Thursday, 7 Jan 1886:
Mr. John Woods, of Commerce, father of Capt. William E. Woods,
is very sick and not expected to live.
Mr. Joseph Bundschuh, who has been dangerously ill with a peculiar
malady which affected the whole body spasmodically, is now pronounced
convalescent by the attending physician, Dr. E. J. Gause, and also
On Thursday night W. J. Fern shot and wounded Josh Nelson, the
ball passing thought the stomach just below the ribs. Nelson is very
low at this writing and little hopes of his recovery. Fern was found
in a bond of $1,500 for his appearance at court. Whisky was the cause.—Vienna
At last accounts Nelson
was living. We greatly regret the occurrence stated in the Times.
We have known Dr. Fern for years, and have a very kind feeling for
Adam James accidentally stabbed Ed Murphy, a companion, at
Carmi, White County, a few mornings ago. Murphy, a lad about
eighteen years old, had been scuffling with James and ran up behind
him to throw him down. James threw back his hand, striking Murphy’s
arm. Murphy having an open knife in that hand, the blade was driven
about an inch and a half into his throat, just about the collarbone. The
wound would probably prove fatal.
Joseph Bundschuh, of Unity, Alexander County, was bitten by his dog
on the leg about a year ago, but the wound soon healed and give no
uneasiness until recently, when violent symptoms manifested themselves and
he was not expected to live at last accounts.
Thursday, 14 Jan
John Woods, of Commerce, Mo., died last week. He was a resident of
this place (Thebes) for years and was a successful merchant. He leaves many
friends here to regret his demise.
A most diabolical murder was committed eight mile east of here (Anna) at
Western Saratoga, last Thursday. The particulars are about as follows:
William Wilson, a shoemaker, left his wife who was enceinte and
mother of 7 children on Christmas, telling her he was going to Kentucky,
leaving only five dollars in the house and but little fuel. This soon gave
out and the neighbors came in and cut her some wood. On the day of the
murder there were two or three parties cutting wood at the house.
with a party by name of Hood, rode up to the house and were met very
cordially by Mrs. W. Presently, two pistol shots were heard in
quick succession, and Mrs. Wilson came running out of the house and
dropped dead near the door. The first shot took effect in the breast and
the second in the back. After shooting his wife,
walked off, but returned in a short time and seemed grief stricken. When
the constable and his posse arrived and arrested him they brought him to
Jonesboro where he is in jail.
is not regarded by some as sane. He has been affected for a long time with
some incurable disease and draws a pension. It is presumed he was jealous
of his wife, as they have had trouble before this.
Mrs. Winter, the widow of the late William Winter, has
recently come on from California and is visiting her mother, Mrs. Hills,
at the asylum at Anna.
Mr. John A. Redman, brother of Joseph H. Redman, of this city,
who was here on a visit to his brother and sisters not long ago, died at his
home in Ocala, Florida, after a lingering illness, on Saturday night,
January 9th, and was buried on Sunday, the 10th instant. Shawneetown papers
Martin Gladden Drowned.
On Thursday, January 7th,
Dr. Walton received a dispatch from Mound Junction stating that
Martin Gladden was drowned the day before and that the body had not
been recovered. No particulars were given.
The Doctor immediately went
to the Junction and from there to the Cache River, where the accident
It seems that a colored man
was putting Gladden across the Cache in a “dug out.” The river was
swollen, the current strong and the “dug out” small and narrow. The boat
capsized in the middle of the stream and both men were plunged into the
water. The ferryman swam out drenched and chilled. He got a glimpse of
Gladden a few yards below as he came to the surface, when he immediately
disappeared never to be seen again.
Mr. Gladden came to
Cairo from Mobile in the summer of 1879. He represented, as he said, a
great many colored people at or near Mobile who were not satisfied with
their surroundings and wished to come to a northern state. He looked around
and finding, openings as he thought he brought several colored families to
southern Illinois that same autumn. He continued to act as an immigration
agent and as agent for the sale of Illinois Central Railroad lands for
several years. In connection with A. G. Leonard he started the
newspaper, Three States, which he conducted for some time. He
occupied some kind of a position in connection with the Illinois legislature
one winter, and at the close of the session was the recipient of a very fine
gold watch at the hands of some of the members of the General Assembly. I
the autumn of 1884, he was a candidate for the office of county commissioner
of Pulaski County where he then resided.
He leaves a wife and two or
three small children, who have been in Mobile for some time. He returned
from a visit to them but a few days ago. His sudden death will be a
terrible shock to his wife.
Mr. Gladden was a man of much force of character and was always a
leader among the colored people, though he had more white blood in his veins
than black. He was educated in the schools of the American Missionary
Association at Mobile, and was a member of the Congregational Church,
organized by that association in Mobile.
Thursday, 21 Jan
Mrs. John Pilliard is lying at the point of death at this writing.
Mr. Thomas Middleton, for more than twenty years a justice of the
peace in Alton, died Jan. 8th, in his 80th year.
Dr. John I. Nowotny, of Hodges Park, died last Thursday. His death
was most painful. A stone had formed in the gall and passed out into a duet
where it lodged causing his death. A surgical operation would probably have
saved him, but he refused to submit to it. He was 53 years of age and was
an excellent physician. The doctor came to Alexander County about eleven or
twelve years ago and settled at Beech Ridge. Burying his wife there he sold
out and removed to Minnesota. For his second wife he married Miss Hodges,
sister of our sheriff. After a few years’ absence he came back to Alexander
County and settled at Hodges Park, where he had built up a good practice and
was keeping a drug store. He was recently appointed post master. He leaves
a widow and several grown children by his first wife.
Mr. Gladden, a prominent colored man, once proprietor of a newspaper
at Cairo, fell from a log recently and was drowned in the Cache River, near
Thursday, 28 Jan
We regret to learn that a child of Mr. Gray Hovey is seriously ill.
Two murderers in our county jail, awaiting trial at the March term of
Court. There never has been a white man hanged in Union and these two will
doubtless take a change of venue to prevent so disgraceful an exhibition.
Miss Anna Jones, formerly of Cairo, died at the home of her mother in
Detroit, Mich., Jan. 19th., of typhoid fever. Mr. Hugh Jones (her
brother) while here was connected with the Tress Hoop Factory of Johnston
& Flowers. He went from here to Indiana. Miss Anna will be
remembered by some of our young people among whom she made many friends.
Tuesday morning, between Casey and Moscow, on the Mobile and Ohio railroad,
J. M. Chandler, conductor of a freight train, while trying to pass
from the cars to the engine, fell to the track below. The train was stopped
as soon as possible, but he was found dead and crushed almost beyond
recognition. The remains were sent to his home at Jackson, Tenn., where he
has a family.
On Wednesday morning at about 11 o’clock,. John Boyd, the accountant
at the depot boarded the northbound mail train and rode up above A. H.
Danforth’s warehouse to get the number of some cars on the side track
and jumped off, slipped and fell against a cross tie with such force as to
crush his skull from the right eye on around to the back of his head. He
was discovered immediately, picked up and placed on a cot and carried to
Mrs. Robinson’s boarding house where he immediately received medical
and surgical attention. He lingered in an unconscious condition until about
half past six o’clock that night, when death relieved him of all pain.—Charleston
A very sad and fatal accident occurred last Saturday afternoon at Golconda,
which throws a deep gloom over the whole community. A large party of
Golconda’s young people were skating on Lusk Creek, among them Prof. T. R.
Fraser, principal of Golconda public schools and Miss Carrie
Rauchfuss, youngest daughter of Mr. C. F. Rauchfuss, one of the
oldest and wealthiest citizens. About four o’clock Prof. Frazer and
Miss Rauchfuss were missed and search was immediately instituted,
almost the entire town participant which continued Saturday night and all
day Sunday. Sunday night the remains of both were brought to the surface.
The remains of Prof. Fraser were taken to Plainfield, Ill., where his
Willie, only son of T. W. and Catherine Leahigh, aged 13 years and
seven months, died Monday at 12:45 p.m. Fort two years he has suffered with
heart disease but has borne his suffering with fortitude, and died with a
full assurance of an eternal reward. In the loss of their son and brother
the family have the heartfelt sympathy of all.
Noah Merriman (colored), who killed his wife at Belleville, St. Clair
County, on the 10th of April, expiated his crime on the scaffold in the jail
yard at 11:30 the other morning. While the noose was being arranged about
the neck of Merriman he fell in a faint, and it required the services
of three men to hold him on the trap until it was sprung. He died in
Thursday, 4 Feb 1886:
News reaches here of the death of William McLoney, brother of the
late Dr. James McLoney, of Cobden, by exposure to cold while riding
in a sleigh near his home in northern Ohio. The news was not direct and the
friends here are not sure of its authenticity and are hoping it is
incorrect, until they ascertain.
Thornton R. Frazier and Carrie Rauchfuss were drowned a few
days ago while skating at Golconda, Pope County.
Hon. David T. Linegar
died Tuesday night, Feb. 2d, at about half past seven o’clock. He was
carried away by a complication of diseases, yellow jaundice, Bright’s
disease, and a trouble of the heart. He lacked just ten days of being
fifty-six years old. He was a man of very find native ability, and of
unbounded good nature. He very seldom made an enemy. Born in Ohio, Feb.
12th, 1830, reared in Indiana, he came to Illinois in the year 1858 and
located at Fairfield as a lawyer. In 1860 he was the Republican candidate
for Congress in this, the 9th District, of Illinois, running against John A.
