Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
4 Jan 1894-27 Dec 1894
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 4 Jan 1894:
Died, in this city last Thursday afternoon, December 28th, Mr. Peter Neff, aged 67 years. About two years ago Mr. Neff suffered from an attack of la grippe, which seemed to undermine his constitution and from the effects of which he never fully recovered. He has kept about however until recently attending to his property interests though he was seldom seen upon the streets. He died of asthma and heart disease.
Mr. Neff was born July 18th, 1826, in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. He learned the trade of a tailor. He came to this country in 1847, when only twenty-one years of age and spent four years in St. Louis. In 1851 he removed to Jonesboro where for nearly three years he carried on the business of a merchant tailor. In the spring of 1854 he removed to Cairo, where he built up a very large business as merchant tailor. He was here all through the years of the war and did an immense business. In 1878 he sold out his clothing business to Mr. A. Marx, but still carried on the business of a tailor until 1881, when he retired. Mr. Neff was twice married, but both of his wives had preceded him to the spirit land. His last wife died Feb. 14th, 1893. He leaves three grown children to mourn his loss: Calvin V. Neff and Alexander W. Neff, sons by his first wife, and Effie Neff, a daughter by his last wife.
Mr. Neff was in many respects a remarkable man., He was a man of few words. He was a man of very sound judgment and made few mistakes. Gradually as he acquired means he invested in real estate here in Cairo. Since he retired from business in 1881, he was given his attention to his investments. He owned the Planters House, which his sons have conducted. He also owned some other very choice real estate—some of the finest in the city. Mr. Neff was always remarkable for the neatness of his personal appearance. He was uniformly the best dressed man in Cairo. He was public spirited and always ready to help forward any worthy enterprise, which gave promise of success. He was a good citizen whose loss is to be greatly deplored.
His funeral was observed Sunday afternoon Dec. 31st, Rev. C. T. Phillips of the Presbyterian Church officiating and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
(Peter Neff married
Elizabeth Cruse on 29 Aug 1852, in Union Co., Ill. Peter Neff
married Katie C. Wilkins on 21 Nov 1880, in Union Co., Ill.)
Warren F. Russell, the well-known capitalist, contractor and builder, died at about 5 o’clock last Tuesday morning, after an illness of only five days, aged sixty-seven years and six months.
Mr. Russell was a native of Maine and had been a resident of Cairo for a period of about twenty-five years, and many of the buildings here were erected by him.
By economy and industry Mr. Russell amassed quite a fortune, and at the time of his death was one of the largest landlords in the city.
The deceased joined the Presbyterian Church on April 4th, 1874, during the pastorate of Rev. H. B. Thayer, and for upwards of twenty years was an earnest and consistent Christian man.
He was particularly interested in the building of the new Presbyterian church and from the day the first brick was laid, up to the time he was stricken down, was almost constantly on the run, zealously watching the progress of the work. In fact, he acted as an overseer of the work, because of his intense interest in the building, and gave his services gladly and freely. Every little detail was observed, and whenever a workman made the slightest deviation from the plans and specifications, Mr. Russell quickly called him to account. it was peculiarly fitting, that the members of his beloved church should have been constantly at his bedside during his short illness, and were accorded the melancholy privilege of attending him at the time of his dissolution. Thus, though a bachelor, and far away from relations, he was tenderly cared for, and met a peaceful and contented death.
A brother living in Baltimore, nieces and nephews in Kentucky, and a nephew in the far west are supposed to be his only living relatives. It is thought he left no will.
Mrs. Nannie W. Scobe, a niece, and two nephews, the Messrs. Russell of New Castle, Ky., arrived yesterday to attend the funeral.
The funeral services will
occur tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 from the Presbyterian church and from
thence to Villa Ridge cemetery. The following gentlemen, officers of the
church, have been selected as pall bearers: E. S. Dewey, Mr.
Easterday, William White, W. B. Pettis, Charles
Lancaster, Seymour Antrim, John Haynes, A. Halley,
W. T. Raefsnider, J. F. Smith, Wood Rittenhouse, and R.
It was noted in The Citizen about the last of November that Mrs. Charles M. Willard of Anna, after a lingering illness, had been called from earth. In just a month the bereaved husband has followed her with little premonition. Returning from a short business trip to St. Louis last Wednesday, night he was seized with a severe chill, followed before morning by partial paralysis and the loss of consciousness, and before Sabbath morning spirit and body separated.
The remains were today (Jan. 2) laid beside those of his wife—after brief and appropriate religious services, conducted by the pastor. Rev. W. B. Minton. Mr. Willard was nearly 70 years of age. Mr. Willard was well known and esteemed in business circles in this community, having seen for many years a successful merchant, and then a private banker and finally the founder and president of the First National Bank of Anna. This position he held until his death. For the past year he had been treasurer of the insane hospital at this place.
Mr. Willard was quite wealthy and we understand he left $5,000 to the Presbyterian Church at Anna and heavily endowed Union Academy.
(His marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: Charles M. Willard Born at Sherbrooke, Canada, April
17, 1815, Died at Anna, Ill., Dec. 30, 1893.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Adam Rees, the well-known baker on Twentieth Street, died suddenly yesterday morning at 7 o’clock, of congestion of the bowels.
About two years ago Mr. Rees was seriously poisoned by eating some cheese and his stomach and bowels having never completely recovered, he finally succumbed.
The deceased was a member of
the Odd Fellows, under whose auspices the funeral services will be
conducted. He was also a member of the Delta Fire Company.
McClure, wife of Maj. S. M. P. McClure, of Wheatland, died Sunday
morning, Dec. 31st. She had been a paralytic for some three or
four years since the death of her mother.
(Her marker in Mt. Tabor
Cemetery reads: Mary Underwood Died Jan. 3, 1894 Aged 91 Yrs., 5
Ms., & 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Robert Allyn, D. D. LL. D., of Carbondale, died at his home last Sunday morning.
Dr. Allyn was born in Ledyard, Conn., January 25, 1817. Raised on a farm, his education until he was nineteen, was gained by attendance at the district school. He entered Wilbraham (Mass) Academy in 1836 and Wesleyan University at Middletown, Conn., the next year, graduating in 1841. He had already, prior to this, taught the winter term of school at Lynne, Conn., and upon leaving college was elected teacher of mathematics at the Wilbraham Academy. He had also in the meantime joined the Methodist church and entered into the ministry, spending several years in preaching, but it was apparent that his greatest success was to be attained as an educator, and he returned to his first love.
Removing to Rhode Island, in 1848, he was at the head of a Methodist seminary at East Greenwich, for six years. He was twice elected to the legislature while in this position and was next appointed commissioner of public schools of Rhode Island, filling the office three years.
He spent six years in Ohio reaching in the state university and in a Cincinnati college until 1863, when he was elected president of McKendree College at Lebanon, Ill., which he held eleven years. His administration was marked by an era of great prosperity for the school.
In 1874, the Southern Illinois Normal at Carbondale was founded and Dr. Allyn was elected president, holding the position until last year when he resigned. Since that time he has edited the Southern Illinois Teacher.
Dr. Allyn was married twice. To Miss E. H. Denison, of Coleraine, Mass., who died in 1843, leaving two children, and again in 1845 to Miss Mary Buddington, of Leyden, Mass. Three children survive him. Says a biographer: “His scholarship, business, talents and administrative ability were of the highest order. He had the rare faculty of managing a large amount of business and attending to many things at the same time without seeming worry or confusion, and doing them all well. He was a vigorous, versatile, and chaste writer, a fluent, eloquent and energetic speaker, lecturer, and preacher.” His pupils are to be found in all professions, scattered all over this broad land and scores in whom he has helped to kindle a desire for a higher life, will call him blessed.
Funeral services were held
Died, at Wheatland, Ill., Dec. 31,1893, Mrs. Martha A. McClure, wife of S. M. P. McClure. Mrs. McClure was a native of Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois, and was fifty-two years of age. She and Mr. McClure had been married twenty-nine years the day preceding her death. She had been a great sufferer from paralysis for more than three years, having received the stroke while weeping over her dying mother. She leaves a husband and three grown daughters to mourn her loss. The family has the full sympathy of the entire community in this their sad affliction.
(Samuel M. P. McClure
married Martha Ann Williams on 29 Dec 1864, in Union Co., Ill. Her
marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Martha A. wife of Samuel M. P.
McClure Died Dec. 31, 1893, Aged 52 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 1 Day.—Darrel
Last week we mentioned the critical illness of Mrs. Orr, wife of Mr. Samuel Orr. She did not survive the night, but passed away at 10 o’clock last Thursday evening. Mrs. Margetta Griswald Orr was a native of Youngstown, Kentucky. She was married to Mr. Orr in Shawneetown in 1864, and came to Cairo with her husband soon after. Three daughters remain to console their father in his great sorrow—Mrs. E. C. Halliday, Misses Vivian and India. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. DeRosset at the family residence No. 1903 Washington Avenue, Saturday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest at Beech Grove Cemetery.
(Samuel M. Orr
married Mariett Griswold on 2 May 1864, in Gallatin Co., Ill.—Darrel
The statement has been
published in the local papers and telegraphed to the city dailies as well
that a colored woman died from the effect of injuries received at a watch
meeting at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Rev. Knowles the pastor, is
highly indignant at such a statement, and desires us to say she died from
natural causes. He admits she was present at the meeting, as she was a
faithful member of his flock and had been for sixteen years, but he claims
she had been complaining for several days, and in fact was a sufferer from
some chronic trouble. Her name was Kittie Kelly. She left a husband
and two small children.
The jury in the case of
Frank Newsum, who was tried at Jackson, Mo., last week under an
indictment for a murder in the first degrees, after being out for
forty-eight hours failed to agree upon a verdict and were discharged. Seven
of the jury were for a verdict or murder in the first degree, while five
stood for murder in the second degree. The punishment for the first crime
would be according to Missouri laws, the extreme penalty, and death by
hanging; while murder in the second degree would be punished by imprisonment
in the penitentiary for any term from one year to life. The case will be
retried February 27th.
Mrs. Barbara G. Morris,
an old and esteemed resident of this city, died at the residence of her
daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser, 2611 Sycamore Street, at about half
past eight last Monday morning.
Mrs. Barbara G. Morris was born in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 2, 1797, and at the time of her death was 96 years, 2 months, and 20 days old, and was undoubtedly the oldest resident of this county. Although almost entirely blind at the time of her death, her mind remained very active, and her memory was wonderful. She used to delight in relating anecdotes of the second war with England, and had witnessed many stirring scenes during these troublesome times. She also remembered every presidential election form the time of Jefferson down. Calmly and peacefully she breathed her last, sustained and comforted by the knowledge that she would join those who had gone before, in her heavenly home.
