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Obituaries and Death Notices


The Cairo Citizen

4 Jan 1900 - 27 Dec 1900

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Thursday, 4 Jan 1900:
The Murderer of Joe Landum Maintained His Nerve to the End.


And Martin’s Neck Was Broken Instantly by the Fall.—Not a Quiver Passed Over His Body as He Hung for 18 Minutes Before Heart Stopped Beating.

            William Martin, who brutally murdered Joe Landum on October 8th last, paid the full penalty Friday morning by hanging by the neck until he was dead.

            The execution took place at 7:30 o’clock in the enclosure at the southeast corner of the courthouse.  Martin, attired in a black suit and a clean white shirt, with his hands tied behind him, was brought out to the gallows by Sheriff Hodges, Deputy Billy Fitzgerald and Jailer Scott Cauble.  He walked with steady tread and mounted the scaffold as coolly as could be.  There he was seated in a chair while Elders Crompton and Knowles conducted a few words of prayer and scripture reading.  During the reading, Martin commenced to mutter something and rose to his feet to make a few remarks.  His talk was rambling and was an effort to justify his crime.  It was difficult to hear what he said, but he wound up by saying he was prepared to die.  It was after this talk that Elder Crompton made the prayer, and during this service he paid little attention.  Tears came to his eyes, the only time he showed any emotion, and he asked Jailer Cauble to wipe them away.  This the jailer did.  Then the black cap was adjusted over his head, his legs were strapped together, the noose was placed over his neck, and in an instant Sheriff Hodges had thrown the lever and Martin’s body shot down seven feet with a heavy thud.  There was not a quiver of a muscle after he fell.  He shot straight down and hung there like a log.  His neck must have been broken instantly.  The trap fell at 7:35 o’clock.  In just 18 minutes the heart had ceased to beat.  Drs. Clark, Stevenson, and McNemer were there and they felt his pulse and listened for his heart beat.  They all pronounced him dead.  Dr. Stevenson stated his neck was broken.  The body was taken down about 8 o’clock and placed in a coffin, and taken to Feith’s undertaking establishment.  When the black cap was removed the features looked unchanged.  The face bore the same ashy appearance that it had shown on the scaffold.  Such are the naked facts concerning the first hanging this county has seen in twenty years.

            Quite a crowd of men witnessed the execution.  They filled the enclosure and crowded up on the scaffold even.  Circuit Clerk Dewey’s windows were also filled with spectators, and a crowd was collected on the outside of the enclosure, watching as well as they could through the cracks between the boards.

            Martin never for a moment weakened during his last hours.  He slept soundly Thursday night.  He was awakened early and given his breakfast at 6:30 o’clock.  He ate heartily and with apparent relish topping off with whisky.  The fact his breakfast was served an hour and a half before the usual time did not seem to disturb him.

            After breakfast Jailer Cauble dressed him for the execution, and Elders Crumpton and Knowles held service in jail with him.  Then Sheriff Hodges read the death warrant.  All of this time the prisoner exhibited the most wonderful nerve.  Before he left his cell he told Jailer Cauble he held no ill will against anyone.  He also bade Mrs. Cauble good-bye as he passed out to the scaffold.

            The crime for which William Martin paid the full penalty of the law this forenoon was committed on October 8th last.  It occurred on Sunday afternoon, about 3 o’clock.  Landum was standing on the walk in front of the restaurant near the corner of Nineteenth and Commercial.  He was talking to some other negroes.  Martin came along and called Landum by name, and as he moved to see who was addressing him, Martin fired a shot into the left side of his head, and as he fell fired two more shots into his body.  He then ran away, but was captured in a short time.  The murder was a most brutal one, and the only motive developed in the trial was that both men were infatuated with the same woman.

            Martin was indicted on October 11th.  The trial commenced on December 6th, with State’s Attorney Butler prosecuting and Attorney Frank Moore as counsel for the defense, and on Saturday forenoon, December 9th, the jury brought in a verdict of guilty, and fixed his punishment at death.  The jury was composed of Joshua Lee, Sandusky; Louis Pool, Elco; John Gossett, Willard; and John Turner, Paul Clark, Joe Kelly, H. H. McGee, Miley Axley, George Kerr, Thomas Wilson, Len Skinner, and Austin Brumley, all of Cairo.

            Attorney Moore made the usual motion for a new trial, and this was argued on December 13th, when Judge Robarts overruled it, and pronounced the death sentence upon the prisoner.

Many Prominent Men Called Away During the Year 1899.

            Cairo and vicinity lost a number of prominent men during the year 1899.  The grim reaper was unusually active in the ranks of the leading citizens.  Among those who were called away were Henry Eichhoff, Jan. 12; T. C. Watkins, Feb. 17; Thomas W. Shields, March 9; Charles Wilson, April 12; J. L. Sarber, May 19; Charles Wasem, July 24; W. E. Feith, Aug. 12; W. P. Halliday, Sept. 22; John Howley, Sept. 24; Robert Smyth, Oct. 3; Charles Gayer, Nov. 19.

            In addition to these eleven, this county lost J. L. Sackett, of Elco, on Jan. 1; R. A. Edmundson, of East Cape Girardeau, but a few days later; and F. D. Atherton, of Willard, William Holmes, of Diswood, and H. M. McKemie, of Beech Ridge, in April.  Pulaski County also felt the loss of R. A. Davis, of Grand Chain, on April 27; Dr. N. R. Casey, on May 6, and B. F. Mason, of America, on Sept. 26, not to mention Supt. Fitzpatrick, of Mound City, who was cruelly murdered on June 21.  It would hardly be proper to omit Judge David J. Baker from the list.  He died on March 13.  While he was at his death, a resident of Chicago, still Cairo claimed him as her own.

These were all men of more or less prominence in their respective communities.  Their places have not been filled and they will still be missed and mourned in 1900 as they were in 1899.
Dr. Bliss Held for Malpractice.

Dr. George I. Bliss is in the county jail to answer the charge of malpractice.  He was arrested yesterday evening after the coroner’s jury had brought in a verdict in the Callie Wells case.  Callie Wells was a colored woman who died in Dr. Bliss’ office Sunday, after having given birth to a child.  The child was the one whose body was found lying at the edge of the Ohio River above Tenth Street.  Dr. Bliss states the child was born dead and that he had given someone 50 cents to bury it.  The officers think they have a strong case against Dr. Bliss.
Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson buried their little son on New Year’s Day.  This is the record of the cherished triplets—to die.  The heart-broken parents have the sympathy of all.  It may be truly said of them that they have more treasures in heaven than on earth. (Unity)
Samuel Gardner, father of John Gardner, of this place (Wetaug) and Samuel Gardner, of Ullin, died last Sunday morning of pneumonia fever.  He was past 80 years of age and was an old resident of this county.  He was formerly a man of great physical strength and good intelligence and was very highly respected.  The body was taken to Ullin for burial.

(Although there is not a marker for him, he was probably buried in Union Grove Cemetery near Ullin, where his wife is buried.  Samuel Gardner married Caroline F. Boyd on 20 Aug 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Samuel was likely a slave, born about 1820 in Tennessee.  He and Caroline are on the 1870 census of Weakley Co., Tenn.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Tuesday, January 2nd, at his home three miles northeast of Wetaug, Jacob Peeler, aged about 51 years.  He was a member of an old and highly respected family in this community and was a generous kind-hearted man, devoted to his family and his church.  He was a brother of the A. F. & A. M. formerly belonging to a lodge at Cairo.  He was also a consistent member of the Lutheran Church at Mt. Zion.  He had no enemies and all who knew him were his friends.  He leaves a wife and four children, one grandchild, and an orphan boy that he had taken to rear.  The burial services were held at the I. O. O. F. at Dongola.
Died, December 26, at his home near Diswood, J. B. A. Hargis, better known throughout Alexander County as Uncle Blake.  He was born in North Carolina June 1, 1820.  In the ‘40s he migrated to Tennessee and was married to Matilda Nelson.  Soon after he moved to Alexander County.  He was justice of the peace in Sandusky Precinct for 40 years, has been a constant member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church since he migrated to this county.  In politics he was a Democrat.  He leaves two sons, Rev. A. Hargis and J. E. Hargis.  (Vick)
Amanda Hughes, a colored patient from this county in the Anna hospital, died last week.
A stranger dropped dead at the Illinois Central depot Saturday, and his body was taken in charge by Undertaker Batty.  The coroner held an inquest that afternoon.  A letter upon his person revealed the fact that his name was Virgil B. Matthew, and that he had a brother and sister living in Louisville, Ky.  He wanted his sister, Mrs. Florence Graham, at 1908 Rowan Street, notified in case of his death, which was done.  He was a painter by trade and died of heart disease.  The coroner’s jury found he came here Friday in a dying condition and died from cause unknown.
Died, Mrs. Crebs, widow of the late Congressman John M. Crebs, who was colonel of the Eighty-seventh Illinois Regiment, of pneumonia, at Carmi.
Died, Henry Hilton, of Cobden, aged 34.  He was the pioneer in using hotbeds for the purpose of getting early tomato plants from which to supply Chicago and St. Louis markets.  He shipped the first basket of tomatoes ever sent from Cobden, which is now the largest tomato growing point in Illinois.
            (His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Henry Hilton 1816-1899.  Father.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 11 Jan 1900:
Boiler Explodes and Kills Three Men and Badly Injures Another.

News came to Anna late Thursday afternoon that the boiler of S. O. Stout’s saw mill near Mt. Pleasant, in this county, had exploded and killed Nelson McGinnis and his son Matthew and the engineer named Adams and badly injured S. O. Stout.

The accident happened about noon yesterday, and further particulars could not be obtained before going to press.

This saw mill is situated near the line of this and Johnson counties, and is owned and operated by S. O. Stout.  He is badly injured and the messenger that came to Anna for a doctor reports him in a very precarious condition.—Anna Democrat

(Their markers in McGinnis Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant read:  Mathew McGinnis Born May 14, 1880 Died Jan. 4, 1900.  Nelson McGinnis Born March 26, 1854 Died Jan. 4, 1900.—Darrel Dexter
Coroner’s Verdict.

The text of the verdict of the coroner’s jury in the Paralee Holland case has not been printed, so we give it herewith:

“We the undersigned jurors sworn to inquire of the death of Paralee Holland, on oath do find that she came to her death by causes unknown to the jury.  She was found dead on Seventh Street between Washington and Commercial avenues on the 2d day of January, 1900. We further find that William Robinson was the last man known to be in her company and we recommend that the said William Robinson be held on suspicion of having knowledge of the cause of her death and that he be held to await the action of the grand jury.”
The funeral of Mr. Charles Frank was held Saturday, Rev. J. G. M. Hursh officiating, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment followed by a large concourse of friends.  The pallbearers were Joseph Steagala, Peter Lind, John Glade, Jacob Lind, Charles Tell, John Johnson, William Schatz, and W. H. McEwen.
Charlie, the little 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Brackett, of the Avenue Hotel, died Saturday morning of brain fever.  The funeral was held Sunday from the Episcopal church and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Charles H. Brackett, Jr. 1892-1899.—Darrel Dexter)
J. M. Clifford died from smallpox Saturday morning.  Mention of his illness was made in this paper Thursday.  He lives on Washington Avenue up near the levee. Several other members of his family are sick with the disease, but they are recovering.
William V. Rife.

Died, Saturday, January 6th, at his residence, one and one-half miles west of Pulaski, of pneumonia, William V. Rife, aged 63 years, 11 months and 11 days.  He was sick less than a week and was not thought to be dangerously ill until on Thursday, when his son, Dr. W. C. Rife, was called and reported his father in a critical condition.

The deceased came to this country in the 50s and soon purchased the farm that he owned at his death.  He was one of Pulaski County’s staunch farmers.  He was a kind, generous-hearted man, devoted to his family; a good neighbor and a worthy citizen.

The funeral services were held on Monday, conducted by Rev. Brannum, with interment in the Villa Ridge Cemetery.  His family consisted of a wife, one son, Dr. W. C. Rife, and one daughter, Mrs. Dan Prindle, both of Villa Ridge, and one brother, George, of Pulaski.  Thus the county and vicinity sustains a great loss.  The aged widow and family have the sympathy of everyone in their great loss.

(Daniel W. Prindle, Jr., married Lucy A. Rife on 3 Sep 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The report that Dr. B. A. Royal, of Villa Ridge, had died Sunday was evidently a mistake.  The father of Dr. Rife, Dr. Royal’s son-in-law, died at Pulaski Sunday.  He was William V. Rife, one of the old citizens of Pulaski.

(W. C. Rife married M. Lilley Royall on 10 Sep 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Parker, died on Friday, January 5, after a very short illness.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood (Villa Ridge).
Died, C. D. Langfelder, aged 63, and John W. Morgan, aged 70, of Jefferson County.  They were neighbors and had resided near Mount Vernon for a quarter of a century.

Thursday, 18 Jan 1900:
Thomas John, Sr., a prominent saloonkeeper, of Murphysboro died Sunday afternoon.
Francis M. Davie, on trial for murder at Murphysboro, was found to be guilty and his punishment was fixed at 45 years in the penitentiary.
Women Run Down by an
Illinois Central Train at Anna.

Anna, Ill., Jan. 14.—Mrs. Adolphus Henley, wife of a farmer living near Anna, was struck and instantly killed by a northbound Illinois Central passenger train at a street crossing in this city at 7 o’clock this evening.  She was standing on the northbound track waiting for a southbound freight to pass.  The noise of the freight train and a slight effect of hearing prevented here from noticing the approach of the passenger train.  She was accompanied by her little daughter and Mrs. Wesley Carlile, who barely escaped.  She spent the day in town and was to meet her husband at the Baptist church, where she had started when the accident occurred.  Engineer Walraven saw the woman, but not in time to stop the engine before it struck her.

(Adolphus M. Henley married Elizabeth Hibbert on 16 Dec 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Another notice in the same issue of the newspaper suggests the woman’s maiden name was Brown.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. B. F. Brown received intelligence of the terrible accident that happened to his sister at Anna, Sunday evening. She was run over by an Illinois Central passenger train and instantly killed.  He and his brother, A. J. Brown, left for Anna Tuesday morning to attend the funeral.
Died, in this city (Mound City), January 15, of typhoid malaria, Jesse Rude, aged 42 years.  Mr. Rude had been in our city since the latter part of October 1899, conducting a flour and feed store for the Woolcott Milling Co., of Harrisburg, Ill., and our people soon became very much attached to him because of his excellent business qualities and fine sociability.  About the middle of December he was attacked with malaria but kept upon his feet and at the discharge of his duties until the day before Christmas when he was unable to leave his room.  On Christmas Day his wife came to care for him.  He was born and reared in Saline County and had been a very prominent businessman as well as a popular politician, having served one term as county assessor and treasurer, elected by the Republican Party of that county.  He was a member of the Masonic order, Workmen and Home Forum.  He had been married twice, and leaves a wife and five children.  His remains were taken to Harrisburg for interment, accompanied by his wife and Mrs. and Mrs. Harry Harper, of Harrisburg.  A. L. Stallings will continue the management of the flour and feed mill.

(Jesse Rude married Mrs. Sadie Hudgins Gregg on 13 Sep 1893, in Saline Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Miss Flora Carr, of Curry, was buried at New Hope Cemetery last Friday.
Samuel Lee died at the home of Mr. John Davis Thursday forenoon, leaving relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  (Dog Tooth Bend)
Mrs. George Bird made a hasty visit to western Kansas Saturday in response to a telegram giving news that her sister’s son had been accidentally killed by a railroad train.
Thursday, 25 Jan 1900:
Death of Arthur Boyle.

Arthur Boyle, better known as “Finnigan” Boyle, and a brother of Tom Boyle, died Tuesday at his home on Pine Street.  He was about 62 years of age and unmarried.  His sister kept house for him.  Mr. Boyle died of heart disease.  He had been ill for some time and was in the hospital for treatment.  He recently came here from St. Louis, but was once associated with Col. Wood and Mr. Rankin as a contractor and builder, just at the close of the Civil War.  The funeral was held Wednesday from St. Joseph’s Church.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Arthur Boyle Died Jan. 23, 1900 Aged 68 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Will Probably Be Held Monday Forenoon.

The news of the death of Mrs. M. J. Sheehan was a shock to her friends.  She had been ill only a few days.  It was not until Wednesday evening that her severe cold developed into pneumonia.  The progress of the disease was very rapid.  Friday morning she became unconscious, and remained so until her death in the afternoon.  Mrs. Sheehan was about forty years of age and had been married to Mr. Sheehan about twenty years.  Her home was formerly in Mound City, where her father, Mr. Cummings still lives.  She also has three sisters living there, Mrs. Charles Curran and Misses Mary and Fannie Cummings, the former a music teacher and the latter one of the public school teachers.  Mrs. Sheehan leaves besides her husband, three children, Mollie, Nellie and John, the young ladies being pupils in the high school.

The sympathies of the entire community are with Mr. Sheehan and his children.  They have suffered an irreparable loss in the sudden demise of the wife and mother.

(Michael J. Sheehan married Ellen Cummings on 27 Jun 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Ellen Cummings wife of Michael J. Sheehan Born May 4, 1857 Died Jan. 19, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Passed Away This Forenoon After a Long Illness.

Mrs. N. Goldsmith died at 10 o’clock Monday forenoon at her home, No. 712 Walnut Street.  She had been ill for about five months of bowel trouble, and at one time several weeks ago it was thought she would recover, but she had a turn for the worse.  Mrs. Goldsmith was born in St. Louis 40 years ago.  She has been married to Mr. Goldsmith 13 years, and leaves two children, little boys of 11 and 7 years.  The family came to Cairo about four years ago, and Mr. Goldsmith has been conducting a hide store on Ohio Levee.  Mrs. Goldsmith had a fine voice and was generous in sharing her musical talent with the pubic.  Her death is not only a loss to her family and friends, but to the public.
Died, Jerome Reno, aged 67, of Molting, Washington County.
Died, D. N. Frazier, aged 42, at the home of his father, Jacob Frazier, near Centralia.
Died, Ella Bauhan, of Eldorado.
Died, Mrs. Barbara Wright, of Vienna.
Dr. J. B. Mathis went to Vienna Monday morning to attend the funeral of his brother, J.P. Mathis.  (Mound City)
News was received here (Mound City) Monday that ex-Surveyor J. P. Mathis, formerly of this county (Pulaski County) but late of Vienna, is dead.
The funeral of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Kirk occurred at the residence at 8:30 this (Saturday) morning, conducted by Rev. S. A. D. Rodgers, of Grace M. E. Church.
The Cauble School was vacated last week on account of the death of the teacher’s mother.
Mr. Daniel Cline died last Saturday and as buried Monday at Palmer Mills Cemetery.


Mrs. Eastwood died last week at the age of 61 years.  She lived with her son on the farm of Henry Wilson.
Mrs. George Bird returned Tuesday night from Kansas where she was called by the accidental death of her nephew.  He was the only child of her sister and was a highly respected young man.  He was killed by a car passing over his body.  He was to have graduated from college this coming spring and his death cast quite a gloom over the community where his parents are held in high esteem.


Thursday, 1 Feb 1900:
Victim of Typhoid.

Miss George Anna Atcher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Atcher, died at her home on Twenty-fifty and Elm streets at 8:30 Friday morning, of typhoid fever.  Her death came very suddenly.  She was taken ill immediately after her return from a visit to Kentucky at New Year’s with what was then thought to be malarial fever.  It developed into typhoid, but it was only during the last day or two that the greatest anxiety was felt over her condition.

Miss Atcher was 17 years old.  She was a bright, promising girl, a student of the high school and a member of the choir of the Cairo Baptist Church.  Her death is a great shock to her friends and a terrible blow to her family.
Passed Away at
12:40 This Afternoon.—Funeral Saturday.

Mrs. F. Bross died at 12:40 o’clock last Thursday afternoon.  She grew very much worse Tuesday and Wednesday became paralyzed on the right side, and from that time until her death was conscious.  Her children were all summoned and arrived before her death.

Mrs. Bross was a native of Forschenbach, Baden, Germany, where she was born on February 1, 1832.  She married Judge F. Bross at Yazoo City, Miss., on Christmas 1853.  They had eight children, only three of whom survive their father—Mrs. Waller, Mrs. John M. Herbert and F. Bross, Jr.

Mrs. Bross had been an invalid for several years, and on Wednesday, January 17th, received a fall that broke her right thigh.  The injury was the immediate cause of her death.

The funeral of Mrs. Bross, wife of Judge F. Bross, was held at the family residence Saturday afternoon, and was attended by a large concourse of friends.  The services were conducted by Rev. Father Diepenbrock, and the music was furnished by the choir of St. Joseph’s Church, assisted by Mrs. J. M. Lansden, Miss Lella Miller, Mr. C. N. Buchanan, and Mr. Tunnel.  The honorary pallbearers were E. A. Buder, C. O. Patier, N. B. Thistlwood, M. J. Howeley, C. M. Osterloh, William Kluge, E. A. Smith, Charles Cunningham, E. C. Allen, G. W. Buchanan, Henry Hasenjaeger and Andrew Lohr.  The active pallbearers were C. F. Miller, Peter Lind, C. V. Neff, E. C. Dusendschon, P. C. Barclay, P. H. Schuh, E. P. Ehs, Adolph Rees, T. J. Kerth, and George Schindler.  A large number of beautiful floral pieces were furnished by friends.  The funeral party took the train at Eighteenth Street for Villa Ridge cemetery.

(Wilson E. Waller married Emmareh Lotta Bross on 28 Oct 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A large Bross family marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads only Mother.  Another marker reads William, Elizabeth, Edward, and Edwin, children of F. and Mary Bross.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Mrs. Elizabeth Swanwick Baker, the oldest inhabitant of Randolph County.  Her age was 95 years.  She was the widow of a former Unites States senator from Illinois, David J. Baker, of Alton, who was appointed to that position by Gov. Edwards to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of John McLean, in the early 40s.
Died, David B. Thompson, of Murphysboro.
Died, Noah Scott, 76 years old, southeast of Shattuck, Clinton County.
Her many friends will learn with regret of the death of Miss Georgia Atcher, of Cairo.  She visited friends here (Central Bend) last summer and all who met her learned to love her.  She will be missed by her many friends.
Death of Edward Stevens.

Edward Stevens died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Tuesday at 3:45 p.m., of pneumonia.  He was well known in Cairo having lived here all his life. He was an enthusiastic fireman and a member of the Arab Fire Company for 17 years and a member of the city fire department for two years.  He has an aunt, Mrs. Henry Ashton, living here, and an uncle, Henry Stevens, who lives at Edgewood, Ill.  He was sober and honest and worked for Mr. Gus Botto for the last year or so.  He was not a member of any church, but professed conversion before he died.
Mrs. Eliza Higgins, mother of Mrs. Timothy Coyle, died at her daughter’s home on Ninth Street of pneumonia yesterday afternoon.
Word was received of the death Friday of Mrs. Bennett, wife of Agent H. S. Bennett, of the Illinois Central, at Champaign.  She had been an invalid for many years and has been a great sufferer this winter.  Mr. Bennett was stationed here a few years ago and his wife and daughter, Miss Mabel, are remembered by many people here.
Mrs. Martha Thomas, mother of Mrs. John Walter, died at the home of her daughter, on Eighth Street, yesterday morning, of throat trouble.  She was 59 years of age last month.  The funeral will be conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt at the family residence this afternoon.
            (Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Martha Thomas 1843-1900.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 8 Feb 1900:

Passed Away at His Home in Kansas City Saturday.

            The following sketch of the late Thomas Lewis was sent out as a special dispatch from Kansas City.

            Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 3.—Thomas Lewis, president of the Old Men’s Association of this city, and once a legal associate of Lincoln, died early this morning at 3337 Troost Avenue.  He was 92 years old.  Not long ago he fell down a stairway at his home, and though he escaped with no broken bones, the shock was too great for him to survive.

            Two years ago, at the age of 93, Mr. Lewis resumed the practice of law.  He had been educated for the law in his youth, but owing to an impediment of speech had not recently practiced his profession. Instead he entered upon a mercantile career.

            At the age of 56 his affliction left him, and from that date the ambition to return to the career of a practicing attorney grew.  His business, however, was so prosperous that until his retirement from its active management at the age of 90 he was never able to satisfy his life ambition to be an attorney at the bar.

            Undeterred by age, he opened an office in the Temple Block here and tried a number of cases of varying degrees of importance before the local courts.  It was not until a fall a few months ago compelled him to remain at home that he gave up his law practice and his office.

            Before coming to Kansas City eight years ago, Mr. Lewis lived in Springfield, Ill., where he had engaged in business since 1840.  He was an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln, whom he greatly admired.

            Mr. Lewis was born at Basking Ridge, N. J., July 9, 1808.  His father was a farmer.

            Three children survive him.  They are Mrs. Adeline Ayers of this city, Albert Lewis, a grain dealer of Cairo, Ill., and William T. Lewis, a farmer of America City, Kan.

            At the age of 16 he started out in life as a shoemaker in Basking Ridge, and after serving his apprenticeship he entered the shoe department of the store of his brother, Joseph Lewis.  In 1819 his uncle, Dr. Jacob Lewis, who had led a colony from New Jersey to Illinois, persuaded him to go west, but business prevented him from starting until 1836.  His first trip was for the purpose of finding the best place to settle.  He went down the Ohio River to Cairo, then to St. Louis, from there to Chicago, through Illinois and then home.  When he passed through St. Louis it had a population of 6,000 and Chicago 4,000.  In a book of his life, which he published a few years ago, he states that Chicago was a “dismal, cold, muddy town,” which did not impress him favorably.

            In 1837 Mr. Lewis returned to Illinois with his wife, settling at Springfield.  There was practically no town there then; only a few houses.  Mr. Lewis opened a shoe store there and for years was the only shoe dealer in town.  It was in Springfield that he became intimately acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, then a young lawyer, and Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln’s opponent.

            In 1896 Mr. Lewis published a history of his life.  It treats of his career, politics and history.  In the book Mr. Lewis says:  “I cast my first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson and have never voted for presidential electors or Congressmen except those on the Democratic ticket.  I voted against my old friend, Abraham Lincoln, and for Uncle Peter Cartwright, the old Methodist preacher, for Congress.

            “For any office beneath that I have voted upon the Jackson qualifications.  When an applicant was proposed to General Jackson his first inquiry was, ‘Is he honest?  Is he capable?’  If he lacked either qualifications he could not be appointed.

            “When Abraham Lincoln was a candidate on the Republican ticket for the state legislature there was a candidate on the Democratic of an immoral character, hence I voted for Lincoln.”

            Mr. Lewis’ remains will be taken to Springfield, Ill., for burial.

            The Springfield Journal adds this about the life of Mr. Lewis:

            “In the spring of 1841 Mr. Lewis disposed of his shoe store and went into the office of Judge Robins, where Governor Richard Oglesby was reading law.  In due time he obtained a license and opened an office.  In the first case Mr. Lewis had in the United States court, he was associated with Abraham Lincoln.  It became necessary for him to have a license in the United States court and Mr. Lincoln introduced Mr. Lewis and made known his wishes.  In one of his characteristic speeches he asked that the license be granted and when he closed the court said ‘Issue a license to Mr. Lewis.’

            “At the first session of the legislature in Springfield, S. A. Douglas, then Secretary of State, met Mr. Lewis in the rotunda of the state house.  He asked him if he would like to have the office of public administrator.  There was a vacancy and a lengthy petition had been filed with the governor, signed by Whigs and Democrats.  Douglas did not want to lay the name of a Whig before the legislature.  Mr. Lewis went into the senate chamber and it was not ten minutes before a message from the governor announced his nomination.  The nominee was unanimously confirmed.

            “Mr. Lewis held the office continuously until he removed from the city.  Even then the county clerk, N. W. Matheny, continued to issue letters to him for over a year after his removal, and Mr. Lewis qualified by giving bonds.  Mr. Lewis then resigned and suggested the name of the late James Morse, who was appointed.

            “Mr. Lewis laid out five additions to the city of Springfield and bought hundreds of lots in the early days.  Under the bankrupt law of 1840 a number of lots belonging to bankrupts were sold and some thirty lots were purchased in one day by Mr. Lewis at $4 to $7 a lot.  Mr. Lewis at one time engaged in the newspaper business and he was also in insurance work.  At the time of his death he was quite wealthy.”

            Mr. Lewis came to Cairo in 1863 and established the Cairo Democrat, organized the Alexander County Bank in 1875.  He organized Cairo’s first street car line.  Other concerns were the results of his untiring energy, but these two mentioned are, we believe, the only ones in existence now.  Mr. Lewis was a resident of this city for more than a quarter of a century, removing a few years ago to Kansas City.  He was a remarkably well-preserved man, and at 90 was as active as most men at 60.


Miss Tillie Byrnes attended the funeral of Mrs. May Burns, of Cairo, at Beech Grove, Tuesday.


Died, Friday evening, Nellie, the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schuler.  Funeral Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. S. A. D. Rodgers.  Pallbearers, Eddie Williams, Willie Esterman, Charlie Richardson, Loren Stophlet, Jr.  Interment at Beech Grove.



            The death of Rob A. Gaunt, of Grand Chain, which occurred at Vienna, Sunday, February 4, 1900, at the age of 28 years, of typho malaria, removes one of Pulaski County’s most promising young men.  Last June he brought home with him his diploma from the St. Louis School of Pharmacy, having graduated in a class of more than one hundred pupils, being one of only six in the class that graduated.  He married about six years ago, the youngest daughter of Dr. Reese, late of Grand Chain.  He leaves a wife and two children—a boy and girl, one sister, four brothers and a host of other near and dear relatives, besides a myriad of devoted friends.  The interest manifested by the people of Vienna, in his illness was but a mild expression of the profound admiration with which he was regarded by those with whom he had associated and performed his professional duties the past few months, as pharmacist in the Simpson Drug Store, of Vienna.  The bereaved widow and other relatives speak in terms of the highest praise of the good people of Vienna who so thoughtfully tendered cared for the deceased.  The pall bearers from Vienna who accompanied the remains to Grand Chain were:  Lewis Frizell, Charles Gray, L. C. Oliver, Frank Wright, George W. English and Mr. Spiekloch. Interment at the Grand Chain Cemetery, Monday, with honors of the Masonic order, of which he was a valued member.  His father was our highly respected citizen, A. G. Gaunt, who departed this life several years ago.  Rob was born and reared in Grand Chain Precinct, and was not only respected, but sincerely admired for his many fine qualities, his high order of intelligence, generous impulses and nobility of heart.

            (Robert A. Gaunt married Nellie Rees on 12 May 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. Nathaniel Earnhart died at her home three miles east of Wetaug, Monday, of typhoid pneumonia fever.  She was in her 59th year of age, and came to this country from North Carolina when young.  Her husband is one of the best and most successful farmers in this country.  She was universally respected as a Christian woman, a model housewife and a mother.  She leaves five daughters, and two sons, who are among the best citizens of the community.  Her body was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery by Mt. Zion’s Church, where she had been an active and faithful worker for many years.

            (Nathaniel Earnhart married Mrs. Eve Caroline Mowery on 20 Jul 1871, in Union Co., Ill.  Henry Monroe Mowery married Eve Caroline Casper on 11 Aug 1859, in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo.  Her marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Eve C. wife of Nathaniel Earnhart Born June 26, 1841 Died Feb. 5, 1900 Aged 58 Yrs, 7 Mos., & 9 Ds.  And friends, as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I.  As I am not, so you must be, Prepare, therefore, to follow me.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Joshua Shoemaker, of Mount Vernon, aged 91, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas E. Westcott.  Mr. Shoemaker was a native of Hamilton County, and was for a number of years clerk of the circuit court at McLeansboro.


Died, Mrs. Sarah Baltzell, 85 years old, a resident of Centralia and Grand Prairie for over 60 years.


The infant child of Ed Kelley, living on Thirty-second Street, died Tuesday.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.


Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hannah were called to Kankakee Thursday by the news of the death of Mrs. Hannah’s sister, Mrs. Russell.


Paul Loeschner came down from Idlewild Monday after a casket for his brother, F. M. Loeschner, who died Sunday of typhoid pneumonia.  He contracted the disease in Southeast Missouri.  His homestead was near Pulaski.



Thursday, 15 Feb 1900:


Jury Secured in Powell Case Tuesday and Evidence Heard Yesterday.

            The trial of Riley Powell, charged with the murder of Elmo Frie, commenced Monday afternoon before Judge Oliver A. Harker.  State’s Attorney W. N. Butler is assisted by Judge O’Brien, of Charleston, Mo., in the prosecution and Clarence S. Townley is defending Powell.

            The jury in the Riley Powell murder case was secured before court adjourned Tuesday evening.  The full panel is as follows:  Sam Studdard, Elco; William Pool, Jr., Elco; Roy Minton, Thebes; Bert Hobbs, Thebes; John Raggio, Cairo; John F. Jordan, Jr., Elco; Harry Keane, Cairo; B. F. Worthington, Cairo; H. M. Goldsmith, Cairo; Charles P. Powers, Cairo; John Madden, Cairo; George W. Thompson, Elco.

            Pool was on the jury, which acquitted Edward Wilson.

            Yesterday the opening statements were made. Attorney C. S. Townley set up self-defense as an excuse for the crime, stating that Elmo Frie ran toward Powell with a revolver in his hand, and that Powell believed he had to shoot first to be killed.

            The state examined five witnesses in the forenoon.  They were Quinn Winslow, the negro whom Powell shot when Frie came running up; James Lafferty, Ed Axley, of Beechwood; John Muscovalley, of Columbus, Ky., and Ed Ellis, of Charleston.  The latter is a colored man.  The evidence was pretty strong for the prosecution.

            The pistol, which was the instrument of death, was admitted in evidence.  It is an ugly looking weapon—a  44 Colts revolver.

            Judge Harker convened the February term of court at 11 o’clock Monday and empanelled the grand jury, with H. H. Hancock as foreman.


