Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
3 Jan 1889-26 Dec 1889
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 3 Jan 1889:
Rev. Edwin Coan, formerly rector of the Episcopal church in this city, died recently at Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Coan and his wife were both greatly beloved by the people of his charge and were held in high esteem by the whole community.
A colored man named Wash Turner was run over and literally torn to pieces while standing in the track in the Illinois Central yards near 18th Street New Year’s Day. Hearing the cars coming, he stepped on the wrong track directly in front of the moving cars.
Two young men, both from the Woodward Iron and Hardware Company, died
very suddenly last Saturday night. Mr. William L. Manning, was
about thirty years of age and was employed traveling for the company.
He had held this position for some four years. His health had been
poor for some time, but on Christmas Day he was compelled to give up work
and take his bed at Mr. Thomas B. Farrin's. He died at about
5:30 Saturday evening. The disease was pneumonia. The funeral
occurred Sunday afternoon, the Odd Fellows participating, and the remains
were taken to his home in Mississippi by his father, Mr. A. S. Manning,
who came up to the funeral. Mr. David Caswell was a young man
twenty years of age and was employed as a clerk by the Woodward Iron and
Hardware Company. He had lived in Cairo some two or three years.
On last Thursday morning he went home sick and died between three and four
o'clock Sunday morning, the disease being congestion of the stomach.
The funeral services were held at the Baptist church of which he was a
member, Monday afternoon, and the body was taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for
Capt. R. A. Halbert, one of the best known lawyers of Belleville, died at his home in that city last Thursday, December 27th, aged 47 years. After three years service in the army, Capt. Halbert studied law in the office of Judge Underwood, of Belleville, and in 1869 married one of Judge Underwood's daughters. He was a thorough lawyer and an accomplished gentleman.
(Robert A. Halbert married Emma L. Underwood on 14 Apr
1869, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Tobitha C. wife of Nile Cox
Died Dec. 27, 1888 Aged 77 Yd., 10 Ms., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Oliver P. Storm Born March
2, 1827 Died Jan. 6, 1889 Aged 61 Ys., 10 Ms., & 4 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Morris, wife of W. S. Morris, of Golconda, died very suddenly of paralysis of the heart last Thursday. She had been suffering severely from asthma for a long time and was under treatment for that disease. She leaves her husband and four children.
(William S. Morris married Brilly Anna Simmons on 1 May
1861, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Charles H. Ward married Georgia Rowan on 15 Nov 1881, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We are sorry to announce the death of Mr. Joseph I. Abell, which
occurred Tuesday morning, January 8th, about four o'clock.
About one year ago, Mr. Abell was stricken with paralysis, and while
he has been somewhat better since that time and able to be on the streets a
little, he never fully recovered and has now passed away. Mr. Abell
came from Zanesville, Ohio, in 1857 and has lived in Cairo since that time.
He worked at first for Capt. Daniel Hurd. Afterward he carried
on a boat store and still later a steamboat meat shop. The funeral
took place yesterday, burial at Beech Grove.
Mr. James Bell, of Cobden, died of pneumonia last Saturday in his seventieth year. He had lived in Cobden some 18 years, where he had one of the finest residences in the south end of the state. Mr. Bell was very extensively engaged in business and was well known throughout the state. He had acquired property to the value probably of $200,000. His sawmill at Ullin is new and very complete. His main office was at Ullin in charge of Capt. George T. Adams, who was thoroughly familiar with his business. He had extensive lumber yards at DuQuoin and Ashley, and a large general store at Ullin. He was a member of the firm of W. P. Mesler & Co., at Cobden, where there is a very extensive box factory, in charge of Mr. W. P. Mesler, active partner and superintendent. He had large interests in real estate—large amounts of unimproved timber lands. In addition to his property in southern Illinois, Mr. Bell had extensive mining property in Clear Creek and Hinsdale counties, Colorado, worth probably $30,000. He leaves a widow and three children, one son, George Bell, of the firm of Ward & Bell, in this city, and two daughters. One of the daughters was called home from Vassar College by her father's death, the other is a young miss about 14 years of age. Mr. Bell made a will bequeathing his property mostly to his widow and children, and making his wife executrix. We are informed that his business will be carried on by the executrix as heretofore, under charge of the trusted lieutenants, who have proved their fidelity through long years of service. In the death of Mr. Bell, Southern Illinois loses one of her most enterprising citizens—a man universally respected wherever he was known.
(The marker for James Bell in Cobden Cemetery reads Father Bell
and has not dates.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry C. Fearnside married Rydal M. Crain on 13 Sep 1885,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
On January 5th, 1889, at Cobden, Illinois, there closed the mortal career of one of our most widely known, most energetic and withal most kindly and honorably businessmen of Southern Illinois, James Bell, of Cobden. A resident among us of nearly a quarter of a century has proved his many good qualities of mind and heart. Years of suffering had not dulled his intellect, or in any way clouded his placid disposition. By reason of natural reserve and modesty of nature, his better self remained comparatively unknown to the casual acquaintance. Prospered far beyond the lot of most men, he gave of his large means so nearly without ostentation, that few knew of the extent or frequency of his bequests. He was in every way a self made man. Dispensing an extended hospitality, his home became one of the centers, from which radiated well directed efforts, resulting in great good to the best interests of this community. Traveling in many states, he returned to his greatest happiness—the pleasure of his own home. Strict temperate in all his habits, no smoking or drinking boy or man, can plead as an excuse the example of Mr. Bell. Partaking of his hospitality many times, and under many circumstances, the writer has never seen in word or act toward kindred guest, aught by kindness and welcome. Of him can it be truthfully said, the world is the better for his having lived in it. His instincts were noble, and his vote always given to the uplifting of the right. "By their fruits ye shall know them."
A wide circle of friends gathered in to sympathize with the wife and
children when the summons came "that called him over the river." At
three score years and ten he laid life's burden down, and we all said
farewell brave friend farewell! Farewell! in life's journey we have all been
the happier for they company.
Mrs. Ann Washburn, wife of Amasa C. Washburn, died in Carbondale, Ill., January 6th, 1889. Miss Ann Packard was born in Pelham, Mass., March 18th, 1809. She was the eldest of a large family of children. In 1832 she came with the family of an uncle to Pleasant Grove, Tazewell County, Ill. April 30, 1835, she married Mr. Amasa C. Washburn of Bloomington, Ill, where they resided until 1877, when they came to Carbondale to live with their son-in-law, Prof. John Hull, of the Southern Illinois Normal University. While still a young girl she untied with the Congregational church in her New England home, transferring that relation to the Presbyterian church at Bloomington, and later to Carbondale. Her Christian life was one of earnestness and activity. Loving and sympathetic in her nature she was always thoughtful for the comfort and welfare of those around her. Mr. and Mrs. Washburn walked "the long path of life" together for more than fifty years. In his bereavement he has the hearty sympathy of many friend. The funeral took place at the residence of Prof. Hull, January 8th.
(Amasa C. Washburn married Ann Packland on 30 Apr 1835, in
Tazewell Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A very sad occurrence was the death on Monday of Mr. Dennis M. Clancy,
son of Mr. John Clancy. The deceased was a young man only 24
years of age, and had been in apparently perfect health until about the
first of last month, when it became known that consumption was gnawing at
his vitals. His physician prescribed a trip to California as the only
chance of saving his life, and on the 28th of December the young man and his
father left Cairo. They stopped first at Tucson, Arizona, but upon
consulting with prominent physicians there, decided to go to Yuma, which is
about 240 miles west of Tucson, and just across the Colorado River from
California. This place is said to be the best place in the world for
persons with weak lungs, the climate being very dry. But consumption
had too strong a hold and as the young man grew worse instead of better, his
father decided to bring him home. They arrived here last Saturday and
he only lived until; Monday morning, when he died at 11:30 o'clock.
The deceased was born on the 9th of December, 1864. During his short
life he had made very many friends who will greatly miss him. The
funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at St. Patrick's
Church, after which the remains were conveyed by special train to Villa
Ridge for interment.
(Willis M. Mangold married Laura C. Blick on 28 May 1873,
in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery with the name Maude
Mangold but no dates.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Hermann Schmetzdorff died last Sunday afternoon of a complication of diseases. He had been sick a long time. He leaves a wife and five children, the youngest about two years of age. Mr. Schmetzdorff enlisted as a private soldier in Company E, 18th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, May 28th, 1861, and served three years. After coming out of the army he was for many years a baker by trade. He was born in Berlin, Prussia, and was 46 years old at the time of his death. He was living in Cairo when the war broke out and has lived here since he came out of the army. He was a member of Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. and of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. He was buried Tuesday under the auspices of these two organizations. Rev. J. W. Phillips officiated at the funeral. There was a special fitness in the selection of Mr. Phillips for this last sad office. Nearly twenty-eight years ago one bright Sabbath morning the latter part of May when the old 18th Regiment was in camp at Anna with General Grant in Command, Rev. Phillips preached to this body of citizens, young Schmedzdorff was without doubt one of the audience, and now as he is finally mustered out and gone to the everlasting home, it is fitting that the same faithful man of God should say the last words of eulogy and of comfort of the surviving friends. One by one the old solders are mustered out.
(Herman Schmetzstoss married Elizabeth Resch on 10 Jul
1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(David Y. Bridges married Lucretia Chapman on 3 Apr 1840,
in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Martha A. Wife of Col. W. E.
Moberly Born April 20, 1821 Died Jan. 16, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(David Mowery married Elizabeth Dillow on 5 Jun 1845, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: David Mowery
Died Jan. 21, 1889 Aged 69 Y’s. 21 D’s.—Darrel Dexter)
(George W. Giles married Mary C. Brown on 22 Feb 1871, in
Union Co., Ill. George W. Giles married Irene M. O. Houston on
24 May 1887, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: George
W. Giles Died Jan. 20, 1889, Aged 39 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 10 Days.—Darrel
The funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church at two
o'clock tomorrow (Friday). Prayer at the house at 1:30. Funeral
train at foot of Eighth Street. Interment at Villa Ridge.
