Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois
Transcribed by Darrel Dexter
7 Jan 1916:
William Douglas Taylor died 29 Dec 1915, at home four miles southwest of Cobden, aged 55 years, 3
months, 9 days. He was born 20 Sep 1860, in Franklin County. He married in 1882 America Smouthers. They had nine children. He joined Walnut Grove Church three years ago and was an Odd Fellow. He left a widow and five children.
Mrs. Nancy Carter died the first of last week at home in Wetaug, Pulaski County, aged 95 years, and
was buried Thursday (30 Dec 1915) in Mt. Olive Cemetery southeast of Dongola. She moved from Kentucky to near Anna 42 years ago.
14 Jan 1916:
Mr. Betebener died Sunday (9 Jan 1916) in Alliance, Neb., aged 55 years. He was the father of Mrs. Dot
Harvey Limes Walter died 8 Jan 1916, at home, aged 82 years, 6 months, 3 days, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the home of his son-in-law, Philip H. Baker. He was born 5 Jul 1833, in Fayette Co., Ohio, and moved to Indiana when 3 with his parents. He moved to Prescott, Wis., and opened a mercantile business. He moved to St. Paul, Minn., where he enlisted as 1st lieutenant in the 9th Regiment and was mustered out as captain of Co. I, 9th Regiment. He was never pensioned. He believed socialism was the last hope for humanity. He married on 10 Jan 1866, Mrs. Mary Lake at CedarFalls, Iowa. He was a photographer at Manchester, Iowa, and returned to Jonesboro in 1893 and farmed north of Jonesboro. He joined the Campbellite or Christian Church in his youth. He left two children, Harry L. Walter, a businessman in Jonesboro, and Mrs. Coral M. Baker, of Jonesboro.
Mrs. P. M. Ballard died at Cobden. She was the mother of Mrs. Arthur Beggs of East St. Louis, St. Clair
County, and Olva Ballard, of Anna.
George Washington Norris died 8 Jan 1916, aged 78 years, 10 months, 6 days. His funeral was at the
Methodist church. He was born 2 Mar 1837, in Lerwick, Scotland, the son of Robert and Mary M. Norris. His father came to America, then returned to Scotland to marry. He returned with his family in 1849 and located at Fort Winnebago, Wis., and then moved to Portage, Wic. In 1860 the fasmily moved to Jonesboro and shortly after to Anna. His father was in the tin business. George enlisted on 22 Sep 1862, in Co. G, 14th Illinois Cavalry and rode his own horse. He was mustered out 31 Jul 1865, as a sergeant. After the war he settled on a farm nine miles east of Anna and soon opened a livery business in Anna. In 1876 his father died and he went to Denver, Colo. He returned flat broke and settled on a small farm south of Anna, which he subsequently purchased. In 1889 he established an undertaking business in Anna, which continues as G.W. Norris & Sons. He was a member of the G.A.R. at Anna. He married on 4 Sep 1877, Ellen Chandler. His mother died at his home in June 1910, aged 95 years. He left a widow, four children, Thomas Norris, of Jonesboro, Robert M. Morris, Georgia Norris, and Mrs. Mary Corzine, of Anna; one brother, Mayor James Norris, of Anna; one sister, Mrs. Mollie Bennett, of Rialto, Calif. He was a cousin of George W. Norris, of Tracy, Minn., an engineer for 50 years on the Northwestern Railroad.
21 Jan 1916:
Miles Parr died Tuesday a week ago (11 Jan 1916) at Hot Springs, Ark., aged 81 years, and was buried in
Jackson, Mo. He was born in Kentucky or Tennessee and was a Confederate Army veteran under Gen. Marmaduke. After the Civil War he started a livery business in Jackson, Mo. He moved to Jonesboro over 25 years ago and a few years ago left for Hot Springs, Ark.. He was married twice and both wives were living. He left one son, four daughters, and four sisters.
Ralph English Sifford died 17 Jan 1916, of grip and typhoid fever at the home of his father, T.P. Sifford,
near Anna, aged 22 years, 11 months, 17 days. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He left his parents, and younger siblings, Ruth Sifford and Lynn Sifford.
Elizabeth Archibald committed suicide by hanging at the Anna State Hospital, where she was a patient,
and was buried at Freeburg.
Dr. Wilson Brown died 16 Jan 1916, at Haleís Sanitarium in Anna, aged 71 years, 1 month, 11 days, and
was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, where he had been a member since 1862. He was born on a farm a few miles south of Jonesboro, the son of Henry Brown. He was a medical student at Jonesboro. He was also a gifted musician and choir leader. He located at Metropolis, Massac County, and also practiced at Mill Creek and Alto Pass. He married in 1881 Mary A. Dodge. They had five children, four of whom were living. He also left two brothers and two sisters. John W. Brown, a brother, owns the old home place. He was a cousin of Sidney Grear.
