Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette

1903

Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

darreldexter@hotmail.com

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.)

 

10 Jan 1903:

Joseph J. Koenig died Sunday (4 Jan 1903) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Forsythe, on

South Main Street in Carbondale, Jackson County, aged 84 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was a Prussian and formerly lived in Anna.  He was surveyor for the Illinois Central Railroad from Anna to Cairo and surveyed Carbondale.  He married a sister of the late Dr. James V. Brooks, who died a number of years ago.

Charles Coats, formerly of Anna, was killed by falling slate in a coal mine near Marion, Williamson

County, last week, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He left a wife and three children.

Thomas Kinney, of Anna, died Saturday (3 Jan 1903) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed Wright, on

Vienna Street in Anna, aged, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  He had a slight burn on his hand that developed blood poisoning.

James Hill died Wednesday (7 Jan 1903) east of Anna, old.  He was the brother of Mrs. R.T. Shipley of

Jonesboro.

 

17 Jan 1903:

Dr. William S. Looney died at home in Vienna, aged 72 years.  He married in 1886 Fanny E. Whitlock,

of Jonesboro.  He left three children.

Jackson Apple died 9 Jan 1903, at the home of Daniel Hogue near Lick Creek, aged 52 years, 4 months,

and 13 days, and was buried in Campground Cemetery.

 

24 Jan 1903:

An unknown man was run over and killed last Saturday (17 Jan 1903) by a train at White House, two

miles south of Jonesboro.  The only clue to his identity was an address written in a notebook found on his body—“Mrs. Minnie Duffy, 348 Main Street, Clarksburg, W.Va.”

Charles Mays, committed suicide last Friday (16 Jan 1903) by shooting himself with a revolver placed at

his right temple, in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, aged 21 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was the youngest child of a large family of William and Sealy Mays, deceased. He moved from Anna several weeks ago to take charge of a saloon at Bond Avenue and Main Street in East St. Louis, which his brother-in-law, Jacob W. Caraker, recently purchased.  He suffered from neuralgia.  He was a member of the Federation of Labor Union.  Three years ago he was converted and joined the Baptist Church.  He left two brothers, John Mays, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and James T. Coats, of Jonesboro; and six sisters, Gail Mays, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, Mrs. Mattie Rich, of Cobden, Mrs. Kate Walker and Mrs. Mary Walker, of Regent, Mrs. Lou Caraker and Mrs. Eva Mays, of Anna.

 

31 Jan 1903:

James P. Hedges died 14 Jan 1903, at his home in Clarendon, Texas.  He moved with his family from

Jonesboro to Texas 12 years ago.  He left a wife and seven children.

Harley L. Dillow, son of L.E. Dillow, was run over by an Illinois Central train and killed Monday (26 Jan

1903) at Dongola, aged 14 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was attempting to board a moving freight train.  His funeral was at the Lutheran church in Dongola.

Bennie Hall, son of George Hall, of the west part of Jonesboro, was run over by a Chicago & Eastern

Illinois train and killed last Tuesday (27 Jan 1903) near Perks, Pulaski County, aged 15 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He had left home looking for work three weeks ago.

Infant child of Cornelius Pelley died last Friday (23 Jan 1903) in St. Louis and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.

Infant child of John Bolen died Saturday (24 Jan 1903) and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

 

7 Feb 1903:

Judge Daniel M. Browning died last Friday (30 Jan 1903) at his home in East St. Louis, St. Clair County,

of Bright’s disease, aged 56 years.  He formerly lived in Franklin County and was commissioner of Indian Affairs during Pres. Cleveland’s Administration.

James Watson died 3 Feb 1903, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas R. Mullins, in Anna, of asthma

and consumption, aged 42 years, 10 months, and 2 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He lived in Anna many years.

Elizabeth J. Standard died 31 Jan 1903, at her home in Mt. Pleasant.  She was the daughter of the late

Solomon H. Sitter and married William J. Standard on 5 Nov 1863.  She had one son, who died several years ago.

