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Obituaries and Death Notices


The Cairo Evening Citizen

 1 Jan 1901 - 30 Nov 1901

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Tuesday, 1 Jan 1901:

Old 1900 Distinguished for Its Crime and Disaster and Many Deaths.

The Grim Reaper Was Busy.

Cairo Never Saw So Many Railroad Wrecks in so Short a Period of Time.—Steady Substantial Gains Made However in Spite of Untoward Events and Political Excitement.

The year 1900 was one of disaster, of crime, of excitement, for the people of Cairo and vicinity.  In looking over the record of the years, those events, which startle and horrify the people, stand out in great prominence.  Then comes the impression that death was unusually active and that more homes were entered than usual by the grim reaper.  We do not remember a year when so many homes were robbed of that mainstay, the mother, as during this year 1900.  Next to this comes the political excitement with all its gatherings, and the successes and disappointment, which followed.  And lastly, one can see that through all these events which disrupt and disorganize and discourage, Cairo has made advancement, has gained in many ways, and that the people stand at the threshold of the new century full of hope for the coming days.

The first horrible crime to curdle the blood of our citizens was the murder of Louis DeMontcourt by H. Grogan, near Tyler, Mo., on February 9th.  Then came the execution of Riley Powell, on April 20th, which certainly can be classed among the horrible events, although no one who cares for the good of the community would have stayed the hand of justice.  On June 26th, at Villa Ridge, occurred the dastardly assault of M. Hileman, which resulted in his death several days later.  On July 11th was the Wickliffe holdup, with the excitement attending thereon.  A very distressing accident was the killing of Ed Schaffer by an electric car on July 19th.  Then on August 28th was the killing of Ison McCracken by Irbin Connell at the Half Way House and finally the series of railway wrecks, which came with startling frequency—the Cache Bridge wreck on August 13th with its record of 3 deaths; the Mounds wreck on September 13th, when 9 of Duncan Clark’s minstrel troupe were killed; the collision between the Mobile & Ohio and Big Four engineer was killed, and the Mobile & Ohio wreck of October 19th, when two were killed, one of them Agent C. C. Oliver, of Jonesboro.

The record of deaths of those prominent in Cairo is as follows:

Mrs. M. J. Sheehan, January 19.

Mrs. N. Goldsmith, January 22.

Mrs. F. Bross, January 24.

John A. Walder, February 27.

Mrs. William White, February 26.

Mrs. Claude Winter, March 6.

Mrs. John P. Glynn, March 23.

C. Burkhart, March 31.

Ernest Osterloh, May 8.

Charles Thrupp, July 15.

J. C. Stewart, August 10.

P. P. Walsh, September 7.

Thomas Winter, September 12.

Joseph Desimoni, September 18.

Sol A. Silver, November 18.

Dr. W. W. Stevenson, November 20.

Mrs. P. T. Langan, November 27.

George Fisher, December 19.

Bishop Charles R. Hale, December 25.

Other residents of this vicinity, or former residents who passed away were:

Thomas Lewis, Kansas City, February 3.

Mrs. Henry Weiman, Thebes, February 19.

Theodore Tamm, St. Louis, May 18.

S. A. Colwell, Villa Ridge, June 21.

Judge Hugh Magee, Grand Chain, March 8.

Mrs. Harlow Davidson, Mobile, July 26.

Capt. J. C. Howe, St. Louis, July 25.

J. G. Barnard, Quincy, December 6.

James L. Sanders, Lawrence, Kan., December 9.


Mrs. Wheelock, of Villa Ridge, Passed Away This Morning.—Funeral Thursday.

             Mrs. Ruth Hall Wheelock died at Villa Ridge this morning at 1 o’clock from the infirmities of age.  She had been confined to her bed but a few days and to her room only a couple of weeks.  Her life had always been active and except for attacks of indigestion in the latter months, her life had been remarkably free from sickness.

             Mrs. Wheelock was born in Smithfield, R. I., March 20, 1820, and was therefore nearly 80 years of age.  She was a very well read lady, taking much interest in all subjects of importance, both religious and secular.  The dawn of the 20th Century was looked upon by her, as by thinkers generally, as an event of great moment in the interests of the world, and she had often expressed a wish to live to witness its coming.  She did not know the significance of her wish, nor how fully her prayers would be answered.  Her life faded out as peacefully as the new century came in, but only to open in that world where all that is glorious in all the centuries is hers to enjoy forever.

Mrs. Wheelock married Mr. S. B. Wheelock in 1840 and resided in Greenwich, Macoupin County, Ill.  Later Springfield became her home, where her husband died in 1858, and since that time she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. E. J. Ayers, at Villa Ridge.

She leaves four children, viz:  Mr. S. B. Wheelock, of Winterset, Iowa; Mr. Edward Wheelock, of Villa Ridge, Ill.; Mrs. E. J. Ayers, of Villa Ridge; Mrs. Hazen Leighton, of Stuart, Iowa, and Mrs. Arthur B. Wilson, of Chicago.  Of these, all arrived except Mr. Edward.  She also leaves nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In her young days she was a member of the celebrated Battskill Baptist Church in Greenwich, N.Y., which celebrated its centennial thirty years ago, and she was a charter member of the Congregational church at Villa Ridge.

Her husband was always successful in business and at his death, quite wealthy.  Her home was always the resort of the intelligent and refined in society, and while in Springfield it was frequently visited by many men who were then, or in later years became famous.  Among these were Gen. Logan, President Lincoln and the present Secretary of State John Hay.

The funeral will probably take place at the home of Mrs. E. J. Ayers, at Villa Ridge, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 3rd.
Mr. Boon, an old and prominent citizen of Charleston, Mo., died this morning of old age.  He leaves seven sons, all prominent men, one of whom is president of the high school of Charleston.  His remains will be taken this evening to his old home in Kentucky for interment.
Rev. Dr. McGee held services over the remains of Mr. Schofield, at his mother’s home on Twenty-eighth Street yesterday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge at 9 o’clock this morning.  There was some serious misunderstanding about the time of burial.  Sexton John Sawyer, at Villa Ridge, had the grave dug Sunday morning and was waiting for the train when the Klein funeral train left there Sunday evening.

Wednesday, 2 Jan 1901:
Mrs. Edward G. Rolwing died of pneumonia at the home of her parents at Boonville, Mo., Tuesday.  Her husband is cashier of the Charleston, Mo., bank and they were only married last April.  Mrs. Rolwing was Miss Martha Stephens, a niece of Gov. L. V. Stevens.

Thursday, 3 Jan 1901:
Our people (Villa Ridge) were shocked to hear the sad news of the death of Mrs. Wheelock, which occurred Tuesday morning, having lived just one hour in the new century.  Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Ayers, Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Sutherland and Branum.  Interment at Villa Ridge.
Died, Dec. 29th, at his home in this place (Mill Creek), Crawford Heilig, aged 63 years.  He leaves a wife and eight children.

(George Crawford Heilig married Julia Ann Fisher on 19 Mar 1857, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Mrs. Barbary C. Brown on 22 Mar 1866, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Mrs. Caroline J. Lessar nee Miller on 22 Apr 1880, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  George Heilig Born Aug. 12, 1837 Died Dec, 29, 1900.—Darrel Dexter)
Michael Carter, colored, died at 2208 Sycamore Street, Tuesday night of stomach trouble, aged 56.  The remains were buried at the county farm today.
Henry Bolen, aged 32, a colored deck hand on the snag boat H. G. Wright, fell dead suddenly this morning of heart disease.  He leaves a family in St. Louis and parents in Mound City.  He was a brother-in-law of Rev. N. Ricks.  He had been on the boat 12 years.

(Nelson Rix married Melinda Kee on 3 Apr 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Nelson Ricks married Susannah Bolen on 20 Jan 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 4 Jan 1901:
S. B. Posey, an old resident and a prominent farmer of Friendship, is seriously ill with blood poisoning, the result of a bite from a cat.  The kitten was a pet and while playing with it last Thursday it suddenly bit Mr. Posey on his left hand, which immediately began to pain him and has swollen greatly since.  Strange to say, the cat died the next morning suddenly, and Mr. Posey fears hydrophobia.
Funeral of Mrs. Ruth Wheelock.
Burial Services Over Remains of Aged Lady at Villa Ridge Thursday.

The remains of Mrs. Ruth Hall Wheelock, whose death at the age of nearly 81 years, occurred at 1 a.m. January 1, were buried in the cemetery at Villa Ridge yesterday afternoon.

Funerals are usually very sad affairs at best, but this one was singularly free from saddening features.  The day was as warm and bright as had been the life of the deceased and just such a one as she would have chosen for this occasion.  Her life had slipped so peacefully away it was hard to realize that she had not merely fallen asleep.  She had so often expressed herself entirely ready to go and her life work had been so well furnished that the event seemed to come in the natural order of things, and not by any means as a catastrophe.  Rev. Mr. Sutherland who conducted the service spoke in this line, taking for his text, “He giveth his beloved sleep” and said that since choosing the text he learned of the coincidence that the minister who conducted the services over the remains of the husband of the deceased forty-two years ago had spoken from the same text.  Also that in the forty-two years that had intervened, this was the first death to occur to any member of her immediate family.

Mr. S. B. Wheelock, of Winterset, Ia., and Mrs. Arthur B. Wilson, of Chicago, were at the funeral, other relatives being detained by illness.  The remains were followed to the cemetery by friends in thirty-five carriages.

Several fine floral offerings were laid upon her bier.  Among them was a large cross of white and yellow roses from her grandchildren, a large wreath from her grandson, P. W. Ayers, a pillow from the ladies of the church, a bouquet of palm leaves and roses from John W. Eakin and bouquets and roses in profusion from others.  At the grave, at the request of Mrs. Leighton, of Streator, Ia., who was kept away by illness, the choir sang “Think of Home Over There.”

The pallbearers were John Welson, Scott Winans, Thomas Wafford, George Miller, Robert Spaulding, and Oney McGee.
Mrs. Dora Ehs died last night at nine o’clock, at her home, No. 2324 Park Ave., aged 69 years, after an illness of some time.  Her husband died several years ago, but four grown children survive her.  They are E. P. Ehs, Mrs. J. H. Davis, Mrs. J. B. Koehler, and Mrs. George Koehler.  Mrs. Ehs came to Cairo in 1852 and has resided here ever since.  Her husband was a successful gardener during the days when gardening was a very remunerative business.  The time for the funeral has not been fixed.

(Peter Ehs married Dorothea Rees on 23 Aug 1858, in Alexander Co., Ill.  James H. Davis married Amalia Ehs on 6 Dec 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John B. Koehler married Elizabeth Ehs on 21 Sep 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.  George Koehler married Caroline Ehs on 5 Jan 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Dorothy Ehs Died Jan. 3, 1901, Aged 69 Yrs. & 11 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 5 Jan 1901:
Eva Hall, a colored girl, 13 years old, died at 2360 Poplar Street, Thursday evening of lung trouble.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.
Eva Thomas, a young colored girl, 23 years old, died at the home of Henry Christman, on Poplar Street, Thursday of pneumonia.  The remains were taken to Onargo, her home, yesterday afternoon for burial.
The funeral of Mrs. Dora Ehs occurred this afternoon, and the remains were taken by special train to Villa Ridge for interment.  Mr. and Mrs. John Koehler, of Chicago, were here to attend the funeral.  The rest of her children reside here. 

A large number of old Cairo friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

Tuesday, 8 Jan 1901:
At Greenville, Ill., on the night of January 1, Hon. Stephen M. Hoiles shot himself after escorting his daughter Adele home from a New Year’s gathering and died on the 3rd from the effects of the wound.  Family troubles was the supposed cause.  He was a wealthy man and had retired from business a number of years ago.  Mr. E. S. Dewey, of this city, was intimately acquainted with the family years ago, when Mr. Hoiles was a boy, and cites as a coincidence that when a mere boy, he kept company for quite a while with a girl who later became Mrs. Captain McKinney, who it will be remembered suicided after the death of her husband.  He leaves a wife, two sons, and two daughters, also a brother, C. D. Hoiles, who is a banker in Greenville, at present.  Mr. Hoiles belonged to the Masons, Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen.

(This may be the same person as Stephen M. Hoiles, who married Willie Stoutzenberg on 25 Dec 1872, in Madison Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Suddenly Stricken Down Sunday—Condition Somewhat Better Today.

Word comes from Unity today that Leslie C. Atherton, lately married to Miss Grace Asher, is laying at the point of death at Unity, and his physician is quoted as saying that there is not more than one chance in ten for his recovery.  He had started to church with his wife last Sunday, but was feeling so badly he concluded not to go and stepped into a saloon.  On being asked how he felt, he said he did not think he would be alive in three days.  He then climbed up and sat on the counter, which is high, and had been there but a few minutes when he fell to the floor unconscious and has remained so ever since.  His young wife is almost distracted and has the sympathy of her many friends.

Since writing the above we learn that Mr. Atherton was brought to the Sister’s Hospital this morning and since then has shown signs of recovery so that his friends now have hopes.

(Leslie C. Atherton married Grace L. Asher on 2 Jan 1901, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 9 Jan 1901:
Leslie Atherton was reported better today.  We learn that the alarming symptoms in his case were caused by overdoses of chloral.  He had been troubled with insomnia and took chloral to relieve it.  Mrs. Atherton came down today.

Thursday, 10 Jan 1901:
Mrs. Emma C. Taylor, wife of Capt. H. E. Taylor, died in this city (Mound City) Wednesday night, after an illness of about forty-eight hours, congestion of the stomach being the immediate cause.  She was about 35 years of age.  A husband and three children, two boys and one girl, survive her.  Funeral services at home conducted by Rev. Rodgers. Burial at Paducah.  She was a prominent member of the Methodist church and was greatly admired by all who knew her.
Mrs. Bettie Posey, of Anna, was down to attend S. B. Posey’s funeral Saturday.  Her husband was a son of Mr. Posey. (Wetaug)
Mr. S. B. Posey, of whom we spoke last week as being very sick from the effects of a cat bite, died Friday with all the symptoms of blood poisoning of a malignant nature. His arm was swollen to three times its natural size and was attacked with gangrene.  In Mr. Posey’s death Pulaski County loses one of her best citizens, a man who was strictly honest, always attended to his own business and followed the Golden Rule.  He had a fine farm that he cultivated like a garden.  He leaves a wife, one son, one daughter, Mrs. Mark Easter, of Ullin.  The funeral services were held at Cache Chapel Church and interment was made in the cemetery nearby.  A large number of friends were present.

(Mark Easter married Martha J. Posey on 27 Jul 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery reads:  S. B. Posey Born Sept. 6, 1834 Died Jan. 4, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Leslie C. Atherton was much worse today.  He managed to hoodwink his watchers last night and jumped out of a window. They were after him in a few minutes, but he had jumped on a streetcar, and when located was in Schuh’s drugstore downtown.  He was recognized and held until sent after.  He had on his pants and stockings, but no coat, hat or shoes.  He was thought to be much better yesterday, but his fever returned last evening.

Friday, 11 Jan 1901:
William Brinkmeyer, No. 2403 Park Avenue, is reported very ill with typhoid fever.
A message to Chief Mahoney from Perry, Oklahoma, signed W. A. Burroughs, wants Mrs. B. B. Stevens apprised of her mother’s severe illness.  The chief does not know Mrs. Stevens.
Charles Talmadge died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 8 o’clock last night after a short illness.  Until his health failed, he was a lumber inspector.  Mr. Phil Pretorius took charge of the remains and had them properly interred.
Joseph Steger, the grocer, is so low with some liver trouble that his death is looked for at any time.  He is one of Cairo’s old residents, and until recent years was a gardener near where the M. & O. roundhouse now stands.

Saturday, 12 Jan 1901:
M. B. Friend, veteran newspaper editor, died from paralysis at Grayville, Ill., on Wednesday.
Three old citizens of Williamson County died recently.  They were James Monroe Norman, aged 63, died January 3; Mrs. Nancy Louisa Calvert, aged 73, died January 5th; and Ben F. Spiller, aged 69, died January 7th.
Mr. L. S. Hines, is very sick at the residence of his son-in-law, George E. Atcher, with pneumonia.  His home is in McCracken County, Ky.  He has been visiting his daughters, Mrs. Atcher and Mrs. John Heffley, several weeks.
Leslie Atherton, sick at the hospital, is reported no better today, and his friends are much concerned about him.

C. W. Batemen, the manager of the C. & E. I. hotel, at Thebes, is all broken up.  He was walking on the trestle of the Illinois Central at Ullin, Thursday night, and fell through, breaking an arm, an ankle and receiving several scalp wounds and bruises.  He was cared for at Ullin and sent home, but word has not been received from him since as to his condition.

Monday, 14 Jan 1901:
Katie Wright, a little girl 6 years old, died on Friday of diphtheria.  Her father, Mr. Lincoln Wright, died last week.  The family live in Valley Recluse.

(Lincoln Wright married Mary Mahoney on 20 Jun 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Wilson, of Chicago, called here (Mound City) by the death of her mother, Mrs. Wheelock, will return home the latter part of the week.
Mr. George Gould, who has been sick a long time, is no better.  He is troubled with some affliction of the liver, and his condition is very serious.  (Mound City)
A colored boy, 15 years old, son of J. W. Lawton, who lives on Poplar Street and Tenth, ran away from home during the holidays and was brought home today from Charleston, Mo., with his feet so badly frozen that amputation will be necessary.
Leslie Atherton is reported much worse today than yesterday.  He began to grow worse last night and is quite delirious today.
Murdered Sunday Morning at Saloon of Henry Zerfass.
Dan Buckner and Two Brothers Assaulted Charles Rucker Saturday Night—They Later Evened Things Up Yesterday by Killing Buckner.

At 9:15 o’clock Sunday morning Charles Rucker shot and killed Dan Buckner in Henry Zerfass’ saloon at the corner of Fourteenth and Washington.  After the shooting, he started out Fourteenth Street towards the Ohio, but seeing Officer Green Lipe just ahead, he crossed toward the customhouse.  Someone called out that he had killed a man when the officer called to him to halt. At first he was not disposed to do so, but soon changed his mind, and handing his new 38-caliber Ivor Johnson revolver to the officer, he burst out crying, and said he had shot Buckner because the three Buckner brothers had jumped on him and beat him up badly the night before. Officer Lipe took him to the county jail.

Buckner was shot over the left eye, the ball going straight back through his head and cracking the skull at the back.  The shootist was very deliberate about his business and looked about after he did the horrible act as if looking for the other two brothers, the impression given being that he had it in for all of them.

The three Buckner boys are well known to all Cairo people.  Years ago they were the terror of country men who came into town from the upper ferry and from the history given of the present trouble, seem not to have reformed to any great extent.

Charles Rucker is said to have come here from Tennessee about a year ago and has been industrious and was thought to be a pretty good darkey, although his part in this affair doesn’t support that theory very well.

The story goes that on Saturday night these men, the three Buckners and Rucker, were gambling in the frame shack just south of the Zerfass saloon, formerly occupied by Lawson Baker as a grocery.  They quarreled over the game and the three brothers beat Rucker up, badly, as scars on his head testify.  He then bought a 38-caliber Ivor Johnson revolver with results as stated.

After shooting he broke down his pistol and put a cartridge in the empty cell, called for his overcoat that he had left hanging there the night before and started out of the saloon.

Coroner McManus was called and after summoning a jury and viewing the remains adjourned to meet at the courthouse at 9 o’clock this morning.

The coroner’s jury this morning without hesitation decided that Buckner came to his death by a pistol shot fired by Charles Rucker without provocation and that he be held for the action of the grand jury.
Death of Joseph Steger.

Joseph Steger, whose serious illness was mentioned in The Citizen last week, died Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, aged 52 years.  Mr. Steger was born in Germany, came to Cairo in 1869, and was a brick maker, gardener and grocer at various periods, being engaged at the latter business when his health failed permanently.  He was married in 1877 to Miss Fannie Schlemer, of this city.  Of nine children born to them, six are still living. Mr. Steger was an Odd Fellow and a member of the old Rough & Ready Fire Company.  The former order will have charge of the funeral, which will take place from his residence No. 2025 Washington Avenue, tomorrow afternoon.  Rev. J. G. M. Hursch will conduct the services.

(Joseph Steger married Fannie Schlamer on 2 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Joseph G. Steger Born Nov. 6, 1848 Died Jan. 13, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 15 Jan 1901:
The funeral Joseph Steger took place this afternoon from his home on Washington Avenue, and the remains were taken by special train to Villa Ridge for interment. Rev. J. G. M. Hursh conducted the services at the house and the Odd Fellows, which order he was a member, read their burial service at the grave.  Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. and Alma Lodge Daughters of Rebekah and the old Rough & Ready fire company were in attendance as organizations, also a large number of friends of the deceased.
William Brackie, an old soldier, who has been sick for a long time, died at his home on Thirty-fourth Street yesterday.  He belonged to Warren Stuart Post G. A. R. and was an old resident of Cairo.  He used to cultivate a garden where H. H. Halliday’s residence now stands.  The time of the funeral of Mr. Brackie cannot be fixed until the arrival tomorrow of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Larkin, who are at Holderville, I. T.  His son, William, who was south with an Illinois Central bridge gang, arrived home last night.
The funeral services over the remains of the late Mrs. Emma C. Taylor were largely attended. The pall bearers were: G. J. Murphy, L. C. Perks, Thomas Boyd, J. W. Rhine, Theodore Schuler, Ira Huckleberry, A. W. Williamson, W. R. Rodman. (Mound City)
Mr. Frank Walsh, who had been attending the beside of Rudolph Sondheimer, was called to Chicago by the illness of his wife.
A young woman by the name of Cora Oglesby died at St. Mary’s Infirmary on Saturday, and will be buried probably at Beech Grove tomorrow.  Her parents live at Paragould, Ark.
L. S. Hines, whose illness was mentioned in The Citizen a day or two ago, is very low with pneumonia.  His physician said this forenoon that he did not think he could last longer than tomorrow.
Leslie Atherton was taken to Chicago last evening where he is to be placed in a private sanitarium.  It was decided yesterday that he needs closer watching than is possible to give in ordinary hospital and that it will require very careful treatment to give hope of relief.  His mind is the point of concern at present.  He seems perfectly at himself at times, but badly off at others.  Physical weakness is probably the main cause of his mental trouble.
George Foster, an old colored man, was found dead in the rear of the No Name Saloon at 3:10 a.m. today.  He had been seated near the stove in the saloon and asked the men nearby to help him outside as he was feeling badly.  They helped him out as requested and set him on a bench in the rear of the building.  He seemed all right and they left him.  In a short time, they looked out to see how he was doing and found him dead. Coroner McManus was notified and summoned a jury with Judge Ross as foreman.  After inquiry into the case the verdict was rendered as above stated.  Foster for a number of years has been a handy man around saloons, but was not a drinker and his death came from natural causes.

Wednesday, 16 Jan 1901:
The funeral of the late Mr. Brackie will take place tomorrow.  Thomas Larkins and wife arrived from the west today to attend.
Johnny Fields, aged 6 years, died at the Planters House at 1 p.m. today. He is a nephew of Mr. Moreland, who conducts the Planters.  The remains will be taken to Indianapolis for interment.
On Friday last at Elco, George Miller was wrestling with Henry Miller and threw him so that he fell upon the iron part of the handle of a spade.  The wooden part had been broken out and one of the iron straps into which the wood was bolted was bent.  The other strap penetrated the flesh of his leg near the body going clear through clothing and all.  It made a very ugly wound and this morning it was doubtful if he would recover from it.  Henry Miller, the young man injured, is the son of Jefferson Miller of Elco. 

George Miller is not related to him.  The wrestling was all in friendly sport, and the result such as no one could have anticipated.
On last Tuesday, January 8, Mrs. George Hubbard’s uncle, James Henderson, died at his home in Dresden, Ohio, and yesterday she received word that his daughter, Mrs. DeWitt, living also in Dresden, died Monday.  Her mother, Mrs. Wilson, has been at Dresden some time at the bedside of Mr. Henderson.  Mrs. Hubbard lives in the upper part of the city.

Thursday, 17 Jan 1901:
Arthur Twente was called to Olive Branch today by the news that his stepfather, Mr. Adam Light, was dying of pneumonia.
Walter E. Spear is reported to have died at Kankakee on Jan. 9th, and was buried at Rankin, Ill.  He was once a resident of this city and his sister was a teacher in our public schools.
Col. Haswell

C. Clark, uncle of Mrs. Gordon Hannah, of this city, died at his home in Kankakee yesterday.  He was a retired banker, was a veteran of the Civil War and was a Mason and Templar of high degree.
W. J. Littleton died at his home on Seventh Street at 3 a.m. today of paralysis, caused by the rupture of a blood vessel of the brain.  The funeral will take place at the Methodist church at 2 p.m. tomorrow and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge by special train.  Mr. Littleton was engineer on the Theseus.
Louis S. Hines, whose serious illness has been mentioned in these columns, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. E. Atcher, No. 438 Twenty-fifty Street, at 7:50 o’clock last evening of pneumonia.  He had been sick only about a week.  Deceased was born in McCracken Co., Ky., August 30, 1824.  He grew up to manhood when that part of the country was a wilderness, inhabited by wild animals and covered with heavy forests.  His whole lifetime has been spent there and only one other brother of the twelve children now survives.  This brother, Haywood Hines, was called here by his sudden illness.  Mr. Hines left three daughters, Mrs. Atcher, Mrs. John Haffly and Mrs. Richard Price, of McCracken County, Ky., and two sons, Louis and William, also of Kentucky.  A short service was held at the Atcher home this afternoon and the remains were taken on the Fowler to Paducah and the funeral will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, of which deceased was a member all his life.

Friday, 18 Jan 1901:
The funeral of William Littleton took place this afternoon.  The services were conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. J. A. Scarritt and the remains were taken by special train to Beech Grove for interment.

Saturday, 19 Jan 1901:
Cincinnati Packet Destroyed by Fire at Barfield Landing Last Evening
Deck Hand Perished in Flames
Fire Started Among Bales of Cotton Quickly Spread Over Boat.—Soon as Discovered Boat was Headed to Shore and Passengers Escaped.—Steamer Built in 1883.

The fine Cincinnati and New Orleans packet, Buckeye State, burned to the water’s edge at Barfield just below Caruthersville at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  All the passengers and crew escaped except one deck hand, whose name was not learned.  The fire caught in some bales of cotton and spread rapidly.  The boat was quickly headed to the shore as soon as the fire was discovered, but on gaining the bank they had to let the passengers off by lowering the lifeboats from the stern end.

The Buckeye State was coming upstream with a big trip of freight. She was due here tonight.  Capt. S. C. McIntyre was her teamster.

The boat was the property of the Memphis, New Orleans and Cincinnati Packet Company, and ran between Cincinnati and New Orleans. She was built in Cincinnati in 1883 at a cost of about $60,000 and always proved a popular boat and a moneymaker.  She was of 669 tons capacity, 252 feet long, 40 feet beam, and 7-foot hull.  She was worth probably $20,000.  Capt. Frank Cassidy, agent for the company here, who received the first intelligence of her destruction this morning, could not state whether she was insured.

Mrs. Dora Littleton, wife of the late William Littleton, was prostrated with grief over her husband’s death and was unable to attend the funeral.  She is somewhat better now.

Monday, 21 Jan 1901:
Resolutions of love and respect for the late Mrs. R. M. Wheelock, passed by the ladies of the Aid Society of the First Congregational Church at Villa Ridge, Ill., January 10, 1901.

WHEREAS, In the course of Providence our Heavily Father has removed from our midst our dearly beloved sister, and member of this city, Mrs. Ruth M. Wheelock.

RESOLVED, That in the death of Mrs. Wheelock, we have lost an active and efficient worker, a wise counselor, and a warm, Christian friend, and

RESOLVED, While we mourn her loss we will try and emulate her virtues and Christian graces with the hope and meeting again in the sweet bye and bye in that bright, glorious sphere above where pain and parting, sickness and death never enter and the sweet ties of Christian love and fellowship are never ended.

RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be placed on the record of the Ladies Aid Society and also a copy sent to the family.
Mrs. Violet, Secretary Ladies Aid Society
John A. Koehler.

Mr. John A. Koehler, died at 8:20 Sunday morning.  To the public this announcement will be a surprise, as he was not generally known to be seriously ill.  But his family knew of his approaching end for some time.  He had been feeble for several years, and sustained a sunstroke last summer which still further weakened his constitution.  Recently he had an attack of pneumonia and grip, which was the immediate cause of death.  He leaves a son, C. B. Koehler, and daughter, Mrs. Louis Herbert.

Mr. Koehler came to Cairo in 1851 and conducted the business of gunsmith until his health failed.  He was a member of the old Turner organization and of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F.

Mr. Koehler was a native of Heppenheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, where he was born Sept. 4, 1830.  The funeral announcement is made elsewhere in the issue.

Mr. Koehler was one of the most staunch Republicans in town.  He did not advertise his political views, but he was firm in the faith and as true as steel.

(Louis C. Herbert married Louisa E. Koehler on 17 Feb 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  John A. Koehler Born Sept. 13, 1830 Died Jan. 20, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Adam M. Light.

Adam M. Light, of Olive Branch, whose serious illness has already been mentioned in The Citizen, died last Thursday evening.  He was taken down with pneumonia just five days before his death.  Two years ago, a tree fell upon him, crushing one of his ribs and causing it to pierce his lungs.  Ever since then he has been troubled with pneumonia every winter.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Utley, and the remains were buried in the Twente Cemetery.  The deceased was about 38 years of age.  He leaves a widow and four children besides his four stepsons, the Twente boys.  He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church.
Mr. Light belonged to the family of Citizen readers. From the very first issue he subscribed for The Citizen, and he was a reader to the very last.

(Adam M. Light married Mrs. Eliza J. Twente on 26 Feb 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Twente Crossing Cemetery reads Adam M. Husband of E. J. Light Born March 1, 1858 Died Jan. 17, 1901.  Asleep in Jesus, Oh how sweet.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

DIED:—In this city at the residence of his son, No. 210 Eighteenth Street, on Sunday, January 20, 1901, at 8:40 a.m., after a long illness, Mr. John A. Koehler, aged 70 years, 4 months and 17 days, he having been born at Heppenheimer, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, September 3, 1830. 

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 22d. Services at the house at 1:20 p.m.  A special train will leave foot of Eighteenth Street for Villa Ridge.  Friends of deceased and family invited.
Judge Gilbert, whose illness from a paralytic stroke was mentioned in the Citizen, improves but little.  He has regained the use of his arms and limbs, but other complications exist.  His son, Hon. W. B. Gilbert, is with him at St. Mary’s and will remain there indefinitely.

Tuesday, 22 Jan 1901:
Charley Robinson, salesman at the new Racket Store, is in Saline County to attend the funeral of his brother, Harry Robinson, who died in Florence, Colo., a few days since.  (Mound City)
Judge Miles A. Gilbert Passed Away at St. Mary’s Mo., Yesterday.

Judge Miles A. Gilbert died at his home in St. Mary’s Mo., at 3 p.m. yesterday, at the age of 91 years.  His last moments were peaceful and his death was but the gradual stopping of the machinery of the body, worn out by the infirmities of old age.

Judge Gilbert was born in Hartford, Conn., Jan. 1, 1810, and came to Kaskaskia, Ill., June 8, 1832, where he was engaged in merchandising for eleven years.  On Nov. 17, 1836, he married Anna Eliza Baker, eldest daughter of Hon. David J. Baker, at Kaskaskia.  In April 1843, he moved to Cairo and took charge of the property of the defunct Cairo City and Canal Company as their agent.  Everything was in a chaotic state when he moved here.  The unpaid employees of the canal company were clamoring for their money and were a dangerous mob, and his work lay in bringing order out of this condition of affairs.  This he succeeded in doing.  In 1843 he had the cross levee built and the Ohio and Mississippi levees repaired, enclosing about 600 acres of land, which protected the city from inundation in the flood of 1844. He was one of the original purchasers of land from the government on which the city is now built and was identified with all the charters, railroads and organizations of the city up to the time when Col. S. S. Taylor was appointed agent for the trustees.

He then moved to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., where he had large landed interests and laid off the town of St. Mary’s.  There he spent the rest of his life.  He was elected judge of the county and probate courts, in which capacities he served twelve years.  In politics Judge Gilbert was first a Whig, then a Democrat and during the war a strong Union Democrat.

He celebrated his golden wedding in 1886.  On July 14, 1891, his wife died.  His three children survive him, Hon. W. B. and Hon. M. F. Gilbert, of this city, and Mrs. Sarah F. Whitledge, of St. Mary’s.  The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at his home.

Judge Gilbert was the last of those interested in the early settlement of Cairo.

(Thomas B. Whitledge married Sarah F. Gilbert on 26 Jan 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A Dog Bite and a Spasm Before His Death Started the Reports.

Since the death of William Littleton there has been much gossip about the cause of his death.  It began by hints that the disease he had was hydrophobia.  These hints soon took definite shape.  Now almost anyplace in the city one can get a detailed account of his sufferings, what the doctors said about them, and all about it.  These reports came from the fact that some time before he took sick he was bitten by Steve Bradely’s dog on the wrists, and while the wounds were not serious, he is said to have worried over them somewhat.

Yesterday these stories came so straight that this reporter determined to run them down and find what there was in them.

Mr. Charles Arter was detailed to nurse Mr. Littleton and was with him until his death.  Mr. Arter says that the only symptoms of hydrophobia that Mr. Littleton exhibited occurred on the night before his death.  At 10 o’clock that night he had a spasm during which he frothed at the mouth, made noises like a dog barking and tried to snap at his attendants.  He had but the one spasm and died at 3 o’clock the next morning.  Dr. Clark is quoted as saying that the hydrophobia theory is all nonsense, and he should be good authority, as Littleton was his patient.
Noted Villa Ridge Murder Case in Progress at Mound City.

Mound City, Jan. 22.—The trial of George Durden, charged with the murder of Marshal Hileman, began Monday afternoon with State’s Attorney G. E. Martin, Major W. A. Wall, and Col. W. F. Foster for the people and L. G. Caster, H. G. Carter, and Hugh Mason, for the defense.  Considerable interest is being manifested in the case and the prisoner manifests considerable uneasiness.
George Henry, a member of the famous Wilder Brigade during the war, died at Mt. Carmel, Ill., recently.  He was nearly 78 years old.
The little runaway negro boy who came here sometime ago with his feet frozen so that they had to be amputated, is said to be dying.  His mother is here with him.  He is the son of excellent colored people, who live in Missouri.

(The 14 Jan 1901, issue states he was the son of J. W. Lawton, of Cairo.—Darrel Dexter)
Arthur Twente has returned from Olive Branch where he was called by the illness and death of his stepfather, Adam M. Light.  He says his brother, Amos Twente, was also very low last week and for a time his recovery was a matter of doubt.  He is improving now.
The funeral of the late John A. Koehler took place this afternoon and was well attended by his old friends.  The floral offerings were fine.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge, under the auspices of the Alexander Lodge of Odd Fellows, of which he was a member.
Timothy Sylvester Donovan, aged 1 year, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Donovan, living at 316 Division Street, died at 8 o’clock this morning.  The little one had been teething and was ill.  After its father had gone to work at 7 this morning, it was taken with spasms and had five in rapid succession.  Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church probably tomorrow and the burial will be at Villa Ridge.

Wednesday, 23 Jan 1901:
Mr. Leslie Atherton has been taken to a sanitarium at Geneva, Wis., and is reported to be improving in health.

Rev. F. A. DeRosset has been called to St. Mary’s Mo., to assist at the obsequies of the late Judge Miles A. Gilbert.
An old negro hailing from Unity came here yesterday sick, and Officer Orr found him a place to stay on the levee until he could send him back home.  But he has gone home now.  He died last night.

Thursday, 24 Jan 1901:
A new and very important witness for the prosecution in the Durden case was found yesterday.  Durden claims that he was not at Villa Ridge on the day of the murder of Hileman.  This witness claims to have seen him and two other darkies looking over the ground at the bridge and railroad crossing before dark on the evening of the murder.  Possibly they were looking for that horrible piece of iron, which they used so cruelly a few hours later.
H. M. Stinnette, aged 45 years, a brother of Mrs. Barney McKenny, of this place (Wetaug) died at Ullin last week of pneumonia fever.  He was sexton of the Beechwood Cemetery for many years at Beechwood and also served as constable there.  He leaves two children.  He was an industrious man and a good citizen.  The remains were taken to Beechwood Cemetery at Mounds for interment.

(Hugh M. Stinnett married Mary E. Mitchell on 14 Aug 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died Thursday January 10th at the Abbey farm south of town, Rev. Oswald Moosemuller, of pneumonia fever, at the age of about 69 years.  He had been prior of the abbey for about ten years.  He was an accomplished scholar and linguist and was an author of national reputation.  He was well respected in this vicinity.  The funeral services were held at the Catholic church here (Wetaug) Tuesday , January 15th.  A number of priests and clergy were present and the funeral services were very elaborate.  Interment was made in the Wetaug cemetery.
John Mack, a river man, is very ill at the marine hospital with typhoid fever. 
Thomas Laefy, a patient at the United States marine hospital, died yesterday morning from heart failure, the result of pneumonia and grip.  He was off the steamer Majestic and belonged to the Seamen’s Union of America and the Knights of Pythias, of Milwaukee.  The K. of P.’s of Cairo have taken charge of the remains and will either bury them here or ship them to his father and a brother who are said to reside in Jersey City, N. J.
Twelfth Juror Secured at 5 O’clock Last Evening.

Mound City, Jan. 24.—On the case in which George Durden is charged with the murder of Marshal Hileman, the attorneys consumed three days in selecting the last man on the jury at 5 o’clock last evening.  The names of the jurors are:  Charles Davidson, Will Vanhardt, Kirk Hamilton, Will Mathis, J. J. Hudson, George Scruggs, Charles O’Neal, B. McDaniels, F. J. Hale, Clark Draper, George W. Hathaway, and Chris Bundschuh, all of whom are white men except Kirk Hamilton.  Ninety-seven men were examined and there were sixteen preemptory challenges by the defense and eight by the people and about sixty excused for cause.  Col. W. F. Foster made the opening statement for the People this morning and Judge H. G. Carter made the opening statement for the defense.  It should be noted here also that ex State’s Attorney Bradley is one of the attorneys for the prosecution.  It is expected that at least one hundred witnesses will be examined in the case.

Friday, 25 Jan 1901:
Ralph Raymond Howell, aged 11 years, brother of Prof. D. H. Howell, of Unity, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Howell, near Carbondale last week Tuesday of pneumonia.  He was next to the youngest of a family of nine children.  He was also a nephew of Mrs. George C. Bankston, of Mill Creek.  The family also have numerous other relatives in Jackson and Williamson counties.

(John C. Howell married Nancy A. Bankston on 8 Dec 1870, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant child of Mr. Elkins living uptown was buried today.
Mrs. R. F. English is reported very low with the grip and lung trouble.
Thomas Lafey, the seaman that died at the marine hospital, was buried today by the local lodges of the Knights of Pythias at Beech Grove.  The deceased was a member of a Milwaukee lodge.
Henry Miller, of Elco, who had the iron of a spade handle run though his leg while wrestling some time ago, is getting along reasonably well, and it is thought that he will recover.
Mrs. Joseph Steger received a letter from France Tuesday, stating that her father, Emil Schlamer, died of pneumonia after a short illness at the age of 75 years, at Hericourt, France.  He has one son, Emil Schlamer, living near Beech Ridge, besides Mrs. Joseph Steger, and County Commissioner John Bourgois’ first wife was also his daughter.

Saturday, 26 Jan 1901:
Died, Sunday, Jan.20th, an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson, aged about 7 days.  (Dongola)

(Charles L. Johnson married Minnie L. Lingle on 1 Dec 1892, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Christian Chapel Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Infant son of C. L. & M. L died Jan. 20, 1901.  R. F. Johnson Died Dec. 19, 1904 Aged 2 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 16 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Mrs. Joseph S. Hubbard.
Occurred at Residence of Dr. McNemer.—Resident of Columbus, Ky.

             Mrs. Joseph S. Hubbard, of Columbus, Ky., died at 9 o’clock last night at the residence of Dr. McNemer, on Eleventh Street.  The remains will be taken to Hickman this evening for interment.
Mrs. Hubbard was a sister-in-law of Mrs. McNemer, and had been ill for some time.  Last Sunday she came here on a visit and to be under treatment of the doctor.  She leaves a husband and three little children, a boy and two girls.

Cairo people were well acquainted with Mrs. Hubbard some years ago, as she resided here and attended our schools.  Her maiden name was May Bettie Pierce and she was a niece of Mrs. Dick Flowers, with whom she and a sister lived while here.

The immediate cause of death was heart failure.
Sheriff W. A. Barnes, of Ripley County, Mo., died suddenly of pneumonia on Monday last at Doniphan.  A special election is to be called to fill the vacancy as he was elected only last fall.

Monday, 28 Jan 1901:
Mrs. George Hodges and sister, Miss Bertie Cavender, were called to Willard by the serious illness of their little brother, Clyde Cavender.
Mrs. Partee, an old colored woman living on Jefferson Avenue, died on Saturday last and was buried  today at Villa Ridge.  She was better known as the mother of Jordan Partee, and was quite well up in years.
Saturday evening Sergeant Price arrested Carrie Hofford, a colored woman charged with smothering her 4-month-old baby. This morning Coroner McManus held an inquest on the remains of the child and the jury decided that she was the cause of death and she is being held for action of the grand jury.  The woman was formerly Carry Bumpus and compelled Napoleon Hofford to marry her recently, claiming that he was father of her child.
Removes a Prominent Figure from Southern Illinois.
End Came Suddenly at Hot Springs, Ark.—His Demise Creates Vacancy on Federal Bench for Which It Is Said Judge Harker Is Slated.

Judge F. Bross received a telegram from Col. C. O. Patier at Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday night bearing the sad news of the death of Judge William J. Allen, which occurred there at 5 o’clock that evening.  It came as a great surprise. No one except his near friends knowing he was seriously ill.  Judge William Joshua Allen was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, on June 9, 1828, and was therefore nearly 83 years old, certainly a ripe old age.  His father, Willis Allen, removed to Illinois in 1829 and farmed until 1834, when he was elected sheriff of Franklin County.  He was elected to the legislature in 1838 and in 1841 was elected state’s attorney in the circuit comprising thirteen counties of the state and this before he was admitted to the bar.  He became a prominent lawyer and was judge of the circuit court at the time of his death, which occurred April 17, 1859.

William J. Allen received his first lessons in the log schoolhouse, finishing in the celebrated boarding school of B. G. Roots, at Tamaroa, Ill.  In 1847 and 1848 he attended law school at Louisville, Ky., and was admitted to the bar in June ‘48, locating in Metropolis, Ill.  In 1854, he was elected to the legislature from Johnson and Williamson counties, having removed to the latter, and formed a partnership with his father.  He served four years in the legislature and then formed a partnership with John A. Logan.  In 1859 he was elected judge of the twenty-sixth judicial district to succeed his father, whose death occurred that year.  In 1861 he was elected a member of the constitutional convention.  In 1862 he was elected to Congress in place of John A. Logan, who had joined the army.  In 1864 he was again a candidate for Congress, but was defeated by A. J. Kuykendall.  In 1866 he was defeated by Green B. Raum, and in 1868 by John R. Thomas.  During the war he moved to Cairo and resided here until 1874, when he removed to Carbondale.  In 1883 he was appointed judge of the United States district court which office he held at the time of his death.  Three sons and two daughters, all grown, survive him.

