Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Evening Citizen
2 April 1902- 31 Dec 1902
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Wednesday, 2 Apr 1902:
desire to thank my many friends for their kindness to me during my illness,
for the kind letters of sympathy, the beautiful flowers and delicious fruits
that were sent me. I also desire to thank our kind neighbors who so
willingly did all they could to aid my mother and brother in their trouble.
Mr. John Stuart, mention of whose illness was made in these columns yesterday, died this afternoon about 3 o’clock, after an illness of pneumonia of only a few days’ duration.
deceased for over thirty years was employed by the City National Bank and in
his capacity as collector became well known to the business public of the
city. The announcement of his death will be received with sadness by
all who knew him. He was an exemplary citizen and was highly esteemed.
Thursday afternoon, April 3, at 3:30 o’clock, John Stuart, aged 49
Bright sunshine and a cloudless sky looked down upon the funeral cortege of John Stuart this afternoon as if to breathe a benediction upon the good man who has passed to the Great Beyond, and at St. Joseph’s Church, where masses were said for the peace of the departed soul, there was a large congregation of friends, who were there to testify by their silent presence the warmth of their admiration for a good Christian gone to rest. All hearts were filled with the sadness of final parting and the services were most impressive. The Catholic Knights of America attended in a body. The pallbearers were M. C. Wright, E. A. Smith, Claude Winter, Charles Wenger, Hal Aisthorpe, James Galligan, M. J. Sheehan, John A. Haynes, H. Bloms, and Phil C. Barclay.
the services at the church the procession marched to the Illinois Central
station and the remains were taken this afternoon to Rockford, Ill.,
accompanied by Miss Annie Stuart and Mrs. Elizabeth M. Styles,
sisters of the decedent, and James LaHue, his brother-in-law.
Interment will be made in the cemetery there beside the grave of his mother.
(James H. Balance married Giney A. Whitaker on 26 Nov 1856, in
Johnson Co., Ill. James H.
Balance was 2nd lieutenant of Co. G, 120th
Illinois Infantry. He was 29,
when he enlisted on 13 Aug 1862, at Reynoldsburg and was a native of Simpson
Co., Ky. He resigned 25 Feb
The funeral of Dr. William Wood, who died Saturday at his home in the drainage district, as the result of a fall, following a long period of feeble health, was held today at his late residence, the services being conducted by the Rev. Dr. W. Sanford Gee. Carriages conveyed those who attended to Villa Ridge cemetery where the remains were interred.
Dr. William Wood was one of the notable figures in Alexander County’s history and as such a short sketch of his life will be interesting to the public. He was born on the 8th day of February, 1822, in Bethlehem, N.H. He is the oldest of a family of three children of David Wood and Abagail Hosmer. The father was of English birth, and the mother a relative of the famous sculptor (Hosmer) of Massachusetts and also of Lieut. Abner Hosmer, who, as history tells us, was the first to sacrifice his life in the cause of American independence being killed in the Battle of Lexington, Mass.
William Wood, on arriving at manhood, decided to learn the blacksmith
trade, having two objects in view, namely physical development, but more
especially that he might obtain the means with which to defray the expense
of a course in college for which he was preparing. He afterward became
a student in the Burlington College, where he continued his studies one
year. Later he entered the Dartmouth College, where he graduated in
the year 1850. He then entered the Castleton Medical College of
Vermont, and received the degree conferred by that institution in 1852. In
the fall of the same year he came to Cairo. He was married at Cairo on
the 3d of April, 1863, to Miss Ann E. Spiller, daughter of W. H.
Spiller, one of the pioneers of Southern Illinois, who died in Cairo in
A sad accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Bridge Junction, in which Everett Maynard, aged 17 years, was seriously and more than likely fatally injured.
The boy with others was amusing himself by jumping on and off of running trains, and fell off, receiving frightful injures. He was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary where Dr. G. H. McNemer attended him, finding that the frontal part of the skull was crushed and the back portion fractured. His thigh was also completely crushed. Today he was resting easier, but he is still unconscious and the chances for his recovery are extremely doubtful.
The injured boy resides with his uncle, T. B. Carr, in Future City, and has been employed at the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company.
Apropos of the subject, it may be well for parents of boys living in the
upper portion of the city to ascertain how they spend their time on Sunday
afternoon. It is reported that a large crowd of boys congregate near
the bridge approach every Sunday and jump on and off the cars, sometimes
riding across the bridge. The danger of such proceedings is obvious
and a warning in time may save lives.
Judge J. P. Robarts came down from Chicago last night where he has been holding court to arrange for the interment of the remains of his late servant, Oliver Hinton, who died suddenly of heart disease Monday at midnight. Oliver was aged about 49 years and had served the Robarts family for eight years as coachman and general factotum. He was a familiar figure here and was known and respected by everyone, being one of the best representatives of his race in this city. Oliver had been in poor health for several months and the kindhearted judge and his most estimable wife gave him one of the most comfortable rooms in their home, the judge vacating his own library so that the sick man might have a room on the first floor of the house. They also provided the best medical attention and careful nursing for him, permitting his mother to come and remain in the home to care for her son.
funeral services were held this afternoon at St. Michael’s Church, the
friends of the decedent assembling at the residence of Judge Robarts
and escorting the remains to the church. A special train conveyed the
funeral party to Villa Ridge where interment was made. Judge
Robarts will return tonight to Chicago to hold court.
(Henry F. Bussey married Mary Olive Fowler in December 1878 in
Randolph Co., Ill. A marker in
Anna City Cemetery reads: Henry
F. Bussey 1852-1910. Mary
Olive Bussey his wife 1852-1902.—Darrel Dexter)
Calvin Mowery married Bertha Marie King on 25 Apr 1901, in
Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Elijah Sitton married Mary R. Brown on 1 Dec 1889, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Lou wife of Henry Stehr Born March 22, 1871 Died April 16,
Monday 21 Apr 1902:
A blackened misshapen wreck lying on the Kentucky shore 18 miles above this city, is all that is left today of the handsome steamer City of Pittsburg. Within its ruins, still too hot to search, are entombed the bodies of many passengers and members of the crew who were caught like rats in a trap and literally roasted alive, though the dense smoke may have suffocated many and relieved them of any suffering. Beneath the swift, cold waters of the Ohio, scores are lying and it may be days and possibly not until the resurrection when all are known who were on the ill-fated steamer when she perished in the flames.
Coming down the river under a full head of steam and with 150 souls on board and a fine trip of freight, the steamer was discovered to be on fire at 4:05 o’clock Sunday morning. Almost instantly the entire forward end of the steamer was ablaze. The pilot headed her directly into the bank and with her nose imbedded in the sand, the stern swung around until she lay almost at right angles with the stream. The flames drove all the passengers aft and of course farthest from the shore.
The boat was 287 feet long, and the passengers and crew who escaped by jumping into the river had fully 200 feet to swim to reach the shore directly opposite. The current is quite swift there and the big steamer created an eddy below into which many of the unfortunates were carried. This accounts for the dreadful loss of life, which amounts to at least 64. The water was very cold and the frightened passengers, rushing from their warm beds with scanty clothing and plunging without life preservers into the cold steam perished.
The accident could scarcely have occurred in a worse place or in a worse manner. The boat was loaded with 1,600 bales of hay, which fed the flames and added to the horror. Where the boat was beached is three miles above Caledonia, which is a mile from Olmsted, the nearest telegraph station. The current is very swift and persons in skiffs going from Caledonia to the scene of the disaster spent more than an hour in making the trip. An appeal was made to Paducah for help, but the New South had passed that point and could not be communicated with. The Dick Fowler was disabled and could not go and not a tug could be dispatched. No appeal was made to Cairo for help until afternoon and in the meantime the towboat Maud Kilgore, which happened to be passing, took the wretched passengers down to this city. This was ten hours after the boat had been entirely destroyed.
the meantime the passengers and crew were strung along the bank, some with
nothing but a single garment on, hatless, barefooted, in a dazed way waiting
for help that was so tardy in arriving. When the Citizen
representatives arrived at the scene all was quiet. Mothers who had
lost their children made no outcry and talked without emotion of their
losses. They were too exhausted to be grief stricken. Cold and
hungry they suffered agonies until relief came.
passengers scattered so quickly that it was impossible to get all the names.
Some departed from Mound City and some from Cairo.
crew all went to their homes over the Big Four this morning.
missing crew are:
following also were lost, names unknown.
following are among the passengers missing:
Mrs. J. H. Mulkey, who was one of the passengers, related her experiences to The Citizen as follows:
“I got on the boat at Metropolis at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, having received a message from Dr. J. H. Davis of Cairo, that my daughter, Mrs. Passow, of Texas, who is visiting there, was very ill. All the passengers were asleep when I went aboard and I at once went to my stateroom and laid down in the berth with my clothing on. It must have been an hour or more when I noticed a bright light shining into my stateroom and I immediately got up and opened the door and saw that the front cabin was on fire. At this moment the electric lights went out and I went back into the stateroom and got a life preserver and put it on. I managed to grope my way by the flickering lights of the flames to a door opposite. I opened it and saw that it was the barbershop and then groped my way further down to another door, which opened fortunately out onto the guards. But few passengers were aroused at this time and I with others climbed out over the guards and down the railings head over hand, over the lifeboat, which was right below me. I hung suspended by my arms for a while and was caught by a man who was seated in the boat. By this time others crowded into the boat and filled it to overflowing, but as if providential the flames reached the ropes that held the lifeboat and we dropped into the river before others could push their way into the boat. We would have all been drowned if others had pushed into the boat. The lifeboat commenced to drift back toward the burning steamer and we thought we were to die after all, for we had no oars to steer the boat and the men used their arms as oars. There were people in the river all about us on every side. After we had managed to get to the shore, fires were lighted and the poor men, women, and children, many of them in their night dresses shivering with the cold from their wet clothing, huddled about the fires. Many of them had lost those nearest and dearest to them and their cries and moans were heart rendering. Some were burned, but more were badly bruised and cut from coming in contact with the wreckage. O! It was a horrible experience and one I shall never forget. People clung to shutters, gates and anything they could find to float on to shore and only a few succeeded. A physician, who with his wife was among the passengers, managed to quiet the sufferings of some by administering morphine pills of which he had a small quantity.”
HEART RENDING STORIES
Passengers Saw Their Dear Ones Go Down to Death.
Capt. Doss, who was drowned, was an old river pilot. He was making the trip for pleasure with his son, Pilot Harry Doss, and when his body was found a mile or so below the wreck he had on all is clothing and a life preserver. It is believed he died from the shock.
H. F. Gardner, of Tobinsport, Ind., was one of the passengers. He relates his experience as follows: “About 4 o’clock I was awakened by the electric bells and the screams of the passengers. My stateroom was half way back. I put on a life preserver and my clothes and went out and jumped overboard. I was almost caught under the wheel and saw one man who was carried under the boat by the swift current. I was badly bruised about the limbs, but am a good swimmer and managed to get ashore.”
The case of Mrs. Sherman McCullum is most pitiful. With her three children she was going to Caruthersville, Mo., to join her husband. She jumped overboard and landed in the yawl, but her three children were not so fortunate, for they landed in the water and she saw them sink from sight. She is nearly frantic with grief. The youngest of the little ones was recovered opposite Mound City and its remains were identified by the poor mother.
sad circumstance was the loss of one of the children of Pilot Al
Pritchard. The little one was tossed from the burning steamer into
arms waiting to catch it in the yawl, but its head struck against the side
of the boat and it fell into the river and was lost. The mother is
nearly wild with grief.
One of the surviving members of the crews, L. E. McGowen, gave this account:
“The fire was
discovered at 4:05 o’clock in the forward hold. By 4:15 the entire
boat was in flames and at 4:30 the whole boat was a wreck. The front
stairways burned cutting off any avenue of escape. We alarmed the
sleeping passengers bursting open the doors to awaken them. They ran
out without putting on life preservers and crowded aft. The officers
held them back while the one yawl was loaded with women and children.
The scene was awful. About 20 or 30 were taken off in the boat and
then those in the water were rescued. The water was very cold and the
passengers were in their night clothing. Those who were not burned up
on the boat drowned in the cold water, all except those who were able to
swim. I was one of those. When we reached shore we were unable
to stand and had to be helped out of the water. It seemed as though we
were crazed by fright for we were screaming with fright even after we were
Capt. Phillips says the fire caught in the hold. The night watchman claims to have been in the hold five or ten minutes before the fire was discovered. The pilot headed the steamer directly into bank and the sharp bow stuck in the mud the boat lying quartering with the bank. When The Citizen’s representatives reached the scene at 1:15 the wreck was still smouldering and was too hot to permit the search for bodies to be made. Capt. Phillips and Capt. Scott were asleep at the time the fire broke out, and when they were aroused the flames were coming up through the cabin floor. The cabin was then empty of passengers who had either gotten outside or were suffocated in their berths. Capt. Scott says there were 65 passengers aboard aside from possibly 5 or 6 babies. There were about as many men in the cabin as women. The crew numbered about 75, making in all about 150 souls aboard.
HOW HE ESCAPED.
Third Clerk Ben Bridges Saves His Sister and Her Friend.
Ben Bridges, of Louisville, Ky., one of the clerks, relates his experience as follows: “I was asleep at the time the fire broke out, having retired at 2 o’clock. I was awakened by the screaming of the frightened passengers and rushing into the cabin, found people hurrying to and fro. My sister, Miss Margaret Bridges, and her friend, Miss Jennie Bissicks, of Lexington, Ky., were making the trip with me. I hastily aroused them and told them to put on life preservers as I had done. Then we went down on the lower deck and taking hold hands we waited until the water below us was clear of wreckage and struggling people and we jumped into the stream altogether. One young lady was on each side of me and they had hold of my arms so I could only paddle with my feet. The girls were very much frightened and alternately cried and prayed, but I finally quieted them. We floated down fully a mile and at last I caught a hold of a willow growing at the edge of the water and we pulled ourselves ashore. The girls quickly climbed out on the bank, but when I attempted to get out I found I was almost helpless. I tried to stand on my feet, but I fell over and I thought I would be lost. The girls helped me ashore and went after some of the men from the boat who carried me to a house nearby.”
Probably the Cause of the Fire, Says Capt. Phillips.
Mrs. Coopersmith, a stout woman weighing 225 pounds, is among the missing. She went aboard the boat at Cincinnati bound for Memphis. Mr. Leach, an aged man over eighty years, was lost. Hs intention was to leave the boat at Cairo and take a train to LaSalle, Ill., where his son resides.
Capt. J. M. Phillips, master of the boat, cannot give any explanation of the cause of the fire. He states that the only way he can account for it is that an electric light wire may have been grounded or the insulation may have been cut on a wire. However, the wires had all been inspected a day or two previous and were all right. Capt. Phillips floated on a feed trough to land. He attributes his survival to the aid of the trough, as his limbs became cramped and he could not swim. Capt. Dana Scott, chief clerk, states that all the crew who were lost were good swimmers and fine specimens of physical manhood. He cannot account for their loss. The flames burst so quickly that they had no chance for life.
Second Mate James
Criss is at Grand Chain looking after the recovery of bodies.
The people of the
surrounding country rendered what little assistance they could. At
Caledonia, three miles below, the flames could be plainly seen and the
shouts of the passengers heard and the people went out in the skiffs to the
wreck. They assisted in saving the passengers. A little gasoline
boat happened along and took on board those that were injured. Among
these were Mrs. Charles E. Leach, of Bridgeport, Ohio, who was burned
about the arms, Mrs. Ellen Fennimore, of Arbuckle, W. Va., who was
burned about the hands and face, and Mrs. Fannie McCullum, of
Leavenworth, Ind., who was burned about the breast. The people on this
boat served coffee as long as it lasted and this was all the people had in
the way of nourishment from 7 o’clock last evening until the Kilgore
arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon.
