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,
(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)
(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)
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.
(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
A large number of old Cairo friends
followed the remains to their last resting place.
(This may be the same person as Stephen
M. Hoiles, who married Willie Stoutzenberg on 25 Dec 1872, in
Madison Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
(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
(Lincoln Wright married Mary
Mahoney on 20 Jun 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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
George Miller is not related to
him. The wrestling was all in friendly sport, and the result such as
no one could have anticipated.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(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)
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 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
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.
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.
(The 14 Jan 1901, issue states he was
the son of J. W. Lawton, of Cairo.—Darrel Dexter)
(Hugh M. Stinnett married Mary
E. Mitchell on 14 Aug 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
(John C. Howell married Nancy A.
Bankston on 8 Dec 1870, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(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
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
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.
(Charles Griffin married Mary
Thompson on 12 Sep 1886, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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:
(Hugh M. Stinnett married Mary
E. Mitchell on 14 Aug 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
He died in January 1901 in Ullin.—Darrel Dexter)
(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.,
(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)
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.
(Charles Barringer married
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)
(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.,
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
(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)
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
(Thomas Starks, 37, married Lula
Park, 20, on 11 Aug 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
(Stephen A. Potter married Pearl
Dupree on 14 Feb 1899, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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
(Edward Parker married Zena
Spencer on 23 Oct 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
(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,
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
IN HONOR OF THE DEAD.
Large Concourse of People Attended Funeral of Col. Charles O. Patier.
WARREN STEWART POST IN CHARGE.
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.
IN MEMORY OF COL. CHARLES O. PATIER.
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.
ARRESTED BY FRIENDS.
Brown Brothers Were Willing Captives and Made No Effort to Get Away.
HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO ESCAPE.
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.
(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
(William L. Coward married Mary
E. Davis on 24 Dec 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
(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)
(Frederick Whitcamp married
Maggie Krutzer on 15 Oct 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
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
(Jerome J. Copeland married
Sarah Ellen Waller on 23 Feb 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
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)
(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)
(This may refer to Charley Duncan
who married Maggie Leigh on 4 Oct 1899, in Williamson Co.,
(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)
(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)
(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)
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.
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.
(Joseph Bross married Verona
Sutter on 17 Sep 1864, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
(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)
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,
(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.,
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.
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.,
(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
(The marker for her father in Old
Thebes Cemetery reads: M. A.
Hobbs Born May 11, 1847 Died Feb. 5, 1895.—Darrel Dexter)
(Charles C. Oliver married Ada
Moore on 29 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
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.
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.
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.
A horrible tragedy took place on a shanty boat below
the city between 6 and 7 o’clock last night.
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.
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
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, 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)
(Eli T. Gray married Elizabeth Mayberry
on 7 Nov 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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)
(E. Ellis Cox married Mamie B. McKeaig on 8 Sep 1890,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
DEATH OF SAMUEL
___ 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)
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
(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)
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
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.
(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)
(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)
(Andrew J. Bucklin died 3 Apr 1901, and is buried in Mounds
City National Cemetery in Section E site 4279S.—Darrel Dexter)
(This may be the same person as Carrie Kelly,
who married George C. Rison on 16 Sep 1899, in Bond Co., Ill.—Darrel
DURDEN GETS A STAY.
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.
(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)
(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
(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)
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)
(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
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)
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.
was about 23 years old and a splendid young railroad man. He was born
and reared at Wingo and was well known at Fulton.
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.
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. Brown. Brown 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 Brown. Brown 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.
will bring suit for divorce from his wife as a result of his discovery.
I will not be responsible for any debts
made after this date by my wife, Mattie J. Brown.
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.
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.
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)
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.
(Frank Presher married Mary
Dishinger on 17 Apr 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(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)
(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads: Dr. W. W.
Stevenson Died Nov. 20, 1900 Aged 48 Years. –Darrel Dexter)
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)
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.
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.
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
(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,
(His marker in Anna City Cemetery
reads: Arlie V. Boyd Born
Dec. 20, 1898 Died May 12, 1901.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
No saws were found upon any of the
prisoners, although they cut the plate in the steel cage with a saw.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
will be in session tonight.