Logan, the Democratic candidate. The majority against him was some
thirteen thousand. Soon afterwards he was appointed post master at Cairo by
President Lincoln. He did not hold the office very long, however.
For the last twenty years he has practiced law in Cairo. For twenty years
of life he was a Republican in politics. For the past eight or ten years he
has worked with the Democratic party and has been elected twice as a
Democrat to the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly. He leaves a
widow and two daughters. He was a genial companion, careless in his habits
and never accumulated property. He carried one or two thousand dollars
insurance upon his life. All who knew him will think kindly of Dave
Linegar. Requiescat in pace.
Good Bye. In Memory of Willie Leahigh (Poem by Mrs. C. F. P. not
Thursday, 11 Feb
Mrs. John Pilliard, Sr., is no more having died a few days ago and
after a painful and protracted illness. Mr. P. was more than 50 years
old and a faithful consistent member of the Baptist Church. To the bereaved
friends we extend our sympathy. Elder McCrite preached the funeral
SPRINGFIELD, ILL., February
5th—Hon. B. S. Edwards, of the law firm of Stuart, Edwards
& Brown, died at his home in Springfield, Ill., at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 4th, of congestion of the brain. His illness was of
about four months duration, but he was not thought to be in a dangerous
condition until about ten days ago. He had been unconscious since last
Monday and died at the hour mentioned, with his family and friends about
Judge Edwards was the
son of Ninian Edwards, the first governor of the Territory of
Illinois, and was born at Edwardsville, in 1818. He was a graduate of the
college and law school of Yale, and an office student under the late Stephen
T. Logan, of this city. He began the law practice here in 1840; his
first partner being Gen. E. D. Baker, who was afterwards United
States Senator from Oregon, and who was killed in the Battle of Ball’s
had for his competitors in the practice at that time Abraham Lincoln,
Stephen A. Douglas, Jesse B. Thomas and others, who became
famous before the country. In 1843 he formed a partnership with Hon. John
T. Stuart, which continued without interruption until the death of
Stuart in November last. He continued in the practice steadily up to
the beginning of his final illness, except for the brief period, which he
served in the Constitutional Convention of 1862, and about fifteen months
upon the bench of this judicial circuit. He was widely known as a zealous
and powerful lawyer, and accumulated a handsome property. Of the old
Edwards family, Ninian W., is not the only one left. He is living here,
at the age of 76.—Globe Democrat.
William Lafoon, newly appointed road supervisor near Commercial
Point, died of typhoid pneumonia yesterday.
Mr. James Watts, a farmer living on Sandy Ridge, in Unity Precinct,
was accidentally killed Tuesday. He was out cutting timber for firewood.
He had felled a tree and was found lying near it. A dead limb must have
fallen striking him senseless. He made one or two struggles after he was
found. He came from Wisconsin in the autumn of 184 and purchased the farm
formerly owned by William Wagner. He leaves a widow and several
children. He was a good farmer and a good citizen—just the kind we want to
settle in Alexander County.
Lightfoot Murder Trial.
One of the hardest fought
trials for murder that ever occurred in southern Illinois was brought a
conclusion at Murphysboro, on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, by a conviction and
sentence of the defendant, Dr. Henry E. Lightfoot, to a term of
twenty years imprisonment in the penitentiary.
It would seem that on the
21st of November last, Dr. Lightfoot met Mr. Benjamin W. Moore,
a lawyer, upon the streets of Carbondale, of which city both were residents
and shot him down in cold blood. An old feud seems to have existed between
died Dec. 11th. Dr. Lightfoot was duly indicted and brought to a
speedy trial, which lasted nine days. The ablest counsel were employed on
both sides with the result as stated above.
The prosecution was
conducted by Messrs. R. J. Stephens, Judge Lemma, R. J.
McElvain, State’s Attorney, Hon. George W. Hill, and W. A.
Schwartz. Judge Duff, Hon. William J. Allen, Hon. Isaac
Clements, and Hon. W. W. Barr, were employed in the defense.
The jury were out thirty minutes.
Thursday, 18 Feb
Death has entered out community and Emery B. Barker has left us.
There is a gap in the ranks of “the old set” and they must draw nearer
together. He was one of nature’s noblest men “in whom there was no guile.”
Upright and devoted, the very soul of honor, always found on the right side,
a kind parents, a perfect neighbor, a true friend and a good man. Quiet an
unobtrusive, his creed was good actions rather than many words. His
stepson, John W. Covington, of Dexter, Mo., arrived too late to say
goodbye, but in time to assist in the last tribute of respect.
At a regular meeting of
Safford Lodge No. 67, I. O. O. F., held January 27th, 1886, the following
preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, It has pleased
Almighty God to remove from our midst out late brother Noble Grand Elect
William R. Hendrix and Whereas, It is but just that a fitting
recognition of his many virtues should be had, therefore be it
by Safford Lodge No. 67 I. O. O. F., of Cairo, Ills., that while we bow with
humble submission to the will of the most high, we do not the less mourn for
our Brother, who ahs been taken from us,
That in the death of William R. Hendrix this lodge laments the loss
of a brother who was ever ready to proffer the hand of aid and voice of
sympathy to the needy and distressed of the fraternity, an active member of
this society whose utmost endeavors were exerted for its welfare and
prosperity, a friend and companion who was dear to us all—a citizen whose
upright and noble life was a standard of emulation to his fellows.
That the heartfelt sympathy of this lodge be extended to his widowed mother
and sister in their affliction.
That these resolutions be spread upon a page of the records of this lodge.
That the lodge room be draped and that the brothers wear the usual badge of
mourning for thirty days, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to
the mother of the deceased Brother.
Horace A. Hannon,
Elmer E. Comings,
Dr. J. E. Strong, Comm.
The coroner’s jury having returned a verdict at Belleville recently that
Fred Lippert was the murderer of his wife, he was placed under arrest
and lodged in jail. The evidence shows that he crushed in her head with a
stone while she was sitting at the supper table. He then went across the
street and engaged in a game of cards until nine o’clock, after which he
returned home and thence back to the saloon and said his wife had been
killed. The murder was one of the most deliberate ever committed in this
part of the country.
James Watts, a prominent farmer of Alexander County, was killed the
other day by a falling limb while cutting down a tree. He moved there from
Michigan two years ago, and was a most valued citizen. He leaves a wife and
Thursday, 25 Feb 1886:
Chris Mattuse, a young German farmer living two miles south of this
place (Anna), suicided yesterday. he adopted the executioner’s means—a
rope. Climbing up a tree he fastened the rope securely to a limb, a la
nousa around his neck and then and there leaped off and died from
It is with sincere regret we record the death of Otto, the five-year-old son
of Levi McIntosh. He had been suffering for several weeks from a
most painful illness, but was thought to be improving rapidly until Sunday,
the 14th, when he was suddenly attacked with spasms and died in a few
hours. The bereaved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire
Death of Bishop Baltes
Right Rev. Bishop P. J.
Baltes, of the diocese of Alton, died Monday Feb. 15, quite suddenly.
The immediate cause of his death was congestion and inflammation of the
liver. He was born in Bavaria, April 7th, 1827 and was 59 years old. His
parents brought him to this country when he was about 5 years old.
Mrs. Frederick Lippert was murdered the other night at Millstadt, St.
Clair County by some unknown person. Her husband found her unconscious on
the floor of their home, and an examination of the body showed that she had
been struck on the temple with a rock and her skull fractured.
Thursday, 4 Mar 1886:
Death has been quite busy among us this last winter. The demise of Dr.
Nowotny was a very great loss to this community (Hodges Park), which
will not be soon forgotten.
The community sustained another great loss in the death of Mr. James
Watts, who was accidentally killed by the falling of a limb upon his
head while he was felling a tree. Mrs. Watts, the bereaved widow,
wishes to extend thanks to her many friends for their sincere kindness in
her hour of trouble.
Mr. John Hodges lost a little boy by falling into a kettle of boiling
water. It was a most shocking death, though the child lived but a few hours
after the accident.
We are sorry to note the death of Mrs. George Long. She died of
typhoid pneumonia. She leaves a husband, one son and an aged mother to
mourn her untimely end. All friends extend to the bereaved ones much
sympathy. One by one the saints are going.
Editor Citizen:—I have been requested to furnish you a brief statement of
the life of Mr. S. P. Truesdell, who died at Hodges Park in this
county last Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27th, 1886. He was born in Orange Co.,
Vt., Jan. 7th, 1809, hence he was a little over 77 years of age. When a
young man he came West and settled in this state when it was still the home
of the Indian. He was one of the early settlers of Chicago, having lived
there when it had a population of less than 300 persons. HE was a soldier
of the Black Hawk War and in a skirmish at Montrose, Iowa, was wounded with
poisoned arrows, from the effects of which he suffered for 55 years, or
until his death. He was one of the founders of the town of Lamont, near
Chicago, and was at the time possessed of considerable wealth, but reverses
came and at the time of his death he was dependent for a support from the
government. In 1836 he married Miss Clarissa Southard, who still
survives. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church for 54 years.
In 1872 he was daily expected to die. Before he became so reduced thinking
that his end was near, he wrote a letter, unknown to his wife, addressed,
“To some servant of the Lord who shall preach my funeral sermon,” and sealed
it up—That letter I opened and read at his funeral services on last Monday,
It was dated March 1st, 1872—exactly 14 years
before. It continued the text which he desired to have used at his funeral,
which was John xi.25, “I am the resurrection and the life—He that believeth
in me though he were dead, yet shall he live,” also several facts concerning
his life, particularly that he had been a Christian then for over 40 years;
that though he had often fallen, yet he felt he was not forsaken of the
Lord, that he plead no self righteousness but relied wholly on the finished
work of Him who is able to save all who come to him.
