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Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette

1902

Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

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4 Jan 1902:

Mrs. Ben Sams died last week at home in Campbell Hill.  She was the sister of Mrs. J.E. Braddy of

Jonesboro and the aunt of Miss Maude Braddy.

Mrs. John H. Oberly died recently in Concord, N.H.  She left six daughters.  Her husband was deceased

and was the former editor of The Bulletin in Cairo.

 

11 Jan 1902:

Mrs. Hawk, widow of the Rev. Hawk, the former Methodist preacher in Jonesboro, died recently at

Tamaroa, Perry County, and was buried beside her husband in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Infant daughter of J.H. Appell, of Anna, died Monday (6 Jan 1902), aged a few days, and was buried in

Casper Cemetery.

Hannah Dixon Pickrell, wife of John Pickrell, died Wednesday (8 Jan 1902) at her home in Anna of

pneumonia, aged 72 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She left a husband, four children, Hogan Pickrell of East St. Louis, A.J. Pickrell, Mrs. Walter Kimball, and Mrs. Lou Stokes of Anna; and eight grandchildren.  She was born in North Carolina in 1830 and came to Union County when 9 years old.

Mrs. Clara Hutchinson, wife of William Hutchinson, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, died 8 Jan 1902,

at the hospital in Anna, of grip, aged 34 years, 6 months, 12 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She was the second daughter of Charles Cook, of a short distance west of Jonesboro.  She was hospitalized for religious mania.  She left two daughters, one son, and several brothers and sisters.  A.V. Cook of Jonesboro was her brother.

Ira V. Lee was instantly killed by the discharge of a shot gun in the hands of his hunting companion and

nephew, Ennis Peak (the only son of William H. Peak) at the southeast corner of Willard Walker’s farm land, about a mile south of Jonesboro, aged 35 years, 6 months, 14 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was shot in the base of the skull while crossing a fence.  He was born near Anna and was a plasterer.  About 10 years ago he married Mattie Peak.  He also left three sons, one brother, and one sister.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.

 

18 Jan 1902:

Frederich L. Bartruff died 16 Jan 1902, at his home three and a half miles south of Jonesboro, aged 75

years, 7 months, 16 days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery.  He was born in Germany and came to the U.S. 50 years ago, settling first in Ohio for about 15 years before coming to Illinois.  He has been a U.S. citizen 35 years.  He left 10 children, Charles J. Bartruff of Salem, Ore., Mrs. Mary Foehr of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Frederick Bartruff, John Bartruff, Jacob Bartruff, Joseph Bartruff, William Bartruff, Mrs. Catherine Scharf, Mrs. Minnie Weiss, and Mrs. Theresa Bauer, all of Union County; and 55 grandchildren.

Mrs. Tolly died 16 Jan 1902, at her home in Anna, aged about 35 years, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.

Adam Cruse died 11 Jan 1902, at his home in Jonesboro, aged 76 years, 4 months, 16 days, and was

buried beside his wife in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was born in Union County, the son of Peter Cruse, who moved from North Carolina and settled in the southern part of Union County.  Peter then moved to Jonesboro where he died and left a large family.  Adam, like his father, was a blacksmith.  His residence was a brick mansion in Jonesboro.  In his younger days his shop was on the east side of the Jonesboro Square in the same block as the Jonesboro Gazette office.  He then moved to South Main and then to North Main Street.  He was a man of great stature and powerful physique.  He enlisted in the Mexican War when 24.  A.J. Nimmo and Daniel Lyerly were the only known survivors of that war.  He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church after the war and in 1851 married Malinda Bunch.  They had six children, three of whom were living, Alice Cruse and George Cruse of Jonesboro, and Emma wife of Dr. W.G. White of Ava.  He also left one brother, Alex Cruse, also a blacksmith, of Alto Pass; and six sisters, Mrs. Caroline Roberts, Mrs. George W. Walburn, Mrs. David Sowers, and Mrs. Mahulda Andrews of Jonesboro, Mrs. Jane Stokes and Mrs. M.W. Brown of Anna.  Mrs. Charles Cruse and Mrs. Peter Neff of Cairo, both deceased, were also sisters.

 

25 Jan 1902:

Jehu R. Cover died 19 Jan 1902, at his home in Anna, of kidney trouble, aged 56 years, 1 month, 23 days,

and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was born in Jonesboro in 1845, the son of Daniel and Mary Cover.  His father was from Maryland and his mother from North Carolina, both coming to Union County when quite young.  They moved from Jonesboro to Anna when Jehu was a small boy.  He worked in a saw mill at Mill Creek and later at Anna and one owned and operated a saw mill for box material where Bruchauser’s flour mill stands.  He was city alderman.  He married on 19 Jan 1872, Melissa Huston. They had four children, three of whom were living, Mrs. F.M. Culley of McClure, Alexander County, Mrs. W.W. Stokes and Charles Cover of Anna.  His first wife died in February 1880 and he married Josephine Penrod.  They had two children, Ford Cover, 14, and Bessie Cover, 10.  Four other children died young.  He also left two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Isabelle Brown of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Mary Cover and Michael Cover of Anna.

