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Obituaries and Death Notices


The Cairo Evening Citizen

 1 Jan 1904- 29 Dec 1904

Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Friday, 1 Jan 1904:
Commander of the Concord on Her Memorable Visit to Cairo Dead.

Cairoites will never forget the visit of the gunboat Concord, which ascended the Mississippi to Cairo, the head of deep-water navigation in May 1892.  And those who met the commander of the boat, Commander Edwin White, will remember him as the very impersonation of courtesy and kindliness.  His death occurred at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Dec. 23, coming suddenly as he was making a social call upon a fellow admiral, and was the result of heart trouble.

Saturday, 2 Jan 1904:
Miss Elsie Jenkins, a graduate of the Sumner High School and a daughter of Milton Jenkins, died Wednesday night of consumption and the remains were buried this afternoon.  She was 27 years of age and had taught school in Bird’s Point, Mo., and Mayfield, Ill.

(Milton Jenkins married Louiza Anderson on 17 Oct 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.  He married Anna Davis on 17 May 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Kate Broadway, of 412 Union Street, died this morning at 6 o’clock at the age of 78 years.  She was the mother of Mrs. Marsh Miller.  The funeral services will be held tonight at 8 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Baldridge.  The remains will be taken to Anna for interment.  Anna and Cobden papers are requested to copy.
Tom Stephens, a young colored man, who was formerly in the post office, died yesterday afternoon of consumption after an illness of several months.  He resided at 1514 Cedar Street and is a son of J. M. Stephens, who is employed by the Woodward Hardware Company.
Ruth, the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Russell, died today at noon after an illness of several days of spinal meningitis.  The funeral will probably take place Monday at the residence of Mrs. Russell’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Pettis, 320 Eighth Street.  The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Russell extend their sympathy to them in their sad bereavement.

Monday, 4 Jan 1904:
Mrs. Adelia Axley, widow of E. P. Axley, a former resident of this city and Pulaski County, died in St. Louis yesterday.  She was a sister-in-law of W. F. Axley, of this city.  The remains will be brought here tomorrow afternoon where the funeral will be held and the interment will take place at Villa Ridge.

(The 5 Jan 1904, issue refers to her as Mrs. Perry Axley.—Darrel Dexter)
Fred Kinner was arrested at Caruthersville Saturday and brought to this city and lodged in the county jail by deputies Bob Moore and George Durham.  He is charged with being connected with the Thebes lynching and will probably be given his preliminary hearing next Thursday.
The funeral of little Ruth Russell, the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Russell, occurred this afternoon from the residence of Mrs. Russell’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Pettis, 320 Eighth Street.  The remains were interred in the Villa Ridge cemetery.
The funeral of Michael Hickey, father of Mrs. P. C. Scullin, took place this morning.  The deceased was 65 years of age and lived with his daughter and family at 515 Walnut Street.  The remains were buried in the Villa Ridge cemetery.

             (Patrick C. Scullin married Anna Hickey on 27 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday, 5 Jan 1904:

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Jenkins and family wish to return thanks to all (white and colored) who showed kindness and respect to them during their daughter’s illness and death.  And to Dr. Dickerson, who has waited upon her for the past five years, we owe much gratitude as he done all he could to give ease to an incurable disease.
Manager Davis of the Iroquois Theater Was on Steamer Black Hawk.

Manager Davis, of the ill-fated Iroquois Theater in Chicago, was a resident of Mound City years ago.  He and Attorney Henry G. Carter were on the steamer Black Hawk which blew up near the mouth of Cache about wartime.
J. F. Keeney, of Murphysboro, Died at 6:30 This Morning.

Resided in Cairo for 12 Years Then Removed to Paducah.—Has Resided in Murphysboro About a Year Ago.

J. F. Keeney, a former resident of this city, residing here for about twelve years, died at 6:30 this morning at his home in Murphysboro.

Mr. Keeney was a railroad contractor and removed his family from this city to Paducah several years ago and has been a resident of Murphysboro for only about a year, going there last spring.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon and the interment will take place at Essex, Ill.  The deceased leaves a widow and five children, Mrs. Keeney and one child residing in Murphysboro.  Mrs. Irene Abell, of this city, is a daughter of the deceased.
Mrs. Phil Brennan Died Very Suddenly Last Night at Her Home on Twenty-first Street.

Mrs. Phil Brennan, wife of Engineer Phil Brennan, of 724 Twenty-first Street, died very suddenly last night about 6:30 of pneumonia.

Mrs. Brennan had been in poor health for some time, but only confined to her bed about a week and her illness was not regarded as serious.  Her sudden death, leaving four young children, makes the incident unusually sad.  The deceased was a niece of Mrs. T. Gorman.  Her husband, Phillip Brennan, and four children, Tom, Willie, Grace and Phyllis survive her.  The funeral will probably be held tomorrow afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge.

(Phillip Brennan married Catherine Naughton on 3 Oct 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Mrs. Perry Axley were brought here (Villa Ridge) Tuesday this week for burial.  Mrs. Axley was for many years a resident of this place, but a few years ago removed to St. Louis where her death occurred.

Thursday, 7 Jan 1904:
The funeral of Mrs. Phil Brennan occurred this afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church, with interment at Villa Ridge.
Judge W. A. Wall, of Mound City, passed through Cairo today en route to Farmington, Ill., to attend the funeral of Judge Cadwallader, who was the member of the state board of equalization from the Peoria District.

The funeral of Murray Flautt was held from St. Patrick’s Church, Columbus Ohio, Thursday, Dec. 24, with interment at Mt. Calvary.  Mr. Flautt was killed in a railroad wreck at Wellsville, Ohio, Sunday, Dec., 20th.  Besides his wife and child, he leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Flautt, two sisters, Misses Leta and Fannie, and one brother, Ferdinand, all of Columbus, Ohio.  Mrs. Flautt was formerly Miss Stella Clutts of this city.
James Y. Sloan, of Mound City, a man about twenty-five or thirty years old, tried to commit suicide last night on lower Commercial Avenue by taking the contents of a small bottle of morphine.  He was found this morning and taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary.  It is expected he will be all right in a few days.

Saturday, 9 Jan 1904:
James Y. Sloan, Who Took Morphine with Suicidal Intent, Dies from Effects.
Act Caused by Family Quarrels.—His Wife Suicided in Springfield a Few Days Ago.

James Y. Sloan, the man who tried to commit suicide a few days ago by taking morphine, mention of which was made in The Citizen at the time, died yesterday afternoon from the effects of the drug in St. Mary’s Infirmary.

The cause for this rash act is supposed to be the result of family quarrels and the suicide of his wife in Springfield a short time ago.

Sloan is about 25 or 30 years of age and resided in Mound City, where it is said he has a mother and sisters.

Coroner McManus held an inquest over the remains last night and the jury’s verdict was in accordance with what has been stated above.

(James Y. Sloan married Oma Garrett on 26 Nov 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Mrs. John D. Sander occurred this morning from St. Patrick’s Church, with interment at Villa Ridge.

(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Elizabeth wife of J. D. Sander Died Jan. 17, 1904 Aged 38 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 15 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 11 Jan 1904:
Mrs. Louise Dushinger, aunt of Mrs. Fred Hofheinz, died yesterday afternoon about 1 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.  The deceased was in her 76th year and had been ill for several weeks.  The funeral was held this afternoon from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Hofheinz, 220 Sixth Street.
Tuesday, 12 Jan 1904:
The remains of John Y. Sloan, the man who committed suicide last Friday by taking morphine, were buried at Beech Grove Cemetery today.  A sister of the deceased at Mound City took charge of the remains.
Miss Nellie Kendall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kendall, of 429 Twenty-third Street, died Sunday at the age of 17, after several years of illness.  Funeral services were held yesterday morning with interment at Villa Ridge.  Mr. and Mrs. Con Curran, Miss Maymie Scully, of St. Louis, attended the funeral.

(William C. Kendall married Kate Scully on 24 Oct 1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Elena Daughter of William & Katie Kendall Born Jan. 4, 1885 Died Jan. 9, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Government Engineer Well Known in Cairo Passes Away.

Col. William H. Owen died at his home in Washington on December 31st.

He will be remembered by Cairo people as the engineer in charge of the construction of the National cemetery roads.

Col. Owen belonged to a prominent Maine family, was a graduate of Bowdoin College, served in the Civil War and rose to the rank of colonel, then followed his profession of civil engineer and assisted in the construction of the Northern Pacific Road, and was later appointed a civil engineer in the quartermaster general’s office of the United States government.
Friday, 15 Jan 1904:
Miss Kate Hoffman, of Sixth Street, went to Jonesboro, Ill., yesterday to attend the funeral of her niece, Miss Clara Smith, who died Wednesday evening.

(Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Clara Schmitt Born Feb. 24, 1872 Died Jan. 13, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral services of Sister Mary Galatia were held this morning at 8:30 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Church.  The remains will be accompanied tonight by Mr. J. C. Crowley, to St. Mary’s Notre Dame, Ind., two miles from South Bend, for interment.
Fatal Accident at a Mine.

Benton, Ill., Jan. 16.—The hoisting engine of the West Frankfort Big Muddy Coal mines exploded.  Engineer Sells was instantly killed and Night Engineer Nickerson and Pit Boss Seymour were probably fatally injured.  The mine is a new one and had been down to coal only ten days.
The Sisters of the Holy Cross tender their most grateful thanks to their many kind friends of all religious denominations whose sympathy and tender offices were so generously extended on the occasion of the last illness and the funeral of their lamented Sister, M. Galasia.  To the reverend clergy, to the physicians, and to the press, they especially tender heartfelt gratitude.
Up Again This Afternoon in Judge Robinson’s Court.

Fred Kenner, of Santa Fe, Ill., was given a preliminary hearing this afternoon in Judge Robinson’s court for murder in connection with the Thebes lynching case.  He was represented by Hon. Reed Green and Thomas B. Whitledge, of St. Mary’s Mo.  The attorney general’s office, which is conducting the prosecution, was represented by Assistant Attorney General George B. Gillespie, Judge W. A. Wall, of Mound City, and State’s Attorney Wilson.  The trial in Judge Robinson’s court was by agreement.
Mrs. Anna Kaha Passed Away Saturday Night at Age of 89 Years.

Mrs. Anna Kaha, one of Cairo’s old residents, died about midnight Saturday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Charles Frank, 910 Walnut Street, at the age of 89 years.  Her death was due to old age and the end came peacefully.

The deceased was the mother of seven children, three of whom are living, and two of them, Mrs. Charles Frank and Louis Kaha, in this city.  The third, Mrs. J. A. Jennelle, resides in St. Louis.
The deceased children are Mrs. Charles F. Nellis, Mrs. Henry Gossman, Mrs. Christiana Albreacht, and a son who died nearly forty years ago.

The funeral will probably be held tomorrow morning.
Memorial services were held Saturday afternoon by the bar of Pulaski County on the death of Judge Joseph P. Robarts.  Each attorney present briefly made appropriate remarks, which closed with an address by the court, Judge Vickers.  Resolutions were ready by Judge William A. Wall and adopted by the bar.  A large number were present at the session, among them being Mrs. Robarts.
W. S. Sanderson is in Joplin, Mo., attending the funeral of his father.
Tuesday, 19 Jan 1904:
Mrs. T. M. Howley left last evening for Lima, Ohio, where she was called by the condition of her mother, who was recovering from a serious illness and suffered a relapse.
J. C. Crowley has returned from Notre Dame, Ind., where he accompanied the remains of Sister Galasia.
Fred Kenner, of Santa Fe, Waived Examination Before Judge Robinson.

Fred Kenner, of Santa Fe, was held under $1,000 bond Monday in Judge Robinson’s court, to await the action of the February grand jury to answer to the charge of having participated in the Thebes lynching case.  His father went on his bond and he was released.
The funeral of Mrs. Anna Kaha occurred this afternoon at her home, 910 Walnut Street, with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
Wednesday, 20 Jan 1904:
T. H. Smith Passed Away in Jackson, Tenn., Yesterday
Served the Mobile and Ohio for More than Thirty Years.—Drew Pension from Railroad.

T. H. Smith, better known as “Pap” Smith, died Tuesday morning at his home, Jackson, Tenn.  He bore the distinction of being the oldest engineer in the Mobile and Ohio railroad service.  The immediate cause of death was flux.  The veteran engineer went out upon his final run, with Paradise as the termination, at the good old age of 76 years.

“Daddy” Smith had been in the M. & O. service for something over thirty years.  Some time ago he felt his health failing and resigned.  He was later made “pump man” in Jackson and was afterwards given a place as oil supplier at the shops.  For some time he has been given a pension of $20 per month by the road, which he served so long and faithfully.  Some months ago Mr. Smith was taken ill and had not been well since, but it was only two weeks ago that his condition became alarming.

Thursday, 21 Jan 1904:
Little Alice Scott, daughter of Mr. C. Scott, died Tuesday of pneumonia.  The funeral occurred last evening conducted by Rev. J. M. Sutherland, of Mound City, and the burial was at Villa Ridge.  She was 14 months old.

Friday, 22 Jan 1904:
Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon at Her Home on Twenty-Seventh Street.

Mrs. Thomas Casey, wife of Thomas Casey, superintendent of the cooper shops at the Halliday Milling Company, died yesterday afternoon at the age of 41 years, at her home, 315 Twenty-seventh Street.

The deceased had only been ill for about two weeks, but her health has been gradually for the past several months suffering from consumption.

Mrs. Casey was a member of the order of Catholic Knights and Ladies of America, and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  She carried life insurance in former order and the funeral services will be conducted under its auspices.

The deceased is survived by her husband and one son, Gilbert, a young man about 20 years of age.
The funeral services will probably be held Sunday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
Judge Dickey, cashier of the Wickliffe National Bank, died there yesterday of pneumonia.  He was the founder of the bank several years ago, the first and only one that town had for a number of years.  He was a prominent, public-spirited citizen, and his loss will be greatly felt by the entire community.  He had many friends in the city who will be grieved to learn of his death.
A negro died in Crawford’s saloon early this morning of neuralgia of the heart.  His name was Ed Stevens and his home was in Missouri.  The remains were buried by the county. (Mounds)
C. K. and L. A. NOTICE

The members of St. Joseph Branch No. 23 C. K. and L. of A. are requested to attend a special meeting to be held at their hall at 7:30 o’clock this evening, for the purpose of making arrangements to attend the funeral of their deceased sister, Mrs. Thomas Casey.  By order of the president.
Miss Etta Kennedy
Saturday, 23 Jan 1904:
It is reported that Miss Idalia Neblette, formerly of this city, now residing in St. Louis, has been named as beneficiary in the will of a wealthy relative who recently died in Texas.
Harrison Owens and Joseph Blakemore, charged with the killing of James Muskyvalley at Mounds last summer, were sentenced to 40 years in the penitentiary.  The former is 17 years of age and the latter 24 years.  They acknowledged the shooting but each claimed not to know that the gun was loaded.  A motion for a new trial was overruled by the court.
Monday, 25 Jan 1904:
Passed Away Last Night about 9 O’clock of Consumption.

Joe Bourgois, a brother of John Bourgois, died suddenly last night about 9 o’clock of consumption.

The deceased was 36 years of age and was a widower, his wife having died some years ago.  He was well known in this city and is a stepbrother of Mrs. Helena Barth, of Sixteenth and Locust Streets.
Mr. Bourgois has been the manager of his brother’s gardens on the west side of the city for a good many years and was a very successful gardener.  He resided on the Mississippi levee near Twenty-eight Street.

(Joseph Burgois married Mary Ruser on 7 Jul 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Sebastian Barth married Salina Burgois on 9 Aug 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
L. H. Myers received a message Saturday announcing the death of Mrs. Wilson, mother of H. G. Wilson, Mrs. Meyers’ son-in-law, which occurred in St. Louis Saturday at noon.  Mr. Wilson is general freight agent for the Frisco system in St. Louis.  He formerly resided in this city.  The funeral of Mrs. Wilson occurred today, with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.
He Gets Off Pretty Cheaply.

Charleston, Ill., Jan. 25.—The jury in the W. K. Honn wife murder case has rendered a verdict of guilty and Judge Thompson sentenced the prisoner to the penitentiary from five to twenty-one years.  The prisoner is a son of W. S. Honn, a banker of Ashmore, and about 25 years of age.  He was forced to marry the woman of whose murder he is convicted.

Died, January 24, 1904, Joseph Bourgois, aged 39 years.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning, at St. Joseph’s Church, at 8:30 o’clock and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.  Funeral train will leave foot of Eighteenth Street at 9:30 a.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Tuesday, 26 Jan 1904:
Matt Roach, a Prominent and Prosperous Farmer Passes Away.
His Death Occurred Very Suddenly Sunday Morning.—Attacked with Acute Pains and Death Followed.

Matt Roach, of Levings, Pulaski County, one of the thriftiest and best-known farmers in Southern Illinois died very suddenly Sunday morning at his home.

He was attacked with violent pains Saturday and after applying hot water bottles to his side he seemed to feel relieved.  On rising early Sunday morning he was seized with an acute pain and fell to the floor and died before a physician could be called.

His death is a great shock to his wife and seven children who survive him.  He has a sister, Mrs. Sarah O’Shea, of 414 Eighth Street.

The deceased was a stockholder of the First State Bank of Mounds City and prominent in the business affairs of the county.  He was a large raiser and shipper of grain and owned one of the handsomest residences in the county.

The funeral was held this morning and a number of his Cairo friends went up to attend.

(Matthew Roach married Sallie Worthington on 30 May 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Passenger train No. 26, which passed north on the Illinois Central railroad Saturday afternoon, killed a man 140 miles below Cairo.  He was sitting on the rail with a jug of whiskey in his hands and the train was so near when it was discovered that the engineer, who did his best, could not stop in time and the pilot hit him throwing him quite a distance.  When picked up he was already dead.  The jug was not injured.  The remains were brought to the next village, where he was identified as a carpenter and belonged there.  He had been on a spree for several days.  There was still about three inches of whisky in the jug.
The funeral of Joseph Bourgois occurred from St. Joseph’s Church this morning, with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.

Wednesday, 27 Jan 1904:
The late Matt Roach had a $5,000 life insurance, which he took out only a month before his death.  The policies are in the Northwestern and Frank H. Lombard of Dongola wrote them.
Died, January 23, 1904, Mrs. Lillian May Read, aged 31 years, 1 month and 8 days.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Sutherland at the Congregational church and interment took place at Beech Grove Cemetery.  She leaves a husband and two small sons.

Thursday, 28 Jan 1904:
Mrs. Holderby, mother of Andrew Holderby, is reported to be very low and not expected to survive.  Mr. Holderby has been notified to return home.
Judge Alfred Comings received a dispatch this afternoon notifying him of the death of his brother, Uriel L. Comings, at 8 o’clock this morning at his home in Windsor, Vt.  The deceased was nearly 75 years of age and for several months had been a sufferer from heart trouble.  He was postmaster at Windsor for twelve years and last winter served as doorkeeper of the Vermont House of Representatives.  He visited Cairo sixteen years ago and two years ago Judge and Mrs. Comings visited him in Vermont.  He leaves a widow, two daughters and a granddaughter.
Died at her home three miles west of Sandusky, on the 19th, Mrs. Clarence Brown.  (Sandusky)

             (Clarence H. Brown married Dory Bell Dunning on 25 Jan 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 29 Jan 1904:
H. B. Ellis Passes Away Suddenly Last Night at 11:15

Had Been Ill for Some Weeks and Was Getting Along Nicely When a Change for the Worse Came.

Another old and well-known citizen has passed from earth, but his memory will linger.

Last night shortly after eleven o’clock, L. B. Ellis died at his residence, corner of Eleventh and Walnut street, after an illness of some weeks.  He has been ailing for some years with Bright’s disease, which has caused him considerable suffering.  For the past several weeks he has been confined to his bed and his recovery was doubtful, but during the past few days he seemed somewhat better and his death, which occurred last night, was rather sudden to the members of this family.  He died peacefully with no apparent suffering.

The deceased was born in Exeter, England, Nov. 14, 1828, and was brought to this county in his infancy.  His parents, Richard and Mary Ann Ellis, settled in Rock Island, Ill.  In his youth he learned the trade of marble cutter in Cincinnati and followed this trade for several years, when he became interested in the iron foundry business in St. Louis, which he conducted for nearly fifteen years.  During the war he removed to Mound City, where he established a foundry and did work for the government on its ironclad vessels.  In 1867, Mr. Ellis removed to Cairo.

In March 1858, Mr. Ellis was married to Miss Otteline Waugh, of Rock Island, who with five sons and two daughters survive him.

The deceased was associated with his brother, T. B. Ellis, in a steam boating in Cairo and ran the first regular ferryboat here.  They also owned steamboats in the Ohio and Mississippi and White River trades, retiring in the 70s from this business.

He was for years actively connected with the Telegram, but owing to poor health retired from active business several years ago.  The wide circle of friends and acquaintances join in extending their sympathy to the bereaved relatives.  Interment will be held at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, in the family lot.

Mrs. C. B. Hill, of Warshaw, Ill., a sister of the deceased, and T. B Ellis, a brother, of Rock Island, Ill., have been notified and will attend the funeral.

(Henry B. Ellis married Ottilive Waugh on 7 Feb 1858, in Rock Island Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
J. H. Shoemaker Is Free.—Acted Only in Self Defense, It Is Said.

Word was received this morning by the Sondheimer Lumber Company from Mr. Ranger, manager of the company’s plant near Shepard, Tex., that J. H. Shoemaker, who shot and killed a man named J. W. Vaughan, Tuesday night, has been released on a small bond and it is believed that he will be cleared.  Mr. Ranger stated that Shoemaker acted in self-defense and that the company would stand by him and see that he received justice.

Mrs. Shoemaker received the following message from the sheriff at Shepard this afternoon:  “Your message signed ‘Shoemaker’ sent out to camp.  Our friend Shoemaker is all right and free.”

Mr. Shoemaker is superintendent of the Sondheimer Company’s business at Sheppard and owns the photograph gallery here formerly owned by F. S. Sloan.

Saturday, 30 Jan 1904:
Of the Killing of J. W. Vaughn in Letter to His Wife.
Statement Shows the Affair was Committed in Self Defense and that He Was Justified.

Mrs. J. H. Shoemaker received a letter from her husband this morning relating the circumstance of the killing of J. W. Vaughn.  The story as told by Mr. Shoemaker is as follows:

“J. W. Vaughn is a drinking man usually does about as he pleases when under the influence of liquor.  Last Sunday he became intoxicated and began to abuse me and every one else about here.  I talked nice to him and tried to avert trouble and he took this as cowardly and tried to run over me.  He went up and down the street swearing and blowing and had everyone in their houses.  He said he intended to run everyone out of the camp and was going to kill everyone.  After saying this he started to his house saying to me, ‘I am going to kill you.’  He then began to call me all kinds of foul names.  I went to my office and got a revolver in case he carried out his intentions I would have some means of protection, little thinking at the time, however, I would be forced to use it.  Now this was after sundown, but I could see things around me.  I was standing in front of the cook tent when he came out of his house.  In the tent were some women and children, who seemed much alarmed.  He came near me and with his hands behind him said with an oath, ‘I have you now where I want you.’

“At this junction I shot, killing him instantly.

“They did not arrest me but put me under $500 bond.  Even the man’s own father-in-law said, ‘You did right,’ while his wife said that he was a hard man to get along with.”
The funeral services were held over the remains of H. B. Ellis yesterday afternoon at the family residence, 1014 Walnut Street, conducted by Rev. E. Roland.  The remains were taken to St. Louis this morning at 2:25 accompanied by his sons, Messrs. Eugene and Clarence Ellis.  Other members of the family were prevented from going on account of illness.  The pallbearers yesterday were Mayor Claude Winter, Postmaster Sidney B. Miller, T. J. Kerth, Capt. George Clark, T. B. Reese, Capt. John W. King.  Interment was made this afternoon in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, the funeral being conducted from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Luther S. Taylor.

(Luther S. Taylor married Daisy M. Ellis on 15 Apr 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 1 Feb 1904:

Mrs. Mary McTigue, mother of Officer Anthony McTigue and Mrs. Kate Thomas, died this afternoon about 3 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Thomas, 311 Twenty-first Street.

The deceased was over 90 years old and her death was due to old age.  Her husband died during the yellow fever.

The funeral will probably be held Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Church.

(James W. Thomas married Kate McTigue on 26 Oct 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.  A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Anthony McTigue Native of the Parish of Kong, County of Mayo, Ireland Died Oct. 21, 1878 Aged 69 Years.  Mary wife of Anthony McTigue Died Feb. 1, 1903.—Darrel Dexter)
Marie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Henderson, died about 1:30 o’clock this afternoon at St. Mary’s Infirmary.  The child was only about three weeks old and had been in ill health since its birth.  The funeral will probably occur tomorrow morning, the remains being conducted to Villa Ridge in carriages.

Tuesday, 2 Feb 1904:
Passed Away at Colorado Springs This Morning of Tuberculosis.

Emory Rogers, who married Miss Florence Halliday, daughter of the late Capt. W. P. Halliday, passed away at Colorado Springs this morning, of tuberculosis.  He had been there a year seeking restored health.

The remains will be taken to Boston for interment.

The deceased leaves a wife and two children, a boy of 10 and a girl of 7 years.

(Emery H. Rogers married Florence Halliday on 24 Aug 1892, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 3 Feb 1904:
Sheriff Roche received a telegram this morning from Sheriff George A. Crain of Bloomfield Mo., authorizing the arrest of Fred Riddle, who is wanted by the supreme court, charged with murder.  Riddle is a bartender at Riddle’s saloon, corner of Thirteenth and Commercial Avenue.  He is under arrest and waiting the arrival of the sheriff.
The trial of J. H. Shoemaker for killing J. W. Vaughn, near Sheppard, Texas, is set for February 15.  All indications point toward an acquittal.  The people of that locality are glad to get rid of Vaughn, as he is said to have been a bully and a hard man to get along with.
The remains of Emory H. Rogers, who died at Colorado Springs yesterday, will be taken to Boston for burial.  W. P. Halliday, of Memphis, will join his sister, Mrs. Rogers, in Chicago tomorrow and go on to Boston with the remains.
Clemens Schindler, father of City Treasurer August Schindler, died yesterday afternoon at his home near Beech Ridge.  The deceased was 81 years of age and his death was caused by congestion and debility.  He had resided in Alexander County for many years.  Married three times, he is now survived by his third wife and several children.  Three daughters and one son reside in St. Louis, and one daughter lives at Cape Girardeau, Mo.  The remains were brought to Cairo today and the funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Church, with interment at Villa Ridge.
Thursday, 4 Feb 1904:
James Willard Mason, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Mason, of Third Street, died at noon today, after an illness of several days.  The child was nearly seven months old.
Capt. Frank Mooar  of Bellevue,  Ky., was drowned off the steamer Adele, Sunday night, January 24th, and Douglas Lodge No. 49 K of P., of Bellevue, is sending out circulars with his description in hopes that his body may be recovered.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. James, of 708 Twenty-third Street, died early this morning.  It was only about two weeks of age.  The remains will be taken to Arlington, Ky., and buried tomorrow.
Ira Miller came home from Carbondale to be at the bedside of his father, who was dangerously ill.  (Wetaug)
Thomas Knupp, whose wife lately died, is now making his home at J. C. Knupp’s east of town.  (Wetaug)

(Thomas Knupp married Mrs. Sarah Simpson on 18 Jan 1894, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at her home Monday, February 1, Mrs. William Slawson.  (Thebes)

(William James Slawson married Mary Jane Waterman on 16 Oct 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 5 Feb 1904:
Thebes Lynching Case and O’Neil Case to Come Up at February Term of Court.

Two important murder trials are on the docket for the February term of circuit court, which convenes at the courthouse next Monday with Judge Butler presiding.  One is the trial of Grimes and O’Neil for the killing of Con Sheehan in the Brewery Saloon during the Modern Woodmen carnival last fall.  The other is the trial of Dixon, Metcalf and Kenner for participating in the Thebes lynching.  Both cases give promise of being hard fought trials.

Twenty-three prisoners are in the county jail waiting trial and the prospect is that the term will be given over largely to criminal business, as is usually the case.

Judge Butler has a number of cases and he will call in Judge Duncan to try them at some time during the term.

Thirty-one cases will be tried during the term.

Saturday, 6 Feb 1904:
Patrick Bannon, who died in Cook County, is reported to have had a brother, Adam Bannon, who is a priest in this city.  The police have failed to learn anything about him.
Wednesday, 10 Feb 1904:
Yesterday afternoon about 3:30 o’clock, Belle Mason shot John Green in the stomach with a 32-calibre revolver, giving him a wound that may prove fatal.  The affair occurred near Fourth Street on Lower Commercial.  The woman has been employed as Green’s housekeeper until a few days ago, when she moved to 402 Commercial, claiming that Green had threatened to kill her.  Yesterday afternoon Green went to her apartments and endeavored to pick a quarrel.  It is understood that Green had been drinking and drove the woman into the street with a revolver.  In a struggle she got possession of the gun and shot Green in the stomach.  This angered Green and he pulled out a razor and slashed her across the wrist.  She was arrested and lodged in the city jail and Green was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary.
Thursday, 11 Feb 1904:
James Monahan, Brought From Thebes, Alleged Insane, Passes Away in the Jail.

A man named James Monahan was brought here yesterday afternoon from Thebes by Deputy Sheriff Hiller and Harry Pettit. He has been employed as a laborer on the bridge at that place until he began drinking, when he was lodged in jail.  His actions were very strange and he was thought to be insane.

During his confinement he secured a stove leg and beat himself about the head and body with it.  His condition becoming serious, he was brought to this city and lodged in the county jail, where he died in a short time.

Monahan is reported to have relatives in Wisconsin and Chicago.
Henry, the 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Peterson, of 2401 Washington Avenue, died on yesterday morning of bronchitis.  The funeral was held this afternoon with burial at Villa Ridge cemetery.
John Green, who was shot Tuesday afternoon by Belle Mason on lower Commercial, died last night at St. Mary’s Infirmary.  The coroner held an inquest over the remains today and the jury rendered a verdict acquitting the woman on the ground of justified homicide.
Emile Schlamer, brother of Mrs. Fanny Steger, of 2025 Washington Avenue, and brother-in-law to John Bourgois, died at his home at 11 o’clock yesterday at Beech Ridge of pneumonia.  He leaves a wife and son and six daughters, Emile, Fannie, Caroline, Emma, Eugenia, Hattie and Louise.  He was born in Hericourt, France, Hatue Soone, France, June 28th, 1852, and came to America with his parents on Sept. 18, 1871.  In 1877 he married Mrs. Emma Marquard, daughter of Mrs. Marquard, of Twenty-fourth Street.  The funeral will occur tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the cemetery at Beech Ridge.
             (Emile Schlamer married Emma Marquard on 27 Sep 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Joseph Steger married Fannie Schlamer on 2 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Baumgard Cemetery reads:  Emile Schlamer Born June 28, 1852 Died Feb. 10, 1904.  Farewell my wife and children all, from you a father Christ doth call.—Darrel Dexter)

Thomas Beggs, a farmer who resided near Perks, died of dropsy, last week.
Friday, 12 Feb 1904:
Mrs. Wilhelmina Boge, Mother of Mrs. Fred Hofheinz, Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon.

