Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
3 Jan 1895-26 Dec 1895
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 3 Jan 1895:
Howard Perdue, an
alleged correspondent of the Kansas City Sunday Sun, at Paducah, was
shot by an estranged Kentuckian named Monroe Bouyou, Sunday, whom the
paper had maligned, and died Tuesday. Such is the fate of the correspondent
of that disreputable sheet. By the way, it is sold on the streets of Cairo
in the most open and flagrant fashion. Is there no way to rid our city of
this miserable post?
Reed Pollock, a
cooper, aged 21 years, fell dead from heart disease at 4:30 yesterday
afternoon, while at work at Halliday’s cooper shop, says the
Argus this morning. Deceased was a son of John S. Pollock, car
inspector for the Illinois Central, whose home is at 210 Twentieth Street.
The grim messenger has been
quite busy in Cairo and Alexander County during the past year. On an
inspection of the files of The Citizen, since Jan. 1, 1894, we find a
record of the death of the following named persons, all of whom were
somewhat prominent in the community.
About one o’clock Friday
morning, fire was discovered in the little shanty at the corner of Eleventh
and Poplar. The house is the property of Mrs. Ann Farrell and was
occupied by Oscar Matthews and Jonah Piper. Mathews,
who is a waiter at DuBaun’s restaurant, was not at home at the time.
Piper had made up a good fire and gone to bed, and was dragged out of
the house pretty severely burned. Dr. McNemer was called in, but
Piper’s injuries were fatal and he died Saturday.
married Frances Morton on 8 Sep 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(A marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: Here Sleeps in Christ Our Father Mathias
Clemens Died Dec. 31, 1894, Aged 80 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 16 Dys.—Darrel
(John G. Mansker
married Nancy E. Clayton on 1 Apr 1850, in Washington Co., Ill.
James J. Donoway married Nancy E. Mansker on 30 Aug 1863, in
Clinton Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: Mary J. wife of William W. Wiley Born Sept. 19, 1852
Died Jan. 1, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
John Ritter, an
employee of the Mobile & Ohio railroad at East Cairo, fell between the ties
of the incline last Thursday injuring himself internally. He was removed to
Cairo and Dr. Stevenson called. He died at St. Mary’s Infirmary
An unfortunate and distressing accident occurred last Friday morning at the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets, as a result of which little Charlie Van Treese, the five-year-old son of Rev. F. M. Van Treese, pastor of the Methodist church, will be crippled for life.
Charlie is a bright little fellow and was very fond of riding with the motormen on the electric cars and ringing the gong. Friday morning at 11 o’clock when car No. 4 of the Cairo Electric line was turning the curve from Eighth Street into Walnut, going north, Charlie tried to get on the front platform, but in doing so slipped and fell in front of the wheel, which passed over his left leg crushing it terribly. The little fellow was taken to his home nearby and Drs. Grinstead, Rittenhouse and Bryant were summoned. They decided it was necessary to amputate the limb, and the leg was taken off a few inches above the knee.
The shock of the accident
and surgical operation were quite hard on the little fellow, but it is hoped
he will recover from the effects of both.
Ben Magee, engineer
at the hospital at Anna, who was injured at the fire two weeks ago, is
dead. Word was received by his brother, George, today, and was a great
surprise and shock to him, as Ben was supposed to be improving. Sunday he
sat up, but that night he did not rest well, though no alarm was felt.
Since, no word was received save the brief announcement of his death.
Isaac Kimmel, one of the foremost citizens of Elkville and Jackson County, died on January 8th, leaving a large family of children. He was 71 years of age and had resided at his late home nearly fifty years.
(Isaac Kimmel married Sophrona Snyder on 16 Dec 1847, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. James C. Holbrook, a prominent citizen of Chester died last Thursday, in his 78th year.
Benjamin F. Hunter, a wealthy citizen of Sikeston, Mo., died last Thursday. He belonged to one of the oldest families of southeast Missouri and was a very large property owner.
Milo Erwin, formerly
a resident of Williamson County, died recently in Arkansas. He was at one
time a member of the Illinois legislature.
(B. H. Chapman
married Mrs. Margaret Kaltenback on 11 Nov 1881, in Pulaski Co.,
The coroner of Jackson County is kept busy these days. Last Thursday a man was struck by a train on the Chicago and Texas Railroad near Carbondale, and instantly killed. He was walking beside the rails and paid no attention to the shrill whistle of the locomotive. Whether he was deaf or desired to commit suicide could not be learned. His name was Matthew Wright and his home was at Murphysboro.
Leslie Gill, the
little four-month-old son of Lieutenant Governor Joseph B. Gill, died
Monday afternoon at Springfield of bronchitis. The little one was interred
The conversation drifted to public executions and Ex-Sheriff “Jack” Hodges said: “I never hung but one man, and that was about the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. It was back about ‘78. Charlie Glass had killed another negro because the latter had maintained improper relations with his ‘woman.’ At that time I kept the jail and lived down there. We had the old wooden jail then, and the prisoners were constantly breaking out, causing us no end of trouble. Glass and I were on the best of terms and he would always tell me when the other prisoners planned to break jail. I got to liking the fellow pretty well, and often of an evening I would let him out into the hall, and we would sit there and talk. I tried to get him to plead guilty, for we had a dead case against him, but he somehow felt that he was justified in killing the man, and would not admit that he did wrong even to save his neck. Well, we made all the preparations for the hanging. I was afraid the rope would break, so I went to St. Louis and had them make me a hemp rope to order. It wasn’t more than six feet long, but it cost me seven dollars. When the time came I bought Charlie a new suit of clothes and fixed him up, tying his necktie myself. I don’t believe he would have let anyone else hang him, he thought so much of me. When the noose was placed around his neck, I cut the rope, which held the trap. I didn’t dare to look at him and I don’t believe I could have hung him again, if that rope had broken. I wouldn’t have minded it so much if it had been someone I was mad at, but I thought a good deal of Charlie.
“Some time after that the
sheriff of Union County borrowed that rope to hang a man with, and after it
was returned it lay in DeBaun’s safe for a long time. I didn’t want
the rope so I left it there. Finally Vardie Randall was in from East
Cape one day and the conversation turned to ropes. I told him I had a good
one and offered this one to him, and he took it. That’s the last I ever saw
Mrs. Nettie Schutter Robinson, wife of Mr. Harvey Robinson, of Memphis, died last Thursday night, of consumption. The deceased was the daughter of Mrs. W. H. Schutter, of this city. The remains were brought to Cairo for interment and were accompanied by the bereaved family, the husband and three children, two girls and a boy. Funeral services were held at the Schutter residence Sunday afternoon by Rev. DeRosset, and interment was made at Beech Grove Cemetery.
married Francis J. Schutter on 16 Feb 1881, in Alexander Co.,
Mrs. Adeline P. Beattie,
of Red Bud, wife of Dr. A. B. Beattie, who was one of the physicians
at the Anna hospital under Dr. Elrod, is one of the heirs of the
Holmes estate in England. Hon. John R. Thomas, ex Congressman
from this district, will look after her interest in the estate. Capt.
Thomas is a son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. Beattie.
William White, a
colored man employed at the Singer factory, fell into a tank of boiling
water yesterday forenoon and was very badly scalded. The tank is used for
boiling logs. White left it uncovered and forgetting that fact,
stepped into it. His flesh is nearly cooked from his waist down and he will
Young James Cheney, a lad of 14 years, was drowned in the Mississippi River at the foot of Twenty-first Street Sunday afternoon, while skating with a crowd of other boys. Jim had been warned by his father not to go on the river, but to skate on the sand pit ponds. He promised his father to do so, and in company with his two younger brothers, Fred and George, started for the river. The sight of the large number of skaters on the river made him quickly forget his promise and putting on his skates he started across. He was warned that to cross was dangerous, but he paid no attention to the warnings and skated directly into an air hole, which lay, in his path. The next minute the other skaters were attracted by his cries for help. They tried to save him by throwing him a plant, but all attempts were in vain, and he went down. The boy’s father, James Cheney, Sr., secured the services of Diver Nathan Stancil, who made search for the body Tuesday forenoon. He found the body within twenty feet from where it went down. The remains were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment and prepared for burial, and funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, with interment at Villa Ridge.
Jim was employed by H. C. Loflin, the news dealer. He had many good qualities for which he was well liked by those who knew him best. His unfortunate death should have this effect on all the young people of the city, to teaching them that obedience is the best plan to follow.
(James Cheney married Mary Smith on 4 Nov 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill. He married Katie Schmitt on 15 May 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Col. E. M. Low, of Pulaski, died last Sunday morning.
Col. Low was born in Essex County, New York July 78th, 1825. At the early age of 20, he enlisted in the Mexican War, and received wounds, the scars of which he carried to his grave. In 1858 he settled in Pulaski and followed his profession, that of a physician, until the outbreak of the war. He enlisted on April 26th, 1861, and was chosen first lieutenant of the Prentice Guards, who were in service three months. He then raised a company for the Ninth Illinois infantry and was made captain of Co. G. In 1863 he was promoted to major of the 55th U. S. Colored Infantry and on June 1st, 1864, was made lieutenant colonel of the same regiment. Some after this he was seriously wounded in his left arm, and was compelled to resign and leave the service on the following February. Since the war, Col. Low has lived on his farm at Pulaski practicing medicine to some extent.
On June 29th, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary A. R. Anyan, who died some years ago. No children were born to them, but he reared three boys and two girls, children by adoption. A few years ago he married again and leaves a young widow, and one child as his only real heirs.
Col. Low was a man of ideas. Had he been wealthy, he would have been called progressive and enterprising, for he could have carried out his schemes. He owned a fine farm at Pulaski on which were numerous springs. It was one of his hopes that some day the place might become a summer resort. He had the hills, the health-giving water, a water power which could probably be utilized, in fact all that nature could furnish to make the place desirable and attractive, but he lacked the money to set his scheme afloat. At another time he thought he had discovered gas and oil, and again he found a clay for making a superior quality of brick, but his plans came to naught.
(E. M. Lowe married
Lucretia M. Atherton on 12 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Prof. T. J. Mangan died at his residence at No. 228 Sixteenth Street at 11:30 o’clock Saturday night. Mr. Mangan came to Cairo from St. Louis in the fall of ‘93 to take the leadership of the Opera House orchestra. He also had quite a class of pupils. Prof. Mangan was 33 years of age, a native of England, and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church. His last wish was that he have as near a musical funeral as possible. The Cairo Military Band of 18 pieces played a dirge going to the funeral and “Nearer My God to Thee” at the grave. Prof. Mangan leaves a wife and child and a sister, a Mrs. Hurd, of Chicago. The Cairo Opera Co. raised the sum of $200 for the benefit of the widow.
(Smith M. Hurd
married Manry Mangen on 28 Apr 1884, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel
Capt. Coleman Boren died at Mound City last Sunday. He was a native of Pulaski County, and was born Feb. 28, 1828. His whole life was spent on the river in the capacity of captain and pilot, but of late years chiefly as the latter. He leaves a family of grown children, four daughters and a son, and a widow.
married Caroline F. McDonald married on 8 Aug 1852, in Johnson Co.,
Jim Hodge and
Horace Parks, two negro toughs, quarreled over the possession of a
nickel in Mack Sanford’s joint on the levee Saturday night. The
result is Hodge is a murderer and fugitive and Parks is a
Mrs. Annie E. Holmes, wife of T. D. Holmes, died last Tuesday morning at 3:25 a.m., at her home corner of Twentieth and Washington. Mrs. Holmes had been confined to her bed ever since Christmas. A cancerous tumor at that time was discovered which threatened to destroy her life.
Owing to her condition, an operation was deemed unsafe then, but she grew steadily worse so that conditions failed to become favorable for the removal of the tumor. Last Friday her condition was regarded as hopeless, but she hovered between life and death until early Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Holmes was born in Bucks County, Pa., April 7th, 1851. She came to Cairo with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Yocum, late in the 60s and attended the public schools, being a classmate of Postmaster Howley. On Sept. 8th, 1870, she was married to Mr. Holmes and two children came to bless their home—a daughter, Mamie Holmes-Gordon, and son Harry. Their wedded life, which so soon would have completed a quarter of a century, was a happy one, save only for the recent death of their daughter a few months ago, under such touching circumstances.
Mrs. Holmes’ parents survive her, and she also leaves, besides her husband and son, two sisters, Mrs. N. Cantwell, of this city and Mrs. John Broderick of Denver. A large circle of other relatives and friends are left to mourn her departure.
Mrs. Holmes was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Woman’s Club. Funeral services are held this afternoon at the church, Rev. C. T. Phillips officiating, and the last sad rites are observed at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
(Thomas D. Holmes
married Annie Yocum on 8 Sep 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker
in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Annie E. wife of T. D. Holmes Died
Feb. 12, 1895 Aged 43 Ys., 10 Ms., & 5 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Jim Hodge, the negro
who killed Horace Parks at Mack Sanford’s on the night of Feb.
2nd, was captured at Pinckneyville last Saturday and brought to
Cairo by Sheriff Miller Monday night. He is now in jail waiting
(Edward C. Mowery
married Mattie Bundschuh on 28 Sep 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A
marker in Wetaug German Reformed Cemetery reads: Our Darling Clyde child of
E. C. & M. R. Mowery Born Feb. 9, 1894 Died Feb. 6, 1895.—Darrel
WHEREAS, It has pleased God in his infinite wisdom to remove from us our brother, Dr. E. M. Low; and
WHEREAS, By this sad occurrence we are reminded that to each and all alike sooner or later the summons must come; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That we extend to the bereaved family our tenderest sympathy over this sad event which has deprived them of a husband and father, and us of a friend and brother.
RESOLVED, That as a mark of respect to the memory of our brother, that our charter be draped in mourning, for a period of thirty days.
RESOLVED, That a copy of
these resolutions be tendered to the bereaved family, and that they be
spread on the minutes of this lodge in full, and a copy be sent to the
Pulaski Enterprise and Cairo Citizen.
(The “late unpleasantness”
probably refers to the railroad strike of 1895. A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: John M. Boede Died Feb. 13, 1895, Age 28
Yrs., 7 Mos., 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Peter Cruse married
Catharine Pool on 23 Dec 1858, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in St.