Dr. George L. Bliss walked out of the courtroom yesterday a free man.  The grand jury failed to find a true bill of indictment against him for murder.



Drunken Fiend Slipped Up and Fired Three Shots into DeMontcourt’s Body, and Then Returning to His Victim, Fired Two More Shots as the Body Lay Prostrate.


Mr. DeMontcourt Sat Quietly at Supper When the Assassin Stole Up and Without Warning Deliberately Took His Life.—Murderer Was Crazed by Drink.—Had Been Discharged from Company’s Employ Last November.—Remains Brought to This City Saturday Afternoon.

            One of the most dastardly crimes that was ever committed was the tragedy which shocked the people of Cairo Friday—the murder of Louis DeMontcourt. The details make a most horrible story.  Without warning, while sitting quietly at supper, he was shot down by an assassin, who stealthily crept into the room, pushed a pistol up to his breast and fired four shots, three of them piercing Mr. DeMontcourt’s body, and ended his life instantly.  Then, as if not content with his fiendish work, after leaving the presence of his victim, he returned, pushed the body over with his foot and sent two more balls crashing through his brain.

            The details of this blood-curdling affair as given to The Citizen by Mr. George W. Ohara are as follows:

            Mr. DeMontcourt was down at the company’s mill, ten miles from Tyler, in Pemiscot County, Mo.  Thursday evening he was seated at the supper table in the boarding house at the mills.  Robert Howard, the mill manager was with him, seated at his right.  No one else sat at the table, and the only other people around were the landlady and her assistant.

            Mr. Howard sat with his back to the door.  All was quiet and neither gentleman was aware of the presence of any evil-minded person, when suddenly Mr. Howard observed a hand reach over his left shoulder, with a pistol in its grasp aimed directly at Mr. DeMontcourt’s breast, not more than eighteen inches from it.  At that instant a shot was fired which pierced Mr. DeMontcourt’s right breast and passed entirely through his body.  Mr. Howard sprang up and grabbed the assailant, whom he discovered was Hezekiah Grogan, but was not able to prevent him from firing three more shots at Mr. DeMontcourt, one of which entered his chest, while another passed through his right arm.  Mr. DeMontcourt staggered out into the hall and there fell dead.

            Mr. Howard got Grogan out of the house and had started over to the company’s office to make arrangements to convey Mr. DeMontcourt’s body there.  He had not been gone three minutes when he heard  two more shots.  Returning to the house he found that Grogan had gone back and in the presence of several persons had turned Mr. DeMontcourt’s body over with his foot and in his fiendish rage had sent two more balls through his head.  The people there were afraid to make a move against him.  The constable was too frightened to arrest the bully.  The sheriff was telephoned for but was sick and could not come, and it was not until Friday that the fiend was arrested.

            The next day, Friday, he continued to intimidate the people around there.  He shot at two or three persons, and finally threw a woman down and threatened to kill her.  Just then a deputy sheriff arrived and arrested the man and took him to Caruthersville, but Friday night the two, the deputy and his prisoner, were drinking together in a saloon at Caruthersville, and the murderer was boasting of his crime.

            It was not until Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock that an inquest could be held and the body be moved.  They had to wait until the bully was arrested.  So the body lay for nearly 24 hours before it could be moved.  Then it was taken on a handcar to Caruthersville where it arrived at 4 o’clock Saturday morning, and where Mr. Ohara was in waiting.

            Hezekiah Grogan, who committed this infamous crime, was until the first of last November, in charge of DeMontcourt & Ohara’s mill there.  Then Mr. Howard succeeded Grogan.  The transfer was made with no friction.  DeMontcourt & Ohara planned to place Mr. Grogan in charge of a smaller mill further down the river, but they changed their plans on account of the failure of the timber supply there.

            Grogan was at the mill Wednesday gathering up his personal effects, which had been left there since his retirement three months ago.  He met Mr. DeMontcourt and Mr. Howard there and their meeting was pleasant.  He spent some time with them.  Wednesday evening he left and went to Tyler, Mo., to ship his goods on a boat up the river to a point where he expected to locate a sawmill of his own.  It is not known whether he missed the boat or the boat failed to land, but he was left at Tyler and after remaining there a while, he went up to Cottonwood Point, three miles distant.  There he commenced drinking and got quite drunk.  Securing a horse there, he went six miles back to Cooter, where he continued his drinking spell.  This was on Thursday, and from there he returned to DeMontcourt & Ohara’s mill and slipped in while Mr. DeMontcourt was quietly eating his supper, committed this terrible crime.

            Mr. DeMontcourt never had any serious trouble with Hezekiah GroganGrogan is a man of violent temper, and when eh gets drunk he is very ugly.  He is regarded as a violent man.  It is supposed that when he became thoroughly intoxicated, the disappointment of losing his job made him commit the deed.

            Grogan had been in the employ of DeMontcourt & Ohara for several years.  He has a father living near Oakton, Ky.  He is divorced from his wife.  He is a man of about 45 years.

            The mill where the tragedy occurred is ten miles back from Tyler and two miles from Cooter.

            There is no jail at Caruthersville worth mentioning and the greatest fear is that Grogan will escape, as everyone is afraid of him.  They have a little lock up there, but it was never known to hold anyone fast.  He will probably be taken to Kennett or St. Louis for safekeeping.

            The grand jury is in session this week and an effort will be made to indict Grogan at once and give him a speedy trial.  A warrant for his arrest was sworn out Saturday.  Nothing but the speediest kind of trial and the most extreme penalty of the law will satisfy the demands of justice.

            The remains were brought to this city on the Cotton Belt train at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.  A large delegation of friends of the deceased met the remains at the depot and conveyed them to the Ninth Street residence.

            Mr. J. W. Bryan was notified of her father’s death, but is too ill to come to attend the funeral.

            Mr. DeMontcourt was born at Antell, France, about 53 years ago.  He came to America at the age of 25, and settled in western Kentucky, where he engaged in the lumber business.  In 1885 he moved to Cairo and for a time was connected with Halliday’s box factory.  In 1890, the firm of DeMontcourt & Ohara was formed, which has existed and prospered until the present time.

            Mr. DeMontcourt left a wife and three children—Mrs. J. W. Byram, of Concordia, Kan., Miss Marie DeMontcourt and Albert DeMontcourt.  The latter returned from Chicago Friday night, where he has been attending Northwestern University.

            Mr. DeMontcourt was quite prominent as a Knight Templar, having filled the highest office in the Cairo Commandery.

            In his death Cairo has suffered the loss of a generous loyal soul.  Words cannot measure the blow his family has received, nor can they express the sympathy, which is extended them from the entire community.

            The funeral of Louis DeMontcourt was held Monday forenoon.  The remains were taken from the family residence on Ninth Street under the escort of the Knights Templar and Buchanan’s band, to the Cairo Baptist Church, where funeral services were held jointly by the pastor of the church, Rev. W. S. Gee, and by the Masonic lodge.  At the conclusion of the service, tributes were paid the departed by Rev. J. T. M. Knox and Rev. George P. Hoster.  The funeral cortege then left the church for the wharf to go by boat to Hickman, where the interment was made.  The pallbearers were:  Joseph Bozman, W. H. Grable, Al Staehle, J. F. Ewell, John P. Vineyard, Frank Ferguson, J. B. Field, R. Standberry.


Death of J. O. Armstrong.

            J. O. Armstrong died at his home No. 811 Twenty-third Street, at 5 o’clock last Thursday after a short illness of pneumonia.  He was 50 years of age, a carpenter and builder by trade and a resident of Cairo for several years.  He leaves a wife and five children, all grown—Horace Armstrong, and Mrs. W. C. Heim, of St. Louis, Mrs. A. W. Hilling, William C. Armstrong and Miss Julia Armstrong, of this city.


Died, at Beechwood, Ill., February 13, 1900, S. W. Corzine, aged 58 years.  Deceased was born and reared in Union County near Balcom.  About six years ago he married Mrs. Sitter of Anna, mother of Mayor George Sitter, of Beechwood.  He has lived in Beechwood about five years.  About three years ago he purchased the dry goods and grocery store of George Sitter, which business he conducted until he died.  He had been married previous to his union with Mrs. Sitter.  Of his first wife he leaves two children, A. D. Corzine, of Balcom, Ill., and Mrs. J. R. Suley, of Rector, Ark.  For many years he had been a consistent Christian gentleman, and commanded the highest respect of all who knew him.

            Funeral services will be held at the Big Creek Baptist Church, near Anna, Wednesday, February 14th, at 1 o’clock p.m., conducted by Rev. Carter, of the Dongola Baptist Church.  Truly, in the death of Mr. Corzine, Beechwood has lost a most valuable citizen, and his family a most devoted friend.

            (Silas W. Corzine married Mariah Davis on 7 Mar 1871, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Mrs. Alice Hartline Sitter on 2 Jul 1893, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Big Creek Cemetery near Anna reads:  Silas W. Corzine Died Feb. 13, 1900 Aged 58 Yrs., 2 Mos., & 20 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Feb. 8th, Jerry Mitchell, age 49 years.  Jerry was a very quiet, honest man.  (Palmer Mills)



Thursday, 22 Feb 1900:


Passed Away at Thebes Monday Evening.—Pneumonia the Cause.

            Henry Weiman came in from Thebes Tuesday bringing the sad intelligence that his wife died Monday evening.  She passed away after an illness of just one week.  Three weeks ago she came to consult a doctor about one of her children and contracted a severe cold on the trip, which finally developed into pneumonia.

            Mrs. Julia Weiman was 43 years old. She left a husband and two little boys, one 11 and the other 3, besides her mother and two sisters, Mrs. Laura C. White and Miss Hunsaker, all of whom were with her during her last hours.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. B. F. Utley, the Methodist minister, and the remains were interred at Thebes.  Mr. Weiman will have the deep sympathy of all his friends in his heavy affliction.

            (Henry Weiman married Julia Hunsaker on 20 Oct 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


In Jail at Jackson.

            Grogan, the murderer of Louis DeMontcourt, is confined in the jail at Jackson, Mo., as there is no jail at Caruthersville.  He will be taken back to Caruthersville for trial on July 17.

            The people of Caruthersville will no doubt see that he receives the punishment he deserves.  They are not to blame for the killing as a great many people try to make out, and taken as a whole, will be glad to see punishment meted out to anyone guilty of a crime as grave as the murder of which Grogan is guilty.



Judge Harker Fixed His Punishment at Confinement in the Penitentiary.

            After the Powell verdict had been rendered, Edward Collins, another of the murderers, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty.  The court sent for witnesses in order to determine how severe a sentence the case merited, and pronounced sentence after hearing them.

            The witnesses testified in the afternoon, among them the defendant himself.  Then Judge Harker passed sentence upon him, fixing his punishment at confinement in the penitentiary during this natural life.  Edward Collins’ crime was the murder of Charles Taylor on July 25th last, at a restaurant on Commercial Avenue, near Twelfth Street.  It was a most brutal murder and entirely unprovoked.  Collins is only 27 years of age, so he will have a long time to meditate over the deed.



Jury Find Him Guilty of Murder of Elmo Frie and Fix Punishment at Death.


After the Jury Had Been Out All Night.—Two Stood Our for a Life Sentence, and Only Gave in Tuesday Morning.—Attorney Townley Makes Motion for New Trial.

            “We the jury find the defendant guilty of murder and fix his punishment at death.”

            This was the decision of the jury in the Riley Powell case Tuesday forenoon. When court convened Tuesday morning the jury had reached a decision, after having been out all night.  They filed into the courtroom at 9:20 o’clock and handed their verdict to the judge.  After it was read, the jury was polled, to see if it was their unanimous verdict.  Then Attorney Townley made the usual motion for a new trial, and the court instructed him to file his motion in writing at any time during the present term of court and he would then pass upon it.

            It is understood the jury stood 10 for hanging and two for a life sentence at the start, and remained that way all night, and that Tuesday morning the two gave in when the jury brought in a verdict of death.  The two who favored the life sentence are said to be John Raggio and William Pool, of Elco, the latter one of the jurors in the Wilson case.

            The jury has had a very unpleasant duty to perform, but they performed it manfully and should be commended, all of them, for their courageous action.  Riley Powell was guilty of an awful crime, and it is right that he should be punished severely.  The color line does not enter into this, as the better class of colored people here know.  It is simply a case of right and wrong.  Too many juries in Alexander County have returned outrageous verdicts, turning loose upon society men guilty of the foulest crimes.  The result has been that human life has been held of little value, and murders have become of common occurrence.  But this happened once too often, the verdict of the Wilson case capped the climax, and the people rose up and expressed their indignation against such proceedings.  Public sentiment was thoroughly aroused, and the effect was not lost.  It is the duty of all classes of citizens to uphold their juries in the right performance of their duty, and we believe the colored people will be as prompt to do this as the white people.

            The following are the names of the jurors:  Sam Studdard, Elco.  William Pool, Jr., Elco.  Roy Minton, Thebes.  Bert Hobbs, Thebes.  John Raggio, Cairo.  John F. Jordan, Jr., Elco.  Harry Keane, Cairo, B. F. Worthington, Cairo.  H. M. Goldsmith, Cairo.  Charles P. Powers, Cairo.  John Maddox, Cairo.  George W. Thompson, Elco.


Memorial services were held at the residence of Mrs. Hambleton, Monday in memory of Mrs. Ella McCammon, the deceased wife of Rev. G. E. McCammon, who died on the 19th of last February.  Mrs. McCammon was one of the most dearly beloved ladies of this city (Mound City) and it is in keeping with good judgment of the members of the Methodist church especially that her beautiful character should be remembered in a public manner.



Thursday, 1 Mar 1900:

Death of John A. Walder.

            John A. Walder died at his home No. 504 Jefferson Avenue Tuesday morning after a few weeks illness of pneumonia.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Walder, who with five sisters and two brothers survive him.  He was born and reared in Cairo and had been employed by different railroads since he was nine years old until 1897, when he was appointed on the police force and served there two years.  When the Spanish war broke out he enlisted in Co. B, Twentieth Regiment United States infantry, and rendered good service during the war.  He was in the battles at Santiago.  When taken sick he was employed as brakeman on the Mobile & Ohio.  He was a member of Big Muddy Lodge No. 578, Brotherhood of Railway Trainman, of Murphysboro.


Died, at the home of her parents in this city (Mound City), Monday evening at 6 o’clock of stomach trouble, Mrs. Effie Finley, aged _3 years, 10 month and 21 days.  In the death of Mrs. Finley, society has lost a very popular and highly esteemed member, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Kennedy, a dear, devoted daughter, and her husband a true and affectionate companion.  Her marriage to Mr. Finley occurred two weeks lacking one day prior to her death.  She was confined to her room for nine or ten weeks.  She had charge of the telephone station here more than two years.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been perfected.

            (James A. Finley married Effie F. Kennedy on 13 Feb 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Her Demise Was a Loss to the Entire Community.

Funeral Services Held at the Presbyterian Church Wednesday Afternoon.—Life Sketch of a Noble Woman.

            The funeral of Mrs. William White was held yesterday afternoon.  Services were held in the Presbyterian church at 1:30 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Knox, and Rev. C. T. Phillips, who arrived from Princeville, Ill., last night, made appropriate remarks.  The remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.

            It is believed as late as Sunday evening that Mrs. White would survive the attack of heart trouble.  Although she was very bad after her sister’s death on the 19th, she rallied when medical aid was brought to bear on her case.  Sunday evening a change for the worse came, and she passed away at 1:30 Monday morning, just one week after the death of her sister, Mrs. Julia Weiman.  Up to the very last her minds was strong and active, and she made every preparation that it was possible for her to make for her death.  Her only desire seemed to be that she might return home to die.

            Mrs. White went out to Thebes on the 15th.  The exposure to the trip and the anxiety over her sister’s illness and death, brought a return of heart trouble, to which she was subject, and there in the country, where it was unable to secure the comforts and attention which she so greatly needed, the disease wrought its terrible work.  The neighbors were all most kind and everything that could possibly be done for her was done, but the situation was not favorable for the successful handling of her case.

            Mrs. Laura C. White was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Hunsaker.  She was born in Cairo on Nov. 7, 1852, and was therefore 47 years old last November.  She spent her whole life in this county, her father having been one of the prominent men of the county in past days and at one time sheriff.

            Mrs. White was married twice.  Her first husband, John Gates, died in 1888.  They had three children who now survive her—John, Jeannette and Lloyd Gates.  About ten years ago Mrs. White married William White.  They had no children.

            Mrs. White leaves also her mother, who is 73 years old, and one sister, Miss May Hunsaker.  She also had a brother, Henry, who died a few years ago.  His widow lives at Flora, Ill., and was so prostrated with the news of Mrs. White’s death that she was unable to come.  Her son, Walter Hunsaker, arrived to attend the funeral.

            It is hard to realize that Mrs. William White is dead.  She has been such a force here—so active, so unselfish in her labors, so kind to all.  And that death should come to her in this way!  When she had ministered to so many, many people, in their hours of affliction, it seemed very hard that all these friends were denied the privilege of lovingly ministering to her wants in her last hours.

            If only she had been at home, where friends could have performed kind, loving deeds, which they were so willing and eager to perform, her last hours might have been easier.  At least the knowledge that she had so many devoted would have rejoiced her heart.

            Mrs. White was certainly one who went about doing good.  She worked in a quiet unostentatious way, never letting her right hand know what her left hand was doing.  She was ever on the lookout for strangers who needed a welcoming hand, for persons in trouble who needed kind words of sympathy.  She was generous with her time, and generous with her means for others.  Her life was as Chistlike as can be lived by a human being.

            In her death the Children’s Home at DuQuoin has lost a valuable supporter.  Mrs. White’s home was a sort of branch of the DuQuoin institution.  If any little waif was found that needed care until provision could be made for it, it was always taken to Mrs. White and there it found shelter.  She always found time to take these little ones under her wing, and yet she was a very  busy woman.  And the occasions when some little one was stopping in her house, were very, very, frequent.

            In the Presbyterian church Mrs. White was one of the most earnest, faithful members.  She was treasurer of the Ladies Aid Society at her death.  She was a worker in all departments of the church.  She taught a class in the Sunday school, she attended the services of the church with the greatest regularity.

            Mrs. White never took time for ease and enjoyment although she was able to do so.  She was a hard working woman—toiling on and on for others.  She had a family of her own, and she helped her husband in the store, yet she found time for a multitude of other things.  Her talent seemed to be for faithful unselfish work, and the talent grew and multiplied, and brought forth a hundred fold.

            Her memory and her example will never be forgotten by the lives which she blessed.

            The funeral of Mrs. William White was held at the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon.  The church was crowded with friends of the deceased, and the service was very sad and touching, so that there was not a dry eye in the church.

            The music had all been selected by Mrs. White herself for this occasion, and consisted of “The Holy City,” by Miss Effie Lansden, and “Lead Kindly Light,” and “My Jesus As Thou Wilt,” by the choir.  Rev. Dr. Knox conducted the service, and was assisted by Rev. Scarritt and Dr. Gee, but Rev. C. T. Phillips, her former pastor, made the address and during the course of his remarks he told of some of her many good deeds.

            He told of the 68 little ones she had rescued and cared for, until they could be provided with homes by the Children’s Home Society, and the places she had gone in order to carry assistance or comfort to persons in need.  His remarks were filled with love and pathos.  At the conclusion of the ceremony the casket, heavily laden with flowers was gently borne out, and followed by the sorrowing crowd, was taken to Beech Grove Cemetery, where it was laid away.

            (John Gates married Laura Hunsaker on 27 Aug 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.  William White married Mrs. Laura C. Gates on 8 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Mrs. William Hardin, a daughter of J. M. Gregory, of Alto Pass.

            (William Hardin married Nora Gregory on 27 Mar 1888, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Mrs. Emma Francis, aged 80, at Murphysboro,.


Died, Christian H. F. Hirte, at his home one miles from Chester, age 84.



Judge Harker Overruled Motion for New Trial Last Saturday.


Between the Hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.—Powell Says He Did Not Have a Fair Trial, but Exhibited No Feeling When He Heard the Sentence Pronounced.

            “It is the sentence of this court that you be executed on the 20th day of April, between 8 o’clock a.m. and 4 o’clock p.m.”

            With these words Judge Oliver A. Harker sealed the fate of Riley Powell, the murderer of Elmo Frie.

            The court had reviewed the affidavits mentioned below, reviewed the objections of the defendant’s counsel to the finding of the jury, and then he overruled the motion for a new trial.

            Asking Powell to arise, he gave him an opportunity to be heard, in reply to the question, “Have you anything to say?”  The defendant answered in a firm voice:  “No, sir, I don’t think I got justice in this case.”

            Then the sentence was delivered, and Powell took it with no marked show of feeling.

            The courtroom was well filled with spectators, but all was quiet and orderly during the afternoon’s proceedings, and when the case was ended the doomed man was taken back to his cell, and the crowd quickly dispersed.

            Powell exhibited considerable nervousness when he was first taken into the courtroom, but it seemed to pass off.

            Once, after he had been given a chance to speak, he interrupted the court by saying:  “I seen with my own eyes three or four jurors get into a hack and go down to get shaved.”  No attention was paid to this wild statement, but it revealed better than anything else what manner of man he is.

            The court told him to make his peace with God, as he thought it would be idle for the defendant to expect any interference from the governor.

            Attorney Townley made a strong fight for his client, but the affidavits made to show that there was opportunity for improper influence upon the jury, were fully met by counter affidavits filed by State’s Attorney Butler.

            The motion for a new trial in the Riley Powell case came up at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

            Mr. Butler read the affidavits presented by the defendant of John M. Watson, who testified that H. M. Goldsmith became separated from the rest of the jurors at Fourth and Commercial, and was snowballed by two women, and that one of them stopped and brushed snow off of Mr. Goldsmith’s back, and had ample opportunity to hold conversations with him.

            He also read the affidavit of Leonard Dixon, practically the same as the above.  Also the affidavit of George W. Meridian, that Goldsmith had made the statement in Judge Ross’ court in January, that he would like to be on the Powell jury as he wanted to see Powell hung.

            Mr. Butler presented in rebuttal the affidavit of Roy Minton, in regard to his stopping at Hancock’s Hotel, while en route to the court house with the rest of the jury, in order to get his overshoes, on account of the heavy snow on the ground; that he spoke to no one nor was spoken to during that time, but simply went in and got his overshoes and came out.

            He also presented the affidavits of Nick Koen and A. J. Rose in regard to Meridien’s statement of Goldsmith’s conversation, that no such conversation occurred at the time and place mentioned.

            He presented the affidavit of Mrs. H. M. Goldsmith, wife of the juror, in regard to the snowballing of the juror.  She stated she, in company with a friend, Mrs. O’Hare, was overtaken by the jury and that her husband called her by name.  She then asked him who would take his run on the Cotton Belt, as the railway mail clerk.  Her husband then kissed her as he had not seen her for several days, and Mrs. O’Hare picked up some snow and threw it at Goldsmith, striking him in the back on his neck; that she took her handkerchief and wiped it off.  That no conversation took place and that her husband was not separated from other jurors at the time.

            The affidavits of Henry Keane, one of the jurors, H. M. Goldsmith, himself, and Anthony McTigue, the bailiff in charge of the jury, were also presented and corroborated the above statements.



Thursday, 8 Mar 1900:
Death of Mrs. Winter
Passed Away Tuesday Evening.—Funeral Today.

Mrs. Hannah Winter, wife of Claude Winter, died Tuesday evening, after an illness of five weeks.  She was taken down with congestion of the bowels, and it developed later into congestion of the brain.  Since Sunday it had seemed as if she was paralyzed, as she could not speak or move.  Her family, however, were not alarmed at the change in her condition, as she had so many bad spells and unexpected changes that they did not think that this would terminate fatally.  Her death therefore, was a great shock to all the relatives and friends.

Mrs. Winter was born in Cairo, and was 42 years old at her death.  She leaves her husband and five children and her aged father, William Garin.  The children are Claude, Ethel, Josie, Willie and Margaret.  The first named is a young man in the senior class of the high school; the last a baby of three.  Mrs. Winter was very devoted to her children—as devoted to them and proud of them as any mother could be.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Presbyterian Church and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge Cemetery for burial.

(Claude Winter married Hannah Garrin on 12 Jul 1884, in St. Clair Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Hannah Winter Died 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Francis M. Randolph, aged 61, at his home in Harrisburg.

Died, Mrs. A. L. Patrick, one of the well-known residents of Carmi, of pneumonia.
Died, Lewis Brumley, an aged farmer of Simpson Township, Johnson County.
Died, Hon. Jacob Ogle Chance, clerk of the supreme court for the southern grand division of Illinois, and a brother-in-law of Gen. Wesley Merritt, of the United Sates Army, at his residence in Mount Vernon.

(Jacob O. Chance married Emma O. Merritt on 1 Feb 1866, in Marion Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
“Not Guilty” Was the Verdict.

“Not guilty” was the verdict of the jury in the Carterville riot case, at Vienna.  The jurors took but one ballot, and every member was in favor of an acquittal.
Killed in Louisiana.

James Hagler, who was killed by a log rolling over him at Starks, La., was buried at Alto Pass, a few days ago.  He was 16 years old.
In the death of Henry Dunning this county has lost an influential citizen.  Mr. Dunning was born Nov. 28, 1845, and so was 54 years of age at his death.  He leaves a widow, his second wife, and a large family of children—Charley, John, Ella, James, Cassie, Hays, Dora and Lela.  Mr. Dunning had scores of warm friends who will sincerely mourn his departure.
Insane Person from Cairo Dead.

County Clerk Jesse Miller received word by wire Tuesday from Dr. Stoker, that Millie Rambo, a colored woman who was sent up from here for treatment, was dead.  She lived on Fourth Street when she became insane.
We are sorry to announce the death of two of our oldest and best citizens.  Mrs. Sarah Z. Denton, a most estimable and good lady, one who will be missed in the neighborhood for some time to come.  The other was Henry Dunning, one of our best farmers and a good citizen.  He was called away on March 4th, at 3:50 a.m. and was buried at the Hulen Cemetery, March 5th, at 1 p.m.  (Diswood)
Walter Jennings, whom some of the Cairo papers reported dead a few days ago, was in Marion Sunday.
Officer Jerry McDaniel returned from Diswood Tuesday, where he attended the funeral of Henry Dunning.

Thursday, 15 Mar 1900:
Died, Benjamin Blake, 55 years old, at Norris City.  His wife was buried the day previous.
Jacob S. Hartman, one of the most prominent citizens of Makanda, died Wednesday.  The deceased was an extensive fruit grower.  He was also prominent in secret society circles, and was a Mason, Knights Templar, Odd Fellow and Knight of Honor.

(Jacob S. Hartman married Mary Ann Cover on 25 Feb 1879, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Albright, an old resident of this vicinity (Wetaug), passed away Sunday morning.  He was aged sixty-two years and seven months.  He was born in Union County, but had lived near this town (Wetaug) on his farm for twenty years.  He was an industrious, honorable and upright citizen. He had been ill over two years with a complication of diseases, chiefly a breaking down of his nervous system.  He leaves a wife and two daughters and one son, all of whom are grown up with families.  The remains were interred at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.  The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kitch, Monday at 2 p.m.  A large number of people were present.

(Henry E. Albright, son of Margaret Albright, married Mariah A. Stoner on 23 May 1858, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Henry E. Albright Born July 26, 1838 Died March 11, 1900 Aged 61 Yrs., 7 Ms., & 15 Ds.  The soul has now taken its flight, To mansions of glory above, To mingle with angels of light, And dwell in the kingdom of love.—Darrel Dexter)
A little child of T. M. Thompson was buried last Saturday.  (Friendship)
Wes Hanks died of consumption and was buried at New Hope, Saturday.
Judge Hugh McGee Dead.

Mound City, Ill., March 10.—At the ripe old age of 82 years, 8 months and 12 days Judge Hugh McGee passed away Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at his home in Grand Chain, Ill.  He was born in Christian County, Ky.  At the age of 20 years, in 1837, he came to this county about two months in advance of his parents and family.  He bought land and made a home near where Grand Chain now is, and has continued in the business of farming ever since.  In 1862 he was elected associate judge of this county, was re-elected in 1873 and served four years; for nearly forty years he served in the capacity of justice of the peace.  He had been married three times, first to Sarah Ward, second to Harriett Metcalf, third to Amanda Elliott.  Three daughters survive him, Mrs. Hester M. Smith, county superintendent of schools; Mrs. F. D. Lipe, and one other.  He was a member of the Masonic Order and was in all respects a man of intelligence and integrity, sincerely admired by all who knew him.  Burial takes place today.  

(Hugh McGee married Sarah Ward on 20 Mar 1838, in Johnson Co., Ill.  He married Amanda Eliott on 7 May 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Stranger Committed Suicide at Bird’s Point Monday Night.

A stranger named J. L. Redding committed suicide at Mrs. Beckwith’s boarding house at Bird’s Point Monday night by taking morphine.  He left a note stating that he was tired of living and that he had no relatives, only friends.  He was a man of about 50 years of age, was well dressed and had traveled all over the United States.  He was buried at Bird’s Point.


A negro was killed at Bird’s Point last Saturday morning.  He was stealing a ride on top of a freight car and was ordered off by the clerk of the transfer boat.  In some way he fell and broke his neck, and his body fell into the river.  His body was recovered. He had $5.30 on his person.
Mrs. Lida I. Lence, formerly Miss Lida Sherretz, wife of Mr. D. L. Lence, died at Cape Girardeau March 17th.  She was a member of the Baptist Church at East Cape Girardeau, assisting in the organization several years ago.  She leaves a husband and two little children.

(Daniel L. Lence married Eliza J. Sheritz on 10 Sep 1890, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, W. L. Benson, aged 49, at Marion, after three months’ sickness.
Ada Coryell, aged 9 years, was fatally burned by her clothing catching fire while sleeping near an open fireplace at Alto Pass Sunday.
Mrs. Mary Ligon, nee Echols, daughter of B. F. Echols, of DuQuoin, niece of Mrs. H. A. Hannon, of this city, died at Charleston, Ill., March 15th and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, DuQuoin, on Saturday.  She was for many years a resident of Cairo.

(W. H. Ligon married May Echols on 20 Jan 1892, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at New Douglas, Ill., March 16, John Van Delft, father of Rev. William Van Delft, of St. Mary’s Church, of this city (Mound City), who with his mother are the only surviving members of the family.  Mr. Van Delft was born in Goes, Kingdom of Netherlands, March 5, 1818, and has been a citizen of this state about forty years.  He was a noted musician and had been for many years a popular music teacher.  Many prominent music teacher and other musicians who were students of his remember him with great pleasure.  Rev. William Van Delft goes to New Douglass this evening to attend the funeral.
Died, in this city (Mound City), Saturday morning at _ o’clock, of typhoid pneumonia, Thomas W. Spence, aged 45 years.  Funeral services will be held at the Congregational church, Sunday at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. S. A. D. Rogers.  Deceased was born and reared in this county near Olmsted.  His first wife was Miss Sarah E. McGee, daughter of Judge Hugh McGee, and sister to Mrs. Hester M. Smith, of this city.  The wife who survives him was Miss Carrie F. Boren, daughter of Capt. Cole Boren.  He had lived in this city about seven years, employed almost continuously at the Mound City Stave factory.  He was industrious and attentive to his duties and in the strictest sense a gentleman.  He was a member of the Congregational Church and of the Modern Woodmen. He leaves two sons, Claude, about 20 years of age, son of his first wife, and Jasper Carl, about 7 years old, son of the wife who survives him.  His death was quite a shock to the community, as he was well and hearty Sunday afternoon as common, but was taken with a chill Sunday evening at abut 6 o’clock, from which pneumonia developed which resulted in death in five days.

(Thomas W. Spence married Sarah Ellen McGee on 15 Sep 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  He married Carrie Frances Boren on 8 Oct 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thomas Mowery, the administrator of the late Judge Hoffner’s estate, is erecting a fine monument in the Wetaug Cemetery to the judge’s memory.  The marble shaft will weigh over two tons and will cost $400.  A Cairo firm has the contract.
Grandma Abbott is very sick with pneumonia.  As she is very old, prospects for her recovery are not good.  (Friendship)

Thursday, 29 Mar 1900:
Passed Away Early Friday Morning After Prolonged Illness.

Mrs. John P. Glynn, who had been so seriously ill for a number of days, passed way at 6:30 Friday morning.  For nine weeks she has been battling with typhoid malarial fever, and Monday she became very much worse, since which time her friends felt the gravest concern over her condition.

Mrs. Glynn was a native of this city, and was 38 years of age at her death.  Her maiden name was Lizzie McCarthy.  Seven years ago she married Mr. Glynn and they had one child, a little boy now 6 years old.  She also leaves on brother, John McCarthy, of Lature, Ark., who has been visiting here since Christmas.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Church Sunday afternoon and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Glynn and his little motherless boy will have the deepest sympathy of all their friends.  They have suffered their greatest possible earthly loss in the death of a Christian wife and mother.

(John P. Glynn married Lizzie McCarthy on 12 Oct 1892, in St. Clair Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Elizabeth McCarthy second wife of John P. Glynn.—Darrel Dexter)
Boer Commander Died from Stomach Trouble Last Night.

Special Dispatch to The Citizen.

Pretoria, March 28.—General Joubert died at 11:30 o’clock last night.  He had been suffering from stomach complaint.  The town is plunged in mourning over the death of the true patriot, and gallant upright and honorable gentleman.

Pietrus Jacobus Joubert was 68 years old.  He was born in Cape Colony and bred on a farm.  He served as state attorney of the South African republic, and afterward as vice-president and has been chief in command of the Transvaal forces in the present war.
Died in Two Counties.

A peculiar case occurred near the little town of Arthur, Ill., a few weeks ago, says the Mt. Carmel Republican.  A man was found frozen to death on a public road, which forms the dividing line between the counties of Moultrie and Douglas.  The head and a portion of the upper part of the body was stretched across the line and lay in Moultrie County, while the legs and the lower part of the dead man’s body projected over on the Douglas County territory.