Mrs. Wilhelmina Boge, mother of Mrs. Fred Hofheinz, died at the home of her daughter on Sixth Street yesterday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock.

The deceased was 80 years of age and had suffered from catarrh of the stomach for several years from which she died.

Mrs. Boge was born in Berlin, Prussia.  She married early to Charles Schmetzstorff, who brought his wife and children to Cairo, in 1854.  Of eight children born, Mrs. Fred Hofheinz, is the only one now living.

The deceased has been blind for about twenty years, having contracted a severe cold which settled in her eyes and resulted in the loss of her sight.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with burial at Villa Ridge cemetery.
A brother of James Monahan, the man who was brought in from Thebes a day or so ago and who died at the courthouse, is here from Chicago.  He will take the remains back to Chicago.
Saturday, 13 Feb 1904:
Prominent Cobdenite Passed Away Today on Illinois Central Train.
Was Homeward Bound from California.—Body Will Arrive Tonight.—Deceased Was Victim of Consumption.

R. F. Green, of Cobden, a prominent young man of that place and a member of the firm of S. R. Green & Son, died on an Illinois Central train near New Orleans today.  He was returning from Southern California, where he had been for his health, and was accompanied by his wife, when death overtook him.  The deceased had the consumption.  The body will be brought up tonight for interment at Cobden.

(Robert Franklin Green married Susie Marion Brown on 1 Jan 1885, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  R. F. Green 1863-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
W. J. Wise died at his home, 1210 Washington Avenue, yesterday of empyaema at the age of 75 years.  The deceased is the father of Mrs. Stewart, wife of the well known butcher.  He leaves a wife and several daughters.  The funeral will occur tomorrow with interment at Anna.

(William Joseph P. Wise married Louisa F. Thomas on 7 Oct 1849, in Johnson Co., Ill.  James Stewart married Sarah A. Wise on 16 Mar 1880, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  William J. Wise 1829-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 15 Feb 1904:
Mrs. Joseph Farnbaker, formerly of this city, died in Memphis, Saturday of apoplexy.  The deceased was 51 years of age.  Her husband, who is deputy sheriff at Memphis and a son of Isaac Farnbaker, of this city, survives her, also a daughter, Mrs. Jesse T. Kyle.  She also leaves a sister, Mrs. N. E. Jacobs, of Memphis, and a brother, Wilton Trigg, of this city.

(Joseph Farnbaker married Mrs. Mollie Johnson nee Trigg on 8 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.
The trial of Napoleon Hickson, the Thebes case, is set for Wednesday of this week.  Attorneys Hubbard, of Essex, Mo., Taylor, of Elizabethtown, Ill., and John R. Magee will be on the defense.
Tom Whiteaker Run Over at Mounds This Morning.

Both Limbs Crushed by Engine No. 620.—Brought Down to Cairo and Placed in Infirmary.

Tom Whiteaker, a switchman for the Illinois Central at Mounds, was run over by engine No. 620 this morning, in front of the Y. M. C. A. building there.  He failed to notice the engine which was backing up, and stepped backward upon the track.  One limb was crushed below the hip and the other below the knee.  The engine crew did not know that they had run over him until they had passed on down the track.

Whiteaker is a brother of Dr. Whiteaker, of Mound City, and has a wife and one child living at Mounds.

He was brought down to Cairo and taken to the infirmary.
Tuesday, 16 Feb 1904:
Mr. and Mrs. Julius Weber, have returned from Centralia, where they went to attend the funeral of Mrs. Weber’s father.
Tom Whitaker, who was run over by an Illinois Central train at Mounds yesterday, mention of which was made in The Citizen, last evening, died last evening about 4:30 o’clock.

Wednesday, 17 Feb 1904:
In the Thebes Lynching Case, But It May Come to Trial Tomorrow.

In the Thebes case the state wants a continuance until the next term of court, and an affidavit is being made out and will be presented this evening.


Louis Blatteau, the eldest son of Mrs. Margaret Blatteau, of 1009 Walnut Street, died yesterday near Waco, Texas.  The deceased was 38 years of age and had been in poor health for several years.  He was formerly connected with the express company in this city and was considered a faithful and valuable employee.  He left here several years ago for the south to seek benefit for his health, which gradually grew worse.  A wife and two children survive him.

Thursday, 18 Feb 1904:
State’s Attorney Entered Nolle in the Unity Homicide Case.
Hixon, in the Thebes Lynching Case, Admitted to Bail, but Has not Yet Furnished Bond.

Stephen Johnson, charged with murder at Hodges Park, was released this morning, State’s Attorney Wilson entering a nolle in his case.  There was no evidence to show that he did not act in self-defense.

Napoleon Hixon, whose case was continued last evening until the May term, was admitted to bail in the sum of $2,000, but has not yet given bond.  This is the Thebes lynching case.
J. H. Sydenstricher, well known here (Wetaug), died the 29th of last month at the Soldiers’ Home in Quincy, Ill.  His son James was killed in the Philippines last July.

(James H. Sydenstricker was a private in Co. E, 35th Missouri Infantry, enlisting Aug. 21, 1862, at St. Joseph, Mo., and was mustered out June 28, 1865, at Little Rock, Ark.—Darrel Dexter)
Floyd, the 3-year-old son of Mrs. T. E. Barringer, died Friday of malignant typhoid fever.  He was a bright little fellow and his death was a severe blow to his mother and to his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Richey.  (Wetaug)
Reed Golf, formerly of this place (Curry), died at the Cairo hospital and was buried at Villa Ridge cemetery last Friday, but was removed by his partners to the New Hope Cemetery on Sunday.

(A marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Reed Gorf Died Feb. 11, 1904 Aged 23 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 28 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Ida Stull died recently at her home at this place (Curry) and was buried at the New Hope Cemetery.

(Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Ida wife of J. A. Stull Born May 11, 1866 Died July 3, 1904—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 19 Feb 1904:
Louise May Bechdel, the 8-year-old daughter of Thomas Bechdel, the painter, of Center and Pine street, died today at noon after an illness of only nine days of pneumonia.

(Thomas Bechdel married Katie Kaderli on 15 Apr 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Louis Blateau will arrive in Memphis tonight and the interment will be made in that city tomorrow.
Saturday, 20 Feb 1904:
Former Cairoite Passes Away in Chicago Yesterday.—Death Result of Heart Trouble.

Mayor Claude Winter yesterday received word from Chicago announcing the death of Charles B. Fair, a former Cairoite, who was at one time in charge of the Galigher ice plant.  He was an expert machinist and came to Cairo every year to superintend work on Winter Brothers Ice Factory.

The deceased leaves a wife and daughter, the latter about 15 years of age.  The remains will be brought to Villa Ridge and services conducted by the A. O. U. W. or the Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. as the deceased was a member of both orders.
Judge Duncan will be on the bench next week.  The O’Neil case is set for Tuesday.  O’Neil is charged with the killing of Con Sheehan and the shooting of Mike Egan, in the old brewery saloon during the carnival last October.  State’s Attorney Wilson will be assisted in the prosecution by Attorney Reed Green, and Attorney Angus Leek will be one of the attorneys for the defense.
Thomas Whiteaker, who was killed at Mounds while engaged in switching for the Illinois Central, was a son of Capt. Mark Whiteaker, of Vienna.
Monday, 22 Feb 1904:
Occurred at Paducah Yesterday in which a Fireman Was Killed.

Paducah, Ky., Feb. 22.—The Cairo Hopkinsville train of the Illinois Central which leaves Cairo at 6 a.m., collided with a freight train here yesterday about 200 yards from the depot.  Fireman Clarence Dazzell, of the passenger train, was killed and Engineer William O. Burch was injured.  The passengers were badly shaken up, but the freight crew escaped without injury.
Felix Hartwig, 14 Years Old, Fatally Injured at Paducah This Morning.

Paducah, Ky., Feb. 22.—Felix Hartwig, 14 years old, fell down a shaft at the Consolidated Collar Company’s plant this morning in this city.  He fell three stories and his spine was seriously injured and he suffered concussion of the brain.  It is thought that he will die.

BRANKEL—Died at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Sunday morning at 7 o’clock of pneumonia, Feb. 21, 1904, William Brankel, son of Joseph Brankel, of 2207 Walnut, aged 36 years.  Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning, Feb. 23.
The funeral of Charles B. Fair occurred this morning.  A special train went up to Villa Ridge with the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. lodges who had charge of the ceremonies.
The funeral of Louise May Bechdel, daughter of Thomas Bechdel, the painter, was held yesterday afternoon at the residence, 703 Cedar Street.  Rev. J. T. M. Knox had charge of the services.  The burial took place at Villa Ridge.
Frank A. Randall, a river man and son of Mrs. E. M. Randall, of 415 Thirty-fourth Street, died early Sunday morning of typhoid fever.  The deceased was a nephew of Capt. James Higlen.  The funeral was held this morning and the remains went to Michigan for interment.  The deceased was unmarried and about 38 years of age.
William Brankel, who has been ill at St. Mary’s Infirmary with pneumonia, died yesterday morning about 7 o’clock.  The deceased was foreman for Kelly Bros. and had long been with that firm.  He was a son of Joseph Brankel, one of Cairo’s oldest contractors and carpenters, who resides at 2207 Walnut Street.  The deceased was about 36 years of age and well known in this city.  The funeral will be held Tuesday morning from St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
Tuesday, 23 Feb 1904:
Noted Murder Case Opening in the Circuit Court This Forenoon.
None Secured This afternoon Out of Twenty-five That Were Examined.

The trial of Thomas O’Neal and William Grimes, charged with the murder of Con Sheehan began in the circuit court this morning.  The prosecution consists of State’s Attorney Wilson and Senator Reed Green, while Attorneys Lansden & Leek are counsel for the defendants.  The plea of the defense will be self-defense.

The work of securing a jury is difficult.  Twenty-five of the special venire of forty had been examined at 3 o’clock this afternoon and not a juror secured.  Of the number, the State had peremptorily refused six and the defense two.
Mrs. N. L. Wickwire, of St. Louis, a former resident of Cairo, died today and the remains will be buried at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Mrs. Wickwire was a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser and her husband was a contractor here many years ago.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been perfected.

(Niles L. Wickwire married Margaret A. Morris on 22 Dec 1861, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Compton returned yesterday from Vienna, where they attended the funeral of Tom Whiteaker.  (Mounds)
Wednesday, 24 Feb 1904:
Out of 91 Men Examined for Trial of the O’Neal Murder Case.

At 3 o’clock this afternoon eight jurors had been secured in the O’Neal murder case.  They were:
Henry Bass, Delta.  John L. Brown, Cairo.  James Douglas, Cairo.  John D. Stepp, Cairo.  J. E. Foster, Beech Ridge.  William Hepler, Beech Ridge.  Reuben Fozard, Elco.  John Allen, Elco. 

Ninety-one had been examined in securing these eight and the prosecution peremptorily challenged 18 and the defense 11.  A special venire for 20 men was issued this morning and sent to the country.

Yesterday Fred D. Nellis failed to answer a summons to appear for service as a juror and the court sent an attachment for him and fined him $5 and costs for contempt of the court.
The 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Kendall, of 2312 Washington Avenue, died at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon of pneumonia.  The funeral services will be conducted at the residence tomorrow afternoon by Rev. Robert A. Sickles, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church.
A. Wilson, of Willard, who was very ill at the home of his son, W. C. Wilson, of 411 Thirty-fourth Street, died at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

(His marker in Hargis Cemetery reads:  Armsted Wilson Born Oct. 26, 1846 Died Feb. 24, 1904.  Farewell my wife and children all, From you a father Christ doth call.—Darrel Dexter)

Died—Mrs. N. L. Wickwire, at S. Louis, Tuesday, February 23, 1904.

Special train will leave the Illinois Central depot, Cairo, for Mounds at 11:15 tomorrow morning and meet the train from St. Louis, which is due to arrive there at 12:15.  The interment will take place at Beech Grove Cemetery.  All friends of the deceased are invited to attend.
In our items of last week we spoke of Mrs. Barringer’s little child having died of malignant scarlet fever, the printer’s devil made it typhoid.  He probably knew more about it than we did.
Thursday, 7 Apr 1904:
The funeral of Mrs. Rachel J. Phillis was held this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Hinkle, on Twenty-eighth Street.  The service was conducted by Rev. J. T. M. Knox, pastor of the Presbyterian church, of which the deceased had been a member ever since 1869, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for burial.  The pallbearers were George Parsons, Walter H. Wood, Claude Winter, H. H. Halliday, Miles S. Gilbert and Charles S. Carey.

(Robert Hinkle married Jessie B. Phillis on 21 Apr 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 8 Apr 1904:
No Evidence to Hold Him for Assault to Kill Mike Egan.

This morning in Judge Ross’ court, the case of Thomas O’Neil, charged with assault upon Mike Egan with intent to kill, came up for trial and O’Neil was released.  Attorney Angus Leek appeared for the defense.

The court held that O’Neil acted in self defense and that the evidence was not sufficient to hold him over to the grand jury.
The inquest over the remains of the unknown man murdered in “Wild Cat Chute” was held yesterday by Coroner McManus.  Frank Lewis, the negro who escaped, is charged with the deed and John Garrett and Sallie Pittypat are held as accessories to the crime.  The victim has not yet been identified and photographs will be taken of him and sent to surrounding points.
Engineer McKetchum, aged 83 years, died at his home in New Richmond, Ohio, last Saturday.  He was one of the oldest engineers on the Ohio River and quit the Bonanza, his last boat, eight months ago.
Saturday, 9 Apr 1904:
Mrs. Earl Patier, who is at the bedside of her grandmother, Mrs. M. Wright, at Nashville, Tenn., writes that there is little hope of her recovery.  She is 92 years of age.
Miss Bessie M. Turner left last night for Columbus, Ohio, where she was called by the serious condition of her uncle, Mr. J. C. Hoglan, who is suffering from heart trouble and is only expected to survive a very short time.
Passed Away This Morning after a Long Illness.

William McCander, janitor at the post office, died at 4 o’clock after a long illness.  He was about 76 years old, was a veteran of the late war, and had been janitor at the post office ever since the building was erected over 35 years.  He leaves a widow, a son, and daughter and four stepchildren, John and Jim Foley, Mrs. Wichert and Mrs. Hammell, of Chicago.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with burial at Villa Ridge by the G. A. R. and C. K. of A.

(William McCander was a private, enlisting in Co. B, 18th Illinois Infantry on 21 Dec 1863, and was mustered out on 16 Dec 1865.  His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  William McCander 1833-1904 Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 11 Apr 1904:
Word has been received by Cairo friends of the death from consumption of Miss Kate Ward, which occurred at Greenville, Texas, on Easter Sunday.  She was the guest of Miss Gussie Steinhouse, a few years ago, in company with Miss Allie Lewis.
Mrs. Louise Koehler returned today from St. Louis.  She was called there by the announcement of the death of her brother, but learned upon arrival there that it was here brother’s brother who had died.
Tuesday, 12 Apr 1904:
Passed Away This Afternoon at Her Home on Upper Sycamore.

Mrs. Herman Schuh died at her home on upper Sycamore Street, this afternoon about 1:30 o’clock, after an illness of two weeks.  She had been in poor health for about six months, and went to Chicago, where an operation was performed, which brought some relief, but about two weeks ago she suffered a relapse, which resulted in her death today.

Mrs. Schuh was reared in Mound City, Ill., and was about 40 years of age.  She is survived by her husband, Herman C. Schuh, and her two sons, Charlie and Niles, aged 8 and 6 years respectively; her mother, Mrs. E. Frazer, and two brothers, Alex and W. P. Fraser.

The deceased was a member of the Church of the Redeemer and was held in high esteem by her many friends who will regret to learn of her untimely death.

The funeral arrangements have not been entirely perfected, but will occur Thursday.

The many friends of the family extend their deepest sympathy in their hour of bereavement.

Miss Hattie Gibson and brother, Frank, and Mr. and Mrs. George Gibson left this morning for Mt. Carmel to attend the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Robertson.  Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Gibson went up a few days ago.
Monday, 18 Apr 1904:
Miss Edith Whitlock went to Mound City today to attend the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. Charles Carr.
The remains of Mrs. Charles Carr (Olive Campbell) arrived at Beech Grove Cemetery today from Kankakee where the funeral ceremonies were held and the remains interred.
Nioma, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cealey, of Twenty-seventh Street, died this morning at 6 o’clock.  The funeral services were held this morning conducted by Rev. Sickles and the remains were taken to Jonesboro for burial.
Saturday, 30 Apr 1904:
Lost Their Lives While En Route to Mound City to Be Married.

John Ramer, of Hillerman, son of James Ramer, a wealthy farmer, and Miss Stella Curry, of Belknap, were drowned in Hess Bayou, at three o’clock yesterday afternoon while driving from Belknap to Mound City.

They had just crossed a bridge at Hess Bayou, which was covered with water, and in making a sharp turn after crossing the bridge, the buggy plunged into deep water and both occupants and the horse were drowned.

The bodies were recovered and taken to Olmsted where they were identified.

The affair is a very sad one.  It is understood that the young couple were going to Mound City to get married and then attend the street fair.
Monday, 2 May 1904:
Mrs. Leuschen went to Mattoon Saturday to attend the funeral of her brother, John Rapp, who died Saturday morning.  The deceased had been ill for almost a year. Miss Marie Leuschen went up to attend the funeral.
Brothers Resist an Arrest and Use the “Gun” in Enforcing Their Resistance—Second Official Wounded.

Mount Vernon, Ill., April 30.—Albert Wood, a constable was killed, and Curtis Gregory, another constable, was seriously wounded in a fight in Farrington Township with two men, alleged to have been William and Robert Howard, brothers, one of whom the officers sought to arrest on a warrant.  Robert Howard is alleged to have made threats against certain persons in this (Jefferson) County and a peace warrant was procured.

Constable Gregory states that they had arrested Robert Howard and had proceeded a short distance with him in their custody when his brother attacked them.  Several posses are in pursuit of the officers’ assailants.
Death Comes to Employee on the New Structure Going Up at Thebes

The first accident since the Kelly-Atkinson Construction Co., began the construction of the false work at the bridge occurred last Friday afternoon when a pile of ties fell on a man named K. K., killing him instantly.  One other man was injured but not seriously.  The man had only been here a short time.  The remains were shipped to Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday for interment.  The victim of the accident was a resident of Minneapolis.—Thebes Record.
Tuesday, 3 May 1904:
The funeral of John Daffin, who died Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary, occurred this afternoon and the remains taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
Robert Barry, Cairo Boy, Acquitted of Charge of Manslaughter at St. Louis.

The jury at St. Louis in the case of Robert Barry charged with manslaughter, returned a verdict of not guilty yesterday.  Barry is a Cairo boy who several weeks ago was attacked by a gang of drunken ruffians in front of a saloon in St. Louis, while he was passing. He was knocked down and used his pocketknife in self-defense.  He was arrested and charged with manslaughter.  State’s Attorney Alex Wilson, of Cairo, went up to St. Louis and appeared for the defense.  Barry arrived in Cairo this morning with his mother.
Wednesday, 4 May 1904:
Barney O’Loughlin, son of Thomas O’Loughlin and brother of John, Thomas and James O’Loughlin, and Mattie E. Casey, died in St. Louis Tuesday night.  The deceased was a member of the World’s Fair Department.  Cairo papers were requested to copy the notice of his death, but inquiry failed to find that he was known to old residents here.
Father of Trixie and Bessie Friganza Passed Away at Cincinnati Saturday
Deceased was 68 Years of Age and Was a Former Cairo Resident.—At One Time an Alderman.

Word was received yesterday by Mr. M. J. Howley, announcing the death of C. O’Callahan, a former resident of Cairo, who died at his home in Cincinnati last Saturday of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of only a few days.

The deceased came to Cairo in 1857 from Ireland.  For several years he clerked in a hotel and store for Henry Winter

During the Civil War he engaged in the hardware business in a building where McManus’ shoe store now stands.  He was also a councilman during the ‘60s.

He suffered great loss from a fire a few years later and soon after left for Cincinnati, where he has since resided.

The deceased was 68 years of age and is survived by a wife and three daughters, Delia, Theresa and Kate.  The two former are better known as Trixie and Bessie Friganza, and are leading members of the Prince of Pilzen Opera troupe.

The funeral occurred Monday.
Mrs. Clarence Wolf, nee Watson, died at her home north of Perks, Sunday, April 24th, after an illness of three weeks of heart disease.  She was only 17 years of age and had been married just six weeks to Mr. Wolf who did everything possible for his young bride and who has the sympathy of his many friends in his bereavement.
Thursday, 5 May 1904:
Mary Osborn, aged 19 years, an inmate of 214 Thirteenth Street, committed suicide yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o’clock.  The cause for her rash deed is said to have resulted from the fact that her lover was about to leave her.  She became despondent and drank the contents of a bottle of carbolic acid.  She has made several attempts to take her life before.  She formerly resided in Paducah, but became too intimate with men whom she knew nothing of and they led her on a downward path, which resulted in a case of suicide.
H. B. Davison, Sr., father of Justice H. B. Davison, of this city, died at his home in Madison, Ind., Tuesday afternoon.  The deceased was 87 years of age.  Owing to poor health Mr. Davison was unable to attend his father’s funeral.
The friends of Mr. J. A. Woodson, who formerly resided in this city and has recently returned to St. Louis from Kansas, as stated in The Citizen a day or so ago, will regret to learn of the death of his father, which occurred after reaching Coulterville.  The climate in Kansas did not agree with Mr. Woodson, Sr., nor with Mr. J. A. Woodson’s wife and on this account they returned to this state.
Tuesday, 10 May 1904:
Murder Trial of Frank J. Walters and Robert Williams Continued
But Will Probably Never Come to Trial as Prosecution Has No Witnesses.

The murder case of Frank J. Walters and Robert Williams was continued until the next term of court and bond was fixed in the sum of $3,000.  B. McManus, Jr., G. P. Crabtree, John Stoltz and Dan McCarthy went surety for Walters.

The Hickson case will probably not come to trial, as the prosecution has no witnesses.  The case is set for tomorrow.
Mrs. H. H. Cox, of Murphysboro, Accidentally Killed by Hance Cleland.
The Deceased Is a Niece of Charles S. Bouscher, of Douglas Street.—Jury Exonerates Cleland.

Mrs. H. H. Cox, of Murphysboro, a niece of Mr. Charles S. Bouscher, of 424 Douglas Street, met with a sad accident Saturday night, which resulted in her death.

Hance Cleland, a high school boy, who roomed with Superintendent Ellis H. Rogers, was about to retire when he heard someone prowling about the yard.  Taking a revolver, he stepped out on the porch and asked who was there and, as he did so, saw the form of someone disappearing in the darkness.  He called to the party to halt, and as the person failed to do so, he fired several shots.
He went in search of the supposed burglar and was sure that he saw him enter and hide in a coal shed in the next yard.

Again he called out to the party to come out or he would shoot, and hearing no response he again fired.

On investigation it was found that Mrs. Cox had entered her coal shed and the bullet had pierced her body, killing her almost instantly.

The theory is that Mrs. Cox went into her own back yard attracted by the shooting and had entered the shed when the boy fired.  It is thought the burglar made his escape when the boy first shot.

The jury exonerated Cleland for the shooting.  The boy is very much broken up over the deplorable affair.

Mr. and Mrs. Bouscher were unable to attend the funeral.

(H. H. Cox married Mollie Evans on 25 Nov 1896, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Day Yardmaster for Illinois Central at Mounds Injured in Runaway.
Was Driving to Cairo Last Evening When Horse Became Frightened and Connelly Was Thrown from Buggy

Martin Connelly, day yardmaster for the Illinois Central at Mounds, met with a painful accident last night about 7:30 o’clock.

He was driving to Cairo, and after crossing Cache bridge, his horse became frightened and plunged down the embankment.  The buggy was overturned and Connelly’s leg was caught and twisted beneath it, and he also received a severe injury to his head.

Connelly was found by Ted Cochran and another young man who were out driving and were passed by Connelly’s runaway horse.  When found he was unconscious and his leg broken.

He was brought to Cairo and taken to St. May’s Infirmary, where Drs. McNemer and Gordon attended him.

Mr. Connelly is very low this afternoon.  Amputation of his leg may be necessary.

The wound in his head is also a dangerous one and may prove fatal.
John Thompson Passed Away at Elco Sunday Night.

John Thompson, one of Elco’s old residents, died Sunday night at the age of 73 years, and was buried today.
             (His markers in Hazlewood Cemetery reads:  John Thompson Born April 8, 1833 Died May 9, 1904.  We miss thee father from our home.  We miss thee from thy place.  A shadow over our life is cast.  We miss the sunshine of thy face.  Corp. John Thompson Co. A, 15th Ill. Cav. Born April 8,1833 Died May 8, 1904, Aged 73 Years.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 11 May 1904:
In an Explosion at Herrin, Williamson County, Today

DuQuoin, May 11.—Six men were killed and twenty injured in mine explosion at Herrin, Ill., today.
Hickson Murder Case Nollied and Defendant Released from Jail.

Napoleon Hickson, charged with murder, in being a participant in the Thebes lynching, was given his freedom today.  State’s Attorney Wilson entered a nolle in his case and that disposes of the last of the trials growing out of that unfortunate occurrence.  There were not witnesses against the defendant.
Yardmaster Connelly, of the Illinois Central, Succumbs to Concussion of Brain.

Martin Connelly, day yardmaster for the Illinois Central, at Mounds, died at 12:30 this afternoon at St. Mary’s Infirmary, from concussion of the brain, which he received in a runway accident Monday evening.

The accident occurred on the Mound City road while he was driving to Cairo.  His horse became frightened and he was thrown out of the buggy and down the embankment.

The remains will be sent to Mounds, his home, where the funeral will be held.
Alice Gardner’s infant child died on Monday night.  (Wetaug)
Friday, 13 May 1904:
Died, May 8, 1904, John Thompson, aged 73 years, 1 month and 1 day.  Uncle John joined the Fifteenth Cavalry, Company A, known as Captain Stewart’s company, and was with Capt. Stewart when he was killed and remained in the service until his term of enlistment expired.  Afterwards he re-enlisted in the Sixtieth Illinois Infantry Volunteers and served faithfully until the close of the war.  He was a member of the Elco G. A. R. post.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Atchison at the Methodist church with interment at Hazlewood Cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest by a few of his remaining comrades.  A brave soldier, a good citizen and a true comrade, is taken from us.  (Elco)

(John Thompson, 28, born in Thebes, Alexander Co., Ill., enlisted as a private in Co. A, 15th Illinois Calvary on 10 Aug 1861, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and was mustered out 25 Aug 1864, in Springfield, Ill.  John Thompson, 32, born in Alexander Co., Ill., enlisted as a private in Co. E, 60th Illinois Infantry on 4 Apr 1865, and was mustered out on 31 Jul 1865, at Louisville, Ky.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Joseph Gamble, one of the old resident of Villa Ridge, died on Tuesday morning.  She had been a sufferer for many years at intervals.  Last Monday morning she was seized with a violent attack and soon lost consciousness terminating in death.  The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon and the remains interred in the cemetery here.  The services were held at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Fidler.
Grandma Calhoun was called to Metropolis this week by the death of a grandson.  (Grand Chain)
Remains of Late Martin Connelly Shipped There for Burial.

The remains of Martin Connelly, who died from concussion of the brain received in a runaway accident, were taken to Boston today for interment.

A sister of the deceased and the young lady to whom he was to have married this month and R. O. Barrett of the Illinois Central at Mounds, accompanied the remains.
Saturday, 14 May 1904:

The jury in the case of Sallie Nearon, for murder, failed to agree after being out all night and were discharged at 10 o’clock this morning.
Monday, 16 May 1904:
The funeral of Mrs. Caroline Herbert occurred yesterday morning.  The remains were brought down from Anna to Villa Ridge.  A special train went up from here containing relatives and friends.  The Germania Mannechor rendered several selections at the grave.
The aged father of C. C. Haynes, of the boat store was reported yesterday to be very low at his home at Smithland, Ky., and Mr. Haynes left for his bedside this morning.  Miss Anna Lake Haynes was also notified to come.
Is the Mystery of the Murder in “Wild Cat Chute.”

The mystery which overhung the murder in “Wild Cat Chute,” which occurred a few weeks ago, is thought to be solved.

L. H. Meyers, who has been investigating the case, says he is positive the man’s name is Sullivan and that he had been at work on an island farm near Commerce, Mo.  He says that Charles Anderson, of Ullin, contracted with a man named Sullivan near Commerce to work on a drug store he was building and that the man never made his appearance.

It is understood that a sister of this man Sullivan resides in St. Louis and steps will be taken to locate her and find out whether or not the murdered man is her brother.
Tuesday, 17 May 1904:
The second trial of Sallie Nearon, alias Pitapat, was taken up today.
Mrs. Eakin, mother of Mr. John Eakin, of Cairo, is quite ill from a stroke of paralysis, which occurred last week.  She is 87 years old.  (Villa Ridge)

(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  John A. Eakin Born Aug. 1, 1817 Died Nov. 16, 1900.  Mary E. Eakin Born Jan. 15, 1818 Died May 21, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)

We take great pleasure in thanking our many friends and acquaintances for the many kindnesses shown us during our late bereavement.
Mary B. Mooris
Minnie Webster
Mayme M. Polk
Wednesday, 18 May 1904:
The trail of Sallie Nearon for murder occupied the entire time of circuit court today and the case went to the jury this evening.  This and one civil case will complete the work of this term.  Court will probably not be in session tomorrow.
Thursday, 19 May 1904:
The remains of Mrs. Ellen Harder, whose death occurred Saturday, were laid to rest at Beech Grove Cemetery Monday. (Mound City)

“Big Fritz” the Well Known Butcher Died Last Night from Loss of Blood

Fred Voselsang, better known as “Big Fritz,” the well-known butcher, died very suddenly last night from loss of blood caused by the bursting of an artery in his left leg.

Several years ago Fritz sustained a broken leg and the fracture never entirely healed. It has given him much trouble and has bled often.

Last night he was walking out Douglas Street when the wound began to bleed and he stopped in Simmon’s Drug Store, when a doctor was summoned and the patrol wagon called. Before the wagon reached the infirmary, Fritz was dead.

The remains were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment.

Fritz has been employed by nearly every meat market in Cairo. He has a mother and two children in Cape Girardeau, who will attend the funeral. Deceased was a member of the local order of A. O. U. W. and the funeral will be conducted by that lodge.

Friday, 20 May 1904:
The condition of Maj. E. P. Haynes, father of C. C. Haynes of the boat store, remains very critical. Mr. Haynes telephoned from Paducah this morning that he would remain with his father at Smithland for the present.

Saturday, 21 May 1904:
Mrs. T. Gorman left for Vienna this morning to attend the funeral of Mr. McDwyer, who died there yesterday.

(His name is correctly recorded as W. T. Dwyer elsewhere in the same issue.—Darrel Dexter)

W. T. Dwyer, a prominent citizen of Vienna, died yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o’clock of heart failure. The deceased was about 42 years of age and was well known in Cairo. He is a brother-in-law of Engineer Mike Kiley of the Mobile & Ohio.

Passed Away at Villa Ridge Home as Result of Paralysis.

