Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois
Transcribed by Darrel Dexter
9 Jan 1904:
John N. Mozley died last Sunday (3 Jan 1904) at the home of his son in Johnson County, aged 87 years.
Charles Mozley of Jonesboro was his grandson.
Robert Asbie was found frozen to death in a small tent in Murphysboro Tuesday (5 Jan 1904). He was an
old soldier and drew a small pension. A 50-year-old woman was also found bedded down with pigs in a pen to keep from freezing to death.
Robert Ford Willoughby, son of William Willoughby, was shot in the abdomen near 2108 Clark Ave., in
St. Louis, by highway robbers on Wednesday (6 Jan 1904) and died the same day in a hospital in St. Louis, aged 22 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was in the Baptist Church at Anna. He left a father, mother, brother, Ralph Willoughby, and sister, Bertha Willoughby. (See also the 16 Jan 1904, issue.)
16 Jan 1904:
Mrs. Mattie Angell Kavanaugh, of Des Moines, Iowa, was buried in Cobden Cemetery. She was the
youngest daughter of E. Angell, of Alto Pass, and was nearly 40 years old. She also left a husband, two sons, an 8-month-old baby, three sisters, and two brothers.
Clara Schmitt died 13 Jan 1904, following an operation for a tumor, at her home in the country near
Jonesboro, aged 31 years, 11 months, 11 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She left a mother and a number of brothers and sisters. Her cousins were Miss Emma Hofmann of Geneva and Miss Emma Hofmann of Sparta.
Peter Weber, son of Peter Weber, died Wednesday (13 Jan 1904), south of Jonesboro, of scarlet fever,
and was buried in Kollehner Cemetery.
William H. Butler, husband of Mary Grear Butler, died last Saturday (9 Jan 1904) in El Paso, Texas.
Mrs. Butler returned to Chicago.
Melinda Head, sister of D.W. Karraker and daughter of Jacob Karraker, died at Dongola Tuesday (12
Harry Greer, railroad agent at Wolf Lake, was killed by a train Thursday last week (7 Jan 1904), aged 17
years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He fell from top of a car between two cars and was run over by eight cars and a caboose. He was the son of Mrs. Dan Coomes and Riley Greer.
William Flynn was found drowned in Goodman Ditch last Monday (11 Jan 1904) aged 50 years. He was
a section foreman for the Illinois Central Railroad at Ware. The train failed to stop at Ware and let him off, so he was put off at Wolf Lake. He walked down the tracks towards Ware and fell off the trestle into the ditch with 10 feet of water. He left a wife and children.
23 Jan 1904:
Sarah A. Hock, wife of S.M. Hock, died 14 Jan 1904, at her home in Anna, aged 49 years, 1 month, 24
days, and was buried in Campground Church Cemetery. The family recently moved to Anna from Mt. Pleasant. Henry Hock, telegraph operator in Maynard, Ind., was her son. (See also 30 Jan 1904, issue.)
30 Jan 1904:
M. Jennie Crowell, wife of A.H. Crowell, died 24 Jan 1904, at her home, aged 60 years, 8 months, 24
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She left a husband, two sons, Bertram Crowell and Rudolph Crowell, both of Jonesboro, and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Brown of Fort Smith, Ark., and Mrs. Ada Cowderly of Jonesboro.
Son of Charles O’Neal born Thursday last week (21 Jan 1904), died suddenly Friday (29 Jan 1904) and
was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was their first child.
Frank H. Rauch died Thursday last week (21 Jan 1904) at home near Progress, aged 75 years, 5 months,
19 days. He was the father of nine children, all living. A.J. Rauch of Carbondale, Jackson County, formerly of Anna, was a son.
20 Feb 1904:
John Naill Spann died Wednesday (16 Feb 1904) at his home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., of congestion of
the stomach and bowels. He was the son of the late John H. Spann and was the oldest of four children. He married several years ago Miss Speak of Cape Girardeau. He left a widow, two daughters, a mother, Mrs. H.M. Spann of Jonesboro; and three sisters, Mrs. John Bacon, Mrs. Robert H. Alden, and Mrs. Everett H. Alden.
Mrs. Andrew Corzine died Tuesday (15 Feb 1904) after being struck with paralysis while preparing
breakfast at her home near Balcom.
William J. Wise died Friday (12 Feb 1904) Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Stewart in
Cairo, Alexander County, aged 74 years, 10 months, 5 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was the father of Hiram Wise.
27 Feb 1904:
Mrs. Sarah Brummitt died last Tuesday (23 Feb 1904) in the bottoms and was buried in Cedar Grove
Cemetery in Johnson County.
Mrs. Z.E. Corbin died last Tuesday (23 Feb 1904) at the home of her son, William Corbin east of
Jonesboro, aged 85 years, and was buried in McClure Cemetery. She left a son and a married daughter.
Mrs. Lydia K. (Hargrave) Tripp, widow of Thomas Tripp, died last Saturday (20 Feb 1904) at her home
west of Jonesboro, aged 38 years, and was buried in Morgan Cemetery.
Joseph Wilkinson died Sunday (21 Feb 1904) at Reynoldsville, aged 66 years, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. He was an old soldier.
Mrs. Amanda (McElfresh) Brown, wife of Thomas H. Brown, died 23 Feb 1904, of pneumonia, at her
home in Fort Smith, Ark., aged 66 years, 3 months, 13 days. The body was taken to the home of Mrs. Rebecca Grear in Jonesboro and before the funeral in the Baptist church. She was born in Union County and was a sister of Mrs. A.H. Crowell, who died four weeks ago to the day. She left a sister, Mrs. Edith Cowdry of Jonesboro.
