Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
7 Jan 1892-29 Dec 1892
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 7 Jan 1892:
Mrs. C. R. Woodward.
Mrs. Christina Woodward, the wife of Mr. C. R. Woodward, died last Monday morning at 4 a.m., of pneumonia, the result of la grippe. She had been in poor health for about a year and a half, at one time in October 1890, being very near death. She was able to be up and around at the house much of this time, even as recently as Christmas Day. That day was her birthday, and it was celebrated by a family reunion, but his excitement was too much for her. She was taken worse that night and never afterwards left her bed. She was conscious almost to the last, and able to recognize her family as they spoke to her. Dr. Woodward was the attending physician, and everything that medical skill and careful nursing could accomplish was done for her, but in spite of all she passed away at 4:10 a.m.
Mrs. Woodward was born in East St. Louis, on December 25th, 1828. Her maiden name was Christina Christman. Her parents died during her early childhood, and she was reared in St. Louis by relatives. It was here she married Mr. Woodward, in June 1852. She came to Cairo with him in 1863. Mrs. Woodward was a member of the Woman’s Club and Library Association, and also of Parthena Lodge Daughters of Rebekah.
Four children beside her husband now live to mourn her loss. They are J. H. Woodward, Robert Woodward, Mrs. A. G. Soyse, and Miss Christina Woodward.
The funeral of Mrs. C. R. Woodward occurred yesterday afternoon. An effort was made to get Rev. F. P. Davenport to come up from Memphis and officiate at the funeral, but he could not come. The simple burial service of the Episcopal church was read, an then a large concourse of people followed the remains to the cars and thence by special train to the cemetery at Villa Ridge, where, amid a profusion of flowers the coffin was lowered to its last resting place.
Mrs. John Antrim.
Mrs. Antrim, the wife of Mr. John Antrim, died last Monday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. She had been in very poor health for several months—ever since the fire of last September which destroyed their home. La grippe finally claimed her as its victim, followed by pneumonia, which she could not resist.
Mrs. Antrim was born in Kentucky, in November 1828. Her maiden name was Eliza A. Parr. She was married to Mr. Antrim on May 10th, 1853, coming to Cairo with him in 1855, and living here constantly since, with the exception of six years spent in St. Louis. She was a member of the Presbyterian church in good standing. Seven children, all grown, beside her husband and a host of friends are left to mourn her loss.
The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, services being conducted at the Presbyterian church by Rev. Mr. Phillips, and the remains interred at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Noah M. Farrin, the aged father of Mr. T. B. Farrin, died last Thursday afternoon at his son’s residence. The remains were taken to Paducah for interment Friday under escort of a guard from Cairo Commandery Knight Templar of which he was a member.
Mrs. Butler, the wife of a lumberman living on Holbrook Avenue, died on New Year’s Eve, having just previously given birth to a child. Two other children mourn the loss of a mother. The remains were taken to Toledo, Ohio, for interment. As the husband of the deceased was an Odd Fellow, Safford Lodge rendered assistance in conveying the body to the train. A sister of Mrs. Butler arrived from Toledo Saturday night and will care for the children during the absence of Mr. Butler.
John F. Little
Died, December 28th, at his residence in Dongola Ill., Uncle John F. Little, aged 81 years, 1 month and 15 days, after an illness of nine days. He was first stricken with the prevailing disease, la grippe, which terminated in pneumonia.
Mr. Little is one of the old residents of Dongola, having lived here for over twenty-five years. He held the office of postmaster for fourteen years, or up to the election of Cleveland. He has also held the office of justice of the peace, and express agent for over twenty years.
He was born at Campton, N. H., and lived in the New England states until after he had advanced in manhood, teaching in winter and working on a farm in the summer seasons. Part of his early life was spent in Bangor, Maine, later on Mt. Desert, Island, afterwards he lived in Boston and other places in the vicinity. Finally he went to Mobile by water, then drifted to Mississippi County, where he married at Sharon, Madison County, a Miss Sarah A. Dennis. They lived together over fifty years, she dying a few months ago at this place. This circumstance was probably instrumental in hurrying Mr. Little to his grave.
From Mississippi he moved to LaSalle County, Ill., in 1842, but on account of cold winters he removed to St. Louis, and a few years later to Perry County, Ill., making his final move to Dongola as stated above.
In 1871 Mr. Little sustained a severe fracture of the hip joint while engaged in his duty handling express matter, and has used crutches ever since.
His familiar face will be greatly missed by the community at large. His advice to people always was to steer clear of the law.
Although not a member of any particular church, he was reared by church-going people who were adherent of the Congregational denomination and Mr. Little himself has always observed the Sabbath and in other ways showed that his aim was to lead as much as possible a uniform Christian life, doing good to those who needed it. His last words gave testimony to those round him that he was going to his reward. He told his daughters two hours before his death that he should go meet his Savior.
Mr. Little was temperate in his habits and radical in his fight against all things that pertained to the saloon element.
The funeral services held December 30th, were conducted by the Rev. J. B. Green. There was a large concourse of people attending, and a large following to the grave, all business houses being closed during the services.
(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery reads: John F. Little Died Dec. 28, 1891 Aged 81 Yrs., 1 Mo., 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Affray at Alto Pass.
A very bad affray occurred last Sunday morning at Alto Pass. The difficulty seems to have commenced between Mr. E. Lamison, a butcher, and Mr. Jasper Stewart, and they came to blows. Edward Miller, a restaurant keeper, interfered and tried to separate the men, whereupon Stewart turned upon him and threatened him with his knife. Miller then drew a pistol and shot Stewart in the stomach. After firing he ran and Stewart pursued him with his knife. Miller finally picked up a stone and threw it, hitting Stewart on the mouth. Stewart then returned to the restaurant and fell to the floor. It was thought that he would die. He was brought to Cairo and placed in St. Mary’s Infirmary where, under the treatment of Dr. Stevenson, he is doing well. He will probably recover. Jasper Stewart is a brother of Mr. C. Stewart, who was formerly a merchant at Hodges Park, and well known in Alexander County and very highly respected.
The Grim Reaper Claims Many Prominent Men in 1891.
Death came with alarming frequently to this vicinity during the year 1891, and claimed many prominent men in Cairo and Alexander County as its victims.
The following is a list compiled from the files of The Citizen.
February 17th, John Rees, of Cairo.
March 7th, John H. Foster, of Commercial Point.
March 9th, Byron F. Blake, of Cairo.
March 15th, J. F. Oller, of Olive Branch.
May 6th, C. M. Howe, of Cairo
June 16th, George W. Hendricks, city attorney of Cairo.
June 26th, William H. Schutter, of Cairo.
August 17th, C. Koch, of Cairo.
October 6th, Riley J. Bain, county superintendent of schools, Wheatland.
October 14th, Capt. J. W. McKinney
November 19th, Dr. George G. Parker, of Cairo.
November 25th, John Miller, county commissioner, Thebes.
December 8th, Dr. D. H. Parker, of Cairo.’
December 18th, Francis Vincent, of Cairo.
Murder at Makanda.
Last Saturday evening Frank Wallard, a one-armed man, shot and instantly killed, William J. Hastings, a druggist at Makanda and son of Dr. Hastings. Bad feelings had existed between the parties for some time and when they met in the drug store words passed between them. Going outside the store Hastings approached Wallard, starting to take off his coat as he did so, and threatening to thrash him. Wallard drew a revolver and fired two shots, which took effect in the other’s heart, killing him instantly. Dr. Hastings seized a Winchester rifle, and it was only through the prompt interference of bystanders that he did not finish the murderer of his son. Wallard is now under arrest. Both young men were prominent in society, and the tragedy caused no small amount of excitement.
Mr. Towne died Tuesday, aged 89 years. (Cobden)
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Ebenezer W. Towne Born Aug. 31, 1802 Died Jan. 5, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. M. M. Rich died of consumption last week. (Cobden)
(Michael M. Rich married Alice E. Otrich on 4 Dec 1879, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in John Rich Cemetery reads: Alice E. wife of M. M. Rich 1869-1891.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, December 29th, 1891, Oliver Wallace, aged 75 years, 3 months and 4 days. He was born September 25th, 1816, in Rutherford County, Tenn. He cast his first vote for William Henry Harrison, and voted the Whig or Republican ticket every time since except the year when Stephen A. Douglas was a candidate for president; he voted for him. He always said that a man was not a true American citizen unless he voted his principles. Mr. Wallace leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss, John R. and Martin Wallace, Judah E. Simmons, and Dorcas A. Pratt. His wife Elizabeth died July 6th 1890, aged 68 years. Mr. Wallace lived about six miles east of Thebes.
Henry Adams, a colored man, died of consumption yesterday evening. He was well known in Cairo where he formerly lived. (Mound City)
Ms. Bryant, living just across the river in Kentucky, died Tuesday of pneumonia. Her husband, who died several years ago, was a lumberman well known in Cairo. (Mound City)
Circuit Clerk Ulen was called to Ullin yesterday afternoon to the bedside of his brother, Mr. Hamilton Ulen Mr. Ulen has been sick with pneumonia and was recovering, but probably a relapse set in.
Mrs. Buckmeyer nee Dolan, died at Indianapolis Monday night of pneumonia, and her remains were bought here last night. She was reared in the city and lived here until a couple of years ago, when she moved to Indianapolis with her husband. She leaves one little child.
Resolutions of Respect.
PULASKI, ILL., December 31, ‘91.
At a regular meeting of Egypt Lodge No. 789 I. O. O. F., the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, it has please the Supreme Ruler of the universe to remove from our midst our beloved brother, Charles J. Goode, Therefore be it
Resolved, That in the death of Brother Goode, the Lodge has lost a good, noble, honest and faithful brother, one who was always at his post of duty, ever ready to promote the interest of Odd Fellowship and help in time of need.
Resolved, That his family have lost a true husband and kind father, the vicinity a good and upright citizen.
Resolved, That we Odd Fellows, extend to the family of our beloved brother our since sympathy in this, their hour of sad bereavement.
Resolved, That he charter of the Lodge be draped in mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to eh bereaved family, a copy be spread upon the Lodge record, and a copy be sent to the Odd Fellows’ Herald, Pulaski Patriot, Mound City Democrat, Argus-Journal, Cairo Citizen and Anna Talk.
C. H. Brown, A. W. Lewis, G. O. Haden, Com.
Mrs. Mary Ireland, wife of William Ireland, died Monday, January 6th, at Hodges Park and was buried Tuesday. She leaves four children all married. Mr. Ireland is spending the winter in West Virginia.
(William Ireland married Mary O. Hudson on 5 Jun 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday 14 Jan 1892:
Death of C. N. Cheek.
An account of the terrible accident which occurred near Crawfordsville, Ind., last Monday evening will be found on the inside of this sheet.
Mr. C. N. Cheek, formerly of Greencastle, Ind., but not the owner of Bell’s mill at Ullin, was among those fatally injured.
One of his legs was crushed and he was pinned beneath a pair of trucks. He coolly directed the relief corps how to release him. The fire was fast approaching and he ordered that his legs both be cut off if necessary, but a jack screw was secured and he was released in the nick of time. He was taken back to Crawfordsville, but died that night He was 36 years of age, and leaves a wife and two or three children. He was an expert mill man, one of the best in this part of the country. The saw mill at Ullin had been shut down. Mr. Cheek intended to start it up again in February or March.
Death of Charlie Watkins.
Mr. Charles F. Watkins, agent of the Pacific Express Company, at Charleston, Mo., died last Friday morning of pneumonia, as a result of la grippe.
Mr. Watkins was a brother of T. C. Watkins of this city. He had been express agent at Charleston for many years. He was only 36 years of age, and died in the very prime of life. He leaves a wife, but no children. After he was attacked by the grippe he wrote for a man to come and relieve him, but no answer came. He remained at his post of duty until he could keep about no longer. He then gave up and went upon his death bed. He was buried last Saturday. His aged mother, who made her home with him, is severely shocked by his death, and her life may be shortened by his untimely decease.
Broke His Neck.
[From Cape Girardeau, Democrat]
Peter Shrader, whose home was about to miles southeast of East Cape Girardeau, met with a horrible death Friday evening. He had been to this city with a load of corn which he had disposed of and was on his way home. He had just landed on the Illinois shore and drove his team off the ferry boat to the top of the river bank when he got into a quarrel with a brother who had also been in this city with a load of corn. Hot words were exchanged and finally the brother, whose name is John, sprang from his wagon into Peter’s wagon. As he did so the horses attached to the wagon became frightened and dashed off upsetting the wagon. The wagon bed fell on Peter Shrader, broke his neck and crushed his skull so that his brains were scattered for several feet around. The unfortunate man was a widower with five small children.
The little daughter of the man who made willow chairs and who discovered the natural gas above town last summer died today. It will be remembered that she was adopted by officer Sullivan on the death of her father.
After a short illness, Mrs. Toney, an aged colored woman, died at her home in this village (Cobden) last Friday, and was buried Sunday. Her husband, who is also very old, was stricken about the same time of his wife’s death with the same disease, pneumonia, and his life was despaired of for a while, but he is reported better at this time.
A little daughter of John P. Miller died Tuesday evening of measles complicated by pneumonia. She was a bright little child three years old. The parents have the sympathy of everybody in their sad bereavement. (Wetaug)
(John P. Miller married Sarah J. Rider on 27 Feb 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Buried at the cemetery (Thebes) last week a man named Swronce, who lived near East Cape. He was thrown out of his wagon and killed by his team running away. He leaves six small children to mourn his loss. His wife died about two years ago.
Died, at the residence of her son George, in Dongola, Sunday night, January 10th, Mrs. Sina E. Scurlock, aged about 68 years. Mrs. S. was sick only sixteen or seventeen days. She was a consistent Christian woman, a member of the Lutheran church.
(Joshua Scurlock married Sina E. Wilson on 12 Dec 1854, in Massac Co., Ill. Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Sina E. wife of Joshua Scurlock Died Jan. 10, 1892, Aged 66 Yrs., 2 Ms., 20 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Father McCallen was called from this life after or four days’ illness on last Thursday eve, January 7th, 1892. Though feeble in health for several months, he was able to attend to his duties in his bookstore up till Monday eve, when Mrs. Marlow, his faithful housekeeper, called help and from that time he was tended carefully by friends, and all was done for him that could be. Rev. James B. McCallen was born in North Carolina in 1812, was married to Lucinda Thompson, in Tennessee, in 1829. After living in various places they finally settled in Dongola before the railroad was built and only one house here (a log cabin) and Mr. McCallen was engaged in preaching and traveling in the interest of some tract society for many years, but for a few years past he was not able to preach, and latterly was hardly able to leave his yard. His beloved wife departed this life in August 1889, since which time Father McCallen seemed to be failing. He lived a strict temperance life, was a kind father, good neighbor and the world was bettered by his living in it. For he loved his neighbor in his daily life. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Mangum, of Anna, and Rev. J. B. Green, pastor at the Congregational church, Saturday afternoon, and buried in I. O. O. F. graveyard. Four sons of Father McCallen are all that are left, one being present at his funeral. (Dongola)
(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery reads: Rev. J. B. McCallen Died Nov. 7, 1892, Aged 79 Yrs., 7 Mos., 20 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Minnie Riddle, the slayer of George W. Higgins, cut up another paper last week and is now in jail. She was quietly married on Wednesday of last week to Frank Bills. This her bondsmen didn’t countenance, as they thought she was preparing to skip, so they surrendered her to the sheriff. While she was being returned to Mound City, she made some excuse to her guard, and going to the rear platform, jumped off the train, which was speeding along at the rate of 25 miles per hour. Fortunately she was not much hurt and was immediately picked up and is now in jail pondering over her attempt at suicide.
(Frank Bills married Minnie Riddle on 7 Jan 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
AN AWFUL WRECK
The fast mail on the Monon Route Ditched near Crawfordsville, Ind.—Several Cars Thrown Down an Embankment, and then Follows a Terrible Scene of Fire and Death--Killed —Wounded.
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND., Jan. 12.—The fast mail running between Louisville and Chicago on the Monon route, consisting of a mail car, an express car, three coaches and a chair car, was wrecked 2 miles north of here, at Nicholson’s crossing early last evening. The train was rounding a sharp curve when the outer rail broke and precipitated the cars down an embankment 20 feet . The stove in the first coach was overturned and the car was soon destroyed, but the passenger escaped. The next coach was torn to pieces. It was filled with people, not one of whom escaped injury. The parlor car toppled over on top of the coaches.