The following written by
himself, some years before his death has been sent me with the request that
it be published. He died in full faith of a blessed and immortal life
beyond the grave, as revealed in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, who is the resurrection an the life—the open door, the Way, the
Truth and the Life.
“Thus another and another
They are going one by one
As the golden bowl is broken
And life’s silver threat is spun.
The Christian home in glory
With a smile upon his brow
He has gone to join his Savior.
And we can but humbly bow
To that higher will of Him
Who hath taken him away
To dwell forever with the ransomed
In the realms of endless day.”
E. A. Hoyt
Mrs. Susan Gibson,
mother of Mr. William Gibson, janitor at the Public Library, died at
her home in this city, Tuesday night. She has been an invalid for a long
time. Her remains were taken to Metropolis Wednesday evening on the steamer
Gus Fowler, where they will b buried beside the grave of her
husband. She was an aged, faithful Christian and has gone to her reward.
Thursday, 11 Mar
Mr. Frank McIntosh, living in the Wise neighborhood, in Johnson
County, was shot dead in his house at about nine o’clock p.m., of the second
instant. His family had retired to bed and he was sitting by his fireside,
fixing wipers on a gun stock. The assassin, who at this writing is unknown,
shot though a crack between two logs in the building. A dozen first-class
hangings should have taken place years ago in Johnson and Union counties.
This would perhaps, have been the means of putting a quietus on this
murdering business in southern Illinois, but as such has not been the case,
murdering goes on with impunity and the people are taxed to pay the costs of
prosecutions for murder that are mere farce. Let the hangman be turned
loose in earnest, and the killing business will stop.
Mrs. E. S. Brigman,
widow of the late Dr. J. W. Brigman, of Elco, died Thursday, March
4th. She had been in poor health for a long time. Her first husband,
Daniel Frost, was killed in battle July 19th, 1864. She leaves three
sons and one daughter. D. V. Frost of Cairo is one of the sons.
Thursday, 18 Mar
Much sorrow was felt in our little community by the death of Mr. Planert,
of Elco. He labored faithfully in our midst as teacher last winter, and
will long be remembered as an upright man.
Virgil Beale of Cobden died last Friday. He had been sick for some
days and his death was not wholly unexpected. He was originally from New
York, but had been prominent in business circles at Cobden for twenty
years. He had carried on the milling business.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wright was buried Monday
afternoon. It was one of the pair of twins and survived its mate but a few
weeks. They were formerly of your city, and have the sympathy of
W. F. Longely was called to Wisconsin last week but the sudden death
of his brother.—Cobden
Virgil Beale died on Friday, March 12th at his residence here
(Cobden). He had been a resident of Union County for twenty years and was
known throughout the state as a manufacturer of fruit box material, lumber
and flour. He leaves a wife and w wide circle of acquaintances. The
remains were taken to Phelps, N.Y., his former home.
William St. Clair, a young man aged nineteen, was accidentally and
fatally shot the other morning while duck hunting on the Kaskaskia River,
near Carlyle, Clinton County.
The body of Mrs. Mitchell, wife of a negro, was found in a creek near
Lebanon, St. Clair County, a few days ago. It was known that she had
trouble with her husband, and the presumption was that she was murdered.
Mitchell was arrested and there were threats of lynching.
The little four-year-old boy of R. Fitzgerald died of pneumonia at
midnight last Monday night. He was buried yesterday.
Walter Loomis, an old gentleman in his 69th years, living three miles
southeast of Makanda died suddenly March 4th. He was on his way home from
Makanda on foot and died on the road.
Mr. Henry Planert, an
old citizen of Alexander County, died at Elco, March 10th. For many years
he lived at Thebes, where he married a daughter of Dr. Barkhausen.
He leaves two grown sons and his widow to mourn his loss. He has been a
school teacher most of his life. About the year 1880 or 1881 he emigrated
to New Mexico, but not being satisfied with the change he soon returned to
Alexander County. Of late, he has lived at Elco. He himself has taught
school this past winter at East Cape Girardeau. He was a man of pure life
and high character, and always favored anything which would raise the
intellectual and moral character of the community in which he lived. For
his untimely death we would “weep with those who weep.”
Thursday, 25 Mar
Death has again made an inroad among Dongolans. This time his victim was an
octogenarian, a Mr. G. W. Wright. He had resided in Dongola about 26
Philip Sowers is lying dangerously ill at the residence of Eli
Richey, near Villa Ridge. We hope Mr. Sowers will recover for he
is one of our most respected farmers and his loss would be felt by the
In the death of the late Henry Planert our community (Elco) has lost
a most honest and upright citizen, a man ever found on the side of morality
and good society, a strong advocate of Temperance and friend of the poor.
We tender our condolence to the bereaved relatives.
John Mitchell, of Lebanon, St. Clair County, made a confession a few
days ago that he killed his wife, whose body was found in Silver Creek.
Mitchell is a cousin of Noah Merriman, who was hanged at
Belleville in January last for the murder of his wife.
Jim Arnot and two
boys were taken to Cairo a few days ago from Vienna, Johnson County, for
safekeeping, charged with the murder of McIntosh, who was shot while
sitting with his family not long since.
Thursday, 1 Apr
Mrs. Mattie Hamilton, wife of Frank Hamilton, formerly of this
place (Murphysboro), died at the residence of William G. Spiller, in
Carbondale, on Wednesday morning last, aged 37 years. Funeral took place in
this city from the home of John R. Kane, Esq.
Charles Kraper, who is mentioned by both our Dongola and Anna
correspondents has having been killed near Dongola last Sunday morning was a
young man about twenty-one years of age from Metropolis. He left home early
last week expecting to go to DuQuoin. He had considerable money upon his
person when he left home. No money was found upon the body. We cannot
learn why he stopped at Dongola. We have not yet learned the verdict of the
Dr. Eddleman, the coroner was telegraphed yesterday to repair to
Dongola and hold an inquest over a stranger whom the morning passenger train
ran over. From indications it seems that the party was been foully dealt
with. From papers on his person his name was found to be Krapper.
The engineer saw him in time to check the train so that the cow catcher
knocked him off the track. When first seen he was on his hands and knees,
apparently trying to crawl off the track. His shoes and coat were off and
thrown beside the track. His skull was broken and his face terribly
beaten. The corner continues his inquest today. This makes the third
murder that has been committed in Dongola in a similar manner, in the last
few years. Let the guilty parties be hunted out and severely dealt with.
The mail train going north at 4 o’clock a.m., of March 29th, ran over a man
three quarter of a mile south of Dongola named Charles Kraper. He
was crawling along on the I. C. R.R. track when struck. Near by his coat
and shoes lay in a pond of water. Circumstances indicate foul play. Corner
here (Dongola) now to hold an inquest.
Thursday, 8 Apr
The corner’s jury who investigated the cause of the death of Charles
Kraper who was killed near Dongola recently, rendered a verdict to the
effect the deceased came to his death by being struck by a railroad train.
The Dongola correspondent of the Anna Talk says:
“The impression has been
created by reckless assertions that the young man, Charles Kraper,
was murdered before being placed on the track; everything goes to show,
however, that such a thing is out of the question. He was killed by the
train beyond all doubt, while in a probably state of insanity, caused by
long spreeing, such as his brother states he was in the habit of taking;
always leaving home that his mother might avoid seeing him.”
The young man, Kraper, who was killed by the train near Dongola, some
two weeks ago, was a citizen of Metropolis, when alive, and was taken there
for burial. The verdict of the jury was, “Came to his death by being struck
by the train.” This may be so, but we still think it doubtful. A few years
ago, Wiley Dees
borrowed one hundred dollars of a man in Dongola and left Dongola just at
night with the money on his person. He lived near Wetaug so walked down the
Illinois Central railroad track and near the place where young Kraper
was killed, Mr. Dees was knocked on the head and relieved of the
$100. He was laid upon the track and left for the train to mangle. Mr.
Dees proved to be not so dead as the robbers supposed, but revived so as
to get up and make his way to Wetaug. Mr. Dees got well but was
minus the $100. The ruse of laying murdered men on the track is often
practiced all over the land. The accepted hypothesis here is that the
“young man had been on a protracted drunk.” If this be so, is it any
argument for the rum traffic? “Nasby” says, “The times are growing ripe for
its extinction. The feeling is spreading that rum is not worth what it
costs the world, and that it and its defenders must go.”
go to press we learn that one steamboatman has just killed another by
hitting him upon the head with a rock, upon the Ohio Levee near Clark’s
Block. We can give no particulars. The parties were white men.
Thursday, 15 Apr 1886:
Sid Holmes, an aged colored man, died suddenly in this place (Hodges
Park) a few days since. He was one of the first slaves to leave the south
after the Proclamation of Emancipation. He has resided in southern Illinois
since his advent from the south. He leaves a wife.
Mrs. G. B. Poor is in Ashley, whither she went to attend the funeral
of her sister-in-law Mrs. Post.
Rev. Watson, of Elco, preached the funeral of Henry Planert,
Mrs. Myers, who lived near Carmi, White County, committed suicide the
other day by hanging.
Shannon Pryor, a farmer residing near Carmi, White County, was killed
by a falling limb, while felling trees the other day. He leaves a wife and
Thursday, 22 Apr 1886:
Friends here (Cobden) were pained by the receipt of the news of the death of
Mrs. Jennie Jarvis Fields, at her home in Chicago. She was
formerly a resident of this place and left a husband and one child to mourn
her untimely death.
