Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
2 Jan 1890-25 Dec 1890
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 2 Jan 1890:
married Sophia Lackey on 11 Dec 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Columbus A. Holbrook
married Mahala Gales on 22 Aug 1865, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in
Meisenheimer or Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads: Jefferson E. son of
C. A. & M. A. Holbrooks Died Dec. 25, 1889, Aged 23 Ys., 6 Ms., 13
(Charles R. Stuart married
Mary Cavanagh on 11 Feb 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in
Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Annie and May, Children of C. R. &
Mary Stuart.—Darrel Dexter)
The news of the death of Dr. J. C. Walton, our colored physician, was a shock to everyone. He had been sick but little more than a week, the cause being malaria and pneumonia, and was under Dr. Gassoway’s care. At one period in this sickness he was apparently better, sufficiently so to be out, but a relapse came and he grew rapidly worse and died at his residence on Twelfth Street at 8:30 o’clock Monday.
Dr. Walton was born in Hines County, Mississippi, on November 11th, 1859, and was consequently a little over thirty years old. He received his medical education in Washington, graduating from the Howard University there. He was a member of a Congregational church in Jackson, Miss., and also of the Baptist Church Aid Society, of this city, but further than that he was not associated with any religious or secret organization. He was appointed a member of the board of Examining Surgeons last June, a position which he was in every way competent to fill.
The doctor had a large practice among the colored people not only in this city, but also in Kentucky and Missouri. He was probably the most prominent colored man in Cairo and was a leader to his people. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss, together with his father and mother, who also live in the city. He simply provided for his family, having taken out a policy in the New York Life Insurance Company for $10,000 last December. The funeral occurred yesterday, services being held at the Tenth Street Baptist Church. The body was taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Doctor Joseph G. Walton Died Jan. 13,
1890, Aged 30 Ys., 3 Ms., & 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(John L. A. Corzine
married Sarah J. Smoot on 10 Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(William S. Stokes
married Mary A. McGinnis on 12 Dec 1872, in Union Co., Ill. A marker
in McGinnis Cemetery reads: Larken C. son of W. S. & M. A. Stokes
Died Jan. 13, 1890, Aged 4 Ys., 11 Ms., & 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The following resolutions were adopted at the last regular meeting of William Huhner Post:
Whereas, in view of the loss we have sustained in the decease of our comrade, John A. Parker, and of the still greater loss sustained by those that were nearest and dearest to him, therefore be it
Resolved, That it is but a just tribute to the memory of our departed comrade to say that regretting his “final muster” from our midst, we mourn for one who was in every way worthy of our respect and regard.
Resolved, That we sincerely condole with the family of our departed comrade on the dispensation with which it has pleased our Great Commander to afflict them. We commend them for consolation to Him who orders all things for the best and whose chastisements are meant in mercy.
That this heartfelt testimonial of our sympathy and sorrow be forwarded to
the bereaved wife and family or our departed comrade by the adjutant of the
Post and to local papers. By order of the Post.
The funeral of Dr. J. C. Walton occurred yesterday at the Tenth Street Baptist church. It was conducted by Rev. John Van Vactor. The church was crowded to its utmost capacity and many stood at the door, finding it impossible to gain an entrance. Everything was conducted with the greatest decorum.
Dr. Walton was a member of the Congregational Church. He was educated in the schools of the American Missionary Association first in the South and afterward at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Finding no Congregational Church in Cairo, he became a member of the congregation of the Tenth Street Baptist Church. The sermon of Mr. Van Vactor was intelligent and very impressive. He paid a fitting tribute to the worth of his deceased friend. Rev. P. C. Cooper, presiding elder of the A. M. E. Church, Rev. T. A. Head and State’s Attorney Butler all paid a tribute to the worth of Dr. Walton.
Beautiful floral wreaths
were placed upon the casket. The self-control of the bereaved relatives was
in the highest degree commendable. The body was conveyed by special train
to Villa Ridge for interment. Dr. Walton filled a place in Cairo,
which must for the present remain vacant. There is no colored man who can
step forward and make his place good.
We beg to submit the following resolutions of respect and condolence on the death of the late Dr. J. C. Walton:
Whereas, the hand of Divine Providence has removed from us one that was much beloved, in view of the loss we have sustained by the deceased of Dr. J. C. Walton, therefore be it
Resolved, that it is but a just tribute to the memory of the departed to say that in regretting his removal from our midst, we mourn for one who was in every way worthy of our respect.
Resolved, by this conference of A. M. E. Church, that while we bow with humble submission to the will of our Heavenly Father, we do not the less mourn for our friend who has been taken from us,
Resolved, that in the death of Dr. J. C. Walton, this conference laments the loss of a physician who was ever ready to proffer the hand of aid and the voice of sympathy to the needy and distressed of the community; a friend and companion who was dear to all, a citizen whose upright and noble life was a standard to his followers;
Resolved, that we tenderly condole with the family of our deceased Doctor in their hour of trial and affliction and devoutly commend them to the keeping of Him who looks with pitying eyes upon the widowed and fatherless;
Resolved, that while we deeply sympathize with those who were bound to our departed one by the nearest ties, we share with them the hope of a reunion in that better world where there are no partings and bliss ineffable forbids a tear;
That these resolutions be spread upon the record of the Conference and a
copy thereof be transmitted to the family of our deceased Doctor and to each
of the newspapers of Cairo for publication.
Everybody who has ever had
any acquaintance with Alton will remember Mr. Henry Schweppe. He had
lived in Alton since 1838, and was until the death of his elder brother a
few years ago, a member of the dry goods firm of J. W. & H. Schweppe.
He died last Thursday, aged 70 years. The immediate cause of his death was
a fall, from which he suffered internal injuries. He lingered eight days
after the fall and then died.
Charlie Steger, the little two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Steger, died last Saturday. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, the remains being taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
(Joseph Steger married Fannie Schlamer on 2 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Irene Roth, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Roth, died Monday morning, aged three years. The funeral services were held at the house No. 312 Eighteenth Street and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: Irene Roth Born April 23, 1887, Died Jan. 20, 1890.
I. M. Roth Born June 3, 1889, Died May 22, 1890, Children of A. & A.
Tuesday morning, Mr. William R. Raefsnider, of this city, received a telegram from Chicago, announcing the death of his only son, William M. Raefsnider, who for some years has been a resident of that city. The sad news was a terrible blow to the family (his parents and sister) for a letter received Sunday, stated that he had been quite sick, but expected to go to his business Monday. At this writing no particulars are known, except that he retired Monday night in good health and spirits, but died at 2 o’clock the next morning. William M. Raefsnider was born in Cairo, Nov. 28, 1858. After his education in the public school he entered the employ of Mr. J. B. Reed as bookkeeper, which position he filled with entire satisfaction. In 1880 he went to Chicago having an offer of a good position with J. V. Farwell & Co., in whose employ he remained several years. He was for a short time employed in the wholesale house of Carson, Pirie & Co. This firm held him in very high esteem and would have gladly retained him but an offer of better salary caused him to leave them. For the last four years he has been with Armous & Co., in whose employ he was at the time of his death. In February 1888, he married a very estimable young lady in Chicago, who is left to mourn his untimely death. Being always prudent and temperate in his habits, he had saved from his salary and owned a large number of shares in one of the Building & Loan Associations of Chicago. He expected to build a residence for himself this coming summer. This whole community will sympathize with the family in this severe affliction.
(William M. Raefsnyder
married Florence E. Jennings on 9 Feb 1888, in Cook Co.,
A few days ago James
Lonergan, a painter, while adjusting a lighted gasoline stove at his
house, 725 High Street, was badly burned, by an explosion about his head,
face, and body. He was removed to the City Hospital, where he died at an
early hour yesterday morning. The deceased was 20 years old and single.—St.
Louis Globe Democrat of January 19th.
(John A. Fisher
married C. Spence on 3 Feb 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
married Ann Rollan on 16 Jan 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
We neglected last week to chronicle the death of Mr. Peter Cuhl, a former Cairoite. Word came to Mr. H. Block, of this city, that he died on the 31st of December and was buried January 6th last, at Flenburg, Germany. Peter Cuhl was born on the 5th of September, 1834, and was therefore fifty-six years of age at his death. He came to Cairo in 1864, and for two years kept a small stand in the public market at the end of which time he had saved enough money to embark in the commission business. At this he amassed considerable of a fortune. He left Cairo in 1878. Of late years he has suffered from mental trouble. The only surviving relatives are his wife and a brother, Mr. Ed Cuhl, who lives at Dongola, Ill. Mr. Cuhl leaves several valuable pieces of property in Cairo to his wife, among which is the brick building on the Ohio levee occupied by Mr. J. Pink & Co. ad the fine residence property at the corner of 23d and Holbrook Ave.
(Peter Cuhl married
Anna Stickholm on 25 Jan 1866, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. E. W. Whitlock, the dentist, died in his rooms adjoining his office yesterday morning at six o’clock, of a complication of heart disease and asthma, after a sickness of some two weeks duration.
