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5 January 1916
Additional Locals--G. M. McKitrick, of Harrisburg, was through this city Tuesday, en route to Centralia to attend the funeral of his sister, MRS. J. F. REINBOLD.
12 January 1916
Mrs. Laura Organ, G. W. Choisser and daughters, Fay and Elizabeth, and Mrs. Mary Ann Duvall and son Dan, of Evansville, left Wednesday for Pinckneyville, where they were called by the death of their brother, JOE CHOISSER, who died Tuesday evening after suffering a stroke of paralysis. He was 67 years of age. Mr. Choisser was the first L. & N. R. R. agent Eldorado ever had, and was agent at the time the station was built twenty years ago. From Eldorado he moved to Pinckneyville, working for the railroad there until he was injured, after which he accepted a position with the Ritchie Mining Co. as bookkeeper and served in that office until his recent illness. Interment occurred yesterday at Benton.
Local & Personal--MRS. JAS. TWITCHEL died at her home near Elizabethtown Tuesday of blood poison. The deceased, aged 42, was a sister of John Williams, of this city. Funeral and interment occurred Wednesday noon. Relatives from this city were unable to attend on account of the bad roads. Mrs. Monroe Bennett and son Glen went to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Friday, where she was called by the death of her mother, MRS. C. T. POSEY.
18 January 1917
Card of Thanks: We wish to extend our thanks to the friends for the kindness during the illness and death of our mother, and also for the beautiful floral offering.--Mrs. Wm. Ham, J. P. Mick, Simon Kelley, Thomas Kelley.
Card of Thanks: Through these columns we wish to extend our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who so faithfull and untiringly assisted us during the sickness and death of our husband and father, and may God's richest blessing rest upon each and every one of you is the sincere wish of Mrs. Laura GATES and family.
Local and Personal--Mrs. Fannie Estes returned to Jacksonville Saturday after being called home to attend the funeral of her sister, MRS. THOS. WALDER at Harrisburg. GRANT GATES, well known and prominent farmer, of Green Hill community, died at his home Thursday of last week after only a few days of illness of pneumonia. He was a highly esteemed citizen and Christian gentleman and enjoyed a host of friends. Funeral and interment occurred Friday afternoon at Wolf Creek under the auspices of the local I.O.O.F. lodge. He is survived by a wife, mother and several children--three residing in Eldorado; Herman Gates, Mrs. Everett Kittinger, and Mrs. Lawrence Crawford.
An Old Resident Called: MRS. NANCY WESTFALL, was born in Eldorado, Ill., March 15, 1849. She died in the hospital at Anna, January 13, 1918; aged 68 years, ten months and two days. Mrs. Westfield became a Christian when 19 years old, and united with the Missionary Baptist church. Nine years ago she took her membership to the Primitive Baptist, and was a member there at the time of her death. She leaves two sisters to mourn her death; Mrs. Jane Cox of Eldorado, and Mrs. Pearl Jones of Carmi. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her niece, Mrs. John Slow, on N. Walnut Street by Rev. H. B Cox. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
19 January 1917
JOHN ESTES, employed as loader at Segrave mine, was instantly killed last Saturday about noon when in some manner he fell against a live wire. He had been in the company's employ only a few weeks, as we understand. He had formerly worked as section hand for the L. & N. for seven or eight years. His former home was in Tennessee before removing to this city about ten years ago. Deceased leaves a widow and three small children. Funeral services were held at the home in the north part of the city Monday morning, conducted by Rev. Simon Reeder followed by interment at the Dodd cemetery. Coroner Dr. Freeman H. Ozment, of Harrisburg, held an inquest, the following being called as jurors: W. C. Trusty, Loren Stricklin, J. E. Bramlet, W. H. Burnett F. D. Gross and Alex Nelson.
VINT FUGITT, electrician at O'Gara No. 3, was instantly killed about 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon while in the discharge of his duties. According to information the Register was able to obtain, Fugitt was riding on the front of a motor, which collided with a runaway mule, the force of the collision throwing the motor off the track, and in falling Fugitt is said to have come in contact with a live trolly wire, which caused instant death. The morotman, Roy Vaughn, and trip rider, C. T. (Jaybird) Wallace, were both thrown from the car, and the latter was severely injured. Mr. Fugitt was a well known and highly respected citizen, having been a resident of Harrisburg for a number of years and an active member of the First Methodist church. He was about 35 years old and married but had no children.--Harrisburg Register.
JAMES H. BROWN, a conductor on the Illinois Central railroad, was killed near Pinckneyville Sunday night when he fell between two freight cars of a moving train. Brown had the second section of freight No. 263 in charge. The last stop made was a Belleville. Nearing Pinckneyville Brown started walking to the front end of the train on top of the cars. In crossing from one to another he sliped and fell between them, being crushed to death under the wheels. Brown, who was about 48 years old, resided in East St.Louis, but for the past several years he spent most of his time in Belleville, having been employed as conductor on the Belleville & Carbondale branch rock quarry train. He took charge of 258 only a month ago.
MRS. HARRY BILLMAN, died last Saturday at eight o'clock, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Miner, who live on a farm near Green Hill church. Mrs. Billman was eighteen years old last May and had only been married since last February. She had been suffering for some time with that dreaded white plague--tuberculosis, and death came as the only relief. Mr. and Mrs. Billman lived at Cottage Grove, until she became so ill last October, when she was removed to her old home with her parents. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Wolf Creek church, Rev. C. B. Whiteside, of Harrisburg, officiating. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--J. F. Bowan, of Texas City, was in the city Monday to attend the funeral of his brother, JOHN ESTES. Dug Estes, of Dexter, Mo., arrived Sunday in response to the telegram announcing the death of his brother, JOHN ESTES, who was killed at Segrave mine Saturday. Mrs. Sophie and Mrs. Joe Munster returned to their home in Mt. Vernon Wednesday after attending the funeral of their father, FRANK MUNSTER, who died Monday at his home one and one half miles northeast of this city. Mr. Munster was 70 years of age and had been an invalid for several years. He leaves to mourn his death three sons and one daughter. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at nine o'clock at the Catholic church in this city, Fr. Gilmartin presiding, following interment at the Catholic Cemetery in Equality.
26 January 1917
Uncle ED ROBERTS died last Saturday night his home on a farm near Green Hill church, three miles northwest of this city, where he had lived for a number of years. Mr. Roberts as seventy nine years old and had lived in this county nearly all of his life. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and three daughters and three sons: Mrs. Andrew Brown, Albert, Elmer and Latimer Roberts, all of this city; the other two daughters reside at Poplar Bluff, Mo. Funeral services were held Sunday at Wolf Creek church Elder W. C. Kane officiating. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--Mrs. J. N. Reed spent last week in the sanitarium in St. Louis for treatment and just as she was ready to return home received the sad news of her brother's death, MR. S. L. BRACEY, of Marion. She at once went to Marion and attended the funeral Tuesday. Mr. Reed and Lowell went over Tuesday morning, returning home Wednesday.
2 Feb. 1917
Local & Personal--Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Holt and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Goldman went to Thackery Tuesday to attend the funeral of MRS. M. LANDS. Mrs. J. W. Bovinett was thru this city Wednesday enroute to her home in Galatia from Keensburg, where she had been to attend the funeral of her father, WM. SPRINKLE. Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Hammond were thru this city yesterday enroute to their home in Benton from Ledford, where they attended the funeral of her brother, NEAL MONROE. W. J. HALEY died Wednesday at his home on State street in this city after a lingering illness from complications. He was born February 22, 1853, hence was nearly 64 years of age at the time of his death. He was an ordained minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. For many years he was leading teacher in Saline county schools. At times he had edited a newspaper and for the past three years had worked at the printing business, operating a shop of his own. He held membership in the Harrisburg Typographical Union No. 562. He was well known, a good citizen and had a large circle of friends. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and four children--Meeks Haley, Sebe Haley, Mrs. Edgar Burks and Mrs. A. P. Cox. Funeral services will be held this morning, 11 o'clock at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Z. W. Farmer, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
RACHAEL JANE HARRIS, daughter of J. W. and Malinda Tate, was born September 28, 1837; departed this life January 24, 1917, age 79 years, 4 months and 26 days. She was married to Alexander Harris in the year of 1852, and of this union came thirteen children of whom ten are now living. Mrs. Harris had been in ill health for several years, but had always born her affliction with patience that was beautiful to see. She had been a member of the church for several years, and leaves to mourn her death a host of relatives and friends.
A circumstance of more than unusual significance occurred Saturday at Vienna where a man and his wife were buried together. B. J. Laughlin of Callaway county, Illinois------Nebr., arrived here Saturday night after a long tiresome trip and while stopping at a hotel here on his way to Vienna where his parents were ill, he called by telephone to ask about their condition only to be notified that they had passed away almost the same hour of the same day and a double burial was made Saturday. Neither Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin were conscious of the other's death. Mr. Laughlin was a former minister in the Southern Methodist church and was over 80 years of age. His wife was about the same age. Rev. Laughlin and his wife had a number of friends in this city. He was a captain of Co. K 73rd Illinois Regiment in the same regiment in which Col. Ingersoll was in charge of a company during the Civil war.--Carbondale Free Press.
WILLIAM W. PLATER died at his home in Carbondale Sunday afternoon. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Co. D 10th Illinois Volunteers in the late rebellion. During that time he became disabled and was discharged a few months later. Since his wife's death in 1911, Mr. Plater had been on the decline and had looked forward to this time. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and burial at Oakland cemetery.
SAMUEL CHAPMAN of Norris City died Monday morning after several years' illness. Mr. Chapman served three years in the Civil war in the 56th Volunteer Infantry. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Village church, near Norris City.
Harrisburg Chronicle: SAM McCLURE, well known business man of this city, died at his home 500 East Poplar street this afternoon at 4 o'clock after an illness extending over a year. Mr. McClure was suffering from heart trouble and for the past six months had been unable to take any acitve part in his business at the wholesale house. Since early this morning he has been in a semi-conscious state and remained so until the end. Mr. McClure was president of the McClure-Wood Wholesale Grocery company, which he, with D. L. Wood of Eldorado, founded nine years ago, operating houses both here and at Eldorado. The deceased was very prominent and well known here having visited this city often before entering business, as a salesman for a St. Louis grocery house. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and one son, Eugene, who lives in St. Louis. His brother, Hugh McClure, of Sparta, arrived here Tuesday and has been at his brother's bedside constantly. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
9 February 1917
Card of Thanks: We sincerely wish to extend thanks to those of our friends and neighbors for their kindly aid and many favors shown us during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Wm. Lawyer, Mrs. Geneva Carnahan, Mrs. Margaret Prince, Clarence Lawyer, George Lawyer, Mrs. Laura Wallace.
Local & Personal--R. G. Putnam was called to Topeka, Kan., last Monday in response to a message of the death of his brother, WM. PUTNAM,. He returned through this city yesterday accompanying the body to Friendsville, in Wabash county, where the funeral was held followed by interment. Mrs. Wm. Putnam and sister, Mrs. Mabel Hatch, of North Platte, Neb., also accompanied the remains. MRS. LOUISE FRANCES LAWYER, daughter of Wm. and Margaret BRACKBERN was born in Bathe county, KY., and moved, with her parents, from Kentucky to Indiana when she was seven years old. In July 1864, she was married to Wm. Lawyer and to this union came four children; Mrs. M. R. Carnahan and Mrs. Maggie Prince, of this city; Mrs. Laura Wallace, now residing in Lafayette, Colo., and Clarence Lawyer in Cairo, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Lawyer moved to this city in 1876, and had lived here until death claimed her February 1, 1917. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Ernest, were held at 2 o'clock February 2, at the Christian church, of which she had been a member for several years. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
6 February 1917
Additional Locals--City Attorney T. A. Grable and Justice W. A. Joyce went to Broughton Tuesday to attend the funeral of SAMUEL ALLEN, who died Sunday afternoon. He was buried Tuesday morning at Gholson's cemetery.
Local & Personal--BOOTS BEECHUM died at his home on Third Street last Sunday after two weeks' illness. Up to the time of his illness he had been working as loader at the Segrave mine. He was about thirty two years of age. Funeral services were conducted from the home followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. The body of PLEAS SCROGGINS was shipped to Equality Wednesday from Cobden, via Eldorado. Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Brockett went to Carmi yesterday to attend the funeral of her sister, MRS. EBIN COTTON, who died of asthma.
In Memorium of HARRY L. HATHAWAY--Whereas, God, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, has seen fit to remove from our ranks, our esteemed brother, HARRY L. HATHAWAY, who departed this life December 21, 1916---Local Union No. 64 B. M. & P. I. U.
23 February 1917
Local & Personal--MARY ELIZABETH, the small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. JACKSON, died at their home on Fifth street Monday evening. The remains wre taken to Greenville, Ky., Tuesday for the funeral services and burial. AB SISK died at his home in Equality last Saturday, funeral and interment occurred Sunday at Cottage Grove. He was a veteran of the Mexican war. ANDREW HARRIS, who resided about four miles west of Galatia, died very suddenly after a few hours illness Sunday. He was 50 years old and was taken to Lebanon for burial Monday.
John G. Hill of the Roland country helped W. L. Bethel, the former Middlepoint and Roland merchant, to move his family and household effects to Pope county last week. As he was returning via Equality Friday he learned of a murder that occurred near there about 3 o'clock that afternoon, particulars of which he did not secure in detail. The killing, however, was on account of an old grudge between a man named O. D. BLAKE and another named Hodson. Blake was shot four times and died isntantly. Hodson was soon apprehended and is now in jail at Shawneetown. --Norris City Record
MRS. ELIZABETH S. WEBBER died at her home in Galatia Monday noon. Mrs. Webber was the widow of the late Lieutanant E. M. Webber and was 77 years of age. She had lived in Saline county for several years and has many friends in this city who will be grieved to learn of her death. Funeral services conducted by Rev. B. H. Batson were held Tuesday, followed by interment at the Webber Campground.
2 March 1917
ERNEST BATTY met accidental death at No. 11 O'Gara mine Monday about noon. He was working as driver and according to testimony was kicked off the car by a mule, and run over by the cars. The body was mangled and many bones broken. The body was removed to the Martin undertaking parlors where an inquest was held Monday evening. A short funeral service was conducted at the home Tuesday by Rev. H. B. Cox. At 2:30 the remains were shipped to Murphysboro where interment occurred. The relief committee, Patrick Butler, Johnny Falls and Arthur Booten, accompanied the corpse. The deceased was about 23 years of age and leaves a wife and one child, two brothers, two sisters, father and mother. Mr. Batty came here two years ago from Weaver but his former home was Murphysboro where his parents now reside.