Died, January 29th, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. M. Jennie Dewey, wife of Mr. E. S. Dewey, of this city.
Although Mrs. Dewey had been very ill for several weeks, her friends had strong hopes of her recovery until one week ago. She then began to sink so rapidly that all efforts to revive her were unavailing and about six o'clock Tuesday evening she quietly passed away.
Mrs. Dewey was born at Goffstown, N. H.. July 12th, 1847, the third daughter of Rev. D. P. and Mrs. M. F. French. When she was about six years of age, her parents moved to Illinois,. She was educated at Almira College, Greenville, Ill., afterwards teaching music there, and at Irvington, Ill., in the college of which her father, Rev. D. P. French, was president. On June 16th, 1868, she was married to Mr. Edmund S. Dewey, who was a teacher in the college for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey removed to Cairo in 1872, where they have since resided. Seven children have blessed their union, five sons and two daughters, all except the youngest, a son, left to mourn her loss.
When quite a young child, she manifested a loving tenderness for sacred things, and at sixteen years of age was baptized and received into the church by her father, who also performed the ceremony at her marriage. Her entire consecration was shown throughout her subsequent life. Always cheerful and uncomplaining under severe trials, ever thoughtful and considerate for the comfort and happiness of others, she bore with fortitude her sufferings during her last illness, sustained by an unfaltering faith which never failed her as she felt her feet touching the dark waters. Life for her had lost none of its brightness, and she had a strong desire to live for her family, yet she was willing to go when the summons came. Mrs. Dewey will be greatly missed in the community. She was always ready in every good word and work. Being a fine musician, her assistance was often sought, and never sought in vain, on many public occasions. Although a member and an active worker in the Baptist church, she was ready to work with other denominations. A member of the W. C. T. U. from its first organization in Cairo, she worked to help forward the cause in our midst. A member of the Woman's Club, of which she was twice elected one of the directors. A member of the Relief Corps, a friend of the colored people who often came to her for assistance and advice, her life was a busy one, her days well filled.
Mrs. Dewey's father, Rev. D. P. French, died some three years ago. He was well known through the southern part of the state as one of the most earnest and successful pastors in the Baptist Church. Her mother survives her and was in attendance at her bedside during the last weeks of her illness. Her sister, Mrs. Clara Way, principal of the high school at Nashville, Ill., was also with her and Mrs. F. H. Fonda, Mr. Dewey's sister, of Sandwich, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey's eldest on, William S. Dewey, has been absent from home for more than a year attending school at Sioux Falls, Dakota. He has been summoned by telegraph and is expected to arrive here Friday. The funeral services will be attended Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, Rev. R. N. McNemer and Rev. A. H. Trick, officiating.
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: M. Jennie Dewey
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Nellie daughter of C. V. and C. R.
Herin Born Feb. 2, 1886, Died Jan. 22, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(Giles Toler married Mrs. Mary Davis on 4 Feb 1864, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at Olmsted, Monday evening, January 28th, of pneumonia, Mr. Henry
Johnson, aged about 27 years. He leaves a wife and little
boy about two years of age.
Tuesday last, while young George Spiller was helping his brother
in chopping timber, in felling a tree, in some way it became lodged, and
breaking limbs flying back struck him on the leg, breaking both bones.
The boy is in a bad shape, some thought his leg having to be amputated being
Mrs. Devine, widow of Mr. Dennis Devine, passed away at four o'clock last Friday afternoon. The deceased was an old resident of Cairo, having lived here for nearly thirty years. The funeral occurred on Saturday afternoon from St. Patrick's Church and the body was interred in the cemetery at Villa Ridge.
(Dennis Devine married Briged Stafford on 7 Nov 1872, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
On last Thursday, James Cornish, a boy about 13 years old, and a nephew of Mrs. H. H. Candee, of this city, was accidentally shot by a comrade, at his home in Chicago, while engaged in target practice, and lived but a few hours. Mr. and Mrs. Candee were notified of the fact by telegraph and left Saturday for Chicago to attend the funeral. Mr. Candee returned yesterday, but Mrs. Candee will remain there several weeks. This sad occurrence was a great blow to the parents and friends and especially to the boy at whose hand a life was taken.
On last Friday, Mrs. Rowand, wife of Mr. D. Rowand, the
shoemaker, and mother of Mrs. Charles Ward, died aged sixty-one
years. She has been sick for a long period, the result of pulmonary
troubles of a complicated nature. The funeral occurred Sunday morning,
Rev. J. W. Phillips officiating, and the remains were taken to Anna
At the regular meeting of the Woman's Club and Library Association, held yesterday, the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, an impressive warning has come to remind us that in the midst of life we are in death, we, the Woman's Club and Library Association, desire to offer our tribute of respect to the memory of our friends and coworker, the late M. Jenny Dewey, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that in this organization, in common with others in this community, have cause to lament the loss of an efficient member and a true-hearted friend.
RESOLVED, That we extend to the bereaved family the sincere sympathy of each member of this association.
RESOLVED, that the secretary be instructed to furnish the family with a
copy of the resolutions, that they be placed upon the records of the
association, and also be published in city papers.
The funeral services of Mrs. E. S. Dewey took place last Friday
afternoon at the Presbyterian church, Rev. A. H. Trick and Rev. R. N.
McNemer officiating. Mr. McNemer, pastor of the Baptist
church, of which Mrs. Dewey was a member, gave a very loving tribute
to her memory, speaking of the help and inspiration her words of cheer and
encouragement had always been and of her triumphant death. Mr.
Trick delivered a short and impressive sermon from Matt. 13, 43, "Then
shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father,"
in which he spoke of her Christian life, it being largely due to the early
training of the sainted father, who had gone go his eternal home, and the
aged Christian mother, left surviving her, whose prayers and counsels had
led her in the path to Heaven. The choir selected for the occasion
consisted of Messrs. McKee, Strode, and Henderson,
Misses Clara Robbins and Maud Rittenhouse, and Mrs. Anna
Redman, with Miss Black at the organ. The beautiful hymns,
"Asleep in Jesus," "Rock of Ages," and "Nearer My God to Thee," were
rendered with touching solemnity. There were lovely floral offerings
from the different societies of which Mrs. Dewey was a member.
A large number of sympathizing friends accompanied the relatives to the pace
of interment at Villa Ridge.
At a regular meeting of Meridian Lodge, No. 439, I. O. O. F., held in their hall on Saturday evening, February 2, 1889. The following preamble and resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, It has pleased an all wise Providence to remove by death our beloved Brother Thomas D. Essex, from the ranks of our lodge below, to the Grand Lodge above.
Whereas, Brother Essex was called to lay down this life in the vigor of his manhood, Therefore be it
Resolved, That in the death of Brother Essex, his father and mother have lost a noble son, his brothers and sisters a kind and loving brother, the community a good and highly respected citizen, and that our lodge has lost an active and worthy brother, active in the duty peculiar to Odd Fellowship and that we will always cherish in our hearts his many virtues as an Odd Fellow. Also be it further
Resolved, That a page in our Journal be set apart for the recording
of these resolutions. That the lodge room be draped in mourning for
thirty days, and that a copy of these resolutions be furnished to his aged
father, and to our county and Alexander county papers for publication.
(Charles H. Spiller married Jane Vancil on 27 Oct 1861, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: George H. son of C. H. &
S. J. Spiller Died Jan. 29, 1889, Aged 20 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 1
Mrs. Fannie Brazee, wife of Capt. H. O. Brazee, of the
steamer Junius S. Morgan, died yesterday of neuralgia of the heart.
She was apparently as well as usual until Sunday morning when she complained
of suffering from neuralgia to which she was subject. No alarm was
felt and the usual remedies were employed but without avail. She
gradually grew worse. Tuesday night her symptoms became alarming and
she died as above stated. She was only thirty-five years of age, and
apparently in excellent health. She was the daughter of Mr. Ben
House, of Lewisport, Hancock County, Ky. Her sister, Miss Anna
House, was living with them. A short funeral service was held last
night at their residence 1403 Commercial Avenue, Rev. F. P. Davenport
officiating, and Capt. Brazee and Miss House left with the
remains this morning, via the C. V. & C. Railroad, for their old home
at New Chapel, Ky., just across the Ohio River from Tell City, Indiana,
where the body will be interred. Her death was a terrible shock to
relatives and friends. The moaning of her sister at the funeral last
night was piteous in the extreme, and calculated to draw tears from all
eyes. Capt. and Mrs. Brazee have lived in Cairo but a few
months and are comparative strangers here. They came from Memphis
where they had lived many years. Capt. Brazee was U.S.
Inspector of Hulls during the administration of President Arthur.
The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Brazee arouses the deepest
sympathies of all friends in behalf of Capt. Brazee and Miss House.
Mr. C. W. Henderson took charge of the funeral.
(Jefferson M. C. Cavaness married Malissa McCommins on 11
Sep 1862, in Union Co., Ill A marker in Casper Cemetery reads: J. M. C.
Cavaness Died Feb. 18, 1889, Aged 47 Yrs., 9 Ms., 18 Ds.—Darrel
Later—Mr. Uriah McCollum died Tuesday morning at five o'clock. He was a good man, an excellent citizen. He lived happy and died as he lived. He loved and served his God. (Thebes)
Mrs. Totten, wife of Capt. James M. Totten, died early
yesterday morning at her home on 18th Street, of pneumonia. She leaves
a husband and five children, the eldest of whom, George, is about twenty-two
years of age, while the youngest is probably about two years old. Mrs.
Totten was an excellent lady, highly respected by all who knew her.
