Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
2 Jan 1896-31 Dec 1896
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 2 Jan 1896:
John Hediger died Tuesday afternoon of dropsy. He had been ill a long time and for months was unable to leave his home. Prior to that time, for many years he ran a switch engine on the Big Four. He was 46 years of age and leaves a large family.
R. Lynn Minton, editor of the Anna Talk, is said to be in a very precarious condition and his recovery exceedingly doubtful. Some days since in an altercation with his foreman, James Moreland, he received a blow over the head from a chair. Just how the affair happened we do not know, but we sincerely hope Mr. Minton will recover.
Memorial services were held at the A. M. E. church last Sunday afternoon in memory of Bishop A. W. Wayman, presiding bishop of the Illinois Conference of that church, who died Nov. 20th. Rev. Stewart, the pastor, preached the sermon, taking as his subject, “The Perfect Man.” Bishop Wayman was held in high esteem wherever he was known.
Sheriff Morris and his deputy from Pope County were here (Wetaug) Sunday and arrested south of town, a man named Wesley Barger, who was wanted at Eddyville, Pope County, for the murder of his wife. They were assisted by L. Probst, of this place. The crime happened about a week ago and the murderer was on his way to Missouri. The crime was committed under similar conditions to the one at Anna by Jones.
Died, at Dongola, Saturday morning, Dec. 28th, Mrs. Sarah A. Rinehart, wife of Thomas Rinehart, age 54 years, 9 month and 3 days. Mrs. Rinehart was born in Johnson County, but has been a resident of Dongola for several years. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 o’clock a.m. at the Congregational church, of which she was a member, conducted by Rev. Green. The remains were quietly lad away in the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery. The large attendance of friends and neighbors was remarkable, considering the weather—and shows the great love and esteem in which she was held by the community in which she lived.
(Thomas Rinehart married Sarah A. West on 9 Sep 1860, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Sarah J. wife of Thomas Rinehart Born Mar. 25, 1841 Died Dec. 28, 1895—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Anna Salter died at her home in Carbondale, Sunday morning, after a severe illness with typhoid fever. Miss Salter had many friends in Cairo. It will be remembered she came here and assisted in a concert at the Presbyterian church a few winters ago. She was a talented musician and a lovely young lady. She leaves two sisters, Miss Tillie and Bessie Salter and one brother, John, who was called home from Yale College to her bedside. They were very devoted to each other and the loss of one from the circle will be very hard for them to bear. Funeral services were held Tuesday.
Thursday, 9 Jan 1896
FRENCH JONES DEAD.
Sheriff Miller received a dispatch from the Chester penitentiary Tuesday announcing the death of French Jones Monday evening.
was sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary for life for the murder of
John Goskie on June 24th last, and was taken to Chester on
November 19th. He
weakened very greatly during his last few days in Cairo, and evidently the
awfulness of his crime and its consequence broke him down. But that he
was not able to survive fifty days of confinement was a surprise to all.
A fight in the county jail last Sunday afternoon resulted in the probable fatal wounding of Charles Brown, colored, by Charles Dixeon, a white man, both awaiting trial for larceny. About two o’clock Fred Irvin was sent in by Jailer Alf. Brown to fix up the fire. He found Charles Brown lying on a cot with a wound in his side. There were seven prisoners confined in the jail at the time, but none would tell how the thing happened. Jailor Brown was notified and after close questioning Dixeon admitted he cut Brown, but claimed Brown attacked him with a chair. Search was immediately instituted for the knife with which the deed was committed. The prisoner would tell nothing, evidently being afraid of Dixeon, but after a very thorough hunt, which revealed nothing, Kaufman, the ring thief said he could find it, and went to the ventilator, where it was concealed. During the search a small pen knife and two files were also found.
Brown was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary, and his wound examined. He received a stab in his left side, the knife entering up and down, cutting one rib in two. The knife was a case knife, ground down into a saw.
When away from the others, Brown talked quite freely and evidently tells the truth. He says the prisoners planned to break jail, and had tried to saw their way out; that he worked at the bar with the others, being compelled to do so. The immediate cause of the quarrel was about a pair of pants, but Dixeon was evidently angry at Brown, because he did not want to assist in the effort to escape.
When “Tricky Sam” was taken to the penitentiary, he told Deputy Sheriff Allen the prisoners were plotting to escape, and a search was made then when several files were found. These had probably been passed to the prisoners from the outside. A note with no name signed also warned Jailer Brown of an attempt about this same time.
It is probable that had events not shaped themselves as they did, Jailer Brown or some of his assistants would have been attacked as this man was attacked, with possibly the same result.
No headway was made in the attempt to cut the bars, although the marks are plainly visible where they passed the saw back forth.
News from the hospital this morning was to the effect that Brown was able to sit up and will probably recover.
(Subsequent articles in the Cairo Citizen identify the man as Charles
Dixon or Charles Dickson.—Darrel Dexter)
(David Mayberry married Annie Lence on 6 May 1894, in Pulaski
Co., Ill. A marker in Cache
Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Our Little Darling Ethel E. Daughter of Dave and Anna Mayberry
Born March 4, 1895 Died Dec. 27, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
(Josiah H. Nickens married Mrs. Amanda Worley on 23 Nov 1893,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Martin Wallace married Mary E. Pain on 25 Oct 1877, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(James H. Sellers married Pernetta Shafer on 15 Sep 1887, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Karraker Cemetery near Dongola reads: James H. Sellers Born Aug. 15, 1855 Died Jan. 5, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
From the Effects of a Blow Struck by James Moreland, Foreman in the Office, on December 13th, last. Hemorrhage of the Brain the Result. Moreland Arrested for the Crime.
R. Lynn Minton, editor of the Anna Talk, died last Saturday morning from hemorrhage of the brain, caused by a blow on the head administered by James Moreland, foreman of the Talk office, on December 13th, last.
This is the story in a nutshell of a terrible event, which has shocked the people of Anna, as well as friends of the deceased all over Southern Illinois.
Friday, Dec. 13th, was press day in the Talk office. Mr. Minton came into the office in the morning with a job of work, which he asked Moreland to get right out. The work was for some good customers of the office, and they wanted it that day. Moreland did not want to do the work, and when told plainly that is must be done, he acted very ugly and sulked. He did the work, however, but turned out a very poor job. Moreland acted in this way all day, the paper went to press and in running it off, Moreland spoiled a lot of papers. For this Minton reproved him. Before they had quite finished making up the mail, Moreland put on his coat and started to go to supper. Minton told him he wanted him to finish, as the mail would not go out that night unless it went into the post office in a very few minutes. Moreland did not want to stay; he said he had to go then or get a cold supper. Another wrangle ensued, during which Moreland picked up a chair and advancing several steps toward Minton, struck him a blow on the right side of the head above the ear. There were four other persons in the office at the time who saw the occurrence.
Edgar A. Davie, business manager of the Talk, was absent in New York at the time; consequently Mr. Minton could not discharge Moreland at once—could not spare him. He accordingly wrote Moreland the next morning as follows: “You can continue as if nothing had happened. What happened yesterday ought to be a lesson to both of us.” When Davie returned Moreland was discharged.
Mr. Minton was out on the street after he was injured. He was out a part of three days, but a day or two after Christmas he had a serious turn and his condition became alarming. Dr. Mudd, of St. Louis, was called in consultation with the local physicians. He approved of their mode of treatment. The skull was not fractured and the wound healed, but erysipelas set in and death came Saturday morning. We understand the blow caused the bursting of a blood vessel and the patient died of hemorrhage of the brain.
Funeral services were held at Carlinville, where the remains were interred
was arrested and has employed Karraker and Lingle as
Died, of bronchitis, at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 1896, Esther, infant daughter of William N. and Mary Butler, aged fifty-nine days. Interment at Anna, Ill., Jan. 17th, 1896.
The above brief announcement tells the sad story of the first bereavement, which has entered one of the happiest families in Cairo. Our people will sympathize deeply with Mr. and Mrs. Butler in their affliction.
marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Esther Butler 1895-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
The public was startled Sunday by the announcement that Mr. John Roche of Villa Ridge had committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart. Mr. Roche was a bachelor, between forty and fifty years of age, and resided in the family of his brother, Richard Roche. He arose Sunday morning and took a bath and dressed himself in scrupulously clean clothing. He went to breakfast at the usual hour and was as cheerful as usual. After breakfast he went to his room, took off his coat and vest and his shoes. He wrote a brief note and placed it upon a stand and put his watch upon it. He then sat down upon the side of his bed, took a pistol and lifting up his shirt, placed the muzzle against his left breast over the heart, and fired. The ball passed through his body and most effectually did its fatal work.
We are informed that the note which he left read as follows:
Brothers: The burden of life is too great for me to bear. Give
Aunt Ellen $200 and St. Mary’s Church $100. God forgive me.
The Aunt Ellen referred to is Mrs. Ellen Cahill, of Cairo, and the church is St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mound City. No reason whatever is known for the rash act. He had recently spoken of his pleasant situation in his brother’s family.
Roche Brothers of which firm he was a member, were very extensive
fruit growers. They lived over west of Villa Ridge a mile or two from
town. They have for some years engaged very largely in the culture of
strawberries. They have probably raised more strawberries than any
other farmer at Villa Ridge. They were successful in their business
and were well off in this world’s goods.
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
John Roche Born March 17, 1847 Died Jan. 19, 1896 Aged 48
Yrs., 10 Mos., & 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Mildred Lawrence, wife of Dr. Thomas Lawrence, of Mill Creek, died last Friday morning and was buried Sunday at St. John’s Cemetery in Union County. Mrs. Lawrence was well advanced in years and leaves a husband and a large family of grown children. Her husband, Dr. Thomas Lawrence, is quite aged and infirm. To him the loss of his life partner will be not only irreparable but will cast a gloom over his declining years. Dr. Mack Lawrence, of Willard, is one of the sons. Several of them are in the service of the M. & O. R. R.
marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:
Mildred Washington wife of Dr. Thomas Lawrence Died Jan. 17,
1896 Aged 57 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(August Quante married Hannah Foreman on 23 Oct 1864, in
Massac Co., Ill. James C.
Courtney married Lizzie Foreman on 30 Dec 1874, in Massac Co.,
Hon. W. H. Boyer died at his residence in this city about ten o’clock last Thursday night after an illness of just one week. The immediate cause of his death was blood poisoning, the result of measles. Early in January he was in attendance upon the Supreme Court in Mt. Vernon, where it is supposed he was exposed to measles. In due time, after his return to Cairo, he was attacked by the disease, which soon developed into measles. He was compelled to take his bed Thursday evening, January 16, and in just one week he passed away. He was born in Spencer County, Ind., Feb. 5th, 1851, and had he lived until Feb. 5th, next, he would have been forty-five years old.
He was a man of nervous temperament, thin of flesh, but seldom ill. His health had been much better since he came to Cairo than it had been previously, and he was many pounds heavier than formerly. He received a common school education in his native county. He then attended a higher school two or three terms and completed his education in the State Normal School at Warrensburg, Mo., in 1872. he then went to Elizabethtown, Ill., where he spent four years in the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in June 1876 and entered at once upon the practice of his profession at Elizabethtown. On Nov. 30, 1876, he married Miss Lutie Mitchell, of Cave-in-Rock, Ill. He afterward removed to Harrisburg, Ill., and practiced law there about ten years. In 1891 he formed a co-partnership with W. N. Butler, of this city. He had a partner in Harrisburg, and for several years he kept up his practice in both places. He finally gave up his office in Harrisburg and removed his family to Cairo. The firm of Boyer & Butler has stood very high and has had a large practice in both the State and the United States court. At the time of his death, he was counsel in three cases that were pending in the supreme court of the United States. He was always an ardent Republican and served one term in the legislature of Illinois.
But his entire energies were devoted to his profession and a political life had no charms for him. He very seldom lost a case unless he was on the side, which was hopelessly wrong. He leaves a widow and two children, a son, aged 16, and a daughter, aged 14, to whom the loss of husband and father will be irreparable. He left his family in comfortable circumstances by means of life insurance, which he carried and property, which he had acquired. The remains were taken to Harrisburg last Saturday where the funeral was attended last Sunday.
TESTIFY TO HIS WORTH.
Prominent Citizens Eulogize the Character of the Deceased Jurist.
CAIRO, ILL., Jan. 17, 1896.
W. N. Butler, Esq. Cairo, Ills.:
Dear Sir:--I was horrified when I came to the office this morning to be told of the death of Judge Boyer. I had seen in the paper that he was indisposed, but had no idea that he was dangerously sick. The Judge’s death is a great public loss. You and his family have my sincerest sympathy. Respectfully yours,
S. Staats Taylor
JONESBORO, ILL., Jan. 25, 1896.
Hon. W. N. Butler, Cairo, Ill.:
My Dear Sir and Friend:--I am shocked and much grieved to learn in the morning papers, the death of our colleague, Judge Boyer. I had learned to admire and like him. He was truly a great and good man, and his loss will be keenly and deeply felt in our profession.
With sympathy for you and his bereaved family, sincerely I remain, respectfully,
McCLURE, ILL., Jan. 26, 1896.
W. N. Butler, Esq., Cairo, Ill.:
My Dear Sir:--It was with profound sorrow that I read the announcement of the death of your friend and associate, W. H. Boyer. A man in the prime of life, and with the superior abilities that he possessed, his early taking away is to be lamented by all who knew him. In the death of W. H. Boyer the legal profession of Southern Illinois has lost one of its foremost members, and the loss that you have sustained in the way of an associate in business, will be almost irreparable. Respectfully yours,
P. H. McRaven
ANNA, ILL., Jan. 25, 1896.
Dear Butler:--I was pained indeed to see the announcement in the papers of today, of Judge Boyer’s death. This is, indeed, a loss to the bar of Cairo, a loss as a citizen to the community of Cairo, and a serious loss to you.
It is sad to have those whose ideals were as lofty as those of Judge Boyer’s leave us. It was always a pleasure to me to be with and talk with him; for in all that he said he was governed by such strict notions of right, in all that he did by such worthy intentions; I really felt the better for being in his company.
I have often wished that my influence upon others could be as his was on me. Will you convey to his bereaved family my sympathy in this, their hour of trouble, and my sympathy for you in the loss of your friend, and loss professionally. Yours,
GOLCONDA, ILL., Jan 26, 1896.
W. N. Butler, Cairo, Ill.:
Dear Sir and Friend:--With deepest regret I read your telegram of yesterday announcing the death of Harry Boyer. I had not heard that he was ill. The message reached me after dark and owing to the fearful condition of the roads, I cannot drive to Harrisburg—35 miles—today to attend the funeral, as I ought to do if I could.
In business career of ten years with MR. Boyer, many things happened that I might recall. He began his professional life in my office at Elizabethtown, in Hardin County, an there tried his first cases in the courts. He was studious to relentlessness, thoughtful to sadness, but at times, became buoyant with enthusiasm in contemplating the exhibition of genius sometimes displayed by eminent members of his chosen profession.
I remember with what delight he would now and then quote or read some of the more striking passages of “Curran’s Speeches,” particularly his argument on the trial of Judge Johnson, the last I think in the volume.
Mr. Boyer despised hypocrisy and loved justice. His mind was eminently judicial. I the trial of cases, he was technical and accurate, not forgetting the truth. In his death the bar of Illinois has lost an able and exemplary member, and the write a life-long friend.
Unable to communicate to the bereaved household of our departed friend, the deep and lasting sympathy that I feel for each of them, I request you to say to them for me that I feel as if another member of my family had crossed the river to well upon that (to us) viewless shore, where we all trust the skies are forever bright and happiness forever assured. Yours truly,
W. S. Morris
RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT.
Cairo Bar Takes on the Death of Judge Boyer.
At a meeting of the Cairo Bar, Hon. John M. Lansden presiding, held Jan. 25, 1896, minutes were ordered entered by the secretary as follows:
The Greatest of all Judges, He whose jurisdiction is boundless and everlasting, has summoned from earthly toil and care our esteemed brother in profession, William H. Boyer.
The bar of the city of Cairo assembled together by special call, desiring to do honor to his memory and to express their sympathy to his sorrowing and afflicted family, do unanimously adopt the following:
Resolved, That in the death of Hon. William H. Boyer the profession has lost a member learned in law, wise in counsel, fearless as an advocate and faithful to his obligations. That the city has lost a respected and valued citizen, and his family a devoted, kind, and affectionate husband and father.
Resolved further, That the entire bar of the City of Cairo regret his sudden and unexpected death, and extend to his family our profound sympathy in this their greatest bereavement.
Resolved further, That a copy of these minutes and resolutions be given to the family of the deceased and to the city press for publication; that a day be set apart at the next term of the circuit court for the presentation of the same to the court, with the request that they be entered in the court record, and that the court do adjourn in respect to the memory of Mr. Boyer.
Miles F. Gilbert,
William Q. McGee, Committee of the Cairo Bar
One of Hiram Hinkle’s girls died last Monday, residing about 3 miles east of Dongola.
(Hiram Hinkle married Mary P. Richardson on 15 Jul 1877, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in Mt.
Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads:
Bertha L Daughter of H. & M. Hinkle Died Jan. 26, 1896, Aged
13 Yrs., 2 Mos., & 18 Ds. She’s
gone; she’s left the world of woe, For reasons of eternal love.—Darrel
D. Winans married Mary Emmons on 3 Jun 1886, in Alexander Co.,
On two Sundays in succession, two of our best and oldest citizens have been taken from our midst by the inexorable summons from on high. The last to respond to the call was Bird Minton, the subject of our sketch. He had been suffering for several weeks with malarial fever, which culminated in pneumonia, which, on last Sunday, terminated a long and useful life and ushered him into the presence of his God, whom he had served so long and faithfully.
He was up to the time of his death, and had been for a number of years, a substantial and earnest member of Shiloh Baptist Church. The impress of his example and influence was felt in every movement for the amelioration, elevation and uplifting of his fellowman. He believed in a pure, undefiled and heartfelt religion, and ever strove to the best of his ability to keep himself and his brethren in the footprints of the Master.
