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The Cairo Citizen

5 Jan 1888-27 Dec 1888


Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Thursday, 5 Jan 1888:
Little Gabe Back, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Back, of Mound City, was drowned last Friday while skating on the ice in the chute of the Ohio River just above that city.,
A sad accident happened to a man by the name of William Hudson, on Friday of last week.  While cutting a tree, a limb fell, striking him on the head, crushing the skull and inflicting a necessarily fatal wound.  He was still alive at last accounts.—Villa Ridge News

Thursday, 12 Jan 1888:
Mrs. J. R. Thompson.

On Wednesday, the 28th of December, in this city, our beloved sister, Mrs. J. R. Thompson, passed from this life to the more beautiful one, for which her long years of noble, helpful living has fitted her.  She was 77 years old on the 7th of November last, and all through the long illness that finally terminated so suddenly, exhibited the same patience, thoughtfulness and tenderness for others; the same helpfulness and cheerfulness; the same forgetfulness of self that had characterized her life.

Only a few hours before her death she talked to one earnestly and enthusiastically of the temperance work, her large dark eyes shining with light that head encouraged many of us in days of depression, and when we laid her away in her last sleep, with a look of rest and peace on her dear old face, she wore the same white ribbon her own fingers had tied in her button hole.

She was a faithful member of the Universalist Church and a woman of unusual firmness, breadth and strength of character.  She organized the first Sunday school ever held in Pope County and was one of the seven crusaders who started the temperance wave in Anna.  She was elected president of the W. C. T. U. of that place for ten consecutive years, but resigned before the expiration of the last year, that she might come to her daughter, who had removed to this city.

She was a wise counselor, a staunch friend and a faithful, reliable and efficient worker in temperance and other Christian work, toiling patiently and persistently till success crowned her efforts.

Our hearts are heavy now that those busy, helpful hands are forever quiet and her grand and beautiful life on earth ended, but we rejoice when we know that in some form or other her noble influence shall live forever.
L. J. R.
Mr. John Shannessy died at the hospital yesterday, of pneumonia, and is to be buried this afternoon.  He was a son of the late Judge Bryan Shannessy, and died in destitute circumstances.  He leaves one brother, John, and two sisters, Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Albright.

(John Hamilton married Catharine Shannessy on 20 Jun 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
"Old Uncle" Charles Ludd died on the 4th at his home, of pneumonia.  Uncle was a clever Swede, the friend of everybody, but a special favorite with the children.  We tender our condolence to the family.—Elco Items
Mrs. G. W. Williford died of pneumonia last Friday evening.—Vienna

Thursday, 19 Jan 1888:
Mrs. Crane, widow of the late Barny S. Crane, died at her home near Sandusky, Monday.  The remains were brought to Cairo and the funeral services were observed here yesterday.
Mrs. Elizabeth Stires died at the residence of her son, Mr. J. C. Stires, on 34th Street, yesterday, aged 96 years.  Funeral today at one o'clock p.m., from residence of her son.

(James C. Stires married Jennie Covington on 22 Aug 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Alfred Mitchell, of Elco, died Jan. 11th, of pneumonia.  He was an old soldier and a good citizen.  He leaves a large family.
Joseph McRaven, of Sandusky Precinct, died Jan. 10th, of pneumonia.
Mr. G. H. Baker, one of the oldest citizens of Cobden, is quite sick with disease of the heart.
Mr. William Stratton Dead.

Mr. William Stratton, of the firm of Stratton & Bird, died last Saturday night about eleven o'clock.  He was stricken down with paralysis last summer and his health had been very precarious since that time.  He had been able some of the time to walk to his store by the use of a cane, but he was quite feeble and could never have been strong again.  The immediate cause of his death was Bright's disease.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon.  The church was well filled by an attentive audience.  Rev. A. H. Trick officiated and pronounced a eulogy upon the life and character of the deceased.

Mr. Stratton leaves a widow and four children, two sons and two daughters, three of them fully grown.  The eldest daughter is the wife of Rev. A. H. Trick.  The health of Mrs. Stratton is very poor.  She was called to the deathbed of her husband from Aiken, S. C., where she was spending the winter for her own health.

Mr. Stratton was born in Cumberland County, Va., August 3rd, 1823,  He came to the Mississippi Valley about 1855 as agent for a large body of land in western Kentucky.  He soon came to Cairo and acted as clerk in various capacities.  About 1860 he went to Charles, Mo., and opened a general store.  Here on January 8th, 1861, he married Miss E. M. Clarkson, whom he now leaves as a widow.  Soon after this he came back to Cairo and engaged in business with Trover & Miller.  This firm was finally dissolved and a co-partnership was formed with Mr. Robert H. Cunningham.  The firm of Cunningham & Stratton endured about three months when Mr. C. sold out to Col. I. B. Hudson & Clark.  Somewhere about 1868 or 1869 the late firm of Stratton & Bird was formed.  They have carried on a large business in groceries at wholesale and retail.  The firm has been widely known all through this part of the country.

In 1874 Mr. and Mrs. Stratton became members of the Presbyterian Church of this city, since which time they have been consistent and honored members.  Mr. Stratton was for several years a member of the Board of Education of this city.  He has always provided generously for his family, sparing no pains and no expense, which would conclude to their happiness and has not probably accumulated a large fortune.  He had $3,000 insurance upon his life in the Equitable Company.  His family will be left in comfortable circumstances.  He took great pride in his family, was a genial companion, a goof citizen and a true Christian.

In his death, Cairo has lost one of her best businessmen.  He made his will devising all his property to his wife, and the business will go on as heretofore at the old stand.  His son, Lee Stratton, has had charge of the business for some time and will continue at the head of the establishment, we suppose.

Mr. R. M. Hight, who was mentioned in our items last week, died at his home near Belknap, Sunday, Jan. 15, 1888, at 4 o'clock a.m., at the age of 47 years and six months. Remains were temporarily interred in the West Eden Cemetery, and will be removed to the cemetery here (Wetaug) at some future time. Deceased was the only brother of W. A. Hight, of this place, and although not quite so successful in financial matters as the latter, he left his family in very comfortable circumstances. He was a scientific farmer, very industrious and honorable, and a man who will be much missed by the community in which he lived. His death was very sudden and a severe shock to his relatives and friends in this vicinity.

            (A marker in Sowers Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  R. M. Hight Born June 23, 1840 Died Jan. 15, 1888, Aged 47 Yrs., 6 Mos., 22 Dys.  Co. M, 6th Ill. Cav.—Darrel Dexter)


Joe McRaven, Esq., died on the 10th inst., of pneumonia, at his home west of Sandusky.

On the 13th, William Dickerson died after an illness of a few days, of pneumonia, which seems to be very fatal this winter.

Alfred Mitchell died on the 11th. He was sick only about a week. Five or six of his family were down with measles and pneumonia and the extra care and exposure is supposed to have induced pneumonia. He was one of our best citizens, a man who will be missed by the entire community, but the great loss will be most felt in the home circle. One of the children is still very sick, we understand.

The infant babe of Marion and Ada Adams died on the night of the 13th inst. The bereaved parents have our sympathies.—Sandy and Wolf Creek

Wiley Lippard died suddenly Friday night of apoplexy. He was 53 years old. Interment Saturday in Anna Cemetery.

Died, on the night of the 10th inst., Joseph McRaven, of pneumonia. Interment took place Thursday, Jan. 12. About twenty-five members of the F. M. B. A., with emblems of mourning either on their hats or coats, marched in double file to the house of the deceased to view the last remains of their brother. Deceased was recently elected president of the County Assembly.

Thursday, 26 Jan 1888:
Rev. E. C. Joiner, pastor of the A.M.E. Church in this city last year, died in Springfield, Ill., a few days ago, and was buried Monday. He was an unpretending, modest man of fine ability and sound judgment. He was born in St. Clair County, Ill., and had preached in nearly every town of importance in Illinois from Cairo to Chicago, and from Quincy to Danville. He was a strong temperance man and used to tell the colored people that if they would abandon idleness and liquor, no one would believe at the end of the second generation that they had ever been slaves, except as they learned it from history.

The Murder at Beech Ridge

Reports of a murder at Beech Ridge could not be ascertained until Coroner Fitzgerald completed his inquest last Saturday. It seems that as two colored men, Eugene Wilson and Tilman Norwood, were walking along the track of the M. and O. R. R. about a mile north of Beech Ridge Station last week Tuesday, they met Abraham Grant. Norwood and Grant shook hands, but Wilson and Grant did not speak. Wilson finally said to Grant, "I hear that you have no use for me." Grant says, "How did you hear it?" Wilson says, "I thought it was so." Grant instantly threw down a log chain, which he was carrying, and said, "We'll have it out now." Wilson immediately jumped off the railroad track, drew a pistol, and saying, "I'll kill you," fired, without effect. Jumping back on the railroad track, he fired again, the ball entering Grant's body near the navel and lodging near the spine. Grant says, "You have shot me without cause." I was going to compromise with you." As Tilman attempted to interfere, Wilson says, "I'll burn you too." Grant picked up the log chain, walked about a quarter of a mile to a house where he stopped, lay down and died the next day. It is understood that a woman was at the bottom of the difficulty.

DIED—Mr. James L. Huse, secretary of the Huse-Loomis Ice Company, a prominent citizen and businessman of St. Louis, died Wednesday noon, at his residence, No. 2017 Park Avenue. Mr. Huse was just 58 years and 1 day old, having been born on the 10th day of January 1830, in Danville, Caledonia County, Vt. He had long been a sufferer from cancer of the tongue.—[Alton Telegraph.

Wesley Trammel was Saturday driving a wagonload of ice across the I. C. R.R. crossing in the south part of town, when a passenger train came along and lifted him off his feet and dropped him down nearby. He was badly injured perhaps fatally. His horses were killed. It may seem queer that he did not see the train approaching but he was walking on the side of his wagon opposite to the train, muffled his ears, and never ever thought to look up. The trainmen supposed that he would stop before he got to the crossing and did not whistle.—Anna

Will Green, a young man of this place (Cobden) about 23 years old, met with a serious and what proved fatal accident Friday. Mr. Green and his brother-in-law Charlie Biggs son of B. F. Biggs, were out gunning Friday. Charlie asked Green which direction he must shoot and Green throwing up his arm said shoot in this direction. Charlie had the gun up to his shoulder at the time and in some way it fired too quick, the entire load loading in his (Green's) right arm. Physicians were summoned at once and his arm was found to be so shattered that amputation was necessary. Mr. Green was not very stout and the doctors said they didn't think he could stand the amputation, but he thought he could and nevertheless they tried it. When they had about got the arm off they saw he was sinking fast from the loss of blood, but he lived until Sunday evening about ten o'clock when he died. He leaves a wife and one child. Mr. Green was a young man and one of Cobden's best farmers. Charlie Biggs grieves very much over the accident and says he had no idea that the gun would go off unless he would pull the trigger. Persons cannot be too careful with guns, for they do not know what moment they will go off in their hands and kill somebody. His family has the sympathy of our whole community in their said bereavement.

The shock occasioned by the suicide last Saturday morning, of Mr. Gabriel H. Meredith, station agent of the C. V. and C. R. R. at Mound City has not yet entirely subsided. Mr. Meredith had been stationed at Mound City only about two months. He was an expert in the railroad business, but was addicted to drink, and probably to gambling. His brother is the traveling auditor and claim agent of the road. He had not performed his duties at Mound City to the satisfaction of the Company, and his brother arrived there last Saturday morning to check up on his accounts, to relieve him from duty and to install his successor, who also accompanied Auditor Meredith to Mound City. As the auditor met his brother, he said, "Do you know that I have come to check up your accounts?"

They all then went to Mr. Sterns' and ordered oysters for three. Agent Meredith feigned an appointment and went out. He went to Mr. Neadstine's place and entered a room back of the saloon. Soon the report of a pistol was heard. Parties rushed in and found him in a dying condition. He had shot himself in the brain just back of the ear. A coroner’s inquest was held and developed facts as above stated. He was about twenty-nine years of age and leaves a wife and one or two children. We are informed that an examination of his books discloses the fact that he was behind in his accounts; the amount of the deficit is not yet ascertained.

Died. January 8th, of pneumonia, Charles Earnhart, aged twenty years.—Ullin Items

Died, January 22nd, of membranous croup, an infants on of Mr. Charles Martin.—Ullin Items

Died, January 8th, of congestive chill, Frank, only son of Mr. P. Brogden. The little boy was eleven years old. Rev. Maddox conducted the funeral services.—Ullin Items

Died, January 22nd, of pneumonia, Mrs. Joseph Nickens. The deceased was a woman past middle age and leaves a large family, four of whom are sick at the present writing.

$10.00 Reward

I am authorized to offer $10 for the apprehension and surrender to the sheriff of Alexander County of Eugene Wilson, charged with the murder of Abraham Grant. Description: Mulatto; complexion, light, between yellow and copper color; height, five feet seven or eight inches; age about 32; light chin whiskers and mustache—Almost always smiling; wore fur cap, boots, black overcoat and dark striped pants; has very red lips. He is a smart plucky fellow. Has a mother living in Kentucky or Tennessee.
R. Fitzgerald, Coroner.

Miss Annie Ryal, daughter of John Ryal, has consumption and is failing rapidly.—Commercial Point

Thursday, 2 Feb 1888:
Mrs. Gillespie, wife of the late Judge David Gillespie, of Edwardsville, Ill., died last week Wednesday.

Dr. William McGee, formerly a resident of Clear Creek Precinct, Alexander County, died at the residence of his brother, Judge Hugh McGee at New Grand Chain last week Wednesday.

Mrs. Albright, wife of Hon. F. E. Albright, of Murphysboro, and daughter of the late Bryan Shannessy, of Cairo, died of consumption last week Monday in San Antonio, Texas, where she had gone for her health. Mrs. Albright was, we believe, born in Cairo and was certainly reared here.

Frank Hazlewood, a son of Solmon Hazlewood, of Elco, died of measles last Friday. Hix age was about 10 years.

Eddie Hughes, a stepson of Dr. C. L. Otrich, of Anna, died last Saturday.