Funeral at the Methodist church today at 1:30 p.m. Interment at Villa
Mr. McCollum was buried at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. The business houses and school were closed and a large number of people from the village and country around attended the funeral.
(Uriah McCollum married Phebe Cole on 30 Jan 1844, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 7 Mar 1889:
(Thomas B. Foster married Josephine Hodges on 22 Mar 1888,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Jeremiah McDaniel married Elizabeth Walker (?) on 16 Dec
1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Samuel J. Humm, assistant postmaster in this city, died of pneumonia early Monday morning after an illness of only sixty hours. He attended to business as usual last Friday and went back to the post office after supper to work awhile. About eight o'clock he called to Mr. Sloo from his room requesting the latter to bring him a drink of water. Mr. Sloo knew at once that he was sick and carried the water to him. Mr. Humm said that he should feel better soon and Mr. Sloo resumed his work. A little later Mr. Humm called again and said that he was cold, wraps were thrown around him and even then great beads of perspiration were standing upon his forehead. He was taken home where everything could be done for him was done. He was very sick Saturday, Sunday he was considered to be in a very critical condition, and Monday morning he died. He leaves a wife and two children, a girl and a boy.
The funeral occurred yesterday and was very largely attended. Mr. Humm was a member of the Warren Stewartt Post, G. A. R., the Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F., the Knights of Honor and the Delta Fire Company and these organizations turned out en masse. Services were held at the Episcopal Church at two o'clock p.m., Rev. Davenport officiating, and the remains were taken by special train to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
Mr. Humm was born in England. He came to this country when quite young. On the outbreak of the War he was at Ithica, New York, where he enlisted in one of the New York regiments of Infantry and served some time in the Union Army, from which he was honorably discharged. He then came to Cairo. Here he served as clerk in Byington's dry goods store for a while, then as clerk in a drug store. Afterward he had a drug store of his own. For some ten years he was in the county clerk's office either as deputy under Mr. Jacob G. Lynch or as clerk. For the past two years he has been assistant postmaster under Hon. A. R. Irvin. Mr. Humm was a very quiet, accommodating man, and we have never known anybody to question his integrity.
(Samuel J. Humm married Emma F. Wright on 27 Jan 1879, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Beauman of Tunnel Hill will learn with very great regret that Mrs. Beauman died at their residence at Tunnel Hill, February 26th of dropsy. She had been ill for some time, but hopes of her recovery had been entertained until near the end which came suddenly. She was a native of Union County, the daughter of John Corgan.
She leaves a large family of children, the youngest of whom is only about one year old, and her husband. Their home which has been one of very great hospitality, will be desolate without her. To her husband and children her loss will be irreparable.
(John A. Dillow married Eveline S. Brown on 7 Feb 1869, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: John A. Dillow
Born Jan. 15, 1845 Died March 7, 1889 Aged 44 Yrs., 1 Mo., 22 Days.—Darrel
(Jacob Riggle married Mariah Jane Atherton on 29 Apr 1858,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Union Schoolhouse Cemetery near Dongola reads: Mary
companion of J. B. Ferguson Died March 6, 1889, Aged 48 Ys., 5 Ms., 7
(John Heater married Cynthia Adeline Morris on 3 Feb 1867,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John W. Cantrell married Martha Cauble on 30 Dec 1869, in
Union Co., Ill. Charles W. Waterman married Martha Cantrell on
23 Jan 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(P. Wallace Mesler married Carrie Mitchell on 29 Jun 1870,
in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Carrie M. Mesler
(William Reynolds married Alice Reynolds on 26 Nov 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Last Monday night a quarrel broke out between Jesse Reed and
George Morris, two colored men, in the house numbered 1305,
Washington Ave. Morris ran or tumbled down stairs followed by
Reed. On reaching the street Morris picked up a piece of
rail to defend himself. Reed rushed up behind him and plunged a
knife into his left breast killing him almost instantly. It was just
after dark and under the corner of night Reed escaped and has not yet
been arrested. There was a woman in the scrape.
Mrs. M. T. Earle, wife of the Honorable Parker Earle, of Cobden, died at the winter home of the family at Ocean Springs, Miss., March 23rd, of heart trouble.
This news will be received with sadness to very many people throughout the state and in Southern Illinois in particular, where Mrs. Earle has been a resident for a quarter of a century. She was a woman of unusual ability, a deep, thorough student, possessed of a systematic mind, well disciplined in thought, study, learning and experience, a woman who without neglecting her domestic duties in the least ever found time to study, read and inform herself upon matters of science, art, literature and philosophy, as but few women care to.
In addition to the usual domestic duties incident to the rearing of a family and the care of a farm house, Mrs. Earle for thirty years has made the study of the botany of Illinois a specialty, and has long been recognized as one of the leading botanists particularly in cryptogrammic botany, in the state, and her opinion and advice was often sought on this subject by men of eminence.
She was modest, retiring, gentle, unassuming, but withal, strong, unswerving, firm and just—An ideal wife, a model mother, an exemplary generous neighbor, a steadfast and royal friend, a Martha in this world rather than a Mary. She was possessed of a deep philosophic mind, and a most sympathetic heart, and from her lips no evil nor unkind words toward her fellow creatures ever fell. She always defended the weak, and sought to find the good in the midst of the bad, and to her soul, the germ of good, of virtue in what to others seemed a mass of evil, like a flower in the desert, and she tenderly protected that flower, and battled for its development wherever and whenever it was found.
Our citizens will recall with pleasure the evening spent at Library Hall some two years ago in listening to her motherly talk on "Our Boys, what shall we do with them?"
Mrs. Earle is the daughter of Mrs. Dr. Tracy Cutler, who
survives her, she was buried on March 24th, at Ocean Springs, Miss.
She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, the Honorable Parker Earle,
Frank S. Earle, married, Charles Tracy Earle, and Mary T.
Earle, all whom have arrived to man's and woman's estate.
(Parker Earle married Melanie Tracy on 24 Aug 1855, in
Grundy Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Joseph H. McIntire, a farmer living in the neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant, attempted, on Saturday, March 16th, to commit suicide by hanging himself with a trace chain from a rafter in his barn, but the key in the chain caught under his chin and failed to choke him very much. His little boy seeing his father's intention, commenced screaming for help and his cries soon brought assistance and the man was taken down, but now until he was badly enough hurt to make him dangerously ill. It is thought that he was suffering from a fit of temporary insanity. Some four or five years ago he was up in a barn loft and while there, stooped down for something and in raiding up quickly, he struck his head against a sharp knot on a rib pole and fractured his skull, and ever since then, at time, he would complain of his head paining him. On the day that he tried to hang himself he complained of great pain in his head and would not eat anything,. Mr. McIntire is about thirty-five years old and is highly respected by all who know him.
(Joseph H. McIntire married Nancy J. Gurley on 18 Oct 1874,
in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William J. Wareing married Alice Thomas on 25 Jun 1882, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 4 Apr 1889:
Mr. James Y. Clemson, of Olmsted, was stricken with paralysis Feb.
4th. The stroke was very severe and those who are familiar with such
cases knew that he could not probably survive very long. He did
however linger along just on the border land between two worlds for the
period of seven weeks and five days until last Saturday, March 30th, when he
died, aged 68 years. Mr. Clemson was one of the old citizens of
Pulaski County and was one of the wealthiest men in the county. He has
been a merchant at Caledonia and Olmsted since 1862, but has been engaged in
other enterprises. He was one of the directors of Alexander County
National Bank. He has a fine residence on the banks of the Ohio at old
Caledonia. He was a man who will be greatly missed in Pulaski County.
(Henry Schluter married Amanda Casper on 24 Dec 1882, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:
Norpha E. son of Henry & Amanda E. Schluter Died Mar 30, 1889 Aged 9
Ms. & 18 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
WHEREAS, Divine Providence in its inscrutable mystery and widow, has seen fir to remove from our midst our much beloved friend and co-worker, Mrs. Carrie Mitchell Mesler, and
WHEREAS, the close and intimate relation she has held as a leading member of this association since its organization, eleven years ago, and in especial recognition of her efficient service as its president, to which position she was twice unanimously re-elected, and which she occupied at the time of her death, therefore be it
Resolved, that the tact, energy, and ability that she has so long exercised in behalf of the library and as a member of this board, by counsel, service and funds, will ever be held in grateful remembrance.
Resolved, that the sudden demise of so capable and active a member and official leaves a vacancy that will prove a grievous loss to the library, as well as to the community at large.
Resolved, that this board tender to her afflicted relatives and
friends their heartfelt sympathy in the irretrievable bereavement they have
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Roy Aldrich
The serious illness of Walter Comings, son of Mr. Alfred Comings, was mentioned in the Citizen last week. He gradually sunk until Monday evening, April 15th, when his vital forces were utterly exhausted, and his spirit took its flight to the unseen world. He was in his 25th year, and leaves a young widow, who is almost broken hearted at her great loss, and a young child, a girl about twenty months old.
His widow is the youngest daughter of Mr. John McEwen, of this city.
Walter had been in the service of the St. Louis, Ark., & Texas Railroad in St. Louis for some months. His trouble was an enlargement of the heart and has been gradually coming on for some time. Compelled to give up his work, he finally came home to Cairo to die. the Odd Fellows take charge of his funeral, which occurs today. Walter had insurance upon his life to the amount of $5,000.
(Walter L. Comings married Margaret A. McEwen on 20 May
1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Charles P. Clapp married Edna L. Lee on 30 Aug 1871, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Ernest S. Strong married Minnie E. Samples on 4 May 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Minnie E. Wife of E. A. Strong Died April 16, 1889 Aged 33 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
(Adolph Swoboda married Selma Kobler on 20 Jan 1880, in
Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Harry Swoboda
(Andrew Lohr married Amanda C. Hahn on 12 Aug 1880, in Alexander
Co., Ill. A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Carl G. A. Lohr Born
July 22, 1884 Died April 16, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Hagey, who kept a butcher shop on Washington Avenue near
14th Street, died suddenly at his home on 9th Street about 11 o'clock last
Monday night of heart disease. The deceased leaves a wife and three
children, two boys and a girl to mourn his sudden demise. The funeral
occurred yesterday afternoon, the G. A. R. and the Rough and Ready Fire
company of both of which organizations he was a member attending. The
body was taken by special train to Villa Ridge for interment.
