’s vermilion home continue.  The poor negroes at the gathering of night hie themselves, men, women and children, to a huge log barn near the river bank and there hold high carnival during the long hours of darkness, which includes prayers, hymns and nearly everything else orthodox, except the contribution box in hopes that the spirit may be induced to haunt them no more.  Many family have already vacated their homes and sought refuge in Metropolis and Brooklyn, while others are preparing to leave at an early date.  The villain Fletcher had a potent influence over the colored people in that section—was a kind of half doctor, and was said by the negroes to have voodoo powers, whatever that may be, and previous to his execution he threatened his ghost should return and average things up, and the poor devils believe the promise is being kept.  We think probably, if fair terms were offered to his ghostship he might be induced to pay Cairo a visit and try his hand at an attempt to reduce the Republican majority on Alexander County.  Capt. Shields and his associates will probably take the hint. 
Tuesday, 14 Oct 1884:
Taylor, a colored printer employed on the Gazette, is reported as lying very low with an attack of typho-malarial fever.
A dead man was found in a boxcar near the M. & O. depot, last Saturday afternoon.  No one knew who he was, though, he had been seen around town by quite a number.  A search of his pockets revealed nothing but a time book, indicating that he had worked for A. B. Finch a short time since.  An inquest was held Sunday forenoon, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the few known facts.  It is thought the man died of apoplexy,.
Mr. Comings received a dispatch from Pueblo, Col., yesterday evening, stating that Charles Mason, a former and well-known Cairo boy, could not live but a few hours.  Charlie, as he was universally called, has been in poor health for some time, his home being in Emporia, Kan., and a short time ago started for Colorado Springs in the hope of benefiting his health.  He became so ill by the time he reached Pueblo that he had to stop and probably before these lines are read he will have crossed the dark river.  He is a son of Mrs. A. Comings of this city.  Elmer Comings started last night for Pueblo.

(Alfred Comings married Sarah A. Mason on 17 Aug 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

DIED—October 12th, at 2 o’clock a.m., John, son of Edward Jones, aged 12 years.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, October 14, at St. Joseph Church.

Wednesday, 15 Oct 1884:
McBride, the boy who foully murdered his school teacher some months ago, was tried in the Monroe County circuit court and received the light punishment of one year in the pen.
William Freeman, a German traveler from San Francisco, while in a state of intoxication, fell off the train some 25 miles above here on the Illinois Central yesterday morning and was instantly killed.  He was on his way to New Orleans.

Thursday, 16 Oct 1884:
A Comings last night received a dispatch from Elmer Comings stating that Charles Mason, whose serious illness was mentioned in The Bulletin a day or two ago, died yesterday at Pueblo, Colorado. Mr. Elmer Comings telegraphed from Dodge City, Kansas, at which point he received a telegram from Pueblo.  He will go on to accompany the remains to this place.  Mr. Mason’s wife is in Pueblo.

            (Charles C. Mason married Elizabeth T. Tyler on 11 Jan 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 17 Oct 1884:
The youngest of P. J. Thistlewood’s children died Wednesday night.  It was an interesting and beautiful child, aged about nineteen months.  Its death was a severe blow to its parents, who have the deep sympathy of a large circle of friends.
at 12:30 a.m. yesterday, Roscoe, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Thistlewood, aged eighteen months.  Funeral services at residence at 1:30 p.m. today.  Special train will leave from Eighth Street for Villa Ridge at 2:30.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Saturday, 18 Oct 1884:
The funeral of Charles C. Mason, whose death was mentioned in The Bulletin will take place at Villa Ridge today.  The funeral notice appears in another column,.

The members of the Hibernian Fire Co. are requested to meet at the engine house today at 11:30 a.m. to attend the funeral of their deceased member, Charles C. Mason.
R. Hewitt
James Greaney
John Glynn, Committee of Arrangements.

Funeral Notice.

A special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street today at 12:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge to meet the remains of the late Charles C. Mason, and proceed to the burial ground where the services will be held.  Friends of the family are invited to meet at the office of A. Comings, on Eighth Street.