Eating Dinner With a patriarch: The writer (Col. Clinch) was one of the immense crowd who ate dinner with UNCLE JAMES MORRIS at his home five miles north west of Eldorado last Monday. Uncle Jim reached his eightieth milestone that day and over one hundred friends and relatives met and gave him the surprise of his life................Uncle Jim's father came from Virginia in 1832, and found a home at Equality, and he has been in Saline county ever since his birth in 1837. He says he has chewed tobacco all his life, and when the occasion demanded it, took a nip at good liquor; that doctors don't know it all when to comes to longivity and that he is going to try to live to be a hundred.
Local & Personal--The little three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac JONES died Wednesday at their home on West Locust street. Funeral services were conducted at the home yesterday at 2;00 o'clock p.m., followed by interment at the Wolf Creek cemetery.
9 March 1917
Long Branch: GREEN LEWIS of near Galatia, together with his grandson of St. Louis, were buried at Hebron Monday. Local & Personal--Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Jones and Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Mitchell went to Ridgway this morning to attend the funeral services of GEO. HENDRIX, who died of heart failure at his home in this city on Wednesday morning. Mr. Hendrix leaves a wife and one son to mourn his death. Funeral services will be held this morning at 10:30 at New Hope church, reverend Connet, of Ridgway, officiating. Interment at Cottonwood cemetery.
Card of Thanks: We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to those who assisted us in every way in this our sad hour of affliction--the death of our beloved mother, MARY M. WETZER; also to the ones who sent the beautiful floral offerings.--Mr. and Mrs. John Sursa, Walter Sursa, Madeline Sursa.
16 March 1917
Local & Personal--The baby son of Priest HARMON, who resides in the east part of town, died Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held at the home yesterday morning followed by interment at Cottage Grove. Dr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson went to Omaha Wednesday to attend the funeral of RILEY GALLOWAY, who died very suddenly Tuesday morning at his home in that city. MILES BOGGESS, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Bogess, 505 Forest street, died last Saturday of Bright's disease. The body was shipped to Graham, KY, Monday for interment near their former home. Mrs. J. C. Guill, of Herrin, was through this city yesterday, en route to Broughton from Raleigh, where she had been called by the death of her son, BEN CHATMAN, who was killed instantly at West Frankfort. Mrs. Laura McHaney and daughter, Mrs. Clarence Smith, of Thompsonville, were through the city Tuesday, returning home from Harrisburg, where they had been to attend the funeral of MRS. W. A. McHANEY. Stopping over in this city, they visited Mrs. H. L. Meyers and Mrs. L. O. Trigg. BEN CHATMAN, a former resident of Raleigh, was instantly killed Monday while on top of a train, riding from his work at one of the mines at West Frankfort. The remains were brought to Raleigh and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Chas. Wise, of McAllister, Oklahoma, while on his way to Cincinnati to buy goods, stopped off Sunday for a visit here with his brother, Cecil Wise, and his mother and sisters, Mrs. Lundy Wise and Mrs. Mamie Bryant, of Vincennes, who were here on a visit. He knew nothing of the death of his little nephew, JOHN FINIS WISE, until he arrived here. WILL CASH died Wednesday evening at the hospital in Harrisburg, of pneumonia and typhoid. His body was shipped to his home in this city yesterday morning. Funeral services will be held this morning, followed by interment at Cottage Grove. Deceased was a miner, aged thirty five, and leaves a wife and two children and other relatives.
The funeral of JOHN FINIS WISE, the little three months old son of Cecil and Merry Wise, was held at the Christian Church Monday afternoon. The pastor, Eld. Clifford Ernest, conducted the services and spoke in words of tenderest sympathy and comfort, of deepest Christian hope and promise. Interment followed at Wolf Creek cemetery.
ED WHITEHOUSE, of this city, was shot and killed by a cousin at Cleaton, KY., last Sunday. It is said that the two met at a livery stable in that city and after the exchange of a few words Whitehouse was fired upon. It is believed to be the culmination of an old grudge, though this is not verified. The offender escaped to a neighboring town and sent for and gave himself up to the officers. The body of Whitehouse was buried near Cleaton, his old home, beside his first wife and a son by his last wife. This is a very sad affair indeed. Mr. Whitehouse left this city last Saturday, going to Cleaton to accompany his mother-in-law here to remain with them until Mrs. Whitehouse was taken to the hospital for treatment. Mrs. Whitehouse has been very ill for sometime and has been in a critical condition this week, induced by the shock of her husband's death. Mrs. Whitehouse' mother and sister arrived Tuesday from Kentucky and will remain with her for some time.
Benton, IL--March 13: Constable Joseph Adams was shot in the shoulder and two bandits were captured after a running battle between the robbers and a posse near here last night. The men under arrest are Roy Davis and W. J. Tindell, of Eldorado, Ill. Both are in jail in Benton. More than 200 shots were exchanged before Davis and Tindell were forced to surrender after their horse had been shot down by the posse. Davis and Tindell came to Benton late yesterday with the intention, police say, of robbing Paymaster Mack McCreery of the Middlefork mine of a two weeks' payroll. Armed with Winchester rifles, they went a mile east of Benton to wait for McCreery to pass, but missed him. They then held up Stewart Hogan and took $80 and a revolver. Hogan reported the hold-up to local officers and a posse was organized. The men were found at West City, west of Benton, and when officers attempted to arrest them they began shooting, and, jumping into a buggy, rode away. The posse started in pursuit. Davis and Tindell were headed for Rend, a distance of five miles. The possemen immediately opened fire, to which the fugitives responded, and for two hours a fusillade raged, more than 200 shots being exchanged. At Rend the horse of the robbers was shot down by a posseman. Davis and Tindell jumped out of the buggy and fled to a nearby house, where they continued to fire on their pursuers, one bullet striking Adams. While the men were reloading their guns, the posse broke into the house, and the robbers were captured and brought to Benton.--Globe Democrat
MRS. DORA JONES was born at Long Branch December 4, 1866; died at Hoxie, Ark., March 8, 1917, aged 51 years. Deceased lived at Long Branch this county, until her marriage to H. L. Jones in 1877, removing to this city where they remained until seven years ago, when they removed to Hoxie, Arkansas. Mrs. Jones joined the church at Long Branch at an early age, and has always been a devoted Christian. She was a member of the Silver Moon Rebekah, 328, I. O. O. F. 581, Hoxie, Ark. Twice a representative to the Grand Council, and was very active until her recent illness. The remains were brought to this city for burial last Saturday. Funeral services were held Sunday at Wolf Creek, Rev. H. B. Cox officiating. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
23 March 1917 (no obits)
30 March 1917
Additional Personals--Victor Wise was called to Brookport, Ill., yesterday by the death of his wife, who died Wednesday at the home of her parents. Mrs. Fannie Estes, who has employment in the state hospital in Jacksonville, was through this city yesterday en route to Jacksonville from Harrisburg, where she was called by the death of her grandfather, WILBOURN SANTY.
6 April 1917
MARY, the 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. VON LIENEN, of West Lincoln, was instantly killed about 12:30 today (Tuesday) when she was struck by an automobile which was being driven by J. M. Pruett. The accident happened on McKinley avenue, just south of Lincoln. The little girl went up the street with her little brother who was returning to school after dinner, and was on her way back home. Mr. and Mrs. Pruett, who had been to the high school to take a paper to their son, were coming south on McKinley in their car. When the car was within about 40 feet of the girl, she stepped out into the street. Mr. Pruett applied his brakes, but was unable to stop, and the heavy car struck the child and dragged her about fifty feet, crushing her to death. Mr. Purett says he was not running very fast, and Mrs. Clint Osborne, who saw the accident, says the car was not running at a high rate of speed. But indications are that the car must have been running faster than they thought. A number of persons gathered at the place where the accident happened, and the tracks on the pavement show that the car ran 42 paces, or about 125 feet with the wheels sliding. Apparently the brakes were applied and the car ran about 50 feet before striking the child, and the marks left on the street show that the little girl was dragged about 75 feet. The car was a 7 passenger National touring car and was very heavy and it was the opinion of those who saw the tracks that a car of that weight would have to be going pretty fast to slide that far with the rear wheels locked. Physicians were summoned and the lung motor was brought from the Co-Operative Undertakers, but it was found that the child's lungs had been so badly crushed that death was instantaneous. This is the first accident Mr. Pruett has had, and he and his wife are deeply grieved over the sad affair. The heartbroken parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.--Harrisburg Chronicle.
HELEN BRAMLET, the only daughter of Ed and Nellie Bramlet, died at her home on North First St., Friday morning, March 30, 1917. Helen was a child everybody loved, and everybody knew her. She was above the average in her school work, and in her manners on the street and at school and church a little lady far beyond her age. The large funeral at the Baptist Church Sunday at 2 p.m. was a wonderful eulogy for a child. The large auditorium was crowded, and on every face the marks of grief, because we all felt we had lost a friend. Pastor Cox spoke on the statemtnt of Paul, "To die is gain." In the sermon Mr. Cox told why we fear death. He said we put the emphasis on the wrong side, we count this world as of more importance than the other, and material things of greater value than eternal things. He said Helen had one great desire; that was to be a Christian and belong to the church, and when she knew she could not get well, she told the folks that she was not afraid to die. Helen was born Oct. 2, 1905. Mr. and Mrs. Bramlet and the two boys, Hubert and Homer, have the sympathy of the entire city; and as Mr. Bramlet said, "words failed him" when he thought of trying to express his appreciation for the friendship and love that was demonstrated by everybody all the way thro' their days of suffering and sorrow.
Local & Personal--G. G. BURLISON accompanied his two children, MARIE and KENNETH, to Creal Springs where they will be placed in the Methodist orphanage. CATHERINE, the two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. TINNEL, who reside in the west part of the city, died Tuesday of pneumonia fever. Funeral services and interment occured Wednesday at Wolf Creek. JOHN PORTER died of tuberculosis at his farm home five miles north of this city last Thursday. Funeral services and interment at Gholson Saturday afternoon. Mrs. A. J. McCowan returned to her home in Waverly, KY., Saturday, after visiting her daughter, Mrs. George Tinnel, during the recent illness of her little daughter, who has had pneumonia fever.
13 April 1917
Local & Personal--A. L. Bowling went to Equality Tuesday to attend the funeral of his cousin, MRS. WILL DONAHUE.
20 April 1917
Last Sunday morning while Mr. and Mrs. Elbert WHITLOCK were getting ready to go to church, their ten year old daughter, ALICE went out and climbed into the wagon ahead of them, and before they reached the wagon the team took fright, running away, striking a tree with such force that the little girl was thrown out against the tree with such force that she died Monday morning of her injuries. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday, conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox, followed by interment at the Masonic cemetery near Raleigh.
We desire to thank our friends for their assistance and tender sympathy extended to us during the illness and death of our beloved mother and sister, Mrs. MARY TAYLOR. Myrtle Taylor, Cooper McClellan, Major McClellan.
27 April 1917 (no Obits)
4 May 1917
The tragedy mentioned on page seven about the difficulty between ASA THOMAS and his son-in-law, Louis Young, proved fatal. Mr. Thomas died later of his injuries. The news of his death cast a gloom over that vicinity as he was well and favorably known. He leaves a widow and six children. Deceased was fifty two years of age. Young, who is confined in the county jail at Harrisburg, still maintains that he acted in self defense. At his home three miles northeast of Galatia, ASA THOMAS, well known in that section for his tireless energies in the support of his family, lies hovering between life and death, and will probably be dead before this is read by our friends. In the county jail at Harrisburg, locked behind the steel bars, is Louis Young, son-in-law of Mr. Thomas, who is charged with the terrible offense of shooting the latter. The trouble occurred about six o'clock Tuesday morning, in a field some two and a half miles from Galatia. Mr. Thomas was working at the Galatia mine as a shift boss. Young married a daughter of Mr. Thomas a few years ago, and for several months the wife and one child have been making their home with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas. Young is said to have been roaming over the country of late and just recently came back to the Thomas home. This morning the two men had an argument, we are informed, which came up when Thomas stated to Young that it was time for him to get a job and go to work. They had some heated words. After breakfast the two men started to the mine. When about half a mile from the house, they became involved again in trouble, which resulted, it is charged, in Young pulling a 25-calibre automatic and shooting his father-in-law, the bullet entering above the eye and penetrating the brain. Young notified Uncle Willis Thomas, who lived near, and these two men carried the unconscious man into the home of the former Thomas. Dr. Garrison, of Galatia, was in the immediate neighborhood and was hastily called in. He was later joined by Dr. Johnson, also of Galatia, and the two physicians examined the stricken man and the wound. They probed two and a half inches for the bullet and did not reach the bottom of the wound. The condition of the man was so serious that it was not deemed advisable to go farther. Mr. Thomas had not regained consciousness at 3:15 this afternoon, when the Register was in telephone communication with Dr. Garrison. He has not been able to speak a word since he was shot, and it not thought he can survive much longer. The physicians were at his home at one o'clock, and at that time his breathing was bad, though the pulse was strong. Deputy Sheriffs Medlin and Koerner went to the scene of the shooting and arrested Young, brought him to Harrisburg and lodged him in the county jail. On the way to this city he talked to the officers and claimed that he shot Thomas in self defense. Young told the officers that Thomas left the house and started for the mine, and that after he got a short distance from the home he called him (Young) to his side and was in the act of attacking him with a knife. Young says he then pulled his pistol and fired.--Harrisburg Register.
11 May 1917 (no obits)
18 May 1917
Warden W. V. CHOISSER, 68 years old, died at his home in the warden's house in the Southern Illinois Penitentiary at Menard Wednesday, after over a year's illness. He was born in Jefferson county, Illinois, in 1849. He was a Civil war veteran and was mustered out at the age of 18. He was graduated from McKendree College at Lebanon, Ill., in 1874, and admitted to the bar in 1876. He served a term of four years as state's attorney of Saline county. He was a member of the thirty-fourth General Assembly of Illinois; served as commissiner of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary under the Altgeld administration, delegate to many Democratic conventions including the one at Baltimore, appointed warden of the Southern Illinois Penientiary by Gov. Dunne in 1913. His body will be taken to Harrisburg, his home town, for burial.