Minton was born near Chattanooga, Tenn., and died in the 62nd year of
his age. He had lived in Pulaski County about 40 years. He has
been faithful and useful in every position in life. Shiloh Church ,
the community, the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an honored member,
his family, to whom he has ever been an indulgent and kindhearted father and
husband, his neighbors, one and all, will miss our brother’s goodly
influence and helpful hand. One by one we are all passing from earth
to the Great Beyond and may it be our lot to be as well prepared for the
change when it comes, as we believed our departed friend to have been. We
leave him in the hands of the God, in whom he put his trust, and in
extending our sympathy to the bereaved ones, allow us to admonish all to
ever keep their eyes upon the Beacon Light, that was his constant guide, and
it will lead us, as it did him, into realms of eternal day.
Thomas F. Hargis died at his home in Sandusky, Monday afternoon, Feb.
3rd, of consumption. He had been ill for about a year, and it was well
understood that he could not last long. He was the son of J. B. S.
Hargis, one of the oldest citizens of Alexander County, who is still
living on a farm in Sandusky Precinct, and is seventy-six years of age.
Thomas F. Hargis was born in Alexander County, August 1st,
1850, and was consequently forty-five years of age. He has lived in
the county all his life. He was reared upon a farm and followed
farming himself until about twelve years ago, when he engaged in trade.
He married a daughter of the late William Hulen, by whom he had three
(Thomas F. Hargis married Laura C. Hulin on 12 Mar 1874, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
2 Jan 1896, issue of the Cairo Citizen, identifies him as Wesley
may be Leana Carman.
Charles S. Carman, of Wetaug, married Leana A. Newcome, of
Wetaug, on 1 Dec 1882, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William E. Lacy married Amanda E. West on 5 May 1881, in
Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
DIED, at this home in Carbondale, Ill., January 15th, 1896, Tobias Hartman, aged 59 years, 8 months, and 8 days.
Mr. Hartman was a native of North Carolina. He moved to this country when a young man and settled in Johnson County, where he resided for many years. At the call of President Lincoln for troops to put down the rebellion, Mr. Hartman was among the first to respond. He volunteered as a member of Company B, Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged. He came home and went to farming. In 1883 he was appointed guard at the Southern Illinois penitentiary at Chester, which place he held until 1892, when he, with many others, lost his position through change of administration. He then moved to Carbondale, Ill., where he resided until his death.
Mr. Hartman was a kind, Christian gentleman, well liked by all who knew him. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow and G. A. R., in good standing in all of them. In the death of Mr. Hartman, the community has lost a good citizen, the wife a loving husband, his children a kind father, and his lodges an upright member. But in his loss we feel that it is only a short time until his family and friends will clasp hands on the golden shore, where the Supreme Grand Architect presides. The deceased leaves a wife, a brother, Mr. W. J. Hartman, and a sister, Mrs. John Mowery, who live near this place; also three daughters, Miss Ethel, Mrs. S. H. Rees, who lives here, and Mrs. Ettie Kniepp, who resides at Mt. Carmel.
In his death the family sustain an irreparable loss. Less than seven months ago a son of the deceased died away from home with small pox, which was a terrible blow to them, and now we are pained to chronicle the death of the father. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement, and we can only say in a word of comfort, look to the All-Wise Comforter and live as the deceased lived, and death will again unite you with him in that everlasting home.
(Tobias Hartman married Mary A. Smith on 15 Mar 1865, in
Johnson Co., Ill. John Mowery
married Nancy Hartman on 10 Dec 1866, in Union Co., Ill.
Samuel H. Rees married Louella Hartman on 22 Mar 1885,
in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Daniel M. Allen married Sarah L. Johnson on 11 Jan 1871, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Karraker Cemetery next to Christian Chapel Church reads: Daniel Allen 1844-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Passenger and Freight Train Met on a Curve Two Miles Above Wetaug, Both Running at Full Speed.—Besides the Terrible Loss of Life, A Large Amount of Property Destroyed.
The one topic of conversation for the past two days has been the terrible wreck on the Illinois Central Tuesday between Dongola and Wetaug, about twenty-five miles north of Cairo. Our people were appalled by the news of the disaster.
The fated passenger train left Cairo at 5:35 a.m. with several Cairo people on board, among them Miss Annie Stewart and C. L. Hilleary. They escaped unhurt, as did all the other passengers. Doctors Rendleman and Bondurant went up from here on a special train, to render assistance.
The company had a force of 150 men engaged in clearing up the wreck, and it took them all day to open the track, the rubbish being still scattered along each side. Passenger trains were run around the wreck over the Big Four and Short Line via Parker City to Carbondale.
Huntington was one of the oldest engineers on the road, having been in the employ of the company 27 years. he was over sixty years of age. Train No. 22, the passenger, was drawn by engine 915, and the freight was No. 55, with engine No. 422.
It is said Huntington saw a freight pulling into the siding and taking it for the train named in his order, told Odum he was going ahead. Felix Armstrong, the dead baggage man, was a brother-in-law of Sol Silver, of this city.
A Citizen Correspondent Describes the Scene of horror and Destruction.
WETAUG, Ill., Feb. 12.—One of the most fearful wrecks that has happened on this division of the Illinois Central railroad, occurred early Tuesday morning between this place and Dongola.
Passenger train No. 22 from the south with Andy Odum for conductor and William Huntington, engineer, which was due to arrive about 6:20 a.m., was behind time and had orders to wait until 6:55 for the arrival of a freight train, but owing to some misunderstanding or a desire to make Dongola before the freight they pulled out at 6:43. One-half mile south of Dongola there is a short curve in the road where an engineer cannot see fifty yards ahead. There is a deep cut here and a steep bank on each side. Jut as the engineer of the freight coming south arrived in this bend, he saw the passenger train coming towards him. Both trains were running at full speed. There was barely time to whistle down brakes, there was time for nothing lese, when the two engines came together with a crash that shook the ground like an earthquake, and what a second before had been two fine and perfect models of mechanical skill, was nothing but a useless mass of metal and rubbish. High above this in one mass was piled three carloads of mules, once car of furniture, and one of flour and the baggage cars of the express smashed into kindling wood, and beneath all were seven men of the trains’ crews, either dead or dying. The hiss of escaping steam, the groans of dying men and the fearful struggling of the imprisoned animals was a scene to make the stoutest heart quail. The company immediately ordered all the surgeons on the division to the scene and all the employees to clear the track and liberate the dead and wounded. But there was little use for a surgeon. First one of the baggagemen crawled out with some assistance; then, after forty minutes the engineer of the freight, Mr. Bayle, who was fearfully bruised and cut about the head, was liberated. Then another baggagemen, Mr. Armstrong, was carried from the wreck. The whole top of his head has been torn off and only a portion of the skull remained. He was killed instantly, of course. Then, during the day, the remains of four others, the engineer and fireman of the passenger train, the fireman of the freight train and a brakeman were removed, five in all dead. The two train men injured will both recover. There was no one else seriously hurt, though they got a very rude shake.
The dead men all have families, we understand, and their remains were shipped in the evening to Centralia.
From Another Eye Witness.
DONGOLA, Ill., Feb. 12.—A disastrous head end collision occurred Tuesday morning at 6:45 o’clock, one mile south of here, between a passenger and a freight train going at full speed.
Five men were killed outright and others injured, though not severely. The dead are: William Huntington, engineer; Gus Anderson, fireman, and Felix Armstrong, baggageman of the passenger crew, and Curtis Adams, fireman, J. McLAne, brakeman, on the freight train.
Ed Bayle, engineer on the freight jumped and received only slight injuries on his head. None of the passengers were injured beyond a severe shake up. We are informed that the passenger train had waiting orders at Wetaug for the freight, but as several freights had pulled in, the engineer supposed the track was clear and left. The collision happened on a sharp curve, where the engineers could not see an approaching train until close together. The wreck happened in what is know as the Davault cut, just above the crossing. All the men killed lived at Centralia. Huntington was one of the oldest engineer on the road. The dame to railroad property was great as both trains were going at such speed that the force of the collision drove the engines and cars together in a great mass. Three of the men killed were buried under the wreckage, and it was several hours before their bodies were found. There were several head of mules and horses killed. The passenger train was a north bound train and the freight was south bound. There must have been something near a thousand people from first to last here Tuesday viewing the ruins of the wreck. They came from all directions. It was one of the worst wrecks that we have ever witnessed here.
Alexander Circuit Court.
Judge Mulkey and McGee were appointed by the court to defend Charles Dickson, who was indicted for the murder of a fellow prisoner in jail.
There were two other indictments for murder—one against Eugene Eddington alias Cap Cooper, and the other against Hal Selby.
Death of Mrs. Hartman.
Mrs. Leah Hartman died at the home of her son, Daniel Hartman, at 10:30 o’clock Sunday evening, after a brief illness. She had reached the advanced age of 84 years, forty of which had been spent in Cairo. She leaves four children: Mrs. A. Halley, Mrs. L. E. Williamson, Mrs. Margaret Smith, and Daniel Hartman. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. T. Phillips, and the interment was at Beech Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Hartman was very fond of flowers and her friends brought them in profusion to place on her coffin. She was a consistent Christian and a member of the Presbyterian church.
(Almarine Halley married Mary Hartman on 1 Dec 1869, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Augustus
Smith married Leah Hartman on 5 Feb 1855, in Alexander Co.,
are two other indictments for murder—one against Eugene Eddington
alias Cap Cooper and the other against Hal Selby.
The minute was ordered and entered upon the record as follows:
The greatest of all Judges, he whose jurisdiction is boundless and everlasting, has summoned from earthly toil our esteemed brother, Thomas F. Hargis. The members of Elco Lodge, assembled together at regular meeting to do honor to his memory and to express our sympathy to his sorrowing and afflicted family, do unanimously adopt the following resolutions.
Resolved, That in the death of our worthy brother, Thomas F. Hargis, our order has lost an excellent and worthy member, fearless and faithful to his obligation as a brother; that the community has lost a respected citizen, and his family a devoted, kind and affectionate husband and father.
Resolved, further, that the members of Elco lodge regret the death of Brother Thomas F. Hargis and extend to his family our profound sympathy in this, their greatest bereavement. Our brother was a faithful and true Odd Fellow. He has fallen amid life’s struggles at the post of duty, full of honors. Let the record of his virtues and worth be indelibly inscribed upon our hearts and his memory cherished forever. God of the universe into Thy hands we commit the departed spirit. The will of God be done.
Resolved further, That a copy of these resolutions be given to the family of
the deceased, and to the Cairo Citizen for publication.
Thursday afternoon the fact leaked out that a couple of prisoners were
making arrangements to escape from the county jail. A prompt
investigation by State’s Attorney Sessions, Deputy Sheriff Mullins
and H. P. Cozby, developed that one of the bars of the cell occupied
by Calvin Raines, held for murder and Edward Ross, held for
burglary, was sawed nearly in two. A rigid search of the cell failed
to bring to light anything with which the work could have been done, but
Sheriff Day, who had been out collecting taxes unexpectedly arrived
on the scene and took Raines in hand, when that gentleman confessed
that he had a knife concealed in his pillow, where it was found.
Messrs. Raines and Ross are now wearing bracelets as a
punishment for their mistimed industry. Their object evidently was to
take advantage of the sheriff’s absence, gain entrance to the hallway, and
be ready to overpower whoever opened the outer doors.—Jonesboro
(Frank Barnett is identified in the 20 Feb 1896, issue as Louis F. Barnett.—Darrel Dexter)
The trial of Charles Dixon for the murder of Charles Brown, a colored fellow prisoner in the county jail, was commenced in the circuit court last Monday afternoon, and thirty-one men were examined before a jury was obtained. As the murderer is a white man, and his victim colored, the attorneys for the defense peremptorily challenged ten colored men, who qualified as jurors.
Mr. Butler began his opening statement at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning. For the first time in recent years the state's attorney's recital of the facts, which he intended to prove, drew forth audible expressions of terror from all over the court. As he so graphically described it, "a murder so evil, so fiendish, so hellish in its conception and execution, that its like has never been approached in the criminal history of the country." And the evidence has more than borne out Mr. Butler's statement. W. Q. McGee was appointed to defend the prisoner followed in a lengthy and energetic account of how they expected to prove that the prisoner had acted in self-defense when he struck the blow that caused Charles Brown's death.
The story of the murder was told by Henry Love, petit larceny, and Louis Kauffman, confidence game, fellow prisoners of Dixon and Brown. It showed that shortly before Brown's incarceration a plot was formed by Dixon to attack Jailor Brown, kill him if necessary, and then break jail. Dixon was the originator and promoter of this plot and for the purpose of preventing the scheme being given away was the censor of all correspondence that passed out of the jail. Brown at first agreed to go into the plot and spent one night in attempting to file the impregnable doors. He then gave up and informed the other prisoners that he would not make any further attempts to escape, as he was only committed for petit larceny, anyway. Dixon then told him that if he attempted to give away the plot to break jail, that he (Dixon) would send him out of there in a four-cornered box. Dixon during all this time, was carrying a dirk knife suspended down his back from a string attached to his neck. This dirk had originally been a saw, and the saw had been made by making teeth in a common case knife. When he found that the improvised saw would make no impression on the steel cage, the defendant spent one whole night in filing the teeth and training it into a dirk.
On the afternoon of Sunday, January 5th, Brown and Love were conversing in the corridor of the cage about a pair of trousers, which Brown wore. Dixon came out and joined in the conversation, at the same time applying a foul epithet to the trousers. Brown replied in the same vein, and then Dixon, drawing the knife from where he had it concealed, sprang forward and buried it to the hilt in the poor colored boy’s side. The blow was so powerful that if cut one rib entirely in two. As he withdrew the knife, one of the teeth, which he had not field off, pulled out a portion of the intestines, called the omeutum. Dixon then coolly turned toward the other prisoners and asked them if they wanted any of it. Brown went into his cell where he lay moaning pathetically. Dixon, fearing what would follow, and who was the bully of the jail, compelled the other prisoners, including the defendant, to say that they would tell the jailer that Brown had injured himself by falling against a knife on the bed. Dixon then entered Brown’s cell and the latter cried out in agony, “Please don’t cut me again.” But the defendant then, in the refinement of cruelty, seeing the omeutum protruding cut if off with a pen knife and threw it into the sink at the same time telling the wounded man that such an operation would help him. The dirk knife, pen knife and omeutum, preserved in a bottle of alcohol, were exhibited to the jury. Brown was soon after taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where he died five days later. His ante mortem statement was in evidence. The two prisoners were excellent witnesses, their superiors probably having never been upon the stand.
The defendant was placed upon the stand yesterday morning. He admitted the plot to break jail to the jailer. Brown, in fact, he admitted everything except the material point at issue. He swore that he struck the deceased because he believed his life was in danger. He very calmly told and illustrated the manner in which he struck Brown, with about as much feeling as if he were talking of butchering a hog. Under cross examination he finally broke down and made a very strong witness against himself.
The closing arguments were commenced at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. State’s Attorney Butler spoke for an hour in his usual easy and forceful style, and then gave way to Mr. McGee. His address was earnest and able, and at time was beautiful, with eloquence. Considering the limited amount of his latitude, his speech was remarkable and as able an effort as has ever been delivered in the Alexander circuit court room. Mr. Mulkey’s speech was an excellent one and consisted mainly of a plea to the jury to find the defendant guilty of manslaughter. State’s Attorney Butler then closed for the state, speaking a little over an hour. It was a wonderful effort, eloquent, pathetic, denunciatory, as the discussion of the evidence swayed him. The awfulness of the crime bore so heavily upon his mind that he demanded only the scaffold, no other punishment being adequate under the evidence. At the conclusion of Mr. Butler’s speech, court adjourned until 2 o’clock.
At the convening of court this afternoon, Judge Robart’s read the instructions. They were quite lengthy, and were strongly for the prosecution. The jury then retired to consider their verdict. It is the general opinion that Dixon will receive a life sentence—although a large number of the spectators are predicting that the jury will fix the punishment at death.
The time of the circuit court was occupied all Monday morning with the memorial exercise held in honor of the late Hon. William Harrison Boyer. Eloquent speeches on the character of Judge Boyer as an able, conscientious and honest lawyer, were made by Hon., John M. Lansden, Judge W. H. Green, and Mr. W. C. Mulkey. Hon. Walter Warder told of Mr. Boyer’s political, legal and social career, and State’s Attorney Butler, who was associated with the deceased in the practice of law, in an eloquent and pathetic address spoke of him in his social life. After a few appropriate remarks by Judge Robarts, it was ordered that the proceedings of the morning be spread of record, and that the court adjourn until 2 o’clock out of respect to the deceased.
The family of the late Judge W. H. Boyer last Saturday removed to their old home in Harrisburg.
(Louis F. Barnett married Flora A. Palmer on 8 Sep 1894, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William J. McCrite married Georgiana M. Berry on 26 Feb 1885,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William F. Parker married Martha M. Berry on 4 Oct 1874, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Clarence S. Bayley married Emma R. Bagg on 9 Nov 1865, in
Fayette Co., Ill. John E.
Lufkin married Chloe E. Bagg on 25 Dec 1856, in Fayette Co.,
(Charles Sackett married Mary Dexter on 17 Oct 1869, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The case of Charles Dixon, indicted for the murder of Charles Brown, as stated in last week’s Citizen, went to the jury at 2 o’clock last Thursday afternoon. That body, after being out for six hours returned a verdict that night finding the defendant guilty of murder as charged in the indictment and fixing his punishment at confinement in the penitentiary for a term of thirty years. As the evidence of a cold-blooded murder was so clear and conclusive, this verdict, which under the “good behavior” act, will let Dixon off in sixteen years and three months, was a disagreeable surprise to all interested in the welfare of Alexander County. It is considered a decided victory of the defense.
Attorney W. C. Mulkey, on behalf of the defendant, argued a motion for a new trial last Saturday morning. Mr. Butler did not deem it necessary to reply. Judge Robarts promptly overruled Mr. Mulkey’s motion and then sentenced the prisoner to confinement at hard labor in the penitentiary for a period of thirty years. In sentencing Dixon the court stated that if the jury had fixed the death penalty he wouldn’t have set it aside, and added: “You are guilty of the most cold-blooded murder ever tried in a court room where I have resided as a judge or practiced as an attorney.”
was taken to the penitentiary last Monday morning to serve out his sentence.
William Holden died at Greenville, Miss., last Friday, Feb. 21st, of heart failure. He was born March 1st, 1841, in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He came to Illinois in 1863, and located first at Carlinville, Macoupin County, where he was station agent for the Chicago & Alton railroad, for the period of two years. In the year 1865 he came to Alexander County and engaged in farming. He married Miss Elizabeth Bracken, of this county, and settled on Sandy Ridge, where he lived for about eighteen years and was a very successful farmer.
