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Obituaries and Death Notices

 

The Cairo Citizen

2 Jan 1890-25 Dec 1890

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois


Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

darreldexter@hotmail.com
 

Thursday, 2 Jan 1890:
W. H. Baldwin died Monday morning, Dec. 30th, 1889, aged 53 years, 8 months and 20 days.  The funeral services were held at the Congregational church Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 o’clock.  Burial in the Odd Fellows lot in Cobden Cemetery under the auspices of Relief Lodge No. 452 I. O. O. F.  After a lingering illness of several months, he lays down life’s burdens and crosses the river from whence no traveler returns.  He leaves a wife and 3 grown children to mourn his loss.
 
Mr. James Biggerstaff, of Pulaski, died last Friday night of incipient pneumonia.  He was about 70 years of age.  He was a fatalist, insisting that if his time had come, he was bound to die and that medical treatment was only a useless expense.  He did not take a newspaper—didn’t want one.

(James Biggerstaff married Sophia Lackey on 11 Dec 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, a few days ago, at his father’s residence, about three miles from Dongola, Jeff Holbrook, age twenty-three years.

(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 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Willie Pitts, a colored boy about 13 years of age, accidentally shot and killed himself Sunday morning about eight o’clock at Hodges Park, with a 38 caliber revolver.  Children should not play with edged tools or revolvers.
 
Mr. John A. Parker, of Sandusky, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 2nd of pneumonia.  He leaves a wife and seven children.  Mr. Parker was a member of Co. A, 18th Regiment Ill. Vols. during the war and was a faithful soldier.  He has lived at Sandusky for many years where he was always high respected.
 


Thursday, 9 Jan 1890:
John Corzine, who has been sick for several weeks, is reported as very low with no chance of recovery.  (Wetaug)
 
 
Thursday, 16 Jan 1890:
Little Annie Stuart, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Stuart, died last Sunday night after an illness of several weeks.  The funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge by special train for interment.  Mr. and Mrs. Stuart have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

(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)
 
Dr. J. C. Walton Dead.

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)
 
Died, Jan.10th, 1890, John L. A. Corzine, age about 50 years.  Mr. C. resided about three miles south of Dongola.

(John L. A. Corzine married Sarah J. Smoot on 10 Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died here (Dongola), Jan the 13th, 1890, Cleveland Stokes, little son of Scott Stokes.  He was 5 years of age and was noted little fellow for his good singing qualities.  He was one of the best singers of his age that we ever heard.  The remains were interred at the McGinnis Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant.

(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)
 
Died, infant son of Henry B. and Mrs. Field, of spinal disease. (East Cape Girardeau)
 
Died, Mrs. John Brown, January 14th, of dropsy.  Mrs. Brown leaves a husband and two boys to mourn her loss.  (East Cape Girardeau)
 
Resolutions.
HEADQUARTERS OF WILLIAM HUHNER POST,
No. 303 DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS.
Jan. 11th, 1890.

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.

Resolved, 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.
William J. Eshleman, Adjt.
 
Dr. Walton’s Funeral.

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.
 
Resolutions of Respect.
CAIRO, ILL., Jan. 14th, 1890.
TO THE CHAIRMAN AND QUARTERLY CONFERENCE OF WARD’S CHAPEL, A.M.E. CHURCH:

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;

Resolved, 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.
 


Thursday, 23 Jan 1890:
Death of Mr. Henry Schweppe, of
Alton.

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.
 
Deaths.

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. Roth—Darrel Dexter)
 
Death of William M. Raefsnider.

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., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
RESULTED IN HIS DEATH.

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.
 
Mrs. J. B. Miller died at this place (Vienna) last Sunday and was interred at the Oliver Cemetery on Monday.  Mr. Miller’s many friends sympathize with him in his bereavement.
 
John Corzine died Friday, Jan. 10th, of typhoid fever, complicated by abscess of the liver, after an illness of nearly eight weeks, aged 41 years.  He was an industrious farmer and a good citizen.  He leaves a wife and several children.
 
Mrs. Fisher, wife of Mr. John A. Fisher, of Olmsted, died last Sunday, aged about 70 years.  Mrs. Fisher was a widow previous to her marriage to Mr. Fisher and was very much his senior in years.

(John A. Fisher married C. Spence on 3 Feb 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, Jan. 19th, 1890, infant child of Jasper Rice, the remains were interred at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  (Dongola)
 
Died, Jan. 21st, 1890, of consumption, Mrs. C. Earnest, wife of David Earnest, age about 28 years.  Mrs. Earnest was a most excellent woman, a kind mother and a faithful wife, and many friends were grieved to hear of her death.  The remains were interred at the Hinkle Cemetery, 2 ½ miles northeast of Dongola.
 


Thursday, 30 Jan 1890:
Mr. William T. Raefsnider returned Tuesday morning from Chicago, where he went to attend the funeral of his son, who died very suddenly of heart failure.
 
Mr. Henry Wiemeyer, an old citizen of Alexander County, died at his home at Unity last Thursday evening and was buried Saturday.  He was a good citizen and respected by everybody who knew him.  He was seventy-three years of age.
 
The friends of Mrs. Kreutzer, the widow of the German tailor who formerly lived on Sixteenth Street and who died last spring, will be glad to hear that quite a sum of money has fallen to hear through the death of a relative.  She received a letter some time ago from Germany announcing the death of a brother, who was a priest.  It also said that her brother left her nearly $1,200.  This will keep the old lady in comfort the remainder of her life.  She is considering the matter of purchasing a cottage on Sixteenth Street near her former home.
 
Mr. Patrick Walder, a drayman who lived in the lower end of the city, left home very mysteriously last Saturday morning about three o’clock.  He had been sick with pneumonia, had partially recovered, and had resumed his work.  He was compelled to take his bed again and last Friday night he became violently insane.  After one or two attempts, which were foiled, he succeeded in making his escape from the house only partially dressed.  His absence was soon discovered and search was made for him in vain.  He went, it seems, up the track of the Illinois Central railroad and crawled into a hay stack about two miles from Mound Junction, where he was found Saturday morning and cared for until Sunday morning, when he was brought back home.  He lingered until this morning when he died.

(Patrick Walder married Ann Rollan on 16 Jan 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Peter Cuhl Dead.

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)
 
Death of Dr. Whitlock.

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 Insurance Company.
 
Death of Ben. F. Lynch.

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 war.
 
Rev. Conrad Janssen, priest of the Catholic Church at Sandoval, Ill., died at St. Elisabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Sunday, Jan. 18th, aged 27 years.
 
An old colored man named Nick Norrington, living near Brooklyn, Ill., was killed last week Monday by another colored man named Louis NicholsNichols boarded at Norrington’s and the murder was probably the result of a dispute concerning a board bill.  The murderer is in jail at Metropolis.,
 
Died, near Mt. Pleasant, Sunday, January 26th, 1890, John Blick, aged about 30 years.  Mr. Blick lost his wife something over two years ago and has been making his home with his parents ever since.  He was a good citizen and well liked by all who knew him.  A large number of friends followed the remains to its last resting place on earth, in the McGinnis Cemetery.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community in this dark hour of grief.

(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, 1887.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Mrs. J. B. B. Broadway, of Cobden, wife of a prominent businessman, was instantly killed Friday by leaping from the fast train on the Illinois Central Railroad near Riverdale.  Temporary insanity induced by ill health was the cause.
 
A landmark gone!  J. Frank Ashley, long surveyor of Union County, died suddenly Monday, the 27th, at his lonely home on J. F. Lufkin’s place in Anna.  Mr. Ashley was associated with Gen. G. B. McClellan, Hon. R. B. Mason in the engineering work in laying out and constructing the Illinois Central railroad.  He had the esteem and confidence of his superiors and the old officers of the company.  Was not only a skillful engineer, but a man of extensive general intelligence.  At one time he is said to have been possessed of considerable wealth.  But for the last several years he had lived a lonely and impoverished life.  Mr. Lufkin was a faithful and generous friend to the last.  Funeral from the dwelling of Mr. Lufkin on the 28th.  Burial in Jonesboro Cemetery.

(His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  J. Frank Ashley, Civil Engineer ICRR, 1831-1890.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, at Riverdale, Ill., Jan. 23rd, at 9:30 p.m., Mrs. Lilias Broadway, wife of J. B. B. Broadway, of Cobden, aged 31 years, 9 months, and 10 days.  Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Cobden, Sunday, January 26, at 2 p.m.  Buried in the Cobden Cemetery.

(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)
 
As J. B. B. Broadway and wife were returning home from Battle Creek, Mich., where she had been for several weeks for her health, on Thursday evening last, about two miles this side of Kensington, while for a moment unnoticed, she slipped out of the car and was either thrown or jumped off the train while it was going at the rate of 25 to 30 miles an hour.  The alarm was given, the train stopped and backed up to find her, which by this time had been nearly three miles.  In alighting she fell upon her head, as a hole in the back of the head would indicate, an rolled down the side of the embankment.  After a search, the body was found.  Death must have been instantaneous.  The body was placed on a cot and arrive Friday morning at 8 a.m.  The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
 


Thursday, 6 Feb 1890:
A little son of Mr. Isaac Dunning, of Sandusky, died Tuesday aged 13 years.