As the fast train on the Illinois Central was coming in this morning at
9:30, Horace Tyler, the colored barber at the Planters House, while
attempting to board it just below Tenth Street, fell and three cars passed
over his chest, cutting him nearly in two. He lived for an hour and a
half. The deceased leaves a wife and two children, living at 211 Tenth
With deep regret we announce the death of Mr. J. C. Stires, which occurred at the Cairo farm, some four or five miles out from the city, Tuesday night about ten o'clock of congestion of the stomach. Mr. Stires formerly lived in Cairo. For many years he was a partner of Mr. C. W. Wheeler in the Wood and Coal business. He was buried today at Charleston, Mo. Mr. Stires leaves a large family and a great many friends.
(James C. Stires married Jennie Covington on 22 Aug 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 2 May 1889:
On last Friday afternoon, at about 1:30 o'clock, Mrs. Mary L. Watkins, living at 409 Fourteenth Street, took a dose of morphine with suicidal intents. Dr. Parker was immediately called, but his efforts were fruitless and she died at 7 o'clock. The deceased was about twenty-five years of age. She was deserted by her husband, James Watkins, some time ago, and since then she has been living with her mother, Mrs. Welch. It was on account of these domestic troubles that she took her life.
(James F. Watkins married Mary Walsh on 10 Jul 1884, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Rev. H. P. Roberts, who was pastor of the Presbyterian church in this city, from January 1st, 1865, to January 1st, 1867, died December 2nd, 1888, at Plateau, Colorado, aged 57 years.
Mr. Roberts will be remembered by many of our older readers. He was a native of Connecticut and was educated for the ministry. In the summer of 1862, he was engaged in teaching in the city of Quincy, Ill. The call for troops appealed loudly to him and he enlisted in his country's service. He was made 1st Lieutenant in Co. E, 84th Regt. Ill. Vols. This regiment was famous for its fighting qualities. Only one man from this regiment was ever taken prisoner and but ten men deserted. The regiment numbered 951 officers and men when mustered , and the total casualties in battle during the war were 558.
On the bloody field of Stone River, December 31st, 1862, the regiment lost 228 men. On that field Mr. Roberts received three wounds and was left upon the field to die. His wounds were supposed to be mortal and it was expected that the new year would dawn upon him in the spirit land. But he survived. After four months of nursing, he recovered sufficiently to join his comrades but was never able bodied. He was made chaplain of the regiment, but about ten months service resigned and returned home. He never recovered from the effects of his wounds. He spent two years in Cairo and has preached in other places for short periods, but was always pretty near an invalid. And so this death struggle was prolonged for almost twenty-six years, and ended as it only could end last December. He was worn out and passed away. His life purpose was thwarted by his battle wounds, but his country was saved and he has been mustered out and gone home.
(Alphonso Jones married Alice Lowrey on 27 Jul 1883, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Louis Kohler married Elizabeth Kerzenmacher on 9 Apr 1871, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Cobden reads: Elizabeth
wife of Louis Kohler Died May 4, 1889 Aged 42 Ys., 5 Ms., 13
With great regret we are called to announce the death of Miss Ida
Borott at Golconda last Thursday morning. She had been living in
the family of Mrs. Ida Reinhart of Golconda for some months and died
there as stated above. Miss Borott was a music teacher in Cairo
for a great many years, and had hosts of friends here. She was a
thorough musician and an accomplished lady. Her pupils everywhere will
learn the news of her death with sincere regret.
Chief Mahanny recently received word from DeSoto, Mo., stating
that a man answering the description of Jesse Reed had been seen at
that place and had been arrested. Wishing to know a little more
definitely about the matter before going after him, the chief telegraphed to
the parties from whence the report came, but has heard nothing since from
them. It was in all probability a Tascott capture. It
will be remembered that Jesse Reed killed another colored man by the
name of George Morris in this city March 25th, and made his escape.
At her home in Hodges Park last Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Nannie Z. Stewart, wife of Cudellas Stewart, of that place. Mrs. Stewart had been ill a long time. She was no ordinary woman. Her maiden name was Nannie Ziegler. Before marriage she was one of the most intelligent and progressive teachers of the county. She was married to Mr. Stewart May 28th, 1882, since which time they have lived at Hodges Park. She was an active, zealous member of the Baptist church. All that medical skill could do has been done to restore her health, but to no purpose. At the age of about thirty years she has gone to her rest. She was buried Monday at Thebes. Rev. Henry Richardson officiating.
(Cudellas Stewart married Nannie Zeigler on 28 May 1882, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(James D. Weatherly married Ailsey Howell on 22 Jun 1861, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Alvin Harris, the youngest son of Mrs. Henry Harris, died at Dawson Springs, Ky., Sunday, May 19th, aged twenty years. He had been in poor health all winter, improving at times, but not building up any, the trouble being general debility. Last week he started for Dawson Springs, Ky., with his mother, but upon reaching there, his condition became so alarming that Dr. Gordon was telegraphed for. The doctor did all he could for him, but he continued to grow worse, and died Sunday afternoon. The deceased was, with an elder brother, in the firm of Harris Bros., who, something over a year ago, opened a dry goods store at No. 708 Commercial Avenue. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, the body being taken by special train to Villa Ridge for interment.
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Alvin C. son of J.
H. & A. Harris Died May 19, 1889, Aged 20 Ys., 8 Ms., & 7 Ds.—Darrel
METROPOLIS, Ill., May 18.—Charles Evans, a colored well digger,
met with a fearful death today. Manuel Waters had been employed
to clean out a well and he hired Evans to help him. About 1
o'clock Evans went to the well and was drunk. He sat down on
the boxing of the well and falling to sleep, dropped in the well. His
neck was broken and his arm in two places. The well was sixty feet
deep, with rock bottom. Manuel and Allen Waters, both colored
man, were engaged in repairing the well. Manuel took the dead body out
of the well. The coroner held Manuel and Wallen Waters until
after the inquest. The verdict of the jury was, that Charles Evans
came to his death by falling into a well.
Last Sunday Postmaster Irvin received a letter announcing the
death of William H. Davidson, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William
M. Davidson, of this city, at Bruneau, Idaho. the letter was
dated May 13th, and says that he was killed on May 11th, by Fred Balkman.
The letter is somewhat obscure, but the statement of facts is about as
follows: Will worked for a man named J. E. Hill, and was to
take his pay in horses; Hill, however, refused to pay Will, and they
got in an altercation which ended in both firing at each other, Hill
being killed. Will and Balkman then opened fire upon each other
and Will was killed. These facts were brought into camp by Balkman
himself, and many doubts arise as to their correctness, it appearing as
though Will might have been murdered by Balkman. The writer
closes by speaking of the deceased—how well liked he was by the men
generally, and what a good worker he was. The news fell very heavily
upon his mother as well as the rest of the family, and was quite a shock to
the friends of the deceased.
On last Sunday night everything seemed unusually quiet, but it was only a calm before a storm. About twelve o'clock a crowd of masked men, variously estimated at from fifty to two hundred, went to the jail and demanded that jailor Rollins five up the keys. Mr. Rollins is a firm man and a man in indisputable courage and fidelity to duty, and as a matter of course, he refused and remonstrated and tried to reason the matter in every conceivable way, but all to no avail. They had come after Joe Thornton, and him they would have, if they had to tear him out or burn him out. Mr. Rollins then informed them that he had expected such a mob and consequently turned the keys over the Prosecuting Attorney, A. J. Warden. A posse was at once dispatched to his residence and demanded the keys. He denied having them and was at once taken in charge and carried to the jail, where, in his presence, the keys were forced from Rollins after he had resisted as far as he could without dying for the prisoner. No doubt the strongest resistance was made that ever has been made in this county. There can't be the least doubt but he faithfully and conscientiously discharged his duty. He says he thought them all to be in front, but on stepping to the back door, lo and behold, there stood about twenty or thirty more, looking to be about eighteen feet high, the tallest men he ever saw.
The only alternative was to give up the keys. The negro was at once taken out and carried to the slaughter pen of John Jenkins and executed, confessing the crime, it is said, and promising to never attempt such a deed again if they would only but spare him. The negro was a good negro usually, and was very fond of children, and was always trying to humor and get the confidence of girl children especially. The men that did it were no doubt as good citizens as we have. To be brief as possible, I will state that I have it from good authority that the best element in the country has come to the conclusion that it is not law and evidence that regulates a sentence here but money. Petty offenses often getting pretty heavy sentence and large offense go unpunished. For instance a thief got three years for stealing ten dollars and a man that a grand jury of sixteen good solid men had found guilty of murder in the first degree got two years in the state prison, and the officers from circuit judge down to petit jurors, all signed a petition to Governor Buckner to pardon him, which is yet firmly refused. The best information I can procure justifies me in the opinion that the examining trial was waived, Hon. Z. W. Bugg agreeing to clear him for fifty dollars, which sum was vouched for. A disposition among some of the negro's friend to try to impress on the people that the child was not to be believed and the negro honest and truthful was cause of the lynching. I think the Democratic papers in Cairo, that love to hold up Kentucky deeds in the darkest light, should take heed and leave the democratic ranks. I hope they will send a few missionary Republicans to reform the Democrats over here.
The negroes have made some severe threats but the white people swear they
will stay on top. The writer got off the train Monday night at 2:30
o'clock a.m. and was confronted by 5 or 6 heavily armed police that met the
train to see if there were any recruits from Cairo. The negroes have
threatened to go to Cairo for help, I think Though everything will quiet
down without any further trouble.