(Charles L. Otrich married M. L. Hughes on 1 Apr 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. Mary W. Axley, wife of Leander Axley, died Sunday morning of pneumonia and was buried Monday. Her age was 50 years. The deceased was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she resided until the year 1861. She was thoroughly educated, and had spent many years in the schoolroom as a teacher. She was married to Mr. Axley in the year 1862 and has been a resident of the city of Cairo for twenty-five years. For the past eight years she has been blind. In all her affliction she has exhibited the greatest patience and was ready to go when the summons came.

(Leander Axley married Mary Williamson on 3 Nov 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Myron Phelps, infant son of Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Faris, died Monday.—Anna News

Died, on Friday, Jan. 28, 1888, at the residence of her husband, Franklin Mize, near Anna, Mrs. Mary J. Mize, of consumption. Burial Sunday.


Frank Brown, who went to California about a month ago for his health, died at San Bernardino, that state, last week. He was about 27 years of age. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Brown, live east of Anna.

(Martin V. Brown married Mary J. Grear on 1 Mar 1860, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, on Saturday, January 29, Eddie Hughes, seven-year-old son of Mrs. Dr. Otrich, of pneumonia. Funeral services at the residence Monday. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Olmstead, Pulaski County, the same day.

A little child of Jeff Carder, about three years old, died on the 28th ult.; its mother is very sick also with measles.—Elco Items

Died of consumption, Sunday, January 29, 1888, Annie, daughter of Sarah and J. S. Ryal. Annie was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, and often in her last days expressed her willingness to die. Annie was kind to all she met and leaves many friends to mourn her absence. To the bereaved we extend our heartfelt sympathy.—Commercial Point.

(John S. Ryal married Sarah A. Milford on 2 Dec 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, on the 28th ult., Frank, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Solmon Hazlewood, of measles complicated with kidney disease; again the Master has called and little Franky answered. Though but a child, his testimony was the brightest we ever heard. While out Sunday school grieves to lose his presence while his teacher, Mrs. Putnam, and the little boys composing the infant class, of which Frank was an attentive member, mourn his demise, and the family are almost overwhelmed with grief, it is comforting to realize and know that Frank has gone to swell that happy throng which surround the throne above, ever to live with Him who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me." Rev. Cecil delivered the funeral discourse Sunday.—Elco Items

Thursday, 9 Feb 1888:
Mary, wife of C. L. Bokenkamp, died at her home in Kansas City, Monday, of last week. Her remains were brought to her old home, Mound City, and interred in Beech Grove Cemetery. She leaves two small children.

(C. L. Bokenkamp married Mary Schuler on 14 Jan 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. S. R. Green and daughter, Clara, attended the funeral of the little son of George Smith in Carbondale Friday.

Thursday, 16 Feb 1888:
Judge W. W. Jenkins died at his home in Blandville, Ky., of pneumonia last Saturday. He was 42 years of age.

Alonzo Holly, a negro confined in the county jail at Pinckneyville charged with an attempted outrage upon a white woman between DuQuoin and St. Johns, last December was taken from jail Tuesday morning by a mob and hanged. The sheriff and jailor were both on the ground but showed the white feather. They surrendered the keys and permitted the mob to do as they pleased.


Mrs. Kerth, wife of Mr. Thomas J. Kerth, assistant cashier of the Alexander Co. Bank, died at noon today. She leaves a husband and five children.

Newton Rice Dead.

Mr. Newton Rice, of the Lancaster & Rice Lumber Company, died Monday afternoon of consumption. Mr. Rice came to Cairo in 1862. He soon formed a co-partnership with Mr. N. L. Wickwire, and together they carried on work during the war as carpenters and builders. That partnership was dissolved and Mr. Rice was for some time in the service of Mr. Samuel Walters. About thirteen years ago the lumber firm of Lancaster & Rice was established. Neither firm could raise much money, but they combined their capital and built up a very large business. In 1883, they organized a corporation, the Lancaster & Rice Lumber and Manufacturing Company. Their business has grown constantly. Mr. Rice has been in failing health for some years. He spent one winter in Florida. Last winter was spent in Texas, at or near San Antonio. But consumption was gnawing away at his vitals, and no earthly power was able to save him. Mr. Rice was a very quiet, reserved man, a man of few words, but very honorable, always reliable. He was warm in his friendship and no sacrifice was too great for him to make for his family. He has been confined to his house for some time, gradually sinking and breathed his last Monday afternoon. The funeral was observed at the family residence, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Trick officiating. Both lodges of Odd Fellows turned out and took charge of the funeral. The body was interred at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Young D. Garner, a man very prominent in Alexander County twenty-five years ago, is now living in the family of Mr. James S. Morris. Mrs. Morris, being his daughter. He is very old and is failing rapidly.—Ullin News.

Mrs. Cuff Douglass died last week. She was a daughter of Wiley Clutts, one of our pushing farmers.—Thebes Items

(Stanley Douglass married Amazon Clutts on 10 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Jim Sitton had the misfortune to lose his wife on the 28th ult. Consumption was the cause.—Elco Items

(James M. Sitton married Amanda R. Mitchell on 18 Nov 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

After five years suffering with that dread disease consumption, Mrs. C. B. Briley, wife of Mr. Samuel Briley, peacefully passed away on the 6th inst., surrounded by her loving family and other friends. Mrs. B. died as she has lived—a faithful consistent Christian. She was 54 years old and leaves a loving husband and two grown daughters besides a number of grandchildren to mourn her demise. Brother Watson preached the funeral discourse, which was interspersed with appropriate and touching music.—Elco Items

(Samuel Briley married Charlotte B. Allen on 13 Apr 1851, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 23 Feb 1888:
Mrs. Kerth

The death of Mrs. Thomas J. Kerth occurred last Thursday just as we were going to press and we only had time to announce it. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the Lutheran church and was attended by a very large concourse of people, although the weather was very pleasant. Rev. Mr. Englebert, the pastor, delivered the sermon which was appropriate and able. A quartette choir furnished very beautiful and touching music.

Mrs. Kerth's illness was several and her suffering very great, having first inflammatory rheumatism, followed by typhoid fever. Though lying in a very low condition for several days before her death her friends hoped and thought that she would recover, and her death was a shock to everyone. Nothing that medical skill or good care could devise was lacking but all of no avail. She was a faithful and devoted wife and mother, and her greatest happiness was to minister to her family and to make the home pleasant. She was a kind and pleasant neighbor, and a friend to all the poor. Every cause which was for the elevation and good of mankind met her hearty approval and support, and her loss will be greatly felt, not only by her family, and the church in which she was a faithful worker, but by a very large circle of friends and acquaintances.

(T. J. Kerth married Rosa E. Kirchner on 23 Dec 1868, in Perry o., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Rosa E. Kerth Born Dec. 22, 1848, Died Feb. 16, 1888; Thomas J. Kerth Born April 15, 1845, Died June 20, 1913.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. Brown, widow of the late B. Gratz Brown, was buried at Kirkwood, Missouri, Sunday, February 19.,

Katie Landon, three-year-old daughter of R. B. Landom, foreman of Parker Earle's berry farm, died last Thursday of measles, and was buried Saturday.

Died, in Jonesboro, February 19, Mrs. Luella Lence, wife of Dr. W. C. Lence, aged 35 years. Funeral from residence Tuesday afternoon. Interment in Jonesboro Cemetery.

(William C. Lence married Luella Mulkey on 31 Dec 1872, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

James Eden was killed by the cars on the Cairo Short Line on Tuesday night, was brought home on Wednesday and buried in the Cobden cemetery Thursday. James' folks lived here, but he, not having employment here, went to DuQuoin about six months ago, where he engaged in the coal mining business. He had worked at this for some time until he thought he would like to be a brakeman. He put in an application and was called out on the date that he was killed. He had only been on the road about six hours. He was killed at a station near Belleville. He was a young man about 23 years old and leaves a wife and one child.

(James A. Eden married Gracie Priest on 18 Apr 1886, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, Thursday night, February 16th, Mr. John Whitcamp. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. He was a brother of the late Henry Whitcamp, of Cairo.—Commercial Point

Judge Owens, an old citizen of Ballard County, died Feb. 16th, and was buried by the Masonic order at Cave Creek Cemetery. He was police magistrate of Wickliffe at the time of his death. He was a good friend and a good Christian. His age was about 65. He leaves a widow and four children.

Mrs. Merrett, wife of William Merrett, who died yesterday will be interred at the Grand Chain Cemetery today.

(William K. Merrett married Mrs. Mary E. Merrett on 25 May 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Died—Wednesday, February 15, 1888, Martha wife of William Gardner. Interment at Pea Ridge Cemetery the day following at 3 o'clock p.m.

Thursday, 1 Mar 1888:
Little Mabel Fair, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fair, died Sunday and was buried Tuesday. She was about two years old.

John Mack, colored, elder of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, died Sunday night of malarial fever. His funeral occurred Tuesday. He was buried at Villa Ridge.

Mr. Nicholas Feith died Tuesday just before noon. His health has been failing for some two or three years. He had tried every conceivable remedy, had been under the care of eminent physicians in St. Louis, but all of no avail. His disease was of a pulmonary nature. He leaves a widow, one son, and two married daughters. The funeral occurs today. Mr. Feith was in his sixty-ninth year. He was a native of Luxembourg, Germany, and came to this country in 1847 and to Cairo in 1862. He has followed the business of undertaker since 1864. Thus the older businessmen of Cairo are passing away. Mr. William Stratton, Newton Rice, and Nicholas Feith have all gone since the dawn of the year 1888.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Nicholas Feith 1819-1888, Father.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. J. M. Phillips, who has been stopping at The Halliday for several days past, left Tuesday afternoon for Chicago. Her husband, who has been in St. Louis attending the bedside and funeral of his brother, Pilot Billy Phillips, who died last Saturday in the Marine Hospital, will join her in Chicago, where she goes to remains for several months. Few pilots on the river were better known than was Capt. Billy Phillips.

Mr. William W. Anderson, an old Theban, is now living in Morley, Mo., and doing well. He has recently purchased a burial lot in the Evergreen Cemetery at Chester, Ill.

A little four-year-old boy of A. J. Beasley's died Tuesday morning of typhoid fever. Another little one gone to people that happy beyond.—Elco


Marshal Alonzo, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Davis, died Sunday. Measles, complicated with other trouble, was the disease that baffled all the efforts of kind friends and physician. While it is very hard to submit to the will of Him who "moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform," and while we realize that Lonnie's childish prattle is hushed in death, we know he is far better off in the eternal presence of the blessed master, waiting for papa and mama "on the evergreen shore."—Elco

Thursday, 8 Mar 1888:
Mr. Herdic Dead.

It is with much sadness that we are called to chronicle the departure from life of Mr. Peter Herdic, who died at New York on Friday of last week, his death resulting from a fall and the breaking of a blood vessel. Mr. Herdic was a man of great energy and perseverance, he having been the founder of the much used Herdic coaches, builder of the Cairo Water Works, and was connected with numerous other enterprises. While among us Mr. Herdic made many warm friends who regret to learn of his demise and join with us in extending to his family and relations their heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of bereavement. The funeral took place Monday.

Walter Cundiff Dead.

News was received in this city Tuesday that Mr. Walter Cundiff had died in Memphis. Mr. Cundiff had spent nearly his whole life in this city and county and was well known. His remains arrived from Memphis this morning and will be interred at Villa Ridge as we understand.

Died, February 22nd, at Effingham, Ill., Mrs. Nora Evers, wife of Rev. V. C. Evers, pastor of the M. E. church of that city. Mrs. Evers was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hoopaw, of this place. Her remains were brought here and laid to rest among the friends of her childhood. Rev. Mr. Phillips, of Cairo, a personal friend of Mr. Evers, conducted the funeral exercises.—Villa Ridge

(Volney C. Evers married Lenora Hooppaw on 28 Sep 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Dr. William H. Damon and wife, of Mt. Vernon, came down Saturday night to attend the funeral of Moses Goodman, the father of Mrs. Damon.—Anna

(William H. Damon married Nellie Goodman on 7 Dec 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

John N. Meisenhimer, an aged and well-known citizen, living south of Jonesboro, met with a painful accident Wednesday of last week. He was hauling a stump off his land, when his team started to run, and his hand catching between the stump and a tree was torn so badly that amputation was necessary. The patient is doing well.

Died, Saturday morning, March 3, Moses Goodman, aged 81 years. He had been sick for several months and a sudden stroke of paralysis took him away. He was born in 1806 in North Carolina, of Pennsylvania ancestry. He came to this county in 1852 and has been well and favorably known ever sine. His sons are prominent citizens of this county. Since he was 16 years old he has been a member of the Lutheran Church. Interment Sunday in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Thursday, 15 Mar 1888:
Charles Jenkins Killed.

Last Sunday evening about five o'clock a shocking accident occurred on the Illinois Central, Railroad at North Cairo, by which Mr. Charles Jenkins, son of Architect John S. Jenkins, of this city, was instantly killed.

Mr. Charles Jenkins was in the employ of the railroad. He was, at the time of the accident, engaged in switching some cars. He was standing upon a flat car facing the locomotive and giving signals to the engineer. The cars were slowly backing and he was walking backward. He unconsciously walked off the rear of the car, falling in front of the moving wheels and was crushed to death.

Mr. Jenkins was a young man about twenty-three years of age, with every prospect for a long, happy life before him—perfect health, steady habits, loving friends—and was soon to be married to a young lady in Chicago. As the deceased was a member of the Catholic Church, the funeral was held at St. Joseph's Church, a very large number of the friends and acquaintances of the family attending, many of whom went with the relatives to Villa Ridge, where the body was interred.

Mr. Ed Jenkins, brother of the deceased, came from Chicago to attend the funeral, also Miss Alice Pony, to whom Mr. Charles Jenkins was engaged. The sorrowing family has the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of all the community in their great and sudden bereavement.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Charles E. Jenkins Born Aug. 28, 1863, Died March 11, 1888.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, some days ago, Mr. William Allen. Mr. Allen has long been the skiff man here for the ferry company.

