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Obituaries and Death Notices

 

The Cairo Citizen

6 Jan 1887-29 Dec 1887

 

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois


Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

darreldexter@hotmail.com
 

Thursday, 6 Jan 1887:
Mr. Z. Block, for a great many years proprietor of the St. Charles Hotel, at Cape Girardeau, Mo., died there December 16th, in his 76th year and was buried with Masonic honors.  He celebrated his golden wedding in 1862.  He was well known by everybody who has had any acquaintances at the Cape for the past thirty years.
 
The young men, Henry Hays and Tom Meehan, who perpetrated the outrage upon the negro Tom Spicer, which caused his death, were held to bail by Judge Robinson, in the sum of $1,600 each.  They were unable to give the bail and were returned to jail. 

Thursday, 13 Jan 1887:
Judge John G. Rogers, Chief Justice of the Circuit Court at Chicago, dropped dead of paralysis of the heart in Gossage’s dry goods house at 1:30 p.m. Monday, aged 68 years.  Mr. John H. Wood, business manager of the house (son of Col. John Wood), and several clerks rushed to the assistance of the fallen man, but all in vain.  He was dead.  He held court the same morning, apparently feeling well.
 
Judge Aaron Shaw, of Olney, Ill., died at his home last Friday night.  He had been circuit court judge and was a member of the Thirty-fifth Congress.  He was seventy-six years of age.
 
Mrs. Augusta A. wife of H. M. Ridenhower, died at her home at this place last Monday morning, from long and protracted dyspepsia and indigestion.  Rev. I. A. J. Parker conducted funeral exercises at the family residence Tuesday afternoon, after which her remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.  Mrs. Ridenhower, the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Hess, of our town, was a young woman in the prime of life, but has been in ill health for some time past, her sufferings being so long and severe that it is said she often expressed a desire to die before death finally came to her relief.  Besides a husband an infant less than a year old, she leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.—Vienna Times

(Harris M. Ridenhower married Augusta A. Hess married 20 Nov 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

 
Mrs. J. P. Bain, of Texas City, while here attending his father, who died last week, was taken ill and is now very sick at his mother’s in this place.  He has a severe attack of erysipelas, about his head and face.—Vienna Times
 
John Bain, a businessman of Vienna, Johnson County, died at his home the other night.  He was seventy years old.  He went to that county sixty-two years ago, and had been in active business for forty-eight years.
 
Jacob Brashers, a young farmer at Allison, Lawrence County, while smoking his pipe before an open fireplace, was seized with an epileptic fit and fell upon the coals.  He was burned so badly that he died in a short time.
 
J. D. Whitaker left for Nebraska Saturday,  He and his wife were called to Illinois on the occasion of the death of his wife’s mother.
 
Mr. Parris, our picture man, is at present lying quite low with typhoid fever at his residence west of town.  Miss Cora Dawson at the same home, has pneumonia.  Dr. Winstead, of Wetaug, attends.
 
Died at the residence of Mrs. Mary Tharp, Albert Riggs, age about 20 years.—East Cape Girardeau

 

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. 

 

Obituary.

            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:
Dr. George B. Toler, died of consumption at Vienna, Sunday morning, Jan. 23d, aged only 24 years.  He was a bright, well-educated and promising young man.
 
John Gates, who has been sick for some time, is in a very critical condition.
 
Death of Mr. G. G. Morris.

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 Beech Grove.
 
Jacob Weissenmueller recently died at Belleville, St. Clair County, aged seventy-nine years.  He was once a wealthy man, but through unlucky speculations lost his entire fortune, and for several years past has been living at the county farm.
 
Rev. F. M. Richardson, who had been sick for some weeks, died Monday morning at his late residence in Dongola.  Mr. Richardson was a devout Christian and was beloved by his host of friends, and our people realize they have lost one of their best citizens.  The bereaved have out heartfelt sympathy in their irreparable loss.


Thursday, 10 Feb 1887:
Mrs. Ireland, the aged wife of William Ireland, of Hodges Park, died last week Sunday morning and was buried the next day.  She had been quite ill for some time.
 
Miss Chase was suddenly called home to Adrian, Mich., last week by a telegram announcing the death of her mother.  Miss Kate A. Thompson takes her place in the 13th St. grammar school during her absence.
 
Mr. Lucius O. Norton, brother of Charley Norton, formerly so well known in Cairo, died in Chester, Ill., Sunday, January 30th.  He was an officer at the penitentiary and had lived in Chester six years.

(Lucius O. Norton married Lydia E. Kennedy on 2 Jan 1876, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Obituary.
MR. JACOB MARTIN.

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.
In his religious belief, Mr. Martin has been a spiritualist for many years.

(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 Dexter)
 
MR. JOHN GATES.

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 deceased was a man of strong character, a devoted husband and father, and leaves his wife and two children, a son and a daughter, to mourn his loss.  He owned a fine farm near Commercial Point and a large brick building in Cairo.

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.
 
We are sorry to chronicle the serious illness of our esteemed citizen, Washington McRaven.  He has a severe attack of pneumonia.—Clear Creek Landing News
 
Mrs. Henry Weiman was suddenly called to Cairo because of the serious illness of her brother-in-law, John Gates.

(Henry Weiman married Julia Hunsaker on 20 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

 
Mrs. Phoebe Hibbard, an old resident in the vicinity of Olive Branch, died a few days ago.
 
We learn that Mrs. Bundschuh, wife of the late Joseph Bundschuh, is insane and steps will be taken to get her admitted to the asylum.

(Joseph Bundschuh married Theressa Painter on 21 Dec 1861, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Obituary.

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.


Thursday, 17 Feb 1887:
Mr. J. E. Spiller, an old resident of Cairo, but living for the past five or six years on Dr. William Wood’s farm five of six miles from Cairo, died Tuesday morning of pneumonia.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Joseph E. Spiller 1838-1886.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Obituary.

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 appropriate hymns.
 
Will Lightner of Clear Creek was in town (Thebes) last week visiting his mother and sister.  He informs us that Mrs. Dr. McRaven is very sick.  Puerperal fever.
 