While living in this county he was a very active and public-spirited man. He held many positions of trust and was at one time deputy sheriff. In 1883 he sold his farm in this county and removed to Carbondale, where his family could have better facilities for education. They have lived in Carbondale constantly since removing there. About two years ago, Mr. Holden went south, where he has been engaged as a plantation manager. He had leased a large plantation, eighteen miles from Greenville, Miss., where he had intended farming for himself, and had gone to Greenville to engage hands and was stopping at the Traveler’s Hotel, when death laid its cold hands upon him and whispered “Come.” The body was brought to Carbondale for interment. Mr. Holden was well known in Louisiana and Mississippi as a plantation manager.
He leaves a widow and five children: Mrs. H. A. Ross, Carlinville; Mrs. J. H. Renfro, Carlinville, and Misses Maggie and Grace Holden, of Carbondale, and William Holden of St. Louis. John Holden of Sandy Ridge, this county, is his brother. Peace to his ashes.
(Harry A. Ross married Emma L. Ross on 28 Dec 1892, in Jackson
Co., Ill. J. H. B. Renfro
married Fannie J. Holden on 29 Apr 1894, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel
(William Allen Peeler married Ollie Miller on 19 Dec 1894, in
Union Co., Ill. A marker in Mt.
Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Howard son of W. A. & O. I. Peeler Born Dec. 5, 1895 Died Feb.
18, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
(George B. Poor married Adaline A. Coons on 19 Sep 1862, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Lowery Hay married Mary Ann Stout on 29 Dec 1857, in White
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(S. Bartlett Kerr married Eveline E. Gowan on 22 Dec
1889, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 5 Mar 1896:
John C. Stewart, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Stewart, died at 3 o’clock Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary as the result of an operation performed last Thursday for appendicitis. The boy had been suffering for some time, and it was as a last resort that his physician, Dr. Grinstead, performed the operation. Over a pint of pus was taken from the diseased part, but the relief came too late.
C. Stewart, Jr., was seventeen years of age, and was an unusually
bright and exemplary young man. For some time prior to his death he
was employed by Mr. J. F. Ewell, of the Green Line, and was saving
his wages in order that he might ultimately take a course of study in a
Mr. Sidney M. Miller died at his home at Beaver Ridge, Alexander County, last Sunday afternoon, at the age of 25 years. He was a strong, healthy man, and had scarcely been sick a day in his life until he was stricken down with pneumonia, about a week before his death.
The deceased was a son of George Miller, a prosperous farmer of Beaver Ridge, and a nephew of Sheriff Sidney B. Miller.
He was married and had three children. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended.
(Sidney M. Miller married Josie C. Billings on 6 Apr 1890, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Daniel Fitzgerald died at his home in this city at an early hour last Thursday morning; Saturday morning his eldest son, William P., died at Morgan City, La.; father and son were laid to rest side by side at Calvary Cemetery, Villa Ridge last Monday afternoon.
Daniel Fitzgerald was one of the oldest and best known citizens of Cairo, and up to a few years since, when he became afflicted with dropsy, was an exceedingly active businessman. He left a wife and several children, the eldest of whom, William P., had resided in the south for several months. Patrick Fitzgerald the contractor was a brother of the deceased.
Mr. Fitzgerald’s funeral was set for Saturday and a telegram was sent to Will. The latter’s physician answered that he could not live, as he was very low with pneumonia. Saturday morning another telegram was received announcing Will’s death, and the father’s funeral was postponed in order that the two might be buried together.
The services were held from St. Patrick’s Rock Church, Rev. C. J. Eschmann officiating, and a very large crowd attended. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Vader married Lucinda Newcomb on 30 Jul 1863, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Adams Cemetery at Moscow reads:
Mother Kate Hood
Erected by John N. Hood, son, 1958.—Darrel Dexter)
(William H. Braden married Louisa Beggs on 16 Aug 1874, in
Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas Bean married Neomy Jones on 26 Sep 1854, in Johnson
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Dewitt C. Dougherty married Ella M. Bell on 27 Nov 1856, in
Union Co., Ill. John
Dougherty married Katherine James on 5 Mar 1829, in Union Co.,
Ill. A marker in Jonesboro
Cemetery reads: D. C.
Dougherty 1835-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Barber, night clerk for the Illinois Central in the yard at North
Cairo, was run over by a train early Monday morning. He attempted to
board the transfer to return from his work and missing his footing fell
under the wheels. His left leg was broke and his left thigh was
terribly crushed, while he suffered a fracture of his right ankle. He
was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary for treatment. Barber had
only been working for the company a month. He is 22 or 23 years of
age, unmarried, and is a cousin of Henry Roy, of the firm of Roy
& Reese. The doctors did not think he could stand amputation
and have little hope of saving his life.
Thursday, 12 Mar 1896:
F. Wright married Louisa Porter on 25 Jun 1885, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas G. Thompson married Annie Bell Armstrong on 30 Jan
1893, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thomas W. Jeffrey died at his home in this city last Sunday, of
paralysis. He has been in the service of the Illinois Central railroad
company for probably twenty-five years. He lived at Ullin and had
charge of the station there for many years. About 1884 he came to
Cairo and continued in the service of the company. Last Thanksgiving
Day he was stricken with paralysis and has not been able to speak since that
day. The remains were taken to Ullin for interment. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. Hoster, of the Baptist church.
He leaves a widow and three children. He was a man of character and
Peterson married Couzada Saspery on 3 Nov 1892, in Johnson
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Bankston Cemetery near Mill Creek reads:
George C. Bankston Died March 13, 1896, Aged 54 Yrs., 6 Mos.,
& 16 Ds. Co. A, 3d Reg. M. S.
Lillian, the pretty little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Clay Lewis,
died at the home of her parents, 2606 Sycamore Street, at 10 o’clock last
Thursday night of inflammation of the brain. Short funeral services
were held at the family residence Friday afternoon by Rev. C. T. Phillips,
of the Presbyterian Church, after which the remains were taken to Union
City, Tenn., for interment.
Lizzie Featherling, wife of Mr. Harry Featherling, died at the
residence of her mother, Mrs. Miles Parker, 713 Walnut Street, of
consumption, last Friday afternoon, aged 33 years. Her husband and two
children, her mother and one sister Mrs. French Axley, survive her.
The funeral services were conducted from her mother’s residence last
Saturday afternoon, and the interment was made at Centralia, where her home
was until her malady compelled her to come to Cairo for her mother’s care.
Mrs. Mary Bucher, mother of the well-known Bucher Bros., died last Saturday afternoon at her late residence, 1907 Commercial Avenue, aged 62 years, 11 months and 21 days. Her funeral services were held last Monday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church, Rev. J. B. Diepenbrock officiating, and the lady was buried at Calvary Cemetery, Villa Ridge. Mrs. Bucher, was born in Baden Germany, and in 1887, just after her husband’s death, came with her children to the United States and settled in Cairo. Seven children survive her, five sons and two daughters.
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Maria A. Bucher Born March 20, 1834 Died March 21,
Harry H. Bush, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Bush, died last Sunday morning at the home of his parents, 209 Ninth Street, aged 25 years.
Mr. Bush was formerly in the employ of Capt. W. M. Williams, of the Mobile & Ohio. Not many weeks since he went to Chicago and secured clerical work there, but about ten days since again returned to Cairo to accept a more lucrative position here. The Sunday previous to his death, he went with a party of young men on a hunting trip, and while on that expedition contracted a severe cold, which quickly developed into pneumonia.
funeral services were held last Monday afternoon from his late residence,
Rev. F. A. DeRosset, of the Church of the Redeemer, officiating, and
the boy was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery. A large concourse of
people attended the services.
Thomas F. Strode, formerly of this city, died in Denver, Colo., at 2 o’clock last Sunday morning of consumption, the disease which he fought vainly to defeat for many months. Telegrams were received to that effect Monday by Messrs. George F. Ort and Charles Cunningham, from C. B. S. Pennybaker, brother-in-law of Mr. Strode.
The remains will be accompanied from Denver by his widow and child, Hudson, to Columbus, Ky., where the funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon. A large number of Cairo friends will be present at the obsequies.
Mr. Strode was a native of Huntsville, Ala., where his father was a Baptist clergyman. He came to Cairo when a young lad. He was employed in a clerical capacity at the Mobile & Ohio depot until his health failed, and he was compelled to secure less confining labor. He then purchased a tobacco store on Commercial Avenue, but in October last his health became so very poor that he sold out to Casey Stites and removed to Denver, hoping that the change might benefit him.
Strode was a member of the Knights of Pythias, A. O. U. W., and of
the Baptist Church. Besides his wife and son, the following relatives
survive him: George W. Strode, an uncle, of Columbus, Ky.,
Charles Strode, a brother, of Huntsville, Ala., and three sisters,
Mrs. Brown, of Mexico; Mrs. Burgie, of Dyersburg, Tenn., and
Mrs. Pennybaker, of Denver.
of Tuesday stated that Harvey L. Goodall, proprietor of the Sun
published at the stockyards Chicago was dangerously ill. Mr.
Goodall lived in Cairo for some years just after the war. He
published the War Eagle here and will be remembered by all of our old
citizens. We hope that his life may yet be spared for many years.
marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Samuel son of G. A. & C. L. Stoner Born May 8, 1875 Died
March 24, 1896 Aged 20 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 16 Ds.
No pains, no cries, no grievous tear, Can reach our loved one
sleeping here.—Darrel Dexter)
(Edward Calvin Mowery married Mattie Bundschuh on 28 Sep 1890.
A marker in Concord Cemetery in Pulaski County reads:
August Bundschuh Born Dec. 6, 1836 Died March 16, 1896, Aged
59 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 10 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Elijah Depew Born April 29, 1802, Died June 30, 1884. Rebecca Depew his wife Born Feb. 11, 1815.—Darrel Dexter)
Hand, aged 55, a white, river fireman, met with a horrible death last
Monday morning. He had been drunk all day and about 10 o’clock at
night was put out of the bar room of the Three States Hotel. He then
went over to some Illinois Central freight cars, opposite the depot, and
went to sleep beneath them. When the Memphis mail coach was switched off on
this track, early the next morning, it backed the cars down and they ran
over Hand. His legs were both broken, each hand was ground off,
and his head cut off just above the eyes. He had no family and was
buried by the county commissioners.
Circuit court is in session in Jonesboro. The case of the People vs.
Calvin Rains and wife for the murder of J. B. Coulter, was set
for trail this week. We learn that only six or seven juryman had been
secured last night.
(Jacob M. Eddleman married Mrs. Amanda Dillow on 26 Mar 1885,
in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(George Mowery married Mrs. Catharine Hoffner Sowers on 17 Jul
1856, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Robert Walder, aged ten, met with a horrible death last Tuesday afternoon. A little after 6 o’clock that evening, in company with several other lads, young Walder was riding on the low car of a Mobile & Ohio switch engine. In attempting to jump from the engine while it was in motion, the poor lad struck his head against some obstruction, crushing the skull. The body was also thrown beneath the wheels and terribly mangled. When the corpse, which had been a lively, fun-loving boy but a few minutes before, was taken to the mother, Mrs. Ed McDermott, she became almost crazed with grief, and it took the united efforts of all her friends to pacify her. The coroner’s jury found his death to be due to the causes as above set forth.
(Edward W. McDermott married Mary E. Walder on 23 Aug 1892, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. David Gow died at his home near Cobden Tuesday night, March 31, of pneumonia, aged 71 years. Mr. Gow was born in the county of Midlothian, Scotland, Feb. 15, 1825. He was reared upon a little ten-acre farm which was devoted almost entirely to the cultivation of fruits, especially strawberries. He came to America in 1850 and settled in Union County in 1856. He was perhaps the first man in Union County who raised early vegetables for the Chicago market. That industry was unknown in 1856. He lived in Anna for three years then in autumn of 1858 removed to Cobden. He was the first station agent in Cobden. In 1861 he purchased the farm on which he has lived ever since. He was a deputy provost marshal in this district during the latter part of the war and was well known in Cairo. Having been reared as a fruit grower in Scotland, he commenced the business in this country with all the experience which most people acquire after years of effort. The use of hot beds and the practice of heavy manuring were very familiar to him. He was an intelligent progressive man to whom the fruit growers of Cobden are indebted for much of the wonderful progress they have made in the theory and practice of horticulture.
(David Gow married Lizzie E. Baker on 20 Sep 1860, in Union
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(F. F. Wright married Louisa Porter on 25 Jun 1885, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William T. Freeze married Emma Hoffner on 3 Nov 1867, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker in
I. O. O. F. at Dongola reads:
Emma wife of W. T. Freeze Born July 26, 1845, Died April 7,
mentioned the death of David Gow of Cobden last week. His will
has been admitted to probate at Jonesboro. His estate is variously
estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. J. F. F. Wallace and George
Clark, of Cobden are named as his executors. His will directs that
ten dollars per month be paid during life to Ed. Britton, a colored
man who had been in the service of Mr. Gow for a long time. He
gives the balance of his estate to his wife during her life and at her death
it goes to a niece, Emma McDonald. His executors are directed
to convert all his property into cash within two years from his death.
a trial extending over nine days in the circuit court at Jonesboro, for the
murder of J. B. Coulter, last November, the jury brought in a verdict
of guilty last Friday morning against Calvin Rains and fixed the
punishment at twenty-four years in the penitentiary. It was reported
that his wife would be tried with him, but such was not the case. She
is in jail as an accessory to the murder.
trial of John S. Jones, the Anna murderer, is in progress at
Murphysboro this week. A. Ney Sessions and John M. Herbert
as prosecuting and Judge J. F. Taylor is conducting the defense.
Tuesday a jury was secured, and the trial moved forward rapidly, all of the
witnesses for the prosecution being examined and part of these for the
defendant. Judge Harker is trying the case.
Rains, wife of Calvin Rains, has been admitted to bail on her
own recognizance. The trial of C. A. Johnson, of Alto Pass, for
the murder of E. Lamison, has been continued until June when a
adjourned term of court will be held.
Fort twenty years John A. Miller and J. M. Jones have been probably the two most prominent figures in the Republican Party in Ballard County, Ky.
They have stood like rocks in mid-ocean against which the billows of democracy have dashed and gone to pieces, leaving them unscathed and unharmed. But the old Reaper with his relentless sickle has cut them down during his past winter. At a recent Republican convention held in Wickliffe, the following resolution was adopted:
RESOLVED, That the Republicans of Ballard County deeply deplore the death of
Hons. J. M. Jones and John A. Miller; that Ballard County has
lost two of her best citizens and the Republicans two of the ablest and best
men in the party, who were always ready and willing to advance the cause of
Republican principles, and who were recognized by the Republicans of the
First congressional district as the acknowledged leaders and orators of the
party in southwestern Kentucky.
Thursday, 23 Apr 1896:
The Chicago Inter-Ocean of Friday contained the following notice of the death of Egbert E. Walbridge, formerly a citizen of Cairo:
The death of Egbert E. Walbridge yesterday morning at No. 296 Claremont Avenue, removes from the ranks of the early settlers of Illinois one who was well known and highly esteemed throughout the state. Mr. Walbridge was born at Batavia, N.Y., May 1, 1824, the son of E. Walbridge, a brother of Hon. David Walbridge, for many years a leading citizen and a member of Congress from Michigan.
In 1829, after the death of his father and the remarriage of his mother to Daniel B. Tuthill, father of Mrs. R..N. Pearson and Judge R. S. Tuthill, of Chicago, the family came to Illinois, and after a short stay in Morgan County, became permanently located on a beautiful prairie in Jackson County, which ever since has borne the name “Tuthill’s Prairie.” Mr. Walbridge in connection with his brother, Henry S., is an early day, was largely engaged in the manufacture and sale of lumber in the southern part of the state at Thebes, Walbridge and at Cairo. The field of their operations extending into Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri. Some twelve years or more ago he came to Chicago to reside and became well known and universally respected by the judges, lawyers, jurors and litigants as an upright, courteous and efficient officer of the courts of this county. His character as a man and as a high-minded Christian, who always and in all places discharged with absolute fidelity every public an private duty, was as familiar to all who had to do with and about the courts as were his kindly face and genial bearing.
He was confirmed a member of the Episcopal Church by Bishop Chase and such church connection remained during his life.
He leaves surviving a widow, a son, (Corwin H.) and four daughters—Mrs. A. S. Robertson, Mrs. George R. Daley, Mrs. William G. Robbins, all residents of Chicago, and Mrs. Frederick A. H. Carlisle, of St. Joseph, Mo. The funeral will be at the house No. 296, Claremont Avenue, tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. T. N. Morrison, of the Church of the Epiphany, officiating.
(Egbert E. Walbridge married Ann Eliza L. Tuthill on 25 Oct
1849, in Madison Co., Ill.
Alexander S. Robertson married Lucretia M. Walbridge on 22 Apr
1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.
George R. Daley married Laura L. Walbridge on 15 Oct 1891, in
Cook Co., Ill. William G.
Robbins married Ellen A. Walbridge on 19 Nov 1879, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
S. Jones, the Anna murderer, was sentenced to be hanged by the jury
at Murphysboro last Thursday. They were out all night before returning
Last Saturday the motion for a new trial in the case against John S. Jones was argued at Murphysboro. Judge Harker overruled that motion and then asked the prisoner if he had anything to say why the death sentence should not be passed upon him. Jones made a rambling harangue of some length. The Judge then pronounced the sentence of death as follows:
The sentence of the court is that on Tuesday, the 19th day of May, 1896, between the hours of 6 o’clock in the morning and 6 o’clock in the evening, by the sheriff of Jackson County, within the walls of the jail, you will be hanged till you be dead, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul.
the judge fixed Tuesday instead of Friday for the execution we do not know.
We do not now remember a judicial execution in this state which occurred on
any other day than Friday.
The sudden death of Mr. James E. McCrite which occurred at his home six miles west of Elco, will cause a feeling of sad regret throughout Alexander County. We have not learned the particulars of his death.
Judge McCrite was born in Georgia, March 22, 1813, and was consequently 83 years of age. He has lived in Alexander County since 1830, a period of 66 years. He was probably the oldest resident of the county at the time of his death.
