Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois
Transcribed by Darrel Dexter
3 Jan 1908:
Infant daughter of Will Dishon died last Sunday (29 Dec 1907) and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
H.C. Armstrong was accidentally shot and killed while hunting Tuesday (31 Dec 1907) at Texarkana,
Ark., and was buried at Fort Smith, Ark. He was crossing a fence when his shotgun discharged into his neck. His two oldest sons were with him. His wife was Dr. Minnie Sanders, the oldest daughter of D.R. Sanders. Miss Clyde Sanders was his sister-in-law. He also left four children.
Mary Eaves died 1 Jan 1908, at her home in Anna, aged 90 years, 10 months, 18 days, and was buried in
Mrs. Sarah Shaw was buried in Anna Cemetery Wednesday (1 Jan 1907). She lived in Murphysboro,
Jackson County, but was formerly from Anna.
Robert Donovan, formerly of Union County, died at Los Angeles, Calif.
10 Jan 1908:
Vera Mulkey died last Saturday (4 Jan 1908) at Metropolis, Massac County, aged 31 years. She was the
daughter of the late Judge John H. Mulkey. She was a cousin of Dr. W.H. Lence and Mrs. R.O. Reiss. Her funeral was at Metropolis on Tuesday (7 Jan 1908).
Jacob H. Hilboldt was struck by a train engine and killed Wednesday (8 Jan 1908) at St. Louis, aged 35
years. He was the brother of J. Henry Hilboldt. He was employed as a switchman and was foreman of the Belt yards. He left a family.
Thomas Hugh “Tommy” O’Neill died 6 Jan 1908, at the home of his father, Charles O’Neill, aged 17
years, 8 months, 14 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He had been ill with heart troubles since an infant. His father was in Texas at the time of his death. He left a brother, Charles O’Neill, Jr., of Louisville, Ky., and Mrs. A.W. Nunn, of Mounds, Pulaski County.
Joseph H. “Joe” Price was struck by engine No. 1 on Monday (6 Jan 1908) south of Cobden and died
Tuesday (7 Jan 1908). He was from Kentucky and had lived in Cobden 25 years, where he was a liveryman. His son, Joe Price was on the train that hit him and left the train to discover it was his father who was injured. He left a widow, two daughters, and three sons.
Nancy Frick died 5 Jan 1908, at home in Jonesboro, aged 88 years, 6 months, 11 days, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. She was the daughter of Robert Hargrave, who went to California in 1849 and died on the return voyage and was buried at sea. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She married Hiram Walker and then Paul Frick, who died several years ago. She left four children, William Walker, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Willard Walker, of Jonesboro, Laura Dewitt and Mrs. Walter Grear, of Anna.
Nancy J. Morris died 9 Jan 1908, at the home of her son, Ed Lee, in Jonesboro, aged about 68 years, and
was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was a member of the Baptist church in Jonesboro. Her first husband was named Lee, by whom she left two children, Mrs. E.W. Anderson, of Missouri, and Ed Lee. She also left several children by her second husband.
17 Jan 1908:
Elizabeth Phillips died Tuesday (14 Jan 1908), at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I.J. McNew, in Anna,
aged 83 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Mrs. Clutts died last week in Murphysboro, Jackson County, and was buried Saturday (11 Jan 1908) in
Jonesboro Cemetery. She was the widow of Cab Spann, formerly of the bottoms, who died several years ago.
Emily R. Hunsaker died 15 Jan 1908, aged 65 years, 10 months, 14 days, and was buried in the family
cemetery. She was the wife of Montgomery Hunsaker, who lived on Hudgeons Creek west of Alto Pass.
24 Jan 1908:
Blanche Theresa Ray, wife of John C. Ray, died Tuesday (21 Jan 1908) at home, aged 31 years, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the daughter of Robert W. and Mina M. Rushing. She was a member of the United Evangelical Church.
Louisa Granay, wife of Francis Granay, died 17 Jan 1908, at home on Court Street, Anna, aged 59
years, and was buried in McGinnis Cemetery, nine miles east of Anna. She left a husband and several children. Dr. T.J. Granay, of Tamms, Alexander County, was a son.
J.S. Kelley died. He was the father of Mrs. James Tompkins, of Judsonia, Ark.
J.R. Green died 15 Jan 1908, in a hospital at St. Louis, aged 45 years, and was buried in St. Louis. He
was born and raised in Union County. He had been in the hospital for several months. He was at different times a merchant, livery and fees stableman, hotel keeper, school teacher, and farmer. He also owned a flouring mill at Etherton, Jackson County. He married Nettie Cover. He was the father of Mrs. Albert Landreth and Louis Green. He also left an aged mother, Lucinda Green, of Cobden.
Jesse Ware died 19 Jan 1908, of Bright’s disease, at his home in Anna, aged 78 years, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the Lutheran Church where he had been a member a few years. He was born in Eaton, Ohio, and settled at Bloomington, Ill., in 1851, where he studied law and became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and David Davis. He taught school at Caledonia, Pulaski County, and moved to Jonesboro in 1859. He entered a law partnership with Monroe C. Crawford and later with D.W. Karraker. He was always a Democrat and served in the Illinois Senate from 1872 to 1880 and was helpful in securing appropriations for the insane hospital at Anna. He married Anna Hanna, a relative of the late Sen. M.A. Hanna, of Ohio. He moved to Anna. He left a widow and three children, Anna Ware, of St. Louis; Charles Ware, of Omaha, Neb., the superintendent of the Nebraska Division of the Union Pacific Railroad; and Frank Ware, of Anna
Mrs. J.C. Brown died Saturday (18 Jan 1908) of Bright’s disease, at home in Jonesboro, aged 58 years.