Creighton Gould, an old man, known to the citizens of Williamson County for many years, died very suddenly last Friday morning.  He was about seventy years of age. 
 
Thursday, 24 Feb 1887:
At last accounts, Mr. H. C. DePue, had arrived at El Paso, Texas, in charge of Mr. Levering, but the condition of his health was such that he was unable to proceed further.  It is not probable that he will live long.
 
Mrs. Bireley, of Wabash, Indiana, is spending some time in the city with her sister, Mrs. Levering.  Mr. Levering left last week to accompany Mr. H. C. DePue to Los Angeles, Cal.  Mr. Depue is not improving and he is liable to drop off at any time, as we understand.
 
Died, last Sunday night, Edith Laning Redman, infant daughter of Mrs. Annie and the late Mr. Curran Redman, aged about nine months.  Mrs. Redman had hardly recovered from the shock of her husband’s death when the precious little babe is also taken away.  She certainly has the deepest sympathy of the whole community in hr double affliction.
 
Died.

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 Dexter)
 
Mrs. Catherine Carey, of St. Louis, who came here (Wetaug) last week to attend the funeral of her father, Mr. William Cook, returned Monday.
 
When, last week, we chronicled Mr. William Cook’s return from Cairo, we little thought we would so soon be called upon to report his death which occurred Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1887, about 7 o’clock a.m.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. P. Engelbert, at St. Joseph’s Church, Friday, February 18, 10 o’clock a.m. remains being interred in the graveyard adjoining.  Mr. C. was born in Galway Ireland, March 5, 1816, making his age 70 years, 11 months, and 11 days.  He emigrated to this country in 1845, locating at Staten Island and there married Miss Catherine O’Connor.  In 1854 he moved to Michigan and while there held several positions of public trust.  He settled here abut two years since, and in addition to his farm near this place owned property in Cairo and a farm near Pulaski.  In religion a devout Catholic, in politics a Democrat, and a highly educated, well-read gentleman.  He leaves a wife, and eight children, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
 
Two months old infant of Dug and Ida Hazlewood died last Monday morning of something like brain fever.  The little one has crossed over to the other shore and will be ready to welcome the bereaved friends “by and by.” 

 

Thursday, 3 Mar 1887:
Obituary.

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. W. Hoskinson.

Hon. W. 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.
 
The wife of Mr. George Halstead, of Eight Mile Prairie, gave birth to four children last Sunday evening, three girls and one boy.  No similar occurrence has taken place in the county in the memory of the oldest inhabitant.  The boy and one girl died soon after birth.—Marion Leader
            (George W. Halstead married Fanny Williams on 4 Jul 1879, in Williamson Co., Ill
.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. C. R. Woodward received a telegram Monday announcing the death of his father at Lockport, N.Y.
 
Died at his residence near Anna, after a long and painful illness, Wednesday, Feb. 23, John D. Newbegin, aged nearly 65 years.  Mr. Newbegin was born in Norwich, England, in 1822.  He resided nine years in South Africa.  He emigrated to America and after living some years in St. Louis in 1863 he removed to Anna, Ills., where the last twenty-three years of his life were spent mostly in raising small fruits.  Mr. Newbegin possessed a cultivated and well-stored mind, and was an earnest, active Christian worker.  He was ruling elder in the Presbyterian church and Sunday school superintendent for many years before his death.
 
Alexander Mutchmore, of Moro, Madison County, died the other morning, aged ninety-three years.
 
Harry Overton of this place (Cobden) and at present in the employ of the I. C. as night operator at DeSoto, met with a serious accident there early Tuesday morning, which may terminate fatally.  He was run into and knocked from the track by a midnight freight train, and at this writing (8 a.m. Tuesday) is lying in an insensible condition from which it is feared he will not recover.  Mr. and Mrs. Overton went to DeSoto on the 4 a.m. train today.

Thursday, 10 Mar 1887:
Jesse W. Fell died at Bloomington a few mornings ago, aged seventy-eight years.  He went to that city in 1833 and was its first lawyer.  Mr. Fell was a personal friend and admirer of Abraham Lincoln, and he first proposed Mr. Lincoln for president and worked for his nomination until it was secured.  During the war he was a paymaster.


Frank Maguire, a wealthy farmer, finding he could not give up drinking, shot and killed himself the other night at his farm in Flora, Clay County.
 
Harry Overton, lately appointed station agent at DeSoto, Jackson County, was struck by a freight train the other night and fatally injured.

(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) 


A few days since the little child of Marshal and Ida Harper was taken sick and died in spite of all that kind friends and the care of a physician could do.  Mr. Watson preached the funeral discourse.  Though it seems hard to give up the little ones, we may have the blessed assurance to know that “of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Little Gracie has simply passed on before and will be waiting to welcome papa and mamma by and by.
 
Mrs. Henry Frick and son, Will, attended the funeral of George Watkins in Jonesboro, last Thursday.
 
Deacon C. G. Flaugh, an old citizen of Union County, died February 25th, in the sixtieth-sixth year of his age.  He had been an honor member of the Baptist church for about forty years.

            (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)


Thursday, 17 Mar 1887:
Mrs. Jourden Holsten, of Marion, Williamson County, presented her husband the other morning with four fine children.

            (This is probably George Halstead mentioned in the 3 Mar 1887, issue.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 24 Mar 1887:
Mr. William G. Garrett, of Cape Girardeau, died suddenly in that city last week Wednesday. 
 
Thursday, 31 Mar 1887:
Died, Saturday morning, March 26, Fannie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ehle, aged 1 year and 4 months.  Interment Sunday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery.—Cobden News 

 

Thursday, 7 Apr 1887:
Died.

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.
 
Mrs. Flohr.

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.
 
Died, Sunday night, April 3d, of dropsy, Miss Ada Caswell, aged 13 years and 6 months.  Interment Monday afternoon in the Cobden Cemetery.


Thursday, 14 Apr 1887:
Mr. George Eisenberg died very suddenly of heart disease Sunday night leaving a widow and three children.  He was buried Tuesday by the Odd Fellows.  He was a musician and music teacher by profession.
 
