Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
6 Jan 1887-29 Dec 1887
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 6 Jan 1887:
(Harris M. Ridenhower married Augusta A. Hess married 20 Nov 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Quite a serious shooting affray took place in town Friday evening about 6 o’clock p.m. between William Ford the deaf and dumb barber at this place (Creal Springs), and a young man by the name of David Skidmore. It seems that there had been ill feelings between the two parties for some time, Skidmore’s folks refusing to allow Ford to carry water from the well which they claimed to have control of. So Friday evening just before dark, Ford concluded he would carry a bucketful from there anyhow, and taking his bucket proceeded to draw the eater. Skidmore seeing him at the well went out and poured the water out, whereupon Ford drew a revolver and shot him. Skidmore then grabbed Ford’s arm, wrenched the revolver out of his hand and shot him. Ford was carried home and lived until Sunday morning at 6 o’clock when he died. Skidmore is still living and will probably recover. These young men were not ruffians as some may suppose, but moral, sober, well-behaved young men, and the affair is to be very much regretted. Some of our Cairo friends will remember Ford as being the deaf and dumb barber at Creal Springs.
Thursday, 20 Jan 1887:
Mr. Jacob Martin, who has been ill for some months, is now so feeble that his life is in danger.
The little six-year-old son of Mr. Fred Tiechman died last Friday night of membranous croup.
(Fred Tiechman married Clara Hoffman on 30 Dec 1879, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Edward G. son of F. & G. M. Tiechman, Died Jan. 11, 1887, Aged 6 Yrs., 6 Mos., 11 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Gen. William B. Hazen, chief signal officer, U.S.A. died suddenly of diabetes at Washington, D.C., last Sunday night, Jan. 16, in his 57th year. He graduated from West Point in 1855 and has been in the regular army since that time. He was a gallant officer during the rebellion and rose to the rank of Major General of Volunteers. For the past six years he has been chief signal officer at Washington.
Fred Koertge, aged thirteen years, committed suicide the other day by hanging at his home in West Salem, Edwards County. The cause was aid to have been some trouble at school.
A man named Riley Dale, who has been employed at Sackett’s Mill for some time past, while working in the woods last week met with a very serious, if not fatal, accident. The limb of a falling tree struck him, knocking him to the ground with such force that his leg was broken in two places. He also received several minor injuries. Dr. Fitzgibbons, of Dongola, is the attending physician.
Last Saturday, while cutting timber, Riley Dale, was struck by a falling limb. His leg was broken and the bone otherwise badly shivered, the knee cap being knocked out of place, and his head badly bruised up on the ice as he fell. Hopes are entertained of his recovery, although he is in a terribly bruised condition.
Thursday, 27 Jan 1887:
Mrs. Fredericka E. Thielecke, wife of E. H. Thielecke, of the Golconda Herald, died of consumption Jan. 14th, at her home in Golconda. She had suffered much for a year, but was always patient and hopeful, clinging to life which was so bright and promising. But when she realized the utter hopelessness of her condition, she met death calmly, and with beautiful Christian faith and resignation. Mr. Thielecke has our deepest sympathy in his bereavement.
Judge Wesley Sloan died at his home in Golconda January 15, in his 81st year. He was in his day an able lawyer, a just judge and a high-minded, honest man—the noblest work of God.
Robert, son of Mr. Joseph Steagala, died last Sunday afternoon and was buried Monday. He was a bright boy, 17 years of age.
Major A. B. Carroll, sheriff of Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., died last Thursday. He had suffered intensely from a large carbuncle upon his neck which finally terminated in blood poisoning. The Major earned his title upon many a hard fought field in the Union Army. For many years he was collector of Internal Revenue. He was always a staunch Republican and as such was elected sheriff last fall. He leaves a widow and four children.
Died, at his home in Cairo, ten minutes before five o’clock this morning of consumption, Mr. Curran Redman, aged about thirty years. He leaves a young widow and one little child. The fell destroyer has been gnawing at his vitals for a long time, and has at last accomplished his deathly work.
Mr. Thomas Wilson, late postmaster, had promised that young Redman should have the position of assistant postmaster under him, but when Mr. Wilson took possession of the office, the health of both was so poor that another assistant was chosen. Now, in less than five months, both are gone.
(Curran T. Redman married Anna M. Riley on 17 Sep 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Mary Wood, widow of ex-governor John Wood, of Quincy, Ill., died in that city Thursday, Jan. 20th, aged 81 years.
John Jones, marshal of Anna, has been in jail since November for fatally shooting one Champion, has been admitted to bail by Judge Conger.
An infant daughter of Mrs. H. C. Lentz, died of consumption last Sunday morning. Funeral at Mt. Pisgah, Monday at 11 a.m. Rev. Kitch officiated.
DIED.—Jan. 19th, wife of Ervin Keer, near Moscow, Ills.
DIED.—John Roller, Jr., Jan. 21st, Mr. Roller was a son-in-law of Frank Neibauer, our leading miller.
Thursday, 3 Feb 1887:
After a severe illness of about a year, Mr. G. G. Morris died Tuesday at the residence of his brother, J. W. Morris, corner of Eleventh and Walnut.
Mr. Morris formerly lived at Mound City and afterward at Stonefort, where he was interested in the Stonefort Stove and Heading Works.
All that was mortal of Sir Knight G. G. Morris was borne to the funeral train yesterday afternoon under the escort of the Cairo Commandery, headed by a band playing the “Sweet By and By.”
The body was interred at
(Lucius O. Norton
married Lydia E. Kennedy on 2 Jan 1876, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. Jacob Martin died at his residence in this city about seven o’clock Wednesday morning, in the 51st year of his age, of consumption. He had been sick a long time and his death was not unexpected. He leaves a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Edith Ellis, and a large circle of relatives to mourn his loss.
