Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette

1917

Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

darreldexter@hotmail.com

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.

 

12 Jan 1917:

Louis Cover was electrocuted Friday (5 Jan 1917) when he grabbed an insulated electric wire where he

worked, aged 19 years, and was buried at Makanda, Jackson County.  He was the son of W. E. Cover, of Cairo, Alexander County.

John Ray died 7 Jan 1917, at home on the Mitchell farm southeast of Jonesboro, of pneumonia, aged 34

years, and was buried in Knupp Graveyard.  He left a widow, three daughters, and one son.

Son of Frank Jackson died last Saturday (6 Jan 1917) in Charleston, Mo., aged 10 months, and was

buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Baptist church.  He was a grandson of Willard Walker, of Jonesboro.

William F. “Buffalo Bill Cody died Wednesday (10 Jan 1917) in Denver, Colo.  He was born in 1846 in

Iowa and moved to Kansas when 10.  He was a Union soldier in the Civil War and got his name by killing buffalo to feed the Union Pacific employees.

 

19 Jan 1917:

Matthew A. Batson died Tuesday (16 Jan 1917) in Huntington, Va., aged 50 years.  He was a recruiter for

the U. S. Army.  He enlisted in the army at Carbondale and was promoted to major during the Spanish-American War in the Philippines.  He left a widow, two children, a mother, and several brothers and sisters.

Marion Murphy died 15 Jan 1917, at home in Springdale, Ark., aged 74 years.  He was born in

Washington, Ind., and lived in Union County during the 1870s on a farm east or north of Anna.  He moved to Texas and frequently contributed articles for the Jonesboro Gazette.  (See also 27 Oct 1911, issue.)

 

26 Jan 1917:

Joshua N. McCormick died 21 Jan 1917, aged 62 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral

was at the Baptist church in Anna.

Charles Clifford died Sunday (21 Jan 1917) at a hospital in Cairo, Alexander County, of pneumonia,

aged 29 years, and was buried at Dongola.  He was a brother of Mrs. C. C. Thomas, of Anna.

Parker Earle died 12 Jan 1917, in Pasadena, Calif.  He was born in 1832 in Mount Holly, Vt., and lived in

Cobden.  From 1870 to 1880 he was the largest strawberry grower in Union County and had 100 acres in strawberries.  He moved to Mississippi and had a large peach orchard.  He was president of the American Pomological Society.  He had two sons and one daughter.  Martin Tracy, a dog trainer, was a brother-in-law.  He left a widow, one son, Frank Earle, who went to Cuba after the Spanish-American War; and one daughter, Mary Tracy Earle, who is married and lives in California.  (See also 2 Feb 1917, issue.)

John I. Rooney died 20 Jan 1917, at Hale Sanitarium in Anna, aged 64 years, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.  His funeral was in Anna.  He was Catholic.  He lived in Anna about 30 years, but in April 1916 he moved to Fornfelt, Mo., where he owned a saw mill.  He left a widow and seven children.  James H. Rooney, of Centralia, was his son.  He was a brother of P. J. Rooney, Mrs. William Grady, and Jennie Rooney, of Paris, Ill.  He was an uncle of Miss Georgia Rooney, daughter of P. J. Rooney.  He was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Henry Finley, of Sparta, Randolph County.  (See also 2 Feb 1917, and 23 Feb 1917, issues.)

Mrs. C. W. Cover died 21 Jan 1917, at home in Western Saratoga.  Her funeral was at the Methodist

church in Saratoga.  She was born 28 Dec 1863, in Union County, the daughter of Jefferson and Susan Maneese.  She married on 4 Jul 1881, C. W. Cover.  She left a husband, eight children, three brothers, and three sisters.

 

2 Feb 1917:

William H. “Billy” Peeler died 2 Jan 1917, at home in Howard Co., Mo., aged 83 years, and was buried

in Fayette, Mo.  He was born 23 Jul 1834, the son of David Peeler, who moved to Missouri in 1818 from North Carolina and located on the farm where William H. was born.  He represented Howard County in the state legislature in 1840 and died in 1882, aged 88 years.  He married on 20 Mar 1864, Eliza M. “Lida” Atherton, of Illinois, a niece of C. G. Flaugh, of south of Jonesboro.  She was born 6 Nov 1844.  They lived in Fayette, Mo.  They had six children, all of whom were living:  Mrs. Charles Smith, Barney Peeler, Dr. Atherton Peeler, Charles Peeler, James E. Peeler, and Eva May Peeler.  (See also 29 Jun 1917, issue.)

William A. Northcutt died 25 Jan 1917, in Springfield, Sangamon County.  He was born in Tennessee

and was former lieutenant governor of Illinois.  He was a cousin of C. H. Williford, of Jonesboro.

W. T. “Bill” Scott died last Friday (26 Jan 1917) in Springfield, Sangamon County.  His funeral was in

Cairo, Alexander County, where he used to publish a newspaper.  He moved to Springfield a number of years ago.

Omer Slack died Tuesday (30 Jan 1917) in Charleston, Mo.  He was a cousin of W. H. Crane, of Anna.

Anna Maude Treece died 28 Jan 1917, aged 30 years, and was buried in Capser Cemetery.  She was the

daughter of C. W. Treece.

 

9 Feb 1917:

Marticia Lyerle died Saturday (3 Feb 1917) of Graves disease and typhoid fever, in a hospital in Kansas

City, Mo., aged 14 years, and was buried in Liberty, Mo.  She was born 15 May 1903, the daughter of W. D. Lyerle.  She was a niece of Dr. A. J. Lyerly.  She left her parents and a younger sister.  (See also 2 Feb 1917, issue.)

R. W. Laughlin died 25 Jan 1917, in Vienna, Johnson County, aged 86 years.  He was a Methodist

minister.

Mrs. R. W. Laughlin died 25 Jan 1917, two hours after her husband, and was buried in the same grave

with him.  They were married 66 years ago.

 

16 Feb 1917:

John Hamilton died in St. Louis and was buried in the family cemetery in Steeleville.  He was a brother

of Mrs. Ed Gholson, of Jonesboro.