Thursday, 22 Mar 1888:
The aged father of Mr. C. R. Woodward died a few days ago at Lockport, New York.

Mr. Harry Bozman and Mrs. J. F. Rector returned from Vienna last Friday evening, where they had been to attend the funeral of their nephew, little Willie Smith, son of W. Y. Smith, superintendent of schools of Johnson County.

John Cheek.

Mr. John Cheek is a little more comfortable than he was a few weeks ago. He can lie down and sleep pretty well. He sits up most of the time in an easy chair. He is very much emaciated and very sallow. His disease is perhaps of a dropsical character. He expects to get well, but a great many of his friends fear the worst. He has the full use of his faculties and engages freely in conversation. His youngest daughter, Annie, is his constant attendant. He occupies rooms in the house formerly owned by Mrs. Melinda, at Villa Ridge.

The infant child of Hon. D. W. Karraker, of Jonesboro, died Monday,.

Mrs. Elizabeth Casey, widow of Hiram Casey and sister-in-law of Dr. N. R. Casey, is very sick with typhoid pneumonia and is not expected to live.


Died, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler near this place(East Cape Girardeau).

Died, Mrs. Gortner, the wife of Stewart Gortner, an old citizen of this county.—East Cape Girardeau

Thursday, 29 Mar 1888:
A colored man named Ulysses Mills loitered around the Lancaster & Rice establishment nearly all of last week. He was a stranger and sick. He had been sent to Cairo, it is said, from Bird's Point. Our authorities did not feel inclined to provide for the world's paupers and they sent him back. But he promptly returned to Cairo. Out of sheer pity he was permitted to stand by the stove in Lancaster's office much of the time last week. It was discovered that he went under the mill to sleep. Lancaster then gave orders that the doors should be closed and that the watchman should permit no one to be about at night. The door leading under the mill was locked early Saturday night and remained locked until Monday morning. On opening up Monday, the negro was found under the mill dead. He had gone there early Saturday and concealed himself and was thus unintentionally locked in. The corner took charge of the body Monday. He was probably some 27 years of age and claimed that his father lived in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky.

Mrs. Susanna Pool, living near town (Anna), died Thursday, March 22, aged 71 years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Andrews.

A section hand by the name of Moore was killed last Thursday by an Illinois Central train. The wind was blowing very hard and it seems he did not hear the train until it was too late to get out of the way.—Wickliffe, Kentucky

Died, on the 24th inst., Uncle Molton Carter, aged 67 years. He leaves many friends to mourn his loss. His remains were placed in the West Eden Cemetery. The date of funeral services unknown.

A sad and most horrifying accident occurred here last Friday about noon. William Stevenson, of Pulaski a young and well-known Illinois Central brakeman, was instantly killed by falling from the top of a boxcar beneath the wheels of a slowly moving train. It is but justice to his fellow trainman to state that he met his death by carelessness. He was laughing at another brakeman whose hat blew off into a pond of water, and while doing so stepped off the end of the car, the wheels passing over the center of his body. At the inquest, held Friday evening, the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts. Deceased was a favorite with railroad men, and liked by all who knew him. His relatives have the sympathy of our community. Funeral Sunday afternoon at Villa Ridge, several of our citizens attending.—Wetaug

(James Stevenson married Nancy J. Peterson on 14 Nov 1864, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  William son of James and Nancy Stevenson Killed by the cars at Wetaug, Illinois, March 23, 1888, Aged 21 Yrs., 3 Ms., 17 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, at the home of Warren Brown, near Olive Branch, last week, of pneumonia, Miss Sarah E. Anglin, in her 18th year. She professed religion during the late revival conducted by Bro. Cecil, joined the Methodist church in which she lived but a short time, till called by the Master. Bro. Cecil preached the funeral discourse to an appreciative audience of friends and relative. 


Thursday, 5 Apr 1888:
Mr. I. J. Rendell, agent of the I. C. R.R. at East Cairo, died there Monday night and was buried at Clinton, Ky., yesterday.  Mr. Rendell was well known in Cairo.  He came here some fifteen years ago and was employed in this city for a time.  He has been stationed at East Cairo for many years.  His funeral was attended by the Knights of Honor, of which body he was a member.
Ulysses Pemberton, who shot and killed his father, Joseph Pemberton, near Galatia, last December, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to fifteen years in the penitentiary.  He seemed very unconcerned about the sentence, not even changing color when it was read to him.  He was talking and laughing with his attorney a minute or so afterward.
Died—Friday, March 30, 1888, at his residence near New Hope, Pulaski County, John W. Hiatt.  Funeral Sunday, April 1, Rev. F. M. Pruett officiating.  Deceased was born March 21, 1840, was a member of the M. E. Church (North) and the following societies—A. F. & A. M., Knights of Honor and F. M. B. A.  Mr. H. was very well known in this vicinity (Wetaug) and his many friends will regret to learn of his death.  He was a practical and very successful farmer, a gentleman in all that the world supplies, and a man who will be very much missed in the community in which he lived.  He leaves a wife and five children, who have the sympathy of our community in their sad bereavement.

            (John W. Hiatt married Amanda C. Easter on 15 Jan 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 12 Apr 1888:

Mr. John A. Minton, one of the most prominent farms of East Cape Girardeau, died a few days ago.  His age was only 41 years.  He had a severe attack of rheumatism some weeks ago, which brought him quite low and finally a brain fever carried him off.  He was a son of Mr. Smith Minton and a man highly respected.  He leaves a wife and three small children.

(John A. Minton married Annie McGee on 26 Nov 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 19 Apr 1888:
The death of Mrs. Carrie L. Mount, formerly Miss Ridenhower, of Johnson County, will be a great shock to all her friends.  She was one of the most highly educated young women of the county, and was a candidate two years ago for the nomination for county superintendent.  She has been a very successful teacher and was married about a year ago to Mr. Mount, also a teacher in the county and they had settled down to mercantile business at the town of Simpson on the new railroad.

(John L. Mount married Carrie L. Ridenhower on 31 May 1887, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Henry Fullenwider, son of Mr. S. N. Fullenwider, who was a commission merchant in Cairo twenty years ago, is in the city today.  Mr. and Mrs. Fullenwider are both dead.  They both died at Chatham, Ill.  After leaving Cairo they lived in Kansas City; Fremont, Nebraska; Deadwood, Dakota; and finally came back to Chatham, Ill., where they died.  Henry has been traveling over the world in the Black Hills, California, Spanish Honduras, England and back again to this country.  He has spent the last three years in Louisiana, as foreman of a gang of men on the Texas Pacific railroad.  He is on his way to visit friends at Chatham, Ill.
Burned to Death.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO., April 17.—The residence of D. A. Hoffman, near Oak Ridge, in this county, burned to the ground last night, and with it two of his youngest children.  He and one of the children were burned so bad they died last night and two more are not expected to live.  Those of his children that escaped were sleeping upstairs and got out of the window.  They report a bucket at one door and a pan at another, each filled with blazing coal oil, when they reached the ground.  Mr. Hoffman, known as "Duce" Hoffman, was a highly respected citizen and held the good opinion of all of his neighbors.
A little two-year-old son of Mr. F. Wherfritz died suddenly Tuesday afternoon from the effects of measles.  He was supposed to be entirely out of danger, but suddenly grew wore and died in a few hours.  Mr. Wherfritz is a partner of Mr. G. F. Meyer.—Mound City

(Ferdinand Wherfritz married Caroline Sitel on 12 Feb 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We have just heard pf the death of Thomas Watwood, of Hinkleville.  He was a nephew of Mr. A. L. Watwood of this town (Wickliffe).  Also the death of William Harkless, near Blandville.  He died of pneumonia.  He leaves a wife and several children.
Last, but not least, the grand jury has adjourned.  So the boys can rest easy.  Several cases were disposed of.  Charlie Cook for killing Louis Blackwell, sent up for life, but his lawyers appealed.  Cook has the sympathy of both the whites and blacks.  He was a peaceable, hardworking and honest negro.  The grand jury found bills against two of the Shelbys for killing of Mrs. More last fall.–Wickliffe
Mrs. Carrie L. Mount, wife of J. L. Mount, of the firm of Williams & Mount, of Cross Roads, died last Sunday morning and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at this place Monday.  Mrs. Mount was the sister of H. M. Ridenhouer, and a prominent teacher of this county.  In her death the profession has lost one of its brightest ornaments.  She leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn her early death.
Little Bob, son of Hon. John S. Crum, of Vienna, died on Wednesday of last week of consumption.  He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery by the side of his mother, who died of the same disease but a short time ago.

Thursday, 26 Apr 1888:
Poor old Moody Shelton, otherwise known as "Gunboat," the old colored man who has blacked stoves and acted as porter for Mr. C. W. Henderson, died last Saturday.
A Mr. Reece, an old soldier residing near the courthouse, died in very straightened circumstances Tuesday and was buried by Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. in the National Cemetery at Mound City yesterday.  The Post has been contributing to his necessities for some time.  It is a great satisfaction to know that there is an organization, which will see to it that these defenders of their country have a decent burial.
News comes from California that young Will Wright, eldest son of Capt. W. P. Wright, formerly of this city, died there a few days ago, of consumption.
Little Sammy King, a bright little seven-year-old boy died of pneumonia at Hodges Park, April 11th.
Trial of Frank Hundley.

The circuit court of Jackson County was occupied during the greater part of the last week in the trial of Frank Hundley, of Carbondale for the homicide of W. H. Weller, last December.  It will be remembered by our readers that Hundley shot Weller in the bedroom of his (Hundley's) wife about midnight at a time when Hundley was supposed to be absent form the city.  The jury found that Hundley was instance at the time of committing the crime and was therefore not guilty.  They further found that he had completely recovered from such insanity.  Mrs. Hundley has, as we understand, filed a bill for divorce.


Thursday, 3 May 1888:
The funeral of Mr. G. F. Meyer yesterday at Mound City was probably the largest ever witnessed in Pulaski County.  The funeral cortege from Mound City to Beech Grove Cemetery consisted of three cars loaded with people and fifty-six carriages.
The death of Mr. Gottlieb F. Meyer at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis last Sunday evening was a terrible shock to Mound City.  He spent most of the winter in the hospital, coming home as he thought very greatly improved about six weeks ago.  He returned to the hospital about two weeks ago where he had a very bad relapse.  His wife and son were called to his side at once by telegraph, but nothing could save him.  About six o'clock p.m., April 29th, he died, aged 52 years, 6 months, and three days.  The remains reached Mound City early Tuesday morning, and funeral services were held in the Episcopal Church yesterday at one o'clock p.m.  The body was interred at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Mr. Meyer leaves a widow and one son about twenty-five years of age.  He carried on an immense general store, was proprietor of the Mound City stave factory, and was the largest stockholder and president of the Mound City furniture factory.  His death is a calamity to the material interests of Mound City.
Wesley Lambert, of Burnside Township, and the oldest citizen of Johnson County, and probably of Southern Illinois, died at his home Tuesday morning.  His age was not exactly known, but from the best information obtainable, he was nearly 99 years of age.
Judge J. L. Primm, of Pinckneyville, died last Sunday morning at the age of 68 years.

Thursday, 10 May 1888:
Hiccoughed to Death.

PADUCAH, KY., May 7.—William Hoffman, a convalescent patient in the Newport News and Mississippi Valley Railway Hospital here, swallowed a chew of tobacco Saturday.  It threw him into a violent fit of hiccoughing, and he absolutely hiccoughed himself to death in spire of every effort of the surgeons to save him.  He died about 3 o'clock this afternoon from exhaustion, superinduced by his paroxysms of hiccoughing.
Burned to Death by Coal Oil.

SHAWNEETOWN, Ill., May 4.—A 7-year-old daughter of John Blakely, living about ten miles southwest of this place, in Eagle Creek Precinct, was burned to death yesterday.  While attempting to start a fire with coal oil, the can exploded, burning her to a crisp.  A little daughter of Tout Clayton, about the same age, was standing near and was fatally burned.—[St. Louis Republican

Thursday, 17 May 1888:
The monument to the memory of Mr. Newton Rice is now on exhibition at the shops of the Cairo Marble and Granite Company.  The Company is now getting out a granite monument of the late John H. Gossman.  It is similar in design to that of Mr. Rice.
Two colored men, Henry Carter and John Conley, were drowned in the Mississippi River in front of the mill of Messrs. Robertson & Friant, last Monday morning.  They were at work upon a raft of logs and were precipitated into the river with others.  These two men were in some way drawn under the raft and were drowned.

Died, four miles west of Idlewild, Ill., May 10th, 1888, Mr. David B. Berry, aged 71 years, 1 month and 28 days.  He was born in Kentucky, March 12, 1817, moved to Indiana in 1822, was a schoolmate of John and David T. Linegar, married Mrs. Elizabeth Overlin in 1838, moved to New Madrid, Mo., in 1844, and thence to Alexander County, Ill., in 1861, where his first wife died in 1871.  He married his present wife in 1873, and leaves three children by her and five by the first, to mourn his loss.  He was a good citizen and well respected by all who know him.  The deceased has been in bad health for several years, with rheumatism and lung trouble, which caused his death.  He was a kind father, a loving husband, and will be greatly missed.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and F. M. B. A. and was buried by the honored order of F. M. B. A. No. 288.  Brother, rest in peace.
W. F. P.

(David B. Berry married Sarah M. McDaniel on 7 Aug 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Hon. B. G. Roots

Hon. B. G. Roots died at his residence near Tamaroa last Wednesday and was buried the next day.  In everything relating to educational and philanthropic matters Mr. Roots has for the past thirty years taken a deep interest.  He was for many years president of the board of education of the State of Illinois.  His name is a household word in Perry County.  His name is probably better known among teachers than that of any other man south of Springfield.  He leaves two sons, Col. Logan H. Roots and Hon. P. K. Roots, both of whom reside in Little Rock, Ark., and one daughter, wife of Mr. James C. Kimsey, who resides in Perry County.
Died, on Saturday eve, of measles, Freddie, infant son of Thomas Brush.—Cobden
Mrs. Julia Middleton nee Murray, who has been dangerously sick for some weeks, is not expected to live but a few hours.—Elco
Died, Sunday, May 13th, 1888, Mrs. Laura C. Peeler.  Funeral the day following at 3 o'clock p.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, Rev. E. C. Kitch conducting the services.  Deceased was the wife of T. J. Peeler, one of our most prominent young farmers, was born Jan. 5, 1863, making her but little more than 25 years old.  Her death was not unexpected as she had been suffering for some time past with that ever fatal disease—consumption.  We extend our most heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives and can but hope that their loss may be her gain.

