Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Evening Citizen
2 Jan 1905 - 30 Dec 1905
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Monday, 2 Jan 1905:
The grim reaper was busy during the year and the following more prominent citizens were stricken down.
H. B. Ellis, Jan. 28. C. Schindler, of
Willard, Feb. 2. John A. Haynes, Feb. 25.
William McCander, April 9. Capt. Sam Green,
June 22. William E. Hendricks, June 28.
Harry Greary, July 8. George P. DeGelder,
Beech Ridge, Aug. 8. L. E. Falconer, Aug. 9.
Thomas H. Boyd, Nov. 12. Ernest Rees,
Nov. 15. John Cannon, Nov. 26. Ransom
Thompson, Santa Fe, Dec. 8. W. T. Raefsnider,
O. B. Bradford, manager of the Nelson Morris Packing Company, died at the residence of Mrs. Louise Kennedy this afternoon shortly after 3 o’clock. The deceased was 48 years of age and had been in poor health for about two years, but had been worse for the past six weeks and since last Saturday had been confined to his bed. He suffered from dropsy from which disease he died.
Mr. Bradford’s home is in Indianapolis, but he has
relatives in Louisville and Cincinnati.
Wednesday, 4 Jan 1905:
Under the influence of liquor, which rendered him unconscious as to what he was doing, an elderly white man, about 60 years of age, was killed at Cairo junction last night about 7 o’clock by Illinois Central train No. 1, the fast mail.
The man’s name is not known, but it is thought that he is a laborer, who has been employed at Wickliffe, Ky., and named O’Brien.
He was returning home evidently as he took the “dummy” at the Central depot and got off at the junction. He was walking up and down the tracks and warned, it is said, of his danger, but he did not listen to the warning and when No. 1 came whizzing by, he was struck and instantly killed before the engineer could check his speed.
The remains were brought to Cairo and taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms. The man’s injuries were found to be as follows:
His neck was broken, right arm cut off near the elbow and the upper portion crushed to a pulp, ribs on the right side crushed in and part of the scalp torn from his head.
The pockets of the dead man’s clothing were searched, but nothing that would lead to his identification was found. He had $4.90, a pocketknife, some tobacco, some cheese and some heavy mittens. There was also a card on which was printed, “William S. Owsley, a candidate county clerk, Ballard County. Democratic primary, Friday, March 31st, 1905.”
The dead man is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, hair slightly gray, wore beard, and mustache, which were almost white, and was about 60 years old. He wore two coats and corduroy trousers.
The man was identified as a man named Thixton who
resides at Ogden Landing, Ballard County, Ky.
Thursday, 5 Jan. 1905:
Cairo was shocked this morning to learn that Mr. John A. Miller was dead. He expired suddenly during the night of heart failure. Death came at 12:10 o’clock following an attack, which came upon him about fifteen minutes before his demise.
Mr. Miller appeared as usual Friday. He went down to his store earlier than usual in order to attend to some work there before going to the courthouse to attend a meeting of the county board. He reached the store before the others arrived and opened up the safe. Later he went to the courthouse and spent the day in the board meeting, checking over claims and reports. At 4 o’clock he again visited his store. In the evening he rode home on his wheel and ate supper as usual. He even went out to visit a tenant of his who complained that a flue needed repairing, but as it was then too dark to see anything, he returned home with the intentions of inspecting the flue in the daylight. Retiring as usual, he awoke about midnight and complained of being cold. The family was aroused when they realized that he needed assistance, and did what they could. In the meantime Dr. Strong was summoned. When he arrived he found that death had arrived first.
John A. Miller was a native of Coblentz, Germany. Coming to America when a lad of ten years, he spent his early life in Alton and St. Louis, at the latter place learning the jeweler’s trade. From there he went to Paducah, Ky., and then to Cairo, in 1881. Here he established himself in business and his fine jewelry store at Commercial Avenue and Ninth Street and his valuable property in various parts of town stand as a tribute to his success as a businessman.
But Mr. Miller was more than a businessman. He had ideals, which were higher than merely selling goods and accumulating property. He was a close student of human nature. He was a public-spirited citizen. His active interest in the affairs of the city in which he cast his lot led him to become one of the leading spirits of the Merchant’s League, and he has been president of that organization for a number of years. His active interest in the cause of good roads led him to be selected as a candidate for county commissioner on the Republican ticket in 1899, and he received the endorsement at the polls of citizens regardless of political affiliation. He was re-elected in 1902.
In the office of county commissioner he did much for the highways of the county. In the face of heavy odds, with no money to build roads and no law to permit the raising of money for such a purpose, he nevertheless kept at his purpose and his determination and tenacity triumphed and we have a hard road leading from Cairo to Beech Ridge and an improved highway between Unity and Sandusky as a monument to him. He was chairman of the county board at his death. His ideas of public service were high and it was his constant aim to see that the people were getting the best service possible from their officials. It is significant that the last day of his life should be spent in performing the duties to the public, which his office required.
Mr. Miller was prominent in the ranks of the Knights of Pythias of Illinois. He was a member of Cairo Lodge No. 173 and in 1894 he had the distinction of holding the highest office in the state in the right of that order, Grand Chancellor of Illinois.
Mr. Miller was also a member of the Germania Maennerchor, and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He was president of the Central Building and Loan Association and a director of the Cairo National Bank. In all of these organizations he was actively interested.
Mr. Miller was a student and was deeply interested in scientific affairs. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. One of his ideas was that cremation was the proper disposition of the body after death. He often expressed his views on this subject to his friends, but always with the reservation that in his own case the wishes of his family should be considered. When he was traveling abroad a number of years ago, he bore upon his person directions that in case of his death his body should be cremated. His family desiring to carry out his wishes have arranged for this disposition of his remains.
Mr. Miller accumulated considerable property and left a will directing its disposition. Besides his home on Park Avenue, and the building occupied by his jewelry store, he owned a half interest in the Miller-Schuh building, occupied by Halley’s hardware store, and also the vacant lots on Washington Avenue before the library. He had a number of other pieces of property in various parts of town.
It is probable that his jeweler business will be continued by his widow, as Mr. Miller had a well-trained force in charge of the store.
Mr. Miller was the last of his family. His elder brother died in Providence, R. I., only a few days ago and this had a depressing effect upon him. A year ago, Mr. Miller had an attack similar to the one which caused his death.
Mr. Miller’s family consists of his wife, whom as Miss Kate L. F. Lohrum he married at St. Louis in 1863, one son, John A. Miller, Jr., and three daughters, Mrs. George Petter, and Misses Minnie and Adele Miller.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence Monday morning, conducted by the Knights of Pythias Lodge and Monday afternoon the remains will be taken to St. Louis where the cremation will occur and where the ashes will be kept.
Mrs. John Orm, of Paducah, arrived last night to
visit the family of Miller. She arrived just a
few hours before Mr. Miller’s death.
Gov. Yates, on the recommendation of the State Board
of Pardons, has denied the application for pardon of Fred
Douglas, who was convicted at the February term 1888 of
the Alexander County circuit court of the murder of a man
Short but impressive were the services held over the remains of John A. Miller this morning. Although the hour was early, having been changed to 7:30 o’clock and the weather was inclement, a large number gathered at the residence on Park Avenue to pay their last respects to the dead.
The services were conducted by the Knights of Pythias. Prelate George G. Koehler read the beautiful service of the order and the Germania Maennerchor sang two selections.
The floral offerings were more than profuse. They were beautiful and some of them very elaborate. One of the largest pieces came from Chicago. It was a wreath inclosing the emblem of the Knights of Pythias order, and was the gift of the grand lodge of the state. The Cairo lodge gave a bunch of American Beauty roses, the Cairo National Bank sent a large broken column, the Merchant’s league, palm leaves and roses, the county officials, a floral pillow, the Board of Education, a large bunch of American Beauty roses, the Woman’s Club, a wreath, the Library Board, a crescent, the public school teachers, a crescent and star, the Methodist church choir, a floral harp and there were loads of flowers from the friends of the deceased and of the family. The floral remembrances were so numerous that they could not be taken and except for the large pieces they were distributed among the sick at the hospital. As it was the baggage car of the train was filled with flowers.
From the residence the remains were taken to Eighteenth Street, where a special train was taken over the Mobile & Ohio for St. Louis.
Among those who accompanied the family and the remains to St. Louis were Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Schultz, Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Schuh, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Metzger, Miss Nora Redman, Mrs. A. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Beal, of Vienna, Messrs. E. A. Buder, Herman C. Schuh, B. McManus, Jr., F. S. Haas, George G. Boede, Mr. Mr. E. Feith, John Coleman, County Clerk Jesse E. Miller; from the Ascalon Lodge—Prof. John Snyder, Charles F. Miller and George G. Koehler; from Cairo lodge—Joseph Steagala, Frank Adams and John W. C. Fry; from the A. O. U. W.—William Schatz; from the Merchant’s League—C. O. Patier.
The train left at 9 o’clock. It consisted of an engine, baggage car, and a coach. Conductor Deveney was in charge of the train.
At St. Louis the remains were cremated this afternoon, 3
o’clock having been set as the hour for the service there.
Robert S. Lemon, one of the oldest residents of Cairo, died last night at his home on West Twenty-second Street, at the ripe age of 74 years.
Mr. Lemen was born in Madison County, Ill., near Collinsville, on December 16, 1830. He was reared on a farm, and in 1864 married Miss Sarah Lancaster, sister of Mr. Charles Lancaster, moving to Cairo in 1875. He was engaged in the paint and paper business here for many years until a few years ago when he retired from active business.
He had been a member of the Baptist church for 60 years. His whole life he was an active man until about five years ago, when his health failed. He is survived by one brother, his wife, and his son, Ernest.
The funeral services will be held at the Cairo Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.
(Robert S. Lemen married Mary Crowder on 9 May
1858, in Madison Co., Ill.
His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge
son of James & Mary R. Lemen Born Dec. 16, 1830 Died
Jan. 8, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Sunday, Jan. 8, 1905, Robert S. Lemen, Aged 74 years.
Funeral services will be held at the Cairo Baptist church at
1:30 o’clock p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, and the remains will be
taken to Villa Ridge cemetery by special train leaving at
Springfield, Ill., Jan. 10.—Gov. Yates’ last official act was to attach his signature to documents which freed from the state penitentiary three prisoners, granted a respite for one condemned man, and commuted the sentence of another from life to thirty-five years. The pardons and commutations were sent to the office of the secretary of state shortly before noon and were immediately filed.
Eli Bugg, sentenced to hang at Mound City, next
Friday, was granted a respite until January 27. The
case will be taken up and considered by Gov. Deneen.
Attorneys for Bugg made an application for a respite
to the state board of pardons. Gov. Yates’
attention was called to the matter, and the date was fixed
for January 27.
In a wreck on the Cotton Belt at Piggott, Ark., 75 miles from Cairo, at noon today, three men were killed and a woman was so badly burned that she will probably die.
The local freight southbound was standing on the track at
the station when a wild engine crashed into the caboose.
It rescued the car to kindling and the wreck caught fire
from the overturned stove.
A man named Jenks and a man named Farrell, one
from Brooklyn and the other from St. Joseph, Mo., and a man
named Coins, who had just gotten on the train at
Piggott, which was his home.
Mrs. Louis Woilm, wife of a St. Francis man, with her two children, were in the caboose. The stove fell upon the woman and she was most terribly burned. One of her hands was burned off, and her injuries are so severe that she cannot survive. The little girl was slightly injured and her little boy was standing on the platform and was thrown so far by the concussion when the engine struck the train that he lit clear of the wreck and escaped uninjured.
All of the trainmen were out of the train and so escaped injury.
The accident occurred during a dense fog. The train dispatcher neglected to notify the engine to be on the lookout for the local.
J. W. Harrison, a traveling man, had just left the
train at Piggott, and so escaped death.
(Charles C. Rhymer married Sophia Mowery about
1873. He married
on 5 Dec 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill., Victoria Viola
marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Charles C. husband of V. V. Rhymer Born Jan.
22, 1832 Died Jan. 2, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
(Daniel Hogan married Dora W. Carter on
25 May 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Metropolis, Ill., Jan. 13.—The 4-year-old daughter of Dr. C.
E. Tucker was burned to death at the latter’s home in
the village of Joppa eight miles west of this city.
The mother left the little one alone in the house for five
minutes and upon her return found the baby lying on the
floor perfectly nude, all clothing having been burned away.
To the neighbors and friends who, during the recent illness
and death of our beloved husband and father, were so kind
and did so much to lighten our load of sorrow, we wish to
return our heartfelt thanks. May it be long ere they
are visited with a similar affliction.
Niles L. Wickwire, for many years one of the leading builders in this end of this state, passed away at his home in St. Louis this morning at the age of 72 years, of pneumonia.
The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Fraser and of J. W. Morris. He came to Cairo during the war and remained here until early in the 80s, when he removed to St. Louis. While a resident of Cairo, he built the Carbondale Normal and the hospital at Anna, besides a great many buildings in Cairo. He was instrumental in bringing many of our leading contractors to Cairo to locate. He was an active man until his death and one of his last contracts was the educational building at the World’s Fair.
Mr. Wickwire was a Knight Templar. His remains will be brought to Beech Grove Sunday afternoon for burial.
(Niles L. Wickwire married Margaret A. Morris
on 22 Dec 1861, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Will Redman is expected to arrive home from Montrose, Colo., early in the morning. He has been there for several weeks for the benefit of his health, which is failing rapidly.
R. C. Hawley, better known as Cole Hawley, a prominent and well-known young man of Mound City, died early this morning after an illness of about two years of consumption.
The deceased was about 29 years of age. He attended Northwestern University several years ago, studying pharmacy, but did not follow the profession long on account of his illness.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hawley, and two sisters.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon and the remains taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for burial.
The deceased was a nephew of Mr. Louis Ent, of this city.
(Lewis C. Ent married Kate Hawley on 27 Mar
1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The first Chinaman to die in Paducah was Linn Sing, who was found dead in his bed above the laundry establishment of Sam Hop Sing & Co., 102 Broadway, Sunday morning. He had been ill a week, but his condition was not considered dangerous. He went to sleep about 11 o’clock Saturday night and when one of his companion in the laundry went to call him Sunday morning to give him his breakfast, he was dead.
An inquest was held this morning by Coroner James Crow and the verdict was that the man came to his death from heart disease.
Linn Sing was about 45 years of age and was unmarried. His only relative was his brother in Memphis, Sam Sing.
Sam Sing applied to agent John T. Donovan for rates to take the body to Hong Kong, China, for burial. If satisfactory rates cannot be secured, however, the remains will be carried to Memphis for interment.
Linn Sing has been in business here with Sam Hop
Sing for about five years. He had about $1,200 in
the bank.—Paducah News Democrat.
(Robert H. Hawley married Mary A. Boren on 6
Sep 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mound City Sun: A very sad accident occurred some six or eight miles out in the country between Olmsted and Villa Ridge last Thursday afternoon. Carelessness with a loaded gun was of course the cause of the accident.
George Johnson, a colored man, was out hunting with a
double-barreled shotgun and stopped on his rounds at the
home of Will Young, another colored man, and laid his
gun across the heating stove and sat down on the bed close
by. Soon afterwards he arose, saying he must go, and
picked up the gun, which was loaded in both barrels with
both hammers cocked, and after lifting it he let it fall
again across the stove when the hammers came down,
discharging both barrels into the leg of the little
11-year-old son of Young, who was standing on the
opposite side of the stove. The discharge struck the
little fellow in the leg above the knee, shattering the bone
so badly as to necessitate amputation of the limb. Dr.
Hall Whitaker was summoned and, with the assistance
of Dr. Powell, amputated the leg close to the hip
joint, in a very intricate surgical operation. The
operation however, failed to save the boy’s life.
Mrs. Addie Dunn, wife of David A. Dunn, of Smithland, and sister of C. C. Haynes, of Cairo, passed away at Smithland, at 3 o’clock this morning. Mr. Haynes has been at her beside for the past two weeks. The funeral will be held tomorrow.
Mrs. Dunn is survived by two brothers and a sister,
C. C. Haynes, already mentioned, H. L. Haynes
of Austin, Texas, and Mrs. Frank Phillips, of
Nicholas Cantwell is dead. Death came at 9:50 o’clock this morning at his home on Fifth Street, and ended his suffering.
Mr. Cantwell has been in poor health for a month or more. He laid off in December for fifteen days from his duties at the postal substation, but returned to work even though hardly able to do so. Even as late as yesterday he performed his duties as usual, and would have gone to work this morning only he was too ill to leave his home. Last night he complained of feeling badly, something unusual for him, as he seldom admitted that he was ailing. He was given stimulants, which seemed to arouse his heart action. This morning he was much worse. His family realized that he might go at any time, as he has been a sufferer from asthma and heart trouble.
Two years ago last July, Mr. Cantwell had a severe fall. The wagon in which he was riding was struck by a streetcar and he was thrown out. He received injuries from which he was laid up for nearly a year. He recovered sufficient to return to work, however, although it was feared at the time that he might never be able to work again.
Mr. Cantwell was, during his entire lifetime, a hardworking man. For 37 years he served the Illinois Central Railroad, nearly the whole time as baggage master at the company’s depot in Cairo. Since retiring from that position he has been the day trader clerk at the postal substation.
Mr. Cantwell was a native of Queenstown, Ireland, where he was born on Sept. 10, 1837. He crossed the Atlantic when he was about ten years of age and settled in Canada. From there he went to the Wisconsin pineries and engaged in logging. By hard work he saved enough to take a course in a commercial college in St. Louis and then went to Louisiana where he again engaged in logging. He was there when the war broke out. The Confederates asked him to enlist. He told them that he was a British subject. That made no difference, they replied, and they induced him to enter the army. He was at Vicksburg when it fell and was brought north with the other prisoners.
Securing his discharge, he located here and entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad. Until about five years ago when he gave up his position, he was constantly in their employ.
Mr. Cantwell was married in 1869 to Miss Emma Louise Yocum. His widow survives him and eight children. The latter are Mrs. S. J. Burford and Mrs. William B. Halley, of Louisville Ky., Mrs. F. W. Cox and Mrs. M. F. Harrell, of Cairo, and George, Robert, John and Edward Cantwell. He lived to see his children all grown and his death is the first break in the family circle.
Mr. Cantwell was a member of Safford Lodge of Odd Fellows, a Mason and a Knight Templar and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Cantwell was a faithful, hardworking man all of his life. He was a congenial man to meet and those who were thrown with him valued his acquaintance highly. He was a kind father and a good citizen in the fullest meaning of the term.
Funeral arrangements cannot be perfected until word has been received from all of his children, but the funeral will be conducted by Safford Lodge and the remains will probably be interred at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(Nicholas Cantwell married Melissa J. Patterson
on 3 Nov 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.
He married Emma L. Yocum on 2 Sep 1869, in
Alexander Co., Ill.
Stonewall J. Burford married Eva M.
Cantwell on 19 Mar 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Francis Marion Harrell married Maude Edna
Cantwell on 19 Sep 1899, in Saline Co., Ill.–Darrel
Died—Nicholas Cantwell, January 18, 1905. The
remains will be taken from the family residence No. 331
Fifth Street, tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.
Services will be held at the Presbyterian church at 2
o’clock. Funeral train will leave foot of Eighteenth
Street at 2:45 o’clock for Villa Ridge cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited to attend.
The funeral of the late Nicholas Cantwell was held
this afternoon. A large concourse of people followed
the remains from the family residence on Fifth Street to the
Presbyterian church, where the funeral services were held.
The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Knox,
and the Presbyterian choir sang several hymns which were
favorites of the deceased. Safford Lodge of Odd
Fellows attended the funeral in a body and conducted the
service at the cemetery. The floral offerings were
very beautiful, but the best testimonial of the esteem in
which the deceased was held was the large number of citizens
who gathered to pay their last homage to his memory.
The remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for
Mound City Sun:
After two days’ trial of the case of Capt. Mark Whitaker,
as administrator of the estate of Thomas H. Whiteaker,
deceased, vs. the Illinois Central Railroad Company,
resulted in a verdict for the complainant, assessing the
damage at $8,000, the amount sued for being $10,000.
The case was ably contested on both sides. The case
will go to the higher courts before it is finally settled.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat contained the following death notice with the request that Cairo papers copy:
Collins—On January 19, at 12:15 a.m. after a short illness, John Collins, son of the late Cora Moore (nee Collins).
Funeral from residence, 16 South Channing Avenue, Saturday,
January 21, at 1 p.m. to All Saints Episcopal Church, thence
to Greenwood Cemetery.
Chief Price and Officers Wessinger and Cowell arrested a negro named Walter Wall yesterday, who is wanted for murder at Chicago.
Wall has only been in Cairo a short time and was arrested in a negro lodging house near Fortieth Street.
Officers will arrive tonight or tomorrow to take him back.
Col. W. R. Brown, a pioneer resident of Illinois and the father of Mr. John T. Brown, the well known insurance man of this city, died at East St. Louis last night, at the home of his son, William R. Brown, Jr., 909 Effinger’s Place. The deceased was 73 years of age the day before his death.
The funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow morning under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, which he was a member. The body will be taken to Metropolis, Ill., for interment.
Mr. Brown was born in Louisville, Ky., January 19, 1832. In 1846 the family removed to Metropolis, where his mother died. He returned to Louisville and graduated from the Beach and Chapman Academy. He enlisted in 1861 in the 20th Illinois Volunteers, of which he was made lieutenant colonel of the regiment at Cairo forty days later. He later organized the 6th Illinois Cavalry and 56th Illinois Infantry.
After the surrender of Vicksburg, he left his regiment and joined Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea.
He was a Republican and a former factor in politics in the southern part of the state, a personal friend and strong supporter of Senator Shelby M. Cullom. He was also a member of the Twenty-seventh General Assembly and a member of the board of education of Metropolis for ten years, where he owned large property interests. He removed to East St. Louis four years ago.
The deceased is survived by seven children, five daughters and two sons. They are William R. Brown, Jr., Miss Margaret Brown, Mrs. M. M. Glass, and Mrs. LeRoy Gilham, of East St. Louis, Mrs. A. B. Glass and Mrs. W. C. McCarty, of St. Louis, and Mr. John T. Brown, of Cairo. Col. Brown has one sister living, Mrs. Virginia A. Magee, of Chicago, who was his senior in years.
Col. Brown was well known in Cairo, having resided here during Capt. Jonathan C. Willis’ term as internal revenue collector in the latter 60s. In 1898 he returned to Cairo after an absence of several years and resided here with his son, Mr. John T. Brown, for about three years, when he went to East St. Louis, where he has resided with other son ever since.
Mr. John Brown will attend the funeral, which will be held at East St. Louis tomorrow morning.
(Milas M. Glass married Kitty Brown on 23 Nov
1893, in Massac Co., Ill.
Roy Gillham married Mabel A. Brown on 8
Oct 1903, in St. Clair Co., Ill.
Will C. McCarty married Ada Brown on 7
Apr 1890, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. George Lattner died at her home on Eleventh Street this morning about 12:30 o’clock of lung trouble.
The deceased was 45 years of age and had been ill for some time. She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Emma, Flora, and May. She also had four sisters and two brothers living. They are Mrs. Kavanaugh, of Chicago, Mrs. K. Moore, Mrs. John Barry, and Mrs. Grant Schultz, of Cairo, and Messrs. Thomas Hogan, of New Orleans, and John Hogan, of Ireland. Her mother, Mrs. Thomas Hogan, is also living and resides in Cairo.
The deceased was a most devoted wife and mother and her untimely death was a great shock to her relatives and many friends who will mourn her loss.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will be announced later.
(George Lattner married Bridget E. Hogan on 31
May 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.
James Kavanaugh married Maggie Hogan on
8 Jun 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.
James M. Moore married Cathrine Hogan
on 19 Jan 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.
John Barry married Mary Hogan on 5 Jun
1878, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Jonesboro, Illinois, January 23.—Monroe Alger, a stave cutter working in William Farrell’s timber, the camp ground tract, met a sudden death after daylight Wednesday morning. Monroe, in company with his brother, John, had sawed their first tree for the day, and in falling it became entangled with the branches of another tree, with the result that he was struck on the head by a limb and instantly killed, his skull being crushed and held against the ground by the limb. His brother was the only person present at the time, but Mr. Ferrell, who was about 100 yards away was soon at the fatal spot and made immediate arrangements for a coroner’s inquest and the disposition of the body. All the timbermen, eight in number, were laid off for the day. Mr. Ferrell was very much affected by the accident, as the dead man had been working with and for him five or six years. He was an expert stave cutter. He leaves a wife and three children. They live in the west part of town. He also leaves a mother, three brothers and a sister. They live in the vicinity of Reynoldsville. The body was buried in the Casper Cemetery Thursday afternoon, after funeral services at the house. He was about 25 years old.
Coroner Lence held an inquest Wednesday morning at
which the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the
above facts, holding no one blamable for the accident.
The jury were A. J. Lyerly, foreman, Joseph Hoss,
John Shy, John Ferrell, W. D. Lyerle,
George M. Hunsaker.
George Carr, better known as “Shorty” shot and killed the despoiler of his home Sunday afternoon and this morning was exonerated by the coroner’s jury.
Carr’s victim was a negro named William Major Greer, pastor of the “Do Right” Church at Fifteenth and Commercial. Greer has been having unlawful relations with Carr’s wife and Carr was aware of the fact. Numerous letters had been sent to Greer and Mrs. Carr and some of them had fallen into Carr’s hands. The last letter was received last Friday.
Carr met Greer on Commercial Avenue Sunday afternoon and determined to speak to the preacher and try to induce him to let his wife alone. They were both going north on that street and had about reached Seventeenth Street when Carr addressed Greer. The latter turned around when addressed, and stepping back, struck at Carr, with a stout walking cane. The blow struck Carr on the left arm. Greer then drew back as though to draw a gun and Carr whipped out a 38 Colt’s revolver and fired three times. The first shot took effect in Greer’s head and felled him. Carr fired again after Greer had fallen, the ball passing through Greer’s neck, coming out on the opposite side. Greer died early this morning of his injuries.
Carr then went to the fire station and gave himself up.
Coroner McManus summoned a jury and they examined witnesses this morning. The only witnesses to the shooting were Dick Jones and Ed Fitzgerald. They ran out upon hearing the first shot and saw Carr shoot Greer after the latter had fallen to the walk.
Carr himself made a statement, in which she said that Greer had broken up his home before, separating himself and his wife. Later reconciliation was affected, when Greer again began making trouble. Carr stated that he had six little children, ranging from 14 years down to 3 years.
Greer was a very tall, stout negro, while Carr is a small man.
The jury, after deliberating upon the testimony for a short time, brought in a verdict exonerating Carr and he was released.
The jury was composed of Samuel Orr, Frank J. Gorman, William Dunker, William Miller, George Scott and Edward Hamer.
The verdict seemed to meet with the approval of the colored
people who gathered around the courthouse.
We desire to extend our thanks to friends and neighbors who
so kindly aided us in our recent hour of sorrow caused by
the death of our husband and father, and to the Odd Fellows,
Knights Templar Masons and Rebekahs and to all others, who
were so kind to us.
Mrs. Kate Gockel, formerly of this city, and the mother of Mrs. Gus Osterloh, died at her home in St. Louis yesterday, after an illness of over a year. The deceased was the widow of the late William Gockel, who conducted the Planters’ Hotel here several years ago, and who later removed to St. Louis.
The deceased was well known in Cairo and had a large circle
of friends here who were pained to hear of her death.
She has been a sufferer for many months of septicemia or
blood poisoning and her death has been expected almost daily
for the past several weeks.
(Jesse M. Crite married Mrs. Julia M. Davis on
6 Jul 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Julian M. wife of Jesse Crite Born Jan. 14,
1844 Died Jan. 23, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Concerning the funeral of Col. W. R. Brown, the Metropolis Journal says:
Fitting ceremonies were conducted by the Masonic fraternity
in East St. Louis Sunday morning and the craft put the
remains aboard the train that bore them to this city, when
they were taken to the home of Lewis C. Flanagan.
At 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon the Masonic fraternity with
a Knight Templar escort and G. A. R. escort accompanied the
remains to the M. E. church where services were conducted by
Rev. W. T. Morris, assisted by Elder H. M.
Poolsgrove. Many large and beautiful floral
tributes surrounded the casket. At the grave the
Masonic burial service was first given and then the G. A. R.
service. His earthly career has ended peace to his
memory; may the acacia that was planted never be disturbed.
Springfield, Ill., Jan. 26.—Upon recommendation of the State
Board of Pardons, Gov. Deneen granted a respite until
February 17 to Eli Bugg, sentenced to be hanged at
Mound City, Pulaski County, on Friday. The governor
decided to extend the time that Bugg may take his
case before the supreme court. Bugg was to have
been hanged on January 13, and one of Gov. Yates’
last official acts was to grant a reprieve to January 27
that Gov. Deneen might have time to consider the
The latest report of Dr. Gause’s condition is that a
complication of troubles have set in, which threaten to
prove fatal. It will be remembered he was sick with
the grip before he left home. He decided to give up
and go to Hot Springs for the rest of the winter, after
spending the holidays with his brother at Unity, Ill., but
he took more cold and went down with pneumonia and grip in
its worst form and has been seriously ill for about four
weeks, and now other troubles have set in which causes much
alarm and distress to the family.—Centralia Sentinel.
At a regular meeting of the board of directors of the Central Building and Loan Association held January 25th, 1905, the following paper was adopted:
Resolved: That it has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from our midst and to take to the life beyond the soul of our beloved president, John A. Miller. No words of ours could fitly frame the story of all he was to us as a true and courteous friend and all we can say when we write the record of his life is he was a noble, earnest man, true to duty in every walk of life and an honor to the community. While we mourn the loss of a friend, we would remember the stricken ones, who lost a kind husband and a loving father in this dark hour of sorrow, we tender assurance of our heartfelt sympathy. We set apart a page of our record sacred to the memory of John A. Miller, and tender duly attested copy of this paper to his family.
J. B. Magee.
C. S. Carey.
A. T. DeBaun.
W. A. Redman. T. W. Nordman.
W. P. June. M. C. Metzger.
(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Katherine wife of Jacob Lehning Died Jan. 28,
1905 Aged 51 Yrs., 2 Mos., & 2 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
(George B. Hartwell married Bessie A. Stoddard
on 3 Nov 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Alfred W. Aldred married Katie E. Stoddard
on 9 Sep 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Henry F. Malinski married Myrtle Hicks on 4
Apr 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Lewis Moore, a car inspector for the Mobile & Ohio railroad, residing at 827 Twenty-fourth Street, died yesterday afternoon at his home of heart failure. The deceased had only been ill for about twenty-four hours.
Mr. Moore was about 25 years old and had resided in Cairo for several years. He was formerly employed by the Cairo Electric and Traction Company. His wife survives him. The remains will be taken to Vienna, Ill., his former home for burial.
(This may refer to Lewis Moore who married Maud
Casper on 21 Jul 1895, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Thursday, 2 Feb 1905:
One of the most horrible accidents that have occurred in this vicinity for years took place this morning about 3 o’clock, about one mile from Wickliffe, Ky., when George Ashley, general superintendent of the W. J. Oliver Construction Company, of Knoxville, Tenn., was burned to death, and his bookkeeper, Roy McClelland, of Wickliffe, had a narrow escape from meeting with the same terrible fate.
The men were sleeping in their private car. The porter had made a big fire in the stove at 12 o’clock. About 3 o’clock the men awoke by the smell of smoke and were nearly suffocated. Mr. Ashley’s body was found lying in front of the safe burned to a crisp. It is thought that he got out of bed and made his way to the safe in an effort to save his money and insurance papers, and was burned before he could escape. The doors of the car were locked and the windows opened hard on account of the cold weather. He was probably overcome by the heat and smoke that he did not realize the danger that he was in.
Mr. McClellan was sleeping in an adjoining room. He crawled on his hands and knees to the kitchen where he made his escape from the angry flames. He was unable to reach the room where Mr. Ashley lay, and was nearly suffocated by the smoke himself, but was soon all right after getting out in the fresh air.
Mr. Ashley was unmarried and 26 years of age. His home was in South Carolina. The remains will be taken there tonight.
Coroner D. R. Enlow empanelled a jury this morning and held an inquest. In conversation with The Citizen, over the long distance telephone, Coroner Enlow stated that the car was on the sidetrack about a mile below Wickliffe. That the fire was discovered about 2:40 a.m. How the fire started the jury could not learn. The car was heated by hot water. Mr. Ashley was evidently trying to get to the safe, for in one of his hands was found his keys, with his finger through the ring. His body was found by the safe and it was evident that he went to the safe and was suffocated while trying to get into it. Bookkeeper Roy McClellan escaped unhurt.
The remains will be sent to his home in Aiken, South
Frank Curry, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Curry, of 223 Third Street, died at 4:53 o’clock this morning of appendicitis, after an illness of only nine or ten days.
The deceased was nearly sixteen years of age and was a bright and courteous boy. He was a member of the sophomore class of the Cairo High School and was well liked by both teachers and scholars.
His death is a great shock to his parents, who were very
devoted to him, as he was their only child.
His death was due to an abscess, which had formed in the appendix. Up to 9:30 last night he was thought to be getting along nicely, but a change for the worse came at that hour.
The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of sorrow.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at the Methodist church and will be conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, the pastor.
(Joseph A. Curry married Annie Bryant on 15
Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.
His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge
Robert Curry Born March 25, 1889 Died Feb. 2,
Died, at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Thursday morning, Feb. 2, 1905, Frank R. Curry, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Curry.
The remains will be taken from the family residence, No. 223 Third Street, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, for the Methodist church, where the funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. and from there by special train at the foot of Eighth Street at 9:30 a.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery where the interment will be made.
The classmates of the deceased and friends are invited to
The following from the Denver Evening Times, of Jan. 26, will be of interest to friends of the late Mrs. Hurd, who knew her during her residence in Cairo.
Mrs. Ruth Ross Hurd, one of Denver’s most prominent charitable workers, died last evening at her late residence, 1400 South Fifteenth Street.
Mrs. Hurd was born in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1818—eighty-seven years ago—and from the time she was old enough to understand the misery of the poor she devoted her life to relief. She was one of the pioneer workers in the Orphan’s Home in Cairo, Ill. When she came to Denver in 1873, she became identified with the Ladies’ Relief Society and was one of its most active members. When the Relief Society grew into the Old Ladies’ Home she was at the front, working with Mrs. J. L. Charles, Mrs. Frances Jacobs, and Miss Figg, to make the home a success.
Mrs. Hurd leaves three sons and three daughters, all residents of Denver. The sons are Charles R. Hurd, Will S. Hurd and Nelson G. Hurd; the daughters are Mrs. E. C. Davidson, Mrs. Annie H. Fallis, and Miss Carrie Hurd. Six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive her.
The funeral will be held from the late home Friday
afternoon. The interment will be private, only
the members of the family being present.
Mound City, Feb. 4.—Miss Harriet E. Herrick, aged 66 and her mother, Mrs. Herrick, aged 92, are both dead, their deaths occurring within three hours apart. The ladies lived in the lower part of town. Miss Herrick was discovered dead Friday morning. When the news was broken to her mother, the news so shocked the aged lady that she died. The ladies were mother and sister of Mrs. B. L. Ulen. Miss Herrick’s death was the result of apoplexy. Funeral services were held this afternoon and the remains were buried near Ullin.
(Benjamin L. Ulen married Ella H. Herrick on 5
Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The body of Ling Sing, the Chinaman who died at Paducah, Ky., and who was brought to Memphis for shipment to China, lies safely ensconced in a vault in one of the local cemeteries, says the Commercial Appeal.
Ling’s body will rest in peace beneath the shadows of the vault until Sam Sing, his brother, receives a reply to his letter to Washington, asking permission to accompany the remains to the Orient and return safely without violating the Chinese Exclusion law.
Sam had his photo attached to his letter of identification
to the officials at Washington. The document was also
sworn and subscribed to before a notary public. As
soon as the missive is received from the capital city, Sam
will leave the land of the Melican man and begin his long
journey across the seas to his home, where he will turn over
the remains of his brother Ling to the dust of his fathers.
When the body was laid in the vault, Sam and his friend brought forth the basket of delicacies to place on the casket. In the basket was a flask of whiskey, several chicken sandwiches and a quantity of delicious edibles. Sam was forbidden to place these delicacies in the vault so he contented himself with leaving them near the door. This, of course, was a blessing to the gravedigger, or the ghoul, or the grave robber, after the departure of the general train.
Ling Sing is one of the largest Chinamen ever seen in
the city. His body is in an excellent state of
preservation and it is believed it will reach the Orient
without the slightest sign of decomposition.
Monday, 6 Feb 1905:
Message Received by His Brother, Dr. P. H. McRaven, Who Was in Cairo, Calling Him Home.
Benjamin McRaven, a prominent citizen of McClure, in this county, was frozen to death last night. The news of his death came to his brother, Dr. P. H. McRaven, who was in Cairo today, in a telegraphic message summoning him to come at once and bring Coroner McManus. How it happened, the dispatch did not say. He was well when Dr. McRaven left home Sunday. Dr. McRaven left for McClure this afternoon.
Mr. McRaven was about 36 years of age and leaves a
wife and three children.
Mrs. B. J. Putnam, who recently lived with her son at No. 526 Fifteenth Street, died at the home of another son, J. R. F. Standard, in St. Louis Sunday afternoon, February 5. Her remains were brought to Elco, where she lived for many years and buried Monday afternoon. She was about 70 years of age and was one of the old residents of the county and a woman highly respected by all who knew her. She was an aunt of Mrs. Casper Yost.
