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Obituaries and Death Notices


The Cairo Citizen

1 Jan 1891-31 Dec 1891

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Thursday, 1 Jan 1891:
The late accident, which caused the death of Solomon Bauer, ought to be a solemn warning to others in the use of firearms; also to the persistent Sabbath breaker.  We should all make some reform with the incoming year.
Died, at her residence in this city (Anna), Monday, December 28, Mrs. John Rendleman, aged sixty-seven years.

            (A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Elisabeth wife of Levi Craver also 2nd wife of John Rendleman Born Oct. 10, 1823 Died Dec. 30, 1890.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday 8 Jan 1891:
Richard Knight, a stepson of Mr. G. M. Alden, of this city, was killed New Year’s Eve by falling through a hole in a railroad platform at Wheeling, West Virginia, and into the ice and water beneath.  His body has not been recovered.
Miss Anna Fischer, aged 25 years, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Fischer, of Holbrook Avenue, died last Sunday afternoon, after a lingering illness.  Funeral services Tuesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. Moenkemiller and interment at Beech Grove.
The family of Mr. A. H. Perrine is sadly afflicted with tonsillitis.  One child, a bright little girl of four, died Friday and three others were dangerously ill, though much improved at this writing. (Olmsted)
Samuel Wright died at his home in this place (New Burnside) Sunday.
G. P. Bird and wife were called Sunday to the bedside of Mrs. Bird's father, who was reported dying at his home in Jackson County.  He died Monday we have since learned.

Thursday, 15 Jan 1891:
Hon. T. J. Morrison, of New Madrid County, Missouri, died at his home near New Madrid, January 2d, in his 88th year.  He was one of the pioneers of Southeast Missouri and had been a state senator for sixteen successive years.
Mrs. Fannie M. Trick, the mother of Rev. A. H. Trick, died at eight o'clock last Thursday evening.  She had been a paralytic for three years past, which rendered her helpless, and was brought here from Chicago about a year ago.  During the past few months she has gradually grown worse and her departure from this world was no surprise to her friends.  Mr. Trick, who has been in Philadelphia for about a month, was summoned by telegraph and arrived only a few hours before her death.  The funeral occurred Friday and the remains were taken to Chicago for interment, the deceased having brothers there.  It was scarcely three weeks before that Mrs. Stratton died and this second bereavement in so short a time will awaken universally sympathy for the afflicted ones.
William Geck, who had lived all his life at the corner of 14th and Walnut streets, died at the Sisters Hospital yesterday morning of consumption.  The young man was only 27 years of age.  He leaves a small amount of property.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  William B. Geck Died Jan. 11, 1891 Aged 28 Yrs., 11 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
Another of Mr. Perrint's children passed away at 7 o'clock Friday morning and was buried Monday.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.
Died, on Thursday, January 8th, 1891, Mr. M. P. Walker, aged about 60 years.  Deceased was a highly respected citizen of Ohio Precinct, and leaves a wife and several children to mourn their loss.
On the 9th inst., Mrs. Nancy Cauble died, after a protracted illness. She was one of the oldest and most respected widow ladies and leaves quite a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her demise.  She was about seventy-three years old.
Thursday, 22 Jan 1891:
A full account of the death of Hon. George Bancroft, with a biographical notice, will be found upon the inside of this sheet.  He was the father of American history and went down to his grave in his 91st year, like a shock of corn fully ripe. 



            Peter Fahr, a German cooper living on Poplar Street, died Tuesday morning of bronchitis.  He was 49 years old and had made Cairo his home for nearly twenty years.  He leaves a wife, an aged mother, and several children.  The funeral occurred yesterday.

            (A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Peter G. Fahr Born Nov. 28, 1842, Died Jan. 20, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)

            Mrs. Martha Dunker, wife of Policeman Henry Dunker, died Tuesday evening of pneumonia.  She was fifty-four years old and leaves a husband and three sons to mourn her loss.  The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon under the auspices of Alma Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah, and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

            (A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Martha wife of Henry Dunker Born Sept. 22, 1836 Died Jan. 19, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)

            Mrs. J. H. Hagood, wife of the carpenter, died early Tuesday morning of pneumonia.  She was but twenty-five years of age, and leaves four small children.  The remains were interred at Arlington, Ky., the home of her parents.
A little child of A. J. Hudson died on last Thursday of croupous pneumonia, after a very short illness.
Mary Vancil died Sunday.  She was an estimable lady and had a great many friends who will mourn her departure.  Her funeral took place Tuesday and was very largely attended.
Thursday, 29 Jan 1891:
Death of Mrs. Cooper
[From the
Mound City Patriot]

            The people of our community were surprised and shocked last Wednesday by news of the death of Mrs. Cooper (nee Miss Erah Parker) the daughter of Lieut. J. F. Parker, which occurred at Villa Ridge that day.  Mrs. Cooper had been making her home in this city for the past six months and was taken to her father's home at Villa Ridge only a few days before her death.  She leaves an infant child.  Mrs. Cooper was very well known by a large number of our people and stood high in their estimation.  She was for many years a prominent teacher in the schools of our county.  She was married about a year ago, but her matrimonial venture was not a pleasant or profitable one, Her husband deserting her under such circumstances as to bring upon himself the odium of all who knew the circumstances.  The remains were interred in the Villa Ridge Cemetery Thursday afternoon.

(Harry A. Cooper married Erah Parker on 7 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Uncle John D. Lamer is very sick.  Small hopes are entertained of his recovery.  (Cobden)
A little girl of Levi McIntosh's died last Wednesday of membranous croup. (Wetaug)
Mrs. J. M. Lansden was summoned Tuesday to the bedside of her elder sister, Mrs. Moore, who lives at La Porte, Ind.  Mrs. Moore is afflicted with heart disease and her condition is critical.
Thursday, 5 Feb 1891:
Twelve Years in the Pen.

            The case of the People vs. Walter Johnson, for murder, occupied the attention of the circuit court at Mound City Monday and Tuesday and the colored people turned out en masse to witness the trial.  The jury was organized Monday and Tuesday, was spent examining witnesses and hearing the arguments.  The jury returned a verdict Tuesday night of guilty and fixed the penalty at twelve years in the Penitentiary.  The defendant, the deceased, Bob Lynch, and several other colored fellows were engaged in shooting craps, sometime last November (we forget the date).  Lynch having won Johnson's money, the latter picked up an oak stave and hit him across the forehead.  Lynch fell forward upon his face and remained in that position, insensible for some minutes.  He afterwards recovered sufficiently to walk home, but died a few days after.  There are several other negroes awaiting trial for perjury, growing out of this case.  The next case was the People vs. William Shelby assault to murder.
Miss Florence
Worthington, of Lower Caledonia, made two unsuccessful attempts to commit suicide by drowning last week.  Her mind is deranged and her present deplorable condition is deeply regretted by her many friends.
N. B. Hurt, well known to many here (Dongola) died at his home at Morely, Mo., January 31st, after several weeks’ illness, aged about 42 years.  Nath, as he was called, was a nephew of Mrs. Wright and a brother of Mrs. T. N. Henley.  Mrs. Henley was with him during the last week of his sickness.

(Thomas N. Henley married Mary F. Hurt on 19 Oct 1865, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. R. B. Duncan, wrote us from Salem, Oregon, January 29th, that his youngest child was very low with very little hope of recovery.  Late last fall he cut off the index finger of his right hand and had had very serious trouble with that, only recently recovering the use of the hand.  We are exceedingly sorry that he is thus afflicted.
Thursday, 12 Feb 1891:
William M. Brown, the Republican candidate for county judge of Jackson County at the late election, and formerly city clerk of Murphysboro and mayor of Anna, died every suddenly at St. John's Hospital in St. Louis, on January 31st.  An injured limb had been amputated, and Mrs. Brown was apparently improving, when an artery burst and he died almost immediately.  The remains were taken to his home at Murphysboro where he leaves a wife and two children.
Mrs. Annie Studer, an estimable German lady, died at her house two miles west of Olmsted, Feb. 4th, of pneumonia.  Deceased leaves a husband and nine children to mourn her loss.  Funeral services were held at the residence and the remains were taken to Concord Cemetery for burial.

(A marker in Concord Cemetery reads:  Our Mother Anna gattin von Jacob Studer Geb. 26 Jun 1845 Gest. 2 Feb 1891.—Darrel Dexter)
Albert Carter, son of the late John W. Carter, died at Mt. Vernon, Ill., last Saturday.  Mrs. Hogan and Miss Charlotte Carter went up to attend the funeral Sunday, returning Monday evening.
Died, Saturday, Feb. 7th, 1891, at her home at Trenton, Tenn., Mrs. Amanda Org, wife of Isaac Org, who is well known here (Dongola).  Mrs. Org is a sister to R. M. Davis, Mrs. John Holshouser, Mrs. Spangler and Mrs. Coughanowr, and was loved and respected by all.  The grief stricken family, the husband, a grown son and daughter, arrived with the corpse last Sunday and the funeral was attended by all the relatives and friends.  After a short sermon at the Congregational church by the pastor, Mr. Bedford, the body was laid to rest in the cemetery just north of town.

(Isaac A. Ong married Lydia Amanda Davis on 24 Jul 1862, in Union Co., Ill.  John Holshouser married Sophronia Davis on 9 Sep 1869, in Union Co., Ill.  George Washington Coughenour married Rose Bell Davis on 25 Feb 1880, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  To my wife A. L. Ong left us Feb. 7, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 19 Feb 1891:
Death of Mrs. Mulcahy.

Mrs. Nancy A. Mulcahy, wife of James H. Mulcahy, of Commercial Point, this county, died last Sunday, after a long illness of consumption.  Mrs. Mulcahy was forty-seven years of age.  She leaves six children, the youngest of whom is about twelve years of age.  The funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Mulcahy's maiden name was Arrington.  She was a consistent member of the Baptist church and has passed on to join the great majority on the other side of the river which has never yet been bridged and whose waters have never been vexed by oar, wheel or rudder.  Her husband and children can only remember that she has been called home and has joined the sons and daughter of immortality among the green hills and vales of Paradise.

(James H. Mulcahy married Nancy A. M. Burress on 13 Jan 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

COPELAND—At the residence of Mr. George Fisher, in this city, yesterday afternoon at 4:10 p.m., Mrs. Amelia B. Copeland, mother of Miss Julia B. Copeland, and of the late Mrs. George Fisher.

Mrs. Copeland was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, December 5th, 1803, and was consequently 87 years of age last December.  She had been a member of Mrs. Fisher's family for the past fifteen years.  Her maiden name was Cleaver.  She belonged to a long-lived family, her father, Tobias Cleaver, reaching nearly the age of 90 years.  Her mother's name was Adams.  She was a connection of the family of Samuel Adams, of Massachusetts.  When a young woman, she was a member of the Congregational church at Litchfield, during the pastorate of Dr. Lyman Beecher.  She was well acquainted with his sons, who afterwards became so famous.  During those early days the Law School at Litchfield was perhaps as celebrated as any in the country.  She very distinctly remembered Judge Gould, who was connected with that school.  She was married June 12th, 1826, to Mr. John B. Copeland, with whom she lived 48 years and 7 months, until his death.  Prior to the death of her husband, she was a very efficient, active, capable woman.  She has been gradually breaking down for the past fifteen years.  About one week ago she took a slight cold, which settled in her bronchial tubes.  The immediate cause of her death was an accumulation of mucus in the air passages of her lungs, which she was not able to throw off, and so she was smothered.  To her, death had no terrors.  Her work was done and she welcomed the pale messenger.
Killed His Brother.
[Special Correspondence]

OLMSTED, ILL., Feb. 17, 1891.—A sad accident happened to the family of Ben Bird Thursday of last week.  During the absence of the parents, their oldest son, a lad of four years, climbed upon a chair and, taking a loaded pistol from the bureau drawer, aimed it at his little brother, a bright little fellow of two years, who was playing on the floor, and pulled the trigger.  The ball entered the right eye and ranged downward.  The child lived about two hours after the shooting and died in great agony.
Zack Hudson, who for a score of years has been in the employ of Meyers, died last Thursday and his remains were interred Saturday in the National Cemetery by the Grand Army.  (Mound City)
Details of a most horrible accident come from Olmsted.  A five-year-old son of Mr. Ben Bird, living one mile and a half west of Olmsted, shot his little brother, aged four years last Thursday, killing him instantly.  The children had been left alone and the older one got hold of a pistol, which was discharged, the ball entering the left eye of the little fellow.  People will never learn to be too careful of loaded pistols.
Death of John Rees.

John Rees, the Twentieth Street baker, died last Tuesday noon of asthma and pneumonia, at the age of 63 years.  He had been in poor health for a long time.  Deceased was born in Germany and has been a citizen of Cairo for nearly forty years.  He leaves a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters.  The funeral was held this afternoon and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  John Ries 1828-1891.—Darrel Dexter)
The many friends of Hon. H. Clay Horner will be pained to learn that his wife died at their home in Chester on Sunday, February 8th.  Her age was only 31 years.  She leaves three daughters, the youngest only two weeks old.

(H. Clay Horner married Mary Fleming on 28 Nov 1877, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Ernestine Hely, the wife of Mr. Edward Hely, died at Belton, Texas, recently of heart failure, at the age of twenty years.  The remains were interred at West Plains, Mo.  Mr. Edward Hely is a son of Mr. John P. Hely, a former resident of Cairo.
Thursday, 26 Feb 1891:
Died, Wednesday night, February 18th, 1891, Gracie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hunsaker, of membranous croup.  (Wetaug)

            (A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Gracie Naomi daughter of A. J. & E. Hunsaker Born Nov. 15, 1889 Died Feb. 9, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 5 Mar 1891:

Timmons—Died at the residence of James W. Davidge, in Olmsted, Saturday, February 28th, 1891, at 11:15 p.m., Charles P. Timmons, aged 38 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Deceased was a highly respected citizen, a man of noble principles, generous to a fault and wholly incapable of anything unbecoming a true gentleman.  Funeral services were held at the church Monday, where an impressive sermon was delivered by Rev. Gross.  The remains were then taken to the family lot on the old homestead, two miles west of town, and buried with the honors of Odd Fellowship, of which order he was an honored member.
John Fitzgerld, of Sanburn, an employee of the C. C. C. & St. L. railway, was run over and killed by a train on that road on the 21st.  He had spent the day in Vienna and imbibing freely, was in an intoxicated condition when on his return home on his railroad tricycle.  When between Bloomfield and Sanburn the train struck him, cutting his body upon fearfully.
A mill was blown up about four miles above here (East Prairie, Mo.), killing two men instantly and wounding seven others, two of whom will die.  Drs. Chatman and Dible rendered medical assistance to the sufferers.
Mr. Charles P. Timmons, of Olmsted, died Sunday of pneumonia and was buried Monday.  His sickness was of short duration.  He acted as deputy at the recent term of circuit court.  Since then he has been in the employ of the Peoria Stave Company, buying timber in the woods, and would for hours at a time wade around in the water without even the protection of a pair of rubber boots.  From this exposure he contracted pneumonia, which ended in his death.  He was about 32 years of age.
Mrs. Tibbs, mother of Mr. Andrew Dougherty, is dangerously sick with la grippe. (Mound City).
Resolutions of Respect.

Whereas, the Grand Master of the universe has seen fit in His Providence to remove from our midst to the reward of the just our beloved and lamented brother, J. W. Johnson, of Belknap Lodge No. 251, I. O. O. F., of the grand jurisdiction of Illinois, who departed this life February 14th, 1891; be it

Resolved, That in the death of Bro. Johnson this lodge has lost a worthy and highly respected brother; his children a kind and indulgent father; his wife a faithful and loving husband, and the church a faithful and devoted worker in the cause of our Savior.

