Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois
Transcribed by Darrel Dexter
3 Jan 1919:
Virginia Caraker died and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the wife of John Caraker.
William H. Rymer died 29 Dec 1918, at home near Dongola, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. His
funeral was at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was born 2 Feb 1851, perhaps in Jonesboro, the only son of the late Capt. Jerry Rymer. He taught school a few terms in the country. He left a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Doris Dillow; a son, Lester Rymer, at home; five sisters, Mary Rymer, Hattie Rymer, Clara Rymer, Mrs. George V. Morgan, all of Jonesboro, and Mrs. O. J. Storm, of Enid, Okla.
Jennie Dillow died 28 Dec 1918, at home in Chicago, aged 33 years, 1 month, 29 days, and was buried in
Trinity Cemetery. She was the wife of Lafayette Dillow. Her funeral was at the home of J. F. Millis, four and a half miles east of Anna.
Stella Clifford died 28 Dec 1918, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Cora Fiss, on North 31st Street, East St.
Louis, St. Clair County, aged 38 years, and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, where her infant daughter was buried. She was visiting her mother when she became sick. She was born in Cobden and was related to Emory Barker and N. Green. She married in 1905 S. J. Clifford, then of St. Louis, now of Phoenix, Ariz. She left her husband, a 5-year-old son, her mother, a sister, Daisy Fiss; two brothers, Harry Fiss and George Fiss, of East St. Louis.
17 Jan 1919:
Thomas A. Carlile died 10 Jan 1919, at home in Centralia, aged 69 years, 6 months, 4 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the Lutheran church in Anna. He was born in Mississippi, one of 13 children. He came to Union County at the age of 12 and lived here until 1914, when he moved to Springfield. In 1916 he moved to Centralia. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. He left a widow; six children, Fred A. Carlile, of Jackson, Ala., (who was not at the funeral), Don L. Carlile, Thomas E. Carlile, Charles A. Carlile, of Centralia, Robert W. Carlile, of DuQuoin, and Mrs. Bess M. Eller, of Centralia; one sister, Mrs. T. C. Willoughby, of Lamar, Colo.; and one brother, Benjamin C. Carlile.
Amanda Corzine died 13 Jan 1919, at Leverett, Ill., of pneumonia following influenza, aged about 37
years, and was buried at Dongola. She was born on a farm near Mill Creek, the second daughter of George Albright. She married W. R. Corzine, formerly of Dongola. She left her husband and four children.
24 Jan 1919:
Mrs. M. M. Powell died. Her funeral was Sunday (19 Jan 1919) at Ebenezer Church east of Anna. She
was a sister of Francis Powell and John W. Powell, both of Greenville, Ill.
Fay Janice Rendleman died 19 Jan 1919, of pneumonia following Spanish influenza, aged 1 years, 5
months, 21 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. She was the daughter of Grover C. Rendleman. She left her parents, sisters, and brother.
Lena Shipley died 9 Jan 1919, in Los Angeles, Calif., of influenza, aged 37 years. She eas the daughter
of Aaron Rauch, formerly of Anna.
31 Jan 1919:
Mrs. Ernest McNew died 23 Jan 1919, at home in Centralia, of tuberculosis, aged 25 years, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. She left two daughters, one son, and her husband.
Martin Bean died last week at Cypress, Johnson County. He was the brother-in-law of Mrs. Effie
Wilhelm, of Anna.
John W. Campbell died 28 Oct 1918. His widow, of Denver, Colo., was a sister of Mrs. A. J.
Dougherty, of Anna.
Mary E. Toler died 28 Jan 1919, of pneumonia following influenza, aged 30 years. She was the wife of
Dock H. Toler, of Mount Pleasant.
Hazel Amanda Toler died 28 Jan 1919, aged 8 years. She died the same day as her mother, Mary E.
7 Feb 1919:
Sarah M. Stokes died last Thursday (30 Jan 1919) and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Relatives included
John W. Grear, of West Frankfort; J. R. Hogue, of Ely, Nev., uncle; Harry Stokes, of Chicago, uncle; Fred Hunsaker, of St. Louis, cousin.
William Richards died in France after the armistice was signed, of pneumonia following influenza. He
was from Murphysboro, Jackson County, and was with the Headquarters Company band stationed in Anna last summer.
Katherine Magdalena (Drexler) Kron died 6 Feb 1919, at the home on South Main Street, Jonesboro,
aged 73 years, 3 months, 27 days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery. She was born 9 Nov 1845, in Schorndorf, Germany, the oldest daughter of J. G. and R. M. Drexler. She was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She came to America when young with her parents. She married in 1881 at Murphysboro, Jackson County, George Kron. They lived in Murphysboro until 1896, when the moved to Jonesboro. She left three sisters, Louise D. Seeger, Mrs. J. F. Krauss, and Lydia Drexler; one brother, William G. Drexler; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Rosa Drexler; eight nephews and two nieces. (See also 14 Feb 1919, issue.)
14 Feb 1919:
Michael Neilon died at 208th S. Third St., St. Louis. He had a deposit in the bank in Anna and a deed to a
Mildred Goyer died 13 Jan 1919, in Memphis, Tenn. She left a 1/6 interest in an estate worth $60,000.
