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    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Thursday, January 17, 1907 The annual report of the Jefferson County inmates at Anna Hospital, as received by County Clerk PHILLIPS, is here given. The condition first following the name is the physical, the second the mental condition. Barbara RANGE, fair, stat'y Mary A. PIPER, good, stat'y Jane DIAL, good, stat'y George COOK, good, stat'y Mary J. AIKEN, good, stat'y Minerva P. WILSON, good, stat'y Morton L. MAYFIELD, good, stat'y Mary E. JARRELL, good, stat'y Victor ELLWANGER, good, stat'y Feriba Jane BLACK, fair, stat'y John COPPLE, good, stat'y Lily May ARBUCKLE, good, improved Maggie GRACZEK, good, stat'y Susan M. JOHNSON, good, stat'y John N. B. DAVID, good, stat'y Mary A. RUSSELL, good, stat'y Josephine COVINGTON, good, stat'y Joseph DUCHWALD, good, stat'y Hattie WIGGINS, good, stat'y Loven SMITH, good, stat'y Lizzie PATE, fair, stat'y Chas. McKENZIE, good, stat'y David L. ADAMS, good, stat'y John R. GARDNER, good, improved Albert McLAUGHLIN, good, stat'y Benjamin BUSH, good, stat'y Luther N. WAITE, good, improved Frank BETTEJESKI, good, stat'y Affy R. DARE, good, stat'y James I. BLACKLEDGE, fair, stat'y Ella ALLEN, good, improved Chas. S. SNOW, fair, stat'y Harry J. PADGETT, good, stat'y Emma COLLINS, fair, improved Julia M. HILL, good, improved Louisa M. JOHNSON, good,improved Reiney SCRIVNER, good, umimporved Chloe I. K. SCARBOROUGH, fair, improved Emma J. GUYMAN, good, improved Geo. W. GREGORY, fair, improved Willis PIPER, good, improved Thos. D. STARKEY, good, improved Mary E. COPPLE, fair, improved Francis R. SMITH, good, stat'y Rosa W. HARVEY, good, improved Catherine JONES, fair, improved
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL Saturday, August 31, 1907 Miss Stella McFATRIDGE, formerly a resident of this city, was married at the home of her aunt, Mrs. W. H. CARTER, in Fairfield Wednesday, August 28, to Harry P. WEBB, assistant cashier in the Ewing bank. The groom is a nephew of R. L. and A. D. WEBB of this city. The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL Saturday, August 31, 1907 SEARCHING FOR MOTHER - Mrs. William FENTON of near Dix, who recently removed to this county from South Dakota, has been searching the country over for the last six years in an attempt to find her mother whom she has not seen since she was a very small girl. Mrs. FENTON's maiden name was Mary Ellen FREDERICK and she is looking for her mother, Mrs. A. Maria FREDERICK. After the war her father, Jacob FREDERICK, deserted his wife and took the daughter with him, and the mother's search for the daughter failed. The child was called Mary Rebecca, but the father changed the name to Mary Ellen. The daughter married and it was not till six years ago that she and her husband knew Mrs. FENTON was stolen. Mrs. FENTON stated to a representative of the REGISTER that she thought her mother was in the South.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Wednesday, September 11, 1907, page 3 BIRTHDAY DINNER - At the home of Aunt Prudence J. WILLIAMS, familiarly known as "Aunt Prudy," five miles east of town, Sunday, September 8, the relatives and friends gathered to the number of about 70, the occasion being Aunt Prudy's 72d birthday anniversary. The relatives and friends had planned to give her a surprise birthday dinner and all came with baskets well filled of the best of eatables, but before the noon hour arrived Aunt Prudy surmised something was being done, so she prepared to help eat a big dinner. At 12 o'clock dinner was announced and we sat down to as bounteous a feast of good things to eat as was ever prepared, and the way we ate to grandma's health will not be forgotten in many years to come. There were present three of her daughters, Kizziah E. SHELTON, Julia A. HIGHSMITH, Nancy J. SCOTT, and their families, and her only son, Samuel B. WILLIAMS and family; her other daughter, Mrs. Mary RAINEY, was ill and unable to attend. Four generations were represented; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren were present, besides a host of relatives and friends. The day was very pleasantly spent in conversation, meeting some of those who had not been together for years; we were favored with some excellent solos by Miss Anna ETHRIDGE; and last but not least, all formed a compact squad and had our pictures taken by our young photographer, Jas. RAINEY. When the hour came for us to depart we very reluctantly did so, all extending to Grandma WILLIAMS a good word of cheer wishing her many another such day as the one just spent with her at the old homestead. A RELATIVE
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - January 23, 1908 In Hospital at Anna - One Died Last Year and Seven Discharged The annual report of the condition of the patients from Jefferson County in the hospital at Anna is furnished by W. L. ATHON, the superintendent, and it shows that during the last year but one of the patients from this county died and that seven were discharged. In the report that follows, the first contition is the physical, while the second is that of the mind. There are at present 51 patients in the hospital. Barbara RANGE, good, stat'y Mary A. PIPER, good, stat'y Jane DIAL, fair, stat'y George COOK, good, stat'y Mary J. AIKEN, good, improved Minerva E. WILSON, good, stat'y Morton L. MAYFIELD, good, stat'y Mary E. JARRELL, good, stat'y Victor ELLWANGER, fair, stat'y Feriba Jane BLACK, poor, improved John COPPLE, fair, stat'y Lilly May ARBUCKLE, good, stat'y Maggie GRACZEK, good, stat'y Susan M. JOHNSON, good, stat'y John N. B. DAVID, fair, stat'y Mary A. RUSSELL, good, stat'y Josephine COVINGSTON, good, stat'y Joseph DACHWALD, good, stat'y Hattie WIGGINS, poor, stat'y Loren SMITH, good, stat'y Lizzie PATE, good, stat'y Chas. McKENZIE, fair, failing David L. ADAMS, good, stat'y John R. GARDNER, fair, improved Albert McLAUGHLIN, good, stat'y Benjamin BUSH, fair, stat'y Luther N. WAITE, good, stat'y Frank BETTLEJESKI, good, improved Affy R. DARE, good, excited James L. BLACKLEDGE, fair, stat'y Ella ALLEN, fair, improved Chas. S. SNOW, fair, stat'y Henry J. BADGETT, fair, stat'y Julia M. HILL, good, improved Reiney SCRIVNER, good, improved Emma Jane GUYMAN, good, stat'y Geo. W. GREGORY, fair, stat'y Francis R. SMITH, good, stat'y Catherine JONES, fair, stat'y Lillian BROWDER, good, stat'y John FERGUSON, fair, stat'y Sarah J. DALE, frail, improved Cora Belle HARVEY, good, improved Bertha BOOK, good, stat'y John F. LEONARD, fair, improved Martha S. CAMERON, good, stat'y Isabelle GRAY, poor, stat'y Montie SMITH, good, improved Vernon WAGGONER, poor, stat'y John S. MCCLLELAN, fair, stat'y
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Monday, June 15, 1908 UNUSUAL CELEBRATION - Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Hogue, Former Residents, Celebrate 73rd Wedding Anniversary. P. F. HOGUE and wife, who live near Cutler, Ill., and who formerly resided in Jefferson County, are said to be the oldest married couple in the state. They were married in Princeton, Ind., February 23, 1835 and have therefore spent more than 73 years together as husband and wife. Mr. HOGUE was born in Indiana, April 19, 1816 and he is now in his 93rd year. Mrs. HOGUE, who was Miss Elizabeth STORMAHT prior to her marriage was born in Elkton County, KY., November 18, 1818, her age being almost 90 years. In the year 1843, they came to Illinois overland and settled in this county where they remained until the year 1847, when they removed to Warren County where they resided 21 years. They returned to Jefferson County in 1868 and purchased a farm on which they lived _____ 1870, when they decided to locate in Perry County in order to enjoy church privileges of the denomination to which they belonged, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, where they now reside. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. HOGUE, six of whom are living. The old couple are reasonably hale and hearty and Mr. HOGUE cultivates a vegetable garden, in which it is almost impossible to find a weed; he allows no one but himself to work in the garden. It is believed that they will live to celebrate their diamond or 75th wedding anniversary, which will occur in less than two years. The aged couple have lived consistent christian lives and are noted for their faithful and conscientious performance of the obligations of tight living, and are loved and respected by all who know them. Samuel H. ARCHER and R. M. MUMFORD, two of their old neighbors and friends of Princeton, Ind., have just returned from a visit with them and stopped in Mt. Vernon a few days on their way home.