Resolved, That this lodge extend to the family and friends of Bro. Johnson its sympathies and exhort them to depend wholly upon Him who can rob death of its terrors; and be if further

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the papers; that they be spread upon the journal of this lodge, and that a copy be transmitted to the bereaved family.
S. D. Peeler,
B. S. Penrod,
J. B. McDowell, Com.
Mitchell Danforth, the eight-year-old son of Mr. R. C. Danforth, formerly of Charleston, Mo., was run over and killed by an electric car in St. Louis on Monday of last week.  The remains were brought to Charleston and interred last Wednesday.
Mrs. Emma Pohle, wife of Frank Pohle, living over Hebsacker's bakery, died suddenly last Friday afternoon of heart disease.  She had been separated from her husband for some time and was living with her mother.  She leaves two children.  The funeral occurred Monday from St. Joseph's Church with interment at Villa Ridge.
Mr. John Walsh, a brother of Richard Walsh, of this city, died in St. Louis last week.  He was formerly a resident of this city.
Thursday, 12 Mar 1891:
Brakeman Killed.
Special Correspondence.

ANNA, ILL., March 11th, 1891.—Thomas Ridgeway, a brakeman on the Illinois Central railroad, met a horrible fate at Mile 32 four miles south of Anna Monday night.  His train, a wild freight northbound, had received orders to run in on the siding at Mile 32 to let No. 2 pass.  Ridgeway jumped off the engine and started to run ahead to open the switch.  As soon as he cleared the engine he signaled the engineer to go ahead.  While running, he fell between the rails and the engine was on him before it could be stopped.  He was brought to our city and taken to the office of Dr. F. S. Dodds, surgeon of the railroad, where he died an hour afterwards.
Death of Byron F. Blake.

Died, at his home in this city, Monday, March 9th, at 10:15 a.m., Mr. Byron F. Blake, after a serious illness of about three weeks.  Mr. Blake came to Cairo in the year 1869 and engaged in the wallpaper and paint business with his cousin, Mr. B. F. Parker, the firm being Parker & Blake.  About the year 1876, the firm was dissolved by the withdrawal of Mr. Parker and Mr. Blake continued in the business.  He met with some reverses and finally the Cairo Paint and Paper Company was incorporated and Mr. Blake's business was merged in that, and he became the secretary and treasurer of the company, which position he held at the time of his death.  In the summer of 1876 he married Miss Annie E. Phillis, daughter of the late John B. Phillis.  His wife with one son eight years of age survives him.  Mr. Blake was a native of Kensington, New Hampshire, where he was born Nov. 21st, 1848, but his boyhood was spent most in Lynn, Mass.  He was a man of very great energy and spirit.  he has represented his ward in the city council and has been city treasurer.  if there was any drudgery or any fatuitous work to be done for the public or for any society of which Mr. Blake was a member, he was the man to do it.  He was capable, efficient and willing.  He was for many years connected with the Presbyterian Sunday school and was its secretary.  He was quite active as a member of the Presbyterian society, though never a communicant of that church.  For the past year or two his health has been failing and he has been compelled to give up most of his work for the public.  He was a member of Cairo Commandery, K. T., which organization will take charge of his funeral.

(Byron F. Blake married Anna E. Phillis on 29 Jun 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of John H. Foster.

Mr. John H. Foster, an old citizen of Alexander County, died at his home at Commercial Point last Saturday.  His health had been failing for some time, but until within a few weeks he had been able to attend to business.  A paralytic stroke is said to have been the immediate cause of his death.  He leaves a widow and four or five children.  Mr. Foster had been a justice of the peace and was a man of prominence in his neighborhood.  He was 58 years of age.

(John H. Foster married Malissa Davis on 15 Nov 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Monday, March 9th, of consumption, Miss Nannie Shad, aged 18 years. (Wetaug)
Died, Tuesday, March 3rd, of consumption at the residence of Mrs. Margaret Crotzer, Miss Clara Ellerton. (Wetaug)
The memorial services in honor of Gen. W. T. Sherman, held at the Congregational church last Sunday were well attended—the church was thronged and the address delivered by Dr. D. R. Sanders, of Jonesboro, was listed to with great interest by all.  The church was decorated with the national flags.  The Dongola Post, G. A. R., take this method of returning thanks to the choir for the very appropriate music rendered by them.
Mr. James A. Phillis arrived in the city from Montana yesterday morning about four o'clock.  He went at once to the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Blake, and was surprised to find watchers there.  He had not heard of Mr. Blake's death.
The funeral of Mr. B. F. Blake will take place tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. The cortege will leave the house at 2:30 p.m.  Burial at Villa Ridge.  Rev. F. P. Davenport will conduct the services.  The aged father of the deceased is here from Lynn, Mass., to attend the funeral.  The Blue Lodge F. & A. M. will take charge of the funeral while a squad of Sir Knights will act as an escort.

Thursday, 19 Mar 1891:
The remains of a Miss Cunningham, a sister of Mrs. John A. Logan, were brought to Marion for interment last Saturday.  She has been demented for some time and died, we believe, somewhere in Missouri.
Death of J. F. Oller.

Mr. J. F. Oller, who resided near Olive Branch in this county, died suddenly last Sunday morning about nine o'clock.  He arose and took breakfast as usual and said to his wife that he was feeling better than he had for some time.  After breakfast he went out into the stable.  Some twenty minutes afterwards one of his small boys went into the stable and found his father lying upon the ground.  He gave an alarm and assistance came at once.  He was removed to the house, but died almost immediately.  He was about 48 years of age.  He served his country in the field during the war.  Ever since the war he has had a disease of the heart, which has at some times been very severe.  He has tried to secure a pension, but failed to do so.  He leaves a widow and six children, some of them grown.  the body was buried Tuesday in the Twente Graveyard.
Disasters upon the River.

Last Sunday proved to be a very disastrous day upon the river.  Two men were drowned here and five coal barges were sunk.  Daniel Clancy, a son of Mr. Patrick Clancy, was drowned about three o'clock in the afternoon.  He came up the river in a little boat and as he turned in toward the shore above the wharfboat he struck a current, which he could not stem.  His boat was carried under the wharf boat and he was thrown out and carried down the river.  Several persons caught a glimpse of him, but nothing could be done to save him.  He was once an alderman from the third ward.

Quite late Saturday night Mr. Charles S. Torray is supposed to have been drowned on the other side of the river.

As the towboat Joseph B. Williams was attempting to pass the bridge Sunday afternoon with a very large town, she was carried by the force of the current against one of the piers and five barges were lost, valued at $12,000.
Col. C. O. Patier.

About the first of February Col. Patier went to Hot Springs, hoping to get relief from a trouble, which resulted probably from a bad condition of the blood.  He reached home last Thursday quite ill with pneumonia.  For a full week now he has lain just on the border land between life and death.  There is hope in his case simply on the ground that while there is life there is hope.  From any other view his case is well nigh hopeless.  He has the best medical care.  Messrs. Ed. Cotter and Charley Hessian are untiring as nurses.  Everything that skill and good nursing can do is being done.  The weather today is unfavorable.  It is damp and rainy.  He may possibly recover, but the chances are against him.
Thursday morning, March 12th, of brain fever, Mrs. John Davault.  She was sick but a short time.  She took sick on the preceding Friday with the symptoms of la grippe, which developed into a violent congestion of the brain and resided all treatment.  She was an industrious woman, a good mother and the husband and three little children left have the sympathy of everybody.  The remains were interred at the Reformed cemetery Friday. (Wetaug)
Capt. John W. Carroll died in St. Louis last Sunday.  Capt. Carroll has been prominent in business and steamboat circles.
Mrs. Tennie Cunningham, nee Davis, died last night at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Henry Baird, of consumption.  She was about the house yesterday, but the grim messenger came suddenly and took her away.  Her husband, to whom she was recently married, is a telegraph operator at Memphis.
Thursday, 26 Mar 1891:
Suicide by Hanging.
ANNA, ILL., March 25, 1891.

Charlie Rendleman, a simple-minded young man living in the southeastern part of the county, committed suicide by hanging himself Friday afternoon.  His body was found Saturday by Judge H. W. Otrich.  Coroner Eddleman was summoned and held an inquest.  The young man imagined he had been crossed in a love affair and had grown moody, and had from that time threatened to kill himself.
Col. C. O. Patier.

As we went to press last week it seemed hardly possible that Col. Patier could survive, but he passed the crisis and is slowly improving.  The weather had been greatly against him and his improvement has been unsteady.  Some days he has had too much fever.  But under the skilful treatment of Dr. G. G. Parker and the best possible nursing by J. B. Cotter and Charley Hessian, he is decidedly better, and if he has not relapse, he will be about again in a very few weeks.
Died, 16th inst., little infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. James Smith.  (Elco)
Mrs. Kate Murray, of Hodges Park, is still very sick with probabilities of recovery against her.
Frank Oller dropped dead of heart disease a few days ago, yet doctors couldn't say he had heart trouble.  A pension now will do him no good.  (Elco)
Death of W. S. Lane.

Mr. W. S. Lane, of Mound Junction, died very suddenly last Sunday evening, aged 72 years.  He was in his usual health during the day enjoying a visit from his daughter, Mrs. DeGelder.  Feeling badly toward night he lay down and soon died.  He was buried by Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M., Tuesday.  He was a charter member of the Lodge.  He was also a member of Cairo Commandery K. T.   A large number of friends from Cairo attended the funeral.  Mr. Lane had lived in this vicinity for about 35 or 36 years.  He resided in Cairo during and from some time after the war.

(George P. DeGilder married Alice M. Lane on 14 Dec 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We are pained to chronicle the death of Mrs. Low, wife of Col. E. M. Low, of Pulaski.  She had been quite ill for some time and her death was not altogether a surprise.  She died Monday morning, aged about 60 years.

Thursday, 2 Apr 1891:
A colored woman named Ford, housekeeper for Mr. F. Fitzpatrick, at the National Cemetery, died Monday, of pneumonia and was buried Tuesday.
Mrs. Richard Wilson died last Friday of pneumonia.  (Wetaug)
Mrs. Sue H. Trigg, a sister-in-law of Capt. Thomas W. Shields, died at his residence this morning at 5:40  Funeral services were held at the house at 12 m. today.  Interment at Lexington, Mo.
Thursday, 9 Apr 1891:
Mr. Peter Cruse, an old citizen of Union County, died at his home near Mill Creek last week.  He was an old soldier and a patriotic citizen.

(His marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Peter M. Cruse Born Dec. 14, 1823 Died Mar. 31, 1891 Aged67 Yrs., 3 Ms., 17 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Belle Gwathney, the aged mother of Mrs. Charles Cunningham, died Tuesday afternoon at the residence of Mr. Charles Cunningham, on Seventh Street.  She was 74 years of age.  The funeral services wee held at the residence yesterday afternoon and the remains taken to Louisville, Ky., for interment.  Mrs. Gwathney had made her home with her daughter, but about two months, coming here from Memphis, in the hope of regaining her health.

(Charles Cunningham married Annie Marshall Gwatney on 9 Feb 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Z. J. N. Hail, who lived in Elco Precinct near the Union County line, died early last week after a protracted illness of dropsy.  Mr. Hail was a man of positive convictions.  Though born and reared in the South, nothing could induce him to join the secessionists.  After the war broke out, when he could remain at home no longer he made his way north and joined the Union Army.  He was a good citizen and highly respected.  He leaves a widow and several children.
Col. W. E. Moberly died at his residence north of town (Cobden) Last Friday.  The colonel was highly esteemed by his numerous friends and acquaintances here.  He formerly lived in Missouri, where he founded the town, which now bears his name.  His funeral took place from the residence Sunday.  He was buried under the auspices of Cobden post G. A. R. of which he was a member.

(His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Col. W. E. Moberly Born Mar. 13, 1822, Died April 3, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 16 Apr 1891:
Death of Mrs. Ricks.

Mrs. Ricks, wife of Elder Nelson Ricks, pastor of the colored Free Will Baptist Church, corner Fifteenth and Walnut streets, died at 12:35 this afternoon.  She had been ill about one week with pneumonia, we believe.  Her death is a surprise and a terrible shock to her many friends.

(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Malinda Ricks Died April 16, 1891, Aged 40 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Emmett Overby, a brakeman on the Illinois Central, was run over and killed last Thursday night at Clinton, Ky.  His remains were brought to his home at Wickliffe and interred Friday afternoon.  He was not more than twenty years old and his horrible death was a crushing blow to his family and friends.
David McKernen died Saturday morning in the 24th year of his age.  Dave, as he was familiarly called, was a very intelligent colored boy and had a host of friends.  His remains were laid to rest Sunday in Cobden cemetery.  The colored band, of which he was a member, acted as pallbearers and discoursed sweet music as the procession wound its way.

(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  David McKernen Born Mar. 29, 1868 Died Apr. 11, 1891, Aged 23 Yrs., 13 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The grip is becoming quite serious in Mound City.  A number of cases are reported and the disease seems to be more malignant than last year.  Three of Mr. Brandt's family have just recovered from it and Mrs. John A. Waugh, is among its victims.  Mrs. Waugh is quite seriously ill.
Died, a few days ago, of consumption, near Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Dread McGinnis, aged 25 years.

(Etheldred McGinnis married Sarah J. Greney on 5 Feb 1886, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in McGinnis Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant reads:  Dread McGinnis Died Apr. 6, 1891 Aged 27 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 6 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Stevens, of Commercial Point, died at the residence of her son, Fred Stevens, Monday night of pneumonia.  She had been ill but a short time.  She leaves three children all grown and married.
News has just reached here (Dongola) that Mr. James Arnett, of Johnson County, was shot and killed by someone yesterday.  April 13th, as he was returning home from Vienna.  We have not heard particulars at this writing.
Mrs. Kate Murray, wife of James Murray, of Hodges Park, and daughter of Judge and Mrs. John H. Robinson, died at the home of her parents at five o'clock Monday morning.  She was a victim of consumption and for the past five months had been confined to her bed nearly all the time.  She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her demise.  The funeral occurred Tuesday morning and the remains were interred at Elco.
Thursday, 23 Apr 1891:
Died, Saturday, April the 11th, Mrs. Moses Smith, of Cache Chapel, of consumption.  (Wetaug)
W. H. Parker (Uncle Bill) died Wednesday morning.  (Vienna)

Thursday, 30 Apr 1891:
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Kurzdorfer died last Friday morning and was buried Sunday at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Rufus P. Robbins received word Tuesday morning of the death of his niece Mrs. William Otis, at Kansas City.  She was a victim of consumption.  As Miss Daisy Robbins, she will be remembered as having lived her some twelve years ago.

(William E. Otis married Daisy H. L. Robbins on 8 Sep 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The body of Charles Torrey, who was drowned at East Cairo on March 14th, was found last Sunday by workman who were making some repairs on the Mobile and Ohio incline.  It was caught between some timbers and partially covered with sand.
Mrs. Fitch, wife of J. N. Fitch and sister of M. M. and T. W. Thompson, of Carbondale, died last Saturday.  Mrs. Fitch left a large circle of friends to mourn her death.  The funeral took place from the family residence 1 ½ miles north of town, Sunday.  Her remains were laid to rest in Cobden cemetery.

(James M. Fitch married Mary A. Thompson on 7 Nov 1872, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Mary A. Fitch Born Aug. 30, 1849 Died April 24, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 7 May 1891:
C. M. Howe Dead.

Mr. C. M. Howe died at New Orleans yesterday afternoon.  He had been battling with consumption for some two or three years with the usual experience of hope and despair.  He went to New Orleans February 23rd that he might enjoy the advantages of the salubrious climate of that latitude and also for medical aid.  Nothing could stay the ravages of the dread disease, however, and at last the grim messenger came to his relief.  Mr. Howe was the senior member of the firm of C. M. Howe & Bro., of this city.  He came to this city from Mississippi about twenty years ago and engaged in the commission business.  His brother, Frank, soon joined him and they have built up an enormous business and have acquired wealth.  Mrs. Howe has been one of the alderman from the second ward for some years.  He leaves a widow and two children well provided for.
Quite a sad affair occurred here (Dongola) Friday evening, which caused the death of Eli Peeler.  The facts are as follows:  Eli Peeler, a young man raised here and well known to everyone, returned from Wetaug on the 5:18 p.m. train and was quite noisy and abusive in front of Benton's store.  He was or had been drinking.  Finally the marshal, J. A. Peeler (his cousin) came along and put him in the calaboose, after a considerable struggle.  That seemed to make him worse and he soon lighted the bedding and threw a blanket or quilt out between the bars of the calaboose while blazing and he was told by some one outside not to kindle a fire in there.  He replied with an oath "let her burn" or words to that effect and soon kindled another fire which resulted in the total destruction of the calaboose soon after Peeler had been taken out fatally burned.  He lingered till Saturday morning when he died.  His hands and face were terribly burned and it is thought he inhaled a great deal of heat and smoke.  He lived a short distance east of the calaboose and was removed to his home as soon as the door of the calaboose was broken open.