 

14 Feb 1903:

Tilman Foster was run over by a train at Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 22 years, and was buried in

Alto Pass Cemetery.  He was the youngest son of Lavina Foster, of Alto Pass.  He married Bertha Powell one year ago.  He was a fireman on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad and was discharged for leaving his engine at Murphysboro when he became sick.  He was later re-instated.  He also left one sister, Mrs. E.H. Frasier, of Alto Pass; two brothers, William Foster, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Toliver Foster, of Oshkosh, Wis.; and one son.

Daniel Albert Vancil died at the home of his father four miles north of Cobden, aged 16 years, 10

months, and 17 days, and was buried in Vancil Cemetery.

Minnie McCoy died 8 Feb 1903, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Hicks, on Grampion Hill, and was

buried in Lick Creek.

 

7 Mar 1903:

Henry D. Dillow died Thursday (5 Mar 1903), aged 74 years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  He

was born and died five miles south of Jonesboro.  He left a wife, a number of children, one brother, and one sister.

 

14 Mar 1903:

Mrs. Nancy J. Yost died Wednesday (11Mar 1903) at Cairo, Alexander County, and was buried in

Franklin County.  She was a relative of Judge Crawford, who with his daughter, Mary, attended the funeral.

Daughter of John Knupp, of south of Jonesboro, was shot and instantly killed last Friday (6 Mar 1903)

with a shotgun in the hands of her 7-year-old cousin, Roy Knupp, when the two were alone in the house, aged 15 months.

 

21 Mar 1903:

Rolla Scoot died 12 Mar 1903, at his home east of Anna, aged 25 years, and was buried in Casper

Cemetery.

Pauline Thornton, daughter of William Thornton, died in Anna of bronchial pneumonia, aged 6 months,

and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery at Lick Creek.

Mrs. James Baggott died last Saturday (14 Mar 1903) at her home at Reynoldville.  She left a husband

and children.

Mrs. May Vancil, niece of W.T. Rhodes, died Wednesday (18 Mar 1903), aged 24 years.

 

28 Mar 1903:

Child of Mr. Hanley, camped near the line kiln, died Sunday (22 Mar 1903), of suffocation, aged 18

months.  The mother was 15 years old.

John H. Williams died 21 Mar 1903, at his home one and a half miles southeast of Saratoga, aged 75

years, 6 months, and 2 days.  He left several children and an aged widow.

 

4 Apr 1903:

Infant daughter of Ella Gregory died Saturday (28 Mar 1903) and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. 

Her funeral was at the Baptist church.

Randolph C. “Randall” Elms died 3 Apr 1903, in Jonesboro, of rheumatism, aged 46 years, 5 months, and

18 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was a mail carrier on rural route 2.  He left one son, one daughter, and four sisters, Mrs. George J. Andrews, Mrs. Emmett Williford, of Jonesboro, Mrs. Jesse Parker, of Mill Creek, and Mrs. Ed Brackett, of Chicago.  (See also 11 Apr 1903, issue.)

Ida Brown, daughter of M.V. Brown, of four and a half miles southeast of Anna, died of pneumonia,

aged about 39 years, and was buried in Big Creek Cemetery.  She was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church since her childhood.  Hers was the fifth death in the family in the last few years.  She was a sister of W.O. Brown, of Jonesboro, and of Wat Brown, of Anna.  She was an invalid for many years and suffered from chronic rheumatism.

 

11 Apr 1903:

Mrs. W.J. McDearmon died Wednesday last week (1 Apr 1903), in Trenton, Tenn. 

 

18 Apr 1903:

Mrs. James P. Lentz died 10 Apr 1903, at her home near Campground, aged 55 years, 2 months, and 10

days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Lee A. Ferguson died last Monday (13 Apr 1903) at the home of his son-in-law, John Lingle, near

Reynoldsville, aged 50 years.

 

25 Apr 1903:

Urban E. Costigan was run over and killed last Sunday (19 Apr 1903) by an Illinois Central train in

Carbondale, Jackson County, aged 21 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was a brakeman for the railroad and formerly lived in Anna.  He was the son of Mrs. William Whalen of Carbondale, Jackson County.  His funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna.

James H. Smith died 15 Apr 1903, in Chicago, aged 87 years, and was buried in Chicago.  He formerly

lived in Jonesboro and was the son-in-law of the late Henry Dishon.  His wife died several years ago.  He left four sons and two daughters.

Infant child of Orley Brown, of Mounds, Pulaski County, aged 1 day, was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. 