Her heir was Edward August Goyer, who married on 28 Jun 1874, in Xenia, Ill., Minnie Ella Charles, the daughter of a Methodist preacher in Jonesboro named Campbell. Edward deserted Minnie 26 years ago and she is living at 234 Klem St., St. Louis. He was living at 1447 N. Broadway, St. Louis. Minnie sued him for a part of his inheritance. Wesley Goyer, the father of Edward A. Goyer, was a business man in Memphis before the Civil War. He was the son of Dr. John J. Goyer, who lived in Jonesboro 35 years ago. Minnie was a friend of Dr. Goyer’s daughter, Mrs. Maggie (Goyer) Hunsaker, now an inmate at the Odd Fellows Home at Mattoon.
Mattheis Duschl died 7 Feb 1919, on his 78th birthday, and was buried in Kollehner Cemetery. His
funeral was in the church at Kornthal. He was born 7 Feb 1841, in Swanen Stadt, Upper Austria. He sailed for America on 12 Sep 1853, arrived at New Orleans on 10 Nov 1853, arrived at Willard’s Landing 15 Nov 1853, and came to Jonesboro. His parents lived north of Jonesboro for three months on the place now owned by Judge D. W. Karraker. They then moved two and a half miles south of Jonesboro. He married on 31 Oct 1876, Josephine Reischauer, who died 5 Sep 1898. He suffered a stroke 11 Apr 1915, and a more severe one in the fall of 1915. He had another stroke on 31 Jan 1918. He left six children, Mrs. O. J. Kirschner, of Moorcroft, Wyo.; John E. Duschl, of Olmsted, Pulaski County; Rudolph G. Duschl, in France; and Ernest S. Duschl; Joseph M. Duschl, discharged last month from Fort Niagra, N.Y.; and Frederick L. Duschl, discharged last month from Camp Forrest, Ga., now at home; one sister, Mrs. Adam Bernhard, of Jonesboro; two brothers, J. M. Duschl, of Lexington, Ark., and J. E. Duschl, of Mapleton, Iowa. Three of his sons served in the service during World War I. (See also 7 Feb 1919, and 11 Apr 1919, issues.)
Louisa Kiser died 4 Feb 1919, in Jefferson City, Mo., and was buried in Jefferson City. She was the
daughter of Will Kiser and used to lived in Anna.
Emma Lurie Norris died 9 Feb 1919, at home on High Street, Anna, aged 2 years, 7 months, 20 days, and
was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the daughter of Luther Norris.
21 Feb 1919:
James N. Sanders died Wednesday (19 Feb 1919) at Marion, Williamson County, aged 80 years. He
used to live in Jonesboro. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Lydia E. Sanders, of Jonesboro.
Will Grammer died at home near Pomona, Jackson County, of influenza. His family locked the house
and fled to the home of a neighbor. When the undertaker forced the door open, the body was found sitting erect in a chair.
Sidney B. Miller died last Sunday (16 Feb 1919). He lived in Cairo, Alexander County.
T. J. Sloo died last Sunday (16 Feb 1919) after he was struck by a street car in Cairo, Alexander County,
aged 73 years. The morning of his death he remarked, “What a pity Sidney Miller has to die, while I am left.”
John Jefferson DeWester died 17 Feb 1919, of pneumonia following influenza, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He was born 19 Sep 1902, the son of Fred DeWester. His mother and four siblings are also ill.
Dennis Hankla died 10 Feb 1919, of influenza, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born 26 Dec
1897, the son of Lee Hankla. He was baptized five years ago and joined Bethel Baptist Church. He taught school one term. He married on 2 Jul 1918, Lois M. Powell and moved to Anna. He was a clerk in Dickinson’s hardware store and then moved back to the farm where he was born. He left his parents and one brother.
28 Feb 1919:
Mrs. L. Elkins died 20 Feb 1919, at Ware, aged 32 years, 15 days, and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. She left a husband and six children ages 14 years to 8 days, a mother, and three sisters.
Bessie (Crowell) Kelley died 5 Feb 1919, aged 16 years, 6 months, 1 day. She was born 24 Aug 1902,
the daughter of Allen Crowell. She was baptized at age 11 and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Barney Kelley. She left a mother, five sisters, and two brothers.
Mrs. Fred Bigler and two of her children died within a few hours of influenza. They lived between Anna
G. W. Simpson died Wednesday (26 Feb 1918) of tuberculosis, aged 58 years, and was buried in Casper
Cemetery. He left a family in the south part of Jonesboro.
7 Mar 1919:
Mrs. George W. Hall died and was buried Sunday (2 Mar 1919) in Frick Cemetery west of Jonesboro.
She lived in Anna.
Four members of the Jacob Miller family died recently of influenza. They lived near Pomona, Jackson
County, and were all buried at the same time.