(H.F. Putnam married Mrs. B. J. Standard on 27
May 1880, in Union Co., Ill.
Daniel G. Standard married Barzillah J.
Henderson on 5 Apr 1849, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Rev. A. J. Burton, formerly pastor of the A. M. E.
church here but lately ___teenth Street, died at St. Mary’s
Infirmary this morning. Rev. Burton was brought
down from DuQuoin on January 28, and has been in the
hospital since. He was 52 years of age and was one of
the best-educated men of his race in this end of the state.
He was delegate to the general conference four different
times and was presiding elder for nine years. He was
also chief grand mentor of the Knights of Taber. He
leaves four sisters. The funeral will be held
Thursday. The remains will lie in state until 2:30
p.m. and the interment will be at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(The mother of Eli Sowers was Mrs. Catherine
(This may refer to Alfred Turner, 20, a native of
Johnson Co., Ill., who enlisted on 28 May 1861, in Co. I, 18th
Alfred B. Turner married Susan Jane Hodges
on 24 Nov 1864, in Union Co., Ill.
This may also be the same person as A. B. Turner,
who married Mrs. Susan M. Childers Turner on 21 Jul
1889, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(J. Eli Sowers married Catherine Hoffner
on 29 Sep 1842, in
Union Co., Ill.
George Mowery married Mrs. Catharine Sowers on
17 Jul 1856, in Union Co., Ill.
Markers in Sowers or German Reformed Cemetery at
Come Ye Blessed Catharine wife of George Mowery Died
Feb. 4, 1905 Aged 82 Years.
Rest mother, rest in quiet sleep, While friends in
sorrow o’er thee weep.
In Memory of Eli Sowers Born March 19, 1819
Died Oct. 18, 1854 Aged 35 Yrs.,
6 Mos., & 29 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
The sad news of the death of her mother reached Mrs. B.
Sadler yesterday. Mrs. A. Hanuer died at
her home in South Bend, Ind., yesterday morning at 8 o’clock
of heart trouble. Five children survive her.
They are Mrs. B. Sadler and Lee Hanuer of this
city, Mrs. Nathan Koshland, Miss Louise and Frank
Hanuer of South Bend. Her husband also survives
her. He is 89 years of age. Mr. Hanuer
has gone to South Bend, but Mrs. Sadler was unable to
go on account of her son, Eugene’s illness. The
deceased also has two sisters residing in Philadelphia, and
a brother residing in New Mexico. She was a charter
member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the
Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society. She was of a very
amiable disposition, always up to date in everything.
She was a great reader and was always well posted on the
questions agitating the people.
Messrs. Jacob and Peter Lind received the sad news
yesterday of the death of their sister, Mrs. Orin Wilson,
who died at her home at Cape Girardeau, Mo., yesterday of
parturition. The deceased was 27 years of age and was
well known in Cairo. She was a member of a family of
eleven children, four of whom survive her. They are
Messrs. Conrad and Phillip Lind, of Cape Girardeau,
and Jacob and Peter Lind, of this city. Her
husband also survives her, Judge Orin Wilson, and a
daughter eighteen months old. Messrs. Peter and Jacob
Lind and the latter’s son, Fred, left for Cape
Mrs. Harriet Williamson, widow of the late G. D. Williamson passed away at her home in lower Washington Avenue last evening at 5:15 o’clock, after a long illness. The deceased was in her 75th year.
Mrs. Williamson was known by her large circle of friends as Aunt Harriet. The name was significant of the more than ordinary regard that they held for her.
She had been in a precarious condition for more than a year from a complication of diseases and at intervals Mrs. Hattie Allen, of Fort Dodge, Ia., her adopted daughter, and Mrs. Walton Wright, of Memphis, her stepdaughter, were at her bedside both of them being there when the end came last evening.
Mrs. Williamson was a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., where she was born on Sept. 4, 1830. Her maiden name was Harriet Wood. She was twice married, her first husband being John B. Smith, whom she married at Smithland, Ky., on Oct. 7, 1845. He died ten years later. On May 11, 1856, she became the wife of Capt. G. D. Williamson at Smithland and in 1859 he removed to Cairo and engaged in the boat store business with Capt. E. P. Haynes. Mrs. Williamson removed here the year after and has remained here ever since, occupying the home where she died for more than forty years. Capt. Williamson died in 1859.
Besides the daughters mentioned above, Mrs. Williamson is survived by two brothers, W. T. Wood, of Bloomington, Ill., and R. G. Wood, of Whiting, Kan. Neither of them will be able to attend the funeral.
Mrs. Williamson was a life long member of the Methodist church. Her connection with the church in Cairo dates from her arrival here and she was always one of its most devoted and benevolent members.
The funeral will probably be Saturday morning, with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery, where Capt. Williamson is buried.
The families of Mr. Walton Wright and Mr. F. E. Allen are expected to arrive tonight to attend the funeral. Neither of the brothers of Mrs. Williamson can come on account of illness.
(Walton W. Wright married Mattie Williamson on
18 Nov 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Peter Smith, a prominent baker of Mounds, died this
morning at his home of heart trouble.
Concerning Judge J. R. Cunningham, formerly a resident of Cairo, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says:
Judge Cunningham died
Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock in his office at 1017
Chestnut Street. Last week he made a professional trip
to Davis, Mo., where he was taken ill with pneumonia.
His daughter Ruth was summoned by telegraph and brought her
father back to St. Louis on Friday night. The family
residence being so far from Union Station, the patient at
his own request, was taken to his office, as his condition
did not appear to be serious. He declined so rapidly
that he could not be removed. His son, Dr. John W.
Cunningham, of Memphis, Tenn., attended him in his last
The funeral of the late Judge J. R. Cunningham will
take place at 2 o’clock this afternoon from the family
residence, 4510 Natural Bridge Road. Rev. Dr. W. F.
McMurry, pastor of Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church
South, will officiate. Interment will be in St.
Died, Peter Smith, aged 44 years, 9 months, 9 days,
Thursday, February 9. Funeral services will be held at
the house Saturday, February 11,. Father Gillen,
of St. Joseph’s Church, Cairo, officiating. The
remains will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mounds.
Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Died, Mrs. G. D. Williamson, February 8, 1905, at 5:15 p.m.
Funeral Saturday, February 11, at 9 o’clock a.m. from the
family residence, No. 611 Washington Avenue. Interment
at Beech Grove.
Mrs. Lee Steagala, wife of W. C. Steagala, died at her home, No. 214 Fourteenth Street, at 10 o’clock this morning, after a long illness. The deceased was in her 36th year. Funeral arrangements had not been perfected this afternoon.
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Lee Beloved Wife of W. C. Steagala Born June
6, 1869 Died Feb. 11, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Memorial services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal
church Sunday morning in reference to the demise of Mrs.
Harriet Williamson. All are invited and the
members of the church are requested to attend.
Senator Walter Warder Sunday received a message from Mr. Walter W. Parks, of DuQuoin, announcing the death of Judge S. G. Parks, of that city.
Judge Parks was a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of Southern Illinois. He commenced his career as a lawyer at Vienna in Johnson County. At the outbreak of the Civil War he recruited Company K of the 120th Illinois Regiment, U. S. Volunteers, and served as its captain with honorable distinction throughout the war, having been severely wounded at the Battle of Guntown, Mississippi. On his return he practiced law at DuQuoin and served for several terms as county judge of Perry County. Last November he was elected to the lower house of the general assembly from the 44th District and was a member of that body at the time of his death. Advanced age and ill health had prevented his attendance in the legislature.
He was married in 1861 to Miss Elizabeth Warder, sister of Mr. Warder, she having died a number of years ago. Judge Parks was well known and popular throughout this part of the state, especially in Grand Army and Republican activities.
Mr. and Mrs. Warder will attend the funeral tomorrow
Another murder trial for this term is the one of John
Waugh, who killed George Willis at Willard.
It is set for next Tuesday. Mr. Leek will
assist State’s Attorney Wilson in the prosecution and
Attorneys Reed Green and Miles S. Gilbert will
conduct the defense.
Samuel Taylor, son of the late Mrs. P. A. Taylor and a brother of Mrs. J. W. Wenger, passed away at the home of his sister on Park Place West about 9 o’clock this morning. The deceased was about 40 years of age and was unmarried. He had been in poor health for some time, suffering from organic heart trouble.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed at present,
but will be held tomorrow or Friday. The remains will
be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
Information has been received indirectly from Cairo that Tom Oswell, the painter, supposed to be the man found death in a straw stack near Mayfield, several weeks ago is in or about Cairo and not dead.
It is likely the Mayfield “murder” mystery will never be
solved. There was never much ground for thinking it
was a murder, as the name of the man was unknown, and no
motive was known while many indications pointed to suicide.
The man was probably some hobo who became tired of life and
ended it with the razor he used to shave himself. The
case for which was found in his pocket.—Paducah Sun.
Mound City, Ill., Feb. 17.—The first legal hanging in the history of Pulaski County occurred at 10:15 this morning when Eli Bugg paid the penalty for complicity in the murder of Chris Mathis at Wetaug on July 29th last.
The hanging occurred in a stockade adjoining the jail. Probably 200 persons were crowded in the enclosure to see the execution and of all that number Bugg was the coolest.
The death match began at 10:10 when Bugg left his cell in company with Sheriff Weaver, Jailer Deshinger and his spiritual adviser, Rev. J. W. Ousley.
Upon the gallows Bugg made a brief statement. He protested his innocence of the crime, warned the public to avoid bad company, which he stated was the cause of his downfall, thanked all the officials for the kind treatment he had received at their hands and professed his conversion.
When he had finished speaking, he stepped back over the trap. Bugg was a fine specimen of physical manhood, measuring one inch over six feet tall, and his head touched the beam overhead as he stood waiting for the black cap to readjusted. When this was done and all was in readiness, the trap sprung and with one groan his body fell the length of the rope. His neck was instantly broken for he hung motionless except for a slight quiver of his body.
A medical commission composed of Dr. M. L. Winstead, of Wetaug, Dr. W. J. Whiteaker, of Olmstead, and Dr. C. B. Powell, of Mound City, watched his heart action and waited for fifteen minutes before pronouncing life to be extinct. Dr. Hall Whiteaker of Mound City and Dr. A. J. Brown, of Vienna, were also in attendance.
Bugg rested well during the night His appetite was poor yesterday, but his sleep was not disturbed by the terrible ordeal, which he had to face. Bob Caster and S. F. Gaunt were the deathwatch.
Jailer J. M. Dishinger gave the prisoner a glass of lemonade. That was all he wanted to sustain him.
Rev. J. W. Ousley, pastor of the colored Methodist church, who was his spiritual adviser, and who baptized him several weeks ago, prior to the first date set for his execution, visited him. Later Bugg sang a couple of songs, “Pass Me Not,” and “God Be With You.” His voice was strong and clear. He was joined in the singing by Wiley Daniels, the Olmstead negro under indictment for assault to murder, who occupied the cell with the doomed man.
Bugg talked freely to those privileged to enter the jail. He confessed conversion and said he was not afraid to go. Yet he contended to the end that he was innocent of the crime for which he was doomed to suffer.
Long before the hour of the execution a crowd gathered outside the jail yard. Some stood upon the icy ground for over an hour waiting to gain entrance.
Cairo was well represented in the crowd at the execution. Sheriff Roache, County Jailer Riggle, Chief Ben Price, Officer Hoogland, and City Jailer Susanka were there of the officials. Sheriff John Thorp of Jackson County, Sheriff Scott Hains of Williamson County, Sheriff John L. Veach, of Johnson County and a large number of deputy sheriffs from surrounding counties were present at the invitation of Sheriff James R. Weaver, Sheriff Hains, of Williamson, who has been through the fire himself, assisted Sheriff Weaver in the execution.
Before the hour of the execution, Bugg was shaved in readiness for the event and then dressed. He was a fine looking negro when dressed in a good suit and wearing a white tie.
Later Bugg, whiled away the waiting moments by writing his name and presenting it to the people in the jail. He wrote the bold hand “Eli Bugg,” often adding the address “1239 Morgan Street, St. Louis, Mo.” His pulse was also taken and showed that his heart action was strong and regular.
Before leaving the jail, he shook hands with all of the
officers and with other prisoners.
On the 23rd of July, 1904, Eli Bugg and Will Cross went from Mounds to Wetaug together to attend a picnic, which was given that day and night near the latter place. They were chums and on arrival at Wetaug about noon they proceeded to the picnic grounds, and on a plot of ground near there began erecting two gambling devices, in which business they were partners. In the afternoon about dark while Will Cross was returning to the grounds, after taking a young woman home, he got into some sort of a difficulty with Chris Mathis, in which Mathis knocked Cross down. Cross became angered with Mathis on account of the difficulty and had tried to procure a revolver from several parties there for the purpose of shooting Mathis.
In this he was assisted by Eli Bugg, who at various times during the evening had advised Cross to kill Mathis. at one time telling Cross that if he could not get a revolver, to take a club and beat his brains out. Charles Bonner and James Bonner, two half brothers of Mathis, were doing all in their power to prevent Cross from shooting their brother and to that end had begged of Bugg and of Cross not to shoot their brother.
Bugg on several occasions that night stated to Cross, “If that damn nigger had been in Mounds he would have been dead long ago.” Bugg finally succeeded in getting a revolver from one Arch Murphy, for Cross and just preceding the killing, Charles Bonner was talking to Cross trying to get him to desist from doing his brother any bodily harm, when Christ Mathis came up and made an apology to Cross, saying, “Will, I am sorry that I struck you. I thought you were the man who knocked me down on the Steamer Stacker Lee down on the Mississippi River, I find that I am mistaken. You may kick me, knock me down or do anything to me, but don’t kill me.”
Whereupon Will Cross said, “That is all right.” Then Mathis said take a drink and offering all present a drink out of a bottle of whisky, which he had in his hand. Then Eli Bugg stepped up and said, “That is a damn poor way to settle a thing like that with a bottle of whiskey, Cross, if a man should do me as Chris Mathis did you, the sun would never rise on him again. Shoot the damn nigger.”
Whereupon Will Cross drew a revolver and shot and
instantly killed Mathis. Immediately after the
shooting both Bugg and Cross fled.
Cross has never been apprehended but Bugg was
captured and paid the penalty for his crime on the gallows
at Mound City yesterday.
At the September special term of the circuit court, when Bugg’s case was called for trial, he entered a plea of guilty, and upon being informed by the Court that he would not sentence him until he heard evidence, Bugg withdrew his pea of guilty and entered a plea of not guilty. Whereupon a jury was empanelled, to try the case and on the 17th day of September, the jury returned a verdict of guilty, fixing his punishment at death. A motion for a new trial was made and on account of the importance of the case and in order to give the defendant every show for his life, the court postponed the hearing of the motion for a new trial until the 26th day of November, when the motion was argued and overruled and Bugg sentenced to be executed on the 16th day of December 1904.
Upon petition Governor Yates gave him a reprieve until the 13th day of January, 1905, in order to allow the case to be presented to the board of pardons, and on account of the severe illness of Governor Deneen’s daughter, Governor Yates gave him an additional stay until the 27 of January, when on the recommendation of the board of pardons, Governor Deneen stayed the execution till February 17th. The matter was very thoroughly reviewed by the State Board of Pardons and on their recommendation Governor Deneen refused to interfere with the judgment of the court.
It seems from the above that Bugg was given every
opportunity to demonstrate his innocence of the crime.
It is reported that Bugg killed a fellow prisoner
while serving a term for the killing of Charles Arnold
Died, February 11, 1905, in East St. Louis, William H.
Pyle, second son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Pyle, of
Cairo. Age 22 years, 9 months and 9 days.
Interment from family residence near halfway house, Sunday,
February 19, to Beech Grove Cemetery, Rev. T. J. Porter
officiating. Friends of the family are invited.
Conveyance will meet them at Mr. Hebsacker’s drug
store, Thirty-fourth and Sycamore at 12:30 o’clock.
(William B. Minton, 25, married Olivia
Hughes, 23, on 7 Jun 1875, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Monday, 20 Feb 1905:
The Waugh murder case is set for trial in the circuit
Henderson, Ky. Feb. 20.—The scaffold on which Green died Friday and the rope will be kept by the sheriff. Robert Mathley, a white man, is at present in the local jail under a death sentence, but his case is pending in the Court of Appeals. Mathley killed Kate Watkins, in this city, last summer and was convicted at the same term of court with Green. His attorneys plead insanity for him and are attempting to secure a reversal of the verdict on that ground.
Mathley could not see Green march out to his death. However, he could hear the carpenters building the scaffold and exhibited no little nervousness. It is generally expected that he will be hanged, as the crime he committed was a most brutal one.
This was the first hanging in Daviess County in fifty years.
The last man to die on the scaffold before Green was
a white man named Curtis Richardson. He was
executed November 1, 1854. He killed William
Lanifer. The only negro hanged in the county
previous to the execution of Green was a slave who
paid the death penalty for a criminal assault.
The John Waugh murder case was taken up by the circuit court this morning. The entire forenoon was spent without securing a single juror.
The attorneys in the case are State’s Attorney Wilson and Angus Leek for the prosecution and Attorneys Reed Green and Miles S. Gilbert for the defense.
John Waugh became engaged in a quarrel with his
bother-in-law, George Willis, at Willard, on May 22,
last, and struck him in the head with a dull instrument
which caused his immediate death.
The following jurors were secured this afternoon:
Henry Malinski, Cairo. A B. Rude, Cairo.
R. W. McCrite, Delta. Scott Hazlewood,
Alto Pass, Ill., Feb. 21.—There were six deaths in this community yesterday. The three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. James took suddenly ill yesterday morning at 9 o’clock and died at 1 o’clock p.m. Spasms caused her death. She was a healthy child and appeared perfectly well until the hour above mentioned yesterday morning. At Wolf Lake, a small town in the Mississippi bottoms eight miles southwest of the city, there are said to be 37 cases of pneumonia. Mrs. William Rich, daughter of the late Frank W. Coulter, of Cobden, and daughter-in-law of Karl Rich, died of pneumonia a few days ago at her home near Wolf Lake.
The amount of sickness in this locality has been phenomenal during the past six weeks.
(Will J. Rich married Edna Mary Coulter on 4
May 1892, in Union Co., Ill.
Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:
Edna C. Rich Born Oct. 29, 1870 Died Feb. 17,
E. James married Ava M. Asbury on 3 Jul 1893,
in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads:
Norma Jean James
Born March 6, 1903
Died Feb. 20, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Edward Wheeler, once steward at Botto’s restaurant,
ended his life at Santa Fe by taking poison. He was
employed on a government boat there. No cause is
assigned for his death. He leaves a wife in St. Louis.
The full jury in the Waugh murder case was secured at 11:40 this morning. They are Henry Malinski, Cairo; R. W. McCrite, Delta; Scott Hazelwood, Elco; O. R. Bullard, Cairo; John Coleman, Cairo; W. H. Trescott, Cairo; J. W. Hunsaker, Cairo; H. J. Acres, Cairo; Will Sherrick, Cairo, George W. Roberts, Cairo, John Eade, Cairo.
The examination of witnesses was begun this afternoon.
Dr. J. McD. Lawrence and George Roth testified this afternoon. They, with George Ryal, John David and Herbert Walder, were eyewitnesses of the tragedy.
In attendance on the trial are Mrs. Waugh and baby, Mrs. George Willis and baby and Hugh Willis, the latter the brother of the deceased.
The impression seems to prevail that the defense will be
able to sustain the contention of self defense at least to
the extent of securing a light sentence.
A southbound extra in charge of Engineer Grant Hall
and Conductor H. K. Doane on the Big Four, ran over
and killed a man named Ray Marshall at Grand Chain
Sunday morning. Although the engine and 17 cars passed
over him, he was alive when picked up by the train crew, but
died shortly after. Marshall’s home was at
George W. Farnsworth, a lifelong pilot on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, died at his home, 1104 Tyler Street, St. Louis, yesterday, aged 72 years.
Capt. Farnsworth was a native of Nashville, Tenn.
He began his river career in 1849, serving on boats plying
between Nashville and New Orleans. At the outbreak of
the Civil War, he entered the Confederate Army and served
though the war. At the close of hostilities, he
entered the government service on a steamboat, and later
became a pilot in the employ of the St. Louis and
Mississippi Valley Transportation Company. His last
steamboating was on the Artemus Lamb. He
retired about four years ago.
Attorney Angus Leek Will Deliver Closing Speech for State after Which Court Will Read Instructions.
This morning was spent in hearing the evidence in the Waugh murder case, which was concluded shortly before noon. The arguments were begun this afternoon. State’s Attorney Wilson made the opening speech for the prosecution.
It is expected that the case will go to the jury about 6
o’clock and it seems to be the consensus of opinion that the
jury will bring in a verdict of acquittal. Others
contend that he will be given a short penitentiary sentence.
At the time of going to press, the jury in the Waugh murder case is still out. They left the court room last night about 6 o’clock and filed into the jury room where they remained all night. They refused to go to bed and argued the case during the silent hours of the night. They were given breakfast and dinner today and continued their arguing.
If they do not bring in a verdict by 6 o’clock, the judge may refuse them supper in order to get them to agree on a verdict. However, Judge Duncan may not do this, for he has said that in his experience it pays to treat a jury nice, for if you do otherwise, they will often agree to disagree and the whole case has to be tried again, incurring more expense upon the county.
It is rumored that early this morning the jury stood eight
for acquittal and four for a sentence.
A hung jury.
That tells the outcome of the Waugh murder case, which went to the jury about 6 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The jury, after nearly 24 hours of argument and with no sleep Thursday night, returned at 5:45 last evening, having agreed to disagree.
There was no show whatever for a verdict. It was a “deadlock” to quote one of the four jurors who held out for conviction. “We would have stood past two weeks if necessary,” he said.
This means a victory for both sides. For the defense, in the fact that the longer a trial is put off, the more show the defendant has of becoming acquitted, for evidence against the guilty party will not be as strong, and will weaken by age. A victory for the prosecution, in the fact that the defense failed to prove their plea of self defense on the part of the defendant, which most everyone thought they would do. The attorneys of both sides are each very confident that their arguments are the ones which should have had the most weight with the jury, admit is hard to say which is right, although a majority of those who listened to the trial, looked for an acquittal, from the standpoint of the evidence.
This is the manner in which the jury stood: For acquittal—Scott Hazelwood, R. W. McCrite, H. F. Malinski, John Wade, O. R. Bullard, W. H. Trescott, George M. Roberts, John Coleman; for conviction—A. B. Rude, J. W. Hunsacker, H. J. Davis, and W. H. Sherick.
The petit jury has been discharged. The Waugh murder case will come up again at the May term of circuit court. Waugh was committed back to the county jail.
A morning contemporary stated that eight of the jurors were
for conviction and four for acquittal which was erroneous.
Mr. John W. Nance died at his home 328 Twenty-fifth Street this morning about 7 o’clock after an illness of about a week’s duration of blood poison.
On Sunday, February 19th, Mr. Nance, who was an engineer on the Cotton Belt Railroad, injured his hand on the reverse lever. While the injury pained him, he did not consider it serious. However his arm began to swell and it was evident that blood poison had set in. He was brought home, but continued to grow worse, and was unconscious yesterday, suffering terribly. Death relieved him of his sufferings early this morning.
The deceased had been an engineer on the Cotton Belt for twenty years.
The deceased was nearly 55 years of age and is survived by a large family, the members of whom are his wife, George Nance, Mrs. Will Sheehan, Mrs. Homer Shaffer, of Fullerton, Neb., Joseph, Bert, John, Lucy, Frank and Corayda Nance.
The deceased also had a brother, Mr. Joseph Nance, who resides at Fort Worth, Texas, and a sister Mrs. Joseph Gossager, of Richmond, Mo., who are expected to attend the funeral.
The deceased was a very devoted husband and father, and the family are nearly prostrated over the sad event. The Citizen unites with the friends of the family in extending their deepest sympathy in their hour of bereavement.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will
be announced later.
Clarence Irvin, who is charged with the assassination of John Petit at Thebes on July 15th, last, has been captured in New Orleans and will be brought to Cairo Wednesday.
A telegram from State’s Attorney Alexander Wilson who is attending Mardi Gras at New Orleans, to Sheriff Roche, bore the announcement of Irvin’s arrest.
Irvin was seen by Edward Beisengert and Thomas Evers, of Thebes, who recognized him and had him arrested.
The story of the crime of which Irvin is charged is as follows:
John Petit, a saloonkeeper at Thebes, was shot at his place of business about 1 o’clock in the morning of July 15th last, and evidence pointed to Clarence Irvin, an Illinois Central brakeman, as the assassin.
Petit’s slayer entered through the rear door of the saloon, and it is supposed that a rifle was used. The ball was 22 caliber and of long make.
Clarence Irvin, in company with Dave Kelly, entered the saloon earlier in the evening and called for drinks. Irvin asked that they be charged to him. Petit replied that he would not credit him, but that he would give him a drink. This insulted Irvin and he left, swearing at Petit. It was not long after that the shot was fired and Petit fell fatally wounded.
It is thought that Irvin went out in town and procured a gun, after which he returned and fire the shot.
Irvin is said to have the appearance of being a nice young fellow, but was drunk the night preceding the killing. He was a brakeman on Billy Bryan’s train.
John Petit died the Monday following from his injuries.
Irvin escaped into Missouri after the affair, and his whereabouts have never been known until the dispatch was received by Sheriff Roche stating that Irvin had been captured at New Orleans.
There was a reward of $300 for Irvin’s arrest.
The friends in this city of Mr. John Plumlee, who formerly held the position of operator at the Central Union Station, will be grieved to learn of the deplorable accident with which he met at Tamaroa, Ill., yesterday morning.
A few weeks ago Plumlee went to Tamaroa to take a position as operator in a station at that place. He went down to Carbondale Saturday night to attend a meeting of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. As he wanted to get home Sunday, he boarded a fast northbound freight train. The train did not stop at Tamaroa, but Plumlee thought he could get off without any trouble. As the train whirled by the station, Plumlee swung off. He was thrown beneath the wheels, his right leg cut off at the knee, his left leg broken, left thigh dislocated and an ugly cut in his head.
Plumlee was removed to Murphysboro, where he was placed in a hospital and attended by three physicians.
They stated that there was no hope for his recovery. He did not regain consciousness.
Mr. Plumlee has a wife and child. They resided at 2600 Sycamore Street during their residence in this city.
A dispatch received by Mr. J. T. Jones this afternoon
stated that Mr. Plumlee was some better this morning
and that he might recover.
Mr. John Plumlee, formerly operator in the Illinois
Central passenger depot here, died last night at 11:30
o’clock from the injuries he received in hopping off the
freight train at Tamaroa, mention of which was made in
Clarence Irvin, who is charged with the assassination of John Petit at Thebes on July 15th, is now in the county jail awaiting trial at the May term of circuit court.
Irvin was brought up from New Orleans this afternoon where he was arrested a few days ago. State’s Attorney Alexander Wilson, Circuit Clerk Lee B. Davis and Mr. Oscar T. Tamm, who were attending Mardi Gras at New Orleans, returned with Irvin this afternoon.
They told of Irvin’s arrest to a Citizen representative as follows:
Edward Beissenger and Thomas Evers, two young men who formerly resided at Thebes, were taking the carnival at New Orleans. They were walking along the street when passing a barbershop, Beissenger said to Evers, “Clarence Irvin is in that shop, did you see him?”
“Well, you go on in,” said Evers, “and I will go for
the police and have him arrested,”
At this moment in came Evers with two officers and Irvin saw that the game was up. He submitted to his arrest without resistance.
It is said that Irvin, when asked if he was Clarence Irvin, at first hesitated, but finally admitted that he was and replied that he was the one that killed John Petit, when asked the question.
When asked why he killed Petit, Irvin replied that he did not know that he killed him, but he shot at him for an old grudge.
“After the shooting,” said Irvin. “I went to Jonesboro, then to St. Louis, thence to Denver, and from Denver to New Orleans, where I have been since.”
A close watch was kept on the prisoner all the way up and he was handcuffed and shackles were placed upon his feet, for a part of the journey.
Beissenger, Evers, and the two officers each received $125 of the $500 reward that was offered for Irvin’s arrest.
As stated in The Citizen, John Petit, a saloonkeeper at Thebes was shot at his place of business at 1 o’clock on the afternoon of July 15th last by an unknown party.
Suspicion pointed toward Irvin, who had previous to
the assassination quarreled with Petit about some
drinks. Irvin went out of the saloon and later
a shot was fired and Petit fatally injured.
From the manner in which Irvin talked he did not seem
to think he had committed any crime, but those familiar with
the case state that they think the people have a strong case
(James Davault married Amanda Miller on 29 Nov
1870, in Union Co., Ill.
Her marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Tishie daughter of J. R. & Amanda Davault Born
Feb. 16, 1876 Died March 1, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
(Horace A. Hannon married Mrs. Sallie E. Woods
on 19 Sep 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Friday, March 10, 1905, at 3:50 p.m., James Hunter, aged 20 years.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon. The
remains will be taken from the late residence of the
deceased at 12 m., to the A. M. E. church, where services
will be held. Funeral train will leave foot of
Fourteenth Street at 2:45 p.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery.
Died—William A. Redman, Monday, March 13, 1905.
Aged 38 years. Funeral services will be held tomorrow
afternoon from St. Patrick’s Church at 1:30 p.m. Train
will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:45 for Villa Ridge
cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Death relieved the suffering of Mr. William A. Redman this morning. He passed away at 12:45 a.m. at the home of his mother, Mrs. Ellen Redman, No. 602 Walnut Street.
Mr. Redman had been in poor health for nearly two years and had been unable to attend to his business duties. His death was the result of tuberculosis.
About a year ago Mr. Redman went to St. Louis to consult a specialist, and as a result underwent an operation. It was of little benefit and the deceased grew no better.
Since then Mr. Redman has taken several trips for the benefit of his health. He spent some time in Atlanta, Ga. Last July he went to Montrose, Colo., to visit his sister, returning in October.
He returned to Montrose a month later, and was brought home last January, and had been confined to his home since, his health gradually growing worse.
He began to sink last evening about 6 o’clock and died at 12:45 this morning.
The deceased was one of Cairo’s most successful young businessmen. He was born and reared in Cairo and was very well known here, having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, who will be grieved to learn of his death.
Mr. Redman was a partner in the Redman-Magee Milling Company, one of Cairo’s most prosperous concerns. He was also largely interested in real estate and owned considerable property in this city.
He was 38 years of age last January. He is what is termed a self-made man and took a keen interest in the welfare of the city as well as his own personal business. He was a young man of sterling character and a member of St. Patrick’s Church.
Besides his mother, Mrs. Ellen Redman, the deceased is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Belle Nye, of Montrose, Colo., Mrs. Sullivan, of Topeka, Kan., Mrs. Arnold Lippitt, Mrs. B. McManus, Jr., and Misses Honora, Lida and Kate Redman, of this city, besides his brothers, Messrs. Samuel Redman of West Virginia, Frank P. Redman, of Jackson, Miss., Bert, Phillip, and Ned Redman, of Cairo.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon. The remains will leave the house at 1:30 p.m. for St. Patrick’s Church, where the service will be held, conducted by Father James Downey.
The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
(Arnold Lippitt married Georgina Redman on 11
Nov 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Capt. Theodore Steyer, one of the most prominent men of southern Illinois, died at his home in Golconda, Ill., Friday night.
Capt. Steyer was born in Germany and was seventy-eight years of age. He belonged to a fine family and his brother was at the head of postal affairs of the German empire for a number of years. He came to America in 1848 and settled in Golconda, where he had lived ever since. He was county school superintendent of Pope County for several years and was mayor of Golconda for eight years. He never held a state office but was a prominent Republican and was frequently a delegate to state and national conventions. He was appointed by Gov. Fifer on the Illinois and Ohio River commission in 1888 and served four years.
He had owned the wharfboat at Golconda for the past twenty-five years and was prominent in river circles. He was a licensed steamboat captain and was also captain of the Home Guards of Pope County, in the Northern army during the Civil War. He had extensive milling interests and was wealthy. He was public spirited and was one of the most valued citizens of his state and county.
Capt. Steyer was married in Golconda in 1850 to Miss Sim, who belonged to a Scotch family. She died four years ago. Four children survive: Mrs. Emma Fountain, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. J. C. Treheren of Memphis, and Charles Steyer of Texas.
Capt. Steyer was remarkably well preserved for his age and was keenly interested in public affairs and current events until the time of his death. He was perfectly vigorous until his late illness. He was genial and friendly and was universally beloved.
He was a Mason and was a member of the grand lodge of Masons of Illinois. He was also a member of Paducah lodge of Elks, No. 217. The funeral took place at Golconda Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock.
(Theodore Alexander Steyer married Ellen Sim
on 14 Apr 1851, in Pope Co., Ill.
John C. Treherne married Mamie Steyer
on 31 Oct 1889, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(E. H. Kitch married Rachel R. Gregory on 2
May 1861, in Montgomery Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Daniel Horner married Hettie Lentz on 1 Oct
1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Charley H. Horner Born Oct. 3, 1899 Died March
10, 1905. At
El Paso, Ill., March 15.—David Strother, of this
place, the first colored man in the Untied States to vote
and the first to sit on a jury, is dead.
Edward Warden, a prominent citizen of Wickliffe, Ky., and a nephew of Mrs. Anna Robertson of Sixth Street, this city, was run over and killed yesterday morning near Mayfield, Ky., by a southbound Illinois Central train.
Warden was employed by the Williamson-Kuny Lumber Company of Mound City and was in charge of a force of men cutting timber near Mayfield, when the deplorable accident occurred.
He spent the night Monday with the foreman on a small boat and was going to the tents where they were sleeping to awaken them.
In crossing the Illinois Central tracks he became confused on seeing two trains rapidly approaching from opposite directions and stepped from in front of the northbound train in the way of the southbound train.
He was run over and instantly killed, his body being horribly mangled.
The deceased was twenty-five years of age and was well known in this city.
The remains were taken to Wickliffe, where the funeral will
be held tomorrow.
(James M. Hileman married Maggie Mullins on 27
Feb 1877, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
James A. Mullins 1830-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. Horace Wardner died at his home in LaPorte, Ind., yesterday afternoon of blood poisoning, after a long period of ill health. He contracted a disease of the thumbnail, caused by running a sliver into it fourteen years ago.
His death will be sincerely regretted by his large circle of friends in southern Illinois, where he was one of the leading spirits for many years in his demise another of Cairo’s coterie of old time physicians passes away.
Dr. Horace Wardner was 76 years old, having been born in Wyoming County, New York, on the 25th day of August 1829.
He was one of the early settlers of Cairo and during his residence here became quite famous and was recognized as one of the most prominent physicians in this end of the state. While here he acquired large property interests and became quite wealthy. He still owned a large number of city lots at the time of his death.
Dr. Wardner came to Cairo at the close of the Civil War in 1865 and remained here until 1878, when he was tendered the office of superintendent of the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna by Governor Cullom.
When the Civil War broke out, Dr. Wardner, who then was demonstrator of anatomy at the Chicago Medical College, enlisted as surgeon of the Twelfth Illinois Infantry. In 1862 he was promoted to staff surgeon and assigned to duty as medical director in the Army of the Tennessee. He remained with the army in the field until the latter part of that year, during that time participating in numerous important engagements and rendering service for which he received the highest commendation from his superior officers.
He was then assigned to the United States General Hospital at Mound City, Ill., and continued in charge there until the institution was discontinued in 1865. He was then placed in charge of the medical department of the post at Cairo and which position he occupied until its close in 1866. He was five years in the army and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, for his meritorious service.
Pleased with the mild climate of Southern Illinois, Dr. Wardner decided to locate here and upon his retirement from the army began to practice medicine. His advancement here was rapid and he was greeted with a large and lucrative practice. In the year 1867 he was instrumental in establishing St. Mary’s Infirmary.
He was later appointed as superintendent at the hospital at Anna and at the expiration of his term there removed to Chicago and became prominent in state medical circles. A few years later he removed to La Porte, Ind., and resided there until his death. Dr. Wardner was married in February 1858, to Miss Delia Louise Rockwood, of Canton, N. Y. She was the daughter of Capt. Cephas Rockwood, a stepson of Governor Leland, of Vermont. During her life she was a prominent worker in the Daughters of the Revolution and was also well known and highly respected here.
No children ever blessed the union of Dr. and Mrs. Wardner, although they raised and educated three young ladies, adopted children.
Dr. Wardner was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Knights Templar and a member of the Loyal Legion.
The deceased was quite prominent in politics during his stay
in Cairo and southern Illinois and became a recognized power
in Republican politics.
(Frank W. Fry married Mary A. Goatey on 6 Jul
1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.
A marker in Calvary Cemetery in Olive Branch reads:
Michael Schott 1807-1905.
The remains of Mr. Beard were buried yesterday.
The coroner’s jury exonerated Lamar from all blame.
Beard was a single man about 35 years of age and has
relatives in West Virginia.
The deceased was the former Miss Marie Weise, of this city, is survived by her husband and three young daughters, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Weise, of Chicago, and two brothers, Louis and Richard Weise and three sisters Misses Clara and Theresa Weise, of Chicago, and Mrs. J. J. Ryan, of St. Louis.
The deceased was 28 years old and was a graduate of the
Cairo High School, having graduated with the Class of 1894.
(John Thomas Hayden married Julia
Littlejohn on 27 Dec 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Last night, about 10 o’clock, switch engine No. 65 of the Big Four Railroad, made a run with death and won.