John’s Cemetery reads: Peter Cruse Died Feb. 9, 1895, Aged 65 Yrs.,
3 Mos., & 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker at Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: Friedoline Schlittler Born April 20, 1832
Died Feb. 25, 1895. Rest in Peace.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Union
Schoolhouse Cemetery near Dongola reads: Nathan T. Garrott June 14,
1838-Feb. 8, 1915. Martha Garrott his wife March 28, 1844-Feb. 22,
William W. Gray,
banker, and one of the largest landowners and most successful financiers in
Southern Illinois, died Tuesday at his home in Grayville, Ills., after an
illness of about one month. He was one of the pioneers of Grayville, having
at one time owned most of the land upon which the city was located.
married Amanda Caroline Peeler on 11 Apr 1854, in Union Co.,
married Emma Dunsworth on 16 Jan 1886, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
A horrible accident occurred
at Dog Tooth Bend yesterday forenoon. A gang of men were working in Steve
Jackson’s logging camp, getting out logs to raft and bring down to
Friant’s mill, when Walter Bidwell, one of the men lost his
life. The men were attempting to turn over a sycamore log about four feet
in diameter, which was lying close to another log of the same size. As the
dog turned the log, Bidwell placed a block under it to hold it. He
was told to keep as far out of the way as possible. When the dog released
its hold, the log rolled back, burying the block in the ground. Bidwell’s
head was caught between the two logs and was crushed, resulting in his
(Thomas J. Dillow
married Ellen E. Rinehart on 26 Oct 1878, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in Union Schoolhouse Cemetery near Dongola reads: William E. son of
Thomas J. & Ellen E. Dillow Born Dec. 28, 1885 Died Mar. 10,
(O. W. Redden married
Fannie Forsith on 25 Nov 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henderson and Jeffrey were sentenced to death by hanging by the Jackson County circuit court Monday, for the murder of James Towle last December. The jury was out 18 hours, bringing in their verdict Sunday noon. Towle was killed near Carbondale while on is way afoot from Carterville to Makanda. He was shot in the back of his head and his pockets rifled while his body was dragged off and hid in some bushes. Henderson and Jeffery were suspected and when arrested both told the same story about the affair, except each named the other as the perpetrator of the crime.
Thursday, 21 Mar 1895:
Dug Henderson and
Frank Jeffries will hang at Murphysboro May 31st to pay
the penalty for the murder of James Towle. A motion for a new trial
was argued before Judge Robarts last Thursday, but he overruled it
and pronounced the death sentence, fixing the above date. This will be the
first legal execution ever held in Jackson County.
(W. A. Dent married
Martha Jane Dry on 6 Oct 1867, in Union Co., Ill. W. A. Dent
married Mrs. Fannie Peeler on 4 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His
marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: W. A. Dent Died May
13, 1895, Age about 52 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Mollie C. Brent,
wife of J. T. Brent, died at her home on Ohio levee Tuesday noon.
The daughters of Rebekah conducted the funeral services today and the
remains were taken to Arlington, Ky., for interment, that being the home of
Mrs. Brent’s parents.
The Jackson Brothers of this city received the sad intelligence this week of the death of their cousin, Mrs. Cora Stratton Trick, wife of Rev. Albert H. Trick, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church here. The news came by way of Aiken, South Carolina, from Mrs. Dr. Ray, formerly Miss Mamie Stratton. Mrs. Ray received a telegram last Thursday morning saying her sister was very low with pneumonia, and another at noon the same day annoucing her death. She died at her home in Saratoga, N.Y., where the funeral was held.
Misfortune seems to have followed this family very closely. The Stratton family was one of the first families of Cairo in wealth and social position, and the wholesale grocery firm of Stratton & Bird was for years one of the leading wholesale houses in the city. Now there is no vestige of the Stratton name left in Cairo. In a few years have occurred the deaths of the father and mother, a son, Lee, and this daughter; as well as the failure of the grocery house, and only Mrs. Ray and her brother Paul are left. In the Trick household too, a child was taken, and Mr. Trick by failing eyesight, was compelled to give up preaching.
Mrs. Trick was married to Rev. Trick, in Cairo, while he was pastor of the Presbyterian church here. We understand she left three children. Her friends in Cairo will deeply sympathize with the bereaved.
(Albert H. Trick
married Cora M. Stratton on 19 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co.,
Mrs. Elijah Bellew died at her home in Olmstead, Sunday, March 1st 1895, at 7:30 p.m.
Deceased was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 12th, 1833. Married to Elijah Bellew at Indianapolis, Ind., in 1848. They removed to Olmsted in 1859 and have resided here ever since.
Her husband died in 1878; since then she has lived with her bachelor son, our worthy blacksmith, Mr. A. J. Bellew.
She was the mother of ten children, three of whom survive her. She was a kind and indulgent mother and a good neighbor.
The funeral services were
held at the residence Monday at 2 p.m. and the remains were laid to rest in
the Masonic graveyard.
Died, at the home of M. P. Mayberry, three miles east of Ullin, Thursday, Mar. 28th, Paul Lentz, aged about 74 years of cerebral apoplexy. He has been ailing most all the winter. On Saturday before his death he was stricken with paralysis and soon passed into partial unconsciousness, which gradually grew more profound until the fatal ending. Mr. Lentz was one of the pioneers of this county (Pulaski), coming here from North Carolina, if we mistake not, at a very tender age. He lived for a while near Mill Creek in Union County and removed to New Hope in this county many years ago, where he lived ever since. He opened up what has become some of the most valuable farming lands in this county and when his sons became of age made them a gift of fine farm each, retaining an interest in the homestead farm for his maintenance during life. He was a man of sterling worth and integrity of character. Possessed of sound common sense and firm in his convictions of justice and right and having a true Christian spirit, he won and retained the friendship and confidence of everyone who learned to know him. Men of his stamp live after they are dead and their influence widens and extends through all ages. He left four sons and one daughter. One son, Riley, is station agent at Arcola, Ill., Silas, another, holds the same position at Maple Plain, Minn. Andrew is the present assessor and treasurer of this county and the other son, Daniel, is a successful farmer of New Hope. The daughter is the wife of H. J. Hudson, a merchant and farmer of Friendship. All are honored citizens. The remains were interred in the New Hope Cemetery. An M. E. minister from Carbondale assisted by Rev. D. Hurst, of DeSoto, Ill., conducted the obsequies.
(Paul Lentz married
Elizabeth Crite on 31 Jul 1845, in Union Co., Ill. Henry J.
Hudson married Annita Lentz on 4 Oct 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
A marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: Our Father Paul Lentz
Born Sept. 6, 1822 Died March 28, 1895 Aged 72 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 22 Ds.—Darel
married Annie Foster on 29 Jan 1878, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Kelly married Minnie Piersol on 31 Jul 1887, in Union Co.,
Ill. His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Ignatius C. Piersol
Born Nov. 19, 1830 Died April 16, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Limbert died at his home at Villa Ridge after a brief illness, last Thursday morning in the 79th year of his age.
His health had been rather precarious for some years, but he kept about and performed some labor upon his fruit farm at Villa Ridge. He was out Monday, April 15, and worked among his pie plant. He had his hands in cold water and in this way contracted a cold, which he was not able to throw off. He died of congestion of the lungs. The funeral obsequies were held at Villa Ridge Friday night. The services consisted of eulogies pronounced by Mr. W. H. Leidigh of Villa Ridge and Mrs. A. Martin of Cairo, with singing by Villa Ridge friends. The remains were buried at Cobden Saturday under the auspices of the Masonic lodge.
Mr. Limbert was married forty-nine years ago last December and leaves his wife a widow. He also leaves one daughter surviving him—the wife of Mr. H. E. Spaulding of this city. They have buried two children. A brother from Ripon, Wis., and Charles Sage, a nephew of Mrs. Limbert from Delevan Lake, Wis., were present at the funeral.
Mr. Limbert was born in England, Feb. 22, 1817. He came to this country when a young man and settled first, we believe, in Wisconsin. Afterward he moved to Cobden, Ill., where he lived for some time. From Cobden he came to Cairo and financially he purchased a farm at Villa Ridge, built a fine house upon it and engaged in fruit raising. There he died last Thursday. He was a kind-hearted man, a kind neighbor and a good citizen.
(Herbert E. Spaulding
married Mary M. Limbert on 8 Jan 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill. A
marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: John Limbert Born Feb. 22, 1817
Died April 18, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Sammons, wife of
D. W. Sammons, of Willard, died Tuesday night about half past eight
o’clock after a brief illness of congestion of the stomach and bowels. She
leaves her husband and four young children to mourn the loss of a wife and
mother. The funeral services will be held at the Baptist church
today—burial at the Lake Milligan Cemetery.
(George W. Freeze
married Louisa E. Overby on 10 Mar 1871, in Gallatin Co., Ill.—Darrel
Cairo never had a more atrocious murder committed within her borders than occurred Monday night when Frank Axley, night watchman at the Carey-Halliday box factory, was murdered and robbed and his body thrown into the river.
The first suspicion that everything was not right occurred Tuesday morning when Axley’s club or “billy” was returned to the mill. Tom Brown, a negro who works there, sent it around, claiming he had found it. Then Axley’s wife began to make inquiries as he did not come home at the usual time, and foul play was suspected. Search was immediately commenced on Axley’s beat around the mill, and finally blood stains were found on the Illinois Central track between the elevator and the mill. These bloodstains were followed down toward the river, and on the sloping bank was a wide track as though something had been dragged over it. Just at the river’s edge were some logs and these were covered with bloodstains as though the body had been rested here and the blood had poured from the wounds. Axley’s hat and tobacco pouch were also found on the logs and the conclusion was reached that here the pockets were rifled and the remains were shoved into the river. Search was made with grappling hooks and the body was drawn up at this spot.
The body revealed the manner in which he had been killed. A terrible blow had been given him over the right side of his head, which crushed his skull and split his ear in two. This Dr. Stevenson testified before the coroner’s jury, must have killed him instantly. Another blow had been received over the left eye. His pants, coat and vest pockets were found turned inside out and his watch, lantern, pistol and the money, which he had drawn the evening before, $20, were missing. On the west side of the levee hid under the edge of a lumber pile, was found the instrument, which had evidently been used in dealing the deathblow. It was a bar of iron, a portion of a car bolt, about fifteen inches long and seven-eighths of an inch in diameter. It was round and was wrapped with a piece of an old pair of suspenders. The suspenders were covered with bloodstains.
The remains of the unfortunate man were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment where the coroner’s jury viewed the remains. Tom Brown, the colored man already mentioned, was placed under arrest, and brought before the jury. His statements as to how he obtained the “billy” were contradictory, and this was about all the evidence against him. The jury was in session last night and adjourned until tonight. They have examined a large number of witnesses, but the mystery is not yet cleared up. To show that the officials are not satisfied that the guilty one has been apprehended, Mayor Woodward has offered a reward of $50 for the arrest of the murderer. Brown is a very slight negro, while Axley was a powerful man and it would seem as though it were impossible for him to accomplish the deed in the way it was done without assistance. The testimony of witnesses showed that he was on very friendly terms with the deceased.
Frank Axley was a son of the late Perry Axley. He leaves a wife and infant child. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Methodist church.
(Perry Axley married
Catharine Conyers on 3 Nov 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
J. J. Malone, of
Benton, Ill., who came to Cairo as a witness before the federal grand jury
on April 17th, was drowned in the Ohio River. Malone drew his
mileage on the Thursday following his arrival here, and spent it for whisky,
getting very drunk. He was heard of as late as two o’clock that night.
Since which time his whereabouts were unknown until last Saturday, and it
was supposed he had returned home. His relatives became uneasy over his
silence and commenced making inquires, when they learned he was not in
Cairo. His disappearance remains a mystery until last Saturday, when his
body was discovererd in the Ohio River near the lower incline. The
coroner’s jury investigated the causes of his death, and failing to find any
marks of violence on his body, returned a verdict of accidental death. The
report was first circulated that he had been murdered, but now it is
supposed he wandered into the river in his drunken stupor. His remains were
taken to Benton for interment.
The case of the People vs. Bert Brown for murder is now on trial in Pulaski County circuit court before Judge Robarts. Brown is charged with wrecking the Illinois Central passenger train No. 3, at Lime Switch on November 5th, 1893, by which Charles Harmon, the fireman and two tramps who were stealing a ride lost their lives. The switch lamp had been taken off and thrown into the ditch and the switch lock was pried open and the switch thrown, so that when the train came along it ran into the switch instead of on down the main track. The train consisted of eleven cars—a baggage car, four coaches, five sleepers and an officer’s car. The train was about an hour late and running at about 45 miles per hour. All but the last car entered the switch. The engine broke loose from the tender and the tender overturned and fell upon the fireman killing him. The baggage car was also overturned and the tramps were caught under it. Several of the coaches left the track but remained upright.
The case was called up Monday, and Tuesday evening a full panel of jurors was secured. Yesterday morning the opening speeches were made by State’s Attorney L. M. Bradley for the prosecution and Judge W. H. Boyer for the defense. Then the examination of witnesses began. Roadmaster C. Dougherty, Engineer Frank McCosh and Conductor W. J. Burge were placed on the stand by the prosecution yesterday. Court adjourned before the latter had completed his testimony yesterday evening, and it is probable that all of today will be required in the examination of the prosecuting witnesses.
Attorney John Drennon, a law partner of Senator John M. Palmer, at Springfield, is conducting the examination for the prosecution, and W. A. Spann, of Vienna, is cross-examining for the defense. The case will occupy the whole week and perhaps more as there are a great many witnesses and the ground is being contested inch by inch.
Counsel for the People are John Drennon, of Springfield; D. W. Karraker of Jonesboro; Angus Leek, of Cairo; and L. M. Bradley of Mound City. The defense is represented by Judge W. H. Boyer of Cairo; W. A. Spann, of Vienna; Thomas Boyd, of Cairo; Judge W. A. Wall, and J. B. Crandall, of Mound City.
The jury is composed of W.
P. Copeland, A. Taylor, Elisha Lewis, George W.
Bagby, Samuel Moss, Jr., Robert Caster, L. Holden,
Al. Reffner, A. Meyer, Simon Meyer, William Parker,
and John Johnson.
A charter member of Cobden Lodge No. 466, A. F. & A. M. died at Villa Ridge April 18th, 1895, and was buried with Masonic honors at Cobden, April 20th, 1895.
RESOLVED, That the life, character and example of our esteemed friend and Brother, is a profitable subject of contemplation and consideration, teaching usefulness as the end and measure of this transitory existence.
RESOLVED, That in the death of our worthy Brother this lodge has lost a faithful member, a wise counselor and a true friend, and the community at large a valuable citizen.
RESOLVED, That in our hearts
we feel a sympathy for the bereaved family for which we find no adequate
expression in words, and we commend them all to the consolation of Him “Who
doeth all things well.”
The coroner’s jury called to
investigate the cause of the death of Frank Axley met Thursday night
and again Saturday night, but failing to receive any light on the subject
brought in a verdict to the effect that the deceased had met his death at
the hands of unknown parties whose motives was robbery. The A. P. A. lodge
has offered a reward of $100 for the apprehension of the murderers and
detectives are at work on the case.
The case of the People vs.
Bert Brown, for wrecking the Illinois Central train at Lime Switch,
will probably go to jury today. Arguments by counsel were commenced
yesterday afternoon, Hon. John Drennon, of Springfield, opening for
the prosecution and Hon. A. W. Spann, of Vienna for the defense. The
case is very closely contested, but the impression seems to prevail that the
jury will acquit. Each side has seven hours in which to present its case.