The killing of Mr. M. Thomas, deputy sheriff of Pope County, at
Golconda, by W. J. Randolph has caused an excitement throughout the
county which is seldom equaled.
was a Democrat, elected treasurer of the county four years ago by the aid of
Republican votes. He was a defaulter and his bondsman had some of them
sworn out a warrant for his arrest. Thomas went to his house to
arrest him. He was lying upon a lounge at home when Thomas told his
errant, he hastily put on his coat, seized his pistol and rushed out of the
house saying that he would not be arrested. Thomas ordered him to
stop, telling him that he must take him. The firing soon began, each party
firing four or five shots. Thomas fell mortally wounded.
Randolph defiantly proceeded on out of town followed by citizens
determined to effect his arrest. He finally surrendered.
the deputy sheriff, was a man of high character respected by everybody. He
was a candidate for sheriff and would probably have been elected. He leaves
a wife and children. The killing can only be stigmatized as an outrageous
murder without any mitigations. Well may the community be excited.
Night watchman Kelly, of Carmi, White County, was beaten in a melee
the other night and his recovery was doubtful. The man who did it was under
Thursday, 29 Apr 1886:
Young Louis Castelain, of Murphysboro, aged 16 years, was drowned in
the Big Muddy last week Tuesday. The family was well known in Cairo as they
formerly lived three miles out from this city (Murphysboro). His father was
also known here as French Louis.
Mrs. E. S. Dewey left yesterday afternoon for Nashville, Ills., being
called to the bedside of her father, Rev. D. P. French, who is very
ill and probably cannot recover.
Miss Mary Koehler, daughter of the late John Koehler, died at
the family residence on 8th Street, Tuesday morning of consumption. She was
able to be up and about the house almost to the last so that her death was
not expected at the present time.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Mary Koehler 1864-1886.—Darrel
At Golconda, Pope County, the other night John Randolph, ex county
treasurer, shot and killed T. M. Thomas, a deputy sheriff, in a
dispute about a lawsuit.
Thursday, 6 May 1886:
D. C. Barber Esq.
D.C. Barber, Esq.,
long a resident of Tamaroa, in Perry County, and the projector of the
Chester and Tamaroa railroad, died in Denver, Colo., Friday morning, April
23, 1886, aged 62 years. His death was sudden and unexpected. Mr. Barber,
for the past five years, has been running a cattle ranch, twelve miles south
of Denver and also largely engaged in silver mining. During lifetime Mr.
Barber was one of the most active businessmen in southern Illinois, of a
combative nature, with numerous enemies, and a host of friends. He never
knew what it was to fail in any enterprise that he engaged in.—Coulterville
Mr. Barber was well
known in Cairo.
George Goode (colored), a miner, was buried here (DuQuoin) on the
1st. Death caused by slate falling on him while working at St. Johns. He
leaves a wife and five children.
Died, at Nashville, Ill., April 29th, Rev. D. P. French, aged 69
years. Mr. French was the father of Mrs. Dewey, wife of E. S.
Dewey of this city.
Died, at Anna, April 25th, Mr. Joseph Lufkin, aged 80 years. Mr.
Lufkin has resided at Villa Ridge for many years. He leaves a widow
nearly eighty years of age and four sons and one daughter to mourn his loss,
namely: Joseph H. and George H. Lufkin, of Villa Ridge; Orrin A.
Lufkin, of Beardstown, Ill.; John E. Lufkin, of Anna, and Mrs. M.
A. Thomas of Lagrange, Missouri.
Thursday, 13 May 1886:
Mrs. Barney, the aged mother of Mrs. Samuel Hastings and Mrs.
J. P. Thistlewood, was found dead in her bed Sunday morning at the
residence of Mr. Hastings. She retired Saturday night feeling as well
as usual. She had been troubled somewhat with shortness of breath, but had
not been considered seriously ill. She probably died of heart disease.
Hastings married Anise L. Barney on 24 Sep 1876, in Clay Co.,
Thursday, 20 May 1886:
Randolph, the murderer of Deputy Sheriff Thomas, of Golconda,
has taken a change of venue to Johnson County.
Died, at half past four on
Sunday morning, at the residence of his parents on 24th Street west of
Holbrook Ave., Walter, oldest son of Mr. August Marquard, one of our
oldest citizens of Cairo. He was 19 years of age, an excellent young man,
had a great many friends and was loved by everyone that knew him. He was
buried Monday afternoon, and a host of friends accompanied the remains to
Beech Grove Cemetery. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The
bereaved parents, brothers and sister have the sympathies of their many
Mrs. Louisa Ice, a widow, aged about thirty-five years, living at
Russellville, Lawrence County, saturated her clothing with coal oil a few
nights ago and then set fire to herself. She died in great agony. Several
weeks ago Mrs. Ice attempted to take her life by hanging herself to a
tree. She had been very melancholy since the death of her husband several
months ago, and had asserted on several occasions that she was determined to
Thursday, 27 May 1886:
Last week, Jacob Barnhart, one of Union County’s oldest and most
respected citizens, received a paralytic stroke, from which he died in two
days. He was seventy-seven years old. His wife died in her seventieth
year, on cancer of the breast, just one week previous. They went down to
their graves full of years and honor, professing Christianity, and now “rest
from their labors.”
Suicide of James K. Walton.
This community was intensely
shocked on Sunday morning last by the disclosure—that James K. Walton
had committed suicide by shooting himself through the base of the brain,
with a 22 caliber! Deceased was one of Union County’s best farmers, has
lived in the county for more than a quarter of a century and accumulated
quite a fortune—mostly in real estate. He has been suffering for several
years with diabetes, which is supposed to have produced temporary insanity.
No citizen in this vicinity enjoyed the esteem, love and confidence of his
neighbors and friends more universally than James K. Walton. Dr.
William Eddleman, coroner, was away at the time holding in inquest
over a “floater” at Devil’s Island. In his absence, Esquire James W.
Coleman held the inquest and the jury brought in a verdict according to
facts above stated.
A terrific storm visited Nashville, Washington County, at two o’clock the
other afternoon, doing considerable damage, and causing the death of Sid
Moore and son, who were struck by lightning as they were standing at the
door of their home. The house, catching fire, was entirely consumed.
Moore was a prosperous farmer and highly respected.
The funeral of James K. Walton, of Anna, occurred on Tuesday. It was
very largely attended. About seventy-five carriages followed his body to
Mr. James K. Walton, a prosperous farmer living near Anna, aged about
60 years, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head early
Sunday morning, May 23rd. He was an honored member of the Presbyterian
Church. He was afflicted with disease of the kidneys and was undoubtedly
insane at the time the fatal deed was committed.
Thursday, 3 Jun 1886:
James K. Walton, one of the wealthiest men in Union County, was found
dead in his barn at Anna a few days ago, shot through the head. It was
supposed that he killed himself while temporarily insane.
Mrs. Millie Ann Arter,
widow of the late Dr. Daniel Arter, died at her residence in Cairo,
last Thursday after we had gone to press. She was bout 73 years of age, but
her death at that time was sudden and unexpected. She leaves children, and
a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. Her funeral was attended
Saturday by a large concourse of people. The exercises were conducted by
Warren Chase, the noted spiritualist.
(Daniel Arter married
Milly Ann Moyer on 3 Dec 1837, in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in
Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Millie wife of Dr. Arter
July 22, 1813-May 7, 1886.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 10 Jun 1886:
A German woman employed as a housekeeper by Rev. Father Eckhard, a
Roman Catholic priest, at Germantown, Clinton County, burned herself to
death on a brush pile in a vineyard near the rectory the other day.
Thursday, 17 Jun 1886:
Hon. James M. Gregg of Harrisburg, died of consumption at La Jupta,
Colorado, June 10th, where he had gone hoping to prolong his life. His
funeral will be attended at Harrisburg, June 15th.
The bar of southern Illinois was invited generally to attend the funeral of
Hon. James M. Gregg at Harrisburg on Tuesday. He was a young man,
just in the prime of life, had been a member of the Illinois legislature,
was an ardent Democrat and was one of the nine Democrats who rendered their
names immortal by voting for our present high license law. He was abused
and maligned by many of his party friends for that vote, but he had the
proud consciousness that he had done right.
Mr. Patrick Mockler,
one of the old citizens of Cairo, died suddenly last evening of a congestive
chill. He had only been sick one day. He was well known to everybody and
we believe was a man without an enemy.
(A marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Patrick Mockler Died June 26, 1886,
Aged 50 Yrs.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Martin Lippett died last evening at seven p.m. She was about 84
years of age and had been sinking for a long time. She was the mother of
Mrs. Charles Galigher, Mrs. Lentz, and Arnold and William D.
Lippett. The remains will be buried at Zanesville, Ohio.
Thursday, 24 Jun 1886:
Our neighboring city,
Jonesboro, is a little ancient, but now and then gives out something modern
to the world. The quiet little village was the scene last week of an
attempted murder and a sure enough suicide. An old man by the name of
Ware shot his wife who was much younger than himself and then
deliberately walked into the house, reloaded his revolver and shot himself
dead. The woman may recover. Cause of the crime, jealousy.
L. T. Eubanks died at this place (Creal Springs) last week. He was
quite aged and father of John M. Eubanks, Esq. of this village.