Emily Spire died Monday (12 Feb 1917) at home in Anna, of grip, aged 79 years, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.  Her husband, John Spire, died several years ago.  She left one son, George L. Spire, and one daughter, Mrs. Ella Rhodes.

D. H. Evett died 7 Feb 1917, in Cobden, aged 82 years.  He was born in Tennessee and married Rachel

Rendleman in 1878.  He left three daughters.

 

23 Feb 1917:

Susan Norvell Slaughter died 18 Feb 1917, at home in Jonesboro, and was buried in Jonesboro

Cemetery.  She was born 13 Jan 1837, in Tennessee.  She married on 19 Feb 1857, James R. Slaughter.  She had two sons and three daughters.  She left one daughter, Mrs. Dan Coomes, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

John Hicks died Tuesday (20 Feb 1917), aged 69 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Otto Richards died Thursday last week (15 Jan 1917) in Ullin, Pulaski County, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.

Joseph Martin Van Buren “Joe” Lloyd died last Saturday (16 Feb 1917), aged 80 years, and was buried in

Anna Cemetery.  He was blind, but found his way about Anna feeling with a stick and knew people by their voice.

Child of Della Albright died last Wednesday (21 Feb 1917) of croup at Dongola, and was buried in

Camp Ground Cemetery.

 

2 Mar 1917:

Ella Dougherty died Monday (26 Feb 1917) at home in Cairo, Alexander County, aged 23 years, and was

buried in Villa Ridge.  Her funeral was at St. Joseph’s Church in Cairo.  She was a niece of Mrs. D. D. Hacker, Mrs. Charles H. Chase, of Anna, and Mrs. John Sarsefield, of Kankakee.   She left her mother, Mary E. Dougherty, one brother, John Dougherty, one sister, Mary Dougherty

Helen Ferrell died last Saturday (24 Feb 1917) of double pneumonia, at home in Jonesboro, aged 5 years,

and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She was the daughter of William F. Ferrell.

Jack Mangum died Sunday (25 Feb 1917) at home in Lick Creek.

 

9 Mar 1917:

Lee Blackstone died 4 Mar 1917, at home near Diswood, Alexander County, aged 18 years.  He was the

son of Frank Blackstone.

John Lasley was burned to death and was buried at Benton, Franklin County.  He was the son of A. J.

Lasley and brother of James Lasley.

Susan A. Parker died 5 Mar 1917, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nora McLane, one mile west of

Jonesboro, aged 85 years, 10 months 20 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was the widow of Dr. D. A. Parker, who died a number of years ago.  She left several sons and daughters.

 

16 Mar 1917:

Cooper Vaughn was killed Monday (12 Mar 1917) in a house fire, aged 65 years.  He lived with Zach

Lyerley, west of Alto Pass, whose house was struck by lightning, starting the fire.  The house was over 40 years old and there was no insurance.  Vaughn went back into the house after making it safely outside.  (See also 23 Mar 1917, issue.)

 Thomas M. Rendleman died Friday (9 Mar 1917) in Farmington, Mo.  His funeral was at Mounds,

Pulaski County.  She was the stepson of Catherine Rendleman, who went to live with his widow in Chaffee, Mo. in May 1917 (1 Jun 1917, issue).

Norphlet Brown died Wednesday ( 14 Mar 1917) at home five miles east of Anna, aged 45 years, and

was buried in Anna Cemetery.

Alfred Little died 10 Mar 1917, at home in Johnston City, Williamson County, aged about 86 years, and

was buried in Casper Cemetery.  He used to live in Anna.

 

23 Mar 1917:

Eli Dillow died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairoo, Alexander County, of cancer, aged 66 years.  He was a

farmer from Dongola.  The death notice was copied from the 16 Mar 1917, Cairo Citizen.

Caroline Gray died 8 Mar 1917, of pneumonia, aged 72 years.  She was the wife of the Rev. David Gray.

David Gray died 8 Mar 1917, at Vienna, Johnson County, less than 24 hours after his wife, of

pneumonia.  He was a Presbyterian minister.

Florence (Tarleton) Buckingham died 21 Mar 1917, at home near Alto Pass, which she called “Dixie,”

and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  She died while writing a letter to one of her children.  She was born 1 Aug 1851, at Ion Plantation, Madison Parish, La., the daughter of Leo and Augusta Hawkins (Washington) Tarleton, of Lexington, Ky.  She was the great-granddaughter of James Garrard, the second governor of Kentucky. She was distinctly a Southern woman, related to some of the most distinguished families in the South.  After the Civil War she moved to Alto Pass.  She married on 5 Aug 1878, Holly R. Buckingham.  Her children were Ella Buckingham, deceased, Mrs. Florence Baillio, of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Ada Scott, of Los Angeles, Calif., Holly Buckingham, deceased, Mrs. Augusta Goodson, of Seattle, Wash., Margaret Buckingham, of Lima, Peru, Mark Buckingham, of the 1st Texas Cavalry, Leo Buckingham, deceased, Elizabeth Buckingham, and an adopted daughters, Mrs. Ella Dickinson, of Sabine, Texas.  All but two children, two grandchildren, and a brother were present for her funeral.  (See also 6 Apr 1917, and 13 Apr 1917, issues.)

Miss Jane Boswell died Saturday (17 Mar 1917) and was buried in McGinnis Cemetery.  She was the

aunt of Ed Boswell, of Anna.

 

30 Mar 1917:

Harry Corzine was killed Saturday (24 Mar 1917) when fell from an Illinois Central freight train crossing

at the Big Muddy Bridge at Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 23 years.  He was from Dongola and was a student at Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, Jackson County, where he boarded with a cousin.  His cousin’s son, L. B. Sherretz, was with him when they tried to catch a fast moving freight train to Carbondale.

 

6 Apr 1917:

B. G. Mangum died 1 Apr 1917, at home in Anna, aged 72 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He

was a minister.

Harry B. Davis was killed recently in a mine accident at Sparta, Randolph County, aged 23 years, and

was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was the son of J. M. Davis, of south of Jonesboro.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  He left a widow, two children, seven sisters, and three brothers.

