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Obituaries and Death Notices


The Cairo Citizen

5 Jan 1893-28 Dec 1893

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Thursday, 5 Jan 1893:
The Murderers Found.

The coroner’s jury labored for several days investigating the murder of the colored woman, Annie Evans, whose mysterious death was told in the Citizen last week.  The brought in a verdict Tuesday, finding from the evidence that one Mack Durden was probably guilty of the deed and Alex Kneedley was an accessory.  These men are both in the county jail.  They came from down in Tennessee just before Christmas and were on their way to DuQuoin to work in the mines.  Why the deed was committed has not yet developed.
Thomas J. Ent Dead.

Mr. Thomas J. Ent, an old and respected citizen of Cairo, died at his home on Poplar Street, at one o’clock yesterday morning, after a severe illness.  Mr. Ent has been purchasing agent for the Singer Manufacturing Co. for a number of years and his duties have taken him out among the lumber camps much of the time, where the exposure was too much for him.  He died of pneumonia contracted in this way.

Mr. Ent leaves a large circle of friends and relatives.  A wife and seven grown children survive him, five of the latter being residents of this city—Mrs. Powell, of the Safford library; Mrs. Frank Spencer, Mrs. Hill and Robert and Louis Ent.  Funeral services were held at the family residence this afternoon, and the remains were taken to Beech Grove for interment.

(P. E. Powell married Lizzie Lee Ent on 3 Oct 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Killed in a Drunken Quarrel.

Abner Mizell, living near Metropolis, was stabbed in a drunken quarrel on Christmas Eve and died on Monday following.  Mizell, his brother and three cousins, loaded up with whiskey and were having a jolly time, but a quarrel arose, knives were drawn and Abner was stabbed in the stomach by his cousin, Joe Grace.  The brother was also injured about the head.  Grace was at large at last accounts.  The parties all bear a good reputation save on account of this one failing—drink.
Another Suicide.

Nora Mines, a habitué of Thirteenth Street, committed suicide today by taking morphine.  It is reported that she came from Cape Girardeau.  She was about twenty years of age.
Mrs. Katherine O’Malley, the mother of Mrs. Charles Lancaster and Miss Ella Hodge, died last Saturday morning.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

(Charles Lancaster married Sarah Hodge on 1 Feb 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
After a long and severe illness, Mrs. Lovel, formerly wife of Vardy Randall, died some three weeks ago.  (Wheatland)
Our (Elco’s) efficient and obliging R. R. Agent, C. L. Mowery, was called home to Mill Creek yesterday to attend the funeral of his sister’s child.
Thursday, 12 Jan 1893:
Annie Bazzell, formerly proprietor of one of the houses of ill repute on Thirteenth Street, was declared insane yesterday.  She is too ill to be removed to the hospital at Anna at present.
Death of Calvin Gallup.

We are pained to learn from the last issue of the Ballard Yeoman of the death of Mr. Calvin Gallup.  He died at Oneida, New York, Nov. 28th.  If the Yeoman’s dates are correct, he died on the 66th anniversary of his birth.  Mr. Gallup had been engaged in the sawmill business at Fort Jefferson for several years.  He seemed to have made means sufficient to conduct a large business and yet he worked hard and exposed himself in many ways.  Age, exposure, and hard work were visibly telling upon his vital forces.  He was a Connecticut man and we believe he looked back to New Haven as his home.  He visited there occasionally.

Mr. Gallup was a man of rare ability and wonderful intelligence.  If he had occupied the seat in the U. S. Senate now occupied by John G. Carlisle, the State of Kentucky would have been quite as ably and much more worthily represented than at present.  He was an extensive reader and a correct thinker.  He was a man who would make himself felt in any community.  Just why he buried himself in the little sawmill down at Fort Jefferson we never knew.  He doubtless had deep experiences concerning which he never spoke.

Of the circumstances of his death we know nothing.  Of his family we know nothing.  He was a member of the Wickliffe Masonic Lodge and from the resolutions adopted by the lodge we learn of his death.
There has been an unusual amount of fatal sickness in Sandusky Precinct this winter.  The family of Mr. William Childers has been specially afflicted.  His smaller children were first attacked, then his older sons, Walter and Charley, were taken extremely ill and seemed for a long time to hover between life and death.  Finally at one o’clock a.m. Jan. 4th, Charley died.  The burial took place at the Hargis Cemetery Jan. 5th.

During the services at the cemetery, the report came that William McDaniel, a son of the late George McDaniel, had been killed while cutting a tree.  His stepfather, Sidney Clapp, and others hurried to the scene as rapidly as possible.  The report proved to be only too true.  He was killed instantly.  Willie was thirteen years of age and had a great many friends.  Willie and his brothers were cutting wood and while chopping down a tree, his attention was attracted to his dog as the wind was blowing and the dog was apparently in danger of being crushed by the tree.  When the tree began to fall he was somewhat embarrassed in his endeavors to save his dog.  The tree fell toward him instead of from him as he expected.  A limb struck him first, then the tree came down upon him.  His funeral occurred the next day, Jan. 6th at the Hargis Cemetery.

On January 7th, little Stella Sides, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sides died and the remains were interred in the Hulen Cemetery.  Rev. W. A. Hargis officiated at all the funerals. At this writing James Dunning, Jerry Dunning, Dan Lovett and Mrs. Francis Brown are all quite ill.
An Elopement and the Fate of an Unfaithful Wife.

In Johnson County, eight miles south of Parker City on the Short Line, is the thriving little town of Simpson.  This was the home of one J. M. Jones, who lived happily with a beautiful wife and two little ones.  But the cruel serpent entered this home, blasting lives and destroying happiness.

Adjoining Mr. Jones’ was the store of J. W. Browning.  He too had a family—a wife and four or five children.  But he coveted his neighbor’s wife and finally when their actions had aroused the suspicions of those around them, these two, Mr. Browning and Mrs. Jones, eloped one Sunday evening, leaving their once happy homes and going to Oklahoma.

On Tuesday, December 27th , W. A. Rainey, Browning’s chief clerk, received the following telegram:

“Miss Vena is dead.  Have sent her body to you.  Please attend to her funeral.  Have her buried at Zion Church—her request.  She will be there Thursday night.  Please notify her relations.  J. W. Browning

A second dispatch told Rainey to meet him in St. Louis.  Rainey did not go, but notified Jones, who had in the meantime removed to Metropolis.  Jones found the coffin containing the body of his dead wife in the Union depot, but Browning had received word and did not appear.

The body was brought to Simpson for burial, and when the coffin was opened, it was found that she had been shot in the lower part of the chest, the ball ranging from the right side into the upper part of the bowels.  Letters in the coffin said that she was shot accidentally on Christmas Eve, while boarding at Mulhall, Oklahoma, and that she lived 24 hours.  Their landlady, while admitting the shooting to be accidental, said Mrs. Jones told her before she died that she did not shoot herself.  Browning, after being captured, told two stories, one of which was that Mrs. Jones committed suicide.

Marshal Cox, of Metropolis, arrested Browning in Murphysboro on Friday and took him to Metropolis and then in a buggy to Vienna, in order to avoid the angry Simpsonites.  At Metropolis he was visited by his deserted wife and children, who seemed quite indifferent to his fate.  Browning was very much frightened, when arrested.

A preliminary examination was held and Browning’s bond was fixed at $100, which was promptly furnished and the bird has flown.  The charge against him was fornication.  Mr. Jones has commenced legal action against Browning for damages for alienating his wife’s affection, and has confiscated Browning’s stock.

Thursday, 19 Jan 1893:
A Widow Assassinated.

ANNA, ILL., January 17.—Mrs. Edith Keller has been brutally murdered at her home on a farm east of Dongola in this (Union) county, and James McEntire and Francis Settlemoir are lodged in jail at Jonesboro charged with the crime.  The murder was committed after night.  Mrs. Keller and her daughter were sitting before the fire in such a manner that their shadows were thrown upon the window curtain, which was lowered. Suddenly and without warning a shot was heard, and a bullet crashed through the window and curtain, barely missing the daughter and striking the mother in the head, inflicting a wound which soon resulted din her death.  At the coroner’s inquest, the daughter testified that McEntire and Settlemoir, who were young men in the neighborhood, had threatened to kill her if she continued to receive the attentions of a certain young man.  On this evidence the young men were committed to jail.  It is supposed that the bullet which killed Mrs. Keller was intended for her daughter.  The murdered woman was a widow, aged 52 years.
Annie Bazzell, who was declared insane easily last week, died Thursday afternoon.  She was the possessor of property amounting to several thousand dollars in value.  For many years she conducted a house of ill repute in this city.
Frank S. Pettit, a brother of Clarence Pettit of the Racket store here, died at Denison, Texas, last week, Wednesday night.  His death as very sudden, his cold body being found in the bed Thursday morning.  He was about 37 years of age, and was the senior partner in the firm Pettit & Waltz, doing quite a prosperous business.  The deceased was highly respected.  He leaves considerable property.
Another Murder.

At one o’clock yesterday morning, Jesse Woods, shot and killed Al Cheatam (both colored).  The particulars are about as follows:  A dance at Wilkerson’s Hall brought together these two boys—they were only about 19 years of age—who were avowed enemies.  Cheatam, it is claimed, had threatened to kill Woods.  About one o’clock Cheatam and three companions met Woods in front of Ricks’ church, when trouble occurred and Woods drew a pistol and shot Cheatam, the ball striking him in the temple and killing him instantly. Woods made his escape.  He has been a waiter at the Halliday for two years and is of a quiet and peaceable disposition, which leads to the supposition that the shooting was provoked.  The coroner’s jury are still investigating the matter.
Died, Monday, January 16th, 1893, at 10:30 p.m. Capt. John White.  Funeral Tuesday at 3 p.m.  (Thebes)
Albert Wise, who was drowned while skating on Big Muddy, last Saturday, was buried here (Anna) on Tuesday.
A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mowery died Jan. 10, of croupous-pneumonia, and Eddie, only child of Mrs. George Mowery, died Thursday, Jan. the 12, of croupous-diphtheria.

(Francis Mowery married Martha Jane Smith on 21 Jul 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Eddie Taylor, the son of Mr. G. W. Mowery, died at his home near Ullin, of that dread disease, diphtheria, on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 1893, aged six years and a few days.  Eddie was indeed a lovely child in character and disposition and his cheerfulness won many hearts.  It is hard to understand why God should take the beautiful flower just budding and transplant it in the lovely fields of paradise.  We can only bow in humble submission to his will and the heavy stoke that falls on the already afflicted mother.  Perhaps he took this tender flower home to save it from the chilling winds and the burning rays of the sun, which might seer its foliage and blight its blossom, but now it is where he can shield it and the beautiful leaves can unfold to perfection.  The grief stricken mother and friend, grieve not over that loved form which has been ruthlessly stricken down by the hands of disease.  Eddie is now with his dead father and brother and sister that have gone before, roaming hand in hand with them through the sunny fields of that clime and plucking flowers of immortal beauty.

(G. W. Mowery married Tryphosia Worthington on 20 May 1885, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Eddie’s marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Edward T. son of G. W. & T. Mowery Died Jan. 12, 1893, Aged 6 Yrs., 1 Mo., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 26 Jan 1893:
Martin, the little three-year-old son of Judge Fley, died last night of diphtheria.  He had been sick less than a week.
Louis Oehler, a brother of William Oehler, died early Tuesday morning.  He was 67 years of age.
The death of little Alma Schultze, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Schultze, escaped out notice last week.  The sad event occurred last Thursday morning.  The little one had been ill for some time from throat trouble.  The funeral was held Saturday.
Mrs. Mary T. Hoath, the aged mother of Capt. A. H. Hurd, died at the home of her son Tuesday afternoon. She was here on a visit, her home being at Lexington, Ky.  She was also the mother of the late Dr. C. W. Dunning, her first husband.  Lucius Dunning, being his father.  She was married twice again.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Phillips Wednesday evening, and the remains were taken to Centralia for interment.  Mrs. Heath was 85 years of age.

(Herman Hurd married Mary Dunning on 29 Nov 1841, in Washington Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death on the Rail.

T. B. Murphy, a young switchman on the Cotton Belt was killed at Bird’s Point Saturday morning.  The Charleston Enterprise describes his death as follows:  The switch engine had sidetracked a string of cars and failed to push them far enough off of the main track, the cars on the main track and on the switch being only about three inches part.  Murphy did notice the cars were so close tougher, and rode a boxcar, on the ladder, down the main track, and of course did not see the danger until it was too late.  He was instantly killed.

James Grath, a switchman on the Illinois Central, was killed at Mounds Sunday evening.  He was sitting on the end of a car when it struck a flat car and he was caught between the bumpers and was fatally crushed, dying from his injuries at St. Mary’s Infirmary Monday morning.  He was a single man.
Uncle John Kelly Dead.

Uncle John Kelly is dead.  The sad even occurred early this morning.  He had been very low for some time, and his death was momentarily expected.  About a year ago he had the grip, from which he never fully recovered. Then the death of Capt. Murphy, his nephew last May, was a great shock to him.  More recently he has been confined to the house, for three months perhaps, and at last paralysis fastened itself upon him and carried him off.

John Kelly was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on October 5th, 1821, which makes him over 71 years of age.  His parents died when he was quite young, and he was reared by Capt. Murphy’s sister.  He obtained a position on the river at an early age and was captain of a number of boats at different times until the outbreak of the war.  Then he settled down in Cairo and engaged in the hotel business.  He was married at Metropolis in 1855 and the death of his wife in October 1873, quite unsettled him for business pursuits and since that time he has not been actively employed, except during Capt. Murphy’s term as sheriff when he acted as jailer.  Mr. Kelly had three children, only one of whom survive him, his daughter, Miss Carrie.  He has a brother and a sister living, neither of whom are able to be present at the funeral.  His brother, Rev. N. B. Kelly, resides at Villa Ridge, but is now visiting a son in Niles, N.Y. His sister is Mrs. Watson at Wakenda, Mo.  She is 80 years old.

A number of relatives are here among them Mr. and Mrs. Cropper and son of Metropolis, Mrs. R. A. Wheatly, of DuQuoin, Mr. Eshleman, of Villa Ridge, and others.

A brief funeral service was held at the family residence this afternoon and the remains were taken to Metropolis for interment, accompanied by a number of Cairo friends.  Miss Carrie Kelly will, we understand, remain in Metropolis, making her home with her aunt, Mrs. Cropper.
Judge Ringo, an old citizen of Wolf Island, Mo., died at his home last Thursday.
Died, Saturday, January 21st, 1893, at 7 o’clock p.m., Benjamin Brown of pneumonia.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn the loss of a husband and father.  Mr. Brown was 53 years of age.  He served as a soldier in the late war and was a Republican in politics.  Mr. Brown was a man who will be missed more than most men.  He never said no to any one in need.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand, day or night, when called upon.  Funeral was held Sunday at 3 p.m.  (Thebes)

To the friends who were so kind to me during the illness and death of my husband, Capt. John White, I extend my sincere thanks.
Mrs. John White.
Diphtheria seemed to have come to say in this vicinity (Sandusky), as a little five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McCrite, is very sick with it.

(William J. McCrite married Georgiana M. Berry on 26 Feb 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, near Dongola, Jan. 19, 1893, Mr. James W. Owens, aged 84 years.  Mr. O. was born in Charleston, S.C., and came to Illinois after he was grown.  He served in the 80th Ind. Inft., but was discharged in 1863 for disability.  He was a tailor by trade and was a consistent member of the church.  His aged wife, who still survives, has the sympathy of the community.

(His marker in Hinkle Cemetery near Dongola reads:  James W. Owens Born Dec. 5, 1805 Died Jan. 19, 1893, Pvt. Co. K, 80 Ind. Vol.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, in Dongola, Jan. 21, 1893, Mr. John A. Blakely.  He had been in bad health for a long time.  He left a wife and several children to mourn his loss.

Thursday, 2 Feb 1893:
A little child of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Dillon, only two days old, died Wednesday evening.  (Mound City)
This week has been a sad one to many of the citizens of Villa Ridge.  Monday, Jan. 30th, we buried our friend and neighbor, Mr. Thomas Buckle.  Mr. Buckle had been in our county for 36 years and during all that time has been very active in up building our community.  His strong idea was organization.  He believed that in Union there is strength and that farmers especially should organize.  He was an organizer and a strong supporter of the Villa Ridge Grange which has become such a success.  He was perhaps the father of the Villa Ridge Fruit Shippers Association, which has been so well developed and which has done so much towards distributing our fruits and increasing prices.  Our community will miss him very much.  His family will miss him much more.  They have our heartfelt sympathy.  The whole family were at home when his death took place.  His eldest daughter, Miss Rose, from her school in Ullin; Edward, from a Dental College in Iowa; George and Florence, from school in Valparaiso, Ind., Miss Bertha from visiting relatives in Iowa.  It was truly a sad homecoming.
Died—at the home of her mother, Mrs. S. A. Jones, Mrs. Cora Sivia.  Interment in Anna Cemetery, Monday, Jan. 31st.

(William F. Sivia married Cora Jones on 15 Sep 1885, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  Cora wife of William F. Sivia 1867-1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Rev. Ridge, of Dongola, attended the funeral of Mrs. Sivia Monday.
Charley Richards will set and burn the two kilns of ware that Mr. Brown had ready before he died.  (Thebes)
Thursday, 9 Feb 1893:
Mrs. Pickrell, wife of Hogan Pickrell, of Anna, died last week. She was in the prime of her life and her death is a very sad event to her family and friends.  She was the mother of Walter Pickrell who has been employed at the Halliday in this city.
Shot While Resisting Arrest.

Last Thursday afternoon, about five o’clock William Penrod was drunk in Schuler’s Bros.’ grocery, at Mound City and was quite boisterous.  Deputy Sheriff Fred Schoenfeldt went into the store to quiet him, and while trying to get Penrod out, Penrod shot Schoenfeldt the ball striking him in the left side.  He had his pistol in his left coat pocket and shot through his coat without taking it out.  The wounds was a very painful one, and Schoenfeldt thought he was mortally hurt and when Penrod made a motion as though he would shoot again, Schoenfeldt drew his revolver and shot three times, the balls striking Penrod in the breast and killing him almost instantly.  Schoenfeldt then surrendered himself to the sheriff, but was exonerated by the coroner’s jury.  The ball from Penrod’s pistol merely made a flesh wound in Schoenfeldt’s side.

Penrod was a good man when sober.  He was an old soldier.  But he loved whiskey, and when his pension money came, he always attempted to “blow it in.”  When under the influence of liquor he was very quarrelsome.  He served a term in the penitentiary at one time for the murder of a man.

Little Otto Lohr, the three-year-old son of Mr. Andrew Lohr, died early yesterday morning of diphtheria.  Little Otto was his parent’s only body, and was the pride of his father.  He was a sweet lovable child.  This bereavement will fall heavily upon the household where afflictions have been such frequent visitors and the sympathy of the community will be theirs.  Funeral services were held today.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Otto A. Lohr Born July 23, 1889 Died Sept. 8, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)

James Hopson, one of the colored mail carriers, died at this home on Walnut Street, early this morning.  He went home sick on Wednesday evening of last week, and pneumonia took hold of him and carried him off.  The deceased was 38 years old and leaves a wife and several children.  He was commissioned as mail carrier in November 1889, and since then has proved to be one of the most faithful and efficient mail carriers on the force.  He mastered the work of distributing the mail, which is one of the most difficult task connected with the post office.  He was prominent in lodge circles, and the colored secret organizations will probably conduct the funeral, which may be held Sunday.  The deceased was held in high regard by everyone who knew him.
Killed at Pulaski.

John Black, employed in the restaurant of Joe Cook, at Pulaski, was run over and killed at that place last week, Thursday.  Black went down to Mounds to get a jug of whiskey and returned on the night passenger, No. 22.  It is supposed he visited the jug too often for in getting off the train, he jumped with his back toward the engine and before it had come to a stand, and falling under the wheels, was run over and killed.
Again the grim reaper has visited our neighborhood (Villa Ridge).  This time he has taken away the beloved wife of our friend and neighbor, W. R. Crain.  She was an estimable woman. She had the love and friendship of everyone.  She has raised a large family.  They were all present at the time of her death.  We deeply sympathize with the husband and children in their sorrows.
William Penrod, who was killed at Mound City, last week, resided for several years near this town (Wetaug).
Died, at her home in Anna, Feb. 2nd, Mrs. Piety Pickeral.  Funeral Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. A. Latherman of the M. E. church, interment in the Anna Cemetery.

(Hogan Pickerell married Piety Stokes on 28 Jul 1871, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Piety wife of Hogan Pickrell Died Feb. 2, 1893 Aged 42 Yrs., 7 Mos., 12 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lufkin are in Centralia, being called there by the death of Mrs. Lufkin’s sister, Mrs. Cogswell.  (Anna)
Mr. Emil Schmidt, of Nashville, Illinois, committed suicide last week, Thursday by shooting himself.  He had suffered from extreme ill health for a, long time until his reason was impaired.  He was 57 years of age.  He had been editor of the Journal for many years and also manager of the Volksblatt.  He was an ardent Republican and was one of the trustees of the Normal at Carbondale by appointment of Gov. Fifer.

Thursday, 16 Feb 1893:
Fell Off the Bridge.

Michael Houlihan a night watchman on the Illinois Central Bridge, fell off that structure Thursday night about midnight, probably meeting instant death.  About this time Houlihan was seen by another watchman, walking along on the Illinois approach, near where the iron and woodwork meet.  Nothing more having been seen of him up to Saturday noon, search was made for him, resulting in finding his lifeless body on the ground below nearly covered with the snow that fell Friday.  He had fallen from the bridge, a distance of over 60 feet, and his shoulders were broken and his body badly crushed.  The deceased was 22 years of age and lived with his parents on Nineteenth Street.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Michael Houlihan Jr. 1871-1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Riddle died very suddenly at his home at Olmsted last week.  He was taken sick Monday and died Thursday morning. The funeral occurred Friday.  He was 37 years old and was a brother of the famous Minnie Riddle.  He leaves an aged mother who will sadly miss him.
—Died—Montie Sackett, son of J. L. and E. J. Sackett, of Elco, died Saturday, Feb’y 11, at 6:30 a.m.  He was buried Sunday afternoon on his father’s farm, one half mile south of Elco.  Montie was born Sept. 16, 1866.  Age 26 years. 4 months and 26 days.  He leaves a father, mother, two brothers, four sisters and many friends to mourn his demise.
Mrs. Rachel Neff, wife of Peter Neff, died early Tuesday morning after a lingering illness. She was 52 years of age. Funeral services were held this afternoon.  She left a husband and daughter, Miss Effie, and two stepsons, to mourn her loss.
The funeral of James Hopson, the colored mail carrier who died last Thursday morning, was held Saturday afternoon and was largely attended.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  James H. Hopson Died Feb. 9, 1893, Aged 38 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 8 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Circuit court is in session this week, Hon. A. K. Vickers presiding.  A grand jury was empanelled Monday and on Wednesday eight true bills of indictment were returned into court.  Among them was one against Kitty May Sams for the murder of Ransom S. Sampson.  She appeared in court and her bail was raised from $5,000 to $8,000. She was taken into custody.