(Isaac A. Dunning married Fanny N. Colbert on 14 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Mr. Samuel Holmes, a blind man living in Sandusky Precinct, died Tuesday.  He was well advanced in years.
 
Mr. Charles Devough, of Hodges Park, died last Sunday and was buried in Wrinkler’s Cemetery near Hodges Park last Monday afternoon.  He was buried by the Agricultural Wheel, of which he was a member.  The attendance at the funeral was very large.  The services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Cole, of the A. M. E. church.
 
Mrs. Miller, wife of Mr. James Miller, engineer at the mill of Pollock & Huhner, Sandusky, died last Friday, aged about twenty years.  She leaves a husband and two little children.  She was a daughter of Mr. Lewis Turner.

(James Miller married Eva Turner on 25 Jul 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Last Thursday evening, George W. Boland, coroner of this county (Randolph), was crushed beneath a tree, which some workmen were felling, and was so badly injured that he died the same evening.  He was engaged in clearing some land near his home at Pujol, in Kaskaskia Point.  Mr. Boland was about 40 years of age, was a Democrat, and in 1888 was the Democratic candidate for coroner.  There was a tie vote between him and his Republican opponent, but in drawing lots, he was successful and got the office.  He had about two years and ten months yet to serve.  Mr. Boland was buried the next day at St. Mary, Mo.  He was a jovial, good-natured man and had many friends.  It will not be necessary to hold a special election to fill vacancy caused by his death.  His successor will be elected at the regular election next fall.—Chester Clarion.
 
Charlie Reynolds died of a congestive chill last Friday night and was buried at the cemetery here (Wetaug) Sunday.  He leaves a mother and two brothers and a sister who were dependent on him for support.
 
Died, Feb. 3rd, of phthisis, Lulu Kimmel, aged 17 years.  Interment Monday at the Anna Cemetery.
 
Mrs. Koenig, wife of Col. Koenig, civil engineer, died in Pomona, Friday and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery Saturday.  Rev. W. W. Faris officiated.

(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)
 


Thursday, 13 Feb 1890:
Mrs. Powless, widow of the late William Powless, of Sandusky, is quite ill with pneumonia.
 
Mr. Chris Orth, whose death at Sedalia, Mo., is announced in our Dongola Items, was once a member of the firm of Beerwart, Orth & Co., of Cairo.  Mr. Thomas J. Kerth was a member of the firm.  Mr. Beerwart has been dead for many years.
 
Mustered Out.

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.
 
Death of Col. Brush.

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.
 
Died, Feb. 11th, at his residence four miles east of Dongola, of spotted fever, Daniel Lingle, aged about 40 years.
 
Died, at her residence near Dongola, February 3rd, Elisa wife of Mr. John Holmes, aged 53 years.  Interment at Friendship Church, Rev. W. A. Ridge officiating.

(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)
 
Died, at the residence of Calvin Penrod, on February 3rd, in Dongola, Charles Ridgway, aged 63 years.  The deceased was unmarried and had no relatives near here.  He was interred in the I. O. O. F. potter’s field, the county defraying the expense.
 
A message was received Tuesday soon after noon notifying his family of the death of Mr. Chris Orth, at the railway hospital in Sedalia, Mo.  Mr. Orth went to Denison, Texas, several months ago to work at his trade (tinsmith) and it is not known why he was at Sedalia, and at the present time no particulars are known, only that he had pneumonia, although several messages were sent in regard to him.  He was a member of Dexter, Mo., lodge K. of H. and his family requested the K. of H. to forward the remains to Dexter for burial, as some of the family are buried there.  The family are in great suspense as they have not particulars and no answer to their message at the present writing.  The community sympathized with them in their affliction.

(Christopher Orth married Anna Ethinger on 4 Oct 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
A Mr. Vette died on February 6th, from what was supposed to be heart disease, as he was found dead in a field where he was seen only a few minutes before alive and apparently well.  (Cobden)
 
Miss Agnes Sperry has been very low and was not expected to live.  As she has not been able to speak except in a low whisper, last night her watchers were startled by hearing her break out singing in a clear voice and they say that she sang a song and tune, which they had never heard before, and that it was the sweetest they had ever heart.  After which she said, “Now if they only will let me alone and I will then be satisfied to die.” (Cobden)

(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)
 
Mrs. O. P. Miller died at her residence yesterday west of town (Vienna) after a long illness.
 
Charles Coleman, a prominent farmer living two miles northwest of town (Vienna), died last Friday of pneumonia.
 
Quite a number of cases of la grippe, followed by pneumonia are reported from different parts of the county (Johnson) some of which have proved fatal.
 
On the 7th inst., Mr. P. L. P. Augustine died at his home about 2 miles east of Elco, surrounded by friends who are most sorely grieved at his death.  He was a brother of M. Augustine who died about two years ago.  (Elco)

(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)
 
We just learn from a son of Mr. A. Wilson that Sam Miller, living near Olive Branch, had the great misfortune to lose his wife on the 10th inst., the cause of her death is said to have been bilious fever.  We tender out sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
 
At about 1 o’clock yesterday morning Miles Cauble died of influenza complicated with lung trouble.  He was about 47 years of age, a good citizen, ever willing to aid a poor friend in need or trouble, an earnest member of the Elco Post G. A. R. and a man whose loss to our community can scarcely be made good.  Another of the “boys” has answered to final roll call.  Another vacant chair in another saddened home.
 
Mrs. Gaunt, wife of Grace Gaunt, of Grand Chain, died early Tuesday morning, leaving a husband and several children.  She was buried yesterday.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brush arrived in Carbondale from Kansas City on Tuesday and Lieut. Daniel Brush came on Wednesday from Wyoming.  They have been summoned here to attend the funeral of Col. Brush.
 
Robert E. Fahes, an old gentleman of this city (Carbondale), was accidentally hit by the train on the Cairo Short Line, and thrown violently from the track.  His injuries were such that he died last Thursday.  He leaves a wife and two sons, both of whom have been students at the University.
 
A most distressing accident occurred in our city on Monday afternoon, of this week, by which Col. D. H. Brush lost his life.  The Colonel and some workmen were felling trees in an adjoining lot.  A rope had been attached to a tree to secure its falling in a different direction from the way it leaned.  In falling, in some way, the tree have a sudden and tremendous jerk, dashing those holding the rope suddenly and very severely to the ground.  The Colonel, unfortunately, had hold of the rope and was thrown violently some distance.  When he was picked up, it was found that his neck was broken and that he was instantly killed.  Col. Brush was one of the founders of this city, and Carbondale is indebted to him more than to any other man for its beauty and wholesome laws.  His death is greatly lamented and deplored by all, and his name will brighten as time passes on.  The whole community, as well as his household, was shocked by his sudden death, and his family share the sympathies of all.
 
Died, Feb. 6th, at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, of heart disease, Mr. James Costigan, of Anna.
 


Thursday, 20 Feb 1890:
Mrs. French, mother-in-law of Mr. E. S. Dewey, died at her home in Nashville, Ill., Tuesday.  The funeral occurs today. Mr. Dewey left yesterday afternoon by the Illinois Central R. R. to attend the funeral.  She had been quite ill for some weeks and her death was not unexpected.
 
Mrs. Warder, mother of Walter Warder, Esq., died last Wednesday at Marion, Ill., and was buried Friday.  She had an attack of apoplexy some time ago from which she never recovered but gradually grew worse.  She was in her sixty-eighth year and was a confirmed paralytic before her death.  She was totally unable to feed herself and death came to her as a rest from the struggles of life.
 
The insurance upon the life of Dr. J. C. Walton amounting to $10,000 was paid by the New York Life Insurance Company, through its local agent, Mr. H. H. Candee to Mrs. Walton on last Friday. 

 

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 Harvey was standing on the footboard when one of the feather rails, projecting upward, tore off the footboard and Harvey 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 accident.  Harvey’s 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.
 
Mrs. E. H. Finch and Miss Sadie Sperry were called to Cobden Tuesday to attend the funeral of Miss Aggie Sperry.
 
Died, at the residence of her mother, east of town (Anna) Feb. 16, Miss Helen St. John.  Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in this city Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Ford.

(A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Helen St. John Died Feb. 16, 1890, Aged _7 Ys., 5 Ms., & 1 Day.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, Feb. 17th, 3 miles east of Dongola, Mr. Nathan Keller, aged about 35 years.
 


Thursday, 27 Feb 1890:
Mrs. Smallenberg, widow of the late Nicholas Smallenberg, died recently at the home of one of her children in Buffalo, N.Y., at the age of about 80 years.  Mr. Smallenberg will be remembered as one of our earliest and most successful gardeners.  He died in Cairo some fifteen years ago.
 