William Wesley Miller died 31 Mar 1917, aged 70 years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  His

funeral was at Mill Creek Lutheran Church.  He was from Mill Creek and had been a patient at the state hospital from some time.  His wife and seven children preceded him in death.  He left a brother and two sisters.

Edith (Kelly) Runquist died 1 Apr 1917, in an automobile accident at her home at Fort Steilacoon,

Wash., and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery.  She used to work at Anna State Hospital and moved to Washington a year ago.  She married Charles Runquist just two weeks before her death.  She was a cousin of Mrs. Frank Hess, of Jonesboro.  She left a mother, Mrs. Alice Humes, of Anna, three sisters, and one half sister.

William H. Carner died Sunday (1 Apr 1917) at DuQuoin, Perry County, aged 84 years.  He was a

Baptist preacher for more than 50 years at at one time was pastor of Jonesboro Baptist Church.

Charles C. Crowell died Monday (2 Apr 1917) at home in Anna, aged 54 years, and was buried in Anna

Cemetery.  He was a Mason and a member of the Baptist Church.  He was an accomplished musician and a band led the funeral cortege.  He was born on a farm west of Jonesboro, the son of Charles Crowell.  He married Mollie Bizzell, of Anna.  He married 2nd Mrs. Nancy J. Vancil, of Cobden.  He left a widow, one son, Ralph Crowell; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Norris, of Anna, Mabel Crowell, and Anna Crowell; two sisters, Mrs. S. R. Green, of Cobden, and Mrs. Belle Smith, of Carbondale, Jackson County; one brother, J. Albert Crowell, of Evansville, Ind.

 

13 Apr 1917:

Eliza Bell died last Saturday (7 Apr 1917) at home in Cobden.  She was born in 1838 in Cambria, N.Y. 

She was the widow of James Bell and had lived in Cobden since 1862.

M. V. Goddard died last Friday (6 Apr 1917).  He was born on a farm near Anna.  He left a widow, two

daughters, and three sons.

Son of Gus Smith, aged 15 months, died at Cairo, Alexander County, of pneumonia, and was buried in

Jonesboro Cemetery.  The mother of Mrs. Gus Smith was Mrs. Louisa Smith, of Jonesboro.

Levi Verble died 10 Apr 1917, at home in Wolf Lake, of pneumonia, aged 72 years, and was buried in

Morgan Cemetery.  He was a farmer at Wolf Lake for many years.  He left a widow, one son, Harry Verble, and two daughters, Mrs. Cora Myers and Fannie wife of W. W. Davie.

 

27 Apr 1917:

Winford Simmerman died Tuesday (24 Apr 1917) at home six miles east of Anna, aged 43 years, and

was buried at Trinity Church Cemetery.  He left a widow and four children.


4 May 1917:

J. T. Galbraith died 26 Apr 1917, of apoplexy, aged 50 years.  He was editor of the Carbondale Free

Press for 15 years.  He was a colonel in Illinois State milita.

Mrs. Elvis Heater died Monday (30 Apr 1917) at a hospital in Cairo, Alexander County, following an

operation, aged 23 years, and was buried at Mill Creek.

 

11 May 1917:

Daughter of Robert Keller died Monday (7 May 1917) at McClure, Alexander County, of pneumonia,

aged 16 months, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Peter G. Weiss died last Friday (4 May 1917) in an accident six miles south and three miles west of

Petersburg, Mich.  He was running a heavy tractor along the highway when it plunged into a ditch, pinning him beneath it.  He was a brother of Philip E. Weiss and Mrs. Will Bartruff, of Jonesboro, and George P. Weiss.  He left a family.  (See also 18 May 1917, issue.)

Celia Dugan died last Sunday (6 May 1917) at Dexter, Mo., aged 59 years, and was buried at Dexter, Mo. 

She was the wife of William J. Dugan and used to live in Jonesboro.  She left a son and a daughter, the wife of Dr. T. J. Brentlinger, a dentist in Dexter, Mo.

Moses Holshouser died Sunday (6 May 1917) at the home of his son, James Holshouser, at Thebes,

Alexander County, aged 85 years, and was buried at Thebes.  He lived near Jonesboro until a few months ago.  He left a son and a daughter, Mrs. Ella Morris, of Jonesboro.

Daughter of William Boucher died Tuesday (8 May 1917), near Wolf Lake of pneumonia, aged 4 years,

and was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery.

M. J. McElligott committed suicide at Mounds, Pulaski County by shooting himself through the heart

with a 38 caliber automatic, aged 35 years.  He was the chief engineer of CIPS ice plant at Mounds and moved there from Union County.  He left a wife and one child.  The death notice was copied from the 5 May 1917, Cairo Citizen.

 

18 May 1917:

Delmar E. Neely died Monday (14 May 1917) of consumption, at the home of his father, A. J. Neely,

aged 20 years, 3 months, 11 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

 

25 May 1917:

J. K. P. Lentz died 20 May 1917, at the home of his son, Walter Lentz, in Vancouver, Wash., aged 72

years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.  He went to visit his son three weeks ago.

Mary “Polly” (Stokes) Toler died 18 May 1917, aged 79 years, 3 months, 28 days, and was buried in

McGinnis Cemetery.  She was born 28 Jan 1838, the youngest daughter of Jones and Minerva Stokes.  She married William Davis, who died less than a year after.  She married on 14 Feb 1862, Giles Toler.  They lived near Mt. Pleasant, then sold their farm and moved to Anna.  They lived there eight years, then moved back to the country where her husband kept a country store.

W. V. Choisser died last week, aged 68 years.  He was from Harrisburg, Saline County, and was the

warden of Chester Penitentiary.

 

1 Jun 1917:

George W. Walburn died 26 May 1917, at home in Jonesboro, aged 91 years, and was buried in

Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was born 17 Apr 1826, in Gratztown, Pa.  He married Malinda Cruse in April 1857.  They joined the Methodist Church at Jonesboro in 1865.  He was a millwright and mechanic.  He left a 90-year-old widow, but no other relatives in Illinois.  His brother, Henry Walborn, of Gratz, Pa., aged 85 years, wrote to the postmaster of Jonesboro for information about his brother in January 1918.  He wrote that he was the last survivor of a family of 10 brothers (1 Feb 1918, issue.)