About three thirty last Satruday morning an explosion occured at Grayson ("Nigger Hill") mine in which four men lost their lives--three white and one colored. Rescue parties searched until nearly noon before the three white men were found and brought to the surface--JOE B. ("BEN) EASTON, WALTER EASTON and CLAUD HUMPHRIES, and not until late in the afternoon was WALTER CALHOON, colored, located and removed. All four of the men were brought to this city to the Martin undertaking parlor and prepared for burial. The body of Calhoon was taken to Oakland, Ky., for interment; while those of the two Eastons and Humphries were taken to Greenville, KY., for interment. Three of the men were from one family--JOE EASTON and WALTER were brothers, and were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Easton and CLAUDE HUMPHRIES was a brother-in-law to the two Easton boys having married their sister last November. Joe Easton was 24 years of age and had been married only four weeks. Walter Easton was 19 years of age and still resided with his parents. The unfortunate men had another brother working in the same mine and on the same shift, but he quit work and was on top 20 minutes befoer the explosion occured. J. W. Easton, father of the two men who were killed, is 60 years of age said he and his aged wife depended solely upon Walter for support. WALTER CALHOON, colored, the ____was 29 years of age and married. There were nine other men in the mine at the time but they escaped injury. Boyd Chandler, the mule feeder, was in the barn near the bottom at the time of the explosion and was shocked by the force of the air driven rapidly by the force of the explosion, but escaped uninjured.
Local & Personal--MRS. OTIS BURNAM of this city died at the Harrisburg hospital Wednesday from appendicitis. The body was shipped to Henshaw, Ky., the old home, for burial, yesterday. She leaves a husband, and a month old baby. Mr. Burnam is employed at the Cummins grocery.
GLEN HARDY, the seventeen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hardy died at St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday while in the hospital for treatment for heart trouble. He was removed to the home of his parents on Walnut street in this city Wednesday. Funeral services at Wolf Creek yesterday morning at 11 o'clock conducted by Eld. W. C. Kane followed by interment. Glen was a good boy, very popular, and had many friends who greatly deplore his death, and who are in deepest sympathy for the bereaved parents and relatives.
MRS. MARY A. PRYOR died Wednesday at the home of her son, Isaac Pryor on Grant street from acute Bright's disease. For the past four months she has been confined to her bed gradually growing worse. She was sixty eight years of age; a Chriatian lady being a member of the Primative Baptist church at Lick Creek near Heralds Prairie in White county. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon conducted by Eld. W. C. Kane, followed by interment. She is survived by her four children, Alfred, Roy, Isaac and Mrs. Etta Steele, and several grandchildren.
Local & Personal--OSCAR M. SMITH, son of W. C. and Martha Smith in Raleigh was buried at the Masonic cemetery near that village yesterday afternon. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. E. Slavens of Harrisburg. The deceased ws 22 years of age and for three years has been in the hospital at Anna for treatment. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Moneyham and children of Equality and Mr. and Mrs. Grover Hardy of St. Louis were called her to attend the funeral of their brother, GLEN HARDY, yesterday. Roy Pryor and family of Alton were called to this city Wednesday night on account of the death of his mother, MRS MARY A. PRYOR.
25 May 1917
A sad sight was that near the Big Four station late Wednesday afternoon when ROY SEARS, while attempting to catch a ride on a coal drag, was thrown in front of the car wheels, his left hand and foot being cut off. He was struck on the head and hip and otherwise injured. He had started to take a ride to his work at the Seagrave mine when he met with the accident which proved fatal. The injured man was removed to the station and the company physician called. Arrangements were made and he was taken on the seven o'clock Big Four passenger to Evansville where he died a short time after arriving at the Deaconess hospital. Mr. Sears was a young man twenty four years of age and had come to Eldorado only six weeks ago. He worked a short time at No. 10 mine but had just changed to the Seagrave mine. He was married about fourteen months ago and had rented a house expecting his wife and little babe to arrive tomorrow to make this their home. His parents reside at Cleaton, Kentucky, where the body will be taken for burial. The Evansville Courier says: "Roy Sears, 24, a miner of Eldorado, Ill., died last night at 10:35 o'clock at the Deaconess hospital, from injuries received yesterday morning by falling under a train. His left hand and left foot were severed by the car wheels and he suffered concussion of the brain. Dr. John C. Hick of Eldorado accompanied him to this city. Coroner Neal Kerney held an inquest on his death last night. Mr. Sears was 24 years of age and survived by his wife and a child. His remains will be taken to Central City, Ky., this morning for burial.
Mill Shoals, IL, May 22--A tornado struck this section of Illinois this afternoon, causing one death and critically injuring one man, and performing several freak acts. At Burnt Prairie several miles east of here, a barn on the farm of John King was blown down, killing one of King's sons and probably mortally wounding another. Crops were damaged in many places. The house and barn of Daniel Taylor, southeast of here, were demolished, and Mrs. Taylor was injured when pinned under falling timbers. The house of Rev. Martin Gwaltney, near by, was blown from its foundation, but none of the occupants were hurt. At Springerton, five miles south of here, a house and barn on the farm of Martin Taylor were demolished. The wind raised the roof of the storm cellar and after blowing a large quantity of canned fruit all over the country side, blew the roof back into its original place. A barn belonging to Albert Aetienne, north of Springerton, was struck, the roof being taken off and blown several rods. The Wild Cat school house was demolished and several other buildings near Springerton blown down.
After hovering between life and death for several hours, MRS. W. C. KANE passed away at the family's summer home near Harrisburg Sunday morning about 7:30 o'clock. Mrs. Kane was the wife of Hon. W. C. Kane and bore a large and favorable acquaintance in Harrisburg and Saline county. She was stricken sick one week ago tonight (Monday) with a slight form of pneumonia. She grew worse at the outset and despite all heroic efforts, the disease settled on both lungs and double pneumonia set in. Sad indeed was the passing of Mrs. Kane. In addition to the heartbroken husband, she leaves three children who will forever be deprived of that tender love and touch that only a mother can give. The children are John R., who is a student in the Ann Arbor (Mich.) law school; Byford, a student in the Harrisburg Township high school, and Mary Elizabeth, who attends school at the Horace Mann. John R. Kane reached home Saturday afternoon and the entire family was at the bedside when the fond mother passed to her heavenly home. In addition to the husband and children, Mrs. Kane leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Berry, of Cottage township and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Oscar Hurley of south of Harisburg; Mrs. Bert Rea of near Christopher, Mrs. Peter Baker of Cottage township, A. L. Berry of Harrisburg and Lowell Berry of Cottage. Owing to the fact that the church to which Mrs. Kane belonged, the Primitive Baptist, had no building in Harrisburg, and through the courtesy of the deacons of the First Baptist church, the funeral will be held in the church at 2:00 o'clock p.m. Thursday. The funeral will be conducted by Eld J. Harvey Daily of Front Royal, Virginia, assisted by Eld C. F. Stuckey of Neward, Ohio, and Eld. Simon Reeder of Norris City. Interment will be made at Sunset Hill cemetery. Mrs. ADDIE KANE was born in Cottage township on the 5th day of March, 1879, and was 38 years 2 months and 15 days old at the time of her death. Mrs. Kane was a devout member of the Primitive Baptist church and held membership in the Cottage Grove church. She was a most excellent woman, kind, and charitable in her every walk, and loved by all who knew her. Her taking away is a terrible blow to the husband and children, as also to the other relatives. But the Bible tells us the "Lord works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform." Mrs. Kane will live long in the memories of our citizens, and they all unite in tendering to the stricken family and relatives the profoundest sympathy--Harrisburg Register.
Carmi, IL, May 21st--LUTHER KING, 17, was killed and his brother, Mershell, 15, seriously injured when a tornado struck a barn where they had taken shelter, fifteen miles north of Carmi, this afternoon. Considerable property damage was done by the storm. Serious damage to shade trees, etc. was done at McLeansboro by the storm, but no deaths occurred.
Judge W. W. Duncan in the Harrisburg City Court last Monday granted five divorces, as follows: Will Martin from Blanche Martin; charge of desertion. Lissa Mick from Virgil Mick on a charge of desertion. Cora Rilkins (?) from Earl on a charge of drunkenness. Florence Level from John Logan Leavel, and custody of two children upon condition that she pay costs of this suit. Mary Overby from Chas. Overby on a charge of cruelty. Also giving custody of the two children, Myrtle and Lucile.
Dr. T. B. Roberson and mother left on the early Illinois Central train this morning for Mattoon in response to a message from his brother, Dr. W. H. ROBERSON that his son, DEWIGHT, was accidently drowned late yesterday afternoon at Champaign. Dewight is 17 years of age and is at the university taking his first year in a seven year course of medicine. The sad news of his death came by long distance telephone, but relatives here were unable to get full particulars about how the accident occurred.
Her many friends in this city were saddened to learn of the death of MRS. JOHN L. KARNES Monday at her home east of Eldorado just across the county line. She was sixty three years of age and has been in failing health for sometime. Funeral services and interment occured Wednesday at Wesley Chapel. The deceased was well known and highly respected Christian lady, and her death is greatly deplored by the relatives and all who knew her.
1 June 1917
Harrisburg Daily Register: Harrisburg had another fatality Monday night in the death of LEVI STUNSON whose mangled body was discovered about daybreak Tuesday morning on the Big Four railroad tracks, between the passenger depot and the Walnut street crossing. The discovery of the gruesome sight was made by Conductor Utter on the night yard lead job. His engine was passing the Walnut street crossing when he noticed an object that resembled a man's legs. It was just at daybreak. Mr. Utter stopped his engine and he and his switchmen went back to investigate. Then it was that the horrible find met their gaze. Here and there could be seen parts of a human body. Mr. Utter nor neither of his brakemen could recognize the dead man and the trainmen at once notified the proper officials. About the time the body was all placed in the basket, Conductor Jim Cox and his switching crew came up, and the former at once identified the dead man as Levi Stunson. The body was conveyed to the undertaking rooms, and Mr. Cox notified the relatives of the dead man. The undertaker found it a difficult task to prepare the body for burial, but succeeded and the funeral occured this afternoon at one o'clock from the home of a brother of the deceased, John Stunson, in the southeastern part of the city, conducted by Rev. C. B. Whiteside of the First Methodist church. Interment was made at Big Ridge cemetery. Just how Mr. Stunson met his horrible death can not be stated this afternoon. Coroner Ozment has set the date for holding the inquest for Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Until that is held, it will be hard for the press to get anything accurate regarding the details. However, we give the version of the ____(not legible)Mr. Stunson had been drinking beer last night, but so far as we are able to find out he was not what could be termed drunk. He was at his brother's house (John's) early in the night, and was last seen about 2:30 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ollie Johnson, on East Walnut street. He was urged by his sister to go to bed, but refused and walked on up toward the railroad tracks. About 9:30 reports began to fly thick and fast, as they always do here in Harrisburg. Everyplace we would go we would hear some new "story" as to how it happened, etc. We sought the relatives, but they knew nothing more than what has been related above. However, Sheriff Russell was active and two of his officers arrested Carl Heckleman and locked him up in the county jail. Just what Mr. Heckleman is charged with we do not know, but he was arrested in connection with the death. Our reporter has it that Stunson and Heckleman had had some kind of a dispute early in the night, but we can't say as to how true that is. We endeavored to secure an interview with Mr. Heckelman, but we were unable to do so. Irene Ray, the notorious colored woman, was also arrested in connection with the killing and is confined in the county jail. We understand an open knife and two plugs of tobacco were found near the secne of the accident, indicating that a scuffle had taken place. The deceased leaves three sisters and two brothers, as follows: Mrs. Lett Bramlet of Eldorado; Mrs. Ollie Johnson, Mrs. Fannit Stout, Louis and John Stunson of Harrisburg.
248 are dead, 1207 injured, Illinois reports Heaviest loss of life in a series of storms that swept eight states--Mattoon's dead 54, Charleston 34. Following is a revised list of the known dead in Saturday's tornado: At Mattoon--MRS. EMMA HYDE, THOMAS HYDE, TEDDY BRIDGES, MRS. CHARLES TEMPLE, JACK PIERCE, I. G. SPITZ, ARLETTA TUDOR, MR. AND MRS. OWEN WAGGONER, JOSEPH TAYLOR, JAMES TURNER, MRS. NANCY COONS, MRS. LEE TAYLOR, MARGARET TAYLOR (CHILD), LORRAINE TAYLOR (CHILD), JOHN WILLIAMS, EDWIN DAUGHERTY, WALTER MELTON, MRS. DEHONE, MRS. DOROTHY HOLLOWELL, MR. AND MRS. RILEY REDMAN, SON AND DAUGHTER, AGA LORRAINE PHELPS, CHARLES HARRIS, RAMONA NELMS, MRS. C. JACKSON, CHARLES FICKES, JOHN GRUBB, HARRY BEAVERS, MRS. CLAUDE ANDERSON, MRS. JOSEPH DAVIDSON, MRS. BICKERS, MRS. BELLE SWEENEY, MRS. J. GRUBBS, F. A. SPAULDING, MRS. ETTA MULLINIX, MRA. ALBERT TURNER, FREST DAVIDSON, LIZZIE HICKEY, MISS LEWELLYN, MRS. HERITAGE, MRS. JOHN REED, MASTER SWANSON, EARL WHITE, WILLIAM BURKES (COLORED) EUGENE BURKES (COLORED) WILLIAM BROWN (COLORED) T.C. BENSON (COLORED) MRS. CELIA BEAVERS, MRS. GRACE HUDDLESON, MRS. SUSAN TRAVERS. At Charleston: MRS. B. E. BAYLESS AND BABY, MRS. R. C. BARNES, R. C. BARNES, CLARENCE BINGMAN, PAUL BAYLESS, MRS. GEO. BRIGGS, MRS. T. A. COLBY AND TWO CHILDREN, FRANK CASE, MRS. WILLIAM COBBLE, JOHN DEED, WILSON GOODMAN, NAPOLEON HUFFMAN, JESSE HUDDLESTON, ERVEN JENKINS, J. W. JOHNSON, GEORGE KILGORE, T. C. KNAUS, MRS. SARAH LINDER, MRS. WILLIAM LANG, MADELINE LANG, DOUGLAS NUGENT, BERT NEEDY, CLARK NELSON, MRS. JOHANNA McMAHON, MILDRED OWINGS, MISS C. STEWART, J. R. SWEENEY, MRS. J.R. SWEENEY, GEORGE A. SMITH, SR., MRS. SAMUEL SHORES, BID WARMAN, JOHN WENZ, JR., MRS. CLEM WRIGHT, and one unidentified woman.
As the Daily Register goes to press this afternoon, Coroner Ozment and State's Attorney Lewis are conducting the inquest and investigating the death of a body was found on the Big Four tracks early Tuesday morning. The inquest was being held at the court house. A large crowd was present, due to the notoriety the case has attracted. Two persons are confined in the county jail in connection with the killing--Earl Heckelman and Irene Ray. The following citizens are serving as jurors: Sam Thompson, John Raley, R. J. Capel, Joe Hughes, Sam Irvin and J. W. Graham. The train crew and several relatives were examined by the attorneys--Mr. Lewis and Jno. J. Parish. Irene Ray was brought up from the jail as the state's most important witness. She testified that Levi Stunson came to her home about 1:30 Tuesday morning with some beer, and that while he was there Mr. Heckleman also called and asked Stunson if he knew where Julia Burnett was. Stunson replied he did not, whereupon Heckleman called him a liar. The two men then left the house together. Outside of that, there was nothing much that would implicate Heckleman with the death of Stunson. After being out just a few minutes the jury returned a verdict, finding that Stunson came to his death by being run over by a Big Four engine, and exonerating both Mr. Heckleman and Irene Ray.--Daily Register.