Mr. Martin was born
in Londonderry, Ireland, April 21st, 1836. He came with his mother to the
Untied States in 1841. He was educated in Cincinnati. He came to Mound
City some twenty-five years ago, where he lived a few years. On the fourth
of October, 1863, he married Miss Amarala Arter, a daughter of Dr.
Daniel Arter and soon afterward came to Cairo, where he has lived for
about twenty-three years. For a great many years he has been the bookkeeper
of the large firm of Halliday Bros.
(Jacob Martin married
Amarala Arter on 4 Oct 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Edith L. Martin
married Eugene E. Ellis on 16 May 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill. A
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Jacob Martin
Born April 21, 1836, Died Feb. 9, 1887.—Darrel
Mr. John Gates, after a painful illness of several weeks duration, died Tuesday night about ten o’clock, of pneumonia. He was forty-three years of age.
Mr. Gates came to
Cairo in 1863 and was married to Miss Laura C. Hunsacker, daughter of
Mr. Nicholas Hunsacker, in August 1874.
The funeral will take place
tomorrow at one o’clock p.m. A special train will leave the foot of 8th at
2 o’clock for Beech Grove, where the remains will be interred.
(Henry Weiman married Julia Hunsaker on 20 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
married Theressa Painter on 21 Dec 1861, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Dr. T. G. S. Herod, died at Shawneetown, Sunday, Jan 23rd, From the Shawneetown News we clip the following:
Dr. Herod was a man of considerable prominence and was possessed of fine mental capacity and great will power. He raised the first company of volunteer soldiers that went into the late war from Gallatin County—Company B, assigned to the famous Eighteenth, commanded by the late Gen. M. K. Lawler. He entered the army as captain and was afterward made major of the Sixth Illinois Cavalry. It was while major of this regiment that he had an altercation with Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Loomis, of DuQuoin, his superior in command. The difficulty arose from some question of military etiquette or propriety and Loomis reprimanded Herod for assuming to transact business over his signature as a “Major commanding Regiment,” while Loomis was out with the effective men and Herod was left in command of the ineffective force of the regiment. Dr. Herod was a man of very sensitive feeling upon a point of personal honor, and on the night of the 3d, of November, 1863, (having received the reprimand in the morning of that day) he proceeded to the headquarters of Col. Loomis, and after a few words drew a pistol and fired several shots, killing him instantly. He was tried by court martial and sentenced to death; Pres. Lincoln commuted the sentence to ten years confinement in the penitentiary at Auburn, N.Y., he was granted a full pardon by Andrew Johnson, in May 1866. The above facts as to the killing of Col. Loomis we condense from Lusk’s Politics and Politicians of Illinois.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Joseph E. Spiller 1838-1886.—Darrel
The death of Mrs. E. B.
Dietrich last Sunday afternoon was a sudden blow to all her friends and
acquaintances as she had been sickly only about a week with pneumonia and
gastric fever, but her symptoms had not been alarming until a day or two
before she died. She was conscious to the last and her death was peaceful.
She was forty-six years old, had been married twenty-nine years and has
lived in Cairo for about fifteen years. She leaves her husband and seven
children, the oldest of whom is married to Hon. L. S. Bradley, of
Madison, State Librarian of Wisconsin. Mrs. Dietrich was a loving,
careful mother, a kind neighbor, and an earnest Christian. Her loss will be
greatly felt in the community. The funeral services conducted by Rev. A. H.
Trick, took place at 1:30 p.m. and were largely attended. A
quartette consisting of Mrs. W. P. Halliday, Mrs. J. M. Lansden
and Messrs. Porteus and Butler sang several beautiful and
Near Dumas, Arkansas, January 30th, 1887, of consumption, Mrs. Jennie F. Mann, the beloved wife of Dr. A. C. Mann, of Olive Branch, Ill., aged 30 years.
Also Mr. James Finch, formerly of Cairo, a brother of Mrs. Mann, at Dumas, Arkansas, January 29th, of typhoid fever, aged 51 years. (Bulletin and Argus please copy)
Doctor Mann went to Arkansas with his wife last September hoping that a change of climate would afford relief for her disease. But it was too late. Consumption was gnawing at her vitals.
She died trusting fully in the Lord in whom she had believed for many years. She left two little children, a boy and a girl, who will greatly miss a tender mother’s care. The Doctor arrived in Cairo from Arkansas Sunday night and left Monday morning with his children for Chester where he will leave them for the present with his father. The doctor is sorely afflicted.
(Dr. A. C. Mann
married Jennie Finch on 6 Jun 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Thursday, 3 Mar 1887:
Died at Bloomington, Ill.,
February1 5th, aged 79 years, Mr. Jesse W. Fell. Mr. Fell was
of Quaker origin, his ancestry having come to Pennsylvania with William
Penn. He came to Illinois in 1832 and was a personal friend of
Lincoln, David Davis, Stuart, Baker, and others of
the great men of Illinois of thirty years ago. He was a lawyer by
profession, an editor for a time, but his life was devoted mostly to dealing
in real estate. He was well known in this end of the state.
W. Hoskinson, Republican member of the legislature from the 51st
District, died in Springfield last Thursday, February 24th. He was 71 years
of age. This is the fourth member of the present House that has passed
away. Again we advice all members who have not done so to take a liberal
amount of life insurance at once if they can get it. It is very hazardous
to be a member of the Illinois Legislature.