The case of the People vs. Harvey Ramage for the murder of Policeman Henry Dunker last September was called Wednesday morning.  Nine jurymen were secured before noon. One more juryman was secured in the afternoon.  No progress whatever was made this forenoon, but we presume that a full jury will be secured before night.  The jurymen so far secured are all from the country.  The defense is conducted by W. C. Mulkey, assisted by Bush and Warten, of Smithland, Ky.
Died, at the home of her son-in-law, near Forrest, Ill., on the night of Saturday, Feb. 4th, 1893, Mrs. Mary Dryer, aged 73 years, 7 mo. and 5 days.  Her death was rather sudden and unexpected.  The body was taken to Lowell, LaSalle County, for burial.  Rev. Helms, pastor of the Congregational church of Tonica, delivered her funeral sermon and a large company of the friends and neighbors followed to the grave on Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Dryer married Mr. Chester Dryer in 1848 and he died in 1892.  She has one brother, George Little, Sr., living in Lexington, Neb., one sister, Mrs. Thatcher, in Salem, Oregon.  Mrs. Dryer had lived in Lowell for many years and was loved and respected by all.  She has visited at Dongola with the family of her brother, J. R. Little, several times.  She had been a church member many years, having joined the Congregational church in her native home at Compton, N.H.  (Dongola)

(Cheser Dryer married Mary Little on 8 Mar 1842, in LaSalle Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at her home in Wetaug, Saturday morning, at six o’clock, Mrs. Julia A. McCartney, wife of W. B. McCartney, aged 53 years, 7 months and 9 days.  The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia fever, though she had been suffering from disease of the heart and lungs for several years, and a fatal termination was expected at any time.  Mrs. McCartney was a native of Rutland County, Ohio, but since her marriage to Mr. McCartney, has lived in several states of the Union.  She lived for several years in western Kansas before coming here and always managed the business of her husband during his many absences.  She was the mother of five children, four of whom are living, two sons and two daughters, who now reside, except the youngest, Miss May, in Kansas.  The deceased was a woman possessed of many admirable traits of character, but it was the duties of a wife and mother that she excelled, and the children reared under her care will in the future, be her most fitting monument.  The remains were interred in the beautiful little cemetery at the Reformed church, at 2 o’clock p.m. Sunday.  The Rev. Mr. Traver of the Lutheran Church, and the Rev. Joshua Wobach of the Reformed Church conducting the funeral obsequies.  An immense throng of friends were present to pay their last respects to the deceased.
The family of W. B. McCartney desires to publicly thank the neighbors and friends for the many favors during the late bereavement.
Among the persons from abroad who attended Mrs. McCartney’s funeral Sunday we noticed Judge R. W. McCartney and wife, John F. McCartney and daughter and Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Kinkade, all of Metropolis.
Mrs. Barbara Reimer died Thursday morning from a rupture of an internal organ. Her death was a surprise and a shock to her relatives and friends.  She was thirty-seven years old and had been a hearty robust woman who worked hard to maintain her family.  She was formerly the wife of Henry Lentz, a well-known and highly respected man; he died six years ago and two years ago she was married to F. Reimer, who with five children, four by her former husband, survive her.  The funeral conducted by the Rev. Mr. Trover, at Mt. Pisgah, was largely attended.

(Henry C. Lentz married Barbara E. Heddinger on 19 Mar 1872, in Union Co., Ill.  Frank Riemer married Mrs. Emeline Barbara Lentz on 29 Oct 1889, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Barbara E. wife of Frank Riemer Born May 18, 1855 Died Feb. 9, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)

Julia A. McCartney, wife of William B. McCartney, who departed this life on the 11 of February, in Wetaug, Illinois, was born in Richland County, Ohio, on the 2nd of April, 1839.  She was the second daughter of Cyrus Henry, one of the early settlers of that region, well known in his own and adjacent counties, who spent a long and respected life on the farm he had cleared from the primitive forest.  Her mother, Adaline Ensign Henry, was the daughter of the widely known Mr. Ensign, of Morrow County.  Their daughter, Julia was united in matrimony with William B. McCartney, on the 17th of April 1859, by the Rev. Mr. Kellum of the M. E. Church.  The young couple spent two years in the village of West Salem, now called Shiloh, two miles from the early home of the bride, whence they removed to the old regions of western New York and Pennsylvania.  They have subsequently lived in Michigan City, Indiana, in Kansas City and Ness City, Kansas. In 1890 they removed from the latter place to Wetaug, where they proposed to spend the remainder of their lives.  But she was not permitted long to enjoy the home here provided for her.

In all her varied surroundings her inexhaustible good humor and contagious cheerfulness, added to her many excellent traits of character, attracted to her a wide circle of friends.  “None knew her but to love her.” 

Although she had been a great sufferer and her life had several times been despaired of, her last illness was brief, and the news of her death was a surprise to all beyond the immediate family, the fatal disease, pneumonia, running its course in seven days.

With her husband, she was a member of the Congregational church, but since their removal to Illinois, there being no church of their denomination near them, she had worshipped with the congregations most convenient to her residence.  Her last words were the loving messenger to her absent children and friends.  “Tell them all to meet me in Heaven.”  Her funeral services were conducted by the Rev. E. G. Trover, pastor of the Lutheran church, assisted by Rev. Wolbach, pastor of the Reformed church.  The funeral sermon was from Rev. XIV, 13:—”Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”  The hymns sung were selected from among those which were her favorites in life.

She leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  But they mourn not as those without hope.  While they will miss her here, they rejoice that hers is that incorruptible inheritance, purchased by the Blood of the Lamb, eternal in the Heavens.

We desire to express our gratitude to the numerous friends and neighbors who in various ways tendered us their assistance during the recent illness of our lamented wife and mother, Mrs. Julia A. McCartney, and who by their attendance upon the occasion of her funeral on Sabbath, the 12th of February, attested their sympathy for us in our sore bereavement.
W. B. McCartney
May McCartney
            (Her marker in the German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  Julia A. wife of W. B. McCartney Born July 2, 1839 Died Feb. 12, 1893 Aged 53 Yrs., 7 Mos., 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 23 Feb 1893:
Harvey Ramage Fund Guilty and Sent to the Penitentiary.

The trial of Harvey Ramage for the murder of Policeman Henry Dunker was the principal event in circuit court last week.  The case was called Wednesday morning and after a hard fought battle extending over three full days it was given to the jury late Friday night.  After considering the matter all night they brought in a verdict Saturday morning of “Guilty of Murder,” and fixed the penalty at imprisonment for life in the penitentiary.

This murder was exceedingly atrocious and we do not know of anyone who thinks the punishment too severe, though a great many think that the death penalty should have been inflicted.
The murder was committed last September.  Ramage was an inferior looking young Kentuckian whose home was near Smithland, but who was living at the time in Ballard County.  He came over here with a young man named Fox.  In his own testimony he said that he came over on business; but on cross-examination he admitted that his main business was a pleasure trip and the sequel showed what kind of pleasure he sought.  The first thing he and Fox did was to go to the Kentucky barrelhouse and buy each of them a pint of whisky.  They filled up on that.  Then he hunted around and bought a cheap pistol.  He proposed to be cock of the loft and he intended to be ready to meet any man who should deny him this honor.  Being now ready to paint the town red he and Fox went to 13th Street and visited the houses there.  He made himself at home and seemed to think that she was boss of the ranch.  He raised a disturbance, flourished his pistol and made himself an unmitigated nuisance even among whores.  A pleasure trip indeed!  They blew a police whistle and office Dunker was soon on the ground.

By mistake Dunker arrested Fox instead of Ramage, and started off with him.  Someone called to him and told him he had got the wrong man.  He turned around when this would be cock of the loft, swearing that no Cairo cop should arrest his pard, pulled his pistol and blazed away.  He shot Dunker in the neck from the effects of which he died the next day.  Mr. Dunker was a very quiet peaceable officer, never ran, but always faithful in the performance of duty.  Ramage then attempted to get away.  He was found an hour or two later in top of a freight car in the Illinois Central yards and arrested.  The next day when it was known that Dunker was dead the excitement became very intense and the sheriff fearing an attack on the jail hustled the bloody banded murder off to Vienna. It was Sunday afternoon and a great many people on the street.  Not deeming it quite prudent to take him down to the depot he took him hastily to Mound City in a hack and took the train there for Vienna.  After spending some three weeks there he was brought back to Cairo.

At the last November term of court his attorneys tried very hard to get a change of venue.  They presented affidavit after affidavit to the effect that he could not get a fair trial here.  But Mr. Butler staid with them and convinced the court by counter affidavit that he could get a fair and impartial trial by an Alexander County jury.  As stated above, the case came on for trial Wednesday morning.  Attorneys Bush and Warton, of Smithland, Ky., conducted the defense assisted by Mr. W. C. Mulkey in selecting a jury. State’s Attorney Butler was assisted by his partner, W. H. Boyer, in the prosecution.  Among the twenty-four jurymen selected for the first two weeks of court were three or four colored men, but our Kentucky friends did not want any of them on the jury which was to try their client. We suppose they feared that colored jurymen might remember the lynching of a colored man at Paducah a few months ago, who was returned from Cairo on a requisition and who was murdered for a crime what he probably never committed.  But a jury of twelve good and true men from the county were finally selected to try the case, namely:  Warren S. Craig, John Abernathie, David Hessian, Thomas Hobbs, George W. Thompson, James Belcher, Benjamin McRaven, F. M. Hargis, Edward Allen, Lewis F. Turner, George Gerst and David Brown.

The evidence was heard.  The women from 13th Street were placed upon the witness stand, Ramage himself took the stand in his own defense.  It very soon became apparent that the prosecution was terribly in earnest; the defense soon found themselves in a life and death struggle to save the fellow’s neck.

The attorneys for the defense tried to make it appear that Ramage shot the officer in self-defense but such stuff had little influence upon the jury.  Messr. Bush and Warren are able lawyers and made a brilliant defense but they were on the wrong side.  Mr. Boyer in his opening speech traced the course of Ramage from the time he landed from the ferryboat on his pleasure trip until he found himself in the grip of the law.  In his closing speech Mr. Butler is said to have made the supreme effort of his life.
But the trial is over and Harvey Ramage is already in the Chester penitentiary dressed in his zebra suit.  His pleasure trip is only just begun.
Death of Mrs. Leftcovitch.

Mrs. Lucy A. Leftcovtich died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in this city Monday night and was buried yesterday.  She was eighty-five years of age.  She had lived in Cairo about fifty-five years and was probably the oldest resident of the city.  She was one of the ten original members of the Presbyterian church which was organized in 1857.  She was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1808.  She leaves two children, a son, M. S. Leftcovitch, who is a well-known travelling man in Southern Illinois, and a daughter, wife of John Oswald, who lives in Chicago.
The case of the People vs. Kitty May Sams came on for trial yesterday morning and the work of securing a jury commenced.  At noon today the jury was complete and it is as follows:  Edward Allen,. Beech Ridge; Salmon Hazlewood, Elco; Thomas J. Boyd, Cairo; S. A. Turner, Lake Milligan; Nathan L. Martin, Cairo; George H. Shaw, Cairo; John Petit, Thebes; George Twinam, Sandusky; George W. Abernathy, Hodges Park; J. R. Davis, Sandusky; John Aikens, Sandusky; and Robert George, of Santa Fe Precinct.  Lansden & Lack are conducting the defense and Judge Boyer is assisting Mr. Butler in the prosecution.
As Rev. Grossman was called away to attend a funeral Sunday, there was no service in the Lutheran church Sunday morning.  (Anna)
Sheriff Wehrenberg lost one little girl Thursday morning and another is quite dangerously ill.  Last Saturday morning they were eating some cucumber pickles, and were trying to see who could eat the most.  Mr. Jim Connell’s little girl was with them. The oldest child, Lola Wehrenberg, aged 11 years, ate some six or eight pickles.  Sunday she was taken seriously ill and grew worse rapidly in spite of medical treatment.  She went into spasms, was delirious at times, and finally an eruption broke out all over her body.  She died Tuesday morning.  The other little girl was taken in the same way, but this morning her condition was a little more favorable.  The theory was advanced at first that the children were poisoned by the pickles, but we understand that this was not the cause—at least not entirely.  An examination of the first child revealed the fact that large pieces of the pickles had remained undigested and that indigestion brought on spinal meningitis.  This caused the eruption upon the bodies of the children.  The funeral of Lola Wehrenberg was held Wednesday forenoon.  Rev. Joy conducted the services.  The sympathy of the community is with Mr. Wehrenberg and family in their terrible affliction and all hope that his daughter Mollie will specially recover.
Died, after nearly two weeks’ illness, a child of Rev. Meltz.  He has the sympathy of the community (Elco).  Also Harrison Miller’s child died only being sick about twenty-four hours.
Thursday, 2 Mar 1893:
William L. O’Calahan, who kept the saloon at the corner of Levee and Fourteenth streets, died Sunday evening after a brief illness.  He was about 27 years old.  Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Church Tuesday afternoon and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment.


Dr. H. N. Sams, of Wheatland, was in the city Tuesday.  He has been in Tamaroa for the past three weeks where his uncle, Dr. T. N. Sams, recently died.  He is now on his way home to Wheatland.
The Slayer of Ransom Sampson Acquitted.

The trial of Kitty May Sams for killing Ransom S. Simpson on the 25 day of last November was the sensation of last week in our circuit court.  We gave the names of the jury in our issue of last Thursday.  The evidence was heard on both sides, the arguments made and the case given to the jury a little before midnight Friday night.  About ten o’clock Saturday morning the jury came into court and rendered their verdict of Not Guilty.

The evidence showed that the defendant had a very sensitive nervous organization.  That when about thirteen years of age she had St. Vitus Dance for about a year; that she married at the age of eighteen and on the birth of her first child she had it again for about a month; that again she was badly troubled with it after the birth of her second child; that she suffered terribly.  She deserted her husband in 1887 and returned to her mother’s home.

She came to Cairo in August, 1889, and formed the acquaintance of Sampson about one month later.  Both she and Sampson were divorced in 1890.  They were intimate from their first acquaintance; probably criminally intimate.  On the 30th of October 1892, Sampson went with her to her mother’s home in Jonesboro, where they spent three days together.  Sampson told her mother that they were married.  They occupied the same bed.  They went there Sunday evening and he remained until Wednesday. Then he left saying that he must go to St. Louis, but must go to Cairo first!  That he would surely be back there the next day.  He kissed her good bye and gave her a ten-dollar bill.  He failed to come back as he had promised and she was very nervous and anxious.

She returned to Cairo Friday, Nov. 4th.  She went direct to Mr. Joseph Stegala’s place where she was always at home, and where Sampson frequently visited her.  There she found a letter, which Sampson had left, for her, couched in these words:

“Dear May:--When you read thi8s Il will be on my way to California.  Little did you think when I kissed you good-bye it was forever.  Forget me.  I will get out of your sight and you will soon forget me and think no more of me.  I have a letter for you in the room in your bank book.”

Instead of starting for California, Sampson went down the river to Hickman to get married.  He married Nov. 16, and returned to Cairo with his bride on the morning of Nov. 25, exactly three weeks after the return of May Sams to Cairo.  These were there weeks of terrible suffering for her.  She was enceinte by Sampson and in a frenzied condition.  She had been most outrageously deceived by him.

Early on the morning of Nov. 25th she heard that Sampson had returned to Cairo with a bride.  She went to the store of John McNulty and bought a 38 caliber Colt’s revolver and had it loaded.  Finally she called at the Planters House where Sampson and his bride were stopping.  She inquired for them, Sampson was out but she went up to their room and was admitted by Mrs. Sampson.  She told Mrs. S. something of her relation to MR. Sampson.  After waiting awhile Mrs. Sampson went below to inquire for her husband.  While she was absent, May Sams took off her wrap and laid it on the bed and pulled the pistol out of her stocking and laid it on the bed under her wrap.  Mrs. Sampson returned and after a while Sampson himself came in.  The old maxim “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” now proved to be true.

There was a war of words.  The result is well known.  Mrs. Sampson said in her testimony on the stand that she herself was shot first.  She said, “She shot me first then Rans then me then herself.”  May Sams said that she shot Rans and did not remember anything more.  Ransom Sampson died immediately.  His bride and May Sams under the most careful treatment by Dr. Stevenson both recovered.

The question for the jury to decide was this:  “Was May Sams responsible for her acts on the morning of November 25th when she killed Sampson?  Was she sane or was she insane?”

The jury decided that she was not responsible and therefore Not Guilty.

She was most ably defended by Messrs. Lansden & Leek.  Mr. Lansden argument and plea in her behalf is spoken of as a most powerful effort, a most pathetic appeal.  Mr. Leek dwelt upon the question of insanity and the peculiar features of emotional insanity.

Mr. Butler prosecuted the case fairly but with intelligence and ability.

The opinions of the public with respect to the verdict are very conflicting.  Virtuous women generally consider it outrageous we believe.  Lewd men all agree that the verdict was an outrage.  Men of upright, pure lives are not inclined to find fault with the verdict.  They consider that the wrong which May Sams suffered at the hands of Sampson were unpardonable and could never be condoned, that so far as he was concerned he simply got his deserts.


            An indictment for assaulting Mrs. Sampson with intent to kill her is still hanging over May Sams.  Whether the case will ever be tried is uncertain.  If she was insane when she shot Sampson she was insane when she shot his wife.

Mrs. T. W. Halliday was called to Las Vegas, New Mexico, last week, by a sudden relapse, which her son, Thomas W. Halliday, Jr., had taken.  When she arrived she found him in a very serious condition and decided to at once remove him to San Diego, Cal.  No further word has been heard from her.
Death of William Ireland.

Mr. William Ireland died at Unity about ten days ago.  He had lived in Alexander County more than forty-three years and was one of the oldest citizens of the county.  He was seventy-seven years of age last April.  He was born in West Virginia, April 15th, 1815.  He came to Alexander County in 1849 and soon settled in Santa Fe, where he lived until 1877, when he removed to Hodges Park.  He was by trade a carpenter.  He married Minnie Hutton, in Guernsey, Ohio, in 1835, by whom he had ten children, eight of whom grew up to maturity and six or seven of them are still living.  His sons, Jessie M., John F., and W. W. Ireland reside in Alexander County and Alonzo Ireland lives in Commerce, Mo.  He has several married daughters still living.  Mr. Ireland was very steadfast and consistent member of the Methodist church and, we believe, a local preacher.  He was during the later years of his life a Justice of the Peace.  He was a constant student of his Bible and conformed his life to its teachings.  He has gone to his reward.
He Went Hunting in a Small Boat Which Overturned with Him

The terrible news was circulated last Saturday evening that Walter Ladd, the 16-year-old son of Mr. J. D. Ladd, freight agent of the Illinois Central, had been drowned in the Ohio River, and later reports confirmed the fact.

Walter was very fond of all outdoor sports, especially hunting.  Saturday morning he started out on a hunting expedition in a little boat.  He was last seen by persons on the transfer boat Duncan near the lower incline.  When he did not return at night as was expected, fears as to his safety were aroused, and search made. Nothing was revealed except the discovery of the little boat, which was found bottom upwards down near Norfolk, some four miles below the city.  This only confirmed the belief that the boat had capsized and he was drowned.  There was little chance of his being able to swim in the swift flowing icy water, loaded down as he was with his hunting outfit and rubber boots.

Search for his body was commenced but all has been in vain.  Tugs were employed to scour the river, divers were sent down at the incline, dynamite was exploded in the hope of raising the body, and towns along the river below were advised to be on the lookout.

The terrible suspense as to the fate of their son and then the more terrible conviction that he was snatched from them were almost more than his parents could bear, and Mr. and Mrs. Ladd are prostrated with grief.  They have the sympathy of everyone and everyone mourns the loss of Walter Ladd, for he was universally liked.
Joseph S. Rhymer, for many years a citizen of our town, died Monday morning, after a lingering illness of several weeks.  Funeral from the Lutheran church Tuesday.
Died at her home south of Anna, Friday, Feb. 24th, Mrs. Ida Anderson, wife of D. J. Anderson.  Services were conducted at the residence by Rev. W. B. Minton.  Interment in Anna Cemetery.

(David J. Anderson married Ida A. Lee on 27 May 1883, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Ida A. wife of David J. Anderson Born Aug. 25, 1864 Died Feb. 22, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Lizzie Anderson was down from Cobden Saturday and Sunday to attend the funeral of her sister-in-law, Mrs. D. J. Anderson.
Marion Delaney died last Saturday of consumption.  He was 45 years of age, and leaves a wife and three grown children—two daughters and a son.  The funeral occurred Monday.
Little Mollie Wehrenberg, who was poisoned last week by eating some pickles, is recovering now after a very serious illness.
The people of Mound City were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Francis Healy, of Harvey, Ill.  A little boy came into their home Sunday morning, but the troubles incident to childbirth were too great for her to bear and she died the next day.  The body was brought down to Beech Grove Cemetery and interred Wednesday morning by Rev. Joy.  Mrs. Healy was formerly Miss Nellie Gregson, and at one time was a teacher in the public schools.  She married Mr. Francis Healy, a druggist, of Cairo and they finally removed to Harvey.  Her sister, Miss Lolla Gregson, is very low with consumption and could not come down to attend the funeral.
Mr. Friend Smith, cashier of the bank of Murphy, Wall & Co., of Pinckneyville died about two weeks ago of pneumonia.  Mr. Smith has been in the bank for nearly twenty years and was widely known and we believe universally respected.
Mrs. L. J. Spear died at Poplar Bluff, Mo., Friday, Feb. 17.  She formerly lived in Cairo and will be well remembered by many of our people.  She was the wife of Simon Spear, who was for a while postal route agent on the Cairo branch of the Iron Mountain R. R.  He was stricken with paralysis and died at Poplar Bluff some ten years ago.  The family removed to Poplar Bluff, probably twelve or thirteen years ago.  Mrs. Spear was a milliner and built up a large business at Poplar Bluff and had accumulated considerable property—perhaps $20,000.

Thursday, 9 Mar 1893:
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gray died last Sunday at Grayville where Mrs. Gray was visiting.  The child was about a year old and had always been very delicate.
Walter Ladd’s Belt Found.

      Tuesday morning the cartridge belt of Walter Ladd was found near the Big Four incline, about where the unfortunate boy was supposed to be drowned.  It is learned that he did not have the belt on when he left the wharf boat, but carried it in his boat.  Mr. Ladd will send men in skiffs to scour both banks of the river between here and Memphis, in search of the body.
Death of Mayor Searing.