Arthur Stone, son of Arthur Stone, died recently, aged 6 months.

Frederick Schluter died 17 Jan 1902, at his home in Dongola, aged 78 years, and was buried in the

I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  He left a wife and five children, all married.  His funeral was in the Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Elanora Elms, widow of Zadoc Elms, died 19 Jan 1902, at her home in Anna, aged 72 years, 3

months, 13 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She left four children, Mrs. Maggie Harris, John Elms, William Elms of Anna, and Mrs. Schwerer of St. Louis.

 

8 Feb 1902:

Polly Brown, wife of Abraham Brown, died recently at her home three miles south of Jonesboro, aged 75

years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Jasper Decker died suddenly Sunday (2 Feb 1902) at his home in Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 72

years.  He was a charter member of Jonesboro Masonic Lodge.

Thomas Norton died 26 Jan 1902, at the home of his sister, Mrs. J.C. Burns, of consumption, and was

buried in Dutch Ridge Cemetery.  He left a wife, one son, one daughter, an aged mother, and a number of brothers and sisters.

Edwin Earl Hagler died 27 Jan 1902, at the home of his father, E.L. Hagler, of croup and pneumonia,

aged nearly 4 years, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.

Mike H. Smith died 2 Feb 1902, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Woods, of pneumonia, and was

buried beside his wife in Alto Pass Cemetery.  His wife died a few years ago.  He left a large family of children and grandchildren.

 

15 Feb 1902:

William Barnfield died Monday (10 Feb 1902) on Ed Walton’s farm near Anna.  He left a wife and two

children.

Dr. William H. Thiell died at his home one and a half miles east of Anna, aged 62 years.  He was a

veterinarian.

Mrs. Ida Fisher, wife of B.F. Fisher, died 12 Feb 1902, at the home of Tobias Earnheart, and was

buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Dongola.

 

22 Feb 1902:

Morgan Stokes died 17 Feb 1902, at Mt. Pleasant, Stokes Precinct, of pneumonia, aged 70 years, 8

months, and 5 days, and was buried in McGinnis Cemetery.  He was born 12 Jun 1831, the son of Jones Stokes and Minerva Davidson.  He was in the 109th Regiment during the Civil War and was a Mason.  He married Margaret Halterman.  He left a wife and five children, Martha A. Otrich, Mrs. Belle Bridges, John F. Stokes, and Elijah Stokes.

Rosa Jackson died 14 Feb 1902, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Ligon, in Anna, aged 29 years,

and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was the daughter of John Ligon, deceased, and graduated from high school in 1894.  She was a teacher.  She joined the Congregational Church in 1893 and transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1897.  She married S.L. Jackson in December 1896.  They had three daughters.  Four years ago they moved from Anna to Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County.

James A. McDermott died 17 Feb 1902, at his home on South Street in Anna, aged 49 years and 25 days,

and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and was formerly employed at the hospital in Anna.  He had a grocery business in Anna.  He left a widow, Mary Dillow McDermott.  She moved in with her brother, B.W. Dillow, in North Anna.  (See also 19 Apr 1902, issue.)

George Sheppard died 18 Feb 1902, at the home of his father, John Sheppard, four miles east of Anna,

aged 33 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was a telegraph operator for Illinois Central Railroad.  He married Alice Hileman, who died a few years ago, leaving two children.

Hope Farrin, little sister of Mrs. Thomas Norris of Jonesboro, died at Cairo the first of the week.

John Overbay died last Friday (14 Feb 1902) at his home in Jonesboro, aged about 60 years.  He left a

widow, the former Mrs. Mary Ware.

 

1 Mar 1902:

George Brown died last Saturday (22 Feb 1902) at his home in the southwest part of Union County, aged

65 years.

Capt. J.C. Scott, of St. Louis, died suddenly last Saturday (22 Feb 1902) of apoplexy at Vandalia.  He

was formerly of Carbondale, Jackson County.  He married Mary Sowers, daughter of David Sowers of Jonesboro.  She had been a patient at a St. Louis sanitarium for several months.

Samuel W. Cook died 27 Feb 1902, at his home two miles south of Jonesboro, of pneumonia, aged 61

years and 2 months, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was born in North Carolina and came to Union County as a small boy with his parents, who settled south of Jonesboro.  He married Kate Brown, who survives, with one son, Olan Cook.  He also left one brother, Charles Cook, and two sisters, Mrs. Cornelius Frick and Mrs. John Poole, of Arkansas.

Mrs. Miller died 20 Feb 1902, at her home four miles west of Cobden.  She left a husband, an aged

mother, and several small children.

 

8 Mar 1902:

Infant daughter of George Lewis died Monday (3 Mar 1902) and was buried in Kimmel Cemetery.

Flora E. Hogue died 3 Mar 1902, near Lick Creek of phthisis pulmonalis, aged 30 years, 2 months, 29

days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery.  She was born in Union County, the oldest child of James P. and Sophrona Murphy.  She married Ed Hogue in 1898 and they had one child.  She joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church when 16.

 

15 Mar 1902:

John P. Altgeld, of Joliet, died Wednesday (12 Mar 1902) of stroke of paralysis.