A few days ago, little Mary I. Hynes, the twenty-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Emmet Hynes of No. 603 Jefferson Avenue, was severely scalded about the body and limbs. Though a physician was called, nothing could be done to relieve the child’s sufferings.
Last night about 10 o’clock, Mr. Hynes, who is a switchman on the Big Four Railroad, and who was switching in the yards at North Cairo was notified that his little daughter was dying.
He told the circumstance to Engineer James Law and he took Hynes in the cab of Old 65 and began the race against death.
It was one of the most dangerous and fastest runs made on the Big Four for some time.
With an iron grip upon the throttle, his cap pulled tightly over this brow, the hot beads of perspiration standing out upon his face, his muscles set, and his veins swollen, he ran his engine through those yards to reach Hynes’ home before life in the little girl was extinct.
How that engine did sway as it sped through the yards. From one side to the other it leaned and it seemed at times as though it would leap from the rails in its mad flight and the occupants would be dashed to death.
But the Eye that watches over all was with those men in the cab of that old engine and it reached Hynes’ home within three minutes after Mr. Hynes was notified of the child’s condition.
The father leaped from the cab of the coughing, wheezing engine when it came to a standstill and reached his little girl just in time to see her before her soul passed to the great beyond.
Mr. and Ms. Hynes moved to Cairo about a month ago from Texas and their friends in this city will unite in sympathizing with them in their hour of bereavement.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will probably be held tomorrow.
Allen Q. Pierce, traveling passenger agent for the
Illinois Central Railroad, with headquarters at Memphis,
died suddenly in that city last evening. He was taken
ill with congestion. The deceased was formerly ticket
agent at Vicksburg. He was known to Central officials
At a regular meeting of the board of directors of Central Building and Loan Association of Cairo, Illinois, held Wednesday evening, March 22, 1905, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, that it has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from our midst and take to the life beyond, the soul of our beloved member, William Allen Redman.
Again the grim monster has invaded our ranks again we pause in the busy march of life to pay fitting tribute to the memory of one who held a warm place in the hearts of his friends.
William Allen Redman was born in Cairo, Illinois. After long and patient suffering, watched over so faithfully by his devoted mother, sisters and brothers, he died on the morning of March 13th, 1905. While we mourn the loss of a friend and add another to the “Memorial Roll” we should remember the stricken ones who have lost a loving son and noble brother and in this dark hour of sorrow, we tender assurance of our heartfelt sympathy.
We set apart a page of our record sacred to the memory of
William Allen Redman and tender duly attested copy of
these resolutions to his family.
Thebes, Ill., March 24.—A blacksmith at Clank got on a drunk Wednesday night and laid down beside some old railroad ties that were burning near Clank. In his stupor he rolled into the fire and was burned to death. His remains were found by some boys in the morning early. He was known as “Happy Jack”. The coroner was notified and the inquest was held yesterday.
(The 25 Mar 1905, issue identifies him as Jack Orell.—Darrel
J. M. Ezell, Telegraph Operator, Not
the Man Wanted at Allenville, Pa., for Murder.
The Cairo friends of Mr. J. M. Ezell, who was employed in the office of the Western Union Telegraph office here about two years ago, as operator, will be pleased to know that he is not the Ezell that is sentenced to be hanged at Allenville, Pa., for murder. It is another case of the “Wrong Mr. Wright.”
Mr. Ezell, the operator, visited here Sunday. When he entered the office of the Western Union Telegraph Company to see his old friends, he was much surprised to be greeted with the words:
“Well, by Jove! I thought your neck was broken by this
time.” Mr. Ezell had heard nothing of the
affair before, and was greatly surprised that he had been
charged with murder by the Cairo papers. He seemed
little concerned over the matter, however, and when told he
had better have the matter straightened out, he replied that
he was “not bothered” as long as his neck was fastened on
The Ezell that will be hanged at Allenville, Pa., is
said to be an ex-Paducah policeman, and the operator
Ezell said that he knew him well.
A tragic accident occurred at Delta last week. One of
Mr. Sam Palmer’s little four-year-old twin boys was
burned to death. The little fellow was playing with a
bonfire and his clothing caught fire. He ran and his
screams attracted this mother who ran after him.
Before she could reach him he fell into a ditch and when she
had caught up with him he had sustained burns from which he
died. His twin brother was sick at the time and his
mother was occupied with him when the accident happened.
“Happy Jack” whose death from burning was mentioned in
The Citizen, was until very recently an inmate of the
county farm. He spent several months with
Superintendent Childers. He was about 50 years
old and was an expert machinist and had once been a railroad
engineer. His name was Jack Orell. He has
a son at Murphysboro.
(John M. Bailey married Mary E. Trexler on 27
Dec 1891, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(George M. Tripp married Catharine Lipe on 10
Jul 1881, in Jackson Co., Ill.
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Catherine Adelaide wife of George M. Tripp
Born Aug. 19, 1852 Died March 30, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at the family residence near Mounds, Wednesday
evening, March 29, Carl Joseph, third son of Mr. and Mrs. C.
Kusener, age nine years and five months.
Funeral will be held Friday afternoon about 2 or 3 o’clock
at Villa Ridge cemetery. Friends of the family are
Died—Mrs. Catherine Adelaid Tripp, aged 57 years, 7 months. Beloved wife of George M. Tripp. Funeral services will be held at family residence No. 224 Twenty-ninth Street Saturday, April 1. Train leaving foot of Eighteenth Street at 2:__ o’clock. Interment at Villa Ridge cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Saturday, 1 Apr 1905:
Mr. Andrew Reed, of 332 Twenty-eighth Street, one of Cairo’s oldest and highly respected citizens, died last night about 10:30 o’clock at his home after an illness of several months of consumption.
The deceased was 58 years of age and had resided in this city ever since the close of the Civil War and was an old soldier. He was custodian at the Customhouse a number of years ago.
The deceased is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons. The daughters are Mrs. Martin, of Mound City, Ill., Mrs. Ethel Durham and Miss Geraldine Reed. The sons are Andrew Reed, Jr., and Enoch Reed.
Mr. Reed had been in poor health for about a year, but had been confined to his bed for only a few months.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the house
conducted by Rev. Charles Armstrong of the Lutheran
church. The remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery
Zeigler, Ill., April 3.—A gas explosion occurred at Leiter’s mine this morning just after the men were lowered into the mine. At least fifty men are entombed and little hope is entertained that any are alive. The force of the explosion threw timbers, railroad rails and debris two hundred feet into the air. The earth for rods around was cracked and smoke and flames rushed up the shaft. Only one man, who climbed up the air shaft escaped. The crowd is unable to reach the mouth of the mine on account of the intense heat.
About noon two men were rescued through the airshaft.
They were helpless and horribly burned. but were still
alive. It is not believed they can survive. All
attempts to rescue the rest have been fruitless because of
the flames from the burning mine. The exact number of
men in the mines is unknown. The checkman says between
fifty and sixty entered this morning. It is not
believed that any can be rescued alive.
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks
to our kind friends who aided and sympathized with us in the
illness and death of our beloved wife and mother.
(Andrew Reed died 31 Mar 1905, and was a
private in the U. S. Army.
He is buried in section F grave 4681B at Mound City
National Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)
DuQuoin, April 4.—Will Atkinson of Murphysboro, state mine inspector, and John Graham, died early this morning. They inhaled the flames while leading the rescuing party into the Leiter mines to rescue the victims of the explosion.
Ziegler Ill., April 4.—Fifteen bodies, victims of the
explosion, have been recovered. It is believed that 25
or more remain in the underground workings of the mine.
The rescue parties, which were driven back by the flames,
were revived with difficulty.
She leaves a husband, two brothers, seven children, and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Her maiden name was Maytie Standard and she was born near Mt. Pleasant in Union County, Illinois, nearly forty-two years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. James, interment at the Hazelwood Cemetery April 2nd.
A singular incident with the funeral of Mrs. Davis was the tolling of the bell, being the first day the bell was ever used since being hung, the old bell having been cracked about six weeks ago while being tolled at the funeral of Mrs. Putnam, who was Mrs. Davis’ mother.
(H. F. Putnam married Barzillah J. Standard on 27 May 1880, in Union Co., Ill. One marker in Hazlewood Cemetery reads: Mary A. Davis Born May 3, 1863 Died April 1, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
DuQuoin Call: With nearly every dead body recovered from the ill-fated Zeigler mine, the authorities there have diverted their attention from this and are endeavoring to ascertain the nature of the explosion, which snuffed out the lives of nearly 50 men. The theories advanced are many and various, the chief ones being gas and powder.
The theory that the explosion of the powder magazine was the source of the horrible disaster, was slightly rumored until the three members of the relief party were asphyxiated by the gases. The coroner’s jury yesterday rendered a verdict, the text of which is as follows:
“We, the undersigned jurors, impaneled to inquire into the cause of the death of William Atkinson, John Graham and John Lindsay and others hereby find that the said William Atkinson, John Graham and John Lindsay came to their death in the Ziegler Coal Company’s mine at Ziegler Franklin County, Illinois, on the 3rd day of April 1905, by being overcome by afterdamp caused by a powder explosion in said mine on the morning of April 3, 1905, and we believe that said explosion was caused by parties unknown.
“And we further find that Joseph Geisler, William Baxter, Everett Jones, Rolla Campbell, Robert Davis, Jerry O. Woods, Gustave Brumlick, Charles Robinson, Robert Hare, Harry Withrow, and thirty others whose names are to us unknown, came to their deaths in said mine on the 3rd day of April, 1905, as a result of the aforesaid explosion.
“And we further believe that said mine was in good and safe condition for working purposes, as far as gas was concerned, on April 3, 1905.”
The verdict is a most unpopular one among the union miners who assert that an explosion of powder could not possess the deadly effect similar to that of the Zeigler disaster.
Five more bodies were brought to the surface last night and the total number of dead now reaches 48. The checkman, it is reported, insists that 60 men were lowered in the mine on the morning of the 3rd. Joseph Leiter, in an interview this morning, expressed his belief that at least a dozen more bodies are in the mine.
The Benton Independent is authority for the following:
“A report is current in Ziegler, to the effect that two men
were seen scaling the stockade around the mine Sunday night
shortly before midnight and one witness so testified before
the coroner’s jury, whose verdict is awaited with intense
Paducah News-Democrat: The most complete and successful suicide in the history of the world was that of Henry Charles Hutchinson, the negro desperado, who, being close pressed by police officers, fired two shots from a pistol into his own head and fell dead with 17 buckshot in his head and several others in his body.
It is positively known that the negro did commit suicide, for a coroner and his jury in a legal verdict have solemnly so affirmed.
Hutchinson passed Gilbertsville Wednesday morning and crossed the bridge over the Tennessee River. Marshal Lee Wickers spied him and summoning Tom Knight, G. C. Owens, and J. U. Tichnor, started after the negro. Hutchinson gained the opposite side of the river. Near Gravel Switch there were two long lines of freight cars standing on the Illinois Central tracks. The pursuers separated. Wicker and Knight going down one track, while Owens and Tichenor searched the line of cars. After going a short distance Wickers and Knight saw the negro, who was talking to a negro tramp. They ordered Hutchinson to throw up his hands. Instead of obeying, he drew a Colt’s pistol . Hutchinson is said to have half run, half staggered a few yards and then shot himself in the back of the head. He fell and when Messrs. Wickers and Knight got to him he was dead.
The entire back of his head was blown off, seventeen
buckshot having entered the skull and other bullets had
perforated his body, between the waist and neck.
The county board has authorized holding services over the
dead paupers at the county farm, and the first funeral was
that of a colored man known as “Hominy” Ransom, who
died of lockjaw. Chairman J. J. Jennelle of the
county board, requested Rev. Kilgore of Klondyke, to
conduct the funeral. Hereafter a minister will be
secured to conduct each funeral and the county will stand
Paducah Ky., April 11.—Jim Holloway, a negro wanted
on a charge of murder, alleged to have been committed
twenty-five years ago, was arrested by Detective Will
Chief James Collins received a tip several days ago that three was a negro in Paducah wanted in Christian County for murder committed many years ago. The detectives were put to work on the case with the result that James Holloway, 57 years old, was arrested at his home at Epperson, four miles from the city. The old negro was brought to the police station and did not deny the charge. He was placed in a separate cell at the city prison. The old darkey’s story as told by himself is as follows:
“I was raised in Christian County a few miles from Hopkinsville and knew many white people, among them Mr. George Cox and a Mr. Lepstein.
“There was a mean negro named Andrew Bradford, who lived in our neighborhood and he cursed and he cured and abused Mr. Cox and Mr. Lepstein.
“They got mad and Mr. Cox buys a quart of whisky, while the negroes were having a dance in a barn. He takes two drinks and told me to drink the balance.
“I drank most of it and then he tells me to kill Andrew Bradford. I started to do it and as I pulls my pistol out of my pants pocket, it went off accidentally and the bullet hit Andrew in the left side.
“He died instantly and I left the county. First I went to Birmingham and stayed ten years. Then I came to Paducah and have been in or near the city of fifteen years.”
The old darky seems not to be worried about being arrested, but says that the killing was preyed on his mind all these years.
Deputy Sheriff Clark of Christian County will take the prisoner to Hopkinsville to stand trial for the alleged crime of a quarter of a century ago.
was never heard of by the Christian County officers from the
day of the murder until he was arrested in Paducah.
DuQuoin, Ill., April 12.—A report from Zeigler states that three more bodies have been recovered from the Leiter mine, bringing the total number of dead to forty-six. The work of placing the mine in a condition to be operated is being rushed.
A movement has been started to subscribe a handsome sum of
money to be donated to the widow and children of William T.
Atkinson, of Murphysboro, the mine examiner, who was
asphyxiated while attempting to recover the dead bodies at
Evansville, April 13.—Daniel G. Fowler, of Cairo,
Ill., died of delirium tremens in a police cell this
morning. He came to locate his sister and found her.
He celebrated with a spree which ended in his death.
The remains of Will Ware, the colored man who was drowned off a lumber barge some days ago, were recovered at the incline this morning and Coroner McManus held an inquest over them this afternoon.
lived on Thirty-third Street and was employed as a teamster
at various times for the Cairo City Coal Company. The Three
States Buggy Company the Redman’s Brothers and
others. He was a first-class colored man.
“Yes, sah, boss, I build de scaffold with my own hands, tie de rope and hang myself, if iny man can sweah that I done the killing of Mr. Pah.”
This is the rather broad statement made by a negro, who was
arrested by Officer Wilson this morning, charged with
the assassination of William Parr, the night
bartender at the Kentucky House.
Parr had been employed in a number of Cairo saloons and had been working at the Kentucky House for only a short time. He was a young man about 33 years old and resided with his wife and child in the Alba Block at Eighteenth and Commercial.
The negro arrested gave the name of Charlie Williams. He admitted that he had worked around the Kentucky House and that he had had trouble with Parr. It is said that Parr and the negro had several little tiffs and that he had ordered the negro out of the saloon. The negro it is said returned and picked a quarrel with Parr who struck him with a glass. The negro went out of the place and was not seen after that, but threatened to “get even.” It is thought by the police that Williams is the man. They are strongly led to believe that they are right because of the fact that Williams acknowledged having had trouble with Parr, and from the conflicting stories that he told.
When cross-examined, the negro Williams told the following story which we translate into English.
“My name is Charlie Williams. My home was formerly at Pittsburg, Pa. My age is 21 years. I have been steam boating for 11 years and have done nothing else. I left Pittsburg when I was 4 years old. Since I left Pittsburg I have been living at most any place. I worked for awhile in St. Louis and was later arrested, charged with vagrancy. I worked in Murphysboro for about four months. I helped to build the Cairo-Paducah railroad. I have been working at the Kentucky House for a short time. I had a quarrel with Mr. Parr. He struck me with a heavy glass. I did not kill Parr. If any man can look me in the face and tell me that I killed Parr, I will build a scaffold with my own hands and tie the rope around my neck and be hanged if you white folks buy the lumber, hatchet and nails.”
The prisoner talked in this manner at some length and the more he said, the more certain were the police that they had the guilty party.
It will be noticed that Williams said he had worked at steam boating for eleven years and had done nothing else, yet he said he had worked in St. Louis, Murphysboro, and had helped build the Cairo-Paducah railroad.
The corner’s inquest was held this afternoon at the courthouse.
The witnesses were a Mr. Carter, who was in the
saloon at the time of the shooting, A. B. Douglas,
the proprietor of the Kentucky House, Ed Maley, a man
named Cooper, a man named Tom Wood, Officer
Wilson, and John Rector, Jr. The latter was
with the officers when he made the arrest.
Officer Wilson arrested Williams at the Big Four sand house, near the Big Four round house about 6:30 o’clock this morning.
In company with the officer and Mr. Rector, the negro was taken up the levee. When the three reached Maley’s restaurant, the negro made a break for a door and ran through the restaurant in an attempt to escape. Officer Wilson went after him and Williams on reaching the rear door ran out onto a porch and jumped to the ground. The officer shouted to him to stop and when he did not obey, Wilson fired several shots at him, two of which entered Williams’ leg, one near the heel and the other near the hip.
The negro ran up Halliday Avenue and entered the Kentucky House through a rear door and hid in a room upstairs where the officers found him later and took him to jail.
It was one of the most daring attempts on the part of a prisoner to escape known in police circles.
The coroner’s jury was composed of Bob Moore, Martin O’Donnohue, Alfred Brown, Richard Fitzgerald, Sr., Frank Lonergan, and Richard Gannon.
The case went to the jury about 4 o’clock.
Williams told a pretty straight story on the stand and it is hard to determine whether or not he is guilty of the crime.
The jury exonerated Williams of the crime.
(His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:
John Grear Born March 2, 1824 Died April 13,
Murphysboro, Ill., April 17.—Georgiana Galloway, a
negress, shot to death shortly after midnight Saturday
night, Henry Bowman, who persisted in entering her
room. Bowman was shot with a 22 caliber
revolver and died in the yard about a hundred feet from the
house. The Galloway woman was placed in jail.
(Nicholas B. Price married Mary F. Roach on 18 Feb 1868, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. M. Ulrich’s died Saturday. (Wetaug)
(Michael Ulrich married Mary Agner on 8 Mar
1886, in Jasper Co., Ill.
Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Wetaug reads:
Mary Clara Dau. of Michel Ulrich and wife Born
March 22, 1905 Died April 15, 1905.
Gone to a better land.—Darrel Dexter)
Charlie Williams, the negro arrested by Officer
Wilson, charged with the murder of bartender William
Parr, at the Kentucky House a few days ago, was released
from custody this afternoon at the trial in Judge
(Lewis Redden married Margrett F. Castle
on 9 Apr 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Will Simms, a negro, thinking himself too good to ride in the car with the rest of the excursionists, climbed upon the roof of one of the cars of the Memphis excursion train this morning, and as a result now lies in St. Mary’s Infirmary in a precarious condition.
Simms proved to be a poor clown for when the train whizzed around a curve at Cairo Junction, at full speed, he lost his balance and fell headfirst to the ground and sustained injuries which may result in his death. He was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary.
is a young negro about 25 years old and lived in Winter’s
Row at Sixteenth and Cedar streets.
Mrs. Frank Bemis, one of Cairo’s oldest residents, died suddenly this morning about 10 o’clock at her home, No. 820 Twenty-third Street, after an illness of several weeks, due to old age.
Mrs. Bemis was born in Hanover, Germany, 79 years ago and came to this country at an early age. She has been a resident of Cairo for nearly fifty years.
The house in which she lived is the first house built in Cairo north of Twentieth Street, with the exception of the convent, which was destroyed by fire several months ago.
The deceased is survived by her husband, Mr. Frank Bemis, a policeman, at St. Mary’s Park, three sons, Messrs. Chris Bemis, of Cairo, Herman Bemis, of South Fork, Mo., and William Bemis, of Shreveport, La., and two daughters, Mrs. John Glade and Mrs. Bob Moore, of Cairo.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(John Glade married Kate Bemis on 12 Dec 1878,
in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Fredareka Bemis1826-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat today contained the following notice of the death of a former Cairo lady:
Huber—On Monday, April 24, at 7:15 a.m., Mrs. Martha M. Huber, widow of the late Joseph Huber and beloved mother of Mrs. Annie Renfrow (nee Huber) aged 58 years, 8 months and 17 days.
Funeral from family residence, 6706 Minnesota Avenue, on
Wednesday, April 26, at 2 p.m. to Christian church, thence
to St. Matthew’s Cemetery. Friends invited to attend.
(William T. Cullum married Ellis A. Chancy on
26 Oct 1865, in Saline Co., Ill.
Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Mill Creek
reads: Ellis A.
Cullum Born Nov. 23, 1848 Died April 22, 1905.—Darrel
Wickliffe, Ky., April 26.—B. F. Gilbert, postmaster at Blandville, dropped dead in the post office yesterday morning. His death was due to heart disease.
Mr. Gilbert had gone to the post office early. James Harrison shortly found him lying dead on the floor. The sprinkling can, with which he was putting water on the floor before sweeping, was overturned beside him. He had been complaining for a few days, but had not been sick enough to be confined to his bed.
Mr. Gilbert was 74 years of age. He was
appointed postmaster during McKinley Administration
and had held the position ever since. He leaves
several grown children. Two of his sons, John
Gilbert and Frank Gilbert, live in Paducah.
MILFORD WHITAKER KILLED BY TRAIN
A serious accident occurred at 2:30 o’clock this morning at Fortieth and Sycamore streets, when Big Four switch engine No. 65, which was backing west with a box car in front of it, struck a carriage drawn by two mules, running over and killing Milford Whitaker, a white man, and seriously injuring Ed Latham, a colored man.
The engine was in charge of Engineer M. J. Barth and Fireman Henry Clark. They had been up in the milling district to deliver some eight or ten cars of lumber and on their way back picked up an empty I. C. box car and was backing with the car in front of the engine, bound for the yards in the lower end of the city.
The carriage containing Mr. Whitaker and Latham was going north. The men resided at Beaver Ridge and were driving home from the city.
The carriage was struck by the rear end of the box car, or the end facing the west, and was completely demolished. Whitaker was thrown out and run over by the car and engine and his body badly mangled. His skull was fractured, his brain protruding out of his head, his left leg was cut off below the knee, his right arm below the elbow was cut off and his body badly bruised.
Latham the colored man, was thrown out of the buggy and injured by the fall. He was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where Dr. Fields attended him.
The coroner’s inquest was held this morning at 9:30 o’clock
at Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms.
When cross-examined by Attorney Leek, he told the following story: We were running about six or eight miles an hour. There was a red light on the end of the car and three white lights upon the top. It was a very dark night. I was sitting with Switchman Morrow on the south side of the car. Switchman Himes was sitting on the end of the car going west, and on the north side. I did not see any vehicle until it was after we had struck it. I then saw the mules. The engine whistled before we reached the crossing. I am not certain whether or not the bell was ringing at the time. Himes was the one who gave the signal to stop. The engine came to standstill almost directly upon the crossing. The white man was lying upon the track. He was dead.
Robert Morrow, switchman, was the next man to testify. He said that the first he knew of the accident he saw some mules. They were on the south side of the track. He had not seen the vehicle, for he was on the opposite side of the car. When asked if the air was connected up with the engine, he stated that it was not. He said that they were not in the habit of connecting the air appliances with the engine in switching. He was not positive whether the bell was ringing as they approached the crossing or not. The whistle had blown before they reached the crossing. When the engine stopped it was on the crossing.
E. C. Himes, a switchman, then testified as follows: “I was sitting upon the end of the car going west. The other two men were sitting on the side of the car facing south. The engineer had whistled for the crossing and the bell was ringing. It is customary to ring the bell when approaching a crossing and I know that it was ringing on this particular occasion because I heard it. Why I heard the ringing I do not know, but I heard the bell ringing. (This was in answer to Attorney Leek’s question as to why he was so sure that he heard the bell ringing on this particular occasion.) It was a very dark night. We were running at the rate of six or eight miles an hour. I first saw the mules and buggy about 15 or 20 feet before we had reached the crossing. I was very much excited. I shouted and gave the engineer the signal to stop. The engine stopped almost directly upon the crossing. The car had passed over the crossing and was a distance of about forty feet from the crossing. The air was not connected with the engine. We are not in the habit of connecting it when switching, as it takes more trouble and time.”
Engineer M. J. Barth was the next witness to testify in the case. He said: “We were running about eight miles an hour. The engine was No. 65. Henry Clark was my fireman. The first that I knew of the accident was when the switchman had given me the signal to stop. Before we reached the crossing, however, I saw a cloud of dust and remarked to my fireman that we must have struck something. Immediately after the cloud to dust I received the signal to stop. Yes, I can positively state the car was on the crossing before I was given the signal to stop and the engine was almost directly upon the crossing when it came to a standstill. I whistled for the crossing as usual. The bell had been ringing, but I did not notice whether or not it was ringing as we reached the crossing. My home is in Mt. Carmel, Ill. There is a headlight on the front of the engine and another on the rear end. The light from the headlight on the rear end struck the boxcar and its reflection blinded one so that it was impossible to distinguish anything very far from the track. We depended upon the switchman upon the car to warn us of all danger of approaching accidents.”
When asked by Attorney Leek how soon he could stop his engine if given the signal, Mr. Barth stated that he could easily stop his engine within a distance of forty feet after a signal was given him. “Yes,” replied Mr. Barth, “If I had been given the signal to stop my engine forty feet before we reached the crossing, I would have been able to stop at the crossing or a short distance before reaching the crossing, but in this case I did not receive the signal until after the car had passed over the crossing. When the engine stopped it was on the crossing.”
Fireman Henry Clark then gave his testimony. He said that he was ringing the bell when they approached the crossing. He was on the point of getting down and putting in a fire and had raised from his seat, but had not let loose of the bell rope and the bell was still ringing. He said that he looked down towards the crossing, but he did not see anything. The reflection of the headlight against the boxcar blinded him. He could see the switchmen’s lights upon the top and west end of the car.
The coroner’s jury was composed of the following: Messrs. Frank Fitzgerald, H. N. Foster, Louis Koehler, Lindsay Talbor, R. E. Gannon, and Hal M. Sullivan.
They rendered a verdict finding from the evidence that the deceased Mr. Whitaker came to his death by being struck and wounded by Big Four Switch engine No. 65 and boxcar. They further found from the evidence that the engine was running at the rate of twelve miles per hour and that the said railroad had no flagman or watchman at the crossing at the time of the accident.
Thomas Milford Whitaker was the oldest of twelve children. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Whitaker, still live at Elco. He was about 36 years of age. He was married in 1887 to Miss Anna J. Lentz, daughter of Moses Lentz, of Elco. He resided on Postmaster Sidney B. Miller’s farm at Beaver Ridge, where he leaves a widow and four children, the oldest being about 15.
The remains were taken to Beaver Ridge this afternoon by County Clerk Jesse E. Miller, and will be buried at Elco probably Sunday.
What brought Mr. Whitaker to Cairo last night is not known, but it is believed he came after something needed at the sawmill today.
Postmaster Miller was out to Beaver Ridge last evening, and at that time nothing was said about the necessity of a trip to Cairo. They made the trip with a pair of mules owned by the colored man, Ed Latham.
Mr. Whitaker was a nephew of Postmaster Sidney B. Miller and County Clerk Jesse E. Miller. He was above the average as a man and a farmer, the kind of a man the community needs. His death is a loss to Alexander County.
Postmaster Miller went out to Beaver Ridge this morning to arrange for the funeral.
(Henry Whitaker married Margaret S. Miller on
31 May 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Thomas M. Whitaker married Anne J. Lentz
on 27 Feb 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.
His marker in Hazlewood Cemetery reads:
Thomas M. Whitaker Died April 28, 1905 Aged 38
Yrs., 6 Mos., & 15 Ds.
Gone but not forgotten.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Elizabeth Hodge died suddenly this afternoon at her home on Seventeenth Street after an illness of several weeks of asthma. She was about 60 years of age.
Her husband died several years ago. She is survived by three sons, Will, John, and Charles, and one daughter, Mrs. M. Goldsmith.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Capt. John Goodwin, of Paducah, died at the marine hospital here at 11:30 a.m. He was a well-known river man and was at one time owner of the steamer I. N. Hook. He is a first cousin of Capt. Henry Wilbur, of this city.
A. B. Douglas, proprietor of the Kentucky House, was
given a preliminary hearing before Judge Ross this
afternoon on a charge of the murder of William Parr,
his bartender, a few weeks ago.
It is generally believed that Mr. Douglas is innocent of the crime and what Mr. Maley bases his grounds on for charging Douglas with the crime, no one knows.
Mr. Parr’s assassin is
thought to be a negro with whom he had a quarrel. The latter
threatening Mr. Parr at the time.
David Cox, the fourteen-year-old son of Mr. S. H. Cox, of Delta, Alexander County, committed suicide Wednesday morning by hanging himself to a tree in a field near his father’s house.
The cause for the terrible calamity is ascribed to the fact that the boy’s father had traded a favorite horse with which the young man had become attached.
The boy’s desire was to own the horse and his father had offered to sell him for a nominal sum. The boy had worked hard to earn the required amount and only a small amount of the price named. His father wanted his son to work and earn enough to buy the horse, and thus teach him thrift and perseverance.
But a few days ago, Mr. Cox exchanged the horse to an elder son for another horse.
The boy grieved over the transaction and fearing that he might not have a chance to get the coveted animal, he planned his self destruction.
When he went to work as usual Wednesday morning out in the field, he took with him a leather strap. This he tied to a limb of a tree in the field not far from the house, and making a loop, placed it around his neck and hanged himself.
His neck was not broken and he probably slowly strangled to death. His knees were very close to the ground while his feet were touching.
Mr. Cox himself was the first to find his son when he went to call him for dinner and his astonishment and the shock to him can hardly be imagined.
Coroner McManus was notified and went to Delta where an inquest was held. The verdict of the jury was in conjunction with the facts above given.
(His marker in Delta Cemetery reads:
Peace Be Thine.
David H. Cox son of S. H. & Elizebeth Cox
Born June 17, 1891 Died May 3, 1905.
Gone but not forgotten.—Darrel Dexter)
(Robert K. Woodward married Musie D. Green on
18 May 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
New Madrid, Mo., May 5.—Lige Hughes, a young man whose home was in Woodville, Ky., committed suicide at the Morgan Hotel early last night, by taking morphine.
He left a note saying that he blamed no one for his rash deed, but that he was tired of life and wanted to die.
Hughes was about 25 years of age and weighed nearly 200 pounds. He asked that his brother Charles be notified of the affair.
Hughes went to New Madrid in search of work and applied to a farmer living just out of town for help, but the latter was in need of no one.
The remains were sent to Woodville, the deceased’s home, for
The Waugh murder case is set for next Thursday.
The trial of Clarence Irvin, charged with murder, will commence on May 17th. The indictment was attacked this afternoon, but the court sustained two counts of it.
Irvin will be defended by Attorneys Lingle of Jonesboro, W. A. Spann, of Vienna, C. N. Mozeley, of Thebes, and Miles Frederick Gilbert, of Cairo.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Skewes died today. Interment was held at Villa Ridge
Mound City, Ill., May 9.—Fritz Neilson, a young man, committed suicide today by shooting himself through the temple, at Neadstein’s saloon.
Neilson was employed as a bartender in Neidstein’s saloon. Yesterday he became intoxicated and got on a big tear. He was in the same condition today. About noon he went to Mr. Neidstein’s saloon and walking up behind the bar, took a revolver from beneath the counter and shot himself through the temple. He gave no reason for his rash act.
Several months ago, Neilson was charged with stealing from his employer. He made his escape to East St. Louis, where he was arrested and brought back to Mound City and placed in jail.
About the time that Eli Bugg was hanged in Mound City, Mr. Neadstein had Neilson taken out of jail and again gave him employment as a bartender.
He had been working every day and been living a quiet life until yesterday, when he got on a drunk as was stated above, and ended his life today.
Mrs. Charles Lindsay, of No. 426
Thirty-fourth Street, was called to Anna, Ill., yesterday by
the illness of her sister.
(William Derr married Emma Lawler on 9 Jun
1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(George W. Timmons married Ava Minton on 22
Dec 1895, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Joe Matt, an Illinois Central flagman, well known in Cairo, and formerly on a passenger run out of this city, was shot at Carbondale by a negro early this morning. Matt was flagging on a freight and the negro attempted to steal a ride. Matt put him off, whereupon the negro pulled a gun and shot Matt, killing him almost instantly.
A posse with bloodhounds started out in search of the negro
and arrested a man who they are holding on suspicion. It is
believed that he is the guilty party.
The John Waugh murder case was one trial in the circuit court this afternoon. The work of securing a jury began and in anticipation of the early exhaustion of the petit jury, two venires were issued, one for 25 men from the country to report at 9 o’clock and the other for 25 men from Cairo to report forthwith.
The attorneys for Waugh, Miles S. Gilbert and Reed Green, filed an affidavit objecting to the employment of Attorney Angus Leek to assist State’s Attorney Wilson in the prosecution. The affidavit set forth that the defendant was unable to employ counsel and that it was unfair to him to have such an able lawyer as Mr. Leek employed in the prosecution, since State’s Attorney Wilson was abundantly able to conduct the prosecution without assistance.
The court overruled the affidavit.
The work of securing the jury in the John Waugh murder case is proving to be a tedious job. Only four had been agreed upon this afternoon, three of them having been secured today.
The panel so far is made up of—Jordan Pullett,
colored. Isaac Garson. T. B. Reese. D. V.
A full jury in the Waugh murder case has now been secured and the following men compose the panel.
Jordan Pullet, (colored), Cairo. T. B. Reese, Cairo. Isaac Garson, Cairo. John Denfip, Sandusky. Thomas Irby, Unity. William Vaughn, Unity. Ben Foley, Cairo. J. H. Johnson, Cairo. C. F. Johnson, Cairo. John Nicholson, Cairo. Jonas Sivia, Cairo.
There are eleven white men and one colored man on the jury.
The opening arguments in the case were given this afternoon
and at 3 o’clock court adjourned until 9 o’clock Monday
Columbus, Ky. May 13.—Bob Witherspoon, a negro
ex-convict, was hanged by a mob in the public square of
Belmont, Mo., just across the Mississippi River from his
place at 7 o’clock last night for kidnapping County Judge
Ferdinand Hess, his wife and three-year-old child
this morning and getting a ransom of $600 for releasing
them. A posse, led by the sheriff of that county, was
bringing the negro into Belmont to place him in jail when
they were overpowered by the angry and excited mob, their
prisoner taken from them and swung up to a telephone pole in
the heart of the town.
After a conference between the sheriff and Town Marshal R. E. Zimmerman, of this place, the leader of the two posses, Mr. Zimmerman went alone to the cabin and forcing the door arrested the negro. Zimmerman is known as “the games man in Kentucky,” his daredevil feat occasioned much applause, for it was feared the he would be shot down before he reached the cabin.
The negro’s identify was proved as soon as he was brought
out for he was personally known to nearly every member of
the two posses. When asked about his crime he did not deny
it, and had no explanation to offer further than that the
money demanded was due him and he had determined to get it.
The progress in the Waugh murder case is slow. All morning the attorneys on both sides have been busy examining witnesses and there are over twenty-five yet to be examined.
The arguments may be begun tomorrow afternoon, but it is
probable that they will not begin until sometime Wednesday.
The arguments in the Waugh murder case were made this afternoon. The evidence was concluded at 2 p.m. and State’s Attorney Wilson made the opening statement. He was followed by Attorney M. S. Gilbert and Attorney Reed Green colored for the defense and Attorney Angus Leek concluded for the prosecution.
The opinion of those who have listened to the evidence is divided. Some believe that the prosecution made a stronger case than before, while others look for another hung jury.
No other business was transacted by the court today.
A floater was found in the Ohio near the mouth of the river
by Capt. George Spence, and Coroner McManus,
who held an inquest over it, found it to be the remains of
Cal Ryan, a local painter. Papers on the body,
including his working card, fully identified the body.
Ryan was despondent and it is believed ended his life by
drowning last August. The local painter’s union was notified
by the coroner of the find, but they declined to take charge
of the remains, and they were buried by the county.
John Waugh is a free man. The jury which had his future in their hands returned a verdict at 9:30 o’clock this morning, after being out all night, finding him not guilty of willfully killing his brother-in-law George Willis.
Last evening, Judge Butler charged the jury and they retired for the night. The first ballot stood two for conviction and ten for acquittal. Later on one of the two went over to the majority side, and this morning, J. H. Johnson, who had held out to the last, came over.
The news was received with rejoicing by the defendant and his family. His wife and sister thanked the jury for their verdict, taking each man by the hand. The defendant left for Cape Girardeau, where his family has been living.
The Irvin murder case will be taken up tomorrow morning.
The attorney for the defense filed an affidavit asking for a
continuance on the ground that important witnesses were
absent. The court overruled the motion, holding that the
affidavit was insufficient.
The Irvin murder case was taken up by the circuit court this morning and this afternoon four jurors had been secured. They are: David Brown, colored, Beech Ridge. Dan Finley, Cairo. D. M. Morris, Cairo. John White, Elco.
A third venire for 25 men was issued this afternoon.
“It is the order of this court that you shall be confined in the penitentiary at Chester, Ill., for the remainder of your natural life.”
This was the awful sentence, which Clarence Irvin received at 11 o’clock this morning, as he stood at the bar of justice in the circuit court before Judge Butler.
Young, handsome, in the full flower of his young manhood, it is no wonder that his face was ashen and his chin trembled with strong emotion as he faced his punishment.