Mr. J. H. Searing, mayor of Carbondale, died at Tucson, Arizona, Feb. 28th.  He went to Arizona hoping that the climate would restore him to health again, but he went too late.  He was only 47 years of age.

Thursday, 16 Mar 1893:
Death of an Old Citizen.

Valentine Reisser, an old citizen of Cairo, died last Friday evening at 7 o’clock.  For the past seven years he has suffered from frequent strokes of paralysis, which have compelled him to abandon all business pursuit and which at times have even threatened his life.

Mr. Reisser was a native of Germany, where he was born in 1826.  He came to Cairo before the war, and during his long residence here accumulated considerable property.  He leaves a wife and six children, all grown.  Funeral services were held Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church and attended by the Arab Fire Company, of which the deceased was a member.
The news from Los Angeles, Cal., concerning the condition of Thomas W. Halliday, Jr., is not calculated to encourage any hope on the part of his friends.  His mother received a telegram yesterday to the effect that his physicians there advised that he be brought home at once.  The dispatch stated further, that accompanied by his wife and a physician he would leave at once for Zanesville, Ohio, the former home of his wife.  The only inference to be derived from the dispatch is that he comes home to die among friends.
Death of Mr. William McAdam.

Mr. William McAdam, of Chester, Illinois, died in that city March 6th, in the 71st year of his age.  He was one of the grandest men in the community and was well known throughout the 20th Congressional District.  He passed away “sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.”

In Thebes, Ill., on Tuesday, March 14th, at 8:30 o’clock, a.m., of heart failure, Marinda Marchildon, wife of the late Judge Severe Marchildon, aged 66 years, 1 month and 13 days.  Funeral from residence Thursday March 16th, 1893 at 10 o’clock a.m.
J. H. Anderson died at his home last Sunday from pneumonia.  He was sick only a short time.  He was buried Monday.  (Belknap)
Died, March 10th, Hiram K. Pettit, age 65 years.  Mr. Petitt was a good soldier during the late war, he was a member of the G. A. R. Post No. 571, at this place (Thebes)
Died, infant of William King, March 13.
Died, March 14th, Mrs. Marinda Marchildon.
Mrs. Morford died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ross, Sunday March 12th, and was buried in I. O. O. F. Cemetery Tuesday last.  Rev. G. W. May conducted the funeral.  (Dongola)

Another Landmark Gone

            Early Tuesday morning, Wilkerson’s opera house, near the corner of Fifteenth and Walnut streets, was discovered to be on fire, and in spite of the efforts of the firemen, it was entirely consumed.  A strong wind blew burning brands upon the roof of neighboring houses, and only prompt and constant work prevented further damage.  Wilkerson’s opera house was formerly the Methodist church, and stood at the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets.  When they built their new church, the have the old building to Wilkerson on condition that he remove it.  He moved it up to Fifteenth Street and made it into an opera house and hall for colored people.  Last year he rented it very frequently and derived a large revenue from it, but this season has not done much with it.  A ball held in it on January 17th ended in the death of a colored boy, and since that time the colored people have been afraid of the place.  At leas there has been no entertainment in the hall since that date.

            The building was evidently set afire, but by whom it is not known. Wilkerson valued it at $3,000 and carried at $1,500 insurance on the building and $35 on the furniture.

            He expects to put up some cottages on the site of the burned building.

            (Al Cheatam was the man killed on 17 Jan 1893, at a ball held in Wilkerson’s opera house.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 23 Mar 1893:

Mrs. Susan Hesser, who lived at the corner of Commercial Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street, died Monday evening of typhoid fever, after an illness of four weeks.  She was 61 years old.  Funeral services were held Tuesday evening and the remains were taken to Walter Valley, Ky., for interment.
Sheriff Goodin Dead.

Mr. Charles A. Goodin, Sheriff of Mississippi County, Mo., died at his home in Charleston, Tuesday evening after an illness of nineteen days with pneumonia.  He was only 38 years of age.  He leaves a wife and three children and a large circle of friends.
Died, at the residence of her brother, D. W. Goodman, March 14th, Mrs. Nellie Damon, of Mt. Vernon.  The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church March 16.  (Anna)
Probably Murdered.

SIKESTON, MO., Mar. 21.—An unknown man was found dead a half mile west of Morehouse last Sunday evening.  His skull was crushed in and it is supposed that he was murdered.  Papers on his person seemed to indicate that his name was C. Webster, of Morganfield, Ky.  From appearances he had been dead about two weeks.  His body had been badly mutilated by hogs.  About two weeks ago during the cold weather two tramps were camped on the east bank of the river.  This man resembles one of them.
Little Mollie Wehrenberg is again very ill and her friends are alarmed about her condition.  She has never recovered from the effect of those poisonous pickles.
Thursday, 30 Mar 1893:
Another Old Citizen Gone.

Mr. Hugh Callahan, an old citizen of Cairo, died Monday night was buried yesterday.  He died of pneumonia after an illness of about a week.  He was probably about 66 years of age.  For a great many years he had charge of the coal fleet of W. H. Brown of Pittsburg.  For some three or four years past he has been somewhat infirm and has kept rather quiet attending to his own real estate.  He was a member of the Hibernian Fire Company and was buried from the Catholic Church under the auspices of the Fire Company.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Hugh Callahan Native of the Parish of Fannett, County Donegal, Ireland, Died March 26, 1893, Aged 65 Yrs.—Darrel Dexter)
Col. Robert Kirkham, of Carbondale died last week, Wednesday, in the 75th year of his age.  He had been a prominent figure in Southern Illinois for the past thirty years or more.  Soon after the war he lived a short time in Cairo.  He was by birth a Kentuckian, but was true to his country during the slaveholders’ rebellion and did all in his power to support the old flag.  The infirmities of age have, for the past four or five years, rendered him unfit for active duty.  He has joined the majority in the unseen world.
Died, Friday, Mar. 24th, Grover Miller, little son of John Miller, aged 7 years of typhoid fever complicated by congestion of the brain.  He was a bright little fellow and the parents have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.  (Wetaug)

(John Miller married Harriet L. Bourlen on 14 Feb 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Grover son of J. & H. Miller Born May 14, 1885 Died March 23, 1893 Aged 7 Yrs., 10 Mos., 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
We have just learned of the death of the wife of William Sheffer, out east of town (Dongola), and also of Mr. John Allen, an old citizen, but no particulars.

Thursday, 6 Apr 1893:
A Day of Horrors.

Monday was an evil day in Cairo.  Perhaps it was because Sunday, being Easter was a good day, and the equilibrium had to be maintained.  But at any rate, it was an evil day.  A man fell dead in an uptown saloon.  A horse ran away wrecking a buggy and throwing out its owner, a prominent citizen.  A mad dog scare prevailed and several canines were executed.  These occurrences, coupled with the very sultry atmosphere, made the day one of concern.

Peter Haley, a steamboat fireman, entered the Bank saloon, near the corner of Eighth and Commercial, about seven o’clock in the morning and complaining of being sick, asked to be allowed to lie down.  He started for the back end of the room, but sank to the floor and expired.  He was about forty years old and his home is in Iowa.  He died of dropsy of the heart.
Major G. W. Carleton No More.

Major George W. Carleton died at his home in Gayose, Pemiscott County, Mo., March 31st, 1893, at 10 o’clock.  For years Major Carleton has held several offices of honor and trust.  Up to the convening of the last legislature the major represented his district in the state senate.  He was some 70 years of age.  Major Carleton was an enthusiastic temperance advocator and was among the leading lawyers of Southeast Missouri.—Charleston Enterprise
Hon. William Elstun died in Emporia, Kansas, March 26th, of paralysis.  Judge Elstrun formerly lived in DuQuoin and was county judge of Perry County.  He was a lawyer of integrity and ability.

The death of Mrs. Marinda Marchildon, on Tuesday, March 14, deserves more than a passing notice.  Born in Kentucky about the first of February, 1827, she came to Thebes in this county, in 1848 or 1849 and lived there until her death, a period of more than forty-three years.  She was the eldest daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Dexter.  They had a large family of children and Marinda came here to live with her uncle, Silas Dexter.  She spent her time in spinning, weaving and anything that she could find to do.  Silas was a man of great prominence in Alexander County at that time and in his family she was brought into contact with the most prominent people of the county.

On the 24th day of October, 1849, she married Mr. A. W. Anderson.  He was a merchant at Thebes and had held important official positions in the county.  He was a widower and had one little child.  At the time of her marriage she had twenty-five dollars of her own earnings.

She had one child, a son name Alva, by Mr. Anderson, but he soon died.  Mr. Anderson himself died of consumption May 15, 1825, and the little child by his first wife die not survive long.  By his will Mr. Anderson gave his property to his wife and child and made his friend, William C. Massey his executor. Mr. Massey was also a widower and boarded in the family of Mr. Anderson previous to his death.  In a few months after the death of Mr. Anderson she married William C. Massey.  He had a grown daughter who married William Dexter, a brother of his wife, Marinda.  Mr. Massey held the position of county surveyor and, we believe, other county offices and was a prominent man in the community.

By him she had one son, Eddie, who lived to be four or five years old and then died.

William C. Massey died June 1, 1861, in Ohio County, Ky.  Just previous to his death he made a will, giving his property to his wife and his married daughter and making his wife and Nicholas Hunsaker his executors.  From the estate of these two husbands, Anderson and Massey, she received considerable property, which she managed with great prudence.  On the 2nd of October, 1862, she married Severe Marchildon of Thebes.  He was also a widower and had several grown children.  Thus within a period of thirteen years she was three times married and twice left a widow.  Her husbands were all widowers and all prominent in county affairs.

Judge Marchildon will be remembered by most of our readers.  He was a member of our county board for several years and was an active public-spirited man.  With him she lived for about twenty years until his death.

Mrs. Marchildon was much more than an ordinary woman.  Without the advantages of a thorough education, she took a lively interest in the welfare of the community in which she lived.  She was a consistent member of the Methodist church and took great interest in its prosperity.  She was a staunch temperance woman, for she saw that strong drink is the bane of any community.  She was a prudent, wise counselor and avoided everything like ostentation and display.

She was an expert financier.  Her land was made productive and brought in a revenue.  Her resources were carefully nursed and wisely invested.  At the time of her death she owned several thousand acres of land, much of it very choice land.  She left an estate worth probably $30,000.  She left three brothers, two sisters, and nephews and nieces, the children of deceased brothers and sisters.  Her mother has been in poor health for some years and was buried March 23d, just nine days after her own death at the old Kentucky home in Centretown, Ohio County.

The life of Mrs. Marchildon in Alexander County extends over most of the history of the county.  For more than forty years she was thoroughly familiar with and took a lively interest in everything, which concerned the welfare of the county.

She was seriously ill but a few days.  Her mind was not in its normal condition and finally she simply “slept her life away.”  Her death is a serious loss to the community at Thebes.
Thursday, 13 Apr 1893:
Death of Thomas W. Halliday, Jr.

After along illness Mr. Thomas W. Halliday, Jr., passed away at the family residence in this city Saturday night April 8th, at midnight.  The funeral services were held in the Church of the Redeemer, Monday afternoon.  The remains were interred in Beech Grove Cemetery beside the grave of his father.

Thomas Wyatt Halliday, Jr., was born in this city Feb. 5, 1867.  He was the eldest son of the late Hon. Thomas W. Halliday, who died last September.  He was reared and educated among us.
He graduated from our high school with the class of 1883.  This class numbered sixteen members and he is the first one to be called away.  For several years he held a position as clerk in the City National Bank of which his father was cashier.

On the ninth of July, 1891, he married Miss Blanche Smith, of Zanesville, Ohio.  He immediately returned to Cairo and took his old position in the bank.  But a serious lung trouble soon developed itself and demanded attention.

About one year ago, under the advice of physicians, he went to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was there in September when his father died, but did not think it best to come home to attend the funeral.  For a while he seemed to improve in health somewhat, but there was no permanent improvement.  Some two or three months ago he went on to Los Angeles, California.  After remaining there a short time his physicians advised him to return home to the Mississippi Valley.  But he did not remain there long.  He left and went to Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Nothing, however, could afford any permanent relief.  He returned to Cairo last Friday morning.

He conversed with old friends and told them that he would be downtown in a few days.  He was very weak, but could walk about a little.  But, like a thief in the night, the fell destroyer came, and at midnight Saturday night, he breathed his last.

Everything could be done for him was done, but all of no avail.  No medical skill, no change of climate could save him.  He leaves a young wife, a widowed mother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death.
In Honor of J. H. Hopson.

Last Sunday the Knights Templar of Chicago held memorial services in honor of James H. Hopson, who was Chief Grand Mentor of the order at his death, Feb. 9th, 1893.  Said one, “I had the pleasure of knowing him from infancy.”  She said, “He was always faithful in the discharge of his duties.  He was a respected Mason, and held the position of secretary of Ionic Lodge, A. F. & A. M. and was a Most Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.  He was highly respected by all who knew him.  As our Chief Mentor, his place can never be filled.”

“Jimmie” was a favorite with all who knew him.
Death of Dr. Davisson.

Dr. W. T. Davisson died at the home of his brother, Andrew Davisson, near Metropolis, last Saturday morning of consumption.  He leaves a widow and one little child, a daughter.  The doctor had many friends in Alexander County who will greatly regret to hear of his death.  He was only thirty-five years of age.
Orlan Dudley, a young man some twenty-five years of age died last week of consumption.  He had been ill a long time.
Died, on Tuesday evening about 6 o’clock April 11th, 1893, Mrs. Dicia Braden, aged 71 years, 3 months and 22 days.  Mrs. B. came from North Carolina several years ago and lived in Union County, Illinois, ever since.  She had been a widow about 35 years and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Dunsworth, for the last 18 years.  She had been a consistent church member ever since about twelve years of age and was loved and respected by all.  She had been in rather poor health for more than two years, but her last illness was of only 48 hours duration.  The funeral was from the residence of C. W. Dunsworth and held in the Congregational church.  Rev. J. B. Green officiating.  (Dongola)

(Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Dicy Braden Born Dec. 20, 1821 Died April 11, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 20 Apr 1893:
Died, April 13, Mrs. Richard Petitt.  (Thebes)
Miss Maggie Cavender, a young daughter of Mr. R. E. Cavender, of Willard, died Tuesday.  She was well until Saturday when she had a severe chill and was never conscious afterward.  She was about twelve years of age.
Mr. James Edwards of Willard died Monday night at midnight.  He was ill only about one week.  His wife died last week Wednesday.  They were both carried off by bilious fever.  Mr. Edwards was in Cairo about two weeks ago looking well.
Mrs. Foster, widow of the late John W. Foster, has been quite ill for seven or eight weeks.  Dr. A. W. Gause is the attending physician.  (Willard)
Washington McRaven Dead.

In our issue of March 30th we mentioned the serious illness of Mr. Washington McRaven of Wheatland.  He died April 3rd.  Mr. McRaven was one of the oldest citizens of Alexander County and must have been about seventy years of age.  He left a widow and one child, the wife of George W. Childress and several grandchildren, whose parents have died.  He was a good citizen and his death was a loss to the community in which he lived.

Thursday, 27 Apr 1893:
Severely Burned.

Daisy Brand, a little colored girl living at 422 Twelfth Street, was severely burned Friday afternoon and may not recover.  Her clothing caught fire in some way and the flames spread, setting the house on fire.  The child rushed and jumped into the sipe water, extinguishing the blaze, and her screams attracted others who put out the flames in the house.  The child was burned about the face shoulders and breast—In fact from her waist up, and the doctor has very little hopes of her recovery.
Death of Mrs. Gibbs.

Died at Anna, Monday, April 24th, at 10 o’clock p.m., of typho malarial fever.  Mrs. Edith M. Gibbs, wife of Harry W. Gibbs, aged twenty-five years.

The announcement of the death of Mrs. Gibbs came to us like a thunderclap from a clear sky.  We had seen her only about two weeks before her death looking bright, healthy and very happy.  She had been seriously ill but one week.  A week before her death she had been in her husband’s store.  By a slight exposure she contracted a cold resulting in fever which could not be broken up.  And so in the prime of life buoyant with youthful hope and courage she was carried to her grave.  Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at Anna yesterday morning and a little mound in the Anna Cemetery marks her resting place.

Mrs. Gibbs was well known in Alexander County as Miss Edith Asher.  The family had lived at Thebes for many years.  She had grown up there and was universally beloved and respected.  For several years she had been a very successful teach, both in the county and in Cairo.

She was an intimate companion of Miss Lillie Lightner who married Dr. C. P. Spann and who preceded her to the spirit land some fifteen months ago.  About two years ago she married Harry W. Gibbs, the only son of Dr. J. A. M. Gibbs.  They lived at Unity, in this county, until about the first of April of this year when they removed to Anna.  There Mr. Gibbs opened a store and had settled down hoping to establish a permanent business and a home.

But the dread destroyer who always loves a shining mark, tore her away from loved ones.  She leaves her husband, a mother, several sisters and a host of loving friends to mourn her untimely death.  But they mourn not as those who have no hope.

(Henry W. Gibbs married Edith M. Asher on 6 Aug 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Everybody who has stopped in Pinckneyville during the past forty years has known Mr. Joel Sullivan, proprietor of the Sullivan House, three leading hotel in that little city.  Mr. Sullivan died April 9th at the age of 74 years.  He left a widow and eight children.

Thursday, 4 May 1893:
Ran Over and Killed.

John Baker, the 19-year-old son of Lawson Baker, the colored grocer, was run over by a train last Saturday forenoon and died from the effects of his injures.  He was crossing the Illinois Central tracks near Eighteenth Street and tried to pass between two cars of a freight train which stood in his way when the train was set in motion and he fell under the wheels.  His limbs were badly crushed and he was carried to St. Mary’s Infirmary where they were amputated, but he died at two o’clock.  The funeral was held Sunday and was largely attended.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Lawson son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Baker Born Nov. 28, 1870, Died Nov. 1, 1899.—Darrel Dexter)
On Trial in the Pulaski Circuit Court

            The famous Napier murder case is being tried this week in the Pulaski circuit court at Mound City before Judge Vickers.  The case reads on the docket, The People vs. Wesley Milford, Frank Prior, James Scruggs, and James R. Cranshaw.  State’s Attorney Bradley is alone in the prosecution and Judge Wall, Thomas Boyd, Angus Leek of Cairo, and W. A. Spann of Vienna represent the defense.  Milford plead guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 14 years in the penitentiary at hard labor.  His confession cleared Cranshaw and a nolle was entered in his case.  The trial of the other two then proceeded.  Two jurors were secured from the panel.  The work of securing a jury progressed very slowly.  Out of more than a hundred examined, only ten had been secured when court adjourned for supper last evening.  These nearly all reside at Mound City and their names are:  Robert Glover (colored), J. N. Bowers, John Jones, George King, H. McGill, B. W. Parkman, P. A. Johnson, Adolphus Murphy, J. F. Barban, and Lee Wanurs.

The case is exciting great interest.  A very large number of witnesses will probably testify.  The testimony of Milford, who plead guilty, is awaited with a great deal of interest.

The history of the case is familiar to nearly all who like in Pulaski County.  On August 23rd last, William Napier was shot from ambush and killed.  The murder grew out of a quarrel about the location of a road.  The road ran across Napier’s land, and he moved it to another place.  The new road was perhaps not as good as the old, but he worked it and made a good road out of it.  This was repeatedly torn up and the fence destroyed which crossed the old road.  Napier as often repaired the damage.  On the evening in question he was fixing up the fence that had been torn down when someone called to him to stop, shooting and hitting his feet or legs.  He raised his gun and fired, the hidden enemy doing the same.  Napier fell mortally wounded and died soon.  A son of DR. Waite was with him at the time.  The murder was committed on the road between Pulaski and Olmsted.  We understand that Scruggs was the only one directly interested in the road.  He is a hard looking man, has a bad eye.  Prior has a more pleasant look, but was quite pale.  This may have been due to confinement in jail.  Both manifest great interest in the proceedings, but did not seem at all nervous.

The  latest report from Mound City is that the eleventh juror was secured this morning, and they are still trying to complete the number.


Dr. L. F. Walker, of Grantsburg, Johnson County, died last week after an illness extending over two or three years.  The doctor was a good physician and a good citizen.  He was taken off in the prime of life by a complication of diseases which seemed to be entirely beyond the reach of medicine.

Thursday, 11 May 1893:
Twenty-three Men Killed and Injured on the Steamer Ohio
A Boiler Flue Collapses and Clouds of Steam Literally Roast Them Alive.

The most terrible accident that ever happened in the vicinity of Cairo occurred last Sunday morning, bringing horrible suffering and death to a score of men.  The steamer Ohio, belonging to the Cincinnati and Memphis Packet Company, collapsed a flue of one of her boilers about 7:30 Sunday morning while opposite Wolf Island, 30 miles below Cairo, and instantly a great volume of steam shot out, enveloping everything before it.  The crews were just changing watches and a number were standing in the passageway just in the range of this discharge.  The scalding steam filled every aperture of this space, covering the men and in many cases literally roasting their flesh so that the skin came off at the ouch.  Their agonizing screams and the noise of the exl0lsion caused a panic on the boat.  The Ohio was under sufficient headway to reach the bank where she was tied up, and then, seeing no further danger, the passengers regained their presence of mind and went to work assisting the officers of the boat in caring for the injured.  A physician was among the passengers, Dr. S. S. Woodbourn, of Pittsburg, and he directed the work of relieving the sufferings of the men.

The steamer Aegeus, passing down the river, was hailed by the Ohio at 10 o’clock, and immediately came to the rescue.  The dead and dying were placed upon her and brought up to Cairo, where everything was found in readiness for them.  Dr. A. H. Glennon of the U. S. Marine Hospital having been appraised of the disaster by telegram.  The boat arrived at 2:30 p.m. and the victims were tenderly conveyed to Marine Hospital, where a number of local physicians assisted the hospital force in the care for the men.  All night the work was kept, and in spire of every effort, one after another died from their injures until Monday afternoon, 13 of the 22 that had been brought up were numbered among the dead.  Of this 22, all were colored but six, and only one white man was among the thirteen who died.  The negroes were nearer the boilers and inhaled the steam into their lungs, which accounts for the great fatality among the

The following are among the dead:

Tom Robinson, Evan Freeman, Holden Tate, Hampton Collins, George Washington, R. W. Crews, Jim Howard, Albert Robinson, William Hushman, Fred Neal, William Henry, Eugene Moody, Charles Jackson.

Crews was a white man and was stealing a ride.  Two those among this list were deck passengers, but all the rest belonged to the crew.