Dr. Whitlock was born
in Jefferson County, Ill., June 22nd, 1855, and was consequently nearly
thirty-five years old. He was educated in Jonesboro and Cairo, coming to
this city with his parents in 1866. In 1876, he entered the Philadelphia
Dental College, graduating the following year. He immediately opened an
office here and has practiced dentistry ever since, building up a large
practice. In 1884 he bought the clothing store of Goldstine &
Rosenwater, and since that time Whitlock’s Oak Hall has done a
growing business, being incorporated about a year ago. The Doctor was a
member of Cairo Commandery, Knights Templar, which organization will assist
in the funeral services. The funeral will probably take place tomorrow and
the body be taken to Jonesboro for interment in the family burying ground.
The Doctor left only one immediate relative—his brother, Mr. G. T.
Whitlock. He had a policy of $5,000 on his life in the Phoenix Life
Last Friday night as Mr. Ben F. Lynch was walking down Commercial Avenue in front of Paul G. Schuh’s drug store, he suddenly fell, his head striking heavily upon the stone sidewalk. As he was assisted to his feet the flood flowed freely from his mouth and nose. After resting a little, he went home and went to bed. In the morning he was found to be in a comatose condition and Saturday night he died. The remains were buried Monday by Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. of which he was a member.
An autopsy was held Sunday
afternoon and a large abscess was found on the left interior lobe of the
brain. This abscess was of long standing was probably sufficient of itself
to cause death. A coroner’s jury made a very lengthy inquest and
examination of witnesses trying to find evidence that Lynch was
knocked down, but this was an utter failure. Someone may have hit him and
then run away, but no evidence whatever has been discovered to that effect.
He probably fell from dizziness caused by the abscess, and a blood vessel in
the brain was burst by the concussion and he died. He was a member of
Company F, 29th Regiment Illinois Infantry, and has lived in Cairo since the
(John S. Blick
married Flora Woodard on 27 Jan 1886, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in
McGinnis Cemetery reads: John S. Blick Born March 14, 1854, Died
Jan. 26, 1890, Aged 35 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 12 Ds. Next to his grave is that of
his wife, Florence I. Blick, born Aug. 20, 1866, Died Aug 29,
(His marker in Jonesboro
Cemetery reads: J. Frank Ashley, Civil Engineer ICRR,
(John B. B. Broadway
married Lilly Robinson on 27 Sep 1876, in Union Co., Ill. A marker
in Cobden Cemetery reads: Lillis wife of J. B. B. Broadway April 13,
1858-Jan. 23, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
(Isaac A. Dunning
married Fanny N. Colbert on 14 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co.,
(James Miller married
Eva Turner on 25 Jul 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joseph J. Koenig
married Amanda E. Brooks on 14 Sep 1852, in Union Co., Ill. A marker
in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Emeline Brooks Koenig 1823-1890.
Joseph J. Koenig 1819-1903.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Miles Cauble, one
of the most prominent citizens of Elco, died early yesterday morning. He
was a farmer about fifty years of age. He leaves a widow and eight
children, five of them minors. Mr. Cauble was a private in Co. E, of
the 60th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, and was a member of the Elco Post, G.
A. R. He was a patriotic man, a good citizen and a kind neighbor. He was
always prominent in all the campfires and reunions of the Grand Army and
although advancing in years, he entered into the sham battles and all the
diversions of such occasions with the zest and enthusiasm of a boy. One by
one the old soldiers are passing away.
An account of the death of
Col. Daniel Brush, of Carbondale will be found in our Carbondale
correspondence. Col. Brush was one of the first settlers of
Carbondale and had more to do in shaping the character of the city than any
other man. The high character of the little city is due in a large measure
to him, and his influence will be felt for generations to come. He was a
pure man and a patriot. At the outbreak of the war he recruited a company
and was made its first captain. It became Co. K, 18th Regiment Illinois
Volunteers. He was promoted step by step to the colonelcy of the regiment.
He was severely wounded at Fort Donelson, and again at Shiloh. He was a man
of strong will, probably making some mistakes, but a man of honest purpose,
pure motives, high character and he lived a noble life.
(John P. Holmes
married Mrs. Eliza Clifford, daughter of James and Dovy (Harlin)
Penry, on 25 Aug 1885, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in
Friendship Cemetery reads: Eliza C. Clifford wife of John P.
Holmes Died Feb. 3, 1890, Aged 53 Ys., 5 Ms., & 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
married Anna Ethinger on 4 Oct 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Isaiah M. Sperry
married Margaret Phillips on 13 Mar 1856, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Agnes J. Daughter of I. M. & M. L.
Sperry Died Feb. 11, 1890, Aged 23 Ys., 6 Ms., & 11 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Periander L. P. Augustine Died Feb. 7,
1890, Aged 48 Ys., 2 Ms., & 24 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Killed at the Incline.
Last Saturday morning about
five o’clock, Clinton Harvey, a switchman on switch engine No. 61,
was run over and killed. The engine was going down the incline to bring a
train up from the transfer boat, and
was standing on the footboard when one of the feather rails, projecting
upward, tore off the footboard and
fell across the track and under the wheels. His body was horribly mangled.
He was conveyed to the stone depot, where he died, about an hour after the
home was in Urbana, Ill., and his body was taken there Saturday afternoon.
The coroner’s jury which met to investigate the cause of his death, found
the railroad guilty of negligence in not causing an examination of the
incline before each train passed over it.
(A marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: Helen St. John Died Feb. 16, 1890, Aged _7 Ys., 5
Ms., & 1 Day.—Darrel Dexter)
married Elizabeth Scharmahorn on 21 May 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.
A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Elizabeth wife of Fred Oliver
Died Feb. 24, 1890, Aged 42 Ys., 2 Ms., & 8 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
that we have lost a true friend and soldier, and that this post tender their
sympathies to the bereaved family.
(Daniel W. Lentz
married Matilda J. Crippen on 18 Sep 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A
marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: Ida Annette daughter of D. W.
& M. J. Lentz Born Jan. 24, 1889, Died Feb. 27, 1890—Darrel Dexter)
(Markers in Cache Chapel
Cemetery near Ullin read: George son of George & Mattie Victor Born
Feb. 15, 1890 Died July 5, 1890. Mattie dau. of George & Mattie Victor
Born Feb. 15, 1890 Died June 28, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
(Jerome B. Chapman
married Mary J. Toler on 9 Sep 1866, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Mollie E. Johnston
shot herself though the heart with a revolver last Saturday morning at
eleven o’clock and died almost immediately. She was a widow and supported
herself by cleaning and dyeing clothes, but of late she has had a hard
struggle to provide for herself and children, and, being unable to pay her
rent, she has been forced to move from time to time. Upon the last occasion
she appealed to the city authorities and they provided her with a room in
Clark Block, upon the Ohio levee. It was here that she took her life. She
leaves three children, two boys and a girl. One of the boys is able to
provide for himself, the other children are being taken care of by a Mrs.
Biggs, living on Eleventh Street.
married Mary I. Holmes on 1 Mar 1866, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel
(James M. Dexter
married Melinda J. Mowery on 11 Aug 1874, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
married Mattie Hanks on 26 Feb 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her
marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads; Mattie J. wife of George
Victor Born May 17, 1855, Died Feb 26, 1890 Aged 34 Ys., 9 Ms., 9
Tuesday night, of pneumonia, the wife of Phillip Knupp. The funeral
was held Thursday at Mt. Pisgah.
(Moses Casper married
Anna Hoffner on 27 Sep 1863, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Philip Knupp, son of
Eli and Nancy (Smoot) Knupp, married Julia Hoffner on
13 Apr 1879, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 27 Mar 1890:
Col. Isaac B. Hudson, died at Luna Landing in Chicot County, Ark., last Friday. His remains were brought to this city and funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon. The remains were interred at Villa Ridge. Rev. R. N. McNemer, of the Baptist church, officiated at the funeral, which was largely attended by friends of the family. Col. Hudson was 68 years of age. He was a native of Georgia and came to Cairo after the war. On the 5th of January, 1871, he married Mrs. Carrie Sage, of this city, who is now left a widow with three fatherless children.
Col. Hudson was a man of genial nature, warm hearted and friendly, consequently he made friends. He lived for his family. For some years he has had charge of Capt. Halliday’s cotton plantation at Luna Landing, Ark., and there he died of congestion of the liver. He visited his family here in Cairo in February. He was then looking unusually well. He has joined “the innumerable caravan That moves to that mysterious realm, Where each shall take his chamber in The silent halls of death.”
The announcement of his death was a terrible shock to his family and the community in general, as no one knew that he was seriously ill.