Eugenia Dougherty died at home at 322 Twenty-eighth Street, Cairo, Alexander County, and was buried

in Jonesboro Cemetery.  Her body was brought to Jonesboro from Cairo on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas Wilson, who was mayor of Cairo from 1865 to 1867 and postmaster. She was the niece of the late John Hodges, sheriff of Alexander County and the half sister of the late Margaret Wilson, a teacher in Cairo. She lived in Cairo since 1858 and was brought there by her parents from Shawneetown, Gallatin County, when 3 years old.  She married George Dougherty in 1882 and then lived in Jonesboro for a few months.  She was an active member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.  She left a daughter, Mrs. Helen Tolar, of Des Moines, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Amy Bradshaw, of Kansas City, Mo.; a stepmother, Mary H. Wilson; and a half brother, Thomas Wilson, of Cairo.

Earl Cavitt died Sunday (27 May 1917) at the home of his father, Vester Cavitt, east of Anna, of the

measles, aged 5 years, and was buried in Webb Cemetery in Johnson County.

 

8 Jun 1917:

T. J. Scott died Wednesday (6 Jun 1917), aged 65 years.  He lived at Portia, Ark.  He was the brother of

Mrs. Willard Walker and Mrs. Sophronia Blackstone, of Jonesboro.

 

15 Jun 1917:

D. C. Hurst died Wednesday (13 Jun 1917) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Morton, at Daisy, Mo.,

aged 72 years, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  He was a Lutheran minister and a brother of S. D. Hurst and Dr. T. J. Hurst, of West Frankfort, Franklin County.  (See also 22 Jun 1917, issue.)

Willis Cauble died 8 Jun 1917, at home three miles west of Alto Pass.  His funeral was at the Baptist

church, where he was a member since a young man.  He was a Mason.  He was born 15 Nov 1837, a few miles west of Alto Pass, the son of John Cauble.  His parents moved to a farm on Hudgeon’s Creek when he was a few years old.  He and others founded Farmers State Bank in Alto Pass.  His son-in-law, L. G. Keith, was elected president of the bank to replace him after his death.  He married, at age 22, Mary Jane Kimmel.  His first wife lived only a few years.  They had two children, one who died in infancy, and Mary Elizabeth, wife of Calvin Carter, of Anna.  He married Serena Jane Hartline, the daughter of John and Margaret (Rendleman) Hartline.  They had eight children, three of whom died in infancy.  His other children were Willis B. Cauble, a physician in Peoria, Ill., where he operates a private sanitarium; Adam J. Cauble, a farmer at Alto Pass; Cora wife of Frank Willey, who lived with her father; Flora wife of J. A. Gates, a merchant at Alto Pass; and Murtle wife of Leroy G. Keith, a farmer near Alto Pass.  He had 27 grandchildren, of whom 17 were living, and three great-grandchildren.

 

29 Jun 1917:

Sarah Hileman died 23 Jun 1917, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  She was born 2 Sep 1834, the

fourth daughter of Peter Hileman.  She had seven brothers and three sisters.  She was baptized in infancy and became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  She was a charter member of Salem Lutheran Church in 1893.  In 1883 she moved with her brother, Samuel Hileman, to Jonesboro. She knew how to shear sheep, card wool, spin, and weave.  She left two brothers.

James Long drowned Monday (25 Jun 1917) in Clear Creek at McClure, Alexander County, aged 7 years,

and was buried at Gorham.  He was riding a blind horse that stumbled into the creek and also drowned.

 

6 Jul 1917:

Seymour Caldwell died Wednesday (4 Jul 1917) in Jonesboro of tuberculosis, aged 30 years, and was

buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Methodist church.  He left a widow and a little daughter.

Patrick Jennings McMahan was killed last Saturday (30 Jun 1917) in Benton, Franklin County, aged 8

years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was the son of Charles B. McMahan and grandson of John Lyerly, of Jonesboro.  He was killed when the tricycle he was riding collided with an automobile driven by A. E. Martin, editor of the Benton Standard and postmaster.

Mary Wilson died last Saturday (30 Jun 1917) at a hospital in Murphysboro, Jackson County, and was

buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She was the wife of Joseph Wilson, of Wolf Lake.

Charles Irvin was killed last Friday (29 Jun 1916) two miles north of Jonesboro, when a stock train

collided with a freight train, aged about 50 years.  He was a fireman for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad and lived in East St. Louis, St. Clair County.  He left a widow and no children.

Allie (Willoughby) Smith died Wednesday last week (27 Jun 1917) at home in Anna, of tuberculosis,

aged 37 years.  Her funeral was at the Lutheran church.  She was the wife of George W. Smith, who she married a few years ago, and daughter of P. C. Willoughby.

 

13 Jul 1917:

Louis Southard died Tuesday (10 Jul 1917) at Fayville, Alexander County, when he fell 50 feet from a

smoke stack of Aetna Explosives Company.  He was a painter and steeplejack.

Alfred Dodd died Monday (9 Jul 1917) in Marion, Williamson County.  He was a former garbage hauler

and lived apart from his family.  Two days before he died he picked out and paid for his casket.  He was thought to be penniless but owned 5,000 acres at Murphysboro and near Anna and left an estate worth about $30,000.

Martin Herr was found dead in his bed Tuesday (10 Jul 1917) at the Anna hospital, of organic heart

disease.  He was from Wabash County.

Mrs. Edward Beisswingert died and her funeral was Saturday (7 Jul 1917) in Anna.

 

27 Jul 1917:

Ralph Collins died Friday (20 Jul 1917) in the county jail in Jonesboro, aged about 30 years, and was

buried at St. Louis.  He was shot Wednesday (18 Jul 1917) last week at Alto Pass by Marshal Cauble.  He and Bob Stroud, who he named as his accomplice before he died, robbed Conrad Johnson of $32 on a freight train south of Murphysboro, Jackson County, on Wednesday.  A gunfight followed when the train reached Alto Pass.  He was shot twice and Cauble once.   Dr. Karl D. Sanders dressed the wounds and said they were not serious, but an intestinal wound proved fatal.  Stroud was arrested by Jackson County sheriff at Murphysboro, speeding through town on a motor cycle.  He lived at 4360 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, Mo., and was Catholic.  He left an aged mother.  (See also 20 Jul 1917, issue.)