Wallace Taylor died Sunday (19 Jan 1908) at the Baptist Sanitarium in St. Louis, and was buried in
Virginia. He was born in Virginia. He married Ethel Williford, the daughter of Will Williford. He was in Oklahoma and was enroute to Jonesboro by train.
Nannie Collins died last Sunday (19 Jan 1908) at the hospital for the insane in Anna, and was buried in
the old family burying ground beside her husband, Giles Collins, in Alto Pass. She had been an
inmate at the hospital for a number of years.
J. Cal Brown died Sunday (19 Jan 1908) of Bright’s disease, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Joe Leyerle,
in Anna, aged 52 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was the son of the late Oliver C. Brown. He was a farmer and lived at Crystal Springs, Miss., and at Unity, Alexander County. About a year ago he moved to Jonesboro. He was a member of Southern Lodge No. 241 I.O.O.F. He left two sons and two daughters. The oldest son was an invalid. Neither he nor his wife knew of the other’s serious condition. L.W. Brown, of Alto Pass, was a cousin.
31 Jan 1908:
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Chappell died at home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., aged 82 years. She was the
daughter of Capt. Scarlett Glasscock, and an aunt of Thomas J. Glasscock, of Jonesboro.
Martha Ballard died 23 Jan 1908, at Osceola, Ark., aged 79 years, 6 months, 23 days. She was born in
North Carolina and was a member of the Baptist church since 16. Her husband was a Confederate soldier and was killed in 1863. She came to Illinois after the war. She had eight children, of whom four survived, Mrs. Mary J. Angell and Oscar Ballard, of Osceola, Ark., William H. Ballard, of Jonesboro, and P.M. Ballard, of Cobden.
C.M. Linn died recently in Pine Bluff, Ark. Years ago he had a harness shop in Anna.
7 Feb 1908:
Miss Catherine Ury died 4 Feb 1908, at the home of Webb Ury, three miles south of Jonesboro, aged 90
years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. She was born in Cabarrus Co., N.C., the daughter of John and Sophia Ury. She came to Union County in 1819. She lived a short time with relatives in Nebraska, but most of her life was spent in Union County. She left a sister, Nancy Cruse, of Marble Hill, Mo.
Sarah J. (Lemons) Whitehead died 3 Feb 1908, of collapsed lungs, at home in Alto Pass, aged 66 years,
11 months, 21 days. She married Robert Abernathie, who died many years ago. They had four daughters, three of whom are living, Mrs. W.J. Cavaness, Mary Corgan, and Mrs. E.C. Hagler. She married 2nd Louis Whitehead and moved to Missouri. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Rev. R.W. Purdue died recently. He helped organize the Congregational Church in Alto Pass in May
1885, the second in this part of the state. He and his wife were charter members and he served as pastor.
14 Feb 1908:
Martin McCuen committed suicide last Saturday (8 Feb 1908) by throwing himself in front of a
passenger train. He was a laborer on the Iron Mountain Railroad at McClure, Alexander County.
Sam Keller, of the bottoms near Reynoldsville, died last Friday (7 Feb 1908) in Cairo, Alexander County,
after an operation for appendicitis. He was born in Jonesboro and was a brother of Marah Keller. His name was also recorded as Sam Kelley.
Warren Hoyt died at home in Cobden, aged 69 years, 10 months, 27 days. He was born in Green Co.,
N.Y., and moved to Anna in 1868. He married and moved to Cobden in 1881. He was a member of the Congregational Church. He left a wife and two sons.
Leah Lingle died at the home of her niece, Cornelia Lingle, in Jonesboro, aged 91 years, 23 days, and
was buried in Casper Cemetery beside her parents. She had lived with her niece for the past six years. She was born 13 Jan 1817, in Cabarrus Co., N.C., the second daughter of John and Elizabeth (Cruse) Lingle. They settled east of Cobden in 1819. She was a sister of Nelson Lingle and Moses Lingle and had other brothers and sisters, all now dead. She was a member of the Methodist church.
Joseph E. Lufkin died last week at Mounds, Pulaski County, aged 78 years. He wife died 18 Dec 1907.
He was a brother of J.E. Lufkin, of Anna.
Don Charles Van Amburgh, born 13 Sep 1864, in Oak Ridge, Mo., died 8 Feb 1908, of Bright’s disease,
at the home of M.N. Heilig near Mill Creek, aged 43 years, 4 months, 25 days. At the age of 19 he joined Oak Ridge Baptist Church. He had a mercantile business in Oak Ridge and moved to Anna several months ago because of his health. He had gone to his father-in-law’s to cut timber and got sick. His funeral was at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He married on 25 Dec 1888, Mary Heilig, the daughter of Michael N. and Sarah Heilig. They had two daughters, Essie Van Amburgh and Clora Van Amburgh, and one son, Michael Van Amburgh. He also left three brothers, Dr. Thomas Van Amburgh, of Oak Ridge, Mo., John Van Amburgh, of Buffordsville, Mo., and Robert Van Amburgh, of Lutesville, Mo.