(Isaac B. Hudson
married Carrie S. Sage on 5 Jan 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill. His
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Isaac B. Hudson
Died March 21, 1890, Aged 68 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
At a regular meeting this evening of Elco Lodge No. 643 I. O. O. F. the lodge adopted the following preamble and resolutions:
Whereas it has pleased an all wise Providence to summon from this life and usher into the portals of death James Gamman, a worthy member of this lodge, a true husband and a good citizen, be it therefore
Resolved, That, the member of Elco Lodge extend to the family and friends of this deceased brother, our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement and may they ever keep in mind that we as friends to their dear departed one, still and ever will, remain in the same relation to them.
Resolved, That our lodge room be draped in mourning thirty days.
That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of our Lodge,
and also a copy be sent to the family of the deceased.
Whereas, it has please the all-wise creator to take from our midst our worthy and respected Bro. Miles Cauble, be it therefore
Resolved, That the members of Elco Lodge extend to his bereaved family and friends out heartfelt sympathy in this the hour of their sad bereavement, ever remaining them that as friends of the beloved dead we ever stand in the same relation to them
Resolved, That our lodge room be draped in mourning for thirty days from this date,
That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of our lodge,
and also a copy be sent to the family of the deceased.
Thursday, 3 Apr 1890:
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
(His marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: Cornwall Kirkpatrick Died March 30, 1890, Aged 75
Yrs., 3 Mos., & 7 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday night, about 9:30 o’clock, Mr. Allen Thomas, a colored man who lives at No. 219 19th Street, killed his wife and shot himself. Jealousy was the cause of the murder. Mr. Thomas is a man about 50 years of age and his wife only a few years younger. They have had twelve children, some of whom are grown and married. They are both members of Rev. Thomas Kelly’s church and have been considered good people. Mr. Thomas has been a teamster at the New York Store and stood well as a hard workingman. Mr. Thomas and his wife had not been living together for sometime. He claimed that she had been unfaithful to him. He put three or four bullets into this wife and killed her almost instantly. He then put a bullet into his own head. It was thought at first that he would die, but he may possibly recover. A coroner’s jury investigated the case and brought in a verdict in accordance with the facts. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Thomas, who is now in the hospital. Mr. Thomas has been drinking heavily of late and this probably had very much to do with the origin of the trouble between Thomas and his wife.
(Allen Thomas married
Annie Chamberlain on 16 Jul 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(William J. Parrish
married Aurelia A. Elmore on 18 Aug 1863, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
About 10 o’clock last Saturday night, Hon. Alexander H. Irvin was found leaning against or more properly hanging upon the fence at the Catholic church, corner of 9th and Washington Avenue. He was unable to speak, and when addressed could only turn his eyes in mute helplessness and despair. His arm was thrust between the pickets of the fence in such a way that it was necessary to tear off the picket to extricate him. Physicians were summoned, he was taken home, and anything done that could possibly be done for his relief. Doctors Gassaway and Stephenson were unremitting in their efforts in his behalf, but he never recovered his consciousness and died Sunday morning, April 13th, at 1:30 a.m. of apoplexy.
No man in Southern Illinois was more widely known than was Mr. Irvin. He had occupied public position almost constantly since he arrived at man’s estate. Twenty-five years ago he was city clerk and clerk of the court of common pleas. Then he was sheriff for several terms, then member of the legislature, then deputy warden of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary, then clerk of the circuit court of Alexander County and master in chancery, then postmaster under Cleveland. At the time of his death he was a real estate agent. He leaves a widow, two grown daughters and a son.
Mr. Irvin left very
little property, but his life was heavily insured and this will amply
provide for the wants of his family. His funeral, which occurred yesterday
was conducted by the Cairo Commandery, of which he was a member, and five
cars bore his friends to the last resting place of their friend and brother
at Beech Grove.
(On the marker of S. H.
Williford in Jonesboro Cemetery is added Charles his son Born Nov. 11,
1858, Died April 9, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
(Robert L. Rich
married Emma B. Abernathie on 7 Nov 1888, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Raymond Lee son of R. L. & Emma Rich
1889-1890. A marker in John M. Rich Cemetery near Cobden reads: Raymond
Lee son of R. L. & Emma Rich Born Oct. 15, 1889, Died April 14, 1890,
Aged 9 Ys., 7 Ms., & 5 Ds.)
Died, in Cairo, Ill., April
14th, 1890, after a lingering illness, Emily Rathbun, wife of J. W.
Early this morning, Mr. Charles Throckmorton was found lying unconscious on his face upon the floor of his bedroom, where he had presumably lain all night. Doctors Rendleman and McNemer were summoned at once, but nothing could be done for him. He died at 7:45 a.m. of apoplexy. He probably fell to the floor in an apoplectic fit last night and lay there until he was found this morning. The gas was burning in his room.
Mr. Throckmorton was
an old citizen of Cairo. He was a hard-working, useful man. He has carried
on business as an upholsterer and furniture dealer for many years. He was
probably about sixty years of age. Mr. Throckmorton was, as we
understand, born a slave in Kentucky but secured his freedom in some way, by
flight, or purchase some years before the war. He has lived in Cairo for
the past twenty-five years or more.
married Emmy Galliner on 3 Nov 1872, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(His marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: John A. Roberts Born Feb. 8, 1851, Died April 29,
To those kind friends who
have so freely given us their sympathy as we have descended to the lowest
depths of human sorrow, we can only express our heartfelt thanks and pray
that the bitter cup which we have been called upon to drink may long be
averted from your lips.
Died, Monday evening May 5th, about six o’clock, Mrs. Susan G. Fisher, wife of George Fisher, aged 48 years.
Mrs. Fisher had been in failing health for some four or five years. She had suffered severely from asthma, which had gradually, and almost unconsciously worn her out. She knew that there must be a change for the better soon or she could not live very long. It was hoped that with the coming of warm and dry weather she would improve, and that a summer spent in the North would fully restore her health. The past winter has been the hardest for invalids, which we have experienced in Cairo for the past 25 years. The weather was not cold; it was mild but damp, chilly and consequently developed malaria. It was weather, which induced la grippe. As a result Mrs. Fisher has been an invalid for the past four months, though she has most of the time attended to her household duties. About the first of April she had an attack of acute bronchitis, accompanied with a low malarial fever. She had a very distressing cough. The bronchitis finally yielded to medical treatment, but the fever taking a remittent form, comes on with persistent regularity. Saturday, May 3rd, she was downstairs dressed as usual, and though unable to move about much, she gave directions as to the affairs of the house as usual. She needed strong help to get upstairs to her room Saturday evening. On Thursday or Friday her hands and feet became numb. Electricity was used with little effect. On Sunday she was confined to her bed and unable to move without help. Her limbs were benumbed and she could not raise her hand to her mouth. Monday morning she seemed perhaps a little better, but the day was raw and in the afternoon her asthma returned and she had no power to resist it. She was worn out. About half past five p.m. she became unconscious and her life slowly ebbed away. Her pulsations became weaker and weaker and a few minutes after six o’clock her heart ceased to beat. The silver cord was broken. Her spirit had taken flight.
Brief funeral services were held at the family residence Wednesday morning May 7th, Rev. F. P. Davenport, rector of the Episcopal church, officiating, when the remains were conveyed by special train to their last resting place at Villa Ridge where under the shade of a large oak in the beautiful cemetery on the hill, they were interred to await the morning of the resurrection. The grave was entirely covered with beautiful flowers and floral designs, contributed by loving friends.
(Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Susan Fisher Born June 30, 1841, Died
May 9, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry W. McIntosh
married Margaret J. Albright on 2 Nov 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A
marker at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Hallie Edmon son of H. W.
& M. J. McIntosh Born Feb. 19, 1889, Died May 1, 1890, Aged 1 Yr., 2
Ms., & 12 Ds.—Darrel Dexter))
On Sunday evening last, about 5 o’clock, Mr. Francis Kline, who for 26 years had been a respected and quiet and useful citizen of Cairo, passed peacefully away. He had been ailing for quite a while, but was not considered dangerously ill, and no alarm had been felt concerning his condition until Sunday, when in addition to other symptoms, slight congestion of the lungs appeared. Dr. Gassaway in the afternoon applied cups to his chest, which greatly relieved him, after which he lay down and enjoyed an hour or more of very peaceful sleep. From this he awakened and sat up to speak to relatives who had called and said his sleep had been so sound he thought it was morning. Soon he lay down again and in a few moments his wife, who was sitting on the edge of his bed, noticing his unusual stillness, bent nearer only to discover that death had claimed him, and so quietly as not to cause a tremor to his frame.
Mr. Kline was born in Bavaria and came to his county in 1840. He was a soldier in the Mexican War and afterward a resident of Cincinnati, where he learned the butcher business. He came to Cairo in 1864, and followed his business to the day of death, always being one of our most reliable men in that line.
He leaves an unmarried daughter, Annie Kline, and two married daughters, Mrs. Jacob Lind, of Cairo, and Mrs. Peter Lind, of St. Louis. The latter, with her husband, together with the father Thomas Lind of Cape Girardeau and his son, Conrad Lind, arrived Monday evening, while his youngest sister and the only living member of his father’s family, arrived from Cincinnati Tuesday evening. Her name is Mrs. Elizabeth Smith.