He was justice of the peace of his precinct continuously for 40 years, from 1841 to 1881. Our county board formerly consisted of three members, a county judge and two associate justices of the peace. Judge McCrite was one of these associate justices for sixteen years prior to 1873, when our present system was adopted.
the 29th of September 1836, Judge McCrite married Miss Edna Baughn,
by whom he had eleven children, eight of whom we believe are still living.
These are Reuben McCrite, Joseph L., Robert W., George W. Nancy J.
Morris, Polly J. Wilson, Margaret A. Vick, and Martha J.
He has been quite feeble for several years and his death was not a great surprise. He had been a pillar in the Baptist church for a great many years and commanded high respect from all who knew him. he set a worthy example for his children to follow. He leaves a large number of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to whom his memory will be an inspiration and a blessing.
(James E. McCrite married Edney Vaughn on 24 Sep 1836, in
Alexander Co., Ill. George W.
Vick married Margaret McCrite on 2 Mar 1862, in Alexander Co.,
Ill. Robert B. Wilson
married Mary J. McCrite on 7 Apr 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Jesse G. Wilson married Martha McCrite on 29 Mar 1874,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Last Friday at Jonesboro, Judge Robarts granted the motion for a new trial in the case of Calvin S. Raines for the murder of J. B. Coulter. Judge Robarts, in speaking of the matter, said he was satisfied from the testimony of unimpeached witnessed that one of the principal witnesses for the people knew nothing of the facts about which he testified.
It seems that one witness, Spain, who testified that he was passing the house when he heard a “deep dull blast,” could not give a very satisfactory story how he came in the neighborhood. In fact, it was shown by the testimony of another witness that he was at Makanda that day. In a number of ways Spain’s testimony was impeached. The statement of two other important witnesses for the people also conflicted with their story before the coroner’s jury. Bob Ashby who attained such notoriety during the Bert Brown trial was very active in working up witnesses for the prosecution.
All the circumstances seem to point to Raines as the perpetrator of the horrible crime, but Judge Robarts will not allow his conviction on what he considers perjured testimony.
Robarts left at noon today for Jonesboro, where he will hear the
motion argued to admit Raines to bail until term time.
(John Powles married Elizabeth
Rinehart on 14 Nov 1850,
in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
9 May 1896, Jonesboro Gazette identifies the boy as Oscar Brimm,
son of William Brimm, and states the father, who could not read,
administered the drug. A marker
in Casper Cemetery north of Anna reads:
Oscar Brimm.—Darrel Dexter)
(Francis Mowery married Martha Jane Smith on 21 Jul 1889, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
name was actually William Rives and the brother was Reuben F.
(Reuben F. Rives married Cindona F. Carlock on 14 May 1882, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Robarts granted the motion last Thursday to admit Calvin Raines
to bail and fixed the amount at $3,000. Raines is charged with
the murder of J. B. Coulter, at Cobden and was convicted and
sentenced to imprisonment in the penitentiary for 24 years at the last term
of the Union County circuit court. Since then he has been granted a
(The brother was Reuben F. Rives.—Darrel Dexter)
Samuel Staats Taylor expired at his residence corner Washington
Avenue and Twenty-eighth Street, at 7:05 this morning.
He had been confined to his home for two weeks. While advanced years had broken his frame, a stomach trouble impaired his digestion and prevented him from taking nourishment. Although his body was weak, his mind was bright and scribe to the end, although he lost his speech yesterday morning. For several days prior to his death, all hope of his recovery was despaired of, and gradually he sank away.
Col. Taylor retired from active control of the Cairo Trust Property on October 4, last, when he resigned as one of the trustees. He has since then acted as legal advisor.
Col. Samuel Staats Taylor was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on Nov. 18, 1811. He graduated from Rutgers College in the year 1829 and immediately commenced the study of law. He was licensed to practice law in the city of New York in the year 1833, and opened an office at No. 3 Nassau Street. In 1836 he was induced to remove to Philadelphia and accepted a position in the United States Bank. This position he held until the bank failed in 1841. He was then retained by the trustees of the bank and placed in charge of their large landed interests in six Northwestern States, including Illinois. This necessitated his removal to Chicago in 1846. Community of interests between the trustees of the bank and the trustees of the Cairo City Property induced his appointment as trustee to take charge of the property here. This property consisted of about 9,000 acres of land situated in Alexander and Pulaski counties, directly at the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He came here in April 1851, and entered upon the duties imposed by his trust. The land was at that time mostly a dense forest. Mr. Taylor’s mission was to prepare the land for the occupation of man. The levees around the city were laid out and built under his direction. He laid out the city and its additions and sold the first lot in September, 1853. From that time he has witnessed the steady growth of the city. He was its first mayor, and held the office by re-election for seven successive years.
For three or four years he was engaged in the project of enclosing some six thousand acres of land lying adjacent to and immediately north of the city by a levee. This land was subject to annual overflow and in consequence was greatly deteriorated in value. This project was completed in 1890. All the land lying between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and south of the Cache, embracing something more than six thousand acres, has been reclaimed from the domination of the spring floods at an expense of about $120,000. It is the richest land in the world. It was done by an assessment upon the land itself, most of which is vested in the trustees, of whom Mr. Taylor is one. The city of Cairo itself will be his lasting monument.
Col. Taylor first studied law, which he abandoned for the banking business, training in these two widely different fields is responsible for his accuracy and carefulness in business, which extended even to the smallest details. He was a great financier. He was exact in business matters, and always careful of the affairs of trust. While, if driven to law, he threw his whole force into it, yet if approached right, he was one of the most conciliatory of men. He was generous in his donations of property for churches and schools.
Col. Taylor was one of the original incorporators and senior warden of the Church of the Redeemer, and continued many years as vestryman.
He was also one of the original incorporators and first mayor of Cairo, and has done more for the upbuilding of Cairo than people have ever given him credit for. The drainage district with the finest levees in the world surrounding it was his enterprise.
Col. Taylor married Miss Charlotte Josephine Bainbridge, who died some 15 years ago. They had two sons and two daughters, Mrs. T. W. Halliday, being the only one living. His other daughter died soon after he came here, but the sons have left families. He also has nephews and nieces, children of a brother living in New Jersey. Mrs. P. A. Taylor is the widow of one of his sons.
Taylor did not die a wealthy man. He left considerable
property, his homestead and a number of houses and lots around town, and his
interest in the Cairo Trust Property, but he always lived well and had
everything he wanted. He was also very generous to his family and
DIED—Thursday, May 14th, 1896, Samuel Staats Taylor, aged eighty-four years, five months and twenty-five days. Funeral services at his late residence on Saturday, May 16th, at 1:30 p.m. Burial at Beech Grove Cemetery. Funeral train leaves foot of Eighteenth Street at 2:45 p.m.
(Thomas Wyatt Halliday married Charlotte Josephine Taylor on 1
May 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Larkin Toler married Nancy E. Howell on 4 Oct 1862, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Toler Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant reads: Nancy E. wife of Larken Toler Born June 19, 1835, Died May 10, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
John S. Jones, the murderer of Mrs. Mendenhall, paid the penalty for his crime at the gallows Tuesday at Murphysboro. He was hanged at exactly 12:05 p.m. by Sheriff Wells. The fall broke his neck and in exactly three minutes he was pronounced dead.
The crime was committed on the fair grounds at Anna on August 30, 1895, on the last day of the Anna fair. Jones was running an eating stand and Mrs. Mendenhall was assisting him. When she applied for her money, he knocked her down and kicked her, and she died from her injuries within an hour. Jones was placed in jail, but talk of a lynching caused the sheriff to bring him to Cairo. While he was here a mob came down from Anna to break the jail and take him out, but their nerve failed at the critical time and they returned home. Jones was tried in Jackson County on a change of venue. While confined in the new jail at Murphysboro, he twice broke out and escaped, one passing through Cairo, but he was captured. He was a violent man, having served a term in the penitentiary for killing a man, and came from a violent family.
Sheriff Miller and Deputy Ed E. Allen for his county,
witnessed the execution.
Robert Rahm, a German journeyman tailor, died last Sunday night from
the effects of an overdose of morphine. Rahm had lived here
about four years. For the past two years his health had been very
poor, preventing him from working steadily, and he had at times been
despondent. He was in the habit of using morphine and it may be he
took too large a dose by mistake. The deceased was about forty-five
years of age, unmarried and has an uncle, Henry Newcamp, in St.
Swede named Walter Olsten was killed by an Illinois Central train
near Villa Ridge Sunday morning. Olsten with a companion were
intoxicated and his companion was also injured, but remembers little of the
occurrence. Olsten came to Villa Ridge from Chicago three
months ago and worked for Mr. Redden.
answer to a letter of inquiry from the association of the Alumni of Rutgers’
College, New Brunswick, N.J., Col. Taylor, shortly before his death,
wrote as follows:
Fulton, Ky., is still in a fever of excitement over the attempted assassination of Marshal Jesse Walker, which occurred on the 9th inst., and the lynching of one of the assailants and the exciting chase after another. The assault was committed in South Fulton, just across the line in Tennessee. The marshal was unarmed at the time, and W. H. Paschall, Bill Paschall, and their half-brother, Bill Jones, three negroes, attacked him, the first two named holding the officer while Bill Jones cut him very severely, and as they supposed fatally with a knife. They then lit out. A posse was soon formed with bloodhounds and W. H. Paschall was captured at Arlington after being shot twice. He was taken back to the scene of his crime and turned over to the sheriff, but a mob took him away from the officer and hung him. This was on Sunday night, May 10.
Jones and Bill Paschall came up toward Cairo and crossed the
river into Missouri, just below Bird’s Point. They were tracked with
the aid of the dogs and Jones was captured about four miles from
Charleston on Wednesday of last week. He was nearly dead from his
chase through the swamps and thickets, and his clothes were nearly all torn
from him, while he had had nothing to eat since leaving Fulton. The
sheriff of Mississippi County, Mo., took charge of him pending the issuing
of requisition papers. Bill Paschall, although shot, managed to
elude his pursuers and was at large at last accounts. He cannot elude
them very long. Both men, if taken to Fulton, will be speedily hanged.
Patrick Fitzgerald died last Thursday night at his home, corner Fourteenth and Commercial. He was thrown from a buggy at Anna about a month ago, striking on his head, and the injuries he received then are supposed to have resulted in his death.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a native of Ireland, and came to this country in 1859. During a residence of thirty-seven years, he has acquired considerable property in business as a saloonkeeper, livery stable owner and contractor. He was fifty-six years of age. He leaves a widow and five children, three sons, D. F. , E. P., and Frank, and two daughters, Mrs. F. P. Walsh and Mrs. T. W. Gannon. Funeral services were held Sunday and were very largely attended. The remains were interred at Calvary Cemetery, Villa Ridge.
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Patrick K. Firtzgerald Born Aug. 15, 1839 Died May 14,
funeral of Col. S. S. Taylor was held last Saturday afternoon at his
residence on Twenty-eighth Street. Rev. F. A. DeRosset
officiated. Floral decorations were profuse and beautiful. A
large number of people followed the remains to their last resisting place at
Beech Grove Cemetery, the city council, board of trade and Illinois club
attending in a body. The honorary pallbearers were Judge William H.
Green, Judge David J. Baker, Major E. W. Halliday, William
B. Gilbert, H. H. Candee, Rufus B. Robbins, Charles
Thrupp, and Herman Meyers. The active pallbearers were John
S. Aisthorpse, F. Bross, Col. W. S. Simpson, M. F.
Gilbert, John J. Jones, L. P. Parker, Frank Howe,
and Samuel Hastings.
The city council met last Friday night and passed resolutions on the death of Col. S. S. Taylor as follows:
Whereas the Creator of the Universe has seen fit to call from the walks of a long, busy and useful life, Samuel Staats Taylor, who for nearly a half century has been personally identified with the creation and development of the City of Cairo in the capacity of founder, first mayor, alderman and one of its foremost citizens in its historic growth. Therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the City Council of the City of Cairo, tender to the family and inner circle of friends of the deceased their sympathy and condolence in this hour of their bereavement.
RESOLVED, That in the death of Colonel Taylor, Cairo and Southern Illinois has lost one who has devoted half a century of intelligent and active study in promoting their interest, and the interest of the Mississippi Valley. The results of his thought, study, labor and means stand as imperishable monuments to his widow and generosity.
As a citizen, he always stood on the side of law, order, civilization and morality. In his dispensation of charity and beneficence he was generous and broad minded, always attended by the highest motives of patriotic Christian duty.
RESOLVED, That out of respect for his memory, the mayor, city council, and city officials attend his funeral as a body and perform the last sad duty the living may minister to the dead.
RESOLVED, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this meeting,
that a copy be furnished the family of the deceased and the press of the
City of Cairo.
Severe Wind Storm Wrecks the Ferryboat Katherine.
Most Terrible Disaster in the Annals of Cairo Occurred Tuesday Morning.—Violent Storm of Wind and Rain Spread Ruin and Disaster.—Wood Rittenhouse and Charles Gilhofer, Two Old Residents, Among the Victims.
The most terrible disaster in the history of the city of Cairo occurred shortly after eight o’clock Tuesday morning, when the ferryboat Katherine was wrecked in a severe windstorm and eleven human lives were lost.
The victims were:
Wood Rittenhouse, Sr.
Mrs. William Shannon, of Bird’s Point, Mo.
Miss Bertha Stanley
Miss May Jones
Richard L. Thurman
Infant child of Mrs. Shannon
Mrs. Lou Massey colored, of Villa Ridge
Louis Hall, colored, fireman
Asbury Alexander, colored, deck hand
George Davis, colored laborer
The Katherine left her wharf at eight o’clock a.m., and had proceeded about a mile down the river, on her trip to Bird’s Point, Mo., and Wickliffe, Ky., when the storm struck her. The wind sprang up very suddenly at 8:20 and in a few seconds was blowing at a terrific rate. The boat was thrown over on her side and the water rushed in and she sank. Her chimneys were carried away, her boilers went overboard and her cabin was crushed like an eggshell.
In the cabin were David Orr, of Bird’s Point, his daughters, Mrs. Shannon and child, his stepdaughter, Miss Bertha Stanley, and her friend, Miss May Jones, Mr. Rittenhouse and perhaps the colored woman. Mr. Orr alone escaped of this entire company. He commenced struggling to get out when the boat went over and was severely bruised by falling timbers. He finally reached an opening and was pulled out by Capt. Hacker and Engineer Magee. He says when he got his head above water the wind was blowing so strong it fairly took his breath away.
Capt. Hacker and Clerk Rankin Posey were in the pilothouse at the time of the accident. They sprang out and after the boat had settled they climbed upon the wreckage. George Magee also got out and they helped Joseph Curry and David Orr to a place of security. Posey says the wind was blowing so violently the raindrops struck their faces with the force of bullets and he got a tub and covered his face. After what seemed to them to be hours, Hacker, Curry, and Posey swam to the Illinois shore, about a hundred yards distant, which they reached safely, although suffering from cold and exhaustion. They secured a skiff and went back after Magee who remained with Orr because the latter could not swim. The survivors were then brought to town.
The news of the disaster spread like wildfire over the city. The wrecked vessel could plainly be seen from the levee and soon crowds of terrified spectators gathered to watch for the result. A wrecking party was soon organized and went to the wreck to search for the victims. When they arrived, the bodies of Miss Bertha Stanley and George Davis, the colored man, had already been recovered. The body of Richard Thurman was next secured and in the afternoon May Jones and Mrs. Shannon’s remains were found. These were all conveyed to this city where their heart-broke friends were waiting in dreadful suspense.
After the disaster the boat drifted down stream until she reached a point opposite Cairo point and about a hundred yards from the Illinois shore where she now rests. A small portion of her bow alone is above the surface. She lies in about sixty feet of water.
Tuesday afternoon, a derrick boat was taken to the wreck and the top of the cabin cleared away. A thorough search failed to reveal any more bodies, and the services of a diver were unavailing. Tuesday night twenty-five shots of dynamite were fired, but they brought no results. Yesterday the river was dragged and still nothing was accomplished. It is thought the bodies were blown from the wreck by the storm and were carried down stream by the current.
Yesterday, Capt. J. L. Shallcross, of Louisville, representing several eastern insurance companies, visited the wreck. He is arranging to have the hull raised. The boat was insured for $7,000.
During the storm Barrett’s fleet broke loose and sunk a new barge belonging to the Huntington and St. Louis Towboat Company. It contained 15,000 bushels of coal and was valued at $2,500. The trader boat W. H. Osborn was blown loose and drifted down the river, striking the wharf boat. She sustained damages to amount of $300.
Wood Rittenhouse, whose tragic death is chronicled elsewhere in this issue, was one of the oldest citizens of Cairo. He came to this city in 1858 and has consequently lived here about thirty-eight years. He was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, June 21st, 1835. On coming to Cairo he was a clerk in a dry goods store for four or five years. Afterwards, in partnership with Christian Hanny, he was a dry goods merchant for eight years until 1870. Then he engaged in the grain and flour business for several years. Of late years he has not been engaged in active business for himself, but has served in various capacities for other establishments. For some time he has been superintendent of the Cairo City Ferry Co., and was acting in that capacity at the time of his death. Mr. Rittenhouse has always been identified with the business interests of Cairo. He was for a long time President of our Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of our city council and was engaged for a long time in refunding our city debt. He has always been regarded as a man of unquestioned integrity, and faithful to every trust imposed upon him.
He was a man of even temperament and a kind and charitable disposition. He was firm in his convictions, but conciliating in manner. IT would have been very hard for anyone to get up a feud with Wood Rittenhouse. He was conservative in his views and his opinions commanded great respect.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Laura J. Rittenhouse, one daughter, Mrs. Maud Mayne, residing in Brooklyn, New York, and four sons, all grown and all young men of great promise.
(Wood Rittenhouse married Laura J. Arter on 17 Dec 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The police arrested the murderer of John Edeline, Monday noon. His name is Sebia Watkins, and he lives at Twenty-ninth and Poplar Streets. Some of the articles stolen from Edeline’s house were found near his place and this led the officers to suspect him. Officers Myers and Mahoney searched the house and finding more stolen property, arrested Watkins and finally got a confession from him and his wife. He was then taken to headquarters and he made a statement confessing the murder of Edeline, which State’s Attorney Butler took down in writing. He was then placed in jail.
Because of the brutality of Watkins’ crime, in shooting down his
victim, an old man, in cold blood, there was much talk of lynching.