During his residence in Cairo he was a member of the law firm of Allen, Webb, & Butler, and afterward of the firm of Allen, Mulkey & Wheeler.

Tuesday, 29 Jan 1901:
Mrs. Hattie Hileman, widow of the late Marshal Hileman, and her little daughter Mary, have been enjoying the hospitality of Mrs. C. S. Britton the past week. (Mound City)
The evidence in the Durden murder case will be all in tomorrow, the arguments of the counsel commenced.  An important witness, Will Hicks, a colored man from Tiptonville, Tenn., testified today that Durden wanted him to sell a gold watch for him on June 29.  This about clinches the charge of the murder on Durden.  Deputy George Green drove to Cairo today to bring another important witness who is due at Cairo from the Cotton Belt today.
Mrs. Tom Foster died at Willard last night after an illness of several weeks.
William Ruby, a well known colored man, died at 314 Division Street Sunday, of asthma, aged about 45 years.  The remains were shipped to Louisiana, Mo., yesterday for burial.
William Thompson, aged about 60 years, an old citizen and prominent farmer of near Pomona, was accidentally shot and killed yesterday by his son-in-law, Charley Griffin, while out hunting.

(Charles Griffin married Mary Thompson on 12 Sep 1886, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Archie J. Raney were brought home from Taku, China, where he was killed in August and passed through Cairo Sunday for Grand Chain.  He was a son of Dot Raney.  Young Raney enlisted in a cavalry company together with his horse, for the Spanish American War and was in camp at Tampa, Fla., being mustered out without going to Cuba.  He re-enlisted in the infantry service for duty in the Philippines, and from there was transferred with other troops to the scene of the trouble in China.  He was about 21 years of age.  His remains were enclosed in a cedar coffin and came by way of San Francisco.

Wednesday, 30 Jan 1901;
C. M. Hileman, of Ullin, father of the late Marshal Hileman, and his brother, Levi Hileman, of Anna, are in attendance at the Durden murder trial.
The remains of Archie Raney, who was killed last August in China, mention of which was made in The Citizen, Tuesday, were buried at Grand Chain Tuesday afternoon with military honors.
Joseph Herbolsen, the electrician who was shot by a negro two weeks ago and has since been in St. Mary’s Infirmary, is very bad off today and is not expected to live.  It will be remembered that he tried to bluff the negro by a motion as if to draw a revolver, when the latter shot him.  Herbolsen had been drinking.
Engineer Johnson was at work laying off lots in Capt. Thistlewood’s new cemetery yesterday, when all his negro helpers save one left him “to bury a sister.”

Thursday, 31 Jan 1901:
Col. R. Gales Rice, who dropped dead at St. Joe, Mo., a few days ago, was a brother-in-law to Mr. E. A. Burnett.  Col. Rice appeared to be in good health, was standing watching the children playing in the snow, when he suddenly fell on his face, and expired before anyone could get to him.  During the war, Col. Rice was connected with the quartermaster’s department at Nashville, Tenn.  He was about 58 years old.
John Hawkins, who jumped out of the hospital some days ago, is still alive but with little hope of recovery.  His father and mother are here at his bedside.  Their home is in Indiana.  Mr. Hawkins has the pneumonia.
Jury at Mound City Found Him Guilty This Afternoon
Were Out Only Thirty Minutes.
And Reached Their Decision in Just Ten Minutes.—Motion for New Trial to Be Argued Monday.—Crime Committed on June 26 Last.--When He Killed Marshall Hileman.

At Mound City today the jury found George Durden guilty of the murder of Marshall Hileman, and fixed his punishment at death.

They were out just 30 minutes.  The case went to the jury at 2 o’clock and at 2:30 they filed in with their verdict.  It took them just 10 minutes to come to a decision.

Durden listened to the reading of the verdict with a sarcastic smile on his face and appeared less moved than any other person in the house.  His attorneys gave notice of a motion for a new trial, which the court will hear on Monday.

It will be remembered that Durden was charged with the brutal murder and robbery of Marshall Hileman at Villa Ridge on the evening of June 25 last. Hileman an invalid was on his way home from his store and had reached the little bridge west of the railroad track when he was attacked by some party, beaten to unconsciousness with an iron pin, robbed of money and a gold watch, dragged to the railroad track and left for dead to be run over by a train.  But he regained consciousness and crawled home, dying of his wounds on July 4th.

The evidence against Durden was largely circumstantial but was of the strongest character, and being so the whole community will rejoice at the justness of the verdict. 



Friday, 1 Feb 1901:
Mrs. West, of Tamaroa, who is state agent for the DuQuoin Orphans Home was in town Saturday looking for homeless orphans. She obtained one of the late Mr. Stinnett’s children from its aunt, Mrs. Barney McKenny.  This institution is claimed to be a very deserving one and Mrs. West has found homes for 25 of the little waifs from this end of the state.

(Hugh M. Stinnett married Mary E. Mitchell on 14 Aug 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  He died in January 1901 in Ullin.—Darrel Dexter)
Melton Kinkead, son of R. H. Kinkhead, is dangerously ill, as is also James Manning, one mile south of this place (Dongola).

       (Robert H. Kinkead married Flora J. Baine on 22 Sep 1885, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Jan. 28th, of scarlet fever, the little 5-year-old child of Henry Lingle.  (Mill Creek)

(This probably refers to Henry M. Lingle, a farmer in Mill Creek Township, Union Co., Ill, in 1900.  He married Sarah Cook, on 2 Sep 1885, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
George Durden, the condemned murderer, who was sentenced to be hanged yesterday at Mound City, as exclusively told in The Citizen, is now studying his Bible and getting ready for the end.  At first, after the sentence was pronounced, he called down maledictions upon the head of everyone, but as soon as he was placed in jail, he quieted down.  The other prisoners have been on their good behavior since yesterday.
Monday, 4 Feb 1901:
Died, in this city, Feb. 1, 1901, Benjamin Kimmel, aged 73 years.  Mr. Kimmel was a native of Kentucky, having been born, reared, and engaged in business in that state, in Ballard County for about 62 years of his life.  At one time he was quite a prominent merchant.  Later he was engaged in keeping hotel in Cairo for three years, afterward coming to this city, where he has been residing for the past eight years.  He was a good, inoffensive man, who was respected by all who knew him.  An aged wife and grown son, J. B. Kimmel, survive him.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the residence of Rev. S. A. D. Rodgers.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. F. M. Brown, of Diswood, died last night at midnight, after a long period of ill health.
The funeral of Lieut. Col. Fykes, of the 6th regiment Uniform Rank Knight of Pythias, of which the Cairo Division is a part, was held yesterday at East St. Louis.  Capt. Sloan nor none of his men were able to attend from here.
Mrs. E. S. Dewey was called to Anna again Saturday evening by the condition of her sister, Mrs. Sabin, whose recovery is considered very doubtful.  Mr. and Mrs. Dewey had just returned from Charleston, Mo., where they were called by the sudden illness of George F. Dewey’s little boy.  The little one was much better when they left.
Wednesday, 6 Feb 1901:
Mrs. Ingersol McDaniels and the little child of Amos Dunning died last Saturday at Elco.

Thursday, 7 Feb 1901:
On Monday, January 28th, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phillippy, Jr., at Hortense, Tenn.  The little one died Wednesday and was buried at Cronanville, Tenn.
A little child of Jasper Corzine, of Ullin, was buried at Cache Cemetery Monday.
Albert Ridge, of Cairo, attended the funeral of his grandmother, Sunday.  (Dongola)
Died, Saturday, Feb. 2, at the home of her son, Mr. W. A. Ridge, in Dongola, Mrs. Owens, aged about 86 years.  Interment in the Hinkle Cemetery Sunday.

(Her marker in Hinkle Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Sarah M. wife of Pleasant Kirby Ridge and James W. Owens Born April 26, 1814 Died Feb. 2, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Bad Wreck on Illinois Central.
Two Freights Collide on Memphis Division Killing Engineer and Injuring Fireman.

One of the worst wrecks ever known on the Memphis and Paducah division of the Illinois Central railroad occurred this side of Henning, Tenn., about 4 o’clock yesterday morning.

Jim Wilson, engineer, was killed, and P. A. Underwood, his fireman, had his leg broken, which may necessitate amputation.  A. C. Allen, the engineer of the other train, and his fireman, jumped from their engine.  The fireman’s arm was broken, but Engineer Allen escaped uninjured.
Mrs. Sabin, of Anna, is still lingering between life and death, with hopes on the life side.  She has been suffering with one or more abscesses in her stomach, which prevented her from taking any nourishment for weeks, and life has been sustained by artificial means.  Yesterday and today these abscesses have been discharging and the result is being anxiously watched.  If they now heal promptly, she will get well.  The outcome of the matter will be known in a short time.

Friday, 8 Feb 1901:
Charles Barringer, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, aged 75 years.  He was a pioneer settler and a veteran of the Mexican and Civil wars.

(Charles Barringer married Matilda Hileman on 5 Mar 1848, in Union Co., Ill.  He was a private in Co. F, 2nd Illinois Regiment, enlisting 25 Jun 1846, in the Mexican War and was discharged June 18, 1847, at Camargo, Mexico.  He was 1st lieutenant of Co. F, 109th Illinois Infantry, enlisting 15 Aug 1862, during the Civil War.  He was promoted to captain on 1 Feb 1863 and discharged on 10 Apr 1863.  His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Charles Barringer Died Feb. 6, 1901 Aged 75 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 7 Ds.  Soldier Mexican War.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Sarah Owens, an old resident of Dongola, died there Monday of the grip.  She was 88 years old.  She was grandmother of Mr. A. Ridge, of this city.

Saturday, 9 Feb 1901:
Beatrice, daughter of George T. Hillman, died on Friday morning of acute Bright’s disease, resulting from an attack of scarlet fever.  Her age was nine years, three months and nine days.  Mr. and Mrs. Hillman have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in the loss of their little adopted daughter.  She was a very bright child and a genial favorite.  The funeral service occurred Saturday afternoon.
Union County has suffered the loss of one of its landmarks, in the death of Charles Barringer, a pioneer businessman of Jonesboro.  Mr. Barringer was a veteran of the Mexican War and one of the few survivors in this country of the Battle of Buena Vista, the incident of which he never quite tired of relating.  Charles Barringer was the father of George Barringer, county superintendent of schools; Mrs. Nannie Jones, of Bakersfield, Col.; and Mrs. Morrell, widow of Sidney Grear.  He was a member of Jonesboro A. F. and A. M. lodge, and his funeral was conducted Thursday by that fraternity.  Mr. Barringer served as treasurer of the Jonesboro fair for over thirty consecutive years, and was a man of strong character and sterling worth.

(Adolphus P. Jones married Nannie C. Barringer on 9 May 1869, in Union Co., Ill.  Sidney Grear married Phena Barringer on 4 Feb 1876, in Union Co., Ill.  Charles O. Morrell married Mrs. Phena Grear on 31 Dec 1889, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Bailey Anderson, of Willard, who was reported better yesterday, is worse today.  Young Mr. Anderson came in this morning and took his brother-in-law, Arthur Twente, out to Willard.
Mrs. Julia Cullinan, aged 79, died yesterday at her home, 2700 Poplar Street, from the results of a fall, which she had four years ago, and from which she never recovered.  She had lived in Cairo forty-seven years.  She leaves a husband, 87 years of age, and three children, Mrs. Mary Creighton, Miss Ellen Cullinan, and Mr. M. Cullinan.
Mae Martin of Duncan Clark Female Minstrels, Died in Chicago Hospital.

Lula Mae Martin, an actress belonging to the Duncan Clark Female Minstrels, died at Chicago in the Central Park Sanitarium Thursday, as a result of injuries received in the horrible accident that occurred at Mounds on September 12 last, in which the car containing the company was wrecked.  She is the tenth victim of that accident.

Tuesday, 12 Feb 1901:
Mrs. Jewett Wilcox died at Middleburg, Vt., several days ago.  She will be remembered by all old Cairoites.  Her husband ran the St. Charles Hotel here for years.
David Cross, an old colored man residing at 2109 Poplar Street, died Sunday night.  He was for years employed on the boats of the St. Louis and Mississippi Valley Transportation Co.
Judge W. S. Dewey received a letter this noon from his father stating that Mrs. Anna E. Sabin died at her home in Anna at 8:30 a.m. today.  She was the wife of Dr. F. A. Sabin and sister of Mrs. E. S. Dewey, of this city, who has been at her bedside during most of her illness.  The funeral will take place at her home tomorrow afternoon and the remains will be taken to Troy, Ill., for interment.  Mrs. Sabin was over fifty years of age, and leaves her husband and two children, both grown, Edward and Mary.

(Frank A. Sabin married Anna E. Lytle on 14 Mar 1865, in Madison Co., Ill.  Edmond S. Dewey married Mary A. Lytle on 25 Nov 1890, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John H. Lane, of Beechwood, received a telegram notifying him that Thomas Manley was dead at Stillwell, I. T.  No information was received as to how he came to his death, nor as to the disposition of his remains.  Mr. Manley was a railroad man of many years experience and very popular with the Illinois Central Company, having worked for that company most of the time during the past thirteen years, located at Beechwood.  He laid out the yards at Mounds where he also owned good property.  He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, at Beechwood, also the K. of P.’s and K of H.’s of this city.  A wife survives him.

Wednesday, 13 Feb 1901:
Mrs. Effie M. Beggs has received $1,000 insurance on the life of her husband, H. F. Beggs.  The Endowment Rank Knights of Pythias, of which Mrs. Beggs was a member, paid the loss in full promptly. (Anna)
Mrs. Anna E. Sabin, wife of Dr. F. A. Sabin, died at her home in this city (Anna) Tuesday morning, after a six weeks’ illness with abscess of the stomach, resulting from a fall some two months ago.  Mrs. Sabin was one of the leading workers in the Presbyterian church, in the W. C. T. U. and was a lady of refinement and a consistent Christian, beloved by a large circle of friends and highly respected by all who knew her.  The funeral services were largely attended and the burial took place at Troy, Ill., the old home of the deceased.
Alfred Sturge, a former employee of the Union County News, which was published by Dr. J. I. Hale, in this city (Anna) in 1878, is again in Anna, after many years absence, and is employed on the doctor’s publication,
The Home and Health Helper.  Mr. Sturge is a shorthand writer and was the first reporter in Union County to give a shorthand report of a coroner’s inquest, reporting the case in full of Reynolds-Frazier, which killing occurred in the bottoms in July 1878.  Mr. Sturge has served in the Queen’s army in Afghanistan and in the Bush War in New Zealand, is a graduate of the Crown Printing Office, and a traveling printer who has seen nearly all the world.  He is making several improvements for Dr. Hale in his paper.  Dr. Hale is soon to add a new cylinder press to his outfit.
George Gould.

In the death of Mr. George Gould, yesterday, Villa Ridge lost one of its oldest and most helpful citizens.  He moved to his present home when the country was covered with timber and has been one of the most intelligent promoters of the interests of the community ever since.  He did much to develop the fruit growing interests in the days when there were fortunes in it.  He was always investigating, experimenting, helping, encouraging, suggesting, laboring with the view of securing better methods, better results, better fruits, better houses and better conditions generally for himself and his neighbors. He read and thought much, and never was found so busy that he could not stop to give a neighbor the benefit of his knowledge upon any subject on which information was needed.  The Grange, the Shippers’ Association, the Farmers’ Institute, the Farmers’ Protective Association, and the public schools found a most ardent supporter and promoter and in these similar lines he will be greatly missed.

Mr. Gould was born in Bawn County, __ven, Ireland, July 8, 1837, and came to Canada in a sailing vessel occupying six months and three days on the voyage.  He landed at Quebec and from there went to Oliver’s Ferry, Ontario, November 1, 1843.  He came to Cairo as a carpenter in 1860.  He was married to Letitia Ann Clitheroe, of Brogeville, Ontario, November 7, 1863.  While in Cairo he followed his trade, built and resided in the frame on Washington Avenue, near Twelfth Street, which was destroyed by fire a year or more ago.  In the spring of 1868 he removed to Villa Ridge, his present home.  His wife survives him.  Also four children, all married.  They are William E. Gould, who is now a banker at Toulon, Ill.; George W. Gould, Mrs. H. L. McGee, and Mrs. O. Z. McGee.  He has three brothers, William, James and Richard.  His brother, William, is an extensive fruit grower at Villa Ridge, but the others live in Canada.

Mr. Gould was the founder of the Villa Ridge Nursery, which has done a very large business.  He also owned two large fruit farms.  He was known widely in horticultural circles.

The funeral was held today.

(Henry L. McGee married Lillie May Gould on 7 Jul 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  O. Z. McGee married Bertha Margaret Gould on 2 Nov 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  George Gould Born July 8, 1837 Died Feb. 12, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
D. S. Lansden has been appointed to defend Ira Ewing, indicted for murder.
Judge W. S. Dewey and John and Miss Josephine Dewey went to Anna this morning to attend the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Sabin.
Col. Ferris Foreman, whose death occurred at Stockton, Cal., on Monday, was colonel of the Third Illinois Infantry in Mexico, the regiment in which Col. J. S. Rearden, of this city, served.  Col. Foreman was greatly beloved by all his men, but Col. Reardon felt a stronger attachment to him than perhaps anyone else from the many acts of kindness he received at his hands, and he was much affected by the news of his death.  He was 94 years of age.  He was appointed district attorney by President Buchanan while he resided at Vandalia.  Afterwards he removed to California in the early 50s and was the first postmaster of San Francisco, under the United States government.  He was always rated at the top of the heap as an honorable and upright man.

Thursday, 14 Feb 1901:
Tom Starks, a colored man, died last Saturday from an attack of pneumonia.  (Villa Ridge)

(Thomas Starks, 37, married Lula Park, 20, on 11 Aug 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Judge W. S. Dewey, John Dewey and Misses Jennie and Josie Dewey returned from Anna last night.  Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dewey have gone to Greenville, where they have been summoned by a message stating that Mr. Dewey’s aged father is in a precarious condition.  He is 95 years old.

Friday, 15 Feb 1901:
Funeral Notice.

Died, Mrs. Amanda Bear Morehead, Thursday at 10:15 p.m. at the residence, 418 Twentieth Street, aged 58 years.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Church of the Redeemer.  Rev. DeRosset will conduct the services at 3:15 p.m.  The interment will take place at Metropolis Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Amanda Morehead died at her home on Twentieth Street about 9 o’clock last evening.  She had been a sufferer for many years with asthma and heart trouble, but the community did not know that she was seriously ill, and the announcement of her death was quite a shock.  Mrs. Morehead was well advanced in years.  Her husband, a river engineer, died several years ago.  She leaves five children, all grown.  They are Mr. William Morehead, of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Nellie Courtwright, of Chicago, and Harry, Fannie and Cora, of this city.  All are married except Fannie and Cora.  Mrs. Moorhead was a member of Parthenia Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah and chaplain of the Woman’s Relief Corps.  Funeral services will be held at the Episcopal church tomorrow afternoon, and the remains will be taken to Metropolis for interment.
Mr. J. W. Wenger received a message today to prepare the family vault for the interment of Mrs. Emma S. Jorgenson, of St. Louis, formerly of this city.  The remains are expected to arrive tomorrow.  Nothing definite is known regarding her death, as the message did not state the time nor cause.
Chester, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dupree, died at the home of his parents, in Marissa, Ill., Tuesday night, aged 11 years.  The lad was a brother to Mrs. Stephen A. Potter, of this city, and she will have the sympathy of a host of friends here.

(Stephen A. Potter married Pearl Dupree on 14 Feb 1899, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Brown Brothers Made Attack on Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman
After He Had Arrested Them
Struck Him with Brass Knuckles and Then Made Their Escape.—Officer Lying Unconscious at Olive Branch.—Peter Jones Also Hurt.

Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman was assaulted at Olive Branch yesterday by the Brown brothers whom he went out to arrest, and he is now lying in an unconscious condition.  The boys attacked him with brass knucks, then made their escape.

The Brown brothers have been the terror of Olive Branch neighborhood for a long time.  Last October they raised all kinds of “rough house” on an Eastern Illinois excursion train.  They broke up the furniture of the car, smashed the windows and uncoupled the train.  For this they were indicted by the grand jury and a bench warrant was issued for their arrest.  Deputies Miles Coleman and Peter M. Jones were sent out to serve it.

The first news of it came in a dispatch to Sheriff Hodges last evening.  It read:

“Olive Branch, Ill., Feb. 14.—Captured Brown brothers and they resisted us.  Very nearly killed Coleman and bruised me.  Come at once and escaped.
Peter Jones.”

Sheriff Hodges immediately wired W. W. Wilbourn at Olive Branch asking how Coleman was.  A reply came this morning stating that Coleman was unconscious and that he was struck with brass knuckles.  The message also asked Mr. Hodges to come or send after him.

Still another dispatch from Willis Nelson at Sandusky says that Peter Jones was also seriously hurt.

Deputy Sheriff Scott Cauble and Dr. James McManus went out to Olive Branch at noon and will bring Coleman back and place him in the hospital, if he is able to be moved.

Peter Jones came down on the Illinois Central train this forenoon, having gone over to Ullin to catch it.  He says the trouble occurred at Wilburn’s store about 7 o’clock last evening.  He and Coleman had arrested Bud Brown and they were all waiting at the store for the train, which was due to come along about 8 o’clock.  They intended to take the train there for Ullin and come down on the Illinois Central reaching Cairo at 10:55 p.m.  While waiting in the store Brown enticed Coleman outside on some pretext, and the officer went, suspecting nothing.  It is supposed that Lum Brown, brother of “Bud” was waiting outside and that a blow on the back of Coleman’s head with a club settled him.  No one saw the affair, as it was dark outside.  Lum Brown then appeared in the store and Peter Jones started for him to arrest him, when Brown knocked Jones down and hit him all over the head.  He is terribly marked from the blows, the entire left side of his head being all raw and bloody where it is not black and blue.  Jones left Olive Branch this morning.  Coleman was still unconscious and it is believed he will die, if he has not already.  The affair is a terrible one and the perpetrators of this foul deed should be speedily brought to justice if it is possible to do so.

Charles Densip was with the Brown boys, on the train and was arrested with them under the warrant.  He took no part, however, in the fight with the officers.  He was brought down this forenoon and was released under a hundred-dollar bond.

Saturday, 16 Feb 1901:
Victim of Grimes’ Hatchet Expired Today at Noon.

Walter Moore, who was hit on the head with a hatchet by the barkeeper, William Grimes, died at 12:15 noon today.  Coroner McManus held an inquest on the remains this afternoon.
The funeral of Maurice Fitzgerald will take place tomorrow afternoon.
Joseph Herbolsen, the electrician who was shot some weeks ago, is in a very precarious condition and not expected to live the day out.
Mrs. Robert Hewitt and Mrs. Harry Grear, went up to Metropolis today, accompanying the remains of Mrs. Morehead as a committee from Parthenia lodge.
Mr. Frank Spencer received word today that the infant child of his sister, Mrs. C. E. Parker, died at Villa Ridge last night.  The funeral will occur tomorrow at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Mrs. Spencer has been at Villa Ridge for a couple of days and Mr. Spencer will go up to attend the funeral.

(Edward Parker married Zena Spencer on 23 Oct 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. Lawrence, of Mill Creek, died at Jonesboro, Ark., recently from an attack of the grip.  He was 74 years old and father of Dr. Lawrence, of Willard.  His remains passed through here last evening on the way to his home.  He was a Mason and leaves five grown sons.
Passed Away After a Long Illness.—Died from Injury Received on Duty.

Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald died at his home on Division Street at 7:50 last night.  He was 34 years old and leaves a wife and five children.  He was a public officer all his life, serving as deputy sheriff, assistant jailer, and on the police force and was a brave, valuable, well-trained officer.  A year ago he was struck in the breast and badly hurt by a negro whom he had arrested.  He complained of its effects for a long time.  Later he hurt his ankle stepping off a streetcar.  It is supposed to be only a sprain, but it never healed.  Finally he went to St. Louis to consult a surgeon who found that one of the bones of the leg had been injured and was in very bad shape.  An operation was performed and the dead bone removed, but blood poisoning set in, it is said, resulting in his death.  He was the fourth son of Mr. Richard Fitzgerald.

(Maurice Fitzgerald married Marinda M. Edwards on 27 Dec 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Deputies Scott Cauble, Nick Koen and Bob Moore Went to Olive Branch Today
Arrested and Brought Down Last Night.—Coleman’s Condition Precarious.—Has Never Gained Consciousness Since He was Struck.

Sheriff Hodges sent Deputies Scott Cauble and Dr. McManus to Olive Branch yesterday to bring Miles Coleman to the hospital in this city.  When they arrived at the Branch they found Dr. Aird doing all he could for the wounded man, but he was such a raving maniac the doctor had been unable to even dress his wounds.  The two gave opiates until he was partially quieted and did all they could for him.  When the C. & E. I. train came by they carried him on board and Dr. McManus came with him stopping at Tamms to await the down train.  While in the depot Scott Cauble hearing that the younger of the Browns, Albert, was at home, drove over to the house and finding him in the yard sawing wood arrested him and drove to Sandusky.  While waiting there for the train word was brought that the two brothers were at the bridge coming to relieve him.  He took his prisoner out and walked with him to Unity.  While there waiting in a grocery store, the people heard that the brothers were coming, which caused a stampede.  Mr. Cauble explained to the prisoner that it was a mob from Elco following him, and he gave the officer all the help he could to help conceal themselves until the train came by, and they were soon safely on board.

Dr. McManus brought Miles Coleman safely to the city and placed him in the hospital.  He has never become rational since the injury and the result is exceedingly uncertain.

C. M. Bradley, Nelson Croft, Josh Cauble, and Elijah Coleman, son of the wounded officer, came down with them.

Today Deputies Scott Cauble, Nick Koen, and Rob Moore, all well armed, went to Olive Branch to arrest and bring in the other two Brown boys if possible.

Monday, 18 Feb 1901:
Man Giving His Name as Frank McGill Met Death Under Train.
Of Walter Moore, Whom He Struck with a Hatchet.
Coleman Died at 3 O’clock This Afternoon.

About 3 o’clock Monday morning Sergeant Price, at police headquarters, was called by telephone from the Mobile & Ohio yards to send an ambulance to get a man who had been run over by a train.  He responded by sending Officers Hoagland and Lutz who found a white man about 35 years of age badly mutilated, both arms and both legs being crushed.  They took him to St. Mary’s Infirmary and Surgeon Grinstead was notified, who did all he could to relieve his sufferings, nothing more being possible.  Death occurred about two hours after the accident.  The man was a stranger, evidently a tramp, and for some reason was very anxious to conceal his identity.  “Call me anything,” he would say, but at last he told one of the sisters that his name as Frank McGill, and that he has a sister living at Flat River, Mo.  “What church do you belong to?” asked the sister.  “What do you want to know that for?”  “We would like to send for some minister if you will tell us who you would like to have.”  “I don’t belong to any church.  I don’t want any minister nor any priest.  I belong to nothing, but the A. P. A.’s that’s all.” and so he died.  Coroner McManus summoned a jury which sat upon the remains, and decided that the deceased came to his death by being run over by a train in the Mobile & Ohio railroad yards while being there as a trespasser, and that the railroad company is in no way responsible for his death.  The jury was composed as follows:  James LaHue, A. L. Buchanan, F. H. Kendall, D. Callahan, Dee Devough, and W. H. Sullivan.
Coroner’s Jury Returned Verdict to That Effect.

The coroner’s jury on Saturday evening decided that Walter Moore came to his death as a result of the blow inflicted by William Grimes with a hatchet, without excuses and that said William Grimes is guilty of murder.  The jury was composed of Frank Fitzgerald, Clarence Nichols, E. P. Moon, George Susanka, and Eugene Austin.
His Sufferings Ceased at 3 O’clock This Afternoon.

Miles Coleman, who was assaulted by the Brown boys and was brought to the hospital in this city, Saturday morning, died today at 3 p.m.  He leaves a wife and three children.

(His marker in Sims Cemetery near Elco reads:  Miles Coleman Died Feb. 18, 1901 Aged 60 Yrs., 9 Mos., & 2 Days.—Darrel Dexter)
Israel Cauble came down from Elco last night with Mrs. Coleman, wife of Officer Miles Coleman.
W. M. True is now in charge of the local between Cairo and Poplar Bluff, on the Iron Mountain.  He succeeded Conductor Johnson lately deceased.
James O. White died at Santa Monica Cal., last week.  He was a member of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F., of this city.  He lived here about fifteen years ago and was employed at the Singer factory.
Charles Clark, a farmer in the Promised Land, died of pneumonia Sunday morning.  He leaves a wife and four little children.  His mother-in-law, Mrs. Walton, is very sick with the same disease.
The funeral of the late Maurice Fitzgerald was attended by a very large number of friends and all that could get into three passenger coaches and a baggage car accompanied the remains to Villa Ridge.  The city council and city police force attended and made a fine appearance.  The floral emblems were numerous and beautiful.  The council was represented by a large and very beautiful star, and the city police force by the same emblem with one point broken.  The county also furnished two dozen lovely white roses.
The remains of Mrs. Jorguson were brought to Cairo at 1:15 o’clock Sunday and were met at the depot by the Knights Templar of this city, who escorted them to the Church of the Redeemer, where services were held. After which they were taken by special train to Beech Grove and deposited in the vault between those of her husband and daughter.  The husband lies on the right and the daughter on the left from the entrance, the caskets of each being covered and sealed completely in a coating of cement.  Mrs. Jorguson’s casket will be similarly treated this week.
Action of City Council at Their Meeting Saturday Night.

The city council held a meeting Saturday evening to take proper action with respect to the death of the late Maurice Fitzgerald, who was a very efficient police officer for nearly four years.

In the absence of Mayor N. B. Thistlewood, Alderman McHale was chosen mayor pro tem.
The following resolutions of respect were adopted:

To the Honorable Mayor and City Council:

We beg leave to submit the following resolutions:

WHEREAS, The creator of the universe has seen fit to call from us our friend, Maurice Fitzgerald, who for nearly four years has been identified with the administration in the capacity of a member of the police force, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the city council of the City of Cairo, tender to the family and inner circles of friends of the deceased, the condolence in their hour of bereavement.

RESOVLED, That our friend Maurice Fitzgerald was a man of sterling qualities and one whom we all learned to love and honor for his many good deeds.  In his death our police force has lost a member who was ever attentive to his public as well as private duties, one who was always ready to aid any movement for the advancement of our present police force.

RESOLVED, That these resolutions be spread upon our minutes and that the city clerk be instructed to transmit a copy to the bereaved family, and the city papers for publication.
W. P. June
W. P. Greaney.

The council ordered that the comptroller be instructed to purchase a suitable floral emblem.

On motion of Alderman Greaney the council decided to attend the funeral in a body.

Tuesday, 19 Feb 1901:
Died, at America, February 17, 1901, Mrs. Sarah Deihl, aged 77 years and 7 months.  Mrs. Deihl, whose maiden name was Wilson, was born and had ever since lived in the neighborhood of America.  Her husband, Jacob Deihl, died many years ago.  One son, Lafayette, Deihl and three daughters, Mrs. John Brown, Mrs. Oscar Mason, and Mrs. Will Smith, survive her.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church and as highly esteemed by all who knew her.  Burial at family graveyard on Tuesday, services conducted by Rev. J. M. Sutherland.

(Her marker in Wilson Cemetery near America reads:  Sarah Jane Wilson Deahl Born July 17, 1823 Died Feb. 17, 1901.  Jacob Deahl born Feb. 20, 1809 in Germany Died June 2, 1876.—Darrel Dexter)
Mary Oliver, the 14-year-old daughter of Mrs. William Oliver, is reported very low with lung trouble at their home on Seventh Street.
Mr. Herboldson’s four little children have been taken charge of and will be raised and educated by the Catholic Church of which he was a member.
The remains of Miles Coleman were taken to Elco last night for interment.  Mrs. Coleman and Israel Cauble were at his bedside when he died and accompanied the remains home.
Joseph Herboldsen, the electrician of the Egypt Electric Company, who was shot some time ago in a quarrel, died at 5 o’clock last evening at the hospital.  He was a member of the A. O. U. W. and the order will have charge of the remains.  He leaves four little motherless children.
At the meeting of the Woman’s Relief Corps it was decided to hold memorial services at the next meeting or the late Mrs. Morehead, who was chaplain of the corps.  Her chair in the hall was very beautifully draped last night.  A ribbon bearing her name with an open Bible at the top hung from the reading desk, and across the pedestal were the words, “At Rest.”  The decorations were the work of Mr. Charles Arter.  The next meeting will occur Monday, March 4th.
A son of Albert Meyers, aged 20, died last week of measles and pneumonia.  (Villa Ridge)
Col. Rearden received a letter recently from his old friend, Capt. F. P. Tufts, of Centralia, in which he very feelingly refers to the death of the late Col. F. Foreman, which occurred in California.  Col. Foreman was president of the Illinois State Association of Mexican Volunteers while he lived in Illinois and after. Tufts’ reverence for him was so great that he succeeded in having no election to fill his place so long as he lived which was greater age than that so far attained by any Mexican volunteer of which the association has record.  He writes that there are very few members of the old Third Regiment who are able to attend the annual reunions.  The next meetings will be held at Danville when he hopes all who are able will make it a point to be present.
The little child of Mrs. Parker, sister of Mr. Frank Spencer, of Cairo, was buried Sunday at Beech Grove.  Rev. Perry Brannum conducted the funeral services.

Friday, 20 Feb 1901:
The funeral of the electrician Joseph Herboldson took place today from St. Joseph’s Church, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment, and was attended by the A. O. U. W. who had charge of the remains.  The coroner’s jury in their investigation of the cause of his death found two witnesses whose testimony put a different appearance on the case from that reported previously, and if true shows why the negro Hugh Barnes, who shot him, is keeping out of the way.  According to this testimony, which is said to be that of eyes witnesses, the killing looks much like cold-blooded murder.
Charles Rucker, the colored man who killed Dan Buckner in Henry Zerfass’ saloon one Sunday morning not long ago, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to thirty-five years in the penitentiary.

Thursday, 21 Feb 1901:
Mrs. Ella Bailey, a colored woman living with her mother, Mrs. Jennie Brooks, died Tuesday, leaving three children.  The remains were buried today at Villa Ridge.
By The Death of His Father He Gets an Annuity of $6,000.

Alto Pass, Ill., Feb. 21.—Alfred Sturge, a journeyman printer who has recently been working on the Health and Home in Anna, received word yesterday that he would draw five hundred dollars per month during his lifetime in accordance with the will of his father, recently deceased.  The elder Mr. Sturge was a canon in the Church of England; his daughters married into the nobility, and his sons with one exception are noted professional men.  Alfred, who is a graduate of Oxford University, wished to see the world and did so without ascent of his father’s wealth.  He is now 61 years old, has seen the world and is ready to enjoy his legacy.

Friday, 22 Feb 1901:
Gov. Yates Will Be Asked to Increase the Amount.

The county commissioners will offer $100 reward for the capture of the Brown desperadoes and they hope Gov. Yates will increase the amount.  It is evident now that this is the course to pursue as it appears that information concerning them cannot be obtained otherwise.  People seem to be afraid to tell anything about them for fear of retribution at their hands.  The impression is that they are still in the county ___ent by friends.

When deputies Cauble and Moore returned from the county at 3 a.m. Thursday morning they had a prisoner between them, which they left a police headquarters, whom they had picked up in the city.  This gave rise to a rumor that they had captured one of the Brown boys and killed the other.  But he proved to be an innocent old German, who had an overload of beer.  The officers had picked him up in response to a call from a family on Commercial Avenue into whose house the German had stumbled insisting that it was the hotel at which he was stopping and he wanted to find his room.
The coroner’s jury sat upon the Miles Coleman murder case, and found that he came to his death at the hands of the three Brown brothers, one of whom is now in jail and the others still at large.

Saturday, 23 Feb 1901:
Peter W. Thompson went to Lincoln, Ill., Wednesday to take the three little children of the late Henry Morford to the Odd Fellows Home located there.  Mrs. Morford is unable to care for them and they will be received there, educated, taught a trade or calling and be turned out useful citizens.
Died, February 15th, William Carpenter, an old resident of Pulaski County from the effects of pneumonia, which followed the measles.  Mr. Carpenter was about 68 or 69 years of age.  In his death the community loses a good citizen.  His wife died only two or three days before her husband.  They leave several children all grown. (Friendship)
Died, February 18th, a little son of Fred Price, from the effects of drinking too much apple vinegar.  (Friendship)
Crossed the River at Dogtooth Bend Friday Night Following Assault.

The report is current at Thebes that the Brown boys have escaped into Missouri.  It is said that Friday night after the assault on Coleman that they tried to get Ben Thompson to ferry them across the river at Santa Fe.  They told him that they had got into trouble and wanted to leave the state.  He refused to take them over.  Then they went further south and got someone in Dogtooth Bend to take them over.  The report is believed around Thebes and it is further believed that the stories of the boys having been seen at different places are just circulated as a blind to give the fugitives a chance to get clear away from the officers.
The grand jury completed its labors and was discharged.  The indictment against young Grimes was changed from assault to that of murder.
Mrs. John Sproat was called to Peoria yesterday by a telegram announcing the death of her brother, who resided in that city.
The friends of Mrs. Kreutzer, mother of Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, will regret to learn that she is very low and constantly losing strength.
Hardy Powell, a young colored man, aged 16 years, died at 2614 Poplar Street, Thursday night of consumption.  His home is at Wolf Island, Mo.

Monday, 25 Feb 1901:
Word was received today that Mrs. Sadie Loeschner died suddenly in Leavenworth, Kan., yesterday.  Mrs. Loeschner is a half sister of Col. C. O. Patier, of this city.

Mary Oliver died Saturday night at the home of her mother, at 430 Seventh Street of consumption after an illness of over four months.  The funeral services were held this afternoon at the Cairo Baptist church.

Tuesday, 26 Feb 1901:
Mrs. McIntyre, 80 years old, mother of B. F. English, of this city, died last Sunday in Hardin County, Kentucky, of the grip.

Wednesday, 27 Feb 1901:
Mrs. Henry Dunker is very low with pneumonia and heart trouble and not expected to live.
Mrs. Robert Jones, who resides at the corner of Nineteenth and Poplar streets, is very low with dropsy from which she has been suffering for some time.  Her friends are much concerned about her.
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dewey returned home Monday night after an absence of several weeks, first at the bedside and funeral of Mrs. Sabin, in Anna, and later from a visit to Grandfather Dewey.  The old gentleman was suffering from an attack of grip, but seems to be recovered in spite of his years.  He is over 95.

Thursday, 28 Feb 1901:
About two weeks ago City Marshal Crouch of Metropolis was shot dead in Isaac Daniels’ saloon while trying to arrest two Kentucky men who were terrorizing citizens.  Last week Mrs. Crouch married Daniels.  The wedding has produced a sensation.  Mrs. Crouch was a sweetheart of Daniels before her marriage to Crouch.
Little Charlie Barnett is still very low.  His recovery is deemed hopeless. (Villa Ridge)
Jury Sets Free the Slayer of Fireman Walter Moore This Afternoon.
Were Out Only Three Hours.
Verdict a Surprise to the General Public Who Thought the Lesson of the Wilson Case Had not Been Forgotten.

William Grimes is a free man.

At 2:20 o’clock this afternoon the jury brought in a verdict which said in effect that Grimes was not to be punished for striking Walter Moore in the head and killing him.

The jury only took three hours to reach this conclusion.

The case went into their hands at 11:20 o’clock and at 2:20 they returned a verdict of “not guilty.”
The result will be a surprise to the public as all the stories of the crime and the finding of the coroner’s jury seemed to fix the crime as clearly a case of murder without any just provocation.  But it appears that there was but one witness to the act and that he only saw the man falling and could tell nothing as to what had occurred before the fatal blow was struck.  Grimes testified that Moore had made a motion to draw his revolver and that he struck him in self-defense.
Israel Cauble came down from Elco today.  He says that the Brown boys were seen at Olive Branch Monday night by Dr. Aird, who took a shot at them.  They have been seen there since, he says.
Oscar Stroud, of Olive Branch, was in the city yesterday.  He thinks the Brown boys are still about home, ranging from Horseshoe Lake to Mill Creek.  They are reported to be moving switch lights on the C. & E. I. every night and have the whole country terrorized.

Friday, 1 Mar 1901:
The Grimes Case.

The talk of the town is the jury’s verdict in the Grimes case yesterday and we fear that the public will never be able to understand “just how it happened,” or be satisfied with the result.  With the Grimes case on record, the previous Wilson case will never be heard of again.  The evidence taken by the coroner’s and grand juries had led everybody to expect the easy conviction of Grimes of a willful murder.  How it came to change so when presented before the court is a mystery.  But there are several mysteries about the case.  Why was it rushed to trial so speedily?  Murder cases are usually put off over at least one term of court to give both sides time to look up evidence and prepare their cases with proper care.

The brother of the murdered man had requested to be notified of the date of the trial, as he wanted to be present.  He said he was a poor man but had $200 or more to use in vindicating the memory of his brother.  But he was not notified.  If we are correctly informed.  The defense asked for a continuance, which was refused.  The defense represented that there was an important witness, which they could not get here at the date set for trial, but because the importance of the testimony was not made clear or for some reason they were overruled.

The jury was secured with more ease than is usual in important cases.  All but three or four were found in the regular panel and there was no trouble picking the rest up.  How twelve men who knew nothing about the case could be found so quickly is a mystery, especially when it was so widely published in newspapers and word of mouth for several weeks.  The trouble, no doubt, lay in the weakness of the prosecution.  Mr. Wilson, the prosecuting attorney, was alone in the case.  The statement made by some that Mr. Butler was helping him is not true.  Mr. Butler says he had nothing to do with it.  But if the prosecution was weak the defense was weak also.  Some of Mr. Grimes’ friends approached Mr. Butler to secure his assistance in the defense, but they did not feel able to pay the reasonable fee he demanded.  The same lack of interest was manifested all around and the result was inevitable.
The Citizen’s Alto Pass correspondent a few days ago sent a special relating the news of a windfall a printer located in this city had received from an estate in England.  Where the correspondent received the information of the $500 a month Sturge would draw monthly as long as he lived is not known, but correspondence with Sturge’s lawyer, who in a power of attorney had authorized his attorney in London, Ont., to sell some $6,000 in bonds which he held in trust for Sturge, who for many years had been reckless, revealed the fact that no money, bonds or securities, were held by him for Sturge, and the contents of his letter explodes the whole $500 a month theory.  Sturge had been drinking heavily at Jonesboro and is addicted to the use of opium and “hash heesh” a powerful narcotic, which is the reason probably for his extravagant claims.  Saturday Sturge went to Alto Pass and was so smooth tongued as to lead the citizens of that village to believe he was at once going to install out of his own capital an electric light plant, the village board calling a meeting to consider a franchise.  Sturge is also accused of trying to pass a check for $2,000 at Mill Creek, drawn on the First National Bank in this city (Anna), but on inquiry to the bank by the Mill Creek parties, revealed that Sturge had no money on deposit in that institution.  Alfred R. Sturge was employed in Anna as a printer in 1879, was then a man of great ability, but drink and narcotics have led him to the place that all travel who addict themselves to their use.  Wednesday afternoon he persuaded E. W. Anderson, of Jonesboro, to cash a check for him for $2.80 and then like the Arab “he silently folded his tent and stole away,” after having left complete evidence that the Alto Pass $500 a month story was purely a fake of the first water.
The circuit court is engaged in the Burns murder case, with every prospect of the prisoner being found “not guilty.”  The killing occurred in the country.  The plea is self-defense.