Injured C. N. Cheek, Greencastle, lumber merchant; right leg cut off just below the knee, will die.
Thursday, 21 Jan 1892:
Death of Joseph Day
Mr. Joseph Day, a brother of Mr. Peter Day, who keeps the saloon at the corner of Twelfth and Washington, died Sunday evening last, of enlargement of the heart.
The deceased was born in Germany, and was thirty-one years old. He was married about a year and a half ago, and had a comfortable little home on Cedar Street opposite the Marine Hospital. The deceased was connected with the Germania Maennerchor Cairo Casino, and Egypt Lodge A. O. U. W., in the latter of which he had $2,000 life insurance.
The funeral occurred Tuesday, interment at Villa Ridge.
(Joseph Day married Agatha Bessworn on 26 Jun 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill. His marker at Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads: Joseph Day Born Jan. 15, 1861 Died Jan. 17, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of John A. Morris.
Died, Friday night, January 15th, at 11:45 p.m., at his residence in Jonesboro, Ill., Mr. John A. Morris, aged 55 years. Mr. Morris formerly lived in Alexander County and was very well known here. He married a daughter of Judge James E. McCrite, and ad a great many friends and relatives in this county. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon in Jonesboro.
(His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: John Morris Died Jan. 15, 1892, Aged 55 Yrs. & 4 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
A Riverman Suicides.
Charles Carroll, clerk of the steamer City of Savannah, committed suicide last Thursday morning while the boat lay at Mound City, by shooting himself in the left breast. He was brought down to Cairo and placed in the Marine Hospital, where he died early Friday morning. His family who reside in St. Louis, were summoned and arrived before his death. The deceased was about 50 years of age, and had been steam boating for over 30 years. It is said that financial trouble caused him to commit this terrible deed. He leaves a wife and two daughters.
Two executions by hanging occurred within seventy-five miles of Cairo last Friday—one in Southeast Missouri, the other in Western Kentucky. At Poplar Bluff, Mo., Dr. William V. alias John W. Harben was hung for the murder of A. L. Smith on July 4th, 1888. At Paducah, Jesse Brown, was hung for killing John Larey, both colored, on January 3d, 1891. In each case a strong attempt was made to save the life of the prisoners, and the interference of the Governor asked. Likewise in each case the execution was successfully managed.
A stranger threw himself under the wheels of a moving freight train at DuQuoin last Thursday and was instantly killed. Papers found upon his person indicated that his name was R. A. Hart, of Braddock, Pa. He had been employed as a peddler in Carnegie’s steel works in that place. He had been in DuQuoin but a day or two and no one knew his business.
Mrs. Hendricks, the wife of Mr. G. W. Hendricks, the carpenter, died yesterday evening. She had been in very bad health for a long time. Mr. Hendricks is confined to his bed, suffering from an intra-capsular fracture of the thigh bone. It will be a long time before he can get out.
Mrs. C. A. Hosmer, wife of Judge Hosmer of Villa Ridge died last Monday morning and was buried Tuesday. She was a most estimable lady. Her husband is inconsolable. He says that he does not wish to live any longer.
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Phoebe A. Hosmer Born Jan. 13, 1821 Died Jan. 19, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Martin, wife of Hazard Martin, of Pulaski, died yesterday. She will be remembered in Cairo as the daughter of Andrew Cain.
(Hazard P. Martin married Kittie L. Cain on 5 Apr 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Lightner Fake
In lieu of legitimate news the local papers have been full of accounts of the death by drowning of one J. C. Lightner, and then immediately contradicted the story and said he was alive. It would appear that this man Lightner and his wife could not live together and she was suing for a divorce. He wished to stop the proceedings and so wrote a letter of farewell to her which was published in the papers, in which he would drown himself. The man calling himself J. W. Adams bobbed up and gave the details of Lightner’s suicide. Now it is believed that Lightner and Adams are one and the same person, and the former did not fill a watery grave.
Answered the Last Roll Call.
Died at 4 a.m. January 18th, at his late residence about three miles northeast of Thebes, James Hutchison, age not known, (60 or 70). Mr. Hutchison was an old and highly respected citizen and admired by all who knew him. He enlisted as a member of the 130th Illinois Infantry. Her served his country nobly in battle and at the polls, always voting the Republican ticket.
Grandma Misenfelder was reported very sick Tuesday of this week. (Cobden)
Old Mr. Toney, colored, whose wife died Friday week before last, also died last week at the advanced age of 77 years. He old couple were well liked in this community (Cobden) and will be greatly missed.
Died, January 16th, at 6:30 am., John F. Hunsaker, aged 48 years, 3 months, and 18 days. Funeral services took place from the Congregational church Sunday afternoon on under the auspices of Cobden Post G. A. R.
(John F. Hunsaker married Martha Anderson on 13 Feb 1867, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: John F. Hunsaker Born Sept. 28, 1843 Died Jan. 16, 1892 Sgt. Co. H, 29th Inf. Vol.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Mary Sickman, the wife of Theodore Sickman, died of pneumonia at her home on January 12th. She was the daughter of James and Salena Lackey, and was born in Tennessee October 10th, 1856. She married Theodore Sickman February 4th, 1874. She leaves a husband and three small children to mourn her loss. They have the sympathy of the community (Greenfield’s Landing, Mo.).
News of the death of Doctor Tolen about one and one half miles south of Mt. Pleasant, has just reached here. Dr. Tolen was about 50 years of age.
Joseph F. Crandell died January 14th, about 9 p.m., aged nearly 70 years. Mr. C. had not lived in Dongola for many years, but was loved and respected by all who knew him. Born in Bullet County, Ky., and reared in the Methodist faith, he was ever in attendance at church services and Sabbath school when his health would admit. He united with the Congregational church and will now be greatly missed. One daughter, who lived with her parents here, and one son living in Cairo, and the widow are all the relatives we have heard of about here. His son and wife attended him during his last illness. Mr. C. was a cooper by trade and had worked at Carbondale, Cobden, and elsewhere and the pall bearers selected to convey him to his last resting place were also coopers. Rev. J. B. Green preached the funeral discourse at the Congregational church last Sunday at 10 a.m. and a large number of friends attended and followed to the cemetery. Mrs. C. and daughter have the sympathy of the community.
(His marker at I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Joseph Crandell Born June 1822 Died January 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at his home on North Main Street (Jonesboro), Friday night, John A. Morris. Funeral from Baptist church, Sunday. Dr. Sanders preached the sermon. Interment in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Mr. Walter Dillow, residing one and one half miles south of town (Jonesboro) lost his last child last week. During the last five weeks diphtheria has produced sad havoc in this home, four children having died. Mr. and Mrs. Dillow have the sympathy of the entire community.
On the 6th inst., Wilson Smithey, a brother of Willie Smithy, died at the home of Uncle Moses Bogar, after several years of useless struggle against that fell destroyer, consumption. Wilson was a good boy and we feel assured has gone where suffering is unknown. (Elco)
Thursday 28 Jan 1892:
Mr. Henry Whitaker, son of the late Giles Whitaker, died at his home in the Hulen neighborhood last Monday evening. He was about 26 years of age and leaves a wife and child. He was left an orphan when quite young and raised by Monroe McCrite.
The old adage “murder will out” is again confirmed. About three week ago we mentioned that fact that a peddler by the name of Marcus Deitsh had been murdered and robbed at Richview, Ill. Suspicion rested heavily upon two negroes named Henry Dickerson and _____ Davis, and they were arrested and held for murder. But they could not endure the goadings of a guilty conscience. Dickerson first made a full confession, but implicated Davis as the principal in the affair, while he was only an accomplice. When this confession was read to Davis he also admitted his guilt, but claimed that Dickerson was the principal, and he only an aider and abettor.
The homicide was a murder most foul. The negroes secured $72.20 which they divided between them. The money has nearly all been recovered.
The terrible accident of last week still remains fresh in the memory of everyone. This is the first time in a number of years that anyone as killed in the factories, and the first fatal accident to happen in Mayor Dougherty’s mill (Mound City).
The youngest of four boys of the late Capt. and Mrs. McKinney were taken to Chicago Tuesday and placed in the Masonic Orphans Home there by Mr. J. W. Wenger, representing Cairo lodge. The oldest son, Jimmie, will remain here in care of a guardian.
Mrs. Burkhart, wife of Mr. C. Burkhart, is lying very low at her home on Park Avenue in this city.
Annie Burke, daughter of the late Patrick Burke, died last Monday after a brief illness. She was nearly sixteen years old and together with her sister, Josie, were the wards of Mr. Richard Fitzgerald. The funeral occurred Tuesday, interment being at Villa Ridge.
(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Annie M. daughter of P. C. and H. Burke Born Nov. 14, 1877, Died Jan. 25, 1892, Aged 15 Yrs., 2 Mos., & 11 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Russian influenza, French la grippe, Yankee grip. Yes, everybody has got it, or has had it, and the worst of it is in many this county has been gripped so hard by the grippe that they lost their grip and passed into a state from whence no victim of grippe has been known to return. Among the few unfortunates whose names are remembered by your subscriber are: R. L. Billington, or as he is better known, Rans Billington, together with his amiable daughter, Miss Emma, who have died at their home near Barlow City within the last two weeks. Mr. Billington is well known in this and adjoining counties as an ex-jailor of Ballard County Mrs. Billington has the deepest sympathy of the entire community (Fort Jefferson, Ky.) at the death of her husband and daughter leave her the only representative of a once devoted family.
An equally sad affliction has befallen the Hughes family, about two and one half miles west of Blandville. The first one of that family to be called his final reckoning was Uncle Billy Hughes, one of the oldest settlers in this country. He died about two weeks ago. Then in a few days the wife of young Billy Hughes died, leaving the old lady Hughes, young Billy Hughes and one of his children sick, and I have heard very recently that there is little hope of the recovery of either of the three.
In this vicinity and Wickliffe I only remember hearing of the death of two persons, one a small child of Henry Reeves, and the other Judge Hawes of Wickliffe. The judge has been in declining health for several years with some serious disease of the respiratory organ and other complications and fell an easy victim to the fell destroyer. Judge William Hawes was a man of true moral worth, and his demise from among us is deeply regretted, as he was endowed with qualities of charity, neighborly kindness and geniality not missed in a community without deepest regret.
A little farther east, an old German lady, Mrs. Schlimmer, recently from Alton, Ill, died. Also an infant child of young Bob Sheppard died.
James P. McLain, an old resident of Union County, died at his home west of town (Dongola) on Friday afternoon, January 15th, after a very short illness, aged 58 years.
(His marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads: James P. McLane Died Jan. 21, 1892, Aged 39 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 28 Ds.
Grandma Misenhelder, who the writer reported very sick in last week’s issue of the Citizen, died last Friday morning at 5 o’clock and was buried that evening. Deceased was an old resident of Cobden, and was for some years confined to her room from paralysis. Being a devoted Christian she endured with great patience the torture of her long confinement, in the hope of the reward that is promised to the people of God hereafter. She was known and loved by a large circle of acquaintances, and their praises follow her into the mysteries of the great beyond. She was the foster mother of Mr. William Evans, of this place (Cobden).
Mrs. Mollie, wife of A. G. Lentz, is dangerously sick at this writing. (Friendship)
(Andrew G. Lentz married Mary S. Bundschuh on 5 Sep 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Eli and Mrs. Tryphosa Mowery, widow of the late George W. Mowery, drew $1,000 from the order of the Knight and Ladies of Honor of which George was a member.
(G. W. Mowery married Tryphosia Worthington on 20 May 1885, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John F. Roberson, a fine young man of Friendship, died the other day of consumption.
James Smith had an infant to die Tuesday that was but a few days old. (Elco)
Several of this town (Wetaug) attended the funeral services of James McLean at St. John’s Church Sunday.
A little girl of James Daye, who resides on Butter Ridge, died Sunday of measles.
A man named Roberts, who resided at Stringtown, died last week of malarial fever. (Wetaug)
John Farr, who lived four miles east of town (Wetaug) died Thursday morning. He leaves a wife and several small children in destitute circumstances.
Mrs. Catherine Cook, is very ill at her home east of town, the result of an injury received from falling on the ice a few days ago. She is a good neighbor and a very worthy woman and her many friends hope that she may recover.
Mrs. Frank Penninger died Saturday night at the residence of Dr. Cottner, of measles. She leaves a husband and child, both sick with the same disease.
N. F. Koen, formerly hotel proprietor here (Wetaug) was in town Monday putting up a monument over the grave of the late George Mowery. He now resides in Cairo and represents Kurzdurfer marble works.
James Otey, a twelve-year-old boy living at Poplar Bluff, Mo., was mysteriously shot last week Monday. He was playing in the kitchen of his home, and it is supposed some drunken person recklessly shot through the window. The ball passed through one lung and killed him instantly.
Thursday, 4 Feb 1892:
Mr. John W. Cobbs, surveyor of customs for the port of Paducah, died last Monday. He has held that position since 1883. He was quite aged, and has had a cancer eating into his face for many years. This was the cause of his death As his health declined his daughter acted as his special deputy.
A Sudden Death.
Capt. Stephen T. McBride, a well-known river man and pilot, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary yesterday morning of apoplexy. He had been there under treatment for a few weeks, and was convalescent. Yesterday morning he ate a hearty meal and started for his room, but upon reaching hit fell to the floor and expired.
Capt. McBride was about 48 years of age. He had been a resident of Cairo for about twenty-five years during which time he served as pilot on the rivers. He was a Mason and Knights Templar, being also connected with the Knights of Honor and to a pilot’s association. He leaves a sister who resides at Odell, Ill., who will attend the funeral. The Masons will conduct the last sad rites, and the interment will be at Beech Grove Cemetery.
The Death of Mrs. Spann.
The death of Mrs. Spann, wife of Dr. C. P. Spann, of Thebes, last week Wednesday was a terrible shock to her numerous friends. She was better known in Alexander County as Miss Lillie Lightner. She was the daughter of the late Judge Lightner, and was born and reared in the county. She was cultivated and refined, had been a successful school teacher a few terms. She married Dr. Spann some two or three years ago. Both Dr. and Mrs. Spann were seized with the grippe a few days ago, so that he could not attend to the wants of his wife. Dr. Gibbs of Unity, some fifteen miles away, was their attending physician. In her case the disease developed into pneumonia, and nothing could stay its progress. She was probably about thirty years of age. She leaves a husband, a mother, brothers and sisters, but no children.
(Charles P. Spann married Lillian L. Lightner on 21 Oct 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Catherine Cook, who injured herself by falling on the ice a couple of weeks ago, died Tuesday night, January 26th, her death being caused by the accident. She was aged about 65 years, and had lived several years on a farm two miles east of town. Her husband die about five years. She was a good neighbor, a kind-hearted, intelligent, Christian woman. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Wetaug, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. Father Englebert, of the Catholic church, of which was a devoted member. Five daughters and three sons are left to revere her memory.
(Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Wetaug reads: Catharine C. Cook Departed this Life Jan. 27, 1892, Age 68 Yrs., 3 Mos., 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Thomas Alsup died at Elco, Monday, of congestion of the lungs and was interred at the Wetaug cemetery Tuesday. She kept a boarding house near here for C. H. Sackett’s hands for several years. She leaves a husband and two children.
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Carman was buried at the cemetery Tuesday.
Our neighborhood (Idlewild) met with quite a loss in the death of Mr. F. W. Loeschner, which occurred last Sunday morning at 1:30 a.m., after about a week’s illness, pneumonia being the cause. Mr. Loeschner has been manager of Mr. Tamm’s farm for about a year and a half, coming from Mr. Spencer’s place in Pulaski County He was 59 years old. A wife and eight children, nearly all grown, survive him. The funeral occurred Monday, interment being in the Lutheran cemetery, near Jonesboro. Mr. Loeschner was a member of the Knights of Honor, and carried $2,000 life insurance with that organization. He was a good husband and father, a good neighbor and a good farmer, and in his death the community suffers a great loss.
(A marker in St. Paul’s Cemetery south of Jonesboro reads: W. L. Loeschner geb 21 Feb 1833 gest. 31 Jan 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. P. T. Loeschner and wife are quite ill with pneumonia.
Died, at her residence in Thebes, January 27th, 1892, of pneumonia and typhoid fever, Mrs. Dr. Spann. Her remains were interred in Thebes Cemetery.
Died, Jan. 28h, 1892, Mrs. Kate Benefield. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss (Thebes)
Mr. and Mrs. Breese, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, were summoned by telegraph to attend the funeral of Mrs. B.’s sister, Mrs. Spann, but arrived too late. (Thebes)
Mrs. Jane Davidson died at her home in Metropolis last week Monday and was buried Wednesday. She was in her 68th year. Her sons, Andrew, R. A., and Dr. W. T. Davidson are well known in Alexander County.