Judge W. H. Boyer closes for the defense today and Hon. D. W.
Karraker for the prosecution.
an old settler living two miles south of town (Wetaug) died Friday night of
a hemorrhage from the stomach, probably caused by a cancer. He was
considered an industrious honest, and upright man. He leaves a wife and a
couple of married children.
(Aaron Hobbs married
Georgia Giles on 5 Nov 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 16 May 1895:
Capt. A. H. Lucas, the inventor of the Lucas ship, died at St. Louis last Friday. He was well known in and around Cairo, having spent some time in this neighborhood trying to get his invention started at Wickliffe, Ky. The following from the Sunday Globe-Democrat will be of interest in this connection:
“There has been considerable misapprehension as to the great invention of the late Andrew H. Lucas and the affairs of the company formed to bring it into use,” said Dr. L. F. Prince yesterday. “I had known Mr. Lucas for close on to forty years. The ship idea was first broached by him to me about 1875. We then talked it over and drew rough sketches. Two years later, on May 23, 1877, we entered a caveat in the United States Patent Office for improvement in keels for ships. This was preliminary to securing a patent and it gave us a year’s protection while preparing the plans.
“Before the end of the year we completed our plans in a general way, but we came to the conclusion that the time was not propitious for carrying out the idea, money being tight and business dull. It was accordingly laid to one side. In the meantime Mr. Lucas got up one or two other parents, which did not prove successes. One of these was the Lucas ventilated egg box. John F. Cahil and Mr. Lucas became acquainted and in 1889 the ship patent was taken out by them. The only reason Mr. Lucas did not come to me again was because I had already lost heavily in the other patents. The Mississippi River and Ocean Navigation Company was formed, and, as near as I can recollect, in 1891 Mr. Lucas handed me a large block of shares in payment for a sum of money he owed me. From that time I became identified with the company.
“I wish to say this. When it was found necessary to reorganize the company which had been managed by Mr. Cahill, both Mr. Lucas and his wife strongly approved of the step that was taken. The last time I saw poor Lucas when he was able to talk—about two months ago—he said, ‘Fred, I’m awfully glad you succeeded in reorganizing the company.’ What was done had his full sanction and approval. The new company, known as the Lucas Navigation Company, was organized on March 24 last with a capital of $10,000 paid up. Each of the four incorporators holds one share, and Mrs. G. E. Davidson, as trustee, holds the remaining 996. No one was frozen out. All the shareholders of the old concern may come in at their pro rata. The capital will soon be increased to $300,000, and a large holding of stock will fall to the heirs of Mr. Lucas. My old friend’s mind had been unbalanced for a year. The trouble about his invention, which has never yet been appreciated as it will be undoubtedly preyed upon his mind, but it is entirely wrong to suggest that his death was hastened by any regrets as the result of reorganization, which he in fact heartily approved.”
At a meeting of the Board of
Directors of the Lucas Navigation Company yesterday, resolutions were
unanimously adopted deploring the death of Mr. Lucas and eulogizing
The circuit court of Pulaski
County adjourned Tuesday night. Nearly the whole of the term was occupied
with the Brown case. As everyone knows the case went to the jury
last Thursday evening and after being out but a short time they brought in a
verdict of not guilty. William Hill, colored, who murdered his child
at America, was given a life sentence in the penitentiary.
William F. Threm, the
cabinet maker at the corner of Twelfth and Washington, died very suddenly
shortly after 10 o’clock this forenoon, after but a day’s illness. He
leaves a wife, who is a daughter of Mrs. Catherine Reisser.
(Her marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: Lula Matie Hetick 1879-1895.—Darrel
(Her marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: Lula Matie Hetick 1879-1895.—Darrel
Dr. A. N. Lodge, of
Marion, Ill., died from the effects of a paralytic stroke last Thursday. He
never spoke or gained consciousness after the first attack. He had been
practicing medicine there for forty years. He was well and favorably known
throughout Southern Illinois, and had filled several important official
positions, having served terms as superintendent of public instruction, and
in the legislature. He was a brother-in-law of Judge Allen of the
United States court at Springfield. He was buried Saturday afternoon under
the auspices of the Masonic fraternity of which order he was a prominent
member since 1858.
and Henderson, the two murderers who are to expiate their crime upon
the gallows at Murphysboro on the 31st of this current month,
have professed conversion and both were baptized by immersion in the Big
Muddy last Friday just two weeks before the day fixed for their execution.
They were not only in shackles, but were also chained together when
baptized, two ministers officiating. The sheriff and five armed deputies
had them in charge. Every precaution was taken against any attempt at
escape or rescue.
James C. Sloo, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Sloo, died at the home of his parents in Topeka, Kan., last Saturday morning of heart disease. He was 23 years old. The remains were brought here and interred in Beech Grove Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. T. Phillips, officiating. A party of friends, including the uncle of the deceased, Mr. T. J. Sloo, and family, were present at the burial.
James Sloo had always been in delicate health, but was only sick a week or the days prior to his death. His remains were brought east by his brother, Milo, who will remain here a few days. Mr. A. Sloo’s family are well remembered in Cairo, and their many old friends will sympathize very deeply with them.
The case of Thomas C. Cosby, administrator of the estate of Robert Craighlow, deceased, against the Illinois Central Railroad company or $5000 damages, occupied five days in the Alexander circuit court, the jury returning a verdict Tuesday afternoon, allowing the full amount, which is the limit fixed by law. Craighlow was a switchman for the Illinois Central, and was killed in the performance of his duty. The plaintiff was represented by Boyer & Butler and the company by their attorneys, Green & Gilbert. As it usually happens in cases of this kind, the strongest kind of a fight was made on each side. Very many witnesses were examined and much expert testimony was offered. The case will undoubtedly be settled in some higher court.
(Earlier reports of the
death give his name as Robert F. Craiglow.—Darrel Dexter)
Lee Malishce, a
Frenchman, and a hired hand on the farm of William B. Swank, of Big
Lake, this county, was almost instantly killed yesterday by a runaway
horse. The horse ran away through the field where Malishce was going
to plow, catching his legs in the trace chains and dragging him for over a
mile. He only lived five minutes after the horse was stopped. Coroner
Patterson held an inquest today and the verdict of his death was
announced to have been caused by being dragged to death.—Charleston
The attorneys for
Henderson and Jeffrey under sentence of death at Murphysboro,
made a final appeal to Gov. Altgeld for a commutation of sentence
last week. After considering the application the governor refused to
interfere with the sentence of the court and the men must suffer the extreme
penalty of the law on Friday of this week. The sheriff of Jackson County is
making preparations for the execution.
(S. C. Peeler married
Mattia M. Lackey on 5 Mar 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Boss Farr married
Sarah Catherine Butler on 8 Feb 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
WETAUG, Ill., June 5.—Warren Parrott, a former resident of Dongola, and who had just moved into Wetaug, was instantly killed last Saturday morning by a double-barreled shotgun in the hands of Will Carter of Dongola, in front of John Gleason’s saloon. He received both loads of heavy shot, the first load through the right lung, the second through the heart, both at short range. The circumstances which led up to the killing are as follows: About one year ago, Constable Manning, of Dongola, started to take Parrott to jail on a charge of burglary. Between Dongola and Anna, Parrott who was handcuffed, jumped off the train though a window and escaped, and ever since has defied arrest. Several times Manning, who has usually deputized Carter to assist him, has tried to get him, but failed. Parrott finally concluded that he had them bluffed and moved here to town. Last Thursday Carter, who peddles beef here, was in town and Parrott began a quarrel with him and tried to cut his throat with a knife and did cut his clothing. He also sent him and Manning word that if they came to town again he would kill both of them. Saturday they came to town to arrest him. Parrott was in the saloon when they drove up and when he found they wanted him started to run. Carter who had a shotgun in his hands ordered him to stop and throw up his hands. He turned partly around but refused to raise his hands and was shot as above described. Parrott had served two terms in the pen while Carter has always been considered a peaceable law-abiding man. The killing seems brutal and probably uncalled for, still the deceased was regarded as a desperate character and had repeatedly said that he would kill Carter the first chance, though he may have only intended to scare him away from town.
The coroner’s inquest was held Saturday evening over the remains of Warren Parrott and their verdict was that he came to his death by a gun in the hands of Will Carter and that Carter be held for manslaughter without sufficient provocation.
(Warren A. Parrott
married Lora Sellers on 6 Mar 1893, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Irvin C. Batson
married Susan Elmore on 25 Aug 1855, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Joseph Roneker died Friday forenoon at her home corner of Twenty-eighth and Commercial Avenue, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday by Rev. Grossman and interment was made at Villa Ridge.
Mr. John Linegar died
Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the residence of his niece, Mrs. Charles Hobbs,
on Thirty-third Street. A carbuncle on the back of his neck was the
immediate cause of his death. He was sixty-six years of age. Mr.
Linegar was a lawyer by profession. He came to Cairo about the year
1862 and has lived here and at Mound City since that time. In June 1864 he
enlisted as a private in the 143rd regiment Ills. Vols. This regiment was
mustered in for 100 days and performed guard duty at Memphis and Helena,
Ark., and was mustered out Sept. 26th, 1864. Mr. Linegar
was first sergeant of Company “B” of this regiment. He was a brother of the
late David T. Linegar of this city. The funeral occurred Tuesday
afternoon and the remains were interred in the National cemetery near Mound
City. He was never married.
(His marker in Anna Cemetery
reads: Capt. Hugh Andrews Born Mar. 16, 1834 Died June 12, 1895 Co.
D, 109 Regt. Ill. Vol. Inf.—Darrel Dexter)
(Samuel H. Rees
married Louella Hartman on 22 Mar 1885, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Willis M. Mangold
married Lauro O. Blick on 28 May 1873, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
We publish below an obituary
notice of O. B. Dewey, who was a brother of Mr. E. S. Dewey.
The funeral of O. B.
Dewey was held from the Presbyterian church today and was one of the
largest in the history of the country. Rev. Brown preached the
funeral sermon. Mr. Dewey was one of the pioneers of Hand County and
one of her best citizens and farmers. He came to South Dakota in 1882, took
a claim five miles northeast of St. Lawrence, where he resided up to the
time of death, and was a good farmer and interested in breeding fine
cattle. He had the best herd of registered Durhams in this section. The
cause of his death was consumption with which he has suffered for the last
few years. He has not been able to do any work for some months, but was
hopeful and did not give up until the last. His father from Illinois and
sister and husband, Mrs. and Mr. Beveridge, of Sioux Falls, were
called and arrived before he died. He leaves a wife and three children, two
sons and one daughter, who have the sympathy of all. He was a member of the
G. A. R. in his death Hand County loses one of her best farmers and
citizens, the community a good neighbor, the church a true Christian, the G.
A. R. a loyal and warm-hearted comrade, and the family one of the truest and
best of husbands and fathers. He died as he lived, a Christian at peace
After an illness of several weeks duration, Mr. Nicholas Monce died Sunday morning about one o’clock. The immediate cause of his death was dropsy. He leaves a widow and two daughters to mourn the loss of a husband and father. His brother, generally known as Charles Hardy, also survives him. Charles was reared by a family named Hardy and took their name. Nicholas Monce was born in the western part of the State of New York in the year 1838 and was consequently 57 years of age. He has lived in Cairo since 1862. Mr. Monce was a member of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. and was buried Monday afternoon at Villa Ridge by that order.
married Mary Mitchell on 27 Dec 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(George F. “Buck” James
married Etta Arnold on 9 Jun 1894, in Union Co., Ill. A marker
in Alto Pass Cemetery reads: Charles F. James Born Dec. 29, 1894
Died June 22, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. French Jones, an old citizen of Alexander County, shot and instantly killed his son-in-law, John K. Goskie, at his (Jones’) residence, near Santa Fe Monday morning. The facts seem to be about as follows: Goskie and his wife had quarreled and she had left him and gone back to her father’s home. On Sunday evening a mare had strayed from Goskie’s farm and his wife had found it and driven it to her father’s. Goskie rode over to the Jones farm Monday morning for the purpose of demanding the mare. As he rode up to the gate Mr. Jones shot him with a heavy charge of buckshot. He fell from his horse dead. Deputy Coroner Maurice Fitzgerald went out to the scene of the crime Monday afternoon and held an inquest. There was conflicting testimony but the jury held Mr. Jones for murder, without bail. He is now in our county jail waiting the action of the grand jury at the July term of court.
(John Goskie married
Margaret A. Jones on 21 Aug 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. Walter H. Willard, one of the most prominent citizens of Anna, died very suddenly early last Thursday morning of neuralgia of the heart. He was buried on Saturday, services being held at the Presbyterian church. The following sketch of his life we copy from the Anna Talk.
Walter H. Willard was born in Sherbrooke, Canada, Dec. 23, 1826. He was the son of William R. and Eleanor (Mann) Willard, who were natives of New England. A recent biographical sketch states that “the Willards are one of the oldest as well as one of the most numerous families in America, being scattered over many of the older states of the Union. The family is believed to be of French origin, although from a published work entitled Willard Memoir we find the family traced back to the reign of Edward II, of England at which time they were found quite numerous in the British Dominion.” Walter H. Willard was the youngest and since the death of his brother, Charles M., which occurred here Dec. 20, 1893, the only surviving member of a family of eleven children. He was educated in the common schools and in Nicolet College, at Nicolet, Canada. At the age of 20 years, he left his home and came to Jonesboro, where he commenced his business career as a clerk in the store of Willard & Co. After three years he was admitted as a member of the firm. In 1864 he came to Anna, where he continued in the mercantile business with his brother, Charles M. Willard. Their store was then in the frame building owned by Moses Goodman, on the site of the present National Bank building. Later the brothers dissolved their partnership and in 1867 Walter H. Willard and L. P. Wilcox became partners, which continued five years. Mr. Willard then bought out his partner and has since conducted the business alone, except for three years during which J. F. Williford was associated with him under the firm name of W. H. Willard & Co. The store has been one of the largest and most prosperous in Anna and through it and other business enterprises Mr. Willard became one of the wealthy citizens of the town.
Mr. Willard was married in 1863 to Miss Lucy Loomis, of Sherbrooke, Canada, who survives him. There are five children: Dr. Frank W., Walter L., Mrs. T. N. Perrine (of Murphysboro), Lou E. and Maud E.
Mr. Willard was a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church. He was a devout and earnest Christian, a man of study principle and strong conviction. As a husband, a father, and a friend he was deservedly beloved. He was a man to whom many others looked for advice, and his counsel was sought after as conservative and wise. He was associated with and deeply interested in local enterprises such as the Southern Illinois Fair, Union Academy and the like. It was largely at his suggestion and aided by his efforts and contributions that Union Academy was established. He was always interested in and ready to aid in matters of social reform, charitable undertaking and local improvement. His death is one that will be most widely and sincerely mourned. It removes from among his fellows a man worthy of all respect and affection.