Her funeral was observed yesterday afternoon, at 1:30, Rev. F. M. Van Treese, of the Methodist church officiating. Despite the inclemency of the weather, a large concourse of friends followed the body to the cemetery at Beechwood.
(James B. Fulton
married Sallie W. Morris on 15 May 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Niles
L. Wickwire married Margaret A. Morris on 22 Dec 1861, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
During the fair at Vienna, in September 1890, the body of a young man was found in Throgmorton’s field not far from the railroad depot. An investigation disclosed the fact that the body, which had been lying there about thirty-six hours, was that of John Scarlet, and that he had been murdered and robbed. No clue to the murderers could be found, but at last, after the lapse of more than three years, James and Bent Gore were arrested for the crime.
Their preliminary trial
before Judge Murray, county judge, of Johnson County, at Vienna,
lasted Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The evidence was deemed
sufficient to commit James Gore to jail, without bail, where he will
await the action of the grand jury. Bent Gore was acquitted. The
outcome of the case will be watched with great interest.
John Clark, captain
of the watch, was killed Monday morning by John Bennett, a
roustabout. Both are colored, and were employed on the steamer
State of Missouri.
About 4 o’clock Monday morning,
ordered all hands out for week. Bennett did not move fast enough to
suit him and Clark
attempted coercion. Angry words followed
struck Bennett, and the latter retaliated by hitting him over the
head several times with a spade.
was conveyed to the marine hospital in a dying condition, where he expired
in a few hours and Bennett was placed in jail. The coroner’s jury
after hearing all of the evidence, returned a verdict in accordance with the
foregoing facts, and Bennett was committed to jail where he will
await the action of the grand jury, which meets next month.
(Rosie was probably Jerry’s
sister-in-law. Thomas F. Hale married Rosa M. Burkhart on 28
Dec 1892, in Alexander Co., Ill. Jerry McDaniel married Katie Maria
Burkhart on 29 May 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Wetaug
Reformed Cemetery reads: In Memory of W. A. Hight Died Jan. 14, 1894
Aged 73 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 17 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
married Abigail Musgrave on 10 Nov 1853, in Union Co., Ill. Thomas
F. Sheridan married Fannie Throgmorton on 24 Nov 1891, in
Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A son of Mr. Henry Whitaker, of Elco, about ten years old, while playing in the barnyard last week, Wednesday, was kicked by a young horse and very severely injured. His skull was fractures and crushed in upon his brain. Dr. Elrod went out from Cairo and took out several pieces of the skull and trephined it and did all that surgical skill could do to save the boy. The result is at present uncertain.
married Margaret S. Miller on 31 May 1866, in Alexanmder Co.,
(His marker in I. O. O. F.
Cemetery reads: Elder Simeon Wisner Died Feb. 5, 1894 Aged 61 Yrs.,
11 Mos., 27 Ds. At Rest.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Joseph Hochnedel, an old and respected citizen of Cairo, died at his residence 325 Sixth Street last Sunday morning. Mr. Hochnedel had been a resident of Cairo for a period of nearly thirty years and at the time of his death was sixty-one years of age.
He was a shoemaker by trade and was noted for his promptness and integrity in everything pertaining to his business affairs.
Mr. Hochnedel was a member of Alexander Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F., who had charge of his funeral.
His funeral services were observed last Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist church, and from there to the Villa Ridge cemetery. Rev. F. M. Van Treese conducted the funeral services, which were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends.
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Joseph Hochnedel 1833-1894.—Darrel
Thursday, 22 Feb 1894:
The noted case of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Morton Shelby, who, together with his
nephew, Evan Shelby, was charged with the murder of Mrs. Moore
at Wickliffe, was by the Commonwealth’s attorney, Mr. Shelburn,
dismissed Monday and Shelby turned loose.—Charleston Enterprise
married Maggie Willis on 20 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Little Jesse Whitaker,
the son of Mr. Henry Whitaker, of Elco, whose skull was crushed by
the kick of a horse some weeks ago, seems now to be getting well. The boy
was lying on the ground when he was hurt, and his skull was crushed in on
the top of his head and a fracture ran along down back of his left ear to
the base of the skull. Dr. Elrod took out the broken pieces and
dressed the wound and for some days he seemed in a fair way to recover, but
afterward there was a change. His right side became paralyzed, he lost the
power of speech and finally became unconscious. Dr. Elrod was called
out again to see him. He bored another hole in his skull back of his left
ear and removed a large amount of bloody matter. From that time the boy
began to recover. His paralysis left him, he recovered the power of speech
and he is getting well. The lad is about ten years old.
Mrs. A. J. Ross, wife
of Police Magistrate Ross, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last
Saturday. She had been suffering for years with cancer, and a week ago last
Tuesday Dr. W. W. Stevenson removed the cancer. But the operation
did not benefit her, and she died as above stated. Her funeral was observed
Tuesday under the auspice of the Red Men, of which her husband is a member.
Mrs. Grace Baird, the wife of Mr. Henry Baird, manager of the Western Union Telegraph office, died at the family residence No. 421 Twenty-sixth Street, at about 11 o’clock last Sunday morning, of consumption, aged twenty-nine years.
Mrs. Baird was formerly Miss Grace Davis and was an operator at the Western Union office in St. Louis previous to her marriage to her now bereaved husband. They were united in marriage about eight years ago, and three children came to bless their union.
Although Mrs. Baird
was an intense sufferer from the dreadful disease, which finally destroyed
her life, she was an earnest and sincere Christian and died full of hope and
confident of a happy eternity. Her funeral was observed Tuesday afternoon,
Rev. C. T. Phillips, pastor of the Presbyterian church, of which the
deceased was a member, officiating. A large concourse of friends gathered
at her late residence and accompanied the body to the cemetery.
Mrs. Henrietta Kauffman, wife of Adolph Kauffman, died at the family residence at an early hour last Saturday morning.
Mrs. Kauffman was married to her now bereaved husband on the 2nd of last May at Crefeld, Germany, and left with him immediately for their new home in a foreign land. About a week ago Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman were receiving the congratulations of their friends over the arrival of a bright baby boy; but the pains of childbirth were too much for her overtaxed strength, and in spite of the care of a physician, she succumbed to the inevitable.
Her funeral was observed last Sunday afternoon, at the family residence and from thence to Villa Ridge. Mr. B. Sadler conducted the services according to the solemn rites of the Hebrew synagogue. Mr. Sadler, in an eloquent and touching address, told of the life and character of the deceased, and expressed the belief that she had gone into the presence of Jehovah.
(Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Henritta wife of Adolph Kaufman
1867-1894. Baby Boy Kaufman 1894-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wieman
of Commercial Point have the sympathy of their many friends in their present
bereavement. For many weeks their baby boys, their only offspring, Paul and
Lester, were very ill. All that medical skill and good nursing could do
were exerted in their behalf, but death at last came to take the younger
little one, Lester, to a better home. He died last Monday and was buried
immediately. This step was rendered necessary because orders were given by
the doctor that Paul should not know of his brother’s death. Paul is yet a
very sick child, although he was reported some better last night. He does
not know yet of the baby’s death, and it is heart-rending to hear him ask
his mother if she has given Lester his medicine every time she administers
it to him. Everyone joins in devoutly wishing that this child may be spared
to the afflicted parents.
Died, at her home in Thebes,
Ill., February 28, 1894, Mahala, daughter of Sarah H. and Alvin Jaynes,
aged 14 years, 10 months and 22 days. Again the angel of death has visited
our village and claimed for its victim one of its most promising young girls
and Sabbath school scholars. The funeral services were held at the M. E.
church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. M. Ellengood, after which
the remains were followed in mournful procession to their long home. The
parents have the sympathy of the entire community in this, their sad
(Benjamin C. Pruett
married Rebecca A. James on 27 Nov 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill. He
married Nellie B. Ulen on 20 Jun 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
The three men charged with wrecking an Illinois Central passenger train at Ullin on the night of November 4th, 1893, Parks, Anderson and Brown, are on trial at Mound City. The case was commenced before E. D. Trover, Justice of the Peace, but the defense took a change of venue to Police Magistrate E. P. Easterday, in the new circuit court room. Hon. W. H. Green and State’s Attorney Bradley are appearing for the State and Judge W. A. Wall and Messrs. Crandall and Boyd are representing the defendants. Detective Harrington, of the Illinois Central is also present, assisting the attorneys for the prosecution.
Five witnesses were examined in behalf of the state yesterday and gave some strong evidence. The most important one was John Ashby, of Benton. He testified that the defendant Brown had bragged to him (Ashby) that Brown, Anderson and Parks had wrecked the train. This morning he was subjected to a rigid cross-examination, which developed the fact that witness had been sentenced to the penitentiary in 1880 for manslaughter, and was pardoned out in 1882. He also further confessed that he had killed a man last fall, but was exonerated by the coroner’s jury. Yesterday afternoon he was arrested on another charge and will answer to the latter. He was the last witness offered by the prosecution.
This morning, A. W. Brown,
father of the defendant, Bert Brown, swore to a complete alibi from 8
o’clock the night of November 4th until the morning of November 5th. It is
expected that the case will continue throughout today.
Hon. W. H. Boyer,
attorney for Elijah Pierson, succeeded in getting a change of venue
last Monday from the Saline County circuit court to that of Johnson County.
Pierson is charged with the murder of young Dorris at
Harrisburg last Decoration Day, and the felling in Saline County is very
bitter against him. The case will be tried at Vienna next month.
The three men, Anderson, Parks and Brown, charged with wrecking a passenger train at the Ullin lime kiln switch on the night of November 4th, last, were discharged by Police Magistrate Easterday at Mound City last Saturday morning. The court held that an alibi had been proven by each defendant and that the evidence of the prosecution showed the earmarks of a desire to obtain the reward of $1,000 at any cost by two dissolute and dangerous characters who were witnesses for the prosecution.
The state’s attorney and the
railroad company are by no means satisfied with Judge Easterday’s
decision, and will bring the matter before the grand jury at Mound City on
the 23d of next month, when they predict an indictment will be found. Some
very sensational evidence, in connection with the preliminary examination of
last week will, in all probability, be presented to the circuit court jury.
(Louis J. Moll
married Kate Fair on 7 Jan 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
It has been truly said that “truth is stranger than fiction.” The recent discovery that Sam Ginter of the 61st United States colored infantry was buried as “Unknown” at the beautiful national cemetery at Mound City, is but another exemplification of that old adage. The fact that the identity of an unknown soldier has been discovered after a period of thirty years’ burial, is in itself a remarkable occurrence, but when that soldier’s grave has been surrounded by speculations, hatreds, and slanders, base and cruel, the story of its occupant’s life and death is doubly interesting.
The facts and circumstances surrounding the grave of Sam Ginter have already made a sensational chapter in the history of Cairo, but the tale itself should be again told, in order that the reader may see the force and meaning of subsequent events.