The new fairgrounds taken in what is known as Graveyard Ridge. This
is a ridge or lane running from the corner of Thirty-fourth and Washington
to the Mississippi levee, and was used twenty years ago as a burying ground.
In preparing the ground for a race tack, numerous coffins and human bones
were exhumed. These have been removed to some more appropriate place
for interment. It will be remembered that in 1882, when the rivers
were so high at this place and our city was threatened with overflow, the
Mississippi levee was in a very weak condition and to strengthen it, bags of
earth were used. the earth was taken from the same Graveyard Ridge and
these same bodies were disinterred at that time, only be to be buried in the
same place. It is hoped that they have now reached a resting place, to
be disturbed no more till Gabriel's trumpet sounds, and Graveyard Ridge is
John Trusty, formerly a private of Co. B, 29th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, died at the Sisters Hospital in this city last Thursday night. He had been in the hospital since April 21st.
Mr. Trusty lived in Pulaski County not far from Mound Junction. He had been in bad health for sometime. His remains were buried in the National Cemetery near Mound City, by the William Huhner Post G. A. R. One by one the old soldiers are passing away.
(John Trusty married Emily Renfrow on 1 Jul 1866, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A fine monument to the memory of Dr. Roswell Waldo has just been prepared by the Kurzdorfer Company and was taken up yesterday to the National Cemetery near Mound City and erected at his grave. The monument is very plain but massive, made of Barre granite from the quarries at Barre, Vermont. The monument has simply the doctor's name on it with his age and the date of his death, together with this legend: That Life is long that answer's life's great end.
Dr. Waldo was sent to Cairo in the spring of 1877 by the Surgeon
General of the U.S. Marine Hospital service at Washington to take charge of
the patients in our Marine Hospital here in Cairo. In the summer of
1878 the yellow fever broke out in Memphis. Early in August of that
year a seaman was sent to our Marine Hospital here in Cairo and died in
three or four days of black vomit. The disease did not spread from
that case. Later in August, several cases occurred all of which we
believe proved fatal. In September the city was alarmed by another
outbreak and several deaths. Then there was a lull until the latter
part of the month, when it became evident to everybody that the yellow fever
had become epidemic. Dr. Waldo was in the service of the United
States, and it was no part of his duty to engage in the general practice of
medicine. It was simply optional with him. But he responded to
every call and shrunk from no danger. Finally on the 12th of October
he took the fever a, went to the Sisters' Hospital and died October 19th.
Had he confined his practice simply to his official duties he would
have incurred very little danger. He died that the people of
Cairo might live. He lived a heroic life and went down to a hero's
grave. It is fitting that the people of Cairo should erect a monument to his
memory and that on this Memorial Day they should crown it with wreaths of
Thursday, 6 Jun 1889:
Monday morning at the Martin House on Cross Street, Edgar T. Bowers, son of Mr. Zack T. Bowers, after an illness of two months of typhoid malarial fever. Aged 15 years. Burial Tuesday at the Baumguard Cemetery in Dog Tooth Bend. This young man was apparently robust until stricken with fever. He had nearly recovered his health when, by exposure, he brought on a relapse, from which he could not rally. His death is a terrible blow to his parents.
(Zachariah T. Bowers married Anna B. Melvin on 20 Feb 1873,
at Gallatin Co., Ill. Z. T. Bowers married Carrah White on 27
Apr 1875, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Word was received by Postmaster Irvin yesterday that his cousin,
Mr. Cyrus Shick, together with Mrs. Shick's sister, Miss
Stinson, lost their lives in the recent Johnstown disaster. Mr.
Shick and wife and Miss Stinson had been on a pleasure tour to
California and passed through Cairo on their way east, being in attendance
at the Knights Templar concert. They seemed to be in the best of
spirits. Proceeding upon their way, they were upon the train on the
Pennsylvania Central railroad, which was passing through the Conemaugh
Valley when the deluge swept through it. Miss Stinson being an
invalid, Mr. Shick's first attentions were devoted to her, and in
helping her to reach a place of safety in the mountains, they both were
swept away, Mrs. Shick remaining on the train escaped. Mr.
Shick was formerly in business at Anna, and had recently removed to
Reading, Pa., where he became connected with the firm of Orr,
Painter & Co., who, among other things make all the mailboxes for street
use in cities. He was well known in Southern Illinois, and all his
friends will be shocked at his sudden demise. Mrs. Shick and
Miss Stinson were sisters of Major Stinson, of Anna.
Last Thursday evening about six o'clock, Mr. C. Shelly, living on
Eighth Street, between Commercial and Washington avenues, died, the trouble
being Bright's disease and congestion of the lungs. Wednesday was Mr.
and Mrs. Shelly's golden wedding day and Mr. Shelly was up all
day and appeared perfectly well, but the next day he was taken sick and grew
rapidly worse, dying in the evening. The funeral occurred Saturday
afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. J. W. Phillips officiating.
The remains were taken by special train to Beech Grove Cemetery for
interment. Mr. Shelly was seventy-four years of age, and had
lived in Cairo over thirty years. He owned the building, which he
occupied on Eighth Street, where, in part of the first floor, he kept a
small shop and dyed and repaired clothing, and two lots up town in Well’s
Addition. His only surviving relative is his wife, and he leaves
enough property to support her the remainder of her life. His dying
wish was that she might spend the remainder of her life in the building they
occupied together so long and at her death be buried beside him.
Early last Thursday morning, John Gibbons freight conductor on the Illinois Central railroad, received injuries at Makanda, which resulted in his death at 11 o'clock p.m. the same evening. He was making a coupling between two cars of his train, when his foot caught and he fell, and was dragged some distance by the moving train. When picked up, his leg was broken and his hip badly crushed. He was brought to Cairo and all that could be done in the way of medical assistance from a corps of skilled physicians was fruitless in results and he died at eleven o'clock Thursday evening. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon from the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. John C. Talbot, Rev. J. C. Tully officiating. The remains were taken by special train on the Illinois Central to DuQuoin, where they were interred by the Order of Railway Conductors. The deceased leaves a wife and three small children to mourn his sudden demise.
(John A. Gibbons married Louisa J. Talbot on 11 Jun 1884,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(B. C. Pruett married Nellie B. Ulen on 20 Jun 1883, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker in the German Reformed Cemetery (Sowers Cemetery)
at Wetaug reads: Our Baby. Freddie son of B. C. & Nellie Pruett Died
June 5, 1889, Aged 8 Mo’s. Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.—Darrel
(William F. Stone married Mary McElroy on 14 Jun 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker in Ullin Cemetery reads: Dr. W. F. Stone Died June 9, 1889, Aged 42 Ys., 11 Ms., & 16 Ds. The Lord seeterh not as man seether, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh at the heart.—Darrel Dexter)
(John M. Crebs married Annie E. Stewart on 13 Oct 1857, in
White Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Christopher Beasley married Lina Walker on 1 Aug 1875, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Dennis Karraker married Mrs. Kizire Goodman on 17 Feb 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John S. Bridges of Carbondale died Tuesday morning at 6:30 o'clock, having been sick about two weeks with bilious fever, resulting in a complication of diseases.
Mr. Bridges has been a resident of this place for 25 years, having spent his early days in Johnson County, this state. He was one of our most prominent citizens and businessmen, respected and loved by all. His honest dealing, faithful living, kindness to all have won for him a name that cannot perish. He leaves a heart-stricken widow and five sadly bereaved children, four interesting daughters and one little son.
Mr. Bridges was treasurer of the Southern Illinois Normal University, and that institution has lost a warm friend and supporter. The whole community is said today, being conscious of an irreparable loss. Mr. B. has been for years a consistent and faithful member of the M. E. church, a regular attendant at the Sabbath School of which he had been an efficient secretary for many years. The city has lost an honest, noble and most worthy citizen—the church a devoted and earnest helper, the poor a kind friend, and Southern Illinois a most valuable man, whose memory will brighten as time passes on. He died as he lived, an earnest Christian.
(John S. Bridges married Mary Julia Brush on 30 Aug 1866,
in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Toler Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant reads: Susan Howell
Born March 12, 1810, Died June 19,1889, Aged 70 Yrs., 3 Ms., & 7 Ds.—Darrel
It will be remembered that on March 25th last, Jesse Reed, a
colored man, killed another colored man named George Morris, near the
corner of 13th and Washington Avenue, and the escaped to parts unknown.
Sheriff Murphy heard that he was in Memphis and sent Charlie
O'Brian, the son of Harry O'Brian, the barber down after him.
Reed was captured here last Monday by O'Brian and immediately
brought here, and lodged in jail at the courthouse Tuesday morning. A
reward of $200 was offered by the governor for the arrest and conviction of
Hon. Andrew D. Duff until recently one of the most prominent lawyers in Southern Illinois died at Tucson, Arizona, June 25th. Judge Duff was born in Bond County, Illinois, and always resided in this state until the summer of 1885, when he removed to Arizona on account of his failing health. There he was appointed register of the land office by President Cleveland. Judge Duff was a man of high character and excellent personal habits. His course at the outbreak of the war was such as to cause his arrest and imprisonment for disloyalty. Aside from this epoch in his life, his character will, we believe, bear the closest scrutiny. He was an honest painstaking lawyer of high attainments, an excellent citizen, and a man who commanded the highest respect of his neighbors.
Last Monday morning about nine o'clock, Charles Walcott, working upon one of the spans of the bridge, was loading some timber upon a car, when he stepped upon a cross tie, and, slipping off, fell from the span into the river and as drowned. Immediate search was made for his body, the river being dragged with hooks, but it was not recovered. His hat and one of his shoes, however, were picked up floating upon the river. The deceased was about five feet seven inches tall, of dark complexion, probably 24 or 26 years old, had a dark, heavy mustache, which was slipped, and wore a pair of dark jeans pants. Since only one shoe was recovered the other probably remained upon his foot. He has a brother who lives in White Lake, South Dakota, who was immediately notified of the accident, but who has not yet arrived.