News was received here last Thursday of the death of Mr. Melzar Morse, brother of Mr. Guy Morse and Mrs. Henry Wells, at Pine Bluff, Ark.  He was a brakeman on a railroad and fell from a train last Wednesday receiving injuries from which he died the next day.  Mrs. Wells and Mr. Guy Morse left here Thursday to attend the funeral, which was held Saturday.  The deceased left a wife and one little boy.  Mrs. Morse will probably remain in Pine Bluff.  Mrs. Wells brought the child home with her where he will remain for the time being.


Hon. R. R. Townes died in Athens, Ala., on the 17th day of Feb. 1890.  He was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and was at the time of his death about 48 years old.  He studied law in the office of his uncle, Judge M. C. Crawford in this city in 1860.  He joined the army in 1861, was General Logan’s adjutant, and at the close of the war, Colonel.  He married the daughter of the late Judge Lane, of Athens, and removed to that city some years ago.  He was an able lawyer and held the office of stat’s attorney of this district at one time.  He had many friends in Southern Illinois, who will regret to hear of his demise.—Jonesboro Gazette
 
Mrs. Elizabeth Oliver died at her residence (Mon)day morning after an illness of ten days of pneumonia and the remains were buried ___day at Jonesboro.  She leaves four small children and a wide circle of friends to mourn her loss.  (Unity)

(Frederick Oliver 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)
 
Last Saturday night Will Tweedy accidentally turned over a lighted lamp and some of the oil spilt on his clothes and took fire, burning him severely.  Fear is entertained as to his recovery.  (Cobden)
 
Mustered Out.—Died at his residence at Elco, Feb. 12th, Miles Cauble.  Deceased was born Oct. 4th, 1842, he enlisted in the late war in 1862, was in 60th Ill. Regiment Co. E, he was in some of the leading battles—Missionary Ridge, Nashville, and others, also with Sherman’s March to the Sea, and was discharged at the expiration of the war, was also a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the Elco Post 547 G. A. R., of which he was commander.

Resolved, that we have lost a true friend and soldier, and that this post tender their sympathies to the bereaved family.
J. L. Sackett,
J. M. Durham,
C. B. Braddy, Committee
 
Died, Feb. 23rd, out near the Morgan Pond, three miles east of Dongola, John Keller, aged about thirty years.
 
Miss Kate Anderson, formerly of this place (Anna) and sister of our jeweler, F. P. Anderson, died suddenly Monday in Hot Springs.  Her remains were taken to Shelbyville for interment.
 
A singular case was tried before Justice Coleman of this city (Anna) yesterday.  It was for the possession of the body of Mrs. Goff, of Terre Haute, Ind., who died and was buried here last September.  Her daughter, Ada King, of Terre Haute, ordered the remains removed to that place by the American Express Company.  John Boyer, a teamster of this city, a son-in-law of Mrs. Goff, interfered and after the Express Company had taken the body, replevined it and gained his case in the Justice’s court, and the express company had the costs to pay.
 
A little child of D. W. Lentz’s died last week, of croup.  (Wetaug)

(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)
 
Mrs. George Victor is dangerously sick with puerperal fever.  (Wetaug)  Born to George Victor and wife, Feb. 22nd, twins, a boy and a girl.  George says misfortunes never come singly.

(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)
 
Died, Sunday night, Feb. 23rd, at the family residence, of consumption, Sallie, daughter of Frederic Ulen.  The funeral was held Wednesday from the Reformed church.  Miss Sallie was a young lady of many excellent traits of mind and character, and or remarkable kindness of heart and gentle disposition.  She suffered over two years from constant sickness, but she ever bore her cross bravely and patiently waited for the end.  She had made her peace with her Savior and as the clock struck the hour of midnight, with a prayer on her lips, she quietly went to sleep.
 


Thursday, 6 Mar 1890:
Mr. John Gaunt and T. B. Echols, of Grand Chain, passed through the city today on their way home from Jonesboro, Ark., where they went to attend the trial of one Harry Price, for the murder of James Gaunt, who was shot in Craighead, Co., Ark., Feb. 23rd and died in the space of three or four hours.  Mr. James Gaunt, the murdered man, was a member of the Knights of Honor at Grand Chain, and Mr. Echols went down to learn the particulars of his death.  The case did not come to trial but was continued until September.  Price, the murderer, would seem to be a hard character, who has been in the habit of doing about as he pleased.  Gaunt seeing him bullying others gave expression to his sympathy for them, and intimated that he would not submit to such treatment.  This was enough to incur the hostility of Price, who afterwards without further provocation, shot him twice with a double barrel gun while he was unarmed.  He died in a few hours.  Price was immediately indicted for murder.  Mr. Gaunt tells us that public sentiment seems to be strong against the murderer.  He had one accomplice, an old man named McArver, who acted the part of an aider and abettor.  Mr. Gaunt says he never received better treatment in his life than he received at Jonesboro, Ark.  His brother was killed at Shotwell’s Switch, in Craighead County, a few mules beyond Jonesboro.  The remains were brought home for interment, but were so badly disfigured that they were not exposed to public view.
 
Mr. Jerome B. Chapman, a prominent merchant of Vienna, died yesterday after an illness of about one month.  He was first taken down with the grippe.  This prostrated him and led to a complication of diseases.  His kidneys failed to perform their functions and he was finally worn out.  Mr. Chapman was about 58 years of age.  he leaves a widow and three children.  He was in moderate circumstances.  He was an enterprising man of good citizen, highly respected.

(Jerome B. Chapman married Mary J. Toler on 9 Sep 1866, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Shot Herself.

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.
 
We are sorry to announce that Mrs. Mary I. Hartzell, the wife of Hon. William Hartzell, ex-member of Congress from this district, died at her home in Chester, Ill., early last Saturday morning, aged 44 years. She was a granddaughter of Shadrach Bond the first governor of Illinois.

(William Hartzell married Mary I. Holmes on 1 Mar 1866, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
A little child of James Dexter’s died last Thursday of a congestive chill.

(James M. Dexter married Melinda J. Mowery on 11 Aug 1874, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
R. B. Stanton’s wife died last Tuesday.  She had been in very bad health for several months.  (Wetaug)
 
Mrs. Nellie Pruett, of DeSoto, and Samuel Ulen, of Dexter City, Mo., were here to attend the funeral of their sister, Sallie Ulen, last week.
 
George Victor’s wife died last Wednesday of puerperal fever; she leaves two little babes only two weeks old.  She was very highly esteemed and her death was a terrible shock to her husband and friends.

(George Victor 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 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, March 2nd, about two miles from Dongola, a child of Mr. Henry Karraker.
 
The funeral of “Uncle Jake” was largely attended by numerous representatives of the various orders of which he was a member.  G.P. D. L. Marchildon of lodge 147 was in charge of the ceremonies, which were conducted with the due solemnity prescribed by that order, the gold mounted casket in which the remains were interred was ordered specially from St. Louis,  The immediate cause of his untimely demise was a compound fracture of the cervical vertebrae which he received during the violent storm of last Friday.  A flying brick crashing through the window of his establishment, struck him with fatal result.
 


Thursday, 13 Mar 1890:
Mrs. Elizabeth Faughn, widow of Thomas Faughn, recovered a judgment against the Illinois Central Railroad Company at a recent term of court at Wickliffe, Ky., for $3,000 damages sustained by her in the death of her husband.  It will be remembered that a wild freight train ran into a handcar on a high trestle just this side of Wickliffe a few weeks ago and Mr. Faughn was killed. 

 

Died, Tuesday night, of pneumonia, the wife of Phillip Knupp.  The funeral was held Thursday at Mt. Pisgah.
 
Moses Casper died very suddenly last Wednesday from a congestive chill. He has been confined to his house for several days, but felt well enough to go to the barn in the morning, during the snowstorm.  The severe cold was too much for him, causing a chill which ended fatally in a few hours.  He was an old settler in this county (Pulaski) and had lived an honorable and blameless life on his farm near town (Wetaug) for many years.  The remains were interred in the cemetery at the Reformed church, of which he was a worthy member.  He leaves a wife and several children.

(Moses Casper married Anna Hoffner on 27 Sep 1863, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Esquire James L. Ferguson, of New Burnside, died Tuesday night, March 11th.
 
Mr. John Clarkson, who has lived in or near Charleston, Mo., for sixty years, died suddenly last Wednesday morning.  He awoke at half past one in the morning, arose and sat upon the side of his bed and lit his pipe for a smoke.  Suddenly he fell dead of heart disease.
 


Thursday, 20 Mar 1890:
Mr. W. B. Edson, of Villa Ridge, has been quite ill for several weeks, and his recovery is a matter of very grave doubt.

 
Died, last Tuesday, at Stringtown, of pernicious malarial fever, Frank Chrane, after a short illness. (Wetaug)  John Chrane, formerly a resident here (Wetaug), but living now in the northern part of the state, is down on a visit.
 
A man named Ellis died Wednesday at the limekiln and was buried at the Reformed cemetery Thursday.  (Wetaug)
 
Died, last Wednesday of pneumonia, Philip Knupp, interment Thursday at Mt. Pisgah.  His wife was buried there just one week before.  Three children are left orphans.

