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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:
He Calls a Number of Leading Citizens to Himself.
Peter Neff.

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.

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. H. Cunningham.
Charles M. Willard.

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)
Adam Rees.

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.
Mrs. Sam Orr who has been quite seriously ill became somewhat worse this morning, and serious doubts are entertained as to her recovery.


Mrs. 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.
Died, Jan. 3d, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. George Stone, Grandma Underwood, 92 years.

(Her marker in Mt. Tabor Cemetery reads:  Mary Underwood Died Jan. 3, 1894 Aged 91 Yrs., 5 Ms., & 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Uncle Joe Mowery is seriously sick with the grippe.  He is in his 84th year and is rather feeble for a severe attack of that malady.
Little Arthur, son of S. C. Brock, died on last Friday with congestion of the brain.  (Belknap)

Thursday, 11 Jan 1894:
Robert Allyn.

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 Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Martha A. McClure.

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 Dexter)
Mrs. Orr.

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 Dexter)
Denies the Charge.

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.
Mr. J. W. Cole, an old and honored citizen of this place, is very low with a stroke of paralysis and his physician has almost given up hope.  Mr. Cole was taken to the Marine Hospital at Cairo, about two weeks ago, but Dr. Sprague at once pronounced his case hopeless and since that time he has grown gradually rose and every symptom seems to bear out the assertion of Dr. Sprague.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Sharp, formerly of Elco, Ills., were on Dec. 31st called to mourn the loss of their little son Willie in his fourteenth year after an illness of five days of pneumonia.  Willie was an exceptionally bright boy, industrious and always ready to do the bidding of his parents and was loved and respected by all who knew him.  His death casts gloom and sadness over all his young acquaintance.  (Kearney, Neb.)

Thursday, 25 Jan 1894:
A Hung Jury.

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.

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. Morris had been a resident of Cairo for about ten years and previous to that time had lived in Mound City.  She was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom are dead.  Those living are J. W. Morris, of Cairo, Mrs. Martha Hough, of Indianapolis, Mrs. James B. Fulton, and Mrs. N. L. Wickwire, of Ft. Smith, Ark.  Mrs. George Morris, a widow of another son, is also a resident of Cairo.

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. 
Murder Will Out.

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.
Another Killing.

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, Clark ordered all hands out for week.  Bennett did not move fast enough to suit him and Clark attempted coercion.  Angry words followed Clark struck Bennett, and the latter retaliated by hitting him over the head several times with a spade.  Clark 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.
Mr. Alva Blanchard, of Tamaroa, who was stricken with paralysis some weeks ago, died at a hospital in St. Louis last Sunday evening.  He was very prominent in business and religious circles, and at the time of his death was one of the trustees at the Insane Asylum at Anna.
The funeral of Mr. Richard Marnell was held last Sunday afternoon, services being held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  A large concourse of people followed the remains to the grave at Villa Ridge.
Mrs. Rosie Hale, wife of Thomas Hale, and sister of Policeman Jerry McDaniels, died last Friday of consumption.  Her funeral, which took place Sunday, was largely attended.

(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)
Richard Burton, the darkey who was jailed about two months ago for shooting a negro woman at Mounds, will be tried for murder, as his victim died at the hospital in Cairo about two weeks ago.  (Mound City)
The condition of J. W. Cole, whose serious illness has been frequently mentioned in these columns, is worse than it has been at any time.  He receives no nourishment and is consequently very week.
The will of the late Capt. William A. Hight, of Wetaug, was probated last Wednesday.  It was drawn up in the law office of Lansden & Leek at Cairo, May 30th, 1893, and was witnessed by M. J. Howely, Dr. W. W. Stevensell and David S. Lansden.  The will provides, first, that all just debts be paid.  Second, that his daughters, Annetta Poor, Alice Dunn and Adelia Mowery, and his grandchildren, Walter, Charles, Alney, Harry, Robert, Nettie, Alice and Patsy Hight, children of his deceased son, Alexander Hight, each receive $5.  Third, that his daughter, Virginia Josephine Hight, stepson George P. Bird and stepdaughter Eliza A. Bird, after paying the legacies above shall each, equally, share and share alike, be possessed of all his property, both real and personal, to have and to hold for themselves, their heirs and assigns forever.  George P. Bird was named as executor, and he filed his bond in the sum of $10,000 with Fred Hofffmier and Thomas F. Meyers, as sureties.  It is stated that the heirs who were left with but $5 each have already secured attorneys and will contest the will.

(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)
Died, at Hodges Park, Jan. 15th, Mr. Dougherty
Mr. Josiah Thorgmorton, one of the oldest citizens of Vienna, died January 13th.  He had been one of the prominent businessmen of Vienna ever since the war.  He leaves a widow and one daughter, the wife of Hon. T. H. Sheridan.

(Josiah Throgmorton 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)

Thursday, 1 Feb 1894:
Mr. A. L. Scott, who has been employed in the office of the Cotton Belt railroad at Bird’s Point for some time, received a dispatch last Sunday from Metropolis informing him that his mother was dangerously ill.  The old lady is 72 years old.  She had the grippe some two or three years ago and has never been strong since.  Mr. Scott left for Metropolis by the first train.
Mrs. J. Dillon, wife of the proprietor of the Cottage Hotel, received the sad intelligence Tuesday that her mother, Mrs. Sarah Dugger, of Nashville, Tenn., was dying.  She left Tuesday afternoon for her mother’s bedside.  (Mound City)
Samuel Decker, a young farmer twenty-three years of age, residing near Vergennes, in Jackson County, volunteered to go to DuQuoin last week, Wednesday to procure a physician for a neighbor.  While crossing the Illinois Central railroad track at DuQuoin about 7 o’clock p.m., he was struck by a train an instantly killed.
Mrs. Johnson, wife of I. W. Johnson, died at her home near Belknap last week. (Tuesday) of consumption.  Her age was 38 years.

Thursday, 8 Feb 2894:
Kicked by a Horse.

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.

(Henry Whitaker married Margaret S. Miller on 31 May 1866, in Alexanmder Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Harvey Ramage, serving a life term for Policeman Dunker’s murder, made a bold break for liberty at the Chester pen Tuesday but was frustrated and with two companions is now in the solitary.
Mrs. H. Hyman, who recently purchased the two lots upon which the old Presbyterian church stands, started a man yesterday to digging for the remains to two children alleged to have been buried on the west side of the church many years ago.  If found they will be reinterred in some cemetery.
Willie White, aged 22 years, a son of Mr. W. W. White, superintendent of the county farm, died last week, Wednesday.  He had been badly afflicted for a long time with rheumatism and probably died of rheumatism of the heart.  The remains were buried at Elco.
Died, February 5th, aged 61 years, 11 months and 27 days, Elder S. L. Wisner, at his home two miles east of Dongola, Ill.  Funeral at Baptist church in Dongola Feb. 7th, conducted by the I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 343.  The church and the lodge have lost a brother and the community has lost a friend, one who was loved and respected by all whose loss will be felt for many years.  Mr. W. was a progressive farmer and a good neighbor, kind and generous to all, and he will be missed in our community.