Thursday, 14 May 1891:
Gone to Her Reward.
[Topeka Capital]

Died—Otis—Daisy Robbins Otis, wife of William E. Otis, of Kansas City, Mo., in the 35th year of her age of quick consumption at their suburban home at Englewood, Mo., April 28, 1891, at 7 o'clock a.m.  Thus after a brief illness of a few months, a young, loving wife and tender mother is called from fondest ties on earth to enter upon the joyful eternity of a home above.  Mrs. Otis, who was a sister of our former townsman, W. G. Robbins, and the daughter of Chandler and Henrietta Robbins, of Marietta, Ohio, was born in Chicago, March 11, 1857, and married William E. Otis, then of Independence, Kan., September 8th, 1880.  The severity of this trial falls heaviest on her husband, left with five children of most tender age whom together with her other kindred and friends mourn this untimely ending of a pure and noble Christian.  The last sad rites were performed by Rev. L. Blakesly, her brother's former pastor at Topeka Cemetery yesterday morning where her mortal remains were laid to rest besides those of father, mother and brother, while her soul passed heavenward to rejoin them in the mansions of the blessed.
Hon. A. J. Kuykendall.

Died in Vienna, Monday morning, May 11, of typhoid fever, Hon. A. J. Kuykendall aged 76 years.  On the 4th of July 1886 Major Kuykendall addressed the good people of Johnson County on the theme "Sixty Years in Egypt."  A friend of Major Kuykendall told us this story of his very early life.  In the month of March, 1815, the parents of Major Kuykendall were moving from a distant state to southern Illinois.  They had reached Illinois tho' not the end of their journey when the young Major first opened his eyes to the light of day.  On the day of his birth, his parents heard of the famous victory, which Andrew Jackson had won over the British about two months before, at New Orleans.  Is it any wonder that he was named Andrew Jackson Kuykendall?  His whole life was spent in Egypt.  His education was limited, but what he lacked in education he made up in sterling good sense.  He commanded the confidence of his neighbors in a wonderful manner and held it to the last.  In 1842 he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and was re-elected in 1844.  He occupied a seat in the senate of Illinois for ten consecutive years from 1852 to 1862 by election and re-election.  He was again elected to the senate in 1878.  On the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the 31st regiment Illinois volunteers and was the first major of the regiment.  He resigned however, in 1862.  In 1864 he was elected to represent this district in congress.  He was the first man who ever carried the district in opposition to the regular nominee of the Democratic party.  When bloody treason stalked abroad in the land Major Kuykendall was a patriot.  Every drop of his blood, every fiber of his organism and every thought aspiration and purpose of his breast were loyal to the core.  He was ready to meet treason and traitors with their own weapons and upon their own ground whether it be in legislative halls or on the bloody field.  He was a man well posed and had complete control of himself.  He never went to extreme, but had strong convictions and was firm as a rock.  Is it any wonder that he held the confidence of his neighbors?  He was elected to the office of county judge of Johnson County for one or two terms.  He was at one time well off in this world's goods, but disasters came and he lost nearly all.  He was seized by the grippe some weeks ago.  After struggling to free himself from its grasp the disease assumed the from of typhoid fever and carried him off.  He was loath to call a physician and when his friends became alarmed and called one without consulting him his disease was beyond control.  He leaves a son, J. B. Kuykendall, one of the prominent businessmen of Vienna, and four daughters, all married.  Funeral services were observed Tuesday when all that was mortal of Major Kuykendall was consigned to the bosom of mother earth.
The hand of affliction has been laid very heavily upon Mrs. J. M. Lansden, of this city.  It is not long since her mother died.  Only last week she was called to Jacksonville to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, and last Saturday she was summoned to La Porte, Indiana by the announcement of the death of her elder sister, of heart failure.  She left early Sunday morning.  This makes the fourth time in less than a year that she has been called away by the sickness or death of some member of the family.
Mary A. Vessel died on the 7th from consumption, lacking but a few weeks of being 21 years of age.  The funeral took place on Friday, the Rev. J. H. Runnalls officiating.  The father of the deceased has the sympathy of the community (Alto Pass).
Several of our people (Alto Pass) attended the funeral of Mrs. Hartline at Casper on Wednesday.  She was a very old settler in this neighborhood.

(John Hartline married Margaret Rentleman on 19 Jun 1831, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Casper Cemetery reads:  Margaret Hartline Died May 12, 1891 Aged 77 Yrs., 1 Mo., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at the residence of her parents, two miles west of Olmsted, Thursday, May 7th, at 8 p.m. of consumption, Miss Iona Castor, aged 25 years.  The deceased was a highly respected young lady and for several years a teacher in the public schools.  The community extended condolence to the heartbroken family in their sad bereavement.
Exploded Her Boilers.

The towboat My Choice of the St. Louis and Mississippi Valley Transportation Company, exploded one of her boilers last Monday evening at 7:40 p.m., when some twenty-five miles up the Mississippi.  Great confusion followed the accident and the boat drifted several miles before she could be landed.  Three men are missing, one of them a colored man, and they were probably blown into the river and drowned.  Three others were badly scalded, but will probably recover.  They were brought down to the U. S. Marine Hospital here for treatment.  The news of the accident was brought to this city by some of the boat crew in a skiff, and Dr. McNemer went up and rendered medical aid.

Thursday, 21 May 1891:
Mr. J. B. Blanchfill, of Vienna, generally known as the owner of fine racehorses, finished his own race last Saturday.  He died at his home in Vienna.
The little two-year-old daughter of Capt. and Mrs. J. W. McKinney, died Tuesday forenoon of brain fever.  The funeral occurred yesterday and the interment was at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Two or three men injured in the boiler explosion of the My Choice last week died at the marine hospital in this city.  Michael Cahill died last Friday evening and James McDonald on Monday evening.  Both of these men were residents of St. Louis.
The case of the People vs. Charlie Curtis for murder of Dock Brooks was called for trial yesterday immediately after dinner.  It is quite difficult to secure a jury.  At noon today the panel was nearly complete.
A little child of J. S. Casey was buried at the cemetery Tuesday. (Wetaug)
The wife of John Hollenback died Wednesday morning of pneumonia and will be interred at Jonesboro.

(John Hollenback married Mahala Melvina Shipley on 15 Sep 1886, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Mahala wife of John Hollenback Died May 19, 1891, Aged 53 Yrs.—Darrel Dexter)
A serious shooting affray took place Wednesday morning at Jessen's Mill in which Frank Sprowse shot Nat Wright twice, once in the arm and once in the chest.  The bullets are not extracted.  Sprowse gave himself up directly after the shooting.
An infant of J. S. Casey died last Monday and was buried near Wetaug Tuesday.  (Dongola)
Mr. Nathaniel Childs, editor of the Coulterville Republican, met with a very severe loss on May 11th in the death of his wife.  The story is a very touching one.  They had been married but little more than eleven months.  She was a most devoted wife and their brief married life was the very happiest, blessed by one child, who is now left motherless.  A thorough Christian all her life, she was a power for good in the community.  We extend to Brother Childs our deepest sympathy.

(Nathaniel Childs married M. McMillan on 4 Jun 1890, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 28 May 1891:
Homicide in Johnson County.

From Vienna we learn that a young man named Elkins was shot and killed Sunday night by a young man named WinchesterElkins lived about two miles west of Vienna.

The case of the People vs. Charles Curtis was submitted to the jury last Saturday night.  The jury was out about 42 hours.  They brought in a verdict of "Not Guilty" Monday afternoon.  There were some seventy-five persons present at the time.  They made very loud and tumultuous demonstrations of satisfaction with the verdict.  On the first vote upon the question of guilt or innocence, five voted for conviction and seven for acquittal.  After a while four more jurors were ready to join in a verdict for acquittal while one solitary juror held out for nearly twenty-four hours for conviction.  As the evidence was given the opinion generally prevailed that a verdict of guilty of manslaughter and a term in the penitentiary would be the result.

Mr. M. T. Scott, one of the most prominent citizens of Bloomington, died in that city last Thursday morning of pneumonia—the result of la grippe.  Mr. Scott owned, we believe, several hundred acres of land in this county, he owned over 2,000 of finely improved land in McLean County, upwards of 5,000 in Central Illinois and 2,500 acres near Des Moines, Iowa.  He owned a controlling interest in the McLean County Coal Company, of Bloomington, 43,000 acres of iron lands near Nashville, Tenn., and only recently formed a syndicate of English gentleman with a capital of $1,000,000 to operate these mines, known as the Cumberland Iron Works.  Deceased was a brother-in-law of Hon. Adlai E. Stevenson, who was First Assistant Postmaster General under Cleveland.  Mr. Scott was a typical Southern gentleman and took great pride in his native state, Kentucky.  He also took pride in the fact that he never drank a glass of liquor and never used tobacco in any form.
Two Negro Women Have a Bloody Fight and One Is Killed.

Last Monday night, about eleven o'clock, Mrs. Fanny Myers, and Miss Nettie Claypool, two colored woman who live on Fifth Street, had a bloody encounter.  They had both been in our county jail for violation of the city ordinances.  It would appear the Claypool cut Meyers across the wrist of the right arm making an ugly wound, whereupon Myers wrested the knife from Claypool and inflicted upon her nine wounds, literally cutting her to death.  It is claimed that they fought over a bashful youth named Moses Goodman.  Mrs. Myers hid herself for a time but finally gave herself up to the police.  A coroner's inquest was held and she was consigned to the county jail to await the action of the next grand jury.
Mrs. S. H. Spann went to Dongola to attend the funeral of Mrs. Little
Our community (Dongola) was shocked on last Saturday morning when it was reported that Mrs. Little was no more.  She had not been in good health for several years, but was not confined to her bed more than two or three days at any time lately, and had been up all day Friday and was able to walk, and had walked to the bedside of her son in the adjoining room not more than an hour before her death ad called him to get the doctor.  Dr. McLain soon came and after leaving some medicine one dose was given her, and her son was waiting on her and was a short distance from the bedside when she called to him and almost immediately expired.  Mrs. L. had suffered a great deal of dyspepsia and other complaints and, although her demise was sudden, her most intimate friends were not greatly surprised, for she often had remarked lately that she was almost worn out and could not last much longer. 

The subject of this sketch, Sarah A. Dennis, was born in Jefferson County, Miss., March 14, 1822, and was married to John F. Little, in Madison County, Miss., Nov. 13, 1839, and died May 23, 1891, at Dongola, Ill.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. S. L. Wisner at the Congregational church last Monday afternoon, after which the remains were followed to their final resting place in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery.  The family that are left to mourn her loss are the husband, John F. Little, and a son, J. A. Little and one daughter, Mary E., wife of W. W. Palmer, of Glasco, Kansas, while a son and two daughters passed on before, several years ago.  Mrs. Little was loved and respected by all.  She was a woman who was kind, benevolent and sympathetic.  The community extends their sympathy to the bereaved family.

We desire to return our sincere thanks to the people of Dongola for their kindness and sympathy shown us during our late bereavement, and trust none of them will ever lack for friends and that they may ever be as kindly treated as we were.
John F. Little.
J. A. Little.

Thursday, 4 Jun 1891:
Mrs. Tell, wife of Mr. Charles Tell, died Monday evening.  Funeral services were conducted yesterday at the family residence by Rev. Moenkemueller, of the Lutheran church, and the remains were interred at Beech Grove.
The My Choice Victims.

The bodies of the three men recently blown overboard from the My Choice lodged near Hickman.  A couple of small boys in a skiff towed two of them to the bank, and they were interred in the Hickman Cemetery.  The third was so thoroughly decomposed that it was permitted to go down the river.  The bodies bore every evidence of being the My Choice victims, as they were terribly scalded, the bodies being almost entirely nude, probably from the force of the explosion.—Paducah Standard

Thursday, 11 Jun 1891:
Death Mrs. Call.

Mrs. Call, wife of Capt. C. H. Call, died Sunday afternoon after a protracted illness.  She was worn out with consumption.  Everything that could be done for her was done, but nothing could stay the progress of the disease.  Funeral Tuesday afternoon, Rev. F. D. Davenport officiating.
Shelby Hung for a Crime He Perhaps Never Committed.

A few minutes after midnight Sunday night a mob of armed and disguised men rode into the little town of Wickliffe, just below Cairo in Kentucky, and halting near the jail, proceeded to the house of J. S. Rawlins, the jailor, and demanded the keys of the jail.  He refused to surrender them, whereupon they took him out of his house and placing a rope around his neck threatened to hang him.  He escaped and ran, but was caught and kept under guard.  Meanwhile a party was engaged searching his house for the key and soon found it.  With a yell of triumph they rushed toward the jail where Evan Shelby was confined for the murder of Mrs. Sallie MooreShelby had been tried twice.  The first time the jury failed to agree.  On the second trial he was convicted and given a life sentence in the penitentiary.  A tremendous pressure was brought to bear upon the court and some of his ruling were probably irregular.  At any rate, Shelby appealed to the supreme court of Kentucky.  This court recently heard the case and overruled the judgment of the lower court and granted the prisoner a new trial.  When the friends of Mrs. Moore heard of this decision of the Supreme Court, they determined to take the law into their own hands and executed the prisoner.  Arriving at the jail they found the prisoner armed with a hickory spoke.  He asked for a chance for his life, which was refused.  He warned them that it would not be safe for them to venture within the jail.  One man more adventurous than his fellows did start to enter the door when the hickory spoke came down upon him laying him out in a jiffy.  The mob then fired upon him with their pistols, probably without effect, but a rope was thrown about his neck and he was jerked to the floor and dragged out of jail as they would drag a hog.  He was dragged 150 yards more or less, to a tree where he was hanged.  Whether he was dead or alive when hanged is uncertain.  A coroner’s inquest was held and a post mortem examination made.  We are informed that while wounds and bruises were found upon the body it was not certain that any of them were gun or pistol shot wounds.  Mr. Mort Shelby, an uncle of Evan Shelby, was also charged with being an accessory to the murder of Mrs. Moore, and was under bond for his appearance in court when wanted.  When the mob demanded the key of the jail from Rollins, he told them to go for Mort Shelby.  They told him that they had already attended to Mort.  This however was not true as we understand.  Mort Shelby was a free man and in a condition to defend himself.  Some members of any mob attacking him would probably bite the dust.  The evidence connecting Evan Shelby with the murder of Mrs. Moore was purely circumstantial.  It pointed strongly to him we are told, but still he might have been innocent.
The announcement of the death of Miss Emma Smith, of Charleston, Mo., was a very severe shock to her Cairo friends Tuesday although they knew her condition was hopeless.  The funeral occurred yesterday.

Thursday, 18 Jun 1891:
George Hendricks Dead.
The ex-City Attorney Passes Away Suddenly Tuesday Morning.

The city was startled Tuesday morning by the announcement that George W. Hendricks, Jr., had just passed away at 7:30 a.m.  The fact that he was seriously ill was not generally known.  He had been confined to his house about one week with inflammatory rheumatism, but no apprehension was felt.  It seems that he had suffered somewhat from a trouble at his heart for some years.  He returned from a business trip to Arkansas some ten days ago and had not felt well since that time.  His system was probably filled with malaria.  On Sunday he had a very high fever and was delirious.  Toward the last he would be better and then worse.  On Monday his case was very hopeful, but he was delirious in the night and early Tuesday morning his condition was desperate.  The complication of diseases baffled all human skill, and he died at 7:30 a.m.