(Edward S. Dezonia married Sarah R. Clark on 30 Nov 1873,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Robert J. Cundiff married AdelaideA. Phillips on 17 Mar
1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Ernest A. Strong married Minnie E. Samples on 4 May 1884,
in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Joseph son of E.
A. & M. E. Strong Aged 4 Months.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. A. M. Hines, the mother of Mrs. J. W. Morris, died
last Thursday morning, July 18th, at four o'clock a.m., aged fifty-six
years. The deceased lived in Rockford, Ill., but came here, sometime
since, upon a visit to build up her health, which was very poor. The
funeral occurred Friday afternoon, services being held at the residence of
Mr. Morris, corner of Eleventh and Walnut streets, Rev. Davenport
officiating. The remains were taken by special train to Beech Grove
Mr. Hiram Hill, the diver, died at his home on Ninth Street in this city, Monday afternoon. He was 57 years of age. He had lived in Cairo for about twenty-five years and was probably known throughout the entire Mississippi Valley. There was a large demand for his services. He leaves a family. The funeral occurred yesterday under the charge of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. and the Arab Fire Company. Interment at Villa Ridge. Mr. Hill had been sick for several months and was terribly emaciated at the time of his death.
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Hiram husband of Caroline Hill
Born April 15, 1832 Died July 22, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(John F. Sivia married Elizabeth Stokes on 25 Apr 1847, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in Campground Cemetery reads: John F.
Sivia Born Sept. 25, 1825, Died July 18, 1889, Aged 63 Yrs., 9 Mos., &
23 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Ebbs married Margaret Cadigan on 16 Mar 1873, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads John Ebbs 1844-1889 Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 1 Aug 1889:
(A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads: Rachel wife of Joseph Lentz
Died July 26, 1889, Aged 79 Yrs., & 4 Days.—Darrel Dexter)
(Andrew Clutts married Matilda M. Dillon on 7 Nov 1880, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A young man named Joseph Lehman, employed at the bridge, was
struck by a timber and instantly killed Tuesday morning. A heavy
timber was being lowered from above and in attempting to pass underneath it
it struck him breaking his neck and knocking him into the river. His
body was recovered and buried by Messrs. Baird Bros. The young
man was scarcely more than twenty years of age and had been here but a short
time, coming from New Orleans.
(A marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Lucinda wife of
J. B. McCallen Died Aug. __, 1889, Aged 76 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 1
Last week Wednesday night, as a streetcar was passing up Poplar Street at
9:30 p.m. when near 22nd Street several colored people were on the track and
the driver put on the brake and brought the car almost to a stand to permit
them to get off. A woman, a girl and a boy got off and the river
thought the way was clear and went on. Almost instantly he heard a
child scream. He stopped the car as soon as possible and found that he
had run over a little colored child about 3 1/2 years old, mashing the
fingers of one hand and the toes of one foot. The child was picked up
and taken home and cared for as well as possible. The girl who got off
the track was sister to this little child. She ran and got off the
track herself and left the child to be run over. The child's injuries
did not seem to be very serious. On Thursday night the child had
spasms and on Friday morning it died. The drivers have constant
trouble with children upon the track at that point. Col. Lewis
warned the parents only the day before the accident that they must keep
their children off the track, that somebody would almost certainly get hurt
if they persisted in getting on the track. It is a very sad case.
DIED—Col. M. A. Bryson, August 6th in New York City, formerly of St. Louis.
We clip the above from the Globe Democrat. Mr. Bryson will be well remembered by the older citizens of Cairo. He came here about 1866 as pastor of the Methodist church. While stationed here a large and enthusiastic convention was held in St. Louis to advocate the improvement of the Mississippi. Mr. Bryson attended the convention as one of the Cairo delegates. Just at the nick of time, when the enthusiasm of the convention was rising to its highest point, Mr. Bryson, under the inspiration of the occasion and the hour, made a speech which carried the convention by storm. He was applauded to the echo and at once made the agent of the convention to go to Washington and advocate the improvement of the Western rivers. He was given permanent employment at a goods salary to go to Washington and stay there during the sessions of Congress. He abandoned the ministry and was engaged for several years in this work of river improvement. He finally became a general lobbyist, staying in Washington while Congress was in session. He married Miss Leonora G. Miller, daughter of Mr. Miller, who kept the Commercial Hotel, which stood on the site of the present Waverly House, in 1867. She was a sister of the wife of Mr. C. N. Hughes, who is well remembered here. His wife died some years ago. His Cairo friends have known but little of Mr. Bryson for the past five or six years.
(M. A. Bryson married Leonor G. Miller on 8 Oct 1867, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Cicero N. Hughes married Ella C. Miller on
5 Nov 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at Humbolt, Iowa, August. 4th, Virginia, wife of P. H. Pope, formerly of this city.
Mrs. Pope was born at Shawneetown, Ill. When quite a young girl her father, Col. J. C. Sloo, removed to Cairo, being here at the time of the flood of '58. As "Jennie" grew into young womanhood her lovable qualities of character endeared her to old and young—Warm-hearted and sympathetic, everyone in trouble received her attentions. The solders in the U.S. Hospital here during the war learned to look forward to her visits with eager anticipation—many a poor fellow being comforted by her bright, cheery manner and sympathetic words, a well as the delicacies and the flowers that she brought them. Such was the esteem in which she was held by the citizens of Cairo that a valuable gift was presented to her as a token of their regard. Her hand, which had been often sought for in marriage, was won by Mr. P. H. Pope, a young lawyer, and they were married May 3, 1869. About 1875 Mr. Pope removed to Chicago, where he was engaged for some years in the practice of law in partnership with Hon. D. W. Munn—After a few years residence in that city he gave up the practice of law and went to Humbolt, Iowa, to engaged in mercantile business, that place being their home at the time of Mrs. Pope's death. She untied with the Presbyterian church in Cairo before her marriage was ever after an earnest, faithful and consistent Christina—zealous in good works—Her summons from the Master leaves a husband and son desolate.—She was sister to Mrs. Julia Taylor, of Chicago, Mr. W. A. Sloo, of Topeka, and Mr. Thomas Sloo, of this city. Her many friends here sympathize deeply with the family in this affliction. All who knew her intimately feel that by her death they have lost a true and faithful friend.
(Joseph B. Taylor married Julia Sloo on 16 Aug 1860, in
Alexander Co., Ill.
(Sylvester Knupp married Cordelia Heilig on 2 May 1886, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads: Cordelia Knupp Born Nov. 16, 1867, Died Aug. 12, 1889, Aged 21 Ys., 8 Ms., & 26 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
News came flashing over the wires last Thursday that Judge David S. Terry of California had been shot and instantly killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal Nagle at Lathrop, California. It was well known that Judge Terry had made threats of violence to the person of Judge Stephen J. Field of the U.S. Supreme Court when he should again come to the Pacific Coast. During the vacation of the U.S. Supreme Court Judge Field holds U.S. Circuit Court in his circuit upon the Pacific coast. As Judge Terry is well known as a most desperate man, Attorney General Miller directed the U.S. Marshal at San Francisco to protect the person of Judge Field at all hazards.
Judge Field was on his way from Los Angeles to San Francisco and Marshall Nagel was with him as body guard. Judge Terry and wife boarded the train at Fresno. On arriving at Lathrop the train stopped for breakfast. Judge Field and Marshal Nagel had seated themselves at the table and ordered breakfast when Terry and wife entered and took seats some twenty feet away. Mrs. Terry was the first to observe Judge Field. She whispered to her husband and immediately returned to the car. Judge Terry arose, walked over behind Judge Field and slapped him in the face. Marshal Nagle ordered him to stop. He lifted his hand to strike him again when the Marshal shot him through the heart and he fell dead. His wife, Sarah Althea, immediately returned bringing a small traveling bag, which was found to contain a revolver. Judge Field and Nagle did not stop to eat breakfast but boarded the train and went on. Both were afterwards arrested on warrants sworn out by Sarah Althea Terry. Justice Field was set at liberty on a writ of habeas corpus. Marshal Nagle also applied for a writ and his case at this writing is still pending.
Mr. John Phillips, living out near Mt. Pleasant, while out riding a few days ago, met with a very serious accident, his horse threw him and his foot catching in the stirrup, he was dragged about thirty yards. He was found in an unconscious condition and has been so ever since. His recovery is very doubtful.
Died, at Dongola, Friday, Aug. 16th, 1889, Miss Leona Eddleman, age about 23 years. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. at the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Kitch. A large number of friends followed the remains to its last resting place on earth, in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. Her many friends here sympathize deeply with the family in this affliction. All who knew her intimately feel that by her death they have lost a true and faithful friend.
(Alexander Eddleman married Martha J. Davis on 23 Dec 1858, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Lena dau. of Alex. & M. J.Eddleman Died Aug. 16, 1889, Aged 26 Ys., 10 Ms., & 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died Saturday evening, infant daughter of Joseph Bise, of congestion of the bowels. (Wetaug)
(Joseph Bise married Annie Herald on 29 Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Sunday morning, of congestion of the bowels, infant daughter of Green Petis.
Died Tuesday morning, of a congestive chill, a little son of S. S. Manus, aged about 4 years.
Dallas Barnhart is lying at the point of death with consumption.