(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)
Mrs. Diza M. Osbourn, mother of Mrs. Joseph P. Robarts, died at Murphysboro last Saturday evening, aged 61 years, and 1 month.  Mrs. Osburn was the relict of the late Col. Osburn, who died in 1864, while on his way home for a furlough.  She was widely known in this and Jackson County, and was universally loved and respected.  Her funeral services were held last Tuesday afternoon in the Presbyterian Church at Murphysboro and was largely attended.

Thursday, 15 Feb 1894:
Little Jesse Whitaker, the ten-year-old son of Mr. Henry Whitaker, of Elco, whose skull was so badly fractured by the kick of a horse about two weeks ago, is getting along finely and is now seems probably that he will fully recover.  He is able to sit up and move about to some extent, and his mind is perfectly clear.  Dr. Elrod, of Cairo, is the attending physician.  The doctor has five or six pieces of the boy’s skull, which he took out and brought home.

W. E. Underwood living near Sanburn, received a stroke of paralysis last Thursday, which resulted in his death the following day. (Vienna)
Uncle Matthew Evans, an old citizen in the southeast part of the county, died last Thursday.  (Vienna)
Joseph Hochnedel.

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 Dexter)


Thursday, 22 Feb 1894:
Tardy Justice.

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
Mrs. Davis, widow of the commercial traveler, John M. Davis, who died in Carbondale, January 16, received a check for $5,000 from the New York Life Insurance Company February 12.  This was in payment of a $5,000 policy on the life of Mr. Davis issued by the company.  Five thousand dollars in cash, if well managed, will go a long way toward rendering the life of a widow comfortable in her declining years.
Mr. William Delaney, a young man who had been employed as a salesman by the New York Store Company, for a number of years, died Tuesday morning, aged thirty years, of consumption. His body was taken to Olney, Ill., this morning, where his funeral will be held tomorrow morning.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Ish Billings died last Thursday.  (Willard)
Little Frances Russell, the twelve-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Spence Russell, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, of pneumonia.  She will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends and schoolmates.

(Spencer Russell married Maggie Willis on 20 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Corzine, living near Mill Creek, passed through here Monday last to bury his wife out east of town (Dongola), she having died Saturday night.

Thursday, 1 Mar 1894:
Will Probably Recover.

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.
Death of Mrs. Ross.

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.
The Newsum murder trial set for last Tuesday in the Cape Girardeau county circuit court has been continued.

Thursday, 8 Mar 1894:
Mrs. Grace Baird.

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.
Died, Feb. 28th, Mahala Jaynes, age fourteen years, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Jaynes.  She was sick only eight days.  (Thebes)
Died, Wednesday morning, at the residence of his son, Harry H. Arnold, aged 84 years and 10 months.  (Alto Pass)
Considerable trouble is manifest over the supposed killing of Thomas Robertson by officers at the Goodman ditches.  A large delegation went down from here Wednesday to learn the facts.  It is supposed Robertson was shot at the edge of the Miller Pond and that he fell in among the bush in the pond.  Every effort has been made to raise the body, but so far has been foiled.  It is reported that the governor has ordered the ditch to be opened Friday if the body is not found by that time.
Last Friday, while attending court at Bardwell, W. T. White, coroner of this county, received a telegram from East Cairo asking him to come and hold an inquest on a floater.  The man was a fisherman, who was drowned about ten days ago.  His name was J. H. Cross and his home is supposed to be in Michigan.  He had a good boat well furnished, a gun and pistol and four dollars in money.

Thursday, 15 Mar 1894:
Mrs. Henrietta Kauffman.

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)
A Sad Affliction.

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.
Mr. Easterday went to Nokomis, Ill., last Tuesday evening to attend the funeral of his aged father, who died Monday.

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 bereavement.
The funeral of Benjamin C. Pruett, formerly station agent here for a number of years, occurred Saturday at the Wetaug cemetery.  He died at Kinmundy, Ill., Thursday of consumption.  The obsequies were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ashby of Elco and the Dongola Lodge I. O. O. F., of which he was a member.  Mr. Pruett’s wife died a little over a year ago of the same disease and he very probably contracted it from her.  He had been living in Florida lately for relief of his complaint, which he failed to obtain.  He was a man of kind disposition, attentive to business and strictly honorable.  He leaves one child, a daughter about ten years of age.  He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. Lodge at DeSoto, Ill., also of a lodge at Carbondale Royal Arch Masons.  The funeral was largely attended.  One brother who is a farmer at Kinmundy and another who is in business in Chicago were present.

(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 Dexter)
A shooting affray occurred in the northwest part of this county last Saturday night, which resulted in the death of Robert Kelley.  Some meat that had been stolen was found hidden in a straw stack.  Mr. Kelley and three other men were watching the straw with a view to capturing the thieves.  Late in the night the watchers fell asleep and while they slept some unknown party fired upon them.  One ball struck Mr. Kelley in the head and he died from the wound Monday.  Charles Dunn and John Rodgers of that community have been arrested charged with the killing and there are strong circumstances pointing to their guilt.  Dunn was taken to Cairo and placed in jail there Monday night. (Vienna)
William Stern, son of a saloonkeeper here, committed suicide Sunday evening by blowing out his brains with a pistol.  He had been out to call on a young lady, and was standing in front of his father’s saloon laughing and joking with some friends.  Stepping back a few paces, and without a word of warning, he suddenly placed the pistol to his head and fired death being instantaneous.  No cause is assigned for the rash act.  (Mound City)
Capt. E. W. McClelland, county clerk received the sad news Monday that his mother was dying at Brazil, Ind., and left for her bedside that night.  She died Tuesday.

Thursday, 22 Mar 1894:
The Ullin Train Wreckers on Trial.

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.
Granted a Change of Venue.

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.
Thomas Washer died last Monday after about eight weeks illness (Belknap) 
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burns who died last Thursday, was buried Saturday, Rev. E. E. Shoemaker, pastor of the Congregational church, conducting the services.  (Mound City)
Mrs. George Taylor died at about 7 o’clock last Sunday morning, aged forty years.  She had been an invalid for over seven years.  Her funeral services were observed from the house last Tuesday afternoon, Rev. E. Joy, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating, and was attended by a large concourse of friends. (Mound City)

Thursday, 29 Mar 1894:

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.
The funeral of the late Capt. Henry Ashton was observed last Sunday from the Baptist church and from thence to Villa Ridge, Rev. McNemer conducting the services.  The funeral was largely attended.
Louis J. Moll, formerly a prominent dry goods merchant of this city (Mound City) and who afterwards moved to California, died at the Anna Insane Asylum last Tuesday, aged forty-one years, two months, and twenty days.  His funeral will be observed from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church at 9:30 this morning.  Rev. William Van Delft officiating.