Mr. Hendricks came to Cairo with his father's family from Memphis in 1862, when he was a child.  He grew up here and received his education in our public schools.  He graduated from our high school in 1874, and immediately studied law in the office of Linegar & Lansden.  He was admitted in the bar in 1876.  Since that time he has been engaged in the practice of law.  He has been city attorney for the past four years and was defeated for the same position at the April election.  He leaves a wife and little daughter.  He had not accumulated much property, but he had $5,000 insurance upon his life in an Odd Fellow's company.  He owned a fine little homestead on Sycamore Street, but it was under mortgage to one of our building and loan associations.  His life insurance will save the homestead to his widow and will give her a good start beside.  She is an excellent singer and will be able to do something for herself.
The funeral occurs this afternoon.  His brother, William E. Hendricks, is here from Dodge City, Kansas.  The members of the bar met at the court house yesterday afternoon and adopted appropriative resolutions and paid a suitable tribute to his memory.  He will be buried under the auspice of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  George W. Hendricks Born April 29, 1856, Died June 16, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)
An infant daughter of C. M. Clifford died last Monday after an illness of about a week.  It was buried in I. O. O. F. Cemetery Tuesday. (Dongola)

(Charles M. Clifford married Ada M. Parker on 2 Nov 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, June the 8th—Daisy, infant daughter of J. E. and M. E. Nance.  Deceased was one of the first of several children attacked with meningitis five or six months ago in Wickliffe.
Dennis Karraker died at his home east of town last Friday after a short illness from the effects of congestive chills.  Mr. K. was one of our most substantial farmers, respected by all and was of a jovial friendly disposition, kind to all and will be greatly missed by all his neighbors.  The funeral was held at the meeting house near his late home and was largely attend by friends and relatives.  The burial was at the Hinkle Cemetery nearby.  Rev. William Rhodes of Anna conducted the services.

(His marker in Hinkle Cemetery reads:  Dennis Karraker Born July 18, 1830 Died June 12, 1891 Aged 60 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 24 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Mary Butcher died at the old homestead June 14th, aged 44 years, 8 months and 9 days.  Funeral services were held at the house and the body buried in the Norton Cemetery on June 16th, the Rev. J. H. Runalls officiating.

(William Butcher married Nancy Corgan on 5 Jun 1842, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Butcher-Norton Cemetery north of Alto Pass reads:  Mary A. dau. of William & N. Butcher Born Oct. 5, 1846 Died June 14, 1891, Aged 44 Yrs., 8 Ms., & 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The Shelby hanging is reacting on the minds of the people and it is to be hoped there is reaction on the conscience of the participants in that sad affair.  Evan Shelby may or may not have been implicated in the murder of Mrs. Moore, in either case it is hardly possible for an infuriated mob worked up to a pitch of murderous frenzy by neighborhood gossip and the unjust and almost unparalleled bitterness of the prosecution, to assume the functions of justice instead of the sober (though sometimes tedious) course of the legal justice.

Saturday, 25 Jun 1891:
Crushed to Death by the Cars.

Andrew Kline, a brakeman on the Illinois Central Railroad, was run over and killed last Thursday afternoon, between Bridges Junction and Mounds.  His train, the construction train which hauls earth from the Villa Ridge hills, ran over some cattle, wrecking eight cars, and he was caught and crushed in the debris.  He leaves a wife and several small children.  Kline was a mail carrier under Postmaster Irvin.
A Paducah Physician Dead.

PADUCAH, KY., June 23.—At 11 o'clock last night, Dr. Thomas E. Reivers, one of the oldest and most prominent physicians of this city, died suddenly at his residence, of heart failure, in his 60th year.
Died, in Wickliffe, On Monday morning, the infant and only child of Sam and Jennie Owens.


Thursday, 2 Jul 1891:
Death of William H. Schutter.

Died, in this city last Friday night about 11 o'clock, Mr. William H. Schutter, of a cancerous disease of the throat.

Death marked him for a victim some two or three years ago, and the announcement of his death occasioned no real surprise, except as death is always a surprise.

His disease had made such progress two years ago as to cause a slight but constant hemorrhage.  Dr. Stevenson then performed a very skillful operation, cutting into his throat and tying the artery and thus stopping the hemorrhage.  The doctors said, however, at the time, a cure was beyond human skill; that he could only add a year or two to his patient's life.  Slowly and steadily the disease has made its inroads.  Mr. Schutter has been able to be out upon the streets a little up to within a very few weeks, but he was very much emaciated and very weak.

He was an old citizen of Cairo, coming here before the war.  In 1863 he was one of our wealthiest men, but reverses came and swept away his property.  He was a man toward whom everybody felt kindly.  In his reverses and misfortunes he had the kindly sympathy of every man in the community, for he was himself a kind-hearted man.

He leaves a widow and eight children—three sons and five daughters.  Two of the daughters are married, the eldest to Harvey Robinson, of Memphis, the second to F. W. Karsmeyer of this city.
The remains were interred in Beech Grove Cemetery Monday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. James Turman's cup of sorrow is constantly full, they having lost, on the 23d ult. a little infant son—one of the twins—and on the 27th ult., just four days later, their little Maud passed away after but a few hours of terrible suffering.  All sympathize with the bereaved parents.

(James M. Turman married Etta M. J. Daily on 24 Feb 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. A. C. Atherton removed from Hodges Park to Johnson County, about four miles south of Vienna, a few months ago.  We learned just too late for last week's issue that his wife died very suddenly of a heart trouble probably on the morning of June 18th.  The body was brought down and buried two miles west of Villa Ridge.  The old friends and neighbors of Mr. Atherton will sympathize with him in his great sorrow.
Col. Thomas F. Wheeler, late auditor of the Cape Girardeau Southwestern Railroad, died in Cape Girardeau, June 21st.
Thursday, 9 Jul 1891:
Cutting Affray at Ullin.

A very bad affray occurred at Ullin July 4th, by which one man may lose his life.  A man by the name of Joe Duvall and a lad some eighteen years of age named Sidney Augustine occupied the same room on the night of July 3d.  On the morning of July 4th the body thought he was short a dollar or two in his cash and charged Duvall with taking it.  Duvall resented the charge and sharp words were used.  Mr. John Bise took the part of the boy.  Mr. Duvall was retreating and said he did not want any difficulty, but while his attention was attracted by Mr. Bise the boy ran up to him and stabbed him with a pocketknife.  The knife entered the abdomen and the small intestine protruded.  Dr. Robinson was spending the Fourth at Anna and no surgeon could be found.  Several hours passed before the man received any attention.  Dr. Robinson came home and did the best he could for him, but his chances for recovery seem very doubtful.  The boy was arrested and taken to the jail at Mound City.
Drowned in the River.

A man named George Clark was drowned in the Ohio at Fourth Street Monday evening.  He went in to take a swim and, being drunk, sank beneath the water and did not appear again.  He was one of a crowd of men who were brought down from St. Louis by the towboat Eagle and discharged here.  His body was found yesterday morning.
Died, of membranous croup, Thursday, July 2d, Sarah, the eldest daughter of S. S. Manus, aged 7 years.
John Bise and Sid Augustine were arrested Monday and taken to Mound City for an assault on a man named Duvalt, the 4th of July, at Ullin.  Augustine cut the man in two or three places with a knife.
Thursday, 16 Jul 1891:
Three Persons Killed by An Insane Man.

The murder of three persons in Pulaski County last week Wednesday, by Daniel Welsh, a negro who is supposed to be insane, was a shock, which is seldom felt by any community.

As dead men tell no tales, and as there seem to have been no witnesses to the bloody tragedies, the facts were chiefly gleaned from Welsh himself.

For some time he has exhibited signs of insanity, but was never considered dangerous.  He told his own story to the editor of the Pulaski Patriot about as follows:

About 10 o'clock in the morning he went to the residence of Dr. Waite to procure some medicine.  After leaving Waite and en route home he met Patrick Moss in the road.  Welsh had a gun in his hand and ordered Moss to climb a fence and get into an adjoining field.  Here he struck him on the head with the gun and then took a club and beat his head to a pulp.  Welsh returned to Waite’s house, and while there Carter Odle came along the road.  Welsh followed him toward his home, and when they had proceeded about a quarter of a mile he told Odle that the Lord had commanded him to kill him and he was going to do it.  The boy begged him not to do so, but the boy was told to climb the fence into an adjoining field.  The boy did this and then ran about 200 yards, when he was overtaken and his skull crushed by repeated blows with the heavy club.  After the death of the second victim Welsh again returned to Waite's.  About 2 o'clock he left there and went to the home of Edly Davis nearby.  Finding no one at home, he tore down the outhouses and was demolishing the inside of the residence when Davis arrived on the scene..  Welsh had left his gun outside the house and Davis secured it and asked Welsh what he meant.  Welsh then came out, and after some parleying the latter sat down the gun.  Welsh immediately grabbed it and told Davis he was going to kill him and suggested a pile of rails nearby as an appropriate place for the execution.  Davis took to his heels and ran to the woods, but was overtaken and killed in like manner as the two victims.

He took the hats of his victims to Waite's and said he had been killing squirrels.

He was found by the officers at his home near Cross Roads.  His house was surrounded by a posse and he was arrested after a desperate struggle.  He voluntarily took the officers to the bodies of his victims and gave them the details of the awful tragedy.  He was taken to the Mound City jail and an inquiry will be made soon as to his lunacy.  The persons killed were all colored, two of them heads of families, and Odle, the boy, 12 years of age.

(The 23 Jul 1891 Citizen refers to him as Daniel Walsh.—Darrel Dexter)
Last Thursday Mrs. Ammon and son were killed by an O. & M. train while out picking blackberries near Fox River west of Olney.  Her son was hard of hearing and failed to hear an approaching train, which ran him down, literally cutting him to pieces.  Mrs. Ammon, in her effort to save her body, was struck and fearfully mangled by the train, and her body thrown from the bridge into the river.  As the place was on a curve and down grade the train could not be stopped.
Died, at the residence of her parents on the night of July 14th, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson.  The bereaved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of our people.  (Sikeston, Mo.)
Died, Saturday, July 11th, Mrs. Susanah Barnum, wife of M. J. Barnum, aged 45 years.  Funeral services ere held in the Baptist church Sunday.  (Cobden)

(Miles J. Barnum married Susannah Mangold on 6 Aug 1865, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Susan wife of M. J. Barnum Died July 11, 1891, Aged 54 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 15 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Duvall, the man who was stabbed at Ullin, July 4th, is very low.  We don't think he will recover.  Sidney Augustine, the boy who stabbed him, is lodged in the Mound City jail.
S. S. Manus buried another child last Friday, which makes the second in a week.  The disease is croupous diphtheria instead of membranous croup, as was first thought.  He has another child dangerously ill with the same disease.
Squire Dick Rogers, an honored citizen of Wickliffe is not expected to live.  He has been confined to his bed with Bright's disease of the kidneys and other complications for about three weeks.  In addition to the above he is about 70 years old, and taking his age and present condition together leaves very little hope of a final recovery. 


Mr. Norman J. Slack, postmaster at Metropolis died in that city July 3d, and was buried Sunday, July 5th.  Mr. Slack was only 46 years of age and yet he served in the army three years during the war of the rebellion.  He was a man of the people, and his funeral was attended by the Masons, G. A. R. the K. of P. and the K. of L. of which organizations he was a member.

(Norman J. Slack was a private in Co. I, 120th Illinois Regiment during the Civil War.  He enlisted in August 1862 at the age of 18 and was a native of Johnson Co., Ill.  Norman J. Slack married Mary M. Sexton on 24 Jan 1869, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 23 Jul 1891:
George W. Higgins Shot at His Home in Olmsted.
As Usual a Woman in the Case, and the Claim is "Purely Accidental."

Mr. George W. Higgins, of Olmsted, the late partner of Mr. J. Y. Clemson, is as well known in this community as any merchant in Southern Illinois.  His wife, the daughter of Mr. George W. Olmsted, was spending a few days at Creal Springs.  During her absence Mr. Higgins took his meals, or some of them at least, at the hotel.

On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. G. G. Parker, of this city, was called by telegraph to go up to Olmsted at once for surgical work.  He went, and found Mr. Higgins lying upon his bed suffering from a pistol shot, which he saw at once must prove fatal.  The ball entered just above the navel and went a little to the left, nearly through the body, causing internal hemorrhage.  Mr. Higgins lingered until about 10 o'clock.  Wednesday morning, when he died.

A telegram was sent to his wife at Creal Springs Tuesday evening calling her home, but giving no clue to the cause.  It came too late that she could by no possibility reach home that night.  She left yesterday morning at the earliest possible moment and reached home just before her husband died.  She learned upon the train that her husband had been shot.

It seems that Miss Minnie Riddle, a daughter of the late Dr. Riddle, lived in the family of Mr. Higgins some time ago as a domestic that since that time she has frequently kept house for Mr. Higgins during the absence of his wife; that an intimacy—probably an undue intimacy—sprung up between Mr. Higgins and Miss Riddle.  When Miss Riddle learned that Mrs. Higgins had gone to Creal Springs she went to the house of Mr. Higgins.  It was known that both she and Mr. Higgins had been drinking heavily during the day and it is certain that they were both under the influence of strong drink when she shot him.

When her mother learned what her daughter had done she took a pistol and went to the house of Mr. Higgins, saying that she would finish the man if her daughter had not done so, and that then she would kill her daughter; that she was tired of having things go on so.  She was dissuaded from her purpose, however.

A coroner's inquest was held over the body of Mr. Higgins, yesterday afternoon, and elicited some new facts.

Judge H. N. Smith testified that he called on deceased soon after the shooting.  He asked how it happened and Higgins replied:  "Oh, it was an accident; she didn't intend it."

Ned Sanders, an old negro, was in the yard drawing water, when he said he heard loud voices.  He recognized them as the voices of Higgins and Miss Riddle.  She said, "I'll kill you, d--n you," and he replied, "The h-ll you will."  Almost instantly after this the shot was fired.  He went into the house and found Higgins on the floor, who said to witness, "Uncle Ned, I'll never get over this."

Ben Higgins, son of the deceased, was sitting in front of the store when the shot was fired.  He ran to the house.  Miss Riddle answered his knock and let him in.  He ran upstairs and found his father lying upon the floor.  He said to witness, "She shot me."  Ben seized the woman by the throat and choked her, saying, "I'll kill you."  His father called to him and told him to let her alone, saying "She is not to blame."  His father then turned over and vomited a large among of blood.

Miss Riddle then tried to manufacture evidence for herself.  She said to Higgins, "George, you know you went after the revolver and told me to snap it.  I did, and it did not go off.  I snapped it again and it went off. "  She then cried, "My God!" and fainted.  When she became conscious again she asked Ben to forgive her.  He replied that he would see about that later.  His father said to witness:  "If I die I want to be buried with Millie (his first wife) and the baby."  When witness rushed to the house he found the pistol from which the shot had been fired lying on the ground in the front yard, where it had been thrown from a window.

Mrs. Higgins, herself identified the pistol as one which her husband had given her.  She said:  "I asked George if Minnie Riddle shot him, and he said yes; I asked him if she did it intentionally and he refused to answer."  Mrs. Higgins then went on to say that she believed Minnie fired the shot with intent to kill her husband.  She (Minnie) had tried to make her jealous of her husband at various times, but she had the fullest confidence in him.  He always treated her right.

Dr. J. A. Hale, who was first called to attend the deceased, said that he asked the deceased who shot him.  He answered:  "Minnie, but she didn't intend it."

This was the substance of the evidence taken by the coroner’s inquest.  The young woman was taken into custody, and though she had remained at Olmstead in charge of an office up to this morning, it is probable that she will be removed soon to Mound City jail unless she is too ill to do so.  She is, of course, laboring under great excitement and was thoroughly prostrated.  The report that she had taken poison with suicidal intent is probably without foundation.

Mr. George Higgins was 43 years of age.  He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, August 28, 1847.  He settled at Caledonia in 1872 and married Miss Mollie Clemson, by whom he had one son, now 18 years of age.  His first wife died in 1879.  In 1882 he married Miss Nannie Olmstead, then residing in this city.  He has a brother in Cleveland, other friends living in Wheeling and a sister in Topeka.  The funeral will probably occur next Sunday.

