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Copied from THE PATRIOT, Carrollton, ILL., Friday, Dec. 29, 1899

            The local chronology of another year, as compiled from THE PATRIOT’s films, is set before our readers this week.  The year 1899 in Greene County has been marked by no event of such importance as to attract the notice of the outside world, yet scarcely a day has passed that did to bring with it some happening of great moment to an individual, a family or a community within the borders of the county.  It is for preservation of these dates that this chronology is prepared.

            The necrology of the year shows that the county has lost some of its oldest and most prominent pioneers, including Col. Jacob Bowren and Col. J. C. Winters of White Hall, Judge Fishback and L. W. Wheeler of Carrollton, Michael Waltrip of Wrights and others of less advanced in years.

While we sorrow for these, we rejoice with Judge Cooper, who has celebrated his centennial birthday, with Judge Boyd who expands his social qualities by joining the Masons at 82, and with several elderly couples who have been celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries.

Kane and Roodhouse alone have suffered from disastrous fires.  The criminal record is worse than it should be, and includes three murders.  But one suicide is recorded.

Climatic Freaks have been a noticeable feature of the year.  The records for a number of years were broken by the excessive cold of Feb. 8, when the mercury went to 22 below, by the August flood, when 5 ¼ inches of rain fell Aug. 8; by the September heat, reaching 105 in the shade Sept. 5, and by the phenomenon of Nov. 2, when the first snow of the season fell upon trees still in full leaf.

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1          Carrollton Y. M. C. A. rooms opened to the public.

            Mrs.John Kimbro died at Greenfield.

            Wm. T. Saxton buried at Greenfield.

2          James Phibbs buried here; died at Greenfield.

3           M. W. A. public installation.

            R. B. Meek and family left for Anstell, Ga?

4          Sergt. Henry Connole returned from Cuban war.

5          Austin Graham of Carrollton and Daisy Jones of Litchfield married at Carlinville.

6          Mrs. Catherine Becker died at Berdan, age 82.

            Mrs. A. J. Scoggins died near Kane.

7          Mrs. Rachel Kesinger died at Wrightsville, age 85.

            Myrtle Bassham died at Greenfield, age 6.

9          Curtis W. Brace of Kane died at hospital in St. Louis, age 74.

            Henry Connole took charge of Kane school.

            Mary Stringer died near Rockbridge.

10        Michael Kalaher, Jr. died.

            Mrs. John McClellan shot and seriously wounded by Edward Ashley.

11        Robert Cummings shot and killed at Columbiana, probably by Coon Henson.

            John Gonterman died.

            Walter A. Brown & Martha C. Laning married.

 12       Jordin Lakin died at Warren, Minn., age 19.

            John L. Daum and Nora Foster of Greenfield married at Carrollton.

            Link Clark attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head with a revolver.

14        Mrs. Amy Heaton died at Lake Geneva, Wis; buried here 16th.

            Mrs. Nora Carmody died near Dover Hills, age 90.

            John W. Evans died in East St. Louis.

15        Wm. H. Mitchell died near Carrollton, age 36.

Fire at Roodhouse destroyed Woolley’s hardware, Thompson’s clothing and Crissey’s grocery store.

16        Dr. Justus Bulkley died at Upper Alton, in his 80th year.

17        Mrs. Alonzo Griffin died north of Daum, age 31.

19        Mrs. Martha Mulberry died, ate 87.

20        Lucius Painter and Mrs. Ida Gleason married at Walkerville.

21        Eber Simonds died near Woody, age 67.

22        Edgar Simonds died near Woody, age 67.

23        Mrs. Humphrey Willis died, age 42.

24        Frank Harlan and Eva Cameron married at Greenfield

25        C. C. Van Doren died at Roodhouse, age 61.

26        Perry England died, age 31

27        George W. Cannedy died near Rockbridge, in his 81st year.

            Arthur Robley and wife of Bluffdale celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary.

29        Clark Stevens died near Jalappa, age 76 years.

30        Temperature 8 below zero; river frozen over at Alton for the first time since 1863

            Edith, daughter of Mrs. Add Maberry, died at Woody, age 10.