Mrs. Belle (Olmstead) Wrenwick, daughter of Mrs. W.P. Slack of Carbondale, Jackson County, died at
her home in Denver, Colo., and was buried in Anna.
Samuel Sperry, son of Mrs. M.L. Sperry, committed suicide by taking laudanum at Las Vegas, Nev. He
was found dead 23 Feb 1904, in his room by his brother, Don Sperry. Sadie Perry was his sister. He was married less than a year ago. Three years ago he lost an arm in a train accident. (See also 5 Mar 1904, issue.)
Carrie Randall died 22 Feb 1904, at her home on Tennessee St., in Anna, of pneumonia, aged 54 years, 5
months, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the former wife of Lafayette Jones, deceased. She left a son, Jerry Jones, and two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Riggs and Mrs. Rosa Bean.
5 Mar 1904:
Dr. Andrew D. Finch died 27 Feb 1904, at his home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was
born in Hinckley, Ohio, on 16 Oct 1838. He married in 1857 Edith Damon, who died in 1866. Two children of this marriage were Adelle B. wife of D.W. Goodman; and Nettie R. Finch, both of Anna. In 1868 he married Mary Bowman. Five children of this marriage were Carrie L. wife of Manley Crawford of Roswell, N.M.; George L. Finch, deceased; Mamie L. wife of M. King of Rochester, Ind.; Flora E. wife of T. McClure Otrich of East Cape Girardeau; and Andrew M. Finch. He had five sisters and one brother; only Mrs. William Kratzinger of Anna survives. He was in Battery A, 1st Ohio Light Artillery and was confined in Libbey Prison. He was a dentist in Anna 30 years and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Josiah Bean died 1 Mar 1904, at his home near Anna of dropsy of the heart, aged 68 years, 2 months, 7
days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His second wife was Mrs. Eliza Hess. George C. Bean was a son by his first wife.
Edward Massey committed suicide at the home of Mrs. Maggie Manzer on Chestnut Street in Anna. He
first shot her, but she survived.
John Green, son of James H. Green, died at his home in Cairo, aged 5 years, and was buried in Anna
Mrs. F.A. Gallegly, wife of Fred Gallegly, formerly of Lick Creek, died last Saturday (27 Feb 1904) at
Monte Vista, Colo., and was buried at Lick Creek. She was the daughter of David Miller.
Mrs. Maria J. McLain died 26 Feb 1904, at her home in Jonesboro, of congestion of the brain, aged 59
years, 3 months, 21 days. The body was taken by train to Dongola for burial. She was a hotel keeper in Anna. She had two sons, Frank McLain of Watertown and Albert McLain, and one daughter, Ida McLain. Charley McLain of Watertown was a grandson. W.S. Hanners of Murphysboro, Jackson County, was a brother.
J. Dan Wilson died 28 Feb 1904, at the Roberts House in Jonesboro, of traumatic pneumonia after being
struck by a Mobile & Ohio train on 21 Feb 1904, aged 44 years, 4 months, 28 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was the son of Mrs. Mary A. Rendleman of north of Jonesboro. He left a widow, four sons and three daughters. Harry Wilson, the oldest son, is a telegraph operator for Mobile & Ohio at Cairo. The oldest daughter is the wife of Ora Rendleman, an agent for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad in Columbia. He left a number of sisters, half sisters, and half brothers.
Sam Hazel died Monday (2 Mar 1904) in Chester prison after serving 21 years. He was sent to prison in
1882 for murdering Mary Malinda Catharine “Mollie” Dalton, a young girl in the southeast part of Union County.
12 Mar 1904:
Mary E. (Kean) Holcomb, wife of Charles B. Holcomb, died 1 Mar 1904, of la grippe and congestion of
the lungs, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. She was the sister-in-law of W.I. Holcomb of Kankakee and the niece of the late Dr. B.F. Ross. She married 28 years ago. She had five children, of whom four survived: Ross Holcomb, Frank Holcomb, Mary Holcomb, and Chester Holcomb. She was a member of the Congregational Church.
John W. Bostian died 6 Mar 1904, of dropsy, aged 82 years, 10 months, and 22 days, and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. He was born in North Carolina and moved to Union County in 1850, settling south of Jonesboro, then east of Anna, before moving to Anna. He married Margaret Goodman. He left five children from this marriage: Mrs. James Shipley, Susan Bostian of Anna, Julius M. Bostian of Lick Creek, William W. Bostian of Cobden, and Mrs. Charlotte Medlin of Buncombe. He married 2nd Lucinda J. Hileman. He left three children from this marriage: George Bostian of St. Louis, Charles Bostian, and Jennie Bostian of Anna. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.
Ephraim Cover died last Friday (4 Mar 1904) at his home near Makanda. He lived in Jonesboro from
1840 to 1860. He married a sister of Mrs. Willis Willard.
19 Mar 1904:
John Brown, son of Alice F. Brown, of two miles west of Jonesboro, was crushed to death last Monday
(14 Mar 1904), aged 18 years, and was buried in Tripp Cemetery. He was hauling logs in the hills back of Dan Green’s and was thrown from his wagon against a tree and crushed by rolling logs.
John Talley died last Tuesday (15 Mar 1904) near Ware in the bottoms, aged upwards to 90 years. He
lived in the bottoms in 1844 during the great flood.
26 Mar 1904:
William Barton Peebles died 19 Mar 1904, at the home of J.B. Alden, aged 81 years, 3 months, 6 days,
and was buried in Anna Cemetery. he was born in Louisville, Ky., and lived in Anna for 15 years. He left a wife and two daughters, Mrs. H.H. Kohn and Mrs. J.B. Alden.