(Louis J. Moll married Kate Fair on 7 Jan 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The body of Thomas Robertson, who was supposed to have been shot while attempting to destroy the Goodman dam on February 28, was found last Wednesday afternoon floating upon the water near the place.  A corner’s jury failed to find any bullet wounds or marks of violence upon his body.
Dr. John H. Rauch, formerly secretary of the Illinois Board of Health, was found dead in his bed at the home of his brother in Lebanon, Pa., Saturday.

Thursday, 5 Apr 1894:
After Thirty Years a Grave Gives up Its Secret.
“Curly Kate” Story at Last Explained.

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 that of

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 discover that

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.


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.


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


            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


            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


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)
Mr. T. J. Finley died recently in Lima, Ohio.  He was born and reared in Jonesboro, Ill., and married Miss Virginia McClure, a daughter of the late Thomas J. McClure, of Wheatland, in this county.  He died of consumption at the age of only thirty-eight years.  The body was brought to Wheatland for burial.

(Thomas J. Finley married Virginia Caroline McClure on 30 Jul 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Ann Lawler died at the home of her brother, M. Lawler, on Fifteenth Street last evening.  She had been an invalid a great many years and was 70 year old.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow.
Died, in Paris, Tenn., at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. B. Isbell, March 26th, at 6 o’clock p.m., James L. Layman, aged 73 years, 3 months and 23 days.  Deceased was born in Grayson County, Ky., Dec. 3rd, 1826; went to Metropolis in 1842, settled in Smithland in 1848, made a Mason in 1857, a Royal Arch Mason in 1867, a Sir Knight in 1873 and was buried with Masonic honors.  He professed faith in Christ in 1867 and was baptized into the fellowship of the First Baptist Church of Paducah.  He leaves a wife and three daughters to mourn his departure.  He had many friends who sympathize with his relatives, but “blessed is the sleep of those who fall asleep in Jesus.”  [Metropolis papers please copy.]  (Cobden)
Died, March 31st at 2 o’clock a.m. Dr. H. N. Sams, of Wheatland.  He was interred in the cemetery at Thebes Sunday, April 1st, at 12 o’clock m.
The Pierson murder trial from Harrisburg was called up Monday.  About 125 witnesses are here to testify in the case.  (Vienna)
An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boekencamp died Tuesday night and was buried yesterday, Rev. William Van Delft officiating.  (Mound City)

(C. L. Boekenkamp married Annie Curren on 24 Sep 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We mentioned last week the serious illness of Mr. Theodore Phillips, at Axtel, Kansas.  We learn from our exchanges that he died early last week of paralysis at his old home in Red Bud, Ill., and was buried last Friday at Belleville, Ill.  Mr. Phillips was a lawyer by profession and was 64 years of age.  He was well known in Alexander County.

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 Dexter)
Burned to Death.

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.

Thursday, 12 Apr 1894:
A New Name Found for the Unknown Soldier.

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.
Stonington, Ill., April 9.

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?
Virgil A. Baker,
Co. C, 63d Regiment Illinois Infantry

(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)
John McNulty Dead.

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)
Mrs. Henry Stoner, Sr., died suddenly Saturday from heart failure caused by an attack of pneumonia fever.  She was aged 58 years, and had suffered much of late years from rheumatism, which probably was a complication of her last sickness.  She was a very estimable Christian woman, of kind disposition, and her many friends were much shocked to hear of her death.  The funeral services were held at Mt. Pisgah Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m., the Rev. Mr. Traver conducting the obsequies.

(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)
A little son of Jesse Beaver, who lives three miles east of town (Wetaug), was killed by a falling tree last Wednesday.  He was on a wagon loaded with wood, which Mr. Hardy was taking to town.  Mr. Hardy was knocked off the wagon seat and narrowly escaped.
Mrs. H. C. King whose husband died last week of pneumonia, is very sick with the same disease, but has some chance for recovery. (Wetaug)

(Hugh Crocket King married Emeline Hoffner on 7 Aug 1865, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. C. A. Hosmer, formerly of our town (Villa Ridge) died last week at the poor farm.  His remains were brought here and taken to the Stoddard House where services were conducted by the Episcopal minister of Cairo, after which he was interred in the cemetery.  Mr. H.’s sisters, Mrs. W. B. Edson, of Geneva, N.Y., and Mrs. Sears, of Chicago, were not present at the funeral.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Charles A. Hosmer Born Jan. 14, 1818 Died April 9, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Thomas Kennedy, known as Uncle Tom, died Friday, after an illness of two weeks, at his home two miles east of Villa Ridge.  He was in his 86th year.  He leaves one son and five daughters, his wife and five sons having preceded him some years ago.  Being of a kind and genial nature, he had many personal friends who greatly regretted even at his advanced age to hear of his death, but his children will miss him most, so long have they seen “father” around the old home waiting to welcome them as they revisited their childhood home.  He leaves a brother, S. Kennedy, and a sister, Mrs. Woods.  His children and relatives have the sympathy of the community.

Thursday, 19 Apr 1894:
The Pierson Murder Case.

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.
Edward Zerfass, a young man seventeen years of age, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last Friday morning.  He was a brother of Henry Zerfass, and had been in this country less than a year.
Died, April 13, after a protracted illness, the wife of Edward Worthington, Mrs. Eulala Worthington, was 22 years of age.  She leaves one child and a loving husband and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.

(Edward Worthington married Eulalie Martin on 2 Apr 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Stom, an old and worthy citizen, died of paralysis last Thursday.  (Wickliffe, Ky.)
Miss Lucy Hileman died at her home last Friday morning, of consumption.  She had been suffering for several months.  She was a bright, affectionate girl, very patient during her illness. She was very fond of music and many of her friends would sing and play for her.  She was 22 years old.  The funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Rev. Thretgeld at the Congregational church.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.  The family has the sympathy of the entire community (Villa Ridge).
Mr. J. W. Cole is again very low and cannot live throughout the week.  (Mound City)

Thursday, 3 May 1894:
Mrs. David T. Griffin died last Saturday afternoon at the residence of her sister, Mrs. M. Hyman.  Her funeral was observed Sunday from the residence and the interment took place at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mr. B. F. Van Vactor, a son of Mr. John Van Vactor, died last Thursday night of consumption, at the age of 23 years.  The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon.  The deceased was a young man of good character and steady habits and his death was a very severe blow to his father, who is one of the most honorable and reliable colored men in this city.
Death of Benjamin M. Johnson.

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.
Mrs. Crockett King has recovered from her recent illness. (Wetaug)
A colored man by the name of Keys on Dave Ernest’s farm was stricken by apoplexy Friday and will probably not recover. (Wetaug)

Thursday, 10 May 1894:
Mr. Peter Kobler, an old resident of Cairo, died yesterday morning, aged 68 years.  Mr. Kobler was born in Alsace, formerly a part of France, but now a province of Germany, and came to this county when about 25.  He has been in Cairo thirty years working at his trade as a tailor.  He leaves several children.  The funeral services were held this afternoon.
Little Miss May Dwyer, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Dwyer, of 508 Walnut Street, died last Sunday morning of inflammation of the stomach.  The funeral was observed Monday afternoon, Rev. C. J. Eschman, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church officiating.
Mr. Charles Waggoner died very suddenly at Marked Tree, Ark., last Saturday evening, May 5th, of brain fever.  His brother, Harry Waggoner, of St. Louis, was notified of his illness by telegraph, but arrived too late to see him alive.  Mr. Waggoner was a very prominent member of the Knights of Pythias of that place wand was buried with the honors of the order.  He left many relatives and friends at Thebes, Ill., to mourn his loss.