Sunday, 19 Oct 1884:
A large number of our citizens went to Villa Ridge yesterday at noon to attend the funeral of the late Charles C. Mason.  The Hibernian Fire Co., of which organization Mr. Mason was for several years an active member, attended in uniform.
In the circuit court at Wickliffe the case of Hammonds who killed Stice, at Fort Jefferson last spring, was being arraigned yesterday with prospects of accused being acquitted.  Last week Waldon, who killed Proffer at East Cairo, was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.  Carroll, convicted the first week of court of killing Shubert in 1880 and sentenced to life imprisonment, was granted a new trial.—Paducah News.

Tuesday, 21 Oct 1884:
Mike Sullivan, who was so badly knifed at Hodges Park some weeks ago, was taken to the hospital last Friday.  On Sunday he was not expected to live, but was some better yesterday.

Wednesday, 22 Oct 1884:
An interesting legal question has arisen in Arkansas.  Joe Bayard, a negro, was hanged at Lonoke on the 27th of August, and, after being suspended by the neck forty minutes, was pronounced dead and his body delivered to his father.  The old man carted his dead son off to an adjoining county for burial, but as the funeral party jogged along through the woods, a loud groan was uttered by the corpse.  This unusual performance on the part of a body from which the spirit had departed some hours before caused a panic among the mourners, but one bold pallbearer, knowing, probably, his ruling passion in life, poured a bottle of “moonshine” in the cavity whence the groan had escaped.  Bayard rallied under this spiritual treatment, and called for “more.”  “And,” says the veracious chronicler of the Arkansas missile, “by the time the father’s house in Prairie County was reached, Joe was able to get out of the wagon without assistance.”  And now come the relatives of the lately deceased and want legal advice on the question:  “Can a man be arrested for a crime of which he has been once convicted and for which he has been executed?” 
Friday, 24 Oct 1884:
A Sad Death.

A lady giving her name as Mrs. Paulina Underwood, and claiming to be a traveling preacher, died suddenly near Paducah Tuesday evening of this week.  She stopped at the house of Theodore Kelley, in the country, near Maxon’s Mills, the day before, and said she had walked from Woodville.  Among the effects of deceased were found several letters and postal cards.  One of the letters was written from Cave-in-Rock, Ill., and though not signed, was evidently from her mother.  A postal card is signed Mary E. Martin and speaks of Mrs. Farthington, Joe Rose and Harve Wells.  The lady was sick, but a short time and seemed confident that she was about to die, expressing hope that death would come quickly.  Mr. Kelley will keep what effects of worth were left by the deceased and will send them to her relatives if requested.  He would also like to hear from the relatives if they desire further information than is given above.

Saturday, 25 Oct 1884:
Funeral Notice.

DIED—Friday, October 24, 1884, Charles Helferech, at the residence of his son-in-law, Henry Hasenjaeger.  The deceased will be buried at Beech Ridge.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o’clock.

(Henry Hasenjager married Caroline Helfrick on 1 Nov 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Members of the Cairo Casino are quested to meet at their hall this (Saturday) evening, at 8 o’clock to make arrangements for attending the funeral of their later member, Mr. Charles Helferech.  Prompt attention required.
Jacob Bower, Secy.

Sunday, 26 Oct 1884:
Mr. I.M. Warwick, of Thebes, Ill., died at that place last week, of hemorrhage of the lungs.  Mr. Warwick lived for many years in Cairo, but moved to Ohio some eight or ten years ago, and from there to Thebes, where his two daughters have been teaching school for some time.
Albert Houser, a young man, aged about 22, died Thursday night near Paducah from a peculiar cause.  He was wrestling with another young man, and in the fall the knee of the latter struck House in the stomach causing fatal internal injuries.
To the Wife and Mother of the late Charley Mason (title of poem not copied)
Funeral Notice.

DIED—Saturday, October 24, 1884, at 2 o’clock p.m., at his residence on Fifth Street, between Washington Avenue and Walnut Street, Mr. M. J. Hanrahan.  Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church today (Sunday) at 1:30 p.m.  Train will leave foot of Eight Street at 2:30 p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

All Members of the Cairo Casino are requested to meet at their hall on Ohio Levee today (Sunday) at one o’clock sharp, to attend the funeral of their late brother, Charles Helfrich.  By order of President.