Mr. Willard was prominently identified with the Masonic fraternity, being a member of Anna Lodge No. 520 A. F. & A. M. Egyptian Chapter, No. 45, R A. M. and Cairo Commandery No. 13, K. T.
(His marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: Walter H. Willard 1826-1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Mabel Callen,
sister of Mrs. George Hilburn, died this morning about five o’clock
of neuralgia of the heart. She had been ill for about four weeks and while
her condition was considered dangerous, it was not thought the result would
prove fatal until late last night, when a change for the worse came. The
deceased was born in Galena, Ill., twenty-one years ago. At the age of ten
she came to Cairo to make her home with her sister, and has grown up in the
public schools here, graduating with the class of 1892. Miss Callen
joined the Baptist church here at the age of fifteen. She was quite active
in church work being a teacher in both of the Baptist Sunday schools. She
was also a member of the Parthenia Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah. Her sweet,
gentle disposition made her a large circle of friends who loved her dearly.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Baptist church,
and the remains will be laid at rest in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Last Friday, Mrs. Goskey and Lindza Jones, daughter and son of French Jones, were arrested by Bailey Anderson on a warrant charging them with complicity in the murder of John Goskey on June 24th. Their preliminary trial was held Saturday before Squire Wallace at Thebes and they were found over to the next term of the circuit court. The trial was not concluded until Monday, and Mrs. Goskey was brought down to Cairo Tuesday morning and lodged in jail. Sunday young Jones came down in charge of an officer to secure counsel. Messrs. Boyer & Butler, Leek and Sheriff Miller, all started out Monday morning, but the heavy rain compelled them to turn back. After the trial Jones was placed in charge of Will Raines, who was to bring him to Cairo. They passed Monday night near Santa Fe, and since then nothing has been heard of Jones and it is feared he has run off. He was badly frightened by the talk of his neighbors.
We understand there are no
real grounds for holding either Mrs. Goskey or the boy and that
proceedings will be instituted immediately for their release. Lindza
Jones is an important witness for the defense and we are told his father
deeply regrets his son’s action in running away.
(Iva W. Lewis married
Zorah M. Inman on 21 Aug 1887, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in Anna
City Cemetery reads: Zora H. Inman wife of Iva W. Lewis Born
Jan. 9, 1866 Died July 15, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Lindsay Jones, son of French Jones, whose escape from custody we noted last week, has returned and given himself up. He went to Chicago, according to his account, but came back, arriving at the home of his brother-in-law, Henry Powless, near Sandusky, last Friday night. Powless would not allow him to remain there over night, even, but immediately drove him down to Cairo, where they arrived early Saturday morning. He is now confined in the county jail.
(Phillip H. Powlass
married Sarah E. Jones on 27 Feb 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
The famous Hess murder case is on trial at Vienna this week, and will probably continue through next week as well, for a very large number of witnesses will be examined. The style of the case is The People vs. Alex. Hess, Herbert Hess and Harvey Bratton; murder. Judge Boggs of the appellate court is on the bench and all the legal talent of Johnson County are arrayed on either side. Judge Youngblood, of Carbondale, assisting in the defense, and Hon. W. S. Morris, of Golconda and Hon. John Parrish, of Harrisburg, being retained by the prosecution.
The details of the tragedy of last September, when Eli Ballowe was shot to pieces in a street fight, are probably familiar to a large number of the readers of The Citizen. The attorney for the defendants will attempt to prove that the homicide was committed in self-defense. Great interest centers in the trial from the fact all the parties implicated have large connections throughout Johnson County.
A jury was secured Tuesday
night at midnight.
Romeo Friganza, one of Mound City’s most respected citizens, died last Monday morning at the age of nearly eighty years. He had been in poor health since last November. He was taken then with the jaundice, and as he has never had an ill day in his life before, he would not at first have a physician. The disease grew upon him during the last three weeks; he was very weak, gradually sinking until the end came at 9:10 Monday morning. He was conscious till the last.
Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Shoemaker performing the service and the remains were interred at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Romeo Friganza was born October 17, 1815, on Minocar Island, one of the Balearic group, in the Mediterranean Sea, subject of Spain. His father, Salvador Friganza, was a native of Malta, in the Mediterranean. He died in Minocar, where he had been married to Jaunna Pons, a descendant of one of the oldest and most renowned families on the island. She died on the island after giving birth to thirteen children.
Romeo was partly educated on his native island, but received most of his education on board the United States man-of-war, Constitution, the commodore ship of the Mediterranean squadron, on which he had embarked without the knowledge of his parents, and on which he stayed two years, when he was transferred to the North Carolinian, who relieved the old Constitution. He stayed on her till 1827, when he was transferred with the paymaster, N. H. Perry, to the United States sloop-of-war, Lexington, on which he remained till his arrival in New York in 1830. He was the transferred by Commodore Isaac Chauncy to the New York navy yard, for the purpose of learning the trade of ship joiner, there to remain till the aged of twenty-one. Through his industry and efficiency he was, at the breaking out of the Mexican War, made foreman of the joiners in the navy yard, continuing as such till 1856, when he was promoted to master joiner, a position of high trust which he held till the breaking out of the Civil War, when he was ordered to St. Louis, there to aid Admiral Foote in building and equipping gun boats for the Mississippi squadron. He remained in the service till July 1,1874, which was after the abandonment of the naval service at Mound City. After a continual service of forty-six years, he retired from the public service. His record in the navy was one of the very best.
During the years from 1861 to 1865, while acting as naval constructor, $3,000,000 passed through his hands, yet no questions were asked at Washington. His was the only office of that kind that was not investigated after war. Admiral Porter in a letter says: “You ought to feel highly honored, as yours in the only office that does not need investigation.” He was also honorably mentioned in naval histories.
When he left the naval service, Mr. Friganza was elected mayor of Mound City, serving twelve years. He had also served as county commissioner and school trustee, and during Cleveland’s first administration was postmaster. He had been a member of the Congregational church for seven years prior to his death.
Mr. Friganza was
married twice. By his first wife, Delilah Boardman, he had eight
children, four of whom now survive, Joseph, a resident of Brooklyn; John,
now living in Mississippi; Mrs. Maggie O’Callahan, of Cincinnati; and
William, of Priscott, Ark. His first wife died in 1856 and he was married
again to Mrs. Anna Huckleberry, who now survives him with one child,
Willis Friganza, aged 14. He was a great grandfather at his death,
his eldest son being a grandfather.
Very few men have a history
like this. In his own words he spoke of “having achieved the greatest
triumph of my life in fitting for service the great Mississippi Squadron of
one hundred gunboats, 1861 to 1865.” He was a remarkable man, genial and
highly respected by all.
Dispatches from Shelbyville,
Ill., brought the sad news of the death by suicide of Mr. W. W. Thornton
of that place at an early hour last Friday morning. Mr. Thornton was
a resident of Cairo for several years soon after the war. He was engaged in
the lumber business a part of the time at least with Mr. James S. Morris
and Gen. Field, late of the Confederate Army, as partners. He
probably lived in Cairo, about ten years and left here about 1877. He was a
prominent member of the Episcopal Church. He was born and raised in
affluence and while he was quite aristocratic in his manners and appearance
he was courteous and affable in his intercourse with his fellow men. He was
the eldest son of Gen. William F. Thornton, of Shelbyville. He
married a St. Louis lady, a daughter of the late Dr. Moore, by whom
he had nine children. But diseases came. His wife died, he lost his
property and seven of his children were taken away. He died from the
effects of an overdose of morphine, probably taken with suicidal intent. He
died upon the steps of the magnificent house which had been his home, but
which he had lost. He had been permitted to occupy a room in the house,
which had been closed since he was compelled to surrender it, until a day or
two before his death. He was fifty-seven years of age. Reduced from
affluence to the most abject poverty, his wife dead, seven children dead,
his son a burden to him instead of a support, his daughter married and
living in a distant state, his home taken from him so that he had no place
to lay his head, his spirit still proud, he took his own life rather than
submit to the humiliation to which he was subjected by his poverty. It is
pitiful, it is pathetic, to consider such a life and such a death.
Mr. Jacob Riggle, an old citizen of Unity, in this county, died at an early hour last Saturday morning, after a brief illness. Mr. Riggle was born in Pennsylvania about the year 1834. He came to Alexander County when a young man as a schoolteacher, and taught twenty consecutive years. He taught many years in the neighborhood where he has since lived and where he died. He married a Miss Atherton, a sister of Mr. F. D. Atherton, and of the late Martin Atherton. For the past twenty-five years he has been a successful farmer in the neighborhood known as Richwood. Here he lived a quiet life and reared a large family. He was a good man, a sincere Christian, and a consistent member of the Baptist church. His widow and we believe seven children survive him. He was sixty-one years of age at the time of his death and commanded the respect of all who knew him. His funeral was largely attended last Sunday, Rev. M. Culp, of Villa Ridge, officiating. The body was buried in the Atherton graveyard.
(Jacob Riggle married
Mariah Jane Atherton on 29 Apr 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Old citizens of Johnson County say that the murder trial now in progress there has attacked a great number of people and aroused more interest than any trial that has ever been held in the county. The country people come in great crowds, bring their dinners, and picnic in the courthouse yard. They take turns in listening to the lawyers questioning the witnesses. Every seat is occupied and all available floor space, many witnesses and spectators sitting on the floor inside of the bar. Even the lawyers in the case take turns about using what few chairs are furnished by the court officials, the other fellows having to take the floor.
Judge Bogge, of
Fairfield, is on the bench and his rulings and expeditious conduct of the
case give satisfaction to all parties. Public sympathy is divided, and what
the verdict will probably be is a matter of conjecture. A hung jury is
predicted by many. Today will be taken up in arguments of the many lawyers
and the case will probably go to the jury tonight.
We regret to learn that Mr.
Christian Schulze, of Grand Tower, father of Harris Schulze of
this city, died at an early hour yesterday morning. Mr. Schulze
formerly lived in Cairo and was well known here. He was a good man and an
excellent citizen. He was stricken with paralysis a few days ago and could
not recover from its effects. Besides his son, Harris Schulze, he
leaves, we believe, two daughters the eldest the wife of C. C. Huthmaker,
of Murphysboro, and Miss Ida, the youngest unmarried.
Last Monday night about nine
o’clock while the storm was raging furiously at Muddy Valley, the lightning
struck the house of Mr. Joe Walker and running down the chimney stuck
Mrs. Walker upon the head and killed her instantly. She was a
consumptive only twenty-five years of age. She leaves a husband and two
After being out for more than twenty-four hours, the jury in the Hess case at Vienna brought in a verdict of guilty as to Aleck Hess and Harvey Bratton, with fourteen years in the pen for each, and of acquittal as to the other defendant, Herb Hess. This is regarded as a compromise verdict and is not satisfactory to the friends and sympathizers of either the prosecution or defense; the former regarding the punishment inadequate to the crime, the latter believing that a clear case of self-defense has been established and that the defendants should all have been acquitted. A motion for a new trial was immediately filed, argued and overruled by Judge Boggs, and the defendants called to the bar and sentenced.
On Friday morning they were
taken to Chester by the Sheriff after a sad and very affecting farewell to
their friends and relatives. Nothing is said by the attorneys for the
defendants as to what further steps will be taken by them on behalf of their
clients, but it is believed that every effort and resource will be exhausted
to break the effect of what they regard as a crushing verdict, the result of
passion and prejudice. In the meantime the atmosphere of Vienna has cleared
up considerably and the law-abiding citizens of Johnson County look forward
hopefully to a period of immunity from homicides and a stricter enforcement
of the laws.
Under the above heading, the
Charleston Mo., Enterprise tells of the clearing up of a murder
mystery of eight years standing. Joshua Bumpass, a farmer living
between Bertrand and Diehlstadt, started to Cairo with a load of melons and
camped over night en route, about three miles above Bird’s Point. In the
morning he was found with a great hole in his skull. No clue to this
terrible deed could be found. Bert Franklin, a negro, soon after
moved to Pulaski County, Illinois, and in a fit of sickness which he thought
would be his last, he confessed the crime to a colored preacher. But he
recovered, and moved back to Missouri and eventually died near the scene of
the crime. The victim was supposed to carry a large sum of money on his
person, and robbery was the motive. How the story came to light now the
paper does not state.
(A marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Wetaug reads: Frankie C. son of Anthony & Catharine Fournie
Born March 16, 1892 Died Aug. 4, 1895 Aged 3 Yrs., 4 Ms., & 18 Ds. Happy
infant early blest, Rest in peaceful slumber rest.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry A. Hoffner
married Nancy M. Sotsgrove on 9 Mar 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Henry
A. Hoffner married Sophronia George on 12 Sep 1875, in Union
Co., Ill. His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Henry A.
Hoffner Died Aug. 7, 1895 Aged 44 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 20 Days.—Darrel
colored, was killed by the fast mail on the Illinois Central, which leaves
at 12:40 p.m., a short distance above Twelfth Street on the levee Monday.
Myers assisted in transferring mail to Bridge Junction. He attempted
to jump on the train and his foot missed the step and in his attempt to gain
a foothold he lost hold of the hands rail and fell under the wheel. He was
terribly mangled and killed instantly. He lived at 1409 Walnut Street and
was familiarly known as “The Octoroon.”
Died in this city at the home of his mother on Twenty-third Street, on Monday, Aug. 19th, at 10:30 a.m., Mr. Edwin H. White, of consumption, aged 37 years. Thus in a few words is told the story of the great change which has transferred a human soul from this world to the world beyond.
Edwin H. White was born in this city May 23rd, 1858. He was the son of Capt. John C. White who was quite prominent here during and after the war. He has always lived here and never married. For some years he has had a cough and finally it became apparent that consumption had fastened itself upon his vitals. Last autumn he went to San Antonio hoping to revive benefit from the mild climate of that region. But he derived no benefit and came home in the spring to die. He gradually wasted away, growing weaker as the months passed by and now at the close of summer, while just in the prime of life, he passes away.
Funeral services were held
in the Church of the Redeemer Tuesday afternoon and the remains were buried
in Beech Grove Cemetery. The funeral was conducted by the Odd Fellows, of
which order he was a member. He leaves an aged mother and two sisters, Mrs.
Baker, wife of Judge Baker, and Mrs. Humphrey, wife of
Mr. J. B. Humphrey, and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.
An item of news, which appeared in the St. Louis papers Friday morning, filled a great many Cairo people with sorrow. It chronicled the death by her own hand of Miss Charlie Field, daughter of Mrs. A. B. Keyser, at her home, No. 3228 Lucas Avenue, St. Louis. Miss Field took prussic acid Wednesday night and died instantly. Her body was found the following morning in her room.