8 June 1917
Local & Personal--MRS. WILLIAM FITZGERALD died at her home in Wasson Tuesday after suffering with tuberculosis. Deceased leaves a husband and three children together with a large circle of friends to mourn her death. Funeral services and interment occurred Wednesday at Wolf Creek.
15 June 1917
JAMES DONALD CHOISSER, son of George W. Choisser of this city, died Wednesday morning at Evansville, Indiana, following an operation. He had been there several weeks for treatment. For a time he seemed to improve, but later no hopes were entertained for his life, when as a last resort an operation was decided upon. His body was shipped to this city Wednesday afternoon, and funeral services were held at the Baptist Church yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox, followed by interment at the Wolf Creek cemetery. His death has brought the bitter cup of sorrow to the lips of friends and relatives. He was just reaching manhood, being twenty one at the time of his death, and gave promise of making a mark in the world. He was brave, generous and manly. He was well known and well liked. Besides a host of friends and relatives, he leaves to mourn his death a father, five brothers and two sisters. Sympathies are extended to the bereaved.
ELBERT M. SMITH, aged 78, a well known farmer residing a half mile east of this city, died sunday, after suffering with paralysis. Interment occurred Tuesday afternoon at Cottonwood cemetery. Mrs. Smith is seriously ill.
Local & Personal--SAM JONES, probably better known as "Judge" Jones, died last Friday at his home on Fifth street, the cause assigned was stomach trouble. He was born in the State of Ohio, and was 52 years of age at the time of his death. Funeral and interment occurred Monday, at Wolf Creek. WM MEADE died last Friday, after suffering from tuberculosis. He was a well known young man 24 years of age and resided in this city. His body was laid to rest in the Cottage Grove cemetery Sunday morning.
22 June 1917
HAYES IRVIN died at Pueblo, Colo., Monday as stated in a telegram to his father, Chas. Irvin of this city. He was a resident of this city many years and was engaged principally in the real estate business. He had been in failing health for the past three years and only recently went west in the hopes of regaining his health...
Harrisburg Register: In a private morgue this afternoon lies the body of LOGAN LEAVEL, who was shot and killed instantly about ten o'clock Monday night by Ben Grimes. Three bullets pierced the breast of Mr. Leavel and he fell dead on the spot--at the home of his divorced wife, Florence Leavel, on South McKinley Avenue. One of the bullets entered the right side about six inches below the nipple, another more in the center of the breast and the third in the left breast near the heart. As stated above, the man died instantly and probably without uttering a word. Immediately after the shooting Mr. Grimes went to the county jail and gave himself up to Sheriff Geo. W. Russell. Coroner Ozment was also immediately notified and hurried to the scene. He had the body removed to the undertaking rooms of Bert Gaskins, where it was prepared for burial. Some time ago Mrs. Leavel secured a divorce from her husband. They have resided in this locality for many years, and Logan has more or less figured in bootlegging arrests on various occasions. However, recently he had been working at his trade, that of miner, and he and his young son were loading coal at O'Gara No. 3 mine. During the past two years he and his wife have not been getting along together, and finally a separation was made. Recently she was divorced from him. Since the divorce he has given her considerably trouble, and only last Sunday she called the sheriff's officers to her home and had him arrested and placed in the county jail. He had been at the home in a drunken condition and was threatening the family. Monday morning he was released from the jail and it is said began to drink again. Monday night, so our informant states, he was with Ben Dooley, who resides near the home of Mrs. Leavel. Dooley and Leavel were.....(not legible). It is said that the daughter, Carie Leavel, went to the Dooley home and told her father that Mrs. Leavel desired to talk to him. He forthwith arose and accompanied the daughter to the home. They had hardly had time to reach the home when Dooley heard three shots in quick succession. Investigation disclosed the dead man on the front lawn. Mrs. Leavel told Sheriff Russell that she and Grimes were sitting on the front porch talking when Leavel and the two men got into an argument,. She claims that Leavel made this remark, which was quickly followed by the shooting: "See here Grimes, either you or me one is going to be killed right here." Whether any such remark was made, of course, will likely come out at the inquest which will be held tonight. Sheriff Russell had just retired when the telephones in his home began to ring. Some told him of the killing and others told him to hasten to the scene. He was in the act of dressing when a knock was heard at the door. On opening it the sheriff found Grimes with some friends, who said: "George, let me in; I have shot and killed Logan Leavel." He made no further statement except that he was sorry for what he had done. He was locked up, where he now remains. Grimes is well known here. He is a miner and works at O'Gara No. 1 as a loader. He resides with his mother, Mrs. Emma Grimes, in Dorrisville. There are all kinds of rumors going the rounds and one can hear most anything in connection with the murder. The coroner's jury viewed the body at the undertaking parlors Tuesday morning. The jury is composed of Norman Kirkham, Henry Hubbard, Charles Sloan, Harry Barter, John Martin and Asa Mott. They will hear evicence Tuesday evening. During the day curious visitors came and went viewing the body of the murdered man. He lay in the little back room of the undertaking shop, his face uncovered. LATER: "According to the verdict of the jury summoned by Coroner Ozment to inquire into the death of Logan Leavel, the killing was justifiable." The inquest was held in the Gaskins undertaking rooms where the body had been prepared for burial, and was conducted by State's Attorney Lewis and Coroner Ozment.
Local & Personal--Audrey Taylor, head clerk of the Herrin store, was called home the first of the week on account of the death of his father. MRS. JOE KULIZO of Eldorado died Tuesday afternoon from tuberculosis. A husband and four small children survive. Funeral services were conducted by Fr. L. Gilmartin Wednesday followed by interment at Sunset Hill cemetery. ZACH MYRNA, despondent and discouraged because of ill health, committed suicide Thursday afternoon. He took his life by shooting two bullets through his body near the heart. He recently returned from the hospital with little or no hopes of recovery and has been despondent to a noticeable extent. While his wife was away visiting a neighbor he wrote a note telling his intentions to take his life. He leaves a widow and six children. Deceased was about fifty years of age and was a hard working man until overcome by ill health. Funeral services were held Sunday followed by interment at the Catholic cemetery.
29 June 1917
The body of HAYES IRVIN was shipped to this city arriving Tuesday from Pueblo, Colorado, where he died a week ago where he had gone in the hopes of recovery from that dread disease--tuberculosis. His brother, Eb Irvin, of Detroit, Mich., went to Pueblo and accompanied the body here for burial. The funeral and interment occurred at Hickory Hill Wednesday.
Local & Personal--Mrs. Sadie Wells went to McLeansboro Monday to attend the funeral of MISS ANNA TOUSLEY. Coliver Irvin of Detroit, Mich. arrived Monday and remained over until Wednesday to attend the burial of his brother, HAYES IRVIN at Hickory Hill cemetery Wednesday noon. Maxwell, Margie and ___ Griffith were accompanied by their aunt, Miss Florence Nash, to Washington, Indiana, where they were called on account of the death of the children's grand mother, MRS. G. W. GRIFFITH.
6 July 1917 (no obits)
13 July 1917
JOHN KUNTZ died at his home on Locust street yesterday morning. He has been ailing for several months and for sometime has been confined to his room. He has had skilled medical attention and had been treated at the hospital but all to no avail his condition growing worse until death. Mr. Kuntz was born in Wengelbach, Alsace, France, January 24, 1862, thus being in his fifty-fifth year at the time of his death. He was a good and well known citizen, and for many years was successfully engaged in hardware and stove repair business, retiring only on account of ill health. Arrangements have been made for funeral services today at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's cemetery, Evansville, Indiana, the funeral party leaving this afternoon for that place. Besides leaving a widow and three children, Miss Johnny Juntz, Mrs. Mildred Jones, Mrs. Rosa Hart, and other relatives, he leaves a host of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. Peace to his memory.
Obituary: On the morning of July 7th at 11:00 o'clock, HENRY SHAW received a message to come home. Brother Shaw was born in White County, Illinois, December 3, 1850. Died July 7, 1917. Aged 66 years, 7 months and 4 days. He was the son of Marcus and Frances Shaw--a family of ten all who preceded him to the Great Beyond except one sister, Mrs. Susan Harris of Gossett, Ill. He was married to Phoebe A. Carnahan, May 25, 1887. To this union was born two children--Mrs. Audrey Carr and Mrs. Lela Church. Brother Shaw professed an abiding hope, and showered a lively faith in the precious Redeemer about the year 1875, and joined the Mount Oval church, where he was a consistent member until the precious Saviour touched his burdens and changed them into a crown of joy, when He gave him beauty for ashes and the eternal blooming flower of a better world in the place of drifting snow of winter. His suffering was long and tedious, but he bore it with much patience, and said he was ready to go. The deceased was a well to do farmer and highly respected citizen residing south of Eldorado. Funeral services and interment occured at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. A. Cowgur of Galatia. Norris City Record: Private JAMES LA FORGE, aged 19, while guarding the railroad bridge at Vincennes, was struck by a fast train Saturday and killed instantly, the train throwing his body into the river from which it was recovered in a short time. LaForge was a member of Company G. Indiana National Guard, and his body ws sent to Terre Haute, his home, for burial.
27 July 1917
A pecular accident happened out at Mine #18 a few nights ago, and with it came an experience for "Peanuts," the "Old Head" pit mule, that will not probably care to experience again. The night shift had Peanuts on the bottom doing his bit. They left him near the cage with the harness on, and went to another part of the mine to do some work where the mule was not needed. After the men had left, Peanuts decided that he would go on top if the opportunity afforded, so he walked on to the cage that was standing on the bottom. No one knows, of course, how long he stood there in waiting, but he knew that the cage would be taken to the top some time. For some cause or another the night engineer wanted to change cages shortly and belled the bottom for privilege to take it away. But he got no response. Peanuts knew that his time had come so he stood still as the engineer "stole" the cage (as they call it when moving without a bell from the bottom). Up went Peanuts, leaving the men behind. But instead of stopping at the ground landing as had been the mule's usual stopping place, the engineer was putting the opposite cage on the bottom, and in order to do so the cage Peanuts was on had to go to the weigh pan and dump. Of course no one knows exactly what happened when the cage reached the dumping point, but Peanuts was spilled out into the hopper and there the checkweighman found him standing up without a scratch next morning. He had been in the pan ever since shortly after midnight. The men down below had finally missed the mule and has spent several hours looking over the mine for him. Before the mine could start to work that morning it was necessary to get Peanuts out of the hopper, so they just spilled him out onto the shakers and screened him out as mine run, all of which he went through without an injury.--West Frankfort American.
CLYDE and CARROL, sons of Mr. and Mrs. James LASSATER were born December 3, 1916. Clyde departed this life July 14, aged 7 months and 11 days. Carrol departed this life July 22, aged 7 months and 18 days. They leave to mourn their loss a most kind and loving father and mother, one dear little brother, J. B. and three sisters, Hazel, Jane, and Mildred and a host of loving friends to recollect their bright faces, with that sweet smile of a dear baby's love. Funeral services were held at the Wesley Chapel M. E. church July 15th and 23rd conducted by Rev. C. A. Curry with interment in the Wesley Chapel cemetery.
Last Saturday occurred the unexpected death of MRS. MARIE BENNETT at her home in the Burnett & Elder addition. She had been ill for a short time and her condition at first was not thought dangerous. She was the wife of H. S. Bennett, the well known contractor, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Knaebel. Her remains were shipped to Evansville Friday where the funeral and interment occurred. She leaves to mourn her death, the husband, four children (Antionette, Albert, John Henry and Rose Louise), the parents, three sisters, Mrs. John Juntz of Eldorado, Mrs. Karl Martin of Evansville, Mrs. Jack Welch of Christopher, and two brothers, John Knaebel of Freeport and Joe Knaebel of Springfield.
3 August 1917
MRS. HARRIET N. THOMPSON, wife of Geo. Thompson, died at her home in this city sunday night following a stroke of paralysis. Deceased was born in Saline county, September 25, 1845, hence was nearly 72 years of age. She was a Christian and a member of the church sixty years, and in her younger years enjoyed work in the Sunday schools. Funeral services and interment occured Tuesday at Wesley Chapel. Surviving are the husband, two children, Louis and Mrs. Shaver, sister Mrs. V. W. Young, brother, C. N. Mathis, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a host of friends and other relatives who deeply mourn her death.
GEORGE MADDEN's remains were shipped here Saturday night for burial, the funeral was held at the Catholic church Sunday morning conducted by Fr. Gilmartin, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. Mr. Madden died at Johnston City from injuries received in a mine there. He is the fourth son in the family to meet death while mining, three occurring in this country.
The funerals of two prominent Harrisburg citizens--M. S. WHITLEY and JOHN ODUM, were among the largest in the history of the town. Sunday morning the funeral of Mr. Odum was held at the home of Mrs. Ola Ghent, Rev. J. K. Trovillion and Dr. A. E. Booth officiating. Burial took place at Sunset Hill. A great concourse of friends and relatives attended and the floral offerings were magnificent. The Men's Bible Class of the Baptist church marched to the services. Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church the funeral services of Marion S. Whitley were conducted by Rev. E. Breeze, with Rev. C. B. Whiteside assisting. Friends who attended say that it was the largest funeral party ever gathered together in the city. The floral offerings were beautiful and many. The services were impressive, and it was not until late afternoon that the body was taken to the receiving vault at Sunset Hill, to await permanent burial in the new mausoleum. Two floral offerings for the Whitley came on the train Sunday from East St. Louis, too late for the ceremonies at the church. They were from Aniad Temple and Mississippi Valley Consistory. The offerings were taken to Sunset Hill and placed with the many others received earlier in the day. Both funerals were under the direction of Harrisburg Lodge No. 325, A. F & A. M. The members attended in a body.--Harrisburg Register.
PETER DIAMOND died at his home in the east part of this city Sunday after being in ill health for some time. Deceased was sixty seven years of age. He was a well known citizen, and for many years was identified with the coal mining industry and served in many capacities as a miner. Funeral services were held Tuesday, 10 o'clock, a.m. at the Presbyterian church conducted by Rev. D. Breeze, followed by interment at Cottage Grove. Besides many relatives he leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his death.