Near his shanty boat, at the foot of the Chain, three miles above Caledonia Landing, an old soldier, who was taken charge of by our coroner. After a short examination of the body a few pieces of boards were torn from the little boat and a box was made which now contains his body. He was buried near the water’s edge with a light covering of earth that marks his last resting place. Would it not be well for some one to read the law to our coroner? Please give us your views as to the above, Mr. Editor. We think a change necessary. What do you say, comrades? Let’s hear from you.
The above was sent us by an esteemed friend, an old solder, who resides near Olmstead. The law requires that the coroner shall give the body a decent burial at the expense of the county if the deceased did not leave means sufficient for that purpose. The people of Pulaski County have this matter entirely in their own hands. They can make a change this fall if they wish to do so.
Thursday, 11 Feb 1892:
On the morning of Feb. 2d, about three miles below Jonesboro, the dead body of Eli Boren, a farmer, was found face downward under his wagon bed in a creek. He had been drinking heavily before leaving Jonesboro, and the supposition is that he attempted to drive into the creek to water his horses, when they became entangled in some manner, averting the wagon with above result. It will be remembered that Boren was indicted for the killing of an old German at or near Makanda, Jackson County, some four or five years ago. He, however, along with another party, escaped conviction, while the third is now serving a long term in the penitentiary.
(Eli Boren married Minnie Destine Trinp on 14 Nov 1889, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Murray, a daughter of Mrs. Morford, of Ullin, died here of measles last Saturday.
A little child of Willie Stadcher’s died of croupous diphtheria last Wednesday. An older child is very sick of the same disease, but is convalescent.
Emory Hoffner and William Casper, little boys of H. A. Hoffner and Mrs. Casper, have been dangerously sick from pneumonia following measles.
Died, at the home of his mother, near Cobden, January 27, 1892, of consumption, James R. Tweedy, aged 27 years, 1 month and 5 days. Deceased was confined to his room and bed for some months, and is generally characteristic of these who are afflicted with consumption patiently endured and hoped for recovery. It was only one illustration of the many thousands of cases, where hope was subdued by the vanquisher of all worldly expectations. Dust unto dust, earth will have her own, in spite of doctors, religions and all human ingenuity. The deceased leaves a number of friends and relatives to mourn his death, among them a wife and two little children, ages one and two years respectively. May the sympathies of loving friends cheer them, and may they be guided into a prosperous course that will carry them through the ways of life.
(James R. Tweedy married Sadie M. Morrison on 17 Dec 1888, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, February 5th, Jimmy Allen, son of James M. Allen, of Cauble district. Jimmy was about nine or ten years old, and had a most lovable disposition, in every case gaining and holding the love and good will of all his playmates, many of whom are sad at his demise. Surely the brothers at home will miss him, and papa will too, but who can tell the anguish of a mother’s heart at parting with a dear little boy? In the midst of grief we realize that Jimmy is free from the troubles and temptations of this world, and infinitely better off. (Elco)
William Phillips of this county died recently. He was about 80 years of age.
Notwithstanding the epidemic which has proved so fatal in all this part of the country, there have been but two deaths in Tunnel Hill or within three or four miles of town since October 1st, and they were both children under six months of age.
We are sorry to have to say that we never did experience such a wholesale sickness in this county as we have had the past two weeks, principally grippe. Everybody at this writing is improving, except Mr. and Mrs. John Clutts. There have been very few deaths, however. (Thebes)
Mrs. Susanna Feith, wife of the late Nicholas Feith, died Sunday forenoon, after a prolonged illness, aged 72 years. She was born in Luxembourg, Germany. About the year 1847 she came to America, and to Cairo several years later, with her husband. She leaves three children—Mrs. William Kluge, Mrs. A. Glauber, and Mr. William E. Feith.
Funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Church Tuesday, and the body was interred at Villa Ridge.
(A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Susanna Feith 1820-1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 18 Feb 1892:
Our circuit court is in session this week trying the cases on the criminal docket, with Judge Robarts upon the bench. As we go to press this court is engaged in trying the case of William Hurt, charged with the murder at Beech Ridge, some time ago.
Murder at Murphysboro.
Joseph Schille, foreman of the brewery at Murphysboro, was shot in the neck and killed by Louis Miller, a discharged employee, last Friday evening. The deceased was a German about 33 years of age. He leaves a large family.
Miller was 20 years old. He is also a German, and a wild sort of fellow, being addicted to drink and under its influence, at the time of his terrible deed. He said he was going to kill Schille, to avenge some imaginary wrong.
William Etz died at the home of his parents, on Seventeenth Street last Thursday afternoon, after a long illness. He was 28 years of age. He learned the machinist’s trade and was head engineer at the ice factory until sickness interfered with his duties. The funeral occurred Saturday under the auspices of the I. O. O. F., of which he was a member.
At Makanda, on last Wednesday night, occurred the accidental death of Charley Wright, a conductor on the Illinois Central. He was attempting to make a coupling, when the draw heads gave away and caught his head between the two cars, killing him instantly. He was a citizen of Centralia, and leaves a wife and three or four children.
Mrs. Finley, a well known and highly esteemed lady formerly of this place (Cobden), died at Maywood, near Chicago, last week, and her remains were brought here Monday on the early morning train for interment, which took place Monday evening.
Mrs. Rady McHughes died last Sunday after several weeks illness. She was a poor widow and has not been able to work for a long time.
The death of Miss Alice M. Howlett, of Charleston, Mo., last week Wednesday, was a very sad end of a bright young life. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howelett, of Charleston. She was only 18 years of age, and was attending school at Mexico. She died from the effects of an overdose of laudanum. It is not certain that suicide was intended. No motive for suicide is known to exist. She had been suffering from toothache, and the laudanum was probably taken to allay the pain. The body was brought to Charleston and buried last Friday in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.
Died, February 15th, at 3:16 a.m., Mrs. John Clutts, aged 72 years. Mrs. Clutts was sick three weeks, the effects of la grippe. She leaves many relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
At last report, Mr. John Clutts, was improving as fast as could be expected under the circumstances. Mr. Clutts is 82 years old, and has been in feeble health for some time past. We hope he may pull through the grippe.
We understand that old man Henderson died Monday morning. Mr. Henderson must have been 80 years old. He lived on what is called Pigeon Roost, about six or seven miles southeast of here (Thebes).
Thursday, 25 Feb 1892:
When we went to press last week William Hurt was on trial for murder. Three days were spent in the trial. On Sunday morning, after being out all night, the jury brought in their verdict of not guilty. We believe it to have been a most unrighteous verdict and a great wrong to the People. Such jurymen should never be permitted to sit in the jury box again.
Belle Jones, a colored woman, was tried for infanticide and given fourteen years in the penitentiary. She was not probably half as guilty as Hurt.
Mrs. Orange was tired for the murder of her husband and sentenced to thirty-five years in the penitentiary.
Quitman McFadden, a colored young man about 18 years old, and a brother of John McFadden, died last Sunday from a hemorrhage of the lungs. He was employed as waiter at the Halliday.
Miss Maggie Lonergan, the youngest daughter of Mr. William Lonergan, died Tuesday afternoon of consumption, the immediate result of grippe, from which she had suffered for a long time. She was about twenty yeas old.
The west side of town (Wetaug) has only one drain, which is obstructed by an our house and is made a receptacle for all the rubbish in town, the foul water is kept dammed up as a reservoir for the breeding of malaria and typhoid fever. When a few persons have died of these diseases, perhaps the rest will see the necessity of having it opened and kept clean.
Mr. Charles Mason, who was reported dead a short time ago, will work for James Miller this summer. (Thebes)
Thursday, 3 Mar 1892:
And Gave Another Dose to Her Daughter.
Another suicide occurred Monday night, and but for the prompt work of restoration, a double crime would have resulted.
Mrs. Niblette, with her 12-year-old daughter, made her home with her sister, Mrs. J. C. Clark, on Washington Avenue between 19th and 20th streets. She was employed at Roth & White’s as a saleslady. She was divorced from her husband and this alone must have made her life unhappy, for she had health and beauty and was only 28 years old. At any rate, she looked on the dark side of life, and at one time made an attempt to end her existence. Monday night she returned from Union City, where she made a brief visit. An attack of melancholy prompted her to prepare a dose of morphine in a glass of wine and give it to her child to drink, which the girl did, suspecting nothing. Her mother was much affected and cried as she administered the deadly dose, but only bade her go to sleep. Then taking a similar dose herself, Mrs. Neblette lay down never to rise again.
The girl soon felt the effects of the poison and her cries of alarm awakened the household and a physician was hastily summoned. He administered antidotes and the child was kept in motion until the effects of the morphine were gone. But the mother remained in a stupor until 5:20 a.m. Tuesday morning when she died. Funeral services were held over her remains Tuesday evening by Rev. Groves, and they were taken to Union City for interment.
Tragedy at Dexter.
A terrible tragedy occurred at Dexter, Mo., forty-five miles from Cairo on the Iron Mountain railroad, last Saturday in which three lives were lost. The attempt to arrest two men named Miller and Moore, who, by the way, were desperadoes, for horse stealing, resulted in a free-for-all shooting affray in which A. F. Cooper was instantly killed and City Marshal Sprinkle received wounds from which he died Monday morning.
Immediately after the shooting the two men attempted to escape, but Moore was so closely pursued that he sent another charge into his own body, causing instant death. Miller remained at large until Monday morning, when he was captured by a deputy sheriff and posse near Campbell, in Dunklin County. He was taken to Dexter in the evening and placed in jail, but the feeling of the people is so thoroughly aroused that it is feared they will take the law into their own hands.
Cooper was one of the leading men of Dexter, one of the proprietors of the Dexter roller mills, had large landed interests and was a prominent Mason.
Mrs. Susie Miller, wife of Jefferson Miller, died February 25th, after many weeks of great suffering, all through she exhibited patience and fortitude. Interment at St. John’s Cemetery.
(Jefferson Miller married Susan C. Hartline on 9 Jan 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: Susan wife of Jeff Miller Age about 41 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
William Smithey asks us to state for him that the report that Jesse Kee charged a dollar to help dig the grave for his (Willie’s) brother, is a malicious slander and fabrication.
A little son of John Clements died last Sunday afternoon after an illness of several days. Funeral Monday afternoon at Congregational church. The family have the sympathy of the community.
C. Hartline, who has been very sick with typhoid fever, is some better. (Wetaug)
John Morris, a young man who lived near Cache Chapel, died Friday of malignant typhoid fever. He was apparently doing well until a few hours before his death, when he was attacked by hemorrhage of the bowels which was soon fatal. He was a very worthy young man and had many friends.
Mr. James H. Weaver died at Grand Chain last Saturday morning of consumption. He leaves a young widow, a daughter of the late W. L. Hambleton, of Mound City. He was buried Monday under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias.
(James H. Weaver married Lillian Hambleton on 6 Jul 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 10 Mar 1892:
The people of Pulaski are considerably mystified by the actions of a woman who was in town a few days recetnly. Two years ago, John Miller and wife were left paupers at the death of Mrs. Miller’s mother, Mrs. Wilson. They left here with a little three year-old child and were not heard from until Mrs. Miller arrived the other day with a coffin said to contain the remains of the child. The record shows the child was born May 9th, 1887, and died October 13th, 1890. The remains were incased in a metallic casket, but neither the coffin nor the box had the appearance of ever having been in the ground before. Mrs. Miller was very neatly dressed and had plenty of money. She said her husband was employed as superintendent of a saw mill at Queen City, Ark., and was making $5 per day. But how an apparent brand new coffin could contain the remains of a child that had been dead a year and a half is what puzzles the people of Pulaski Precinct.
Mrs. Patrick Cummings, who died Monday, was buried yesterday. She was the mother of Miss Fannie Cummings, a teacher in the public schools, and was quite advanced in age.
Thursday, 17 Mar 1892:
Many Deaths Around Wetaug.
Died, Sunday morning, March 13th, of typhoid fever, Charles Hartline, aged 58 years. Mr. Hartline was one of the pioneer settlers of this country, coming here from North Carolina in the year 1838. He had, by industry and economy, acquired a large property, but has always been the poor man’s friend, and many a struggling farmer owes his success in tiding over difficulties to Charles Hartline. Of sterling honesty and integrity, a Christian man both by practice and profession, a faithful husband, an indulgent father, he in his life represented the highest and purest type of manhood. It can be said of him that he made no enemies, and died leaving everybody who knew him his friend. The remains were interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, an immense throng of people following him to his last resting place. Rev. Joseph Wolbach, of the Reformed Church, of which deceased was a life-long member, conducted the obsequies. A wife, one son and three daughters are left to cherish his memory.
(Charles W. Hartline married Mary Ann Myers on 29 Mar 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill. He married 2nd Susan Anna Casper on 7 Apr 1867, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Charles W. Hartline Died March 13, 1892, Aged 38 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Price, who has been suffering from consumption for several months, died at his father’s home two and one-half miles east of Ullin, Tuesday, aged about 21 years. He leaves a young wife to whom he had been married about six months.
(A marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: Henry S. son of Thomas & E. J. Price Born Feb. 18, 1883 Died March 9, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Died March 10th, of Hodgkin’s disease, of the lymphatic glands, Mrs. Malinda Aden Lackey, wife of W. A. Lackey, who lives two and one half miles east of Ullin. Mrs. Lackey had been sick about eighteen months, bore it all with patience and resignation, which is rare. She was bright, intelligent, and amiable and her death is a sad blow to the young husband and little son, who will never know a mother’s fostering care.
(William Andrew Lackey married Melinda Aden on 1 Sep 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: Malinda wife of W. A. Lackey Born Dec. 2, 1869, Died Feb. 10, 1892, Aged 22 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 8 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Si Barker, living two miles north of Cobden, was taken sick Tuesday afternoon and died that night. It is reported that his death was the result of epilepsy.
S. N. Frick has reopened the store formerly closed on the account of the death of Willis Lamer, and he is booming business in the right way. (Cobden)
Mrs. James Harris, a daughter of Daniel Rendleman, died at her father’s house on last Saturday night of consumption. This is the fourth of that family that has died of that disease. (Tunnel Hill)
(James Harris married Isabelle Rendleman on 11 Aug 1884, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 24 Mar 1892:
Died, on Friday night, March 18th, Morton, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Sandy A. Eddleman. Funeral from the residence on Sunday afternoon to I. O. O. F. Cemetery.
(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Infant of S. A. & M. L. Eddleman.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 31 Mar 1892:
Run Over and Killed at Anna.
Another shocking death on the Illinois Central railroad occurred at Anna Tuesday evening. As train No. 24 was entering the town, about 5:30 p.m., it ran over and killed Mrs. Jacob Hileman, wife of a former sheriff of Union County. She evidently just stepped upon the track as the train neared, for the engineer did not see her until she was but a few yards off. She was about 60 years of age and leaves children and grandchildren to mourn her untimely death. One of her sons, James Hileman, is a carpenter in this city.
(Jacob Hileman married Tena Lavina Sifford on 15 Feb 1846, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in Anna Cemetery reads: Tena L. wife of Jacob Hileman Born Oct. 2, 1825 Died March 29, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Miss Emma Ninninger, a former resident of Mound City, but recently of Madison, Ill., occurred at Beech Grove Cemetery yesterday. A large number of friends attended from here (Mound City).
Mr. and Mrs. August Keppner, of Wickliffe, lost a bright little boy a few days ago. He was stricken down by membranous croup and nothing could bring relief. He was ill but four or five days, and his death was a terrible blow to his parents.
Thursday, 7 Apr 1892:
Mrs. C. R. Stuart Dead.
Mrs. Charles R. Stuart, wife of Cairo’s Eighth Street merchant, died at St. Louis last Monday afternoon. She had been in poor health for a year or more, but recently her condition became alarming, and she was taken to St. Louis and placed under the treatment of a specialist. This was without avail, and she died at 3:15 p.m. Monday.
Mrs. Stuart was 42 years of age. Her maiden name was Mary Farley. She married Mr. Stuart in 1871, and five children are left motherless to comfort their father in his deep sorrow.
The deceased was a member of the Woman’s Relief Corps and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and of St. Patrick’s Church.
The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
William Turpin died at his home in Saturday at 1 p.m. He was buried on Sunday in the Twente Cemetery. (Commercial Point)
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. E. Worthington, died on the 24th and was buried on the 25th in the Baumguard Cemetery.