We learn from our exchanges that Mr. Joseph Warder, father of Mr. Walter Warder, of this city, died in Marion, Ill., April 2nd, in his 77th year.  He went down to his grave like a shock of corn fully ripe.
 
A Dreadful Accident.

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.
 
The body of a young farmer named George Matson was found in a stream near Pinckneyville, Perry County, the other day.  He had been missing several days.
 
Died, at Cobden, April 5, Mrs. L. A. Benham, aged seventy-four years and seven months.  She was one of the oldest and most respected residents of the town.
 
Died, near this city (Anna), April 6, Miss Mary Brown, aged 36 years.  The funeral services were conducted on Thursday afternoon by Rev. J. J. Midkiff.
 
The body of Calvin Barrett, a discharged patient from the hospital at this place, was found last Thursday in a bayou lodged in a pile of brushwood near Carrico’s Landing, Ky., about twelve miles below Metropolis.  A hole was found in his neck which led to the supposition that he was murdered and thrown overboard.  His clothing was also very bloody.  he was last seen alive on the steamer Hopkins on January 30 near Metropolis.  He was missed but it was thought that he had gone on to his home in Brooklyn.  No cause for the murder is known.
 
On Monday afternoon of last week little Jimmie, the three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fay Spann, of Alto Pass, went into his father’s barn, and while playing about with some matches, which in some way he had gotten hold of, set some straw afire and the barn was in flames before his parents reached the boy.  When the fire died out nothing was found by a heap of blackened bones.  The remains were interred in the Alto Pass cemetery on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. George R. Wallace, pastor of the Congregational church.  The sympathy of the entire community is with the bereaved parents.


Thursday, 21 Apr 1887:
A son of Postmaster Berry of Moro, Madison County, was run over by an Indianapolis train at Bethalto, the other night and instantly killed.


Thursday, 28 Apr 1887:
Mrs. R. M. Rice, of Carmi, White County, attempted suicide recently by jumping into a well.  It was feared her injuries would prove fatal.  She was insane.
 
Mrs. W. C. Allen is dangerously ill and not expected to recover.—Vienna Items
 
Died, April 14, at Ullin, Mr. D. B. Watkins, aged 59 years.
 
Died, on Wednesday, April 20, of consumption, Mrs. M. B. Baldwin, wife of James B. Balden, aged 24 years, and 5 months. 
  
Thursday, 5 May 1887:
Death of William H. Hypes.

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.
 
James Maher, of Patoka, Marion County, a well-known Mexican veteran, died the other evening.
 
The case of The People v. Dr. J. H. Blanchard for alleged malpractice in the treatment of the little Caswell girl’s case who died recently was decided in the doctor’s favor.  We think the decision was just and right, and believe the sympathy of Cobden people is largely with the doctor.

 

Thursday, 12 May 1887:
Mrs. Tarr, wife of Captain Thomas Tarr, died at their residence in this city yesterday.
 
The killing of William Painter by Mr. Moll is still the one subject of town talk.  These men had been warm friends.  During the heated contest for the office of sheriff last fall, Mr. Moll was Painter’s active lieutenant in Mound City and did everything in his power to secure the election of his friend Painter.  During the past year Moll has been city marshal of Mound City and both himself and Mr. Painter were aspirants for the position this coming year.  The Mayor submitted Painter’s name to the council, but the nomination was not confirmed the vote being a tie.

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.


Thursday, 19 May 1887:

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.


Thursday, 26 May 1887:
E. C. Harrell, only son of the late Isaac L. Harrell, died last Saturday in the railroad hospital at St. Louis of injuries received while attempting to couple cars of a freight train on the Missouri Pacific R. R. on which he was acting as brakeman.
 
William Jasper Crain, known as "Black Bill" and his cousin, William J. Crain, "Big Jep" who were sent to the penitentiary from "Bloody Williamson" each for twenty years in 1875 for murder, were released last week.  By good behavior, they shorten their prison life by some eight years.  They return to their old home.  They will find a complete transformation, almost a regeneration in Williamson County.  Law reigns supreme now and life and property are as safe there as in any other county in the State.
 
Circuit Court has been in session this week for the purpose of trying John S. Jones for the murder of Albert Champion last December.
 
John Hunter, the pumper for the Illinois Central, at Makanda, was killed by the cars Tuesday afternoon.  He was leaning against the bumper of a freight car on the side track asleep, and the engine of the way freight while switching, sent another car against the one on which he was learning, crushing him to a jelly, and cutting him almost in two.  Mr. Hunter was an honored citizen, nearly seventy years old, and had been in the employ of the Central for many years.
 
Died, Saturday morning, May 21, 1887, George Snyder, aged 67 years.  Funeral Sunday the 22d at 2 p.m.  Services conducted by the Masonic fraternity, of which order deceased was a prominent member.  The news of Mr. Snyder's death was received with universal regret, the immense turnout at the funeral indicating the respect and esteem in which he was held by those who knew him best.  He was a man noted for his humane instincts, generous impulses, and innate goodness of heart, and his death is generally deplored.

Many of our readers will remember a murder which occurred here (Cobden) some six or seven years ago on board an I. C. passenger train, just south of the bridge.  The affair created a great deal of excitement at the time, but in spite of many well-organized efforts to catch the murderer (a negro) he has eluded detection until the present time.  We learn through authentic sources that he is now safely lodged in jail at a point in Arkansas, and will be brought to Jonesboro for trial at the present term of court.  Verily, murder will out, and outraged justice seldom fails to avenge herself.
 
His many friends through southern Illinois will learn with deep sorrow that Mr. W. F. Longley is dangerously ill.  He is only a little past seventy years of age, and has heretofore seemed to be in excellent health.  He has been elastic in his step and straight as an arrow.  If within the entire range of our acquaintance we were called upon to name a man who came nearest to our highest conception of a perfect man fully ripened by age, complete physically, intellectually and morally, we hardly know of one who so nearly approached the ideal as Mr. Longley has done, during the past two or three years.  We hope that his life may be spared for many years yet.