The trial of Clarence Irvin for the murder of John Petit at Thebes on July 15th last came to an end this morning, when the work of securing a jury was stopped and the defendant determined to throw himself upon the mercy of the court. Four lawyers had been returned to defend him and they would have gone ahead and done what they could for the young man, but the evidence was against him, he confessed the killing and there was no hope before him of escaping punishment.
The scene was an impressive one. While the court admonished the defendant no other sound could be heard in the courtroom. Judge Butler told young Irvin that he had known his father and mother and had always respected them. He told him that he had watched him and his sister grow up from childhood. He said that he had esteemed them both, and for that reason it was very hard for him to pass sentence upon him. This is the sixty-fourth homicide case that I have seen in the twenty-two years since I began in practice as an attorney in this county,” added the court, “and I have yet to find one in which whiskey was not at the bottom of the trouble.” He pointed out to the young man that his punishment was the result of his own misdeed and referred to his service for his country in the Spanish-American War, yet he added, “the jury might go so far as to exact the extreme penalty, the death sentence, after hearing the evidence that has been presented.” The court was visibly affected as was nearly everyone in the room.
Judge Butler had no sooner delivered the sentence than the young man’s mother fainted away. The ordeal was too much for her. She had nerved herself to face it, but when it was over nature gave way. She was carried out to the north balcony and later was removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alf Brown.
Judge Butler would not pass sentence until he had heard the testimony of the witnesses and it was given substantially as follows:
Thomas Crain, of Thebes, said that Irvin had entered the saloon and asked John Petit if he was good for three drinks. Petit told him that he was not running any accounts, but said that he would give him a drink. Irvin told him that he did not want him to give him drinks, that he wanted to buy them on credit. Irvin struck at Petit with a knife and witness stepped in between them. Irvin cut Petit on the hands. This was 25 or 30 minutes before Petit was shot. Petit was lying in three beer cases when shot and witness was standing by his side with his hand on Petit’s knee when the shot was fired. Some of the wire screen struck witness in the face. Petit was not attempting to harm anyone. Petit did not seemed to be angry or use harsh language. The time of the shooting was 8 or 9 o’clock at night. The shot was fired through a side door which opened into an alley. The shot took effect over the left eye. Irvin had been drinking, but was not very drunk.
Edward Beissengwert was the next witness. He had not seen the difficulty. As he was going to his place of business, he met a crowd of fellows who were talking about Petit having been shot, and they said that they supposed that Clarence Irvin had shot him, as he had had some trouble at the Last Chance. Witness said that Irvin had come into his place before and called him out the back way and said he wanted his revolver. Witness asked him why he wanted it. Witness told him he only had one big Smith & Wesson. Irvin said he didn’t care how big it was. He said he had got into trouble at the Last Chance. Witness told him that he was drunk and to go home and sleep it off and he would think better about the matter. He refused to let him have the gun and Irvin went out the back way and witness did not see him any more. Next saw him at New Orleans. Talked with him 20 minutes and he asked about things at home. Witness said: “Clarence, what did you do that for?” He said: “I have regretted it every moment of my life since. I just regarded it as a matter of time when he would get me. It was an old grudge seven years old. I hated to do it, but had to do it.” Witness said that while they were talking, two policemen came up and arrested Irvin. Witness said that Irvin admitted that he had done the killing, but regarded it as only a question of time until Petit got him, and he just simply beat him to it. Irvin told witness he had had trouble seven years before and John Petit had slapped him. Irvin was in saloon of witness at 7 or 8 o’clock, half or three quarters before the killing. He had been drinking enough to tell it.
Charles Junior was standing in front of Lytton’s Saloon the evening of the killing and saw Irvin as he came down the street. He had a gun in his hands and he stopped in the alley and broke the gun and seemed to put something in it. Witness did not know whether it was a cartridge or not. He went down the alley towards Petit’s saloon. He did not see him any more, but in 10 or 15 minutes witness heard about Pettit’s being shot. The gun was two or three feet long, not a pistol.
Moses Lesar, stated that the defendant came to his place about 7 or 8 o’clock and stepped in the door and said, “I want to get your gun.” Witness told him he could not have it. Irvin said: “I won’t ask you to incriminate yourself, just leave it where I can get it.” Witness said he refused to let him have it, but that Irvin said that he would get one and went away and witness did not know where he went. Witness said he judged he was drinking, but he seemed to be rational.
Thomas Lytton testified that he saw Irvin on the day following the shooting. He was at home of witness. Witness had been to McClure and returned and found him there. Irvin said that he had got into a little trouble and wanted to go up to Elco and wanted witness to get him a conveyance. Witness told him he hated to take him, but that maybe “Pink” might. Irvin asked witness if people knew who did the shooting. He told Irvin there was talk about it. Irvin asked witness if he knew whether Pettit was dead. Witness told he did not know. Witness said his wife and Irvin were cousins.
Thomas Petit, son of John Petit, the deceased, said that he saw his father ten minutes after the shot was fired. His father could answer yes or no, but that was all. Sometimes, he could not make himself understood. He died of his wound at the hospital in Murphysboro, July 18th.
Mrs. Will Bankston testified for the defense. She ran a boarding house in Thebes. She knew David Kelly and saw him on the 16th. He had been boarding at her house. He had been away and had returned. Witness invited him in and wanted to know what he had been in jail for. He said that he guessed the people knew. Witness asked him: “Did you do that shooting?” He replied: “I carried the gun down but no one knows who pulled the trigger.” He said Petit was shot over the left eye. Witness asked if he was going away. He said, “Yes, I’ll never show my face in Thebes again.” Witness asked him what he had been in jail for and he said people knew. Witness said she did not tell anyone of the conversation but her husband.
Court adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock. Nor
further business was transacted.
(The 24 May 1895, issue identifies one of the convicted men
as Charles Mathers.—Darrel Dexter)
(Eugene Sullivan married Ellen Fitzgerald on
25 Apr 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Matthew T. Walsh, father-in-law of Mrs. Edith
Walsh, of Twenty-third and Walnut streets, died very
suddenly last night about 11 o’clock at the latter’s home
after an illness of only a few hours.
The deceased had resided in Cairo for nearly fifty years and was over 80 years of age. He resided with Mrs. Frank Walsh on Fourteenth Street. He was the father of the late Frank P. and Pierce T. Walsh.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter. They are Messrs. Martin Walsh, of Dallas, Texas, Matthew Walsh, of Guthrie, Okla., and Sister Claristine of the Sisters of Loretta at Maysville, Ky.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(Pierce P. Walsh married Eda A. Kluge on 12 Oct 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 24 May 1905:
Mr. P. S. Buchanan, a brother of Mr. C. N. Buchanan, of this city, and a former resident of Cairo, died at his home in Chicago at 7 o’clock this morning after an illness of several months of erysipelas, having suffered a relapse.
The deceased was a member of the firm of Buchanan Bros., dealers in pianos and organs, during his residence in this city, and upon his removal to Chicago about seven years ago the firm transacted business under the name of C. N. Buchanan as it is known today.
The deceased is survived by a wife and fours son, aged 3 to
14 years. He was 57 years of age.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning with interment at Morrisville, Ill.
(Paschal S. Buchanan married Addie L. Richardson
on 5 Mar 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Marion Post says a case without precedent in the history of Williamson County is causing much comment throughout that county. Charles Mathers, the Russian recently convicted of the crime of manslaughter and to be taken to the Chester penitentiary today, was taken to his home in Johnson County yesterday for the purpose of seeing the latest addition to his family, a pair of twin boys, having been born at the Mathers home Monday night. Besides the new arrivals, he has a large family, ranging from a grown son to a mere baby.
(The 23 May 1905, issue identified him as Charles Mathis.—Darrel
Ironton, Mo., May 31—William and Arthur Spaugh,
wanted for the murder of Sheriff Polk were captured
this morning after a desperate fight during which Deputy
Sheriff Marshall was shot in the arm. Blood
hounds and a posse have hunted the men for weeks.
Last night, about 10 o’clock, a shooting scrape occurred on Commercial Avenue near Eleventh Street, in which Wade Hampton was probably fatally wounded by two negroes named John Sims and Sid Matthews. The affair was the expected climax to the “celebrating” which was done by several thousand negroes in Cairo yesterday.
Hampton was walking along the street with an uncle when the two negroes jostled the latter. Hampton turned around and asked them if there was not room enough on the sidewalk without running over a fellow. At this statements one of the negroes pulled a gun and fired the charge into Hampton’s breast.
The negroes at once took to their heels, but policemen who were near by heard the shooting and captured the men before they could make their escape.
This morning before Judge Ross, they were bound over to await the action of the grand jury, at its next term of court in the sum of $2,000 each.
Hampton is in a precarious condition at St. Mary’s Infirmary and it is thought that he will die.
Wiliford Clemmons, a young
colored man living three miles east of town (Wetaug) died
last week with small pox. He had a brother attending
the normal at Carbondale who contracted the disease there or
somewhere and came home and inoculated the whole family.
They are leading citizens of their neighborhood and their
misfortune is to be regretted.
(Monroe Joshua Miller married Amelia Lovina
Mowery on 23 Mar 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.
She was born 18 Feb 1857, and died 30 May 1905,
according to the family Bible of her parents, David
Mowery and Elizabeth Dillow.—Darrel Dexter)
(James W. Mason married Jennie E. McIntyre
on 12 Feb 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Charles J. Stack married Maude P. Mason
on 2 Oct 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 2 Jun 1905:
Judge John H. Mulkey is reported to be very low at Metropolis and he has sent for Father Pieper, who was formerly in charge of the Catholic church there. Father Pieper left on the Fowler this afternoon.
Friends of the judge all over Southern Illinois will hope to
hear that he may rally again and survive still longer,
although it is feared that such is hardly to be expected.
(William W. Breysacher died 3 Jun 1905, and was
buried in section F grave 4681C at Mound City National
Death relieved Engineer Barlow’s sufferings at 8:30 o’clock Friday night, says the Mt. Carmel Republican.
Engineer Barlow was the oldest engineer on the road, having remained with the Cairo division from the old Cairo and Vincennes days through successive changes until the present time. He was one of the company’s best and most trusted men and had held a passenger run since the year 1881. While his home was in Danville, the exigencies of railroad service required him to spend a great portion of his time in Mt. Carmel and he resided here several years. Practically everybody knew and liked him. Mr. Barlow leaves a wife and daughter, both of whom have many friends in Mt. Carmel.
The injuries of Fireman Floyd, who was in the wreck
with the dead engineer, while severe, are not dangerous and
he will be all right again in a short time. The bones
in one of his forearms are broken.
It is said there were six cars on the switch and that Engineer Barlow’s engine plowed through all but one of them.
Engineer Barlow carried life insurance to the amount
of $3,000 in the engineers’ order.
The Woodmen of the World held a memorial service at Beech Grove Cemetery Sunday afternoon, which was attended by a large number of the members of the order from Cairo, Mounds, Wickliffe, and Bird’s Point. The occasion was the dedication of a monument at the grave of their brother, E. D. Bell, who was the first one of Sycamore camp to pass away. The Greater Cairo Band was engaged and Judge William N. Butler made a most appropriate address, paying a tribute to secret orders, which he said had their mission as handmaidens of the church, the one great order. The impressive ritual of the order was read and a number of beautiful floral pieces were placed upon the grave. The Woodmen went upon the regular train and returned on the suburban.
The Woodmen of the World is the only order which erects
monuments upon the graves of its deceased members, and this
was the first occasion for the local camp. The
monument is a handsome stone of red granite and bears the
seal of the order upon a copper plate, besides the regular
(Valentine Resch married Elizabeth Klein on 26
Dec 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Herman Schmetzstorf married Elizabeth Resch
on 10 Jul 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Elizabeth Thrupp, one of Cairo’s oldest and most esteemed residents, passed away yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o’clock at her home, No. 608 Washington Avenue.
The deceased had been ill for about ten days and her death was due to a complication of diseases, of which erysipelas was probably the foremost. She was 72 years old.
Mrs. Thrupp was the widow of the late Charles Thrupp and came to Cairo about forty years ago. She was well known in Cairo and leaves a wide circle of friends who will mourn her loss. The deceased is survived by her daughter, Miss Theo Thrupp, and two sons, Messrs. William Thrupp of Cairo, and Edward Thrupp, of Caruthersville, Mo.
Mrs. Thrupp was a kind, Christian woman and much beloved by her many friends.
The husband of the deceased died about five years ago. He was a civil engineer and platted the oldest portions of the city of Cairo.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Church
of the Redeemer and the remains taken to Beech Grove
Cemetery for interment.
(Thomas E. O’Shea married Winnifred R. Marrell
on 2 Feb 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died—Sunday, June 11, Winifred Ineze O’Shea, aged 14
years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. O’Shea, of
2214 Walnut Street. Funeral will be held from the
house to St. Joseph’s Church tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at
8:30 o’clock. Train will leave foot of Eighteenth
Street after the services at the church for Villa Ridge
cemetery, where interment will be held. Friends of the
family are invited to attend.
The St. Louis Globe Democrat says:
Rev. George W. Waggoner, a Methodist preacher for fifty-six years and an intimate friend and collaborator of Peter Cartwright, the pioneer Methodist circuit rider, died at his home in Upper Alton Sunday morning at 4 o’clock from old age. He would have been 85 years of age on Aug. 15, next. He was one of the original members of the Southern Illinois Methodist Episcopal Conference, only three of whom survive—Rev. Hiram Scarritt, of Cleveland, Rev. Thomas Eaton, of Kansas City, Kan., and Rev. J. A. Scarritt, of Cairo.
During his more than half century of work as circuit rider, local preacher, pastor and superannuated minister, he is said to have organized more new churches and built more houses of worship than any other preacher in the conference. Until a few weeks before his death he continued to preach occasionally and preformed marriage ceremonies. His death had been expected for several days. Among his last utterances was a quotation from the Apostle Paul, “Our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed.”
He belonged to the old school of pastors, who did not write their sermons, but relied solely on his memory. During his career as pastor, he was always returned to his congregations at least once, with one exception. Three weeks ago he preached his last sermon to a congregation at Piasa, Ill. He carefully preserved an old gold pen with which, during forty years, he made records of every marriage and death which he ministered. He would permit no one to use the pen and often refused offers from newly married couples to buy it after their certificates had been signed.
He was born at Knoxville, Tenn., August 15, 1820, and moved to Brighton, Ill., seventy-one years ago. He was ordained at Jacksonville. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Eckart, of Jerseyville, and Mrs. Mary Holloway, of Piasa, and one brother, James Waggoner, of Brighton. He leaves also one daughter, Mrs. Harriet N. White, of Upper Alton, with whom he lived. Just before his death he made all arrangements for his funeral and his wishes will be fully complied with.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from the upper Alton Methodist church. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. H. Ford, of Granite City, presiding elder, assisted by the pastors of Alton district conference. The funeral sermon will be preached by Rev. T. H. Herman, D. D., of Lebanon, an old friends of the deceased.
(George W. Waggoner married Mary Clough on 15
Feb 1843, in Madison Co., Ill.
Robert A. Holloway married Mary C. Waggoner
on 2 Mar 1854, in Madison Co., Ill.
Conrad White married Hattie L. Waggoner
on 9 Mar 1867, in Bond Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Loyd—Entered into rest on Sunday, June 11, 1905, at 12:30 p.m. after a lingering illness, Anna M. Loyd (nee Poillmann) beloved wife of Robert J. Loyd and beloved mother of Margaret E., Mildred R., Robert W., and Luceille E. Loyd. Funeral will take place Wednesday June 14, at 1:30 p.m. from the family residence, 4145 Magnolia Avenue, to St. Peter’s Cemetery. Friends invited to attend.
(Robert J. Loyd married Anna M. Pollman on 13
Aug 1890, in Madison Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death relieved the sufferings of Mr. Thomas L. Lee, at 6:30 o’clock this morning, after an illness, which was the outcome of a fall, which he received on an icy pavement about three years ago.
His left ankle was injured by the fall and sarcomo and blood poison set in. Everything possible was done to relieve the patient’s sufferings and to save his life.
About five weeks ago, it was found necessary to amputate his left leg at the knee, but this failed to restore the health of the patient and he passed away early this morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
The deceased is survived by his wife and one son, Will Lee, besides a sister, Mrs. Risk, living in Indiana, and a brother, Mr. James Lee, residing in Paducah.
Until the time of the accident, Mr. Lee was engaged in the wallpaper business on Eighth Street, and later removed to Washington Avenue near Twelfth Street.
Mr. Lee was a kind and loving husband and father and has a large number of friends, all of whom will regret his death and mourn his loss.
The deceased was a member of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. No. 224 who will have charge of the remains.
The remains were taken to Paducah this afternoon where they will be interred tomorrow afternoon in Oak Grove Cemetery with Odd Fellows honors in the family lot.
Mr. Lee formerly resided in Paducah, having come to Cairo about twelve years ago.
The deceased would have been 56 years old, had he lived
until August 28th. He resided with his wife
and son at No. 215 Twelfth Street.
The following is taken from the Los Angeles Herald, June 8:
Following an illness of several weeks, Mrs. Elizabeth Schmetztorff, a prominent member of the Rebekah Order, and one of the foremost charity and church workers of Los Angeles, died at the family home on South Grand Avenue Tuesday afternoon.
The deceased for the past four years since her arrival in
Los Angeles had been an able worker of the congregation of
the Broadway Christian Church and a host of friends and
relatives mourn her loss.
A sad even connected with the death Mrs. Schmetztorff for that her eldest son, Rudolph, a well known newspaper advertising man of the southwest, was in Japan at the time of her illness and only reached Los Angeles several days before his mother’s death.
Mrs. Schmetztorff was born in Germany sixty years ago. At the age of seven years, she was brought to America by her parents and lived first in St. Louis and later in Cairo, Ill., where she was married to her husband July 10, 1870.
A long work of sacrifice in behalf of her friends and children marked the life of this good woman. Her husband died nearly twenty years ago and since that time until her children were grown the support of herself and her little ones was bravely borne by her.
A brother, Valentine Resch, of Cairo, her children,
Mrs. D. C. McLarty, Rudolph F. Schmetztorff,
of the Edward Silent Company of Los Angeles, Elsie Maris,
Harry L., and Benjamin F., survive her.
(Wilford M. Penrod married Olive C. Dayvault
on 6 Mar 1890, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in Friendship Cemetery near Dongola reads:
Clide E. son of Wilford & Olive C. Penrod Died
June 11, 1905 Aged 12 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 13 Dys.—Darrel
Last evening, about 6:30 o’clock, while Albert DeBaun and Harry Stout, two boys, were fishing in the Ohio River near Twentieth Street, they noticed the body of a man floating down the river.
They threw out a line and caught the floater which proved to be the remains of Mr. James Meehan, Sr. The deceased, who had been missing from home since last Sunday, had in some manner fallen into the river and drowned.
Coroner McManus was notified and held an inquest over the remains. There were no marks of violence found on his body and it is thought that he was sitting along the river, as was his custom, and that he either became ill or fell asleep and fell into the river.
The remains were removed to the undertaking rooms of Mrs. M.
E. Feith and prepared for burial.
He is survived by his son, Mr. Thomas Meehan, and two daughters, Mrs. William Magner of this city, and Mrs. Charles Hewitt, of St. Louis. His brother, Thomas Meehan, Sr., also survives him. The deceased was an uncle of former alderman James Meehan.
The funeral was held this afternoon from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. William Magner, and the remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
(William M. Magner married Mary A. Meehan on
13 Nov 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Charles W. Hewitt married Neelie Meehan
on 25 Jul 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Ed H. Bentiff married Anna B. Holmes on 15
Nov 1875, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Camden, Ark., June 20—A mob took from the jail this morning
the negro who shot Policeman Newman and carried him
across the river. Incoming passengers saw the body of
the negro dangling from a tree near the roadside, where the
mob had hanged him.
(A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
A. E., Ralph, Rora, The Children of Mr. and Mrs.
Calvin Miller.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant child of Otis Woodward
died Saturday morning of cholera infantum. The funeral
service was conducted from the Baptist church and the body
was laid to rest in Beechwood Cemetery. (Mounds)
(Richard C. Hill married Louisa H. Schofield
on 8 Dec 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
An elopement, which developed into a tragedy, occurred at East Cape Girardeau, Alexander County, Tuesday, when Charles Adams was killed by Charles Parker.
Parker had eloped with Miss Annie Smith, Adams’ stepdaughter. After the wedding had been performed, they returned to Illinois, having crossed into Missouri, where the ceremony was performed, and went to the home of the girl’s parents to be forgiven.
Instead of parental forgiveness and blessing, which they had hoped to receive, they were treated with harsh and angry words, which finally led to the stepfather attacking the young man with a large knife.
Parker wanted to avoid trouble and ran out into the yard, but Adams followed him and with a rush attempted to cut him with the knife.
Parker seeing an ax on the ground, picked it up and warded off Adams’ blow. In doing so, he struck the latter over the head with the sharp edge of the ax killing him instantly.
Coroner James McManus of Cairo received a along distance message about the affair from one of his deputies, Justice Grant Edmundson, of East Cape, and the latter summoned a jury and held the inquest.
The jury returned a verdict exonerating Parker from all blame contending that he had killed Adams in self-defense.
Mr. Charles E. Johnson, foreman of the emergency department of the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, died very suddenly this morning at his home, No. 418 Thirty-third Street.
Saturday, Mr. Johnson was overcome by the heat while at his work at the Chicago Mill, but he did not tell the members of his family about it, nor his friends, and had not complained to them of feeling bad.
Yesterday morning he left his home at the usual hour to get to his work. He seemed to be feeling well, although he had complained to his wife of feeling a little nervous, but little was thought of this at the time.
About 9 o’clock Mr. Johnson called one of his men to him and told him to look after things, as he was going away to be gone a few minutes and would soon be back.
Nothing more was seen of Mr. Johnson during the day, and when it was learned that he had not gone to his home, it was feared that he had met with some accident about the mill.
A search was made over the premises, but the missing man could not be found.
About 6 o’clock a long distance telephone message to Hebsacker’s drug store, gave the information that Mr. Johnson had been found lying by the roadside about a mile and a half above Villa Ridge by two negroes who had taken him to the office of Dr. Royal at Villa Ridge. Relatives were notified, as were also employees of the Chicago Mill.
Messrs. C. L. Berry and T. B. Farrin of the Chicago Mill, left for Villa Ridge on hearing the news and brought Mr. Johnson home on the 10:55 train.
He was taken to his home, No. 418 Thirty-third Street, where he died at 12:15 o’clock having never regained consciousness.
How the deceased reached Villa Ridge is a mystery. Another mysterious incident in connection with the sad affair is that his gold watch and ring were missing when he was taken to Dr. Royal’s office. Two negroes found him by the roadside and carried him into the town, but whether or not they stole the watch and ring is not known. There were no marks of violence on deceased’s person to show that he had been assaulted.
Four doctors were called, but although they did everything in their power to restore the unconscious man to his normal health, it was of no avail.
The deceased is survived by his wife and four children, three daughters and one son. They are Ethel, aged 17 years; Edna, aged 13 years; Clarence, aged 10 years; and Mable, aged 5 years. He has a sister, Mrs. Culley B. McKnight, of No. 412 Thirty-fourth Street, and a half sister, Mrs. Lena Davis, who resides in California.
The deceased was 40 years of age last April. He was a good Christian man and a kind and loving husband and father. He was held in the highest esteem by his many friend and acquaintances and was a highly respected citizen.
His wife and little children are nearly prostrated over his sudden and untimely death, which was a severe shock to all his relatives and friends.
Mr. Johnson was born in Wakely County, Ky., but came to Cairo when 15 years of age and has resided here ever since.
A brother and sister of Mrs. Johnson are expected to
arrive to attend the funeral, which will be held tomorrow
afternoon from the Christian church at 2:00 o’clock.
The remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, June 23. Remains will be taken from the family residence, No. 418 Thirty-third Street, at 1 o’clock p.m. for the Christian church, where services will be held at 2 o’clock. Funeral train will leave foot of Eighteenth Street at 2:45 p.m. for Beech Grove Cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Will Apply for Pardon—Al
Brown, the youngest of the three Brown
brothers of Olive Branch, who were sentenced to a term in
the Chester penitentiary for the murder of Deputy Sheriff
Miles Coleman about four years ago, has made
application for a pardon. The matter will come before
the State Board of Pardons at the July session. Judge
W. S. Dewey is Brown’s attorney.
Brown was sentenced to serve 20 years in the
penitentiary for his part of the crime, while his older
brothers, Columbus better known as “Lum,” and Harmon were
each given a life sentence.
One of the victims of the Lake Shore disaster was Mr. E. E. Naugle, brother of Mr. J. A. Naugle, of Guaymas, Mexico. Mr. Naugle was president of the Naugle Tie Company of Chicago.
Mrs. J. A. Naugle will attend the funeral as soon as
she learned of the arrangements.
Mrs. C. E. Johnson desires to express for herself and
her children their deep gratitude and appreciation for the
kindness and sympathy shown them by their many friends in
their great bereavement.
The many friends of Mr. John Cantwell, son of the late Nicholas Cantwell, of Fiftieth Street, were shocked to learn of his death, which occurred Saturday evening, about 7:30 o’clock.
On June 9, 1905, Mr. Cantwell was thrown from the cab of a Big Four switch engine when the latter jumped the track near Twenty-fifth Street in the wreck in which Engineer George Gibson and Engine Foreman John Brewster were killed.
Mr. Cantwell complained of a sprained back, but he was able to get about and little was thought of the injuries he sustained at the time. Former Engineer Sam Wessinger was also in the wreck, but jumped out in time to save his life.
Mr. Cantwell’s condition gradually grew worse until it developed that he had broken three ribs and was injured internally. His spine was also affected and he was partially paralyzed. Since that time he has been an invalid and unable to work, growing weaker all the time.
A few weeks ago he took a trip to California in hope that he might be relieved of his sufferings, but was only slightly benefited.
Saturday he became worse and died as stated about 7:30 o’clock in the evening.
The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Emma Cantwell, for sisters, Mrs. F. M. Harrell, Mrs. Fred Cox, of this city, and Mrs. Will Halley, and Mrs. Burford, of Louisville, Ky. Three brothers also survive him. They are George Cantwell, Edward Cantwell, and Robert Cantwell.
The deceased was a well-known young man and held in the highest esteem by all his friends and his untimely death is deeply regretted by all whom knew him, but find consolation in the fact that his sufferings are now over.
The deceased was 27 years old.
The wreck in which the deceased was injured was caused by rotten ties and a broken fishplate, which allowed the rails to spread, derailing the engine and cars. Mr. Cantwell was fireman of the ill-fated engine.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the house and the remains taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment. Rev. Scarritt, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate.
(Nicholas Cantwell married Emma L. Yocum on 2
Sep 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Francis Marion Harrell married Maude Edna
Cantwell on 19 Sep 1899, in Saline Co., Ill.
Stonewall J. Burford married Eva M.
Cantwell on 19 Mar 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
If the testimony is true, which was given this afternoon in Judge Ross’ court at the preliminary hearing of Charles Parks, who is charged with the murder of George Adams, at East Cape Girardeau last Tuesday, the case is simply a cold-blooded murder.
A number of witnesses were examined, the most important of whom for the prosecution was Mrs. Adams, wife of the deceased murdered man.
After the witnesses had all been examined, the court announced that Parks would be held to await the action of the grand jury at the next term of circuit court. Being unable to give bond, Parks was committed back to jail.
John Smith, the first witness to be examined, stated that Parks and Adams had some difficulty in which Adams swore at Parks and threatened to take his daughter, whom Parks had married, back home. In a scuffle which followed,Parks picked up an ax and struck Adams three times, killing him with the third blow. After Parks had done this, Smith said that Parks turned to Mrs. Adams and said: “There’s your man, take him.”
Stokey Bolen was the next to testify. He said that he had not seen the affair, but had arrived after it had happened. He examined Adams’ head and saw where he had been struck on the left side of the head with a blunt instrument. He said that he afterward overheard John Smith say to Parks: “You ought not to have killed that man. If it wasn’t so much trouble, I could clear you.”
Mr. Bolen said that Parks remarked when asked the question by Mr. Bolen as to where they were going to bury Adams, “I don’t give a ___. They can drag him out, sprinkle some sand on him and let the buzzards eat him, for all I care.”
Miss Phoebe Smith, who testified, stated that Parks had gone to the porch and picked up an ax and went towards Adams, that Adams had not made any steps at all toward Parks. He struck Adams three times. The first blow in the left breast or stomach, the second blow in the back which staggered him and the third blow was struck after Adams had fallen. The third blow struck Adams in the head and killed him.
Mrs. Adams then testified saying that there had been no ill feeling between the two men at all as had been stated. The whole trouble started from an incident in the road. Mr. Adams’ wagon was blocking the road and Parks asked him to move. This angered Adams and he asked who was driving and that he would take his daughter back if Parks got gay.
Parks stated that he would take his wife to the house and come back and attend to him. He let his wife get out of the buggy and when he stepped out Mr. Adams grabbed hold of his collar.
Parks jerked loose and went to the porch, where he picked up an ax and came back and dealt Mr. Adams the three fatal blows.
Mrs. Adams stated that her husband did not have his hand in his pockets at all and had made no threats about killing Parks.
Mrs. Adams stated that Parks told her after the murder that he hated to kill her husband, but he was no more than a grog.
Parks was called upon to testify and told a story that contradicted those of the witnesses. He claimed as was stated in The Citizen several days ago, that Adams had the ax and was about to strike him, when he warded off the blow and killed him.
The court concluded that the evidence was strong enough to hold him responsible for the crime and he was held without bond.
Mr. William Carey, who was in
this city to attend the funeral of Mr. C. E. Johnson,
has returned to his home at Paducah.
Charleston, Mo., June 28.—A severe electrical and rainstorm passed over this city early this morning. Several public buildings were struck by lightning and more or less damage done.
On a farm near Charleston, five men who had been threshing,
sought shelter in a tent during the rain. Lighting
struck the tent, instantly killing one of the men named
Stuart, whose home was in Mt. Vernon, Ind., and
seriously injuring the others. One is probably fatally
was about 76 years of age. For the past thirty years
he had resided on the place where he was killed. Mr.
Egbert has always been in robust health and always
managed his farm work despite his advanced age. He was
well known in the northwestern part of Jackson County.—Murphysboro
It was decided to hold a post mortem and City Physician Bass and County Physician Pendley cut down to the skull. They found that although there was not a mark or other sign of injury in the outside of the head, the skull was crushed almost as an eggshell.
Officer Churchill started Sunday morning at Maxon’s
Mill he saw Marable going down the railroad track and
the officer rode in ahead of him and affected his arrest,
Marable not attempting to get away when he saw the
officer had him cornered.—Paducah Sun
The duel was the result of a quarrel over money. Spink lost $108 several weeks ago and it is claimed that Walters took it. They had had a few words on several occasions but never came to blows or threatened each other until Saturday night.
Both men died within a few minutes after having emptied the
contents of their pistols into each other and the Walters
child which was critically ill, passed away two hours
Springfield News: Quite unexpectedly, although she had been ill for some time, Mrs. Katherine Simon, the wife of Prof. John Simon, of the Concordia College, died Monday at 6 o’clock in the evening at the age of 65 years, 6 months and 25 days. She was the daughter of Mr. John George Anweiller and his wife, Margaretha and was born in Monroe County, Michigan, April 13th, she was united in marriage to John Simon, with whom she spent 47 years of happy life, in which God gave her ten children, of whom three are dead and several living.
Mrs. Simon was a faithful, beloved wife, a loving mother and untiring in her homemaking. She was good to the poor and suffering. Never did a needy person seek aid in vain at her door. Since her childhood she was a faithful member of the German Lutheran church. In 1881 she came with her husband to Springfield, he being called as professor at Concordia College. July 22, 1904, she was stricken with paralysis. In the last few days, however, she has been gaining and feeling so well that her family were sustaining hopes of renewed health, but Monday evening at 6 o’clock again she was stricken unexpectedly this time at the heart. With the words of a prayer by her husband she went to sleep, quiet and still and calm in her religion, just as she had lived. Her children are John Simon, of Arcadia, Mich., Henry Simon, of Detroit, William Simon, of Cairo, Ill., Dr. Edward Simon, of this city, and Mrs. Fred Yazell, Mrs. Anton Piper and Mrs. Hedig Vose, of this city. She leaves also her husband, one sister in Wisconsin, and two brothers in Michigan, eight grandchildren and many relatives.
The remains were interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ernest Waterman, of Mounds, a lad of 15 years, died about 6 o’clock this morning from injuries which he received about a week ago while engaged in a sham battle with a number of other boys. The boys had found a lot of empty shells and were shooting them at one another and as one of them explained afterward, “were repeating the Japanese-Russian war.”
was hit in the side with one of the shells which was loaded
with powder and died from the injury this morning.
(His marker in Woodlawn Cemetery at Carbondale reads:
John H. White Died Feb. 15, 1862 Lt. Col. 31
Ill. Inf.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Gleason married Helen James on 20 Feb
1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Eugene A. Bostian married Maggie Gleason
on 28 Aug 1895, in Union Co., Ill.
A. W. Brown married Alice James on 16
Oct 1871, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Helen E. wife of John Gleason Born Jan. 23,
1857 Died July 1, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Frederick Sticher was held this
afternoon and the remains taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for
interment. The funeral was largely attended by the
friends of the deceased. The floral offerings were
numerous and very beautiful.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Harry W. son of Peter & K. Neff Born Aug. 6,
1884 Died July 8, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
At the examining trial in Wickliffe, 5th, so
strong was the circumstantial evidence incriminating the
stepfather and mother of the little girl that threat of
lynching both were publicly made, the prevalent opinion
being that it was cold-blooded murder committed by one or
the other of the acused. A warrant was issued for the
woman, but before it could be served her brother skipped out
with her. We learn that Judge Moore, who tried
the case, had the prisoner removed to another county for
safekeeping. He was held without bail to appear before
the grand jury. That body will now but prove the foul
crime to its depths and from all accounts can secure proof
to convict both. There is not a particle of doubt in
the mind of the public that both are guilty of the most
horrible and brutal murder ever committed in the county.
At 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon the remains of the late Judge John H. Mulkey will be laid at rest at Metropolis. It is likely that a number of the members of the Cairo bar will attend the funeral to pay their last act of respect to the departed.
Judge Mulkey died at 6 o’clock Sunday evening at his home in Metropolis. He had been in failing health for some time, and it had been feared by his friends for some time that he could not long survive.
Judge Mulkey was 81 years of age. A native of Kentucky, he came to Illinois with his parents while a boy and they settled in Franklin County. He served in the Mexican War, taught school on his return home, and studied law and was admitted to practice in 1857 in Perry County. In 1860 he came to Cairo and soon after was made judge of the court of common pleas. During the Civil War period, he had changed his residence to Jonesboro and served on the circuit bench. He held court in this county, and the records at the court house show that he presided during the year 1864 and 1865, how much longer we are unable to learn. He was elected to the supreme bench of the state in 1879 and served for one term of nine years, when he was succeeded by Judge Baker.
Judge Mulkey was at one time a law partner of Judge Baker, and later was a member of the from of Mulkey, Lineager and Lansden.
Since his retirement from the bench Judge Mulkey has
lived quietly at his home at Metropolis.
Judge Mulkey is survived by his two sons, William C.
Mulkey, of East St. Louis, and C. L. V. Mulkey, of
Metropolis, and one daughter, Vera. Attorney Angus
Leek and Dr. J. H. Davis, of Cairo, were related
(William H. Poole married Maude Mary Cullum.
D. Allison Parker married Fannie E.
Cullum on 4 Oct 1893, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Jesse M. Gains, a former Mound City boy, was killed at Marissa, Ill., last Tuesday by an Illinois Central freight train. He was cut in two and his right arm was severed from his body. The remains reached Mound City this morning and the funeral was held this afternoon, with interment at the National Cemetery. Rev. A. J. Littell, pastor of the Methodist church, had charge of the obsequies.
The deceased was 29 years of age and a son of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Gains. He served two years in the Spanish American War serving his country in the Philippine Islands. He was a member of Company F, First Tennessee Regiment.
The deceased was a painter by trade and was a member of the
Painters’ Union of East St. Louis.
(Jesse M. Gaines, a corporal in the U.S. Army, died
11 Jul 1905, and was buried at Mound City National Cemetery,
Section F grave 4681D.—Darrel Dexter)
(William H. Ridenhour married Sarah A. Carter
on 15 Jan 1865, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:
Elmer A. Ridenhour Born May 2, 1887 Died July
10, 1905. A
precious one from us has gone; A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled.
Although the body slumbers here The soul is safe in
(This may be the wife of James R. Solomon, who
married Martha Stages on 10 Feb 1890, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
McLeansboro, Ill., July 15.—Two freight trains on the
Louisville and Nashville collided head on this morning near
Epworth, Ind. Lorin Coker, of McLeanville,
and the engineer and fireman were killed.
Monday, 17 Jul 1905:
It will interest Cairo people to know that yesterday I conducted funeral services in honor of Col. G. M. Alden. He came here from Cairo nearly ten years ago. His wife died here several years ago. His sons, Leon, of Dallas, and Wilbur, of Barham, Louisiana, were with him at his death. These are the only children of Mr. and Mrs. Alden. There are a number of grandchildren, one of whom, Nannie, the daughter of Leon, is married to Mr. Grier, who was here at the funeral. Their home is Anna, Texas, not far north of Dallas, as this town is not far south of it.