(He was not fatally injured. The 26 May 1887, issue of The Cairo Citizen stated, “Harry Overton is now stationed in a telegraph office at Whiting, Kansas, on the Missouri Pacific.”—Darrel Dexter)
(Christian Flaugh married Nancy Ann McIntosh on 25 Mar 1841, in Union Co., Ill. Christian G. Flaugh married Martha Brasnell on 2 Dec 1869, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(This is probably George Halstead mentioned in the 3 Mar 1887, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 7 Apr 1887:
At Thebes, Ill., on the
morning of March 27th, Mrs. Mary E. Anderson, wife of W. W.
Anderson. And so the grim messenger has entered and broken up another
household. The loss to her family will be irreparable.
Early Monday morning, at
Elco, Mrs. Flohr, died of pneumonia. She was a widow. She had been
twice married and left several children by her first husband whose name was
Cauble. She was the mother of Miles Cauble, one of the
leading farmers at Elco.
We learn just as we go to
press that Miss Maggie Hodges, daughter of Ex-sheriff John Hodges,
by accident shot herself at their home at Old Unity, and died immediately.
The news came to Cairo by special messenger early this morning. The mother
is nearly frantic with grief.
We have to record the death of Mr. William H. Hypes, at Lebanon, Ill., of bronchial pneumonia, aged 48 years.
He was deputy collector of
Internal Revenue under Col. J. C. Willis for many years and was known
in Internal Revenue circles throughout southern Illinois. He was a graduate
of McKendree College. He leaves a widow, the daughter of Dr. Robert
Allyn, of Carbondale, and one daughter to mourn his loss.
Thursday, 12 May 1887:
The men met in the post office Saturday between two and three p.m., when Moll is said to have made a remark to the effect: “When I seek an office, I propose to go up from Marshall to Sheriff and not come down from Sheriff to Marshall.” Painter was stung by the taunt. The men both went out upon the street when a fight ensured in which Painter had the advantage. They separated and Painter went away.
Some two hours later as Mr. Moll was standing upon a street corner with County Clerk McClellan and perhaps some others, Mr. Painter came along, and, reaching out, struck Moll a severe blow across the face with something which he held in his hand. The men instantly clinched and in the struggle Painter’s pistol fell to the ground. Both men attempted to grasp it. Here accounts of the affair differ. While some say that both men did grasp the pistol, which was a self-cocker, Moll seized the handle and Painter the barrels, others say that Painter did not get hold of the pistol at all. At any rate, the pistol was discharged. Painter received the contents in his right side. The ball went nearly through the body and was extracted from the left side. He lingered until Sunday afternoon and died at 1:30 p.m.
Moll was immediately arrested by Sheriff Weaver and lodged in jail. As mutterings of vengeance were heard, Sheriff Weaver carefully guarded the jail with a posse of thirty or forty determined men. On Monday the coroner summoned a jury of six good and true men and an inquest was held. Their verdict exonerated Moll and he was discharged from custody. Mr. Moll himself says that the shooting was purely accidental, while the verdict of the jury was, we believe, “justifiable homicide.”
The funeral occurred Monday and the remains were interred at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Both of these men were in the prime of life. Both had young families. Painter was a fine man, genial and pleasant and as brave as a lion. He probably did not know the sensation of fear. The whole affair is terrible to contemplate. It is rumored that Painter’s friends have organized for vengeance. We trust that better counsels will prevail and that only legal methods will be pursued.
West Ford, while looking for some lumber that had floated away in the bottoms near Wickliffe, found the naked body of an unknown man. He was apparently about forty years old. Height 5 feet 3 inches—hair dark. One foot had at some time been amputated. He was probably drowned. After an inquest by Justice Powell he was buried May 11.
Last Saturday, at 6:390 p.m., Mr. William G. Cary, one of our oldest citizens, breathed his last. For about three years Mr. Cary's health has been bad, supposed to be caused by blood poisoning and he was compelled to give up his business, that of an undertaker, and go to various health resorts, but all of no avail. He died at the age of sixty-four, honored and respected by everybody. Mr. Cary was born at Palmyra, N.Y., April 4th, 1824. He came to Cairo in 1854 and engaged in business as a carpenter and builder. Soon he commenced the manufacture of coffins and has continued in that business until compelled to give up in consequence of ill health. He leaves a wife and three children, Aurilla J., Ella M., and George W. Cary, the two oldest of whom are married. The deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the Episcopal Church.
(Ella May Cary
married Elliott C. Shumale on 15 Sep 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill. A
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: W. G. Cary Died
June 4, 1887.—Darrel Dexter)
(August C. Westerman
married Hattie M. Cover on 4 Jan 1885, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Logan Belt married
Mary A. Belt on 26 Oct 1886, in Hardin Co., Ill.—Darrel
We regret to record the death of New Burnside on the night of June 14, of Mr. D. E. Sheerer, a prominent merchant of that place. He had been failing for some time and death was not wholly unexpected. Mr. Sheerer was a man of high character and unquestioned integrity. He was a successful businessman and stood high in all business circles. He was only fifty years of age though he had the appearance of being ten years older. He was well known to our Cairo merchants who will regret his untimely death. He lived and died a Christian.
married Margaret M. Hester on 26 Mar 1865, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. Thomas Brown, of Carbondale, died at his home in that city June 10th. He was highly respected by all who knew him as an upright honest man.
He came to Cairo in the
autumn of 1880 and lived here for some 18 months. He was engaged while here
in moving houses and to some extent in building.
Died at his home in Pulaski,
Pulaski County, Illinois, June 7th, 1887, Israel Sanderson, aged
sixty-four years, five months and three days. He was born in Maysville,
Ky., Jan. 4, 1823. He was the son of Cyrus and Abigail Sanderson.