(George Washington Higgins married Nannie Olmstead on 26 Apr 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Principal of Sumner School Died Monday Night.

Died, in this city, Monday night, July 20th, of intermittent bilious fever, Mr. W. E. McEwen, in the 36th year of his age.

Mr. McEwen was born in 1855 at Oxford, Miss.  He was, of course, a mere child during the war.  He was educated at Alcorn University, in the State of Mississippi.

In May, 1879, he came to Cairo, and has made his home here since that time.  In the autumn of that year he married Mrs. Mattie Sowell, whom he leaves as his widow.

Mr. McEwen leaves no children, though his wife has a son by her first husband, now nearly grown.
During the past five years Mr. McEwen has been principal of the colored school in this city.  By his upright course, firm, gentle considerate, quiet, unobtrusive and thorough he has commanded the sincere respect of the friends and patrons of the school, both white and colored.  The school has made marked progress during his administration, more so, we believe, than ever before.  There has been less friction and more general satisfaction among the patrons of the school than ever before.

The school closed about the middle of June.  Mr. McEwen was at the time completely worn out.  He went immediately to Hopkinsville, Ky., to rest.  He thought that there he could recruit his vital forces.  He was there three weeks, but found no relief.  On the 8th of July he was prostrated with intermittent bilious fever.  Finding that he could not escape the grasp of the fever, he decided to return to Cairo.  His devoted wife was with him.  She brought him back, reaching Cairo July 12th.  Fore eight days the struggle with the fever continued, until at last he succumbed to the grasp of the fell destroyer.  All that could be done for his relief was done by loving friends, but to no purpose.

He carried a policy of insurance upon his life, issued by the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co., of Newark, N.J. for the sum of $2,500.  This will be a great help to his family.

He was a member of Lincoln Lodge, A. F. & A. M., under whose auspices he was buried yesterday afternoon.  He was also a member of the A. M. E. Church.

Members of the lodge marched to the late residence of the deceased and to the music of a solemn dirge escorted the funeral cortege to the A. M. E. church, where fitting services were held.

The members of the Board of Education, with Professor Clenderen, attended in a body.

The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

(W. E. McEwen married Mattie Sowell on 22 May 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Wife of Judge Comings the Victim of Paralysis.

Mrs. Comings, the wife of Judge Alfred Comings, was stricken with paralysis last Wednesday night.  The disease seemed to affect only the nerve forces.  She lost the use of her right hand and left limb at first, but afterward regained it.  Last Friday noon she lost her speech and remained in that condition until Tuesday night at 10 o’clock, when she died.  During all this time she was perfectly conscious and her sufferings were intense.

Her sudden death was a great blow to her family and friends.  She was in apparently good healthy up to last Wednesday.  In fact, but a few hours before she received the stoke she expressed herself as feeling remarkably well.

Mrs. Comings was nearly 62 years old.  She had been married twice.  Her former husband died early in the sixties.  One son survives her as the result of this marriage, Mr. James W. Mason, of the Iron Mountain railroad.  She afterward married Judge Comings, and leaves one son by him, Fred Comings, just nearing his majority.  Mrs. Comings was a sister of Henry and James Kinnear

She had a large circle of friends who will always feel her loss and remember her kindly.

(Alfred Comings married Sarah A. Mason on 17 Aug 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Born in Cobden, Ill., Feb. 19th, 1891, died at 3 a.m. July 18th, 1891, Guy Herbert, only child of Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Sterrett, aged 4 months and 29 days.  Funeral services were held at the residence at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Interment in Cobden Cemetery.

(Edward O. Sterrette married Ida M. Herin  on 23 Oct 1889, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Guy Sterrette Our Darling.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at the residence of her parents, on July 13th, E. Maud Malone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Malone.
Mr. E. B. Morton, who married the widow of Dr. Wolfe some three or four years ago, died last Friday in the Hospital for Insane at Anna.  He was an old soldier, and was buried with the other solders in the hospital cemetery.  His widow still resides at Olmsted.

(E. B. Morton married Mrs. Mary E. Wolfe on 24 Apr 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Monday of puerperal convulsion, Martha, wife of Oscar Eddleman.  The remains were taken to Vienna for interment.  She had lived here (Wetaug) about a year, and was reared near Vienna.  Her husband and babe have the sympathy of the neighbors.

(Oscar Eddleman married Martha A. Mullinax on 29 Sep 1887, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The trial of Burb and Ed. Stanley, charged with the murder of James H. Arnett, occupied the attention of the circuit court for a full week, and resulted in a verdict of acquittal for both defendants.  Ed Stanley was acquitted because the jury believed that he was not implicated in the murder in any way, and as to Burb, the plea of insanity was sustained.  It was not denied that Burb Stanley committed the homicide, but the jury did not believe him morally responsible at the time.
Shot Himself.

A man named S. F. Owsley committed suicide Tuesday morning about 8 o’clock at 1109 Washington Avenue, shooting himself through the heart.  Owsley had a wife and a large family of children living on a farm near Wickliffe, Ky., but owing to his dissipation his wife would not live with him.  He was barkeeper at Gibson House for a time, but lately was out of employment.  He was about 50 years old.
Daniel Walsh, the crazy murderer from Pulaski County, has been brought down to Cairo and placed in our county jail for safekeeping.

(The 16 Jul 1891 Citizen refers to him as Daniel Welsh.—Darrel Dexter)
The little babe of Hon. and Mrs. T. W. Halliday died yesterday.  It was a little girl about five months old.  The mother came very near to death's door just previous to her birth, and now the little child is gone.

(Thomas Wyatt Halliday married Charlotte Josephine Taylor on 1 May 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. J. L. Freeze, father of W. T. Freeze and George W. Freeze, of Mound City, died at West Plains, Mo., July 9th.
Thursday, 30 Jul 1891:
Man Killed on the Central.

Tuesday evening about 4 o'clock as engine No. 1460 on the Illinois Central was backing down to the Second Street depot with the passenger train known as No. 4, she struck and killed Herman Michaels, just below Eighth Street.  The circumstances are as follows:

Michaels was going down to meet the Gus Fowler, which was just coming into port.  A long line of freight cars standing on the levee prevented him from seeing any approaching train, and above the loud whistling of the Fowler he could not hear the sound of the engine bell.  Just as he stepped upon the track the tender struck him and knocked him down, pushing him along before it.  He was horribly crushed about the head and body, and lived but about town minutes.

Michaels was a large fellow and was commonly known as "Big Mike."  He earned a living by doing odd jobs about the city.  He has no immediate relatives here.
He's a Bad Man.

Charles Curtis who was recently acquitted for the murder of "Doc" Brooks, at Hodges Park, has been playing the mischief again.  Last Sunday evening he attempted to kill Bob Henderson at Hodges Park, but was prevented by outsiders.  Henderson was one of the principal witnesses against him in this trial.  Curtis was arrested yesterday and it now in the county jail.
Death of Capt. Lanning.

Capt. James Lanning, brother of Mrs. E. K. Riley, and father of Mrs. H. H. Candee, of this city, died Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa.  He had been spending the summer there seeking to improve his health, which was very poor.  His death was the result of hemorrhage of the bladder.

Two of his daughters, Mrs. L. D. Bayley, of Parkland, Ky., and Mrs. S. V. Cordish of Chicago, were present at his bedside during the last hours.

The funeral occurred in Chicago, Tuesday and Mrs. Riley went up from here to attend it.  Mrs. Candee and son, Harry, were also in attendance, but Mr. Candee remained at Cape May, where they family have been spending the summer.

Captain Lanning was born at Bridgeport, Pa., on May 19th 1821, which made him a little over 70 years old at his death.  He learned the cabinet marker’s trade, but in 1842 he obtained a position on the river and his whole life from that time on was devoted to steam boating.  At the outbreak of the war he offered his services to the Union cause and was quite actively engaged in naval warfare on the lower Mississippi winning distinction, but at the same time receiving injuries from which he never fully recovered.

He was a charter member of Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. of this city.

(Henry H. Candee married Belle S. Laning on 22 Feb 1868, in Cook Co., Ill.  Standish V. Cornish married Anna V. Laning on 14 Sep 1871, in LaSalle Co., Ill.  Louis D. Bayley married Julia M. Lanning on 10 Feb 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Squire Dick Rogers, whose illness was mentioned in the Citizen two weeks ago, died on the 16th instant and was buried at Cane Creek burying ground the next day.  (Fort Jefferson, Ky.)
Joe Duvall, the man who was stabbed here (Ullin) July 4th, is recovering.
Anthony George, an old and highly respected citizen living thee miles northwest of town (Wetaug), died last week of paralysis, aged 83 years.

(His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Anthony George Born Feb. 24, 1808 Died July 20, 1891 Aged 83 Yrs., 4 Mos., 26 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Tuesday, July 28th, at the residence of his daughter, in Dongola in the 62nd year of his age, Mr. J. R. Elliott. Mr. and Mrs. E. have made their home with the family of Rev. L. C. Carter ever since they moved from Kentucky.  Mr. E. has been almost an invalid for several years, but was only confined to his bed about ten days.  Deceased was a member of the church for many years and also the Masonic order.  Funeral Wednesday and burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  J. R. Elliott Born Mar 18, 1826 Died July 28, 1891 Aged 65 Yrs., 4 Mos., 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 6 Aug 1891:
William Martain, an old colored citizen of Cairo, died yesterday morning at his house on Park Avenue. He was 62 years old.  He leaves a wife and family.
Death of Miss Lou Christman.

The news of the death of Miss Lou Christman, which occurred at 2:15 yesterday afternoon, at the family residence No. 231 Twelfth Street, caused great sorrow in our city.

Miss Lou had been in poor health for a long time.  Her illness was chiefly caused by an enlargement of the heart, but a complication of disease resulted in her death.  She managed to attend to her duties as cashier of the Woodward Iron and Hardware Co., until the 5th of last January—just seven months before her death—when she was obliged to give up her labors and devote her time to the endeavor to improve her health.  She went South by boat in February, visiting New Orleans and Memphis, but the trip failed to benefit her much.  During these seven months of sickness she endured intense bodily pain, but all without a murmur.  It is wonderful that she held up so long, but it shows how strong her constitution was.

Just a few weeks ago her brother, Mr. W. D. Christman, of Franklin, Kan., accompanied by his wife and child, spent two weeks here, and during the time Miss Lou appeared much better and was able to sit up most of the time, but after their return she was taken worse.

Her death was very peaceful—a quiet passing from this world into the next.  She was conscious to the very last, and was surrounded by the family during the last moments only her brother, Mr. George Christman, being absent.  he was down at Kennett, Ky., on a business trip, and arrived home this morning.

Miss Christman was born in St. Louis on October 17th, 1858, and was therefore nearly thirty-three years old.  At the age of thirteen she united with the Methodist church and always since then she has been very active in church work.  She was a most earnest and consecrated Christian and her influence will live long after her in this community.  her death is a severe blow to her family, but with it comes the comforting fact that her days of suffering are over and that she now enjoys her reward.

The funeral will occur Saturday from the Methodist church, interment being at Villa Ridge.

(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Laura Lou Chrestman 1853-1891.—Darrel Dexter)
In Memoriam.

[Line on the Death of Baby Jean Halliday by Anna L. King] 

(poem not copied)


Mrs. Lydia Foster was telegraphed last Thursday evening of the extreme illness of her infant grandson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Toler, of Anna, and left Friday morning for that place.  The babe died that morning and was buried Saturday.

(Ellis S. Toler married Alice Foster on 20 Oct 1879, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, July 31st, at his residence in Cairo, Ill., of heart disease, A. G. R. Sherrod.  Mr. Sherrod was born in Calloway Co., Ky., May 2d, 1862.  He moved to Kansas in 1874 in road wagons, but did not like the country, so he returned and landed at Fort Jefferson before he unloaded his wagons.  From 1874 to 1888 he remained at the fort an honored citizen.  In the latter year he removed with his family to Cairo, where he died.  Deceased was a Master Mason in good standing, in Wickliffe Lodge No. 635 A. F. & A. M. and by his request was taken charge of by said lodge and buried at Cane Creek Cemetery with Masonic honors August 1st.  The immediate family left to miss and mourn his loss are his wife and three grown sons, all residents of Cairo.
Thursday, 13 Aug 1891:
Murder at Carbondale.

Last Friday morning Chester H. Clark, a young man about 22 years of age, was killed by Marshal Robert MortonClark had been creating a disturbance and was arrested by the marshal, who turned him over to a deputy to put him in jail.  On the way to the prison Clark resisted and was getting the better of his captor, when Morton came to the deputy's assistance, and drawing a revolver, shot Clark through the heart, killing him instantly.  The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of unjustifiable homicide and Morton was taken to the county jail at Murphysboro to await the action of the grand jury.  Clark was a son of Rev. O. N. Clark of Carbondale.
The remains of Herman Michaels who was killed by the Illinois Central on Ohio Levee, were taken up from the Seven Mile Graveyard and interred at Villa Ridge last Friday on instructions from his New York relatives.
The funeral of Miss Lou Christman occurred last Saturday afternoon.  The members of Parthenia and Alma lodges Daughters of Rebecka attended.  The last sad rites were very touching and the profusion of flowers showed the love her friends held for her.
Two Fireman Drowned and Three Others Badly Scalded.

The following appears in Tuesday's Globe Democrat:

The steamer Idlewild met with a serious accident by the bursting of a steam pipe about 8:30 o'clock on Sunday night, while the boat was on the way from Commerce, Mo., to this city.  The boat has been running regularly between St. Louis and Commerce, leaving this city on Mondays and Fridays.  She has a good patronage, both of freight and passengers.  At the time of the accident, the boat was about two miles below Ste. Genevieve.  Captain John Griffin was in command and Clerk Taylor was looking after the welfare of the passengers, who numbered about eighty.

The passengers were suddenly thrown into a state of the wildest excitement by a terrific explosion, which tore up a section of the floor near the middle of the cabin.  A lady passenger, Miss McNamara, of this city, was standing almost directly over the bursting pipe, and was hurled several feet toward the rear end of the cabin, but strange to say she escaped unhurt.  Chairs and tables were thrown right and left.  Blinding steam filled every portion of the cabin, and, to add to the consternation of the passengers, the steam continued to escape with a deadening roar until it was all out of the boilers.  On the deck below the rousters and other member of the crew fared much worse than the passengers.  Two rousters named Charles Anderson and Marshal Carter, and a colored passenger named Beal were badly scalded by the steam.  Sam Jackson, a colored fireman, and another fireman whose name could not be learned were on a bod a short distance from the bursting pipe and were apparently frightened so much an extent that they jumped overboard.  Their bod was undisturbed by the explosion, but it is thought the men were not badly scalded, if at all.  The have not been seen since and are supposed to be drowned.

The steamer Crystal City was a short distance behind the Idlewild when the explosion occurred.  She towed the disabled boat to Ste. Genevieve and taking her passengers stock and poultry aboard brought them to this city.  She arrived here at 2 p.m. yesterday.  The three colored men who were scalded were sent to the Marine hospital.  The towboat Dolphin was sent to Ste. Genevieve after the Idlewild, and will bring her up today.  The steamer Calhoun took the place of the Idlewild last evening and will remain in the trade until the repairs of the Idlewild are completed.
The infant baby of J. McMurray died last week at its grandfather's F. M. McMurray's.  (Elco)
Henry Crite, who has been sick for several weeks with dropsy, died Tuesday morning.  The remains were interred at Mt. Pisgah, Rev. D. C. Hurst conducting the obsequies.  He was a very industrious and sober young man and gave promise of much usefulness.

Thursday, 20 Aug 1891:


            Mr. C. Kocht, the lower Commercial boot and shoe dealer, died Last Monday morning early of dropsy.  The deceased had been in poor health for a long time, but was bedridden for two weeks prior to his death.  He was nearly 56 years old and had been a citizen of Cairo for about thirty years.  The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. P. Davenport.  Interment at Villa Ridge.