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - June 27, 1908 AMONG HOME COMERS - Some of Former Jefferson County People Who are Home Again and Attending Chautauqua Mrs. Will SEYMOUR, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. A. Q. MITCHELL and daughter, Marion, Ill. Mrs. Nettie WELLS, Benton, Ill. Chas. D. PALMER and wife, Greeley, Colorado. H. E. DeJARNETT and wife, of Evansville, Ind. G. W. MONTGOMERY and wife, Pocahontas, Ill. Mrs. Lulu LOUIS and son, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Minnie RAYMOND, Bloomington, Illinois. Mrs. George LEWIS, Pocahontas, Ark. Mrs. Francis H. CLARK, Wayne City, Illinois. Mrs. Laura BALDRIDGE, Waltonville, Ill. Mrs. C. BALDRIDGE, Waltonville, Ill. Miss Meda NORRIS, Waltonville, Ill. Misses Mabel and Stella BURNS, Howell, Ind. Mrs. A. E. EDINGTON, Enfield, Ill. Mrs. Lou L. ROGERS, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. W. E. MOORE, Charlott, Mich. Ruth GUTHRIE, Webb City, Mo. Dr. A. G. BROWN and family, St. Louis, Missouri. Miss. E. L. MOORE, Centralia, Ill. Miss Grace CHAPIN, Bloomington, Ill. T. H. TUTTLE, Ashley, Ill. Vesta SANFORD, Fresno, Cal. May ROEDEL, Shawneetown, Ill. John DODDS, Denver, Colo. Mrs. Carrie FULTON, Conant, Ill. Paul WHITACRE and family, Brush, Col. R. F. CESEY, Kell, Ill. J. R. BAKER and family, New York. May E. PETERSON, Sandoval, Ill. E. W. NEAL, Knoxville, Tenn. May GLEASON, Birmingham, Ala. O. P. MILLER, St. Elmo, Ill. May L. P. EATON, Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. B. Hun_ BRANNON, Orlando, Cal. Mrs. Addie WHICHER, Peoria, Ill. O. H. KIMMEL, East St. Louis, Ill. Dr. Harry C. MOSS, Albion, Ill. Mrs. Mary LYONS, Birmingham, Ala. Mrs. Rolla CROWDER, Howell, Ind. Bernard CROWDER, Howell, Ind. Mrs. S. D. HAYES, Fowler, Cal. Morris EMMERSON, Lincoln, Ill. Mrs. Harvey WHITE, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Hattie THURSTON, Hot Springs, South Dakota. Mrs. and Mrs. J. H. BURNS and son, Howell, Ind. Seth F. CREWS, Chicago, Ill. Frances JARRETT, Howell, Ind. Frank BAUGH and family, Evansville, Indiana. Ed STRATTAN and family, Evansville Helen WHITE, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Dr. HUGHEY, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. L. G. HEID and family, San Jose, Cal. Mrs. W. YOST and daughter, Los Angeles, Cal. Mrs. Lydia M. COLLINS, Arthur, Ill. Dr. W. C. PACE, Ashley, Ill. Mrs. Nora DAUGHENBAUGH, Springfield, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. E. B. WAITE, Olney, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Ed DeJARNETT with their two children Barton and Elizabeth, of Evansville, Ind., visited the families of their cousins W. F. and J. H. SON yesterday. They also attended home coming day at chautauqua park. Mr. DeJARNETT is a former Mt. Vernon boy and has not been in the city for 16 years. He complimented the King City very highly on its growth since he was here last. From the Assessor's Book - Assessor J. P. CROOKER gives the following figures regarding the assessment of Mt. Vernon Township. The book shows that the township has 1,243 horses, 1,242 cattle, 80 mules, 192 sheep, 1,133 hogs, 14 steam engines, 73 fireproof safes, 644 vehicles, 476 watches, 653 sewing machines, 311 pianos, 181 organs, 404 dogs. The value of the merchandise is given at $215,650 and full cash value of personal property at $1,138,736.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Friday, August 7, 1908 HISTORY OF INTEREST - Is the Genealogy of Patton Family Descendants of William of Cambridge are Many. Frank E. PATTON has just received a genealogy of the PATTEN family, which dates back to the time of William PATTEN; of Cambridge, Mass., who was born in 1635, in England. The names of the early members of the family was spelled PATTEN, but in later years it was changed to PATTON. The genealogy contains the names of hundreds of descendants of William PATTEN, and a record of every birth to the ninth generation given. The record of the death of William PATTEN shows that the year was 1669, on April 2. In the first family the names of six children are given. From the William PATTEN, of Cambridge, came the know PATTENs, of America. His descendants number almost one thousand, and they are distributed in all parts of the world. The name of the father of Frank E. PATTON, of this city, was Eliphalet Warner, and he was born in Warehouse Point, Conn., October 4, 1832. He died February 5, 1881. The children in addition to Frank were Charles H., Albert W., Adelaide Mandana, Arthur W., and Byron Eugene. In the list of descendants the name of William occurs 34 times; Mary, 32 times; Charles, 21; John, 19; Elizabeth, 11; Edward, 10; Robert, 9; Albert, 9; Alice, 8; Frank, 7; Arthur, 5; Lucy, 6; Fred, Kate and May, 4; Pearl, 2; Nellie Otto, Lulu, Lillie, Love, Experience, and Ruby, 1. The PATTENs originated in England but there were not many of them. The early English records have but few mentions of the name. In the fifth generation the death of John PATTEN, of Norton, Mass., is recorded. His will is given and one of the articles in the will is the disposition of his walking cane, great bible and $4, which he left to his son Samuel. Abigal and Sarah were given all the household articles and to Susanna and Lucy he left each $25.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - August 18, 1908 50th Anniversary of John CARPENTER. The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - August 22, 1908 Article in this paper of the family record of J. P. CROOKER and indicates that it goes back 600 years.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - November 27, 1908 Burrell HAWKINS and Mamie OSBORN were married in Louisville, Kentucky.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - July 13, 1909 - THE PATIENTS AT ANNA Of Sixty-three Patients From This County, 4 Died and 3 Were Discharged in a Year. The annual report on the condition of the patients in the hospital for the insane, at Anna, shows that since last report four have been discharged and three have died. The report given below indicates the mind and physical condition, the first being the physical and the second the mental condition: Barbara RANGE, good, stat'y Mary A. PIPER, good, stat'y Jane DIAL, good, stat'y George COOK, good, stat'y Mary J. AIKEN, good, stat'y Minerva E. WILSON, good, stat'y Morton L. MAYFIELD, good, stat'y Mary E. JARRELL, good, stat'y Victor ELLWANGER, fair, stat'y Terrilla Jane BLACK, good, stat'y John COPPLE, fair, stat'y Lily May ARBUCKLE, good, stat'y Maggie GRACZET, good, stat'y Susan Minerva JOHNSON, good, stat'y John N. B. DAVID, fair, stat'y Mary A. RUSSELL, good, stat'y Josephine COVINGTON, good, stat'y Joseph DACHWALD, fairly good, stat'y Hattie WIGGINS, fair, stat'y Loren SMITH, fair, stat'y Lizzie PATE, good, stat'y Charles McKINNEY, fairly good, stat'y David L. ADAMS, good, stat'y Albert McLAUGHLIN, good, stat'y Benjamin BUSH, good, stat'y Luther N. WAITE, good, stat'y Affy R. DARE, good, stat'y Ella ALLEN, good, imp'd Chas. S. SNOW, fair, stat'y Henry J. PADGETT, good, stat'y Emma COLLINS, good stat'y Julia M. HILL, good, stat'y Emma J. GUYMAN, good, imp'd Lillian BROWDER, good, stat'y John FERGUSON, good, imp'd Sarah J. DALE, fair, imp'd Cora Belle HARVEY, good, imp'd Bertha BOOK, good, stat'y Mantie SMITH, good, imp'd John S. McCLELLAN, good, stat'y Lydia CURTIS, feeble, feeble Winnie ATCHISON, good, stat'y Harry H. CASEY, fair, stat'y Jo VIALT, good, imp'd Lewis SPANGLER, good, imp'd Jefferson R. FAX, good, imp'd (may be Fox) Albert J. CLARK, fair, imp'd John S. BABBITT, fair, imp'd Melvina SANDERS, good, stat'y Theodore STEPHENS, imp'd, stat'y Berry CREEL, good stat'y Frank FAULKNER, good, imp'd Hugh FLANIGAN, good, imp'd Laura WILSON, good, imp'd W. H. CHAMNESS, fair, failing.