 
Thursday, 2 Jun 1887:
Mr. A. J. Hull, a brother of editor Hull of Jackson County Era, died at Creal Springs last week, Wednesday.  He was 36 years of age, a painter by trade and died from blood poisoning contracted from inhaling the fumes of white lead.  He died a Christian.
 
A few months ago we announced the death of Mrs. Anderson, wife of W. W. Anderson, of Thebes.  Since that time her only brother, Thomas McClairn has died in London England, leaving his estate consisting of $3,000 gold coin to his sister, Mrs. Anderson.  The money will be paid to W. W. Anderson, about Sept. 1st.  He is a very careful, hard-working, frugal man and will take good care of the money for his children.
 
Mr. William Stratton was stricken with paralysis about thee o'clock last Monday morning and has lain in a precarious condition since that time.  We learn as we go to press that he is a little better and hopes of his partial recovery are entertained.  This is the second stroke which he has received and is a hard one.
 
It will be seen from our Cobden correspondent that Mr. Longley died last Friday and was buried Sunday.  He was every inch a man, a gentleman and a Christian.
 
The colored murderer mentioned last week confessed judgment and was sentenced to the penitentiary for life.  After the murder he made his way to the Indian Territory, where he remained for four years, but recently went into Arkansas, where he met a onetime friend who delivered him into the hands of the authorities, and secured for his commendable service the reward of $200 offered for the murderer's detection.
 
Mr. William F. Longley departed this life at his residence in Cobden at 8 o'clock, p.m., May 27th.  Funeral from the Presbyterian Church, Sunday the 29th, at 4 p.m.  Services by Rev. W. W. Faris, D.D., of Anna.  Mr. Longely was born at Hawley, Franklin County, Mass., August 6th, 1814, and was, therefore, aged 72 years, 9 months and 21 days.  He has been a resident of this community (Cobden) for a number of years and has always commanded the respect and esteem of his fellow men.  His death, though not unexpected, was a surprise to many and is quite universally regretted.


Thursday, 9 Jun 1887:
Obituary.

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)
 
Sheriff Halkin, of Washington County, arrived at Nashville the other night from Nebraska with Robert Gore, who twenty years ago shot and killed Joseph Volte, at New Minden, Washington County.  Gore had been living at Indiana, Neb., under an assumed name, was married, and had become a prosperous farmer.
 
Jacob Baker and a boy were plowing in a field near Metropolis, Massac County, the other day and turned up what they supposed to be wild parsnips.  They ate some of the roots, which proved to be poisonous.  Mr. Baker died before he could get to the house and the boy was violently ill.
 
A telegram from Pennsylvania was received here (Cobden) last week by his parents, announcing the death of Charlie Morris, who had gone to that state to study medicine.  Charlie was a bright boy and would have made a successful physician we feel confident.
 
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Phillips died Sunday.
 
Died, at his residence in Anna, June 1st, Mr. August C. Westerman, aged 28 years.

(August C. Westerman married Hattie M. Cover on 4 Jan 1885, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Mrs. Elizabeth Mackinder, mother of Col. N. M. Perrine, died last Saturday at her son's residence, aged eighty-one.  Mrs. Mackinder's maiden name was LeBow.  She belonged to one of the old colonial families of New Jersey.  Col. Perrine has in his possession records of the LeBow family running back to the year 1735.
 
One day last week a fatal accident occurred to a member of the family of James Arnette, who lives just over the Johnson County line.  While some young men were out hunting, among whom was the 22-year-old son of Mr. Arnett, one of the guns was in some unaccountable manner accidentally discharged, the ball lodging in the hip of young Arnette.  He lived twenty-four hours after the accident.
 
A very sad accident occurred yesterday forenoon (Monday) a mile or so east of town (Villa Ridge), the particulars of which, as far as we have been able to learn are as follows:  Two boys, one the son of Mr. David Kennedy, the other a young fellow by the name of Brown, each one from eighteen to twenty years of age, became engaged in a quarrel over some trivial matter.  Words came to blows when young Kennedy picked up a large stick of wood of some kind and threw it at Brown, striking him on the temple, from the effects of which he died within a few hours.  Have not learned what action has been taken in the matter.


Thursday, 16 Jun 1887:
Logan Belt, of Hardin County, was shot dead three miles north of Cave in Rock, last week Monday about sunset.  His life had not been free from violence and he died a violent death.  "Whoso sheddeth man's blood by man shall his blood be shed."

(Logan Belt married Mary A. Belt on 26 Oct 1886, in Hardin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Mr. Daniel J. Galligan, an old citizen of Cairo, died last Friday and was buried Sunday.  He was a carpenter by trade and until quite recently was the picture of good health.  He died of enlargement of the liver in his 49th year.  He was a devout Catholic.
 
A few days ago the fish and store boat of Henry Muer, five miles above the mouth of the Wabash River, and lying by the Skidmore farm in Gallatin County, was caught in a whirlwind, torn loose from the shore and upset and wrecked in ten feet of water, drowning James Smith, a young man nineteen years of age, a daughter of Henry Muer, aged six years, and a child of John Muer, aged one year.
 
The death of John Brown at the hands of Elmer Kennedy is very greatly to be deplored.  The boys engaged in a quarrel of words.  Brown followed Kennedy in the public highway, with a grape stake in his hands; Kennedy went inside his father's premises.  To use a common expression, they "jawed" each other.  As a rule a barking dog won’t bite.  A high fence or gate was between them.  Brown's attention was called and he turned his face away from KennedyKennedy then hurls a large hand spike hitting Brown upon the temple.  He falls, but immediately gets up bleeding and walks home.  This was in the morning.  Early in the afternoon he dies.  This we understand is the gist of the evidence as it was given at the preliminary examination before J. F. Parker, J.P.  No one supposes that either the quarrel or the homicide was premeditated.  And still the fact exists.  Brown is dead.  The bail was fixed at $750 and immediately given.  Elmer Kennedy belongs to an excellent family.  We do not suppose that he possesses a vicious disposition.  We have met him frequently.  He always appears kind hearted and friendly.
 