Caleb Monroe Miller died 19 Jul 1917, at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She had a

stroke of apoplexy on 18 Jul 1917.  He was born 9 Jan 1859, in Anna, the son of Henry and Catherine Miller, one of 12 children.  He was a Mason.  He built Miller’s Opera House in Anna and then sold it to Anna National Bank.  His living brothers and sisters were Frank P. Miller, of Centralia, David W. Miller, of Windom, Minn., Mrs. Alice S. Moss and Mrs. J. N. Dickinson, of Anna, and Mrs. T. J. Bouton, of Billings, Mont.

 

3 Aug 1917:

James M. Willoughby died 24 Jul 1917, at Portland, Ore., aged 62 years  He was a Seventh Day

Adventist minister.  He was a brother of P. C. Willoughby, of Anna.  His relatives in Anna had not seen him in 40 years.  He went West as a young man.  He left a widow, one son, and two daughters.

 

10 Aug 1917:

Abraham L. Sitter died 1 Aug 1917, at home several miles southeast of Anna, and was buried in Casper

Cemetery.  His funeral was at Casper Lutheran Church, where he had been a member 40 years.  He was born 12 Apr 1833, on a farm two miles northeast of Anna and was left an orphan at age 7.  He lived with his uncle, Solomon Sitter, until 14.  He then went to live with Daniel S. Davie in Jonesboro.  He learned the tanner’s trade.  At age 19 he went to Iowa and remained about a year.  On the day he returned to Union County, a memorable drought was broken.  He left a steamboat at Preston or Grand Tower and walked home in the rain.  He was a member of the G. A. R.  He married in 1853 Leah Sifford, who died 32 years ago.  They had 10 children, of whom three were living:  Gilbert L. Sitter, of Anna, Charles Sitter and Leonora Sitter, at home.  He also reared six grandchildren.

Mabel Lois Corzine died last Saturday (4 Aug 1917), aged 2 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. 

She was the daughter of Ralph Corzine, of near Western Saratoga.

Asker Irvin Shelton died, aged 1 year, 7 months, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was the son

of James Shelton, of Sparta, Randolph County, who used to live in Union County.  His grandparents resided in Anna.

Frank Hagey died 3 Aug 1917, and was buried at Villa Ridge.  His funeral was at Cairo, Alexander

County.  He was a car inspector for the Iron Mountain Railroad and was run over by a train car which he was inspecting.

 

17 Aug 1917:

Annie (Jones) Lowery died 11 Aug 1917, at home in Carterville, Williamson County, aged 37 years, 10

months, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church.  She was born 11 Oct 1879, in Edwards County.  She was converted at age 14 and joined the Baptist Church at New Douglas.  She was commissioned a King’s teacher by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.  She married on 27 Aug 1902, at Sikeston, Mo., Elder T. F. Lowery.  They lived three years in Jonesboro, when her husband was a missionary for Clear Creek Baptist Association.  They moved a few months ago to Carterville where he became pastor of a church.  She left a husband, three sons, three brothers, and one sister.  Two older brothers were Baptist preachers.

Sarah E. Mattingly died 9 Aug 1917, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., aged 44 years, 11 months, 17 days, and

was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Anna Chapter 522 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was the wife of George A. Mattingly.

 

24 Aug 1917:

Margaret J. Ury died 18 Aug 1917, at home in Jonesboro, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  She

was born 10 Mar 1839, in Guildford Co., N.C., the daughter of Christian Reitzel, a Lutheran minister.  She came to Union County when 19 and married Jefferson L. Ury, of Jonesboro, who died over two years ago.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church.  A nephew, P. E. Hileman, and a niece, Miss Mattie E. Hileman, were her only near relatives in Union County.  She also left a stepdaughter, Mrs. Margaret (Ury) Mowrey, of Lincoln, Ill, and two sisters and five brothers in North Carolina.  (See also 31 Aug 1917, issue.)

 

31 Aug 1917:

Caleb Buster, aged 28 years, and Ben Sanders, aged 25 years, were killed Saturday (25 Aug 1917) at

Fayville, Alexander County, by an explosion of several hundred pounds of dynamite.  They were both from Thebes, Alexander County.

Dr. E. J. Duncan was shot and killed last Saturday (25 Aug 1917) at Olive Branch, Alexander County, by

24-year-old William “Willie” Wilbourn, the son of W. W. Wilbourn and brother of State’s Attorney Leslie L. Wilbourn, of Cairo, Alexander County.  Duncan, while drunk the night before, had choked and insulted Mrs. Ada Childers, a sister of Willie Wilbourn.  His 17-year-old son, Floyd Duncan, was with his father when he was killed.  The coroner’s jury said it was justifiable homicide, but in October Wilbourn was indicted for killing Duncan.  Floyd Duncan opened fire on Walter Wilbourn, a brother of Willie, at a restaurant in Cairo, shooting him in the head and neck, but not fatally.  (See also 21 Sep 1917, and 12 Oct 1917, issues.)

James McCoy died 26 Aug 1917, at the home of his brother-in-law, James Carmack, near McClure,

Alexander County, of typhoid fever, aged 21 years, and was buried in Bluff Lake Cemetery.

Frederick Sauerbrunn died 26 Aug 1917, and was buried in Kollehner Cemetery.  His funeral was in

German and English at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at Kornthal, where he was a lifelong member.  He was born 3 Mar 1849, in Weingarten, Germany.  He came to America in 1863 with his parents and settled on a farm four miles south of Jonesboro.  He had a light stroke of paralysis seven years ago and on 24 Aug 1917, had a severe stroke.  He married on 21 Dec 1875, Louisa A. Peters.  They had eight children, of whom three died in infancy and one son, Ernest Sauerbrunn, died five years ago.  He left a widow; four children, Adolph Sauerbrunn, Emil Sauerbrunn, Clara Sauerbrunn, and Anna Sauerbrunn; two grandchildren; two brothers, Peter Sauerbrunn, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Thomas Sauerbrunn, of Jonesboro; one sister, Mrs. Eva Peters, of Balcom.  (See also 7 Sep 1917, issue.)