The list of wounded is:

John Ralph, C. J. Patterson, Aaron Johnson, Aziah Maise, Gilbert Childers, Charles Thomas, Eli Hancock, D. J. Randolph, William H. Roe, Ralph Patterson.   Johnson Randolph and Rose are all white men.  The others are colored.  Everything is being done for these men at the hospital, and some if not all will recover.

Cyrus Meyers, second mate, was blown or thrown overboard and has not been seen since.  He probably was drowned.

The Ohio was brought up to Cairo Sunday night where it is undergoing repairs.  Her passengers went on by rail from here.
Daisy Bland the little colored girl who was very severely burned three weeks ago, died of her injuries last Saturday.
Mrs. Augusta Lommer, a German lady living on Walnut Street, above 20th, died yesterday morning.  She was nearly seventy years of age and leaves children and grandchildren.
Almost a Murder.

A shooting scrape occurred in Johnson County, three miles west of Vienna, last week, and as a result a young woman named Jodie Hopson is dangerously wounded and Frank Gore is hiding from the sheriff.  The Hopson woman ran off about a year ago with Gore, leaving her husband.  Recently they returned and William Hartzell aroused Gore’s jealousy by his actions.  Monday of last week Gore visited the woman and got into a quarrel with her, shooting three times.  Two shots took effect, one in her neck and one in hand.  Gore then skilled out and the woman may not recover.
Last Sunday the remains of Rev. Father Walsh were taken from their resting place beneath of altar in St. Patrick’s Church and conveyed to the cemetery at Villa Ridge, where they were interred with appropriate ceremony. The removal was made because the old church will soon be torn down to make room for a more substantial and commodious structure.  Rev. Father Walsh was pastor of St. Patrick’s Church during the war and died March 15, 1863.  He was a brother of Richard Walsh.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Rev. Thomas Walsh Died March 15, 1863.  Rest in Peace.—Darrel Dexter)
Two notable deaths are chronicled by our correspondents.  Rev. Valentine G. Kimber, who has labored for probably fifty years as pastor of a Methodist church in and around Union County, died at his home near Dongola Saturday.  Oliver Alden, one of the pioneer settlers of Anna and at his death one of its foremost citizens and businessmen died Sunday.  Their death is a loss to the community in which they lived, but their lives and their example will always remains.

Died May 6th, 1893, at the old home two miles west of Dongola, Rev. Valentine G. Kimber, aged 76 years, and 8 months.

Mr. Kimber was born in Pennsylvania, Fayette County; in early childhood he moved with his parents to Ohio.  At the age of 17 years he went to St. Louis and learned the cabinet trade, and while there became a Christian, uniting with the M. E. Church.  He soon entered the ministry and joining the Southern Illinois Conference was sent to Jonesboro as pastor of that circuit.  His principal labors in the ministry were in Union County and those immediately surrounding, especially Johnson and Alexander.
He was married in 1848 to Elizabeth Davidson of Jonesboro.  The result of this union was one son and three daughters, all of whom with the aged wife survive him.  He had lived on the farm where his death occurred since 1849.

In character Father Kimber was unique and showed the stalwart New England blood that flowed in his veins.  He was a man of clear-cut convictions, and made no concessions or compromise with what he thought to be error.  With an extensive library kept well replenished, he was well versed on all themes of interest to himself and country.  His unyielding constancy was never more conspicuous than in his firm stand for the Union and his determined oppositions to slavery, in those days when, in this community, it took courage to stand by these convictions.  His views on temperance were not less decided, through all his years, and even though prostrated and apparently at death’s door at the time of our spring elections on the license questions, his whole soul was full of interest in the result.

But though always constant to his convictions, even to combativeness, he was still generous and recognized true, manhood wherever found.  He believed in character, not in show and he would stand by character and principle, though he must stand-alone.  The same strength and energy that marked every phase of his public life bore fruit, also in his private life, for while doing battle in the field of public thought and action, he did not neglect his home, the training of his beloved children, and ample provision for the wants of his family.

And now he is gone, there is much in consolation for those who mourn his death.  He lived to see the triumph of many of those principle for which he contended, and he left to his family and to his neighbors a record of a life devoted to God and to the highest interests of humanity and when such leave us we always have the full assurance that they have gone to a great reward.  The sympathies of a wide circle are extended to the bereaved widow and children.

The funeral services were held at the family residence, a large concourse of people being in attendance.  A sermon was preached by Rev. J. B. Green, pastor of Dongola Congregational church.  The remains were interred in Jonesboro Cemetery on last Monday.

(V. G. Kimber married E. J. Cooper on 8 Sep 1837, in Pike Co., Ill.  V. G. Kimber married Elizabeth Davidson on 26 Oct 1848, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Valentine G. Kimber Born in Fayette Co., Pa., Sept. 6, 1816, Died May 6, 1893, Age 76 Yrs., 8 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, at his residence in Anna Sunday, May 7th, at 1:30 p.m., O. Alden, aged 65 years and nine months. Mr. Alden had been in failing heath for years and very feeble for several weeks.  In his death Union County has lost one of her oldest, best known and most respected citizens, and the extent of his acquaintance and the esteem in which he was held was apparent on Tuesday afternoon when business houses in the city closed and the residents of town and surrounding country attended his funeral en masse.  Mr. Alden was a native of Massachusetts, but settled in Union County in his early manhood, and from very humble beginnings wrought out his own fortunes here.  His business judgment was almost unerring and the Alden Store Company, with its large business is a monument to his financial ability.  He was vice president of the First National Bank and a man of wealth and varied interests.  The business enterprises which he built up are so arranged that they will proceed without interruption.  He leaves a widow and the children.  Mr. Alden was an example of true manliness and his life is a worthy model for all young men.

(Oliver Alden married Sarah C. Tripp on 8 Dec 1853, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Oliver Alden Born Aug. 7, 1828, Died May 7, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant child of Mr. Ottis Redden died last Monday.  The little one was buried at the Liberty Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  The bereaved parents have our sincere sympathy.  May God help them to bear their trials.  (Villa Ridge)

The dead bodies of the men killed in the steamboat explosion at Cairo were buried here (Villa Ridge) Tuesday and Wednesday.  We understand that there were eleven of them.
“We the jury find the defendants guilty of murder as charged in the indictment and fix the punishment of James Scruggs at 20 years in the penitentiary and Frank Prior at 14 years in the penitentiary.”
Such was the verdict in the famous Napier case—the most exciting case that has been tried in Pulaski County in a great many years.

We went to press last week just before the last juryman had been secured.  The panel was completed Thursday evening and the examination of witnessed occupied the whole of Friday, Saturday, and Monday.  Tuesday the arguments of the lawyers were made.  Each side had four hours in which to speak.  State’s Attorney Bradley opened, and was followed by Wall, Leek and Spann for the defense, and then Courtney closed.  Mr. Courtney made a fine argument—probably the most telling speech of all.  The case went to the jury at four o’clock Tuesday afternoon and they were out six hours bringing in their verdict about ten o’clock.  Several members were for hanging at first, but they finally agreed upon the verdict as given above.  The attorneys for the dense immediately entered a motion for a new trial, which was overruled, also a motion in arrest of judgment, which was also overruled.

The defendants stoutly declared their innocence to the last, Scruggs saying when questioned, “I knew nothing of the death of this man until after he was killed” and Prior testifying the same.

The evidence agrees with the account given in The Citizen last August, at the time of the murder.  Prior fired the first shot, one gun being loaded with birdshot. Milford then fired and killed Napier, the charge in his gun being buckshot.  Scruggs had planned the whole affair and induced the others to enter into it.  He was at the home at the time of the shooting.  One of the coolest witnesses was Dr. Waite’s son, who witnessed the murder.  Although only ten years old, he related perfectly everything that happened.  He showed that he was not only wonderfully cool at the time the crime was committed, when most persons would be very much excited, but that he also had a wonderful memory.

The prisoners were brought to Cairo this morning and taken to Chester this noon by Sheriff Wehrenberg.
Thursday, 18 May 1893:
Murder at Mounds

Mounds was the scene of a murder Sunday evening about 6 o'clock.  Frank Davis, an Illinois Central brakeman, was killed by Sam Turner, a notoriously bad negro from Pulaski.

Davis and another brakeman named Parks, whose home is at Anna, were in company with two negro women and this man Turner, down at the lower end of the old town.  Turner had a bottle of whisky, which Davis took away from him.  Davis then commenced abusing and slapping him.  Parks was holding Turner while he was receiving this punishment.  Turner begged to be turned loose and promised to go off and leave them.  They then turned him loose, and stepping back, he fired three shots.  One struck Davis in the abdomen from the effects of which he died in a very short time.  Another shot hit Parks, passing through an account book he had in his pocket, and making only a flesh wound.  The other shot missed fire.  Turner claims only to have shot at Davis, and thought all three shots hit him.

Turner immediately started to escape, but was seen in a wheat field by a man who told him that 150 railroad boys were hunting him and promised to take him in safety to the sheriff.  They started for Mound City, but not by the road, for that would have surely resulted in a lynching.  They struck out through the woods, coming out on the Big Four track above town, and reached the sheriff's house late.  The prisoner was taken to Deputy Obermart's office where the night was spent.  Several times during the night men came and pounded upon the door, demanding admission, but no sounds was made by those inside.  It was evident they learned in some way of Turner's whereabouts and were after him.  When morning came the prisoner was taken to a place of safety.  It was only by the tact of Sheriff Wehrenberg and Deputy Ohmart that a lynching was avoided.

Turner has a very bad reputation.  Not very long ago he held up a party crossing over on the mule road, and pointing a pistol at them demanded their money.  A cool head and a deft hand saved them.  By a sudden move the pistol in Turner's hand was turned upon himself, and with an attempt to laugh he said was only fooling.  The whole family from which Turner comes is thoroughly bad.
Drowned in Sipe Water.

Courtney, the little three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gholson, fell into the sipe water Tuesday afternoon and was drowned.  The little fellow was missed early in the afternoon and it was supposed he had wandered away from his home on sixteenth Street, as he was quite active.  Search was made and the body was finally found in the sipe water about four o’clock, only a few feet from the door of his home by Joe Hamilton, who works in Mr. J. S. Smith’s wagon shop.  The little fellow had evidently fallen in while at play, and as the water was about four feet deep was drowned.  The terrible news was an awful blow to the mother but she bore it with great Christian fortitude.  The sympathies of the entire community are with the parents in their sore affliction.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.
The Ohio’s Victims.

The nine remaining victims of the Ohio disaster, who were taken to the Marine Hospital here, are all doing well.  Hancock, one of the colored men, was discharged lat Saturday,  The sufferers require a great deal of care and keep Dr. Glennon and his assistants very busy.
Cotton Belt Wreck

The regular passenger train on the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, which leaves Cairo at 2 o’clock p.m., was wrecked near Smithton, Mo., six miles below Bird’s Point, last Friday and the engineer and fireman were instantly killed.  A flange on one of the engine wheels broke out and the engine as precipitated down an embankment dragging the tender and mail car after it.  The passenger cars did not leave the track.  Engineer Charles King and Fireman Thomas Smith were crushed to death.  No one else was seriously wounded.  King’s home was in Vincennes, Ind., and Smith lived at Bird’s Point.
A Beautiful Monument.

Kurzdorfer & Co. have recently made a beautiful monument to mark the grave of Mrs. Lillian L. Spann (Lillie Lightner) at Thebes.  The monument is wholly of fine white Italian marble standing upon a limestone sub base.  It is abaste in design and the workmanship is of the highest order.  The monument stands about seven feet high.  The name Spann is carved in raised letters upon the marble base.  A cluster of lilies, consisting of calls, and lilies of the valley grasped in a closed hand are carved upon the main shaft.  A finely carved urn rests upon the top of the monument and makes the design complete.  It is beautiful monument and confers a great credit upon the establishment.
Died, Monday, May 15, Robert Ray Rendleman, a little son of Robert and Cora Rendleman, of this place (Cobden) aged one year less one day.

(Robert Rendleman married Cora Renfro on 3 Jul 1891, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Robbie Ray son of Robert & Cora Rendleman Died May 15, 1893 Aged 11 Mos., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Joseph Metz, one of Cobden’s oldest inhabitants, died Sunday.  The funeral took place Monday morning, interment in the Catholic cemetery.

(His marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Cobden reads:  Joseph Metz Born April 15, 1829 Died May 13, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)

Nellie Smith, colored, was buried Monday afternoon.  (Cobden)
Thursday, 25 May 1893:
Ex-Mayor Henry Winter Dead.

Early last Friday morning Ex-Mayor Henry Winter quietly joined the silent majority.  For some years his health has been failing.  He has struggled hard against the insidious attack of disease.  He had spent considerable time at Dawson Springs and always seemed to derive some benefit from the use of the water.  But the progress of disease was like the movement of a glacier, slow but irresistible.  He was formerly quite fleshy, but of late has been greatly emaciated.  His death was not a surprise to his friends, for they felt that he could not hold out long.  Early last Friday morning the pale messenger came and bore his spirit away.  The funeral was largely attended Saturday afternoon.  Rev. W. B. Morris, of the Baptist church officiating.  The various fire companies of the city and the Old Settlers Association attended the funeral as organizations.  The following named gentleman served as honorary pall bearers, viz:  Col. C. O. Patier, Judge F. Bross, R. H. Cunnningham, C. W. Henderson, Wood Rittenhouse, William Kluge, John McNulty, R. H. Baird, M. Bambrick and Charles Gayer.

The procession from the house to the train considered of the city council, police force, the entire fire department and a large concourse of citizens escorted by a band of music playing a funeral dirge.  The casket was literally covered with flowers.  The body was conveyed by funeral train to Villa Ridge for burial.

Mr. Winter was born in Portsmouth, England, August 15, 1826.  He was the thirteenth in a family of sixteen children.  His mother, “Lady Hilliard,” was a charming beautiful woman of noble birth.  His father was a fine connoisseur in, and lover of art, and was something of an artist himself.  He painted a large panorama with which he traveled with success in this country assisted by his oldest sons, Charles, Robert and William.

The family emigrated to the United States in 1837 and settled in Cincinnati.  There his mother died, and there he learned the trade of tinner.

He married Miss Margaret Murdock, of New York, August 13, 1851.  After a checkered business experience of some years, he came to Cairo in 1856 and started a tin ship. He soon established a large business.  His brother, William, Thomas, and George also came here.  William inherited his father’s love of art, and will be remembered as an artist of a very high order.

Henry Winter soon took a very prominent position in the business circles of our city.  He was for many years a member of our city council.  He served two or three terms as mayor.  He and his brother, William, erected several large business houses in the city.  They also helped to build up the city of Omaha, Nebraska.

Bur reverses came and they suffered heavy losses.  William was attacked by consumption and after a terrible struggle for life, died Sept. 27, 1885.  And now the old reaper has taken Henry Winter off.  He was a man of the people, and always had a large number of devoted followers.  He was a man who would make himself felt in any community.  He leaves a widow and nine children all residing in this city.
Mr. Peter Ehs, an old citizen of Cairo, died Sunday afternoon at his residence corner of Park Avenue and 24th Street.  He had been a hard working man and fairly successful in business.  He left five children surviving him.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge Tuesday afternoon.

(Peter Ehs married Dorothea Rees on 23 Aug 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Peter Ehs Died May 21,m 1893, Aged 66 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 15 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

A little child of a family lately moved into town (Wetaug) from Minnesota died Tuesday evening of pneumonia.
Boy Drowned.

Willie Kutz, the nine-year-old son of Officer George Kutz of the Chester penitentiary, while playing along the bank of the Mississippi River just above the prison last week Monday fell into the river and was drowned.  A reward of $25 is offered for the recovery of the body.  The boy had grey eyes, brown hair, was badly freckled, had on a blue striped waist and brown knee pants and was barefooted.
Killed His Wife.

Warren Waggoner, of Crainville, shot and killed his wife last week.  It was the final act in a difficulty which commenced last February when he deserted his wife leaving her in destitute circumstances.  She afterwards sued for a divorce and secured it for extreme and repeated cruelty.  He then shot her and took poison himself but a meddlesome doctor gave him an emetic and saved his miserable life for the time being.
Thursday, 1 Jun 1893:
Mrs. Lucinda B. Tuthill.
(From the Sunday Inter-Ocean]

Mrs. Lucinda Bigelow Tuthill, widow of Cephas Tuthill, an early settler of Illinois, died at the residence of her only daughter, Mrs. Egbert E. Walbridge, No. 332 Marshfield Avenue, yesterday at the age of 91 years, and 11 months.  Mrs. Tuthill was born at Peru, Vt., June 9, 1801.  Her father, Reuben Bigelow, was for many years justice of the peace, and served several terms as member of the state legislature.  he was the proprietor of a famous tavern at Peru, on the Green Mountains, where, in the latter portion of the last century and the first of this, the states from Manchester to Chester stopped for dinner, and was widely known and universally esteemed.  The beautiful daughter of “Squire” Bigelow was married to Cephas Tuthill, the son of a neighbor in 1826 and a few years after came with him and their one child in a covered wagon all the way from Vermont to Illinois.  Mrs. Tuthill often spoke of this trip, which lasted for two months, as for the most part highly enjoyable, the only feature which she did not relish being her fear of wild animals, whose cries they could hear at night while passing through the then almost untrodden wilds of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.  She distinctly remembered the principal events of the War of 1812 and often heard the war of the revolution talked about by member of her family and others who had served in the Patriot army under Washington.  Cephas Tuthill and his bride joined his brothers, Daniel B. Tuthill (the father of Judge Richard S. Tuthill and Mrs. General R. N. Pearson), Russell Tuthill and John Tuthill, on a beautiful prairie in Jackson County, which still bears their name, and with other Vermont and Massachusetts families formed what became known among the people from the South, who for the most part settled in Southern Illinois as “The Yankee Settlement,” which also became known widely as the first station of the “underground railroad” whereon many a runaway slave from Kentucky and Missouri made his escape from bondage.  Here was established a good school, and here also in the schoolhouse were held regularly on each Sunday religious services, by itinerant ministers mostly.  Later a preacher of the Presbyterian church, Rev. Mr. Bird, father of Abram Bird, general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railway preached here for several years.  Mrs. Tuthill was herself for more than sixty years, a consistent member of the Methodist church.  The residence of Cephas Tuthill, like that of his brothers, became a center of intelligence and unstinted hospitality and was known as such by all who resided in or passed through that part of the country.  The late Mrs. Dr. Loren Whiting, of Chester, Vt., who died at the age of 92; Mrs. Susan Burton, of Manchester, Vt., Mrs. Deborah Shearer, of Lansing, Mich.; Mrs. Dametta P. Tuthill, of DuQuoin, Ill.; Mrs. Laura Fairchild, of Mariette, Wis.; Mrs. Orilla Nicholas, of Richmond, Va., the later four still living at the ages, respectively of 90, 88, 83, and 78, and Mrs. Caroline Nicholas of Buckingham County, Va., were sisters of Mrs. Tuthill.  Her three brothers—Dr. Miles Bigelow, of Michigan; Dr. Orlando Bigelow, of Illinois, and Dr. Asa Bigelow, of Ohio—were during their lives well known and respected members of the medical profession.
Kurzdorfer & Co. have again finished and sent out several beautiful monuments.  Among the most beautiful we noticed an elegant rustic one with a scroll over the top, inscribed as follows:  Mollie J. wife of C. W. Shearin Born July 27, 1861 Died Jan,. 28, 1893.  Mrs. Shearin was the daughter of Mr. John Harkless, one of the prominent citizens of Ballard Co., Kentucky.  It is made of the pure Italian marble and in every way a creditable piece of work. 

Another fine monument is for the grave of Mr. Herman Schmetzstorff, standing 7 1/2 feet high, made of the Blue marble.  Mr. Kurzdorfer deserves great credit for the energy displayed in his business and richly deserves the liberal patronage of our people here at his home for his work compares favorably with the work turned out anywhere and those who go elsewhere for their work only go farther to fare worse.
John Davault, a son of John Davault, Sr., of Webster Mill, died Wednesday, May 24th, of pneumonia fever, at the age of about 15 years.  The remains were interred at the Wetaug cemetery.
Mr. Dow Davis, an old and respected citizen, was found dead on the M. & O. Railroad track north of Sandusky on last Monday.  His death was very mysterious.  It is thought by some that he was killed by the train, but as no bruises or marks of violence could be found on him, it is the general opinion that he died from a stoke of apoplexy or paralysis of the heart.  Mr. Davis had attained a ripe old age and by his death the community loses one of its best citizens.
Died, Sunday night at 11 o’clock, Mrs. Coleman, of this place (Cobden).  Remains were taken to Lick Creek for interment.
A Suicide.

Mrs. Charles Hunze, head bookkeeper at Planters Mills at Cape Girardeau committed suicide last Sunday by hanging.  He attempted to kill himself with chloroform a few days ago and had been almost constantly watched, but slipped out of the house and in a few minutes was found dead.
Too Much Chloral.

Mr. George B. Young, of Golconda, died last week from the effects of an overdose of chloral.  He was troubled with insomnia and took opiates for the purpose of inducing sleep but without effect.  Finally he took a very large dose of chloral and it brought on the sleep which knows no waking.  Everything was done, which could be done, to neutralize the effect of the drug as soon as it was known that his condition was dangerous, but all without avail.  He died in about twenty-four hours from the time of taking the medicine.
Death of Logan H. Roots.

The sudden death of Hon. Logan H. Roots at Little Rock Tuesday was a surprise and a shock to all his friends in Southern Illinois.  Mr. Roots was a son of the late B. G. Roots, of Tamaroa, Ill.  He was born and reared in Illinois, went into the army from Illinois and was in all respects a son of Illinois.  He has lived in Little Rock since the war where he acquired a competence of this world’s goods and attained a name and reputation among the most prominent citizens of the City of Roses.
Thursday, 8 Jun 1893:
The Shelby-Moore Case.

Once more under strong and vigorous protest the large number of witnesses in the Shelby-Moore murder case are trying to get in shape to appear in Bardwell on the first Monday in June.  The people are not only disgusted at the shameful bickering and shystering that has appeared from time to time in the case, but are indignant that they should be made to appear when there is no disposition to dispose of the case.  They claim that it is simply ruinous to them.—Yeoman.

Until our friends across the river have more evidence than they have ever had heretofore they should let this matter rest.  We have had a very full conversation with a man who probably know as much about the matter as any man living except the murderer himself, and he believes that Shelby’s innocent.  One of them has already been murdered by a mob and the matter should now rest until positive evidence is discovered.,
Hon. R. R. Link died at his home in Ewing, Franklin County, last Sunday morning of erysipelas.  Mr. Link was the Prohibition candidate for governor of Illinois last November.

Thursday, 15 Jun 1893:
Mrs. Richard Pratt is very sick; not much hope of her recovering.  Consumption is the cause.  (Thebes)
A little child which had been adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bryant died Monday.  (Wetaug)
The Famous Jones-Browning Case.