Edward Vincent Sitter, oldest son of Judge C. Jerome Sitter, died 22 Mar 1904, in Arlington, Ore., on a
train on his way home from Washington where he had gone for his health, aged 25 years, 7 months, 25 days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery. (See also 2 Apr 1904, issue.)
A small son of Lee Vancil died at home east of Anna of pneumonia and was buried Tuesday (22 Mar
1904) in Anna Cemetery.
Thomas D. Sams, of one mile south of Jonesboro, died 24 Mar 1904, and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. He was found on the east side of the railroad below the graveyard in Jonesboro Tuesday night (22 Mar 1904). He was believed to have been struck by a Mobile & Ohio train. He was born near Jonesboro and had lived at his present home for 10 years. He was a brother of Rice Sams. He was born near Jonesboro. (See also 2 Apr 1904, issue.)
9 Apr 1904:
Mrs. Florence Fell died 2 Apr 1904, of pneumonia and tuberculosis, at the home of her nephew, T.J.
Peeler, in Anna, aged 60 years and 6 months, and was buried beside her husband who died 19 years ago. She was a teacher for 35 years. She had been a member of the Lutheran Church for 32 years. She left one child, Nellie Peeler, a nurse at Hot Springs, Ark.
Margaret Elizabeth Cuhl, wife of Edouard Cuhl, died last Saturday (2 Apr 1904) at her home in
Dongola, aged 73 years. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last September.
Mrs. Solomon Miller died last Friday (1 Apr 1904) at her home several miles south of Jonesboro, aged 80
years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. There was only one other pensioner of the Black Hawk Indian War in the county.
Gardiner S. Bouton died last Sunday (3 Apr 1904) at his home near St. Louis, aged 76 years. He was a
brother of the late Thomas F. Bouton, publisher of the Jonesboro Gazette for 25 years.
Moses Lingle died 2 Apr 1904, at his home four miles southwest of Jonesboro, aged 76 years, 1 month,
16 days, and was buried in Lingle Cemetery. He had a stroke of paralysis six years ago. He was the son of an early settler in Union County and was a member of First Baptist Church. He left a widow, two sons, and several daughters.
James M. Tweedy died 31 Mar 1904, at his home near Alto Pass, aged 87 years and 9 days, and was
buried in Limestone Cemetery. He was born in Union County just below Preston. He lived in the bottoms until the flood of 1844, when he moved to a farm four miles northwest of Cobden. He married on 30 Aug 1838, Mrs. Charlotte (Bizzle) Craig. They had 12 children, of whom eight survive, and the four deceased children lived to have their own families. He was a Democrat and cast his first vote in 1840 for Martin Van Buren. His aged wife was nearly 87. They spent 66 years together on the same farm and 44 years in the same house where he died.
23 Apr 1904:
W.F. Bittle died 10 Apr 1904, at his home near Alto Pass, aged over 60 years, and was buried in Alto
Pass Cemetery. He was born in Union County and married Miss Tweedy, the daughter of Mr. Tweedy who died last week. He left a widow and five sons.
An infant of Jesse Glasco was burned to death, aged 8 months, buried in Alto Pass. Jesse was out
working, when a horse got out and his wife went to get it. She left the children in the house alone, the oldest being 7. They were playing in the fire and the infant’s clothes caught on fire. They children fled, but the baby perished and the house was engulfed in flames. Dr. Glasco was the grandfather.
Naomi Cealey, daughter of Charles Cealey, died at home in Cairo, Alexander, aged 6 years, 4 months,
and 28 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
30 Apr 1904:
Son of Will Back died Sunday (24 Apr 1904) at home in Jonesboro, aged 18 months, and was buried in
Murphysboro, Jackson County.
John N. Misenhimer died 26 Apr 1904, of pneumonia, at home several miles south of Jonesboro, aged 85
years, 8 months, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. He was a son of Jacob Misenhimer and was born in Indiana, coming to Union County when 6 weeks old, settling south of Jonesboro. He married when about age 23 to Elizabeth Penninger to whom he was married more than 62 years. She is 83 years old. They had nine children, 8 living: Giles M. Misenhimer, Mrs. Sarah Caster, Jacob T. Misenhimer, Mrs. Laura J. Dillow of Texas, Mrs. Martha Brown of Piggott, Ark., Mrs. Julia M. Fulenwider, Mrs. Ellen E. Fulenwider, and Miss Mary M. Misenhimer. He also left one brother, Paul Misenhimer. The other daughter, Mrs. Margaret A. Poole, died several years ago. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for more than 40 years.
7 May 1904:
Mrs. Mary E. Eddy died 1 May 1904, at her home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
David R. Laws died 4 May 1904, at home five miles east of Anna, aged 71 years, 7 months, and was
buried in Williams Cemetery. He was the father of County Clerk J. Will Laws.
C. O’Callahan died last Saturday (30 Apr 1904) in Cincinnati, Ohio, aged about 68 years. He lived in
Anna in the 1870s. He came from Ireland to Cairo, Alexander County, in 1857.
Mrs. Mary Overbay died Friday last week (29 Apr 1904) in St. Louis, aged upwards to 50 years. She left
a son, Frank Floading.
Joseph Minton died Tuesday (3 May 1904) at his home west of Alto Pass.