Thursday, 17 May 1894:
Fred Rice died at Puxico, Mo., May 11th and was interred in the Thebes Cemetery Saturday, May 12th.
Menkhausen Convicted.

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., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 24 May 1894:
Searching for Bodies.

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.
Died—May 17th, 1894, aged 89 years, 10 months, and 2 days, at the residence of his son, J. N. Dale, near Dongola, James P. Dale.  He had been failing for two or three years and old age is said to be the direct cause of his death.  He was born in the state of Maryland in 1804 and lived in Tennessee most all the time, until he came to Union County in 1874.

Thursday, 31 May 1894:
Burned to Death.

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.

Thursday, 7 Jun 1894:
Four Men Drowned.

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.
Death’s Harvest.
John T. Rennie.

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 Dexter)
E. F. Davis.

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.
Two notable funerals on successive days occurred this week.  First, the well-known and esteemed John H. Spann, aged 47, on last Sabbath afternoon.  He was probably the wealthiest citizen of Anna. 

(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).

(Christian Hileman 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 Dexter)

Thursday, 14 Jun 1894:
Jeff Craig Dead.

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)
A Card of Thanks.

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.
Mrs. T. J. Craig
Mrs. Ida Parker
Frank Hudson, the member of Kelley’s army, who died here (Mound City) last Saturday from taking a dose of morphine instead of quinine, was buried Sunday in the potters’ field at Beech Grove, Rev. E. S. Shoemaker of the Congregational church conducting the services.  The deceased was forty-seven years of age, was a native of England, and joined the army at San Francisco, belonging to Company F.
We are pained to learn that Mrs. Coleman, wife of Miles Coleman, of Elco, was taken extremely ill last Friday and died Monday, June 11th.  The remains were buried Tuesday.  She leaves her husband and two small children.  We have learned nothing as the nature of her illness.

(Miles Coleman married Sarah E. Waller on 3 May 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 21 Jun 1894:
Justifiable Homicide.

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.
The Lebanon Journal of last week says January 5, 1884, the convent school at Belleville, Ill., was burned and twenty-two children and five of the sisters perished in the flames.  A few bodies were identified, but seventeen, which could not be identified, were buried in the cemetery in Belleville.  A beautiful monument has been erected to the memory of these unfortunates, and on Wednesday it was unveiled and dedicated with appropriate ceremonies.
Our people were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. James Roach of Goose Island last Saturday.  The remains were interred in the Atherton Cemetery on Sunday.  Eld. Culp, of Anna conducted the funeral services.  By her death, six children are left motherless, a husband companionless, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

(James S. Roche married Maggie Atherton on 7 Mar 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Many of our citizens were pained to hear of the death of Mrs. James Roche last Saturday, June 16th, at Goose Island.  Mrs. Roche was a former resident of this place (Villa Ridge) and was much esteemed and loved by her many friends.  She was a consistent member of the Baptist church.  She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her loss.  They have the sympathy of the entire community in this their first great bereavement.
A terrible tragedy occurred at Hodge’s Park last Saturday.  Charles Curtis, colored, was shot four times by Bob Henderson, also colored, and instantly killed.  Coroner Fitzgerald came up from Cairo and held an inquest over the body on Sunday.  It is said that there had been a feud existing between them for some time.
Mr. R. H. McDowell, one of our (Mound City’s) most prominent and popular young businessmen died last Friday after a long illness of progressive paralysis.  The deceased was engaged with his father in the lumber manufacturing business, and was in very comfortable circumstances.  He was married some years ago to Miss Maude Casey, daughter of Dr. N. R. Casey, who with two children mourn his untimely departure.  His funeral was observed Sunday from the family residence, Rev. E. E. Shoemaker, pastor of the Congregational church, officiating, and was attended by a vast crowd of people.

(Robert H. McDowell married Maude H. Casey on 16 May 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Alexander Gibson, colored, died last Saturday from the effects of a blow struck by John Henry, colored, the Wednesday previous.  Henry was placed in jail under a warrant charging him with murder, where he will await the action of the July grand jury.
Mr. Charles Lame Dead.

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.

Thursday, 28 Jun 1894:
Charles Ford, alias Walter Parks, a negro gambler, robber and thug, was shot by another negro named Walter Verges, in the Clark building Monday afternoon.  The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where he was given every possible attention, until his death yesterday afternoon.  Verges escaped from the police for a time, but returned to town and was placed in jail yesterday.  The prisoner has borne the reputation of being a peaceable citizen and the evidence will probably show that he acted in self-defense.
Mr. William W. Hinchcliff, one of the most prominent young businessmen of Carbondale died last Thursday.  He was buried Saturday in the presence of a vast concourse of people.

(William M. Hincliff married Nancy E. Woodward on 16 Nov 1882, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Quick Work.

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 vice-president.

Thursday, 5 Jul 1894:
Hon. John M. Lansden received a dispatch form Washington, D.C., announcing the death of his brother’s wife, Mrs. Thomas Lansden.  She had been a sufferer for a number years and deaths came as a welcome relief to her.  Her body was taken to Springfield, Ill., where it will be interred today.  Mr. Lansden left here Monday night to be present at the funeral and Mrs. Lansden and David and Miss Mamie, all of whom have been visiting at Jacksonville, will also attend.  They will return home tomorrow.
Prendergast Must Hang.

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.
Uncle Joseph Mowery, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this county, died at the residence of S. D. Miller, Thursday night at midnight.  He went to bed well as usual and died suddenly, presumably from heart disease.  He was born in the State of North Carolina on the 12th day of May, 1812, and was in his 83rd year.  He came to this county about sixty years ago.  He was one of a large family who settled near this town (Wetaug) and around Mill Creek.  All are dead now except one brother, Edward Mowery, who resides at Mill Creek.  The family of whom our subject was a member have descendants scattered all over the north part of this and Union County, all are honorable, industrious Christian men and women and are among the most substantial and prosperous farmers and citizens.  Uncle Joe, as he was familiarly called, was, as was all the rest of the Mowery family, members of the German Reformed Church and for many years his seat near the altar has not been vacant.  His was a well rounded out Christian life with every man his friend.  He sunk quietly to the peaceful slumber, which will know no awakening until the morning of the resurrection.  The funeral services were held at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Joseph Wolbach.  A very large number of people attended.

(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)
Menkhausen Must Hang.

Gustav Menkhausen, 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 of execution.

Thursday, 12 Jul 1894:
Mrs. Mamie Holmes-Gordon.