Tuesday, 28 Oct 1884:
The funeral of Mr. Charles Helfrich, Sunday was very large.  The body was taken in charge by the Cairo Casino, of which he was a member of many years’ standing.  The dirge played by the Cairo Cornet Band, as the procession marched to the cars, was solemn and grand.  It required a train of several cars to carry the friends of the deceased and his family to Beech Grove. 
Thursday, 30 Oct 1884:
Josie Mansfield, for whose sake Hiram Fisk died, is very fat, very dark and very well dressed.  She shows off ample proportions to wondering Parisians every pleasant afternoon in the year.  She is supposed by those who are unacquainted with her history to been an immensely wealthy Cuban lady.

Friday, 31 Oct 1884:
DIED—At Bowling Green, Ky., last Sunday morning, Mr. Presley Byrnes, well known in this city among rivermen.  He had made Cairo his home or headquarters for some time, and was conceded by the river fraternity to be a thorough and competent steamboat clerk.  Pres was noted for his genial and social qualities, which likely caused a premature death, but he died surrounded with loving relatives and friends, who mourn his loss.  He leaves a daughter and brother, who reside in Bowling Green, his brother being a prominent physician of that city.

Sunday, 2 Nov 1884:
Mrs. Burnett yesterday evening received a telegram from her sister, Mrs. Dripps, saying that her father was “still alive, but speechless.”  Letters from home the day before had apparently left all in usual good health.  There was nothing in the dispatch to tell whether it was an accident or sudden illness that had overtaken him.  Mrs. Burnett left for St. Louis on the eight o’clock train last night, and will arrive at her father’s bedside this morning. 
Wednesday, 5 Nov 1884:
A dispatch yesterday from the family announces the death of Mr. James Lemen, the venerable father of Mrs. Burnett, which occurred at 8 o’clock yesterday morning at the residence of his son, W. C. Lemen, in Bond County, Ill.  The deceased was stricken with paralysis last Friday and remained insensible up to the hour of his death.  He belonged to one of the oldest families in the state, his grandfather having been among the first settlers in the neighborhood of Kaskaskia when Illinois was a trackless wilderness, where he came with his wife and seven sons and established the first Baptist church, in the state and during a long life preached the gospel according to the firm, unswerving belief of the early Baptists, to the hardy settlers who devoted themselves to reclaiming the rich country around them from the savages who had for centuries held it in possession.  Six of his seven sons as they grew up to manhood became preachers, following in the footsteps of their father and their names are identified with the early history of the Baptist Church and the farmer preachers of Illinois.  One of these sons settled in St. Clair county near Collinsville, where he engaged in farming and preaching the Baptist religion from the pulpit of a church built by himself in the country 3 miles south of Collinsville, and known as “Bethel Church” where it still stands.  This son was the father of Mr. James Lemen, whose death occurred yesterday.  The country around Bethel, the finest in the state, is held mostly by the descendants of the first Lemens and is known in all the region round about as the “Lemen settlement,” the family having held possession of its rich lands for nearly a hundred years.  James Lemen was a warmhearted, pure minded man, one whose heart during a long and changeful life, always inclined to deeds of kindness, whose ears were never deaf to the cry of distress and whose hand was always open for the relief of the poor and needy.  He lived a pure life, following closely in the footsteps of the Master, and dying he has gone to his reward.

Thursday, 6 Nov 1884:
Eugenie Kinnear, child of James and Elizabeth Kinnear, died at their home on Tenth Street, between Washington and Walnut, night before last, of membranous croup, age 7 years and 7 months.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge today on the 12:25 train for interment.

(James M. Kinnear married Elizabeth Mulkey on 24 Dec 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter
Saturday, 8 Nov 1884:
Ella Mitchell, a young girl, was found drowned in the Ohio River yesterday morning at the Butler Duncan Landing near the point.  She had been an inmate of Maggie Brim’s house on Thirteenth Street, and from her statement it was evident the girl committed suicide, she paid her board before leaving the house and instructed the landlady to send her trunk to her mother in St. Louis.  She left the house crying, saying her friends had forsaken her.  This occurred about 8 o’clock Wednesday evening and her body was found yesterday morning about 7 o’clock.  The girl was tastefully dressed and a gold watch and chain and a few dollars in money were found on her person.  The jury found a verdict of suicide. 