Carrie Walker died Saturday (8 Mar 1902) at the home of her father, George Walker, on Tennessee

Street in Anna, of consumption, aged about 15 years, and was buried in Casper Cemetery.  She had small pox last winter and never fully recovered.  Her mother died several years ago.

Son of Will Miles, of southeast part of Jonesboro died recently, aged 4 years.

G.W. Patterson, of Makanda, Jackson County, died Sunday (9 Mar 1902) of pneumonia.  He was one of

the largest manufacturers of barrels and fruit boxes in the country and the owner of Mineral Springs water said to have effected remarkable cures.  He left a widow and children, Mrs. E. Lingle, of Cobden, George Patterson, James Patterson, Ed Patterson, Herbert Patterson, Samuel Patterson, and Mabel Patterson.

 

5 Apr 1902:

Medar Lucier died last Monday (24 Mar 1902) in Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 65 years.

Minnie Eva Walker, daughter of H.H. Walker, died last Saturday (22 Mar 1902), aged 1 month and 18

days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.

 

12 Apr 1902:

Dr. William Wood died last Saturday (5 Apr 1902) at his home in Cairo, Alexander County, aged over 80

years.  He had lived in Cairo since 1852.  He left several children, including Mrs. George T. Sams.

Mrs. Mary Bradley fell over and died Wednesday (9 Apr 1902) of rheumatism of the heart while cleaning

onions, aged 45 to 50 years.  She lived on C.M. Miller’s farm north of Anna.

James J. Fleming, a patient at the hospital in Anna, died of cerebral hemorrhage from apoplexy and

epilepsy, aged about 37 years.

Mary Olive Bussey, wife of H.F. Bussey, died 12 Apr 1902, at her home on Main Street in Anna, aged 35

years, 1 month, and 21 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Catholic church.  She left a husband, two sons, Robert Bussey and Henry Bussey; and two daughters, Cora Bussey and Ina Bussey.

Calvin Dillow, of Spring Street, Anna, died last Monday (7 Apr 1902).

 

26 Apr 1902:

Iva Hill, infant son of Charlie Hill, of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, died recently of pneumonia, aged

7 months, and was buried in Collins Cemetery.

Edgar A. Finch died 19 Apr 1902, at Kirksville, Mo., aged 60 years, and was buried in Kirksville.  He

was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge.  He was born in Orleans Co., N.Y., and came to Illinois in 1865.  He married on 29 Mar 1863, Rebecca Dresser, of Anna, and lived in Anna until 1893.  He moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, and lived there one year before moving to Kirksville, Mo.  He was a Civil War veteran and chief clerk at the hospital in Anna.  He suffered from rheumatism.  He left a widow and they had eight children, all living.

 

3 May 1902:

Charles Gourley died last Sunday (27 Apr 1902) at his home in Lick Creek Precinct, of dropsy, aged 53

years.  He left a family and was a Mason.

 

10 May 1902:

T.J. “Jeff” Rich died last Tuesday (6 May 1902) while returning home from Mississippi by train, aged a

few years past 50 years.  He was born in Union County, the oldest son of John M. Rich, of Cobden.  He attended school in Jonesboro 32 years ago and clerked in a store there.  He left his parents, brothers, William C. Rich Jr., of Anna, George D. Rich, and M.M. Rich, of Cobden; and several sisters.

Charles R. Snyder died 1 May 1902, at the home of his son, Frank Snyder, in Anna, of pneumonia, aged

78 years, 4 months, and 20 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was in the Lutheran church.  He left three sons, Frank Snyder, Charles Snyder, and William Snyder; and one daughter, Mrs. William Weiss, of Alto Pass.  He had an honorable war record.

Jennie May Carter, daughter of William Carter, died 4 May 1902, of congestive chill, aged 10 years, 6

months, and 8 days.

Dr. Fernando C. Gay died 25 Apr 1902, at his home in Alto Pass, of heart asthma and Bright’s disease,

aged 54 years, 9 months, and 28 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  He was born 27 Jun 1847, in Weakley Co., Tenn.  When a young man he moved to Clinton Co., Ky., and when 16 moved to Milburn, where for five years he attended Milburn Seminary and studied medicine under Drs. Hermon and Ewing Reid.  He graduated from St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He married on 7 Jun 1871, in Milburn, Ky., Emily L. Durham, the only daughter of the Rev. Alonzo Durham.  They moved to Jonesboro soon after and to Alto Pass in March 1878.  He joined the Baptist church in 1889.  He left one brother, F.M. Gay, of Maysfield, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Angie Sullivan, of Clinton, Ky.; a widow; two sons, Hermon Gay, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Lowell Gay, about 9 years old; and four daughters, Mrs. Fred Leming of Metropolis, Massac County, Mrs. Ora Bennett, of Bennett, Iowa, Nina Gay, and Lela Gay.

 

17 May 1902:

John Seay died Wednesday (14 May 1902) at his home, aged 55 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. 

He was an ex-soldier and was recently brought home from Danville Soldiers Home.  He left a mother, brother, and two sisters.