Mrs. Eakin, mother of Mr. John W. Eakin of the gas office, died at her home at Villa Ridge this morning as a result of a stoke of paralysis, which came a week ago. She had rallied from the first effects of the stroke, and Mr. Eakin, who visited her yesterday, had reason to believe she was recovering from its effects. Reports even as late as this morning were favorable, but he took a sudden turn for the worse and the end came this forenoon.

Mrs. Eakin was 86 years of age, and lived at Villa Ridge with her two daughters, Misses Maggie and Alma Eakin. Besides Mr. Eakin of this city, she had one other son, Horton Eakin, of Dallas, Texas.
             (Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  John A. Eakin Born Aug. 1, 1817 Died Nov. 16, 1900.  Mary E. Eakin Born Jan. 15, 1818 Died May 21, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 23 May 1904:
Passed Away Sunday Morning at St. Joseph’s School After Only Few Hours’ Illness.
Had Been Housekeeper at St. Joseph’s School for About a Year.—Remains Taken to Jonesboro, Ark., for Interment.

Sister Margaret, one of the sisters of the order of St. Benedict, died very suddenly Sunday morning, about 8:45 at St. Joseph’s School.

The deceased had only been ill a few hours from a congestive chill and all efforts to restore her to a normal condition proved fruitless.

Sister Margaret came to Cairo about a year ago from the motherhouse at Jonesboro, Ark., and was engaged as housekeeper at the school. She had been in the order six years, having come to this country from Switzerland eight years ago. She was 23 years of age. Her real name was Ida Heig.

Funeral services were held at 9 o’clock this morning at St. Joseph’s Church. Father Gillen was the celebrant of the solemn high mass and Father Downey of St. Patrick’s Church preached the sermon.
The remains were taken to Jonesboro, Ark., at 3:15 over the Illinois Central where interment will be made Father Gillen and two Sisters accompanied the remains.

The pallbearers were: M. J. Howley, C. E. Hessian, William Oehler, P. T. Langan, Dan Kelly, J. H. Galligan, B. McManus, Jr., and C. A. Petit.

Emil Rieber, Brother of Mrs. Jacob Baur, Passed Away Saturday Night.
Death Due to Heart Failure.—Deceased was 62 Years Old and Single.—Was a Great Scholar and a Daily Visitor to Public Library.

Emil Rieber, an old German citizen of Cairo, died Saturday night at St. May’s Infirmary. He was 62 years of age and heart failure was the cause of his death.  He will not be known to many by name, but he is the brother, of Mrs. Jacob Baur and was a daily visitor to the reference and reading rooms of the Cairo Public Library, where he studied and read and could give information in almost any subject of importance. He was a great friend to the students of the public schools and delighted in helping them in finding references and giving them information. He spoke several different languages. The deceased never married. He lived with his sister, Mrs. Jacob Bauer, and family.

His funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Rev. Sickles, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, conducted the services.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Emil Rieber 1842-1904.—Darrel Dexter)

John Trampert, an old and prominent businessman of Mound City, died Saturday night at the age of 70 years. The deceased was a shoemaker by trade and enjoyed a liberal patronage. He added to his business a large stock of ready-made shoes and finally increased his business so as to include dry goods, notions, clothing, etc.

A wife and two children, a son and daughter, survive him, his son being city clerk of Mound City.

John Martel, a carpenter formerly employed in Cairo and a member of the local carpenters’ union, died at Anna Sunday and the remains were taken to Murphysboro where the funeral was held this morning. Several of the Cairo carpenters went to Murphysboro and attended the funeral.

Tuesday, 24 May 1904:
The body of Lon Miller, the carpenter, who fell from the wheel of the Harry Brown a few days ago and was drowned, was discovered floating in the Ohio yesterday afternoon by some men employed on the Barrett fleet. The body was removed to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking establishment. The remains were shipped to Louisville this afternoon for interment.

Mrs. Adeline Buggs, a well known colored woman residing on Thirty-second Street, died yesterday at the age of 104 years. She has three children all advanced in years. John Buggs, a son, is employed by the Illinois Central at the freight depot.

William Etz Passes Away at Age of 77 Years.

William Etz, one of Cairo’s oldest residents, died this morning about 1 o’clock of a complication of diseases caused by old age.

The deceased in former years conducted a blacksmith shop but has been unable to work for some time.

His wife, one son, Henry Etz, and three daughters, Mrs. Harry Elias, Mrs. T. L. Richarson and Mrs. Edith Rushing, of this city, survive him.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with interment at Villa Ridge.

(Thomas L. Richinson married Emma C. Etz on 18 Jun 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

George Willis Struck on Head by His Brother-in-Law, John Waugh.
Waugh Escaped into Missouri, but Was Brought Back and Lodged in the County Jail.

John Waugh and his brother-in-law, George Willis, who reside near Willard, became engaged in a quarrel Sunday and Waugh struck Willis on the head with some dull instrument, which resulted in his death immediately.

According to witnesses before the coroner’s jury, the cause of the act is as follows:

Willis and Waugh were at the store of George Roth, settling up their accounts. Waugh came out and climbed into his buggy intending to drive away. Willis came out of the store and went to the buggy and asked Waugh if he could pay the money that he owed him (Willis); it seems if was about $10. Waugh said that he intended to pay it, but could not at the present time. Willis became angry and used an oath, calling Waugh vulgar names. The latter resented this and Willis repeated it. This angered Waugh and he picked up some dull instrument, which was wrapped up and lying in the buggy and stuck twice at Willis with it. The first blow, Willis warded off, but the second struck him behind the left ear, causing concussion of the brain, from which he died in a few minutes. Waugh then escaped and went over to Missouri, but was captured by H. Rumfelt, and brought to Cairo last night and lodged in the county jail.

At the coroner’s inquest the jury decided from the evidence that Waugh was guilty of manslaughter and recommended that he be held to await the action of the grand jury.

The funeral of Mrs. Eakin, whose death was noticed in The Citizen of Saturday last, occurred from the family residence here (Villa Ridge) last Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Rev. Mr. Fidler of the Methodist church conducted the service and her remains were buried beside her husband in the cemetery at this place. Mrs. Eakin’s maiden name was Mary E. Van Zandt, and she was born January 13, 1818. She married John Eakin in Cheshire, Ohio, in 1844. Removed from Ohio to Fairfield, Illinois, on October 1878, and to Villa Ridge in May 1892. All of her children, two girls and two boys, survive her. She became a member of the Methodist church, of which her father was minister, when she was 15 years of age, and remained in the church until her death.

Wednesday, 25 May 1904:
J. B. Dupoyster, of Wickliffe, Who Was Accidentally Shot, Succumbs to Injuries.

J. B. Dupoyster, of Wickliffe, Ky., who was accidentally shot while out riding Monday with his friend, Will Hawthorne, died Monday night.

The young men were riding horseback near Fort Jefferson when Hawthorne’s shotgun was accidentally discharged and the contents entered the abdomen of Dupoyster, making a horrible wound in his body, which exposed his intestines.

Dupoyster could not be removed to his home in Wickliffe and died near where he was wounded.
Hawthorne and his aged mother are nearly prostrated by the terrible calamity.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon with interment at Fort Jefferson. Dupoyster was the son of old settlers in the section of Kentucky near Wickliffe.

Marion Garner, son of Perry Garner, died Saturday of Bright’s disease and was buried Sunday in the Thebes cemetery. He was 34 years of age and a widower. (Thebes)

Andrew Clutts, who died Saturday of pneumonia was buried Sunday in Cauble Cemetery. He leaves a widow and several children.

Thursday, 26 May 1904:
The sisters of St. Benedict extend their most heartfelt thanks to the press, the pallbearers, and the many friends, Catholic and non-Catholic, for the sympathy and kindness shown them in their late bereavement.

Conductor Clinton Wood of the Big Four was fatally injured at Marshall Tuesday morning, having been caught between his train and a mill switch stood near the track.

Mrs. Mary Carmody died at the Southern Illinois Hospital at Anna yesterday morning. The deceased was 70 years of age. She is survived by a son, John Carmody, who resided in this city and is employed at the Illinois Central roundhouse. Funeral services were held this morning at St. Joseph’s church with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.

Passed Away at St. May’s Infirmary This Afternoon After Short Illness.
Deceased Was about 26 Years of Age.—Remains Will Probably Be Taken to Henderson Ky., for Interment.

After an illness of only about six days, of appendicitis, Van B. Miller, died this afternoon about 2 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.

The deceased was working last Thursday, but was taken ill Friday. An operation was performed Saturday but did not give the necessary relief.

The deceased was about 26 years of age and formerly lived in Henderson, Ky., where his parents still reside.

He married Miss Juanita Nellis last November and she survives him. Besides his father and mother and two brothers Arthur and Ray, the latter residing in Denver, Colo.

Mr. Miller was an employee of the Illinois Central at the stone depot.

He was conscious until the end and knew that death was coming. The remains will be taken to Henderson tomorrow for interment.

His young wife is nearly prostrated with grief and has the sympathy of her friends.

Friday, 27 May 1904:
Has Been Placed Over Grave of the Late Judge William Green

C. E. Gregory has returned today from Metropolis where he had the contract for the placement of a very fine monument over the grave of the late Judge William H. Green. The monument is made of red Missouri granite and is of rustic design, fashioned after Judge Green’s own idea. It is one of the finest in this end of the state.

The late Van B. Miller was a member of the Order of Railway Clerks of America. His remains were taken to the home of his parents at Henderson, Ky., this morning, where interment will be made. About forty of the Order of Railway Clerks accompanied the remains to the train in a body.

Saturday, 28 May 1904:
Leland M. Fisher, the gifted young colored man who was editor of the Cairo Standard until ill health drove him south, died at Humboldt, Tenn., this week. He was the author of a little book of verse entitled “Happy Hollow Ballads,” mention of which was made in these columns. He was a victim of consumption.


Miss Minnie E. Whitaker, wife of J. H. Whitaker, of Beech Ridge, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 9:30 o’clock this morning of congestion of the bowels. She had been ill only twelve days and was brought down to the hospital Thursday and placed under care of Dr. Sullivan. Her death is peculiarly sad as she leaves three little children in the care of her husband. All are boys, the oldest 7 and the youngest but six weeks old. She was 28 years old and her maiden name was Minnie E. Upchurch. The funeral will be held at Elco Sunday evening.

(Joseph N. Whitaker married Minnie E. Upchurch on 18 Feb 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Monday, 30 May 1904:
Miss Mary Higgins Passed Away at Mound City Sunday Morning.
Deceased Formerly Conducted a Millinery Store Here.—Was a Sister of Thomas Higgins.

Miss Mary Higgins died at her home in Mound City Sunday morning, after an illness of several weeks. The funeral occurred this morning at the Catholic Church, with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Miss Higgins formerly conducted a millinery store in Cairo with Mrs. Wild and removed from here to Mound City, where she has since been in the same business. She was a sister of Thomas Higgins of the well-known firm of Perks & Higgins and was 47 years of age. her father, Patrick Higgins, died only a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, 31 May 1904:
Wife of Capt. W. M. Williams, of the Mobile & Ohio.
Passed Away Last Night after Protracted Illness.—Deceased Was 59 Years of Age.

Mrs. William M. Williams, wife of Capt. “Billy” Williams, of the Mobile & Ohio, died last night at 8:30 o’clock after a protracted illness, at their home, 438 Ninth Street.

The deceased was 59 years of age and was a native of Charleston, W. Va. She married Capt. Williams at Covington, Ky., in 1863, after which they went to Vicksburg, Miss., to reside.

At the close of the war they removed to this city and have resided here ever since.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband and one daughter, Miss Mary L. Williams, the many friends of the family extend their sympathy to them in their bereavement.

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning with burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.

The funeral of Miss Mary Higgins took place from the Catholic church Monday morning and interment occurred at the Catholic cemetery at Beechwood. The deceased was an exemplary Christian character and was believed by a large host of friends. She was for many years the leading milliner of our town. One brother, Thomas Higgins, of the firm of Perks & Higgins, survives her.


WILLIAMS—Entered into eternal rest, Monday, at 8:30 p.m., Rachel Williams, beloved wife of William M. Williams, and mother of Mary Louise Williams. Funeral from her late residence, 438 Ninth Street, Wednesday, June 1st, 1904, 8:30 a.m., Rev. Roland officiating. Friends of the family invited to attend. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery. Special train leaves foot of Tenth Street at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday, 1 Jun 1904:
The last sad rites over the remains of Mrs. W. M. Williams were held this morning. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence, No. 438 Ninth Street, at 8:30 o’clock by Rev. E. L. Roland, rector of the Church of the Redeemer, and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. The floral offerings were very beautiful and profuse, one piece in particular being a large pillow from the Mobile & Ohio railroad employees. Mrs. Williams in her lifetime, believed in bestowing flowers upon the living rather than saving them for the dead. It was because she practiced this that she made a wide circle of friends, who could not refrain from paying tribute to her memory. The pallbearers were Charles Pink, Frank Cassidy, Samuel White, W. S. Simpson, George E. Ohara, N. B. Thistlewood, John A. Miller, Frank Armstrong, I. Cohen.

Passed Away at 2:30 This Afternoon After Long Illness.

Mrs. W. P. June passed away at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon after a long illness. Her death was sudden as this morning she seemed no worse than usual. Up to within a week she had been able to sit up but she had been an invalid for about seven years. Her death was the result of heart failure.

Mrs. June was in her fifty-third year. She was a native of Battle Creek, Mich., and her maiden name was Charlotte Williams. She was married to Mr. June at Battle Creek thirty years ago in August next, and they came to Cairo in 1877. She leaves a husband and two children, Marvin and Miss Katherine.

Mrs. June joined the Methodist church in her girlhood.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but the remains will be laid at rest in the cemetery at Cobden beside those of her sister.

Mrs. June leaves two brothers, one at Cleveland, Ohio, and the other at Creston, Iowa.

(Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Charlotte M. wife of W. P. June Born July 25, 1851 Died June 1, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)

Moses Walder Passed Away at Chicago Tuesday.

Moses Walder, one of Cairo’s early settlers, died at Chicago about noon yesterday, at the age of 75 years.

The deceased was the last of three brothers and came to Cairo in 1839, and resided here some time.

He married Mrs. Garson, mother of Ike Garson, of this city, in Colorado some years later. Returning to Cairo, he engaged himself in the grocery business at Tenth and Washington.

About four years ago he removed to Chicago. He was one of the charter members of the Cairo Masonic Fraternity.

The deceased was an uncle of Ike and Louis Walder and Mrs. William Hodge, of this city.

The time of the funeral could not be learned at this writing.

(William W. Hodge married Clara Walder on 15 Jan 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 2 Jun 1904:

Died, Wednesday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Charlotte M. June, wife of W. P. June. Funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 313 Twentieth Street, Friday, June 3d, at 12:30 p.m. Interment at Cobden, Ill., leaving on the regular train on the Illinois Central railroad at 2:20 p.m. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Friday, 3 Jun 1904:
Mrs. Lizzie Watkins, widow of the late T. C. Watkins, of Cairo, has been spending several days as the guest of friends in our city, where she and her husband formerly lived in the 60s. It is her custom to spend every Decoration Day in DuQuoin. Capt. Watkins lies buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Watkins is an active worker in the W. R. C. and last year attended the encampment in California. One day last week she attended the reunion of the 18th Regiment at Benton.—DuQuoin Tribune

The funeral of Mrs. W. P. June was held this afternoon at the family residence, 313 Twentieth Street, and the remains taken to Cobden for burial. The pallbearers were Messrs. E. W. Rees, James Milne, J. B. Gillespie, Mr. Baldwin, Henry Etz, Thomas Casey, P. E. Powell, and Henry Price. The floral offerings were many and profuse. The music was furnished by the Methodist choir.

Miss Annie Malinski and Mesdames Walsh, McNulty and Fitzgerald of Cairo attended the funeral of Miss Mary Higgins in this city (Mound City) Monday.

Saturday, 4 Jun 1904:
Rev. Philip H. Kroh died at Anna Tuesday at the age of 80 years, after a few days’ illness, which was due to old age. The deceased was well known in Southern Illinois and was a member of the lower house of the Illinois legislature at one time.

             (His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Rev. Philip H. Kroh 1824-1904.—Darrel Dexter)

Monday, 6 Jun 1904:
The friends in this city of Miss May Foley will regret to learn of her death, which occurred Saturday at East St. Louis. The deceased had been ill for some time and when her mother died a few weeks ago, the young lady was unable to attend the funeral. She suffered from a complication of diseases. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon and services were conducted at St. Patrick’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge. The deceased was 19 years old and a daughter of D. J. Foley, formerly city clerk and councilman of this city.

The preliminary hearing of John Waugh charged with killing George Willis at Willard, was being held this afternoon before Judge Robinson.

Tuesday, 7 Jun 1904:
The preliminary hearing of John Waugh charged with the killing of George Willis at Willard, a few weeks ago, was completed late yesterday afternoon. Waugh was bound over to await the action of the grand jury in the sum of $2,000, and to being able to give bond he was taken to the county jail.

Mrs. N. A. Duty died at her home at Center Station, one and one half miles west of this city (Mound City), Friday, June 3d. Interment occurred at Beech Grove Cemetery June 5th, services conducted by Rev. A. J. Littell.

Mrs. Duval was called to Bardwell, Ky., Monday by the serious condition of her sister. (Mound City)

Wednesday, 8 Jun 1904:
Julius May Passed Away at His Home on Eighteenth Street Last Night.
Had Been in Poor Health for Several Months.—Deceased Formerly Conducted Bakery on Lower Commercial Avenue.

Julius May died at his home on Eighteenth Street last night about 7:45 o’clock of heart trouble.
The deceased had been ill for several months and had just returned a few days from West Baden Springs, where he had been for the benefit of his condition. He received little good, so he returned home.

He seemed to be feeling in good spirits at suppertime, but after the meal complained of being tired. He seated himself in a large rocker and fell into a sleep from which he did not awake.

Mr. May was born in Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany, and came to the United States in his boyhood. He has been a resident of Cairo for many years and formerly conducted a bakery on lower Commercial several years ago.

The deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F., Modern Woodmen and Improved Order of Red Men. He holds a membership in the Cairo lodge of the latter, but is a member of the Kansas, Ill., lodges of the other orders.

A wife and three sons, Gerson, Morris and Lee survive him. The second named son is a resident of Paducah. Four brothers and one sister also survive him.

The remains will be taken to Paducah for burial at 6 o’clock tomorrow morning over the Illinois Central. The I. O. O. F., Red Men and Modern Woodmen lodges will have charge of the funeral. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Grandpa Scruggs died at his home at Mt. Pleasant last week.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and suffered terribly for a long time before death relieved him from his torture. His remains were interred at Liberty Cemetery in the presence of a large number of his friends and relatives. (Curry)

(His marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:  William H. Scruggs Born March 16, 1832 Died May 31, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)


DIED—Julius May, aged 56 years, June 7, 1904, at 7:30 p.m. Funeral will be held tomorrow morning, when the remains will be taken to Paducah for burial. Friends of the family are invited to attend. Remains will leave the house at 5 a.m.


All Modern Woodmen are requested to meet at the home of Neighbor May on Eighteenth Street tomorrow morning at 5 o’clock to accompany remains to Illinois Central depot. As many as can go to Paducah are urged to do so.

Friday, 10 Jun 1904:
Miss Rica Dauksch Passed Away After an Illness of Three Years.

Miss Rica Dauksch died at 10:45 o’clock this morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Emmet Atherton, at Twenty-sixth Street and Commercial Avenue. The deceased had for three years been a sufferer from tumor of the brain and for two years had been totally blind. Frequent trips were made to St. Louis with her, and she was in the infirmary here for treatment at other times, but received no permanent benefit. Her home was at Olmsted, where her parents Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dauksch reside. The deceased was 24 years old.


Died Thursday, June 9, 1904, George Gibson, aged 26 years.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Saturday afternoon. The remains will leave the family residence at 1 o’clock for the Calvary Baptist Church, where services will be held, and will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. Funeral train will leave foot of Fourteenth Street at 2:40 p.m. Friends of the family are invited to attend.

The remains of the late John Brewster, who was killed in the wreck yesterday on the Big Four, were taken this afternoon to Pulaski, where the funeral services were held. The funeral of George Gibson will occur tomorrow afternoon, as will be seen from a notice elsewhere.

Saturday, 11 Jun 1904:
Miss Anna Vaughn Pell was attacked with a hemorrhage of the lungs this afternoon and is in a very precarious condition.

The funeral of George Gibson was held this afternoon and the remains were interred in Beech Grove Cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Sickles and Porter, and the church was more than filled with friends of the deceased who attended as a mark of respect to his memory. The floral emblems were very beautiful and profuse.

Remains of Late John Brewster Interred Friday Afternoon.

Representatives of Safford Lodge accompanied the remains of their Brother Brewster to Pulaski yesterday afternoon. At Villa Ridge they were joined by a large delegation of Meridian Lodge I. O. O. F., of which deceased was a member and proceeded to Pulaski, near which place was the home of the deceased.

Egypt Lodge 789 united with them in procession to convey the remains to Liberty Church cemetery, where they were laid to rest. Both of the above lodges united in performing the beautiful and impressive ritual ceremony for the dead, which was conducted with touching solemnity.

Through the courtesy of Francis Stringer, “Egypt” male quartette rendered two most appropriate selections in very impressive manner—”In the Beautiful Land” and “Silently Bury Our Dead.” The esteem in which deceased was held is attested by the fact that more than 40 Odd Fellows and a large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral obsequies.

The sudden and tragic death of Mr. Brewster in the wreck on the Big Four Thursday morning has caused profound gloom and sorrow in his home community.

Monday, 13 Jun 1904:
Ernest Merce Fell Off Towboat Exporter Last Thursday Night.

Ernest Merce, a white deckhand on the towboat Exporter, fell off the boat as she was backing down here last Thursday night, and was drowned. News of the accident did not reach here until yesterday; the boat did not land after the accident occurred. Merce lived in St. Louis, but his home was in Toledo, Ohio. The body has not been recovered.

The funeral of Miss Rica Dauksch was held yesterday afternoon at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Emmett Atherton, Twenty-sixth and Poplar streets. The funeral was largely attended by friends of the deceased and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. The remains were taken to Olmstead for interment.

William E. Jones, brother of Capt. Richard Jones, of Fire Station No. 1, dropped dead Sunday morning about 2 o’clock. He was employed as bartender at Hixon’s Saloon, 3215 Commercial Avenue, and had closed up and started or home, when he died.  The deceased was about 36 years of age, and is survived by a wife and three children. The funeral will be held tomorrow and the Bartenders Union will attend in a body.

Mrs. Jessie J. Roberson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Jenkins, died this morning at 1:50 o’clock at her residence, 823 Twenty-fourth Street, aged 22 years. She is survived by a father, mother, three sisters, two brothers and a baby. She was a member of Ward’s Chapel A. M. E. Church where the funeral will take place probably Wednesday.


We most sincerely desire to express our deep and heartfelt thanks to all our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy in our sad bereavement which came upon us so suddenly in the untimely death of our son and husband, George R. Gibson.

We know that the sympathy of true friends cannot bring back to us our precious loved one, but it helps us to bear our grief. So with a deep feeling of gratitude in our hearts for one and all, we humbly lay our sorrow at the feet of our kind Heavenly Father and trust him for guidance, comfort and support until the dawn of that better day, when we shall fully know and understand what is now dark and mysterious.
W. F. Gibson, Father
Mary E. Gibson, Mother
Roxie M. Gibson, Wife

Tuesday, 14 Jun 1904:
Little Alice Dublin, the five-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dublin, of East St. Louis, died yesterday afternoon after an illness of three months. Mr. John Dublin formerly lived here and is quite well known, while Mrs. Dublin, was formerly Miss Maggie Stack. The remains will be brought down to Villa Ridge tomorrow morning for burial and a special train will leave here at 11:30 a.m. with the relatives and friends of the little one.

(John Dublin married Margaret Mary Stack on 24 Nov 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Alice Dublin Born March 4, 1899 Died June 13, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 15 Jun 1904:
The condition of Miss Anna Vaughn Pell who has been suffering from hemorrhage of the lungs, is about the same this afternoon. She is still in a precarious condition.
Thursday, 16 Jun 1904:
Asa Slone, father of Prof. Clyde Slone, of the Cairo High School, died at Carrolton, Ill., Sunday, at the age of 73 years.  The professor’s friends here deeply regret to learn of the sad news.  His mother died only a few months ago.
Johnson Fisher Passed Away This Morning After Brief Illness.

Johnson Fisher, one of the best known colored men in Cairo, died at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Lewis, 2112 Sycamore Street, at 3:30 this morning.  The deceased had been ill since last April, suffering from asthma, but it was not until last Saturday that he was compelled to take to his bed.  He was 40 years old and unmarried.  The funeral will be held at the Twelfth Street church Saturday.

(Johnson Fisher married Fannie Barton on 23 Jun 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John B. Bates, father of Mrs. Matt Lamb, of this city, died at his home in Anna yesterday at the age of 75 years.  The cause of his death was cancer of the stomach.  Mr. and Mrs. Lamb went up to attend the funeral.

(Matthew Lamb married Mary A. Bates on 22 Sep 1889, in Union Co., Ill.  John B. Bates married Ellen J. Lasley on 23 Nov 1864, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Coroner Summoned There This Afternoon to Hold Inquest.

Acting coroner John Coleman was called to the gravel pit to hold an inquest over a man who was killed there.  The message gave no details.
Mrs. Lutie Bruce, Aged About 30 Years, Took Her Own Life Last Night.
Was Found Dead by Her Little Daughter.—Left Note Saying, “I Am not Mad, but Heart-Broken.”

Tired of living, Mrs. Lutie Bruce, wife of George Bruce, of 231 Sixteenth Street, took her own life last night by sending a bullet from a 38-calibre revolver through her temple.

The story of the sad affair is about as follows:

____ 5 years of age, had gathered some flowers and going into the house was going to give them to her mother.  Hearing no answer to her call, the little girl went to her mother’s room and there she found the lifeless body of her mother lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

The little girl ran out of the house into the street, crying, “My mamma is dead.”  Neighbors hearing the child’s screams, hastened to the room where the woman was found.

A note was found addressed to her husband, which read as follows:

“George, forgive me, but I can’t help it.  I can’t put any confidence in you.  Goodbye.  And oh, my little babes, that’s what makes me suffer.  Keep them together.  Don’t let them be separated and try to bring them up pure and virtuous.  Please don’t drink any more.  Whiskey robbed me of you.  Always tell Vivian and Mary to be good and pure and be careful in ways they go.  Yours, who has given up all, I can’t stand it any more when you don’t respect me.

“Yours lovingly, Lutie.”

“I am not mad, but heartbroken.”

Bruce and his family came from Mound City to Cairo, but had formerly resided at Fulton, Ky., some time.  They came here last winter and he procured a position as bartender for Nichols & Stegg, but later went to Riddle’s place.

Acting Coroner John Coleman removed the remains to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms where an inquest was held.  The following were the jurors in the case:  Richard Powers, foreman; Alderman John Snyder, George O’Donnell, Mike Higgins, Ben Hamilton, M. J. Duobschutz.

The jury found that the deceased came to her death by a bullet fired from a pistol in her own hand.
The funeral was held this afternoon and the remains taken to Malden, Mo., for burial.
Saturday, 18 Jun 1904:
James H. Galligan has gone to Zanesville, Ohio, where he was called by the death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Spaulding.
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lamb returned this afternoon from Anna where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Lamb’s father.
Passed Away at Smithland, Ky., at Age of 85 Years.

Mr. E. P. Haynes, the aged father of C. C. Haynes of the boat store, died at his home in Smithland, Ky., at 9:20 o’clock last night, after a long illness.

The deceased was in his 86th year.  He leaves besides his son, C. C. Haynes, another son, H. L. Haynes, of Austin, Texas, and two daughters, Mrs. B. A. Bunn, of Smithland, Ky., and Mrs. Frank Phillips, of Paducah.

The remains will probably be interred at Smithland.
City Marshal Munnel of Metropolis Severely Bitten by Prisoner.

James Munnel, of Metropolis, Ill., brother of Mrs. C. H. Brackett, the well-known milliner of this city, lies in a precarious condition at his home in Metropolis, suffering with a severe case of blood poison.

About two weeks ago, Mr. Munnel, who is city marshal, arrested a man for some offense.  The man showed fight and in the scuffle, Munnel was bitten severely on the left thumb.  He had the injured member dressed and thought no more of the incident.  A few days later his thumb began to swell and the swelling extended to his arm.  Physicians think here is no chance for his recovery.
Kate Stancil, a well-known police character, died yesterday.  She was a white woman about 55 years of age.
Dave Hill, a white man employed as a laborer at the gravel pit near Tamms, was killed while at his work yesterday.  He was standing on a car unloading it, when several cars, which were being switched, broke loose and started down the hill.  When the cars came together Hill jumped, and instead of jumping out of the way, he landed between the cars and was killed.  He leaves a family.  Acting Coroner John Coleman went up to Tamms and held and inquest over the remains.
Congressman Smith’s Niece Had to Submit to Another Operation

James A. White received a telegram from George W. Smith, at Washington, D.C., this morning, which states that Miss Alice McClintock is very sick and is growing worse.  She was taken to the hospital Thursday and another operation will be performed this morning.  Her many friends in Murphysboro are very sorry to hear that the operation is the last hope entertained for her recovery, but hope it will be successful and that Miss McClintock will soon regain her health.—Murphysboro Republican-Era
Monday, 20 Jun 1904:
Niece of Congressman Smith Passed Away Saturday Night at Washington

Miss Alice McClintock, niece of Congressman George W. Smith, died Saturday night after a prolonged illness.  The remains will reach Murphysboro Tuesday when the funeral will be held.
Tuesday, 21 Jun 1904:
Capt. Ed Renfro Passed Away on His Farm in Williamson County.

Capt. Ed Renfro, for many years master of the Margaret, died on his farm at New Denison, in Williamson County, last Wednesday.  He leaves a wife but no children.
Many Negroes Seek Habitation Elsewhere, Bidding Farewell to This Popular Resort.

Seen Running Up and Down Alley Like Sheet of Fire.—Keevy Anne Declares She Saw It.

The inhabitants that reside on the east side of Commercial Avenue between Twelfth and Fourteenth Street, commonly known as “Wild Cat Chute,” have been rapidly moving out in the past two or three days and bidding farewell to their coveted home of crime and filth, and if their exodus continues it is likely this spot will be as desolate as a last year’s bird nest.

The cause for all this disturbance is not the result of police orders to “Move out,” but a much graver circumstance.

It will be remembered that a few days ago Kate Stancil, a poor white woman, who made her home anywhere, was found in Wild Cat Chute alley in a dying condition.  She was removed to police headquarters where death called a halt to her miserable life.

Kate’s dying statement was to the effect that she desired to be buried in the alley, where she had spent so many years of her life.

The news quickly reached the residents of Wild Cat Chute and spread like forest fire.

They began to flock to police headquarters in great numbers, to remonstrate.

But the officers told them Kate’s wishes had to be granted and one of the officers walked over in front of Keevy Anne’s house and began to measure off a space about the size of a grave.  Keevy was up in arms and declared if Kate’s remains were buried in front of her house, she would remove from Cairo.  Not wanting to lose Keevy as a resident, the officers said they would find another place.