In the early spring of 1889,
the present fairgrounds were still sacred as the city of the dead. But in
the summer of that same year the old graveyard, with its solemn and sacred
stillness, was turned into a place of frolic and merriment. On the afternoon
of Tuesday, June 25th, 1889, while exhuming the bones of the silent
inhabitants of the old cemetery, the workmen came across a fine metallic
coffin, of the character used during the late war. It was of cast iron
________ in the style of a bath ___, the top being bolted to the lower part,
and the seam made tight by lead packing. There was a glass top to the
casket, and through this, by the aid of reflection, it could be seen that
the body was that of a Union soldier. It looked as though there was a
double row of buttons upon the coat, and the body was immediately called
The casket was taken in charge by Warren Stewart Post No. 533, G. A.R. and a committee consisting of Rev. J. W. Phillips, Judge J. R. Robinson and Capt. N. B. Thistlewood, were appointed to re-inter the body at the national cemetery at Mound City. On the afternoon of Thursday, June 27th, 1889, the body of this unknown soldier was again laid to rest. The description as made out through the beclouded glass, was thought to be that of a “young man, about five feet nine inches in height, fair, rather light complexioned, light hair, eye tooth on the left missing, dressed in the uniform of a major of the infantry, gold buttons on his shoulder straps, while the gold leaf at each end was clear and distinct, as well as the blue ground that indicated the branch of the service.”
At this point the story
might have ended, but the editor of a local daily paper, who is now
connected with the Chicago Inter-Ocean, decided otherwise. On the
morning of Sunday, July 14, 1889, in a four-column article he dilated on an
alleged mystery under the headlines
“Can Curly Kate be buried by
mistake in our national cemetery?” In this article the editor claimed to
have received a letter from Cincinnati, signed “Nellie,” in which the writer
said that the “dead major” was none other than “Curly Kate” a noted
courtesan, who flourished in Cairo during the war. In this alleged letter
“Nellie” said that she and Kate had been companions in Cairo, but owing to
their forcible ejectment from the city by the commanding officer, in the
interests of morality, they had returned in soldier’s uniform and were
compelled thereafter to go about in that garb. One evening Kate, in the
uniform of a major, went out boating with a gentleman who is now one of our
leading businessmen, but never returned; the “writer” alleging that Kate had
been murdered by the male companion who confiscated $5,000 which she had on
her person. This sensational article created intense excitement and
the gentleman so basely slandered naturally being very angry. The paper, which published this libelous and sensational article, stood alone, the balance of the press fighting it at every point.
Matters finally became so
complicated that an order was obtained from the authorities at Washington to
re-exhume the body and examine it. Late in the afternoon of August 4, 1889,
a deputation of citizens went up from Cairo to the national cemetery and the
body was again unearthed. The excitement was intense and men crowded around
the grave to get a glimpse of the mysterious unknown. A committee of
physicians consisting of Dr. Casey of Mound City, and Drs.
Stevenson, Sullivan, McNemer, Rendleman, and
Malone, of Cairo, examined the wasted and sunken features and then made
further and more critical examination. It took but a moment for them to
The final and minute examination of the body gave birth to the following description: Five feet ten inches high, seventeen or eighteen years of age; well built and rather stocky, good symmetrical features which were small and well shapen, intelligent face, high forehead. Eyetooth missing on left side. Flaxen, auburn hair, with a tendency to ringlets. Covered with a common gray army blanket from the waist down. Feet tired together with a hempen string. No papers or any mark of identification on the body. Uniform of a common soldier. The body was not that of “Curly Kate.” But whose was it? What common soldier could have been buried at such expense, and then forgotten? These questions puzzled everyone acquainted with the story, and have even to this day.
HON. W. N. BUTLER SOLVES THE MYSTERY.
In the same issue of the Chicago Record of March 9th, this year, there appeared an article from Mason, Ill. State’s Attorney Butler, who is a subscriber for that paper, read the account and became very much interested. The story is substantially as follows: Dr. W. B. Dennis, of Effingham, Ill. was hospital steward of the 61st United States colored infantry at the time the following events took place. Under command of Col. Sturgis the regiment was ordered to leave Memphis by transfer boat for the upper Tennessee River. Near Paducah the boat was signaled by two men on shore who were supposed to be Union couriers. They were taken on board and delivered dispatches to the commanding officer, presumably from the federal general. The dispatches ordered the regiment to proceed to a place called Eastport. There to disembark and march inland about four miles where they were to destroy a bridge, and thus cut off the retreat of the Rebel General Forrest. Those two men were in reality, Rebel spies, and the object was to lead the Federals into an ambush. The place of destination, Eastport, was a hamlet of about fifty people, in Tishomingo County, Miss. This county is in the northeast corner of the state, the Tennessee River cutting off the northeast corner of the county and forming the border of the state.
SLAUGHTERED IN AMBUSH
On October 10th, 1864, the regiment reached Eastport and about two-thirds were landed. They had scarcely reached the shore before they were swept down by a withering fire from two sides. Sixteen were instantly killed and twenty wounded. In great disorder they rushed for the boat, which had broken from its moorings and was floating down stream. Less than half of those who landed reached the boat. Dr. Dennis and a comrade of the name of Sam Ginter were endeavoring to pull a cannon up the gangway, when a shell burst and both fell apparently dead. Ginter receiving many wounds. They were both carried into the stateroom. A deck hand prowling about for plunder discovered that Dr. Dennis was alive and so reported to his superior officers. Dr. Dennis had not received a scratch, but the terrible concussion had so affected his brain that he could recall none of the circumstances of the battle. The officers of the regiment made up a purse of $360 for the purpose of embalming Ginter, and sending his body to his widowed mother, who lived near Bloomington, Ill. Dr. Dennis was granted a furlough to visit his relatives in Ohio and was also selected to accompany the remains of Ginter to Bloomington.
It might here be stated that the regiment was composed of colored soldiers, and although Ginter was a private, being a white man and detailed to special duty, he had only associated with the officers who were, of course, white. The officers had conceived a great liking for Ginter, and when he was killed, made up a purse for a decent burial, in order that they might testify to their appreciation of is worth. Dr. Dennis
REMEMBERS REACHING THE CAIRO WHARF
and standing for a moment on the levee to wave a farewell to his companions. He then turned to go up the hill to have the body embalmed. After this he remembers nothing; his mind is a perfect blank as to the following two weeks. He has no recollection of what he did with the body. He even lost his own identity for that period.
The next thing he remembers, he was walking up the streets of Memphis, clad in new clothes. One of the negro soldiers recognized him and offered to carry his valise to headquarters. When questioned about his trip and the disposition of Ginter’s body, he could remember nothing—knew nothing of what they were talking. He was then questioned about the $360, which had been left in his care, for the purpose of having Ginter’s body embalmed. He had no recollection of this incident, but upon searching his clothing, the money was found intact, in his inside vest pocket. Gradually the incidents of the battle and his trip to Cairo became more firmly impressed upon his mind, but recollection as to the subsequent two weeks was then a blank and remains so to this day.
Upon reading this article, Mr. Butler became convinced that
GINTER WAS THE UNKNOWN SOLDER
alleged to have been “Curly Kate.” As he was personally acquainted with Dr. J. N. Matthews, the Mason correspondent of the Record, Mr. Butler wrote to that gentleman a full description of the body found in the old graveyard, and related the “Curly Kate” episode.
Dr. Matthews immediately left for Effingham and laid the letter from Mr. Butler before Dr. Dennis. Dr. Dennis was dumbfounded. After thirty years of silence he had discovered where Ginter’s body had been placed, and furthermore said that Mr. Butler’s description of the unknown soldier
TALLIED EXACTLY WITH THAT OF GINTER.
In his mind there is not the slightest doubt but that the body of Ginter, surrounded as it has been by sensations and occurrences stranger even that the most sensational romance, has at last been discovered. Dr. Dennis’ theory of this strange sequel to his remarkable experience, is as follows: “Having reached Cairo and engaged the undertaker, I purchased the casket while still able to transact business, paying a certain guaranty from my own pocket book, and arranging to settle the rest of the cost when I called for the remains, after the embalming process. And then my mental aberration growing worse, I wandered off and never returned, leaving the body to be cared for by strangers. Being an officer, I had money of my own, and this probably accounts for my not using the money contributed by my comrades. I am considerably exercised over the disclosures, but my own whereabouts and condition at that time, beyond theory, are as much of a mystery as ever. The description given Mr. Butler of the corpse disinterred at Cairo, tallies in every particular with that of my comrade, Ginter, and I have no hesitancy in pronouncing this to be the body of my long lost comrade.”
The story is ended. It has been told without a single addition or embellishment, but we believe that a romancer never wove a fancy, more exciting or more unreal than this tale of the war. After thirty years of agony, Dr. Dennis can write to that widowed old mother and tell her that the body of her son lies sleeping in a soldier’s grave beneath the peaceful shades of the beautiful trees at the soldiers’ cemetery. The hatred and malice of men tried even to malign him as he slept there, but they failed, and though his ashes were rudely disturbed, the evil that was intended has ended in a blessing.
(A marker at Grave 3396
Section E in Mound City National Cemetery reads: Sgt. Samuel Ginter
U.S. Army Oct. 17, 1864.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas J. Finley
married Virginia Caroline McClure on 30 Jul 1879, in Alexander Co.,
(C. L. Boekenkamp
married Annie Curren on 24 Sep 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Died, at Wheatland, Ill., March 31st, 1894, Dr. Henry M. Sams, in the twenty-ninth year of his age, after a brief illness with pneumonia. Dr. Sams was a son of the late Nathan Sams, of Alexander County. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons about four years ago. A large portion of his young manhood was spent at Tamaroa with an uncle, a Dr. Sams. About three years ago he married Miss Rolwing. Since his graduation he has practiced medicine at Wheatland and had built up quite a fine practice. Dr. Sams possessed a very frail physical and he could not endure much hardship. His last illness was of only a few days duration. He was buried at Thebes last Sunday, April 1st. They had no children, but he leaves a widow, brothers and sisters and a large circle of friends.
(Henry A. Sams
married Emma L. Rohring on 29 Oct 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Two little colored children
were burned to death last Thursday night. Their mother had put them to bed
in their home on Twenty-fifth Street and locking the house, gone out to
visit some friends. During her absence the house caught fire and burned
down. One of the little ones was a girl aged eight and the other a little
boy of four years. Their name was Shaffle.
The article published in
The Citizen of last week, clearing up the mystery surrounding the death
of the unknown soldier buried in the national cemetery and identifying him
as Sam Ginter, was read by a subscriber at Stonington, Ill., and he
furnishes another chapter, which, while entirely different, is just as
plausible as the other.
I see in The Cairo
Citizen that you have decided that Ginter was the unknown soldier
who was supposed to be “Curly Kate.” Now let me state the true facts about
that man. I am ever so glad that I saw that piece in The Citizen.