Saturday, 2 Mar 1901:
Reports This Fact This Afternoon

The Reginald Burns jury reported this afternoon that they could not agree on a verdict.  They were discharged and a new trial will have to be had.  It is understood that they stood 10 for acquittal and two for conviction of manslaughter.

In Memory of Mrs. Morehead.

The Woman’s Relief Corps will hold memorial services in honor of their late chaplain, Mrs. Amanda Morehead, to which the friends of the deceased are invited. 


Funeral Notice

Charles O. Patier died Saturday morning, aged 62 years, of pneumonia.  Funeral services will be held at his late residence at 1:30 o’clock Monday afternoon.  Special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street for Beech Grove Cemetery at 2:50 o’clock.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.
William Beier was called to Centralia Wednesday by the death of his father, Peter Beier, who was an old citizen of that place.  He was 75 years old.  The funeral will occur Sunday.  Mr. William Beier is son-in-law of F. Nordman, Sr.
By Col. Patier’s request, the grand Army post will have charge of the funeral and conduct the ceremonies.
Passed Away at 12:17 O’clock This Morning at the Hospital.
Contracted in Florida Last Week—Sketch of the Life of One of Cairo’s Foremost Citizens—Funeral Arrangements.

Col. Charles O. Patier passed away at 12:17 a.m. today after long struggle with ill health, which had followed him many years.  As is known, the immediate cause of death was pneumonia, contracted while in Florida, whither he had gone with his daughter and Mayor Thistlewood and daughter in the hope of gaining strength.  He thought the sunny south would be safer for him than the changeable temperature of our city.  He caught his cold while coming from Pensacola to Mobile, was brought home desperately ill and in spite of the best medical care and nursing expired as above stated.

Col. Patier was born January 1, 1839, in Easton, Pa.  Was educated in the public schools, learned the mercantile business with Adam Folimier, of Williamsport, Pa. and a course in a commercial college.  At the age of eighteen he came west and took a position as salesman for William Allen at Freeport, Ill., and soon acquired a reputation as a salesman seldom possessed by one of his age.

             At the breaking out of the Civil War, he went to St. Louis and assisted in raising a company which joined the Sixth Missouri regiment under the first call of President Lincoln for troops.  He was mustered in as first lieutenant of his company, “D,” and took part in the march to Southeast Missouri after the Confederate General Price.  He was later provost marshal of Jefferson City, Mo., for two years.  Later he rejoined his regiment and took part in the Siege of Vicksburg and Sherman’s March to the Sea; was seriously wounded in the right breast at Goldsboro, N.C., and spent four months in the hospital in New York.  When cured, he joined his regiment at Little Rock, Ark.  He was promoted to rank of captain and mustered out with his regiment in June 1865.  He came to Cairo in 1866 and became salesman in the store of Greeley & Purcell, the original of the present New York Store.  Mr. Wolf was bookkeeper.  Mr. Greeley’s health failing, he desired to get out of business, and Mr. Patier bought first a half interest in 1868 and the remaining interest in 1872, taking in as a partner the former faithful bookkeeper Mr. Wolf.  The firm prospered every hour of its existence and the house today is doing the same safe business.  Once fire destroyed the large storehouse, but it was rebuilt more substantial than before in its present form.

On Nov. 27, 1874, Col. Patier married Miss Mary Toomy, of Chicago, who survives him.

Col. Patier was always a public-spirited man, taking a most active interest in public matters.  He was a member of the city council for twelve years, and filled out the unexpired term of Thomas W. Halliday as mayor, after which he was elected to that office and served with distinction.  The present system of water works was obtained largely through his efforts while alderman.

He was a member of the Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F., and the St. Louis Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, of which Postmaster John F. Rector is also a member.  Mr. Rector has telegraphed the St. Louis Commandery of the Colonel’s death and expects a committee of the order to be in attendance at the funeral, which is to take place on Monday.

While Col. Patier’s rank in the army was that of captain, he was chosen by Gov. Richard Oglesby as a member of his staff with rank as colonel.

He was one of the celebrated three hundred in the famous Republican presidential convention at Chicago in 1876 and attended nearly every Republican convention since the war.  His wife and four children, Charles, Earl, William and Maude, survive him.

Col. C. O. Patier was very successful in all his undertakings and his wealth ranges between $150,000 and $200,000 consisting of cash, bank stock, bonds, loans and real estate.  He was associated with the reorganization of the Alexander County National Bank in 1875 and was a valuable member of its board of directors until his death.  He was a member of the Army of the Tennessee and a director of the Cairo Board of Trade.

Col. C. O. Patier was for many years a director in the Cairo and St. Louis railroad.

(Charles O. Patier married Mary Toony on 27 Jan 1873, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Monday, 4 Mar 1901:

Capt. John C. Parker, of St. Louis, arrived to attend the funeral of Col. Patier, and with Capt. Rector represents the Loyal League.  Capt. Parker is an old friend of Col. Patier’s and was a distinguished officer in the navy and a shipmate of Sampson, Schley, and Watson.


Clinton Norman, a white man living near Thirty-fourth and Commercial, died Saturday evening of paralysis.  Funeral services were conducted yesterday by Dr. W. S. McGee, and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge by Undertaker Batty.  The family of the deceased consists of a wife and five or six little children, and they were left in destitute circumstances.  A number of kindhearted ladies came to their assistance, and the factory people raised $41 for their relief.  The family came here from Union County near Jonesboro.

             (Clinton Norman married Caroline Johnston on 24 Apr 1873, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Large Concourse of People Attended Funeral of Col. Charles O. Patier.


City Council, City Officials, Police Force, Fire Department, Board of Trade and Citizens Followed Remains to the Cemetery.—Flowers in Great Profusion Above Casket.

             All Cairo turned out this afternoon to pay a last tribute to the memory of Col. Charles O. Patier.  Funeral services were held at the family residence on Twentieth Street, and the house and yard and the street in front were thronged with the friends and associates of the deceased.  It was the largest outpouring of citizens to attend a public funeral, probably, since the death of the late Thomas W. Halliday.

At the house, solemn services were held at 1:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. B. Diepenbrock, of St. Joseph’s Church.  At their conclusion the cortege started for the funeral train.

The procession was headed by the Mound City band and following the remains were the members of Warren Stewart Post, G. A. R., the city council, city officials, police force and members of the city fire department, members of the Board of Trade, and the employees of the New York Store, in almost the order named.  A detachment of the high school cadets, under Capt. DeMontcourt, was also there to fire the salute over the grave at the conclusion of the grand army burial ceremony.

The honorary pallbearers were as follows:

C. M. Osterloh, E. A. Buder, W. E. Gholson, Thomas Boyd, George E. Ohara, John F. Rector, J. H. Mulcahy, M. C. Wright, P. J. Thistlewood, Charles Lancaster, Orland Wilson, J. C. Sullivan, Joseph Steagala, C. R. Woodward, E. G. Pink, A. Botto, M. J. Howley, E. A. Smith, E. W. Halliday, Cal Neff, Charles Galigher, Charles Cunningham, J. S. Rearden, E. S. Dewey, Capt. J. C. Parker, and C. S. Carey.

The active pall bearers were:  Thomas Cotter, Jr., P. C. Barclay, P. T. Langan, H. W. Schuh, W. P. Greaney, E. E. Ellis, W. H. Wood, Charles Feutcher, C. A. Pettit, Ed Werner, Dr. W. C. Jocelyn, P. E. Powell.

The floral tributes were very magnificent and profuse, among the most elaborate being a piece, “Gates Ajar,” from the New York Store; a pillow from the young lady employees of the store; a broken column from the Alexander County National Bank, beside beautiful offerings from the G. A. R., the city council, the Board of Trade, and from hosts of individual friends.

Mrs. Patier’s brother, Mr. John Toomey, of Chicago, and wife, were the only relative from abroad here to attend the funeral.



Tuesday, 5 Mar 1901:

The Mound City cornet band attended the funeral of Col. C. O. Patier Monday afternoon.


Henry Randolph, a colored man living on Fifteenth Street, died Monday morning.  He was a steady, hard-working man, and was employed by the Schuh Drug Company for about sixteen years.



Impressive Ceremonies Held at the Grave Yesterday Afternoon.

             The ceremonies at the grave at the burial of the late Col. C. O. Patier yesterday were of the most solemn and impressive character and hundreds were moved to tears.  In the midst of the Grand Army burial service, Mrs. Annie Shoemaker in obedience to a request made by the deceased several weeks ago, sang as a solo, the “Grand Army Badge.”  Her voice gave the words an emphasis that went to the hearts of the citizens as well as the soldiers of the Grand Army, and they could not hold back the tears.

             Mr. H. A. Hannon read a short history of the deceased, particularly relating to his military career, and deposited the floral tribute of the G. A. R. on the grave.

             The Guards then fired three volleys over the grave and the bugler sounded taps, which the company sorrowfully turned away from the grave, which was actually hidden in the profusion of flowers and floral emblems that loving friends had placed upon it.



Brown Brothers Were Willing Captives and Made No Effort to Get Away.


Belief Is Current that a Plot Was Arranged to Secure Reward and Use It to Defend the Brothers on Trial.  Sheriff Glad to Have Them Behind the Bars.

             Bud and Lum Brown, the desperadoes, who brutally assault Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman, inflicting wounds from which he died are now safely lodged in the Alexander County jail.  They were brought in by their friends at 6:30 o’clock last evening.  Their captors were John Williamson, Al Dunning, John Pratt, Thomas Bryant and George Cloar.  The party came in in a wagon.  Sheriff Hodges was waiting for them.  He got word from Sandusky, and then from Unity and finally from Davis that they were on the road.  The sheriff was very uneasy until the Browns were safely behind the bars.  He was fearful that they had escaped on the way down to the jail.  His fears were allayed when the news came from Davis that the party had passed there at 6 o’clock.  Davis is the Mobile & Ohio switch tower at the connection with the bridge approach.

             In a hack behind the Browns and their captors came the sheriff’s posse, which went out at noon yesterday on another hunt.  It included Jailer Scott Cauble, Bob Moore, and Bob Ashby.  They went out to Unity, where they learned that the much-wanted prisoners had been captured and they started back, overtaking the party a short distance below Unity.

             As the wagon containing the Browns passed under the electrical light at Division Street, Sheriff Hodges’ watchful eye caught sight of them.  He at once went out to meet them, otherwise the party would have driven on downtown.  As he hailed them, the occupants of the wagon started to parley.  They wanted to take the Browns downtown and give them their supper.  The sheriff convinced them that a banquet was waiting them in Cauble’s hotel.  Then they all piled out of the wagon.  The Browns were not handcuffed nor tied.  One of the crowd there asserts that one of the Browns had a pistol in his pocket, which he quietly slipped to one of the captors.  All seven of the party were crowded together there, and guns were resting loosely between the knees of at least four of them.  When they got out of the wagon, they put their guns down first and then all jumped out.  It was apparent to all that the Browns were coming in willingly.

             Inside the jail the party had little to say.  One of them told The Citizen that one of the Browns was captured on Horse Shoe Lake and the other in the hills above Olive Branch.  He said that they could have brought one of them in a week ago, but that they wanted both.  He said they effected the capture in the morning and then left Olive Branch right after dinner and came directly through as they were anxious to get their prisoners safely in jail.  As a matter of fact, they did nothing of the kind.  The party stopped at Sandusky and all went into the saloon, where the Browns were loose and could have escaped had they wanted to.  Then they drove very slowly all the way down reaching here an hour later than they should have done.  Again their desire to drive downtown and get supper did not show any haste to get rid of their prisoner.

             It is believed that these young fellows brought the Browns in to get the reward so that it can be used to defend them in their trial.  They were the companions of the Browns, and at the houses of several of them the Browns have found shelter and food since the tragedy of February 14.

             Sheriff Hodges is probably the happiest man in town over the outcome of the affair.  He feared that another tragedy would occur when the murderers were captured.  He also feared that some ill would befall the people of the vicinity of Olive Branch, who had been bold enough to assist in the hunt for the fugitives, or report their whereabouts.  Both these fears are now removed.

             The country around Olive Branch was thoroughly terrorized.  Scarcely anyone dared to say a word against these fellows or report on them.  They feared their barns or homes would be fired if their lives were not in danger.  The Browns were constantly making threats against this one and that, so that their fears were not altogether idle.  It is reported that a few days ago one of the Browns met a man in the road and promptly knocked him down.  When asked why he had struck one who had done him no harm he replied:  “I haven’t knocked down anyone today, and I want to keep my hand in.”

The county board had the matter of the payment of the reward under consideration this afternoon but took no formal action.  The posse who brought the Browns in returned home this afternoon.

Gov. Yates yesterday issued a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of Columbus Brown, alias Lum Brown.



Wednesday, 6 Mar 1901:

Brought Before Judge Robarts This Afternoon, But Were not Ready to Plead.

Judge Roberts did not arrive until noon today, so that court convened after dinner.

The Brown boys were brought over to plead, but were not ready with their case and asked for a continuance until May term, which was granted.  Lum Brown showed unmistakenable signs of fear by his blanched face and his lazy attitude.  Bud Brown showed concern, but much more indifference than Lum.  But the younger brother was altogether careless and unconcerned.
Col. Hess of Vienna, committed suicide Tuesday.  He was despondent over financial troubles and took morphine.  He was over 70 years of age and was a veteran of two wars.

(Samuel Hess, 21, enlisted as a private in Co. F 2nd Regiment on 25 Jun 1846, and was discharged 18 Jun 1847, at Camargo, Mexico.  He was a major of the 60th Illinois Infantry, enlisting 12 Feb 1862.  He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 2 Mar 1863, and resigned on 21 May 1863.  He was thought to be the illegitimate son mentioned in a bastardy case brought in Union County by Mary Ann Hess against Samuel Reed.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, little Gertie Slater, on Saturday, March 2nd.

Thursday, 7 Mar 1901:
Mrs. P. Thompson attended Col. Patier’s funeral at Mounds Monday.  (Wetaug)
Mrs. William Coward, of near Horseshoe Lake, died Monday and was interred Tuesday in the Hargis Cemetery.

(William L. Coward married Mary E. Davis on 24 Dec 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Hazel Baird Died from Heart Disease this Forenoon.
Just as Recess Was Over.—She Had Complained of Feeling Unwell, But Went Through Lessons as Usual.—School Dismissed for the Day.

At recess this morning the teachers and pupils of the high school building received a fearful shock by the sudden death of Miss Hazel Baird.  The gong for recess had just sounded and the pupils had started into the dressing rooms, Miss Hazel was among the first to reach the room, and proceeded to the wash bowl where she washed her hands and reached up for the towel when she fell over against the other girls and sank to the floor.  Mrs. Way was standing in the door beside her and caught her before she was entirely down.  Prof. Snyder was in the main hall and noticing the commotion, started on a run and reached the place as she was being laid out on the floor.  Artificial respiration was practiced, camphor was held to her nose and everything that could be thought of was done, but she never breathed, and made but two gasps after falling.  Doctors were telephoned for and they come at once but found her dead and they suppose the cause was heart failure.

Miss Baird was a very bright scholar, and about sixteen years old.  She attended the opera house last night and said to a companion that she had eaten no breakfast, and did not feel well, but aside from that she seemed as well as ever and recited her lessons in her usual manner.

She was the daughter of Mr. Henry Baird, who works at the Mobile & Ohio freight depot in this city.
Coroner McManus held an inquest on the remains at the school at 2 this afternoon, after which they were removed to her home.

School was dismissed this afternoon, after the inquest was held.

The coroner’s jury found that the cause of death was a heart lesion, superinduced by cerebral anemia.
Mrs. Callagan, of lower Dogtooth Bend, died Tuesday evening.
The little five-year-old son of Joseph Cavender of Willard, died last evening of measles complicated with pneumonia.

(This may be Clyde Lawrence, son of Joseph W. and Clara J. Cavender, born about 1893, who is thought to be buried in Cavender & Schindler Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Margaret Kruetzer died last night at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Whitcamp, No. 1806 Poplar Street, aged 72 years, of old age.  She was born and raised at Saul Louis, Germany, and came to Cairo thirty-five years ago.  Her husband was a tailor by trade and died here about fifteen years ago.  Three daughters survive her, Mrs. Whitcamp, of Cairo; Mrs. Louis Senies, of Collinsville, Ill.; and Mrs. John Rossback, of New Orleans, La.  The funeral will probably take place tomorrow.

(Frederick Whitcamp married Maggie Krutzer on 15 Oct 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 8 Mar 1901:
Lee Jeffries the Victim of the Carelessness of Will Cross.

Lee Jeffries was accidentally shot and instantly killed Monday, by Will Cross, at Beechwood.  A fellow named Smith had bought a new pistol and was exhibiting it in Will Cross’ restaurant when Cross took the pistol in his hand and it was accidentally discharged, the contents entering the stomach of Jeffries.
A. L. Parker, of the Halliday, attended the funeral of his cousin, Frank T. Milligan, at DuQuoin Tuesday.
Col. J. S. Rearden received a letter from J. M. Riddle, clerk of the Association of the Army of the Tennessee, acknowledging the receipt of the colonel’s report of the death of their commander, Col. C. O. Patier and wrote that a suitable memorial and sketch of his military life will be proposed and forwarded to the bereaved family.  Col. Reardon represented the Army of the Tennessee at C. O. Patier’s funeral.

Saturday, 9 Mar 1901:
The little daughter of Jerome Copeland living in Future City died last night at 8 o’clock of pneumonia, which followed an attack of the measles.  Mr. Copeland recently removed here from Villa Ridge, and works at the Chicago Mill.

(Jerome J. Copeland married Sarah Ellen Waller on 23 Feb 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Miss Hazel Baird took place this afternoon from her home at the corner of Ninth and Walnut.  The pupils and teachers of the high school attended in a body and the floral offerings were numerous.  It was a very sad and impressive occasion.  The remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
Fell from a Central Train.

Anna Democrat:  As Guy Penninger was returning home from Cairo, he fell from the train and was so severely injured that he is hardly expected to recover.  As the train neared Pulaski, he attempted to pass from one car to another, the wind blew his hat off and in attempting to recover it he became overbalanced and fell.  He struck the roadbed with such force as to fracture his skull, which renders his recovery almost impossible.  He was taken to Pulaski and was later brought home to Anna.

(He survived for several years.  A marker in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Union Co., Ill., reads:  Guy son of A. L. & T. J. Penninger Died July 13, 1906 Aged 30 Yrs., 1 Mo., & 6 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 11 Mar 1901:
Mrs. Robinson, wife of Dr. L. F. Robinson, died Saturday.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church.

(Luther Robinson married Jane Chatham, 21, on 23 Aug 1874, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  M. J. Robinson wife of L. F. Robinson Born July 19, 1852 Died March 9, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Rev. T. P. Brannum was called away last week by the dangerous illness of a sister and has not yet returned. (Villa Ridge)
The funeral of Miss Hazel Baird at the cemetery here (Villa Ridge) was very impressive.  Her class, wearing the class colors, attended in a body, and her little grave was so thickly covered with flowers, the gifts of loving friends that no part of the earth was visible.
The remains of young Mr. Kennedy, who died at St. Mary’s Infirmary on Saturday night, were taken to Villa Ridge on the five o’clock a.m. train today by a number of his male friends, who returned on the 10:35 train.
Mr. E. S. Dewey this afternoon received a dispatch from Greenville stating that his aged father is sinking.  He will go up tonight.

Tuesday, 12 Mar 1901:
Charles Duncan, formerly of Cairo, died at Algers, La., last night and his remains will be brought up tonight for interment at Tamaroa.  He was formerly employed by the Illinois Central Railroad here and married Miss Leahigh.

(This may refer to Charley Duncan who married Maggie Leigh on 4 Oct 1899, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 14 Mar 1901:
Alvin Bradley a young man, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Tuesday morning.  His mother and brother came down from St. Louis.
G. W. Sullivan, a farmer who has resided for many years near Wickliffe, Ky., died last night from injuries received during the storm Sunday night.  He tried to shut the doors of his large tobacco barn in the storm when the beam used to fasten them was blown upon him in such a way as to break one of his legs.  His family carried him to the house and procured medical attention and it was supposed he would recover all right, but it appears that he was internally injured.  He leaves a wife and five children.
Eight of the orphan children of an old soldier named Roberts, who died two months ago, all children under 16 years of age and left as county charges have small pox at Anna.

(A notice in the 2 Feb 1901, Jonesboro Gazette stated that James Roberts, an old soldier living on C. M. Miller’s farm north of Anna, died last week and was buried in Casper Cemetery.  He left several small children.  His wife died three months ago.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 15 Mar 1901:
Tuesday afternoon, Dr. J. H. Mitchell of Carbondale assisted by Dr. Stewart of this city (Anna) trephined the skull of Guy Penninger, who fell from a train at Pulaski a week or more ago, receiving a very bad cut on the back of the head, which caused almost total paralysis.  The operation is reported successful, apparently, although the patient is considered still in a critical condition.
Died, at her home in this city (Anna), Tuesday, March 12, at 3:30 a.m., of apoplexy, Mrs. Lucy L. Willard, wife of the late Walter H. Willard.  The funeral services were held at the family residence Wednesday afternoon and the burial occurred at the Anna Cemetery.  Mrs. Willard was a native of Herbrooke, Canada, and was the mother of five children, all of whom survive her, her eldest son being Dr. F. W. Willard, of this city.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church for many years and the funeral services were conducted by her pastor Rev. A. J. Berger.

(A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Walter H. Willard 1826-1896.  Lucy L. Willard his wife 1835-1901.  Walter Willard their son 1868-1929.—Darrel Dexter)
Everybody seems to be well pleased to know that the Brown boys have been captured.  By the way, our constable, Mr. McRaven, was not mentioned as the man who arrested Ab Brown.  He did it all the same.  (Diswood)
Alto Pass, Ill., March 15.—Wiley Smith, a Civil War veteran, died at his home west of town today.  He was past seventy years of age and died near his birthplace.

(Wiley Smith was a private in Co. F, 13th Missouri Infantry.  A marker in Beech Grove Cemetery in Union Co., Ill., reads:  Wiley Smith Born 1830 Died March 14, 1901, Age 71 Yrs.  Susan M. Smith Born Nov. 14, 1839 Died Jan. 24, 1921, Age 82 Yrs.  In my father’s house are many mansions.—Darrel Dexter)
Oliver Dewey, Father of E. S. Dewey, Is Deceased.
Passed Away Thursday Night at Age of 95 Years.—Had Been in Failing Health for Several Years.

Judge W. S. Dewey this morning received a message from his father, E. S. Dewey, bringing the sad news of the death of Grandfather Oliver Dewey, which occurred at 11 o’clock last night.  The news was not unexpected, as the old gentleman had been failing rapidly for a month or more and in the natural course of events, it was realized that the end could not be far off.  Two years ago he had a fall, which injured his hip, and from this he never fully recovered although he was able to get about with the use of a crutch, but aside from this he had been remarkably free from ailments of any kind.  His remains will be buried at Sandwich, Ill.

Mr. Dewey was born at Lenox in July 1805, and would have been 96 years old in July of this year.  While he lived in Massachusetts he held many positions of trust, among which he served a term as sheriff of Berkshire County.  He removed to Illinois in 1853 and followed farming in the vicinity of Aurora and Sandwich until 1896 when at the death of his wife he broke up his home and has since resided with his children, five of whom, two girls and three boys, all married, are still living.  At this time of his death he was at the home of his eldest son, R. K. Dewey, at Greenville, Ill.  Ex-Circuit Clerk E. S. Dewey, of this city, and the rest of his children and many of his grandchildren were at his bedside when he died.
Say Their Friends Deceived Them, Else They Would not Have Surrendered.

The Brown boys have been doing some talking if reports are true.  Yesterday morning they asked about the reward that was offered for their capture, and when told that it was thought to be $200 by the county and $200 more by the governor when they should be convicted, they swore like troopers, and said they had been told by the men they came in with that it amounted to $1,000 and that is why they gave themselves up.  It’s a pity they were so badly deceived, but we do not think anyone is going to shed tears over it.  It is evident, however, that if they had not thought the reward was large and that they would get part of it, to use in employing counsel, that it would have required much more effort to capture them.
Riley Bradley, who came down to attend the funeral of his brother, returned to St. Louis last night.
Capt. John W. King is not so well today and as a matter of fact, we regret to state that there is nothing encouraging in his case.  The dropsical conditions were relieved recently by tapping, but this relief is not permanent character, and a gradual return to previous conditions is probable.
Judge F. Bross was called yesterday to St. Clair County by the death of his brother, Joseph, which occurred on Wednesday.  In the years just after the close of the Civil War, Joseph Bross owned the building at the corner of Tenth and Washington, in this city, and had a large retail grocery trade.  He was a sufferer from rheumatism then and continued to be troubled with it until his death.

(Joseph Bross married Verona Sutter on 17 Sep 1864, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Frances Wolfer Not Known Here.

Frances Wolfer, 56, Cairo, Ill., arrived in the city Wednesday from his home and went direct to the City Hospital.  He suffered from asthma and died at 9 p.m. Wednesday.  Wolfer said that the authorities at Cairo sent him to St. Louis to die.—St. Louis Chronicle.

Somebody must be mistaken.  We cannot learn that Frances Wolfer ever was a citizen of Cairo or that our authorities ever heard his name before.
Tramp Run Down by a Central Passenger Train at Bridge Junction.

A man was struck and killed by an Illinois Central passenger train near Bridge Junction at noon today.  The man was walking on the track.  The wind was blowing fiercely.  Behind the man came the bobtail, which leaves Cairo at 11:42.  It whistled and he turned around and saw No. 2 the fast train, coming down the bridge approach.  Possible he thought that was the train that whistled.  He remained on the track and was struck and thrown to one side.  When picked up, he was expiring.  The remains were brought down to town.

The remains were taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment, where an inquest will be held.  So far all that has been found about him is that his name is William Voight.  The coroner has telegraphed several places but has not yet located him.

Saturday, 16 Mar 1901:
Died, Saturday, March 9th, Addie, little son of Gus Egner, of measles.  (Friendship)

(August Egner married Lizzie Hoffman on 31 Oct 1882, in St. Clair Co., Ill.  A marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Adam son of Mr. and Mrs. August Egner Born Aug. 12, 1892 Died March 9, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
The coroner’s jury that sat upon the remains of William Voight, the stranger who was killed on the railroad, found that he came to his death while walking on the Illinois Central railroad tracks within the city limits, being struck by a locomotive that was nearing at the rate of twenty-five miles per hour.  The coroner has not heard from the man’s friends yet.  He had some money on his person and if nothing is heard from them, he will be buried at Villa Ridge in a few days.

Monday, 18 Mar 1901:
James H. Freeman, an aged citizen of this place (Anna), was struck by train No. 25 at the Main Street crossing Saturday at 3:45 p.m. and died two hours later from his injury.  Engine No. 229 was coming in unusually slow when Freeman stepped directly in front of it and was thrown 50 feet or more. 

Eyewitnesses of the accident say that the train was running very slow and it is the opinion of many that the aged man deliberately committed suicide.  The coroner’s jury did not hold the railroad employees responsible.  Freeman had recently lost his home through foreclosure of mortgage and was given $25 by the mortgagee for peaceable possession.  He was formerly a well-to do farmer, owning two farms east of this city.  His wife was a daughter of Rev. Daniel Spence, a pioneer Methodist preacher of Union County.  She died two years ago leaving no children.  Her husband was thus left alone.  He was about 72 years of age.

(James Freeman married Louisa M. Spence on 12 Oct 1848, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  James H. Freeman Born June 13, 1827 Died March 16, 1901.  Malissa wife of J. Freeman Born May 5, 1831 Died Feb 18, 1898.—Darrel Dexter)
On Sunday morning, T. J. Anderson, living one mile north of Anna, discovered the remains of a man lying by the side of a log about 75 yards east of the Ellis school house.  The body proved to be that of Robert H. Miner, an old soldier, aged 62 years.  He had left his home last Wednesday, his wife who was Mrs. Jennie Miles, to whom he was married in Cairo about three weeks ago, refusing to live with him after learning that her husband was not a lawful one, owing to his being much married, having two living wives in Missouri, one of whom he had married here over a year ago and from whom he had not been divorced.  Miner a few days ago learned that Mrs. Miner No. 2 was preparing to come to this locality to pick berries, and incidentally prosecute him for bigamy, and it is supposed that the fear of a term in the penitentiary prompted him to commit suicide, but the coroner’s jury found he came to his death from causes unknown to them.

(Robert Minor was buried in the G. A. R. section of Anna City Cemetery.  His marker states he was a member of Co. I, 13th Indiana Infantry.  Robert H. Minor, born in Madison, Ind., married Mrs. Nancy J. Hawk nee Shufflebarger on 21 May 1899, in Union Co., Ill. The 23 Mar 1901, Jonesboro Gazette stated he married on 19 Feb 1901, Mrs. Jane Elmore.  Daniel Elmore married Mrs. Jane Miles on 15 Mar 1898, in Union Co., Ill.  Ferrill L. Miles married Eliza J. Bess on 25 Nov 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Was Jealous of Hill.

Mount Vernon, Ills., March 18.—Lige Taylor was shot by Robert C. Hill Saturday night.  Hill, it is said, was jealous of Taylor’s attention to Hill’s divorced wife.  Taylor’s wounds are considered fatal.  Hill gave himself up.
Colored Boy Dropped Dead.

Sunday afternoon Edward Donald, aged about 19, a colored boy working for the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, dropped dead while playing baseball.  He ran and tried to catch a ball that was too high for him and missing the ball, he turned and fell on his face.  His companions went to him immediately, but saw at once that he was dead.

Coroner McManus held an inquest on the remains this morning and the verdict of the jury was that he came to his death from natural causes.  Mrs. Feith, the undertaker, took charge of the remains, which were shipped, to his home at Martin, Tenn., today.
Judge F. Bross has returned from Waterloo, where he attended the funeral of his brother.  He stopped off at Murphysboro Saturday to visit his daughter, Mrs. J. M. Herbert.
Hon. Simon S. Barger, of Pope County, died last week.  He was a man of great public spirit and energy and was one of the leaders in the movement to secure a railroad for Pope County.
Nothing further has been heard about William Voight, the white man killed by the Illinois Central train at North Cairo the other day, and his remains are to be buried tomorrow at Villa Ridge.  The grave will be carefully marked, so that if relatives are heard from, they can be guided to it.  A man in Grand Chain who knew him says he has two brothers in New York who are well to do, but their addresses are not known.

Tuesday, 19 Mar 1901:
Mrs. Caroline Miller was so ill Saturday that her life was despaired of.  She rallied somewhat Sunday, but is still very low.  (Villa Ridge.)
Rev. T. P. Brannum, who was called to the deathbed of his sister last week, has not returned yet, and his pulpit in the Methodist church was filled Sunday evening by Rev. Mr. Smith, of Anna.  (Villa Ridge)

Wednesday, 20 Mar 1901:
Died, at Grand Chain, Ill., March 15th, August Gutman, aged 63 years.  Mr. Gutman was born in Baden, Germany, and came to America when a young man.  He lived in Cincinnati and other eastern cities until about the year 1858, when he came to Mound City.  After a few years he removed to Grand Chain where he had lived about twenty-eight years.  He served the people of Grand Chain as justice of the peace a number of years and during McKinley’s Administration he held the position of postmaster.  No man in the county was more highly respected than he.  A wife and four children survive him.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bloom, of Vienna.  Burial at Beech Grove Monday, which was largely attended.
Died, at the home of her uncle, W. J. Fern, in Tunnel Hill, Ill., Sunday, March 17th, Miss Elizabeth Trover, aged 22 years, 4 months and 10 days.  Deceased was the daughter of the late Esquire Trover, of this city (Mound City), was reared in this city, and was a member of the graduating class of ‘95 of the Mound City high school.  During the past two years until a while before Christmas, she had been assistant postmistress.  She was one of the most popular young ladies of this city, being a friend to all, and all were friends to her.  Indeed she was a general favorite.  Her remains were brought to this city Monday when preparations were completed for the funeral Tuesday.  Services were conducted at the residence of Postmaster Gus Michaelis, Tuesday at 1 o’clock p.m. by Rev. S. A. D. Rodgers.  Interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery in the afternoon.
The funeral over the remains of Miss Lizzie Trover were largely attended.  The pallbearers selected by the deceased were Ed Fitzpatrick, Joe Lutz, Oscar Ross, Pat McNiel, John Cook, Charley Huckleberry, George Schuler, Will Read, James Connell.  A large number of very beautiful flowers were presented by the friends of the deceased.

Thursday, 21 Mar 1901:
The funeral of Miss Lola Hobbs was held Monday afternoon at the Thebes Cemetery.  A large throng of silent mourners witnessed the obsequies.

(Her marker in Old Thebes Cemetery reads:  Loloi dau. of M. A. & G. A. Hobbs Died March 16, 1901 Aged 18 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 9 Ds.  A loved one is gone from our home.  On earth we will meet her no more.  She has gone to her home in heaven, And all of her troubles are o’er.—Darrel Dexter)
Misses Lula Breeze and Mandy Hall, of Cape Girardeau, came down to the funeral of Miss Lola Hobbs.
Died, March 16th, of consumption, Miss Lola Hobbs, aged 19.  Her father and mother died of consumption only a few years ago.

(The marker for her father in Old Thebes Cemetery reads:  M. A. Hobbs Born May 11, 1847 Died Feb. 5, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
Judge Manns, a young man who resided near Perks, died of measles Sunday.
Rev. J. A. Scarritt was called to Brighton, Ill., today, to conduct the funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Helen Martin, an old friend of his family.  Mr. Scarritt lived many years in Brighton.

Friday, 22 Mar 1901:
Mrs. Jamerson is keeping house for Dr. Robinson since his wife’s death.

Saturday, 23 Mar 1901:
Mrs. Ada Oliver, widow of C. C. Oliver, the agent for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad at Jonesboro, who was killed in a rear end collision in Cairo last November, has brought suit against the company and the case is now before the Union County circuit court.

(Charles C. Oliver married Ada Moore on 29 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Milo Gregory was hanged at Kennett Thursday for the murder of his employer, Joseph Covert, on February 20, 1899.  He shot and killed Covert, who was a saw mill owner, in a dispute over the value of an iron wedge. In a written statement, Gregory said the killing was accidentally and on the gallows he protested his innocence.

Monday, 25 Mar 1901:
Mrs. Stokes, of Anna, came down yesterday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Boyle.  Mrs. Boyle’s sons from Nebraska and Chicago and a nephew from Memphis were also here.
Sherman Wilson, who lives in a tent at Terrell’s Landing, Ky., with his family, and who is getting out timber for the firm of R. Pollock & Co., of this city, who deals in pulp wood, cut a tree down this morning which fell on his tent, instantly killing his wife and injuring his 4-year-old boy to such an extent, that recovery is thought impossible.  Dr. Hardin, of Mound City, went to the scene of the accident to render medical attendance.
The funeral trains were up from Cairo Sunday.  A colored man, Jim Davis, an old resident of Cairo, was the first to arrive, followed by the train containing the remains of Mrs. Ellen Boyle, who died at St. Mary’s Infirmary and was one of Cairo’s oldest citizens.  She was the sister of Con O’Callahan, who was a very prominent man in the early days of Cairo.  He is now living at Cincinnati, and has been very low with pneumonia, but is thought now to be on the way to recovery.  Relations from Anna and Memphis were present at the funeral, which was largely attended.

Tuesday, 26 Mar 1901:
Charles Smith, of St. Louis, While Intoxicated Fell off Wharf.

Charles Smith, a steamboat cook, fell off the wharf boat at Sixth Street and was drowned about 10 o’clock last night.  The steward of the Charlie Brown came down ahead of the boat and secured several men to go on the boat and was holding them on the wharf boat until the tug should arrive and take them to the Brown, which was above the bridge.  Smith was intoxicated and when he fell overboard, he started to swim out into the river and was soon out of sight.  His body has not yet been recovered.  He was a single man and lived in St. Louis and was better known by the name of “Dutch Charlie” than by his real name.
Labor Leader Dead at Alto.

Alto Pass, Ill., March 25.—Samp Milam, a well known cooper and vice president of the local American Federation of Labor lodge, died this afternoon of pneumonia.  He was about 30 years old and leaves a widow and two children.
Verdict for Mobile & Ohio in Circuit Court at Jonesboro.

Mrs. Ada Oliver, who brought suit against the Mobile & Ohio railroad for $2,000 damages for the death of her husband, C. C. Oliver, in a rear-end collision in Cairo last November, has lost her case.  The trial was before the circuit court at Jonesboro.  The evidence showed that Oliver was riding on the freight train in violation of the rules of the company and further that he left his station without permission. 

Oliver was agent at Jonesboro and came down to Cairo, returning on a freight train in the early morning.  It was very foggy and another freight crashed into the caboose in which Oliver was riding, causing his death and that of an Italian fruit agent.
Henry Eddington, of Paducah, Shot Her Down on a Shanty Boat.
Woman Was Serving as Cook on the Boat.—Remains Were Taken to Mrs. Feith’s Establishment Where Inquest Was Held.

A horrible tragedy took place on a shanty boat below the city between 6 and 7 o’clock last night.
Early in the afternoon a man with a Winchester rifle applied to Chief Mahoney, who was at the Central depot, for an officer to go with him to see his wife.  He gave his name as Henry Eddington, said he was from Paducah, that his wife had left him and he had found her on a shanty boat cooking for men who were engaged in making plaster ornaments and peddling them.  He said he was afraid to go alone as the people on the boat might harm him.  He was quite a small man and looked as if he could not do harm to anyone.  The chief asked him what he intended to do with that rifle.  He replied, nothing.  The chief then called Officer Allen, told him to take the rifle and put it away, and go with the man and see what he wanted.  Mr. Allen did so.  Man and wife met and appeared to have a quiet conversation and to have settled any difficulties they may have had, and the officer left them.  Some time afterward the man who owned the shanty boat, accompanied by his wife, called on Chief Mahoney, asking protection from the man who evidently intended giving them trouble.  They acknowledged that the woman was his wife, who had joined the boat at Paducah.  The chief read them a good lecture on their conduct in allowing the woman to leave home that way, but he detailed Officers Greaney and Edmunds to go with them to the boat.  Just before this Harvey had come after his gun intimating that he wanted to leave.  The officers had almost reached the shanty boat when they heard two shots fired.  This was near 7 o’clock.  They saw a man get into a skiff and pull out, but did not know he had done the shooting.

At the shanty boat they found the woman dead on the floor where she had fallen, one shot having pierced her neck and the other her chest.  Harvey was then too far out in the stream and got away.  Sergeant Price telephoned to various places, putting officers on their guard and he will no doubt be arrested by some of them.

The remains of the woman were brought to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment and Coroner McManus held an inquest upon them.  There were five or six witnesses examined all testifying about as above stated.  There were several shots fired and the woman who was murdered ran on to another boat and back into the cabin of the first boat before she fell.  When Harvey Eddington was down the first time he bargained to buy a “dinky” boat of John Swanger.  But when he came back and had done the shooting he pulled his Winchester on John and made him shove a skiff out for him.  In this he crossed to the Kentucky shore and disappeared.

Wednesday, 27 Mar 1901:
Arrested as He Stepped Off the Steamer
Fowler at Paducah Last Night.
Crossed the River on the Central Bridge and Was Next Seen at Olmstead.—From There He Tramped to Metropolis, Where He Boarded the

Harvey Eddington, who killed his wife here Monday evening, was arrested by the officers on the Fowler last night and turned over to Chief Mahoney and Officer McCabe, at Paducah.  His pursuit and arrest was a good piece of work, and all who were connected with it are deserving praise.

Yesterday morning Chief Mahoney and Officer McCabe went across the river and drove to Paducah, expecting him to go home through the country.  They could not get on his trail, but kept in touch with headquarters here by telephone.  Capt. Sam Orr remained at headquarters and kept them informed of rumors as they came.  Yesterday morning Constable Sheehan, of Olmsted, saw Eddington at that place as Sheehan was on his way to Mound City.  When he arrived there, he saw an account of the murder and at once reported to Deputy Sheriff Collins who notified headquarters in Cairo.  Officer Wedding took the train to Olmstead and Capt. Orr telephoned to that place and learned that Eddington had shipped his Winchester to Collier Bowman, a shanty boat man at Paducah, by express and had inquired the distance to Metropolis and back to Cairo by the road.  Capt. Orr reported these facts to the Chief, who was then at Paducah and arranged with officers of the Fowler to hold Eddington if he should come on board, which they agreed to do.

Officer Wedding lost track of the man after he left Olmstead and returned home last night.  Late last night word came from the chief at Paducah that the man came in on the Fowler and was under arrest.
Eddington must have done some fast walking.  He crossed the Ohio at Terrel’s Landing and was in Olmstead at 9 o’clock yesterday morning and in Metropolis, twelve miles further by the time the Fowler got there.  Shipping his gun from Olmstead looks like a strange freak, but it is probable that it was a borrowed gun and he wanted to get it into the hands of the owner as soon as possible, knowing that he was liable to arrest at any moment.

Chief Mahoney and Officer McCabe arrived with their prisoner at 11 o’clock today, having driven back overland to the ferry at Wickliffe.  He is safely lodged in the county jail.

Chief Mahoney says the officers at Paducah treated them with great kindness.  Four officers were detailed to assist them and were present on the wharf at 11 last night on the wharf boat when the Fowler arrived.  Eddington walked off into the hands of the officers and immediately inquired if he had hurt his wife.  He was so excited that they did not dare to tell him the truth, and when they said he was wanted for firing his gun within the city limits, he expressed great satisfaction and said if he had killed her he would kill himself.  He had shaved off his mustache and it took a second look to recognize him.  He has a son 9 years old and a daughter younger and they told the officers that the mother had worried the man’s life out of him.  They had lived on a flat boat but since the mother left, the oldest daughter had gotten work in a Paducah family.

Eddington says that after landing on the Kentucky shore he got lost in the willows and it was quite dark when he got into the railroad track, that he followed it north, and crossed the river on the Cairo bridge and went to the I. C. pumping station at Cache River, where he spent the night.  Yesterday morning he went over to Mound City and walked to Olmstead, where he shipped the gun, which was borrowed, and then walked to Metropolis, beating the Fowler there by fifteen minutes.
James Thomas Found Last Night Lying Lifeless in Bottom of Boat.
A Shot Gun Lay at His Side
And a Hole in His Throat Told the Gruesome Story.—Evidence Seems to Indicate that He Was Killed while Drawing His Gun Towards Him.

James Thomas, a cooper by trade, was found dead in a skiff on the Ohio River last night about 10 o’clock.  The watchman on the barge fleet below the city hearing something bump against his barges, investigated the cause and found a skiff caught in the drift with a man half sitting, half reclining on the seat with a gun beside him.  Suicide was his first thought, but when help came and the body was removed, no marks of violence were found.  This morning the remains were brought to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment and identified at 9 o’clock his poor wife and family consisting of two little children, were notified of their terrible loss.