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)
Died, on Monday, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boner.  Interment at Villa Ridge on Tuesday afternoon.  The parents and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walton Wright, of Memphis, died at the residence of Capt. G. D. Williamson, in this city Tuesday night.  The funeral was held this afternoon.
Miss Maggie Bell, of Cobden, sister of Mr. George Bell, died last Saturday of consumption.  She was about twenty years of age and had been an invalid all her life.

(Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Margaret Bell.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 19 Jul 1894:
The Grim Reaper.

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., Ill.—Darrel Dexter).
Resolutions of Respect.
            The following resolutions were drafted in memory of Mr. Charles Waggoner, whose death was recently chronicled in The Citizen.  The deceased was born and reared at Thebes, and was a brother of Mrs. Dr. A. W. Gause, now of Kinmundy, Ill.  He was a true Knight and by his conduct exemplified that glorious principle which has rendered immortal the names of Damon and Pythias.

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.

Fraternally Submitted.

H. B. Stout

John Thorp, Committee

            (Amos W. Gause married Lula E. Waggener on 22 Jun 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Haines, colored, died last Sunday of consumption at his home.  Funeral was held Tuesday.  (Villa Ridge)
Mr. Beegles, quite an old man, was buried last Saturday at Liberty under the auspices of the G. A. R.

(Sergt. William S. Beegle Co. B 9th Tenn. Cav. has a military marker in Liberty Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)
One of Mr. William Hudson’s babes died at 4 p.m. last Saturday and the other a few hours later.  They were buried at the Atherton Cemetery Sunday afternoon. (Unity)
Judge Hiram H. Wise, of New Burnside, died at his home on July 7th, after a long period of ill health.  He had been a resident of Johnson County all his life, and was a justice of the peace for many years.  He was the father of the present county surveyor of Johnson County, Thomas C. Wise.

(Hiram H. Wise married Polly Chapman on 26 Nov 1848, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Thursday, 26 Jul 1894:
Michael Glynn, one of the oldest residents of Cairo, died at his home on Eighth Street last Saturday evening, of dysentery, after a week’s illness.  Mr. Glynn was about 65 years old.  Born in Ireland, he came to this country in his youth, and soon reached Cairo.  Starting in as a drayman, he built up a large transfer business, which of late years has been conducted by his son, John P. Glynn.  He leaves a family consisting of a wife, one son and three daughters, besides an adopted son.  The funeral was held Monday.
            (His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Michael Glynn Born July 21, 1829 Died July 23, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)

The death of Mrs. Martha Slimpert at Grand Chain escaped our notice last week.  She died on July 10th.  Mrs. Slumpert was the mother of several children who are all well known in Southern Illinois.
Tip Foley, a well-known farmer of East Prairie, near Charleston, Mo., was shot and killed from ambush while plowing in a field last Friday.  The deceased was a very quarrelsome man and had many bitter enemies who had sworn to kill him.  No clue has been obtained as to the assassin.
The many friends of Mrs. Clara Holbrook Smith were painfully shocked and much grieved to learn that since going to California her health has failed her and that she is now in a condition so critical that there are but little hopes of her permanent recovery.  The failure of her health is due to overwork.  Mrs. Smith was so enthusiastic and so ambitious to make a success of her ventures that she assumed burdens entirely too heavy for her to bear alone.  All her friends earnestly hope that she may entirely recover and yet live many more long and useful years.—Chester Clarion.
At Boone Gap, near Albion, Ill., Charles Porter, fifteen years old, shot and instantly killed his friend and playmate, Cook Gould, a boy of the same age last Saturday morning.  Porter and Gould and another boy had slept together the night before at the home of Gould.  In the morning Gould arose and sat down in a chair and called to his friend to waken.  Porter playfully responded by taking a revolver from under his pillow.  He pointed the weapon at Gould, pulled the trigger, and the victim fell dead, shot through the brain.  The only excuse that young Porter has offered is that “he thought it wasn’t loaded”—the same old story.
DIED.—July 20, 1894, Levi A. Dillow, aged 52 years.

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 believed
“That the might with the right and truth shall be

And come what there may to stand in the way,
That day the world shall see.”

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, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Farrow, who had removed from Texas and lived on Mr. J. D. Benton’s farm near town (Dongola) two years, died on last Thursday night, after several weeks’ illness.  The funeral was at the Congregational church on Saturday and burial in I. O. O. F. Cemetery.

(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)

Thursday, 2 Aug 1894:

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 Dexter)
For four successive Saturdays there has been a death in Cairo.  For four successive Mondays has the funeral occurred.  The last victim of the grim reaper was Mr. Edward Boyle, who died of consumption.  He had been employed in the express office for many years.  The funeral service was held at St. Patrick’s Church and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Edward son of C. & E. Boyle Died July 29, 1894 Aged 26 Years.—Darrel Dexter)

Mr. George L. Clay died at Anna Tuesday night.  He was the victim of consumption.  He went to Anna some weeks ago, to visit his relatives in the hope that he might improve there.  The deceased was forty years old.  For many years he held a position as clerk for the Illinois Central at the stone depot, but was compelled to give it up on account of his health.  Later he received an appointment under Postmaster Howley as assistant mailing clerk, but this work proved too hard for him.  Since then he has done nothing.  Mr. Clay has a sister, Mrs. Joseph C. Smith, living on Tenth Street.  His many friends will sorrow over his sad death.

(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  George L. Clay 1851-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
The grave of Col. John Wood in the Villa Ridge Cemetery is now marked by a handsome and imposing stone.  It is of granite and stands about five feet high, but its other dimensions are of liberal proportions and give it a very massive appearance.  The surface of the stone is highly polished and bears no lettering save the name only, “John Wood.”  The work was done by a Chicago firm.  The monument consists of three pieces and their total weight is four tons.  To provide a sufficient foundation for this enormous weight, a bed of concrete five feet and four inches deep was laid.  The monument is different in design from anything in the cemetery.  It is similar to a monument which Col. Wood saw in a Chicago cemetery and which he greatly admired.
The infant child of D. W. Sammons is very low and not expected to live.  (Willard)
A sad accident occurred at Grand Chain last Saturday, in which Eddie O’Brien, aged eight years, was drowned while bathing in a pond of Mr. J. W. Gaunt.
We learn, with regret, that Mr. J. G. Barnard, of Sandusky, has been in a very critical condition, the result of a stroke of paralysis received last June.  He has had all the medical attention he could secure, and recovered sufficient to go to St. Louis, where he is now improving under skillful treatment.  He is just able to read his paper.  The matter was never reported to us and we have just learned his condition.

