Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
6 Jan 1898-29 Dec 1898
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Thursday, 6 Jan 1898:
(Elmer E. McRaven
married Alice Jarvis on 6 Oct 1895, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Eli Ebbert Kimmel
married Mollie Williams on 13 Aug 1890, in Union Co., Ill. Henry E.
Eddleman married Aquila J. Williams on 12 Oct 1876, in Union
Co., Ill. Frank Brevard married Alice Williams on 18 May
1880, in Union Co., Ill. One marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola
reads: Mollie Williams Kimmel 1867-1897.—Darrel Dexter)
(Tapley White married
Rebecca E. Childers on 31 Dec 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Thomas M. Gore
married Elizabeth M. Parrish on 24 Dec 1878, in Johnson Co.,
The following from the
St. Louis Globe Democrat of Saturday tells of the death of a former
Cairoite: Hugh M. Mann, an old resident of St. Louis, died yesterday
morning at St. Mary's Infirmary, after a short illness. Mr. Mann was
born in Philadelphia seventy-eight years ago, and spent his early life in
Louisville and Cincinnati. After his father's death he came to St. Louis.
During the gold fever of '49 he went to California, where he was quite
successful in mining and also carried on a large foundry business in San
Francisco. A few years later he returned to St. Louis and entered the
foundry business with Mr. Joseph B. Reed. At the beginning of the
Civil War the firm of Reed & Mann moved to Cairo, Ill., and
built many of the steamboats used during the war on the river.
(Eli Sowers married
Malinda Braddy on 27 Mar 1873, in Union Co., Ill. One marker in Mt.
Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Bertha L. Dau. of Eli & Malinda
Sowers Born June 7, 1887 Died June 5, 1898, Aged 10 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 28
Mrs. Sarah A. Johnson
was born in Missouri Dec. 15th, 1854, and at the age of 15 moved to
Alexander County, Ill., where she resided up to the time of her death. She
was married to Nathan Sams in January 1871. To them were born four
children, two of whom are still living. After the death of her first
husband she was married to Thomas Johnson on the 24th of February
1881. From this marriage there were seven children of whom five are
living. She was ever a faithful and loving companion, a true and devoted
mother. For the past two months her health was not good. She was taken
much worse on Wednesday, Dec. 29th, and declined rapidly until death came to
her relief on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, at 3 p.m. at the family residence near
McClure, Ill. She leaves a husband and children besides many relatives and
friends to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted by the
writer from the residence and the body was interred in the family burying
ground four miles distant to await the morning of the resurrection. May the
tender mercies of a loving and compassionate Heavenly Father attend the
bereaved father and husband and ever be over and around about the motherless
(Nathan Sams married
Sarah A. Dickerson on 24 Jan 1871, in Union Co., Ill. Thomas J.
Johnson married Mrs. Sarah A. Sams on 24 Feb 1881, in Union Co.,
Happy, jovial Harris Schultze is dead. He was suddenly taken off in the prime of life. Saturday evening he attended choir meeting at the Lutheran church as usual. He was a great lover of music and was always on hand to join in the singing. Sunday morning he arose, apparently as well as ever, but was stricken with apoplexy almost immediately and his life hung in the balance until about 7:30 o’clock Monday evening when he died. The suddenness of his taking off was a great shock to everyone. Mr. Schultze was 44 years of age. He was born in Chicago on May 16, 1853, and was the son of Christian and Caroline Schulze and the only boy among six children. He came to Cairo with his parents when young. He was one of the first class to be confirmed in the Lutheran church here in 1867. On Nov. 12, 1878, he married Hermina A. Lohr, daughter of Andrew Lohr. The widow and two children, Edith and Harris, survive him, also his aged mother and two sisters, all of whom are here to attend the funeral. The mother and one sister reside at Grand Tower, and his married sister lives at Murphysboro. Mr. Schulze was formerly engaged in the grocery business here, but later has been in the employ of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. He was an active member of the Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F., and the Arab Fire Company. Funeral services are held at the Lutheran church this afternoon and the remains will be interred at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
married Hermine A. Lohr on 21 Nov 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Mary Barrett Yost, wife of Casper Yost, died last Monday forenoon at eleven o’clock, after an illness of a few days. She attended a meeting of the missionary society of the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon of last week and returning home was taken with pneumonia, from which she never recovered. The disease was progressing favorably, but heart failure set in and she died at eleven o’clock.
Mrs. Yost was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill., on July 2nd, 1844, her maiden name being Mary E. Barrett. Even in her early childhood she was always active in church work and as a leader of the singing. She was married to Mr. Yost on Sept. 17, 1862, and in 1866 they moved to Cairo, where they have resided continuously. Her husband alone survives her. Mrs. Minnie Countryman, who was a ward of Mr. Yost, was reared by them, but they had no children of their own.
During her entire life, Mrs. Yost was a sufferer. When a child she became lame in her left foot, and since her marriage she has been an invalid and suffered constantly from other causes, but in spite of bodily ailments she was always cheerful, unusually so, and active in benevolent work. Before her health compelled her to give up the work, she was a faithful worker in the Methodist Sunday School, and at her death was one of the church stewards. In the Woman’s Relief Corps she held a number of positions, among them president and was installed treasurer of the corps on Jan. 3d, last. She also held positions in the state organizations. In whatever organization she labored, she was always willing and was always a ready, and an intelligent and pointed talker, consequently her services were always in demand.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, Wednesday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
Mrs. Yost was the youngest of ten children, and two brothers survive her. One of them, Siras A. Barrett, of Ashley, with his family, attended the funeral. The other brother lives in Arkansas.
Mr. Yost has been for a number of years a mail carrier at the post office, and their home is at 531 Thirty-fourth Street.
(Caspar Yost married
Mary E. Barrett on 18 Sep 1862, in Jefferson Co., Ill. Her marker in
Cairo City Cemetery reads: Mary Barrett Yost Born July 2, 1844 Died
Jan. 17, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(Eli Jefferson Dillow
married Olive Jane Dillow on 19 Dec 1889, in Union Co., Ill. One
marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads: Doile V. son of E. J. &
O. J. Dillow Born Aug. 4, 1895 Died Jan. 10, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
E. C. Cowan, of Cauble School near Mill Creek, Lies Very Low as a Result.
MILL CREEK, Ill., Jan. 18.—Quite a serious difficulty occurred on Sunday night last on the road home from church between Scott and Henry Jordan, aged about 18 and 20 years respectively, sons of John Jordan, Sr., on the one side and E. C. Cowan, teacher of the Cauble school, upon the other.
It appears that Henry, who had not been attending school, went to the schoolhouse one day last week, tied a string to the side of the house and stepping back some distance began sawing it across with a piece of rosin, thus creating considerable racket on the inside and disturbing the scholars. It is said that Mr. Cowan sent two of the boys out to ascertain the cause of the disturbance, who came back and reported to the teacher the facts as stated; whereupon he went out and remonstrated with the disturber, requesting him to desist—go away and not interfere—but instead he began cursing the teacher, even following him into the house and continuing his profanity in the presence of the whole school in spite of the remonstrance of Mr. Cowan.
Then another source of the trouble, as reported by one of the directors, was the refusal of a youngster to speak to the teacher each morning when he came to school. Mr. Cowan had objected to this strenuously and warned the young gentleman in question that if he refused subsequently he would put him out of the house and compel him to speak before being admitted again. So that the following day when the obstinate youth put in appearance he politely refused to do as requested, whereupon the teacher proceeded to carry out his former declaration. It was at this stage that Scott took a hand by saying that he would be looked after later, or words of similar import.
It is said that he and Henry were on the lookout for Mr. Cowan Wednesday night, after church, but he went home in a wagon with Mr. Henry Goodman. So that on Sunday night they were again on the watch and were more successful. On their way home about one-fourth of a mile from town, Mr. Cowan was walking along the road with Messrs. George Lackey and Henry Vick, who were riding horseback, when they were overtaken by the two Jordan boys, one of whom struck Mr. Cowan on the side of the head just back of, and above, the left ear, felling him instantly. The one who did the striking went off on a run, and the other made a rush to jump upon the prostrate man, but Mr. Vick sprang from his horse and detained him.
It was found upon examination that the wound was of a very serious nature and the injured man has been unconscious a greater portion of the time since the incident occurred up to this writing.
The boys were placed under arrest on Monday night, guarded until Tuesday evening, when they were handcuffed together and taken to jail at Jonesboro by Constable H. S. Cruse for ten days to await the result of the injuries to Mr. Cowan.
State’s Attorney Lingle came down to prosecute the case and Mr. P. H. Hileman to defend them.
It is earnestly hoped that the injured man may speedily recover, but Drs. Heilig and Lawrence express serious doubts as to the result.
A newly made grave at Unity graveyard marks the resting place of a beloved friend, Mrs. Charlotte Oller, who died at her home near Olive Branch, Ill., Jan. 6th, 1896, aged 48 years. She had been in poor health for some time, but would not give up until overcome by pneumonia. She was seriously ill but a short time and the news of her death spread with quickening sorrow to her many friends. She had lived a consistent Christian for thirty years, which is a great consolation to the broken hearted family. She was conscious until the last spark of life faded away and even when dying said she was prepared and willing to go.
Want Damages for the Katherine Accident.
Betty Hall, widow of Louis Hall, the negro fireman on the Katherine, who lost his life when the ferryboat was wrecked in May 1896, has taken out letters of administration in the county court in order to be able to bring suit against the Cairo City Ferry Company and Capt. J. S. Hacker for damages. Last Saturday at Wickliffe, Ky., a judgment for $640 was entered against the ferry company for the death of Miss Bertha Stanley in the same accident.
(Louis Hall married Betty Hayman on 10 Sep 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 27 Jan 1898:
The high wind of Saturday evening blew down a large section of the wall of the City National Bank building. It went crashing through the building of Louis Herbert, adjoining on the south, carrying death and destruction with it. In Herbert's office, in the rear of his wholesale liquor store, were Harry Cushman, the bookkeeper, and three colored men who worked for Mr. Herbert. They immediately sprang to escape the falling walls. Mr. Cushman and two of the men succeeded in getting out, not without some injuries from the flying debris, but the third colored man, Sam Boston, was crushed to death. To add further horror to the situation the wreck caught fire and completed the destruction of the building. The flames burned from 5:30 o'clock p.m. when the accident happened, until ten or eleven o'clock at night, and were confined to the one building only by the strenuous efforts of the fire department. A large quantity of whiskey stored in the basement fed the flames and the high wind made them burn furiously. For a time it seemed almost certain that Uncle Joe's Hotel, next on the south, would catch fire and that the bank building might also again suffer from the flames.
Mr. Herbert carried $4,000 insurance upon his building in Candee's agency and he had also some insurance upon his stock. He was fully protected. The loss to Uncle Joe's hotel, from smoke and water, which was merely nominal, was also covered by insurance. The front rooms upstairs in the Herbert building were occupied by the Illinois Club, and they lost their furnishing, etc. Mr. Herbert also lived in the building and of course all his effects ere consumed. He was also the possessor of one of the finest numismatic collections in the west, which included one of the celebrated 1804 dollars. The most valued coins were in the safe, but a few were not and melted in the fire. The outer doors of the safe were open, as the fire started during business hours, but the safe fell on its side and fortunately was so protected by debris that the fire did not injure its contents.