Mr. Kline was 59 years of age, a member of the Rough & Ready Fire company and had $1,000 insurance on his life in the Germania Insurance Company.
(Jacob Lind married Lena F. Kline on 29 Nov. 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill. Peter Lind married Theresa Kline on 10 Oct 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral took place from his late residence at the corner of Walnut and 12th streets, on Wednesday afternoon, May 7th, at 1:30 p.m. and his remains were followed to their last resting place by a very large number of mourning friends.
(A marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Francis Klein Died May 1, 1890, Aged
59 Yrs., 3 Ms., & 1 Day.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Susan G. Fisher passed from this realm to one of eternal happiness, Monday, May 5th, 1890. She has left behind her many sore hearts and an emptiness that only the memory of her useful life can fill. She was born in Middlebury, Vermont, June 28th, 1841. Middlebury is a town of historic interest. It is a college town, the seat of Middlebury College and a Ladies Seminary, which make their impress upon the character of her people. Under the inspiration and spirit of culture, which are the natural results of such institutions, our friend developed a character full of intellectual strength and moral firmness.
She had lived in Cairo for over twenty-five years, a woman quiet and unostentatious in manner, yet with a strength of will that made a brave, spotless life a glorious possibility for her. She was the exemplification of patient tenderness, forgetting self in watching over and ministering to others, and ever exercised a gentleness that came from following in the footsteps of the Divine Friend whom she loved, and whose cross she had borne since girlhood.
Her firmness and wisdom
linked with a greathearted love and her own noble example have made her
children the blessing of home, and an influence for good in our community.
Her intellectual breadth gave her keen delight in works of art, and found
expression in the touch of the brush in her skillful hand.
Her uncomplaining, cheerful spirit endeared her to all who knew her well, and to young people especially she was always the genial, thoughtful, self-sacrificing friend, finding it a great happiness to contribute to their innocent pleasures.
The most devoted of wives, the wisest and fondest of mothers, the daughter ever ready to serve her aged moth, the helpful sister, the loyal friend, the blessings of this work and the reward of an immortal one, shall crown her with a glory bright enough to illumine the grave.
The light of her beautiful
life has gone from among us, but the fruits of her ennobling deeds remain
behind, and in the hearts of her friends is reared a monument of loving
memories. Dear friend, sweet and peaceful be your rest, and may the tender
Father bind up the broken hearts of those for whom your life was one long
A Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. Susan G. Fisher.
At a postponed meeting of The Woman’s Club and Library Association (deferred on account of the sudden death of Mrs. Fisher) which was held at the Club Room on Wednesday, May 14th, 1890, the following minutes was unanimously adopted and ordered on record:
The members of the Woman’s Club and Library Association desire to express their deep and heart-felt sorrow in the loss of Mrs. Susan G. Fisher, the beloved vice president and one of the oldest and most valued and useful members of this Association.
From the beginning of its history, Mrs. Fisher was one of the most interested and faithful members of the Woman’s Club and was ever ready to aid and encourage its work and extend its influence by her gentle, refined and dignified presence and to use her fine intellectual powers and artistic abilities for its benefit.
As a conscientious and excellent officer, a wise and temperate advisor in all its affairs, a true and helpful friend, and a gracious and noble woman, she is deeply regretted and will ever be sorrowfully missed form its councils and membership.
To her stricken and devoted
family, The Woman’s Club tender its deepest sympathy, asking the privilege
of mourning with them as friends and sisters, the sudden ending of such a
beautiful Christian life and expressing the earnest hope that the sweet
memory of her patience and faithful devotion to her loved ones in her own
home, her hearty interest in this Association, and her consistent life in
the Kingdom of God, may comfort them in this bereavement and help us all to
follow her bright example.
(Samuel M. P. McClure
married Martha Ann Williams on 29 Dec 1864, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Eliza Marnell, wife of Mr. Richard Marnell, died last Monday morning about 6 o’clock of neuralgia of the heart, at the age of about thirty-seven years. She had been subject to these attacks for several years and had been ailing for some months, although not confined to her bed, so that her death was not altogether unexpected to her most intimae friend. She was very domestic in her tastes and was a model housekeeper. She had married unmarried to Mr. Marnell about thirteen years, but left no children, although she had taken a little girl to raise. Her sister and some other relatives, of St. Louis, came down to attend the funeral which occurred yesterday afternoon from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, of which Mrs. Marnell was a member. The body was taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
(A marker for Eliza cannot
be found in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge, but one marker there reads:
Bridget Caraher Mother of Eliza Marnell and Annie Harrison,
Died Sept. 18, 1867.—Darrel Dexter)
Intelligence has been received in this city that Mr. N. A. Devore, died Sunday, May 4, in a hospital for the insane at Nevada, Mo. Mr. Devore was a citizen of Cairo from 1842 until the autumn of 1887, when he removed with his family to Sweet Springs, Mo. His health was quite poor before he left here. He hurried away feeling that if he would live he must have a change of climate. Soon after going to Missouri, symptoms of insanity were observed, and he was finally taken to an asylum for the insane, where he died. He was an honest man and a good citizen.
(Nicholas A. Devore
married Sarah Ann Grover on 27 Dec 1864, in Alexander Co.,
little child of Mr. C. Corcoran’s died last Sunday night. (Wetaug)
Dr. Ozias Nellis, the
aged father of Capt. C. F. Nellis, died at the residence of the
latter in this city, at an early hour last Friday morning. The old
gentleman has made occasional visits to Cairo for the past twenty years and
was well known to some of our people. During the past year or two he has,
we believe, lived with his children—with Capt. Nellis in Cairo and
with a daughter at Hastings, Nebraska. He recently returned from the West,
where he had spent some time. He was 76 years of age, and of late years had
failed quite rapidly. He leaves a widow, to whom he was married 51 years
ago. He was a surgeon in the army during the war and was a prisoner of war
at Libby a part of the time. He was a very enthusiastic Grand Army man and
a consistent Presbyterian. Funeral services were held at the house Saturday
afternoon and the remains conveyed by special train to Beech Grove for
interment. Rev. J. W. Phillips officiated at the funeral.
(Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Rebecca J. wife of F. W. C. Baird Aged 49 Yrs. & 2 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 5 Jun 1890:
(William S. Meisenheimer married Sue M. Briggs, daughter of William and Sarah (Reeves) Briggs, on 18 Jun 1878, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
George P. Eichenberger,
who runs a little restaurant near the Illinois Central passenger depot, shot
himself in the breast Monday morning about 9 o’clock, dying soon after. Ill
health had caused him to become despondent and he threatened to take his
life. Last Monday he lay down on his bed and deliberately aiming the pistol
at his heart, fired two shots, both striking him in the same spot, but
neither piercing the heart. Assistance was speedily summoned, but he died in
about half an hour. He leaves a wife and several grown children, one son
being in the hotel business at DuQuoin.
Mr. George B. Poor has been stopping with his father-in-law, Esquire O. A. Osborn, of late, assisting in carrying on the grocery store. Last Tuesday morning he arose about four o’clock and left the house. He was seen soon afterward going toward the Mississippi River. He has not been seen or heard from since. For more than two days he has been sought for in vain. His family resides in Dongola, where his wife carries on a small millinery establishment. At first it was thought that possibly he had gone to Dongola, but a telegram to his wife brought an answer dispelling all hope in that direction. She immediately came down and is stopping with her father and mother. In the great fire at Dongola about two years ago Mr. Poor lost all his property. He has been virtually out of employment recently and has been very despondent. It is believed that he carried a pistol with him on that Tuesday morning. His family and friends are greatly distressed. Dark forebodings fill their minds. The suspense is terrible, and the worst is feared.
(George B. Poor
married Adaline A. Coons on 19 Sep 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Capt. Willis B. Edson died at his home in Villa Ridge last Saturday June 7th, after a lingering illness extending over a period of a year or more. He was born in Chautauqua County, New York, Nov. 15th, 1820, and was consequently in his 70th year. The outbreak of the war found him engaged in the drug business in McHenry, Ill. On the 10th of March, 1863, he enlisted for three years or during the war in the 3rd Regiment Illinois Cavalry. He remained in this regiment only about three months, when he was commissioned as First Lieutenant of a company of colored troops and was afterward promoted to the captaincy of his company. At the close of the war he settled at Villa Ridge, where he has lived during the pas twenty-five years. At first he engaged in fruit growing, but soon went back to his old business that of druggist.
His company constituted a part of the garrison at Fort Pillow, where it was captured by Gen. Chalmers and all but twenty of his men were killed.