Thursday, 9 Aug 1894:
Mrs. Joseph C. Smith and son, Joseph and daughter, Miss Zulina, have returned from Anna, where they went to attend the funeral of the late George L. Clay.
Mr. James S. Buchanan, a brother of the Buchanan brothers of this city, died yesterday morning of consumption.  He was formerly a resident of this city, but ill health compelled him to leave in 1892 and he has been seeking to restore his shattered health ever since.  Of late he has been located at Hartsville, Mo.  Monday he came to Cairo to spend his last moments among friends.  Funeral services were held last evening and the remains were taken to Morrisonville, Ills., for interment.
Died, Mrs. Lou Dunning, wife of Miles Dunning, aged 32 years.  Mrs. Dunning was a stranger here, having only been among us four days prior to her death.  She leaves a husband and one child to mourn her loss.  (Willard)
Many of our people (Villa Ridge) were pained to hear of the sad news of Mrs. Thomas Walford’s death.  The husband has the sympathy of the entire community in his great bereavement.

Thursday, 16 Aug 1894:
Mrs. Mary Hebron.

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)
The infant daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A. A. Bondurant died Tuesday morning after an illness of several weeks.  The remains were interred at Charleston yesterday.
Mrs. Mitchell, mother of Mrs. W. H. Boyer, of Harrisburg, and Mrs. S. P. Groves, of Carbondale, died in Harrisburg last Friday, aged 75 years.  Hon. W. H. Boyer left Saturday to attend the funeral.
Mr. A. B. Lawrence, a well known conductor on the Illinois Central, died at his home in Centralia Tuesday, after an illness of nearly six weeks.  His funeral will take place today.

Thursday, 23 Aug 1894:
This morning’s Bulletin says:  Mr. Daniel Cassidy, father of Capt. Frank Cassidy, of this city, died at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning at his home in Eddyville, Ky., after a long illness.  Mr. Cassidy was in his 73rd year.  He was formerly a prominent lawyer in that district and was well known throughout Western Kentucky.  The funeral was held yesterday. Capt. Cassidy will return to Cairo today.
Norman L. Freeman Dead.

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.
Miss Flora Barton, eldest daughter of Mr. John H. Barton, of Carbondale, died Tuesday morning of consumption.
From the Southern Illinois Herald we learn that Miss Minnie James, daughter of Mrs. Mollie McIntyre, the well known dancing teacher, died at her home in Union City last week of arsenical poison.

Thursday, 30 Aug 1894:
Dr. J. J. Gordon Dead.

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)
Killed While Stealing a Ride.

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.
S. B. Cary
E. K. Sprague
William W. Stevenson, Committee
W. W. Stevenson, Secretary Pro. Tem.
Two prominent railroad men, formerly residents of Cairo, died during the past week.  They were John Newell, president of the Lake Shore, and J. W. Seymour, of the Illinois Central.  The latter died at Colorado Springs last Sunday where he had gone for his health.  Mr. Newell was here in the 50’s when he was connected with the old Cairo City railroad.  He worked his way up and in 1871 became president of the Illinois Central.  Mr. Seymour was formerly agent at Cairo.
KENNEDY—Edward P., on Friday, August 24, aged 27 years.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Church.  Interment at Villa Ridge.
VALLE—Joseph, on Saturday, August 25, aged 49 years.

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.

Thursday, 6 Sep 1894:
Death of George Cowling.

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 Dexter)
Mr. Arnold of Makanda was down Wednesday and took charge of the remains of his son Thomas Arnold, who was killed here (Wetaug) Tuesday night by the cars.  He was an only child and his death must have been a sad misfortune to his parents.  He was 23 years and formerly was a brakeman on the Illinois Central.  He had a good education and was one of the State Militia stationed at Mounds during the strike.
Uncle Steve Decatur, an aged colored man, the date of whose birth no man knoweth not, died last week from hemorrhage of the kidneys.  He was a very intelligent negro and drew a pension for service in the U. S. Navy during the war.  (Wetaug)

(His military marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Stephen Decatur U.S. Navy.—Darrel Dexter)
Thomas Davis, a young man who lived four miles east of town (Wetaug), went to the fair at Anna Wednesday night.  Thursday morning at the depot in Anna he fell in a convulsion.  He was sent home, but died Friday.  The cause of his death was probably pernicious malarial fever with brain congestion.
Albert Ridge went to Belleville last Saturday to attend the funeral of William Pitthon who was known to several of the young folks here.  The cremation of the remains is said to have taken place in St. Louis that afternoon.  He ruined his prospects by his own conduct and finally resorted to suicide, and it is sad to think that such a fate should overtake so promising a young man and his friends here sympathize with his relatives in their bereavement.  (Dongola)
A young man named Willie May was shot and killed last week Tuesday in a cornfield about a mile north of Simpson, in Johnson County.  The facts connected with the homicide are not yet known.

Thursday, 13 Sep 1894:
Charles W. Frank Dead.
Another Prominent Young Cairoite Passed Away Suddenly Yesterday Morning.

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.
Mr. Frank carried life insurance to the extent of $7,000.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Charles W. Frank 1862-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of The City Attorney After a Very Brief Illness.

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 at Anna last Wednesday on business connected with the State Insane Asylum of which institution he was a trustee.  Not feeling well while in Anna, he was compelled to go to bed.  Feeling some better he came down home and again went to bed.  He was not believed to be seriously ill until Sunday night.  Indeed that afternoon he attended to some business and sent off a telegram.  That night his brother-in-law, Dr. J. C. Sullivan, announced that his death was only a question of a few hours.  From that time until his death he was totally unconscious.

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.

(Richard Walsh 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)
Many Others Badly Hurt
In the Cyclone that Wrecked the Iron Mountain Train Yesterday at Charleston, Mo.

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 hurt.
Rev. W. King preached the funeral of Mr. Crain’s child last Sunday at Brownsville schoolhouse.  (Thebes)
Officer Jerry McDaniel of the police force went to Sandusky this afternoon to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Hill Smalling, who died last night says the Telegram of Tuesday.  A singular fatality has attended the relatives of Mr. McDaniel. Since the first of January he has lost by death his brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and two brothers-in law.  About a year ago his own child died.  Affliction bears heavily on him and his wife.

(Jerry McDaniel married Mrs. Katie Maria Buckhart on 29 May 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of David Baker.

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.
Resolutions of Respect.

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.
John M. Lansden
W. C. Mulkey
William M. Butler, Committee
William H. Green, Chairman
John W. Baker, Secretary

Thursday, 20 Sep 1894:
Mr. D. H. Winans

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.
Death of Mrs. Rogers by Suicide.

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)
Mrs. Ellen McCarthy, who formerly kept the old Vicksburg House in this city, died Tuesday at the residence of her daughters, Mrs. A. A. Donohue, of DeSoto, Mo.  Her funeral was observed this afternoon from St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Rev. C. J. Eschman officiating.