Thursday, 14 Apr 1892:
Arthur Sloan of Golconda, a brother of Judge Sloan of that place, committed suicide recently by taking Rough on Rats. He had been an inmate of the asylum at Anna and when discharged was thought to be perfectly well. No cause is assigned for the act.
Pulaski had a shooting scrape Friday. Joe Cook keeps a ranch and low dive generally here. There is always a crowd of loafers hanging around there drinking and gambling. Friday afternoon Cook filled up with liquor and became boisterous. He got into a quarrel with a colored man named Major Williams, but the latter left and went home. Returning soon he entered Cook’s place and hot words followed. Williams then pulled out his gun and fired four or five shots at Cook, but failed to hit him, though he was less than ten feet off and a very large man. Cook reached behind the bar and got his revolver and shot several times at Williams, one ball entering his right side and passing clear through his body. He started out, but fell after he had gone but a short distance and had to be carried home. He died at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Cook didn’t let up at this, but flourished and discharged his pistol a number of times after. Meeting a colored boy, he threw his arm around his neck and shot over his shoulder down at the ground. Of course the boy was very badly frightened. The coroner’s inquest developed facts about as above and returned a verdict of justifiable homicide while the shooting on Cook’s part was clearly in self defense, the fact remains that he keeps a very disorderly house and one where such affairs are constantly to be expected.
On the 3d instant, “Aunt Selvy” an old and well known colored lady doctor living south of town (Elco), died leaving an aged husband to mourn her loss.
The trial of Robert Morton, ex-marshal of Carbondale, for murder, is in progress in the Jackson County Circuit Court. There are thirty witnesses in the case, which promises to be a long and tedious one. Lightfoot and Lightfoot represent the State and Barr, Youngblood, and Schwartz the defendant.
Thursday, 21 Apr 1892:
Death of Ray Rice.
We learn just as we go to press that young Ray Rice, only son of the late Newton Rice, died at midnight last night. His age was, we believe, just over 21 years. He has never been strong and for months he has seemed to carry a death mark upon his face. He seemed to have no healthy blood in his veins. A mother and sister survive him.
MURPHYSBORO, ILL., April 15.—The case of the People vs. Robert Morton, which has occupied the attention of the Jackson County circuit court all week, was given to the jury at 8:30 o’clock last evening. They were out all night and returned a verdict of “not guilty.” Hon. W. P. Lightfoot assisted State’s Attorney Lightfoot in the prosecution and Hons. Barr, Swartz, and Youngblood represented the defendant. It will be remembered that Robert Morton, while attempting to arrest Chester Clark, son of O. H. Clark, pastor of the M. E. church at Carbondale, shot and killed him. Clark was trying to escape and was pursued by a man whom Morton deputized. This deputy struck Clark, knocking him down on his hands and knees. While he was in the position Morton came up and shot him in the back. Morton swore the shooting was accidental. He had always borne a good name, while Clark had not, and this influenced the jury in reaching their conclusion.
Mrs. Julia Lentz is very low with consumption. (Wetaug)
Died, April 12th, Henry G. Waggoner, aged 66 years. Mr. Waggoner was an old citizen of Thebes.
It is our sad duty to chronicle the death of little Johnnie Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Edwards, of Promised Land.
Thursday, 28 Apr 1892:
The Simpson Murder Case.
The trial o the murderers of John M. Simpson who was killed on December 15th, last, was conclude in the Johnson County circuit court last week. The jury acquitted Thomas Dixon and sentenced Henry Jones, Goin Harris and Charles Dixon, to nine years each in the penitentiary. The Vienna papers don’t think the punishment fits the crime.
To Hang at Nashville.
Nashville, Ill., is to have a hanging. Henry Dickerson and Thomas Davis murdered and robbed a Jewish peddler at Richview last Christmas. Their trial came up before Judge Wall in the Washington County circuit court last week, and they were sentenced to hang on Saturday, May 14th, a motion for a new trial being overruled.
Died, Wednesday, April 20th, of consumption, Mrs. Julia E. Lentz, aged 41 years. She had suffered from the dread disease for several years and everything that medical skill could devise and every remedy for the complaint was tried in vain. It gradually drew her down until death brought relief. Mrs. Lentz was a consistent member of the Lutheran Church, a relief member of the Knights and Ladies of Honor, a noble Christian lady, a kind parent, and a woman whose memory will ever be held sacred by her family and friends. Her parents died about eight years ago. She leaves one daughter, married to Prof. M. P. Mayberry and one son about 14 years of age, who will inherit a handsome property. She has one brother, Paul Mowery, living. The remains were laid to rest in the New Hope Cemetery. Rev. D. Hurst conducting the obsequies. An immense throng of friends and relatives attended the burial services.
(Jeremiah Luther Lentz married Julia Emeline Mowery on 27 Apr 1871, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: Julia E. Lentz Born Aug. 22, 1850 Died April 20, 1892 Aged 41 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 28 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Buck Baker, a son of D. Baker, of Stringtown, died of pneumonia last Monday He was an industrious and prosperous young man.
Mrs. Betsy Peeler, mother of our county treasurer, T. J. Peeler, is dangerously sick with pneumonia. Her many friends are hoping for her recovery. She is 68 years of age.
News reached here Tuesday evening of the death of L. A. DuBois, at Windsor, Ill. For the last few weeks his death has been expected at any time, as he has long been afflicted with consumption. In spite of his disease, he has, until within a short time, been able to attend to his large business at Windsor. He was a man of great business ability, and his force of will was such that he was able, when most men would have been confined to the house, to build up and sustain a very large mercantile business. He was the second son of Dr. A. M. DuBois, editor of the Journal and Sentinel published at this place (Cobden). At the time of his death he was but a few months past 27 years old, his life being cut short in its prime. He leaves a wife and two children. His body was brought here Tuesday night and interment made in the Cobden Cemetery Wednesday.
(His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Lawrence A. DuBois Born July 14, 1865 Died April, 25, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. James C. Lightner who was reported drowned, floated up home Saturday night all right. It is wrong! It is a disgrace for anybody to make such reports about a man!
An old colored man named Williams, living down near Telle’s loaded up an old musket for the purpose of killing some ducks. The charge was too heavy and the back end of the gun burst out. His jaw was broken and his skull was severely fractured. He was taken to the Poor House where he died. (Commercial Point)
Died, at the residence of his daughter Mrs. E. White, on Tuesday, April 12th, 1892, Mr. Henry G. Waggoner.
Deceased was born in Todd County, Ky., March 16th, 1826. While in the prime of life he moved to this country and became a residence of our town. In 1853 he was married to Miss Fannie Bracken. Several children blessed their happy union seven of whom survive. Mr. Waggoner was a man of good moral principles and a worthy citizen.
Our town mourns the loss of one who was always admired for his truth and honesty.
In kind sympathy we extend our most sincere expressions of regret to the bereaved family.
Card of Thanks
We extend since thanks to our friends for the kind interest shown us during the illness and death of our dearly beloved father, H. G. Waggoner.
Mrs. E. White
Thursday, 5 May 1892:
John Dishner, Sr., an old man, a blacksmith by trade, is quite ill.
His recovery is extremely doubtful. He has resided in Mound City a great
many years. He had the grip and has never recovered from its effects.
The sad tidings were conveyed to Mrs. Dr. Cottner Tuesday that her husband had met his death by drowning west of Jonesboro the evening before. The doctor left home Monday morning to visit some relatives near East Cape. He was accompanied by John Stubblefield. On the road west of Jonesboro they came to a stream of water, which could not be forded, and they with Joshua Miller undertook to cross in a skiff. By some means it was capsized and the doctor and young Miller being unable to swim were both drowned and Stubblefield barely escaped with his life by hanging to the boat. The doctor was born near where he met his death about sixty years ago and had practiced medicine in this county since the war after serving his country four years as a soldier. He was uneducated not even knowing the alphabet but had a large practice, which he held successfully from the graduates, as he was pleased to call them with a very qualifying adjective. It can be said of the deceased that though he had his faults as everyman has, he was a kind hearted man who would divide his last dime with a friend and that he was a conscientious physician, always doing for the sick and afflicted what his strong common sense taught him to be right, and that he spent the best part of his life riding through the swamps of this county night as well as day, through rain and through storm, that sickness and distress might be alleviated. Miller, who was drowned, was a nephew of the doctor and had been reared by him. He was about 19 years of age. The doctor leaves a wife and three grandchildren who made their home with him and a brother who lives in Missouri. The remains will be interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery with G. A. R. honors.
P. W. Thompson and Walter Hight have gone to East Cape Girardeau after the body of Dr. Cottner.
Saturday afternoon, as the fast mail north was coming in, a man who was
walking along between the tracks, finally got on the main track and would
not get out of the way and was struck by the engine and thrown down near the
telegraph pole. He was picked up; and removed to the freight house and
friends took him to Ullin that night. His head was injured, but what other
injuries he received we were not able to ascertain but his chances of
recovery seemed to be small.
Capt. William M. Murphy,
so well known throughout all Southern Illinois, passed peacefully away at
his room at The Halliday in this city about 10 o’clock Sunday night, May
8th, in the fifty-sixth year of his age. He had been failing for some weeks
and his friends all felt that he could not hold out very long.
As an officer of the law he
was always honorable, always efficient and always courteous to all with whom
he did business. No suspicion of dishonor ever rested upon his character as
an officer. He was exceedingly obliging and generous to a fault. He was a
strong partisan. He knew that he was right in his political principles and,
knowing this, he bent all his energies to maintain them. Where others would
expend fifty or a hundred dollars to carry through a campaign he would
expend a thousand. Where others would spend a few hours occasionally to
promulgate their political ideas he would devote months to incessant toil by
day and by night. But in his entire political life, he was never charged
with being corrupt. His hands were clean. He was always true to his
friends. He had faults, but he was not corrupt. He was not selfish. He
was not treacherous. He had a strong hold upon the sympathies of the
community. But the fell destroyer had a firm grip upon his vitals and could
not be shaken off. He was just as much a martyr to the cause of his country
as the man who fell in battle riddled with the bullets of the enemy. He
held many lucrative positions, but he died poor. He carried insurance upon
his life to the extent of $13,000 as follows: $5,000 in Knights Templar and
Masons’ company, of Chicago; $5,000 in the Mutual Reserve Fund of New York
and $3,000 in the Masonic of Princeton. He left a will, but we know nothing
of its provisions. His father and mother are both gone. He was never
married, but he leaves two brothers and three sister, all married. One
brother and a sister reside in Kansas and one brother and two sisters in
Ohio. His uncle, John Kelley, of Cairo, was like a father to him.
Captain Murphy was a
member of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Warren Stewart Post G. A.
R., and of Cairo Commandery, K. T. The Odd Fellows took charge of the
funeral, which was attended by a large concourse of friends Tuesday
afternoon. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church, after which
the remains were conveyed to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. His
earthly life is ended. His struggles are over. Truehearted Friend,
Faithful Son, Tender and Loving Brother, Hail and Farewell!
Died, in this city, at the hour of 11 o’clock Tuesday night, May 10, 1892, of consumption, Mr. John S. Foster, in the forty-fifty year of his age.
Mr. Foster was born in Sparta, Randolph County, Ill., July 5, 1847. He was reared in Sparta and spent most of his life in Randolph County. On the 31st of December 1872, he married a Miss Watson, also a resident of Sparta, by whom he had six children. Mr. Foster was for five years deputy in the office of the county clerk at Chester. He spent some time as clerk in various railroad offices in East St. Louis, Cairo, and elsewhere. He came to Cairo about five years ago and for some time acted as clerk for Sheriff Murphy, assisting in the collection of taxes. He assisted several of the county officers. In 1889 he was appointed to a clerkship in the office of Hon. Daniel Hogan, collector of internal revenue, and for the past two years he has been chief deputy in that office. Mr. Foster came from a consumptive family. His father died of that disease at about the age of forty-five. He was the last survivor of his family. All are gone. Early in 1891 he had a very severe attack of grippe, from the effects of which he never recovered. On the evening of February 26th, last, about 8 o’clock p.m., he was felled to the ground by an unknown man, who struck him on the head with a coupling pin. This blow probably hastened his death. It seemed to destroy his vital forces. It destroyed the hearing of one ear. He slowly improved for a while and was able to get over to the office once or twice, but he has never been able to attend to the duties of his office since that date. For some weeks he has been failing. His friends knew that he could not long survive, but his death was not looked for quite so soon. For a year he had a most distressing cough, which gradually wore him out, and at 11 o’clock Tuesday night his spirit took its flight.
Brief funeral services were
held at the family residence at nine o’clock last night and the remains were
taken to his old home at Sparta for interment. The family and friends left
for Sparta at eleven o’clock last night. Mr. Foster had insurance
upon his life; we are told, to the amount of $2,500.
Capt. William Perkins,
well known as the former proprietor of the Perkins House at Vienna, died
Saturday evening, April 30th, in the 71st year of his age. He was an old
citizen of Vienna and had been a prominent character in that village for
nearly sixty years. His wife died some three or four years ago. He had
been quite ill for about three weeks, and his recovery was a matter of great
doubt. He was buried with Masonic honors Sunday May 1st. Capt. Perkins
was in the Union Army during the war and was well known as an influential,
loyal, patriotic citizen. He leaves three sons and a married daughter and
several grandchildren to mourn his loss.
Mr. A. J. Warden of
Slater, Ballard Co., Kentucky, died Saturday night April 30th after a long
struggle with pneumonia and a complication of diseases. Mr. Warden
was in the 76th years of his age, and had been one of the most prominent men
in the county. He was a staunch Union man during the war and a pronounced
Republican since. Mr. A. J. Warden Jr., of Wickliffe, is one of his
sons. He died at the residence of his son, H. D. Warden, at Slater.
One by one the old heroes are gathered home.
(Joseph C. Lentz
married Maria Beaver on 14 Jul 1860, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker
in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Anna Beaver Born Jan. 15,
1815 Died May 4, 1892, Aged 77 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
father was Benjamin Dexter and her mother was Elizabeth Warden
of Ohio Co., Ky.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 19 May 1892:
(The 21 May 1892, Jonesboro Gazette stated that Viola
Stanfield was poisoned by her husband, Thomas G. Stanfield at
Alto Pass. Her father and brother, Ham Morris and Monroe Morris,
Thursday, 26 May 1892:
On the evening of February
26th, Mr. John S. Foster was felled to the ground and received
injuries which hastened his death. He died May 10th. During this time he
was unable to attend to his duties in the Internal Revenue office, but Mr.
Hogan in person and the other clerks in the office performed his work
and everything went on smoothly. During this time Mr. Foster was
permitted to draw his salary as usual, the work being done by his friends
without charge. Mr. Foster was a poor man with a large family and
had no income but his salary. His dying hours were without doubt made
brighter, more hopeful and more restful by the fact that his employer was
generous and his fellow clerks kind and friendly. He knew that in his last
illness he was not incurring a debt which would prove an intolerable burden
to his wife after he was gone. The friends of Mr. Foster have
Collector Dan Hogan and him only to thank for this great favor in
such an hour of trial and anguish.
Thursday, 2 Jun 1892:
Mrs. Lucy Swain died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Judge Smith, at 4 a.m. May 25th, 1892. Deceased was born near Clarksville, Tenn. August 19th, 1816, and was 75 years, 9 months and 6 days old. She was married at America, Ill., to Mr. Charles Swain, in 1833 and took up her residence in Kentucky until after the death of her husband, when she came back to Illinois and has been a resident of Caledonia for the past fifteen years. Her parents were of the old family of Hendersons of Virginia, and in antebellum days were very wealthy. She was the last of a large family of children, and although always delicate, lived to a ripe old age and her death was probably due to that cause. Four children—two sons and two daughters—survive her. One son is a resident of Mississippi, the other of Missouri. One daughter lives in Tennessee, the other in Illinois. She lived a consistent Christian, was a member of the Baptist Church and died with the assurance that she had fulfilled her mission and henceforth must “come up higher” to be reunited with loved ones gone before. Her Christian spirit shone brightest in her last illness, which she bore with patient fortitude and was never heard to complain. Everything was done for her that love could suggest and her death was a sad blow to family and friends. Funeral services were held at the residence Thursday by Rev. Lippard, of the Congregational church, and the remains were followed by a large concourse of people to the Masonic Cemetery, where they were interred with appropriate ceremonies. May she rest in peace. (Olmsted)
(Isaac K. Swain
married Lucy Anna Henderson on 26 Dec 1833, in Alexander Co.,
OLMSTED, ILL., June
8.—Charley Welch was struck by lightning and instantly killed about
5:30 p.m. yesterday. He was on his way home from Olmsted on a log wagon and
when about one mile from home was overtaken by the storm and sought refuge
from its violence under the sheltering branches of a large oak, where his
body was found shortly afterward amid the evidence of his terrible death.