For seventeen consecutive years, Capt. Edson was a Justice of the Peace in Villa Ridge Precinct. He was an intelligent, impartial conscientious judge, striving first of all to do his duty. He was for one term county commissioner of his county. Capt. Edson was a man with a cultivated conscience. He strove to do right. Like all men he made some mistakes, but the tenor of his life ran upon a high plane and his religious convictions gave tone to his character. For forty years he was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Villa Ridge, Rev. J. W. Phillips, of Cairo, officiating. The hymns, “Lead Kingly Light,” “Come Ye Disconsolate,” and “They’re Falling, One by One” were sung by the choir. The latter piece had reference to the soldiers of the late war. Miss Margie McKee, daughter of Mr. W. F. McKee, presided at the organ. The William Huhner Post G. A. R. took charge of the burial. Mr. Edson leaves a widow and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
(W. B. Edson married
Mrs. K. H. Stotard on 11 Sep 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. John G. M. Ort died at his home in this city last Sunday morning at four o’clock, of consumption. For several years it has been evident that he was slowly succumbing to this dreaded disease. In the endeavor to regain his health, two years ago he visited his parents in Holland, spending some three months abroad. This trip helped him temporarily, but after his return he gradually grew weaker and weaker until last Sunday morning, when death relieved him of all pain.
Mr. Ort was born in Amsterdam, Holland, forty-two years ago. In the old country he sold dry goods and silks for a wholesale house, which dealt with jobbers only. At this he was very successful. Coming to the country and city about fifteen years ago, he engaged in gardening with his brother, Mr. George F. Ort, and later acted as clerk in Stuart’s store. Afterwards, until compelled by ill health to give up his position, he was employed in the City National Bank, and ever since that time regularly on the first day of the month he has received a check for his salary.
Mr. Ort was reared in
the Dutch Reformed Church, but never became a communicant until a few years
ago, when he united with the Presbyterian church of this city. He leaves a
wife and little boy, provided for by an insurance policy of $5,000. the
funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, services being held at the
Presbyterian church by Rev. Mr. Trick, and the body being taken to
Beech Grove for interment.
Saturday morning, Chief Mahony received a letter from Hickman, Ky., giving the description of a body which was found floating in the river there. As it tallied with the description of Capt. Poore, who had been missing since the previous Tuesday, a committee from the Masonic Lodge of which he was a member went down and identified the body, bringing it back Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon funeral services were held at the residence of Judge Osborn, and the body was taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. Rev. J. W. Phillips of the M. E. church officiated at the funeral.
Capt. Poore followed
the river for a great many years. He commanded the Ike Hammitt twenty
years ago and has been well known in Cairo and in river circles for many
years. He was a good citizen, highly respected by everybody.
(Frank P. Anderson
married Anna M. Dennis on 16 Jan 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Oscar McDonald, a
switchman on the Illinois Central Railroad, was making a coupling at Mounds
last Monday morning, when one of the bumpers gave away and he was caught
between the cars and crushed to death. McDonald was only about
twenty-two years of age, and had been married only a few months previous to
his death. His home is at East Cairo. His death was a crushing blow to his
(Francis H. Whalen
married Amanda Louisa Freeze on 17 Oct 1889, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Cora May daughter of
F. H. & Amanda Whalen, Died June 22, 1890, Aged 1 Mo., 15 Ds.—Darrel
(Philip Jefferson Freeze
married Lodia L. Fisher on 3 Dec 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
We are sorry to announce the
death of Mrs. Lane, wife of Riley Lane, who resides on a farm
in Dog Tooth Bend. She died Monday, after a long and severe illness. She was
probably about forty years of age and leaves four children with her husband.
She was a daughter of the late Samuel Remick and was, we believe,
born in Alexander County.
Col. John M. Crebs, of Carmi, died last week from the effects of sunstroke. He went into the field Monday to assist in harvesting wheat and was overheated and died the next day. He was until quite recently a law partner of Judge Conger, the firm being Crebs & Conger. It was one of the ablest law firms in Southern Illinois. Col. Crebs was elected to Congress from the old Thirteenth District of Illinois, embracing the south end of the state, in 1868 and again in 1870. He was colonel of the 87th Illinois Infantry Vols., during the war. Col. Crebs was a member of the Presbyterian church at Carmi and stood high in the community in which he lived.
(John M. Crebs
married Annie E. Stewart on 13 Oct 1857, in White Co., Ill.—Darrel
Two men well known in Cairo died Sunday night from the excessive heat of the day—James Boren and James Kennedy. Boren was apparently all right early in the evening. He retired to his room in Buder Block about nine o’clock and was found later in a very critical condition, and died at 10:30, in spite of all medical attendance. He was a painter by trade and until recently president of the Painter’s Union, and was in the employ of the Cairo Paint and Paper Co. As he was a Union soldier in the late war, his body was interred in the National Cemetery at Mound City, and was accompanied there Monday evening by the Union and Rev. McNemer who officiated in the services.
James Kennedy was
found dead in a small shed in the rear of Swoboda’s saloon at the
corner of 18th and Commercial early last Monday morning, and from the
condition of his body, he had probably died early in the night. He was a
carpenter by trade. The funeral occurred Tuesday, from St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church, and the remains were taken by special train to Villa Ridge for
interment. The deceased left a wife and several children, most of whom are
able to take care of themselves.
One of the saddest deaths
which has occurred recently in Cairo was that of little Corodon Roswell
Woodward, Jr., only son of Mr. J. H. Woodward. Last Sunday after
noon his many friends were shocked and grieved to hear that he was dead. The
previous Sunday he had attended church and seemed to be in the best of
health and spirits. Wednesday night he began to feel ill and soon had a high
fever, which one physician pronounced a bad case of scarlet fever, while
another called it malarial fever. Whatever it was, its duration was brief,
ending his little life at the age of 7 years and 9 months. Few children of
his age have had so many friends or been so universally beloved as he.
During his two years of school life he won the affection of teacher and
pupil alike by his good scholarship, polite gentlemanly behavior, obedient
disposition and affectionate winning ways. The funeral occurred at the
residence of his father on the corner of 11th and Walnut streets and was
largely attended, Rev. R. N. McNemer conducting the services. The
tiny casket was covered with flowers, fitting emblems of his sweet and pure
young life. The remains were taken to Columbus, Ky., the former home of his
mother, for interment. The bereaved parents and grandparents have the
deepest sympathy of all who know little Roswell. “Suffer little children,
and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”
married Mary Persel on 11 Nov 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill. He
married Margaret G. Sullivan on 21 Feb 1882, in Alexander Co.,
married Mrs. Martha J. Grantham on 27 Sep 1871, in Union Co.,
We regret to announce the death at East Cape Girardeau, on Monday, July 7th, of Mrs. Jennie D. Sanders, wife of James L. Sanders. Mrs. Sanders was only 37 years of age. She leaves a child one day old and two others, aged respectively seven and three years. Mrs. Sanders formerly lived in Jonesboro; she was a most excellent woman, an exemplary member of the Baptist church. Her death came suddenly and without warning.
(David Palmer married
Jennie D. Tibbetts on 4 May 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill. James L.
Sanders married Mrs. Jennie Dare Tibbets, daughter of Hyrum
Tibbets, on 3 Apr 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Marcellus A. Sullivan
married Arrenda C. Craig on 28 Mar 1867, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel
(A marker at the German
Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug reads: Goodbye. Charles H. son of W. T. &
Minerva Alsup Born Jan. 8, 1871, Died July 18, 1890, Aged 19 Yrs., 6
Mos., & 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Walter Parker, a son of Lieut. J. F. Parker, of Villa Ridge, received fatal injuries at the gravel pit just this side of Villa Ridge Monday morning. The young man was in his 21st year. He had been at work at the hill where the Illinois Central is working its steam shovel or some time. A few days ago he entered the service of the company as a brakeman. He was an extra and worked when needed. He was wanted Monday morning and had just commence work. his foot was caught in the fatal frog and the train ran over him, crushing a leg, an arm and probably fracturing his skull. he was brought to Cairo at once and placed in the hospital, but died before noon. he was unconscious to the last. The remains were taken to Villa Ridge Monday night.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Walter son of J. F. & C. V. Parker
Died July 26, 1890, Aged 20 Yrs., 11 Mos., 12 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Adam Ochs, a young
German who has acted as foreman for several years in the prison iron
foundry, was fatally assaulted last Friday by a colored convict named Robert
Edwards, who was sent up from Cairo some time since for burglary and
larceny. The negro was not willing to receive orders from Ochs. They
had had some differences. Last Friday Edwards came up behind Ochs
as he was stooping over and struck him a heavy blow with a club upon the
back of his head. He struck him again after he fell, fracturing his skull.
Ochs lived until Saturday morning, when he died.
Dr. James Robarts, of Carbondale, died last Thursday night. he had been quite ill for some time, though his sickness was not considered dangerous. The immediate cause of his death was an affection of the heart. Dr. Robarts was an old citizen of Jackson County. As a physician he took high rank among the doctors of Southern Illinois. He was a man of high character and attainments, commanding the respect of all who knew him.