Rev. Joseph Mosser, formerly agent of the American Bible Society, and
well known in Cairo, died in Salem, Ill., June 10th, of dropsy, aged 74
A Double Tragedy at Jonesboro.
On last Friday morning an
old man named John C. Ware at Jonesboro shot his wife and afterwards
himself. He died in a short time. It is thought that his wife’s wound will
prove fatal. He was about 82 years of age and had been married several
times before. His wife was much younger and was a widow when he married
her. She had children by a previous husband, and a difficulty concerning
one of these was the immediate cause of the tragedy.
(John C. Ware married
Mrs. Mary J. Floding on 7 Apr 1885, in Union Co., Ill. Mary Jane
Rinehart married George Floding on 13 Sep 1868, in Union Co.,
Thursday, 1 Jul 1886:
C. A. Waterman lost his youngest child last week. Thus God is
gathering his jewels.
Died Tuesday at Olmstead,
Mrs. Sarah R. Jaccard. The deceased was a daughter of the late Dr.
Arter and his first wife, and mother of Mrs. H. A. Hannon, of
A jury at Belleville, St. Clair County, in the case of John Mitchell
(colored), charged with murdering his wife last February, found him guilty
recently and fixed punishment at imprisonment for life.
John C. Ware, aged seventy years, fatally shot his wife the other
morning at Jonesboro, Union County, then committed suicide.
Succumbed to His Injuries.
METROPOLIS, ILL., June
28.—Carlos T. Inman, who was injured by the falling of a scaffold
from the second story of his building, died yesterday morning at 2 o’clock
and was buried today under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic.
His fellow sufferer, Richard Randall, is in a precarious condition.
Inman leaves a wife and two children.
Thursday, 8 Jul 1886:
Mr. William Stratton was called suddenly by telegraph last Monday to
the mountains of East Tennessee (Mount Eagle) where his wife is at the point
of death. Miss Mamie Stratton and Master Paul left last Friday for
the same destination. Mrs. Stratton has had several severe
hemorrhages of late and is very low.
Thursday, 15 Jul 1886:
At Coulterville, Randolph County, seventy persons were poisoned the other
day by eating picnic ice cream. Four had already died and more were in a
On the cars at Jacksonville,
Ill., last Saturday afternoon, July 10th, Mr. James R. Smith, of the
firm of Smith Bros., Cairo, Ill. Mr. Smith has had some kind
of brain affection for perhaps a year. At the time of the fire, when the
store of Smith Bros. was consumed he was at Hot Springs, Ark., with
his family. He was called him by telegraph at that time, but immediately
went back. Not deriving the benefit, which he expected from the treatment
at Hot Springs, he soon returned to Cairo. As his disease was a brain
trouble his mind seemed to be affected. Finally he was taken to a private
insane asylum at Jacksonville.
The family soon became very
much dissatisfied with his treatment there and his wife with an attendant
went up after him. He sank and died almost immediately after getting on
board the cars. They came on to Roodhouse where the body was laid in a
coffin and thence they returned to Cairo, arriving at 1:20 Sunday morning.
The funeral last Sunday
afternoon was conducted by the Odd Fellows and was very largely attended.
He leaves a young widow and one little child.
His life was insured to
amount of $10,000 in cooperative companies. He was cut off just in the
prime of life.
Murder at Mt. Carmel.
Mt. Carmel was the scene of
a foul murder on Saturday, July 3d. Two brothers, Jake and Moses Ward,
came over from Indiana to have the full enjoyment of Independence Day. They
drank deeply. The elder one got drunk. The marshal arrested him; he
resisted. John Pickert, a C. V. & C. fireman, was called to assist
the officer. They were compelled to use force. The younger man then ran to
the assistance of his brother, and a terrible fight ensued. The younger
brother stabbed Pickert with a knife and he died in an hour and a
half. The marshal was also cut but not dangerously. The younger Ward
is held for murder; the elder was only drunk and disorderly.
Thursday, 22 Jul 1886:
It is with most sincere regret that we record the death of Philip Sowers,
who departed this life Saturday, July 17th, 1886. Mr. Sowers was a
substantial farmer and one of our most highly esteemed citizens, and his
loss will be felt by the entire community. He leaves a wife, two children
and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The funeral service occurred at
the Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 18, at 3 o’clock p.m. The
services were conducted by Rev. E. Kitch, who was assisted by Rev.
George Metzger. The remains were interred tin the Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery. Mr. Sowers was born June 15, 1846, making him 40 years, 1
month and 2 days old at the time of his death.
Charles A. Greig, an old citizen of Alexander County, a farmer living
near Olive Branch, died Tuesday. We have no particulars.
William Fitzgerald, a caulker at the Marine Ways at Mound City, while
on a spree yesterday morning very early, got on the track of the C. V. & C.
R.R. The early morning freight train came along, struck the man and mangled
him horribly. The doctors amputated his right leg. His recovery is
doubtful. He has several children, but his wife is dead. His vital forces
seem strong and he may pull through, though the shock was very great.
At Mound City, Pulaski County, the other evening some children were playing
with a shotgun, when it was accidentally discharged, instantly killing a
seven-year-old daughter of Captain Ed. Lawler.
Thursday, 29 Jul 1886:
DIED.—Mr. D. Y. Oliver, of Dongola, last week Tuesday. Mr.
Oliver was well known in both Union and Johnson counties as he had lived
in both. The Dongola correspondent of the Jonesboro Gazette states
that his death was caused by a severe injury to one of his feet last
winter—a large lump of coal falling on it. It was a bad bruise but the
thought of a fatal termination never occurred to anybody. He leaves a wife
and four children.
On Saturday last, in Dog Tooth Bend, in this county, Julian Pillow,
who was several years ago implicated in the murder of a man named Coleman,
shot his brother, Henry Pillow, placing ninety large shot grains in
his back and hips, and inflicted what must prove fatal injuries. Julian,
after the shooting, escaped to Missouri.
Robert W. Miller Dead.
After a sickness of three
weeks with erysipelas, Mr. Robert W. Miller succumbed to the fell
destroyer and Tuesday night at 10:15 o’clock the spirit took its flight.
Mr. Miller was born
in Jacksonville, Ill., Feb. 15th, 1830, and was consequently 56 years old
last February. In 1846 he entered the service of John W. Trover at
Merdocia, Ill., and was with him two or three years. In 1849 he went to
California here he remained about eight years. Returning from California in
1857, he immediately came to Cairo and formed a partnership with Capt.
Trover who had previously come here. He was a partner with Capt.
Trover from 1857 to 1869. He marred the lady whom he now leaves a
widow, about the year 1863. He leaves seven children, the youngest being
only about six months old and now quite sick.
Mr. Miller held the
position of President of the First National Bank of Cairo for some
time—about 1874 and 1875. He was a successful businessman, a good citizen,
a tender husband and a kind father. In his death Cairo has suffered a
severe loss. We cannot afford to lose men of the class to which he
Death of Rev. Ralph B. Hoyt.
The sad news of the death of
Rev. Ralph Byron Hoyt, former rector of Trinity Church, in this city,
which occurred Monday in the city of Springfield, was received here the same
evening. Mr. Hoyt has been suffering with Bright’s disease for some
time past, and to this trouble were added malarial affections, contracted
while a resident of Mt. Carmel. Mr. Hoyt was married to Miss
Virginia K. McKenzie, of this city on Thursday, Oct. 15, 1886, and
since made his home at Mt. Carmel where he was in charge of St. Paul’s P. E.
Church until compelled on account of health to vacate his place. With his
wife he came to this city and remained a day or two with her relatives and
then went to Springfield where death has claimed him. Rev. Mr. Hoyt
was a popular minister in his church, beloved by the Bishop and his people
and made friends of all acquaintances. The remains will be brought here for
interment, but we go to press too early to give the time and place of
funeral ceremonies. Mrs. Hoyt has the warm sympathies of her large
circle of friends, who mourn with her in this sad hour of affliction. The
following dispatch appeared in the Globe Democrat of yesterday:
SPRINGFIELD, ILL., July
19.—The Rev. Ralph Byron Hoyt, late dean of McLeansboro, and located
at Mt. Carmel, Ill., died in this city this evening of Bright’s disease, in
his 42nd year. His wife, formerly Miss Jennie McKenzie, of Mt.
Vernon, Ill., is here and will take the remains to that place for
interment. The time of the funeral is not yet announced. Mr. Hoyt
has been ill for a long time, but his disease took a sudden malignant turn
last Thursday and terminated as stated.—Mt. Vernon Register.
Mrs. Hoyt is a
daughter of Mr. Joseph McKenzie of this city.
(Ralph Byron Hoyt
married Virginia K. McKenzie on 22 Oct 1885, in Jefferson Co.,
John W. Coogan, a prominent farmer of Tamaroa, Perry County, attacked
his son-in-law, Harvey Miller, with a pitchfork in a quarrel a few
days ago over some oats raised by them on shares, and was shot dead by
Thursday, 5 Aug 1886:
The two-year-old daughter of Mr. James Dial, of Dodds Township,
Jefferson County, was found in a small goose pond dead a few evenings ago.
A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.
Cyrus Hayes, a colored man well known in Cairo, died last Friday. He
was above the average in his race—a useful man—quite intelligent and always
industrious. He was a brother of Henry Thornton, late fireman at the
Custom House, and now janitor in the Custom House at San Francisco. The
difference in their names arose from the fact that Henry Thornton
insisted upon taking his father’s name, while Cyrus Hayes in
accordance with the custom among slaves took his master’s name.
Resolutions of Respect.