Before the body was removed, a jury had to be summoned to determine which of the two counties should take legal possession of the dead man’s remains.  There was but one way to decide the point of possession, and that was to take a measurement and award the county on which lay the greater portion of the body the right of possession.  The measurement was carefully taken, and it fell to the lot of Douglas County to take the body in charge and the coroner of that county was given possession.
Brigham, the little 3-year-old boy of Mr. and Mrs. Reeder Goe, died at Bird’s Point, Mo., Tuesday.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge for interment.

(Reeder Brigham Goe married Mary Crain on 30 Jun 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Brigham C. Goe 1897-1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Charlie Wilson, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Wilson, born March 4th, died yesterday of bronchitis.  Funeral services were held at the family residence on Twenty-first Street this morning at 8:30 o’clock and the interment will be at Villa Ridge.
Oscar D. Childers and Miss Leona Brodie, of Olive Branch, were granted a marriage license Saturday.  He is 21 and the bride 17.  Although quite a young man, this is Mr. Childers’ second matrimonial venture, he having been married two years ago, losing his wife by death in two weeks.

(Oscar David Childers married Mamie M. Gillian on 31 Mar 1898, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sunday morning Coroner J. C. Steele was called to Olmsted to inquire into the cause of the death of Elmer Harper, who, while attempting to board a freight train passing that place, fell under the wheels and was mangled almost beyond recognition; the hand was severed from the body, both arms were torn away and the body cut in two just above the hips.  He was about 23 years old, and lived near Vienna.  He had been cutting ties near Olmstead, and endeavored to make his way home when the accident occurred.
Died, at his home near America, Ill., March 23rd, 1900, Finis E. Hogg, of pneumonia.  He leaves a wife, one son, Calvin, aged nearly 21 years, and three brothers, one living in Johnson County and two living in Fulton, Ky.  His age was about 42 years.  He came to Johnson County with his parents when a small boy from Tennessee.  He married Miss Florence Shearer nearly twenty-two years ago.  About sixteen years ago he came to this county and located near where he lived when he died.  He was a member of the Christian church, and was very active and useful in his church relation.  He was genteel, kindly disposed to all, industrious, careful and honest in all his business relations.  No man in his community was more helpful, respected or popular than he.  Being a man of many virtues he is justly entitled to the praise, which his neighbors so freely bestow upon him.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Christian church at America, by Eld. I. A. J. Parker, of Vienna, Sunday at 11 a.m.  Interment in the afternoon at Beech Grove Cemetery.

(Finis E. Hogg married Florence A. Sheerer on 21 Jul 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Reuben Fozard was called to Carterville Sunday to the bedside of his aged father, who is not expected to live.  (Elco)
Thursday, 5 Apr 1900:
Died, Frank Goodrich, one of the best known and most highly respected young men of Mount Vernon.  He was a soldier in the Spanish-American War.
Died, Frederick E. Tate, a soldier of the Ninth Illinois Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, at Harrisburg, aged 38.
Died, Aunt Polly Sanders, of Alto Pass, 85.  She was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  She was acquainted with Andrew Jackson and during her girlhood lived on a farm adjoining his.
Died, Charles Hoehning, aged 38, of Covington Township, Washington County, was found dead near his residence.
Killed by Filipinos.

Daniel Jones, of Beaucoup, Washington County, has received a letter from the Philippines stating that his son, James I. Jones, was killed in a skirmish with the Filipinos.
Death of “Aunt Polly” Sanders.

Alto Pass, Ill., March 29.—Mrs. Mary Sanders or “Aunt Polly” as she was known by everyone here, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Sarah Lameson yesterday morning, aged 85 years.  She was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina, and during her girlhood lived on a farm adjoining Andrew Jackson.  She came to Illinois in ‘61 but after a short stay here she went to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where she conducted a boarding house for Union soldiers during the War.  She would often, under cover of night, elude the guards, hire someone to row her across the Mississippi River and walk to Carbondale, a distance of over thirty miles.  She could neither read nor write, yet her mind was exceptionally strong and well balanced and her constitution seemed proof against all hardships.  But for the last few years her strength has gradually failed and she was confined to her bed for some time previous to her death.  Her character was above the average in every way.  Of her nine children, seven died in infancy.  One brother, Mr. Samuel Brown, of this place, one granddaughter and two great grandchildren survive her.  She lived in this vicinity about 35 years.

Rev. S. L. Carter, of Dongola, conducted the funeral services in the Baptist church here Thursday morning.  Interment in Alto Pass Cemetery.

Hers was a long life well spent and willingly given up by her in anticipation of a better life beyond.
Jacob and William Poole were called to Pulaski last Saturday to the bedside of their brother-in-law and sister, both are very low with pneumonia. (Elco)
Died, Jacob, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Westerman, April 2d.  Interment at the Hulen Cemetery on April 3d.  (Sandusky)

(J. H. Westerman married Lena Huston on 17 Dec 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Reeder Goe died at Birds Point last Tuesday.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Brannum at the home of Mr. Goe last Thursday afternoon.  (Villa Ridge)
Dunk Brown, well known in Villa Ridge and vicinity, died at his home last Tuesday morning of consumption.  Dunk had been confined to his bed all winter, suffering more or less with that dreaded disease.  He was buried at the cemetery last Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Florence Gibe died at her father’s home last Tuesday.  Mrs. Gibe had been an invalid for years and had suffered continually until death came to her relief.  Mrs. Gibe was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Miller, and during the past three or four months has made her home with them.  Rev. Brannum conducted the funeral services at the Congregational church last Thursday afternoon.  Interment at Villa Ridge.

(Jacob T. Gibe married Florence J. Miller on 27 Dec 1888, in Richland Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Florence J. wife of J. T. Gibe Died May 28, 1900 Aged 40 Yrs., & 7 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Passed Away This Forenoon as Result of Paralysis.

Cornelius Burkhart, father-in-law of Officer Jerry McDaniel, died at 11 o’clock a.m. Saturday as the result of a stroke of paralysis.  He was stricken two weeks ago today and has been perfectly helpless since and unable to speak.

Mr. Burkhart was 74 years old last September.  He was born in Germany and came to America when a boy, with his parents.  He came to Southern Illinois before the war, about 1852, settling in Mound City and lived in this section ever since.  For nearly ten years he has been a resident of Cairo.
Mr. Burkhart leaves a wife and two sons and one daughter, Mrs. McDaniel.  The sons are E. J. and Fred Burkhart, both residents of this city.

Mr. Burkhart owned a farm in Missouri in Mississippi County.  He spent most of his time, however in the timber business, being actively employed up to within a year, since which time his health has been very poor.

(Jerry McDaniel married Katie Maria Burkhart on 29 May 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 12 Apr 1900:
Elijah Moore to Hang May 18.

Elijah Moore was sentenced to hang May 18 by Judge Fort in Stoddard County last week.  It is understood a new trial will be asked on the grounds that one of the jurymen went to sleep during the hearing of important evidence, and that the prosecuting attorney went outside of the record by addressing two of the jurymen by name in reminding them of some small crime in their neighborhood.
Thomas Clark, an aged colored man, who had lived here (Mound City) and in Cairo a number of years, died in this city, Saturday.  Having been a veteran of the Union Army, his remains were interred in the National Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
William Royal, of Pulaski, elder brother of Dr. B. A. Royal, of Villa Ridge, died of pneumonia Friday morning, April 6, 1900, at the age of about 60 years.  He had lived in this county about thirty years and had acquired considerable of this world’s goods and was highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends.  He was a native of Vermont, though he came to this county from Tennessee.  His remains will be interred at the Villa Ridge Cemetery today, April 7th.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  W. E. Royall Born Nov. 28, 1834 Died April 6, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at home in Pulaski, Ill., April 5,1900, of pneumonia, William R. Kennedy, aged 57 years, 3 months and 20 days.  Deceased was born and reared in this county, and this was his home during his active life, except from 1862 to 1865, when he was engaged in the service of his country in the Civil War, as a member of the Fifty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co. I.  His parents, Bazil and Ruth (Wright) Kennedy, were also born and reared in this county; their parents having come to his county in the year 1818, and located at America.  Deceased leaves a wife, three sister, Mrs. Joe Dille and Mrs. Lou Crain, of Villa Ridge, and Mrs. Rev. Pierce, of St. Louis, and six children—three boys and three girls, one of whom is Mrs. E. P. Easterday, of this city (Mound City). He was a member of the M. E. church, G. A. R. and the Masonic Order I. O. O. F.  Funeral services were held at the old Liberty Church, interment at Kennedy graveyard, attended by a multitude of sorrowing friends.  Mr. Kennedy was universally credited with being an honest, trustworthy and reliable citizen.

(William R. Kennedy married Armizinda J. Gundy on 29 May 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.  L. F. Crain married Ladora Kennedy on 23 Dec 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Elmer P. Easterday married Bertha Kennedy on 25 May 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  One marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:  W. R. Kennedy Co. I, 81st Illinois Infantry.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Zonna Keith, wife of Bob Keith, died Friday night from starvation due to some kind of stomach trouble.  She had been sick about two months and during all of that time her stomach would not retain food.  She was a very pleasant, intelligent lady, in the prime of womanhood, and her death was very sad as four children—two quite young—are left without a kind, loving mother’s guidance.
Mrs. Annie Pearce, of St. Louis, arrived last Friday to attend the funeral of her brother, W. R. Kennedy.
W. R. Kennedy died at his home near Liberty last Wednesday evening, April 4.  He leaves a wife and eight children and two brothers and three sisters, to mourn their loss.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Brannum at the Liberty Church.  Interment at Liberty Cemetery.
Our people were greatly surprised to hear of the demise of Mr. William Royal last Thursday, at his home near Liberty.  He leaves a wife and son and daughter, also two brothers, Dr. B. A. Royal and E. Royal, of Piggott, Ark.  Mr. Royal was well and favorably known throughout the county and a large concourse of friends attended the remains to their last resting place.  The serves at the cemetery conducted by the Masons, were very beautiful and impressive.  Interment at Villa Ridge last Saturday afternoon.
James Crew, a farmer of Vergennes, eight miles from Murphysboro, was thrown from a wagon yesterday and was instantly killed.
Little Paul Weiman, who has since his mother died been staying with his grandmother, Mrs. Hunsaker, went out to Thebes Saturday to spend the vacation with his father.
Death of Mrs. Thomas Watkins.

Mrs. Thomas Watkins died early Saturday morning.  Four hours before her death she gave birth to a little girl, who is left with only a father to care for her.  Mrs. Watkins was Miss Margaret Belle Magruder, and she is a stepdaughter of Mr. G. W. Marston.  The deceased was a few weeks under 20 years of age.  She leaves two sisters and her father, who lives in Pilot Grove, Mo.  Funeral services were to be held at 315 Eighth Street Monday afternoon, conducted by Revs. Hoster and Scarritt, and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.

The death of the young wife and mother under these circumstances is peculiarly sad, and the husband, Mr. Watkins, will have the deepest sympathy of all.

(T. C. Watkins married Margaret B. McGruder on 4 Jul 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  George W. Marston married Belle Magruder on 15 Jun 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday,19 Apr 1900:
Death of Frank Walke.

Frank Walke, the Eighth Street baker, died yesterday at 8:10 o’clock of dropsy.  Deceased was born in Glumbenan in the province of Schlwig, Holstein, Germany, on September 20, 1857, and has been a resident of Cairo for eleven years.  He leaves a wife, but no children or other relatives in Cairo.  Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Hursh Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence on Eighth Street.  The interment will take place at Villa Ridge.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Frank Walke 1857-1900.  Emily E. Gunter 1870-1967.  Herman C. Gunter 1880-1955.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday the Day set for Riley Powell’s Execution.

Attorney C. S. Townley received a dispatch yesterday saying the petition of Riley Powell for a commutation of sentence has been denied and the governor will not interfere with the sentence of the court.  The dispatch was sent by J. Mack Tanner, private secretary to the governor.

Sheriff Hodges yesterday commenced work on the enclosure, which will surround the gallows on which Riley Powell will swing on Friday.  Powell was baptized in the jail Tuesday.
Death on the Rail.

Ed Griffith, a farm laborer, was struck an instantly killed by an Illinois Central train two miles north of Anna Wednesday afternoon while walking on the track.  He was intoxicated.  His head was crushed almost beyond recognition.  He leaves a wife and three small children.
Lee Rendleman, son of Isaac Rendleman, of Makanda, was run over and instantly killed by an Illinois Central freight train at Carbondale Thursday afternoon.  He was about to step off the caboose when the train suddenly backed up and he was precipitated upon the track and the wheels passed over his body. His wife is a daughter of Frank Russell, of Carbondale.
Died, April 3rd, at her home two and one half miles north of here (Elco), Mrs. Levi Jordan, aged 32 years.  She leaves a husband and six children and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
The funeral of Mr. Stanley Douglas was largely attended here (Thebes).  His remains were interred in this cemetery Tuesday.

(Stanley Douglas married Ida Collins on 21 Aug 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
George Sommers, aged 16 years, died last Wednesday, of pneumonia fever, at the residence of Terrill Adkins, near Ullin, where he had gone to work for the season.  He was a bright young man of promise.  He was a ward of T. J. Peeler’s and had quite a handsome property due him had he lived to be of age.  Interment was made in the family burying ground on Butter Ridge.
Mrs. Shifely, a widow lady, who resided on her farm three miles southeast of town, died Monday morning of pneumonia., She was industrious and highly respected.  She leaves a family of boys and one daughter, Mrs. Terrill Adkins, of Ullin.  Her husband died thirteen years ago and left a large family dependent upon her which by hard labor and strict economy she has managed to care for and educate.  Interment was made at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

(Her marker in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Elizabeth M. wife of Alfred Shifley Born June 18, 1847 Died April 17, 1900 Aged 52 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Thursday, April 12, 1900, of pneumonia, Mrs. Hartman, wife of Samuel Hartman, aged 51 years.  Mrs. Hartman had reared a large family of children and was highly respected as a wife and mother.  Mr. Hartman is one of our oldest and best citizens and his many friends are grieved with him in his great loss.  She had been for many years in good health and her sudden summons was a surprise to her family and friends.  Interment was made in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Rev. Kitch conducting the ceremonies.  She was a consistent member of the Lutheran Church.

(Samuel Hartman married Mary Jane Cline  on 12 Jun 1873, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Mary J. wife of Samuel C. Hartman Born Nov. 22, 1849 Died April 12, 1900 Aged 50 Ys., 4 Ms., & 20 Ds.  Rest, mother, rest in quiet sleep, While friends in sorrow o’er thee weep.—Darrel Dexter)
A. L. Blaylock, a prominent citizen of New Hope, died at his home Tuesday morning of pneumonia.  Mr. Blaylock was a Christian gentleman, a member of the Methodist church, a Mason and an Odd Fellow.  His funeral and burial was held at the New Hope Cemetery Wednesday.

(A. L. Blaylock married Ida Crippen on 17 Oct 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  A. L. Blaylock Born Aug. 30, 1858 Died April 17, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Thomas Boyle, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary between 12 and 1 o’clock Saturday of bronchitis.  She leaves her husband and one adopted daughter.  Mr. Boyle is also in the infirmary with pneumonia and is not expected to live.

(Thomas Boyle married Julia Dolan on 19 Aug 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Mrs. Julia Boyle Died April 14, 1900 Aged 62 Years.  Thomas Boyle Died April 19, 1900, Aged 66 Years.  Arthur Boyle Died Jan. 23, 1900 Aged 68 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Mary Stevenson, daughter of Dr. Stevenson, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Golconda, died very suddenly Sunday, from what cause it is not known.  The remains were taken to Mt. Carmel for burial.  Dr. Stevenson is quite well known by many here.
Drowned in Cache.

Jacob King was drowned in Cache at Ullin.  He fell in and could not be rescued in time to save his life.  He was employed in the box factory and left a wife.

(Jacob King married Mrs. Nellie Sheffer Sellers on 4 May 1897, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Jacob H. King Born July 27, 1867 Drowned April 17, 1900. Our Brother.  Hard is it from thee to part, Tho it rend our aching heart, Since on ___ in glory’s gone, Let the will of God be done.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 26 Apr 1900:
Executed for the Killing of Elmo Frie, of Charleston, Missouri.


Drop Fell at 8:07 A.M. and He Died in 13 Minutes.—In His Last Statement He Insisted He Did Not Intend to Kill Frie.—Large Crowd Gathered Around Court House During Execution.

Riley Powell was executed at the courthouse Friday morning.  He was led to the gallows at 8 o’clock sharp, the drop fell at 8:07, and in just 13 minutes his heart had ceased beating.

The crowds commenced to gather around the courthouse at an early hour.  The police force was on hand to quell any disturbance, and the crowd was kept outside the courthouse yard.  For the most part they were orderly. Some inflammatory remarks were indulged in, but the colored people themselves with good judgment quieted the offenders and no arrests were made.  Beyond a shout as the drop fell, no noise from the outside penetrated the enclosure.

A couple of men perched on top of a telegraph pole viewed the execution and the windows of Circuit Clerk Dewey’s office and the courtroom above were filled with spectators.  These were about the only ones save those in the enclosure who witnessed the execution.

Under the sentence of the court, Powell was to be hanged between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sheriff Hodges had all preparations made to have the execution take place at the earliest moment.  Revs. Paxton and Lewis held service over the condemned man in his cell and the death warrant was read to him.  Then he was led out to the scaffold.

Powell bore up well.  He ascended the platform without assistance.  When seated upon the scaffold he showed considerable nervousness.  He could not sit still, but kept moving his feet as his last statement was read by Rev. Lewis, as follows: 

“I did not mean to kill Mr. Frie and thereby become a murderer; if I had I could have easily shot him in the head or chest.

“Some of the best surgeons say that he did not necessarily die from the wound made by the shot, but from the loss of blood, and that if proper treatment had been given him he might not have died.

“My case in trial had to lay over from Saturday until Monday, and it was reported that the jury was tampered with.

“For these reasons, I think this extreme punishment more severe than I deserve, however, if injustice has been done me, I forgive all and refer the whole matter for final judgment to the Great and Eternal Judge of the Universe.

“I have made my peace with God, and I love my friends and foes with ferverent Christian love and hope to meet all in heaven.

“I was raised by a good Christian mother, but associations with bad company have brought me to this awful and untimely fate.  I would therefore warn all young people to, by all means, keep out of bad company and to become Christians.

“I tender my hearty thanks to Mr. Townley, my counsel, and all who assisted him in doing all what they could for me.

“Thanks to Mr. Anthony McTigue, Mrs. Cauble and the cook and all who have shown me kindness during my confinement in jail.

“Above all thanks to Revs. Paxton and Lewis and their wives.  The Reverends have been my spiritual advisors and have been sources of unbounded hope, strength and comfort to me, and have helped me so materially to understand and do the will of God.

“Lastly, I earnestly entreat the living to be kind to my aged mother and my dear wife.  Comfort them not for my sake, but for that of a mother and wife.

“O, Lord Jesus, receive my soul.


“Riley POWELL.”

When Mr. Lewis had concluded the reading he turned to Powell and asked if these were his last words.  Powell assented to this, and arose and addressed a few remarks to the crowd, asserting that he held no ill will against anyone.  The cap was then placed over his head, his feet strapped together and at 8:07 o’clock Sheriff Hodges pushed the lever and Powell dropped through the trap.  He hung without the quiver of a muscle, and Drs. Stevenson, Walsh, McNemer, Gordon, McManus, and Dickerson crowded around him and listened to his heartbeats.  They were very strong at first and gradually grew weaker, all pulsations stopping in 13 minutes after he fell.  The body hung for ten or fifteen minutes more and was then taken down and turned over to Feith’s undertaking establishment for burial.

The crime for which Powell suffered the extreme penalty of the law was the killing of Elmo Frie, city marshal of Charleston, Mo., on October 11th last, during the street fair here.  Powell had shot another negro and Frie went up to see what was the matter.  He asked Powell who did the shooting, whereupon Powell replied that he did, and turned the gun on him, Frie, inflicting wounds from which he died in the hospital a few hours later.

Against Frank Moore for the Killing of Joe Cook.

The Pulaski County grand jury yesterday failed to indict Frank Moore for killing Joe Cook at Pulaski.

George Bunden, charged with killing his brother-in-law, Frank Robinson, was acquitted by the jury, after a trial lasting three days.  Martin & Carter were attorneys for Bunden, and they were successful in sustaining their plea of self-defense.  The crime was committed on May 30th last, near Mound City, and was the result of a dispute over a trade in which the amount involved was only $4.
Robert Miller, brother of Miss Carrie Miller, who was stricken with paralysis, died at his home in Nashville, Tenn., last week. Miss Miller returned Sunday and resumed her duties as teacher at the Lincoln School.
The remains of Riley Powell were shipped to Paducah Saturday for burial.  Powell’s mother lives there and it was her wish to have the body buried there.  A subscription was taken up by Coroner John Stepp to defray the expense.
Died, Saturday, April 21st, 1900, Mrs. Emma Bouer, wife of Joseph Bouer, near Villa Ridge, aged 30 years.  Deceased was a daughter of W. C. Crain, the oldest but one of his children.  She was married to Mr. Bouer about nine years ago.  Two children, a boy eight years old, and a girl five years old with her husband survive her.  She bore the reputation of being a most excellent lady.  Interment in the Villa Ridge cemetery Sunday afternoon.

(Joseph Bour married Emma Crain on 17 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Emma Crain Bour 1870-1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, in this city (Mound City), Friday night. Robert Bowlin, aged about 75 years.  Interment in Beech Grove Sunday, April 22nd.  Mr. Bowlin had lived in this city about thirty years, was well situated with a comfortable house and good property on Upper Main Street.  Was well respected by all, both white and colored.  He was a prominent member of the First Baptist Church (colored) of this city.  Five daughters, three sons and wife survive him.  One son, James, has for many years been an employee of the L. D. Stophlet grocery store, and one daughter is the wife of Rev. Ricks, of Cairo.

(Nelson Ricks married Susannah Bolen on 20 Jan 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, last Saturday at her home in Valley Recluse, Mrs. Emma Bours, wife of Joseph Bours, and daughter of W. R. Crain.  Mrs. Bours has been an invalid for years.  She leaves a husband, three children and other relatives to mourn their loss.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Brannum last Sunday evening at the M. E. church.  The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the entire community (Villa Ridge).  



Thursday, 3 May 1900:
Held Over the Remains of Miss Daisy Foster Monday Afternoon.

The funeral of Miss Josephine Phillis Foster was held Monday afternoon at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hinkle, on Twenty-eight Street.  Rev. J. T. M. Knox officiated.  A large number of friends followed the remains to the cemetery at Villa Ridge.  The floral offerings were very profuse and beautiful.

The pallbearers were D. S. Lansden, Ned Gilbert, John Jennelle, Wilbur Thistlewood, Will Cunningham, Clint Terrell, Sanford Bennett, and Douglas Halliday.

The people of Cairo who knew and loved Daisy Foster were filled with deep sorrow Saturday evening when it was learned that her sweet, gentle spirit had flown.  It was feared by her friends that she could not withstand the ordeal through which she was passing.  She had endured one operation for appendicitis, and it became necessary to perform another last Wednesday, two weeks after the first.  Just before her death Saturday afternoon, she appeared to be somewhat better.  Her father had left her bedside to write a note for her, at her request, and he was shocked to return and find her dead.

Miss Daisy was a graduate of the Cairo school, of the Class of ‘97.  She was a great favorite among her companions on account of her kindly and loveable ways.  Her girlhood years were spent here.  Her mother died many years ago, and she made her home with her aunts, Mrs. Robert Hinkle and Mrs. B. F. Blake.  Since her graduation from the Cairo schools she had fitted herself for kindergarten teaching and at the age of 21 was just entering upon her life work when the summons came to her to go up higher.  Her last visit to her Cairo friends was at Christmas time, and she looked so well then, it seems hard to believe she is gone now.

Miss Daisy’s real name was Josephine Phillis Foster.  She was named for her mother, but when a little girl she became known as “Daisy,” and the name always clung to her.  It seemed so appropriate too, for she was like a daisy, so bright and cheery, so like a bit of sunshine.  Her remains were brought down from St. Louis Saturday, accompanied by her father, Samuel Foster.  Besides these relatives already mentioned, she leaves a grandmother, Mrs. Phillis, and an uncle, James Phillis.

(Robert Hinkle married Jessie B. Phillis on 21 Apr 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Byron F. Blake married Anna E. Phillis on 29 Jun 1876, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Samuel S. Foster married Josephine A. Phillis on 27 Dec 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.  One marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Daisy Foster Born April 21, 1879 Died April 28, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Illinois Central Engineer Killed.

Casey Jones, engineer on No. 382 drawing the Illinois Central fast mail, was killed in a wreck at Vaughn’s section, fifteen miles north of Canton, Miss., Monday.  Sam Webb, the fireman, J. A. Stain, express messenger, and E. A. Ford and S. M. Whitesides, postal clerks, were slightly injured.  The train ran into the rear of a freight train, and the passenger engine was overturned and many of the freight cars derailed.
Frank Scharf left on the Fowler Tuesday afternoon for Golconda to attend the funeral of his mother, who died yesterday.
Fannie McKemie, daughter of Mrs. Mary E. McKemie, died at their home, No 827 Twenty-third Street, Tuesday evening of pneumonia.  She was 14 years of age.  Funeral services were held at the residence at 8 o’clock this morning by Dr. Gee, of the Cairo Baptist church, of which she was a member.  The remains will be taken to Lake Milligan for burial.
Mr. Buky, bookkeeper for the Rhodes-Burford Furniture Company here several years ago, died in Louisville Saturday.  He had been in poor health, suffering from a disease of the stomach.  He visited Florida in the hope of securing relief, but failed to find it.  He leaves a wife and three small children, provided for with a $3,000 policy on his life in the Modern Woodmen Lodge.
Wyatt Robinson, who was charged with killing his wife in April of last years, was discharged by the court as the evidence was insufficient to convict him.  Charles L. Rice was his counsel.

Thursday, 10 May 1900:
Passed Away at 2:30 Tuesday Afternoon After Brief Illness.

Officer Ernest Osterloh better known as “Andy” Osterloh, died at the home of his father, C. M. Osterloh, at Nineteenth and Commercial, at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  His death was caused by congestion of the bowels.  He was taken ill Saturday, but Sunday was able to be up.  Monday he was down again, although that night he seemed to be feeling better.  In fact, throughout his brief sickness he seemed hopeful, but whether it was because he was controlling his real feelings on account of his family or because he did not realize his condition it is impossible to know.  The doctors gave his family little hope Monday.  Mr. Osterloh was 35 years old and was a native of this city.  He was a member of the police force and an efficient officer.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Andrew Osterloh 1866-1900  Brother.—Darrel Dexter)
Thomas A. Hayes, of Harrisburg, at the age of 70.  He was a soldier in Co. F, Sixth Illinois Cavalry, in the War of the Rebellion, and a few days before his death he received word from Washington that he had been granted a pension.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Will Nottage died at their home on Sixteenth Street early Sunday morning, after a brief illness.  The little one was sick only a few days.  Mrs. Alex Royse, mother of Mrs. Nottage, was visiting in St. Louis and was called home, arriving only a short time before the little one died.  Funeral services were held at the home Monday and the remains were taken by carriage to Villa Ridge Cemetery.

(Alexander Greer Royse married Agatha Lucinda Woodward on 23 Dec 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A Mrs. Kelley, living about five miles west of Ullin, was killed by lightning Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Kelley, a widow with only one son, living three miles east of here (Elco), was struck by lightning last Wednesday and instantly killed, and her son was rendered unconscious by the bolt.
Emeline, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Adkins, died Tuesday evening, May 8th, aged 1 year, 11 months, and 14 days.  She was taken first with pneumonia and was fairly recovered when she was attacked with capillary bronchitis from which the little one suffered much for two weeks and made a gallant fight for life, but all that kind and willing hands could do was of no avail and the little spirit took its flight and the tired little body is at rest in that eternal sleep that knows no waking until time is no more.

(John Thomas Adkins married Flora Bell Shively on 15 Aug 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  One marker in Butter Ridge Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Emeline D. daughter of  J. T. & J. R. Adkins Born May 24, 1898 Died May 8, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Rev. E. Joy.

Centralia, Ill., May 8.—Rev. E. Joy died at the home of his son, T. L. Joy, in this city today in the 81st year of his age.  The remains were taken to Mount Carmel for burial.  “Father” Joy, as he was familiarly known, was the oldest minister in the Southern Illinois Conference and was also the oldest Mason.  He had been preaching for nearly sixty years, and was known in every circuit and town in Southern Illinois.  For the past three years he has made his home with his son in this city, and for the last five months has been in very poor health.  The funeral will be held in the new Methodist Episcopal church at Mount Carmel, and will be attended by ministers from all over the conference district.

Thursday, 17 May 1900:
And Fatally Burned Geraldine Hornberger, a Colored Girl.

Geraldine Hornberger, a colored girl aged 16 years, living in Fourteenth Street, between Washington and Walnut, died shortly after 10 o’clock Tuesday from severe burns which she received Monday night.  Her parents went to church and left her at home alone.  She locked the door and sat up to await their return but fell asleep.  In her sleep she knocked over the lamp and was only aroused when her clothing was ablaze.  Thoroughly terrified, she ran around the room, screaming for help.  The door had to be broken in and then she rushed out, the flames spreading when fanned by the wind.  The girl was terribly burned, the skin coming off when her clothing was removed.
William Robinson, charged with the murder of Paralee Holland, the negro woman who was found dead in front of Clarkson’s house on Seventh street, was given his liberty Tuesday.  State’s Attorney Butler entered a nolle in his case, as he could find no evidence against him.  Mr. Butler was strongly of the belief that the woman had been poisoned, and he sent the contents of the woman’s stomach to the state university for careful analysis.  No traces of poison could be found by chemist, hence Robinson was set free.
The trial of Lewis Thomas, under indictment for the murder of Joshua Sheldon, the soldier of the Spanish War, commenced yesterday.  Thomas pled not guilty.  Attorney S. H. Reid, of DuQuoin, is conducting the defense.
Cyrus White, aged 60 years, died suddenly Saturday night.  He was highly respected intelligent and industrious citizen, a member of the Methodist church, Odd Fellows Order and G. A. R.  A wife survives.  Interment at the national cemetery.  (Mound City)
Monday morning some fishermen found a floater near the Illinois bank between this city (Mound City) and America.  The body was so badly decomposed that identification was well nigh impossible.  The coroner’s jury could not determine as to whether the remains were that of a white or colored man.  About five months ago four or five colored men were drowned not far form that place, and it is possible that this is one of the bodies.
Died, May 12, Mrs. Charles Atcheson, aged about 30 years.  She leaves a husband and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  (Elco)
Alfred the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Annis Allen, died Friday, May 11, aged 4 years.  He was taken with pneumonia and suffered much for a week, making a gallant fight for life, but all that kind and willing hands could do was of no avail and the little spirit took its flight.  (Elco)
Died, Monday, May 14, of pneumonia fever, Mrs. Martha J. Snell, wife of John Snell, of Friendship.  Her maiden name was Atherton and it is an old and prominent family among the early settlers of this county (Pulaski County).  Her father, Charles Atherton, resides at Villa Ridge and she also has a brother living there.  She was aged 56 years and leaves a husband and two sons.  She was a woman of strong and firm traits of character formerly, but had been in very poor health for the last several years.
Mrs. Jane Snell, wife of John Snell, died at her home Monday afternoon of heart trouble, complicated with pneumonia.  Mr. Snell is very low at this writing and not expected to live.  (Friendship)
An old lady by the name of West who is at James Billingsley’s is lying at death’s door with no hope of her recovery.  She has pneumonia.  Dr. Doty of Grand Chain attends her case.  (Friendship)
Grandpa Atherton, of Villa Ridge, and his son, Jap, passed through town (Friendship) Monday going to Mrs. Snell’s.  Mrs. Snell was a daughter of Mr. Atherton and was a lady of integrity and refinement, and a Christian and a good neighbor.

Thursday, 24 May 1900:
Jury Find Him Guilty of Murder and Fix His Punishment at Death.


And Returned Their Verdict Saturday Afternoon.—Willis Nelson, the Last Man to Give in, Broke Down and Cried When the Decision Was Announced.

Lewis Thomas, who murdered Joshua Sheldon on last Christmas Day, must pay the penalty for his crime on the gallows.  That is the verdict of the jury, reached after seventeen hours of deliberation.  They filed in the court room at 2:30 Saturday afternoon and handed their verdict to the judge:  “We the jury find the defendant guilty of murder and fix his punishment at death.”  The jury looked worn after their long siege.  Clerk E. S. Dewey polled them to see if all were satisfied with the verdict.  Each man answered yes when his name was called, but some of the answers came slowly.  When Willis Nelson’s name was reached, it was with difficulty that he could reply.  He was overcome with feeling and broke down and cried.

Attorney Reid made the usual motion for a new trial, which was argued this week.  In it he set up the usual objections, and added that since the trial had commenced he had secured new evidence for his client.

The jury when they retired Friday night stood 7 for the death penalty and 5 for a lesser punishment.  Some even thought a life sentence too severe.  All night long they argued the matter and by morning three had been won over to the majority side.  The ones to hold out were Mike Lynch, of Unity, and Willis Nelson, of Diswood.  Mr. Nelson was the last man to give up.

State’s Attorney Butler has worked hard in this case and hopes he will not be called upon to prosecute another murder.  It is very unpleasant duty to perform, yet he performed it faithfully and manfully.  To him and to the jury, credit should be given for their conscientious stand in the interest of law  and justice.

The concluding argument in this case was made Friday night and the courtroom was crowded with spectators.  At 9 o’clock, Mr. Butler completed his address to the jury and after the instructions were read by Judge Vickers, the jury filed out at 9:30 o’clock to decide Thomas’ fate.  The crowd lingered for a time, but it soon became evident that the jury were out for all night.