Thursday, 7 Aug 1890:
(Thomas A. Bagby
married Martha Drake on 24 Jun 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
B. F. Woods was
drowned at Joppa last Friday afternoon. It seems he was lying down taking a
nap at his home, which is on the bank of the river, when the wind blew a
small fishing boat belonging to him away from its mooring. Mrs. Woods
awakened Frank and told him the boat was loose. He arose and ran to the
water, and, divesting himself of some of his clothing, swam out toward the
boat. His wife says that just as he reached the boat, which was about
twenty yards from shore, she saw him throw up his hands and heard him cry
out and immediately sink. A number of persons were at the scene in a few
minutes but too late to render assistance or recover the unfortunate man.
The body was found next day and the funeral occurred on Sunday. It was one
of the largest ever seen in Joppa, as Frank Woods was well liked by
all his neighbors and was a worthy and honest man. He leaves a wife and two
(David Young Penrod
married Vinecia Lovelace on 26 Mar 1868, in Johnson Co., Ill. A
marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Luna E. Dau. of D. Y.
& V. Penrod Died Aug. 5, 1890, Aged 16 Ys., 2 Ms., & 3 Ds.—Darrel
(A marker in Jonesboro
Cemetery reads: Alice Effie Lindsey Born July 26, 1867 Died Aug. 5,
As foreshadowed in the
Citizen of last week, Dr. William R. Smith died early last Friday
morning. He was born November 22, 1832, and was consequently in his 58th
year. His boyhood was spent at Kaskaskia, Ill., and at Dubuque, Iowa. In
1854 he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Holden, daughter of Dr.
A. G. Holden, who then resided at Dresden, Tenn. He commenced the
practice of medicine at Thebes in this county. The county seat was removed
to Cairo in 1858 and in 1859 Dr. Smith removed his family here and
has made Cairo his home since that time. During the 31 years of his
residence in Cairo, Dr. Smith had built up a practice, which was the
envy of our young physicians. He was considered one of the safest family
physicians in Cairo. He was gentle, thoughtful, and considerate. Eight
children brought light to his household, three of whom passed away in
infancy or early childhood and were buried in the old cemetery on the hill
at Thebes. The doctor has been quite ill for about one year. He has been
up and down better and worse. In January he had an attack of the grippe and
has been gradually failing since that time. Every conceivable remedy has
been employed, but to no purpose. A post mortem examination
disclosed the fact that an accumulation of gallstones in the gall bladder
was the cause of his death. There were perhaps twenty-five of these stones
of considerable size, worn by attrition upon each other. They had probably
been accumulating for several years. The Knights of Honor took charge of
the funeral, which occurred Monday afternoon from the family residence on
Thirteenth Street, Rev. F. P. Davenport officiating. Large numbers
of people joined the procession to the funeral train. The remains were
conveyed to Villa Ridge, where upon a high, sunny slope under the shadow of
a spreading oak they were interred to await the resurrection morn. Mrs.
Smith and five grown children—three sons and two daughters—survive him.
They are left in comfortable circumstances.
Sister Permillia Lane (her maiden name was Remick) was born February 20, 1851, in Alexander County, Illinois. She was married to our beloved brother, W. R. Lane, in her eighteenth year. Both she and her husband embraced religion several years ago, and united with the Baptist church, at Lake Milligan, in Alexander County, Illinois, in which they lived consistent Christian lives up to the hour of her death. Sister Lane was loved and respected by all who knew her, for she was so firm in faith and Christian trust she was only filled with the truth and all the spiritual power which ever goes with it, but above and beyond all that she was filled with the Holy Spirit. It was to her in an especial degree the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus: “I will send the comforter and He shall testify of Me.” The mission and work of the Holy Spirit are to act on every faculty of our being; to quicken every power; to open the moral and mental vision; to unfold the mercy and glory of God in Christ; and thus were revealed to her vision and her faith the wondrous splendors of eternity. Though her sufferings were great and from a creature standpoint could see no help for the body, yet the eyes of the soul still gazed on rich and precious promises of her Redeemer and Savior; being full of the Holy Spirit looked steadfastly up into heaven, and it opened its gates to her gaze and disclosed royal glories to her sight. Such fullness of joy in the Holy Spirit can we have; yes, every Christian. And such visions of the inner temple may be ours when filled with the Holy Spirit. In life and in death we may gain Nebo’s height and view the promised land. Like flights of mountain steps glowing in the light of an eternal smile, our way may appear direct and sure to the celestial city. Oh! There is an infallible guidance graciously vouchsafed! Not human—not depended on position or intellect, or aught earthly; and the prayer of Milton is merely poetry.
She saw heaven opened. The blue sea of azure parted and a broad avenue, sweeping through the star systems and fields of light, disclosed the unlanguaged beauty of the city out of sight. Beyond the opened gates of pearl; beyond the river of life, the blooming trees and mansions of gladness and temples of praise beyond the encampments of the sons of the eternal morning, and the plains were gather the armies of light; beyond in the deep recesses of the throbbing silences and eternal beatitude, where God dwells, the vista opens. Archangels bow along the star-paved pathway, and in the light of an eternal smile, the paternal glory is seen by the uplifted eye of the spirit leaving this world in the triumphs of a living faith; with its hopes stayed in the cross of the blessed Son of God. Though infinitely feeble and as nothing, it is of sufficient importance to catch the smiling glance of the eternal, and with all its littleness, lie on shore of infinite love while the waves of joy pass over it forever. And when reaching the borders of that heavenly Canaan, like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. She could sing in triumph.
Sister Lane departed
this life June 30th, 1890, at her home near Commercial Point, Alexander
County, Illinois, surrounded by her weeping children and sorrowing friends
who witnessed the end of her mortal suffering, which, for the last few
years, had been very great, yet she bore it all without a murmur, and on the
1st day of July, 1890, the writer of this sketch preached funeral sermon
from the text, Rev. 14:13, to a congregation of sorrowing friends, and to
some of her relatives who are left to mourn her death. Her body was laid to
rest in the Baumguard Cemetery beside her three little children who had
preceded her to the eternal shore, where sorrow and sickness cannot enter.
Sister Lane was 39 years, 4 months and 4 days old. Now she is to
rest from her labors while her works do follow. And now, dear husband, and
sisters of the deceased let me exhort you to emulate the example of that
devoted wife and earnest God-loving sister that your examples may point the
dear children that are left to mourn for mother, to the mother’s Savior,
that when Jesus comes to make up his jewels you may be found clothed in the
righteousness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to be caught up to meet
the Lord in the arid, and to stand an unbroken family in his hold presence.
So shall you ever be with the Lord. “Therefore comfort one another with
A commerce man in town
yesterday reported the sudden death of ex-circuit court Judge John D.
Foster, whose home was near Commerce. It was said that the judge had
partaken of the evening meal with his usual relish, but at midnight was
suddenly taken ill and expired before medical attendance could reach him.
It is supposed that his death resulted from apoplexy. The judge was well
known character throughout Southeast Missouri, and his death will be very
married Sarah A. Wise on 16 Mar 1880, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in
Anna City Cemetery reads: Frankey son of James & Sarah Stewart Died
Aug. 16, 1890, Aged 5 Yrs. & 8 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. Christopher R. Clarke met with a tragic death last Monday morning. He was passing through the Illinois Central yards on Ohio Levee, returning home that way from uptown and when just below Eighteenth Street, was run over and killed by a train. He was crossing the track as the train approached, and although warned of his danger, became confused and was struck by the train and killed instantly, and his body most horribly mutilated. The remains were taken to Feith’s undertaking establishment, and prepared for burial, and were interred at Villa Ridge yesterday.
Dr. Clarke was an Englishmen by birth. He has lived in Cairo a great many years, coming from Cincinnati here, where he was engaged in the wholesale liquor business. He was in good circumstances when he came here, as he built the block on the Ohio Levee near Fourteenth Street, which bears his name, in the early 70s, putting something like $50,000 into it. Through bad investments and other causes, he has lost all his property except Clarke Block, which he has been able to keep in his possession by mortgaging and remortgaging. Just recently he gave a mortgage to Louis Herbert for one thousand dollars.
A woman by the name of M. E. Hines has been his companion for many years, and has an interest in the property. What disposition of the property will be made cannot be said.
It is reported that Mrs.
Hines has produced a document purporting to be the last will and
testament of Dr. Clarke, devising all his property to her.
A bad case of homicide
occurred at Hodges Park last Saturday night. A barbecue, conducted by the
colored people, was in progress. The dance was on; apparently all went
merrily as a marriage bell. Charley Curtis was swinging one of the
maidens in the mazy dance. Doc Brooks came upon the floor and stood
learning against one of the lunch tables. As Curtis came around near
Brooks he suddenly left his partner and struck Brooks once or
twice from behind. Brooks turned and clinched him. They struggle
with all their might and fall to the floor, Doc Brooks on top. The
struggle still continues until Brooks calls for help, saying that his
throat had been cut. He rolls off and soon dies. His throat was cut with a
pocketknife and there were several other wounds upon his person. It would
seem that Curtis had no weapon except a pocket knife and there was no
evidence before the coroner’s jury that he used the knife until he was flat
upon his back and Brooks on top of him. Brooks was by far the
most powerful man. Curtis surrendered to Constable Craig and
after an inquest by the coroner’s jury he was committed to jail without bail
for murder. Brooks was an unmarried man and kept a saloon at Unity.