He was a member in good standing in the Cairo Baptist church and of the order of Mystic Fraters in which he held an insurance policy for $1,000.  This morning the remains were brought to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment, where Coroner McManus held an inquest on them, when the cause of death was soon discovered.  A load of shot had entered his left breast, tearing his breast away.  The evidence of Mr. Hill and others who saw the remains in the skiff state that his shotgun was laying in such a position by his side that it was evident it had been discharged just as he was getting ready to leave the boat.  He must have taken hold of the gun and pulled it toward him, when the hammer was caught by the seat in front of him and snapped on the shell.  The jury therefore found that he came to his death by the accidental discharge of the gun.  He had been in poor health for several weeks and went to Kentucky yesterday morning for a day’s hunting and was on his way home when the accident occurred.  His family resides on Twenty-first Street. Mrs. Thomas is a sister of Anthony McTigue.

(James W. Thomas married Kate McTigue on 26 Oct 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 28 Mar 1901:
Two deaths here (Ullin) this week and last one a son of Mr. Smith and the other the son of Eli Gray.

(Eli T. Gray married Elizabeth Mayberry on 7 Nov 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
It was intended to bring Harvey Eddington, who killed his wife, to the police court this afternoon, but it was finally decided to hold him on a coroner’s mittimus.

Friday, 29 Mar 1901:
Villa Ridge Boy Frantic Over His Terrible Deed.
Fooling with a Gun and It Was Discharged, Tearing Great Hole in Little Girl’s Head.—Bed Clothing Caught Fire from Flash.

Villa Ridge was the scene of a terrible tragedy yesterday.  Dan Behrend’s little 9-year-old boy, Charles, shot and instantly killed his little sister, two years younger.  The boy was playing with a gun and it went off, tearing a great, ugly black hole in the little girl’s head.  Thoroughly frightened, the little fellow is unable to tell how it happened.  The other members of the household only know that when they heard the report they rushed in and found the little girl in bed and flames were spreading over the bed clothing, having caught from the flash.  It is presumed that the little boy was pointing his gun at his sister and that she was trying to hide from him under the cover.  The community was greatly shocked by this distressing accident.
Deceased Left $2,650 Life Insurance Just Recently Taken Out.

The funeral of James Thomas took place this afternoon under the auspices of the Fraters.  Rev. Dr. Gee preached the funeral sermon and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment.  Mr. Thomas left his family very well provided for with life insurance.  He had a policy of $1,000 in the Fraters and for $1,000 in the Massachusetts Mutual and two for $500 each in the Metropolitan.  One of them was an industrial policy on which only $150 had matured.  The total amount of his insurance is therefore, $2,650.  Most of it was taken out recently.
Death of Robert Rendleman.

Alto Pass, March 28.—Robert Rendleman, a brother of Messrs. A. J. and C. C. Rendleman, and Mrs. J. J. Keith, of this place, died at his home in Hot Springs, Ark., last night.  The body will be shipped here for burial.  He leaves a widow and one child.

(John J. Keith married Elizabeth Rendleman on 17 Mar 1864, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Robert Rendleman 1858-1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Otis Hudgins died at Uncle John Hileman’s last Saturday of pneumonia.  The remains were brought here (Mill Creek) Sunday and shipped to his home at Marion for burial.
William Tippy, who received injuries from a fall while hauling piling a few days ago, is not expected to live.  (Mill Creek)

Saturday, 30 Mar 1901:
Mr. Ed Dusendschon, pharmacist, at Bross’ drug store, was called to Florida, Mo., by the sad news of the death of his mother, which occurred Friday morning.
Roy Lackey, a lad 16 years old, was drowned at Mound City this morning.  He was one of the hands employed at the Holston factory in the upper part of the city, and lived on a shanty boat near the factory.  About 6 o’clock, while washing his hands and face in the river, he lost his balance and fell overboard.  The river was dragged and the body recovered about 11 o’clock.  He was the son or Robert Lackey, formerly of Hardin County.
Matthew Wells, aged 68 years, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary this morning of pneumonia.  He was the uncle of Mr. E. E. Cox, who resides on Fourteenth Street and the funeral services will be conducted there at noon tomorrow by Rev. Dr. Gee, of the Cairo Baptist Church.  The remains will be taken to Bardwell, Ky., for interment.  The deceased leaves two sons who are employed in this city and were with him during his illness.  His wife has been dead some time.

             (E. Ellis Cox married Mamie B. McKeaig on 8 Sep 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 1 Apr 1901:
The funeral of the late James M. Wells occurred yesterday noon from the residence of his nephew, E. E. Cox, on Fourteenth Street, Rev. Dr. Gee officiating and the remains were taken to his old home in Kentucky for interment.  Mr. Wells was born in Christian County, Ky., May 19, 1833, and was 68 years old.  His sons, Campbell and Malcomb, are employed in this city and accompanied the remains to their last resting place.

Tuesday, 2 Apr 1901:
Rev. T. P. Brannum, of the Methodist church, is still detained at the bedside of his brother, who has pneumonia.  Rev. Brannum wrote Saturday that it was thought the crisis was past and if no change for the worse occurred he would be home Sunday.  As he did not come his people fear that the brother is worse.  (Villa Ridge)
Two cases of small pox have proved fatal in the last week, a child of William Zipper, who is one of the residents of D. W. Brown’s “incubator” on his farm north of town (Anna), being buried Sunday, a victim of the worst form of small pox. 


___ of Cairo Passed Away at 11 O’clock Last Night.

___ Young Perce, whose serious illness was reported yesterday, died shortly ____ o’clock last night.  Arrangements for the funeral are being made and ____ __ay take place at his home __ Washington Avenue near Nineteenth Street.  The hour cannot be announced until the arrival of relatives who are ___ _n abroad, Rev. Gee of the Baptist church will conduct ____.

___ Young Perce was born in Del___ February 19, 1824.  He came to ___ Ill., when about 15 years old ____ __n a resident of this state since that time.  He was a civil engineer and was a member of the first surveying party engaged in running the survey of the Illinois Central railroad and continued in the employ of that company until 1893. He was married at Freeport, Ill., Oct. 24, 1853, to Miss Mary A. Campbell, who survives him.  Eleven children were born to them of whom eight are living, William L. Perce, of DeSoto, Mo., Mrs. Henry J. Wilbur, of Toukawa, O. T., Mrs. Frances, Mrs. John W. Gholson, Samuel Y., Annie, Nellie and Gertrude Perce, of Cairo.

(Samuel Perce married Maryann Campbell on 24 Oct 1853, in Stephenson Co., Ill.  Henry J. Wilbur married Jessie C. Perce on 23 Jun 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John W. Gholson married Mary G. Perce on 17 Oct 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Funeral Notice.

The funeral of the late Samuel Y. Perce will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3d.  Services will be held at family residence, No. 1805 Washington Avenue, and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge for interment.  Funeral train will leave the foot of Fourteenth Street at 2:45 p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Wednesday, 3 Apr 1901:
Mrs. Abe Beaver, aged about 45 years, died Tuesday morning at her home about three miles north of this city.  (Mound City).
Died, at Pulaski, March 28, 1901, Miss Myrtle Lewis, aged 20 years, daughter of A. W. Lewis.  She had recently recovered from a case of smallpox and was seized with fever, which could not be controlled.  Myrtle was one of the most popular young ladies of that town and a host of friends of the family grieve over her early demise.
The funeral of the late Samuel Young Perce took place from the family residence this afternoon and was attended by a large number of friends from Cairo and abroad.  Mr. Perce was a most estimable man, but so quiet in his ways that few people outside of those he came personally in contact with really knew him.  The greater portion of his life was spent in the employ of the Illinois Central railroad company, who looked upon him as a man of great ability and thoroughly reliable in any position in which he was placed.  His children grew into the railroad business and like himself are noted for the ability and trustworthiness.  His health failed several years ago when he had to retire from active employment and he gradually failed until the end came.  The casket containing his remains while it lay in state, was covered with floral emblems, the gifts of friends at Centralia, Mounds and Cairo, many of them being costly and beautiful in design, while roses and lilies were strewn about it in profusion.  The pallbearers were J. D. Ladd, Joseph Wenger, A. D. Abel, John C. Gholson, E. A. Smith, George Hilburn, Thomas Sloo, C. M. Osterloh, W. H. Geisenhoff and J. B. Reed.  The families have the sympathy of many friends in their sad bereavement.

Thursday, 4 Apr 1901:
William Tippy, who has been ill for some time, died at the home of Mrs. Meisenheimer, four miles northwest of here, March 29th.  The remains were brought here (Mill Creek) and after a brief funeral by Rev. Earnhart, were laid to rest in Mill Creek Cemetery.

(His marker in Bankston Cemetery at Mill Creek reads:  William Tippy Born April 26, 1862 Died March 29, 1901.  He’s gone to worlds above, Where saints and angels meet, To realize our Saviour’s love And worship at his feet.—Darrel Dexter)
James Walker, an old resident of Friendship neighborhood, is seriously ill.  (Wetaug)
Died, Friday night, March 29th, of pneumonia fever, following the measles, Mr. Harrison Mowery, aged about 28 years.  He lived on George Albright’s farm near St. John’s Church and was a good citizen and highly respected.  He leaves a young wife, a daughter of Mr. Albright.
             (Harrison Mowery married Mary Jane Albright on 29 Aug 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Harrison R. Mowery Born Dec. 26, 1871 Died March 29, 1901 Aged 29 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 3 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 5 Apr 1901:
Prompt Settlement Made.
Cairo, Ill., April 5, 1901

Phil C. Barclay, General Agent Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. City:

DEAR SIR:  I wish to thank you and your company for the very prompt and satisfactory settlement under policy No. 157,284, held by my deceased husband, James W. Thomas.  Proofs were given you Saturday evening, March 30th, and the money received at your hands today.
Mrs. Kate Thomas
A Tribute to S. Y. Perce.

In the passing of S. Y. Perce, one of the most forceful characters of the old Illinois Central employees goes off the stage and one that left the impress of character and personal influence for what was always best as a man and an official.

I first saw him in 1868 when he was at Decatur.  Conductors from the south reported to him from Decatur, and from the north reported to him from Bloomington.  He at that time was one of the leading, one of the most prominent officials on the main line, and did not hesitate to give conductors orders to set out or bring in as he saw fit.  And yet he never abused this authority.  It was necessary for a man on the ground to use this authority and S. Y. Perce was recognized all the way to Amboy north and Centralia south.  He never got the proper credit.  I have come in all times of day and night, but always found him on duty.  I often wondered when he got his rest, for he was simply always on duty and always the same, strictly devoted to duty.  A more faithful servant was never known.
J. M. C. Durham died March 30th.  He was one of the oldest citizens of Thebes Precinct and was a brother-in-law of Martin Brown.  The remains were laid at rest in the Thebes Cemetery Sunday at 1 o’clock.  Five children are left—three girls and two boys to mourn the loss of a father.

(Martin Brown married Elizabeth Durham on 30 Apr 1854, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John M. C. Durham married Mary M. Corzine on 9 Jan 1865, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Susan Davis on 2 Jul 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.  He enlisted as a private in Co. B, 109th Illinois Infantry on 15 Aug 1862, and was discharged for disability on 24 Feb 1863, at Memphis, Tenn.  He was born in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in old Thebes Cemetery reads:  J. M. C. Durham Born Jan. 11, 1840 Died March 30, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Buried in Thebes Cemetery Tuesday, March 26th, Clela Jaynes, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Jaynes, of the Cape.

(A. C. Jaynes married Sallie H. Rich on 17 Sep 1876, in Massac Co., Ill.  His marker in Old Thebes Cemetery reads:  Clellie H. son of A. C. & S. H. Jaynes Born June 24, 1890 Died March 24, 1901.  Oh Clellie, how nice you are with your heavenly plumage on, but, Oh how sad it makes us to know you are gone.—Darrel Dexter)
Died at her home near East Cape Girardeau, Ill., March 19th, of measles and bronchitis, Mrs. Lorena Kendall, wife of John W. Kendall, aged 42 years.  She leaves a husband and seven children and many friends.

Saturday, 6 Apr 1901:
The little child of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Wilson, 505 ½ Thirty-fourth Street, died on Friday.  The funeral will occur tomorrow and the remains will be taken to their old home near Elco for interment.
The remains of Prof. A. J. Bucklin, who died at his home in Moreley, Mo., on the 3d inst., at the age of 59 years, were brought to this city Friday morning and were interred in the national cemetery in the afternoon.  The remains were accompanied by the wife of the deceased, Miss Anna Frobase and Persell Harris, who while here stopped with George A. Tomlinson, formerly a neighbor of the deceased.  The deceased had been a member of the 24th Michigan regiment, and was quite a noted music teacher.  Last summer he visited out city and while here expressed a desire to be buried in the national cemetery here.  Several of our citizens attended the burial and Major B. L. Ulen made some very appropriate remarks on the occasion.

             (Andrew J. Bucklin died 3 Apr 1901, and is buried in Mounds City National Cemetery in Section E site 4279S.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 8 Apr 1901:
Mr. F. M. Simpson, an old citizen of Vienna, died yesterday.  He was a prominent member of the Knights Templar, merchant and member of the Republican Party.  The funeral will occur tomorrow and will be conducted by Cairo Commandery Knights Templar, who will attend in a body.
Mrs. Carrie Rising died recently at her home in Omaha.  Our people were well acquainted with her as Miss Carrie Kelley, daughter of Uncle John Kelley, who was jailer here under Sheriff William Murphy.  She died of heart failure and leaves a baby four weeks old.

(This may be the same person as Carrie Kelly, who married George C. Rison on 16 Sep 1899, in Bond Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The mother of Mrs. J. F. Hickcox died this morning at the family residence on Twenty-fifty Street.  She was quite aged and her death has been expected for a long time.

Tuesday, 9 Apr 1901:
The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Hannah Ordway Cunningham were held this afternoon at her home by Rev. Dr. Knox.  She was born April 22, 1818, and was 83 years old.  She was the mother of Mrs. Hickcox.  The remains will be taken from here at 1 a.m. tomorrow morning for interment in the family lot at Richmond, Mo.


Slayer of Marshall Hileman Will Not Hang at Mound City Friday.
Supreme Court Goes into Case.
Sheriff Gaunt Made Preparations to Borrow “Uncle Jack’s Mule”—Durden Now in Cairo Jail with Broken Rib Received in an Accident Saturday Night.

George Durden will not hang at Mound City next Friday.  The Supreme Court has granted a supersedias to suspend execution of judgment.  They will go into the evidence in the case.

It is not believed they will change the sentence.  Durden is now in the Cairo Jail.

Sheriff Gaunt commenced to make preparations for the execution.  He came down and asked Sheriff Hodges for the loan of his “mule” and other paraphernalia.  He brought Durden down here as it was not convenient in Mound City to have a deathwatch placed over him.  Someone had to stay with the condemned man day and night, and it was more convenient to have him cared for within the secure walls of the Alexander County bastille than in Pulaski County.

The prisoner was brought down Saturday night in a hack.  He had an exciting experience while en route.  He was securely handcuffed and chained to the hack.  When opposite the Chicago mill the horse became frightened and turned the hack over.  The occupants were thrown violently to the ground.  Durden fell in a heap and was dragged quite a distance in the wreck.  When disentangled, he was compelled to walk the balance of the way to the courthouse, as another conveyance could not be secured.  An examination of his injures afterwards showed that a rib was broken.  He is recovering, but his side is still badly swollen.

Durden is the big negro who was convicted of murdering Marshall Hileman at Villa Ridge.  He has a bad record, having been involved in numerous crimes in Southern Illinois.
Major B. L. Ulen made the following speech on the occasion of the burial of Andrew J. Bucklin, who departed this life at Malden, Mo., April 3d and was buried at the national cemetery 5th.  “It can be said of our dead comrade that he enlisted in Co. “F” Twenty-fourth Michigan, December 27, 1863, was transferred to Co. “E” November 26, 1864, and served as first sergeant until promoted to second lieutenant September 27, 1864.  Participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Laurel Hill, the bloody battle at Spotsylvania, Jericho Ford, and North Anna, Tolopolomoy, Bethesda Church, Petersburg, Siege of Petersburg, Hatcher’s Run, Dabrey’s Mill.  Was badly wounded at Petersburg June 18, 1864, returned October 16, 1864, and was honorably discharged May 3, 1865.  Comrades, we have met here to commit all that remains of our departed brother to its last resting place in this beautiful cemetery wherein lie five thousand as brave boys as ever stood forth on the altar of the nation in defense of constitutional and religious liberty.  Our comrade shall not be without his reward—he has crossed over the “Divide” into that beautiful land that knows no sorrow—where the rivers of life roll down its ocean gulf of living purity.  The history which our departed comrade has made will live in memory’s golden bosom forever.”

Wednesday, 10 Apr 1901:
Elijah Kelsaw, a colored man, aged about 45 years, died in this city (Mound City) Wednesday morning.

(Eligah Kelsow married Alice Straton on 10 Jan 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Elijah Kelsow married Mrs. Inda Barnett on 31 Aug 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Fannie Blynn, aged about 65 years, died at the residence of W. W. Hough, in this city (Mound City), Wednesday morning, after a brief illness with pneumonia fever.  Deceased was a devoted member of the Congregational church.

Thursday, 11 Apr 1901:
The funeral of the late Mrs. Fannie Blynn was largely attended today.  Services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Sutherland.  In the death of this good woman, the city (Mound City) loses a most exemplary Christian character, and one who will be long remembered for her many good qualities.
Hubert, a son of Wesley Eddleman, living northwest of Dongola, died of small pox last week and Mr. Eddleman is very sick with the disease.  A family named Storms, south of Dongola, have three members very ill with the same disease.

(His marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Hubert son of W. C. & L. R. Eddleman Died April 2, 1901 Aged 20 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 26 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
James Walker, an old resident of the county and a worthy citizen, died at his home eight miles south of town (Wetaug) Friday.  He served three years in the Civil War.
James J. Walker, an old citizen and a pensioner, died April 5th at his home near here (Friendship), of pneumonia, complicated with other chronic troubles.
Died, April 4th, of heart trouble, Mrs. Tucker, an old lady who lived on H. M. Britt’s farm.  (Friendship)

Friday, 12 Apr 1901:
Mrs. E. J. Stubbins was called to Mattoon yesterday by the serious illness of her father.
We regret to announce the death at 5:30 last evening of H. C. Mulcahy, Jr., aged 2 years and 7 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Mulcahy and grandson of J. H. Mulcahy.  The relatives are prostrated with grief as the lad had not been ill long and the result was entirely unexpected.

(The grandfather may be the same person as James H. Mulcahy, who married Nancy A. M. Burress on 13 Jan 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A relative of a Mr. Little died with fever from measles last week.  (Ullin)

Saturday, 13 Apr 1901:
Mrs. Thomas Cotter, Sr., mother of the Cotter brothers, died suddenly at her home on Twenty-seventh Street about 4:30 p.m. yesterday.  She was well up in years and had been feeble for some time, but was about the house and appeared about as usual.  It is supposed that heart failure was the cause of death.
Henry Wilderman, aged 14, died at Sandusky, of the measles this week.  They have had a number of cases at Sandusky.

Monday, 15 Apr 1901:
Cairo’s Oldest Inhabitant the Victim of An Attack of Pneumonia.

Mrs. L. Buckner, the oldest inhabitant of Cairo, died yesterday at the age of 110 years.  For 30 years she lived here, and her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kittie Johnson, at 1915 Walnut Street.  Up to a very recent period she retained all her mental faculties, but she had been blind for many years and was quite infirm, only being able to hobble around.  Her death resulted from pneumonia.

Mrs. Buckner was born in North Carolina, but left there at the age of 10 years.  The funeral occurred today, and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge.

(Sheppard Johnson married Katie Buckner on 1 Mar 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Young Ewing, a well-known colored man, died at his home near the Mobile & Ohio roundhouse Saturday night.  He was 70 years old and had lived here since 1860.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.
J. F. Hickox returned this morning from Richmond, Mo., where he attended the funeral of his mother-in-law.  Mrs. Hickox will remain in Richmond a couple of weeks.
Henry Owens, a colored man who has lived here (Villa Ridge) since the war, died on Saturday last and was buried Sunday.  There must have been sixty or seventy vehicles in the funeral train.  He owned a large farm, raised quite a family, all of whom have received good educations and several are schoolteachers.  His farm is between two and three miles east of the ridge on the America road.  Cairo people knew him well.  Our people, when they were younger, will remember with pleasure the straw rides they enjoyed in large wagons furnished from his farm.

(When his daughter, Mattie Florence or Florana Owen, 26, married James Riley Love on 30 Dec 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill., her parents’ names were given as Henry Owen and Elmira Dabney.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Henry Owens born Dec. 20, 1844 Died April 12, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 17 Apr 1901:
A son of August Pranke, who lives near the Halfway House in the drainage district, died last night, aged 18 years.

Thursday, 18 Apr 1901:
Mrs. Marilda Lee, colored, died at 2202 Poplar Street, yesterday, of pneumonia.  Her age was about 77 years.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.
Catherine Fry, a colored girl 10 years of age, was brought to police headquarters this afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jones, who had her employed.  She stole Mrs. Jones’ pocketbook containing $4 and spent the money buying clothes, ribbons and sundries at the rummage sale of the ladies of the Episcopal church on Eighth Street.  Mrs. Jones was disposed to condone the offense until she learned that the child has stolen before.  The police say the child’s mother is all right and will attend to her case.  The mother is away at a funeral and the girl will be held until she returns.
Mrs. Crumpton, a colored woman, wife of Elder Crumpton, died Monday of this week.  (Unity)

Friday, 19 Apr 1901:
Thursday evening, April 11, sadness was thrown over the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Mulcahy at Willard.  Their little boy, Henry, died at his grandfather’s in Cairo of the croup.  He was 2 years and 7 months old and was a bright little fellow.  His remains were buried in the Baumgard Cemetery Saturday morning.
The remains of David Earnest, of Mound City, were brought here (Dongola) Monday and buried in the Karraker Cemetery.
Death of William Bartleson

Mr. William Bartleson, who died at 12 o’clock last night of pneumonia at his home near Grand Chain, was 72 years of age and had lived in that section of the country half a century.  He is one of nine brothers, five of whom are dead.

Those still living are A. C. Bartleson, Grand Chain, Capt. James Bartleson, of Olmstead, J. W. Bartleson, of Kansas, and W. K. Bartleson, of Florida.

He owned a farm on the river near Grand Chain and was comfortably supplied with this world’s goods.

Mr. Bartleson was a man of fine character and a highly educated citizen.  He leaves three children, Mr. N. V. Lewis, Mrs. E. W. Thielecke, of this city, and Mrs. Clem Porter, of Jacksonville, Fla., who survive him.  He married two or three years ago Mrs. Woelfle, of Vienna.

The hour of the funeral has not yet been announced.

(N. V. Lewis married Jennie Bartleson on 5 Sep 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  E. W. Thielecke married Cora Bartleson on 7 Sep 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William Bartleson married Mrs. Dr. Annie Wolfley on 31 Oct 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Addie Schofield, colored, No. 1715 Walnut Street, died of rheumatism of the heart yesterday, aged 26 years.  The remains were sent to Mayfield, Ky., today for interment.
Mr. E. W. Thielecke was called to New Grand Chain this morning by the very serious illness of his father-in-law, William Bartleson, who has a very bad case of pneumonia.  Mrs. Thielecke has been at his bedside for several days.
Hoppie Hogan died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last evening.  He acted as a judge at one of the polling places Tuesday and was in usual health Wednesday and was taken to the hospital yesterday morning.
Monday, 22 Apr 1901:
Mrs. Oma Oliver, aged 31 years, died Sunday morning of dropsy and consumption, at her home in Future City.  The remains were shipped to Hickman, Ky., by Undertaker Batty for burial.  She leaves a husband and three small children.

Wednesday, 24 Apr 1901:
Forrest Miller is at home, so ill that his recovery seems doubtful.  (Villa Ridge)

Thursday, 25 Apr 1901:
Hugh E. Lucas Shot and Killed near Bardwell Yesterday.
Supposed That the Crime Was Committed by Hoboes Whom He Put Off the Train.—Ran Between Memphis and Cairo on the Illinois Central.

Fulton Leader.]

One of the foulest murders which ever happened in Western Kentucky, occurred at Grafton tank on the Illinois Central railroad six miles south of Bardwell after four o’clock Wednesday morning.

Hugh E. Lucas, flagman of second section of train No. 152, was assassinated by an unknown fiend or fiends.  Lucas was in Fulton at 2 o’clock when the freight train running from Memphis to Cairo stopped here, and ate a lunch at Knight’s restaurant.  Frank Boucher was conductor of the train.

When the train stopped at Grafton tank, Conductor Boucher was up at the engine.  He heard five shots at the caboose, and when he got to the rear of the train found poor Lucas lying dead, his body half submerged in a shallow pond of water.  There was no trace of the assassin, and the cause of the mysterious murder is at present a matter of theory.

Three bullets struck him, one through the right lung, one through the left lung and one in the head.  He was probably a dead man when he fell.  His body was moved out of the water and left to lie there until County Judge Mont Brummel, of Hickman County, could reach the scene from Clinton in order to hold the inquest.  This verdict is to the effect that he came to his death from pistol wounds at the hands of unknown parties.

There are various theories as to the cause of this foul assassination.  Some think that perhaps he had put some hobo or Yeggman off the train, who revenged themselves by shooting him.  At this season the desperate toughs who have been hanging about the Memphis races are beating their way northward and give the trainmen trouble every day.  Another theory is that some toughs, either negroes or whites, had a grudge against Lucas and killed him without warning.

His body will be brought to Fulton on the evening train.  The Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen purchased a fine casket for him.  He had $400 insurance in that order.

The Brotherhood are aroused over the foul murder of their brother worker and will take vigorous steps to apprehend and punish the assassin.

Lucas was about 23 years old and a splendid young railroad man.  He was born and reared at Wingo and was well known at Fulton.
Tom Cole, colored, will hang for murder at Clinton tomorrow.

Friday, 26 Apr 1901:
S. E. Hecox is seriously sick at St. Mary Infirmary and not expected to recover.  He is an Odd Fellow who holds his membership at Alexandria, Mo., and is in the care of the officers of Alexander lodge.
Four Hoboes Brought in Today Who Were on Train with Flagman Lucas.

Detectives Jerry McCumsey and Dan S. Lehou, of the Illinois Central force, brought four more suspects down on the Illinois Central train this morning, handcuffed together, and landed them in jail.  They are all white men and admit they were on the train upon which Flagman Hugh E. Lucas was killed Wednesday morning.  They were all unarmed and Chief Mahoney, who met them at the depot, thinks they took no part in the crime.  They claim not to have heard the shots fired.  One, of those who were arrested yesterday, was taken along by the detectives and he identified the hobos.  Three were arrested at St. Louis and one at Carbondale.

There were 11 hoboes on the train riding in a tie car.  Eight of these are now in jail here.  One of them is John Ewell, a colored man, arrested here yesterday.  On his person was found cartridges but no pistol.  He told conflicting stories and is known to have served a four-year term in the Eddyville (Ky.) penitentiary for burglary.  After he was landed in jail, he said he was glad he did not have his pistol with him.

Saturday, 27 Apr 1901:
Albert Oliver, formerly of Vienna, a son of James Oliver, a respected citizen of Johnson County, committed suicide Thursday night at the St. Charles Hotel in this city (Anna), taking hydrochloric acid.  He has been for several weeks drinking heavily and told a friend he expected to kill himself, making several attempt to buy deadly drugs and finally succeeding.  Oliver was known throughout Southern Illinois as an expert horseman, was a man of fine education and had invented a farm implement, which he was placing on the market.  A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of suicide and the relatives at Vienna, one being L. C. Oliver, formerly of Jonesboro, was notified and they came after the body.
And Sam Brown Returned Unexpectedly to Find Her with William Nourse.
In which Nourse Struck Brown over the Head and Himself Was Cut Probably Fatally in the Breast.—Nourse an Illinois Central Engineer.

William Nourse is lying on a cot in St. Mary’s Infirmary, while the doctors are speculating whether he will live or die.  He is there as a result of illicit relations with the wife of Sam Brown, yard foreman of the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company.  Brown lives at No. 220 Twentieth Street.  For some time he has suspected that his wife was not true to him and last night he came home unexpectedly and found Nourse in his house.  The latter saw Brown enter and picking up a chair struck him over the head with it, felling him to his knees.  Brown immediately drew a knife and slashed at Nourse, cutting him in the left chest and neck, making dangerous wounds.  Brown then came down to police headquarters and gave himself up to Sergeant Price.

Nourse is an engineer on the Illinois Central running between Cairo and Jackson, Tenn.  He lives at Jackson where he has a wife and six children.

The affair occurred shortly after 10 o’clock last night.  Nourse roomed with Mr. and Mrs. BrownBrown told his wife that he had to go to the mill to attend to some business and that he would be out late.  She set a lunch for him and he left.  But instead of going to work he crawled under the house to await developments.  Mrs. Brown and Nourse played cards for a time.  Then we went out and going to Louis Zanone’s saloon got some beer and soda and a couple of sandwiches and they ate and drank.  They then retired.  Brown could hear their conversation.  Emerging from under the house, he climbed in through a window.  Mrs. Brown heard the noise and went to see what was the matter.  She tried to detain her husband.  In his anger he grabbed her by the throat and said he ought to kill her.  Nourse came out of his room then and picking up the chair, struck BrownBrown sank to his knees and struck Nourse with the knife.  One stroke circles his neck.  The other cut through his lung directly under the heart and very nearly severing the lung.  Then Brown went to Zanone’s saloon and telephoned the police, while Nourse, who had escaped, was taken to the hospital.

Nourse made a statement to Dr. Walsh and Master Mechanic J. T. Jones last night in which he said that Brown did no more than he would do under similar circumstances.

Brown is all broken up over the affair.  He was released on bond this forenoon and immediately found a boarding place for himself and little boy.  He says he did not want to kill Nourse.

Mrs. Brown says that the affair was caused by her husband’s jealousy.  She says nothing improper had occurred.

Nourse is very low.  He cannot recover it is believed.

Mr. Brown has secured Attorney W. N. Butler to defend him, if any defense is required.

Brown will bring suit for divorce from his wife as a result of his discovery.
To Whom It May Concern.

I will not be responsible for any debts made after this date by my wife, Mattie J. Brown.
Foreman, Chicago Mill
April 27, 1901

Murderer of Ella Cora Rice Paid Penalty on Gallows Yesterday.

Thomas Cole, a negro who murdered his sweetheart, Emma Cora Rice, in Hickman County, Ky., was hanged at Clinton yesterday.  It was the first legal execution ever held in the county.  Cole nearly broke down upon the scaffold.  The trap was sprung at 12:53 o’clock and in just 11 minutes Cole was pronounced dead.  Cole and his victim had quarreled and Cole got a shotgun and going to her house blew the top of her head off.  He was captured three weeks later at Gadsden, Tenn., where he was tracked by the murdered woman’s brother.

Monday, 29 Apr 1901:
A little child of Mrs. Lucy Hill living on Twentieth Street, died yesterday.
Harvey Hopkins, son of S. G. Hopkins, of St. Louis, died Saturday of consumption.  J. H. Woodward went up to attend the funeral.
Word from the infirmary today is that William Nourse is holding his won.  He has a splendid constitution, which is serving him well in his present condition.
Ed Profit, a colored man working at the Chicago Mill rolling logs, fell into a hatchway this morning and a log rolled upon him and crushed him very severely. He will probably die.
Alderman William McHale was called to Chicago by the serious illness of his brother, who died at 6 o’clock yesterday morning, before Mr. McHale reached him.

Tuesday, 30 Apr 1901:
Bud Allensworth, charged with the murder of John Stevers at Grand Chain, obtained a stay of proceedings in his case until the October term of court.
William Nourse, who was so badly cut the other day, is holding his own and has a good chance to pull through and get well.
James Hewitt, son of Charles Hewitt, died in St. Louis yesterday.  His father is an old engineer on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad and used to live here.

Wednesday, 1 May 1901:
Ed Profit, 24 years of age, colored, injured in the Chicago Mill last Monday, died this morning at 5 o’clock.  The remains will be taken to Oxford, Miss., tonight for interment.

Thursday, 2 May 1901:
Mobile Passenger Train Runs into a Work Train at Fort Jefferson.

And Engineer Tiffany of the Passenger Train Will Die.—Accident at 3:30 This Afternoon.

Mobile & Ohio train No. 1, southbound ran into a work train, engine No. 129, at Fort Jefferson this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, killing Engineer Jackson of the work train and mortally wounding Engineer Tiffany of No. 1.  It will require three or four hours to clear the track.
Isaac Brooks, colored, aged 69 years, died of pneumonia, last night at 3915 Commercial Avenue and will be buried at Villa Ridge tomorrow.
Sudden Death.

Cato Stevens, a colored man well known to our readers, died suddenly at 1 p.m. today at his home, No. 412 Seventeenth Street.  He had been ill quite a while with something like asthma, but was able to be out.  He was sitting in front of his home when feeling ill he went in to lie down, but fell across the bed dead.

(Cato Stevens married Annie Cooper on 3 Nov 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 3 May 1901:
Succession of Accidents on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad.

The wreck on the M. & O. below Fort Jefferson, mentioned exclusively in The Citizen yesterday, was caused by a banana train running into the southbound passenger.  The train had been sent out with a load of spoiled bananas that were to be dumped in the river, and the train was then to go to Laketon and wait until the passenger passed.  But they got through the job of dumping sooner than was expected and the engineer concluded that he could make the siding above before the passenger would get there.  He was killed in the collision that resulted from his disobedience of orders, and Tippany, the engineer on the passenger, was badly hurt.  The engines were both wrecked.  A singular fact in connection with the two accidents that occurred within fifteen hours of each other is that the same crew was on each passenger train with Mr. Callahan as conductor.  Engineer Jackson lived in Jackson and his remains were taken there.  He was unmarried.

A third accident occurred to the M. & O. at Campbell Hill in Jackson County, where a farmer’s team crossing the track was struck by a passenger train No. 2, which left here at 1:45.  The first report brought here was to the effect that both horses had been killed and their fireman fatally injured.  But fortunately this was a mistake.  The man had a shoulder badly hurt but will recover, and the horses were not killed.

Saturday, 4 May 1901:
Minnie Jones, a colored girl 17 years old, died on Poplar Street, near Fortieth, Thursday, of consumption.
Chief Mahoney today received a letter from Eugene Ackman, sheriff of White County, Ill., inquiring for the whereabouts of Wolf Batz, a German, who has been missing since April 15th, and is supposed to have been murdered.  His saddle and bridle were found on the bank of the Ohio River, near Weston, Ky., and the body of his pony is supposed to have been sent adrift down the river.  Any information leading to the location of the man or finding of his body will secure a reward of $200.

Monday, 6 May 1901:
A sad accident occurred at Olmsted Wednesday, May 1, which resulted in the death of Mrs. Mary Fresher, Saturday night, the 4th, while assisting her husband, Frank Fresher, burning corn stalks on the farm, her clothing caught fire and burned her most horribly, lingering in that terrible condition four days.  The couple had been married just two weeks the day the accident occurred.  Deceased was a daughter of the late John Dishingter, Sr., who for many years was a prominent citizen of this city (Mound City).  She was a sister of John, our night policeman, Joe, Charley and Mrs. Lizzie Wilson.  Mary was a very excellent lady and many friends mourn her sad fate. Funeral services were held in this city Monday morning at 8:30 by Father Bannon, at St. Mary’s Church, remains interred in the Catholic Cemetery at Beechwood.

(Frank Presher married Mary Dishinger on 17 Apr 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
H. H. Meyers, the German artist, of Paducah, formerly of Cairo, reported dead several years ago, was in the city yesterday calling on friends.

Tuesday, 7 May 1901:
William Nourse, the Illinois Central engineer, who was cut by Samuel Brown, took a run for the worse today and it is doubtful whether he can recover.

Wednesday, 8 May 1901:
Mrs. Mary Dunker, who went to California with her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Bodie, died there last week and Mrs. Bodie is very ill.  A telegram received by her son, Ed Mehner, today, states that the remains will be buried there for the present and sent here later to be placed beside her husband.  Mrs. Dunker was chaplain of Anna lodge, of this city.

(John H. Bode married Jennie E. C. Mehner on 26 Mar 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Henry Dunker married Mary Mehner on 27 Jan 1892, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Marie Mehner Dunker 18_9-1901—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Dr. W. W. Stevenson were transferred to the Catholic cemetery at Villa Ridge last Thursday by Mrs. Stevenson.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Dr. W. W. Stevenson Died Nov. 20, 1900 Aged 48 Years. –Darrel Dexter)
Engineer Nourse, who has been at the hospital here for a week, is in a very precarious condition, but not without hopes. He has shown symptoms of blood poisoning for several days and the situation became so serious yesterday that an opening was made to determine his true condition.  It was then found that the wound was more serious than first supposed having penetrated the abdominal cavity through the diaphragm.  Since the operation he has rallied very naturally and at the present writing there is hope of his ultimate recovery.  His brother, Dr. Nourse, is with him and is rendering valuable assistance in the treatment of the case.

Thursday, 9 May 1901:
Mrs. Clarence Keaton, daughter of Dr. Bondurant, is quite ill.  She has been in poor health for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. George Yunker returned from Carlyle, Ill., where they attended the funeral of Mr. Yunker’s father.
Mrs. Mary Jones Passed Away Last Evening After Long Illness.

Mrs. Mary A. Jones, aged 49 years, wife of Robert A. Jones, living at the corner of Nineteenth and Poplar streets, died at 6:40 p.m. yesterday after an illness of a year from dropsy.  Besides her husband, six children and a nephew, whom she reared, survive her.  The children are William H., Robert A., Benjamin F., and Lottie G. Jones and Mrs. T. D. Holmes, of this city, and Mrs. B. L. Steward, of Danville, Ill., and the nephew, Benjamin Hill, of Little Rock.  The absent ones are expected to attend the funeral and until they arrive definite arrangement will not be made.

The excellent family, which Mrs. Jones reared, is testimony to the strong character of the woman whose life was so quietly spent and so devoted to her family interests that only those who were really nearest knew her.  The greater portion of her life was spent in Cairo, and she was a member in good standing of the Knights and Ladies of Honor and the Daughters of Pocahontas.

(Thomas David Holmes married Zena Jones on 25 Jun 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 11 May 1901:
The funeral of Mrs. Robert Jones was held this afternoon from the Church of the Redeemer, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for burial.  The Knights and Ladies of Honor had charge of the funeral.  Mrs. B. L. Stuard of Danville, a daughter, and B. B. Hill, a nephew, from Little Rock, came to attend the funeral.

Monday, 13 May 1901:
Sunday morning, Mrs. Lee Read received a telephone message from Wickliffe announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. Richard Aldridge, of that place.  Mr. and Mrs. Read left on the 11:45 train Sunday for Wickliffe.
City of Paducah Strikes a Snag at Brunkerhorst, near Grand Tower, and Breaks in Two and Sinks in Midstream.
Special Dispatch to The Citizen.

Chester, Ill., May 13.—The City of Paducah struck a snag while backing out from Brunkhorst Landing and 48 persons were drowned.  Two were passengers, a man from Nashville, Tenn., and a lady from St. Louis, and 12 deck hands.  The names are not obtainable.  The boat is said to be a total loss.
Only Seven Survive of All on Board.
Special Dispatch to The Citizen.

Murphysboro, Ill., May 13.—The steamer City of Paducah out of St. Louis sank at 12 o’clock Sunday night in midstream opposite Brunkhorst Landing.  Only 7 people were saved, all of them except the clerk and wife being passengers.  It is claimed that seventeen colored rousters were drowned.  The boat struck a snag and broke in two.  The texas of the boat is above water. Part of the passengers walked to Grand Tower, others were taken to St. Louis by a packet of the same line this morning.
Names of the Officers.

The officers of the ill-fated steamer were W. D. Kirkpatrick, captain; James Truflow, first clerk; Tobe Ryal, first mate; George Street and John Street, pilots.

The City of Paducah runs between St. Louis and the Tennessee River.  She was on her way out from St. Louis when the accident occurred.  Brunkhorst is 7 miles above Grand Tower, on the Illinois side.  It is a bad piece of river there.

The City of Clifton, which left Cairo yesterday, was expected to take the survivors to Chester.

The Paducah was an old boat and if well insured is no great loss.  The cargo, however, was valuable.  The accident is the most terrible which has occurred in this vicinity in a long time.
P. A. Davis, a young colored man, died at 228 Twenty-sixth Street, last night of consumption.  He was 28 years old.  The remains will be buried at Villa Ridge tomorrow.
In the Brown murder case, M. J. O’Shea and Fred Hood have been appointed to defend the Brown boys.  They will try to secure a change of venue.

Tuesday, 14 May 1901:
Mrs. George W. Poole, living a mile southeast of Anna, died at her home Friday last after a brief illness.  The funeral services were held at St. John’s Church near Mill Creek, interment following in the cemetery close by.  Mrs. Poole was a member of the Reformed Church and a lady.  A host of warm friends, a husband, three sons and two daughters survive her.

(George Washington Poole married Margaret Ann Elizabeth Meisenheimer on 2 Jun 1864, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Mill Creek reads:  G. W. Poole Born Jan. 26, 1843 Died Aug. 12, 1910.  Margaret A. Poole his wife Born Feb. 9, 1846 Died May 10, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
A 3-year-old son of John Boyd, who lives two miles west of Jonesboro, was drowned in a spring in Mr. Boyd’s farm Sunday morning.  The little fellow had gone with the hired man to the spring to water the horses, and the farm hand left the child and returned to the house.  In a short time the child was missed and a search instituted by the parents resulting in finding the little one drowned in the spring.  The spring is about five feet deep and some rails were laid across it and it is supposed that he tried to cross on the rails.  The funeral services were held at the Anna Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Boyd have the sympathy of many friends.  They are one of our very best families and the funeral procession was a very large one, the funeral occurring Monday afternoon.

(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Arlie V. Boyd Born Dec. 20, 1898 Died May 12, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Is the Record of the Accident to the Steamer
City of Paducah
After Striking Snag the Boat Drifted a Quarter of a Mile.—First Mate Escaped Through Sky Light.

Special Dispatch to The Citizen.

Grand Tower, Ill., May 14 (2 p.m.)—No more bodies have been recovered from the wreck of the steamer City of Paducah.  Several rousters were drowned, but their remains have not been found nor can their names be ascertained.

Grand Tower, May 14.—Two drowned, Dr. J. W. Bell, of Bell’s Landing, Tenn., and Miss M. Gardner, of St. Louis, both passengers, and 22 members of the crew missing, is the record of the accident to the steamer City of Paducah, which sank in 25 feet of water, five miles north of Grand Tower, within five minutes after striking a snag while backing out from Brunkhorst, at 10 o’clock Sunday night.  The other ten passengers were saved.

All the officers were saved. The bodies of J. W. Bell and Miss Gardner were recovered from their staterooms yesterday by divers and an inquest held over them by Coroner Knauer, of Murphysboro.  The passenger list was recovered by a diver and is as follows:  J. W. Bell, Bells Landing, Tenn., Miss M. Gardiner, Rev. A. M. Block and wife, and Fanny Block, L. Biebel, Miss C. Morinque, William Dodd, C. C. Dodd, Frank Martin, Elvin Frost, G. W. King, all of St. Louis, and S. J. Scott, of Cairo.