Circuit court has been in session during the past two weeks with Judge Roberts upon the bench.  A celebrated case was tried last week and a verdict tendered last Friday morning.  This was the case of James W. Jones v. James M. Browning, both of Simpson, Ill.  They were both formerly merchants and both had families living side by side in Simpson.  Browning became infatuated with Jones’ wife and finally his attentions became so marked that the suspicions of the neighbors were aroused.  Last December they eloped, Browning leaving his wife and children and Mrs. Jones leaving her husband and children.  In about a week Browning’s clerk at Simpson received a dispatch from Browning in Oklahoma stating that Mrs. Jones was dead; that her body would be sent back and giving directions how and where it should be buried.  Jones went to St. Louis and met the body of his wife, but saw nothing of Browning Browning was there, however, and got a glimpse of Jones and carefully kept out of the way.  Mrs. Jones was fooling with a pistol in a hotel in Oklahoma and either accidentally or intentionally shot herself.  Browning soon returned to his family, however and again lived with his own wife.  Mr. Jones brought suit against Browning in case for crim con in the sum of five thousand dollars.  The case was called for trial last week Tuesday and a verdict was reached Friday morning.  The jury awarded Mr. Jones damages in the amount of two thousand dollars.  Every possible effort was made by the defense to be smirch the character both of Mrs. Jones, the woman whom Browning professed to do deeply love and of Jones, the man whom Browning had so terribly wronged.  The prosecution was conducted by Hon. W. S. Morris, of Golconda, J. F. McCartney, of Metropolis, and Whitnell & Gillespie of Vienna.  The defense was conducted by Judge Youngblood, of Carbondale, Judge Duncan of Marion and Spann & Sheridan of Vienna.  The attorneys for the defense talk of carrying the case up to a higher court if they fail to get a new trial.  But we don’t think they will do it.  They should remember that if the law fails to afford Mr. Jones a complete and adequate remedy, the community will fully justify Mr. Jones in taking satisfaction with its own hand.  Let the law afford the remedy.  Mr. Jones had been married about two years and had three children—two now living.
Lewis Cook and brother, of Cairo, attended the funeral of Mr. F. Johnson, last Friday.  (Dongola)
Mr. Frederick Johnson, a resident of this vicinity (Dongola) for 41 years, died at his family residence east of Dongola, June 8th, aged 71 years, 6 months, 26 days.  The funeral was conducted by the I. O. O. F. lodge and Rev. S. L. Wilson preached the funeral discourse.  Mr. Johnson was highly respected by all and the bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.  He was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, and came to this section with Mr. E. Cuhl about the year 1851 or ‘52.
Another Fine Monument.

One of the prettiest monuments that we have seen of late has just been completed by Kurzdorfer & Co., to mark the grave of Mrs. Flora M. Herman, wife of Mr. M. H. Herman, of this city.  The monument will be placed at the grave in Beech Grove Cemetery today.  It consists of three pieces.  First a limestone base, next a carved marble base upon which the name Herman is carved in raised letters.  Above this is a marble shaft about forty inches high and ten inches square with proper carving at the top.  The entire monument is a little over five feet high.  It is made of fine Italian marble, is highly finished, and while it is plain, it is chaste and ornate.  It is a credit to Kurzdorfer & Co.
Thursday, 22 Jun 1893:
An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Cicero Lentz was buried at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Saturday.  (Wetaug)
A small negro girl living over in the edge of Massac County, was fooling with an old pistol last Sunday and not knowing it was loaded, pointed it at one of her older brothers, but when she pulled the trigger, she found it was loaded and that she had shot her brother.  He died the next day.
Miss Daisy Thompson, a young lady well known about here, died June 20, 1893, at the residence of her uncle, James M. Davis, west of Dongola.

Thursday, 29 Jun 1893:
Rev. J. S. Manning Dead.

Rev. J. S. Manning died in this city last Sunday morning about four o’clock after an illness of four days.  Mr. Manning was eighty years of age on the third day of last April.

He was born in Washington County, New York, near Whitehall.  He was a very devoted minister of the gospel, connected with the Free Will Baptists and had labored in Pennsylvania and Michigan.  Immediately after the close of the war the Free Will Baptist Home Missionary Society commenced missionary work among the Freedmen, and Mr. Manning was placed in charge of the work.  They established a school in Cairo and placed Mr. P. C. Tolford in charge.  Mr. Tolford will be kindly remembered by a great many of our people.  Local churches were organized, encouraged and assisted by the Missionary Society.  A large number of churches was thus organized in the vicinity.  Mr. Manning lived at Hillsdale, Michigan, but had a general oversight of the churches here and spent considerable time with them.  As the years rolled by he was made conscious that his work was drawing to a close and a younger man was installed in his place.  But he was not adapted to his work and left it.  Mr. Manning then assumed the burden again to the extent of his ability.  He came to Cairo some two or three weeks ago for the purpose of establishing a Collegiate Institute for the colored people.  The work of securing a charter under out general laws was in progress.  The general plan was to locate the institute at Olmstead.

Last Wednesday morning quite early he had a very severe attack of cholera morbus.  He was stopping at the house of Mr. Randall Williams, 1110 Walnut St.  A physician was called and everything done that could be done for him.  His age was against him.  He was quite infirm and felt that heat severely.  Nothing could stay the progress of his disease.  On Saturday his friends became alarmed and telegraphed his aged wife at Hillsdale, Mich.  She started by first train hoping to see him alive.  He died about four o’clock Sunday morning and his wife arrived at one o’clock a.m. Monday morning. She is an old lady seventy-one years of age.  She came alone.  She would not have come herself but she fondly hoped to find him alive.  The body had been embalmed and looked very natural.  She left with the mortal remains of her aged husband and companion with whom she had lived for more than forty-nine years Monday evening for her home in Michigan.  She seemed Monday to endure the journey and her severe trial with very great fortitude.

They have three grown children all settled in life.  One daughter, in Hillsdale, Mich., and a son and a daughter in Denver, Col.

A prophet has been translated but upon whose shoulders shall his mantle fall?

Of the project for a Collegiate Institute we cannot now speak.  We hope that other hands will take it up and carry it on to complete success.
To Mark Dunker’s Grave.

Kurzdorfer & Co., are making a monument to mark the grave of Officer Henry Dunker, who lost his life in the performance of his duty last September.  The monument will be eight feet high and made of New York granite.  It will be completed in ninety days.
Mr. Thomas Stack, an old citizen of Cairo, died at St. Mary’s infirmary Tuesday morning, after a long illness.  He was 63 years old, and leaves a widow and several children.  Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred at Vila, Ridge.
Died, at Thebes, last Saturday, June 24, Mr. Henry Tinsely, aged 66 years.
Fatality at the White City.

Over 65,000 persons, men, women and children were employed in building the White City, as the Expositions building are called.  At the busiest time during the construction period, 32,000 mechanics, carpenters, painters, riggers, roofers, iron works and other artisans were at work every day.

During the entire building period prior to May 1st 38 persons were accidentally killed.  Since May 1st 8 persons have been accidentally killed and two died from natural causes, making only forty-one persons all told to date who have lost their lives by accident in this enormous work.
Decatur Lynchers Not Indicted.

The Grand Jury finished their work at Decatur last Thursday and wished to be discharged, but the judge refused to discharge them because they had failed to find ills of indictment against the parties who lynched the negro Sam Bush.  Twenty of the twenty-three members of the grand jury had voted to ____.

Judge said to them:  “Remember that the Macon County Circuit Court is not a plaything, and that it is your sworn duty to find bills against the parties whom committed the murder in this county.”
Mrs. Ella Kelso Lewis, wife of Joshua Lewis, and mother of Postmaster John C. Lewis and of George Lewis, died at her home near Alto Pass, Tuesday, June 27th, aged 71 years.  Funeral yesterday.

(Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Ellen Kelso Lewis Born Nov. 29, 1821 Died June 6, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Walker, residing near the Mason Wood and Fertilizing Co., departed this life a few days ago.  (Mill Creek)
A seven-year-old child of Mr. Clay of this city (Unity) ___ on last Thursday and was brought here for burial Friday.
Died, June 24th, 1893, Henry Tinsely, age 66 years.  Mr. Tinsely was an old soldier of the late war.  About three weeks ago he was thrown out of his wagon on his way home from town and badly hurt.
Thursday, 6 Jul 1893:
Death’s Harvest.

Walker Wilkerson, one of the most prominent and well-to-do colored citizens of Cairo, died at his home at Fourteenth and Commercial Sunday morning at 10 o’clock.  He had been in poor health for several months, but the immediate cause of his death was dysentery, and for two weeks past he has been under the care of physicians.  Dr. Holly was first called in and later Drs. Rendleman and Grinstead were called in consultation, but their efforts to save his life were futile.

Walker Wilkerson was born in New Castle, Ky.  He came to Cairo in January 1874, and has remained here ever since.  He acquitted considerable property during his seventeen years residence among which are over forty city lots and thirteen rented houses.

The deceased was fifty years old.  He was a member of the Ionic Masonic lodge, and the Fireman’s Union and a trustee of the A. M. E. church.  He leaves a wife and five grandchildren, besides one sister who came to his bedside from her home in Louisville, Ky., and three brothers, two of whom live in Louisville and the other in Danville, Ky.

The funeral was held Tuesday under the direction of the ledge and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Two Girls Near Wickliffe Assaulted and Killed.

Ballard County, Ky., was the scene of a terrible crime yesterday morning about nine o’clock.  Two daughters of John Ray, living on the Illinois Central railroad three miles below Wickliffe, aged 17 and 10 years were out picking blackberries at short distance from the house when they were assaulted and murdered.  Their mother made the discovery soon aft the dreadful crime was committed and summoned help, and soon the country was up in arms searching for the perpetrator.  The news was sent out in all directions and bloodhounds were secured, and if the fiend is caught he will be speedily lynched.  Who he is and what his motives were are questions yet to be determined.

The Mobile & Ohio train this noon brought the news that a man who is supposed to be the one wanted had escaped across the river into Missouri yesterday afternoon and that a posse with bloodhounds were hard on his trail.
A boy named Holshouser, whose home is in Dongola, died very suddenly at the hospital Saturday.  He was a charity patient, and was suffering from perforation of the bowels.
Most Cairo people will remember Mr. J. C. Russ and family, who formerly lived in this city, when Mr. Russ was division superintendent of the Illinois Central, and will be sorry to learn of the death of his son, Joe.  The sad event occurred last Wednesday night at their home in Chicago.  Joe had been sick all the winter, the result of an attack of typhoid fever.  The disease fastened upon his lungs ands the fatal consumption finally carried him off.  Joe was 20 years of age and was the only boy in the family.
Mark Provo Dead.

Died at his home in Elco Precinct this county on the evening of July 4th, Mr. Mark Provo.  Mr. Provo was one of the oldest citizens of the county.  He died, as we understand, or paralysis.  We have not been able to learn very much concerning his last illness and death.
Thursday, 13 Jul 1893:
The Terrible Fate of the Supposed Murderer of the Ray Girls.

The terrible tragedy of last Wednesday, when Mary and Ruby Ray met their death at the hands of a murderer and ravisher, had its sequel in equally as terrible an event which occurred at Bardwell last Friday afternoon when a negro accused of the crime but not proven guilty, was hung and his body maltreated and burned by an enraged mob.

Last week we told the story of how John W. Ray, living four miles below Wickliffe, Ky., lost his two daughters, Mary and Ruby, aged 18 and 9 years respectively, how their dead bodies were found in a blackberry patch only a short distance from the house, and how the discovery was made that the oldest daughter had been ravished.

Search was immediately made for the perpetrator of the deed, the whole county assisting, and at last a trial was struck which lead across the river into Missouri.  This was followed and telegrams were sent ahead and as a result a suspicious negro was arrested at Sikeston, Mo.  The only grounds for connecting him with the crime were that he had a bloody razor and his clothing was bloody.  A party of Kentuckians went after him, and he was brought to Bird’s Point by a special train, arriving there about three o’clock Friday morning.  He was then taken to Wickliffe on the ferryboat Three States, where he arrived about five o’clock.  He was closely guarded by a number of armed men, beside being handcuffed and chained.

At Wickliffe the party went to the courthouse and subjected him to a thorough examination.  He said his name was Seay J. Miller and that his home was at No. 716 North Second Street, Springfield, Ill., where his wife lived.  This was afterward shown to be correct.  He said he left Springfield Saturday morning, July 1st, arriving at Alton that evening; that he went to St. Louis the next day, thence to Jefferson Barracks, then down the Iron Mountain road to Bismarck, Piedmont, and Poplar Bluff, Mo., Hoxie and Jonesboro, Ark., and back to Bird’s Point and Charleston and to Sikeston, where he was arrested.  The story that his clothes were bloody is claimed by some to be true and denied by others.  So is in fact almost every circumstance against him.  The condition of affairs made the Wickliffe people very much in doubt and they decided to take him to Bardwell, the county seat of the county (Carlisle) where the crime was committed, and again subject him to a thorough examination.
He was accordingly taken down on the train Friday morning, accompanied by several hundred men from Cairo and Wickliffe.  Arriving there a great mob of several thousand wanted to immediately burn him.  An attempt was made by his guards to place him in jail, but the mob would not have it so.  They forced the party back to a platform that had been erected.  Several persons tried to address the crowd and finally they appeared satisfied when John Ray, the father of the murdered girls, set the hour for the execution at three o’clock.

Miller was taken back to jail, and every effort was made to make him confess, but he again and again protested his innocence.  Chief Mahoney of this city was closeted with him a long time but could get no confession.  Finally, when the hour named arrived the mob came to the jail, forcibly took the negro, stripped him of his clothing, and took him to one of the principal streets of Bardwell.
Here Ray was again called for and he spoke to the crowd, asking them not to burn the man but simply to hang him, as he was not sure of his guilt.  This was done.  A chain was fastened around the negro’s neck and other end thrown over the arm of a telegraph post, and in a short space of time life was extinct.  Then the brutal nature of the mob was exhibited.  The body was shot at and beaten and finally different members were cut off as souvenirs.  Then as if something yet remained to satisfy this unnatural craving, they took the body down, and dragging it to another part of town, burned it to a crisp.

But after it is all over the questions still remains unanswered, was Miller guilty?  If he was, the evidence was not conclusive enough to prove it, and he should have been given the benefit of the doubt.  If he was innocent, the fact that he could not tell a straight story proved fatal for him and in his death a terrible crime has been committed, equally as terrible as the one of which he was accused.
Jacob Walter.

Jacob Walter, the Eighth Street butcher, died in a hospital at St. Louis Tuesday evening of dropsy.
Jacob Walter was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, where he was born December 25, 1837.  He was the fourth in a family of six children.  Educated in Germany, he came to America in 1852, locating in New York where he learned the trade of butcher.  He worked in several cities and finally came west to St. Louis in 1857.  At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the Fourth Missouri Cavalry and served three years.  Soon after the war he settled in Cairo, where he has followed his trade since, opening a shop in 1867.  On November 29, 1868, he was married to Miss Wilhelmina Lemm, who was born in Prussia, in 1846, and came to Cairo in 1867.  They have had six children, three of whom are living, two boys and a girl.

The deceased left considerable property.  Besides his Eighth Street property, he owned about forty town lots and a number of houses, also an 80-acre farm in the county.  None of this is encumbered, and is valued at $30,000 to $40,000.

(Jacob Walter married Wilhelmina Lemm on 30 Nov 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
William Claunch, a farmer living east of Carbondale, was caught in the flywheel of a traction engine last Thursday and was terribly mutilated.  His recovery is very doubtful.
W. A. Batson, a prominent young businessman of Carbondale, was drowned Thursday night while in bathing in a pond at the Brush coalmines at Carterville.
Marion County had a ravishing case similar to the one over in Kentucky.  The fourteen-year-old daughter of a German named Miller was going out to pick blackberries when a negro boy named Turner caught her and dragging her into an orchard ravished her.  Her father immediately reported the matter to the sheriff and Turner was lodged in jail.  The people are very much excited and trouble is feared.  The girl is in a dangerous condition.

The laws of this country are not made and imposed upon us by a tyrant or a czar.  We the people make and unmake our own laws and there can consequently be no excuse for ignoring them.  Laws are made or supposed to be made, to fix and punish every crime.

The lynching at Bardwell last Friday cannot be justified in any aspect of the case.

A most foul crime had been committed, but who committed it?  That is the question.  Seay J. Miller was caught as a suspect and ignominious\sly hanged and then his body was mutilated and burned.  It would not be strange if the real murderer of the Ray girls was one of those most clamorous for the lynching of Miller.

This man Seay J. Miller may have been the murderer, but there is no proof of it, whatever, and consequently the lynching was a murder most foul.

If Miller had been a citizen of Great Britain instead of the proud state of Illinois, the matter would not rest an instant.  Reparation and the punishment of the lynchers would be demanded of the United States government, and reparation would be made.

There is a weak point in our government in such cases, as was demonstrated in the cases of the Mafia in New Orleans.

But one thing is certain.  It is high time that such lawlessness was stopped and we are certain that the state of Illinois can find a way to stop the murder of her citizens by mobs in any state and anywhere.

When the murderer of the Ray girls is found and his guilt established beyond a reasonable doubt, the laws of Kentucky provide a proper penalty.  Let the law prevail.
Jerome Hileman departed this life on Thursday, the 6th of this month, leaving a wife, two children and two brothers, besides many friends to mourn his demise.  The bereaved widow has many sympathizing friends to condole with her in the loss of a grand and noble husband, a devoted father and a respected citizen.  Funeral services conducted by Rev. T. Earnhart.  Interment at the St. John Cemetery.

(Jerome D. Hileman married Helena J. Lingle on 9 Jan 1877, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death has visited our little village (Grand Chain).  Its victim is Mrs. Flora Field, wife of Otis Field, and daughter of N. P. Tarr.  She died about nine a.m. July 8th.  The funeral services were held at the Christian church, of which she was a devout member, Sunday morning at ten o’clock.  The house was well filled.  Elder Parker, of Vienna, delivered a very fitting sermon.  The deceased leaves a father, mother, husband and four brothers and one sister to mourn her loss.  The remains were interred at Grand Chain Cemetery.

(S. O. field married Flora B. Tarr on 16 Oct 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Mrs. Keugler, who died at Ullin, was held at the Congregational church last Monday and was conducted by Rev. J. B. Green.  Mrs. Keugler had lived here and had a great many friends and relatives, besides a husband and several children to mourn her loss.

Thursday, 20 Jul 1893:
A Bad Cutting Affray.

A bad cutting affray occurred on the farm of Caleb Miller, near Jonesboro, last Saturday afternoon, and as a result Henry Hammock, a farm hand is very seriously and perhaps fatally wounded and Harry Moss is being held to await the result of Hammock’s injuries.  Hard feelings have been entertained by Miller and Moss against each other and Saturday, when Moss and Robert McGahey, two Anna boys, drove out to Miller’s place, where he was threshing wheat the latter ordered them off.  A fight ensued between Miller and Moss, and Hammock came to the rescue of his employer.  Moss then drew a knife and cut him a number of times inflicting serious wounds.  Miller then drove the young man off his place, but not before he too had received a cut across the forehead.  The young men then made their escape driving to Cairo, where he was arrested Monday afternoon.
Mr. Miller lost 600 or 700 bushels of wheat by fire previous to the row, which was supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.
Died, in St. Louis, Sunday, July 16, Samuel London, brother of R. B. London, interment in Anna Cemetery Tuesday.
Mrs. Finley Stansbury, after a protracted illness, passed away Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock.  Mrs. Stansbury has been a resident of Cobden for many years.  She was a Christina woman and many will mourn her loss.
Sarah Fowler was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., on the 20th of July 1806.  She was married to Jonathon Phillips on the 7th of August, 1827.  After a few years she moved with her husband and three children to Marion County, Illinois, and located in the northwest part of Tennessee Prairie, on October 8, 1831, and remained there (at the old home) until 1884, when she gave up housekeeping and went to live the remainder of her years with her children (having buried her beloved husband in 1856).  She would spend the winter months with her daughter, Mrs. N. E. Phillips, at Cobden, and the summer season with her sons, Samuel F. and John P. Phillips, of Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois.  In her early days she was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but after her removal to Illinois she became a member of the Methodist Church.  In November 1892, she came to Cobden to spend the winter with her daughter, as was her custom.  She seemed on the decline all the winter and spring, la grippe (that dread disease) troubled her until her strength was almost gone and then congestion of the stomach set in and did the fatal work on July 10, 1893.  The remains accompanied by Mrs. N. E. Phillips, of Cobden, and Mrs. S. F. Phillips, of Tennessee Prairie, arrived in Centralia July 11, 1893.  Thence the body was taken to Zion Hill Church in Tennessee Prairie for interment.  The funeral services were conducted by the Baptist minister, Rev. S. E. Davis, of Centralia, and the Methodist minister, Rev. Isaac Bundy, of Tennessee Prairie.  The text was “Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord.”  After the services were concluded at the church a large concourse of relatives and friends accompanied the remains to the Phillips Cemetery, where they were deposited in the tomb beside her children and relatives.  A large number of friends remember her kindly and deeply mourn her loss.
Mr. Edward Phelps received some tombstones for his dead on the 15th inst.  (Mill Creek)
Died, July 5th, 1893, two miles east of Thebes, Mrs. Frank Miller, age 31 years.  She leaves a husband and four children, the youngest child about nine years old, to mourn the loss of a mother.
Died, July 14, 1893, Mrs. Richard Pratt, of consumption. (Thebes)

Thursday, 27 Jul 1893:
Death of Charles K. Slack.

Another old soldier has answered the last roll call.  Mr. Charles K. Slack died at his home in this city about 9 o’clock Tuesday night, from the effects of a cancer in the throat.  He had been in his usual health and engaged in his customary business until within about one month. But the disease was gnawing at his vitals and he succumbed very quickly at last.

Mr. Slack is a son of Mrs. Rachel K. Slack, who until quite recently occupied a position at the hospital at Anna.  He was a native of Pennsylvania, and was 51 years of age.  At the outbreak of the war he enlisted at Pana, Ill., as a private in Co. G, Fifth Ill., Cavalry.  On the first of January, 1864, he re-enlisted as a veteran and in October 1865, he was commissioned as captain of Co. B, of the same regiment.  He was mustered out of the service October 27th, 1865.  Early in 1866 he came to Cairo and took a position in the Vulcan Iron Works of Mrs. John T. Rennie, and was soon made foreman of the establishment.  In January 1867, he married Miss Ella M. Rennie, the oldest daughter of his employer.  He held his position as superintendent of the growing business of Mr. Rennie until his death.

He leaves a widow and two daughters Miss Maggie R. Slack and Mrs. Orpha M. Downey, wife of L. S. Downey.

He was a member of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F.