Fountain F. “Fount” Sams died 25 Aug 1917, aged 52 years, 10 months, 9 days.  He was cremated at St.

Louis.  He was the oldest son of Rice Sams and grew up on a farm west of Jonesboro.  He taught school and then graduated from S.I.N.U. at Carbondale.  He became a government clerk in Washington, D.C., and studied law there, graduating from Columbia University in Washington.  He returned to Jonesboro and practiced law with Judge Crawford for a year or two.  In 1897 he moved to East St. Louis and continued to practice law.  He left law in September 1898 to become principal of Alta Sita School in East St. Louis.  Two years later he was appointed principal of Emerson School.  He was also principal at Monroe, Webster, Slade, Hawthorne, and Washington Park schools, and in September 1916 became principal at Jefferson School.  He lived at Audubon Avenue, East St. Louis, St. Clair County.  He was the husband of Deugusta (Eisenmayer) Sams and the father of Crawford Sams and Dorothy Sams.  He also left his parents, two sisters, Mrs. William Perrine, of Anna, and Mrs. Helen Gearhart, of Alto Pass; and several brothers.  George T. Sams, of St. Louis, was a brother.  (See also 14 Sep 1917, issue.)

 

7 Sep 1917:

W. W. Wiley died at a hospital in St. Louis, aged 67 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His

funeral was at the Presbyterian church.  He was the son of the late Col. Ben L. Wiley, of Makanda, and a grandson of Winstead Davie.  He married Mary A. Glasco, the only daughter of Rebecca Grear, of Jonesboro, who died a number of years ago.  He married 2nd Mrs. Lizzie Anderson, of Jonesboro.  He was totally blind from early boyhood and conducted a book store in Anna.  He left a widow.

Benjamin Scurlock was crushed to death Tuesday (4 Sep 1917)  beneath 300 bushels of wheat on his

father’s, William Scurlock’s farm, two miles north of Jonesboro, aged 9 years, and was buried in Casper Cemetery.  He crawled under a log building used to store wheat to repair a hole, when the floor caved in on him.

Mrs. Howard DuBois died 30 Aug 1917, at Cobden, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery.  She was the

daughter of Mrs. G. W. Tschudi and married Mr. DuBois on 8 Jan 1908.  She was the niece of Mrs. J. R. English.

Mrs. Elmore Henley died 4 Sep 1917, at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She was born

1 Jun 1853.  Her son, Sid Henley, who was serving in the U. S. Navy came home to see his mother, but did not know she had died until a friend on the train told him when near Anna.  (See also 14 Sep 1917, issue.)

 

21 Sep 1917:

Mary Adeline (Otrich) Weaver died 17 Sep 1917, at home near Jonesboro, aged 74 years, 4 months, 11

days, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  Her funeral was at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  She had la grippe last March.  She was born 6 May 1843, near Dongola.  She joined Big Creek Baptist Church at age 13.  She married on 14 Aug 1862, George W. Weaver, who died 11 May 1884.  She had five children, Charles B. Weaver, deceased, Mrs. Fannie Daniels, of Brownsville, Texas, Bruno A. Weaver, of Jonesboro, Mrs. Emma McGhee, of Brookport, Mrs. Minnie Keller, of Jonesboro; two brothers, George Otrich, of Dongola, and Charles Otrich, of Sesser; nine grandchildren.

A family was murdered with an ax two years ago at Villisca, Iowa.  Last spring, George J. Kelley, former

Baptist preacher at Alto Pass, was arrested and put on trial at Red Oak, Iowa.

Benjamin H. Anderson died 16 Sep 1917, at home in Jonesboro of heart failure, aged 79 years, 8 months,

11 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was born 5 Jan 1838, in Union County, the fifth child of Preston Anderson, who came from Tennessee in the early 1800s.  His mother died in 1867 and his father died in November 1875.  He enlisted 15 Aug 1862, in Co. D, 109th and was transferred to Co. I, 11th.  He was promoted to orderly sergeant and then first lieutenant.  He was a member of the G. A. R.  He lived 50 years in his home on the street leading into Anna, where he sat on his porch in a chair with his pipe and newspaper.  He married on 7 Nov 1864, Serena Armstrong, who died a few years ago.  Two older sons, Henry H. Anderson and Charles H. Anderson, died a number of years ago leaving families.  His widowed daughter, Fannie Terpinitz, lived with and took care of him.  He also left two sons, William S. Anderson, of Jonesboro, and B. Frank Anderson, of Cobden; and one brother, W. Matt Anderson, of Piggot, Ark.

 

28 Sep 1917:

Sister Matilda died Thursday (20 Sep 1917) at St. Mary’s Academy in Notre Dame, Ind.  She founded St.

Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, Alexander County, in 1867, when she opened a hospital on Eleventh Street.  She served as a nurse in the Civil War.

Minerva I. (Sams) Bunch died Friday (21 Sep 1917) at home in McClure, Alexander County, and was

buried in the family cemetery.  She was the daughter of Nathan Sams and the widow of A. J. Bunch.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.  She left two daughters, Miss Minnie Bunch and Mrs. Norma Fulenwider; two sons, Joseph Bunch and Herman Bunch, of McClure, Alexander County; one brother, Dr. Sams, formerly of McClure.

 

5 Oct 1917:

Joseph Keyser died 4 Oct 1917,  at home in Jonesboro, aged 76 years, 26 days, and was buried in

Jonesboro Cemetery.  He was born in Circleville, Ohio, but when 6 moved with his parents to

Bedford, Ind.  He moved to Jonesboro soon after the Civil War and was a shoemaker.  After he left Indiana, he had no further contact with his family there.  He married in 1871 Elizabeth Harrison, who died 12 years ago.  They had four children, of whom one survived, William Keyser, alderman in Jonesboro.    (See also 12 Oct 1917, issue.)