The father was a fireman for the Illinois Central Railroad.

Dr. Isaac Fink, of Hillsboro, died the first of last week.  He was a brother of George W. Fink and Levi

Fink, of Mill Creek.

Herman E. Schlegel died 18 Apr 1903, at his home in Jonesboro, of consumption, aged 34 years, 2

months, and 11 days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, three and a half miles south of Jonesboro.  He was deaf and dumb since birth. He left a widowed mother.

 

2 May 1903:

S.P. Troutman died 25 Apr 1903, at home in Chapman, Montgomery County, aged about 80 years.  He

was born in North Carolina.  His second wife was Christena Cruse, a sister of Lear Ury, of Union County.  He was a veteran of the Mexican War in a North Carolina regiment.  He left a widow and several grown children.

A young Negro was lynched by a crowd of angry farmers near the little village of Santa Fe, in Alexander

County, last Sunday afternoon (26 Apr 1903), for attempted assault upon a 10-year-old girl.  The Negro was captured by officers, but was taken from them and hung without ceremony and the body riddled with bullets.  The mob then made a rush for a camp of several hundred negroes employed on bridge construction work and fired hundreds of shots at them.  The fire was returned by the Negroes, but they finally turned and fled to the woods, taking their wounded with them. This occurred in republican Illinois, in republican and negro-ridden Alexander County.  During the last few years the new railroads have had gangs of Negroes doing construction work all along the line.  Their behavior has been such that at various places they have narrowly escaped being blown to kingdom come by the car load, although the Negroes themselves were in blissful ignorance of the fact.

9 May 1903:

Adolph S. Terpinitz died 3 May 1903, at his home in Milwaukee, Wis., of pneumonia, aged 33 years, 10

months, and 18 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was the oldest son of Prof. J.E. Terpinitz, of Anna.  He formerly lived in Anna and was a member of Jonesboro Band. He married Fannie Anderson, the only daughter of B.H. Anderson, of Jonesboro.  His funeral was at the Lutheran Church.  He left a widow, two children, three brothers, and one sister.  Emil B. Terpinitz was his brother.

B.F. Kelley, of five miles northwest of Jonesboro, died 4 May 1903, aged about 50 years.  He left a

family.

Mary E. Abbott died 21 Apr 1903, at Alton, aged 56 years.  She was the daughter of the Rev. G.W.

Waggoner, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Jonesboro 20 years ago.

 

16 May 1903:

Fred R. Fuller, son of J.W. Fuller, died Wednesday last week (6 May 1903) at home a few miles

southeast of Anna, aged 23 years, 10 months, and 26 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Della Hardy died 10 May 1903, at her home in St. Louis, aged 28 years, 5 months, and 28 days, and was

buried in Anna Cemetery.  She formerly lived in Anna.  Her funeral was at the home of Mrs. Clara Coleman.  She left a young child.

Little child of Jesse Parker, of Mill Creek, died and was buried last Friday (8 May 1903) in Jonesboro

Cemetery.

Mary M. Stalcup committed suicide last Friday (8 May 1903) at the hospital in Anna.  She was from

Benton, Franklin County, and was unmarried.

 

23 May 1903:

William M. Travis died at his home on an island in the Mississippi River a few miles north of Willard’s

Landing, aged about 70 years.  He fell out of his chair dead in front of his wife and son.  He was tried in Jackson, Mo., 25 years ago for killing a man, but was cleared.

Mary Henry died 18 May 1903, at the home of her father, William F. Henry, in Anna, aged 22 years, 4

months, and 27 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at First Baptist Church in Anna.

Eliza P. Harvey died 15 May 1903, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.C. George, in Anna, aged 79

years, and was buried in Arcola.  She came to Anna from Arcola.  She also left three sons, James Harvey and Richard Harvey, of Chicago, and Samuel Harvey, of Newman.

 

30 May 1903:

Helen Carita Seger, daughter of August Seger, died 23 May 1903, of rheumatic meningitis, aged 8 years,

6 months, and 4 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Lutheran church.

Mrs. Nellie Richelderfer was murdered 16 Mar 1903, when home alone north of Herrin, Williamson

County, near the Franklin County line, by Calvin Price and Jerry Groves.  They were sentenced to be hanged in Williamson County 12 Jun 1903, but Gov. Yates granted them a four-week reprieve.  (See also 6 Jun 1903, issue.)