Sunday, 9 Nov 1884:
A colored preacher was shot and killed in Charleston, Mo., Thursday night by a man named Danforth.
Funeral Notice.
Mrs. William Kendall, widow of the late William Kendall, of this city, aged 59 years, at 5 o’clock p.m., Nov. 7.  Funeral services at the house today (Sunday) at 1:30 p.m.  Funeral train will leave Thirty-fourth Street at 2:30 p.m., for Villa Ridge.  Friends of the family are invited to attend. 
Wednesday, 12 Nov 1884:
Peter Launer, an express messenger, was killed at Casey, Ill., while assisting in making a running switch. 
Sunday, 16 Nov 1884:
Mrs. Theresa D. Aubery, formerly of Cairo, departed this life at Austin, Texas, Sunday evening, Nov. 9th, 1884.
Mother Elizabeth, formerly Mother Superior of Loretto Academy, of this city, died a few days since at Loretto, Kentucky.
DIED—At Bloomington, Ills., on the evening of the 15th, Duff Green, son of Judge William H. Green.  His health has been failing for some time, and though an event not unexpected, it brings a great sorrow to the friends and relatives of the deceased.  Judge Green telegraphed to have the Fowler lay over last evening until the arrival of the train.  The burial will be at the Metropolis cemetery.
Funeral Notice.
Yesterday at 10 a.m., Walter William, son of Walter M. and Cora L. Cundiff, age 5 years and 1 day.  Funeral services at residence of the parents on 3d Street, between Washington and Commercial avenues, at 2 p.m. today.  Special train will leave foot of 4th Street at 2:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Tuesday, 18 Nov 1884:
Didn’t Know It Was Loaded.

Last evening at supper time two colored boys named Stephen Fowler and Turner Cypert, were scuffling in the basement of The Halliday, where they were employed as bellboy and yard hand, during which an old revolver in the hands of Cypert, not supposed to be loaded, exploded and the bullet going through a door, and entering the ear of Fowler, killing him almost instantly. Coroner Fitzgerald was summoned but we did not obtain the result of his investigation.  As the affair was purely accidental, no arrests were made.  Fowler has a mother residing near the convent.  He was about 17 years old and regarded as a good steady boy.
Yesterday afternoon a colored man named Harry Dunwiddy, who has been for several years in the employ of Samuel Walter hauling lumber, was seen to fall from his wagon at the corner of 14th Street and Commercial Avenue.  When picked up he was stone dead.  Cause supposed to have been heart disease.

(Henry Dunwiddie married Annie Williams on 29 Jan 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 19 Nov 1884:
The boy killed at The Halliday Monday night, was one of the best boys in the house.  His mother is a widow and this was her only child.  There were only two children—brother and sister.  The sister, it will be remembered, was drowned in the sipe water last spring.
Two deaths occurred on the steamer
Wyoming between Louisville and Cairo.  The first was that of a gentleman named W. C. Sells, a St. Louis man, or a relative of the Sells of St. Louis.  He died of indigestion when the boat was a few miles above Smithland, and was buried at Paducah.  The second death was that of a ten-month old child of Judge Webber, of Natchez, Miss.  The body was placed in a coffin here last night and will be taken to Natchez for burial. 
Sunday, 23 Nov 1884:
Stonie Jaeckel Killed.

We clip the following account of the accident, in which Stonie Jaeckel lost his life, from the Argus of yesterday:

This morning at 2:30 o’clock, Stonie Jaeckel, a young man just past 21 years old, who was switching cars in the yards of the Illinois Central railroad in this city, caught his foot between the rail and in an instant he was crushed to a shapeless masses.  Seven cars passed over his body.  He was the son of Amandus Jaeckel, who once kept a saloon at the corner of Twelfth and Washington, and was the main support we understand of his mother.