(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. Hudson’s Death.

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)
 
Word reaches us that Rev. R. F. Shinn, of Norris City, died very suddenly Sunday night.  “He went from his pulpit to Heaven,” said one near him at the time of his death.  He was in good health the previous week and active in entertaining the members of the Congregational Association that met with his church.
 
On the 25th inst., the wife of Mr. William Harvel died at her home near Palmer’s Mill.  We tender out sympathy.
 
A number of our citizens (Anna) attended the funeral of Col. Ben L. Wiley, at Makanda last Sunday.  Col. Wiley formerly lived in Jonesboro and was widely known and highly esteemed throughout the county.
 
Died, March 18th, 1890,at the family residence in Dongola, Miss Jessie Copeland, aged about 18 years.  A large number of friends followed the remains to their last resting place on earth in the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery. (Dongola)
 
The boiler at the sawmill of Mr. W. A. Beadles about three miles from here (Wickliffe, Ky.) exploded last Saturday evening, killing two men outright and utterly demolishing the mill shed.  No one can comprehend the force of the explosion without inspecting the premises.  It is a mystery how anyone working under the shed could escape alive.  An old man named Dennis was blown against a pile of lumber and literally torn to atoms.  One of his feet was about the largest member found.  There were several hundred feet of lumber in the pile and it is all bespattered over with human blood and fragments of human flesh.  The other person killed was a young man from Calloway County, named Frank Parker.  He lived about an hour.  His remains were sent home Sunday.  A young man named Nance had his shoulder dislocated and otherwise bruised.  A railroad man from East Cairo, who had gone to the mill for lumber, had his knee dislocated.  The engineer was a young man from Vienna, Ill., named Jameson.  He is scalded about the face and breast and his ankle is bruised.  The boiler was a firebox with engine mounted above it.  It had 37 flues 2 3/4 inches in diameter and seven feet long.  The back head of the boiler gave way and is lying where the boiler stood, while all the rest of the boiler was thrown fully one hundred and twenty-five yards away.  Its weight was about 5,000 pounds.  The explosion was doubtless caused by carrying too much steam.  We have heard the prediction heretofore that some day that boiler would explode.  It is said that the safety valve would not blow off at all.  No engineer employed at the mill recently could obtain the power from the engine which was needed, and probably through ignorance they would fasten down the safety valve and increase the boiler pressure to gain power.  The engineer informed us that he had plenty of water in his gauge, that his steam pressure was 200.  He said that the glass in his glass water gauge was broken and he went by the Old Mississippi gauge cocks and had three gauges of water.  The only conclusion to which we can arrive is that the accident was caused by dispensing with the safety valve and carrying too high a steam pressure.
 
Samuel Harris aged about 40 years, died Wednesday, March 19th, and was buried Thursday.
 
The four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Britton was drowned Wednesday by falling in an open cistern and was buried Thursday at 10 a.m.  Mrs. Britton was hurt considerable in trying to rescue the child.
 
Died, at his home near Makanda, Ills., on March 21st, Col. Ben L. Wiley, in the 69th year of his age.  Col. Wiley was one of the pioneers of this county (Union), having come here at a very early day.  He was one of the founders of this village (Cobden) and also of the Jonesboro Gazette.  Col. Wiley served his country creditably in two wars.  The Mexican War and the rebellion, in the latter of which he won the title of Colonel.  In politics Col. Wiley was originally a Whig, but afterwards became a Republican and was twice the candidate of the latter party for Congress in this district.  Col. Wiley had a large circle of friends, who esteemed him for his sterling honesty and upright character.  His death resulted from the disease known as “La Grippe.”  His funeral which took place Sunday, was conducted by Makanda Lodge A. F & A. M., of which he was an honored member, assisted by brethren from the lodges at Cobden, Jonesboro, Anna, Carbondale, Murphysboro, and other places.
 
Mr. James A. Smith has been a very sick man for many days, and serious apprehensions as to his recovery have been entertained by his friends.  (New Burnside)
 
P. W. Thompson went to Tamaroa Saturday to attend the funeral of his sister’s child.  (Wetaug)
 
Resolutions of Respect.

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.

Resolved, 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.
M. F. Goodman,
W. W. White,
Jesse E. Miller, Com.
 
At a regular meeting of Elco Lodge No. 642, I. O. O. F., on Saturday evening, March 8th, 1890, the following resolutions on the death of Bro. Miles Cauble, who died at Elco, Ills., on the 12th day of Feb. 1890, at the age of 47 years, were unanimously adopted:

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,

Resolved, 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.
M. F. Goodman,
C. E. Miller,

W. W. White, Com.
 

 

Thursday, 3 Apr 1890:
Mr. C. Kirkpatrick, of Anna, died Sunday morning, after a long period of ill health, aged 75 years.  Mr. Kirkpatrick has been one of the prominent businessmen in Southern Illinois for the past twenty-five or thirty years.  He was proprietor of the Pottery works at Anna.  He was, until broken down by old age, very prominent in the Republican politics of Union County, and was well known throughout the state.
 
Jake Jolliff, a brakeman on the way freight train upon the Illinois Central R. R. was instantly killed while coupling cars at Villa Ridge, last Friday night.  The car behind him was loaded with iron rails, one of the rails projecting forward beyond the others.  As the cars came together, this projecting rail struck him and nearly passed through his body.  He was a young man of fine reputation, and well liked by everybody.  His home was in Centralia.
 
Mr. Jack Parish, formerly of this (Cobden) precinct, died in Carbondale on Monday, from a wound received during the war.  Mr. Parrish had suffered from the wound ever since it was received.
 
Mrs. Laura Barnhart has placed an elegant and costly monument on her late husband’s grave at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

(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)
 
Mrs. Easebrow died last Sunday morning and was buried the day following.  She left a five-week -old infant.  (Villa Ridge)
 
Murry Kirkpatrick of Ottawa is in the city (Anna).  He came to attend his brother’s funeral, but failed to get here in time.
 
Hon. Cornwall Kirkpatrick, ex-mayor of this city (Anna), and one of our most prominent citizens, died at his residence Sunday morning, aged 75 years.  Mr. Kirkpatrick’s illness was long and painful, but through it all he never complained and his genial, sunny disposition was maintained to the last.  The funeral occurred Monday afternoon under the auspices of the Odd Fellows and notwithstanding the inclement weather, was largely attended by all classes of citizens.  Rev. J. W. Phillips, of Cairo, conducted the funeral services, assisted by Rev. Ford and Dr. Faris.  Mr. Kirkpatrick was born in Fredericktown, Ohio, in 1814.  He was married to Miss Amy L. Vance, at Cincinnati, in 1848.  He came to Anna from Mound City in September 1859, and established the Anna Pottery, which has ever been one of the prominent business enterprises of Anna.  He was a staunch Republican and was proud of the fact that he had voted three times for a
Harrison for President.  He leaves a wife, five children and a host of warm friends to mourn his death.

(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Cornwall Kirkpatrick Died March 30, 1890, Aged 75 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 7 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
 


Thursday, 10 Apr 1890:
Hon. D. B. Gilham, of Upper Alton, who was shot and severely wounded by a burglar about three weeks ago, died from the effects of his wounds last Sunday.
 
Mrs. J. Y. Turner died very suddenly yesterday morning at the family residence on Division Street, of consumption.  The funeral occurred this morning at the house, after which the remains were taken to Jonesboro by the Mobile & Ohio railroad for interment.  Her death was a very great blow to the family as well as to her friends.
 
A Murder.

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 Dexter)
 
William J. Parrish, formerly marshal of our city (Carbondale) and recently a constable, died on Thursday of last week.  His death was caused from a wound received while in the army.

(William J. Parrish married Aurelia A. Elmore on 18 Aug 1863, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Alfred Campbell, our colored assistant janitor, died a few days ago.  By his faithfulness and uniform kindness he shared the respect and confidence of all.  Many of the old students will be sorry to learn that “Alf” as he was familiarly known, is dead.  (Carbondale)
 


Thursday, 17 Apr 1890:
The wife of Mr. J. W. Merriman, living on Centre Street, died last Monday morning, of consumption.  The funeral occurred Wednesday morning, interment being at Villa Ridge.  The husband and three children—two girls and a boy—are left to mourn her loss.  Mrs. Merriman was a lady of very fine character and her death is an irreparable loss to her family and friends.
 
Hon. Alexander H. Irvin Dead.

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.
 
Edward Lingle, aged about fifteen years, died last Thursday at the residence of H. Albright, of brain fever.  (Wetaug)
 
In the death of Hon. A. H. Irvin, of Cairo, the Democrats of Southern Illinois have lost one of their best leaders.  We differed with “Ham” politically, but admired many of his good traits.
 