The family of which Mr. Sanderson was a descendant has an honorable
place in our nation's history. The great-grandfather of the subject of this
sketch fought under command of Wolfe against the French under
Montcalm and was killed in action. The grandfather, Israel Sanderson,
of two generations ago, served throughout the Revolutionary War in Gen.
Washington's bodyguard, and at the close of the struggle received from
the hand of Washington himself an honorable discharge from the
service. This document is still treasured by the Sanderson family
residing in the State of Vermont.
The success of Mr. Sanderson's life was achieved in newspaper work. From Galena he went to Monroe, Wis., where he was connected with the Sentinel. In 1855 he started the Richland County Observer (the first paper in that county) and brought it to a sound financial condition. Having disposed of this paper and spent some time in Central Illinois, he started, in 1859, the Grant County Witness in Wisconsin. In both papers he constantly advocated the then recently formed Republican Party. He also worked strongly for the cause of temperance. It was unfortunate for Mr. S. that the occupation, which he had chosen and for which he seemed in the judgment of his friends to be well fitted, became utterly repugnant to him. After disposing of the Witness he engaged in mercantile business for some time, but finally settled down at Pulaski, Ill., as a fruit grower.
Mr. Sanderson was married in Grant Co., Wis., Nov. 30, 1851, to Margaret, second daughter of Mr. John Nelson. Mrs. Sanderson survives her husband. Of this union there were four children, three sons and one daughter. The great sorrow of the latter years of the life of Mr. and Mrs. S. was the loss of their estimable sons by death. Edward, the eldest, was drowned in Nevada, Aug. 19, 1875; Arthur, the youngest son, died at home, Oct. 16th, the same year; and Walter died at home six years later. His aged mother also died at his residence in 1873.
Mr. Sanderson was exact and honest in his business and thorough and ingenious in his methods of work. In directions for this funeral he wished no ceremonies, except that friends should throw a clod into his unfilled grave. He also expressed his faith in the Great Incomprehensible Creator who needs no words from man to know the state of anyone, and expressed the idea that he was no more responsible to him in death than in life and was willing to trust his all to His keeping.
strength failed very gradually and for weeks before his death, he was
helpless. It was only after long waiting that there came the end of his
pain. But all the care that the love of wife and daughter aided by the
kindness of friends could give was his in full measure.
CARBONDALE, ILL., July 4.—A fatal accident occurred near Bosky Dell, about five miles south of this place, late yesterday afternoon. Adrian McKenzie and wife were riding on horseback, when, crossing a small stream, the horse which Mr. McKenzie was riding plunged, causing her to loose her balance and fall backwards, her foot being held fast in the stirrup. The horse became badly frightened, and whirled rapidly, striking the head of the unfortunate lady against a tree. When finally extricated she was unconscious, and remained so until her death three or four hours afterward. Both McKenzie and wife were quite young and had been married only a few weeks. The lady was the daughter of H. E. Farril, of Makanda.
"A sorrowful affair was the death last Thursday morning at 9 o'clock of Mr. Frank Smith, of Olmsted. The deceased the son of Hon. H. M. Smith, judge of the county court of Pulaski County, who for many years suffered from physical disability. A few minutes before his death he entered room as he said for the purpose of taking a bath. He locked the door and a few minutes thereafter the report of the discharge of a gun was heard. Upon entered the room Mr. Smith was found dead, with the muzzle of the gun against his left side near his heart, where its contents had entered his body. He left a note on a table in the room explaining his rash act. A coroner's jury was summoned and rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts. The deceased was an unusually intelligent young man. For many years he had been badly crippled and not doubt his long suffering had affected him mentally. his numerous relatives have the sympathy of all our people."—[Mound City Republican
This is a very sad case.
Frank Smith was about 30 years old. He had a disease of the spine
and was nearly helpless. Life had, we suppose, become a burden and in his
despair he put an end to it.
Baker shot and mortally wounded Charles Mason, Jr., the other
afternoon in Elk Prairie, Jefferson County. Mason had been keeping
company with Baker's daughter and trouble grew from that.
Thursday, 4 Aug 1887:
Mrs. Mary E. Bryant,
wife of Joseph Bryant, died at the residence of Mr. John Clarkson,
in Charleston, Mo., July 17. She was only 29 years of age. Her death was
one of triumph. She died believing that he heard strains of celestial music
from the other side of the river.
With great regret we have to
announce the death of Mr. H. C. DePue, at Bushnell, Ill., last
Sunday. Mr. DePue was local agent of the I. C. R. R. here for many
years and was known by every businessman in Cairo. He passed through Cairo
on his way from Los Angeles, Cal., to Chicago just about June 1st. He has
been wearing away with consumption for several years. The I. C. R. R. Co.
has very kindly kept his name upon the pay roll and paid his wages
regularly. He died cherishing a Christian's hope and in the full exercise
of a Christian's faith.
(William S. Meisenheimer
married Sue M. Briggs on 18 Jun 1878, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
GOLCONDA, ILL., August
4.—Yesterday afternoon, during a heavy thunderstorm a bolt of lightning
struck and wrecked a tree standing near the residence of Mrs. Sarah
Morrill, on the Vienna and Metropolis road, near this place, instantly
killing a cow, which had taken shelter under it, and so severely shocking
Mrs. Morrill, who stood in the door of her house, 50 feet distant,
that her life is despaired of.
A sad case is reported from
near Cottage Home, Williamson County. Two young people, James Nepper
and Ida Brandon, were engaged to be married Wednesday last. For some
time previous to that date Nepper had been severely ill of typhoid
fever. He however determined to keep the engagement and in spite of all
protestations arose from his bed, traveled several miles in the broiling sun
and the twain was made one. Almost immediately the young man was stricken
down, and at last accounts was thought to be in a dying condition.