Will the Brown Murder Case Be Placed in a Very Few Hours.
ARGUMENTS ARE NOW BEING MADE
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)
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.
(Patrick Scott married Emily
Prior on 23 Mar 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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
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.
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.
(This is likely Thomas Browner
mentioned in the previous day’s newspaper.—Darrel Dexter)
(This is likely Thomas Browner
mentioned in the 27 May 1901, newspaper.—Darrel Dexter)
(Edward Avington married Emma
Hall on 30 Jun 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
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.
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.
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
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)
(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)
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.
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.
Mrs. C. S. Carey arrived from
Chicago at 10:35 this morning. He was greatly shocked when he learned
of the accident.
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)
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN W. KING.
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)
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.
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.
DEATH OF MRS. SLOAN LAST EVENING.
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:
WILL GRIMES AGAIN IN TROUBLE.
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:
(J. P. Rimer married Katie Ann Sichling on 18 Feb 1894,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Guy McKemie married Zoe
Yates on 25 Apr 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in Hargis Cemetery reads:
Charles H. Denfip Born May 20, 1859 Died June 4, 1901.—Darrel
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)
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.
formerly lived here. His wife was a daughter of Anderson Bland,
and they lived at Nineteenth and Walnut.
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 Clark. Pride 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)
(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,
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)
(Robert Gun married Malissa
Wheeler on 9 Jun 1883, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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)
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
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.
(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)
(Hazzard P. Martin married
Kittie L. Cain on 5 Apr 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(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
Cobden, Ill., July 23.—City Marshall George Rich, of Cobden, was fatally shot here yesterday afternoon by a man named Lowry. Lowry, 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.
(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)
(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
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.
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
(H. G. Hogendobler married
Lizzie E. Miller on 25 Dec 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(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)
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.
(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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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)
(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)
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
Afterwards he was inspector of steamboats and has since resided in
Louisville. His old friends will join us in expressing sympathy in his
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
(William Neadstine married Louisa Vogel on 21 Oct 1877,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(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)
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.
falling from his wagon, he had collided with a tree, and did not survive an
marker in Baumgard Cemetery reads:
Amelia wife of Christian Mertz Born July 16, 1837 Died Sept.
14, 1897.—Darrel Dexter)
(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)
Deputy Sheriff Bill Fitzgerald is in receipt of the following
interesting letter, which was addressed “To the Sheriff in his office at the
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.
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.
Ward, came down from Paducah this afternoon and fully identified the
remains of John Meehan. They will be shipped to Paducah for
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.
(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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
(David Kennedy, Sr., married Mary J. Foreman on 23 May 1866,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
(Stephen D. Ayers married Adeline Lewis on 17 Mar 1858, in
Sangamon Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
(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)
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.
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.
(Charles R. Wunderlich married Emma Kratky on 1 Jan
1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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
Hankla married Mary Adline Hopkins on 24 Dec 1876.—Darrel
(William H. Thomas married Mary Ann Lufkin on 16 Oct 1866, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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
(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,
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.
Palmer Reese married Altisa Dora O’Daniel on 12 Jan 1855, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:
Joseph Minnie Born Oct. 16, 1826 Died Oct. 10, 1901.
(Alfred M. Moss married Fannie W. Richards on 15 Jun 1865, in
Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
(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
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.
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.
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
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.,
W. Gholson married Mary G. Price on 17 Oct 1889, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Alex W. Weldon married Maggie Watkins on 6 Aug 1888,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joseph Mulvey married S. J. Bohn on 13 Nov 1877, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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)
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
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.
Armstrong married Lovie V. Taylor on 8 May 1897, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
(A marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Mary A. Shumaker 1862-1901.—Darrel Dexter)
(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)
(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
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.
(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)
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)
(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)
(Dennis L. Manning married Maranda Keller on 31 Dec 1893, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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.
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.
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.
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Marybelle daughter of E. C. & Willabelle Allen Died Nov. 24,
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.
deceased was a member of Alexander lodge I. O. O. F. and they will have
charge of the funeral tomorrow, burying at Villa Ridge.
(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.