Sheriff Miller was fully prepared for any visitors. He first,
as he says, sent his prisoner away for safekeeping, and then remained on
guard at the courthouse all night Monday night. A large crowd hung
around the building until a very late hour, and a considerable body of
colored men, armed, were there to see no violence was done to the prisoner.
However, no attempt was made to do violence and so the night passed
peaceably and the crowd finally melted away.
(Harry Lingle, son of Philip Lingle and Mary Collins,
married Mendota Hart on 17 May 1896, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Never in the history of Cairo have we met with such a disaster as that which occurred in our harbor Tuesday morning. The ferryboat has made her regular trips every day with very few exceptions for twenty-seven or twenty-eight years. A trip upon the boat has been considered as a safe as a ride in a buggy probably more so. In all these years we do not remember a disaster to the boat, which resulted in the loss of life.
Tuesday morning when the ferryboat Katherine left her landing at 8 o’clock with seventeen human beings on board no one thought of danger or sister. No one thought that in thirty minutes eleven of these seventeen souls would be wrapped in the embrace of death. It was a jolly party, most of them young people. A dark cloud was coming up from the northwest when the boat left her dock, but there was no wind at the time and no one apprehended serious danger. But the cloud came up with very great rapidity and in fifteen minutes the storm burst forth in all its forty. Probably very few of our river craft could withstand the violence of the storm. The Katherine rocked, careened and turned over and her passengers and crew were thrown into the river or were submerged in the wreck itself.
people now severely censure Capt. Hacker for leaving the dock until
the storm was over. But had the storm failed to come these same people
would probably have charged him with cowardice for not leaving a port on
schedule time. The hindsight is always better than the foresight and
it is very easy after a disaster to say: “I told you so.” The
disaster could not have been foreseen and the most that can be said is that
it was a mistake in judgment to leave port.
At 5:15 o’clock last Thursday evening the will of the late Col. S. Staats Taylor, was admitted to probate in the county court, says the Telegram. The will was signed Oct. 23d, 1884, and William McHale and George Parsons were the witnesses. There was a codicil dated May 12, 1896, two days before Col. Taylor’s death. The witnesses to the codicil were Drs. James M. Gassaway and William W. Stevenson and George Parsons.
The following is the full text of the will:
I, Samuel Staats Taylor, now temporarily residing in the city of Cairo, in Alexander County, in the State of Illinois, do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament revoking all former wills, viz:
I give, devise and bequeath all the estate, title and interest in possession, reversion or remainder in and to my land, tenements, herediments, annuities, and rents, charged upon or issuing out of the same, and all goods, chattels, and property of every name, kind and description, whatsoever, which I now have or hereafter may acquire, or be in any way entitled to at the time of my death until my daughter, Charlotte Josephine Halliday, in fee simple, absolute for her sold and exclusive use and benefit forever, free form any interest or control of any husband she may now or hereafter have.
I make this exclusive disposition of my property to my daughter because, principally in payments and gifts to my two sons previous to their respective deaths and for them and to their families since, my said sons and their families have received as full a share of my property as from natural affection or any other cause, they or any of them might seem entitled to.
The codicil affirms the provisions of the will and appoints William McHale the present conservator of Mrs. Halliday, to be her conservator and trustee and executors under the will and to hold the property for her sole use and benefit during her natural life.
conservator in his petition sets forth the personal property is valued at
about $10,000 and the amount of real estate is not given.
Mrs. George W. Strode died at her home in Columbus, Ky., last Thursday afternoon. She had been in failing health for some time, the result of a lung trouble. Mrs. Strode was formerly a resident of Cairo, when her husband was connected with the firm of Halliday Brothers. She was very prominent in the Baptist church and with her husband was one of its founders. Funeral services were held Saturday, a number of Cairo friends going down to attend.
Died, at her home in this city, at 11:45 Monday night, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Mary C. Barclay, wife of P. W. Barclay, in the 60th year of her age. Thus in a few words is related the termination of one of the sweetest and most beautiful of lives.
Mrs. Barclay was the daughter of Rev. Hooper Cruse, a prominent clergyman of the Methodist church. She was born Aug. 31, 1836, in Northern Illinois and received a good education.
married Mr. P. W. Barclay Feb. 24, 1856. They lived for some
years in Lexington, Ky., and finally came to Cairo in 1866 and here the
family has lived for about thirty years. In the church and in society
her influence has been alike felt. Very few of the ladies of Cairo
have commanded a more profound respect. She possessed a happy and
sweet disposition, which made it a pleasure to meet her.
(Philander W. Barclay married Mary E. Crews on 27 Feb 1856, in
Cook Co., Ill. John A. Naugle
married Fannie Lou Barclay
Oct 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
William H. Lampert, son of Mrs. Margaret Lampert, died at her
home on Ninth Street, Sunday evening at six o’clock. He had just
recently come from Peoria, Ill., with his wife and child to spend his last
days under his mother’s care, as he was in the last stages of consumption.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. DeRossett
and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
death of Charlie Gilhofer in the storm Tuesday morning is universally
regretted. He leaves a widow and four young children who were
dependent upon him for support. While not especially prominent in
business or social circles, he was universally respected and almost
everybody entertained kindly feelings toward him. To his family his
life seemed a necessity, and to them his death will be an irreparable loss.
He was 51 years of age.
Richard Thurman, was a printer, a son of Mr. F. H. Thurman,
residing on Eleventh Street. He had worked in every printing office in
Cairo and was frequently employed on The Citizen. He was of a cheerful, happy disposition, and was a very
rapid typesetter. He was twenty-six years of age. Beside his
father and mother he leaves two brothers and a sister. One of the
brothers, Frank E. Thurman, resides here. Funeral services were
conducted at the house by Rev. Van Treese last evening and the
remains were taken to Wickliffe, Ky., for interment.
There was blood on the moon last Friday and the shooting and cutting scrapes were all too numerous. Early Friday morning, John Edline, who lives at 2802 Commercial Avenue, was shot by a burglar. Edline had missed provisions from his summer kitchen a few night previous and was keeping watch for the thief. About thee o’clock a negro entered the kitchen and struck a match to look around. Edline reached out to capture him when the negro fired a pistol, the ball entering the old man’s abdomen and passing clear through his body. The negro then escaped. Edline had a pistol with him, but did not use it. His condition was pronounced hopeless by the physicians and he lingered until Saturday evening when he died at five. He leaves a family of grown children.
Thursday, 4 June 1896:
Remains of Charles Gilhofer.
The remains of Charles Gilhofer, who was a victim of the awful disaster to the ferryboat Katharine on Tuesday morning, May 26, in our harbor, were found last Friday evening at Donaldson Point, Mo., about sixty miles below here. The body had lodged in the branches of a tree that had been cut down and had fallen into the river.
The body was discovered by Mrs. Pearl Thomas, whose husband is conducting a logging camp there. On Sunday she sent to New Madrid, a few miles below and had a dispatch sent to Cairo. The body was taken out of the river Saturday and property cared for. His watch and papers and $177,10 in cash were found upon the body, and also letters which would identify him.
The tug Theseus left here Sunday evening with friends of the deceased on board. They found the body without trouble and paid Mrs. Thomas the reward of fifty dollars, which the Odd Fellows had promised. Returning, they reached Cairo Monday morning and the body was turned over to Undertaker Feith to prepare it for burial. It was considerably discolored and decomposition had commenced.
funeral was observed Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. Mr.
Gilhofer had been a member of Safford Lodge of Odd Fellows, of the K.
M. K. C. and of the Arab Fire Company. These societies all attended
the funeral as organizations. The burial was at Villa Ridge. Tuesday
The bodies of Louis
Hall and Alexander
Asbury, two colored men, who were victims of the disaster to the
ferryboat Katherine, on the morning of May 26th, were taken from the
river at Hickman recently and buried there. They were fully identified
by papers found in their pockets. The body of a woman with a child in
her arms were taken from the river at Memphis recently. One colored
woman and a child of Mrs. Shannon (white) are still missing. If
these are the bodies found at Memphis, then all the victims of the
Katherine disaster have been recovered.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Wood Rittenhouse Born June 21, 1835 Died May 26, 1896.
Faithful Unto Death.—Darrel
Killed at Birkner, St. Clair County—James Greaves, his wife, Jeannette Greaves; his daughter, Jennie Greaves, aged 13 years, and baby Lizzie Greaves; Mrs. Thomas Southern, Frank Linke, Gertrude Boatman, Frank Wurm.
Killed at New Baden, Clinton County—Jacob Mallrich, P. S. Meyer,
and daughter, Mrs. Rust and little girl, Peter Kransz and
wife, Jacob Lee, Ida Barnes, Adam Peter and little
daughter of J. Feckloser.
Killed near Mascoutah—Johnnie Beatty, aged seven; Jacob Mallrich.
At New Baden nearly every building was destroyed. What was a thriving little village of pretty homes and contented people was made a scene of death and desolation.
North of Mascoutah, Jacob Mallrich took his baby in his arms and fled from his house as it fell. He was afterward found dead in a field with head mashed in. The baby was still in his arms, and though badly hurt, may survive.
Killed at New Minden, Washington County—Wren Smith, resident of
Nashville; Mrs. Hendricks Meyer and baby, Miss Tillie Binnie,
Fred Koch’s son. One building in the little village was left
uninjured. Many people were seriously injured. The property loss
will reach $75,000and to farmers in the surrounding country $50,000
Hoylton, Washington County, 14 persons were in the residence of Ernest
Brink Sr., including William Bucholz and family, when the
building was struck by a tornado, torn from its foundation and scattered
over the prairie. Of the 14 present, two were killed—Ernest Brink
Jr., and a babe of Mrs. Bucholz, blown away—and the others were
inured, Mrs. Brink seriously.
wind cut some peculiar pranks around New Minden. Two children of Fred
Hoffman were picked up out of the front yard and carried several
hundred yards. They escaped without injuries. Len Schmidt,
who was killed instantly, had sought shelter under a porch. He was
blown an eighth of a mile.
Mrs. Carrell and her son, Charles, aged 19, and Charles
King were killed by lightning in Jefferson County and Robert Foster
in Washington County.
The following 118 names from the records of the coroner is a complete official list of the tornado victims up to the present time.
Henry Alters, Charles E. Allen, Charles Alcornero, William F. Anderson, Fred Bernvail, William Bowler, Augusta Bolm, George Benz, John Bergeest, Ulrich Becklin, Sylvester Bene, Wallace Bradshaw, Fred Bohle, Catherine A. Crump, Emma L. Cheney, Martin Craddick, Mary Cahill, Ethel Claypool, Cora Claypool, William Crook, Sophia De Martin, Rose Dugan, Michael Dunn, Peter Dietrich, Charlotta Enders, Joseph Elser, T. A. Eyman, Estella Friesecke, Clara Friesecke, Edna Friesecke, Frank H. Fisher, Casper Fiegler.
Anna Gardner, Julius Gall, Leon Gray, Charles L. Gallagher, Henry P. Geagan, Henry Gibson, Emma Gardner, James Goff, Julia Geares, Isa Horne, Alice Howell, Melanie Helix, Ida Howell, Catherine A. Herrmann, George Herbert, Harry Hess, John Hessel, Jack Howell, Maggie A. Hickey, Paul Hasenfratz, Thomas H. Irvin, Richard Jones, Birdie E. Jacobs, Henry Kiehling, Harry Killian, John B. Ketterer, George W. Knoebele, Thomas Killian, George Keim.
William Lanham. John Loehlein, James Lanahan, Charles Mee, Fred. Mauchenheimer, Joseph A. Maurer, Marcy C. McGiven, T. M. McDonald, Cath. Mauchenheimer, J. J. Miller, Thomas L. Moraghan, Herman Munari, Thomas Oales, August Ottenmeyer, William Ottenad, Katherine Prante, William Plachek, Theodore Pippitz, William Planke, Charles Ribbeck, John Raftry, Anna Rohfling, Matilda Rux, Theodore Reis.
C. H. Schwerdtmann, L. F. Sims, Adam Steinkoetter, John Scherbel, Charley Schmidt, William E. Smith, H. Schmalenbach, Martha Spillman, Charles Sudhoff, Edward Seib, T. J. Stephens, Alex Schneriger, Christian Steinberg, Andrew Smith, Charles A. Tandy, William Trachter, Charles Tainter, William Taylor (col.), Mary Talbert, Unknown man, Gustav Vollmer, Louisa Vignette, Sarah B. Woodruff, William W. Woods, Robert Wilson, John Wagner, William Winkler, F. G. Wells, Michael Wills, Max Weis, Ernst H. Zimmer, Samuel Zimmerly.
There are still a large number reported missing, the Republic publishing a list of 80.
W. Brown married Alice James on 16 Oct 1871, in Pulaski Co.,
marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:
Holley R. Buckingham 1883-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
(Charles O. Culp married Nettie Asbury on 22 Dec 1893, in
Union Co., Ill. Her marker in
Alto Pass Cemetery reads: Nettie
wife of C. O. Culp Born May 13, 1873 Died May 30, 1896.—Darrel
Crime Committed a Year Ago.—Trial Was a Hard Fought Case, but Evidence Strong Against Defendants.—Eleven Jurors Favored Hanging for Carter and Life for Manning, but the Last One Held Out and Prevailed.
The case of the State against William M. Carter and William Manning for murder occupied the attention of the Pulaski County circuit court at Mound City for a week ending Tuesday night, when the jury returned a verdict of guilty, fixing the punishment at twenty dollars in the penitentiary for each defendant.
The case opened on Wednesday of last week before Judge Robarts. State’s Attorney Bradley was assisted by Attorney Spann, of Vienna, in the prosecution and Messrs. Wall and Karraker, of Jonesboro, conducted the defense.
A jury was secured Thursday as follows: William Minton, J. W. Hood, Anderson Rix, Hugh Williams, Charles Harris, George Hearld, H. E. Mattson, T. J. Jerdon, George Hathaway, A. T. Green, Wat Wright, and William Wright. Nix, Harris and Green are colored men.
The court commenced hearing evidence Friday and the witnesses were not all examined until Monday noon. A large number had been summoned. The counsel then made their closing arguments. Bradley opened, followed by Karraker and Wall, and Spann closed. The case went to the jury at six o’clock Tuesday and they brought in a verdict at seven thirty of twenty years for each, as above mentioned. It is said to have been a compromise verdict. Eleven are reported to have favored hanging for Carter and life sentence for Manning. The verdict seems to have been lighter than was expected, for the prosecution made a very strong case.
Manning was admitted to bail, but since the verdict, has been arrested and placed in jail. Carter has been confined all along. It is said Manning was very much affected by the result of the trial, but that Carter has been congratulating himself that his life was saved. With good behavior they cut their sentences down to fourteen years and seven months.
The crime was committed on June 1, 1895, at Wetaug. Constable Manning wanted to arrest Warren Parrott for burglary. He deputized Will Carter, a butcher, to assist him. Carter had had a fight with Parrott two days prior to this and the latter attempted to cut his throat. Parrott was in a saloon when Carter and Manning came up to arrest him. When he found they wanted him, he started to run. Carter ordered him to stop and throw up his hands. He turned partly around, but refused to throw up his hands and Carter fired both loads from a double-barrel shot gun at short range, the entire charge of heavy shot passing through his heart and lungs, killing him instantly.
William Wamhoff, a journeyman
tailor, committed suicide last Saturday by taking a dose of strychnine.
He had lived in Cairo five or six years, and was a good workman, but drink,
got the upper hand of him. He leaves a wife and brother in St. Louis.
He was been separated from his wife for several years.
Charles Meyers, aged 20, son of William Meyers, a well-known
farmer, seven miles northeast of Mount Vernon, was found dead with a bullet
hole in his head and a revolver nearby.
motion for a new trial in the case of Manning and Carter sent
to the penitentiary for twenty years for the murder of Warren Parrott
whom they were trying to arrest, was argued before Judge Robarts at
Mound City, last Saturday and the motion overruled. There is a very
great difference of opinion concerning the punishment of these men. We
were told recently that the merchants of Wetaug felt safer when they knew
that Parrott was dead. They considered him a dangerous man.
On the other hand many people claim that he was not a dangerous man and that
the constables were guilty of a brutal murder in killing him. The
attorneys for the defendants say they will carry the case up to a higher
Sebia Watkins, the negro who murdered John Edeline, pled guilty last Friday night and Judge Vickers sentenced him to the penitentiary for life.
Watkins entered Edeline’s house during the night of May 21st, to steal. Edeline had missed various articles a few night previous and was watching for the return of the thief. When Watkins entered, Edeline started forward to capture his man, whereupon the negro fired his pistol inflicting a wound from which his victim died the following evening.
crime was so brutal that mutters of mob vengeance were frequent, Sheriff
Miller hurried his prisoner off to Murphysboro, where he remained until
last Friday. In the afternoon he was brought down on the train and
after supper the court heard his plea of guilty and passed the sentence.
Sheriff Miller then drove to Hodges Park with him in a buggy where
the Mobile & Ohio passenger train was boarded and the negro was taken to
Chester. He was confined in the Cairo jail only a few hours, and even
Sheriff Miller himself was not more satisfied than was Sebia
Watkins, when he was landed safely in the Chester penitentiary.
Jerry McDaniel conducted him to his new residence.
(Benjamin F. Mangold married Piety E. Cox on 19 May 1854, in
Union Co., Ill. His marker in
Anna City Cemetery reads: B. F.
Mangold Born March 23, 1832 Died June 13, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
in New Grand Chain, June 6, 1896, Eliza J. Rees, wife of Dr. A. P.
Rees, in her 55th year.
(Alonzo P. Rees married Eliza J. Crews on 21 Mar 1860, in
Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Hallie, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Davidson, died at Paducah last Saturday of cholera infantum. Mrs. Davidson was visiting there at the time. Mr. Davidson went up from here to attend the funeral, which occurred at Mayfield on Sunday. Rev. W. C. Sellers of the M. E. church officiating. The little one was less than a year old. It was born on September 14 last.
Thursday, 2 Jul 1896:
Killed by the Cars.
Mayo Caswell, a Cairo Boy, Struck by a Train at Joliet.
Mayo Caswell was struck by a train at Joliet early Sunday morning and killed. He was employed as weigh master by the Western Weighing Association. His duties called him out of his office during the early hours of the morning and he was struck by a fast through train while attempting to cross the track. He was struck upon the hip and thrown from the track and died in a few minutes never regaining his consciousness.