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - October 16, 1909 LEG WAS BURIED HERE - Ed CROSNOE was run down by a car that got away from switchmen in the railroad yards in St. Louis Thursday and had one of his limbs cut off, received internal injuries, from which it is feared he will not recover. The lost member was brought to this city by the injured man's brother, Elmer CROSNOE, who buried it at West Salem Cemetery. Mr. CROSNOE formerly resided in this city, and it was his desire that the leg be brought here to be buried. The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - October 29, 1909 OTHER LIMB BURIED - Ed CROSNOE Loses Left Leg by Amputation - Right Member Cut Off by Cars in St. Louis. Ed CROSNOE who lost his right limb in St. Louis about two weeks ago and sent the member here to be buried in West Salem Cemetery, had to have his left limb amputated and it was brought here Friday by Walter CROSNOE, brother of the injured man and buried with the other limb. It is believed that Mr. CROSNOE, who was thought to be fatally injured, has some chance of recovery. He was struck by a car in the railroad yards, knocked down and one leg was cut off. The other was badly injured but there was a hope of saving it.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Thursday, December 9, 1909>/b> Pettis ROTH of Ina, who was in town Wednesday has in his possession an interesting letter from Marcus A. RAGLAND written February 4, 1847 during the war with Mexico; in camp near Saltillo, Mexico, to his father Richard RAGLAND, who resided at Nashville the latter being the grandfather of Mr. ROTH. At the time he writes, his division of General Taylor's army had camped at Saltillo since Christmas, and had fortified themselves, with a battery, but previous to that had done a great deal of marching. The worse forced march he made was that of 400 miles on half rations. Since they had left the Gulf of Mexico they had marched 15, 000 miles, found great difficulty in hearing from the home folks as while he had written six letters at different times he had never heard from home once and he was very anxious to hear. He gave a lot of news about the boys in camp who came from near his home, some of it cheering and others bad, as one message he gave his parents was to one of their friends that their son was dead. In spite of the hardships he reported himself as weighing more than he ever did before in his life. At the time he wrote the peach trees were blooming and they had nice lettuce and onions in January, and the leaves on the trees were green through the year. The houses near camp were mostly covered with grass and sod. The letter is yellow with age but the writing is still very legible but what is striking is that it was sent without an envelope the letter being folded and the address put on the outside fold, being mailed at Pr. Isabel. Calvin BROWN of Ina was in the same division with the writer of this letter.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Saturday, January 8, 1910 SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT of Patients from Jefferson County in Hospital at Anna - Fifty-eight Being Treated. W. L. ATHON, superintendent of the Southern Illinois hospital for insane, at Anna, submits his semi-annual report on the condition of fifty-eight patients now there for treatment. The physical condition is first given, which is followed by the mental condition. Barbara RANGE, good, stat'y Mary A. PIPER, good, stat'y Jane DIAL, fair, stat'y George COOK, good, stat'y Minerva E. WILSON, good, stat'y Morton L. MAYFIELD, good, no change Mary E. JARRELL, good, no change Victor ELLWANGER, fair, no change Feriba Jane BLACK, good, no change John COPPLE, fair, no change Lily May ARBUCKLE, good, stat'y Maggie GRACZED, good, stat'y Susan Minerva JOHNSON, good, stat'y John N. B. DAVID, good, stat'y Mary A. RUSSELL, fair, stat'y Josephine CUNNINGHAM, good, stat'y Joseph DACHWALD, fair, no change Hattie WIGGINS, fair, no change Loren SMITH, fair, failing Lizzie PATE, good, stat'y Chas. McKINSIE, fair, stat'y David L. ADAMS, good, stat'y Albert McLAUGHLIN, good, stat'y Benj. BUSH, good, no change Luther N. WAITE, good, no change Affy R. DARE, good, stat'y Chas. S. SNOW, fair, stat'y Henry J. PADGETT, fair, stat'y Emma COLLINS, good, stat'y Julia M. HILL, good, improved Emma Jane GUYMAN, good, stat'y Lillian BROWDER, good, stat'y John FERGUSON, good, improved Sarah H. DALE, good, stat'y Cora Belle HARVEY, good, stat'y Bertha BOOK, good, stat'y Montie SMITH, fair, stat'y John S. McCLELLAN, good, stat'y Lydia CURTIS, failing, failing Winnie ATCHISON, good, stat'y Harry H. CASEY, fair, stat'y Jo VIATT, good, improved Arthur E. ORR, poor, failing John S. BABBITT, fair, improved Melina SANDERS, failing, stat'y Theodore STEPHENS, fair, improved Berry CREEL, good, improved Frank FAULKNER, fair improved Louis WILSON, good, improved W. B. CHAMNESS, improved, improved Alexander RAMSEY, good, improved Samuel PARADEE, fair, stat'y James W. GREER, good, improving Charles H. SMITH, fair, improved Wm. J. BROWN, fair, improved Willis PIPER, fair, no change Louis SPANGLER, good, stat'y
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - January 20, 1910 These are deaths that were listed in "The Daily Register" for the year 1909. Jan 05 R. F. BREEZE of Grand Prairie Twp. Jan 13 John Wesley HECK of Moore's Prairie Twp. Jan 15 Josiah WILLIS of Bald Hill Twp. Jan 17 Mrs. Anna HUGHEY Jan 18 Mrs. Elizabeth MAULDING of Memphis, TN Jan 21 John E. WALLACE died on his farm Jan 27 Rev. William RICHARDSON of Belle Rive Jan 29 Mrs. Bertha DUNNING Jan 29 Mrs. Harry GREEN near Waltonville Jan 30 Dr. Simeon M. ROBERSON of Eldorado Feb 04 Sylvester FITZGERRELL died at home in Benton Feb 05 Laura CARPENTER Feb 12 Eliza J. ALLEN Feb 15 Mrs. Dennis DIAL Feb 16 Orville JONES died mine explosion in West Frankfort Feb 23 J. C. KIRK Feb 24 Mrs. James DODSON Feb 25 Frank THREAT Mar 07 Roy R. WOOD Mar 08 T. J. MAXEY former resident of Yokon, Okla. Mar 10 Mrs. Henry PATTERSON Mar 10 Z. T. CROSS of Opdyke Mar 10 Mrs. T. L. CATES of Elk Prairie Mar 13 Mabel CHAMBLISS died March 12 Mar 15 A. W. PLUMMER Mar 23 James HUMPHREY Mar 24 S. W. TEMPLE Mar 24 Mrs. J. J. WILLIS Mar 27 R. W. ALEXANDER Mar 29 Mrs. Marion WILLIAMS Apr 02 Robert WALTERS former resident died East St. Louis Apr 03 Capt. F. A. OWEN died at hotel in Dahlgren Apr 07 John TAYLOR Apr 08 John D. KINCHELOE Apr 08 Mrs. Susan B. BUCK Apr 11 Mrs. Mary A. JONES Apr 13 S. A. PATTERSON Apr 16 Mrs. Susan S. VARNELL Apr 16 Mrs. Clem REECE Apr 19 Wall's History of Jefferson County is out. Apr 19 Miss Minnie PUMLEY Apr 22 J. A. HAMILTON Apr 25 Mrs. S. C. COPPLE of Keysport died here. Apr 27 W. Barg CASEY May 01 Seburn FRANCES May 01 R. I. COLEMAN former resident died at Mt. Carmel. May 03 Graham G. SMITH former resident died in St. Louis. May 05 Robert F. PACE ended life by drowning. May 10 Mrs. J. J. FLY May 11 Mrs. E. D. YOUNGBLOOD May 15 Frank SECHREST May 16 Chas. H. JUDD May 24 Mrs. Martha DICKERSON May 25 Harvey C. GIBSON May 26 Mrs. Kate MARTIN May 26 Mrs. W. B. CHAMBLISS May 27 R. R. DRAKE May 27 Sarah BAILEY May 29 James M. HALL May 30 Martin PRICE Jun 02 J. P. HARRISON pioneer citizen of Ashley. Jun 04 Mrs. C. D. RIGGS Jun 07 J. D. SHEPHERD of Opdyke Jun 07 Alfred BOND drowned Farrinton Twp. Jun 09 C. E McGUIRE Jun 11 Miss Lottie WEEKS Jun 12 James STULL killed by train at Richview. Jun 15 Carrie ESTES PETTIT Jun 17 Mrs. A. W. LAWRENCE Jun 23 James BLAKE killed Texas. Jun 28 Mrs. Ellen NEWMAN killed by lightning near Richview. Jul 01 Charles P. JOHNSON died in St. Louis. Jul 04 Mrs. Martha A. HOWELL Jul 05 W. H. POOLE Jul 09 Washington JOHNSON Jul 09 Fred WRIGHT died at Centralia. Jul 11 Mrs. Goodwin PERKINS died at LaGrange. Jul 24 Samuel CLIFTON died east of town. Jul 30 Sarah BALLARD Aug 01 Allan DINWIDIE Aug 13 A. W. HIGHSMITH Aug 17 Mrs. Jane DULANEY died near Marlow. Aug 19 Walter PIGG Aug 26 Mrs. Harry FLANERY Aug 28 Mrs. S. K. LATHAM died in St. Louis. Sep 01 Mrs. Nannie WARFIELD Sep 02 D. JOHNSON died in Denver. Sep 05 Theo. PANCER killed in a runaway near Waltonville. Sep 07 Miss Anna DAMON Sep 09 Mrs. Elizabeth McCORD Sep 11 Simeon W. MAXEY former resident died in Ellensburg, WA. Sep 11 Jasper DAVIS former resident of McClellan Twp. died in Geary, OK. Sep 12 Douglas ROBINSON of Pleasant Grove Sep 17 James L. CATES Sep 19 J. Logan BROWN died east of the city. Sep 24 Wilson Carroll WEBB died near Webb. Sep 25 Mrs. Annie HARPER Sep 26 Mrs. Millie KLEIN former resident died at the hospital. Sep 29 Mrs. J. P. DYLE died south of the city. Sep 30 Nathan THOMPSON died north of Woodlawn. Oct 01 John