31        Mrs. Martin Kough died, age 68.

            Mrs. James Bridges died near Kane.




1                    Q. C. & St. L Railroad succeeds L. C. W.

Dr. A. R. Penniman and family moved to Sonfield, Kankakee Co.

            E. D. Clark & Son bought interest of John Kaser in west side store.

2          John Pointer and Jennie Standifer married.

Fire at Kane destroyed Little’s restaurant, Cory & Newton’s hardware store, Smith Irwin & Culver Clothing store,             Munday’s baber shop, Dr. Fenity’s office, & the Snell building, occupied by Odd Fellow & Knights of Pythias.

            Mrs. Hannah Shetterly died, age 69.

3                    Cyrus Vigus died, aged 78.

5          Lieut H. M. Hodges left here for Pacific coast on cable sounding expedition.                 

            George Welchin died, age 71.

            Richard Kalaher died, age 30.

6                    Mrs. Joel Johnson died, age 25.

7                    J. W. Meek frozen to death.

LaFayette Gilleland and son Thomas died the same day at Eldred.

8                    Fire at Kane destroyed Telegram printing office and two other frame buildings.

First meeting of the board of directors of Q. C. & St. L. railroad company held at Carrollton, and officers elected.

Temperature 22 below zero.

John Stone and Mary Doolin married

9                    Dennis Brannan & Katie Snyder married.

11        Michael Waltrip died at Wrightsville, age 89.

Ida Bruner died at Rockbridge, age 37

12                H. W. Abrams and Adelia Hartwick married.

Mrs. Minerva Sharon died, age 75.

14        Mrs. A. J. Tunnel died, age 59.

Eli Crum died at Berdan, age 80.

15        Mrs. Louise Shetterly died at Walkerville, age 75.

John Lawson of White Hall killed by the cars at Roodhouse.

16        Richard R. Clark and Ada Duncan married.

17        Thos. Scruby left for Cedar Vale, Kansas.

18        Mrs. James Cozadd died near Greenfield.

John Eubanks died, age 68.

21        John Rathgeber, near Eldred, shot and killed his wife and killed himself.

Oscar McConnell and Nannie Short married at Eldred.

22,       Mrs. Sarah LaForce died at Kane, age 84.

23        John Hill died, age 63.

24        Elmer E. Williams & wife move to Hardin.

26        Joel O. Reed died at Camden, Ark., age 75.

27        Orville Eldred died, age 62.

Mrs. John Long died at San Diego, Cal., age 67.

February term of circuit court convened.  Judge Shirley presiding.

28                Mrs. Anna Meyer died, age 77.




1                     Major E. A. Giller and wife of White Hall celebrated their golden wedding anniversary

Sparrow season closed, Clerk Hubbard having issued 302 orders for bounty on 22,215 sparrow heads.

2          W. W. Sutton died, age 78.

Joanna Sullivan died at Roodhouse, age 42.

James F. Duncan died at White Hall, age 61.

3          Tucker King died near Wrightsville, age 40.

5          Mrs. William Ryan died near Daum, age 80.

Mrs. S. P. Cameron died at Greenfield, age 55.

Chas. Rexroat shot and killed Joe Hollon at Jalappa; cororner’s jury returned verdict of self-defense.

7          Martha Jane Wiles died at home of Geo. Walker; buried at Greenfield on the 6th.

Clyde Camerer and Florence Mitchell of Bluffdale, married at Carrollton.

Dr. T. H. Hall moved here from St. Louis.

8          Edward Weller & Hattie Gernigin married at Kane

10        Mrs. James Conlin died at Fayette, age 26.

Mrs. August Crader died at Walkerville, age 70

13        Ainsworth murder trial begins.

15        Vic Parks and May Williamson married near Greenfield.

17        Mrs. Patrick Murphy died near Wrightsville, age 66.

18        Carrollton Democratic town primary and Republican town caucas.

20        Mrs. Christ Doyle died, age 50.

21        Roy Kenney of St. Louis and Ora Smith of Smithboro married.

22        Jury found Frank Ainsworth guilt of murder and fixed his punishment at imprisonment in the penitentiary for 40             years.

