Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Citizen
4 Jan 1900 - 27 Dec 1900
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
HANGING PASSED OFF SMOOTHLY
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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,
The text of the verdict of the coroner’s jury in the Paralee Holland case has not been printed, so we give it herewith:
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.”
in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Charles H. Brackett,
Jr. 1892-1899.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
Prindle, Jr., married Lucy A. Rife on 3 Sep
1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Rife married M. Lilley Royall on 10 Sep 1895, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
(Jesse Rude married Mrs. Sadie Hudgins Gregg on 13 Sep 1893, in Saline Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Carr, of Curry, was buried at New Hope Cemetery last
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.
in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Arthur Boyle
Died Jan. 23, 1900 Aged 68 Years.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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
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
Eastwood died last week at the age of 61 years. She
lived with her son on the farm of Henry Wilson.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
ROB A. GAUNT.
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:
TRIAL HAS COMMENCED.
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.
DE MONTCOURT MURDERED BY H. GROGAN
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.
FIEND THEN TERRORIZED SETTLEMENT UNTIL ARRESTED LAST FRIDAY.
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 Grogan. Grogan 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:
MRS. WEIMAN DEAD.
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.
LIFE SENTENCE FOR COLLINS.
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.
POWELL WILL HANG.
Jury Find Him Guilty of Murder of Elmo Frie and Fix Punishment at Death.
REACH VERDICT TUESDAY MORNING.
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)
DEATH OF MRS WHITE.
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.
POWELL WILL HANG
Judge Harker Overruled Motion for New Trial Last Saturday.
EXECUTION WILL OCCUR APRIL 20.
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.
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.
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
Chance married Emma O. Merritt on 1 Feb 1866, in
Marion Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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.
Hartman married Mary Ann Cover on 25 Feb 1879, in
Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
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.
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)
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.
Lence married Eliza J. Sheritz on 10 Sep 1890,
in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Ligon married May Echols on 20 Jan 1892, in Perry
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Childers married Mamie M. Gillian on 31 Mar
1898, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Hogg married Florence A. Sheerer on 21 Jul 1878,
in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
Westerman married Lena Huston on 17 Dec 1894, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
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.
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
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.
McDaniel married Katie Maria Burkhart on 29 May
1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: W. E.
Royall Born Nov. 28, 1834 Died April 6, 1900.—Darrel
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. 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.
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.,
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.
in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Frank Walke
1857-1900. Emily E. Gunter 1870-1967. Herman C.
Gunter 1880-1955.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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
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.
Douglas married Ida Collins on 21 Aug 1888, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
MET DEATH WITHOUT FALTERING.
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.
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.
The Pulaski County grand jury yesterday failed to indict Frank Moore for killing Joe Cook at Pulaski.
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.
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)
Ricks married Susannah Bolen on 20 Jan 1892, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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)
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.
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.
in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Andrew Osterloh
1866-1900 Brother.—Darrel Dexter)
Greer Royse married Agatha Lucinda Woodward on
23 Dec 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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,
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
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
JURY WAS OUT SEVENTEEN HOURS
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.
TO HANG JUNE 22.
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.
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.
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.
was married twice. While he was abroad last summer he
married his niece. He leaves only one child, his son,
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.
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.
DEAD MAN RAN A TRADING BOAT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marshall Tucker married Adela W. Kirk on 9 May
1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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)
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.
Clarke was called, but his efforts were unavailing. He
lay in an unconscious condition until 4:10 that afternoon,
when he died.
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
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.
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
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.”
Phelps married Amanda Vance on 17 Aug
1868, in Adams Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
That the Lodge room be draped in mourning and that the
brothers wear the usual mourning badge for thirty days.
Sackett married Mary Dexter on 17 Oct 1869, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
LaRue married Ruby H. Conner on 29 Mar 1899, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
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)
Bunch married Nellie McRaven on 10 Nov 1887, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
CHARLES THRUPP PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Webster, foreman. R. Taylor, Patrick Clancy,
J. W. Walker, J. J. Kuykendall, P. W.
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.
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.
BOARD OF PARDONS SO RECOMMENDED.
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.
my hand and the great seal of the State this 24th day of
July, A.D. 1900.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Batty. Batty 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.