B. FLANNIGAN Oct 02 Edmund BARTON Oct 06 Preston PIGG Oct 08 Mrs. Nancy J. WRIGHT of Campground. Oct 10 Mrs. Rachel SIDES, colored. Oct 11 Joshua HOPPER Oct 15 F. J. BRUCE of Ina. Oct 16 Henry H. DICK Oct 16 Mrs. John CAMERON of Woodlawn Oct 19 B. F. SCOTT Oct 19 Mrs. M. CORDES Oct 19 A. N. PACE died in Montgomery, AL. Oct 20 Fred HENLEY run over by wagon loaded with coal and died. Oct 20 E. H. ROY Oct 21 Samuel W. JONES struck by L&N passenger train near Drivers. Oct 21 Mrs. L. B. KELLEY died in St. Louis. Oct 22 Mrs. Elizabeth BERNARD died as a result of burns, widow of Dr. Thomas BERNARD. Oct 22 Mrs. Amelia Jane GUTHRIE oldest resident who was born in the county. Oct 22 W. W. MERRITT died in St. Louis. Oct 24 Mrs. L. L. RECORD Oct 24 E. S. CLAYBORNE former resident hurt on Panama Canal died in Champaign. Oct 27 Rev. Duff H. WELLS former resident died at Carterville. Oct 29 Edgar LANDGRAF died of ptomaine poisoning. Oct 30 J. G. CROZIER former resident died at Masonic Home in Sullivan. Oct 30 Miss Anita HAYES former resident died in Fowler, CA. Oct 30 C. T. SULLANS, son-in-law of John P. GUTHRIE, killed by live wire at Webb City, MO. Oct 30 Rueie CARTER Oct 31 W. L. CROUCH Oct 31 Mrs. Ed CARTER of Dodds Oct 31 Infant dau. of Rufus WILLOUGHBY, Grand Prairie, died from eating headache tablets. Nov 01 Jessie Rhea SON Nov 01 Miss Nellie LUESE of Bluford Nov 01 Fred DEWEY shot while hunting near Arthur, IL. Nov 10 Strattan Elsea COHLMEYER shot while hunting near Richview. Nov 10 Willis A. KELLER of Bonnie Nov 11 Dr. C. H. McFALL Nov 12 David PRICE Nov 14 Moses F. BAGLEY former resident died in Evansville. Nov 15 O. M. PACE Nov 17 Carl WILSON Nov 18 Samuel T. LACEY died near Woodlawn. Nov 21 Mrs. Warner WHITE Nov 21 Robert GASTON of Dix Nov 23 Charles A. VAUGHN former resident died in Denver. Nov 28 Pink HAYES Nov 30 W. H. McCANN Dec 04 Bert ARTHURS former resident died in Seymour, IN. Dec 10 Corydon SLYGH Dec 11 Little daughter of James HUTCHISON died from burns. Dec 13 Jack T. KELLEY Dec 16 John RAMSDALE Dec 17 Iswell SNYDER died near Sheller. Dec 17 W. D. ROGERS former resident shot self in St. Louis. Dec 20 Mrs. Carle WILSON former resident died at Riverside, CA. Dec 24 Lela Belle ORD Dec 25 Mabel McKINLEY Dec 25 Grace GIBSON Dec 26 A. J. GRUEL of Campground Dec 26 Miss Rachel Ann HALLOWELL There were 166 deaths, 400 births, 292 marriages and 41 divorces in 1909. Compared to 212 deaths, 636 births, 298 marriages, 46 divorces in 1908,
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Friday, January 28, 1910 TRIP TO CALIFORNIA HALF CENTURY AGO - Riley Breeze Writes From Lenoir, Tenn., Concerning Interesting Twelve Months Trip Editor Register: Just 51 years ago next April, myself and T. G. D. MAXEY, Oliver BAGWELL, Henry DeGROTE and Oliver SPROWL, of Jefferson County, started for the Golden Gate. We went to southwest Missouri and remained there near Springfield and Greenfield, Mo., for 30 days waiting for the grass to get up for our stock to subsist on before starting for the promised land. We started from there the 7th of May, 1859, with 33 persons with a train of 10 wagons, 700 head of cattle, about 100 head of horses, 100 sheep, a fine jack and his mate, one old negro woman, "Aunt Betty." She stood 6 feet 4 inches in her marching order, for she was about 70 years old, and walked nearly the whole trip of 2,000 miles. O, yes, we had a billy goat with our train and several fine canines to keep the wolves off. Each man was provided with two navy revolvers, and the ten teamsters all carried rifles and shot guns. So you see we were well heeled for an Indian scrap, which we came near having in Nebraska, on the Little Blue River. The Indians came running up behind me and made my mare throw me twice that afternoon and they followed us all evening until sun down, then left us, expecting an attack that night, but we started out on the road about 2 o'clock a.m. and heard no more of them, and we went on to the land of gold; was till October 10 getting to the Sacramento Valley, Cal. We tried our luck till winter, and Tom MAXEY, my cousin, got home sick and came back. I went up to Oregon, Washington and Victoria British Columbia, and returned to San Francisco, then sailed for Panama on the steamship "Sonora". While on the gulf of Tehaustepec, on the west coast of Mexico we encountered a bad storm which lasted 48 hours. Our ship sprung a leak and they had to keep the pumps running all the way to Panama, and when we anchord in Panama Bay there was 7 1/2 feet of water in the hold. So we landed all O. K. and jumped the Panama railroad for Aspenwall, which is now called Colon. There we took ship on the old "Star of the West" and started for New York. When out only one night she broke one of her shafts, and then we put in for Havana, Cuba, layed there three days for repairs so that gave the 750 passengers a chance to go ashore and see the city and the senoritas, and there is the first place where I took a lesson in the Spanish language. They have a way of teaching the Americans to speak some of the language. We sailed for New York and got there the same as if nothing had happened. So I got back home in just 12 months and 2 days, and now I want to say that there is only 2 of the 33 that crossed the plains together in 1859 that are living and we are both natives of Jefferson County - J. O. BAGWELL and myself. RILEY BREEZE, Lenoir, Tenn.
    February 21, 1910 Mt. Vernon Daily Register Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Sept 28, 1997 BANKER IS FOUND DEAD Man Who Embezzled Funds Supposed To Be Suicide Logansport Man Gambled in Wheat and Confessed to Taking Over Half Million Dollars Logansport, Ind. Feb. 21 The body of John F. Johnson, former president of the State National Bank of this city, was found floating in the Wabash River. Johnson served six years in prison following his confession that he had embezzled $550,000 of the banks funds. Recently he had been a grain broker. It is presumed he committed suicide. Johnson's watch and jewelry were found in his clothing and there is no suspicion that he was robbed and murdered. Two months ago he lost heavily in a transaction in wheat and sold his home to meet his debts, it was explained by his friends after his body was found. He had since been dejected. Johnson always was fascinated by the fluctuations of the wheat market. At the time of his trial, in 1897, for embezzlement of the bank funds of his bank, he testified that if the bank examiner had given him one more day of grace he could have made a great fortune "in wheat."
    September 28, 1910 Mt. Vernon Daily Register Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Sept 28, 1997  PIGG SAVES TRAIN FROM WRECK ON SOUTHERN Broken Rail Discovered on Curve in Yards in Time to Prevent Trouble - Train Crew Delighted.  "Dutch " Pigg prevented a wreck on the Southern this morning, and had the train been on time Mr. Pigg would not have had the opportunity to prove himself a hero. Mr. Pigg was on his way to work at the store of R. L. Stratton and was plodding along the Southern yards about 6:30 when he discovered one of the rails broken in three pieces and one piece entirely missing. As soon as this startling discovery was made he began looking for some one to notify, but he soon decided that the thing for him to do was to run back and flag a train that was just coming into town. Putting his intention into effect he started down the track at break-neck speed and waving his arms frantically he got the engineer's attention strong enough to get him to stop. As the train was brought to a standstill, Engineer Billie Miller jumped from the cab and ran forward to ascertain the cause of the train being flagged and when he learned the cause he grabbed "Dutch" Pigg and almost shook him to pieces, he was so overjoyed. The train was late and was coming around the curve at a rapid clip, and a bad wreck would have been the result had the train proceeded a few feet further. Mr. Pigg does not think he did anything unusual, but the train crew know that he did and they were over joyed at their escape. This morning was unusally cool, and it is believed to have been the cause of the rail breaking. It has been suggested that perhaps the rail had not been sufficiently bent to meet the curve angle, and had been put down in a strain, combined with the cool weather, caused it to snap.