He was sixteen years old last Sunday and his death is a sad blow to his
parents who have the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.
The will of Mr. Florian
Schicht, of this city, who died May 25th, at the residence of his
brother, in Auburn, N.Y., was admitted to probate Monday. Mr. Schicht
provided by the terms of his will that his body should be cremated and the
ashes forward to his brother at Auburn. As he died at Auburn his body was
cremated at Rochester, N.Y. Judge Bross was made executor of the
will. Mr. Schecht left about $1,550 deposited in the banks here in
Cairo. He also left two city lots and the saloon fixtures in the post
office saloon at the corner of Fourteenth Street and Washington Avenue. He
leaves everything to his brothers and sisters. He was 62 years of age.
John T. O’Shea, one of the oldest citizens of Cairo, died very suddenly last Saturday morning, of heart disease. Deceased was 62 years of age. He came to Cairo in 1854. He leaves a family of nine children beside his wife, all of whom reside in Cairo except one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Allred, of Kansas City. His oldest son is Thomas E. O’Shea, the uptown merchant. Funeral services were held Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church, and the Old Settlers Association followed the remains to their last resting place at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
(Sanfred Allred married Minnie O’Shea on 1 May 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: John T. O’Shea Born May 18, 1830 Died June 4, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Col. James H. Sampson
died at his residence on Fourteenth Street last Saturday of quick
consumption, the result of grip. He was 41 years of age, and had for many
years been a steamboat engineer on different craft in the harbor. He leaves
a family and a large circle of friends. The deceased was a member of the
Knights of Pythias, the I. O. O. F., and the Marine Engineers Association,
and these organizations attended his funeral Sunday at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
Died, Tuesday, June 7th, 1892, Mrs. Stevens, wife of Cato Stevens, aged about 42 years. Mrs. Stevens has been wasting away with consumption for the past year. She was very much emaciated and looked as though a breath would blow her away. She went to Villa Ridge a few days ago to see if the change would do her any good, but instead of improving she died. She leaves a husband and seven children. The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.
(Cato Stevens married Annie Cooper on 3 Nov 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Annie wife of Cato Stevens Died June 7, 1892, Age 40 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas J. Peeler
married Mable E. Johnson on 11 Oct 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A
marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Jacob R. son of T. J. & M.
E. Peeler Died May 30, 1892, Aged 2 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 27 Ds. He is
not dead, but sleepeth.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Thomas M. Lovett
died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in this city Tuesday morning, of consumption.
He had been gradually failing for a long time and his death was not
unexpected. Mr. Lovett has lived in Cairo about twenty years. He
was an expert bookkeeper. For many years he kept the books of Mr. Peter
Cuhl and afterward for Stratton & Bird. He went into
business once with Jeff M. Clark, but the firm was not successful.
He leaves a wife and three children.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Hebsacker lost another child,
their infant son, Leonard, from diphtheria last Saturday. Several other
members of the family were suffering from the same disease, but are now
The firm of Baird Brothers, bridge builders who did the iron work upon our bridge across the Ohio here, and who also built the bridge across the Mississippi at Memphis, are now engaged in building an iron bridge across the Licking River between Covington and Newport. The piers are complete and the work of placing the iron superstructure has begun. Yesterday morning the false work from one pier to another was up and about ninety men were engaged in putting the heavy iron in position. Suddenly the false work fell into the river carrying all the men with it.
The water was about thirty feet deep and was filled with the mass of broken timbers. It is believed that eighty-eight men lost their lives and among them Andrew and Albert Baird, two of the contractors. The firm of Baird Bros. consisted of four men, all brothers.
The contractors had insured the lives of all their employees to the amount of about $1,500 per man. The cause of the accident is not fully known. The false work was built upon piles forty feet long, driven ten feet into the bed of the river. The water was high and it was found difficult to brace the piling property. This lack of sufficient bracing was probably the cause of the accident.
The firm of Baird Brothers has large
experience in bridge building and has never met with such an accident
Last night about half past eleven o’clock Charles Hill was taken from the Paducah jail and hung to a tree in the yard and the body was left swinging, a ghastly sight to the eyes of the spectators this morning.
Only meager details were obtainable this morning, but it appears that a number of Paducah’s “best citizens” quietly marched to the jail, secured the prisoner and strung him up with little ceremony. The prisoner was brought up from Cairo Wednesday night on the Fowler and yesterday was fully identified by Miss Starr as the man who assaulted her. The warrant on which he was held charged him with assaulting Miss Starr, by knocking her down, choking and trying to smother her with a pillow, besides attempting to cut her throat. He was not charged with the fiendish assault for which most people understand he was guilty. The fact is that he attempted to rob the house and Miss Starr tried to prevent him and he tried to overpower her so that he could continue to plunder the house. But Paducah “Southerners” must have negro blood and the rape story was put in circulation as the most plausible excuse for the lynching. There is no question, however, as to his being the correct man as he was identified by the lady and the boy who frightened him away. Besides he was here the day following the crime. It was he who stole the section hand’s dinner. The woman with whom he stopped here, on being informed that the Cairo authorities had “her man” said “no they didn’t, for it was Charley Hill who stopped here,” not knowing it was Hill whom they had in custody. Paducah can take her place now with the other “Southern cities” having hung her nigger without trial.—Massac Journal, 10th inst.
We clip the above from the Massac Journal of last Friday. We believe that it states the facts. Charley Hill escaped to Cairo. He was arrested here by our police. The Governor of Kentucky made a requisition upon Governor Fifer for his arrest and delivery to the authorities of Kentucky. This was done in good faith by Gov. Fifer. But the Kentuckians acted in bad faith: in fact, they were utterly perfidious. Instead of protecting the negro and holding him innocent until proven guilty, they permitted him to be assassinated by a mob without judge or jury. He was not charged with the crime of rape. It is whispered around in police circles that he committed rape upon the girl. We do not believe a word of it. The mob must have blood and must find some excuse to condone their own crime. So they say in whispers, “We hung the nigger because he committed rape upon the girl.”
It was due the people of Illinois that Charlie Hill should have a fair trial and if found guilty that he should be punished in accordance to the law.
This assassination was an insult to the people of Illinois. They ask us to catch and return to them men whom they charge with guilt and then when they get them in their power they assassinate them without trial.
This is chivalry with a vengeance. It is not probable that Governor Fifer will honor any more requisitions from Kentucky very soon.
It is not good for man to be alone. Col. E. M. Low and Miss Lucretia Atherton were married at Col. Low’s residence in Pulaski on Sunday, June 12, Rev. J. W. Hunsaker officiating. The colonel has no living child and since the death of his wife he has been almost alone in the world. The lady only 21 years of age, has been his housekeeper since his wife’s death.
(E. M. Lowe married Lucretia M.
Atherton on 12 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A cutting affray occurred in
the Fair Ground last Friday morning. It grew out of a quarrel between two
employees of Himmelberger & Friant’s Mill. One, Charles
Hobbs, accused John Vowell of stealing ice from the mill and
Vowell, meeting his accuser in the Fair Ground, demanded the charge be
withdrawn. In the fight which followed, Hobbs struck Vowell
with a knife, inflicting a very painful wound in his side, which may prove
fatal. Hobbs is now in jail awaiting the result of the wound.
(Edward M. Barnwell
married Emma J. Bristol on 19 Sep 1871, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Louis S. Neely
married Mary Lizzie Montgomery on 9 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co.,
Accidents are always
expected on the Fourth of July, but the public is never prepared for so sad
an event as occurred at Murphysboro. Little Oscar Dannenmaier, aged
nine years, was watching the pyrotechnic display at Logan Park, when a large
sky rocket suddenly turning from its upward course, came straight at home
and struck him on the temple. He fainted and was carried home, but never
regained consciousness, and died at three o’clock the next morning. Thus
the pleasure of a large circle of friends was turned to mourning, and the
recurrence of this, our nation’s anniversary, will bring them sad
A very sad accident occurred
at the trestle across Hess Bayou just above Mound City last Thursday night
by which Charles Davidge, of Olmsted lost his life. He was a son of
James Davidge, of Olmsted, and a grandson of Judge J. M. Davidge.
He was about 23 years of age. As we understand, he rode down from Olmsted
to Mound City in a buggy with a companion and spent the afternoon in Mound
City. It is said that he drank heavily. He apparently started for home on
foot. At any rate he was on the trestle, which spans Hess Bayou, when the
local freight train on the Big Four came along about seven o’clock. The
engineer saw him but not soon enough to stop the train. His left arm was
cut off and his entire left side bruised and mangled. The train stopped as
soon as possible and he was picked up and taken on board. He was brought to
Cairo and a surgeon called. But no human skill could save him. He died in
about an hour after reaching Cairo. When picked up he had a gold watch, a
revolver and flask of whisky on his person. Many questions are raised
concerning his presence on the trestle, which cannot yet be answered.
Bulger Schultz, of
East Prairie, was riding a horse in a race at Charleston, when the animal
fell and rolled over on him, breaking two ribs. A horse just behind then
stepped on his face, breaking his left jaw and the bridge of his nose. The
chances of his recovery are very slim.
Fine monuments of every conceivable form and style are turned out almost daily by the Cairo Marble and Granite Works. A very neat monument of fine Parian marble, which is to mark the last resting place of Lou B. Allmon, at Villa Ridge, has just been completed and is now ready to be placed in the cemetery. The monument consists of a limestone base, a marble base, a plain marble shaft of moderate dimensions, crowned with an urn. It is well executed and presents a fine appearance.
(The marker was prepared before his death and was placed in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge. It reads: Lou son of T. W. & Addie Allmon Born Jan. 10, 1872, Died Sept. 4, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
A rather imposing monument
of New York granite has just been finished to perpetuate the memory of Jacob
Zimmerman, who died about one year ago. Mr. Zimmerman was a
member of the U. O. T. B. and his wife was insured by the society for
$1,000. By will he gave the money to the lodge after all funeral expenses
had been paid. His executor, Mr. Jacob Frick, erects this monument
to mark his last resisting place.
Capt. David M. Dryden, a retried steamboatman, died at Blandville, Ky., on June 8, aged 86 years. Capt. Dryden was one of the oldest steamboat men of his day, and many an old comrade will mourn his loss. For 50 years he was in the U. S. mail line between Louisville and Cincinnati and falls pilot at Louisville, Ky. Capt. Dryden was a commander of the U. S. gunboats Monarch and Chillicothe during the war. He spent all of his life on the river and, as the oldest steamboat men will say, no braver or more competent man ever walked the roof or turned a pilot wheel than he. He was one of the few steamboat men of the palmy days of boating, a gentleman of the highest type. He has visited his relative at this place (Villa Ridge), Mr. C. J. Howe, quite often and those who came in contact with him were always glad to talk with him, as he was a library of knowledge. He has stood his last watch and made his last crossing and cast the anchor of the soul on a higher light that leads to the haven of rest.
A serious shooting affray occurred at a colored barbecue at Mt. Zion Church last Monday night. Two colored boys, Jim Farmer and Ed Woodfork, got into a difficulty over a game of “craps,” which resulted in Farmer getting a ball in the left breast just below the heart and passing entirely through the body to the ribs on the opposite side. He will die. Woodfork was shot in the left leg at the thigh and will recover. No arrests have been made.
Died, at his residence four miles southeast of Anna, Monday, July 11, H. A. Jones. Interment at the Anna cemetery Wednesday morning.
(Hezekiah A. Jones married Sarah Harrison on 18 Sep 1862, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: H. A. Jones Died July 12, 1892, Aged 51 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Tuesday, July 12, 1892, at the residence of his son-in-law, A. Woodard, James H. Manning, aged 74 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Mr. Manning was born in Middle Tennessee, and with his widowed mother came to Illinois and located near Anna in 1844. His mother died in ‘46 and he was married to Annie Bickerstaff in ‘47 and she died in 1872. Mr. M. was stricken with a second stroke of paralysis several days ago and never recovered. The first attack was some time last fall, and after suffering for many weeks he was finally able to walk, but was in feeble health. The funeral occurred Wednesday at Karraker Cemetery east of town (Dongola).
(James H. Manning married Dorcas Ann Biggerstaff on 16 Sep 1847, in Union Co., Ill. Aridill Woodard married Martha P. Manning on 6 Feb 1870, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Monday evening, July 11, 1892, little Alma Brawn, aged two years. (Thebes)
Thursday, 21 Jul 1892:
Died, suddenly, July 15, Mrs. John Honey. About 2 o’clock in the morning she was heard to make a groaning noise and before the family could get up, light a lamp and get to the bed, the old lady was dead. She retired at night as well as usual. Age about seventy-five. (Thebes)
Thursday, 28 Jul 1892:
The death of Miss Eva Lowe last Friday noon, caused no surprise among her friends, as her life had hung in the balance for many weeks, nevertheless it was a severe blow to her family and cast a gloom of sorrow over her friends. They will find consolation in the thought that during her last illness she received the tenderest of care. Miss Lowe was nineteen years of age and was a member of the class of ‘91 of the Cairo High School. Funeral services were held at the residence of her father, Mr. R. P. Lowe, on Saturday afternoon, by Rev. W. B. Morris, of the Baptist church, and the remains were taken to Shannon, Miss., for interment.
Jacob Hainley, an old citizen of Mississippi Co., Mo., died at Farmington, Mo., on Tuesday of this week, aged 70 years.
W. W. Bozman is very low. He is quite aged and we believe that faint hopes of his recovery are entertained. He is the father of Harry Bozman, Mrs. J. F. Rector and Mrs. W. Y. Smith, of Vienna.
Rector married Bettie Bozman on 2 Feb 1868, in Pope Co.,
Died, on the night of July 20, Willie, aged about eighteen months, son of R. A. and Zetta Cuhl, after an illness of about two weeks. Funeral services were held in the Congregational church Friday morning. Rev. J. B. Green preached a short discourse, assisted by Rev. Reed. (Dongola)
(Rickliff A. Cuhl married Izetta B. Long on 28 Jun 1885, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Dongola reads: Willie E. son of R. A. & Zettie Cuhl Died 20 Jul 1892, Aged 1Yr., 5 Mos., & 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Sunday, July 24, about 10 a.m., infant son of W. L. & Ella Keith, aged about seven months. The funeral was held in Lutheran church by Rev. Reed, assisted by Revs. Green and Karraker, Monday morning.
(William L. Keith married Ella Pates on 20 Mar 1888, in Gallatin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
One adult and two children have died here in our town within the last week—two funerals in one day. The community sympathizes with the afflicted families.
Albert Ross died last Sunday, at the age of 42 years and 1 month. Mr. Ross had been in poor health for some years, but for a few days past was as well as usual. His fatal illness was caused by bleeding at the lungs and although medical aid was summoned soon as the attack came on, nothing could be done and he was soon past all human help. He died surrounded by his sorrowing family, which consists of a wife and several small children, who are almost destitute. The funeral was held at the residence on Monday afternoon by Rev. Reed and the burial was in I. O. O. F. Cemetery.
Albert Ross, who was formerly an engineer for Captain Hight, died at his home in Dongola Sunday.
Thursday, 4 Aug 1892:
Death of Mr. Bozman
Mention was made last week of the extreme illness of Mr. W. W. Bozman. He passed away last Sunday morning about 10 o’clock and the remains were taken to Vienna Monday morning for interment. Mr. Bozman had just entered upon his 79th year. He was ill only about two weeks and died apparently from the debility incident to old age. He leaves a widow to whom he had been married about fifty-five years, and five children, all of whom reside in this city except the wife of W. Y. Smith, of Vienna. The sorrowing family have the deep sympathy of their many friends.
(Wesley W. Bozman married Cornelia A. Pryor on 2 Nov 1837, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A child of John Brooks died at Webster’s Mill Sunday of diphtheria and one of A. Holman’s a few days before. (Wetaug)
Mrs. W. Y. Smith’s father from Cairo was interred here (Vienna) Monday.
Died, July 27th, little child of Mose Regans, living 5 miles east of Thebes.
Died, August 2nd, infant child of A. C. Jaynes. (Thebes)
Mr. W. A. Stevens, one of our old printers, is quite ill and has been removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where he can receive proper care and attention.