Misses Margaret Bridgers, of Louisville, Ky., and Jennie Bissicke, of Lexington, Ky., who, with Clerk Bridges, brother of the former, survived, told a graphic story of their horrible experience. They were en route to Memphis on a pleasure trip. Their story is as follows.
We were awakened by cries of distress and thought that the roustabuts were fighting. We were afraid to leave the stateroom to see what was the matter and at this time we heard my brother’s voice calling to us to come out. We put on life preservers and all three of us jumped into the river. It was just daylight and we floated down the river nearly a mile, we girls clinging to Mr. Bridges. We could not swim, but managed to float. It was a fight for life. At last we got to land, all three in a state of frantic fright. A cabin boy helped us on to land and we walked half a mile in our nightgowns to the fires that had been started on the shore. Our bare feet were cut by briers and stones and we were completely exhausted with the shock and the awful scenes we had witnessed. A barrel of beer and one of ale were washed ashore and everyone partook of it. It stimulated us and gave us strength to bear out uncomfortable state. We tore canvass from out life preservers and bound our wounded feet.” The young ladies left this morning for Louisville. Kind people in Cairo have them clothing. Miss Bissicks saved her purse and contents, but the others lost all.
Mr. and Mrs. Archer Allen, of Pittsburg, Pa., were taken from the relief steamer Kilgore and brought to the Halliday Hotel here. They are heartbroken over the loss of their only child and are suffering from wounds contracted by pieces of the wreckage striking them. Mr. Allen is cut about the head and hand and his wife is exhausted, having just recently recovered from a serious illness. Their condition is most pitiable.
Mr. A. F. Tassim, Memphis, arrived today after the remains of his sister, which will be shipped to her home at Cannelton, Ind., tonight.
Mrs. Fennimore, of Arbuckle, W.
Va., who was badly burned, is at St. Mary’s Infirmary, and is reported to be
doing fairly well. Her daughter
is with her.
The testimony of Capt. John M. Phillips before the jury summoned by Coroner James McManus was as follows:
disaster to the steamer City of Pittsburg occurred about three miles
above Turner’s Landing on the Kentucky shore at about 4:10 a.m. April 20,
1902. The boat caught fire in the forward hatch in the hole on the
starboard side. I cannot account for the origin, except that it was an
electric wire due to no one’s negligence. The pilot, Harry Doss,
was at the wheel and did his duty beyond question. The chief engineer,
Clayton Crawford, and captain of the watch, Lege Terry
(colored) turned on the hose but to no avail. Inside of two minutes
the boat was on fire and all on board were in serious danger. Between
40 and 50 lives were lost. My home is in Pittsburg. The boat is
owned by A. L. Brahm and Capt. John M. Phillips, of Pittsburg,
and Dana Scott of Zanesville, Ohio, and George Wallace, of
McConnelsville and Charles Beckwith of Malta, Ohio. I was in
command of the vessel.
Chief Clerk Dana Scott and Oliver D. Phillips, second clerk, corroborated the testimony of Capt. Phillips.
The coroner’s jury found that Capt. Wesley Doss came to his death from over exertion and exhaustion in swimming from the burning steamer, and that Miss Marie Tassim’s death was caused by inhaling flame and smoke. The verdict of the jury concluded with this language: “We further find that the crew of said steamer City of Pittsburg are not responsible and therefore exonerate them from all blame.”
The jury was composed of Robert A. Hewitt, Charles P. Powers, H. B. Davison, Dennis Coleman, Hugh Cooper and C. F. Johnson.
examination of Miss Tassim’s body showed that it contained no water.
This, and the fact that the body was floating immediately after the accident
led to the belief that she did not drown, but died from the causes given.
One of the saddest experiences of the survivors was that of Mrs. Sherman McCullum, of Leavenworth, Ind., who lost her three children aged 6, 8 and 11 years. The body of a child was found floating in the river at Mound City yesterday afternoon and Mrs. McCullum was taken off the steamer Kilgore at Mound City to view the remains. The poor woman, weak and exhausted from grief shocks and her injuries, looked on the face of the little one and her heart rendering cries of “My baby! My baby!” made even men weep. Mrs. McCollum was on her way to Caruthersville, Mo., to join her husband who lately started to farm there. When the mother and her children were awakened by cries of fire, they all ran to the guards and jumped for one of the yawls. The mother struck the boat, but her children missed it and sank from her sight. W. R. Rodman, and family, kind people at Mound City, sent a message to her husband and gave her shelter, clothes and food.
Dr. W. J. Whiteaker and wife, from Olmsted, were early at the scene and assisted the suffering passengers.
The Pittsburg had a good trip of both freight and passengers.
Wesley Neeley, a fisherman, rescued two passengers from off the wheelhouse, a man and a woman. The latter clung to the blazing boat until her hands were burned. Her body was submerged in the water and that saved her from greater injury.
Maude Kilgore brought the passengers down to this city last evening
arriving at 6 o’clock. They were without money and without clothing.
Kindhearted people at once ministered to their wants.
(Edmond S. Dewey married Mary A. Lytle on 25 Nov 1890, in St.
Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Six bodies were recovered at the wreck of the City of Pittsburg, this forenoon. One was that of Patrick Burke. Another was the remains of a woman, charred beyond recognition. Four were bodies of colored deck hands. The body of the woman was found inside the wreck. All of the others were recovered about 150 feet below and were brought to the surface when the river was dragged at that point. Two bodies were brought up at one time.
The remains of Mr. Burke were brought down on the Fowler this afternoon and taken to Feith’s undertaking establishment. Accompanying them was Michael Burke, of Liona, Ky., brother of the dead man. He will remain here several days in search of the bodies of Mrs. Burke, the six Burke children, the Sweeney child and Leslie Carter. The latter was a young man of 20, and of slight build. He was reported in the published lists of the missing as one of the Burke children. His home was at Whitesville, Ky.
John Phillips, of Louisville, colored, was the one found at the wreck yesterday. So far eleven bodies have been recovered.
Glen Bowman, of Portsmouth, Ohio, for whom Frank Adams has been making inquiry, is described as slender, 22 years of age. He had a band ring on his left hand with inscription “Martha to Glenn.”
Mr. R. C. McCoy, of New Castle, Pa., arrived today to recover, if possible, the remains of the Blackwell family, who were lost in the steamboat disaster of last Sunday. McCoy’s wife is a sister of the late Mrs. Blackwell.
Frank Cassiday, the local agent of the steamboat, reports that the
company is doing everything in its power to assist in recovering bodies of
the missing. At all points between Cairo and Memphis parties have been
appointed to watch the shores and in case of finding bodies to report
immediately to this office. Capt. Dana Scott, chief clerk, will
remain here as long as there is any chance of bodies being found.
(Charles H. Clifton married Della Kennedy on 9 Jul 1899, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The many friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Vita Mulkey Passow of this city, will be shocked to learn of her death, which occurred at 2 o’clock this morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary after a week’s illness of congestion of the stomach.
Mrs. Passow came to Cairo about ten days ago to visit her cousin, Mrs. J. H. Davis, and was taken ill soon afterward. She was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary for treatment although her condition was not considered serious until last Friday. Her mother, Mrs. J. C. Mulkey, of Metropolis, was notified and as the readers of The Citizen are aware, was on her way here on the steamer City of Pittsburg, which was burned last Sunday morning. She barely escaped with her life and was brought down from Olmsted to the bedside of her daughter after passing through that terrible experience. The sympathy of her friends for her in her bereavement is doubly great under the circumstances.
Mrs. Passow’s husband, Mr. Edwin Passow, has been notified of her death. He did not know of her illness, consequently had made no preparation to come and as he is out of Sangelo, Tex., on a ranch fifty miles from a railroad, there is no doubt of his arriving in time for the funeral.
The remains were removed this morning to the residence of Dr. J. H. Davis on Fifth Street and will be taken this afternoon on the steamer Dick Fowler to Metropolis, the old home of the decedent, for interment. Mr. and Mrs. Passow were about to locate there.
Mrs. Passow was about 25 years of age. She was married about two years ago under romantic circumstances. She was a bright, vivacious nature and readily made friends. Her frequent visits here had given her a wide acquaintance among Cairo people who will deplore her untimely death.
Mr. James C. Clarke died this morning at 5:45 o’clock at his late residence. 723 Twenty-first Street, after a long illness of Bright’s disease and kindred ailments. The decedent was 64 years of age and had been a resident of Cairo for many years, having been employed as ship carpenter for the Mobile and Ohio transfer boats.
He was a man of exemplary character, or retiring disposition, devoted to his family and highly regarded by all who knew him. In his death his family has sustained a severe bereavement that will call forth the deep sympathy of all their friends.
The surviving members of Mr. Clarke’s family are his wife and three sons, Will, of Houston, Tex., Hal P., of Cairo, and Paul, of Chicago. The two latter young men had been at the bedside of their father during his last illness.
Clarke was a member of the Knights of Honor, which lodge will have
charge of the funeral, which will be held Sunday at the residence.
One body found was the result of today’s search in the wreck of the burned steamer City of Pittsburg. It was burned badly, but clerk Dana Scott reported it to be the remains of a young woman, judging from the hair. It is presumed to be the remains of Mrs. Clay Breze, of Uniontown, Ky., who, with her husband and two sons, was lost.
The wind being very strong made the water so rough that the work of dragging for bodies was attempted with considerable difficulty. The river has fallen six feet since the disaster.
Success rewarded the efforts of the party at work searching for bodies at
the wreck of the steamer City of Pittsburg yesterday. When the
tug Theseus returned with them last evening, it was learned that
nineteen bodies had been recovered during the day, including the six
reported by the Fowler. The nineteen were:
Evans was a deck passenger and was not registered. His name has not appeared heretofore in any list of the missing. He was a bookbinder by trade and a member of the union. Thomas Smith was one of the striker pilots. His father, Moses Smith, who has been here for several days looking for the body, left for Memphis with the remains last night. The last message the boy had from his mother was to be careful in case of fire. It was in a letter that Mr. Smith wrote to his son, and the mother wrote the warning at the top of the letter. The letter was found in the boy’s pocket, and was shown to The Citizen representative last evening by the sorrowing father. The mother seemed to have a premonition of the coming disaster.
Leslie Carter was with the Burke family, intending to go to Owensboro, Ky.
Fred Jones was one of the strikers or assistant engineers
Glenn Bowman was the Pythian for whom Frank Adams was making a search. On his person was found $61 and his gold watch among other personal effects.
The charred body was the only one found inside the wreck. All of the rest were found in the river and were recovered with drag hooks. The river was dragged for a distance of 600 to 700 feet below the wreck and for a distance of 250 feet from the shores.
It has been demonstrated that divers can accomplish little at the wreck, and their services were dispensed with today. Search will be instituted in the wreck after the water has fallen.
The reason so many were drowned is accounted for from the fact that they stopped to get their clothing after they were apprised of their danger of those who were saved, many of them had on nothing but their night clothing. Very many of the bodies recovered yesterday were clothed completely or partially.
Work was resumed this morning, the intention being to drag again the same portion of the river where so many were found.
Postmaster Sydney Miller received a letter yesterday from W. A. Thayer, of Minoka, Ill., making inquiry concerning John Leach, an old gentleman, aged 80 years, who left Louisville on a steamboat last Friday bound for Cairo, thence to Minoka, to visit his daughter. Mr. Leach was a passenger on the City of Pittsburg and was among those lost. His body has not yet been recovered. Mr. Miller today notified the parties interested of the facts.
inquiry concerning James Evans, one of the missing, was received
today by Chief of Police Mahoney from a Mrs. Francisco.
The remains of Evans were found yesterday.
Saturday, 26 Apr 1902:
Three bodies had been recovered today when the Fowler passed the wreck of the City of Pittsburg. These were placed aboard and brought down to this city this afternoon. They were the remains of one of the Burke children, a boy nearly grown, the body of E. L. Blackwell, of Boyle, Miss., and the remains of a young man named Ed Jones, whose home could not be learned this afternoon, and whose name has not heretofore been published as one of the missing. This makes 29 bodies so far that have been recovered. All of these met death by drowning, and their bodies were found a short distance below the place where so many were found Thursday.
A reward of $200 has been offered for the recovery of the remains of L. L. Hunter and L. B. Magill, the Pittsburg lumbermen, who were passengers on the steamer.
The searchers at the wreck of the City of Pittsburg late yesterday afternoon recovered the body of a negro, who was identified as one of the crew of the boat.
The party left the scene of the wreck at 5 o’clock with the wind blowing a perfect gale. The little tug, Theseus, almost stood on end time and again as the blasts of the wind struck her. Most of those on board decided that they did not care to risk the trip and accordingly the tug took them across the river and they disembarked and walked three miles to Olmsted where they took the Big Four train arriving here at 7:45 o’clock. A few of the more daring passenger graved the elements and came down on the tug arriving here about the same time the train did.
late arrival of the tug caused considerable uneasiness here, but those who
knew the staunch qualities of the little vessel that make of it a safe
sea-going craft, felt sure of its safe arrival in port.
The body of J. T. Evans was shipped by M. E. Feith, the undertaker, this afternoon to Jeffersonville, Ind., where the decedent’s wife and child reside. The remains of Fred Jones, the striker engineer, were sent this morning to Newport, Ky. via the Big Four railroad.
J. M. Phillips and his son, O. D. Phillips, second clerk of
the ill-fated steamer, who were called to Cincinnati on business connected
with the adjustment of the insurance Wednesday, returned today and will
remain here until all probabilities of finding bodies in or near the wreck
are exhausted. Capt. Phillips when asked about the insurance
stated that the loss had been adjusted, but declined to give the amount of
The body of Mrs. Emil Kupferschmidt, of Cincinnati, was found in the smoldering wreck of the steamer City of Pittsburg this morning and was in a horrible condition, the entire side and upper lip being burned off. There was no clothing on the body and the only means of identification was a heavy twisted gold ring on the finger. The brother of the decedent was present when the body was found. The remains were brought down on the Fowler and taken to Feith’s undertaking establishment where it will be prepared to send to Cincinnati, the late home of the decedent.
Late Saturday afternoon four bodies were found near the wreck of the City of Pittsburg, they were John Botts, a white cook, a negro chambermaid, an roustabout, and a cabin boy.
Three bodies were found yesterday; one was that of Joseph Redding, striker engineer of the board, and two negroes, a roustabout and a fireman. At Mound City a floater was found, a woman who is presumed to have been a deck passenger or a chambermaid.
After another long hard day’s work of fruitless effort to find the bodies of their relatives and friends, the members of the searching party held a meeting last night in the writing room of the Halliday.
Some of them seemed to think that further search would be useless and that the better plan would be to offer rewards for the finding of bodies, believing that most of the bodies have been washed down the river. The majority, however were in favor of continuing the search today and tomorrow and arrangement were made accordingly. It was decided to have men with skiffs patrol the Kentucky shore from Cairo to the scene of the wreck in the hope that the high crosswinds of the past several days may have washed bodies over in that direction. This morning the entire party with the exception of Judge and Mrs. S. S. Savage, who left for Salem today, and Mrs. Kupferschmidt of Memphis, left at 7 o’clock on the tug Theseus for the wreck and men with skiffs were placed at several points along the Kentucky shore.
estimated that over 2,000 people went to the scene of the wreck of the
steamer City of Pittsburg yesterday on excursions. Lunch stands
were kept going in full blast and the affair was turned into a picnic, the
thought to which is disgusting to people of less morbid minds.
(Henry C. Fearnside married Rydal M. Crain on 13 Sep 1885, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
4:00 p.m.—Word from Norfolk is to the effect that the body of Barlow Dow has recovered floating in the river. The tug went after it.
The body of William Bollinger, first steward, was found this morning floating in the river at Turner’s Landing. Charred parts of two bodies were found in the wreck within five feet of the rudder in the stern of the boat. They were minus heads and were completely unrecognizable.