(Thomas J. Peeler married Laura C. Richey on 9 May 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  Laura C. Wife of T. J. Peeler Died May 13, 1888 Aged 25 Yrs., 4 Ms., 8 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Capt. Ben Rankin, mayor of Metropolis, died suddenly last Sunday morning of rheumatism of the heart.  He was an old soldier, captain of Company A, 56th Regiment Illinois Volunteers.  His age was 67 years.
Mr. E. H. Lemen, a prominent attorney of Pinckneyville, died at his home in that city last Monday morning after a long illness.  He was an active Republican in politics, a public spirited man who did all he could to develop the resources of Southern Illinois, and a consistent member of the Baptist Church.  He was probably about 46 years of age.

Thursday, 24 May 1888:
The body of one of the colored man who was drowned near Robertson & Friant's Mill last week came to the surface yesterday.
John Major Dead.

Our city was shocked last Saturday morning by the announcement that Mr. John Major had died suddenly about eleven o'clock p.m., Friday night—May 18th, of heart disease.  He had been as well as usual the day before and very few people knew that he had any disease of the heart.  He spent the evening at home with his family as usual, retiring about ten o'clock.  Being called up to minister to another member of the family he lay down again and almost immediately gasped, grasped the bedclothes and rolled off upon the floor.  His wife frightened asked him "What is the matter?"  He answered, "Darling, I will speak to you again."  But he never spoke again, death claimed him as his own.  He was buried Sunday by the Odd Fellows.  Rev. J. W. Phillips officiating.  He leaves a widow and one daughter.

Mr. Major was of French descent.  He was born upon the high seas while his parents were emigrating from France to Montreal.  He lived in Canada until he had attained his full manhood and married there.  He came to Cairo in 1857, and has lived here since that time.  He had two children, by his first wife, both of whom died at a tender age.  His first wife also died about twenty years ago.  Mr. Major was taught the tenets of the Catholic Church in his childhood and always entertained a reverence for the authority of that church, though he joined the Odd Fellows some sixteen years ago.  A few years ago he organized the Major Wagon Co., and has carried on the business of wagon making &c. for some years.  In business matters he has never been very successful.  He was a man of good habits and excellent principles.  He was a good citizen, a very tender husband and affectionate father.  He was probably about 55 years of age.  In celebrating his birthday recently he said, "This may be my last birthday dinner."  His wife said, "Why, where will you be?"  He replied, "I may be under the sod."

(John Major married Mary Dauphet on 16 Jun 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Middleton, wife of Charles Middleton and daughter of F. M. Murray, of Elco, died at her home in Elco last Wednesday and was buried Friday.

(Charles Middleton married Julia A. Murray on 7 Sep 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. W. G. Harwood, one of the oldest businessmen in Carbondale, died in that city last week Thursday.

Thursday, 31 May 1888:
Died, May 20th, the infant child of Stanley Douglas, aged four months.—Wheatland

(Stanley Douglass married Amazon Clutts on 10 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant child of Cuff Douglas was buried here (Thebes) last Monday.


Thursday, 7 Jun 1888:
Mrs. Susie E. Mertz, wife of George E. Mertz, of Mound City, died last week.

(George E. Mertz married Susan E. Hawley on 23 Feb 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Carrie Ross, daughter of Louis Ross, died at her father's house on Cedar St., between 12th and 13th street, last Monday and was buried at Villa Ridge Wednesday.  She was an intelligent colored girl about 16 years of age.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Carrie Ross Died June 11, 1888, Aged 16 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Ferdinand White died in Texas yesterday of consumption.  Mr. White came to Cairo some ten or twelve years ago with a branch of the Salvation Army.  Here he left the Army and accepted a business position.  He has made Cairo his home since that time.  For several years he has had a death struggle with that fell destroyer, consumption.  He went to southwestern Texas last autumn to see what effect the dry climate of that region would have upon him, but he went too late.  He goes down before the keen sickle of the old Reaper.
Mr. E. C. Thielecke, younger brother of Ernest and E. H. Thielecke is now in DeKoven, Ky., lying at the point of death.  During the year 1887 he was foreman in the office of the Citizen.  Just before New Year's Day he left and went to Arizona, where he expected to get better wages than he could get in the Mississippi Valley.  There he contracted the measles, the disease struck in and he must probably die.  He came on as quickly as possible to his friends at home.  His brothers are both at his bedside.
Thursday, 14 Jun 1888:
Mr. E. C. Thielecke Dead.

Mr. E. C. Thielecke died at Dekoven, Ky., yesterday.  We spoke last week of his dangerous illness.  His death as the result of measles contracted at Tucson, Arizona.  Instead of coming out, the disease settled upon his vitals and at once assumed a dangerous character.  Mr. Thielecke was born and reared in Cairo and had lived here a large portion of his life.  During the year 1887 he was foreman in the office of the Citizen.  He was a most excellent printer and possessed sterling qualities.  During the year he was with us we saw many things in him, which we greatly admired.  He was thoroughly reliable.  Work went on just as well in our absence from the office as when we were present.  He possessed staying qualities.  We always knew where to find him.  He never failed in a pinch but was always equal to the emergency.  But the one thing which we regarded as his most marked characteristic was this:  He did not aspire to be an editor nor a business manager.  He was constantly studying the art of printing and striving to make the most of himself in that direction.  In everything pertaining to the printer's art he proposed to be at the top.  Nothing was too difficult for him to do.  He studied photoengraving.  He read everything pertaining to his business.  He was patient, thorough and progressive.  He was conscientious.  He proposed to do right by everybody.  He was engaged to be married to a young lady who now resides at Dekoven, Ky., a sister of the late wife of Mr. Earnest Thielecke.  When death clutched at his vitals he left Tucson at once and came on to his friends in the Mississippi Valley.  He died surrounded by friends and tenderly cared for by those he loved and who tenderly loved him.  Our most sincere sympathies are extended to his friends.
Mrs. Scott Wallace died on the 9th inst., and was buried here (Thebes). 


We are sorry to learn that Mr. Marsh Augustine died at Elco June 6th.  He was well known in Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties.
A metallic case containing the remains of a woman was exhumed yesterday at graveyard ridge.  It was buried in what is now a public highway.  The case was removed and reburied.
Judge J. M. Bigger, of Paducah died of apoplexy Monday night.  He was one of the leading lawyers of McCracken County.
Died, on the 6th inst., Marshall Augustine, of Bright's disease and heart trouble.  He had gotten up but took a relapse and died in a very few days.  The sorrowing relatives have the sympathies of the entire neighborhood.

(Marshall Augustine married Victa H. McRaven on 6 Mar 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. A. J. Darlington, of Kokomo, Ind., is here (Wetaug) visiting her brother, Capt. W. A. Hight.

Thursday, 21 Jun 1888:
Mr. Samuel Briley, of Elco, left yesterday for Kearney, Nebraska.  How long he will remain there or what his plans or the future are we do not know.  Mr. Briley recently received an increase of pension dating back for many years.  This was a great help to him.  His wife recently died and his children are grown. Hence the tires which bind him to any one place are not very strong.
The many friends of Mrs. Dodge, widow of the late Rev. George W. Dodge, who has resided near Grand Chain for several years will be very glad to learn that she has secured a pension of $20 per month and that it will date back about twenty-five years, making her first payment amount to about $3,500.  This will be a wonderful help to a very worthy family.
Catharine Jones, a sister of H. J. and D. A. Given, lately died at Louisville and was buried by the side of her husband, Hessy Jones, once a prominent citizen of Paducah.
Col. Anthony Wayne Johnson, the pioneer boatman of the Cumberland river, recently died at Nashville, in the ninetieth year of his age.  He, in connection with the late Capt. S. M. Barner, of Smithland, owned the Ellen Kirkman, the finest steamboat of her day, and the first wharf boat in Cairo.  For many years in the long ago he was a steamboat agent in Nashville.  The house in which he did business still stands and is occupied as a boat store by Byrne & Brother.  This property was owned by this old timer at his death.
Died, on the night of the 17th inst., Uncle Solomon White, an old and respected citizen of this place (Creal Springs).  He was formerly a citizen of Alexander County and worked on P. McRaven's farm at Clear Creek Landing and often spoke of the old landmarks of that place—the Mintons, Walkers, McRavens, &c.  He left there thirty years ago and has never been back since.  He was a Christian and belonged to the Baptist Church.

Thursday, 28 Jun 1888:
Our state's attorney, Mr. William N. Butler was called suddenly from the Chicago Convention to the bedside of his father, Mr. C. E. Butler, of Anna, Ill., who died Monday morning about nine o'clock.  The old gentleman has had very poor health for some time and his death was not wholly a surprise.  He did not pass away until after the arrival of his son from Chicago.
Mr. Edward Scanlan died suddenly Tuesday afternoon from injuries received by a fall Monday evening.  He has lived in Cairo many years.  The deceased was a brother of Mr. Walter Scanlan, head clerk at W.L. Bristol's grocery, and was well known to our people.
Died, Monday morning, at his residence in Anna, after a long illness, C. E. Butler.  Funeral service from the residence Tuesday afternoon led by the Rev. Mr. McDougal, rector of St. Anne's Episcopal Church.  Interment in Anna Cemetery.

            (A marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  Comfort E. Butler 1822-1888.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 5 Jul 1888:
We have heard with exceeding regret of the death of little Harry, infant son of Henry and Julia Weiman.  Another bright jewel has been picked from the world.  But the "Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away."  We must submit to His holy will.—Thebes
Charles, the seventeen-year-old son of Fernando Davis, south of town, was thrown from a mule Thursday evening and his skull fractured.  He died in about two hours.  Funeral services from the Big Creek Baptist Church Friday were conducted by Rev. J. M. Faris.  Interment in the Big Creek Cemetery.

(Fernando Davis married Margaret S. Otrich on 24 Dec 1858, in Union Co., Ill.
Andrew Klee's little child, who had been sick for several weeks died last Saturday, the 30th ult.  Funeral at St. Joseph's Church the next day at 2 o'clock p.m.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community—Wetaug
 Thursday, 12 Jul 1888:
The little son of Conrad Alba died early this morning.  Funeral tomorrow.  The child was twenty months old.

(Conrad Alba married Barbara Neff on 22 Sep 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Clarence Daniel Alba 1886-1888.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Mrs. Mulkey.

We are sorry to chronicle the death of Mrs. Mulkey, wife of William C. Mulkey, Esq., of this city.  She died last Friday afternoon and was buried Saturday from St. Patrick's Catholic Church.  She leaves four children, one of them a babe only about six weeks of age.  Mrs. Mulkey has not been very well for several years, and has been quite sill since the birth of her last child.  It was on her account largely that Mr. Mulkey went to Arizona last winter to make trial of the climate.  Not being pleased with the business outlook, he returned some two months ago.  The health of Judge Mulkey was such that he could not come down from Metropolis to attend the funeral.  To the bereaved husband and all sorrowing friends the condolence of the Citizen is tendered.

(William C. Mulkey married Mary Ann Molanny on 25 Dec 18873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 Thursday, 19 Jul 1888:
Grandma Cline died art her residence south of town (Dongola) last Monday at 5 p.m. at an extreme old age.  She was beloved by the entire neighborhood, who will sadly mourn her death.
Died—On Saturday the 14th, the wife of Mr. William Dugger. They had been married but a short time, and the young husband is almost crazed with grief.  It seems as if misfortune is following him very closely as he but recently suffered a large pecuniary loss.—Pellonia
Mrs. Kline, who has been sick for several months past, died yesterday afternoon about half past four o'clock, at the residence of her son-in-law, Samuel Hartman.  Funeral this afternoon at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church and burial in cemetery adjoining.  Deceased was about 68 years of age, very well known and highly respected and leaves a host of relatives to mourn her loss.

(Samuel Hartman married Mary Jane Cline on 12 Jun 1873, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 26 Jul 1888:
Col. E. W. Hill, of Malden, Mo., brother of David B. Hill, governor of New York, died in Malden, July 10th.
A fine marble monument, designed to mark the last resting place of Mr. John A. Parker, late of Hodge's Park, is on exhibition at the shop of the Cairo Marble and Granite Company, No. 1108 Washington Avenue.
Sandy Blanton, an old colored veteran of the war, died last Saturday, and was buried Sunday in the National Cemetery at Mound City, by James Foster Post of the G. A. R.
We have spoken several times in the columns of the Citizen of the case of P. M. Connor, now in jail awaiting trial for the crime of rape upon the person of Minnie Quasebarth, the young daughter of Mrs. Quasebarth, in whose he lived and with whom he is said to have lived in criminal intimacy.  The girl is in St. Mary's Hospital.,  She has recently published a statement to the effect that her father, Mr. Quasebarth, was poisoned by her mother.  This statement has made its sensation, but is not universally believed.  The manner and cause of Quasebarth's death were investigated as fully as possible at the time and the state's attorney had no reason to believe it a case of murder.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  William Quezeborrth, Sr., 1847-1888.  This may be the person who was allegedly poisoned.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 2 Aug 1888:
Alex Smiley, an old and respected citizen of Mississippi County, Mo., was killed at Charleston last Saturday evening.  Charley Williams, a young man who is but recently married, it seems had some difficulty with him during the week, and, meeting at Charleston Saturday, they renewed the trouble with the above result.  The trouble originated at Melon Switch during the week.  Very few words were spoken on either side when Williams struck Smiley, knocking him down, and then jumped upon and kicked him.  George W. Williams, the father of the murderer, stood beside him and encouraged him in his infamous design.  Both the Williamses were arrested and are now in jail.  Smiley died within five minutes after the brutal assault.  Public sentiment is much against the Williamses, but no fears are entertained of their safety.