Mr. and Mrs. Alden maintained the same high Christian character here as in Cairo and were active in church work, in the promotion of the temperance and in other lines of effort for the betterment of the world. Their memory is greatly revered. The Odd Fellows conducted the services of the grave yesterday. Mr. Alden retained his membership in the Cairo Lodge.
Lancaster is the place to which my parents came in 1861, when I was a student at Princeton, N.J. Some portion of the family has been here ever since. A. Bledsoe, whose wife was my aunt, came from Missouri about 1846 and founded the town, naming it for his native place in Kentucky, and laying it out upon the same absurd plan of a square with streets coming from the four points of the compass, and with closed corner.
Uncle A. (That big letter was all the given name he had) became quite unpopular by standing for the Union during the war and being a Republican afterward, but now his memory is held in great honor by Texans of all parties, because of the heroic conduct by which he is said to have defeated a scheme to rob the state of six million dollars. His signature as comptroller was necessary and that signature could not be obtained by cajolery, bribery, or intimidation. The grand old man died poor, and on his deathbed told my brother John that the final offer made to him for his signature was a million dollars. It greatly cheered his dying hours to remember that he had resisted the temptation to grow so enormously rich by treason to the people who trusted him.
Another man died not very long ago in whose integrity I have
on my annual visits found Texas to have unbounded
confidence. In spite of his having been a U. S.
senator as well as postmaster general of the Confederacy,
they nearly always spoke of him by a humble title under
which they had come to love him, Judge Reagan
(pronounced Raygan). If he had ever become connected
with any transaction of doubtful honesty, I believe some of
these people would have expected the heavens to fall.
It is rather strange in this fiercely Democratic state to
hear a great deal of the same sort of confidence expressed
in the pure motives of Theodore Roosevelt. May
he retain to the end of his life that sort of confidence on
the part of the people of all sections. I believe it
possible even in public life, for a man to “provide things
honest in the sight of all men.” I also believe that
the man who gains that reputation by deserving it and hands
it down to coming ages, is all things considered, the only
really wise politician.
(Tellis Theodore Lentz married Lillie M.
Mowery on 13 Apr 1898, in Union Co., Ill.
Rudolph S. Udell married Jennie E. Lentz
on 8 May 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Daniel Horner married Hettie Lentz on 1
Jan 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug
reads: Tellis T.
Lentz Born May 7, 1875 Died July 7,1905.
Dying is but going home.--Darrel Dexter)
(Leonidas J. Dodd married L. Minnie Miller on
29 May 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
A marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Ondeen R. Dodds Born July 31,1904 Died
July 16, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
A cutting scrape occurred this morning on Twenty-fourth Street between Commercial and Poplar, and as a result, Jim Caruthers lies at the point of death while Rogers, the man who did the cutting, has made his escape and has not been arrested at this time.
The neighbors say that Rogers acted in self-defense and uphold him in his crime. They say that Caruthers entered Rogers’ house this morning and after calling him a long list of vile names, jumped upon him and beat him up quite badly. Rogers then grabbed up a knife and cut Caruthers several times about the face and body.
Caruthers is said to be fatally wounded and is in a precarious condition.
made his escape after the cutting and has not been heard
from up to this time.
Henry Bernstein, the well-known clothier, died this
afternoon at 4:45 o’clock after an illness of several weeks’
duration of a complication of diseases.
The death of Henry Bernstein last evening was a great shock to everyone in Cairo who knew him, that means a large portion of the population. That his genial smile, his kindly greeting was no more to be met by his friends seems hard to realize.
Mr. Bernstein had been in poor health for a long time. His ailment, from which he could get no permanent relief, required an operation. He always feared this as he did not think his heart action was strong enough to withstand the shock. He had been confined to his home for a number of days and preparations had been made by Mrs. Bernstein to take him away, in the hope that the change would be beneficial, but he was never able to stand the trip when the time came to go.
The end came suddenly Friday afternoon without warning to himself or to his family and friends. He had arisen to his feet when he fell over and would have been precipitated to the floor had not his wife caught him. Physicians were summoned and they found life extinct. He went as he feared he would, by the failure of his heart to act.
Henry Bernstein was fifty years old, and was a native of Prussia. Coming to America at the age of 9, he spent his youth and early manhood in Staunton and Murphysboro, Ill., conducting a store at the latter place. He was in business here and then removed to East St. Louis, returning to this city where he again embarked in the clothing business at Eighth and Commercial. He was a shrewd businessman and amassed considerable means, which he wisely invested in real estate. He owned his home, the fine residence built by the late Dr. Arter at 416 Tenth Street and also owned the building occupied by Ashley’s Saloon on Commercial Avenue. He had besides other investments.
Mr. Bernstein was married in Murphysboro twenty-five years ago and his widow survives him. His other relatives are an uncle in Murphysboro and a cousin Sol Hammer in St. Louis.
The deceased was a member of the Cairo Lodge of Elks, of the Murphysboro Lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Monteflore congregation.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence Sunday afternoon and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge for interment. Rabbi B. Sadler will conduct the services.
The honorary pallbearers are Thomas J. Kerth, W. S.
Simpson, Charles Pink, S. K. Cohn, Dr.
Morrison, N. Goldsmith, A. W. Neff, M.
J. Howley, G. P. Crabtree, A. Comings,
Frank E. Davis.
Future City was the scene of a murder last night in which Frank Whitehead, colored, was fatally stabbed by another negro named Joe Thomas.
The tragedy was a sequel to some trouble between the two men’s wives.
The affair took place in the camp of the Halli Buron Construction Company, above the bridge.
Whitehead and Thomas were employed on the bridge fill, having come here from Mississippi with the contractors. The two women engaged in a quarrel over a box that was used as a seat in a card game. The Thomas woman got the best of the scuffle and inflicted a slight wound upon the Whitehead woman’s face. After they had fought several rounds they were separated and the fight declared off. The women returned to their tents.
A short time later the husbands of the female pugilists took up the fight and arming themselves, went in search of one another. The men met, rushed at each other and clinched, and while in this attitude, Thomas stuck his knife into Whitehead’s neck, severing an artery and jugular vein.
Whitehead fell to the ground and died form the loss of blood a few movements later.
Thomas and his better half made a hasty departure and have not been seen since.
Coroner James McManus held an inquest and rendered a
verdict in accordance with the facts in the case.
Died, Friday, July 28, 1905, Henry Bernstein, aged 50 years.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 416 Tenth Street, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30th, conducted by Rabbi B. Sadler and remains will be taken by special train from foot of Eight Street at 2:45 p.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Henry Bernstein Born in Czarinkaid Prov. of
Posen, Germany 22 December 1855 Died 23 July 1905, in
Cairo, Illinois.—Darrel Dexter)
To Alexander Lodge No. 224, I. O. O. F., Safford Lodge No.
67 I. O. O. F. and all visiting members. You are
requested to meet at Safford Hall at 1 o’clock p.m. sharp
Sunday, July 30, 1905, to attend the funeral of our late
brother, Henry Bernstein.
A special meeting of Cairo lodge No. 651 B. P. O. Elks will
be held this (Saturday) evening at 8 o’clock sharp to
arrange for attending the funeral of our late brother, Henry
Bernstein. All members are earnestly requested
(Henry Harrison Hunsaker married Eliza Catharine
Martin on 8 Jan 1873, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Her marker in Baumgard Cemetery reads:
Eliza C. Hunsaker Born April 19, 1853 Died
July 29, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Paducah, Ky., Aug. 3—H. E. Loving, a prominent banker and capitalist, shot and killed H. A. Rose, a lumber dealer at 10 o’clock this morning in his office on Broadway, and then gave himself up to the police. Three shots were fired, two striking Rose in the forehead and the third in his left side. Rose died 30 minutes later.
The trouble grew out of the exposure of the theft of several cars of lumber by Rose, who was president of the Kentucky Mill and Lumber Company. Loving was one of the principal stockholders. He suspected something wrong and he hired a detective who found that Rose had stolen two cars of lumber from the company and sold them in Chicago for $1,100 in his own name. Rose was confronted with the charge in Cairo last Friday, and had $900 of the money on his person at the time. Saturday Rose sold out to Loving and an effort was made to hush the matter up. Tuesday the News Democrat exposed the whole story and Rose tried to get Loving to publish a denial. This he refused to do. Rose went into Loving’s office this morning and again attempted to get a signature to denial. As he stepped into Loving’s private office the latter walked out and went home and got a pistol. Returning he found Rose still there and he entered the room and closed the door. Three shots were then heard and Loving came out and gave himself up.
He was held for murder and will be given a preliminary
hearing tomorrow morning. Public sympathy seems to be
Paducah, Ky., Aug. 4.—The coroner’s inquest over the remains
of H. A. Rose, who was shot by H. H. Loving
yesterday morning was still in progress at 3 o’clock this
afternoon. The testimony was very much mixed.
The evidence was brought out that the first shot fired was
the one, which struck Rose in the body and went
through the spinal column. He was heard to give a
groan before the other shots struck him in the head.
Paducah, Ky., Aug. 7.—The preliminary hearing of the murder charge case against H. H. Loving, who shot and killed H. A. Rose Thursday was concluded Saturday night and D. A. Cross, special judge, held him to answer, fixing his bond at $10,000. Loving’s friends were shocked at the court’s action, as they expected an acquittal. Loving gave bond.
Loving swore that Rose had a pistol and pulled it partially out of his pocket when he entered the private office where he was talking to V. J. Bloom, of Louisville. He said when he returned he supposed that he also had a pistol, but went away, and Rose was gone. As he entered, Rose, he said, jumped off a table and with his hand on his hip pocket, exclaimed, “You ___ ___ ___ ___: I’ll fix you now.” Loving then fired three shots.
Coroner Crow says he found no pistol on Rose.
Rose boarded at the coroner’s home. According to
Crow he loaned Rose a pistol two weeks ago.
It was proved that Rose often carried a gun.
Two negroes named Harry Taylor and Alex McGee respectively, became involved in a cutting scrape last night on Twentieth Street near Poplar. As is usually the case in such instances, a woman was at the bottom of the trouble. Each man claimed her as his “woman” and so to settle all differences of opinion they clashed with knives.
McGee was stabbed several times in the small of the back and as a result lies in a precarious condition at St. Mary’s Infirmary. Before he was “knocked out” however, McGee managed to cut Taylor in the left wrist severing an artery. Both men are very weak because of the loss of blood, but Taylor is not dangerously injured, while McGee is not expected to live.
Dr. Walsh was called to attend to the men’s injuries.
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Meta Rust 1905-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Charles Hogendobler whose
illness was noticed last week, is still so ill that it is
feared that he will not recover. (Villa Ridge)
(John Barry married Stella Broyhill on 21 Apr
1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The report was current about the city this morning that several bodies had been exhumed from a place over the levee and that they were the remains of yellow fever victims of ‘78. Old residents claim that the remains are the bodies of old soldiers and others buried during the wartime, and not the bodies of fever victims.
The bodies were found over the levee opposite Thirty-sixth Street, where Mr. Henry Serbian is digging earth, which is being hauled into the city for filling up purposes.
About thirty bodies have been found, some thought to be the remains of women, men and children. Most of the bodies had been buried in a hole dug in the ground and only the crumbled bones of these remain. Others were found in wooden boxes or coffins while one body, thought to be the remains of a woman, was found in metallic casket. A mule hitched to one of the dirt wagons stepped on the coffin, breaking the lid and exposing the remains within.
Mr. Serbian stated to The Citizen that he did
not think the bodies were those of yellow fever victims and
stated that if they were and there are any such thing as
catching the disease from these bodies, he and his men would
all be ill with the disease now or dead. He further
stated that several old citizens told him that there were no
yellow fever victims buried over the levee in this
particular place, but that during the war times, a number of
old soldier and others had been buried in this locality.
Health Officer Orr states that the bodies found were some, which were buried about twenty-five years ago, during the term of office of Mayor Henry Winter, father of former Mary Claude Winter, and were small pox patients.
Dr. Orr states that the yellow fever victims were
buried over the levee below the slaughterhouses and many of
these were taken to Villa Ridge and Beech Grove after there
had been a frost.
THREE CHILDREN BURNED TO DEATH
Paducah, Ky., Aug. 12.—Fire caused by a lamp exploding
destroyed the home of Joe Elliott, colored, this
morning and three small children were burned to death.
Elliott and wife were probably fatally burned.
Dr. Arnold Tomkins, the well known educator, died at his summer home near Menloe, Ga., Saturday night. The remains were buried there Sunday.
Dr. Tompkins was a brother-in-law of Superintendent
John Snyder, of this county. He was president of the
Chicago City Normal and for a long time held the chair of
pedagogy at Champaign. He had also been president of the
Northern Illinois Normal for a year. He was a graduate of
the Indiana State Normal, the Indiana University and of
Chicago University. He was also the author of a number of
books on education. He was well known to Cairo teachers,
having attended institutes and conventions here on numerous
(Asa M. Yates married Ada Foster on 1 Aug
1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The St. Louis Globe Democrat contained the following death notice:
GRAY—Entered into rest, August 16, 1905, at 11:55 a.m. at Paoli, Pa., after a lingering illness, Mrs. Grace Jeanette Lovett Gray (nee Martin) beloved wife of John C. Gray, daughter of Mrs. Helen Martin, sister of Miss Edith Martin and mother of Thomas M., Claude M., and Nellie C. Lovett and Via Gray, aged 46 years.
Interment will take place at Villa Ridge, Ill., Friday,
The jury was still in session at the time of going to press and were endeavoring to find the direct cause of the men’s death, whether it was caused by the light wire crossing the trolley wire or whether the transformer on the pole was not in its normal condition and whether it was responsible for an excess of current in the light wire, which electrocuted the two men.
The most deplorable accident that has occurred in this city for many months, was the death of Mr. John P. Mockler and a negro named Oscar Reynolds, yesterday afternoon a few minutes before 5 o’clock, when they were shocked to death by a live electric light wire in Mr. Mockler’s grocery store at Twenty-eighth and Poplar streets.
The exact circumstances regarding the matter are not known for there was no one in the store at the time of the calamity except the two men.
It is the supposition that the negro Reynolds had gone to the store after coal oil or gasoline, for a can was found by the bodies of the victims and they were found lying near the chest where the coal oil and gasoline are kept, Reynolds having followed Mr. Mockler into the warehouse.
Mr. Mockler’s icebox and oil chest are in a warehouse, a part of which is also used as a stable. There was an incandescent light with a long connect on running out in this warehouse, which was used as a hand light to carry about the place with which to see. The icebox and oil chest being dark within, it was necessary for Mr. Mockler to take the light in one hand so as to see what he was about.
Yesterday afternoon Mr. Mockler went to the oil chest and taking the light in his hand as usual, was probably instantaneously killed and in falling he probably fell against Reynolds and the wire striking the latter across the chest killed him also.
It is not known whether the two men lingered and suffered before death relieved them or not, but judging from the appearance of their bodies, it is apparent that they were killed outright and probably never knew of the cause of their death.
There is a hydrant near the oil chest and the ground is usually wet, and this served to form a circuit making the shock more severe.
Mr. Mockler’s hands were badly burned and charred and
his right arm was also quite badly burned. Reynolds
was horribly burned and charred across the breast where the
live wire passed.
The first person to find the men was a young negro named Johnny Freeman, who works around the store. He went into the warehouse to tell Mr. Mockler about an order when to his surprise he found his employer and the customer lying on the ground dead and the live wire still smouldering and burning.
Freeman hastened to the store of A. T. DeBaun across the street and Mr. DeBaun and Mr. Louis Ent hurried to the scene. In attempting to remove the wire, which was wrapped around the men, Mr. Ent was badly, though not seriously shocked.
The electric light company was notified and in a short time Electrician Jack Hoard and his crew arrived at the scene and cut the connection, which he had to do with a hatchet.
Coroner James McManus was notified and quickly summoned a jury to investigate the case. The jury was composed of the following men: A. S. Fraser, foreman; Martin Galvin, Richard Gannon, James Meehan, C. V. Neff, and Walter Huette.
The jury viewed the remains in the warehouse after which the latter were removed to the undertaking rooms of Mrs. M. E. Feith.
Mr. John P. Mockler was 27 years of age. His father and mother are dead and three aunts, Mrs. Jerry McCarthy, Mrs. Thomas Ryan and Mrs. Will Curran, survive him. He was also a second cousin of Alderman William Magner and Mr. Arthur Magner.
He was a young man of excellent character and stood high in the community, possessing a wide circle of friends who will deplore his untimely death.
The deceased was a member of the Elks organization, also of the Knights of Columbus and a devout member of St. Patrick’s Church.
Mr. Mockler was one of Cairo’s most successful young businessmen and conducted one of the largest retail grocery stores in Cairo, which was located at Twenty-eighth and Poplar streets, which enjoyed a large trade.
The deceased was public-spirited, kind, courteous and commanded the respect of all who knew him.
The deceased the was the last surviving member of the family of the late Patrick Mockler, one of the old time Cairoite and a respected citizen who took an active interest in city affairs, at one time being city clerk. He resided over his store at Twenty-eighth and Poplar streets, having an old friend of his mother as housekeeper.
His mother died about two years ago.
Oscar Reynolds was known as Oscar Runner and “J. Gould,” the latter name on account of his “fluence” in politics. He was a respectable, industrious colored man, who made a business of unloading lumber and tie barges, having a crew of men employed a greater part of the time. He was about 40 years old and resided with his wife and young son, at 233 Twenty-ninth Street.
The coroner’s jury, which adjourned last evening to meet this morning, convened at 10 o’clock at the undertaking rooms of Mrs. M. E. Feith. Several witnesses were examined, the most important being Mr. A. T. DeBaun, Mr. John Hoard, Richard Stanley and Johnny Freeman.
Mr. A. T. DeBaun testified that he was sitting in the rear of his store when the delivery boy, Johnny Freeman, notified him of what had happened. Mr. DeBaun said that he telephoned the powerhouse and that they said there was no one there at the time that could be sent, but as soon as some came in they would sent them up. Dr. Bondurant was also telephoned and the gas office. Mr. DeBaun stated that it was fifteen or twenty minutes before anyone from the powerhouse arrived to cut the wires and that the bodies were burning all that time. Mr. DeBaun stated in answer to a question that the wires had often given trouble in his neighborhood and in wet weather he had seen them sagging across the trolley.
Mr. John Hoard, electrician for the Traction Company, was the most important witness to be examined. Mr. Hoard stated that he was at the powerhouse when the message was received saying that the men had been killed and that he immediately went to Mockler’s store.
He went to the warehouse where the men were lying on request, cut the incandescent or drop wire. He did this with a hatchet as he had no pliers at that time. He then went across the street and climbed a pole in front of Mr. Perrault’s store, cut out the wires leading to Mr. Mockler’s and Mr. Perrault’s stores.
When asked by a member of the jury if the wires he cut at the pole were in any way crossed or connected with the trolley, Mr. Hoard stated that they were not.
“The wires I cut cleared the trolley by two feet,” said Mr. Hoard.
When asked why he did not cut off the connection in Mr. Mockler’s garret instead of going across the street to the pole, Mr. Hoard stated that it was always customary in case of accident to cut out the connections in the neighborhood and he had to do this from the pole.
Mr. Hoard was asked to examine the incandescent or drop wire and he stated that it was “not up to the standard, that is there was not enough insulation upon it to make it safe to handle.”
“The Traction Company did not install that wire,” continued Mr. Hoard. “The building was wired by the old Egypt Electric Company. That wire is condemned by the National Board of Underwriters and is not and has not been handled by the Cairo Electric and Traction Company for over two years. One month ago an employee of the Traction Company notified Mr. Mockler that the wire had been condemned and was dangerous.”
When cross-examined by the jury, it was learned that this statement was only hearsay by Mr. Hoard and that he neither heard the employee notify Mr. Mockler or could swear that he did.
Mr. Hoard was asked to the best of his knowledge, how high the trolley at Twenty-eighth and Poplar, extended from the ground. Mr. Hoard replied about eighteen feet. He was then asked how much the trolley was raised by a trolley pole on a car. He answered about three feet. He had been asked previous to this how high above the trolley the wires extended that he cut, and he had replied two feet. This cross examination by the jury revealed the fact that if a car passed along this point about the time Mr. Mockler and the negro were in the warehouse, that the trolley must have touched or scraped the wires above charging them with perhaps a thousand or more volts, which passed through the wire and reached Mr. Mockler, the current being strong enough to kill him instantly.
The next witness was Johnny Freeman, the colored delivery boy, who was the first person to discover Mr. Mockler and the negro.
Johnny stated that the wire had often given them shocks and tat he himself had been knocked down on one occasion.
Richard Stanly, an electrician, was examined. He stated that he climbed the pole in front of Mr. Mockler’s store and fastened the wires in a knot after Mr. Hoard had cut them across the street. He pronounced the street wire to be in good condition.
Neither Hoard not Stanly would admit that a
place in the wire where the insulation was off, had been
burned off by friction with the trolley, but that it had
been worn off by the weather.
Funeral cortege will leave residence of Mrs. Thomas Ryan, 213 Fourth Street, at 8 o’clock Saturday morning for St. Patrick’s Church where services will be held. Special train from foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge.
Friends are invited.
(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
John P. Mockler Died Aug. 17, 1905 Aged 26
A special meeting of Cairo Lodge No. 651 B. P. O. Elks will
be held this, Friday evening, at 8 o’clock sharp, for the
purpose of arranging to attend the funeral of our late Bro.
John P. Mockler. All members are earnestly requested
to be present.
The funeral of John P. Mockler, who was electrocuted by a live wire at his grocery store at Twenty-eighth and Poplar streets, Thursday afternoon, was held at 8:30 o’clock this morning from St. Patrick’s Church.
The funeral was very largely by the relatives and friends of the deceased who gathered at his bier to pay their last respect on earth to this popular young man.
The ceremonies were very sad and impressive and were conducted by Father Reynolds, of St. Louis, who is filling Father Downey’s pulpit during his absence.
The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse, there being several very elaborate pieces from the order of which the deceased was a member.
The pallbearers were Messrs. Lee Fitzgerald, H. B. Henckell, Edward Walder, Richard Barrow, Henry Gilhofer, Edward Stuart, Martin Lally and John H. Sullivan.
The remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for
interment. Three cars besides the baggage car were filled
with friends of the deceased.
After an all day’s session, which was spent in examining witnesses and investigating into the direct cause of the deaths of Mr. John P. Mockler and Oscar Reynolds, the coroner’s jury rendered the following verdict at 9:05 o’clock last night.
“We, the undersigned jurors sworn to inquire of the deaths
of John P. Mockler and Oscar Reynolds on oath
do find that they came to their death by being electrocuted
while in the act of handling an incandescent electric light
cord and lamp, the electric current of which was furnished
by the Cairo Electric & Traction Company, and that there was
in our opinion from the evidence furnished us, an over
supply of electric current in said cord and lamp. We the
jury hold the said Cairo Electric & Traction Company
responsible for such excess of current. The above accident
occurred in a shed in the rear of John P. Mockler’s
brick store located at No. 2714 Poplar Street, Cairo,
Alexander County, Illinois, between the hours of 4 and 5
p.m., on August 17, 1905.”
(John D. Shaddrick married Mamie Spurr
on 20 Sep 1893, in St. Clair Co., Ill.
One marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Mamie Leona Shaddrick Born March 14, 1902 Died
Aug. 18, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
(Samuel M. Campbell married Martha S. Vick on
20 Jul 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. W. F. Woodbury died last night a few minutes after 7 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary, after an illness of nearly four years of chronic stomach trouble.
The deceased was well known in this city, having resided here for about fifteen years. He was 49 years of age.
Last Saturday he was married to Mrs. Martha Hubbard, to whom he has left his estate valued at $12,000. She had acted as his housekeeper for several yeas and he felt indebted to her for her many kindnesses toward him.
The deceased has two brothers in California and a sister in St. Louis.
The funeral of W. F. Woodbury was held this afternoon
from St. Mary’s Infirmary and the remains taken to Creal
Springs, Ill., for interment.
(Elihu T. Snyder married Minnie Rodman on 20
Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Saturday, August 26, 1905, Thomas Cotter, Sr.,
aged 74 years. Funeral procession will leave home of Mr. T.
J. Keefe, No. 307 Washington Avenue, Monday morning
at 8 a.m. for St. Patrick’s Church, where funeral services
will be held. Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street
at 9:45 o’clock for Villa Ridge cemetery. Friends of the
family are invited to attend.
Mr. Thomas Cotter, Sr., one of Cairo’s oldest and well known citizens, passed away about 2:45 o’clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas J. Keefe, on lower Washington Avenue, after an illness of nearly four months. His death was due to a complication of diseases.
The past four weeks Mr. Cotter spent at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Keefe, and for eleven weeks prior to this time was confined to St. Mary’s Infirmary.
The deceased had been able to get about the house until a few days ago, when he was taken worse and was confined to his bed.
Previous to this he sat upon the front porch every evening with his relatives and was always jovial and in good spirits. He was very ambitious and never gave away to his feelings.
Mr. Cotter is survived by two children, Mr. Thomas Cotter, Jr., and Mrs. Thomas J. Keefe, his wife having died about four years ago.
He was a native of Ireland and was born at Cork in 1831. He came to America when a lad of 14 years and settled at Syracuse, N.Y., where he married several years later.
From Syracuse, Mr. Cotter and his wife came to Illinois and settled in this city in 1859, where they have since resided.
They had seven children, but all are dead except the two mentioned above.
The deceased was connected with the Charles Galligher Flour Mills for thirty-one years and retired from active business life about twelve years ago, when the mills were destroyed by fire.
Besides his two surviving children, Mr. Cotter is survived by three half brothers and a sister who live at Fayetteville, N.Y., besides three grandchildren, Ward Cotter, of this city, and Val and May Cotter, of Murphysboro.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at St. Patrick’s Church, with interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
The death was a great shock to his relatives and friends to whom he was deeply devoted.
(Thomas J. Keefe married Maggie Cotter on 14
Jan 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A lady who remained in Cairo through the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 gives her experiences to The Citizen as follows:
It is a long time ago, but the memory of those days will ever be vivid in my recollection. It was a strenuous time, and we stayed in Cairo doing all the good we could for suffering humanity. We were connected with the express at that time, as now, hence were public servants and in that capacity we felt it our duty to attend to public wants.
It was necessary to keep the business of the express company going on. This was done more for the good the express company was accomplishing in sending money, clothing medicine, etc. free to the afflicted people in the south than for any pecuniary profit derived from the express business. It was my pleasure to be constantly making and sending beef tea to the afflicted express men in the south. The pathetic thankful letters I received often brought tears to my eyes, and resulted in renewed efforts to continue my feeble efforts to accomplish some good.
Our family stayed and worked together during the epidemic. One of our boys crossed the river to Kentucky early every morning to get the Southern runs from the trains that were not permitted to come into Cairo.
The other boys went to Mounds early to get the runs from the north, for the messengers from the north refused to come any further south, while myself and husband held the fort in Cairo and kept the ball rolling.
It is my delight now to realize that our family was the means of saving the life of a little girl, who is now a married woman. We took her from an afflicted house and it was hardly possible that she would have escaped had we not done so.
For this act our few friends left in Cairo carefully avoided
our house, fearing another foci.
Need I mention the pathetic scenes that took place daily, the exodus of the people the burial of the dead without a friend to go with them and to offer a prayer? Ah, those were trying days, and as Dr. Smith used to say, there were so many people gone that it was a pleasure to see a patient on the streets.
Science teaches us now however, that the mosquito is the means of spreading the disease. That being the case, why should we have such a strict quarantine against humanity? Why not quarantine against the mosquito, destroy the pest as they have done in Cuba?
Right now comes to my recollection Father Isabel, who remained here during the epidemic and to whom I was indebted for a morning call giving the news of the night. He would ride up on his little black pony, close to the window of my house and give me information as to the number of deaths, new cases, etc. One morning I remember he said: “I don’t like those large speckled leg mosquitoes. It one pitches on me when I am saying my prayers I stop and kill him.”
Father Isabel evidently believed even as far back as
1878 what science apparently has discovered since, that the
stegoymia fasciata was the means of spreading the disease,
for the doctors apparently have eradicated the disease from
Cuba by the destruction of the mosquitoes, where the yellow
fever had been for over a hundred years.
Cincinnati, Aug. 31.—Fire caused by a gasoline explosion destroyed The Abbey, a notorious roadhouse today. Charles Odum, of Cairo, Ill., a piano player at resort, was burned to a crisp. His wife, May Odum, a concert hall singer, jumped from a window and was perhaps fatally injured. Two others were badly burned.
Odum was a stepson of J. H. Greathouse of Cairo. He was well known here.
(James H. Greathouse
on 9 Oct 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Brown on 6 Oct 1893, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Thomas C. King, aged 40 years, died Tuesday, August
29, 1905. Funeral will leave residence of Dr. Clancy,
No. 314 Twenty-eighth Street, at 8 o’clock Friday morning.
Train will leave Eighteenth Street for Villa Ridge, where
interment will take place. Friends of the family are invited
Benjamin Franklin Porterfield departed this life at
his home in Pulaski, Ill., aged 60 years, 7 months, and 17
days. He had been ill only a short time and while it was
observed that he was on the decline, it was not believed
that the end was so near, hence his death was a shock to the
He married Mrs. C. A. Porterfield June 5, 1870, and from this union there were five children: John Franklin, Albert Sidney, Robert Hunter, Margaret E., and Pearl, all of whom are living except Albert and Margaret.
Decedent has served this county as county commissioner three years, and has served his precinct as justice of the peace for a number of years and has been for many years a prominent citizen in his community. He had a host of friends who join with his family in lamenting his departure.—Mound City Sun.
(B. F. Porterfield married Mrs. Sarah M. Porterfield on 5 Jun 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Former Cairoite—Mrs. Thomas C.
King, formerly of this city, died at Denver, Colo.,
of consumption Tuesday. The deceased went to Denver with her
father, Mr. John Clancy, a few weeks ago for the
benefit of her health. Her husband and four children, two
sons and two daughters, her father and three brothers,
Messrs. R. M., George, and John Clancy, survive her.
The family’s home is at Chester, W. Va. Mrs. King was
about 40 years of age. She was well known here.
We desire to express our heartfelt thanks and expressions of
appreciation to all our friends for their kind attentions
during the illness and after the death of our father, the
late Thomas Cotter, Sr.
(Peyton Johnson married Fanney Freeman on 9
Mar 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Peyton Johnson married Sallie Barker on
20 Jun 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. John Flannigan, a well-known young railroad man of this city, died this morning about 9:45 at St. Mary’s Infirmary, after a brief illness. His death was due to typhoid malaria.
The deceased was about 30 years of age and was unmarried. He was an employee of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, being employed at Tamms for several months, where he was taken ill.
He is survived by his mother and several brothers and
sisters who reside at Nashville, Tenn.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
The fate of Mrs. Mary Brockwell, who killed her three
little daughters by giving them morphine, will no doubt, be
a life imprisonment in the Frankfort State Prison. The plea
has been insanity and for that reason the sentence has never
been imposed. She has been confined in jail since March 24
and no symptoms have developed to show that her mind is
deranged. Her attorneys, therefore, have discarded the
theory of insanity and will let the sentence stand.—Paducah
Mr. William H. Reinhardt, a well known citizen of this city, passed away at Tracy, Tenn., at 12:10 o’clock this morning after an illness of several weeks of typhoid fever.
Mr. Reinhardt went to Tracy several weeks ago for the benefit of his health, but received but little benefit and his health has gradually grown worse. His wife went to Tracy about three weeks ago to remain with him. The news of Mr. Reinhardt’s death was received in a message sent by Mrs. Reinhart to Mrs. Falconer.
The deceased was between 45 and 50 years of age and came to Cairo about eight years ago when he took charge of the photograph gallery on Sixth Street, which he conducted until his death.
He is survived by his wife and two children, a girl, Jean, aged 15 years, and a boy, Fred, aged about 13 years.
The deceased was an active member of the Modern Woodmen and that lodge will probably have charge of the funeral ceremonies.
The remains will arrive on the Illinois Central tonight and
will be taken in charge by Mrs. Falconer, the
Mr. Ira Parker, a well known resident of this city, died at his home on upper Poplar Street Thursday, after a protracted illness of Bright’s disease.
The deceased was 30 years of age and came to Cairo about twelve years ago from Pulaski County. He is survived by his wife and one child, his mother, Mrs. Emma Parker, two brothers, Fred and Otis Parker, of St. Louis, and a sister, Mrs. Maude Fite. He was a brother-in-law of Night Sergeant James Cowell.
The funeral will probably be held tomorrow.
The Mt. Carmel Republican contains the following sketch of the late W. H. Reinhardt, who was formerly a resident of that place:
The deceased was the son of the late J. A. Reinhardt and wife, the latter now Mrs. Jacob Groff. He was born in Mt. Carmel, October 7, 1861, and he grew to manhood here. He was married May 28, 1884, to Miss Lizzie Weinback, also of this city. Four children were born to them, Leon, Bessie, Jean and Fred. The two latter, with their mother, survive. His mother, a sister, Eugene Kamp, and a brother, Mr. E. H. Reinhard, all are residents of Mt. Carmel.
(Jacob Groff married Mrs. Louisa M. Reinhard
nee Maser on 8 Jan 1899, in Wabash Co., Ill.
John Alfred Reinhard married Louise M.
Maser on 15 Jul 1858, in Wabash Co., Ill.
Eugene Kamp married Viola Reinhard on 1
Sep 1894, in St. Clair Co., Ill.
One marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge
Dau. of W. H. & C. E. Reinhard Born May 17, 1885 Died
Sept. 14, 1899.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of the late W. H. Reinhardt arrived from
Tracy, Tenn., via the Illinois Central early this
morning and were conveyed to Falconer’s undertaking
establishment. The funeral was held this afternoon under the
direction of the Modern Woodmen. The remains were taken to
Mt. Carmel, Ill., the former home of the deceased, for
Jackson County People Are Searching Woods for Supposed Maniac.
The farmers down in the hills of Jackson County are in a high state of excitement over the death of two boys who were killed in a peculiar way.
About two weeks ago an eight-year-old lad was out in a pasture with his sister after the cows. Suddenly he ran to the house and told his mother he had been killed and dropped dead. A small, deep gash was found through the clothing and into the heart. It was a mystery as to how he had been stabbed and it was commonly thought he had been accidentally cut by falling on his own knife in some way.
A week later a neighboring boy was playing in the pasture near his home with his sister similar to the other boy. Suddenly he screamed and threw up his hands. His mother ran to him and he died on the spot with a stab in the heart just as the other boy had received. No one was seen near the children and the mystery deepens.
Coroner’s and sheriff’s deputies and farmers are searching the hilly, timber covered region of Hickory Ridge, six miles distant southwest of Murphysboro for an insane man who is believed to have murdered the boys, Heber Worthen, aged 8, and Willie Clutts, aged 9, sons of farmers living on the ridge. The county is almost mountainous and the search is difficult.
Unless the insane man, a recent patient of a state
institution, who has been seen in the woods in that
neighborhood at intervals for several months inflicted the
mysterious and similar wounds which killed both boys, the
officers and people of the vicinity are at a loss to explain
the strange killings.
(The 15 Sep 1905, Jonesboro Gazette reported the
deaths of the boys and identified them as Henry Worthen,
killed 1 Sep 1905, and Willis Clutts, who was killed
a week later at Sand Ridge Township, Jackson Co.,
Mr. Charles J. Malinski, better known among his friends and associates as “Chink,” passed away at midnight after an illness of several months of a complication of diseases, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Susana Malinski, of No. 213 Sixth Street.
The deceased was 42 years of age and unmarried. He had been a sufferer for many years of rheumatism. He is survived by his mother, four brothers, Henry, Will, Frank and Ben, and two sisters, Misses Annie and Theresa. He was a member of the Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F.
For many years Mr. Malinski conducted a barbershop at the corner of Sixth and Railroad streets, but sold his interests several months ago to Mr. A. G. Anderson.
Mr. Malinski was a competent barber and enjoyed a large patronage.
The funeral will be held tomorrow.
The deceased was well known in Cairo and his many friends
will regret to learn of his death.
All members of Alexander Lodge No. 224, I. O. O. F., are
requested to meet at the lodge room at 7:30 o’clock this
evening to make arrangements for the funeral of our late
brother, Charles J. Malinski.
Wednesday, 13 Sep 1905:
Paducah, Ky., Sept. 13.—Hon. Corbett stated yesterday that if an indictment is brought in against his client, H. H. Loving, that they ask the court for trial at this term of court, as they wanted to get the proceeding through as quick as possible.
It is more than probable that today or tomorrow the grand jury will bring in an indictment, as they took up the investigation yesterday and continued on it through the day. They had before them Dr. C. E. Purcell and Mr. J. M. Quinn, of this city, while today, Mr. V. J. Blow will go up and give his testimony. He came in yesterday morning at 3:45 o’clock from Louisville, accompanied by his sister-in-law at Wickliffe. Last evening Mr. Blow went on to Cairo to accompany the young lady home and will return this morning. He was subpoenaed at the depot last evening by Sheriff Potter just as the former was leaving.
When the case comes up for trial, Postmaster Frank Fisher will be placed on the stand, according to County Attorney Eugene Graves. He is a new witness who was not introduced either at the corner’s jury of examining trials, and it is claimed from his office window over at the post office he saw the shooting the day of the killing.
Passed Away at St. Mary’s Infirmary after Long Illness.
Death relieved the sufferings of Mrs. Raymond Henderson at St. Mary’s Infirmary about 3 o’clock this morning.
The deceased has been in poor health for several months and gradually growing worse, and for the several weeks prior to her death, her relatives and friends received little encouragement over her condition.