Two floaters were found this morning, one the body of a white boy, probably 18 years of age, thought to be one of the Burke family; the other is that of a negro roustabout found below the Halliday.
It was decided last night at a meeting of the searching party held at the Halliday to secure the services of a diver to work in the upper part of the wreckage of the steamer City of Pittsburg. This was accordingly done today.
Unless otherwise agreed upon, today is the last day of the search in the wreck. If, however, the late afternoon’s work should result successfully, it is likely that the work will be continued. Otherwise it is the plan of the searchers to retune to their homes, appointing men to patrol the river between here and the wreck for a stated period.
Another of the tragedies of that dreadful night when nearly a hundred gave
up their lives in the awful Pittsburg disaster was revealed yesterday
when the wrecking party pulled away a potion of the boat and discovered the
body of a woman. Clad only in a night dress in that moment of terror
when each person aboard was seeking to escape the flames, she hung over the
side of the steamer, near the wheel house on the starboard side, until the
flames reached her body and burned her head and arms to a crisp. That
part of her body that was immersed in the water was unhurt, and a twisted
gold ring upon her finer revealed her identity. She was Mrs. Emil
Kupferschmidt, of Cincinnati. Mrs. Kupferschmidt was known
to have a large sum of money with her, with which she was going to Memphis
to purchase real estate. She also had $1,500 worth of jewels,
including a fine gold watch and diamonds and it may be that yielding to the
impulse to save her property, she sacrificed her life.
Judge S. S. Savage, of Ashland, Ky., has offered a reward for the recovery of the body of his father-in-law, Mr. Harlow Dow. He was 74 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches in height, and weighed about 150 pounds; had false upper and lower teeth with gold plates; had very high forehead with several moles on same; bald head with fringe of gray hair at base of head; full gray beard. If the body is found, parties should communicate with Mayor M. C. Wright of this city.
The valise of Capt. Sylvester Doss has been found near where his body was recovered. It contained the manuscript of the book he was engaged in writing on the subject of Western River Steamers, and the unfortunate man was evidently trying to save the results of months or perhaps years of labor when he lost his life. The manuscript of paper and written words if here; the man who wrote it is gone. Such is the frailty of life.
Mrs. Lester Leach, of Francisville, Ind., is here and joined the searching party yesterday. He is looking for the remains of his aged father, John Leach. Among the valuables, Mr. Leach had with him on the trip were a silver Elgin watch and $200 in money.
As a means of identification in case of the finding of the body of Mrs. T. H. Adams, the information is given that the decedent wore a plain fold wedding ring with the name “Tom” engraved therein.
message was received yesterday from Jeffersonville, Ind., making inquiry
about Joseph Strange, a negro, one of the crew of the Pittsburg.
His number 56,044 as registered at the New England Seamen’s registration
office, was given and it developed that the remains of Strange were
found last week and buried near the scene of the wreck. A board
containing his registry number was placed at the head of the grave, his
remains being unidentified. His relatives want the remains sent home.
(Bernard Free married Anna J. Edwards on 6 Dec 1885, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
survived and his marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:
Otis F. Lingle Born Feb. 24, 1884 Died April 22, 1969.—Darrel
As the result of a terrible accident at Mounds yesterday afternoon, W. E. Hicks, a car repairer for the Illinois Central railroad, lost his life and Fred. A. Krause, foreman of the repairing department, was so seriously injured internally that his recovery is deemed impossible.
About 4 o’clock both men were engaged in repairing car couplings. A train of freight cars was standing on the track. In two places the drawbars of the couplers were broken and chains had been used to hold the cars together. It was the purpose of the two men to take up the slack in these chains and they had sent for an engine to separate the cars. The engine had pulled up and the men immediately jumped in between the cars to fix one of the chains, but the rebound of the cars, although the work of the engineer was carefully done, caused the slack in the chain nearest the engine to run the cars together at the point, where the repairers were at work and the unfortunate men were caught between the cars, Hicks’ head being crushed and Krauss receiving internal injuries through the chest and abdomen.
Hicks’ death occurred almost instantaneously and his body was brought to Cairo to Feith’s undertaking establishment. This morning his father, J. S. Hicks, of Dixon, Tenn. arrived and took the remains home this afternoon. The dead man was young and unmarried. His terrible death is deeply deplored by all his fellow laborers.
was brought to St. Mary’s Infirmary where Drs. Bondurant and
Grinstead, the railroad company’s physicians, are attending him.
He is married and resides in this city at 220 Nineteenth Street.
The death of Mrs. William Hazen, which occurred this afternoon about 3:30 o’clock at her late residence, 227 Eighteenth Street, will be a great shock to her friends, few of whom knew of her illness, which was but of two or three days’ duration.
She was taken ill with a severe cold and was not regarded as in a serious condition. The decedent had not been in good health since the death of her husband, which occurred less than a year ago and her death is attributed to nervous prostration caused by grief.
decedent had no children. Due notice of the funeral will be given.
Seven bodies of victims of the steamer City of Pittsburg disaster were recovered this morning at points along the river as follows:
Clay Breeze, of Uniontown, Ky., found at O’Brien’s Landing.
Woman found at Cache Island, supposed to be Mrs. Burke or Mrs. Blackwell.
Child found at America Landing, three miles above Mound City, supposed to be child of Pilot Al Pritchard.
One middle-aged man, thought to be L. L. Hunter or L. B. Magill, of Tidioute, Pa., and two older ones; one may be Harlow Dow, of Ashland, Ky., also a boy thought to be Linton Allen, of Pittsburg, all found at Columbus, Ky.
The body of an aged man found at Columbus, Ky., last evening supposed to be John Leach, was buried there by Mr. Charles Davis, of Jamestown, Ohio, who has been here looking for the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Adams
This afternoon, Capt. Dana Scott, Dr. Magill of Pittsburg, Mr. L. C. Porterfield, of Grandin, Mo., went on the tug to Belmont, to examine the four bodies found there, one of which is supposed to be Dr. Magill’s brother.
The body of Otto Sweeney, aged nine years, was buried at Villa Ridge cemetery today, after the usual formality of a coroner’s inquest.
fact of so many bodies rising to the surface of the water is accounted for
by the concussion resulting from severe thunderstorms of the last few days.
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Charlotte E. Hazen Died April 30, 1902 Aged 64 Yrs., 6 Mos., &
18 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The report received here yesterday from Columbus, Ky., to the effect that four bodies of victims of the City of Pittsburg disaster were found there yesterday proved to be incorrect.
One body, that of a boy, was found and from a ring on a finger has been identified by Capt. Dana Scott as the remains of Linton Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archer Allen, of Pittsburg. The remains were interred on the riverbank there and the parents were notified.
Capt. Phillips received a message this afternoon from Mr. Allen stating that the description sent is that of their son and requesting him to ship the remains to Corry, Pa., where interment will be made. The remains will be brought to his city and prepared for shipment at Feith’s undertaking establishment.
The Cairo acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. Allen will be glad to know that they are at least to have the consolation of knowing their son’s last resisting place.
body found at Cache Island yesterday has been identified as that of Fannie
(William E. Edmunds married Elizabeth Taylor on 29 Aug 1866,
in Marion Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William O’Callahan married Jennie McCabe on 12 Nov 1888, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Linton Allen, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Archer Allen, of Pittsburg, were shipped today to that city. Some delay was occasioned in shipment because parties at Columbus, Ky., who had found the body, demanded the sum of $30, which was financed by the Halliday Hotel Company.
The remains of John Leach, another of the steamboat disaster, was taken today to Francesville, Ind., his home, by his son, L. A. Leach.
body of a negro was found in the river at Mound City yesterday. The
body of the young girl found Saturday has been positively identified as one
of the Sweney family.
may be J. W. Durham, who married Mary E. Smith on 26 May 1878,
in Pulaski Co., Ill. One marker
in Sims Cemetery reads: James W.
Durham Died May 6, 1902 Aged 62 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 12 Days.
Co. G 11th Ill. Inf.
A loved one is gone from our circle.
On earth we shall meet him no more.
He has gone to his home in heaven, And all his afflictions are
(There is a marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge that reads:
Blanche daughter of J. N. Pollack.—Darrel Dexter)
(Edward Schuler married Irene Gregson on 10 Nov 1886,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Carl Lockhart, of Pittsburg, died last evening about 6 o’clock at police headquarters from the result of an overdose of morphine taken for illness.
Early yesterday morning he was found asleep on Twelfth Street near Commercial Avenue and was taken by the police to headquarters where it was thought he was intoxicated. He was left to recover from the effects of his supposed libations and it was not until late in the afternoon when he commenced breathing heavily that the officers became alarmed and notified Health Officer Orr, who summoned Dr. W. F. Grinstead. After an examination of the patient, which resulted in the discovery that the pupils of his eyes were greatly contracted with other indications of narcotic effects, a large quantity of coffee and powerful heart stimulants were administered. The officers also vigorously exercised the man by walking him up and down the room until he had regained consciousness when he complained of feeling tired and was allowed to lie down. He died in less than a half hour.
Coroner McManus held an inquest and the jury rendered a verdict in
accordance with the facts. The remains were taken to Feith’s
undertaking establishment. Nothing of value was found on the body,
although the clothing was neat and of good quality. It is thought that
the decedent got off the Steamer Harry Brown here and that he was
employed on the boat as cook or cabin boy. He was between 22 and 25
Anna, Ill., May 11, 1902.—On April 7th, while on is way to Jonesboro, Eli Newsome was bitten on the nose, arm and leg by what was supposed to be a mad dog. At the same time a donkey belonging to Gottlieb Knauss was also bitten and several person narrowly escaped the fangs of the canine. About ten days ago Newsome was confined to his bed, the bites having become inflamed and thrown the patient into high fever. Day by day he grew worse and Drs. Hale, Martin, Bennett, Baker, Sanders, and Beattie, of Anna, and Drs. Lence, Nusbaum and Grear, of Jonesboro, were in consultation on the case, which they pronounced a typical case of hydrophobia. Saturday night death ended the sufferings of Mr. Newsome, who leaves a wife and several children in destitute circumstances. He was about 50 years of age and lived two miles south of Jonesboro in what is known as Flaughtown.
Newsom married Nancy A. Bugg on 19 Jul 1866, in Union Co.,
Ill. He married 2nd
Mrs. Sarah M. Hall on 11 Jul 1878, in Union Co., Ill.
He married Mary Malone on 6 Jun 1886, in Union Co.,
(Edward Piper is buried in Mound City National Cemetery at site E
4245S. He was in the army during
the Civil War and died 10 May 1902.—Darrel Dexter)
After a long search for the body of Mrs. T. H. Adams, in which her son, J. Q. Adams, and her nephew, Charles Davis, of Jamestown, Ohio, spent many long, wearisome days with the searching party, the remains were found yesterday in the wreckage of the Steamer City of Pittsburg, near where the wheelhouse was located, on the starboard side of the vessel by Diver Charles Hill.
The body was badly burned but was identified. The remains were buried on the shore near the wreck and the relatives have been notified.
thought that other bodies will be found in the wreckage as the work of
clearing away the debris proceeds.
Alto Pass, May 13.—John J. Keith, Sr., a wealthy farmer in this vicinity, died suddenly at 1:30 o’clock this morning from paralysis. He was apparently in good health. He made his will only yesterday in Jonesboro. He was laughing and joking with his wife when stricken.
J. Keith married Elizabeth Rendleman on 17 Mar 1864.
His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:
John J. Keith Died May 13, 1902 Aged 62 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 7
Whiskey and a bad disposition proved the undoing of James Carmody. They transformed him from a strong, healthy being to a prostrate form, lying upon a cot at St. Mary’s Infirmary in the agonies of death.
Carmoday recently returned from St. Louis, where he had been at work. He was very abusive to his wife, beating her shamefully. Her brother, Michael McElligott, could not stand it any longer and this afternoon took up the gage of battle. They first came together at Carmoday’s home, No. 310 Division Street. Several shots were fired in the house and then Carmody broke away and ran around the corner and into Stone Brothers grocery store, with McElligott after him. Here Carmoday was cornered and McElligott fired another shot. Carmody was all covered with blood and Chief Mahoney, who came along just then, separated the pair and took Carmoday to the infirmary. McElligott was later placed under arrest.
An examination of Carmoday’s wounds by Dr. Walsh showed that his injuries were likely to prove fatal. One shot penetrated his right lung and caused the air to escape through the aperture it made.
Another wound was found in his back, but whether from the shot passing clear through or not could not be told.
Father Diepenbrock was summoned to administer consolation to the dying man. Carmoday made a statement to him in which he exonerated McElliggott.
was at police headquarters, but was not desirous of talking of the affair.
He stated to The Citizen that what he did was to protect his sister,
but beyond that he would make no statement.
Chief Mahoney happened to be in the neighborhood at the time and reached the scene of the trouble just at the nick of time. The chief states that the two men were wrestling for possession of a pistol when he got there, and both had hold of it. Another pistol, McElliggott’s was empty, having evidently been emptied in Carmody’s house.
of Division Street was aroused by the fight, which occurred shortly after 1
o’clock. When the men rushed through Stone’s grocery store they
overturned some jars of jelly standing on the shelf, broke a pane of glass
with one of the bullets and greatly alarmed the young ladies in the store.
(James Carmody married Nora McElligott on 10 Jun 1896, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
James Carmoday, who was shot yesterday afternoon after a terrible fight by his brother-in-law, Michael McElligott, died this morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 5:35 o’clock.
Coroner McManus held an inquest this morning at 10:30 o’clock the following acting as jurors: P. J. Purcell, Adolph Kaufman, Charles Koehler, Edward Fitzgerald, W. J. Lawler, and Richard Jones. Mr. W. N. Butler was McElligott’s attorney. After viewing the remains at Feith’s undertaking establishment, the coroner and jury repaired to the city council chamber to deliberate on the case. Hearing the testimony of witnesses as to Carmoday’s cruel treatment of his wife in beating her and threatening her life, the verdict of justifiable homicide was rendered. Under the circumstances no other just conclusion could have been reached and the jury’s verdict was received with general approval.
The remains of the dead man were taken this afternoon to his late home, 310 Division Street, where his faithful wife who patiently took for many long weary months the abuse heaped upon her by her husband, now mourns over the inanimate form and torments herself with vain thought that she might have prevented his death. The poor woman, with the love that a true wife has for her husband, has forgotten his faults and thinks only of the days when he was reasonably good to her. She is to be pitied. Her experience comes to but few in this world.
Michael McElligott, her brother, upon whom the terrible deed was
thrust as her protector, is free today and there is none to say that his act
Died, Wednesday, May 14th, James Carmody.
Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at 8 o’clock a.m.,
Friday, May 16th, and the remains will be taken by special train
to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment. Train leaves foot of Eighteenth
Street at 9:30 a.m. Friends of family are invited to attend.
(Frederick L. Rice married Dora S. Gilmore on 29 Feb 1888, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Snider Hill Cemetery near Carbondale reads:
Patrick Leary Born March 16, 1834 Died Aug. 18,
1902. Another marker in the same
cemetery reads: Pat’k Leary
Died Aug. 18, 1902
Co. G, 9th Ill. Inf.
If the dates on the marker were correctly transcribed, then Patrick Leary
lived about three months after his death notice appeared in the Cairo
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. William M. Blelock, a former Cairo lady, which occurred suddenly at Bad Nauheim, Germany, Saturday, May 17th. Mrs. Blelock with her husband and Mrs. C. N. Hughes, had been traveling through Europe for some months past. She was in correspondence with Mrs. C. W. Henderson of this city, who was much shocked to hear of her death, as will be others of the decedent’s old friends in this city.
Blelock owned a bookstore here many years ago and was also proprietor
of numerous bookstores in cities between here and New Orleans. He
built the house at the northwest corner of Seventh and Walnut streets now
owned by Mrs. Laura Rittenhouse and the family resided there.