Nora Markert died recently at home in Buffalo, Wyo. She left her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Davis; her
husband, Charles Markert, one son, and one daughter.
Louisa Rendleman Ellis died at the home of her son, James Ellis, aged 77 years, 7 months, 16 days, and
was buried in Casper Cemetery. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She left seven children, Mrs. W.W. Willoughby, Calvin Ellis, James Ellis, C.W. Ellis, of Danville, Mrs. Van Sevok, of Pennsylvania, Mrs. J.E. Braddy, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. D.S. Richey, of Ullin, Pulaski County.
21 Feb 1908:
Amanda Marcum died Tuesday (18 Feb 1908) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.M. McNeeley, two
miles west of Jonesboro, aged 68 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Nancy Cruse, widow of Charles A. Cruse, died 12 Feb 1908, at the home of her daughter, Isophene
McAnally, in Marble Hill, Mo., aged 82 years, 8 months, 10 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery beside her husband, who died in 1884. She was born three miles south of Jonesboro. Seven years ago she went to live with her daughter in Missouri. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for 60 years. She left one child, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. C. Isabell Barr, sister of H.P. Tuthill, died recently at home in Quincy, Adams County. Her funeral
was Saturday (15 Feb 1908).
John Knupp died 18 Feb 1908, at home two miles southeast of Anna, aged 77 years, 2 months, 28 days,
and was buried in Knupp Cemetery.
28 Feb 1908:
Mrs. Chester was shot and killed at Thebes, Alexander County, by her 12- or 14-year-old son, who was
attempting to shoot a burglar. Her husband had left her and the son.
6 Mar 1908:
William Martin, Jr., died Sunday (2 Mar 1908) of pneumonia in the bottoms, aged about 30 years, and
was buried in Jerusalem Cemetery, Jackson County. He was the only son of William Martin.
Laura F. (Defreese) Osgood died 4 or 5 Mar 1908, in Jonesboro, aged 77 years, 6 months, 15 days, and
was buried in Cobden Cemetery. She was born near Amsterdam, Holland, 25 Aug 1830, and married on 15 Mar 1854, in Holland, Andrew E. Venstra. A few days after the marriage they sailed 60 days before landing at New York on 20 May 1854. They had three children; two died in infancy and one died a few months ago. She married 2nd on 12 Jul 1862, in Goshen, Ind., Jared R. Osgood, who died 14 years ago. They had three children; one died in infancy and two survive. They moved to Jonesboro in March 1870. She left one sister, two daughters, eight grandchildren—two living in Denver, Colo., one in St. Louis, and five in Union County. She joined Salem Lutheran Church on 15 Apr 1900. (See also 13 Mar 1908, issue.)
Ford E. Misenhimer, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Anna, died of consumption. He was the son of Mrs.
13 Mar 1908:
Charles H. Smith, formerly of Ashley, died recently in Florida.
Frank J. Miller, youngest son of John B. and Fannie Miller, died in Chicago, aged 33 years, and was
buried in Casper Cemetery. He was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was found unconscious on the streets of Chicago with his skull bashed in.
20 Mar 1908:
Mother of Dr. C.H. Shafer died Tuesday (17 Mar 1908) at home in Dayton, Ohio, aged 88 years.
Robert Dick was robbed and killed Saturday (14 Mar 1908) one mile south of McClure, Alexander
County, while on his way to Chaffee, Mo. He was a fireman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and lived in McGehee, Ark.
27 Mar 1908:
Richard E. Powers, of Cairo, Alexander County, died Monday (23 Mar 1908), aged 37 years. He was a
saloon keeper and a member of the legislature. He left a family.
Rev. Father Leo Heinrich was murdered at the altar in Denver, Colo., by a crazed Italian anarchist.
Lucinda N. Finley died 5 Mar 1908, at French Camp, Calif., aged 87 years. She was the mother of Jack
Finley and Mrs. Minnie Rhodes, of Stockton, Calif. Her body was cremated and the ashes were to be brought back to be buried beside her husband, Thomas J. Finley, in Jonesboro Cemetery. The ashes didn’t arrive from Stockton, Calif., until 19 Dec 1911, and were delivered to George Barringer. A graveside service was held Sunday (24 Dec 1911). Her husband was one of the founders of the Jonesboro Gazette. She joined the Baptist Church at Jonesboro in 1842. (See also 22 Dec 1911, and 29 Dec 1911, issues.)
Christena E. Cline, wife of George W. Cline, died 24 Mar 1908, at home in Jonesboro, aged 66 years, 1
month, 5 days, and was buried in Campground Cemetery.
George W. Corzine died 4 Mar 1908, at a hospital in French Camp, San Joaquin Co., Calif., aged 78
years. He was a brother of Andrew Corzine, Z.H. Corzine, and Giles Corzine. He left Union County for California in 1852 and was last heard from in 1863. He was engaged to a woman here, but parental opposition from both sides broke up the match. He went to California and she married another man. His younger brothers wrote to him, telling him that she had not married, thinking they would get a response from him. He sent a letter for her and after she read it fainted, but never disclosed its contents. She died a year later. When he found out his brothers had deceived him about her marriage, he never sent another letter. (See also 9 Feb 1895, issue.)
Dr. John Columbus Cook died Saturday (21 Mar 1908) in Chicago, and was buried in Cobden. He
studied medicine under Dr. J.I. Hale in Anna.