The accident happened at the head of Illinois Central incline.  The deceased was between cars attempting to couple them, when his foot caught in a double frog, as was shown by the boot found there afterwards.  The cars passed over the middle of his body.  The engine doing the switching was 217, and Mr. Frank Shafter, uncle to the young man killed, was the engineer.  He is was who pulled the lifeless body from beneath the cars.  His feelings can be better imagined than described.
The funeral from the house will be at 1 o’clock today.  The remains will be taken to St. Patrick’s Church, thence to a special train at the foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge.  The train will leave about 2:30.

Tuesday, 25 Nov 1884:
Billy St. John, a well known river man in steamboat circles, died at Paducah, Saturday night.  He died of liver complain.  Mr. St. John was 55 years old and has been following the river as engineer, pilot and captain for thirty years.  He was a member in good standing in the Knights of Honor and Odd Fellows at Paducah.  He leaves a large family to mourn his loss.

Wednesday, 26 Nov 1884:
Resolutions of Respect.

At a meeting of the Hibernian Fire Co., No. 4, November 6th, 1884, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS it hath pleased Divine Providence in his infinite wisdom to remove by the hand of death our late secretary, Charles C. Mason, while yet in the flower of his youth, therefore, be it

Resolved, That by his death we are deprived of a most faithful and valuable member, one that has always discharged his duties with ability and fidelity.

Resolved, That to his bereaved wife and mother we extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of their devoted husband and son, who by reason of his manly and sterling virtues was their pride and their solace.

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the journal and copies of same be transmitted to the widow and mother of deceased.
M. J. Howley,
R. Walsh,
A. Smith, Committee 
Saturday, 29 Nov 1884:
The youngest child of James L. Kinnear died yesterday morning of membranous croup.  This is the second one of the family that has been carried off by this disease within a few weeks.

Sunday, 30 Nov 1884:
Death of Mr. Oberly’s Mother.

A telegram from Hon. John H. Oberly received yesterday afternoon brings the sad intelligence of the death of his venerable mother, which occurred yesterday morning at his home in Bloomington.
Mrs. Oberly’s health has been poor for many years, which added to the fact the she had lived beyond the allotted time of the life of mankind, her death was not an unexpected event to her friends and relatives at home, but to her numerous friends in Cairo the news comes without warning and sends a thrill of intense sadness through each heart.  She lived an exemplary Christian life; reached a ripe old age surrounded by kind friends and loving relatives, and dying enters the mansions prepared by the Lord for his own, where life and love are unchanging and eternal.

Mr. and Mrs. Oberly will arrive in Cairo at The Halliday this morning with the remains, having brought the remains to Beech Ridge where the burial will take place this afternoon. 
Saturday, 6 Dec 1884:
Joseph Curry, nephew of Mr. Joseph Steagala and for a long time his barkeeper, passed through here Thursday from Malden, Mo., for Hickman, Ky., with the remains of his wife to inter them at the latter place, her former home. 
Tuesday, 9 Dec 1884:
John F. Aubrey, formerly of Cairo, died at Austin, Texas, Nov. 29.  His wife suddenly died on the 11th of the same month.
Mr. Elder, aged 80 years, died yesterday at the residence of his son-in-law, Joseph Cavender, corner of Twenty-eighth and Sycamore streets.
The finest and most beautiful monument at Villa Ridge is one recently erected over the grave of the late Michael Hoar, just inside and to the left of the gate of the Catholic Cemetery.  The shaft is of nicely polished granite mounted on a pedestal of the same material.  It is said to have cost about $1,000.

Wednesday, 10 Dec 1884:
Fatal Accident Caused by a Wild Train.

CAIRO, ILL., December 9.—A wild train on the Illinois Central Road, coming south this morning, broke in two on the hill near Dongola.  The rear part ran into the forward part of the train, demolishing several freight cars and killing a brakeman named Dougherty, whose head was severed from his body.  No others are reported hurt.
Joseph Bronstring, a partner in the Marissa Coal Co., was killed Saturday morning by a fall of slate in the Mt. Olive mine in Macoupin County, where he was working.  He was 31 years of age and a single man.
Accident on the Central.