Local & Personal--Chas. Matthews of Shawneetown was in the city Tuesday coming up to attend the funeral of MRS. GEO. THOMPSON at Wesley Chapel.
Harrisburg Register--Though it came not wholly unexpected, the news flashed over Harrisburg early Friday morning of the death of HON. MARION S. WHITLEY came as a great shock to the people of this city, this county and this section of Southern Illinois. The end came at 1:50 o'clock Friday morning. At the bedside of the well known jurist were the entire family, with the exception of Mrs. Karl Peterson, who resides in Vincennes. Mr. Whitley was fully conscious until just a few moments before he was taken from his family and friends. For the past several months Mr. Whitley has been suffering with an ailment pronounced as Bright's disease. He made a trip to San Antonio, Texas during the past winter, but returned home not much improved in health. He remained here for some time and went to the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago. He...(not legible)... three children: Silas A. Whitley, a druggist at Eldorado; Angie, now Mrs. Pemberton, at Forsythe, Mont., and Marion S. Whitley. By his second wife who was Eliza E. Taylor of Hamilton county, Silas A. Whitley had five children, two of whom are living. Marion S. Whitley, from sawmiling in 1880, turned to teaching school and studying law. As a teacher he began on a salary of $32.50 a month, and with this small amount paved his way to the bar. Mornings and evenings and vacation times were spent with his law books, his instructor a portion of the time being John J. Parish of Harrisburg. He taught in Gallatin, Hamilton, White and Saline counties, the last two years of his career as a teacher being spent at Galatia, where, in 1888, he was admitted to the bar. He began the practice of law at Galatia, and remained there until 1892, when he was elected to the office that brought him to Harrisburg. In recent years he had been identified with the trial of almost every important case in the county, and for a number of years served as attorney for various large coal companies in the county. In the famous contested election, Choisser vs York, involving....(missing)
17 August 1917
JOHN EVERETT JACOBS, a Big Four car inspector, was killed almost instantly, Sunday, when the automobile in which he was riding turned over. He was occupying the front seat in the machine and when it turned over he was caught directly under the car and his skull crushed. His wife suffered a concussion of the brain and is in a serious condition, though she is not necessarily fatally hurt. Her little daughter suffered a badly sprained ankle. Mrs. Arthur Wilson and her daughter were also hurt, and Ira Walker, who was driving the car, was more or less bruised. The accident happened about a mile north of Rudement, in Mountain township. The steering gear went wild and the car turned a complete somersault, with the above results. The body of Mr. Jacobs was brought to his home in Harrisburg. Deceased has a brother living at Seattle, Wash., and he telegraphed to hold the body until his arrival. John Everett Jacobs was born in Crittenden county, Kentucky, on the 6th day of November, 1884, making his age 32 years and ten months. he would have been 33 years old next November. He was married to Miss Della Simms of this city on the 17th of July 1907, and to this union two children were born--Ernest, now 8 years old, and Myrtle, 7 years of age. Mr. Jacobs owns property in Eldorado and was a resident here until something over a year ago, when he removed to Harrisburg, continuing his work at car repairing for the Big Four railroad. He held membership with the Methodist church; also belonged to the Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen and United Brotherhood of Carmen. He has several relatives both here and at Harrisburg.
Card of Thanks--We desire to thank neighbors and friends who so kindly rendered aid during the trying hour of the illness and death of our only daughter, PAULINE. All was done that could be administered by medical skill or willing hands. Everett WATSON, and family.
10 August 1917
MRS. MARY MAXFIELD, suffering from paralysis of the brain died Aug. 2nd at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Wiggins on North Walnut street, aged 55 years. She was born and resided at Mt. Vernon until her marriage to Jas. Maxfield, now deceased. To this union were born eight children, Ollie and Charley, deceased, Hugh, Willie, Raymond, Mollie, Minnie and Lucy, also two brothers survive, Thos. Mitchel of Dale and Bert Mitchell of Kinmundy. She was a Christian lady and held membership with the Presbyterian church. Funeral services were held Saturday conducted by Rev. Wilson, followed by interment at Douglas cemetery.
PAULINE, daughter of E. D. and Lula WATSON (twin sister to Eugene Watson, who departed this life at the age of nine days) was born March 30th 1911, died Aug. 4th 1917, age 6 years, 4 months and 4 days. She leaves to mourn her death a father, mother and five brothers, Rendal, Cecil, Emile, Athel and John Hick, all at home, and a host of relatives and friends. Pauline was a kind, loving and obedient child and will be greatly missed in the home. To know her was to love her. Funeral services at Wolf Creek Monday at 10 o'clock a.m. conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox.
24 August 1917
Local & Personal--The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto BROWN died at their home Monday afternoon, aged seven years, one month and four days. The little fellow suffered with typhoid fever and his every want was administered to but to no avail. He was a sweet pleasing child and admired by every one who knew him, and his death is greatly deplored by friends and the family. Surviving are his parents, and three sisters, Callie, Gladys and Bessie, aged 12, 10 and 3 respectively. Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Greenfield left yesterday morning over the I. C. via Benton for Oran, Mo., to attend the burial of her brother, WIL STRAIN, who died there Wednesday. He was about 48 years of age and was well known here. In the message no cause was assigned for the death. Dr. T. B. Roberson and mother Mrs. Sarah Roberson, returned Monday from Mattoon where they had been called on account of the death of his brother, DR. W. H. ROBERSON, who died of heart failure Thursday of last week and was buried at Mattoon Sunday. A letter just received from Frank Hobbs of Jefferson City, Mo., says he desires to publicly thank the boys of Eldorado and particularly Jack Johnson for making up and donating him sufficient funds to get from Eldorado back to his old home. He is a cripple and was left stranded here and he feels deep gratitude to those who substantially aided him. He said he never met a more honest or kind man than Jack Johnson and said if Jack ever ran for office he was willing to come all the way back to render any assistance he could for him.
31 August 1917
WM. ELLIS, age 52, and ...31 years a railroad man, died at his home in Harrisburg Saturday night as a result of an accident which befell him in the switch yards in this city. Mr. Ellis, Big Four conductor...on duty, stepped off his...and started across the ...tracks, and in doing so accidentally stepped in front of......Central engine, which...doing some switching...and running over him...off one leg at the knee...mangling the other foot,...two hours later...had been removed to Harrisburg. He was well known to...men and was esteemed by...(Article folded when filmed)
Arthur Colvin of Carrier Mills arrived Friday from Chester, where he has just finished serving a six year sentence in the penitentiary. He was accompanied by his brother Tom, and they came through from St.Louis in an automobile. Colvin's mother died while he was in prison.--Harrisburg Register.
Local & Personal--D. H. Whitehouse left Tuesday morning for Cleaton, Ky., to attend circuit court as a prosecuting witness against the man who last summer shot and killed his son, ED WHITEHOUSE of this city, who was there on a visit at the time of the fatal affair. Later this week other members of the family will go over to attend the trial. The six months old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Will VESSELL died at their home on Fifth street Tuesday night. Interment occured at Rhine cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
7 September 1917
Born 109 years ago, sold on the block as a slave five times during her eventful life, "Grandma" COFIELD, an old colored woman of near Carrier Mills, passed away Thursday, a free woman. The aged woman was blind. Last February her son, Green Cofield, passed away, and since his death she has been slowly sinking. She lived on the Venum farm with two sons, Smith and James. Rev. Stonum preached the funeral sermon and she was buried Friday. Mrs. Cofield moved to Carrier Mills from Shawneetown many years ago. She was the mohter of eighteen children, four of whom are living. She was the grandmother of twenty six children and great grandmother of eight. Her life has always been devout. She was a Christian. During her early life when slavery prevailed in the country, she was sold on the block at auction five different times. She knew all the horrors of the life of slavery. At her death she weighed but seventy five pounds; was as small as a child. To show her conscientious attitude, the story is told that she refused to take a pension because she could distinguish light from dark. The Venum farm is managed by Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Hicks. The latter made the shroud for the aged woman. Mrs. Hicks was very fond of her tenant and was greatly affected by her death. "Grandma" Cofield was probably the oldest living resident of the state. She had many friends, not only among the older colored people, but among all ages of both colored and white races.--Harrisburg Register.
Local & Personal--J. C. WOODWARD, residing four miles south of Equality died Monday of Tuberculosis. Deceased was a single young man about twenty five years of age and resided with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Woodward. His grandfather, George Woodward of this city, attended the funeral and interment which occured Wednesday at Ridgway campground cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Sowers of Dorrisville went to Sturgis, KY Tuesday to attend the funeral and interment of his brother, GEORGE SOWERS, of Johnston City, who died in a West Frankfort hospital as a result of getting an arm and leg cut off resulting from a train running over him. Deceased was 27 years of age and leaves a widow and two children. He was well known to many people in Eldorado. CLARENCE SISK died yesterday in the hospital at Evansville where he had been since last week suffering from a broken back or fractured spine as a result of a fall of slate in one of the mines here last week. His body was shipped to this city arriving last night and funeral and interment will occur today under the auspices of the U. M. W. of A. of which he was a member. Deceased was a son of Mrs. Maggie Hart and a brother of Tom Sisk.
14 September 1917
The funeral of CAPT. JAS. H. PEARCE who died Sunday, was held at the family residence on East Walnut street at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. Whiteside and Rev. Booth and the Masonic ritualistic services were carried out at the cemetery. As a token of respect for the deceased Circuit Court was adjourned at noon and the officers attended the funeral. The county Board of Supervisors which was in session, also adjourned and attended the funeral in a body. A large crowd of friends who had known Mr. Pearce turned out to pay their last respects to the man who during his life they had learned to love as a friend and neighbor.--Harrisburg
We desire to extend thanks to neighbors and friends who so kindly rendered assistance during the illness and death of our beloved father, DENNIS McCLELLON.--Ed Simpson and family.
Local & Personal--L. B. Petchaft received a telegram yesterday morning bearing the sad news of his father's death at the home of a daughter in New Jersey. Mr. Petchaft returned only a few days ago from a visit with his father leaving him in the best of health with no apparent cause of death so soon.
21 September 1917
MRS. LETHA A. WISE died Monday morning at her home just west of this city, after a lingering illness. She was the wife of Wm. Wise, a Civil war veteran, and enjoyed an extensive acquaintance. She was aged 70 years, nine months and six days. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, 2 o'clock, by Rev. C. B. Whiteside, followed by interment at the Wolf Creek cemetery.
J. W. EASTON moved this week back to his old home near Greenville, KY. He moved to Grayson last February where he has since resided and has had employment in the mine. He is very much broken up in mind and has not been content to remain since the misfortune of May 12 when two sons and a son-in-law accidently met death in the mine explosion at Grayson. Mr. Easton is a good man and citizen, and during his stay has made many friends who deeply......(rest of article torn off)
5 October 1917
VERNIE REED, a motorman at No. 10 O'Gara mine, was killed last Friday night. It is supposed that he was knocked from the car, he was badly mashed and his arms and leg severed. Coroner Ozment conducted the inquest Monday night at R. S. Martin's undertaking parlor. The unfortunate man was well known and highly respected, and resided with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reed. He was eighteen years of age.
Saline county circuit court has been in session last and this week considerable of which time has been consumed by two murder cases. Monday the jury returned a verdict of guilty and a sentence of fourteen years in the penitentiary was given Louis Young for the killing of his father-in-law ASA THOMAS. The case was hotly contested by both sides, every point of law was put to test. Next was the Homer Hartwell murder which came to an abrupt end Wednesday morning when the defendant entered a plea of guilt receiving a sentence of 25 years in the penitentiary for the killing of LONNIE HIBBS in the Harrisburg "peach orchard" last May. JUDGE LEWIS M. BRADLEY, for several terms formerly state's attorney of Pulaski county, and a prominent politician of that county, died Sunday afternoon at his home which for the past several years he has made at Carbondale, Ill. He is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter. Both the son and daughter are students for the law. The son recently graduated from the law school of Illinois University, and the daughter is at present an active student there.
Obituary: Ere sin could blight or sorrows fade; death comes with friendly care on open buds to Heaven conveyed, and bade it blossom there. 'Tis sad to part with one we love but God knows best; let us not weep for him for he can not come back to us but we can go to him. Brother SAMUEL ELDER was born near Eldorado, Ill., April 3, 1862, and died at his home near Naylor, Mo., September 25, 1917, aged 55 years, five months and 22 days. He professed faith in Christ in an early day and was in good hope until the last. He leaves to mourn his death, the wife, three children, four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held at Gum church at Naylor, Mo., near his home conducted by Rev. W. W. Stevens, of near Raleigh, IL.
MARION GARRISON died at his home in this city last Sunday, aged twenty one years, one month and twelve days. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. D. Breeze Tuesday morning at ten o'clock followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--Ebert Hill, who holds a position with a telephone company at Eldorado, attended the funeral of HARRY GOSSETT Wednesday of last week.--Norris City Record. Rev. W. W. Stevens and Mrs. Eva Wesley returned Sunday night from Naylor, Mo., where they had been to attend the funeral of SAM ELDER, formerly of Eldorado. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Reed of Alton, Ill., were called here the first of the week to attend the funeral of JEWEL REED. Esco Reed was called to Raleigh the first of the week on account of the serious illness of his son, JEWEL, who later died. The funeral and interment occurred at Wesley Wednesday. Jewel had just reached manhood, being twenty one years of age at the time of his death. His mother died when he was quite young and he had since lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Lou Carlisle. Mr. Reed left yesterday for his home at Clarkton, Mo.,
12 October 1917
JAMES TUCKER, one of the Saline county soldier boys, died Sunday at Camp Taylor, KY, from pneumonia. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Tucker of Gaskin City. His body was shipped home arriving Tuesday and arrangements made for burial with military honors, Company E., National Guards in charge.
Local & Personal--D. L. Wood and W. A. Joyce went to Broughton Wednesday to attend the funeral of a MR. DAVIS, which was given under the auspices of the Masonic order.