Matilda Martin died 21 Mar 1908, at her home on Vienna Street, Anna, aged 80 years, 5 months, 16
days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was born in the old McElhaney homestead and her family settled in Jonesboro in 1817. She married 1849 Samuel Martin, who died in 1898. She left four children, Dr. S.C. Martin, Frank Martin, Samuel Martin, and Miss Annie Martin, all of the Anna vicinity.
3 Apr 1908:
Jacob H. Poole died 31 Mar 1908, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the
Methodist Episcopal Church in Jonesboro, which he had joined after moving to town. He was born 20 Nov 1838, in Kentucky, while his parents, John and Susannah Poole, were on the way to Illinois from Rowan Co., N.C. He was the oldest of nine children. He enlisted in August 1862 in the 109th Regiment. He was a Mason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Anna Post of the G.A.R. He was married four times. He left a widow with a young child, several older children, four brothers, George Poole and Edward Poole, of Union County, and Wiley Poole and John Poole, of Arkansas; three sisters, Mrs. Peter Dillow, Mrs. Levi Dillow, and Mrs. Alfred Lingle, of south of Jonesboro. (See also 10 Apr 1908, issue.)
10 Apr 1908:
Anna Misenhimer died Thursday (2 Apr 1908) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Hargrave in
Cairo, Alexander County, of apoplexy, aged 70 years, 1 month, 26 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. She was the widow of Paul Misenhimer and left three children, Mrs. Nettie Harness, of Charleston, Mo., Mrs. Arthur Hargrave, of Cairo, Alexander County, and Paul Misenhimer, of Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. J.M. Grieb, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. J.G. Soergel, of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, Joseph Gattinger, of Arkansas.
Dr. A.M. Lee, of Carbondale, Jackson County, died Thursday (2 Apr 1908) of grip. He was a former
state legislator and chief surgeon at Chester prison. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow, and a Baptist minister.
17 Apr 1908:
Freda Henley, wife of James B. Henley, died at home in Centralia, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
She was formerly from Anna and her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Anna (Hanna) Ware, died 12 Apr 1908, of tuberculosis at Battle Creek Sanitarium, aged 69 years, and
was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, where she was a member. She was born in the Mississippi Bottoms west of Jonesboro, the only child of William A. and Hannah M. Hanna. Her father was a near relative of Marcus A. Hanna, of Ohio. She was educated at the Presbyterian seminary in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and taught school in Jonesboro. On 1 Apr 1862, she married Jesse Ware, who died 19 Jan 1908. She had three children, Charles Ware, of Omaha, Neb., Frank Ware, and Anna Ware. Frank and Anna remained in Anna after their parents’ death.
Arthur H. Moss died last Friday (10 Apr 1908) at home in Anna. He was born 30 Oct 1844, in Lawrence
Co., Ohio, and came to Anna in 1861. He was a potter by trade. He married on 8 Nov 1868, Alice S. Miller. He left a widow, four sons, Charles H. Moss, of Texarkana, Texas, Francis M. Moss, of Evanston, Harry Moss and William C. Moss, of Anna; brothers, F.M. Moss, of Marton, and A.S. Moss, of Cairo.
24 Apr 1908:
Emma Shingles, daughter of Frank and Caroline Shingles, died last week of pneumonia at Illmo, Mo.,
aged 14 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
1 May 1908:
Ella M. McRaven died 26 Apr 1908, of appendicitis, at home in Jonesboro, aged 47 years, 4 months, 19
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was the only daughter of Cornelius Frick of west of Jonesboro. Her husband died several years ago and she moved from McClure, Alexander County, to Jonesboro. She left five sons.
Infant child of Charles O’Neill, Jr., died at home in Louisville, Ky., and was buried Saturday (25 Apr
1908) in Anna Cemetery.
Ezekiel Bishop died 23 Apr 1908, of apoplexy at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Blick, and was
buried in McGinnis Cemetery. He fell from the back porch and died before he could be carried to bed. He was born near Mt. Pleasant in 1836. He left four sons and two daughters. Mrs. Louis Musgrave, of Zalma, Mo., was a daughter.
8 May 1908:
Mother of Robert Matteson, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died last week at a hospital in Chicago.
Ada McCallum, infant daughter of A.M. McCallum, of Columbia, died. Her funeral was at the
Methodist Episcopal Church in Jonesboro. Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Urmey were her grandparents. A.M. McCallum had just accepted a position with the M & O Railroad at Fruitland, Tenn.
15 May 1908:
A body was found in the Mississippi River Friday (8 May 1908) at S.F. Davie’s farm by Will Phillips.
He was about 70 years old, 5’8”, 130 pounds, grey hair and beard, and wore a green woolen shirt, black pants and black suspenders.
Paul Dillow died 10 May 1908, at his home in Jonesboro, aged 62 years, 9 months, 23 days, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was an invalid and moved from his farm a few months ago. He was born a few miles south of Jonesboro. His father came from North Carolina in 1819. He left a widow and two daughters.
22 May 1908:
Mrs. Mary D. Lewton died Sunday (17 May 1908) at home in Anna, of a malignant tumor, and was
buried in Trinity Cemetery. She left three daughters and one son.
Samuel Brown, of Alto Pass, died. Elsie Brown, of Anna, was a granddaughter.
Mrs. J.F. Brown died Wednesday last week (13 May 1908) at her home west of Jonesboro, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Thomas Sanson died Monday (18 May 1908) at home southwest of Jonesboro, aged 62 years, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was a Mason. He had recently moved from Williamson County to a farm in Union County. He left a wife and a son, Charles Sanson.