Fred L. McCullough died Wednesday (14 May 1902) at Benton, Ark., of pneumonia, aged about 35

years, and was buried in Jacksonville, Ill.  He was a telegraph operator at Benton and had worked a year or more at Jonesboro as a night telegraph operator for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad.  He married Cora Chase, a sister of Mrs. George Barringer.  He was a member of the Jonesboro Masonic lodge. He left a widow and a little son.

Eli Newsome died last Saturday (10 May 1902) of hydrophobia, aged 54 years, and was buried in

Jonesboro Cemetery.  He lived one mile south of Jonesboro.  He was bitten by a rabid dog on 5 Apr 1902, on the upper lip, face, and left thigh in the public road just below N.G. Miller’s residence.  Charley Grieb shot the dog.  Eli was a member of the Baptist church.  He left a widow, but no children.  (See also 12 Apr 1902, issue.)

John J. Keith, Sr., of Alto Pass, died 13 May 1902, aged 62 years, 3 months, and 7 days, and was buried

in Alto Pass Cemetery.  He was born 6 Feb 1840, in the old log house a few feet from the present home where he died, the son of Samuel and Rachel (Parmley) Keith.  His father died when he was young.  He married Elizabeth Rendleman, the daughter of the late John S. Rendleman, 35 years ago.  They had a large family, most of whom died in infancy.  He served two terms as county commissioner.  He had gone to Jonesboro the day of his death to make his will.  He left a widow; four children, Frank Keith, a druggist; Harry Keith, a farmer; Roy Keith, and Bertha Keith; one brother, Hamilton Keith, of Washington; two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Bruitt in Missouri and Mrs. Lovinda Anderson of Alto Pass.

Benton Brush, aged 16 years, died Monday (12 May 1902), at the poor farm, and was buried in Toledo

Cemetery.

Myra Jackson, daughter of S.L. Jackson, died recently at Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, aged 7 months. 

Her father was the former editor of the Union County Republican.

Caroline Bean died 12 May 1902, at her home two and a half miles east of Anna, aged 63 years and 4

days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was born in Union County, the daughter of Christian and Nancy Hileman.  She married in May 1858 Josiah Bean.  They had five children, all living, George C. Bean, Monroe Bean, Ellen wife of T.J. Penninger, Emma wife of Marshall Rendleman, and Carrie wife of Herbert Davis.

Benjamin L. “Fate” Boyce died 14 May 1902, at his home on West Railroad Street in Anna, aged 50

years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was born in Tennessee and came to Union County when 14 to live with A.D. Bough.  He was a baggageman for the Illinois Central Railroad for 20 years and operated a restaurant called the Eureka House.  His funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal church.  He left a widow and five children.

  

24 May 1902:

A man was killed Sunday (18 May 1902) by a big blast across the river.  His body was blown 50 feet in

the air.  Another man was injured and died Tuesday (20 May 1902) at Murphysboro, Jackson County.

A Negro was shot at Ware a couple of weeks ago by another Negro and died at Murphysboro, Jackson

County.

Col. James H. Coates died Friday last week (16 May 1902) at his home in St. Louis of pneumonia, aged

72 years, and was buried in grave No. 11,903, section 63, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  He commanded the 11th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War.  (See also 15 Aug 1903, issue.)

Catherine Coates, widow of James H. Coates, died Tuesday (20 May 1902), of pneumonia, aged 71

Years, and was buried in grave No. 11,903½, section 63,  at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  She left two sons.  (See also 15 Aug 1903, issue.)

Dr. Ford S. Dodds died Wednesday (21 May 1902) at his home on West Railroad Street in Anna, and was

buried in Anna Cemetery beside his wife, who died several years ago.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church and of the Grand Army of the Republic and was a Mason.  He left four children, Major Frank L. Dodds in the Philippines, Ford S. Dodds, of Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. A.J. Phillips, and Dr. Samuel Dodds, of Anna.  (See also 31 May 1902, issue.)

 

7 Jun 1902:

Albert Maze died Saturday (31 May 1902) in the bottoms.

Mrs. Melleta Grace died 1 Jun 1902, at her home in North Anna, aged 52 years, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.  She left three sons and two daughters.

 

14 Jun 1902:

James Dyson (?) was shot and killed last Friday (6 Jun 1902) at Ware by a man named Mack, employed

on the railroad.  They were both referred to as Negroes and were fighting over a game of craps with loaded dice.

Martin V. Eaves died 8 Jun 1902, at his home in Prior Creek, Indian Territory, aged 56 years, 9 months,

10 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was a Mason and a member of the Baptist church.  He was born in Union County, the son of William Eaves and his first wife.  He was a clerk in C.M. Willard’s store as a young man and started his own business.  He served two terms as mayor of Anna.  He lived in Anna until last September when he moved to Indian Territory.  He left a widow, Fannie (Braisnell) Eaves; one daughter, Mrs. T.T. Miller; one sister, Mrs. A.N. Eddleman; three half sisters, Mrs. Joseph Culp, Mrs. T.G. Stokes, and Mrs. Jasper Hess; and a stepmother, Mrs. William Eaves.