Joseph P. Morris died 24 May 1903, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed Lee, in Jonesboro, of

infirmities of old age, aged 83 years, 5 months, and 6 days, and was buried at Farmer City beside his wife, who died some years ago.  He was born in Tennessee and came to Illinois in 1854.  He had lived at Farmer City for the last 10 or 12 years.  He had 12 children, 25 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  In 1860 he joined the Baptist Church. 

 

6 Jun 1903:

James M. Reynolds, fourth son of W.R.S. Reynolds, of Reynoldsville, died 30 May 1903, in Piggott,

Ark., aged 6 years, 6 months, and 27 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. 

 

13 Jun 1903:

Louie F. Joram, of Cobden, drowned Saturday (6 Jun 1903) in a pond near the Mississippi River near

Thebes, Alexander County, aged about 24 years, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery.  He worked at Thebes as a time keeper for D. Sinclair Construction Co.

Alfred Clutts, of Alto Pass, died Tuesday (9 Jun 1903), aged 70 years, and was buried in Collins

Cemetery.  He was an old soldier and justice of the peace for more than 30 years.  He married the oldest daughter of Judge N.B. Collins, but she died about 25 years ago.  His funeral was at the Baptist church in Alto Pass.  He left five daughters (one being Mrs. Walter Brown) and four sons.  (See also 27 Jun 1903, issue.)

Judge H. Watson Webb died recently at his home in San Francisco, Calif.  He was formerly of Jonesboro

and Cairo, Alexander County.  In 1865 and 1871 he was elected a state legislator.  He was a brother of Mrs. Willis Willard and was related to the famous Webb family of New York.

 

20 Jun 1903:

Charles Jackson, a patient at the hospital in Anna, died last Sunday (14 Jun 1903) during an epileptic

seizure.

Mrs. John Mixon died 12 Jun 1903, at home in Anna, of consumption, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. 

She left a husband and children.

 

27 Jun 1903:

Child of James M. Wood died 21 Jun 1903, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

C.C. Brown died 18 Jun 1903, at home in Reynoldsville, aged 52 years, and was buried in Jonesboro

Cemetery.  He was born south of Jonesboro and married Caroline Coomes, daughter of James N. Coomes, who died years ago.  He married again.  He left a widow and several children.

Rachael Corzine died 21 Jun 1903, near Dongola, aged 57 years, 1 month, and 14 days.  She left two

sons, one daughter, and several brothers and sisters.

Mary C. (Millen) Nichols, wife of J.W. Nichols, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit, Mich., following

surgery for cancer, aged 42 years.  She was the daughter of Mrs. Charles A. Wright, of Boise, Idaho, and sister of Charles A. Millen.  She left a husband and daughter. 

Robert Abraham Davis “Bob” Wilbanks died last Monday (22 Jun 1903) at the National Hotel in

Washington, D.C., and was buried in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County.  He was born in 1846 in Jefferson County.  He was a brother of Mrs. Judge M.C. Crawford.

 

4 Jul 1903:

Alice Williams died last Saturday (27 Jun 1903) at the home of her son, T.B. Williams, in Jonesboro,

aged 74 years, and was buried in Tamaroa.  She also left a daughter, Mrs. S.H. Preston, of Tamaroa.

Dr. S.C. Hall died last Sunday (28 Jun 1903) at home in Omaha, Ill.  He was formerly a physician at the

hospital in Anna.  Sam Hall was his son.

Rachael K. Slack died 28 Jun 1903, at the home of F.H. Hall in Anna, aged 83 years and 11 months, and

was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was born 28 Jul 1819, in Bucks Co., Pa. and married Henry Slack in 1835.  She came to Illinois in 1854 and lived for 20 or more years in Cairo, Alexander County, before coming to Anna.  Her husband died at Anna 10 years ago.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  She had nine children, three of whom were living, William P. Slack, postmaster at Carbondale, Jackson County, Fred M. Slack, of Mobile, Ala., who travels extensively and could not be reached, and Richard H. Slack, of Jonesboro.