 

12 Oct 1917:

Malinda (Cruse) Walborn died 8 Oct 1917, at home in Jonesboro, aged 90 years, 1 month, 11 days, and

was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She was born 27 Aug 1827, near Dongola, the third child and second daughter of Peter Cruse.  Most of her seven sisters lived to old age.  She was in an invalid chair for the last 14 years.  She left three sisters, Mahulda Andrews, Mrs. S. J. Stokes, and Mrs. M. W. Brown; one brother, Alexander S. Cruse  She was the aunt of A. H. Roberts, of Murphysboro, Jackson County.  (See also 26 Oct 1917, issue.)

Herbert Ferguson was run over and killed last Sunday (7 Oct 1917) by a train at Carbondale, Jackson

County, aged 15 years.  He was trying to catch a freight train to Anna.  Walter Shy, aged 15 years, was with him.

 

19 Oct 1917:

Karl Henry Smith died last Friday (12 Oct 1917), aged 1 year, 7 months, 14 days, and was buried in

Anna Cemetery.  He was the son of Walter Smith.

John Richardson died last Saturday (13 Oct 1917) and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was born 4

Mar 1846, in Mayfield, Ky.  He was married twice.  He served in the 56th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War.  He was a member of the G. A. R.  He was a carpenter and lived in Anna for the past 31 years.  He left a widow, two sons, and several stepchildren.

John Frederick Krauss died 12 Oct 1917, of heart failure while working on the porch at a house on D. W.

Karraker’s farm in the bottoms near Ware, aged 58 years, 7 months, 15 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at Salem Lutheran Church.  Charles Millen, who was working with him, and Rolla Winchester helped him off the roof, but he was already dead.  He was born 27 Feb 1859, in Hosslinsulz, Wurtemberg, Germany, the oldest of four sons born to Gottleib and Katherine Krauss.  He came to America with his parents when 7 and located at Rock Island, Ill.  He joined the English Episcopal Sunday School at age 8.  His parents died at an early age and the brothers were separated.  He lived in Tioga, Pa., where he grew up and then moved to Larnett, Kan., and later to Gypsum City, Kan.  He was a carpenter.  At age 23 he joined Temple Mission Church at Gypsum City.  He married in 1888 at Jonesboro, Maria Fredericka Drexler.  They returned to Gypsum City.  In 1904 he moved to Jonesboro.  He had four sons and one daughter, all living, William C. Krauss, Thomas F. Krauss, Daniel T. Krauss, Lydia M. Krauss, and Frederick E. Krauss.

 

26 Oct 1917:

S. O. Boyd committed suicide Saturday (20 Oct 1917) by taking an overdose of morphine, aged 46 years,

and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was a cashier at the State Bank in Dongola.  He left a widow.

Elmo Perkins died Friday (19 Oct 1917) at Anna State Hospital, where he was committed a year ago. 

His body was sent to his brother, W. J. Perkins, at Sparta, Randolph County.

 

2 Nov 1917:

Mrs. Logan Boren died and her funeral was Tuesday (30 Oct 1917) in Anna.  She was a sister of T. A.

Carlile, of Centralia.

Mary (Summer) Hammond died 28 Oct 1917, at the home of her son, J. L. Hammond, in Anna, aged

nearly 82 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.  She was born 22 Jan 1836, in Washington Co., Md., one of 11 children of John and Sarah Summer.    She was a member of the Lutheran Church 50 years.  She married on 25 Jul 1861, the Rev. Josiah L. Hammond.  They lived in Jonesboro.  They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at Homer, Neb., on 25 Jul 1911.  Three years ago they purchased a home in Jonesboro.  She had three sons, all living, Martin Luther Hammond, of Davenport, Iowa, William R. E. Hammond, of Pinicle, Mont.,

and Jackson L. Hammond, of Anna, editor of the Anna Democrat.   She also left one sister, Mrs. Lydia Stauffer, of Hagerstown, Md., and a stepdaughter, Mrs. George W. DeHaven, of Sioux City, Iowa.  Mrs. B. L. Schupp, of Hagerstown, Md., was a niece (See also 9 Nov 1917, issue.)

 

9 Nov 1917:

Mrs. Jacob T. Misenheimer died Wednesday (7 Nov 1917) at home south of Jonesboro, aged 63 years, 1

month, 9 days, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church in Mill Creek.

John S. Alsthorpe committed suicide Monday (5 Nov 1917) by shooting himself in the heart, aged 64

years.  He suffered two strokes of apoplexy during the past year.  He was born in Joliet, Ill.  He was president of First Bank and Trust Company at Cairo, and had been associated with banks there since 1876.  He left a family.

Mary A. Rendleman died Sunday (4 Nov 1917) at home north of Jonesboro, aged 83 years, 9 months, 9

days, and was buried in Casper Cemetery.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.  She left nine children, Mrs. John Hartline, of Cobden, Mrs. Nathaniel Stone, of Marion, Williamson County, Mrs. George W. Hess, of Anna, D. F. Rendleman, of Anna, Robert M. Rendleman, of Wolf Lake, Mrs. C. L. Walker, of Anna, Mrs. John Hess, of Anna, Mrs. Charles Lamer, of Salina, Kan.; 49 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. William Childers and Mrs. Callie Rendleman, of Mountain Glen.

 

16 Nov 1917:

William Alvis died last Friday (9 Nov 1917) at home in Johnsonville and was buried there.  His daughter

was the wife of the Rev. T. J. Haney.

Alice Sheldon died Saturday (10 Nov 1917.  She was the mother-in-law of William Evans of

Headquarters Company, 130th Infantry at Camp Logan in Houston, Texas.

 

23 Nov 1917:

Elizabeth Chandler died Tuesday (20 Nov 1917) of cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her sister, Mrs.

Craver, in the east part of Jonesboro, aged 73 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She lived four hours.