14 Mar 1919:
Daughter of John Musselman died Saturday (8 Mar 1919) of pneumonia following influenza, aged 2
years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Martha Dale died Sunday (9 Mar 1919) at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Ward, of influenza,
aged 34 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Monroe Carroll Crawford died 9 Mar 1919. He was born 26 May 1835, at Crawford’s Prairie, Franklin County, the son of John and Elizabeth
(Randolph) Crawford. They moved to North Carolina then then to Tennessee and settled at Crawford’s Prairie in Franklin County in 1841. His parents were married in 1830. His father was born in Virginia. His mother was born in Murfreesboro., Tenn., and was from the celebrated Randolph family of Virignia. She died in 1841. Monroe became a member of the family of Col. Tilman R. Cantrell, the husband of a relative, when he was apprenticed to learn farming on 7 Mar 1844. He paid Cantrell several hunded dollars to get out of the apprenticeship. He began teaching school at age 16 in Jefferson County, where Waltonville is now. He went to McKendree College and began studying law with William J. Parrish at Benton. He became a lawyer before age 18. He attended law school at the University of Kentucky in Louisville. He opened a law office at Benton in May 1854 when 19. He was elected state’s attorney in 1856 and 1860. He married on 1 Nov 1858, Sarah Illinois Wilbanks. They moved to Jonesboro on 24 Mar 1859, living in the brick house on South Main, now owned by Mrs. Ida Kroge. He enlisted at Camp Anna in August 1862 in 110th regiment, of which he was elected lieutenant colonel. His leg was injured when his horse fell on the last day of Stone’s River Battle near Murfreesboro, Tenn. He resigned because of disability in May 1863. He was elected circuit judge in 1867 and 1873. In 1886 he was electec county judge and re-elected seven times. He was mayor of Jonesboro for four terms and president of the board of education. He was elected grand master of the Illinois Masons in 1892. Two of his sons died a few hours apart while he was in the army and two other sons, Robert N. Crawford and Stanley A. Crawford, died in manhood. His wife died 15 Sep 1905. He left a daughter, Mary Crawford, and three sons, John C. Crawford, postmaster in Jonesboro, Charles C. Crawford, and George W. Crawford, both attorneys in Jonesboro. He also left one brother, N. B. Crawford, of Eureka, Ill., and three granddaughters, Martha Crawford and Mary Crawford, daughters of Charles C. Crawford, and Margaret Louis Crawford, daughter of George W. Crawford. (See also 6 Dec 1918, issue.)
21 Mar 1919:
Nat Frizzell died 11 Mar 1919, at home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., aged 73 years. He was a civil engineer
and surveyed the Mississippi Bottoms. He was a cousin of Alvin Cook and Z. T. Cook, of Jonesboro.
John Leech Coats died 18 Mar 1919, at Anna State Hospital and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He had
lived in Anna the last 45 years. He left three children.
28 Mar 1919:
Mattie Wanda Dillow died Monday (24 Mar 1919) of diphtheria, aged 11 years, 5 months, 25 days, and
was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. She was the daughter of James Dillow.
John M. Rapp died last Saturday (22 Mar 1919) in a St. Louis hospital, aged 56 years. He was editor of
the Fairfield Record and was internal revenue collector for this district.
Mrs. B. L. Lovett died last Saturday (22 Mar 1919) at home in St. Louis. She used to live in Johnson
County and also lived south of Jonesboro. Her husband was a brother of Mrs. Henry Williford, of Jonesboro. She left several children.
Lillean Allean Smith died at St. Luke’s Hospital, 5514 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, an hour after being
struck by an automobile in front of the hospital, aged 6 years, 10 months, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her mother, Myrtle Smith, and Mrs. Lillian Knight, were also slightly injured. Six years ago her brother was kicked by a horse in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and died. She was the granddaughter of Nathaniel Gregory, of Jonesboro.
4 Apr 1919:
Mary Ottmar died Tuesday (18 Mar 1919), aged 66 years, and was buried in Union Cemetery in Iowa
Falls, Iowa. She was born 14 Sep 1844, in Austria, and came to America at age 7. She married in 1861 at La Porte, Ind., John Ottmar. They had two sons, Fred Ottmar and John Ottmar. Her husband was killed in battle during the Civil War. She married in 1869 Jacob Ottmar, a brother of her first husband. They had two children, one died in infancy and Laura wife of M. O. Larkin, of Iowa Falls, Iowa. They moved to Jonesboro about 1870 and lived in the east side and had a store. About 1880 they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1884 she moved to Iowa Falls, Iowa, where her husband had a store.
11 Apr 1919:
Emma (Nimmo) Alexander died 7 Apr 1919, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She was born 2 May 1853, in
Jonesboro, the oldest daughter of Col. A. J. Nimmo. She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in her girlhood. She married on 24 Dec 1873, John S. Alexander. They had nine children, of whom six were living, and one adopted child. She moved to Idaho years ago. She left three daughters, Mrs. J. G. Schultz, of Laclede, Idaho, Mrs. Helen Fuller, of Couer d’Alene, Idaho, and Mrs. H. H. Walker, of Jonesboro; and three sons, Will Alexander and George Alexander, of Couer d’Alene, Idaho, and John Alexander, of Bruce, Canada.
Judge W. W. Barr died last Monday (7 Apr 1919) at home in Carbondale, Jackson County. He was born
8 May 1845, in Pennsyvlania. He moved to Benton, Franklin County, when a young man.
William S. Lence died Thursday last week (3 Apr 1919) at home near Anna, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He was born 16 Jan 1864. He left a family.