Rev. James Tompkins died 18 May 1908, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.J. Rieker in
Grinnell, Iowa, aged 68 years, 1 month, 12 days. He was born 6 Apr 1840, at Galesburg, the son of Deacon Samuel Tompkins, a founder of Galesburg and Knox College. He graduated in 1867 from Chicago Theological Seminary and on 24 Apr 1867, was ordained. He was pastor of churches at Glen Ellyn and Lombard, Ill., St. Cloud, Minn., Minneapolis, Minn., and Kewanee, Ill. He organized the Congregational church in Alto Pass on 17 May 1885, and then one at Cobden. On 1 Dec 1904, he became pastor of both churches. He married Ella A. Kelley in Wheaton in September 1869. They had four children, the Rev. J. Tompkins, of Besbolt, Wis., William C. Tompkins, of Chicago, Mrs. B.J. Rieker, of Grinnell, Iowa, and Prof. Seeley K. Tompkins, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. (See also 29 May 1908, issue.) Mrs. James Tompkins moved to Oak Park to live with her son, William C. Tompkins (7 Aug 1908, issue).
Frank Aldridge was shot and last Saturday (16 May 1908) by Ben Perrigan near LaRue Station a few
miles above Wolf Lake, and died the next day (17 May 1908). He was a nephew of Thomas L. Aldridge. Perrigan swore out a complaint against Aldridge for abusing his wife. Aldridge was arrested by Constable Will Boyce and asked to see his wife for a few minutes. He was taken to the house of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Butterfiled near LaRue. Perrigan was there and Aldridge attacked him with a knife. Perrigan fired a revolver three times at close range. Aldridge was shot in the groin and abdomen. Perrigan, who has always lived in the area of Wolf Lake, was arrested. He was acquitted of the murder and the jury ruled it was a case of self defense (27 Nov 1908, issue).
29 May 1908:
T.C. Leming, of Dexter, Mo., died 18 May 1908, at the home of his brother, Scott Leming, in Beebee,
Ark. Scott Leming was formerly from Alto Pass and married Laura Standard, of Jonesboro.
Moses J.Fray died 23 Aug 1908, at his home in Jonesboro, aged 74 years, 5 months, 5 days, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He moved to Jonesboro from Hodges Park, Alexander County, a couple years ago. He served in the 154th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War and was pensioned. He left one son, John Fray, of Jonesboro, and one daughter, Mrs. Annie E. Hoole, of St. Louis.
Warren Turner died 22 May 1908, of apoplexy, at his home in Jonesboro, aged 72 years, 3 months, 22
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He worked for his nephew, P.B. Turner, and went to the berry picking shed. He complained of intense pain in his head and went to the house.
J.W. “Buck” Ferguson died Thursday last week (21 May 1908) of epilepsy, at the home of Emmons
Davis near the fair grounds entrance in Anna, aged about 77 years. He lived in Union County over 40 years.
5 Jun 1908:
Mrs. Jessie Glasco died 2 Jun 1908, of consumption, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank Myers, near
Mountain Glen, aged 30 years, 4 months, 5 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. She left a mother, two children, a brother, and several sisters.
Louise Baker died 30 May 1908, at home one and a half miles southeast of Anna, aged 78 years, 8
months. Her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she was a member. She was born 30 Sep 1829, in Smith Co., Tenn. She married in 1853 in Pope County, Isaac N. Baker. In 1882 they came to Union County. She left a husband and five children, R.B. Baker, of Cobden, Mrs. D.R. Mohler, of Anna, Mrs. H. Eastman, of southeast of Anna, Ida Baker, and Lou Baker.
12 Jun 1908:
Hon. W.S. Forman, of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, died Wednesday (9 Jun 1908) at Champaign,
where he had gone to witnesses his son’s graduation from University of Illinois.
Jesse Miller drowned Wednesday (10 Jun 1908) in the Mississippi River at Cairo, Alexander County,
aged 13 years. He was the son of County Clerk Jesse E. Miller, of Alexander County. His body was not yet recovered.
19 Jun 1908:
Otto Albert Duschl died Friday (19 Jun 1908) of consumption and heart failure, at the home of his father
two and a half miles south of Jonesboro, aged 28 years, and was buried in Grieb Cemetery. His funeral was at Kornthal Church. He was the son of Matthias Duschl and was not married.
Lucinda E. (Castland) Wilcoxon died 7 Jun 1908, at home two and a half miles west of Alto Pass, aged
59 years, 8 months, 15 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. She was born 23 Sep 1848, in Lynnville, Tenn. She had 10 sisters and one half brother. She married J.R. Wilcoxon on 13 Mar 1873. They had six daughters and four sons. They moved from Tennessee to Illinois 33 years ago. She joined the Christian Church in her girlhood and was a charter member of Alto Pass Rebekah Lodge. She left three sisters; and three sons and three daughters, Mrs. Gen. Schmidt, of Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. W.I. Page and Mrs. Jacob Millikin, of Alto Pass, Clarence Wilcoxon and Dillon Willcoxon, of Franklin, Ind., and Sidney Wilcoxon.—Alto Pass Enterprise
Henry L. Kinnear, of Cairo, Alexander County, died Saturday (13 Jun 1908) at the hospital in Anna,
aged 70 years.