Mrs. Amanda Beckler died 14 Jan 1916, at home in Anna, aged 55 years, and was buried at West
Frankfort, Franklin County.
28 Jan 1916:
Anna Treece died 20 Jan 1916, of inflammatory rheumatism, aged 7 years, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. Her funeral was at Casper Church. She was the daughter of J. A. Treece.
Mrs. Hugh Davie died Friday (21 Jan 1916), aged 72 years. Her funeral was at the Anna Cemetery
chapel. She was a member of the Catholic Church. She was the stepmother of Mrs. Joseph Hess, of Anna.
Martin V. Ussery died 24 Jan 1916, of pneumonia, aged 78 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His
funeral was at the Lutheran Church. He located in Anna in 1855 when the Illinois Central was being built. He served one term as county commissioner many years ago and two terms as Anna mayor. He attended the Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Jonesboro in 1858 and was a Republican. He left a wife, a son, Dr. W. C. Ussery, a physician in Paris, Ky.; and a daughter, Agnes Ussery.
4 Feb 1916:
Charles W. Cook died (28 Jan 1916), aged 81 years, 10 months, 17 days. He was born 11 Mar 1834, near
Concord, N.C. He came to Illinois in 1844, settling two miles south of Jonesboro. He moved four miles south to a farm his father purchased. He married on 29 Aug 1864, Mary J. Miller, who died 6 Feb 1904. They had 11 children, eight of whom were living, Adolphus V. Cook, of Jonesboro, Delorus V. Rinehart, Stella Smith, and Lee Cook, of St. Louis, Flora H. Harney, of Carlin, Nev., George C. Cook, of Canada, Eureka A. DeVaney, of Spring City, Tenn., Barney A. Cook, of Lindsay, Calif.
Martha A. Neely died 5 Feb 1916, in Creal Springs, Williamson County, aged 41 years, 4 months, 28
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Baptist church. She was the wife of A. J. Neely. She had lived in Creal Springs six months.
John Austin Rich drowned in a pond near his fatherís home a half mile south of Jonesboro, aged 8 years,
1 month, 12 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the Baptist church. He fell through the ice while skating. He was the son of Lyman Rich. Robert Lingle, who lived nearby helped recover the body.
Claude Sitter died 5 Feb 1916, at the home of his uncle, H. C. Sitter, aged 18 years. His funeral was at
Hall Church east of Anna.
18 Feb 1916:
Mrs. William H. Griffith died Wednesday (16 Feb 1916) at home in the bottoms of grip, aged 62 years,
and was buried in Morgan Cemetery.
Thelma Burnadeen Stevens died 6 Feb 1916, of la grippe and pneumonia, aged 17 months, 13 days. She
was the infant daughter of Charles and Ellen Stevens, of near Vienna, Johnson County.
25 Feb 1916:
Thomas John died Wednesday (23 Feb 1916) in Murphysboro, Jackson County. He was a saloon keeper
and a Republican.
Mrs. Francis M. Sitter died Wednesday (23 Feb 1916) at home near Anna, aged 50 years.
Melvina Hurst died 19 Feb 1916, at home near Ullin, Pulaski County, aged 69 years, and was buried in
St. Johnís Cemetery. She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. She was the daughter of Charles Dillow. She married about 1869 the Rev. D. C. Hurst. She had three children, John Hurst, Mrs. Mary Morton, of Daisy, Mo., and Mrs. Ida Crippen, of Ullin. She was a sister-in-law of Dr. T. J. Hurst, of West Frankfort, Franklin County, and S. D. Hurst, of Jonesboro.
Appolonia (Duerckheimer) Scharf died 23 Feb 1916, at the home of her son, Philip Scharf, in
Jonesboro, aged 90 years, 11 months, 13 days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Methodist church. She was born 10 May 1825, in Weingarden, Germany. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church as a girl. In 1853 she moved to Chilicothe, Ohio, and married there in 1854 John Bauscher. They had one son, John Bauscher, deceased. She married in 1857 August Scharf, who died in 1867. They had six children, five of whom were living, Philip Scharf, Frank Scharf, August Scharf, Mrs. Mary Bernhard, and Mrs. Emma Goss. She also left 30 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
George W. James died 18 Feb 1916, in Anna, aged 69 years, 5 months, 1 day. He was born 17 Sep 1846,
in Jonesboro. He moved to a farm near Wolf Lake which his father gave him. He married Saira Miller. In 1875 he moved to Alto Pass and opened a meat and grocery business with his brother, F. P. James. In 1880 the brothers erected a flour mill at Alto Pass called James Bros. He married at Alto Pass on 24 Feb 1891, Mary J. Molten, of Salem, Mo.