18 Apr 1919:
John H. Fields died Tuesday (15 Apr 1919) at the grain house at Mill Creek, ot tuberculosis, aged about
55 years. He was found dead in his chair. He lived at Mill Creek several months. He left a sister at Salem, Ill.
25 Apr 1919:
Pearl R. Grear died 17 Apr 1919, of influenza, at the home of D. S. Coomes, aged 30 years, 7 months, 26
days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She has been an invalid for years. She was the daughter of Riley Grear, of the bottoms.
Dennis L. Kirby died of disease in France. His body was being shipped to the United States and was to
be buried at Marion, Williamson County. His widow was Fannie Kirby.
Christian Blessing died 21 Apr 1919, at the home of his son-in-law, Calvin Dillow, aged 85 years, 9
months, 27 days, and was buried in Casper Cemetery. He was born in Germany and came to America with his parents when 18 years old, locating near Cobden. He left two daughters and one son.
2 May 1919:
Charles Dillow died 7 Jan 1919, in France. He was a member of the 12th Engineers. He was the son of
Mrs. Julia J. Dillow.
Mrs. Julia J. Dillow died 7 Jan 1919, the same day as her son. She lived at Dongola.
Dr. M. L. Winstead died at Anna State Hospital. His funeral was Tuesday (29 Apr 1919) at Wetaug,
Sarah Ann Roberts was recently murdered at Anna State Hospital by Bernard Fraganza. They were
both patients. He was transferred to the institute for the criminally insane at Chester, Randolph County.
H. A. Scrogin died last Saturday (26 Apr 1919) in Bloomington. Two of his sons also died recently. He
was the Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge.
9 May 1919:
Amzi T. Thompson died 5 May 1919. He was born 14 Dec 1845, and lived in Anna many years.
Herman J. Jean died 6 May 1919, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the Methodist
Episcopal church. He was born 16 Jun 1873. He left a widow, a son, a daughter, and three sisters.
23 May 1919:
Roy Larkin Toler died 9 May 1919, at home near Goreville, Johnson County, aged 75 years. He was
born in Union County and was a Baptist preacher. He is said to have officiated at more funerals than any other preacher in southern Illinois. He left three daughters and two sons. W. L. Toler, of Mounds, Pulaski County, was a son and former superintendent of Jonesboro schools.
Mrs. R. R. Townes died 16 May 1919, at home in Huntsville, Ala., and was buried in Athens, Ala. She
was the widow of Col. R. R. Townes, formerly of Union County. They moved to Alabama in the early 1880s.
John N. Firestone died 17 May 1919, at Jackson, Mo., of heart failure, and was buried at Jackson, Mo.
He did not return for supper after going to put his cow in the pasture. He was born 28 Jan 1882, in Anna, the oldest son of A. A. Firestone, of Jackson, Mo. He used to be employed at Jonesboro electric light plant when his father was the manager. They moved to Jackson to take chanrge of the light plant there. He left a widow, two sons, two sisters, five sisters, Carrie Perry, of Brownville, Tenn., Onie Dollar, of Lincoln, Neb., Mary Firestone, of Ossawatomie, Kan., Addie Firestone, and Susie Firestone, of home; and one brother, Tonie Firestone, of home.
30 May 1919:
Sarah A. (McKinney) Sides died Saturday (24 May 1919) at home in Wolf Lake, aged 71 years, 2
months, 17 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery beside her husband who died a few years ago. She was born 7 Mar 1848, in Stoddard Co., Mo. She married on 8 Feb 1875, Lorenzo D. Sides. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Wolf Lake and Rebekah Lodge No. 778. Her two sons died in infancy. She left four daughters, Mrs. Ida L. Hamilton, of Wolf Lake, Louise Adeline Abernathie, of Fornfelt, Mo., Mrs. Charles H. Cruse, of Illmo, Mo., and Mrs. A. E. Markert, of Wolf Lake; and two stepchildren, Mrs. Robert McMahon and Walter A. Sides, of Wolf Lake.
Gertrude Mary Jensen died 26 May 1919, at home in Jonesboro, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Her funeral was at First Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was a member. She was found dead in her chair. She was born 23 Aug 1835, in Denmark. She married Soren C. Jensen. They came to America in 1871 and located in Racine, Wis. They later moved to Nebraska and came to Jonesboro 25 years ago. They lived on a farm west of Jonesboro and bought a home on the west side of Jonesboro where she died. She left her husband, three sons, Andrew Jensen, of Minatare, Neb., P. C. Jensen, of Powderville, Mont., and John S. Jensen, of Springfield, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Mary M. McCloughan, of Springfield, and Mrs. Anna Byrd, of Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
6 Jun 1919:
Alice (Clutts) Gearhart died 28 May 1919, at home in Anna, aged 60 years, 6 months, 19 days.
John Howenstein died 29 May 1919. His funeral was at St. Joseph’s Church in Cobden. He was the son
of Charles Howenstein. He married on 25 May 1904, Ella Watkins, who died 28 Oct 1918. He used to live near Anna, but two years ago moved to East St. Louis, St. Clair County. He then moved to St. Louis and engaged in a restaurant business. He left five children, six brothers, and four sisters.