The jury was as follows:  F. W. Wilson, Cairo.  C. C. Benefield, Thebes.  Willis Nelson, Diswood.  F. A. Harrell, Sandusky.  L. F. Turner, Sandusky.  Peter M. Jones, Sandusky.  Henry R. Hopkins, Sandusky.  John T. Dunning, Jr., Diswood.  Mike Lynch, Unity.  C. H. Dunning, Sandusky.  W. B. Branson, Unity.  John Fray, Unity.



This is the Sentence of Judge Vickers in the Thomas Murder Case.

            Lewis Thomas, the one-armed negro, who shot and killed Joshua Sheldon, the Philippine soldier, on last Christmas Day, will pay the extreme penalty of the law on the 22nd day of June for his crime.  Sentence was pronounced by Judge Vickers Tuesday forenoon.

            Attorney S. H. Reid, of DuQuoin, fought hard to save his client’s neck.  The motion for a new trial was argued Tuesday forenoon.  Mr. Reid based his ground for a new trial upon the ante-mortem statement of Sheldon, which he declared was improper and calculated to prejudice the jury.  The court decided against him and overruled the motion for a new trial.  Mr. Reid then made a motion in arrest of judgment, which was likewise overruled.

            The defendant was then called up before the court to receive his sentence.  He showed little sign of emotion, but stood stolidly with his eyes fixed on the court, occasionally glancing around.  When asked if he had anything to say why sentence should not be executed, he made no audible reply, but after a few seconds slowly shook his head. 

            The following is the charge delivered by Judge Vickers:

            “You have been convicted of the crime of murder and a jury of your peers has inflicted the death penalty.  Your counsel has interposed a motion for a new trial, which the court has passed upon, and overruled; also a motion in arrest of judgment, which has likewise been overruled; and now it only remains for the court to pronounce sentence in accordance with the finding of the jury, and fix the time for your execution.  Have you anything to say, Lewis Thomas, why the judgment of this court should not be pronounced against you?  (Defendant answers, “No, Sir.”)

“This is indeed, a  very solemn and a very serious duty devolving upon this court one that, as a court, has never been my misfortune to pronounce before.  I regret very much that an occasion of this kind should ever arise in the administration of justice.  But it is best, for the preservation and protection of society, that crimes such as you have been convicted of should be punished by the extreme penalty of the law.  This penalty is not pronounced against you because the state’s attorney, or the officers of the court, or the court itself, or the community has any ill will or malice or feeling of revenge against you.  Personally, you are a stranger to me, a stranger to the community and most of the persons who have been charged with the serious duty of enforcing the law in this case.  It is not for the purpose of gratifying the feelings or wishes of the family of the deceased; it is for the protection of society at large; it is that your example in suffering the extreme penalty of the law may have the effect of staying the hand of violence, of subduing the passions of those who may have it in their hearts to commit crimes; that the law exacts this severe penalty.  The law should be a terror to those who trample it under their feet.

“If, after you have paid the penalty of a violated law upon the scaffold, your example shall have this effect on the community; if it shall save some human life, in the future from being destroyed ruthlessly and unlawfully, as you took away the life of Joshua Sheldon, then the ends of the law, in your case, will be reached. 

“All law abiding men, all Christian men sympathize deeply with you in your extremity.  You are standing here in the presence of the court to answer for the highest crime known to the law.  Your condition is indeed, one that calls for the deepest sympathy of the court.  In my very heart, I feel sorry for you.  I wish that it was within my power, consistent with my duty and due regard to justice, and for the majesty of the law, to extricate you from your position, but it is not.  You have voluntarily placed yourself there.  Your have destroyed the life of a fellow being.  A jury of your country, after a very able defense and the earnest plea of your attorney; after everything has been done for you that could be done, a jury of your own selection has pronounced this penalty, therefore; the sentence of the court is that you be hanged by the neck until you are dead on Friday, the 22nd day of June, 1900, between the hours of 7 o’clock in the forenoon and 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  And may the Lord have mercy on your soul.”

While the court was pronouncing sentence the utmost stillness prevailed over the room, and when it was over, Thomas was taken back to his cell.  Even then he did not break down, but maintained the same stolid indifference.

Attorney Reid made a motion for a writ of error to the supreme court, which was granted.


Sam Waters to Hang June 15.

Sam Waters, colored, will be hanged at New Madrid June 15, for murdering Frank Holmes and his wife, both colored.  Waters is the negro who Chief Mahoney captured, and who tried to commit suicide in the county jail here by hitting his head on the floor of his cell.
Passed Away at St. Louis Friday Night after Brief Illness.

Theodore Tamm died at his home in St. Louis Friday night, after a brief illness.  The news came in a dispatch to David S. Lansden from Oscar T. Tamm, the son.  Mr. Tamm was a very wealthy man.  Among his possessions was 2,600 acres of land around Idlewild, in this county.  Last summer he deeded this property to his son, Oscar, just on the eve of his departure for Europe.  Mr. Tamm was connected with the Keller & Tamm Manufacturing Company, large manufacturers of wooden handles with factories in St. Louis, Poplar Bluff and in Arkansas.

Mr. Tamm was married twice.  While he was abroad last summer he married his niece.  He leaves only one child, his son, Oscar.
Dr. Thomas Lawrence received a message Sunday from his son Tom at Jonesboro, Ark., requesting him to go at once to the bedside of his son who is dangerously ill with pneumonia.  (Mill Creek)

Thursday, 31 May 1900:
Assassin of Louis DeMontcourt Can Gain Liberty under $15,000 Bond.

Hezekiah Grogan, the assassin of Louis DeMontcourt, was admitted to bail in the sum of $15,000 by County Judge Koehler, at Jackson, Mo., Saturday night.  It was expected that his bond would be fixed up so he could gain his liberty today.

The matter came up in an appeal for a writ of habeas corpus, sworn out by Judge Bell, of Memphis.  Attorney Marsh Arnold, ex-State’s Attorney Faris and State’s Attorney Brewer of Caruthersville, resisted the petition.  The testimony was very damaging, showing assassination was deliberately planned and that Grogan had boasted of his deed afterward, his only excuse being that DeMontcourt & Ohara had robbed him.  Grogan was drunk at the time of the murder, which occurred on February 8th.
Dr. H. W. Everest died on May 21 at DesMoines, Iowa, of paralysis.  He was regent of the Carbondale Normal from 1893 to 1897.

Thursday, 7 Jun 1900:
Boy Called Dutchy Shot and Killed Dr. Shrader Sunday Morning.


On the River From Louisville to Below Memphis and Had Picked Up Dutchy at Elizabethtown.—Little Four-Year-Old Son of Dead Man the Only Witness to Tragedy.

Dr. A. F. Shrader, who ran a trading boat from Louisville to points below Memphis, was murdered about 8 o’clock Sunday morning, by a white boy called “Dutchy” whom the doctor had picked up about Elizabethtown, a few days ago.

The doctor has a house boat named the Herald Of Memphis, which he has stocked with goods.  He arrived here about noon Saturday.  Sunday morning he and the boy “Dutchy” had a quarrel and Shrader hit the boy over the head with an iron skillet.  The boy took his clothes and left the boat, taking a shot gun with him.,  As he stepped off the boat he fired the gun and Shrader, who stood in the doorway, fell dead with the charge in his right breast.  “Dutchy” fled and was captured twelve miles out in the country at noon and brought back to the city and lodged in jail.

He says he feared Shrader would keep him from getting away and that he shot to scare him.  The only witness was the little 4-year-old son of the dead man.  When his father fell he ran and bent over him to see what was the matter and then burst into tears.  His cries attracted the attention of others, who had not paid any attention to the noise of the shot.

What little information can be gained from him corroborates the boy’s story of the quarrel.  Dr. Shrader’s divorced wife will arrive from Kansas City tonight. “Dutchy” claims he did not know he killed Shrader when he shot.

The little four-year-old is named Earl.  He was taken in charge by Officer Sam Orr and has been his constant companion since.  He is a bright little fellow.  When Dutchy was brought to police headquarters after his capture, the little fellow trembled with fear when he caught sight of him, but grew calm when Mr. Orr promised to protect him.

Dr. Shrader, the dead man, was taken in charge by the coroner and turned over to Undertaker Batty.  He is a man of middle age and medium size.  His boat is moored just above the elevator where the tragedy occurred.
Died, Charles Adams, a prominent young man of Norris City, after a lingering illness.
Suicide of Henry Stout.

Henry Stout committed suicide at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home three miles north of Mound City, on the Meridian Road.  He shot himself through the heart.  He had been in poor health for some time, and had been away seeking relief, which he could not find.  Some time ago he attempted to end his life, but friends prevented the rash deed.

Henry Stout was a lieutenant in the Sixth Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War.  For many years he was a contractor and brick mason here in Cairo, and twelve years ago he moved to Mound City where he had a fine farm.  He leaves a widow and several grown children.
Justifiable Homicide.

Mound City, Ill., May 31.—As the Fowler was making her landing on upstream trip at 5:15 o’clock last evening two colored men on the hurricane roof, Lee Williams of Union City, Tenn., and Jasper Holtman, of Paducah, were engaged in a game of dice when a dispute arose between them which resulted in Lee Williams shooting and mortally wounding Holtman, the latter dying about nine hours afterwards.

Evidence before the coroner’s jury was that Holtman fired two shots at Williams first without effect.  A bystander, Will Mathis, of Paducah, was shot in the back.  He was taken to Cairo immediately after he was shot.  The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide and released Williams.
Thomas Kirk, aged over 80 years, died in St. Louis Sunday, June 3d, 1900.  He was an old-time citizen of our city (Mound City), having gone to the sanitarium in St. Louis a few weeks ago with a view of improving his health.  A daughter, Mrs. J. M. Tucker, of St. Louis survives him.  His wife died in this city a few months ago.  His remains were interred in the Beech Grove Cemetery Monday.

(John Marshall Tucker married Adela W. Kirk on 9 May 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Citizen misunderstood the reporter as to where Lieut. Stout shot himself.  Instead of in the heart, the gun was discharged in the mouth.  And the strange part of the story is that two loads of shot had been placed in one chamber of the gun with no powder, and the chamber that was discharged in his mouth appears to have had two charges of powder and no shot.
Died in Strawberry Patch.

Mrs. Dillow, widow of the late Uncle Jacob Dillow, of Dongola, was found dead in a strawberry patch Sunday.  She had gone out to pick some berries for breakfast, and her prolonged stay caused search to be made for her, when her dead body was found.  She was over 70 years of age.

(Jacob Dillow married Rosena Cruse on 13 Dec 1849, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Rosena wife of J. C. Dillow Died June 3, 1900 Aged 73 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 5 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Annie Oliver, daughter of Mrs. Louisa Oliver, died at her home on Seventh Street, Monday morning of consumption.  She had been gradually failing for a couple of years.
The body of Dr. Schrader, the river man who was murdered Sunday, was buried at Villa Ridge cemetery yesterday by Undertaker Batty at the direction of Coroner Stepp.
Earl, the little son of the murdered Dr. Schrader, is still under the protecting wing of Dr. Sam Orr.  The little fellow is as contented as you please, and sticks close to his newly adopted father.  If no relative claims him, the county court will have to make disposition of him.  There are a number of good homes here in Cairo where the little fellow would be gladly received.

Thursday, 14 Jun 1900:
Carl Leuckel While Playing with a Revolver Lodges a Bullet in His Brain.

Saturday morning about 10 o’clock Carl Leuckel, the 7-year-old son of Mr. John Leuckel, residing in the Boyle house at Twenty-second and Pine streets, accidentally shot himself, the ball entering the left eye and lodging in the brain.

At the time of the shooting the boy was alone in the house, the father was at work and the sister had stepped out for a few minutes.  Carl found the pistol in a dresser drawer and accidentally exploded it, alarming the neighbors who rushed in and found him on the floor in a pool of blood.

Dr. Clarke was called, but his efforts were unavailing.  He lay in an unconscious condition until 4:10 that afternoon, when he died.
Noah King and his sister, Dora, have erected a nice monument to the memory of Jacob King, who was drowned at Ullin a few weeks since.  Noah departed Saturday for his home in southwest Missouri near Joplin.
Gov. Tanner Grants a Respite Until July 27 to Give Board Time to Hear Case.

Springfield, Ill., June 7.—Gov. Tanner granted a respite today until July 27 to Lewis Thomas, convicted of murder in circuit court of Alexander County in May, 1900, and sentenced to hang June 22, at Cairo.  The governor states that this is done so the defendant may have his case presented to the pardon board.

Thomas is a one-armed colored man.  He engaged in a quarrel with a white man named Joshua Sheldon, a volunteer of the war with Spain.

Thursday, 28 Jun 1900:
S. A. Colwell, of Villa Ridge, Passed Away Sunday.

S. A. Colwell, one of the foremost citizens and fruit growers of Pulaski County, died Sunday morning, of pneumonia, after a long illness.  Mr. Colwell lived on the Meridian road a short distance south of Liedigh’s where he had a fine home.  He was a man of intelligence and ability, a man of ideas and one whose influence was felt in the community.  He was one of the founders of the Fruit Shippers Association.  The funeral was held Monday.

S. A. Colwell was born in Dutchess County, New York, Nov. 28, 1842, the eldest of a family of five children.  She was educated in the state normal school at Albany, completing the course in 1860.  He taught school a part of the time while pursuing his education, and then railroaded for a year.  Then he worked in a railroad office in Nashville, Tenn., for eighteen months in the employ of the government.  In 1868 he came west, settling in Pulaski County in 1869, teaching and growing fruit.  Mr. Colwell married Miss Nannie Norman, of Jackson County, that year, and she survives.  They had no children of their own, but had one adopted daughter, who is the wife of Watson Wright.  In November 1876, Mr. Colwell was elected county superintendent of school for Pulaski County and served one term.
Death of A. O. Phelps.

A. O. Phelps died in St. Louis Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  He had been living there for several years with his wife.  His son, A. O. Phelps, Jr., went to St. Louis that night to attend the funeral.  Mr. Phelps was a photographer here for many years, having a gallery on Eighth Street.  Paralysis made him a helpless invalid and compelled him to give up the business.  He was a member of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F., and they made arrangements for the proper burial of his remains in St. Louis.

            Almanzer O. Phelps was born in Natchez, Miss., on Oct. 6, 1842.  He was reared and educated at Muscatine, Iowa, where his father followed steam boating as owner and captain for thirty years.  A. O. Phelps was an engineer on river and ocean steamer for a time, but tiring of that, turned his attention to photography to which the family seemed adapted.  Mr. Phelps came to Cairo in 1876 and was for years the leading photographer here.  In 1868 he married Miss Ella Nance, of Quincy, Ill., and they had one son, commonly known as “Manny.”

(Almanzer O. Phelps  married Amanda Vance on 17 Aug 1868, in Adams Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Resolutions of Respect.

To the officers and members of Dongola Lodge No. 343, I. O. O. F., Dongola, Ill.

Brothers, your committee appointed to draft resolutions in memory of our brother, Charles H. Sackett, would offer the following:  Brother Charles H. Sackett was made an Odd Fellow many years ago to which he was as faithful as his environments seem to permit him and held the Lodge in high esteem, and

Whereas, The Great Ruler of all willed to call him to a Spirit World, which occurred June 25, 1900, at the hour of 2 o’clock p.m., therefore be it

Resolved, That as a Lodge we express our sympathy for the family and hereby extend to them our condolence and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family, a copy be furnished The Cairo Citizen and Anna Democrat for publication and a copy be spread on our record and be it further

Resolved, That the Lodge room be draped in mourning and that the brothers wear the usual mourning badge for thirty days.
M. M. Casper
W. A. Ridge
J. A. Lippard, Committee

(Charles Sackett married Mary Dexter on 17 Oct 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
S. A. Colwell died at his home last Sunday at 2 o’clock a.m.  Mr. Colwell had been sick since March, but had been much better at times.  Last week he grew weaker and his family had little hopes of recovery.  He leaves a wife to mourn his loss.  Rev. Rogers of the Methodist Church, of Mound City, conducted the services at the home.  Interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
Allen Dent, a colored man, fell dead on Twenty-eighth Street Saturday.  He was noticed seated by the walk about 11 o’clock and soon after was seen lying flat on the ground.  An investigation showed that life was extinct.  Coroner Stepp was notified and empanelled a jury.  Mrs. Feith took charge of the remains.  Dent leaves a wife and four children, living at 814 Twenty-third Street.  He worked at the elevator.
And Thrown on the Railroad Track Was M. Hileman, of Villa Ridge.

M. Hileman who has a general store on the corner opposite Titus & Co., was attacked by thieves on his way home Tuesday night about 9 o’clock.  They knocked him down and beat him severely about the head and relieved him of his watch and gun and $32.00.  Mr. Hileman had $52.00, which they did not find.  They threw him on the railroad track and left him.  After a time he regained consciousness and managed to crawl off the track and at last reached his home, which was only a short distance away.  Nothing is known of the whereabouts of the thieves or who they are.

Thursday, 5 Jul 1900:
Oliver Black Fell under Wheels at Mounds Last Night.

Oliver Black, an Illinois Central switchman, fell under a train at Mounds Tuesday night and was killed.  His body was cut in two.  It is not known how he came to fall.  He had not been a switchman long, but had been working for the railroad in another capacity for some time.  The deceased was about 22 years of age and lived with his mother and brother at Mounds.
Grogen Still in Jail.

H. Grogen is still in jail at Jackson and has about given up all hope of making his bond.  His trial takes place at Caruthersville in the early part of next month (July) and he has only a short while longer to wait.—Cape Girardeau Democrat
Died, at Little Rock, Ark., June 30, Mrs. Hattie Belle Wilson, aged 23 years and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rodgers, of this city (Mound City).  Her husband, John N. Wilson, and a baby girl, three days old, survive her.  Deceased came to this city with her parents at the age of five years, and for the most part has made this city her home since.  She was educated principally in this city, though she graduated in the high school at Rison, Ark., in 1890, ranking foremost in a class of 21 students.  For a considerable length of time she was a very efficient worker in the Congregational church and Sunday school here.  She had fitted herself well for the duties of life, not only by obtaining a good, practical education, but also by acquiring an education in stenography, typewriting and telegraphy, having assisted her brother, Frank Rodgers, station agent for the Big Four in this city and at other railroad offices.  On May 1, 1899, one year and one month prior to her death, she married in this city to Mr. John N. Wilson, a representative of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.  January 12th, of this year.  Mr. Wilson removed to Little Rock, Ark., where he is engaged in the Singer Company’s service.  Deceased’s remains arrived in this city Sunday afternoon.  Funeral services at the Congregational church Monday conducted by Revs. Southerland and Rodgers.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
A little child of George Severs died of whooping cough last Wednesday.  (Wetaug)
Villa Ridge Merchant Passed Away Yesterday Morning.
Evidence Against Men in Jail Circumstantial, but Strong.—Great Indignation Felt Over the Atrocious Crime.

Marshall Hileman, the Villa Ridge merchant, who was assaulted, robbed and thrown on the railroad track last week, is dead.  He died from his injuries yesterday morning.  He was terribly beaten upon the head.

Last evening funeral services were held at Villa Ridge and the remains were taken to Union County, his former home.

Hileman was a small, consumptive man, and anyone might have taken away anything he had on his person.  This fact makes the brutality of his assault all the greater.  That he should be set upon by three strong men, beaten into unconsciousness, and then his body thrown upon the railroad track to be run over by trains that all traces of the crime might be erased, is revolting in the extreme.

The three men held in the Mound City jail are Tom Russell, George Hackney, and Gene Wilson.  They are negroes who have  a very bad reputation around Villa Ridge.  The evidence against them is circumstantial, but very strong.  Immediately after the crime they left the neighborhood.  It is reported that two of them also tried to sell a watch supposed to belong to Hileman.  Their hearing will be held on next Monday.  Pulaski County needs a hanging, as nothing less will satisfy the ends of justice if the crime can be proved against these men or anyone else.
Thursday, 12 Jul 1900:
Newton Williams Used Ethie McDowell as a Shield.
And So Escaped Reginal Burns’ Bullet, Which Crushed through McDowell’s Body.

Alexander County had another tragedy last week and an innocent man was the victim.  The affair occurred at Cavender’s field at Willard, where a gang of men were engaged in threshing wheat.  A quarrel started between Reginald Burns and Newton Williams, during which Williams advanced on Burns with a knife, threatening to cut him.  Burns drew a pistol and Williams dodged behind Ethie McDowell, using him as a shield.  While Williams was busy holding McDowell with his back toward Burns the latter was aiming his pistol first to one side and then to the other of McDowell in the attempt to get a shot at Williams.  Finally he fired and the ball passed through McDowell’s body.  McDowell died Friday.

Burns gave himself up to____ and the latter reported that he brought Burns down to Cairo, but he did not.  He turned the man loose.  Coroner John Stepp heard of the affair and so did Mr. Butler on Saturday and each took steps to secure Burns’ arrest.  He was taken in charge and brought down to jail Sunday.  Williams was also arrested by Asa Yates Monday.

Coroner Stepp held an inquest over the body of the dead man and found the killing to be not justified.  All of these men are colored.  The dead man was 21 years old.  Burns is 19.  Williams’ hearing will be held Friday, the 13th, at 9 o’clock.
Lightning Kills Two Men.

James H. Shaw, aged 40, and Hirschel Book, aged 25, were instantly killed by lightning on the farm of Edward Miller, three miles south of Williamsville, Sangamon County.
The little 5-month-old baby of Mrs. and Dr. LaRue is so very ill its life is despaired of.  (Mound City)
Died, in this city (Mound City) Sunday morning, Margarette C., daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. E. LaRue, aged 6 months and 2 days.  Funeral services at Congregational church at 1 p.m., funeral leaves at 2:15, services conducted by Rev. Sutherland.  Burial will be at Beech Grove.

(R. E. LaRue married Ruby H. Conner on 29 Mar 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Louis Lentz came up from Cairo Thursday called by the illness of his little boy.  He returned Friday after the funeral.  (Wetaug)
The infant son of Lewis Lentz, died of cholera infantum Thursday night.  The mother died last fall and the child had been kept by its grandmother, Mrs. Harriet Hight, since.  (Wetaug)

(Lewis E. Lentz married Annette Hight on 29 Dec 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Roy A. son of L. E. & Nettie Lentz Born Oct. 22, 1899 Died July 6, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Saturday, July 7th, at his residence four miles east of Wetaug, J. T. Davis, aged 75 years, 11 months and 22 days.  He was stricken with apoplexy on Monday preceding and never rallied from the shock.  His family has been singularly unfortunate, his wife and three children having died suddenly in the last few years.  Three daughters are left.  Mr. Davis was born in North Carolina, but came to this county many years ago.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and drew a large pension for disabilities incurred.  The funeral services were conducted at Mt. Zion Church Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m., by the Rev. E. H. Kitch, of Dongola.  A large number of people were present.

(His marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  J. T. Davis Born July 15, 1824 Died July 7, 1900 Aged 75 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 22 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Charles Thrupp is reported to be rapidly failing today.  It is feared he cannot survive long.
Died, at McClure, Ill., Tuesday, July 3, 1900, at 11 o’clock a.m., Russel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bunch, aged three years, 9 months, 21 days.  Funeral was held Wednesday, July 4.  Interment at Lindza Cemetery.  Only a week ago little Russel was stricken with a disease of the most malignant type.  Every effort to arrest the disease was unavailing and it was plain he must die.  Russel was a sweet little boy, loved by all who knew him.  He was laid to rest in pure white, the emblem of innocence.

(Joseph Bunch married Nellie McRaven on 10 Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 19 Jul 1900:


After a Lingering Illness.—Was a Citizen of Cairo for Nearly Half a Century.—Old Soldiers Act as Pall Bearers.

In the death of Charles Thrupp, Cairo lost one of her honored and esteemed citizens.  After a hard struggle against numerous ailments, during which his life hung on by a thread for several days, dissolution occurred at 1:50 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  His death caused no great surprise, for his friends knew of his condition, nevertheless, the passing of an old friend always causes a shock even though it be expected.

Mr. Thrupp was compelled some months ago to give up active work on account of failing eyesight.  Then a paralytic stroke overtook him, which was soon followed by a throat trouble, making it difficult for him to take any nourishment.  It was against these ailments that he battled.

Charles Thrupp was born in London, England in 1830.  He was educated there to be a civil engineer, and as soon as he attained his manhood, he came to America.  Circumstances brought him early to Cairo, and in 1851 or ‘52 he was here engaged in laying out and building the levees which surround our city.  His residence since that time has been continuous, and during all the time or since 1856, he has occupied the dwelling in which he died.  With all the engineering enterprises around Cairo, Mr. Thrupp had been connected, having been employed by the city, by the Cairo Trust Property, and by the various railroad companies.  He was a first-class engineer, and his services were always in demand.  More than that, the public had confidence in him and in his work.

For some time during the Civil War, Mr. Thrupp was associated with Samuel Williamson in the boat store.  Business was very thriving then and Mr. Thrupp invested quite extensively in real estate.  At his death he owned, besides his homestead, some property on St. Mary’s Place West, and the land which he recently platted in the lumber district, and known as Thrupp’s addition.

Mr. Thrupp went to England after his bride in 1856.  To them were born six children, three of whom with Mrs. Thrupp, now survive.  They are William, Edward and Miss Theo.  The young men are both civil engineers.  Edward Thrupp being employed at Caruthersville, where he is engaged with some large lumber firms.  Two children died in infancy and one, the eldest son, died six years ago at Thomasville, Ga.  William Thrupp has followed in his father’s footsteps here and taken up the work he was compelled to lay down.

Mr. Thrupp was one of the first vestrymen of the Church of the Redeemer.  The funeral was held in that church Tuesday forenoon and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.


Death of I. Himmelberger.

            Isaac Himmelberger, of the Himmelberger-Luce Land and Lumber Company, with headquarters at Morehouse, Mo., and president of the Himmelberger & Friant Lumber Company, with headquarters in Cairo and at Pascola, Mo., died at Logansport, Ind., Monday afternoon at 3:15 o’clock.  His death was due to appendicitis.  The funeral was held yesterday, and Messrs. George J. Krebs, manager of the business here, and John H. Friant, the manager at Pascola, left for Logansport Tuesday to attend the funeral.  Mr. Himmelberger was abut 60 years of age, and was at the head of one of the greatest enterprises in this section.  This may be realized when the statement is made that the Himmelberger-Luce Company owns 150,000 acres of timberland.  Mr. Himmelberger leaves one son, John Himmelberger, who is manager of the Morehouse business, and several daughters.


Death of Mrs. Matilda Hogg.

            Died, at the residence of her son, Judge A. J. Ross, No. 1510 Poplar Street, at 9:15 p.m. Monday of diseases incidental of old age, Mrs. Matilda Hogg.  The deceased would have been 82 years old had she lived until the 21st of the present month.  She was born July 21, 1818, in Campbell County, Ky., moved to Mound City in 1856 and lived there till 1885 with the exception of five years in Vienna, when she moved to Cairo and has lived here since.  She was the mother of four children, two boys and two girls, Judge Ross being the youngest and only survivor.

To Answer for the Killing of M. Hileman at Villa Ridge.

Mound City, July 14.—The preliminary hearing of Hackney, Wilson and Russell, upon the charge of robbing and murdering, M. W. Hileman, of Villa Ridge, was held yesterday afternoon before Judge Easterday Hackney and Wilson were discharged without examination before the court.  A number of witnesses were heard in the case of Thomas Russell, who was defended by Attorney Rice.  Hon. G. E. Martin was assisted by Col. W. F. Foster, of Lawrenceville, and Major Wall.  Sufficient evidence was heard to justify the court in holding Russell to appear before the grand jury of the October term.
Death of Mrs. Peter Smith

Mrs. Mary Byrne Smith, wife of Peter Smith, died Tuesday morning at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Carroll, No. 214 Twenty-eighth Street, aged 36 years, 4 months and 2 days.  She had been ailing for over a year and so far recovered at one time her friends and relatives had hopes of her ultimate recovery, but about four weeks ago she became worse again and was brought from her home in Mound City for treatment.  But with all that physicians and careful nursing could do, she grew steadily worse and passed peacefully away this morning.  She leaves a husband, but no children, a mother, Mrs. Mary Byrne, and three sisters, Mrs. W. B. Carroll, Mrs. John McNulty, and Miss Tillie Byrne.

(Peter Smith married Mary J. Byrne on 18 Apr 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.  William B. Carroll  married Anna B. Byrne on 25 Apr 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John McNulty married Agnes E. Byrne on 26 Mar 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Mary J. Byrne  1864-1900  Sister.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Potter died early Monday morning, aged six months.
Mr. John Shepard, who with his family visited his sister-in-law Mrs. S. P. Bennett, last summer, is very ill at his home in Pittsburg, and not expected to recover.  It is announced that his affliction is a clot of blood on the brain.

Thursday, 26 Jul 1900:
Killed by Electric Car

Ed Schaffer Met Death on Second Street Thursday Night.

Ed Schaffer was killed by an electric car on Second Street about 10:30 Thursday night.  Bud Oliver was taking car No. 1 with trailer, on the Cairo line to the barn from its run.  No passengers were on either of the cars.  He passed the Union depot without stopping, and unknown to him Schaefer ran out and jumped aboard the trailer.  When about half a block west of Commercial it is presumed Schaffer attempted to step from the trailer to the motor, and fell in doing so.  The first thing Oliver knew was that his trailer was off the track.  He tried to get it back on the rails and called for help from a car following him in.  The headlight of the approaching car revealed the obstacle, which derailed the trailer—Schaffer’s lifeless body.  The man had fallen between the cars and was run over.  An examination revealed the fact that his neck was broken and that the wheel of the car had passed over his chest.  The remains were taken to Batty’s undertaking establishment and he came right in, arriving about midnight.

Schaffer was about 25 years of age.  He was employed as a blacksmith at the Chicago mill.  He boarded with his brother-in-law, D. E. Little, at 2310 Washington Avenue.  He has lived here for seven years and was employed at Oehler’s for several years.  He was a member of Safford Lodge I. O. O. F.

This accident was extremely distressing, but no one could be blamed except the deceased himself.  Maj. Halliday has been so careful, going to the expense of placing fenders on all of his cars, that is seems a cruel fate that has caused this death on his line.

His brother Fritz Schaffer came down from St. Louis Saturday morning and the remains were taken to Cape Girardeau for burial.

The coroner’s jury returned a verdict Friday afternoon.

That he came to his death by being run over by one of the Cairo Electric Street Railway Company cars on Second Street.  The jury further says that the killing was purely accidental and we hold the company blameless for said accident.

J. J. Webster, foreman.  R. Taylor, Patrick Clancy, J. W. Walker, J. J. Kuykendall, P. W. Kobler.
Was Given DeMontcourt’s Slayer.—One Juror Prevented Hanging.

One man kept Hezekiah Grogan from stretching hemp, it is reported, and after holding out for several hours, the jury at Caruthersville brought in a verdict Saturday evening, finding Grogan guilty of murder in the second degree, in killing Louis DeMontcourt on February 8th last, and fixing his punishment at 99 years in the penitentiary.

A large number of Cairoites were present at the trial, among them, besides the family of Mr. DeMontcourt, Mr. Ohara, P. W. Barclay, Misses Gertrude Perce and Mattie Alden, H. S. Candee, Ben Price, J. H. Woodward, P. T. Langan, E. W. Tschudy and others.  They returned home yesterday.

Hezekiah Grogan is now in the penitentiary at Jefferson City.  He was taken from Caruthersville Tuesday morning by Sheriff McFarland.  Monday the  motion for anew trial was overruled by the court.  Grogan’s attorneys will carry the matter to the supreme court.

Gov. Tanner Commutes the Sentence of the Slayer of Joshua Sheldon.


Decision of the Governor Came in a Dispatch to Sheriff Hodges Last Evening.—Text of the Official Document which Saves Thomas’ Neck.

Lewis Thomas the murderer of Joshua Sheldon, will spend the balance of his days in close confinement at hard labor, and the prospect is so delightful to him that he is the happiest man in the country.  The official notification which stopped preparations for his execution Friday, came at 6 Tuesday evening in a dispatch from Gov. Tanner.  On a late train Attorney Reid, counsel for Thomas, arrived from Springfield, which saves the neck of his client.  It reads as follows:

“State of Illinois, Executive Office, Springfield, July 24, 1900.—The People of the State of Illinois vs. Lewis Thomas.—Sentenced to hang for murder.  The petitioner, Lewis Thomas was convicted at the May term, 1900, of Alexander County circuit court, of the murder of Joshua Sheldon, and sentenced to hang June 22, 1900.  A reprieve was granted by the governor on the 6th day of June, 1900, fixing the date of execution for Friday, July 27, 1900.

“A petition for commutation of sentence was presented to the Board of Pardons, giving reasons why executive clemency should be extended to the defendant.  After a careful consideration of this petition and of the oral arguments presented, the Board of Pardons has seen fit to recommend that the sentence of the prisoner be commuted to a life sentence in the penitentiary.

“Therefore, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, and by virtue of the authority vested in me as governor, I do hereby commute the sentence of the defendant, Lewis Thomas, to imprisonment in the Southern Illinois penitentiary at Menard, at hard labor, for the remainder of his natural life.

“And it is hereby ordered that the prisoner, Lewis Thomas, be taken from the common jail of Alexander County, by the sheriff of said county, to the Southern Illinois penitentiary at Menard, and be delivered to the warden of said penitentiary, and that the said warden take the prisoner, Lewis Thomas, and confine him in said penitentiary, in safe and secure condition, at hard labor, from and after the delivery hereof, for the remainder of his natural life, unless sooner discharged by due process of law.

“Given under my hand and the great seal of the State this 24th day of July, A.D. 1900.
John R. Tanner, Governor
By the Governor,
James A. Rose, Secretary of State

To the Sheriff of Alexander County, and all other officers of the law.”