Ellery Roberts, an employee of the Illinois Central railroad at Mounds, narrowly escaped death under the wheels of a train yesterday afternoon at Bridge Junction. In jumping from the engine of a moving train he missed his footing, falling beneath the wheels, which crushed his entire left foot and the right foot at the ankle.
The injured man was brought to Cairo and taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary about 4 o’clock. Dr. J. Hurdus Oakley, who is attending the patients of Dr. Grinstead, the company’s physician, during the latter’s absence from the city, was called and found that amputation would be necessary. Accordingly the right foot was cut of above the ankle and the left one below the ankle. As the patient suffered severely from the shock and the loss of blood previous to his arrival at the hospital, the outcome of his injuries cannot at this time, be conjectured. Last night at midnight he suffered greatly from weakness occasioned by the loss of blood and Drs. Oakley and Ross were again summoned to administer stimulants.
is about 28 years of age and is a son of Capt. E. P. Roberts.
He is unmarried and lives at Beechwood.
(Charles Corzine married Alice Davault on 17 Sep 1893, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mound City, Ill., May 22.—Died, this morning, May 22, Mrs. Mary Stoltz, wife of the late George Stoltz, aged 67 years and 17 days. Deceased had been in bad health about five years and had been confined to her bed thirteen weeks. She was born in Strausburg, Germany, came with her parents to this county when but 15 years old, having lived in this city about fifty-two years. In her girlhood days she lived with the family of Gen. Rawlings, whose name is so intimately linked with the early history of this town. She married Mr. George Stoltz forty-eight years ago. Mr. Stoltz died ten years ago. He was for many years a prominent businessman here. The surviving members of the family are: a sister, Mrs. Shealer, of Cairo, five daughters and two sons: Mrs. John Johnson, of Chicago, Mrs. Fred Gerkin, of Hannibal, Mo., Mrs. W. C. Rennenberg, of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. George Betts, of Lafayette, Ind., Miss Lillian Stoltz, George Stoltz, of Hannibal, Mo., John W. Stoltz, of Cairo.
Deceased had been for many years a member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon with burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.
(John Johnson married Emma Stoltz on 24 Dec 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Charles W. Renneberg married Alice Stoltz on 17 Feb 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill. George E. Betts married Louise F. Stoltz on 1 Nov 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, in this city, Wednesday, May 21, Harry Hallerberg, aged 42 years and 9 months. Deceased was born and reared in this city. He was married eleven years ago to Miss Ellen Vance. A mother, two sisters, a wife and four children survive him. Funeral services will be held at the Episcopal Church by Rev. Edmund Pharis at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
at 10:30 o’clock p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 1902, Ellery Roberts, son
of E. P. Roberts.
(Albert G. Blatteau married Sadye E. Roberts on 18 Sep 1894,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Anna, Ill., May 22.—Dr. Fred S. Dodds, of this city, died at his home Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. of cystitis and prostitis, after a lingering illness with those diseases. Dodds was probably the oldest practitioner of medicine in Union County _____ iving up active practice until _____ths ago. He came to Anna after _____ the war and besides engaging in the drug business, built up an extensive practice. He was a surgeon in Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was rated among the ablest surgeons in this section of the state. Dr. Dodds was for many years a member of the Pension Examining Board, only tendering his resignation a few weeks ago, and for nearly thirty years was local surgeon for the Illinois Central railroad. He was an active member of the Presbyterian church in this city, a member of the G. A. R., the Illinois Medical Society and a member of the Masons and Chapter who will conduct the funeral services which will be held at the Presbyterian church, Saturday, May 24th at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Dodds was an original Fremont Republican and remained throughout his life an ardent supporter of the Republican doctrines.
Dr. Dodds had a host of warm friends. His ability as a practitioner was recognized by everybody, and his life has been one of great activity in his profession. He leaves three sons, Frank D. Dodds, mayor of Anna; Fred S. Dodds, Jr., and Dr. Samuel Dodds, and a daughter, Mrs. A. Judson Phillips, all of this city.
(Adoniran Judson Phillips married Imelda Lusk Dodds, daughter
of Ford Dodds and Mary Lusk, on 20 Jan 1886, in Union Co.,
Ill. His marker in Anna City
Cemetery reads: Dr. Ford S.
Dodds Born in Prospect, Pa., Nov. 8, 1828 Died in Anna, Ill., May 21,
Saturday, 24 May 1902:
The well spent life of one of Cairo’s oldest and most highly esteemed residents came to a peaceful close yesterday morning in the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Riley, who after a long battle with disease and attendant weakness has passed to rest.
The announcement of her death was received with sorrow by the large circle of friends of her family and sincere sympathy is felt for the daughters who are left to mourn the companionship of their affectionate and devoted mother.
Mrs. Riley was born August 11, 1830, at Brownsville, Pa. With her husband, she came to Cairo over thirty-eight years ago from St. Louis and had resided here continuously since that time. Capt. Riley was commander of the gunboat Essex during the Civil War and his death occurred about fifteen years ago.
During her widowhood, Mrs. Riley lived a tranquil life, surrounded by her devoted daughters who in their grief have the consolation that duty well done will give. The surviving members of the family are the Misses Emma, Mollie and Lizzie Riley, and Mrs. Annie Riley Redman.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at the residence as announced. Rev. J. A. Scarritt will conduct the services in the absence from the city of Rev. J. T. M. Knox, the decedent’s pastor.
(Carran T. Redman married Anna M. Riley on 17 Sep 1885, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 1 Aug 1902:
Saturday, 2 Aug 1902:
the man found dead in the Mobile & Ohio boxcar last Sunday murdered for his
money? It would appear so. John Banks, who was a member
of the coroner’s jury that sat on the case, wrote to Jackson making
inquiries about the man and learned that his name was Henry Marris.
When he left Jackson, he had $20.75 on his person and carried a grip.
When his body was found here, these were missing. Further
investigations will be made to see if a trace of the missing articles can be
found or the mystery of his death cleared up.
(Frederick Whitcamp married Maggie Krutzer on 15 Oct
1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.
George W. Morris married Edith Whitcamp on 14 Feb 1898, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died.—Gertrude Morris, aged three years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Morris, at Helena, Ark., Monday, Aug. 4, 1902.
Funeral services will be held at residence of Mr. Frederick Whitcamp, 1806 Poplar Street, Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, leaving house for special train at Eighteenth Street at 9:30 o’clock. Interment at Villa Ridge.
marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Gertrude P. Morris Born Oct. 5, 1899 Died Aug. 6,
Saturday night last the body of a white woman was found on the railroad
track not far from East Cairo. An inquest was held and the verdict of
the jury was “run over by a train,” but the general verdict of the people is
that she was murdered and the body put on the track to cover up the crime.
Joiner, an employee of the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, residing
on Twenty-ninth Street, dropped dead at the corner of Twenty-eighth Street
and Commercial Avenue, at 4:15 o’clock. Hemorrhage was the cause of
(Rufus M. Lingle married Nellie Barringer on 14 Aug 1891, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Edwards, who was arrested and put in jail at Wickliffe because of the
belief that he had murdered his wife and placed her body on the railroad
track to be run over by a train, was released from custody at Wickliffe,
yesterday. As nothing could be proved against the man, he was
Vienna, Ill., August 6.—W. D. Ragsdale, a merchant of West Vienna, was shot to death by his son, Bunk Ragsdale, today, on his farm, eight miles west of Vienna. The son was living on his father’s farm and they had been having some trouble about the management of the farm, which resulted in the fatal affray today. The father was shot five times in and about the breast with a revolver and died immediately. The sheriff and coroner left at once for the scene of the killing, and Sheriff Hankins brought Ragsdale in and lodged him in jail this evening.
(William D. Ragsdale married M. J. Bridges on 16 Sep 1863, in
Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Charles A. Baber, Sr., died this morning at 3:30 o’clock at his home, 2814 Sycamore Street, after an illness of several months.
A surgical operation was performed upon him Wednesday, but without beneficial result. The decedent is survived by his wife and children, Mrs. Patrick Powers, of Villa Ridge, Mrs. Seaman Barth, Charles A. Baber, the Misses Blanche, Jessie and Mabel Baber.
(Patrick Powers married Emma A. Baber on 11 Oct 1888, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Simon F.
Barth married Annie I. Baber on 22 Oct 1899, in Alexander Co.,
Son of Richard Gannon, Superintendent of Water Company at Cape Girardeau, Mo.—Remains Brought Here Today for Interment.
A distressing accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Cape Girardeau, Mo., in which Loren, the 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Gannon, lost his life by drowning. The incidents that led to his death are not known, but it is presumed that he was persuaded by some of his playmates to go in swimming in Sloan’s Creek near the waterworks. His father, who is superintendent of the water company there, was engaged in showing a visitor about the plant about 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon when a boy came up to him and told him that his son was in the creek. Immediately Mr. Gannon rushed to the stream, but his son was not in sight and the dreadful truth was forced upon him. The clothes of the little fellow were lying on the bank and sitting upon them with the cap in his mouth was the dog, a playmate of the little boy.
A searching party was at once formed and dynamite was used to bring the body to the surface, if possible, after the second firing it was located and a diver brought it up. It was about 6 o’clock when the body was recovered. The relatives in this city, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard McManus, grandparents, and Mrs. Thomas W. Gannon, uncle of the decedent, were at once notified and this morning, Mr. Gannon and Dr. James McManus left at 5 o’clock for Carbondale to meet the grief stricken parents with their sad burden. The remains were taken to the residence of Mr. B. McManus, Sr., 1401 Commercial Avenue. The mother and grandmother of the little boy are prostrated by the shock and they and the other relatives will have the deepest sympathy of all who know them in their loss.
(Thomas William Gannon married Maggie E. Fitzgerald on 26 Nov
1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
If John H. Kelly and wife, Jane, or any of their heirs are living they should communicate with H. C. Hall, at Caruthersville, Mo. Evidently it will be to their interest to do so, for the City Clerk Mourey has received the following letter in regard to the matter:
“Caruthersville, Mo., Aug. 5.—City Clerk Cairo, Ill.—There was a party
who lived in your town several years ago by the name of John H. Kelly,
and his wife’s name was Jane. If you can give me their present
address, if living, and if not living the address of any of their heirs, I
will be under obligations. The matter is very important that I have
may refer to John H. Kelly, who married Amanda M. Sanders on
25 Oct 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died—Loren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Gannon, at Cape Girardeau, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 7, 1902.
Funeral will be held Saturday morning leaving residence of B. McManus,
Sr., 1401 Commercial Ave., at 8:15 o’clock for St. Joseph’s Church. A
special train will leave foot of Eighteenth Street at 9:30 o’clock for Villa
Ridge cemetery. Friends of the family are invited.
Died—Charles Baber, Sr., Friday morning, Aug. 8, at 3:30 o’clock, aged 59 years, 11 months and 7 days.
Funeral services will be held at the residence, 2814 Sycamore Street, at 1
o’clock Sunday afternoon. Special train will leave foot of
Twenty-eighth Street. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends
of the family invited.
Word was received here this morning by relatives of Mrs. H. B. Geer, of Nashville, Tenn., announcing her death, which occurred this morning at her late home in that city as the result of typhoid fever.
decedent was a sister of Mrs. Blanche Sullivan, formerly of this
city, and resided in Cairo previous to her marriage. She is survived
by her husband, who is traffic manager of the Western Union Telegraph
Company, at Nashville, and four daughters ranging in age from six to
(Henry B. Geer married Harriet H. Moore on 29 Mar 1880, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Patrick A. Doud married Nora C. Conner on 30 Apr 1891, in
Alexander Co., Ill. A marker in
Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Patrick A. Doud 1868-1944.
Nora C. Doud 1861-1931.
Marie Doud 1892-1903.—Darrel Dexter)
Chain, Aug. 12.—City Marshal Merchant and Harry Gaunt, a
saloonist, had a quarrel last night in the latter’s saloon. Gaunt
threw a billiard ball at Merchant, breaking his jaw.
Merchant retaliated by shooting Gaunt. Both men are badly
After months of intense but patient suffering, the life of Robert Henry Cunningham ebbed quietly away this morning at 10 o’clock. It was a comfort to the loving watchers at his bedside that death came peacefully and without pain. The good soul passed to its Maker leaving an unblemished record, a glorious memory in the hearts of innumerable friends who loved the decedent because of his honorable, upright life and the gentle kindliness that characterized his communication with all.
The circumstances of the gradual passing from earth of this good man are familiar to many. Over three months ago, he was stricken with senile gangrene, caused by the wearing out of the vital forces due to old age. There was from the first, little hope of anything beyond the effort to relieve his sufferings, which were most intense. To this end his son, Robert Cunningham, and his devoted niece, Miss Alice Vaughan, administered day and night to him, assisted by his physicians, Drs. Rendleman and Webb, and a trained nurse. Weeks passed with death hovering near and yesterday, the sufferer became unconscious. At 2 o’clock this morning he regained consciousness sufficiently to recognize his son and then relapsed into his former condition so remaining until the end came.
Mr. Cunningham was one of Cairo’s oldest and most beloved citizens. For more than half a century he resided here and was identified with the most important interests of the city. He was of a democratic nature and numbered his friends among those of all stations of life. To the weak and helpless he never failed to give of his earthly goods and by his wise counsel encouraged many whose steps faltered because of threatened failure in the battle of life. During the last years of his life, bereft of wife and family with the exceptions of his eldest and devoted son, he was cheered and comforted by the presence in his home of his faithful niece, Miss Vaughan, who inexpressibly brightened his declining days. His son also devoted himself to his father, and is now left the sole surviving member of a large family.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the residence, 709 Washington Avenue, a notice of which appears elsewhere in these columns.
Robert Henry Cunningham, merchant, of Cairo, was born in the county of Tyrone, Ireland, on October 26, 1826. His parents were Robert and Anne (Rogers) Cunningham. The family was of Scotch descent, the grandfather of Mr. Cunningham having been a native of Edinburgh and a staunch old-school Presbyterian. He was educated in the common (parochial) schools of his native town, Omagh, till the age of seventeen years, learned the common branches of English and mathematics, after which he served for two years as clerk under the board of public works, Ireland, and at the age of twenty, in the year 1846, immigrated to America, and settled in Pittsburg, Penn., where he remained some five years, engaged in clerking for Brown & Kirkpatrick, wholesale grocers. After this he acted as salesman on a storeboat, operating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and sold goods at the various landings and plantations bordering upon the river for about a year after which he removed to Cairo and engaged in business on his own account. He had saved a small sum out of his previous earnings, which he invested in a stock of boat stores and sold supplies to the various steamers plying upon the rivers for a period of twenty months, during which he realized the then large sum of $4,000. After this he took Mr. J. M. Reid into partnership with him, and opened a dry goods store; he built the first house on the Ohio levee, and for twenty years kept the principal store in Cairo; he sold out in 1873 and was afterward engaged in the commission business. He commenced life without one dollar of capital and became one of the principal moneyed men of Southern Illinois, and moreover, one of the most influential men of his city.
He was in communication with the Presbyterian denomination of Christians and was a trustee and leading member of the church to which he belonged and exercised a wholesome influence in the community.
Politically, he generally acted with the Democratic Party, but never held office other than being alderman of the city. He was president of the Enterprise Savings Bank a director of the City National Bank, and also a director of the Cairo City Gas Company.
was domestic in his tastes and habits, fond of home and devoted to his
family. Like most of his countrymen, he was proverbial for his
hospitality, a warm generous and whole-souled friend, a careful businessman,
prudent, prescient, frugal and industrious.
Mr. Cunningham left an estate worth in the neighborhood of $50,000. He was a stockholder in the City National and Enterprise Savings banks and in the Cairo City Gas Company. He owned some valuable real estate, some of it being his homestead on lower Washington Avenue, his new building on Ohio Levee, occupied by the McKnight-Keaton Grocery Company, and the building occupied as the council chamber and police headquarters. He owned the cottage on Douglas Street, adjoining the Lutheran Church, but this was deeded to Miss Alice Vaughan, his niece, a few months ago. It is understood that he carried no life insurance.