Mary (Hunsaker) White died 19 May 1919, at the home of her son, Samuel White, two miles north of
Madison, Mo., aged over 103 years, and was buried in Madison Cemetery. She was born 25 Feb 1816, in Jonesboro, and reared on the farm one half mile north of Jonesboro, where D. H. Rendleman resides. She was a member of the Dunkard Church for over 50 years. She married in 1836 Samuel White, who died in 1863. He was a brother of the late Mrs. John E. Naill. She moved to Missouri when 23 years old and settled in Knox County. She then moved to Monroe County in 1883. She had 10 children, of whom seven were living. She left six sons, Andy J. White, of Plattsburg, Mo., George White, of Labelle, Mo., B. A. White, of Knox City, Mo., Joe White, of Oklahoma, Samuel White and John White of near Madison; and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Glich, of Moberly, Mo.; 55 grandchildren; and 123 great-grandchildren. She was the granddaughter of Mrs. Riley Smith, of Jacksonville, and the aunt of D. H. Rendleman and Mrs. J. E. Braddy, of Jonesboro. She was also distantly related to Thomas Rixleben, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. H. M. Spann, of Anna. (See also 15 Nov 1918, and 21 Feb 1919, issues.)
Rebecca J. Babcock died 31 May 1919, at home in Anna, of cancer, aged 88 years, 5 months, 15 days.
Her funeral was at the Presbyterian church. She was born in Pennsylvania and married in 1861 at Carbondale, Jackson County, the late E. Babcock. She left a son, H. C. Babcock, of Memphis, Tenn., and five grandchildren.
Fredonia (Watson) Mullins died 1 Jun 1919, at home in Anna, of cancer, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. She was born in June 1870 in Williamson County, the daughter of John and Marnad Watson. She came to Anna 25 years ago and married on 24 Nov 1893, Thomas R. Mullins, who died a few months ago. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She left one sister, Mrs. Sarah Lence, of Chicago.
13 Jun 1919:
Mary E. (Doyle) Hess died 5 Jun 1919, at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was
born 18 Dec 1859, in Cairo, Alexander County, the daughter of Hugh Doyle. She left a husband, Joseph Hess, two sons, four daughters, and 16 grandchildren.
20 Jun 1919:
Robert Lee Misenhimer was killed by lightning Monday (16 Jun 1920) just a few paces from the rear
door of his house at Reynoldsville, aged 11 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was the son of Henry A. Misenhimer.
Mrs. Jennie Mitchell died Tuesday (17 Jun 1919) at the home of her mother, Mrs. John Richardson,
aged 50 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Jacob Kendall was killed by lightning Tuesday, aged nearly 67 years. He lived eight miles northeast of
Cobden and was plowing before he went under a tree for protection during a storm. His body was found when his wife became alarmed that he had not returned home. About 35 years ago he was plowing in a field with Dr. S. M. Hock when a storm hit. Hock warned him not to take shelter under a tree and a few seconds later lighting struck the tree, which was only 600 yeards from the tree where Kendall was killed. He left a widow and a daughter, Mrs. Emma McGuire, of St. Louis.
4 Jul 1919:
Lillie Simmons died 28 Jun 1919, of tuberculosis at home in the south part of Jonesboro, and was buried
in Casper Cemetery.
Mildred Walton committed suicide last Friday (27 Jun 1919) by swallowing chloroform in her room at
home in Anna, aged 27 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the oldest daughter of James K. Walton and suffered from depression. She left her parents; one brother, James K. Walton, Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas; and one sister, Ellen Walton.
Carl Rendleman was struck by an automobile and killed Thursday (3 Jul 1919) on East Davie Street,
aged 8 years. He was the son of Harry Rendleman. He was trundling a hoop in the road and dodged a car and sprang in front of one driven by E. G. Britten, of Mounds, Pulaski County.
11 Jul 1919:
Helen Pauline Eudy died Wednesday (9 Jul 1919), aged 15 months, and was buried in Lindsey Cemetery.
She was the daughter of Everett Eudy, of McClure, Alexander County.
Charles M. Flannigan died Saturday (4 Jul 1919) at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, Alexander County,
aged about 55 years, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. He had lived in Cobden for years and was a church member and member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias lodges. He left a widow and two grown sons. He was shot by Ernest Smith, aged 21 years. He stepped in Flannigan’s barber shop and said, “You have been telling lies on me,” and shot him with a 38 caliber revolver, while Flannigan was shaving a man. Smith was caught and taken to jail where he claimed to be insane. He committed suicide there six weeks later (22 Aug 1919, issue).
Mrs. L. A. Cates died Tuesday (8 Jul 1919) at home in Independence, Ore, and was buried at
Independence, Ore. She was born near Anna and was the daughter of A. M. Henley, of Herrin, Williamson County. She was a sister of Charles Henley, of Anna, and of Mrs. Charles Lintner, of Herrin.
Arthur Allen Hill died last Sunday (6 Jul 1919) at the home of his uncle, George A. Hill, in Anna, aged 1
year, 10 months, 25 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was the son of O. P. Hill, of Coffeyville, Kan., and was here for a visit. His funeral was at First Baptist Church in Anna.
Cleo Mills died at home in Anna of cholera infantum, aged 1 year, 8 months, 5 days, and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. He was the son of Hank Mills. His funeral was at the home of his grandfather, Charles Mills.