Sheriff Hodges is also quite satisfied with the decision.  He is not anxious to hang anyone.  The task is not a pleasant one.  Yet he would have performed his duty without flinching, and Mr. Ferguson would have commenced work on the scaffold this forenoon. 

An Atrocious Murder

James Isom Was Killed by Will Strather Near Beechwood Sunday Morning.

Mound City, Ill., July 23.—A most atrocious murder was committed about 2 o’clock Sunday morning, three-quarters of a mile west of Beechwood; James Isom being the victim and Will Strather the murderer—both colored.  Coroner Steel held an inquest Sunday forenoon, which elicited evidence that Isom and Strather were old time friends having been reared together from childhood, in Mississippi.  Isom having moved to this county about six months ago, and Strather having come here about a month ago, both from Lafayette County, Miss.  Isom lived on the Hogan farm, west of Beechwood, and Strather lived in Beechwood.  Saturday they were both in town, and Strather was drinking considerably.  At about the hour named, he appeared at the home of Isom, broke the door in, seized Isom and thrust a two-edged dirk knife, the blade of which was at least six inches long, in his victim’s left breast, dragged the body out of the room and kicked it off the porch.  He then returned to his home, bundled up some clothes and left for parts unknown.  The murderer is described as a man weighing about 175 pounds, 6 feet high, and a forefinger on left hand off, scared or bruised place on forehead, high forehead, color black, wore yellow corduroy pants.  Brown make of pointed lace shoes, No. 10, blue shirt and a reversible oil coat.  No reason whatever is assigned for the murder, as the parties were apparently on friendly terms up to the time of the killing.

The Bulletin says Pulaski County lost two Republican votes Sunday when one negro was killed and his murderer made his escape.  The Bulletin is wrong.  Each pasty lost a vote.  These bad negroes are all Democratic.
Little Boy of Albert Ridge Dies from the Poison Tuesday Morning.

Willie, the little 18-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ridge, living at 222 Thirty-second Street, got hold of a bottle of laudanum at 9:30 o’clock Tuesday and swallowed the contents.  Drs. McNemer and Gordon were summoned, but the little fellow died at 11 o’clock in spite of their efforts to save him.  The remains were taken to Dongola for interment yesterday.  Mr. Ridge is a telegraph operator for the Mobile & Ohio at Davids and a son of W. A. Ridge, of Dongola.

(Albert P. Ridge married Minnie M. Beggs on 3 Mar 1895, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Hinkle Cemetery near Dongola reads:  William Henry son of Albert P. & Minnie M. Ridge Born March 12, 1899 Died July 24, 1900.  Little Willie.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, July 24, Helen Edith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Curren, aged 5 years.  Funeral Wednesday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beech Grove.
Another little child of George Seevers, of Butter Ridge, died Saturday from whooping cough and malaria fever.  (Wetaug)
The funeral of Mrs. Ellen N. Slack, who died Saturday evening was held Monday from her home on Jefferson Avenue, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment.  Mrs. Slack was a daughter of the late John T. Tennie, and her death was the first in a family of eight children.  She leaves besides her brothers and sister, two daughters, Maggie and Orpha.  Her husband, Charles Slack, died several years ago.
Mr. John Shepard, brother-in-law of Mrs. S. P. Bennett, died in Pittsburg Sunday afternoon.  Mentioned was made of his serious illness some days ago.  Mrs. Bennett and daughter, Mrs. Johnson, are now in Pittsburg.
Capt. B. F. Clark died at his home on Center Street at 3 o’clock Saturday after a long illness.  The deceased was a veteran of two wars.  He served in the Mexican War and was also a naval engineer in the War of the Rebellion.  Capt. Clark was in his 79th year, and he leaves a widow with whom he had spent over 50 years of married life.

Thursday, 2 Aug 1900:

Charles D. Batty Arrested at Bird’s Point Yesterday.

For Embalming a Body in Missouri.—Bond Was Refused, and Batty Was Forced to Go to Charleston.—Lodge Telegraphed Bond.

Undertaker Charles D. Batty of this city was arrested at Bird’s Point yesterday and taken to Charleston, Mo., by Deputy Sheriff Cupp, of Bird’s Point.  The arrest was made on the charge that Batty had no license as embalmer in Missouri.

Tuesday evening, Jacob F. Heth died at Bird’s Point.  It was necessary to embalm the body at once, and as there was not time to send to Charleston for an embalmer. Undertaker Batty was sent for.  He went over and embalmed the body.  The funeral was held yesterday, conducted by Rev. DeRosset.  Just as the funeral was over and the party was boarding the Cotton Belt train to come to Cairo, Cupp stepped up and arrested BattyBatty offered to give bond, but the deputy would not listen to it.  He said Batty must accompany him to Charleston.  The body was brought to this city and was sent to Fort Wayne, Ind., in charge of Charles F. Arter, last evening, accompanied by the family of the deceased.  When the party reached here at 1:30 yesterday, Safford Lodge telegraphed to Charleston to have the Odd Fellows Lodge there go on Batty’s bond for his release.

Mr. Batty has a license as an embalmer in this state.

The proceeding was a most outrageous one.  Rev. DeRosset was quite wroth over the matter.  He said yesterday that he didn’t like this trouble between states.  He believes in one strong government, a little more imperialism if you want to call it that, to such proceedings.

Funeral Services Held at That Place Friday for Capt. Cortez J. Howe.

The body of Capt. Cortez Jerome Howe, the well-known river man, who died at his late home, No. 2847 Lucas Avenue, St. Louis, on Wednesday, was shopped for burial Thursday to Villa Ridge, Ill.  Accompanying the body were Mrs. Howe, widow; Cortez Jerome Howe, Jr., her son, and two daughters, the only immediate members of Capt. Howe’s family living in St. Louis.  The funeral took place from the Howe homestead at Villa Ridge Friday.

Capt. Howe was 46 years old.  He had spent the major part of the last twenty years steamboating on the Mississippi River.  He was born in Tennessee, and comes from an old and distinguished family.  At an early age he displayed a great love for the river, but his parents were anxious for him to adopt a profession.  He read law for a while, but eventually drifted into steamboating.

Up to a week ago, Capt. Howe was in good health and was able to attend regularly to business.  At that time, he was taken ill and later suffered a hemorrhage, from which he never recovered.  Among steamboatmen he possessed numerous friends.

(Cortez J. Howe married Alice H. Winans on 8 Jul 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Passed Away at Bloomington, Ind., Early this Morning.

Mrs. Harlow C. Davidson passed away at Bloomington, Ind., at 1:50 last Thursday morning.  She had just been taken there from Mobile in the hope that she could get better care and that her life could be saved.  Mrs. Davidson had been in the best of health at Mobile until she ate something that failed to agree with her.  Convulsions followed, and as she was in a delicate condition, the matter became serious.  Twice her life was despaired of.  Her sister and brother-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Shafer, went to her from Bloomington, Ind., and by careful nursing brought her around until it was believed she could safely be taken to their home.  The trip was made with no apparent ill effects to the patient, so read several telegrams.  The last dispatch told a different story.  Harlow remained in Mobile after his wife left so was not with her at her death.  The remains were taken to LaPorte, Ind., for burial at her old home.  Mrs. Davidson was a cousin of Misses Lansden of this city.  Her maiden name was Katherine Moore.  She was a very bright, attractive girl.  While on a visit here a few years ago she met Mr. Davidson  and the engagement followed.  She had been his bride for only a year .  The blow is a very hard one to the husband.
J. C. Lampley, four miles north of town, is very ill with typhoid pneumonia.  The doctors report his recovery rather doubtful.  (Mound City)
Si Carroll, aged about 75 years, died in this city (Mound City) Sunday afternoon, July 29, 1900.  A wife, one son and two daughters survive him.  His occupation was ship carpenter until about fifteen years ago, when he lost an arm.  The past six years he has served as night policeman.  He came here from Paducah in the year 1856.  He was well respected by all who knew him.
C. J. Howe, formerly a citizen of our town (Villa Ridge) died at his home in St. Louis last Wednesday.  The remains were brought to Villa Ridge for interment.  The services were conducted Friday afternoon at the Congregational church by Rev. Sutherland.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kesler died Saturday night of summer complaint.  The parents have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in the loss of their only child.  Interment was made at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. 

(Walter Kesler married Sallie Miller on 28 Oct 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. John Hankla received the sad news a few days since that their son, Frank, who was a soldier in the Philippines, had died in a hospital there of fever.  They have the sympathy of everyone in their trouble.  He was their only son.  He enlisted from Elco last summer, and was pronounced by the army surgeon of Cairo a perfect specimen of physical manhood.  The fact was that he was simply fat, and had never done any hard work, and was totally unfit for military duty and should never have been sent to the service.  Army surgeons are sometimes lacking in common sense. (Wetaug)

            (John Hankla married Mary Adline Hopkins on 24 Dec 1876, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 9 Aug 1900:
DeMontcourt’s Slayer to be Given a Job Running an Engine.

Caruthersville Democrat:  Sheriff McFarland and Deputy Mahoney returned from Jefferson City last Friday night, where they had been to place Lee Bailey and Hezekiah Grogan in jail.

Mr. McFarland say he experienced absolutely no trouble with Grogan on the entire trip, but that he was as meek and gentle as a lamb.  The handcuffs were never put on him.

Grogan talked to the sheriff about his appeal to the supreme court but seemed to depend more upon a pardon than on any good the appeal would do.  Mr. McFarland advised him that if he expected to try for a pardon it would be best to let the appeal alone.  As Grogan is a fine machinist, it is likely, so Mr. McFarland thinks, that he will be given a job running an engine.

So the curtain drops at least temporarily on the last act of one of the most exciting tragedies ever played on Pemiscot’s stage.
Big Four Brakeman Killed.

Ed Smith, a Big Four brakeman, was run over by his train at Harrisburg Tuesday morning.  The train had taken a siding and he lay down in the shade upon a cushion taken from the caboose.  In his sleep his head got upon the rail and when the train backed up, the wheel passed over it, severing it from his body.  The deceased was a brother of Elmer Smith, formerly night ticket agent here.
Died, at his home three and one half miles west of here (Mill Creek), George Vick, aged about 67 years.  The deceased leaves a wife and one brother, seven children and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

(George W. Vick married Margareta McCrite on 2 Mar 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Vick Cemetery reads:  George W. Vick Born March 25, 1834 Died Aug. 5, 1900  Our father has gone to a mansion of rest, To a glorious land by the deity blest.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Joseph Cantrell occurred at New Hope last Sunday.  (Friendship)
Colored Boy Loses His Life While in Bathing Sunday.

Will Hall, a colored boy, aged 17, was drowned in the Ohio Sunday morning while in swimming at the bridge.  Three other boys were in swimming with him, one of them, George Pentegrast, a white boy.  They swam out to the first pier of the bridge and started back when it is supposed that Hall caught a cramp.  Pentegrast tried to save him and was carried down twice by the struggling boy, who he was forced to abandon to save his own life.  The body was recovered about 6 o’clock Sunday evening.

Hall lived on Fortieth Street.  He went by the name of Henry Doakes, also.  The coroner held an inquest over the remains and a verdict of accidental drowning was returned.

Thursday, 16 Aug 1900:

Bridge Over Cache Creek Gives Away Under Big Four Freight.


And Engineer Grant Laferty, Conductor John Ingles and Brakeman Fred Arnold Seriously Wounded.—Arnold May Die.

A Big Four train known as “First Extra No. 423” went through Cache bridge at noon Monday.  The train consisted of engine and a caboose.  The train was reduced to kindling wood and the bridge and northern trestle approach are a complete wreck.

The following are the killed and injured:  Nim Whalen, brakeman, killed.  John Inglis, conductor, badly bruised about the head and inwardly.  Grant Laferty, engineer, badly bruised and mashed internally.  Fred Arnold, brakeman, badly bruised and cut about the head and mashed internally.  All these men live at Mt. Carmel.

The fireman, whose name was not learned, was slightly cut about the head, but was able to go to Mound City and report.

The train was closely followed by Second Extra No. 413.  This train was within sight of the other.  They saw the other train take a plunge through the bridge and the crew all jumped, the engineer having set the brakes.  The train ran out on the trestle and stopped just on the verge of the broken trestle.

The crew of this train consisted of Engineer Rush and Conductor Henley.  They assisted in rescuing the lifeless and bruised forms from the wreckage, and bore them tenderly to their caboose when they were taken to this city.  They arrived shortly before 2 o’clock.

The bridge evidently gave away at is northern end.  The engine and caboose were almost across the iron span when it gave away.  They lie in a mass of splinters and broken iron on the Pulaski County bank of Cache Creek.  The trestle on the Pulaski side is a mass of broken timbers.  The north end of the bridge rests on the bottom of Cache Creek and the other end was carried down also.  The timbers all appear to be badly rotted.

The injured men were taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where Dr. J. J. Rendleman and Dr. Simon Willard of Mound City attended them.  Brakeman Fred Arnold is probably the most severely injured of all.  His skull is fractured and he has a compound fracture of the left arm.  His recovery is doubtful.

Engineer Grant Laferty had his left ankle broken and several ribs fractured on the left side.

Conductor John Ingles was bruised all over and has a badly strained back.

Sim Whalen the dead brakeman, was a brother-in-law of InglesIngles is a single man, as is ArnoldIngles’ father is conductor on the passenger train which will arrive tonight.

Grant Laferty has a wife and child living at Mt. Carmel.

The wreck of Cache bridge will take considerable time to repair and traffic will evidently have to come in by way of Mound City and Mounds.  The bridge will have to be entirely rebuilt. It was an old structure resting on wooden supports and the wonder is it did not fall under a heavier train.  Had it gone down under the passenger train which crossed a few minutes before the accident, the loss of life might have been terrible.

The bridge is a little over six miles from Cairo and a mile below Mound City.  It is forty or fifty feet high from the track to the water below.  There is a very little water in Cache Creek at this season of the year.  A crowd of people from Mound City gathered around the wreck shortly after it occurred and it was an object of interest all afternoon.

John Ingles, conductor, and Fred Arnold, brakeman, died Monday evening from the injuries sustained in the Big Four wreck Monday.  Ingles died at 6 o’clock that evening and Arnold died soon after 9 o’clock.

The bodies of the dead men were taken to Mt. Carmel Tuesday.

Superintendent Reynolds came down Tuesday to look at the wrecked bridge.  Agent Stevens says the bridge was tested recently and stood the test thoroughly.  A singular fact is that engine 423 which went through the bridge, was used in the test.  The engine is not too badly broken up to be raised.  A trestle bridge will be put in at once as a temporary crossing and pile driving will begin in a few days.  Meanwhile all traffic will be conducted by way of Mounds.
Died at 5:45 O’clock Friday Morning after an Illness of Six Months.

John Coleman Stewart died Friday morning at 5:45 of dropsical heart disease.  He had been confined to the house for six months past and his death was not a surprise to his friends.  He was born at Nashville, Tenn., August 1, 1848, but had been a resident of Cairo for fifteen years.  He leaves besides his wife, four living children, Mrs. J. T. Acree, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Fred, Jennie, and Robert Stewart.

He had been connected with various railroads and with Albert Lewis in the grain business for a number of years.  Recently he has been working in the Mobile & Ohio freight office.


Was Attempting to Escape from an Officer When Death Came.—Had Been Arrested Charged with Stealing Eleven Sacks of Wheat.

            “Dug” Wallace, son of Squire Wallace of Thebes, was run over by a Chicago & Eastern Illinois engine at Thebes Wednesday night.  The young man was attempting to escape from an officer.  A night or two previous eleven sacks of wheat were missing from a pile in a field near Thebes.  The next day Wallace was seen at Mill Creek by a dozen persons who knew him.  He had some wheat there to sell.

            Returning to Thebes, Wallace was arrested.  He requested the office to let him go home and change his clothes.  The game worked.  Wallace entered his home, leaving the officer waiting in front.  He escaped by a back door.  Going down below town he lay in hiding until the night train came along at 12:20 a.m.  The train went down to the “Y” to turn around and then Wallace attempted to step aboard the pilot.  The train was moving slowly and the engineer saw him try to get on the cow catcher.  He stopped his engine almost instantly, but the young man had fallen and the small wheels of the engine ran over his body, crushing the life out instantly.  This is the first death on the new railroad at Thebes.

            Wallace had told a friend that he was going to Arkansas.  It is presumed he intended to go to Tamms and catch the Mobile & Ohio there.



Joseph Speidel Found by Officer Lutes in the Terrace Monday Morning.

            Monday at 3 o’clock a.m. Officer Lutes discovered the body of a man, which proved to be Joseph Speidel, lying on his face on one of the benches in the Halliday House Terrace.  The cause of death is unknown, but Dr. Fields is of the opinion that is was neuralgia of the heart or that it may have been caused by morphine taken for relief from neuralgia.  A box of morphine pills and a number of letters written in German were found on his person.  Officer Lutes saw him get off the train here Thursday morning at 1 o’clock.  He was about 70 years old and could not speak English, and was waiting here for a remittance from his son, Joseph Speidel, of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., which arrived this morning.

            A telegram from another son, A. Speidel, 51 Twenty-sixth Street, Chicago, was received by Undertaker Batty, ordering the body prepared for burial and stating that he would be here on the next train.

Died in this city (Mound City), August 10th, 1900, Mrs. Amelia, wife of A. F. West, with fever of only a few days duration, aged 26 years last February.  Mrs. West was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hooppaw, who were well respected in this county (Pulaski County). A son 10 years old, husband, a sister, Mrs. Charles Koonce, and three brothers, Sylvester, Will and George, survive her.  She was a member with her husband of the Methodist church.  The funeral will occur at the New Liberty Church, east of Villa Ridge, Sunday, interment at the cemetery near the church.  Services conducted by Rev. Brannum of the Villa Ridge Methodist church.

(A. F. West married Amelia Hooppaw on 8 Sep 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Charles E. Koonce  married Lena B. Hooppaw on 30 Dec 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:  Amelia wife of Andrew F. West Born Feb. 22, 1865 Died Aug. 10, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, in Chicago, August 14th, Amos Peaslee, aged 72 years, 11 months and 11 days.  Deceased had been in failing health several months and his death was not entirely unexpected.  About six weeks ago in company with his wife, he went to Chicago to the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. P. Conlon, where he hoped to obtain relief from his troubles, which were heart, liver and kidney complications, but he steadily grew worse.  He leaves a wife, formerly Mrs. John __ok, two daughters, Mrs. Harry McGill, of this city, and Mrs. J. P. Conlon, of Chicago, and one son, Will Peaseley, now of Chicago.  He came to this city about thirty-six years ago when it is said there were but nine houses in the town.  His native home was Rochester, N.Y.  He was a ship carpenter and sometime during the 60s was foreman of the Shippen & Yoacum Wheelbarrow Factory, of this city.  He was a gentleman of excellent reputation, commanded the respect of all who knew him.  The remains will be brought to Beech Grove Cemetery today for interment.

(John P. Conlin married Emma S. Peasley on 12 Feb 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.  H. A. McGill married L. A. Peaslee on 7 Sep 1885, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Died, Tuesday evening, August 14th, Samuel C. Hartman, of heart disease, caused by overheat while getting in hay.  Mr. Hartman’s death was a painful surprise to his many friends, but he had been suffering from the disease for several years and his family was aware of his danger.  Mr. Hartman was born in Davies County, North Carolina, October 22, 1834, and came to this state when he was but 17 years of age.  He would have been 66 years of age in October.  He was married three times.  First to Elizabeth Hileman, who died in 1867.  Two daughters survive this union, Mrs. L. E. Dillow, of Dongola and Mrs. Alice Ulen, of Wetaug.  He was married a second time to Rebecca Hileman, who died January 8, 1873.  June 12, 1873, he was married to Mary J. Cline.  She died April 12,1900.  Six children, four boys and two girls, survive the last  union.  Mr. Hartman was a man of which any community might be proud.  He was an indulgent father, a kind husband, and a good neighbor and a citizen whose entire life was spent for the good of his family and the community in which he lived.  He had not an enemy anywhere and everybody was his friend.  He gently sank to sleep and without pain or a struggle the tired body gave up the spirit that went to meet that reward that the faithful servant has promise of in the future life.  Mr. Hartman was a member of the Lutheran Church and will be interred in the cemetery by the church of his choice.

(Samuel Hartman married Sophia E. Hileman on 16 Dec 1860, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Rebecca Sowers on 22 Jan 1868, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Mary Jane Cline on 12 Jun 1873, in Union Co., Ill.  L. E. Dillow married S. A. Hartman on 7 Sep 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William Ulen married Alice Hartman on 18 Nov 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Samuel C. Hartman Born Oct. 22, 1834 Died Aug. 14, 1900, Aged 65 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 22 Dys.  His toils are past; his work is done.  He fought the fight, the victory won.—Darrel Dexter)
Douglas A. Wallace was run over and killed at this place (Thebes) by the C. & E. I. passenger train on the morning of the 9th of August at 1 o’clock. He was 23 years and 11 months old.  He was buried on the 11th of August at 3 o’clock in the afternoon; services at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. B. F. Utley.  The remains were interred at the Thebes Cemetery.

To the people of Thebes:—We wish to extend our sincere thanks for your kindness show us in our bereavement in the death of our son and brother, Douglas.
John R. Wallace,
Mary E. Wallace,
Samuel E. Wallace,
Olive E. Woody

(John R. Wallace married Mary E. Parrett on 20 Jan 1861, in Union Co., Ill.  Edwin C. Woody married Olive E. Wallace on 29 Apr 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 23 Aug 1900:
Brought Here and Lodged in County Jail for Safekeeping.

            The Pulaski County officers brought George Durden down and lodged him in the Alexander County jail Thursday evening, as it was not deemed safe to keep him at Mound City longer.

            He was arrested in St. Louis several days ago and charged with the murder of M. W. Hileman, at Villa Ridge on the night of June 26.

            Durden has a long police record and is considered a desperate negro.  He was arrested here several days ago for cutting the throat of a woman on Halliday Avenue, but the coroner’s jury did not find evidence that would justify holding him. He was also involved in the recent mining troubles at Carterville and was one of the nine men arrested for killing a woman during that time.

Concerning Durden, a St. Louis dispatch says:  George Durden has been arrested a dozen times by St. Clair County officials on various charges.  He formerly lived in Belleville. While living there he got into no end of scrapes, and was twice indicted for perjury and once for receiving stolen property.  He escaped conviction in each case.

Prior to this, Durden was arrested and charged with the murder of a blacksmith at Odin, but escaped conviction.

He was one of the eleven men charged with the murder of Mrs. Anna Kerr in the Carterville riot, but was with the others, acquitted.
Mrs. Hoopaw Drowned

Mrs. Hooppaw, mother of Mrs. G. A. Pavey, of Villa Ridge, was drowned at Black Rock, Ark., last Friday afternoon.  She was walking beside the river and fell in in some unknown way, and was drowned.  Mr. Pavey went down to bring back the remains, but they had been buried, and he decided not to have them removed until fall.  Mrs. Hooppaw was visiting a friend there.  She was about 70 years of age.  Mr. Pavey passed through Cairo today on his return home.
Funeral of Dr. Dyer

The funeral of Rev. Heman Dyer, D. D., who departed this life Sunday, July 29, 1900, in the ninetieth year of his age, took place at Grace Church, the following Wednesday at 10 o’clock a.m., the rector, the Rev. W. R. Huntington, D.D., officiating.  The sentences were read by Archdeacon C. C. Tiffany; the lesson was read by the Rt. Rev. William N. McVicker, Bishop coadjutor of Rhode Island; and the benediction and committal service were taken by the Bishop of New York.  The music was rendered by the full summer choir.  The pallbearers were:  J. Pierpont Morgan, Thomas Whitaker, J. Noble Stearns, Morris K. Jessup, John T. Terry, Andrew H. Smith, D.D., Anson W. Hard, Waldron P. Brown, and Gen. Wager Swain.  After the service, Dr. Huntington asked the clergy to remain and sign resolutions, and sixty-five clergy subscribed to them.  The committee consisted of Bishop McVickar, Archdeacon Tiffany and the Rev. Arthur Lawrence, D.D.  The interment took place at Woodlawn.—The Churchman.

Mr. Dyer was a brother of the late Dr. Dyer, of DuQuoin, Ill., and an uncle of Mrs. J. J. Jennelle, A. S. Ent, and C. E. McGahey, of this city, and Mrs. H. H. Spencer, of Pulaski County.
Durden Bound Over.
Held to Await Action of the October Grand Jury

Mound City, Aug. 22.—After two days time spent in the preliminary hearing of the case of George Durden, charged with the murder of W. M. Hileman, at Villa Ridge, on June 26, the accused was bound over to the grand jury last night, and was returned to the Cairo jail for safe keeping until the October term of circuit court.  Cuz Jones, who was tried with Durden, was released.  The evidence against the accused though entirely circumstantial, was quite damaging.  Col. W. F. Foster and Major Wall assisted Acting State’s Attorney G. E. Martin in the prosecution.  C. L. Rice and L. G. Carter were attorneys for the defense.
Henry Ray, a colored man at America, died Monday.
Will Peaslee, of Chicago, accompanied the remains his father to Beech Grove for interment, and returned home today.  He reports his mother doing fairly well considering her age and her distress over the loss of her husband.  (Mound City)
Uncle Jack Williamson, an old resident of Olive Branch, died this week.  He was buried Thursday.

Thursday, 30 Aug 1900:

Don McCracken Shot and Killed by Irvin Connell at the Half-Way House.


McCracken Threw Beer Bottle at Connell and the Latter Pulled a Gun and Fired.

Tragedy the Result of Too Much Wine, Women and Gun.

            Don, better known as “Chick” McCracken, of Mound City, was shot and killed at the Half Way House about 10 p.m. Tuesday night by Irvin Connell, son of Editor J. F. Connell, of the Mound City Enterprise.  The cause of the shooting is difficult to ascertain, as the parties who witnessed claim to know nothing about it.  The tragedy was evidently the result of too  much drink and too much gun.

            Irvin Connell, Will Neadstine and Sam Blum were at the Half Way House in company with three Cairo girls who live on Thirty-third Street.  The party were just starting to leave when Jake Blum and John McCracken drove up.  The party were invited to have a drink by the boys and they all went out to one of the tables under the shed adjoining the saloon and stood around it while the waiter, Joe McCarthy, brought a bottle of beer.  When they drank it, McCracken picked up the empty beer bottle and threw it at Connell.  It went wide of its mark.  Connell then drew his pistol, a 38 Iven  Johnson, and fired, the ball entering McCracken’s stomach.  One of the young ladies, who gave us this account, says she turned to leave as the bottle was thrown.  She tried to get out by the little door next to the saloon.  She couldn’t unfasten it in her excitement, and McCracken stepped up and opened it.  As he did so, he said, “Mame, I’m shot.”  McCracken passed through the door and out on the porch where his strength left him.  He again repeated that he had been shot and then sank down limp and unconscious.  The boys at once placed him in the buggy to take him Mound City to a doctor.  Sam Blum stood on the hind end of the buggy and held him up while Jake Blum drove.  The young man died before they could reach Mound City.

            Irvin Connell immediately returned to Mound City and gave himself up to Judge Easterday, who was the first person he found.

            “Peg” Wilmot was tending bar in the saloon at the time.  He had just sent the beer out when the affair occurred.  He saw the blaze of the pistol.  He says he had heard no quarreling or words of any kind and did not know what started the trouble.  He says the boys were none of them drunk.  In this statement he contradicts the young lady who informed The Citizen reporter that McCracken was intoxicated.

            Mr. Connell, father of the boy, is nearly overcome with sorrow over the affair and his family lie prostrated with grief, which is quite as intense we do not doubt as that of the family of the dead boy.

            Deputy Sheriff Fitzgerald went to Mound City yesterday and shortly after noon returned with Connell and placed him in jail.  Connell had little to say about the matter, as his lawyer, Judge Wall, advised him not to talk about the affair.

            Coroner Steele held the inquest over the dead boy at Mound City today.

            The only reason for the tragedy seems to be the woman in the case.  It is intimated that jealousy was at the bottom of the trouble.



Story of the Tragedy as Told by Our Correspondent.

Mound City, Aug. 29.—At about 10 o’clock Tuesday night, while at the Half Way House, between this city and Cairo, Don McCracken and Irvin Connell had some difficulty, which resulted, however, in Connell shooting and killing McCrackenMcCracken was brought to this city about 11 o’clock, and died in a few minutes after being taken from the buggy.  Connell arrived in the city about a half hour later and surrendered to the authorities and was promptly placed in jail to await the action of the coroner’s inquest.  McCracken is the oldest son of J. A. McCracken, of this city, and Connell is a son of J. F. Connell, of the Pulaski Enterprise; both of the boys are perhaps past twenty-one years of age, and were thought fast friends up to this unhappy affair.  Mr. and Mrs. McCracken, parents of Don, are out of the city today.
Died, Andrew Eisenmeyer, of Trenton, one of the oldest residents of Clinton County, and one of the wealthiest men in that section of the state. He was found dead in bed having died of an apoplectic stroke.
Died, W. K. Smith, better known as “Uncle Billy” at Alto Pass, aged 80.  His wife died a year ago.  They had been married over fifty years and 12 children had been born to them.  He was a veteran of the Civil War.
Henrietta, 4-year-old daughter of Dr. A. G. Johnson, died August 22nd.  The doctor and other relatives have the sympathy of a host of friends.  (Mound City)
John C. Lampley, a popular farmer and stock raiser, who resided about four miles north of town (Mound City), near the Meridian Road, died Sunday and was buried Monday.  He leaves a wife, formerly a Miss Galbraith and three children.

(John C. Lampley married Lizzie Galbraith on 18 Feb 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Lamply died at his home last Sunday.  He was a prominent farmer and fruit grower.  He leaves a wife and several children.  (Villa Ridge)
Our (Villa Ridge) people were greatly shocked by hearing the sad news of Mrs. Hooppaw’s death, which occurred at Blackrock, Ark., on the 17th.  Mrs. Hooppaw was well known and possessed many estimable traits of character.  Her earlier life being entirely devoted to her family.  She leaves five sons and two daughters, Mrs. G. A. Posey and Mrs. H. Lufkin, and many friends to regret her sad death. 
The Widow Morgan, who resides at the quarry, lost a child from spinal meningitis Sunday night, a daughter, aged 5 years.  (Wetaug)
Esquire P. W. Thompson is in Springfield at the bedside of his mother, who is very low with dropsy.  She is 78 years of age.  (Wetaug)
Jesse Duncan died at Cooter, Mo., last week and was buried at Elco Sunday.  We have not learned the cause of his death.  He was engaged in the lumber business at Cooter.  His home was at Elco, where he leaves a family.  Mr. Duncan was well known in Cairo.

(Jesse Duncan married Frances J. Hazlewood on 27 Jun 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 6 Sep 1900:
The Coroner’s Jury Returned a Verdict that Irvin Connell Shot Don McCracken.

Mound City, Aug. 31.—The jury in the coroner’s inquest over the death of Don McCracken returned the following verdict:  “We, the jury, find by evidence that Don McCracken came to his death by a pistol shot wound by the hands of Irvin Connell and fired by him.”  The jury was composed as follows:  I. W. Read, J. G. Rhine, G. J. Murphy, Gip Hughes, J. W. Rhine, and Rev. Daniel Parish.
Plunged Sam Robertson When Platform Gave Way.

Sam Robertson, a young colored man, aged 22 years, fell into a vat of boiling water at the Singer factory yesterday at 11 o’clock and was so terribly scalded that he will probably die.

He was standing upon the platform covering the vat when it broke and he was plunged in the water and sat down on the bottom of the vat.  Two thirds of his body was submerged.  He was instantly rescued and was taken home on Seventh Street, where Dr. McNemer attended him.
Died west of Villa Ridge, September __, William Axley, of cancer of stomach, aged 42 years.  A wife and two children survive him.  Interment at Shiloh Cemetery September 4th.
Died, September 4th, George W., son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Austin, of this city (Mound City) aged 30 years.  Funeral services at residence at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Sutherland.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Thomas Shourd, of New Hope, buried his wife last Saturday.

(Thomas Shourd married Emma Jenkins on 10 Apr 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Elma D. wife of T. J. Shourd Died Aug. 30, 1900 Aged 22 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 9 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Pettit died Tuesday.

Thursday, 13 Sep 1900:

Passed Away Last Evening after Long Illness.

General Debility Ended His Career, After Nearly Seven Years of Decline.—Deceased Had a Brilliant Career Before Him.

Pierce P. Walsh has passed away.  Friday evening, at ten minutes to 5 o’clock his spirit took its flight.  He had been gradually failing for a long time and during the past few weeks his death was momentarily expected.

Mr. Walsh would have reached the age of 35 years had he lived until next week.  He was born in Cairo and reared to manhood here. He was a self made man, winning his own way by his own natural and acquired abilities.  He worked in various railroad offices, and then found employment in Capt. Halliday’s coal and slate business, where he remained for seven or eight years.  He then accepted a position with the Big Muddy Coal Co., and just recently connected himself with the Gulf Salt Co., of St. Louis.  His ability was recognized in business circles and he was able to command a high salary.

Mr. Walsh was always alive to public affairs.  In politics, as a Democrat, he was active, and for four years was chairman of the Democratic County central committee.  He also served as alderman of this city.  He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and of the K. M. K. C.  He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Mr. Walsh married Miss Edith Kluge in 1893, and they had one child, a little girl.  He leaves in addition, two brothers, Matt and Frank, and one sister, Mother Superior of the convent at Adina, Mo.  His parents also, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Walsh, of this city, survive him.

The funeral of Pierce P. Walsh was largely attended Sunday, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the K. M. K. C. attending in a body.  Each organization was represented among the pallbearers.  Solemn and impressive services were held at St. Joseph’s Church by Father Diepenbrock, and the last sad rites were performed at Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge.  The funeral train consisted of four coaches and a baggage car.  The floral tributes were very profuse.