The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the residence, No. 709 Washington Avenue, Rev. J. T. M. Knox officiating, and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove for interment, the funeral train leaving the foot of Eighth Street at 2:45 p.m.
The following pallbearers have been selected:
Honorary—M. C. Wright, William Lonergan, W. E. Gholson, M. J. Howley, F. E. Creelman, William White, J. S. Aisthorpe, Albert Lewis, P. J. Thistlewood, J. H. Jones, E. W. Halliday, J. D. Ladd, C. W. Henderson, J. W. Wenger, E. S. Dewey, J. J. Rendleman, F. Bross, Dr. Webb, C. R. Stuart, J. B. Reed, J. M. Lansden, M. F. Gilbert.
Active—William McHale, J. C. Crowley, Charles Cunningham, Walter Wood, H. S. Candee, P. Mahoney, Albert Blatteau, G. W. Buchanan, Peter Saup, George Koehler.
(Robert H. Cunningham married Alice Peters on 18 Feb 1867, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
George L. Eisenberg, pressman at The Citizen office, died at 11:20 o’clock this morning. He was taken suddenly ill last night and was taken to his home on Seventh Street in an unconscious condition. This morning he did not awaken and Dr. A. A. Bondurant was summoned. The physician realized at once the serious condition of the patient, but could do nothing to arouse him and he passed away without regaining consciousness.
His mother and sister, Mrs. Emile Profilet are at Ellsworth, Kan., having gone out there for a visit only last week. They were apprised of the demise, which cannot fail to be a very great shock to them. Miss Hattie Eisenberg, the youngest sister of the deceased, and his brother-in-law, Mr. Profilet, were the only ones at home and were present when his death occurred.
The decedent was 24 years old. He had followed the printer’s trade for a number of years, but his special talent was along musical lines, and he inherited much of the talent that made his father famous as a musician and bandmaster. He was a skillful performer upon the violin and was a member of the opera house orchestra last season.
He was of a genial nature that won for him many friends, and his untimely death will be deplored by everyone who knew him.
The remains were taken in charge by Mrs. Feith, the undertaker, but the funeral arrangement must necessarily be delayed until it can be learned definitely when his mother and sister can return.
marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
George L. Eisenberg, Jr.—Darrel Dexter)
Milus Kesler, one of the oldest settlers in Southern Illinois, passed away Sunday night, aged nearly 85 years. He came to this state from North Carolina when quite a young man and settled on land in Union County, five miles east of this place, where he has resided ever since. He has always been a respected and honored citizen and a true gentleman in that word’s strictest sense. He had by industry and economy accumulated a large amount of real estate and has reared a large family who are respected citizens. (Wetaug)
(Miles E. Kesler married Lucinda Laws on 19 Mar 1867, in Union
Co., Ill. A marker in Mt. Pisgah
Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Catharine wife of M. E. Kesler Died July 15, 1865 Aged 54 Yrs., 4
Mos., & 6 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(James Monroe Cooper married Annie Eliza Daniels on 11 Jul
1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A
marker in German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug reads:
Amanda Sicker daughter of J. M. & A. E. Cooper.—Darrel
Died—Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1902, George Eisenberg, aged 24 years.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence No. 308 Seventh
Street, Friday afternoon, Aug. 15, at 2 o’clock. Remains will be taken
to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment, funeral train leaving foot of Eight
Street at 2:45 p.m. Friends of the family invited.
Died—Wednesday morning, Aug. 13th, at 10 o’clock, Robert H.
Cunningham, aged 76 years.
Mrs. Mary Eisenberg and
daughter, Mrs. Emile Profilet, who were summoned home from Ellsworth,
Kan., by the sad death of their son and brother, George Eisenberg,
will arrive tonight. The funeral services will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence, 208 Seventh Street.
The funeral of R. H. Cunningham was held at his late residence this afternoon. Rev. J. T. M. Knox conducted the services and appropriate hymns were rendered by a double quartette composed of the Misses Frances Bennett, Emma Lansden, Eva Kerth, Effie Lansden and Messrs. C. B. Dewey, John C. Fisher, Harry S. Candee, and Davis S. Lansden. Interment was made in the family lot at Beech Grove Cemetery beside the wife of the decedent.
At the residence of the decedent’s mother, 208 Seventh Street, funeral services were held this afternoon over the remains of the late George L. Eisenberg. The Episcopal funeral services were conducted by Mr. D. V. Frost, lay reader of the Church of the Redeemer, and a quartette composed of the Misses Nellie Hall and Leila Miller, Messrs. Harry Stark and Leo Klev sang the hymns. The remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
funeral of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Prime, of 2808
Commercial Avenue, who died of whooping cough, was held this afternoon at
the residence, Rev. J. A. Scarritt conducting the services.
Interment was made at Beech Grove Cemetery.
desire to express our deepest gratitude to the many friends who were a
comfort and assistance to us in the bereavement we have sustained by the
death of our beloved son, and brother, George L. Eisenberg.
Especially are we grateful to Mr. D. V. Frost, lay reader of the
Church of the Redeemer, and the members of the choir who assisted at the
Villa Ridge, Aug. 25.—Mrs. Nannie Crain, widow of the late Dr. James H. Crain, died this morning at 2:30 o’clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Fearnside. Death came suddenly as the result of heart failure. The decedent was about 65 years of age. Her husband died several months ago.
Four children survive the decedent, Dr. Coral Crain, of Emporia, Kan., Claud L. Crain, of Little Rock, Ark., Miss Festal Crain and Mrs. Rydal Fearnside, of Villa Ridge.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at Villa Ridge at 3 o’clock.
(Henry C. Fearnside married Rydal M. Crain on 13 Sep 1885, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Richard Holderfield married Mrs. Lucinda Book nee
Leach on 7 Dec 1895, in Union Co., Ill.
Benjamin F. Book
married Lucinda Leach on 18 Jan 1883, in Jefferson Co., Ill.
She was the daughter of William Leach and Delila Roberts,
who were married on 7 Oct 1842, in Jefferson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Alto Pass, Ill., Aug.28.—Perry Davidson, aged 17 years, son of Rev. T. J. Davidson, of the Jerusalem District, died early this morning from the effects of the amputation of his right leg, which was made necessary by his being accidentally shot two weeks ago by a boy companion named Fuller while out hunting. He did not rally from the operation, which was performed at 9 o’clock last night by Drs. Essick, of Murphysboro, and Stearns, of Pomona.
marker in Jerusalem Cemetery near Pomona reads:
Perry Davidson Born June 16, 1886 Died Aug. 27, 1902.—Darrel
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lamb, of 1514 Cedar Street, died last night at 8:40 o’clock after suffering from diphtheria since last Sunday. The child was five years of age. The funeral will be held this afternoon with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery. Another child of the family is ill of diphtheria.
Mr. Lamb is the faithful janitor of the Church of the Redeemer and in the great trouble that has befallen him and his wife they have had the kindest attention from the members of the church.
(Matthew Lamb, born in Ratlif on Trent, England, married Mary A.
Bates on 22 Sep 1889, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Health Officer Samuel Orr received word today of the death of Samuel Louis Casey, aged 81 years, who died Monday at the home of his son in St. Joseph, Mo. For twenty-four years Capt. Orr was agent for coal from Mr. Casey’s mines.
death of Mr. Casey recalls some stirring incidents of the time of the
Civil War. He was the first Republican sent to Congress from Kentucky,
having been elected in 1862 to fill the unexpired term of Henry C.
Burnett, who was expelled from that body for making a violent Rebel
speech. Burnett was afterward a member of Jefferson Davis’
(Robert Harper, of Wetaug, son of James Harper and Jane
Stubblefield, married Sarah Dean on 31 Mar 1898, in Pulaski Co.,
death of Edward Eggleston, the noted author of The Hoosier
Schoolmaster and other works, which occurred yesterday at Jones’ Lock,
Lake George, was received with sorrow by his relatives here.
George Carey Eggleston, a brother of the decedent, resided in Cairo after the Civil War, having been employed here for several years as correspondent for Halliday Brothers. He married Miss Marion Wardner, a daughter of Dr. Wardner. His sister, Miss Jennie Eggleston, lived here also and was an instructor in music. She is married and lives now in Evanston, Ill.
(George C. Eggleston married Marion Craggs nee
Wardner on 9 Sep 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Alexander Armstrong married Josephine Eggleston on 20
Sep 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Albert Corbet married Frances Brooks on 6 Aug 1895, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 6 Sep 1902:
marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Annie M. Pitcher 1887-1902.—Darrel Dexter)
L. Helman married Ida Koonce on 22 Jun 1887, in Pulaski Co.,
Ill. A marker in Cairo City
Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Ruth Helman Born July 15, 1891 Died Sept. 8, 1902.—Darrel Dexter)
Nathan Wardner Eshleman died at this home in Meendar, Ills., Sunday,
August 24th, after a brief illness of cerebro meningitis.
He was born and reared in Villa Ridge, Ill., was married August 24, 1897, to
Miss Ellen Moore, of Tamaroa, Ill., who survives him. No
children blessed their union.
(Jacob W. Eshleman married Rachel E. Kelly on 23 Feb 1865, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William J. Wright married Mary J. Rinehart on 4 Jun 1879, in
Union Co., Ill. Her marker in I.
O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:
Mary J. wife of W. J. Wright Born Aug. 11, 1861 Died Aug. 29,
Mrs. Margaret Linehan, aged 80 years, one of Cairo’s oldest residents, died this morning at the residence of her son-in-law, P. S. McNamara, 315 Twenty-seventh street. Her husband died here over thirty years ago and Mrs. Linehan had resided here more than fifty years. A son, Con Linehan, and her daughter, Mrs. P. S. McNamara, survive her. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
(Patrick McNamara married Catherine Linehan on 8 Sep 1885, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Mrs. James A. Law, a former resident of Cairo, was brought to the city today via the Big Four Railroad from Mt. Carmel and were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery at 2:40 o’clock this afternoon for interment, attended by a number of friends of the family.
Mrs. Law was the wife of James A. Law, a well-known fireman on the Big Four. Her death was due to pulmonary ailments from which she had been ill for some time. The deceased was born in Pennsylvania, July 18, 1875, and was married to Mr. Law at Willard, July 5, 1896. She is survived by her husband, a little son, aged eleven months, her father, who is in Alaska, mother, a sister and brother. She was a life-long member of the Baptist church and was a woman of fine Christian character, the loss of whose good influence will be felt deeply. Funeral services were held at the residence in Mt. Carmel last evening conducted by the Rev. J. H. Walterich.
(James A. Law married Minnie S. Gaddis on 5 Jul 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Regarding the death of Ernest Osterloh, brother of C. M. Osterloh, of this city, who was well known to many in Cairo, the Cape Girardeau Republican in yesterday’s issue says:
“Death has claimed another of our prominent citizens, this time it being Ernest Osterloh, one of our enterprising Main Street businessmen.
“Mr. Osterloh was reared in this city and received his education at St. Vincent’s College. He was a dutiful student and had made such rapid progress in his studies that he concluded to strive for the priesthood, but finally gave up this intention, and leaving the college, began the occupation of teaching, which he followed successfully for a number of years.
“During his college days he cultivated quite a taste for music, which line he followed until he gained for himself quite a local reputation. This he followed for many years afterwards, leading one of the best orchestras that were ever organized in this vicinity. Later on he entered the queensware business with his father, and a few years after that he entered the news business for himself, which line he followed at the time of his death.
leaves a large family and many relatives.”
Friends of Mrs. Susan Magee were shocked to hear of her sudden death, which occurred at her late residence, 317 Twenty-seventh Street, yesterday morning at 7 o’clock.
Mrs. Magee had been in failing health for some time, but there were no symptoms to indicate her death at this time. Saturday evening she was taken ill about 8 o’clock and after an hour became unconscious, remaining so until she passed away. Her physician pronounced the cause of death to be apoplexy. The suddenness of her demise was naturally a great shock to her family, but the fact that it was peaceful and painless is a comfort to them.
The decedent had resided in Cairo almost continuously for the past twenty-eight years and was very well known and most highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. The surviving members of the family are her two sons, J. Bruce and Frank Magee, and two daughters, the Misses Mary and Josephine Magee.
funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at St. Joseph’s Church of
which the decedent was a member, leaving the residence at 9:30 o’clock and
the remains will be taken to St. Louis at 11:42 o’clock for interment in
Calvary Cemetery beside the grave of her husband, who died in 1893.
Friends of Mr. F. E. Jewett, a well-known traveling salesman
representing the Samuel Dupples Woodenware Company of St. Louis, who comes
to this city monthly, will be pained to learn of the terrible death of his
wife, which occurred last Friday. Mrs. Hewett poured a quantity
of what she thought was water into a hot kettle. It was gasoline
instead and an explosion resulted in which the unfortunate woman was
horribly burned. Death relieved her shortly afterward.
Alto Pass, Ill., Sept. 16.—C. C. Rendleman received a telegram this morning from his sister, Mrs. E. L. Beans, of Chicago, saying that her husband was killed while at work with a crew of Illinois Central steel bridge builders. No particulars were given.
Mr. Beans is a native of Union County and taught school in the public schools of the county for many years. While principal of the school here, many years ago, he met Miss Emma Rendleman, then the belle of the village, and Cupid immediately “got busy” and a wedding was almost in view when a lovers’ quarrel came along and upset things, and it was not until two years ago that Cupid’s plans were matured. Then Mr. Beans, who had for several years been in Texas, came north. Miss Rendleman met him at Anna, where she went ostensibly to visit relatives, and together they went to St. Louis where in the parlors of one of the large hotels there Rev. S. J. Nichols, of the Second Presbyterian Church, made them man and wife.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but the remains will be brought to Cobden for interment.
(Emerson L. Beans married Emma Rendleman on 6 Oct 1899, in St.
Louis, Mo. His marker in Cobden
Cemetery reads: E. L. Beans
(George T. Whitlock married Addie F. Hambleton on 20 Dec 1880,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The many friends of Capt Al. H. Hurd were shocked and grieved today to learn of his sudden death, which occurred last night at 10:45 o’clock at his residence, 411 Tenth Street, after an illness of only three hours.
Captain Hurd about a year ago had a severe spell of sickness, his physicians pronouncing it a disease of the heart, and since then he and his family had been aware of his tendency to heart failure, although he had not been seriously attacked since that time. Last evening about 8 o’clock he complained of feeling faint and rapidly grew worse, experiencing great difficulty in breathing. Dr. W. J. Webb was called and restoratives, usual in such cases were administered, but without avail, and he passed away peacefully.
decedent was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1849 and came to Cairo in 1863.
He was married here to Miss Lottie Elliott, his present wife, who
with a daughter, Mrs. John P. Beck, survives him. Up to the
time of his death, he was employed as wharf master for the Mobile & Ohio
Railroad at East Cairo. Capt. Hurd was a man devoted to his
family and fond of his home. To his friends, he was most genial, and
all who knew him will feel a personal grief in his death. Notice of
the funeral arrangements appears elsewhere in this issue.
Died—Friday, Sept. 19, at 10:45 o’clock p.m., Capt. Albert Hurd, aged 54 years.
Funeral services will be held at the residence, 411 Tenth Street, Monday
afternoon at 1:45 o’clock. Special train will leave foot of Eight
Street for Beech Grove Cemetery at 2:50 o’clock. Friends of the family
Died, Saturday evening, September 20, Mrs. George F. Ort, at her late residence 1606 Washington Avenue.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Cairo
Baptist Church. Special train will leave at 2:45 o’clock for Beech Grove
Cemetery. Friends of the family are invited.