The steamer’s texas and hurricane deck are all that remains above water, and she appears to be a total wreck.  After striking the snag, she drifted about a quarter of a mile down stream.  The first mate climbed through the skylight and escaped.  The bodies of the members of the crew had not been recovered at a late hour yesterday afternoon and are supposed to have been washed down the river.
William Nourse is recovering steadily and his friends expect to take him to his home in Jackson tomorrow.
Mrs. Lizzie Watkins, widow of the late T. C. Watkins, has secured a pension of $8 per month.  Milton Jenkins, the well known colored man, has had his pension increased to $2 per month.  Judge Comings secured both of these.
Postal Clerk E. C. Rose was killed in a wreck on the Illinois Central at Hazlehurst, Miss., at 6 o’clock yesterday morning.  He was on train No. 1, which left Cairo at 5:25 Sunday evening.  The train was ditched in a ravine.  M. Reid Slathan another postal clerk, was injured.  Rose was 35 years of age.  He leaves a wife and several children living at Fulton, Ky.

Wednesday, 15 May 1901:
A singular circumstance in regard to the wreck on the Illinois Central near Water Valley yesterday was that the remains of Postal Clerk E. C. Rose, who was killed in the Hazlehurst wreck, was on the train, No. 24, which was wrecked.  The coffin in which his remains had been placed for shipment was found crushed under the wreck.  Express Messenger Maaser, who was on the train and was reported killed, escaped by jumping.

Thursday, 16 May 1901:
Julia Smith, an old colored woman, died on Seventeenth Street last night.  The remains will be buried at the county farm tomorrow.
William Nourse was taken to his home at Jackson, Tenn., today.
Slayer of Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman Asks Clemency of the Court.
Court Refused to Pass Sentence without Hearing Evidence.—Witnesses Not Present and Case Goes Over Until Monday.

The three Brown boys, Columbus, Albert and Bud, were brought into court at 9:30 this morning and the general supposition was that they intended to present an affidavit asking for a change of venue.  Lum and Albert were handcuffed together, but Bud was free.

The court was busy until 11:30 hearing motions and disposing of cases, during which the friends of the boys, including two ladies, conversed freely with them in the prisoner’s corner.  There were not many persons in the courtroom, but those present were quite anxious to hear what their attorneys would have to say.  The witnesses in the case had been summoned for Monday.  The boys looked well and to those who do not know them do not look like desperadoes.  They were much embarrassed until the handcuffs were removed when they chatted smilingly with those about them.  Finally when Judge Harker called the case Attorney O’Shea stated to the court that Columbus Brown, the one accused of making the deadly assault upon Officer Miles Coleman, desired to plead guilty. This was evidently as much of a surprise to the court as to the spectators, but he explained that while he could enter a plea, he could not pass sentence as he would not do that without hearing the evidence and the witnesses were not in the city.  The attorney seemed anxious to have the case disposed of, but the court was firm and so the matter stands.  It will come up before Judge Robarts on Monday next.  Court then adjourned until that time.
Our people (Elco) are anxious to know whether the trial of the Brown boys is to take place at this term of court or not.  A number of witnesses in the case started for Cairo Tuesday but did not know if they would be needed.

Friday, 17 May 1901:
Mrs. T. H. Boyd went up to Ashley today to be at the bedside of her nephew Dick Campbell, who is dying with consumption. The young man is known by a number of Cairo people, as he at one time worked here.
George Durden, the Pulaski County murderer, who is in the Cairo jail today gave Jailer Cauble information about the attempt to break jail.  He informed the jailer that after securing access to the corridor around the cages, two of the prisoners were to get on top of the cages armed with the iron bars.  Then, when the jailer entered, he was to be killed and a rush for liberty would be made.  If this plan did not work, then the men were to dig their way out through the brick wall.  Durden said he could not bear to see an innocent man murdered, even if he should gain his own liberty thereby.

No saws were found upon any of the prisoners, although they cut the plate in the steel cage with a saw.
Pastor Scarritt of the Methodist church, was called to Centralia today to attend the funeral of the late Rev. John D. Gillam, whose death was noticed yesterday in The Citizen.  Rev. Gillam joined this conference in 1856 and was ordained elder in 1858.  On Sept. 6, 1862, he joined the 117th Illinois volunteer infantry commanded by Col. Risdon M. Moore, and was mustered out May 16, 1865.  During his active life he occupied the best places in the conference, and was stationed here for two or three years in the 70s.  His second wife and a number of children survive him.  His health had been very poor for many years and he had to give up the active ministry.  When his health permitted he did something as solicitor in life insurance.
Malinda Settler, a colored girl 7 years old, died at 2311 Poplar Street yesterday morning of pneumonia.  The remains will be buried at Villa Ridge tomorrow.
Monday, 20 May 1901:
Word was received this afternoon that Tom Keane, son of Thomas Keane, at 1115 Washington Avenue, died today at Evansville.
Defendants Asked for Change of Venue, but Court Refused to Grant It.
Evidently Feared a Jury Less than He Did the Court.—Separate Trial Asked for Albert Brown and Denied.—Work of Securing Jury Begun.

The trial of Brown boys commenced at 3:30 this afternoon, when the work of securing a jury was begun.

Lum Brown, who wanted to plead guilty last Thursday has changed his mind, believing evidently that he could fare as well at the hands of the jury as at the hands of the judge.

The courtroom was crowded with spectators, many of them witnesses in the case, and a large number young ladies from the country.

For the prosecution, State’s Attorney Wilson is assisted by William N. Butler and Angus Leek, while Frederick Hood and Michael O’Shea are defending.

Attorney Hood presented an affidavit for a change of venue.  It set forth that Miles Coleman was a public officer and had many friends, that the people have employed two of the best lawyers of the county which shows their feeling, that the officers of the court have expressed opinion in the case.  That Peter Jones and Benjamin Jones, both public officers, are witnesses for the prosecution and have many friends all over the county; that newspapers have published prejudicial and inflammatory articles against the defendants and that the case has attracted more than ordinary attention.

Judge Robarts overruled the motion on the ground that the affidavit was filed too late, and everyone was ready for the trial to begin.  They then asked for a separate trial for Albert Brown, but that was denied.

The trial then commenced.

Circuit court convened this afternoon with Judge Joseph P. Robarts on the bench.

There was a delay in the Brown case as counsel for the defendants were at work securing an affidavit for a continuance.

Harvey Eddington, who agreed to plead guilty to the charge of murder, changed his mind over Sunday.

Tuesday, 21 May 1901:
Death the Result of a Quarrel with Another Man.
Separated from His Wife, Who Worked for John L. Jones, Keane Became Jealous of the Employer and Started to Draw a Revolver, with Above Result.

Evansville, Ind., May 20.—Tom Keane was shot and instantly killed by John L. Jones in the latter’s store about 9 o’clock this morning.

The killing was caused by trouble between Keane and his wife, Mrs. Virginia L. Keane, who is bookkeeper for Jones & Co.  Keane was a young man about 26 years old, and has been married for several years.  Something over a year ago he deserted his wife and has not lived with her since.  Since abandoning her, he has lived at Cairo, Ill., and Terre Haute and recently in Washington, Ind.  Last night he met Jones on the street and attempted to provoke a quarrel with him about Mrs. Keane, charging that they were unlawfully intimate.  Jones refused to talk to him and Keane threatened to kill him.

At 9:30 o’clock his morning, Keane walked into Jones’ store and to the rear where Mrs. Keane was at work at her desk, and near which Jones was also employed.  Keane approached his wife, began abusing her, charged her with infidelity toward him, and finally slapped her on the face.  Mr. Jones then interfered told him he would allow no such trouble in his store, and ordered him out.  This angered Keane, who put his hand back to his hip pocket and started to draw his pistol.  Jones was too quick for him, however.  Taking his revolver from his pocket he leveled it at Keane and fired twice.  Both shots took effect in his breast.  Immediately after the shooting Jones notified the police of what he had done and stated that he wished to give himself up.

The remains of Thomas Keane will be brought home tonight or tomorrow morning for burial.

(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Thomas Keane Died May 20, 1901 Son.—Darrel Dexter)
Slow Progress Made in the Brown Murder Case.
Seventy Persons Examined to Secure the Five. Prosecution Makes 19 Preemptory Challenges and Defense 9.


Charles Spiller, Cairo, aged 30, married, works Andrew Lohr Bottling works.

Charles Cain, Cairo, aged 25, unmarried.

Ambrose Price, Cairo, colored, aged 54, married.

Charles R. Stuart, Jr., Cairo, aged 27, unmarried.

W. H. Davis, Cairo, aged 50, unmarried, was night watchman at factories.

Little headway was made in the Brown murder case today.  At 4 o’clock this afternoon only five jurors had been secured, two as a result of today’s work.  Seventy persons were examined to secure these five.  The prosecution made 19 peremptory challenges and the defense 9.

Some little amusement caused this forenoon when Gus Haas was on the stand.  He could not understand the questions the lawyers put and Judge Robarts attempted to assist.  “Would you bring in a verdict to hang yourself?” asked the judge, and Gus responded, “Yah.”  The court was convulsed by the question and ready reply.  Another man who was summoned was a loyal subject of King Edward VII, so he was excused.

Thirty-seven were examined last evening and out of the lot only three jurors were secured.  When the regular panel was exhausted, a special venire was issued for 50 men returnable at once.  Of the 37 examined three were accepted, the prosecution peremptorily challenged seven, the prosecution four and the balance were excused for cause.  This is the record of the first day.

Two jurors were secured this forenoon, and when court adjourned for dinner, 58 persons had been examined.  The prosecution then had 13 peremptory challenges to its credit and the defense 7.

Wednesday, 22 May 1901:
Durden, the murderer of Hileman, yesterday received a letter from his lawyer, Hugh Mason, of Pulaski County, which states that Durden’s case will be taken up by the supreme court in June, and Mason expresses himself that the finding of the lower court will be set aside.  He is so confident that he says he would be willing to go five to one on it.  The public will hope that Mason don’t know.
Finds He Acted in Self Defense in Shooting Thomas Keane.

The remains of Thomas Keane, who was killed at Evansville, were brought here this afternoon and taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment, and arrangements for the funeral are being made for tomorrow.  There are no particulars of the sad affair known than were published in The Citizen.  Mrs. Thomas Keane, Sr., is at Charleston, Mo., where he is being treated for cancer by Dr. Patterson, who forbids his leaving to attend his son’s funeral.

After the shooting, Coroner John P. Walker held an inquest over the remains when the following verdict was rendered:  “I find after viewing the body and hearing the evidence in the case, that Thomas Keane came to his death by a pistol shot through the heart.  It was inflicted by John L. Jones acting in self defense.”
The police are hunting for a man named Berry French, to communicate to him the sad news of the death of his mother, which occurred at Martin, Tenn., last night.
Joseph Keane came down from St. Louis last night to attend the funeral of his brother.
Pleaded Guilty to Manslaughter.—Has Been Eleven Months in Jail.

Reginald Burns pleaded guilty to manslaughter this afternoon, and, as he is only 20 years of age, he was sent to the reform school.  Burns shot another negro at Willard something more than a year ago.  He was after another man who got behind Williams to escape from Burns.  Last October the case came up for trial and the jury could not agree, standing 10 to 2 for acquittal.  David S. Lansden and Reed Green were appointed to defense.  Burns has been eleven months in jail here, and as there will be no more trials at this term and possibly no July term, State’s Attorney Wilson accepted his plea.  The principal witnesses are in Tennessee also.  Burns will have about a year to stay at Pontiac.


Thursday, 23 May 1901:
Ed Harris, a Mobile & Ohio brakeman, was killed Tuesday afternoon near Murphysboro.  He fell from a train and was run over.  He was not on duty at the time.
The funeral of the late Thomas Keane occurred this afternoon from the home of his parents, corner of Washington Avenue and Twelfth Street.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge, being taken there by special train.
Former Governor of Illinois Expires Suddenly This Afternoon.
Was Apparently in His Usual Health up to the Time of His Demise at Three O’clock.

Special Dispatch to The Citizen.

Springfield, May 23.  Ex Gov. John R. Tanner drppped dead this afternoon at 3 o’clock.  He seemed in his usual health up to the time of his death, which will be a sad shock to his friends throughout the state.
Jury Secured in the Brown Murder Case Just Before Noon Today.
On the Part of Lum Brown and Will Attempt to Prove That Bud and Albert Brown Were Innocent.—Testimony Begun This Afternoon.

Charles Spiller, Cairo, aged 30, married, works Andrew Lohr Bottling Works.

Charles Cain, Cairo, aged 25, unmarried.

Ambrose Price, Cairo, colored, aged 54, married.

Charles R. Stuart, Jr., Cairo, aged 27, unmarried.

W. H. Davis, Cairo, aged 50, unmarried, was night watchman at factories.

Thomas Rescetter, Cairo, aged 30, married, machinist Singer factory.

William Harrison, Cairo, aged 32, married, works Singer factory.

T. H. Whitaker, Cairo, aged 25, married, works Wels-Peterson Box Factory.

George Fischer, Cairo, unmarried, engineer, Illinois Central.

William Gibbs, Cairo, aged 40, married, works for Nordman.

William H. McEwen, Cairo, married, plasterer, and member of city council.

E. L. Wilcoxson, Cairo, aged 62, single.

The work of securing a jury in the Brown murder case, which began at 3:30 Monday afternoon was completed at 11:55 today, when the 284th man to be examined proved to be acceptable to the attorneys on both sides and he was chosen as the twelfth juror.  Never in the history of Alexander County was such a contest made over the selection of a jury.  The prosecution exhausted 52 preemptory challenges and the defense 49 in the examination, and six bailiffs could not bring in men fast enough at times to keep the court busy.

The court limited the opening statements to thirty minutes on a side.  W. N. Butler made the opening statement for the prosecution when court convened this afternoon, reciting the details of the terrible tragedy by which Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman was assaulted at Olive Branch on Feb. 14th last, receiving injuries which he died a few days later.

For the defense Frederick Hood made the statement that they would show that Deputy Miles Coleman drew a revolver upon Lum Brown before Lum struck the fatal blow.  Also that Bud and Albert knew nothing of the affair and that there was no conspiracy between them.  The defense will attempt to show that Lum Brown was guilty only of manslaughter and that the other two brothers are not guilty of the crime.

Sheriff Hodges was the first witness for the prosecution, being called to testify in regard to Coleman’s official capacity, Peter M. Jones was next called to the stand and told the story of the tragedy as already given in The Citizen.

The witnesses for the defense were excused until 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

Court will be in session tonight.

Friday, 24 May 1901:
Mrs. O’Donnell was called by telegram Wednesday to the bedside of her stepson, Will O’Donnell, at St. Louis, who was reported very ill.  (Mound City)
The sudden death of ex-Gov. Tanner, news of which reached us through Thursday’s Citizen, cast a shadow of unfeigned sorrow over out people (Mound City)
The remains of Mrs. M. Dunker have been shipped from Stockton, Cal., and will arrive here next Monday, when the funeral will be held.

Will the Brown Murder Case Be Placed in a Very Few Hours.


Attorney Leek Who Opened Was Followed by Attorney Hood for the Defense.—Attorneys Butler and O’Shea Follow with State’s Attorney Wilson Closing Tonight.

             The Brown murder case will go to the jury tonight.  The closing arguments of the attorneys are being made, in the following order—Leek opening, Hood next, then Butler and O’Shea and State’s Attorney Wilson closing.  A session of court will be held tonight for the conclusion speeches.

             Lum Brown seems unconcerned over his fate.  When taken back to his cell this noon he showed Durden how Attorney Leek talked, and made fun of the judge and the witnesses.

             The courtroom was crowded this afternoon with people attracted by the speeches of the attorneys.

             Court did not adjourn until nearly midnight, at which time all the evidence for the prosecution was in.  Twenty-one witnesses had been examined, showing the rapidity with which the work was pushed.  While there was so many witnesses there appeared to be but one story, and they all told it without contradiction.  The story bears all the marks of truth upon its face, and made a very bad showing for all the boys.

             Harry Wilbourn, a nephew of W. W. Wilbourn, testified that he was in the store when the trouble took place.  “When Ab Brown came in, Coleman and Bud were near the front door.  Coleman was talking to a man from Elco, who seemed to be intoxicated.  Bud was on my right.  Albert Brown came in by himself and sat down on my left side.  Soon he reached across and said to Bud in a low tone of voice, ‘Lum’s outside, it’s all right.’  Bud then touched Coleman on the coat or his shoulder and said, ‘I would like to speak with you outside.’  They both went out.  I heard a blow struck after they got out.  They had hardly time to get off the platform when I heard the blow.  Lum Brown came rushing into the store immediately after leaving the door wide open, and went to the stove where Pete Jones and Denfip were.”  Mr. Wilbourn then recited the story of the attack on Jones first by Lum and afterward by Bud, who came in later, and Lum’s escape through the back door after his fight with William Milford, who had interfered and probably saved Jones’ life.  Lum could not unlock the back door, so he smashed the glass with two strokes of his hand, which was supposed to be protected by brass knucks.

             All the witnesses described finding Coleman laying on his elbow on the ground and how he was cared for as the story has already been published.  Coleman’s hat was introduced as evidence and identified by all the witnesses.  It has the ugly cut made in it by the brass knuckles with which he was struck.

             The next most important testimony was Lonnie Stroud’s. He was going to the store and had stepped onto the porch near the north end when Coleman, following Bud Brown, came out and walked to the edge of the porch and struck Coleman and then ran into the store.  Coleman fell 19 feet from the edge of the porch.  “When the man ran into the store I saw it was Lum Brown.”

             Another very important witness was W. R. Brown, who testified that while he was at supper in Benefield’s boarding house, the two Brown boys, Lum and Bud, came in.  The waiting girl asked, “What is the trouble up at the store?  Is anybody killed?”  One of the boys replied, “We have four or five of them laid out up there; you had better go over and see.”

             Deputy Sheriff Scott Cauble testified to the revolver he had given Coleman and which was returned to him by John Williamson when the Brown boys were brought in.

             John Williamson testified that he got the revolver from Lum Brown, who handed it to him when he gave himself up.  Other witnesses testified to conversations with the boys in which they talked of scenes on which to make a defense, one of which was to swear that Coleman had drawn his revolver before Lum struck him.

             The only witness called by the defense was Lum Brown.  He said his age was 22 years and that he had two brothers, aged 24, and Ab 20 years.  His father is Leonard Brown.

             “That evening left home about dark, went to Olive Branch; he was going to the Baptist church; met Bud in front of Wilbourn’s store; spoke to him; met Coleman and he said he had to arrest me and pulled his gun out, when I struck him; then I went into store and struck Peter Jones; Coleman was walking towards me, south of the store when we met; I was on the big road south of store when we met; I struck him one blow; I had on knucks at the time.  I did not intend to strike the man as hard as I did, I just thought I would knock him down and get away from him.  I did not come down with the intention of making an attack; I did not discuss the matter beforehand with my brothers, had formed no plans beforehand to do this; I have been in fights before; I had not seen Ab that afternoon.  The statement of Lonnie Stroud is not true; I did not lie in wait behind some boxes as he says.  I had formed no plan or design with my brothers; had not seen my brothers at all; did not see Albert in the afternoon.  I struck Mr. Coleman at once; It must have been severe; I saw him fall, did not stop to examine him; went on into store; I had formed no plans before; nothing further to say only that my brothers knew nothing about the matter, had nothing to do with it.

             On cross-examination by Mr. Leek he said:

             “I was in one or two other fights and was arrested; one was put in jail; admit I hit Coleman with brass knucks; don’t know how Bud and Coleman came to be out of store; I hadn’t reused to submit to arrest; don’t know where I hit him; met them walking face to face; It was dark; I claim that I spoke to my brother; Coleman says ‘I want you too’ and I struck him to give both us a chance to get away, especially myself; he put his hand in his pocket and I struck him; it wasn’t so dark but what I could see.”

             Coleman said, ‘I want you too.’  I asked brother what he had him arrested for; he said he and Charlie Denfip were arrested; went into store; Jones put hand in his pocket; Milford took part; I saw I was overpowered and went out of back door: I went in to see what arrest was about; saw Albert about 12 o’clock; left sisters before dusk; didn’t see Albert Brown at store that night; was not with him at all that night.”

             Upon re-direct examination he testified:  “I was brought in by friends; voluntarily gave myself up.”

             Upon re-cross examination:  “I knew of the reward; had no understanding about reward; one man made such a proposition but I said I did not want to surrender; friends insisted that I give up and I told them all right; one fellow, James Pratt, made a proposition to give me his part of the reward.”

             Prosecution then put Pete Jones on the stand, who said he did not put his hand in his pocket; when assaulted by Brown; said nothing to Lum about arresting him; didn’t know he was on the place till he assaulted him.

             Thomas Bryant in rebuttal said:

             “I was one that brought the boys to jail; Lum and me had conversation about reward at my house.  He said he would surrender if we would see him safe and give him the reward.”

This closed the testimony at 11 a.m.

By agreement three hours on a side is given for the pleadings.

             (Lemuel Brown married Mrs. Sarah Dillow on 26 Oct 1873, in Union Co., Ill.  John Dillow married Sarah Miller on 17 Dec 1868, in Union Co., Ill. The 1880 census of Misenheimer Precinct, Union Co., Ill. shows Leonard H. Brown, 34, born in Tennessee; Sarah Brown, 34, Illinois; Joseph Brown, 14, Missouri; Ida Louise Dillow, 10, Illinois; George D. Brown, 6, Illinois; Rezilla O. Brown, 4, Illinois; Harmon A. Brown, 4, Illinois; and Christopher C. Brown, 1, Illinois.  The 1900 census of Sandusky Precinct, Alexander Co., Ill., shows Leonard Brown, born March 1846 in Tennessee; Sarah Brown born Jan 1845 in Illinois, married in 1876; Lum Brown born Dec 1878 in Illinois; Octavie Dunning born Oct 1876 in Illinois; Edna A. Dunning born Oct 1895 in Illinois; Ruth A. Dunning born Nov 1897 in Illinois; Ettie Brown born July 1887 in Illinois; and Lilla M. Brown born April 1885 in Illinois.  Octavia Brown married Lewis M. Dunning on 20 Jul 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Saturday, 25 May 1901:
John Ross, an old colored man, died yesterday morning at No. 227 Twenty-second Street.
Jury Finds Brown Boys All Guilty of Murder, of Murder.
Jury Retired at 9:40 o’clock This Forenoon.—Speeches of Counsel for Both Sides Were Able Efforts.

It was 4:45 when the jury filed in with their verdict after their seven hours’ session.  Everything was hushed in the courtroom when they came in and the defendants were pale as they waited the verdict.

William H. McEwen handed the judge the verdict, which Judge Robarts read.  It was penitentiary for life for Columbus and Harmon Brown and a 20-year sentence for Albert Brown.

Attorney O’Shea made the usual motion for a new trial.

The jury stood 10 for hanging to 2 for a lighter sentence, but were finally brought over.

When court convened this morning the Brown boys came in looking pale and dejected, but Lum and Bud soon regained their indifferent appearance.  They were without the buttonhole bouquets, which had conspicuously worn through most of the trial.  At the close of Mr. Butler’s speech yesterday, in which he scored the prisoners heavily, Lum gave his bouquet to the bailiff with the request that he give it to Mr. Butler with his compliments.

The instructions of the court to the jury were lengthy and covered every phase of the case.

After the jury retired at 9:40 the court announced that the other jurors in waiting were excused for this term.

The courtroom was well filled this morning and the people lingered in the seats while the jury was out so anxious were they to be present when the verdict would be rendered.

Public interest in the trial increased as it progressed until the courthouse was crowded, many ladies from both city and country being present in the closing hours.

The speeches of the lawyers were listened to with the greatest attention.  They were all good, but some were very fine and able efforts.  Lawyer Leek opened for the prosecution, dwelling largely on the gravity of the offense, which was a combination of crimes, as an assault upon individuals, upon officers of the law, a successful assault to take prisoners from the custody of officers, all well planned assaults to commit murder; a conspiracy between these three to commit all these offenses, etc., all coolly planned and successfully carried out, and he touched upon enough of the evidence to prove the truth of his statements.  He was followed by Attorney Hood, who gave his attention mostly to portions of the evidence which might have been overlooked by the others and which he tried to show was not worthy of very serious consideration.  Hon. W. N. Butler followed him making the speech of the trial.  He threw an armful of bouquets at the jury, and very carefully outlined their duties as jurors.  He presented many extracts from the law defining murder, conspiracy, complicity and all the points covered by this most interesting and complicated case, so that it all must have been very clear to the minds of the jurors.  He then dwelt upon the enormity of the crime, the cowardly conduct of the accused, the good, useful character of the dead officer, his widowed wife and fatherless children, his faithfulness to duty, his kindness to the men who took his life, and appealed to the jury to deal justly but to do their duty.  Tears came to the eyes of many as he talked and the jury was visibly affected.  He was followed by Mr. O’Shea for the defense, but he spoke so low and the acoustics of the place were so bad that scarcely a word could be heard by anyone out of the jury box.

At the close of his speech, the court took a recess for supper and re-convened at 8:30 when State’s Attorney Wilson closed the case in a speech a little over an hour long.  He reviewed the testimony of the witnesses step-by-step, assorting and combining the different stores into a reasonable narrative, arranging all the facts presented in consecutive order and then appealed to the jury to consider them carefully, apply the law to them and fearlessly do what their duty indicated in the premises.  It was his first important case as prosecuting attorney.  The house was full of people anxious to hear his effort and it must have been very trying to him.  Yet he spoke confidently, clearly, cautiously, and forcibly and at the close received many congratulations from admiring friends.  At the close of his speech the court suggested that the jury had better take a night’s rest before listening to the instructions of the court, which met the approval of the court and an adjournment was had until 8:30 a.m.


Died, Monday, May 20th, at her home about five miles east of Dongola, Mrs. William Penrod.

Monday, 27 May 1901:
The funeral of Mrs. Mollie Smith, a colored woman, aged 105 years, occurred in this city Sunday.  She was the mother of Mrs. Pat Scott, whose husband was one of the most prominent men of this part of the state.  Deceased had lived here about 40 years.  Burial in the Meridian graveyard.

(Patrick Scott married Emily Prior on 23 Mar 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A few days since Coroner Steele was called to the country, about four miles out on the Meridian road to hold an inquest on the body of a little colored child, about three months old.  The child had been left by its widowed mother in charge of a six-year-old brother.  Its head was crushed on the back part.  How it came by its death is not known.  It is thought the little brother may have dropped it.

As Soon as They Bade Good-Bye to Friends They Intended to Commit Suicide in Jail.—Rope Cut from Hammock Was to Be Used.—Durden Reveals the Plot after the Prisoners Are Gone.

             Had Sheriff Hodges delayed 24 hours in sending the Brown boys to Chester, he would not have had the job to perform.  They meant what they said when they stated that they would not be taken alive.  It was their intention to hang themselves in jail, and they had the necessary rope to carry out their threat.

Bud Brown sharpened a spoon into a knife and cut the rope from his hammock.  With this he intended to hang himself.  They planned to carry out their self-destruction just as soon as their folks came in to bid them good-bye.  They came in today, and tonight would have settled their fate.  When Sheriff Hodges came after them sooner than they expected, they gave their rope to George Durden.  He gave it to Sheriff Hodges, and told the story as related above.  The boys evidently preferred death to the sentence they received.

             Columbus, Harmon and Albert Brown, the young men who were convicted Saturday evening of the murder of Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman, were taken to the penitentiary at Chester this morning by Deputy Sheriff William Fitzgerald and Jailor Scott Cauble.  Fearing trouble, a detachment of the Cairo police were on hand with Sheriff John Hodges to see them off.  Harmon Brown had said he would not go to Chester alive.  This morning all the boys refused to leave the jail.  When they saw the force there to take them, Lum and Ab gave up.  It was only Bud who made trouble.  Bud and Ab were handcuffed together and Lum was by himself.  At the depot, a big crowd gathered to see them off.  Keevie Ann Patterson was there and was free with her advice to Lum.  She inquired the ages of all the boys and Lum told her.  He also said:  “They didn’t have anything more to do with it than you did,” referring to the crime for which they were convicted.  As exclusively told in The Citizen Saturday, it was 4:45 p.m. when the jury filed in with their verdict, after their seven hours session.  Everything was finished in the courtroom when they came in and the defendants were pale as they waited the verdict.

             William H. McEwen handed the judge the verdict, which Judge Robarts read.  It was penitentiary for life for Columbus and Harmon Brown and a 20-year sentence for Albert Brown.

             Attorney O’Shea made the usual motion for a new trial.  The court immediately overruled the motion for a new trial and passed sentence upon the boys.

             The jury at one time stood 11 for hanging both Bud and Lum to one against.  That one man brought the others around to a life sentence and saved their necks.

             Sunday Lum spent the day writing letters.  He bade 17 of his friends good-bye.  He did not know then that he was going so soon, and he invited all of his friends to come in and see him.

             The Brown jury took five ballots Saturday before they reached their verdict.  On the first ballot five voted to hang Lum, four to hang Bud and two to hang Ab.  The lightest sentence given Lum was life and Bud fourteen years, while one voted to acquit Ab.  On the second ballot 11 were for hanging Lum and nine for hanging Bud.  The third was a compromise in which all but one juror agreed to hang Bud and Lum and acquit Ab.  The fourth ballot was for hanging Lum, giving Bud a life sentence and Ab twenty years, but one man hung out and on the fifth ballot he won the others over.  That man was William Harrison.


             The verdict in the Brown murder case should have wholesome effect upon the community and we believe it will.  It should check recklessness and lawlessness on the part of the young men of the country. There are a large number of young farmer boys growing up in this section who have been living just such useless and worthless lives as the Brown boys have had.  These young men are now brought face to face with the result of the folly of such a way of living.

The Brown boys are not the only boys who have broken up country dances, who have indulged in frequent fights, who have gone on excursions and made themselves worse than nuisances.  They are not the only young men who have defied the law and resisted its officers.  The only difference is that the Browns have gone a little farther than the rest and have brought down upon their heads the strong arm of the law because of their crime.  They gloried in the fact that they were neighborhood bullies as many another young man has done, and this course naturally and surely led them to deeds of violence, because they had no respect for the rights of others, nor regard for the sacredness of human life.

Here are these young men, strong, hearty young men, who have not reached the full years of their manhood.  They have been brought up in a civilized community, with opportunities of attending school and church.  They have not been brought into constant association with the evils of city life.  Yet just when they should be beginning to draw upon their resources, when they should be putting their talents and their strength and their knowledge to use, they are deprived of their liberty for the rest of their natural lives.  All chances of enjoying the opportunities of this world, of following ambition to heights of success or honor, or achieving greatness or of acquiring wealth are closed to them.  They are as if dead to the world.  And why?  Because they failed to realize that the law is inexorable which says, “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”

Their crime was committed in a moment, yet a lifetime cannot blot it out.  They may not have intended to murder, yet all the remorse and repentance they can crowd into the rest of their lives cannot make them any the less murderers.

The moral is plain.  The young man who would keep out of trouble must be something more than an idler and bully.  If he will lead a sober, industrious life, he will become a useful citizen.  It is the only road to happiness and prosperity.
John L. Jones has been discharged from custody at Evansville.  Although exonerated by the coroner’s jury for killing Thomas Keane, he still was held until discharged by the court.
Thomas Browner.

Mound City, Mary 27.—Thomas Browner died at 11 o’clock this forenoon at the age of 73 years.  He was a native of Ireland and came to America in 1853.  He was a ship carpenter by trade and worked at that for fifteen years, but for the past twenty-five years has run a grocery store.  He leaves a brother, James Browner, and three children, Mayor M. F. Browner and Misses Mary and Maggie Browner.
Mrs. Annie Nellis.

Mrs. Annie Nellis died suddenly at 6 o’clock this morning of heart trouble.  She had been in poor health for four or five months, and it was known that she could not recover, but she continued about the house, attending to the household duties and her sudden end came with a great shock to her children.  Only last evening she prepared supper and made a cake for the junior reception to be held tonight.

Mrs. Nellis lived with five of her six children at No. 2028 Sycamore.  She was a most devoted mother, and since the death of her husband, Capt. Charles F. Nellis, in 1890, she has lived only for them.  She was a native of Harbarnson, Germany, where she was born on March 18, 1844.  She came to this county in 1856 and just at the close of the war she married Capt. Nellis, at Cape Girardeau, Mo.  Since that time her entire life has been spent here.  Six children were born to them, Mrs. W. E. Steele, of Corry, Pa., Miss Juanita and Messrs. Walter, Charles F., Fred D., and Dewitt.  Other relatives are three sisters, Mrs. Charles Frank, and Mrs. J. A. Jennelle and Mrs. Albright, of St. Louis and one brother, Louis H. Kaha, of this city.  Her mother, Mrs. Annie Kaha, aged 87 years, also survives her.  Funeral arrangements cannot be made until relatives are heard from, but the remains will be laid at rest beside her husband at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Tuesday, 28 May 1901:
The mother of Mr. Jesse O. Hunt died at Flora Sunday at an advanced age.
The funeral of Mrs. Dunker will occur at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow and burial will be at Villa Ridge.
Ed Wallace, a Cairo negro, was stabbed to death Friday at Muncie, Ind., by William Buggs, of Paducah, during a performance of Buckskin Bill’s Wild West Show.
Funeral Notice.

NELLIS.—Died on Monday, May 27, 1901, No. 2028 Sycamore Street, Mrs. Annie Nellis, aged 57 years, two months and nine days.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday, May 29th.  Services at the residence at 2 o’clock p.m.  A special train for Beech Grove Cemetery will leave foot of Eighteenth Street at 3 o’clock. Friends of deceased and family invited.
The funeral of Thomas Browning will take place Wednesday forenoon at 10 o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, services conducted by Father T. S. Bannon.  The funeral train will leave at 11:45 a.m.  Burial in the Catholic cemetery at Beechwood.

(This is likely Thomas Browner mentioned in the previous day’s newspaper.—Darrel Dexter)
Elsewhere will be found the notice of the funeral of Mrs. Annie Nellis, which will occur on tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the family residence. Rev. F. A. DeRossett officiating.  The remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.  Mrs. Steele will arrive from Pennsylvania tonight to attend her mother’s funeral.

Wednesday, 29 May 1901:
Mr. Herbert Spaulding received word Sunday morning of the death of a distant relative in Adrian, Mich., Miss Ella Aldrich, who used to reside here in the family of Mr. S. C. Spaulding, deceased.
The funeral of the late Thomas Brewner today was largely attended by our citizens, and many from all over the county, and from Cairo also.

(This is likely Thomas Browner mentioned in the 27 May 1901, newspaper.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Eliza Hoffman, of Mauckport, Ind., aged 71 years, dropped dead Tuesday evening while getting supper.  Deceased was the mother of Mrs. D. G. Craig, of this city (Mound City).  Her health was remarkably good for one of her age up to the time of her sudden death.
Douglas Smith, a colored man, aged 42, fell dead of heart disease at Twenty-fifth and Commercial this morning.
The funeral of Mrs. Annie Nellis occurred at 2 p.m., today, and the remains were taken by special train to Beech Grove for interment.  The Warren Stewart post G. A. R. and Woman’s Relief Corps were in attendance, besides many citizens.  The pallbearers were:  H. A. Hannon, P. W. Barclay, A. Comings, Peter Saup, Charles Lancaster, John Haynes, William White, F. Bross, Marion C. Wright, Andrew Lohr, Joseph Wenger, and Hon. W. N. Butler.
The remains of Mrs. Mary Dunker were laid to rest in Villa Ridge cemetery this morning.  The G. A. R., Woman’s Relief Corps, and Alma lodge Daughters of Rebekah, were present at the ceremonies.

Thursday, 30 May 1901:
Mrs. Emma Avington, a well-known colored woman, formerly of this place (Unity), died in DuQuoin last Sunday.

(Edward Avington married Emma Hall on 30 Jun 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Suit for Possessions of Valuable Lands in Chicago Finally Settled.

Alto Pass, Ill., May 30.—Mrs. Alice Lamer, a well known widow here, is one of five heirs to 160 acres of valuable land in Chicago.  The case, which has just been decided, had been in the courts for years.  The land is located near the Calumet River and not far from Pullman and is crossed by the C. & E. I. railroad.

Clark Hollenbach, Mrs. Lamer’s grandfather, owned the land when Chicago was but a hamlet.  Since his death the title has never, until now, been clear.  John Hollenback, over 80 years old, now living in Jonesboro, is the only living heir of his father, Clark Hollenback.  A year or so ago he deeded the land above mentioned to his five daughters, three of whom are:  Mrs. Alice Lamer, this city; Mrs. J. J. Anderson, Lincoln Neb.; and Mrs. Horsely, Chicago.  The land is valued at $1,500 per acre.  A large amount in rents has accrued and will add materially to the fortune.

(Joseph P. Lamer married Alice A. Hollenback on 12 Oct 1870, in Union Co., Ill.  Thomas J. Horsely married Barbary E. Hollenback on 18 Mar 1866, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 31 May 1901:
An old colored man, Frank Wright, came here from the Promised Land several days ago and was found wandering about the city.  Health Officer Orr had him carted for at the home of a colored family on Twelfth Street for a day and sent him out on the Mobile & Ohio train on his way home.  He was put off at Beech Ridge, but died soon after of heart failure.

Saturday, 1 Jun 1901:
Charley Coleman, a colored man, who has resided in this city (Mound City) for many years, and who has been very prominent among his people, died at the home of his friend, Bob Gunn, this morning.

Monday, 3 Jun 1901:
Inventory Fixes the Value of Property at This Amount.
Col. Patier Left $85,000 in Cash at His Death.—J. H. Galligan Appointed to Appraise Estate to Determine Inheritance Tax.

Col. Charles O. Patier left an estate valued at over $160,000. The inventory and appraisement bill were filed in the county court today by the executors, Judge F. Bross, Col. O. Patier, Jr. and Charles Hessian.  The inventory shows that Col. Patier left nearly $85,000 in cash, about $16,000 of real estate, $58,000 stocks and bonds and $5,000 in notes.  The court appointed J. H. Galligan to appraise the estate to determine the amount of the inheritance tax.

Tuesday, 4 Jun 1901:
Mr. Jacob Baur was called to Malden, Mo., today by the death of his son, Emile, who has been engaged in the jewelry business there for several months.  Death was caused by poisoning.

Wednesday, 5 Jun 1901:
Charles Denfip Was Struck in Stomach While at Work at Olive Branch.

Charles Denfip was instantly killed at Olive Branch last evening.  He was at work at the mill there.  A belt broke and the end struck him in the stomach with the above result.  The deceased was unmarried.
Story to That Effect Denied by the Boy’s Father.

Mr. Bauer returned from Bertrand, Mo., today and brought with him the body of his son, Emile, and his stock of jewelry.  He also brought the authentic story of his death, which proves that the suicide story was all a fake.  The boy was not successful in his business, which made him despondent and people attributed this to disappointment in some love affair, which was not true.  Sunday he went to Dexter, and by a mis-step fell from the train, as he went to get off, by which he sustained an inguinal rupture, which caused great suffering.  He returned to Malden by the next train, and being in great pain, he staggered as he went to his boarding house, which caused some who saw him to say he had been drinking.  On his way he procured some morphine, which he told the people of the house he had gotten to ease his pain.  The people sent for a physician, but when he came he told them that the boy had taken too much and he tried to arouse him, but failed.  The injury was examined by the doctor who found that the boy had been very badly hurt and so reported to Mr. Bauer.  The funeral will occur tomorrow.

Thursday, 6 Jun 1901:
A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Fahr died of scarlet fever yesterday.
A little son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sproat, of Peoria, was drowned a few days ago.
Chief Mahoney this morning received a telegram from Chief of Police Richards, of Memphis, stating that a man supposed to be H. Hewitt, a saw filer of Cairo, had died there and asking what disposition should be made of remains.  He is about 45 years of age, 5 ft., 10 inches high, weight 190, and blue eyes.  The chief will be glad to get information locating his family.
Saturday, 8 Jun 1901:
The 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Murphy, of 424 Thirty-second Street, died at 2 o’clock this morning of gangrene in the face caused by bronchitis.  The remains will be taken to Grayville for burial.
A telegram from Mrs. M. S. Munson, of Denver, to her sister, Mrs. R. Hebsacker, this morning, conveyed the news of the accidental drowning of her son, Leonard, age 16, yesterday.
Mrs. Mary Lucas, who has been a patient at St. Mary’s Infirmary for a long time, died yesterday.  She was at one time mentally deranged and later was a county charge.
Mrs. W. E. Steele, who came to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Annie Nellis, left this morning for her home in Corry, Pa.

Monday, 10 Jun 1901:
Mary Taylor, a colored woman, aged 80 years, died at No. 325 Fourth Street, yesterday afternoon.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.

Tuesday, 11 Jun 1901:
Operated Upon for Appendicitis but That Failed to Save His Life.

Alto Pass, Ill., June 10.—Frank P. James, of James Bros. Milling Co., of this place, died at his home here at 9 o’clock this morning after an illness of only a few days.  He was operated upon yesterday for appendicitis by Dr. Grinstead, of Cairo, assisted by Dr. J. A. Hale, of this city.  The operation was successful and the patient rallied and rested fairly well during the night, but grew worse early this morning.  Mr. James was about 55 years old and had been in the milling business here for about 25 years.  He was a very capable businessman and an excellent citizen.  In his younger days he was a printer.  He worked on the old Missouri Republican in St. Louis until his eyes failed him.  Later he worked in Cairo and still later in Jonesboro on the Gazette.

(Franklin P. James married Mrs. Ellen E. Aldridge on 4 Jul 1891, in Monroe Co., Ill.  His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:  Franklin P. James died June 9, 1901 Aged 48 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 17 Ds.  A loving husband, a father dear, a faithful friend lies buried here.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 12 Jun 1901:
Percy, the little seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Parks, died at their home on Main Street Tuesday morning after an illness of a week with that dreaded disease diphtheria.  He was an unusually bright little fellow and the parents have the sympathy of our people (Anna) in their loss.

(George Clay Parks married Carrie Rich on 29 Oct 1889, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Percy son of George C. & Carrie Parks Born Sept. 1, 1893 Died June 11, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Little Charlie Lamb, son of Matt Lamb, is quite ill with pneumonia.  He had the measles and the other disease followed.  He is a very sick child.
Cut Down Twenty Years—Fred Douglas Denied Pardon.

A Springfield dispatch says:  “A reduction of twenty years was made in the case of Wade Hampton, of Cairo.  Hampton and a number of other colored man were engaged in loading railroad ties on a barge.  A difficulty arose over the division of the pay for the work and Hampton killed another workman with a club.  Hampton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to forty years.  The trial judge stated that the sentence would have been shorter if he had been furnished with the evidence placed before the board.”

Fred Douglas sent up from Alexander County for murder was denied a pardon.

Thursday, 13 Jun 1901:
John W. Stafford, of Progress, was in town (Wetaug) a few days ago to make arrangements for the funeral of Joseph McGinnis, who died last fall.
The funeral services of the late J. R. McGinnis will be held at Mt. Pisgah Church the fifth Sunday in June, and will be conducted by the A. F. & A. M. Masonic lodge of Progress, Union County, of which he was a worthy member.  All Masons and friends of the deceased are cordially invited to attend.

Friday, 14 Jun 1901:
Harvey Ramage, who killed Officer Dunker, applied for a pardon, but Gov. Yates denied it.
George Osgood was called to Chicago yesterday by the sudden death of his sister, Miss Augusta Osgood.  The young lady was not thought to be dangerously ill, and her demise was a great shock to her family and friends.  She was 27 years old.
Louis Quinn Crushed in Machinery Box Factory.
Climbed Up to Adjust a Belt and His Sleeve Caught in Cog Wheel.—Death Resulted from His Own Carelessness.