(George M. Jones
married Eliza Bates on 3 Dec 1882, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(John P. Walker
married Sabra Hall on 9 Aug 1839, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. John P. Walker died at Clear Creek in this county, Sunday, August 7th. He was one of the oldest citizens of the county, having been born at Clear Creek, Feb. 22nd, 1818.
Thursday, 25 Aug 1887:
Mr. Robert C. Detrich,
of Chester, circuit clerk of Randolph county, on Monday night of last week
fell from an upper porch on which he had been in the habit of sleeping
during the hot weather and sustained such injuries that he died the
following Wednesday. When found by his family he was unconscious.
A very successful soldiers' reunion was held at Enfield, Ill., last week. All went merry as a marriage bell until the sham battle came on. In this some six or seven persons were badly injured. A large cannon was prematurely discharged and Robert Johnson, gunner, had his right thumb blown off. Gabe Sullenger, of McLeansboro, had both arms blown off and was otherwise injured. He is not expected to live.
Irwin Reeder, of McLeansboro, had his face and body badly burned and lacerated.
James Brockett, living near Carmi, acted as rammer and had his right arm blown off.
William Daniels who was thumbing had both hands badly burned.
Emanuel Berry living
near Carmi, was knocked down and badly injured by the shock.
(Francis M. Moss
married Emma Kesters on 10 Dec 1876, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. W. C. Mehner died suddenly Sunday night. He was subject to apoplectic fits and Sunday night he passed away in one of them. He was the son of Mr. Charles Mehner, the bricklayer. He was buried Tuesday at Villa Ridge. The Rough & Ready Fire Company turned out in a very neat uniforms and acted as escort while their hose cart was converted into a hearse. As they passed up Washington Ave., headed by the Band playing a solemn dirge, the effect was impressive in the extreme.
Mr. William George, aged forty-five years, living twelve miles northwest of Taylorsville, was thrown from a road cart while going home from town the other morning, and was dragged quite a distance, receiving injuries from which he died in a few hours.
Andrew Bachman, a wealthy farmer, living near Carmi, was knocked down and stamped by a vicious mule a few days ago, receiving injuries, which resulted in death.
Died, August 30th, at Jonesboro of hemorrhage of the lungs, Charles Misenhimer, aged 25 years, 10 months and 29 days. Interment took place in the Jonesboro Cemetery.
Died at her residence three miles north of Jonesboro, August 29, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, aged 68 years. The funeral services were conducted by the Baptist church on Tuesday by Rev.. Dr. Sanders. Interment in the Jonesboro Cemetery.
Kaolin, over on the M. & O., was the scene Monday, Aug. 20, of a bad accident. Mrs. M. E. Hawkins who lives in the deserted station house, discovered her little daughter playing on the track in front of a coming freight train, and, upon the engineer signaling jumped in front of the locomotive in order to save her child. The engine hurled her ten feet into the air and, coming down, she struck her head on a pile of stones, beside the track, crushing her skull. The child, strange to say, was uninjured, having crawled off the track at the last moment. Dr. Lence of Jonesboro, who was called, says there are slight hopes of recovery.
Thursday, 15 Sep 1887:
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Countryman died Monday.
Mrs. Mary C. Swan, wife of Rev. B. C. Swan, died at Harrisburg, Sept. 1st.
We are sorry to record the serious illness of Mr. Nicholas Hunsacker now residing upon a farm in Dog Tooth Bend. His health has been failing for nearly a year and his condition is now quite serious. He has something like shaking palsy. His brain is affected. He cannot sit still. He must walk constantly. His friends hope for the best while they fear the worst.
Mr. George Parsons was summoned East last Saturday by a telegram announcing the dangerous illness of his father, at his home in Kennebunk, Me. He started at once. On Sunday another message came flashing over the wires announcing the death of the old gentleman.
Mr. Patrick McElligott, an old citizen of Cairo, died at his residence on Twelfth Street Monday of paralysis. The funeral occurred yesterday. He was a carpenter by trade, a quiet, industrious man. He leaves a widow and eight children.
(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Patrick McEllingott Died Sept. 12, 1887.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Enos Morris, eldest son of Mr. James S. Morris, of Ullin, died Tuesday at his home in Mound City of a congestive chill. His funeral occurs today. He was a bright young man, universally respected by everybody. He had been sick about a week. His brain was affected and he was delirious from the first. He leaves a young widow, the daughter of Mr. Fred Norman, of Mound City, whom he married a few years ago. He was never a rugged man, but seemed well, and his death is a terrible blow to all his friends. He was connected with Mr. Nordman in business and would have removed to Cairo soon, with Mr. Nordman's entire establishment. He leaves no children.
At Jeffersonville, Wayne County, the other night, George Goodrich, aged twenty-one, committed suicide because his sweetheart would not allow him to spend the evening with her.
Died, Friday, Sept. 9, Nicholas Kohler, after but a short illness. Interment in the Casper Cemetery north of town (Anna), Saturday.
Died, at the residence of Dr. J. I. Hale, Wednesday, Sept. 7th, after a long illness, Anna M. Wilson, mother of Mrs. Hale, aged 68 years, 7 months, and 3 days. Interment Thursday in the Wetaug cemetery.