The funeral occurs this afternoon, Rev. C. T. Phillips officiating.  Burial at Villa Ridge.

Mr. Slack was a good citizen, respected by all who knew him.  He has been snatched away at the age of only 51 years.  To his family, his death is an irreparable loss.  May the kind Father sustain and comfort he fatherless and the widow in their sorrow and bereavement.

(Charles K. Slack married Ellen M. Rennie on 3 Jan 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Capt. Peter Beaupre, who has been known among river men for many years, died in Vienna recently.  The remains were taken to Metropolis for burial.  Capt. Beaupre had lived in Metropolis for a long time.  He was a ship builder and had built vessels of various kinds at Metropolis.  He died in his 77th year.
Died—Monday at 6:15 a.m., July 24th, 1893, Benny H., son of William A. and Allie L. Havis, aged 4 months and 10 days.
A Fiend Kills Two Men and Then Suicides.

METROPOLIS, ILL., July 24.—Never before have the citizens of this city been called upon to witness the result of such hellish designs and atrocious acts as were perpetrated by one W. R. Shoemaker last Friday evening as the shadows were gathering, apparently as if to cover up the dark and heinous tragedy just presented to a horrified people.  Shoemaker, upon whose hands and soul rest the blood of not only two other fellow creatures, but that of his own, seemed to be a man of ill-fated illusive character, not a debauch, but severely lacking in the various attributes of a worthy citizen.  Fifteen years ago, or more, he came to Metropolis, wooed and wed the widow Basil Jones, a most estimable lady with two bright little daughter, and a handsome legacy left her by her former husband.  Shoemaker secured the guardianship for the two little girls.  Years rolled by and the diminution of the valuable estate left in his keeping was the subject of severe criticism by all acquainted and interested in the family.  By whatever process of law, the estate dwindled to nothing, and it seems that the day of reckoning was near at hand.

In the meantime one of the girls, Miss Lillian Jones, had married Mr. W. R. Lukens, Jr., a young man of exemplary habits and a mechanic of recognized skill.  Shoemaker entered a protest against the union of his stepdaughter and Lukens, but it was consummated, however, and Shoemaker’s aversion for his step-son-in-law grew into hatred and disdain; and when he conceived the idea that Mr. Lukens was interesting himself in behalf of his wife’s property which he (Shoemaker) had disposed of, his wrath became transformed into a murderous and suicidal intents.

The sequel to the foregoing fell like a pall over the community last Friday evening.  Shoemaker secured the loan of two revolvers, repaired to the neighborhood of his step-son-in-law, W. R. Lukens, and when the Lukens brothers came home he approached three residence, entered the yard and shot his son-in-law (who had his few months old babe in his arms) off the front door step, set the child to one side on the grass and shot his victim again though the head; just at this time the elder brother, George A. Lukens appeared on the scene and Shoemaker opened fire on him.  They grappled and Mr. Lukens had the assassin by the throat and Mrs. Lukens the wife of the man he had just murdered, had hold of him also, but Shoemaker managed to get the use of one hand and shot Lukens through the body.  The latter weakened, loosed his hold and his determined murderer sent another bullet crashing though his brain.  Shoemaker thereafter set upon the father of the Lukens brothers, fired three shots at him and the old gentleman fell.  Shoemaker thought he had killed him no doubt and left him, but fortunately the old gentleman received buy a very slight wound.  He also fired on shot at his stepdaughter but missed his aim.

Shoemaker then left he premises at a rapid rate, but when about two squares away from the place where he committed the awful crime, he discovered that he was headed off., that his cartridges were nearly all gone and that his capture was inevitable so he ended the tragedy by deliberately shooting himself, the ball entering the bowels about the navel and passing through the spinal column.

Among all the scenes that have come under the observation of the writer for these nearly 50 years, there were none more heart trending than the sad ordeal through which the poor widows and little orphans of the murdered men passed last Friday night.

Shoemaker leaves a wife and two little girls to mourn his unwarrantable end.  His funeral took place last Saturday afternoon.

The Lukens brothers’ funeral took place last Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m., and was attended by the largest procession of mourners and sympathizing friends ever before witnessed in this city.

(J. R. Lukins married Lillian Jones on 9 Apr 1890, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Kaskaskia Waning.
[From the Chester Tribune]

Nearly the last vestige of the historic old building once owned and occupied by the renowned Indian chief of DuQuoin has disappeared, carried away by the Mississippi River. Nothing now remains but a torn fragment of the study old stonewalls that have withstood the elements for nearly a century and a half.  The last descendant of this celebrated Indian chief was a woman named Frances DuQuoin, who died at Kaskaskia, November 9th, 1848.  The church records states that this woman was the last representative of the tribe of Illinois Indians.  Her remains now occupy a place in the new cemetery.  The last owner and occupant of the place is Mrs. Catherine Kleinberg, who has lived in it since 1870.  A picture of this old home is on exhibition in the Kaskaskia exhibit at the World’s Fair.
Mrs. R. W. Townshend Dead.

Mrs. R. W. Townshend died at the residence of her daughter in Springfield, Mass., a few days ago.  Mrs. Townshend was the widow of the late Congressman Townshend, who long and ably represented the 19th District of Illinois in Congress.  Their home was in Shawneetown.
The Feud at Simpson.

The feud at Simpson between the friends of Browning and J. M. Jones respectively seems to be kept very much alive.

Browning first debauched Jones’ wife then ran away to Oklahoma with her, the sent back her dead body for burial at her old home.  She was probably killed by accident.  He then returned.  Jones sued him and recovered judgment for $2,000.  In the trial Browning did everything in his power to besmirch the character of Mrs. Jones and Jones himself.

Recently a man named Henry Seibert who had been a very active witness against Jones in trial, shot him.  The wound was believed at the time to be fatal but fortunately, Mr. Jones seems to be recovering.  It is a long lane that has no turning, and we sincerely hope that in Browning’s case a turn may soon be reached.
A terrible wreck in which one brakeman was instantly killed and others seriously wounded occurred about two miles north of Jonesboro the 10th inst., on the M. & O. R.R.
Thursday, 3 Aug 1893:
Sidney B. Miller was in Elco last Saturday to attend the funeral of his little nephew, the son of Milford Whitaker.
Last Wednesday night a colored man was stealing a ride on top of an M. & O. freight train bound north.  At Idlewood he was said to be sitting on top of the brake when by some means he lost his balance and fell to the ground between the cars.  His body was cut in two and badly mangled.  The remains were gathered up and placed in a dry goods box and the coroner notified.  By some means the coroner failed to put in appearance until Friday afternoon.  He went up there made brief inquires, paid a man to buy the remains and returned by first train to Cairo.  But this was all he could do.
A little six-year-old child of Mr. Milford Whitaker, of Elco, died last week of membranous croup and was buried Saturday.  The funeral was largely attended, Rev. J. J. Watson, formerly pastor of the M. E. church at Elco, officiated.  Mr. Watson was assisting Pastor Ashby in meetings at Ullin, and so was within easy reach.  The death was an exceedingly sad one.
Mrs. Rachel Slack returned Friday from Cairo, where she attended the funeral of her son, Charles Slack, which occurred Thursday.  (Anna)
Grandma Christian is still in very feeble health, being paralyzed in one \side.  She can’t walk but can sit up in a chair.
A colored man was killed by the cars just above town (Sandusky) last week.  It was supposed that he was beating his way and had fallen between the cars and was run over.
A small child of Mrs. David Powles’ died Monday. (Sandusky)
On last Tuesday morning the sad new came to us (Unity) that Elda Murray while switching at Waterloo on the M. & O. had slipped and fallen under the cars and his body was cut in two, and he was killed outright.  The shock to his folks here was beyond description.  The remains were brought down to Mill Creek where they were met by relatives and a host of friends and conveyance and were taken to Dongola for burial Wednesday.  Elda was just in the bloom of manhood and was liked by all who knew him.  No man on the road had more friends than he did.  He was just ready to be promoted to a train of his own when he was killed.  His many friends here join in sympathy with the bereaved.
Elda Murray, a brakeman on an M. & O. freight train, was run over and instantly killed Tuesday.
On last Tuesday our community (Dongola) was shocked to hear that Elda Murray had been killed by the cars on the M. & O. railroad at Waterloo.  He had been braking on that road several years. He was the only son of Mrs. Nora Murray, of Hodges Park, and it is a terrible blow to his mother and sisters.  Lewis E. Murray was about 23 years old and with his parents had lived here previous to moving to Hodges Park and has many relatives and friends here who attended the funeral on Wednesday at the Lutheran church and the burial in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, where his father is laid to rest.  The funeral procession came in from Mill Creek and was in charge of the Brotherhood and his faithful friends among the railroad men—several of whom attended the funeral—did everything that could be done.  Mrs. Murray has the sympathy of the entire community in her sad affliction.

Thursday, 10 Aug 1893:
Mr. T. J. Moss Dead.

Mr. T. J. Moss the man who has done more business in railroad ties in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri during the past seven years than any other ten men died last Thursday night.  He was only 41 years of age and died as we understand from the effects of a surgical operation.  His contracts involved millions of dollars and gave employment to thousands of men.  The death of such a man is a public calamity.

Mrs. F. M. Williamson, living on Twenty-seventh Street, died very suddenly last Monday evening, of apoplexy.  She leaves a husband, who is a mechanic, and two small children.
Jacob Kling, proprietor of a fruit stand near Thirteenth and Commercial, died Tuesday afternoon of asthma and dropsy.  He formerly kept an oyster house near the same place.  During the war he was in the Confederate Army, where he lost a leg.  His wife was a negro woman.
Mr. Fred R. Ong, of Union City, Tenn. who was well known here (Dongola) died at his home on Friday morning, Aug. 4th, after an illness of several weeks.  The body was brought here for burial and the funeral was held at the home of George W. Coughanouer, by Rev. J. B. Green, assisted by Rev. S. Trover, on Saturday and a large concourse of friends and relatives attended the burial.  Fred was the only son of Mr. J. Ong, who lived here several years ago and was highly respected by all.

(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Fred Ong passed Aug. 4, 1893.  After night, eternal morn.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 17 Aug 1893:
Maud Miller.

Died, Aug. 10, 1893, at the family residence in Villa Ridge, after a long and painful illness, Miss Maud Miller.

The death of Miss Miller is an uncommon loss and has produced uncommon grief in a wide circle.  She was devotedly loved by her relatives and more intimate friends, and her sterling character could not but be admired by all who knew her.  Her ideas of life were exalted and to equip herself for usefulness as well as to gratify her own ardent taste in that direction, she had eagerly sought and attained proficiency as a teacher of music, having recently received a teacher’s certificate from the Chicago Musical College.  But Miss Miller had yet a higher and purer ambition, and that was to develop her own personal Christian character.  A member of the Villa Ridge Congregational Church and a devout Christian, she felt that the ideal of the Christian should be to conform the whole life to the spirit of Christ; and that she sought for wisdom at the unfailing source her well-marked Bible clearly shows.  Her triumph in the hours of death was complete.  She was anxious to go, for eternal joy was near at hand.  After an affectionate farewell to her dear mother, a dying blessing on her only and much-loved brother, and a loving kiss to each of the dear ones who stood around, she greeted death with a smile and passed out of the fond circle.  On the following day the remains were taken to the Congregational church where Rev. J. B. Green of Dongola preached a funeral discourse, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Villa Ridge Cemetery.

“Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep.”
John Britton.

Mr. John Britton, of Pulaski, Illinois, died last Wednesday morning and was buried at Villa Ridge Thursday.  Mr. Britton was born in Barnstable, England, in 1820.  He came to America in 1851 and settled in Knox Co., Ohio.  In 1854 he married Miss Harriett Beeney.  He moved to Effingham Co., Ill., in 1862 and to Pulaski County in 1883.  He was the father of eight children seven of whom survive him.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. Elligood of the Methodist church.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  John Britton Born July 2, 1826 Died Aug. 9, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Lieut. J. F. Parker Slays a Man in Self-Defense.

A very unpleasant affair occurred near Shiloh Church west of Villa Ridge last Sunday in which a young man named Phillip Holman was shot and killed by Lieut. J. F. Parker, acting in self defense.
It seems that Holman entertained a bitter feeling toward Parker, the cause of which we have not fully learned.

One night last week we are informed that there was trouble at the house of a neighbor and Mrs. Parker was requested to go up there to preserve the peace.  He objected but finally he and his wife both went.  There were two or three young men there evidently under the influence of liquor and among them was Phillip Holman.  They were very disorderly and Parker admonished them.

Afterward he met Holman who was very insulting and abusive.  Holman charged him with interfering with other people’s business and made threats.

On Sunday the Baptist Association was holding its annual meeting at Shiloh Church.  There was to be a basket dinner on the grounds near the church.

Mr. Parker and his family drove over to the church a little before noon, taking well-filled baskets.
He remembered the threats of Holman and thought that they might meet.  He thought of taking his pistol and hesitated.  He put it in his pocket, then took it out.  Finally he thought it safe to take it and did so.  On arriving at the church the services were progressing and the church edifice was crowded.  Mr. Parker’s family alighted from the wagon and entered the church while he sat in the wagon.  He soon saw Holman in company with another young man.

They went aside where Parker thinks they fortified with a drink of whisky.

Then they came back and Holman borrowed a long bladed knife from his companion.  He approached the wagon knife in hand and with curses and abuse attempted to reach Parker, but Parker easily parried every move with his pistol.  The fellow could not get close enough to close in for a death blow.  After making two or three attempts to reach Parker from the ground he went to the rear of the wagon and attempted to climb in.  Parker knew that if he got into the agony it meant a struggle for life.  He then fired, the ball entering Holman’s head and he fell.  He fired again and the ball hit his arm.  Holman died in a few minutes.

There were many witnesses present who saw the whole affair.  A coroner’s jury was empanelled and an investigation made.  It was shown to be a clear case of self-defense and Parker was not arrested.

A prominent member of Shiloh Church on hearing that Holman was dead said it was the best thing that ever happened to the church, as Holman was at the time under indictment for throwing a dog through the window.  It was an affair very much to be regretted but apparently unavoidable.
Died, Monday, August 14, Minnie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beggs, aged six years, of congestion of the brain.  She was a bright little girl and her death was a great loss to her parents.
An Arkansan Slays His Wife and is Captured in Massac Co.

METROPOLIS, ILL., Aug. 13, 1893
Editor Citizen:—It is an unmistakable fact, that it is man’s condition in life to err, but the generality of mankind cannot tolerate the immediate evils that too often seem to be the delight and gratification of a brutal ambition; and the trend of intelligent sentiment, and the disposition of humane effort is to cause a friend to the end of his devilish career, and perchance to his earthly annihilation.  It is this feeling of humanity that excite the minds of a highly offended populace, dispels deliberate reasoning and terminates in the speedy execution of those who have outrageously defied the laws of the land and debased the morals of society.  It is called lynch law and is wholly wrong, in every instance, but I simply refer to it from the fact that the subject of my story, though guilty of one of the most unwonted murders in the catalog of crime, has escaped such speedy justice for so long a time.  My narrative runs as follows:  There is a timbered section in Craighead County, Arkansas, twenty five miles from Jonesboro, the county seat, with a deep loneliness overspreading its wooded dell, and where dwelt a poor, honest widow and her 13-year-old daughter, provided with a very humble measure of this world’s goods.  This woman was cooking for some men who were engaged in getting out ties in that section.  One Charles Roberts seemed to be the central figure in that little group of axmen of the forest.  He became enamored with the 14-year-old daughter, his love was reciprocated, and one day in the latter part of last December they betook themselves to Jonesboro, Ark., and were married in that city by Squire Jackson.  True love did not run smooth.  On the eighth day after their marriage Roberts gave his wife an unmerciful whipping and she left his shanty and returned to her mother’s humble home convinced that “marriage was a failure” so far as she was concerned.  The next morning early, Roberts went to his mother-in-law’s house and ordered his wife to return to his shanty.  The young wife positively told him that she wouldn’t live with him any longer.  The brute returned to his mother-in-law’s placed the muzzle of the pistol to the breast of his wife of only nine days, while she was eating her breakfast, and shot her through the heart, the powder from the pistol setting her clothes on fire.  Roberts fled and all these months had not been heard of until eight days ago.  There was no reward offered for the apprehension and detention of the villain and the mother of his victim being in a manner friendless and penniless, the interest in their behalf was very meager and he had quite a season of unmolested quiet.  But everything comes to him who waits.  Our efficient deputy sheriff of Massac County, John W. Evers, got an inkling of the whereabouts of a suspicious character in the timbered country adjacent to Metropolis eight days ago and commenced an investigation.  He learned the man’s name was Charles Roberts and that he formerly lived in Craighead County, Ark.  Mr. Evers telegraphed to the sheriff at Jonesboro, Ark., to know if Charles Roberts was wanted there, and received a reply in substance, that he was wanted there for the murder of his 14-year-old wife on the 3rd of last January.  Communications by wire continued between Deputy Sheriff Evers and the sheriff of Jonesboro, Ark., until arrangements were made and fully understood and last Wednesday night Mr. Evers in company with City Marshal Charles Cox, repaired the vicinity of Mr. John Kraper’s residence 10 miles from Metropolis, at whose house it was reported Roberts would stop that night.  With great caution and cunning these good officers got within sufficient nearness to Mr. Kraper’s house to enable them to make him see them when he first made his appearance outdoors at the peep of day.  They soon explained to Mr. Kraper that they had “shadowed their game,” and gave them liberty to the premises.  When they entered the house the game was shy and easily disturbed, and thought it would fly away by jumping off the porch on the second floor.  Mr. Evers fired from the hallway to frighten him more than anything else.  Roberts ran a few steps farther to a rail fence and in the act of getting over, fell over.  Before he recovered both officers were “upon him” and handcuffed him, bringing him to town early Thursday morning.  The prisoner claims to have been raised in Anna and Jonesboro, Ill.  Sheriff A. N. Broadway, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, arrived in Metropolis last Friday night, recognized Roberts as the wife murderer and started back to Arkansas with him Saturday evening, the prisoner agreeing to go without requisition.  Mr. Broadway is man of about 32 years, has had 10 years experience as deputy and high sheriff of his county, has the polished manners and general deportment of a gentleman, and last though not least by any means, is a thorough Republican.  Hurrah for Arkansas.

The writer feels loath to conclude without saying a word of commendation of the services of Deputy Sheriff J. W. Evers.  Only for his acute watchfulness and alertness, perhaps this criminal would never have been brought to justice.  He merits all that an appreciative community can bestow on him.  He is always zealous in the work set before him, and it becomes all law-abiding citizens to encourage and assist in the enforcement of the laws for the better government of our people.

The writer heretofore was of the opinion that the perfidity of man was unparalleled in all that debases a human creature, but an instance of unwonted cruelty and debauchery presented itself to Metropolis public last Thursday morning which evidenced the fact that there is no depth to the meanness of human beings, male and female, when they seek a level with harlots and libertines.  Hell with its outer darkness its lake of fire and brimstone and all its other concomitants can hardly mete out a sufficient punishment for some live devils, who infest this mundane sphere. 

At Thursday morning about 10 o’clock a Mr. Maddox, an employee at the stave factory, pulled a little babe out of the Ohio River. It was a white male child wrapped in an old blouse and apron.  The apron strings had been doubled around its neck and drawn and tied in such a hard knot that its head was almost severed from its shoulders when found.  Moreover one side of its head and face was crushed in, developing the fact that it had received a blow with something by an unmerciful hand.  The conclusion arrived at was that it was placed in the river the night before, soon as it was born, and killed. It was a well-developed child, but there was proof positive that it received no care after its birth.  The inquest was held by Police Magistrate Thomas Leggett, and the babe was interred in what is known as the “Kid graveyard.”
Thursday, 24 Aug 1893:
A. J. Moyer’s child, which had been sick for several days with an affection of the brain, died Friday night.  The funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Reformed church by the Rev. Green, of Dongola.  The remains were interred in the cemetery nearby.  (Wetaug)

(J. J. Moyers married Mary H. Spence on 3 May 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  Francis Orman son of J. J. & Mary H. Moyers Born Mar. 30, 1892 Died Aug. 18, 1893 Aged 1 Year, 4 Mos., & 18 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 31 Aug 1893:
Mr. J. G. Stinehouse of this city died very suddenly Tuesday morning.  Funeral this afternoon.  Mr. Stinehouse was an old citizen of Cairo and was fifty-five years of age.  He was a barber by trade and was an industrious, law-abiding citizen.  The remains will be interred at Villa Ridge.

(George Steinhousen married Rosa Gerst on 4 Feb 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  J. George Steinhouse 1838-1893 Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Capt. John M. Boicourt, of Golconda, died at his home in that city last Monday August 28th.  His age was about seventy-three years.  He has been a prominent figure in Pope County for forty years and has held nearly every local office within the gift of the people of the county.  He has left the rich legacy of a good name, which is better than great riches.
Death of Mrs. McRaven.

Mrs. Deborah Ruth McRaven, wife of Dr. P. H. McRaven, of Wheatland, died last week Wednesday and was buried Thursday.

We received the announcement of her death last Thursday after we had gone to press.

Mrs. McRaven had been ill for some six or eight weeks with something like dysentery. On the 10th day of August she gave birth to a little daughter.  From that time forward she was much worse, the disease assuming the form of enteritis with complications involving the liver.  She died from exhaustion.

Mrs. McRaven was born at Thebes in this county Sept. 16th, 1857, and was consequently in her 36th year.  She was the daughter of William Bracken, one of the old pioneers of the county.  He was a minister of the gospel and strongly attached to the Baptist church.

Deborah Ruth Bracken married Dr. P. H. McRaven March 30th 1879.  She leaves her husband and four small children, the youngest only thirteen days old at the time of its mother’s death.

For the doctor and the little one it is a sad bereavement and they will receive the sincere sympathy of friends everywhere.

(Patrick McRaven married Debbie R. Bracken on 30 Mar 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Essie Denfip, daughter of Mrs. John Denfip died August 18th, at about 4 o’clock p.m.  She leaves many friends and relatives to mourn her loss.
Died, at her home in Dongola, Thursday, Aug. 24th, 1893, Mrs. May—wife of A. J. May, after an illness of several months.
Died, at her home in Unity, Aug. 29, Mrs. Mary Peterson.  Mrs. Peterson has been lingering for some time in the first stage of consumption.  A few days ago she was taken with a severe hemorrhage of the lungs, bringing on her death in a short time.  She was loved by all who knew her.  To know her was to love her.  She leaves a husband and one little girl to mourn her departure.  Her many friends join in sympathy with the bereaved husband in his time of trouble.