Mr. Robert Morris, poet laureate of Masonry, and one of the highest Masons in the world, died of paralysis at his home near Louisville, Ky., Tuesday morning in his 70th year of his age.  He was the author of nearly one hundred Masonic works and poems.
Died, on July 25th, of consumption, Mrs. Lucinda McCrite, beloved wife of Rev. George W. McCrite, aged 36 years.  She died as she had lived a faithful and consistent member of the Baptist Church; her life work, though short, was full of kind words and loving deeds that will live forever in the memories of dear ones left behind.  True the husband and children will not hear her voice any more on earth, a vacant place that cannot be filled, will be in the home here, but let us so live that we may all be with her in that "Home sweet home" over there.—Elco

(George W. McCrite married Lucinda West on 22 Mar 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 9 Aug 1888:
Old John Robinson, the circus man, died at is home in Cincinnati last Saturday morning, aged 82 years.
Rev. A. H. Trick left Monday afternoon for Chicago to attend the funeral of his brother's wife, who died recently in Colorado.  He is expected back today.
Mr. Richard Powers died last Saturday at Dawson Springs, Ky., of dropsy.  His remains were brought to Cairo and buried Sunday.  Mr. Powers was for many years engaged in the railroad business.  Some four or five years ago he opened a saloon at the corner of 34th Street and Commercial Avenue, and has continued in that business up to the time of his death.  In his general make up Mr. Powers was more than an average man.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Richard Powers Died Aug. 4, 1888, Aged 46 Yrs., 18 Days.—Darrel Dexter)
The death of Mrs. Mary McKee Holmes, which occurred Friday, August 3rd, at Carbondale, was not only a great loss to the Bettie Stuart Institute at Springfield, of which she was principal, but to the cause of education in the State.  Mrs. Holmes possessed the rare combination of great strength with sweetness and gentleness of disposition.  An earnest faithful Christian, her influence over her pupils left an impress which influenced their whole lives.  No one could be associated with her without being made better and purer thereby.
John File received a message on Monday announcing the death of his father-in-law in Missouri.  Mr. File and family started to Missouri on Sunday and got as far as the river, and as the ferry was undergoing repairs, he had to return without crossing the river.
Died, in Anna, on Tuesday, August 7th, at 6:50 a.m., Susan A. Henley, wife of W. S. Henley, aged 60 years, seven months and seven days.

(A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Susan A. Wife of W. S. Henley Born Jan. 1, 1828 Died Aug. 7, 1888 Aged 60 Yrs., 7 Ms., 7 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 16 Aug 1888:
Mrs. Virginia J. Hight, wife of W. A. Hight, Esq., of Wetaug, died last Saturday morning, from the effects of an internal tumor.  No effort has been spared to cure her.  A surgical operation was performed some month ago, but its effects were only temporary and she was finally compelled to yield to the fell destroyer.

DIED—At her home, in Wetaug, Ill., Saturday, August 11th, 1888, Mrs. Virginia J. Hight.  Funeral Sunday, August 12th, 3 o'clock p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Rev. E. Leist officiating.

Mrs. Hight was born in England, November 25th, 1835, and came with her mother to America when about 9 years of age.  She was brought up in the eastern states, received an education of the highest type and taught in the public schools of New Brunswick, N.J., for a number of years.  In 1860 she came to Southern Illinois and was married to Capt. W. A. Hight, of Wetaug, January 19, 1871.  In religion she was a most fervent and sincere Catholic and her character combined all the requisites of a true Christian.  The last two weeks of her life were weeks of intense suffering, borne in a spirit that the martyrs might envy, and her last breath was a prayer to her Redeemer.  Those to whom she was nearest and dearest have sustained an irreparable loss in this life.  Oh, follow her example, dear friends, be as noble and good as she was, worship your Creator as she did, bear your crosses as hers were borne and your reward will surely be to join her in heaven, for she has but gone before to brighten your way.

(A marker in Sowers Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  In Memory of Virginia J. wife of W. A. Hight Died. Aug. 11, 1888, Aged 54 Years.—Darrel Dexter)

Twelve years ago, Thomas Nelson was sent from Jackson County to Joliet penitentiary for life, to expiate the crime of murder.  He was transferred to Chester in 1878, with two hundred other convicts and has been imprison until a few days ago, when a pardon was received from the Governor, and he was released, after serving the long term of twelve years.  Prisoners in this state do not average much longer terms than this, either dying or being pardoned.
The cemetery adjoining the Reformed church is being mowed and cleaned up generally.  A much needed improvement.—Wetaug
Mrs. Mary A. Lentz died Tuesday, Aug.7, after a brief illness.  Funeral occurred the day following at Mt. Pisgah.  The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the community.—Wetaug

(David C. Lentz married Mary Ann Peeler on 21 May 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
H. J. Worley's daughter, Leona, died very suddenly last Wednesday, Aug. 8.  She was a very bright child, about 12 years of age.  We extend our sympathy to the bereaved parents.
Died, on Monday, last of fever, Miss Lettie Stewart.  Miss Lettie had formerly made her home in Cobden, but for about a year she has been making her home with Hall Kirkpatrick, in Anna.  She will be greatly missed in Cobden.

(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Lettie C. Daughter of John & Charity Stewart Died Aug. 13, 1888, Aged 23 Yrs., 10 Mos., 26 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, on Thursday, the 9th inst., Mr. Henry Lemly.  Deceased was a single man of about 24 years of age, and has been suffering for several years with a pulmonary complaint.—Brooklyn

Thursday, 23 Aug 1888:
Mr. John Cheek, a former citizen of Cairo, died last week Wednesday of dropsy and was buried at Villa Ridge Thursday.  The news of his death reached us too late for insertion in last week's Citizen.  Mr. Cheek has been sick a long time and the result of the disease had been doubtful, but he was compelled to yield to the fell destroyer.  He leaves two grown daughters.
Word comes to us that Maud Thomas, who formerly taught school here (Cobden) in our public schools, died at her home in Carbondale, Tuesday, August 20th of a fever.  We learn that she has been teaching school at some place in California since she left here.  But being taken sick with fever returned to her home about three weeks ago where she died.  Miss Thomas was well known in Cobden and was well liked by all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed by the young ladies of Cobden, as several had taken drawing and music lessons from her and had become greatly attached to her.  Her family has the sympathy of our whole community.
A baby of W. B. Hills died on the 9th inst.—Elco
An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Burke, a grandchild of Rev. L. Griffith, of Makanda, died last Friday.—Elco

Thursday, 30 Aug 1888:
Last Saturday, at Carbondale occurred the death of John Whitaker, the fifteen-year-old son of Mrs. Annie Whitaker, the widow of Rev. W. F. Whitaker, formerly pastor of the Methodist church of this city.  Typhoid fever was the cause of his sudden death and he was sick but two weeks.  The funeral was held at Kinmundy, Ill., Sunday.  The many friends of the family will deeply sympathize with Mrs. Whitaker in her affliction.
Died, at Olmstead, yesterday morning, of cancerous tumor, Mrs. Nancy Timmons, aged 70 years.  Mrs. Timmons formerly lived in Cairo with her daughter, Mrs. George E. Olmstead, and was well known here.  Funeral today.

(James M. Timmons married Nancy Echols on 25 Aug 1833, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The finest monument that we have seen for a long time is on exhibition today at the shop of the Cairo Marble and Granite Co., 1108 Washington Avenue.  It is to mark the last resting place of Mrs. Long, of Enfield.  We have no time to give an elaborate description but the monument speaks for itself.
Latest reports from Gainsville, Texas, bring very little encouragement as to the recovery of Mrs. Frank Galigher.  Her physicians, with one exception, pronounce her case hopeless.  Mrs. Galigher's many friends in this city will sympathize deeply with her and earnestly desire her speedy recover.
A Distressing Accident.

Monday afternoon as several little girls were playing at the gate of Mr. Henry Hasenjaeger's residence one of them pushed the gate violently when it flew from its hinges, the latch striking little Lille Hasenjaeger, ten years of age, in the abdomen.  The child screamed with pain, and upon consulting Dr. Stevenson he found the accident had caused a ventral rupture.  Inflammation ahs set in and she now lies in a very critical condition.  Mr. and Mrs. Hasenjaeger have the sympathy of the entire community in this affliction.

(Henry Hasenjaeger married Caroline Helfrick on 1 Nov 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Killed by a Careless Brother.

CARROLLTON, Ill., Aug. 21.—Della, a young daughter of Mrs. Clarinda Dowdall, who lives seven miles east of here, was accidentally shot in the head by her brother Ike, who was carelessly handling a shotgun in the room.  The girl lived but a short time.

(Hayden E. Dowdall married Clarinda E. Brown on 1 Jan 1852, in Greene Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, on the 22nd, Mrs. Martha J. McDonald, daughter of A. Williams.  She leaves two small children, one an infant but a few days old.  Jane, as she was known around here (Elco), was considered an honest, industrious and Christian woman and had many friends.

(Mr. McDonald married Martha J. Williams on 23 Oct 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died—At the residence of his parents, Idlewild, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Master Roe, aged 6 years, 8 months and 2 days, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Harris.  About this time two years ago Mr. Harris lost his oldest boy here.  They have the heartfelt sympathy of all.  Roe was laid beside his brother in the Sandusky Cemetery on Monday p.m.

Thursday, 6 Sep 1888:
Mr. John Waters, an engineer on the M. & O. R. R. died at the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. E. J. Burke, at Alto Pass, last Thursday of consumption.  He was well known along the line of the M. & O. R. R.  He was only 35 years of age.  He leaves a wife and two small children.
Mrs. Christina Ury, widow of the late Martin Ury, died at Jonesboro, August 23rd, in her 75th year.  The Ury family has been well known in Jonesboro for forty years at least.

(Martin Ury married Christina Craver on 15 Sep 1835, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Jacob Light died at Olive Branch last week.
Death of Mrs. Frank Galigher

Died, at Gainesville, Texas, after a painful illness of eight weeks duration, Fannie Rabb, wife of Frank L. Galigher.  Mrs. Galigher left Cairo for her new home at Gainesville in June, Mr. Galigher having gone several weeks previous.  Bidding her friends here goodbye in the best of spirits, full of life and happy anticipation, saying, "I shall be back soon," the sad news of her death was a terrible shock, although information had come from time to time of her dangerous illness. Throughout her entire sickness her sufferings were intense, but were borne with Christian fortitude and patience, her cheerful, happy disposition asserting itself at all times.  Her thoughtfulness for the dear ones who devotedly watched by her bedside was unfailing.  Neither the watchful care of friends nor the best medical skill could restore her and Sunday morning, September 2nd, she peacefully passed away.  Her remains accompanied by Mr. Frank Galigher, Mrs. Rabb and Mrs. Charles Galigher, who had been with her throughout her illness, were met at St. Louis and Mr. Rabb and Mrs. Charles Galigher and brought to Cairo.  Brief funeral services for Cairo friends were held at the Galigher residence Wednesday morn at eight o'clock.  In the same beautiful room of her husband's home, where she stood some eight years ago, a lovely, joyous bride, receiving the congratulations of friends, her form, now wasted by suffering though still lovely, lay cold and silent, robed for the grave.  A large number of those friends, now sorrowing and tearful are fathered to pay a last tribute to her memory.  There were many floral offerings conspicuous among which was a very beautiful lyre composed of pink, pale yellow and white rosebuds, given by Mr. O'Hara, a lovely pillow of white followers with the name "Fannie" in purple immortelles surmounted by a star also composed of white flowers, from her brothers, Albert and Fred Galigher, a lovely piece with lilies from a friend, and a beautiful sickle given by the ladies of St. Luke's Guild, of which Mrs. Galigher was an active member.  Mrs. Galigher's death will be keenly felt by a large number of friends.  Possessing a very happy disposition, with bright, vivacious manners, she endeared herself to all who knew her.  Ardent in her attachments, her weeded life of eight years was exceptionally happy.  In this sad bereavement, Mr. Galigher and all the relatives have the sincerest sympathy of everyone.  The funeral and interment take place today at Paducah, Mrs. Galigher's former home.
The brothers of Hiram Belcher were called to his beside by telegram Saturday night.  Hiram has been dangerously sick, but was reported slightly better Monday.
Mr. D. W. Mowery, one of our most highly respected and progressive farmers, died at his home near here (Wetaug) last Friday morning, August 31, 1888.  Deceased was about 25 years of age, a member of the Reformed Church, and a highly educated Christian gentleman in all that the term applies.  We extend our most sincere sympathy to the bereaved elatives.

(David W. Mowery married Altha L. Dougherty on 6 Dec 1885, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  David W. Mowery Died Aug. 31, 1888, Aged 25 Yrs., 10 Mos., 18 Dys.  Altha L., wife of D. W. Mowery, Died Aug. 5, 1888, Aged 24 Yrs., 3 Dys.  Infant son of D. W. & A. L. Mowery died Sept. 6, 1888, Aged 45 Days.—Darrel Dexter)
Died—at the residence of Mr. David Mowery, Thursday, August 30th, 1888, Miss Freddie Bridgeman.  Funeral occurred the day following at St. John's Church.  Miss B. was 16 years of age, and being an unusually bright and vivacious young lady, will be much missed in our community.

(A marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Freddie Bridgeman Died Aug. 30, 1888, Aged 16 Yrs., 11 Mos., 22 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Dr. A. D. Finch was summoned to Medina, Ohio, Saturday, to attend the funeral of her mother.—Anna
Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Boyce buried their four-year-old son, George, Wednesday.  He died Tuesday.