Saline county lost one of her oldest citizens Friday afternoon, when UNCLE ANDREW J. STRICKLIN passed peacefully away at his home in Galatia. Mr. Stricklin was one of the pioneer residents of this county. He was born within the confines of Saline on the 14th day of February, 1831, and has lived in the county since, with the exception of about eight months spent in Texas. He has been a successful farmer and always recognized as one of the substantial and respected citizens of the community. Had he lived until February he would have been 87 years of age. In death of Mr. Stricklin the Masonic lodge of the county also loses one of its oldest members. He joined the Raleigh lodge, No. 128, in 1865. At the time of his death he was a member of Galatia Lodge, No. 684, A. F. & A. M. He was also a devout member of the Baptist church and in every way an honored citizen. The widow and eight children survive, the latter being as follows: Mrs. Mary Etherton, widow of George Etherton, now residing near Corinth, in Williamson county. G. N. Stricklin, of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Maggie Etherton, wife of Jake Etherton, living in Carbondale, Mrs. Millie Gahm, wife of J. J. Gahm, of Johnston City; W. H. Stricklin, the well known carpenter of Harrisburg; Mrs. Lizzie Cable, wife of George Cable, prosperous farmer residents of Raleigh township; Mrs. Edith Cable, wife of W. T. Cable, the widely known insurance man of this city; Mrs. Bertie Combs, wife of Sam Combs, residing in Ridgway. The funeral services will be conducted Sunday, the hour being 12 o'clock, the same to be at the Masonic cemetery in Raleigh. The Masonic lodge will have charge of the funeral, and at the request of the family W. T. Cable will deliver the funeral oration. Friends from all over the county will attend, and they also join us in extending profoundest sympathies to the bereaved family.--Monday's Daily Register.
ELIZABETH BRANDER MANN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Mann was born November 20, 1916. She departed this life October 3, 1917, making her stay on earth ten months and 13 days. For some few weeks little Elizabeth had been battling with the cruel disease that claimed her life. All physicians and friends could do, was done, but could not stay the cold hand of death. Jesus loved her better than we did, and as He has all power in Heaven and on earth, saw fit to call her from this earth to be with Him in eternity......(long flowing prayer) Funeral services were held at the home on Ridge street, Eldorado, Illinois, conducted by Rev. Daniel Breeze. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
19 October 1917
A shooting occurred early Sunday morning at the city jail in which ROY BLANKENSHIP was almost instantly killed. The new night marshal, Ernest Wooding, had under arrest and was taking Chas. Murphy to jail when Roy Blankenship interferred with the officer locking him up, doing so in a threatening manner in which Wooding felt his life in danger, and in self defense shot Blankenship. He first tried to get the officer to take the amount of the fine and not let Murphy be put in jail, but Wooding refused saying that he would do only his duty at which time Blankenship tried to bluff. After he fired the fatal shot Murphy throwed up his hands and did not hesitate to step lively into the jail. Louis Pinnell who was along made his get away at the time of the shooting. The three men were first approached on the railroad near the Grand Hotel where they were drinking and boisterous at the time Wooding made the arrest of Murphy. Blankenship and Pinnell followed and endeavored to get Murphy released. After the shooting and placing of Murphy in jail Wooding summoned help and the body of Blankenship ws removed to the Martin Undertaking parlors. Sunday morning Sheriff Russell taken Wooding and Murphy to the Harrisburg jail where they remained until being called to testify at the inquest Monday evening. Substantially the evidence of the three men were the ...that Ernest Wooding was justifiable in the killing, which occurred October 14th 1917. After being exhonerated by the jury Police Commissioner Jasper N. Reed placed Mr. Wooding on the police force as the regular night man. Wooding was born and reared at Omaha and moved to Eldorado last spring and has since been employed at the ice plant. he has a family--wife and three children. ROY BLANKENSHIP is the son of Alonzo Blankenship, has lived in Eldorado all his life, and has served on the police force under a former administration. For sometime he has been working as bass driver at O'Gara Mine No. 11. He was 38 years of age, and leaves a wife, child, and other relatives. Funeral services were held at Wolf Creek church conducted by Rev. C. W. Kane, followed by interment in that cemetery.
Local & Personal--Mrs. Bell Reeder of Broughton was here Tuesday to attend the funeral of ROY BLANKENSHIP. Returning home she was accompanied by Miss Talitha Bramlet.
LONA BOUTWELL, well known in this city, died Sunday night at the home of his son-in-law, C. T. Bozarth in Eldorado, aged 73 years, 10 months and seven days. He was born in 1843 near Ridgway, Gallatin county. His death followed a long and serious illness. Funeral services were held at the home in this city Tuesday conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox followed by interment at the Jackson cemetery northeast of Ridgway. He was a veteran of the Civil war. A number of children and grandchildren survive.
26 October 1917
Local & Personal--Mrs. Mary Seaton of Shawneetown was through the city Monday enroute to Brinkley, Arkansas, called there by the death of her sister-in-law, BUSH HOLBROOK.
2 November 1917
May 14, 1825, Lafayette visited Shawneetown to pay a visit to the friends he served with during our war with England. As he landed from a steamboat a salute of twenty four guns was fired, the whole county had turned out to see and greet the great hero, and spread calico from the water's edge to the hotel, then called the Rawlings Hotel. The Lafayette Hotel now conducted by Mrs. Winter is on the same spot where our hero was parted. At the door of the hotel Lafayette halted and listened to an able address of welcome by James Hall. Lafayette responded with a voice trembling with emotion, and thanked them for their welcome and affection. At the banquet many speeches were made to the toasts prepared. During the services a poorly clad Frenchman appeared before Lafayette but seemed reluctant about approaching our hero. When the General observed him he rushed at him with extended hands. They rushed into each others arms and stood for a long time in affectionate embrace. The Frenchman had been on Lafayette's staff during our Revolution, and had chosen America as his home. After the banquet was over the old soldier was supplied with some funds by Lafayette, and reluctantly left his idol and went to his home. That same Frenchman's blood is mingled with some of the best families of Gallatin and Saline counties and crops out in our native sons and daughters by their extreme love of country shown whenever occasion requires. Lafayette only stayed a few hours at Shawneetown, and when he departed another salute was given him of twenth four guns as he waved farewell to his friends of Shawneetown. Could the old hero look out from his home in eternity he could see the same people, only a little older, paying with hearts and love the same devotion to him, to their country and to France that they showed on the memorable day of May 14, 1825--Col. Clinch.
Local & Personal--ED PEMBERTON was found dead in bed at the home of Floyd Stallings near Omaha where the young man boarded and was working. He was a son of J. E. Pemberton of Galatia and the remains were shipped home and interred yesterday at Tate's Chapel cemetery. Relatives from Peoria arrived in this city over the Big Four enroute Wednesday to attend the funeral. They were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jones, Miss Nola Pemberton, Amos, Bernie and Conrad Pemberton.
7 November 1917
Local & Personal--Mrs. Chas. T. Choisser and children of Poplar Bluff, Mo., returned home Thursady morning being called here by the death of her nephew, RAYMOND McGHEE. The little six months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Harry SKELTON died Wednesday of pneumonia. Funeral services will be held at Wesley probably tomorrow. Harry was at Camp Taylor being called in the list of soldiers from Saline county. Word was wired to him of the death and he came home last night. Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Porter of Jackson, Tennessee, returned home Sunday after attending the funeral of HERBERT SMITH who was killed last week in the Wasson mine. Also they visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Barton. Funeral and interment occurred last Friday morning at Wesley of MRS. ETTA WESTBROOK who died last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Endicott. Deceased was ninety four years old, and was survived by a large number of relatives in this city and Saline County. MRS. HENRIETTA COLLINS of Evansville who was here on a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Younger died last Monday of pneumonia and her body was shipped home Monday night over the Big Four for burial Tuesday afternoon. DAVID COLE, aged 74 years, one of Carrier Mills colored veterans of the Civil war, died at his home in that city Saturday afternoon, from apparent old age. He was buried this morning at ten o'clock, at the colored cemetery, southeast of that city.--Harrisburg Register.
Rector News--Marshal Porter called on Otis Porter Saturday evening enroute home after attending his wife's brothers funeral, who was crushed in the mines.
9 November 1917
Local & Personal--Mrs. Ed Stiles and daughter Miss Capitola went to Norris City last Saturday to attend the funeral of their friend, MRS. JENNIE GOTT. W. H. Endicott left Tuesday for Adair, Oklahoma, on an extended visit. He was accompanied by O. S. Stewart who was returning home after being here on a visit with his brother, H. N. Stewart. Also he had been to Metropolis to attend the funeral of his brother, DR. STEWART, who died there last week.
16 November 1917
Local & Personal--Mr. and Mrs. E. E. DeVillez of Menard are here on a visit with relatives and friends. Gene came over to accompany the corpse of RAYMOND CARPENTER, mention of whose death is made in this issue. MRS. JOE WALLER died Friday night at her home in Grayson. Her remains were shipped to Morganfield, KY, Sunday for interment at the old home cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Cannon left Wednesday for Blackford, Ky., to attend the funeral of her father, GEORGE BROWN. Major GEO. MITCHELL's body was shipped through this city yesterday for interment at Harrisburg his former home and where many relatives reside. He was a Civil war veteran, aged 73 and died in Ashley. Funeral occurs today under the auspices of the Masonic lodge. A wife and three children survive. ROSS APPLEGATE of Wasson was killed at Muddy Tuesday as a result of a drunken row at a gambling joint. He first shot Berb (?) Bates who wrenched the gun from Applegate and shot him five times. Bates was locked in the county jail over night but was exonerated later as a result of the findings of the coroners' jury. Applegate was considered a very dangerous man and the jury decided Bates was justified in his act.
23 November 1917
Obituary: THOMAS JONES was born in Carthage, Tenn., June 7, 1850, aged 66 years, 5 months and 12 days. He was married at the age of 21 and was the father of nine children. Raised six to be grown and married. He lived a Christian life for 44 years. The last 15 years he claimed sanctification. He made a good Christian husband and father and said he was ready to leave this world any time the Lord called. He departed this life November 20, 1917, at 3 a.m. Funeral services were conducted at the church of Apolostic faith. Rev. J. E. Attey officiated.
Local & Personal--Mrs. E. L. Carpenter of Mansfield, Ohio, attended the funeral of RAYMOND CARPENTER and visited the family of John Bickel, returning home last Saturday. Mrs. J. F. Burrows is in receipt of word from her brother, B. S. Vickers of Newcomb, Tenn., that his wife had died, and that he and the children will remove to Eldorado to reside. Rev. W. W. Stevens of Raleigh was called to Evansville Wednesday in answer to a death message from his sister, Mrs. Nora Blankenship, that one of her daughters had died. Rev. W. A. Cowgur of Galatia was through the city yesterday returning home from Cottonwood where he preached the funeral of MRS. MARY SMITH at Oak Grove cemetery Wednesday. Deceased was seventy eight years of age and was the wife of L. Smith, who died five months ago. The latter resided at Cottage Grove and conducted a small store there at the time of his demise.
30 November 1917
Obituary: In loving remembrance of ELNORA BLANKENSHIP who fell asleep in Jesus. Blessed sleep from which none ever awake, to weep a calm and undisturbed repose, unbroken by the last of foes. A voiced we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled. Elnora was born Feb. 19, 1912, aged five years, nine months and three days. She leaves to mourn her death father, mother, two sisters, one brother, two grandmothers, one grandfather, a host of relatives and friends. Deceased resided with her parents in Evansville but her body was brought to Eldorado and interred at Union Chapel cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. W. Stevens.
The body of RAYMOND McGHEE was shipped here Wednesday from a mining camp in Oklahoma wher he accidentally met death, particulars of which are lacking. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John I. McGhee residing in College Heights, and was 24 years and nine months of age. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox yesterday afternoon at the residence followed by interment at the Wolf Creek cemetery.
14 December 1917
Local & Personal--S. E. Dempsey and wife were called to Eldorado this week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Dempsey's sister, who died in that city Monday--Equality Independent. HENRY DUMFORD, aged about seventy two, died Wednesday at his home half way between Grayson and Equality. RUBY DeNORA CLARY was born in Eldorado, Illinois, August 10, 1891; aged 26 years, 4 months 2 days. In early childhood she was stricken with the dreadful disease known as Epilepsy. She was an obedient girl and while possessing only the mind of a child, yet her patience in bearing her afflictions were far in excess of many more bountifully blessed. She was fond of reading the Bible stories and learned much of the beauties of Heaven as pictured by the authors of such books and picturing Heaven from a child's imaginative standpoint. She expressed the wish often that she would be glad to die in order to enjoy the beauties of Heaven. She leaves a mother, one brother and one sister, besides many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the residence of John Carney's on Fifth Street, followed by interment at Wolf Creek.
21 December 1917
Murphysboro, Ill, December 11--MRS. A. B. MINTON, wife of A. B. Minton, president of the Murphysboro Telephone Company, of Murphysboro, passed away in this city Sunday afternoon. While Mrs. Minton was gradually failing in health for some time previous to her death, the end was hastened by a fall sustained at her home about ten days before. Surviving the deceased, are the husband, A. B. Minton,and two sons, both of age. Funeral services will be held at Murphysboro Wednesday afternoon.
Rector--Several from here attended the funeral of MRS. ELMER WILSON last Tuesday. Death entered the home of Elmer Wilson Sunday, December 9, 1917, and claimed for its victim, wife and mother, NORA WILSON. She had been in poor health for nearly a year, altho she bore her suffering very patiently. She leaves to mourn their loss, a husband, Elmer Wilson; two little children, Ruth and Ralph; her mother, step father; four sisters; two brothers and a host of friends and relatives. The remains were laid to rest in Douglas cemetery, last Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1917.
Local & Personal--Mrs. W. E. Williams and daughter, Miss Angie, were called to Elkville Sunday on account of the death of the former's niece MISS HAZEL GIFFEN, who died last Sunday. Funeral and interment occurred Monday. WILL EDWARDS, known as "Cutie" Edwards, of Harrisburg, died at the Zeigler hospital Monday as the results of burns sustained in the recent mine explosion at Zeigler. His body ws shipped through this city Tuesday to Harrisburg where interment occurred Wednesday. A wife and two children survive. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Westbrook and daughter Hazel were called to Ridgway Saturday by the serious illness of Mrs. Westbrook's father, C. W. SMITH, who died Sunday night as a result of a stroke of paralysis. ELSIE, eleven year old daughter of J. Mack THOMAS, one and one half mile southeast of this city, died Wednesday of last week. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. C. Kane at Wolf Creek, followed by interment Thursday afternoon. Deceased had been suffering from Spinal Meningitis and appeared to be recovering when she suddenly taken ill and died one half hour later.