            Mrs. Frances Clark died, age 80.

24        Mrs. David Stiles died near Hardin.

25        Mrs. Susanna Lee died north of Carrollton, age 94.

            Mrs. John Ranney died, age 22.

26        Chas. Fischer and wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

27        Dr. Guy Penny and Jessie Lakin married at Warren, Minn.

29        Edward Jones of Kane died at Jacksonville, age 48.

Edward Miller and Maude Jackson of Nevada, Mo., married

31        THE PATRIOT’s anniversary edition.



2          Easter Sunday, 4 inches of snow.

3          George Clement and wife of Rockbridge celebrate their golden wedding anniversary

4          Town Election

            Alton district conference of M. E. church convened at Kane.

7          Mrs. William Frech died south of Carrollton, age 36?.

10        L. J. Spaulding bought G. W. Day’s cigar factory and stock.

11        Samuel Erwin died near Kane, age 84.

            H. L. Vallentine and W. G. Secor of Greenfield jointly celebrated their 57th birthday.

12        Mrs. J. L. Fasnacht and daughter left for Blue Mound.

13        Dr. John Hardiner died in Springfield, age 68.

15        Mrs. Abraham Henderson died.

16        Mary, daughter of Nat Pegram and wife, died, age 11.

18        Michael Jennings died, age 68.

            Carrollton city election; H. E. McMahon elected mayor by 30 and license carried by 58

            Cora Mayhall died at Old Kane, age 16.

25        Douglas King of Athensville elected chairman of board of supervisors.

26        John Mills died near Wrightsville, age 68.

            Mrs. James Mayhall died at Old Kane, age 42.

            Samuel R. Rice of Kane married in St. Louis to Olivia C. Major.

27        Marriage of Horace W. Foreman of Patterson and Alice E. Ozbun of Carrollton.

28        Mrs. Ellen Colean and son Walter brought here from East St. Louis for burial.

            Annual display of work at public school.

            Roodhouse high school commencement exercises; 17 graduates.

29        Current Topic Club annual banquet.

            W. P. Marmon real estate sold.

30        Mrs. Anna Loomis died at Jacksonville, buried here, next day.




1          Mrs. Julia Fain bought the G. S. Price property

2          Body of Fred Dohm, a young farmer who had disappeared from his home near Greenfield Jan. 7, found in Macoupin Creek.

M. S. Good died at Roodhouse, age 60.

4          Hugh McClellan died at Greenfield

5          “Old Maides” Convention” at opera house.

            Marshall Dulaney died, age 69

7          Mrs. Mark Shudel died at White Hall.

            Jerry Cronin died at Kane, age 75

8          Milton M. Stubblefield died at Greenfield, age 79.

9          City council elected Thos Flaherty marshal, and Wm. Gilleland night police.

            Nellie McGraw married at Galesburg to George E. Stephens.

            Wm. A. Alcott of Fairbury, Neb. And Leborah Farrelley married at Greenfield.

11        Thos. Melvin Livingston of Carrollton and Jessie Wilson married at Rushville.

12        Concert and minstrel entertainment by Carrollton Military Band.

            Commencement exercises at White Hall.

            Commencement exercises at Kane.

            Thos. Talty’s saloon burglarized.

13        Carrollton High School field day at fair grounds.

16        David Hillis and Bessie Bridges of Berdan married.

            Dr. L. M. Bowman married at Alton.

17        Mrs. Thos. D. Carmody died, age 22

19        Lizzie C. Tendick died at Rockbridge, age 12

20        Jesse Cummings shot and wounded by Officer Gilleland, while resisting arrest.

23        J. R. Underwood took charge of the Virden Reporter.

            Mrs. Martha Ballard died at Roodhouse, buried at Bluffdale.

27        Old fiddlers contest at White Hall.

            Geo. H. D. Smith died at Rockbridge, age 81

30        Decoration Day

            Mrs. S. H.  Winchell died at Eldred, age 56.