3 Mar 1916:
Elston Scott was to be hanged on 12 May 1916. He was granted a reprieve by Gov. Dunne until the
sheriff of Jackson County could assure him it would be a ďdecentĒ hanging.
Caroline Carter died 24 Feb 1916, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Perkins, 12 miles south of
Jonesboro, aged 80 years, 10 months, 7 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at First Baptist Church. She was born 17 Apr 1835, in Lowden Co., Tenn. She married Martin Carter, who died in 1857. She came to Illinois in the fall of 1870. She joined the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church in her youth, but joined First Baptist Church in Jonesboro after moving to Union County. She left three children, Mrs. John Perkins, of Delta, Alexander County, W. C. Carter, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Charles Childers, of Marionville, Mo.; 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
10 Mar 1916:
A. J. Rendleman died 23 Feb 1916, at home in Whitney, Calif. He was a businessman in Alto Pass for
several years and the moved to California and entered the real estate business. He left a widow, but no children.
Ralph Young committed suicide Thursday (9 Mar 1916) at the home of his uncle in Balcom, aged 20
years. He shot himself over the heart with a 32 caliber pistol. He lived in Johnson County.
Charles A. Cary died Wednesday (8 Mar 1916), aged 68 years. He was found dead in the road one mile
north of Balcom, near the resident of George Ganett on the old M. V. Brown farm. He was an inmate of Anna State Hospital for 11 years, but for the last 16 years had lived secluded on his little farm of 11 acres. He left a daughter in Missouri.
Robert Earl Misenheimer died 7 Mar 1916, at Mill Creek, aged 7 days, and was buried in St. Johnís
Cemetery. He was born on Leap Yearís Day, 29 Feb 1916, the son of J. O. Misenheimer. He also left brothers and sisters, Harlow Misenheimer, Harold Misenheimer, Lucille Misenheimer, and Nina Misenheimer. B. W. Menees was the grandfather.
17 Mar 1916:
John W. Eudy died 14 Mar 1916, at home three miles southeast of Reynoldsville, aged 70 years, 4
months, 9 days, and was buried in Duck Pond Cemetery. He was born 18 Nov 1846. He converted to Christianity 16 years ago and joined First Baptist Church of Reynoldsville. He left a widow, one son, and two brothers.
Michael Ransmeier, Jr., died 10 Mar 1916, at home on North Fourteenth Street in Herrin, Williamson
County, of heart failure, aged 72 years, 6 months, 18 days, and was buried in Murphysboro Cemetery, Jackson County. He was born 25 Aug 1843, near Linz, Upper Austria, the son of Michael and Magdalent (Bauer) Ransmeier, Sr. He came to America in 1854 when he was 11. He nearly died on the trip when he leaned on a gate of outside railing of the ship which gave way. He quickly grasped another railing to save himself from falling into the sea. His parents settled near Jonesboro,
where his father farmed. His brothers were John Ransmeier and Joseph Ransmeier, of Jonesboro. He married Katherine Hoffman. He was a Mason and a Presbyterian and helped organize the Presbyterian Church in Herrin. He and his father-in-law, Christian Hoffman, owned a flour mill. He then became partner with John Soergel. He and his father-in-law owned a mercantile business in Jonesboro and built a brick store building on North Main Street in the 1870s. He sold it in the early 1880s to C. H. Bartruff and Mr. Mattheis. He moved in 1881 to Murphysboro, where he kept a general store for 15 years. He lived in Murphsyboro 20 years and was also a traveling salesman. He became store manager for the Chicago & Carterville Coal Company in 1901 and moved to Herrin five years ago. His son, Walter Ernest Ransmeier, died in infancy. He left a widow, three children, Mrs. Robert Folkel, of Herrin, Professor John C. Ransmeier, of New Orleans, and Dr. Robert E. Ransmeier, of Chicago; two grandchildren, Hans Ransmeier and Joseph Ransmeier, sons of John; a brother, John Ransmeier, of south of Jonesboro; and niece, Mrs. Chris E. (Ransmeier) Reischauer.
24 Mar 1916:
Richard Moore died and his funeral was Saturday (18 Mar 1916) at Olive Branch, Alexander County.
Russell Verble died last week. He was a brother of Mrs. Dan L. Howerton, of East Moline.