(James I. Hale married M. J. Wilson on 17 Oct 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
On Saturday morning the body of John C. Eckers, with two pistol shots in his body, supposed to have been fired by two tramps, was found near the M. & O. railroad track near Jonesboro. Eckers, who was a petit juror in court then in session in Jonesboro, was seen walking on the railroad between 6 and 7 o'clock Friday morning, and about the same time two tramps were seen coming from an opposite direction at a distance far enough to meet the former at about the place where the body was found. As nothing more was seen of Eckers, a search was instituted on Saturday morning, with the result named. He was lying in a thicket, with his feet showing, when found, and had a bullet in his brains and a larger one below the heart, which would indicate that two had a hand in the shooting. A fine gold watch and some money was taken from him and the tramps probably murdered him for the silver. He was from Springfield, and at the time of the murder was staying at his brother-in-law's near Jonesboro. He leaves a young wife and four children, who are well provided for. At this writing the murderers have not been captured.
Died, Mrs. Agnes Sheppard, widow of the late Eugene Sheppard, and daughter of J. Henry Jarvis. The bereaved parents have our sympathy.—East Cape Girardeau
On Monday evening as Maston and W. Y. Davis, who live in the west part of the county were retuning home from Vienna, they were met in the road some four miles from here by Henry and Joe Newton, between whom and the Davises some ill will has been existing for some time. It seems that the Newton boys were the aggressors and tried to get W. Y. Davis out of his wagon in order to have him a threshing, when Davis fired one shot from his revolver at one of the Newton boys, which was immediately responded to by the Newton boys, who fired some three or four shots in return. As all parties proved to be inferior pistol shots no one was hurt. The sheriff arrested Joe Newton Tuesday morning, but failed to secure Henry. The Newton boys have figured prominently in one murder case in this county, while the Davises are peaceable and highly respected citizens.
Thursday, 22 Sep 1887:
Sebastian Barth died at his home on 16th Street about midnight, last Saturday night. He had been sick for some months and his death was considered only a question of time. He was buried Monday from St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The Rough and Ready Fire Co., of which he had been an active member, turned out in their bright uniforms as an escort using their hose cart as a hearse. Mr. Barth was still a young man, under forty, we believe. He leaves a widow and a large family of young children.
(Sebastian Barth married Salina Burgois on 9 Aug 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Sebastin Barth Died Sept. 18, 1887, Aged 39 Yrs., 14 months.—Darrel Dexter)
There have been two cases of fatal sickness lately. The only two children of Minos Honey died recently about a week apart. Flux probably was the cause of their deaths. the bereaved parents have out heartfelt sympathy.—Sandy and Wolf Creek
A reward of $100 has been offered for the arrest and conviction of each of the two supposed murderers of John C. Eckers.
Died, at Sunny Side Farm, near Anna, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1887, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Ann E., wife of Rev. John M. Faris, in the seventy-first year of her age.
Thursday 29 Sep 1887:
Mr. George Parsons arrived from the East Sunday. His father died before his arrival and he could only attend the funeral. The father, Mr. Joseph Parsons, was a man of very high standing and character, and passed away at the age of seventy years.
Died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Elias Dilday, two miles east of Alto Pass, on the 17th inst., Mary A. Winepy, aged 97 years, 6 months, and 4 days.
Henry Hays and Thomas Meehan, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced, Hays to a year and a half and Meehan to one year in the penitentiary.
Thursday, 6 Oct 1887:
All friends of Mr. George Parsons will be interested in reading the obituary notice of his father, Mr. Joseph Parsons, in this issue taken from the Eastern Star, a paper published at Kennebunk, Maine.
Death of Joseph Parsons.
Joseph Parsons, who died on the 11th inst., was born in Alfred, Dec. 6th, 1816, where he spent his youth.
During the last 32 years of his life he has been a citizen of this place.
He had a vigorous constitution, kept so through life by simple habits of living. He was upright and reliable in his dealing with others. He was not profuse in promises but always making good and more than good those he did make. Once get him to say that he would do a specific thing and you did not need paper and ink for it. He was trusted by his fellow citizens and represented them in the state legislature prior to the present one. He maintained his own rights and respected the rights of others, which kept him from being either servile or arrogant. This was the basis of his courtesy. Having a thoroughly democratic spirit he met on a footing of delightful equality any man however limited in capacity or humble in position.
He was acquisitive but not avaricious. He was accommodating and ready to respond to the needs of others. His was a social turn pervaded by a decided vein of pleasantry. His hospitality was sincere. The ties of relationship and friendship were peculiarly strong and struck with their roots through every fiber of his being. He was powerfully drawn toward old scenes, ways and customs and most of all to old friends.
Mr. Parsons had an active mind and mature judgment, which enabled him readily and wisely to forecast, plans. He was especially strong in will power, having once undertaken an enterprise he carried it through with persistent vigor, certitude, and dispatch. To this power of planning and willing he added constancy in effort. He worked hard and was among the business mortals. He did not say go but come and thus was well fitted to lead and spur others on in the line of practical work and enterprise. Thus his individuality asserted itself. When he said a thing he meant it. He had a way of saying a thing with so much quiet decision that it became evident to the most obtuse that he meant it.
Though not a large man in physical stature, yet there was something indefinable about him, which assured one that he was not to be trifled with or imposed upon.
He had latent capacity, which would have enabled him to reap marked success in a wider sphere in business enterprises. Mr. Parsons made everything better he had to do with. He had a passion for trees and has done more than anyone else to adorn and beautify this village with them. The centennial tree, near the town hall, will always be associated with his name. Thus has passed away at three score years and ten a man of the most approved New England type in thrift and achievement.—[W. E. E. in Kennebunk (Me.) Eastern Star.
Last Wednesday, two suspicious characters, supposedly the murderers of John C. Eckers, who was shot in Jonesboro about a month ago, were arrested in Charleston, Mo., but they were afterwards found to be the wrong men.