At a meeting of the Board of
Trade held today, July 30th, to take into consideration the loss by death of
one of its members, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously
WHEREAS, It has pleased the
All Wise Providence to remove our brother, Robert W. Miller, form our
midst, the demise of whom we deeply deplore.
Therefore resolved, That we
extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereft wife and children, who knew more
of his zeal and worth as a husband and father than can be told, and to whom
our warmest sympathies go out in unmeasured fullness. Those who knew him
best in his several relations in life, realize that in his death a good man
has fallen asleep, and that the city of Cairo has lost an honorable
businessman, a good citizen, and one we shall all miss and shoe void cannot
be easily filled.
Resolved, That a page be set
apart upon the minutes of this Board and these resolutions recorded thereon.
Resolved That a copy of
these resolutions be furnished the family of the deceased, and also that the
city papers be requested to publish the same.
W. P. Halliday,
Thursday, 12 Aug 1886:
James Riley, a vagrant, of Carmi, White County, knocked down Harvey
Woolen, a friendless orphan, with a chair the other day. The boy
seized a double-barrel shot gun and shot Riley fatally in the
stomach. The boy is in jail.
Thursday, 19 Aug 1886:
Mr. John M. Cotter, a
young businessman of the fifth ward, well known in Cairo, died suddenly
Monday of a congestive chill. His funeral was observed Wednesday and was
Miss Alvena Lehning, youngest daughter of Mr. Jacob Lehning,
died Tuesday evening of inflammatory rheumatism. Funeral Wednesday.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Alvena M. R. daughter of J. & R. Lehning
Born Mar. 5, 1872, Died Aug. 17, 1886.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 26 Aug 1886:
The news of the death of Dr. J. H. McLean, President of the St. L. M.
& P. R.R. has spread pretty rapidly and caused much speculation as to
whether his death will create any serious delay in the construction of the
road. It is reported by those who claim to be advised in the matter that
his death will cause no delay as he owned but one-fifth of the capital stock
and this amount was paid up in full. Dr. McLean, however, was the
originator and moving spirit in this enterprise.
The Grand Tower murderers, the Hickam brothers, were apprehended in
their retreat on the Big Muddy last Saturday by the sheriff of Jackson
County and a posse of men, and a considerable skirmish in which thirteen
shots were fired the murderous villains were captured together with two
confederates they had associated themselves for the purpose of opposing the
authorities. John Hickam, noted for the murder of a man in Cobden
some years ago and a small penitentiary record, was the only one wounded, he
receiving a shot in the hands. It is a great pity that Jackson County, like
Union, has abolished capital punishment, for such a high-handed murderer
certainly demands the most severe punishment the law can inflict.
Mrs. Ella Brown, wife
of William Brown, died at Thebes, Aug. 16th of consumption.
Everything has been done which could be done to prolong her life, but all in
vain. Mr. Brown spent the spring months with his wife in Texas, in
hope that the dry, genial climate should heal her diseased lungs, but all in
vain. She came home a few weeks ago to die and quickly did death claim his
victim. Mr. Brown is a son of Martin Brown, county surveyor.
married Ella Walcott on 14 Jun 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Thursday, 2 Sep 1886:
After a long and painful illness one of our best citizens, Henry C. Lentz,
departed this life Thursday, August 26, 1886. Funeral services occurred at
Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, the remains being interred in the cemetery
adjoining, Rev. E. Kitch officiating. Mr. Lentz was born Oct.
6, 1837, in the state of North Carolina, and came to southern Illinois when
8 years old. For several years past he has been county surveyors of this
county and justice of the peace in this township. In religion he was a
member of the Lutheran Church, in politics a staunch Republican, and in
business and social life one of the men who adhered strictly to the Golden
Rule. Deceased leaves a wife and eight children, who have the sympathy of
the entire community.
It is very hard for a murderer to escape. The two Hickam boys of
Jackson County evaded arrest for about six weeks, but they did not get
away. Sheriff Ross with a posse captured them about ten days ago.
With their father, they seem to be guilty of murder, most foul. Sheriff
Ross is to be congratulated upon his success in the capture of these
desperate men without loss of life.
A very lamentable accident occurred four miles southeast of Cobden last
Friday. A boy some 16 or 17 years old named Hambrick, was in company
with two other boys, 6 and 9 years respectively, named Cerney.
Hambrick had a pistol and it appears the 6-year-old boy was examining
it—had cocked the pistol—and in Hambrick’s effort to recover the
weapon, it went off, shooting the 6-year-old though the heart. The evidence
given at the inquest was conflicting and the coroner held Hambrick
over. Some claim it was a premeditated murder upon the part of Hambrick,
but we are constrained to believe differently. We will say, however, that
it was the result of carelessness, and such accidents too often follow
Died, at Charleston, Mo., Aug. 17, 1886, Benjamin F. Kenrick, aged 42
years, of physical exhaustion caused by the heat. He was a thoroughly
educated man and clerk in the store of his father who is well known as one
of the most prosperous merchants at Charleston. The young man attended to
business regularly until the evening before he died.
Thursday, 9 Sep 1886:
Died, last Saturday, 1 1/2 miles east of town (Anna), of congestive chill,
Mr. Henry McGinnis. Deceased was a promising young man and had been
appointed to teach the Rich School, but alas, it is death that appoints the
end of man.
Died, in this city, last
Sunday morning, about three o’clock, of consumption, Mr. John W. Sides.
Deceased was a colored man of more than ordinary ability. He has held the
office of constable and perhaps other offices. He was elected constable at
the last election, but failed to qualify. He has been in failing health for
a long time and was at last compelled to yield to the fell disease which was
gnawing at his vitals. He had forfeited his membership in various societies
of which he had been a member and a subscription was taken to defray the
expense of his burial. His funeral was largely attended on Monday.
William R. Hall.
Many old residents of Cairo
will remember William R. Hall, who studied law in the office of Judge
Olney about the year ‘65. His home was in Shawneetown and he
returned there after admission to the bar. He finally abandoned the
practice of law and engaged in commercial pursuits. He died in St. Louis,
Aug. 25th, where he was a member of the commission house of Westcott
& Hall. He was a Knight Templar and stood very high as a man of
character and integrity.
Thursday, 16 Sep 1886:
Mr. John Johnson, a merchant of New Burnside, died last week
Tuesday. His death is a loss to that town.
Miss Imogene Steele, formerly of Cairo, died at her home in Chicago a
few days ago.
DIED.—Miss Lucy Brown, daughter of Mr. Dick Brown, of
Thebes, died there Monday, Sept. 13th, of typhoid fever. She was to have
been married to Harry Planert at the very hour of her death.
He Must Hang.
The jury in the case of
Wilson, on trial at Jonesboro, for the murder of his wife, brought in a
verdict of guilty last Saturday and fixed the penalty at death by hanging.
But this will be an innovation in Union County, and we think the murderer
will get a new trial. It was a very foul murder, however.
Thursday, 23 Sep 1886:
A most distressing accident occurred at this place (Cobden) last Friday
morning by which Mr. “Gip” Walker lost his life. Mr. Walker
at the time of his death was engineer of V. R. Holladay’ & Co.’s Central
Roller Mills, and occupied as a residence the old Gunther house in
the western edge of town opposite the old brick kiln. It has been at one
time a farm house, probably when the country was new, and has for some time
been in a more or less dangerous condition through the neglect of its owner
to make the needed repairs. The porch, we learn, was almost rotted away and
was held up by props and stays of uncertain stability, which have way while
Mr. W. was cleaning under the floor, precipitating the heavy timbers
from above down on him, inflicting fatal injuries mostly about the head.
His wife heard the nose and came to the door. He said, “Mother, I’m badly
hurt, send for the doctor—quick.” He then got up and went to the water
bucket and took a drink, and then lay down on the bed and became at once
unconscious, remaining so upon to the time of his death, Sunday night. He
was buried Tuesday by the G. A. R. Post of this place, whose organization he
had but recently joined.
We learn that Mrs. Ice, wife of James W. Ice, living in Dog
Tooth Bend, died a few days ago.
William Bean, aged 104 years, died in Gallatin County last Thursday.
He was supposed to be the oldest man in Illinois. He was the father of 23
Vienna Times.—Jerome B. Calvert, a prominent lawyer,
Democratic politician and ex-master in chancery, of Williamson County, was
shot by his wife, Martha J. Calvert, at Marion, last Saturday night.
Her name before her marriage to Calvert was Vineyard, and was
a woman of bad reputation. They lived together very unhappily and have been
separated about four months. Calvert was with another woman of
scarlet character at the time of the shooting and a spirit of desperate
jealousy caused his wife to commit the rash act. Calvert is not
expected to recover, and the woman is under arrest.
(Jerome B. Calvert
married Mahala J. Vineyard on 19 Sep 1881, in Williamson Co.,
William S. Wilson, who brutally murdered his wife in Union County,
January 7 last, was found guilty at Jonesboro a few days ago and sentenced
to death. William Wilson is a shoemaker, sixty years of age.
Thursday, 30 Sep 1886:
Died on Monday, Sept. 27th, Marie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.
Our town is agitated this morning over the shooting of Frank Burden
by C. N. Jones with a double barrel shotgun. At six o’clock Mr.
Burden was on his way to market, and when on Third Street, opposite W.
R. Shoemaker’s grocery, Mr. Jones issued forth from the
grocery with gun in hand and fired the shot which brought his victim to the
ground. The second shot missed. Mr. Burden was carried home with
his head full of small buckshot and has not spoken though he seems to be
conscious. He is not expected to recover. Mr. Jones gave himself
into custody at once, and is now in the hands of the sheriff. The cause of
this tragical occurrence is the interference of Mr. Burden with Mr.