He was a very black negro. Curtis has a wife and one little child.
He is 20 years of age. He is fairly well educated having spent some two
years we believe at the Southern Illinois Normal at Carbondale He has been
a schoolteacher for many years. He is a yellow man, having apparently more
white blood in his veins than black. His family came from Shawneetown to
Cairo many years ago. Brooks had been quite intimate in the
Curtis family. Some months ago it was found that Curtis’ sister
was about to become a mother. She was a cripple and was obliged to use
crutches. She was a schoolteacher at Hodges Park. It is currently reported
at Hodges Park that Brooks seduced her under a promise of marriage.
At all events a bastardy suit was brought against Brooks some months
ago charging him with the paternity of the child. The suit is still pending
in our county court. We do not know what had taken place between Brooks
and Curtis, but there is no reason to doubt that Brooks’
failure to marry Curtis’ sister was the remote cause of the
homicide. Curtis is in our county jail awaiting the action of the
News was received in this
city Tuesday of the death of Mr. Henry Elliott at Lexington, Ky. Mr.
Elliott has resided in Cairo for nearly thirty years. For many years
he was in the boot and shoe business with Mr. Oscar Haythorn.
Afterward he was in the grain and commission business with his
brother-in-law, Mr. J. G. Arrington. For the past year he has been
engaged in a struggle with a disease, which has at last proved fatal. His
disease seems to have been cancer of the stomach. His remains will be
buried at Lexington. He leaves a widow and one child. Mr. Elliott
was a good citizen and his death is to be greatly deplored. His age is
reported to have been only 47.
Whereas, Our Heavenly Father has been pleased in His infinite wisdom, to remove from our midst, our worthy and dear beloved brother, Frank Neibauer, be it therefore
Resolved, That we bow in humble submission to the mandate of Him who doeth all things well, trusting along in his mercy and goodness.
Resolved, That we tender to the widow, children and relatives, our heartfelt sympathies and offer to them all such assistance as in our power to bestow to make them feel that they are not alone in the world, but surrounded by friends tried and true, in this their hour of sore bereavement.
Resolved, That in token of respect for our deceased brother, the lodge room be draped in mourning and the brothers wear the appropriate badge of mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That we tender our thanks to visiting brothers of neighboring lodges for their presence and assistance in the funeral services.
Resolved, That we tender our thanks to the choir of the Lutheran church for services rendered
That a copy of these resolutions be spread on our lodge book and that copy
be furnished the widow and children, and that a copy of the same be sent to
the Odd Fellows Herald, the Jonesboro Gazette, The
Talk, The Cairo Citizen, and Union Democrat for
With great sorrow we must announce the death of Mr. Frank Neibauer at Dongola Sunday, August 31st. Mr. Neibauer was one of the most prominent men in Union County. He owned and operated a large flouring mill. Associated with his son he carried on a general store. He owned a large amount of real estate in the vicinity of Dongola and also had large property interest in Arkansas. He was once a county commissioner of Union County.
Mr. Neibauer was born in Furstenthum, North Germany, Oct. 9th, 1834. He came to this country in 1854 and settled in Dongola in 1858, where he has since resided. He leaves a widow, his second wife, and a large family of children, some of them grown. He was a prominent member of the Lutheran Church and of the A. F. & A.M. and I. O. O. F. He had been quite ill for several months, sometimes improving and then sinking again, simply alternating between life and death. The funeral occurred Tuesday and was largely attended.
first wife, Rachel Neibauer, died Dec. 28, 1875. He married Mary
Craver on 1 Mar 1877, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in I. O. O. F.
Cemetery at Dongola reads: Frank Neibauer Born in North Germany Oct.
9, 1834 Died Aug. 31, 1890, Aged 55 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 22 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Bob Goodman was
run over and killed about eight miles north of Wheatland in Union County
about ten o’clock last Friday night by the south bound passenger train on
the Carbondale and Grand Tower R. R. He was lying upon the track and could
not be seen by the engineer until the train was almost upon him. The train
was stopped as soon as possible but not until it had run over the man and
cut him almost in two. It is supposed that he was drunk and laid down and
went to sleep upon the track. He was a young unmarried man about
twenty-four years of age.
(William L. Coward
married Mary E. Davis on 24 Dec 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Alderman James Greaney died last Thursday evening, the result of a malarial attack. His death was a surprise and shock to the community, as it was not known that he was seriously ill. The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the remains were taken by special train to Villa Ridge. The deceased was a member of the Hibernian Fire Company and the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was also a member of the city council from the Fourth Ward. He was about forty-nine years of age, thirty of which had been spent in Cairo. He leaves a wife and a family of grown children.
The body of a young man by the name of John Scarlett was found last Saturday afternoon in the field of Mr. Throgmorton not far from the iron bridge on the road leading from the depot at Vienna to town. The body was badly bloated and was covered with flies. The young man had not been missed, though he had probably been dead twenty-four hours or more when the body was discovered.
He was a young man of
temperate habits and good character. A coroner’s jury was summoned and an
inquest held. The inquest disclosed the fact that he had been shot from
behind, a bullet entering the back of his head. His watch and pocketbook
were missing. It is believed that he had money on his person, and that he
was murdered for the money.
Monroe Diggs, a colored man, died in the county jail last Saturday morning under very queer circumstances. He was apparently well until Friday evening when he complained of not feeling well and Jailor Kelley gave him some medicine. He grew worse and died Saturday morning about 10 o’clock. An examination was made and physicians stated that he died of congestion of the liver.
Diggs had a very checkered career. He had served one term at Chester, being sent from Johnson County. He was just recently indicted by the grand jury for stealing some shoes from the railroad and selling them to a second-hand dealer and was sentenced to the penitentiary for two years. He was heard to say that he would not go to Chester again, which fact led many to believe that he committed suicide. It is stated that he was seen with a broken piece of glass and the story was circulated that he swallowed broken glass and died from the effects. Another theory is that he took morphine, there being a prisoner confirmed in the use of morphine confined in jail.
little five-year-old son of Mr. English, of Jonesboro, died very
suddenly Monday and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery Tuesday.
We clip the following notice
from the Springfield (Mo.) Union. As young Whitaker
formerly lived in this city, the notice will be read with interest. “Died,
last Monday, 15th inst., after a lingering illness, Willis Whittaker,
aged 26 years. It is said that death loves a shining mark. This adage was
demonstrated last Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the First Baptist
Church of this city. A numerous host of friends then and there paid their
last tribute of respect to all that was mortal of Willis Whitaker.
The K. of P. fraternity of which he was an honored member turned out in full
to do him honor. There were also present a great many traveling men to take
a last look at their departed friend. The profuse floral offerings bore a
magnificent testimony to the high regard in which the deceased was held by
the public at large. The funeral discourse was delivered by the Rev. J. M.
Bent, D. D. formerly pastor of the First Baptist Church, this city,
now president of the Baptist College at Pierce City. The sermon was a
fitting eulogy on the exemplary character of the deceased. The singing was
conducted by Mr. Bilhorn, the noted evangelist and songster from a
distance. The remains were interred in Maple Park Cemetery. The
pallbearers were from the members of the K. of P. and the honorary
pallbearers from his friends among the commercial travelers. Especially
noteworthy among the tributes of respect was a floral design in the shape of
a traveling bag presented by the traveling men who were warm friends of the
deceased. May he sleep and take his rest. Sacred be his memory and peace
to his ashes.”
Mr. W. W. Anderson,
an old resident of Thebes, is dead. He was a painter by trade and took a
very high rank in his business. His wife died some three or four years
ago. Since her death he has worked in St. Louis much of the time. He came
down from St. Louis a few weeks ago to paint the house of Dr. Gibbs.
Finishing that, he took other jobs in Thebes. He was stricken with
paralysis last Thursday, September 25th, while at work painting. He never
regained complete consciousness and died Saturday. His children all live in
Kansas City, Mo. They were summoned by telegraph but did not arrive in time
to see him alive. The funeral occurred Monday, September 29th. Mr.
Anderson was fondly attached to his family. The death of his wife was a
terrible blow to him. He visited his children in Kansas City this past
summer and seemed very proud of their success and prospects. He had earned
and saved a competence. He had been a moneylender for many years.
(His marker in Anna Cemetery
reads: Cyrus Carter 1803-1890.—Darrel Dexter)
We learn that Mrs. Lena McClurken, wife of Conductor McClurken, of the Illinois Central railroad, was fatally injured in St. Louis yesterday. It is reported that while she was out driving, the horse took fright and ran away. She, with a little four-year-old child, was thrown from the carriage and both severely injured. She died a few hours later. The child’s injuries are probably not fatal. Mrs. McClurken was a member of the Presbyterian church of Cairo. The family had removed to Centralia not long since.