The Masonic burial of Uncle Jacob Henry on last Sunday was well attended and the service was very simple and appropriate.  Mrs. Henry will sell all of her personal property as soon as convenient and will remove to California to make her future home in the family of her mother-in-law, Judge C. N. Damron.
 
Another fatal accident occurred Saturday.  Frank Holcomb, living one mile this side of Alto Pass, a small town in the northern part of this county (Union County) while cleaning a loaded revolver, Saturday evening, discharged it, the ball lodging in the abdomen just above the spleen.  He died Sunday evening.  He says he "didn't know it was loaded."  Mr. Holcomb is a man of about 22 years of age, and is generally well spoken of.  He belongs to one of the best families of the region and was the mainstay of his father and mother with whom he lived.
 
Irwing Holcomb and wife, of Carbondale, were down Monday to attend his brother's funeral, Monday afternoon.
 
One of those sad accidents that seem to be periodically shocking the community occurred last Saturday afternoon.  About a mile east of Alto Pass at the residence of C. B. Holcomb, a son of Samuel Brown, living in the vicinity, called at Mr. Holcomb's Saturday afternoon to borrow a revolver of his son, Frank.  The young man went upstairs to get the weapon, and when coming down with it in his hands it is said he was rubbing the rust from the barrel, and in some inexplicable way the weapon discharged, the ball entering the victim’s left breast, inflicting a wound that proved fatal Sunday night.  Frank Holcomb was a young man of probably 22 years, and was known and respected in his neighborhood for his thoroughly gentlemanly principles and Christian character.  "Caution is the mother of safety" and we can never be too careful in handling firearms of whatever description.  Will people never learn this?


Thursday, 23 Jun 1887:
Mr. D. E. Sheerer

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.

(David Sheerer married Margaret M. Hester on 26 Mar 1865, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Obituary.

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
Obituary of Israel Sanderson of Pulaski.

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.
About the year 1830, Mr. S.’s father and mother removed to Springfield, Ill.  In a few years after, it was the unhappy lot of the family to lose by death the father, a man of influence and highly respected.  Here Mr. S. learned the printer's trade under Francis Bros. in the State Journal office.  His boyhood and early manhood was spent at this trade in that city.  He had many interesting recollections of this place and the forms of Lincoln and Douglas were everyday sights to him at that time.  He traveled extensively in the East and Minnesota, working at his trade.  In Galena, Ill., he became intimately acquainted with some of the leading newspapermen of what was then the Northwest.

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.

Mr. Sanderson's 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.
 
The closing hours of the past week were saddened by another frightful accident on the railroad.  Saturday morning about seven o'clock a southbound freight collided with the construction train about two miles south of Makanda, just above the upper rock quarry.  The engine and several cars of the freight train were thrown from the track down the embankment.  The engineer was killed outright and the fireman so badly scalded that it was at first though he could not live.  Pat Whalen of the construction train was also badly injured but will recover, it is thought.  The construction train was not thrown from the track, but was driven violently backward some distance, the engine sustaining considerable damage.  A number of Cobden gentlemen, who were in the caboose on their way to Makanda were badly frightened and some of them slightly bruised, by the shock.  Several cars of miscellaneous freight and a car or two of bacon were wrecked and lost.  The crowd of sightseers was immense and everything eatable was eaten and everything portable was carried away.  There were cases of bottled beer broken open, bunches of bananas, boxed of canned goods, honey crackers, cheese, and caddies of tobacco, and all was eaten or otherwise appropriated by the crowd.  The greater part of the day, with a force of 150 men, was occupied in clearing the track of the debris, so that the morning passenger, due here at 7:58, did not reach Cobden until after 3 p.m.  All blame is attached to the night operator at Makanda, who had received orders to hold the freight train until the construction train arrived but he neglected to display the proper signals, and even when asked by the officers of the train if he had any orders for them, he answered no The train of course went on and with the above result.  No reason can be given for his unaccountable action. Reports Saturday night stated that he was almost insane at the terrible results of his brainless blunder, and well he may be, for with the sole responsibility for such a disaster overshadowing one like a curse, annihilation is more desirable than life here or hereafter.  He may, however, be able to offer some excuse that will lessen the severity of his punishment, but railroad men express the opinion that there are no extenuating circumstances.  This in many respects a more disastrous accident than has happened on this end of the road for many months.  May it long be the last.
 
A wreck on the I.C.R.R. between Cobden and Makanda last Saturday delayed all trains several hours.  We understand that one man was killed, and two severely bruised up, besides 7 carloads of merchandise destroyed by fire.  Cause—a careless operator.
 
Last Friday morning the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Lippett died and was buried the following afternoon at Beech Grove Cemetery.  The little one had been ailing for sometime previous but was considered much better when she was seized with spasms and died very suddenly.  This is the second child, which the bereaved parents have lost by death.  We sincerely sympathize with them in their sad affliction.
 
Miss Louisa Gates, formerly of this city, died at Evansville, Ind., last Friday morning, of consumption.  While here she was engaged as a seamstress and made many friends who will regret to learn of her death.
 
A sad accident happened at Commerce, Mo., last Friday.  Charley Richards, another gentleman and a little boy of Mr. Joe Anderson were skiff riding, when, by some means, the skiff upset and all of them fell into the water.  The men got ashore, but the boy was drowned.  His body was found the same night.  The parents are almost frantic with grief.
 
Mr. William Parrott, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of his part of the county, died last week.—Thebes Items. 
 
Thursday, 30 Jun 1887:
In an accident recently on the Illinois Central, near Makanda, Jackson County, Engineer Hall was killed and conductor Whalen badly injured.
 
Mr. Overton B. Morris, father of Hon. W. S. Morris, died at his home in Elizabethtown, Ill., June 15th, in the 77th year of his age.
 
A little infant of Mr. and Mrs. John Benton died last Sunday morning and was buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
 
Died, Tuesday morning, June 28, 1887, aged about 70 years, Mr. E. O. Freeman.  Mr. Freeman came to this county (Union County) many years ago from the East and was one of the pioneers in the great fruit industry that has grown up here to the exclusion of almost all others.  He was one of our substantial citizens and his death will be deeply regretted.
 