Jones’ family relations. He had been paying some attention to Mrs.
Jones for two or three years. Last spring Mrs. Jones and her
husband separated. She procured a divorce and married young Mr. Burden—hence
Mr. Burden was well
connected and up to the time that his devotion and attention to Mrs.
Jones became known he was a very popular young man, presumably the last
to plunge two families into deep trouble.
LATER—Mr. Burden died
at 8:30 this morning.
(John F. Burden
married Mrs. Emma O. Shoemaker Jones on 16 May 1886, in Massac Co.,
Rev. J. J. Watson was called home from conference at Vandalia last
Sunday night by a telegram announcing the death of his infant daughter. The
little one’s stay on earth was shot, when it was called home by Him who
said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” The sympathy of the
entire community is extended to the bereaved parents.
Pulaski County mourns the loss of one of her best men—Mr. Samuel Spence.
Mr. Spence is well known throughout the county. The Masonic
fraternity conducted the funeral rites at Villa Ridge cemetery in the
presence of a large concourse of friends. He leaves a wife and one daughter
to mourn his demise.
Mr. Samuel Spence of Villa Ridge, died on the 18th of September after
a long illness. He was form many years agent of the I. C. R. R. at Mound
Junction. he leaves a widow and one married daughter, the wife of M. F.
Thursday, 7 Oct 1886:
William Bean died recently at Ridgway, Gallatin County, at the age of
104 years. He was the father of twenty-four children, the youngest of whom
was born when the patriarch was eighty years old.
A terrible tragedy occurred at Chalfin Bridge, Monroe County, the other
day. Edward Clark, aged eighteen, had been paying some attention to
the fifteen-year-old daughter of Chris Fultz, in opposition to the
wishes of the latter. Young Clark was ordered out of the Fultz
house, and went, but shortly afterward returned, when the girl’s parents
were absent, and shot the girl dead, and then put an end to his own life in
a similar manner.
At Metropolis, Massac County, the other morning, Caleb N. Jones
killed J. Frank Burden on the street. The victim had married the
divorced wife of Jones and taken his children.
The death sentence was pronounced upon Wilson, the wife murderer, at
Jonesboro last Saturday by Judge Harker.
Mrs. Miller, widow of the late Robert W. Miller, has purchased
a residence at Oak Park, in the suburb of Chicago, and will remove there
soon with her family.
The steamboat LaMascotte, plying between St. Louis and Cape
Girardeau, exploded her boilers Tuesday noon at Crawfords twenty five miles
above Cape Girardeau, killing about twenty persons. The boat was new and
Thursday, 14 Oct 1886:
James E. Short, an old citizen, 81 years of age, died in this city
(Metropolis) last Friday morning of cancer.
Wilson, the wife murderer, of Union County, was sentenced by Judge
Harker to be hanged Nov. 12th, between the hours of 1 and 6 o’clock p.m.
OBITUARY.—We regret to not the death of Miss Mary Clancy, a
young woman 18 years of age, daughter of Mr. Patrick Clancy. She was
sick but a short time.
Two bodies were found in the river near Bird’s Point last night, supposed to
be victims of the Mascotte disaster. One was the body of a young
woman, believed to be Miss Lind. The other was a colored man.
Thursday, 21 Oct 1886:
A little colored girl named Nannie Chapman, aged eight years, living
on Washington Ave., between 13th and 14th streets, died Tuesday of
Thursday, 28 Oct 1886:
The little daughter of Mrs. L. E. Williamson died Sunday evening of
putrid sore throat.
Thursday, 4 Nov 1886:
The funeral services Wednesday afternoon of Judge Robinson’s
daughter, Florence M. Robinson, were very largely attended. Miss
Robinson had been ill for sometime but her death was sudden, and a shock
to her friends. She was a lovely girl, just in the fresh bloom of youth in
her death, her parents have suffered a great loss, in which they have the
sympathy of the whole community.
Hon. Walter B. Scates,
died at Evanston, Ill., Oct. 26, of paralysis, in his 79th years. He was
born in Virginia, removed to Illinois about the year 1832 and has resided in
this state since that time. He was for a time one of the judges of the
Supreme Court and has always sustained the reputation of an honest man. He
leaves a large family.
Died, Tuesday night, of bilious fever, at his residence on the west side (of
Cobden) Mr. William Thomson, aged 46 years. Mr. Thompson was
formerly from Connecticut and was employed here in Frank Rethey’s
butcher shop. He leaves a young wife whom he married but about three months
Thursday, 11 Nov 1886:
We are sorry to record the death of William H. Moore, of this city,
who died Monday afternoon from injuries received Oct. 20th, near Clarendon,
Arkansas. Mr. Moore went out as fireman upon the first train which
left Cairo after the gauge of the St. Louis Ark. & Texas Ry. was changed.
At Clarendon the train ran off the broad gauge track. The engineer was
killed and Moore badly injured. He lingered until Monday and died
and was buried Wednesday. He leaves a young widow to mourn his untimely
Mr. A. B. Womack, a farmer of this county living in Simpson Township
and one of the county commissioners, died very suddenly at his home last
Thursday. A new election to fill the vacancy will be ordered at once.
Thursday, 18 Nov 1886:
We learn just before going to press that a jury has at last been obtained in
the Arnet-Newton murder trial now in progress at Vienna.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hendrickson, of Williamson County, celebrated her one
hundredth birthday, Sunday Nov. 7th. Three hundred and sixty-five relatives
Mr. Isaac M. Kelly, brother of Capt. John Kelly and uncle of
Capt. William M. Murphy, sheriff-elect, died suddenly in Franklin
County last week. Uncle Ike Kelly was known everywhere throughout
Southern Illinois and was universally respected by all who knew him.
Young Shirley Hill, son of Mr. J. Wagley Hill, died suddenly
last Saturday evening of pneumonia. He was a bright, active young fellow,
about 18 years of age, and his death was sudden and unexpected. Funeral
services were held Sunday and the remains were taken to Fairfield, Ill., for
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Coffee died last night.
Wilson, the wife murderer of Union County, expiated his crime upon
the gallows at Jonesboro last Friday. This is the first execution in that
county for a great many—probably thirty—years. The punishment was terrible
but no language can express the horrors of the crime. A woman, his wife,
the mother of his children, enceinte by him, is shot dead without the least
provocation. “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood by man shall his blood be shed.”
This law has never been repealed.
At Pinckneyville, Perry County, after a trial lasting over six days, the
case of Delilah Henson and William R. Henson, charged with
poisoning John B. Henson, husband of Delilah, was given to the jury a
few afternoons ago, and the next morning they returned a verdict of not
Thursday, 25 Nov 1886:
Mr. Sam Myers’ little son died Monday night.
Mrs. Wallar, wife of Rev. J. L. Wallar, now residing at
Centralia, is suffering intensely from cancer, which can only be endured by
the constant use of narcotics.
Mrs. Coe, wife of Rev. Mr. Coe, formerly rector of the Church
of the Redeemer in this city, died about two weeks ago at their home in
Danville, Ill., after a painful illness of several months.
The trial of Arnett and the Newtons at Vienna for murder
lasted thirteen days and ended last Saturday night with a verdict of
acquittal. The evidence was purely circumstantial and was not sufficient to
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Mr. D. Barnum
of Villa Ridge. He died last Thursday morning of malarial fever after an
illness of several weeks. The funeral services were held Friday by Rev. R.
W. Purdue. Mr. Barnum was a highly respected citizen. He was
a carpenter by trade and a fruit grower. He was well known in Cairo and
through southern Illinois generally.
A horrible accident occurred about four miles east of Vienna last week
Tuesday. A little child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shinn, which had just
learned to roll and crawl about over the floor, was left alone while the
mother went to the orchard to get some apples. On her return she found that
the child crawled to the fire and was nearly burned to a crisp from the
waist down. Medical aid was called but the child soon died.
Capt. J. S. Taylor, for a long time a postal clerk upon the Illinois
Central R.R. died suddenly of pneumonia at Centralia last Friday morning.
Capt. Taylor was known to almost everybody in southern Illinois. His
funeral was attended in the Baptist church on Sunday and he was buried by
Wallace Post G. A. R. The old soldiers are rapidly passing away.
Twenty-one years have elapsed since they were mustered out of the service.
Very many of them have answered the last roll call. In twenty-one years
more the greater part of them will be gone. Capt. Taylor was in
Cairo, apparently in his usual health about two weeks ago. He was very
happy over the result of the recent elections. We little thought then that
we looked upon his face for the last time. His final summons came and he
William W. Wilson, who murdered his wife in Jonesboro on the 7th of
January last, was hanged at Anna, Union County a few afternoons ago. This
was the first hanging in that county since 1833. It was said that Wilson
was a member of the One hundred and Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteer
infantry and served three years.
A most horrible accident occurred four mile east of here (Vienna) last
Monday. An infant son of J. C. Shinn was left alone in the room near
the fireplace and it rolled into the fire burning it to a crisp from the
Died, Saturday night, little Eugene Glynes, aged four months and a
few days. Mrs. Glynes was visiting a week or so among friends when
the little one was attacked with croup and in spite of all that kind friends
and physician could do he grew worse till death relieved him of all pain.