            (A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Christian F. Koch Died Aug. 17, 1891 Aged 55 Yrs., 1 Mo. & 26 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)

            Mrs. Fitzgerald, wife of Coroner Richard Fitzgerald, died Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., after a hard struggle with sickness.  She was 42 years of age, and had been married to Mr. Fitzgerald fifteen years, one son being the result of the union.  The funeral occurs today.

            (Richard Fitzgerald married Margaret Sheehan on 6 Jun 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Monday evening at 9:20 o’clock, Miss Florence Putnam died at her father’s home, surrounded by friends and relatives.  She had just passed her 19th birthday.  Florence is now at rest, after a three years’ struggle with that fell destroyer of human life, consumption.  All that human aid could do was done, but to no avail.  Florence was of unpeculiarly quiet and kind disposition, making a friend of every acquaintance and always exhibiting a child-like Christian life.  May she rest in peace.  (Elco)


We are sorry to note the death of little Reilus Mowery, of Pulaski County.  Funeral was preached a 10 o’clock last Monday at St. John’s Church, about three and a half miles northeast of here (Mill Creek).

            (Eli Mowery married Amanda Jane Cruse on 18 Nov 1869, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Aurelius son of Eli & A. J. Mowery Born Aug. 31, 1883 Died Aug. 16, 1891 Aged 7 Yrs., 11 Ms., 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)  


Thursday, 27 Aug 1891:

Mr. Robert W. Morton, who murdered young Clark at Carbondale a few days ago, has been admitted to bail by Judge Roberts on a writ of habeas corpus, the judge fixing the bail at $10,000.  There may be mitigating circumstances, but from all accounts that we have seen, it was a most base and cowardly murder.


Another death.  Mr. Walter Mowery’s youngest son, Saturday morning.  Funeral was preached in the Congregational church here (Mill Creek) Sunday morning.  Interment in the St. John’s Cemetery in the evening.


Aurelius Mowery, who had been sick for several months of an affliction of the brain, died Sunday morning, Aug. 16th.  The remains were interred at St. John’s Cemetery.  Rev. Joseph Wolbach conducted the funeral obsequies.


A feeling of sadness passed over the town (Alto Pass) Tuesday when the death of Fount Dillow, the only son of James E. and Nannie Venable became known.  His sickness was brief and his little life on earth closed when 1 year, 11 months and 12 days old.  Funeral services were held in the Congregational church, Cobden, on Friday.  The Rev. J. H. Runalls officiated.  The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved parents.

            (James Venable married Nannie Rendleman on 24 Oct 1880, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Fount Dillon son of James & Nannie Venerable Died Aug. 20, 1891 Aged 1 Yr., 11 Ms., 12 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Mrs. Aaron Atherton, last Saturday.  Her husband is very low with malarial fever.  (Villa Ridge)


Died, Mrs. H. H. Weiting at her home and J. H.  Richards of Pulaski Precinct.  Both were our oldest settlers and will be sadly missed, not only in their families, but by their many friends.  (Villa Ridge)


Died, Saturday, August the 12th, little Glen Neibauer, aged 5 years and 6 months.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 10 o’clock a.m. at the Lutheran church, conducted by J. K. Reed.  A large number of friends followed the remains to its last resting place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Mrs. Neibauer and family have the sympathy of the entire community (Dongola) in this dark hour of grief.

            (Frank Neibauer married Mary Craver on 1 Apr 1877, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  J. Glenn son of Frank & Mary Neibauer Died Aug. 22, 1891 Aged 5 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 8 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 3 Sep 1891:

Died, Tuesday morning, Mrs. James Axley.


Dora Lentz, second daughter of Moses Lentz, of New Hope, died Monday evening of congestion of the brain.  She was sick but a few days.  Her age was about 14 years.


Died, Tuesday, Sept. 1st, at the residence of her son, about three miles north of Dongola, Mrs. Caroline Otrich.

            (Henry W. Otrich married Caroline Penninger on 31 Dec 1839, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Big Creek Cemetery reads:  Caroline C. wife of H. W. Otrich Died Sept. 1, 1891, Aged 73 Yrs. & 4 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 1 Oct 1891:

Uncle Philip Schmidt, a former citizen of Cairo who has lived on a farm in Mississippi County, Mo., a few miles from Charleston for the past eight or ten years, died there last Thursday.  The remains were brought over here Friday for interment.


Old Mr. Dilday passed away at the age of 83 years and was buried at Limestone.  (Alto Pass)

            (A marker in Limestone Cemetery reads:  Elias Dildey Born Nov. 12, 1808 Died Sept. 24, 1891 Aged 82 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 12 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


Died one day last week, at Zalma, Mo., of typhoid fever, John H. McKenny, in his 65th year.  This is “McKenny” the jolly good-natured Mack so well known all over South Illinois and although possessing an iron constitution, he has at last surrendered to the grim monster, death.  Peace to his ashes.


Died, from diphtheria, Sept. 27, a little son of Widow Eastwood, aged 5 years.  (Ullin)


Uncle John Vader, of Maple Grove, is quite sick and not expected to live.  (Wetaug).


 Thursday, 8 Oct 1891:

Riley Bain Dead.

Our County School Superintendent Succumbs to Typhoid Fever.

            Died at his home near Wheatland at eight o’clock p.m. Tuesday night, Oct. 6th, of typhoid fever, Mr. Riley J. Bain, aged 36 years.

            Mr. Riley J. Bain, late superintendent of schools for Alexander County, was born in Gallatin County, Illinois, in the year 1855.  He was reared upon a farm near Equality, in that county  He attended the public schools of the county and fitted himself for the work of a teacher.  He came to Alexander County in 1872, where he found employment every winter in teaching.  Not satisfied with his attainments, he went to Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, from which institution he graduated in 1880.  He then returned to Alexander County and again pursued his chosen profession.  He married a daughter of the late Pilgrim McRaven, at Wheatland, some seven or eight years ago.  He has studied law and been admitted to the bar, though he has had little practice in the legal profession, as he has always lived in the country.

            Last November he was elected county superintendent of Alexander County by a handsome majority.  He entered upon the duties of his office Dec. 1st, 1890.  He was quiet and modest.  He made no great pretensions but modestly and intelligently entered upon the work in which he took very great delight.

            About three weeks ago it was reported that he was seriously ill with typhoid fever.  His friends in Cairo knew that he would receive the very best of medical care at the hands of his brother-in-law, Dr. P. H. McRaven.  But medical skill could not save him.  The deadly fever accomplished its fatal work, and Tuesday night he died.  He leaves a wife and three small children.  He lived upon a fine farm in the Clear Creek bottom near Wheatland.  To his family his loss is irreparable.  He was an honorable high-minded gentleman, scholarly and aspiring.  He was a good citizen, a man whom Alexander County could ill afford to lose.

            He insured his life in the Equitable Life Assurance Society for $2,000 Sept. 16th.  This will be a great help to his family just at this time.  His family will doubtless receive the money within sixty days, perhaps within thirty.

            (Riley J. Bain married Luella McRaven on 25 Mar 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Last Friday witnessed the largest funeral procession that has taken place in this town (Cobden) for some time, that of Miss Emma Bigler.  There were 38 teams in line, which proved that she was highly esteemed by the people of the village and surrounding country.  It is sad that death should so suddenly and ruthless snatch her from the endearments of earth so soon—only 24.  She joined a party of friends, 18 in number, last Tuesday morning of last week for a time of recreation—fishing in Clear Creek.  She was taken sick late that night and died before daylight the next morning, from heart disease.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bigler, of this place.  Her untimely demise has cast a gloom over many warm friends and relatives.

            (Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Cobden reads:  Emma C. daughter of of J. & M.A. Bigler Born March 22, 1867 Died Sept. 30, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Elder Hargis preached the funeral of Aunt Nancy Cauble, at the Baptist church last Sunday.  Mrs. C. had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 50 years.  (Elco)


Thursday, 15 Oct 1891:


He Ended His Own Life Yesterday Morning

            The city was startled yesterday morning by the report that Capt. J. W. McKinney had fatally shot himself.  The report seemed incredible at first, but it was confirmed by careful inquiry.

            It seems that he arose about 5 o’clock, as usual and called the hired girl.  After a short time he went out and the girl thought he had gone to the butcher’s for steak.  He did not return and the girl wondered at his long delay.  She went to the water closet and finding him there immediately returned to the house and aroused his wife, saying that she thought there was something the matter with him.  His wife and niece soon went out  and found him speechless.  They at once gave an alarm and called Dr. Sullivan.  The doctor was soon on the ground.  It was about 6 o’clock and was not yet light.  The doctor saw blood coming upon his person and thought he had been having a hemorrhage.  Upon taking hold of him the doctor found him still warm and limp.  A very casual examination disclosed a bullet hole in his right temple.

            A Smith & Wesson 32-caliber pistol was found on the floor and the mystery was solved.  It seems that the captain closed the door of the water closet and shot himself in the right temple.  The bullet lodged somewhere in his head.  As the door was closed the report of the pistol was not heard in the house.

            A coroner’s jury was empanelled but could learn nothing in addition to the facts stated above.  The captain seemed in excellent spirits last night.  He was doing well in business and was a man of temperate habits.

            No cause is known for this rash act.  He leaves a widow and five boys.

            Capt. McKinney was born in Pennsylvania Dec. 4th, 1839, and was consequently nearly 52 years of age.  He spent his life in the river and was licensed as a pilot in the year 1861.  He came to Cairo in 1862 and served as post pilot and captain of the Champion No. 2.

            In 1865 he entered the service of the Illinois Central R. R. and continued in their service until his death, a period of 26 years.  From 1865 to 1873 he was in command of the Illinois Central transfer steamer, plying between Cairo and Columbus, Ky.  Since 1873 he has been in command of their transfer boats in our harbor engaged in transferring cars between the rivers.  He was a very safe, reliable man, otherwise the I. C. R. R. would not have retained him so long.  He was a member of the Cairo Commandery K. T. and was highly respected in our community.

            He leaves some property and had insurance upon his life.


John and Sarah Gregory have lost a little boy.  Membranous croup was the cause of his death.  (Alto Pass)

            (John A. Gregory married Sarah E. Haley on 4 Nov 1877, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



There is no flock however matched and tended

But one dead lamb is there!

There is no fireside, howsoever defined

But has one vacant chair.

The air is full of farewells to the dying.

And mourning for the dead:

The heart of Rachael, for her children crying,

Will not be comforted.

The family of our friend, Mr. A. S. Lewis, can fully appreciate the truth of the above quotation from Longfellow.  Sunday night, Oct. 4, at 9:30 o’clock, Jack Lewis, the third son of A. S. Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis, his wife, died after a brief illness of twenty-four hours.  He left the store Saturday night as well as usual and said to his father, “Now papa, this is my list day in the store, I shall start to school Monday morning.  Who will you get in my place?”  It was not only his last day in the store, but next to his last day on earth.  Jack was only 17 years old, but had lived long enough to be loved by all who knew him, and was loved best by those who knew him best.  He was not only a favorite of his parents, but of everybody.  Nearly his last words were a kindly greeting and a pleasant word to a couple of little children.  His grieved parents may well exclaim in the language of Tennyson:

Forgive my grief for one removed;

Thy creature, whom I found so fair.

I trust he lived in Thee, and there

I find him worthier to be loved. 


Thursday, 2 Oct 1891:

Killed by His Train.

William J. Thistlewood, nephew of Capt. N. B. and Mr. P. J. Thistlewood, of this city, was killed on a Mobile & Ohio freight train near Waterloo, about 17 miles from St. Louis Monday night.  He was head brakeman on the train and had been in the railroad business only a couple of weeks.  It is supposed that in hurriedly stepping from one car to anther he missed his footing and fell under the wheels.  Dr. Ben Thistlewood and others went up to the scene of the accident and brought the body back Tuesday evening.  It was taken to Mason, Ill., yesterday for interment.

The deceased was but twenty-one year old.  He was formerly employed by N. B. Thistlewood & Bro. in the commissioner business.  He was a son of the late David Thistlewood, and leaves a mother and sister in this city, to whom the terrible news came with crushing force.

(David B. Thistlewood married Josephine Donaldson on 29 Dec 1869, in Effingham Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Fanny Myers, a colored woman, is on trial today for the murder of a woman named Claypool some months ago, and the courtroom is filled with colored folks.  State’s Attorney Butler is prosecuting and M. F. Gilbert and Ted Green defending.  The criminal docket will probably occupy the balance of the week.


We learn of a sad accident which took place on the farm of Mr. John Eddleman, about 4 miles west of Mill Creek.  A boy 9 years old, whose name we did not learn, was dragging wheat and with a very heavy drag, having four horses hitched to it, and by some means while standing on the drag to drive, pitched forward and was caught under the drag and crushed to death.  He was found dead in the field under the drag.  Coroner Eddleman, of Anna, was called and an inquest held.


Quite a sad accident that proved fatal to a boy at the farm of John W. Eddleman, occurred last Monday just before noon.  A boy 10 or 12 years of age, a stepson of John Hinkle was engaged in driving four horses that were pulling a roller or drag, used to prepare the plowed ground for wheat sowing, when he fell, in some way, in front of the drag, it passed over him, and as the line became tight the team was stopped, just at the time the largest log in the drag was on his body, and the life was crushed out of him.  He was found in a short time by Mr. E., dead, and the coroner was called and the inquest brought no light on the subject, as no person saw the accident and verdict was rendered accordingly.

            (John Hinkle married Mrs. Rhoda Dickerhoof on 17 Oct 1886, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Hastings, the blind man, died on Tuesday and was buried on Wednesday at Mount Tabor.


Thursday, 29 Oct 1891:

Hazard Wilson, son of the late Samuel Wilson, died Monday evening at the hospital.  His sickness was of short duration.


Mr. J. H. Schaelder was in from Idlewild Tuesday.  He brought the sad news of the death of his infant child, which occurred last week.


Fanny Myers, murder, twenty year in penitentiary.  Fanny Myers will serve her time in Joliet.


We were pained to learn first of this week, that William Kelly, who lived on Horseshoe Lake, was dead.  He was an exemplary citizen, a good neighbor, and a king and affectionate husband and father.  Bro.  Ashby was called to attend the funeral.


Thursday, 5 Nov 1891:

Mr. Joseph Tapprich of Ullin died Monday morning after an illness extending over some weeks.  He was an old resident of Ullin.  He had kept the hotel there for many years and had carried on a saloon for the past year.


Mr. J. M. Galbraith, Postmaster at Villa Ridge, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday.


A man named Adkins, a son-in-law of Levi Hoffner, accidentally killed himself while hunting east of Dongola, Saturday.

            (Marshel Adkins married Sarah J. Hoffner on 1 Mar 1891, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Marshall Adkins 1872-1891.—Darrel Dexter)


A daughter of Wiley Ledbetter, a farmer living east of Ullin, was seriously if not fatally burned while trying to extinguish a fire, last Monday evening.


The remains of John Hartline who killed a girl and then himself were interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Friday evening.  He was a nephew of C. Hartline of this place (Wetaug).

            (His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads:  J. F. Hartline Born Oct. 8, 1859 Died Oct. 29, 1891 Aged 32 Yrs., 21 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


Joseph Tapprich, of Ullin, who has been sick several weeks, died Monday morning.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.  He was ex-postmaster of Ullin.

            (Joseph Tapprick married Matilda Crary on 23 Apr 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


James George, who had his spinal column dislocated and was otherwise seriously injured by having a tree fall on him, which he had cut, is doing as well as could be expected, and has a small chance of recovery.  He was injured a week ago last Monday.


John Polk, while out hunting, a few days ago, accidentally shot himself, the full charge of shot taking effect in his left shoulder.  He died from his wounds Saturday, and was buried at the Reform church cemetery, Sunday evening.  He was a good citizen, sober, industrious and well respected.  He leaves a wife and eight children who were dependent upon him for support.  (Wetaug)


Rev. George Walbach, of the Reformed Church, preached the funeral of George Mowery at the church in Wetaug Friday, and conducted the burial services at Mt Pisgah Cemetery where the remains were interred.  Mr. Mowery died of typhoid malarial fever, after about five weeks’ sickness.  He was a good man and a worthy citizen in every respect.  He had a relief membership in the Knights and Ladies of Honor for $1,000.