 

21 Jun 1902:

John W. Nimmo died 7 Jun 1902, at Hampton, Fla., aged about 66 years.  He was a younger brother of

Col. A.J. Nimmo and also left two other brothers in Anna.  He left Union County for Florida about 15 years ago.  He left a family.

Henry Kohler, son of Gus Kohler, died 14 Jun 1902, at home in Leavenworth, Kan.

Infant child of Fred Switzer died in St. Louis and was buried Wednesday last week (11 Jun 1902) in

Cobden Cemetery.

Child of Adam Cauble died Tuesday (17 Jun 1902), aged 2 months.

 

12 Jul 1902:

Mrs. Pat O’Brien died this week in Michigan.

Martin V. Baggott died 4 Jul 1902, at his home near Cobden, aged 65 years, 5 months, and 4 days.  He

was born 30 Jan 1837, in Mad River Township, Montgomery Co., Ohio.  His father was born in Virginia and moved to Ohio in 1824.  He began teaching at age 19 and continued for 35 years.  He moved to Illinois in 1886.  He married Louis Williams in 1859.  They had four children, all living.  He also left two sisters, one brother, and one nephew. 

 

19 Jul 1902:

Ward Gossney was killed last Monday (14 Jul 1902) by an unknown assailant.  He was a saloon keeper in

Murphysboro, Jackson County.

John Fox, sheriff of Jackson County, died Thursday last week (10 Jul 1902).

Mary Ann Conner died 12 Jul 1902, at her home in Jonesboro, aged 69 years, 2 months, and 9 day, and

was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She came to Union County from Arkansas several years ago.  She was a sister of B.H. Anderson and E. Walter Anderson.  She left three sons and one daughter.

Mrs. Eli Newsome died Saturday (12 Jul 1902) at her home south of Jonesboro, and was buried beside

her husband in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She had no children and left all her estate of John O’Neal and wife.

Alanson Hill died Saturday (12 Jul 1902) at the home of Mrs. Eli Newsome below Jonesboro, aged about

75 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He came to Jonesboro 30 or 40 years ago and was a carpenter.  He had no relatives.

 

26 Jul 1902:

John C. Corgan was killed near Murphysboro, Jackson County, by a train, aged 45 years, and was buried

in Alto Pass Cemetery.  His brother, Walter Corgan, and his brother-in-law, Walter Cavaness, went to recover the body.  He left a wife, four daughters, and one son.  The oldest child was 12 years old.

Isaac Rendleman died last Friday (18 Jul 1902) at the home of his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Keith, and was

buried in Cobden Cemetery beside his father.  He was born in Union County, the son of the late John S. Rendleman.  Six times he crossed the Plains to the Far West.  He came home to Union County to die.  He married Emma Houser, who survives.  He also left three sons, two daughters, and grandchildren in Washington.  He was a brother of A.J. Rendleman, C.C. Rendleman, Mrs. Keith, and Mrs. Mead.

A.J. Nimmo died suddenly 21 Jul 1902, at his home in Jonesboro, of embolic apoplexy, aged 79 years, 9

months, and 21 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was born 30 Sep 1822, in Union County in what is now Anna, the son of Wesley G. Nimmo, a native of Virginia, and Priscilla Barker, of Kentucky.   He was the second oldest in a family of 12 children.  He served in Co. F, 2nd Illinois Volunteers in the Mexican War.  He served as constable, sheriff, county clerk.  He was commissioned colonel of the 109th Illinois Infantry by the governor during the Civil War.  He drew a pension of $22 a month.  He was a member of Southern Lodge No.241 of I.O.O.F. and Jonesboro Lodge 111 of the Masons.  He married 9 Mar 1848, Eliza J. Tripp.  They had seven children, of whom three are living, Leander W. Nimmo, of Desoto, Mo., Charles D. Nimmo, of Delhi, Ohio, and Emily F. wife of John S. Alexander, of Jonesboro.  The deceased children were Henry Nimmo, Alice first wife of James Shipley, of Anna, Alexander J. “Jack” Nimmo, who died a couple years ago in Chicago, and Sarah J. Nimmo, who died young.     He also left two brothers, David E. Nimmo and Robert E. Nimmo, who live in the east part of the county; and two sisters, Miss Catherine “Kate” Nimmo, of Omaha, Neb., who arrived too late for the funeral, and Mrs. Mary Mangold.  Another brother died recently in Florida.  (See also 2 Aug 1902, issue.)

Martin Carter died 20 Jul 1902, at his home in Jonesboro, of dropsy, aged 69 years, 6 months, and 6

days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He came to Jonesboro from Tennessee many years ago and was a carpenter.  He served as alderman and street commissioner.  He left a widow and three children, William C. Carter and Mrs. Mattie Richardson, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Carrie Childers, of Missouri.

 

2 Aug 1902:

C.D. Holcomb died Sunday (27 Jul 1902), from injuries received a few days earlier when he was struck

by a train, aged 81 years, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery.  He was deaf and did not hear the train whistle.  He was born 26 Apr 1821, in Canton, N.Y.  He married Jeannette Butler of New York, who died four months ago after 48 years of marriage.  He was the editor of a paper in Rockford, Ill., and 30 years ago located near Alto Pass.  A few years ago he moved into town.  He was an early member of the Congregational church.  He left three sons, Charles B. Holcomb, W. Irving Holcomb of Kankakee, and Louie E. Holcomb, and three daughters, Mrs. J.C. Lewis, Mrs. Warren Rendleman, and Lucy Holcomb. (See also 26 Jul 1902, issue.)