During the night someone upturned some dirt in the alley and rounded it up in the form of a grave,  planting a head and footboard there and placing a bouquet of flowers upon it.

The next morning a negro woman started down the alley and catching sight of this, gave one wild scream and started back to her abode.  The rest of the inhabitants were “put next” in an instant, and all that day not a negro ventured down the alley.

The climax was reached at night when a bucket with holes cut into it, in the form of a face with candles inside, was seen on the grave.  The negroes were terrified and Keevy Anne trembling declared, “I see’d Kate blink them eyes; I know’d that blink.”  She also declared that during the night Kate’s spirit made several trips up and down the alley, and looked like a sheet of fire.

The exodus commenced and they have been leaving ever since.

In the past day or two, however when they learned and were fully convinced that it was all a “fake” the braver ones came back and have resumed their residence in “Wild Cat Chute.”
Wednesday, 22 Jun 1904:
Passed Away This Afternoon After Long Illness.

Capt. Sam Green died at 4 o’clock this afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Musa Woodward, at Eighth and Walnut streets.  He had been failing in health for a long time.

(Robert K. Woodward married Musie D. Green on 18 May 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 23 Jun 1904:
Postmaster Sidney B. Miller attended the funeral of Miss Alice McClintock at Murphysboro yesterday.
Over The Remains of Miss Alice McClintock Held Yesterday.

The remains of Miss Alice McClintock, who died in Washington, D.C., Saturday evening, reached this city at a late hour Tuesday night and were conveyed to the home of Mrs. Alice Dishon on South Fifteenth Street, where they lay in state Wednesday until noon, says the Murphysboro Independent.  Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock the funeral services were held at the Episcopal church, the Rev. Richards of Belleville delivering the funeral oration.  A large concourse of friends of deceased was present for the obsequies, a number from abroad being in attendance.  Numerous floral offerings were banked on and about the bier, some of them being tributes from Southern Illinois friends, while many others were sent from the national capital.  The remains were accompanied to the city by Congressman and Mrs. G. W. Smith, and Mr. Smith’s private secretary, Daniel G. Davis.  Interment took place at the city cemetery, where deceased’s mother and other relatives lie at rest.
Passed Away at His Home Last Night of Pneumonia and Small Pox.

Robert White, an engineer for the Illinois Central railroad, died at his home on Twenty-eighth Street last night of a complication of pneumonia and small pox.

He was 40 years of age and is survived by a wife and four small children, the oldest seven years of age, the youngest, twins, of seven months.

The deceased was only sick about two weeks, but had received the best of nursing.  Some time ago he suffered with a case of the measles, which later developed into pneumonia and then he was taken down with the smallpox.

His wife is a daughter of Casper Slackert.  The report that she fell and broke a limb last night is untrue.  She fell in a faint when her husband died but was not injured.

The remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery early this morning for burial.  Mr. White was a member in good standing of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F.
Remains of Capt Samuel Green Taken There for Burial This Afternoon.

Capt. Samuel Green, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Musa Woodward, yesterday afternoon, celebrated his sixty-seventh birthday on June 3rd.  For many years he was one of the best-known pilots on the Ohio and Mississippi river steamers.  In later years he handled harbor boats at this port.  He was compelled to retire several years ago on account of failing health.  The surviving members of his family are Mrs. Musa Woodward and Capt. Harry Green of this city.  The funeral was held this afternoon and the remains taken to Smithland, Ky., for burial.

The pallbearers were Capt. W. M. Williams, Capt. Frank Cassidy, Charles Mitchell, Capt. Fred Bennett, Herman C. Schuh, Dr. Davis, Fred Nellis and C. C. Haynes.
Monday, 27 Jun 1904:
Party Which Sought Tree’s Shelter During a Storm Suffered from Shock.

Alto Pass Ill., June 27.—A tree under which Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Dehart and little girl aged 8, and three children of a neighbor family were taking shelter was struck by lightning at 5 o’clock p.m. Saturday.  The girl was killed instantly and Mrs. Dehart died yesterday afternoon at 1 o’clock.  All of the six were thrown to the ground by the shock and one boy was badly lacerated by splinters from the tree.  No more deaths, however, are expected to result from the accident.

The Dehart home is on Ed Clark’s farm one half mile north of Cobden.

The parties injured were picking blackberries when the storm came up and sought the shelter at hand under the tree.  Mr. Clark’s family left the tree and ran to the house only a few moments previous to the coming of the fatal crash.

The child was buried yesterday and its mother’s funeral took place this morning.
             (A. Munn DeHart married Sarah E. Modglin on 2 Sep 1894, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Wednesday, 29 Jun 1904:

DIED—William E. Hendricks, Tuesday evening, June 28th, 1904.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence, 219 Eighteenth Street at 8 o’clock tonight.  The remains will be taken to Paducah at 6 o’clock tomorrow morning for interment.  Rev. T. J. Porter will conduct the services.
Isadore Roth was struck by an Illinois Central passenger train at Anna Monday afternoon and killed.  He was picking up coal on the track and stepped off one track to avoid an approaching freight train, and failed to see the passenger train approaching on the other track.  He was 40 years old and lived at Goreville.
Young Man From Mayfield Drowned off Fowler Sunday.

Sunday evening, as the steamer Dick Fowler was nearing Brookport, a young man named Erwin A. Albritton, of Mayfield, Ky., was seen to mount the rail of the cabin deck and then plunge into the river.  No cause for the act could be assigned.  His body disappeared in the waters and was seen no more.

As soon as the boat landed at Brookport, his father, who is a wealthy tobacco buyer at Mayfield, was notified and on Monday morning men were put to work dragging the river and searching for the body, which was found after a few hours.
Former City Attorney of Cairo Passed Away Last Night.
Death Result of Dropsy—End Came After Two Days Illness—Burial Will Take Place Thursday at Paducah.

William E. Hendricks, attorney at law, died at his home on Eighteenth Street at 8 o’clock last evening, of dropsy, after an illness which confined him to his bed for only two days.  The deceased had been in poor health all winter, suffering first from an attack, which developed later into dropsy.

Mr. Hendricks was a native of Hannibal, Mo., where he was born 52 years ago.  He came to Cairo when a very small boy and grew up here, spending nearly his whole life in Cairo.  About twenty years ago he removed to Kansas and lived there for ten years, but nine years ago he returned and has made his home here since.

He leaves a widow and two children, a daughter, Miss Eloise and a son Thompson, both of whom are grown.  Besides he has three sisters living, Mrs. Laura Bettis, of St. Louis and Mrs. Will Beverly and Miss Beatrice Hendricks, both living in New Mexico.

The remains will be taken to Paducah on the early train tomorrow for burial in the family lot in the cemetery there.

Mr. Hendricks was a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Masonic lodge in addition to the Alexander County bar.  He was formerly city attorney of Cairo, having been elected at two different terms.
At the recent conference of the M. E. church here (Olive Branch), the following resolutions were adopted:

Whereas, God in his wise providence has seen fit to remove from among us our beloved brother, J. C. Barnett, an efficient member of our official board and of the church, be it

Resolved, That we deeply appreciate our loss and are grateful for his useful life, his blessed spirit of loyalty and liberality.

Resolved, That we extend our sympathy to his wife and children, who are deprived of such a presence, and that we express to them our high regards for them and pray that his example may be emulated by them and us.
I. J. Kelley, Chairman
Sam Thompson
W. S. Cavender, Secretary
Mr. Barnett died in March, this year, aged 52 years, after an illness of two years or more, with cancer of the face.  He had lived there for thirty years, on his farm a mile south of the village, and was one of the most substantial and helpful citizens.  His wife, two girls and two sons survive him.  He was a charter member of the Olive Branch church and one of the largest contributors to the construction of the church at Willard.  He came here from Pulaski County and his whole life was spent in Illinois.  He held insurance on his life to the amount of $1,000.
Thursday, 30 Jun 1904:
Peter Edmonds, a well esteemed colored man, died Monday morning, after an illness of several months, leaving a large family of motherless little children, his wife having died a few months ago.  (Villa Ridge)
Friday, 1 Jul 1904:
Miss Margaret McCallum, of Philadelphia, the eldest sister of Mrs. S. P. Bennett, of this city, died there Wednesday.  The deceased had been seriously ill for several days and her recovery was considered doubtful.  Mrs. Bennett and daughter, Mrs. W. J. Johnson, and the latter’s son, Hugh, will leave for Philadelphia, next Wednesday.
Saturday, 2 Jul 1904:
And “Jack” Hawkins, Engine Helper, Is Thrown in Front of Engine and Killed.
About 9 o’clock as Engine No. 139 Was Pulling Out of Redman-Magee Elevator with Six Cars of Grain.

Another fatal railroad accident occurred last night about 9 o’clock, when James, better known as “Jack” Hawkins, was killed by an Illinois Central switch engine.

The jury in the case rendered the following verdict.  “We the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of James Hawkins, on oath do find that he came to his death by being crushed by I. C. R. R. engine No. 139 jumping the track, crushing the deceased, James Hawkins, under the front footboard in the front part of the said engine.  The cause of the accident was due to a defective curve being too sharp.  Said accident on I. C. R. R. switch leading from the M. & O. “Y” to the Cairo Mill & Lumber Company’s yards and Redman-Magee elevator at Cairo, Ill., July 1, 1904.  John Farrell, Ed Koehler, J. S. LeMay, Louis C. Kohler, H. M. Hilburn, Charles Quinn.

On investigation it was found that the track was in good condition, the ties and the rails being new, but the curve was very sharp.

When the engine jumped the track, the cars broke loose and ran down the hill, only the car next the engine being derailed.  Switchman W. K. Gillespie, who was on the rear car, was not injured and he soon succeeded in setting the brakes.

Hawkins was not heard to utter a sound and probably never knew what struck him.  He was thrown from the front foot board against the M. & O. “Y” track which runs parallel to the I. C. track at the curve, and crushed by the front of the engine.  The wheels did not pass over his body.

The engine remained in an upright position, not turning over.

Engineer Julius Weber, of the ill-fated switch engine, told the following account of the accident to a Citizen representative this morning:

“We were pulling out of the Redman-Magee elevator, headed northward, with six cars loaded with grain.  We were going up the grade and were moving at the rate of eight or ten miles per hour.

“We had not gone far, when for some unknown cause the engine jumped the track on the left side, but retained its upright position.  Hawkins, who was on the front footboard of the engine was thrown in front of the engine before he could get away.  He was killed almost instantly.

“The accident occurred about 8:55 p.m.

“I do not know what caused the engine to leave the track.”

Mr. Hawkins was about 50 years of age and leaves a wife and three small children, two girls Eunice, and Mary, aged about ten and twelve years respectively, and a boy, Jesse, aged about eight years.  The mother is nearly prostrated over the terrible accident and the loss of a husband and father.  They reside at 623 Sixteenth Street.

Mr. Hawkins was engine helper.  His body was badly mangled and his face disfigured.  The remains were taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms where the coroner’s inquest was held.

The deceased was a member of the A. O. U. S.

The funeral arrangements have not been made.

The other members of the crew are Julius Weber, engineer; Ed Myers, fireman; Matt Ramsey, engine foreman.  They escaped uninjured.
Wednesday, 6 Jul 1904:
Dr. Harry Torrance Met Death in a Railroad Accident Near Cripple Creek.
His Wife Escaped with Slight Injuries.—Dr. Torrance a Son of Smith Torrance of Cairo.

Dr. Harry S. Torrance, son of Smith Torrance of Cairo, was killed Tuesday in a railroad wreck near Cripple Creek, Colo.  His wife, who was with him, escaped with slight injuries.  The car in which they were riding jumped the track and two were killed and fifteen injured.

Harry Torrance was a graduate from the Cairo High School, class of 1887.  He took up the study of medicine, and graduated from a Philadelphia College.  After practicing there for a few years, he removed to Cripple Creek, Colo., where he has lived for five or six years.  It was at Cripple Creek that he married.  He leaves no children.  As a boy, Harry Torrance was always well liked.  He was a success as a physician and built up a good practice.  His untimely death will be regretted by all of his old-time friends.

His father received the news of the accident this morning and the sad intelligence was a great shock to him.
Friday, 8 Jul 1904:
Funeral services were held this afternoon over the remains of little Edward Magner, the nine-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Magner, of 211 Twenty-seventh Street.  The funeral was held at St. Joseph’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
Harry M. Detrich, of Toledo, Ohio, numbered among the killed in the wreck on the Wabash near Litchfield, Ill., Sunday afternoon was formerly of Anna, Ill., and conducted the Anna Democrat for a time, and for a number of years was storekeeper at the hospital.
A colored boy of East St. Louis was drowned in a peculiar manner a few days since.  He was swimming with some other boys in a pond.  He dived from a springboard and did not come up.  The other boys became alarmed and ran for assistance.  When Young was found, his head was stuck in the mud at the bottom of the pond in nine feet of water.  The force of the dive had caused his head to sink in the mud six inches and he was drowned before he could get out.
Joe Terrell, Deck Hand on Transfer, Fell into River Today.
Knocked Off the Boat as It was Landing at Eighteenth Street.—Was Known as Big Buck.

Joe Terrell, better known “Big Buck,” was drowned in the Ohio this afternoon.  He was standing on the head of the transfer boat Pacific as she was landing at Eighteenth Street at __ o’clock this afternoon, and as the boat struck the cradle, he was knocked off, his head striking on the cradle.  He fell into the river and was drowned.  Terrell was a deck hand on the Pacific and had worked for the Illinois Central at the roundhouse for several years.
Saturday, 9 Jul 1904:
Traveler Fell upon Derrick Car Resulting in $20,000 Property Loss.

Thebes, Ill., July 9.—Yesterday about 4 o’clock, one of the saddest accidents that was ever witnessed by the people at Thebes, occurred on the new bridge across the Mississippi River.  The men were working on the false work on the Illinois side, when a very dangerous cloud came up.  They were about to move the great traveler, which is a massive framework of heavy timbers, consisting of three bents framed together as solid as human skill could make them.  This was mounted on trucks and before it could be secured to the iron rails on which it was being moved, the wind caught it and broke away towards the east where it collided with the steamer crain and turned over crashing to the ground followed by the crain, engine and men.  The three whom were killed were Thomas Clayton, Chicago; William Miller, Pittsburg; John Rinde, Minneapolis.  Two of the wounded were taken to the Cape hospital.

One man was on the very top of the traveler.  He held firmly to the timbers and rode her down, receiving several bruises, but was not seriously hurt.  This was almost a miracle as the bridge at that point is 73 feet and the traveler 100 feet on trop of the bridge making in all 173 feet.

The dead bodies were taken to the city hall.  Deputy C. S. Richards held an inquest and they will be sent to their home today.  The C. & E. I. train was two hours late and barely stopped in time to save a much worse accident.  Fortunately, the engineer looked up and saw the great mass of timbers moving without control and stopped his train.  It took until 6:30 to remove enough of the debris to let the passenger train up to the depot.  The property loss is estimated at $20,000.
Wife of Conductor J. M. Harper of the Mobile and Ohio.
Passed Away Early this Morning at Her Husband’s Sister at London, Mills. –Funeral Monday Afternoon.

Mrs. Ida Harper, wife of Conductor Harper, of the Mobile & Ohio railroad, died at the home of her husband’s sister, in London Mills, Ill., this morning at 1:15 o’clock of consumption.  She was 37 years of age.

The deceased had been in poor health for some time and went to London Mills last week to visit relatives.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Miss Gertrude, aged sixteen, and a little daughter aged two years.

Mrs. Harper is a sister of Mrs. Jesse E. Miller and a daughter of F. A. Short, of Elco.
The funeral will probably be held at Elco Monday.

The sad news was received in a dispatch to Mr. Jesse E. Miller today.

(James M. Harper married Ida Short on 19 Oct 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Jesse E. Miller married Fluanna Short on 1 Sep 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Francis A. Short married Fluann Reader on 2 Apr 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Harry Grear, the Druggist, Fell Down Flight of Stairs Last Night
From Which He Died Within Two Hours.—Never Regained Consciousness.—Funeral to Be Held at Jonesboro.

Harry Grear, the druggist, at Thirty-third and Sycamore streets, fell down stairs at his home over the store about 10 o’clock last night and sustained injuries from which he died at 12:30 o’clock.  He never regained consciousness after his fall.

Mr. Grear’s family lives upstairs over the drugstore.  A stairway leading from the street in front is the entrance to the apartments above.  Halfway up this stairway is a screen door.  Mr. Grear entered the front door, and locked it and started to ascend the stairs.  When he reached the screen door he lost his balance as he opened it and fell back to the bottom of the stairs.  The noise of his falling attracted the attention of Mrs. Grear and she called for help and Mr. Kuykendall and Mrs. Johnson came to her assistance and carried him upstairs.  Dr. Gordon was summoned, but nothing that he could do brought any relief, and he died from concussion of the brain at 12:30 o’clock.

Harry Grear was born at Jonesboro on May 2, 1858.  He learned the drug business in the store of his brother, Walter Grear, at that place, and afterward went into business for himself at Jonesboro.  He also at different times, conducted drugstores at Cobden, Evansville, Ind., and Mound City.  For a number of years he was manager of the Bross Pharmacy, at 1113 Washington Avenue.  A few years ago he opened his present drug store at Thirty-third and Sycamore streets.

Mr. Grear was married at Jonesboro and his widow survives him and one daughter, Mrs. Anna Montgomery, who became the wife of William Montgomery, of Mound City, on Wednesday of last week.

Mr. Grear also leaves and aged father, John Grear, at Jonesboro, and two brothers John W. Grear, of DuQuoin and Walter Grear of Jonesboro.  The latter came down this morning to take charge of the funeral arrangements.

Service was held at the family residence at 1 o’clock this afternoon and the remains were taken to Jonesboro, and the funeral will be held from his father’s residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Mr. Grear was a member of the Modern Woodmen Lodge of Mound City and formerly belonged to the Odd Fellows.

(John Greer married Cyndonia Meadows on 13 Apr 1847, in Union Co., Ill.  Harry Grear married Lizzie Reese on 5 Sep 1877, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:  Harry Grear Born May 2, 1856 Died July 9, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
A fellow named Clayton dropped dead in a poolroom in Thebes Tuesday night about 8 o’clock.  He was standing in the room talking with several friends and fell over when picked up he was dead.  His death is supposed to have been caused by heart failure.  He had been in Thebes for only three weeks having come there from the Klondike gold region.  His home is in the State of Washington.  He was in the city for the purpose of opening up a gambling house.
Monday, 11 Jul 1904:
Mrs. C. H. Brackett was called to Metropolis on Saturday to attend her brother, James Munnel, who is seriously ill.
Patrick Clancy Passed Away Sunday Morning at Age of 75 Years.

Patrick Clancy, one of Cairo’s pioneer citizens, died Sunday morning shortly after 5 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ira Parker, of 2710 Poplar Street.  Death was due to general debility.
The deceased came to Cairo about 53 years ago from Cork, Ireland, where he was born.

He was married to Miss Mary Burke shortly after coming to Cairo and ten children were born to them, five of whom are now living.

Deceased is survived by one brother, Col. John Clancy; two sons, Mr. Michael L. Clancy and Mr. Ed. J. Clancy, and three daughters, Mrs. J. P. Hogan, Mrs. James G. Cowell, and Mrs. Ira Parker, all of this city.  He was also an uncle of Dr. R. E. Clancy.

The funeral was held this afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment.

The deceased assisted in building the Illinois Central Railroad and was a resident of Cairo when the first train pulled into the city.

(Patrick Clancy married Mary Burk on 31 Jan 1854, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Ira O. Parker married Katie R. Clancy on 10 Jan 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John P. Hogan married Nellie A. Clancy on 9 Sep 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John G. Cowell married Jane B. Clancy on 22 Apr 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Passed Away Saturday Evening after Lingering Illness.

Mrs. George Schoembs died Saturday evening at her home, 2035 Walnut Street, after a lingering illness.  She had suffered from a cancer for about a year and an operation was necessary which failed to permanently remove the growth.  She had been gradually sinking and took to her bed about two weeks ago.

Mrs. Schoembs was born in St. Louis where she married Mr. Schoembs in September 1888.  She is survived by her husband, a son, Arthur, aged 12 years, three sisters, Mrs. Fred Boede, of Cairo, Mrs. E. Kusman, and Mrs. John Lambert, of St. Louis, and two brothers, John Zimmerman and George Stamps, of St. Louis.

The deceased was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the Catholic Knights and Ladies of America.

The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.

(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Rosa F. Schoembs 1861-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Catholic Knights and Ladies of America, Branch 23, will meet at their hall, Twenty-first and Walnut streets, at 8 a.m., tomorrow morning to attend the funeral of Mrs. Schoembs.  Branch No. 6 is requested to attend.

Mrs. James Hawkins desires to express her thanks and appreciation for the kindness bestowed upon herself and children during their late bereavement, especially to the I. C. employees A. O. U. W. lodge and neighbors.
Mrs. James Hawkins.
Tuesday, 12 Jul 1904:
Harry Bagby Meets Death While Driving Home from Cairo Last Nightly.
And in Crossing it Wagon Broke and Sinks into the Mad Waters.—Little Boy Climbs a Tree and Is Saved.

Harry Bagby, son of Matt Bagby, of Olmstead, met his death last night while driving home from this city, where he had been on business and trading.

He was almost home, being only a few miles west of Olmsted, when the storm came up.

The heavy downpour of rain caused the creek near Olmstead to swell, and in crossing this, the wheels of his wagon went down and the coupling broke.

The bed of the wagon sank in the mad waters and was carried down stream, and Bagby was drowned before he could get out.

The mules with the rest of the wagon were uninjured.

The wagon was heavily loaded with provisions and it is thought caused the wheels to sink in the water.

His little nine-year-old boy, Ney, who was with him, managed to climb into a tree, where he remained all night and escaped harm.

Mr. Bagby was about 36 years of age and leaves a wife and several children.

The accident is a sad one and the wife and children are nearly prostrated with grief.

The deceased’s father, Matt Bagby, is a member of Safford Lodge I.O. O. F. of this city.
Funeral arrangements have not as yet been made.

(Matthew T. Bagby married Anna C. Ayers on 1 Aug 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Circuit Court.

The grand jury found indictments this morning as follows:

John Waugh, murder; trial set for Friday at 9 a.m.  Attorneys for defense M. S. Gilbert, Reed Green.
W.F. Simon was called to Springfield, Ill., Sunday night by the serious illness of his mother.
Friday, 15 Jul 1904:
Passed Away This Morning after Lingering Illness.
Deceased Was 22 Years of age.—Son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Dennis, of 1807 Washington Avenue.

George Dennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Dennis, of 1807 Washington Avenue, died this morning at 9 o’clock after a lingering illness, caused by a complication of diseases.

The deceased was born on July 18, 1882, and would have been 22 years of age next Monday.
He has one sister Mrs. W. E. Williams, but no brothers.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at the house with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.

(Amos C. Dennis married Kate G. Harte on 22 Oct 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Circuit Court.

The case of John Waugh, charged with murder, was continued until the next term of court.
Mother of Mrs. Fred Nellis Passed Away This Forenoon.
Had Been Ill for Several Months with Asthma.—Deceased 64 Years of Age.

Mrs. D. Langsdon, mother of Mrs. Fred D. Nellis, died this morning at 9:50 o’clock, at the home of her daughter on Center Street.

The deceased had been in poor health for about four months, suffering with asthma.

Mrs. Langsdon was born on July 26, 1842, at Philadelphia.  She is survived by her husband, three brothers and six children, three boys and three girls. They are Mrs. G. C. Searight of Denver, Col., Mrs. Minnie Butler of Eldorado, Ill., Mrs. Fred D. Nellis, of this city, and B. A. Langsdon, of Chicago, C. C. Langsdon of St. Louis and Fred Langsdon of Jonesboro, Ark., all of whom, except the latter, are here.  The funeral will probably be held on Sunday morning with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Saturday, 16 Jul 1904:
Dorris Helms, the four-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Helms, of Upper Elm Street, died this afternoon after a week’s illness. The funeral arrangements have not as yet been made.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Doris Helm Born March 18, 1904 Died July 15, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Harry Pettit, Saloonkeeper, Lies in Dying Condition
Say the Doctors.—Assassin Is Reported to Be Clarence Irvine.—Had a Quarrel over Drinks.

Thebes, Ill., July 16.—Harvey Pettit, a saloonkeeper, was shot by Clarence Irvine last night and lies in a dying condition.

Irvine and Pettit had a quarrel two or three hours before the shooting occurred.

Irvine went up in town and procured a gun, then he slipped around the house and shot Pettit.

The latter had refused to sell Irvine a drink on credit, and this is thought to be the cause of the crime.

Pettit lies in a dying condition at his home, and the doctors say there is no chance for him to recover.

(The 26 Jul 1904, issue gives his name as John Petit.  John Pettit married Amelia Brinkman on 12 May 1881, in Randolph Co., Ill.  His marker in Old Thebes Cemetery reads:  John Petitt Born April 8, 1860 Died July 18, 1904 Aged 44 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 10 Ds.  Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 20 Jul 1904:
Left Cornwall, England Morning on Her Way to France.
Charged with the Crime of Killing Her Husband.—Is a Relative of Holbrooks, Formerly of Cairo.

Cornwall, England, July 20.—Mrs. Florence Maybrick is now free, after having been a prisoner for more than a score of years, charged with the crime of killing her husband.

She left here this morning on her way to France.

Mrs. Maybrick is a relative of the Holbrooks, former residents of Cairo.
Friday, 22 Jul 1904:
Herman Dowling left today for Humboldt, Tenn., to be at the bedside of his brother, Emmet, who is in a critical condition.
Emmett Dowling Is in a Precarious Condition at Humboldt, Tenn.

The many friends in this city of Emmett Dowling will regret very much to learn that he is in a precarious condition at Humboldt, Tenn., and is not expected to live.

Mr. Dowling was taken to Humboldt a few weeks ago. He had been suffering from an illness for several months and was taken to Humboldt with the hope that his health might be benefited.

His brother, Herman, left today for Humboldt to be at his bedside.
Died, in this city (Mound City), July 19, Miss Amy Bertha Clawson, daughter of Mrs. P. C. Earl. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Interment occurred at Beech Grove Cemetery.

(J. H. Earl married Mrs. P. C. Clawson on 12 Sep 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 23 Jul 1904:
Well Known Cairo Young Man Passes Away at the Place of His Birth in Humboldt, Tenn.
Had Suffered Several Months from a Tumorous Growth until Relieved by Death.—Deceased Was 30 Years of Age.

Emmett Dowling died last night at 12 o’clock at the home of his mother at Humboldt, Tenn., after a lingering illness of several months caused by a tumorous growth on his right shoulder and arm, which gradually spread covering a portion of his neck.

Over a year ago the deceased, in company with several young people was returning in a hack from a pleasure trip to the country when an accident occurred and his right shoulder or arm was badly bruised.  Mr. Dowling paid little attention to the injury and it apparently disappeared when suddenly a growth commenced which the physicians were unable to check.  Operations were performed and Mrs. Dowling went to Colorado and Mexico hoping to benefit his health, but gained little benefit, the growth continuing and finally developing into tuberculosis of the throat.  He returned to Cairo and made trips to St. Louis and Chicago, consulting the best physicians, but they have him no hope and he became resigned to his fate.

Knowing that death was near, he frequently spoke of the end and expressed himself as being ready to die.  For weeks he remained at the home of his sister, Mrs. Annia McCallum, 410 Fourth Street, but desiring the quiet atmosphere of his birthplace, he was removed a few weeks ago to Humboldt, Tenn.
The deceased came to Cairo eleven years ago and for several years held a position in the Illinois Central offices. He afterward accepted a responsible position with the H. L. Halliday Milling Company and was a valued and trusted employee, until forced to resign because of ill health.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church at Humboldt, Tenn., and was an exemplary young man.  He is survived by his mother and several brothers and sister, one sister, Mrs. A. McCallum, and two brothers, Ancil and Herman Dowling, residing in Cairo.  They were at his bedside when the end came.
The deceased was 30 years of age.

The many friends in this city of Mr. Dowling extended their sympathy to his relatives during their bereavement.
Monday, 25 Jul 1904:
The funeral of Emmett Dowling, who died Friday night at the home of his mother, Mrs. S. Dowling, at Humboldt, Tenn., was held Sunday morning at 10 o’clock at Humboldt.
Tuesday, 26 Jul 1904:
Engine No. 1007 was pulling the fast passenger train No. 4, on the morning of June 14th, which was wrecked in the north yards and badly damaged and in which John Hamilton a cigar maker, was instantly killed has been put into service again.  The engine shows no marks of the wreck.  The trip this morning is partially experimental.—Carbondale Free Press.
A reward of $500 is now offered for the arrest of Clarence Irvine, charged with the assassination of John Petit at Thebes a week ago.  The citizens of Thebes offer $200, Gov. Yates $200 and the deceased’s widow, $100.—Murphysboro Independent.
Monday, 1 Aug 1904:
Arthur Clyde, the infant child of Officer T. D. Wilson, died yesterday morning at the age of seventeen months, after an illness of several days.
Thursday, 4 Aug 1904:
Tom Boyd, a young railroad man, formerly employed here, was killed at Corinth, Miss., Tuesday morning while braking for the Mobile & Ohio railroad.
Friday, 5 Aug 1904:
Charles Fox of East Prairie Jumped from a Train and Was Killed.

Charles Fox, of East Prairie, attempted to get off the Cotton Belt train at Whiting this morning and his head struck against the timbers of the trestle over which the train was passing and he was instantly killed. His head was split open as if by an ax. The body was picked up and taken back on the train to East Prairie.  Whiting is only a mile from East Prairie and Fox boarded the train to ride that distance and then fearing that the train would not stop, attempted to jump off.  He was about 19 years of age.
Saturday, 6 Aug 1904:
Charles Fox, whose death at Whiting, Mo., was exclusively told in The Citizen last evening, jumped from the train to save paying a fare of two cents.  The distance from East Prairie to Whiting is only 85/100 of a mile and the regular fare is two cents.  Fox did not have the amount with him and jumped from the train to avoid the conductor, striking on his head.
Andy Kimmons, Aged 11 Years, Shot and Instantly Killed John McMurray While Playing Soldier.

The report reached here today of a homicide at East Cairo last evening about 4 o’clock, when Andy Kimmons, aged 11 years, shot and instantly killed John McMurray, his playmate, while engaged in playing soldiers.

The boys hearing their parents speak of the Japanese-Russian War, were fighting some of the battles they had heard them talk about in boyish fashion.

Kimmons had a 22-caliber rifle while McMurray was playing with an old musket.  The former was loaded but the latte was empty.

The boys had been pointing the weapons at each other and then falling as if shot and killed.
This continued much to the amusement of the lads until Kimmons managed to pull the trigger and the shot was fired piercing McMurray’s heart as he threw up his hands.

It is probable that the boys were unaware that the gun was loaded.

Young Kimmons is a son of Joe Kimmons of East Cairo, while McMurry is a son of a section hand residing there.

The case is a particularly sad one from the circumstances.
Victim of Consumption Passed Away after a Long Illness.