Miss Charlie Field was born in Cairo. She lived during her early childhood in Mississippi County, Mo., opposite Cairo, but was educated in the Cairo schools graduating from the high school as a member of the class of ‘89. After leaving here she held an important position with the Texas Central railroad at Dallas and at the time of her death was a stenographer in the employ of the Tilden Chemical Co. She had just returned from a river trip to St. Paul before her death. She was an expert wheelwoman. We mention these facts to show that in many respects she was to be envied. She had heath, friends, a good situation and yet she was hungering—yes, starving—for human sympathy, as the following note she left will show:
“Life is a greater burden then I can bear. Forgive and forget me if you can. Too late, you can do nothing now. Do not search for a reason, as you will find none. I am simply tired of living in total darkness, and cannot see a spark of light in the future. You cannot realize what it is to be friendless in this world. If you have anything to spend, pay my debts; I am not entitled to decent burial.”
Some of the papers said she was disappointed in love and destroyed her life on that account. Whatever may have been her motive, everyone reading her last words will be filled with compassion for this poor girl, who was yearning for something she did not possess.
The remains were brought
down to Charleston, Mo., and laid at rest there Friday.
alias “Red,” was shot and killed by Will Hogan during the night,
Monday night or Tuesday morning. A party including these two had come over
to Cairo in the evening in Hogan’s skiff. Hogan got separated
from them and they returned without him. When he found his boat gone, he
secured another and crossed the river. He immediately made inquires for
Jackson and when directed to where he was, it is said he called him out
and shot him. He then came over to Cairo and went to Mound City, where his
brother lives, and is bartender at Neadstine’s saloon. Officers from
Mississippi County were over searching for him, but could not find him.
Hogan was engineer on the Golconda. He has always been on good
terms with Jackson, but it is supposed he had been drinking.
Jackson was a very light negro, with Indian blood in his veins.
Jacob Klein, proprietor of Klein’s brickyard was burned to death early Saturday morning. He was burning a kiln of brick and had arisen about midnight to see that all was well. In passing between the burning kiln and one already burned, in a space of eight or ten feet wide, the wall of the kiln gave way and its owner was buried under a mass of red hot bricks. The heat was so intense that cordwood scattered along to feed the furnaces was ignited. Work was immediately commenced to rescue the unfortunate man. It was soon found necessary to call out the paid fire department in order to cool down the debris. Even then several hours were lost before the result was accomplished and it was day before the charred remains were rescued. The occurrence was so horrible it shocked the entire community.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Services by Rev. Diepenbrock were conducted at St. Joseph’s Church and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge. Deceased was a member of the Rough and Ready Fire Company, the Cairo Casino and the Germania Maennerchor, and these organizations attended the funeral.
Jacob Klein was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 29, 1825. He received a common German education and in 1852 was married to Agnes Zeller. He came to America in 1854, landing in New York, July 15th of that year. He first located in Louisville, Ky., where he lived about ten years. His wife died June 18, 1864, leaving two children, Annie, who afterwards married Mr. Charles Rhode, and Elizabeth, who married Valentine Resch.
In 1865, he married the widow of his brother, Peter Klein, in Cairo. His second wife died in 1876, and afterwards he married Caroline Haller, who died in the autumn of 1894. By his last wife he had five children, four of whom survive him.
During the thirty years of his life in Cairo, Mr. Klein has been engaged in the manufacture of brick, and was quite successful. Mr. Klein was a quiet, gentle old man of a very kind disposition always ready to do what he believed to be right. His course with Dr. Elrod last fall was characteristic of the man. Dr. Elrod leased the buildings, which he occupied as a sanitarium, for two years with the privilege of five. The first of June, 1894, he was stricken down by disease, which finally proved to be fatal. About the first of October the doctor saw that he must abandon the enterprise. He sent for Mr. Klein and told him that he must give up the buildings and leave Cairo, that it was a matter of life and death and that he might not live in any event. He said to Mr. Klein, “I would like to be released from the obligation of our contract. Of course you can compel us to pay rent some months longer, but I would like to be released on the first of November.” Mr. Klein said, “I will give you an answer tomorrow.” He thought the matter over and the next day he said, “I will release you. I may some time be in your condition myself.” This incident shows the heart of the man.
Last December after his wife died he executed a will. It is in the handwriting of Father J. B. Diepenbrock. By the terms of the will he gives his life insurance, amounting to $7,000 and all his money in bank at the time of his death, to his four children, by his last wife. All the rest of his property, real and personal, he gives to these four children, to Mrs. Resch and to the children of Mrs. Rhode, to each child and to the children of Mrs. Rhode each on sixth part. He constitutes Father Diepenbrock his trustee to hold the property for the purpose set forth in the will. He also makes him executor and testamentary guardian of his children. He provides that no division or distribution of the property shall be made until the youngest child attains her majority. We understand that the youngest child is but a few years old. These are in substance the main provisions of the will, which was admitted to probate Tuesday and R. Fitzgerald, R. Walsh, and Joseph Pidgeon appointed appraisers.
married Elizabeth Klein on 26 Dec 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill. Jacob
Klein married Caroline Haller on 5 Oct 1875, in Alexander Co.,
Ill. His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Jacob Klein
1825-1895 Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at his home in this city, Monday Sept. 2, at 7:45 p.m., after an illness of two weeks duration with typhoid malarial fever Mr. Henry Laing Halliday, in the 54th years of his age.
Mr. Halliday had been in very precarious health for some years. He had been compelled to visit Colorado and other health resorts, but recently his health had been much better. He had gained flesh, was stronger and looked much better. About two weeks ago he went north to join his family at Evanston, where he contracted a severe cold. It developed into typhoid malarial fever, which withstood all the efforts of the highest medical skill, and culminated in his death Monday evening.
Mr. Halliday was born in Pomeroy, Ohio, March 7, 1842. He came with his parents to Wayne County, Ill., in 1856. In 1859 he left home to engage in service as a clerk upon than Ohio River steamboat.
Soon after the war broke out, he came to Cairo and became a member of the firm of Halliday Brothers and here he has lived for the past thirty-three years. For many years he has had charge of the immense grain and milling business of the firm of Halliday Brothers. On the first of July, 1895, that firm was dissolved, as we are informed, and he became the sole owner and proprietor of the Halliday mill and warehouse and of the immense grain and milling business which had formerly been carried on by Halliday Brothers, under the name of H. L. Halliday Milling Company. He had planned to greatly enlarge the business in the near future. He was vice president of the City National Bank.
On the 7th of March 1867, he married Miss Laura Evans, who with four children, two daughters both married, and two sons, now survive him.
The funeral was held
yesterday afternoon at the family residence, Dr. F. P. Davenport, of
Memphis, officiating. A large number of friends followed the remains to
their last resting place at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Edwin Parsons, one of
the trustees of the Cairo Trust Property, died at New York on August 21st.
For four years in succession The Citizen has been called upon to chronicle the death of two prominent citizens in the same issue in the month of September.
In 1892, Thomas W. Halliday and Officer Henry Dunker both died Sept. 18th, and we published their obituaries in the same issue in the month of September.
In 1893, Mrs. William Eichhoff died Sept. 10th, and Col. John Wood Sept. 12th, and in our issue of Sept. 14th, we gave an account of their deaths.
In 1894, Albert Smith died Sept. 10th, and Charles W. Frank Sept. 12th, and we published their obituaries Sept. 13th.
And now in 1895, Jacob
Klein died August. 31st and Henry L. Halliday Sept. 2nd,
and we publish the facts in this issue of Sept. 5th. It is a singular
A terrible homicide marked the close of the Anna fair last Friday, which resulted in the death of Mrs. Susan Mendenhall, of Carbondale, at the hands of John Jones. Jones conducted a dining booth on the fair grounds and Mrs. Mendenhall was in his employ. A disagreement over some money, when it came time for the woman to be paid off, resulted in sharp words and she told Jones he lied. This aroused his fury and he knocked her down and kicked and stamped on her. No one interfered except one of the patients from the hospital for the insane named Dr. McIlrath. He picked up a brick and threw it at Jones, striking him squarely in the nose. Jones then turned on the insane man and picking up an ax, started for him. A chase followed, and after some time Jones was arrested. The woman was given all the aid possible, but she died at six o’clock. Her spleen was literally mashed to a jelly.
The news of the tragedy and its fatal termination spread like wildfire over town. Jones was confined for a short time in the calaboose at Anna, but the mutterings of the crowd caused the officers to be apprehensive and the murderer was hurried over to Jonesboro. Even there he was not regarded as safe, and after dark he was driven to Dongola and brought to Cairo on the Illinois Central train, and he is now lodging in our county jail, in company with the other Jones, the murderer.
The feeling at Anna over the affair is intense and Jones’ life would not be worth much there. The murder was unprovoked and so brutal. Jones has borne a bad reputation for long time. He comes from a bad family. He served a five-year sentence in the penitentiary for a cold-blooded murder committed at Anna and his father killed one of his own sons, a brother of Jones.
Some fifty or sixty men came down from Anna Tuesday night apparently for the purpose of lynching John Jones, the murderer of Mrs. Mendenhall. Sheriff Miller was promptly informed of their arrival and made preparations to give them a warm reception. They gathered around the courthouse in little groups, but if many of them got together they were promptly ordered to disperse. Several members of our police force were present to assist the sheriff, but no attempt at force was made. Mr. Miller went out and shook hands with several of the men and asked them what they wanted, saying that perhaps he could assist them. But they did not open their mouths to speak. Mr. Miller did not recognize them. Mr. O. Boughner, of Anna, but formerly a member of our police force, was in the crowd.
Finding that there were no sleepy heads about the courthouse, but that everyone was very wide awake and on the alert they finally went away.
The Telegram of last
night and the Argus of this morning both say that John Jones
was taken back to Anna yesterday for his preliminary hearing. This was news
to Sheriff Miller and Jailor Brown, but it shows very great
enterprise on the part of these so-called newspapers. Suffice it to say
that Jones is still inside the Cairo jail.
Mrs. Althea Goskey,
wife of the late John Goskey, and Lindsey Jones, her brother,
have been liberated on bail, $1,500 for each, and have returned to their
home in Santa Fe Precinct. Habeas corpus proceedings were
instituted before Judge Vickers last Saturday, with the above
result. They were held for complicity in the murder of John Goskie.
Thursday, 12 Sep 1895:
(Ernest Emil Kilheart
married Annie M. Smith on 23 Dec 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Her marker in I. O. O. F.
Cemetery at Dongola reads: Effie I. wife of B. F. Fisher Born March
21, 1877, Died Sept. 9, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
married Nellie L. Parker on 19 Jul 1891, in Alexander Co.,
(Charles W. Biggs married Nellie Ferrill on 30 Nov 1893, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in Toledo Christian Church Cemetery reads: Nellie wife of Charles W. Biggs Died Sept. 15, 1895, Aged 20 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 3 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(David R. Lewis married
Jacobi E. Dillow on 8 Sep 1885, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in
Anna City Cemetery reads: David R. Lewis Born Nov. 10, 1850 Died
Sept. 11, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Many old residents of Cairo
will remember Dr. Joseph Hannard who resided here from the close of
the war until 1873. We learn from the Era that he died in
Murphysboro, Tuesday afternoon, aged about 73 years. He was a native of
Alsace Lorraine and came to the United States before the war. He served for
a while during the war as druggist on vessels of the Mississippi Squadron.
He was about to apply for admission to the Soldiers Home at Quincy, but the
grim reaper appeared and took him away.
Capt. George W. Bellows,
an old and respected veteran of this place, died at his home near Olmstead,
Thursday, Sept. 19, 1895. Mr. Bellows had been sick for about nine
months and all medical skill and attention failed to give him any relief.
About six weeks prior to his death, Dr. Whitaker called in Dr.
Stevenson, of Cairo, to assist him in performing an operation on Mr.
Bellows, resorting to this as the only thing to save hid life. After
consulting with Dr. Whitaker and Mr. Bellows' family, they
gave up to Dr. Stevenson to take him to the hospital in Cairo there
to perform an operation, but after due consideration of the doctors of Cairo
they decided that he did not have an obstruction of the bowels, but a case
of gastro-intestinal catarrh, which was conflicting diagnosis to Dr.
Whitaker’s. They informed Mr. Bellows that with a few weeks
treatment by them and the attention of a trained nurse he could be relieved
and his life prolonged for several years. He remained at the hospital for
three weeks, no better than he was when he went there. He came home and
grew wore until he died. After his death, Dr. Whitaker insisted that
the family allow a post mortem examination and they finally consented. The
abdomen was opened by Dr. Whitaker and upon examination he found one
portion of the large intestine sacked as it were in another, or what is
known in the medical profession as a telescoped bowel. The part that had
dropped in the other portion was about sixteen inches in length. This was
Dr. Whitaker's diagnosis when he called in counsel and this was why
he insisted on an operation. Mr. Bellows' sufferings were beyond
description, but he had his right mind up to the last, and one of his many
requests were that a post mortem be held so as to find out what had caused
him so much pain. The bereaved family have our sympathy.
Died, at her home near Willard, on Saturday, Sept. 21, after a brief illness, Mrs. Flora A. Barnett, wife of Louis F. Barnett, aged about 29 years. Mrs. Barnett was the daughter of Mr. H. F. Putnam, of Elco, and was formerly the wife of W. M. Palmer, of Elco. Mr. Palmer died some two years ago and on the 8th of September 1894, she married Mr. Barnett. They had a comfortable home and fair prospects, but the grim reaper snatched her away. Her trouble, as we are informed, was a complete constipation of the bowels, which would yield to no medical treatment.
(William M. Palmer
married Flora A. Putnam on 4 Apr 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill. Louis
F. Barnett married Mrs. Flora A. Palmer on 8 Sep 1894, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Jr., married Phena A. Littleton on 2 Sep 1888, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in Cobden Cemetery next to Harris and Phena Rendleman reads:
Dortha Rendleman 1895-1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 3 Oct 1895:
A lad ten or twelve years
old, son of A. B. Huffman, of Sandusky Precinct, arose Sunday morning
to kindle the fires and going out on the porch, fell and never spoke again
and died in about an hour. His mother, who had called him to get up, heard
the noise of his fall and found him lying on the porch. The doctor said his
death resulted from a spinal trouble. Burial services were held Monday.
Mrs. Julia Sloo Taylor, sister of Col. Tom Sloo, and daughter-in-law of Col. S. S. Taylor died at her home in Chicago, last Thursday evening, of dropsy. The remains were brought down by two of her children, Bain and Miss Gussie Taylor, and were interred at Beech Grove Cemetery Saturday forenoon, Rev. F. M. Van Treese conducting the services.
Mrs. Taylor spent her early years in Cairo. She married here and this was her home until about fifteen years ago, when she moved to Chicago. During her last illness, her brother, Mr. Al Sloo and wife, were at her bedside. She leaves four grown children—the two already mentioned and Mrs. Josie Wilkenson, of Paris, Tex., and Miss Jennie Taylor. Mr. Bain Taylor and sister Miss Gussie, returned to Chicago Monday afternoon.