31                Eight milch cows and two steers killed by lightning at Jersey dairy.




1          Mrs. John P. Dunnsworth died.

            C. Reime and Lillie Hartwick married.

            W. G. Burnett and Lelia Belknap married at Greenfield.

            Carrollton High commencement exercises; 12 graduates.

2          Twelfth reunion and banquet Carrollton High School alumni.

4          Oscar Waltrip and Rena Walker married at Wrightsville.

5          Hugh Brown and Judson Snow arrested for attempting the confidence game.

7          John W. Fitzgerald and Margaret Hodges married in Kane.

8          Edward Short and Susie Duncan married at Greenfield.

9         A. E.  Thornhill elected principal of Carrollton public schools.

Mrs. Johnson Linder died at Palmyra.

11        Children’s day observed at the churches.

12        Chas. L. Irwin died near Kane, age 23.

14        W. W. Waltrip and family moved back from Trinidad, Colo.

            Dr. Clifton Pegram died at Memphis, Tenn.

16        Demorest silver medal contest at the M. E. Church.

Ralph Terhune died at White Hall, age 71.

17        Ross Walker joined the navy and left for San Francisco.

19        Noah Shaw died at Eldred.

20        Lansing Dickson and Alice E. Ward married .

21        W. L. Winn of White Hall and Edna Hixon of Middlebury, Ind. Married.

Hayden Stevens and Lizzie Williams married at Kane.

22        J. L. Patterson of Roodhouse died at Jacksonville, age 53.

24        Mrs. Wm. Batty died at Wrightsville.

24        Samuel T. Skeen and Effie Angle of Roodhouse married.

25        Mrs. N. J. Andrews died, age 65.

27        C. J. Lumpkin and Mary Elizabeth Pegram married at Kane.

28        Dr. G. H. Kopperl and Courteney E. Kenney married.

30        John Morfoot died, age 61.



3          Zack Bradley’s leg broken by being thrown from wagon by runaway team.

4          Independence day celebration postponed to July 8 on account of rain.

6          Mrs. Hiram Dixon died at Rockbridge, age 50

8          Dynamite explosion at Martin’s second hand store, near C. & A.

9          Scott Rice and Lena Varble married at Woody.

10        B. W. Collins chosen superintendent of county house and farm.

            Delinquent tax sale.

12        Chas. Denby and Nettie E. Pope married near Kane.

19        Mrs. Mahala Black died, age 78.

            Clay Thomas and Jennie Carlin married.

20        Mrs. Ruth Thompson died.

22        Eva Self died, age 25.

26        Valley convention at White Hall.

27        Dr. Ralph Workman and Irene Carlin married.

29        Jesse Brannan died at Wrightsville, age 17.

30        Wm. Scroggins died at Greenfield, age 61




3          County Sunday school picnic at Greenfield.

            John Q. Gill and Mrs. Lillie Ray married at Jerseyville.

6          Double wedding at Eldred:  Walter Winchell and Mary Flatt; Arid Flatt and Gertie Gilleland.

7          Geo. Jones died near Kane, age 43

8          Waterspout in Greene county; 5 ½ inches of water fell in 8 hours.

            Will and Fred Young drown near Pegram.

            County Sunday school convention at Rockbridge.

9          William England and Della Martin married.

            C. F. Bowman died, age 44.    

            Nota Morrow & Lena Schaffer of Athensville married.

10        Carrollton Baptist church struck by lightening and badly damaged.

            John Gibson and Metta Smith married at Eldred.

12        Mrs. Ellen C. Hodges died, age 78.

            Chas. D. Eldred died, age 35.

13        John Veach and Rosa Ford married at Bluffdale.

15        Rev. A. A. Benfield and Addie Doyel married at Greenfield.

16        Thos. Bethard died east of Carrollton, age 45.

17        Claude Duncan died, age 15.

18        Chas. McFarland left for Mexico.

22        Mrs. Thos. Leyden died at Berdan, age 24.

26        Mrs. Ann Rountree died at Kane, age 73

30        J. Allen murdered at C. R. & Q. pump house, near White Hall.

Herbert F. Harrison and Mabel Luther married.