Mr. C. H. Fowler died yesterday morning, of a relapse of typhoid fever.  Mr. Fowler was thirty-six years old, was raised in Graves County, Ky.  He has been in the employment of B. W. & Co. here (Wickliffe, Ky.) for seven or eight years—for the last four years traveling and buying timber.  He is a member of the Baptist church and a demitted Mason.  He leaves a wife, three children and many friends to mourn his loss. 
 
Charley Williford died Thursday of consumption.  His remains were interred in the Jonesboro Cemetery, Saturday afternoon.

(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)
 
A brakeman on the I. C. Railroad was killed at our (Anna) depot Monday morning while coupling cars.
 
Raymond Lee Rich, son of Robert L. and Emma B. Rich, died April 14th.  Funeral services were held at the residence of J. M. Rich at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15th. 

(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.)
 


Thursday, 24 Apr 1890:
Mr. William Oliver, a painter who has resided on Seventh Street near Cedar for a great many years, died last Saturday night after a painful illness.  Mr. Oliver was a member of Warren Stewart Post G. A. R., of the Knights of Pythias and of the Odd Fellows.  He was buried by these societies Monday.  Mr. Oliver leaves a widow and some five or six children in a destitute condition.
 
In Memoriam.

Died, in Cairo, Ill., April 14th, 1890, after a lingering illness, Emily Rathbun, wife of J. W.  Merryman.
 
Thaddeus Galbreath, an old soldier, and Joshua Vick, one of our (Elco’s) most prosperous farmers, both died on the 17th inst., and on the 18th Jesse Wilson, who has been sick for several weeks, passed away.
 
H. Albright’s family desire to offer thanks in acknowledgement of the many favors shown them by friends and neighbors during Edward Lingle’s sickness.
 
Harry Taylor, of Harrisburg, was summoned home by telegraph last Monday in consequence of the sudden death of his father.  Mr. Taylor was treasure of Saline County and was one of the most prominent citizens of that place.
 


Thursday, 1 May 1890:
Charles Throckmorton Dead.

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.
 
A child of Elwood Finley died Tuesday.  (Cobden)

(Elwood Finley married Emmy Galliner on 3 Nov 1872, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Died, at his residence in this city (Anna), April 29, 1890, John A. Roberts, aged 39 years.  Interment at the Anna Cemetery Wednesday.

(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  John A. Roberts Born Feb. 8, 1851, Died April 29, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Mr. J. Wilson died at his home on the 19th, after a severe illness of nearly 2 months.  He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss.  (Wheatland)
 


Thursday, 8 May 1890:
Capt. Billy Shaw one of the pilots on the Gus Fowler was detained at home in Paducah several days last week by the sudden death of his favorite little grandchild, which occurred on Thursday evening.
 
A Card.

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.
George Fisher and Family.
 
Death of Mrs. Fisher.

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)
 
A child of W. P. Green died Monday (Cobden)
 
The infant son of Henry McIntosh died last Thursday of acute dysentery.  Mrs. McIntosh is convalescent. 

(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))
 
Harry E. Stone, son of Rev. E. A. Stone, pastor of the Baptist church in this city (Carbondale), died on last Friday.  Harry was in school during the fall term.  He had a severe case of la grippe, followed by various troubles and finally ended in heart disease.  The funeral services occurred last Sabbath afternoon from the parsonage and were attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. 
 
Death of Francis Kline.

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)
 


Thursday, 15 May 1890:
A Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. Fisher.

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.
Refined and sensitive by nature, she overcame her timidity enough to engage in the philanthropic work of helping to lay the foundation of our grand public library, and her words and influence were ever given on the side of right, and in the best interest of mankind.

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 loving service.
L. J. R.

 

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.
Mrs. W. R. Smith,
Mrs. L. JH. Rittenhouse,
Mrs. H. H. Candee, Committee
 


Thursday, 22 May 1890:
Mrs. Mary Williams died in Jonesboro last week, at the advanced age of 82 years.  Her daughter, wife of Major S. M. P. McClure, of Wheatland, while attending the deathbed of her mother, was stricken with paralysis, her entire right side being involved.  At last accounts she had recovered her power of speech and was in a fair way to recover.

(Samuel M. P. McClure married Martha Ann Williams on 29 Dec 1864, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Death of Mrs. Marnell.

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)
 
An Old Citizen Gone.

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., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
All old resident of Alton will learn with regret that Mrs. Wade, widow of the late Samuel Wade, died in that city last week, Tuesday, May 13th in her 82nd year.
 
Harry Dougherty, son of Mr. J. L. Dougherty, died last Thursday and was buried Sunday at Beech Grove.  His mind had been deranged for years.  (Mound City)
 
Mrs. O. A. Abel, long a resident of this place (Carbondale), died at Anna on last Sunday night.  She leaves an husband and one daughter. 
 
Charles E. Keller, of Mt. Vernon, and a student of the university, received a telegram on Monday morning announcing the very sudden death of his father.  His father was visiting in Texas when death occurred.
 
Died, Thursday, May the 15th, 1890, Miss Katie Burns, age about 12 years.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m., at the Congregational church, conducted by Rev. Purdue.  A large number of friends followed the remains to its last resting place on earth in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  (Dongola)

 

A little child of Mr. C. Corcoran’s died last Sunday night. (Wetaug)
 
Dr. Nellis Dead.

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.
 
 
Thursday, 29 May 1890:
Mrs. Eliza A. Trigg died last Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock after a long illness.  She left four children to mourn her loss, two of them, Mrs. Joseph Farnbaker and Mr. Wilton Trigg, residing in this city.  The funeral occurred Friday and the remains were taken to Madison, Ind., for interment.
 
Died, at her residence in Anna, Monday, May 26th, Mrs. Rebecca Baird, wife of Rev. C. Baird.  Funeral at the Lutheran church Wednesday.

(Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Rebecca J. wife of F. W. C. Baird Aged 49 Yrs. & 2 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)


Moses Taylor, a colored man who worked at the coal shed, died last Wednesday of typhoid pneumonia.  He had been sick about two days.  He leaves a wife and two children.  (Wetaug)

 

 

Thursday, 5 Jun 1890:
Died, Tuesday evening, June 3rd, 1890, at the residence of her son-in-law, W. S. Meisenheimer, Mrs. S. S. Briggs, aged 68 years. Mrs. B. has lived with Mr. M. and taken care of his children since the death of her daughter, Mrs. M. Mrs. B. was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church at Anna and was loved by all. Funeral at Jonesboro Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The entire community extends sympathy to Mr. M. and his children in their great loss.

            (William S. Meisenheimer married Sue M. Briggs, daughter of William and Sarah (Reeves) Briggs, on 18 Jun 1878, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Shot Himself.

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.

Disappearance of Capt. George B. Poor.

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 Dexter)

 


Thursday, 12 Jun 1890:
Capt. W. B. Edson Dead.

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 Dexter)

John Ort. Dead.

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.

The Body of Capt. Poore Found.

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.

Died Saturday, June 7th, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Anderson. (Anna)

(Frank P. Anderson married Anna M. Dennis on 16 Jan 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, at the residence of W. S. Meisenheimer, in Dongola, on Tuesday, June 3rd, Mrs. Sarah Briggs, interment in the Jonesboro Cemetery, Wednesday.



Thursday, 19 Jun 1890:
Killed at Mounds.

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 young wife.

 


Thursday, 26 Jun 1890:
Died, Sunday, June 22, here (Dongola), a small child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whalen.

(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 Dexter)

Died, June 20th, one mile west of Dongola, a child of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Freeze.

(Philip Jefferson Freeze married Lodia L. Fisher on 3 Dec 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

John Cole, the son of Mrs. Addie Cole, living east of town (New Burnside) died Saturday. This makes the third death in the family in the last month, the other two being a son aged 19 and a daughter aged 17 years.

Died, Thursday, June 19th, of consumption, Henry Gardner, aged about 20 years. (Wetaug)

 


Thursday, 3 Jul 1890:
DEATH’S CALENDAR.
Mrs. Riley Lane Dead.

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.
Death of Col. Crebs.

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 Dexter)
Died from Sun Stroke.

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.
Roswell Woodward, Jr.

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.”

A colored boy by the name of Charlie Freeman, a cousin of Green Phelps, was drowned while in swimming Tuesday morning in the Ohio just below town. His body was recovered later in the day,.

Mr. Andrew Sherrick of Bugginton, Mo., died at Mound City Sunday from the effects of the heat. He was stopping at the Waverly Hotel, in this city, and drove up to see his sister, Mrs. Collins, and being prostrated by the heat, lay down to cool off. he grew worse rapidly and died about four o’clock. Relatives in Belknap, his former home, were notified and took charge of the remains.

Died, Friday morning, the 25th ult., infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Hase, of Mill Creek.

Report has just reached here (Cobden) that Constable Kerr, of Makanda, shot and killed George Tygett last night while attempting to arrest him.