Sunday morning work in the ruins to recover the remains of Boston was begun and his body, crushed and severely burned was found. He leaves a widow.
Mr. Herbert has
opened for business on Eighth Street since the fire.
Mrs. C. M. Buster
died at her home in the country, January 19. She leaves a husband and
several children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. (Thebes)
(His marker in Cobden
Cemetery reads: Charles T. Farrell 1823-1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Turley married
Ida Turley on 2 Sep 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 3 Feb 1898:
Two persons were drowned in the Ohio River just before six o'clock last evening. R. P. Holley, of East Cairo, Ky., with his wife and infant babe, and their hired girl, Lulu Brown, entered a skiff at Eight Street to return home. The boat had scarcely left the shore when Holley lost an oar and so lost control of the boat in the swift current. It was carried against a snag at the head of the wharf boat and overturned. The occupants managed to grip hold of the skiff, all of course except the baby, and in this way they floated down under the outer guard of the wharf boat and as far as the ferry landing when help reached them. The transfer steamer Morgan was coming in to her landing just at the time and seeing the accident, Capt. Lippett held his boat out in the river to avoid running down the unfortunates, while a yawl was hastily put out. As the yawl neared the skiff the Brown girl lost her hold and went down. The others were rescued and landed at Fourth Street, where they were taken care of. The young woman who was drowned was about 16 years old. The baby was only six weeks old and was known as the smallest child in this section, having weighed only three quarters of a pound at its birth. Holley is employed as a night watchman at East Cairo. He also runs a slaughterhouse over there and supplies meat for a butcher shop in North Cairo. The terrible accident was witnessed by quite a large crowd of people.
(Robert P. Holley
married Ida Farmer on 4 Oct 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. W. L. Bristol passed on from this life to the life beyond about one o'clock yesterday morning, February 2nd. She had been quite ill since September 1896, suffering from a stomach trouble. Much of the time she had been confined to her bed. Last summer, a sister who lives in California was here with her for some time and they planned to have Mrs. Bristol accompany her to California. But her strength gradually failed and she could not undertake such a journey. Finally some weeks ago she went to Chicago, and entered Pratt’s Sanitarium for treatment. But she derived no benefit from the treatment, and about ten days ago Mr. Bristol brought her home only to tarry with us a few days until the spirit, weary and worn with suffering, took its flight. She suffered very much, almost constantly, but was always patient and uncomplaining.
Mrs. Bristol was born in Cambridge, New York, November 3rd, 1843, and was consequently in the 55th year of her age. Her maiden name was Louesa S. Watkins. She was married to Walter S. Bristol December 25, 1866, at Bristol, Wisconsin, and the family has lived in Cairo since the marriage. Besides her husband, Walter L. Bristol, she left four sons, namely: Walter W. now residing in Berkley, California, William E., residing in Chicago, Lewis T., residing in Dongola, and J. B. Bristol residing with his father in Cairo, also Florence, an adopted daughter residing here.
Mrs. Bristol had been
an active member of the Methodist church since she was ten years of age, and
during her 31 years in Cairo her influence had always been felt for good.
She was quite and unassuming, but always reliable and always influential.
She had been a active member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union since
its organization more than twenty years ago. But her work is done and well
done and she now rests from her labors. She died as she lived, a faithful
Christian and has gone to her reward. Her loss to the community, to the
church, and to society is very great. But to her family, to her husband,
and sons, her loss is irreparable. Funeral today at the Methodist church,
and burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.
son of a prominent farmer living near Olney, was crushed to death the other
day in a runaway accident.
George T. Adams, of Ullin, died last Friday morning at 6:30 o'clock, of pneumonia, complicated with other disease. He had only been sick about ten days. Mr. Adams was widely known as a mill man. For probably twenty-five years he had charge of Bell's mill at Ullin, Funeral services were held Sunday and the remains were buried in the Ullin Cemetery. The following sketch of his life is from the county history:
George T. Adams was born in Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts, March 13, 1835, and was a son of Timothy and Laura (Twitche) Adams, the father being a distant relative of President John Quincy Adams. There were three children—Rosanna, wife of Dutton DeWood, of Pana, Ill.; Achsah, wife of Emory Gage, of Athol, Mass., and George T., who received his education at the schools of New Salem, Mass., and then went to door and sash manufactory in his native town. In that mill he remained until 1857, and then came to Pulaski County, Illinois, where he worked in a mill owned by Dutton DeWood. After remaining in that location for four years he returned to his native town. At the latter place he also remained four years; then in 1865 came back to Pulaski County and commenced working in James Bell's mill, at Ullin.
Mr. Adams was married February 24, 1866, to Mrs. Hennie R. Morford, nee Mangold, who was born in Pennsylvania. The lady is the mother of four children by her present husband, one of whom is now living—Roy, born February 24, 1873. Mr. Adams was a member of Dongola Lodge No. 581, A. F. & A. M. and of the American Legion of Honor. In politics he was a Republican.
(His marker in Ullin
Cemetery reads: George T. Adams Born Athol, Mass., March 13, 1835,
Died Ullin, Ills., Jan. 28, 1898. If we be dead with Christ, we shall also
live with him. For if we are planted together in the likeness of death, We
shall also be in the likeness of his resurrection.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: Henry Hilton 1816-1899. Father. Margret
Hilton, his wife, Died Jan 1898 Aged 72 Years. Mother. At
(A marker in Cobden Cemetery
reads: Isaac G. Goodrich Born May 13, 1814 Died Jan. 30 1898.—Darrel
Hon. George R. Minnich, of Villa Ridge, died Monday morning, February 7th, after a long and painful illness of pneumonia. He was born in Clark County, Ohio, in 1825 and came to Pulaski County in 1856. He was consequently seventy-three years of age when he died, and had lived in the county more than forty-one years. He had been a man of prominence and influence. He had been sheriff of the county and also surveyor. During the period of his active public life he was a very ready and effective public speaker. For the past ten or fifteen years he has lived a quiet retired life and has not been much before the public. He leaves two sons, W. P. Minnich an active businessman of Villa Ridge and Grant Minnich, a dentist. He commanded great respect wherever known.
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: George Minnich Died Feb. 7, 1898 Aged
72 Yrs. And 5 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
(William M. Stringer
married Mary Jane Kelly on 28 Sep 1869, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
The lifeless body of Richard
Neall, aged 67 years, was found lying in a pasture on his farm south
of Huey, Clinton County. Death was due to injuries sustained in an
encounter with an enraged bull. The deceased was one of the largest fruit
growers in the county.
(Thomas G. Holland
married Armelia Goodrich on 24 Jul 1840, in Jefferson CO.,
Mrs. Elizabeth Parker, widow of the late Miles W. Parker, died yesterday morning, February 9th, after a long and painful illness. She was born in Pennsylvania, September 24th,1826, and married Miles W. Parker in 1852. She was conceded to be the oldest citizen of Cairo in point of residence. It is said that she had lived here since 1839—a period of 58 years. She leaves surviving her one daughter—Mrs. Mary A. Axley, wife of French Axley and two sons-in-law, William Winter and Herbert Harrell, of Chicago. The funeral occurs this afternoon at the M. E. church. Burial at Villa Ridge.
(William French Axley
married Mary Ann Parker on 8 Oct 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill.
William Winter, Jr., married Nellie Parker on 24 Dec 1876, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Robert A. Harrell married Emma Parker on
14 Sep 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery
reads: Elizabeth wife of Miles W. Parker Died Feb. 9, 1898, Aged 71
Yrs., 4 Mos., & 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: Marie J. daughter of F. & M. R. Schlittler
Born Feb. 3, 1892 Died Feb. 11, 1898—Darrel Dexter)
Hon. Henry M. Smith died at his home in Olmstead last Saturday morning, February 19th, in the 78th year of his age. He had been rapidly failing for the past year or two. He died pf pneumonia after an illness of about two weeks. He leaves a widow and several grown children to mourn the loss of a husband and father. Judge Smith was born May 3, 1820, in South Carolina. In 1830, his father removed with his family to Pulaski County and so Henry M. Smith had lived in the county more than sixty-seven years. He was reared upon a farm. When twenty-four years of age he was elected sheriff of the county and held the office four year. In 1852 he was elected judge of the county court, but after serving one year he resigned and studied law with Hon. John Dougherty. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and from that time practiced his profession in Pulaski County and Southern Illinois. He was elected circuit clerk in 1860 and held that office eight years. In 1872 he was elected state's attorney and served four years. In 1879 he was elected county judge to fill the vacancy and in 1882 was again elected for the tem of four years.
In addition to the practice
of law he was also engaged in trade. He started a general store at Caledonia
in 1863. After the completion of the Cairo & Vincennes railroad he removed
his store to Olmstead and carried it on until his death. He also carried on
a large farm near Olmstead. Judge Smith was a man of high character
and was universally respected. His integrity was unquestioned. He was a
man to be relied upon. His word was as good as his bond. Such men give
character to the community in which they live. In their death the community
suffers a severe loss.
(His marker in Mission Chapel Cemetery near Dongola reads: William C. Hindman Died Feb. 14, 1898, Aged 62 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
(Dennis I. Mowery
married Delia S. Williams on 29 Mar 1891, in Union Co., Ill. Her
marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: Ruth C. daughter of Dennis I. & Delia
S. Mowery Died Feb. 16, 1898, Aged 5 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 26 Ds.—Darrel
The infant child of C. G. Copeland, a farmer four miles northwest of Carterville, was burned to death. Mother badly burned trying to save little ones.
(C. G. Copeland
married Dora Bishop on 9 Oct 1892, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel
They Wrangled for Three Hours Over the Verdict and Then Those Who Wanted to Convict Surrendered.—Result Reached at Eight O’clock Last Night.—The Verdict Severely Criticized.
Ernest Hartman was acquitted by the jury at eight o’clock last night and went out from the courthouse once more free. Twelve men said he must not be punished for taking the life of Charles Samones at Unity on September 10th last.
The case went to the jury at five o’clock yesterday evening. It is said nine were for acquittal and three for conviction at the start. They argued and wrangled for three hours and at eight o’clock last night suddenly announced that they had reached a verdict. The judge was summoned and to the surprise of nearly all they acquitted Hartman.
The verdict is very freely criticized by the public. The feeling is that the law has been outraged. Especially will the people in the country be indignant where Hartman and Samones were best known. The jury was composed entirely of Cairo men or the result might have been different.
The Hartman case was taken up by the court Monday morning when Earnest Hartman was arraigned and pleaded not guilty. A jury was then selected. Edwin Halliday, A. J. Reese and Rudolph Hebsacker were taken from the regular panel, and the remainder of the twelve were Gus Winter, J. H. Woodward, Earnest Lemen, C. R. Stuart, Jr., Frank Fry, G. A. Swoboda, Robert H. Baird, Richard Ruffin and Phil Shafer. M. F. Gilbert and Reed Green conducted the defense, their effort being to prove self-defense, and William N. Butler prosecuted. Tuesday was entirely taken up in the examination of witnesses, and a part of Wednesday. The State put on the stand William Bronson, John Smith, Robert Donovan, James Crain, Mrs. Sarah Asher, E. T. Boles, W. L. Richmond, Joseph Berry, Claud Ireland, William A. Miller and John B. Stepp. The witnesses for the defense were George Hardin, Robert J. Weigant, Tom Welfont, Hazard Martin, William H. Berry, Edward Hodges and the defendant.