The funeral services were most interesting and impressive as the corpse was
carried into the church the “Watson family” sang “We Shall Sleep but
not Forever” when a perfect stillness prevailed. The discourse though short
was full of tender appeal and pathos, after which “Pass under the rod” was
rendered most effectively. Mr. and Mrs. Glynes have the sympathy of
everyone in our vicinity (Elco) in this their most sad bereavement. May
they and we exclaimed, “Thy will, not mine be done.”
Thursday, 2 Dec 1886:
Last week two old citizens passed away: Jacob Rendleman, Sr., in his
seventy-eighth year, and George W. Austen, in his eighty-third
years. The former had resided on the same farm seventy-two years; the
latter came from Watertown, Wisconsin, on the breaking out of the Civil War;
and for thirty years lived on a farm adjoining Mr. Rendleman’s Thus
the fathers, in their ripe old age, have been called to rest from labor and
the grim messenger summoned two of the oldest citizens in one neighborhood
to pay nature’s debt.—Jonesboro Gazette
Capt. Thomas Wilson.
Our new postmaster, Capt.
Thomas Wilson, died at Eureka Springs last Friday morning. The
remains were brought on o Cairo where funeral services were held last Sunday
at the residence of the deceased, and were interred at Beech Grove
Cemetery. Capt. Wilson had been failing for several months. He was
a native of England, but had lived in this country since 1835, and in city
of Cairo since 1854. He took charge of the Cairo Post Office on the first
day of September, but has failing constantly and Mr. George F. Ort
has been the responsible man in charge of the office.
Mrs. M. E. Harrell.
Mrs. M. E. Harrell,
widow of the late Isaac L. Harrell, died suddenly last Saturday and
was buried Sunday at Charleston, Mo. She had been in feeble health for a
long time but her speedy death was not looked for.
A little 9-year-old daughter
of Mr. J. R. McClure died of diphtheria last Saturday and was buried
Tuesday. The attending physician ordered at once that the other children of
the family be excluded entirely from the room of the afflicted one, and
though many days have elapsed since she was attacked, they seem perfectly
well and will probably escape unharmed.
William P. Pettis.
A little five-year-old son
of Mr. W. B. Pettis died Monday of disease closely resembling
diphtheria. The people generally believe the disease to be diphtheria. Two
other children of Mr. Pettis occupied the same room with the one who
has died and are sick with the same disease. The family thus afflicted have
the deep sympathy of our community.
DIED.—Fay, daughter of J. R. and S. R. McClure, November 27th,
1886, at 7 a.m., aged 8 years, 7 months, and 20 days.
At Preston, Randolph County, George and John Seal, brothers,
quarreled a few nights ago over the question of chastising their
brother-in-law, Barlin Ledbetter. Blows were exchanged and John drew
a knife and fatally cut his brother. Ledbetter next interfered and
was also fatally cut by the fratricide, who then made his escape.
married Alice Ann Ray on 6 Sep 1886, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel
Samuel Keelin who was convicted of murder in Saline County in 1875
and was sentenced to prison for the term of his natural life, was released
the other evening, his sentence having been commuted by the governor to
eighteen year and a half. This was still further reduced by good conduct.
Recent papers publish an account of a railroad accident near Champaign,
Ill., in which Albert Dunlap lost his life. Mr. Dunlap was
well known here (Cobden) and was related by marriage to Mr. G. H. Baker
our fellow townsman. Both families have the sympathy of our entire
Mrs. Dr. J. M. C. Damron died last Friday morning at her home in this
city. She had been an invalid for some time.
Thursday, 9 Dec 1886:
We learn from the Pulaski Patriot that Mr. Israel Sanderson ,
of Pulaski, is apparently drawing near the end of his life. His health has
been poor for many years, but now he cannot leave his room.
Mr. Joseph Hodge, the father of Mrs. French, who keeps the
boarding house on 18th Street, died Sunday morning and was buried Monday.
Mr. Hodge was very old, probably about 80 years, and had been ailing
for a long time. He had been a member of the Presbyterian church for many
Death of Mrs. Nelson.
Mrs. Nelson, widow of
Dr. David Nelson, author of the “Cause and Cure of Infidelity,” died
at her home near Quincy, Ill., last Saturday, aged 88 years.
Her husband a most
remarkable man, died some years ago. His work on infidelity gives his own
experience and is a book of wonderful interest. Every young man should read
Hon. R. A. Hatcher, ex-member of Congress, died at his residence in
this city (Charleston, Mo.) Friday morning, Dec. 3d. His funeral service
was held at the M. E. church Sunday morning. The deceased having been a
prominent member of that church for a number of years.
Thursday, 23 Dec 1886:
Dr. Benjamin F. Ross, of Cobden, died Dec. 15th, of consumption, as
the result of pneumonia three years ago.
Friends of Martin Koenig, an alleged horse thief, who died recently
in the prison at Carlyle, Clinton County, have bought suit against the
county for $5,000 damages, claiming that lack of proper ventilation in the
jail caused Koenig’s death.
Mr. James Birdsall, an old citizen of Alton, died recently at
Chesterfield, Ill. His remains were taken to Alton for burial.
Died, Monday morning, Dec. 20th, of consumption, Mrs. Samuel Harris.
Thursday, 30 Dec 1886:
The saloon at the corner of
27th Street and Commercial Avenue was the scene last Sunday night, about
midnight, of one of the most fiendish outrages that ever occurred in Cairo.
Henry Hays, the
barkeeper, and young Tom Meehan must have some fun to wind up their
Christmas frolic. Hays was recently discharged from the penitentiary
for cow stealing. A negro named Tom Spicer, a porter about the
saloon, was their victim. They had been in the habit of fooling with him
before. Heretofore their fun had been harmless, but now they must have a
grand practical joke. They chase the fellow around the saloon, catch him,
place him upon the billiard table, and while Tom Meehan holds him
down upon his back, Hays locks the door, puts the key in his pocket,
gets a pint bottle of turpentine from behind the bar, unbuttons his clothing
and sprinkles the turpentine upon his person and upon his clothes from his
neck to his feet. Having thus prepared the subject of their joke for the
sacrifice the curtain raises and the play beings.
says: “Tom, I guess we’ll fire him.” The negro protested struggled and
tried to get away. A bystander sprang forward and said, “Don’t do that.”
Quick as a flash Hays struck a match and applied it to the
turpentine. The man is wrapped in flames and cries out in agony. When too
late these practical jokers shall we call them? became frightened and
attempt to extinguish the flames. In this they are finally successful.
They did not send for a physician. They apply sweet oil and do what they
can. Somebody conveys the information to Spicer’s wife that he is
nearly burned to death. She comes over and takes him home. The next day
our health officer hears of the case and sends Dr. Sullivan to see
the man. All that medical skill can do is done, but on Tuesday the man
The young men, Hays
and Meehan, are in jail. They were brought before Judge Comings
yesterday for a preliminary examination, but took a change of venue to Judge
Robinson. The examination will be held today at the courthouse.
W. H. Simmons, a farmer living in the western part of Johnson County,
shot himself the other night in the presence of his family. Domestic
trouble was assigned as the cause.
Nathan Riley, a veteran soldier, dropped dead on a Cairo, Vincennes &
Chicago train the other night near Carmi, White County. It was supposed he
was on his way to the Soldiers’ Home at Dayton, Ohio, as he had a through
ticket to that place and paid pension vouchers in his pocket.
John Bain Dead.
Died at Vienna, Ill., Dec.
28th, 1886, at 9:30 p.m. in the 70th year of his age of liver complaint, Mr.
John Bain. He would have been exactly seventy years old had he lived
until February next. He had enjoyed a tolerable health up to almost the
very last. He ate a Christmas dinner with his family and seemed to enjoy
the society of his children, who gathered under the paternal roof, but death
came suddenly and snatched him away.
The deceased has been a
prominent merchant in Vienna, for about fifty years, and almost a lifelong
member of the Methodist Church. He leaves six children—three sons and three
daughters. His daughters are all married—one to Mr. Jackson, partner
with Mr. Bain in the dry goods business at Vienna, one to Judge
Harker and one to Mr. Walter Warder of Cairo.
Our of a family of seven
children Mr. Bain was the first to die. The youngest of the family
being now in his sixty-sixth year. He was a man of the highest character
and of sterling integrity. The name of John Bain was only known to
be respected. He was originally a strong antislavery man, an ardent
Republican and recently a pronounced Prohibitionist. He had been successful
in business and had accumulated a small fortune. His estate will probably
amount to $100,000. A large part of this is invested in the U.S. 4 percent
bonds. He probably left no will. In this event his property will be evenly
divided among his children, giving each of them a good start in life.
death’s messenger called the old man could promptly response “Ready” and he
went down to his grave like a shock of corn fully ripe and ready for the
sickle. Pleasant memories will always cluster around the name John Bain.
Mr. Littell, living one mile west of town (Dongola), who has been
sick for several weeks, died and was buried last week at the burial ground
near Karraker schoolhouse. Mr. Littell is an old pioneer in this
county and for many years has been among our most useful and respected
citizens, a strict member of the Christian denomination, practicing, in his
daily walks of life, the teachings he believed in. He leaves an aged wife
and host of friends to mourn his loss.
Nettie A., the second child of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Miller, died Monday
at 8 a.m. of diphtheria, aged 1 year, 2 months, and 12 days. Interment in
Cobden Cemetery at 10 a.m.
The Weekly Cairo Bulletin
Wednesday, 21 Apr
A Cairo negro named Jesse Wallace has been arrested in St. Louis
charged with the murder of the captain of the watch on the steamer
Arkansas City some time ago. He was to have been married to a young
woman in this city soon.