(William T. McClurken
married Lena Wehrheim on 25 Apr 1886, in Marion Co., Ill.—Darrel
The St. Louis papers of last
Friday announced the death in the Marine hospital at St. Louis of a Mr. J.
W. Morehead. As Capt. J. W. Morehead of this city was in St.
Louis at the time, his family was quite apprehensive and sent his son Harry
up to investigate. Harry telegraphed Tuesday that his father was dead and
buried, that he died in the Marine hospital there. He returned yesterday,
but brought no satisfactory solution to the mystery surrounding his death.
Capt. Morehead left Cairo for Evansville Sunday, Sept. 21st. He was
not well when he left and said that if he did not feel better he would run
over to St. Louis for treatment. He did go over there and lodged at a
private boarding house. Suffering from intense pain in his head he finally
went to the Marine hospital where he was received and died in a few hours.
He had letter and papers upon his person, but his family was not notified of
his death. He had two valises with him. Harry brought one of them, the
other was not found. Mr. Morehead had been suffering from troubles
in his head for some years. He was in the navy during the war and was a
member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
(A marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: In Memory of Caroline King Died Oct. 1,
1890, Aged 82 Yrs., 1 Mo., & 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
We are very glad to announce
that Mrs. McClurken, whom we reported last week as fatally injured in
a runaway in St. Louis, has returned to her home in Centralia, and is in a
fair way to a complete recovery. Her friends were terribly frightened—more
so than she was. The danger was imminent but her injuries are not likely to
Miss Maud Burnett,
the only daughter of Mr. E. A. Burnett, proprietor of the Bulletin
died last Friday noon, of consumption. For several years she had been the
victim of this dread disease and all the means in the way of medical skill
and climatic influences, with careful nursing were without avail to stay
it. Miss Burnett was born in Niles, Michigan, January 8th, 1867, but
moved to Cairo with her parents when she was only a few months old. When
she was six years old her mother died, and she then went to live with her
grand mother, remaining with her until death once more robbed her of one of
her dear ones. Of late years, her father has been constantly engaged in the
endeavor to build up his daughter’s failing health. He sent her to noted
health resorts and consulted famous physicians. She sent last summer at
Villa Ridge and was always cheerful an full of the hope that her health
would come back. Since her return to Cairo she has lived with Mrs. B. F.
Clark, at the residence of Judge Green, and it was there she
died, surrounded by relatives and friends. The funeral occurred last Sunday
afternoon. Rev. F. P. Davenport officiated and the Daughter of
Rebekah, of which the deceased was a member, followed the remains to the
grave and conducted the services there. The funeral cortège was taken by
special train to Beech Grove Cemetery and all that was mortal of this sweet
young life was laid at rest beside her mother. Mr. Burnett has the
deep sympathy of all his friends in this hour of affliction.
(John M. Lansden
married Effie W. Smith on 25 Sep 1867, in Morgan Co., Ill.—Darrel
(George E. Lentz
married Edna E. Belcher on 7 Aug 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker
in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Mary E. Lentz Born Oct.
10, 1890, Died Nov. 16, 1890. Child of G. E. & E. E. Lentz—Darrel
Hon. Thomas Hileman died at his home in Jonesboro last Thursday and was buried Saturday. His age was 75 years. Judge Hileman was elected clerk of the circuit court of Union County in 1849. He held the office for a great many yeas. He was also Master in Chancery and county judge. For thirty-five years he was one of the most conspicuous men in Union County. He was a man of clean life and sterling integrity. He was highly respected by all who knew him. For the past five or six years he has lived in retirement. A part of the time he has lived in Mexico with his son-in-law, Elijah Willard. He returned to Jonesboro a year or two ago and has now joined the great majority while his body is interred among his friends and kindred where he spent his life. A great many friends will shed a tear over the grave of Judge Thomas Hileman.
married Nancy A. Smith on 7 Oct 1846, in Union Co., Ill. Elijah
Arthur Willard marred Barbara Alice Hileman on 6 Sep 1870, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Thomas Hileman
Born Aug. 19, 1815, Died Nov. 20, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
Capt. Charles F. Nellis died this morning at eleven o’clock, after an illness of thirteen days at his home in this city.
Capt. Nellis was born in Barlow, Washington County, Ohio, January 5th, 1840, and was consequently fifty years old last January. While he was yet a boy his parents moved from Ohio over into West Virginia, just opposite Marietta. His father, Ozias Nellis, was a physician and surgeon. Living on the banks of the beautiful Ohio, it is not strange that Capt. Nellis should drift into a life upon the river. He followed the river while he was yet a boy. At the age of 19 he went to California to seek his fortune. He was there three years from 1859 to 1862. The war was then raging fiercely everywhere in the country east of the Rocky Mountains. There was no fighting on the Pacific Coast but business was dead. Captain Nellis determined to return to the states and see his parents. He came only to find his father in the army as a surgeon. After spending a few days visiting his mother he came to Cairo and soon entered the Naval Service on the western rivers. Here he performed his duties faithfully and well. He acted as pilot on the gunboats while shot and shell were whizzing around his head. Soon after the war in partnership with Capt. W. H. Walker, he engaged in the business of docking and repairing boats and barges. Finally he became the owner of a small steamboat and thus his life upon the rive was again renewed, and continued until his death. In 1880 he was the Republican candidate for sheriff of Alexander County, but was defeated by Capt. John Hodges. In the autumn of 1886 he was elected by the Republicans as a member of the Illinois legislature. He proved himself a careful, prudent member. In 1890 he again received the Republican nomination for sheriff of Alexander County and was again defeated by his former opponent, John Hodges. Immediately after the election he took a trip up the river with his boat. He was absent about two weeks. The weather was wet and very dismal. He came home about two weeks ago sick with congestion of the lungs. His heart and kidneys became involved. His breathing was difficult. For the past week he has been alternating between life and death. This morning he seemed a little better an ate a light breakfast. About eleven o’clock he had a sudden difficulty at the heart and immediately expired. On the 30th of April, 1865 he married Miss Anna Kaha in this city. She now survives him as his widow. he leaves six children, the eldest 24 years of age, the youngest 6, four boys two girls. His father, Ozias Nellis died in Cairo last May. His mother, Mrs. Caroline Ford Nellis has lived with him for some months. He leaves one brother, Edward P. Nellis, who resides at Hastings, Nebraska.
Capt. Nellis was a stockholder in the Alexander County National Bank. He leaves a little property and considerable insurance upon his life. he never accumulated very much property but was in moderate circumstances.
Capt. Nellis was
faithful in all the relations of life. He was a true husband and a kind
father. He was elected city treasurer of the city of Cairo in the spring of
1883 and performed his duties faithfully. He was a member of Warren
Stewart Post G. A. R. and of Cairo Commandery K. T. The Commandery will
take charge of the funeral. The exact time of the funeral is not fixed at
this writing, but it will probably occur Saturday.
Cornelius F. Bettis died at eleven o’clock this morning at his home on Fourteenth Street, of consumption. he had been confined to his bed for the past two months and for the last week his life was despaired of. Neely was a young man about thirty years of age. He has been janitor of the Douglass school for many years, but broke down under the work this year. He was a member in good standing of the colored Methodist church here, and was as honest and faithful a young colored man as you can find anywhere. He leaves a mother, wife, and two small children, a boy and a girl. His death is a loss to the colored community.
(Cornelius F. Bettis
married Mary C. Daniels on 29 Jul 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Reuben A. Lingle
married Catharine Wilhelm on 24 Oct 1850, in Montgomery Co., Ill.
Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: Catharine wife of Reuben A.
Lingle Died Dec. 5, 1890, Aged 62 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 12 Ds.—Darrel
For some weeks past the friends of Mrs. E. M. Stratton have been expecting to hear of her death, but when the announcement was made Sunday morning that she died at 8:30 it filled the hearts of all with sorrow, yet with it was the comforting thought that she was beyond all suffering. Mrs. Stratton had been an invalid for about five years—a victim of consumption. In the vain attempt to prolong life in the face of this destroyer, she spent most of her time in Aiken, S.C., returning to Cairo at intervals. It was on one of these sojourns in the South that she was called to the deathbed of her husband, who died on June 14, 1883. She made a final return to this city some two months ago, and during the past two months slowly wasted away. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian manse Tuesday afternoon, and the remains were conveyed to Beech Grove Cemetery and laid at rest beside her husband. Owing to the absence of Rev. A. H. Trick, who is in the East, Rev. F. P. Davenport conducted the funeral services. Mrs. Stratton joined the Presbyterian Church with her husband in 1874, and was always an active worker in the church societies until her poor health prevented. She leaves four children to mourn her loss, Mrs. A. H. Trick, Mr. R. Lee Stratton, Miss Mamie and Master Paul.