 

11 Jul 1903:

Will Friede was killed Saturday (4 Jul 1903) in Cobden by an Illinois Central train, aged 25 years.

Dennis Chester died 8 Jul 1903, at St. Louis, of appendicitis, aged 27 years, 10 months, and 10 days, and

was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was the son of Mrs. Chester A. Atwood, of Jonesboro.  He left one brother, Ernest Chester, of Jonesboro.

 

18 Jul 1903:

A.D. Bush died Tuesday (14 Jul 1903) at home in Anna.  He was engaged in the poultry business.

Caroline Quinlan died 14 Jul 1903, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mollie Coats, in Anna, and was

buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Christian church.  Her son-in-law, Ruddle Coats, was charged with poisoning her with strychnine, which he had bought the day before at Otrich’s drug store.  He and his wife were separated and Mrs. Quinlan kept their children.  Coats was hit in the head by a hammer a month ago by Robert Coleman for insulting his mother and it was speculated he would plead insanity.  He was discharged from jail after three weeks when no traces of strychnine were found in her stomach.  (See also 25 Jul 1903, and 15 Aug 1903, issues.)

Geneva Lulu Rendleman, infant daughter of Herbert Rendleman, died 8 Jul 1903, at home three miles

north of Alto Pass, of flux, aged a few days of being 2 years old, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.

 

1 Aug 1903:

Child of Pete Snell died Wednesday (29 Jul 1903) at home in the bottoms, aged 15 months.

James Houston, a farm hand for Richard Musgrave north of Jonesboro, was found dead in the orchard

Wednesday (29 Jul 1903).  The coroner determined he died in an epileptic seizure.  He left one son.

 

8 Aug 1903:

Harlan Spann, son of Rolla R. Spann, died of lock jaw or tetanus, aged 3 years, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.  He was run over a week before while crossing the street from the 1st National Bank to the opera house corner by a buggy driven by John Gattinger and Eugene Vilm, but received only minor injuries.  (See also 1 Aug 1903, issue.)

Mrs. W.C. Simpson died Wednesday last week (29 Jul 1903) at home in Vienna, Johnson County.  She

was a sister of John B. Jackson, of Anna.

Miss Anna Montgomery died at her home near Oakville, aged 20 years, 8 months, and 23 days.  She left

a mother, four sisters, and three brothers.

 

15 Aug 1903:

Milo Trammell born 21 Aug 1841, at Lick Creek, died 6 Aug 1903, aged 61 years, 11 months, and 15

Days, and was buried in Lick Creek Cemetery.  He was a Mason in Saline Lodge at Goreville, Johnson County, and a member of Ebenezer Church.  He served three years in the Civil War and was discharged in 1865. He was married twice.  By his first wife he had two sons, one died in infancy and the other, Monroe Trammell, died a few years ago.  He married 2nd Mary Whitnell and had three sons and three daughters.  All died young, but George Trammell.  His wife died 12 years ago.  Ella Trammell was a granddaughter.

Marga Ann English, wife of Edward C. English, died 10 Aug 1903, at home in Anna.  Her funeral was at

St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She was injured climbing through a fence during a wind storm.  She        also left two sons and one daughter.

Lizzie Keaney, daughter of Stephen Byrd, of Jonesboro, died last Monday (10 Aug 1903) at home in

Chicago, of appendicitis, aged 31 years.  Her husband died six months ago.

Abner Burkhart, alias J.B. Stotson, was killed 5 Aug 1903, by a train during the wind storm.  He was a

parol and was buried in grave No. 11,903 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  ed convict living near Villa Ridge, Pulaski County.

Jacob L. Mansker died 26 Jul 1903, at Thebes, Alexander County, aged 72 years.  He was a painter and

formerly lived in Jonesboro.  He had lived in Thebes 40 years.  He left a wife and two sons. 

Pully T. Miller died 7 Aug 1903.  His funeral was at Pryor Creek, Indian Territory.  He was a son of

N.G. Miller, of Jonesboro, and a brother of Otis Miller.  He married the daughter of the late M.V. Eaves, who lives.

 

22 Aug 1903:

Sarah J. Lippard died 13 Aug 1903, at home in Anna, aged 43 years, 6 months, and 14 days, and was

buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was the wife of Thomas C. Lippard.  Her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal church.