Louis Quinn, a colored boy, aged 18, was killed at the Carey-Halliday mill at 9:30 this morning. He got caught in the machinery and his right arm was torn off and his head crushed.

Quinn’s death was the result of his own carelessness.  He was at work in the veneering department.  A belt flew off and he climbed up to put it in place.  Instead of using a ladder, which was there for that purpose, he climbed upon the beam supporting the wheel.  His right sleeve caught in a bevel cogwheel and his whole arm was drawn in and torn off at the shoulder.  The skull was also badly crushed and his brains were spattered all over the machinery there.  Death came instantly.

Coroner McManus was at once notified and he summoned a jury.  They viewed the remains as they hung there upon the shafting, and returned a verdict that death came through the carelessness of the deceased.  The coroner’s jury was composed of Arthur Magner, Robert Russell, James T. Hill, William Shore, Benjamin Foley, and William Wilson.

The remains were taken to Batty’s undertaking establishment, where they were prepared for burial.
After the accident that department of the mill was shut down for the day.

Mrs. C. S. Carey arrived from Chicago at 10:35 this morning.  He was greatly shocked when he learned of the accident.
Tuesday, 18 Jun 1901:
Thomas Essex, aged 30, died of consumption last week.  The funeral occurred Thursday at Shiloh Church and the remains were buried at the Shiloh graveyard.
Mrs. Edwards, who kept house for Mr. Roth at Willard, died suddenly of heart disease last Saturday night.
M. C. Metzger was called to Mt. Pulaski, Ill., this morning by the sudden death of his father, John Metzger, age 74 years.

Thursday, 20 Jun 1901:

M. C. Metzger will return tonight from Mt. Pulaski, Ill., where he was called to attend the funeral of his father.


Capt. Sam Orr today received a letter from Mrs. Mary Dailey, asking for information concerning the death of her husband, who was a member of Co. E, 11th Regt. U. S. C. Volunteers from East Killingley, Connecticut.  Capt. Orr replied that there are no records here of death of that date and referred her to the keeper of the National Cemetery at Mound City.


Gen. John B. Turchin, late of Nashville, Ill., died at the Anna hospital for the insane Tuesday.  He belonged to the 19th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War.  Maj. Stinson sent a messenger to Cairo today to get Warren Stewart Post G. A. R. to take charge of and conduct the funeral ceremonies.  The messenger arrived on the morning train.  The remains will be buried at the National Cemetery.


Gen. John B. Turchin, of Nashville, an aged veteran of the Civil War, and a leading Polish citizen of Radom, being the founder of that village, died Tuesday night in a ward at the hospital for insane, having been an inmate of that institution for several months.  It is indeed sad to see such a closing of a brilliant career, he having been a litterateur and musician of great ability.  He was formerly a military officer in Poland before emigrating to this country.

             (He enlisted on 17 Jun 1861, in Chicago, Ill., as a colonel of the 19th Illinois Infantry.  His marker in Section F Site 5008B in Mound City National Cemetery reads:  Brig. Gen. John B. Turchin U. S. Army Died June 18, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 21 Jun 1901:

The remains of Brig. Gen. J. B. Turchin, of Radom, Ill., arrived here at 1 o’clock this afternoon over the Illinois Central accompanied by Warren Stewart Post and the W. R. C. of Cairo.  The following members of the Nineteenth Illinois regiment, of which Gen. Turchin early in the Civil War was colonel, were in attendance:  R. R. Sampson, J. B. Spanger, P. McDonald, T. M. Beatty, all of Chicago, and Peter Coldwater, of this city.  A good number of our citizens joined the procession to the National Cemetery, where the remains were consigned to the tomb by the ritual of the Grand Army of the Republic.


Rather a touching incident occurred in this city (Mound City) about a year ago.  Three aged citizens who had resided here many years each of whom had passed the allotted three score years and then, and who had worked together many years at the marine ways and which same trio had spent their school days together.  Nearly a year ago, one of the three, David Hewitt, being very sick, was visited by the other two comrades—Si Carroll and Mr. Hatfield.  Mr. Hewitt told his companions that he was going to die in a few days and that he was going straightway to heaven, but, when he got there, he would remain on the outside of the main heaven until his comrades should follow him, which, he said, would be in a few weeks, and then said he, “We will all go through the gate at the same time.”  One of his companions died three weeks after Mr. Hewitt’s prophesy; he did not have to remain outside the “gate” very long.  Another remarkable feature of the incident was that neither one of the three, according to the strict orthodox idea of piety, was a candidate for heaven, yet they appeared to be resting upon a hope of their own construction, which to their satisfaction insured their future happiness.


Dr. R. L. Boggs, father of Chief Justice C. C. Boggs, died Wednesday, aged 90 years.


Dr. J. J. Jennelle was called to Detroit, Mich., yesterday, by the news that his father was lying at the point of death.  He is 85 years of age.  Mrs. Jennelle has been there for some time on a visit.


The remains of Gen. Turchin were brought down to Mound City today and were laid at rest this afternoon in the national cemetery.  Maj. Stinson, Dr. Hale, Col. Krugoff and several of Gen. Turchin’s old comrades from Chicago attended the funeral, which was held under the auspices of Warren Stewart post of this city.  Commander Joseph Steagala, Judge A. Comings and wife and Maj. E. S. Dewey went up from here, among others, to represent the post.



Saturday, 22 Jun 1901:

Birdie Stone, aged 10 months, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stone, living at 2043 Walnut, died last evening of cholera infantum.  The remains were prepared for burial by Undertaker Batty and taken to Dexter, Mo., for interment.



Mrs. Mary Desimoni.

             Mrs. Mary Desimoni, after an illness of less than a week, passed away at 6:40 o’clock last evening at her home, 912 Poplar Street.  She has been an invalid for some time, suffering from a form of paralysis, but last Monday she was taken with an inflammation of the bowels, which caused her death.

             Mrs. Desimoni was born in Genoa, Italy, 67 years ago.  She married Joseph Desimoni in Cincinnati and they came to Cairo 27 years ago.  Her husband died last September.  Four children are left, Charles, who is in California, Joseph, William and Miss Rose.  The first named was apprised of her sickness and of the death, and a message from him states that he will arrive next Thursday.  The funeral cannot however be deferred until then and will probably be held Monday from St. Patrick’s Church, of which the deceased was a devout member, and the remains will be buried at Villa Ridge Cemetery.  Mrs. Desimoni had two sisters and a brother in Italy and a niece in Chicago.



Monday, 24 Jun 1901:

Died—at his home in this city (Anna), of paralysis, Sunday, June 23, William Chatton Moreland, aged 55 years and 5 months.  William C. Moreland was a native of Union County, and his early life was spent in the Mississippi bottoms; at young manhood he taught school, teaching nearly every district school in the bottoms with great success.  Later he studied law and was admitted to practice in 1874, locating in Anna, where he enjoyed a large practice until ill health compelled him to close his office three years ago.  He had been honored with many responsible positions in our county, being elected state’s attorney, city attorney and serving as public guardian and for several years, was president of the Board of Education, proving himself at all times to be a true friend of education.  He was an able lawyer, and was noted for his kindness and honesty with his clients, many of whom can recall his good advice not to go to law to settle differences, and in this way he was the means of settling many cases out of court, which was probably against his own financial interest.  Mr. Moreland was a Democrat of the old school and his wise counsel and sound judgment was of much value to the party.  When Mr. Bryan was nominated in 1896, he at once predicted defeat and since that time had not been active in political matters.  William C. Moreland possessed a kind heart and his many acts of kindness will live as a monument to his memory.  As a man, as a neighbor as a friend, all our people have sustained a loss.  The funeral services occurred Monday afternoon at the residence, followed by burial at the Anna Cemetery, the funeral being attended by a vast number of relatives and friends.  He leaves a widow, and a son, by a former marriage, Clarence Moreland, of Louisville, Ky.

             (William C. Moreland married Ella Bybee on 28 Mar 1872, in Union Co., Ill.  He married Matilda Rich on 24 May 1883, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  W. C. Moreland 1846-1901.—Darrel Dexter)


A sad accident occurred at Carbondale at 8 o’clock Saturday night in which Turner A. Casper, of near Balcom, lost his life.  Mr. Casper was a brakeman on train No. 54 and was crossing between the cars when the engine suddenly backed up and the young man was caught between the draw heads and almost instantly killed.  Mr. Casper was the owner of a little farm near Balcom and about three months ago sold it and went railroading, removing his wife and two children, the youngest a two-month-old baby to Centralia.  He was the son of Adam Casper and came of sturdy old stock, one of the best families in our county and was a man of exemplary habits.  The funeral was held at St. John’s Church, three miles north of Mill Creek on Monday.

             (Adam T. Casper married Flora B. Corzine on 13 Feb 1895, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Adam T. Casper 1872-1901.—Darrel Dexter)



Went to Sleep at 3:30 O’clock Yesterday Never to Waken.

             From the greatest joy to the deepest sorrow was the family of Capt. John E. King plunged last evening, when Mrs. King passed away, from heart trouble.  They had been rejoicing over the high tribute of esteem, which Miss Anna Lou King had secured in such an emphatic manner from her friends here in her election as queen of the carnival.  The affliction came, therefore, with doubled force.

             Mrs. King had been ill for a couple of years from heart disease.  She had passed safely through many hard paroxysms and her family had been led to believe she might be spared to them for some time longer.  Yesterday, however she had two of these spells following in close succession, and the last one carried her off at 5:30 p.m.  She had dropped to sleep at 3:30 p.m., and after that time never awakened.  Her end was peaceful.

             Mrs. King was born in New Orleans.  She was educated in Sacred Heart convent at St. Charles, Mo.  She married Capt. King in 1870 and in 1881 came to Cairo where they have resided since.  Five children have come to them—Edward King, who lives in St. Louis, Misses Anna Lou and Clarissa, Mrs. J. Frank Leighton, and Willie King.  All were present at her death except the eldest son, who will arrive tomorrow.  Arrangements for the funeral are given elsewhere.

             Recently Mrs. King was taken to St. Louis to consult Dr. Bauduy, a famous specialist on heart trouble.  She seemed to improve under his care, and then the hope was entertained that her life might be prolonged.

             Mrs. King was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and of the Catholic Knights and Ladies, of which she had held the offices at various times of president, vice president and secretary.

             She was a devoted mother and greatly interested in her family.  It rejoiced her heart to learn of the honor paid to her daughter in her triumphant election as queen of the carnival.

             (Frank Leighton, Jr., married Eugenia Marie King on 1 Nov 1897, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Funeral Notice

             KING—Entered into rest Sunday, June 23d, 1901, Anna Eugenia, beloved wife of John W. King, and mother of Edward J., Anna L., Mrs. Frank Leighton, Jr., Clarissa V., and Willie P. King, after a painful illness.

             Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, Wednesday morning, June 26th.  Special train will leave foot of Twentieth Street at 9 a.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery.

             (Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Anna Eugenia wife of John W. King Died June 23, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)


The funeral of Mrs. Mary Desimoni was held this morning from St. Patrick’s Church, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.


A young white man was run over on the Illinois Central opposite the Singer plant Saturday night.  The body was horribly mutilated and the coroner could not identify it.


Mrs. B. W. McClure died at Clinton, Ky., Saturday forenoon and the funeral was held yesterday.  Mr. McClure is well known here.  He is in the employ of the Singer Company.


John Lewis, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Lewis, living at Thirty-third and Poplar streets, died last evening of cholera infantum. They had just come over from Essex, Mo., a few days ago.  The remains were taken to Essex for burial.


Mrs. J. W. Nemier died today at La Crosse, Wis.  She had been in ill health or several weeks at the hospital here and finally Mr. Nemier took her north where she has been for two or three weeks.  He left Saturday evening to be at her bedside.



Tuesday, 25 Jun 1901:

Died, Monday, June 24, 1901, William J. Faulkner, aged 37 years.  A wife and four children survive him.  Deceased was a native of Kentucky, having come to this city about sixteen years ago.  About fourteen years ago he married a Miss Goldsmith.  He was a ship carpenter and house carpenter and a first class mechanic in his line.  He was certainly one of the most popular men of the city, was city councilman one term, having retired this spring.  He had but recently completed a large two-story residence and was getting comfortably situated.  He was Noble Grand of No. 250 I. O. O. F., a prominent member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Marine Order and K. & L. of H.  He carried insurance to the amount of about $6,000.  Funeral services will occur Wednesday conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge assisted by the other orders.  Funeral train will leave for Beechwood Cemetery at 2:15.

             (William Faulkner married Gertrude Goldsmith on 14 Jun 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, in this city (Mound City), June 24, 1901, Mrs. Mary E. Richards, aged 77 years.  Deceased was born in New York City, was married to Edward S. Richards in the year 1845, in Louisville, Ky., and removed to this city in 1862, where they have resided almost continuously since.  Five children were born to the union, three of whom are now living—Will E., of St. Louis, George W. of Anna, and Mrs. A. S. Moss, of this city.  Fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She had been a faithful member of the Methodist church about sixty-five years.  Six years ago the aged couple celebrated in this city their golden wedding.  She was dearly beloved by all who knew her.  The remains were interred at the Beechwood Cemetery this afternoon.  Services conducted by Rev. Rogers.


Dr. William H. Fields is just in receipt of a telegram conveying the sad intelligence of the death of Aaron Fields, his father, who has just passed away near the home of his birth, twenty miles out from Harper’s Ferry, Va.  The father was 65 years of age, and in the antebellum days was a Virginia slave.  The doctor’s wife and child went to the Virginia home a few days ago, but he will not attempt the trip, feeling that he can do the son’s duty better, perhaps, by wiring the bereaved family such assistance as will help them in their emergency.


Funeral Notice.

             KING—Entered into rest Sunday, June 23d, 1901, Anna Eugenia, beloved wife of John W. King, and mother of Edward J., Anna L., Mrs. Frank Leighton, Jr., Clarissa V., and Willie P. King, after a painful illness.

             Services will be held at St. Joseph’s church Wednesday morning, June 26th.  Special train will leave foot of Twentieth Street, at 9 a.m., for Villa Ridge cemetery.



Passed Away at St. Mary’s Infirmary After Illness of Two Weeks.

             Mrs. F. S. Sloan died at 6 o’clock last evening at St. Mary’s Infirmary.  She had been there two weeks, under treatment.  It was at first thought her ailment was nervous prostration, caused by too close application to business, but it developed into a form of paralysis, which overthrew her reason.  Her sufferings were most intense and the physicians gave no encouragement that if she would recover her mind would be restored.  For this reason death came as a great relief to her.  Everything possible was done for her, which is a great comfort to her husband.  The remains were taken by the 5:20 train this morning to Dayton, Ohio, for burial.  Mrs. Sloan was 45 years of age.  She married Mr. Sloan about twenty years ago, and has been a great help to him in his photograph business.  She was a bright, companionable woman, friends with everyone.  Her death is a great blow to her husband and mother, the latter of whom was with her a short time ago.  A number of the members of Ascalon Lodge rendered what little assistance they could to Mr. Sloan in his great trouble.



Wednesday, 26 Jun 1901:

The funeral of Mrs. John W. King was held this forenoon from St. Patrick’s Church, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge Cemetery for burial.  A special train of two cars took the family and friends to the cemetery.


Judge A. Comings has secured pensions for Mrs. Mahala McElmurry, widow of Nelson McElmurry, a colored soldier, and for Thomas Fullerton, a white veteran living at Henson, Mo.  The latter claim was rejected three times.  The allowance in the first case was $8 per month and in the latter $6.


The funeral services of Joseph McGinnis will be held Sunday at Mt. Pisgah Church near Wetaug.  Judge Crawford, of Jonesboro, will conduct the Masonic services and several Masons from Cobden, Anna and Makanda, will be down.



Saturday, 29 Jun 1901:

Gov. Beckham has doubled the reward offered for the arrest and conviction of the murderers of Hugh E. Lucas, which occurred at Grafton tank, near Clinton.  He now offers $500 reward.  Lucas was an Illinois Central brakeman and was shot while aboard his train at the water tank by unknown parties.  Detectives were hot in pursuit of the murderer and then suddenly dropped the case, and it was reported that Lucas was killed by a relative of a girl who he had wronged.



Monday, 1 Jul 1901:

William Bestgen, aged 87 years, died this morning at the home of his son, William Bestgen, who is employed in the store of G. F. Meyer & Co.  He had been ill some time with stomach trouble.  His former home was Peru, Ill.  The funeral will occur tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2 o’clock, at Beechwood Cemetery.  He leaves a wife and son.  (Mound City)


A 3-month-old baby of Henry Crise died Saturday.  (Mound City)


A little 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Edwards died Saturday evening.  (Mound City)


Coroner Steele held an inquest on the body of a boy at Ullin last Wednesday, who had fallen in a pond and drowned.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cunningham and Mrs. I. N. Taylor were in the city today attending the funeral of Harry Holmes, who was a nephew of Mrs. Cunningham.


John Baltimore, a colored man, who worked on the Illinois Central bridge here, fell dead yesterday, supposedly from heart failure.  He came here as a pressure man when the bridge was being built and has remained ever since.


The funeral of Harry Holmes occurred from the Methodist church this afternoon, Rev. J. A. Scarritt conducting the services.  The remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment beside his mother.  His death Saturday night after a brief illness was a shock to almost everyone, very few persons in the city being aware that he was ill.  He was the son of Mr. David Holmes, of this city, and was well known by all our young people.  Harry Holmes was nearly 27 years old, having been born in Cairo Sept. 22, 1874.  The disease of which he died was congestion of the bowels, culminating in brain fever.

             (His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  J. Harry Holmes.—Darrel Dexter)



Tuesday, 2 Jul 1901:

Mrs. Groves and son, Cooper, were called to Sumner, Ill., by the illness of Rev. S. P. Groves.  They left last evening.



Wednesday, 3 Jul 1901:


Arrested for Assaulting a Steamboat Man Last Night.

             Will Grimes, who killed the man in the Farmer’s Saloon some time ago, is in bad trouble again.  About 10 o’clock last night he assaulted a steamboat man in Bob Sutton’s saloon and beat him up in bad shape.  The bad feature of the charge is that Grimes made the assault for the purpose of robbery, and the police have information which leads them to believe that his assault have all been made for that purpose.  They think now that the $45, which the dead man at the Farmer’s saloon lost, was taken by Grimes and that the assault was made for that purpose.  They have information, also, that Grimes has assaulted several parties since then for the same purpose.  They say that he knocked a woman down a flight of stairs some time ago, breaking her collar bone, from which she still has a lame arm, and that he made the assault for robbery.

             When arrested last night, he denied the assault, but was fully identified by his victim and two revolvers were found on his person.  Sergeant Price and Officer Greaney made the arrest last night and lodged Grimes in the county jail.

             The victim is at the marine hospital, but while pummeled up severely, is not fatally injured.  His name is Alonzo Riggs and he belongs on the Sam Brown.  Dr. Oakley thinks he will be out of the hospital in three or four days.


Died, June 27th, at the home of her mother, three miles northeast of here (Mill Creek), Mrs. Nellie E. Hileman, aged 31 years, 6 months and 2 days.  Her husband, Scott Hileman, died one year ago.  She leaves five small children.  The remains were interred at St. John’s Cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. Earnhart.

             (Scott Hileman married Nellie E. Dillow on 24 Nov 1887, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Nellie E. Dillow wife of J. Scott Hileman Died June 27, 1901 Aged 31 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)


The funeral services of J. R. McGinnis, at Mt. Pisgah Sunday, was very largely attended.  About fifty persons from Makanda, Cobden, Jonesboro and Anna came down on the morning train, among them the Masonic lodge from near Lick Creek, of which Mr. McGinnis was a member.  The discourse was preached by Rev. Mr. Throgmorton, of Mt. Vernon, and was an eloquent and forcible argument in support of the resurrection of the dead.  Mr. Throgmorton is no “soul-sleeper.”  The Masonic part of the services were conducted by Judge M. C. Crawford, of Jonesboro, assisted by Dr. T. J. Rich, of Saratoga, J. T. Stafford, of Progress, Capt. J. P. Reese, of Cobden, William Peak and J. W. Laws, of Jonesboro, W. W. Thomas and Thomas Peak, of Makanda, Rev. Mr. Culp, of Lick Creek, Alfred Brooks and Albert Lingle, of Water Valley, and several others whose names we failed to catch.  There were quite a number of ladies in the party whom we suppose belonged to above named gentlemen and their friends.  The day was very warm, but Union County people are not afraid of heat or dust and they do nothing by halves.  And the fact that so many came so far on such a day, shows the high esteem in which the deceased was held in the place where he grew to manhood.  All were friends and acquaintances and old neighbors of the writer, and we were very glad to meet them again, and will say for the community here (Wetaug) that if they had known so many were coming, more preparations would have been made to entertain them.



Thursday, 4 Jul 1901:

A colored man named Hawkins died of dropsy and was buried yesterday.


Pearl Shepard, the 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Shepard, of Fortieth Street, died yesterday afternoon.



Friday, 5 Jul 1901:

Mrs. Smith, wife of Congressman Smith, is very ill and fears are entertained of her recovery.  She is in Chicago and Mr. Smith is with her.  The action of the Good Roads convention in passing the resolution introduced by the secretary John F. Rector, expressing sympathy and the hope of a speedy recovery, will meet with a second from the entire community.



Saturday, 6 Jul 1901:

John Hannah, brother of Gordon Hannah, died in Chicago last evening.  He had just passed through an operation for the removal of gallstones and it was believed he would recover.  Gordon Hannah just returned from Chicago yesterday morning.  The sudden turn in the case and fatal ending was quite a severe shock to all the relatives and friends.


Chief Mahoney has a long letter this morning from H. C. Forsythe, a reporter on the St. Paul, Minn., News, giving an account of the killing of a tramp by a passenger train four miles from Chardon, on June 30th.  He says the young man’s name was Fred Williams, that his father lives in Cairo and is a tie contractor and well fixed.  Forsythe was on the train at the time the boy was killed and says that the facts are grossly misstated in the newspaper accounts of the affair.  He thinks the boy’s father should look it up.



Monday, 8 Jul 1901:
Died, Thursday, July 4, of brain trouble, the infant daughter of J. P. and Kate Rimer, living three miles north of this city.  The family have the sympathy of all their friends.

             (J. P. Rimer married Katie Ann Sichling on 18 Feb 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 9 Jul 1901:
Coroner James McManus was called to Tamms today to hold an inquest over a man who was killed.  No details are known.
John Shores, brother of William Shores, watchman at Himmelberger & Friant’s mill, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last week.  The remains were taken to Mountain Glen Friday for burial.
The funeral of little Johnny Lee Tippitt, the 7-year-old son of John Tippitt, who died yesterday of abscess of the brain, will occur tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 from the Methodist Church.  Special train will leave at 2:45.  The friends and Sunday school children are invited to attend.

Wednesday, 10 Jul 1901:
A little child of Henry Adams died last week.  (Wetaug)
Guy McKamey, who married Miss Zoe Yates over a year ago, is at the point of death from Bright’s disease, from which he has been a sufferer for several months.

(Guy McKemie married Zoe Yates on 25 Apr 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Charles Denfip, of Olive Branch, who was killed by a belt in the sawmill on June 4th, was a married man and left a wife and several children.  He also left a life insurance policy for $1,000, in the Modern Woodman which was paid to his bereaved family in full on Saturday last, and which was most thankfully received by the sorrowing wife.

(His marker in Hargis Cemetery reads:  Charles H. Denfip Born May 20, 1859 Died June 4, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
The body of a white boy with dark brown hair was found floating in the Mississippi River opposite Beech Ridge last week. Coroner McManus held an inquest, but the body was not identified.  He seemed to have drowned while swimming.
Because She Refused to Live with Him
Tragedy Occurred Near Tamms Monday Night.—Murderer Then Fled Coming to Cairo.—Has Not Been Captured.

Tamms was the scene of a murder Monday night.  John Clark, a negro who recently lived in Cairo, shot and killed his wife because she would not live with him.  Clark formerly lived at Nineteenth and Walnut streets.  He married Sarah Bland, daughter of Anderson Bland, who died recently.  Since her father’s death she has refused to live with her husband.  Monday he went out to Tamms and told her he was going to kill her.  He had a 38-caliber pistol and he shot her in the neck and the ball lodged in the brain.  The tragedy occurred at 9:30 o’clock at night about three quarters of a mile above Tamms.  After the shooting, Clark skipped out, coming to Cairo on a freight train.  The officers are looking for him. Coroner McManus went out and held at inquest, returning last night.

(Anderson Bland married Lee Ann Williams on 29 Oct 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 11 Jul 1901:
Charley Barnhart, an M & O. brakeman, is reported to be dangerously ill with appendicitis and cigarette poison.  (Mill Creek)

Friday, 12 Jul 1901:
John Clark Arrested at Charleston, Mo., Today

Will Be Brought Back Tonight and Landed in Jail for Killing His Wife at Tamms Last Monday Night.

John Clark, the negro who murdered his wife at Tamms last Monday night and then fled, was arrested today at Charleston, Mo., by Sheriff Shelvyand will be brought back tonight by Deputy William Fitzgerald, who went over after him.

After the shooting, Clark came to Cairo.  Sheriff Hodges got on the track of him here and found that he crossed the river yesterday.  Deputy William Fitzgerald and Billy Madison went over to Charleston and so got on the man’s track.  The result was that today his capture was effected.

Clark formerly lived here.  His wife was a daughter of Anderson Bland, and they lived at Nineteenth and Walnut.
Tom Clarkson, a well known colored man, is said to be very sick at his home on Sixth Street.

Saturday, 13 Jul 1901:
Came John Clark, Who Murdered His Wife at Tamms.

Claims Not to Know Why He Was Brought Back.—Story of Reuben Pride with Whom the Woman Lived.

John Clark, who was landed in jail last night for the murder of his wife at Tamms, claims not to be aware that he killed her.  He immediately skipped out, catching a train to Cairo.  Then he crossed the river and went to work with a threshing crew.  He was captured at Possum Ridge, three or four miles back of Charleston.  He was told he was arrested for doing some shooting, but was not told that he had committed murder lest he should refuse to come without a requisition.

However, Reuben Pride, in whose house the murder was committed, tells a different story.  Pride says Clark came to his house after they had gone to bed and called for his wife, Sarah ClarkPride let him in, and the woman was summoned.  Clark asked for a drink of water and she pointed to the bucket and told him to help himself.  He demanded again that she give him a drink and she handed him the gourd and waited while he drank.  Then he told her he was going to kill her and drew a gun.  Pride and his wife immediately grabbed at him and tried to put him out.  They nearly succeeded when Clark reached over Pride’s shoulder and fired at the woman, swearing as he shot.  The ball entered her neck at the back and killed her instantly.

(Ruben Pride married Mercah Pride on 24 Jun 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 15 Jul 1901:
A white woman named Susie Freeman took poison Saturday evening to end her life and died Sunday morning at 9 o’clock.  She took morphine and chloroform.  She lived on Cedar Street near Seventeenth.  The rash act was committed because her lover had jilted her for another woman.  This was her second attempt to end her life.  Coroner McManus held an inquest today and the remains were cared for by Undertaker Batty.

Tuesday, 16 Jul 1901:
Mr. Guy McKemie died at this home near Willard Sunday morning and was buried at Schindler Cemetery Monday afternoon.  He had been ill for several months with Bright’s disease.

Wednesday, 17 Jul 1901:
Mrs. W. F. Wooden is again very low with stomach and heart trouble at her home No. 3315 Sycamore Street.
The 4-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. William Susanka died at their home on Twenty-ninth Street yesterday afternoon.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.

(William Susanka married Emma Kassel on 18 Jul 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Clarence R. Susanka Born March 2, 1901 Died July 17, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 18 Jul 1901:
Mrs. Luetta Oakes Wants $5,000 Damages for Murder of Her Husband.

Mrs. Luetta Oakes, widow of the late Marshal W. E. Oakes, of Metropolis, has sued that city for $5,000 damages.  Her husband was killed by A. M. Covington, a saloonkeeper, while in the discharge of his duty as marshal.  The complaint will set up the fact that Covington was running a saloon with a bond admitted by the council to be worthless and that the city thereby becomes responsible for any damages resulting from such saloon.

The plaintiff will also allege that the character and reputation of Covington was known to the council to be such as the law prohibits the council from granting dram shop license to, and that for this reason the city becomes liable.

The case will come up at the August circuit court, but will hardly be heard then.

(Willie E. Oakes married Julian L. Rose on 17 Dec 1893, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. William Kendall, living on Thirty-third Street, is very low with heart disease.
Robert McKee, superintendent of the DeSoto schools, was drowned while swimming in the Big Muddy River at Murphysboro, Tuesday.  The dead man leaves a family at Thompsonville, Ill., where he was associated with his brother, William McKee, in the publication of the Thompsonville Tribune.

Friday, 19 Jul 1901:
Died, in this city (Mound City), Wednesday, Robert Gun, a colored man, about 48 years of age.  Bob was well known and quite popular among both white and colored.  He was a general utility man and followed various occupations.  The remains were taken in charge by the Knight of Labor and buried Thursday at Metropolis.

(Robert Gun married Malissa Wheeler on 9 Jun 1883, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Jennelle, father of Dr. J. J. Jennelle, whose death at Detroit, Mich., occurred yesterday afternoon, was 86 years of age.  He was a great sufferer and death came to him as a relief.  He leaves a widow and three sons.  Dr. Jenelle and family were at his bedside during his last illness.

Saturday, 20 Jul 1901:
A rumor was correct around the courthouse that Sarah Seibert, the victim of the rapist at McClure, had died and was buried Thursday.  The story is not generally believed here.
Former State’s Attorney Dead.

J. M. Damron, who was state’s attorney of Alexander County in 1880, died in Phoenix, Arizona, last week.  He died at the territorial insane asylum at Phoenix on July 9th.  He was a physical and mental. wreck during the last years of his life.  Mr. Damron was born and reared in Johnson County, where he taught school before he was admitted to the bar.  After leaving Cairo he went to California and served a term in the legislature of that state, gaining some prominence.  While there he became quite well to do, but reverses came and swept away his property.  His wife, whom he married in Johnson County and whose maiden name was Miss Florence Scott, and three children are left.  His oldest son is a reporter on a Phoenix newspaper.

(James M. Damron married Florence Scott on 24 Sep 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 22 Jul 1901:
B. F. Fuller, a Carpenter, Expired Sunday Afternoon.

Ben F. Fuller, a carpenter, formerly residing at Mayfield, Ky., was overcome by the heat yesterday morning and died at the Grace boarding house 210 Seventeenth Street at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  He had been in Cairo about a year, part of the time and at the time of his death was in the employ of William Schatz.  He had been drinking Saturday night and Sunday morning and was found at Twentieth and Poplar and started home by Mr. B. F. Warner about 10 o’clock Sunday morning.  Mr. Warner found him again about 11 o’clock at Twenty-second and Poplar, and took him to his boarding house and put him to bed.  He was supposed to be sleeping off his drunk until about 5 o’clock when some of the help entered his room and discovered that death had claimed him.  Dr. Gordon was called and said he had been dead for about two hours.  The men who put him to bed were apparently very careless, as the sun’s fierce rays had shone through a window upon him from the time he was carried to his room until 5 o’clock.  A brother of the deceased is expected to arrive from Clinton, Ky., this evening.
One Negro Kills Another Over a Crap Game.
John Wade, the Slayer, Claims Self-Defense.—Coroner’s Jury Not Yet Returned a Verdict.—Shooting Scrape at Unity.

Several negroes engaged in a game of craps Sunday in Wilson’s woods near America in Pulaski County, and got into a quarrel.  It is said that Hayes Madison took $10 from another negro named Wade, wrongfully, whereupon Wade procured a shotgun and killed Madison on sight.

The coroner’s jury has not yet returned a verdict.  Wade claims self-defense.

Last Saturday night there was a dance at the pavilion at Unity and two of the parties got in a quarrel during which Tom Atherton shot Henry Essex in the left leg, the ball lodging near the knee where Dr. Rife, of Villa Ridge, found and removed it Monday.

Tuesday, 23 Jul 1901:
Died, at the home of Dr. J. J. Hale, in Anna, Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m. Adam Lence, aged 85 years, 5 months and 19 days.  Mr. Lence was foster father of Dr. Hale, a member of a sturdy old North Carolina family and his father one of the early pioneers of this country.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church for over a quarter of a century and the funeral was conducted by Rev. H. L. McGill, of that denomination.

(Adam Lence married Mary Ann Eliza Lingle, daughter of George Lingle, on 17 Oct 1844, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Casper Cemetery near Anna reads:  Adam Lence Born Jan. 30, 1816 Died July 19, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
The coroner’s jury at America yesterday held John Wade to appear before the grand jury for the killing of Madison.  Wade is yet at large.
Mrs. C. J. Lourey, wife of a railroad switchman living on Twenty-first Street, died yesterday morning and her remains were taken to Montgomery, Ala., for interment.  The husband is left with four children.
Harry Wood, a Mobile & Ohio switchman, was killed last night.  He was attempting to couple two cars when his foot caught in a frog and he was unable to get it released.  He was run over and his body horribly crushed.  He lived an hour after the accident.  Wood was an unmarried man and his home was in Jackson, Tenn., where his body was sent.
A dispatch from Coroner T. R. Frazier, at Blodgett, Mo., to Sheriff Hodges last night told of the death of Haz Martin.  He was shot and killed.  Martin once a member of the Cairo police force.  He had relatives in different parts of the county, but no close kin.  He lived a dissolute life of late years.  Martin has a son living with his grandmother, Mrs. Andrew Cain, in this city.  He is a boy about 17 years of age.  His mother is dead.  Hazard Martin besides being police constable, was at different times deputy sheriff and assistant jailer.

(Hazzard P. Martin married Kittie L. Cain on 5 Apr 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Fred Serbian died at his home on Fifteenth Street at 11 o’clock this forenoon, of pleuro-pneumonia.  He was taken ill last Wednesday, but it was not until a few hours before his death that the hopelessness of his condition was realized.  The deceased was 27 years old, and was a son of Mrs. A. W. Serbian, who conducts a grocery store on Fifteenth Street.  He was born and grew to manhood in Cairo, and was a member of the Lutheran church here.  Just prior to his death he conducted the Half-Way House for John Bourgois.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Fred R. Serbian Died July 23, 1901 Aged 27 Yrs., 2 Mos., & 1 Day.—Darrel Dexter)
Officer George Rich, of Cobden, Seriously Injured.
By a Man Named Lowry Whom He Attempted to Disarm.—Rich Brought Down to Cairo and Place in Infirmary.

Cobden, Ill., July 23.—City Marshall George Rich, of Cobden, was fatally shot here yesterday afternoon by a man named LowryLowry, it is said, was attempting to use his gun on another man with whom he had quarreled and Marshal Rich stepped up to disarm him when Lowry turned the gun on the officer, firing three shots, all of which took effect in the upper part of his body.  The shooting occurred in Anderson’s saloon at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Rich is the youngest son of Karl Rich, the wealthiest man in Union County.  He has a wife and children living in Cobden.

Lowry, the man who did the shooting, is said to be a very good citizen when sober, but an unconquerable demon when full of liquor.  He has been in trouble several times before and not long ago made the combined efforts of three men necessary in arresting him.

Rich was brought down from Cobden last night, accompanied by his wife and brother and a physician from there and was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary where he is under the care of Dr. Bondurant.  He is not able to lie down, but reclines propped up in a chair.  His face is powder marked, showing at what close range the shooting was done.  One ball broke his jaw, another pierced his shoulder, but the most dangerous wound is in his left breast.  The wounds are serious, but it cannot be told yet how they are likely to result.  Rich is getting along very well today.

Wednesday, 24 Jul 1901:
A scrap among the track hands on the Illinois Central last Saturday north of town came near resulting in the death of a negro laborer at the hands of a fellow laborer of color.  The larger “Sam” had a difficulty with the shooting coon in the running of the boarding car, and the smaller colored gentleman sought revenge upon his larger assailant.  In place of going away and arming himself in a “coonly” manner with a razor and returning and making his enemy of victim for a coroner’s jury by wielding the razor, the weapon of his race, in an energetic manner, he comes back with an “uncoonly” weapon, a revolver, the weapon of the poor white trash and proceeds to land three bullets in the body of his enemy.  After so doing, he in a “coonly” manner puts his hat under his arm and beats a hasty retreat, making good his escape.  The wounded darkey was taken on a handcar to Cobden for medical attention and it is said he has little chance for recovery.
Frank Sims, of Elco, lost an infant child by death yesterday.

(William Franklin Sims married Daisy Kerr on 21 Mar 1897, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Sims Cemetery reads:  Essie M. dau. of W. F. & D. Sims Died July 23, 1901 Aged 11 Mos. & 19 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Boepple, uncle of Mrs. E. J. Hall, died in St. Louis last evening.  He formerly lived in Cairo.
Mrs. John D. Ladd was called to Paducah by the death of her stepmother, Mrs. H. H. Stevens.  A fall several weeks ago hastened her death.
Letha Oliver, the six-month-old daughter of Mr. Oliver, residing in Future City, died at 6 o’clock this morning.  The remains were shipped to Hickman by Undertaker Batty this afternoon where the funeral will be held.
Will Walker, wanted at Ripley, Tenn., for murder, was arrested by Officers Greaney and Lutz.  An officer was expected today to take him back.  The police got on the track of the man some time ago, but he eluded them.  Recently he returned and they nabbed him.
Jeff Miller, an old resident of Elco, died yesterday of typhoid fever.  He had only been ill a short time.  He was 60 years of age, was an old soldier and was a member of the Methodist church there.  He leaves a widow, and two children, Henry, a boy of 19, and a little girl.  He leaves one brother also, James Miller, formerly of Thebes, but now of Cape Girardeau.  The remains were buried at St. John’s Cemetery, in Union County.

             (Jefferson Miller married Susan C. Hartline on 9 Jan 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.  He married Mary F. Smith on 3 Sep 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 25 Jul 1901:
George Fussell Went in Bathing, Became Exhausted and Sank.

George Fussell, waiter at the Halliday Hotel, was drowned in the Ohio yesterday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock.  He was in bathing with some companions at the Halliday elevator, and went out so far into the river that he became exhausted before he could get back.  The others were too far away from him to render any assistance and he was drowned.  His body was not recovered.

Fussell had been working at the hotel for a couple of years.  He was one of the best waiters.  He came from Alabama.  He was 26 years old and unmarried.
Mrs. Ann Shelly, widow of the late Charles Shelly, died at midnight last night after a short illness. She was nearly 90 years of age and for several years had made her home with Mrs. Marston on Eighth Street.  Her husband formerly had a tailor shop on Eighth Street, where Greek’s confectionary is now located.  He died 10 years ago.
Mr. W. A. Hileman, of Ullin, was buried at Cache Chapel Cemetery last Saturday.  (Friendship)

Friday, 26 Jul 1901:
Mrs. Caroline Miller, aged 61 years, died at the home of her son, George L. Miller, at 7:15 o’clock Wednesday evening.  She had been ill a long time and a great sufferer most of the time.  She was the widow of Abraham Smith Miller, who moved to this country from Clark County, Ohio, in 1868.  Two children, George L. and Mrs. Horace Hogendobler survive her.  The funeral took place at the Congregational church at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the service being conducted by the pastor, Rev. Sutherland.

(H. G. Hogendobler married Lizzie E. Miller on 25 Dec 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Emma Bristow, a colored girl, died at 331 Twenty-first Street, Tuesday of bronchitis.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.
Mrs. Ida Comings died at 3906 Poplar Street Wednesday of blood poisoning caused by throat trouble.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge today.
The remains of Mrs. John B. Koehler were expected to arrive here at 6 o’clock this evening.  The funeral will occur at the home of Mr. George Koehler, 329 Eight Street tomorrow.  Mrs. Koehler died in Chicago yesterday morning, after a long illness. She was a sister of Mrs. George Koehler, Mrs. J. H. Davis, and Anthony P. Ehs.

(John B. Koehler married Elizabeth Ehs on 21 Sep 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.  George Koehler married Caroline Ehs on 5 Jan 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 27 Jul 1901:
Card of Thanks.

To the friends and neighbors who showed so much sympathy and kindness at the time of the illness and death of our son and brother, Fred Serbian, we wish to extend our deepest thanks.  Especially are we grateful to the members of the Christian Endeavor Society and to the Nei Veirun.
Mrs. A. W. Serbian and Family
Cairo, Ill., July 27, 1901

Tuesday, 30 Jul 1901:
Judge J. H. Goodnight, of Franklin, Ky., who died last Friday, was a cousin and former schoolmate of Dr. W. S. Gee.  He was prominently mentioned as a candidate for United States senator at the time of his death.

Wednesday, 31 Jul 1901:
Mrs. Duggan, wife of Patrick Duggan, mail carrier, died yesterday afternoon at her home on Nineteenth Street, of malarial fever.  She was a most devoted wife and mother, living a quiet life at home and finding no greater pleasure than caring for her family.  Mr. Duggan and three children are left, one of them, a boy of 10 years being also quite ill.  The death of his wife is a great blow to Mr. Duggan.

(Patrick Duggan  married Maggie Houlihan on 16 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Margaret H. Dugan 1868-1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Mrs. Amos Twente

The many Cairo friends of the families will be pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Amos Twente, which occurred at her home between Olive Branch and Thebes on Monday afternoon.  She had been ill but a week and her death was a great shock to everyone, even her nearest relatives.

Mrs. Twente was formerly Miss Florence Parrott and like her husband was one of our prominent public school teachers before her marriage, which occurred about two years ago.  The funeral took place at her home Tuesday before noon and the remains were buried at the Bracken graveyard near Thebes.  A great many people from Unity, Olive Branch, Thebes, besides the immediate neighbors, were present.  Rev. B. F. Utley conducted the ceremonies.
Relatives Are Trying to Locate Him or His Property.
Was Last Heard of in Cairo in 1874.—Supposed That He left a $60,000 Estate if Deceased.

Does anyone know James Abell, who was a resident of Cairo in 1874?  If living now, he is between 80 and 90 years of age.  He was at one time worth $60,000 and his grandchildren are inquiring after their share of the property.

Abell married a second time and the children of his first wife could not get along with their stepmother.  A granddaughter is now the wife of J. A. Stogsdill, deputy recorder of deeds, at Alton, Mo., and she is heir to a quarter of the estate and is now looking up the property and her grandfather, if he is living.  The last heard of him, he was in Cairo and his second wife was dead.  This was in 1874.

Thursday, 1 Aug 1901:
The report that Edward or Malichi Mullins killed a man at Tiptonville is not credited by Mullins’ friends here, but it seems impossible to get the facts in the case at present.

Friday, 2 Aug 1901:
The bullet has been extracted from the right chest of Marshal George Rich.  The surgeons found it had perforated the right lung and lodged in the wall of the chest in his back, near the lower point of the right shoulder blade.  Mr. Rich stood the operation well and is getting along nicely today.  Miles Lowery, who shot the marshal, was taken to Cobden, but his preliminary hearing was postponed until August 9th, to await developments in Rich’s case.
Died, Saturday, July 27, at his home one mile west of town (Wetaug), Isom Hogue, aged 32 years.  Mr. Hogue had been running a threshing machine during all the hot weather and became overheated, which caused him to have an attack of brain fever.  He was only confined to his bed twenty-four hours and his death was a great shock to his family and friends.  He was a son of Rev. D. S. Hogue, of Lick Creek, Union County, and was an industrious man and a good citizen.  He belongs to the Wetaug camp of Modern Woodmen and had $1,000 life insurance.  The funeral services were held at Mt. Pisgah, Sunday, and were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kellogg, of Dongola and the Modern Woodmen Camp of Wetaug.  A large number of friends were present.