    The Daily Register - February 17, 1911 108 year old wife dies in Florence, Colorado. Frances ESPER died from burns in the arms of her husband who is age 111. They were married for 91 years.
    February 27, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 4, 1997 KILLED BY A TRAIN S. R. Yearwood Meets Death In Evansville Saturday Victim Was Formerly a Resident of this City and Will be Brought Here for Burial Samuel R. Yearwood, aged 87, was killed in Evansville, by a train on the Evansville & Terre Haute railroad. He had stooped down to pick up some object lying on the tracks, and did not realize the closeness of the approaching train in time to get out of the way. The pilot of the engine struck him in the head, rendering him unconscious and he died about an hour later, but did not regain consciousness. He was a crossing flagman in Evansville for the L & N railroad. Mr. Yearwood was born in Tennessee, but made this city his home for many years. Three brothers, Wm. F. and J. M. Yearwood, of this city, and A. L. Yearwood, of Evansville, together with a widow and seven children survive. He was a soldier in the confederate army and served several years for the cause he espoused. During his term of service he made an excellent record as a soldier. Religiously he clung to the Baptist faith. The body will be brought here Tuesday morning, on the L & N train, and taken directly to Sursa cemetery, where a funeral service will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Dorgan.
    The Daily Register - March 10, 1911 Samuel STARNES claims no marriage but asks for a divorce. The pretended marriage took place in St. Louis on February 17 this year of Gertie CLARK, daughter of G. B. CHILTON. A decree for divorce from Gerald CLARK was granted at last term of court and has never been filed. Charges fraud, deception and adultery. (Information combined from two articles.)
    The Daily Register - March 21, 1911 Burrell SLEDGE married Nancy ROSE last June in Thompsonville. This marriage was illegal because Nancy had only been divorced from George ROSE for 4 months. Seems the law was that you had to be divorced for 1 year before marrying again.
    June 19, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 7, 1997 WRECK AVERTED BY MT. VERNON BOY Ray Rogers Finds Rails On C & E. I. Spread - Flags Passenger Train A wreck of the north bound train due here at 8:10 p.m. on the C & E I would have occured Sunday night, about a half mile south of the city, had not a Mt. Vernon boy been on the spot at the time for the train to arrive to stop it. Ray M. Rogers, who is employed be the Mt. Vernon Car company, was walking out the C & E I track at about 6:30 in the evening, when he saw that the rail was spread. He sat down and waited. No train came until eight o'clock, which was the Chicago bound passenger train. He stopped the train by a fire which he built as a warning and in in this manner saved the train from being thrown from the tracks into a deep ditch along the railway. The train was well filled with passengers and it was going at a swift rate when the rail was reached, and had not the train been stopped, it would certainly have resulted in a very serious wreck.
    Submitted by: Judy Hinson March 23, 1998  MATTRESS FACTORY BURNED ON LEAP YEAR DAY As recalled by Gretta Crosnoe Brooks age 17 It was a clear, cold day on February 29, 1916 when, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, Posie White's mattress factory on south Ninth Street was burning....It was a big fire--with the two-story frame building filled with cotton and felt. Bill Underwood's garage was next to the burning building...the front was on Ninth St. and the large doors for cars to drive in through were on Casey Ave...through this door my father (J.W. Crosnoe) and other men were helping Mr. Underwood carry out garage equipment. I was walking along Casey Ave. and stopped at the garage door to look inside; then, as I continued walking I heard what I thought was a lot of tin falling on me...the next thing I knew I was flat on my back and covered with fallen bricks and a window frame was over my face. Three walls of the garage had blown out, blowing Malcolm Heslip across the street but he wasn't seriously injured. I was the only person touched by the debris and I was lucky to have the window frame over my head. I could see the men working to remove the bricks from me and I could hear others yelling at them to get away because another wall might fall. Finally, the men pulled me from under the rubbish and started to carry me to a more safe place. I told them I could walk but Orville (Red) Henry said, "Oh, no you can't walk", so they carried me to the home of C. C. Carpenter and placed me in a chair. I was white with plaster dust and mortar and had quite a cut on my head...Dr. Poole was there and seemed quite excited as he sent a boy scurrying for his medical satchel...and while this was going on, Boulivier Rose--who drove Grigg's delivery wagon--raced for my home to bring my mother to the scene. The next day an old gentleman knocked at our door and brought my angora cap to me. He was weeping and, as he handed it to my mother, he said, "I dug it from under the bricks and I believe it saved your daughter's life." I was married thirty days from that leap year day.
    May 6, 1911 Mt. Vernon Daily Register Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Sept 28, 1997 SAVAGE BULL DOG MANGLES LITTLE BOY Injuries of Such Nature that it is Feared the Boy Cannot Survive  The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Yearwood, living at the northwest corner of Fourth and Main streets, was so terribly bitten by a vicious bull dog, about noon today, that it is feared the little fellow cannot recover. The child is about four years old. The details are briefly as follows: The dog, who is owned by a man named McWay, who just moved here today from Chicago, and he had the animal chained to the porch. He jumped off and worked his head through the collar, and rushed out to the street. The Yearwood child was the first person the dog met up with, and with no warning the child was pounced upon and the left leg and thigh were so terribly mangled that the recovery is a matter of considerable doubt. The McWay family live in the Dr. Culli property on the southeast corner of Fourth and Main. Dr. Culli, Ed and Cyrus Garrison were attracted by the cries of the child and they rushed at the maddened animal, and finally, after beating it with an ax, Cyrus Garrison was able to drive it away from the little fellow. This is another and sad lesson occasioned by the keeping of worthless dogs. The bull dogs are especially vicious, and if persons insist on keeping them in the city, they should be forced to keep them confined in a building, so that they cannot get out and take the lives of helpless children. The officers went over to kill the dog, but the damage is done and the killing will come a bit late.  The May 7th paper had an article that the dog was destroyed. There was no mention of an obituary for the little Yearwood boy so I am assuming that he survived. Other Yearwood cousins, do you know?