John Thompson, of Hoyleton, Washington County, was caught in the wheels of a wagon a few days ago, and the team starting to run, he was dragged to death.
Death of John H. Gossman.
Mr. John H. Gossman, ex-county coroner, ex-city treasurer and for many years bookkeeper for the firm of F. Bross & Co., died at Dawson Springs, Kentucky, last Sunday. He has been sick for a long time and although he thought lately that he was improving, his death was not a great surprise to his friends. His remains were immediately brought to Cairo and the funeral services were held at his house Tuesday, Rev. A. H. Trick, officiating. Both lodges of the Odd Fellows and Warren Stewart Post of the G.A.R. attended the funeral as organizations, while large numbers of citizens also joined in the procession. Four cars were well filled with friends who followed the remains to their last resting place. Mr. Gossman was a native of Ohio and was forty-six years of age. He was a soldier in the Union army during the war and always a good citizen. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his departure.
(John H. Gossman married Caroline Kahn on 31 Dec 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 13 Oct 1887:
Died, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1887, after a very short illness, Frankie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Anderson, aged 2 years, 4 months, and 26 days.
Died, at Jerseyville, Ill. Oct. 6th, 1887, Hon. P. V. N. Davis, aged 62 years. Funeral services were conducted at the Otrich House, where he had made his home, by the Rev. G. W. Scawthorn, at 3 o'clock of the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 9th. Masonic services were held at the grave. Mr. Davis was well and favorably known in this end of the state, and was our representative in the legislature of 1884-5. He was a merchant in his earlier days. All the past summer he has been ailing and a short time since he went to Jerseyville to have an operation performed. He died from its effects.
Thursday, 20 Oct 1887:
Hon. P. V. M. Davis, aged sixty years, died at Jerseyville a few mornings ago from the effects of an operation performed by doctors at that place. He was an old and honored citizen of Anna, a lawyer well known all over the state and was a stat representative in 1884.
Another old settler of Union County is gone. D. H. Rendleman died at his home near Jonesboro late last Tuesday night, aged 85 years, 9 months, and 24 days. He was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1801, and came to Union County in 1827. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss. He also leaves 53 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Thursday, 27 Oct 1887:
Mr. John Forney, superintendent of the factor at Wickliffe, was in the city yesterday. He reports that Mr. Evans Shelby is held under arrest for the murder of the old lady, Mrs. Moore, on the 15th inst. The preliminary hearing will be given today. The highest excitement prevails and Mr. Forney seems to think that if the evidence is strong against Shelby, his life will not be worth much.
Mr. C. E. Butler, of Anna, father of our State's Attorney William N. Butler, Esq., is quite low, suffering with a lung trouble. He is only sixty-four years of age, but cannot apparently hold out long.
Ferdinand Kurth, a carpenter employed at Benton, Franklin County, by the Northwestern Railroad Company, was fatally injured a few days ago by being struck by a freight train.
Died, at Lamar, Colo., Oct. 21, of consumption, Mr. Harvey Morris. Mr. Morris was a merchant at Dongola until about a year ago, when he retired from business to travel for his health. He had been troubled with the dread disease consumption for some time. His wife is a daughter of Daniel Kimmel, of this place (Cobden) she has the sympathy of our community.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1887, Miss Lovie Barringer departed for that land whence no traveler returns. Miss Lovie was a bright and vivacious young lady of 18 summers and will be much missed by the young people of our community. Funeral occurred at Mt. Pisgah, Wednesday, Oct. 19, services being conducted by a minister of the Baptist church of which deceased was a member. The family have our heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement.—Wetaug
Died—Saturday, Oct. 22, 1887, at her home five miles west of this place (Wetaug), Mrs. Harriet Miller, wife of John Miller. Funeral at Mt. Pisgah, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 o'clock p.m. Rev. E. Kitch officiating.
(John Miller married Harriet L. Bourlen on 14 Feb 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A terrible murder was committed in this county near Hinkleville on Saturday the 15th. A Mrs. Moore, an old lady was found dead in her kitchen with her skull crushed in and throat cut. The crime was committed for the purpose of robbing her—it being known that she kept money about the place. No arrest has been made, but they say they have their man spotted and from the feeling of the people, I guess that if there is any arrest made there will be but little trial or ceremony, as the people seem determined that justice shall be done in this case.—Wickliffe News
Thursday, 3 Nov 1887:
Mr. John B. Zanone died at Mound City last Thursday, aged 57 years. He has lived in Mound City and Cairo for many yeas and was well known in this end of the state. He leaves one son.
Mrs. Slaughter, wife of Mr. James M. Slaughter, an employee at the Water Works, residing in one of the new cottages on Cedar Street, died Monday morning. The funeral was conducted yesterday by Rev. A. H. Trick, burial at Villa Ridge.
(James M. Slaughter married Mary J. Turnbell on 22 Sep 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. J. H. Bryant was suddenly called to St. Louis Tuesday by a telegram staring that Mrs. C. N. Devere, his daughter, and her husband had been killed by an explosion. This explosion occurred about two o'clock Tuesday morning in a grocery store on South 14th Street and was caused by gasoline in the cellar of the store. Immediately after the explosion fire broke out which enveloped the building in flames. The explosion was felt for a mile around the place many building in the vicinity were completely wrecked and in those more remote, walls were cracked and windows broken. about a dozen people were either killed or injured. Mrs. Devere was well known here and her many friends will deeply regret her terrible death.
John R. Pitcher.