The death of Mrs. George F. Ort, which occurred Saturday evening at 8:45 o’clock at her late residence, 1606 Washington Avenue, causing ___ to all who knew this most estimable woman. Her consistent Christian life was an example to all. Being childless, she took into her home and _____ several children who grew to love her as their own mother and “rise up and call her blessed.” Mrs. Clarence W. Smith, of Carbondale, formerly Miss V___t, was one of the adopted children.
For the past two years the decedent has been afflicted with tuberculosis and her devoted husband took her to various health resorts, but without permanent benefit. Mrs. Ort was 51 years of age and was born in Holland. She was a sister to Messrs Peter and George DeGelder, of Beech Ridge. She was a member of the Cairo Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held tomorrow.
Mrs. John VanVark, of Belle, Ia., a sister of the decedent arrived today to attend the funeral.
(George F. Ort married Helena Ellen DeGelder on 4 Nov 1874, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Monday morning, September 22, Mrs. Dora Littleton, at the residence of J. A. Littleton, 408 Douglas Street.
Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2
o’clock. A special train will convey friends to Villa Ridge cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited.
WHILE IN DELIRIUM
A distressing accident occurred at the residence of John Cannon on Douglas Street, Sunday morning about 12:30 in which Mrs. Frank Kling, wife of Engineer Kling of the Marine hospital, sustained painful injuries.
Mr. and Mrs. Kling have an apartment at the Cannon residence on the second floor. Saturday Mrs. Kling was ill and it has since developed that her ailment affected her mental condition. A physician attended her, but as her illness seemed to be of a mild nature, she was left alone at bedtime in her bed asleep.
About 12:30 o’clock the suffering woman arose and in her delirium jumped through the window of her bedroom, crashing through the glass to the ground below. No one in the house heard her, but her cries attracted neighbors across the street who rushed over and awoke the Cannon family. The injured woman was carried into the house and Dr. G. H. McNemer was called. He examined the patient and found that no bones were broken. Her hands, however, were badly cut by the broken glass, and the shock of the fall left the poor woman in a pitiable condition. Sedatives were given to quiet her.
an application was made in the county court for an examination into the
unfortunate woman’s mental state, and Drs. J. E. Strong and S. B.
Cary were appointed to conduct the inquiry.
Mrs. Malinda Buckle, widow of the late Thomas Buckle, died at the family residence in Villa Ridge, September 13, 1902, in the 69th year of her age. Her maiden name was Boner and before her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools of Pulaski County. She was married to Thomas Buckle June 12, 1860. To them were born nine children, eight of whom are living, namely Mrs. Edith Johnson, of Pine Bluff Ark., Mrs. Florence Koonce, Mrs. Alpha Emmert, Misses Rose, Bertie and Olive Buckle and the two sons, William and George, of Villa Ridge. In her fifteenth year Mrs. Buckle united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and continued a member of the same until her death. The funeral services were held in the church of which she was a member Monday morning, September 15, conducted by the pastor, Rev. T. P. Brannum, assisted by Rev. J. M. Sutherland of the Congregational church. During the long months of sorrow and suffering through which she had passed Mrs. Buckle was sustained by the faith of the Christian and was ever patient and trusting. She selected as her funeral text, Revelation 21:4.
Mrs. Buckle was a kind and loving mother, ever devoted to the interest of her children, always encouraging them to succeed and to lead useful, upright, honorable lives.
(Robert Lee Johnson married Edith Ellis Buckle on 3 Jan 1895,
in Pulaski Co., Ill. Henry E.
Koonce married Florence Anna Buckle on 4 Jul 1898, in Pulaski
Co., Ill. Frank B. Emmert
married Alferetta Buckle on 11 Oct 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Horace E. Ince married Lenore B. Comings on 25 Jun
1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A dispatch from Harrisburg, Ill., to the Chicago American says:
News reaches here from Shawneetown of stories that are afloat regarding the burning of the City of Pittsburg on the Ohio River last April.
It is said that detectives have been at work for some time and report that relatives of Hunter and Magill, wealthy Tidioute, Pa., citizens were among the victims. The detectives believe that the bodies were found and secreted, with the hope of obtaining a larger reward. A brother of one of the men has been near the wreck about fifteen weeks and is still there, but has found no clue. It is also said that Captain Wess Doss the venerable pilot found near the shore and supposed to have died from exhaustion, was murdered by a deck hand for his watch and money.
farmer living near the scene says he assisted Captain Doss to the
shore and informed the detectives that he had a wound. As the farmer
left to assist others, he saw a negro approaching. The dead man had a
deep wound on his head, which was found, but it was supposed he received it
in getting off the boat. His fine watch was found in the possession of
a negro at Louisville, Ky., shortly after the disaster, and the negro is now
being held on a charge of grand larceny.
Keane—Died Sunday, September 28, 1902, at 6 o’clock a.m. of typho malarial fever, at his home in this city, Thomas Keane, aged 65 years.
funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 30th, cortege leaving
residence, No. 1115 Washington Avenue, at 1:30 p.m. for St. Patrick’s
Church. Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge at
2:30 p.m. Friends of family invited.
Thomas Keane, a well known citizen whose serious illness was mentioned in The Citizen of Saturday evening, died yesterday morning at 6 o’clock at his home, Twelfth Street and Washington Avenue, after an illness of three weeks’ duration of typhoid malarial fever.
The decedent was born in Ireland and was 65 years of age. He came to Cairo in 1862 from Trenton, N.J., and had resided with his family at the present family home for twenty-eight years. He was engaged in the grocery business there for the same length of time and for sixteen years he was foreman at J. B. Reed’s foundry during which time Mrs. Keane conducted the grocery. His wife and five children, the Misses Ida and Jessie, Messrs. Frank, Joseph and Henry, are the surviving members of the family and are left with many friends to mourn the loss of a devoted husband, father and friend. The funeral announcement will be seen elsewhere in this issue.
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Thomas Keane Died Sept. 28, 1902.
Lying in the back part of the hull of the wrecked Steamer City of Pittsburg, the badly decomposed remains of two bodies were found last evening at 5 o’clock by Will Linegar and Hayes Dunning. The low stage of the river had left that part of the wreckage exposed, and the bodies after having been there since last April were discovered.
There was nothing about the fleshless bones to indicate the identity of the beings, who, never thinking of the possibility of a horrible death, took passage on the ill-fated steamer and went to an untimely grave. The clothes however, correspond to the description of those worn by Messrs. L. L. Hunter and L. B. Magill, two millionaire lumber dealers of Tidioute, Pa. On the bodies were two watches, the numbers of which are the same as those known to have been the property of the two men. A knife bearing the name “Tidioute” in one of the pockets is another conclusive proof that the bodies are those of Hunter and Magill. The relatives have been notified and doubtless will come here at once in claim the remains.
It will be remembered that the relatives and friends of the two men made repeated efforts to find the bodies, coming here after the disaster, remaining here with the searching party so long as bodies were found in the wreckage. About three weeks ago, Dr. Magill, of Tidioute, a brother of one of the missing men, came here again and made renewed efforts to find the remains of his dead brother and friend. A reward of $500 was offered some time ago for the recovery of the bodies of Linegar and Dunning doubtless will be paid the amount.
finding of the bodies will be a great relief to the families of Messrs.
Hunter and Magill, whose natural desire to give the remains of
their dead ones a fitting burial will now be gratified.
Mr. Harry Dickerman’s grandfather, Mr. Dickerman, of Carbondale, died Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mr. Harry Dickerman will return home today. (Mounds)
marker in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale reads:
Charles Edward Dickerman Born Sept. 26, 1833 Died Sept. 27,
The account of the recovery of the bodies of L. L. Hunter and L. B. Magill, of Tidioute, Pa., in the wreck of the steamer City of Pittsburg, as published exclusively in The Citizen of last evening created much interested comment on the streets and in the public places.
Mayor M. C. Wright, as soon as he read the account at once telegraphed the information to Mr. L. C. Porterfield, of Grandin, Mo., a friend of the dead men, who spent two weeks here with the searching party after the disaster. Mr. Porterfield, in order to catch the Iron Mountain train due to arrive here at noon today chartered an engine and rode twenty-five miles to reach the train and arrived here on schedule time. He went to the scene of the wreck this evening on the steamer J. B. Richardson and if the bodies are in a condition to be shipped will have them sent to Paducah whence they will be shipped to Tidioute. Mr. R. C. Benner, of Paducah, who had advised by the families of Hunter and Magill to go to the wreck and view the bodies, arrived this afternoon on the Richardson. The article in The Citizen, at his request, was read to him over the long distance telephone last evening by Mr. E. J. Stubbins, of The Halliday, and was the first complete information received by him.
B. S. Magill, of Tidioute, a brother of one of the dead men, is
expected to arrive here tonight.
Mr. Magill carried $40,000 or $50,000 life insurance and $5,000 or $10,000 accident insurance. The latter amount has been paid the family, but the former has been withheld pending absolute proof of death.
are grave suspicions about the failure to recover the bodies until this time
and some startling developments may result.
William Goodwin, for twenty years a brakeman and conductor on the
Cairo division of the Big Four R. R., died Monday morning in a hospital at
Danville. He resigned his position with the railroad company about two
years ago on account of failing health and went to Oklahoma, but failing to
improve, he returned to Illinois about two weeks ago. The funeral was
held in Robinson, at the home of his parents, yesterday. He was held
in the highest esteem by his railroad friends, a number of whom attended the
The last chapter of the awful tragedy, which ended the lives of Messrs. L. L. Hunter and H. B. Magill, was concluded today when Mr. B. S. Magill paid to the finders of the bodies the reward of $200, which had been offered for their recovery. The money was paid after Mr. Magill, who arrived from Tidioute last night, visited in person the scene of the wreck and convinced himself that the men were justly entitled to the reward. Mr. Porterfield accompanied Mr. Magill to Caledonia this morning and they returned on the noon train. They will now return to their homes, their search, which has been prosecuted for more than five months, ended.
The gruesome souvenirs of the tragedy, which ended the lives of L. L. Hunter and L. B. Magill, the wealthy Tidioute lumbermen, who lost their lives in the wreck of the steamer City of Pittsburg, were brought here last night by the two men who discovered the remains. They consisted of the two watches, a knife bearing the word Tidioute, a trousers button with the name of a Tidioute clothier and a Hoo-Hoo button.
There is no doubt about the identification being complete. One of the watches stopped at 4:38 o’clock, which was the time the destruction of the steamer occurred. The bodies were buried under three feet of mud and the heads were entirely burned off. The position of the bones of the spinal column, one above another, would indicate that they were standing up when death came to them. They were in the extreme rear of the boat and when found were underneath some hog chains. The bones were gathered up and will be shipped to Tidioute.
friends of the victims were extremely anxious to recover the bodies and it
is said were prepared to spend a fortune in the search. Hayes
Dunning and William Linegar, who made the discovery, have been in
search of the remains for months under pay of the relatives of the dead men.
James Mulcahy came in from his farm at Willard, bringing two sad items of news. Mr. Samuel P. Bradshaw, one of the old farmers at Willard, was struck with paralysis last night, and when Mr. Mulcahy left, was in a comatose state from which it was scarcely expected he would ever rally. He has a large family of children, several of whom are grown.
Coleman has been missing since last Monday and it is feared that he
is drowned. He lived with his brother, Smith Coleman, on
Baumgard Island and crossed the slough to the main land in a skiff Monday.
No alarm was occasioned by his absence until Wednesday, when a search was
instituted. His skiff was found in a rush heap eight miles down the
river, where it had drifted and lodged. The oars were in the locks,
indicating that he had fallen out before reaching shore. His brother
Smith is in the city getting bills out offering a reward for the discovery
of his brother or his body. The two sad affairs cast a gloom over
Willard, as they were both prominent and highly respected citizens.
Mr. Coleman was so familiar with the waters of the chute that his
friends think nothing but foul play could have gotten him out of the skiff
without his consent.
name is recorded as Thomas Nealon in the 14 Oct 1902, issue of The
Gladys Kirk, an inmate of 212 Thirteenth Street, committed suicide
this morning by taking morphine. She took the drug sometime during the
night and died at 9 o’clock this morning. Dr. Fields was called at 8
o’clock, but too late to be of practical assistance. She was conscious
and told him her home was in Erie, Pa., but the police say it was generally
supposed that she belonged in Hickman, Ky. Dr. Fields says she
might have been saved but for the fact that her heart was bad. Perhaps
the reader will be disposed to conclude that the life she led was caused by
the same defect. She told the doctor that she had taken fifty cents
worth of the drug. The coroner took charge of the remains.
may be the same person as Eugene Smith, who married Eliza Wright
on 17 Oct 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
comes from Chicago that Dr. J. B. Humphrey died in that city
yesterday of heart disease and that the funeral will be held next Thursday.
Old Cairo people will remember him as druggist and pharmacist during and
after the war, and a resident of Cairo for several years after. He
sold his drug business to James and P. W. Barclay.
name is recorded as Thomas Nalin in the 11 Oct 1902, issue of The
(Thomas J. Wentworth married Kate Purcell on 3 Jun 1889, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Scott Cauble married Mary Hartman on 4 Apr 1875, in Alexander
Co., Ill. Eli D. Short
married Ida Hartman on 12 Feb 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(J. J. Moyers married Mary H. Spence on 3 May 1891, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker was
not located in the Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug, but one there reads:
Francis Orman son of J. J. & Mary H. Moyers Born March 30,
1892 Died Aug. 18, 1893 Aged 1 Yr., 4 Mos. & 18 Da’s.—Darrel Dexter)
(William H. Durham married Emily Bracken on 17 Jan
1856, in Alexander Co., Ill.
George W. Sammons married Mrs. Emily Durham on 11 Mar 1866, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
report made by City Clerk William H. Mourey to County Clerk Miller
of the deaths in Cairo for the month of September gives the names of 24 who
passed away in thirty days and brings the number of deaths of the city for
the first nine months of the year up to 226. How many of the country
reported has not been computed, but during the first six months of the year
194 deaths occurred in the entire country, city included.
Johnson, a colored man about 65 years of age, was run over by an
engine at Mounds Sunday night about 10 o’clock, and received injuries from
which he died within three hours. He was crossing the railroad tracks
in the yards when an engine struck him. His right leg was ground off
at the thigh and he was badly cut and bruised otherwise. He lived __
of the round house at Mounds.
Capt. John McDowell, an old and prominent citizen of Mound City, died last night at midnight at his home in that place, Bright’s disease being the cause.
1877, Capt. McDowell removed to Mound City from Brazil, Ind., and
established a saw and planing mill. He resided there up to the time of
this death, and was always an important factor in public matters. He
was first president of the First State Bank of Mound City and was one of the
most substantial citizens of that enterprising town. Many Cairo
citizens knew Capt. McDowell and highly esteemed him. He is
survived by his wife and two sons.
marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:
Lorenzo S. Earnhart Born Jan. 1, 1843 Died Oct. 24, 1902.
Amanda C. Earnhart Born Oct. 7, 1833, Died March 21, 1911.
There is a bright region above. We long to reach its shore, To join
the dear ones we love, Not lost, but gone before.—Darrel Dexter)
Actuated by some unknown cause that had taken from him all the charm of living, Omar Graddy, a well-known and highly esteemed young man of Mounds, shot himself in the head yesterday morning. The news of his tragic death spread rapidly and was a great shock to the community in which he resided.
Graddy had been employed by John Lane, a leading merchant of Mounds, for seven years, and was a young man of exemplary habits and cheerful disposition. He was the sole support of his widowed mother; hence his rash act is especially sad and unaccountable. He went to the store yesterday morning as usual and a short time after his arrival a negro employed on the place hearing a shot went out to the stable to investigate the cause and found Graddy there wounded by his own hand. Graddy had deliberately planned his self-inflicted death and in a note left in the store he made a financial statement of what was due him and of his few debts, and containing an affectionate goodbye message to his mother.