Infant of William Hall died Saturday (13 Jun 1908) at the home of Mrs. Hall’s father, Levi Crotzer, in
Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Clarence Leo Whalen died Tuesday (16 Jun 1908) at Mare Island Hospital, four miles from San
Francisco, aged 20 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the Catholic church. He was born in Anna and left there on 3 Jun 1907, from Lincoln, where he enlisted in the Navy in September 1907. After training school on Mare Island for three months, he was stationed on the battleship Nebraska. He was 2nd gunner’s mate. He left a mother, Mrs. William H. McHue, of Anna, and two sisters, Florence Whalen, of Anna, and Mrs. Tom Lee, of Lincoln, Neb. (See also 26 Jun 1908, issue.)
26 Jun 1908:
P.G. McEvoy died 17 Jun 1908, at New Burnside, Johnson County, aged 63 years. He taught school in
Jonesboro for a number of years. He was educated at University of Dublin, Ireland, and left Ireland on account of a fight in which he struck a British officer over the head with a heavy lamp, killing him. He was from a family of sailors, who helped him stowaway on a merchant vessel. He had married eight months before and after he left Ireland a daughter was born. The daughter later immigrated to America, married, and lived in Chicago. His brother lived in New York. He also left a wife, Mary A. McEvoy, in Johnson County. (See also 13 Nov 1908, issue.)
Jacob Hileman died 21 Jun 1908, of gangrene, at home in Anna, aged 84 years, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He had gone to St. Louis the month before to be treated for a lame foot (30 May 1908, issue.) He was the oldest son of Christian and Nancy Hileman and was born in 1823 on a farm where the hospital now stands. He was from a family of nine children, four of whom are living, Levi Hileman, Mrs. Silas Hess, Mrs. John Barringer, and C. Monroe Hileman. He married in February 1846, Tena Sifford, who died in 1892. They had 11 children, three of whom died in infancy. Living children were Philip W. Hileman, John L. Hileman, James N. Hileman, Mrs. Ellen Stout, of Kansas City, Mo., George T. Hileman, Charles C. Hileman, and William W. Hileman, of Bonnet Springs, Kan. Hamilton J. Hileman died 14 Sep 1906. He married 2nd Mrs. Sarah Finch, who died two years ago. In 1870 he was elected sheriff and then re-elected. He was a member of the German Reformed Church, but transferred to the Presbyterian Church.
Infant of Hugo Barnhard died Wednesday (24 Jun 1908) aged 1 year, 2 days, and was buried in
Jacob Wesley died 15 Jun 1908, at home in Lamont, Iowa, aged 36 years. He married Lena Kohler, of
Jonesboro, six months ago. The widow planned to return to Anna to live with her mother.
Abram Brown died Sunday (21 Jun 1908) at the home of his son south of Jonesboro, and was buried in
St. John’s Cemetery. He was born 5 Jan 1822, in Union County. His wife died some years ago. He left children.
Pierre Gray died Sunday (21 Jun 1908) of quick consumption, at home in Elkville, Jackson County, and
was buried in DuQuoin Cemetery, Perry County. He was the son of Frank Gray, formerly of Anna and Jonesboro.
Eden Reed, uncle of Lucy Holcomb, of Alto Pass, died. He was a Mason and formerly lived in Alto
Charlotte Lewis died 12 Jun 1908, at the home of her brother, J.C. Lewis, aged 60 years, and was buried
in Cobden Cemetery. She came from LaSalle County with her parents when a young girl and settled east of Alto Pass. She left a sister, Miss Mary H. Lewis, of Santa Anna, Calif., and brothers, John C. Lewis, Thomas Lewis, of Ash Fork, Ariz., and George Lewis, of Tulsa, Okla.
3 Jul 1908:
Kenneth West, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, was crushed to death by a train one mile north of Alto
Pass. He was a brakeman on the M & O Railroad. He left a wife and baby.
Jeannette Stanley, little daughter of George Stanley, was kicked in the head by a horse Sunday (28 Jun
1908). They lived in the northeast part of Union County. There was little hope of her recovery.
Marion Tucker, of Mound City, Pulaski County, aged 6 years, was burned to death after his clothing
caught frire from a candle on a toy street car.
Mrs. O.P. Hill died Thursday (2 Jul 1908) of tuberculosis, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Kate G.
Andrews, aged 25 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She married two years ago. She left a husband, an infant daughter, a mother, and five sisters. (See also 10 Jul 1908, issue.)
10 Jul 1908:
Rev. R.F. Utley, pastor of the Methodist church in Mound City, Pulaski County, died Wednesday (8 Jul
1908), aged 37 years, and was buried at Belknap, Johnson County, his former home. He left a family.
Phena (Barringer) Morrell died in Riverside Calif., aged 50 years, 9 months, 7 days, and was buried at
Riverside, Calif. She married 1st Sidney Grear and married 2nd Charles O. Morrell. She left a daughter, Mrs. Mary (Grear) Baker, of Riverside, Calif., a brother, George Barringer, a sister, Mrs. Nannie C. Jones, of Riverside, Calif.
Charles McGowan, inmate at the hospital in Anna, from Washington County, died Thursday last week (2
Jul 1908) and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was a member of the G.A.R.
Mrs. James Walker, of Benton, Mo., sister of Mrs. Henry Rendleman, of Bald Knob, died.
24 Jul 1908:
Lester Elkins died and his funeral was Thursday (23 Jul 1908) at Anna.