14 May 1904:
Mrs. Thomas (Hammond) Lence died last Friday (6 May 1904) at her home in Jonesboro, aged about 75
years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She married 1st a Hunsaker, who died several years ago, leaving her with several children. She left a husband and three children: John E. Hunsaker of Vienna, Johnson County, Mrs. T.C. Cozby, and Mrs. Henry P. Cozby of Jonesboro. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
21 May 1904:
Bessie Leyerle, daughter of Joseph Leyerle, died 14 May 1904, at her parents’ home on Jackson Street in
Anna, aged 12 years, 9 months, 6 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Mary T. Bernhard, oldest daughter of J.A. Bernhard, died 18 May 1904, of consumption, at her parents’
home four miles south of Jonesboro, aged 26 years, 11 months, 22 days, and was buried in Grieb Cemetery. Her funeral was at St. Paul’s Church at Kornthal. She also left sisters and brothers.
28 May 1904:
Charles Donald Rendleman, son of Warren Rendleman, died 17 May 1904, aged 5 weeks, and was
buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.
Nancy J. Seay died 21 May 1904, at the home of her son, James T. Seay, on Asylum Ave., in Anna, aged
85 years, 11 months, 7 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., 14 Jun 1818, and moved to New Haven, Ill., with her parents, where she married Joseph Seay in 1837. He died in Anna in 1872. They had 13 children, three of whom were living: H.M. Seay of Montana, James T. Seay of Anna, and Mrs. H.L. Bell of Makanda. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Tennessee. She moved to Anna in 1855, and after her husband died, she lived alone at the site of W.W. Wiley’s new brick business. She had lived with her son since 1902.
W.F. Dwyer dropped dead Friday afternoon (20 May 1904) in Vienna, Johnson County, of heart trouble.
4 Jun 1904:
Mrs. Nettie A. Ackerman-Barron died 25 May 1904, at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, aged 47 years,
11 months, 14 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at her sister’s home, Miss Ella Spence, in Anna.
Meva Kimbro, daughter of Walter E. and Lina Kimbro, born 13 Oct 1887, died 28 May 1904, aged 16
years, 7 months, 15 days. She joined Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church when 14.
Philip H. Kroh died 31 May 1904, aged 80 years, 3 months, 21 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
He was born in Frederick Co., Va., and came to Union County with his parents, Henry and Mary (Stough) Kroh in February 1842, settling one and a half miles south of Jonesboro. The father was a German Reformed minister and in 1847 moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1849 the father joined the Argonauts and went to California in search of the Golden Fleece, and died in 1877 at Stockton, Calif. His wife died in 1876. They had nine children; nearly all of them lived in California. Philip was educated at Wood College in Indiana and Theological College in Columbus, Ohio. He was pastor of the Reformed Church until 1854. He went to California and returned to Union County, settling at Anna in 1858. He was a chaplain in the Civil War and was seriously injured. He married in 1851 Diana Bowman Perry of Pulaski County. Four children survive: Nellie wife of George L. Spire, Jennie wife of E.S. Alden, Lulu wife of Harry Shepard, and Frank H. Kroh. He was a Mason.
11 Jun 1904:
Catharine Barkhausen, daughter of John and Annie (Shaw) Hunsaker, born 22 Dec 1822, in Union
County, married on 24 Jan 1843, Henry C. Barkhausen, died 6 Jun 1904, at her home in Unity, Alexander County, aged 81 years, 5 months, 14 days. She left an aged husband and two daughters, Mrs. A.P. Dillow of Jonesboro and Mrs. L. L. Gibbs of Unity.
18 Jun 1904:
John Ury died 27 May 1904, at Sutter Co., Calif. He was born a few miles south of Jonesboro in 1827
and went to California in 1854 driving an ox team. He returned to Illinois in 1859, but went back to California in 1860. He left a wife, a son, daughter, two sisters, Katherine Ury of Sutter Co., Calif., and Mrs. Nancy Cruse of Marble Hill, Mo. He was an uncle of J.L. Ury, a son of Martin Ury, deceased.
Asa Watson was killed by a train at the Main Street crossing in Anna, aged about 20 years. He was
trying to board a moving train.
Lilbourn Ryan, patient at the hospital, drowned in a reservoir at the institution and was buried in Saline
County, where he was from.
A female patient at the hospital in Anna committed suicide by hanging last week.
25 Jun 1904:
Ruth Reynolds, daughter of the Rev. H.J. Reynolds died Saturday (18 Jun 1904) at Toulon and was
buried at Toulon.
Herbert H. Hagler died 14 Jun 1904, of consumption at the home of his brother, E.H. Hagler, aged 24
years, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. He was a son of P.M. Hagler and left five brothers. I.M. Hagler of Wickliffe, Ky., was one of the brothers.
2 Jul 1904:
William Wrestler was killed by a train Monday (27 Jun 1904) near Musgrave crossing, one mile north of
Anna. He, his wife, and three children had been picking beans in the bottoms and were returning by wagon to their home in Michigan. He went to pick up coal along the train tracks and was stepped out of the way of a southbound train and was struck by a north bound train. His wife and children took the body to their former home in Ohio where he was buried.
Frederick Schaffer died 24 Jun 1904, of heart disease, aged 67 years, 1 month, 8 days, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. He was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to the U.S. before 1850. He landed at New Orleans and came up the Mississippi River to Jonesboro in 1850. He returned to Germany in 1860 and at Philadelphia in 1861 joined the I.O.O.F. He was a barber. In 1864 he married Mary Shore. Four children survived him: Annie wife of Ed Butler, Clara Schaffer, Mollie Schaffer, and John Schaffer of Bonnetts Mills, Mo. He left one sister, Mrs. Jacob Veith, and one brother in Germany.