Thursday, 7 Sep 1893:
Sam Brown, the garbage collector, is dead.,  Friday, as he was driving across Mississippi levee, his team was frightened by an umbrella suddenly raised by a party in another buggy, and running away, Sam was thrown out and the wagon passed over him. He sustained injuries which resulted in his death Saturday.
The news of the death of Mr. Lee Stratton, at Aiken, S.C., reached here yesterday in a dispatch received by the Jackson brothers.  Lee has been in poor health for a long time, but in a recent letter he expressed the hope of being able to attend the World’s Fair soon.  He had that dread disease, consumption, fastened upon him, and it carried him off Tuesday.  The funeral occurred today.  Mr. Stratton was the oldest son of the late William Stratton, and after his father’s death managed the business of the Stratton & Bird Grocery Co., until the failure of the company.  Since then he traveled for a St. Louis house until compelled to stop by ill health.  His sister, Miss Mamie, was with him in Aiken.  Lee had hosts of friends in Cairo to whom the announcement of his death came as very sad news.
Another Old Citizen Gone.

      Died, Monday Sept. 4th, at his home near Wheatland, Mr. Samuel Clutts, of pneumonia, aged 78 years.  Mr. Clutts was one of the oldest citizens of Alexander County and commanded the highest respect for his personal worth and high character from all who knew him.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and lived and died a sincere Christian.  He was ill about one week.
S. A. Warde Dead.

      We are pained to learn that Mr. S. A. Warde died Aug. 23rd at Loretta, Penn., of heart trouble.  A great many people in and around Wetaug will remember young Silvia kindly.  He was a nephew we believe of Capt. W. A. Hight and lived in his family for several years.  He returned to Pittsburg a few years ago and now we learn that he is dead.  He was a young man of excellent character and habits and was respected and beloved wherever he was known.
As the sun with all its radiant light, on the morning of Sept. 1st, began to peep over the aster hill tops, all things of merriment were hushed when the Great Reaper, Death, made its appearance in the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Palmer, and claimed one of their jewels, which caused not only the immediate family but the entire village to mourn.  Just six hours later the news was spread that another jewel from the same family had been taken by death to join its little brother gone before.
This calls to our mind the language, “Suffer little children to come unto me,” and remains of the fact that Clarence Everet Palmer, who was born August 22, 1890, and died September 1, 1893, at 6:45 o’clock, has gone to the author of these words, and it was seen fit that Harry Fletcher Palmer, who was born January 10, 1887, and died September 1, 1893, at 11:45 o’clock, should be called to the same author.

      Of Clarence we wish to say:
Sweet little bud

      For earth too fair,
Has gone to heaven

      To blossom there.
And of Harry, a dear little boy to Christ has gone, leaving papa, mamma and Howard to come.
Thursday, 14 Sep 1893:
Col. John Wood and William Eichhoff Called by the Grim Reaper.

      Col. John Wood died at the residence of his son, John H. Wood, in Chicago, at 9:20 Tuesday morning of pneumonia, aged 60 years.  Col. Wood left Cairo in his usual health Saturday afternoon, Sept. 2nd, for Chicago, where he arrived the next morning.  His three oldest children reside there and Mrs. Wood had been there some weeks.  After spending Sunday in Chicago, he went down to Indianapolis Monday, Sept. 4th, to attend the National Encampment of the G. A. R.  He participated in the exercises there and did not return to Chicago until Thursday.  He took a severe cold on this return journey and had a slight chill after arriving in Chicago, but nothing serious was anticipated.  But the grip of the fell destroyer was not to be shaken off.  On Sunday his condition became alarming, and the children in Cairo were informed of the facts.

      The suspense from Sunday to Tuesday morning, while life seemed poised in the balance, was terrible.  Meanwhile that dreadful disease, pneumonia, was doing its fatal work upon his lungs.  Finally at 9:20 Tuesday morning death claimed its victim.  All that science and skill could do, was done, but without avail.

      On Tuesday night Mrs. Wood with her sons John H. and Campbell and her daughter, Lizzie, and her daughter in -law, Mrs. John H. Wood, started on their sad journey to Cairo bringing the remains of the husband and father, whose voice is not hushed forever and who has entered upon that sleep that know no waking.

      Col. John Wood was born in Scotland January 8th, 1833.  He came to the United States in 1850 when seventeen years of age, and located in Milwaukee.  There he learned the trade of bricklayer working at the business two years.  In 1852 he went to Chicago where he spent ten years as a contractor and builder.

      Early in 1862 the 65 Regt. Illinois Volunteers, known as the “Scotch Regiment,” was organized at Camp Douglas, near Chicago, by Col. Daniel Cameron, Jr.  Col. Wood enlisted in this regiment and was mustered as captain of Co. “A” March 1st, 1862.  Before the regiment left the camp he was promoted to the position of major and was muste4ed into the service of the United States as major of the regiment, May 1st, 1862.  The regiment was ordered to the field and sent to North Virginia.  This regiment was a part of the unfortunate garrison of Harper’s Ferry, which was treacherously and ignominiously surrendered to the enemy as prisoners of war, Sept. 15th, 1862, by Gen. Miles.  They were paroled as prisoners of war and sent home until they were exchanged in April 1863.

      In May 1864, Col. Wood resigned his commission and soon afterward came to Cairo where for the past 29 years he was resided.  Here for four years he was a member of the firm of Rankin & Wood, engaged in mercantile business and alone in contracting and building.  For four years more he pursued the work of a contract and builder.  He was for a time superintendent of the erection of the Cairo customhouse while the brick and stonework was going up.  He was one of the state commissioners charged with the erection of the first hospital at Anna and the Normal University at Carbondale.
In 1872 he entered upon the business of grain and commission as a member of the firm of Green & Wood.  He followed this business in the firm of Green, Wood & Bennett, and afterwards as Wood & Bennett until his death.  A few years ago the firm added wholesale groceries to their business and that has become their principal business.

      Col. Wood was a man of great force of character who would make himself felt in any community.  He was elected mayor of the City of Cairo in 1873, and held the position two years.

      He has served as alderman form his ward in the city council for a great many terms.  He was president of the board of education in the City of Cairo for a year or two.

      In July 1889 he was appointed postmaster of this city by President Harrison, and still occupied the position at the time of his death.  He has been before the people of Cairo in some public capacity almost constantly for the past 25 years and has never failed to command their confidence.  Fidelity and efficiency have been his most prominent characteristics in every public position.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in this city.

      He leaves a widow and six grown children.  His loss will be severely felt in the community and in the church, but to his family it is irreparable.

      The funeral occurs this afternoon at the family residence and the remains will be interred at Villa Ridge.

      The funeral will be conducted by Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M., of which Col. Wood was a member, and of which he had been Master.

      (His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  John Wood born Jan. 8, 1833 Died Sept. 12, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
William Eichhoff Dead.

      We are pained to chronicle the sudden death of Mr. William Eichhoff.  He was engaged last Friday afternoon at this place of business in handling some moulding.  He stood upon the top of a stepladder ten feet high and was reaching up to put the moulding in place.  In some way he lost his balance and fell to the floor.  There was no one present except his little three year-old boy who ran to the house, crying and said that his papa had fallen and almost fell on him.  Mr. Eichhoff’s oldest son was in the building and heard the nose made by the fall.  He hurried to the spot and found his father lying upon the floor unconscious.

      He was removed to the house a few steps away and medical aid summoned.  A few small bruises were found upon or near the head, but there was no external evidence of severe injury.  But he never fully regained consciousness and it seemed that nothing could be done for him.  He lingered until late Sunday evening when he died.

      The funeral was observed Tuesday afternoon, and was participated in Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M., of which body Mr. Eichhoff was a member.

      The remains were buried at Villa Ridge.

      William Eichhoff was born in Westphalia, Prussia, June 19, 1835, and was consequently 58 years of age at the time of his death.  He came to the United States with his brother Charles in 1854 and located in Cairo, and worked at his trade of carpenter and cabinetmaker.  He went to Dongola in 1856 and made that place his home until 1865, when he returned to Cairo.  He established a planing mill on Eighteenth Street, which he operated for a time, but afterwards removed the machinery to a large building, which he erected for a furniture factory at the corner of Seventeenth Street and Washington Avenue.  Here he carried on business until his death.  He abandoned the manufacture of furniture, however and devoted himself to the business of a furniture dealer, at which he was quite successful.  Mr. Eichhoff married three times.

      He first married Miss Lavina Casper, in Union County.  She died April 3rd, 1863, in Dongola.  On the 3rd of February, 1870, he married Miss Rachael Fleshman, by whom he had two children, a son and a daughter.  His second wife died April 12th, 1873, and his daughter, June 20th, of the same year at the age of only four months.

      On the sixth day of December, 1885, he married Mrs. Mary Barnes, who is now left a widow with one little boy three years old; these with his son, Walter Ellsworth Eichhoff, now 22 years of age, now constitute the family which is now left to mourn the loss of husband and father.

      William Eichhoff was an enterprising, hard-working man.  He had fully his share of life’s hardships and trials, but he yielded to no adversity and succumbed to no trial.  By his energy and sagacity he surmounted all difficulties.  He acquired a fair competence, which he leaves to his wife and children.

Thursday, 21 Sep 1893:
Mrs. Goodlow, the aged mother of Mrs. Huff, died Tuesday evening.  She was 96 years of age, and died of her extreme old age having been failing some time.  Mrs. Goodlow was one of the oldest inhabitants of Mound City.  Her husband was an early settler and became a man of wealth and prominence.

Mrs. Joseph Bowers died Monday night at two o’clock.
Died, Thursday, Sept. 14, ‘93, Miss Annie Butcher, aged 16 years.  (Thebes)

Thursday, 28 Sep 1893:
Death of Robert H. Baird.

      Died—In this city about 1 o’clock this morning, Mr. Robert H. Baird, of kidney trouble, aged 67 years.

      Mr. Baird was gone in Philadelphia, June 5, 1826.  He learned the trade of ship carpenter and came to Cairo about the year 1840 to work at his trade and remained here.  He has consequently resided here about 53 years, and was the oldest male resident of Cairo.  Mrs. Miles W. Parker is the only person in the city who has lived here longer than he has.  He has occupied positions or responsibility in the city and always with credit to himself.

      He was at one time owner and master of a steamboat and during the war was in the employ of government, transporting troops and provisions.  Of late years he had been engaged in raising and moving houses and was expert at the business.  He has been ill many months and at last has succumbed to the fell destroyer.  He married Miss Francina Tanner in the autumn of 1858, who now survives him.  He leaves three grown children, all settled in life and all doing well.  They are Henry Baird, manager of the Western Union Telegraph Co., in this city; Robert Baird, who is employed on one of the transfer steamboats in our harbor; and Mrs. Minnie Baird Carkuff, who was married a few months ago and resides in St. Louis.  Mr. Baird was a member of Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M. and of the Old Settlers Club.

      (Ed A. Carkuff married Minnie Baird on 21 Jun 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
To Be Hanged.

      In our issue of August 17 we gave an account of the arrest of Charles Roberts in Metropolis by Deputy Sheriff Evers and Marshall Cox for the unprovoked murder of his 15-year-old wife in Craighead County, Ark.  He was taken back to Arkansas, tried for the murder, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged.  “The way of the transgressor is hard.”
Took Her Own Life.

      Kena Mitchell, aged 19 years, committed suicide at the Gibson House Friday morning.  It was a case of unrequited love.  She shot herself in the hearth with a 41-caliber revolver, dying instantly.
Died, Sept. 23rd, John McBride.  (Thebes)
Died, Sept. 25th, 1893, Mr. John Meyers, Sr., aged 90 years, 10 months, and 21 days.  He leaves a widow 13 years younger, three sons, and other relatives to mourn his demise. His funeral was observed Tuesday at 12 o’clock at White House German Church by Rev. Preu, thence his body will be interred in the old White House Cemetery.  Grandpa Meyers is an old resident of this place (Mill Creek) having lived here for 12 years, but for the last few years he has been in feeble health and so his death was not at all unexpected.

Thursday, 5 Oct 1893:
Found Dead in the Woods.

      The body of a man (or the bones and clothes of a man) were found Tuesday Oct. 3rd, 1893, by E. N. Winn and his wife while squirrel hunting in the woods about ¼ mile from the Sandusky Road and about 300 yards east of the west side of Peter M. Jones’ farm on the land known as Smith Bros. land in quite a dense forest.  This man is supposed to have died there some 3 or 4 months ago, as his bones were scattered quite a distance from each other; his clothes were not soiled very much, but owing to time he’d been there were scattered; pieces at different places.  He had a pocketknife, a money purse, a brass lined foot rule, also a daybook and a small padlock in his pants and vest pockets.  No coat was found, his hat was a straw hat and was branded or marked on the inside Herman Hatter Co., Corner, Sixth St., and Commercial Ave., Cairo, Ill.  His hat was by the side of a log and his pocketknife was under it.  The No. of hat was 7 1/8; his shoes were new and were about a No. 8.  In his pocket book were found two small locks of hair and a substance looking like a tooth of some animal petrified, wrapped up in red flannel cloth, also another piece of mineral wrapped in red flannel.  His daybook was a small memoranda book of Wakefield Medicine Co.  In his book was found the names of A. Gilbert, Harry Purcel, or Harry Rosel, and Smith or A. Mith; his writing was bad and very difficult to read.  The coroner was summoned to attend and inspect the bones and clothes of this lost man.  He may have been killed and robbed, he may have dropped dead while passing or he may have been very sick and lay down there for rest and died there in that lonely spot, no one but God knows.  He seemed to have been a middle-aged man and may have relatives to mourn after him, who know nothing of his death.
Mrs. Kate Calhoun, daughter of John Clancy, died Saturday morning after a lingering illness.  She leaves a little daughter besides brothers and sisters to mourn her demise.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
David Thornton, an Englishman about thirty years of age, was run over and killed by a train at Bridge Junction Saturday afternoon.  He was walking along the track reading a book and did not hear the train which approached from behind and struck him.
An account of the death of the little child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bunch, of Wheatland, will be found in this issue.  We received the news last week just after we had gone to press.  It was a most sad and distressing death calculated to arouse the deepest sympathies of all.

A Mrs. Eastwood, who lived at Big Creek bridge, died last week of miliary tuberculosis, a variety of consumption. (Wetaug)
A little girl of Barney McKenney’s died Saturday of typhoid fever. (Wetaug)
Addie Harman, the eldest daughter of Peter Harman, died Sunday of typhoid fever.  (Wetaug)
Miss Eunice Bunch, who was called home last week on account of the death of her little niece, returned to Cape Girardeau Monday where she is attending the St. Vincent College.  (Wheatland)
A Fatal Accident.
WHEATLAND, Ill., Sept. 27, 1893.

      On last Tuesday evening, while Mr. Joe Bunch was absent from home, his wife stepped from the house into the garden, leaving their little 4-year-old daughter, Blanche, by the cook stove.

      During the mother’s absence her clothes became ignited.  Her mother on hearing her screams rushed to her rescue, but before the flames could be extinguished she was so badly burned that she died from the effects.

      Blanche was a sweet little girl, dearly loved by all who knew her.

      The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

      (Joseph Bunch married Nellie McRaven on 10 Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Capt. James Johnson Dead.

      Capt. James Johnson fell and almost immediately expired at the Short Line Depot in Murphysboro at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.  He was the traveling passenger agent of the Cairo Short Line and Illinois Central R. R.

      Capt. Johnson was well known by all of our old citizens.  He was agent of the Illinois Central R. R. in this city for a great many years during and after the war.  He left Cairo probably about the year 1880 and removed to Murphysboro where he engaged in trade.  But he was not a merchant; he was a railroad man.  His life had been devoted to railroad business and he was too old to change.  He soon engaged in business again for the Cairo Short Line and the Illinois Central R. R.

      His family consisting of a wife and one unmarried daughter now reside in Belleville, and the remains were taken there upon the identical train upon which he intended to go.  The remains will be interred at Villa Ridge tomorrow.  Mr. M. P. Walsh of this city, married a daughter of Mr. Johnson, but she died some years ago.  The family of Mr. Johnson was highly esteemed in Cairo.

      (Matthew P. Walsh, Jr., married Sylvia Johnson on 2 Jun 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  James Johnson Born Mar. 21, 1826 Died Oct. 3, 1893—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 12 Oct 1893:

      Died, near New Hope, Pulaski County, on Friday, Oct. 6th, Paul A. Lentz, Jr.  The deceased was born Nov. 29th, 1877, and was therefore 15 years, 10 months and 7 days old at his death.  He leaves one sister and a host of friends who were greatly shocked at his sudden death.  He was a consistent Christian, having accepted the faith at the early age of ten years.  He has gone to join his father and mother and brothers and sisters who, like himself, remembered their Creator in the days of their youth.

      (Jeremiah Luther Lentz married Julia Emeline Mowery on 27 Apr 1871, in Union Co., Ill.  Paul’s marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Paul A. son of J. L. & J. E. Lentz, Born Nov. 29, 1877, Died Oct. 6, 1893, Aged 15 Yrs., 10 Mos., 7 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Lost in the Gulf Stream.

      Mr. Louis A. Duckert, at one time steward of the U. S. Marine Hospital here, was lost in the great storm on the Gulf Coast last week.  Mr. Duckert was stationed at the quarantine station at Chandaleur Island, off the coast where the storm struck with all its violence and was attended by a great damage of property and loss of life.  During his residence here Mr. Duckert made many warm friends.
Burial of Capt. Johnson.

      The funeral of Col. James Johnson, traveling passenger agent of the Cairo Short Line, occurred last Friday at Villa Ridge cemetery, the service being conducted by the Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M., of which he was a member.  Beautiful floral tributes were numerous, one of the most elaborate coming from the employees of the Cairo Short Line.  A railroad track was represented with an obstruction in the shape of a cross across it.  A passenger coach had apparently struck this obstruction and had ditched just after it has passed the 65th milepost.  A more appropriate design could not have been conceived.
The state’s attorney has entered a nolle prosequi in the case of Kitty May Sams indicted last February for an assault to murder Mrs. Mary Simpson.
Two funerals were held this afternoon.  The remains of Mike Masterson, whose death we notice elsewhere, were interred at Villa Ridge, services being conducted at St. Joseph’s Church.  The little son of Mr. and Mrs. William O’Laughlin, who died yesterday afternoon, was also laid at rest at the same cemetery, and services were likewise conducted at St. Joseph’s.
Michael Masterson, a fireman on the Mobile & Ohio, fell dead on his engine Tuesday night.  His engine pulled the passenger train, which left St. Louis at 8:30 p.m.  Just after leaving Campbell Hill the engineer discovered his lifeless body.  His remains were taken off at Murphysboro where wife lives.  Masterson was a Cairo boy and his mother lives here on Fourth Street.
Died, suddenly on Saturday morning, Mr. James Guthrie, of cramp colic.  Mr. Guthrie was out in town (Cobden) at 9 o’clock in the morning and before 11 o’clock he was a corpse. 
Phil Hamer, col., died on Friday, Oct. 6th, under somewhat suspicious circumstance, believed by some to have been poisoned.  Coroner was sent for and an autopsy was held by Drs. Whitaker and Mann.  A jury was empanelled and after taking the evidence returned a verdict that he had come to his death by poison administered by ___ Goodrun and his wife Ida Hamer.

      (Philip Hamer married Ida Sanders on 25 Dec 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A Miss Cox committed suicide on Thursday evening at the residence of John Minton, about two miles west of here (Alto Pass).  The particulars are not known at present.  Interment in Alto Cemetery.
Katie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller, died on Tuesday evening, the 3rd with bronchitis.  She was buried in the Casper graveyard north of Anna.
Olive, infant and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Cruse, died in the early morning on the 7th inst.  The remains were interred in the St. John’s Cemetery on the 8th.

      (Norwood Cruse married Hattie Hase on 8 Oct 1891, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in St. John’s Cemetery is only partially legible and reads:  Olive Mary daughter of N. & H. A. Cruse Born Sept. 1, 1892 Died ____ __, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
The many friends of Paul Lentz, Jr., were grieved and surprised to hear of his death last Friday.  He had been sick about two weeks and was not thought to be bad.  The immediate cause of his death was an obstruction of the bowels.  He was only in his sixteenth year, but was large for his age.  He gave bright promise for a useful man and citizen. The remains were interred at the New Hope Cemetery Sunday at 3 p.m.  He left quite a handsome property, which will go to his sister and only near relative, Mrs. Essie Mayberry.

Thursday, 19 Oct 1893:
W. B. McCartney, of Wetaug, One of His Victims.
Expired at His Home Sunday Evening—Other Deaths.

      Died at his residence in Wetaug, Sunday evening at 4 o’clock, William Brown McCartney, aged 55 years, 10 months and 28 days.  His death was not unexpected as he had been suffering from jaundice since early last spring and had during the summer visited the cities of St. Louis and Chicago for treatment and tried every known remedy without relief.  His disease was no doubt caused by the breaking down of the nervous system, the sequel of a life of incessant physical and mental labor.  Life departing as a lamp goes out when the oil in the retainer is exhausted.  He was conscious up to the last moment and spoke of the happy reunion in store for him with the dear wife and little children already gone before.  The remains were interred in the Wetaug Cemetery Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m.  The funeral obsequies were conducted by the Rev. R. W. Purdie of the Congregational Church, of which he was a consistent member, and by the Douglas lodge, I. O. O. F., he being a brother of a lodge at Michigan City, Ind.

      W. B. McCartney was the son of John and Jean McCartney and was reared by his parents on a farm in Trumbull Co., Ohio, until he was 16 years of age, when he entered as an apprentice to a carriage maker and became a good mechanic.

      He was married in Richland Co., Ohio, April 14th, 1859, to Julia A. Henry, who died early last spring.  Their union was a happy one and was blessed by five children, four of whom survive, two sons and two daughters.

      Most of his life was spent in Ohio, New York and Michigan City, Ind.  After leaving Indiana he purchased a body of land at Ness City, Kan., and lived there a couple of years.  In the year 1889 he purchased from W. A. Hight the flouring mill here and put in new machinery, remodeled it and has since been extensively engaged in the manufacture of flour and meal, the products having under his management acquired quite a reputation and the sales are large and increasing.  He has had charge of large business enterprises and has given employment to a vast number of men and has been a public benefactor in many ways.  His life was a busy, active one.  He was full of energy and grit, firm in his convictions of what he considered right and just.

      It may be said of him that he was charitable to a fault, tender hearted as a child and the better you knew him the more you esteemed hand respected him.  He was a brother of Capt. J. F. and Judge R. W. McCartney, of Metropolis, well known to a great many readers of The Citizen.

      (His marker in German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  William B. McCartney Born Nov. 17, 1839 Died Oct. 15, 1893 Aged 55 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 28 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. G. W. Shivell Dead.

      Last Sunday evening, Dr. G. W. Shivell, of Wickliffe, was taken suddenly ill.  He lay down and almost immediately expired.  He had ordered his horse and buggy to be brought to the door and was going out to reside with his children and while waiting for the horse, was stricken down as stated above.  He had been in his usual health.  Dr. Shivell was one of the most prominent citizens of Wickliffe, having lived there for many years, coming from Hinkleville, soon after the county seat was established at Wickliffe.