Thursday, 11 Aug 1892:
Miss Mollie Cavender, for many years bookkeeper for the New York Store, died on last Monday morning at Hodges Park, a victim of consumption.
William Robinson died at St. Mary’s infirmary Tuesday of consumption. He was 29 years old and was a brother of the late Mrs. McKinney. Funeral services were held by Rev. Phillips yesterday and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Mr. W. A. Stevens, whose serious illness was mention in The Citizen last week, died in St. Mary’s Infirmary yesterday afternoon. His mother arrived from Marion last night, and this morning she left with the remains for home, accompanied by a son and a representative of the Typographical Union. She was met at the depot last night by the Union, or as many of them as could get off. William A. Stevens was reared in Marion, and was just about twenty-five years of age. He came to Cairo about seven years ago and worked on the Bulletin three or four years. Then he was foreman of The Citizen office one year. He then left and spent a year in Memphis. He has spent much of the past year in this city. He was an excellent printer, careful and painstaking, and made friends wherever he went.
Miss Maggie Cole, who was well known as proprietress of the New Burnside hotel, for a long time, died last Monday evening at Harrisburg, Ill., where she was visiting the family of Dr. Parish. The remains were buried at New Burnside, beside the graves of her father and mother, Tuesday. She was an only sister of W. F. Cole, a switchman at Beechwood, Ill.
Died, at five o’clock Tuesday evening at her residence five miles west of Elco, Mrs. Martha Thompson, after an illness of several weeks.
Several member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity here (Wetaug) attended the funeral of Mr. Goode at Pulaski on Sunday. They were quite royally entertained by the brethren there and came home with a high opinion of Pulaski hospitality.
Thursday, 18 Aug 1892:
A TERRIBLE DEED.
Louis H. Bross Dies by His Own Hand at Camden, Ark.
Cairo was startled last Sunday evening by the report that Louis H. Bross, son of Judge F. Bross, had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at Camden, Ark., at 11 o’clock that morning. The terrible news could not be believed until it was confirmed by later reports.
Louis H. Bross was about thirty-four years of age. From 1883 to 1886 he was a member of the firm of Coffee & Bross, druggists, but retired, selling his interest to Mr. Coffee. On the first of August 1889, he opened a drug store at 1113 Washington Avenue. It was one of the finest drug stores in the city, and for three years he conducted the business, building up a paying custom. A month ago he sold the store to his father and he left the city.
A few days prior to his untimely death, his father received a letter from him, which from its despondent tone, caused him to leave immediately for Camden, where he arrived a few hours after the terrible deed had occurred. The body was brought back to this city, arriving early Tuesday morning, and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the family residence, attended by a large concourse of friends. Father Diepenbrock officiated and all that was mortal of Louis Bross was tenderly borne to the Catholic Cemetery at Villa Ridge.
Some years ago Mr. Bross married the daughter of Mrs. Peter Saup. It seems that they did not live happily together, and some six weeks ago they separated. She returned to her mother and he sold his drug store and left the city. It is supposed that domestic difficulties weighed heavily upon his mind and that this is the secret cause of his rash deed.
Besides his relatives, Mr. Bross had many close friends, who will always cherish tenderly the memory of their comrade. Upon his parents the affliction fell with crushing force, and more especially upon his mother, who is an invalid. He leaves also two sisters one of whom, Mrs. Waller, lives in Chicago, and a brother, F. Bross, Jr., of Pinckneyville.
(Louis H. Bross married Rose J. Rosesco on 6 Jun 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill. Wilson E. Waller married Emmareh Lotta Bross on 28 Oct 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
C. S. Bundschuh, son of A. Bundschuh, a farmer living three miles west of town, was thrown from a mower by a runaway team Wednesday and fearfully cut about the arm and body. His recovery is doubtful. (Olmsted)
Mrs. Thomas, mother of Fred Thomas and Mrs. Walter Whitaker, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter. She was 62 years of age.
(Walter W. Whitaker married Mary S. Thomas on 7 Nov 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 25 Aug 1892:
Our city was shocked Monday afternoon about three o’clock by the announcement that Mr. Charles Schoenmeyer had shot himself, and was writhing in his agonies of death. The report proved but too true and the brittle thread of life was soon broken.
The question was at once asked: What could be the cause? It was known that his wife, who had been a very hard-working woman, had been in extremely bad health for some time.
She had been in a hospital at Belleville for some two months where it was hoped she would find relief. She returned to Cairo unexpected Sunday and taking a hack was driven to her home. On reaching the house at the junction of Washington Avenue and Poplar Street at Tenth Street, the driver announced to Mr. Schoenmeyer that his wife was in the hack. Mr. Schoenmeyer told the driver to take her on up to the hospital that he did not want her there. But Mrs. Schoenmeyer insisted upon getting out at home and the driver carefully lifted her out and carried her into the house. She was scarcely able to sit up. Mr. Schoenmeyer’s indifference toward her almost broke her heart. She wept and said that he was not glad to see her. Her husband had recently opened a saloon in the Germania House, their home. She said that she was opposed to his going into the saloon business again as it made him stupid, meaning probably that he drank too much. What if anything happened between them after her arrival and before his death we do not know. He had been very despondent and had some time said that he was inclined to kill himself. So that his rash act was not altogether a surprise to those most intimate with him.
The bullet was sent entirely through his brain, going in near the right temple and coming out about the left ear, and yet he weltered in his blood about forty minutes before death came to his relief. He bled most profusely.
He was a member of Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. and was buried in the National Cemetery at Mound City under the auspices of the Post yesterday.
Mr. Schoenmeyer was
an old citizen of Cairo, having lived here certainly since the war. He had
a small brewery at the corner of 17th and Locust streets, some twenty-five
years ago. The brewery was burned, and he afterwards kept a boarding house
and sometimes a saloon. For some years he had kept a boarding house and his
wife worked so hard that she broke down. They never had any children. He
seemed very kind and devoted to her when he was entirely free from the
influence of liquor. Just what burdens he was arraying and just what
influences led him to self-destruction we shall never know.
Requiescat in pace.
Mr. William Napier, an old citizen of Pulaski County, was shot and killed on his own premises last Tuesday night early after dark. Mr. Napier lived on the road leading from Pulaski to Olmsted about two miles north of the Grange Park. The road ran through one corner of his farm, cutting off some two acres of land. He was anxious to have the road run around the corner of his farm, instead of cutting it off and petitioned the county board to make the change. His neighbors opposed the change and his petition was not granted. Nevertheless he made a road around the corner and fenced up the old road. There was one deep gully or ravine which the new road crossed. He filled this with logs and covered them with earth and made a good road over it. His neighbors set the logs on fire and burned them up. They also tore down the fence which he built across the old road. He rebuilt the fence, when they turned out again and tore down the fence, piled up the rails and burned them. The contention had become very bitter. There had been some litigation. Mr. Napier was considered an honest man—not a bad man, but rather headstrong and a man who made some enemies. About two weeks ago while threshing his wheat, a stack was set on fire and was entirely consumed. That it was the work of an incendiary, there could be no doubt.
Tuesday night just after
dark in company with a son of Dr. Waite, he put up the fence again to
keep the cattle out of his field, and while doing so some one shot at him,
hitting his feet or legs, and told him if he put up another rail he would be
killed. He grabbed a gun which he had brought with him and he and his
antagonist fired almost simultaneously. He fell mortally wounded and soon
died. He was a member of Villa Ridge lodge of Masons. He leaves a widow,
from whom he separated some six or seven years ago, and one son about seven
years old. The body was buried yesterday afternoon.
There are some who speak slightingly of Mr. Napier, but a great many say that he was greatly wronged and that in killing him a murder most foul was committed. Some advocate a lynching bee, but we do not believe that there will be any resort to violence. These are the facts as we have ascertained them.
(W. H. Napier married
Mrs. Sarah E. Hubbard on 10 Aug 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Allen, wife of Hon. William J. Allen, of the U. S. district court for the Southern District of Illinois, died at Wequetansing, Mich., last week. Judge Allen formerly lived in Cairo and Mrs. Allen was well known by our citizens. Her maiden name was Annie McKeen. She was from Logansport, Indiana, though she was born in Maryland. She was very highly respected by all who knew her. She leaves five or six children to mourn the loss of a mother. To Judge Allen the loss will be irreparable.
(William J. Allen
married Anna McKean on 1 Dec 1858, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Thursday, 1 Sep 1892:
Last Saturday, a barbecue was given at Bird’s Point, Mo., which continued into the night ending with a dance. Several colored musicians went over from Cairo to furnish the music. The barbecue was attended by people of both sexes and people white and black. These occasions sometimes become boisterous and last Saturday was no exception to the rule. Somebody makes a row, pistols were fired altogether too promiscuously and then every man must look out for himself. Last Saturday night a burly negro raised a row, fired his pistol, and everybody ran out into the woods. Tom Adkins, one of the musicians from Cairo, ran out and sat on a log. After a while quiet was restored and the musicians were called. Tom Adkins failed to respond. A search was made for him and he was found dead by the log from which he had fallen, with a bullet wound through the head.
The body was permitted to lie right where he had fallen, until Sunday afternoon, awaiting the action of the coroner who was summoned from Charleston. It was brought over to Cairo Sunday evening and buried Monday. Tom Adkins was a very quiet, peaceable man and apparently had no enemies. Whether he was shot by accident or design remains to be seen. It is reported that a negro over there had threatened that if two or three Cairo negroes (among whom he named Tom Adkins and W. T. Scott) came over there, he would kill them.
We believe that the homicide
was a base murder, but do not feel certain.
(Albert S. Wilber
married Mrs. Louisa Meisenheimer on 18 Apr 1875, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Albert S. Wilber
Born Dec. 25, 1845, Died Aug. 31, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 8 Sep 1892:
(His marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Joseph J. Carroll 1869-1892.—Darrel
(Leander Axley married Mary Williamson on 3 Nov 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 15 Sep 1892:
James D. Clarkson, a
prominent citizen of Charleston, Mo., died very suddenly at that place
Tuesday morning, of heart trouble. He had just returned from Dawson Springs
the day before and was apparently in perfect health. Mr. Clarkson
was 64 years old, having been born on August 22nd, 1828. He was a brother
of the late Mrs. William Stratton.
Gov. Fifer offers a reward of two hundred dollars for the arrest and delivery into the custody of the sheriff of Pulaski County, of the parties who murdered William Napier, the reward payable only after conviction of the parties.
The Villa Ridge Lodge A. F. & A. M., of which Mr. Napier was a member, has adopted a series of resolutions which are not likely to give much comfort to the murderers of their brother.
If the men that murdered Mr.
Napier thought that he had no friends and that no one would take the
trouble to prosecute the case vigorously, they have probably discovered
their mistake before this time.
About five o’clock Sunday evening, September 18th, the tolling of all the fire bells of the city announced the death of Hon. T. W. Halliday, mayor of the City of Cairo. While this announcement was not wholly unexpected, still it caused a painful shock, to the entire community.
Mr. Halliday had not been well for several months. Last March he was extremely unwell and went down to Pass Christian, Miss., for his health. Receiving very little, if any, benefit there, he returned to Cairo and in a few days went to Hot Springs, Ark., where he spent several weeks. He returned the latter part of April somewhat improved, but he has never looked well since that time. He said he thought his trouble in the spring was a very bad case of the grip. He has not seemed light and elastic this summer. He has been quite fleshy, but his flesh has not seemed to be the result of good health and good digestion. He attended to business about as usual, but it was very evident that like a good general he expected his subordinates to attend to a great many of the details of business.
Last Tuesday he felt quite
unwell and remarked that his head was not right, though he was on duty at
the bank attending to business as usual during the early part of the day.
He went home in the evening and Dr. Stevenson was called. The doctor
said his trouble was a congestion of the brain. It seemed that nothing
could be done for him. Dr. Woodward, of the U. S. Marine Hospital
Service, and Dr. J. C. Sullivan were called to consult with Dr.
Stevenson. The patient gradually became worse and all efforts at relief
were wholly without avail. He became unconscious and was never entirely
conscious after Thursday morning. At length, about five o’clock Sunday
afternoon the silver cord was loosed, the golden bowl was broken and the
spirit of Thomas W. Halliday returned to God who gave it.
Thomas Wyatt Halliday was born in Pomeroy, Ohio, June 10th, 1844. He was the youngest of five brothers, all well known in Cairo, namely: William P., Samuel B., Major E. W., Henry L. and Thomas W. Halliday. He came to Cairo in 1862 with his brother Henry, his two older brothers having established themselves in business here previous to that time. He entered the firm of Halliday Brothers and continued with them until 1872, when he sold out and took a position with his father-in-law, Col. S. S. Taylor, of the Cairo Trust Property. He held this position for several years until after the death of Mr. A. B. Safford, cashier of the City National Bank. Mr. Safford died in the month of August, 1877.
It soon became apparent that
a strong man, a responsible financier, must be found to take Mr. Safford’s
place, and Thomas W. Halliday was the man selected for the position.
He entered upon his new duties as cashier of the City National Bank on March
1st, 1880, and held that position up to the time of his death. The immense
growth of that great fiscal institution, while under his charge, is the best
evidence of his sound judgment and distinguished ability as a financier.
But Mr. Halliday’s
work was not confined to the affairs of the bank. In 1878 he was elected a
member of the Illinois Legislature and though he only served one term, his
ability and influence were recognized at once. He could be relied upon to
support by his vote and influence any measure which he was satisfied would
promote the business interests of the State or of any particular community.
In short he was not very much of a politician, but was a thoroughgoing
businessman in the legislature.
The courthouse was thoroughly repaired and a new jail placed within it. Eight or ten iron bridges were built in the county. A large and very fine farm was purchased and a large house built upon it for the use of the poor of the county. These improvements have all been made and paid for. The county is today in better financial condition than ever before. How much Mr. Halliday had to do with this improved financial condition, no one knows better than those who have sat with him as members of the county board.
In 1883, Mr. Halliday was elected mayor of the city of Cairo and has held the office by re-election up to the time of his death. Previous to his election to the office of mayor, he had been a member of the city council for several years.
As chief magistrate of the
city he had another opportunity to display his signal ability as a sound
financier and efficient executive officer. For the vast public
improvements, which have been made in the City of Cairo within the past six
years, the people of Cairo are indebted to his efforts more than to those of
any other one man. It might be said of him as one of old: “Do you look for
his monument? Look around you.” The solid, enduring streets of Cairo are a
monument more impressive than towering marble.
Mr. Halliday was a thoroughly successful businessman, but he was kind sympathetic and accommodating. We believe that he never refused to grant a favor which he could grant consistently. This is saying a great deal, for a man in his position as banker, mayor, county commissioner and prominent citizen is constantly besieged for favors.
He doubtless had political aspirations, but the demands of business of both a public and private nature were imperative and all aspirations of that nature must be suppressed.
Under the pressure of business cares and responsibilities most men become nervous and somewhat curt and brusque, but this was not the case with Mr. Halliday. He was uniformly gentle, thoughtful and considerate.
To the city of Cairo his loss is irreparable. No businessman has ever been taken from us whose loss was so generally and deeply felt.
In 1866 Mr. Halliday
married Miss Charlotte Josephine Taylor, only daughter of Col. S.
Staats Taylor, who is now left a widow with ten children to mourn the
loss of a kind and tender husband. The eldest son, Thomas W. Halliday,
Jr., is married and is now in Las Vegas, New Mexico, for the benefit of his
health. He has been considered in quite a precarious condition from a lung
or liver trouble. Mr. Halliday is said to have carried life
insurance to the amount of $25,000. He had acquired considerable property,
but of this we can give no details.
The funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. It was first announced to take place in the Episcopal Church, but it soon became apparent that no church in Cairo would hold a tithe of those who would wish to attend. Consequently the services were held in St. Mary’s Park. An organ was placed in the pavilion and seats arranged for relatives and friends. The thousands of citizens who wished to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased, gathered around the pavilion. Rev. F. P. Davenport, now of Memphis, conducted the services in accordance with the simple custom of the Episcopal Church. The police force attended as a body in uniform. The aldermen and city and county officers all attended, as did also the Board of Trade and the Illinois Club. The fire companies all attended in full uniform. These organizations made a very imposing procession. The floral offerings were very numerous, very elaborate and very beautiful. After the solemn and impressive service the cortege formed and marched to the Illinois Central depot, where a funeral train of eighteen cars conveyed about one thousand persons to Beech Grove Cemetery, where all that was mortal of Thomas W. Halliday was consigned to the tomb.