(Dallas Barnhart married Laura Albright on 18 Dec 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Dallas Barnhart Died Aug. 21, 1889, Aged 28 Ys., 1 Mo., & Ds. I am going to Jesus, thank the Lord.—Darrel Dexter)
James, son of Dave Brown, died of congestive chill, on the 15th inst. (Elco)
Thursday, 29 Aug 1889:
Mr. L. W. Loeschner, an old German who lives on a farm of Mr. H. H. Spencer near the Cache and just east of Idlewild in this county, was most brutally assaulted by a negro the latter part of last week. The negro persisted in driving through the farm occupied by Mr. Loeschner in opposition to his expressed wishes. This was the cause of the assault. Mr. Loeschner is reported dead. We are unable at this writing to verify the report. A liberal reward is offered for the capture of the negro. Mr. Loeschner was a very quiet, hard-working, good citizen.
Two Boys Drowned.
Last Thursday afternoon at about four o’clock, Frank and Henry, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Keyser, aged 9 and 11 years respectively, were drowned in the Mississippi River near their home at Greenfield's Landing, Missouri. They were in swimming with some other boys and got beyond their depth and were drowned before assistance could be obtained. Immediate search was made for their bodies, but all attempts were unsuccessful until last Tuesday, when the body of the younger boy was found a few miles this side of Columbus and brought back on the steamer Rosalie Smoot yesterday morning.
Another Life Lost at the Bridge.
Monday morning at about nine o'clock Mr. A. D. Greer, a young man about nineteen years of age employed at the bride, stepped through the trestle work of the bridge and fell into the river and was drowned. His home is at Columbus, Ky. Just as we go to press we learn that his body was found a few miles this side of Columbus.
Mrs. Maggie Trovillion, wife of Mr. Penn V. Trovillion, county clerk of Pope County, died Saturday, Aug. 17th.
Both Bodies Recovered
The body of the other Keyser boy has been found. It was discovered in a raft of logs at Mound City, which had been towed out of the Mississippi At first it was not thought to be the Keyser boy, but on a further examination it has been identified as the missing boy. Both bodies will be buried at Charleston, Mo., tomorrow.
Jackson County has once more suffered a lasting disgrace. Another depravity upon justice has been enacted. Another red-handed murderer has been turned loose upon the world. The laws of the land is defied and the courts are mocked. In April last Jennie Greenwell, of Grand Tower, murdered her husband in cold blood. The act was premeditated—carefully planned and successfully carried out. She was arrested, indicted, and imprisoned without bail. The case came to trial the latter part of last week. The verdict of the jury was "not guilty." That a jury, supposed to be composed of intelligent men, should be swayed by the brazen and unwarrantable plea of insanity, as in this case, is a disgrace to our times and our civilization. [Barton's Free Press].
Died, at Cobden, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1889, at 4 p.m., Hattie V. wife of Dr. Thomas B. Goodman, aged 30 years, 9 months, and 12 days. Funeral services at residence at 10 o'clock a.m., Thursday, Aug, 22nd, interment in Cobden Cemetery.
(Thomas B. Goodman married Hattie Buck on 1 Oct 1885, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Hattie Buck Wife of Dr. T. B. Goodman Nov. 22, 1858-Aug. 20, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
There was a man killed last Tuesday night between this place (Olmsted) and Mound City, by unknown parties so far, though the man's neighbors think they know who did the killing. Report says that the man was terribly beaten by some blunt instrument, both his arms and both his legs being broken and he was terribly bruised all over.
Thursday, 5 Sep 1889:
Mrs. Julia McAuliffe, wife of John McAuliffe, died of consumption at St. Mary's Infirmary Sunday. She was well known in Cairo. Her maiden name was Conner. Funeral Tuesday.
(John McAuliff married Julia Conners on 29 Jan 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. S. Gibbs, mother of Dr. J. A. M. Gibbs, of Thebes, died near New Burnside, in Johnson County, Sunday, August. 25, aged 81 years. The immediate cause of her death was cancer in the mouth, from which she had suffered for a long time. She leaves three children, Dr. Gibbs, Mrs. Owens, of Vienna, and Mrs. Benson, of New Burnside.
On the 7th of August a man named J. M. Clifford who came, we believe some time ago from Johnson County, was brought before our county court for inquiry as to his sanity. The evidence did not convince the jury that he was insane, and he was given in charge of his friends again. He has been living in a shanty boat over on the Mississippi River. Last Sunday night he cut his throat with a knife making several bad gashes. He had before, we believe, attempted to drown himself. His wife's name was Meisenheimer. She was from Union County. He had been sent to her friends.
Mr. M. Kurzdorfer Dead.
Died, this morning at one o'clock at his residence in this city, Mr. Martin Kurzdorfer after an illness of about four weeks. Mr. Kurzdorfer was attacked by remittent fever about four weeks ago. He gradually improved and was able to be out for a day or two when he had a relapse and his fever assumed a typhoid character. From this time he gradually became worse until he died. Mr. Kurzdorfer was about thirty years of age. He leaves a young wife but no children. He was a zealous member of the Lutheran Church. He came to Cairo from Fairfield, Ill., about the first of January 1888, and established the Kurzdorfer Marble Works. The Company is incorporated and we presume the business will go on as heretofore. His death was unexpected and is a terrible shock to our community. Though he had lived among us less than two years he commanded very high respect from all who knew him. His death is a severe loss to our community.
After a severe illness of 26 days, Thomas W. Gunn departed this life on Friday evening, Aug. 30th, at 6 p.m., aged 33 years. He leaves a wife and 3 children. Funeral services were held at the family residence Saturday at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Mr. Jesseph, of the Congregational church, of which Mr. Gunn was a member. The remains were laid to rest in Cobden Cemetery.
(Thomas W. Gunn married Jennie L. Eden on 23 May 1886, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 12 Sep 1889:
Mr. N. Hunsacker who has been very sick for a long time thinks he would rather die than live, and is apparently trying to starve himself to death. (Commercial Point)
Died—Zella, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hunsacker, Thursday, Sep. 5th, at one o'clock. Aged 3 years. Buried on Friday, Sept. 6th. (Cobden)
Mark Kirby, a young man who was a student in the Institution last year, died a few days ago at Sikeston, Mo. (Carbondale)
Grandma Bryden, an old lady of refinement and culture, died one day last week. Her remains were sent to Pana for interment.
Mrs. Miller, wife of Lyman Miller, Esq., of this city, died last Friday. Mrs. M. has been a sufferer from consumption for several years.
Last Monday, a most distressing accident occurred just one half mile east of Carbondale. On the farm of Mr. John Snyder, a number of men were engaged in threshing out some clover with a clover huller. About noon a terrible explosion occurred, killing four white men and one colored man. The shock was felt and the report was heard all over the city. The explosion was terrific, scattering the limbs of the unfortunate victims everywhere. Another man was seriously hurt, but hopes are entertained of his recovery.
The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Major Salter, reached the friends in this city on Monday. The family had been spending their summer vacation at Duluth, and on returning one day last week, Mrs. S. was taken so seriously sick they were obliged to stop with friends at Alton, this state. Mrs. Salter grew worse and died on Monday morning. Her remains were taken to the family cemetery at Waverly in Morgan County, for interment. The whole community sympathizes with the family and friends in the loss of a most estimable and Christian lady.
Thursday, 19 Sep 1889:
Killed by the Cars at Ullin.
A young man b the name of Jack McEutiff living with his other at Ullin and working in the lumberyard of Mr. James Bell, was run over and killed by the cars at Ullin sometime during Monday night.
Died, last night, Sept. 16th, Mrs. Frank Fisher, age about 20 or 21 years.
Died, the infant son of Mr. M. Rendleman, near Kaolin, last Saturday night, Sept. 14th.
Thursday, 26 Sep 1889:
Winfield S. Waters, son-in-law of Gen. Green B. Raum, died at Golconda last week Wednesday of consumption.
Mr. James M. Looney was arrested by Mr. L. H. Myers and Marshal Mahanny last night for the murder of William Cannon, near McKenzie, Tenn., a few days ago. He is in jail waiting the arrival of officers from Tennessee.
Mr. C. A. Peterson died at Mound Junction Saturday, Sept 21st, 1889, of something like dropsy, aged 63 years. Mr. Peterson was an old resident of Alexander County. For many years he lived at Clear Creek Landing. Afterwards he resided in Goose Island Precinct, and for nearly seven years he lived in Cairo acting as night watchmen at the Cotton Seed Oil Mill. When that was abandoned he moved to Mound Junction where he has since resided. He has been in failing health for a long time and has finally succumbed to the fell destroyer. He leaves a widow and several grown children.
Died, last Sunday evening, Mr. William H. Freeman, living near here (Wickliffe, Ky.). Mr. Freeman was one of our most respected citizens and a prosperous market gardener.
Mr. A. W. Roach died of dropsy and neuralgia. Deceased lived about 5 miles from here (Wickliffe, Ky.) near Hinkleville Road. He was buried by Wickliffe Lodge A. F. and A. M. 625. He was a zealous Mason, was instrumental in the organization of this lodge and served as S.W. two terms and W. M. one term, with credit to himself and honor to the fraternity. He was sixty-four years old, leaves a wife and grown up family, all of whom are married, but the two youngest. The bereaved family loses a kind and affectionate husband and father, the neighbors a kind friend and obliging neighbor, the county an honorable and law-abiding citizen, the fraternity a faithful and honored brother.
A little boy of Crusoe Waller's died on the 17th inst., also a few days since a little child of William McCrite, and a bright little 2-year-old girl of Jesse Keer. To the bereaved friends we tender our condolence. (Elco)
(Crusow Waller married Clementine Brady on 4 Feb 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ray, mother of I. C. Piersol, died at his home Saturday, at the age of 83. (Anna)
Memorial services in honor of that most estimable lady, Mrs. J. C. Salter, will be held at the late residence next Saturday afternoon. The members of the W. C. T. U. will have charge.
Old Mr. Bratton, an octogenarian and for a long time a tailor at this place (Carbondale) is very ill and his life is despaired of. He was attacked with paralysis in the foot, making amputation necessary. He has the sympathy of many friends.