Mr. Walsh carried $4,000 life insurance with the Bankers of Des Moines.  He also owned his home on upper Walnut Street, which he built a few years ago.  On October 1st he expected to move to St. Louis to become general manager of the Gulf Salt Co.

Pierce Walsh was a young man of much more than ordinary ability.  Had death stayed its hand, he would have made his mark, for he seemed to have the ability to compel success to come his way.

Duncan Clark’s Female Minstrel Car Wrecked by a Broken Wheel and All but One of the Performers Were Killed or Injured.—Four Taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary.

Nine killed and nine injured is the awful result of a wreck on the Illinois Central, at Mounds at 1 p.m. yesterday.  The fast mail train, No. 25, was entering the yards at Mounds when a wheel of the rear car broke.  This car was the special car of the Duncan Clark Female Minstrel troupe, which was to show in Mound City last night.  There were 18 in the car when the accident occurred.  The car was thrown against switch engine No. 128 and literally demolished.  The train was brought down to Cairo and a special was sent out at once to the sufferers.  Dr. Grinstead, the company’s physician, Agent J. H. Jones and others, with stretchers were on this train.  They arrived at the wreck about 2 o’clock. 

The dead are:  Ellen Williams, Ollie Enright, Ada Patterson, Pat Patterson, cook.

These were killed outright.  Others were fatally injured and died soon after as follows:  Margerita Compella, Anna Bell, Anna Elen, Kittie Howard, Faith Hamilton.

The injured brought down to Cairo are:  Eddie Foy Elliott, May Martin, H. R. Overden, Duncan Clark.

They were taken to the hospital upon the arrival of the train at 4 o’clock.

Four others were injured, but declined to go to the hospital.  The only one to escape injury was “Kid” Barry.  When the wheel broke he was lying down.  He sprang up and saw the other inmates of the car trying to get out.  He at once sprang to the bell rope and stopped the train.  This undoubtedly prevented a worse wreck.  The dead were turned over to the coroner of Pulaski County.

Klido, the contortionist of the company, stopped off at Carbondale and so escaped.

The company showed at Chester Tuesday night.

(This notice was first published in the Wednesday, 12 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.)

Passed Away at Five O’clock Yesterday after Long Illness.

Thomas Winter passed away at 5 o’clock a.m. yesterday.  He had been in failing health for two years, but his last illness dates from last January, since which time he has been steadily sinking.  Mr. Winter was 72 years of age and had been a resident of Cairo since the early part of the Civil War.  He held many occupations, but his only official position was deputy county clerk under Jacob Lynch.  He was a man of pleasant, genial ways, and was universally liked.  His immediate family consists solely of Mrs. Winter.  Mr. Winter was a brother of William, George, and Henry Winter, now all deceased.

(This notice was first published in the Wednesday, 12 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Thomas Winter Died Sept. 12, 1900 Aged 72 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
Thomas Shourd’s wife died of heart disease a few days ago.  He resided three or four miles east of Ullin.  She was a very exemplary woman.

(This notice was first published in the Wednesday, 12 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.)
Died, at his home about one and one half miles east of here (Mill Creek), Peter Watkins, aged about 5 years.  He leaves a father and mother to mourn his loss.

(This notice was first published in the Wednesday, 12 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.)
Mrs. J. W. Collins, a sister of Mr. P. J. Thistlewood, lost her life in the cyclone at Alvin, Texas, last Saturday.  Mr. Collins was seriously injured and his property and valuables are a total loss.

(This notice was first published in the Wednesday, 12 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.)
Louis Wilmot, Sr., died at his home on Twenty-fifth Street Friday evening, aged 74 years.  He had been a resident of Cairo and vicinity for the past forty years.  Three sons survive him, John, Louis, and Charles.
Mrs. Milford, wife of John Milford, of Unity, died Monday evening at 8 p.m.  She was a niece of Mrs. Hunsaker of this city. Tuesday morning Mr. William White and daughter, Miss Jennette and Mrs. Ellis Cox went out to attend the funeral, which was held this afternoon.  Mrs. Milford left a daughter of about 14 years.  A baby child died and was buried Monday.

(This notice was first published in the Tuesday, 11 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.)
John A. Haynes received a dispatch from Fred A. Kent, at Chicago, announcing the death of his father, Mr. F. S. Kent, which occurred at 6:30 o’clock Sunday evening.  Mr. Kent died of apoplexy and had only been sick a few hours.  He was formerly manager of the Western Union Telegraph office here for a number of years, during the seventies, retiring we are informed, about 1862, when Henry Baird succeeded him.

(This notice was first published in the Monday, 10 Sep 1900, issue of the Cairo Evening Citizen.)
Mr. William White and party, who went out to Unity to attend Mrs. Milford’s funeral, returned Tuesday night.  The services were held at 4:30 p.m.  In the short time intervening between her death and burial the sad news spread quickly and her friends from all around turned out and rendered every possible service.  No minister could be secured, so they held burial services without one.  Mr. Milford died from the effects of childbirth and the little one was buried with her.  She was a most excellent woman and housewife.



The Cairo Evening Citizen

Monday, 10 Sep 1900:
The funeral of Pierce P. Walsh was largely attended yesterday, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the K. M. K. C. attending in a body.  Each organization was represented among the pallbearers.  Solemn and impressive services were held at St. Joseph’s Church by Father Diepenbrock, and the last sad rites were performed at Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge.  The funeral train consisted of four coaches and a baggage car.  The floral tributes were very profuse.

Thursday, 13 Sep 1900:
Four Injured Lie in St. Mary’s Infirmary, with Chances of Recovery
Except the Director of Music, and Englishman.—All the Dead Were Women Except the Negro Cook.—Corrected List of the Dead and Injured.

The death list of yesterday’s terrible accident has swelled to nine.  Besides the six reported dead in The Citizen last evening, the three left at Mounds, as too seriously injured to be moved, died.  Two of them died at Mounds and the third, Faith Hamilton, was brought down to Cairo and died upon reaching the hospital.

The death list now is—
Kate Howard and Ollie Enright, sisters, of St. Charles Hotel, Chicago.
Ellen Williams or Collins, same address.
Anna Elen, same address
Madame Rosella Marguerita, Thirty-second Street, West Side, Chicago.
Faith Hamilton, North Rockwell Street, Chicago.
Ada Patterson and husband, Pat Patterson, colored, 3643 Armour Avenue, Chicago.
Anna Bell, colored, sister of Mrs. Patterson, Chicago.

The injured at the hospital are—
Mae Martin, 1343 South Fortieth Street, Chicago, very seriously.
H. R. Overden, Brighton, England, musical director, fracture of left leg.
Eddie Foy Elliott, 279 Twenty-fifth Street, Chicago, left arm bruised and leg injured
Duncan Clarke, 7375 Plymouth Place, Chicago, right shoulder dislocated

Other receiving slight injuries were—
George Ruby, right arm and side
Kid Berry, face scratched
Joseph Sullivan
James Bonham and wife, Elsie Bonham.  All of these are from Chicago.

Col. R. M. Smith, personal injury agent of the Illinois Central; John Porterfield, train master; Passenger Agent J. H. Jones, and Assistant Agent Conlan were assiduous in their efforts to relieve the sufferings of the victims of the wreck.

Col. Smith says the wheel which broke did not have a flaw in it, as was reported.  He said the wheels were inspected at Carbondale and found to be perfectly sound.  Furthermore, he examined the wheel after the accident and found that it had split half in two but no traces of a flaw could be found.  He said it was as bright as a new silver dollar.  Col. Smith says the car was leased from the Overton Car Company last season and this.  The car had just come from the shop when it started off on their season’s run on August 26th, and had had $400 or $500 of repairs put upon it.

The fast mail train at the time of the accident was in charge of Conductor J. S. Burge and Engineer S. Mulconery.  The train was six minutes late and was entering Mounds at a good speed, but when the car wheel broke the air brakes had already been applied to stop the train at the station.  The members of the company were nearly all sleeping in the rear end of the cart, which struck the engine.  This accounts for the large fatality.  The light car swung around when the wheel broke and crashed against the switch engine, standing on the west side.  Some of the bodies were horribly torn.  The negro cook, Patterson, the only man killed, was hurled against the switch stand.  His wife came in contact with a sharp piece of timber, which pierced her shoulder.  Another of the unfortunate women had her back broken.  The injured made no outcries.  They nearly all suffered in silence.  Some were unconscious and never knew what struck them.

The four injured ones are still at St. Mary’s Infirmary, with chances for their recovery improving.  The most seriously injured are Mae Martin and H. R. Ovendon.

Friday, 14 Sep 1900:
Ed Freeman, a well known colored man, is very low with consumption at his home, No. 2511 Pine Street.
The funeral of Mr. Thomas Winter was held at the family residence this afternoon and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
Mrs. Minerva Moss, colored, died at her home on Twenty-fifth Street, Wednesday, of dysentery.  She was aged 81.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.

Saturday, 15 Sep 1900:
Coroner’s Jury Charges No One With Mounds Accident.
Did Not Find Flaw in the Wheel.—Form of the Verdict Returned.—Another Victim of Wreck Taken to Hospital.

Coroner J. C. Steele, of Pulaski County, this afternoon gave The Citizen, the verdict of the jury, called in investigate the deaths resulting from the accident at Mounds Wednesday.  It is as follows:

“We the jury find that Patterson, the cook, came to his death by an accident at north switch, Mounds, Pulaski County, Ill., caused in the wrecking of the car occupied by the Duncan Clarke Lady Minstrels, said car being attached to train No. 25 of the Illinois Central railroad, said train running at the rate of about forty miles per hour.”

The verdict was signed by the following jurymen:  E. P. Easterday, foreman; Paul G. Pavey, C. E. Parker, W. M. Gibson, H. Chambless, C. M. Thompson.

The verdict was the same in each of the nine cases.  They attached no blame to anyone.  They did not find any flaw in the wheel.

William Roby, who was left at Mounds, was brought down to the infirmary this forenoon.  He has two ribs broken and a fractured leg.

All of the injured except Mae Martin and Prof. Ovenden will leave Monday for Chicago, in charge of Duncan Clarke.  These two cannot be moved yet.  Their recovery is still a matter of doubt.
Miss Harriet Smith Passed Away This Morning.

Miss Harriet A. Smith, the maiden sister of Fred S. Smith, was found dead this morning in bed.  She had apparently only been dead a few minutes.  Her death was probably the result of heart trouble to which she was subject.  She was 64 years old and had been a resident of Cairo almost continuously for thirty-three years, coming here from Oswego, N.Y.  She was a member of the Church of the Redeemer.  Miss Smith was around town as usual yesterday and apparently in excellent health.  The funeral will be held Monday and the burial will take place at Villa Ridge.  Definite arrangements will be announced later.
The 5-year-old daughter of Wesley Boaz, died at 111 Forty-second Street Thursday of malarial fever.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.

Monday, 17 Sep 1900:
Released Under Habeas Corpus Proceedings Today.
His Father, James F. Connell, William Neadstine, L. C. Perks, and J. E. Fitzpatrick Sign the Bond for $1500.—Must Appear Before the Circuit Court on October 8th.

Irving Connell, the slayer of Don McCracken, was released on bond at 11:30 o’clock this forenoon.  In company with his father and brother he left the jail and returned to his home at Mound City.

Saturday evening, Judge Wall, attorney for Connell, sued out a writ of habeas corpus and a hearing was granted by judge Joseph P. Robarts, the proceedings being conducted at the Halliday.  Connell was admitted to bail in the sum of $1,500.  This forenoon the bond was presented to Circuit Clerk Dewey.  It was signed by James F. Connell, father of the defendant; William Neadstine, L. C. Perks and J. E. FitzpatrickConnell must appear before the Alexander County circuit court on Monday, October 8th.
Miss Carrie Hasenjaeger died this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock after an illness of several weeks.
Mr. Joseph Desimoni is very low and his recovery is considered very doubtful.

Tuesday, 18 Sep 1900:
Expired Yesterday Afternoon at Maley’s Restaurant.

John Wicks, a steamboat engineer, died at Maley’s K. C. restaurant near Fourth and the levee yesterday afternoon shortly after 3 o’clock.  He was addicted to the use of laudanum and it is reported that he had used the drug to relieve a severe pain from which he was suffering, and that he had taken too much.  However, he was a consumptive, and his death may have resulted from that disease.  Wicks took the Fred Hartweg to Cincinnati and had only returned a week ago.  Saturday he took to his bed and remained there until his death.  The deceased was about 35 years of age.  He had been around Cairo for three or four years.  He had relatives in New Orleans, a brother and a sister who were apprised of his death.  Undertaker Batty took charge of the remains.
Miss Carrie M. Hasenjaeger, who died Monday afternoon, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hasenjaeger, and was 16 years of age.  Ever since school closed last June, she had been in poor health, and during the past few days little hope was entertained of her recovery.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence Wednesday afternoon with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Joseph Desimoni Passed Away This Forenoon After Long Illness.

Joseph Desimoni an old resident of Cairo, died this morning after an illness of three weeks, of heart trouble.  He was born in Geneva, Italy, in 1830 and came to Cairo about twenty-five years ago.  He conducted a fruit store and confectionary on Sixth Street up to three years when he retired from business.  He was a soldier in the Crimean War and took part in the great battle of Sebastapol.  Besides his wife he leaves three sons, Charlie, of San Antonio, Texas; Will, of St. Louis, and Joe, and one daughter, Miss Rose, of this city.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed but will probably be held Thursday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Church and the interment at Villa Ridge.

Wednesday, 19 Sep 1900:
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of Joseph Desimoni will be held at St. Patrick’s Church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Father Eschman conducting the services.  Special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge where the interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery.

Thursday, 20 Sep 1900:
Died, Tuesday, at his home in Ullin, of malarial fever, James S. Elkins, aged 36 years.  He was a good citizen and was well respected in the community.  He leaves a young wife and three children.  He was a beneficiary member of the Woodmen of the World and held a $2,000 policy in he order.  He was also a member of the Railroad Brakeman’s Union and held an insurance policy in that order.  He was recently paid $1,800 by the Cotton Belt Railroad for an injury sustained in their service.  He will be interred at Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Died, at his home last Friday forenoon, September 14, C. B. Dille, of typhoid fever.  He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Dille.  He leaves a wife and son, father and mother, brothers and sisters to mourn his loss.  His older sister, Mrs. W. Puddaphate, of Pine Bluff, arrived Saturday to attend the funeral.  “Corrie” was well and favorably known and leaves a host of friends who will greatly miss his smiling face and cordial greeting.  The funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon by Rev. Brannum of the Methodist church.  Interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.  (Villa Ridge)

(C. B. Dille married Sarah Stoddard on 20 Nov 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  J. S. Dille married L. M. Kennedy on 12 Mar 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Joseph Desimoni was held this afternoon, with services at St. Patrick’s Church and burial at Villa Ridge.

Friday, 21 Sep 1900:
Geraldine Shafter, a little eight-year-old girl living on Seventh Street, died today.
Baptist Holston, an old colored man and an old soldier, died at his home on Twenty-fourth Street near Park Avenue this morning.  The remains will be buried at the National Cemetery tomorrow.

            (He was born about 1840 in North Carolina, according to the 1870 census of Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Mound City National Cemetery reads:  Babtist Holsten Sgt. U.S. Army—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 22 Sep 1900:
Gen. McClernand Wished to Have His Last Earthly Resting Place.

The death of Gen. John A. McClernand at Springfield, removes a figure prominent in Cairo during the Civil War period.  It will be remembered that Gen. McClernand was in Cairo during the State Grand Army encampment several years ago.  He was quite feeble then, for he was far advanced in years.  Mr. M. J. Howley has pleasant recollections of Gen. McClernand.  For a great many years the general owned the property of the Mississippi River just below Thebes where is located the beautiful Rock Springs.  The general was deeply impressed with the beauty of the surroundings there and he expressed the wish that there, upon an eminence overlooking the Father of Waters, he might have his last earthly resting placed.  But time decreed otherwise.  The general lived to see the property pass out of his hands and into the possession of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad and the spot where he wished his ashes to lie in peace, surrounded by all the beauty that nature is capable of lavishing, will become a pleasure resort, and this quiet will be broken by the shouts and laughter of pleasure seekers and the shrill whistle of the locomotive.
Tuesday, 25 Sep 1900:
The 7-month-old baby of Mrs. Fleney, colored, living on Douglas Street, died yesterday afternoon.  The remains were taken to Paducah this afternoon for burial.



Friday, 28 Sep 1900:
Gus Swanson Died of Typhoid Fever Last Night.

A bridge builder named Gus Swanson, about 30 years old, who has been working on the new C. & E. I. Railroad near Oaktown was brought down here Monday night and placed in St. Mary’s Infirmary for treatment, died last night at 9 o’clock.  He was suffering with typhoid fever and never regained consciousness after being brought there.  Papers found in his effects indicate that he is a member of Calhoun Lodge No. 46 Knights of Pythias of Anniston, Ala.  The local lodges have taken charge and communicated with his lodge regarding the disposal of the remains.  Relatives at Jameston, N. Y. have also been notified.

Saturday, 29 Sep 1900:
Mayor Frank Rice of Harrisburg the Victim

Attempted to Remove the Broken End of a Sputtering Wire and Came in Contact with Its _____.—The Sad Ending of their Street Fair.

Mayor B. Frank Rice, of Harrisburg, was killed by a live electric wire at 11 o’clock last night.  Death was instantaneous.  Three others who rushed to his assistance, were severely shocked and one of them is under a physician’s care.

Rice was manager of the street fair, which has been in progress in Harrisburg this week.  An electric wire, the main wire leading from the powerhouse, broke and fell sputtering upon the walk. Rice started to push it off into the street, but the booths were built up to the walk so he could not do that.  Then he attempted to lift it up on his cane and rest it upon the top of a booth.  As he was doing this, the wire slid along as the cane was elevated and fell against his bare hand.  The whole charge of electricity instantly went though his body and he fell to the ground.  His friends rushed to disentangle his body from the wire and in doing this received the shocks themselves.

Rice was manager of the Davenport Coal Company.  He was 34 years old and leaves a widow and two children.  Fred Nellis was up at Harrisburg yesterday in company with Rice but came down on the evening train.  He is congratulating himself today that he did.

Charley Mitchell came down today and gave details of the affair.  The sad affair cast a gloom over the little city and the street fair, which was to have come to an end tonight closed at once.

It is supposed the wire weighted down by the strain of other wires attached to it, and wet by the rain, could not stand the strain and so parted.

Wednesday, 3 Oct 1900:
Death of J. W. Lewellen.

Mr. J. W. Lewellen, of Willard, died at 5 o’clock Saturday evening, of consumption.  He had been ill for three years.  Funeral services were held Monday forenoon, and the funeral was largely attended.  Mr. Lewellen’s only brother, Richard Lewellen, of Springfield, Ill., came down to attend the funeral.  Mrs. Ediker, sister of Mr. Lewellen, went out from Cairo to attend the funeral.  Mr. Lewellen was an old citizen of this county and was respected by all who knew him.

(John W. Lewellen married Mary A. Johnson on 27 Nov 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Jackson, formerly Mrs. Hiram Whitlow, died Thursday, east of Ullin, of typhoid fever.  She was a sister of Oscar and Tell Billingsley.

(Hiram R. Whirlow married Caroline A. Billingsley on 14 Oct 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  G. H. Jackson married Mrs. Cornelia Whirlow on 10 Jun 1900 in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Owing to the death of J. R. McGinnis, the Maple Grove school is without a teacher as yet.
Died, Thursday, September 27, at his home three miles east of Ullin, Joseph R. McGinnis, aged about forty years.  He had been ailing all the summer and about the first of September was attacked by a congestive chill.  Several hemorrhages from the kidneys followed from which he never recovered.  Mr. McGinnis was one of Pulaski County’s most successful schoolteachers and had followed his profession here for fifteen years.  He was born and reared east of Cobden in Union County.  He leaves a wife and several young children who have the sympathy of a host of friends in their sad bereavement.  The interment was made at Mt. Pisgah.

(Joseph R. McGinnis married Alloria A. Peak on 18 Jan 1885, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Ethel Moore, sister of Charles P. and Lon Powers, died at her home on Twelfth Street last evening, after a long illness of consumption.  She was married two years ago to Harvey Moore, of Charleston, Mo., but they did not live happily together and parted.  They had no children.  Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church tomorrow morning.

(Harvey E. Moore married Ethel L. Powers on 14 Dec 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The numerous Cairo friends of the family will be pained to learn of the death of Paul Lester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bunch, of McClure, aged 5 years, 10 months and 26 days.  He had been ill with pneumonia, but was thought to be recovering from it, when convulsions suddenly appeared and death followed.  The date of his death was the seventh anniversary of the death of a sister, which made the event peculiarly sad.  The funeral occurred September 27th, and the interment was made at Lindza Cemetery.

(Joseph Bunch married Nellie McRaven on 10 Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 4 Oct 1900:
The infant baby of John and Clarry Lence is very dangerously ill.  (Friendship)

            (John L. Lence Jr. married Clara Mowery on 4 Jun 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Infant son of J. H. & C. Lence Died Oct. 11, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 5 Oct 1900:
William Warner, a young colored man, died at his home No. 2201 Poplar Street, Wednesday of intermittent fever.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge this afternoon.
Henry C. Hoffman died at his home in this city Thursday, aged 71 years.  He was born in Paris, France, of German parents, and had lived here 37 years.  He leaves a wife and two children, Mrs. Dr. Hargan and J. Frederick Hoffman.  Funeral Saturday afternoon.

(J. T. Hargom married Josie Hoffman on 2 Aug 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A 3-month-old child of Mrs. Turner, daughter of J. H. Harland, died Tuesday evening.  Funeral services this afternoon conducted by Rev. S. A. D. Rodgers.  Burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.

(Arthur Lee Turner married Susan May Harland on 13 Sep 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 6 Oct 1900:
Oscar Blaylock, a colored man, aged 22 years, died at No. 3108 Commercial Avenue this forenoon, of consumption.  The remains will be taken to Grand Chain for interment.
Henry Blackburn Shot in Saloon Last Night.
By M. R. White, the Saloon Keeper.—Affair Result of a Quarrel Between Ed Burke and Another Man in Which Blackburn Interfered.

Wickliffe, Ky., was the scene of a tragedy last night in which Henry Blackburn was shot and killed by M. R. White.  Alderman E. A. Burke of this city, was in White’s saloon, and became involved in a dispute with another man.  Blackburn came in and involved himself in the dispute.  White ordered them out of his saloon and Blackburn took offense at this and objected, threatening White with both speech and gesture.  White, thinking Blackburn was about to shoot him, reached behind the bar and got a shotgun with which he shot Blackburn dead.

This is the account as we learn it, although we are told there are a number of conflicting stories.
White gave himself up after the shooting and is now under guard.  The preliminary examination will occur Monday.  White lives on Twenty-sixth Street, between Poplar and Sycamore, in this city.

The shooting occurred at 1 o’clock.  John Wickliffe, White and others had been out hunting and left their guns in White’s saloon, and it was one of these which was used by White in the shooting.

Monday, 8 Oct 1900:
W. C. Essler died this morning at Jackson, Miss., of fever.  The remains will pass through Cairo tonight for Minnesota where the funeral will be held.  Mrs. Essler was formerly Miss Blanche Ellis, of this city.

(William C. Essler married Blanche Ellis on 23 Oct 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Ira Ewing, a resident of the colored settlement at Taylor Ridge interfered in a wrestling match at Smith Bros.’ wagon yard Saturday night between William Moore, of Ullin, and Louis Harris, and cut Moore twice in the abdomen.  Moore was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary and died about noon yesterday.  Ewing made his escape and has not been captured.  The coroner is holding an inquest over the body of the murdered man this afternoon.

(The 9 Oct 1900, issue suggests the deceased was Henry Brown.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 9 Oct 1900:
The coroner’s jury, which sat in the Henry Brown case found that the crime was committed by Ira Ewing with a dirk knife and held him for willful murder.

            (The 8 Oct 1900, issue gives the deceased’s name as William Moore.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 10 Oct 1900:
Mrs. E. M. Gibson and infant child, of Beechwood, wife and child of Officer Gibson, died Saturday night.  Mrs. Gibson was 45 years old.  Six children and her husband survive her.

Thursday, 11 Oct 1900:
A man named Joseph McGatha, whose home was in St. Louis, died Sunday at the home of Mrs. Mary Kesler, where he was boarding of a congestive chill.  He had been working at the quarry a few days and had just drawn his pay to return home when he was stricken.  Letters found on his person told a sad tale of want and suffering in his family and a letter from his little daughter begging him to come home and save them from the poor house was pitiable indeed.  A purse was made up at the quarry to inter his body here and send something to his family.  (Wetaug)
A man named Humphrey moved here from Missouri one day last week and died the next day at the residence of W. J. Mowery, of heart disease.  (Wetaug)
Mrs. Daisy Hartman died at her home at Beechwood last Saturday.  She was the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. N. Koonce.  She leaves a husband and three children.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sutherland at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon.  Interment at Redden Cemetery.
The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bonner, died last Monday.  She was sick only a few hours.  The funeral was Tuesday and the interment was at Villa Ridge.  (Villa Ridge)

(James Bonner married Minnie Boren on 10 Apr 1889, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Cairo City Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads:  Nora Lee daughter of Jim & Minnie Bonner Born Feb. 22, 1895 Died Oct. 8, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. J. W. Acree went to Seg, Tenn., yesterday in answer to a telegram stating that her father, J. F. Martin, was very low and not expected to live.
Mrs. William A. Rice received a letter from Anna today stating that her mother, Mrs. Sabra, was very sick.  She went up there this afternoon to see her.

Friday, 12 Oct 1900:
W. A. Rice received a telegram from his wife, who is at Anna, this forenoon stating that her mother is very much worse and not expected to live.  Jerry Sabra, her son, went up there this afternoon to be with her.

Saturday, 13 Oct 1900:
A. J. Duncan, who was killed by the Bryan special at Johnston City Monday was postmaster at that place.  He was the father of Judge W. W. Duncan.
Mr. J. T. Martin, father of Mrs. J. W. Acree, of this city, died at his home near Seg, Tenn., Thursday night, of pneumonia.  Mr. Martin was highly esteemed in the community.  He left eight children.


Tuesday, 16 Oct 1900:
Henry Small, a well known colored man, died at his home No. 328 Twenty-first Street yesterday afternoon of rheumatism.  He was a member of the colored post G. A. R. here and the remains will be buried at the National cemetery at Mound City tomorrow.
That Run into Cairo.—Hugh Doyle Died Sunday Morning.

Hugh Doyle died at his home four miles east of Anna, Sunday morning, aged about 70 years.  Mr. Doyle was for several years a resident of Cairo.  He was fireman on the first engine that ran into Cairo on the Illinois Central, with Joe Courtway as engineer.  He built the first house that was built on Nineteenth where Rees Bros.’ stable now stands and anchored it down with railroad iron to keep it from floating away during the flood of 1858.  The house was sold when Rees bought the lot and moved to Poplar near Twenty-fifth Street where it now stands.  He was engineer at Galigher’s Mill for several years but finally bought a fine farm where he died.  He leaves a wife and one daughter.

(Hugh Doyle married Elizabeth B. Neylon on 22 Apr 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Christian Anger Case Concluded and Defendant Found Not Guilty.

Circuit court adjourned this forenoon to court in care.  The Christian Anger murder case came to a conclusion with a verdict of not guilty.  There were few witnesses.  Coroner John Stepp and Constable David Brown, who arrested Anger, appeared for the People, and Health Officer Sam Orr and the defendant were the witnesses for the defense.  Anger testified that Dr. Schroeder had beaten him, hit him on the head with a frying pan, and threatened him and that he started to run off.  He had the gun in his hand and that it was discharged accidentally.  He did not know that he had shot Dr. Schraeder until told of it, he said.

The case was submitted to the jury without argument and they returned a verdict of not guilty.

Wednesday, 17 Oct 1900:
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Riggle is very low.
Judge Joseph D. Cox, who died in Glendale, Ohio, Saturday night, was an uncle of Fred D. Cox, of this city.  He held the position of judge for a quarter of a century.

Thursday, 18 Oct 1900:
Hon. Nicholas Perrin, of St. Clair County, father of J. Nick Perrin, the Democratic politician, died yesterday.

Friday, 19 Oct 1900:
Wesley O’Neal, a well known colored man, and for several years teamster for the different contractors here, died at No. 601 Douglas Street, Wednesday, aged 65 years, of malarial fever.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.
Funeral services for Mrs. A. J. Carle were held at the Methodist church this afternoon.  Mrs. Carle had been ill for several months of dropsy.  She was 62 years old and leaves on daughter, Miss Clara Bushnell.
Frank, the 15-year-old son of Mrs. Ida Shields, is reported very low with typhoid fever at their home corner Eighteenth and Washington Avenue.
A Banana Train Crashed into a Freight Train This Morning.
Caboose and Cars Demolished.
Banana Messenger Pellago and C. C. Oliver of Mobile & Ohio Agent at Jonesboro Killed.—Accident Caused by the Dense Fog.—Fourth Railroad Accident in the Last Six Weeks.

This morning about 6 o’clock the Mobile & Ohio switch engine number 30, in charge of Engineer Holman and Fireman Dezonia, pushing two cars of bananas collided with the rear end of a freight train on the old M. & O. track inside the levee at Twenty-eighth street.

The freight train in charge of Conductor Scott had pulled out a few minutes before the switch engine but stopped on the hill to allow a train on another track to cross.  A flagman was sent back, but owing to the dense fog his signals could not be seen in time to prevent the accident.

The caboose on the freight was completely demolished, a car of lumber preceding it was knocked off the trucks and rolled down the embankment, and a car of bananas wrecked.

C. C. Oliver, agent of the M. & O. at Jonesboro, who was on the freight train bound for home, and the messenger of the Independent Banana Line named Pallazo, were killed.  Both were badly mashed and only lived a few minutes after the accident.

This is the fourth in a series of railroad accidents in the last few weeks in, at or near Cairo that have resulted in the loss of from two to fourteen lives each.

Saturday, 20 Oct 1900:
The bodies of the victims of yesterday’s wreck were sent to their homes last evening.  The body of Agent C. C. Oliver was taken to Jonesboro by an escort from the Cairo Masonic lodge, consisting of P. C. Barclay and E. L. Gilbert.  The remains of Louis Pallazo, the messenger of the Independent Banana line were shipped to New Orleans.

(Charles C. Oliver married Ada Moore on 29 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Charles C. Oliver Died Oct. 19, 1900 Aged 30 Yrs., 11 Ms., 23 Dys.
C. C. Oliver, who was killed in railroad wreck in Cairo the other day, a few years ago was in charge of the Illinois Central station at Pulaski and while there married Miss Ada Moore, of that place.  Mrs. Oliver was prior to her marriage a prominent schoolteacher in this county.  Mr. Oliver leaves besides his wife two little children.

Monday, 22 Oct 1900:
Capt. Freeman Dead.

Alto Pass, Ill., Oct. 21.—Capt. H. C. Freeman, aged about 60, died in Helena, Mont. today.  He was one of the pioneers of southern Illinois and was a prominent residents of this place for many years.

Tuesday, 23 Oct 1900:
Mrs. Elizabeth Sabra, aged 72 years, died at Anna, Friday evening of pneumonia.  Mrs. Sabra was an old citizen of Cairo, having come here in 1853.  Her first husband was Thomas Murphy, who died here.  She afterward married Sabra and moved to Anna about 1870 and has lived there since.  She leaves three children, Mrs. W. A. Rice, of this city, and Mrs. A. Brady and Jerry Sabra, who lived at Anna.

            (Thomas Murphy married Elizabeth Taylor on 2 Feb 1856, in Alexander Co., Ill.  William A. Rice married Kate Murphy on 10 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Albert A. Brady married Mary Ellen Sabra, daughter of Thomas Sabra and Elisabeth Bird, on 24 Feb 1892, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Elizabeth Sabra Died Oct. 19, 1900 Aged 71 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 25 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 24 Oct 1900:
The nine-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Linguish is very low with bronchitis.  They live on Thirty-third Street.
Della Goodman, colored, died at her home 208 Twenty-fourth Street Monday of consumption of the bowels, aged 24 years.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.

Thursday, 25 Oct 1900:
The remains of Dennis Croften, who was killed at Van Buren, Ark., were brought up by his sister, Miss Mary Crofton, and taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
S. J. Moore was down from Pulaski today, looking up the coroner’s verdict of the wreck in which his son-in-law, C. C. Oliver was killed.

Friday, 26 Oct 1900:
Rev. J. D. Chism died at his home near Goose Island Tuesday, of pneumonia.  He was about 50 years of age.  The remains were buried Wednesday.  He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Marion LeMay, of this city and a single daughter who lived with him

(Marvin Lemay married Miss Chism on 4 Sep 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 27 Oct 1900:
Two Boys Run Over and Killed.

Alto Pass, Ill., Oct. 27.—[Special]—Loren Lewis and George Corgan, aged about 18 years, were killed early this morning near Etherton switch about eight miles north of here.  It is supposed they were beating their way home from the Republican rally at Murphysboro and in some unknown way fell beneath the wheels of a freight train.  Both boys were pupils in the high school here and belonged to well known families.  Young Lewis was a son of I. W. Lewis and Corgan a son of W. B. Corgan, and nephew of John C. Corgan.

(A marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:  Loren O. Lewis Born July 20, 1882 Died Oct. 27, 1900.

Monday, 29 Oct 1900:
It is now believed that the two boys who were killed at Etherton switch by a Mobile & Ohio train Friday night were walking on the track and not stealing a ride.  One of the Mobile engines is reported to have had blood on its pilot, which would not have been the case if the boys had fallen from the train and been run over.


Thursday, 1 Nov 1900:
Mr. and Mrs. Will Duckworth’s little boy, aged 5 or 6 years, was buried at New Hope last Sunday.