THE CITY IN MOURNING.
Monday morning had scarcely
dawned before Cairo began to take on somber colors. The city council
recommended that the buildings be draped in black, and the recommendation
was promptly and universally adopted. Thousands of yards of cloth were hung
in graceful loops and the supply was soon exhausted and more had to be
ordered by wire. Never since the deaths of Grant and Garfield
has the city presented such an appearance. Tuesday afternoon during the
funeral all business was suspended and business houses were closed and
locked. It was truly a day of universal sorrow.
The city council meets
tonight to elect one of their number to act as mayor until the April
election. It is generally conceded that Col. Charles O. Patier will
be chosen. Mr. Patier, has every qualification needed for such a
position, and his long service in the council has given him a thorough
insight in municipal affairs.
The board of county
commissioners is now totally disabled. Two deaths have occurred in it
during this year: John Miller, of Thebes, and Hon. Thomas W.
Halliday, of Cairo. The surviving member, Mr. A. S. Cauble,
cannot transact business by himself and so there can be no meeting until
after the election in November.
At a called meeting of the Cairo Board of Trade held Monday evening, September 19, 1892, for the purpose of taking action upon the death of Hon. Thomas W. Halliday, the following preamble and resolutions were, on motion of Hon. John M. Lansden, unanimously adopted to wit:
We, the Board of Trade, of the City of Cairo in special meeting assembled desire to place on record an acknowledgement of our profound sorrow upon the death of our late esteemed fellow member, the Honorable Thomas W. Halliday, and to that end, to hereby sadly and solemnly give expression to our feelings, and
Resolved, That by the death of Honorable Thomas W. Halliday, this Board has lost its most valuable and enthusiastic director and advisor, one ever ready to devote his time and energy to the advancement of public interest, and one whose place absolutely cannot be filled.
That the State has been deprived of an able advocate of popular rights, and one tried and true in her legislative council;
That the county mourns him as an untiring laborer at the head of the county board, ever solicitous for the welfare of the people;
That the city has met with a loss, at once great and irretrievable, and as the chief executive of Cairo, Mr. Halliday has been preeminently able and faithful and has earned a reputation second to none, upon the long list of worthy men who have preceded him in that honorable office;
That as a citizen ever upright and public spirited, his wise council and great influence will be sadly missed;
That as a husband and father
his affection and devotion were ever most untiring and faithful.
It is ordered that these
proceedings be published in the Cairo papers, an engrossed copy be furnished
the family, and that four honorary pall bearers be appointed to act at the
(Thomas Wyatt Halliday
married Charlotte Josephine Taylor on 1 May 1866, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Chicago Tribune of last Sunday obtained the following:
Wilson Waller, lawyer, was taken from the Pearl Hotel No. 480 State Street, to the county hospital last night. He seemed to be suffering from an overdose of morphine and died an hour after entering the hospital. He came to the hotel Thursday and seemed to be under the influence of liquor. At ten o’clock he left the hotel and was gone until four, and when he returned it was evident that he had been taking morphine, and a physician was summoned. While at the hotel he told clerk Monaghan that his wife was the daughter of the president of the First National Bank of Cairo, Ill., and that she had left him recently because of his dissipation.
Mr. Waller was a son-in-law of Judge Bross of this city.
(Wilson E. Waller married Emmareh Lotta Bross on 28 Oct 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Cairo People
has inaugurated the project of raising funds to build a monument to
perpetuate the memory of Henry Dunker, the policeman who was shot
while in the line of duty last Saturday night. Uncle Joe Steagala
consents to act as treasurer. We learn that $160 has already been
subscribed and the project has only just started.
The Murderer Arrested and Taken to Vienna for Safe Keeping.
Policeman Henry Dunker was shot in the neck Saturday evening on Thirteenth Street by a drunken man whom he attempted to arrest.
Harvey Fox and Harvey Ramage, two young men from across the river in Kentucky, came to Cairo to indulge in a spree. They finally landed in a house of ill fame on Thirteenth Street, and, boisterous, the mistress of the house summoned an officer. Henry Dunker answered the call, and attempted to arrest Ramage, who was the cause of the trouble. Ramage pulled out a 38-caliber revolver and shot Dunker in the neck and the officer fell to the ground. He was taken to headquarters and later to his residence on Twenty-fourth Street, where he died Sunday noon.
Ramage, after firing the shot, ran off toward the Illinois Central yards. His companion, Fox, was immediately placed under arrest. Search was made for the fugitive and he was finally found on top of a boxcar, where he was attempting to play the part of conductor of the train. Chief Mahoney brought him down and he was soon behind the bars of our county bastile. But mutterings of lynching caused those in charge of him to be uneasy, and they took him up to Johnson County for safekeeping.
Henry Dunker was one of the best men on the force. He was 64 years of age and for twelve years had served faithfully in the same capacity. His funeral occurred Tuesday morning, attended by his comrades on the force, the Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F. and the American Legion of Honor. Three coaches only sufficed to hold the friends who followed the remains to their last resting place at Villa Ridge.
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: Henry Dunker Died Sept. 18, 1892 Aged 62 Yrs., 2
Mos., & 26 Ds. Police constable #7 died Sept. 18, 1892, while in the
discharge of his duty. Erected by the citizens of Cairo.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry Dunker married
Mrs. Mary Mehner on 27 Jan 1892, in Alexander Co., Ill. Charles
Mehner married Mary Ockel on 2 Sep 1864, in Alexander Co.,
(John B. Alden
married Maud E. Mangold on 20 Jun 1889, in Union Co., Ill. A marker
in Anna City Cemetery reads: Doris E. daughter of J. B. & M. E. Alden
Died Sept. 16, 1892, Aged 4 Mos & 24 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 29 Sep 1892:
(Her marker in St. John’s
Cemetery reads: Alberta Bridgeman Born April 16, 1875 Died Sept. 21,
1892 Aged 17 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 5 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at his home near Commercial Point, in Alexander County, Wednesday, Oct. 5, Mr. Nicholas Hunsaker, aged 68 years. Mr. Hunsaker was born in Union County, Ills., August 15, 1826. He came to Alexander County about the year 1850 and has resided here since that time. He has been a man of considerable prominence, was sheriff of the county from 1858 to 1860, and county treasurer from 1863 to 1868. His health has been failing for the past five years. He had a severe stroke of paralysis a few years ago from the effects of which he never recovered. It has been apparent to all who knew him that he could not survive long. He leaves a widow and several grown children, among whom are Mrs. William White, of Cairo, and Mrs. Weiman, wife of Henry G. Weiman of Commercial Point.
married Adelia Worthington on 22 Mar 1849, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Henry Weiman married Julia Hunsaker on 20 Oct 1886, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
married Dolly P. Rymer on 28 Nov 1884, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Died at Belknap, Illinois, October 2nd, 1892, of typhoid fever after an illness of 12 days, Lavender W. Oglesby, aged twenty-five years and ten months.
Mr. Oglesby was born
at Dongola, Illinois, December 25, 1866, and moved with his parents to
Belknap in March 1879, where he has resided ever since. Throughout boyhood
he was ever noted for his quiet and gentle disposition, always making
friends and never having enmity with others, his inclination was for the
good things of this life standing aloof from all vices and evil temptations
surrounding young men. Growing older, the same happy mode of living was
practiced by him until he was generally known and respected by old and young
as indeed a model young man. He was an exceptionally dutiful son and
brother, always willing to do what he could to add to the pleasure and
happiness of others. He was a consistent member of the Odd Fellows
fraternity and a member of the Belknap Cornet Band. Mr. Oglesby
joined the Congregational Church in November, 1891, and died in the full
assurance of his faith. His remains were brought by the I. O. O. F. Lodge,
of Belknap, to Dongola last Tuesday followed by the Belknap Band and
relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted on the part of the
church, by Rev. J. B. Green, services were held at the Congregational
church, which was seated to its full capacity. The Odd Fellows conducted
their part of the service in their usual manner. All join in sympathy with
the father and mother in their bereavement and can only say as Mr.
Oglesby said just before he died, “God’s will be done.” The family
extend their most sincere thanks to all the neighbors and friends for their
kindness and help in their time of trouble.
Wishing to tender our
sincere thanks to our many friends in Dongola for their many kind and loving
attentions in our late affliction, the bereavement of our dear son, and to
express our gratitude of our appreciation.
married Naomi Davis on 10 Aug 1864, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Harvey J. Harbaugh
married Nellie J. Sumner on 13 Sep 1891, in Union Co., Ill. Her
marker in Limestone Cemetery reads: Nellie J. wife of Harvey J. Harbaugh
Died Oct. 1, 1892 Aged 26 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 15 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 13 Oct 1892:
(Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: Anna Caroline gattin von Andreas Serbian gestorben 6
Oct 1892 alter 74 J, 6 M, 3 T.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Cobden
Cemetery reads: William C. son of J. & R. Sifford Born Oct. 6, 1859
Died Oct 11, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
The attorneys of Harvey
Ramage, the Kentucky chap who killed policeman Dunker, have been
making desperate efforts to secure a change of venue. They tried to
convince the judge that Ramage could not secure a fair trial here.
But Mr. Butler, our state’s attorney, felt sure that he could get a
fair trial here and he did not propose to follow the cause to another county
Cairo was shocked Monday evening when the terrible report was circulated that Albert W. Antrim, the second son of Mr. John Antrim, had committed suicide. The circumstances are as follows: Mr. Antrim had been addicted to the liquor habit but through the earnest efforts of his friends he took the Keeley treatment at St. Mary’s Infirmary, and was apparently cured. Taking a new start in life, he opened a tailor shop on Sixth Street, doing a good business. But he was tempted into his old ways, and yielding his downfall was speedy.
Evidently crazed by drink, he plotted self-destruction. About 5:50 o’clock p.m., he entered Koehler’s gun store and looked at some revolvers, claiming to want to purchase one. He was shown one, which was handed to him loaded, and holding it to his head, he discharged it, sending the bullet crashing through his brain. He was conveyed to St. Mary’s Infirmary as soon as possible, and lingered until 8:30 p.m. when he died.
occurred Tuesday afternoon. Services were held by Rev. C. T. Phillips
and the remains were conveyed to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment,
followed by friends in carriages.
(His marker in
Cobden Cemetery reads: Alfred J. Russell Born April 11, 1842 Died
Oct. 13, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Anna Penland 1869-1892. Alonzo Penland 1867- (no death date recorded).—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. George H. Leach
died at the poor house in this county last Thursday night and was buried in
a pauper’s grave last Friday. Afterward some of the physicians of Cairo and
other friends raised money and had the body taken up and removed to Villa
Ridge Cemetery where it was again interred last Monday. Dr. Leach
came to Cairo about eighteen years ago and opened an office for the public
practice of medicine. He was a homoeopathist. He never acquired a large
practice. He was a well-educated man, but somehow failed to get a strong
hold upon the public. He had one grown son with him for a while after he
came here who subsequently went West. About ten years ago the doctor married
Mrs. Emilie F. Phillips, widow of the late John H. Phillips.
Her former husband owned the building at the corner of 14th Street and
Washington Avenue, known as the post office saloon. She, of course, had a
homestead and dower interest in the property, but just before her marriage
to the doctor, she conveyed all her interest in the property to her
children. The marriage was not a happy one. They lived together awhile and
then separated. Afterward they came together again. Finally his wife left
him never to return. She went to Iowa where she lived for a time, but
afterwards she removed to Chicago. The doctor gradually broke down and
became a county charge. He was at St. Mary’s Infirmary for a while, but
under the rules of the country board, he was removed some time ago to the
county farm, where he died as stated above.
(John Polk married
Mary Thorpe on 24 Sep 1874, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Alto Pass
Cemetery reads: Cyrus Harreld Born Mar. 29, 1830 Died Oct. 24, 1892
Aged 62 Yrs., 7 Mos., 25 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. James W. Mason, passenger agent for the Iron Mountain railway, died very suddenly last Friday morning of dropsy. He had been ailing for several days and was taking medicine at regular intervals through the night as well as the day. It is supposed that he arose to take a dose early in the morning, for Mrs. Mason was awakened about four o’clock by a noise as of one falling and found her husband lying upon his face on the floor, dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Mason attended the National Passenges Agents’ Association at Washington some weeks ago and then spent some time visiting relatives in New York. The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania, but came to Cairo when quite young, and has remained here ever since. He was 42 years of age.
Funeral services were
conducted at the family residence by Rev. S. P. Groves Sunday
afternoon and the remains were conveyed to Beech Grove Cemetery for
LATER—The old lady is
We stated last week as we went to press that Mrs. McKee was apparently dying. As the hours passed away, she gradually sank lower and lower until about the hour of 11 o’clock p.m., her heart ceased to throb, she ceased to breathe and her spirit took its flight. Mrs. McKee was 84 years of age last September. She was born near Pittsburg, Pa., in September 1808 where she was reared and where about the year 1840 she became the second wife of Mr. Jeremiah McKee. The family lived in the vicinity of Pittsburg until after the war. Four children came to their household and grew up, namely: Walter F., Miss Mary, Lawrence and Miss Nannie J. Lawrence and Walter both served their country in the field during the war. The family came to Cairo in November 1868 and have lived here since that time. Lawrence died of yellow fever here in Cairo in 1873. Mr. Jeremiah McKee died in 1881, and now the aged mother has passed away. Mrs. McKee was a remarkable woman.
We have many intelligent,
scholarly women in Cairo, but it is very doubtful whether there is a lady in
Cairo who is more intelligent on the great questions of the day, who is more
familiar with the social, moral, religious and political affairs of the
world than she was. It was always a pleasure to converse with her. She was
a consistent member of the Methodist Church. The funeral occurred Saturday
afternoon, when all that was mortal of Mrs. McKee was consigned to
the grave in Beech Grove Cemetery. The grave was covered with beautiful
garlands of roses and chrysanthemums.
Edward Hazlewood, the
eldest son of the late Cliff Hazlewood, was accidentally killed at
St. Francis, Ark., last Thursday. He was brakeman on a freight train upon
the Cotton Belt R. R. He fell from the train, the cars ran over him and he
was almost instantly killed. The remains were brought up to Elco for
interment last Friday. He left a wife and four children who reside at
Murphysboro. His wife came down to Elco to meet the remains of her husband
as they came up from the south. Mr. Hazlewood was a member of the
Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. They provided a good coffin and sent a
representative up with the body. Mr. Hazlewood had been a railroad
man for several years. He was brakeman on the M. & O. formerly.
The news came flashing over
the wires from St. Louis yesterday morning that Mr. Joseph M. Veirun,
of this city, had dropped dead there. Mr. Veirun had of late shown
symptoms of insanity and was recently sent to St. Louis for treatment. He
had been there about two weeks. It is reported that a blood vessel at the
base of the brain burst and death followed. Mr. Veirun was a
brother-in-law of the late Francis Vincent. He had lived in Cairo
probably thirty years or more. He never married and is said to have been 51
years of age. He was delivery clerk in the post office under Mr. Irvin.
The remains will be brought here for interment.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: Rev. Jacob Bradley Died Nov. 4, 1892, Aged 78 Yrs.,
3 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Inglis, wife of Prof. S. M. Inglis, of the Carbondale Normal, died last Friday, of pneumonia. She caught cold while speaking in Murphysboro on Columbus Day, which settled upon her lungs and resulted in her death. The following written by a correspondent of the Murphysboro Independent pays a just tribute to a noble life.
“Mrs. Inglis was a rarely beautiful and accomplished woman. She was well educated and had had special advantages in the study of art, having spent two years as a pupil in Cooper Institute, New York City. Her own home and those of many friends are beautiful with her paintings. She was also a fine elocutionist, as our own people can testify who heard her in October, and at the county Teachers’ Institute four summers ago. She was an invaluable helper in all the literary entertainments given by the Normal students, and had been an enthusiastic worker in establishing the physical culture department of the school. With her native grace and her energy she was a most charming teacher. Above all, Mrs. Inglis was an earnest Christian. She lived and worked in that faith, and in it peacefully passed from the Church Militant to join the Church Triumphant. So we may whisper comfort to her bereaved ones here on earth and say
What is excellent,
As God lives, is permanent Hearts are dust
Hearts’ loves remains.
Hearts’ love will meet thee again.