18 Jul 1919:
Agnes (Modglin) Reynolds was struck by a freight train and killed Monday (14 Jul 1919) at the Iron
Mountain Railroad crossing one and a fourth miles below Reynoldsville, aged 24 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her three children were with her, as was Mrs. Webb Keller, another woman, and one or two other children. Her youngest child, aged 16 months, was seriously injured. She was the daughter of Mrs. Lizzie Modglin, of the bottoms north of Reynoldsville. She left a husband, John Reynolds, the youngest son of W. R. S. Reynolds.
Edna Asbury died 9 Jul 1919, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. Her funeral was at Alto Pass
Baptist Church. She was born 24 Aug 1848, and was reared near Alto Pass. She joined Limestone Church at age 17. She was a charter member of the Baptist church in Alto Pass. She married on 10 Jan 1869, Charles M. Asbury. They had three children, Mrs. Ella Collins, Mrs. Ava James, and Mrs. Nettie Culp, who died 30 May 1896. She left her husband, two daughters, and one brother, Willis Dilday.
Joseph Horner died 15 Jul 1919, in Anna, aged 78 years, 1 month, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
His funeral was at First Baptist Church. (See also 25 Jul 1919, issue.)
William Floyd Hall died Friday (11 Jul 1919) of heart disease, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He
was a painter east of Anna and was found dead Saturday (12 Jul 1919). His funeral was at First Baptist Church in Anna. He was born in 1856.
1 Aug 1919:
Geneva M. Cerney died, aged 15 years, and was buried in Keller Cemetery near Bethel. Her funeral was
at the Baptist church. She was the daughter of Aloysias Cerney, of Coffeyville, Kan. Her body was sent to Anna to the home of her uncle, Robert Cerney, on North Green Street in Anna.
Raymond Troy Gurley died 26 Jul 1919, at home in Carbondale, Jackson County, and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at First Baptist Church. He was the infant son of R. H. Gurley.
Myra Mowery died and her funeral was in Anna.
Rebecca Finch died 23 Jul 1919, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Anderson, at The Dalles, Ore.,
and was buried at Kirksville, Mo. She was born 21 Oct 1842, in Petersburg, Ill., the daughter of Nathan Dresser, the first postmaster and express agent in Anna. She married on 29 Mar 1863, E. A. Finch. He was a clerk at Anna State Hospital for 15 years and died and was buried in Anna Cemetery in 1902. She left five sons and three daughters. E. C. Finch, of Anna, was a son.
8 Aug 1919:
Alma E. Phillips died 2 Aug 1919, at Reynoldsville, aged 10 months, 6 days, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. She was the daughter of Yuel Phillips and a granddaughter of W. R. S. Reynolds. She also left a brother, William Lee Phillips.
Ada L. Misenhimer died 5 Aug 1919, of typhoid fever at Reynoldsville, aged 14 years, 4 months, 5 days,
and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was the daughter of Henry Misenhimer. A few weeks ago her brother was killed by lightning.
15 Aug 1919:
Martha J. (Rinehart) Poole died 9 Aug 1919, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George J. Jenkins, four
miles south of Jonesboro, of heart failure, aged 67 years, 16 days, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. Her funeral was at St. John’s Church. She was born in Union County and was the widow of Ed Poole. She left two sons, Dr. W. E. Poole, of Kirkwood, Mo., and Ernest Poole, of Fort Stevens, Ore.; five daughters, Mrs. A. W. Lawrence, of Tamms, Alexander County, Mrs. E. A.
Keller, Mrs. George J. Jenkins, of Jonesboro, Mrs. E. C. Dillow, of St. Louis, and Mrs. J. J. Waltman, of Nokomis, Ill; and 10 grandchildren.
Anna C. Curtis died 10 Aug 1919, at Cortland, Ill., and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her body
was sent to the home of James Norris in Anna. Her funeral was at Salem Lutheran Church. She was born 20 Feb 1852, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Daniel S. and Cornelia (Flagler) Davie. She married on 22 Feb 1894, Charles R. Curtis, who died in Septebmer 1870 in Jonesboro. She had six children. She left two sons, C. H. Curtis, of Shreveport, La., and Truman Curtis, of Aurora; two daughters, Nellie D. Curtis and Mrs. Anna O. Harrell, both of Wheaton; her father and stepmother; three sisters, Mrs. James Norris, of Anna, Mrs. Nellie Hallam, of Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. T. W. Hughen, of Port Arthur, Texas; one brother, Samuel F. Davie, of Jonesboro; three half sisters, Mrs. Bruce Parmelee, of Springfield, Idaho, Mrs. E. E. Sims, of Mona, Wyo., and Elnora K. Davie, of Jonesboro; and two half brothers, James W. Davie, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Dr. Joe Davie, of St. Louis. She was a relative of F. P. Grear, of Columbus, Ky.
22 Aug 1919:
W. H. Gillian died the first of the week. He was the editor of the Vienna Times and postmaster in
Vienna, Johnson County, under a Republican administration.
Ernest Smith committed suicide Thursday last week (14 Aug 1919) by hanging himself in his jail cell in
Jonesboro, aged 21 years, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. He was the son of George C. Smith, of west of Cobden. He was in jail for killing Charles B. Flannigan at Cobden.
