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:
MRS. CHARLES PHINNEY.
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
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
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
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
Found Frozen in a
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, 17 Jan
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
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.
married Stewart Allen on 15 Feb 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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
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
Tuesday, 22 Jan
The death of Pilgrim McRaven, one of the prominent farmers of this
county, occurred at his home in Clear Creek some days ago.
married Elizabeth Jane Phillips on 31 Jul 1851, in Alexander Co.,
Thursday, 24 Jan
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
Friday, 25 Jan
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
Sunday, 27 Jan
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
Thursday, 31 Jan
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.
LEO KLEBB DEAD.
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
(Leo Kleb married
Louise Zimmerman on 29 Jan 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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.
I. O. O. F. FUNERAL NOTICE
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
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
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
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
THOMAS H. MELLON DEAD.
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
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
on her way up. The
was coming down, and the two boats met and passed each other so closely, it
is said, that is seemed a collision would occur.
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
Sunday, 17 Feb
WALTER HYSLOP DEAD.
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
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
WAS IT MURDER?
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
Sunday, 24 Feb
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
Tuesday, 26 Feb
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
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
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
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
Saturday, 1 Mar
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
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.
RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT.
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
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
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
Friday, 7 Mar
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
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
Tuesday, 11 Mar
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
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
(The 14 Mar 1884, issue
gives his name as Stephen Smith.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 14 Mar
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
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
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
Wednesday, 19 Mar
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.
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
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
Tuesday, 25 Mar
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
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.
married Annie Murphy on 18 Jul 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, 10 Apr
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,
Friday, 11 Apr
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
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
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.
Milburn married Lucy D. Wilson on 5 Jun 1879, in Alexander Co.,
Wednesday, 16 Apr
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.”
K. OF H. MEETING
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
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
Saturday, 19 Apr
A negro named George Lovett arrived here by steamer
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
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
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
The funeral of the little child of Mr. William Oehler occurred
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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
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.
married Charles Gillhofer on 9 May 1875, in Alexander Co.,
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
Friday, 2 May
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, 7 May
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday, 24 May
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
The Blood-Stained Wretch Confident of Going Straight to Glory—His Last
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
A HEARTY MEAL
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.
THE LINE OF MARCH
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.
ON THE GALLOWS
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.
THE DROP FELL
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
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
The funeral of Mrs. Brandel occurred yesterday afternoon. A special
train conveyed the remains and friends to Villa Ridge.
Thursday, 5 Jun
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
Friday, 6 Jun
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
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
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
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
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
Sunday, 15 Jun
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
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
At 12:45 a.m. Monday after a
lingering illness, Mary Josephine, wife of the late Martin
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
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
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
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
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.
married Hellena Kesler on 10 Aug 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill. A
marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Edward J. Lehning
Friday, 27 Jun
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
Fowler. Milburn, 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 DIED.
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:
STATE OF ILLINOIS,
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,
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.
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
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.
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
Tuesday, 1 Jul
Two men named
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
was seriously cut in the vicinity of the heart and Stice was shot
Thursday, 3 Jul
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
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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
E. B. Pettit in
The Paducah News of
Wednesday, after noticing the death of the above named citizen of this city,
“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
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
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.
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
HE COMES HOME TO DIE, AT LAST.
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
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
A colored woman named Rix died on 22nd Street Friday.
Tuesday, 22 Jul
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
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
Wednesday, 23 Jul
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
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
Dr. Wolfe, of Caledonia, died Tuesday evening. He was a very
prominent citizen of Pulaski County, and was known generally throughout
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
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
(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)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Sunday, 24 Aug
Mrs. Thomas Clark, wife of Conductor
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:
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.
married Mary Glewney on 1 Aug 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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
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
Thursday, 28 Aug
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
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
Friday, 29 Aug
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
A little child of Mr. C. W. Wheeler was buried at Villa Ridge
yesterday. It died Wednesday night.
Disastrous Wind and Rain Storm in
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
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
married Nancy Jane Harguson on 1 Sep 1864, in Alexander Co.,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Sunday, 7 Sep
A negro named Harper died on Tenth Street Friday night and was buried
yesterday at Unity.
Tuesday, 9 Sep
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Sunday, 14 Sep
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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)
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
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
Tuesday, 30 Sep
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
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.
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
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
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 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
The infant daughter of Peter Langan died yesterday afternoon and will
be buried today.
Thursday, 9 Oct
Mr. Ward, an old citizen and prominent lawyer of Charleston, Mo.,
died last week.
Friday, 10 Oct
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
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.
married Sarah A. Mason on 17 Aug 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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
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
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.
Mason married Elizabeth T. Tyler on 11 Jan 1881, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 17 Oct
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
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.
John Glynn, Committee of Arrangements.
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
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
Tuesday, 21 Oct
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
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
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
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
married Caroline Helfrick on 1 Nov 1870, in Alexander Co.,
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
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
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
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
Thursday, 30 Oct
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
Friday, 31 Oct
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
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
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
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.,
Saturday, 8 Nov
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.
DIED—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
Peter Launer, an express messenger, was killed at Casey, Ill., while
assisting in making a running switch.
Sunday, 16 Nov
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.
DIED—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
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
married Annie Williams on 29 Jan 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Wednesday, 19 Nov
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, 26 Nov
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
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.
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.
That these resolutions be spread upon the journal and copies of same be
transmitted to the widow and mother of deceased.
M. J. Howley,
A. Smith, Committee
Saturday, 29 Nov
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Clyde.
Sunday, 14 Dec
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
The parents of Frank Dougherty, the Mound City brakeman who was
killed at Dongola last week, will sue the Central for damages.
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
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,
Tuesday, 23 Dec
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
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
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
Sunday, 28 Dec
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.
married Kate Maloney on 25 Jul 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Tuesday, 30 Dec
The large attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Hickey, yesterday
afternoon, showed the high esteem in which she was held by her neighbors and
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.
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.,
Wednesday, 31 Dec
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
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