As soon as I read it I was satisfied about the man. This man and I were in
the war together. We were enrolled on the first day of December, 1861. We
did not get any further than Cairo that winter. In the spring of 1862 this
man died. I sat up with him and saw him die. The other soldiers and I
bought the metallic coffin to put him in. He and I were particular
friends. He died in Cairo and we soldiers buried him in the northwest part
of Cairo. We were intending to send him home to his folks. He lay two days
at the platform at Cairo while we waited to get word from his father. As we
did not hear from him we buried the body. Several others were buried there
also. I suppose they have been taken up and buried in the cemetery at Mound
City. The Citizen gives his description precisely. He was 18 years
old, the same height, the same complexion, one eyetooth out. He was as fine
looking a fellow as I ever saw, and an awful good man too. His father was
opposed to his entering the army. I think his father is dead, but his
mother and brothers are still living. They live in Richland County, this
state. This young man’s name is George Lane. I am ever so glad that
he is taken up and buried in a cemetery. I have wondered so often if he
ever was, so I am now satisfied. There isn’t a description in The
Citizen but what fist this George Lane completely. He was a
private of Company C, 63d Regiment Illinois Infantry. His captain’s name
was Baughan. Now if you want any more evidence that I have given you
just write to me. You don’t need to be calling him “Curly Kate” for she was
living at that time, and you don’t need to call him Sam Ginter, for
it is nobody but George Lane. You can tell that doctor he can just
look somewhere else for that man he embalmed. Now, if you want to know who
I am, I was a policeman for over two years in Cairo. John Cain and
John Hogan, if they are in Cairo, can tell you all about me, and lots
of others. I can’t think of their names now, could tell you lots. I think
this ought to be enough to satisfy the mystery don’t you think so?
(George W. Lane
enlisted on 1 Dec 1861, at Olney, Richland Co., Ill., as a private in
Company C, 63rd Illinois Infantry. He was 19 when he enlisted
and died 16 May 1862, of disease at Cairo, Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The city was startled last Tuesday by the announcement that Mr. John McNulty had been suddenly stricken with paralysis about noon at his store on Commercial Avenue. He was removed to his residence where he lay in a partially unconscious condition until about five o’clock p.m. when he died.
Mr. McNulty had not been in sound health for some time. He had been afflicted somewhat with rheumatism, but no one had reason to believe that his end was near.
He was attending to business at his store until noon Tuesday, apparently as well as usual. Mr. McNulty was born in Kentucky, near Cincinnati, about the year 1835. He came to Cairo soon about the outbreak of the war and has lived here continuously since that time. He was engaged some years as a drayman, but he always had some money with which he could operate as opportunities for investment presented themselves.
He was very intimately associated with Mr. Bailey S. Harrell, who carried on a large furniture store here during and for some years after the war. He handled Mr. Harrell’s furniture. Later he bought out Mr. Winter’s hardware store and continued the business up to the time of his death. Mr. McNulty was a thrifty businessman and seemed to succeed in all his undertakings. For many years he has been considered one of our strong men financially. He leaves a widow and five children.
The funeral occurs this afternoon at the family residence on Walnut Street, Rev. Van Treese of the Methodist church officiating. The Odd Fellows will take charge of the funeral and the interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(John McNulty married
Sarah Bigbee on 17 Nov 1861, in Alexander Co., Ill. His marker in
Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: John McNulty Died April
10, 1894, Aged 57 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Christina wife of H. Stoner Born Aug.
16, 1835 Died April 7, 1894 Aged 58 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 21 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Hugh Crocket King
married Emeline Hoffner on 7 Aug 1865, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Charles A. Hosmer Born Jan. 14, 1818
Died April 9, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
The Pierson murder
case came to an end last Friday and resulted in a verdict of fourteen years
in the penitentiary. This case was taken on a change of venue from Saline
to Johnson County and was tried at Vienna the greater part of two weeks. It
was hotly contested at every point and it is generally believed that the
verdict of the jury in giving the defendant the lowest penalty for murder is
a big victory for the defense, as on good behavior Pierson can get
off on eight years and three months. Hon. W. H. Boyer of this city
was the principal attorney for the defense.
married Eulalie Martin on 2 Apr 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Benjamin M. Johnson, of the Inter Ocean editorial staff and well known in Cairo, died at his residence, No. 659 North Clark Street, Chicago, at about 7 o’clock, last Sunday morning, aged thirty years. He had been at his desk as telegraph editor as usual Friday night and ate a light lunch with his wife at noon, returning home at 2 o’clock in the morning. His wife was awakened about 7 o’clock by his heavy breathing, but before she could realize his condition he had passed away. Mr. Johnson was troubled last fall with a carbuncle, but it disappeared and he had apparently recovered. The doctors believe that the carbuncle had gone inside and struck some vital spot.
About a year ago he was married to Miss Anna Lester, of Chillicothe, Ill., who with his mother, sister and brothers mourn his untimely departure.
His funeral was observed at Chillicothe last Monday, Rev. G. S. Vail, rector of the Reformed Episcopal Church, officiating. The services were very affecting and were attended by a vast concourse of people. Among the floral offerings was an exquisite pillow of white carnations and tea roses, in the center of which, in immortelles, was the figure “30” signifying, in the symbolism of his profession, that his work was done. This offering was from the members of the Inter-Ocean staff.
Mr. Johnson was
connected with newspaper work for many years, and among others, served on
the staffs of the New York World, the Mail,
Herald, and Inter-Ocean of Chicago and the Telegram
and Bulletin of Cairo. He had many friends in Cairo who will be
touched with sorrow at this account of his death.
Gustav Menkhausen was found guilty of the murder of his wife last Saturday at Belleville and sentenced by Judge Wall to be hanged November 4th. The motion for a new trial was of course overruled.
The crime of which Menkhausen now stands convicted was committed on November 9th, 1893. The defendant was formerly a police officer, but while off duty was constantly in the company of a disreputable woman named Annie Lewis. He finally became so infatuated with this woman that he determined to make away with his wife. He accomplished this by placing strychnine in some beer. Immediately after drinking the liquor, Mrs. Menkhausen was thrown into convulsions and in a few moments expired in great agony. Suspicion was at once directed toward Menkhausen and he was arrested. The evidence was strong and very damaging. Prof. Saenger, an expert chemist, of St. Louis, examined a portion of the stomach and found two and one fourth grains of strychnine, one half of which he testified would cause death. Testimony was also submitted, showing that Menkhausen had purchased strychnine some months previous for the alleged purpose of killing some cats. The verdict of the jury gives universal satisfaction in Belleville, which feeling was very bitter toward Menkhausen from the time of his arrest.
(Gustav H. Menkhausen
married Elizabeth Dombach on 16 Apr 1890, in St. Clair Co.,
The workingmen engaged in digging for the remains of two children buried in the old Presbyterian church lots, last Tuesday succeeded in finding the grave of the Stuart child buried in 1878. There was nothing left save a few buttons, a handful of bones and the decayed remnants of the coffin. The remains were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment and placed in a coffin, where they will await the orders of the child’s parents, who now reside in New Orleans.
In the year 1862, a little
sister of Alderman Egbert A. Smith fell from a sidewalk into the sipe
water and was drowned. She was buried in the church ground, and some years
after, when the lecture room was added to the church it was erected over
this grave. For this reason the body could not be moved until the church
was torn away. When however, the building was torn down, Mr. Smith
determined to remove the coffin to Villa Ridge. A careful search, in which
the entire ground was dug over, has revealed no trace of this grave, and it
is therefore, safe to presume that in the thirty-two years of burial every
vestige of the body, clothing, and coffin has mingled again with the earth.
Mr. John H. Taylor,
of Ogden’s Landing, Ky., a former resident of Union County, was in the city
yesterday and attended the Memorial Day exercises at Mound City. Mr.
Taylor informed us of a terrible and heart-rending accident which
happened at his place last Saturday morning. His two grandchildren, Bertha
Thompson aged four years and a little boy about eighteen months old
were left alone for a few minutes, by their mother. During this short time
the little girl walked over the fireplace where her clothing caught fire.
She then climbed on the bed, the bed clothing furnishing fierce fuel to the
flames. The little one was burned to a crisp and lived only about an hour
after the accident. Strangely enough though, she was conscious to the last,
she did not suffer and died an apparently painless death.
Four colored men, employed
by Hogan & Buchanan in loading steel at Bird’s Point, were
drowned in the Mississippi last evening. They started to return from their
work about five o’clock in a skiff when it got in too near some barges and
was overturned. The current runs very swift there and the men were
drowned. One of them was Jim Wheeler, a hard-working, honest colored
man, who lives on Twelfth Street.
Died, at his home in this city early last Saturday morning, June 2nd, Mr. John T. Rennie, at the age of 75 years. Mr. Rennie has been in failing health for some time and his death was not wholly unexpected. For twenty-four hours before his death is was apparent that he could not survive long.
Mr. Rennie was born in Ayr, Scotland, May 20th, 1879. He learned the trade of a blacksmith, and on reaching the age of 21, in the year 1840, he came to this country.
In 1845, he married Miss Margaret J. McFarrel, in Pittsburg, Penn. Soon after his marriage he went south and located in Louisiana, but owing to the prevalence of cholera in 1852 he returned north and settled in Metropolis, Ill. He remained in Metropolis about ten years. In the year 1862 he came to Cairo and established a general blacksmithing business under the name of “Vulcan Iron Works,” which he carried on to the day of his death.
In the year 1876, his wife died, leaving eight children. In June 1871, he married Mrs. Jane K. Kennedy who now survives him.
Mr. Rennie’s business started on a small scale in 1862, and steadily grew until it assumed large proportions. New machinery was introduced from time to time, a foundry was established and the Vulcan Iron Works became a large repair shop for all kinds of sawmill and steamboat machinery, and was well known for a thousand miles in each direction up and down the rivers. Since the death of his son-in-law, Charles K. Slack, which occurred about a year ago, his son, John M. Rennie, has had charge of the business. His eight children, all survive him and are all grown.
The funeral was very largely attended Monday, Rev. C. T. Phillips officiating. He was buried under the auspices of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F.
(John T. Rennie
married Mrs. Jane K. Davisson on 11 Jun 1877, in Massac Co., Ill.
Charles K. Slack married Ellen M. Rennie on 3 Jan 1867, in
Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ride reads:
John T. Rennie Born May 20, 1819 Died June 2, 1894. Margaret J. wife
of John T. Rennie Born April 17, 1828 Died May 31, 1876.—Darrel
The news reaches us from
Elgin, Ill., that Mr. E. F. Davis, died there last Wednesday night,
May 30th, presumably of heart disease. He leaves a widow there.
Mr. Davis was a former resident of Cairo, was well known here
twenty-five years ago. His son, Frank Davis, is still here. Mr.