(William Duckworth married Mrs. Esther Milford on 28 Oct 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Ellen Brumit, wife of Ed Brumit, died Monday night after lingering for three or four months.  She leaves a babe, a husband and three or four other small children, who have the sympathy of their many friends.  Mr. Brumit lives on Grant Britt’s place.

Friday, 2 Nov 1900:
Died, Thursday, Oct. 25, 1900, Miss Phoebe Everhardt, at the home of her father, Henry Everhardt, four miles east of Wetaug.  She suffered from a congestive chill a week previous to her death with hemorrhage from which she did not recover.  She was about 18 years of age and was a very estimable young lady.  Interment was made at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Mrs. Albert Miller died in Cairo last Friday and was buried at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Sunday.  Services were conducted by Rev. Carter of Ullin and were largely attended.
Dennis Mowery, of Mill Creek, is seriously sick with pneumonia.
Wednesday, 7 Nov 1900:
John Smith, an old resident of Cairo and for years engaged in the cattle business, died last evening aged 54 years.  His wife, a son and a daughter survive him.  The deceased was a brother of Mrs. J. C. Sullivan, Mrs. R. Walsh, and Mrs. J. C. O’Connell.

(James C. Sullivan married Hannah Smith on 11 Sep 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Richard Walsh married Elizabeth Smith on 4 Sep 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.  James C. O’Connell married Clara Smith on 28 Nov 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Caleb Nix died last evening about six o’clock of consumption.  She lived on Thirty-fourth Street and besides her husband leaves several small children.

(Caleb Nix married Martha Jane Fitzgerald on 16 Oct 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Caleb B. Nix married Matilda E. Brown on 10 Dec 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 8 Nov 1900:
Dennis Mowery is still very low from a relapse of fever and no hopes are entertained for his recovery.
The infant child of Albert Miller died Tuesday night.

Friday, 9 Nov 1900:
The 4-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Broten died Tuesday at their home on Fortieth Street.  The remains were buried at Beech Grove on Wednesday.  Mr. Broten telephoned to his mother at Mound City Tuesday of his baby’s death and was informed that his mother was sick and could not come.  He received a message later in the evening that his sister’s baby was dead and one the next morning that his mother was dead, making three deaths in the family in twenty-four hours.

Saturday, 10 Nov 1900:
Howard, the 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. I. F. Davis, died this morning of spinal meningitis.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock at the residence, No. 3301 Park Avenue, and the remains will be taken by carriage to Beech Grove.
The 2-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Buck, of 331 Thirty-second Street, died early yesterday morning of Bright’s disease.  The remains were buried at Beech Grove Cemetery this afternoon.

Monday, 12 Nov 1900:
An infant child of John Van Vactor died Saturday.

(John Vanvaxtor married Frances Horton on 8 Sep 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Which Destroyed the Gifford House at Poplar Bluff Early This Morning
Guests Leaped from Windows
Only to Meet Death When They struck the Ground.—Ben Shelby and Wife Among the Rescued.—Fire Originates from Exploding Lamp.

Four people lost their lives at Poplar Bluff last night in the destruction by fire of the Gifford House.  The hotel is an old three-story frame structure, run by W. P. Norred.  It caught fire at 12:30 in the rear of the third story, and is supposed to have started from the explosion of a lamp.  About 25 or 30 inmates were in the building, among them Ben Shelby and wife.  The guest escaped in their night apparel and but few saved anything.  Many were injured by jumping.  Heck Clark jumped from the third story and broke his neck.  Another guest, a woman, broke her back in jumping from the burning building and is not expected to live.  A chambermaid appeared on the third story porch, but would not jump and went back and was burned.  At 9 o’clock this morning three others were missing and are supposed to have perished in the flames.  No bodies had been rescued at that time.  Owing to insufficient fire apparatus, little headway could be made against the flames, but fortunately the building was isolated and the fire did not spread  A Mrs. Owens is among the missing.

Ben Shelby’s hunting dog awakened him just in time for him to escape, but the dog did not get out and was burned up.

Thursday, 15 Nov 1900:
A relative of Miss Giles died last week and, as a result, the primary department was closed Thursday and Friday. 
Died, Wednesday morning, infant of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Wallace.  (Thebes)
Little Fred Wiggs died last Saturday evening of heart trouble.  He was nine years old and the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiggs.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Brannum Monday p.m.  Interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
Died, Wednesday, Nov. 7, at his residence one mile north of Mill Creek, Dennis I. Mowery, aged 34 years and four days. He had been ill two weeks with pneumonia, complicated with brain fever.  Mr. Mowery was one of the foremost citizens of his community and was respected and admired for his intelligence and high Christian character.  He was a leading member of the Reformed church, where he had labored from boyhood.  As a husband and a father he was all that could be desired and his death is a loss that is irreparable in his neighborhood.  He was the third son of Alfred and Nancy Mowery, old settlers of Union County, who came originally from North Carolina.  His mother survives him, but his father died about twenty years ago.  Two brothers, S. W. Mowery, of Mill Creek, and Calvin Mowery, of Murphysboro, are left and two sisters and a wife and three little children.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. R. Lackey at the new church in Mill Creek and interment was made at St. John’s Cemetery.  An immense number of friends were there to pay the last tribute of respect.

(Dennis Isaiah Mowery married Delia S. Williams on 29 Mar 1891, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Dennis I. Mowery Died Nov. 7, 1900 Aged 34 Yrs. & 4 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Officer Orr lost one of his wards yesterday morning.  Old Jack Davis, whose age is known to be 100 years and is supposed to be greater than that, was found dead at his stopping place out on Douglas Street.  Capt. Orr had furnished him a new bed last night, but the poor fellow did not get to enjoy a whole night in it.  Sometime before daylight, rolled out of bed onto the floor and was found there when daylight came, stone dead.
About 10:30 this morning the body of a floater was secured in the Ohio River opposite Twenty-seventh Street and Coroner Stepp was notified.  It proved to be that of a colored man about 25 years of age, 5 feet and 2 inches tall, and weighing about 140 pounds.  The body was not much decomposed.  It is thought to be that of Will Ware, of Villa Ridge, but at this writing his father, who is employed by John Sawyer, the sexton, has not been heard from.  A jury was summoned to investigate the case.

Friday, 16 Nov 1900:
Mr. Alf Robinson, of Fruitville, Pulaski County, is in the city today and stays that last evening Mr. Sol. Silver was so low that his death was expected at any moment.  He has been unable to swallow even water for some time.
A message from Villa Ridge proved that the negro floater caught yesterday in the Ohio was not known there, and the jury could not find out who it belonged to.  The drowned man was no doubt a steamboat hand that had fallen overboard at some point above here.  Undertaker Batty interred the remains.

Saturday, 17 Nov 1900:
Death of John A. Eakin.

Mr. John Eakin, of the Cairo City Gas office, was called to Villa Ridge last evening by a telegram announcing a serious change in his father’s condition, but before Mr. Eakin arrived, the old man had passed away.  Mr. Eakin came back at 11 o’clock p.m. to make arrangements for the funeral and returned this morning.  Mr. Eakin’s health has been gradually failing for many years and for several months he had been unable to leave his bed.  He was quite well up in years, but his wife, two daughters and two sons survive him.  The wife and daughter have devoted their lives to the duty of making the father’s condition as comfortable as possible, while the sons have kept in touch with the family, giving all the attention their business engagements would allow.  The devotion of the children to their parents has been a beautiful example of filial affection.

Mr. Eakin was a large farmer in the upper part of the state, while his physical condition admitted and several years ago sold his farm and purchased the old home place of Mr. Henry Aldrich, at Villa Ridge, to be near his son, John.

The funeral will occur at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Villa Ridge.

John A. Eakin was born at Beaver County, Pa., August 1, 1817, and was 83 years and 3 months old.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  John A. Eakin Born Aug. 1, 1817 Died Nov. 16, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 19 Nov 1900:
Rev. J. A. Scarritt was called to St. Louis Saturday by the approaching death of Mr. N. A. Carrington, which occurred yesterday.  Mrs. Scarritt was already there and Mr. George Parsons left here this afternoon to be present at the funeral ceremonies, which take place Tuesday.  Burial will take place on Wednesday at Bunker Hill, Ill.  Mr. Carrington is a brother-in-law to Mrs. Scarritt, having married her sister, and a brother to Rev. James Carrington, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at St. Louis.
The funeral of Mr. John A. Eakin took place Sunday afternoon at Villa Ridge and the remains were interred in the cemetery there.  The services were conducted at the house of Rev. T. P. Branum of the Methodist Church.  There were some handsome floral offerings from friends in Cairo and elsewhere.  Mr. M. C. Wright, Mr. Bert Redman and several others from Cairo were present.  A light shower of rain fell an hour before the time set for the funeral, which laid the dust nicely, but the sky was clear when the funeral took place.  The pallbearers were James Gamble, Maj. Sam Lewis, E. M. Titus, George Green, Thomas Hostler, W. F. McKee, M. Culp and G. A. Pavey.
Miss Theola Etz is very low with heart trouble and her friends are much concerned.
Mrs. Ellen Holley died at 2022 ½ Poplar Street yesterday forenoon of consumption, aged 33 years. She leaves a husband and four small children.  The remains will be buried at the Baumgardner graveyard near Willard tomorrow afternoon.
The funeral of Edward Lineweaver mention of whose death was made several days ago was held yesterday afternoon under the auspices of the Switchmnan’s Union of North America.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Passed Away at His Home Near Villa Ridge at 6:35 Sunday Evening
Sketch of the Life of One Who Had Been a Resident of Cairo Since 1859.—Visited California in ‘49 and Then South America and Australia.—Funeral Tuesday at Villa Ridge, Conducted by Rabbi Sadler.

The story of Mr. Silver’s long illness is well known to our people and his death comes as a relief from suffering to him and from suspense to his family.

Mr. Silver’s history is as follows:  He was born in Baltimore, Md., July 26, 1830.  His parents were Lewis and Leah Silver, and he was one of ten children.  His father was a merchant and died in New York in 1846.  In 1849 Sol went to California, where he remained until 1853, merchandising and mining.  From ‘53 to ‘55 was spent in South America and Australia, returning to New York in 1856.  The next year he located in Centralia, Ill., where he was postmaster under President James Buchanan and also ran a bookstore.

In 1859 he came to Cairo and ran a bookstore in the old St. Charles Hotel, now the Halliday, and during the war conducted a general auction business.  He was, by the way, one of the best auctioneers the city has ever had.  In 1870 he became passenger agent of the Anchor line and continued in their employ for a great many years.  He was married in Cairo, Sept. 8, 1874, to Miss Lizzie Wallace, daughter of Bertrand Wallace, of Villa Ridge, where she was born Jan. 22, 1853.

In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Silver purchased a portion of their present farm to which tracts have been added since until it is a now comprised of 160 acres of very fine land on which they have built a beautiful home.

Our people will probably remember him best as manager of the opera house.  He had almost a life long experience in such matters, and his advice and latterly his personal management of the Cairo Opera House, contributed much to the comfort and pleasure of our theater-loving people.  His family will have the true sympathy of the entire community.

Mr. Alf Robinson, of Fruitville, came from Villa Ridge this morning to make arrangements for the funeral. The services will be conducted at the house by Rabbi B. Sadler, who will preach the sermon at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery where they will be met by Cairo friends, who will join in the ceremonies at the grave.  A special train has been provided to leave here at 2:45 p.m. to carry Cairo friends who may wish to attend.  The train will make stops at Fourteenth and Eighteenth streets.  The members of the Jewish society, including Mr. Sadler, M. Hyman, D. L. Marx, Samuel White, and others will leave here on the early morning train and arrive at Mr. Silver’s home by 7 o’clock a.m.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Sol Silver Born July 26, 1830 Died Nov. 18, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 20 Nov 1900:
C. W. Wallace, of Memphis, brother-in-law of Mr. Sol Silver, arrived last night to attend the funeral.
Death of Dr. W. W. Stevenson Momentarily Expected.

At 3 o’clock this afternoon, Dr. W. W. Stevenson was very low and his death was almost momentarily expected.

Dr. Stevenson was taken sick on Election Day.  He grew worse and last Friday was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary.  Spinal meningitis was the complaint at first, but the disease went to his head.  At noon today he was very low and then all hope of his recovery was abandoned and he was not expected to live through the day.
Miss Theola Etz was reported very low this afternoon.  She has pneumonia and heart trouble and her friends have very little hopes of her recovery.
Two coaches were filled with friends of the late Sol A. Silver, left at 2:45 this afternoon for Villa Ridge to pay their last respects to the dead.  The heavy rain no doubt prevented more from attending.
A distressing accident occurred at Bird’s Point last Thursday with fatal results, which has thus far escaped the newspapers.  Mrs. Nellie Marshall and sister, Mrs. May Murphy, were out driving, when their steed, a mule, ran away and threw them from the buggy.  Mrs. Murphy escaped with slight injuries, but Mrs. Marshall was frightfully injured and died Saturday.  Both ladies are well known here, as they have frequently traded with our merchants.

Wednesday, 21 Nov 1900:
Died, Monday evening, in this city, Atlas Hatfield, aged 83 years.  Burial at Beech Grove Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.  Deceased had been a resident of this city the past sixteen years, having worked several years as carpenter at the shipyards.  A wife and three sons survive him.
It is a sad task to record the death of Rev. George McCrite, which occurred at Delta last Saturday evening about 5 o’clock.  Mr. McCrite had quite recently removed from here to Delta, where he was engaged in the mercantile business.  He had not been well for some time, but still no one ever thought of his condition becoming serious, so the news of his death was a great surprise.  But a couple of months ago he married for the third time, and now leaves a wife and several children.  Mr. McCrite was pastor of the Baptist church at this place and was an earnest devoted man.  We sincerely mourn his sudden end and extend out heartfelt sympathy to his family. (Elco)

(George W. McCrite married Lucinda West on 22 Mar 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.  George W. McCrite, son of J. E. McCrite and Edney Vaughn, married Mrs. Mahala Gales Miller on 5 Dec 1889, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Mary S. Mills on 15 Dec 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Passed Away Last Evening About 8 O’clock After Two Weeks Suffering.


Story of His Life and Achievements.

            Dr. W. W. Stevenson died at St. Mary’s Hospital in this city about 8 o’clock last evening of cerebro spinal meningitis.

            He was taken sick November 7th, and was dangerously ill from the first.  Every attention was given him, and as a last hope he was removed to St. Mary’s Hospital from his home, where he could have the careful treatment of trained nurses.  But the change brought on relief, and without recovering consciousness, he sank steadily until the end came, as peacefully as sleep comes to a little child.

            He leaves a wife, son, and half sister, Mrs. John T. Welsh, all of whom were at his bedside during his illness.

            Dr. W. W. Stevenson was born in Huddlesford, England, October 30, 1852, and came to this country when he was 10 or 12 years old.  He took a great fancy for the life of a sailor, and ran away from his parents to gratify it.  He sailed in many seas, and was several times under the Southern Cross.  His sailing was brought to an end by a terrible fall from the rigging to the deck of the vessel he was on, which injured him so badly that no hope was entertained of his recovery.  He was laid away without an attempt to do anything for him, until port was reached, when, as he was still living, he was sent to the Marine Hospital.  Here he was nursed back to his feet after eight months of hard work, but to the day of his death he suffered from the effects of the hat terrible fall.  The bones of one of his legs had been broken in many places, and the limb never became strong afterward.  During his convalescence at the hospital, he began the study of medicine and finally graduated from Maryland Medical College in 1880.  He at once came to this county, locating at Commercial Point, now Willard, where he practiced for five years, coming to Cairo in 1885, and continued his practice here until his death.

            Dr. Stevenson was a very remarkable man, possessing a depth of medical knowledge and surgical skill that is attained by few of his profession.  Had he willed it he could have made a half dozen fortunes in the fifteen years he practiced here.  He was the friend of the poor and not once but hundreds of times has he been known to prescribe for patients who were utterly unable to pay for the service and given them the money out of his own _________________ for _____ medicines prescribed.  Many times he answered midnight calls to find his patients were strangers stranded in the city, and without an instant hesitation of a word of censure or complaint he would give the needed prescriptions and money to buy the medicines with.  His gifts to the needy were larger than many other men’s incomes, and his constant and untiring thought was for the good of others.  He was public-minded in the largest degree, and it was always a ___ of astonishment how valuable were his suggestions concerning public affairs.  There is no question but that the poor of the city have lost a friend that they will never be able to replace.

            It is a consolation to know that his wife holds two insurance policies aggregating $5,000 in the Knights and Ladies of Honor and Knights of Pythias, and it is to be hoped that people knowing themselves to be indebted to the doctor will make the fact and the amount known to whoever will have charge of his affairs.

            Dr. Stevenson belonged to several fraternal orders besides the Knights and Ladies of Honor and Knights of Pythias, but had insurance only in the latter.

            Dr. Stevenson was also a member of the city council, in which capacity he served the city well for nearly two years.

            The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon.  The procession will leave the house at 1 o’clock, and proceed to the Church of the Redeemer, where the sermon and services will be conducted by Rev. DeRosset.  The Masons, Knights of Pythias, Knights and Ladies of Honor, K.M.K.C., Red Men and members of the city council will be present and take part in the ceremonies.  The remains will be interred at Villa Ridge.


Funeral of Sol. A. Silver Yesterday Afternoon Largely Attended and Ceremony Most Solemn.


Over Remains of Sol. A. Silver at Villa Ridge Yesterday.

            The funeral of Sol A. Silver took place yesterday afternoon from his residence three miles northeast of Villa Ridge, and the interment was made in the Villa Ridge cemetery.  The sad visit to the cemetery yesterday recalled the fact that Mr. Silver selected the location for the first grave that was ever made in this cemetery, which now holds its thousands.  That was in 1859 and since then he followed hundreds of friends to this quiet resting place.

            The heavy rains of the previous night and early morning have promise of a disagreeable day.  But before noon the sun was shining brightly and the air was so fresh and spring like that it was decided to conducted the services on the lawn over which the house east cast such a grateful shadow.  A large white bearskin rug was laid upon the ground and the casket placed upon supports above it, while magnificent floral offerings covered the casket and the rug beneath.  The family were seated on either side, but the assembled friends stood about the bier, as is the Jewish custom.  Rabbi Sadler took his place near the head of the casket.  The services opened with singing the hymn, “He Leadeth Me Oh Blessed Thought” in which the audience joined.  This was followed by prayer, and the reading of the Jewish burial service.  This is composed of selections from the poetical books of the Bible, principally, and in the hands of a good reader like Rabbi Sadler becomes very solemn and impressive.  At the close of the reading Mr. Sadler delivered a brief oral address in which he spoke of the consolation that religion gives in hours of sorrow and bereavement.  However much we may be helped along the lines by wealth, position, social relations, and other worldly advantages, when death enters our home, it is religion alone that can bring any comfort.  It is the comforting words of the Bible that can assuage such sorrow.  And looking to those  words today, he said he found none more appropriate to this sorrowful occasion than those just read from the burial service, which are found in the book of Ecclesiastes, 12th chapter, 7th verse:  “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God, who gave it.”  He called attention to the depth of meaning there is in these words.  The spirit is immortal.  The soul goes to God who gave it.  Whether the taking away be sudden as it was in the case with their relative, Felix Armstrong, who was killed in a railroad accident, in the prime of life, or by the ordinary course of nature, as in the case of the deceased, the result was the same, the soul goes to meet its God.  He found a source of comfort to the bereaved wife and relations in the fact that their loved one had been spared to the full time allotted to man, three score and ten, and that in that time he had ordered well his household.

            He was diligent in business, true to his family, faithful in his duties to the down, county, and state, and an exemplary member of the Jewish congregation.  If he had sins, and who had not?, they were atoned for by his sufferings.  He spoke both of Mr. Silver as a friend and a man, and stated that he was descended on his mother’s side from Spanish Jews that were exiled from Spain in 1492, the year of the discovery of America, and was of good ancestry.  He always took great interest in the sick and needy, although he did so in a modest manner.

            The ceremonies closed by the recitation of the “Kaddish Prayer,” which is the “Glorification of God.”  In obedience to Mr. Silver’s request, Mr. G. W. Endicott carried the remains in his light spring wagon to the cemetery followed by a long line of carriages containing the family and neighbors of the deceased.  The procession reached Villa Ridge just as the train of two coaches pulled in from Cairo and the people from the latter followed the remains to the grave.  The ceremonies there were cut short by the rain, which had begun to fall soon after the procession left the house and grew harder until the village was reached when it became a blinding storm that thoroughly drenched everybody.  But the body was laid carefully and decently away, and on the mound of earth lay numerous floral emblems, the gifts of loving friends.  Among these were noticed a very large pillow of roses, the gift of Sheriff Hodges, Hon. Reed Green, R. Sondheimer and W. E. Smith; a wreath of chrysanthemums by Mrs. G. W. Endicott; a wreath of roses by Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Stubbins; a pillow of roses, Mrs. Felix Armstrong; a large broken wheel of roses, Mrs. Silver; a sickle, Mrs. Nan Burnstein; a large cross, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Parker; a large wreath of flowers, J. H. Jones; a large anchor of pink and white roses, Miss Grace Silver.

            The two cars from Cairo were filled with prominent people all anxious to pay their last respects to the memory of a valued friend.  Besides Cairo friends there were present from abroad Mr. F. L. Harris, of the Mobile & Ohio, St. Louis; F. M. Rugg, traveling passenger agent of the Burlington, St. Louis; Rebel Imboden, conductor on the Mobile & Ohio, St. Louis; and Mr. Adams, general passenger agent of the Cotton Belt. 


Thursday 22 Nov 1900:

Mr. Eaken died last Friday p.m. at his home near town (Villa Ridge).  Mr. Eakin has been in poor health for some time, having been confined to his bed since July.  He had been blind for thirteen years.  He was 83 years old and leaves a wife, two daughters and two sons, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral except one son, living in California.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Branum last Sunday at the home.  Interment at Villa Ridge.
Thomas Cross, a Plasterer, at the Germania House, Shot Himself.
Deed Was Committed Last Night.

But the Fact Was Not Discovered until
Noon Today.—Left a Note Stating That His Life Was a Failure.—Had Been Employed by Thomas Ferguson.

Thomas Cross, a plasterer by trade, killed himself at the Germania House some time last night.  He had stopped at the house yesterday, retiring to a room in the evening.  This morning his absence from breakfast caused no uneasiness, as it was thought he had over slept himself, and the matter was forgotten until his absence from dinner was noticed, and a stepladder being procured, a look over the transom of the door revealed the fact that he had taken his own life.  He lay stretched diagonally across the bed, his muddy shoes hanging over on the side next to door while his head lay on the pillow on the other corner.  Around his head and body all the covering of the bed was tightly wrapped and no part of the head or face was exposed.  But near the head on the lower sheet of the bed was a pool of blood, which told the whole story.  The pistol and the hand that held it were hidden from view.  On a stand in the corner of the room lay a sheet of notepaper from Uncle Joe’s hotel, on which was written the following:

“Cairo, Ill., No. 1900.—I die tonight because I waunt to, & as life hase proved a failure to me all through my life, I have but few regrets if any.  I have no complaints to make against anybody but myself.”

This note was not signed.  Across it lay a red lead pencil and beside it an old pocket knife, a small package of smoking tobacco and the remains of a package of cigarette paper.  The coroner was sent for and until his arrival Mrs. Resch very wisely allowed no one to disturb the remains, as he had clearly been dead several hours and no good could come of it.

Calling on Mr. Ferguson, The Citizen reporter found that the man was a plasterer who had at times worked for him, his last job being the plastering on the residence of Dr. Gause at Unity.
After that he had been away from the city, but came back a short time since, and Mr. Ferguson expected to put him to work again soon.

He was a young man not over 30 years of age, and Mr. Ferguson thinks that he has a wife near here, but does not know where.  He was well dressed and appeared to be cheerful yesterday.

The fatal shot was heard by no one, because of being muffled by the bedclothes.

Undertaker Charles Batty knew the man, and says he has relatives at Washington.
Simon Webb on Trial for the Crime before Judge Bross.

Simon Webb, colored, had his preliminary hearing today before Judge Bross on the charge of making a fatal assault upon his wife.  The evidence developed the following facts:  On the day after election, Webb whipped his wife on the legs and back with a cowhide or switch.  He commenced about 8:30 o’clock and continued the operation until 10:30 a.m.  Two of the witnesses saw him through a window, the others heard the blows.  One witness thought they were playing.  All testified that he finally threw her across the bed after he had bumped her heard against the wall.  The woman took sick immediately and died on Sunday following.  She did not accuse Webb of mistreating her.  Webb was bound over in the sum of $1,000.

(Simon Webb married Katie Ashford on 14 Jan 1897, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Chester Graham, colored, aged 21 years, died at No. 430 Seventeenth Street yesterday of pneumonia.  The remains will be buried at Villa Ridge tomorrow.

Friday, 23 Nov 1900:

Passed by the City Council in Memory of Dr. W. W. Stevenson.

            To the Hon. Mayor and city council of the city of Cairo.

            Your committee appointed to draft resolutions in respect of our late member, Alderman W. W. Stevenson, beg leave to submit the following:

            WHEREAS, The intelligence of the sudden and unexpected death of our friend and co-laborer, Dr. W. W. Stevenson, awake within our hearts emotions of the most profound sorrow, and while bowing to the Divine wisdom which has taken him away from us in the prime of his life, we are impelled to take the first opportunity of paying a grateful tribute to his memory, and to give expression to our appreciation of him as a man and a public officer; therefore be it

            RESOLVED, That Alderman Stevenson was a man whom we had all learned to love and honor for his many virtues and sterling integrity.  In his death the council has lost a member who was ever attentive to his public as well as his professional duties; one who was always ready to aid any movements for the advancement of the city’s interests.

            RESOLVED, That while recognizing the hand of Providence in thus removing him from our midst in the prime of his usefulness, and while deploring our own loss, we do as a council tender to the family and friends of the deceased our heartfelt expressions of sympathy and condolence.

            RESOLVED, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes and that the city clerk be instructed to transmit a copy to the bereaved family and the city press for publication.


Charles F. Miller,

W. P. Greaney,

W. P. June, Committee


Rev. J. A. Scarritt is home from St. Louis where he attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Carrington, who died last Sunday.  Mrs. Scarritt will remain some time visiting her sister.
Dr. Stevenson’s Funeral

Was Held at the Church of the Redeemer This Afternoon.

The inclement weather this afternoon did not keep our people from attending the funeral of Dr. W. W. Stevenson.  No men had more friends in Cairo and none deserved more.  There are very few people in the city among the poorer classes especially that have not received many kindnesses from his hands.  The large number of costly floral offerings that surrounded his bier and the mottoes thereon were ample proof of this.  Among the offerings were a large wreath from Dr. Sullivan with the motto:  “He was always ready at the call of the poor”; Gates ajar, motto:  “The poor man’s friend—where can we find another?” from William Gazola, Jim Meehan, and Patsy Doud; Large Cross, Dr. Coyle; Harp, W. F. Simons; Crescent and Star, K. M. K. C.; Pillow, St. Mary’s Infirmary; Cross and Crown, city council; Anchor, Mrs. Kline and daughter; Cross, Miss C. H. Phillips; Star, M. J. Sheehan; Square and Compass, Masons; Wreath, John Haynes; Wreath, Mrs. B. McManus; Broken Wheel, Drs. Walsh and McManus, motto, “Our Preceptor”; Harp, Mrs. Tony Ehs; and two dozen large bouquets of roses.

The pallbearers were James Milne, Frank Ferguson, Thomas Selle and Nicholas Cantwell, from the Masons; William McHale and William McEwen, from the city council; Frank Hagey and Ira Parker, from the Red Men; James Meehan and Pat Grimes, from the Knights of Pythias; Fred Haas, Hon. Reed Green, from the Mystic Crew.

The procession moved to the Church of the Redeemer at 2 p.m.  The church was crowded and large numbers occupied the sidewalks, unable to get in.  Rev. F. A. DeRosset conducted the services which were very impressive, many of the ladies weeping throughout the service.  A special train conveyed the remains to the Villa Ridge cemetery.
Tom Cross, who killed himself yesterday was known to many of our people as jovial, pleasant young man, the last one in the world who would be expected to take his own life.  Police Officer McDaniel saw him on Monday and Tuesday nights and on each occasion Cross spoke very encouragingly about his business prospects.  In paying for cigars on Tuesday night Cross took a large roll of money out of his pocketbook to get at some change, which led Mr. McDaniel to think that he was well fixed financially.  Undertaker Batty knew the man to have relatives in Washington City and telegraphed to know what disposition to make of the remains.  So far no reply has been received.

Saturday, 24 Nov 1900:
Circuit Clerk E. S. Dewey today received news notice of the death of Howard Culver Pettibone, of Evanston, Ill., vice president of the R. F. Pettibone & Co., successors to Culver, Page & Hoyne, manufacturers of legal blank books.
The negro Simon Webb was held to bail in $1,000.  Not because he whipped his wife with a cowhide around the legs, but because he bumped her head against a wall, and threw her across the bed, either of which operations were sufficiently severe to lead to fatal consequences.  But then his wife did not die as soon as is reported by some.  The scuffle took place on Wednesday, and while she took sick immediately, she did not die until the Sunday following or four days later.

Monday, 26 Nov 1900:
A Card of Thanks.

We desire to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Masonic Lodge, K. M. K. C., Red Men, Knights of Pythias, to the members of the city council and to the many kind friends who were of such great assistance and comfort to us during the illness and after the death of our beloved husband and father.
Mrs. W. W. Stevenson
Willie Stevenson

Tuesday, 27 Nov 1900:
Mrs. Langan Passes Away at
Noon Today After Two Days Illness

The community was shocked today by the news of the death of Mrs. P. T. Langan, whom very few people knew to be sick.  It appears that she has not been in robust health for several years, but has never been seriously ill.  Two days ago she was seized with congestion of the bowels, which resisted treatment and caused her death.

Mrs. Langan was formerly Miss Ella Lane.  She leaves her husband and four children, two girls and two boys.  One of the boys is attending St. Mary’s College, Kansas City, and has been telegraphed to come home.  She has two brothers, John Lane of this city, and Patrick Lane, of Pueblo, Col.  The funeral arrangements will not be made until the brother is heard from.

Mrs. Langan was an exemplary woman, deeply loved by her family and friends, and her sudden death is a terrible shock to all.  She was in the prime of life, being only 36 years of age.  The bereaved husband is well known to everybody in the city and will have the heartfelt sympathy of all.

(Peter T. Langan married Ellen Lane on 24 Oct 1883, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Ella wife of P. T. Langan Died Nov. 27, 1900 Aged 36 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
The sheriff of Poplar Bluff was here yesterday with a requisition for a negro woman named Lizzie Davis, who was out on bond for manslaughter, having killed her husband in a scrap.  Her attorneys were her bondsmen.
Thursday, 29 Nov 1900:
Died, Wednesday, Nov. 21, of pneumonia, at her home in this place (Mill Creek), Mrs. John Bankston, aged 39 years.  She leaves a husband and six children.

(John A. Bankston married Sarah Alice Lingle on 23 Oct 1879, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Bankston Cemetery near Mill Creek reads:  Alice wife of John Bankston Born Nov. 13, 1860 Died Nov. 21, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Bishop Hale Passed Easy Night, But Cannot Survive Long.

Bishop Hale passed the night after midnight well, resting easily.  He cannot survive long, however.  Dr. Grinstead, his physician, says his case is hopeless.  His trouble is a structural disease of the heart and he now has dropsical symptoms.

The presence of Bishop Seymour had a stimulating effect upon Bishop Hale, yesterday, and he seemed brighter.  He is compelled to sit up most of the time and he reads a great deal.  His mind is clear.

Bishop Seymour was compelled to return to Springfield this afternoon to attend synod.

Friday, 30 Nov 1900:
Prof. D. H. Howell was called to Mill Creek Thursday to attend the funeral of his aunt.  (Unity)
Miss Theola Etz was not so well today, but is making a brave fight for her life.
Bishop Hale passed a very restless night.  He was unable to lie down at all.  He seems to be losing ground steadily now.
Thomas Green, an old colored man, died at 312 Nineteenth Street yesterday afternoon from the effects of a fall he got last Friday night.  He was over one hundred years old.
A little girl, daughter of Mr. Bernard, was taken to the hospital today suffering from a rifle shot in the head, and seemingly in a precarious condition.  She and her two little brothers were left alone at home, and the boys amused themselves looking at a small rifle which was accidentally discharged, the ball striking near the front of the head and passing back under the skin.
Mrs. P. T. Langan, whose sudden death we noticed on Tuesday last, was laid to rest in the cemetery at Villa Ridge this morning.  The funeral occurred at 8 o’clock from St. Joseph’s Church.  The large church was filled with people and the solemn ceremonies were conducted by Rev. Father Diepenbrock, after which the remains were carried by special train to the cemetery.  There were numerous floral offerings, among which were the following.  A large piece representing “The Portals of Heaven,” before which was a dove with outstretched wings, presented by the employees of Mr. Langan’s large establishment, a harp presented by the Ladies’ Auxiliary club, a large star on a stand, by Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Cox, and a number of wreaths and flowers.

Saturday, 1 Dec 1900:
The little Bernard girl who was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary is still alive and will probably recover.  An attempt was made to locate the bullet, but was unsuccessful.
The funeral of Miss Mollie Endicott occurred at Villa Ridge today.  Her sudden death from a congestive chill Thanksgiving evening was a shock to the whole community.  She was the daughter of Mr. George W. Endicott, who is the most prominent fruit grower of this section, and resides four miles east of the village.  She was a strong, healthy girl, and the last one to expect to be taken away so suddenly.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery near Villa Ridge reads:  Mary Endicott.—Darrel Dexter)
The death of Mrs. Elspeth Stuart occurred suddenly this noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Styles, corner of Twelfth and Poplar street.  She had been in feeble health for a long time, but her illness was not regarded as dangerous.  She was the mother of Messrs. C. R. and J. W. Stuart, and was a native of Bampfshire, Scotland, where she was born December 3, 1813.  Funeral announcement is made elsewhere.