Joseph Keller, of south of Jonesboro, died last Saturday (26 Jul 1902), aged 26 years, and was buried in

Jonesboro Cemetery.  He left a widow.

Richard P. Winn died 30 Jul 1902, at his home in Jonesboro, aged 78 years, 10 months, and 18 days.  He

was born in Chatham Co., N.C., and came from Tennessee to Jonesboro in 1851.  He had nine children, but only one son, Thomas J. Winn, survives.  He served in the 81st Illinois Regiment during the Civil War.  He was a prisoner at Andersonville for five months and six days.

Nancy Sims, wife of A.W. Sims, died 29 Jul 1902, at her home on Green Street in Anna, aged 58 years,

and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She suffered from rheumatism and was confined to her bed.   She was born in Indiana and moved to Anna 25 years ago.  She left a husband, two daughters, Mrs. Lou Wiley, of Makanda, and Mrs. Gertrude Houltz, of Anna.

Leonard Provelstle died 27 Jul 1902, at his home southeast of Cobden.  He was born 19 Apr 1868, in

Germany.

 

9 Aug 1902:

Mrs. Samuel Knupp, of south of Jonesboro, died Tuesday (5 Aug 1902) and was buried in St. John’s

Cemetery.

W.D. Ragsdale, of West Vienna, Johnson County, was shot five times with a revolver and killed

Thursday (7 Aug 1902) by his son, S.C. Ragsdale.

 

16 Aug 1902:

Serena Cauble died 9 Aug 1902, at Mayfield Sanitarium in St. Louis, of a stroke, aged 63 years, 6

months, and 27 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  She had been at the sanitarium seven weeks and was operated on for an abscess of the stomach.  Her maiden name was Hartline and her mother’s maiden name was Rendleman.  She joined the Reformed Church and then the Baptist church in Alto Pass.  A few years ago she helped organize Elm Grove Church near her home in the country.  She had a large family of children and adopted children.  She left a husband, Willis Cauble; three daughters, Mrs. J.A. Gates, Ethel Cauble, and Myrtle Cauble; and two sons, Dr. W.B. Cauble, studying in London, England, and Adam Cauble.

 

23 Aug 1902:

Jeff Jennette was struck by a street car and killed Thursday (21 Aug 1902) in Chicago, where he was

visiting.

 

30 Aug 1902:

Mrs. Sarah M. Smith died 26 Aug 1902, at her home in Jonesboro, aged 52 years, 2 months, and 19 days,

and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She was born near Eddyville, Lyon Co., Ky., the youngest of 11 children born to Thomas E. Nickell, a pioneer of Western Kentucky from North Carolina.  She married on 25 Dec 1868, William F. Smith.  She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South at age 16 and in 1892 became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  She came to Jonesboro about a year ago, suffering from breast cancer.  She left a husband, William M. Smith, and two sons, Prof. T.B.F. Smith, superintendent of the schools in Jonesboro, and Oscar E. Smith, train dispatcher at Mexico City, Mexico.  Another child was dead.  Mrs. Vogel was her sister. 

 

6 Sep 1902:

Susan Keady jumped out of a window at the hospital in Anna Sunday (31 Aug 1902) while attending

services in the chapel and died.  The Rev. McGill was preaching.

Clary Hertz, infant daughter of Frank Hertz, of east of Anna, died Thursday (4 Sep 1902), aged 2

months, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She had a twin.

Charley Oliver, son of Ada Oliver, died Thursday (4 Sep 1902) at Pulaski, Pulaski County, aged about 5

years,  and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery beside her father, the late C.C. Oliver, the former station agent in Jonesboro.  The Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Pulaski published memorial resolutions for Charlie in the newspaper.  (See also 13 Sep 1902, issue.)

 

13 Sep 1902:

Willis Rinehart died 10 Sep 1902, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Mary Overbay, in Jonesboro, of

malarial trouble, and was buried in Friendship Cemetery.  He formerly lived in Dongola.  He was married, but his wife died several years ago.  He left one son.  Walter Rinehart was his brother.

 

20 Sep 1902:

Robert P. Hargrave was run over by a Mexican International Railroad train in Mexico, aged about 49

years, and was buried in Mexico.  His left arm and left leg were cut off.  He was a brakeman on the railroad.  He worked as a freight car conductor for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad and then for Houck’s railroad in Missouri.  He was born near Jonesboro, the son of the late Samuel Hargrave, and never married.  He left a mother in Pomona, Jackson County, and was a brother of Ed F. Hargrave.

 

27 Sep 1902:

Frank Donaldson, “Negro,” fell from the south bound train at Mill Creek and was killed Tuesday (23 Sep

1902).  His right foot was torn off. 