31 Jul 1908:
Chester A. Atwood died Tuesday (28 Jul 1908) at home on the Davie farm in the bottoms, aged about 74
years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He became overheated several days before his death. He was from Alabama. He left a widow and grown children.
Sarah I. Keith died 23 Jul 1908, at home in Anna, aged 78 years, and was buried in Big Creek Cemetery.
She was born in Salisbury, N.C., and came to Union County in 1838. She was from a family of 13 children, of which three brothers survive, Z.T. Corzine, of west of Jonesboro, A.M. Corzine, and Giles Corzine. She also left a husband and three children, Dr. L.D. Keith, Charles T. Keith, and Mrs. Eliza Holshouser.
7 Aug 1908:
Mrs. Sarah F. Glasco died 3 Aug 1908, of cancer, at home east of Alto Pass, and was buried in Alto Pass
Cemetery. She moved from the east part of the county nearly 25 years ago. She was a charter member of the Congregational church. She left a husband, Dr. Jesse Glasco, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Elkins, and four sons.
The funeral of Mrs. Eric Starzinger, of Cairo, Alexander County, was recently held. She was the cousin
of Charles Grieb and Mrs. John Ditter.
21 Aug 1908:
Samuel W. Walker died 14 Aug 1908, of spinal meningitis, at Farmington, Mo., aged 34 years, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the home of his uncle, Emmett Williford. He was a boilermaker by trade and was not married. He was the second son of William Walker, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. He left his sister a life insurance policy. His brothers and sisters were Holly H. Walker, of Jonesboro, Dr. George W. Walker and Paul Walker, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Carroll Walker, of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Frank Walker, of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Thomas Lowrance, of the bottoms, Annie Walker, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Bessie Walker, of Rockview, Mo., and Harry Walker, who is in the U.S. Navy and on a ship at Auckland, New Zealand.
28 Aug 1908:
Claudie Pearl Hiller died 28 Aug 1908, at Water Valley, aged 16 years, 3 months, 1 day. She left a
husband, John Harris Hiller, parents, brothers, and sisters.
William Crawford, a patient at the hospital, died last week. He was a brick layer from Cairo, Alexander
County. His family suspected he died from violence, since his face was bruised. Dr. J.J. Lence stated he died of natural causes. He said that the bruises resulted from a fight he had with another patient over a swing on the hospital grounds and had nothing to do with his death.
4 Sep 1908:
Uncle John Anderson Bowlin died 27 Aug 1908, at home in DuQuoin, aged 88 years. He was a member
of the legislature in 1890.
James R. Slaughter died 3 Sep 1908, of heart trouble at his little cottage in Jonesboro near the Baptist
church, aged 71 years, 18 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was a Civil War veteran and had a leg amputated for which he was pensioned. He left a widow, a daughter, Mrs. D.S. Coomes, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
11 Sep 1908:
William A. Lefler died Tuesday (8 Sep 1908) at home in Creal Springs, Williamson County, aged 70
years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. He was the father of Ed Lefler, of Jonesboro.
Hicks McDearmon, son of W.J. McDearmon, of Trenton, Tenn., drowned 16 Aug 1908, in the Ohio
River at Paducah, Ky., and was buried in Trenton, Tenn. The body was recovered a few days later at Caledonia, Pulaski County. He was a jeweler.
18 Sep 1908:
Elizabeth (Cox) Rendleman died last week of apoplexy at home east of Carbondale, Jackson County,
aged 60 years. She was born northwest of Jonesboro and married in 1866 Jeff Rendleman. She left a husband and four sons.
Marsh Davis, of Dongola, was shot and killed last night (10 Sep 1908) by John Powell in front of
Congressman Thistlewood’s home in Mounds, Pulaski County. They quarreled over Powell’s wife.—Cairo Citizen 10 Sep 1908.
Cynthia E. Wheeler died Saturday (12 Sep 1908) at home in Anna and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
She left a husband, W.T. Wheeler, and four children.
M.M. Inman died Thursday last week (10 Sep 1908) at the home of his son, Dr. Inman, in Artesia, N.M.,
and was buried Wednesday (16 Sep 1908) in Anna Cemetery. Ira Inman, of Washington, brought his father’s remains back to Anna. He was born in York Co., N.C., married in 1850, and moved to Anna, where his wife died in 1902. He was a Mason. He left four sons. When Ira Inman returned home, his niece, Miss Mabel Lewis, a high school senior, went back to live with him (25 Sep 1908, issue).
25 Sep 1908:
John Burnett, of Ullin, Pulaski County, accidentally shot and killed himself last week and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. He was a Mason.
Charles Mattingly died 20 Sep 1908, of quick consumption, at the home of his brother, George W.
Mattingly, north of Anna, aged 26 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was a Mason. He went to Nevada, Mo. a few weeks ago, but returned to Anna. He left a wife and three small children.
2 Oct 1908:
Mrs. Klutts died Friday (25 Sep 1908) at home five miles south of Jonesboro and was buried in St. John’s
Alice Louise Jean, daughter of Charles A. Jean, died 25 Sep 1908, aged 9 months, and was buried in
9 Oct 1908:
Wife of Charles Frie, of Jackson Tenn., died Monday (5 Oct 1908). They had a tailor shop in Jonesboro
for several years.