William Rifenberrick was overcome by the heat last Monday and has been in a critical condition at the residence of his sister, Mrs. R. L. Black, where he had been visiting a few days. Mrs. R. was sent for and at the present writing is expected on any train. (Dongola)

 


Thursday, 10 Jul 1890:
Mr. Patrick Sullivan died at his home in Sandusky last Tuesday morning in the 49th year of his age. The body was brought to Cairo and funeral services were held in the Catholic church yesterday morning, after which the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment. He leaves a widow—his second wife—and two children. The Catholic Knights of America attended the funeral in a body.

(Patrick Sullivan married Mary Persel on 11 Nov 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.  He married Margaret G. Sullivan on 21 Feb 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

An infant child of I. N. Hampton died last Friday. (New Burnside)

Near Lovelaceville last Tuesday during a thundershower a man named Armstrong was struck by lightning while riding along, his horse was killed and it is thought Mr. Armstrong will die. At last accounts he was conscious and knew everybody that went to see him. He complained of a burning sensation all the time and does not believe he will recover.

Died, Sunday morning at 5 o’clock, Mrs. E. Wallace, wife of Oliver Wallace, age 67. She leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss. (Thebes)

Died a few days ago near Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Martha McKinney, aged about 45 years. Mrs. M. resided here (Dongola) some years ago.

(Samuel McKinney married Mrs. Martha J. Grantham on 27 Sep 1871, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. Harbaugh, wife of Amos Harbaugh, died on the 4th. (Cobden)

 


Thursday, 17 Jul 1890:
Mr. Allen Wells, a prominent colored man residing in Mound City, died this morning., Rev. Nelson Ricks, of this city, will attend the funeral.

Obituary.

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)

The death of Hugh Smith, the 13-year-old son of Mrs. H. M. Smith, our county superintendent of schools, by drowning was a shock to the whole community (Mound City). He was out picking blackberries with some other boys, just above town last Saturday morning, after which he went in bathing and getting beyond his depth, was drowned. Search was immediately commenced for his body. The place was dragged and finally divers from Cairo were added to the searching party, but without success. About noon Sunday the body floated to the surface and was recovered. The funeral occurred Monday, conducted by Rev. J. W. Phillips, of Cairo, and the remains were taken to Beech Grove for interment.

Miss Bell Medlock, of this place (Wheatland) died quite suddenly on the 3rd. Her parents have the sympathy of the community..

 


Thursday, 24 Jul 1890:
Johnson County has again been the scene of tragic crimes, which are greatly to be deplored. Mr. Marcellus Sullivan, a prosperous farmer, lives near Goreville, in Johnson County. One Sunday night, July 13th, about ten o’clock, after Mr. Sullivan and wife had retried, someone entered their room and shot Mr. Sullivan in the breast. His wife jumped from the bed, when she also was shot through the arm. She grasped the murderer throwing her wounded arm around his neck. He shot her again and made his escape. Pretty soon their sixteen-year-old boy appeared upon the scene. He was sent out to arouse the neighbors. Help soon arrived. It was believed that both Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan were mortally wounded. Suspicion rested upon their son. An examination of his clothes disclosed blood upon them where Mrs. Sullivan had thrown her bleeding arm around his neck. He was placed under arrest and taken to jail in Vienna. He neither admits nor denies anything. He says that the old folks have lived long enough. He is in a hurry to get the property. Mrs. Sullivan is his stepmother. It is a very strange case.

(Marcellus A. Sullivan married Arrenda C. Craig on 28 Mar 1867, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Uncle Billy Gardner who went to Huntington, Tenn., to reside a couple of years ago, was killed by jumping from the cars last week. He jumped from the fast train just below Wetaug last summer, when on a visit here, and was very severely injured.

Died, at Sackett’s Mill, on Mill Creek, Friday, July 18th, Charles Alsup, aged 19 years, of congestion of the bowels. The funeral was held Saturday at the Reformed Cemetery, Rev. A. B. Durham, conducting the services. He was an industrious and promising young man.

(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)

 


Thursday, 31 Jul 1890:
Thomas Jefferson, of Beech Ridge was in the city this morning. He buried a little child yesterday.

Rev. Ephraim Joy, of Carmi, died a few days ago. He was a veteran in the M. E. church. He was the father of Tom Joy, who resided in Cairo ten years ago.

Death of Walter Parker.

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)

Hon. S. S. Marshal, of McLeansboro, died at his home in that city last Saturday, aged 68 years. Judge Marshal represented his district in Congress for many years and was a prominent figure in the politics of Southern Illinois until within the past ten years.

Murder in Chester Prison.

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.

Mrs. T. A. McMichael and Mrs. J. A. Mann were called to Marion Monday on account of the death of their stepmother. (New Burnside)

Died at this place (Wheatland) on the 24th, infants on of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelley.

Rev. and Mrs. E. L. Hill returned from their northern trip Sunday; while away their son died and was buried in Michigan. (Anna)

Death of Dr. James Robarts.

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:
Mr. Fair Hight, a son of Captain W. A. Hight, of Wetaug, was run over by an engine Tuesday evening as he was walking on the railroad track at that place and received injuries from the effects of which he died.
 
Mr. Tom Bagby, of Mounds, died last Friday night at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. James Drake, in Mound City, of malarial fever.  He was about thirty years of age and a son of Mr. George Bagby, of Pulaski.

(Thomas A. Bagby married Martha Drake on 24 Jun 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
“I am looking for a place to die.”  Such were the touching words uttered by Mrs. Hattie Brown, of Metropolis to her neighbor, Mrs. Dan Hall, Tuesday evening of last week.  She had taken a large dose of strychnine, had washed and dressed herself for burial and was “literally looking for a place to die.”  She had been married four years, but her married life had been unhappy.  They had no children.  She loved her husband above all else on earth, but they could not get along together.  Separation and reconciliation repeated over and over was the history of their married life.  Mrs. Hall was not inhospitable.  She took the poor woman in.  Everything possible was done for her.  A messenger was dispatched for her husband, but he refused to come; she died in about one hour after.  She had found a place to die.  Her husband then buried he.
 
Mrs. Elizabeth Waldschmidt, wife of Mr. Henry Waldschmidt, died last Saturday morning at 4 o’clock after a lingering illness.  The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon, services being held at the family residence on Cedar Street by Rev. Mr. Moenkemoeller, of the Lutheran church.  The remains were taken by special train to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
 
Drowned at Joppa.

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 children.
 
Quite a sad accident happened on last Monday evening.  A freight train going north was passing the section house at full speed and struck the grown daughter of David Y. Penrod, throwing her off and rendering her insensible, from the effects of which she died about 3 a.m. that night.  No one but the engineer of the train saw her, but the facts seem to be, that the young lady had been at the house of a neighbor on the opposite side of the track, and as she attempted to run across was struck by the engine and thrown some distance.  The back of her head was crushed, which was all the external injury noticeable.  It is supposed that she was not aware that the train was going to rapidly, or made a misstep.  The engineer called for brakes and stopped and hurried back as soon as she could get off the engine.  A physician was called but could do but little for the sufferer.  No blame is attached to the trainmen.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon and burial was in I. O. O. F. Cemetery.  The entire community (Dongola) sympathizes with the family in their affliction.

(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 Dexter)
 
A very deplorable accident occurred in town (Wetaug) Tuesday evening by which Mr. Fair Hight, a son of Captain Hight, lost his life.  He was walking on the railroad track and was struck by an engine and tender, knocked down and his left leg crushed off at the knee.  He was hard of hearing and it is supposed did not hear the engine, as the bell was not ringing.  Dr. Dodds, of Anna, was summoned, who amputated the leg above the knee.  He survived the operation only a few minutes and died presumably from the shock, though he may have been injured internally.  He was an industrious, honest, hard-working man and his death is universally regretted.  His witty family has the sympathy of everybody.
 
Died, on Sunday night, the 3rd inst., a little child, aged about 22 months, of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lawrence, who came here a few days ago from Arkansas, where Mr. L. has been railroading.  His parents live in Mill Creek.
 
A goodly number of friends attended the funeral of Mrs. Alice Lindsey, at Jonesboro, Wednesday.  Mrs. Lindsey had lived in Elco about two years and had made a friend of everyone with whom she became acquainted.  Her death was quite a shock to both friends and relatives.  But a few months ago she had as good prospect for long life as any of us, and yet she has passed away.  Bro. Maddox was called to assist in the funeral exercises.  The husband, in his early and terrible bereavement, no doubt has the sympathies of a host of friends, which of course is extended to the mourning mother and sisters.

(A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Alice Effie Lindsey Born July 26, 1867 Died Aug. 5, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Dr. W. R. Smith is very low again.  It is not probable that he can survive many days.  He has now been quite seriously ill for the period of five months.  He has visited several health resorts and sometimes improved, only to have a relapse.  He has been simply alternating between life and death and we fear that death will claim him before another issue of the Citizen appears.  His difficulty is a stomach trouble with complications.  Dr. Smith is one of our best physicians and is already very badly missed.  He is not an old man—about fifty-five—and apparently had many years of usefulness before him.
 
  
Thursday, 14 Aug 1890:
Dr. W. R. Smith, Jr., of Springfield, Mo., and Mr. Gus Smith, of Pine Bluff, Ark., came to attend the funeral of their father, Dr. W. R. Smith.
 