Charles R. Arter, Jr., died at the home of his parents, No. 313 Eighth Street Friday evening at 5 o’clock, of consumption.

The deceased had been in very poor health for the past nine months.  Had he lived until next Friday he would have been 29 years of age.  He was a bright young man, and quick to learn, so that he had no trouble in securing good positions.  His last employment until poor health made him give up work, was with the Andrew Lohr Bottling Company.

Funeral services will be held at the family residence at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev. Porter, of the Cairo Baptist Church, and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery on a special train for interment.

The train will leave the foot of Eight Street at 2:30 p.m.

Herman Roby, the oldest resident of Massac County, and the grandfather of Mrs. Harry Morehead of this city, died yesterday at this home in Metropolis, at the age of 96 years.

He had been active until about three years ago, when he lost his eyesight and since then has been failing in health.

He was taken to his bed last Monday.

His wife died several years ago, but he is survived by four children, the youngest being 59 years old.

Mr. and Mrs. Morehead will attend the funeral, which will be held tomorrow afternoon at 22 o’clock.
Bob Miller, Negro, Shoots Another Last Night Because of Jealousy.

Two negroes became engaged in a quarrel last night on upper Poplar street over a dusky maiden when Bob Miller shot Amos Gibson.

Amos Gibson with his brother, John Gibson, had come down from Mounds to attend Rev. Knowles’ revival meetings and was walking home with his friend when Miller appeared on the scene in a fit of jealousy.

Gibson is in St. Mary’s Infirmary with an ugly wound in his abdomen.  An operation was performed on him this afternoon. He is expected to die.

Miller escaped and nothing has since been heard from him.
Two Colored Men, Brothers-in-Law, Got into a Fight, One May Die.

Two colored men, brothers-in-law, living at Willard, got into with each other over family matters, and resorted to the use of edged tools.  As a result, one of them, Charles Roberts was so badly cut about the face and neck that his recovery is doubtful. Dr. Lawrence sewed up the rents, but it was so long before he was called that Roberts was nearly dead from loss of blood. Jackson claims self defense.

Monday, 8 Aug 1904:
Charles Young received the sad news today of the death of his son, George, which occurred at Louisville.  The deceased was 34 years old and was well known here.  He leaves a wife and two small children.
Fred Berry, who had his left hand seriously cut by a bottle bursting in which he had ignited some powder, a few weeks ago, is very ill and it is thought blood poisoning has set in.

Willie Harold, the two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Butler, of Villa Ridge, died last Friday and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge cemetery Saturday.  The funeral, which was largely attended, was conducted by Rev. Fidler, pastor of the Methodist church.

(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Harold Butler 1902-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 9 Aug 1904:
George P. DeGelder Passed Away Last Evening at His Home in Beech Ridge.
Was 55 Years of Age and Had Resided in Alexander County 39 Years.—Brother-in-law of Mr. George F. Ort.

George P. DeGelder died at his home at Beech Ridge Monday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock of acute stomach trouble.

He had been ill for several months and had sought relief at West Baden, but received only temporary benefit and for two weeks prior to his death he was confined to his bed.

Mr. DeGelder would have been 56 years of age on next October.  He came to Alexander County in 1865, and after a year spent in Cairo, removed to the arm at Beech Ridge, where he spent the balance of his life.

Besides his farming interest there, Mr. DeGelder conducted a general store, and for fifteen or sixteen years prior to his death was postmaster.

He leaves a widow and three children, two girls and a boy, besides his mother, two sisters, Miss Minnie DeGelder, and Mrs. Van Vark, the latter of Pella, Ia., and one brother, Peter A. DeGelder, also living at Beech Ridge.  He was also a brother of the late Mrs. George F. Ort.

Mr. DeGelder was one of the best citizens of the county.  He was a man of sterling integrity. Quiet in his manner, he went ahead tending strictly to his own affairs.  But he could always be relied upon implicitly.

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon by Rev. T. J. Porter, of the Cairo Baptist Church.  The funeral train will leave the Illinois Central depot to take the friends of the family to the cemetery.  Running out on the Olive Branch line to Cache, it will meet the family with the remains and the train will then return to Beech Grove Cemetery where the interment will be made.

(George P. DeGelder married Minnie B. Zonne on 22 Apr 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

To the kind friends who ministered to us during the illness and at the death of our son and brother, Charles Arter, Jr., we desire to extend our grateful and heartfelt thanks. It is our prayer that they may long be spared the affliction which ahs been ours.
Charles Arter and Family

Edwin O. Caswell, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Caswell, died at Skagway, Alaska, last Thursday morning of Bright’s disease.  The deceased was 35 years of age.  He went to Skagway six years ago and has been conducting a telephone system.  The remains are now en route to Villa Ridge, where they will probably arrive next Sunday, when the interment will be held.  Cairo friends will be advised more fully of the funeral.  Mr. Caswell was an Elk and also a member of the Arctic Brotherhood.

DIED—Monday, Aug. 8, 1904, George P. DeGelder, at his home at Beech Ridge, Ill.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.  The funeral train will leave the Illinois Central depot at 1:45 o’clock p.m., going to Cache station, where the family and remains will be met. The train will then proceed to Beech Grove cemetery, where the interment will be held.  Friends of the family ate intuited to attend.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 1904:

Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F. will hold a meeting tonight at their hall to arrange for the burial of their deceased brother, L. E. Falconer.
J. S. Vernhard, Noble Grand
Peter Kobler, Secretary

Passed Away This Morning after an Illness of Several Weeks of Typhoid Pneumonia.

William Madison, one of the Cairo police force, died at 9:15 this morning, at his home on Fourteenth Street, after an illness of five weeks’ duration.  His death was the result of typhoid pneumonia.  The deceased was 50 years of age and leaves and widow and three children.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday by Rev. Sides of the A. M. E. church and the remains will be buried at Villa Ridge.

William Madison was one of the best-known colored men in Cairo. Before he was appointed on the police force by Mayor Winter he held the position of janitor at the courthouse.
Passed Away Very Suddenly at His home on Sixth Street Last Night.
Deceased Had Been Engaged in the undertaking Business for Twenty Years.

L. E. Falconer, the well known undertaker, passed away very suddenly at his home on Sixth Street last night about 7 o’clock.

The deceased had complained of feeling ill during the afternoon, but his death was not expected.
In the afternoon Dr. Bondurant was called to attend him.

When asked the direct cause of Mr. Falconer’s death, Dr. Bondurant stated to the Citizen this morning that it was caused by alcoholism.  Dr. Bondurant further stated that he had been told by Mrs. Falconer that her husband said he had taken some embalming fluid which continued wood alcohol, but it is not known whether he really did or not.

Mr. Falconer was 51 years old on August 5th, and has been a resident of Cairo for nineteen years, coming to Cairo in 1885, when he engaged in the undertaking business.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Miss Virginia, aged 17 years, and Miss Mary, aged 14 years. Miss Virginia was visiting the World’s Fair and the sad news of her father’s death was telegraphed to her last night.  She arrived home today.

Mr. Falconer was also survived by one sister, Mrs. Kate Storm, of Boonsboro, Md.

The deceased was well known in Cairo and vicinity and was a member of the Masonic, Modern Woodmen and Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F.

The funeral services will be held here tomorrow with interment at Louisville, Ky.

Mr. Falconer at one time studied for the priesthood, but later gave up the idea and entered into the undertaking business.
Thursday, 11 Aug 1904:
The funeral of Officer William Mattison will be held tomorrow afternoon at his home, 417 Fourteenth Street.  The service will be conducted by Rev. Sides.  The train will leave Fourteenth Street at 2:30 o’clock for Villa Ridge cemetery.
The death of the late George P. DeGelder will probably be followed by the removal of the post office from Beech Ridge to Cache, just a mile above Beech Ridge.  Mr. DeGelder wanted to get rid of the ___ long before his death and the people of Cache have wanted its removal to their town.

By Gov. Yates for the Arrest and Conviction of Will Cross the Wetaug Murderer.

Springfield, Ill., Aug.11—Gov. Yates issued a proclamation today offering a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of Will Cross, colored, who it is alleged shot and killed Chris Matthis, also colored, on the night of July 23, 1904, at Wetaug, Pulaski County.
Two shooting scrapes occurred yesterday on the west side of the river. Mrs. McBurns, who moved with her husband from Mill Creek, shot her husband through the head, and his recovery is extremely doubtful.  Two women at the camp, whose names we did not learn, got into a quarrel over a 15-cent lamp, and one shot the other through the breast, the ball coming out of her back.  She was in a dying condition at last report.  (Thebes)
M. D. Malone departed last Thursday for Mayfield, Ky.  He was summoned to the bedside of his brother who is reported very ill with typhoid fever.  Mrs. Malone received news Wednesday that the brother had a change for the better, but was not yet beyond danger. (Olive Branch)
News reached here last Friday from Buncombe of an accident occurring to Mr. Frank Abbott, a resident of this place (Olive Branch).  Mr. Abbott was employed in the capacity of engineer for Mr. Hunsaker while threshing here. Mr. Hunsaker was so well pleased with his engineer that he was taken along when he returned to Buncombe. We understand that Mr. Abbott was pulling his little train along the highway, presumably down grade, when the separator became detached.  Mr. Abbott seeing the danger sprang forward to avoid being caught and crushed between the separator and engine and instead came in contact with the flywheel and was thrown into the cog wheels.  He was mangled so badly that death came Tuesday evening. Mrs. Abbott went Saturday to join her husband.  The remainder of the family consists of a girl about 6 years old and a baby boy six months old.
Samuel Denton and family, of St. Louis, were visiting relatives in Commerce, Mo., when their 5-month-old baby was taken ill and died Tuesday.  The remains were brought here for interment.  Mrs. Denton is a niece of W. W. and B. F. Wilbourn.
Monday, 15 Aug 1904:
Albert Fleishman, aged 65 years, died Saturday at Uncle Joe’s Hotel, after an illness of only a few days of gastritis.  The deceased was employed at Teichman’s cigar factory.  He was born in Hesse, Germany, and was a veteran of the Franco-Prussian war.  He was unmarried and had no relatives.  He was a member of the cigar maker’s union and they had charge of his funeral, which was held yesterday with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
Sheriff Roche Thinks He Is in the Neighborhood of Cobden.

Sheriff Roche has returned from Cobden where he went to identify a man arrested there who was thought to be Clarence Irvin, who is charged with the killing of John Petit at Thebes.  The sheriff did not bring back his man, but he says he thinks Irvin is in that locality.
Tuesday, 16 Aug 1904:
The friends of Mr. Joseph Pidgeon, formerly of this city, and who conducted a coal and wood yard here for a number of years, will regret to learn of his serious illness at his home in Brooklyn.  His death is expected at any time.
News has reached this city of the death of W. S. Gassaway, who resided here a number of years ago.  He died at his home in Oran, Mo., on August 8th.

(William S. Gassaway married Ida Leota Wilson on 2 Nov 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 17 Aug 1904:
Joseph Collins, of the Blue Front restaurant, received word yesterday that his sister, Mrs. Horace Melton, was dying at her home in DuQuoin. Mr. Collins left yesterday for DuQuoin.

(H. T. Melton married Mary J. Collins on 21 Mar 1891, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 18 Aug 1904:
The funeral of Edwin O. Caswell, who died at Skagway, Alaska, was held at Villa Ridge cemetery yesterday afternoon. Rev. Porter, of the Cairo Baptist church, conducted the services.  The uncertainty about the time of the arrival of the remains at Villa Ridge made it impossible to make any extended arrangements for the funeral.  A number of friends here were notified by telephone and went up to attend.
Thurston W. Burnell Drowned in Brewers’s Lake Yesterday Afternoon.

In Bathing with Comrades.—All Were Hanging on to a Light Skiff Which Boys Were Rocking.—Burnell Asked Them to Stop as He Could Not Swim.—Told Him to “Hang On.”

The remains of Thurston W. Burnell were recovered at 10 o’clock this morning.  Word to that effect was received at the boat store at noon today.  A raft had to be constructed before the body was secured.  Diver Charley Hill worked at the task from the time he went over last evening, and this morning he feared that his efforts going to be unsuccessful.

William Burnell, father of the deceased, arrived from Memphis this afternoon.  He was met at the station by J. B. Warner, of the boat store and a delegation from Ascalon lodge No. 51 Knights of Pythias. Arrangements for taking care of the remains were made as soon as the members of the lodge could confer with the father.  A delegation was sent over on the Iron Mountain train with an undertaker to take charge of the remains and bring them over to Cairo.  It is the intention, if they arrive in time, to have the remains taken to Memphis tonight.

A justice of the peace went out from Bird’s Point this afternoon to view the remains.  Whether an inquest would be required was not known here.

“Tom” Burnell as he was called, has one brother who is now in South Africa.  The two boys are the only children.  Their mother died a dozen years ago and the elder Burnell married again.  Mr. Burnell, Sr., was quite overcome by the tragic death of his son.  He is an invalid, and the sudden announcement of his son’s death was a great blow to him.

Thurston W. Burnell, known to many as Tom Burnell, was drowned yesterday afternoon in Brewer’s Lake shortly after 4 o’clock.

Burnell in company with I. A. Andrews, Robert Lewis, Henry Halliday and Charles Gilhofer, had gone down the river on a several days’ camping expedition and were enjoying themselves, swimming, hunting and fishing.

Yesterday afternoon they were in bathing and had a light skiff or “dug out” on which they were hanging and splashing in the water.  (The report that they were in the boat is contradicted.) Burnell asked his friends not to rock the boat, so as he could not swim, if he should lose his hold.

The boys asked him if he wasn’t able to hang on, but Burnell again implored them to stop rocking the boat and splashing the water.

Hardly had he asked them to stop the second time, he lost his grip on the boat and sank in the water.

One of the boys made heroic efforts to save him, and in doing so, was nearly drowned himself.
Burnell’s body sank from view and the boys could do nothing further than to send word to Bird’s Point, where the sad news was telephoned to Haynes’ Boat store, where the deceased was employed.
Mr. Burnell was generally well known in this city and was well liked by those who knew him.  The sad news of this untimely death caused many expressions of sorrow and regret from his friends.

The deceased had resided in Cairo for several years and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Resch on Eleventh Street.

He was 22 years of age and just recently joined the Ascalon Lodge No. 51, Knights of Pythias.
His father, William Burnell resides in Memphis.

The deceased had been employed at the boat store for several months.
Miss Lora Caswell, who is now at St. Louis, will leave at once for Skagway, Alaska, to close out her late brother’s business.
Friday, 19 Aug 1904:
T. B. Reese has returned form Syracuse, N.Y., where he went to attend the funeral of Mrs. Reese’s father, Mr. John F. Howe.
James Wilson, a Negro Employed at the Singer Factory, Seriously Scalded This Afternoon.
Rescued by George Liggins Almost Immediately.—The Injured Man Was Removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary.—Recovery Almost Impossible.

James Wilson, an employee of the Singer factory, fell head first into a vat of boiling water this afternoon.

He was rescued almost immediately, but was horribly burned and is now under treatment of Dr. Clark at St. Mary’s Infirmary.

Wilson was filling the tank with wooden blocks.  One of them did not roll straight and he attempted to straighten it.  He used for the purpose a short hook and had to lean over the tank in doing so.  Losing his balance, he pitched headlong into the boiling water.  George Liggins, another employee, rescued him almost immediately.

Wilson lives on Cedar Street.  He is a small light colored negro, and served in the company, which went to Cuba.  He has a family and is about 35 years old. The men at the factory have been repeatedly cautioned not to use the short hooks in guiding the blocks into the tanks.  Long hooks are provided, and Wilson had been warned of the danger of using the short hook.  His terrible injury is the result of his own carelessness.

When asked about the man’s condition, Dr. Clarke stated to The Citizen that it would be a close shave for him to recover, and that he would probably die.
Saturday, 20 Aug 1904:
James Wilson, the Negro Who Was Scalded, Passed Away Last Night.

James Wilson, the negro who was scalded yesterday afternoon at the Singer factory, by falling head first into a vat of boiling water, died from his injuries last night.

He resided at 1505 Cedar Street and leaves a family.

The late Thurston W. Burnell had a policy for $1,000 on his life in the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.  The application was made on Aug. 15th.  The policy was in force at 1 o’clock on Wednesday, the 18th, and as he was drowned at 4 o’clock on the same date it was in force three hours before his death and his estate will get the money.  The policy, however, did not arrive in Cairo until today.
Little Bee Tharp, the three-year-old daughter of Will Tharp, of near Barlow, died Friday afternoon.  Will Tharp is a nephew of our (Wickliffe’s) townsman, Judge Tharp.
Monday, 22 Aug 1904:

Died—Harry Clyde Metzger, born February 8, 1885, died August 21,1904.  Services at Church or the Redeemer at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 1904. Funeral train leaves Sixth Street at 2:30 for Villa Ridge cemetery.  Funeral will leave residence at 1 o’clock.
Clyde Metzger, Well Known Cairo Boy, Died of Heart Failure.
His Brother Went to Awaken Him Early Sunday Morning, When He Was Found to be Dead.

It was with the greatest of sorrow that the many friends of Clyde Metzger, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt C. Metzger, learned the sad news of his sudden death Sunday, which had occurred early Sunday morning.

The young man had been in the bests of spirits Saturday night, joking and seemingly in the best of health.  He was employed in his father’s drug store, 1915 Washington Avenue, and had worked Saturday night until about 10 o’clock, when he closed the store as usual and went to his home next door and retired.

Before getting into bed he took a hot water bath.  His bed was near a window and the cool night air blew over him as he fell asleep.  It was first thought that this caused a congestive chill, but the doctors believe that his death was due to heart trouble, to which the deceased had been afflicted.  It is also thought his heart was weakened by the young man’s rapid growth.

It was the custom for Clyde on Sunday morning to help his brother Arthur carry papers and when Arthur went to awaken Clyde, about 4:45 o’clock, he could not rouse him or get him to move.  He felt of his hands and they felt cold.  Becoming alarmed, and fearing that his brother was dead, Arthur hastened to his parents’ room and they hurried to their son’s bedside.  They found him to be dead.  Drs. Bondurant and Walsh were called and stated that from appearances he had been dead for some time.

The deceased’s body lay in peaceful repose and death came with apparently no pain or suffering.
The news of his death caused a gloom to hang over the city, as the young man was well known and liked by all, being of a gentle and quite disposition.

Clyde was a member of the graduating class of 1902 and immediately after graduating went to Chicago where he studied in the pharmaceutical department at Northwestern University, where he graduated in December 1903.

The deceased was recently elected president of the newly established order the Coming Men of America.

He had marked business ability and had many ideas which he intended to put into execution into the future, in the up building of his father’s business, in which he took a great interest.  He was 19 years of age on February 8th, and it was his intention when 21 to take the examination for a full registered pharmacist.

Besides his parents, the deceased is survived by two brothers, Arthur, aged 17, and LeRoy, aged 7.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Church of the Redeemer.  The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.

(Matthew C. Metzger married Augusta L. Schuh on 23 Apr 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  H. Clyde Metzger Born Feb. 8, 1885 Died Aug. 21, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 23 Aug 1904:
Funeral of Clyde Metzger Held This Afternoon and Largely Attended.
Many Beautiful Floral Offerings.—Interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.

The remains of Clyde Metzger were laid to rest this afternoon in Villa Ridge cemetery.
The funeral service was held at half past one o’clock at the Church of the Redeemer, of which the deceased was a member.

The funeral was largely attended by the many friends of the young man and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful, among them being a beautiful wreath from the C. M. A. of which the deceased was president, with the letters, C. M. A. upon it; another beautiful piece from the class of the Cairo high school of 1902, of which the deceased was a member; a beautiful floral harp from the families of Mr. J. D. Ladd, Mr. B. McManus, Jr., and Mrs. Thomas Gannon, besides many other beautiful pieces.

The pallbearers were classmates and friends of the deceased.

  They were Albert Nelson, Otto Lee, August Bode, Frank Milne, Harry Becker, Paul Clendenen, Phillips Redman, Charles Waggener, Oris Hastings, Flint Bondurant, Monte Sadler and Myron Potter.
Wednesday, 24 Aug 1904:
Sam Higgerson Badly Cut Last Night by Unknown White Man.
Affair Occurred at Central Station, While Higgerson Was Fulfilling His Duties.—Is Said to Be a Quiet Negro.

Sam Higgerson, night porter for the Illinois Central railroad, was seriously and probably fatally stabbed last night by an unknown white man.

The affair occurred in the ladies’ waiting room of the depot, while Higgerson was discharging his duties.

The man was raising some annoyance and the porter ordered him out, when the man took a knife from his pocket and attacked Higgerson.

The latter received a cut across the left wrist and an ugly gash in the breast.  He bled considerably.
After the assault, the man tried to board a Pullman car, but the vestibule was fastened and he jumped off, and after passing back and forth by the train several times, disappeared and has since not been heard of or seen.

He is described as a short, heavyset man.

Higgerson was said to be a quiet, peaceable negro, and formerly worked at the American Express office.

Dr. Bondurant attended him and says his wounds will probably result fatally.

Dr. Bondurant stated this afternoon that Higgerson was still unconscious. His most serious cut is in the lung cavity, the knife severing one of the ribs.  There were numerous other wounds.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Collins and child have returned from DuQuoin where they were called by the illness of the former’s sister, which resulted in her death.
Thursday, 25 Aug 1904:
B. Faundough, a section hand employed by the Illinois Central at East Cairo, was run over and instantly killed yesterday afternoon. In an endeavor to get out of the way of one train, he stepped into the way of another and was struck in the head.  The deceased was about 37 years of age and resided at Bardwell, Ky.
Friday, 26 Aug 1904:
Mrs. Lee, mother of Mrs. Valentine Resch and T. L. Lee, died this morning at the age of 67 years, after a long illness.  The deceased made her home with Mrs. Resch at the Germania House.
Helen Morris, the 17-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Morris, died this morning at 4 o’clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Tuttle, 1710 Poplar Street.  The child is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whitcamp.

(George W. Morris married Edith Whitcamp on 14 Feb 1898, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Helen Morris Born March 24, 1904 Died Aug. 26, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Lou Drony, and old colored lady and mother of Andy Sothern, Charles McNeil, and the four Drony brothers, died Sunday evening, after three weeks’ illness from malarial fever. This old lady was well respected by a large number of people, both colored and white. (Wetaug)
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Buster had the misfortune to lose their youngest child by death from typhoid fever after a long illness.  They have the sympathy of many friends.  (Thebes)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sowers, of Cache, lost their little three-year-old daughter Lula last week, after a lingering illness of two months.
Saturday, 27 Aug 1904:
The Citizen has been asked to correct a mistake made in last evening’s issue. Mrs. Lee, the mother of Mrs. Valentine Resch, was not the mother of Mr. T. A. Lee, as stated.  The latter’s mother died nearly twenty-five years ago.
Monday, 29 Aug 904:
Mrs. J. H. Sparks died Friday morning and was buried Friday evening at Cane Creek Church. Mrs. Sparks was ill but a short time, but we did not learn the nature of her illness.  (Wickliffe)
Engineer J. J. Frizzell Killed Instantly in Head-End Collision Yesterday Afternoon.
Engineer Will O’Connell and Conductor Chauncey Wheeler, of Cairo, in Wreck, But Were Not Injured.—Wreck Occurred Near Murphysboro.

A head-end collision on the Mobile & Ohio railroad yesterday afternoon near Murphysboro caused the death of Engineer J. J. Frizzell, one of the oldest engineers in point of service on the road.  No one else was seriously injured.

Engine No. 125 in charge of Engineer Frizzell, of East St. Louis, and Fireman E. J. McEvelly, of Murphysboro, and engine No. 52 with Engineer W. O’Connell, of Cairo, and Fireman, C. J. Miller, of Murphysboro, were double heading a northbound freight train from Murphysboro, in charge of Conductor Wheeler, of this city.  When a few miles north of Murphysboro, near Oraville, the engines collided with Engine No. 185 on the main track.  The engines were badly wrecked and Engineer Frizzell killed almost instantly.

He was formerly on the passenger run but was put on freight about three years ago.  He was very well known and quite popular.

Engineer Will O’Connell resides on west Sixteenth Street, this city, and Conductor Wheeler on upper Walnut Street.  They were not injured.

The cause of the wreck could not be learned but was, it is understood, due to a misunderstanding in train orders
Tuesday, 30 Aug 1904:
Passed Away Last Night After an Illness of Several Weeks of Typhoid Fever.

Elmer Kennedy, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Kennedy, of 1008 Poplar Street, died last evening about 6:30 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary, where he had been confined for several weeks with typhoid fever.

The deceased was 37 years of age, and was well known in this city.  He had a wide circle of friends who with much regret learned of the sad news of his death.

The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Kennedy, two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Johnson and Mrs. Maude Bently, and one brother, Lester Kennedy.

The remains were taken to Villa Ridge this afternoon on the 5:15 train, that place being his old home.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Methodist Church, Rev. T. J. Porter, pastor of the Cairo Baptist church of this city, officiating.  The remains will be interred in Villa Ridge cemetery.

(David B. Kennedy married Louisa M. Greaddy on 28 Aug 1862, in Union Co., Ill.  C. Bentley married Maud Kennedy on 22 Oct 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Elmer B. Kennedy 1862-1904 Brother.—Darrel Dexter)

Coroner James McManus was called to Tamms last evening to hold an inquest over the remains of Alexander Thomas, a negro of that place, who died of exhaustion from chopping wood in a grove near his home.  His death was due to heart failure.  He was about 50 years old.
Wednesday, 31 Aug 1904:

Mrs. Egbert Kerth died at 6 o’clock this morning at her home in Anna.  Her death came very suddenly.  Yesterday, Mrs. T. J. Kerth went to Anna and Mr. Kerth went up today.  Paul Kerth and W. J. Johnson, Mr. Kerth’s partner in the Anna store, will go tomorrow.

The death of Mrs. Kerth was a great surprise to her friends here.  What funeral arrangements will be made were not known this afternoon.

(Egbert G. Kerth married Minnie Sifford on 15 Nov 1894, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Elsie DeWitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. DeWitt, of Anna, died this morning at five o’clock of heart failure.  The deceased was a very popular young lady of Anna and was well known in Cairo.

(John C. DeWitt married Luedella Shaddrick on 8 Sep 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.  Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Elsie DeWitt Born Feb. 23, 1884 Died Aug. 31, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. A. A. Austin died in this city (Mound City) Monday, August 29th, at 2:30 p.m.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Monday, 5 Sep 1904:
Miss Theo Whitaker, daughter of Walter W. Whitaker, of Springfield, Mo., and niece of Fred Thomas, of Cairo, died last Friday evening of consumption. Mr. Thomas visited the family last June and his niece was then threatened with the disease.  Her mother, Mrs. Mary Whitaker, died of consumption a number of years ago.

(Walter W. Whitaker married Mary S. Thomas on 7 Nov 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Salina, the six-year-old daughter of Mrs. Fannie Steger who conducts a grocery store on upper Washington Avenue, died this morning of malaria fever.

(Joseph G. Steger married Fannie Schlamer on 2 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 6 Sep 1904:
John H. Schroff, of Anniston, Mo., Died Suddenly Monday.

Labor Day saw one death.  John H. Schroff, of Anniston, Mo., a former resident of this city, dropped dead yesterday afternoon at the residence of Mr. P. I. Nassauer, 2701 Washington Avenue.
Mr. Schroff is the manager of the Sondheimer Lumber Company’s interests at Anniston, and was in the city on business.  He had been out to Mr. Sondheimer’s lumberyards and upon his return sat down to rest on the porch, Mr. Sondheimer having rooms at Mr. Nassauer’s.  He seemed greatly fatigued and asked for a glass of water.  On return from the room where he had taken the glass after Mr. Schroff had drank the contents, Mr. Sondheimer was greatly surprised to find his guest in a sinking state and in a few minutes he was dead.  Heart failure was the cause of his death.

The deceased was about 40 years of age and is survived by his wife, two children and his parents, all of whom reside at Anniston.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.  The remains will be taken to Charleston and thence to Anniston.  Mr. M. E. Feith had charge of the remains here.
Wednesday, 7 Sep 1904:
Dr. Willis D. Green, brother of the late Judge William H. Green, of this city, and uncle of Hon. Reed Green, died at his home in Mt. Vernon Monday.  The deceased was nearly 80 years of age.  He practiced medicine in Mt. Vernon for 58 years and was one of the leading citizens of that city.  He was well known in the surrounding country.  He was an Odd Fellow, being grand master in 1858 and a representative to the grand lodge.  Dr. Green was president of the first railroad that entered Mt. Vernon.  He was six years the senior to Judge Green.  Hon. Reed Green and Mrs. Thomas Farrin, Jr., have gone to Mt. Vernon to attend the funeral.

The local order of Ben Hur has lost its first member by death. Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers, of Spokane Wash., formerly a resident of this city, and the mother of Mrs. E. E. Gordon, died on June last and the life insurance policy for $1,200 was recently paid.  The deceased’s name before marriage was Allen, and some may remember her better by that name.

She was a member of the local court of Ben Hur.
Born to Henry Butler and wife, on the 2nd inst., a boy, who only lived a few hours. (Olmstead)
Wednesday, 14 Sep 1904:
Southern Illinois Boy Expires in Central America.

Alto Pass, Ill., Sept. 14.—Arthur Gates has just received notice of the death of his brother, Marshall Gates, in Central America, resulting from the bite of a snake.  He was about 30 years old and single, a native of Gallatin County and resided here several years previous to his departure for Central America a few years ago to engage in coffee growing.  He had planned to return here within a few weeks.

His death occurred about 12 days ago.  His older brother, W. B. Gates, a wealthy mine owner in Mexico, first received the word six days afterwards and wrote such meager particulars as had been given him to Arthur Gates, of this city, adding that their brother had been given a decent burial at the place of his death if there could be such a thing as a decent burial in the God-forsaken country. 

Marshall Gates was an exceptionally bright young man, well educated and well liked by his numerous friends in Southern Illinois.
Lawrence, son of John Glover, died Monday night.  The remains were taken to Benton, Ill., for interment.  (Cache)
Thursday, 15 Sep 1904:
Death of an Old Resident.

Dennis Coleman, an old resident of Cairo, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 2 o’clock this afternoon, after an illness there of a couple of weeks. The deceased was nearly 80 years of age and came to Cairo in the later 50s. He leaves three children, Mrs. M. E. Feith, Mrs. John T. Watkins, and John Coleman.

Mrs. Alice Yoacum, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Ulen, died Saturday and was interred at the Wetaug cemetery Monday. The Rev. Mr. Atchison of the Methodist church conducted the funeral obsequies. She was about fifty years of age and had lived in Kansas and Indian Territory since marriage until a few weeks ago. She came to visit her parents, but was hopelessly ill with consumption. Her husband and children are still West, he being ill also and unable to come.

(H. G. “Ray” Yoacum married Mary Alice Ulen on 23 Feb 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Frederick Green Ulen married Rebecca J. Nally on 30 Oct 1853, probably in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 16 Sep 1904:

Dennis Coleman, Father of Mrs. M. E. Feith, Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon.

Another of Cairo’s old citizens has passed away. Dennis Coleman, the father of Mrs. M. E. Feith, passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Mary’s Infirmary at the age of 80 years.