(Joseph B. Taylor
married Julia Sloo on 16 Aug 1860, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(William B. Parrott
married Elizabeth Augustine Austin on 22 Oct 1854, in Alexander Co.,
Capt. George W. Bellows, an old and respected veteran of this place, died at his home near Olmstead, Thursday, Sept. 19, 1895. Mr. Bellows had been sick for about nine months and all medical skill and attention failed to give him any relief. About six weeks prior to his death, Dr. Whitaker called in Dr. Stevenson, of Cairo, to assist him in performing an operation on Mr. Bellows, resorting to this as the only thing to save hid life. After consulting with Dr. Whitaker and Mr. Bellows' family, they gave up to Dr. Stevenson to take him to the hospital in Cairo there to perform an operation, but after due consideration of the doctors of Cairo they decided that he did not have an obstruction of the bowels, but a case of gastro-intestinal catarrh, which was conflicting diagnosis to Dr. Whitaker’s. They informed Mr. Bellows that with a few weeks treatment by them and the attention of a trained nurse he could be relieved and his life prolonged for several years. He remained at the hospital for three weeks, no better than he was when he went there. He came home and grew wore until he died. After his death, Dr. Whitaker insisted that the family allow a post mortem examination and they finally consented. The abdomen was opened by Dr. Whitaker and upon examination he found one portion of the large intestine sacked as it were in another, or what is known in the medical profession as a telescoped bowel. The part that had dropped in the other portion was about sixteen inches in length. This was Dr. Whitaker's diagnosis when he called in counsel and this was why he insisted on an operation. Mr. Bellows' sufferings were beyond description, but he had his right mind up to the last, and one of his many requests were that a post mortem be held so as to find out what had caused him so much pain. The bereaved family have our sympathy.
ED. CITIZEN.—Will you kindly
allow me space to briefly reply to the above article which, whether
intentionally or not, does me great injustice. It intimates that after the
family had deferred to my judgment in bringing the patient to this city,
that I had refused to operate, and by error in diagnosis and treatment
allowed the man to die. Except in one particular only, the above is all
untrue, and is contrary to my reputation as a surgeon. When in my judgment
an operation is necessary, and the consent of these concerned is secured, it
rarely occurs that I fail to perform it. The truth in regard to the above
is that I never saw this patient but once. I went to his home near Olmstead
at the request of Dr. Rendleman of this city, not Dr. Whitaker,
to examine him, and, if possible, discover the nature of his disease. I saw
in a very few moments that a safe diagnosis was impossible without opening
the abdominal cavity, a procedure that it would have been very unwise to
undertake at his home. I therefore advised that he be brought to the
hospital in this city, where it could be safely performed. On my return to
Cairo I reported these facts to Dr. Rendleman and there my connection
with the case ended. The man was brought to the hospital on the same train
on which I returned, but I was not called to see him, or to give any further
judgment in the case, and I am still without data upon which to form an
intelligent opinion as to what was the matter with him. It is necessary of
course, to accept the finding of Dr. Whitaker's post mortem as
the immediate cause of death, but I must protest that this was not his
trouble at the time I saw him. Intussusception of the bowels is a condition
of too grave a character to permit a patient to linger through so long a
period as was embraced in the illness of Mr. Bellows, a fact which
Dr. Whitaker himself must admit, or I shall be compelled to conclude
that it would be advisable for him to attend a post graduate course in
surgical diagnosis and pathology, before further criticizing the diagnosis
of other surgeons. Very respectfully,
(Her marker in
Cairo City Cemetery reads: Mary Roberson Born Nov. 12, 1812 Died
Oct. 4, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
(Will A. Steed
married Lula J. Tyndall on 1 Aug 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill. A
marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Vivian daughter of W. A. & L. J.
Steed Died Oct. 8, 1895, Aged 4 mos.—Darrel Dexter)
Katie, daughter of J. Mc. and Tennie Lawrence, of Willard, born December 10, 1890, departed this life after a sickness of sixteen days, Oct. 3, 1895, aged 4 years, 9 months and 23 days. She was buried from the Lutheran church in Mill Creek and laid to rest in St. John's Cemetery.
Little Katie has many friends and was dearly loved. She was the bright little angel of the fireside, and thoughtful beyond her years. A full share of childish vivacity she possessed and always enjoyed the plays and the song of the home, the games were the gentle and mild, and the songs only the sweet strains learned in the Sunday school. Deep is the impression she left during the few short years of her earthly stay; and long will many mementoes of her continue to awaken keenly lingering memories of the sweet little jewel, seemingly so fit for a higher and better world, where she has gone to beckon to her the other links of the family chain.
The funeral services were
conducted by Rev. J. G. M. Hursh, the pastor of the church, who spoke
comforting words from the hopeful expression of King David (II Sam. 12:23)
"I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."
Mrs. Elizabeth White died Monday, Oct. 14th, after a severe illness of three weeks duration, aged 75 years. She was the widow of William White, who died in this city, April 1, 1862. She was born in Pittsburg, Penn., Oct. 7, 1820, and married May 8, 1838. The family came to Cairo in 1856, and have lived here since that time. She had been the mother of eight children, but only two of them survive her. These are Mrs. Frances A. Stewart and Webb M. White. She also leaves four grandchildren, the children of Mrs. Stewart. The remains were taken to Uniontown, Ky., for burial. Mrs. White was one of the oldest citizens of Cairo, having lived here thirty-nine years. She was highly respected by all who knew her.
(James W. Stewart
married Frances A. White on 2 Oct 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Major Samuel M. P. McClure died at his residence at McClure in the upper part of Alexander County early Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, aged about 59 years. He had been ill some six or seven months. Early in the year he went down to Hot Springs, Ark., but derived no benefit from the visit. He has been able to get out and go away from home occasionally during the past season, but nothing could stay the progress of the disease. He had an affection of the brain, which was not well understood. His physicians have felt of late that while he might live for some time, he was liable to drop off at any moment. The moment came last Tuesday morning and he passed away. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at Jonesboro.
Mr. McClure was the second son of Matthew M. D. McClure, and was born in Alexander County about fifty-nine years ago. He served for a time as major of the 109th regiment of Illinois Vols. His father died April 25, 1862, leaving quite a large estate embracing both land and personal property to be divided between eight children, two sons and six daughters.
On the 30th day of December 1864, Samuel M. P. McClure married Miss Martha A. Williams, of Jonesboro. For twenty-nine years and one day they walked the path of life together, until Dec. 31st, 1893, when she was stricken down by the grim reaper. About three years before her death she was struck with paralysis when weeping over her dead mother. She never recovered but lived and suffered for three years and then passed away. Three grown daughters survive their father and mother.
Mr. McClure was one of the largest farmers of Alexander County. He leaves a very large farm embracing some of the finest land in the world, well stocked with teams and machinery. He also carried considerable life insurance embracing a large policy issued by the Equitable. He was a very kind-hearted man and always made friends. We have talked with his farm hands, with his tenants, and with his neighbors, but we do not remember a single instance where anyone spoke unkindly of him. His death will be a great loss to the community in which he lived, but to his family the loss will be irreparable.
(Samuel M. P. McClure
married Martha Ann Williams on 29 Dec 1864, in Union Co., Ill. His
marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: S. M. P. McClure Died Oct. 15,
1895 Aged 59 Ys., 1 Mo., & 3 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The talk now is about the case against Adams and Hindman. They are charged with the murder of J. J. Malone. Malone was in attendance at the U. S. court here last April. He disappeared and later his body was found in the river. Accidental death was believed by many, but the brother of the deceased, Sidney Malone, was convinced that there had been foul play and commenced to investigate.
Thomas Adams, also of
Benton, the home of the others, was shadowed, and now lies in jail.
Hindman has skipped out from Benton, getting an inkling that he was
wanted. A number of Benton people are in town, and they seem confident that
Adams committed the crime. We are told they have a strong chain of
circumstantial evidence, which covers all the details before and after the
crime except the murder itself.
I do not wish to enter into
a controversy with Dr. Stevenson, but he says that an article in
The Citizen of September 19, does him an injustice. Now Mr.
Editor, if you will allow me this space to explain a few things, I will
bring my part of the argument to a close. It is a question in the minds of
the people which article did the doctor the greatest injustice. If he had
only allowed it to pass by no one would have thought anything about it. But
as he is so anxious to explain his side of the question, forces the public
to believe there is something wrong. No one doubts his word when he says he
never fails to operate when in his judgment it is necessary. The truth of
it is he operates sometimes when his better judgment teaches him not to. As
to the Capt. Bellows' case I stand ready and fully equipped to prove
everything I say in regard to its diagnosis. It matters not to me what Dr.
Stevenson or anyone else may say to the contrary. Dr. Stevenson,
according to Capt. B's own statement, saw him from time to time
during his three weeks' stay at the hospital, and diagnosed is case as
cancer of the stomach, and expressed this to more than one man, even after
he had heard of the results of the autopsy. This was his diagnosis of the
case and he can't deny it. I contend that Mr. B. had intussusception
from his first attack, form the following reasons: Because it may be acute
or chronic; it may cause complete obstruction at once, or may occulude the
intestinal canal partially during its entire existence. When the lileum and
coecum are involved, the symptoms of obstruction are more acute. In
subacute and chronic cases the colon is usually involved. Therefore the
symptoms are governed entired only its location and as to whether it is
acute, subacute or chronic. Fecal matter may pass in complete obstruction
above the colon until the contents of the large intestine are evacuated and
my persist throughout the attack when occlusion of the gut is only partial.
Now Mr. B.'s invagination as in the colon and I am confidant existed
for at least six months with subacute symptoms. He would have an attack
which lasted him from three to six days in which he suffered intense pain
and vomited continually and his bowels were locked during these spells. But
the administration of anodynes to relieve pain and hot water enemas, this
partial invagination of the gut would be reduced and his bowels open up and
remains so for a few weeks and then he would have another attack. The pain
was always in the left illiac region just where the autopsy revealed the
intussusception, and he had the above symptoms periodically for six months.
When Dr. Stevenson was sent here as he says by Dr. Rendleman,
Mr. B. has been vomiting for several days and the vomit had become
stercoraceous and as I am very well aware that his system was in no
condition for an operation yet I do believe by a few days toning and with
his immense amount of grit he could have rallied. The above symptoms grew
more abrupt until he died from intussusception. The occlusion of the bowels
became perfected and the invaginated gut could no longer be reduced by any
other method save the knife. My diagnosis is backed by the diagnosis of Dr.
George Bratton, of Vienna, Ill., and better still by what the autopsy
revealed. But when Dr. Stevenson says the above symptoms point to a
cancer of the stomach, then I am forced to conclude that a post graduate
course on surgical diagnosis and pathology would be advisable for him and
may be in the future he would become more accurate in his diagnosis. Very
The case of the People vs. French Jones and Lindsey Jones, for the murder of John K. Goskie, is on trial now in the circuit court, and is proving to be just what was expected—a very hard fought case. State’s Attorney Butler is assisted by Hon. W. A. Spann, of Vienna, in the prosecution, and Hon W. H. Boyer and Messrs. Lansden and Leek are conducting the defense.
The crime with which the Joneses are charged occurred about seven o’clock in the morning of Monday, June 24, 1895, at the farm of French Jones, about half a mile from the Hodges Park and Santa Fe Road, in Santa Fe Precinct, in this county. Goskie was going after a horse, which he claimed was his, and which was in Jones’ barn. Jones was awaiting his coming, and when he came up, shot him in the left side with a charge of 00 shot, 36 entering his body and causing his instant death. These facts are undisputed.
Mr. Butler has prepared himself very thoroughly. Last Sunday, accompanied by George F. Dewey, he visited the scene of the crime and took a number of photographs of the place with his camera. Mr. Dewey also drew a plat of the place, showing every detail. The exact positions of Jones and Goskie can thus be pointed out to the jury and they can intelligently understand the situation.
The Jones-Goskie case was taken up by the court at 11:30 Tuesday forenoon, and by night nine jurors had been chosen. The work of selecting the jury was without incident. A special venire for 100 men was issued Monday evening, fifty to be selected from the city and fifty from the country. Tuesday evening another venire for fifty men was issued to be secured here in town.
Wednesday morning the work of completing the jury was taken up at nine o’clock and by noon the twelfth juror had been chosen. The full panel is as follows:
Isaac Nelson, Willard; Robert H. Horton, Cairo; M. G. Dennis, Cairo; William Pool, Elco; Henry Jordan, Elco; J. H. Almeyer, Elco; Gabe Halley, Elco; J. S. Waters, Cache Precinct; B. E. Pearman, Cache Precinct; James Hazlewood, Elco; James Dexter, Elco; A. Hoaglin, Cairo.
Mr. Butler made the opening speech for the prosecution. He read the indictment and then recited the story of the crime as he expected to show it from the sworn testimony of the witnesses. He talked forty minutes.
After stating facts showing that the Jones family were all set against Goskie, Mr. Butler told the jury that that Monday morning Joseph Rains came up the road toward Jones’ house; that Mrs. Goskie called out, “There he comes;” that Jones stepped out of the barn with his gun in his hands and seeing it was Rains put the gun back in the barn; that after Rains left, Goskie came riding up alone; that he had nothing in his hand; that the Miller boy saw him and would testify that no one spoke to him or went out to meet him as he came up the road; that when he came up by the barn, according to Jones’ story, he (Jones) said, “Hello John.;” that Goskie turned half way around, but did not speak, and then, according to Jones’ story, “I let him have it;” that Jones had said he did not know exactly where he stood when he shot Goskie, but that among these was his playground; that French Jones or Lindsey then went up and placed Lindsey’s pistol in the dead man’s hand so as to make it appear self-defense; that the pistol lay in his hand, it was not gripped and that his fingers were behind the pistol guard; that Miller boy heard the shot from the granary, and looking up, saw Goskie fall from his horse; that where deceased lay there were heavy tracks showing the horse sprung or wheeled there; that 36 shot pierced Goskie’s body and that Lindsey had remarked he (Goskie) got all but two; that an examination of the saddle and horse showed one hole in the saddle and a wound in the horse’s side as if a shot grazed. These were among the main facts Mr. Butler said he would bring out.