Yesterday morning, about 12:30 o’clock, a disastrous wreck occurred on the Illinois Central road, which resulted in the death of one man and the demolishing of a large number of cars.  The train was a wild freight, and in coming down Dongola hill it broke apart.  The rear portion of the train ran into the front section, throwing several cars from the track and telescoping many others.  Frank Dougherty, a brakeman, son of John L. Dougherty, of Mound City, was killed, his head being almost severed from the body.  Deceased was well known in Cairo and had numerous friends here who will sadly miss him.  The body was removed to Mound City for interment.

Passengers were transferred as soon as arrangements could be made, and in a few hours the track was cleared.  This is the third accident on this division of the Central within a few days, but no blame attaches to the railroad employees, as they could not have prevented them.

Thursday, 11 Dec 1884:
John Cruce, the colored man who killed another negro in East Cairo a short time since, is on trial at Wickliffe.

(His name is recorded as John Crice in the 17 Dec 1884, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
After hearing the evidence in the case of Cypert, who shot a friend while fooling with a revolver some time since in this city, Judge Browning decided that he should go free.  Cypert was more than pleased with the decision.

Friday, 12 Dec 1884:
Capt. Allen Duncan, founder of the Evansville and Tennessee River packet company, died at his home in Evansville, Wednesday, the 9th inst.  He was sick but a few days.  Capt. Duncan was one of the most popular steamboat commanders that ever navigated the western waters.  He was captain of the
Sunday, 14 Dec 1884:
When Dr. Waldo died here in 1878, his remains were temporarily buried at the seven mile graveyard.  As is known to many of our readers, he was surgeon in charge of the U.S., marine hospital, and during that trying time when the yellow fever prevailed here, although he could have left, he resolutely remained and treated citizens or marines, wherever he was called, until he was himself prostrated with the fatal disease.  For years it has been the wish of those who knew of the services rendered our people, to have his remains removed to a permanent resting place and properly marked, and now the desire has taken shape.  Mrs. P. W. Barclay will have charge of the matter and all persons wishing to contribute towards meeting the expense, will please hand their contributions to her, or leave them addressed to her at Barclay Bros.’ drug store, Paul G. Schuh’s drug store or the New York Store.  The expense will not be very great, but those having the matter in hand believe that many of our people would like to be identified with it, and small contributions will be acceptable as larger ones.  Mrs. Waldo is also very anxious to see her husband’s remains removed, and would have done so herself long ago, but for the lack of means.  She is living in Washington City and supporting her children on a small salary, which only supplies their immediate wants.—(Argus).

Tuesday, 16 Dec 1884:
The parents of Frank Dougherty, the Mound City brakeman who was killed at Dongola last week, will sue the Central for damages.
Funeral Notice.

DIED—At her residence corner of Walnut and Fourth streets, at 1 o’clock yesterday morning, of a protracted illness, Mrs. J. M. Hogan.  Funeral from St. Patrick’s Church at 2:30 o’clock p.m.  Special train leaves foot of Eighth for Villa Ridge.  Friends of family are invited.

Wednesday, 17 Dec 1884:
The funeral of Mrs. J. M. Hogan occurred yesterday afternoon, the services being very impressive.  Two car loads of relatives and sympathizing friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place in Villa Ridge.
John Crice, the East Cairo colored murderer, has been acquitted.
            (His name is recorded as John Cruce in the 11 Dec 1884, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 23 Dec 1884:
Mr. Barge North, a prominent citizen of Paducah, who fell from a scaffold and fractured his skull, is dead.
James P., son of Richard and Mary English, died of pneumonia, Sunday night, aged three years.  Funeral from St. Patrick’s Church at 11:30 today.