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Wednesday, July 12, 1911 Advertised Letters - List of letters remaining unclaimed at the Mt. Vernon, Ill. post office for the week ending July 8, 1911. Annie BREWER, M. R. CALVIN, Claude CAMPBELL, Charley DALE, W. E. EDWARDS, Dick GEORGE, V. R. JACKSON, Robert MORRIS, Teddie PEMBERTON, Mrs. Martha PUGH, W. J. RUMINER, Fred SHEARN, Sam SHULTZ, J. E. TAYLOR, E. J. TURPIN, L. C. WHITE, Fred WHITLOCK. G. Gale GILBERT, P.M. Not Affected by Heat - The stork does not seem to be affected by the heat as the following arrivals are reported from one of Dr. Stork's sub stations: Girl - Mr. and Mrs. Harvey ROGERS, 907 Conger Avenue Boy - Mr. and Mrs. Rube STOUT, Williams Park Girl - Mr. and Mrs. Dow BORAH, Williams Park Boy - Mr. and Mrs. Neville MILLER, East Main Street Williams Park seems to be the favored spot and the girls broke even with the boys, there being two of each reported from the station.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Tuesday, August 8, 1911 THE DIX REUNION WAS GREAT GATHERING - Three Days of Unusual Enjoyment Afforded the Vast Crowd The G. A. R. Reunion and picnic held in the grove one mile west of Dix on August 1, 2, 3, was an occasion long to be remembered as a grand success. The attendance, estimated at from 5000 to 6000 was enthused with a spirit of patriotism and brought with them early in the day, their good behavior, undivided interest and good cheer. The grounds are beautifully located nicely shaded and easily reached, and for the convenience of those attending, was well supplied with refreshment stands, steam swing and other attractions and amusements for the younger folks. Among those in attendance were people from Wayne City, Woodlawn, Centralia, Mt. Vernon, Kell, Walnut Hill, Texico, Boyd and other sister cities. On August 2 the people were ably entertained by interesting and patriotic addresses by Comrade A. MYERS, of Wayne City, Comrade W. H. BLACK, of Woodlawn, Hon. J. J. BUNDY, of Centralia, Comrades S. T. MAXEY and J. A. WALL, and others. Music was furnished for the occasion by the Dix concert band and the Ebenezer Glee Club and Big Four Quartet, all of whom maintained their former reputation for splendid music. The vast audience was also delightfully entertained by the rendering of some beautiful songs by the Misses Jessie and Nellie MORRIS, of Centralia. Among the other attractions present was a flag drill presented by 12 young ladies of Ebenezer, which was very inspiring, as well as a military drill composed of a company of small boys under the leadership of C. E. BROWN, which was very appropriate. Registration showed the following old soldiers in attendance together with their post office address and age. WAR VETERANS J. R. CUNNINGHAM, Dix, 74 M. A. BARBER, Dix, 69 Leonard CHERRY, Dix, 70 J. M. DUNCAN, Tennessee, 70 J. A. WALL, Mt. Vernon, 75 A. MYERS, Wayne City, 67 J. V. BRUCE, Divide, 75 W. H. MISENHAMER, Centralia, 69 John DURALL, Dix, 66 J. H. McBRIDE, Walnut Hill, 64 Robert WHITE, Dix, 70 Abraham LANCE, Iuka, 70 Chas. SANDERS, Dix, 72 J. H. ATCHISON, Dix, 71 Henry PARKER, Kell, 67 S. T. MAXEY, Mt. Vernon, 77 L. K. LAIRD, Dix, 72 E. M. WALKER, Mt. Vernon, no age given William BOLES, Walnut Hill, 63 T. K. GASTON, Dix, 78 George MYERS, Kell, 64 J. T. CUNNINGHAM, Centralia, 63 W. P. GASTON, Kell, 63 W. M. FULLER, Dix, 68 John J. WILLIS, Mt. Vernon, 68 R. W. G. ELKINS, Dix, 84 H. R. MORTON, Walnut Hill, 74 George A. WHITLOCK, Texico, 76 W. H. BLAKE, Woodlawn, no age given Alex BUNDY, Walnut Hill, 65 W. H. TAYLOR, 70 T. J. BAIRD, Kell, no age given Elisa HAWKINS, Dix, 77 Isiah FIELDS, Kell, 62 C. B. ARTHUR, Walnut Hill, 73 Arthur TELFORD, Spanish War WAR WIDOWS M. J. CRABTREE, Walnut Hill, 67 H. J. McCREARY, Dix, 73 Eliza A. EASLEY, Dix, 65 M. JOHNSON, Centralia, 70 M. M. FYKE, Dix, 63 Mary A. JOINES, Dix, 66 Mary A. FREE, Dix, 75 Sarah A. WHITLOCK, Dix, no age given S. J. ANDREWS, Hammond, Ind., 77 Margaret ANDREWS, Walnut Hill, no age given Dorthuha A. TYLER, Dix, no age given Temperance McCORMACK, no age given
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Thursday, January 25, 1912 60 COUNTY PATIENTS AT ANNA HOSPITAL, Thirteen Sent Last Year, Two Have Died Since Last Report, Three Discharged, Two Returned The report on Jefferson County's insane at the hospital in Anna, shows that during last year thirteen were sent from the county, Mary E. PIERCY and Nancy BEAMONS have died since the last report. Maggie KNIFFEN SWISHER and Frank BATTLEYJEWSKI were paroled but readmitted. Margaret J. KIRK was discharged from parole. The general report follows, the first condition being the physical and the second the mental. Barbara RANGE, good, stat'y Mary A. PIPER, good, stat'y Jane DIAL, good, stat'y George COOK, good, stat'y Morton L. MAYFIELD, fair, stat'y Mary E. JARRELL, good, stat'y Ferriba Jane BLACK, good, stat'y John COPPLE, good, stat'y Lillie May ARBUCKLE, fair, stat'y Maggie GRACZEK, good, stat'y Susan Minerva JOHNSON, good, improved John N. B. DAVID, good, stat'y Mary A. RUSSELL, good, stat'y Josephine COVINGTON, good, stat'y Joseph DACHWALD, good, stat'y Lizzie PATE, fair, stat'y Charles McKINSIE, good, stat'y David L. ADAMS, good, stat'y Benjamin BUSH, good, stat'y Luther N. WAITE, good, stat'y Affy R. DARE, good, improved Chas. R. SNOW, good, stat'y Henry J. PADGETT, good, stat'y Emma COLLINS, fair, stat'y Julia M. HILL, good, improved Lillian BROWDER, good, stat'y John FERGUSON, good, improved Sarah H. DALE, feeble, stat'y Bertha BOOK, good, stat'y Montie SMITH, good, stat'y John S. McCLELLAN, good, stat'y Winnie ATCHISON, good, stat'y Harry J. CASEY, good, stat'y Joe VIATT, good, stat'y Lewis SPANGLER, good, improved Melvina SANDERS, good, stat'y Theodore STEVENS, good, stat'y Berry CREEL, good, stat'y Frank FAULKNER, good, improved Laura WILSON, good, stat'y Samuel PARADEE, good, stat'y James W. GREER, good, stat'y Chas. H. SMITH, good, stat'y Wm. J. BROWN, good, stat'y Willis PIPER, fair, stat'y Elizabeth C. GANNON, good, improved Helena WETZEL, good, stat'y Joseph Eldoris PACE, fair, stat'y Maggie KNIFFEN SWISHER, fair, recovered Andrew J. ESKEW, good, stat'y Margaret J. KIRK, good, improved Geo. W. GREGORY, fair, stat'y Sherman MEZO, good, stat'y John S. BOBBITT, poor, stat'y Byron ABERNATHY, good, improved Lora M. BOBBITT, good, improved James F. SIMMONS, failing, failing Frank BOTTLEWJWSKI, good, stat'y
    The Daily Register - Opdyke Column - March 12, 1912 The funeral of Alexander MOBLEY was conducted at the M. E. Church on Friday, March 8, by Rev. SHERIDAN, of Mt. Vernon. Those from out of town attending the funeral were, Mrs. Ina KULL of Sparta; Mrs. Ida EPPERSON and son, of McLeansboro; Rev. SHERIDAN, wife and little daughter and Tazewell CARPENTER, of Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Jas. W. ESTES, of St. Louis; Isaac JONES, of Wayne City, and Horton COMBS and wife, of the Hebron neighborhood. Mrs. Dan BALTZELL went to Okawville Saturday evening to visit her daughter, Mrs. J. Arthur SMITH, who is there visiting Mr. SMITH's parents. Miss Frieda HELFRICH, of Rentchlers, is here visiting her sister, Mrs. OHL. Messrs. Hiram PLUMMER and Buller, of Salem are guests here at H. PLUMMER's this week. Mrs. Martha SMITH, who has spent part of the winter here with her sisters, Mrs. CORNELIUS and Mrs. BARNES, and her brother C. W. POLEN, left last week for her home in Alabama. After a two weeks illness Rev. BELL was able to fill his appointment at Belle Rive Sunday morning and at this place Sunday night. Mrs. E. S. CLIFTON, of Chicago, is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus BRISTOF. Miss Leni ESTES, of the Egyptian Hospital, at Mt. Vernon, spent Sunday here with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. ESTES. The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - March 12, 1912 Mrs. A. M. FROST has received official announcement from Washington, D. C., that she has been elected to members in the National Society of "Daughters of the American Revolution." Mrs. FROST's great-great-grandfather, Randolph CASEY, and his three brothers were officers in the army of General Marion, and were present at the time that the British officer made his visit to General Marion under a flag of truce, and was entertained at dinner, the only article of food on the table being roasted sweet potatoes. History says that the British officer wrote home to England that officers content with such fare could never be subjugated. Mrs. FROST's membership will be with the "Ann Crooker - St. Clair" chapter of Effingham, Ill.