Miss Harriett L. Vance of this place (Anna), has fallen heir to quite a sum of money by the death of her brother, Alexander Vance.  Mr. Vance was a stock raiser in British Columbia, and on the morning of June 1st, went out to drive in some horses and failed to return.  He was found with his neck broken, supposed to have been caused by his horse falling with him.  He left a will bequeathing his estate, amounting to $10,000 or $12,000 to two of his sisters, Mrs. Lucy B. Powell and Miss Harriett L. Vance.  They are sisters of Mrs. C. Kirkpatrick of this city. 
 
Thursday, 7 Jul 1887:
Mrs. Lewis McCoy died suddenly, June 29th, at her home in Golconda, Ill., in the 89th year of her age.  She leaves her husband and five children to mourn her untimely end.
 
William Moore, an ex-convict recently discharged from Chester, became involved in a drunken quarrel recently with James B. and Abe McFarlan, in the saloon of the former at Elizabethtown, Ill.  In the fight which followed, Moore was hit upon the head by a beer bottle.  His skull was fractured and he will probably die.
 
CAIRO, ILL., July 3d, 1887.—Memorial services were held by the Sunday school of the First Freewill Baptist Church, of Cairo, in their church on 33rd St., in memory of their late classmate and companion, Henry Smith, aged 16 years, who was drowned May 22nd.  After singing, prayer was offered by Bro. Paul Bonds.  An appropriate address was made by the pastor, Rev. William Kelly.  The services were closed by singing the hymn, "Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight."  There were 257 persons.  William F. Fisher, Supt.; Robert Bugg, Secy.; Miss Hatty Green organist.
 
Thrown From a Horse and Killed.

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.


Thursday, 14 Jul 1887:
After a four-year struggle with that fell disease, consumption, Mr. George Torrence finally yielded to the inevitable and died last Monday.  His mortal remains were buried Tuesday at Beech Grove.  Everything was done for him that could be done.  His father sent him to Los Angeles, Cal., last spring, but he had severe hemorrhage there and returned speedily home where he could have the tender care of loving friends.  He tried the new French cure, but too late.  He passed away in his very youth.
 
Died, Saturday, July 9, 1887, at his residence in Wetaug, Calvin Adams.  Funeral occurred Sunday at 3 o'clock p.m., remains being interred in the colored cemetery east of town.
 
Mrs. Jesse C. Daves died on the 6th instant at this place (Vienna) of consumption.  She was buried on the 7th at Odd Fellows Cemetery
 
Died, July 5, at Lick Creek, John J. Cole, aged 25 years and nine days.  He was buried on Wednesday with Masonic rites, the funeral sermon being delivered by Dr. D. R. Sanders, of Jonesboro.

Thursday, 21 Jul 1887:
Mr. James D. Belt, half brother of the late Logan Belt, was assassinated near Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Monday evening.  he was shot from his horse while riding.
 
Suicide of Frank Smith.

"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.
 
John Hebberger, a farmer residing twelve miles west of Centralia, Marion County, drove his family from home with a shotgun a few days ago and then set fire to his house, and perished in the flames.  The cause for the deed was unknown.

 

James 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.
 
At Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, James Baker and A. B. Baker surrendered to officers a few days ago.  They were charged with the murder of Charles Mason, Jr.
 
The little one-year-old child of Mike Cover died Tuesday.—Anna News
 
William J. Hunsaker, a carpenter, suddenly died Monday evening.  His funeral occurred Tuesday 4 p.m.  Interment in the Anna Cemetery.
 
Jasper Crews , who murdered Cal Jones in Alto Pass this last winter and who was sent to the pen at Chester for 25 years for the crime, died last week of the measles.
 
Mr. Nimrod Burrow, one of the oldest citizens of Carlisle County (Kentucky) was shot and killed last Saturday by Capt. Jack Russell.  We have not yet learned the particulars.  Mr. Burrow was a bachelor and highly respected among his neighbors.  By hard work he had acquired considerable property.  Mr. Russell is in the hands of the officers awaiting an examination.


Thursday, 28 Jul 1887:
Miss Cornelia Higby, sister of Mrs. J. C. White, died last Saturday at 1 o'clock p.m. after a short but painful illness. The funeral was attended Sunday afternoon, the remains being interred at Beech Grove.
 
Dr. Clinton Davis, formerly of Steelville, Randolph Co., died in Chester, Ill., last Saturday morning, of dropsy, aged 57 years.  The doctor was well known in Alexander County.
 
The colored man William H. Garner (otherwise known as Shang) died in the hospital Monday evening from wounds received at the hands of George Harper, colored, last week Monday.  Garner had worked for Major Halliday for many years and the major offered to pay the expenses of his burial at Villa Ridge if colored men would volunteer to act as pall bearers.  Capt. Orr the health officer failed to find men who would volunteer to act in that capacity and consequently the sisters were ordered to bury the body at the seven mile burying ground.
 
Will Casper, son of Thomas Casper, who has been sick with typhoid fever for some time, died of that dreadful disease on Saturday morning, aged about 20 years.  Mr. Casper was formerly brakeman on the I. C. R..R. and it is thought that exposure was the cause of his death.—Cobden News
 
Ida, daughter of our townsman (Vienna), James H. Carter, died on last Saturday of congestional fever.  Ida was young, just budding into womanhood, and had numberless friends who will feel the loss of her cheerful presence. 

 

Thursday, 4 Aug 1887:
Standish Miles, infant son of Mr. H. W. Miles, who lives near Robertson & Friant's saw mill, died Monday morning.
 
Died.

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.
 
Mr. H. C. DePue.

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.
 
Died, near Dongola, July 31st, Mrs. Sue (Briggs) Meisenheimer, wife of W. S. Meisenheimer.  Her death followed a brief illness, and bought a sense of personal bereavement not only to her own family and kindred, but also a host of friends, especially in and around Anna, where she had been well known from girlhood.  She leaves two young children to the care of her bereaved husband and her sorrowing mother.  A large number of Anna friends were down to the funeral services, which were held in Dongola Monday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Purdue.  Mrs. Meisenheimer was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Anna.