The deceased had been ill for some time and while his death was unexpected it came as a surprise yesterday, as he had seemed much better then usual.

Mr. Coleman had lived in Cairo for forty-six years and came from Ireland to the United States when quite young.

The deceased is survived by three children, Mrs. M. E. Feith and John Coleman, of this city, and Mrs. John Watkins, of Mt. Carmel, who is here.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.

(William Feith married Mary E. Coleman on 21 Oct 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

The funeral of Dennis Coleman will be held from St. Patrick’s Church tomorrow afternoon with burial at Villa Ridge.

Saturday, 17 Sep 1904:
Mrs. Fred Allen, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, has arrived in the city to be at the bedside of Mrs. G. D. Williamson, who is critically ill at her home, 611 Washington Avenue.

Robert E. Park, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Park, of Fourth Street, died at Hillsboro, Ill., Friday at the age of 31 years. The deceased was in the regular army during the Spanish-American War and served in Cuba. He is survived by his parents, one sister, Mrs. Hattie Barrett, four brothers, Everett, Albert, Henry and McHale. His wife died some time ago. The funeral will be held at Hillsboro.

Floyd Hilton to Hang.

Williamsburg, Ky., Sept. 17.—After being out forty-eight minutes the jury today imposed the death sentence on Floyd Hilton, who murdered the Bray brothers at Hellico on August 29.

Monday, 19 Sep 1904:
The Well Known Diver Passed Away Suddenly Sunday Afternoon at His Home.

Charles Hill, the well-known diver, died very suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home on Ninth Street, after an illness of only a few days.

He had been suffering the past week with malaria fever, but was able to be about the house. He was taken suddenly ill in the afternoon and died about 5 o’clock. Death was due to apoplexy and hemorrhage of the brain.

The deceased was 38 years of age and had lived in this city nearly all his life. He was a diver by trade having learned the business from his father, the late Hiram Hill.

The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Caroline Hill, and his sister Miss Maggie Hill. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge.

The funeral services will be held at the residence tomorrow afternoon with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.

Slayer of Chris Mathis at Wetaug Given the Extreme Penalty of the Law.
Next Monday, September 26.—Jury Brought in Verdict After Being Out Six Hours.

Mound City Sun)

The trial of Eli Bugg, a colored man, terminated Saturday afternoon ____ with a verdict of guilty, punishment fixed at death.

Bugg was charged with being accessory to the murder of Chris Mathis, a colored man, who was murdered by Will Cross, at Wetaug on the 29th day of July, 1904, Cross not yet having been captured. It was established in the course of the trial that Bugg urged Cross to kill Mathis after the two last named had settled the difficulty between them.

The trouble was the outcome of drinking and gambling.

Bugg was sent to the penitentiary several years ago charged with the murder of Mr. Arnold, and was pardoned by Gov. Yates, about two years ago.

The prosecution was ably conducted by State’s Attorney George W. Martin, and the defense was vigorously presented by Attorneys Hood & Hood.

Motion for a new trial will be heard Monday, September 26th.

The jury was out about six hours.

The verdict is generally accepted as just finding.

The following representative citizens composed the jury: M. M. Avant, S. B. Wood, William Edwards, O. T. Judge, Elihu Snyder, Adam Bourland, Will Keeler, W. F. Gill, R. N. Kelly, Matt Davidge, J. C. Littell, Will Tapley.


The Hicks v. the Illinois Central Railroad Company trial for $5,000 damages on account of the death of Mr. Hicks, a car repairer at Mounds, terminated Friday morning, giving the complainants $2,750, whereupon the attorneys for the company made application for a new trial.—Mound City Sun

A. Foster and sister, Miss Mary Foster, of East Cairo, came over today to attend the funeral of Charley Hill.

Injured Man Is a Car Repairer for the Big Four.—Taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary.

George Zook, car inspector for the Big Four Railroad, was shot Sunday night by an unknown party and lies in St. Mary’s Infirmary in a precarious condition.

When asked about his condition, Dr. Bondurant, who is attending him stated to The Citizen that the wound may prove fatal and again it may not. He stated that Zook was shot about two inches to the right of the navel and that the bullet passed through the abdominal cavity and lodged about twelve inches to the left of where it entered. It did not penetrate the bowels, however. The bullet has been extracted.

Zook made a statement to Dr. Bondurant to the effect that a man whom Zook said he thought was a negro, came up to him and said, “I’ve got you now,” or words to that effect. Zook said that he was standing by a car at the Big Four crossing near Washington Avenue when the affair occurred. He did not mention any woman’s name to Dr. Bondurant, but it is reported that there is a woman in the case.

After the shooting, Zook made his way to Myer’s Saloon on Ohio near Second Street, where his brother, Isaac Zook, is employed as night bartender. It was here that Dr. Bondurant was called and later had his patient taken to the infirmary.

The story learned from the police is that Zook in company with a woman, whose name is said to be Minnie Lasater, was walking along by the car when a man approached and shot Zook. The latter claims that he was a negro, but it is understood that the woman claims that he was a white man. The unknown man is said to have asked Zook what he was meddling with his affairs for and Zook replied that he was not, whereupon Zook was shot.

Zook is reported very low this afternoon.

Tuesday, 20 Sep 1904:

George Zook Who Was Mysteriously Shot Sunday Night Is Dead.—Minnie Lasater Locked Up.

George Zook, who was mysteriously shot Sunday night, died from his wound Monday night about 8 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.

Zook made no statement before death that would solve the mystery, but it is thought he knew more than he told.

Minnie Lasater, the woman whose name was mentioned in the case, has been arrested and placed in jail. It is thought that she may be induced to make a statement that will throw some light on the situation.
The remains of Zook were taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms, where they will receive proper attention.

But the Jury Rendered No Verdict.—The Truth Is Slowly Leaking Out in the Zook Case.

The jury selected by Coroner McManus viewed the remains today of George Zook, who was mysteriously shot Sunday night and who died from his wound Monday night, but rendered no verdict and may not until several days.

The woman, Minnie Lasater, who was arrested, is being closely questioned and has made some statements that have thrown some light upon the affair.

The jury will await further developments, before rendering their verdict.


The funeral of Charley Hill, the diver, was held this afternoon. Services were held at the residence on Ninth Street by the Modern Woodmen and the remains were taken to the Villa Ridge cemetery for interment. The pallbearers were A. Piepmer, Hammond Guenter, Louis Frank, Will Hock, A. Goodman and R. A. Julian.


Trenton, Ill., Sept. 20.—William R. Gudersohn, a farmer, shot and killed his wife last night, fired ineffectually at his daughter and then shot himself.

Wednesday, 21 Sep 1904:

There was no development in the Zook case today. The woman, Minnie Lasater, who was with Zook at the time he was shot, is being sweated with the hopes of learning something new in the case. The police are doing their best to solve the mystery.


H. E. Cruse, died at Elco last Friday of pneumonia, and the remains were buried Saturday afternoon in St. John’s Cemetery. Mr. Cruse owned part of the old Alf. Cauble farm near Elco. He was 30 years of age and leaves a wife and one child. He was a good citizen, respected by all who knew him.

(Earnest H. Cruse married Almedia Dillow on 7 Feb 1894, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:  Almeda wife of H. E. Cruse Born June 15, 1873 Died Nov. 21, 1899.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads: Harrison E. Cruse Born Oct. 26, 1869 Died Sept. 15, 1904.  Effie F. Cruse Born Aug. 20, 1876 Died Jan. 11, 1928.—Darrel Dexter)

Thursday, 22 Sep 1904:

Carlisle, Ky., Sept. 21.—William Desha, who murdered Walter Harris some time ago, died in the county jail last night from poison self administered.

Friday, 23 Sep 1904:
News was received here Thursday by the family of Major E. W. Halliday of the death of Miss Letitia Trabue, which occurred at her home in Louisville, Wednesday evening. The deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Martha Trabue and a niece of Mrs. E. W. Halliday, of this city, and is well known in Cairo, she and her mother having frequently visited here. She has been ill for some time and Major. E. W. Halliday and daughter, Miss Martha, were called to Louisville a few days ago at which time little hope was entertained for her recovery. She was a popular young lady and her many friends in this city will regret to learn of her death.


             Robinson, Ill., Sept. 23.—Tim Barrack, aged 10 years, committed suicide because his mother refused to take him with her to pick grapes in a nearby pasture. He used a shotgun, pulling the trigger with string attached to his toe. His head was frightfully mangled.

 Monday, 26 Sep 1904:
Under the Wheels of Switch Engine in Mobile & Ohio Railroad.
Passing Through Cairo.—Accident Occurred Sunday Evening Near Round House.

A terrible accident happened Sunday night near the Mobile & Ohio round house in which two men, strangers in Cairo, were killed.

About 6:15 o’clock, when switch engine No. 91, in charge of Engineer Gunsher and Fireman Dezonia was leaving the round house, it struck two men who were on the track and killed them instantly. The affair is a strange one and no one seems to know just how the men were killed.

Engineer Gunsher, when seen by The Citizen this morning, made the following statement: “It was about 6:15 o’clock. I was a little late and was leaving the switch track by the water tank near the round house. Fireman Dezonia was with me. I did not know that we ran over anyone at all, but when we reached the yards we were told that two men had been killed at the roundhouse. We went back and found the men lying on the track horribly mangled and mutilated.”

When asked whether or not he felt any jar or any sliding of the engine when he struck the men, Mr. Gunsher replied that he had not, nor did he see anyone on the track. Mr. Gunsher stated that he was backing down a freight train was going out and it is possible that the noise made by this train deadened the sounds of the men’s cries, if they made any at all. However, judging from the horrible manner in which the men were mutilated, it would seem that running over them would cause some jar or noticeable motion to those in the engine.

One man had his head completely severed from his body and the remains of it were picked up in a handkerchief. He also received other injuries about the shoulders and body. The other man was caught in the abdominal region and his legs simply twisted and torn from his body, exposing his intestines. His ankles and feet were also terribly bruised. The engine was not running fast when the accident occurred. Mr. Gunsher said that it was running at a gait that a man can walk.

The men are supposed to be Clem Staght and Charles Adamson. The former carried a traveling card issued from Union No 51, Iron Moulders Union of Evansville, Ind., and his dues were paid up to September 17th. He had evidently left that city only a few days ago. His face and head were so badly mutilated that his age could not be determined. Charles Adamson was in the neighborhood of 35 or 40 years of age and wore a smooth face. He was a member of the Buffalo Marine Fireman’s Benevolent Association of the Great Lakes with headquarters at Buffalo. His home is at Marville, Mich.

A copy of the Mt. Carmel Evening Register was found in one of the dead man’s pockets and it goes to show that the men were in Mr. Carmel Saturday.

The men were short of finances only a couple of pennies being found in their pockets.

An old colored woman living near the roundhouse claims that she saw the accident, but did not know what engine it was that struck them.

The inquest over the remains was held this morning. The following served as jurors: James Fitzgerald, Mily Axley, Herman Gander, Joseph Ediker, James Hill and Hal Sullivan.

The verdict of the jury exonerated the railroad company from all blame.

Coroner McManus received the following dispatch from Buffalo: Charles Adamson is a suspended member and is not entitled to benefits. No trace of relatives can be found. Wild.

The body of Joe Roberts, who was drowned at Bird’s Point Tuesday afternoon, was found about a mile below the transfer landing and towed here (Wickliffe, Ky.) behind a skiff Saturday evening. It was placed in a coffin at the boat landing and taken to Clinton this (Sunday) morning for burial. Mr. Roberts leaves a wife and two children.

Charley Bradley, a Negro, Assaults Fred Whitcamp, Sr., and Renders Him Unconscious.
And Placed in the County Jail.—Affair Result of Quarrel Between Bradley and Gus Lammer. Whitcamp in Precarious Condition.

Fred Whitcamp, Sr., lies unconscious at his home, 1806 Poplar Street, in a critical condition, as a result of being knocked in the head Sunday night by a negro named Charley Bradley.

The affair grew out of some trouble between Gus Lummer, who is employed at Conant & Rennie’s store at Thirty-fourth and Commercial, and Bradley, Sunday afternoon.

Both Lummer and the negro were drinking and became engaged in a quarrel. Lummer claimed that the negro had insulted him.

At about half past 6 o’clock Lummer and Fred Whitcamp were in Swoboda’s saloon at Eighteenth and Poplar Street. When they left the place, they walked west on Eighteenth to Washington and thence to Nineteenth. On reaching that street they noticed Bradley following them, accompanied by a negro named John Lattimore. Lummer was telling Whitcamp about his trouble with Bradley. When the negro reached the men, it is said Lummer made a remark about Bradley. The negro resented this, and assaulted Lummer, knocking him down. Not satisfied with this, he turned on Whitcamp, who had said nothing, and struck him with some dull instrument, without provocation on Whitcamp’s part. Bradley then made his escape, but was arrested later at his home and placed in the county jail. Lattimore was also arrested and placed in jail.

A few minutes after the affair happened Whitcamp was picked up in an unconscious state and has remained so since. He has an ugly wound on the right side of his head behind his ear. It is more than probable that the blow was struck with brass knucks or some other dull instrument. Bradley denied that he had had any such weapons, but Dr. Walsh, who is attending Whitcamp, stated to The Citizen today, that the injury could not have been sustained by a mere fist blow or a fall. Dr. Walsh stated that Mr. Whitcamp might recover, but it was doubtful from the nature of his injury.

Tuesday, 27 Sep 1904:
Henry Agson, a Negro, Said to Be the Man Who Fired the Fatal Shot that Killed Zook.
Agson Arrested and at Coroner’s Inquest Made Statement Professing Innocence, But Was Found Guilty by the Jury on the Face of Very Strong Evidence.

The inquest over the remains of the late George Zook was held this morning in the city council chamber and a verdict rendered as follows:

“We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of George Zook, on oath, do find that the deceased came to his death from bullet wound being fired from a gun held in the hands of Henry Agson, without being justified in the act, and we recommend that he be held for the crime, until the same is duly settled by law.”

The jurymen were as follows: August Bode, Rudy Hasenjaeger, Claude Shanessy, M. Leuschen, Herman Cander, and Joe O’Loughlin.

Minnie Lasater, the woman in the case, was the first to be examined. She told the following story: “I was walking down the Big Four track with George Zook on Sunday night, September 18th, near the Washington Avenue crossing and the gas house. I had never known Zook before and met him that night near the Big Four depot. He asked me to take a walk with him and I consented. We were walking alongside a boxcar when I saw someone walking near us, and seemingly trying to listen to what he had to say. I had Mr. Zook’s arm. The man I saw was a negro. We had not gone far when the man came and said to Zook, “___ you, you’re interfering with my business, are you?” Whereupon he pushed Zook backwards and shot him. I did not see this negro again until Monday, when he was brought before me in the jail. After the shooting, I went on and wandered around to a saloon, Myer’s I believe it is, on Ohio Street, and there I found Zook lying on the floor. I stay lately at the Kentucky House (it is more commonly known as the Farmer’s Hotel) but my home is at Poplar Springs, Tenn., where I have a husband. I have been in Cairo about two or three months.”

When asked by State’s Attorney Wilson whether or not she ever saw the negro that shot Zook or ever knew him, she said, “I have known him about two months and recognized him the night of the shooting. I knew his face.”

The Lasater woman has been sweated each day by the police in an effort get at the bottom of the story, for they were confident that she knew more than she was inclined to tell. They had become somewhat discouraged over the outlook, after trying everything in their power to induce the woman to confess and make known the truth. She was told that if she did not tell all she would be held as an accessory to the crime. This worried her and Monday afternoon she asked for Officer Wilson, who had pleaded with her every day. She told him of the affair, and implicated a negro named Henry Agson, who she recognized as the same man before the coroner’s jury this morning. She said the reason that she had not told his name before was because she was afraid that he might kill her.

A Mrs. Dixon, who resides on Cedar Street between Douglas and Fourteenth streets, was examined after Minnie Lasater and told the following story: “Yes, I know Minnie Lasater. I have known her about two months, but have not seen here lately until today. About two months ago I was awakened about 2 o’clock in the night by a rapping at my door, and after some hesitation, I went to see who it was, and found it to be a negro man and Minnie. He said that she was sick and wet, for it was raining and asked me if I would let her in. I did, and she stayed with me for about four days. She was a good seamstress and helped me with my sewing while she stayed with me.”

When asked if Agson, the defendant, had ever been in her house in company with Minnie Lasater, Mrs. Dixon replied that he had been there on several occasions with Minnie. She contended that she had never heard much of their conversation.

Mrs. Belle Vincent, a colored woman, was the next witness to testify and her story was as follows: “Yes, I know Minnie Lasater. The first time that I ever saw her was at Mrs. Dixon’s house. Minnie was there several times with this man here, pointing at Agson. Agson asked Minnie the time that I was there to be his sweetheart or his ‘woman’ and she replied that she would think about it and let him know.”
Agson had said that he didn’t want any other man to talk or pay any attention to Minnie Lasater and wanted me to see to it that no one did.”

Henry Agson, the defendant, was the next to testify and told a questionable story, which seemed very conventional at times. His story: “I have only been with Minnie Lasater three times, and none of these times did I do anything wrong. Yes, I was with her at Mrs. Dixon’s house. Yes, what the Vincent women said is true. I did ask the Lasater woman to be my sweetheart and she replied that she had a sweetheart. Well, I thought it was just as well as I had no money to support her, but as to the shooting of Zook, I know nothing of it. I have never been out at night since I have been in Cairo after 10 o’clock, and I can prove this by the people with whom I stay.

Agson went on in an innocent way, as naturally he would, but made a statement that proved that he was interested in the Lasater woman. He said that the evening after the shooting of Zook, Fannie Stephens, the woman with whom he boarded on Seventeenth Street, was reading the account of the affair and that he had inquired about the Lasater woman. Agson no doubt did not think what he was saying when he made this attempt. He seemed nervous at the inquest, and when taken down in the patrol wagon from the county jail, in company with Chief Ben Price and a Citizen representative, he kept talking about how good his record had been.

Agson has been in Cairo for several months and came here from Fulton, Ky.

Another incident that points strongly to the guilt of Agson, is the statement made by Zook before his death: “I think it was a negro that shot me.”

The statement made by Minnie Lasater, at the time, that she thought it was a white man that shot Zook, is in accordance with her statement before the coroner’s jury, and Officer Wilson that the reason that she had not told the truth was because she was afraid Agson might kill here.

According to the statement made to Officer Wilson by Minnie Lasater, she had once lived in good circumstances and had been born of wealthy and well-to-do parents. She married a wealthy doctor and had always enjoyed life and the best of society. She has always had plenty of servants and never had to do any hard work. A short time ago, however, she caught her husband in intimate relations with one of the female servants and of course a quarrel followed. She seeked revenge, and also compromised herself with one of the negro male servants. The family ties were then broken and she left her home to lead a life of shame and crime. That she had finally drifted to Cairo and had received attention from colored as well as white man. She stated that Agson had paid her some attention and had asked her to be his sweetheart. And now she is an eye witness to the murder of George Zook, who was a car inspector for the Big Four railroad and who was shot in the night of Sunday, September 18th, and died from his wounds the following day.


The Carbondale Free Press contained the following account of the death of Miss Arista Burton, a former teacher in the Cairo schools.

The news has just reached here of the death in Colorado Springs, Colo., September 23, of Miss Arista Burton. The disease was typhoid fever and its duration four weeks.

Charles Burton, Miss Burton’s father, came to Carbondale from Johnson County and bought the property now occupied by Dr. John Keesee, in this city. Miss Burton entered the normal university as a student in 1874 and graduated in 1877.

After graduating she taught with unusual success in the public schools at the following places: Carbondale 1877-8, Elgin, 1879-81; Effingham, 1882-85; Mt. Vernon, 1885-87.

Miss Burton taught history in the Normal university here four years 1889 to 1893, when she went west.

She was born at Sulphur Springs, Ill., October 29, 1856. Her life has been one of usefulness and filled with Christian virtues. She has a large circle of warm friends in Carbondale and southern Illinois, who will mourn her death.


Fred Whitcamp, Sr., who was assaulted by the negro Charles Bradley, Sunday night, is still unconscious and in a very precarious condition. He is not expected to live. He has been removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary where an operation was performed today.

Wednesday, 28 Sep 1904:
Passed Away at 11:45 O’clock This Morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
Who Will Have to Answer the Charge of Murder at the Next Term of Court.

Fred Whitcamp, Sr., who was knocked in the head Sunday night by Charley Bradley, a negro, died from his wound at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 11:45 o’clock this morning. Mr. Whitcamp never regained consciousness after his injury.

It will be remembered that Whitcamp in company with Gus Lummer was going home Sunday evening about 6:30 o’clock. Previous to this Lummer and the negro had quarreled, both being intoxicated at the time. Whitcamp was sober and was taking Lummer to his home. On reaching Nineteenth Street, the negro passed them and Lummer made a remark to him that angered Bradley and he struck Lummer, knocking him own. He then turned on Whitcamp and repeated the performance without the slightest provocation.

Bradley then fled but was later caught and placed in the county jail.

Mr. Whitcamp was well known in Cairo and was a butcher by trade. He served at one time on the police force. He is survived by his wife and five children, three daughters and two sons.

The coroner’s jury viewed the remains this afternoon at Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms and then adjourned to the courthouse where the inquest was held.

The jury was composed of the following: John Snyder, foreman; John Coleman, J. H. Mulcahy, Herbert Walters, Michael Higgins, and Hal Sullivan.

The jury reached a verdict holding Bradley responsible for the act.

Lattimore’s story to Officer Wilson was that he and Bradley came out of Swoboda’s saloon about 6:30 o’clock Sunday evening. Bradley asked Lattimore to go with him as he expected trouble. Lattimore said that at first he hesitated, saying that he had to go to the drug store, but thinking that Metzger’s would do he consented. Lattimore said that he did not strike Lummer or Whitcamp and did not try to take a hand in the trouble and Bradley bears out this statement.

Bradley’s story to Officer Wilson was that he struck Lummer, and knocked him down because Lummer had called him a vile name and said that if he had a gun, he would have killed him (Bradley). He said that Whitcamp had not said a word to him or did anything, but he struck him for fear that he might do something.

The jury considered it a cold-blooded murder and recommend that Bradley be held as the murderer.

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

Thursday, 29 Sep 1904:
Mrs. Elizabeth Andletond died Friday, September 23rd, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Peggy Crotzer, on Butter Ridge of a paralytic stoke. She went to bed Thursday night in her usual health and was found unconscious in the morning. She never revived and died at 5 o’clock p.m. She had a partial stroke a couple of months before from which she never completely recovered. She was aged about 57 years and had been a cripple for many years. She was a kind hearted, industrious woman well respected by everybody. She had been twice married , but left no children. (Wetaug)

(Her marker in Butter Ridge Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Elizabeth Andleton Born Oct. 20, 1854 Died Sept. 23, 1904 Aged 58 Ys., 11 Ms., & 29 Ds.  With Christ in Heaven.—Darrel Dexter)

Mr. J. W. Johnson died at Joppa, Ill., Saturday, September 24, 1904. The funeral took place at the family residence at Mound City at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 27. Interment occurred at Beech Ridge Cemetery.

Friday, 30 Sep 1904:
Minnie Lasater, the woman in the Zook case, is lodged in the county jail charged with street walking and fined $50 and costs. She is the most important witness in the case and her appearance is wanted in court. It was thought that this was the best way to assure it.

A white man named Forshaw was killed last night at Cobden by a negro named Elder. The latter made good his escape and nothing has since been seen or heard of him. An officer came down to Cairo last night in search of him, but it is thought he went another way. The killing was the result of a quarrel from what could be learned.

(The 1 Oct 1904, Jonesboro Gazette identifies his name as Walter Forbush and his slayer as Robert “Bob” Elder.—Darrel Dexter)

Judge Butler convened court in this city (Mound City) Monday to hear arguments in support of a new trial for Eli Bugg, who week before last was convicted by jury of murder and sentenced to death. His attorneys entered a plea for an extension of time, and the judge set the time for hearing argument at the October term of court, which will be the fourth Monday.—
The Sun

Saturday, 1 Oct 1904:

Martin Ritter, aged about 40, threw himself under the rear wheels of a wagon loaded with coal at the hospital last Saturday.  The wheel passed over his chest and he died within half an hour.  His home was at Murphysboro.  Before he was adjudged insane, he killed his sweetheart at Pinckneyville by knocking her on the head with a hammer.  The girl’s relatives and friends thought the insanity plea was brought out to defeat justice, but the patient’s conduct at the hospital has removed any doubt as to his mental condition.  He was melancholy at times and had previously attempted suicide.

The coal wagon was driven by Henry Morris, of Anna, who was not aware of the patient’s intentions until it was too late.—Anna Talk
Monday, 3 Oct 1904:
Mrs. F. W. Snyder departed Sunday for Dixon Springs in answer to a telegram announcing the serious illness of her father, Mr. Phil Bass.  She will be absent for several days.
Tragedy at O’Brien’s Landing, Mo., the Result of Sickness.

Bereft of his reason by a severe illness, Charles Gattrell Sunday evening shot and killed two persons at O’Brien’s Landing, Mo., and injured a third.  The dead are James Weaver, foreman of Bates’ camp and Alice Ward, colored woman.  The tragedy occurred between 4 and 5 o’clock at Bates’ camp, of which Gattrell is the commissary clerk.  After the shooting, Gattrell fled through the woods bareheaded and in his stocking feet, carrying the Winchester rifle with him with which he had committed the terrible deed.  The injured person was a boy named Tdam.  It is believed that he will recover.

(The name of the injured boy was published as Tdam, but is likely a typographical error.—Darrel Dexter)
George Latham Passed Away Suddenly of Neuralgia of the Heart.

George Latham died suddenly Sunday evening at his home on Eleventh Street of neuralgia of the heart.

The deceased was 43 years of age and was employed as a bartender at R. Smyth & Company’s saloon on Ohio Street.  He had been complaining of feeling ill for several days.  When he went to work Sunday morning Mr. Smyth noticed that he looked badly and advised him to return home, which he did.  He remained at home during the day and after he had eaten supper at night, went out on the front porch to sit, where he died suddenly and without speaking a word.

The deceased is survived by his wife and four children, three daughters and a son.  He was a member of the Bartender’s Union, who will have charge of the remains.  The funeral will probably be held tomorrow.

Ab. S. Passmore, of Anniston, Mo., died very suddenly at Botto’s restaurant at 2 o’clock this morning of heart failure.

He was sitting at a table with some friends conversing when suddenly he fell over against the wall and died.  Dr. E. E. Gordon was called and pronounced him dead from heart failure.

Coroner McManus was notified and held and inquest over the remains.  The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the doctor’s testimony.

The deceased was a merchant at Anniston and also the railroad express agent there.  He did most of his trading in Cairo and came here Saturday for that purpose.  He seemed in perfect health and was not heard to complain of feeling ill.

The remains were taken to Mrs. Falconer’s undertaking rooms.  The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen Lodge of Anniston.  Messrs. Murphy and Smith of the lodge at Anniston, came here and took the remains to Carroll, Tenn., this afternoon for burial.
Tuesday, 4 Oct 1904:
Mrs. E. T. Weisert, sister-in-law of Mrs. T. W. Leahigh, who was very ill, died at her home in Vincennes, yesterday.  Mrs. Leahigh has gone to Vincennes to attend the funeral.
Wednesday, 5 Oct 1904:
Surrendered to the Officers at Columbus, Ky., Tuesday
But Declined to Talk about the Shooting.—Declined to Return without Requisition.

Columbus, Ky., Oct. 5.—Charles Geitrell, who shot and killed four persons at O’Brien’s Landing, Mo., Sunday night, while, it is alleged he was in a fit of delirium caused by fever, arrived here at daylight yesterday morning and surrendered to Mayor J. S. DavisGeitrell stated he had committed a crime but claims to know nothing about how it was done.  A slightly pale look was the only indication of recent sickness.

An attempt to interview Geitrell was entirely futile, he refusing absolutely to give any account of the shooting and how he spent the time from then until he surrendered.  Geitrell objected to being taken back to Missouri without a requisition.

Mayor Davis notified the sheriff of Mississippi County at Charleston, Mo., of the fugitive’s surrender.  Mr. William M. Bates, of Memphis, and relatives at Horn Lake, Miss., telegraphed to young Geitrell today.  He is guarded by Special Deputy John Muscovalley.

Geitrell was without arms when taken in custody and was wearing good clothes.  This seems to refute the statement that he escaped in his nightdress, shoeless and hatless and with two pistols.

The sheriff at Charleston, Mo., is expected today to take the prisoner there.
Jerry Fisher, an old and respected citizen of Cross Roads, dropped dead at his home Sunday morning of heart failure. (Olmsted)
Monday, 10 Oct 1904:

Louie Smith, an oiler at the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, was seriously if not fatally injured this morning while oiling the machinery.

He was down underneath some machinery and was struck on the side of the head by a portion of the machinery that revolved.  It was several minutes after he received the injury that his fellow laborers found him, in an unconscious condition.

He was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where Dr. E. E. Gordon was called and gave the man attention.

On examination it was found that his skull had been fractured and portion of the bone had to be removed.

The injured man was resting as easy as could be expected this afternoon and Dr. Gordon stated to The Citizen that there was a slight chance for his recovery.

Smith is a single man and resides on Union Street.  He is about 23 years of age.
Thomas Trennery, who was shot Sunday morning at Thirteenth and Commercial, is still alive, but there are slight hopes for his recovery.  The shooting grew out of some trouble that Trennery had on Thirteenth Street with a stranger.  Trennery hit the stranger over the head with a brick and the latter secured a gun and shot  Trennery, the bullet entering under the pit of his right arm and lodging in the lung.  The shootist made good his escape.  The parties are white men.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wildermuth received the sad news Saturday night of the serious illness and later the death of their infant son at Carey, Ohio.  The little fellow was five years old and died of diphtheria.  Mr. and Mrs. Wildermuth left at once for Carey to attend the funeral.
Wednesday, 12 Oct 1904:
The grand jury in the circuit court returned the following indictments:  Charles Bradley, murder.  Clarence Irvin, murder.  Henry Agson, murder.

Charles Bradley pleaded guilty to murder.  He is the man who assaulted Whitcamp.
S. D. Miller received word Saturday that his brother Rufus, who resided in Christian County, was dead and he departed for that place by first train.

(Rufus Miller married Julia Ann Casper on 1 Nov 1854, in Johnson Co., Ill.  He married 2nd Emma Eddleman on 15 Mar 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  He married 3rd Catharine Lavina Mowery on 1 Sep 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 13 Oct 1904:

             Charles Bradley was given a life sentence in the penitentiary by Judge Butler in the circuit court this morning.  Bradley had pleaded guilty to the murderous assault on Whitcamp and this morning after hearing all evidence the judge passed sentence upon him.


Mr. David B. Smith, of Jacksonville, Ill., brother of Mrs. John M. Lansden, of this city, died yesterday after an illness of several days.  Mrs. Lansden was at his bedside when the end came.  Hon. John M. Lansden left for Jacksonville this morning to attend the funeral.

             (John M. Lansden married Effie W. Smith on 25 Sep 1867, in Morgan Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Thursday, 14 Oct 1904:


             Louis Smith, who was stuck on the head by a flywheel while oiling some machinery at the Chicago Mill several days ago, died this morning at St. Mary’s from his injuries.