Obituary: MRS. BERTHA METZ, widow of the ...And...died suddenly at the home of her daughter, recently at the age of 69 years. The deceased had been enjoying the usual good health and the fatal stroke of paralysis came unexpected and the mother ....death was a severe shock to the family and many friends int his city. The deceased was born in Germany and came to this country with her late husband who died 15 years ago in 1882, and located in this city. The deceased continued to reside here until about six years ago since which she had been making her home with her daughter at Clinton. The deceased is survived by seven children as follows: Ada Wake, Clinton, Mrs. Thos. Conners, Bicknell; Mrs. Bert Funkhouser, Iowa; Adam Metz, of Eldorado, Ill., Henry Metz, of Clinton and Wm. Metz of this city.--Brazil (Ind.) Democrat
28 December 1917
Obituary: ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOWLING died Sunday night at his home in the north part of this city from acute kidney trouble. Deceased was born in Cattlesburg, KY., Oct. 2, 1867, being fifty years, two months and twenty one days old at the time of his death. He was a son of Jasper and Pauline Bowling, was married twenty four years ago to Viola Gregg; surviving are four children, Claud, Maud, Ethel and Ruth; two sisters, Mrs. Addie McLean of Marmaduke, Ark., Mrs. Hattie Payne of Hadley, Mo.; one half sister, Miss Helen Bowling of this city; two brothers, Dr. J. W. Bowling of Shawneetown and Edwin Bowling of near Douglas, Wyoming. He spent most of his life on a farm near Elba coming to Eldorado five years ago. He was elected township clerk which office he held at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Goodman assisted by his son. Interment following at Zion Wednesday morning.
Obituary: HENRY L. DUMFORD was born on a farm near Cincinatti, Ohio, August 4, 1835. When a small boy his parents moved to this county locating near Equality on a farm. The year of 1860, he married Miss Polly M. E. Stephenson. Moving then to where he resided at the time of his death December 12, 1917, at the age of 82 years, four months and 8 days. To this union was born seven children, Mrs. Margaret E. Bramlet, Mrs. Etta Fox, William Dumford, E. . Dumford, Emma Dumford, Mrs. Mamie Keeling , Anthony A. Dumford, four of them having preceded him to the other world. Margaret, Nan and Presley still survive him and lived near him. He professed faith in Christ about the age of 30, and lived until his death. He left a bright testimony that he was going home.
Local & Personal--Claude Bowling, who has been working at a car factory at Alton, was called home last week on account of the illness of his father, ABE BOWLING, who later died of pneumonia. FRED BICKEL, well known farmer aged about seventy years, died at his home near here Monday night, funeral and interment yesterday at Poplar.
THE ELDORADO JOURNAL
4 January 1918
MRS. MYRIA BEECHUM, aged about 70 years died at her home in Eldorado Sunday of heart disease. The remains were brought here Monday and interred at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Among the funeral party was her brother, James Lay of Paducah, Ky., John Lay and family of Metropolis and Jesse Beechum of Eldorado.--McLeansboro Leader.
JOHN R. FERGUSON was born in Kentucky November 6, 1882. Died at his home in Hamilton county, Illinois, of the terrible malady Tuberculosis, on December 23, 1917. Aged 35 years, one month and 17 days. He was married to Ethel M. Hargrave October 9, 1906. To this union was born one child, Earl Ferguson. He bore the pangs of his affliction with great patients and held up bravely unto the last. In his last hours he left a foreword that he was going to his mansion above where sickness and death are unknown. Mr. Ferguson as an affectionate companion, a kind and loving father and a true neighbor. To know him was to love him. He leaves to mourn his departure a devoted companion, a loving little son and a little nephew, Charlie Ferguson, whom has been making his home with him for the past nine years; besides a host of other relatives and friends.
Local & Personal--W. H. Dickerson of Galatia was called here yesterday on account of the death of his sister, MRS. PRINCELLA KELLEY. Mr. and Mrs. Pink Mick of Golconda and Mrs. Ida Ra(msey?) of Golconda have been here since the first of the week on account of the serious illness of the former and latter's mother, MRS. PRINCELLA KELLEY, and who died Wednesday night.
(torn obit of Princella Kelley--; a sister Mrs. Francis VanBibber of Harrisburg; and five children--J. P. Mick of Golconda, Mrs. Ida Ramsey of Golconda, Simon Kelley, Tom Kelley and Mrs. Mollie Ham all of this city. Funeral services this morning at 10:30 o'clock at the First Baptist church conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. B. Cox, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
25 January 1918
A telegram received in this city Monday by Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Burnett, Sr., conveyed the sad news of the serious illness of their son, FREDERICK BURNETT, JR., who was at Ft. Sill, base hospital for Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma. A telegram received Tuesday told of his death. Returning from target practice several days ago he met with an accident a motorcycle run over him from which he received internal injuries, which is believed is mainly responsible for his death. This news was received after the father had left for that place early Tuesday morning. The family received a telegram last night that Mr. Burnett arrived there yesterday afternoon and that he would leave with the body about six o'clock this afternoon, and that he expects to reach Eldorado Sunday night on the Illinois Central. Funeral arrangements will not be made until their arrival, however, it is expected to occur Tuesday, and will be at the Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. B. Cox. It will be a military funeral in which Co. E. of Harrisburg and Eldorado will officiate. Interment following at the family lot in the new addition to Wolf Creek cemetery. Frederick was 22 years of age, honored and respected, and an ambitious young man, a graduate of the Eldorado Township high school and had scores of friends in this city. For two years he worked with the International Shoe Co., of St. Louis, and received rapid promotion finally having charge of leather inspecting department. Last summer he answered the call to the colors offering his service as a volunteer first in the navy and next in the regular army, being ...(lost in a crease)..account of his eyes. Then he enlisted in the First Officers Training and Enlistment and not being in the first call to serve joined the Fifth Missouri National Guards serving as officer in that company until they were federalized while in training at Nevada, Mo., and from there they were transferred to Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma, where he was in training at the time of the accident which resulted inhis death. His death is mourned by a large acquaintance, and we join the friends in expressing the deepest sorrow to the stricken family and other relatives.
Mt. Vernon, IL--Jan. 23rd--After two days' a jury was secured this afternoon in the case of Adam Melendez, Wm. Parris of East St. Louis and Lehman Flannigan of this city, charged with the murder of MRS. ESTELLE BOYLE on the night of December 15 last. The taking of the evidence will begin in the morning. Great difficulty was experienced in securing a jury because of objections to inflict the death penalty, the three men being charged with first degree murder.
Local & Personal--The funeral occurred Sunday at Vienna Sunday of THOS. H. SHERIDAN. He was a well known editor and attorney and served as senator from Pope county moving to Vienna before finishing his term of office.
1 February 1918
Obituary: LEONARD CLARK BUNTIN, foster son of Thomas and Daisy Buntin, was born Feb. 8, 1914. Departed this life Jan. 28, 1918; age 3 years, 11 months and 20 days. Leonard was an orphan boy, when through the gracious care of the Methodist Orphanage at Creal Springs, he found a home with Mr. and Mrs. Buntin. That they were sincere in their desire to do by him well as they might if he was their own child, was shown in the care with which they ministered to him during his sickness. He was not a strong child, though exceptionally bright and affectionate, and because of having a weak constitution he was under the care of the doctor most of his short life. On last Friday he was stricken with an obstruction of the bowel, which required an operation. He was taken to the Deaconness Hospital at Evansville, Ind., on Saturday, underwent the operation on Sunday. He rallied from the operation, but on Monday he began to fail rapidly and quietly went to sleep on earth to awake in Heaven. All that loving hearts and skilful hands could do was done to relieve him, but death claimed him. The home seems empty now, but these good people have the consolation of having done their best to care for this boy who was left homeless so early in life. The funeral service was held at the home on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Wolf Creek. The funeral was conducted by Geo. R. Goodman, and several members of the choir from the Methodist church assisted with the singing.
One of the largest funerals ever held in Eldorado was the of FREDERICK BURNETT, our soldier boy, Tuesday p.m. The business houses all closed, and the High school closed, and the large Baptist church was crowded long before the hour for the service. The body lay in state in the church from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and hundreds of people passed through the church these hours, and many who could not get into the auditorium, lingered in the basement dining hall during the services..........The burial was at Wolf Creek cemetery, and was in charge of the soldier boys. They lead the cortege to the burying place, where they tenderly, with deep devotion to their comrade, lowered the casket into the grave, the military salute was fired and the bugle sounded retreat; thus went on record the first casualty of this world war for Eldorado. ....Corporal Frederick West Burnett of the One Hundred and Thirty-Eight United States Infantry, Company L. Born at Eldorado, Illinois, February 17, 1896. Converted February 4, 1908, and became a member of the First Baptist church of Eldorado, being baptized by Eld. E. S. Atwood. A part of his youth was spent in Grayville and Ridgway, Ill., and New Harmony, Ind., where his father was in business. At the age of eighteen years he was elected president of the Baptist Young People's Union, and by reason of his zeal and efforts, this organization was placed in class A-1 being one out of three during the year to attain that honor. He graduated from the Eldorado High school in 1910. Graduated from the Eldorado Township high school in 1914. Won the scholarship in the State Universary, but on account of illness could not take the course. After receiving his education he worked a while for the Eldorado Journal and at other occupations, always giving the best of service. He was of a literary turn of mind and some of his poetry was published in many papers, among them one of the great dailies of the city of St. Louis. Next he went to St. Louis, and as he went away he said "I am going to get a job and provide a good home for my father and mother in their old age." First applying for a position with a large dry goods house, he was told there were no vacancies but the manager being impressed with him, requested that he apply to the International Shoe Co., one of the largest in the world, as his prospects for advancement would be much better. Acting on this suggestion he applied and was employed by this great concern, which requires of its members and employees everything that goes to make a first class businessman. At first he was given humble employment; soon however, he rose from one position to another and was finally placed in the office with a position of trust and importance. While in the employ of the company, one day he was talking with the president of the firm and remarked about the condition of the front of one of their large buildings, and he was told to submit to the President plans he thought would be proper for its remodeling. Frederick prepared some plans and they were accepted, the front of that large building was changed in accordance with these plans and today stands as a monument to his genius. While in the office of this company his eyes began to give him trouble, and he was placed in the position of inspector of leather, and the company was thinking of sending him to New York to finish his education in this department, when suddenly, while his brilliant career was opening before him inthe mercantile world, armed with every virtue and advantage that a good life could bring, pressing with firm determination to win over every obstacle, the dark cloud of war passed across his way and he said "Mother, the country is going to war, when they need me I am gone." (the rest of this huge article consists of speeches and sermons with little genealogical material)
Local & Personal--Lewis Burnett of Grand Island, Nebraska, left Wednesday via St. Louis returning after being here to attend the funeral and interment of his brother FREDERICK BURNETT. Mrs. L. L. Cox was called home from St. Louis to attend the funeral of her nephew, Frederick Burnett. JOHN RILEY QUERTEMOUS died at his home in this city Friday night, aged fifty four years. He has been ailing for the past year and a half suffering from kidney trouble. A short time ago he returned from Evansville hospital but they could do him no good. Funeral services and interment occurred at Wolf Creek.
8 February 1918
JOHN I. McGHEE, a well known and highly respected citizen, died Monday morning at his home in the High School addition. Mr. McGhee was not sick, and had worked Sunday at the mine, came home at 4 o'clock and ate a big supper, complained of being tired and went to his bed. Shortly he was taken with a smothering sensation, but was soon over it and the family thought nothing of it. Later in the night he took another smothering spell, and a doctor was called, but he was all right when the doctor arrived. He slept well until morning, when he took two other spells close together and died before the doctor could get there. It was a great shock to his family and to his many friends. The funeral services were conducted by Pastor H. B. Cox Thursday from the residence. A large multitude attended the service and interment was at Wolf Creek.
Local & Personal--Mrs. Carrie Choisser of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was called here this week to attend the funeral of her brother, JOHN I. McGHEE.
15 February 1918
MYRA ELLA wife of Isaac E. TURNER, was born at Akron, O., December 30, 1859, went to her eternal home Monday, February 11, 1918, aged 59 years, l month and 12 days. In 1887 by the fireside in her home she was BORN AGAIN--born from above--and continued to love and serve her Saviour until she was called up higher to worship Him in his home above. She united with the Methodist church in Equality in 1888, being faithful member for over 30 years. She also was a member of the Beulah Camp Holiness Association of Eldorado. On January 28, 1886, deceased was united in marriage to Isaac G. Turner. To this union four children were born, Clara, who died in infancy; Clyde of near Elba; Muriel Purcell, and Herbert, of Equality. She leaves besides her own children and husband a step-son, Andrew of near Junction. She will be greatly missed by her family for she was a tender and loving mother and a faithful wife. One more has been added from the church militant to the number of church triumphant. One more tie to bind us to the eternal world. One more treasure to take our minds our lives off the things of this world and place them on Heavenly.
MRS. ETHEL GIBSON, daughter of Levi and Finetie Higgins, was born in Allegree, Ky., Aug. 12, 1895, departed this life at her home near West Locust street, Eldorado, Ill., Feb. 10, 1918. She was united in marriage to Clifton Gibson July 15, 1910. They moved to Eldorado in 1914, where they lived happily together until she was called to her home beyond. She united with the Methodist church at the age of twelve years and lived a devoted Chirstian life loved and respected by all who knew her. She assured her friends who were at the bedside that she was ready to go and went peacefully to sleep in the....(lost in fold)....She leaves, besides her husband a father, who is a local preacher in the Methodist church, her mother, one brother, Rev. J. A. Higgins, who is a Methodist minister in Allegree, Ky., and two sisters who live in Kentucky. To these are added many friends who grieve at her departure. Short funeral services were held at the home near the I. C. switch on Monday afternoon, at 2:30 conducted by Rev. George R. Goodman, pastor of the M. E. church, and the remains were laid to rest in the Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--MRS. INGERSOLL, aged 52, and a widow, died last Friday at her home on Grand avenue in this city. Deceased leaves a father, and a brother in Missouri, and two sons--one being Earl Ciskel and the other we fail to learn his name. Attending the funeral at Equality Wednesday of MRS. MYRA ELLA TURNER, wife of Isaac E. Turner, were the following from Eldorado: Rev. G. R. Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Pelhank, Dr. and Mrs. Wm. T. Johnson, H. N. Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Fowler, Harvey Pickering, C. C. Skelton, Mrs. Sam Polovina, Mrs. C. N. Trout, Miss Lizzie and Turner Baker, Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Purcell, Ed Stinson, Oma Reynolds, Mrs. Jas. Hick, Guy Morris of Gossett, Mrs. Wil Harrell of Norris City, Rev. and Mrs. C. B Whiteside of Harrisburg. MRS. MARGARET C. BERRY died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. J. Sneed in Carrier Mills Wednesday aged 81 years. The remains were shipped to McLeansboro yesterday to be interred in the Odd Fellow cemetery in the family lot beside her husband, F. M. Berry, who died four years ago. To this union were born seven children and there are 35 grandchildren. FERDINAND L. ALVEY died at camp Taylor, Ky., and his remains are expected to arrive here this morning. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Alvey, residing southeast of this city. Funeral arrangements will not be made until the arrival of the body but it is expected to be tomorrow at the Catholic cemetery near Equality, and Fr. F. H. Mumbour and Fr. L. Gilmartin will officiate. A sensation occurred yesterday when a corpse arrived certified and described as his when upon opening the casket it was found to be the body of a Negro which had by some unexplained manner been put into the wrong coffin and shipped here as that of Ferdinand L. Alvey.