(Benjamin Lafayette Boyce married Marguerite “Fannie” Higgins on 6 Jul 1876, in Union Co., Ill.   A marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  George A. son of B. L. & F. F. Boyce Died Sept. 4, 1888, Aged 4 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 11 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
A man named David Bevis, while returning from the Anna fair Wednesday, jumped from the evening fast train No. 4 and was seriously if not fatally injured.  From what we can learn he was under the influence of whisky.  At any rate a pint bottle of whisky was found a short distance from where he was picked up.  The train was not running more than eight miles per hour.  He jumped off the train about a hundred yards north of the depot.  He was quickly taken to Dr. Farrell's office, where the doctor examined him and said he was hurt mostly in the head, but didn't think he had concussion of the brain.  He only received two cuts, one on the face and one on the arm, but he was severely bruised.  Monday was the sixth day since the accident and he was still unconscious, and his wife says that it is very doubtful if he recovers.  Mr. Bevis had only been here about three weeks.  He came here from Indiana about three weeks ago and married Mrs. Kate Jacques, of this place (Cobden).  They hadn't gone to housekeeping, they were staying with Mr. Runyon, Mrs. Bevis' brother, at the time of the accident.
            (David N. Bevis married Mrs. Ellen C. Black Jacques on 15 Aug 1888, in Union Co., Ill.  J. C. Jacques married Ellen Catherine Black on 29 Sep 1878, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 13 Sep 1888:
Maggie Willis, a niece of Capt. O. Greenlee, of Commercial Point, is dangerously ill at the convent in this city with bilious remittent fever.

Last Thursday evening at about 5:30 o'clock, Mr. J. W. Moore, superintendent of stonework at the bridge, while working at pier No. 9, in attempting to jump from one barge to another, tripped upon something and fell between them, the barges closing over him.  He was seen by several as he fell and work was immediately suspended, while every effort was made to rescue him, but all in vain.  The river was dragged with drag hooks, and dynamite was exploded at various points on the river in hopes that the concussion would bring the body to the surface, but up to date the body has not been found.  Mr. Moore was a single man about thirty-four years of age, and came to Cairo from Baltimore about a year ago and began work for Mr. Loss, contractor for the stonework of the bridge.  He has a mother and two sisters living at Baltimore, who were immediately notified of the disaster.  One of his sisters, Miss Annie Moore, was visiting in Sioux City, Iowa, and upon hearing of his death immediately started for Cairo, arriving here the early part of the week.  She is waiting in hopes that the body will be found.  Deceased was a very fine workman and had made very many friends here who mourn his untimely death.
On the 7th inst., Hiram Belcher took worse and died the morning of the 8th, leaving a wife and two small children, besides other relatives to mourn his untimely demise.

Thursday, 20 Sep 1888:
Mr. E. B. Stoddard, of Dongola, died last Friday morning at Villa Ridge.  Mr. Stoddard was a son of Mrs. W. B. Edson, by a former husband.,  He was surveyor by profession, but has had miserable health for many years and has been unable to do much for his family.  He has had a pulmonary trouble which has sometimes brought him to the brink of the grave, then he would rally for a while and seem very much better.  But he has succumbed at last.  He leaves a widow and several young children.  Mrs. Stoddard keeps the Stoddard House at Dongola.
The aged father of Mr. James Coleman died at Shawneetown Saturday.  The funeral occurred Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Blake left Sunday for Lynn, Mass., called by the serious illness of Mr. Blake's mother.
Mrs. Catherine Lehmes Dead.

Died, in this city, at her home on Twelfth Street, Saturday, the 15th inst., Mrs. Catherine Lehmes, aged 58 years.

Again are we called upon to chronicle the death of one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens, Mrs. Catherine Lehmes.  Mrs. Lehmes had been an invalid and sufferer for several years and for some months had been confined to her bed with that dread disease, internal cancer.  While her death was not unexpected it was a sad blow to her relatives and many friends.  She leaves two children, Mr. George Becker, foreman of Lohr's bottling works, and Miss Emma Lehmes, besides other relatives and friends to mourn her departure.  Funeral services were conducted at the Thirteenth Street German Lutheran Church by Pastor William Engelbrecht.  Interment at Villa Ridge.  A large body of friends and acquaintances escorted the remains to its last resting place.  We join in extending to the bereaved ones our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Maria Catherine Lehmes Born July 19, 1830 Died Sept. 15, 1888.—Darrel Dexter)
Dave Lentz's little son, Rufus, about 12 years of age, died last Friday, also a victim of typhoid fever.—Wetaug

Mrs. Mary Lusk Dodds, wife of Dr. Ford S. Dodds, the oldest resident physician of this community and prominent in his profession throughout the region, died Monday Sept. 17th, after a long illness, the nature of which remained to the last a puzzle to all the doctors.  The post mortem revealed the presence in the abdominal cavity of a cystic abscess of considerable size, evidently of remote origin and very singular location.  The attending physicians pronounce the case strikingly new to the records of medical practice.  Through her husband, and by reason of her own prominent family connections, Mrs. Dodds was well known.  She was 58 years of age.  The funeral occurred at the house Wednesday morning and was attended by a great concourse of friends.  Dr. and Mrs. Dodds have lived in Anna thirty-one years.

(A marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  Mary Adams Lusk wife of Dr. F. S. Dodds Born in Mercer, Pa., Died in Anna, Ill., Sept. 17, 1888, Aged 58 Yrs., 1 Mo., 14 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Sudden Death.

Mr. Hal Armstrong died suddenly at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 18th, at Wichita, Kansas.  the cause of his death is unknown, but it was probably heart disease as that disease seems to be hereditary in the family.  He was thirty years of age.  He leaves a widow, but no children.  He had spent most of his life at Metropolis, Ill.  His wife was Miss Sallie Hinkle, of Metropolis.  He was here about two weeks ago apparently in good health, visiting his sister who was then very ill.  He had bought property in Wichita and was doing well.

Thursday, 27 Sep 1888:
We are sorry to announce the death of Mr. F. M. Lawrence, of Sandusky.  He was a young man probably about 28 years old.  He leaves a widow and two or three children.
Died, Sunday morning, September 23, 1888, Miss Fannie Defer, daughter of William Defer, of this place (Burnside), aged 20 years.  This estimable young lady had been confined to her bed about eight months with consumption.  She bore her affliction with a fortitude almost angel like, well knowing there was no hope for her.  She died in the faith that characterize all who die din the Lord.  The sympathies of Burnside people in general are extended to the bereaved relatives and friends.

(William Defer married Malinda J. Oliver on 12 Jun 1890, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A man was found near the schoolhouse last Sunday morning—sick and in destitute circumstances.  He was picked up by Mr. Trammel and carried to Mr. Hopkins—when he was fed.  After having gained sufficient strength, he was questioned as to his name, etc.  He said his name was Stewart and a native of Scotland.  Medical aid was employed by the people of the town, and everything done for him that could be, but he grew worse until Friday when he died.  The county then took charge and buried him.—Burnside
Died, Mrs. George Ferrell, at this place (Creal Springs), on Saturday evening after a few days illness. He leaves a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  He was a promising young man.
Mrs. Johnson, who lived about three miles east of town (Anna), died Sunday night and was buried Monday afternoon.  Grandma Johnson, as she was familiarly called, was one of the oldest citizens of the county, being over 87 years old at her death. 


Thursday, 4 Oct 1888:
Mrs. Eliza Perkins, wife of Capt. William Perkins, of the Perkins House, Vienna, died last week.  Her age was 69 years.  She went down to her grave in the full enjoyment of a Christian's hope, respected and beloved by all who knew her.

(William Perkins married Eliza Simpson on 10 May 1840, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. L. B. Collins, of Belknap is lying very low, with little hope of his recovery.  His sons, Mr. F. M. Collins, of Anna, and J. B. Collins, of Mound City, have been at his bedside.  He is in his 85th year.  He has had a stroke of paralysis.

Died, in this city, at her home, 317 Eighth Street, about 1 o'clock, Saturday morning, September 29th, after a brief illness, Mrs. S. T. Robinson, in the 68th year of her age. 

Mrs. Robinson was born in Lima, Ohio, in the year 1821.  Her married life was spent mostly in Illinois at Effingham and Centralia.  She was left a widow about twelve years ago.  For the past six years she has resided in Cairo, where all who knew her have learned to love her.  Some seven years ago two of her little grandchildren were left without father or mother.  Upon these children for the past six years she has bestowed more than a mother's care.  For them she has lived.  Upon them she has bestowed all the affection of a grandmother's heart.  Her death has broke up the happy home which she made for these grandchildren and for others.  She went down to death quietly and peacefully, realizing fully that the end was coming.  She possessed a quiet spirit and made friends of all with whom she came in contact.  The funeral services were held Sunday in the Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, and the body was interred at Beech Grove Cemetery, where it was followed in carriages by sorrowing friends.  The floral offerings were very beautiful consisting of a sickle from her daughter, Mrs. McKinney, a wreath from Mrs. P. Walsh, an anchor from Mrs. A. Layton and flowers from Mesdames Dunning, Hartman, Smith, and James.  She leaves a daughter, the wife of Capt. McKinney, a son, Mr. C. W. Robinson, and three grandchildren by a deceased daughter, one of whom is the wife of Mr. Will Winans, and one great-grandchild, the daughter of Mr. Will Winans.  Her quiet self-sacrificing life is to them a rich and invaluable heritage.
A rumor is afloat here (Vienna) that Sig. Pickens, formerly of this county, died recently in Kentucky, and while on his death bed confessed that he assassinated David Avery at the depot in this place in April 1885.  Avery was under arrest for the murder of Daniel Gate, and in charge of Sheriff Whiteaker, who was awaiting the train to carry him to Cairo, when some person fired through a window, instantly killing Avery.
Found Murdered.

On last Friday a widow living in this place (New Burnside) and owning a small farm half mile northwest of town, on which there is a little log shanty and one or two outbuildings, having occasion to visit the farm for the purpose of feeding some stock, went into the shanty, and on entering discovered several pools of blood, two bloody knives and two or three pieces of plank on which there was blood.  On returning to town she reported what she had seen.  It seems that no one gave the matter any serious thought until Saturday morning—when the news reached the city marshal.  He, with his brother, went out to look around and see if what had been reported was true.  On arriving at the house they found the blood and other evidence sufficient to arouse their suspicion that there was something in it.  They began an investigation of the premises and soon discovered traces of a struggle, also found where a body of some description had been taken out of the house.  Following the tracks they had gone about 50 yards to the southeast of the shanty, where they came upon the body of a man concealed in a dense thicket of briars and brush.  The alarm was at once spread, and in less than an hour perhaps 100 people had viewed the body.  In the meantime the coroner had impallened a jury and had the body removed to the house, where the inquest began.  The only evidence produced was that on Thursday night somebody stopped in the house.  It was then rumored that the murdered man was the son of the woman who owned the farm, and who lived in White County, but was seen here on Thursday.  An officer was at once sent to White County to see if this man had gone home, while the woman and her daughter were kept under surveillance.  The coroner held the jury until Sunday a.m., when the officer returned from White County and reported that the man who had been here was at home.  This exploded the theory that the murdered man was the son of the woman who owned the farm, and she and her daughter were released from custody.  The coroner then convened the jury again but could not secure any evidence as to the identity of the corpse, nor any clue to the men who committed the murder.  It seemed as though the man had been decoyed into the house and then struck on the head with a plank about 5 feet long, 6 inches wide and 1 inch thick.  It was at first thought that he had been stabbed on account of the knives having been found, but on examination by the doctors it was found that he had been hit with some blunt instrument, breaking the skull above the eyes.  After having committed the deed it seems as though he had been then carried and dragged to the thicket, and from surroundings it looked as though they had not quite finished the job and had hit him in the head with a large stone, as there was one lying beside him.  The body was in such a position as to leave the impression that he had been placed there as though from the coffin.  The body was that of a man about 21 or 22 years old, light hair, blue eyes, about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches in height and weighted about 140 pounds, dressed in a suit of navy blue clothes, blue cotton overshirt, red flannel undershirt and a pair of nearly new boots.  The coroner's jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death at the hands of parties unknown. 

Later—the body of the murdered man has just been identified as that of John Stacy.

Thursday, 11 Oct 1888:
Died, last Thursday, at St. Mary's Infirmary, Mrs. Charles Bowers, the eldest daughter of Mr. Louis Koehler.  Mrs. Bowers was a very estimable young woman, still in the bloom of youth, when consumption claimed her as its victim and after months of suffering she died at the age of 25 years.  The funeral took place at St. Joseph's Church Saturday afternoon.
Monday afternoon, while Bevie Dewey, son of Mr. E. S. Dewey, was at work at home, he unearthed a small casket about two feet long which was buried within three or four feet of their house.  It had probably remained in the ground a great many years as it bore the date 1851 and a peach tree, now dead and only the stump remaining, had grown over it.  It probably contained the remains of a very young babe.
Mr. Young D. Garner, an old citizen of Thebes, in this county, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. James S. Morris, at Ullin.  For some two or three years he had been gradually losing his faculties and at last the lamp of life simply went out.

(There are three marriages recorded for Young D. Garner:  Elizabeth Standard on 14 Feb 1827, in Union Co., Ill.; Mary Jane Porter on 30 Jan 1845, in Alexander Co., Ill.; and Sarah M. Muse on 25 Jan 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. George Yocum, who has been here visiting her children, was summoned home to Wichita by a telegram saying that Mrs. Broderick's little son was very ill with typhoid fever.  She left Tuesday night.
We have just learned that Young D. Garner, an old pioneer of our county, died on the 21st ult.

In memory of Jimmie Copeland, who died Saturday, October 6th, 1888, age 2 years.  (Dongola)
Died, at the residence of her parents, about a mile east of Elkville, on last Saturday, of typhoid fever, Mrs. Hettie Jones, wife of W. O. Jones.  This is the second wife he has lost within three years.  Mr. Jones has the sympathy of our whole community.