The deceased had only been working at Joliet about six weeks.
Formerly he worked for the Illinois Central railroad at Chicago. He
was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Caswell, living on Twenty-third Street and
was twenty-five years of age. He was a member of the Baptist church
and of the I. O. O. F. and the lodge took charge of the remains, which
arrived Tuesday forenoon. Funeral services were held Tuesday
Maj. A. D. Pierce.
Major A. D. Pierce, of Golconda, after a long illness, died at his home in that place last Monday. Mayor Pierce had been well known in this congressional district for many years. Thus one after another the old soldiers pass away.
Died, Tuesday, June 23, at the home of her mother, Rietha Costley, age about five years. Funeral from the residence Thursday, June 25, Interment at the Union Schoolhouse cemetery.
(Her marker in Union Schoolhouse Cemetery reads: Retha V. Costley Died 1896 Aged 7 Yrs. On the marker for Jacob M. and Nancy Costley in the same cemetery is inscribed Rethie V. child of J. M. & N. Costley Died June 23, 1896 Aged 3 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 3 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Thursday, June 25th, at 6 o’clock p.m. of dysentery, little Arthur Rendleman, aged two years, only child of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Rendleman. We can only extend out sincerest sympathy to the heartbroken relatives. Funeral services were held in the Congregational church last Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. M. Brown.
(Harry W. Rendleman married Cora Abernathie on 16 Aug 1893, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads: Arthur L. son of Harry W. & Cora E. Rendleman Born June 3, 1894 Died June 25, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Olmsted, Ill., June 26, 1896
Hall of Olmsted Lodge No. 854, I. O. O. F.
WHEREAS, Death has recently, and for the first time, visited our lodge and claimed for its victim our beloved brother, Frank A. Kratz.
RESOLVED, That while we humbly acknowledge the supreme authority of the Divine Father of all in removing our beloved brother from our midst, we recognize that our Lodge has lost a worthy and devoted member, who seemed thoroughly imbued with the principles of “Friendship, Love and Truth;” whose greatest ambition was to be a true Odd Fellow: whose hand was ever open to a brother in distress, and whose true character fully reflected by his kind acts and deeds more than by words. That his family has lost a kind and dutiful son and brother, and the community an honest, upright man and a good citizen.
RESOLVED, That we tender to the bereaved family our tenderest sympathy in their sad bereavement, and commend them to the great comforter who is acquainted with grief and alone is able to sustain them in time of trouble, and that they be directed under the seal of this Lodge a copy of these resolutions, with the assurance that in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows they can always rely on finding true and loving friends, and that as a further mark of esteem a page of our Lodge records be dedicated to the proper recording of these resolutions, and that the Lodge room be appropriately draped in mourning, and that each member wear the regular badge of mourning for a period of thirty days.
RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Cairo Citizen and the Mound City Enterprise each for publication.
H. M. Smith, Jr.
William F. Harman,
R. G. Crecelieus, Committee
Thursday, 9 Jul 1896:
SEBIA WATKINS’ BREAK.
Tries to Escape from the Chester Pen.
Murderer of John Edeline Makes a Bold Dash for Liberty.—Watchful Guards Soon in Pursuit.—Captured and Remanded to the Solitary.
[From the Chester Clarion.]
Norma Kane destroyed the hopes of freedom of a ranting “coon” on Friday last. It goes on authority that “man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh up like the hoppergrass and is cut down like the sparrowgrass.” The words of the philosopher, or inspired writer, were nearly exemplified as a true and trite saying in the case of a convict, Sebia Watkins, a life-time man received from Cairo June 13th.
Watkins was but a few days so far as his residence at the prison was concerned and was full of trouble—later on found more of it. He was employed in the knitting mill under Capt. “Billy” Jones and here is where Watkins made his first mistake—he thought he could slip away unperceived by his keeper and get a good start before being missed. But he did not know his man; “the fighting sheriff of Franklin County” never sleeps on duty, is ever watchful and vigilant. The convict signaled the officer for permission to leave his place, which was granted. A few minutes later Capt. Jones suspected something wrong, as the man had been absent about five minutes longer than necessary, started to look him up and soon discovered that he had left the closet to which he had retired, slipped behind the dry room and passed into the yard through an open window. He immediately started out to find him and almost at the same instant got the words of an alarm that a prisoner had passed out under the fence at the rear of the barn.
It was Watkins. He had made a sneak across the yard and crawled through a small hole under a stockade, rapidly dug, and came “up like a hoppergrass” in the weeds on the other side. Notwithstanding Jones’ quick work, he would have gotten much better start than he did had it not been that Capt. Hessner, acting wagon master that day, happened in the discharge of his duty to go to the rear of the barn just as Watkins went under the stockade, catching sight of his legs just as they were disappearing. He immediately sent word to the deputy and alarmed the men on the fence, but not in time for them to get their Winchesters to pumping lead after the fugitive soon enough to round him up with the persuasive humming of the bullets. He got a good start. Deputy Randolph was quickly on the trail on horseback, followed by a number of officers on foot, Captains Schoenfield and Jones among them.
The alarm spread to the Insane Hospital and several employees of that institution joined in the chase, among them Norma Kane with his little hatchet. Watkins went up the branch to the right of the sandstone quarry road and up the hill into Dr. MacKenzie’s corn field near Chautauqua Heights. Here he evidently found his error that he was running into town, and turned down the hill again, crossed the road to the quarry and ran up a ravine leading towards the cemetery. He had been sighted by his pursuers before that and they were close after him, running like a string of race horses on the home stretch, Norma Kane in the lead, “Billy” Jones a close second. Norma hit him with a rock at one time and could have “beefed” him with the hatchet perhaps by throwing it, but as there was risk of missing and chances of his getting into the front end of the procession, reversing position with the desperate man, he hung on to the “weepon,” waiting to get close enough to strike in case of Watkins’ refusal to surrender.
Near the cemetery, the convict saw that all hope for escape was at an end. He was about run down and determined men were close at his heels, so in place of being “cut down like the sparrowgrass,” as he assuredly would have been, he surrendered and was brought back to the prison. Jones had the satisfaction of being almost in reach of the man who attempted to beat him when he surrendered to Kane. Kane in turn had the satisfaction of pocketing the reward, $50, and the only satisfaction Watkins has is that he is still alive. He is doing penance for his foolhardy break, in “solitary” and the usual decorations the ball and chain—will be added to his personal adornments when his term of solitude is ended.
His Last Celebration.
John Quinn and Dan Tobin proceeded to celebrate the Fourth last Saturday by filling up on beer and then going in swimming in the Ohio below town. Quinn was found later in the day lying on the bank drunk, but Tobin was missing and it is supposed he was drowned.
DROWNED IN THE OHIO.
Adolph Rahm While Bathing Sunday Is Lost.
Adolph Rahm, a young man eighteen years of age, was drowned while bathing in the Ohio River Sunday afternoon. With a smaller companion, Claude Dean, he went into the river at Twenty-fourth Street, about 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon. Rahm could swim but little and he must have got beyond his depth at a place where the bank is steep, for suddenly he showed signs of distress and went down. Dean was unable to save him and no one else was around. A diver was secured, and search for his body resulted in its being found about six o’clock.
Rahm was distantly related to the Schuh family. He was employed in the drug store of Harry W. Schuh at Eighteenth and Commercial Avenue. Funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. Schuh Monday afternoon and the remains were taken to his former place at Forest Lake, Minnesota, for interment. They were accompanied there by his cousin, Walter Denzel.
Lon Pelin’s little baby died last Saturday of cholera infantum. (Cobden)
(Elonzo Penland married Helen M. Winchester on 23 Apr 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
He Drank Ink and Died.
William Hess, a blacksmith residing near Ivy Landing, Monroe County, committed suicide by drinking ink. Cause unknown. He left a large family.
Drowned in a Cistern.
A six-year-old child of William Stone, of Renault, was drowned in a cistern, The child fell asleep in the platform, when a board broke, throwing it into the water.
Martin J. O’Shea died last Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary of a complication of diseases. Ever since his wife’s death about a year ago he has been on a decline. Deceased was a native of Galway, Ireland, where he was born on March 25, 1837. He had been a resident of Cairo for forty years.
Thursday, 16 Jul 1896:
Died, June 18, 1896, at his home in Grand Chain, Robert Bruce Bartleson, at the age of 67 years.
The deceased was born in Morgan County, Ohio, and came to Pulaski County when 14 years of age, thus having residence in this county more than 50 years. His parents were John and Mary Bartleson, and their children numbered twelve, all of whom they brought to this county (Pulaski). There were nine boys in the family and all served their country on the battlefield, while their father was killed in the Mexican War on the bloody field of Buena Vista. The record of the family for patriotism, the father and all the sons offering their lives for their country, is certainly seldom surpassed. The subject of this sketch enlisted in the great Civil War in Co. K, 109th Ill. Infantry and was made 2nd lieutenant. Later his regiment was consolidated with the 11th Ill. Infantry, and he was made captain of Co. F in the 11th. He was a brave and gallant soldier and dearly beloved by all his men.
He married May 9, 1857, to Eliza Youngblood, who still survives him. To them were born seven children. Mr. Bartleson was an uncommon character. Liberal in his view and always tolerant, he was yet unflinching in his stand for principle and nothing in his life detracted him from the honor of the Bartleson name. He was deeply religious and had been a member of the Congregational church for several years. He had suffered untold bodily pain for many years twenty-two in all, yet he bore it to the last with Christian fortitude, and patience. His funeral sermon was preached June 19, by Rev. J. B. Green, and his body was laid to rest in the Grand Chain Cemetery. And here we leave the hero of so many battles to rest in peace under the approving smile of his God. May kind heaving comfort all the bereaved ones left behind.
Died Friday, July 9, Lola, infant daughter of John and Mattie Thompson.
Mrs. Miller, wife of E. M. Miller, died last week after a long and painful illness. She was a good woman, a true and faithful wife and her death is a loss to the community and an irreparable loss to her husband. (Tunnel Hill)
Thursday, 23 Jul 1896:
The body of a young lad was found in the Ohio River near the Big Four incline last Friday morning. It was well dressed, but as the coroner’s jury could not identify it, the remains were interred at the poor farm and a verdict of accidental drowning rendered.
Saturday noon, Mr. Arnold Lippitt returned from his mill at Bird’s Point and then it was learned that his son Reese was missing. Together they went over to Bird’s Point Wednesday and Reese returned on the transfer steamer Morgan. It is presumed that in landing at the Illinois Central incline, the boy made a misstep and fell into the river and that his body was carried down to the spot where it was found by the current. The remains were exhumed and fully identified and were then interred at Beech Grove.
dreadful accident is a terrible shock to the family and friends. Reese was a
bright boy about fifteen years of age. Until the father returned Saturday
each partner thought the child safe in the care of the other.
Sheriff Sidney B. Miller returned from West Point, Miss., Saturday
night with the negro, Eugene Eddington alias Cap Cooper,
who murdered a colored woman named Josie Dennis on Twenty-fifth
Street, on the morning of Nov. 27 last, by striking her on the head with a
piece of stove wood. Eddington immediately skipped out and his
whereabouts were unknown until Sheriff Miller overhead a
conversation, which led him to believe his man was at West Point. He soon
located him and had him arrested and Eddington is now in the county
jail. He is a young fellow about 18 or 20 years of age. Sheriff Miller
reports that Eddington’s friends in Mississippi have a little
property and that they are going to make a hard fight for the murderer’s
liberty, having already employed three lawyers.
first fatal accident by electricity in Cairo occurred Tuesday afternoon,
when Charles Monroe, lineman for the Cairo telephone company, came in
contact with a live wire and was instantly killed. The dreadful accident
happened on Washington Avenue just below Seventh Street. Monroe was
working at the top of a pole in front of the residence of Mr. Samuel
White, stringing wires. As the wire he was passing though his hands
slacked, it fell across a suspension wire, which supports the Egypt electric
company’s trolley. This suspension wire should have been perfectly
insulated, but it was not, and the entire force of the current, which
propels the electric cars, passed through Monroe’s body, and he fell
back limp. A colored man standing on the ground below and watching him at
work says he saw a flash as the contact was made, and then Monroe
exclaimed, “Oh Lordy!” and his body became limp and lifeless. He hung there
until his fellow workmen could climb up and cut him down, but life was
extinct and the efforts of physicians soon on the spot were of no avail.
Monroe had been in Cairo about a month. His home was in Columbia, North
Carolina, where he has a wife.
Lee, a prominent saloonkeeper and property owner of this city, died
Sunday afternoon of Bright’s disease after a lingering illness. He was 47
years of age. Mr. Lee was a member of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F.,
and that organization attended his funeral. He was interred at Charleston,
Mo. A widow and two small children survive him.
(William M. Clifford married Theresa C. Gillett on 17 Oct
1886, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Yarber and Dan Buckner, two negroes, had a street fight on
Commercial Avenue near Fifth Street Saturday evening, in which Buckner
drew a pistol and shot Yarber, the ball making a very ugly wound
under his left arm. Yarber was employed at Smith Torrence’s
boiler shop and bears a good reputation, while with Buckner it is
quite the reverse, he having figured in several scrapes. The quarrel was
over some money Yarber owned Buckner. Buckner and
another negro named Belfield Smith, who told Buckner to shoot,
Terrible Tragedy Occurred at Midnight Sunday Night.—Fight Result of an Old Feud.—Coroner’s Jury Says Crabtree Was Not Justified.
Cairo has had disasters and crimes, it has had tragedies and calamities, but never were her people more thoroughly shocked, never did the blood curdle in their veins as it did when they woke up Monday morning and found that Dr. I. N. Coffee was dead—had been stabbed the night before.
Dr. Coffee, nearly everybody’s friend, genial, handsome, a perfect type of physical manhood, owing to one fault, a cherished dislike which he could not forget, was stricken down in an instant and was gone.
Briefly the details of the tragedy are as follows: Dr. Coffee was about to leave town Sunday night to attend a meeting of the State Board of Pharmacy at Springfield, he being president of the board. In company with Dr. Gordon he walked down Commercial Avenue past Crabtree’s drugstore. Crabtree was seated out in front. Dr. Coffee saw the store was open and said to Gordon, “The s—of a b---- is open yet.” Crabtree resented the insult and sprang to his feet. Coffee turned and the two rushed at each other and in the scuffle that followed during which innumerable blows were struck, Dr. Coffee was fatally stabbed. No one saw Crabtree do the cutting, but when the affray was over, a small dirk was taken from his hand. Coffee expired in a very few minutes and Crabtree was placed in custody and was confined under guard in the courtroom at the courthouse by the sheriff.
(Picture of Dr. Isaac N. Coffee)
The detailed testimony of witnesses is given below.
BEFORE THE CORONER’S JURY.
Witnesses Tell Their Story of That Fatal Fight.
A coroner’s jury was empanelled at two o’clock p.m. with the following members. Thomas Winter, foreman; Daniel Kelly, Frank Gazzala, M. R. Donahue, C. H. Brackett and E. A. Buder. In company with Coroner Richard Fitzgerald they visited the home of the deceased and viewed the remains. They then returned to the courthouse and heard the testimony of the witnesses. Dr. J. J. Gordon was the first called. He testified substantially as follows:
“I met Dr. Coffee Sunday evening coming across from the bank. Four young men were standing in front of Werner’s singing. We stopped on the corner by Coffee’s drug store to talk. Coffee invited me to go to the depot with him. We walked down street together and as we passed Crabtree’s drug store he said in the street outside the pavement with his feet on the curb. Crabtree said, “Hello Doc.” I replied, “Hello, son.” The store was open. Coffee then said to me “The s— of a b---- is open yet.” Crabtree got up from his chair and said no man could call him that. He stepped up on the sidewalk and Coffee turned. I tried to stop Coffee from going back, but was not strong enough and was thrown aside. The two rushed together, their fists a going, fighting all over the sidewalk and into the street. I called for help as soon as I was thrown aside by Coffee. The men in front of Werner’s came as fast as they could. We reached the parties about the same time. I don’t know whether Crabtree was thrown over by Coffee or was pulled over but he fell backwards and Coffee on trop, trying to clutch him. I had hold of Mr. Coffee and somebody was on the other side and we pulled him off and took him to the sidewalk. He took three or four steps and staged and said, “I am cut,” and sank down. Several were around and I asked someone to go for Dr. Clark, but no one wanted to go, so I went myself. I called him, but got no response and returned. He was still lying there and I asked someone to call Dr. Rendleman. We then took Coffee into the drug store and laid him on the floor. I called for heart stimulants and tried to force it down his mouth, but he choked and coughed. Then gave him heart stimulants with hypodermic syringe. Dr. Clark sent for his instruments and we listed to his heart and breathing. Both were very indistinct. In a very short time, not more than four or five minutes, all signs of life departed. We worked with him fifteen or twenty minutes longer. We hated to give him up. We then took the body to the back part of the store and covered it over and got a buggy and drove to Coffee’s house. We stayed until the undertaker came with the body. We examined it and found wound just to the left of the breastbone about sixth rib. The cut as about a half-inch wide. IT struck rib and slid down a little. Cut went about an inch deep, but did not enter cavity. Found wound half inch wide between eighth and ninth ribs on left side. It extended upward and inward about four or five inches. Found wound on back over spine. It slipped off spine and made wound an inch deep. Did not penetrate cavity. There was a slight scratch on neck and forehead. Another wound on left arm three or four inches below shoulder joint, half to three-quarters of an inch deep. I probed around under left arm. The wound was four inches deep and entered cavity toward heart. Other wounds would not cause death. The wounds were made by a sharp instrument. I never saw it. The time was about a quarter to twelve.
Dr. M. C. Clark, Joseph Desimond and Harry Nickols testified that they did not see the fight, only reached the scene after it had occurred.
Charles F. McQuaid, insurance agent, said he was with Sanstrum, Murdock, and Harper across the street by Werner’s. Heard cry as if his name was mentioned, calling “Mac.” He ran across street and saw Mr. Coffee and another gentleman together as if fighting. Took hold of a man fighting with Coffee and pulled him away from Mr. Coffee. Whether he pulled him over or he stumbled, he fell in street. There was another person there. Witness behind Crabtree rose to his feet. He tried to persuade him not to fight any more. Crabtree tried to get an Mr. Coffee. His hand was raised and witness saw a blade in it. Witness said: “We took both of them and walked toward his store. I left him and went to Mr. Coffee who was lying on the ground with Dr. Gordon kneeling beside. I saw him die. I swear that Coffee was not on Crabtree on the ground.” Said he heard Crabtree say he was forced to do it all. Crabtree did not reach Coffee after witness got hold of him. Witness was not acquainted with Crabtree. Had known Coffee about twelve weeks.