Elijah Davis was found run over by a train Saturday (3 Oct 1908) near Miller Crossing north of Anna,
aged 21 years. He supposedly fell off a freight train. His mother lives on T.P. Sifford’s farm east of Anna.
16 Oct 1908:
Ira Edwards died last week of consumption in Denver, Colo., and was buried Friday (16 Oct 1908) in
Johnnie Stroud, son of Lee Stroud, died 11 Oct 1908, of membraneous croup, aged 3 years.
John Medlin died 11 Oct 1908, at home in Anna, aged 77 years, and was buried in Trinity Cemetery. His
funeral was at Trinity Church. He had been blind three years. He left a widow and four children.
23 Oct 1908:
Effie Chester died 17 Oct 1908, of consumption, at home of her mother, Serena Chester, in Jonesboro,
aged 34 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Lutheran church.
Charles Elmore Henley died Monday (19 Oct 1908) at home in Dongola.
Mrs. Joseph Lippard died of congestive chill last week in Illmo, Mo., and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
30 Oct 1908:
Belle Hall, daughter of Levi Crotzer, died Thursday (29 Oct 1908) aged 28 years, and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. She left a husband, parents, and one brother.
Hal E. Hunsaker died 25 Oct 1908, at home in Roswell, N.M., aged 27 years, and was buried in Roswell
Cemetery. He was operated on one year ago for appendicitis and had part of his intestines removed. He graduated from Union Academy in 1904. He left a wife, small daughter, a father, John E. Hunsaker, and a brother, Don Hunsaker.
6 Nov 1908:
Kate Hazlewood Brown, wife of John Brown, died 17 Oct 1908, at home in Carterville, Williamson
County, aged 30 years. She formerly lived in Jonesboro.
Mary J. Hoopes died 17 Oct 1908, at home in Verdon, Neb. She formerly lived in Anna.
Eva Wilson, daughter of Mrs. Emily Wilson, died Thursday (5 Nov 1908) at St. Mary’s Hospital in St.
Louis, after an operation to remove a tumor, aged 30 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
20 Nov 1908:
Capt. J.F. McCartney, of Metropolis, Massac County, died last week in Hot Springs, Ark., aged 75 years.
Kate Mulkey, widow of Judge John H. Mulkey, died last Saturday (14 Nov 1908) at home in Metropolis,
Massac County, aged 63 years.
J.W. “Brother” Park was struck and killed Tuesday (17 Nov 1908) by a north bound train. He was
picking up coal near the ice plant. He left a family of six children.
Mrs. S.M. McKinney died Tuesday (17 Nov 1908) at home south of Anna.
John G. Soergel died 14 Nov 1908, at home at 164 Germania St., Dallas, Texas, aged 66 years, and was
buried in Oakland Cemetery. His funeral was at the German Lutheran church at 207 Rivers Ave., Dallas, Texas. He was formerly from Jonesboro, but moved to Mississippi, then Texas. At his bedside when he died were Mrs. Pauline Beisswingert, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Tolbert Massey, of St. Louis. He left a widow, and two sons, Arthur F. Soergel and William O. Soergel, one daughter, Annie, wife of Rev. E.M. Robert, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Metzger, of Dallas, Texas. His wife was a sister of Mrs. J.M. Grieb and the late Mrs. Paul Misenhimer.
Mrs. Flo Neihouse died last Friday (13 Nov 1908) in Chicago and was buried Sunday (14 Nov 1908) in
Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.M. Harris.
27 Nov 1908:
Jesse Glasco died earlier and Fakes & Phillips, saloon keepers were charged with being responsible. The
case was at trial in circuit court this week.
Ben Wilkinson was killed by a falling tree, aged 30 years, and buried at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Johnson
County. He was the son of Fayette Wilkinson and a brother of J.M. Wilkinson, of Johnson County. Henry Mason was with him cutting the tree when he died. His funeral was at Mt. Pisgah Church. He left a wife, who is a sister of Johnson County Commissioner J.C. Carter, of Cypress.
4 Dec 1908:
Infant child of Clem Piersol, of Cairo, Alexander County, was buried Tuesday (1 Dec 1908) in Anna
Monroe Buster, son of Marshal Buster, of Thebes, Alexander County, and another man from Cape
Girardeau, Mo., were killed in an explosion at the powder mill at Fayville, Alexander County.
18 Dec 1908:
Bertha Anna Dillow, died Sunday (6 Dec 1908) of tuberculosis, at the home of her father, A.L. Sitter,
east of Cobden, aged 26 years, 8 months, 15 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She went to Oklahoma for her health two months ago. Her funeral was at the Presbyterian church in Anna. She left parents, a husband, Fred Dillow, and two children.
John J. Foley, aged 46 years, was buried in St. Louis. He was found dead Thursday last (9 Dec 1908) on
a sandbar in the Mississippi River opposite Hamburg. He was an employee on the U.S. dredge boat No. 5 and disappeared on 9 Nov 1908. It is assumed he fell overboard and drowned. He was not married.
1 Jan 1909:
Son of Albert Benson died Sunday (27 Dec 1909) east of Dongola, aged 2 years.
Samuel Hunsaker died 20 Mar 1857, of small pox at home in Union County. He was a delegate to the
constitutional convention in 1848. The paper was quoting the Wednesday, 23 Mar 1857, issue of the Jonesboro Gazette.
Mr. Stevenson died in St. Louis and was buried Sunday (27 Dec1909). He was formerly from Anna and
was an old soldier.