(George E. Wooden
married Mrs. Eliza Harden nee Knupp on 15 Sep
1887, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola
reads: George E. husband of Eliza Wooden Died Nov. 11, 1892, Aged 27
Yrs., 11 Mos., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Rev. E. B. Olmsted, one of the oldest Presbyterian clergymen in Illinois, died at the home of his son in Bloomington on last Saturday, Nov. 19, in the 79th year of his age. Mr. Olmsted was born in the city of Philadelphia, Nov. 29, 1813, and would have been 79 years old had he lived until next Tuesday. His father, Edward Olmsted, was killed in battle Nov. 11, 1813, in the last war with Great Britain, just eighteen days before he was born. Edward Olmsted was First Lieutenant in the 16th Infantry, U. S. A. and had command of sixty men. He fell at the head of his men on the bloody field of Williamsburg in the expedition against Canada and was buried upon the field.
The family were eminent English Puritans and came to this country in 1632 and settled at Hartford, Conn. Rev. E. B. Olmsted spent some time at the Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg but did not graduate. He finally came to Southern Illinois in the autumn of 1838 when twenty-five years of age, and entered the ministry. His whole active life was spent here. In 1839 he married Mary Riddle, daughter of Capt. James Riddle, of Caledonia. He labored in Union and Jackson counties, then four years in Bond County. He then went to Caledonia, Pulaski County, where he made his home until a few years ago, when his home was broken up by the death of his wife. He preached in Cairo in 1853 and assisted in the organization of the Presbyterian Church in this city in 1857. He preached at Villa Ridge, Vienna and America. During the war he occupied the position of hospital chaplain of the U. S. Army.
Mr. Olmsted was well
known throughout Southern Illinois and very highly respected. He leaves
several children and grandchildren surviving him.
(Aaron K. Hart
married Mrs. Sarah E. Brown nee Beasly on 17 Jul 1884,
in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Milford G. Miller died at his home near Elco about 8 o’clock last Monday morning, Nov. 28, after an illness of two hours.
Mr. Miller seemed as well as ever the day before his death. Saturday he went down to Elco, apparently perfectly well. Sunday he seemed very well. Sunday evening his wife read aloud to him until she became somewhat weary when he read aloud himself. He arose Monday morning at 4 o’clock. At 6 o’clock he complained of a severe pain in his left breast. The pain continued and passed across to his right breast. He died as stated above about 8 o’clock. Dr. Greer was called and pronounced the trouble rheumatism of the heart. The funeral was observed Tuesday. He was in his 73rd year.
Mr. Miller came from
North Carolina, from the vicinity of Salisbury, about the year 1857 and has
lived in Alexander County since that time. He was twice married. He buried
his first wife in North Carolina and married his present widow there. He
leaves one son, George Miller, by his first wife, and three sons,
Sidney B., Eugene C., and Jesse E. Miller, and three daughters. Wives
respectively of Henry Whitaker, of Elco, and William Brown and
J. S. McRaven, of Creal Springs, by his surviving widow.
(Milford Green Miller
married on 18 Jul 1841, in Rowan Co., N.C., Anna Cauble. He married
on 29 Feb 1848, in Rowan Co., N.C., Mary Adaline Ketchey. Henry
Whitaker married Margaret S. Miller on 31 May 1866, in Alexander
Co., Ill. William Brown married Mary J. Miller on 29 Jun
1890, in Alexander Co., Ill. J. S. McRaven married Susie I.
Miller on 19 Nov 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We are pained to learn of
the death of Prof. W. S. Cochran at East Prairie, Mo., Nov. 22nd. He
was only 38 years of age and died of typhoid fever. He leaves two small
motherless children, as his wife died a few weeks ago. He was a prominent
teacher in Mississippi County where he had lived many years. He was a
member of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Charleston and was buried by the lodge
last week Wednesday.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO., Nov. 24: Last Friday morning the mangled and crushed remains of a man were discovered in the pit of the railroad turntable by C. A. King and James Young, railroad employees. The fact was promptly reported to Coroner Potillo, and an inquest was held.
The body was identified as
that of H. H. Porterfield, who recently arrived here from Pulaski,
Ill. It is said that he had been drinking pretty freely Thursday afternoon
and it is supposed he went into the railroad yards, fell into the turntable
pit and in his drunken stupor laid there until he was crushed to death.
There was no testimony however, before the coroner’s jury to account for his
death. The verdict was: We find that Henry H. Porterfield came to
his death by accidentally falling into the turntable pit.
MOUND CITY, ILL., Nov. 25.—At ten minutes after 2 o’clock this morning, Mrs. Ida A. Collins, wife of Jerome B. Collins, committed suicide by shooting herself with a revolver. She arose, went to the bureau, took the weapon out of a drawer and sent a ball crashing through her right temple into the brain. Dr. Hargan was immediately called and applied restoratives and did all that a physician could do, but the lady lived only an hour and a few minutes after the tragedy. She left nothing to show why she committed the awful deed, but ill health was no doubt the cause, as she has been very seriously ailing the past eight months. Mr. Collins says her mind had been somewhat deranged for five or six weeks past. Deceased was a member of the Congregational church, was an exemplary Christian lady wand was highly esteemed. She was a daughter of John Landon, of Anna. Her age was 31 years. Her husband and two bright children-a boy 11 years and a girl 8 must sustain an irreparable loss. The melancholy affair shocked and engulfed in gloom the entire community.—Enterprise.
(Jerome B. Collins
married Ida A. Landon on 29 Sep 1879, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Cairo was horrified last Friday morning when the news flew from mouth to mouth that a horrible murder had been committed at the Planters House and that Capt. Sampson was dead, and his young wife and another woman, the murderess were perhaps fatally wounded.
Capt. Rans Sampson
was married on the 19th to Miss Lizzie Spiers of Hickman, Ky. They
had just returned from a brief wedding trip, and had taken rooms at the
Planters House, when the awful deed was committed. Shortly after 10 o’clock
Friday morning May Sams called at the hotel and inquired form Mr. and
Mrs. Sampson, and was shown to their room, Capt. Sampson being
out at the time. The woman told Mrs. Sampson that the captain had
deceived her, promising to marry her and then failed to do so.
As soon as men could collect
their thoughts after such a tragedy, medical aid was summoned, and the two
wounded women were taken to St. Mary’s infirmary, where they were property
May Sams is said to have been a rather loose character. She came here from Tamaroa, but she is also known at Murphysboro. She, too, has been married and divorced. The murder of Sampson was coolly planned. She purchased a revolver with which the deed was committed in the morning. She also gave some money to a friend with the remark that it was sufficient to pay her burial expenses. It was known that she had threatened Sampson’s life. The two women are receiving excellent treatment at the hospital, and the prospects are excellent for the recovery of both of them. Public sympathy is with Mrs. Sampson in her affliction, but Sampson is thought to have met his just deserts. The Sams woman is censured only for shooting the bride, and if the latter recovers, it is not likely the author of the crime will suffer very severely.
married Ida E. Mihner on 11 Nov 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Whereas: It has pleased the all wise Creator to take from our midst our beloved brother, John M. Flynn. Therefore be it
Resolved: That Egypt Lodge No. 789 I. O. O. F. has lost a good and useful member.
Resolved: That in the loss of Brother Flinn, the wife has lost a husband devoted, the children a father affectionate, the community a friend kind and true.
Be it further Resolved:
That a copy of these resolutions be sent one to the family and to the
Cairo Citizen, Cairo Argus Journal, Pulaski
Enterprise, Anna Talk and also spread on our records.
The people of Sandusky Precinct were shocked when hearing the fact that William Hulen had quietly passed away between the hours of 6 and 7 o’clock a.m., Nov. 20, 1892.
Mr. Hulen was 67
years of age; he was one of the oldest settlers of this vicinity and one of
the best farmers in this country. He lived on his farm, which is
about miles west of Sandusky, for many years, until he desired a change,
when he moved to Sandusky about four years ago, where he resided at his
death. He possessed a large farm besides many other tracts of land. He
owned a number of lots in Sandusky where he lived, besides a saw and
gristmill, a blacksmith shop, livery stable and a grocery store. Also many
other dwellings that were occupied by renters and tenants, etc. Mr.
Hulen was educated only to a very limited extent, as at is early life
school were few, and the blessed opportunities that young folks enjoy now
were not allowed him; but he was an industrious, intelligent man. By the
sweat of his own brow he obtained his living and accumulated his property.
Days were never too dreary, nights never too dark, winter or summer, unless
sickness prevented, he was at his post of duty early and late. He has left
a large family to mourn his loss. He was a true Christian, a good neighbor
and a kind and loving father. His loss to the community cannot be
expressed. His body was conveyed from Sandusky, Thursday, followed by a
large procession of people in vehicles to the cemetery on the farm, where a
large number of people had gathered to take a last look at the familiar face
of William Hulen before the earth closed over it forever. Impressive
services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Hargis. The community and
friends just the family in mourning their great loss.
Mr. Joseph McKenzie
died in this city last Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3rd, aged 82 years. Mr.
McKenzie had been quite ill for some time and his death was not wholly a
surprise except as death is almost always a surprise. Mr. McKenzie
was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1810. He came to Cairo in 1856 and has
lived here most of the time since. During his vigorous manhood he was
engaged in the lumber business. Mr. James S. Morris, of Ullin, was
his partner during the war. Their lumberyard was just west of Washington
Avenue below 6th Street. They carried on a large business during the war.
He was a charter member of
Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. at its organization soon after the war.
Mr. McKenzie left two
sons and several daughters, all grown. The remains were interred at Villa
Ridge. Thus, another of Cairo’s old citizens has gone to that undiscovered
country from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Three suicides took place in Alexander County last week. The first was Mrs. Agnes Brown, of Elco; the second that of Mrs. J. B. Collins, of Mound City; the last horrible tragedy, a double murder and suicide in Cairo, in which May Sams, formerly of Jonesboro, shot and instantly killed Capt. R. S. Sampson, fatally wounded his young bride, and then put a bullet into her own breast.
There has been some talk of
uniting Alexander and Pulaski counties, but until this is done, Mound City,
with her numerous factories, churches and schools, will continue to be the
capital of Pulaski County.
Last week we published an account of the death of H. H. Porterfield, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., taken from the Republican of that place. The report evidently does the deceased injustice. He was a brother of Mr. B. F. Porterfield, of Pulaski, now a county commissioner of Pulaski County. The latter went to Poplar Bluff and found that his brother arrived in Poplar Bluff looking for work, being a sawyer by trade. In returning to the hotel after dark he lost his way and in attempting to cross a turntable, fell off, striking the solid masonry bottom. This evidently stunned him and the turning of the table crushed him to death. These facts are in accordance with the verdict of the coroner’s jury.
H. H. Porterfield was
an old soldier having served his country four years. He had on his person a
discharge from the Sidney Post G. A. R., of Sidney, Ill., and sufficient
money to give him a decent burial.
Mrs. Fannie Zimmerman died at her home on Walnut Street last Monday forenoon, of rheumatism of the heart. She has been subject to this trouble for a long time and a more violent attack carried her off. For many years she has conducted a grocery store at 1209 Walnut Street, living in the rear with her children. Her husband was shot many years ago at Mounds Junction by a negro. Funeral services were held at the house yesterday attended by the Pioneer Lodge, Knights and Ladies of Honor, of which organization the deceased was a member, interment being at Villa Ridge. Four children are left to mourn the loss of a mother: Mary, Lena, Sarah and Louis, the latter employed at the stone depot. Misses Mary and Sarah were absent at the time of her death, the former at Ann Arbor, Mich., and the latter at Cleveland, Ohio. The deceased was a sister of Mrs. J. A. Goldstine and Mr. A. Roth, the latter coming from Chicago to attend the funeral. Mrs. Zimmerman had $4,500 life insurance and owned some property in Cairo among which is the new building on Commercial Avenue occupied by the Fair.
(Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Mother Zimmerman Died Dec. 12, 1892.
Her husband, Adolph Zimmerman’s, marker reads: Father Zimmerman
Died Jan. 22, 1878.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Lizzie Cotter died at her home on Twenty-seventh Street, last Monday after a prolonged illness. She was 22 years of age. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Church and the remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment. The deceased was the sister of Mr. E. J. Cotter and Miss Maggie Cotter of the New York Store. She had been battling with poor health for a long time. She was an estimable young lady whose death will be sorely felt by her friends.
(Her marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Lizzie A. daughter of Thomas & Mary
Cotter Born Feb. 7, 1868 Died Dec. 12, 1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. C. W. Bradley
died at Louisville last Sunday evening. He had been failing for some time
and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Bradley had lived in Cairo for
about fifteen years. For many years he was bookkeeper on the Halliday-Phillips
wharf boat. He was the Cairo correspondent for the Globe-Democrat
and other metropolitan papers. Recently he has been secretary of the Cairo
Board of Trade. He leaves a widow, but no children.
May Sams was placed
under arrest last Monday afternoon for the murder of Ransom S. Sampson.
Her physician made oath that her life would be endangered by confinement in
the county jail and consequently she was placed under guard at the
hospital. A deputy sheriff has her in charge. She is able to sit up and
walk about her room. She will probably be removed to the county jail as
soon as the change can be safely made. Circuit court convenes in February.
married Mrs. Elizabeth Woodard on 27 May 1860, in Union Co., Ill.
The marker for Elizabeth wife of William McIntire in McGinnis
Cemetery is broken.—Darrel Dexter)
John McGrath, a switchman on the Illinois Central, was run over by a freight train at Fourth Street and the Ohio Levee, last Thursday night. He was badly mangled and was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where he died a few hours later.
Gertie Summers, an inmate of a disreputable house on Thirteenth Street, committed suicide by taking a dose of laudanum last Thursday night. She lingered until the following morning and died.
“Shanty” Flynn who
was shot in a drunken brawl at the Three States Hotel some time ago, died at
St. Mary’s Infirmary Friday evening. John Roach, the bartender, did
the shooting and was arrested, but was discharged as the evidence showed the
shooting to be accidental. He has since left town.
May Sams, the slayer of Capt. Ransom Sampson, was released from custody Monday evening, after having been in the charge of a deputy sheriff for one week. Monday her stepfather, Jacob Keiser, of Jonesboro, came down and labored in her behalf. A preliminary hearing was held before Judge Robinson and she was admitted to bail in the sum of $6,000 on the charge of manslaughter, and the other for $1,000 on the charge of assault to do bodily harm. George W. Tanner and Henry Hasenjaeger furnished security.
married Mrs. Elizabeth E. Sams on 21 Dec 1869, in Union Co.,
A negro woman was found dead in a stable belonging to the Anheuser Busch Brewing Co., on Halliday Avenue near Second Street this morning. Her throat was cut from ear to ear, and she was lying on the hay. She was discovered by a colored man who cares for the horses belonging to Dan Fitzgerald the Cairo agent for the company.
How she came there was not known positively at noon today, the coroner’s inquest not having been held.
John Hervy saw the woman last night in the waiting room of the Illinois Central depot. She told him her home was at Mound Junction and that she was going to Water Valley on the vestibule. She was, however, waiting for a man and could not go until he came.
But the train came first and when John saw her again he told her she had better hunt a lodging place, the waiting room was closed at two o’clock. She then said she would return to Mound Junction on the two o’clock train, but she did not, for Hervey saw her leaving the depot about that time in the company of a man, whom he says he can identify if he sees him again. That is all.
The woman was seen by several in company with this man yesterday. It is said her name is Annie Clark and that she has lived and Mound Junction about three months.
Whether this man murdered her or not, and what his motive was cannot even be surmised.
An arrest was made this
Capt. B. F. Blue, who
lived in Cairo many years ago and was agent of the Chicago, St. Louis and
New Orleans R. R., died in Murphysboro, Monday evening: Capt. Blue
has lived in St. Louis for several recent years and was connected with the
Cairo Short Line R. R. About one year ago he was compelled by ill health to
give up business entirely. He then removed to Murphysboro where he has
since resided. His mind gradually gave way and he has not been himself for
some months. At last his physical nature was exhausted and his spirit took
its flights. Capt. Blue was not an old man—probably not more than
fifty years of age. He was simply the victim of overwork. He had many
friends in Cairo who will regret to learn of his untimely death.
James Fitzgerald, the 16-year-old son of Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald, died last Saturday evening after a prolonged illness, resulting from heart trouble. Funeral services were held Monday and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: James C. Fitzgerald Born Dec. 7, 1876 Died Dec. 24,1892.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Bridget Brankel, wife of Joseph Brankel, living on upper Walnut, died Saturday of pneumonia, after a brief illness. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, and funeral services were held there and the remains interred at Villa Ridge. She leaves besides her husband, a family of five children.(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Bridgett wife of Joseph Brankel Died Dec. 25, 1892, Aged 53 Yrs., 10 Mos., 11 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)