    The Daily Register - April 1, 1912 Wayne D. CUMMINS and wife of Dix adopted Charles MEARS, a young man, they raised, and this legal adoption was performed just before he reached his majority.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL May 31, 1912 (Actual) Autographs of the class of 1912 - Mt. Vernon Township High School Shelby L. WIGGINS Clarence A. STELLE Vivienne Elizabeth FLY Mary Ellenor MARQUIS Wessie ROANE Raymond TUCKER Della Mae FLINT Opal Lillian KING Alma NEWMAN Mildred BELLEVILLE Edwin E. MILLER Helen FARTHING Margretta BOND Vivienne BRITTON Katherine WILLMORE Omar P. STELLE Roy N./W. NEWBERY Naomi R. BOGAN H. Hall KING Mary Margaret HOWARD Calvin ATCHISON Tressie STOTLAR Helen May JOHNSON Bertha RILEY Edna Marguerite GASKINS Loman T. KING J. Harman GILBERT Alson W. MODERT Philip M. HARMAN
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - June 26, 1912 LIBERTY COLUMN - Sunday being the 52 birthday of Mrs. John COLLINS, a number of her friends and neighbors fathered at her home with well filled baskets to celebrate the day, which was a complete surprise to her. At the noon hour, the well filled baskets were spread under the old apple tree, after which the photographer, Mr. Merritt SUMMERS took the picture. After all had helped themselves to the many good things, the guests gathered in the parlor, where Miss Enid WATSON, of Mt. Vernon, gave some excellent recitations. Mrs. COLLINS received many presents and a number of beautiful post cards. All departed at a late hour, wishing her many more happy birthdays. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. John COATS, two sons Neal and Gail and grandaughter, Miss Aline HUTCHISON; Mr.and Mrs. Elmer SUMMERS, son Thomas, Miss Enid WATSON, Miss Anna WILMORE, of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest COLLINS and baby, of Spring Garden; Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROONEY and son; Mr. and Mrs. George ROONEY and Clarence SUMMERS and Grace SNOW family, of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Charles HILL and daughter, Ethel; Mr. and Mrs. Nick GREGORY and family; Mrs. Margaret WILKERSON; Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo PAYNE and family; Mr. and Mrs. Merritt SUMMERS and family; Mr. and Mrs. George CARIUS; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar MAXEY and daughters, Ruby and Emma; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. JONES and daughter, Lucile; Mr. and Mrs. Alva SUMMERS and family; Mr. and Mrs. Norman SUMMERS and baby; Mr. and Mrs. Roy MAXEY; Mr. Lincoln and Miss Lena HIGHSMITH; Miss Samantha Jones of Liberty; Mrs. Chas. HIGHSMITH, of Lynchburg; and Miss MASSEY of Marlow.
    Mt. Vernon, IL Register - Wednesday, July 3, 1912 LIBERTY COLUMN - Sunday being the 45th birthday of Mrs. Chas. HILL a number of her friends and neighbors gathered at her pretty country home to surprise her and celebrate the event. At the noon hour the well filled baskets were spread on a long table on the lawn which was a picture itself. After all had helped themselves to the many good things Mr. Merritt SUMMERS took the pictures. The day was spent with some excellent music on the piano and phonograph and picture taking. Mrs. HILL received many useful and beautiful presents also many beautiful post cards. All departed at a late hour wishing her many more happier birthdays. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Guy BENJAMIN, Mr. and Mrs. Homer PACE and family, Miss Pearl PACE of Pleasant Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. H. PIGG, Mrs. Gussie BARTON and daughter, Lona, Mrs. Elizabeth CUMMINS, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. COATS and sons, Neal and Gail, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer SUMMERS and son, Thomas, Misses Bertha MERRITT, Lucile and Burnice HEGGY, Mamie ROY, Flossie and Carrie KLUMPP, of Mt. Vernon. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. LEIBENGOOD and daughter of Summerville, Miss Viola HANEY of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde STONEMETZ and daughter Blanche, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles H. HIGHSMITH and son Charles and daughter Thelma, Harry FORD, Paul BEEME of Lynchburg. Misses Anna and Vessie MASSEY of Marlow, Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROONEY and son of Lebanon. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar MAXEY and daughters, Ruby and Emma, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo PAYNE and daughters Myrtle and Ethel, Mr. and Mrs. George CARIUS, Mr. and Mrs. John COLLINS, so Everett and daughter Elsie, Mr. and Mrs. John PAYNE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. JONES and daughter Lucile, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MAXEY, Mr. and Mrs. Alva SUMMERS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Merritt SUMMERS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Norman SUMMERS and baby Misses Grace SNOW, Samantha JONES, Mr. Lincoln and Miss Lena HIGHSMITH, of Liberty. Mt. Vernon, IL Register News - Wednesday, July 3, 1912 Mr. and Mrs. E. B. DALBY attended the 58th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph CROSNO in Bonnie, Sunday. There were about 75 of the relatives and friends present, and a bountiful dinner was spread under the trees in the yard of their beautiful home, and when the guests were seated at the table, Samuel CROSNO, of Mt. Vernon, took a photograph of the crowd. He also took pictures of the four generations of the family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. CROSNO, their son P. K. CROSNO, and his son Ed CROSNO and his two little daughters. The afternoon was spent in music and songs and social talks. All left wishing him many more and happy returns of the day.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Tuesday, August 27, 1912 JEFFERSON COUNTY IN 1837 and 1838 - Interesting Information About How County Looked Seventy-Five Years Ago Dr. E. L. CROUCH, superintendent of the Maplewood sanitarium, at Jacksonville, and a former resident of this county, sends the Register the following from a book entitled "Illinois in 1837 and 1838," also "The Emigrant's Guide to the West:" Jefferson County is situated centrally between the Mississippi and Wabash Rivers. It was organized in 1819 and forms a square of 24 miles, with an area of 576 square miles. It is bounded on the north by Marion, south by Franklin, east by Wayne and Hamilton, and west by Perry and Washington counties. It is watered chiefly by the branches of the Big Muddy River and also by streams flowing into Skillet Fork of Little Wabash River. The surface of the county is about one-third prairie, the remainder timber. The soil is tolerable second rate land. It was organized in 1819 from Edwards and White counties. The inhabitants in 1835 amounted to 3350. There are several compact settlements in different parts of the county: the principal ones are, Moores Prairie, Gun, Long and Jordan's Prairie settlements. Moores Prairie Settlement is from six to twelve miles southeast of Mt. Vernon. It consists of about 75 families. The prairie is eight miles long and from two to three miles wide. Some portions of it are ______ and other parts dry and undulating. Gun Prairie is six miles south of Mt. Vernon. It is two miles long and one wide. The land is good and the settlement contains 20 families. Long Prairie is five miles west of Mt. Vernon. It lies between the middle and west forks of Big Muddy River, is tolerably fertile and is four miles long and one mile and a half wide. The land is second rate and the settlement contains 50 families. Mt. Vernon, the seat of justice, is near the center of the county, on a branch of the Big Muddy River. It is pleasantly situated on the north side of Casey's Prairie, and surrounded with a considerable settlement. The population is about 150. It has six stores, three groceries, one tavern, two physicians, two ministers, a court house and jail, a Methodist Episcopal and a Baptist Society, besides various mechanical establishments.
    The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Monday, September 15, 1913 BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEET IN A REUNION - Combined Ages of Eight Relatives Who Gathered Here Sunday Is 552 Years. A reunion of the eight children of the late B. W. ADAMS and wife was held here Sunday at the home of Mrs. Mary MYERS, 715 Jordan Street. Mrs. MYERS is one of the sisters. The eight brothers and sisters whose names and ages follow, were present: Mrs. Julia MORRIS, 74, Norris City, Ill.; John W. ADAMS, 73, Opdyke, Ill.; Mrs. Mary MYERS, 71, Mt. Vernon, Ill.; Mrs. Isabella PRITCHETT, 69, Enfield, Ill.; A. W. ADAMS, 65, Fairfield, Ill.; R. Z. ADAMS, 59, Enfield, Ill.; S. F. ADAMS, 57, Portland, Ore.; N. D. ADAMS, 54, Decatur, Ill.; The combined ages of the brothers and sisters is 552 years. This is the second reunion held by the family, the first one being held seven years ago, at the home of J. W. ADAMS, a brother, in Opdyke. The family is already making preparations for another reunion to be held with the Decatur brother. The eight brothers and sisters all sat down to the dinner table at the same time, and were served to a most excellent dinner by Mrs. Henry WAITE, a daughter of Mrs. MYERS. The members of the family are descendants of B. W. ADAMS and wife, early White County settlers. They were raised under many of the difficulties that confronted the pioneer families, and have all been schooled in the big school of experience. They are people that it is a pleasure to know, as they are the true, honest and upright kind that live by honest toil and delight to see their neighbor prosper. A photograph of this unusual family was made, and this will serve as a reminder of a very happy day.
    The Daily Register - November 4, 1913 A Mr. BUNTON of Cincinnati is here trying to locate the burial place of his father, an uncle and a brother who were buried at West Salem Cemetery more than a quarter of a century ago. His father was Dr. BUNTON who died in Dahlgren and was brought here for burial. Dr. BUNTON, at one time, practiced medicine in this city and is possibly remembered by some of the older residents. The three were buried close together in West Salem, but Mr. BUNTON wants to locate the graves.
    The Daily Register - November 13, 1913 Charity A. HOWARD married on September 17, 1901 to Stephen BOSWELL and he died September 15, 1902. Charity married on August 15, 1906 to Monroe McNAIL and he died April 1, 1907.