Lafayette E. Dillow died last Saturday (25 Jun 1904) at his home near Dongola, aged 48 years, 4 months,
15 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Mrs. Monroe DeHart and her 8-year-old daughter were killed by lightning last Saturday (25 Jun 1904) at
Cobden. They had been picking blackberries and took shelter under a tree.
9 Jul 1904:
John J. Anderson died last week. He was born on a farm near Alto Pass. He left an aged mother, five
brothers, and a widow and a daughter living in the Far West.
Benjamin F. Hunsaker died 6 Jul 1904, at the home of his son, George M. Hunsaker, aged 75 years, 9
months, 21 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was in the Lutheran Church. He was born in Union County, the son of George Hunsaker. He was married three times. He left six children: Mrs. L.J. Keller, Mrs. E.F. Hargrave of Jonesboro, Mrs. Ollie Jones of St. Clair County, George M. Hunsaker of Jonesboro, Joseph Hunsaker of Cairo, Alexander County, and Pearl Hunsaker of Danville. Ex-Sheriff John P. Hodges, George Hodges, and their sister, Mrs. Vincent, from Cairo, Alexander County, attended the funeral at Jonesboro. “They were descended on the mother’s side from the pioneer Hunsaker family of this county” (16 Jul 1904, issue).
The divorced wife of Ruddle Coats committed suicide by jumping from a wharf boat into the Tennessee
River at Paducah, Ky., and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She left a note saying she couldn’t care for her children and wanted the Good Sisters to take them in. She was a daughter of Mrs. Quinton who died a year ago. Ruddle Coats was earlier accused of giving her strychnine, but was acquitted.
Harry M. Detrich, of Chicago, was killed last Sunday (3 Jul 1904) in a train collision at Litchfield. He
was formerly of Anna and was a clerk at the hospital and editor of the Union Democrat. He was a brother of J.E. Detrich. He was organizer of the Allied Metal Mechanics International Union. He left a wife and two children living in the south side of Chicago.
16 Jul 1904:
Harry W. Grear fell down the stairs at 3301 Sycamore St., Cairo, Ill., and died 9 Jul 1904, from a
concussion, aged 48 years, 2 months, 7 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was born in Jonesboro, the fourth son of John Grear. He married the only daughter of A.J. Reese of Cobden in 1876 or 1877. He was a druggist. He operated the drug store of Judge F. Bross in Cairo, before moving to Mound City, and returning to Cairo. He was a member of Modern Woodmen Lodge at
Mound City, was a Mason, and a member of I.O.O.F. lodge. He left a wife, and one daughter, who had married a few days earlier on 30 Jun 1904, William A. Montgomery. His funeral was at the home of his father, John Grear, in Jonesboro. He left two brothers, Walter Grear of Anna and John Grear of DuQuoin. (See also 23 Jul 1904, issue.)
23 Jul 1904:
Eva Mays died 15 Jul 1904, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jacob Caraker, of consumption, aged 27
years, 2 months, and 1 day, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at the United Evangelical Church. She left two brothers, James Mays of Anna, and John Mays, of Murphysboro, Jackson County; and five sisters, Lou wife of Jacob Caraker of Anna, Mattie wife of Michael Rich of Cobden, Gale wife of Ed Brandon of Murphysboro, and two unmarried sisters.
Mrs. Catherine J. (McDonald) McLean died 15 Jul 1904, in Anna, aged 83 years, 11 months, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. She was born in Carthage, N.C., and married in 1855 Duncan D. McLean, a Presbyterian minister. He died in Anna in 1884. She had two children: Mary McLean, who died quite young, and Ruth wife of Taylor Dodd.
Two families named Fry and Greenfield ate poisonous mushrooms at Jeffery and six died.
30 Jul 1904:
Mrs. Elizabeth Misenhimer died 23 Jul 1904, at her home south of Jonesboro. She was born in Rowan
Co., N.C., the daughter and one of nine children of Mathias and Margaret Penninger. Her brother, George W. Penninger of near Dongola, was the last living member of this family. She married on 3 Feb 1842, John N. Misenhimer, who died about three months ago. She joined St. John’s Lutheran Church under the ministry of the Rev. Daniel Jenkins. She had nine children, eight of whom were living: Giles M. Misenhimer, Jacob T. Misenhimer, Sarah Eugene, Margaret Ann, Laura Jane, Martha Elizabeth, Mary Magdalene, Julia Maria, and Ellen Caroline. She also left 47 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
6 Aug 1904:
Daniel Kelley died last Sunday (31 Jul 1904) at his home several miles south of Jonesboro, of heart
failure, aged 72 years. Mrs. Sam Frost of Jonesboro was his daughter.
A. Ford Cover, son of the late J.R. Cover, died 29 Jul 1904, of typhoid fever, at the home of his mother,
Mrs. Josie Cover, on Southwest Railroad Street in Anna, aged 16 years, 4 months, and 26 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
13 Aug 1904:
Julia Ettie Ewald died 9 Aug 1904, at her home two miles northeast of Anna, of meningitis, aged 33
years, 11 months, and 2 days. She was a former employee at the hospital in Anna.
Robert Peters, son of Fred Peters of south of Anna, died Wednesday (10 Aug 1904) at a hospital in St.
Louis, aged 22 years. He fell while wrestling with a friend, Harry Hess, and dislocated his back and was taken by train to a hospital in St. Louis.