George Francis Emmons died Wednesday last week (13 Aug 1919) at the home of his grandmother, Mrs.
Nancy Johnson, aged 15 months.
29 Aug 1919:
Mrs. Martha Tolbert died last Saturday (23 Aug 1919) at home in Anna, aged 59 years.
James A. Dillow committed suicide last Friday (22 Aug 1919) by taking carbolic acid, aged 56 years. He
was a farmer near Dongola and left a note for his wife giving his ill health as the reason.
C. Jerome Sitter was killed instantly 21 Aug 1919, when he jumped from a moving train at Alliance,
Neb. He lived east of Anna and had gone to visit his sister in Oregon. He was born 20 Aug 1851, in Union County. He left one son, Charles Sitter, who brought the body back to Union County, three daughters, and three brothers.
5 Sep 1919:
Louie E. Lingle died Wednesday (3 Sep 1919), aged 23 years. He tried to steal a ride on a freight train to
his home in Cobden and was knocked off the train by a stand pipe north of Anna depot. He returned from two years in the service less than two months ago.
William L. Wiggins died 2 Sep 1919, at home of general nervous breakdown, and was buried in
Jonesboro Cemetery. He was born 23 Sep 1861, in Smith Point, Mo. He married in 1892 in Jonesboro Sadie Hacker. He was a member of Jonesboro Masonic lodge for 30 years and was a member of Egyptian Chapter R. A. M. He lived in Anna 27 years and was storekeeper at Anna State Hospital four years. He served as an alderman in Anna. He left a widow; five children, Mrs. Charlotte DeYoung, Kelley Wiggins, Henry Wiggins, Mary Wiggins, and Calvin Wiggins; one brother, Thomas Wiggins, of Jonesboro; one half brother, Cluster Wiggins; and one half sister, Juanita Treece.
3 Oct 1919:
Jesse H. Leird died and his funeral was Tuesday (30 Sep 1919) in Anna.
10 Oct 1919:
Townsend Dodd was killed 5 Oct 1919, in a plane leaving Bustleton Field near Philadelphia, Pa. He was
the second or third officer to be commissioned an aviator. He worked with the Wright brothers in their early experiments. He was the son of the late Taylor Dodd, who was a Union County lawyer, and Ruth L. Dodd, of Aurora. He was reared in Anna.
Margaret Marie Hock died 30 Sep 1919, at the home of her father, Charles W. Hock, six miles east of
Anna, aged 2 years, 3 months, 12 days, and was buried in Camp Ground Cemetery.
17 Oct 1919:
Gladys Harris died Tuesday last week (7 Oct 1919), aged 11 years, and was buried in Bethel Cemetery.
She was the daughter of G. W. Harris, of Jonesboro.
Pheba Booth died 9 Oct 1919, at the home of her son-in-law, E. Settlemoir, in Anna, aged 70 years, 9
months, 24 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at United Evangelical Church in Anna. She lived in Anna many years. She left one daughter, Mrs. Will Nance, of Anna; one son, John Booth, a telegraph operator in Memphis, Tenn.; and a number of grandchildren.
24 Oct 1919:
Matt Anderson died about a year ago in Piggott, Ark. He went to Arkansas from Jonesboro 30 years or
31 Oct 1919:
Frances Cornelia (Rendleman) Braddy died 28 Oct 1919, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her
funeral was at Salem Lutheran Church where she was a member. She was born 12 Nov 1852, on the old D. H. Rendleman farm north of Jonesboro, the younges daughter of 12 children. She married in 1874 Jacob E. Braddy. She left a husband, one son, B. A. Braddy; one daughter, Mrs. J. F. Scott; four granddaughters; three grandsons; two brothers, Moses Rendleman, of Jackson County, and D. H. Rendleman, of Jonesboro.
Infant daughter of James Choat died when she fell from her bed in West Frankfort, Franklin County, and
was buried Monday (27 Oct 1919) in Anna Cemetery.
7 Nov 1919:
John F. Williams died at home in Anna, aged 63 years, 8 months, 10 days, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He left a widow and eight children. W. E. Williams, of Sherwood, N.D., was a son. (See also 21 Nov 1919, issue.)
Luther D. Anderson died at home in Anna of stroke of apoplexy, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. his
funeral was at First Baptist Church. He left a widow and five children.
Constance (Rinehart) Dillow died Monday (3 Nov 1919) at home on Green Street in Anna, of
consumption, aged 19 years, 3 months, 8 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the wife of Frank Dillow.
Grover C. Oxford died Saturday (1 Oct 1919) at Hale Sanitarium in Anna of tuberculosis, and was buried
in Murphysboro, Jackson County. He lived on High Street in Anna, where he moved from. Murphysboro several years ago. He worked as a bookkeeper and stenographer for Illinois Kaolin Company. A few months ago he went to Arizona and returned home last week. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and county chairman for the American Red Cross. He left a widow and a son.
14 Nov 1919:
Robert Perry Fox died 10 Nov 1919, at the home of his son, Henry Fox, in Kaolin, of blood poisoning
after stepping on a nail three weeks ago, aged 74 years, 9 months, and was buried at the cemetery near Walnut Grove Methodist Episcopal Church. His funeral was at Walnut Grove Church. He was born 10 Feb 1845, in Tennessee. He left Tennessee in his childhood and settled in Union County. He married in 1869 Rebecca Carter. He had two sons and three daughters. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church 15 years ago. He left a widow, one son, one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Hall, of Finley, Tenn., and 16 grandchildren.