Graddy was in a dying condition when found, but an effort was made to save his life, Drs. J. J. Rendleman and S. B. Cary of this city being summoned to attend him. They went to Mounds on the first train but Graddy was dead when they arrived. He did not recover consciousness and died at 12:40 o’clock.
was reported that a love affair was the cause of Graddy’s deed, and
in view of the fact that he was in good health and in comfortable
circumstances, it seems to be a reasonable theory. The decedent was a
thrifty young man and owned stock in the Cairo Building and Loan
News was received here yesterday of the death of Mrs. John Hodges, wife of Capt. Hodges, sheriff of Alexander County, which occurred at the family home in Hodges Park Saturday night. The critical illness of Mrs. Hodges had been known here for more than a week past, and during that time her husband and children had watched at her bedside, knowing that the end was near.
Mrs. Hodges’ maiden name was Wicker. She was a sister of Mrs. F. D. Atherton and was related to several prominent families of Alexander County. She was a consistent Christian woman and was for many years a member of the Baptist Church. She reared a family and as a wife and mother did he duty faithfully and well.
The funeral was held this afternoon at the residence in Hodges Park and was attended by the following Cairoites: Mrs. L. P. Parker, Mrs. E. J. Stubbins, Mrs. N. V. Lewis, Messrs. M. J. Howley, Reed Green, Miles Frederick Gilbert, Dr. James McManus, Lee B. Davis, Scott Cauble, John Bourgois, P. Mahoney, Maynard Parker.
(Francis Atherton married Martie E. Wicker on 4 Jun 1865, in
Gallatin Co., Ill. Her marker in
Unity Cemetery reads: Isophine
I. wife of John Hodges Born Aug. 14, 1837 Died Nov. 1, 1902.—Darrel
Died—Bertha F. Serbian, aged 25 years, wife of Andrew Serbian,
Sunday at 11:25 p.m.
(Andrew Serbian married Bertha Mikkin on 3 Sep 1899, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker
in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Bertha F. wife of Andrew R. Serbian Born Sept. 24, 1877 Died Nov. 2,
The death of Mrs. Andrew Serbian, a most estimable young woman, which occurred last night at 11:25 o’clock, at the family home on Twenty-eighth Street near the Mississippi levee, was a great shock to her friends and is a peculiarly sad case because of the circumstances.
A son was born to Mrs. Serbian three weeks ago and shortly afterward puerperal fever set in with the sad result as stated.
Mrs. Serbian was a daughter of Ferdinand and Augusta Mikkin, who reside near Olmstead. She was born September 24, 1877, at Koenigsberg, Germany, and came to this country when she was 12 years of age. She was married to Andrew Serbian, the well-known gardener, September 3, 1899, and was the mother of a daughter and an infant son.
The decedent is survived also by her three sisters, Mesdames Fritz Hagey, Phillip Burkhardt, and William Weidner. The funeral announcement is given elsewhere in these columns.
(Philip F. Burkhart married Mary Mikkin on 26 Mar 1895, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Reinhold
Weidner married Amelea Mikkin on 15 Jan 1893, in Pulaski Co.,
(Clarence E. Sams married Cora Clutts on 17 Aug 1893, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Concord Cemetery reads:
Bessie M. wife of Otto Knupp Died Oct. 28, 1902 Aged 21 Yrs.,
11 Mos., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
M. E. Williams, a young man formerly employed on the towboat J. B. Finley, died this morning at the Marine hospital from heart disease. His father, who lives at Tampa, Fla., was notified of his death and the remains will probably be shipped to that place.
decedent was ill for two or three weeks before coming here, part of the time
on the boat and at the hospital at Paducah. He was brought here three
Mr. E. J. Stubbins, of The Halliday, received a message today announcing the sudden death of his uncle, J. W. Stubbins, a prominent citizen of Mattoon.
The decedent was 58 years of age and leaves two children, a grown son and daughter. For more than twenty years he was proprietor of the Dole House in Mattoon, the leading hotel of that city, but he retired from active business about two years ago.
His son is in the West Indies engaged as a civil engineer for a railroad being built there. His daughter resides in Mattoon.
and Mrs. Stubbins will leave tonight for Mattoon to attend the
An inquest was held by Coroner McManus this morning over the remains of Wallace Stovall, colored, who died Saturday night from the effects of a pistol shot wound inflicted by Frank Shaw, also colored, last Tuesday night near Anderson Field’s place on Commercial Avenue and Fifth Street. The trouble arose over a crap game.
The inquest was held at the courthouse with James Meehan as foreman of the jury and James Gilmore, Timothy Cahill, S. S. Halliday, Gene Bolan and “Nig” Bates as jurors. Shaw is in jail. He pled self-defense.
jury has not returned a verdict at 4 o’clock p.m.
M. W. Fambrough, of Olmsted, reports that he recently found a watch in the wreck of the steamer City of Pittsburg and for the benefit of those interested, he gave The Citizen a description of the timepiece, hoping that it may reach the eyes of the owner, who may have survived the awful wreck, or those of friends of some poor unfortunate who lost his life in that memorable disaster.
The watch is 14 karat gold, Elgin make, the case is numbered 43163 and the works 844,381 and bears the inscription “From Father and Mother, June 13, 1883, twenty-first birthday.”
Mr. Fambrough also has a gold ring, which he found in the wreck bearing the name “Tom.”
29 May 1902, issue stated that Mrs. T. H. Adams, who was killed in
the Pittsburg disaster, wore a gold ring bearing the inscription
The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Illinois, at a meeting held September 25, adopted a report of a committee appointed to prepare a tribute of respect to the memory of the late Lieut. Col. William Weir Hester. That report has been published and just issued.
Hester was a physician at the Southern Illinois Hospital for Insane
at Anna from 1879 to 1890 and was very well known and highly esteemed in
Southern Illinois. The memorial is a fitting eulogy of the decedent.
Illinois Central train arriving here at 10:45 o’clock last night brought to
the city Otto Helm, a boy of 15 years, in a dying condition from
terrible injuries received while riding on a freight train.
Yesterday he was found a short distance from Wetaug lying by the track with his leg in a horribly mangled condition from ankle to hip. Dr. M. L. Winstead, of that place, gave the boy attention and telegraphed to Dr. W. F. Grinstead of this city, asking if a patient could be sent to St. Mary’s Infirmary here and the expense charged to Pulaski County. Dr. Grinstead replied that a member of the board of commissioners of that county would have to make application for the patient and so the matter ended without further action. Last night the poor unfortunate child arrived here as above stated. He was taken into the waiting room of the station and Dr. Grinstead was called to attend him. The physician talked to the boy and after learning his name and address, fearing that death was imminent, asked the boy if he desired to have a priest called and truthfully told him his condition. The boy replied that it was his wish and Rev. James Gillen of St. Patrick’s Church was summoned. The waiting room was cleared of all onlookers and the last sacrament was administered to the dying boy, after which he was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary and the tender care of the good sisters.
Helm’s family resides at 3123 A. South California Ave., St. Louis and his father was at once notified of the accident.
patient died this morning at 11:30 o’clock. An inquest was held over
the remains and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts. The
father of the decedent arrived this afternoon and the remains will probably
be taken home by him.
R. B. Woolsey, former bridge dispatcher for the Illinois Central railroad at Bridge Junction and afterward operator at the Central union station, died at Terre Haute, Ind., yesterday of Bright’s disease. He left here several months ago, hoping that a change might benefit him.
many years Mr. Woolsey was superintendent of telegraph for the
Vandalia line. He was a man of pleasant genial manner, who won friends
easily, and all who knew him here will be grieved to learn of his death.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Please accept my sincere thanks for the warrant for two thousand dollars
($2,000) handed me this day in settlement of the benefit certificate on the
life of my late husband, Mr. A. H. Hurd. The payment of the
claim so soon after proofs of death were sent in, I assure you, is greatly
(Joseph B. Kindred married Cora Belle Purcell on 21 Jul 1886,
in Alexander Co., Ill. Her
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Angline M. Purcell Born Sept. 1, 1845 Died Nov. 16,
DIED—Sunday night, November 16, 1902, Mrs. Angeline M. Purcell.
Funeral services will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B.
Kindred, No. 432 Thirty-fourth Street at 2 o’clock p.m. Tuesday,
November 18th. Remains will be taken by special train from
Twenty-eighth Street at 3 p.m. to Villa Ridge Cemetery for interment.
Friends of the family are invited.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. William Davidson were grieved to learn this morning of the sad bereavement they have sustained in the death of their son, Calvin, their youngest child, who passed away this morning at 12:30 o’clock after a severe illness of nearly two weeks.
Previous to his illness, he was a healthy looking boy, bright and active, with every promise of a long life and his untimely death is a grief and a shock to his friends. A few weeks ago he stopped school to assist his father in the business of florist in which he displayed a great interest and energy. He was attacked by a disease of typhoid nature about two weeks ago, which from the first was critical, causing delirium much of the time. The mother, who had been called to Memphis to comfort a bereft son whose wife had passed away, returned to her home to so soon undergo the most poignant grief that can come to a mother. The sympathy of the family’s wide circle of friends is with the grief stricken parents, sister and brothers. Mr. Harlow C. Davidson, of Memphis, a brother of the decedent, is here, called by the sad event.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. T. M. Knox, assisted by Rev. W. C. Rutherford.
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Calvin Davidson 1887-1903.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Calvin Davidson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Davidson, was held this afternoon at the residence, Tenth Street, conducted by Rev. J. T. M. Knox and Rev. W. C. Rutherford and was attended by a large concourse of friends of the family.
Twenty classmates of the decedent from the high school acted as pall and
flower bearers. The pallbearers were Paul Kerth, Will Burke,
Will King, Arthur Glenn, Paul Gee, Jodie Ross,
Robert Lewis, and Harry Allen. The Misses Annice
Foster, Louise Phillips, Mamie Lattner, Ora McNeil,
Hattie McKnight, Lulu Young, Nettie Kursdorfer, Modena
Woodward, Pearl Webb and Esther Stapleton carried the
numerous floral tributes. Appropriate music was rendered and the
occasion was in keeping with the beautiful young life of the decedent.
Interment was made at Villa Ridge cemetery.
TWO DEATHS AT VILLA RIDGE
A very sudden death occurred this morning about 11 o’clock. John Hudson, while standing in his store door talking to Thomas Roche, fell dead, supposedly from an apoplectic stroke. Mr. Hudson was an old citizen. His health has always been remarkably good. He was widely known and the suddenness of his death is a great shock to the community.
Mrs. William Prindle was found dead in her bed this morning. She had been in poor health for a long time, but was able to be about the house and yesterday appeared in ordinary health. She was a widow and leaves several grown children.
Curry, son of James Curry, yardmaster of the Big Four
Railroad, is seriously ill with typhoid fever at their home on Third Street.
DIED—Mrs. C. H. Grindler, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julius Serbian, Thursday night, Nov. 20.
Funeral services will be held at the residence, corner of Twenty-second and
Pine Street, Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. Hurst
of Jonesboro. Special train will leave foot of Eighteenth Street at
2:45 o’clock for Villa Ridge cemetery where interment will be made.
Friends of the family are invited.
DIED—At 10:40 o’clock a.m., Saturday, November 22d, Thomas Aisthorpe, aged 77 years.
Funeral services will be held at the First M. E. Church Sunday afternoon at
1:45 o’clock conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, D. D. A special
train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2:50 o’clock for Beech Grove
Cemetery where interment will be made. Friends of the family are
The death of Mr. Thomas Aisthorpe, which had been presaged for several days, occurred this morning at 10:40 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary. His son, Mr. J. S. Aisthorpe, was at his bedside when the summons came and had the consolation of knowing that the end came peacefully. The decedent had been in poor health since last winter with the ailments attendant upon the breaking down of the vital forces in old age. Previous to that time he was remarkably vigorous for one of his years and greatly enjoyed outdoor life.
Mr. Aisthorpe was born in London, England, February 24, 1825, and was therefore in his 78th years. He came to Canada in his early boyhood with his parents and later returned to England. In his early manhood he came to the United States and located in Will County, Ill., and in 1879 went to South Dakota where his occupation was farming. He remained there until the death of his wife in May 1891. The following fall he came to Cairo and since that time resided with his son and family. The only surviving member of his family is his son, Mr. J. S. Aisthorpe.
life of the decedent was that of a consistent Christian. His old age
was characterized by a devout Christian piety. He was a regular
attendant of the First M. E. Church and there, where he so often worshipped,
the final rites will be held over his remains tomorrow. The casket
will be opened at the church, so that those desiring to take a last look at
their friend may do so. The remains will be taken to the residence of
his son this evening and will be borne from there to the church tomorrow
afternoon at 1:45 o’clock, according to the funeral announcement elsewhere
in these columns.
The decedent was born September 5, 1819, in Russia, Herkimer County, New York. She came west in her young days and had resided in Cairo nearly fifty years. Her husband died before the Civil War and she remained a widow for the rest of her life. She united with the Presbyterian Church early in her life. Two daughters survive her, Mrs. George Clark and Mrs. Henry Partee, of St. Louis. In the house of the former she lived, tenderly cared for by her devoted daughter and grandchildren, whose grief is deep over the loss of their dear one.
funeral arrangements have not been made pending word from Mrs. Partee,
who is now in New Orleans, and has been notified.
(Julius Serbian married Caroline Carry Grindler on 12 Jan
1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Eugene S. Parks married Annie M. Grindler on 12 Aug 1880, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Robbie Evers, daughter of Sheriff and Mrs. J. W. Evers, of Metropolis, died Saturday afternoon at their home after a three weeks’ illness of typhoid fever.
Evers was 22 years of age and was one of the most popular young girls
in Metropolis, hence her untimely death is generally mourned. Her
little brother was ill of the same disease and it was while caring for him
that she contracted the fever, which caused her death. The decedent
was well known in Cairo, having visited here and the news of her death will
be a sad shock to all who knew her.
(Monroe Buster married Mary E. McCrite on 24 Jan 1900,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A. J. Housan, better known as “Red,” watchman for the Barrett Barge Company, while at work on one of the boats lying at the Caruthersville, Mo., wharf, was drowned Sunday evening.
was at work on the downstream end of the barge shoving on a lever turning a
capstan when it slipped out of its socket, precipitating Housan into
the river. He made a feeble but fruitless effort to save himself.
The decedent was well known to river men and bore a good reputation as an
industrious and trustworthy employee. His wife was on the boat at the
time of the sad occurrence. Relatives of the decedent live in this
The family of Mr. J. M. Lansden today received the sad news of the sudden death of Mrs. E. E. Noyes, a sister of Mrs. Lansden, who died yesterday of apoplexy at the home of her son in New York, where she had been visiting.
The news was a shock to her relatives and will be most regretfully received by all in Cairo who knew the estimable woman. The decedent’s home was in Jacksonville. The remains will be brought to Evanston, Ill., where the funeral will be held at the residence of the decedent’s daughter, Mrs. Arthur Orr.
Mrs. Lansden, her sister, Mrs. James E. Monroe, of Chicago, who is her guest, and Mr. David S. Lansden, will leave tomorrow of Evanston.
(Arthur Orr married Eleanor E. Noyes on 14 Feb 1882, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Silas Moore, a negro who fatally shot a negro yesterday at Columbus, Ky., and was arrested here by Sergeant Price last night was taken back to Columbus today by Marshal Zimmerman of that place.
Mrs. Mary A. Bugg, of Wickliffe, mother of Attorney R. G. Bugg, of Bardwell, G. W. Bugg and Mrs. Lucy B. Coffee of Wickliffe, who are all well known in Cairo, died at her home Saturday morning after an illness of two weeks of pneumonia.
funeral was held Sunday morning at the Christian church in that place.