A.L. Miller died 8 Aug 1904, at his home on Green Street in Anna, of quick consumption, aged 36 years,
11 months, and 8 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He moved to Anna several years ago from McLeansboro, Hamilton County. He left a wife and daughters. Another child died a few months ago. He was a Mason and member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
20 Aug 1904:
Merriman Duty was instantly killed by lightning last Saturday (13 Aug 1904) on Monroe Bean’s farm
east of Anna. He was a sharecropper and left a wife and six children.
John Shelton died 18 Aug 1904, at his home on the east wide of Jonesboro, aged 71 years and 5 months,
and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was buried on Friday and on Monday his body was disinterred and buried in Anna Cemetery. He was an old soldier and his comrades served as pall bearers. He married Miss Hall and lived a number of years on Halls Hill west of Jonesboro. He moved to Jonesboro a short time age. He left a widow and one daughter. He was a brother of William Shelton of Centralia. (His widow was attacked by a cow defending her calf on 1 Oct 1904—see 8 Oct 1904, issue.)
John M. Hewes died 13 Aug 1904, in Carbondale, Jackson County, of consumption, aged 42 years, 11
months, 21 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. His funeral was in the Baptist church. He was born in Jonesboro and a few years ago moved to Carbondale. He was a mechanical engineer. He married Martha Brooks, a granddaughter of the late David G. Brooks of Anna. He left a widow and two children, George Hewes and Zillah Hewes.
Mrs. Joseph Burkley died 16 Aug 1904, at the residence of her son, Joseph Miller, in Mt. Pleasant, aged
83 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She left a husband, who returned to Jonesboro to live.
27 Aug 1904:
Paul M. Misenhimer died 19 Aug 1904, of a stroke of paralysis, aged 84 years, 1 month, and 14 days.
He was one of the oldest native-born citizen of Union County, Mrs. Rachel Frick and Mrs. Paul Frick being older (1 Oct 1904, issue). He was born in Misenhimer Precinct south of Jonesboro. John N. Misenhimer, his brother, died a few months ago. He went to California in 1852 and remained a few years. He was a charter member of Salem Lutheran Church and before that was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. After his first wife, he married 35 years ago Annie Gattinger. He left a widow and three children, Mrs. Nettie Harnes of St. Charles, Mo., Miss Josie Misenhimer, and Paul Misenhimer.
3 Sep 1904:
Elsie E. DeWitt, daughter of J.C. DeWitt, of Anna, died 31 Aug 1904, of quick consumption, aged 20
years, 6 months, 8 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She left her parents and one younger sister. Another sister died several years ago.
Minnie J. Kerth, wife of Egbert G. Kerth, died 31 Aug 1904, aged 36 years. She was the daughter of
Daniel Sifford and married in 1894. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She left her parents, a husband, three brothers, Dr. W.R. Sifford, T.P. Sifford, and Henry C. Sifford; and four sisters, Mrs. W.M. Eddleman, Mrs. Andrew M. Finch, Miss Elizabeth Sifford, and Miss Della Sifford.
Johnnie A. Fulenwider, son of Joseph A. Fulenwider, of several miles south of Jonesboro, died
Thursday last week (25 Aug 1904) after being kicked in the head by a mule, aged 4 years, 9 months, and 21 days, and was buried in Mission Chapel Cemetery, six miles below Jonesboro.
10 Sep 1904:
Mrs. Fred Wildy died last Monday (5 Sep 1904) at her home in the bottoms, aged 23 years. She left a
husband and two small children.
17 Sep 1904:
George W. Williams, of Jonesboro, died 14 Sep 1904, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Kroger, in
St. Louis, where he was visiting, aged 75 years, 2 months, 18 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His body was brought to Jonesboro by the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 111. He was born at or near Murfreesboro, Tenn., and came to Jonesboro with his parents in 1843. He left a widow, two sisters, Mrs. Julia Musselman of Jonesboro and another sister in Colorado. His widow moved to St. Louis to live with her daughter (24 Sep 1904, issue).
Mrs. Jennie Grimes died at her home in Jonesboro of consumption, aged 25 years, 8 months, 17 days,
and was buried in Casper Cemetery. She was the wife of Charles Grimes and the daughter of Alexander Walker.
24 Sep 1904:
Ernest H. Cruse died Friday (23 Sep 1904) at his home in Mill Creek, aged 35 years, and was buried in
St. John’s Cemetery. He left a family.
W. Dennis Frick died 16 Sep 1904, at his home in Jonesboro, aged 56 years, 9 months, 7 days, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was the son of Paul Frick, deceased, and was born and raised in Jonesboro. He was a printer by trade. He married Dona Brown. He had two children, Ernest Frick and Fred Frick, who died in Texas two years ago. After his first wife died he married Amy Casper, who lives. He also left three sisters, Mrs. D.W. Miller, of Chicago; Mrs. Laura Hanners, of Carbondale, Jackson County, who with her son Will attended the funeral; and Mrs. W.S. Day of Santa Barbara, Calif. After his death, his widow went to live with her brother, Adam Casper, in Thebes and Ernest Frick moved into the house (19 Nov 1904, issue).
Henry Carter was struck by a train one mile north of Anna and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He
worked on Mrs. Hinkle’s farm near Anna. His father worked on J.K. Walton’s farm in the bottoms. His father and the sons of Mrs. Hinkle identified the body.
1 Oct 1904:
W.S. Henley died Monday (26 Sep 1904) suddenly at his home three miles east of Makanda, aged 76
years, 2 months, 17 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was the father of 12 children, nine of whom are living. E. Henley of Anna was a son.