Davis was in the 70th year of his age at the time of his death.
(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: John H. Spann 1847-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Then on Monday, Mrs. Nancy Hileman, in her 88th year. Born in North Carolina she came with her parents (Davis) to Union County in 1817. The farm on which she and her husband, Christian Hileman, raised their extensive family is now part of the ground attached to the insane hospital. It is believed that her eight surviving sons and daughters—four of each—with their equally hoary headed life companions, attended the remains to the grave. Also that the descendants direct and by marriage number quite over 200 persons. And what is still more remarkable, the great majority of them still reside in Egypt. The oldest son, Jacob Hileman, Esq., yet vigorous and an honored elder in the Presbyterian church of Anna, served one or more terms as sheriff of Union County. His father, Christian, is also supposed to have been an elder of the German Reformed Church in his life. The widow’s body was laid beside his in the cemetery attached to the old Casper Church north of the city (Anna).
married Nancy Davis on 5 Mar 1823, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in
Casper Cemetery nears Anna reads: Nancy wife of Christian Hileman
Born Aug. 17, 1805 Died June 3, 1894 Aged 88 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 16 Dys.—Darrel
Died suddenly at his home about one mile from Unity in this county, at 1 o’clock p.m. Sunday, June 10th, Mr. Thomas J. Craig. Mr. Craig had been extremely unwell for about one year. He had a very severe hemorrhage last March, bleeding so much that his physician thought he could not rally. But he did improve and attended to business again. He was in Cairo a few days ago. Last Sunday morning he seemed as well as usual. About noon he went out into the yard to harness his horse to attend the baptizing at Unity. In a short time his wife heard a call or a moan. She went out and found him unable to speak. With the help of a man who was just then passing, she got him into the house, but he expired immediately. He died of heart disease. The remains were buried Monday evening in the old Atherton graveyard. Mr. Craig was about 56 years of age. He leaves a widow, the sister of Sheriff John Hodges, and one daughter, the wife of A. E. Parker, formerly of Villa Ridge.
Mr. Craig was a brother of Mrs. Riggle, wife of Jacob Riggle, of Unity. He was born in Union County, July 24th, 1838, but had lived near Unity nearly all his life. He was, we believe, a member of the Baptist church. At the time of his death, he was a county constable. He was a very active man, always on the move. Rev. W. A. Hargis of Sandusky officiated at the funeral, where all that was mortal of Thomas J. Craig was consigned to the tomb. His funeral was very largely attended by a host of friends who wished to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased.
(Thomas J. Craig
married Lizzia A. Hodges on 22 Oct 1865, in Union Co., Ill. Americus
E. Parker married Ida M. Craig on 5 Jan 1889, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We desire through the
columns of The Citizen to express our sincere thanks to our many
friends who have so kindly assisted and sympathized with us in this our sad
bereavement, and through the long and severe affliction of our lost husband
and father, T. J. Craig. May you, when you come to pay the debt that
he has paid, receive your reward for your kindness to us.
married Sarah E. Waller on 3 May 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Charles Curtis, colored, was killed by Robert Henderson, also colored at Hodges Park last Saturday afternoon. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide Monday afternoon.
Such, briefly stated, are the leading facts in a story which but again exemplifies the words of Holy Writ: “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.”
Charles Curtis was
the defendant in the famous or infamous case of two years ago when he was
retried for the murder of Doc Books, also colored at a dance in
Hodges Park. Although Curtis was acquitted by the jury, the evidence
clearly showed that he was guilty of a deliberate and cowardly murder.
Sympathy was created for him by the alleged abuse of his sister by Brooks,
and the jury refused to convict him. Robert Henderson, who is a
peaceable and law abiding citizen, was the principal witness against
Curtis in the murder trial. After his acquittal Curtis kept
Henderson in constant fear of his life by his violent threats. Saturday
they met and Curtis tried to shoot Henderson. The latter
seeing his life was in danger, shot Curtis, killing him instantly,
and the murder of Doc Brooks was avenged.
(James S. Roche
married Maggie Atherton on 7 Mar 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Robert H. McDowell
married Maude H. Casey on 16 May 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Died, in this city, at five
o’clock p.m., yesterday, Mr. Charles Lame, aged 83 years. Mr.
Lame was born in Philadelphia, May 31st, 1811. He came to Cairo in 1863
and has consequently lived here 31 years. Mr. Lame was a carpenter
by trade and followed his calling until the infirmities incident to old age
crept upon him and rendered him unfit for hard work. His wife died some ten
years ago and he has lived with his children or grandchildren since that
time. He has one daughter, Mrs. E. C. Ford, who resides at Creal
Springs, and we believe one son residing in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Lame
was an Odd Fellow and a member of the Methodist Church.
(William M. Hincliff
married Nancy E. Woodward on 16 Nov 1882, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. George W. Kenrick,
of Charleston, Mo., died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20th. He was at the
time of his death a director and president of the Mississippi County Bank.
Before night of the same day, Mr. C. J. Moore was elected a director
of the bank to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Kenrick,
and J. W. Lindsay was elected president and George Kenrick
The jury in the trial of
Prendergast for insanity found him not insane and if no other legal
technicalities arise he will pay the penalty for the murder of Carter
Harrison on July 13th.
(His marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Joseph Mowery Born May 12, 1812 Died
June 29, 1894, Aged 82 Yrs, 1 Mo., & 17 Ds. Sleep father dear and take thy
rest. God called you home, He thought it best. ‘Twas hard indeed to part
with thee, But Christ’s strong arm supported me.—Darrel Dexter)
the Belleville uxoricide, was denied a new trial by Judge Wall last
Saturday and was sentenced to be hanged on October 12th, 1894.
Saturday morning the prisoner’s cell was searched and a rope found concealed
there. In view of the fact that Menkhausen has repeatedly stated
that he would shoot himself before he would be hanged, the officers at once
came to the conclusion that he intended to cheat the gallows, and the rope
was of course removed. The doomed man will be closely watched until the day
Mrs. Mamie Holmes Gordon, wife of Dr. J. J. Gordon, Jr., died at her home last Saturday, soon after noon.
The announcement of her death brought sorrow to a large number of friends, for the conditions surrounding her demise were unusually sad. Just three weeks before, a bright baby boy came into their home to bring joy and comfort. But the life of the mother was sacrificed for that of her babe. Conditions appeared favorable for a time, but later took an unfavorable turn, and finally it appeared that her death was a matter of only a short time. Blood poisoning set in and last Saturday, just after noon, she passed away.
Mrs. Gordon, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Holmes, and was twenty-two years of age. She was educated in our public schools and graduated a member of the Class of ‘89 of the Cairo High School. On September 13th, last she was married to Dr. J. J. Gordon, Jr. During their brief wedded life they grew to love each other as only man and wife can, and the sudden taking away of his companion has quite prostrated the young husband.
Funeral services were conducted at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, of which the deceased was a member, Monday afternoon. Friends first gathered at the house, 1209 Washington Avenue, and proceeded to the church. The Young Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, of which Mrs. Gordon was a member, marched in a body to the church. After a brief service conducted by Rev. Diepenbrock, the cortege, which was very large, proceeded to the special train and then to the Catholic Cemetery at Villa Ridge where the body was interred.
(J. J. Gordon, Jr.,
married Maymie Holmes on 13 Sep 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Mayme wife of Dr. Joseph
J. Gordon, Born Nov. 23, 1871 Died July 7, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: Margaret Bell.—Darrel Dexter)
Again the grim reaper has entered the ranks of the old residents of Cairo and the family of Mr. John McEwen mourns the loss of a husband and father.
Mr. McEwen’s demise was sudden. He had battled ill health off and on for several years, but more recently had been much improved. On Sunday night, the 8th inst., he was suddenly stricken down with a hemorrhage. He had been about all day as usual, but the attack came on toward morning. Medical aid was summoned and was constant in attendance during the five days that followed. Friday another hemorrhage followed, and then it was apparent that hope was gone. He was unconscious from Thursday, delirious at times, and Saturday morning about half past two, he passed away, the doctors pronouncing his complaint apoplexy of the bowels.
John McEwen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, May 20th, 1829. He was reared however in England, where he was married at the age of 21. In 1852 he came to America and after a short sojourn in New York and Chicago, came to Cairo in 1853. He has worked at his trade, that of a plasterer, during his entire life here, and by his steadfastness gained the respect and confidence of everyone.
During the forty-four years of his married life, nine children came to bless his home, but he survived all but three, the remaining ones, all grown, being William H., Miss Henrietta, and Mrs. Maggie Comings.
Funeral services were held at the family residence No. 624 Fifteenth Street, Monday afternoon. Rev. F. A Derosset conducting the ceremony, which was under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge, of which deceased was a member. The burial took place at Beech Grove Cemetery.
(Walter L. Comings
married Margaret A. McEwen on 20 May 1885, in Alexander Co.,
MARKED TREE, Ark., May 11th, 1894.
To Officers and Members of Marked Tree Lodge No. 88 K. of P.
We, your committee appointed to draft resolutions in commemoration of the death of our beloved Charles Waggoner and to express the feeling of this lodge upon his demise, beg leave to submit the following resolutions:
On Saturday, May 5th, 1894, at this place there passed from earth one whose kindly heart and genial disposition had endeared him to all who knew him—our beloved brother, Charles Waggoner. By the practice of the noble principles of Pythianism he had bound himself to us in the fraternal and mystic ties of Friendship, Charity and Benevolence. Therefore, be it resolved by Marked Tree Lodge No. 88, K. of P., of which lodge he was a member, that in his death this lodge has suffered the loss of a valued member, whose Knightly courtesy, courage and honor had won for him a high place in our affections, who with untarnished shield and sword stood always ready to battle for the right, and be it further resolved that this lodge deeply feels the loss it has sustained in the death of our Brother Waggoner, and that to his loved ones at home we extend our most heartfelt sympathy, assuring them of our belief that he has but laid aside this knightly armour to put on the spotless robe of immortality; and we can not think of Brother Waggoner as dead, for faith whispers he is not dead, but only gone on before, and what a beautiful thought it is to feel that there are loved ones on that bright celestial shore, watching and waiting for us; and be it further resolved that the charter of this lodge be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days in memory of our beloved brother and that these resolutions be inscribed on the records of this lodge and a copy be sent to the family of the deceased.