Yesterday morning the prosecution introduced witnesses in rebuttal and then the arguments were made by the counsel, which consumed the entire day.
The crime was committed on September 10th last, at Unity. During the afternoon a trial was in progress before Squire W. L. Richmond. Charles Samones and Ernest Hartman were among the spectators. Samones made a suggestion to the person who was conducting the examination of a witness and Hartman accused him of “putting in.” Hot words followed, and after court adjourned the quarrel was resumed. Samones walked up to Hartman and told him he would slap his face if he put his lip in any more. Hartman told him to slap. Samones laid his left hand on Hartman’s shoulder when the latter thrust a knife in Samones’ left side. He made three stabs under Samones’ left arm. Samones then threw Hartman down and took the knife away from him. Then he commenced to weaken, and died in twenty minutes.
The testimony of the
defendant was that after the trial Samones came out of the justice’s
court and walking up to him, grabbed him by the throat and struck him a blow
on the side of his face. Dizzy with pain and with the force of the blow, he
fell to the ground, and realizing his life was in danger stabbed Samones
as he fell, two or more times. When Samones was pulled off,
Hartman threw his knife away and then got up. He testified his throat
was lacerated by the grip of Samones and that his face was
The Woman’s Relief Corps held memorial services Monday evening in their hall in memory of Mrs. Casper Yost. The hall was appropriately decorated, and a vacant chair heavily draped in mourning, marked the place where she was so frequently to be found. The exercises, both the music and the addresses, were in keeping with the character of the evening and were very touching.
Addresses were made by Mayor N. B. Thistlewood, Judge John H. Robinson, Judge A. Comings, E. S. Dewey and H. A. Hannon and also by Miss Annie Stuart, and Mrs. H. A. Hannon read a series of resolutions, which had been prepared. At the conclusion of the service Miss Stuart presented Comrade Yost, on behalf of the corps, with a magnificent bouquet of choice flowers, as a token of sympathy and esteem, accompanying it with an appropriate speech. Mr. Yost was quite overcome with emotion, but he responded as best he could.
The following are the resolutions:
In the midst of life we are in death! Swiftly and surely, but alas! Too closely we hear the clanging of that dread summons which calls from our ranks one who has been esteemed, honored and loved. The twilight of our earthly course draws on space, and in the glinting rays of the fading sun, we snatch with tearful eyes the passing of some loved one. “To that bourne from whence no traveler e’er returns.”
Words fail us and our voices falter, when we look over the past and try and end expression for the kindness and faithful cooperation we have ever received from the hands of our departed sister, there is a blessed heritage, a love offering, a reward awaiting you, our dear sister, now that you have joined the ranks of the heavenly host, the glorious work you accomplished will not go unrewarded, and when you were summoned before our heavenly commander for the last roll call, your decoration will be Love, Purity, Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty, to mankind.
Noble type of American Nobility in spirits and patriotism, over your grave in the silent city of the dead where you are silently sleeping should rest a stone, engraved on its face. America’s highest type of noble womanhood. Therefore be it,
Resolved, by this corps that in her death we have lost one of our ablest members, and a loyal and devoted friend, not alone to the members of this corps and department, but to every survivor of the Union Army the great unselfish heart of Mary E. Yost went out in fullest sympathy, no task was too difficult for her to undertake, no duty too arduous for her to perform, in the interest of one who had worn the Union Blue.
Resolved, That we sincerely condole with Comrade Yost on the dispensation with which it has pleased divine providence to afflict him, may the Great Healer bring to him surcease of sorrow which human sympathy cannot control.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded Comrade Yost, and that as a distinguished mark of respect to our dead sister the charter be draped in mourning for thirty days, and a page in our records be set aside to her memory.
Sarah Echols Hannon,
(Elbert J. Karraker
married Amanda E. Lingle on 22 Dec 1881, in Union Co., Ill. His
marker in Christian Chapel Cemetery near Dongola reads: Elbert J.
Karraker 1863-1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Casper
Cemetery does not have a death date, but reads: Leah wife of A. Wilson
Lingle Born in N.C. July 26, 1816.—Darrel Dexter)
McCLURE, ILL., March
9.—Alexander Wilkerson, while working upon the farm was instantly
killed today by a falling tree. Mr. Wilkerson was probably fifty
years old. He was a son of Mrs. Susan B. Lightner, and a stepson of
the late Judge Lightner. He was raised at Thebes, learned to be
pilot under Capt. Shep Lightner, and was employed for a number of
years upon the Emma C. Elliot, which plied between Grand Tower and
St. Louis. Recently he had come to live with and care for his aged mother.
His sudden death was a severe shock to his mother.
L. S. Wilson, a carpenter, employed on the new high school building, fell from a ladder last Thursday evening, when coming down off the roof to quit work for the day, and sustained injuries which resulted fatally later. He missed his footing and fell from the top of the building clear to the ground, breaking both arms, dislocating his shoulder and injuring his head and receiving other serious injuries. He was taken to St. Mary's Infirmary where he died Sunday noon.
Wilson was a married man and moved here from Dongola about three years ago. He was not living with his wife, however, recently. His remains were taken to Dongola for burial.
(Lewis S. Wilson
married Mrs. Margaret E. Craig nee Hatfield on 9
Mar 1879, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Laura Evans Halliday, widow of the late H. L. Halliday, died at Milwaukee, Wis., at one o'clock p.m., Saturday. A sudden attack of pneumonia hastened her death. She had been in failing health ever since the death of her husband, in September 1895, and two years ago entered a sanitarium at Milwaukee where she remained till her death.
Mrs. Halliday was born in Zenia, Ohio, on July 24, 1846 , and married Mr. Halliday in 1867, when she came to Cairo. She leaves four children, Mrs. George H. Capen, of St. Louis; Mrs. Preston T. Kellsey, of Indianapolis; Harrey E. Halliday and Douglas Halliday, both of this city. Her mother, Mrs. Louise Fishback, who resides here, and a brother, Charles H. Evans, of Galveston, Texas, also survive her.
Funeral services were held at the family residence by Rev. F. A. DeRosset, Tuesday afternoon and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery and laid at rest in the family lot. All of the children of the deceased were present at the funeral.
(George H. Capen
married Eliza P. Halliday on 7 Nov 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Preston Telfor Kelsey married Laura Esther Halliday on 12 Dec
1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Frank J. Chapman
married Ruth Madden on 24 Nov 1880, in Johnson Co., Ill. James M.
Cole married Olive E. Peterson on 21 Mar 1883, in Johnson Co.,
(His marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: George P. Bourland Born May 28, 1867
Died March 9, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
The city of Cairo lost a valuable official in the death of Alderman Carter Chapman, and the community is sorrowing over the sudden taking away of this quiet, but faithful young man.
Carter Chapman had but recently returned from New York, where he went for medical treatment for appendicitis. He was apparently completely resorted to health, when he was suddenly stricken down again and died at St. Mary's Infirmary at nine o'clock Saturday morning.
Deceased was 32 years of age. Mound City was his native town, and he came here a young boy at the Halliday, and as messenger boy for the Western Union telegraph company. Then he went to work for Thistlewood & Co., and for fifteen years he has been connected with that firm, by diligence and faithfulness working himself up to the position of grain inspector. Two years ago he was elected to represent the third ward in the city council.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, conducted by Revs. F. A. DeRosset and Sanford Gee, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for burial. Ascalon Lodge, Knight of Pythias, of which deceased was a member, and the city council, each attended in a body.
married Ada B. Cundiff on 18 Jun 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill. His
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Carter Chapman
Born Oct. 12, 1866 Died March 19, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
The following dispatch from
Metropolis appeared in the Globe-Democrat yesterday: Theodore B.
Hicks, aged 70, died at his home in Metropolis today. Mr. Hicks
for over fifty years has been a resident of Metropolis. In 1860 he was a
member of the Illinois Legislature, and has served the people as state's
attorney and city attorney one or more terms. He was for years the law
partner of Judge W. H. Green, of Cairo.
married Mary A. Powlas on 29 Sep 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
After suffering for several
years with consumption, William H. Dezonia died about 10 o'clock this
morning. He went west for his health some two or three years ago, but found
no permanent relief and returned home. He was still a comparatively young
man, probably not far from 40 years of age. He leaves a widow and two or
three children. He was a pleasant, genial man and always made friends.
(Thomas N. Slankard
married Elmira E. Waters on 1 Mar 1873, in Johnson Co., Ill. Oscar
B. Howell married Nellie M. Slankard on 3 Jul 1895, in
Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Wiley A. Lingle
married Mattie Cruse on 31 Oct 1889, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in
St. John’s Cemetery reads: Wiley Lingle Born Sept. 22, 1867 Died
March 23, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
H. F. Putnam died at his home in Elco, Saturday evening, March 26th, about five o'clock after a serious illness of two days. He had suffered severely from a stomach trouble for some time but kept about and went to his store as usual. He left the store Thursday for the last time. Friday he was confined to his house and Saturday evening he passed away. The funeral occurred Monday, March 28th. He leaves a widow and one little grandson, Howard Palmer, his children having all passed on before him. Mr. Putnam was an old resident of Alexander County. He had been an active member of the Methodist church since 1869. He was a good man, highly respected by all who knew him. James R. F. Standard, his stepson, came on from Norton Kansas, to attend the funeral.
Hiram F. Putnam, was born in Otsego County, New York, May 12, 1825. His grandfather emigrated from England and located in Vermont, where his father, for whom he was named, was born. After attending the county schools and later teaching several terms, he went to Cattaraugus County, New York, where he worked three years at the carpenter's bench. In 1854 he came to Illinois, settling at Warren and two years later he moved to Howard County, Iowa, and at once entered upon a traveling tour which lasted six years and finally he decided to locate at Memphis, Tenn., but on account of the breaking out of the war he only remained six months. He then came to Anna and in one year he went to Charleston, Missouri, following all the time the trade of a carpenter. In 1862 he settled in Alexander County at the present site of Elco. Here he farmed for a while on some rented patches, after which he clerked and kept books for A. A. Soule & Co., of Pulaski County. In 1866 he returned to Alexander County, where he purchased a farm of forty acres, remaining upon it about six years. When the town of Elco was laid out he clerked for Leavenworth & Duncan and for Durham & Cauble, their successors. In February 1878 he was appointed agent for the St. Louis & Cairo railroad, at Elco, holding the position five years. In 1880 he formed a partnership under the firm name of Putnam & Standard, general druggists and grocers, and since Mr. Standard's removal to the west, Mr. Putnam has conducted the business alone.
Mr. Putnam was married April 6, 1865, to Elizabeth Stacey, the result being five children. His wife died in 1875 and subsequently he married Mrs. Ellen Barnett, of Ullin. She died in November 1877 and he married the third time, Mrs. B. J. Standard, May 27, 1880, who now survives him.
(H. F. Putnam married
Ellen Barnett on 1 Aug 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill. He married
Barzillah J. Standard nee Henderson on 27 May 1880, in
Union Co., Ill. William M. Palmer married Flora A. Putnam on
4 Apr 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Otto Speth was
drowned in the Ohio at the coal dump Tuesday forenoon. He was employed
there and fell from a barge while at work. The swift current carried him
under and he was immediately lost to sight. Deceased resided on Fifteenth
Street. He leaves a wife and several small children.