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.
married Alice H.
on 8 Jul 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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.
Kesler married Sallie Miller on 28 Oct 1897, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Hankla married Mary Adline Hopkins on 24
Dec 1876, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
curtain drops at least temporarily on the last act of one of
the most exciting tragedies ever played on Pemiscot’s stage.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Bridge Over Cache Creek Gives Away Under Big Four Freight.
BRAKEMAN NIM WHALEN KILLED
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 Ingles. Ingles is a single man, as is Arnold. Ingles’ 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
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.
RUN OVER BY AN ENGINE AT THEBES WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
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.
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
(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)
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)
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
Don McCracken Shot and Killed by Irvin Connell at the Half-Way House.
TRAGEDY OCCURS TUESDAY NIGHT
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.
A MOUND CITY ACCOUNT
Story of the Tragedy as Told by Our Correspondent.
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 McCracken. McCracken 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.
Lampley married Lizzie Galbraith on 18 Feb 1891,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Duncan married Frances J. Hazlewood on 27 Jun
1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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)
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the Cairo Evening Citizen.)
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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.
list now is—
at the hospital are—
receiving slight injuries were—
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Fitzpatrick. Connell must appear before the
Alexander County circuit court on Monday, October 8th.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lewellen married Mary A. Johnson on 27 Nov 1867,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.,
McGinnis married Alloria A. Peak on 18 Jan
1885, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Moore married Ethel L. Powers on 14 Dec 1897,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Bunch married Nellie McRaven on 10 Nov 1887, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(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)
Hargom married Josie Hoffman on 2 Aug 1893, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Turner married Susan May Harland on 13 Sep
1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
Essler married Blanche Ellis on 23 Oct 1899,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(The 9 Oct
1900, issue suggests the deceased was Henry Brown.—Darrel
(The 8 Oct 1900, issue gives the deceased’s name as William
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)
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.
Doyle married Elizabeth B. Neylon on 22 Apr 1868,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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)
Lemay married Miss Chism on 4 Sep 1891, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
Duckworth married Mrs. Esther Milford on 28 Oct
1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
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.,
Vanvaxtor married Frances Horton on 8 Sep 1875,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
Shelby’s hunting dog awakened him just in time for him
to escape, but the dog did not get out and was burned up.
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)
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.
in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: John A.
Eakin Born Aug. 1, 1817 Died Nov. 16, 1900.—Darrel
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.
in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Sol Silver
Born July 26, 1830 Died Nov. 18, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
At 3 o’clock this afternoon, Dr. W. W. Stevenson was very low and his death was almost momentarily expected.
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.
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.
POOR LOSE A FRIEND IN HIS DEATH.
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.
LAST SAD RITES HELD
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Charles Batty knew the man, and says he has relatives
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.
Webb married Katie Ashford on 14 Jan 1897, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
Seymour was compelled to return to Springfield this
afternoon to attend synod.
(A marker in
Cairo City Cemetery near Villa Ridge reads: Mary
Styles married Elizabeth Stuart on 8 Dec 1867,
in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Saturday, December 1st, at 12:30 p.m., Mrs. Elspeth Stuart, mother of C. R. and J. W. Stuart, aged 87 years.
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.
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
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.
(J. C. Peeler married Bertie Miller on 24 Apr
1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Foley married Hanora Maloney on 18 Jan 1862, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
North married Katie Howard on 26 Nov 1898, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
Stevers married Anna Crippen on 9 Jun 1889, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(His name is
recorded as Love Archer in the 17 Dec 1900,
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.
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.
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.
Waller was a Mason and belonged to the Knights Templar,
and that order will participate in the funeral obsequies.
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.
in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: George
Fisher Born April 13, 1832 Died Dec. 19, 1900.—Darrel
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
December 19th, after a long illness, George
Fisher, aged 68 years.
CORONER JAMES McMANUS
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 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.
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.
being so pleasant, many ladies were able to go to the
cemetery, where the closing ceremonies were conducted.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
END CAME SUDDENLY AT 1:10 P.M.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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
Wright married Mary Mahoney on 20 Jun 1883, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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 Barnes. Herbolson 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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