(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Ellen McCarthy Born Aug. 9, 1825 Died Sept. 19, 1894.—Darrel Dexter)
D. H. Winans died at his home last Sunday a.m. at 7 o’clock Sept. 16, 1894.  For two years he had been in poor health, had been confined to his bed during the past month.  Had he lived until Sept. 20, he would have been 69 years old.  Although he had suffered much physically, his mental powers were unimpaired to the last.  He was a man of integrity, perseverance, industry and generosity.  He leaves a wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters, all of whom were present at the funeral.  Mr. W. L. Winans, of St. Paul, Minn., having arrived the evening before.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of Rev. James of the M. E. church, after which the I. O. O. F. took charge of the remains.  The funeral was largely attended, the interment being at Villa Ridge. Mr. Winans will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors as he was much attached to his home and always found there.  It is hard for us to realize that his presence has gone from us forever.  Beloved in life our friend is mourned in death.  The family and relatives have the sympathy of the community in this their first great bereavement.
An Aged Man’s Misfortune.

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.
Resolutions of Respect.

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 publication.

Thursday, 27 Sep 1894:
The only child of Mr. Vaughn the section boss, died last Wednesday after a very brief illness. (Unity)
Died Sept. 10, 1894, Hazel Irene Hodges, daughter of Charles and Alice Hodges, age 3 years and 14 days.  Anna Talk please copy.  (Unity)

(Charles E. Hodges married Alice Murry on 22 Sep 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died:  Sept. 22, 1894, Mr. Drew Minton, after a lingering illness of typho malarial fever.  He was a good citizen and will be greatly missed.  Eld. Culp of Anna conducted the funeral services in a very impressive manner.  He also conducted the funeral exercises of Hazel Hodges.  (Unity)

(Drew Minton married Millie A. Hamayer on 4 May 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at his home one mile northwest of Cobden, September 18th, 1894, Nathaniel Pickering, aged 89 years, 4 months, and 17 days.  Funeral services were held at the late residence on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. Interment was made at the Cobden cemetery.
Died, at the residence of his father-in-law, C. M. Tripp, two miles northeast of Anna, on Monday, Sept., 24th, 1894, at 9:30 o’clock a.m. George McElhannon, aged 23 years, one month, and ten days.  The body was brought to Cobden cemetery where the funeral services and burial took place.

(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:
Death Beneath the Wheels.

            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 Dexter)
Terrible Affray at Vienna.

            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., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thornton Parker Struck by a Street Car This Morning.

            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 o’clock.
Motorman Reddar says the accident could not be avoided.  The car was going south at an average rate of speed when Parker approached the track going toward the levee.  He waited until the car got within a few feet of him when he attempted to jump across the track, and the car struck him, killing him almost instantly.

(Thornton Parker married Jane Williams on 5 Aug 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Taylor, wife of Alderman W. D. Taylor, died last Friday night of cancer.  Funeral services were held Saturday night, Rev. Phillips officiating, and the remains were taken to her old home at Hickman, Ky., for interment.

(William D. Taylor married Martha A. Kindred on 3 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. F. M. Brown attended the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. Bell Bushard, at Elco Cemetery Monday.  Mrs. Bushard had been an inmate of the hospital at Anna eight years and her death occurred there last Saturday.  (Sandusky)
Della Logue, a young lady who formerly lived here (Wetaug), died at the home of C. White, east of Dongola, Sept. 29th of typhoid fever.  She was buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Rev. M. S. Metzler conducting the obsequies Oct. 1st.
George Travers, an old, respected ship carpenter, died last Tuesday after a short illness.  The funeral was yesterday, Rev. Puates officiating.  (Mound City)
Resolutions of Respect.

            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 association.
Mrs. Edith Ellis,
Miss Nellie Fisher,
Miss Nannie J. McKee, Committee

Thursday, 11 Oct 1894:
Jacob Sheffer, aged 18 years, died of slow fever at his home on Sunday night last.  (Dongola)
Quite an accident happened four miles south of Whitting last Wednesday, says the Charleston Enterprise that may be the cause of one man losing his life.  While the Ward Lumber Company’s engine was on its way to the mill with logs, with Dan Young as engineer and Gould Victory as fireman, the bridge or trestle gave way, causing the engine to turn over, scalding both the engineer and fireman.  The engineer was scalded from his hips up to his head and is in a dangerous condition.  The engine and tender were entirely demolished.  The loss to the lumber company is estimated at about $2,000.  We have been informed since that the engineer died from his injuries.
Mrs. Lulu Drinkwater, wife of Oath Drinkwater, of Thompson’s Landing, Mo., died on Wednesday of last week under peculiarly sad circumstances, having just given birth to a little babe.  The deceased was the second wife of Mr. Drinkwater and was the daughter of Capt. William Sickman, and the niece of Mr. Henry Weiman.  Her husband and parents have the sincere sympathy of many friends.  She was buried Friday at Charleston.
A little child of Mr. Lee Beckwith was gathering wild grapes in the woods last Sunday, near its home, at Huff’s Station, Mo., when the limb of a tree fell upon it, fracturing its skull.  Medical aid was summoned, but we have not learned the full extent of the injury.

Thursday, 18 Oct 1894:
Orasmus Greenlee Dead.

            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.

(Oresamus Greenlee married Sarah Parker on 30 Mar 1851, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Fatal Explosion.

            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.
Old Mrs. Thompson, aged about 95 years, died last Sunday night.  She lived with her son, John Thompson.  Five of her sons served in the Union Army during the war and all live near Elco now.
John Henry Bice, colored, was placed on trial for murder Thursday afternoon.  Bice was indicted for the murder of a colored fellow workman the 14th day of last June at the Singer factory.  The defendant was represented by Dance and Wickliffe, of Wickliffe, Ky., and Angus Leek of this city.  The evidence showed an aggravated case of manslaughter, but the jury, after being out five hours, returned a verdict Friday night, finding the defendant guilty of manslaughter and fixing his punishment at confinement in the penitentiary for one year.
Last week we mentioned an accident which befell the little child of Lee Beckwith over in Missouri in which the child’s skull was fractured by a falling limb of a tree.  This little one died last Wednesday night.  This is the second child Mr. Beckwith has lost in the past two years from an unnatural cause.

Thursday, 25 Oct 1894:
Monroe Heath, at one time mayor of Chicago, died at Ashville, N.C., last Saturday night.  He was on his way to Florida for his health when death overtook him.  He was the father of Mrs. John H. Wood of Chicago, the daughter-in-law of the late Col. John Wood.  Walter H. Wood of this city went up to Chicago Tuesday to attend the funeral.  He will probably be accompanied home by Mrs. Campbell Wood who will make a visit here.
Mr. Porteous Dead.

            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 musical events.
Justice G. W. Sammons held an inquest over the body of a colored floater caught in the river here by two men going down the river in a skiff last Monday.
Mrs. Antonio Raggio.

            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.

Thursday, 1 Nov 1894:
Another Murder.

            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.
The murderer escaped, and McHale was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary where Dr. Stevenson pronounced his wound to be fatal.  McHale died yesterday morning, but his assassin is still at large.

Thursday, 15 Nov 1894:
A dispatch from Metropolis says Judge Benjamin O. Jones shot and fatally wounded himself with suicidal intent on account of family trouble.