(William S. Meisenheimer married Sue M. Briggs on 18 Jun 1878, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, at Anna, Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, Mr. C. Boyle, of consumption, after an illness of several months.  The funeral service occurred Wednesday morning.


Thursday, 11 Aug 1887:
Struck by Lightning.

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.
(Carbondale Free Press)

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.
 
Mr. Jesse C. Davis died at the home of F. A. Boyt in this city (Vienna) on last Friday at 7:10 p.m.  His remains were interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Saturday at 4 p.m., under the auspices of the Vesta Lodge, No. 340, I. O. O. F., of Vienna.  Mr. Davis' wife died on the 6th day of July last.


Thursday, 18 Aug 1887:
Judge William Bradley, one of the oldest and most highly respect citizens of Jackson County, passed on to the great unknown, Tuesday, Aug. 9th, aged about 73 years.
 
D. Gilbert, of Carbondale, attended the funeral of George Jones here (Cobden), Friday.
 
Died, Thursday eve, Aug. 11, of typho malarial fever, Mr. George M. Jones, aged 34 years.  George M. Jones was born at Zenia, Ohio, April 22d, in the year 1863, moved with his parents to Cobden in the fall of 61, making his home here until his death.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. James G. Butler at the Presbyterian church Friday, interment in the Cobden Cemetery.

(George M. Jones married Eliza Bates on 3 Dec 1882, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
It is with regret that we report eh death of one of Clear Creek's oldest and most respected citizens, John P. Walker.  Mr. Walker was born at Clear Creek Feb. 22, 1818, and died Aug. 7, 1887.  This place has always been his home.  He knew this county when it was a mere wilderness, when ferocious animals roamed its forests and Indians were not scarce.  In an early day he took an active part in clearing up and developing the county.  He has seen the forests converted into farms until today it is considered one of the finest farming communities in southern Illinois.  He was a strong believer in a future state of existence, uniting with the Baptist church many years ago.  He had no fear of death but was willing and ready to die.  He only dreaded the pains that he naturally supposed would accompany the dissolution of soul and body.  He has passed from earth and from among us forever.  But the name of John P. Walker will be remembered long after the elements that composed his body will have transformed to another state.

(John P. Walker married Sabra Hall on 9 Aug 1839, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Monday afternoon at about 4 o'clock four young men, riding in a wagon, tried to cross the track of the M. & O. R.R. in the edge of Jonesboro, while a construction train was backing up toward them it is supposed to see how close the could go without getting hurt. They had got nearly across when the whistle blew, frightening the hoses, so that they suddenly started throwing out a young man named William Brazzle, who was standing in the back of the wagon, who was run over and dragged about one hundred feet.  He was fearfully mangled, but loved for several minutes.  The wagon was smashed and the river one Carter, was thrown twenty feet and considerably bruised.  The horses ran nearly a mile with the other two boys and the remainder of the wagon, but neither was hurt.  Coroner Eddleman held an inquest that evening and the jury decided that neither the trainmen nor the driver was to blame.  Brazzle was a young man of about twenty-one, the son of a widowed mother, and bore a good reputation.
 
A young man named Truxell living near Goose Island accidentally shot his brother while fooling with a gun, from the effects of which he died about eight hours later.
 
Died.

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. Leopold Friedman, proprietor of the Paducah Vinegar Works, died at New Haven, Conn., Aug. 20th.  He was 57 years of age.
 
Died at her home near Hulens, in Elco Precinct, August 19, Mrs. Irene Palmer, wife of Mr. Lewis B. Palmer, after an illness of two or three weeks.  She leaves a husband and four children all grown, to mourn her loss.  Deceased was an old resident of the county and a consistent member of the Baptist Church.
 
Died.

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.
 
Accident at a Soldiers' Reunion.

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.
LATER—Sullenger has since died.
 
Died, Saturday morning, Aug. 2d, after a long illness, Bowman, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Tuthill.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Faris at the Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon.


Thursday, 1 Sep 1887:
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Bossinger, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday.  In the loss of this bright promising child, they have the deep sympathy of all their friends.
 
Miss Cora Miller, of Bucyrus, Ohio, shot herself in the left breast Sunday.  Her sweetheart did not take her to a reunion, and Miss Miller thought he had taken another young lady.  The fact was, however, the gentleman could not get a buggy.  He says if Miss Miller dies, his funeral will follow shortly after.
 
At Enfield, where the Eighty-seventh Illinois regiment and the soldiers of White and Hamilton counties recently held their reunion, two shocking accidents occurred.  During the sham battle two cannons used by besiegers and besieged were prematurely discharged and many persons were injured.
 
A little son of Logan Withalm, of Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, got a grain of coffee in his windpipe a few days ago and choked to death before medical assistance could relieve him.
 
The circuit clerk of Randolph County died Aug. 17, and the partisan Democrats of that county have already perpetrated the crime of calling a Democratic Convention to be held Sept. 20th for the purpose of nominating a straight party candidate to fill the vacancy. 
 
Died, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1887, John, eighteen year-old son of William Barry.  Interment took place in Cobden Cemetery Tuesday, the remains being followed to the grave by a large number of friends.
 
Died, in Jonesboro, Saturday, Aug. 27, Mrs. Emma, wife of F. M. Moss, aged 27 years.  She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss.  She was a daughter of F. M. Kester, late of Anna.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Scawthon, and the remains were laid to rest in Anna Cemetery.

(Francis M. Moss married Emma Kesters on 10 Dec 1876, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Henry Lumkins and Wiley Smith renewed an old quarrel at a shooting match at a farmhouse on Hutchinson's Creek, in the northwestern part of the county, Saturday, Aug. 20.  In the fight that followed, Lumkins hit Smith on the head with a slab, making a serious wound, which may result fatally.  Smith’s son then interfered and knocked Lumkins down.  Lumkins was arrested and taken to Jonesboro, Tuesday morning, where he gave bail in the sum of $200.


Thursday, 8 Sep 1887:
Died.

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)

 

Died.

            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:

Died.

            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:
Died.

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.
 