             (J. I. Hogue married Minnie E. Jones on 7 Jun 1894, in Johnson Co., Ill.  His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  John I. Hogue Born Dec. 10, 1868 Died July 27, 1901 Aged 32 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 17 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 3 Aug 1901:
Mrs. Isaac Farnbaker has been ill for over a week and her condition at present is such as to make her friends feel very uneasy about her.  She is 76 years old.  This morning she seemed to be growing gradually weaker and is really in a very critical condition.
At Wickliffe, Ky., yesterday, a killing is reported to have occurred in true Kentucky style.  A young man named Dan Sullivan is said to have talked insultingly about a young lady, the daughter of William Evans.  When the latter heard of it, he got his gun and went after Sullivan.  When found he emptied his revolver in Sullivan’s direction and left the coroner to do the rest.  All parties are said to be prominent people at Wickliffe, which being the case it is strange that Sullivan would let his tongue bring him in range of the revolver.

Monday, 5 Aug 1901:
A fine new monument marks the resting place of our old friend, Mr. Sol. A. Silver in the cemetery here.  It was placed there last week by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Silver.  Mr. Silver was born July 26, 1830 and died Nov. 18, 1900.
Mrs. Johanna Courtway is very ill at St. Mary’s Infirmary and not expected to survive.  She has been a sufferer a long time.
Mrs. Sarah Bice, aged 63 years, died at her home No. 214 Thirty-second Street, today at 9 o’clock a.m., from malaria and bronchitis.  Mrs. Bice and husband were here from Ullin in a visit to their daughter when she took ill.
Mrs. E. A. Farnbaker, wife of Isaac Farnbaker, died on Saturday evening last, aged 76 years.  The funeral ceremonies took pace at her residence, 424 Seventh Street, this morning, conducted by Rev. Father Eschman, and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge. Mrs. Farnbaker was born in Louisiana and came to Cairo in 1856.  She had been ill for about two weeks.
A negro known as Major Parrott was fatally shot Saturday night by his brother-in-law, L. D. Stovall, for indulging in the pleasant pastime of beating his wife with brass knuckles.  Pity that men’s amusements have to be interfered with in this way.  It is said that when Stovall objected to the operation before pulling his gun, that Parrott attempted to use his knucks on him when he shot in self-defense.  He fired four times and yet Parrott lived several hours.
Died in this city (Mound City), Friday, Willie Victor, aged 11 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McGill. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Sutherland, burial at Beech Grove Saturday.

Tuesday, 6 Aug 1901:
A letter from Alto Pass dated today said:  “Mamie, the three-year-old daughter of Calvin Carter, and granddaughter of Judge Willis Cauble, drank some concentrated lye Sunday morning, which she thought was milk and which her mother had unwittingly left within her reach and died this morning.”

(Calvin Carter married Libbie Cauble on 22 Feb 1885, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:  Nannie Carter Born Aug. 16, 1898 Died Aug. 6, 1902.—Darrel Dexter)
The wife of Richard Higgenbottom, a well-known and well-to-do colored man of Kentucky, died in this city (Mound City) Sunday.  The remains were taken to Kentucky today for burial.

Wednesday, 7 Aug 1901:
Harry Clifford, Head Sawyer at Langan’s Mill, Expired Last Night.

Harry Clifford, head sawyer at P. T. Langan’s Planing Mill, took an overdose of morphine yesterday and died last night in spite of the efforts of Dr. McNemer to save his life.  Mr. Clifford came to Cairo about five years ago, was a widower, a steady man, good workman and an old soldier. He was about 61 years of age, but did not show his age, and was always active as a young man.  He never asked for a pension, believing that he did not need it.  He took a good deal of interest in local politics on the Democratic side and became very well known in the city.  He has a father in Chicago and a sister in Toronto, Canada.  His father’s name is not Clifford, as Harry left him when quite young and assumed the name of the man with whom he had lived during his youth.  He has been about Cairo, in Kentucky and Missouri, for the past 35 years.  The relatives have been notified by telegraph of his death, and until they are heard from arrangements cannot be made for the funeral.  He has no children living, as far as known.

(The 1900 census of Ward 3, Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill., states Harry Clifford was born in January 1842 in Michigan and was a widower.  The 1880 census of Mississippi Co., Mo., shows a Harry Clifford born about 1842 in Canada.  His wife was Emma Clifford, born about 1857 in Missouri.  A son, Charley Clifford, was born about 1869 in Kentucky.  There are two marriage records for Harry Clifford in Mississippi Co., Mo.  He married Mary Fields on 3 May 1872.  He married Mrs. Emma Lovelace on 30 Nov 1879.—Darrel Dexter)
Amos Twente was down from Olive Branch visiting his brother Arthur today.  Mr. Twente has just lost his wife, mention of her death being made in The Citizen some days ago.  It is a serious affliction for him.

Thursday, 8 Aug 1901:
By the Careless Handling of a Gun.

Earl Burk, of Delta, the Victim.—Was Buried Sunday.—Accident Occurred Near Morehouse, Mo.

Delta, Ill., July 7.—One of the saddest affairs that ever occurred in this community took place on Tuesday morning last.

Mr. J. L. Burk and son Earl, aged 17 years, were on their way to Missouri in search of work.  When near Morehouse, they saw some turtles in the water nearby and as the boy had his gun in the wagon and wanted to shoot something, the father suggested he take a shot at them.  The boy picked up his gun and as he drew it towards him it was discharged, the contents passing through his breast killing him instantly.

The remains were brought home by the almost distracted father, and were buried here on Wednesday.  The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. Gladfelty, pastor of the church, and attended by everybody in the community.  Earl was a bright, cheerful boy, liked by everybody and the parents have the sympathy of all in their great bereavement.
Little Hugh Barron, 8 or 10 years old, son of Alexander Barron, superintendent of the Cottonseed Oil Mill, was drowned yesterday while bathing in the Mississippi River opposite the mill.  He had gone to the river with a lot of other boys about his age.  They were on a sandbar that had a bluff side, which they did not know of, caused by an eddy.  Barron and one of the others got into this eddy where the water was too deep for them and as they could not swim they were carried about in it until Barron went down.  His companion fortunately was carried to shoal water and got out.  A diver was sent to search for the body, but so far has not found it.
Saturday, 10 Aug 1901:
Mrs. Ed Burke was called to Blandville, Ky., yesterday by the serious illness of her father, Mr. John R. Harkless.
W. S. McCalligan, of Willard, was in the city today and took out a monument to be placed on the grave of his wife, Louise, whose remains lie in the Baumgard Cemetery.  The monument was furnished by the Zeran Marble and Granite Works and is a beautiful piece of work.

Monday, 12 Aug 1901:
Supposed to be the Corpse of Little Hugh Barron.

A dispatch from Hickman this morning to Superintendent Barron, announced that the body of a boy, supposed to be that of his little son, Hugh, who was drowned while bathing in the Mississippi the other day was found at Island No. 8, and Mr. Barron lost no time in responding to the message.  The remains will be brought here as soon as possible.
Ophelia Moore, a colored girl 21 years old, died at 1702 Walnut Street, Saturday, of consumption.
Mrs. Johanna Courtway, wife of Engineer “Tony” Courtway, who died many years ago, died yesterday at St. Mary’s Infirmary, after a long illness.  She had been a sufferer for probably twenty years and fifteen years ago made a long visit to Florida, by which she was greatly improved, but never fully recovered.  “Tony” Courtway, after serving on steamers during the war, was employed by the Cairo City Coal Company in hauling the machinery of its tugs and was looked upon as an exceptionally faithful engineer, whose memory will always be cherished by his employers.  Mrs. Courtway’s funeral took place this afternoon from St. Patrick’s Church and the remains were interred at Villa Ridge.
Word has been received bearing the sad news of the death of the wife of Capt. Irwin Dugan, recently at Louisville, Ky.  Capt. Dugan is well known to old Cairo people, as he lived here many years ago and was connected with his brother, Capt. Rees Dugan, on the wrecking boat, T. F. Eckert

Afterwards he was inspector of steamboats and has since resided in Louisville. His old friends will join us in expressing sympathy in his bereavement.
A colored man named B. Shad was found dead in the stave department of the W. L. P. H. Ml’g Co. Sunday morning about 6 o’clock.  He had been an employee of that company for a number of years but for the past year or two had been away.  He returned here Saturday and complained of being sick and went to the factory, where he was found dead.  Deputy Coroner C. M. Thompson held an inquest over the body.  Verdict of the jury, “Death from natural causes.”

(B. Shad married Elizabeth Shad on 2 Apr 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  The 1880 census of Mound City Precinct shows Bee Shad born about 1867 in Tennessee.  He was the son of Allen Shad, born about 1845 in Kentucky.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 13 Aug 1901:
Died, in Anna, Ill., Friday, Aug.10th, 1901, Mrs. Anna Vogel, aged 70 years.  The remains were brought to this city (Mound City) Saturday morning.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of William Neadstine by Rev. F. A. DeRosset, of Cairo.  Burial in the afternoon at Beech Grove.  Deceased was the mother of Mrs. William Neadstine.  Another daughter of the deceased lived in St. Louis.  She had been for a number of years an inmate of the hospital at Anna.

             (William Neadstine married Louisa Vogel on 21 Oct 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 14 Aug 1901:
Monroe Lingle and family attended the funeral of Mr. Lingle’s sister, Mrs. Dillow, at Anna, last week.  (Wetaug)

(Simeon Dillow married Eve Susannah Lingle on 7 Sep 1843, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Casper Cemetery near Anna reads:  Eve S. Dillow Born Feb. 6, 1822 Died Aug. 1, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
J. W. Milford, who has been in the Chester penitentiary the past eight years and three months for the murder of William Napier about nine years ago returned to the city (Mound City) this week.  He was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment, but served only as above stated.  James Scruggs and Frank Prior, who were sentenced at the same time he was for the same offense, were released two or three years ago.  It was charged that Milford fired the fatal shot and Scruggs and Prior were accessories to the murder.  Milford is looking well and has learned a good trade, that of moulder.  It is hoped that he will be a good citizen hereafter.
The serious illness of Mr. Nathaniel Tarr, of Grand Chain, terminated fatally at 6 o’clock last evening.  He was 67 years old and was an uncle of Mrs. N. V. Lewis and Mrs. E. W. Thielecke, of this city.  His wife and three children survive him.
Word was received today that Capt. John Gilbert died at his home in Evansville last night at 11 o’clock.  He was 83 years old.  He spent all of his active life on the river, and was well known by everyone, especially on the lower Ohio.  He was superintendent of the Evansville Packet Company.

Thursday, 15 Aug 1901:
Charles Schroeder Found in the Road Fatally Injured.

Yesterday morning Charles Schroeder, a Pulaski County farmer, was killed while driving to Pulaski Station with a load of grapes.  He was alone and the particulars causing the accident are not known.  Mr. Bruster, a neighbor, who was also hauling grapes to the station, found him by the wayside badly hurt.  He assisted him to a house nearby and hurried on to secure medical aid.  On his return Mr. Schroeder was dead.

In falling from his wagon, he had collided with a tree, and did not survive an hour afterward.
Mr. Schroeder was a soldier during the Civil War, and had lived a short distance east of Pulaski for many years.  He leaves a wife and a stepdaughter, Miss Katie Lackey.
Miss Hettie Maxley, a young lady living near Fulton, Ky., dropped dead Wednesday afternoon of last week.  Heart disease was the cause.
The Zeran Marble Works sent a man to Willard today to erect two monuments in the Baumgarten Cemetery.  One is a Vermont blue roll-top monument on the grave of Amelia Mertz, wife of Christian Mertz, who died July 14, 1897.  The other is of blue marble, with Bible carved on top and tracing the gates ajar on its face over the inscription, to be placed on the grave of Louisa Jane McCalligan, wife of W. S. McCalligan, who died March 6th, of the present year.

(One marker in Baumgard Cemetery reads:  Amelia wife of Christian Mertz Born July 16, 1837 Died Sept. 14, 1897.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. William Eastwood died at 1 o’clock a.m., Wednesday.  He had been sick for several years, but was not confined to bed until recently.  He was about 72 years of age and one of our oldest residents.  He lived close to the Eastwood church. (Curry)
N. P. Tarr, one of the oldest residents of this city (New Grand Chain), whose health has been failing very fast for the past two years, died at 6 o’clock Tuesday evening.

Friday, 16 Aug 1901:
Mrs. Royal, wife of Ora Royal, of Pulaski, died yesterday morning of consumption, after a long illness. Mr. Royal had rented his farm and was prepared to take his wife to Washington Territory on a long visit in the hope of regaining her health.  Mr. Royal is a nephew of Dr. B. A. Royal, of Villa Ridge, and eldest son of William Royal, deceased.

Saturday, 17 Aug 1901:
Mrs. Emily Hinkle, wife of Peter Hinkle, three miles southeast of Anna, died on Friday morning of heart trouble and other complications.  She leaves a large family of grown children and a husband, as well as a large number of brothers among whom are B. H. and E. W. Anderson, of Jonesboro, Harrison Anderson, of Dongola, and Matt Anderson, of Piggott, Ark.  She was a most excellent woman.  Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Hill, at the Campground church. 

(Peter Hinkle married Emily Anderson on 15 Nov 1860, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in Campground Cemetery near Anna reads:  Emily wife of Peter Hinkle Died Aug. 16, 1901 Aged 60 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 9 Ds.  Mother.  Through all pain or trials she’d smile a smile of heavenly birth.  And then the angel called her home.  She smiled farewell to earth.—Darrel Dexter)
Samuel McKnight, aged 75 years, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the residence of his son, Culley McKnight, on Thirty-fourth Street.  The remains will be shipped to Pomeroy, Ohio, tomorrow for interment.
Mrs. Lee Brown is seriously ill with heart trouble and not expected to recover.  Her husband, a member of Co. K, returned home Friday evening, having been called home by telegram.  (Mound City)

Monday, 19 Aug 1901:
Died, Sunday morning of heart trouble, Mrs. Ettie Brown, wife of Lee Brown.  Deceased was about 20 years old and had been married just eight months the day and hour of her death.  Funeral services this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Rogers.  The remains will be taken to Mt. Pisgah Johnson County, for interment.
Phillip, son of the late Isaac and Lucy B. Coffee, died at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Z. W. Bugg, in Wickliffe, Saturday, Aug. 17th, of heart failure, aged 11 years and 10 months.  Phillip was born in Cairo and lived here until after the death of his father.

Tuesday, 20 Aug 1901:
The remains of Mrs. Lee Brown were taken to Johnson County Monday afternoon on the Big Four.  As Mr. Brown was a member of Co K, I. N. G., the following pall bearers were selected from them:  Arthur Parker, Thomas Darragh, Fred Hutchinson, Pat Mathis, Irl Kline, Charles Dunning, Harry Neadstine, Albert Reese, Grant Morris, Fred Fennemyer.

Thursday, 22 Aug 1901:
A sad sequel to the disaster of the steamer City of Golconda was the breaking news to W. W. Hogan, of Paducah, that his entire family had been wiped out.  Mr. Hogan travels for the J. M. Clark Grocery Company, of St. Louis, and learned of his terrible loss upon reaching this city Tuesday evening.  His grief can only be imagined by one who has been similarly bereft.  He lost his wife and three children, aged 10, 8, and 6 years.  Mr. Hogan went to a telephone to tell his family that he would be up on the Dick Fowler and the response to his call was the terrible news that his loved ones all drowned.

Friday, 23 Aug 1901:
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Lipe, who live on Thirty-second Street, died Tuesday.  The remains were buried at Sandusky yesterday.
Strange Request of a Lady Living on Twentieth Street.

Deputy Sheriff Bill Fitzgerald is in receipt of the following interesting letter, which was addressed “To the Sheriff in his office at the court hous.”
I inclose stamp for reply.
Cairo 8--20th

Sir:  I am very anxious to have a small piece of the rope that has been used on the scaffold called a hanged man’s rope.  It is a matter of much importance to me and you would do me a great Kindness if you will Kindly give me the tinneyest liuttel peice, or a few threads from the end of the rope that I may carry In my purse.  Hoping you will not be offended at this I close.
Please address
Mrs. L. J. Diew
220 20th St.
Cairo, Illinois
The request will probably be granted.
Three Bodies From Golconda Accident Reach Here.
Two Colored and One White Man Identified as Dee Jackson and Will Woods, Rousters, and John Meehan, One of the Passengers.

The Ohio River is giving up its dead.  Three bodies from the ill-fated steamer City of Golconda, which capsized above Paducah Monday night, were caught last night as they were being carried past this city by the current of the river.  One of the bodies was that of a white man and the other two were colored.  Two were caught up by the bridge and the other at the wharf.  Coroner McManus at once took them in charge and had them conveyed to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment.

Another body was seen yesterday, which was thought to be one of the victims of the disaster.  The crew of the towboat Herman Paepcke saw the body of a woman near the Kentucky shore a few miles below here.  An eddy in the river there prevented them for securing the body without considerable time and delay.  It is thought, however, that all the bodies of the women drowned in the accident have already been secured.

All nightlong watch was kept near the Chicago mill for other bodies.  Three others were still missing.  The current sets in on the Illinois shore at the mill, and bodies would be carried to this side of the river.

Coroner McManus summoned a jury this forenoon and they viewed the remains.  They identified two of the men as John Meehan, of Paducah, and Dee Jackson, of Golconda, and believed the third was Will Woods, of Golconda.  The remains were so badly bloated that all looked alike and the only means of identification was their clothing and articles on their person.  The man supposed to be Woods had nothing on his person to identify him, but some women who knew Woods, stated they believed the body to be his remains.  Woods was a rouster on the Golconda.

John Meeham, the white man, was the peddler lost in the accident.  He has a wife living in Paducah.  A telephone message to Coroner McManus this forenoon from M. H. Galliger, of Paducah, gave a description which tallied with the white floater.  Someone will be down on the Fowler after the remains.

Dee Jackson was a rouster on the boat. Dr. McManus wired the marshal of Golconda for instruction as to the disposition of the remains.

The verdict of the jury was that the men came to their death by drowning in the disaster of the Golconda.

Con Ward, came down from Paducah this afternoon and fully identified the remains of John Meehan.  They will be shipped to Paducah for burial.
Monday, 26 Aug 1901:
The body of the little Hogan boy who was drowned in the City of Golconda accident was found down the river near No. 3.  It had been buried and Mr. Hogan came down on the Brook Hill yesterday and went down after it, taking it to Paducah.  This was the last one of the members of his family who were drowned in that disaster, the other bodies all having been recovered near the spot where the accident occurred.

Thursday, 29 Aug 1901:
Death of Alexander County Citizen.

Scott County Democrat:  Thomas Pharris, a native of Alexander County, Illinois, but who has been a resident of Scott County, Missouri, for years, living near Minner Switch, died Thursday having been ill about two weeks.  He was an old bachelor, aged about 45 years old, and making his home for years with Mr. Holmes.  He was a good citizen and an honest man.  Uncle John McKoan who lived by him for seven years, told us a few hours after his death, that he never knew Tom to tell an untruth.
Mrs. Isom Hogue, whose husband was a member of the Wetaug camp of Modern Woodmen, and who died the 26th of July, has already received the check from the treasurer of the order for $1,000, the full amount of his insurance.  He had been a member about 20 months and the cost had been only about $18.00.

Friday, 30 Aug 1901:
Mrs. Margaret Alba, mother of Conrad Alba and Mrs. Jacob Klee, died yesterday at the home of her son on Commercial Avenue and Eighteenth Street.  She was over 92 years of age and came from Germany a great many years ago.  She was one of the oldest residents of Cairo.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning.

(Jacob Klee married Henrietta Alba on 21 Dec 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Margaret Alba 1809-1901 Mother.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. L. P. Parker returned last evening from Ypsilanti, Mich., where she was called to attend the funeral of her aunt.
Mrs. May Thomas, colored, died at her home, No.319 Twenty-ninth Street, Tuesday of consumption.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.

Saturday, 31 Aug 1901:
Five-Year-Old Child Beat Its Little Brother Almost to Death
Parents Had Left Them Alone
Little Tot of Eighteen Months Started to Follow After Them and Older One Picked Up Toy Hoe and Beat it All Over the Body, Fracturing Its Skull.

Thebes, Ill., Aug. 30.—[Special]—A horrible affair occurred at the home of Lee Talbott, a farmer living near Santa Fe.  Mr. Talbott and his wife had gone to a spring for water, a half-mile away.  He drove a wagon with barrels, which it took some time to fill.  They left their two children at home, as they had often done, but on their return they found that the older child, aged 5 years, had beaten the younger, aged 18 months, so badly that the doctor has no hopes of its recovery. The little one could not walk yet, and had crawled into the yard to follow the parents, and the older child pounded it with a toy grubbing hoe, some of the strokes being with the edge and some with the poll of the hoe.  Its legs and body were pounded black and blue, its face cut in several places, and its skull fractured so that blood ran from its ears, and it was unconscious at last accounts.

The older child told the parents that he did it with his hoe, and did not seem to realize that he had done anything unusual.  He said the baby wanted to crawl after them, and that he pounded it to make it stop.  The parents are nearly wild with grief, and the community terribly shocked by the tragedy.
Tom Larkin, stepson of George Stokes, of East Cairo, died this morning from the effects of a railroad accident at Fort Worth, Texas, some months ago.

Monday, 2 Sep 1901:
Man Named Parrott Shot by Marshal Warden, of Bardwell, Sunday Morning.
And Was Then Instantly Killed by Bullet from Warden’s Gun.—Parrott Got “Bully” and Started the Trouble Which Ended in his Death.

Marshal Tom Warden, of Bardwell, shot and killed a negro at 9 o’clock on Sunday morning.  He was trying to arrest the man, who resisted, shooting the officer in the left shoulder, inflicting a serious wound.

The negro left Cairo at 8:20 Sunday morning.  He had a round trip ticket for Clinton.  At Bardwell he lost his hat off the train and stepped off to get it.  Before he could do so the train pulled out and left him.  He had left his coat on the train, and he stepped into the station to ask the agent to telegraph to Arlington for it.  He went into the waiting room for white passengers, by mistake, where two ladies were standing before the ticket window.  In his haste to get the agent’s attention so the dispatch could reach Arlington before the train had passed, he took hold of one of the ladies and pulled her aside.  The agent immediately ordered him out, whereupon the negro grew abusive and profane and drew a gun.  The agent then started out to hunt the marshal.  A lot of boys hanging around the station took up the matter and then began to make remarks about hanging and burning.  This frightened the negro and he started up the track on a run with the boys yelling after him.  The marshal came up in the meantime, and started in pursuit in a buggy.  About a mile from the station he caught up with his man and ordered him to throw up his hands.  Instead of doing so, the negro shot twice at the marshal, one shot going wild and the other passing through his left shoulder.  The marshal then fired twice, one shot grazing the negro, who turned around in time to receive the second in his back, the ball passing through his heart and killing him instantly.  The marshal was then taken back to Bardwell where he secured surgical attention.

A dispatch from Bardwell today says that the marshal is not seriously hurt and was resting well this morning.

The negro is reported to be a man named Parrott, son of Maj. Parrott who was killed some time ago by his brother-in-law on Thirty-fourth Street.
A negro while trying to board a train at Bridge junction yesterday afternoon fell under the wheels and was instantly killed.  Coroner McManus held an inquest on the remains, but could not identify him. His head was severed from the body.
William Gould.

Mr. William Gould, one of the prosperous farmers of Villa Ridge and brother of the late George Gould, died at his home Saturday night of heart failure.  Like his brother, he was a large man and had been given to heart trouble for some time, but was in usual health on retiring Saturday night.  Some time during the night Mrs. Gould noticed that he adjusted the bed cover on her, and she spoke to him.  He made some remark and presently turned away as if to sleep.  Soon she was awakened by the sound of heavy unusual breathing and she sprang out of bed to ascertain his condition.  When she secured a light, which occupied but a few moments, she found him dead.

Mr. Gould came to Villa Ridge from Canada ten or twelve years ago and was a quiet citizen, a prosperous farmer and a reliable, useful man. His sudden death was quite a shock to the community.

Tuesday, 3 Sep 1901:
The colored man killed at Bardwell, Ky., Sunday is said to have been Hugh Wright instead of the man ParrottWright lived on Eleventh Street and was a fireman for the Egypt Electric Company.  His wife was trying to ascertain yesterday whether his remains had been buried at Bardwell.

Friday, 6 Sep 1901:
T. J. Chapman, of Alto Pass, Died at Iuka, Yesterday.

Alto Pass, Ill., Sept. 6.—T. J. Chapman, died at his father’s home near Iuka yesterday and was buried there today.  His health had been failing for some time, and he went to Iuka in hopes of deriving benefit from the change.  Mr. Chapman was a dealer in fruit packages here from many years, and for a while was connected with the Hallidays in Cairo, where he was well known.  He was a very earnest church worker and always seemed interested in any movement directed toward the betterment of the world.  He leaves a widow and three children.
John Sawyer, sexton of the cemeteries at Villa Ridge, came down this morning to get a coffin for the burial of Aunt Dinah Rees, a colored woman whose home is back of the new Methodist church, and whom the old citizens of Villa Ridge, who have known her for fifty years or more, say was one hundred years old.  She died at 10 o’clock last night.

(This may be Dinah Heston, born about 1820 in Virginia, who is in the 1880 census of Villa Ridge Precinct, Pulaski Co., Ill.  She was living next to the household of Sarah Reece.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 9 Sep 1901:
Conductor Walter Mulliken, of the Mobile & Ohio, fell from is train two miles above Jonesboro, last evening about 7 or 8 o’clock and was picked up dead.  It is believed he died of heart disease.  His train had broken in two on the steep grade there, and he was on the detached portion, trying to check its speed.  It is thought the peril of the situation had a fatal effect upon him.  Mr. Mullikin was one of the oldest conductors on the road.  His family lives at Murphysboro.
Mrs. Margaret Demphe died in Chicago today at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Glenny, of heart trouble and dropsy, of which she had been a victim for some time.  She was the second daughter of Mrs. Schoembs, of this city, and had made her home in St. Louis and Chicago of late years.  The remains will be brought direct to Villa Ridge and a special train will go up from here, leaving Fourteenth Street at 9:15 tomorrow morning to take friends of the family to attend the funeral.  The deceased was 38 years old and was born in Golconda, Ill.

Tuesday, 10 Sep 1901:
Passed Away at Hospital of Obstruction of the Bowels.

William Hazen died at 7:30 o’clock this morning, at St. Mary’s Infirmary of obstruction of the bowels.

The deceased was taken ill Saturday and thought it was from something he had eaten that failed to agree with him.  A physician was called Saturday.  His condition remained unchanged until Monday, when evidences of obstruction of the bowels were observed.  Two other physicians were called in consultation, and it was determined to move him to the hospital and open the abdomen and search for the obstruction.  This was done last evening by Drs. Grinstead, Bondurant and Oakley.  A careful search of as much of the bowels as could be reached through one incision failed to reveal the obstruction and the wound was closed.

Mr. Hazen was formerly an engineer on the Illinois Central railroad.  Of late years he has conducted a feed store on Washington Avenue above the courthouse.  He leaves a widow living on Eighteenth Street.  He was 63 years old.
Died, in this city (Mound City), Monday evening, September 9th, at 7:30 o’clock, Mrs. Mary G. Kennedy, wife of David N. Kennedy, aged nearly 54 years.  Deceased was born in Kentucky and came to Johnson County, Illinois, when a mere child, where she was reared to womanhood.  Her maiden name was Foreman.  At the early age of 11 years she professed conversion and united with the Methodist Church.  A husband, sister, Mrs. Lowery, and daughter, Miss Maybel, central girl for the Cairo Telephone Company, are her only surviving relatives. She was the mother of six children, four boys and two girls. She was married to D. N. Kennedy in the year 1866, having lived in this city since 1873.  She had suffered with cancer in the left breast for about 14 months.  She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother, and a kind-hearted, generous neighbor.  Funeral services at the residence at 12:30 and interment at Liberty Cemetery.  Services conducted by Rev. S. A. D. Rogers.

(David Kennedy, Sr., married Mary J. Foreman on 23 May 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 12 Sep 1901:
Harry Hazelwood died at Elco Tuesday night.  He was about 21 years of age and was a son of Ned Hazlewood, of Elco.
Slayer of Old Negro Taken From the Jail at Wickliffe, Ky.
By Mob of Enraged Colored Men
Taken to John McCauley’s Mill, They Were Quickly Strung Up to a Beam.—Bodies Still Swinging There This Morning.—Crime for Which They Suffered Committed Last Saturday Night.
By Long Distance Telephone.

Wickliffe, Ky., Sept. 12.—A posse of enraged colored men stormed the jail last night, took out three negroes who were confined there for the murder of Wash Thomas last Saturday night, took them to John McCauley’s Mill, and strung them up on the beams.  The bodies were still hanging there this morning, presenting a gruesome sight.

The victim of these wretches was employed in a tobacco warehouse.  After being paid off Saturday night he started down the railroad track to his home, when they waylaid him and one of the trio struck him over the head with a club.  Then they robbed his lifeless body and fled.  They were arrested for the terrible crime and last night the friends of Thomas took the law in their own hands and meted out speedy vengeance.  Two of the victims of the mob’s fury were Ernest Harrison and Frank Reed, and the third is unknown.  The lynching occurred at 10 o’clock last night.  They confessed to the crime.  They had been working in the brickyard here and were tough characters.

Jailer Oglesby was taken off his guard by the mob.  They organized and went to the jail and rapped on the door.  The jailer thought it was the marshal bringing in another prisoner, and he opened the door to look into the barrels of several big guns.  The keys were demanded and resistance being useless, the jailer surrendered them.

The bodies were cut down at 11 o’clock this forenoon by the county authorities and buried.

The colored people are in a high glee over the way justice was meted out.  When questioned as to who was in the mob, however, no one knows a thing.

The third negro is said to be Jeff Rollins, a brother, of Ed Rollins, who was arrested in Cairo a few days ago for complicity in a hold up.
Died, Sept. 6th, an infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Bridges.  (Mill Creek)
Monday, 16 Sep 1901:
The community (Villa Ridge) is grieved over the death of Miss Carrie Prindle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Prindle, who owns a large farm just west of the railroad.  She has had consumption for a number of years, but the immediate cause of her death was some throat trouble.  She was a very estimable young lady.
Mrs. S. D. Ayers died at her home, No. 3337 Trust Avenue, Kansas City, last Thursday.  She had only been sick a few days and her death came as a surprise to her many friends.  Mrs. Ayers was formerly a resident of Cairo and was a sister of Albert Lewis.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church here and an earnest worker in both the church and the Ladies Aid Society.  The husband, two sons, and three daughters survive her.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Kansas City.

(Stephen D. Ayers married Adeline Lewis on 17 Mar 1858, in Sangamon Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Alex Montgomery and wife went to St. Louis Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mrs. George Montgomery, their daughter-in-law.  The couple had been married only five months when death separated them.

Tuesday, 17 Sep 1901:
This morning Rev. Hursh received a telegram from a sister in Lafayette, Ind., that his mother was at the point of death and he left on the first train for her bedside.
A fourth negro implicated in the murder at Wickliffe, for which three were hung by a mob last Thursday, was given a preliminary hearing at Wickliffe yesterday and was discharged.

Wednesday, 18 Sep 1901:
J. S. Zeran, of Cairo Marble Works, was up Monday evening and took an order for a monument for the late Mrs. Dent.  (Wetaug)
Dr. Winstead, administrator of estate of the late Mrs. Fanny Dent, has let the contract to erect a monument over her grave in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.  The monument will be constructed of best Quincy granite and will weigh over three tons.  A neat Bedford limestone coping will be built around the burial lot and when furnished will be the neatest and best work in the cemetery.

Thursday, 19 Sep 1901:
Mrs. Mary A. Perce.

The community was shocked this morning by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Mary A. Perce, which occurred at 8:20 o’clock.  Mrs. Perce had been ailing for a couple of weeks, suffering from an attack of malarial fever, but her condition was not considered dangerous.  Even last night her family entertained no alarm as to her condition, although yesterday she had a hard chill and fever which may have had something to do with her sudden demise.  She was conscious to the last.  Her children were not aware of the near approach of death, and had separated to go about their daily tasks.  The summons to return coupled with the news that death had robbed them of a mother came as a great shock to them.  Her husband passed away the first of last April.

Mrs. Perce came to Cairo with her husband about twenty years ago from Wapella, Ill.  She leaves eight children, William Perce, of DeSota, Mo.; Mrs. H. J. Wilbur, of Tonkawa, Okla.; and Mrs. John W. Gholson, Mrs. Francis Randall, Misses Anna, Nellie, Gertrude, and Samuel Y. Perce.

Mrs. Perce was a member of the Episcopal Church and was a very active worker in the woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

Mrs. Mary Perce was born in Galena, Ill., May 1834, and was 67 years old in May last.  Her maiden name was Mary Campbell, and she was married to Mr. S. Y. Perce at Freeport, Ill., Oct. 24, 1853.  Her home has been in Cairo since 1878.

Arrangements for the funeral will be made later.

Friday, 20 Sep 1901:
George Welch was buried at Concord last Friday.  Deceased leaves a widow and several children in very humble circumstances.  (Curry)

             (George Welch married Mary Monford on 7 Mar 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:  George Welch 1845-1901.  Mary E. Welch 1849-1914.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 21 Sep 1901:
Died, in this city (Mound City), Sept. 20, Hattie Lunerne, aged one year, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Allison.  Burial today at Dilworth burial ground, near Lovelace, Ky.  Mr. Allison has been here only a few weeks, having come here from Barlow, Ky., and engaged in blacksmithing.  In their bereavement the family has the sympathy of our people.
John Nix, a blacksmith, living at the corner of Twenty-third and Sycamore, was buried today.  He died on the 19th and leaves a wife and several small children.
Julia Martin, the infant daughter, age two weeks, of Prof. and Mrs. John Snyder, died last evening at 6 o’clock and was buried at Villa Ridge this afternoon.  Dr. W. S. Gee conducted funeral services at the residence this afternoon.
The W. C. T. U. will meet tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock at the residence of Mrs. M. J. Pink, corner of Ninth and Washington Avenue, to attend in a body the funeral of our beloved sister, Mrs. S. Y. Perce.
Died, Sept. 10th, at the residence of his brother-in-law after a very brief illness, Harry Hazlewood, aged 27 years.  (Mill Creek)

Monday, 23 Sep 1901:
And Prevent John Nix from Receiving a Decent Burial.
Such as Is Always Given the Dead by the County.—Coffin Was All Right.—Supt. White Did not Dig Grave, as Two Men Accompanied Burial Party.

The funeral of Mr. Nix, which occurred last week, is made the subject of an article in yesterday’s Bulletin which does the county and several well disposed people great injustice.  The truth is that all the harrowing details that really existed were contributed by the family and friends who took the burial out of the hands of the county. 

The coffin furnished by the county and refused by the family can be seen by anyone at Mrs. Feith’s establishment.  It is by no means a “rough cottonwood box with a roll of old papers for a pillow,” but is a smooth, well-shaped coffin with a pillow stuffed with escelsior.  It is like all the coffins furnished under the contract to bury county dead, and had the family not interfered the interment would have been decently made at Villa Ridge.

The family was granted permission upon request to bury at the county farm, and an order was given them on Mr. Glynn to furnish them a wagon at county expense to carry the family out there.  They were told that they would have to see to the digging of the grave, and they stated that they had the money to pay for it.  There were two men in the party, and Mr. White, superintendent of the county farm, having no instructions further than to allow them to bury there, very properly refused to furnish hands to make the excavation.  If the family had accepted the county’s good offices after asking for them, the corpse would have been laid out by the undertaker, and burial would have been made.

Tuesday, 24 Sep 1901:
Miss Edith Lazarus was called to her home in McComb, Miss., last night by the serious illness of her brother.

Wednesday, 25 Sep 1901:
Matt Murphy, a colored man, died on Fourteenth Street Monday of consumption.  The remains were buried at Villa Ridge yesterday.
Frank Kratky, formerly of Cairo, died in St. Louis yesterday morning of paralysis.  He left Cairo about fifteen years ago for Helena, Mont., where he became interested in mining.  Failing health sent him to St. Louis about six months age.  The deceased was 62 years of age and leaves a widow living here and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Wunderlich and Miss Rose Kratky, and a son Frank.  The remains were interred at Villa Ridge cemetery.

             (Charles R. Wunderlich married Emma Kratky on 1 Jan 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 26 Sep 1901:
S. W. Dermon, of East Prairie, Mo., died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last evening of heart disease.  The remains were shipped to his home today.
Mrs. Frank Schlosser went to Orwell, Ohio, some weeks ago to attend a family reunion.  A letter just received from her brings the word that her father died.  His name was William Blanchard and he was 85 years old.
Monday, 30 Sep 1901:
Nils Person Lundberg, once a resident of Cairo, where he followed the tailoring trade, died in the hospital for the insane at Anna Sunday.  He was a member of an Odd Fellow lodge in California and for several years that organization has contributing to his support.  Judge F. Bross and Joseph Steagala were his bondsmen.

Tuesday, 1 Oct 1901:
John H. Hartley, of Cobden, Ill., was a member of Company C, which met with such a disastrous route in the Philippines as told in yesterday’s dispatches.  The list of the killed and wounded has not yet been received.
Word from St. Mary’s Infirmary this afternoon was that Walter Jocelyn was somewhat brighter this afternoon.  Will Grinstead, also a patient there, seems to be holding his own, but his friends have little hope of his recovery.

Wednesday, 2 Oct 1901:
Herbert Lufkin is still very low and scarcely any hope is entertained of his recovery.  His brothers, O. A. Lufkin, of Beardstown, and John Lufkin, son and daughter, of Anna, are at his bedside.  (Villa Ridge)

Thursday, 3 Oct 1901:
Herbert Lufkin Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon.

Herbert Lufkin died at Villa Ridge yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  His brothers, O. A. Lufkin, of Bardstown, Ill., and John Lufkin, of Anna, were at his bedside.  He had been very low for some time and his death was not unexpected.

(G. H. Lufkin married Ida B. Hooppaw on 4 Mar 1885, in Clinton Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  George Herbert Lufkin 1880-1901.  Nettie V. wife of G. H. Lufkin Born Feb. 28, 1858 Died August 1883.—Darrel Dexter)
John Hankla received word Friday from the war department that the body of his son, Frank, who died in the Philippines, had been shipped home from San Francisco for burial and that the casket would arrive in Wetaug Wednesday of this week.  He will be buried in the Wetaug cemetery.

(John Hankla married Mary Adline Hopkins on 24 Dec 1876.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 5 Oct 1901:
The funeral of Mr. George Herbert Lufkin occurred Friday at 2 o’clock p.m. from his late residence just west of the village (Villa Ridge).  A large number of our citizens were present.  The relatives from abroad were his sister Mrs. William Thomas, of La Grange, Mo., his brothers, John, of Anna, and Orin, of Beardstown, his uncle Joseph, of Mounds.  Rev. Brannon of the Methodist church, conducted the services and preached a most excellent sermon.  Mr. Lufkin was born in the State of Maine in 1850 and came to Anna, Ill., with his parents when he was 10 years old.  He came to Villa Ridge in 1863 and remained ever since.  While still young he taught school here, and later engaged in merchandising at which he made much money.  He invested largely in land and fruit growing and was one of our most respected citizens.  He leaves a wife, a son and daughter, George Herbert and Nellie, aged 13 and 15 respectively. 

(William H. Thomas married Mary Ann Lufkin on 16 Oct 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Robert Cunningham Friday morning got a telegram from New York City bringing the sad intelligence that her mother, Mrs. Emely Holmes, well known in Cairo, was prostrated by a paralytic stroke so severe that her life is despaired of.  Mrs. Holmes was visiting her daughter Mrs. Mary Lifferts.  Mrs. Holmes and husband, Joseph Holmes, came to Cairo from Chicago at the close of the war and opened a restaurant near where the Blue Front is now and were very successful.  Later, Mrs. Holmes was a most popular boarding house keeper, her home being on Walnut between Seventh and Eighth, where she lived until her children were grown and married.  Further word from her bedside is anxiously awaited.
John A. Miller will go up to St. Louis tomorrow to attend the funeral of Mrs. Miller’s sister, Mrs. Reifels.
D. C. Wallace, a well-known brickman, who formerly resided in this city, died last night at Hickman, Ky., aged 60 years.  His son, Herbert Wallace, of this city, left this afternoon for Hickman to accompany the remains to Paducah for interment.  The deceased will be remembered here as having invited an improved streetcar fender and received a patent on it while residing in this city.
Tuesday, 8 Oct 1901:
Annie Marie, the little 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Galvin, died yesterday afternoon.  The family lives at Twentieth and Poplar streets.  The little one had the scarlet fever.

Wednesday, 9 Oct 1901:
Remains of Frank Hankley, Who Enlisted at Elco, Buried at Wetaug.

Wetaug, Ill., Oct. 8.—The body of Frank Hankley, who died in the Philippines, arrived last Thursday night on the 10 o’clock train.  He was a private in Co. F, Fortieth Regulars of United States Volunteer Infantry and died the 5th of June, 1900, of anemia, in a Philippine hospital.  A letter from his captain states that he was a model soldier and gives him an excellent reputation.  He enlisted from Elco in the summer of 1899.  The funeral obsequies were conducted by the Rev. Reese, of Dongola.  Three of his comrades in the Philippines and three old veterans of the Civil War were his pallbearers.  He was only 19 years of age and was the only son of Mrs. and Mrs. John Hankley.
The remains of Walter Webb, colored, aged 15 years, who died yesterday, were shipped to West Point, Miss., for burial today.
Mr. Ed Tyndall and family, of Carterville, and Mr. and Mrs. Hires, of Elco, attended the funeral of Frank Hankla, Saturday, who was a brother of the ladies.

Thursday, 10 Oct 1901:
Clarence James, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hessian, died at 3:15 o’clock this morning of scarlet fever.  The little fellow was three and a half years old.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 211 Twenty-first street, at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon, and the remains will be taken by special train to Villa Ridge cemetery.  The funeral train will leave Eighteenth Street at 2:30 p.m.  Rev. Father Diepenbrock will officiate at the funeral.  The remains will be thoroughly disinfected and incased in a sealed metallic case.

             (Charles E. Hessian married Cecilia B. Graney on 27 Apr 1892, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  James Clarence Hessian Born April 13, 1896 Died Oct. 10, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 11 Oct 1901:
Death of Mrs. J. P. Reese

Alto Pass, Ill., Oct. 10.—Mrs. J. P. Reese, aged 67 years, died at her home three miles east of here, Wednesday night, of heart trouble.  She had been ill for quite awhile.  Her husband, Capt. Reese, is very well known in state and county politics.

(John Palmer Reese married Altisa Dora O’Daniel on 12 Jan 1855, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 12 Oct 1901:
Joseph Minnie, of Dongola, was struck by an Illinois Central freight train Thursday morning.  He was walking on the track and being very deaf, did not hear the train approach.  The engineer thought that the man would step off the track, and when he got right upon him it was too late to stop the train.  The deceased was 76 years of age.