            (His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads:  George W. Mowery Died Oct. 29, 1891, Aged 37 Yrs., 2 Mos., 21 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


Died—Oct. 30th, John Thompson, a young man of industry and honor.  He leaves but two brothers, Albert and Francis, to mourn his death.  He was cousin to Alex Williams and others.  (Elco)


On the 29th ult., Mr. Francis Brown, living near Horace Caldwell’s while hauling a load of lumber, met with a terrible and fatal accident.  In some way the load was over turned and fell upon him, crushing the life out of him.  It happened one evening and he was not found until the next afternoon, the team still standing, with the lumber on the deceased.  Mr. Brown was an old and most excellent citizen and we regret to have to chronicle his death.


J. A. Little attended the funeral of Mr. Galbraith at Villa Ridge last Sunday.


Mr. Thomas Freeze, an old citizen of this community (Dongola) , died last Sunday night at his home east of town.  The funeral occurred Tuesday at the Karraker graveyard.

            (Thomas Freeze married Mrs. Malinda Bame on 22 Sep 1859, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


James H. Manning, who was struck down with a paralytic stroke Oct. 25th is still lingering in a critical condition.  Mr. M. is 72 years of age and it is feared that his recovery is doubtful, but we hope that he may get up again.


A young man named Marshall Adkins accidentally shot himself while out hunting last Saturday and died almost instantly.  He lived about two miles east of town (Dongola) and had been marred only a few months.


A little less than two weeks ago the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lovitt died of that dread disease diphtheria.  The other children took it and last Tuesday the next youngest child, Jessie, a little girl eight years old, died.  She was beloved by all who knew her, for she possessed a remarkably week disposition, and winning ways.  At school she was a bright, intelligent pupil, always docile and obedient.  The bereaved parents have the deep sympathy of the community in their double affliction.  The remaining three children had the disease more lightly and are now recovering.


Thursday, 12 Nov 1891:


            Mrs. Moses Herman died last Friday afternoon, after an illness of a couple of weeks.  She was formerly Miss Flora Malinski.  Her sudden death was a great shock to her husband and friends.

            Frank Drum, aged about 65 years, who resided on Division Street, wandered away from home Friday forenoon and a thorough search for him resulted in finding his body in the Mississippi River, opposite Twenty-eighth Street, late in the evening.  A coroner’s jury rendered a verdict of accidental drowning.  He leaves a wife and three daughters.

            Mrs. J. S. French, a wife, living at 29th and Sycamore Street, died Saturday evening.  Her funeral occurred Monday from the Baptist Church, the Woman’s Relief Corps and W. C. T. U. attending.

            Lester Paul Schuh, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Schuh, died Monday, aged about two years.  Diphtheric croup was the cause.


Thursday, 19 Nov 1891:

Last Saturday the jury in the case of Howell for killing Frank Tripp last Christmas night, at a dance somewhere in the country, returned a verdict of six years in the penitentiary for Howell.  The two men that were arraigned with Howell were acquitted.


A little child of George Hodges, at Unity, is quite ill with typho-malarial fever.


Mrs. Benjamin McDaniel, living near Hulen’s died last Wednesday, the 11th, of congestion of he bowels, and was buried on the 14th.  She had been sick only a few days.  She was the daughter of George W. McCrite, of this city (Cairo).

            (Benjamin McDaniel married Miss McCrite on 10 Feb 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 26 Nov 1891:


The County Commissioner Succumbs Yesterday to Pneumonia

Death Claims Other Prominent Men in this Vicinity.


            We are pained to announce that Mr. John Miller, one of the county commissioners of Alexander County, died at the Sister’s Hospital in this city, yesterday morning, about ten minutes after midnight.  He had been ill with pneumonia, as the readers of the Citizen know.  When we went to press last week, we hoped for his recovery.  We knew that he was quite ill, but we also knew that men much worse than he seemed to be, often, recover. He gradually grew worse, however,  His disease took a typhoid character and he became delirious.  His son came own from Thebes Sunday not expecting to find him dangerously ill.  When he saw his father, however, he felt that the case was well-nigh hopeless.

            On Monday his wife came down.  Mr. Miller seemed to know her once in a lucid interval, but they had no conversation.  His wife and son left with the body on the M. & O. train yesterday noon for Thebes by way of Unity.  Messrs. Dewey, Sidney B. Miller and Alfred Brown, went with them.

            Mr. John Miller was born Aug. 5th, 1839, about two miles east of Thebes on the farm now owned and occupied by Mr. Martin Brown.  His parents were Germans by birth and during his childhood German was the language universally used in his home.  When nine years old he was left an orphan and from that time he was compelled to rely on himself in fighting life’s battle.  At the age of fifteen he entered the service of H. S. and E. E. Walbridge, with whom he remained six years and thoroughly learned the art of running a sawmill.  Though he was engaged in other business since that time he always drifted back to his first love.  He thoroughly understood a saw mill.  For several years, just after the war, he was associated with Mr. F. D. Atherton in the sawmill business.  He then went upon the river, thinking he would learn the pilot’s art.  After spending 18 months upon the river, a tempting offer from Watson & Anderson of Commerce, Mo., brought him back to terra firma.  He accepted their offer and took charge of the walnut mills in Scott County.  In 1879 he opened a country store at Oran, Mo.  He subsequently followed the same business at other places but drifted back to Alexander County in 1880, and has lived in this county since that time.  In 1882 he was the Republican candidate for county commissioner and received a majority of the votes cast, but in consequence of the failure of the judges of election, in one precinct to certify the returns, he was counted out.  In 1884 he was again nominated by the Republicans and elected.  He was re-elected in 1887 and again in 1890, which he had no opposition.

            He was a man of varied experience and great versatility of character.  It is not necessary to say that he made an excellent commissioner; people said that at the polls.  On the first of March, 1866, he married Miss S. S. Hancock, at Cape Girardeau, Mo., whom he now leaves a widow.  She was the daughter of Henderson and Rebecca Hancock, natives of Kentucky.  She is a most estimable lady and has been a faithful and devoted wife.  Mr. Miller owned a fine farm just north of Thebes, which is occupied and managed by his son, while he occupied a little homestead in the town of Thebes.


Death of Dr. George G. Parker.

            The serious illness of Dr. Parker at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago has been more than once announced in the Citizen.  After lying on the boundaries of another world for several days, he passed away last Thursday night about nine o’clock.  He was born in Rutland, Meigs County, Ohio, February 1st, 1849, and was consequently 42 years of age last February.  He came to Cairo about the year 1873 and associated himself with Dr. H. Wardner in the practice of medicine and surgery.  He has devoted himself strictly to the practice of his profession from the first.  His course here has been a constant growth until at the time of his death, he was facilis princeps among the medical fraternity of Southern Illinois.  He took special delight in surgery and had a large practice in that department of his profession.  He had been the surgeon of the Illinois Central Railroad Company for many years.  He was appointed Pension Examiner about the year 1879.   He occupied that position until the time of his death, with an interruption of about two years during the latter part of President Arthur’s Administration.  He was a man of careful, prudent habits, and had acquired a competence.

            Some two years ago he married Mrs. Mae Loomis, widow of Mr. C. O. Loomis, of Coldwater, Mich., whom he leaves a widow.  His remains were taken to this old home on Ohio for interment, where his aged parents still live.

            The slight wound, which caused his death, was received October 20th.  He was dressing the finger of a railroad man.  He laid down his instrument and in a quick movement afterward his right thumb came in contact with the sharp point.  He realized the danger at once, and instantly sucked the wound, and did everything which could be done to avert the danger.  But nothing could stay the progress of the poison.  It was in his blood and worked through the system.  He left Cairo October 31st, reaching Chicago November 1st.  There in St. Luke’s Hospital everything which could be down for his relief was done.  His wife , his brother and three or four other Cairo friends were constantly at his side on the alert to do all in their power for his relief.

            All efforts of kind friends availed nothing.  The grim reaper cut him down in the prime of life and in the midst of his usefulness.


Gov. Finch Dead.

            The news comes to us that Mr. E. H. Finch, of Anna, died Monday.  We knew that he had been quite ill, but were not prepared to hear of his death so soon.

            Mr. Finch was one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Anna.  He came there in 1855, when the town was first laid out, and has lived there since that time.  He was for many years a member of the Board of Trustee of the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane.  He was a man of unquestioned integrity and high character.  He was interested in a large livery stable at Anna, and in the lime kiln at Ullin.  He leaves a widow and one son.  He was in his 73d year at the time of his death.

            (His marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  Eleazer H. Finch 1818-1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Col. Deal Dead.

            Col. H. J. Deal died at his home in Charleston, Mo., last Friday morning aged 61 years.

            Col. Deal had lived in Charleston thirty-five years and had been one of the most prominent men in the county.  He is said to have been the father of the watermelon culture in Mississippi County and a few years ago he commenced the culture of the osier willow and the manufacture of willow ware.  He was of German descent and was born in Pennsylvania.  He was a member of the Baptist church.


Another Homicide.

            William Orange, a  son of the notorious Jim Orange, was shot an instantly killed by his wife yesterday afternoon, about three o’clock, near the corner of Tenth Street and Commercial Avenue.  The woman ran, but was intercepted, arrested and placed in the county jail.  The parties were colored.

            (Will Orange married Ella Stevenson on 19 Mar 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. W. C. Blaunelt was suddenly called to Newberg, N.Y., last week by the death of a sister.


We mentioned last week that a little child of George Hodges, of Unity, was quite ill.  We are sorry to announce that the little fellow died Monday.  He was three years old.


Mrs. Lydia Hatter, the aged mother of Mr. G. W. Hatter, Division Superintendent of the I. C. R.R. died last Thursday at the residence of her son in this city, aged 77 years.  The remains were taken to Centralia, Friday for interment.


The old reaper is getting in his work with terrible energy.  We announce this week the deaths of Dr. Parker, John Miller, Gov. Finch, of Anna, and Col. Deal of Charleston, Mo., all men of prominence in this vicinity.


The death of John Miller makes it necessary to call a special election to choose his successor.


Mrs. Leist, mother of Rev. P. Englebert, died Friday, Nov. 20th, of pneumonia, after a short illness.  She was born in Switzerland in the year 1803, but removed to this country many years ago.  She had lived at the Abbey farm, below town (Wetaug) for several years and had always been in vigorous health until the last three of four years, since which time she had become blind and much broken in health.  The funerals services were held Monday at St. Joseph’s Church in Wetaug, after rites of the Catholic church, of which she was a devout member.  Several members of the clergy from Cairo and Anna were in attendance and many friends from the neighboring towns and country.  The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery near the church.

            (Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  Elisabeth Leist Born 1803 Died Nov. 20, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Dan Kiser’s little son, Marion, has been suffering with typhoid fever, and at the present writing little hopes are entertained of his recovery. (Cobden)


Thursday, 3 Dec 1891:


Mrs. McKinney Was Declared Insane on Monday.

But Ended Her Life in a Cistern This Morning.

            Mrs. J. W. McKinney, wife of the late Capt. McKinney, was brought before the county court Monday afternoon and inquiry was made as to her sanity.  After hearing the evidence, the jury found her insane.  She will be taken to Anna for treatment at the hospital.  She has five children, all boys ranging in age from five to fifteen years, but as the captain left several thousand dollars at his death, they will be well provided for.  Mrs. McKinney labored under the delusion that she and her family would come to want.  Some months ago her little daughter died and recently her husband died by his own hand.  Her trouble seems to have seriously affected her mind.  It is hoped that after a few months at Anna she will be fully restored to health, mentally and otherwise.

Later—A Sad End

            Mrs. McKinney was permitted to remain in charge of relatives at her own home until this morning.  It was necessary to appoint a conservator before taking her to the hospital at Anna and no one could be found who would take the position.  It was expected, however, last night that a conservator would be appointed today and that she would be sent to Anna today.  This morning about six o’clock she was found dead in a cistern.  It seems that she arose perhaps about five o’clock and quietly stole out of the house in her night dress and threw herself into the cistern.  The boys will now probably be sent to the Masonic Orphan’s Home as Capt. McKinney was a very prominent Mason.


Killed His Brother.

            A sad accident which was as usual the result of careless handling of a loaded gun, brought anguish to the family of Mrs. James H. Mulcahy, at Commercial Point, depriving them of a bright lad of about 17 years of age, on Thanksgiving Day.  A flock of geese was a tempting sight to Jimmie and his younger brother Eddie, and they ran to get a gun, intending to load it and try their skill.  While in the hands of the smaller boy it was discharged, the charge entering Jimmie’s breast just above his heart, killing him instantly.  The sad event was a dreadful ending of what should have been a happy day.  Rev. W. A. Ridge, of Dongola, was called by telegraph to come down and attend the funeral.

            (James H. Mulcahy married Nancy A. M. Burress on 13 Jan 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The little six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lind, living at the corner of Cedar and Twelfth streets, died last Saturday morning of membranous croup.

            (Jacob Lind married Lena F. Klein on 29 Nov 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The death of John Miller made Thanksgiving a day of  sorrow at this place (Thebes).


The funeral of Luther Bruce at his late residence last Saturday morning was conducted by Rev. J. B. Green, after which a large circle of friends followed the remains to the burial in I. O. O. F. Cemetery.  The suicide of Mr. Bruce was quite sad.  He deliberately took morphine in time to relieve him and he died within three hours after taking it on Thanksgiving night.  Mr. B. was well known here and had many friends.  He leaves a widow, three daughters and one son.  His father and one sister came down from  Iowa last Saturday.  Mr. Bruce of Davies County, Iowa, and his daughter spent a few days here with Mrs. Bruce.  Mrs. Smith, county superintendent of schools, of Pulaski County, and other relatives of Mrs. B. and C. C. Parks and wife and brother of Anna, relatives of Mr. L. Bruce, were at the funeral last Sunday.  Mrs. Bruce and children desire to thank the people of Dongola and vicinity for their kindness during their afflictions.

            (Luther Bruce married Harriet Jane Howell on 14 Apr 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 10 Dec 1891:


Ended His Life with a Pistol Tuesday Evening.

Grief Over the Loss of his Brother Unbalances His Mind.

            Cairo was shaken from center to circumference Tuesday evening when the news spread that Dr. D. H. Parker had shot himself through the heart.  The terrible tragedy occurred about 4:50 p.m.

            Mr. H. L. Halliday, cousin of the deceased; Dr. Frank Parker, his younger brother; Mr. W. N. Butler, and Judge W. H. Boyer, were in the law office of Boyer & Butler, just in the rear of Dr. Parker’s suite of rooms, settling the estate of Dr. George Parker, Mr. Halliday having been appointed administrator.  Dr. Herbert had assisted them in getting some papers out of the safe, but had remained in his office when the others left it.

            A shot and a scream reached the ears of the gentlemen as they were seated in the back room and Dr. Frank Parker sprang to his feet, exclaiming, “My God, it is ended!”  Simultaneously, Mr. Halliday cried, “My God, it has come to this!”  They immediately rushed forward into Dr. Parker’s rooms, Mr. Butler in the lead.  He found the doctor sitting upon the bed with his hand upraised.  Thinking if he were not dead he might do further violence, Mr. Butler grasped his hands and the doctor fell over backward on the bed, and with a gasp expired.  The shot entered his beast just over his heart.  The pistol was found on the floor where it had fallen.

            A coroner’s inquest was held immediately and the testimony developed to the above facts.  Mr. Butler was one of the witnesses and having been eight days in Chicago, at the bedside of Dr. George, he was thrown a great deal of the time in the company of Dr. Herbert.  From the first the latter gave up all hopes of his brother’s recovery, and his grief and despair at the thought of losing him, was terrible to witness.  Thoughts of his brother seemed constantly on his mind from the time of his death until he committed this terrible deed, and no doubt the handling of his brother’s papers in the adjustment of the estate brought an avalanche of recollection which were too much for his worn mind to endure.