H. B. Stout
John Thorp, Committee
(Amos W. Gause married Lula E. Waggener on 22 Jun 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Haines, colored, died last Sunday of consumption at his home. Funeral
was held Tuesday. (Villa Ridge)
(Sergt. William S. Beegle
Co. B 9th Tenn. Cav. has a military marker in Liberty
(Hiram H. Wise married Polly Chapman on 26 Nov 1848, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 26 Jul 1894:
The character and life of
this man deserves more than a mere passing notice. In both head and heart
he was extraordinary and his influence over all with whom he came in contact
in private and public relations indicated his excellence. His life was
dedicated to the public welfare and so well matured were all his decisions,
he was ever deemed a safe counselor. At heart a patriot, he always studied
in his country’s good, and when a young man the safety of the nation
demanded heroes, he enlisted and offered himself for his country. As a
Christian worker he had few superiors anywhere. In the organization and
development thus far of the Congregational church at Mill Creek, he was a
leading spirit. No important step was ever taken without his counsel, and
now those who stood and moved with him in this great enterprise are lonely
and sorrowful. He was a man of principle and would stand by the right
though he should have to stand alone; but he never had to stand alon, for
there were brave and true men who stood with him. He was a man of faith; he
And come what there may to
stand in the way,
And with this faith in the final victory of right’s eternal principles, he was an unswerving hero in “the broad field of battle.”
In his home he was a tender and loving and domestic. He leaves a wife and five daughters, also a young man, an orphan boy for whom he had cared from childhood.
The funeral services in his church at Mill Creek brought together a vast throng of grief stricken people; then the long procession wended its mournful way to St. John Cemetery where we laid to quiet rest the mortal remains of the noble citizen and faithful Christian brother.
(His marker in St. John’s
Cemetery reads: Levi A. Dillow Born Oct. 11, 1843 Died July 20,
(This may refer to George L.
Farrar, 1836-1894, who is buried in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola.
His marker states he was a private in Company C, 5th Tennessee
Infantry of the Confederate States Army.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Elizabeth Greig, the aged mother of Mrs. Daniel McCarthy, died Tuesday afternoon. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church, and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
(Her marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Elizabeth Greig 1818-1894.—Darrel
(His marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Edward son of C. & E. Boyle Died July
29, 1894 Aged 26 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: George L. Clay 1851-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Mary Hebron, wife of Capt. Thomas Hebron, died at her residence on Ninth and Cedar streets early last Friday morning after an illness of about three weeks. Mrs. Hebron had been a sufferer for many years with asthma and heart disease, and her death was consequently not wholly unexpected. Nevertheless, coming at the time it did, the news of her demise came with a shock to her relatives and friends.
Mrs. Hebron was born in Glasgow, Scotland, January 19, 1839, and was 55 years, 6 months and 21 days old at the time of her death. She had been a resident of Cairo for ten years prior to her death, and was an earnest and consistent member of the Presbyterian church. She was a half sister of Mrs. Julian S. Jackson, of this city, who with another sister, two brothers and an aged father and her husband, mourn her departure.
The services were observed last Sunday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. C. T. Phillips conducting the services, and the interment was made at Villa Ridge.
(Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Mary wife of Thomas Hebron Born Jan.
19, 1839 Died Aug. 9, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Attorney John W. Baker
this morning received a telegram from the family, advising him of the death
of Judge Norman L. Freeman, at 2 o’clock this morning in
Springfield. Judge Freeman was 78 years of age at the time of his
death, and had been Supreme Court reporter for over thirty years. The
announcement of his death, while not unexpected, will prove a shock to the
legal fraternity throughout the state.
Dr. J. J. Gordon died suddenly at 8:15 yesterday morning. He had been called quite early to visit Mr. A. Marx, and Dr. Grinstead had been called in as a consulting physician. They had successfully performed a surgical operation and he stepped out of the room and told Mrs. Marx that her husband was all right. He then went back into the room where Mr. Marx was lying and in attempting to sit down he fell to the floor. Dr. Grinstead left Mr. Marx for a moment and felt his pulse, but his heart had ceased to beat. He was dead. He probably died of apoplexy. He had complained recently that he was not feeling well, but no one thought that his end was so near.
Dr. Gordon was born January 6, 1835, in Perry County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and received a common school education and afterward took a three years’ course of study in St. Joseph College. He then studied medicine and graduated from the Cleveland Medical College in 1859. He came to Cairo in the autumn of the same year and engaged in the active practice of medicine and has lived here since that time, a period of thirty-five years. From 1863 to 1868 he has associated in practice with Dr. W. R. Smith. His wife died in 1875 leaving two children, a son and daughter, who are now grown to maturity. The son, J. J. Gordon, Jr., has been associated in practice with his father for some years. The daughter, Adelia, is the wife of Dr. Bowers, formerly connected with the U. S. Marine hospital in this city.
Dr. Gordon was the oldest practitioner in the city and had a large and lucrative practice. During the yellow fever of 1878 he bravely stood at his post and after the death of Dr. Waldo was the only physician who attended the fever patients.
(Jacob J. Gordon
married Isadore Buske on 27 Feb 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Dr. Jacob Gordon
Born Jan. 6, 1835 Died Aug. 29, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
WETAUG, Ill., Aug.
29.—Thomas Arnold, a young man whose home is at Meade, six miles east
of Makanda, was killed here this morning accidentally. He was stealing a
ride on a freight train and fell between the cars. He was dragged quite a
distance, and had one leg cut entirely off, and the other crushed to a
jelly. He had other injuries besides. He survived four hours. He was
intelligent and is said to be well connected.
At a meeting of the Cairo Medical Society held this afternoon, Aug. 29, 1894, the following action was taken with regard to the sudden death of Dr. J. J. Gordon, Sr., which occurred this morning.
Whereas, In his inscrutable wisdom it has pleased the Almighty God to remove so suddenly from our midst Brother J. J. Gordon.
Resolved, That in his death this society has lost one of its most honored members; the profession an exemplary and able practitioner, and the community an old and honorable citizen.
Resolved, That while we bow submissively to will of overruling Providence, we cannot but feel deep and profound sorrow at our loss, and we extend our sympathy and condolence to the relatives of the deceased.
Resolved, That a copy of
these resolutions be published in the city papers, and spread upon the
minutes of this society.
Funeral services were held
Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Church. Interment at Villa Ridge.
Funeral services were held
at St. Joseph’s Church Sunday afternoon, and the remains were interred at
Villa Ridge. The deceased was a native of Italy, and has been a resident of
Cairo many years. He leaves a widow and several children.
George Cowling, of Metropolis, died at his home in that city last week Wednesday morning, aged 53 years. Mr. Cowling was well known in Cairo. For many years he was connected with the Cairo and Paducah packet and was in Cairo every afternoon. More recently he has run the big tug Metropolis in the Metropolis and Paducah trade. He leaves a wife and one son. Mr. Cowling was highly respected by all who knew him.
(George H. Cowling
married Rebecca A. Ward on 7 Jun 1866, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel
(His military marker in
Ullin Cemetery reads: Stephen Decatur U.S. Navy.—Darrel Dexter)
The announcement early yesterday morning that Charlie Frank was dead was as startling as it was sorrowful. His continued illness, which began on the first of August, when he was compelled to relinquish his duties at the post office, caused many of his friends to apprehend just such a fate, nevertheless, none were prepared for the shock, which came so suddenly. Several severe hemorrhages early in August were followed by a long siege of fever and he gradually failed. Plans were arranged to take him to Texas, but the dread consumption claimed him as a victim before they could be carried out, and he died at five o’clock yesterday morning.
Mr. Frank attended a German Saengerfest at Highland, Ill., last May. He wore very light clothing. About May 19th the weather turned very cold and he contracted a severe cold, which settled upon his lungs. This was the origin of his disease.
Charles W. Frank, Jr., was born in Cairo thirty-two years ago the eighth of last May, and has spent nearly his whole life here. He was educated in the Cairo school, and graduated from the high school in 1880. His early business life was spent in a railroad office. Later he took charge of the insurance business of Wells & Kerth, and with the withdrawal of Mr. Wells, the firm became Kerth & Frank. On the first of January he entered the post office as assistant under Mr. Howley.
Mr. Frank was always active in whatever he undertook. It seemed to be his disposition to push things. He was quite prominent as a member of the Lutheran Church, was one of the leading spirits in the Germania Maennerchor, was an Odd Fellow, a Pythian a member of the K. M. K. C. and a director in the Citizen’s Building and Loan Association, and secretary of the Board of Education. In all of these various capacities he served faithfully and he will be sorely missed.
Mr. Frank was married on August 17th, 1888, at New Harmony Ind., to Miss Emma Baldwin, and one child, a few months old, with his wife and his father and mother survive him.
Funeral services will be
held tomorrow afternoon, and the post office will be closed during the
funeral out of respect for his memory. The post office was draped yesterday
and the flags hung at half-mast on both that building and the school
buildings. The public schools will also be closed tomorrow afternoon.
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: Charles W. Frank 1862-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Albert Smith died at
his residence on the corner of Seventeenth and Poplar streets at about 2:45
last Monday afternoon of congestion of the brain, after an illness extending
over a period of but a few days. Many had hardly heard of his serious
illness, when they were told a few hours later that he was dead.
Mr. Smith was born on the 27th day of July, 1855, in this city of Cairo, and at the time of his death was in his fortieth year. His father’s name was Patrick Smith, who died about twenty years ago. His mother’s maiden name was Ellen Walsh, and she died about a year ago. His parents were among the first settlers of Cairo, when its inhabitants lived on flatboats. At one time, Patrick Smith was the wealthiest man in Alexander County.
Albert Smith studied law under Hon. S. P. Wheeler and was admitted to practice about twelve years ago. He was elected city attorney in 1891 and re-elected in 1893. In 1892 he was appointed a trustee of the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna by Governor Altgeld, and was in the performance of his duties in connection with that institution, when he was stricken down.
Mr. Smith was never married. Those members of his immediate family who mourn his untimely departure are Mr. John Smith, a brother, and Mrs. Richard Walsh, Mrs. J. C. Sullivan, and Mrs. D. J. O’Connell, sisters.
His funeral services were observed yesterday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Rev. J. B. Diepenbrock, officiating, and were attended by a vast crowd of citizens.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Catholics Knights of America and these organizations together with the city officials and the bar association and several of his colleagues at the Anna hospital followed the remains to the cemetery at Villa Ridge.
married Elizabeth Smith on 4 Sep 1864, in Alexaner Co., Ill. James
C. Sullvian married Hannah Smith on 11 Sep 1884, in Alexander
Co., Ill. James C. O’Connell married Clara Smith on 28 Nov
1889, in Alexander Co., Ill. One marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge
reads: Albert Smith 1855-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Charleston, Mo., was visited by a cyclone yesterday afternoon and a child was killed and about fifteen others were injured, two of whom may die.