 

4 Oct 1902:

Edward Smith died Wednesday (24 Sep 1902) at Port Arthur, Texas, aged 28 years, and was buried in

Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was the night marshal and was shot by a drunken Mexican.  He was a member of the Cotton Screwmen’s Association and the Imperial Order of Red Men.  He was the son of Louise Smith, of southwest of Jonesboro.  He also left several brothers and sisters in Union County.

Lucy P. Gray died Sunday (28 Sep 1902), aged 16 years, and was buried in Fairfield, Ill.  She was living

with Mr. Hawk’s family in the eastern part of Jonesboro.

 

11 Oct 1902:

Louis T. Hardin died Tuesday (7 Oct 1902) at his home north of Cobden, of paralysis, aged 73 years, 10

months, 27 days.  He left a widow and several sons and daughters.  He attended old Toledo Church north of Cobden (25 Oct 1902, issue).

Maude Hill, wife of Charles Hill, died last Sunday (5 Oct 1902) in St. Louis from an operation, and was

buried in Collins Cemetery.  Her husband was a son of Hazel Hill and a grandson of Judge Collins.

 

18 Oct 1902:

Mattie Ellen Sitter, wife of Harrison J. Sitter, died 12 Oct 1902, at her home five miles east of Western

Saratoga, of lock jaw, aged 25 years, 9 months, and 26 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Methodist church in Anna.  She left a husband, a school teacher near Saratoga, and an infant child.  (See also 11 Oct 1902, issue.)

 

25 Oct 1902:

Tom Bowers fell from his boat while intoxicated and drowned last Saturday (18 Oct 1902), aged 73

years.  He ran a rope ferry across Big Muddy River at Aldridge.  He lived alone, but left a son in Missouri and a daughter in St. Louis.

Son of Jacob Cerney, a farmer 4 miles east of Anna, died Thursday (23 Oct 1902) and was buried in

Cobden.  He was digging sweet potatoes and tried to climb on the rear of a loaded wagon when a box fell on his neck and shoulder.

Harrison Alworth Sitter died 21 Oct 1902, at the home of his father, Harrison J. Sitter, several miles east

of Anna, aged 1 year, 8 months, and 30 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

 

1 Nov 1902:

Edward D. Modglin died 28 Oct 1902, in the Mississippi Bottoms near Big Barn of hemorrhage of the

lungs, aged 41 years and 1 month, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He left a wife and five children.

Georgia Weaver died 24 Oct 1902, at the home of her parents, J.L. and Nancy J. Smith, on Chestnut

Street in Anna, aged 27 years, 1 month, and 16 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal Church.  She was a member of the Christian Church and Jonesboro Court of Honor Lodge.  She left a husband, Bruno A. Weaver, parents, two brothers, and one sister.  (See also 24 Jan 1903, issue.)

 

8 Nov 1902:

Jane Gunter died 1 Nov 1902, at her home in Reynoldsville, aged 21 years, and was buried in St. John’s

Cemetery.  She left a husband and child.

Child of R.P. Owen died 5 Nov 1902, in Alexander County, aged 1 year, and was buried in Jonesboro

Cemetery.

Rev. Thomas F. Houts, of Olney, died recently at a hospital in Chicago, aged 80 years.  He was pastor of

the Methodist church in Jonesboro 25 years ago.  He later renounced the Methodist church and espoused Swedenborgian doctrines.

Mrs. John P. Hodge, wife of Alexander County sheriff, died Saturday (1 Nov 1902).  Her funeral was in

Hodges Park, Alexander County.  She was the aunt of Mrs. James Lingle, of Jonesboro.

Oliver Goddard died 1 Nov 1902, at the home of his father, A.J. Goddard, east of Anna, aged 21 years,

and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Mrs. M.E. Tally died Thursday (6 Nov 1902) at her home in Anna, aged 56 years, 11 months, and 22

days, and was buried in Morgan Cemetery west of Jonesboro.

Dora C. Morris Swartz died Tuesday (4 Nov 1902) in Anna, aged 19 years, and was buried in Galesburg. 

She fell about 1,320 feet from a balloon during the Fisk & Snider Street Fair and was found on the east side of the railroad just south of Green’s crossing.  She was the wife of Charles E. (also as Prof. Leroy) Swartz, a professional aeronaut, who had met and married her just three weeks earlier in Galesburg.  She made the ascent in the balloon against the protests of her husband.  The balloon was found on the farm of Ike Hartline due north of Jonesboro.  (See also 15 Nov 1902, issue.)

 

15 Nov 1902:

W. Masska, of Anna, committed suicide Monday (10 Nov 1902) by taking carbolic acid at his harness

shop in the Hale Building, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His son, Frank Masska, found his body.  He was a Civil War veteran and a member of the G.A.R.  He was also a Mason and member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and of the Lutheran church.  He left six children.

 

22 Nov 1902:

Martha Frances Inman, wife of Murphy Inman, died 14 Nov 1902, at her home in Anna, aged 68 years,

6 months, and 21 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was the mother of 12 children, of whom five were living.