Mrs. Henderson was the eldest daughter of Mr. Charles R. Stuart, secretary of the Cairo Commercial Club, and was a popular young lady of this city, being one of the leading factors in Cairo society before her ill health. She was 25 years of age.
She is survived by her husband, Mr. Raymond Henderson, a nine-month-old child, her father, Mr. C. R. Stuart, two brothers, Messrs. Charles and Edward Stuart, and a sister, Miss Cecilia Stuart.
The many friends of the deceased in this city will deeply regret her untimely death.
FERDINAND KOEHLER DIED THIS MORNING.
Mr. Ferdinand Koehler, a well known German of this city, died at the home of his brother, Mr. Louis Koehler, on West Sixteenth Street about 5:30 o’clock this morning, aged of 67 years.
The deceased had been ill for several months with stomach trouble.
Mr. Koehler was a butcher by trade, but had not been in business for a number of years. He was a widower, his wife having died about thirty years ago. He is survived by his brother, Mr. Louis Koehler, and a sister, Mrs. Mollie Mueller, of St. Louis.
The deceased was born in Germany and came to this country when a small boy. He had resided in Cairo for over twenty-five years and was well known here. He was an uncle of Messrs. Charles, Albert and Dan Koehler.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
Died, Thursday morning, Sept. 14, 1905, Mrs. Raymond Henderson.
Funeral services will be held at the residence of Mr. C. R.
Stuart, father of the deceased, No. 231 Fifteenth
Street, Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock p.m. Interment at
Villa Ridge cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to
(Thaddeus Albright married Laura E. Beasley on
2 Feb 1896, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Edward Jones, one of Cairo’s pioneer citizens, died about 5:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. David Barry, of No. 1913 Commercial Avenue, at the age of 75 years.
The deceased had been in poor health for some time, but for the past two months had been confined to his home. His death was due to a complication of diseases caused by old age.
Mr. Jones was native of Cork County, Ireland, and
came to this country in 1849 and settled at Rome, N.Y.,
where he resided for five years, coming to Cairo in 1854 and
residing here ever since.
He is survived by an invalid wife and a son, Capt. Dick Jones, of Fire Station No. 1. He was the father of ten children, nine of whom are dead. He has a brother residing in Ireland.
The deceased was well known in Cairo, especially among the older residents.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning from St. Joseph’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa ridge reads:
Edward Jones 1860-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
(J. W. Conkle married Anna M. Coleman
on 30 Aug 1893, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Fred Boede died suddenly at night about 7 o’clock at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. George Schoembs, of No. 2041 Walnut Street.
The deceased had been suffering for several weeks with malaria fever, which developed into typhoid about five days ago, but his death was not expected. He was 36 years of age.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Boede, and two sisters, Mrs. Bambrick and Mrs. Gernigan, the latter of St. Louis, and a brother, Mr. George Boede, who has charge of the Illinois barber ship.
The deceased was employed as a machinist by the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company.
He was well known and had many friends in Cairo who will be pained to learn of his untimely death.
(Francis L. Gernigan married Kate Boede on 13
Nov 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Mr. Walter Cornell, who for many years was a resident of this city, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles Koehler, at Memphis, Tenn., yesterday.
The deceased was well known in this city and had many friends who will regret his untimely death.
Mr. Cornell was employed by the Pacific Express Co., for seventeen years and was one of their most trusted employees.
He was 33 years of age.
Those who survive him are his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cornell, and brother Horace, of Beech Ridge, and Ben, of St. Louis, his sisters, Mrs. Henry Etz, of this city, and Mrs. Charles Koehler, of Memphis, Tenn.
The remains will arrive here tonight. The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
(Walter H. Cornell, son of John W. Cornell and
Mary Edson, married Myra Walker on 1
Jun 1898, in Union Co., Ill.
Henry A. Etz married Mary Etta Cornell
on 23 Sep 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Charles B. Koehler married Carrie B.
Cornell on 13 Mar 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
We desire to express our thanks to all those who assisted and were so kind to us during our bereavement over the death of our father, the late Edward Jones.
Richard Jones and family
(Frederick Green Ulen married Rebecca J.
Nally on 30 Oct 1853, probably in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in the German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug
G. Ulen Born June 19, 1831 Died Sept. 16,
Mrs. L. C. Williams, a prominent colored woman of
this city, died Saturday. She spent nearly her whole life in
Cairo and was for fourteen years clerk of the Free Baptist
conference. The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon,
service being held at Ricks’ church at 1:30 o’clock.
As a result of a quarrel between Al Anderson and Alvin Guymon, two barbers, and James Gilmore, a plumber, Anderson now lies at the point of death at St. Mary’s Infirmary with a bullet hole in his head.
The tragedy occurred Sunday night shortly after 9 o’clock on Commercial Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, and was the outcome of a jealous feeling, which existed between Anderson and Guymon.
For a number of months Anderson and his wife, who runs the Union Hotel, have not lived together, and it is alleged since that time Anderson had made his home with another women who resides over the Chinese laundry across the street from the Union Hotel.
About ten months ago, or last December, Alvin Guymon, a barber, came to Cairo from Centralia and boarded with Mrs. Anderson at the Union Hotel. Anderson, it is said, became jealous of Guymon’s alleged attention toward Mrs. Anderson and threatened on one occasion to kill him.
Sunday noon Mrs. Lulu Blockley, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Mrs. Anderson, died and Mrs. Anderson thought it best to send for Mr. Anderson. She asked Guymon to go after him which the latter consented to do.
According to Guymon’s statements, Anderson and himself went into a saloon and drank together before going to the hotel. After they had taken one round of drinks Anderson insisted that they go another, but Guymon refused and they went to the hotel. Anderson left in a few minutes and went back to the saloon and drank some more. When he returned he asked Mrs. Anderson to give him the insurance papers, the deceased girl’s life having been insured for a small amount, and said that he would have them fixed up that night (last night).
Mrs. Anderson replied that she would give them to the
insurance agent herself on Monday.
He met up with them at Lawrence & Beckwirth’s saloon at the corner of Fourth and Commercial. They went into the saloon, took a few drinks and then came out. A few words were passed between them and a scuffle ensued in which four shots were fired, one of which took effect in Anderson’s skull.
Sam Cook, the negro porter, at the saloon, is probably the only eyewitness to the tragedy other than the three men involved. He heard the shots and says he saw Guymon as he fired the fourth shot.
Mr. Guymon was seen by a Citizen representative this morning at the city jail and told the following story:
“My name is Alvin Guymon, I came to Cairo last December and stopped at the Union Hotel. I have been employed as a barber at the Illinois Hotel. This is the first trouble of this kind I was ever in and I am sorry it all happened. I hope Anderson will recover. Some time ago Anderson threatened to shoot me because he saw me walking up the street with his wife. In regard to the scuffle at the saloon after we had drank together and had returned to the street, Anderson called me a little ___-of-a _____ and said I caused him all the trouble. He then flashed a revolver and Gilmore and myself tried to get it away from him. He fired one shot, whether he meant it for Gilmore or myself I don’t know, but we fell in a heap upon the sidewalk. Anderson then fired two more shots and then I managed to wrest the gun from his hand. He said to me, ‘You got that one, but here’s one you won’t get.’ I thought he had another gun and I shot at him, the bullet taking effect in his head. I then walked to the Union Hotel and throwing the gun on a table asked Mrs. Anderson if she could identify it. She replied that it was her gun that her husband took from her some time before. I remained at the hotel until I was arrested and placed in this cell.”
Guymon is a young man about 28 years of age, smooth face and weighs about 115 pounds. The first words he asked the Citizen representative were “How is Anderson, have you heard this morning?”
Anderson told a straightforward story and did not hesitate in what he said. The story bears out the statements he made to a morning paper.
Gilmore was arrested and place in the county jail and may be held as an accessory to the crime, pending the result of Anderson’s injuries.
Gilmore was seen by a Citizen representative this afternoon and his statements were practically the same as those told by Guymon. He had little to do with the trouble, except making an attempt to get the revolver away from Anderson.
Mr. Anderson was well known in Cairo. He was formerly employed at Wunderlich’s barber shop on Eighth Street, but several months ago went into business for himself at Sixth and Railroad streets, buying the barber shop of the late “Chink” Malinski.
Mrs. Anderson is suffering from a severe nervous shock, which was caused by the death of her daughter and the sudden shooting of her husband.
Dr. Clarke was called and attended to Anderson’s injuries after which he was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary. There is little hope for his recovery.
Mr. Anderson was reported very low this afternoon and
Dr. Clarke who is attending him states that there is
no hope for his recovery. His death is expected before
Because George Martin, a negro, shot recklessly into a crowd of people, W. O. Bruce, a young white man, lies at the point of death at St. Mary’s Infirmary, with his stomach and breast riddled with bullets.
The tragedy was the result of some trouble between Martin, who is employed at Logan Mueller’s pressing club as a tailor, and Tom Mitchell, who was employed as a porter at A. Botto’s saloon, and occurred shortly after 10 o’clock Saturday night at Sixth and Commercial.
Martin claimed that Mitchell owed him $3 and asked the latter when he was going to pay him. Not being satisfied with Mitchell’s promises, Martin garnisheed Mitchell’s wages and placed the matter in the hands of Nick Koen to settle.
Mitchell claims he paid Koen a dollar of the amount and promised to pay the rest as soon as she earned it. Saturday night Martin encountered Mitchell at the Pink Saloon between Fifth and Sixth on the west side of Commercial, and asked him for the money. Mitchell replied that he was settling the matter with Nick Koen and would pay him nothing. Martin went after a shotgun and in the scuffle Mitchell wrested the gun from Martin’s hands and stuck the latter a blow across the left arm with it, fracturing it. Bystanders interfered and took the gun away from Mitchell, Martin later gained possession of the weapon and pointing it at a crowd of darkies among whom Mitchell was standing in, fired away.
The charge went wild and took effect in the stomach and breast of W. O. Bruce, a young white man who was passing by at the time. Mitchell was slightly wounded in the left leg by some of the shot and one to two other negroes were slightly wounded.
After the shooting Martin went to the Alexander Club where he found his employer, Mr. Mueller, and asked him for a pistol with which to go back and kill Mitchell.
Mueller started with him for a doctor’s office to have his broken arm dressed when they were met by Officer Hoaglin and Martin was arrested and placed in the county jail.
The shooting caused a large crowd to gather and great
excitement prevailed for a time.
Bruce is 18 years old and a driver for the Rhodes-Burford Furniture Company and a son of a railroad man.
Mr. Bruce was reported to be getting along nicely at
the time of going to press, and there seems to be a change
for the better. Drs. McNemer and Gordon are
The funeral services of Mrs. Sarah Crawford, wife of Judge Monroe C. Crawford, were held at the family residence at Jonesboro Sunday at 2 p.m. The services were very largely attended some being present from cities all over this end of the state. The services were held out of doors, in order to accommodate the large number present. Rev. C. C. Nash, of Jerseyville, officiated, assisted by Presiding Elder J. W. McNeill, of this city. The order of Eastern Star auxiliary to the Masonic fraternity assisted in the services.
The surviving family includes the husband, Judge Crawford, one daughter, Miss Mary Crawford and three sons, Charles and George of Jonesboro, and John of Chicago.—Carbondale Free Press.
(Monroe C. Crawford married Sarah Illinois
Wilbanks on 1 Nov 1858, in Franklin Co., Ill.
Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:
Sarah I. Crawford
Mr. W. O. Bruce, the young white man who received the charge from a single-barrel shotgun, which was meant for a darky, died last evening at St. Mary’s Infirmary of his injuries between 6:30 and 7 o’clock.
Mr. Bruce was walking up Commercial Avenue Saturday night shortly after 10 o’clock when his stomach and breast were riddled with bullets from a charge fired from a single barrel shotgun by a negro named George Martin, who shot recklessly into a crowd of people.
As stated in The Citizen yesterday, Martin had
quarreled with a darkey named Tom Mitchell over a
small debt on the refusal of the latter to pay the amount a
quarrel ensued which led to the shooting.
Mr. W. S. Bruce, the father of the unfortunate young man, arrived in Cairo yesterday and was at his bedside at the time of his death.
Mr. Bruce and his family formerly resided at 807 Cedar Street and later at 220 Sixteenth Street in this city. They removed to Carrier Mills, Ill., about two weeks ago where Mr. Bruce is employed as a section foreman on the Big Four Railroad. While here he was employed by the same company, but preferring the position at Carrier Mills, he secured his transfer.
W. O. Bruce was the eldest of several children. He was about 20 years of age, a bright young man of good habits. He secured a position as a driver for the Rhodes-Burford Furniture Co.
the negro who fired the fatal shot is in the county jail,
having been held on charge of assault with intent to kill
the negro Tom Mitchell.
Mr. W. S. Candee, father of Mr. Henry Smith Candee, cashier of the Cairo National Bank, died at his home in Evanston very suddenly last evening at 5 o’clock of apoplexy. His son was with him at his death, having gone to Evanston some days ago to spend his vacation.
Mr. Candee is survived by a widow and a large family
of children, all of whom are grown.
Coroner James McManus was called to Santa Fe last
night to hold an inquest over the remains of a white man who
died from the effects of an overdose of morphine, which it
is presumed was taken accidentally. The deceased was a
carpenter and was employed by the Miami Powder Company upon
their plant here. His name was not learned.
Mrs. L. C. Williams departed this life Sept. 16. She came here at a very early age, being only 1 year old. Here she received an education under the care of her faithful sister, Mrs. Mary Jackson, until they were able to find their mother.
As a worker in the elevation of her race, she stands as
among the brilliant stars. As a Christian worker, she has
worked consistently, being clerk of the Free Baptist
conference 14 years and being loved by all who knew her. She
leaves to mourn her loss a sister, husband, son and a host
George Martin, the negro who shot at Tom Mitchell, also colored, with intent to kill last Saturday night and who fatally wounded W. O. Bruce, a young white man, was held responsible for the latter’s death and bound over to await the action of the grand jury at the October term of circuit court.
The corner’s inquest was held at 9 o’clock this morning in the council chamber and after examining and hearing the testimony of a large number of witnesses, the jury rendered the verdict as stated above.
The testimony given by the witnesses brought out practically the same facts in the case as were stated in The Citizen. A synopsis of the tragedy is as follows:
Mitchell with a white man went into the Pink saloon to get a drink. In the saloon they met Martin. Martin asked Mitchell when he was going to pay him the money that he (Mitchell) owed him. Mitchell replied that Martin had garnished his wages and he had not right to ask him for the money, as it was being settled through Nick Koen. Mitchell grabs a shotgun from out of Martin’s hands and strikes him over the left arm with it, fracturing Martin’s arm. Martin asked why he does so, that he was not going to injure Mitchell. The bartender takes the gun away from Mitchell. Mitchell is led out of the saloon by friends and started to the latter’s home on Fifth Street. When they reached the corner someone yelled lookout and Mitchell looking around saw Martin with the gun. Mitchell runs out Fifth Street and Martin fires. Mitchell and the others saw a white man throw his hand to his stomach and stagger out into the street and fall. Martin pursues Mitchell and not finding him goes to the Alexander Club on Eighth Street and asks his employer, Logan Mueller, for a revolver to shoot Mitchell. Martin told Mueller he had shot at a nigger but missed him. Mueller and Martin start for a doctor’s office and are met by officers who place Martin under arrest. Witnesses testified that when Martin left the saloon, after securing the gun from behind the bar, that he made the threat that he was going to kill Mitchell. Mr. Bruce, the white man, died from his wounds and Martin is held by the coroner’s jury to await the action of the grand jury at the October term of circuit court.
The corner’s jury was composed of the following: T. A.
Fuller, Seymour Antrim, Wilbur Thistlewood,
John Coleman, J. M. Davidge, and Will
(Arminta Hanks nee Dunn was born Sept. 11, 1870 and died Sept. 5, 1905.
She was buried in Williamson and Strader Cemetery
near Olive Branch.—Darrel Dexter)
Samuel Hastings, president of the Cairo Board of Trade, and one of the leading citizens of Cairo in influence and public spirit, passed away last night at 9:45 o’clock at his home on upper Washington Avenue, surrounded by his family.
The death was not unexpected. On July 24th last he was stricken with apoplexy and since then there had been little ground for hope of his permanent recovery. A trip to Manitou Springs, Colo., was taken in hope that the change would bring relief and recovery, but it did not have the desired effect and two weeks ago he was brought back and since then he has been gradually sinking.
Samuel Hastings was born in Noble County, Ohio, March 31, 1850. He was the son of Hezekiah and Anna (Ball) Hastings, both of whom were born in Ohio. His father for many years followed merchandising, farming and stock raising with marked success and is still hale and hearty at the advanced age of 80 years. His mother, daughter of Jonas Ball, died in Illinois in 1885. The paternal grandfather was Samuel Hastings of English birth, who upon coming to the United States located in Ohio. Samuel Hastings was the oldest of nine children. Those living are Noah H., James W., Jonas, Ira, Cora, Nannie. Noah and Jonas are farmers in Clay County, Ill. James is a merchant in New Orleans. Ira is located in Cairo. Cora is an artist and photographer in Denver Colo. Nannie is the wife of Rev. A. S. Gard, a Methodist minister of Steamboat Landing, Colo. At the age of 5 years, Samuel moved with his parents to Jasper County, Ill., where he was reared on a farm. After graduating from McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., in 1872, he taught school for three years in Clay County, Ill., For the next five years he devoted his life and energy to stock raising and farming in that county. In January 1884, he removed to Cairo, where for the next seven years he was associated with the wholesale feed firm of Thistlewood and Company, being the manager of the business until 1890. During this time Mr. Thistlewood, the senior member of the firm, was in Kansas. In 1891 Mr. Hastings embarked in the wholesale feed business for himself, since which time he built up a large and lucrative business in the buying and selling of hay, oats and corn. Because of his success and prominence he became a leading member of the Board of Trade. In politics he was a Republican. For four of the six years that he served on the board of county commissioners, he was chairman, served as alderman for two years, he was for four years a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Illinois hospital for the insane at Anna. He was a member of the Methodist Church and took an active part in religious affairs. On Sept. 24, 1876, he married Miss Anise Burney, of Clay County, Ill., and to this union four children have been born: Leila May, Anna Maud, Oris B., and Mary Alice.
In the death of Samuel Hastings, Cairo has suffered an irreparable loss. As county commissioner, as alderman, as park commissioner, he was just what he was as a private citizen, a broad gauged, public-spirited man, who was fair in all his dealings. Liberal in all of his views, and ever actuated by the highest motives in all of his actions. He was never a self-seeker. His modesty was one of his strong characteristics. Yet his personality was such that he was sought in every movement for the public good, because his opinions were sound. His judgments good and his influence potent. He was a man Cairo can ill afford to lose.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the residence at 1:15 o’clock and the train ill leave foot of Eighteenth Street for Beech Grove Cemetery at 2:45 p.m.
Mr. Hastings has a brother in New Orleans but on account of the quarantine he will be unable to attend the funeral.
Col. L. Krughodd, of Nashville, Ill., and Congressman Chapman of Vienna, Ill., two old friends of the deceased, will be here to attend the funeral.
(Orlando S. Gard married Nancy A. Hastings on
31 Dec 1891, in Jasper Co., Ill.
Samuel Hastings married Anise Barney on
24 Sep 1876, in Clay Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Sheriff James Roche and Deputy Sheriff Bob Moore arrested a negro named Joe Thomas this morning, who is charged with the murder of another darkey in Future City last July.
The wives of the two darkeys had a quarrel and their husband “butted in” and carried on the trouble. Thomas cut the other negro’s throat fatally wounding him.
and his wife skipped out. They returned a short time ago and
were arrested today.
The funeral of the late Samuel Hastings was held from the family residence, No. 3005 Washington Avenue, at 1:15 o’clock this afternoon. It was very largely attended owing to the prominence of the deceased.
The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Mr. R. A. Sickles, who is filling the pulpit at the Christian church. The services were very solemn and impressive.
A quartette composed of Mrs. W. L. Holt and Mr. B. R. Thistlewood of the First Methodist Church and Mrs. John C. Stewart and Mr. Thomas Haines of the Christian church, sang a number of hymns. The music was under direction of Mr. George Parsons.
The floral officering were very profuse and very beautiful. There was a handsome floral pillow from the family a wreath from the Board of Trade a cypress bunch from the Commercial Club, a harp from the Christian church, an anchor from the Ladies Aid Society of the Christian Church and numerous other beautiful pieces from fiends and acquaintances.
The remains were conveyed to Beech Grove Cemetery where interment took place.
The following served as pallbearers.
Honorary—John S. Aisthorpe, Charles Cunningham, George Parsons, P. W. Barclay, E. A. Smith, J. W. Wenger, J. D. Ladd, M. J. Howeley, A. T. DeBaun, P. Lehning, John F. Rector, Wood Rittenhouse, J. H. Jennelle, E. J. Gause.
Active—J. S. Antrim, C. S. Carey, James H. Galligan., Phil C. Barclay, Fred Norman, Jr., W. H. Sutherland, Peter Lind, N. V, Lewis, T. J. Kerth, E. J. Pink.
(The obituary also contains a picture of Hastings.)
Can Any Old Citizen of Cairo Help the Undersigned?
Can any of the older residents of Cairo assist the undersigned concerning the identity of her parents?
During the Civil War the wife of a soldier, whose name is
not known, died in some barracks over the levee, back of St.
Charles Hotel in Cairo, Illinois, in the summer of 1866
(date not certain) leaving a daughter about 7 months old.
The child was placed in the Soldiers Orphan Home Sept. 1st
of the same year. In the confusion then prevailing, the
parents’ names were not recorded. Information is desired by
the child concerning the identify of the parents. Please
address E. L. Silver, Greeley, Colo.
ARRESTED FOR MURDER FIVE YEARS AGO.
A negro rouster on the Warren was arrested this afternoon by the sheriff form Waverly, Tenn., for the murder of a negro woman there five years ago. The man had been running on the Fowler and the Warren for the past five months. Someone who knew him informed the officers and they came after him. They have been looking for him all the time since the murder was committed.
Mr. Henry Smith Candee, cashier of the Cairo National Bank, returned this morning from Evanston, Ill., where he went with his daughter to spend his vacation. His return was delayed by the sudden death of his father, Mr. W. S. Candee, who was stricken with apoplexy.
Wednesday, 27 Sep 1905:
CARD OF THANKS
Mrs. Anice Hastings and family wish to express their sincere thanks to their friends who so kindly assisted them during the recent illness and bereavement of their beloved husband and father.
Saturday, 30 Sep 1905:
RICHARD FITZGERALD DIED LAST NIGHT.
One Of Cairo’s Oldest Residents Passes Away after Life of Public Service.
A STAUNCH DEMOCRAT FILLED SEVERAL OFFICES
Came to Cairo in ‘52 from Ireland—Funeral Will Be Held Monday with Interment at Villa Ridge.
Mr. Richard Fitzgerald, Sr., one of Cairo’s oldest citizens, passed away last night about 11:30 o’clock at his home, No. 2007 Washington Avenue, after an illness of several days of paralysis. For a number of years he has been afflicted with inflammatory rheumatism, which confined him to his bed.
The deceased was well known throughout the city as “Uncle Dick” and was prominent in politics, being a stalwart Democrat. He served his party in the capacity of county commissioner, coroner, and county jailer. He was at his death and had been for a number of years, a drainage district commissioner.
The deceased was a native of Ireland and came to this county when a mere boy. He came to Cairo in the 50s and since that time he has been a public-spirited and prominent citizen. He engaged in the saloon business across from the courthouse and resided upstairs in the same building. During the past few years he gave little attention to the business which was looked after by his son. For a number of years he was a contractor and devoted much of his time to his business of dirt hauling, as he preferred an outdoor life. He also owned a farm in the drainage district where he spent considerable of his time.
The deceased was 73 years of age and is survived by several children, all grown. He was married twice.
The surviving members of his family are John Fitzgerald, Mrs. Anthony P. Ehs, William Fitzgerald, Richard Fitzgerald, Jr., Robert Fitzgerald, and Ed J. Fitzgerald.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. William Lonergan came to Cairo together in 1852 and worked on the wharfboat together for several years.
(Anthony Ehs married Johanna Fitzgerald on 16 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Dr. A. A. Bondurant was reported better this afternoon and is still in a precarious condition. His daughter, Mrs. John Bransford, of Union City, Tenn., and son, Flint, who is attending Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill., have arrived to be at his bedside.
NOTICE TO HIBERNIANS.
A meeting of Division No. 1, A O. H. will be held at our new hall Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock to make arrangements for attending the funeral of our late brother member, Richard Fitzgerald.
M. O’Donohue, President.
H. A. Collins, aged 61 years, died in this city (Mound City) Thursday evening. He had been employed at shipyard many years. He had been confined to his bed for nearly a year. Funeral services today (Saturday) conducted by Rev. Watt, of Mounds. A wife, three daughters and four stepsons survive him.
Alvin, 5-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, died Friday and was buried at Belknap today, Saturday. (Mound City)
Monday, 2 Oct 1905:
Rabbi B. Sadler left last night for Chicago in response of a message announcing the serious illness of his son, Monte. Mrs. Sadler has been at the bedside of her son for several days. Mr. Sadler is employed in a large law office in Chicago and it is thought that his illness was brought on by overwork.
Another of Our Young Murderers.
Marion, Ill., Oct. 2.—William Hackley, 50 years old, was killed by his 16-year-old stepson, Fred Price, at Johnston City. The boy had been giving much of his time to sport, and when the stepfather came home from work and found the boy playing with a dog in the yard, hard words were spoken. Hackley attempted to chastise the boy, who attacked his stepfather with a baseball bat.
Funeral of Richard Fitzgerald—The funeral of the late Richard Fitzgerald was held this morning from the residence, No. 2007 Washington Avenue. The funeral was largely attended. The floral offerings were very beautiful and were numerous. The remains were taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment. The Ancient Order of Hibernians had charge of the remains.
Carrie Alice, the 3-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Irby died Sunday, Sept. 24, and was buried in Unity graveyard Monday.
(Her marker in Unity Cemetery reads: Infant Daughter of C. W. & C. C. Irby Born July 2, 1905 Died Sept. 24, 1905. Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.—Darrel Dexter)
The body of Mrs. Vaughn’s grandmother was brought here (Unity) from St. Louis last Wednesday and was taken to America for burial Thursday.
Wednesday, 4 Oct 1905:
DEATH OF CURTIS RITCHIE
Well Known Cairo Man Passed Away Last Night of Consumption.
Mr. Curtis Ritchie, a well known Cairo man, passed away last night about 9:45 o’clock at his home, No. 502 Walnut Street, after an illness of several months of consumption. The deceased was 36 years of age.
Mr. Ritchie is survived by his wife and three sons, the eldest of whom is seven years of age. A brother resides at Ullin, who is a prominent farmer in that locality, and a sister resides at St. Louis. Mrs. Ritchie is a sister of Mr. Peter Zimmerman, the well-known grocer.
Mr. Ritchie came to Cairo a number of years ago and for many years was employed as a clerk in the grocery store of Smith Bros. He was later in the employ in Peter Saup and about a year ago formed a partnership with James B. Gillespie, and opened a grocery store and meat market at Fifteenth and Washington.
He was compelled to sell his interest in the business last spring and traveled in the south and west in hopes that he would received some benefit to his health.
He returned home a few weeks ago, little benefited by his journey and has gradually grew worse.
The deceased was a member of the Catholic Knights and Ladies of America.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
(Curtis S. Ritchie married Mary A. Zimmerman on 21 Oct 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill. His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Curtis S. Ritchie Died 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
The oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Mart Rolls died Friday night, aged about three years. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of a host of friends. (Olive Branch)
Grandma Mertz, aged widow of the later Mayor George Mertz, is critically ill. Her demise is expected any day. (Mound City)
Notes of Old Settlers Reunion—Among the aged people in attendance at this reunion held September 21, we mention uncle Mose Barnhart, of Hell’s Neck, who is seventy-seven, was having a good time at the reunion. Uncle George Elkins, of Buncombe, was perhaps the oldest native resident in attendance. He was eighty years old last April and has lived in this county since his birth. Aunt Polly Gore, mother of W. P. Gore, of Goreville, is ninety-three years old and in good health. She is the widow of Walton Gore, who died many years ago. Robert Hood and his good wife, living near Moscow, were among the contestants for the prize offered for the couple the longest married. They won the prize, having been married fifty-six years and three months. Uncle Bob is eighty-two and his good wife, Esther, is eighty-three.
Thursday, 5 Oct 1905:
Died, September 30th, at his home one mile west of here, Mr. Clarence Winter, aged about 24 years. Interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery Sunday. (Dongola)
(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads: Clarence Winters Died Sept. 10, 1905 Aged 24 Yrs., 8 Mos., & 24 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Martha L. Broderick.
Mrs. Martha L. Broderick, wife of the late John A. Broderick, died September 30, 1905, aged 57 years. She has been a sufferer from typhoid fever for three weeks, but bore her suffering patiently to the end. She leaves seven children and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss. In the cemetery at McClure, Ill., she sleeps by the side of her husband and two children who have preceded her to the spirit world in the last 18 months.
Friday, 6 Oct 1905:
SUDDEN DEATH OF WELL KNOWN MAN.
I. W. Lewis, Formerly M. & O. Agent at Alto Pass, Strick with Heart Failure.
Alto Pass, Ill., Oct. 6.—I. W. Lewis, one of the best known citizens of this community, died suddenly of heart failure at his home in Pomona at 10:30 this morning. He was in his usual health until this morning, when he was stricken with the attack, which resulted in his death. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Mr. Lewis was for many years station agent for the M. & O. at this point. Later he went into general merchandise business here, but moved his store to Pomona a few years ago, He leaves a wife and three children.
(Ira W. Lewis married Zorah M. Inman on 21 Aug 1887, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery reads: I. W. Lewis Born April 3, 1863 Died Oct. 6, 1905. Mother’s Boy.—Darrel Dexter)
SCHOOL TEACHER KILLED IN COLD BLOOD.
Prof. Emmett Roach Assassinated by Unknown Parties Near Fulton.
Fulton, Ky., Oct. 6.—Prof. Emmett Roach, one of the most prominent educators and citizens of Fulton County, was assassinated by two unknown white men at his home near here Wednesday night about 11 o’clock.
Mr. Roach had been to the meeting of the Baptist Association at Liberty Church near his home and was putting up his horse and buggy when two men jumped from the stable and opened fire. Several shots took effect, which caused his death a few minutes later.
The family was attracted to the stable by the shots and picked up the wounded man and took him into the house, where he lived 45 minutes. During the time he regained consciousness long enough to tell the family that he thought the men were white, as he saw them long enough to determine whether or not they were negroes or white men.
Bloodhounds were hastened to the scene of the crime from Milan, Tenn. and immediately put upon the track and the chase begun and it is thought that the men will be captured.
The murder is thought to be purely from enmity and not for the purpose of robbery, as no effort was made toward robbing Roach.
The theory is advanced that the murder is the result of relatives of two boys whom Roach reproved at church a few nights ago for misbehavior.
The murder has aroused the whole country surrounding the home of Roach and every effort will be made to capture the guilty persons.
Roach was about forty years of age and is survived by a young wife. Mr. Roach was prominent in Democratic politics in Fulton County and made the race for county school superintendent a few years ago and was only defeated by a woman by a few votes. It is understood that Roach made known his assassins in his confession, but the names have not been made public yet.
Saturday, 7 Oct 1905:
Mrs. John A Sammons was called to Mississippi County last evening by the news of the serious illness of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph Hargan.
Wednesday, 11 Oct 1905:
MOST BRUTAL MURDER AT SANDUSKY
William Hatfield Slain by Blow, Which Crushed His Skull.
Three negroes are in the county jail and a warrant has been issued for a fourth for connection with a most brutal murder at Sandusky. William Hatfield, a white man who worked in the stave factory there, was killed for $20, which it was supposed he had on his person. A heavy timber was used as a weapon and Hatfield’s head was crushed to a pulp.
Coroner James McManus, who went to Sandusky to hold the inquest, returned this afternoon with the three men in charge. They will be taken before the grand jury as witnesses.
Hatfield’s body was found in a small hay barn near the depot at Sandusky, near was the timber, stained with blood, which furnished the telltale evidence.
Hatfield was playing cards in the saloon at Sandusky Monday and exhibited his money. He was known to have cashed a check for $21.50. However he sent $18 to his family at Mill Shoals, Ills., and spent a little himself so that he only had a couple of dollars on his person at the time of the murder. This his assailants evidently did not know.
The men who are held are M. C. Ethridge, Thomas Ethridge, and Fulton Davis, while Allen Hall is wanted on a warrant. All of these men were blamed for the crime by the coroner’s jury, as the three under arrest told conflicting stores.
Hatfield has been at Sandusky for about a year and came there from Beech Ridge.
Mr. Samuel Curry died at his home south of Ullin Friday night. Deceased was a good farmer, a Christian gentleman, with a character unimpeachable. The funeral was largely attended Sunday
(His marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads: Samuel Curry Born June 26, 1859 Died Oct. 5, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 12 Oct 1905:
Jobe Thomas, charged with murder, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sent to the penitentiary.
Charles Parks, who killed his father-in-law at East
Cape Girardeau, on the day of his wedding, pleaded guilty to
manslaughter and was sentenced to the penitentiary.
A sad ending of the more than half century of Rev. J. A. Scarritt’s career as a minister of the gospel is the death of his consort, Mrs. J. A. Scarritt, who passed away at 3 o’clock this morning at the home of Capt. Nichols, 712 Walnut Street, where Rev. Scarritt and wife have been stopping since they vacated the Methodist parsonage. Yesterday she was out on the street and apparently she was as well as ever up to midnight when the attack came which ended her life.
Mrs. Scarritt was 73 years of age. On three different occasions covering a period of twelve years, she was resided in Cairo while Mr. Scarritt was stationed here. She leaves besides her husband, one grandchild, Miss Blanche Parsons.
The remains will be taken to the old home, the parsonage on Eighth Street tonight, and will lie there until Sunday morning, when the funeral will be held about 9 o’clock. It is the plan to take the remains to Alton on the 11:15 a.m. train Sunday for burial there Monday morning.
Mr. Parsons will go to Alton tonight to make the arrangements for the interment.
(Jotham A. Scarritt married Hannah R. Meldrum
on 4 Oct 1849, in Madison Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The funeral of Mrs. Hannah Rebecca Scarritt, wife of the Rev. J. A. Scarritt, was the first to be held in the new Methodist church at Alton, which was dedicated Sunday. There in the city where she was born and where she lived for many years, and where her husband served as presiding elder, services were held over the remains this morning, attended by many of the old friends of the deceased and of her husband. The services were conducted by the pastor Rev. Mr. H. Ewers, assisted by Bishop Moore, of Portland, Ore., and Rev. C. Nash, of Jerseyville.
The services in Cairo Sunday morning were largely attended. Rev. T. J. Porter, Rev. S. P. Mahoney, and Rev. Charles Armstrong assisted the new pastor of the church, Rev. W. T. Morris, in the service, and the choir sang, “Thy Will Be Done,” “Lead Kindly Light,” “Abide with Me,” and “It Is Well with My Soul.”
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Miller, Mrs. N. B.
Thistlewood and Mr. Phil C. Barclay accompanied
the remains to Alton.
Funeral services will occur at the residence, Wednesday,
Oct. 18th, conducted by Rev. I. A. Humberd.
Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Killing Four Persons and Fatally
Injuring Four Others.
Sorento, Ill., Oct. 18.—Four persons were killed and four
fatally injured and at least forty others hurt in a storm
which struck town at 9 o’clock last night, demolishing two
score of homes. The storm, which was almost a cyclone,
lasted but a few minutes, but was terrific in violence and
swept a path though the center of the town. Nearly
everyone in town was in bed when the storm appeared.
Those crushed to death, and injured by falling timbers are
Mrs. Thomas Eiles, Mrs. William Stewart,
William Mann, Harrison Mann.
A little 4-month-old baby died at the Children’s Home this
morning early. The child was brought to Cairo by its
mother on a cold day recently, and it got sick and its death
followed. The mother is Mrs. Rosa Simmons, of
Thebes. She married a bridgeman there and they removed
to Clarida, La. There the husband died, and the mother
was left with the little babe, which she was unable to care
for, so she brought it to Cairo and placed it in the home.
Disappointed in love, Linnie Rice ended her life this
morning by drinking carbolic acid.
The woman was at police headquarters this morning in conference with Chief Egan. She told him her troubles and that she was going away. She had with her then a bottle, which she stated, was medicine. He asked her to let him take it, but she declined. Little thinking that she was contemplating self destruction, he did not take the poison from her. Then she left, and the next word was that she had swallowed the dose and was dead. The ambulance was sent and took her lifeless body to the undertaking establishment.
An inquest was held by Coroner McManus and a verdict
rendered of suicide by carbolic acid.
Oskaloosa, Iowa., Oct. 18.—Harry McGlasson, at
Frakerville, Ill., being despondent because he was out of
work, shot his wife and infant daughter today, and then shot
himself, dying instantly.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Samuel J. Wilbur 1883-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oney Edline died at
Blissville, Ark., Monday, Oct. 16. Funeral services
will be held at the residence of William Ohara, 520
Thirty-fifth Street, Thursday morning at 8 o’clock.
Interment at Villa Ridge. Friends of the family are
Mr. George W. Martin desires to thank the neighbors
and friends who were so kind to him during the recent
illness and death of his wife. He appreciates deeply
the sympathy, which they expressed in words and deeds.