            Dr. Daniel Herbert Parker was 39 years of age.  He was born in Rutland, Ohio, where his aged parents and brother Frank reside.  He was associated with his brother in the practice of medicine here and the skill and study of the two secured for them a practice which very few physicians can enjoy.  That he should prefer death to the continuance of so grand a work as that left him by his brother is a matter of general surprise.

            Much sympathy is felt for his aged parents upon whom the second blow will fall with crushing force.

            The remains were sent yesterday afternoon to the Ohio home where the interment will be made.


James Dunning, a son of Henry Dunning, of Frog Flats, was very sick early this week.  He is a young man about 22 years of age and married.


Dr. Mary Safford, sister of the late Mr. A. B. Safford, died at Tarpon Springs, Florida, Tuesday evening.  She was born at Morristown, Vermont, and was sixty years old at her death. She spent a number of years in this city.


A young man probably 25 years of age, was killed last Saturday on the land of J. B. Anderson, near Willard, in this county.  He was engaged with a partner in clearing land.  They were felling a tree and by some means the tree fell upon him and killed him.


Died at the residence of Herman Schmidt in Springville, on last Sunday night, Miss Ida Ludwig, sister to Fred Ludwig, of our town.  The remains were taken to their home in Missouri for interment.


Died, on last Sunday, a little child of Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Watkins, one mile east of Mill Creek.

            (Green P. Watkins married Dakota Cruse on 3 Apr 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Little Fred Keith, son of Robert Keith, died last Sunday from membranous croup and was buried in the new cemetery on Monday.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community (Alto Pass) in their loss, and the mother a comforting fact as she thinks of her little angel boy.

            (Robert Keith married Missouri Davis on 12 Aug 1880, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:  Freddie son of Robert & Zura Keith Died Dec. 6, 1891 Aged 2 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 16 Ds.  Our precious darling angel.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 17 Dec 1891:

Death of Cyrus Stevens.

            Rev. Cyrus Stevens died at his home in Randolph, Tennessee, last Friday.  The remains were brought to Cairo for interment.  Funeral services were held at the Free Will Baptist Church, corner of 15th and Walnut streets, last Monday, after which the body was taken to Villa Ridge for burial.

            Mr. Stevens formerly lived in Cairo, but has lived in Tennessee for several years.  He opened a farm down there and was comfortably situated.  He was a good man and his death will prove a loss to the community in which he lived.  He was honest, conscientious and conservative.  His influence over the colored people of his neighborhood was most excellent.

            He leaves a wife and four children, some of them grown to manhood.


Death of Gov. Safford.

            Governor A. P. K. Safford died at his home at Tarpon Springs, Florida, last Monday.  He was a brother of the late A. B. Safford of this city.  Gov. Safford was born near St. Albans, Vermont, Feb. 14, 1828, and was consequently nearly 64 years of age.  He came to Illinois at an early day and afterward went on to the Pacific Cost.  He was appointed governor of Arizona by General Grant and held the position during two terms.  He finally went to Florida where he founded the town of Tarpon Springs and became largely interested in Florida real estate.  He leaves a widow and several children.


Card of Thanks.

            We, the undersigned desiring to express our thanks to the good people of Cairo for their kindness to our late husband and father, John Miller, during his sickness in that city, take this means of publicly expressing our unfeigned thanks to all who so kindly watched over him and endeavored to alleviate his sufferings, as best they could, during his life and so kindly accompanied his remains to his late home so sadly bereaved of its head, and we especially desire to express our thanks to the Sisters at St. Mary’s hospital for their kindness in nursing him so faithfully while under their care.

Mrs. John Miller,

Chris. Miller

Thebes, Ill., Dec. 14th, 1891


Murder Will Out.

            Nearly two years ago, Hon. D. B. Gillham was murdered in his own house in Upper Alton, Ill.  He awoke from a sound sleep in the night and found a burglar in his bedroom.  He sprang from his bed to attack the scoundrel and was shot dead.  The murderer fled leaving no clue to his identity.  But the crime was not forgotten.  Detectives were constantly on the alert to discover the criminal.  They found circumstantial evidence, which justified them in arresting three men and holding them for trial.  One of them weakened and told the whole story.  On his evidence supported by corroborating circumstances, two of them were convicted and sentenced to a term of thirty years each in the Illinois penitentiary.  The murder was a most atrocious crime.

            Mr. Gillham was a very prominent gentleman of standing and character.  The death penalty is the only proper punishment for this crime, but it is seldom inflicted when the crime is proved by the testimony of an accomplice.


Miss Mary Axley, of Ullin, died last Thursday evening.


Edward Leahigh, nephew of Mr. T. W. Leahigh, died at the hospital Sunday morning of pneumonia.  He was in the employ of his uncle, engaged in operating mills in Missouri.  His age was 35 years.



Three Men Killed and Ten Injured.

            ALTO PASS, Dec. 16th.—A terrible head end collision occurred on the M. & O. Railroad between a construction train going north and an extra freight going south, on Thursday, Dec. 10th, about three fourths of a mile south of Mountain Glen depot.

            Three men were instantly killed and the others seriously wounded.  The killed were Engineer G. S. Flippen, Simson Olsion and James Miller, two laborers on the construction train.  Those injured are Logan Dixon, James Elliott, William Gregory, and James Bain, all of Murphysboro; James and John Massey, of Ava; Chat Winters, of Pomona; Michael Daily, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dennis Godfrey and James Applegate, address unknown.

            Coroner Eddleman was early on the scene of the disaster and a jury of six was empanelled with Harry Grear, of Anna, as foreman.  From the evidence given it was clearly proven that Engineer Flippen had orders to take the extra freight down by engine 88 to the gravel pit, passing No. 12 at Jonesboro, not leaving Mountain Glen until 4:30 p.m. and to keep a lookout for engine 53 with the construction train flagging north, of which train Ben Cutler was engineer and Rathbon was the conductor.  Cutler acknowledged receiving orders agreeing with Flippen’s, but that he misread the word north for south and protected his train the wrong way.  He also admitted his neglect to give his conductor a copy of the orders he received.  This blunder on the part of Cutler caused the collision.  Dashing around a curve at 40 miles an hour, almost without warning the two trains came together with a fearful crash.

            The wrecking train with officials and medical aid came as quick as possible from Murphysboro.  In the meantime, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Minnie Sanders did heroic work caring for the injured.  Jonesboro ought to be proud of a lady with such ability, energy and pure grit as Miss Sanders evidently possesses.

            Engineer Flippen was a Christian man and the first thing taken from his body was his Bible.  His last words were to his fireman, Turner, telling him to jump.  His last act was to whistle breaks down and reverse his engine.

            The mistake of Cutler seems all the more strange from the fact that recently some five of six men have been discharged by the company for disobeying their orders.


We are sorry to hear of the death of Barney Tapprich, which occurred in Ullin last week.

            (His marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Barnard Tapprich Born April 16, 1868 Died Dec. 7, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 24 Dec 1891:


A Young Stranger Found with Two Bullet Holes in Him.

            WICKLIFFE, KY., December 23, 1891.—On last Saturday a young man, while hunting stock in the river bottoms between East Cairo and Wickliffe, Ky., was crossing the Illinois Central and Mobile and Ohio railroads at the river landing known as Fillmore, between the tracks which are not more than one hundred feet apart at that place, in a dense thicket of weeds and bushes, he heard groans as of a human being in agonized suffering.  Dismounting, he approached the spot and found a man wounded and bleeding lying on the ground.  He immediately went to the fish boat of John Guinn, some distance away and found Mr. Guinn, who with others repaired immediately to the spot.  Investigation showed the victim the tragedy to be a young man barely in his 20s, of firm form and physique, well dressed and apparently in the health and vigor of young manhood except two bullets holes , one in the left breast below the heart, the other in the head near the right temple from the effects of which he was found to be dying.

            The authorities of Wickliffe were noticed and as soon as possible the squire, William Powell, with a sufficient number for a coroner’s jury and quite a large following besides, went with all hast to the fatal spot.  After satisfying themselves that the unfortunate man was past human aid, the officers present and the crowd set about the find the cause of the sad affair and the name and home of the victim. 

Developments were very slow as it was soon found that every precaution had been taken to hide any means of identity.  A pistol was found lying on the ground with two chambers emptied and a box of pistol cartridges was found in one hip pocket with the same number of, and the same cartridges that it took to load the pistol.  Fragments of paper cut into very small pieces were scattered on the ground, but all too badly cut to be put together and make anything intelligible of, even the buttons were cut off his clothing and the name and initials cut from his handkerchiefs and clothing.  Finally a pair of scissors with which the cutting had been done were found in a bush nearby, then after a more thorough search the buttons from his clothing were found buried in the ground, these buttons gave a clue as the name and address of the tailor who had made the clothes were on the buttons, the tailor was telegraphed to at Mendota, Ills.

On Monday morning, just as the citizens were getting ready to bury the young man, who had died during Saturday night, a telegram was received from Alpheus Dean, a prominent man at Galesburg, Ill., stating the young man at Galesburg, Ill, stating the young man was his son and to keep the body till he came.  Tuesday morning a Mr. F. A. Dean, a brother to the dead man, arrived, and immediately recognized the body as that of his brother, Howard.

            Mr. F. A. Dean heard the circumstances of his brother’s death and readily consented that he had taken his own life and related additional circumstances that led him to believe that Howard was partially deranged before he let Chicago, and that he came down here on purpose, as he had no business down this way, but that his brother had no known cause except a severe attack of la grippe to lose his mind.

            Howard was only 21 years old and working at a salary of $80 per month and expense and had money ahead, but very little on his person when he died.

            Mr. F. A. Dean returned with the body of his brother by first train on the M & O Railroad.  He passed through Cairo on his way north Tuesday noon.

            Howard Dean was in the employment of Rumsey & Chicago.  He made his home with a sister at Glencoe, Ill.

            Last Thursday he went into Chicago from Glencoe, intending to go out to Galesburg to spend the holidays.  He sent his valise to Galesburg by express and he himself disappeared.  Nothing was heard from him till the Wickliffe people telegraphed to Mendota, as we have stated above.  That Howard Dean was insane there is no doubt; that he committed suicide there is no doubt.

            The young man who came down is a member of the firm of A. Dean & Son, of Galesburg.  Their business is furniture and undertaking.  He is a young man of fine appearance and evidently belongs to a good family.

            He seems to think the Wickliffe people might have given his brother more tender are and attention during his dying hours.  This was his only criticism..


The Father of Lloyd W. Robertson Dead.

            Mr. William Robertson died at Paducah Sunday morning, Dec. 13, aged 83 years.  He was the father of Mr. Lloyd W. Robertson and of Mrs. Anna Reno, wife of Ed Reno, of Cairo.  Mr. Robertson lived in Cairo for a short time about eight years ago and was very highly esteemed by all who knew him.

            He was a devout member of the Christian church and went down to his grave like a shock of corn fully ripe.

            His widow and seven grown children survive him.

            (Edward Reno married Anna H. Roberson on 17 May 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Eugene Loyd, a little son of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Metzger, died Tuesday evening of bronchitis.  He was only four months of age.  Funeral today.

            (Matthew C. Metzger married Augusta L. Schuh on 23 Apr 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Eugene Lloyd Metzger Born July 31, 1891 Died Dec. 22, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. McClaren, wife of Mr. J. B. McClaren, of Ullin, died last Sunday of grippe.  Her death will be an irreparable loss to her husband and to the community in which she lived.


If the Bulletin man will read the account of the Wickliffe tragedy in this issue it will learn the facts.  Fred Dean did not stop here at all.  He reached Wickliffe early Tuesday morning, spent a few hours there and passed through Cairo with the body of his brother on his return north at 12:30 Tuesday by the Mobile and Ohio railroad.  The valise of which the Bulletin has so much to say was shipped from Chicago to Galesburg by express.



Another Old Citizen of Cairo Passes Away.

            Our community was shocked last Friday night by the announcement of the death of Mr. Francis Vincent.  The fact was that very few people knew that he was ill.

            Last Wednesday he had symptoms of grippe and consulted a physician.  Thursday he was out attending to business a part of the day, but was quite ill toward night.  Friday morning he was apparently a little better, but was confined to his bed.  Late in the afternoon a sudden change came over him and his breathing became very difficult.  Physicians were sent for as speedily as possible, but to no purpose.  His heart ceased to beat—the silver cord was broken.

            Francis Vincent was born in the south of France, June 4th, 1814.  He came to the United States in 1836 and to Cairo in 1857, and has lived here since that time.  He was one of our oldest citizens and was a member of the Old Citizens’ Association.

            At the close of the war he was quite wealthy and erected a fine house on Fifteenth Street, near Locust.  Afterward his good fortune seemed for a time to forsake him.  He was compelled to sell his house.  Later in life he gradually improved his condition, and at the time of his death was doing a good business and had again secured some valuable real estate.

            He leaves a widow and four grown children.  His funeral, which occurred Sunday, was attended by Rev. C. T. Phillips.  It was conducted by Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M.and by the Old Citizens Association.

            Our old landmarks are rapidly disappearing.


Mrs. McClaren’s remains were brought here Monday from Ullin and interred in Cobden Cemetery.  She died of la grippe.

            (Joseph B. McClaran married Caroline McClarey on 8 Apr 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Caroline McClaran Born Oct. 12, 1828 Died Dec. 20, 1891.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 31 Dec 1891:


Mrs. Nathaniel Prouty.

            Mrs. Nathaniel Prouty died in this city Tuesday evening.  Funeral today from St. Patrick’s Church, Father Diepenbrock, officiating.  The remains will be interred at Beech Grove.  Mrs. Prouty was born in Germany, and was sixty-six years of age.  She had been twice married.  Her first husband was Henry Dinkel, who died in this city about fifteen years ago.  She leaves no children.


John F. Little.

            We learn just before going to press that Mr. John F. Little, of Dongola, died Monday.  He was an old and highly esteemed citizen.  He was the express agent at Dongola with an office near the depot.  Very few people who travel upon the Illinois Central railroad have failed to become familiar with his venerable face.  We hope to give a more extended notice net week.


J. W. Smith.

            Mr. J. W. Smith, of Johnson County, died at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Thomas J. Cowan, in Bloomfield Township, Sunday morning, December 20th, aged 31 years.  Mr. Smith had been a teacher in Johnson County most of the time for thirteen years and stood very high in the profession.  He was a candidate for the nomination for county superintendent in 1890, but was defeated in the convention.  He recently entered the railway mail service and had made a few trips on the Illinois Central railroad.  He was attacked with typhoid pneumonia and after a terrible struggle with the disease for two weeks, nature was compelled to succumb to the fell destroyer.  He leaves a young widow, an aged father and mother and three sisters to mourn his untimely death.  He was an active, self-made man and was highly respected wherever he was known.

            (James W. Smith married Mary V. Cowan on 3 Oct 1889, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Col. Jacob Wheeler.

            Col. Jacob Wheeler dropped dead from heart disease at his home in Springfield last Friday.  He was pleasantly talking with his family and death came without warning.  He had long been well known as a Republican politician.  He was a member of the State Board of Equalization from 1872 to 1874, a member of the Legislature from 1874 to 1878, United States Marshal under President Hayes, subsequently United States Revenue Collector, and in 1890 Supervisor of the Census for this District.  He had been popularly credited with having engineered the memorable “still hunt” at the special election in the Thirty-fourth District in 1885, which resulted in the election of Wheeler, a Republican to the Legislature, and thereby broke the deadlock and elected Gen. John A. Logan to the United States Senate.  Col. Wheeler was 57 years old.


David L. Hawkins died at his home near Blodgett, Mo., last Saturday morning.  Mr. Hawkins was elected Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 1868, and re-elected in 1874.  He was a lawyer of recognized ability and was appointed Assistant Secretary of Interior under Cleveland’s Administration.  His remains were taken to Cape Girardeau for burial.


All the parties who were engaged in the murder of John Simpson in Johnson County some two weeks ago have been arrested and imprisoned in the county jail at Vienna.  Mr. Spann has been employed to assist the state’s attorney and the fellows will be prosecuted with vigor.


Death has just called away another one of our old and beloved citizens, Mr. James F. Little.  We will give full particulars next week; cannot get the full particulars in time for the press this week. 

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