(James W. Clifford
married Mary L. Davis on 31 Mar 1891, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in
Friendship Cemetery near Dongola reads: James W. Clifford born Nov.
6, 1855 Died April 11, 1898, Aged 42 Yrs., 5 Ms., 6 Ds. A precious one from
us is gone, A voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our home,
which never can be filled. A marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola
reads: Loneta Tanner 1895-1898. William A. Tanner married
Ida B. Clements on 14 Dec 1892, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Dena Block 1849-1898. Mother.—Darrel
The body of Otto Speth,
who was drowned at the coal dump on Tuesday of last week, was recovered this
morning. It was found by some parties below the Big Four Incline who took
it in to shore. They did not tie it to the bank, however, and when a tug
went down for it, it had floated away. The tug started in search and
recovered it some ten or twelve miles below. Coroner Stepp viewed
the remains this afternoon.
(His marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Franklin Hoffner Born Aug. 8, 1876 Died
April 26, 1898, Aged 21 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 15 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in
Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: G. G. Phelps Born 1847
Died April 25, 1898. Pvt. Co. I, 4th U. S. Col. Hy. Art. C. G.
MI, 777 International 333 Order of Twelve.—Darrel Dexter)
Hon. William Q. McGee died at the home of his mother in this city yesterday morning, May 4th, after an illness extending over about two weeks of pneumonia. He was forty years of age and unmarried. He was well educated and was admitted to the bar about twenty years ago. He was elected city attorney in the spring of 1879 and held the office two years. He then went to Sandusky, where his mother had a farm and spent several years in the country. In 1896 he was nominated by the Democrats for the legislature and was elected. He was a pleasant, genial man and made many friends. The feeling of regret at his untimely death is we believe universal in this community.
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery reads: William Quincy McGee 1857-1898.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. A. J. Whitehead,
Southern Passenger Agent of the Big Four system, died at his home in Dallas,
Texas, Monday, May 2nd. Mr. Whitehead was stationed in Cairo for
several years and was well known and highly esteemed here.
J. E. Thompson,
employed as a switchman in the Mobile & Ohio railroad yards, Murphysboro,
was killed by being run over by an engine.
(Calvin N. Hileman
married Margaret Corzine on 2 Dec 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
At a meeting of the Bar of Alexander County on Thursday morning at the office of Lansden & Leek, to take appropriate steps in reference to the death of Hon. W. Q. McGee, Judge John M. Lansden was made chairman and M. J. O'Shea Esq., secretary.
On motion a committee of three was appointed to draft resolutions of respect to the memory of the deceased, to present a copy of the same to his family, to publish the same in the city papers and to present a copy thereof to the Alexander County Circuit Court at the May term.
The resolutions were as follows:
The member of the Alexander County Bar receive with sincere sorrow the announcement of the death of their fellow member, Hon. William Q. McGee. He was a man endowed with amiable qualities of mind and character, and with a most pleasing personality, which won for him the friendship of every member of this community. As a lawyer, he was well versed in the law, loyal to every trust reposed in him through his profession and his ability was recognized by his associates. He received at the hands of the people positions of honor and trust, being at the time of his death a member of the Lower House of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois. As a representative of the people he was thoughtful of their interest and responsive to their wishes.
Resolved, therefore, that we
deeply sympathize with the family of the deceased in the great bereavement
they have sustained, that a copy of these resolutions be presented to the
family and to the press of the city and to the Alexander County Circuit
Court at the May term.
(His marker in Casper
Cemetery reads: Edgar A. son of W. A. & Lovina Johnson Born Aug. 1,
1878 Died May 10, 1898 Aged 18 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Cobden
Cemetery reads: William F. Lamer Born Sept. 13, 1829 Died May 10,
Charles L. Draper,
who killed Charles L. Hastings in the office of Abstractor of Titles
Kirby, at Jacksonville, a year ago, was acquitted at Jerseyville last
Saturday. Draper was formerly in Kirby's employ. Later he
entered upon the abstracting business on his own account. He was suspected
of entering Kirby's office at night and examining the records and
then mutilating them. Hastings, an employee of the office, kept
watch and finally caught Draper in the office. A desperate fight
ensued in which Hastings was killed, having been cut 138 times by a
penknife in Draper's hand. Draper at first denied all
knowledge of the affair, but later made a full confession. Upon trial at
Jacksonville he was sentenced to a life term in the penitentiary. It was
learned that one of the jurors said he would use his best endeavor to hang
Draper, so a new trial was granted. A change of venue was taken to
Jerseyville on account of the strong feeling against the defendant at his
home. The trial lasted four days and resulted as above stated. The defense
was that he was suffering from melancholia when he went into Kirby's
office and when he met Hastings that he simply fought for his life as
any other man would have done. Draper's lawyers were D. P. Dyer
and Gov. Johnson, of St. Louis, and Gen. John M. Palmer. The
result of the trial was a surprise.
Mrs. Alice Peters Cunningham, wife of R. H. Cunningham, died at her home in this city Monday at 1 o'clock p.m. She had been failing for nearly a year. The death of her son, Harry Cunningham, was a shock from which she probably never recovered. She was in the fiftieth year of her age. Mrs. Cunningham was not generally known to the public as she seldom went into society and never engaged in public affairs. Her death is an irreparable loss to her husband who in his old age is thus bereft of his life companion. She leaves no child. R. A. Cunningham, of Villa Ridge, is the only son of Mr. R. H. Cunningham by a former wife. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon from the family residence, Rev. J. T. M. Knox, of the Presbyterian church officiating. Mrs. Cunningham was a member of the Presbyterian church. Burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Judge Vaughn and daughter of Odin, Ill., sister of Mrs. Cunningham, came down to attend the funeral. Mrs. Cunningham had another sister living in Ohio.
(Robert H. Cunningham
married Alice Peters on 18 Feb 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.
D. D. C. Hargis died at his home in Sandusky Precinct Tuesday evening, May 24, from the effects of a paralytic stroke. He had not been very well for several years. He was nearly 69 years of age and was gradually failing. But the grim messenger came like a thief in the night. Late Friday night he was stricken and Tuesday night he passed away without recover consciousness. Mr. Hargis was born in Tennessee, July 29, 1829. He came to Alexander County when 20 years old and had lived here forty-eight years. He was in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Mr. Hargis was always prominent in his neighborhood. He was respected and looked up to as a man of influence. He was twice married and leaves an aged widow and several grown children. He will be greatly missed in his neighborhood.
(D. D. C. Hargus
married Arzilla P. Nelson on 17 Mar 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill. D.
D. C. Hargis married Carolina Miller on 30 Mar 1875, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
GOULD IS EXONERATED.
We the jury find that John, commonly called Pearl, Green came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot fired by George Gould, JR., without criminal intent.
The above is the sequel of a tragedy which last week rent the community of Villa Ridge from center to circumference, and which ended the life of one promising young man and cast a dark cloud over the life of another.
The young people of Villa Ridge had been practicing for a Congregational entertainment, which was to have been given last night. On Wednesday night of last week a rehearsal was held at Grange hall, which continued until a late hour. George Gould, Jr., started away at its conclusion with Miss Blanche Wilbur in his buggy to take her home. It was about 11:30 o'clock. The young lady is a daughter of Capt. Henry Wilbur and lives opposite the Congregational church. The young people were driving slowly, eating cherries. The subject of the hold ups was brought up and Gould asked the young lady what she would do under such circumstances. She replied she would shoot. She then turned to him with the question and he said he would not shoot unless forced to do it. As they talked he took his pistol from the buggy seat and placed it in his lap.
They had just turned the corner at Hannaford's and were headed for the village when they entered the shade of a large maple tree. Just then it seemed to them a man stepped out from the darkness, apparently from behind a tree, and thrust himself into the buggy. One of his hands clutched Gould's arm and the other appeared to be trying to grasp the reins. He said something that sounded to them like "Whoa." Gould quickly raised his pistol and fired, without taking aim and the man fell. The young lady, being farthest from the man, seized the rains to keep him from getting them and urged the startled horse forward. She expected the shot would be returned. She thought the man was a negro. The horse ran about a hundred yards before Gould stopped him. Gould wanted to go back and investigate. The young lady objected, but he insisted and so they hitched and she went into a house nearby while he went back to see whom he had shot. Striking a match, he was horrified to find a bicycle rider lying in the road, and still greater was the shock when he discovered the man to be Pearl Green. He called William Hannaford and James Broyhill, who also lived in one of the cluster of houses there, and they carried the prostrate form of the young man into Mr. Hannaford's and summoned a physician. Green had been shot in the head, a little back and above the left ear. The ball had paralyzed him and he never regained consciousness. He died at 1 o'clock last Thursday afternoon, when his body was taken to his father's home.
Gould and Miss Wilbur did everything they could for Green. The shock was severe upon the young lady. She held up as long as she could be of assistance, but the ordeal was more than she could stand, and when she could do nothing more, she fainted away. She was taken home about 2 o'clock in the morning. Gould remained close at the side of his friend all night.
The above facts were gathered from a conversation with Miss Wilbur. Her story as told before the coroner's jury tallied exactly with that related by Mr. Gould. How Green came to run into the buggy is only to be conjectured, but the most plausible theory is about as follows:
Green had been to call upon a young lady friend. As he had worked his horse hard that day, he used his brother's bicycle to spare them. He was just learning to ride. He carried no lamp probably in order not to attract attention, as he also feared a hold up. He came up behind Gould's buggy and may not have seen it until he was very close. Every rider will remember the terror he experienced in learning to ride when he attempted to pass a vehicle. Green's wheel had a bell but it was in the center of the handlebar and he could not reach it because he dared not let go of the grips. Evidently when directly alongside Gould, he completely lost control of his wheel, and finding himself falling, clutched at the buggy in order to save himself and his wheel, crying, "Whoa" to stop the buggy so he would not be run over. From the wheel he evidently pitched into the buggy with arms outstretched to save himself.
The coroner's jury viewed the remains Friday morning. The jury was composed of M. Culp, foreman; G. A. Pavey, clerk; Logan Galbraith, Eli Armstrong, Gordon Conant and Thomas Wafford. They examined the few witnesses and returned the verdict as given at the head of this article.
The funeral occurred Friday
at 3 o'clock, and was one of the most impressive ever held in that
neighborhood. Everyone turned out for everyone was a friend of Pearl
Green. Rev. P. T. Brannum, of the M. E.
church, officiated. Gould was close beside the corpse of
his friend as he had been almost constantly from the time of the fatal
shot. His suffering was intense. When the remains had been laid at rest,
George Green, father of the dead boy, stepped up to
Gould, and putting his arm around him tried to comfort him. He
told him he knew he did not intentionally kill his boy; he said he held no
malice toward him for the terrible event, which robbed him of a son. The
scene was most touching. It was beautiful. And the company of people
present understood that if the father could, over the fresh grave of his
son, so publicly and completely exonerate him of all blame he was certainly
is a son of George Gould, the nurseryman. Mr.