R. J. Murdock, agent for the Standard Oil Company, said he heard a call and then ran across the street toward Crabtree’s store. It looked like a fight. He saw someone jerk Dr. Coffee off and raise him up. Crabtree was on the ground. A knife was in his right hand. He took the knife out of Crabtree’s hand. HE then took Crabtree to his door. Witness wiped knife blade off with his handkerchief. The knife was here produced. It was a small dirk or dagger with a pearl handle and a blade about four inches long. The blade was bent,. He helped to raise Crabtree up. Crabtree did not try to go toward Coffee when he raised him up.
David E. Sandstrum, clerk in Coffee’s store, said he heard someone call and saw scuffling. Ran and tried to separate men. He and McQuaid jerked Crabtree from Coffee. Gordon and witness took hold of Coffee and started him to pavement. Saw Murdock wiping knife off afterward. Asked Murdock to let him see it. Murdock said, “Never mind.” Crabtree was on his back. Saw McQuaid pulling him away. Think Coffee was on his knees when he caught hold of him.
Mrs. Grace Gray, living over Crabtree’s drug store, hard noise and Crabtree’s voice in a pitiful tone. Thought Crabtree’s horse had ran away and hurt him. Came down stairs and saw Crabtree on ground. Coffee had him down and seemed to be t getting the best of him. Witness was frightened and stepped back in the door. Looked again and saw them taking Coffee p the walk. Murdock and Crabtree came up. Crabtree said: “Never mind me, get the doctor for him, I didn’t want to do it, but I had to do it.”
This closed the evidence and the inquest was adjourned until after supper.
Monday evening was spent I hearing arguments from the counsel whether Crabtree should be exonerated or not. The defendant had retained Lansden & Leek and Green & Gilbert. Angus Leek, D. S. Lansden and Reed Green appeared for him. In the absence of State’s Attorney Butler, W. C. Mulkey acted for the People, assisted by Messrs. Wickliffe and Bugg, of Ballard County, Ky. After being in session until eleven o’clock, an adjournment was taken until nine o’clock Tuesday morning, when the case was continued, and a verdict was not reached until noon.
The Verdict of the Coroner’s Jury.
The coroner’s jury completed it labors at noon Tuesday, binging in the following verdict.
“We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire of the death of Isaac N. Coffee, from the evidence on oath, do find that he came to his death from a stab wound inflicted in the left side by a dagger or dirk knife, held by and in the hands of Green P. Crabtree, on or about midnight of Sunday night, or Monday morning, of July 26 or 27, A. D. 1896. We further find from the evidence that he, Green P. Crabtree, was not wholly justified in the act.”
SKETCH OF HIS LIFE.
Story of the Rise in Life of Isaac N. Coffee.
Isaac N. Coffee was born in Blandville, Ky., in the year 1852. His father, Hon. W. M. Coffee, was one of the most prominent lawyers in Ballard County. He was a member of the Kentucky Legislature for three successive terms and was a colonel in the Confederate Army, serving upon the staff of the Confederate General Smith. After the war he settled down to the business of farming in Ballard County, giving much attention to the raising of stock. I. N. Coffee was educated at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., where he graduated in the year 1871. He then served an apprenticeship in the drug business and finally took a two-year course in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, where he graduated in 1874. He then entered upon the drug business in Paducah, Ky., where he remained four years. In the year 1883 he came to Cairo an again went into the drug business as a member of the firm of Coffee & Bross. In 1886 he bought the interest of MR. Bross in the business and has since that time been the sole owner of the well-known Enterprise Drug Store, on Commercial Avenue, which has under his management became one of the best paying drug stores in Cairo. Mr. Coffee proved himself a first-class businessman. He erected a beautiful residence on Washington Avenue, just above the courthouse, which his family occupies. In December 1879, he married Miss Lucy Bugg, daughter of Hon. Z. W. Bugg, of Blandville, Ky.
In February, 1892, Dr. Coffee was appointed a member of the State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Joseph W. Fifer, for a term of five year. He was serving his last year at his death and was president of the board.
Besides a widow and two small children, Dr. Coffee leaves a father and mother and large number of other relatives.
THE LAST SAD RITES.
Funeral Services Held Over Dr. Coffee’s Remains Yesterday.
Dr. Coffee’s funeral was held yesterday forenoon, at his home, No. 2037 Washington Avenue. Rev. C. T. Phillips officiated, assisted by Rev. F. M. Van Treese. The service was very impressive and was largely attended. Floral tributes were beautiful and very profuse. The remains were taken on the Illinois Central train to Wickliffe, Ky., at eleven o’clock and from there to the family burying ground at Blandville, eight miles distant. Members of the I. O. O. F. and K. P. lodges followed the remains to the grave. The members of the State Board of Pharmacy, Fred. W. Schmidt, of Chicago; A. A. Culver, of Momence; H. Lee Hatch, of Jacksonville; and Albert Zimmerman, of Peoria; also attended the funeral, going to Blandville.
The following relatives were present: His father, William Coffee, of Blandville; his brother, Dr. William Oakley Coffee and wife, of Columbia, Tenn.; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Bugg, of Wickliffe; Mr. and Mrs. Utterback, of Bardwell; Mrs. Judge Bishop, of Paducah. Mrs. Z. W. Bugg, mother of Mrs. Coffee, came over Monday, was compelled to return on account of the very serious illness of Judge Bugg.
At Blandville the popularity of the deceased was manifested. People turned out to the funeral from all around and it is estimated the attendance numbered a thousand.
The State board returned from Wickliffe on the Belle Memphis and left at midnight for Springfield.
Dr. Sid Coffee, of Montana, will come on and take charge of his brother’s store, for a time at least. He is expected to arrive today. Mrs. Coffee will return from Blandville today.
Crabtree Still in Custody.
The action in the Coffee-Crabtree case in allowing the attorneys to make speeches before the coroner’s jury was quite unusual, but there appears to be no law against it. After the verdict was rendered, Coroner Fitzgerald issued a mittimus detaining Crabtree. The attorneys for the defense claim that was void and wanted State’s Attorney Butler to issue a warrant for the arrest of Crabtree, so they could go before a magistrate and have an examination for the amount of his bond and secure his release. Mr. Butler did not feel inclined to do this. He wanted defendant’s attorneys to sue out a writ of habeas corpus before a circuit judge. This difference of opinion has caused the delay. Mr. Crabtree has suffered from the excitement, the heat and his wounds and this has caused his attorneys to be very active in his behalf. He is now in good spirits, everything is done for his comfort and his friends have constant intercourse with him.
at present all the circuit judges are out of this district. But Judge
Robarts is expected home from Colorado in a few days and the action will
probably come up before him.
Jeff Gibson was stabbed seven times by Freeman Robinson about midnight last night. One of the wounds penetrated quite deep into his bowels and may cause his death.
runs a boarding house at Twenty-seventh and Commercial. Gibson had
been a boarder. He was about to leave town without paying a $6 board bill,
and over this the dispute arose which ended so tragically. Robinson
is in jail.
(James Grammer married Sarah E. Renfro on 9 Jan 1888, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cobden Cemetery reads: James Grammer Born Oct. 4, 1843 Died July 30, 1896. Nellie Grammer Born Feb. 14, 1890 Died Aug. 4, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Green P. Crabtree is now out on bond. Upon the arrival of Judge Joseph P. Robarts, from the west, the attorneys for the defense sued out a writ of habeas corpus and the case was heard Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning when the judge granted the writ, releasing the prisoner of a $3000 bond. The testimony of the witnesses was virtually as published in The Citizen two weeks ago. No new testimony was offered. Tuesday forenoon Mr. Butler made his opening argument and was about to be followed by Attorney McNemer for the defense when the Judge announced his decision. He said the case was not murder and could not be made murder.
The following gentleman went on Mr. Crabtree’s bond: Marion C. Wright, Capt. B. B. Bradley, L. P. Parker, Harry W. Schuh, Charles Feuchter, Jr., and William Feuchter.
F. M. Youngblood, of Carbondale, was present to assist State’s
Attorney Butler in the prosecution and Messrs. A. Leek, D. S.
Lansden, Reed Green and Attorney McNemer, of Little
Rock were counsel for the defense.
(James Lingle married Catharine Hileman on 3 Jan 1833, in
Union Co., Ill. He married
Christina L. Hileman on 20 Dec 1868, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in Lingle Cemetery near Dongola reads:
James Lingle Born Sept. 14, 1812 Died Aug. 6, 1896.—Darrel
Gannon, wife of Thomas W. Gannon, died at Battle Creek, Mich.,
last Friday evening. She was taken to the sanitarium there for treatment, in
June, but the most careful attention failed to check the progress of
disease, and she passed away surrounded by her husband, mother, and friends.
The remains were brought home Saturday night and funeral services were held
Monday forenoon and a large concourse of friends followed the remains to
their last earthly resting place at Villa Ridge.
(Thomas William Gannon married Maggie E. Fitzgerald on 26 Nov
1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Tucker, aged 28 years, a native of Goose Island, Alexander County, Ill., who recently moved to this place and was married to Mrs. Annie Williams, committed suicide at his home on East Commercial Street.
He had for the past three or four week repeatedly attempted to commit the rash act, but medical attention brought him out safely.
The druggists of this city were all requested by his wife not to sell him any deadly drugs under any circumstances, and he then purchased ten cents worth of carbolic acid from the drug store of C. A. Stotts on Tuesday night and took it without fatal effect; but not to be outwitted, he left town Wednesday afternoon towards Henson and did not return until that night at 8 o’clock, when he came in on the northbound through freight. It is thought that he purchased the morphine at either Henson or Anniston.
He did not get home until about 11 o’clock Wednesday night and as soon as he entered the house laid his hat and coat on a chair and went out to the pump, where he swallowed the twenty-one grains of morphine, or at least that is what the bottle is labeled.
J. M. Rowe was at once summoned and worked with Tucker until
his death at 12 o’clock Thursday night, but had no hopes from him from the
(Cornelius Egner married Jennie Price on 30 May 1893, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Tiechman married Clara Hoffman on 30 Dec 1879, in Union Co.,
Ill. Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Clara M. Tiechman Born Nov. 30, 1856, Died Aug. 25, 1896.—Darrel
Richard M. Warfield died at his home in Harrisburg at the age of 77.
He located in Saline County from Kentucky 40 years ago. He was a Mason.
Cirule, a well-known farmer of Clinton County, aged 50, died
suddenly. He stopped at a neighbors while complaining that he felt ill.
Rev. John M. Faris died Monday, Aug, 17, at Elm Grove, Ohio Co., West Virginia, aged 78 years, 11 months and 15 days.
The deceased was born in the above named county May 18, 1818, and was the oldest son of a family of twelve children. He was reared on a farm and at the age of 16 entered Washington, Pa., College from which he graduated in 1837. In 1840 he graduated from the Western Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Alleghany City. In the same year he married Miss Anna E. Wallace, of Pennsylvania. To this union were born five children, two of whom are now living, Rev. W. W. Faris, D. D., pastor of the Hazlewood Presbyterian Church at Pittsburg, Pas., and Mrs. E. R. Jinnette, of Anna, Ill.
He began preaching at Barlow, Washington Co., in 1840. In 1844 he moved to Fredericktown, Ohio. In 1868 he became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Rockford, ill., where he remained five years.
At one time he was financial agent of Washington College and afterward for the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Chicago.
In 1866 he purchased a farm in Union County, south of Anna, where he engaged in farming until the death of his wife in 1887. For many years the deceased was a member of the Board of Directors of Union Academy at Anna, and took great interest in all educational and religious work.
He was well known to many in this city, having preached often in the Presbyterian church as a supply. At his request, he was buried at Elm Grove, W.Va., where many friends of his boyhood were laid at rest.
(E. R. Jinnette married Annie Faris on 31 Mar 1870, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Friendship Cemetery near Dongola reads:
Caleb Daywault 1817-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Arthur S. Lemen Born Jan. 6, 1865 Died Aug. 29, 1896.—Darrel
Berry Williams, died at his home near Marlow, Jefferson County, of paralysis. Deceased was 72, being one of the early pioneers of Jefferson County.
GENTLEMAN:—Please accept my thanks for the five thousand dollars paid to me
today by your agent, Thomas J. Kerth, being in full payment under
policy No. 32307 on the life of my husband, Mr. Charles Gilhofer,
deceased. This is most thankfully received, as it will be a boon to me and
my children. I feel that I can most heartily recommend my friends to
patronize your strong and very liberal company. Very respectfully yours.
Mrs. Lydia Gause, mother of Drs. E. J. and A. W. Gause, died at the home of her son at Kinmundy, Ill., on August 27. She was nearly 83 years old. She had lived with her son, Dr. W. J. Gause, at Hodges Park a large share of the time, but last fall went to Kinmundy to visit there. In April she received a severe fracture of her hip, the result of a fall, which laid her up, and until her death her suffering was severe and constant.
Funeral services were held the Saturday following her death, and her remains were taken to Westville, Ind., and laid at rest beside her husband.
deceased left two sisters and a brother, the latter, Prof. Jacob Cooper.
being one of the faculty at Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J. One of the
sister, Miss Ruth Cooper, lives with him there, and the other one,
Mrs. Mary Haskell, resides in Oxford, Ohio.
(Samuel Walter Mowery married Mary A. Lolless on 14 Feb 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Smyth, wife of P. H.
Smyth, weather observer here, died Tuesday afternoon and her remains
were taken to Charleston, S.C., yesterday for interment. Mr. and Mrs.
Smyth had been in Cairo but a short time, yet they made many friends who
are deeply grieved over her sudden death.
D. G. Chapman, brother of Pleas
T. Chapman, of Vienna, died in New Mexico, where he went in search of
health and his remains were taken through here yesterday to Vienna,
accompanied by the widow and brother.
Hornberger, a farmer living near Beech Ridge, was run over and killed
last Friday evening. He was returning from Cairo with a load of brick and in
crossing the Mobile & Ohio track near Beech Ridge, his team ran down the
steep incline and he was thrown from his seat and the wagon passed over him
breaking his neck and crushing him several ribs. Mrs. William White,
of this city, first discovered the body. He was coming in from his farm and
met the team in the road, running without a driver. A little farther on the
wagon seat lay broken beside the road and farther still he came across Mr.
Hornberger’s dead body. The coroner was immediately notified and held
an inquest Saturday. Mr. Hornberger was a steady, industrious farmer.
His wife has been in the hospital here. She is blind and also mentally
marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Lora Ruth daughter of T.
O. & E. M. Holly Died Sept. 9, 1896 Aged 4 Mos., 22 Ds.—Darrel
Dorsey Glades Wiegant, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Weigant,
of Sandusky, died last Saturday, Sept. 12, aged sixteen months. Gone to join
that company of whom it hath been said: “That in Heaven their angels do
always behold the face of my father, which is in Heaven.”
The twin children of Thomas Barker
and an infant of Paul Barker died last week of an affection of the
(Calvin Anderson married Celestra Harril on 5 Feb 1894, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
W. Campbell married Nettie Albright on 26 May 1895, in Union
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Howard Hale married Amanda L. Dover on 26 Aug 1888, in Union
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Josire J. H. Nickens married Mary A. Abernathie on 24 Jan
1867, in Union Co., Ill. Josiah
H. Nickens married Mrs. Amanda Worley on 23 Nov 1893, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker in
Ullin Cemetery reads: Joseph J.
Nickens 1846-1896. Mary
A. Nickens 1849-1888.
A floater was caught in the Ohio River near the bridge Monday. His feet were tied together and his throat was cut from the back of his neck clear around under his chin. In his pocket was found a discharge from the British merchantman, Egyptian Prince, which gave his name as Abraham Parfitt and his residence Murphysboro. The discharge was dated at New Orleans, April 4, 1896, and showed he had entered the service of the ship as fireman on Nov. 11, last. The body had been in the water several days. It was clad in a blue jumper, working pants and new gaiter shoes. The man was 33 years old and five feet seven inches high, and his complexion fair. There was undoubtedly foul crime committed and probably not very far from here.
Mrs. Minnie F. Fraser took her own life about five o'clock this morning. She took a pistol from under her pillow, pressed it against her heart and fired, the ball piercing her heart and the flash setting the bed clothing on fire. Her husband lay at her side and the noise awoke him. He sprang up and saw her gasping for breath. Then, rushing for assistance, he summoned the neighbors. Mr. J. C. Stewart came at once and rendered assistance in extinguishing the burning bed clothing. Dr. Gassoway was also called, but he could do no good, for she was dead.
Deceased married Alexander S. Frazer last Thursday night. She
was several years his senior. She gave up her position in the Lincoln
School as teacher, but realized that he could not alone support here and so
decided to resume her schoolwork. She was to have entered again this
morning. Last evening she complained of being very nervous. She
had not been well for some time and could not sleep at night, so her husband
summoned Dr. Strong who called about nine o'clock and gave her some
medicine. She returned with her husband about eleven o'clock and
apparently went to sleep and awoke at two-thirty when she told _____ was
felling better. That ________ knew until he found her _____.
The coroner's inquest was held this forenoon.
The terrible tragedy was an awful shock to her husband and child and to the community as well.
(Alexander Samuel Fraser married Minnie Francis Hendricks on
24 Sep 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.
George W. Hendricks married Minnie McDaniel on 10 Oct
1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Friendship Cemetery reads: Alicey wife of Caleb Daywault 1816-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
(Lewis T. Thompson married Judy Lentz on 5 May 1895, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. His marker in
New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Lewis T. Thompson Born Jan. 7, 1872 Died Oct. 2, 1896 Aged 24
Yrs., 8 Mos., & 25 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Vick married Ella Hartman on 17 Sep 1891, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in Vick Cemetery in Union County reads:
Kress R. son of E. F. & E. D. Vick Died Oct. 3, 1896, Aged 6
Mos. And 22 Ds. God blesses in
an early death And takes the infant to Himself.—Darrel Dexter)
Edward Taylor, a farmer on Cache Island, opposite Mound City, was hauling wood, when his team became frightened and ran away, and he was thrown out and his neck broken.