The decedent was 68 years of age and was one of the most prominent women of
Ballard County. Her husband who died some years ago was a well-known
(Charles Edward Swink married Dora Chavers, 16, daughter of
Henry Chavers and Mary Kisner, on 20 Jun 1900, in Pulaski Co.,
Anton Lutz, aged 71, died at Mound City Sunday afternoon. His death followed shortly after an operation for amputation of his leg. Some time ago he received a wound, which became troublesome. Gangrene set in and the operation became imperative, but at his advanced age he could not stand the shock to his system. Anton Lutz, one of the seven children of Anton Lutz, Sr., and Maria Stark, was born in Rulfinger, Hohenzollern, Germany, on January 23, 1833. His father was a solder in the German army against Napoleon Bonaparte.
Mr. Lutz was educated in Germany and learned the butcher’s trade before coming to the United States in 1854. He located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later removed to Mound City in 1860, and conducted a butcher shop continuously for more than forty years. At Cincinnati in 1858 he married to Miss Kresenzia Meser, who is a native of Baden, Germany. Three children were born to them—Brima M., Louisa and Joseph, who has for several years past conducted his father’s business.
Lutz served as a member of the town board for a number of years.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Messrs J. L. Barnard, J. H. Woodward, Dr. W. C. Jocelyn, William Schuatz and Joseph Steagala and family have returned from Hickman, Ky., where they attended the funeral of Mr. E. Case, a prominent resident of that city.
The decedent was an enthusiastic Odd Fellow and in order to have Cairo members of the order attend his funeral, as one of his last requests, asked that they attend and provided for all their expenses thereby incurred.
decedent was very charitable and generous, having provided liberally for
fourteen orphan children. He also paid the sum of $5,000 toward
building the Odd Fellows lodge hall at Hickman and paid all the indebtedness
on the Baptist church of which he was a member.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Wood were grieved to learn today of the bereavement they have sustained in the loss of their infant daughter Emily Witherspoon, who died this morning at 9:15 o’clock.
child was suffering from a severe cold, but no apprehension was felt until
about 9 o’clock last evening, when alarming symptoms began to develop and
pneumonia attacked the lungs. Drs. J. E. Strong and W. C.
Clarke were summoned and worked with the little sufferer, but their
efforts were futile. The loving parents watched with aching hearts
beside the little form, knowing that its life could not be saved. In
their sorrow they have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
Died, December 8th, 1902, of pneumonia, Emily Witherspoon Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Wood, aged six weeks and five days. Private funeral services will be held at the family residence Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial at Villa Ridge cemetery.
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Emily W. Wood Born Oct. 23, 1902 Died Dec. 8, 1902.—Darrel
(Frederick M. Rittenhouse married Mary L. Wood on 25 Sep 1900,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Col. J. C. Clark, former president of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, died at 1 o’clock this morning in Chicago at an advanced age.
sons, C. S. Clark, general manager, and Horace W. Clark,
superintendent of the Mobile division of the road, left for Chicago last
night in response to messages telling of their father’s dying condition, but
did not reach there until after his death.
Wednesday, December 10th, Sip Gales, aged 53 years.
Funeral services will be held at the A. M. E. church on Seventeenth Street,
Saturday, December 13th, at 1 o’clock p.m. Interment at
Villa Ridge Cemetery, a special train leaving foot of Fourteenth Street at
2:45 p.m. Friends are invited to attend.
Mesdames P. J. Thistlewood and Samuel Hastings received a message today announcing the sad news of the death of their brother, Dr. J. K. Barney, which occurred last night at his home in Weir City, Kan.
decedent was 59 years of age and leaves a wife and four grown children.
Dr. Barney had been ill for some time with cirrhosis of the liver and
his sisters, Mesdames Thistlewood and Hastings visited him
about a month ago. Their friends will sympathize with them in their
After months of suffering, the life of Mr. Sanford P. Bennett came to a close at 6:40 o’clock Sunday evening. While he had been in ill health for years, the sickness, which was his last, began last June and during no time during the six months since then was he able to return to his work. For the past five weeks he has been confined to his bed, and the last few weeks his life has hung by a thread. His ailment was cirrhosis of the liver. He suffered greatly but was given the greatest care and attention by his devoted family. His end however was peaceful, and he passed away as one would drop into quiet slumber.
Mr. Bennett was a native of Milton, Pike County, Ill. He was of French ancestry, though his parents were New Yorkers. Mr. Bennett was a thorough office man, his training being to fit him for this work, and his business life was spent at a desk. From the common schools of Pike County he went to St. Louis and took a commercial course. Then he served as deputy county clerk of his native county for seven years and afterward as county clerk for one term.
At the outbreak of the War of the Rebellion, Mr. Bennett enlisted in Co. K of the Sixteenth Illinois Infantry. He was discharged in December of the following year on account of physical disability and became connected with the quartermaster’s department in Cairo, serving in that capacity until 1866.
From the position of bookkeeper of the firm of Green & Wood, Mr. Bennett stepped into the partnership in 1876, and the firm was Green, Wood & Bennett. From the milling business they branched out into the wholesale grocery business, becoming one of the largest establishments in this line in this end of the state. It was largely through Mr. Bennett’s ability that this was so. He had a thorough mastery of his business and had a few equals in that line.
Besides his faithful application to business, Mr. Bennett’s chief characteristic was his devotion to his family. He led a quiet life and was very fond of his family. He married in 1865 Miss Kate McCallin, at Pittsburg, who survives him with four children, Mrs. William J. Johnston, Misses Frances and Kate Bennett and Mr. Sanford L. Bennett, all of them residents of Cairo.
Mr. Bennett was a member of the Presbyterian church of this city.
His death occurred on the 37th anniversary of his marriage.
Mr. Bennett had one sister and one brother surviving him. The brother, who was here only a few weeks ago, called here by the illness of Mr. Bennett, is Mr. A. C. Bennett, of Newman, Ill. The sister is Mrs. Pinney, of Carthage, Mo.
(Allen M. Pinney married Mary F. Bennett on 26 May 1859, in Pike Co., Ill. Sanford P. Bennett enlisted on 24 May 1861 in Co. K, 16th Illinois Infantry as a private. He was 23, born in Milton, Pike Co., Ill., and was discharged on 8 Oct 1862, at Nashville, Tenn.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Matilda Wilson, a resident of Cairo for more than forty years, died at 11:45 o’clock Saturday night of heart failure after a brief illness of only a few hours.
The decedent was in her usual state of health at suppertime, but after eating a light meal she complained of a feeling of faintness, finally sinking into an unconscious state. Dr. John Walsh was summoned and applied the usual restorative, but without result.
The decedent was the widow of Samuel Wilson, who died some years ago. Three children survive her, Mrs. Clara E. Kyle, Mrs. Lucy D. Milburn, of this city, and Samuel Wilson, of St. Louis.
The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon if the weather permits. The service will be conducted at the family residence, No. 2515 Sycamore Street, at 2 o’clock p.m. by Rev. J. T. M. Knox, and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. Notice of the funeral is given elsewhere.
(Charles R. Kyle married Clara Wilson on 1 Apr 1873, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Henry H.
Milburn married Lucy D. Wilson on 5 Jun 1879, in Alexander Co.,
Died, Sunday, December 14, 1902, Sanford P. Bennett, aged 64.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 2515 Sycamore Street, Tuesday, December 16th, at 2 o’clock p.m. The remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment, funeral train leaving foot of Eighteenth Street at 2:45 o’clock p.m.
Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Died, Saturday, December 13, 1902, Mrs. Matilda Wilson, aged 76 years.
Funeral services will be held at the late residence, 315 Eighteenth Street,
at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Edward Roland, of the Church
of the Redeemer, officiating. Special train from foot of Eighteenth
Street for Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends of family invited.
(Charles C. Derr was a member of Co. A, 2nd Iowa Infantry
and filed for a pension on 25 Apr 1902.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry E. Koonce married Florence Anna Buckle on 4 Jul 1898,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
account of the death of Mrs. Emma B. Frank, member of the Cairo
Woman’s Club, the meeting announced for tomorrow has been postponed and the
program will be continued January 7, 1903.
The death of Mrs. Emma Frank, so long feared and dreaded by the many friends of that estimable young woman, occurred this morning at 2:45 o’clock after a heroic effort on the part of her loved ones and her physicians to preserve the vital spark. An illness of many weeks of typhoid fever had robbed the constitution of all its recuperative power and the end came peacefully as befitting her pure, gentle life.
Mrs. Frank was about 37 years of age and had always been a useful young woman in the community. For years she was organist and choir leader at the Lutheran church in addition to her other church duties. She was director of the Germania Maennerchor also, every member of which organization had a tender reverence for their loyal leader, who braved all kinds of weather to be at her post. As a member of the Cairo Woman’s Club, with all her numerous duties, she nevertheless did her part there. As a music teacher she had instructed many of the children of Cairo and her life was a busy one, in fact, to such an extent that her weakened vitality was thought to be largely due to overwork.
Frank, previous to her marriage to the late Charles Frank of
this city, lived in New Harmony, Ind. One son was born to them,
Howard, aged nine years, who at this tender age is left without either
mother or father, and realizes his sad loss. Her husband died about 8
years ago and after that time she and her little son resided with her
mother-in-law, to whom she was as devotedly attached as to an own mother.
The death of Mrs. Frank will cause deep grief and be felt as a
personal loss by all who knew her, but the memory of her well-spent life
will be an inspiration to those who loved her.
(Jasper Newton Miller married Henrietta Hileman on 18 Nov
1894, in Union Co., Ill. A
marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Infants of Jasper & Etta Miller.—Darrel Dexter)
(Jackson R. Jones married Ada Barker on 1 Aug 1889, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Michael McGrath, an old citizen of Cairo, died suddenly last night at 11:10 o’clock at the Brewery Saloon, 1810 Washington Avenue, of apoplexy, caused by long continued addition to the liquor habit.
decedent went to the saloon about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon and in a
short time fell asleep. At suppertime he was awakened and food was
given him. After eating the meal he again slept until 11 o’clock when
he rose and walked across the room and without any warning fell prostrate.
Dr. W. C. Clarke was called, but life was extinct when he arrived.
The decedent was 65 years of age and had lived in this city more than forty
years. The members of his family are all dead. The remains were
taken to Feith’s undertaking establishment, where an inquest was held
over the remains by Coroner McManus this afternoon, the jury
rendering a verdict in accordance with the facts. The jurors were
Thomas Meehan, Patrick Clancy, Phillip Brenna, E. T.
Fitzgerald, Dennis Coleman, and William O’Connell.
Died, Thursday, December 16, 1902, at 2:45 a.m., Mrs. Emma Baldwin Frank.
Service with the family will be held at the residence, No. 910 Walnut
Street, Thursday, December 18, at 1 o’clock p.m., leaving the house at 1:15
o’clock. Services at the Evangelical Lutheran church at 1:30 p.m.
Special train will leave from Fourteenth Street at 2:45 p.m., for Villa
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Emma B. Frank 1865-1902.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral rites of Mrs. Emma Frank, held at the Lutheran church this afternoon, were attend by hundred of sorrowing friends of the decedent, the church being filled to its utmost capacity.
The series were conducted by Rev. J. G. M. Hursch, assisted by Rev. H.L. McGill, of Anna, and were appropriate to the life and character of the beloved woman in whose memory they were held. Mr. Joseph Raeth of the Maennerchor sang “Parting from the Mother,” and a quartette composed of the Misses Lella Miller and Emma Lansden, Dr. James McManus and Mr. Joseph Raeth sang favorite hymns of the decedent, while the organ that so often had responded to the skillful touch of the departed was played by Mrs. Herman Weber.
The stalwart members of the Germania Maennerchor, with whom the decedent had been so long associated as director, desiring to perform the last farewell office for the dead, bore the remains from the residence to the church, a touching tribute to her memory, as was also the presence of her many music pupils, children, who weeping and bearing the numerous floral tributes, stood throughout the service, a loving guard of honor to the dead. Many friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place at Villa Ridge cemetery, and under the rays of the winter sun, tempered to spring like mildness, the mortal remains of Emma Baldwin Frank, were forever laid from sight.
honorary pallbearers were H. Hasenjaeger, P. G. Schuh, Peter
Day, Joe Raeth, H. Petzold, Joseph Bucher, L. C.
Herbert. The active pallbearers were Ed L. Weil, J. R.
Crehan, P. H. Schuh, Peter Lind, John W. C. Furry,
T. J. Kerth, Robert Stapleton, George T. Carnes, George
Butler Duncan, an aged negro, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary this morning as the result of injuries received yesterday afternoon by being run over by an Illinois Central train near Fourteenth Street. Duncan was picking up coal from under a car when an engine backed down, moving the cars. His right leg was cut off and he was otherwise badly cut and bruised.
years Duncan was employed at The Citizen office as press tuner
and general factotum and was a most energetic representative of his race.
He was well liked by all with whom he was associated and the tragic manner
of his death is sincerely regretted. For sometime past he made his
living by various means and in his poverty he always maintained a cheerful
George O’Shea, a well-known young man met a terrible death yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock on the bridge approach. In company with one or two of his companions he boarded the southbound Mobile & Ohio train as he was in the habit of doing, Sunday, for a ride to East Cairo and return. A few yards from where the steel portion of the bridge begins, O’Shea either jumped or fell from the train. One of his companions, John English, saw him strike the ground and rode across the bridge and returned on another train, not knowing that his friend has been killed.
body was found beside the tracks on top of the embankment. The neck
was broken, the back of the skull crushed and his face was badly bruised and
cut where it had struck the cinders. Death must have been
instantaneous. It is thought that he was struck by the train on the
head. John O’Shea, an older brother of the unfortunate man, and
a friend were walking along the cross levee and noticing a crowd of people
on top of the embankment went to learn the cause. The shock to Mr.
O’Shea to recognize the dead body as that of his brother may be
imagined. The remains were removed to Feith’s undertaking
establishment and Coroner McManus was notified. The inquest was
begun this morning.
The shocking manner of his death is most deeply deplored by all who knew the young man or the members of this estimable family and the latter have the deepest sympathy of their friends.
inquest was not completed today pending the arrival of Conductor J. W.
Glatts and Porter Ed O’Neil of the Mobile and Ohio train
tomorrow. The proceedings will be resumed at 3 o’clock tomorrow
Mrs. Susan Harwood, aged 85 years, was found dead in her bed about 3 o’clock Sunday morning. The decedent resided with her daughter, Mrs. D. A. Jones, of 411 Thirty-third Street. As was her custom, Mrs. Jones during the night went to her mother’s bedside to see if she was comfortable and found that her mother had passed into the sleep that knows no waking.
Mrs. Harwood had been in her usual state of health and death resulted from the final giving way of the vital forces due to old age.
The decedent is also survived by a son, Hannibal Harwood, of Benton, Ill., and a daughter, Mrs. Tenna Swafford, of DuQuoin, Ill. James and Charles Barry, of this city, and John Barry, of East St. Louis, are grandsons of the decedent. The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at the residence.
Barry married Martha Jane Harwood on 11 Oct 1870, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Philip Brennan married Catherine
on 3 Oct 1887, in Alexander Co.,
Thom McKinney shot, probably fatally, Louis Johnson at Gale Sunday, in a quarrel over a game of cards. Both men are colored. Johnson received two bullets in his body, one entering his lung and the other passing though his leg. He was taken to Cape Girardeau to a hospital.
McKinney was placed under arrest to be brought down to the county jail. At Thebes he attempted to escape from his guards and was shot at while fleeing from them. Harry Pettit was one of the officers having him in charge. His brother-in-law saw the man fleeing away and confronting him with a gun, brought him to a halt. No further trouble was experienced and the prisoner was brought to Cairo this forenoon by Mr. Pettit and Dan Kelly and was turned over to Jailer Riggle and placed behind bars.
likely that the February term of circuit court will have a murder case to
try as Johnson is at the point of death if he has not already died.
James S. Morris, one of the pioneer citizens of Southern Illinois, died at his home at Ullin this morning.
The funeral will occur Friday morning with burial at Villa Ridge.
Morris was formerly a resident of Cairo. He left the Halliday
sawmill, where he was superintendent, in 1888, when the Careys took
control of the plant.