Gould, Sr., and his son, William E. Gould, now of
Toulon, Ill., are widely known. George Gould, Jr., is a
fine young man, about twenty-two years of age. He is nearly crazed with
grief. The deceased was also very highly regarded in the community. He was
twenty-nine years of age, and was soon to be married, to a young lady of the
married Edna S. Avitt on 13 Oct 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His
marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Viran Glenn Kimber Born Aug. 27,
1897 Died May 29, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
Erich W. Schwartze, who for several years was in the commission business at No. 1002 North Third Street, took an ounce of chloroform, with suicidal intent, some time during Thursday night. He died at 7:15 last evening.
Schwartz was 43 years old. He had for about two years occupied a ground floor flat at No. 1245 Auvert Avenue. His family consisted of his wife, Clara, and two children, 4 and 7 years old. Recently he was in financial difficulties, and for several weeks had done no business. His domestic relations are said to have been happy, but the man was very despondent on account of business reverses.
Yesterday morning Mrs. Schwartze discovered her husband in a comatose state, but did not immediately summon help, but tried to bring him around herself. Failing in this attempt, after several hours' labor, at 11 o’clock she summoned Dr. Gilliam, of 4935 Page Avenue. Dr. Gilliam worked over the man until 7:15 p.m., when death ensued. When the end came, Mrs. Schwartze's nerves gave away, and for several hours thereafter she required constant attention of the physician while the neighbors took charge of the children and affairs of the household.
The above is from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat of last Saturday. Mr. Schwartze formerly lived in this city and his wife was Miss Clara White, whom he met here and married.
(Erich H. Schwartze
married Eliza A. White on 16 Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Cairo people were shocked to hear of the death by her own hand of Mrs. Gussie Johnson Wingfield. The tragedy occurred near Anniston, Mo., in Mississippi County, last Friday. As did her mother several years ago, the young woman killed herself with a shotgun, the charge taking effect in her breast. Mr. and Mrs. Wingfield went to Charleston, Mo., several months ago and started a tailoring establishment. They did not succeed and according to the Charleston Enterprise, her husband deserted her. Between her troubles and the morphine habit, she was suspected of being insane, but was not found so by a jury selected for that purpose. In her destitute condition some good people there found her a home with William Thomas, near Anniston, where she ended her life, only a few days later. She leaves a little two-year-old daughter.
(This may refer to Julia
Johnson who married Scott Wingfield on 7 Jan 1869, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Complaint was made of the
condition of John Hooks, a negro living in the northern end of town,
and last Saturday, a commission consisting of Drs. Clark and
Fields, reported him to be insane. They found he had received an
electric shock on his head six years ago, which resulted in the softening of
the brain. He was regarded as harmless and would have been taken to Anna
Monday. Saturday night he wandered around and attempted to enter the house
of J. W. Green, another colored man. The latter was aroused from his
sleep and demanded what was wanted. Not receiving a satisfactory reply, he
quickly opened the door and fired, shooting Hooks through the head
and killing him. Hooks was dressed only his underclothing and his
head and feet were bare.
(A marker in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery at Cobden reads: George Sweitzer Born June 8, 1898 Died
June 17, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(Dennis L. Manning
married Maranda Keller on 31 Dec 1893, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Henry C. Castor, 23,
married Lizzie Cruse, 22, on 31 Jan 1884, in Union Co., Ill. Henry
Caster, 28, married Della Cruse, 17, on 16 Mar 1890, in Union
Co., Ill. His marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: Henry Caster
Born June 21, 1860 Died June 21, 1898, Aged 38 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
(Hugh A. Hill married
Martha Penrod on 22 Feb 1866, in Johnson Co., Ill. His marker in I.
O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Hugh A. Hill Corpl. Co. E, 6
Tenn. Cav.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in I. O. O. F.
Cemetery at Dongola reads: Henry Harmes, M.D., 1825-1898.—Darrel
married Jane Sethman on 2 Mar 1854, in Union Co., Ill. One marker in
I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Charles R. son of A. & J.
Meisenheimer Born Oct. 23, 1871 Died June 21, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(Hugh Mason married
Louise H. Spencer on 17 Sep 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
married Mary Mahoney on 20 Jun 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
The heroic spirit of Miss Julia Safford Irvin passed into the realm beyond as the sixteenth day of June, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, was enrolled on the calendar of Time. Illinois was her native state, being born in Cairo, and spending the last six years of her life in Blue Island, where she has gained so many friends, to whom, one and all, she left thanks for kindnesses extended to her, especially during the last two years of her illness. Educated in Knoxville and possessing a deeply religious nature, she took her confirmation vows in the year eighteen hundred and eighty-six, and ever since has interested herself in churchly duties, seeking to benefit mankind in the various ways which only a young woman of beautiful character, loving disposition, and fertile mind can.
Her witticisms and originality always made her the center of interest in social companies, while her cheerfulness and courage during the months of her inactivity have been a source of benefit to all who have come in her presence. Her one sadness has been the separation from her idolized brother, Alfred, now a brave United States volunteer, yet she said, "I have had a happy life."
Her bier strewn with rosebuds bears testimony of the love and respect won from the now stricken hearts of her companions, both old and young.
In the springtime of her life when the world is most beautiful, she has entered the "house not made with hands" eternal in the heavens--at home with God.—Blue Island Standard.
The funeral services
occurred on Saturday, June 18th, at 2 o'clock, at the home of Mrs.
Irvin, on Maple Avenue, Blue Island. The Episcopal services were
read by the Rev. Percival McIntyre, and the Rev. Frederick
Millar delivered the address, basing his remarks upon the
words, "As we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly," paying a beautiful tribute to the short life of our
friend, who, by her patience and trust in the One who makes no mistake, but
doeth all things well, taught a lesson to all who came in contact with her,
during the two years of her illness.
As one friend beautifully expressed it, "As a little bird comes down from Heaven, sings its sweet song, and then flies away; so in her sweet patient life, she sang her song of live and trust, and has gone home, to be forever with the Lord."
In the beautiful cemetery of Mt. Greenwood she lies asleep, and as the sun sank slowly to rest, in the western sky, the words, "Abide with me, fast falls the eventide," softly fell from the lips of the singers, we turned sadly away, and left her there feeling that,
"Death should come gently; to one of gentle mold like thee;
As light winds wandering through groves of bloom;
Detach the delicate blossoms from the tree
And we will find, see you, and hope to see thee yet again."
Two boys were killed on the Central at Anna Monday night. They were Robert Aldrich and Robert Powell. They were going up the track to Cave Springs to see fireworks and had stepped off one track to avoid a freight train when the passenger train came along on the other track and struck them, killing them instantly.
(One marker in
Anna City Cemetery reads: Robert Aldridge Born Nov. 10, 1885 Died
July 4, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
Bob Banks, the negro
rapist, who was tried at Mayfield, Ky., was found guilty and sentenced to be
hanged on August 26. Troops guard the prisoner throughout the trial.
married Edith Provo on 27 Jan 1896, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Uncle Joel Lackey
died at Pulaski last Friday and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery on Sunday.
The old gentleman was nearly 81 years old. His father settled in Pulaski
County about the beginning of the century and five boys and two girls grew
up and Uncle Joel, as he was familiarly called, survived them all. He was a
fine, old gentleman. Five grown children, all married, survive him, and a
host of other relatives who are among the citizens of Pulaski County.
(Bernard Free married
Anna J. Edwards on 6 Dec 185, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John W. Waymer was
engaged in cleaning the windows of a Big Four car Tuesday afternoon in the
union depot yards when an Iron Mountain train backed in. It struck his
ladder and Wayner fell under the train, which ran over one of his
feet and also injured him internally. He was taken to St. Mary's Infirmary
for treatment, but died yesterday morning. Deceased was only 19 years old.
He has a mother living here and several brothers and sisters.
John Clutts, one of
the old landmarks of Thebes, died Tuesday and was buried yesterday. He was
88 years of age.
The 12-year-old son of
Alderman L. E. Thomas, of Centralia, was drowned the other day while
bathing in Crooked Creek, near Centralia.
(Walter A. Lynch
married Stella Hutchins on 13 Nov 1892, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
The body of a man was found lying at the edge of the river just below Wickliffe Tuesday with a bullet hole through his breast. He was not dead and said he had been shot by two men and robbed of his gold watch. He was taken to Wickliffe, but died before reaching there. No papers upon his person identified him and his name was not learned.
Various stories are afloat
about the man, but no clue has been found to indicate who he is nor have the
murderers been apprehended.
During the heavy rain of last Tuesday morning, Mr. Robert Sutts and sons, Frank and Harry, on their way to work, near Unity, took shelter under a tree, which was struck by lightning. Harry, the younger son, was instantly killed, while Mr. Sutts and Frank were found in a helpless condition, both severely stunned, and the father was speechless.
A very sudden death occurred
yesterday in the sudden passing away of Miss Nellie Galligan. She
had been ill only a short time of remittent fever and the disease was
progressing favorably when Tuesday night inflammation of the bowels set in
and at noon yesterday she died. The deceased was 18 years of age and was a
graduate of the high school last June. She was a favorite with all who knew
her on account of her cheerful disposition.
(This was actually William
A. Lackey.—Darrel Dexter)
(W. A. Lackey married
Sada Thompson on 28 Oct 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His marker in New
Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: W. A. Lacky Died June 23, 1898 Aged
30 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 15 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Zadock Elms married Eleanor Jones on 16 Aug 1851, in Johnson Co., Ill. His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Zadok Elms Born Nov. 5, 1826 Died July 19, 1898. Sgt. Co. A, 60th Ill. Inf.—Darrel Dexter)
Jumped on a Freight and Was Killed.
Willie Walker, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Walker, was injured while attempting to board a Mobile & Ohio train Monday and died from his injuries. In company with several other boys he was playing near the crossing at Twenty-first Street Monday afternoon and attempted to board a passing freight train. It is supposed he missed his hold on the car and was dragged some distance for besides being injured internally the flesh on his limbs was horribly torn, and one thigh was broken. He was taken to his home on Twenty-second Street and everything possible was done for him, but he died about midnight Monday. The blow was a severe one for his parents, who it would seem have been visited by more than their share of trouble. Mr. Walker was one of the partners in the New York Dry Goods Store. The accident is not surprising as so many small boys play around moving trains that the only wonder is more do not meet similar fate.
(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: William E. Walker 1887-1898.—Darrel Dexter)
Alderman Taylor Dead.
Alderman W. D. Taylor
died at 6:10 o'clock this morning after an illness of about two weeks
duration, of bronchitis. During his entire illness he realized that his end
was near. The funeral will be held Saturday and the remains will be buried
at Villa Ridge. W. D. Taylor was a Kentuckian by birth and was 55
years of age. He came to Cairo about 13 years ago from Hickman, and has
conducted a grocery store at the corner of Thirty-fourth and Sycamore
streets. He was a progressive man and the residents of that end of town,
the Seventh Ward, recognized ion him a proper person to represent them in
the city council. He has served as alderman six years, and has been a
valuable official. He has done a great deal for his neighborhood, building
up that part of town. As a man he was one of the people, a genial,
big-hearted man. His death robs the community of a valuable citizen. The
deceased left a wife and four sons. He also has brothers and sisters living
Alex. Booth, who has been prominent among the colored men of Cairo during the last thirty years, died at his home on Fourteenth Street last Sunday night. The funeral occurred Tuesday morning. Mr. Booth was an old man, probably seventy years of age. He was buried at the county farm.
married Rachael Hilliard on 15 Feb 1888, in Alexander Co.,
married Matilda McElhaney on 5 Apr 1849, in Union Co., Ill. His
marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Samuel Martin Born Aug. 31, 1824
Died July 30, 1898. Father.—Darrel Dexter)
(John C. DeWitt
married Luedella Shadrick on 8 Sep 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.