31 Mar 1916:
E. O. Freeman died recently at home in Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 66 years, and was buried in
Cobden Cemetery. He used to lived in Cobden.
Willis Martin Mangold died 24 Mar 1916, in his garden at the rear of his house on Heacock Street,
Jonesboro, of heart failure, aged 64 years, 8 months, 15 days, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. He was born 9 Jul 1852, near Anna. He was converted at age 16 and joined the Baptist Church. He transferred his membership to the church in Cobden and then to First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. He was a carpenter and a close Bible student. He married on 28 May 1873, Laura Olive Blick. They had six sons and six daughters. Three daughters died young. He left a widow, and nine children, Hattie Mangold, Lulu Mangold, and Roy Mangold, of Jonesboro, William A. Mangold, Willis E. Mangold, and Mrs. Mabel Anderson, of Cobden, Albert Mangold and Oliver H. Mangold, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Robert P. Mangold, of New Wilson, Okla.
7 Apr 1916:
Gottlieb Knauss died recently at the home of his daughter in Chicago and was buried in Ebenezer
Cemetery, south of Jonesboro. He was very old and used to live in Jonesboro.
14 Apr 1916:
George W. Williford died last Friday (7 Apr 1916), aged about 63 years, and was buried beside his little
daughter in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was the son of Jesse Williford. He was a carpenter and lived in Anna. His parents and all of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
21 Apr 1916:
Minnie Callbroth died Saturday (15 Apr 1916) of bronchial pneumonia and was buried in Knupp
Cemetery. She was the daughter of Ira Callbroth. Her funeral was in Anna on Monday (17 Apr 1916).
Florida Hess died 15 Apr 1916, at home east of Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the
widow of Elijah Hess. She was born 28 Feb 1836. She left one sister, Elizabeth Hunt, of Carbondale, Jackson County, and five children, Henry Hess, Joseph Hess, Samuel Hess, James Hess, and Mrs. Ella Davis. Six of her grandchildren acted as pallbearers.
Mrs. Joseph Burkhardt died Wednesday (19 Apr 1916) at Murphysboro, Jackson County. She was the
mother of Josie Burkhardt, who married Fred Reischauer on 15 Apr 1916. She also left a brother, Chris Steidner.
28 Apr 1916:
Diana Bowman (Perry) Kroh died Wednesday (26 Apr 1916), at home in Anna, of pneumonia, aged a
few days lacking 80 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was related to Commodore Perry. She married in 1851 in Pulaski County, Philip H. Kroh. He served one term in the state legislature and died a number of years ago. She left one son, Frank H. Kroh, and three daughters, Mrs. George L. Spire, Mrs. E. S. Alden, and Mrs. E. B. Walton, all of Anna.
5 May 1916:
George Ennis Hooper died yesterday (4 May 1916) at the home of his father, William Hooper, of
pneumonia, aged 8 years, 2 months, 8 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. (See also 12 May 1916, issue.)
Mrs. (Cruse) Jumper died 28 Apr 1916, and was buried in Jacksonville. She used to live in Jonesboro.
She was the mother of James Jumper, of Bloomington.
12 May 1916:
Herbert L. Rushing died 10 May 1916, at home in Jonesboro, of tuberculosis, aged 37 years, 6 months, 8
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the Baptist church. He was the oldest son of P. A. Rushing. A few weeks ago he returned from a trip to California. He left his parents, brothers, sisters, and five children. (See also 19 May 1916, issue.)
19 May 1916:
Charles F. Nimmo died Wednesday (17 May 1916) at home in Cincinnati, Ohio, aged about 56 years. He
was in the railway mail service between Cincinnati and Chicago. He was born in Jonesboro, the son of Col. A. J. Ninmo. He left a widow, children, and one sister, Mrs. John S. Alexander, of Couer díAlene, Idaho.
Martha Jane Crabtree died 13 May 1916, aged 73 years, 11 months, 13 days, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. She married on 16 May 1865, H. S. Crabtree. She had 11 children, six of whom were living, Della Crabtree, Benjamin F. Crabtree, Ella Crabtree, Frances Crabtree, Loren D. Crabtree, and Gladys M. Crabtree.
26 May 1916:
Cora (McClure) Young died Sunday (21 May 1916) at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Hedges, in
McClure, Alexander County, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery beside her parents. She was the youngest daughter of S. M. P. McClure. She also left another sister, Mrs. Eva Bahn, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and a daughter.
9 Jun 1916:
Pansy Edmondson was killed Monday (5 Jun 1916) by a storm at McClure, Alexander County, aged 10
16 Jun 1916:
W. H. McRae died 8 Jun 1916, at home in Anna, aged 75 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Ida E. (Singleton) Bird died last week. She lived in Memphis, Tenn., and was the niece of Mrs. E.