Alice Willard, wife of Col. Elijah A. Willard, of San Luis, Potosi, Mexico, died last Sunday (16 Nov

1902) in El Paso, Texas, and was reinterred in Jonesboro Cemetery in June 1903.  She was born and married in Jonesboro, and all her children were born there.  She was the only child of Judge Thomas Hileman.  The family went to Old Mexico about 20 years ago.  She left a husband, two daughters (one being Miss Eloise Willard), and one son, Dr. Thomas W. Willard.  (See also 20 Jun 1903, issue.)

 

29 Nov 1902:

William Fox died Tuesday (25 Nov 1902) at his home west of Jonesboro from injuries received during a

runaway accident about the first of the month, aged about 30 years.  He was a brother of Mrs. Frank Shingles, of Jonesboro.

Miss Robbie Evers died in Metropolis, Massac County.

John D. Shepard died 22 Nov 1902, at his home four miles east of Anna, aged 54 years, 11 months, and

4 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He came to Union County 33 years ago from Tennessee.  He had 12 children, of whom 11 were living.  He also left a widow.

Doris Culver died 24 Nov 1902, at the home of her parents, the Rev. O.S. and Minnie (Barringer)

Culver, in Richview, Ill., aged 1 year, 9 months, and 21 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was in the Methodist Episcopal church in Anna.

 

6 Dec 1902:

Emma Worthington, sister of J.A. Worthington, of Anna, died 27 Nov 1902, at the Illinois Southern

Hospital in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

 

13 Dec 1902:

Child of George Mattingly, of Anna, died last Sunday (7 Dec 1902), aged 1 year, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.

 

20 Dec 1902:

Daughter of Bert Hawk, of south of Jonesboro, died Tuesday (16 Dec 1902), aged 6 months, and was

buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Mrs. Melvin R. Brown, of Metropolis, Massac County, died last Tuesday (16 Dec 1902).  She was the

daughter of Dr. B.W. Brooks and sister of the late Dr. J.V. Brooks.

Fred Cozby died 17 Dec 1902, at the home of his father, Henry P. Cozby, in Jonesboro, aged 23 years,

5 months, and 27 days, and was buried in Jonesboro.  He was 3 ½ feet tall and weighed 48 pounds.  He sold newspapers on Saturdays in Jonesboro.

Ellen Stewart, daughter of Thomas Stewart, died 14 Dec 1902, at her parents’ home in Carbondale,

Jackson County, aged 39 years, 1 months, and 28 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the home of her brother, Dr. J.C. Stewart.

Vesta McWhirter, daughter of Allen McWhirter, is expected to die of scarlet fever and diphtheria, aged

3 years.

 

27 Dec 1902:

Son of Walter Dillow, of south of Jonesboro, died Monday (22 Dec 1902), of pneumonia, aged 14

months.

Frederick Frances “Fred” Frick, youngest son of W.Dennis and Dona Frick, died last 21 Dec 1902, in El

Paso, Texas, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.  He was born in Jonesboro.  He left home when 13 and became a newsboy on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad.  He lived a while in St. Louis and was a freight car conductor for the Illinois Central.  He had to quit work because of ill health and was hospitalized in Paducah, Ky., but kept his condition from his family.  He went to the southwest for his health and arrived in Tuscon, Ariz., then went on to California.  Realizing he was dying, he tried to return home, but only got as far as El Paso.  His friend, Miss Lizzie Thomas, of Beechwood, Ill., was with him and wrote “a most affecting letter” to his father. (See also 3 Jan 1903, issue.)

Jacob Halterman died 20 Dec 1902, at his home neat Campground, aged 61 years, 11 months, and 8

days.  He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and lived near Campground since 1867.

 

3 Jan 1903:

Miss Iva Wheeler died at the home of her parents west of Jonesboro, aged 17 years, and was buried in

Williams Cemetery east of Anna.

Joseph Harris Samson died 31 Dec 1902, at home in Jonesboro, aged 82 years, 8 months, and 1 day, and

was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Lutheran Church.  He was born 30 Apr 1820, in Berkshire, Franklin Co., Vt.  He was a grandson of William Samson, who was born in 1783, and a son of Jonathon Samson, a native of Massachusetts and Presbyterian minister for the last 30 years of his life.  He was educated at Oberlin College in Ohio and came to Jonesboro in 1852.  He taught school in Jonesboro and other places in southern Illinois.  He joined St. Mark’s Masonic Lodge in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1848 and transferred to Jonesboro Lodge No. 111.  He was also a member of Egyptian Chapter No. 45 R.A.M. and Order of the Eastern Star.  In 1893 he was appointed district deputy grandmaster by Illinois Grandmaster Monroe C. Crawford.  In 1861 he became an agent for the Illinois Central Railroad at Anna and also farmed, kept a store, and clerked.  He served as deputy county clerk, deputy sheriff, and two terms as county superintendent.  He married on 1 Mar 1860, Mary J. Brown, who died in 1887.  They had three children, all living, Ed Samson, teller in the Anna 1st National Bank; Clara wife of Will J. Hodges, of Jeffry, Texas; and Dona Samson, of Jonesboro.  He also left one brother, Almon Samson, of Benton Harbor, Mich.  (See also 24 Jan 1903, issue.)