Catherine Ransmeier died Thursday or Friday of last week (15 or 16 Nov 1917) at home in Herrrin,

Williamson County, and was buried at Murphysboro, Jackson County.  She was born 1 Aug 1853, at Waverly, Ohio, the daughter of Christian an Ann Margaret Hoffman and moved to Jonesboro when a young girl.  Her father was in the milling and mercantile business.  She married M. Ransmeier, who died a few years ago.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church with her husband and then associated with the Presbyterian Church.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.  She left two sons, Dr. Robert E. Ransmeier, of Herrin, and Prof. John C. Ransmeier, of Tulane University in New Orleans, La; and one daughter, Mrs. R. F. Folkel, of Herrin.  She was the aunt of Miss Johanna Ransmeier and Joe Ransmeier.  Her husband was a brother of John Ransmeier, of south of Jonesboro.  Mrs. John Ransmeier and her daughter, Theresa Ransmeier, attended the funeral.

John Grieb died last Friday (16 Nov 1917) at home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., aged 70 years.  He was the

chief of police in Cape Girardeau for several years.  He was the uncle of Henry Grieb and Charley Grieb, of Jonesboro.

Adolphus Byrd died 22 Nov 1917, at home in Jonesboro, of poisoning, aged 25 years, 9 months, 3 days,

and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  The capsules he was taking for quinine proved to be arsenic.  He was a carpenter, subject to the draft, and expected to be called.  He was arranging to buy the house of A. E. Kerr and was living in the J. L. Ury home in the southwest corner of the square.  His widow requested a coroner’s inquest.  The jury determined he died of arsenic poisoning by person or persons unknown.  (See also 30 Nov 1917,  21 Dec 1917, 4 Jan 1918, and 8 Feb 1918, issues.)

 

30 Nov 1917:

John Smith died 27 Nov 1917, at home in Ware, aged 42 years, and was buried in Morgan Cemetery.  He

left a family.

Infant son of James Grammer died 23 Nov 1917, near Wolf Lake and was buried in Jonesboro

Cemetery.

Mrs. H. C. Fletcher died 19 Nov 1917, at Rochester, N.Y.  Her husband was superintendent of Anna

schools years ago.

Joseph E. Broadway died 23 Nov 1917, at home near Anna, aged 58 years, and was buried in Casper

Cemetery.  He left a son, Loren E. Boradway, and three sisters.

 

7 Dec 1917:

Alice Dora Bouton died 30 Nov 1917, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed L. Karraker, in Jonesboro,

and was buried beside her husband in Anna Cemetery.  She was born 28 Jan 1858, in Jonesboro, the second daughter of Oliver and Sarah Alden.  She married on 10 Oct 1877, Harvey C. Bouton, who died in Anna on 18 Dec 1886.  She had three children, Susan wife of Charles E. Seastone, of Madison, Wis.; Winfred wife of Ed L. Karraker, and Ada wife of Willis A. Hartline, of Anna.  She also left her mother, Sarah Alden; three sisters, Mrs. Z. T. Cook, Mrs. W. C. Mangold, and Mrs. W. H. Lence; five brothers, Ernest Alden, John Alden, Oliver Alden, Robert Alden, and Everett Alden.   

Oliver C. Storm died 3 Dec 1917, aged 27 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at

the home of his father-in-law, Charles Blakeley, in Jonesboro.  He was a printer.  He left a widow, one child, and his parents.

J. H. Burnell died Sunday (2 Dec 1917) at Wolf Lake, aged 65 years, and was buried in Jackson County. 

He was the pastor of the United Brethren Church at Wolf Lake.  He left two sons and three daughters.

W. H. “Mac” McLaughlin died last Wednesday (3 Dec 1917) at the state hospital in Anna, where he had

been three weeks, and was buried in the hospital cemetery.  He used to run a dray in Anna.  He left a widow in Mill Creek.

Walter Grear died Thanksgiving Day, 29 Dec 1917, at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. 

He had dinner with his wife at the Baptist Church and suffered a stroke in Main theater at Anna.  He was hurried home in his automobile.  This was his third stoke in six years.  He was born 24 Feb 1850, the oldest son of John and Cindona (Meadows) Grear.  His grandfather, George Grear, came to Union County from North Carolina nearly 100 years ago.  He and his three brothers, Sidney Grear, John W. Grear, and Harry Grear, were remarkable for musical abilities and members of the Jonesboro band.  They grew up to manhood in the Grear house south of Jonesboro Baptist Church.  He attended Union Academy & Commercial School in Jonesboro and became a pharmacist.  He married on 18 Apr 1872, Flora Walker, daughter of the late Mrs. Paul Frick and her first husband.  He opened a drug store on the south side of Jonesboro Square with W. Dennis Frick.  In 1878 he went with Alden Store to Anna and eventually moved there.  He resigned and began traveling for St. Louis Show House.  He resigned to become manager of Anna Lumber and Manufacturing Co.  He was cashier of First National Bank at Anna, then became president.  He was treasurer of Southern Illinois Fair Association.  His son, Charley Grear, died after reaching manhood.  He left three children, Sidney Grear, of Chicago, Daisy Grear, at home, and Helen Grear, who works for the war department in Washington, D.C.; and a brother, John W. Grear, of West Frankfort, Franklin County.

Philip Ditter hanged himself Wednesday (3 Dec 1917) in the barn at his home on the southeast edge of

Jonesboro, aged 81 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He dined at Red Star Restaurant and left for his old home, but he was living with one of his children.  He usually had supper with his son, John Ditter, who lives south of Jonesboro.  When he didn’t arrive he and his brother-in-law, E. E. Engelhart, went to look for him and found him in the barn.  He was born in Austria.  His wife died some years ago.  He left one son and one daughter, Mrs. E. E. Engelhart.  (See also 14 Dec 1917, issue.)

 

21 Dec 1917:

Henry Kelley died Thursday (13 Dec 1917) at the home of his mother in Jonesboro, aged 15 years, and

was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Baptist church.  He was injured by a train at Reynoldsville several months ago.  He was taken to St. Louis for treatment, but the family was told there was nothing they could do for him.

William Whalen died Wednesday last week (16 Dec 1917) in Carbondale, Jackson County, aged 65

years, and was buried at Carbondale.  He used to live in Anna.