(Richard E. English married Mary E. Toler on 1 Jul 1880, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Mrs. Agnes Conners, of Murphysboro, who died on board the R. R. Springer on the 17th inst., were forwarded by rail yesterday from this place.
Before Mr. I. N. Coffee could reach Blandville, Ky., his little son breathed his last.  The funeral occurred there Sunday afternoon, the attendance being quite large. 
Saturday, 27 Dec 1884:
Miss VanNostrand, who for the past two years resided with her sister, Mrs. Thomas Lewis, in this city, died Wednesday night, at the advanced age of 82 years.  The remains were taken to Springfield, Ill., on Christmas Day, for interment.
State’s Attorney Karraker, of Union County, sends us the following description of the tramp who was murdered December 11th by unknown parties in a vacant house near the Cairo & St. Louis railroad, in that county, in hopes that it may lead to his identification.  “He was 5 feet 7 inches high, supposed to weigh about 160 pounds, slightly blonde, blue eyes, nose slightly Roman, heavy auburn eyebrows and moustache, no whiskers, darkish light hair, slightly gray at point of forehead; had raised mole on his face about a quarter of an inch from left nostril; small feet and hands, heavy-chested, with a singular deep sunken place at breast bone.  He wore black felt hat, dark cotton and woolen mixed sack coat, rather threadbare at sleeves and at breast where it buttoned; coarse, dark gray woolen pants, with two dark stripes about an eighth an inch wide and a space an inch wide alternating; gray cotton socks, white knit cotton drawers, red flannel undershirt, checked cotton overshirt, and a heavy, coarse, woolen blue striped jacket.”

Sunday, 28 Dec 1884:
Funeral Notice.

DIED—Last evening at 6:30 o’clock, Mrs. Hickey, wife of Michael Hickey, aged 46 years.
Her death was quite sudden and a shock to her family and friends, who will deeply regret her loss.  The deceased will be buried Monday afternoon.  The funeral will leave residence at 1 o’clock p.m. for St. Patrick’s Church, where services will be held.  A special train will leave from foot of Eighth Street at 2 p.m. Monday to bear the remains of Mrs. Hickey to Villa Ridge for interment.  Friends of family are invited to attend.

(Michael Hickey married Kate Maloney on 25 Jul 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 30 Dec 1884:
The large attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Hickey, yesterday afternoon, showed the high esteem in which she was held by her neighbors and friends.
An unknown poor and helpless man died at the railroad depot at Malden last Friday, and another died in the country near that place on the same day, also helpless and unknown.
We regret to learn of the death of little Howard, four-year-old son of Mr. H. F. Potter, publisher of the Argus, which occurred yesterday afternoon, from diphtheria.  We tender out sympathy in his bereavement.
Mr. I. N. Coffee has been called to Blandville, Ky., on account of the serious illness of his little daughter.  It will be remembered that his little boy died there a few days ago, of membranous croup, and his daughter is afflicted with the same dread disease.
Funeral Notice.

DIED.—On yesterday, Monday, Dec. 29, at 3 o’clock p.m., in this city, after a painful illness of four days, from diphtheria, Thomas Howard Potter, son of H. F. and Julia Potter, aged three years, seven months and nine days.  The funeral from residence, corner Locust and Seventeenth streets, this day, Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 1:45 p.m.  Special train for Beech Grove from foot of Fourteenth Street leaves at 2:30 p.m.

(Henry F. Potter married Anna Julia Hornig on 17 Jun 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 31 Dec 1884:
The man picked up on the streets of Paducah, and who died in the lock-up, has been identified as Michael Murphy, of Golconda.  He had been working in Memphis and was returning home, but owing to exposure and want of food, he fell on the street from exhaustion.  He was a hard-working, industrious man and leaves a wife and two children.
The funeral of H. F. Potter’s little son occurred yesterday afternoon and was largely attended.  The remains were interred at Beech Grove.
Dr. Parker has gone to Blandville, Ky., to perform a delicate surgical operation upon the person of Mr. Coffee’s little girl, who is suffering from diphtheria.


The Weekly Cairo Bulletin

Monday, 14 Apr 1884:
The funeral of the late John N. Feith took place yesterday afternoon. Services were held at St. Patrick’s Church, which were largely attended. A special train of three coaches, all full of people, left the foot of
Eighth Street, conveying the remains to Villa Ridge for interment.

            (A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  John P. Feith 1857-1884, Brother.—Darrel Dexter)

Johnnie Feith died last night about 6:45 o’clock at the residence of his parents, corner Eleventh Street
and Washington Avenue. He had been sick with dropsy since May of last year and had suffered much during the time. He died very gradually and easily. He was in his twenty-seventh year. 

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