Noah Harris died Saturday from the effects of a gunshot wound. He was driving to his farm in the county from his home on Twenty-first Street and was accosted by a friend, Isom Findly, who wanted to ride. Findly was going hunting. In climbing into the wagon the hammer of the gun struck the side of the wagon and it was discharged, the contents tearing through the calf of one of the old man's legs. The shock and the loss of blood was more than Harris could recover from. Both parties were colored.
Montgomery, switchman for the Illinois Central, was run over and
killed at Mounds Friday. His mangled remains were brought to Cairo and
he died at the hospital Saturday. His family had recently gone to
Tuscola, Neb., where he expected to join them shortly.
Dr. L. Dyer died at his home in DuQuoin late Sunday night. He was in his ninetieth year. He left a large family of children and grandchildren among them being Mrs. J. J. Jennelle, Mrs. Ent and Mrs. J. S. McGahey, his daughters, who reside in Cairo.
J. Jennelle married Lucy E. Dyer on 6 Aug 1874, in Perry Co.,
Ill. James S. McGahey
married Carrie E. Dyer on 2 Sep 1862, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Harris M. Ridenhower married Augusta A. Hess on 20 Nov 1878,
in Johnson Co., Ill. Harris M.
Ridenhower married Nettie Beaupre on 23 Jan 1890, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(James V. Walker married Maggie Sams on 28 Jun 1891, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
the county court last week, Alexander S. Fraser waived his right to
any interest in the property of his deceased wife, Mrs. Minnie Fraser.
She left personal property to the value of $4,000, including $2,000 life
insurance and thirty shares of building and loan stock, besides her
homestead. This property will now all go to her child, Miss Vivian
Hendricks. The court appointed Egbert A. Smith
administrator and guardian. Mr. Frazer did a very commendable
Jennie Winter died in a hospital in St. Louis at 1:15 a.m. yesterday
morning. She went to St. Louis last Thursday to undergo an operation
to save her life. Her system, however, could not stand the shock and
she died. She has been a sufferer for several years, but was so
patient that few outside the family circle suspected anything was the
matter. She was born December 29, 1865, at Anna. She was a
sister of the Winter brothers, and leaves her mother and four
brothers and four sisters. Her death was a severe blow to a large
circle of friends as well as the immediate family. The remains were
brought down last night by her brother Claude.
Albright, who murdered Isaac Large, near Bertrand, Mo., last
week, was captured by the sheriff last Thursday morning in the Little River
bottom. Albright and his brother have been a menace to the
peace of the community for a long time, and the people are very indignant
over this cold-blooded murder.
Henry Scheeler, a boy of sixteen or seventeen years of age, was struck in the head by a rock thrown by a colored boy named Jesse Wordfork yesterday morning. The force of the blow crushed his skull, and he is now in the hospital in a precarious condition. The blow was the result of a quarrel. The negro has been arrested. Scheeler lives with his mother and brother on Douglas Street.
Richard Walsh, the contractor, died last Sunday night at 11:15 o'clock. He had been ill with rheumatism about seven or eight months, and a short time ago went down to Hot Springs. He remained there about ten days but derived no benefit, and had only returned a few days before his death. Asthma became complicated with rheumatism and resulted in his death.
The deceased was born a short distance from New Market, Ireland, about 1838. He came to this country in 1853 and learned the brick mason's trade in New York. A brother of his was Father Walsh, who was priest of St. Patrick's parish in this city in the early 60's. Through his influence probably, Mr. Walsh came to Cairo about 1860. He went to work at his trade, and in 1863 married. He followed his trade steadily until he became the leading brick mason here. He built more buildings in Cairo than any other man. He was a thorough, conscientious workman, and it was well understood that if Dick Walsh took a contract, the work would be well done. For the past twenty-five years, he conducted a grocery store at the corner of Twentieth Street and Commercial Avenue.
Besides his widow, the deceased left a family of five children, Mrs. McKemie, Mrs. D. M. Kelly, Jr., Dr. John T. Walsh, Oda and Richard Walsh. He was a member of the Catholic Knights of America, of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, of the Hibernian Fire Company and of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He carried $4,000 life insurance and left beside considerable property, all of which goes to his wife and children. Deceased was the last of a family of eleven children.
Funeral services were held yesterday morning and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
(Richard Walsh married Elizabeth Smith on 4 Sep 1864, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Frank
McKemie married Ellen Walsh on 5 Sep 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Daniel M. Kelly married Tessie Walsh on 5 Sep 1893, in
Alexander Co., Ill. His marker
in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Richard Walsh 1841-1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cunningham, died
suddenly Sunday evening. The deceased was twenty-eight years of age.
He was educated at the Chester (Pa.) Military Academy, and at one time held
a position in the City National Bank. A few months ago he embarked in
the grain and commission business with his father, the intention being that
the latter would retire when the business was firmly established. His
untimely death was a great blow to his parents. In their deep grief
the whole community will sympathize. Funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon from the family residence.
Anna Brown, of Mount Vernon, aged 70, died recently. She was a
pioneer of Jefferson County, where she located with the present site of
Mount Vernon was a wilderness.
Schiller, a widow of Summerfield, Saint Clair County, was murderously
assaulted and robbed of $100 by burglars. Three small children
depended on her for support.
(Joshua Dowver married Christina Lingle on 27 Oct 1840, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wilburt Fox, 20 years old, while showing his nerve handling a
revolver in the presence of friends near his home, at Oakdale, Washington
County, pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger. He is dead.
He was a member of one of the oldest and best-known families of the county.
Mrs. Myers, 80 years of age, was run over and literally ground to pieces by a Mobile & Ohio train near Mill Creek, Union County. She was walking on the track and failed to see and hear the approaching train.
The Shelbys are in trouble again over in Kentucky. Last week, Mort Shelby and his son Alfred assaulted John Taylor and his son, Thomas, beating them over the head with their guns, and mortally wounding them. The trouble broke out over some hogs of Taylor's which had got into Shelby's corn. Shelby set his dog on them and Taylor remonstrated telling Shelby he ought to repair his fence. Mort and his son fired several shots at the Taylors and then went after them using their guns as clubs, beating them into unconsciousness. Shelby, it will be remembered, was charged with the murder of Mrs. Moore, but he fought his case through several courts and was finally released. Since this last scrape, both of the Shelbys have disappeared.
and his son surrendered to the Paducah authorities last Saturday. The
first reports of the quarrel were exaggerated. Mort Shelby was
shot, John Taylor badly bruised, but Rome Taylor was probably
fatally beaten during the affray,
J. D. Crenshaw, of Makanda, died last Friday morning from the effects
of the injures he received hst a week before. He was going out to hunt
rabbits, when he stopped for a moment on the porch to get a drink of water.
He set the gun down against the table, when in some way it fell and was
discharged. The entire charge struck Mr. Crenshaw in the base
of the brain, back of the left ear, making a serious wound. Drs. T. L.
Agnew and Hastings of Makanda and Mitchell of
Carbondale, were called and did all that skill and science could do for the
wounded man. Rev. Crenshaw was pastor of the M. E. church at
Makanda. It will be remembered he delivered the address at Elco last
Fourth of July.
effort is being made on the part of his attorneys to secure the release of
Lindsey Jones, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for the murder
of John Goskie. The case has been taken to the supreme court of
Illinois on a writ of error in the effort to secure a reversal of the
judgment of the circuit court.
Another fatal shooting scrape occurred last Friday morning. Alfred
Allen, a crazy negro, attempted to carve Louis Myers with a razor
and he resented the familiarity with a pistol, with the result that Allen
died a few hours later. The trouble occurred at the Clark building.
(James Cruse married Mary Freeze on 30 Oct 1850, in Union Co.,
Ill. James Cruse married
Lydia E. Freeze on 26 Jun 1862, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:
James Cruse Born Feb. 7, 1826.
Lydia Emmaline Cruse Born Sept. 3, 1833 Died Nov. 30,
marker in McGinnis Cemetery reads:
Daniel S. Kincy Died Nov. 16, 1896.
D. S. Kincy married Margaret H. Blick on 9 Oct 1870, in
Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Maude N. Woodson Born Mar. 27, 1890 Died Nov. 20, 1896.—Darrel
The skeleton of a small child found near Morehouse last week by hunters has solved the mystery of the disappearance of the Bridgman child. This case attracted wide attention at the time, and as near as we can remember is about as follows:
Sometime late in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, Albert, the
seven-year-old so child of John Bridgeman, suddenly disappeared from
his home at Morehouse. No trace of him could be found; the woods were
scoured; the Himmelberger mill even shutting down for three or four
days and allowing its 400 hands to join in the search. A pelting rain
came down all this time. No clue upon which to vase a hope that would
clear the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance. Many
conjectured that he had wandered in the woods and perished from cold and
hunger; others that he had been stolen. A month later the police took
from two tramps a little boy that answered the description of the missing
child. He was brought to Morehouse, but the parents could not identify
The reason the body of the child was not found before this is attributable to the fact that the district where it lay has been underwater until a short time ago.
The Bridgeman boy, no doubt, wandered into the woods, fell into a slough and was drowned, his body sinking beneath the covering of grass and leaches and debris thereon.
tbus the weary days of watching and waiting and hoping on the part of the
Bridgeman family have been rewarded by a skeleton that went out from
them a year ago clothed in all the hues of health and life. It is
indeed a sad chapter in their lives!
(George Victor married Ellen Stokes on 28 Sep 1890, in Pulaski
Co., Ill. Her marker in Cache
Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Sarah Ellen wife of George Victor Born April 20, 1870 Departed
this Life Nov. 20, 1896.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Leroy Thomas, of Elco, died early Sunday morning, Nov. 22, after a severe and painful illness, which extended over several weeks. He was 69 years of age. He left a widow and three children. Mr. Thomas was a soldier in the Mexican War. He was then quite a young man. In 1862 he enlisted in the 60th regiment of Illinois Volunteers and again served his country in the field. In one of the severe fights in which the regiment was engaged, he lost an arm. He was discharged in 1865 and has lived at Elco ever since. He received a land warrant for service in the Mexican War and selected the land which he has since occupied as a homestead under it. His life was interesting and eventful. But he has paid the debt of nature as we all must do sooner or later. One by one the older soldiers answer the last roll call and are mustered out.
(Leroy Thomas married Catharine Cruse on 11 Nov 1849, in Union
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joseph A. Edmonson married Mrs. Dora Stodard on 25 Nov 1896,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Richard Preston, road supervisor for the Illinois Central railroad, committed suicide early Monday morning. He arose at 4:30 o'clock Monday morning. He arose at 4:30 o'clock as if to go to work as usual, and stretching himself on a lounge, pressed a pistol against his right temple and fired, death resulting instantly.
Deceased was 52 years of age. His duties required him to arise before day every morning, and he did not return from his work until eleven o'clock at night. Last summer he received a sunstroke from which he never fully recovered. He was also troubled with rheumatism. His great dread was to become a burden upon others, and the long hours and his failing health caused him to become very despondent. He left a note to his family in which was this injunction in regard to his burial: "Tim, I want you to get six men and pay them two dollars each and take me out to the suburban tomorrow morning and put me in a plain box, and no other person to go to see the last of Dick. I have everything on clean and I want to be buried just as I am."
was a Mason and the order conducted the funeral exercises.
Last Thursday evening the grand jury returned an indictment against Green P. Crabtree for manslaughter. We understand they had considered the matter several days and had at first decided not to indict but reconsidered it. The case was called Tuesday morning and continued by mutual agreement until the second Monday of the February term. Crabtree’s bondsmen were called in and renewed his bond. Judge F. M. Youngblood of Carbondale, was down, being retained to assist in the prosecution.
Mr. Moses Boger died at Elco last Friday morning after a long and serious illness, aged 76 years. He leaves a widow and several grown children. Mr. Boger was a North Carolinian by birth and spent three years in the Confederate Army. He came to Elco about 1866 and has lived there about thirty years. He was a kind neighbor and a good citizen.
marriage bond was issued for Moses Boger and Margaret E. Klutts
on 17 Jan 1866, in Rowan Co., N.C.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. Louis McDaniel died last Saturday evening at his home in Sandusky. He was taken ill with pneumonia only the Tuesday before. the deceased was 69 years of age, and had spent his entire life in Alexander County. He was born near Wheatland. Although he never attended school but three months in his life, he was a very well read man. He practiced his profession, medicine, and farmed, rearing a large family of children. Eight now survive him. Mrs. Peter Miller, Mrs. Henry Dunning, the Widow Smalling, and five sons, W. H., Benjamin, Elisha, Ingersoll, and Jerry. He was married twice and his second wife survives him, though her health is very poor.
(Lewis McDaniel married Lorena Rhodes on 7 Mar 1847, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Louis
McDaniel married Prudence Turpin on 25 Apr 1871, in Alexander
Co., Ill. Peter Miller
married Anjaline McDaniel on 10 Jan 1867, in Alexander Co.,
(George H. Resh married Melinda Knupp on 19 Dec 1886, in Union
Co., Ill. A marker in I. O. O.
F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:
Eldie Resh 1881-1897.—Darrel Dexter)
Wilson Porterfield married Laura Ellen Mowery on 11 Apr 1886,
in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in
Christian Chapel Cemetery reads:
Laura E. wife of J. W. Porterfield Died Dec. 11, 1896 Age 32 Yrs., 6
Ms., & 9 Ds. As a wife devoted,
as a mother affectionate, as a friend ever kind and true.—Darrel Dexter)
our friends and friends of our boy, we humbly offer our heartfelt thanks to
the kind and benevolent people of Dongola, especially for the Christian
friends, for not only their much needed and appreciated sympathy in our
almost intolerable bereavement, but also for the assistance and kindness
tendered our dear boy, who was crushed under a moving train, during the
short time he lived. He said he was trusting in Jesus and was going home.
The trial of John Lemley, Barty Lynn and the latter's grandson, Edward Lynn, of Metropolis, for the murder of Benjamin Ladd at Brooklyn, in the same county, May 3, last, was concluded last Friday, when the jury returned a verdict of guilty, fixing Lemley's punishment at ninety-nine years in the penitentiary, Bart Lynn's at twenty years and Edward Lynn's at fourteen years.
Lemley admitted the killing, but said he did it in defense of Nora Lessey, a 14-year-old girl, whom he claimed Ladd was pursuing. Lemley is 69 years old and Barty Lynn 76. Edward Lynn is not yet of age.
(Bartly Lynn married Margaret E. Turner on 28 May 1843, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sheriff Miller returned Tuesday night with Frank Conners who
was captured at Ripley, Tenn. Conners killed another negro on the
levee about a year ago, striking him on the head with a soda bottle. He
skipped out and he was tracked to Beech Ridge, where he had a cabin. While
his searchers were going through it, he hid the chimney and they failed to
find him. He went to St. Louis and several places in the south and was
finally arrested at Ripley, Tenn. He got in a quarrel with another Cairo
negro in a crap game and the latter peached on him. He came without a
WHEREAS, It has pleased God to call from our midst our beloved sister, Laura Moore, and while He, in his infinite wisdom, knows best and does all things well, we deeply regret the taking away of our sister and true friends;
RESOLVED, That we the members of Golden Rod, R. D. Lodge No. 105 I. O. O. F. greatly deplore the loss we have sustained in the death of our sister, who has been called to that mansion above where there is no parting, pain or sorrow.
RESOLVED, That we mourn her departure as by it or lodge has lost a faithful member, her husband a dear helpmate, her infants son a loving and affectionate mother, the community a friends and we a true sister.
RESOLVED, That we tender the bereaved husband and little on, our deepest sympathy in their bereavement, also her aged father, sister and brothers, and we commend them to the great Creator, who alone can sustain them in their trouble.
RESOLVED, That the charter of this lodge be draped in mourning thirty days,
and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of the lodge and a
copy to the bereaved family, also a copy be sent to the county papers,
Anna Talk and Cairo Citizen for publication.
Pneumonia is prevailing fearfully at and around Sandusky and is very fatal. Mrs. Denton, wife of Joseph Denton, died Sunday, Dec. 13. Joseph Denton, himself, died Wednesday, Dec. 16. Mrs. McRaven, wife of William R. McRaven, died Saturday, the 19th, and was buried Monday. Dr. A. C. Mann, of Sandusky, was the attending physician in these cases as we understand and he died Monday evening, Dec. 21. There are other cases of pneumonia at Sandusky, among them we have heard the name of Thomas Smithey mentioned. We hope and trust that the scourge will soon pass by.
(Joseph B. Denton married Maria Palmer on 11 Nov 1875, in
Alexander Co., Ill.
William R. McRaven married Mary E. Cowel on 26 Aug 1866, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry Droge married Mary McAuliffe on 23 Oct 1888, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Albert C. Mann married Mary A. Coakley on 9 Apr 1888, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Report from Thebes comes that J. M. C. Durham was thrown from a horse last Saturday and injured internally so that he died Sunday. The report could not be positively confirmed.
MOUND CITY, Ill., Dec. 30.—Hon. James B. Crandall, the oldest member of the Mound City bar, died at his residence in Mound City Wednesday morning at two o'clock. Deceased had been in the practice of law for 35 years.
James B. Crandall was born in Loraine County, Ohio, April 10, 1837. He was the fourth of a family of seven children. He was educated at Oberlin, Ohio, and taught school for many years in Ohio and Illinois. He came to Pulaski County, Ill., in 1858, teaching school at Grand Chain and Caledonia. In 1860 he was admitted to the bar and commenced practicing law at Caledonia, but moved to Mound City in 1863 and followed the mercantile business for two years, resuming his law practice in 1865. That year he formed a partnership with D. W. Munn, now of Chicago, and in 1871 formed a partnership with John Linegar, which continued many years.
Mr. Crandall was married twice. His first wife, Victoria Rigby, daughter of Capt. John W. Rigby, died in 1863. He married a second time in 1869 to Rebecca J. Craig, who survives him. He leaves two children, a son in Chicago, and a daughter living at Mound City.
Mr. Crandall had been county treasurer, member of city council and also city attorney at Mound City.
Unknown Man Found Murdered.
body of an unknown man was found in a smoldering fire near the home of
Valentine Kern, a farmer near Red Bud. His skull had been crushed.
(Moses Day married Nancy Thompson on 11 Jun 1875, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)