      He was a regular physician but had abandoned the practice of medicine and devoted his attention wholly to trade, which included the drug business and other lines of merchandise.  He leaves a widow and three children.
Tom Fields Dead.

      Tom Fields, colored man who was until recently cook at the Marine hospital, died very suddenly Tuesday evening.  He had been in poor health and a Dr. Black, a colored “quack” doctor, was treating him.  Tuesday evening Fields ate supper and took a dose of medicine and died almost immediately.  It is supposed the medicine was the primary cause and so “Dr.” Black was indicted for murder and locked up.
Reese Kenrock Dead.

      Reese Kenrock, a grandson of Mr. G. W. Kenrick, of Charleston, Mo., died in the St. Mary’s Infirmary, this city, last Friday afternoon, of typhoid fever.  Funeral services were held Sunday, at his home in Charleston.

      A short history of the life of Capt. Dick Fowler by his long time friend, Capt. Ben F. Egan is not inappropriate now on account of the suicide of his son-in-law Capt. Spencer Berryman.

      Capt. D. C. Fowler, owner of the Pat Claybourn, who was killed by the explosion of that boat’s boilers, was born in Princeton, Ky., educated at the Kentucky Military Institute and began his business life in 1854 as manager of the wharf bat owned by Watts, Given & Co., at Paducah.  In 1855 he engaged in business at Cairo, with E. Norton as wharfboatmen and agents of the Illinois Central railroad.  His first wife was Miss Lucy Betty, the most accomplished and beautiful young woman of southern Kentucky.  By this marriage was the father of only one child, a daughter, now the wife of D. A. Given, Jr.  His second wife, the sister of J. D. Porter, the present governor of the state of Tennessee died in 1874.  During his life, Capt. Fowler was prominently identified with the steamboat interest.  In 1856 he purchased for the Evansville and Paducah packet trade, the Silver Star and Dunbar.  In 1857 he bought the Blanche Lewis, for a Nashville and Paducah packet, and in the same year he purchased the Alida, the day after she was sunk by the Fashion, raised her, repaired her and introduced her into the Tennessee River.  Within the last few years he commanded the several steamers, James Fisk Jr., B. H. Cooke, Idlewild, and Pat Cleburne.  He was a most devoted friends of the south, and, as a captain in her ordinance department, took an active part in the late war.  Under his direction the ram Tennessee was built at LaFayette, La., which would have been the most powerful war vessel ever used in the Confederate service.  Before this gunboat was finished and ready for action she was destroyed by the Confederate army the night previous to the evacuation of New Orleans.

      After the war was over he returned to his old home in Paducah, and for several years represented railroad as their contracting agent, but finally drifted back to river life.  Manly, generous, impulsive and brave, he was a model representative of a southern steamboatman.  He snatched a joy with eagerness wherever it could be found, and careless of the future, was borne lightly on the wave of life, with no hope of fortune but through his own exertions.  His name, on the banks of the lower Ohio, was a familiar household word, and myriads of friends will long continue to bless the name of Dickson Given Fowler.
Died, Oct. 13th, 1893, Mrs. Samantha Tripp, wife of Cyrus Tripp and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Rich.  Mrs. Tripp was a sufferer of that dread disease consumption.  She was 48 years old.  Interment in Cobden Cemetery at 10 o’clock, Sunday morning services being conducted by Rev. A. A. Young.  Mr. and Mrs. Will Rich of Alto attended the funeral.

      (Cyrus M. Tripp married Samantha Tripp on 28 Apr 1867, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Samantha wife of C. M. Tripp Born June 13, 1845 Died Oct. 13, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at 1 o’clock Sunday, Oct. 15th, Mr. Henry Casper, aged 79 years.  Mr. Casper was a brother-in-law of Mr. W. C. Rich, and this is the sixth time within the past few weeks that death has entered among the Rich families.

      (Henry Casper married Eliza Rich on 8 Mar 1838, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in John Rich Cemetery reads:  Henry Casper Born March 6, 1815, Died Oct. 15, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Judge R. McCartney and John F. McCartney of Metropolis, brothers of W. B. McCartney, with their families were at his bedside during his last illness.
Died, Monday morning at 7 o’clock, Mrs. Margaret Rymer.  The remains were interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Tuesday at 11 o’clock a.m., Rev. Steven Traver, of Dongola, officiating.  The deceased was a sister of Henry Stoner, Sr., and Mrs. Henry Albright, Mrs. D. Burkhauser and Mrs. D. Hileman, were her only children.  Her husband had been dead many years.

      (John Rhymer married Mrs. Margaret Heddinger on 20 Oct 1868, in Union Co., Ill.  David Hileman married Sarah Heddinger on 6 Jan 1870, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Margaret wife of John Rhymer Born Feb. 2, 1830 Died Oct. 16, 1893 Aged 63 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 14 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died—Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15,1893, Ophelia, oldest daughter of William L. and Ella Keith, aged 4 years, 7 months and 18 days.  She and her youngest sister had diphtheria several weeks ago and while the young child had almost entirely recovered, Ophelia seemed to be suffering from the effects of the disease.  Though in no bodily pain, she never seemed well and on last Saturday was able to be out playing in the yard with other children, but about 8 or 9 o’clock p.m. was taken very sick and nothing could be done to relieve her.  Mr. and Mrs. Keith buried a young son 15 months ago and this second affliction is a severe blow.  They have the sympathy of the community.  Funeral at Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon, and interment in I. O. O. F. Cemetery.  Arthur Gates, a brother of Mrs. Keith and Miss Emma, a sister, attended the funeral besides friends from Jonesboro and elsewhere.

      (William L. Keith married Ella Gates on 20 Mar 1888, in Gallatin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Caroline Walder’s remains were brought from Elco and buried in the Thebes Cemetery last Sunday.
9 Nov 1893:
Fred Harris Dead.

      Last week we announced that Fred W. Harris was adjudged insane and was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary where Dr. Stevenson tried orificial surgery as a remedy for his overturned mind.  Reports as to his condition were favorable until Saturday, when it was learned that he died at three o’clock in the morning.

      Mr. Harris was 27 years of age and leaves a mother, Mrs. Augusta Harris, and a brother.  He entered into business in 1887 with his brothers, one of whom has since died, under the name of Harris Bros. and has built up a good trade in the dry goods line.

      The deceased was an Odd Fellow and a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, which organization took charge of his funeral Monday afternoon.
Struck by a Train.

      Mrs. Weisen, an aged German lady, was crossing the Big Four track at Mound City Tuesday forenoon when an incoming train struck her, inflicting fatal injuries and mutilating her body in a terrible manner.  She was very deaf and did not hear the approaching train.  News received Wednesday evening was to the effect that she was still alive, but cannot survive long.
Mr. C. Close Dead.

      Mr. C. Close, a former resident of Cairo, died a few days ago in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mr. Close lived in Cairo a good many years and will be remembered by all our old citizens.  At the close of the war, he was quite well off, but reverses came and he was reduced to poverty.  He built the house where Mr. Peter Neff now lives and occupied it as his residence but he was obliged to let it go.

      A son and a daughter settled in Atlanta, Georgia, and he finally removed there a few years ago.
Murder Will Out.

      Louis Miller, who shot Joseph Schulle, superintendent of the Murphysboro brewery, on February 12, 1892, has been found at Stockton, Cal.  He has been hiding ever since the murder was committed.  Sheriff Huthmacher has gone out for him.
Mrs. Nehemiah Spencer, of Centralia, died at Anna Tuesday night.  She was an aunt of Mr. Frank Spencer, acting postmaster.  She lived in Mound City with her husband in the early 60s and will be remembered by the old residents of that place.  Her husband and two daughters survive her.  The funeral was held at Centralia.
Gus Fowler, the courageous, courteous, magnanimous and manly mariner, rests, forever gone off watch, in the Paducah Cemetery.
The Fireman and Two Tramps Killed by Overturned Cars.

      WETAUG, ILL., Nov. 7.—The southbound vestibule No. 3, which arrives here about midnight was badly wrecked a mile north of Ullin at the Lime Kiln Switch, Saturday night.  Three coaches and the baggage car were derailed and the tender of the engine.  The engineer was killed by the tender falling on him and two tramps who were stealing a ride on the blind baggage, were instantly killed by the car falling on them.

      The wreck was caused by an open switch.  The lock had been pried open and the light broken off and thrown away.  The switch track is used by Mr. Shick to load lime and rock at his quarry.  The track makes a sharp curve just after it leaves the main track and the ties were rotten and the speed of the heavy train caused the track to spread and the cars to leave it.  The engineer discovered the light was gone when in about three hundred feet of the switch and immediately applied the brakes but the train was heavy, consisting of eleven cars running fifty miles an hour, and they could not be checked in time to prevent the catastrophe.

      The engineer remained at his post and was only slightly injured.  The fireman jumped and was killed by the tender rolling on him.  One of the tramps killed was an American and the other an Italian.  Nothing was found on them by which they could be identified.  An inquest was held and they were buried near the place of their death.  $4.50 was found on one and a few coppers on the other.  The fireman killed was named Harmon and had a wife and family at Centralia.

      Various theories have been offered to account for the broken switchlock, but the most probable one is that it was done by malicious person or persons from a pure deviltry, they foolishly thinking that it would be a good joke to run a train in on the switch and probably not expecting such a fatal termination.  Some think it was for the purpose of robbery but no robbers were seen at the time or have shown up since.  The shots said to have been fired were torpedoes exploded to warn approaching trains.  The railroad company offers $1,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of the miscreants.

      All trains were delayed several hours and a new track had to be built to get the cars back on the main track.  When the ill-fated train stopped at Wetaug the conductor made four men get off the blind baggage or the death list would have been two greater, the two killed having got back on.

      President Fish’s private car was attached to the train, and was occupied by himself and his secretary.
Sam Orr has turned in at Villa Ridge, way down in Cairo, and will never again lift up his head, which was always level, until Judgment Day, when he will come forth from the grave with no stain upon his honest record.
Poor Bill De Bake, master of antebellum forecastles, unwept, unhonored and unsung is buried in the Potter’s Field at Evansville.

      P.S.—There was not present at the burial of Bill Baker a single outsider, but the good man, Wash Phillips
The genial J. V. Troop, no better man ever trod the hurricane deck of a steamboat, sleeps on the old graveyard hill down at the mouth of Smithland.

A little child of Mr. Will Richmond, died last Wednesday.  (Unity)
The funeral of Mrs. Lelia Scully, who died Tuesday at 1:45 p.m., was held Wednesday afternoon at their home.  Services conducted by Rev. A. A. Young.  (Cobden)

      (Mark C. Scully married Mrs. Lelia Nelson nee Berlin on 1 Jul 1878.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Sunday morning, little Claire Herin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Herin, aged about eighteen months. (Cobden)
Died, Nov. 4, Mr. James Hamilton, of consumption.  (Cobden)
Mr. Samuel Springs, who has been sick for several weeks, died last night. Mr. Springs was a prominent merchant of Cobden and one of the old settlers.

      (His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Samuel Springs Born Jan. 13, 1825 Died Nov. 6, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 16 Nov 1893:
Mrs. Jennie Stack died at her home on Douglas Street Monday morning after an illness of some months.  Her husband, it will be remembered, died a short time ago.  Funeral services were held in St. Patrick's Church Tuesday and the interment was at Villa Ridge Cemetery.

      (Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Jennie Stack 1844-1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Nov. 8th, Mrs. Henry Tinsley.  (Thebes)
John A. Towers, once a clerk in Daniel Hartman's great store, died at St. Mary's Infirmary last Friday afternoon after a long illness.  He was 37 years old and leaves a sister, Miss Mary Towers, who came down form Chicago Saturday to attend the funeral.
Friends of the family were pained to learn of the death, last Saturday, of little Nelson Baker Galigher, the infant son of Mrs. and Mrs. Albert Galigher.  The little one had been ill a long time.  Funeral services were held at the Church of the Redeemer Sunday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Zanesville, Ohio, for interment.
Thursday, 23 Nov 1893:
The aged mother of County Clerk Sidney B. Miller is quite ill.  Mr. Miller went up to Creal Springs Tuesday after his sister, Mrs. Brown, and she will remain with her mother during her illness.
Sunday forenoon several tramps attempted to board a freight train at Mounds and one of them missed his footing and fell under the wheels.  He was instantly killed.  The inquest revealed his name to be Joseph Eugene Werth, and a discharge from the French Army was found on his person.  He was about 35 years old.
Little Ruth, the only daughter of Henry and Lillie Wilson, died Saturday November 18th, aged 11 months and 10 days.  She was the idol of her parents, and a general favorite of the entire community, who sympathize deeply with the bereaved father and mother.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ashby Sunday evening at the family residence.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilson feel very grateful to their kind neighbors for the assistance rendered during the illness of the little one and especially to Dr. W. H. Davis, of Mill Creek.  (Elco)

Thursday, 30 Nov 1893:
Mrs. C. M. Willard Dead.

      ANNA, Ill., Nov. 29.—Mrs. Ellen D. wife of Mr. C. M. Willard, president of the First National Bank, died on Monday and her remains were laid away on Wednesday in the Anna cemetery.  Like Mr. Willard, she was of a cultured and enterprising Christian family, which early in the century, migrated to Southern Illinois, and aided in developing its business.  While the Willards located in Union County, the Tuthills (that was her family name) settled in the Prairie a short distance to the north.

      Mrs. Willard some time ago was injured by a fall down the cellar stairway and remained an invalid until her peaceful death.  Last April Mr. and Mrs. Willard went to the famous sanitarium at Battle Creek, Mich.  Though they passed the entire summer there, the benefit to her health did not appear as hoped for.  Accordingly they returned in the early summer.

      In her last days, she had the comforting presence and ministrations of not only her husband, but her aged mother, Mrs. Tuthill, and her three sisters, one from Quincy, Ill., and another from Florida.  Mrs. W. was one of the foremost members of the organization of the Presbyterian Church of this place and died in its communion.

      Funeral services Wednesday at the residence, conducted by the Rev. W. B. Minton, and attended by a large concourse of citizens.

      (Charles M. Willard married Ellen D. Tuthill on 2 Nov 1853, in Jackson Co, Ill.  A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Ellen D. Tuthill Willard born at Peru, Vt., Feb. 7, 1830 Died at Anna, Ill., Nov. 27, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
The wife of Charlie Crawford of Stringtown, died Monday evening with epileptic convulsions, after a short illness.  (Wetaug)
Mrs. Mollie Wright and children came Sunday evening to attend the funeral of her grandfather, Mr. Rinehart and expect to return to their home at Piggott, Ark., the latter part of the week.  (Dongola)

      (William J. Wright married Mary J. Rinehart on 4 Jun 1879, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Nov. 25th, 1893, Mr. Joseph Rinehart, aged 83 years, 3 months, and 13 days.  Mr. Rinehart had made his home here with his son, Thomas Rinehart, for about four years.  He had lived in this county for 70 years, having removed from Rowan County, N.C., when only thirteen years of age.  He married a Miss Barnhart when he was about 23 years of age and she died 14 years ago.  Two sons and one daughter and several grandchildren survive.  The funeral was conducted by Revs. Green and Karraker and the burial was at St. John's Church, six miles west of Dongola, Monday afternoon, where his wife is buried.

      (Joseph Rinehart married Lydia Barnhart on 14 Mar 1833, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery is broken and reads:  Joseph Rinehart Born Aug. 12, 1810 Died Nov. 25, 1893—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Nov. 23rd, Mrs. Christian, aged 90 years. (Thebes)
A wreck on the Illinois Central Sunday near Desoto caused the death of Fireman Charles Ryan.  A southbound freight train ran into an open switch and Ryan was caught by the overturned engine while attempting to jump.  Traffic was delayed several hours.
Frank Howard, a negro roustabout, was arrested by Chief Mahoney last Tuesday on a charge of murder.  He is alleged to have given his mistress, Dora Johnson, a dose of morphine last Saturday, with criminal intent.  Both parties lived on Halliday Avenue.  The case is being investigated.
Mrs. W. D. McKay, residing at 229 Sixteenth Street, died Saturday morning last after a brief illness. She leaves a husband employed by the Lancaster & Rice Lumber & Manufacturing Co., and two sons and one daughter, all grown.  Funeral services were held Sunday and the remains were laid to rest at Arlington, Ky.
Mr. James Cooper, the superintendent of the farm, connected with the hospital at Anna, when riding along the road to the hospital in his buggy recently was thrown from his carriage down the steep embankment and severely hurt.  He was removed to his old home in Massac County, but was attacked by erysipelas and died.  His wife was an inmate of the hospital.

Thursday, 14 Dec 1893:
Fatally Injured.

      Henry Whitaker of Elco met with a serious and perhaps fatal accident Monday afternoon.  The woods near his home were afire and he went out to fight the flames alone.  The heavy wind that was blowing hurled a limb of a tree down upon him breaking his left arm and injuring him internally.  He was not found for nearly six hours or about seven o'clock in the evening, when he was discovered lying unconscious where he fell and in great danger of being burned.  He was carried home and J. J. Rendleman sent for.  The doctor reports that there are but a slight chances of his recovery.

      Died—Saturday, Dec. 9th, after an illness of several weeks, Benjamin Stapleton, aged 24 years.  The deceased was employed by the American Express Company until his last illness compelled him to give up works.  he died of consumption.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Stapleton and a brother of Robert and Miss Maggie Stapleton, and was well known and well liked.  Funeral services were conducted at St. Patrick's Church Monday, interment being at Villa Ridge.

      (Dennis Stapleton married Catharine Cahill on 22 Jul 1860, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

      Died—At Jackson, Mo., Monday, Dec. 11th, Mrs. Watkins, the aged mother of Mr. T. C. Watkins, of this city.  She was nearly 80 years old.  funeral services were held Tuesday at Charleston, Mo.

      Died—At Sandwich, Ill., Saturday, Dec. 9th, Mrs. Oliver Dewey, the aged mother of Circuit Clerk E. S. Dewey.  She was nearly 86 years old, and in a married life of over fifty-six years, this is the first time death has entered their family.  Many Cairo people have kind recollections of Grandma Dewey, and Grandpa Dewey, as well, who now survive her.  Mr. E. S. Dewey left Sunday at noon to attend the funeral.
Died—At his residence in Dongola on Saturday, Dec. 9th, in the 52nd year of his age, David Penrod, a resident of this vicinity for about 7 years.  He was born and raised in Johnson County.  Pneumonia was the direct cause of his death, and he was confined to his bed only five or six days.  He left a wife and several children to mourn his loss and the community extends sympathy to them. Rev. Jacob Karraker conducted funeral services at the Baptist church on last Monday afternoon.  (Dongola)
Two children of Aaron Hart, who were buried at Wetaug about a year ago were removed to the cemetery here (Dongola) last Monday.
Died at his home near Cobden, Monroe St. John.  Interment in the Anna Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

      (Monroe C. St. John Died Dec. 8, 1893 Aged 23 Yrs., 10 Mos., 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Barr, of Quincy, who was called here on account of her sister, Mrs. C. M. Willard, left last week for her home.
James Wiley, youngest son of Col. Ben L. Wiley, died at Makanda, December fourth, of typhoid fever, aged 20 years.  He was the youngest of nine children, and the first to die.  His father died a few years ago.
Thursday, 21 Dec 1893:
Mr. Henry C. Laughlin, well known as a newspaperman throughout Southern Illinois, died at Metropolis today after a long illness.
An infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. F Stoner was interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Friday.

      (Obadiah F. Stoner married Diannah Knupp on 17 Jun 1875, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We are pained to announce the death of our friend and associate, George Lawrence, who passed to the unseen world Monday the 11sth inst.  He was a son of the late James Lawrence, who was well known throughout the county as old uncle Jimmie Lawrence.  George was a generous, respectable young man, and was well thought of by all who knew him.  He was about twenty-one-years of age and leaves only one brother and one sister to survive him.  He was sick only a short time and his death was a surprise to the community (Sandusky).
Died, Saturday, Dec. 16th, Mr. Christian Joram.  The many friends sympathize with the bereaved family.  (Cobden)
Died, on Friday morning, Dec., 8th, 1893, Mrs. John Smith.  Her remains were interred at the Mt. Zion Cemetery on Sunday.  The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
The funeral of Mr. Simon H. Carter, on last Sunday afternoon was largely attended.  Mr. Carter had been there (Dongola) with the family of his son, Rev. S. L. Carter, for the past six months and had been a great sufferer for several years.  La grippe was the final cause of death, which occurred Saturday afternoon, Dec., 16th, aged 75 years, and 7 months.  Mr. Carter was born in the state of South Carolina and has lived a Christian life for many years.
The community (Dongola) also sympathizes with Mr. Ben Anderson and wife.  Their first affliction came to them last Monday morning, when their baby passed away.  He had been sick several weeks and everything that loving hands could do was of no avail.  He was a bright little fellow about one year old.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Congregational Church.
Mr. Henry Whitaker is very slowly improving.  He is still in a very bad condition.  His left arm was broken and he received very severe injuries to his back.  But his friend are now hopeful that he will finally recover.

Thursday, 28 Dec 1893:
Killed by a Cattle Board.

      DONGOLA, ILL., Dec. 27.—A sad and fatal accident happened to Job Hardin late last Saturday eve.  As he was walking from Wetaug along the Illinois Central tracks he fell into the cattle guard, about half way down the pass track, and was assisted out by a friend and two who were with him, and after walking a short distance further fell and expired soon after being removed from the track.  The coroner’s investigation showed the fact that he was injured internally.  His funeral was Sunday afternoon last.

      (Job Hardin married Esther Toler on 16 Sep 1866, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Samuel H. Michael.

            Died at his home in Dongola on Christmas Day, about ten p.m., Samuel H. Michael, aged forty-four years, three months and twenty-one days.  He was born in Graves County, and married Miss Almeda Bonds in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1875.  They had lived in Arkansas or Missouri for fifteen years previous to a few months ago and he was well known here and respected by all.  He was a cooper by trade.  He was confined to his bed about 8 days.  The funeral was on Tuesday afternoon conducted by Mr. Travor.
Mr. Peter Neff is very seriously ill and grave fears are entertained that he cannot recover.  His trouble is asthma and heart disease and his condition if such that he cannot be down.
Miss Grace Eubanks, daughter of Mr. W. H. Eubanks, died last Saturday afternoon at Marion, Ill.  Many Cairo people will remember Mr. Eubanks was chief deputy in the internal revenue office under C. Pavey.
Sunday morning Coroner Grear was summoned to Dongola to hold an inquest over the remains of a man who it was ascertained came to his death by falling through a trestle on the I. C. R. R. receiving fatal injures

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