J. Wilbur, age 22 years, died at the home of his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Wilbur, 622 Thirty-fifth
Street, Tuesday morning, October 17. Funeral services
will be held at the residence Thursday morning at 8:30
o’clock. Interment at Villa Ridge. Train will
leave foot of Thirty-fourth Street. Friends of the
The trial of George Martin for murder was brought to
a close late this afternoon. The case occupied the
whole of the time of the circuit court today. The
concluding arguments were made by Attorney Wilson for
the People and Attorney Leek for the defense this
Winchester Ky., Oct. 19.—Sani Hislef, convicted of
criminal assault, was hanged there this morning. His
neck was broken and he was pronounced dead in ten minutes.
He made a brief speech confessing his guilt and saying he
had made his peace with God. He urged the officials
and other white people to break up the negro dens of
iniquity, which he said were responsible for his downfall.
Mrs. Elizabeth Johns, mother of Messrs. David and William Johns, passed away at the home of the last named son at No. 3206 Sycamore Street last night after a long illness, which took a serious turn about three weeks ago. The deceased was 80 years of age. She leaves five children, the others besides the ones named above being Misses Barbara and Elizabeth Johns, of Cairo and Mrs. Jane Brownlee of Pine Bluff, Ark.
Mrs. Johns came to Cairo about eight years ago with her son. She has made her home with him since her husband died 22 years ago.
No services will be held here, but the remains will be taken to DuQuoin at 5 o’clock tomorrow morning and the funeral will be held at that place.
(William B. Brownlee married Jane Johns on 16
Nov 1876, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thomas Ferguson, the contractor and builder who has been seriously ill for a number of weeks, passed away last night at about 11 o’clock.
Mr. Ferguson was born in New Lisbon, Ohio, on Nov. 23, 1835. On May 28, 1857, he married Miss Sarah who survives him. They had three children, two of whom survive, Mrs. T. L. Pulley and Frank Ferguson. Coming from a large family he was the last to survive.
Mr. Ferguson during the Civil War was connected with the construction work of the navy at Cairo and Mound City. Later he opened a shop in Cairo and for the past thirty years has been following his trade here. His son followed in his footsteps upon reaching his manhood and together they have been associated as contractors and builders. They have constructed many of the best buildings in Cairo, and have made a reputation for themselves for honest, thorough work. Such was the character of the deceased.
While connecting himself with no church, Mr. Ferguson was a Mason and a Templar, which shows he gave thought to more than the temporal affairs of this life.
A little more than two weeks ago, Mr. Ferguson was taken seriously ill with his old complaint, kidney trouble, and since that time his family had fears of his early dissolution. He suffered intensely during this period and death came as a relief to him.
The funeral will be in charge of the order to which he belonged and will be held at the family residence, No. 511 Walnut Street, tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. T. Morris of the Methodist church. Burial will be at Beech Grove cemetery.
(T. L. Pulley married Ella Ferguson on 17 Apr
1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Jasper N. Atherton, 21, a native of Pulaski Co.,
Ill., enlisted 15 Aug 1862, in Co. K, 109th
He was transferred to Co. F, 11th Illinois
Infantry and mustered out as sergeant on 14 Jul 1865.—Darrel
All members of Cairo Lodge A. F. & A. M. No. 237 and
visiting brothers are requested to meet at their hall in
City National Bank building Friday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. for
the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother,
The case of George Martin charged with the murder of Mr. W. O. Bruce, a young white man, went to the jury about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon and about 5:30 o’clock a verdict was returned finding Martin guilty of murder and fixing his punishment at 18 years in the penitentiary.
Martin, on the 16th of September last, had a quarrel with one Tom Mitchell, another negro, over a small debt. Mitchell grabbed a gun from Martin’s hands and broke the latter’s left arm with it. Later Martin recovered the gun and shot at Mitchell. The charge took effect in the stomach and abdomen of one W. O. Bruce, a young white man, who died of the injuries.
The light sentence returned by the jury was a surprise to the public generally. The state appeared to have a strong case against Martin and it was generally expected that he would be sentenced to a life imprisonment.
Attorney Angus Leek defended Martin and upon the verdict made a motion for a new trial, which will be argued tomorrow.
The jury was composed of the following men: C. I.
Richards, Louis Ross, William West, Scott
Hazlewood, John Daily, Wiley Craig, O.
E. Riggles, Sidney J. Alles, A. S. Green,
A. T. Ivy, Jerome Copeland, James Wright.
Saturday, 21 Oct 2905:
At a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon, M. C. Ethridge, a negro, was bound over to await the action of the grand jury at the February term of circuit court, charged with the murder of William Hatfield, at Sandusky on October 9th.
Three other negroes, who were arrested, charged with being accomplices to the crime, were related. They were Tom Ethridge, Allen Hall and Fulton Davis.
Near the body of the murdered man was found a lone red dice,
which led up to Ethridge’s arrest and it is said that
Ethridge had been seen during the day of the murder
with this dice in his possession.
was a timber man and is said to have been intoxicated on the
day of his death. He had considerable money in his
possession and was seen in company with the negroes,
according to the evidence, and it is alleged that after the
murder Ethridge was seen with a large roll of money.
Two negroes, Bob Perry and C. Horn, became involved in a quarrel Sunday morning on Eighteenth Street, which resulted in the latter being seriously and perhaps fatally stabbed.
Perry made his escape and has not been captured. Horn was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary where he was attended by Dr. Fields.
The police were unable to find out what the trouble was about, but it is supposed that there is a woman at the bottom of the case.
The affair occurred about 11 o’clock on Eighteenth Street
between Washington and Walnut.
A reward of $75 is offered for the whereabouts of Henry
Powles, who mysteriously disappeared on or about the
last of August 1905.
Charleston, Ill., Oct. 30.—Mr. and Mrs. George Dukman
were instantly killed at a crossing of the Big Four here by
the “Knickerbocker” fast train. Their team was killed
and their wagon demolished.
(Lewis W. Corzine married Mary C. Marion on 4
Nov 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.
A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Lewis Earl Corzine
(John Brooks married Louvana P. Hale on
12 Oct 1854, in Union Co., Ill.
Marshall Culp married Sarah J. Brooks
on 25 Apr 1872, in Union Co., Ill. Otis Dawes married
Mary A. Brooks on 18 Mar 1896, in Union Co., Ill.
Albert Warren Williamson married Alma Inez
Culp, daughter of Marshall Culp and Sarah J.
Brooks, on 29 Jun 1893, in Union Co., Ill.
Edgar S. Miller married Girtrude Culp
on 8 Jul 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Keller Cemetery in Union County reads:
John M. Brooks Died Oct. 30, 1905 Aged 72
Yrs., 9 Mos., & 24 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Alton, Ill., Nov. 2.—Leonard Oller was killed with a biscuit roller by his 18-year-old son, Frank, because he knocked his wife down and threatened to kill the entire family.
(This may be the family of Leonard F. Oller, who
married Maria Haugherty on 4 May 1882, in Montgomery
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Birdie Porter, a niece of Rev. T. J. Porter, pastor of the Cairo Baptist Church, who visited here a short time ago, died last night at her home at Joppa, Mo., of typhoid fever.
The deceased was a beautiful and popular young lady and made many friends during her visit here, who will deeply regret her untimely death.
(The 9 Nov 1905, issue gives the place of death as Joplin,
Shot and killed by his young wife, the remains of Garfield
Hines, a negro, lie stiff and cold in the undertaking
rooms of Mrs. M. E. Feith, while the husband-murderer
occupies a cell in the city jail.
For some time Hines and his wife have not lived together, owing to the manner in which Mrs. Hines was treated by her husband, who is said to have quarreled with her frequently and threatened to take her life.
Mrs. Hines was lying upon a bed, when her husband entered the room, as she was sick. Hines accused his wife of infidelity, which she denied. While they were talking Mrs. Hines’ mother went out to the shed to get a bucket of coal. As she left the room Hines, with an oath, made a motion for his hip pocket, where he kept a large dirk knife.
His wife sprang from the bed and grabbing a 44 Colts revolver nearby, shot her husband, the ball taking effect in the abdomen.
Hines grabbed his wife and made an effort to cut her throat after he had been shot, but Mrs. Hines’ mother hearing the shot, rushed into the room in time to prevent the cutting.
Hines left the house and died a short time after.
young wife immediately after the shooting went to police
headquarters and gave herself up.
“My name is Lethea Hines. I am 18 years old and two months. My husband is 26 years old. We have no children. We have not lived together for some time, because Garfield was so cruel to me, beating me often and threatening to kill me. He has attacked me several times with that dirk knife, and I have been living with my mother. I shot him when he made the motion for his hip pocket, for I knew he would kill me and I acted in self-defense. He tried to cut my throat after I shot him. He grabbed me here (pointing to her shoulder) and tore my dress.”
Coroner McManus held an inquest this afternoon.
John Fitzgerald, a well-known Cairo man, and son of the late Richard Fitzgerald, died Tuesday evening about 5:20 o’clock at his home on Center Street.
The deceased had been ill for several weeks and his death was due to a complication of diseases. Until recently, the deceased managed the farm of his father in the drainage district.
He is survived by his wife and five children, the eldest 13 years of age and the youngest 2 years old, besides four brothers, William, Richard, Robert and Edward Fitzgerald, and a sister, Mrs. A. P. Ehs.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock from St. Joseph’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
John Fitzgerald 1874-1906.—Darrel
(Milton D. Lockman married Minerva Dillow on 4
Nov 1877, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:
Irvin M. Lockman 1885-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
A man by the names of Charles Wood, who resides in Philadelphia, Pa., was found last night about 8:15 o’clock by a train crew on the Illinois Central railroad lying by the side of the track near Bridge Junction.
man was unconscious and his head was badly crushed. He
was thought to be dead. Dr. James McManus, the
coroner, was notified and hurried to Bridge Junction.
Finding the man was alive, he had him placed aboard an
engine and brought to Cairo, where he was taken to St.
A brother arrived today, who recognized him as Charles Wood, his brother. The man is in a critical condition and his death is expected at any moment.
He wore overalls, which covered a neat suit of clothing. He appears to be a laboring man and about 30 years of age. He is smooth shaven, having dark brown hair. He weighs about 175 or 180 pounds and is an excellent specimen of manhood.
Wood died this afternoon before 2 o’clock from his
Mr. J. F. Connell, former editor of the Mound City Enterprise, passed away at his home in Mound City today after an illness of a week’s duration.
The deceased was stricken with an attack of pneumonia about a week ago and gradually grew worse. Last night, however, it was thought he was improving, but he suffered a relapse this morning and died about 11:50 o’clock.
He would have been 55 years old, if his life had been spared until November 25th. He is survived by a wife and seven children, six boys and one girl. They are James Jr., Charles Dana, Frank, Irvin, Byron, Roy and Miss Mona Connell. He is also survived by four brothers, Mr. Wiley Connell, of Chicago, Mr. Will Connell, of New York City, and Mrs. Dave Connell and Mr. Arthur Connell, of Cairo, besides three sisters, Mrs. E. A. Barton, of Chicago, Mrs. N. P. Spence, of Chicago, and Mrs. J. W. Whitlock, of Cairo.
The deceased spent the greater part of his life in the newspaper business and was the editor of the Mound City Enterprise for nearly ten years and previous to that time was the editor of the Egyptian Press at Marion, Ill., and at one time was editor of the Cairo Morning Argus.
He was at one time an Odd Fellow.
(John W. Whitlock married Mattie Connell on 1
Sep 1881, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Friday morning, Nov. 3, at 4 a.m. at Challis, Idaho, Mrs. Caroline Frances McFadden nee Smith, wife of James A. McFadden.
Burial will occur at Villa Ridge cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Special train will leave Cairo at 12 o’clock noon. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Caroline Frances McFadden Born Dec. 4, 1863
Died Nov. 3, 1905.
Sister of James R. Smith.—Darrel Dexter)
(August Schindler married Mary Walden on 4 Sep
1895, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Miles S. Gilbert married Helen E. Judson
on 4 Oct 1899, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:
G. W. Scurlock Born Sept. 4, 1855 Died Nov.
14, 1905. Gone
but not forgotten.—Darrel Dexter)
Charleston, Mo., Nov. 17.—Will Hancock was shot and killed here late Wednesday night by Ed Parks. Both were well known young men. They quarreled over who had the most money. A fistfight resulted and in the scuffle. Ed Parks fired five shots from a revolver, only one of which took effect. They had been great friends. The verdict of the coroner’s jury was that the shooting was unjustifiable. Parks is in jail.
The dead man is a son of H. H. Hancock, of Cairo.
(The 18 Nov 1905, issue states this was not the son of H. H.
Hancock, but was another man known as Bush Hancock.—Darrel
preliminary hearing of Lethea Hines, the 19-year-old
negress who shot and killed her husband, Garfield Hines,
a few weeks ago, was held this morning in Judge Ross’
court, and the court decided that the crime was done in self
defense and acquitted the youthful murderess.
(Milton Jenkins married Louiza Anderson on 17
Oct 1864, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Milton Jenkins married Anna Davis on 17
May 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
“No suh! I did not know de gun was loaded!” was the exclamation uttered by Will Van Buren alias Will Buckner, who was seen at the city jail this morning by a Citizen representative and asked if he intentionally shot Lena Thomas, a negro woman.
and some other negroes were at the home of Lena Thomas,
the murdered woman, Saturday night. They were having a
gay time playing war. Some of them called themselves
Japs while others played Russians. There was an old
shotgun in the house and this each side endeavored to wrest
from the hands of their opponents and then see how long they
could keep it in their possession.
There were a few others in the house. According to his story, he began playing with the gun again and, pointing it at Lena Thomas, said, “I’m gwine to shoot you.”
The woman who was giving her attention to something on the stove replied: “Shoot nigga, I’m not skeered of de gun.” Whereupon Buckner deliberately pulled the trigger and fired. The gun was loaded and the charge took effect in the side of the woman’s head, badly disfiguring her.
Buckner was nearly frightened to death, so he claims, and dropping the gun started to run. The witnesses to the tragedy told him he had better give himself up and he was met coming out Nineteenth Street shortly after by Officer Fred Whitcamp, who placed him in jail.
Between Saturday night and the time of the shooting, which occurred about 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, the husband of the murdered woman had loaded the gun and this Buckner did not know and began playing with it before investigating.
The inquest over the remains of the Thomas woman was held this morning. The jury recommended that Buckner be released from custody, exonerating him from all blame and finding from the evidence that the accident was purely accidental.
Tuesday, 21 Nov 1905:
The Rhodes-Burford installment furniture house is closed on account of the death of S. J. Burford of Louisville, Ky. (Mound City)
News has reached this city (Mound City), on Nov. 14th the 3-month-old baby, Muriel Rutherford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude E. Spence, of San Francisco, died.
S. J. BURFORD DIED THIS MORNING.
Well Known Louisville Citizen Succumbs to Pneumonia.
WAS ILL ONLY A FEW DAYS
Funeral Will Be Held Thursday.—Cairo Store Closed Out of Respect for Deceased.
Mr. S. J. Burford, secretary and treasurer of the Rhodes-Burford Furniture Company, died at his home in Louisville, Ky., at 2 o’clock this morning of pneumonia, after an illness of only a few days.
Mr. Burford was well known in Cairo, as he was a frequent visitor here. He also found his bride in Cairo, having wedded Miss Eva Cantwell on March 19th, 1890. She is now left a widow with several children.
The news of the sudden death of Mr. Burford came in a long distance telephone message from Mr. L. F. Hurt, and the store on Commercial Avenue was immediately closed, and will remain so until after the funeral Thursday.
The remains will be buried at his home in Louisville. Mrs. Cantwell will leave tonight for Louisville to be with her daughter and Mr. and A. J. H. Newman, manager of the Cairo store who is now en route home from New York, will probably stop there en route home. Mr. Hurt is already there.
Mr. Burford is stricken down in the prime of his life, as his age is little beyond 40 years. His untimely demise is a great shock to his friends.
(Stonewall J. Burford married Eva M. Cantwell on 19 Mar 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A woman by the name of Miller died at the home of Andrew Hanson west of town (Ullin) last week.
W. F. Gill, who was accidentally killed at the Metal Bound Package Plant Thursday, died Friday and the remains were taken to Marion for interment. The coroner’s jury exonerated the company from any blame. (Mound City)
Thomas Buchanan, a well known plasterer, who has worked a great deal in Cairo, was accidentally killed while tearing down an old building in town (Mound City) Friday.
Wednesday, 22 Nov 1905:
Mr. Robert VanArsdale, of the Rhodes Burford Furniture Company, left yesterday for Louisville, Ky., to attend the funeral of his uncle, Mr. S. J. Burford.
SHOOTING SCRAPE AT VILLA RIDGE.
Constable Green in Self Defense Shoots and Kills Negro.
Villa Ridge, Nov. 22—We had a shooting affray here on Saturday last to relieve the monotony. Constable George Green had an altercation with Tom Johnson, colored, who had been drinking and drew a revolver on Mr. Green, who shot him in self defense. Mr. Green went to Mound City at once and surrendered to the proper authorities, who bade him return home and hold himself to answer if called for. Johnson died Tuesday night.
Funeral Held Today—The funeral of Mr. S. J. Burford of the Rhodes-Burford Furniture Company, was held at Louisville this afternoon. Mrs. Cantwell and daughters, Mrs. Cox and Mrs. Harrell, and son Robert Cantwell and Robert VanArsdale, of the Cairo store, went to Louisville to attend the funeral. The store will open again tomorrow morning.
Old Cairoite Dead—Albert Allen, a former resident of this city, died last Sunday at his home, No. 6259 Halstead Street, Chicago. The deceased was 49 years of age. He learned the printing business in the Bulletin office in Cairo a number of years ago. He was a boon companion of Mr. Henry Vincent, who sent a beautiful floral piece for the funeral. The funeral was held this afternoon at Chicago with interment at Oakwoods.
Friday, 24 Nov 1905:
SKETCH OF LATE S. J. BURFORD
Louisville Courier Journal Pays Tribute to His Worth.
The Louisville Courier-Journal contained a sketch of the late S. J. Burford from which we extract the following:
Stonewall Jackson Burford was born forty-one years ago at Harrodsburg. He was a son of Dr. John A. Burford, who at the age of eighty-four, survives him. He came to Louisville in 1882. He first obtained employment in a butter making establishment and later became collector of P. F. Collier & Company. He was a hard and industrious worker and had long before his death pushed his way to the head of one of the largest mercantile establishments in the city. In 1885 he became interested in the furniture business with A. J. Rhodes at Cairo, Ill., and for three years conducted a furniture house there.
In 1888 he returned to Louisville and opened a furniture store on Jefferson Street, between Seventh and Eighth. Later branches were opened at Twelfth and Market streets and Preston and Market streets. Then the big house on the north side of Market Street, between Sixth and Seventh streets was opened. The business later outgrew these quarters and was recently removed to the new store on the south side of the same street. Three stores in Louisville, one in New Albany, and one in Jeffersonville are links in a chain of forty-three stores in different parts of the country.
Mr. Burford’s business ventures were customarily met with success, and aside from his interests in the company, of which he was one of the heads, he had amassed a large amount of property. His real estate holdings in Louisville and in adjacent country were very heavy. He had recently completed the erection of a magnificent residence, “Riverview,” at Prospect on his Prospect interurban line and had expressed his hopes of spending the happiest days of his life there. He and Mrs. Burford were royal and frequent entertainers and often had large parties at their home. Mr. Burford owned a launch, and his journeys to the city and business were often made on the river.
He was a lover of outdoor sports and was an expert marksman. He frequently spent weeks away on hunting trips in Arkansas, Florida, and elsewhere. A prince of good fellows, he was also charitable, public spirited and progressive and was a member of the board of trustees of the Louisville Industrial School of Reform, appointed by former Mayor Grainger.
He was a member of DeMolay Commandery, No. 12, Kosair Temple Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and Preston Lodge of Masons, No. 281. He was also a member of Louisville Lodge No. 8, B. P. O. E.
Besides his father, Dr. John A. Burford, who resides at “Riverview,” he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva C. Burford, one daughter, Miss Margaret Burford, aged seventeen, and two sons, John N. and Stonewall Jackson Burford, Jr. Two brothers, Clarence R. Burford, foreman for the Rhodes-Burford Company, W. R. Burford, of Prescott, Ariz., and one sister, Mrs. C. C. Van Arsdall, of Nevada, Mo., also survive him. Mrs. Burford was Miss Eva Cantwell of Cairo, Ill., and was married to Mr. Burford twenty years ago.
MAN KILLED AT MOUND CITY TODAY
Otis Cobble, Assistant Engineer at Wisconsin Chair Factory, Meets Sudden Death.
FLY WHEEL ON ENGINE GAVE WAY
Hurling It Through the Air, Striking Cobble.—Calamity Occurred About 7:30 O’clock.
Otis Cobble, assistant engineer at the Wisconsin Chair Factory at Mound City, was instantly killed this morning by a fragment of a flywheel, which exploded, striking him in the side.
The sad affair happened about 7:30 o’clock. Cobble was standing near the engine when suddenly the large flywheel exploded and the fragments were hurled through the engine room wrecking the objects with which they came in contact. One of the fragments struck Cobble in the side and thigh, killing him instantly. The flywheel is between eight and nine feet in diameter.
The deceased is a young man and is unmarried.
ALLEGED THIEF MAY HAVE BEEN DROWNED.
Skiff Found Tied to Steamer Pacific with Stolen Articles, But Man Is Missing.
The man who boldly stole a coil of new rope from the Woodward Hardware Company’s store Wednesday night, and who wheeled it off in a wheelbarrow, which it is thought he also stole from the store, is missing and it is thought that he fell out of his skiff and was drowned, as the skiff has been found but not the man.
The story of the theft is an interesting one. Wednesday the man, whose name is not known, and who is supposed to live down the river, called at the Woodward Hardware Store. He purchased some rope and some cork. He went with the clerk to the basement and saw where they were stored. He paid for his purchase and said he would return for them later.
A few minutes after 6 o’clock, Mr. Corcoran, night watchman for P. T. Langan, saw a man working at some rope at the Woodward Hardware Company’s store. The man was pulling the rope out from beneath the doors to the basement and was coiling it around a wheelbarrow. Mr. Corcoran watched him for a while, but the man boldly worked away and did not look up. Finally, however, he asked the watchman: “Well, what do you want here?” Mr. Corcoran replied that he was just watching him work.
The watchman passed on and the man continued to steal the rope. The man was so bold that the watchman did not realize the man was in the act of stealing.
When the stranger had completed his task, he wheeled it off to a skiff, which he had left at the riverbank and nothing more has been seen of him.
Yesterday morning, Mr. Mace Goldsmith, ship carpenter on the transfer steamer Pacific, found a skiff tied to the rear of the Pacific with a coil of rope, a lantern, a flask of whisky and a grindstone in it. He recognized the grindstone as the one belonging to the Pacific and used by him. It was supposed the rope was the same that was stolen from Woodward’s. But the wheelbarrow and the man were missing. It is thought that the man lost his balance in the skiff and fell overboard and was drowned.
(The 27 Nov 1905, issue gives the missing man’s name as Dave Sharron.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 25 Nov 1905:
Mueller—Mrs. Loru E. Mueller died Friday, November 24th, 1905. Beloved wife of Joseph E. Mueller. Funeral services will be held from the family residence, No. 410 Washington Avenue, Sunday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:45 p.m. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
DEATH OF WELL KNOWN CHRISTIAN WOMAN
Mrs. Loru E. Mueller Died Last Night after Illness of Several Weeks.
Mrs. Loru E. Mueller, wife of Capt. Joseph E. Mueller, passed away at St. Mary’s Infirmary about 8:30 o’clock Friday night, after an illness of several weeks.
The deceased had been in poor health for several months and was taken to the infirmary about four weeks ago. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Logan and Leo Mueller, and a sister, Mrs. Ellis E. Cox.
Mrs. Mueller was born at Shawneetown, Ill., June 29, 1855. She came to Cairo at the close of the Civil War with her parents, the late George W. and Loru A. McKeag. Her father served as postmaster here for several years, being appointed by President U. S. Grant.
Capt. Mueller was at that time in charge of the Weather Bureau Station here and he and the deceased formed a friendship, which culminated in their marriage on February 1, 1880. Four children were born to them, two of whom survive her.
The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church of this city and a devout Christian. She possessed a kind and amiable disposition and was highly esteemed by all who knew her and her loss will be deeply deplored.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the family residence, Fifth and Washington. Rev. A. S. Buchanan, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will conduct the ceremonies.
(Joseph Edward Mueller married Loru Elizabeth McKeaig on 1 Feb 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill. George W. McKeag married Loru Ann Posey on 19 Oct 1852, in Gallatin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 27 Nov 1905:
POLICE ARREST BADLY WANTED MURDERER
Who Killed Another Negro in Crap Game at Marion a Week Ago.
Chief Mart Egan and Sergeant James Cowell made an important arrest today when they landed Al Scott, a negro, in the city jail, charged with cold-blooded murder.
Scott is charged with the murder of another negro named Major Langston, at Marion, Ill., on Sunday, November 19th. The negroes were engaged in a crap game together and disagreed over the small amount of 40 cents. They quarreled, they fought, they clenched and Scott shot his opponent down.
He came to Cairo and was found in a house at No. 1411 Cedar Street.
Sheriff H. S. Harris and Deputy Sheriff J. F. Khrogsmorton, of Marion, came down to take the negro back to Marion.
Recovered the Rope—Chief Egan has recovered the rope that was stolen from the Woodward Hardware Company, but the thief is still missing and as stated in The Citizen Saturday, it is thought he was drowned. The rope was found in the man’s shanty boat below Bradley’s coal fleet. Dave Sharron is the man’s name and he cares for the government light at the point. It is said that Sharron was convicted of counterfeiting a few years ago and served time in the penitentiary.
Funeral of Mrs. Mueller—The funeral of Mrs. Joseph E. Mueller was held yesterday afternoon at the family residence on lower Washington Avenue and was largely attended. Rev. A. S. Buchanan, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated and the music was furnished by the Presbyterian choir and by the Germania Maennerchor. The interment was at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Brakeman Resting Easy—Mr. J. F. Kelley, the Illinois Central brakeman, who was injured at Mounds Saturday, was reported to be resting easily this afternoon. While crossing the track at Mounds, going to his caboose, he was struck by a switch engine, having his right leg severed above the knee and his left foot above the ankle, besides being otherwise bruised. Mr. Kelley’s home is in East St. Louis, where his mother and sister reside. He was brought to Cairo and placed in St. Mary’s Infirmary.
Tuesday, 28 Nov 1905:
Died from Injuries—J. F. Kelley, the Illinois Central brakeman who was injured about the limbs at Mounds Sunday morning, died last night at St. Mary’s Infirmary from his injuries. The remains will be taken to East St. Louis where his mother resides.
Mrs. W. H. Williams, of Paducah formerly of Cairo, died yesterday morning soon after midnight at her home in Paducah. Her husband and three young children survive her. She was married to Mr. Williams in this city and they lived here some years afterwards. Her maiden name was Nellie Rhea. She was a popular lady and had many friends in Cairo who will regret deeply her untimely demise.
(William H. Williams married Nellie C. Rhea on 23 Dec 1895, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
NEGRO ACQUITTED IN UNION COUNTY.
Robert Elder, a colored boy, who killed Walter Forbush, a young white man at Cobden last November, was acquitted in the Union County circuit court at Jonesboro last week. Forbush was one of a crowd of young men who attempted to run the negro out of town. While engaged in this pastime they went a little too far, and Elder shot and killed Forbush. He was tried at the March term of court by Judge Butler and was given a sentence of 27 years in the penitentiary. Judge Butler granted the defendant a new trial, and it came up a second time before Judge Duncan, with the result that Elder was acquitted.
ELKS MEMORIAL SERVICE
Which Will Be Held at the Cairo Opera House Sunday—Public Invited
The following are the deceased members of Cairo lodge B. P. O. E. No. 651: Joseph P. Robarts, died October 30, 1903; John A. Haynes, died February 25, 1904; Earnest W. Rees, died November 12, 1904; Henry Bernstine, died July 28, 1905; John P. Mockler died August 17, 1905; Sidney J. Wheeler, died November 18, 1905.
A very sad affair occurred Monday evening. Lizzie Biggerstaff, who lives in the Shiloh neighborhood with her grandfather, Mr. Guss Biggerstaff, shot herself through the heart with a revolver. She was but 13 years old and there is no telling what was the cause of her trouble. She had just returned from school and walked directly into her room where she did the awful deed.
(Augustus F. Biggerstaff, 40, son of Thomas Biggerstaff and Susan Dilts, married Esther E. Emerson on 14 Sep 1881, in Union Co., Ill. This was his second marriage.—Darrel Dexter)
The coroner’s jury, which set upon the remains of the negro that Constable George Green killed a short time ago, disbanded last evening without an agreement. Five were for acquittal and one for holding Mr. Green to answer before the grand jury. The one who held the jury is said to be an open and avowed enemy of Mr. Green, so that his action has not the weight it would otherwise have.
Wednesday, 29 Nov 1905:
Mr. Adolph Swoboda was reported very low this afternoon and all hope for his recovery has been given up.
NEW TRIAL IN PERKINS CASE
Will Have to Be Held.—Jury Failed to Agree after Being Out Two Days and a Half.
Judge W. N. Butler has returned from Vienna, Ill., where he has been holding court, which has adjourned. In the case of the People vs. Fred Perkins, charged with murder, the jury failed to come to an agreement after arguing the case for two days and a half. The case itself covered a week’s time. The jury was discharged and a new trial will have to be held. Young Perkins is a popular young man of Vienna and a son of A. J. Perkins, of that town. He is a brother of Mr. Harry Perkins of this city. He became involved in a quarrel at a dance at West Vienna on July 15th, and shot and killed John Betts. Much interest has been taken in the case on account of the popularity of the defendant.
The week old infant daughter of Joseph and Mrs. Hannah Berry died Nov. 19 and was buried in Unity Cemetery Nov. 21.
Mr. Forbes had a paralytic stroke Sunday morning from which it is feared he cannot recover. He was apparently in the most robust health and is a man in the very prime of life. It is a terrible cloud that is hanging over his family. (Unity)
Thursday, 30 Nov 1905:
WILL OF LATE S. J. BURFORD
Provided that His Father Shall Always Be Cared For.
The will of S. J. Burford, the secretary and treasurer of the Rhodes-Burford Furniture Company, was probated at Louisville.
The will is dated August 23, 1904, and is in the handwriting of the testator. It appoints the Fidelity Trust Company executor, authorizing it to administer the assets “According to the laws of Kentucky,” so dividing the property by the laws of descent.
The widow is asked to care for Dr. James Burford, the father of the testator, during her life, and if he survives her, the same charge is laid upon the children. The executor is instructed to consult with his wife as to her home and investments.
The will is written on a single sheet of letter paper.
MRS. SUSAN HARRIS DIED LAST EVENING.
Mother of Mrs. George B. Wearen Passed Away at Latter’s Home on Walnut Street.
Mrs. Susan Harris, mother of Mrs. George B. Wearen, passed away last evening about 6 o’clock at the latter’s home at Tenth and Walnut streets.
The deceased was 63 years of age and her death was due to a stroke of paralysis.
The decease recently came to Cairo from Paducah with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. George B. Wearen, who is connected with the wholesale grocery firm of Scudder, Gale and Wearen.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Harris is survived by a son, Mr. John Harris, of Indianapolis, Ind.
The remains will be taken to Paducah tonight and from there to Lancaster Ky., where they will be interred.
Mr. Adolph Swoboda continues very low and is not expected to live through the day.
A Vicksburg dispatch says: Capt. W. G. Hull, a well-known river man engaged in the gasoline and barge trade in the Yazoo and Sunflower, for the past three years, died at the Vicksburg infirmary, Monday night with pneumonia. He came out here several years ago with his family in a little shanty boat, and had built up a good business. He was from near Louisville, Ky., where his remains were shipped.
Friday, 1 Dec 1905:
ATTENTION KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS
All members of Cairo Lodge No. 173 are requested to attend our meeting at 7:30 tonight to arrange for the funeral of our late brother Adolph Swoboda.
J. A. W. Williams, C. C.
J. Y. Turner, Jr., K. of R. and S.
G. A. R. VETERAN’S LAST ROLL CALL.
James E. Alsup Died Tuesday Morning of Pneumonia—Served His Country Well.
Thebes Star: James E. Allsup, aged 67 years, 11 months and 12 days, died Tuesday morning at the home of his son-in-law, Barry Dougherty, after an illness of several weeks. Death was due to pneumonia.
The deceased was born at Vallonia, Ind., December 16, 1837. When the Civil War commenced he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-fifth Indiana Infantry and served until the close. He was an orderly sergeant when mustered out, and his record as a soldier was unblemished. He was a man of many excellent qualities and his death is a great sorrow to friends and relatives. He joined the Christian Church several years ago.
The deceased is survived by three children, Mrs. Logan Sadler, of Reynoldsville, Ill., Mrs. Barry Dougherty, of this city, and W. H. Allsup, of near Delta. The loss of their father is an unusually severe trial following, as it does, within a year after the death of their mother. Other near relatives of the deceased are Mrs. Isaac Sitton, a sister, and two half-brothers, Thomas and Commodore Harris, of Jonesboro, Ill.
The remains were taken to Ware, Ill., Wednesday morning on Bryan’s train and from there to Jonesboro, where funeral services were conducted under the direction of the G. A. R. post of Anna, of which the deceased was a member.
(John A.Logan Sadler married Ida B. Allsup, daughter of James E. Allsup and Sarah E. Empson, on 5 Apr 1891, in Union Co., Ill. A. Barry Dougherty and Flora A. Allsup on 15 Apr 1900, in Union Co., Ill. Isaac B. Sitton married Nancy Jane Alsop on 6 Jul 1856, in Union Co., Ill. A marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: J. E. Allsup Died Nov. 28, 1905 Aged 67 Yrs., 11 Mos., & 12 Ds. Sarah E. wife of J. E. Allsup Died Dec. 28, 1904 Aged 55 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 15 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
ODD FELLOWS NOTICE.
Members of Alexander Lodge No. 224 are requested to attend a meeting this Friday evening in Alexander Hall for the purpose of arranging for the funeral of our late Brother Adolph Swoboda.
George J. Becker, N. G.
DEATH OF WELL KNOWN CITIZEN
Mr. Adolph Swoboda Passed Away at 3:25 a.m. after Brief Illness.
BORN IN GERMANY
CAME TO AMERICA 1861
Has Been Engaged in Saloon Business for Over Twenty-Five Years—Funeral Sunday
Mr. Adolph Swoboda, one of Cairo’s oldest and highly respected citizens, passed away at his home, Eighteenth and Poplar streets at 3:25 o’clock this morning after a brief illness. He was 55 years of age.
The deceased was taken ill eleven days ago with a stroke of apoplexy and gradually grew worse, until death relieved his suffering this morning.
Mr. Swoboda was born in Germany and came to America with his parents in 1861, when a mere boy, coming direct to Cairo.
For a great many years, Mr. Swoboda conducted a grocery store in the building now occupied by his saloon at Eighteenth and Poplar. About twenty-five years ago, he closed out his grocery business and opened a saloon, at which business he made money and prospered. He later erected a fine home, which still adorns the corner opposite the saloon.
The surviving members of his family are his wife, Mrs. Swoboda, six children, Albert, Gus, Robert, Gilbert, Carl and Lynette, besides two brothers, Gus and Fred Swoboda, and a sister, Miss Mary Swoboda, all of this city.
The deceased was a member of the K. M. K. C., Cairo Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, A. O. U. W. lodges and the Germania Maennerchor. These organizations will have charge of the funeral.
In the death of Mr. Swoboda, K. M. K. C. lodge loses the last charter member of that order.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the family residence with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
The deceased’s father and mother died a number of years ago.
(Adolph Swoboda married Selma Kobler on 20 Jan 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill. His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Adolph Swoboda 1850-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 2 Dec 1905:
Death of C. B. Galloway—Manager L. P. Parker, of The Halliday, received a message yesterday announcing the death of C. B. Galloway, proprietor of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, which occurred yesterday morning at 1 o’clock. Mr. Galloway was a popular and well-known hotel man, being at one time president of the Hotel Men’s Mutual Benefit Association. The decedent has owned and managed the Peabody Hotel for the past thirty-five years,
All active members of the Germania Maennerchor are requested to meet at the hall at 1 o’clock sharp Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of the late Adolph Swoboda.
C. Kusener, President.
On account of the funeral of Mr. A. Swoboda, the Memorial Services of Cairo Lodge No. 651 B. P. O. E. at Cairo Opera House Sunday, Dec. 3rd, will be held at 3:00 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m. The public are cordially invited to attend our services.
P. H. Smyth, Exalted Ruler
The members of Alma Rebekah Degree Lodge are requested to meet at the residence of the late Adolph Swoboda, Eighteenth and Poplar streets, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. instead of at their hall.
By order of Joseph Steagala, N. G.
Monday, 4 Dec 1905:
Former Cairoite Dead—A former citizen of Cairo, Stephen Harris, died at Springfield, Mo., last Saturday afternoon of heart trouble. He leaves a widow and three young daughters. Mr. Harris was a railway switchman and while here was employed on the Big Four, the Illinois Central and M. & O. roads. He was a brother of Mrs. George Adams, residing on Division Street. Mrs. Harris is a sister of Timothy Moran of this city.