Babcock, of Anna.
23 Jun 1916:
James M. Glasco died 19 Jun 1916, at home east of Anna, aged 56 years. He was born on the same farm
where he died. He left a widow and three children.
William Roscoe Kimbro was killed Saturday (17 Jun 1916) by a freight train near the box factory
crossing in the southern yards at Anna, aged 21 years, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery. He and his brother, Clifford Kimbro, aged 23 years, and others went to Mounds, Pulaski County, and caught the freight train home. All jumped from the train, planning to walk into town. Clifford hopped back on the train as they got closer to town. His brother tried to jump back on the train, but slipped and fell between the cars. His body was taken to the home of his father, W.D. Kimbro, on Spring Street. His funeral was at Ebenezer Church.
30 Jun 1916:
Lorenzo D. Sides died 23 Jun 1916, at Wolf Lake, aged 68 years, 10 months, 14 days, and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the Methodist church in Wolf Lake. He was born 9 Aug 1847, in Union County. He married on 2 Dec 1866, Mary A. Crips, who died 9 Nov 1873. They had three children, two of whom were living. He married on 8 Feb 1875, Sarah A. Rynes. They had seven children, of whom four were living. He joined the Methodist Church at age 44. He was a member of I.O.O.F. for four years and a Mason for 35 years.
John Ingram died last Saturday (24 Jun 1916) from complications after breaking his arm when playing
with other boys, aged 14 years, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. He was the son of Charles Ingram, of Cobden.
Herman Kraatz died 23 Jun 1916, in a fire in a hotel in Hot Springs, Ark., aged 21 years. His funeral
was Saturday (24 Jun 1916) at Ullin, Pulaski County. He was a nephew of John A. Worthington, of Anna.
7 Jul 1916:
Samuel Chase died Wednesday (5 Jul 1916), aged 45 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His
funeral was at the home of his brother, C. H. Chase. He had been an invalid for 10 years.
Mrs. Hannah A. Parmer died 1 Jul 1916, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. P. Anderson, in Anna,
aged 74 years, 9 months, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was an invalid for more than two years. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was a sister of Mrs. M. E. Shuman, of Eldorado.
Leroy Jasper Rendleman was killed by lightning 3 Jul 1916, aged 24 years, 2 months, 14 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. He was on top of a load of hay and two other men were pitching hay up to him and were knocked down by the shock. Dennis Hindman, his brother-in-law, was 50 yards away and did not feel the shock or know anything had happened until he saw the team down. One of the horses of the team was killed. He had been struck by lightning once before while driving home from town. He was born 19 Apr 1892, two miles east of Anna, the son of David F. Rendleman. He married Emma Treece, daughter of George Treece, on 11 Feb 1916, and was living on his fatherís farm.
14 Jul 1916:
Lena Edyth Oglesby was drowned 5 Jul 1916, in Barkerís Pond near Cobden. She was born 5 Aug
1895, in Marion, Williamson County, the youngest daughter of Oliver P. and Elizabeth Victoria Oglseby, of Cobden. She graduated in 1913 from Cobden High School and was pursuing a musical education at Carbondale. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Cobden.
Andrew Camden was killed Saturday (8 Jul 1916) when he fell 40 feet into the pit at C.F. Massey Co.
rock quarry, aged 24 years, and was buried in Casper Cemetery north of Anna.
4 Aug 1916:
Esta Williams was accidentally shot and killed on the J. E. Venerable farm, aged 8 years. Her brother,
Orlando Williams, aged 14 years, knocked a loaded pistol off a table.
11 Aug 1916:
Abigail Bruce died 7 Aug 1916, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at the home of her
son, A. L. Bruce. She was born 1 Dec 1831.
John L. Simpson died 3 Aug 1916, at Southern Illinois Hospital in Anna, aged 50 years, and was buried
in Jonesboro Cemetery. He and his wife were employed at the hospital. Soon after they moved to Carbondale, Jackson County, he was admitted as a patient. He had no children. His wife was a sister of Mrs. S. D. Hurst, of Jonesboro.
18 Aug 1916:
Addie Gilman died a few days ago in California of tuberculosis. She went West three years ago for her
health. She was the wife of Frank Gilman and a daughter of E. J. Leyerle, of near Balcom. Her sister, Ella Rushing, was with her when she died. Her body was sent to Anna and was to arrive Saturday (19 Aug 1916).
1 Sep 1916:
John Sails died Sunday (27 Aug 1916) at home in Anna, aged over 100 years, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He was the only ďcoloredĒ man who ever lived in Anna and lived there with his wife 50 years. He left a widow and a daughter.