Reason Andrew Littlejohn died 7 Nov 1919, at home in Jonesboro of consumption, aged 71 years, 9
months, 13 days, and was buried at Villa Ridge, Pulaski County. He was born 24 Jan 1848, in Kentucky, the son of Daniel and Cynthia Littlejohn. He married on 7 Sep 1873, Margaret Kimber.
He had three sons, of whom Larry Littlejohn and George Littlejohn were deceased. He left a widow, one son, Morris Littlejohn, of Chicago; and one sister, Mrs. Mollie Graves, of Villa Ridge.
Daniel S. Davie died 8 Nov 1919, at home in Jonesboro, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was
born 5 Oct 1827, in Jonesboro, the oldest son of 10 children of Winstead and Anna (Willard) Davie. He was a grandson of Nancy Willard and a nephew of Willis Willard. He attended Shurtleff College at Alton, but left at age 17, fearing he had tuberculosis. He was in the mill and store business at Anna and Cobden and at New Haven, Mo. He bought a farm west of Jonesboro 35 years ago. He married in 1851 in New York City, Cornelia E. Flagler, who died in 1866. Their surviving children were Samuel F. Davie, of Jonesboro, Mrs. James Norris, of Anna, Mrs. Cornelia E. Hallam, of Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. T. W. Hughen, of Port Arthur, Texas. He married in 1868 in Jonesboro, Julia A. Pickel. Their surviving children were James W. Davie, construction engineer in Philadelphia, Dr. Joseph Davie, physician in St. Louis, Elnora K. Davie, of Jonesboro, Mrs. Bruce M. Parmelee, of Springfield, Idaho, and Mrs. E. E. Sims, of Mona, Wyo.; two sisters, Mrs. Emily Wiley and Mrs. Nancy Brown, both of Anna; 21 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. His six nephews were his pallbearers.
21 Nov 1919:
Ralph Kraatz committed suicide last Sunday (16 Nov 1919) by shooting the top of his head off with a
shot gun at Ullin. He was a brother-in-law of John A. Worthington, of Anna.
28 Nov 1919:
Frank H. Whipple died, aged 83 years. He lived in Waltham, Ill., and served in the 11th Volunteer
Infantry during the Civil War. He was shot in the forehead at the Battle of Liverpool Heights.
William Hooper died Monday (24 Nov 1919), aged 46 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. he
lived west of the Baptist church in Jonesboro and was unable to walk because of rheumatism.
Ella A. Kerr died 20 Nov 1919, at the home of John Kerr in Jonesboro, of tuberculosis, aged 31 years,
23 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She joined the Baptist Church in 1912 and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She left a husband, Rolla M. Kerr; a father, mother, three brothers, and six sisters.
5 Dec 1919:
Willis Brown died 1 Dec 1919, aged 57 years, 9 months, 15 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
He was born and reared west of Jonesboro. A few years ago he moved to town. He left a family.
Silas R. Green died last week at home in Cobden, aged 82 years, and was buried Saturday (29 Nov 1919)
in Cobden Cemetery. His grandfather gave his name to Green’s Old Ferry on the Mississippi River 10 miles west of Jonesboro, where he settled in 1805. It later became Willard’s Landing. He was the son of David Green, who established a store at Green’s Crossing south of Cobden, which he later moved to town. His father died in 1877. He married Belle Crowell. His second wife was Mrs. Esther Misenhimer, a sister of his first wife, and a daughter of Charles Crowell, of Jonesboro. He left a widow and a son, Roy Green.
19 Dec 1919:
Michael G. Crowell died Tuesday (16 Dec 1919) at home southwest of Jonesboro, aged 83 years, and
was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He left a widow and several daughters. Mrs. Charles Rixleben, of Jonesboro, was his daughter. He had several brothers, only one, A. H. Crowell, of Quincy, Adams County, survives.
William J. Corzine died last Saturday (13 Dec 1919) at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
He was born 9 Oct 1861, near Dongola. He moved to Anna in 1893 and was associated with George Liller in a bakery and grocery business. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Modern Woodman of the World. He was elected last spring to the Anna city council. He left a widow, three sons, Harry Corzine and Fred Corzine, of Anna, and Jesse L. Corzine, of Carbondale, Jackson County; and one daughter, Tessie Corzine, of Anna. He was a brother of Mrs. Emma McCormick and Mrs. Charles Ford, of Herrin, Williamson County.
26 Dec 1919:
Fred W. Metzger died at home in Dallas, Texas, aged 62 years. He left Jonesboro 20 years ago and had a
painting and paper hanging business in Dallas. He was a brother of Mrs. Joseph Bauer, Mrs. Valentine Duerckheimer and Mrs. Peter Duerckheimer.
An uncle of Mrs. Charles V. Powell was buried Wednesday (24 Dec 1919) in Murphysboro, Jackson
Hank Dyer drowned last Thursday (18 Dec 1919) at Thebes, Alexander County, aged 16 years. He was
the son of Samuel Dyer and broke through the ice on a pond while ice skating.