    The Daily Register - Saturday, January 24, 1914 John SPROUSE, charged with an assault to murder the family of Frances RIGHTNOWER by dynamiting their home, was found guilty of the charge by the jury that had his case. The jury was out only a short time and it is reported that a conviction of the charge was reached on the first ballot. The evidence showed that the home of Frances RIGHTNOWAR, in McClellan Township, was blown up by dynamite on August 28, 1913. It was also brought out that the defendant had on numerous occasions made threats against the RIGHTNOWER family. Frances RIGHTNOWER was the father-in-law to SPROUSE, and because his daughter got a divorce from the defendant he seemed to be very much put out over the affair. When the jury brought in their verdict the defendant sat unmoved when he learned what it was and he was absolutely emotionless. The evidence upon which a conclusion was reached was circumstantial. His attorney made a motion for a new trial which will be disposed of later.
    The Daily Register - Wednesday, January 28, 1914 PUBLICATION NOTICE - State of Illinois, Jefferson County, as, County Court of Jefferson County to the March Term A.D. 1914. B. W. G. ELKINS, Administrator of the estate of Martha CALDWELL Deceased, vs. John PUFFER, Wallace PUFFER, Samuel PUFFER, Mary PUFFER RILEY, Eddie PUFFER, Jane WATTS, J. Leaton BATES, Mary Rose NEWBY, Laura J. JACKSON, Rachael M. HARGRAVE, Francis M. BATES, Sarah HART, John W. BATES, Sidney CROZIER, Elizabeth FAULKNER, Geneva KIMMEL, Charles E. CURRY, Hazel MOONEY, Goodman CALDWELL, Emon M. STOVER, Kindred STORMENT, Edna ROUPE, Sumner STORMENT, Walter LAIRD, S. F. LAIRD, Ross SHELL, Pearl I. GLASS et al - Petition to sell Real Estate to pay debts. Affidavit of the non-residence of Ross SHELL one of the defendants above named having been filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County Court of Jefferson County, notice is hereby given to the said Ross SHELL that the said Plaintiff B. W. G. Elkins administrator of the estate of Martha CALDWELL Deceased has filed his petition in the said County Court of Jefferson County for an order to sell the premises belonging to the Estate of the said deceased, or so much of it as may be needed to pay the debts of said deceased and described as follows, to wit: North half lot No. 3, and the South half of lot No. 4 in Block No. 4 in the village of Rome, in the County of Jefferson and State of Illinois and that a summons has been issued out of said Court against you, returnable at the March term A.D. 1914 of said Court to be holden on the 2nd day of March A.D. 1914, at the Court House in Mt. Vernon in Jefferson County Illinois. Now, unless you, the said Ross SHELL shall personally be and appear before said County Court of Jefferson County, on the first day of a term thereof, to be holden at Mt. Vernon in said county, on the 2nd day of March 1914, and complainant's petition filed therein, the same and the matters and things therein charged and stated will be taken as confessed, and a decree entered against you according to the prayer of said bill. Dated at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, January 27th, 1914 John G. YOUNG, Clerk.
    The Daily Register - Wednesday, January 28, 1914 P. K. CROSNO of Arthur, visited his son Ed CROSNO and family a part of last week. G. G. DALBY Jr., is building a new addition to his house. Wm. JUMPER is building a new barn. Mrs. Henry LEONARD is finishing winter term of school in the Dareville District. Valentine ALLEN has been writing for the court this past week. Wm. DALBY is doing the carpenter work on his brother Gabe's home. Harl HILL has moved his saw mill on the WILBANKS land and is sawing lumber for them. W. K. DALBY, tax collector, has the tax books and is now ready to gather in the taxes. The DOBBS brothers have been threshing peas here the past week. Eld. Marion BOWLES preached at the Oak Grove School-house Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Louis MILES are here from South Dakota where they have been working in the asylum since their marriage a few months ago. Mrs. MILES was formerly Mable MANEECE daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George MANEECE. Chas. WINN and wife who he shot and killed and then committed suicide in East St. Louis last week were brought here last Saturday and buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery near Winfield in Horse Prairie. Mrs. WINN was formerly Miss Lizzie DUDLEY and was raised near Sheller where her parents still live but she has lived in East St. Louis since her marriage. I notice in last weeks Register that people had forgotten the name of the man that was condemned to be hung and the scaffold built in Mt. Vernon so long ago and a kindred rode to the capitol and got a pardon for him. Your correspondent having lived all her life in less than a mile of the place where the murder was committed can give you the names. The man that was to hang was named BRADLEY and the man he killed was named King BRADLEY. He rode up in front of King's home and called him to the door and shot him as there was no cemetery near, KING was buried in the woods on the William ABNEY farm. He was the first person buried in what is now the beautiful Abner Cemetery which is a large well kept burying ground with a neat steel fence around it and many nice monuments placed over graves. The forest has all been cleared away. Just on the north side stands the Elk Prairie town house.
    The Daily Register - April 1, 1914 LOGANSVILLE - Antonio ANTONOVINSKY, Michael MOR___NEISKI, Josef JAYJENJAWJIMSKI, Martin ___AJAMBOLINSKY and several others who have unspellable and unpronounceable names are becoming alarmed over the immigration bill. SHILOH - Mr. and Mrs. Edward HOLMES, who have been visiting here for two weeks, left Monday and will visit in Mt. Vernon, Benton and Bluford till April 15 when they will go to Quincy, where they will enter the Soldier's Home for an indefinite period. Miss Amy CATES, of Keens, is the guest of her uncle, D. P. EGBERT. BLUFORD - Helen BARTON spent Saturday with her grandparents, Mt. and Mrs. W. H. BARTON. Mrs. R. C. CRAWFORD, of Champaign, is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. W. BARTON.
    The Daily Register - April 24, 1914 GOOD HOMES FOUND FOR JACKSON CHILDREN Through the aid of the newspapers of the city, P. W. WHITE, administrator of the Oliver JACKSON children, good homes have been found for the five children. The 4 year old girl and the 6 year old boy were taken to Mr. and Mrs. M. M. STANLEY in Dodds Township; and the 9 year old boy was taken by Ben ADAMS in the same neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. H. W. RICE, of this city, have taken the 9 year old girl; and the 14 year old boy is living with Frank AYERS of Iuka. The children seem to be well satisfied and if everything is satisfactory they will be legally adopted by the people who have taken them.
    February 8, 1915 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Last week the two small children of Mr. and Mrs. William PLACE, residing at 505 Thirteenth street, were bitten by a pet dog. The dog was killed and the head sent to the Pasteur Institute in Chicago for examination. A report received yesterday was to the effect that an examination showed the dog to have had rabies. Mr. Place left at once for Chicago with the older of the children for treatment. The other child was not severely bitten and it was decided that there was no need of taking it to Chicago. Mr. Place is a section foreman of the W. C. & W. railroad.
    February 27, 1915 Mt. Vernon Register News
    submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera As stated exclusively in the White County Democrat last week, Frank BOZE, Jr., died Wednesday morning, February 17the in a Mt. Vernon, Ill. hospital following the amputation of his arm. Boze was shot by Lawrence THOMAS, until a few weeks ago teacher at the Snow Drop school. The affair dates back since last December when a younger brother of Boze was punished by Thomas and the boy cut Thomas with a knife. Trouble had been breeding for several months and following a quarrel Friday, Feb. 5th, Thomas shot five times at Frank Boze, Jr. One bullet struck Boze in the arm and gangrene set in. An operation proved useless to save the boys life. Following the shooting Thomas surrendered to the local officers and after a hearing was placed under $300 bond. After Boze died Thomas again surrendered and attorney for the prosecution filed a charge of murder against him. His bond was fixed at $3,000. The bone was filled and Thomas is at liberty. Saturday morning at ten o'clock a preliminary hearing will be given Thomas before Squire P.R. PEBSTOCK. Thomas is represented by Conger, Pearce & Conger and J. M. Endicott, States Attorney and F. M. PARISH will appear for the people. The shooting attracted a great deal of attention throughout the county and it is reported that sentiment is evenly divided regarding the affair.
    March 27 or 28, 1919 Mt. Vernon Daily Register (Probably was in the Confederacy with his brothers.) Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Nov 6, 1997 FORMER WELL KNOWN MAN VERY SICK AT HOWELL Relatives here have been informed of the serious illness of Aaron L. Yearwood, formerly of this place, who with his family moved to Howell, Indiana many years ago. Mr. Yearwood is reported critically ill with Bright's disease. Mr. Yearwood will be remembered by many of the older families of Mt. Vernon, as he was one of six brothers and one sister who resided here. Samuel, William, Robert and Dave Yearwood and Mrs. Buck Oakley, as sister are dead. Joe Yearwood of Mt. Vernon and Aaron L. Yearwood of Howell are the only survivors. Joe Yearwood is almost eighty-five years old and is in good health and Aaron L. Yearwood will be eighty-one years old if he lives until next Saturday. He is a veteran of the Civil War.


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