Mr. John R. Pitcher, youngest son of W. F. Pitcher, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of this city, and brother of Mrs. W. D. Lippit and Miss Lida Pitcher died last Saturday at the Marine Hospital. He was born in Trenton, N. J., and was twenty-three years of age. Although so young he had traveled extensively and seen considerable of the world. He entered the U. S. Navy at an early age and visited Europe and Asia, spent one summer on the Baltic near St. Petersburg where he witnessed the coronation of Alexander III, Czar of Russia. He also visited Jerusalem, Paris, Gibraltar, and other noted historical places. At the time of his death Mr. Pitcher was employed as night clerk at the Stone Depot. His funeral took place Monday afternoon at the residence of Mrs. W. D. Lippit, on Washington Avenue, at 2:30 o'clock and he was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery. His father, Mr. W. F. Pitcher, of Springfield, Mo., his brother, Dr. W. H. Pitcher, of Paducah, Ky., and his sister, Mrs. E. S. Clark, of Henderson, Ky. were present at the funeral. He leaves a large number of friends and acquaintances who deeply regret his death.
James G. Long, of Taylorville, died the other day of gangrene, aged sixty-three years. He served ten years in the government land office at Washington previous to 1880.
Died—Friday, Oct. 28, of old age, Abe Hunsacker. Mr. Hunsacker was one of Cobden's earliest settlers.
Died on Thursday last of typhoid fever, Forest, youngest son of O. W. Norris. Forest was a bright little boy of about six summers. He was well liked by everybody and will be greatly missed by his many schoolmates.
Died, on Wednesday last, Oct. 26, Andrew Duckshied, of typhoid fever, aged 67 years. Funeral services at the Catholic church, Oct. 28. Interment in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Duckshied was one of Cobden's oldest residents. He had lived here about thirty years. He was a wealthy farmer and a true Christian.
Died—Early Monday Morning, Oct 31, 1887, the wife of William Jones departed this life. Deceased was the daughter of William Holmes. (Sandy and Wolf Creek)
(William E. Jones married Melinda Holmes on 2 Apr 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
It was rumored here (Vienna) today that S. L. Strickland who lives in the western part of the county, was shot by someone lying in ambush as he was returning home from Vienna Monday evening. No particulars can be gained at present.
Thursday, 10 Nov 1887:
Mrs. Jones, wife of W. E. Jones, of Idlewild, died some ten days ago. He is all broken up and will sell out his personal property at auction, Friday, November 24th.
With great regret we have to announce the death of Mr. John H. Parker, a prominent farmer of Alexander County, who lived just beyond the Lake Creek Bridge. Mr. Parker died last Friday evening at two o'clock. He was born and reared in Pulaski County, but has resided in Alexander County about twenty-five years. He was only forty-six years of age. He leaves a family of five children, one son and four daughters. He was an excellent citizen and his early death is to be deplored.
(John Hamilton Parker married Charlotte Isabell Blackwell on 1 Nov 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Alfred Cutting, of Metropolis, died last Sunday at 2:30 p.m., aged about sixty-five years. For nearly twenty-five years he has been the most prominent ship builder in southern Illinois. A great many of the fine steamboats which have plowed the waters of the Mississippi River have been built at his yards. He was born in England, coming to this country while yet a boy. He leaves a most estimable widow and several grown children.
On the 22nd of October, Mr. M. V. B. Sweeney, of Clear Creek, was suddenly killed by the falling of a limb of a sweet gm tree, which struck him upon the head. He was in the field gathering corn. No one was with him but a stranger whom he had hired to assist in gathering his corn.
(Martin Van Buren Sweeney married Mary A. McIntosh on 22 May 1859, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 24 Nov 1887:
The accident on the C. V. & C. Sunday afternoon was the most terrible that has ever happened on that road. A collision occurred three miles north of Vienna, between two freight trains running in opposite directions. Four men were killed, the engineers and fireman.
Died—Sunday, Nov. 20, 1887, Mr. Ed. George died, probably of pneumonia.
Died—Mrs. Carolina Ketchman, wife of William Ketchman, departed this life on the night of the 21st of Nov. 1887. Pneumonia was probably the cause.
Died, Tuesday Nov. 15, at the residence of I. C. Piersol, of this place (Anna), after a long illness. Mrs. Malinda Kealy, aged about 75 years. Rev. T. Earnhart conducted the funeral. Interment in the Jonesboro Cemetery.
Died, Sunday, Nov. 20, 1887, Ella, 15 months old daughter of James Lee, south of town (Anna). The funeral service was conducted on Monday by the Rev. Dr. Faris.
Thursday, 1 Dec 1887:
We regret to announce the
death of Mr. Edward Peters at the Sisters' Hospital in this city last
Saturday. He was one of the men who was stricken with a kind of paralysis
on coming out of the first caisson, just before its completion, nearly three
weeks ago. He was taken to the hospital Nov. 11th, and died the 26th.
After his first three days in the hospital, he was conscious up to nearly
the last. He was a man probably about twenty-five years of age. This is
the first death that has occurred among those working under the river. All
the others who were attacked as Peters was, have recovered except a
man named Daniel Longan, who is in the hospital and getting well. He
was severely burned on coming out of the caisson and that is the chief
disability. Only two relays of men were affected with the paralytic
symptoms and it is hoped that with proper care there will be no more trouble
in this direction. Mr. Barr, the contractor, does everything
possible for the care and comfort of his men.
(Thomas H. Phillips
married Ellen A. Hughes on 2 Oct 1867, in St. Clair County,
Died in the city of Chester,
Ill., Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 1887, Mrs. Sarah Ford. "Gone but not
(Spiras H. Yates
married Julia B. Cavender on 3 Dec 1879, in Alexander Co.,