The Iron Mountain train, which leaves Cairo at 1:40 p.m., had just left the depot at Charleston fifteen minutes late and had preceded just a few rods when it was struck by the storm at 4:05 p.m. The storm seemed confined to a very narrow path and the rear coach of the train received the full force. It turned over and carried the rest of the train with it, all except the engine, the tender going with the cars. The passengers were thrown with considerable force to the side, and perhaps fifteen of them badly injured. One old gentleman and a lady were injured internally and perhaps fatally. But the most heartrending of all was the finding of a little boy, about five years old, crushed under the wreck. He had possibly tried to climb out, or was blown out of an open window on the side the train fell and was crushed to death. His mother was nearly frantic. At first nothing could be found of him, and it was thought he was blown away, but the sole of his shoe just protruded from under the wreck and from this he was discovered.
The storm is said to have swept a clean path and leveled cornfields and fences. It passed west of Charleston, so that city escaped.
LATER.—The papers today say
there were two deaths. Freddie McClellan of Eldorado and Parmelia
Dempsey of Bertrand, Mo. A. D. Leming of Alto Pass was fatally
married Mrs. Katie Maria Buckhart on 29 May 1889, in Alexander Co.,
Mr. David Baker, of Charleston, Mo., died at the residence of his daughter. Mrs. A. A. Bondurant, last Friday, after an illness of six months.
Mr. Baker was born in Charlotte, N.C., May 29, 1829, and at the time of his death was in his 66th year. He was married on November 20, 1857, to Miss Margaret Davis, who was also a native of North Carolina. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Baker, but one of whom (Mrs. Bondurant) is living. Mr. Baker was a farmer most of his life and by that means accumulated property estimated to be worth about $50,000.
Since the year 1879, Mr. Baker resided in Charleston, and at the time of his death was holding office of public administrator and common councilman.
His funeral was observed
Saturday morning from the residence, Park Place West, and again at
Charleston that afternoon. His funeral services were attended by the
largest concourse of people ever gathered together in Charleston for a
similar purpose, and were conducted by the Masons, of which organization the
deceased was a member.
At a meeting of the Cairo bar, held at the office of Messrs. Lansden and Leek, at 2 o’clock p.m. Sept. 11th, 1894, the following action was taken relative to the decease of Albert Smith late a member of the Cairo bar:
Resolved—That we have received with unfeigned sorrow the news of the death of Albert Smith, late a member of the Cairo bar. He has been taken from us in the early prime of his growing, useful, strong manhood. For some thirteen years he has occupied a position in our profession and by his integrity and honesty, has won the esteem, respect and confidence of his associates, and always acquitted himself with uprightness as well as uniform courtesy.
Resolved—That we deplore the loss which his family, his friends, the community, the bar, and the state have sustained by his death. His memory will be held by us all in grateful and affectionate remembrance.
Resolved—That the chairman of this meeting be requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased and that a copy of the same be furnished to each of the city papers. Be it further
Resolved—That Hon. Reed
Green present these resolutions to the circuit court of Alexander County
at the coming October term with the request that they be duly spread upon
the records of said court.
Mr. David H. Winans died at his home in Villa Ridge, Ill., last Sunday morning, after a lingering illness in the 69th year of his age.
He was born in Piqua, Miami
County, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1825, and would have been 69 years old had he lived
until today. He came to Cairo in 1864 and engaged in the marble business.
He lived here until 1881, when he removed to a fruit farm at Villa Ridge,
where he has lived for the past thirteen years. He married Ellen L.
Norton in Carlyle, Ill., December 20th, 1850. He leaves his wife and
seven children—four sons and three daughters, to mourn the loss of a husband
and father. He was a good man, highly respected by all who knew him. He
was buried Tuesday morning under the auspices of the Odd Fellows of which
organization he was an honorable member.
Mrs. Ann Rogers, a sister of Gen. John A. Logan, died at Murphysboro last Saturday night from the effects of a dose of morphine taken Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, probably with suicidal intent. She was sixty years of age and has been twice married. Her late husband, W. S. Rogers, was much younger than herself, and for some reason they had been divorced. He was the Republican member of the legislature from this district some years ago and was well known throughout the district. Mrs. Rogers leaves one child, a son, by her first husband. She had inherited the family pride and considerable property. As old age crept on and her property gradually disappeared, she became despondent and ended her life by suicide.
(She was actually married
four times. Robert B. Logan married Darthula Angeline Logan
on 5 Aug 1850, in Franklin Co., Ill. Israel Blanchard married Mrs.
Dorthula Angeline Logan on 30 Jan 1856, in Jackson Co., Ill. James
L. Skinner married Mrs. Dorthea Blanchard on 23 Sep 1872, in
Alexander Co., Ill. William S. Rogers married Mrs. D. A. Skinner
on 19 Jul 1877, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Ellen McCarthy Born Aug. 9, 1825 Died
Sept. 19, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. D. Leming, of
Alto Pass, was more seriously injured in the Iron Mountain wreck at
Charleston last week than was at first supposed. His injuries consisted of
four broken ribs and contusions of a serious nature about the groins. These
injuries combined with his extreme age, for he is 73 years old, make his
recovery problematical. He was on his way to visit his son, T. C.
Lemming, of Dexter, Mo., when the accident occurred. Mr. T. C.
Leming had great difficulty in getting to his father’s side. He
succeeded in getting a handcar about 11 o’clock the night of the wreck and
reached the scene of the wreck the next morning.
At a meeting of the teachers of the Cairo public schools the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, God called, and the white winged angels of heaven bore hence our friend and secretary of the board of education, Charles W. Frank, be it
Resolved, That his sudden death has filled our hearts with sorrow and we feel that the board of education has lost one of its most active members and the public school of Cairo a true, upright, honest , earnest and untiring friends. His labors for education had just begun. The good he has done will live on. By his affable disposition, his integrity and his regard for duty, he won the highest esteem and confidence of all.
Resolved, That his character and example are worthy of imitation by the young and they will take inspiration from such an active and energetic life.
Resolved, That we hold in grateful and affectionate remembrance the many good deeds and acts of kindness he so graciously did for us as teacher of the Cairo public schools.
Resolved, That we take this means of expressing our sympathy to his beloved family in this, their sad bereavement, and may God, in His all wise and benevolent way, bless protect and guide them in the right.
Resolved, That a copy of
these resolutions be sent to the family and a copy be presented to the board
of education, also that copies be given to each of the city papers for
(Charles E. Hodges
married Alice Murry on 22 Sep 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Drew Minton married
Millie A. Hamayer on 4 May 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(George McElhanon married Cora Tripp on 20 May 1891, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: George McElhanon 1867-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 4 Oct 1894:
Robert F. Craiglow, a switchman in the employ of the Illinois Central, was killed last Friday morning in the yards near the incline above Twentieth Street.
Mr. Craiglow was engaged in making a “running switch,” when he caught his feet in the split in such a manner as to make escape impossible. The cars came down on him and passed over the entire length of his body, cutting him into two parts and crushing the body almost beyond recognition. His remains were taken in charge by Undertaker Falconer, who prepared them for burial.
Mr. Craiglow was about twenty-five years of age and leaves a wife and small child. For two years previous to the late strike, when he went to work for the Illinois Central, the deceased was employed as a motorman by the Cairo Electric railway lines. He left life insurance to the amount of $200 in the Metropolitan.
(Robert F. Craiglow
married Myrtle Cosby on 22 Nov 1891, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
A terrible shooting affray occurred at Vienna Sunday night, resulting in the instant death of Eli Ballowe. Alex. Hess did the shooting as the culmination of an old grudge, which grew out of the arrest of Ballowe by Hess and his conviction on several charges. It is said that Hess first struck Ballowe over the head fracturing his skull and leaving a fatal wound. Ballowe was able to go for a doctor, and not finding him started for another. He met Hess in front of Simpson’s drug store when Hess drew a pistol and shot him, killing him instantly. The affair occurred about 7 o’clock in the evening and a great many shots were fired, unknown parties under cover of darkness assisting in the skirmish of pistols. Ballowe received five balls in his body, and Hess was hit in the back and on the hand.
There seems to be considerable mystery about the tragedy, but Ballowe was a very bad man and while Hess may not be able to prove self-defense, the community are glad to be rid of a bad man.
(Eli Ballowe married
Sarah M. Walker on 15 Jul 1877, in Johnson Co., Ill. Alexander
Hess married Flora J. Spann on 9 May 1886, in Johnson Co.,
Thornton Parker, a colored man who resides at 22nd and
Poplar streets, was run over and killed by car No. 4 of the Cairo Electric
Company, at 20th and Commercial Avenue this morning about 7
married Jane Williams on 5 Aug 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(William D. Taylor
married Martha A. Kindred on 3 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co.,
Resolutions of the High School Alumni Association on the death of its beloved member, Mr. Charles W. Frank.
During our years of familiar intercourse in the public schools and in social life, we have known naught but good of our friend.
Kind, generous and genial in his nature, he was welcome in every household and deservedly a favorite with all who knew him best.
His familiar presence, his cheerful greeting and sympathetic words will come to us no more nor can these of another supply his place in our hearts. Therefore be it
RESOLVED, That to his affected family our tender and most heartfelt sympathies. We feel that their sorrows are somewhat lightened by the memories which cluster around the name of him they mourn and their hope of joining him in immortal life. And be it
RESOLVED, That these resolution be published in the papers of
our city, that a copy be furnished the sorrowing family and that this
tribute of respect to our departed brother be recorded in the minutes of the
Capt. Orsamus Greenlee died at this home near Goose Island last Friday night, aged about sixty-four years. He was born in Ballard County, Ky., August 20, 1830. His father was a native of New York. He had suffered from ill health for some years and while we do not know how the physicians would designate his disease, we presume it is safe to say he died of malarial poison.
Capt. Greenlee was an old and prominent citizen of Alexander County. In the summer of 1861 Capt. Greenlee enlisted in the service of his country and was made captain of Co. H of the 31st Regiment Ills. Vols. commanded by Col. John A. Logan. He participated in the Battle of Belmont and of Fort Donelson. On the 10th of May 1862, he resigned with an honorable record. In the autumn of 1862 he was elected sheriff of the county and held the office for two years. During that time he lived in Cairo. He then moved out to his farm at Goose Island and has lived there during the past thirty years. He has been engaged during these years in clearing up his land and in farming. He has at times run a sawmill and thus converted his timber into lumber. At the time of his death he owned more than two thousand acres of good land with upwards of 1,200 acres under cultivation.
Capt. Greenlee was twice married. His first wife, a sister of Green B. and John A. Parker, died many years ago, and he afterwards married her sister who now survives him as his widow. He leaves five children: William H. Greenlee, Mrs. S. R. Jackson, Mrs. C. O. Foster, Orsamus Greenlee and Gertrude Greenlee. The two last named are minors.
The funeral occurred last Sunday, Rev. H. L. Howell, pastor of Lake Milligan Church officiating. Quite a number of our Cairo people went out to attend the funeral services.
married Sarah Parker on 30 Mar 1851, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
A boiler in the mill of the Praetorius Lumber Company at New Madrid, Mo., exploded early last Monday morning, killing two men and injuring another who will die.