William A. Selden married Caroline Throop on 20 Apr 1872, in
Union Co., Ill. Their children’s marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Julia
Minnie daughter of J. C. & L. D. DeWitt died July 28, 1898 Aged 18
Yrs., 5 Mos., & 19 Ds. William A. son of W. A. & Carrie Seldon Died
July 28, 1898 Aged 26 Yrs., 2 Mos., & 3 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
David Rue Stabbed by Edward Wilson in Wilmot’s Saloon.
An unprovoked murder was committed in Louis Wilmot’s saloon last Saturday evening soon after six o’clock. David A. Rue was stabbed by Edward Wilson and died in a few minutes from the effects of his wound. There was no quarrel preceding the crime. There was no old grudge to in any way justify it. The men were strangers to each other.
Wilmot’s Saloon is at the corner of Twentieth and Poplar streets. Rue, Harry Corzine, Theodore Landon, W. W. Fletcher and Louis Wilmot were there when Wilson came in. They drank together, Wilson being invited to join with them. Then Corzine and Rue withdrew to the back room and sat down to a card table and were chatting together. Rue had his back to the door. In a few minutes Wilson entered. He made some threatening remark, and drew an open knife out of his pocket. Then he reached over Rue’s right shoulder and with a hard blow plunged the knife in Rue’s right breast. Rue fell forward and his chair fell over with him. Over this Wilson stumbled and sprawled on the floor and Rue then commenced to kick him and strike him in the face. Wilmot heard the noise and coming in, said he would allow no fighting there. Corzine told Wilmot what had happened and suffered Wilmot take the knife away from Wilson. This Wilmot was afraid to do and Wilson made a threatening remark that if he attempted it he (Wilson) would treat Wilmot as he did Rue. By this time Corzine had helped Rue up and they started for a doctor. When they got outside Rue could only go as far as Raggio’s when he grew faint and Corzine left him there while he went after Dr. Walsh. The patrol wagon was also telephoned for and it arrived and took Rue to the infirmary, but he died just as they reached the gate. Wilson remained in the saloon until about the time the patrol wagon drove up. He threatened Wilmot and the latter had to stand him off with a pistol. Then Wilson ran out the back door, and out Twentieth Street, around the courthouse and up Washington Avenue to Twenty-third and out that street to Walnut. There Officer Greaney who was waiting for an electric car there, took the man in charge and he was taken to the courthouse and placed in jail.
The above is substantially the story as told by Corzine, who was the only eyewitness, before the coroner’s jury.
Rue was a married man, but was not living with his wife at the time of his death. He was a brother of Mrs. Charles Mourey. Rue was a bridge carpenter by trade. He was a member of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F., having recently completed the degrees. He was a young man of quiet disposition.
Edward Wilson is a Mobile & Ohio engineer. He is also a married man. His wife was Miss Guncher. They live here. Wilson is said to be a peaceable man when sober, but very quarrelsome when intoxicated.
Funeral services were held over the remains of Rue Tuesday afternoon, the Safford lodge attending in a body. The service was held in the Cairo Baptist church by Rev. Gee, and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge.
Funeral services were held over the remains of Rue Tuesday afternoon, the Safford Lodge attending in a body. The service was held in the Cairo Baptist church by Rev. Gee, and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge.
Wilson has not talked about his crime. This is at the advice of his attorney, Angus Leek, Esq.
The coroner’s jury which viewed the remains was composed of Walter Nellis, foreman; A. W. Weldon, C. S. Reynolds, Erick Parker, George T. Sams, and Joseph L. Sterling. Their verdict is as follows:
We the undersigned jurors sworn to inquire of the death of David A. Rue, on oath do find that he came to his death by a stab wound in the breast a short distance above and to the left of the right nipple, which wound penetrated the right lung. That the wound producing his death was made by a spring back dirk knifed, with a blade 3 5/8 inches long, which knife was held in the right hand of Edward Wilson, and the assault was made in the back room of the saloon of Louis Wilmot, Jr., on the corner of Poplar and Twentieth streets, Cairo, Alexander County, Ill., about the hour 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 1898, and that said David A. Rue died from the result of such stab wound about 7:00 p.m. on the same date. The jury further fined that the assault as made was without justification or excuse and recommend that the said Edward Wilson be held without bail to await the action of the grand jury at the October term 1898 to answer for murder of said David A. Rue.
(Charles W. Mourey married Bessie Rue on 23 Jan 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Jacob Brickell died at his home on Nineteenth Street Saturday night, after an illness of about three weeks. The deceased was 83 years of age and was an old resident of this section. He was a native of Pennsylvania and came here before the war, working at his trade, that of ship carpenter. Part of the years since have been spent at Mound City and Villa Ridge. Deceased leaves a wife and three children, a son living at Pittsburg, a daughter living there also, Mrs. Rectanus, who came on during her father’s illness, and Mrs. Tom Caraher, of this city. Mr. Brickell was a member of the Presbyterian church, and his funeral was held from that church Monday afternoon, Rev. J. T. M. Knox, officiating, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge Cemetery for interment.
(Jacob Brickell married Elizabeth M. Law on 26 Nov 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Emma Kennedy, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Kennedy, died at her home 1__5 Pine Street, Sunday of heart disease. Deceased was 19 years old.
Died, at the home of her son, Capt. William Sickman, Mrs. Elizabeth Free. Mrs. Free was born in Germany, Nov. 9th, 1821. She was married to Theodore E. Sickman, of Commerce, Mo., in December, 1843. She and her husband removed to Santa Fe, Ill., where Mr. Sickman died in 1853, leaving her a widow with three children, viz: Capt. William Sickman, now of Mound City, Ill., Theodore Sickman, of Mississippi County, Mo., and Mrs. J. E. Merriman, of Greenfield’s Landing, Mo.
Two years after her first husband’s death, she was married to Frederick Free, and their son, John J. Free, their only child, is a resident of Mississippi County, Mo.
Mrs. Free, who was loved and respected by all who knew her, leaves a host of friends and relatives in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri, who mourn deeply the loss of a loved one. Though she is dead, her philanthropic deeds will ever gleam with luster in the precincts that knew her, and her bereaved Christian spirit is a lasting monument to her memory, and a guide to her children and friends who may follow her course in life.
(Jacob Klein married
Rosanna Stacher on 13 Apr 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in
Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Elizabeth Klein
Katherine Kotting was
found dead in bed at her home in Germantown, Clinton County. The verdict of
the coroner's jury was death from heart disease. She was 80.
(His marker in Cobden
Cemetery reads: G. W. son of Carrie M. & W. P. Mesler Born Mar. 14,
1884 Died Aug. 16, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(Paul Barker married
Emma Brown on 8 May 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas L. Miller
married Minnie Sowers on 30 Apr 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her
marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Arminda Viola wife of
Thomas L. Miller Born Oct. 25, 1877 Died Aug. 10, 1898 Aged 20 Yrs.,
9 Ms., & 15 Ds. In my father’s house are many mansions. She’s gone to
worlds above, Where saints and angels meet, To realize our Savior’s love,
And worship at his feet.—Darrel Dexter)
(John W. Axley
married Margaret Ann Harper on 10 Mar 1872, in Union Co., Ill.
George W. Scurlock married Manerva Harper on 1 Dec 1877, in
Union Co., Ill.)
Word reached here yesterday
that John Beauman, son of D. F. Beauman, of Tunnel Hill, died
July 26, at Santiago, of yellow fever. He belonged to the regular army,
having joined it in the west some three or four years ago and was attached
to the signal service corps. He went through the battles down there all
right, but sickened and died afterwards. He was a robust and worthy young
man. His body was buried at Santiago, but his relatives will likely have it
brought home.—Vienna Times.
A very bad accident occurred
at Gale on the Illinois Central Railroad, last Thursday, resulting in the
death of four men and the injury of ten others. Sixteen men were unloading
a car of steel rails when the car overturned, and the men were caught under
the heavy iron. The rails had been taken off one side of the car and the
weight on the other side overbalanced it. The men were Italians. Coroner
Stepp went out and held an inquest. Gale is on the new branch of the
Central, and is opposite Gray's Point.
Harvey McDowell, the man who was shot by a party of negroes near the National Cemetery early Thursday morning, died Saturday. McDowell had been employed at Villa Ridge for several years and left there with his wife and team in search of work. He had camped for the night near the cemetery. A party of negroes going out from Cairo was very noisy and McDowell got out of his wagon to see his horses were not frightened. One of the negroes fired five shots at McDowell, one of them taking effect in his side. The negroes drove on toward Beachwood, and McDowell’s wife hitched up and drove to Mound City for help. The Mound City officers arrested four men, the names of thee of them being Walter Freeman, William Balkan and James Keeney. Freeman is said to have done the shooting. Upon the death of McDowell there were mutterings of vengeance, and the negroes were brought down to Cairo for safekeeping. They are still in jail here.
Mrs. C. C. E. Goss
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Al Sloo, at Topeka, Kan., last
Saturday at the age of 82 years. The remains were taken to Springfield,
Ill., and the funeral was held from the home of Mrs. S. P. Wheeler,
who is also a daughter of Mrs. Goss, Tuesday. Mrs. Goss
formerly lived in Cairo and is well remembered by the older residents.
Gov. Tanner has
pardoned James H. Kirkham, who was sentenced to the penitentiary from
Hardin County, in 1894 for a term of 14 years for the murder of Newton L.
Fowler. There seems to be some cause to doubt his guilt.
Steven Burtan, member
of a prominent family at Mount Vernon, was found beside the railroad track
unconscious and fatally injured.
(Richard K. Hayes
married Lydia A. Sowers on 25 Aug 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Alfred J. Russell
married Emma Rethey, daughter of Benjamin N. and Louisa nee
Keiser Rethey, on 10 Oct 1886, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in
Cobden Cemetery reads: B. N. Rethey Born Dec. 15, 1831 Died Aug. 22,
(Her marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Annie G. Pidgeon Aug. 28,
(Their marker in St.
Joseph’s Cemetery at Wetaug reads: Infants of Joseph and Elizabeth Cange
Died Aug. 29, 1898. Happy infants early blest, Rest in peaceful slumber
(Jacob A. Heddinger married
Ellen J. Cantrell on 16 Oct 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker in
New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads: Gertrude daughter of J. A. & Ellen
Heddinger Born Sept. 1, 1882 Died Aug. 27, 1898—Darrel Dexter)
married Rachel C. Jones on 25 Sep 1870, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Martin V. Brown
married Mary J. Grear on 1 Mar 1860, in Union Co., Ill. One marker
in Big Creek Cemetery near Anna reads: Mary E. Brown
Mr. Sammons joined the Lake Milligan Baptist Church in May, 1849. He afterwards became identified with the Sexton Creek Baptist Church near Thebes.
Mr. Sammons was married four times. His first wife, whom he married in 1843, was Miss Susan M. James. By her he had three children, Robert, Lafayette, and Daniel W. After her death he married Miss Rebecca Ann Mayo, in 1851, but she lived but a short time.