News comes to us that Mr. Pleas J. Carson, of Tunnel Hill, died last Thursday.  Mr. Carson was a young man about thirty years of age.  He was a prosperous merchant and until quite recently his prospects for a long life were excellent.  He married a daughter of Dr. J. H. Norris, of Metropolis, some three years ago, whom he now leaves a widow with a young child.  We knew that Mr. Carson was ill, but had no idea that his illness was of a dangerous character.
 
Mr. W. A. Bush, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died at his home in St. Louis last Saturday night.  Mr. Bush was born in Mississippi County and lived there until about four years ago.  For some sixteen years he was clerk or deputy clerk of the county or circuit court.  The remains were brought to Charleston for interment.
 
Our Wetaug correspondent gives an account of the death of young Green, son of Rev. J. M. Green, at that place last week.
 
Dr. Smith’s Death.

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.
 
Obituary.

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 these words.”
Yours in tender Christian regards,
Elder J. F. Baker
 
John L. Garner, of Murphysboro, died July 31, 1890, aged 48 years.  Deceased was born and reared in Jackson County and was a nephew of the late Gen. John A. Logan.  He enlisted in the 27th Regiment Ill. Vol. Inft. and served three years in the late war of the rebellion.  At the close of the war he came to Cairo and began the printer’s trade.  He was at one time editor of the Murphysboro Argus and for three years he published a paper in Arkansas.  He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Odd Fellows, under the auspices of which orders he was buried, the printers of his city acting as pall bearers.  “Johnny,” as he was familiarly called, was well known throughout Southern Illinois.  An aged mother and a little daughter, together with his many friends and acquaintances are left to mourn his departure.  May his spirit rest in peace.
 
J. L. Green known among railroad men as “Larry” was found on the railroad track just after the south bound mail train had passed the depot last Thursday night with his right leg smashed off just below the knee.  His cries awakened Mr. McCartney at the hotel, who with Mr. Thompson and others went to his assistance.  A doctor was summoned and everything done for him that could be done, but he never rallied from the shock and died just after daylight.  He was probably hurt internally.  He stated that he had pulled the bell chord and attempted to jump off the train, but that his foot slipped and he fell or was thrown under the wheels.  He is supposed to have robbed the mail just before getting off, as five mailbags were found just north of town.  He probably intended returning and rifling them, but was prevented by the accident.  Several keys were found in his pocket and he was formerly express messenger on this road.  He was the son of Rev. J. M. Green, formerly of Centralia.
 
P. J. Carson, one of our merchants at Tunnel Hill, died very suddenly Wednesday, of heart disease.
 
Mrs. J. V. Trammel died Monday night at her home in Stonefort, after a long illness.
 
P. J. Carson, of Tunnel hill, died last Friday.  He was a prominent merchant and one of the best citizens of the town.
 
Mrs. Kate Lawrence died at her home in this place (New Burnside) Saturday night, of consumption.  Funeral services were conducted Monday at the Christian church by Rev. I. A. J. Parker, of Vienna.
 
Reported Death of Judge Foster.
Charleston, Mo., Democrat.

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 generally regretted.
 


Thursday, 21 Aug 1890:
Frank, the little five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stewart, living in Winter’s Row, died Saturday evening at eight o’clock.  He had been suffering for about two weeks from congestion of the brain and death was a sweet relief to him.  The body was taken to Anna Monday for interment, that being the home of Mrs. Stewart’s mother.  Mr. Stewart has met with a great deal of misfortune, having also lost a limb while working upon the bridge and he has the sympathies for the entire community.

(James Stewart 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)
 
Coroner Woods, of Olmstead was up last Friday and held an inquest on evidence of Alexander Hight’s death last week.  The jury returned a verdict that he died from injury caused by an engine and tender of the Illinois Central railroad passing over him, and that the company was responsible by reason of neglect to ring the bell or warn him of the engine’s approach.

 

 
Thursday, 28 Aug 1890:
Death of Dr. C. R. Clarke.

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.
 
Homicide at Hodges Park.

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 grand jury.
 
Mrs. Rodgers, wife of Thomas Rodgers, the blacksmith, is very sick of malarial fever and not expected to live.  (Mound City)
 
Peter O’Neal living two miles south of town (New Burnside) died Monday.  He was one of our best citizens.
 
Death of Mr. Henry Elliott.

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.
 
Thursday morning of last week while the northbound passenger train No. 2, on the I. C., was pushing some freight cars out of its way at the south end of the switch at this place (Cobden), it was run into by a freight train.  The rear sleeper was somewhat shaken up and the engines of the passenger and freight trains were both badly stove in.  Charley Mitchell, caboose brakeman of the train just ahead of the passenger, and who was on the rear platform of his caboose when the accident occurred, was crushed and died some three hours afterward.  The coroner was notified and held an inquest over the remains.  The jury found that the deceased came to his death through the carelessness of some of the employees of the I. C. R. R. Co.

 

 
Thursday, 4 Sep 1890:
Resolutions of Respect, Dongola Lodge No. 434, I. O. O. F.

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

Resolved, 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 publication.
W. A. Ridge,
S. L. Wiesner,
E. Hilboldt, Committee
 
Death of Frank Neibauer.

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.

(Frank Neibauer’s 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)
 
Run Over and Cut in Two.

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.
 
Died, at his residence in Dongola, Ill., on August 31, at 1:45 p.m. Frank Neibauer, aged 55 years, 8 months and ___ days.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at __ p.m. at the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Frazer.  A large number of about 1,000 in number—followed his remains to its last resting place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community in this dark hour of grief.
 


Thursday, 11 Sep 1890:
The Redden family went to Mt. Vernon, Ind., Saturday, to attend the funeral of Mr. __arion, a son-in-law of P. Redden.(New Burnside).
 
David J. Fettinger died last Saturday.  His funeral took place Sunday under direction of Sons of Veterans Camp at this place (Cobden).  Davie was liked by everybody and a large crowed of our citizens followed his remains to their last resting place.
 


Thursday, 18 Sep 1890:
Mr. Chesley Haynes, an old citizen of Cairo, died in Memphis last Sunday.  The remains were brought to Villa Ridge for interment.  Mr. Haynes was a cooper by trade and held a prominent place among the coopers of the city.  He was about 60 years of age.
 
Edward J. Coward, a son of Mr. William L. Coward, of Sandusky Precinct, died August 28th, of a congestive chill.  He was a young man, 17 years of age, and his death was a terrible blow to his parents.

(William L. Coward married Mary E. Davis on 24 Dec 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Death of Alderman Greaney.

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 funeral services of W. A. Lackey, formerly of Anna, who died near Ullin last winter, were held at New Hope Church, three miles east of Ullin, last Sunday morning.  The sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Long.  The I. O. O. F., of which he was a member, took a prominent part in the services, several brethren from Anna and Jonesboro being present as well as other lodges throughout the country,.
 
The infant son of James Jones died a few days since of scarlet fever.  (East Cape Girardeau)
 
Died, Saturday night, September 13th, Mrs. Sarah Arnel, at the residence of her brother, David Johnson.  Mrs. Arnel had only been here (East Cape Girardeau) a few days visiting relatives, intending to return to her home in Indiana soon.
 


Thursday, 25 Sep 1890:
Murder at Vienna.

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.
 
Died in Jail.

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.

 

A little five-year-old son of Mr. English, of Jonesboro, died very suddenly Monday and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery Tuesday.
 
Willis Whitaker

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.”
 


Thursday, 2 Oct 1890:
Mrs. Thomas Littlejohn was buried at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery last Sunday evening.  She died very suddenly Friday from supposed heart disease.
 
Death of W. W. Anderson.

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.
 
Died, at the hotel, September 27th, 1890, W. W. Anderson, formerly an old citizen of this place (Thebes); he was buried September 29th, 1890.  Three years ago last March his wife died at this place on the 27th and was buried on the 29th.
 
Died, at his home south of town (Anna), Saturday, September 27th, G. Lookinbee.  Interment in the Anna Cemetery Sunday.  Services conducted by Rev. Culp.
 
A man whose name we are unable to learn, was run over by a freight near Makanda, Sunday morning.  From some marks on his body it was first thought he had been murdered and placed on the track, but the coroner’s jury we understand, returned a verdict of accidental death.
 


Thursday, 9 Oct 1890:
Will Turner, the youngest son of Mr. J. Y. Turner, the carpenter, died last Saturday morning of consumption, after a sickness of about three months.  He was only eighteen years old, and was an exceptionally bright boy.  He graduated from the Cairo High School when he was but sixteen, a member of the class of ‘88.  Services were held at the home on Division Street Sunday morning and the remains were taken to Jonesboro, Ill., for interment.  This is the second affliction Mr. Turner has suffered this year, having lost his wife last April.
 
Mr. Cyrus Carter, the maternal grandfather of State’s Attorney Butler, died at Mr. Butler’s residence last Sunday.  The old gentleman was 94 years of age.  He had made his home with Mr. Butler for some months.  Brief funeral services were observed at the house Monday morning, Rev. J. W. Phillips officiating, and the remains were taken to Anna for interment.