8 Sep 1916:
Almira Miles died 6 Sep 1916, at home in Jonesboro, aged 73 years, 8 months, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral ws at the Methodist church, where she was a member. Her husband, T. G. Miles died a year and a half ago. She left three children, Mrs. Walter Barnhart, of Jonesboro, Mrs. James Linn, of Anna, and Austin Miles.
W. A. Norton was killed Monday (4 Sep 1916) at Murphysboro, Jackson County, when he fell 1,000 feet
from a balloon clinging to a parachute. He was from Franklin, Ind., and had been at the Anna fair the week before.
Charles Lawrence suffered a fractured skull Tuesday (5 Sep 1916) in an auto accident near Cairo,
Alexander County, and his recovery is doubtful.
Jefferson Miller died Tuesday (5 Sep 1916) at home on Heacock Street, Jonesboro, of tuberculosis, aged
about 66 years, and was buried in St. Johnís Cemetery. He was the son of David Miller, who used to live on a farm at the southeast edge of Jonesboro, where he raised a large family of boys and girls. He lived for a number of years in the bottoms. He left a widow, his second wife; several children, and one brother, Will Miller.
15 Sep 1916:
Charlotte M. (Sensemeier) Mayer died 8 Sep 1916, at home in Jonesboro, of affection of the heart, aged
73 years, 3 months, 15 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was born 23 May 1843, in Union County. She married Francis Mayer 54 years ago. She was confirmed at Kornthal Evangelical Lutheran Church. She left a husband, an adopted son, Charles J. Mayer; a brother, M. J. Sensemeier; and a sister, Mrs. Lucinda Davidson.
Thomas E. McPass died Sunday (10 Sep 1916) and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. He lived in
22 Sep 1916:
Jessie (Eddleman) Corzine died 18 Sep 1916, at home near Balcom, aged 32 years, 2 months, 12 days,
and was buried in Big Creek Cemetery. Her funeral was at Big Creek Baptist Church and was conducted by the pastor of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. She was born 6 Jul 1884, the daughter of W. C. and Letitia Eddleman. She joined the Lutheran Church at age 17. She left a husband, Truman Corzine, three children, an aged father, a stepmother, five brothers, two sisters, four stepchildren, and one stepbrother.
Isaac N. Baker died 20 Sep 1916, aged 82 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at
the Methodist church in Anna. He was an Odd Fellow.
29 Sep 1916:
Hallie (Hazel) Shy died 24 Sep 1916, at home in Jonesboro, aged 34 years, 11 months, 1 day, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was born 23 Oct 1881, in Pope County. She joined the Congregational Church at Anna 18 years ago. She married Jake Shy on 17 Jan 1900, in Anna. She left her husband, five children, father, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.
Steve Costigan died recently at home in Dallas, Texas, aged 37 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
He was the son of James Costigan, who used to live in Anna a number of years ago. His mother and sister accompanied the body to Anna.
Henry Moore died 22 Aug 1916, at home in Anna, aged 78 years, 7 months, 10 days. He was a member
of the Baptist Church, G. A. R., and I. O. O. F. He left a widow.
6 Oct 1916:
John Belcher Stephens died 3 Oct 1916, of tuberculosis, at a sanitarium in Booneville, Ark. His funeral
was at Helena, Ark. He was born in 1867 in Teddington, England, near Hampton Court Palace, the son of G. H. Stephens, of Jonesboro. He came to America in 1874. He lived at Clarendon, Ark., until recently when he was placed in the sanitarium. He left a widow, three daughters, the oldest being 17 years old.
13 Oct 1916:
W. T. ďTomĒ Thornton died 29 Sep 1916, of blood poisoning following the extraction of several of his
teeth, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Stringer, in Lakeland, Fla., aged about 66 years, 6 months, and was buried in Lakeland, Fla. He had tuberculosis and moved to Florida a year ago for his health. He came to Jonesboro when a young man from upstate. He married Miss Chester and lived many years west of Jonesboro. He was a Democrat and was elected constable two or three times. He left a widow in Jonesboro, three sons, and four daughters.
Cecyl Miller was killed Monday (9 Oct 1916) at the Anna railroad yards while switching train tracks,
aged 23 years. He lived in Elkville, Jackson County, and was brakeman for the Illinois Central. His head, one arm and one leg were severed from his body. He was single.