Abdalom Wood and Julia Winkler married.




1          Luke Waltrip dead at Wrightsville.

            Mrs. Georganne Logan died, age 46.

4          Circuit court opened.

            Albert Shenkle arrested for murder of engineer Allen a Q pump house.

            Thomas Ford died at Greenfield, age 80.

5          Geo. Petty killed while sleeping on Q track near White Hall.

            September heat breaks the record, at 102 to 105 in the shade.

            Joseph P. Kelly died, age 25.

6                    Sixth trial of Ashlock road case ends in hung jury.

7          Board of assessment review ends this week.

8          James J. Carmody died near Berdan, age 42

11        Public school opens with 116 in the High School and total of 428.

12        City council adopted tax levy ordinance, the amount being $7,005.00

13        Grand jury in session nine days; returns eight indictments.

14        Mrs. Narcissa Cannedy died at Rockbridge, age 80.

15        Five cases of diphtheria reported in Carrollton, of a mild form.

Jesse N. Strode died in Linder, age 65.

16        Gideon Hutchens and wife of Berdan celebrate their golden wedding.

17        C. S. Smith and wife of Kane celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Theo Lowe and Lulu Wright married at Kane.

John Gibson died at Eldred, age 72.

20        O. D. Bradshaw and Maggie Slone married.

C. M. Barnett & Ida Dorks of Rockbridge married.

22        Paul, son of Jeff Rawlins and wife, killed by the cars at Roodhouse.

24        Ruth, daughter of Malachi Carmody of Berdan, died of diphtheria.

Judge E. L. Cooper’s centennial birthday celebrated at Greenfield.

25        Squire J. G. Heron and wife celebrated their golden wedding.

28        First heavy frost.

Daniel L. Tunnell, who came to Greene county about 1817, died at McPherson, Kansas in his 83rd year.

29        W. M. Montgomery announced intention of closing out his business and going to Springfield.

30        Mrs. Mary Beal died, age 88.

Thermometer 26 to 32 degrees; coldest September day in years.



1          Mrs. Mary A. Thompson died, age 85.

5          Drusilla F., wife of Rev. J. E. Artz, died age 37.

7          Tenth annual harvest home at Presbyterian chapel.

            Harvey Tottell arrested for having killed John Hodge at Berdan Feb. 7, 1898.

            Mrs. James Eilers died near Woody, age 34.

9          Harry Cook died, age 19.

            Eldon’s Comedians here for the week.

10        Greene County Fair opened in the rain, and continued over Saturday.

11        Barney Short and Lucy Underwood married; also Geo. Batty and Maggie Short married at Wrightsville.

12        W. Kee Maxwell and Alma Burnett married at Kane.

            Col. Jacob Bowman died at White Hall, age 85.

13        Was Friday, and Greene County Fair’s luckiest day.

            Arthur Reno and Maude Clark of Rockbridge married.

14        Ninety degrees in the shade.

17        Body of Martin Leyden, a Chicago Policeman, brought here by seven brother officers for burial.

            Garrett Welch died near Rockbridge, age 67.

            Ed Davis died near Kane, age 45; also Joseph Gates, an old soldier.

            Mary Jane Pinkerton died near Berdan, age 73.

18                Robt. Fullerton and Jessie Buie married in St. Louis.

19                Col. J.  C. Winters died at White Hall, age 83

Charles, son of Geo. A. Giller, died of injuries received by being thrown from a horse.

20        First football game of the season; Carrollton 5, Jerseyville 0.

Prof. A. O. Robyn’s annual organ concert.

21        David Hanks died in Patterson, age 60.

Child of Chas. Myers died while the father, who come to town for medicine, was sleeping off a jag in the calaboose.

22        Robt. Peebles and Mrs. Dean Noel of Roodhouse married here.

23        Solomon Heter died at White Hall, age 86; also John J. Young in Linder, age 55.

24        Jessie, daughter of M. T. Kight, died at Greenfield, age 6.

Richard W. Stroud, died at Upper Alton, age 46; buried at Kane 26th. Also Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson near Asbury, age 66.