In 1852, he married Miss Mary Pendell, and five children were born to them, Jasper N., Elazetta, John A., Matthew, and Wood Rittenhouse Matthews.
Mr. Sammons’ present wife was Mrs. Emily Durham, whom he married in 1866. They had two children, Joel and Emma.
Funeral services were held at Thebes, Tuesday forenoon at 11 o’clock. Deputy Clerk John A. Sammons, who made so frequent trips to Thebes during his father’s lingering illness, went out to attend to these last sad rites and returned yesterday.
(George W. Sammons married Susan Matilda James on 12 Jan 1843, in Union Co., Ill. He married Rebecca Ann Mayho on 9 Mar 1851, in Alexander Co., Ill. He married Emily Durham on 11 Mar 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 8 Sep 1898:
False Suicide Story Circulated.
A report was circulated in
Cairo Friday to the effect that Frank Moore, of Pulaski, had
committed suicide. The report was entirely untrue, but one Cairo paper
unfortunately published it. Mr. Moore was naturally very indignant
at the publication. Only the day before, at Mound City, he straightened up
all the claims against him, which grew out of his failure in the mercantile
business at Villa Ridge and is ready to make a new start.
(William Frank Bourland
married Mary Edna Octavia McMillon on 12 Aug 1888, in Pulaski
Co., Ill. His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: William F.
Bourland Born Dec. 12, 1865 Died Sept. 2, 1898, Aged 32 Ys., 8 Ms., &
20 Ds. He was a man and a good husband, a fond father, and a friend to
married Mrs. L. M. Barnum 12 Jul 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
committed suicide by hanging with a rope in his barn, two and one half miles
southwest of Wetaug, Pulaski County. He leaves a widow and four small
children. Cause, sickness..
(One marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Arminda daughter of T. L. & A. V. Miller
Born Aug. 5, 1898 Died Sept. 10, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Benton married
Melvina Tigner on 5 Dec 1869, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
I take this means of
expressing my thanks to the neighbors and friends who by their
manifestations of kindness and sympathy during the illness of my wife
endeared themselves to us. May God bless and keep them.,
(William H. H. Goe
married Lucinda Brigham on 6 Sep 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(One marker in Cobden
Cemetery reads: William F. Longley Died May 27, 1887 Aged 72 Yrs., 9
Mos., & 21 Ds. Lydia S. Longley 1820-1898, His Wife—Darrel Dexter)
An awful murder occurred on
the steamer Mayflower Monday night, when the boat was a short
distance below St. Louis, the details of which were learned when the boat
reached here late Tuesday night. The mate, Mart Davis, and the
watchman, Charles Baker, had a fight and both were killed. Davis
abused Baker for some trivial matter and used threatening language.
Baker sought refuge in the pilothouse, being afraid of the man, and
Davis followed him there, armed with a pistol. He made for Baker
and punched him in the stomach with his pistol. Baker drew a razor
and slashed Davis' throat nearly cutting his head off. Davis
then sent two bullets into Baker's body. Both men then left the
pilothouse and went down into the office, where they died shortly. Their
bodies were put off at Chester. Davis' remains being sent back to
St. Louis and Baker's to Evansville. Both were unmarried men.
Davis is said to have been under the influence of liquor when he
provoked the quarrel.
We learn that Rev. M. B. Kelly, who was chaplain of the old Eighteenth Illinois Infantry, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stringer, who resides near Pulaski, last week Monday. Parson Kelly entered the United States service in 1861 as first lieutenant of Company F, but on the resignation of Father Lambert as chaplain of the regiment in April 1862, he was promoted to chaplaincy and held the position until the expiration of his term of service. He was a brother of the late Capt. John H. Kelly, of Cairo, and of Capt. Isaac Kelly, of DuQuoin. He was 82 years of age at the time of his death.
(William M. Stringer
married Mary Jane Kelly on 28 Sep 1869, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Byron Shelton, who
was well known in Cairo and Wickliffe a few years ago as General Agent of
the Equitable Life Assurance Association, died in Cape Girardeau, Mo., last
Monday. He was now residing in St. Louis, but was in Cape Girardeau on
(One marker in New Hope
Cemetery near Ullin reads: Florence J. daughter of James & M. C.
Sichling Died Sept. 12, 1898 Aged 4 Yrs., & 4 Mos.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Andrew Sickling
married Margrate D. McCane on 27 Feb 1868, in Pulaski Co.,
(Thomas E. Carlock
married Harriet Rebecca Davis on 14 Nov 1869, in Union Co., Ill. One
marker at Union Schoolhouse Cemetery reads: Chalmer L. son of T. E. & H. R.
Carlock Age 8 Yrs., 3 Ms., & 11 Ds. Earth has no sorrow that heaven
cannot heal.—Darrel Dexter)
(Daniel Jerome Dillow
married Mollie Harmes on 31 Jan 1882, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Died, in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., Friday, September 23, 1898, Mrs. Juliet Belle James, wife of Clark James, and daughter of R. A. Edmundson. Mrs. James had resided nearly all her life in East Cape. She was a member of the M. E. church, having joined about a year ago, and was a consistent Christian. She was buried beside her mother in the cemetery at Cape Girardeau, Mo. and many of her friends followed the remains to their last resting place. She leaves a husband and little 4-year-old daughter in her immediate family.
(Clark James married
Julia Edmundson on 16 Dec 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
The remains of Sergt. Breese
Taylor, late of Co. C, Fourth Illinois regiment, were buried at
Carbondale, the other day, with military honors.
(Her marker in Sowers
Cemetery at Wetaug reads: Jane wife of John Sowers Born Jan. 23,
1809 Died Sept. 30, 1898, Aged 89 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 7 Ds. Blessed are the
dead which die in the Lord.—Darrel Dexter)
Matthew Sebriski Leftcovich committed suicide in St. Louis early last Saturday morning by asphyxiation. He was at the home of his brother-in-law, George H. Norman. Retiring to his room about midnight, he carefully stuffed all the cracks in the doors and windows with paper, stopped up the keyhole and then turned on the gas. He was found at 2 o'clock in the morning, dressed in clean clothing. His death was most deliberately planned, and was evidently owing to despondency as he has been out of employment for several months.
His family live at Grayville, Ill. Mr. Leftcovich was formerly a resident of Cairo and was well known all around here as a traveling salesman, for a time representing the New York Store Mercantile Company, this city.
He was a member of Safford
Lodge No. 67, I. O. O. F., and they conducted the funeral at Beech Grove
Cemetery Monday afternoon. The deceased was born in Cairo, Mary 10, 1848.
Mrs. Caroline Gossman died very suddenly last Friday afternoon, of heart affection. She had been out to see the fair in the forenoon, and after dinner lay down to rest. Late in the afternoon, when they went to arouse her, she was found dead. It was a great shock to her family. One of her sons, Frank Gossman, is an officer of the cadets, and was in camp with the company, enjoying the fair, when the news of his great affliction was broken to him. Another son, Oberly Gossman; four sisters, Mrs. Frank, Mrs. Nellie and Mrs. Albrecht, and Mrs. Jenelle, of St. Louis, and a brother, Mr. Kaha, besides her aged mother survive her. The funeral was held Monday, under the charge of Rev. Hursh of the Lutheran church, of which she was a member, and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge. The cadets contributed a beautiful floral piece in token of their sympathy for their comrade.
(John A. Gossman
married Caroline Kahn on 31 Dec 1867, in Alexander Co.,
Mrs. Augusta Harris died last Tuesday night after a brief illness, aged about 63 years. She had been in rather feeble health for some time, but was able to get out. On Wednesday of last week she was out viewing the Street Fair. The day was raw and chilly and she took a cold, which gave her capillary bronchitis. She was too feeble to endure the attack and passed away Tuesday evening. She leaves one son, Edward Harris, as her only heir. Mrs. Harris was the widow of Henry Harris, who died in Cairo in the year 1871. He was a man well known to all old citizens. She had three sons by Mr. Harris and one child by a former husband, but Edward J. Harris is the sole survivor. Mrs. Harris came to Cairo in 1859 and was one of our oldest residents. She was a member of the Lutheran church and will be buried tomorrow, Rev. Hursh, of the Lutheran church, officiating.
(Her marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Augusta Harris Died Oct. 18, 1898,
Aged 68 Years. Wife.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. T. J. Edwards, the prominent oculist, died at his home in Union City, Tennessee, last Saturday, after a severe illness of nine days.
On Thursday evening, October 6th, he seemed as well as usual and ate a hearty supper. He was cheerful and conversed pleasantly with his family. He retired about 9 o'clock and soon afterward told his wife that his heart was not acting rightly, and requested her to bring him some medicine. When she returned with it, she found that he had been stricken with paralysis, which involved his left side entirely. He made one or two attempts to get up, but could not stand, and was obliged to keep his bed. He held on nine days, gradually growing worse, some of the time apparently unconscious and lying in a comatose condition until Saturday, October 15th, when he expired in the 65th year of his age. He leaves a widow and three children, two sons and a daughter. His wife is a sister of Thompson and Stephen Bird, of Bird's Point.
was the son of a farmer and was born in the county, where he died, near
Union City, Tennessee. He had few advantages when a boy, and worked at
regular farm labor. Finally, when a young man, he disappeared and was
absent from his old home for several years. Probably few of his old
neighbors knew where he was. He finally returned to his old home after the
war, a thoroughly educated physician. He had made a careful study of the
eye. On his return home several of his old neighbors or people living near
Union City had severe trouble with their eyes. He treated them and cured
them. From that time his reputation was made. He gradually became known as
an oculist in every state of the Union. People flocked to him from all
quarters, and were benefited or healed.
George W. Tanner, of
the Farmer's Hotel, committed suicide at his home in Ballard County, Ky.,
dying Sunday afternoon. Claiming to be suffering pain Saturday, he secured
a bottle of morphine, which he emptied. His condition was discovered and
restoratives were applied and he was soon out of danger. The physician said
all he needed was rest and Tanner was allowed to sleep. Friends who
were watching by his bedside were attracted by a noise and going to his side
found blood rushing from his throat. He had been put to bed with his
trousers on, and in one of the pockets was a small knife with which he
stabbed himself in the breast and cut his throat. Tanner owned the
Farmer’s Hotel here, but a short time ago he gave up the management of it
and went to Ballard County to live on his farm. He was twice married. His
present wife is Kitty May Sams, well known as the defendant in the
Sampson murder case of a few years ago. They did not get along together and
separated. Tanner was once tried for insanity and sent to an
infirmary from which he was discharged as cured. Recently he was again
tried for insanity but was acquitted.
M. Lee Chaney, a
young man whose home was at Gillette, Ark., was run over and killed by an
Illinois Central train Tuesday afternoon. Chaney attempted to cross
a track to board the Cotton Belt train, when the fast mail came in. He did
not see the approaching train nor hear the shouts of those who saw his
danger and the engine struck him, knocked him down and crushed his life out
under its wheels. He had been to St. Louis and was en route home.
His folks are well-to-do people it is stated. Undertaker Batty took
charge of the remains.
married Mrs. Martha Jane Knap on 29 Oct 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Charlie George
aged 17, was killed by a falling tree, near Anna. The boy, with his father,
Pack Sheppard, and a brother, were clearing land.
Alfred Hornberger, a
boy 15 years old, was killed on the Illinois approach to the bridge Tuesday
forenoon while attempting to board a freight train to steal a ride over the
river. His brother, John Hornberger, 18 years of age, was with him.