(His marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  Cyrus Carter 1803-1890.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Fatally Injured.

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 Dexter)
 
Death of Capt. Morehead.

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.
 
The remains of Cyrus Carter, aged 94 years, were brought up from Cairo Tuesday and buried here (Anna).  He was the father of Mrs. C. E. Butler and grandfather of W. N. Butler, Esq., and until last spring had been a resident of this city, for a number of years.
 
Grandma King, an old lady who lived along in a little cottage near Center Chapel, met a sad death Wednesday of last week.  White attempting to climb out of a corncrib, she fell and broke her neck.  Her body was found Thursday, having been out all night in a drenching rain.  She was about 80 years old and very feeble from a recent illness. The remains were taken to Mt. Pisgah for interment.  (Olmsted)

(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)
 
Walter Parker, a promising young man of Sandusky, died last week.
 


Thursday, 16 Oct 1890:
A man, name unknown, was struck by the incoming suburban train on the Central at the Sycamore Street crossing last evening and died from his injuries soon after he had been taken to the depot.
 
Will Cook, the colored fireman on the McComb, was drowned yesterday near Bird’s Point.  He threw a bucket to draw some water.  The current was swift and he was drawn overboard and drowned.  The body was not recovered.  He was to have been married last night to a daughter of Rev. William Kelly, pastor of the colored Free Will Baptist Church on 32nd Street.
 
Not Fatally Injured.

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 prove incurable.
 
Died, at this place (Wheatland), on October 9th, Mrs. Dave Reese, from a stroke of paralysis.  She leaves a husband to mourn her loss.  Mr. Reese has the sympathy of the community in his great loss.
 


Thursday, 23 Oct 1890:
Mr. John F. Quante, one of the oldest citizens of Metropolis, Ill., died on the 8th inst., of pulmonary consumption.
 
 
Thursday, 6 Nov 1890:
Death of Miss Maud Burnett.

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.
 
At 3 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 1890, Mrs. Matilda Worthington, widow of the late John Worthington, deceased, died at her home one mile west of Olmsted, surrounded by her family and friends.  Her fatal illness was of short duration and her death was sudden and unexpected.  Funeral services were held at the residence Monday and the remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery.


 
Thursday, 13 Nov 1890:
Mrs. Harvey Cloud, of America, the daughter of Mr. William Lyerly, died last Sunday and was buried Monday.  We understand consumption was the cause.
 


Thursday, 20 Nov 1890:
Mrs. J. M. Lansden left yesterday for Jacksonville, Ill., to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Eliza Smith, who died Tuesday night.  Mrs. Smith was between 70 and 80 years of age and had been quite ill for some time.

(John M. Lansden married Effie W. Smith on 25 Sep 1867, in Morgan Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
 
Mrs. Reischester, of America, died last Tuesday and was buried Thursday.
 
Another accident on the Big Four resulted in the loss of a life.  Last Sunday a southbound train struck and killed a man near Cache Bridge.  He was walking up from Cairo and being quite aged was probably deaf and did not hear the train until it was quite upon him.  His name was not known.
 
George Lentz’s baby died last Sunday morning of membranous croup.  (Wetaug)

(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 Dexter)
 
 
Thursday, 27 Nov 1890:
Mrs. Danforth, wife of Mr. L. D. Danforth, of Charleston, Mo., died very suddenly last Monday night, from an attack of apoplexy.  Her health had been failing for some time and her condition was such that she could not withstand a severe attack of disease.  She was highly respected and greatly beloved by all who knew her.
 
We have learned just as we were closing our forms last week that Mr. W. C. V. Randol, of East Cape Girardeau, died November 2nd, of pneumonia, aged 52 years.  and that Mr. Smith Minton, died November 10th, aged 83 years, also of pneumonia.  They were both old citizens of Alexander County.  Mr. Minton had lived in the upper bottom probably forty or fifty years.
 
We are sorry to learn that the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Chenlae died in Anna Saturday, November 15th.  Their Alexander and Pulaski county friends will sympathize with them in their grief.
 
Death of Judge Hileman.

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.

(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)
 
Dr. C. S. Armstrong, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church in Alton and afterward Synodical Missionary of the Presbyterian Church in Illinois, died in Jackson, Mich., Wednesday night, November 12th, of heart failure.  Dr. Armstrong was well known and greatly beloved in Cairo.  Rev. H. S. Hordan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Lansing, Mich., gives the particulars of Dr. Armstrong’s sudden demise in the columns of the Jackson Citizen as follows:  “Dr. Armstrong and myself were holding special missionary services at Battle Creek.  The Doctor spoke well and powerfully at the afternoon meeting.  While we were on our way to church for the evening service, Mr. Armstrong complained of being unable to breathe.  After a moment his difficulty was apparently overcome, and we walked arm in arm to the church.  As we entered the vestibule he again complained of the same trouble and I assisted him to a seat and leaving him in charge of some ladies who were just entering, I went for a physician.  Returning I found Dr. Roarback at his wide administering a remedy.  The Reverend Doctor revived somewhat and urged me to open the meeting.  A third attack came on shortly afterwards and the physician ordered him to be taken to his boarding place.  A carriage was procured and we placed him in it, Dr. Roarback and myself accompanying him.  While on the way Mr. Armstrong revived and evidently realizing his condition fervently commended his wife and family to God.  He then sank down and was to all intents dead before we reached the house, although he gasped once or twice after being taken in.
 


Thursday, 4 Dec 1890:
Mrs. J. M. Lansden returned Tuesday from Jacksonville where she was called to attend the funeral of her mother.
 
Mrs. Haskell, the aged mother of Mrs. James, on Eighth Street, is very ill and her friends have slight hopes of her recovery.
 
Capt. Nellis Dead.

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.
 
Neely Bettis Dead.

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 Dexter)
 
Jacob Evans, who has been living by himself in a shanty three miles east of town (Wetaug) for several years, died last Sunday or Saturday night.  A coroner’s inquest was held over the remains and the verdict was that he died from natural causes.
 


Thursday, 11 Dec 1890:
The funeral of Capt. Charles F. Nellis last Saturday was largely attended.  Rev. F. P. Davenport conducted the services.  The Blue Lodge and Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. attended in a body and an escort of Knight Templar headed the funeral procession.  The remains were taken by special train to Beech Grove for interment and a large number of friends joined the cortege to its last resting place.
 
Thomas Dunn, quite an old citizen of Mound City, died very suddenly Sunday evening.  He was buried Tuesday.
 


Thursday, 18 Dec 1890:
Died at the residence of his mother, ten miles north of Moscow, of consumption, last Saturday morning, Winstead D. McGinnis, aged 18 years.  Young McGinnis was a model young man of steady habits and a good character, beloved and respected by all who knew him.  Interment Sunday at 2 o’clock at McGinnis Cemetery.
 
Died here (Dongola) at the residence of her father, Tuesday morning, December the 16th, Miss Alice Clifford, daughter of Joseph Clifford, aged about 18 years.  Miss Clifford has been a resident of this place for some time and was well beloved by all who knew her.  Mr. and Mrs. Clifford have the sympathy of the entire community in this dark hour of grief.  Miss C. was only sick 4 days.
 
Died, on Friday evening, the 5th inst., Mrs. R. A. Lingle.  Funeral services were held on Sunday in the Lutheran church in Mill Creek after which the body was interred in St. John’s Cemetery.  The family have the sympathy of the their many friends.

(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 Dexter)
 
Died, on Saturday evening last of croup, a little daughter of Mrs. Laura Cox, who is at present staying with her grandfather, Solomon Miller, who resides 2 miles north of Mill Creek.  The bereaved mother has the sympathy of the community.
 


Thursday, 25 Dec 1890:
The estate of Hon. Thomas Hileman, who died recently at Jonesboro, was valued at $100,000.  He devised it all to his daughters, Mrs. Willard, wife of the banker, E. A. Willard, who now resides in Mexico, making her the executrix of his will without bond. 

 

Mr. Irvin's Monument.
Mr. C. R. Turner, superintendent of the marble works of Mr. George D. Pugh, of DuQuoin, was engaged yesterday in placing a monument at the grave of Hon. A. H. Irvin, in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The monument is of fine Quincy granite.  It is eight feet in height.  The vase is three feet square upon the ground.  The monument is of the cottage style—rather low and massive.  Its weight is 4,000 pounds.  Upon the base are the words, "At Rest," and immediately below them the name "Irvin" in raised letters.  Above the bases upon the side of the main shaft appears the name of Mr. Irvin with the dates of his birth and death.  Upon the cap, resting upon the main shaft, are nicely carved the cross and crown, the insignia of the Knights Templar, and these carved upon the outlines of a Maltese cross.  The structure combines simplicity with solidity and is apparently a very enduring monument to perpetuate the memory of a man well beloved in Alexander County.
 
Death of Mrs. Stratton.

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.


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