Judge W. H. Boyer followed for the defense. He talked for nearly an hour and told the jury he would show by witnesses that John K. Goskie was not the pure, upright man the prosecution would have them believe; that Althea Goskie never left her husband’s home until he ran her away. That while she repeatedly returned and left again, each time it was because of ill treatment; that because French Jones, Mrs. Goskie’s father, took his daughter under his own roof every time her husband drove her away, that he, Goskie, got angry at him and threatened to kill him; that he sent word to Mrs. Goskie a few days prior to the murder to come get her horse, and that when she came he refused to give up the horse; that when his (Goskie’s) hired man rode the horse to Henry Powless’s, Mrs. Goskie took it home to her father’s; that when Goskie heard it he said he was going home to get his gun and would go down and get the horse, again threatening Jones; that on his way home he met Lindsey Jones and repeated his threat to him. Judge Boyer said he would show that Goskie planned with his most intimate friend to visit the Jones farm Sunday night, June 23, and burn the house and barn and shoot Jones; that they did visit the place that night, but did nothing and went away; that Jones had heard these threats and was prepared to receive him; that Goskie came the next morning and Lindsey met him in the road; that Lindsey, because of the numerous threats drew his pistol; that Goskie took it away from him and proceeded up the road to the barn and started in the gate when Jones shot him. These were the main facts as presented by Judge Boyer for the defense.
George F. Dewey was the first witness called. He testified about the plat, which he had made of the Jones’ house and barnyard.
David Powless was next called. He was with Mr. Butler last Sunday when Jones’ place was visited and the photographs taken, and he testified as to the plat and photos; he also was on the ground soon after the shooting and was on the coroner’s jury; he testified that he saw Goskie lying in the road, with a pistol in his right hand; that it was not cocked and no chamber had been discharged, and his finger was not on trigger; he also testified as to Lindsey’s statement before the coroner’s jury in which he (Lindsey) said he saw Goskie coming up the road; went down and met him and told him not to go; Goskie said he was going anyway; he then drew his revolver on Goskie and the latter being a much better man than he was, took the revolver away from him and went on up toward the barn; that his father told Goskie not to come in the gate; that he said, “Yes, I’m coming in anyhow,” and that his father then shot him; witness also repeated French Jones’ statement as we have already given it. The cross examination was very rigid, but Mr. Powless stood the fire and stuck to his story.
Maurice Fitzgerald, deputy coroner, was then called; he was in neighborhood hunting on June 24th, and arrives at scene of murder that same forenoon; he said deceased lay with pistol in his right hand, with his finger behind the trigger guard; witness had minutes of inquest with him and testified as to Lindsey Jones testimony; in the cross-examination defense drew forth statements that somewhat contradicted testimony of David Powlass.
Jasper McElvoy was next called; he saw no one else there, when he got to scene of murder, helped to make a shade over the dead body; he testified that when one of the coroner’s jury lifted up Goskie’s hand, the pistol fell out; saw tracks there that looked as if horse wheeled there; very close to a peach tree stump; saw deceased stripped and counted 36 holes. Defense made no inroads on this witness’ testimony.
Will Miller was called; he said he was working for French Jones; that morning he was told to go to a field a mile and a half away to hunt horses; found them in field only quarter mile away; saw Raines come up and heard Mrs. Goskie call out, “There he comes.” Had come back to granary after single tree when Goskie rode up; witnesses was only about twenty steps off; Goskie was alone; had nothing in his hand; no one spoke to him or met him in road; saw him pass out of sight behind the barn; heard shot and looked up and saw Goskie fall from his horse before he heard echo of shot; this was on other side of barn. Witness testified Jones told him: “----- you go home and we’ll get out of this by swearing a few lies.” Court adjourned at this point until this morning.
Court convened at nine o’clock this forenoon and the boy, William Miller, was put on the stand for cross-examination. He spoke very low and it was with difficulty that answers could be obtained. Though somewhat confused he did not contradict himself much.
John Godwin was next called. He assisted in washing and dressing Goskie’s body and testified as to the wounds. They covered the left side for a distance of two feet. There were two wounds on right side and inside of right arm where the shot passed through the body. Defense tried to make witness testify to wounds on left leg below the pocket, but failed.
Robert George assisted in dressing body; counted 36 wounds from bottom of pants pocket to top of shoulder. Testified that Lindsey said to Albert Ellis, “He was shot with same powder I bought at your store.” Witness saw hole in saddle and wound in horse. Witness said Lindsey remarked when told 36 shot struck deceased that only two missed. Witness on cross-examination said there were no wounds on right side of Goskie’s body.
William Hardin, a farm hand working for John Goskie at the time of his death, was the man who rode the horse to Henry Powlass’ which Mrs. Goskie took to her father’s; he supposed the horse was Goskie’s, it had always been in his possession since it was foaled.
John H. Pollock of Cairo was at Olive Branch and was summoned on coroner’s jury; testified as to pistol lying loose in Goskie’s hand; recited Lindsey’s testimony before coroner’s jury in which Lindsey said his father stood in roadway through barn when he shot Goskie; witness testified that Jones said he stood in calf lot when he shot Goskie; counsel for defense objected to witness locating these positions on the plat. Court overruled objections. Court then adjourned for dinner.
Mrs. May Whitaker, the wife of Walter Whitaker died at the home of her husband's parents in Springfield, Mo., last Sunday, of consumption.
Early this year Mrs. Whitaker went to Albuquerque, N.M., in the hope that the climate there would stay the disease that was slowly growing upon her. Some six or seven weeks ago it was apparent that she could not live much longer, and at the advice of her physician, she started east to be at home when the end came. She got as far as Springfield Mo., where it was thought best to keep her. Mr. Whitaker sold out his household effects here, gave up his position, and went to Springfield, prepared to stay to the end, which they could see was not far distant. Fred Thomas, her brother, also closed his jewelry store and went to Springfield, where he remained three weeks. During this time she grew better and was able to take daily rives. Mr. Thomas returned home about two weeks ago. He was notified Sunday by wife of her death.
Mrs. Whitaker left two little children, a girl and a boy, about 14 and 10 years of age. Mrs. Whitaker was a member of the M. E. church here and sung in the choir. She had a rich contralto voice, and was also a musical composer, having arranged the music for a number of songs written by Miss Mary McKee. Hers was a lovely Christian character and her death is an exceptionally sad one.
(Walter W. Whitaker
married Mary S. Thomas on 7 Nov 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
married Belle Crite on 27 Nov 1894, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
News came in from Willard
late Tuesday night that Mrs. Rausch, wife of William Rausch,
who works on one of the government boats on the river had killed herself and
her little four-year-old daughter by hanging. It seems that Mr. and Mrs.
Rausch had separated and that she was a domestic servant in the family
of William McClarney. She brooded constantly over her trouble with
her husband and became very despondent. On his return to the house Tuesday
night Mr. McClarney did not find her in the house, but seeing the
door of the chicken house open he looked in and as stricken with horror at
the sight, which met his gaze. Mrs. Rausch and her little daughter,
both cold in death, were hanging by ropes around their necks from a pole
above. Mr. McClarney cut the ropes and lowered the bodies but it was
too late. Life was extinct. Mrs. Raush had first hanged the child
and then standing upon a box had adjusted the rope around her own neck and
then kicked it away. Mr. McClarney came in for the coroner who went
out and found the facts about as stated above.
Resolutions passed by the Mt. Pleasant Y. P. S. C. E. on the death of Mr. Ira Kelly who died Oct. 3, 1895, in the eighteenth year of his age.
WHEREAS, By the dispensation of this Providence our All Wise Creator has seen fit to remove one of our members from our midst, therefore,
RESOLVED, That while we deeply feel the loss our society has sustained, we also recognize the loss to his parents, brothers, and sisters.
RESOLVED, That we as a society tender to the stricken family and bereaved relations our heartfelt sympathies and prayers in this their great affliction, praying that our Heavenly Father will comfort them as he knoweth best.
RESOLVED, That we regard the sudden departure of one who was so recently in our midst in the enjoyment of youthful health and vigor, as imparting a lesson to all his surviving associates which we hope that they will not fail to make a solemn study.
RESOLVED, That these
resolutions be put upon the records of the society and published in the
Pulaski Enterprise and Cairo Citizen and that a copy of the same
be presented to the bereaved family.
Elder Henry H. Richardson died Sunday morning, Oct. 13, at the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna, aged 83 years. Elder Richardson was probably the oldest Baptist minister in this end of the state. He was born in Montgomery Co., Ky., in 1812. He resided in Alexander County near the Willard post office from 1847 to 1856 and since that time has often preached in that neighborhood. He was for many years pastor of the Shiloh Church near Villa Ridge. He went down to his grave like a shock of corn fully ripe, honored and respected by all who knew him.
(Henry H. Richardson
married Mrs. Catharine Hoopaw on 21 Feb 1847, in Alexander Co., Ill.
His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Eld. H. H. Richardson
1812-1895. Erected by Clear Creek Baptist Association—Darrel Dexter)
The death of Sam M. P.
McClure removes from southern Illinois a man whose place can never be
filled. Sam McClure, as he was familiarly called, was a man among
men. His heart was the heart of a noble man. It warmed the body of a man
whose sole ambition in life was to do good. Its pulsation threw out a warmth
for more than the little castle that held it as its own. The hand of this
good man was ever outstretched to the poor, unfortunate and needy, and in
the death of Sam McClure they have lost their truest and their
warmest and most noble guardian and friend. No hungry man was ever turned
away from his door. He fed the hungry. He clothed the naked without price,
without favor and without promise, and his many acts of charity will be
remembered by those he helped for long years yet to come. If man is to be
rewarded for the good he does in this world Sam McClure will surely
receive a just reward.—Cape Girardeau Democrat.
COBDEN, Ill., Nov. 6.—Monday
evening at 7 o'clock while Mr. J. B. Coulter was sitting in his room
reading some unknown person entered the house and with a shotgun fired at
Mr. Coulter, killing him instantly. The entire charge struck him
squarely in the forehead, tearing away the entire front part of his head.
No clue has been found as to whom the assassin was. As no one was near the
house at the time no one heard the shot. An inquest was held Tuesday and
the verdict rendered was that he came to his death by a shot from a gun
fired by an unknown person.
F. M. Cully shot and
killed a man at the store of McRaven, Cully & Co., at McClure,
about midnight Monday night. Mr. Cully and a clerk named
Fullenwider were sleeping in the store. A stranger attempted to break
into the store through a window when Mr. Cully shot him. The young
men in the store thought that there were several men outside and did not
venture out until daylight. On going out they found a man dead. He had
several grain sacks wound around his body, probably to protect himself from
bullets. He had a pistol on his person and from a letter found upon him his
name is supposed to be Mitchell. Esquire McEndrie held an
inquest and found the facts as stated above. The body was buried Tuesday.
married Margaret S. Miller on 31 May 1866, in Alexander Co.,
French Jones and his
son Lindsey Jones are still in jail. The motion for a new trial in
the case of Lindsey will be argued on Saturday this week. It is not
probable that any effort will be made to get a new trial for French Jones.
One looking over the whole case the old man feels pretty well satisfied so
far as he himself is concerned. If he were to stand another trial he might
fare worse. He probably thinks it best to let well enough alone. But he
says that Lindsey had nothing to do with the killing and it is hard for him
to spend fourteen years in the penitentiary for a crime which he did not
We learn from an exchange that Judge Eldredge, of Golconda, died at Hot Springs last week Wednesday.
Judge Eldredge was finned by a catfish on one of his fingers some week ago while fishing. Blood poisoning set in, necessitating the amputation of the finger. He then went to Hot Springs, where another operation was found necessary and his hand was taken off, and later a third operation was performed and the arm was amputated. It was hoped that the disease had been stayed, but such proved not to be the case, and death came to the relief of the sufferer at Hot Springs. Judge Eldredge was one of Golconda's leading citizens and he had served the people well in many positions, notably as Judge of the County Court and a representative in the Legislature. He was a genial pleasant gentleman and had host of friends who will deeply regret his death.
A great many of our readers
knew Judge Eldredge. He was a man of the highest character and
(John L. Wilson
married Anna Margaret Lingle on 18 Oct 1840, in Union Co., Ill. His
marker in Wetaug Reformed Cemetery reads: Our Father John Wilson
Born June 13, 1805 Died Nov. 4, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
The mystery connected with
the murder of J. B. Coulter, near Cobden last week, Monday, remains
unsolved. His will was filed for probate last Saturday. His estate is
considered worth about $15,000. He gives $1,500 to his brother, William A.
Coulter, of Kansas, and $1,500 to his housekeeper, Mrs. Susan
Raines. He then makes some minor bequests and among them five dollars
to his only son F. W. Coulter. The balance he leaves as follows:
Six-sevenths to his brother and one seventh to his housekeeper. He seemed
to have had a disagreement with his son which he carried to the extreme
length of disinheriting him. Mr. L. T. Linnell, of Cobden, was made
the executor of the will. Mr. Coulter was 75 years old.
They have both small pox and
diphtheria in our neighboring town of Charleston, Mo. The little
nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Deal died of
diphtheria last Monday. Mr. M. V. Golder has had the small pox, but
is now convalescent. The Enterprise says that people are scared to
death over the small pox, but that diphtheria is a matter of minor
consideration. We sincerely hope that our neighbors will not be compelled
to pay the penalty for their indifference toward diphtheria. Small pox is
scarcely to be dreaded by a community for the excellent reason that very
person can effectually protect himself against it if he will. But
diphtheria is a terrible disease, and there is no known remedy which will
ward it off. Small pox leaves the system in better condition than it found
it while the dire effects of diphtheria may cling to the system for years.
Every person in the community should vaccinate against a small pox and rest
at ease, but every effort should be made to stamp our diphtheria. It is a
terrible disease and very fatal.
The circuit court is in session t Jonesboro. The grand jury has found a true bill for indictment against Mr. Rains for the murder of J. B Coulter, of Cobden, a few weeks ago. Mr. Rains lived in the house with Mr. Coulter and his wife had been Coulter's housekeeper for many years and was a beneficiary by the terms of his will. Dodd & Pickerell have been employed to defend Rains.
Jones, the man who murdered Mrs. Mendenall at the Anna fair about thee weeks ago, has taken a change of venue to Jackson County. He wanted to be tried in Cairo, but the court changed the venue to Murphysboro. It will be remembered that he was brought to Cairo for safekeeping in the Cairo jail for a few days immediately after the murder. As no white man has ever been hung in Cairo and as two white men were recently hanged in Murphysboro, it is quite natural that Jones should wish to be tried in Cairo. In additions to this, Mr. Mendenhall, the husband of the murdered woman, is a miner and lives in Jackson County and will probably do all in his power to avenge the death of his wife.
(Calvin Rains married
Susan Dillow, daughter of Michael Dillow and Christena
Barringer, on 1 Oct 1892, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Hampton and son
James, living at 1109 Washington Avenue, were poisoned while eating some
stewed apples Monday morning. The mother, who ate considerable fruit, was
taken ill immediately, and when her son had gone out and secured Dr.
Clarke, she was in convulsions. The body began to feel the ill effects
while going for the doctor, but was not nearly so ill as his mother, who was
unconscious for several hours. Dr. Gorden assisted Dr. Clarke,
and they had a very hard tussle to bring Mr. Hampton through.