Died from Injuries.—William J. Hutson, who sustained serious injuries while working at Sidney B. Miller’s mill near Olive Branch a few days ago, died from his injuries last night. A flywheel struck the deceased upon the limb, badly crushing it. The limb had to be amputated and the shock, together with other injuries which he received, caused his death. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sanders, of Twenty-second Street, and Mrs. Clay, who keeps house for Mr. John Sheehan, and a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Milford.
(J. S. Clay married Martha A. Hudson on 24 Nov 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died This Afternoon—Mrs. Mary Jones died this afternoon at 2:05 o’clock at the home of her father, Mr. Maurice Sullivan, No. 410 Sixth Street, of heart trouble. She was 38 years old, a widow, and leaves three young children, the oldest only six years of age. Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 8 o’clock Wednesday morning.
YOUNG WOMAN DIES AFTER LIFE OF SHAME
Leaves an Illegitimate Boy Baby Who Is Placed in Care of Children’s Home.
Addie Graham, a white girl about 18 years of age, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Sunday as the result of sickness which followed child birth.
The girl appealed to State’s Attorney Wilson several weeks ago for a warrant against a well-known young riverman, charging him with bastardy. On questioning her, the state’s attorney learned that she had been living the life of a sporting woman for the past year and told her that the courts could not compel a man to marry a woman in such cases. He told her the case would be beaten and advised her to return to her home. She then went to Judge Ross and had the warrant sworn out.
The papers were placed in the hands of the sheriff, but the defendant in the case had left on his boat for a trip south, and since his departure the woman took ill and died.
The woman claims to have come to Cairo from near Shawneetown, Ill., about a year ago and since her residence here worked at Uncle Joe’s and Farmers’ House and lived a part of the time over the Chinese laundry.
The unfortunate male orphan was placed in the care of the Children’s Home.
The case will never come to trial now.
FUNERAL WAS LARGELY ATTENDED
Great Concourse Followed Remains of Adolph Swoboda to Grave.
One of the largest funeral sevice held in Cairo was that of the late Adolph Swoboda Sunday afternoon, owing to the popularity of the deceased.
The funeral was attended by the many relatives of the deceased, the secret organizations of which he was a member and by a host of friends. The lodges and societies represented were the Odd Fellows, K. M. K. C., Cairo Lodge Knights of Pythias, A. O. U. W. and Germania Maennerchor. The surviving members of the old Delta Fire Company, of which deceased was a member, also attended.
The pallbearers were H. P. Thomas and Rudolph Brown, from the A. O., U. W., George Wilson and George W. Magee, from the Odd Fellows; Frank Adams and Harry Wilbourn from Knights of Pythias; P. T. Langan and Claude Winter, from K. M. K. C.
A train of seven coaches conveyed the mourners to Villa Ridge cemetery, where the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias held joint services at the grave.
Rev. Charles H. Armstrong, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiated at the services at the residence.
The Delta City Cornet Band and the Juvenile Band furnished music for the occasion.
Tuesday, 5 Dec 1905:
PROMINENT BAPTIST MINISTER DEAD.
Rev. J. N. Hall Passes Away at His Home in Fulton, Ky.
Fulton, Ky., Dec. 5—Rev. J. N. Hall, D. D., one of the most prominent Baptist ministers in Kentucky, and editor of the Baptist Flag, published at Fulton, died at 4:30 o’clock yesterday morning after a several days’ illness. Paralysis was the direct cause of his death.
Rev. Hall had been at Prescott, Ark., and had become very ill there several days ago, his wife and daughter leaving Fulton to be at his bedside Friday. They brought him home, but he did not survive long.
Rev. Hall was about 65 years old and had for many years resided in Kentucky. He for a time resided in Missouri and published a paper, but returned to Kentucky about six years ago.
He was a brilliant man and was one of the best-known Baptists in the country. He leaves a second wife and one daughter, the latter Miss Ruth Hall. He had another daughter, wife of Mr. Mott Ayres, but she died a few years ago.
The remains lay in state at the Baptist church at Fulton from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the funeral took place at 2 p.m. this afternoon, conducted by the Revs. M. E. Dodd, I. N. Penick, and J. B. Moody, the latter of Martin, Tenn.
PROLONGED SUFFERING ENDED BY DEATH.
Mrs. E. P. Shannessy Passed Away Early This Morning.
Mrs. E. P. Shannesy died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 1:30 o’clock this morning of dropsy and after a prolonged period of illness. For twenty years she had been a sufferer, and during the past nine months she had been a patient at the hospital, where every care was given her.
She was the widow of the late E. P. Shannesy, son of Bryan Shannessy, one of the pioneer citizens of Cairo and leaves three sons, Edward, Claud, and Jesse, and sister, Mrs. Kate McLain, of Springfield, Ill.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning from St. Joseph’s Church and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
Notice of funeral will be found elsewhere in the paper.
(Edward P. Shannessy married Bridget Garrett on 7 Oct 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill. Patrick H. McLean married Catharine Garrett on 12 Oct 1862, in Sangamon Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 o’clock a.m. at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Mrs. E. P. Shannessy.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning. Funeral will leave the family residence No. 527 Twenty-first Street at 8:30 o’clock for St. Joseph’s Church. Funeral train will leave foot of Eighteenth Street at 9:30 o’clock for Villa Ridge cemetery, where interment will be made.
Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Springfield, Ill., and Denver, Colo., papers please copy.
Wednesday, 6 Dec 1905:
YOUNG WOMAN DIES OF TUBERCULOSIS
Had Been Ill for Some Time and Was Addicted to the Use of Morphine.
A young white woman about 27 years of age, whose last name is Little, died early this morning at the boarding house at No. 414 Eighth Street as the result of tuberculosis. It is said the deceased was addicted to the use of morphine and it was reported that she had committed suicide, but this was denied by her physician.
The deceased came to Cairo about two weeks ago from Kentucky, where her parents reside. She was employed as a chambermaid on one of the steamboats. She had been ill and several bottles of morphine had been found in her possession. It is said that this morning she secured one of the bottles and drank an overdose of its contents.
Dr. William Fields, her physician, says that the woman died from natural causes as the result of consumption and on this information Coroner McManus has decided that it will not be necessary to hold an inquest over the young woman’s remains.
Her full name could not be learned, as the relatives refused to give the information.
Thursday, 7 Dec 906:
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Bundschuh’s twelfth child, a daughter, was born last Friday. No race suicide in that family. All of Mr. and Mrs. Bundschuh’s children are living with the exception of the second daughter, who died from injuries received from falling from a wagon.
(Charles G. Bundschuh married Mary M. Eastwood on 12 Mar 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 8 Dec 1905:
TWO MEN ENTOMBED IN HARRISBURG MINE
One Taken Out Alive After Explosion—Other Not Found
Harrisburg, Ill., Dec. 8—Mine No. 2 of the Ogara Coal Company exploded at 5 o’clock last evening with such force as to blow the roof off the fan shaft. Two shotfirers, James Lyden and William Waters, were in the mine when the explosion occurred. A rescuing party found Lyden in the pump unconscious, having been blown there by the force of the explosion. He was brought to the surface and resuscitated. Up to a late hour last night, Waters had not been found, owing to the difficulties encountered by the rescuing party on account of afterdamp in the rooms. He is believed to be dead. Lyden’s life was saved by his being blown into the pump, where the air reached first, after the fan was started. Fifty miners had left the mine a few moments before the explosion occurred.
LEFT WIFE ONE DOLLAR IN WILL
Valentine Tacket of Thebes Leaves Property to Daughter.
By the terms of the will of the late Valentine Tacket, of Thebes, his wife, son and six of his daughters and one granddaughter receive $1 each, and the balance of his property goes to his daughter, Mrs. Lucinda Culp. The property consists of lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, block 4, Hodges and Overby’s addition to Thebes.
The will was filed for probate in the county court today.
The will was executed July 7, 1904, and Tacket died on October 14th, last. His daughter, Mrs. Culp, was named as executor.
(His marker in Thebes Cemetery reads: Valentine Tackett Born July 9, 1829 Died Oct. 14, 1905. Enlisted 1861 into 14th Ky. Vol. Inf. Discharged June 17, 1865. Joined Brown Culley Post No. 571 G. A. R. May 22, 1886.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 9 Dec 1905:
Hustler Bride Fatally Injured—Mrs. J. L. Zimmerman, who was publicly married here at the Hustlers meet in June, and who was injured while getting on a train at DuQuoin, is in a critical condition at her home in Dongola. Dr. William Eddleman was called in consultation with Dr. B. F. Crabtree at Dongola a few days ago and her condition was such as to prevent a surgical operation, which it was hoped might prove beneficial. If she recovers she will probably remain a cripple. Her injuries were not thought to be of so serious a nature at first.
Monday 11 Dec 1905:
CAPT. SAM BROWN DIED TODAY.
Well Known River Man Expires After Long Illness.
Word was received by Maj. E. W. Halliday today that Capt. S. S. Brown, who has been ill for some time, died at Pittsburg this morning. The funeral will occur Wednesday afternoon.
Maj. Halliday wired his sorrow and regret that he could not attend the funeral. He has been acquainted with Capt. Sam Brown for 40 years.
NEGROES ENGAGE IN CUTTING BEE
In Which George Phillips Get the Worse of the Bargain.
George Phillips, a negro, lies at the point of death at his home on Twelfth Street, as the result of a cutting scrape, which occurred last night near Thirty-third and Commercial.
Just what the trouble was about could not be learned, as Phillips claimed he was suffering such pain that he could not talk. It is thought, however, that Phillips was making love to one of Bud Dawson’s sweethearts, and when Bud arrived on the scene he proceeded to carve Phillips.
A lively time ensued in which Dawson was assisted by two negro women, one of whose name is Ida Flowers and who is in jail, and the other whose name was not learned, is still at large.
The women clubbed Phillips, while Dawson cut him. Phillips has an ugly gash from his ear to the corner of his mouth and a dangerous stab in his side, which gives him great pain.
Dr. McManus is attending the case.
NEGRO DROWNED THIS MORNING
Bud Smith, a negro about 35 years old, was drowned this morning in the Ohio River near the Halliday Hotel.
Tuesday, 12 Dec 1905:
YOUNG MAN DIED FROM INJURIES.
Will Mahoney Who Had Both Legs Cut Off, Could Not Survive.
Will Mahoney, who was run over by a car at Thebes Monday and had both of his legs cut off, died from the effects of his injuries about 6 o’clock Monday evening.
The deceased was about 23 years of age and was employed by the C. and E. I. Railroad, and met with the sad accident in the switching yards of this company. He served the company in the capacity of chief yard clerk.
The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mahoney, two brothers, Dennis and Thomas Mahoney, and two sisters, Mrs. R. E. Powers and Miss Katherine Mahoney.
Only a few months ago, Thomas Mahoney met with an accident on the Big Four Railroad that necessitated the removal of his right foot.
Mr. Mahoney and son, Dennis, went to Thebes and brought back the remains.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. from St. Patrick’s Church. The remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment.
(Richard E. Powers married Julia A. Mahoney on 25 Oct 1895, in Alexander Co., Ill. His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: William P. Mahoney 1882-1905.—Darrel
Died—William Mahoney, aged 23 years. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mahoney. Funeral will occur tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. from St. Patrick’s Church. Train will leave foot of Eighth Street for Villa Ridge Cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
William Hutson, who died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo on Sunday night, Dec. 3, was buried in Richwoods Cemetery Tuesday, Dec. 5. His death was caused by injuries received on Thanksgiving Day at Sidney Miller’s saw mill about one mile west of Cache, where he was employed as engineer. In adjusting the belt he was thrown into the flywheel of the engine from which he was extricated with great difficulty. Both his limbs were badly injured, one foot being mangled to a shapeless mass. He was taken immediately to the hospital where all was done for him that human skill could do, but he never fully rallied after the amputation.
Mr. Hutson was about fifty-five years of age and almost his whole life had been spent in or near Unity. The only near relatives who survive him are his only daughter, Mrs. J. E. Milford, of Cache, and his sisters, Mrs. Armp Sanders, and Miss Clay, of Cairo. His last moments were very peaceful. A short time before he died he made a profession of religion and was baptized into the Catholic Church.
Wednesday 13 Dec 1905:
FUNERAL WAS LARGELY ATTENDED
Remains of Will Mahoney Taken to Villa Ridge Cemetery for Interment.
The funeral of the late Will Mahoney, who died from injuries received in the C. and E. I. railroad yards at Thebes Monday, was very largely attended this morning.
The funeral was held from St. Patrick’s Church at 8:30 a.m. and the remains taken to Villa Ridge cemetery for interment. The Eagles attended the funeral in a body, the deceased having been a member of that lodge.
The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful.
The pallbearers were Will Egan, Joe Ceighton, Melville Cherry, Will Eichoff, W. E. Williams, Henry Jones, Samuel West, Clyde Leslie, W. Fitzgerald, and Lee Davis.
DEATH OF FORMER CAIROITES
Mrs. F. W. Korsmeyer, a former resident of this city and a sister-in-law of Mr. Paul G. Schuh, died at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., yesterday morning at 10 o’clock at the age of 70 years. The deceased resided in Cairo for many years, leaving here about ten years ago to make her abode in the health resort in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Two sons survive, Will and Frank, the former of whom married Miss Jennie Schutter, of this city. The funeral services will be held Friday at Evansville, Ind., where the remains will be interred.
(Paul G. Schuh married Julia Korsmeyer on 21 Apr 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Elsie Bryant (colored) died at her home in Ullin Friday of cancer. She had been a sufferer for four years. The remains were shipped to Laconia, Tenn.
Thursday, 14 Dec 1905:
Mrs. T. J. Keefe and Mrs. Thomas Cotter left this afternoon for Murphysboro where they will attend the funeral of Mrs. William Boone, a sister of Mrs. Nick Keefe of Murphysboro. Mrs. Keefe is well known in Cairo, having visited here frequently.
Mr. A. Susanka continues very low with pneumonia and his relatives and friends are greatly alarmed over his condition. His daughter, Mrs. Twohey, of St. Louis, and sons, Bert, of Pittsburg, and Frank, of Chicago, have arrived to be at his bedside. Mrs. Heston, of Little Rock, Ark., will arrive today or tomorrow.
Negro Child Burned to Death—A four-year-old negro girl lost her life in a big fire at Mounds Wednesday morning about 10 o’clock. The fire occurred in the negro settlement known as the “Pinch.” Two houses were destroyed, one owned by Perks and Higgins, of Mound City, and the other of Charles Woodruff, of Mounds. The mother of the child, who works out, locked the house and went away, leaving her husband who works by night and sleeps by day, and two children. The father just had time to grab one of his children and escape, when he was awakened by the fire. The father’s name is Charles Lambert.
SWITCHMAN RUN OVER AND KILLED BY CARS.
Wilkie Hunt Met Death in Illinois Central Yards at North Carolina Last Night.
Wilkie Hunt, a young switchman who was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad, met his death in the company’s yards in North Cairo about midnight Wednesday.
The exact cause of the accident is unknown, but it is the supposition that Hunt, while engaged with the crew in switching, lost his balance and fell beneath the train. Eight cars passed over this body horribly mangling him.
Coroner McManus was notified and had the remains taken to Mrs. M. E. Feith’s undertaking rooms.
The deceased was a young man, about 28 years of age and resided on Cross Street. His wife, to whom he was married about two years ago, and an infant son survive him, besides a son about six years old by his first wife who died several years ago.
The parents of the deceased reside at Jackson, Tenn. His father being a conductor on the south end of the Central.
Mrs. Hunt is away visiting and the death of her husband will be a horrible shock to her. She was formerly Miss Myrtle Kennedy of Murphysboro, Ill.
H. H. LOVINGS’S LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE
Case Went to Jury Last Night—Acquittal Expected.
Paducah, Ky., Dec. 14.—In room 61 on the third floor of the Palmer Hotel, there is now closeted the twelve men who hold in their hands the fate of Hammond H. Loving, who is charged with killing Herbert A. Rose, during the first week of last August in the office of the Kentucky Mill & Lumber Company in the Fraternity building. Twelve men got the case last night at 9:30 o’clock after completion of the evening session, which was held by Judge Reed.
The speeches were the greatest ever heard underneath that roof.
The consensus of opinion is to the effect that the jury will render a verdict of acquittal.
Friday, 15 Dec 1905:
Mr. A. Susanka was reported very low this afternoon and his recovery is considered doubtful.
SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. ANNA STEHR
Passed Away This Morning at Home on Seventeenth Street of Hemorrhage of Lungs.
The many friends of Mrs. Anna Maria Stehr were shocked this morning to learn of her death, which occurred very suddenly about 7:30 o’clock.
The deceased had been in poor health for some time, being afflicted with asthma. This morning she had a hemorrhage of the lungs, which resulted in her death.
Mrs. Stehr was 60 years of age. Her husband died about eight months ago. She is survived by two sons, Mr. Fred Stehr and Mr. Henry Stehr, besides three sisters, Mrs. Kohler and Mrs. Eichoff, of this city, and Mrs. D. M. Hart, of Evansville, Ind.
The deceased was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Anna wife of George Stehr Born Dec. 1, 1845 Died Dec. 15, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
JURY GIVES LOVING FIVE YEARS SENTENCE
The Verdict Found Was for Manslaughter.
Paducah, Dec. 15—The jury in the case against H. H. Loving, for the murder of H. A. Rose, August 3 last, yesterday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock reported a verdict finding the defendant guilty and fixing his punishment at five years in the penitentiary.
The jury was: J. W. Bean, S. B. Pryor, H. C. D. Howard, J. E. Carter, D. W. Whitis, G. Nicholson, T. F. Herring, C. W. Duncan, G. W. Walker, H. C. Hartley, J. C. Carneal, Jr., and J. W. Hall.
The jury took the case Wednesday night about 9:30 o’clock, but did not take a ballot until morning, after the jurors had had a good night’s sleep.
The verdict found was for manslaughter.
Saturday, 16 Dec 1905:
LOVING SURPRISED AT THE VERDICT
Paducah People Generally Expected Something Different.
Paducah, Ky., Dec. 16—Attorneys of H. H. Loving, convicted of manslaughter in the circuit court and given five years for killing H. A. Rose, on August 3, 1905, are preparing their motion for a new trial. In the meantime the prisoner must remain in custody of the county jailer.
It is not known what reasons will be offered for a new hearing, as the attorneys did not disclose them, but it is said there will be several.
The defendant was at the county jail in conversation with his attorney Hon. H. S. Corbett, when the news of a verdict having been reached was brought to jail.
Mr. Loving his attorney and Jailer Jones repaired to the courtroom, and the defendant seemed to feel confident of acquittal. His face fell slightly when the verdict was read, but he took it quietly, and his attorney, Mr. Corbett, seemed much more affected by it than the prisoner himself. In case a new trial is granted, the defendant will doubtless be released on bond.
Loving’s attorneys seemed to think that he would be either acquitted or convicted of a graver crime than he was.
The verdict in the H. H. Loving case seems to have been a surprise to everyone, as a majority of those who heard the evidence and arguments seem to have expected either of hung jury or acquittal. Mr. Loving took the verdict quietly and his attorneys immediately began preparing reasons for a new trial.
VILLA RIDGE CONSTABLE GIVEN HIS LIBERTY.
George W. Green, constable of Villa Ridge, who shot and mortally wounded Tom John, colored, of the same place, on November 18, was held by the coroner’s jury for unlawfully slaying Johnson. The case was brought before Judge W. N. Butler Tuesday of this week on a writ of habeas corpus, and Green was discharged, the court deciding that the evidence showed the shooting to have been done in self-defense.—Mound City Enterprise.
REMAINS BURIED AT MURPHYSBORO
Funeral of W. J. Hunt Killed in I. C. Yards Held There.
The funeral of W. J. Hunt, Jr., who was killed in the Illinois Central yards at Cairo, Wednesday night, was held yesterday. The interment took place at Murphysboro through request of the wife of the deceased, who will reside there in the future with her parents.
Mr. W. J. Hunt, Sr., and son, Clyde, of Jackson, accompanied the remains to Murphysboro, but the mother and sister of the deceased, Mrs. W. J. Hunt and Miss Addie May Hunt, were too unwell to undertake the journey.
Monday, 18 Dec 1905:
Death of Aged Lady—Mrs. Tatum, mother of Mr. James G. Tatum, who is a traveling representative of the Weber Dry Good Company, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Saturday after a brief illness of pneumonia. The deceased was 75 years of age. Mrs. Irvin Fleming of Twenty-second Street is a granddaughter of the deceased. The remains were taken to Cape Girardeau, Mo., her former home.
Death of Well Known Colored Man—Elijah Green, a well-known colored man, died at his home on Fifteenth Street Sunday morning. He had received a paralytic stroke some months ago, which hastened his death. The funeral will be held tomorrow, under the auspices of the colored lodge of Masons, as will be seen by funeral notice in this issue.
Mr. A. Susanka continues very low at his home on Ohio Street with pneumonia.
Died Sunday morning, Dec. 17th, Elijah Green, aged 54 years
Funeral services will be held at Twelfth Street Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 19th, at 1:00 p.m. Funeral train will leave head of Fourteenth Street at 2:30 p.m. for Villa Ridge.
Friends are invited to attend.
S. W. Moore, W. M.
Ionic Lodge No. 46, A. F. & A. M.
J. C. Lewis, Secy.
Thursday, 21 Dec 1905:
Benjamin Huff, of Hough’s Station, Mississippi County, Mo., died at his home last Monday of pneumonia. The deceased was an uncle of Mrs. John A. Sammons, of this city, and was a one-time sheriff of Mississippi County.
SHOT FOR CUTTING DOWN TREE
Mrs. Ella Gholson Kills W. N. Pryor at Paducah.
Paducah, Ky., Dec. 21.—Because he interfered with cutting down a tree which he claimed was on his land, Mrs. Ella Gholson today shot and killed W. N. Pryor. The woman gave herself up.
Warmly Contested Case—Judge W. N. Butler was here from Cairo last night on his way to Marion, where he expected to hear the habeas corpus petition in the case of Will Kelley, now confined in the Marion jail on the charge of killing Lem Shadowen at Carterville some months ago. For some time after the shooting Kelley was out on bail, but since his indictment by the grand jury he has been in jail. William A. Schwartz, of this city, is leading counsel for the state in this case, which promises to be a warmly contested one. Kelley’s attorneys are Pillow & Smith and Spiller of Marion.—Carbondale Free Press.
Friday, 22 Dec 1905:
Dr. P. H. McRaven was in the city today. He stated that when he left this morning, Mrs. Lightner, widow of the late Judge Lightner, was at the point of death. She is nearly 78 years old. Judge Lightner was on the bench in Alexander County when the courthouse was at Thebes.
Tuesday, 26 Dec 1905:
SIKESTON NEARLY HAD A LYNCHING.
Mob Formed to Hang Negro Who Killed White Man.
OFFICERS HURRIED PRISONER AWAY.
And He Is Now Safe in the County Jail at Benton.—Trouble Occurred in Saloon Yesterday.
Sam Carter, a negro murderer, had a narrow escape from being lynched at Sikeston, Mo., today, but he is now in the Benton jail and the angry mob is cooling down.
Carter shot and killed a white man named Cal Davis in a saloon at Sikeston last evening. Davis is a carpenter. The men had had some trouble, which was renewed in the Klondike saloon, where the men were drinking. After some words the negro drew a gun and shot Davis in the face, the ball ranging downward and resulting in his death.
The shooting caused much excitement. The negro was immediately arrested and was hurried over to Poplar Bluff on the passenger train for safe keeping during the night. This morning he was brought back, and was taken off the train at Morehouse, as it was feared that the mob would get him if he was taken to Sikeston. He was then quickly taken to Benton and lodged in the county jail.
An inquest will be held tomorrow.
DEATH OF OLD CAIROITE.
Henry Waldschmidt Passed Away Christmas After Brief Illness.
Henry Waldschmidt, one of Cairo’s oldest citizens, passed away at his home, No. 815 Cedar Street, Christmas Day about 8:30 a.m. The deceased was 78 years of age and had been ill only about two weeks of a complication of diseases due to old age.
The deceased was born in Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, November 25, 1827. He came to this country and located at Cairo when 27 years of age. He followed the butcher’s trade until a few years ago, when he was compelled to give up hard work.
Mr. Waldschmidt served in the Franco-Prussian War before coming to this country and also served in the Civil War after coming to the United States. He came to Cairo after the Civil War.
Four children survive him. They are Henry, George, Louis, and Lizzie Waldschmidt.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Henry Waldschmidt Co. H, 3rd Mo. Inf.—Darrel Dexter)
DEATH OF B. B. FOSTER
Passed Away Sunday Evening After a Long Illness.
The remains of Mr. B. B. Foster, familiarly known among his friends as “Col.” Foster, were buried today in the Baumgard Cemetery, the funeral having been held at the church at Willard.
Mr. Foster died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo at 5:30 o’clock Sunday evening, after an illness lasting for five weeks. He was operated upon for appendicitis, but relief did not come, and a subsequent operation still failed to restore him to health. His ailment refused to respond to treatment and he gradually passed away.
Mr. Foster was a son of the late John H. Foster, one of the most prominent farmers of Alexander County in his day. He was only 29 years of age. He married a daughter of Mr. George Miller and leaves her a widow with three small children. He also leaves three brothers, Deputy Circuit Clerk C. O. Foster, Harry Foster and John Foster, and a sister, Mrs. Asa Yates.
At his death Mr. Foster was postmaster at Beech Ridge, having succeeded the late George P. DeGelder.
Mr. Foster was highly regarded as a man by all who knew him. He was most devoted to his family.
His brother, C. O. Foster, Postmaster Sidney B. Miller, James H. Mulcahy, E. J. Hodges, and a number of others went out from Cairo to attend the funeral.
(Beverly B. Foster married Loretta Miller on 13 Sep 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Asa M. Yates married Ada Foster on 1 Aug 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill. His marker in Baumgard Cemetery reads: Beverly B. Foster Died Dec. 24, 1905, Aged 28 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 12 Ds. Farewell my wife and children all, From you a father Christ doth call.—Darrel Dexter)
LOVING GRANTED A NEW TRIAL.
Paducah Man Who Is Charged with Killing Herbert Rose Will Have Another Chance.
H. H. Loving, of Paducah, has been granted a new trial on the charge of killing Herbert A. Rose.
The bond was placed at $10,000, the same as before the trial.
The grounds for granting Loving a new trial were based on the affidavit of Clarence Clarkson to the effect that Clarkson had seen Rose put a pistol in his pocket as he entered the office where the killing took place and on an affidavit of a member of the trial jury that members of the jury had been separated after the trial had commenced.
Died—Henry Waldschmidt, aged 78 years, 1 month. Funeral services will be held at family residence, No. 815 Cedar Street, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Special train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 2:45 p.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery where interment will take place, conducted by Rev. C. H. Armstrong. Friends of the family invited to attend.
Wednesday, 27 Dec 1905:
ALBERT SUSANKA DIED LAST NIGHT.
Passed Away After Several Weeks’ Illness of Pneumonia
ONE OF CAIRO’S PIONEER CITIZENS
Settled in Cairo When a Young Man and Was an Active Citizen Until His Death
Mr. Albert Susanka, one of Cairo’s pioneer citizens, passed away at 10:50 o’clock Tuesday night at his home, No. 903 Ohio Street, of pneumonia. The deceased was 69 years of age.
The deceased had been ill for about three weeks and had been at the point of death for several days prior to his demise. Several weeks ago he contracted a severe cold which developed into pneumonia.
Mr. Susanka was born in Pilsen, Bohemia, Austria, on August 24, 1836, and came to America when a lad of fifteen years. He settled in Cairo in 1857 and took an active interest in municipal affairs. During the Civil War and for a period following the close of the war, he had charge of the refugee barracks here and was a member of the city council.
For a number of years Mr. Susanka conducted a saloon in his building on Ohio Street, which was a favorite resort for steamboat men during the days when steam boating was at its height in Cairo. When the best days in steam boating were over, Mr. Susanka closed his saloon and devoted much of his time in acquiring real estate, from which he has realized a neat sum.
The deceased was a devout member of St. Patrick’s Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a man of quiet disposition, but had a wide circle of friends in this city who have always held him in the highest esteem.
His wife died in March 1903, and since that time his daughters have been his constant companions.
Ten children survive him as follows: Mrs. A. W. Pyatt, Mrs. John Lane, Mrs. Thomas W. Gannon, of Cairo; Mrs. James Heston, of Little Rock, Ark.; Mrs. William Twobey, of St. Louis, Mo.; Miss Kate Susanka, of Cairo; Messrs. George and Will Susanka, of Cairo; Bert Susanka, of Pittsburg, Pa.; and Frank Susanka, of Chicago. All of the members of his family were at his bedside at the time of his death.
(His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Albert Susanka Born Aug. 24, 1836 Died Dec. 26, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Died—Tuesday, Dec, 26th, Albert Susanka.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, Dec. 28th, leaving family residence, No. 903 Ohio Street, at 8:30 a.m. for St. Joseph’s Church, where services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Funeral train will leave foot of Eighth Street at 9:45 a.m. for Villa Ridge cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited.
Funeral Largely Attended—The funeral of B. B. Parker, at Willard, yesterday, was largely attended. Services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by the Methodist minister from Olive Branch, and at the Baumgard Cemetery Mr. John Royal conducted the service. County Clerk Jesse E. Miller, Mrs. Henry Whitaker, Postmaster Sidney B. Miller, Mr. E. J. Hodges, and Mr. J. H. Mulcahy were among the Cairo people who went out to attend the services, in addition to Mr. C. O. Foster, brother of the deceased.
Adam Kaufman, one of the old residents of the northern end of the county, died last week at the advanced age of over 80 years. He lived between McClure and Thebes and was a large landowner.
(His marker in Bankert Cemetery reads: Adam Kaufman Born Dec. 25, 1826 Died Dec. 14, 1905. A father kind, a husband dear, a faithful friend lies buried here.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Susan Lightner, whose serious illness was mentioned in The Citizen, died at her home at McClure last Friday and was buried Sunday. She was the widow of the late Judge Lightner.
Mrs. Myrtle Hunt, widow of the late Wilkie Hunt, who was killed while switching, is in the city preparing to return to Murphysboro, Ill., to reside with her parents.
NEGRO KILLS HIMSELF TO ESCAPE LYNCHING.
Paducah, Ky., Dec. 27.—John Tice, the one legged negro flagman who barricaded himself in his tower and had a battle with officers, in a dying statement said he fired the shot which proved fatal, because he knew if he was caught he would be lynched and if he remained in the tower he would be killed. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of suicide.
Thursday, 28 Dec 1905:
Funeral of A. Susanka—The funeral of the late Albert Susanka was held this morning from St. Patrick’s Church. Despite the inclement weather, the funeral was largely attended by the deceased’s many friends and acquaintances. It rained during the ceremonies at the cemetery, but a large number attended. The floral offerings were profuse and very beautiful. Father Henley of Cape Girardeau, Mo., was the celebrant and was assisted by Father Eschman of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., and Father Reynolds, of Johnston City, Ill. The pallbearers were P. H. Smyth, R. E. Gannon, Arthur Magner, F. P. O’Leary, Patrick Purcell, Claude Winter, F. Teichman, and T. J. Keefe. The honorary pallbearers were B. McManus, Sr., Peter Saup, William McHale, John Cain, Thomas Gazzola, M. Hyman, T. A. Fuller, Phil C. Barclay, H. E. Spaulding, P. J. Thistlewood.
MEMORIAL TO LATE JOHN A. MILLER
Family Issue Little Volume Compiling All Accounts of His Death and Burial.
As a memorial to the late John A. Miller, one of Cairo’s foremost citizens until death claimed him nearly a year ago, his family have published a little volume, in which are gathered together all of the tributes to the deceased.
The volume, which is entitled “In Memoriam.—John Andrew Miller,” is handsomely gotten up, with black leather binding. Deckle edged paper is used for the pages, which number 132, exclusive of several portraits of the deceased. The volume opens with a poem by Mrs. Amarala Martin, entitled “Good Bye and Good Morning.” Following it are all the newspaper accounts of his death and burial, all of the resolutions of the organizations with which he was affiliated, the address delivered at his funeral and the personal telegrams and letters of regret and sympathy sent by the friends of the deceased and of members of his family. It is a most complete compilation and will be a memento, which will be highly valued by the intimate friends of the deceased among whom the limited edition is circulated.
DEATH OF MRS. SARAH WHITLEDGE
Passed Away at Hospital in St. Louis This Morning.
Died, at St. Mary’s Infirmary at St. Louis, Mo., on December 28th, 1905, at 9:20 a.m., Sarah Fairchild Gilbert Whitledge, of St. Mary’s Mo. Deceased was a sister of Messrs. William B. and Miles F. Gilbert, of this city, who were at her bedside at the time of her death. She was born January 23, 1852, and married Thomas Whitledge, January 26th, 1875, at Cairo, Ill. She was the daughter of Judge Miles A. Gilbert, one of the early founders of the city of Cairo. The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. December 31st, at St. Mary’s Mo.
The above announcement will be read with deep regret by people in Cairo who have known Mrs. Whitledge. She has visited in this city and has made many friends here.
Mrs. William B. Gilbert and son, Mr. Miles S. Gilbert, and Mrs. M. F. Gilbert and daughter, Mrs. Sam Halliday and son, Edward L. Gilbert leave tonight to attend the funeral, which will be conducted by Rev. Roland of the Church of the Redeemer.
(Thomas B. Whitledge married Sarah F. Gilbert on 26 Jan 1875, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Harry Daniels died on Tuesday of this week and was buried at Beechwood Cemetery. He had been a sufferer for several years with consumption and recently made a trip to California, but without receiving any benefit. He leaves a wife and three children. (Pulaski)
Friday, 29 Dec 1905:
Mrs. Susan E. Lightner died Friday, Dec. 22, 1905, at the home of her son, William Lightner, McClure, Ill., aged 77 years. The funeral service was held at the home of William Lightner, Sunday. Interment at Thebes, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of love and affection to one whom age had only made dearer and parting more poignant. Mrs. Lightner belonged to one of our most estimable families and had spent the greater part of her life at Thebes, where her husband died many years ago. She managed the property left her by her husband in a businesslike manner that gave her much credit for thrift besides running a family upon them whom she stamped the principles of good citizenship so firmly that her memory will ever be held in reverence.
(Levi Luther Lightner married Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Wilkinson nee Mansfield on 2 Nov 1848, in Scott Co., Mo. Her marker in Thebes Cemetery reads: Susan E. wife of L. Lightner Born May 12, 1828 Died Dec. 25, 1905 Aged 77 Yrs., 7 Mos., & 13 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Set Jackson County Docket—Judge W. N. Butler was in Murphysboro Wednesday and set the docket for the coming term of the Jackson Circuit Court which convenes Monday, January 8. The first case on the docket is the murder case against Mrs. Clarence Gist.
Saturday, 30 Dec 1905:
WIFE OF THOMAS B. WHITLEDGE DIES AT ST. MARY’S INFIRMARY
Today’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat says: Mrs. Sarah Gilbert Whitledge, wife of Thomas B. Whitledge, a prominent attorney and politician of St. Mary’s Mo., died Friday at St. Mary’s Infirmary in this city, after a lingering illness. She was a sister-in-law of Capt. R. J. Whitledge, supervising inspector of steam vessels in this district, and a daughter of the late Judge Gilbert, a prominent jurist of St. Mary’s. They became acquainted while Mr. Whitledge was clerk of the steamers Emma E. Elliott and Grand Tower.
The funeral services will be at the old Gilbert homestead in St. Mary’s at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon and the interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in that city.
Dropped Dead at Hannibal—William Kohnie, manager of the “Isle of Bong Bong” Company, which played at the Cairo opera house a short time ago, dropped dead at Hannibal, Mo., last night of heart trouble. He was known in this city.
VILLA RIDGE WOMAN KILLED BY TRAIN
Illinois Central Passenger Train Ran Down Mrs. John Ruddemaker.
STEPPED OUT OF WAY OF FREIGHT.
And Stood on South Bound Track as Train Dashed Around Curve—Was Waiting to Take Train for Cairo.
Mrs. John Ruddemaker, of Villa Ridge, was struck by the southbound passenger train on the Illinois Central at Villa Ridge this morning and received injuries, which caused her death within a few minutes.
In company with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Green, she had gone to the station at Villa Ridge to take the train for Cairo. A freight train pulled into the station there just before No. 21 arrived, and the three stepped across the track to get out of the way of the freight. Mrs. Ruddemaker remained standing on the southbound track. Although they were expecting the arrival of the passenger train, Mrs. Ruddemaker remained standing on the track, and as the train dashed around the curve, she was struck and knocked from the track. Flagman Clyde Harding was the first to reach here, as she lay right beside the track opposite the baggage car of the train. She was still alive when he reached her and seemed to be trying to speak, but he could not make out what she was saying. She suffered a broken back, a fractured hip and received a severe injury upon her face. Her daughter was almost frantic with grief over the accident and could scarcely be restrained.
The train was detained about ten minutes by the accident, while the body was removed to a baggage truck until it could be further cared for.
Passenger train No. 21 was in charge of Conductor Burge and Engineer Jim Dickerson was at the throttle.
Mr. J. W. Merryman, formerly of Cairo but now of Buffalo, N.Y., is in this city, called here by the serious illness of his sister, Mrs. Carl at St. Mary’s Infirmary. Mr. Merryman’s family are now widely scattered. His daughter Ruth is married and living at Port Huron, Mich., and his younger daughter, Florence, is teaching in a private school for girls at Tarytown, N.Y. His son Victor is traveling for a cigar house. Mr. Merryman shows little change in appearance. He is a little whiter, but is just as erect as he was when he lived here.
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