(His marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Joseph Minnie Born Oct. 16, 1826 Died Oct. 10, 1901.  Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, in Beechwood, Friday, Oct. 11, 1901, Edward S. Richards, aged 79 years.  Grandpa Richards, as he was familiarly known in this city (Mound City), came to this county about thirty-five years ago, and resided at Pulaski for a number of years.  During and a few years after the war, he was a cigar manufacturer in DuQuoin, from which place he removed to Pulaski, this county, from which place he came to this city, and engaged in painting and paperhanging. In later years he conducted a confectionary store and manufactured cigars.  A few years ago he removed to Anna and worked at the cigar trade.  On the 24th of last June, Grandma, his aged wife, died in this city, suddenly without a moment’s warning.  Three children survive him, George W., of Anna, W. E., of St. Louis, and Mrs. Alfred Moss, of Beechwood.  Both Grandpa and Grandma Richards commanded the highest respect of all who knew them.  Funeral services at the residence of Mr. Alfred Moss.  Burial this afternoon at Beechwood Cemetery.

(Alfred M. Moss married Fannie W. Richards on 15 Jun 1865, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 14 Oct 1901:
Murder Trial Begun This Forenoon
State’s Attorney Wilson and W. A. Spann, of Vienna, Represent the People and Wall and Carter, of Mound City, and W. N. Butler, for the Defense.

The Connell case was taken up this forenoon by the court as soon as the petit jury was empanelled and when court adjourned for dinner eight jurors had been selected.  Judge Robarts is pushing the trial with commendable energy.  In the prosecution of this case, State’s Attorney Wilson is assisted by W. A. Spann, of Vienna, while Connell’s attorneys are Judge Wall and Judge Henry Carter, of Mound City, and W. N. Butler.

The jurors are as follows:  Peter Lind, Cairo.  John A. Coughlin, Elco.  Arthur Brown, Thebes.  John D. Stepp, Cache.  Bert C. Stevens, Cairo.  William Harrell, Sr., Delta.  A. T. DeBaun, Cairo.  Charles Wenger, Cairo.  George W. Vincent, Unity.  C. C. Miller, Thebes.  W. J. Childers, Willard.  John F. Jordan, Elco.

State’s Attorney Wilson then made the opening statement and W. N. Butler replied for the defense, stating that the would attempt to prove self defense.  The taking of evidence was then begun.
Mrs. Maggie Harris arrived from Springfield, Mo., called here by the death of her brother, James Morgan.  He died at the infirmary Friday night.

Tuesday, 15 Oct 1901:
Zeb Crite, colored, who murdered Tom Graham at Poplar Bluff on Sept. 10, last, has been convicted of the crime and sentenced to be hanged.  Graham was at one time a resident of this city and was employed at Galigher’s ice factory.
Defendant Told the Story of the Tragedy Today.
Appeared Cool and Collected.

             The crime for which Irving Connell is on trial was the killing of James Don McCracken at Wilmot’s Half Way House on August 29, 1900.  The young men with some girls had visited the resort when words were exchanged, a bottle was thrown and Connell drew a gun and shot McCracken.

             The witnesses for the prosecution were Jacob Blum, William Neadstine, Jr., and A. M. Palmer.  Then the witnesses for the defendant testified, the first being Mamie Watts, who was present at the shooting, and then the defendant himself.

             The defendant was placed on the stands when court convened this afternoon.  He stated he was invited to go down to the Half Way House by Will Neadstine.  Left Mound City about 7:30.  Met Olive Quinn, Percy Batson, and Mamie Watts on way to Half Way house. __is turned around and went back with them.  Reached there at 8:30 p.m.  Seated at table and had beer and soda.  Defendant said that when he reached the Half Way House Jake Blum and Don McCracken were there talking to Mamie Watts and Will Neadstine; that McCracken began to curse and abuse him (Connell) as he came up.  Then Blum asked them to have a drink.  Defendant described how they were sitting and standing around the table.  McCracken continued to curse defendant.  Defendant said he told McCracken he didn’t want to have any trouble.  McCracken then picked up an empty beer bottle and threw it at defendant as hard as he could.  It missed him, hit a post and glanced off.  Then McCracken reached for full beer bottle as if to throw again.  Then defendant drew pistol from his pocket and shot him.  Defendant said McCracken was intoxicated and that he was afraid of him; that he regarded him as a dangerous man when intoxicated.  Said he was afraid McCracken would kill him. Said he entertained no ill will against McCracken.  Said he did not shoot with intent to kill.

             Defendant then went inside saloon.  Said Neadstine attempted to interfere at time of shooting.  After shooting they carried McCracken outside. McCracken had pistol at time of shooting.  Defendant knew McCracken was in habit of carrying pistol.  Connell then went to Mound City and gave himself up to E. P. Easterday.

             On cross-examination Mr. Spann tried to shake Connell’s testimony with little success.  He was cool and collected throughout his testimony.

             After a most rigid cross-examination, the defendant left the stand at 4 o’clock and John Wilmot was called.


Wednesday, 16 Oct 1901:
Arguments of Attorneys Made This Afternoon
In the Connell Murder Case.—Witnesses Testified This Morning as to Character of the Deceased and of the Defendant.

The attorneys in the Connell murder case made their arguments this afternoon and tonight the case went to the jury.  The attorneys were allowed two hours and a half to a side.  State’s Attorney Wilson opened at 11 o’clock this forenoon and spoke until court adjourned for dinner.  Then Judge Caster spoke and the order for the rest was Judge Wall, Attorney Butler, and Attorney W. A. Spann closing.  The courtroom was nearly filled with people who gathered to listen to the arguments, nearly all of Mound City being down here.
This forenoon both sides introduced testimony in regard to the character of the defendant and the deceased.  The defense attempted to prove the good character of the defendant Connell and the fact that McCracken was a dangerous man when intoxicated.  The prosecution introduced evidence in rebuttal to prove the good character of McCracken.
Death of Old Resident.

Alto Pass, Ill., Oct. 16.—News has reached here of the death of G. W. Childers, at his home near Pulley’s Mill in Williamson County on the 7th inst.  He was 75 years old and had resided in this part of Illinois since 1860.  He came here from Tennessee.  He was twice married and was the father of fifteen children, six of whom survive him.

(George W. Childers married Mrs. Sarah Jane O’Connel on 17 Dec 1872, in Union Co., Ill.  George W. Childers married Ida Chamness on 13 Dec 1890, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. J. A. Coates died at her old home in Pennsylvania last Thursday.  Mr. and Mrs. Coates lived in Cairo until two years ago, when Mr. Coates was manager of the New York Life Insurance Company.  Since then they have lived in Erie, Pa., and Indianapolis.
Crushed by Rolling Logs.

Alto Pass, Ill., Oct. 15.—While unloading a car of logs for a box mill at Grand Tower, “Bud” Cavaness of this city was caught, after having cut the stakes that held the logs on the car, before he could step aside, and crushed under three logs, two of them rolling entirely over him and the third one stopping on his body.  He is terribly bruised but has a chance of recovery.

Thursday, 17 Oct 1901:
The Connell-McCracken tragedy, which brought sorrow, deep and lasting, upon two families, was the result of evil associations.  There are too many young men who are leading careless, reckless lives, whose parents would be shocked if they but knew it all.  A little more parental responsibility, a little more inquiry as to where the boy spends his evenings and with whom, might have a very wholesome effect.
Frank Jackson, a colored lad, aged 15, died last night at his home on Fortieth Street of brain fever.  He was a son of Andrew Jackson, an old and respected colored man.  The boy was a pupil in the colored high school and was a very bright lad.
Jury Returned Verdict Last night
Were Out Only About an Hour.

At 9 o’clock last night the jury in the Connell murder case returned a verdict of not guilty.  They reached their decision in just about one hour.  Attorney Spann concluded his argument when court adjourned for supper last evening.  Then when court reassembled Judge Robarts read the instructions to the jury.  They were quite voluminous.  The reading was concluded a few minutes after 8 o’clock and then the jury filed out to reach their verdict.

The verdict was unanimous.  The jury read over the instructions and when this was concluded they took a vote and reached a verdict.


Last Thursday morning Joseph Minnie, while picking up coal along the side of the railroad track, was struck on the head with the cylinder of a southbound freight train and died 47 minutes later.  Mr. Minnie was about 76 years of age and a shoemaker by trade.  He was deaf and it is supposed that he did not hear the approaching train.  Interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  (Dongola)

Tuesday, 22 Oct 1901:
Mrs. Mary Hood died this morning at her home No. 325 Thirty-third Street of bronchitis and dropsy.  The remains were prepared for burial by Undertaker Batty and shipped to Dongola.  The deceased was 27 years old and her husband is employed at the Chicago Mill.

             (John N. Hood married Mary E. Davis on 29 Mar 1898, in Johnson Co., Ill.  Her marker in Mt. Zion or Adams Cemetery near Dongola reads: Mary E. wife of J. N. Hood Born Dec. 5, 1874 Died Oct. 22, 1901 Aged 26 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 17 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 23 Oct 1901:
John Clark Pleaded Guilty to Murdering His Wife.
And Judge Robarts Sent Him Up for Life.—Clark Shot His Wife at Tamms.

John Clark, who murdered his wife at Tamms, pleaded guilty and Judge Robarts sentenced him to the penitentiary for life.

Sheriff Hodges will have the following prisoners to take away:  To Chester—Harvey Eddington, John Clark, Jim Clark, Oscar Hines, Ed Anderson, Will Johnson, Sam Kelly.  To Pontiac.—Fate Howard.
Ann Manning, an old colored woman, died at 8 o’clock this morning of old age.  She had reached the advanced age of 96.  The remains were taken to Mayfield, Ky., for burial.

Friday, 25 Oct 1901:
Cashier J. A. Waugh and wife left Thursday afternoon for Pittsburg, Pa., to visit Mrs. Sprague, sister of Mrs. Waugh, who is seriously ill and not expected to survive long.
Mrs. Dan Hogan received a telegram yesterday imparting the sad intelligence that her uncle, Mr. Henry Wallace, of Lexington, Mo., had departed this life at the age of 78 years.  Mr. Wallace is remembered by many people here and in Cairo as a very eminent lawyer.  Several years ago he was the orator of the day at the decoration services at the National cemetery here.
Slayer of Marshal Hileman Gets a New Trial.
Supreme Court Reversed and Remanded the Case.—Durden Is Making Money Right Along Although Confined in the Alexander County Jail.

George Durden, the slayer of Marshal Hileman at Villa Ridge, will not hang.  The supreme court of Illinois has reversed and remanded his case.  Durden was charged with the brutal murder of Hileman, beating and robbing him and then throwing his body upon the railroad track to be run over by a train so that the crime might be hidden.  He was tried and found guilty at Mound City and sentenced to be hanged.  There were no witnesses to tragedy, so that the evidence against him was circumstantial.  Nevertheless, the jury was convinced of his guilt, the manner in which he acted during the trial contributing much to that feeling.

Durden has been confined in the Alexander County jail for safekeeping, and he is growing rich in spite of his confinement.  He gets all the money the other prisoners have.  He says he wins it playing seven-up, but it is believed that the size and appearance of the man have something to do with the matter.  His latest acquisition is a fine diamond ring, which Oscar Hines possessed.

Saturday, 26 Oct 1901:
The remains of Sadie Brown, wife of D. M. Brown, were shipped to Mt. Pisgah, Johnson County, this morning, via the Illinois Central, for interment.  Deceased had been a patient sufferer for nearly two months. Mr. Brown, who is confined to his room with an injured limb, has the sympathy of our people (Mound City).
Mrs. Stovall, a colored woman of considerable prominence, departed this life Friday morning.  (Mound City)

Tuesday, 29 Oct 1901:
Fielden T. Sherrill, of Caruthersville, Mo., who had trouble at the Glad Hand Saloon in Cairo a year ago, died last week of typhoid fever.
Henry H. Decker, Sr., dropped dead this morning at Luxora, where he was employed as marine engineer on the government steamer Patrol.  His home is at No. 2810 Poplar Street.
Carl, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. George Edmons, living at 338 Thirty-second Street, died Monday afternoon, at 4:30 o’clock.  The little one was 16 months old.  The interment was held at Beech Grove Cemetery this afternoon.
Friends of Miss Jennie Chase were pained to learn some days ago of her death, but the particulars are still unknown here.  The sad event occurred at the home of her sister in Tecumseh, Mich., on October 19th.  Miss Chase was for many years a teacher in the public schools of Cairo and later conducted a private school.  She was held in very high esteem by the people of Cairo.
The Bud Allensworth murder case for the killing of John Stevers at Grand Chain more than a year ago is now before the court.  Monday night the regular panel had been exhausted and but three jurors accepted.  The court is busy today examining jurors.  State’s Attorney Martin is assisted by L. M. Bradley and G. A. Spann, of Vienna.  The defense is represented by Wall & Bristow and C. L. Rice.

Wednesday, 30 Oct 1901:
The trial of George Durden will cost Pulaski County a big pile of money.  In fact Durden has been a very expensive luxury for the State of Illinois.  If he should commence now and spend a lifetime at hard labor he would not repay the money that has been spent on his trials and on his maintenance while in jail awaiting trail.  Durden has been a bad investment from the start.  The world will be better off when he leaves it.

Thursday, 31 Oct 1901:
The first three days of this week have been consumed in obtaining a jury in the Allensworth murder case.  The last juror was accepted about 6 o’clock last evening.  At the night session, L. M. Bradley, for the state, made the statement to the jury, and Maj. Wall for the defense.  The court began the examination of the witnesses today.  There are about sixteen witnesses on each side.  (Mound City)
Maurice, 5-year-old son of County Assessor and Treasurer James Ray Weaver, of Grand Chain, died last night.
Orlando Wilson is seriously ill—his recovery almost despaired of. (Mound City)
Mrs. William Sprague, sister of Mrs. John A. Waugh, died at her home in Pittsburg last night.  She was 57 years of age and was the daughter of the late Judge Emrie, well known all over this part of the country.  (Mound City)

(John A. Waugh married Mary R. Emrie on 5 Apr 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William Sprague married Sarah Levenia Sprague on 24 Dec 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Marshall died at her home at the corner of Sycamore and Thirty-fourth Street at 10 o’clock this forenoon.  She was quite aged and had suffered from paralysis.

Friday, 1 Nov 1901:
The 1-year-old baby of John Boren died this morning.  (Mound City)
Mrs. John W. Gholson will go to Kirbyton, Ky., tomorrow, called there by the serious illness of Mr. Gholson’s brother, Dr. W. E. Gholson, who is ill with typhoid fever.

(John W. Gholson married Mary G. Price on 17 Oct 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 2 Nov 1901:
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Weldon is very sick.  It is thought with spinal meningitis.

             (Alex W. Weldon married Maggie Watkins on 6 Aug 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 4 Nov 1901:
Mrs. Sallie Mulvey, wife of Joseph Mulvey, died in this city Sunday morning, after an illness of several years, aged 48 years and four months.  Deceased had been married about 25 years, and had long been a member of the Methodist church.  Funeral services at the residence Sunday afternoon by Rev. S. A. D. Rogers.  Remains were shipped on the Big Four this morning to Shoals, Ind., for interment.

(Joseph Mulvey married S. J. Bohn on 13 Nov 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The jury on the Bud Allensworth murder case returned a verdict Saturday night, after three hours’ deliberation, of manslaughter.
Charles Pyle, Sent up for Burglary, Crushed in an Engine.

A terrible accident occurred at the Chester penitentiary last Saturday, causing the death of Charles Pyle, a convict.  Pyle was engineer in the grinding room of the foundry, and at the time of the accident was engaged in oiling the machinery from a scaffolding over the engine.  The scaffolding gave away, precipitating him down upon the engine.  His clothing was caught in the revolving machinery and there being none present to stop the engine or rescue him, he was mangled in a horrible manner.  One of his feet was wrenched off above the ankle, and the other leg was severed at the knee.  He was otherwise badly bruised and mangled and was dead before the engine could be stopped.  Pyle was sent up from Cairo two years ago for burglary and larceny. He had previously served a term in prison.—Carbondale Herald.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Weldon died yesterday morning after an illness of several days.  Funeral services were held at the home, No. 412 Eighth Street, this morning, conducted by Rev. W. S. Gee.  The Baptist choir sang and there was a profusion of flowers, the gift of friends of the family.
Antonio Raggio, Old Resident of Cairo, Died Last Evening.

Antonio Raggio died very suddenly at his home at the corner of Poplar and Twentieth Street.  He evidently suffered a stroke of apoplexy for the end came in a very few minutes, and he had appeared to be in excellent health and spirits before that time.  For some years he had been blind, but aside from that had enjoyed very good health.  Mr. Raggio came to Cairo in 1870, during all the time being in the fruit business, which his son still conducts.  He was a native of Rovereto, Italy, where he was born on April 14, 1845.  He came to America in 1867, spending three years prior to his removal to Cairo in Louisville. His wife died here seven years ago.  Three children are left, Alex M., and John P. Raggio, and Mrs. Kate W. Talbott, of St. Louis.  The latter had been notified and will be here to attend the funeral.  Mr. Raggio also left a sister, Mrs. Mary E. White, of Cincinnati, who will also come on to the funeral.  Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, of which the deceased was a member, on Wednesday, and the burial will be at Villa Ridge Cemetery.

(Charles W. Talbert married Kate Raggio on 18 Oct 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Tuesday, 5 Nov 1901:
Ernest, the 9-year-old son of George E. Atcher, is very sick with pneumonia.
Mr. John H. Raefsnider, brother of Mr. W. T. Raefsnider, died in St. Louis Sunday
Mrs. Glover, of Charleston, Mo., is at St. Mary’s hospital and is dangerously ill.  Her husband is a commercial traveling man.

Wednesday, 6 Nov 1901:
The funeral of Mr. A. Raggio was held this afternoon and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for burial.

Thursday, 7 Nov 1901:
Lawson Probst’s infant son is very low with cerebro and spinal fever with no chance for recovery.  (Wetaug)
Died, Thursday, October 31st, of quick consumption, Mrs. Carrie Kearney, wife of William Kearney.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Runnels and had a wide circle of acquaintances.  She leaves a husband and two small children.  The funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Church of which she was a member.  (Wetaug)

(A marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Carrie Isabelle Ruennels June 20, 1876-Oct. 30, 1901.  Friends, remember, as you pass by, As you are now so once was I.  As I am now, so you must be.  Prepare for death and follow me.  Leslie my babe Died Jan. 25, 1902 Aged 1 Yr., 4 Ms., & 28 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Curt died during the past week.  (Friendship)

Friday, 8 Nov 1901:
Mrs. Frank Hagey is quite seriously ill and it is thought by her physician that she is threatened with typhoid malarial fever.  Her sister at Graysboro, Mo., has been telegraphed for.
Lem Armstrong Shot his Divorced Wife at Mound City.

Caught Her in Company with Cornelius Who Escaped Injury.—Woman Shot in Head and May Die.

Lem Armstrong shot his divorced wife in the head at Mound City this afternoon.  She may die.  Armstrong also shot at Cornelius Carr who was with the woman.  He escaped injury.  Armstrong was arrested.  The woman was formerly known as Lovie Taylor.

(Len Armstrong married Lovie V. Taylor on 8 May 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Passed Away Early This Morning after Long Illness.
Deceased Was Youngest Daughter of the Late Dr. Daniel Arter.  Funeral Services Will Occur Probably Sunday.

Mrs. Isabella Foster died at 1 o’clock this morning, after an illness of several months during the last months of which she was confined to her bed.  Her ailment was a combination of diseases. Last summer she went to Chicago in hope to get relief there, but a stay of four weeks at St. Luke’s Hospital was of no material benefit to her, and when she returned home her friends had little hope of her entire recovery.  While her condition had been such for some time that her friends believed her days would be short, it was not until last night that a turn for the worst came, and then it was seen that death had placed his hand upon her.

Mrs. Foster was a daughter of the late Dr. Daniel Arter. She was born at Villa Ridge and spent almost her entire life in Southern Illinois.  For twenty-five years she has made her residence in Cairo.  She lived quietly with her daughter, Miss Mary Foster, on Centre Street, until about a year ago, since which time they have made their home with her sister Mrs. A. Martin. It was here that she died.

Mrs. Foster was the youngest of four daughters, the others being Mrs. A. Martin, Mrs. L. J. Rittenhouse, of Chicago, and Mrs. Moses Harrell, of Pittsburg.

Funeral services will be held at the residence, No. 518 Center Street, probably Sunday, although definite arrangement cannot be made until Mrs. Harrell is heard from.  Rev. Dr. Knox and Rev. W. S. Gee will probably conduct the service, and the burial will be at Villa Ridge.

Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Edith Ellis and daughter, Miss Winifred, the last two from Carbondale, arrived this afternoon to attend the funeral.

Until her failing health prevented, Mrs. Foster was an earnest worker in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.  Since she became the victim of ill health, she was patient in her suffering and ever thoughtful of others, always insisting that they should not put themselves to any inconvenience on her account.  She received, however, every attention that medical skill and nursing could devise, but all of these were of no avail.

(Henry A. Foster married Isabell Lindwood Arter on 28 Jun 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Jacob Martin married Amarala Arter on 4 Oct 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Wood Rittenhouse married Laura J. Arter on 17 Dec 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.

Saturday, 9 Nov 1901:
Lovie Taylor-Armstrong, who was shot by her divorced husband, Lem Armstrong, yesterday afternoon, is not seriously injured and it is thought she will speedily recover.  Cornelius Carr, who also received a few shots from the shootings, was only slightly injured.  Both parties are getting along quite well.
Funeral Notice.

FOSTER.—Died, at 1 o’clock a.m., Friday, November 8, 1901, Mrs. Isabella Foster, aged 57 years.

Funeral services will be held at the residence of Mrs. A. Martin, 518 Center Street, at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, and the remains will be taken by special train to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.

Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Monday, 11 Nov 1901:
Mrs. Phillips, who fell some days ago and broke her thigh is very low and expected to survive only a few days.
The funeral of Mrs. Isabella Foster was held yesterday afternoon, services being held at the residence of Mrs. A. Martin, sister of the deceased, conducted by Rev. J. T. M. Knox and Rev. W. S. Gee.  The remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment, followed by quite a number of friends of the family.  The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union attended in a body and placed a beautiful floral emblem upon the grave.  Other floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.
Miss May Smalling, age 17 years, residing with her mother near Diswood, died Thursday night of typhoid fever.  The burial occurred Saturday at the Hulen Cemetery attended by a large number of friends.  The deceased was a daughter of the late J. H. Smalling.

(She was a daughter of Hill and Caroline Smalling. Her marker in Hulen Cemetery reads:  Dollie daughter of H. & C. Smalling Born Jan. 13, 1886 Died Nov. 7, 1901.  Gone to be an angel.—Darrel Dexter)
Laid Upon Two Young Men of This City
John Cushmen Succumbed This Morning to Dropsy.—Jesse J. Nichols Died Last Evening of Typhoid Fever.

John Cushmen died at 5:30 o’clock this morning, at his home, No. 212 Eighth Street.  He had been ill for nearly three months and had visited Dawson Springs, returning from there about three weeks ago.  He was planning to return this week, but Saturday he became very much worse and continued so until the end.  His trouble began with an attack of malaria, which was followed with dropsy and heart failure.

The deceased was 23 years of age.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cushman.  Five months ago he married Miss Maude Stewart, and his young wife is now left a widow.  She is almost heart broken over her loss.  Mr. Cushman was in the employ of the Big Four railroad until ill health compelled him to relinquish his work.  He was a very devoted husband and son, and commanded the respect and esteem of everyone who knew him.  It is perhaps a coincidence that just two years ago today his mother died.

Definite arrangements have not yet been made for the funeral, but it will likely occur Wednesday and the body will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for burial.

Jesse J. Nicholas, Jr., son of Capt. Jesse J. Nichols, of the steamer Charlotte Boecketer, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 10:30 o’clock Sunday night, of typhoid fever.  He was taken to the infirmary from his home at 501 Washington Avenue to be operated upon for appendicitis.  The disease yielded to treatment without an operation, but typhoid fever set in and for several days his life hung in the balance.  The deceased was nearly 18 years of age and had lived here since 1895, when his parents removed from Covington, Ky., his native place.  He attended the public schools and was well liked by all his companions.  As an indication to his character it may be said that he was a great mother’s boy, being a most devoted son.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and the remains will be taken to Cincinnati, where they will be buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, 12 Nov 1901:
Mrs. Phillips, who was reported as being very low last evening, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last night.  She was over 80 years of age and has been an invalid for many years.  She leaves a daughter, who is also an invalid.  Charitably inclined ladies have looked after the wants of both.
The Zeran Marble and Granite Words put up a fine Barry granite monument to the memory of Mrs. John W. King at Villa Ridge today.  It is an excellent piece of work and was all done by Cairo workmen.  Another fine piece of work turned out by this company was erected at Beech Grove for Mrs. William H. Faulkner, of Mound City.
The negro fugitive, whom Deputy Sheriff William Fitzgerald captured upon an Illinois Central train last Saturday and who was masquerading in woman’s clothing, was wanted at Fulton, Ky., for complicity in the murder of Ernest Kirby there last week.  The negro’s name is King Branch.  The murder occurred at a negro dance.  Branch is now in jail at Fulton.
The funeral services of the late Mrs. Dycie Phillips will be held tomorrow afternoon in the Calvary Baptist Church.  Friends will meet at the rooms of Mrs. Feith, 1101 Washington Avenue, and go to the church.  After the service the deceased will be taken to the Big Four train and to Grand Chain for burial.  Mrs. Feith will obtain tickets for all who wish to go to Grand Chain, who can return on the 7:45 train.
Mollie Shumaker, wife of William Shumaker, departed this life on the 6th, after a long siege of consumption.  She bore all her suffering without a murmur.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her departure.  The funeral was attended on Friday by a large company from far and near.  She was a good neighbor, a kind wife and a loving mother.

             (A marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Mary A. Shumaker 1862-1901.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 13 Nov 1901:
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Sproat and Mr. Charles Sproat came up from Memphis to attend the funeral of their nephew, John Cushman.  They will return tomorrow.
The funeral of John Cushman was held this afternoon, funeral services being conducted at the Cairo Baptist Church.  A large number of friends followed the remains to Beech Grove Cemetery where they were laid at rest.
The funeral of Jesse J. Nichols, Jr., was held at the family residence, 501 Washington Avenue, yesterday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Cincinnati last evening for burial, accompanied by the family of the deceased.  Rev. J. A. Scarritt conducted the funeral service here.
King Branch, the negro whom Deputy Sheriff Fitzgerald arrested on the Illinois Central train last Saturday while he was trying to escape in the disguise of a woman, was released under $500 bond at Fulton, where he was implicated in a murder.

Thursday, 14 Nov 1901:
Judge Joseph P. Robarts made a decision on a case which promises to be interesting to those interested in life insurance, both fraternal and old line.  Two years ago Mr. A. J. Miller of Cobden, a wealthy merchant, and whose life was heavily insured, committed suicide.  He left to his wife an aggregate of about $47,000 in insurance, among the policies being one for $1,000 in Northwestern Life, of Milwaukee, he having contracted for the policy only a short time before accomplishing his self-destruction.  The terms of the contract are such that “in the event of suicide whether sane or insane, the policy becomes null and void.”  This part of the contract is to be found in all life insurance contracts, and for a number of years insurance companies have invariably paid suicide losses.  Now, the Northwestern in declining to pay the loss has brought out a point in sustaining what it claims is a part of the insurance contract that will put a new phase on insurance.  The opinion was delivered after the insurance company’s attorney had cited a great number of recent decisions on similar cases.  Judge Robarts rendered a lengthy opinion sustaining this view of the matter.
Miss Annie Roth, well known here (Wetaug) died of consumption at Balcom, Saturday.,
Mr. and Mrs.  John Biles, Mrs. John Linn and two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Yarber and Mrs. M. Goodman, of Anna, were down Friday to attend the funeral of L. E. Probst’s child.  (Wetaug)
Bertha, aged 6 years, the bright little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown, of Butter Ridge, died Saturday of brain fever, following a congestive chill.  The parents have the sympathy of everyone in their sad bereavement.

(Edward Brown married Izetty V. Corzine on 10 Feb 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Butter Ridge Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Bertha A. daughter of E. & I. Brown Born Jan. 31, 1896 Died Nov. 9, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Probst, aged 2 years, died Thursday, of brain fever.  The parents have the sympathy of a large number of friends and acquaintances in their great sorrow.  Interment was made at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.  Rev. Reese, of Dongola, conducted the services.

(Lawson E. Propst married Dianna Goodman on 29 May 1883, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Johnie V. Propst Born March 30, 1900 Died Nov. 7, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Wednesday evening, November 6, Mr. A. Fisher.  He was stricken with apoplexy and did not rally.  His family has the sympathy of our people (Unity).
Mollie Shumaker, wife of William Shumaker, departed this life on the 6th, after a long siege of consumption.  She bore all her suffering without a murmur.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her departure.  The funeral was attended on Friday by a large company from far and near.  She was a good neighbor, a kind wife, and a loving mother.  (Curry)

Friday, 15 Nov 1901:
A friend of the late Mrs. Sprague contributes the following to her memory:

Died, at her home in Pittsburg, Pa., Wednesday evening, October 30, 1901, Mrs. William Sprague.  Deceased was a sister of Mrs. John A. Waugh, of this city, and second daughter of the late Judge Emrie, who at one time was a resident of this city (Mound City).  She was a refined, cultured, Christian woman, one whom to know was to love.  Although unconscious the last few days of her life, those who waited at her bedside during her last hours on earth can testify that her Savior was near, gently waiting to welcome her into that home where parting is no more.  She leaves a husband, a stepdaughter, Rose, one brother, Jay Emrie, and three sister, Mrs. Waugh, of this city, Mrs. F. A. Carico, and Mrs. Lela Johnson, both of San Antonio, Tex.  Her sisters were at her bedside at the time of her death, and on their way home last week stopped over for a week in this city.  To the relatives we extend our sympathy.  Mrs. Sprague had often visited the people of this city and Cairo, where she had many friends who regret her demise.  But we are assured that in that “bright eternal city not made with hands,” the Lamb is the light thereof.  She is at rest with that Savior whom she so dearly loved, where we will spend eternity with her.
E. Thalmueller has returned from Evansville where he was called to attend the funeral of his father.
George Busby, colored, died at St. Mary’s infirmary yesterday.  The remains will be buried at Villa Ridge Sunday.

Saturday, 16 Nov 1901:
Died, at 1 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. C. J. Kimball, a Christian minister, aged 63 years.  He was a veteran of the Union Army.  He resided here (Mound City) with his sister, Mrs. Clara Estes, for about six months.  He also has a brother at Metropolis.  The remains will be buried at the national cemetery tomorrow.
Mrs. John A. Miller was called to St. Louis today by the death of an aunt.

Monday, 18 Nov 1901:
R. P. DeCrow, a brother of James V. DeCrow, of this city, died at his home in Beechwood Saturday night.  His death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel.  He had long been afflicted with asthma, which was the prime cause of his demise.  He was a member of Alexander Lodge, No. 224, I. O. O. F.  Mr. DeCrow was 50 years of age.  He leaves a wife and four children.  His remains were interred at Beech Grove today.
The remains of Rev. C. J. Kimball were taken to Golconda Sunday for interment.  It was first arranged to bury at the National cemetery here (Mound City), but his brother, Rev. Kimball, from Edwardsville, decided that he should be buried beside his wife at Golconda.

Tuesday, 19 Nov 1901:
Mrs. Walker died last Sunday and was buried Monday at Liberty.  (Curry)
Mrs. C. J. Creelman, mother of F. E. Creelman, died suddenly at her home in Detroit, Mich., today.  Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Creelman left today at noon for Detroit, to attend the funeral.

Wednesday, 20 Nov 1901:
Mrs. Margate Walker died at her home at Center last week and was buried at Liberty.  Rev. Bradley preached her funeral sermon.  (Curry)
The three-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. M. Enzwiler died last night of scarlet fever.  The remains will be buried at Beech Grove Cemetery tomorrow morning.  They live at 224 Twenty-eighth Street.
William Worldly Patton, of this city, a young colored boy, was killed in a mine at Dow, I. T., some time ago and his father as administrator is bringing suit for damages against the company which owns the mine.  Depositions were taken at the courthouse today.
Frank Clark, a colored man living on Twelfth Street, died this morning.  He had a leg injured in a sawmill accident in Missouri some time ago and amputation became necessary, but he could not stand the shock.  The remains will be buried at Villa Ridge tomorrow by Undertaker Batty.
Mrs. Linegar, widow of Hon. David T. Linegar, died Tuesday at Creal Springs, where she was making her home with her daughters, Misses Luella and Lucretia.  The remains are to be buried at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Mrs. Linegar was married to Mr. Linegar on August 24, 1853, at Newburg, Ind.  Her maiden name was Miss Emma Hutchens.  Services will be conducted at Beech Grove Cemetery tomorrow at 10 a.m. by Rev. Dr. Knox.  Friends in Cairo who wish to attend can go up at 5:20 in the morning.  Mr. E. A. Smith received a dispatch today, announcing the time of the funeral as above.
Nothing has been heard of Henry Trainor, night watchman at the coal dump, who has been missing since Monday night, and who is supposed to have been drowned in the river.  He resided at 431 Fifteenth Street, where his dog, his constant and faithful companion, appeared as usual Tuesday morning, but without his master.  This circumstance aroused suspicion and the discovery of Trainor’s overcoat, dinner pail and lantern led to the belief that the man had accidentally fallen into the river and drowned.  He was a nurse at the pest house during the Woodward administration and was generally regarded as a most reliable colored man.  The lantern was found at the bottom of the river.  It was drawn up with grappling hooks when search was being made for the body.
Samuel, the 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stokes, died Monday morning. (Anna)

             (Samuel Stokes married Mary O’Conner on 12 Feb 1888, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Samuel M. son of S. S. & M. E. Stokes Died Nov. 19, 1901 Aged 6 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 18 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 21 Nov 1901:
Messrs. Paul and Joe Cange attended the funeral of Mr. Runsaker of Grand Chain Tuesday.  (Friendship)
Frank Mowery is reported to have been struck by a locomotive engine near Carbondale with serious injuries.  (Mill Creek)
Died, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Eveline Dillow, Nov. 17th, after a brief illness, Miss Gussie Dillow, aged 16 years.  Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church here Nov. 19th, by Rev. T. Earnhart.  Interment at St. John Cemetery.  (Mill Creek)

(John A. Dillow married Eveline S. Brown on 7 Feb 1869, in Union Co., Ill.  A marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Maude Augusta Dau. of J. A. & E. S. Dillow Died Nov. 18, 1901 Aged 16 Yrs., 10 Mos. & 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Monday, Nov. 18th, Libbie Ophelia, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Woodard, age 10 days.  (Dongola)

(William W. Woodard married Flora J. Clifford on 31 Oct 1899, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Libbie O. Dau. of W. W. & Flora Woodard Born Nov. 9, 1901 Died Nov. 18, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Monday, Nov. 18th, Trixie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Manning, age about 8 years.  (Dongola)

(Dennis L. Manning married Maranda Keller on 31 Dec 1893, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clifford, of Cairo, were here (Dongola) and attended the funeral of their little granddaughter, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Woodard, Wednesday.  Their son John and Mr. Clifford’s brother-in-law, Mr. Stikes, of Cairo, accompanied them here.
Mrs. T. B. Farrin, Jr., was called to Mt. Vernon today by the death of an aunt.
Maj. Elijah P. Curtis, of Metropolis, died Monday at the age of 67 years.  He was one of the leading men of Massac County, was circuit clerk for twenty-six years and was master in chancery for a longer period.

Friday, 22 Nov 1901:
A. Wilson, of Willard, well known in this city is dangerously ill at his home and has been sick for several weeks.  Rumor today is that his case has been complicated by a dose of forty drops of carbolic acid, which he took by mistake for another medicine, and that his recovery is extremely doubtful.  He is naturally suffering intensely.  He lived in Cairo two years and kept a butcher shop.  While here he cut his hand and had a siege of blood poisoning which came near proving fatal, and left his system in a much-depleted condition.  Since moving to Willard, until his present illness, he has had fairly good health, however.
Mrs. Pendergast, a widow living on a houseboat near the cross levee, on the Ohio, was looking for Mayor Wright this morning in great trouble.  Her youngest son died last night after an illness of two weeks and she says she has no funds wherewith to bury him.  He was 18 years old.  She has a daughter 21 years old and another son aged 23, and says that both young men worked at the lumber mills in the upper part of the city, but that they have lost a great deal of time by sickness.  She is deserving of sympathy and help in her present trouble but it seems strange that with three grown children she would be compelled to ask the city to bury her dead.

Saturday, 23 Nov 1901:
Friends of Capt. J. B. Ferguson Thoroughly Alarmed.
Neither Relatives Nor Business Associates Can Account for His Absence.—May Be a Wholesale Murderer in North Cairo.

Nothing has yet been heard from Capt. J. B. Ferguson, of the steamer Hallett, and his friends and relatives are now thoroughly alarmed.  The clerk of the Hallett, at Mound City, telephoned Captain Cassiday that he had just been talking by telephone with Mrs. Ferguson at Memphis and finds that she is entirely ignorant of her husband’s whereabouts.  She did not know that he was missing until so informed this morning by the clerk, as no information had been sent her while there was any hope of locating the captain.  The owners of the boat have also been informed that he is missing and they are naturally much alarmed and interested in as much as they were looking to him to attend to some business matters of importance about which they have been asking for information for several days.
The question now is what is best to be done?  There seems to be no clue to take hold of.  One things is sure.  While he stated to the cook that he was coming to Cairo, he certainly did not do so.  He had an engagement to meet Capt. Cassiday at his office this morning and also an engagement to meet a man living on Twenty-third Street, neither of which he kept.  If anything happened to him it evidently occurred between Mound City and the latter point.  Now his route in walking down the railroad track would bring him past the point where the negro watchman, Trainor, was lost and also where the watchman, Axley, was so brutally murdered a few years ago.  There are some who think it is reasonable to conclude that it would be wise to give weight to these facts in looking for the cause of his disappearance Trainer’s lantern was found by dragging the river, but it could have been thrown there by his murderers.  No doubt his body was thrown in also and every effort should be made to secure it to determine whether he met with foul play or not.  If he did it would go far to indicate that the murderer resides somewhere near that locality.  Steps will be taken to make a vigorous search for Capt. Ferguson but the plan to work has not yet been determined.

Monday, 25 Nov 1901:
Passed Away at Mound City This Forenoon.
Was Superintendent of the Marine Ways for Several Years.—Death Came Suddenly the Result of Pneumonia.

Capt. Henry Edwin Taylor, secretary-treasurer of the Mississippi Valley Dock and Marine Ways, died at 11:10 this morning of pneumonia.  He had been sick only since Wednesday and was not considered serious until Sunday.  He was in Cairo the day before and it was thought he contracted a cold on this trip. He was born in Kentucky December 7, 1843.  He was connected with marine ways about five years.  Was a Union solder.  Was married Sept. 17, 1889, to Miss Emma Clifton Haselwood, Woodville, Ky., who died January 9, 1901.

He leaves three children, Henry Smith Taylor, aged 11, Anna Clifton, 9, and George Robert, aged 6.  Interment at Paducah about Wednesday.  Funeral arrangements have not been made.  He was one of the best men in Mound City, and was a member of  I. O. O. F.
Willie, the little 3-year-ol son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Riley, of No. 519 Center Street, died Saturday night from paralysis of the heart, following an attack of diphtheria.  The remains were taken to Bardwell today for interment.  The child was a very bright little fellow and his death is a sad blow to the parents.
Marybelle, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Allen, died early Sunday morning, after a short illness. She had what is now believed to be an attack of scarlet fever and this developed into diphtheria from the effect of which she died.  She was in her thirteenth year.  She was a sweet, lovable child and her untimely death is a sad affliction to all of her friends and a heavy bereavement to her parents.  Funeral services were held at the family residence, No. 2037 Washington Avenue, conducted by Rev. J. T. M. Knox and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge for interment this afternoon.

(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Marybelle daughter of E. C. & Willabelle Allen Died Nov. 24, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 26 Nov 1901:
J. W. Wilson was called Sunday morning to the bedside of his brother at Willard who is seriously ill.  (Delta)
The funeral of Capt. H. E. Taylor occurred at Mound City this forenoon.  Mayor Wright and Maj. E. W. Halliday attended from here.
The remains of Capt. Taylor were taken to Paducah for burial this afternoon on the steamer Richardson.  The funeral was held at the family residence conducted by Rev. S. A. D. Rogers and the following were pallbearers:  M. F. Browner, Thomas Boyd, Joe Lutz, A. J. Dougherty, R. C. Magill, W. R. Rodman, L. M. Bradley, A. W. Williamson.
F. J. Kuny is at Decatur with his uncle, a Mr. Kuny, aged 72 years, who is very ill and not expected to survive many days.  He is a wealthy retired member of a real estate firm, Kuny, Johns & Strom, of that city.  Mr. Kuny will return to this city as soon as the condition of his uncle will admit of him leaving his bedside.

Wednesday, 27 Nov 1901:
L. E. Propst has the contract from the Zeran Marble Works, of Cairo, of putting up the monument for the late Mrs. Dent in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.  He put the concrete work in Tuesday.
Mrs. L. E. Probst was called to Anna Friday by the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. M. Goodman.
The funeral of little Mary Belle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Allen, of Cairo, took place here (Villa Ridge) on Monday and was attended by a number of our people.

Thursday, 28 Nov 1901:
Daniel Hehl Passed Away at 3:23 This Morning.

Daniel Hehl died at 3:20 o’clock this morning at his home at Fifteenth and Cedar streets.  He was in his usual good health and spirits until last Sunday when he received a severe stroke of paralysis.  This caused his death.  He was unable to speak or to take nourishment and was unconscious for most of the time but he rallied just at the last and recognized the members of the family.

Daniel Hehl was born in Darmstadt, Germany, November 25, 1825.  He came to Cairo in the early 50s and has lived here since, working at the shoemaker’s trade.  He married Mrs. Margaret Smith whose death occurred nearly twenty years ago.  He left no children of his own, but James Cheney married his stepdaughter, and their sons, George and Fred, were the old man’s especial favorites.  Mr. Hehl has a brother John Hehl, living in Germany, who is quite wealthy.

The deceased was a member of Alexander lodge I. O. O. F. and they will have charge of the funeral tomorrow, burying at Villa Ridge.
             (Daniel Hehl married Margaret Smith on 13 Oct 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.  James Cheney married Mary Smith on 4 Nov 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. N. E. Phillips died yesterday morning at her home in Cobden.  She had been in ill health for about a year.  Mrs. Phillips was a most estimable woman and enjoyed probably a wider acquaintance than any other lady in this end of the state, since she conducted the Phillips House there, a house that had the reputation with the traveling men of being one of the best at which they stopped.  Mrs. W. N. Butler went to Cobden last evening to attend the funeral.

(Isaac N. Phillips married Nancy E. Phillips on 7 May 1857, in Marion Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Nancy E. Phillips Born Jan. 17, 1836 Died Nov. 27, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)

Saturday, 30 Nov 1901:
August Wildi, one of the oldest engineers on the Mobile & Ohio road, died Thanksgiving Day at his home in Jackson, Tenn.  He was suffering from appendicitis, but delayed the operation too long and died as a result.  He was the engineer who took the St. Louis merchants all through the south when they made their trip, and commanded the respect of both his employers and his associates.  He came to this section twenty-five years ago without a cent and by industry accumulated $75,000.


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