William Hartzell died last Friday (14 Aug 1903) at home in Chester, aged 63 years.  She was elected

Congressman in 1874 and 1876.

 

5 Sep 1903:

Reuben Miller, son of Mrs. Joe Burkley, of Jonesboro, died last week at home in Stewart, Tenn., aged 62

years.

 

12 Sep 1903:

Robert E. Elmore died 17 Aug 1903, aged over 70 years, and was buried in Hall Cemetery.  He was born

in Tennessee and came to Illinois with his parents when 6.  He married Eliza J. Rich, who survives.  He had four children; only one daughter was living.  At age 25 he joined the Christian Church and later transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He enlisted in Co. E, 31st Illinois Infantry on 8 Sep 1861.  

Infant of J.E.N. Edwards died last Saturday (5 Sep 1903) and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Ada Moseley died 4 Sep 1903, at the home of J.A. Gates, from burns received two weeks earlier, and was

buried in Jerusalem Cemetery.

 

26 Sep 1903:

Elija “Lige” Slankard died 23 Sep 1903, at his home on Chestnut Street in Anna, aged 48 years, 11

months, and 13 days, and was buried in Antioch Cemetery at Rose Bud, Pope County.  He came to Anna from Pike County 16 years ago.  He left a wife, an aged mother, two brothers, and two sisters.  His funeral was at Antioch Church in Pope County.

George Riley Noble died 5 Sep 1903, aged 65 years, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  He was born

at Preston on the Mississippi River and lived all his life in Union County, except four or five years in Texas.  He was a member of the Baptist church.

Miss Myrtle Childers died 16 Sep 1903, at the home of her parents south of Alto Pass, and was buried in

Alto Pass Cemetery.  She came home from Chicago two months ago to visit her parents and got sick.  She was buried in her bridal gown and her fiancé came from Chicago for the funeral at the Baptist Church.

Curtis E. Hileman died 21 Sep 1903, at the home of his father, John W. Hileman, near Mill Creek, of

pneumonia, aged 20 years, 3 months, and 23 days, and was buried in Vick Cemetery.

 

3 Oct 1903:

Robert Fillmore Rushing, son of James Rushing died 24 Sep 1903, at home in Mound City, Pulaski

County, aged 5 months, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at the home of his grandfather, R.W. Rushing.

David Britton died 30 Sep 1903, at home in Anna, aged 91 years, 6 months, and 16 days, and was buried

in Anna Cemetery.  He was formerly from Jonesboro.  He left a wife; a daughter, Miss Blanche Britton, a teacher in Anna; and one brother, Squire A.G. Britton.

 

10 Oct 1903:

Son of Lee Clutts died Tuesday (6 Oct 1903) at home in the old Davie house in Jonesboro, aged 2 years,

and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.

W.R. Aird committed suicide Thursday (8 Oct 1903) with a pistol shot to the head at the Anna hotel.

 

17 Oct 1903:

Dennis Pitts committed suicide Tuesday (13 Oct 1903) by cutting his own throat ear to ear, after

attempting to kill his wife while drunk.  His 16-year-old stepson, Claude Wright, prevented the murder. He was able to walk out of the house to the lime kiln and fell at the feet of Mr. Lementine, fireman at the kiln.  He was taken to the home of his brother on T.P. Sifford’s farm and stitched up.  Before he died he said Wright had cut his throat and he was arrested.  Wright was released after the testimony of his mother, Mrs. Pitts.

Grandfather of Mrs. John Hewes, of Carbondale, Jackson County, died in Anna recently.

Son of Mrs. Rolla Pulley was brought from Jacksonville and buried Wednesday (14 Oct 1903) in

Jonesboro Cemetery.

Robert Burns Stinson died at home in Anna and was buried in Anna Cemetery beside his wife.  He

became ill at the recent soldiers’ reunion in Carbondale, Jackson County.  He recruited Co. F, 60th Illinois Infantry at Camp Anna and was mustered out as a major at Louisville, Ky., in July 1865.  He was a G.A.R. member.  He and his wife spent time traveling extensively through the Holy Land and Europe.  His funeral was at the Presbyterian Church.  (See also 24 Oct 1903, issue.)