(Benjamin O. Jones married Mary T. Brown on 4 Dec 1864, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Francis Leroy Shea, the little four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shea, died at the home of his parents, 1210 Locust Street, Sunday night, of diphtheria.  He was a beautiful child, and the only one in the family.  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning by Rev. Father Eschman and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.

(Franics F. Shea married Catherine Cain on 13 Nov 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Caroline Kline, wife of Jacob Kline, proprietor of the brickyard, died Tuesday morning after an illness of two months.  The deceased was fifty years old and was a native of Hamilton County.  She was twice married, her first husband being Charles Haller, whose demise occurred in 1875.  She leaves two sons and three daughters, her husband and a large number of friends to mourn her loss.

(Charles Haller 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)
Mrs. Theresa Starzinger, mother of Mr. E. M. Starzinger, of this city, died in Carterville, on Wednesday of last week, aged 59 years.  Funeral services were held in Carbondale Friday, conducted by Rev. S. P. Groves.  Mrs. Starzinger was a native of Weis, Upper Austria.  The sudden illness and death of his mother came after arrangements had been completed for the marriage of Mr. Starzinger to Miss Trigg, so that the ceremony will take place as announced.

(Alias Starzinger 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 Dead.

            Rev. H. B. Thayer, D.D., pastor of the Presbyterian church of Camden, Ohio, died Nov. 1, aged 66.
Mr. Thayer will be remembered as pastor of the Presbyterian church in this city from 1872 to 1875.
Dr. E. B. Elrod Passes Away at Flora

            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 Dexter)
A little child of Jessie Corcoran died last Friday and one of Sam Harper’s on Saturday.  The parents reside four miles east of town (Wetaug).

Thursday, 22 Nov 1894:
A negro on the City of Sheffield was shot Monday afternoon by the mate, Tobias Royal, and died in half an hour.  The negro and a companion were hiding under the boilers and Royal, with pistol in hand, crawled under to get them out.  While doing so the pistol was discharged with the result as above given.  This happened while the boat was at East Cairo and Royal gave himself up to the Kentucky authorities, but was acquitted by the coroner’s jury Tuesday.
James S. McGahey Dead.

            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 Dexter)
Grandma Heater is quite sick and fears are entertained that she cannot recover.  (Elco)
The report came here (Cobden) Tuesday to the effect that Judge D. Ferrill, a former resident of this place, and son of Rev. James H. Ferrill, of Jonesboro, Ark., was shot and killed in a fight by a man by the name of Seymour.  Judge was well known here and has scores of relatives and friends at this place.

Thursday, 29 Nov 1894:
The Veteran Passenger Agent of the Illinois Central.

            Mr. 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.
Judge Coleman was three times married and leaves a widow and a son, Albert V. Coleman.  He was a man of staunch character and firm convictions.  Nothing could swerve him from what he believed to be his duty.  He was a Republican in politics, firm, unswerving and honest.  He believed it just as wicked to tell a political lie during a campaign as to tell one at any other time and on any other subject.  Some of our people will remember an incident, which occurred during one of the heated campaigns some fifteen years ago.  The course of the Democratic politicians had, as Judge Coleman believed, and as many other Republicans believed, been very unscrupulous, very false and very wicked.  The Republicans held a big meeting with a grand parade and torch light procession at night.  Judge Coleman marched in the procession, carrying a transparency which bore upon each of its perpendicular faces this inscription:  “There is a God.”  Turn the transparency in any direction and there shone out in blazing letters the forcible inscription, “There is a God.”  This incident was characteristic of the man.  We need more men of his rugged outspoken, honest character.
Died, Saturday morning, Nov. 24th, little Cleveland, son of Henry Davidson.  (Dongola)
Mrs. Bowers, of Valley Recluse, after a lingering illness, died last Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oliver Wallace.  She leaves two sons, Mr. Frank and Joseph Bowers, and one daughter, Mrs. Wallace and a sister, Mrs. Lutze, of Mound City.  Mrs. Bowers will be long remembered by her many friends who will miss her kindly face and loving deeds.  The children and friends have the sympathy of the entire community.  The interment was at Beech Grove on Sunday p.m.

Thursday, 6 Dec 1894:
William Wetzel, once a prominent citizen of Cairo and Mound City, died at his home in St. Louis last Friday at the age of 60.
In the life and death of Charles Kirkham, of Carbondale, we have an awful illustration of what liquor can do for a man.  Born with luxurious surroundings, given positions of honor and trust in his county, promoted by popular consent and his own shrewdness until he became the leader of his party, a man of pure character and enjoying the confidence of everyone, he was finally overtaken by misfortune, and then took to drink.  From this time on his downward course was steady and only came to an end last week when he deliberately planned and carried out his own destruction.  Mr. Kirkham was at one time a member of the firm of Kirkham, Brown & Co, tobacco manufacturers of this city.
Assaulted by a Convict.

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 absolutely necessary.
Mrs. Glynn, mother or John P. Glynn, the transfer man, and widow of the late Michael Glynn, died last Friday afternoon after a short illness.

(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Bridget Fox Glynn 1831-1894.—Darrel Dexter)
Drowned in the Ohio.

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.

Thursday, 13 Dec 1894:
Carson Martin Very Ill.

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., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Brown Case.

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 Dunning lost his wife and little babe last week.  (Sandusky)

(Isaac A. Dunning married Fanny N. Colbert on 14 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The mother of Mr. J. H. Aldrich died in Philadelphia last Sunday morning.  She lived here (Villa Ridge) for many years and will be remembered by her numerous friends for her kind words and loving deeds.  Such lives as hers will never be forgotten.  The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.  She leaves a son and daughter in Philadelphia and a daughter here, Mrs. Aldridge.

Thursday, 20 Dec 1894:
Fred Rhode, son of Charles Rhode, living on Hartman’s farm on Horseshoe Lake died last Saturday morning and was buried at Villa Ridge.
O’Bryan, the Train Robber, Killed.

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.
Miss Annie Wilson, of Ullin, aged twenty years, died last week of congestion of the bowels.  The remains were interred at Anna where she has a number of relatives.
Mrs. Thomas Davis, of Stringtown, died Saturday morning of congestion of the brain.  She leaves four small children and a husband who have the sympathy of a great number of friends in their bereavement.  (Wetaug)
Mrs. Edward Nickens, of Stringtown, died at Cobden, last Wednesday of consumption.  The remains were brought home for interment.  She leaves a husband and several small children.

(Edward M. Nickens married Lucinda Wright on 3 Oct 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The community (Anna) was startled Sunday morning to hear that Mrs. J. E. Lufkin was at the point of death.  She has been in poor health for several months.  Sunday morning pneumonia made its appearance.  This with heart trouble made her recovery very doubtful indeed.  Her youngest son, John, was called home from Terre Haute by wire Sunday.  Mrs. Lufkin died Tuesday afternoon and the funeral will occur this afternoon.

(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)
Death of a Prominent Egyptian.

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 campaign.

Thursday, 27 Dec 1894:
James Towle, of Saline County, Found With Two Shots Through His Body.

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.
Death of a Prominent Lady.

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.

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