Walter Forbush was shot twice and killed Thursday night (29 Sep 1904) near the front of S.R. Green’s
store in Cobden by Robert “Bob” Elder. He was 22 or 23 years old and Elder was two or three years younger. At his trial he stated he was 18. Elder and two of his brothers fled and a watch was placed over his mother’s house in “Niggertown,” a mile from the railroad station in Cobden. Elder was arrested when he returned to his mother’s house and was in jail. He said he gave his pistol to his brother, Bill Elder. Thomas Darnel was a witness. A man name Johnson was also present, but has disappeared. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison in March 1905. (See also 8 Oct 1904, 24 Mar 1905, and 31 Mar 1905, issues.)
Miss Craver, niece of James Craver, died Thursday last week (22 Sep 1904) at the hospital in Anna, and
was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
8 Oct 1904:
Mrs. James Whalen, of Balcom, aged 72 years. Her death was expected at any time.
Mary A. Boswell, wife of J.E. Boswell, died 5 Oct 1904, aged 32 years, 7 months, 1 day, and was buried
in Anna Cemetery.
Thomas J. Watkins died Thursday (6 Oct 1904) at his home on South Main Street in Jonesboro. His pall
bearers were all Civil War veterans. He was born in Shropshire, England in November 1838 and came to Union County with his family in 1848. He was a pharmacist and established a drug store in Jonesboro in 1860. He also worked as a druggist in Dongola, but returned to Jonesboro in 1885. He served in Company F, 109th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War and was a 2nd lieutenant. He was the mayor of Jonesboro for 14 years. He married Elvira Albright, who died in 1867. They had two children, George T. Watkins, who died in Kansas in March 1887, and Mrs. Kate M. Ugraw of Kankakee. He married again in 1869 Mrs. Lou Frick Glascock, the daughter of Caleb Frick. He also left two stepsons, Homer Glascock and Thomas Glascock. (See also 15 Oct 1904, issue.)
15 Oct 1904:
Oscar Otrich died 11 Oct 1904, at the home of his uncle, Charles L. Otrich, in Anna, of pneumonia,
aged 31 years, 7 months, 17 days, and was buried in Big Creek Cemetery. He was a druggist and proprietor of the opera house drug store. He left a wife and one son, both of whom were in St. Louis at the time of his death. His remains were removed to Anna Cemetery last Sunday (16 Nov 1907) from Big Creek (22 Nov 1907, issue).
James Elmore was shot Thursday last week (6 Oct 1904) in Marion, Williamson County, and will
22 Oct 1904:
Mrs. William J. Standard died at her home near Mt. Pleasant the first of the week.
29 Oct 1904:
Mrs. George Orwin, of near Ebenezer Church, died 14 Oct 1904, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Daniel Kimmel died 20 Oct 1904, at his home in Cobden, aged 75 years and 4 months, and was buried in
Cobden Cemetery. He was born in Darke Co., Ohio, and came to Union County at an early age. He was a Civil War solder. He married and raised a large family of children, of whom seven were living. He also left a widow, two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Rinehart and Mrs. Ellen Sams; and four brothers, E. Kimmel and D.A. Kimmel of Jonesboro, and John Kimmel and Singleton Kimmel. Three of his daughters were not present at the funeral.
5 Nov 1904:
Theodor Reiss died 14 Sep 1904, in Breslau, Germany, aged 77 years. He was a brother of the late
Robert Reiss and the father of Frank Reiss, formerly of Jonesboro.
Sarah Empson Allsup, wife of James E. Allsup, died 28 Oct 1904, at her home in Jonesboro, aged 55
years, 10 months, 15 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was born in Indiana and married 38 years ago. She joined the Christian Church in 1868. She had been sick for some time and on 3 Oct 1904, fell backward in bed and sustained a fracture of her arm near the shoulder. She left a husband, one son, William Allsup; and two daughters, Mrs. Ida Sadler and Mrs. Flora Dougherty. (See also 8 Oct 1904, and 14 Apr 1905, issues.)
Elizabeth L. Foley, wife of V.M. Foley, died 28 Oct 1904, at her home in Anna, aged 63 years, 8 months,
8 days, and was buried in Limestone Cemetery. Her funeral was in Limestone Church. She was born in Union County. She left a husband and three children.
12 Nov 1904:
T.T. Miller died in Indian Territory a year ago and was brought to Anna Cemetery and buried.
William Spiller died at his home in Anna of congestive chill, aged 37 years, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He was the city garbage master. He left a wife and a 9-year-old daughter, who is critically ill with pneumonia.
19 Nov 1904:
Edward C. Misenhimer, brother of William Misenhimer and Mrs. Adolphus Craver, died at his home in
Chicago, and was buried in Waldron, Ill. He was born in 1859 in Shelbyville, Tenn., and moved to Anna. He was a nephew of J.H. Miller, the former postmaster in Anna. He was a druggist in Chicago. He married Mrs. Rebecca Jacobus Silver, who lives.
Charles H. Ward, formerly of Anna, died last Monday (14 Nov 1904) in Sulpher, Indian Territory, after
running a rusty nail in his foot. He left Anna for Cairo and worked as a painter and leader of Ward’s Orchestra. He married Georgie Rowan, of Anna, also a skilled musician. He left a wife, a son, and a daughter.
Son of Mr. Johnson living near the light plant died Tuesday (14 Nov 1904) of pneumonia.
William Arthur Menees died 5 Nov 1904, at his home in Illinois, Indian Territory, aged 22 years. He was
the son of A.J. Menees and was born in Anna. He moved to Arkansas from Anna. He left a wife and son.