(William Osborn Jones married Hettie E. Stokes on 31 Jan 1886, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Last Thursday afternoon our citizens were startled by the attempted suicide, by shooting of Sam Stokes.  Mr. Stokes is a blacksmith and was employed by Dewitt & Stokes.  The shooting was done in a carriage shed at the rear of the shop.  The weapon used was a 38 Smith & Wesson revolver.  The bullet entered the left side about an inch above the nipple and lodged near the surface just under the shoulder blade.  Drs. R. E. Faris and A. M. Eddleman were promptly summoned and soon had the wounded man removed to his residence on Main Street.  Dr. F. S. Dodds was then called in consultation with the other physicians.  No one seems to know why the terrible deed was done.  Mr. Stokes is a quiet, honest, hardworking citizen, respected by all his friends.  He is 24 years old, has been married about a year and is in comfortable circumstances.  The morning of the shooting he complained of being sick, and seemed to be very much depressed mentally.  Although in a critical condition the physicians say the chances for his recovery are about even.

(Samuel Stokes married Mary O’Conner on 12 Feb 1888, in Union Co., Ill.  There is a marker in Anna Cemetery that reads:  Samuel S. Stokes 1865-1952, Mary Stokes 1869-1950.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 18 Oct 1888:
Mr. Russell, brother of Mrs. Chauncey House, of this city, died at his home near Sandoval, October 10th, after a protracted illness.  Mr. Russell was one of the most prominent horticulturists in southern Illinois, and was president of the Centralia Fair Association for many years.
A beautiful marble shaft, which is to mark the last resting place of the Poole family of Mill Creek, is on exhibition at the shops of the Cairo Marble and Granite Co., 1108 Washington Avenue.
Hon. John Wentworth, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Chicago, died at the Sherman House in that city Tuesday morning, aged 73 years.
Thursday, 25 Oct 1888:
Death of Dr. Hathaway.

We are pained to announce the death of Dr. W. M. Hathaway, of Caledonia, last Thursday evening.  Dr. Hathaway had lived in Caledonia since 1857, and was 64 years of age at the time of his death.  He was a scholarly man, an excellent physician and very much of a gentleman.  He was at one time superintendent of schools of Pulaski County.  He was in Cairo as a member of the grand jury at the recent term of the U. S. court, and seemed to be in the enjoyment of excellent health.  He was sick only about one week.
Mr. Almarion Worthington, an old citizen of this county, died at his home at Sandusky, last Thursday night, October 18th, of pneumonia, aged 50 years.  He leaves two orphan girls aged 13 and 16 years, respectively.

(There are three marriage records for Almarion Worthington in Alexander Co., Ill.:  Adaline Conyers on 26 Aug 1859; Sarah E. Reed on 6 Oct 1878; Sarah A. McRaven on 10 Feb 1886.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. William Bross, a brother of Judge Fred Bross, died recently at Camden, Arkansas.
Mrs. Angeline Whitlock, mother of Dr. E. W. and Mr. G. T. Whitlock, died Tuesday night, at the boarding house of Miss Tillie Carson on 7th Street.  Mrs. Whitlock has been more or less an invalid for many years and some eight weeks ago her son Dr. E. W. Whitlock prevailed on her to give up housekeeping and board, thinking her health might improve, but she has been failing for some weeks.  Her death, however, was entirely unexpected to everyone and her sons were both absent on business.  The funeral takes place today at the residence of the Misses Carson, 215 Seventh Street.  The remains will be taken to Jonesboro, Ills., for interment.

(A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Angeline wife of C. W. Whitlock (no dates); C. W. Whitlock Died April 7, 1881, Aged 62 Yrs., 9 Mos., 23 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
John S. Aud, one of the pioneers of White County, fell dead at his residence in Norris City, a few days since, from sudden failure of heart action, at the age of seventy-eight.
Died, of consumption, October 19th, Lillie A. Vancil, aged 17 years, 9 months, and 7 days, on October 22nd, Gracie V. Vancil, aged 16 years, 3 months, and 3 days, daughters of Levi and Piety Vancil

Seldom are the sympathies of a community for a bereaved and stricken family so sincere and heartfelt as in these deaths for the community feels that it too is bereaved, and words of condolence are empty and echoless.  Through a long illness extending over one year they patiently waited for the Master's summons and when it came they trustingly placed their hands in His and were taken home.  Theirs were beautiful lives whose short presence among us only gave us a glimpse of developing loveliness.  Just as these beautiful flowers were budding into womanhood the Reaper came.  As if envious that this world should behold the perfect bloom, he called them hence and placed them as jewels in the crown of that Savior they loved so well, there to bloom and mingle their fragrance throughout eternity’s long summer with Sharon's Rose.

(Levi Vancil married Mrs. Piety Anderson on 20 Jan 1863, in Union Co., Ill.  Reuben M. Anderson married Piety Whitlock on 18 Feb 1861, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 1 Nov 1888:
Died, at Dongola, Ill., Thursday evening, October 25th, at 7 o'clock, after an illness of a few hours, Minnie, wife of James A. Little, aged 26 years, 4 months, and 11 days.  Every attention which loving friends could devise was bestowed upon her, but all in vain—the Master called her home.  The funeral was a Cobden Saturday afternoon, Rev. R. W. Purdue officiating.  A large company of sorrowing friends followed the remains to its resting place in the beautiful cemetery at Cobden.

(James A. Little married Minnie H. Cox on 28 Feb 1887, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Minnie H. wife of J. A. Little Born June 16, 1862 Died Oct. 25, 1888, Aged 26 Yrs., 4 Mos., 9 Days—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Silvia Walsh, wife of M. P. Walsh, and daughter of Col. James Johnson, formerly for a long time connected with the Illinois Central R. R. in this city, died Monday afternoon after a long illness.  The funeral services were attended yesterday at St. Patrick's Church.  A very large number of friends and acquaintances followed the remains to Villa Ridge where the interment took place.

(Matthew P. Walsh, Jr., married Sylvia Johnson on 2 Jun 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Bowles, wife of Parson J. M. Bowles, of Hodges Park, died last Thursday evening of a lung trouble.

(J. M. Bowles married Sarah J. Brown on 23 Nov 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. George Trumbull, a brother of Hon. Lyman Trumbull, died in Chicago last week Tuesday night, aged 70 years.  He was one of the most accurate and painstaking lawyers in the state.  He never made an enemy and never forgot a friend.
Died, on Sunday morning, of whooping cough and typhoid fever, Maggie, infant daughter of Mrs. and Mr. Jacob Mansker.  Funeral took place at 11 o'clock Monday morning 29th inst.  Services at the grave conducted by Rev. G. W. Danbury.

(Jacob L. Mansker married Margaret E. Bond on 17 Apr 1870, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Minnie Thomas, daughter of Leroy Thomas, has been quite sick, but is improving.  (Elco) 
Thursday, 8 Nov 1888:
The remains of J. W. Moore, who was drowned at the bridge some months ago and which were found about ninety-five miles below this city, were brought here last week and interred at Villa Ridge.
Johnny, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Casey Stites, died last Monday afternoon of typhoid fever, after a short illness.  He was an unusually bright and interesting boy, and would have been nine years old today.  His funeral was attended at the family residence on 7th Street yesterday afternoon, Rev. J. M. Phillips officiating.  Owing to the extreme inclemency of the weather, the children of room No. 3 Douglas School, of which he was a pupil, were prevented from attending in a body, but many of his schoolmates accompanied their parents.  We extend sincere and hearty sympathy to the bereaved parents.
Dr. C. W. Dunning.

Although Dr. Dunning had been quite ill for more than a year, his death last Thursday evening was a shock to the whole community. For several months his health was so much improved that he had been able to partially resume his practice, but last week he was again confined to his bed and about 5:30 Thursday evening he passed quietly away.  Charles Winthrop Dunning was born at Auburn, New York, April 125th, 1828.  His father, Lucian Dunning, died about 1834.  His mother, Mary Tuttle White Dunning, is still living at the advanced age of 82 years.  After graduating at Gambier College, Ohio, he began the study of medicine under the instructions of Dr. G. W. Hotchkiss, of Nashville, and Prof. Joseph N. McDowell, of St. Louis, graduating from the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, in 1850.  Soon after Dr. Dunning accepted the position of Assistant Resident Surgeon at the "Hotel for Invalids," a private hospital established in St. Louis, which position he held about two years, then removing to Centralia, Ills., which was home for four years.  He then removed to Cairo.  He had charge of the United States Hospital at Mound City during 1861 and 1862, from whence he returned to Cairo, where he remained until 1865, removing then to Memphis.  In the summer of 1867 he again returned to Cairo, making it his permanent home until his death.  In 1863 he was appointed Professor of Surgery in the Hahnerman Medical College of Chicago, this professorship he declined.  In 1865 he was offered a chair in the Medical Department of the University of Missouri, which was also declined.  He was married in 1849 to Amanda Shannon, of Sparta, Ills., who died in 1859, leaving one son, John Dunning.  He was again married to Miss Ellen Dashiell, of Memphis, who with one daughter Winthrop Dunning is left to mourn his death.  The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Church of the Redeemer, which was more than filled, many standing outside on the walk who were unable to get in.  The solemn burial services of the Episcopal Church was read by Rector Davenport, the impressiveness of the occasion being increased by the exquisite rendering by the choir of those most beautiful hymns, "Abide with Me," and "Lead Kindly Light."  The followers were lovely and the offerings so numerous that mention cannot be made in detail.  Many of them were tokens of affectionate remembrance from the poor to whom he had given medical attendance.  At the conclusion of the services the casket was borne reverently out by the pall bearers and the procession moved slowly to the train as the solemn strains of the funeral dirge was played by Prof. Buchanan's Cornet band.  The Knights Templar, numbering thirty, headed the cortege, following Prof. Buchanan's Cornet Band.  The Blue Lodge, numbering twenty-two, the Medical fraternity numbering ten, the Knights of Honor, numbering fifty were followed by the hearse and carriages bearing the relatives and many friends, while hundred of citizens on foot made a long and imposing procession.  Seven coaches were necessary to convey all the people who accompanied the remains to the cemetery.  At the grave the beautiful and impressive ceremonies of the Masonic ritual were held—those of the Blue Lodge, by Col. John Wood, Worshipful Master and Rev. Davenport, Chaplain, Eminent-Commander Henry Wells and Eminent Sir Knight J. W. Phillips, on the part of the Knights Templar.  The usual ceremony of the Knights of Honor were omitted owing to the lateness of the hour, they merely passing round the grave and dropping into it sprigs of acacia according to their custom.  During the service at the grave, Recorder James A. Phillips read from the journal of the order the following record:  He took the order of the Templar in Cairo Commandery, No. 13, December 23rd, 1868, was elected Warden in 1870, was elected Generalissimo in 1872; was elected Eminent Commander in 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1882, and 1884; was elected Grand Sword Bearer of the Grand Commandery in 1878; was Grand Standard Bearer in 1878; was Grand Junior Warden in 1880; was Grand Senior Warden, in 1881; was Grand Captain General in 1882; was Grand Generalissimo in 1883; died in Cairo November 1k, 1888.  The beautiful custom of decorating the graves of Sir Knights with flowers originated with the Cairo Commandery and the ritual used in the yearly ceremonies of decoration at Beech Grove was composed by Dr. Dunning.  Thus has passed away another of Cairo's most prominent citizens.  We offer to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy.

(Charles W. Dunning married Nancy A. Shannon on 12 Sep 1849, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry, son of Squire Peter Hughes, of Alto Pass was drowned in Big Muddy Friday night.
Died, Saturday, Nov. 3rd, Sarah E. wife of F. M. DeWitt.  Rev. Cawthon conducted the funeral Monday.  Interment in Anna Cemetery.
Saturday afternoon a regular pitched battle was fought on the streets of Cobden, between the Caspers and Cavanesses.  The fight grew out of an old feud and resulted in serious injuries to seven men, one of whom, Yancy Andrews, may die, as his skull was mashed in with a stone.  Two of the others were seriously stabbed.  No arrests were made, although the sheriff and his deputy were on the grounds shortly after the fight terminated.

Thursday, 15 Nov 1888:

Mr. George B. Jordan, reporter for the Telegram, died this morning of congestion of the brain.  He had been sick since last Sunday morning.  He died at the residence of Mr. H. B. Ellis.  Very little is known of him.  He is believed to have a brother at Nashville, Tenn.
A fight at Cobden, Union County, a few days ago, between William Tweedy and Lynn Caveness, was the starter for a pitched battle between the Caspers, six in number, on one side and the Cavenesses, eight in number, on the other, which proved a serious affair, three men being dangerously injured and four badly hurt.  The fight was with knives and stones fathered from the railroad track, where the fight occurred, and grew out of an old feud.  Minor Casper had three serious stabs with a knife; Wash Casper was stabbed twice in the right side; Yancy Andrews had his skull mashed in, and will die; George Rich, Marsh Casper and Calhoun Caveness had badly cut heads.
Felix McDaniel, at this writing, is lying at the point of death, at his home in Sandusky.  He lost his wife recently. 
Thursday, 29 Nov 1888:
Mrs. William Winter Dead.

After an illness of some months, which had been quite serious for the past two weeks, Mrs. William Winter died Tuesday afternoon.  She was the daughter of the late Miles W. Parker and had been married to Mr. Winter about two years.  She leaves a husband and two little girls.  The funeral will take place Friday, Rev. J. W. Phillips attending.

(William Winter Jr. married Nellie Parker on 24 Dec 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Nellie wife of William P. Winter Died Nov. 27, 1888, Aged 30 Yrs., 8 Mos., 2 Days.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Palmer, mother of James and W. M. Palmer, of this city, died last week.
Mr. Charles Mehner, one of our oldest citizen, died Sunday afternoon of dropsy, after an illness of many months.  The funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Mehner was a bricklayer by trade, an excellent workman, but had not been able to do much at his trade for several years.

(Charles Mehner married Mary Ockel on 2 Sep 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 6 Dec 1888:
Mrs. Jennie Greenwell, of Grand Tower, had trouble with her husband last week and meeting him on the street, drew a revolver and shot him twice.  It is thought that he cannot recover.  She was held to bail in the sum of $2,000.  Failing to give bond she was imprisoned in the county jail at Murphysboro.  Jealousy was probably the cause of the shooting.

Little Harry, the seven-year-old son of Mr. Henry A. Engler, died yesterday at the family residence on Centre Street, of diphtheria, after a very brief illness.
Major John C. Salter.