             Henry Agson is on trial in the circuit court for murder.  This afternoon eight jurymen had been secured as follows:  Ezekiel Barnes, Unity.  Miness Honey, Delta.  Edward Stegmiller, Elco.  C. M. Braddy, Elco.  Logan Bowers, Goose Island.  Alfred Huffman, Elco.  Albert Turner, Unity.  F. M. Hargrave, Diswood. 

             All but Hargrave were taken from the regular panel.

             Attorney Spann, of Vienna, is assisting in the prosecution and Attorney Patterson is conducting the defense.


Silas Eastwood died in Missouri last Saturday.  He leaves a wife and child.  He was buried in the family graveyard at Eastwood. (Curry)


Monday, 17 Oct 1904:


             The jury in the Agson murder case returned a verdict this afternoon about 4 o’clock sentencing him to the penitentiary for life.

             The Agson murder case went to the jury at 2:45 o’clock this afternoon.

             During the morning, witnesses were examined and then the attorneys made their arguments to the jury.  It was 12:45 when Attorney Spann concluded his speech and the court took the noon recess.  When court reassembled at 2 o’clock the instructions to the jury were given and then they filed out.


Wednesday, 19 Oct 1904:

Mr. Lee, a fisherman here (Olmstead), lost his 12-year-old daughter Tuesday morning from malarial fever and its complications.


Thursday, 20 Oct 1904:


Passed Away This Afternoon at Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. Wenger.

             Readers of The Citizen will be surprised and shocked to learn that Mrs. Phoebe A. Taylor died at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wenger.

             She had been ill for about a week from a stomach trouble, which it is believed affected her chest and probably her heart.  She was around the house until this morning, when she did not leave her bed.  This noon even no apprehension was felt that her condition was critical, and her death was as much of a shock to her family as it is to the community.

             Mrs. Taylor was one of the noblest women of Cairo.  Quiet and unassuming in her manner, she was a woman who had a high conception of life and its duties and who lived as near her lofty ideals as it was possible.  As county superintendent of schools she labored earnestly for the advancement of the education interest of the county.  In the Cairo Woman’s Club she was earnest and faithful and was ever striving to make the club a helpful influence in the lives of the women of Cairo.  She was a woman who was truly loved for her gentle disposition by all who knew her.


Friday, 21 Oct 1904:


Bob Williams Was Perhaps Fatally Shot by Negro Employed by Doctor Clarke

Affair Claimed to Be an Accident.—Shooting Occurred at Bell’s Saloon on Lower Commercial.

             A shooting scrape occurred today at Bell’s saloon on lower Commercial Avenue, in which Bob Williams, a negro employed by Stoltz & Walter, was perhaps fatally shot by a negro named Snap or Snappy, who is employed by Dr. W. C. Clarke.

             The exact particulars of the affair are not known, but it is said that Snappy was waiting with his carriage at the depot for Dr. Clarke to arrive from his hunting trip.  While waiting he went to Bell’s saloon just above Second Street on Commercial and meeting Bob Williams there, asked the latter to set them up.  Bob replied that he had no money, whereupon Snappy asked the bartender to give him a gun and he would make Williams set them up to the whole bunch.  The bartender gave Snappy the gun, whereupon the latter shot Williams.  The bullet went clear through his stomach and came out his right arm.  Williams was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary where Dr. Clarke attended him and performed an operation.  It is thought that Williams cannot survive.

             Those who saw the shooting say that it was an accident, and that Snappy was only fooling.

It will be remembered that Williams is implicated in the killing of a negro at the stone depot several months ago named Blackman, and whose trial has been postponed until the February term of circuit court.



             The funeral services for Mrs. P. A. Taylor will be held at the Church of the Redeemer Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The interment will be at Beech Grove.  The funeral train will leave the foot of Sixth Street promptly at 2:45.



             All day long a stream of sorrowing friends have called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wenger, on St. Mary’s Place West, to testify their deep regret over the death of her mother, Mrs. P. A. Taylor.

             Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Church of the Redeemer and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.

             The deceased was 65 years of age and the widow of A. S. Taylor, who died many years ago.  She has resided in Cairo since 1861.

             Surviving her are two daughters, Mesdames J. W. Wenger of this city, and Mrs. David B. Lewis, of Chicago, and two sons, Samuel S. Taylor, of Cairo, and A. F. Taylor, of Leadville, Colo.  Mrs. Lewis is in Berlin, Germany, having sailed from the United States only a fortnight ago.

             (Augustus F. Taylor married Phebe Alice Rice on 13 Jul 1860, in Winnebago Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Clem Spencer, of Pulaski, died on Monday last and was buried here (Villa Ridge).  He was a brother of the late H. H. Spencer, of this place.


Saturday, 22 Oct 1904:

The funeral service over the remains of the late Mrs. P. A. Taylor was held this afternoon at the Church of the Redeemer and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.  The pallbearers were C. L. Kenton, H. A. Cushman, J. H. Jones, J. D. Ladd, P. C. Barclay, J. A. Aisthorpe, P. P. Gooding, A. Lewis, W. R. Halliday, W. B. Gilbert, W. N. Butler, and Samuel White.


Monday, 24 Oct 1904:

Mrs. Joseph Oehler died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cavender, at Willard, Saturday after an illness of several months of lung trouble.  Her husband was most devoted to her during her illness leaving his work here to spend the entire time with her.

             (Bertha Cavender Oehler born March 28, 1871, died Oct. 22, 1904, is buried in Cavender and Schindler Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)


Albert Ketter died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Sunday afternoon after an illness of several weeks.  The deceased was a merchant of Charleston, Mo., and was 27 years of age.  The remains were taken to Charleston for interment.


Tuesday, 25 Oct 1904:


             Bob Williams, the negro who was shot in the stomach by “Snappy” Jackson, another negro in Bell’s saloon on lower Commercial Avenue last Friday, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last night shortly after 11 o’clock.

             As stated in The Citizen at the time, Jackson was employed by Dr. W. C. Clarke, was waiting at the depot for the doctor to return from a hunting trip.  He went into the saloon of Bell and seeing Williams there asked the latter to “set ‘em up” whereupon Williams replied that he had no money.  Jackson then asked the bartender for a gun and said that he would make Williams set them up to the whole bunch.

He then shot Williams, the ball entering the stomach and lodging in the abdomen.

             Jackson then put the horse up and skipped out and has since been unheard of.

             Williams was removed to the hospital where he was attended by Dr. Clarke and died as stated above.

Those in the saloon at the time claim that the shooting was merely an accident and Jackson had not intended to injure Williams.  Others contended that Jackson had an ill feeling against Williams and to back this statement up they say that if the affair had been only an accident, Jackson wouldn’t have left so unceremoniously.

             Williams was implicated in the killing of John Blackman, a negro at the stone depot some months ago and was released on bond.  His trial was postponed to the February term of circuit court.

             He was employed by Stoltz and Walters.


Wednesday, 26 Oct 1904:


             It is stated that the widow of H. M. Detrich, formerly proprietor of the Anna Democrat, and who was killed in the Wabash wreck at Litchfield, last summer, has been offered $7,500 as a basis of settlement on her claim against the company.



             James Young, well known in Cairo and formerly a conductor on the Mobile and Ohio railroad, died at Cape Girardeau last night.


The funeral service of Charley, the 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roeper, was conducted this morning at 8 o’clock by Rev. A. S. J. Baldridge.  The remains were taken to Beech Grove for interment.



Two Men Killed on the Bridge at Thebes


And the Other Fatally Injured.—Rope Supporting Their Scaffold Broke.—Accident Witnessed by a Number of People.

             Another accident occurred on the Thebes bridge this morning in which two men were fatally injured one of them meeting instant death.

             The men were working on a scaffold suspended from a span on the Missouri side.  While hanging in mid air, a hundred feet or more above the water, the rope gave away which supported the scaffold and they fell into the river.  The tug went at once to their relief, but one of the men was dead when he was picked up and the other was so fearfully injured that it was feared he would not survive the trip to the hospital at Cape Girardeau.

             The accident was witnessed by a number of people.  A passenger train was being taken across on the transfer boat as it occurred and the passengers witnessed the awful sight.


Minnie Lasater, the women who was involved in the Zook case, has returned to her home at Poplar Springs, Tenn.  Her husband came after her last night and will again take her into a good home, to forgive, but not to forget her past deeds.


Mrs. M. T. Bagby died at her home Monday morning after a lingering illness of consumption.  (Olmstead)

             (Matthew T. Bagby married Anna C. Ayers on 1 Aug 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Bud Thorp, a young colored man of Perks, was killed accidentally Friday by letting a log fall on him that he was trying to load on a wagon.  He was aged 22 years and was very highly respected in that community.


Charles Middleton, a former resident of this place (Wetaug), died a few days ago in Mississippi from blood poisoning.


A daughter was stillborn Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Sampel Huston of Wetaug.


Saturday, 29 Oct 1904:

Coroner James McManus was called to Elco today to hold an inquest.


Mr. E. T. Spencer, of Pulaski, who died on October 17th, and was buried in the cemetery at that place, was a brother of the late H. H. Spencer.  He was born Sept. 24th, 1826, and was a few days over 78 years of age.  He joined the Baptist church in New York State in his boyhood and remained a faithful Christian all his life.  His wife, Mary T. Spencer, was born in 1826 and died in 1888, aged 61 years.  She was a member of the Congregational church.  Three children, F. M. and C. J. Spencer and Mrs. Alcie.


Friday, 4 Nov 1904:

Philip Lentz, a farmer who resided two miles east of town (Wetaug), died Saturday after a lingering illness from malaria and liver disease.  He had been ailing about three years and his decease was not unexpected.  He was aged about 42 years and was the eldest son of Henry Lentz, deceased, and a brother to U. C. Lentz, Tellis and Charles Lentz.  He leaves a wife and five children.  He was a good citizen and was well respected by everybody.  The remains were interred in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m. and the funeral services were largely attended.

             (Philip M. Lentz married Sarah L. Crite on 7 Sep 1884, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Ira Edwards received a telegram Monday from Roswell, New Mexico, announcing the death of his son, Lloyd, who went out there about two weeks ago for his health.  We did not hear particulars.  The body will be brought back for burial.  He was a well-respected young man.  Last spring he was attacked by hemorrhages from the lungs and rapidly declined.  Had he remained here under proper treatment he might have lived several years.  It is all mistake to rush a patient off among strangers far from home, expecting any benefit in incurable diseases.  In fact, a cure at home is more certain always. (Wetaug)


Saturday, 5 Nov 1904:


             A colored baby about two weeks of age was found this morning in the vacant lots on Seventeenth and Washington Avenue and adjoining the Presbyterian church property.

             The child had probably been buried only a short time and was found by some boys, John Mulvihill and Chancy Ricketts.

             The remains were taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking apartments.


A fine monument is being placed over the grave of the late Col. C. O. Patier at Beech Grove Cemetery.  The large granite vase of the monument is ten feet long, seven feet wide, eighteen inches thick and weighs 17,000 pounds.  It will require six horses to haul it to the cemetery.



             Edward Clancy died last night at 11:20 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. John T. Hogan, of Twenty-seventh Street.  The deceased was twenty-seven years of age and had been ill for several weeks. He was unmarried and was a member of the bartender’s union, which organization will have charge of the funeral.

             (John P. Hogan married Nellie A. Clancy on 9 Sep 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Monday, 7 Nov 1904:


             A man whose name is said to be Thomas Callahan and who claims Dawson Springs, Ky., as his home was stabbed in the throat early Sunday morning at Fourth and Ohio streets, at “My Brother’s Place,” and is in a critical condition at St. Mary’s Infirmary.  The name of the man who did the cutting is George Moore.  Dr. Cary attended the injured man.


Thursday, 10 Nov 1904:

Word has been received here today of the death of Mrs. Long, mother of Miss Fannie Long, formerly bookkeeper and cashier at the Blue Front Restaurant.  She died at her home in DuQuoin, Ill.  Miss Long’s many friends in this city will be grieved to learn of this sad news. Miss Long recently resigned her position here and returned to her home owing to poor health and has just recovered from an attack of typhoid fever herself.


Friday, 11 Nov 1904:


Charles H. Ward, the Well Known Painter and Musician Died of Lock jaw at Sulphur, I. T.

             Charles H. Ward, formerly of Cairo, and well known here as a painter and musician, died Monday at Sulphur, Indian Territory, after an illness of only a few days which was caused by running a nail into his foot which produced lockjaw.

             The deceased resided on Holbrook Avenue when he lived in this city and was the leader of Ward’s orchestra.  About a year ago he moved his family to Oklahoma City, Okla., where he was engaged in the painting business.

             He is survived by his wife, a son Fred, and daughter Doris.



Dr. Horace Wardner Suffering with a Severe Case of Blood Poison and His Condition Is Alarming.

             Word has been received in Cairo by some of the friends of Dr. Horace Wardner of La Porte, Ind., formerly of this city, that his health is rapidly failing and there is some fear about his condition.

             Some time ago, Dr. Wardner performed an operation on a patient and by an accident a drop of blood fell on a small sore on Dr. Wardner’s hand.  It was not noticed at the time and later when his arm began to swell it was discovered that he had contracted blood poison, which his friends are now worried about.

Dr. Wardner came to this city in the sixties and built up a large practice here.  He was also greatly interested in Cairo’s welfare and owned considerable property here.

             When he left Cairo a number of years ago, he went to Anna, Ill., where he accepted the position of superintendent of the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane.

             On leaving Anna, he went to La Porte, Ind., where he established a sanitarium and to which he devoted much of his time until recently.

             Dr. and Mrs. Wardner are now in Colorado and will soon return to La Porte.

             Their many friends in this city will await the outcome of Dr. Wardner’s condition in hopes that he will soon recover.


Mrs. D. E. Myers, of 1608 Poplar Street, died very suddenly last night of consumption after an illness of only two days.  The deceased was 39 years of age and is survived by five children, three daughters and two sons.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church at Kenswick, Mo.


Saturday, 12 Nov 1904:


Died Very Suddenly of Heart Trouble While on a Hunting Trip

Deceased Was 37 Years of Age and Was the Youngest of Three Brothers Who Constitute Firm of Rees Brothers Bakery.

             Earnest Reese went out to Dogtooth Bend Wednesday morning with a hunting party to spend a few days in the woods.  Today his corpse was brought back to his stricken family.  Death came suddenly to him at five minutes past 3 o’clock this morning, his demise being the result of heart trouble.

             His companions in the camp were aroused by his violent coughing.  They spoke to him, but received no answer.  This happened three times, when they went to him and only then learned of his condition.

With him in the party were Louis Zanone, Albert Swoboda, Tony Ehs, Frank Gorman and a few others.

Ernest Rees was 37 years of age.  He was the youngest of the three brothers, who constitute the well-known bakery firm.  Besides his brothers, Adolph and John, he has two sisters, Miss Louise Rees and Mrs. F. M. Nordman.  He leaves a wife and two boys, Wallace and Fred, upon whom the blow fails with unrelenting force.

             Mr. Rees was a member of the Elks, Knights Pythias and of the K. M. K. C.



             Cairo, Ill., Nov. 12.  A special meeting of the B. P. O. of Elks will be held tonight at 8:00 o’clock at their hall for the purpose of arranging to attend funeral of their deceased brother, Ernest W. Rees.

H. H. Halliday, Exalted Ruler

C. W. Logan, Secretary


The funeral of Mrs. D. E. Myers was held last night at her home on Poplar Street, Rev. J. T. M. Knox, pastor of the Presbyterian church conducting the services.  The choir of the Presbyterian church rendered some selections.  The Eagles attended the funeral in a body.  The remains were taken to Ullin for interment.

             (David E. Myers married Sarah M. McMillin on 2 Jan 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Sarah M. wife of D. E. Myers Nov. 20, 1864-1904.—Darrel Dexter)


Monday, 14 Nov 1904:


Civil War Veteran and Old Citizen of Cairo Passed Away Sunday.

His Patriotism and Loyalty Manifested to the End, When He Cast His Vote on Election Day.

             Thomas H. Boyd, one of Cairo’s oldest and highly respected citizens, passed away Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.

             Mr. Boyd had been in poor health for some time and suffered from a complication of diseases, which finally resulted in Bright’s disease.

             About two years ago the deceased underwent an operation by a specialist in Chicago, but only temporary relief resulted.  Last Tuesday Mr. Boyd underwent another operation, which was performed by Dr. W. C. Clarke, of this city.  While the results of the operation were considered doubtful, it was thought wise to have it performed as a last resort in hopes that relief might be obtained.

             The deceased was in his sixty-seventh year and had been a resident of Cairo for twenty years.  During this time he held several offices, being at one time pound master and the last number of years janitor at the customhouse.

             Mr. Boyd was a war veteran.  He was born in Nashville, Ill., and served as a volunteer in the 48th Illinois Infantry.  He received wounds at the Battle of Shiloh.  He waived examination though he was walking with a crutch as a result of a hip wound and reenlisted in the 13th Illinois Cavalry.  The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, two grown boys, C. W. and J. T. Boyd, and one daughter, Mrs. H. W. Hovey, of Houston, Texas.

             One incident that marked the patriotism and loyalty of Mr. Boyd occurred a few days before his death.  He had postponed the operation, which he was going to have performed, until after he had cast his vote on Election Day.  After he had marked his ballot and had seen it dropped safely into the ballot box he gave a sigh of relief and had the feeling of satisfaction that he had performed his duty.

             The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon 3 o’clock at the family residence, 715 Twenty-first Street, and the remains will be taken to Ashley, Ill., for burial.

             Mrs. Hovey arrived today from Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. Boyd have also arrived.

Mr. Boyd had one sister, Mrs. George Seivert, who resides in St. Louis and who will go to Ashley to attend the funeral.



Held This Afternoon and Largely Attended –Floral Offerings Profuse.

             The funeral of the late Ernest Rees was held this afternoon at the family residence, No. 321 Twentieth Street, and was largely attended.

             Rev. Charles Armstrong, pastor of the Lutheran church, conducted the services and the Germania Maennerchor rendered several beautiful selections.

             The remains were taken on a special train to Villa Ridge for interment.  The Elks, K. M. K. C., Knights of Pythias and Egypt Hunting and Fishing Club, all organizations of which the deceased was a member, attended the funeral in a body.

             The floral pieces were profuse and very beautiful.  Besides countless cut pieces, a broken column was given by Adolph Rees, standing wreath by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nordman, Jr., standing anchor by the bakers of Cairo, wreath from the Egypt Hunting and Fishing Club, anchor from Mesdames George Koehler and Mrs. Dr. Davis, wreath from Angus Leek, pillow from the family, large casket bouquet and cypress leaves and yellow chrysanthemums by the Elks, large casket bouquet of cypress leaves and American Beauty roses by the K. M. K. C., large wreath of cypress leaves and white carnations by the Knights of Pythias.

             The pallbearers were Charles Carey, Charles Patier, Gus Swoboda, George Schoembs, Walter Denzel, John Fry, Frank Storman, Edward Pink, Thomas W. Gannon, F. E. Davis, Daniel Kelly, and Joseph Bucher.

             (His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Ernest W. Rees 1870-1904.—Darrel Dexter)


Miss Anna Ion Pell is very low this afternoon and her death is expected any hour.



             Boyd—Died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in this city on Sunday, November 13, 1904, at 1 o’clock p.m., Thomas H. Boyd, aged sixty-six years, six months and twelve days.

             The funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 15th.  Services at residence No. 715 Twenty-first Street, conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, at 3 o’clock p.m.  The burial will be at Ashley, Illinois, the remains leaving here on Illinois Central train No. 24, Wednesday morning.  Friends of deceased and family are respectfully invited to the funeral.


Tuesday, 15 Nov 1904:


Passed Away Last Evening about 7 O’clock of Consumption.

Deceased Retained Consciousness to the End.—Was a Well-known and Popular Young Lady.

             Miss Anna Vaughn Pell, one of Cairo’s most popular and charming young ladies, passed away last evening about 7 o’clock at the home of her mother, Mrs. Anna Pell, of 330 Twenty-fifth Street, after an illness of several weeks of consumption.

             The end came peacefully and the deceased was conscious to the last.  As death approached to claim this young soul as its own, she sank into a peaceful slumber and died without a struggle.  Before her death she realized that the end was not far off and she asked to have her friends come in and see her for the last time, as they had not been permitted to see her for the last several weeks of her illness.

             Two weeks ago Miss Pell expressed a desire to unite with the Presbyterian church and Dr. Knox, the pastor, called and administered the obligations.

             The deceased was a member of the graduating class of Cairo High School of 1904 and was a student that commanded the respect and love of teachers and scholars alike.

             She is survived by her mother, one sister, Mrs. John Thistlewood, and one brother, Sam Pell.  The

the remains will be taken to Lewisport, Ky., tomorrow at 5 o’clock where interment will be made beside the father and brother of the deceased.



             Funeral services were held over the remains of Miss Anna Vaughn Pell at 4 o’clock this afternoon.  The class of ‘04 of the Cairo High School, of which the deceased was a member, attended in a body.  The floral offerings were very profuse and beautiful.  A large number of friends attended the services to pay their respects to the one who had been such a favorite among them.  The remains will be taken to Lewisport, Ky., tomorrow morning at 5 o’clock for interment.



             The funeral of the late Thomas Boyd was held this afternoon at the family residence on west Twenty-first Street.  The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, pastor of the Methodist church.  The funeral was largely attended by the friends of the deceased.  The floral offerings were many and beautiful.


Wednesday, 16 Nov 1904:


             Mrs. John Lattner, wife of the well-known baker, died suddenly this afternoon at her home, 1207 Washington Avenue.  She has been in poor health for several years, suffering from asthma.


Thursday, 17 Nov 1904:


             Mrs. John Lattner, the wife of the well-known baker, mention of whose death was made in Wednesday’s Citizen, was 45 years of age.  She had been a sufferer of asthma for several years.  Wednesday she was taken to her bed, but was not considered critically ill and it is stated that her death was due to heart failure.

             The deceased was born in Bavaria, and came to the United States when a young girl.  She has resided in Cairo for twenty-two years and was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.

             Mrs. Lattner is survived by her husband, John Lattner, one brother, Fred Wehner, of St. Louis and a sister, Mrs. Clara Cleine, of St. Louis.

             The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Patrick’s Church.



             We desire to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the members of the K. M. K. C., the Elks and Knights of Pythias lodges, the Egypt Hunting and Fishing Club to Rev. C. H. Armstrong and Rev. J. T. M. Knox and other friends for their kind attentions after the death of our dear husband and brother, Ernest W. Rees.

Mrs. Rees and family


John McGuinn, of Chicago, who was employed at Thebes on the new bridge, was killed yesterday.  He received a fall that broke both legs below the knees.  His remains were brought to Cairo and taken to the undertaking rooms of Mrs. M. E. Feith.  They were shipped to Chicago last night.


Willie Karraker, Albert Karraker’s oldest son, died from pneumonia Tuesday the 15th.  (Cypress)

             (Albert Karaker married Nancy J. Hinkle on 1 Sep 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Died, Saturday evening, after a long illness, little Bertha, a child of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hargis.  Funeral services were conducted by T. O. Milton, pastor of the Baptist church.  The parents have the sympathy of all.  (Delta)

             (Her marker in Hargis Cemetery reads:  Bertha Hargis 1903-1904.—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 18 Nov 1904:


Judge O. A. Osborn Passed Away at Ranfield, Mich., on November 12th.

             Judge O. A. Osborn, a former resident of Cairo, died November 12th, at the home of a grandson, Mr. M. Pickle, in Banfield, Perry County, Michigan.  This news has just reached Cairo friends of the deceased.  The older residents of this city will remember Judge Osborn

             The deceased was born in Connecticut and came west while a young man.  He resided in Mound City for a time and then moved to Cairo.  He was a justice of the peace for a time and also conducted a grocery store.

             The deceased was 86 years of age at the time of his death.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. A. A. Poor, of Denison, Texas, and Mrs. Almira Poor, of Dolwing, Mich.


Saturday, 19 Nov 1904:

Mrs. J. W. Rule received a message of the death of her sister, Mrs. _ontrief of Greenfield, Ind., this afternoon.


Monday, 21 Nov 1904:

Mrs. Anna Pell and son, Sam, returned from Lewisport, Ky., where they accompanied the remains of the former’s daughter, Miss Anna Pell.


Dr. J. S. Petree, once a resident of Cairo, and kindly remembered by our older readers, died recently at his home in Bardwell, Ky., aged about 78 years.


Tuesday, 22 Nov 1904:


             Messrs. P. W. Barclay and George E. Ohara have gone to Belleville, Ill., to attend the funeral of the late Judge Alonzo S. Wilderman, who died at his home there Sunday.

             The deceased was the Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Illinois and was well known throughout the state.  The deceased was also a circuit judge of the Belleville district.

             Judge Wilderman visited Cairo last June on official business and was the guest of the Cairo Commandery.

             The funeral was held this afternoon.



And Six Non Union Miners Fatally Injured at Zeigler.


Sheriff Stein Takes Posse of 75 Men to the Scene of the Battle.—Communication with Zeigler Cut Off.

             Benton, Ill., Nov. 22.—A crisis in the Zeigler strike began last night when a hundred shots were fired into the southern boundary of Leiter’s stockade.  Deputy United States and six non-union miners are said to have received wounds from which they died.  Sheriff Stein left Benton this morning with a posse of 75 men for the scene.  All communication with Zeigler is cut off and further information is impossible.

             (The 3 Dec 1904, issue reported that Link Dowell was not killed.—Darrel Dexter)


Ethel Hill is very ill with typhoid and pneumonia fever; her recovery is doubtful.  (Thebes)


Wednesday, 23 Nov 1904:


E. D. Bell, of 2043 Walnut Street, died Tuesday at the age of 51 years of cancer of the stomach.
The deceased had been in poor health for a number of years and moved to Cairo from Mt. Vernon, Ill., last June.  He made his home with his brother, Otis Bell, proprietor of the saloon on lower Commercial Avenue.

The deceased was formerly a resident of Charles, Mo., and was county clerk there from 1895 to 1897.  He was re-elected at the end of his term, but resigned on account of ill health, being an invalid at the time of his election.  He was at one time superintendent of the water works at Evansville, Ind.  He was a member of the Woodmen of the World.

The deceased had been married twice. Besides his wife he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Clara Miller, of Charleston, Mo., Mrs. Daisy Mitchell of Pennsylvania, Misses Flora and Pearl Bell, of Charleston, one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Rhodes, of Mt. Vernon and his brother, Mr. Bell, of Cairo.

The funeral will be held at the house tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Richard Maupin died about 10 o’clock this morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary of consumption after an illness of several weeks.

The deceased was about 50 years of age and is survived by a wife and an adopted daughter.

Until recently he was employed as bartender at Wilmot’s Saloon, 1115 Commercial Avenue.
Funeral arrangements have not been made yet.
Mr. James Powers of this place (Villa Ridge) and an old Cairo citizen, is very critically ill at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo.  He is well up in years and it is feared he will not long survive.
The funeral services over the remains of little Ruth Montgomery, two months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Montgomery, of Thirty-seventh Street, were held at 12:30 o’clock today and the remains were taken to Beech Grove for interment.  The child has been in poor health since its birth.
Friday, 25 Nov 1904:
Mrs. Joseph Sauers, sister of Mrs. Thomas Fuller, of this city, died Wednesday at her home in St. Louis after an illness of several months.  Mrs. Fuller was at her bedside at the time of her death.
Died Suddenly After an Illness of Only Two Days.

E. A. Snow died at his home, 3503 Elm Street, Thursday morning about 3:30 o’clock after an illness of only two days.

Mr. Snow had been complaining of feeling bad for some time and Wednesday was advised by a friend to consult a doctor.  He said he would and went downtown to see one.  He met some friends downtown who told him that there was nothing the matter with him, that they had been feeling the same way for some time.  Mr. Snow returned to his home about 5 o’clock and seeing the friend who advised him to go to the doctor, he was asked what the physician said.  Mr. Snow replied that he had not gone to the doctor.

That night he was taken seriously ill and died yesterday.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, a boy and a girl.  He was a member of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F., and Ben Hur tribe.

A short service was held this afternoon at the house after which the remains were taken to the Calvary Church where memorial services were held.

The remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.

(Edward A. Snow married Etta E. Walker on 26 Jan 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Richard Maupin who died Wednesday was held Thursday night at 12 o’clock.  The remains were taken to Hillsboro, Mo., this morning for interment. (St. Louis papers please copy)
The funeral services over the remains of E. D. Bell, who died Wednesday, were held yesterday.  The local order of the Woodmen of the World had charge of the services.  This was the first funeral to be conducted by this order in Cairo and the services were very impressive.  A white dove made its flight from the grave after the casket was lowered, representing the flight of the soul to its God.
Saturday, 26 Nov 1904:
Passed Away Friday Afternoon at His Home on Thirty-fourth Street.

Daniel Fitzgerald died at his home No. 514 Thirty-fourth Street, Friday afternoon after an illness of about three week’s duration of pleural pneumonia.

Mr. Fitzgerald had been a resident of this city for a number of years and was a ship carpenter by trade.  He was a native of Ireland and came to this country when a young man, and located at Mound City.

The deceased is survived by his wife, three daughters, Misses Florida, Veronica, and Augustine, and a son, Daniel.  He also has a sister residing in Mound City, Mrs. M. Herley.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
Richard Champion, Aged 15, Has No Chance to Recover.—Body Paralyzed.
And They Were Accidentally Discharged with Serious Results.—A Warning to Mothers.

Two sad and unavoidable accidents happened Friday when two boys were accidentally shot while playing with rifles.  The coincidence lies in the fact that one of the accidents occurred in the upper part of the city and the other downtown.

Richard Champion, a lad about 15 years of age, residing at 2409 Park Avenue, was playing with John Sarber, son of Mrs. J. C. Gholson, a boy about the same age.  In some manner the weapon was discharged and the bullet from a 22 caliber entered the Champion boy’s neck, fracturing the spinal column and paralyzing the spinal chord.  The boy’s body is completely paralyzed and his recovery is considered impossible by Dr. Bondurant, who attended him.

Young Sarber is nearly prostrated by the sad affair, but there is no blame attached to him as the accident was purely accidental.

The boys were scuffling with the rifle when it was discharged.  It seems they had been told not to play with it, but boys will be boys and did not mean to do any harm.  The two boys were the best of friends.  Everything possible is being done for the injured boy.

Harry Schuh, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Schuh, was playing with a toy pistol with some other boys when in some manner it was discharged and shot Frank Schoembs, Jr., in the side. Fortunately this case is not considered dangerous by the doctor and he will soon be all right again.

Young Champion is still alive at the time of going to press.

(John C. Gholson married Mary F. Sarber on 3 Sep 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 28 Nov 1904:

Another of Cairo’s old and respected citizens has passed away.

John Cannon died very suddenly Saturday at his home, 421 Douglas Street, about 6:45 o’clock.  He had been in poor health for nearly a year, but was able to get about.  Thanksgiving Day he was taken ill, but rallied and seemed to be feeling pretty well until Saturday, when he complained of feeling worse.  His wife assisted him in retiring and before he had got in bed he breathed his last.  His death was due to heart failure.