Rev. A. H. Trick went to Chicago last Wednesday night being summoned by telegraph to the bedside of his mother, who was very ill.  He found that she had been stricken with paralysis, and was unable to recognize anyone.  News received yesterday states that she is still unable to speak.
 
Died, Friday eve of typhoid fever, William Fox, aged about 21 years.–Cobden News
 
Died, Tuesday eve, Elbert, oldest son of Thomas Casper, funeral Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m., interment in Cobden Cemetery.  This is the third one of the Casper family that has died of typhoid and another lying very low.  Mr. Casper has the sympathy of the whole community.


Thursday, 8 Dec 1887:
Memorial services in honor of the late J. B. Finch were held at Grange Hall last Sunday afternoon.—Villa Ridge News
 
Claude Lyerle, the six-year-old son of Mrs. Alice Lyerle, of Friendship neighborhood, south of town, died Saturday from the effects of a cold, contracted while wading a creek.  Rev. W. A. Ridge conducted the funeral on Sunday.


Thursday, 15 Dec 1887:
Mr. James J. Davidson died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. J. W. Dille, near Villa Ridge, yesterday morning at 3 o'clock.  He was 80 years old in November last.  He leaves several grown children, among whom we may mention Mr. C. C. Davidson, of Denver, Colo., William M. Davidson, of this city, Dachartes Davidson, of Villa Ridge, and a daughter, the wife of Mr. J. W. Dille.  The funeral occurs today at Villa Ridge.  Rev. John Gibson, of the Congregational church, will officiate.  Mr. Davidson spent most of his life at Warsaw, New York, coming on here about fifteen years ago, because several of his children had settled in this vicinity.
 
William Crow and John Davidson, of Carrollton, engaged in a fight recently using a pistol and a knife, and both were killed.
 
A bad accident occurred at Grand Chain last Friday night.  Charles Davidge, grandson of Judge Davidge, was on board a freight train approaching Grand Chain from the north.  A few yards above Grand Chain the R.R. crosses a deep gulch, probably fifty feet deep upon a high trestle.  The train stopped for water at Grand Chain, the rear cars standing upon this trestle.  As the train stopped, young Davidge thinking it had reached the depot jumped out.  The night was dark and he could see nothing.  He went to the bottom of the gulch, of course, and was severely hurt.,  His head was severely bruised and form some time he was unconscious.  He will probably recover. He is about 18 years of age.


Thursday, 22 Dec 1887:
Mr. George W. R. Curtis died this morning at three o'clock.  The remains will probably be taken to Metropolis for burial.
 
Mrs. Hughes, mother-in-law of Thomas H. Phillips, Esq., of Mound City, died last Monday and the remains were taken to Belleville for interment.

(Thomas H. Phillips married Ellen A. Hughes on 2 Oct 1867, in St. Clair County, Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
A man named Pat Welch, a section man on the Illinois Central at Bosky Dell, a place four miles north of Makanda, tried to commit suicide a few days since by cutting his throat with a razor.  He cut a deep gash and was in the act of making a second cut when his son knocked the razor out of his hand.  Then he tried to tear the wound with his hands., but they held him and soon got him under control, and the doctor thinks he will recover.  Sickness in his family and despondency in regard to money affairs was the cause.
 
Eugene Bogardus, oldest son of Capt. A. H. Bogardus, the champion wing shot of the world, died at his father's residence in Elkhart, Ill., on the morning of the 19th inst., aged 22 years.  For the last few years, deceased has traveled extensively with his father, giving exhibitions in fancy and difficult shooting with both shotgun and rifle.
 
News reached this place Monday of the death in Mound City of Mrs. Hughes, mother of Mrs. T. H. Phillips, formerly resident here (Anna).  We learn that the body was taken to Belleville, where the family had long resided, for interment. 
 
Thursday, 29 Dec 1887:
Mr. Henry Slack, of Anna, died Tuesday morning in his seventy-fourth year, of heart disease.  He was well known in Cairo, having lived here many years.  He leaves a widow and four sons, Mr. Charles K. Slack, of the Vulcan Iron Works, being one of them.
 
Mrs. Mary Ussery, of Anna, died Monday night at the residence of her son, Martin V. Ussery, of Anna, aged 82 years.
 
Mrs. Thompson, the mother of Mr. J. F. Rector and Mrs. Mosby, who was attacked by pneumonia a few days ago, died very quietly and peacefully at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  She was seventy-seven years old on the 7th of November.  Mrs. Thompson has devoted all her life to the cause of temperance, taking part in the Temperance Crusade thirteen or fourteen years ago.  She was a very lovely Christian woman, and her sudden death is a serious loss to the temperance cause, the church and her wide circle of friends and acquaintances.  Her funeral takes place Friday at 11 a.m.  Rev. J. W. Phillips will conduct the services at the residence of Mr. John F. Rector and the W. C. T. U. will attend in a body.
 
Obituary.

Died in the city of Chester, Ill., Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 1887, Mrs. Sarah Ford.  "Gone but not forgotten.:
William W. Anderson, Morley, Mo.
 
Cally Braddy died on the morning of the 20th, after about a week's illness of pneumonia.  Thus has one of our most quiet, industrious, and kind-hearted young men been called from our midst.  Rev. Cecil preached the funeral discourse to a large number of friends and relatives at the residence of the young man's mother.—Elco Items
 
Died, Edith E. Yates, the little babe of S. H. and Julia Yates, Dec, 22, 1887, aged 1 year, 2 months and 20 days.  This was rendered doubly hard on the heart stricken parents by being so very sudden and unexpected.  They retired as usual at night and awoke next morning at 5 a.m. to find the babe in the cold embrace of death.  Funeral at Lake Milligan Church by Rev. W. A. Ridge.—Commercial Point

(Spiras H. Yates married Julia B. Cavender on 3 Dec 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
The death of Uncle Jesse Minton at East Cape not long ago removes another of the old pioneers of the county.  He had resided in this immediate vicinity for almost half a century.
 
Near East Cape a few days ago a grown daughter of Henry Malone was burned to death.  She had been ill for some time, and while her parents were temporarily absent, she fainted and fell in the fire.
 
Died, Saturday eve, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Earle, interment in Cobden Cemetery Monday.


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