Harriet Lingle died 12 Nov 1904, at her home in Jonesboro, aged 76 years, 8 months, 7 days, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery beside her husband. She had been an invalid for two or three years before her death. She was born 5 Feb 1828, in Union County on the ridge between Cobden and Alto Pass, the daughter of Joseph Lamer and Nancy Zimmerman. Her father lived to be in his 90s. She was the only one of her family left. She lived at Willard’s Landing when young and with relatives fled during the flood of 1844. She married on 2 Aug 1852, Nelson Lingle, who died 25 Mar 1900, in Jonesboro. She joined the church at an early age and remained a constant member. Her children were Nannie wife of Lafayette Rich, Cornelia F. Lingle, Charles M. Lingle of St. Louis, James Lingle, William L. Lingle, John E. Lingle, Tommy Lingle, who died at age 2, and a daughter who died in infancy.
Gertie Alice Mills died 13 Nov 1900, aged 17 years, and was buried in Williams Cemetery. Six of her
female classmates at Barringer School acted as pall bearers.
26 Nov 1904:
Mrs. James Tweedy died 19 Nov 1904, at the home of her son-in-law, Tolliver Messamore. She was
Zelma Cruse died last Friday (18 Nov 1904) at her home near Mill Creek, aged 10 years, and was buried
in St. John’s Cemetery. She was the daughter of the late Harrison Cruse.
Mrs. Sarah Rauch dropped dead Sunday (20 Nov 1904) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Hale, in
Carbondale, Jackson County, aged 75 years, and was buried near Progress. She had nine children, all of whom were living. Mrs. D.R. Sanders of the hospital in Anna was a daughter.
John Steers, of Olmsted, Pulaski County, was killed when he fell from a wagon of logs under the front
wheel which ran over him on the farm of James Eddleman near Dongola, aged 50 years.
3 Dec 1904:
Daniel Sifford died 28 Nov 1904, at his home on Lincoln St., Anna, of Bright’s disease, aged 65 years,
10 months, 13 days. He was a Mason. His funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer and elder. He was born near Cobden, the ninth child of a family of 12 children of Peter and Leah Sifford. Mrs. Mastin Treece, of two miles north of Anna, is the only surviving member of the family. He married on 18 Apr 1861, Susan Casper, who lives. He had five daughters and six sons. Three sons died early and a daughter, Mrs. E.G. Kerth, died last August. Surviving children were Mrs. Andrew Finch, Mrs. William M. Eddleman, Lizzie Sifford, Dell Sifford, T.P. Sifford, Henry C. Sifford, all of Anna; and Dr. W.R. Sifford of Nashville, Tenn.
John R. Kimball, of Metropolis, Massac County, formerly of Jonesboro, attempted suicide Saturday
morning (26 Nov 1904) at his home by cutting his throat and both his wrists with a razor. Several months ago he suffered a paralytic stroke. He was found in an alley outside his home, lying in a pool of blood. His chances of survival are slight. In 1878 he was the sheriff of Jackson County.
10 Dec 1904:
Elizabeth Ransmeier died at the home of her son, Joseph C. Ransmeier, in Jonesboro, of pneumonia,
aged 78 years, 9 months, 22 days, and was buried in Kollehner Cemetery beside her husband. She was born in Buchham near Linz, Germany, and came to the U.S. in 1854 with her husband. She had only one child, but was the stepmother of John Ransmeier of south of Jonesboro and Michael Ransmeier of Murphysboro, Jackson County. Her husband died 35 years ago.
17 Dec 1904:
Wiley Barnhart died last Sunday (11 Dec 1904) in Piggott, Ark., where he was visiting his daughter,
Mrs. Lentz, aged 65 years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. He left a wife and several children.
24 Dec 1904:
John Buck died 21 Dec 1904, at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, Alexander County, aged 77 years, 4 (or
11) months, 17 days. He was born in County Cork, Ireland, the son of Frederick and Harriet (Craig) Buck. His parents had seven children and died in County Cork, Ireland. His father was ranked among the finest miniature painters of his time. At age 18 he came to America. He was a civil engineer and helped survey the southern section of the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1864 he and his brother Adam (now of San Diego, Calif.) opened a general merchandise store in Cobden and in September 1879 he became the sole owner. He was a Mason. He left a wife and seven children, Edgar Buck, Jessie H., Maggie H., John F. Buck, Lewis J. Buck, Bessie M. and Nellie M. (See also 31 Dec 1904, issue.)
George W. Leird died Tuesday (20 Dec 1904) at the home of his son, Duff Leird, on Chestnut St., Anna,
aged 64 years, 7 months, 17 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was a G.A.R. post member and a member of the Hiawatha Lodge of the I.O.O.F.
7 Jan 1905:
Joshua Lewis died 31 Dec 1904, at his home one mile east of Alto Pass, aged 92 years, 5 months, 25
days, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. He was born in East Tennessee and located at Muncie, Ind., when a young man. He was the last of a family of 16 children. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson and served two terms as county commissioner. He came to Union County in 1859 from Ottawa. He left three sons, John C. Lewis, postmaster, George Lewis, and Thomas Lewis of Ash Fork, Ariz; and two daughters, Charlotte Lewis, who lived with him, and Mary of Santa Anna, Calif.
Wesley Carlile died Wednesday last week (28 Dec 1904) at his home on Vienna Street, Anna, of throat
cancer, aged 62 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born in South Carolina and settled in Anna in 1874 from Mississippi. He left a wife and one son, R.A. Carlile. He was the youngest in a family of 10 children. E.T. Carlile of Anna, aged 83 years, was his only living brother. He was a Mason and a member of the Methodist Church.