Special village election at Kane; T. F. Williams elected clerk; purchase of fire apparatus defeated.

25        Walter B. Kelley returned from  Alaska.

Fred A. Mytinger of White Hall and Angie Stout married.

26        John Brogan and Ruth Bradley married at Eldred.

27        Rev. Chas. E. Combrink called to Presbyterian pastorate at Pierceton, Ind.

28        John Meyers, a White Hall boy, killed by accidental discharge of a companion’s gun.

29        Old folks’ service at M. E. Church.

30        Whitney Mockridge concert.

John Woods, died near Rockbridge, age 65.




1          Greene County Fair officers elected

2          Residence of Jesse Ridings, in White Hall, destroyed by fire.

First now fall on trees in full leaf.

3          White Hall street fair opened.

4          Football:  Carrollton 17, White Hall 0.

6          T. P. Hackney died at White Hall, age 66.

Mrs. Mary A. Robley died, age 69.

Thirty five days of mail weighing shows nearly two tons of mail originating at this office.

7          Hon. W. V. Rhodes moved from Wrights to Springfield.

8          Judge Richard Yates opened his gubernatorial canvas here.

James Harrison Day died, age 75.

Hallie, son of Frank Cannedy, died.

9          Frank Stanley of Taylorville and Emma Williams married.

10        Travis Ray and Ann Brace married at Bowling Green, Missouri.

Tom Connole closed out his stock of shoes, to go on the road.

11        Foot Ball:  Greenfield 6, Carrollton 5

12        Mrs. M. J. Sever died, age 72

14        City council let contract for brick crossings to court house.

15        Green Driver celebrated his 91st birthday.

Clara Montgomery, colored, died at Jerseyville.

16        Thunder shower takes place of shower of shooting stars.

17        Martha E., wife of Dr. J. T. Crow, died, age 62.

18        Judge Thomas H. Boyd became a Mason at 82.

Jacob S. Hut and Cora Harkins married.

19        Mary, daughter of Joseph Hoffman, died, age 9.

21        Guy, son of Frank Cannedy, died; second death in family in two weeks.

23        Ira Davidson and Stella Patterson married.

24        David O. Peirson died, age 26.

Meade Wooldridge and Ella Rayfield married at Kane.

Coon Henson caught in Arkansas for murder of Robert Cummings, Jan. 11

25        Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

26        Stella, daughter of James Varble, died near Old Kane, age 5.

Geo. A. Simpson died in St. Louis, in 39th year.

Mrs. Theodore Hunt died, age 38; her 4 week old baby died 28th; both buried in same grave.

27        Arthur MacDonald and Belle Roberts married at Alton.

28        Charles S. Martin and Helen Garner married.

29        Fred Witt of Kane and Amanda Robinson married.

30        Foot Ball; Carrollton 32, Jacksonville 5.

Union Thanksgiving service, with sermon by Rev. J. E. Artz; temperature up to 66 degrees in the shade.




1          THE PATRIOT’S fifth annual Thanksgiving reunion, 52 letters from former Greene county people.

            Mrs. Emily Brace died near Warren, Minn., age 82.

3          Capt. Joseph Brown died in St. Louis, age 76.

4          Frank Linn and Susie Perkins married.

8          John Foran, Jr. died, age 26.

10        Reunion of William Hubbard’s family.

11        George F. Hunt died, age 74.

            Mrs. Eugene Williams, died at Rockbridge, age 23.

12        County board met; nearly 2 days taken up with Wrights boundary case.

13        Elsie, daughter of Wm. Hodges, died at Kane.

            M. J. Frank and wife celebrated their golden wedding at Red Bluff, California.

14        Lyman F. Wheeler died, age 81.

16        Mrs. Jerry Bethard died at Wrightsville.

19        C. C. Kimbro & Mae Richards married at Rockbridge.

29        John B. Richards and Minnia H. cook married at Hot Springs, Ark.

24        Mrs. Jas. Stone died at Woody, age 56.

25        Edmund H. Rives & Myrtle Pitchford at Rockbridge.

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