Together they had been wandering over the country for three years. Their
home is in Perryville, Mo. The coroner took charge of the remains and held
an inquest finding no fault with the railroad for the accident. Undertaker
Batty shipped the remains to Perryville.
William B. Blythe, son of Observer W. F. Blythe, of the United States Weather Bureau, was shot and killed at Galveston, Texas, last Friday,. Mr. Blythe was for some time a resident of Cairo, working as a reporter on the local papers here, and later serving as advertising manager for the New York Dry Goods Store. The account of the tragedy is given in a dispatch from Galveston as follows:
William B. Blythe, a reporter on the Evening Tribune, was shot through the heart and instantly killed this morning by Major Edwin S. Easley, a leading lawyer. The shooting occurred in the reportorial rooms of the Tribune, and grew out of an article in yesterday's Tribune in relation to an incident in the school days of two young women and telling how they met in this city after a separation of ten years. Although the article mentioned no names and cast no reflections, Major Easley said it aspersed the character of his wife, and he sought Blythe. While the latter was declaring that he meant no harm, Easley shoved a revolver against Blythe's breast and fired and as his victim was falling clubbed him over the head with his pistol.
Easley is large and powerful and of middle age. He was commissioned Major of the First Texas Volunteer Cavalry at the beginning of the Cuban war. He resigned to run for county judge in this county and was defeated at the recent election.
was the son of William F. Blythe, section director of the United
States Weather Service at Vicksburg, Miss. He was 26 years old, unmarried,
and has been on the Tribune staff since last May. He was of slight
build and no match for his opponent.
Charles Martin and Thomas Edwards broke jail here at 5:30 p.m. last Monday and have not been captured. They were confined together in a cell in the county jail. The lower hinges of the cell door became rusted and broke off. They discovered it and by working the door soon had it off its hinges. When Jailer Alfred Brown came in with their supper, they sprang out at him and attempted to shove him into the cell and fasten him in. He struggled with them and succeeded in getting his foot in the door to hold it open. They then tried to liberate the other prisoners, but failing, ran out of the jail, brushing Mrs. Brown aside as they ran and disappeared in the darkness.
Martin has a record as a crook. Some years ago he was arrested for housebreaking here and at Mound City and a large amount of stolen goods were recovered. One of the houses he visited is situated across the river in Kentucky. He plead guilty and was sent to Chester for four years, serving out his term. He came back here again, visited the same houses he robbed before, was caught, and was put in jail to await trial. He then confessed to the murder of an officer in Iowa and that he had escaped from the penitentiary at Anamosa, where he was sent for life. The penitentiary officials were notified and Deputy Warden Odell arrived several days ago to take his man back. Owing to the absence of State’s Attorney Butler, he delayed his departure. There was a reward of $100 for the capture of the man, offered by the Iowa authorities.
Martin has several aliases. He is commonly known by the name of Miller, but also goes under the name of Alfred Anderson. He is a Prussian, and about 25 years of age. Edwards is a few years younger. They burglarized Harry Halliday’s residence, and were captured up above the Chicago mill in north Cairo.
Jailer Brown has a very sore ankle where it was caught in the door.
Death of Mrs. Brown
[Villa Ridge Correspondence of Cairo Bulletin]
Mrs. Mary A. Brown died at her house at Villa Ridge Wednesday and was buried in the Villa Ridge cemetery Thursday afternoon. She was the widow of Judge A. M. Brown, who died nineteen years ago and leaves two daughters, Mrs. W. P. Minnich and Miss Jennie Brown, and a son, ___ Brown of St. Louis. Her death occurred on the 77th anniversary of her birth, and after many years of suffering. The funeral was very largely attended, and floral offerings were numerous and very fine. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. Perry Branum, of the Methodist church, and occurred at the house. The music was fine and was rendered by a quartet composed of Mrs. Dr. Rife, Mrs. Taylor, Messrs. George Gould, and W. F. McKee. The pallbearers were Messrs. Ayers, Pollock, Titus, Kinker, Leidigh, and McKee. Judge and Mrs. Brown came to Villa Ridge in 1861 and engaged in fruit farming. He was county judge several terms and was very successful in business. He was always prominent in the affairs of Pulaski County, Mrs. Brown was a charter member of the Congregational church at Villa Ridge and always took an active interest in its affairs, living and dying a consistent Christian.
(A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Alex M. Brown 1818-1879. Merry G.
Maxwell Brown His Wife 1821-1898.—Darrel Dexter)
JANESVILLE, Wis., Nov. 20.—After an absence of nineteen years, Stephen C. Spaulding, of Villa Ridge, Ill., aged 75 years, returned to Janesville to blow his brains out on the grave of his daughter.
Two boys found his corpse at Oak Hill Cemetery this afternoon, and beside it lay the revolver with which Spaulding killed himself. Half a dozen letters were found in his pocket. Three of them were directed to Janesville men. In one of these Spaulding said he was tired of life, as he had made a failure of everything. In addition there were three letters directed to H. E. Spaulding, and one directed to Clarence E. Spaulding, both of Villa Ridge.
Spaulding was engaged in the jewelry business in Janesville many years ago and removed to Villa Ridge, where he engaged in fruit farming. He came to Janesville for a visit ten days ago and was apparently cheerful and contented.
The above dispatch appeared in one of the Chicago papers Monday. Mr. H. E. Spaulding, brother of the deceased, also received a dispatch Monday apprising him of the terrible event. He at once sent his son Rob to Janesville.
Mr. S. C. Spaulding was a native of New Hampshire. As the dispatch states, he was once in the jewelry business at Janesville. In 1861 he came to Southern Illinois and at Cobden engaged in raising fruit. Later he was railroad and express agent there. From there he went to Hot Springs, but returned to Cairo where he was in the provost marshal's office for a time under Capt. Isaac N. Phillips, during the Civil War. He next went to Villa Ridge, where he has lived since. He conducted a general store directly opposite the old station there for many years, but about two years ago closed it out and returned to his farm, where he lived with his niece as his housekeeper. Last summer he suffered sunstroke and a long illness followed from which he only recently recovered. Two weeks ago he left for Janesville to visit old friends. A long letter from him there told of the many changes he noticed and how few of his old friends remained and that they did no recognize him. Perhaps these things depressed his spirits and his weak physical nature could not throw them off, until the brooding over them overturned his reason.
Mr. Spaulding left
one son, Clarence E. Spaulding, mentioned in the above dispatch, who
is also a fruit grower at Villa Ridge, living upon a farm near his father's
Henry Koch was shot by a negro named Tom Jones last Sunday night and died yesterday morning at 7:45 from the effects of the wound. The crime was committed at the house of a negress named Sarah Sutton, on Twenty-first Street near Poplar and immediately after Jones fled and has not been captured. Koch forced an entrance into the house, slapping the woman who denied him admittance, whereupon Jones who was in there, drew a pistol and fired, the ball taking effect in Koch's left breast. Koch was bartender for his brother-in-law Henry Zerfass, who runs the saloon at the corner of Fourteenth and Washington Avenue.
married Mathilda Koch on 11 May 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Scott and Henry Jordan,
of Mill Creek, who assaulted and nearly killed Eugene Cowan, the
school teacher at Elco, on January 16th, last were convicted in the circuit
court at Jonesboro last week. The jury returned a verdict of guilty early
Thanksgiving morning. A motion for a new trial will be argued this week,
but will undoubtedly be overruled. One of the boys will go to the
penitentiary and the other to the reformatory. They have been neighborhood
terrors for a long time.
(His marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Michael Bambrick Father—Darrel
Capt. William A. Redman died at the hour of 4:30 this morning after a severe illness of a few days duration. He died of diabetes. Capt. Redman was born in Shawneetown, seventy-five years ago, where he lived, went into business and married. He removed to Arkansas about the year 1852 and lived in the town of Napoleon and other places. He came to Cairo in 1864 and has lived here since that time. His wife died about the year 1870 and afterwards he married again. By his first wife he had five children. By second we believe eight. Most of his children are still living, though one or two have died. His second wife survives him. Capt. Redman was a merchant before coming to Cairo. Here he was employed for many years on the Halliday-Phillips wharf boat. He was a genial man, pleasant to meet and made friends. His family is well provided for.
(His marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: William A. Redman Died Dec. 1, 1898
Aged 73 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 22 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
John M. Conley, of
Louisville, one of the old and prominent citizens of Clay County, dropped
dead from apoplexy in the streets of Sailor Springs.
(Eli Knupp married
Ida Peeler on 3 Apr 1895, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Mt. Zion
Cemetery near Dongola reads: Eli Knupp Born Feb. 15, 1851 Died Nov.
26, 1898 Aged 47 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 11 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads: Henry Stoner Born Aug. 22, 1816 Died
Dec. 28, 1886 Aged 82 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 6 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas Theodore Robinson
married Mary Ann Gregory on 2 Dec 1859, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mr. William Smith, of the firm of Smith & Brinkmeyer, died at an early hour Tuesday morning of asthma. One year ago he was stricken with paralysis and suffered from a complication of diseases since that time. He had tried a change of climate and done everything that medical science could suggest, but received no permanent benefit. He had been on the street, walking with a cane, but a few days—probably five or six days—before his death. He leaves a widow and five grown children.
Mr. Smith was born in
Germany on the Rhine, July 13, 1836. He came to this country and to Cairo
in 1859 and has since resided here. In 1864 he married Katherine Reese,
who survives him. He formed a partnership with Mr. Brinkmeyer in
1864 and together, they have pursued the even tenor of their way for
thirty-four years, as merchant tailors, doing their part toward keeping our
people clothed in the best and most becoming manner. Mr. Smith's
family is comfortably provided for. He leaves two grown sons and three
daughters, all of whom are highly respected. The remains were buried at
Villa Ridge yesterday, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias and the
Knights of Honor.
(His marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: William Smith 1836-1898.—Darrel
(Jesse E. Miller
married Fluanna Short on 1 Sep 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(His marker in Calvary
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Albert L. Susanka Born Feb. 4, 1863
Died Dec. 9, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Sallie Joyner,
aged 20 and highly related in Gallatin and Saline counties, after eating a
hearty meal dropped dead at Ridgway.
The three-year-old son of
Fred Becker, of Rentchler, St. Clair County, was fatally burned the
other day. The little fellow was playing near a grate.
married Sarah Tabitha Cooper on 21 Aug 1890, in Union Co., Ill.
Christian Monroe Hileman married Harriet Lucinda. Robinson on
24 Sep 1871, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Harriet L. wife of C. M. Hileman Died Dec. 11, 1898 Aged 59 Yrs., 1
Mo., & 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(William Junius Mowery
married Mary C. Costley on 22 Nov 1866, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Thomas G. Story
married Emeline Hight on 22 Apr 1860, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
James Parson, aged
60, a prominent farmer near Eldorado, Saline County, committed suicide by
cutting his throat with a pocketknife. When he was found by his son lying
on the ground back of his barn the knife was still sticking in his throat.
(John Simeon Lingle
married Sarah Florence Head on 20 Dec 1885, in Union Co., Ill. Her
marker at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads: Sarah C. daughter of J. S.
& S. F. Lingle Born Nov. 23, 1890 Died Dec. 25, 1898.—Darrel