Amy L. Kirkpatrick died 11 Oct 1903, at her home on Asylum Avenue in Anna, of inflammation of the

bowels, aged 80 years, 3 months, and 19 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was born 23 Jun 1823, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and married on 17 Dec 1848, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cornwall Kirkpatrick.  In 1857 she moved to Mound City and in 1859 to Anna.  Her husband died 30 Mar 1900, in Anna.  She joined the Methodist Episcopal church soon after coming to Anna.  She had six children, of whom five were living:  C.E. Kirkpatrick, agent for American Express Co., William Kirkpatrick, of Dexter, Mo., Mrs. Annie Marks and E.B. Kirkpatrick, of Anna, and Amy Kirkpatrick, an artist.  One daughter, Harriet Kirkpatrick, was deceased.  She also left two sisters, one of whom is 82 years old; and a number of grandchildren.

 

24 Oct 1903:

Ford Chapman, infant son of Charles Chapman, died last Monday (19 Oct 1903), aged a few weeks.

Joseph P. Robarts died Tuesday (20 Oct 1903) in San Diego, Calif., of Bright’s disease, and was buried

in Carbondale.  He was born 2 Mar 1855, and published newspapers in Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Mound City, Pulaski County.  He was elected circuit judge in 1891, 1897, and 1903.  He married on 21 Oct  1875, Lillie Ozburn, of Murphysboro, Jackson County.  He left a widow.  (See also 31 Oct 1903, issue.)

 

31 Oct 1903:

Christian Nordling died 28 Oct 1903, at the home of his son, J.C. Nordling, in Cobden, of apoplexy,

aged 78 years, 1 month, and 11 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was a shoemaker.  His funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.  His wife died several years ago.  He was the father of a large family.

Ella Augusta Reed, daughter of David and Harriet Reed, died Wednesday (28 Oct 1903), aged 2 months

and 23 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.

 

14 Nov 1903:

Mary E. Gore died 7 Nov 1903, in the bottoms, aged 46 years, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. 

She left four sons.

Madie Lois Forsee died 9 Nov 1903, of membranous croup, at the home of her grandfather, Joel R.

English, in the east side of Jonesboro, aged 5 years, 1 month, and 23 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Rosa Hines died last Monday (9 Nov 1903) at the home of her sister, Mrs. W.R.S. Reynolds, in

Jonesboro, of consumption, aged 28 years, and was buried in Limestone Cemetery.  She was the daughter of J.M. Brandon, of Williamson County.

 

21 Nov 1903:

S.E. Flanagan, of Centralia, was killed Tuesday (17 Nov 1903) in an Illinois Central train accident at

Dongola.  He was a fireman for the railroad. He left a widow and one child.

Dr. Perry McElvain died 13 Nov 1903, in Alto Pass, of apoplexy, aged 63 years, and was buried in Alto

Pass Cemetery.  He was born in Butler Co., Pa., and educated in Butler’s Academy and State University of Michigan.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and Battle of Gettysburg.  In 1864 he moved to Hamilton County and in 1878 to Alto Pass.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but attended the Congregational Church.  He was a Mason.  He left a sister in Omaha, Neb.  A brother died two or three days before in Pennsylvania.

Franklin Bross died Wednesday (18 Nov 1903) at his home in Cairo, Alexander County.  He was born 22

May 1835, in Tasbach, Germany, and came to the U.S. in 1852.  He located at Greenwood, Miss., but after a few years settled in Cairo.  He was elected Alexander County judge.  In 1872 he was elected Illinois grand master of the I.O.O.F.  In 1875 he became president of the Alexander County Bank.

 

28 Nov 1903:

Elizabeth Keith, widow of John J. Keith, died 24 Nov 1903, at home, of rheumatism, and was buried

beside her husband in Alto Pass Cemetery.  She was born 12 Jun 1841, in Union County, the second daughter of the late John S. Rendleman.  She was a member of the Congregational Church.  Six children died in infancy and four children survive:  B. Frank Keith, Alto Pass druggist, Harry E. Keith and Roy G. Keith, farmers, and Miss Bertha Keith.  (See also 5 Dec 1903, issue.)

Amos Poe, a patient at the asylum, committed suicide last Saturday (21 Nov 1903) by hanging himself. 