20 Oct 1916:
Konrad Flierl died 13 Oct 1916, at home in Jonesboro, of heart trouble, aged 51 years, 3 months, 29 days,
and was buried in Peoria, Ill. He was born in Germany and came to America when 21. A year ago he moved to Jonesboro with his wife from Michigan. He was a preacher and established the first church in Timber, Ill., 21 years ago. He left a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Lane, an 8-week-old grandchild, and two brothers in New York State.
27 Oct 1916:
Elizabeth Dillow died 22 Oct 1916, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Knupp, five miles south of
Anna, aged 83 years, 11 months, and was buried in St. Johnís Cemetery. She was a sister of the late Capt. A. Lence, of Jonesboro.
3 Nov 1916:
Hiram Green died 26 Oct 1916, at Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born 4 Nov 1831.
Thomas B. Stewart died 24 Oct 1916, in Denver, Colo., and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born
4 Oct 1841. His funeral was at the home of his son, Dr. James C. Stewart, in Anna.
Andrew M. Finch died Saturday (28 Oct 1916) at home in Anna, of tuberculosis, aged 33 years, 5
months, 2 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born and reared in Anna and was a businessman there. He left a widow, two children, a mother, and three sisters.
10 Nov 1916:
Dean Ware died in an auto accident. He lived in Jackson, Mo., where his funeral was held. He was a
cousin of Mrs. R. L. Hileman.
17 Nov 1916:
Joe Smith died Friday (10 Nov 1916), of acute indigestion, aged 45 years, and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. He worked for the government fleet at Devilís Island six miles from McClure, Alexander County, where he fell over dead.
Mrs. S. S. Richey died 7 Nov 1916, of paralytic stoke at home in Wetaug, Pulaski County, aged about 66
years, and was buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. She was a sister of D. H. Rendleman and Mrs. J. E. Braddy, of Jonesboro.
1 Dec 1916:
Samuel Wildy died yesterday (30 Nov 1916?) at home in the bottoms near W. D. Waltonís, of stroke of
paralysis, aged about 70 years, and was buried in Thebes Cemetery, Alexander County.
Adie Simmons died 25 Nov 1916, of tuberculosis, aged 26 years, and was buried in Casper Cemetery.
She left a father, mother, brothers, and sisters.
Sabina U. Bierer died 28 Nov 1916, at home in Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 77 years, 9 months,
1 day, and was buried in the city (Murphysboro?) cemetery. She was severely scalded several weeks ago and never recovered from the shock. She was born 27 Feb 1839, in Somerset Township, Jackson County. She left one daughter, Miss Ella Bierer; one son, Fred Bierer, a lawyer in Murphysboro; one brother, Charles Griffith, of Murphysboro; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Nordling, of Kansas City, Kan., and Mrs. T. Earnhart, of Lucas, Ohio,the wife of the former pastor of the Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. (See also 8 Dec 1916, issue.)
8 Dec 1916:
Mrs. Pauline Beisswingert died Thanksgiving (23 Nov 1916) of old age at the home of her daughter in
Egypt Mills, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., aged 86 years, 3 months, 20 days, and was buried in the German Lutheran Cemetery at Egypt Mills, on 1 Dec 1916, exactly 31 years after the death of her
husband. She was a midwife in Jonesboro for 45 years. She was born 10 Jul 1830, in Saxony, Germany, the daughter of Gottleib and Hannah Beck. She came to America with her parents in 1838 and settled in Southeast Missouri. She married on 8 May 1850, in Missouri, Edward Beisswingert. They came to Jonesboro in 1865, where she remained after her husbandís death until seven years ago. She was a member of the German Lutheran Church at Kornthal south of Jonesboro. She lived with her foster granddaughter, Mrs. C. M. Caeriker in St. Louis and with her daughter at Egypt Mills. She had 16 children, of whom six were living: Mrs. Slager, of Egypt Mills, Mo., Mrs. T. S. Massey, of St. Louis, Mrs. John Magda, of Jackson, Tenn., Ed Beisswingert and Victor Beisswingert, of Mounds, Pulaski County, and Henry Beisswingert, of Illmo, Mo. She also left 19 grandchildren.
John Rendleman died 30 Nov 1916, at home in Alto Pass, aged nearly 72 years, and was buried in Alto
Pass Cemetery. He was born 23 Dec 1844, three miles from Alto Pass, the son of Henry and Mary Rendleman. He was one of 16 children, of whom nine lived to adulthood. His father came to Union County in 1817. He was a farmer and lifelong Democrat. He joined the Congregational Church 10 years ago. He married on 28 Dec 1865, Isabell Keith, the daughter of Abner and Jane Keith. They had seven children, of whom three sons and three daughters were living: W. A. Rendleman, county commissioner, of Alto Pass, F. Herbert Rendleman, of Cobden, Grover C. Rendleman, Mrs. Edward Bittle, Mrs. Adam Cauble, Miss Mamie Rendleman, all of Alto Pass. He also left a widow, three brothers, Joseph Rendleman, of West Frankfort, Franklin County, Lafayette Rendleman, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Frank Rendleman, of Chicago; and 13 grandchildren.