(William H. Styles married Elizabeth Stuart on 8 Dec 1867, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

Died, Saturday, December 1st, at 12:30 p.m., Mrs. Elspeth Stuart, mother of C. R. and J. W. Stuart, aged 87 years.

Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Remains will be taken to Rockford, Ill., by 5:20 train Sunday for burial.

Monday, 3 Dec 1900:
The desk and chair of the late Alderman Stevenson is draped in mourning by order of the council, and will remain so for thirty days in respect to his memory.
Little Bernard Girl Expired at 7:30 Sunday Evening.

The little girl, Clara H. Bernard, who was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary last week, wounded in the head with a schubert rifle ball died at 7:30 Sunday evening, and the remains were taken home today from the undertaking establishment of Batty & Son.  The father, Mr. J. L. Bernard, and a daughter were present when the child died and accompanied the remains home.  It is a sorrowful case.  The little one was 9 years old and a bright pretty child.  In her little coffin she looked so life like one could hardly believe her dead.
Funeral of Mollie Endicott.

The funeral of Miss Mollie Endicott occurred at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon.  Rev. T. P. Brannum of the Methodist church, officiating.  The remains were interred at the Villa Ridge cemetery.  Few deaths have caused more profound sorrow in the community.  The young lady had not been sick and only complained of a slight indisposition on Thanksgiving morning and remained at home with the excuse that she wanted to read.  The mother and a younger sister each insisted upon remaining with her, but she refused to have them do so.  When they returned in the evening they found her stretched across the bed with all her clothes on and in a semi unconscious condition.  She seemed to hear them, but when asked if she wanted anything she shook her head.  A physician was sent for but death occurred before he arrived.  It is supposed she died of a congestive chill.  Mr. Endicott had eight children, four boys and four girls, all grown but one.  Mollie was the third daughter.  Mrs. Endicott scarcely ever left home, and never left one of her children alone before.  Hers was the first death in the family and taken, altogether it was peculiarly sad, and gives her poor mother a tremendous shock that she finds it hard to get over.

Tuesday, 4 Dec 1900:
Mr. John A. Miller returned from St. Louis Sunday, where he went to attend the funeral of his sister.  It was her request that her body be cremated and so the remains were treated in that way.

Wednesday, 5 Dec 1900:
George Penn and John Hicks, two negro boys, got into a quarrel while at work at the box factory yesterday, in which Penn stabbed Hicks in the left side, making possibly a fatal wound.  Hicks lives in the frame house on Eighteenth Street, just west of Washington Avenue.
Miss Theo Etz is still living and her friends hope she will pull through.  She still has high fever at times, however, and the crisis will be not reached until Friday, the doctors say.

Thursday, 6 Dec 1900:
Miss Mollie Endicott died of heart failure at her home on Thanksgiving evening about 5 o’clock.  The family had been invited to spend the day with Ed Endicott, a son.  When they were almost ready to start Mollie said that she was feeling badly and would remain at home, but insisted on the others going.  On returning, they found Mollie lying on the bed, unable to speak.  She died in about thirty minutes after their return.  Mollie was the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Endicott and her death was a terrible shock to the family and community.  She was a bright and interesting young lady and will be greatly missed among the young people at Meridian.  The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Brannum.  Interment at Villa Ridge.
Calvin Peeler, a prominent farmer of Johnson County, died Monday.  His wife is a daughter of Zebedee Miller and has three young children.

            (J. C. Peeler married Bertie Miller on 24 Apr 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 7 Dec1900:
Mr. Daniel Foley died last night at his home on upper Poplar Street, after an illness of several weeks.  He was about 68 years old and leaves a wife and five children, mostly grown.  The funeral will occur tomorrow and the remains will be interred at Villa Ridge.

(Daniel Foley married Hanora Maloney on 18 Jan 1862, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
New Madrid and Murphysboro Inflicted with Disease.

Small pox is reported at New Madrid and Murphysboro.  At the latter place it is quite bad.  The New Madrid section is the direction from which we got most of our cases last year, and it is highly probable we will have another visitation this year, though perhaps lighter.  Nearly all the eighty-six cases last year were from other places and among them all there were but three deaths.  The disease was so admirably managed that our people felt but little concern and went about their business as though nothing was the matter.  The schools did not close, and there was no appearance of the disease among the children.  If it appears this year, Health Officer Orr will handle it even better than last year, as each visit of the disease adds to experience in battling with it.  One important thing in our favor is the fact that all school children are vaccinated, or will be if trouble appears.  So, while it is probable we will have some cases to deal with, our people need not give themselves any uneasiness about it.

Saturday, 8 Dec 1900:
Died, in this city (Mound City), December 6, 1900, Mrs. Mary Howard, widow of Hugh C. Howard, who died in this city about the close of the Civil War.  Mrs. Howard, at the time of her death, was 78 years and two months old.  She had resided in this city about forty-three years, having come here with her husband from Cincinnati about 1857.  Mr. Howard was for several years engaged in the manufacture of furniture in this city, with Orlando Wilson, of this city, and J. Y. Clemson, of Olmsted, the firm name being Howard, Wilson & Clemson.  Mrs. H. commanded the highest respect of all who knew her, and though she was afflicted the past two years, and most severely the past year, she manifested almost superhuman patience and cheerfulness; though her suffering was very great she seemed to want to prolong her stay on earth until about a week before her death she became resigned to her departure and turned her attention to comforting her daughters, Miss Frona and Mrs. Kate North, the only surviving members of her family.  She had been for many years a member of the Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be held at the residence at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, funeral train will leave for Beech Grove Cemetery at 2:15.  Revs. Sutherland and S. A. D. Rodgers will conduct the funeral services.

(Walter D. North married Katie Howard on 26 Nov 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Arthur D. Richie, son of Mrs. E. M. Richie, of Olmsted, died at Evansville, Ind., December 4, 1900, at the age of 18 years, and was buried in the family cemetery near Olmsted, on the 6th.  Rev. David Lippert conducted the services.
Bud Allensworth Shot John Stevers at Grand Chain

Dr. F. M. Harrell returned from a visit to Vienna last evening and brought word of the killing of ex-Marshall John Stevers by a negro named Bud Allensworth.  The murderer was being brought to Mound City to be placed in jail and talked as freely and unconcerned about the affair as an ordinary person would about having killed a dog that had tried to bite him.

Stevers had sent the negro to get some whisky and the saloon keeper had refused to let him have it.  Some words passed between them when Stevers drew a knife and attacked him.  The latter backed away until he could draw his gun when he shot Stevers in the face, the quilet penetrating the left cheek below the eye.  Death was instantaneous.  Allensworth did not try to get away.  Stevers was a brother to William Stevers and formerly marshal of Grand Chain and a first rate man when not drinking.  He leaves a wife and several children.

(John Stevers married Anna Crippen on 9 Jun 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 10 Dec 1900:
At Mound City today the trial of the negro who is supposed to be one of the party that killed Mr. Hileman at Villa Ridge was to commence.  It has been put off from time to time for various reasons.
There is ___ __ that Levi ____ river engineer well known in Cairo, was drowned last Friday near Mt. Pleasant, West Virginia.  He left here two weeks ago on the towboat Idelle.  He was a member of Safford Lodge No. 67, I. O. O. F.

(His name is recorded as Love Archer in the 17 Dec 1900, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
The boy Charles Coleman, whose line of thieving operations is twelve miles long, was taken to Mound City this afternoon, as he is most urgently needed in Pulaski County.  He will no doubt be made to throw a good deal of light on the Hileman murder case now on there.
City Comptroller James S. Rearden has a letter from Mrs. Kauffman, of West Berkeley, Alameda County, California, asking for information concerning date of death of her husband’s first wife, which she says occurred in Cairo about fifty years ago.  The letter states that Mr. Kauffman was chief musician of the 7th Cavalry here during the war and died at Berkeley, February 21, 1900. Old Cairo people will remember Mr. Kauffman well.  He was a very fine musician and teacher, and lived on Fifteenth Street between Walnut and Cedar in the 70s.  Leaving here he joined the regular cavalry again and served a number of years.  The present Mrs. Kauffman is seeking a widow’s pension.

Tuesday, 11 Dec 1900:
Last Saturday evening Will Stevens, near Bellerton, Ky., the Fulton Leader says, came upon Sydney and Robert Brown who were shooting craps.  Surprised at the game the Browns drew revolvers and shot him dead.

Wednesday, 12 Dec 1900:
Miss Theo Etz has been delirious since yesterday, and the fever still continues.  She has been ill 42 days.

Thursday, 13 Dec 1900:
A negro woman whose home is near the water tank of the M. & O. opposite Seventeenth Street, died last night.

Friday, 14 Dec 1900:
And Then Told Durden Where the Villa Ridge Man Carried His Money.

Charlie Coleman, the negro boy who was taken to Mound City from here, has been talking.  He has acknowledged to having been the one who gave the parties who killed Hileman the information they wanted.  He says he watched Hileman through the glass door and saw what pocket he put his money and revolver in and he says Durden is the man he gave the information to.  Durden is the man who is in our jail charged with killing and robbing Hileman.
Mrs. Hencamp, corner Fifteenth and Poplar, an old citizen of Cairo, died last night.  Also an old lady who lived on Fortieth Street.  James Webb, a colored man on Twenty-seventh Street also died last night.  The latter had an insurance policy for $136.00.
J. G. Barnard Passed Away at Soldiers Home at Quincy.

J. G. Barnard, formerly of Sandusky, died at the Soldiers Home at Quincy, Saturday, Dec. 8, and was buried Monday.  He leaves three or four small children by his second wife, and a stepson, C. M. Barnard, a civil engineer of St. Louis.  Mr. Barnard had been a helpless invalid for a long time.  His wife died a year or more ago, leaving the small children in his care.  Some property at Sandusky is still held in his name.
Monday 17 Dec 1900:
Word has been received that the body of Engineer Love Archer has been found near Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  Safford Lodge I. O. O. F. of this city, of which he was a member, were notified and have ordered his remains to be shipped to his sister at Madison, Ind.
Rev. J. L. Waller Expired at Centralia on Saturday.

Rev. J. L. Waller died at his home in Centralia on Saturday evening, and was buried today at 2 p.m.  He was about 83 years of age, and in his day was one of the ablest preachers in the conference.  In the early 70s he was pastor of the Methodists here and made many friends.  He had a very severe attack of sickness while here and was very feeble for years after.  From Cairo he went to Mt. Carmel and had one son, the youngest, killed in the cyclone that razed that place to the ground.  Not long after his wife died, and in the course of time, he married his present wife, a most estimable and wealthy lady of Centralia.  He has been on the retired list for many years.  Rev. J. A. Scarritt is called to be present at the funeral, at which there will be many Methodist preaches.  But Rev. Scarritt and wife are old friends of Mrs. Waller, who was with them during the illness and death of their first-born child, when Mr. Scarritt was doing his first work in the ministry.

Rev. Waller was a Mason and belonged to the Knights Templar, and that order will participate in the funeral obsequies.

Wednesday, 19 Dec 1900:
Mr. George Fisher, Founder of The Citizen, Passed Away 11 O’clock This Morning.

Mr. George Fisher breathed his last at 11 o’clock today, after years of suffering.  The end, which was long anticipated, came suddenly.

Mr. George Fisher, proprietor of the Cairo Citizen, died at his home on west Fifteenth Street about 11 o’clock today.  As is well known to our people, he had been a sufferer from nervous prostration for many years, and for several months it has been known that the end could not be far off, but as is usual in nearly all cases it came as a shock and surprise.  His children and sister-in-law, Miss Copeland, have watched him very closely for months past, anticipating his wants and doing all in their power to mitigate his sufferings and prolong his life.  Recently a special trained nurse was procured to relieve them of part of the burden, and to insure careful treatment.

He leaves three children John, Selden, and Miss Nellie.  Mrs. Fisher having passed away several years ago.

Mr. Fisher was born April 13, 1832, in Chester, Vermont, and was, therefore, sixty-eight years of age in April last.  His father, Joseph Fisher, was a native of New England though of Scotch origin, and his mother was a lineal descendent of John Selden, who figured prominently in literature and politics in the first half of the 16th century.  From the common schools, and the Chester Academy, Mr. Fisher attended Middlebury College, graduating in four years with the degree conferred by that institution, in 1858.  He then became principal of an academy in Vermont, and after three years came to Alton, Illinois, and taught in a grammar school for three years during which he studied law.  In 1864 he was admitted to practice and removed to Cairo.  In 1869 he was appointed surveyor and ex-officio collector of customs for the port of Cairo and held that position for a number of years.  In October 1884, he founded the weekly Citizen newspaper, which he took an active part in conducting until about a year ago, since which the burden of the weekly and daily, which was started a year ago, has devoted upon his oldest son, John.

Mr. Fisher was married Nov. 29, 1860, to Miss Susan G. Copeland, of Middleburry, Vermont.

Mr. Fisher was an active member of the Presbyterian Church all his life, and no one ever had any reason to doubt his loyalty to the faith he professed.  His earnestness in supporting his convictions sometimes may have made him enemies, but even they were compelled to admire his sincerity, and to acknowledge the high place he occupied as a man of sterling worth.

The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  George Fisher Born April 13, 1832 Died Dec. 19, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 20 Dec 1900:
Died, Wednesday, Dec. 12, Mrs. Fannie Dent, aged 67 and ten months of catarrhal pneumonia.  Mrs. Dent was an old resident of this county, coming here from North Carolina about the year 1850.  She was three times married—first to W. A. Heddinger, who only lived a short time. She was married in 1854 to W. G. Peeler, who lived until 1889.  She was married to W. A. Dent in 1891, who died in 1895.  She leaves quite a handsome property which is given by will principally to the Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, of which she had been an active member for more than forty years.  She leaves one brother, Tobias Earnhart, of Dongola, and a brother and two sisters in North Carolina.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. H. Kitch, of Desoto, Ill., and were very largely attended.  Burial was made at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

(John Heddinger and Fanny Earnheart received a marriage bond on 8 Nov 1851, in Rowan Co., N.C.  William G. Peeler married Mrs. Fannie Heddinger on 29 Jan 1854, in Union Co., Ill.  W. S. Dent married Mrs. Fannie Peeler on 4 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Fannie Dent Born Feb. 16, 1831, Died Dec. 12, 1900.  Her work is finished.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

DIED—Wednesday, December 19th, after a long illness, George Fisher, aged 68 years.
Funeral services will be held at the home of the deceased, No. 614 Fifteenth Street, at 2 p.m., Friday, December 21st.  Funeral train will leave foot of Fourteenth Street at 2:45 p.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery.  Friends of family invited to attend.

Abe Hackney, Colored, Found Dead in Bed This Morning.

This morning, Abe Hackney, a colored man rooming in the old shack, opposite the Vicksburg House on Commercial Avenue, above Twelfth Street, was found dead in bed.  He had been under the care of the health officer for several days, as he has been sick a long time.  Negro women who live in the building had nursed him as well as they could and one had seen him at midnight when he appeared all right and took his medicine.  This morning he was stiff in death, showing that he had been dead some time.  He lay on his left side with one hand to his mouth and looking as if he was asleep.  The coroner was notified and summoned a jury as follows:  R. B. Shannessy, foreman; Fred Nellis, James LaHue, Charles Powers, Albert Moon, and Hal Sullivan, who investigated the case and decided that he came to his death from lack of proper medical treatment and nursing.
Miss Theola Etz Passed Away at
1 O’clock This Morning.

Miss Theola Safford Etz, whose long illness from typho malarial fever has been frequently noticed in these columns died at 1 o’clock this morning.

She was the youngest child of Mr. William Etz, all the other three girls and one boy being married.  Miss Theola’s age was 21 years, 4 month and 20 days.  She was a member of the graduating high school class of ‘99 and for a year previous to her illness was clerk in the office of the joint car inspector at the freight depot of the Mobile & Ohio railroad on Eighth Street.  She was a member of the Episcopal Church, at which the funeral services will be conducted.  She realized five weeks ago that she could not get well, and expressed a perfect willingness to die.  All her life she had been doubled with weakness of the heart, and at times the let arm was partially paralyzed so that she had but little use of her left hand.  The hour of the funeral has not yet been named.

Friday, 27 Dec 1900:
William Muir, stepfather of Hon. John Herbert died at Murphysboro and was buried Wednesday afternoon.  Judge F. Bross attended the funeral.
Dr. Knox Conducted the Service at the Family Residence.

The funeral of Mr. George Fisher took place this afternoon from the family residence on west Fifteenth Street at 2 o’clock, a special train conveying the remains to the cemetery at Villa Ridge.  Rev. Dr. Knox conducted the services and the choir of the Presbyterian church sang several hymns during the ceremonies.  A large number of friends were present.  Mr. Fisher was one of the old citizens of Cairo and was always prominent in all good works.  He was an elder in the church from the time he came to Cairo, an office he always felt an honor to fill.  There were numerous beautiful floral offerings, among which we note the following:  White roses and hyacinths, by school room No. 7; yellow roses, Mrs. John McEwen and Miss Etta; white roses, Mrs. S. P. Bennett; roses, Mrs. W. J. Johnston; white carnations, Miss N. J. McKee; yellow roses, Mrs. J. B. Reed; white roses, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Candee; white roses, Mrs. John M. Lansden; pillow roses and wheat, Mrs. John Wood; large wreath on stand, office force; pillow of roses, Lincoln teachers; white Chinese lilies, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wood; white roses, Mrs. S. Y. Perce; white carnations, Mrs. Bennett; white roses, Mrs. Redman.

The day being so pleasant, many ladies were able to go to the cemetery, where the closing ceremonies were conducted.

Thursday, 22 Dec 1900:
Funeral Notice.

ETZ.—Died, at 1:35 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, after a short illness, Miss Theola S. Etz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Etz, aged 21 years, 4 months, 19 days.  Funeral will occur Sunday, Dec. 23, from residence, 230 Seventeenth Street.  Services will be held at the Church of the Redeemer at 1:30 p.m.  Special train from foot of Sixth Street for Villa Ridge.
Friends of the family invited to attend.

Monday, 24 Dec 1900:
Last Sad Rites Held Sunday Afternoon.—Burial at Villa Ridge.

The funeral of Miss Theola Safford Etz Sunday afternoon was largely attended.  The remains were taken to the Church of the Redeemer, where the service for the dead was read.  The house was crowded with people.  A special train conveyed the remains to Villa Ridge where the burial service of the Episcopal Church was read by Rev. F. A. DeRosset, after which the funeral service of the Daughters of Rebekah closed the ceremonies.

The grave was covered with beautiful floral offerings, the gifts of loving friends.  Among these were the following:  A large crescent of pink and white roses with monogram “D. R.” from Alma lodge No. 163; Class of ‘99 large wreath in class colors, lavender and white; lyre on easel and bunch of white roses from employees of Mobile & Ohio railroad office; white cross, Fred Gernigan, Will Lee and Jerome Sivia; pink and white carnations, Mrs. Goldsmith and Mrs. Hodge; bunch yellow roses, Mrs. Philip Lehning; calla lilies, Joseph Abel; pillow of roses, with motto “Gone to Brother,” Charles B. Fare, Chicago; bunch of roses, Ed Millinberger; calla lilies and pale leaves, Mrs. Annie E. Safford; smilax and white rosebuds, Mrs. James Cox; cross on easel, Parthenia sewing circle.

The pallbearers were C. O. Patier, Jr., John Greaney, Will Lee, Fred Gernigan, Foree Bain, Casey Stites, Thomas Wilson, Ed Hochnedel.  The last four were members of her class of ‘99.

The details of the funeral were in conformity to her wishes which she expressed several weeks before she died, having a presentiment that she would not get well.  The strongest point about her premonition was that her death  would occur but a few days before Christmas.  She was willing to die and even anxious as the end approached.

Tuesday, 25 Dec 1900:
Bishop Hale rests easily and suffers little.  He is able to get up without help and eat his meals and he sleeps well.  But his heart does not act right and his physician entertains no hope of his recovery.  His brother, W. W. Hale, of Alden, Hardin County, Iowa, is with him.
Two men were drowned in the Mississippi at Columbus, Ky., yesterday.  They were on a Christmas spree and the skiff capsized with them.  They were strangers and were employed in the timber.
An unknown man was run over and killed by the Iron Mountain train yesterday at Essex, Mo.  He was supposed to have fallen asleep in the track while drunk.

Wednesday, 26 Dec 1900:
Capt. M. D. Nelon died at his home in Paducah Sunday of pneumonia.  The remains were buried today at New Richmond, Ohio.  Capt. Nelon was superintendent of transfer steamers for the Illinois Central Railroad.  He lived here with his family a few years ago.

W. B. Watson Committed Suicide at Beechwood on Account of Poor Health.

On Christmas morning early, W. B. Watson, an old resident of Pulaski County, shot himself dead at the home of his son, Richard, in Beechwood.  He was about 68 years old, and had been in poor health a long time, which is given as the cause of the rash act.  Dr. Royal, of Villa Ridge, was his physician, and to him he had often talked of his desire to die, but never indicated that he intended to take his own life.  He was a carpenter by trade and worked much of the time while in health in Cairo and Mound City while his family lived on  a farm near the Grange Hall at Villa Ridge.  It was an excellent family and quite large, but all the children are now grown, and are either married or earning their own living.  Mrs. Watson now lies in Cairo on Sycamore near Twenty-sixth Street.  Mr. Richard Watson, at Beechwood, has the leading meat market there and is doing a prosperous business.

Mr. Watson shot himself in the right side of the head just back of the ear, the ball going through the head and lodged against the skin and was removed by the undertaker.  The unfortunate man had been for two or three days confined to his room.  He had secreted a pistol about his bed with which he took his life.  Mr. Watson came from Virginia to this city early in the ‘60s and was engaged as a carpenter on one of the government gunboats. He was one of the original members of Lodge No. 1847 K. of H. in which he held a $2,000 policy of life insurance.  The remains will be buried at Beechwood Cemetery Wednesday.  The services will be conducted by Rev. Sutherland, of this city.

Accidental Discharge Ended Life of Isaac Ogden, a Young Colored Boy.

Isaac Ogden, colored, aged 22, was killed Christmas Day at the Atherton stave mill on Lake Creek in this county.  He and Eugene Anderson and Jesse Berry were playing with a gun, which Ogden caught hold of and tried to pull away from Anderson.  As a result it was discharged, shooting Ogden in the right side.  He lived about three hours, and told how the accident happened, exonerating his companions from blame.

His uncle, Isaac Johnson, came in this morning for a coffin and notified Coroner McManus who will hold an inquest today.  Johnson says he is satisfied that the young men are not to blame.

Occurred on Christmas Day Just As He Had Predicted the Day Before.


Funeral Will Probably Occur on Friday, and Remains Will Be Taken to Philadelphia for Burial.—Deceased Bishop Left Estate Valued at $50,000.

            Bishop Charles R. Hale breathed his last at 1:10 yesterday afternoon.  His brother noticed a change in his condition a few minutes before and summoned Dr. Grinstead.  The end came very suddenly.

            Bishop Hale had a premonition that he would die Christmas Day.  He asked to have holy communion administered to him Christmas Eve, stating that it would be his last.

            The funeral arrangements are in charge of Bishop Seymour, and the funeral will occur Friday forenoon.  Until then the body will lie in state in the Church of the Redeemer.  The remains will be interred beside his wife in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

            Bishop Hale leaves one brother, W. W. Hale, of Alden, Iowa, who is now here, and two sisters, both living in Pittsburg, Pa.  He leaves an estate estimated at $50,000, which he inherited from his father, Reuben Charles Hale, who was a prominent lawyer of Pennsylvania and was appointed quartermaster general during the Civil War.

            Bishop Hale had been gradually failing in health for a long time.  A few months ago he returned from a trip abroad, during which he spent more than a year at famous health resorts on the continent in the quest for relief, which he never received.

            Since his return home he assisted in the service at the Church of the Redeemer upon one occasion pronouncing the benediction, but that was almost too much for his feeble strength.  Since then he has gradually failed, although the last past of his illness was accompanied by less suffering that at first.

            The Right Reverend Charles Reuben Hale, D. D. LL. D., Bishop of Cairo, Bishop Conjutor of Springfield, Ill., was born on March 14, 1837, at Lewiston, Mifflin County, Penn.  Was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with high honors in 1858.  During his college career, together with two other students forming a Plutomathian Society of the university, he wrote and published a treatise on the Rosetta stone, giving an original translation of the hieroglyphic and Greek inscriptions, which attracted the attention of many scholars of his day.  Among others Baron Humboldt, within a few weeks of his death, wrote to him as follows:  “The scientific analysis of the celebrated inscription of the Rosetta has appeared to me specially worthy of praise since it offers the first attempt at independent investigation offered by the literature of the new continent.”  He was ordained deacon in 1861 and priest the following year.  During his deaconate and for the first year or so of his priesthood he was assistant in two churches in the neighborhood of Philadelphia.  In 1863 he was appointed a chaplain in the navy and served on several stations, both on sea and land, besides acting for a year and a half as a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy.  At the close of 1870 he became Rector of St. John’s Church, Auburn, N.Y.  In 1873 he moved to New York, where he took a leading part in founding a mission among the Italians.  In 1874 he went to Baltimore, Md., where he became one of the clergy of St. Paul’s Church, devoting a large part of his time to church movements in various parts of Europe and to correspondence with the leaders of such movements.

            In January 1886, he was appointed Dean of Davenport  He is the possessor of what is said to be the finest liturgical collection in the United States, and he is the author of numerous valuable works.

            In 1860 Dr. Hale was appointed secretary to the Italian Church Reformation Commission.  In 1871 he became secretary to the Russian Greek committee of the general convention, in 1884 clerk to the commission to the House of Bishop on correspondence with the Hierarchy of the eastern churches and of a like commission and correspondence with the old Catholic, and in 1877 secretary of the first commission of the general convention on Ecclesiastical Relations.

            During his residence in Davenport Dr. Hale was a member of the Art Society, president of the Renaissance Club and member of the Business Men’s Association.  He was associated with the Russian Relief project in 1852 for which he received a letter of thanks from Countess Tolstoi.  The Tsarkovnic Vaistnik, the leading church newspaper of Russia, published in 1892 a long account of Dr. Hale written by a professor in the Spiritual Academy of St. Petersburg, the chief theological institution of the Russian church.  The following extracts from this account may be of interest.  “Six or seven years ago the writer of these lines had the pleasure to make the personal acquaintance of one of the most notable representatives of the Anglo-American church, viz. the well known Dean of the Cathedral of Davenport, Charles R. Hale, whose name has been mentioned so frequently in our papers of late in connection with his untiring activity in the matter of collecting offerings for the starving peasants of our southeastern provinces.  One could not but be interested in this distinguished man in whom one was made acquainted with the better spirit of the Anglo-American church which placed in the constantly fluctuating sea of American sectarianism, with its increasing ferment of religious ideas not only has not lost the spirit of historic Christianity, but has a constant tendency toward a fuller manifestation of such spirit.  With all this the American church has a strong tendency towards nearer relations with the Orthodox East, in which is sees the historical treasure of Reumenient Christianity.  It has constantly endeavored on more than once occasion to enter into close relations with the leading representatives of the east with the eastern Patriarchs and the holy synods of national churches.  In all the noteworthy almost from the very beginning (in the sixties) Dr. Hale has taken a very active part.  For many years he has been, and still is, secretary of a committee on the relations of his church with the Orthodox East, and has carried on a correspondence with the Patriarchs and leading theologians of the Orthodox East.  On being made secretary of this committee that he might be a living and independent organ of reciprocal relations between the two churches, he studied the modern Greek language and then not debarred by the difficulty of the task he set himself to acquire the Russian language, and now he reads our religious journals and theological books, and, thanks to this he has more than once been able to contradict with authority various statements made in the west as to the church and the religious life of Russia and the east.  In 1883 Dean Hale undertook an extended visit to the east in the course of which he spent considerable time in the principal cities of Russia, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kieff, etc. everywhere studying our religious life and entering into relations with the leading men of our church and chief theologians.  After this, making a tour through Greece and Egypt he reached the Holy Land and was at Jerusalem for the Holy Paschal Season.  Then he, as a man having a most lively interest in Ecclesiastical and religious condition of the Orthodox East, took part with intense interest in the paschal solemnities of our church and entered into closer personal relations with the Patriarch and other chief representatives of our church there.”

            Dr. Hale was elected Bishop Conjutor of Springfield on May 17, 1892, and was consecrated on July 26th following in his own cathedral at Davenport, Iowa.  He had assigned to him, as his special charge, the southwestern half known as Egypt, of which the principal city is Cairo.  While his strictly official title is Bishop Conjutor of Springfield, he is generally known by the title, which is official for some purposes of Bishop of Cairo.


generally known by the title, which is official for some purposes of Bishop of Cairo.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Romine died at their home at Thirty-third and Sycamore streets Monday night.

Thursday, 27 Dec 1900:
James L. Sanders Formerly of East Cape Girardeau Died in Kansas.

James L. Sanders, formerly of Alexander County, died at his home near Lawrence, Kan., on December 9, of pneumonia.  He was 66 years old.  He removed to Kansas about three years ago.  He leaves a widow, and two daughters and a son.  Mr. Sanders was at one time county commissioner of Alexander County.  He was well known and highly respected by the older citizens of the county.  His home was in East Cape Girardeau Precinct before his removal to Kansas.

(James L. Sanders married Hattie B. Stewart on 4 Mar 1869, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Mrs. Jennie Dare Tibbets on 3 Apr 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 28 Dec 1900:
John Stites died at 5 o’clock this morning at his home in Future City or Thrupp’s addition.  He was a photographer and had a gallery near police headquarters.  He died of heart and stomach trouble.
Mrs. Rosa Kline, wife of Jacob Kline, the well-known gardener, died suddenly at their home near the Mississippi levee last night at 10 o’clock of heart failure.  She was 53 years of age and had been in poor health for a year or more.  She leaves besides her husband, four children, two sons, Peter and George, and two daughters, Louisa, wife of Joe O’Shea, and Mary Kline, also a brother, John Steger, of this city and a sister, Mrs. Peter Hoover, who leaves near Bridge junction.

(Jacob Klein married Rosanna Stacher on 13 Apr 1871, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Peter Hoover married Mary Stager on 12 Feb 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.  One marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Rosa Klein 1848-1900.  Mother—Darrel Dexter)
Held at the Church of the Redeemer.—Many Clergymen Here to Assist.

The funeral services over the remains of the late Bishop Hale were held at the Church of the Redeemer at 11 o’clock this morning and the remains were taken by the 5:20 p.m. train to Philadelphia for interment.  The remains of the bishop had lain in state in the church since his death on Christmas Day.  The services were conducted by Right Rev. George Franklin Seymour, D. D., LL. D., of Springfield, Ill., assisted by Rev. F. A. DeRossett, of Cairo; Rev. W. B. Paxton, of St. Michael’s, Cairo; Rev. E. Phares, of Mound City; Rev. J. G. Miller, of Chester; Rev. G. W. Wright, of Greenville, Ill., and Rev. G. W. Preston, of Murphysboro, Ill.  Mr. J. B. Burrows, of Decatur was also present.

The services were very solemn, closing with the reading of the burial service for the dead and administration of the Holy Communion by the bishop.  The church was not more than half filled with people.  The bad weather no doubt kept many at home, but the real cause was that the bishop was known less in Cairo, perhaps, than anywhere else.  He was away much of the time and led so quiet a life that only a few got to know him.

Saturday, 29 Dec 1900:
William H. Schofield, aged 31, single, and a Pullman car conductor, died suddenly at 8:30 last night at the home of his mother, 312 Twenty-eighth Street.  He was walking about the house when he suddenly had a hemorrhage of the lungs and died in a few minutes.
Rev. F. A. DeRosset accompanied the Bishop’s remains to Philadelphia, and will not be back until January 5th.  This will not interfere, wherever, with the permanent organization of the Oratorio Chorus Society as already planned for January 3rd.

Monday, 31 Dec 1900:
Mrs. Carson, a colored woman, died at 2501 Commercial Avenue last night.
The funeral of Mrs. Rosa Kline took place Sunday afternoon and was very largely attended.  In spite of the bad weather, three coaches were filled with people, and many of these followed the remains to the grave through a heavy rain.  Floral offerings were numerous.  The pallbearers were A. Swobodo, James Meehan, Frank Hagey, Sebastian Barth, William Oehler, John Burgoise, Peter Kobler, and George Koehler.
Mrs. B. Murry, who resided at 2019 Poplar Street, died yesterday morning of consumption.  Her remains were shipped to Dongola this evening for interment.
Rev. T. Perry Brannum, of the Methodist church, was called to Valley Recluse to conduct the services over the remains of Mr. Lincoln Wright, who died Friday after an illness of several years.  The remains were interred at Beech Grove.  He leaves a wife and several children.  Mrs. Wright was formerly Miss Mahoney, of Valley Recluse. 

(Lincoln Wright married Mary Mahoney on 20 Jun 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
As the Result of A Shooting Scrape Last Night on Upper Commercial.

A shooting scrape occurred at Lentz’s saloon, corner of Commercial Avenue and Twenty-sixth Street last night.  Joseph Herbalson was shot in the neck by a negro named Hugh BarnesHerbolson is the electrician of the Egypt Electric Lighting Company and is described as a good mechanic and all right when sober.  But he is not so good when drinking.  The negro and Herbolson had an altercation during the day and renewed it at night.  Herbolson attempted to run a bluff on Barnes by making the motion of pulling a gun.  He had no gun, but Barnes evidently thought he had and pulled a real gun, from which he fired a real bullet, which struck Herbolson in the neck.  He is now in St. Mary’s Infirmary and his prospects are very uncertain.  He has a family of little children with no mother, and his conduct is leaving them with no one to care for them.  It would seem to an ordinary person that this simple tale has lessons that may be of value to others if they choose to study it a little.

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