He was from Effingham County.

 

5 Dec 1903:

Daniel W. Lyerle died 1 Dec 1903, at his home in Anna, aged 80 years, 9 months, and 18 days, and was

buried in Big Creek Cemetery.  His funeral was at Big Creek Church.  He was a veteran of the Mexican War.

Josiah Berryman “Si” Barnes alias Samuel Bodkins was found dead in his wagon shop in Cobden

several weeks ago.  He left his family in Centreville, Mo., in August 1876 because he was $3,000 short as treasurer of Reynobas County.  He told his wife he was changing his name to Samuel Bodkins.  He was born 1 Jan 1837.  He left a wife, seven children, one brother, and three sisters in Missouri.  (See also 19 Dec 1903, issue.)

 

12 Dec 1903:

John Haas, brother of Mrs. G. Mattheis, died 7 Dec 1903, in St. Louis.  Her father died 7 Nov 1903.

Leo Norton, son of Abe Norton, died 4 Dec 1903, aged 2½ years, and was buried in Alto Pass

Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Congregational Church.

Walter McCallum, brother of A.M. McCallum, died Sunday (6 Dec 1903) in Bolivar, Tenn., and was

buried in Bethel, Tenn.

Nancy Stilley died 9 Dec 1903, at home one mile south of Jonesboro, of consumption, aged 50 years, and

was buried in Toledo Cemetery, one mile north of Cobden.  She was a sister of Mrs. J.L. Modglin, Mrs. Alex. Penland, and Mrs. Mary Brown, of Jonesboro.  She left five children.

 

19 Dec 1903:

Eliza J. Sitter, wife of H.C. Sitter, died Sunday (13 Dec 1903) at home three miles east of Anna, of

pneumonia, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was a member of the Baptist church in Anna.  She left a husband, one son, Amos Sitter, and one daughter, Mrs. J.E. Brooks.

Son of Cal Hoover, of west of Jonesboro, died Wednesday (16 Dec 1903), aged 14 years.

James Sidings was found dead in his bed last Friday (11 Dec 1903), aged 55 years.  He lived with the

Sadler family northwest of Jonesboro.

Mrs. Richard Parrish died at her home in the bottoms, aged 60 years, and was buried in Morgan

Cemetery.  She left six children.

 

26 Dec 1903:

Little daughter of Daniel Green, of west of Jonesboro, died Wednesday (23 Dec 1903).

Jennie Beatrice Hunsaker, wife of Holly R. Hunsaker, died 20 Dec 1903, in Jonesboro, aged 24 years,

10 months, and 22 days, and was buried in Limestone Cemetery near Cobden.  She left a husband, and an infant son, only a few weeks old, who went to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Tweedy.

Oliver Hileman, son of Jacob M. Hileman, of several miles south of Jonesboro, died 20 Dec 1903, aged

24 years, and was buried in Chapel Cemetery.

Mary L. Rushing, wife of David Rushing, died 20 Dec 1903, at home two miles south of Anna, aged 48

years, 9 months, and 8 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Grace Williford, daughter of John F. Williford, died 22 Dec 1903, aged 17 years, of typhoid fever and

rheumatism, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Presbyterian church.

Louie Beardsley, of Wilkesbarre, Pa., was run over by a train in Anna, aged 22 years.  He left a sister in Wilkesbarre.

 

2 Jan 1904:

Mary M. Abernathie, wife of William M. Abernathie, formerly of Alto Pass, died Thursday last week

(24 Dec 1903) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.L. Rich of Cobden, aged 57 years, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery.  She was a member of the Baptist Church at Alto Pass and later at Cobden.  She left three daughters, Mrs. R.L. Rich, Mrs. Harey Rendleman, and Mrs. L.M. Boren, and thee sons, Hoby Abernathie, Robert Abernathie, and William Abernathie.  (See also 16 Jan 1904, issue.)

Vera May Green died 23 Dec 1903, at the home of her father, D.W. Green, three miles west of

Jonesboro, aged 9 years, 2 months, 1 day, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Louie Beardsley was hit by a switch engine Wednesday last week (23 Dec 1903) and died Tuesday (29

Dec 1903).  His body was embalmed by Undertaker Norris and shipped to his sister at Wilkesbarre, Pa.