Mr. Cannon was 75 years of age and was born in Ireland, King’s County, and came to Cairo in 1853.  He was married in this city in 1859 and has resided here ever since.  Mr. Cannon assisted in the building of the Illinois Central Railroad and was employed for over forty years with that company in various capacities.

The deceased is survived by his wife and three sons, Messrs. John Cannon, of Chicago, Thaddeus, of Hazlehurst, Miss., and Edward of Cairo.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Patrick’s Church.

All of the family are here to attend the funeral, John arriving from Chicago and Thaddeus from Mississippi today.  F. M. Beaver also came down from Centralia to attend the funeral.

Cannon—Died at his home, 421 Douglas Street, at 6:20 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, of heart disease, John Cannon, aged 74 years.

The funeral cortege will leave the late residence Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29, at 1:30 o’clock for St. Patrick’s Church, where services will be conducted.

Special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2:45 for Villa Ridge cemetery.

Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor of Paducah are in the city.  Mrs. Taylor is a sister of Richard Champion.
Tuesday, 29 Nov 1904:
Convicted Murderer to Pay Extreme Penalty on That Day.

Eli Bugg, who was convicted in the September special term of circuit court of aiding and abetting Will Cross in the murder of Chris Mathis, at Wetaug, sometime during the summer just passed, appeared before Judge Butler Saturday afternoon and received the death sentence.  The time of execution being set on Friday, Dec. 16, 1904, just twenty days from the day of sentence to the day of execution.

The judge went over the case with the utmost care, reviewing the trial and answering the objections presented by Attorney Fred Hood, Mr. Bugg’s faithful attorney.

The doomed man listened to the death sentence with a stolid, undisturbed appearance.  His reply to the judge’s interrogation:  “Have you anything to say, why the sentence of death should not be pronounced?”  was “My  life is being taken without just cause.”—Mound City Sun

Sheriff J. R. Weaver, of Pulaski County, was here today to secure a rope with which to hang Eli Bugg on Dec. 16th, if Gov. Yates does not interfere in the meantime.  He was shown the rope which hung Riley Powell and will probably use it.  The rope was one Sheriff Hodges had made for the purpose and is extra strong, as the sheriff did not want to have any trouble.  It was borrowed for an execution at Caruthersville, so Bugg will be the third to feel its coil about his throat.

Demosthenes L. Davis, formerly proprietor of the Cairo Evening Sun, died in Chicago recently at the age of 73 years.  Mr. Davis was a resident of Cairo in the 70’s, finally disposing of his business to T. L. Jay, now of Centralia.  He left a son, Louis L. Davis, and two daughters, Miss Minnie L. Davis and Mrs. Be. Esmonde.
Mr. Scott, one of the men working on the bridge, fell from the top last Monday and his body has not been found yet.  His brother arrived Saturday and offered $200 for the body.

Ashland, Ky., Nov. 29.—Word reached here today of a terrible tragedy at Shelbyville, Pike County.  Enoch Sloan, while in a drunken rage, shot and killed his wife and four children and then committed suicide.  When the neighbors reached the scene all were dead but one child, which died later.
Wednesday, 30 Nov 1904:
James Powers, of Villa Ridge, formerly a resident of Cairo, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Monday night about 8:30 o’clock after an illness of four months of paralysis.  The deceased lacked but a few weeks of reaching the age of seventy-five.  He was a native of Ireland and came to Cairo in 1855, when he engaged in the blacksmith business.  In 1882 he removed to Villa Ridge, where he engaged in the same trade.  Six children, three daughters and three sons survive him.  Two daughters reside in Brooklyn, N.Y., and one in this city, Mrs. W. A. English, wife of the well-known mail carrier.

(William A. English married Hannah Powers on 2 Sep 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Rochey, known as Boss Farr, an old resident of the bottoms around Perks, died last Wednesday, of pneumonia fever.  He leaves his wife and three children.
Albert Volmer, a tenant on the Christensen farm, died last Friday.  He was aged about 70 years and leaves a wife and several children.
F. F. Wright, Philip Ernest and a man named Hammon west of town (Wetaug) are seriously ill with pneumonia fever.
Thursday, 1 Dec 1904:
Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Cannon have returned to their home in Hazlehurst, Miss., after attending the funeral of the former’s father, the late John Cannon.
Mary Dabney, an old colored woman, who has been in the employ of Mrs. E. J. Ayres, for thirty years, died last Friday morning of pneumonia.  She was a sister of Mrs. Owens, who owns a farm two miles east of Villa Ridge and was a faithful Christian.  (Villa Ridge)
Friday, 2 Dec 1904:
Mrs. Julia B. Copelan was called to Lincoln, Ill., today by the serious illness of her sister-in-law.  She left on the early morning train over the Illinois Central.  A later message announced that her sister-in-law had passed away.
Died, Friday morning, Nov. 25, Mrs. Josh Lee, after a lingering illness of eight months.  Interment was held Saturday in Hazlewood Cemetery.  The deceased was a niece of the late Judge J. E. McCrite.  She left a husband and two sons.  (Sandusky)

(Joshua Lee married Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Graham on 25 Mar 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Lewis F. Turner, an old citizen of Alexander County, died at Sikeston, Mo., on Nov. 22.  He had been a resident of Missouri for several years.
Saturday, 3 Dec 1904:
Deputy Marshal Link Dowell was in the city today.  He looked like a very live dead man and received the congratulations of his friends that the report that he was shot at Zeigler was not correct.
Tuesday, 6 Dec 1904:
Frank Armstrong, a well-known plumber, died Monday while in his room, 811 Commercial Avenue.  The deceased was 67 years of age.  His death was sudden and was the outcome of heart failure.  He had been a sufferer of asthma for many years.  He is survived by a son, John Armstrong, and a daughter, who resided in East St. Louis.  He was formerly employed by the Cairo City Gas Company, but of late had conducted a general repair shop on Ninth Street.  The funeral will be held under the direction of the Plumbers’ Union.
D. A. McDowell, of this city, a dealer in timber, discovered some human skeletons while at Hale’s Point, a few days ago.  He brought a portion of the skeletons to this city.  He says one of the skeletons measured about seven feet in height.  He cannot account as to who or what his find may have been, but judges them to be the remains of some race buried many years ago.  Judging from the height, they may possibly be the remains of a tribe of Indians, perhaps the remains of the seven footer was the chief for whom the “Father of Waters”_____.
Wednesday, 7 Dec 1904:
Jacob Knupp’s mother, aged 77 years, an old resident of this community (Wetaug), died Sunday of congestion of the brain.  She had long been in poor health.
Thursday, 8 Dec 1904:
To Be Erected in the National Cemetery at Mound City.

Col. Louis Krughoff and H. F. Reuter, of Nashville, were in Mound City Monday, superintending the erection of a monument at the grave of Gen. John B. Turchin, in the National Cemetery at that place.  Senator Foraker and Congressman Grosvenor, of Ohio, and Col. Krughoff were the promoters of the movement to honor the memory of the dead soldier.  Gen. Turchin was a brigadier general in the Federal army during the War of the Rebellion and Senator Foraker and Gen. Grosvenor were members of this staff.—Carbondale Free Press.

William Johnson was refused a pardon by the State Board of Pardons at Springfield Wednesday.  He was sent up from Alexander County for murder.

Frank Jones, sentenced for life from Pulaski County for killing his wife, had his sentence commuted to twenty years.  Jones met his wife on the street with another man and killed her in 1895.


A petition is being circulated in Pulaski County asking Governor Yates to commute to life imprisonment the sentence of death given Eli Bugg on a murder charge.  The execution had been set for December 16.
Passed Away Early This Morning at Home of Daughter, Mrs. Frank Schoembs.

Mrs. Frederick Rose, mother of Mrs. Frank Schoembs, of Seventh Street, passed away early this morning after several weeks of illness.  She had suffered from a complication of troubles.

Mrs. Rose was one of the oldest residents of this city, having come to Cairo in the 60s.  Her husband, who died several years ago, conducted a tailoring establishment on Commercial between Sixth and Seventh streets.

The deceased is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Frank Schoembs and Mrs. W. O. Worstman, of Dongola, Ill.  She was in her 65th year.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon from the Lutheran Church.  Mrs. Falconer has charge of the remains.
Death from Exposure Comes to Family of One of Leiter’s Imported Miners.

Party of Stranded Austrians Driven out by Terror Reach DuQuoin and Are Sent Back to Pittsburg.

DuQuoin Call:  The daily exodus from Zeigler, renewed the past week, still continues with marked activity and every day sees the departure of from 5 to 20 men and families.  The nightly shooting affrays have had a terrorizing effect on the miners in the place and are in large degree responsible for the wholesale desertions of late.

Late yesterday afternoon a party of stranded Austrians arrived in this city with stories of distress.  The contingent composed of 16 men, 2 women and 3 children, took leave of Ziegler late Sunday afternoon, arriving in Christopher about sundown.  The women and children rode in open side conveyances while the men walked.  The former were given lodging in the Swafford Hotel, the miners rendezvous for the night, while the latter remained at Camp Turner.  One of the most pathetic scenes was enacted at the Christopher hotel, Sunday night.  The three-week-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Roninotlyock, members of the party, was found by the mother to be cold in death.  She at once hastened to Camp Turner and informed her husband of the death of their babe.  The coroner was notified and arrived a few hours later.  The verdict of the jury was that the child had died of congestive chills contracted from the exposure of the journey overland.  The party were provided here with transportation back to Pittsburg, from whence they were imported.

There are at present about a score of men employed in Leiter’s mine according to information from the Camp and the outpost the past 20 days is estimated by an authority to be 27 tons.
Mrs. Ora Bishop, of 3313 Commercial Avenue, died Wednesday afternoon of pneumonia.  The case was a particularly sad one, owing to the poverty of the family, but by the aid of the K. M. K. C. and Mesdames B. Sadler and A. A. Comings, the remains were taken to Unity for burial.  The woman was survived by three little ones who are also seriously ill of the same disease.
Friday, 9 Dec 1904:
Mrs. Branggman, of Alton, Ill, arrived today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Frederick Rose.  W. O. Worstman and family will arrive from Dongola tonight.
The Three Year-Old Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Madden.

Lucy, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Madden, of lower Walnut Street, died very suddenly this morning at 5:45 o’clock after an illness of only two days of spinal paralysis.

The deceased was a bright child and was a great favorite in the neighborhood where she lived.  Her untimely death will be deeply regretted by her many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Madden are nearly prostrated over the sad affair and The Citizen united with their many friends in extending to them the deepest sympathy in their hour of bereavement.

The funeral arrangements have not as yet been completed.

(A marker in Calvary Cemetery bears the name Lucy Madden, but has no dates.—Darrel Dexter)
Clarence West, one of our (Delta’s) young men, died last week from the effects of a wound, which he received about six weeks ago while carelessly handling a revolver.  The ball entered his left side near the heart.  Dr. Porterfield, of Thebes, was called to attend him.  He was taken to Thebes, where he could be near the doctor, and was later taken to the hospital at Cairo, where he died.  He was brought back to this place for burial.  He leaves a young wife and brothers and sisters to mourn the loss.  His brother, Marshall, stayed with him to the last.
Saturday, 10 Dec 1904:
Frederick Stevens, a well-known farmer residing near Willard, died Friday morning after an illness of several days of inflammation of the stomach.  The deceased was nearly 40 years of age and is survived by his wife and two children.  He was well known in Cairo and throughout the county.

(His marker in the Poor Farm Cemetery reads:  Arthur Frederick Stevens Born Feb. 3, 1863 Died Dec. 9, 1904, Aged 40 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 6 Days.  God gave, He took, He will restore.  He doeth all things well.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Mrs. Frederick Rose was held this afternoon at the Lutheran church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
George Christman Died in St. Louis Early Saturday Morning.
And His Death Marks the End of a Long, Hard Struggle Against That Disease.

George C. Christman is dead.  His long, hard fight against consumption ended this morning when he passed away at his home in St. Louis at 2:30 o’clock.  For many months he has been very low.  Last July he was compelled to give up work entirely and his condition has grown gradually worse since.

George C. Christman was born in St. Louis on July 11, 1861.  During the war Cairo became the home of his parents and he grew up here and attended the public schools.  He worked for a time for Mr. M. J. Howley and from that turned attention to a mercantile agency for Cairo, which he established himself.  Later he attracted the attention of the R. G. Dun Mercantile Agency and when they established an office here, Mr. Christman became its manager.  In 1885 or 1886 he went to St. Louis to work for the St. Louis office of the same agency and his connection with that institution was only severed by his death.  Three years ago Mr. Christman was very low and made a trip to the southwest on what seemed to his friends a last resort, but it proved beneficial and he became very much better.

Mr. Christman is survived by his mother, a sister, Mrs. J. F. Stephens, and a younger brother, Frank Christman.

About a month ago Mr. Christman joined the Catholic Church and his funeral will be conducted by that church.

The funeral of the late George C. Christman will be held at Villa Ridge cemetery tomorrow afternoon.  A special train will leave at 12 o’clock for the cemetery to convey the friends from Cairo to the cemetery.  The remains will be met there and the interment will be held.

Father Gillen of St. Joseph’s Church will have charge of the ceremonies at the cemetery.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  George O. Chrestman 1861-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 12 Dec 1904:
A special train consisting of one coach carried the Cairo friends of the late George O. Christman to Villa Ridge yesterday, where the remains of Mr. Christman were buried, having been brought down from St. Louis.  Father James Gillen, of St. Joseph’s Church, conducted the funeral services, which were solemn and impressive.  The floral offerings were very beautiful and profuse.  A quartette consisting of Mrs. Profilet, Miss Hattie Eisenberg, Dr. James McManus and Mrs. Robert Stapleton, rendered two beautiful selections.  The pallbearers were Louis Rossman, M. J. Sheehan, T. J. Pryor, Charles Felchter, B. McManus, Reed Green, German C. Schuh and Frank Davis.

Miss Georgia Fields, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fields, died at 3:15 this morning of dropsy at her home, No. 711 Twenty-first Street.  She had been a sufferer for months.  The family came here from Obion, Tenn., during the summer.  Mr. Fields and a son, Harvey Fields, are coopers by trade.  The young lady was 25 years of age.  Funeral arrangements had not been completed this afternoon.
Mrs. Christman and son Frank and Mrs. J. F. Stephens, who came down from St. Louis with the remains of George O. Christman, who died in St. Louis Saturday morning, returned this afternoon to St. Louis.  Frank Christman is now located at Cleveland with the R. G. Dun Mercantile Agency there.
The funeral of little Lucy Madden, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Madden, was held yesterday from St. Patrick’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
Tuesday, 13 Dec 1904:
C. C. Rhymer of New Hope is reported dangerously ill with pneumonia. 
Henry Mowery went to Mill Creek Monday to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Wiley Barnhart, who died at Piggott, Ark., of pneumonia fever while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. John Lentz.

             (Jacob Wiley Barnhart married Sarah Matilda Mowery on 27 Apr 1871, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Jacob W. Barnhart Born Dec. 15, 1840 Died Dec. 11, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 14 Dec 1904:
Word was received yesterday of the death of Charles Willoughby, which occurred at Chicago yesterday morning.  The deceased was well known in Cairo and is a brother of Mrs. S. J. Eichenberger.
Thursday, 15 Dec 1904:
Eli Bugg, Sentenced to Hang Tomorrow Gets Four Weeks More.
Governor Wires Sheriff Weaver Not to Hold Execution, and Follows with Formal Order.

Mound City, Ill., Dec. 15.—Eli Bugg will not hang tomorrow morning as was intended.  A petition circulated by Bugg’s friends for signatures asking Governor Yates to grant a reprieve and allow the case to be taken before the state board of pardons, was sent the governor who sent a long message to State’s Attorney George E. Martin calling him to appear before the governor and five reason why the case should not go before the state board of pardons, which convenes on January 10th.  Governor Yates declared in his message that he had established a precedent that sentence should be stayed in all capital cases which have not been passed upon by the Supreme Court to give the defendant a chance to get his case before the state board of pardons.  Martin was ordered by the governor to meet him at Springfield at a specified time and Mr. Martin wired back that he would do nothing of the kind.  At any rate it is probable that Bugg’s neck will be spared until after January 10th.

Sheriff J. R. Weaver of Pulaski County also received a message from Governor Yates, which was as follows:
Springfield, Ill., Dec. 14
Sheriff Weaver, Pulaski County

In the case of Eli Bugg I have granted a reprieve of four weeks.  A copy of the formal order will follow by mail.  See to it that the execution does not occur Friday.
Gov. Richard Yates
Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Scarritt will go to Alton tomorrow morning to attend the funeral there Saturday of Mrs. J. C. W. Cox, Mrs. Scarritt’s sister, who died in a hospital in Chicago this morning.  She was the wife of Rev. Mr. Cox, of Oskaloosa, Ia.  Mr. Scarritt expects to return for Sunday.
Dr. Whiteaker has been selected by the sheriff as one of the physicians to be present and notify him when life is extinct after the execution of Eli Bugg on the 16th inst. (Olmstead)
Friday, 16 Dec 1904:
Clifford Sloo Committed Suicide at Poplar Bluff, Mo., Today
Left Cairo Yesterday Afternoon Drawing Money from Bank and Taking Book with Him

Clifford Sloo, son of Mr. Thomas J. Sloo of the Cairo post office, ended his own life at Poplar Bluff, Mo., sometime today or last night.

The terrible news was received late this afternoon by the officers of the Alexander County National Bank and was immediately communicated to Postmaster Miller and to the boy’s family on upper Washington Avenue.

Postmaster Miller left this afternoon for Poplar Bluff to bring back the remains.

Clifford Sloo has been employed as messenger at the post office.

He had been ill for two or three weeks, but returned to work Wednesday. Yesterday he was missing and inquiry developed the fact that he was a passenger on the 3:25 Iron Mountain train last evening, having bought a ticket for Charleston.  Before leaving he had drawn $35 from his deposit at the Alexander County National Bank and had taken his bankbook with him.  It was this book found on his lifeless body, which led to the telegram to the bank officials here.

The young man is 23 years of age.

Postmaster Miller met him at the station yesterday and the young man acted as though he did not want to meet his employer, but Mr. Miller thought little of it at the time, as the boy was naturally very diffident.

The news came to the bank, about 3 o’clock this afternoon in a telephone message.  The young man went out into the woods near Poplar Bluff and hanged himself.  Some boys who were out hunting found the body this forenoon and it was till warm.
Otto Fahr received the sad news yesterday of the death of Mrs. J. M. Yunker, mother of George Yunker, formerly of this city, but now of Peoria.  Mrs. Yunker died at her home in Carlyle, Ill., after an illness of ten days of congestive chills.  The burial will take place tomorrow.  The deceased is survived by four sons and three daughters.  George Yunker has gone to Carlyle to attend the funeral.  Mrs. George Yunker is a sister of Mrs. Otto Fahr.
Mr. W. T. Raefsnider is very ill at his home at Fifteenth and Cedar streets and his friends have fears that he cannot recover on account of his advanced age.
Saturday, 17 Dec 1904:
William T. Raefsnider Passed Away Early Saturday Morning.
Came to Cairo in Early Fifties to Work Upon the St. Charles Hotel.—Funeral Sunday Afternoon.

William T. Raefsnider, one of Cairo’s oldest citizens, died at his home at Fifteenth and Cedar streets this morning at 1:30 at the age of 86 years.

The deceased had been confined to his bed since last Monday, but has been in poor health for some time.

It will be remembered that the day after Christmas last year Mr. Raefsnider had the misfortune of losing his home by fire.  Steps were taken last summer to rebuild it and during the summer and fall Mr. Raefsnider spent much of his time in overseeing its construction.  The house was recently compiled enough so as to allow Mr. Raefsnider and his daughter, Miss Kate, to move in.  The strain upon Mr. Raefsnider in getting ready to move and the excitement connected with it was too much for the old gentleman, and he broke down immediately after he had moved, and had been poorly ever since.  Monday he was taken to his bed and gradually grew weaker.  He was unconscious at the time of his death.

Mr. Raefsnider was born in Pottstown, Pa., on October 9, 1818, and came to Cairo in the early 50s, when a young man.  He was married on November 11, 1856, at Chicago and returned to Cairo to reside.  His wife died in November 1903, at the age of 73 years.  She had been an invalid for a number of years before her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Raefsnider were the parents of several children, one of whom survived him, Miss Kate Raefsnider.  William, the eldest son, died in 1890.  The others died in infancy.  He was a life member of the Masonic lodge of Chicago and had been connected with that order since 1854.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church of this city and attended the services regularly.

The deceased was wonderfully preserved for a man of his age.  He was a great reader and seldom used spectacles to read, as he could see better without them.

He was perhaps, better known by the name of Snider.

It is especially sad that he had to be taken away at this time and could not be allowed to enjoy the home in which he took so much interest, on which he spent so much of his time.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the house at 1:30 o’clock and the remains taken to Beech Grove for burial.  The Masons will have charge of the funeral.

Donald Sinclair, head of Sinclair Construction Company, died at Kankakee, Ill.  He was a brother of William Sinclair, Manchester, England, Angus Sinclair, a New York __sher, and Alexander Sinclair, of Glasgow, Scotland.

Mr. Sinclair was the head of the company, which did all of the con____ work for the Illinois Central.  ___ built the stonewall on the Ohio Levee.

The body of one of the steel workers who fell from the Thebes bridge about three weeks ago was found on a sand bar near Santa Fe this morning by a small boy.  A reward of $200 had been offered for it.
Arrived From Poplar Bluff Today Accompanied by Postmaster Miller.
Awful Details of Tragedy by Which Young Man Ended His Own Life.

The remains of Clifford Sloo arrived from Poplar Bluff, Mo., this forenoon on the Iron Mountain train, accompanied by Postmaster Miller, who went after them.  A number of the attaches of the post office met the train on its arrival.  The remains were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.  The funeral will be held tomorrow from the family residence and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for burial.

Upon his arrival at Poplar Bluff Thursday Clifford Sloo went to the Crown Hotel where he engaged a room for the night.  He registered as Clifford C. Lee, of Carmi, Ill.  He stated at first that he did not want any supper, but later he came down from his room and went to the table.  He ate but little and appeared very nervous.  Retiring to his room he remained until about 3 o’clock when he arose and inquired for a drug store.  He was told that none were open at that hour.  He went to his room again and about 4 o’clock came down and paid his bill and left without breakfast.  As soon as the stores were open he went to Quinn’s drug store and tried to buy some morphine.  It was refused him.  Then he went to a hardware store and purchased seven feet of half-inch rope and a good pocketknife.  He said that he wanted the rope to tie a box at the depot.  Then he went out into the woods about a mile from the hotel, but inside the corporate limits of the town, and hung himself to a maple tree.  Before ending his life he attempted to cut his throat with his knife as was shown by several cuts in his neck and blood upon the knife blade.  Then he closed the knife and put it in his pocket, climbed the tree and sitting upon one limb, tied the rope to the limb above his head and slid off, his neck breaking with the fall.  This must have occurred about 8 o’clock, for between 9 and 10 o’clock the lifeless body, still warm, was found by some boys.

Postmaster Miller was assisted very materially in his arrangements for the care of the body by Mr. Paul Saup.

The family are quite prostrated by the terrible calamity and have the sympathy of the entire community.

Died, Saturday morning, Dec. 17, 1904, William T. Raefsnider, aged 86 years.

Funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 1413 Cedar Street, Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.  The Masonic lodge will attend in a body and have charge of the services at the grave.

Members of Cairo Lodge, No. 237, A. F. and A. M., are requested to meet at their hall at 1:00 o’clock on Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of the late brother, W. T. Raefsnider.  Visiting Masons are fraternally invited to attend.

W. F. Gibson, Worshipful Master
Monday, 19 Dec 1904:
The funeral of Clifford Sloo was held yesterday afternoon at the family residence on upper Washington Avenue.  The pallbearers were selected from the carrier force of the Cairo post office, where the deceased was employed and were the following:  Messrs. Patrick Dugan. Thomas Corriher, William English, R. A. Wartner, Frank Storman, Harry Stites, Charles Glass and John Mace.
The funeral of William T. Raefsnider was held yesterday afternoon and the remains taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.  The Masonic lodge attended the funeral in a body and had charged of the services.
Tuesday, 20 Dec 1904:

William Woods, of Sparta, has been visiting friends in this city for several days.  Mr. Woods claims to be the youngest Civil War pensioner on the government list and documents, which he possesses, seem to bear out his statement.

He enlisted in an Illinois Regiment when he was less than 13 years of age and was discharged in October 1865, when he was less than 15.  He has been in the Klondike regions twice and contemplates making the trip again next summer.

He formerly resided in this city and worked on the old Carbondale & Grand Tower railroad and is well remembered by Horace Teerter and J. C. Bryden and others.—Carbondale Free Press.
Three funerals were held on the county farm on December 10th, something almost unknown.  J. R. Black, of Elco, who died on December 9, was taken away on the 10th, for burial at Elco; J. R. Stevens, who died at Willard, was buried in a family burying ground on the county farm on that day, and an old colored woman who worked for Dr. Wood was buried on the farm.
Wednesday, 21 Dec 1904:
Mrs. Minnie Dagley, wife of Edmund Dagley, died yesterday at her home on Twenty-first Street and Mobile crossing of typhoid fever.  The funeral was held this afternoon conducted by the local painters’ union.
D. Sinclair, the late head of the firm of D. Sinclair & Co., who ran the quarry below town (Wetaug) and had numerous construction works going on elsewhere, died last week in Kankakee.
Thursday, 22 Dec 1904:
John Buck Passed Away at St. Mary’s Infirmary Wednesday Evening.
Came to Cobden with Surveying Party when the Illinois Central Was Constructed.

John Buck, one of the pioneer citizens of Union County, and one of Cobden’s leading merchants, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 5 o’clock last evening, at the age of 77 years.

John Buck was a native of Cork, Ireland.  He came to America when 18 years of age, studied to be a civil engineer.  When the Illinois Central railroad was surveyed, he was one of the engineering corps which did the work and when the road was opened became master of the Southern division.

In 1864 Buck formed a partnership with his brother, Adam, in a general store in Cobden and in 1879 became the sole owner of the business.

Mr. Buck was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Oriental Consistory of Chicago.
He was a large landowner and left a valuable estate.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon.

(His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  John Buck Born Jan. 4, 1827 Died—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 23 Dec 1904:
James W. Ezell, a former telegraph operator at the Western Union office, is charged with murder of the first degree, according to a dispatch from Uniontown, Pa., having murdered Yardmaster W. G. Porter, of Newell, Pa.  Ezell is fairly well known in Cairo and worked here about a year ago.
H. C. Mulcahy, who was in from Willard today, reports that S. P. Bradshaw is very low.  Mr. Bradshaw has been sick for a number of weeks and it is feared that he cannot recover.
Ransom Thompson of Santa Fe Precinct Passed Away at the Age of 89 Years.
Was Justice of the Peace for Nearly Half a Century and Postmaster for 21 Years.

Ransom Thompson of Santa Fe, in Alexander County, is dead.

He was one of the pioneer citizens of Alexander County, and was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., on January 16, 1815, so that had he lived until next January he would have been 90 years old.
When he was fourteen years of age he came to Alexander County and for a number of years he was engaged on the river as a clerk on a store boat.  Then he settled down to farming, first in East Cape Girardeau Precinct, then near Thebes and finally at Santa Fe, where removed in 1882, where he retired from farming and became postmaster.  It was only two or three days before his death that he laid down his official duties on account of advanced age and was succeeded by his son, Ben.  Besides being postmaster for 21 years he was a justice of the peace for nearly 50 years.

He was married three times.  His son survives him at Santa Fe and he has a brother living in Arkansas.
Died, of pneumonia, the 17th inst., at his home near Olive Branch, William R. Hudson.  Mr. Hudson was a charter member in the Brotherhood Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America.  A wife and five children survive him.  Funeral services were conducted by the camp lodge, no clergyman being present.
Robert Hoffman, a highly respected colored citizen of our place (Olive Branch), died Sunday last.  A long train of loaded vehicles followed the remains to the cemetery.  Mr. Hoffman was very prominent in politics, being a strong advocate of democracy, especially in county affairs.  The present county officers owe much to his support in the late campaign.
Saturday, 24 Dec 1904:
Judge W. N. Butler delivered a eulogy at the funeral of John Buck at Cobden Friday.
Veteran Steamboat Man Suffering from Congestive Chill.

Captain Joseph Fowler, the veteran steamboat man known from Pittsburg to New Orleans, is lying at his home on Kentucky Avenue in a very dangerous condition, and the doctors are considerably exercised.  He is suffering from congestion.

Wednesday afternoon Capt. Fowler left the boat store and went to his home on Kentucky Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, where a short while thereafter he had a congestive chill of the most serious nature.  All of yesterday and last night the attending physicians kept close at his bedside.  He was resting well early this morning.—Paducah Register
Monday, 26 Dec 1904:
Frank Jones, Convicted of Murder of Wife, Given His Liberty.

The doors of the Chester penitentiary swung open at noon Saturday for Frank Jones, a resident of Olmstead, Pulaski County, and he was given his liberty.  Jones was convicted of the murder of his wife in the circuit court of Pulaski County in 1897.  Recently the matter was taken before the board of pardons and they became convinced that he killed her wholly by accident.

Paducah, Ky., Dec. 26.—Lon Hinton was accidentally shot and killed by Rube Barlow here this morning.

(Another notice in the same issue states the alleged murderer was Rube Smith, of Barlow, Ky.—Darrel Dexter)
Farmers Engage in Target Practice with Fatal Results.

Lon Hinton, of Barlow, Ky., was accidentally shot and killed yesterday by Rube Smith.  Several men who are prosperous farmers of that community had gathered at Smith’s home and engaged in target practice.  In some way Smith’s revolver accidentally exploded and the charge entered the lower portion of Hinton’s abdomen.  The affair occurred at 1:30 o’clock.
Tuesday, 27 Dec 1904:
11-Year-Old Boy Shoots at 4-Year-Old Boy Thinking Gun Not Loaded.

Alto Pass, Dec. 27.—Harvey, the 4-year-old son of Neiri Lyrila, principal of the Namric School, west of this city, was accidentally shot by Bennie Winn, 11 years old, yesterday at the home of his grandfather, Moses Lyrila.  The two boys were playing in the yard when the older boy pulled the trigger of the gun, thinking it was not loaded.  The entire charge struck the body on the side of the neck, inflicting a probably fatal wound.
Wednesday, 28 Dec 1904:

Vienna, Ill., Dec. 28.—Mrs. Elizabeth A. Beal died last night at the age of 77.  She was the mother of Mayor W. Beal.

Thursday, 29 Dec 1904:
We are pleased to announce that C. C. Rhymer is recovering from recent severe illness. As we said, if he can stand two doctors and a lawyer professionally, he is yet good for twenty years of life.

M. A. Burns, of Thebes, was operated upon at St. Andrews Hospital Wednesday morning and the bullet, which had been in his brain several months, removed.  The operation was performed by Drs. O. L. Daniel and Charles Post, assisted by Mrs. O. L. Daniel.—Murphysboro Independent
Mr. John A. Miller received a dispatch from Providence, R. I., this morning announcing the death of his brother last night.  He was a prominent attorney at Providence and twelve years his senior.  Death was the result of heart failure.

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