Rev. T. Earnhart preached the funeral of Mrs. Cordelia Knupp, at Mt. Pisgah Church last Sunday at 3 p.m.
Luther Trent charged with murder has been tried, found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the penitentiary for ten years. Jesse Reed, charged with murder, plead guilty. The court heard evidence and gave him a term of fifty years in the penitentiary.
Thursday, 3 Oct 1889:
(Francis M. Henard married Lucretia Bridges on 8 Dec 1859,
in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Joseph Doss, a laborer at the carding mills, shot and killed Ed.
Jarrett, the colored porter St. James Hotel, Monday morning in the
store of L. C. Throgmorton. Some two or three days before the
murder Doss charged Jarrett with having carried notes from
other men to his wife and threatened to kill him. Monday morning
Doss carried out his threat. Jarrett is said to have been a
quiet, well-behaved man. Doss is in jail.
Mr. Henry Donaldson died at his home corner of Centre Street and Holbrook Avenue, last Saturday evening about six o'clock of malarial fever after a sickness of three weeks duration. He leaves a wife, a sister of Mrs. Henry Wells, to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the house Sunday afternoon and the body was taken to Mason, Ill., his former home, for interment.
(A marker in Meisenheimer or Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads: Adam
(?) son of A. F. & F. C. Ramage Died Oct. 7, 1888, Age 8 (?)
Ys., 8 Ms., 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at his home "The Maples" near Olmsted, at 1 o'clock p.m., Oct. 15, 1889, of acute pneumonia, James I. Spence, aged 63 years. Deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. He was for many years a leader in all county affairs and the loss to the county as well as to the community will be irreparable. The funeral will occur at 11 o'clock Thursday Oct. 17, conducted by the local lodge of Masons and the G. A. R. Post at Villa Ridge, of which fraternities he was an honored member. Burial to take place at Olmsted in the Masonic graveyard.
Mr. Henry Hunsaker, express agent at Flora, Ill., was run over by the cars and instantly killed there last Friday. The remains were brought down to Commercial Point and interred last Sunday. A committee from Cairo Lodge A. F. & A M. went out and took charge of the funeral. Mr. Hunsaker was born in this county. He was a son of Nicholas Hunsaker, one of the oldest citizens of the county, and the funeral took place from his father's house. He was 38 years of age and leaves a widow and three children. His widow is a daughter of the late Thomas Martain, an old and highly respected citizen of the county. Mr. Hunsaker had, we are informed, $5,000 insurance upon his life. But for this, his family would be left destitute.
(Henry Harrison Hunsaker married Eliza Catharine Martin on
8 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Last Friday evening about ten o'clock, Walter Goodman, of Cobden,
walked off the trader steamer McComb and was drowned. He was
returning home from an unsuccessful attempt to find work at New Madrid, and
when he got aboard the McComb at Bird's Point, it was late and he
appeared sleepy. As the boat neared the incline here, he got up and
deliberately walked off the bow of the boat, being probably asleep at the
time. The body has not yet been found, although diligent search has
The monument just finished by the Kurzdorfer Company to mark the
last resting place of Mr. James Y. Clemson is certainly one of the
finest ever made in Cairo. It is made of the finest Italian marble and
stands nine feet high. The foundation is a large limestone base.
Upon this rests a marble vase with the family name Clemson standing
out in large raised letters. Above this is the Die with the following
inscription in raised letters: James Y. Clemson, born March
20th, 1823, died March 30th, 1889. Resting upon this is another Die
which is certainly one of the finest specimens of carved work, which we have
ever seen. The emblems of the Knights Templar are elaborately carved
near the top. The cross and crown are encircled by that famous legend
of the Knights, "In Hoc Signo Vinces" which Constantine saw emblazoned upon
the clouds and which led him to embrace Christianity and also to victory.
Above this is carved the head of a Sir Knight in chapeau and closed visor,
below is a field of flowers among which we notice a calla lily, a passion
flower surrounded by ferns and Ivy leaves. The capstone of the
monument is unique in design, elaborate in finish and is altogether one of
the finest conceptions, which we have ever seen in this part of the country.
It sill be on exhibition at the office of the Kurzdorfer Company,
1109 Washington Ave., until 2 o'clock p.m. Friday, when it will be
removed to Caledonia, where it will for all time mark the grave of Mr. James
Y. Clemson, who was in his life one of the most prominent men in
Pulaski County. All who would see a fine work of art carved from the
marble block will do well to call and see this monument before it is removed
from the city. We have always believed that marble works could do well
here and the Kurzdorfers have proved it. The came here about
Jan. 1st, 1888, and in twenty-one months have established a large
and profitable business. They are enterprising and persevering and
have well earned the success, which they have won. Anyone wishing fine
work in granite, marble or slate will do well to address Kurzdorfer
Co., Washington Ave., Cairo Ill.
Mr. D. W. Lusk, so well known though all Southern Illinois, died
at 1 o'clock Saturday morning, Oct. 26th at Peoria, after a brief
illness. Mr. Lusk was by profession a journalist. Many
years ago he was editor of a paper at Shawneetown. In 1884 he
published a book entitled "Politics and Politicians of Illinois," covering
the period from 1809 to 1884. The book is one that grows in interest
as the years go by. Mr. Lusk had prepared a new edition of his
work and was canvassing for it at the time of his death. He was in
Cairo about two months ago seeming in perfect health and apparently good for
twenty-five years. Mr. Lusk went to Peoria, Oct. 14th
and was taken sick the next day. Senator Mark M. Bassett took
him to his own home where everything that could be done was done for him.
His illness developed into typhoid fever, but at no time was his life
thought to be in danger. He was delirious for some time before his
death. He passed away peacefully at 1 o'clock in the morning.
The remains were taken to Springfield for interment. Mr. Lusk
had been engaged for some time in gathering materials for a biographical
cyclopedia of Illinois and went to Peoria for that purpose.
(A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Joseph P. Bohannon
1811-1889. Mary J. his wife 1822-1910.—Darrel Dexter)
(Charles M. Fisher married Louisa D. Rinehart on 8 Mar 1866, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads: Louisa D. wife of C. M. Fisher Died Oct. 23, 1889, Aged 47 Ys., 3 Ms., 21 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Millington Penrod married Martha Troutman on 29 ___ 1855,
in Johnson Co., Ill. A marker in Friendship Cemetery near Dongola reads:
Malinda E. Dau. of Millington & Martha Penrod Died Oct. 26, 1889,
Aged 27 Yrs., 5 Mos., 19 Days.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: R. H. Stewart Born March
17, 1826, Died Nov. 4, 1888.—Darrel Dexter)
(William S. Stokes married Mary A. McGinnis on 12 Dec 1872,
in Union Co., Ill. A marker in McGinnis Cemetery reads: Matilda E. Daughter
of W. S. & M. A. Stokes Died Oct. 29, 1889, Aged 16 Ys., 1 Mo., 2
(Daniel Lence married Mary Ann Russell on 8 Sep 1861, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in John Rich Cemetery reads: Daniel Lence
Born Feb. 24, 1839 Died Oct. 31, 1889, Aged 50 Ys., 8 Ms., & 7 Ds.—Darrel
(John D. Lamer married Elizabeth Rendleman on 21 Oct 1838,
in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Mt. Tabor Cemetery reads: Elizabeth wife of
J. D. Lamer Born April 23, 1816 Died Nov. 5, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Peter Johanns Dec. 24, 1825-Nov. 5, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(Spencer Russell married Rebecca Vaughn on 18 Apr 1881, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Louise Voytier Bunel July 19,
1854-Nov. 8, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(Ferdinand E. Kline married Cinthia J. Farrell on 20 Apr
1871, in Knox Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Ferdinand
Kline 1835-1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in St. John’s Cemetery has an incorrect death date and reads:
Adam Mowery Born Jan. 29, 1826, Died Nov. 26, 1889, Aged 63 Y’s, 9
M’s, 27 D’s.—Darrel Dexter)
(Rufus Peeler married Mary Holshouser on 2 Mar 1865, in Union Co., Ill. Hiram J. Worley married Mrs. Polly Holshouser Peeler on 15 Mar 1882, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads: Polly wife of R. A. Peeler also wife of Hiram Worley Nov. 4, 1840-Nov. 13, 1889.—Darrel Dexter)
(John S. Dyal married Sarah A. Milford on 2 Dec 1868, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Water Valley Cemetery reads: Peter Norrix Born Apr.
3, 1830, Died Nov. 21, 1889, Aged 59 Ys., 7 Ms., 18 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Toler Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant reads: Doctor Toler
Born Aug 4, 1875, Died Nov. 20, 1889, Aged 14 Yrs., 3 Mos., 16
Thursday, 5 Dec 1889:
(Edward Nott married Mrs. Sadie Offutt on 1 Jun 1882, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Alvin Daly, a miner in the employ of John Dupont, at New Burnside, was instantly killed in the mines there last Tuesday evening. The slate fell in upon him while at work in the mines, crushing him to death, without a moment's warning. He leaves a wife and one child.
(Calvin C. Davidson married Mary S. Hurd on 16 Sep 1863, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Jacob Riggle married Mariah Jane Atherton on 29 Apr 1858,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Philip Jacob Rendleman married Katie Fredericka Homer on 1
Oct 1878, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. James B. Mullins, for several years engineer at Galigher's
Mill, died at his home in this city Tuesday morning just after midnight of
pneumonia. He was born in Tennessee, was a solider in the Union army
and was a man of strong convictions. His funeral occurred yesterday,
under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which organization
he was a member.
(Tobias Earnhart married Lucy Ann Fisher on 26 Apr 1877, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Lucy
A. wife of Tobias Earnhart Died Dec. 16, 1889, Aged 45 Ys., 10 Ms., &
3 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: James Murray 1832-1889.—Darrel Dexter)