Yesterday, she had about recovered. the doctors suspect the presence of
(C. H. Mason married
Oma Parker on 2 Jun 1895, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
French and Lindsey Jones
are now in the penitentiary at Chester. They were taken there Tuesday
morning by Sheriff Miller. Before leaving Cairo they went down to Phelps'
gallery and had half a dozen photographs taken for friends at home, while
they are away. Jones for life and his son for fourteen years.
French Jones was sixty-three years old in October. He was born in
Scott Co., Mo.
Another killing occurred uptown yesterday morning, the result of a fight in a negro family. Mrs. Josia Dennis was struck on the head with a stick of wood, which crushed her skull and caused her immediate death. Eugene Eddington, alias Cap Cooper, aged 19 was the assailant. The tragedy took place at 208 Twenty-fifth Street, and the boy made his escape forward.
married Josie Padden on 23 Sep 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Thursday, 5 Dec 1895:
married Rebecca C. Hubanks on 22 Jul 1866, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Albert son of D. & R. P.
Crotzer Died July 5, 1895, Aged 18 Yrs., 1 Mo., & 16 Ds.—Darrel
News has been received here of a terribly distressing accident which occurred at Pulaski last Friday. Two young men, 18 or 19 years of age, and very close friends, were out hunting when one shot the other by accident, resulting in his instant death. Ollie Rife fired the fatal shot and the charge took effect in the head of young Parker. They were after game and had separated, when it is thought Rife saw the top of Parker's head moving and fired thinking it was some animal. When he realized the dreadful nature of the thing he had done he filled his hat with water and rushed to his companion to give what little relief he could but all to no purpose. We are told that Rife is overwhelmed with grief and it is feared he may lose his mind. He cries constantly.
was the only support of a widowed mother. During a recent illness of his,
Rife was constantly at his bedside, so close was their friendship.
Hiram Brown, of Mill Creek, Ill., died at the asylum in Anna, on the night of Nov. 21st. Deceased was born five miles southeast of Anna, and has spent his life in Union County, proving himself one of her most worthy sons and citizens, serving her as teacher, druggist and grain dealer. His mind had been failing for nearly a year and he had been in the hospital for several months. The remains were buried at Mill Creek. The citizens of Mill Creek deeply lament his loss and sympathize with the bereaved family.
(Hiram Brown married
Ellen S. Cruse on 15 Apr 1888, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(H. K. Manwaring married Mary M. Blodgett on 29 Jul 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 12 Dec 1895:
ALEXANDER CIRCUIT COURT
Special Term This Week Before Judge Robarts.
Circuit court convened Monday at two o’clock p.m. to finish the business of the October term, Judge Robarts presiding. A trial jury had been summoned and was duly empanelled.
The case of the People vs. Thomas Adams and George Hindman, charged with the murder of J. J. Malone last spring when the U.S. court was in session, was called, and the state’s attorney entered a nolle prosequi. There was no evidence sufficient to convict and the men were discharged. They came from Benton.
The court was occupied all Tuesday with the case of The People vs. William Carter and William Manning for the murder of Warren Parrot at Wetaug last June. The defendants are from Dongola. The case was brought before the court here on a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. William Manning was a constable. He had a mittimus to take Parrott to jail, but Parrott escaped from him and was at large for some time. On the first day of last June he deputized Carter to assist him and together they went to Wetaug to arrest Parrott. They found Parrott at once and as he did not throw up his hands when ordered to do so and walked rapidly away from them, Mr. Carter shot him twice with a double-barreled shotgun. He died in a few minutes.
The men were recently indicted by the grand jury of Pulaski County for murder and were committed to the county jail without bail. As stated above, they came before the court here on a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. L. M. Bradley, of Mound City, and W. A. Spann, of Vienna, prosecuted the case, while State’s Attorney Sessions, of Jonesboro, and Judge W. A. Wall, of Mound City, represented the prisoners. The case was hotly contested. A large number of witnesses were in attendance from Wetaug and Dongola and public opinion seemed to be very greatly divided. Parrott had served two terms in the penitentiary, once for stealing a cow and once, we believe, for breaking into a store, but he had never been guilty of murder.
The habeas corpus case of Manning and Carter occupied the time of the court until four o’clock yesterday afternoon when the court, having listened attentively to the evidence, entered an order that Manning should be admitted to bail on giving good and sufficient security in the sum of $1,000 and that Carter be held for trial without bail. A great many witnesses probably thirty or more were examined on both sides. We believe it was the general sentiment that the killing of Parrott was not necessary, though he was a bad man, a thief and it was in evidence that he had made threats that he would kill Manning and Carter. He had once escaped from Manning, who was ordered to take him to the county jail. He knew that Manning intended to arrest him and he was apparently becoming quite desperate. Nevertheless, at the time he was shot, he had nothing in the shape of a weapon upon his person, but a small pocketknife. The evidence seemed to show that Carter entertained malice toward him. For this reason he was remanded to jail without bail.
Officers in arresting a man should never take life unless their own lives are in peril. The opinion is general that Manning was afraid of Parrot and took Carter along with him, because he believed that Carter would take the man. It is a sad case for all concerned.
Mrs. C. W. Wheeler
Died, at her home in this city, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1895, Mrs. Amanda Wheeler, wife of C. W. Wheeler, of consumption of the bowels, aged 55 years and one day.
In these few words is told the story of such inexpressible meaning to the family of Mr. Wheeler. Mrs. Wheeler had been quite low many years ago with a throat trouble, which finally went to the stomach and bowels, and she was at last compelled to yield to the fell destroyer.
Mrs. Wheeler was born in Wisconsin, Dec. 6, 1840. Her maiden name was Bragg. About 1860 she married a railroad man named Spence, by whom she had one son, George Spence, who is well known in this city. Mr. Spence died and in 1863 she married Mr. Wheeler, and for more than thirty-two years they have walked the path of life together. She leaves five children, George Spence and Sadie A. Wheeler, now Mrs. Beane; Ella Wheeler, now Mrs. Walder; Josie and Charles F. Wheeler. The latter is now 13 years of age. They have lost two children. Mrs. Wheeler was a very capable woman, and a true helpmeet to her husband. She greatly assisted in the management of their farm at Beechwood.
For many years she had been a member of the Methodist church of this city. Rev. F. M. Van Treese conducted the funeral services, taking his text from the 23rd Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” A quartet consisting of Mrs. Annie Shoemaker, Miss Myrtle Woodson, Ben Thistlewood and W. F. McKee sang the three beautiful hymns: “My Jesus, as Thou Wilt,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” and “Sweet Rest of Faith.” The grave was completely covered with floral offerings. Twelve men, selected from our most prominent citizens and businessmen, acted as pallbearers. The last sad rites were thus performed and the remains of the devoted wife and mother deposited in their last resting place. But to the family of Mr. Wheeler the sense of bereavement and loss has only begun. As the days and weeks fall by, the absence of the loved and honored one, upon whom so much of the family life depended and who was constantly looked up to for advise and counsel, will be more and more keenly felt. May the kind Father be a support, a guide and a true comfort to all their hearts.
(O. Bean married Sadie A. Wheeler on 27 Oct 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill. Louis Walder married Ella L. Wheeler on 19 Sep 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Thomas Lewis.
Mrs. Margaret Ann Lewis, wife of Mr. Thomas Lewis, died in Kansas City last Friday night of old age. She was 86 years of age. The funeral services were held at the residence of Mrs. S. D. Ayers on Sunday and Mr. Lewis left Sunday night for Springfield, Ill., where the remains were buried. Mrs. Lewis had suffered from poor health for some years. Mr. Lewis himself is 88 years of age and is remarkably vigorous for a man of his age. They had been married 63 years. They have three children, Mrs. S. D. Ayers, Mr. Albert Lewis, of Cairo, and another son who resides in Kansas. Mr. Thomas Lewis lived in Cairo for about twenty-five years prior to 1890. For the past five years they have lived in Kansas City.
(Stephen D. Ayers married Adeline Lewis on 17 Mar 1858, in Sangamon Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John S. Pollock Dead.
We made mention last week of the serious illness of John S. Pollock at St. Mary’s Infirmary. It was apparent then that he could not last long, but we did not look for this death just yet. But the grim reaper took him away Tuesday. Burial yesterday under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Rev. F. M. Van Treese officiated at the funeral.
T our kind friends and neighbors who so thoughtfully and generously came to our assistance, and who did so much to alleviate the suffering of our loved one in her last hours and who so freely gave us their sympathy in the hour of our supreme sorrow we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks which no language however is fully adequate to express.
C. W. WHEELER AND FAMILY.
James Patrick, a farmer who lived six miles south of town (Wetaug), died last week.
Jacob Crosley, a successful farmer who lied near Dongola, died Thursday night of pneumonia fever.
Died, at Dongola, Friday, Dec. 6,1895, Mr. Jacob Castley, aged 49 years, 3 months and 28 days. Mr. Castley was a resident of Dongola for many years and known and loved by all for his many kindly deeds. Interment at the St. John’s Cemetery. Mrs. Castley, children and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in this dark hour of grief.
(Jacob M. Costly married Sarah Elizabeth Childers on 4 Oct 1868, in Union Co., Ill. Jacob More Costly married Emily Andrews on 25 Dec 1879, in Union Co., Ill. Jacob M. Costley married Mrs. Nancy Corzine Bame on 3 Sep 1888, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Union Schoolhouse Cemetery reads: Jacob M. Costley Died Dec. 6, 1895 Aged 49 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 28 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 19 Dec 1895:
One of Charles Schluter's children died last Saturday morning. (Dongola)
(Charles F. Schluter married Birdie J. Lee on 26 Mar 1891, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John Hoffner, who has been a patient at the insane asylum for about five years died there last Sunday.
We were misinformed about where Mr. Jacob Costley was interred last week. It was in the Union school house cemetery in place of St. John's as we stated.
Died, at Dongola Saturday morning, Dec. 14, Mr. James A. McCorkle, aged 64 years. Mr. McCorkle was a resident of Dongola for a number of years and was known and loved by all for his many kindly deeds. He was living with his son, Mr. George McCorkle, at the time of his death. He professed a hope in Christ several years ago and was a member of the Baptist church until his death. A large number of friends followed the remains to its last resting place on earth in the Karraker Cemetery. The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in this dark hour of grief.
(His marker in Karraker Cemetery reads: James A. McCorkle 1833-1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Graham, wife of Mr. J. F. Graham, of New Burnside, whose serious illness we spoke two weeks ago, died almost immediately after her arrival from Colorado. Mr. Graham intends to return to Colorado in the spring. He has a large ranch there.
Another Public Charge.
The Mobile & Ohio railroad brought in a sick man from Union City Monday night and he was put off here. He lay in the baggage room of the Big Four depot unattended until Wednesday morning, she he died. His little seven-year-old son was with him. Both were very ragged and dirty. The remains were taken in charge by the county and Mr. C. L. Hilleary opened his heart and fed and clothed the little lad, and is trying to find a home for him. It is thought they belonged in the vicinity of Cape Girardeau. The habit of neighboring towns of sending their paupers to Cairo should be stopped. Some people think we have an orphan asylum here and take pains in directing all little children to be sent to Cairo. As a result one kind hearted lady has herself cared for twenty-two children in the past few years, while endeavoring to dispose of them through the Children Home Society. Her humanity has cost he no small outlay.
Thursday, 26 Dec 1895:
Edna Easterday, the little adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Easterday, died last Friday evening at 5:10 p.m. She had been sick with the diphtheria a few weeks ago, and had recovered, but the disease had left her system in a bad condition and after a week at school she was taken with pneumonia and died after a severe illness of six days. Little Edna would have been six years old next Sunday. She came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Easterday when she was about a year old, and has since then received all the love and tender care that an own child could possibly receive. She was a general favorite among the congregation of the Presbyterian church and was one of the little bride's maids at the wedding of Miss Maud Rittenhouse to Dr. Mayne last June. It was in the dress she wore on that occasion that she was laid away last Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. T. Phillips, the pastor, and the remains were conveyed to Villa Ridge for interment. Little Edna was always a delicate child, but her loving disposition won the hearts of all who came in contact with her. The affliction is particularly hard for Mr. and Mrs. Easterday, for it is as if the very light had been suddenly turned out, leaving nothing but darkness and gloom.
Charles Hammond Dead.
Mr. Charles Hammond, the veteran sawmill man, died at this home in Ullin Dec. 15. He had apoplexy and no hope of his recovery could be entertained. He formerly lived in this city and was widely known here. He was a member of the Grand Army of the republic and drew a small pension. He was, we believe, sixty-six years of age. He leaves a devoted wife to mourn the loss of her husband.
(His military marker in Ullin Cemetery reads: Charles Hammond Co. B 15 Ill. Cav. The muster roll of his company states he was born in Ulster Co., N.Y., and enlisted at the age of 27 at Metropolis on 19 Aug 1861, as a corporal. He was a lawyer and was discharged for disability at Jackson Co., Tenn., on 27 Jul 1862.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry S. Walbridge.
A letter from Richview informs us that Mr. Henry S. Walbridge died there in July. Mr. Walbridge was quite prominent in Pulaski County twenty-five years ago. He was a brother of Egbert E. Walbridge. They carried on a large sawmill at Pulaski soon after the Illinois Central railroad was opened and the post office when first established there was named Walbridge. Mr. Henry S. Walbridge has lived at Richview with his daughter for some years, but has now passed away. Egbert Walbridge lives in Chicago.
Fatal Quarrel at Carbondale.
John Baggott, a farmer, was shot and killed by John Kerr, another farmer near Carbondale, last Saturday forenoon. Baggott was a renter from Kerr and the latter desired to get him off his place. They met on the road going into Carbondale when a quarrel ensured with the above result. Kerr claims self defense, but Baggott was entirely unarmed. The murderer surrendered himself and was placed in jail at Murphysboro.
MURDER AT ALTO PASS.
Town Marshal Johnson Assaults E. Lameson with a Club.
From the Murphysboro Era, we learn the particulars of a murder, which occurred at Alto Pass early Sunday morning. C. A. Johnson, the town marshal, attacked E. Lameson, the butcher dealing him several blows upon the head from which he became insensible and died Monday afternoon. A quarrel, which seems to have been a one-sided affair, started when Lameson got off the train from Murphysboro about two o'clock in the morning. Johnson commenced abusing him and then dealt the blows. He then skipped out and was at last accounts still at large. His son was assisting him in his escape.
(Everett Lameson married Sarah L. Harrell on 22 Feb 1882, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads: Everet Lameson Died Dec. 23, 1895 Aged 35 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 20 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas Lester, aged nearly two years, died last Saturday night of pneumonia.
Mr. H. B. Grant, president of the Grant Lumber Company, died at St. Mary's Infirmary Sunday morning after a prolonged illness.
Mrs. S. B. Wilson was called to Cobden Tuesday by a telegram announcing the death of her mother. (Wetaug)