James Holmes, the engineer, George Burton, the
watchman, and Volney Burton, the watchman’s brother, were the only
men in the mill at the time of the explosion. Volney Burton was
instantly killed and James Holmes was hurled over a pile of lumber,
living only fifteen minutes. George Burton was thrown about twelve
yards down a riverbank and was fatally scalded. The boiler was torn into
three sections, which were thrown about three hundred feet from the mill.
Mr. George Parsons received a paper from Ireland Tuesday
containing the announcement of the death of Mr. M. Porteous who a few
years ago was a citizen of Cairo during which time he was a great
acquisition to Cairo musical circles. Mr. Porteous died on October
8th at Post Office Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland. During the latter part
of his residence here, he was bookkeeper for the Water Company, but was
compelled to give up his position and leave Cairo because of that dread
disease, consumption. Mr. Porteous will long be remembered by Cairo
people for his rich voice and the generous assistance he rendered to all
Mrs. Antonio Raggio, wife of the well-known fruit dealer and confectioner, died at her residence on Twentieth Street last Sunday afternoon, after a long illness aged 50 years, 10 months, and 29 days.
Mrs. Raggio was born in the province of Genoa, Italy, on the 22nd day of December 1843. Her maiden name was Mary Magdalene Bergamine, and she was the youngest of three children. On April 30, 1864, she was married to Mr. Antonio Raggio, and the year following they crossed the ocean and located at Louisville, Ky. In 1870 they removed to Cairo, where they have since resided. Mrs. Raggio was the mother of five children, three of whom, Alex M., John and Kate F., are still living.
The deceased was an earnest and devoted member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of the altar societies of both St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s churches, and a charter member of St. Mary’s branch Catholic Knights and Ladies of America.
The funeral services were observed Tuesday afternoon from St.
Joseph’s Church, Rev. J. B. Diepenbrock officiating. The interment
was made at Calvary Cemetery, Villa Ridge, a large concourse of people
composed of the different church societies and fiends of the family
accompanied the remains to their last resting place.
Lane McHale, a colored man about twenty-four years of age, was shot and fatally wounded by an unknown colored man late Tuesday afternoon.
Both McHale and his assailant were employed on the government quarter boat Julia, which has been cutting willows on the Mississippi River opposite Himmelberger & Friant’s Mill. The murderer who is known as “Will” became so abusive to McHale that he was discharged by the captain of the boat.
Tuesday afternoon Will” met McHale just after the latter
had landed on the river bank by Himmelberger & Friant’s Mill
and shot him down, the ball going into the stomach just below the heart.
(Benjamin O. Jones
married Mary T. Brown on 4 Dec 1864, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Franics F. Shea
married Catherine Cain on 13 Nov 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
married Caroline Coffman on 30 Nov 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Jacob Klein married Mrs. Caroline Haller on 5 Oct 1875, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in Calvary Cemetery reads: Caroline
Klein 1844-1894 Mother—Darrel Dexter)
married Theresia Gattinger on 26 Aug 1860, in Union Co., Ill. Erick
M. Starzinger married Lydia Detyke Trigg on 15 Nov 1894, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Rev. H. B. Thayer, D.D., pastor of the Presbyterian
church of Camden, Ohio, died Nov. 1, aged 66.
Dr. E. B. Elrod died at his home in Flora, Ill., at 1:15 Saturday morning, Nov. 10th. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church there Sunday morning, and the remains were taken to Orleans, Ind., where his father lives, for interment.
The doctor left Cairo Friday morning Oct. 26. He stood the trip very well, but had a stomach trouble from his arrival in Flora until his death. A card from the family on last Thursday foreshadowed his death, and stated that he had tuberculosis of the right side of the brain.
Dr. Elrod was a native of Indiana and was about fifty years of age. He was a man of sterling integrity whom nothing could swerve from what he believed to be right. He was a diligent student and a most thorough physician and surgeon. He had acquired a name and reputation at his old home in Flora, such as seldom fails to the lot of a physician in a small town.
Under the administration of Gov. Fifer, he was made Superintendent of the Hospital for the Insane at Anna. His management of that institution was highly creditable to himself and to the State. When Altgeld became governor, Dr. Elrod was compelled to give place to one of Altgeld’s disciples. In the summer of 1893, he came to Cairo and established the Cairo Sanitarium. He opened the Cairo Sanitarium August 1st 1893, and conducted it successfully and with a constantly increasing patronage for the period of ten months, when he was prostrated by disease from which he never recovered. After struggling with disease five months he abandoned the Sanitarium and returned to his old home in Flora where in just fifteen days he died.
Dr. Elrod came to Cairo with high hopes, determined to build up an institution here, which would reflect credit upon the city and upon himself. Nothing but a fatal disease prevented the consummation of his hopes. He has gone down in the strength of manhood and the height of usefulness. He leaves a widow and four or five children to mourn the loss of a husband and father.
(E. B. G. Elrod
married A. V. Simmons on 2 Sep 1868, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. James S. McGahey, an old resident of Cairo, died at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Alex G. Abell, on Eighteenth Street, last Saturday evening, of consumption of the bowels. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Rev. C. T. Phillips officiating, and the remains were interred at Beech Grove.
James S. McGahey was born in Jackson, Mo., December 7th, 1834. For some years he was engaged in the produce business in DuQuoin, and from there went to Pulaski County and entered into the lumber business. He came to Cairo in 1871, and for a great many years had a lumberyard near the corner of Twentieth and Washington. A few years ago he sold out and moved to St. Louis with his family. He since returned and has acted as lumber inspector here.
He married Miss Carrie E. Dyer, daughter of Dr. Dyer, of DuQuoin, on Sept.2, 1862. They had three daughters and one son, one of whom is dead, the wife of Mr. Alex G. Abell.
(Alexander G. Abell
married Nellie McGahey on 22 Aug 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Albert C. Coleman, almost universally known as “Judge” Coleman,
died at his home in this city last Friday morning in the 71st year of his
age. He had been in failing health for a year or two and for some months
past it had been evident that his death was only a question of time, and
that not a long time.
Charles I. Richards,
a son of John Richards, of Thebes, is night keeper at the criminal
insane hospital at the Chester penitentiary, and has, we believe, held that
position nearly two years. A few days ago he was attacked by an insane
convict and nearly lost his life. He was making his rounds at three o’clock
in the morning and had just entered the corridor leading to the south wing
when Thomas Williams, a negro inmate, attacked him with the iron leg
of a bathtub, knocking him down and inflicting five wounds about his head.
The negro then rushed through the door Richards had entered and
escaped through a window, but was pursued by the contents of Richards’
pistol, without avail however, as Richards’ aim was not good, owing
to his injuries. The noise attracted others and the injured man was cared
for. The wounds were deep and ugly. Williams killed a man at
Chicago during the world’s fair and received a life sentence. He was sent
to Joliet, but was pronounced insane later and taken to Chester. It is
supposed he secured the leg of the bathtub during the day and hid it in his
cell, and then pried his cell door open with it. The above facts we
ascertained from the Chester Clarion. Young Richards
has many friends in Alexander County. We trust he will speedily recover
from his injuries and be ready to do better shooting in the future if
(Her marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Bridget Fox Glynn 1831-1894.—Darrel
Two men, bridge painters,
were drowned in the Ohio River Tuesday evening. Their names were James and
John Delay, and they were brothers and lived in Holly Springs, Miss.
The work of painting the Kentucky approach of the bridge has been completed
and, in company with three others, these men crossed over to Cairo in a
skiff about 9:30 in the evening. The tug Ariadne passed them and its
waves capsized the skiff. The other men were rescued, but the Delays
after a hard struggle, went down. One of them had a very handsome Masonic
watch, a present to his father, upon his person and a considerable sum of
money. Efforts are being made to recover the bodies.
Carson Martin is very ill at his home at Beech Ridge and his death is looked for at any moment. His disease is an affection of the bowels. He has had three or four physicians attending him.
(Carson R. Martin
married Sarah Alice Craig on 1 Oct 1893, in Alexander Co.,
The Brown murder case
in the Pulaski circuit court was continued until the April term. On Monday
next a motion to admit Brown to bail will be argued. He is now
confined in the county jail.
(Isaac A. Dunning
married Fanny N. Colbert on 14 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co.,
William O’Bryan, who
was implicated in the Illinois Central train robbery at Mayfield Creek, Ky.,
a year ago, but who was acquitted on trial, was shot and killed by James E.
Field, at Whiting, Mo., Monday night. Field was a witness at
the trial and his testimony was against O’Bryan. Bad blood has since
existed with the above result. The coroner’s jury acquitted Field on
the ground of self defense and he is now in this city.
(Edward M. Nickens
married Lucinda Wright on 3 Oct 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(John E. Lufkin
married Chloe E. Bagg on 25 Dec 1856, in Fayette Co., Ill. Her
marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: John E. Lufkin 1830-1922. Chloe
Allen Bagg Lufkin, his wife, 1840-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Col. John Thomas, a
prominent citizen of Belleville, died last Saturday as the result of a
stroke of paralysis, which he received eight days previous. Col. Thomas
was nearly 95 years of age, and his residence in St. Clair County covered a
period of over seventy-six years. He served with distinction in the Black
Hawk war. A lifelong Republican, he served five terms in the lower house of
state legislature and one term in the state senate. He was one of the
wealthiest men of his county and accumulated a fortune of $500,000 by
investments in farmlands. He was the father of a large family among them
John E. Thomas, of the Belleville Advocate and C. W. Thomas,
a prominent lawyer of Belleville who spoke in Cairo during the recent
The dead body of a man was
found on the right of way of the Cairo Short Line near Carbondale last
Friday. Two pistol shot holes in his neck and head and his pockets turned
inside out plainly told that he was a victim of some murderous robbers. He
had been assaulted on the railroad track and his body had been dragged fifty
yards and thrown over a fence into a field. He was identified later as
James Towle, of Harrisburg. He was a laborer out of work and was on
his way from Carterville to Carbondale when he met his terrible fate. Two
men suspected of the crime were arrested at Carterville and confessed their
guilt and early Sunday morning were safely landed in the Murphysboro jail.
Their names are Frank Jefferies and Dug Henderson.
Mrs. Clara Holbrook Smith, founder of the Southern Illinois Chautauqua Assembly, died at the home of her parents in Chester last Friday morning. She was a noted lecturer on physical culture, dress reform, and kindred subjects and had traveled in nearly every state. Her home was at Lordsburg, Cal.(Henry C. Smith married Clara M. Holbrook on 30 Aug 1870, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
William Reed, of the fire department, returned home Friday last from Ashley, Ill., where he was called to attend the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Dorinda Morrow.
A negro in the Friendship neighborhood below town (Wetaug) died a few days ago from the effects of a blow over the head from another negro during a quarrel in a five-cent crap game.