15 Dec 1916:
Emily A. Sanford died 10 Dec 1916, at home in Anna, of grip, aged 77 years, 6 months, 20 days, and
was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was born 20 May 1839, at Fairfield, Ill. She left two sons, George Sanford and Amos Sanford, and two daughters, Mrs. F. P. Bentley and Mrs. Emma Townsend, of Anna.
Dr. Rodney Bunch died last Thursday (7 Dec 1916) in Table Grove, Ill. His funeral, the largest in
Alexander County history, was Sunday (10 Dec 1916). He was Catholic. He was the son of the late A. J. Bunch. He left a widow, one child, an aged mother, brothers, and sisters.
Jasper Atherton was killed Sunday (10 Dec 1916) near Mounds, Pulaski County, aged 15 years. His shot
gun accidentally discharged when he was climbing into a wagon.
David Smith died 7 Dec 1916, at home on Hudgeonís Creek, of cancer of the mouth, aged 89 years, 10
months, 23 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. He was born on the old Smith home on Hudgeonís Creek where Uncle Charles Smith now lives, the son of George and Rillie Smith. His parents came to Union County from North Carolina in 1819. He was a Mason for 50 years and a member of the Baptist Church at Alto Pass. Early in life he ran a saw mill on Hudgeonís and Clear creeks. He was a farmer and fruit grower. He married in 1859 Clarissa Gregory. He left four children, Newborn Smith, D. Albert Smith, Effie Harris, and Jennie Gates.
George H. Huggins died 12 Dec 1916, at home in Jonesboro, aged 54 years, 11 months, 24 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born 18 Dec 1861, in White County, the son of George W. and Margaret Huggins. He came with his family to Union County about 1870. He was deputy sheriff of Union County for 18 years and was elected sheriff in 1910. He then established a real estate and collection agency in Anna called Huggins & Lingle, with John E. Lingle. He married on 21 Jun 1903, Mrs. Mary A. Navin. He left a brother, Frank Huggins, of Truman, Ark.; two sisters, Mrs. I. G. Thomas and Mrs. B. L. Boyce, of Anna; one son, George K. Huggins; two stepsons, John A. Navin and William J. Navin.
Harriet Augusta Redman died 7 Dec 1916, at Kankakee, of rheumatism, aged 60 years, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Baptist church. She was born south of Jonesboro, where all of her children were also born. She moved to Kankakee to be with her children four weeks ago. She married on 12 Feb 1885, Joseph H. Redman. She left a husband; two sons and two daughters, all living in Kankakee; two brothers, Alson Brown, of Halliday, Ark., and John W. Brown, of Jonesboro; one sister, Mrs. Amanda E. Fulenwider, of Fornfelt, Mo.
James W. Fisher was shot and killed Sunday night (10 Dec 1916) by Mrs. Ella Green, the 50 year-old
wife of a saw mill and store owner near Olive Branch, Alexander County. He entered the store drunk and knocked her to the ground. She was exonerated by the coronerís jury.
29 Dec 1916:
Nancy Fillmore James died 18 Dec 1916, at home near Alto Pass, aged 67 years, 9 months, 20 days, and
was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. She was born 28 Feb 1849, in Nashville, Tenn., the daughter of James and Ellen Condon. She came to Illinois 60 years ago. She married John Morris and they had one child, Ellen Morris, who died in childhood. She married George W. James, of Alto Pass, and they had two sons, George W. James and Fountain E. James, both of Alto Pass. She left a husband, two sons, one grandson, Pat James, and one granddaughter, Louise James; and one brother, Frank Condon, of Cobden.
5 Jan 1917:
Marjory M. L. Baldwin died Wednesday last week (27 Dec 1916) of typhod fever, aged 11 years, and
was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the daughter of John Baldwin, of one mile west of Jonesboro.
Amanda Chase died Sunday (31 Dec 1916) at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She
was the mother of Myrtle Chase.
Colie Wright was killed Saturday (30 Dec 1916) at the Illinois Central train yards in Anna, aged 16
years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was struck by passenger train No. 23. He left a pool hall and was headed for a Pentecostal meeting. He was the stepson of Henry Coleman, who lived on the Miller farm north of Anna.
Small child of Giles Halterman was buried Saturday (30 Dec 1916) in McGinnis Cemetery.