With great regret we have to chronicle the death at Carbondale last Saturday morning, of Major John C. Walter, aged 58 years.  Major Salter was for many years warden of the Southern Illinois penitentiary at Chester.  He was a graduate of the scientific department of Yale College, a thorough scholar, a gentleman and a Christian.  His death was sudden and unexpected.
Victims of Yellow Fever.

Many of our readers will remember Col. John M. Graham, who was postmaster at Cairo just after the close of the war.  During the war he commanded the 7th Illinois Cavalry.  On leaving Cairo he went to Mt. Carmel, where he engaged in the shoe business and afterward in the hotel business.  Some years ago he removed with his family to Florida.  Recent letters from Gainesville, Fla., convey the intelligence that the Colonel, his wife and their eldest daughter, Miss Ida, all died of yellow fever not long ago.  They leave four children, one married daughter, Nora, and three boys, Will, John, and Dugald.  The Colonel was a genial man and was said to have been a most fearless and gallant soldier.
Miss Annie Nellis Dead.

Miss Anna Nellis, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Charles F. Nellis, died last Sunday, aged seventeen years.  She had been a confirmed invalid for many years, yet her death was a great shock to her relatives and a painful surprise to all her friends, as the immediate sickness which caused it did not come on until the day before.  The funeral occurred Monday, the interment being at Villa Ridge.  The family has the sympathies of all our people.
Hiram Coffman, wanted in Randolph County for the murder of James Steele, September 24, has been arrested in Texas County, Mo., and returned.
Drowned While Drunk.

GOLCONDA, ILL., Dec. 2.—On Friday, November 23, Abram Shufflebarger, a substantial farmer living about five miles north of Golconda, brought a load of produce to market, and, becoming intoxicated, left for home about nightfall.  Driving his team on to a high sidewalk, he overturned his wagon and was caught beneath the bed, where he lay for some time, his team escaping.  When released he became frightened for fear of arrest and started off, apparently without an object except to escape the marshal.  Since that time whole country has been engaged in search for his body, or sign of his whereabouts, but to no purpose till today, when his body was found in Lusk Creek, which had previously been dragged, and in which a large amount of dynamite had been exploded in hope of raising the body.  The falling water left exposed a bottle of medicine which led to renewed search at that point.
Mrs. Black, wife of J. R. Black, died on the 28th ult.  J. W. Hunsaker, of Anna, preached the funeral discourse at the Baptist church.
The Globe Democrat’s account of the late tragedy in our city, was in almost every particular untrue.  The evidence will be conflicting as to who was the aggressor and as to who fired the first shot.  Lou Houston was hit by 5 balls, while Josh Hazlewood was hit by but one.  Lou is supposed to be but slightly hurt, while Josh's wound may terminate fatally.  Both of the boys have borne a pretty hard name for several years, and we hope this will be a lesson to them, if they get well, and to the others who make a practice of going to church and everywhere armed to the teeth.
Died, Wednesday morning, the 5th inst., Mrs. Minerva Hamilton, aged 78 years.  Thus has passed away one of the old landmarks of Southern Illinois, to help people the bright beyond.  Just a little while before she died she requested someone to sing, "Come Angel Band, Come and Around Me Stand," which she seemed to enjoy very much.  In a few hours her spirit took its flight to realms of undying bliss to await the coming of her children, grand and great-grandchildren and friends who grieve to see her go.  Let us try to meet her above.
The Elco Affray.

About one year ago Mrs. Minnie Houston who was a daughter of Mr. Leroy Thomas, was granted a divorce from her husband, Alonzo Houston, by our circuit court.  They had one little child, the custody of which was given to the mother.  Houston persisted in annoying his wife and her parents after the divorce.  To get rid of him, Mr. Thomas leased his farm for a term of years and went to California, taking Minnie and her child with him.  He hoped that in their absence Houston would seek another place of residence.  Mr. Thomas returned some months ago and Houston again sought the society of his former wife.  He wished to make up with her.  Mr. Thomas protested against his coming to the house.  Houston was jealous.  He threatened any man who should go with her.  He went so far as to say that no man should go with her and live; that she should not live with any other man.  He has worked in various places as bridge carpenter, brakeman and mill hand.  Since September Josh Hazlewood has worked for Mr. Leroy Thomas, doing general farm work and living as a member of his family.  He has sometimes escorted Minnie to and from church, but always in company with other members of the Thomas family. Houston hearing of this came to Elco and, finding Hazlewood, accused him of living on terms of improper intimacy with Minnie.  This Hazlewood denied.  Houston told him that there was but one way for him to save himself and that was for Hazlewood to go before a magistrate and make affidavit that he had been living in adultery with Minnie, Houston's divorced wife.  Hazelwood refused to do this, saying that it was not true.  Houston then threatened that if Hazlewood went with her again, he (Houston) would kill him.  Last Saturday night the Thomas family, including Minnie, all attended the Baptist church.  Minnie went to Elco in the afternoon and remained there until after the meeting at night.  Houston went out to the Thomas farm just at dark and called Hazlewood, who was eating his supper, out from the house.  He asked Hazlewood to walk to town with him.,  They went together.  Houston made threats on the way.  They were together on the streets of Elco for some time.  Houston left Hazlewood at Esquire Palmer's store and went to church.  Hazlewood also went to church about half an hour later and sat three seats behind Houston.  Just before the close of service, Houston left the church and stood near the door just outside.  At the close of service Hazlewood left the church with Minnie on his left arm, her mother and Minnie's child and sister being in the same party.  They had gone but a few steps when Houston stepped up behind, grasped Hazlewood by the right shoulder with his left hand, displayed a revolver and said:  "What did I tell you?"  and immediately fired.  In the excitement he failed in his aim and Hazlewood was unharmed.  Hazlewood, knowing Houston's desperate character, had armed himself with a pistol.  He instantly drew it and both fired simultaneously.  Hazlewood was hit between the seventh and eighth ribs on his right side, the bullet probably passing through the liver and stomach.  Houston fired a third time again missed.  Hazlewood fired five times, the first ball taking effect near the left nipple, the second near the right nipple.  Houston then turned to run and Hazlewood put a ball through his left arm near the shoulder, another ball into his left ankle, making a most painful wound and sent still another without effect.  Hazlewood then fell and began vomiting blood.  He was taken to the office of Dr. Greer, who took a diagnosis his case, and was then sent over to the house of Mr. Leroy Thomas, where Dr. Lawrence of Mill Creek is attending him.  He will probably die.  Houston got over to his boarding house at Mrs. McLean's.  The case was reported to State's Attorney Butler, who immediately went up to Elco and had Houston arrested and committed to the county jail to await the result of Hazlewood's wounds.  Dr. Stevenson is attending him.  His wounds are bad, but not fatal.  His ankle is very bad.

(Lon Houston married Minnie Thomas on 9 May 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 13 Dec 1888:
Mrs. Catharine Girard Dead.

Mrs. Catharine Girard, the aged mother of Mrs. C. W. Henderson, of whose dangerous illness we spoke last week, died at one o'clock yesterday morning and the remains were taken to Vevay, Indiana, for interment, where a son and daughter are buried.  Left as a widow at an early age, with five young children, Mrs. Girard, through all the trials and vicissitudes of a long life, exemplified the triumphs of a Christian faith and hope.  Her last days were those of intense physical suffering, but borne with patience and fortitude and when  the final summons came, she sank peacefully to rest.
Death of Judge Watts.

Hon. Amos Watts, one of the circuit judges of the Third Judicial Circuit, died at his home in Nashville, Ill., last Thursday December 6th, of pneumonia.  He was taken ill suddenly at Belleville while holding court week before last.  He went home only to succumb to the grip of the fell destroyer.  He was an able and upright judge and commanded the full confidence of the bar.  He was sixty-three years of age.  He was emphatically a self made man.  He was born in St. Clair County, but his parents removed to Washington County when he was but eight years of age.  Here he served six years as an apprentice, learning the trade of a blacksmith.  Afterwards he worked on a farm, acted as clerk in a dry goods store &c.  In his nineteenth year he began a course of study and from that time his career was constantly upward until he was elected circuit judge in 1873, which position he held until his death.  He leaves a widow and five children.
Josh Hazlewood continues to improve in spite of the fact that everybody and the M.D.s too, said he couldn't get well.
Mrs. Hamilton, who died last week, was interred at Jonesboro Cemetery.  Rev. Cecil preached a short funeral discourse before leaving with the corpse.
Mrs. James Walker, of Cairo, formerly a resident of our town (Dongola), while on a visit to relatives in Missouri, contacted pneumonia.  Every aid possible was afforded her, but she died on Friday of last week.  The interment took place in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery here on Sunday, and the remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends, many attending from Cairo.

(James V. Walker married Elizabeth Woodard on 25 Apr 1869, in Union Co., Ill.  Two markers in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola read:  Elizabeth Walker 1853-1888 and James V. Walker 1847-1932.—Darrel Dexter)
Grandma Beaver, mother of Mrs. J. C. Lentz, met with an accident Thursday of last week which may prove fatal.  Her lower limbs were both broken by a fall some six years ago, and since she has been only able to move from one place to another by slipping her chair with her, and being of the extreme age of 75, has to a great extent lost her eyesight.  On the day named above she was on a rear porch of the residence of Mr. J. C. Lentz, where she makes her home.  She went to move her chair and being too close to the edge fell off the porch, receiving injuries of a serious nature.  Her old age makes her recovery quite doubtful.

(Joseph C. Lentz married Mary Beaver on 14 Jul 1860, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Anna Beaver Born Jan. 15, 1815, Died May 4, 1892, Aged 77 Yrs., 3 Mos., 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Miss Guss. James, at the residence of Mrs. McRaven, at Wheatland.  Miss James was a sister of Clark and William James, a niece of J. L. Sanders.
Died, George Walker near Wheatland.  Mr. Walker has a highly respected young man and will be missed in our community.  In his last hour he dictated his will, bequeathing all his land to his only sister, Mrs. John King, of Pine Bluff, Ark.  He did not live to sign the will.

(John G. King married Alice G. Walker on 28 Nov 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Will Finch and family for the loss of little Grover, who died on the 6th inst. (Hodges Park and Unity)
Died, on Friday morning, December 7th, 1888, Mr. William Cauble, of Thebes.  This gentleman has been a sufferer for a number of years, caused from an injury received while he was in the army.  He leaves two daughters to mourn his loss.

Thursday, 20 Dec 1888:
Miss Stella E. Mitchell, wife of Ed. J. Mitchell, of Marion, died of congestion of the brain last week Tuesday.  She was only 26 years of age.  She leaves her husband and one young child.  She was the daughter of Dr. A. N. Lodge, of Marion.

(E. J. Mitchell married Stella E. Lodge on 18 Feb 1885, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. D. C. Chapman died at his residence eight miles north of Vienna, Dec. 7th, of pneumonia.  He was sixty years of age.  He was born in Johnson County, near Bloomfield, in 1828.  His grandfather came to Johnson County in 1800 and his father in 1818.  From this it will be seen that the Chapman family is one of the oldest in Illinois.  Deceased left surviving him a widow and seven children, the eldest of whom is Hon. P. T. Chapman, county judge of Johnson County.  These children have left them a rich legacy, an honorable name.

(Daniel C. Chapman married Mary E. Rose on 30 Aug 1853, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Saturday, December 15th, at his residence south of Jonesboro, Robert Reischauer.
            (A marker in Kollehner or St. Paul’s Cemetery south of Jonesboro reads:  Hier ruuhen in Frieden vater und sohn, Rupert Reischauer geb. 14 Feb 1841 gest. 14 Dez 1888.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, Wednesday, of pneumonia, Fayette Jones.

Thursday, 27 Dec 1888:
The hand of Providence has seemed to rest unusually heavy upon the family of Mr. John VanVactor during the past year.  Early in January, his eldest son died of consumption, aged about 22 years.  Some four months ago he buried a little child about two years of age and yesterday the remains of another child about two months old were consigned to the grave.

(John Vanvaxtor married Francis Morton on 8 Sep 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
With much regret we learn of the sudden death of Mr. H. H. Grandstaff, of Villa Ridge.  He died Tuesday night, and was we understand, buried yesterday.  Mr. Grandstaff was a native of East Tennessee and a soldier in the Mexican War.  He drew a pension for disabilities incurred in that war.  Soon after the close of the Civil War he came down from Chattanooga to Cairo upon a flatboard.  He located at Villa Ridge and has lived there for the past twenty years or more.  His death has never been good.  He was in Cairo a few days ago as well, apparently as usual.  He was, we presume, about sixty years of age.  He made friends everywhere who will greatly regret his sudden death.
Mr. Thomas N. Kimbrough Dead.

Mr. Thomas N. Kimbrough died last Sunday morning after a long and severe illness aged about 46 years.  Mr. Kimbrough came to Cairo some fifteen years ago, and was for a while engaged in business as a contractor and builder.  Afterwards he built the Waverly Hotel, of which he has always had charge.  For a while he engaged in steam boating.  His first wife died a few years ago.  He recently married a Miss Atherton, of Pulaski County.  He leaves a young widow, but no children.  He leaves the Waverly Hotel property, which we believe is somewhat encumbered.

(T. N. Kimbrough married Lizzie Atherton on 26 Jul 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Put a Bullet Through His Head.

MOUNT VERNON, ILL., December 23.—Frank Rogers, a young man residing in this city, committed suicide, about 11 o'clock last night, by shooting himself through the head with a revolver.  He had been to church with Miss Ida Holcomb, and they had just parted at her gate, and young Rogers made the remark that she would never see him alive again, and then walked across the street, sat down on the sidewalk, placed the pistol to his temple and fired.  He died at 11:30 this morning.
Josh Hazelwood is up and around town again.
Three deaths of adult persons occurred in the neighborhood (Wheatland) in December:  Mrs. Martha Palmer, aged about sixty years, mother of W. M. Palmer, of Elco; George Walker, of pneumonia, whose death we have published before, and Miss Augusta James, a young woman about 18 years of age.  She also died of pneumonia.

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