22 February 1918
Eldorado Journal Plant destroyed by fire.
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis WRIGHT near Wolf Creek, Friday, Feb. 13th and claimed their little son, CLAY, 10 months and 7 days old. Little Clay took sick Thursday Feb. 7th; medical aid was called Sunday, but to no avail; suffering was intense. All was done that could be done, but no relief came until he went to sleep in Jesus. Funeral services were conducted from the residence Saturday by J. C. Irvine. Interment in Sunset Hill cemetery at Harrisburg.
Obituary: GALE RANDEL, son of Jesse and Pearl SWADER of North Ridge street, was born June 18, 1915, departed this life Feb. 13, 1918; aged two years 7 months and 26 days. The remains were taken to Poplar church where the funeral was conducted by Rev. G. R. Goodman, and the interment was made in the Poplar cemetery. He leaves to mourn, a father, mother, one brother, grandfather, grandmother, besides many other relatives and friends.
The Local News--Pastor Cox received word Monday of the death of his stepfather who lives in Astoria, Ill. Rev. Cox and daughter, Louella, left on the early train Tuesday morning for the northern city, the funeral will be Wednesday and Mr. Cox will be home the end of the week.
1 March 1918 (no obits)
8 March 1918 (no Obits
15 March 1918
The remains of FRED SIMPSON who was killed in a mine at Johnston City on Saturday by being crushed between two cars, were brought here and the funeral service was conducted at the home of his mother, Mrs. Robert Simpson on Monday at 11 o'clock, in charge of Geo. R. Goodman, after which the body was taken to the Wolf Creek cemetery for interment, followed by a large number of relatives and friends. He was 21 years, 6 months and 11 days at the time of his death. His going so suddenly while in the strength of his young manhood should be a warning to all of us to be ready when the summons comes. He leaves beside his widowed mother two brothers, Arthur of Eldorado and Charles of Johnston City, and one sister, Mrs. Daisy Sisk, of this city.
Local News--The one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan McKENNEY died Saturday at their home in this city. The body was shipped Monday to Sturgis, Ky., the old home, for burial. Mr. McKenney was not informed of the little fellow's death as he is in an Evansville hospital in a serious condidion and is not expected to live. An inquest was held at Miners hall in Carrier Mills Thursday night to inquire into the death of GEO. McGILL. The verdict was accidental death caused by a fall of coal.
22 March 1918
MISS GLADYS FARMER, daughter of Lafe Farmer, of this city, died in St. Louis Monday night very suddenly, succumbing to an attack of erysipelas. She was ill only two days and every effort was put forth to save her life, every available specialist being called, but the disease, being the most fatal of its kind, was beyond control. The two sisters, Misses Arline and Freda Farmer, were in St. Louis when she became ill and the father reached her bedside before she died. She was conscious to the last and cheerfully gave herself in God's keeping. Mrs. Farmer had been in St. Louis for some time and was attending business college at the time of her death. Her sister, Frieda, has a position in that city, and the two were rooming with Mrs. Charles Burks, formerly of this city. Miss Arline went to St. Louis last Friday to visit her sisters, and found them in the best of health, but before her visit was ended death claimed the bright, healthy sister, who had greeted her at the train just a few hours before. The news of the death of this young lady came as a shock to the people of this city, and the sympathy of all go out to the heartbroken family in their grief. The remains were brought to Eldorado Tuesday night on the L. & N., and took to the Farmer residence on Third street where funeral services were held Thursday morning by Elder L. L. Stierwalt; funeral arrangements being carried out as requested by the deceased. The body was laid to rest beside the mother in the Masonic cemetery at Raleigh.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Schuler and daughter, Francis, will leave Saturday morning for Mount Pulaski to attend the funeral of his mother.
ROBERT CASH died at his home near this city Sunday morning about eight o'clock from injuries received in a fall about a week previous. Mr. Cash was 46 years of age and was a highly respected farmer. He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at Wesley Chapel Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock, attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends.
Local News--Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Ralph of Canalou, Mo., who were called here by the death of her brother, ROBERT CASH, returned home yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Matthew, Mrs. Lewis Thompson and Mrs. Mittie Stephenson of Shawneetown attended the funeral of MISS GLADYS FARMER in this city yesterday.
29 March 1918
EUGENE, the six months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn SCOTT, died at their home on West street in Eldorado Sunday after a two weeks' illness of Pneumonia. Everything that loving hands could do to alleviate.........(not in order)...Eugene was the only child and was the joy of home. The heart broken parents are bowed in grief and have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. Funeral services were held at the residence conducted by Rev. Gifford Ernest, and the little body laid to rest in Zion cemetery east of the city.
Aunt BETSEY CLARK died Sunday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Evans at Sheridan, Oregon, aged 99 years and six months. She has been an invalid and confined to the room for the past two years. The funeral occurred there Monday afternoon. She is the mother of W. N. Clark, Bayliss Clark and Mrs. Freeman Wilson of Eldorado; Mrs. Rachael Porter, Cyrus Clark and Ebeneezer Clark who reside at Sheridan, Oregon. Deceased has two brothers residing at Cottage Grove, G. M. and Jas. Bourland; also two sisters survive, Mrs. Martha Meeks in Pope County and Mrs. Walker Moore near Eldorado. She had many other relatives and friends in this county who will be grieved to learn of her death.
District 63--The nurse reached this locality last Monday, but UNCLE BATY McREYNOLDS had passed from life to death, which was a great and sad shock to this community.
The Local News--Ed Kinkaid was called to Benton on account of the death Monday of his mother, MRS. NANCY KINKAID. Deceased was 69 years old and had been an invalid for the past six months. Mrs. Chas. Burks and Miss Frieda Farmer returned to St. Louis Wednesday after being here last week to attend the funeral of the latter's sister, MISS GLADYS FARMER. Phil Farmer arrived home Monday from off the coast at Key West, Florida where he is in the navy service of Uncle Sam. He was called home on account of the death last week of his sister, MISS GLADYS FARMER, but received word too late to get here in time to attend the funeral.
5 April 1918
R. M. McREYNOLDS, an old and well known citizen of our town died Sunday night, March 24th, having been a sufferer through the winter from a complication of diseases. He was born on a farm near Wadesville, Indiana, June 1, 1847, being a son of John Ward and Elizabeth McReynolds. "Four brothers, Frank and George McReynolds living at Wadesville, Ind., Smith McReynolds living at Mt. Vernon and Len McReynolds living at Cynthania, Ind., all surviving him. He was united in marriage to Maranda Tinch December 3, 1869, and to them were born eight children, five now living. Dr A. R. McReynolds at Bonnie, Ill.; Mrs. Lizie Woodworth, Dalgren, Ill.; Mrs. Elsie Adams, Hayworth, Ill.; Francis McReynolds, at Arcola, Ill. His wife, Maranda McReynolds was buried only seven weeks ago. He had been a member of the Shilo Brethren church for many years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Davison, assisted by Rev. Gates.
JANE C. GARRISON, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Riley, was born April 1st 1848, near Gossett, Ill., and died February 12, 1918, aged 74 years 10 months and 12 days. She was united in marriage to Joseph West November 16, 1859. To this union were born three children, John, Mary and Rosina, all having passed beyond in early childhood. Joseph West died June 19, 1866. She was again married to Thomas B. Garrison, January 20, 1870. To this union were born two children, Cyrus and Sarah L. Cyrus died in early childhood, followed by his father, August 20, 1888. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Mrs. Sarah L. Philhorn, two grand children and one great-grandchild, three brothers, J. D. Riley of Eldorado, Marshall M. Riley of Jackson, Tenn., D. M. Riley of Dexter, Mo. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Albert Philhorn. She professed religion when 4 years of age and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Omaha, Ill. Later moving her membership to Mt. Olive, where she remained a faithful and consistent member until called to the church triumphant.
The Local News--REUBEN WEBB aged 70 died Tuesday at the Anna hospital where he has been an inmate for the past two years. His body was shipped to Geo. Webb and relatives here for burial at Wolf Creek yesterday. WILLIE HICKS, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hicks, died at their home in west Eldorado Friday after a short illness of pneumonia fever. Funeral services were held at the residence at two o'clock Saturday afternoon and burial was made in the Dodd cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Gray left Wednesday afternoon for Clarksville, Tenn., in response to a telegram announcing the death of her mother, MRS. MARSHALL.
12 April 1918
District Sixty-Three--MRS. JAMES DILLARD who has been suffering from cancer for several months died at her home in this locality Thursday of last week and the remains laid to rest at Wolf Creek cemetery Saturday. Rev. Simon Reeder conducting the funeral.
The Local News--Mr. and Mrs. Jas. C. Gasaway were called to Galatia this week on account of the death of his mother, MRS. MARY GASAWAY, who died Monday night at the home of her son, Thos. F. Gasaway. Funeral and interment occurred at Webber Camp Ground. MRS. THOMAS SISK of Wasson died of heart failure while on an interurban car going to Harrisburg Tuesday accompanied by her two small children. Her death and the incident was a great shock to the passengers aboard the car. MRS. JAS. DILLIARD, a well known and highly respected lady of Cross Roads community, died last Thursday after a lingering illness. Funeral and interment occurred at Wolf Creek Saturday. Poplar--MRS. JIM DILLARD passed away last Thursday evening after a few days illness. She leaves a husband and several children.
19 April 1918
JAMES FRENCH, Saline county's oldest man, died at his home near Grayson Friday afternoon. He would have been 102 years old had he lived until June. Mr. French has lived in Saline county for many years and bore a large and favorable acquaintance. He leaves a widow and two sons and other relatives and a score of friends to mourn his demise. The funeral was held Sunday morning at Wolf Creek church, conducted by Eld. W. C. Kane, followed by interment at the cemetery. Deceased wasa a member of the Odd Fellows lodge with which he had been affiliated for over fifty years. The local lodge had charge of the funeral ceremonies.
MARY J. BOND, daughter of Chesley L. and Sarah J. Bond, was born in Wilson county, Tenn., December 22, 1855. Departed this life April 8, 1918; aged 82 years, 3 months and 17 days, at the home of her son, Thos. F. Gasaway, at Galatia. She came with her parents to Illinois, and settled at Galatia 1869. United in marriage to Wm. F. Gasaway Jan. 30, 1878, who departed this life July 14, 1915. To this union were born ten children, four daughters and six sons, of which nine survive her, one daughter dying in infancy. Sister Gasaway was deprived of the privilege of attending church on the account of home cares and ill health, but often expressed a desire to do so. She professed faith in Christ about the age of 17, and united with the Christian church in Galatia which afterwards disbanded. When asked the day before she died about her hope in Christ and Heaven she responded, "It is alright; my faith is fixed on Jesus". Sister Gasaway has lived most of her life here in Galatia until about two and a half years ago when she moved to Harrisburg but came back to Galatia last Sunday week ago. She said: "I want to go back to Galatia, and if I don't get to go back today I won't get to go." Her health had been poor for some time but she never complained and never wanted anyone to wait on her, always thinking of the welfare of others especially of the children. After medical science, kind nursing with her loved ones about her she fell asleep to awake in His likness in Heaven. Those who survive her are nine children--Thos. F. Gasaway, Galatia; Mrs. Fanna Norman, Royalton; Mrs. Anna Bovinet, Pinckneyville; Benj. H. Gasaway, Wasson; James C. Gasaway, Eldorado; Wm. Elbert Gasaway, Harrisburg; Mrs. Iva Jones, Alton; Sam Gasaway, Alton and John R. Gasaway, of Harrisburg. three brothers and five sisters--J. M. Dodd preceded her June 23, 1917; Sam Bond, Marion; John Bond Uniontown, KY.; H. H. Bond, Galatia; Mrs. Bettie Mitchell, Galatia; Mrs. Carrie Yearwood, Carnegie, Okla.; Mrs. Fannie Bond, Steol, Mo; Mrs. Roxana Whiteside, Herrin and Mrs. Dora Stewart, Central, Ky. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church, B. H. Baton officiating minister, and interment made in the Webber camp ground.
The Local News--DAN McKINNEY died last Sunday in the hospital at Evansville where he had been for several weeks. His body was shipped to his old home in Kentucky where interment occured Monday, several friends from this city attending. RICHARD THOMPSON, of Evansville, a well known traveling man who made this territory, died last Saturday of pneumonia at Creal Springs. His body was shipped for interment at Shawneetown, his old home. D.A. Lewis and daughter, Mrs. Mary Ritchey, and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Lewis went to Mt. Vernon last Saturday to attend the funeral of a relative--CHARLEY BRAKE. HARRY DAVIS a well known young man of Harrisburg was accidently killed by a fall of rock at Dering No. 2 mine Tuesday. He was 22 years of age and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davis. Interment occurred at Big Ridge cemetery.
26 April 1918
PAUL RAMEY, well known young man of this city and driver at No. 8 mine, was killed while at work there early Tuesday morning when in some manner he was run over by a car. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Ramey, and leaves a wife and many friends who greatly deplore his death. He was a member of the W. O. W. under whose auspices his funeral was given, Rev. D. P. Barnett officiating at the services. Interment occurred yesterday afternoon at the Wolf Creek cemetery.
The remains of FRANK CROSS, killed at Dering Mine No. 2 Saturday night was shipped Tuesday for interment at his former home near New Orleans, La. His wife arrived Monday to accompany the remains. Clyde Glascock, of Local 3447 of Raleigh, also accompanied the body to its last resting place.
3 May 1918
The Local News--Rev. A. M. Kirkland of Mahomet, Champaign county, visited yesterday with his son, Iville Kirkland. Rev. Kirkland was a former pastor at the Baptist church in this city and enjoyed the day meeting old friends. He was returning home from Tennessee where he had been called to attend the funeral of his brother, REV. JOHN KIRKLAND, who it will be remembered assisted in a protracted meeting here four years ago. The W. O. W. lodge conducted a very impressive service at the funeral of ROBERT RAMEY, a deceased member of that order. The camp team and members put on the work in a splendid manner which speaks well for them. This funeral was the most largely attended for many months showing the esteem in which the deceased was held.
Baptist Chruch Notes--The remains of MAGGIE MORRISON LAUGHLIN, beloved grand daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Laughlin was laid to rest Tuesday, April 30th. Service at the home of the grandparents in Fairview, at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The deceased died Monday morning about three o'clock after an illness of two weeks. The deceased was born March 12, 1913, died April 29, 1918, aged 6 years, l month and 17 days.
10 May 1918 (no obits)
17 May 1918
FRANK BAHL, a well to do German-American farmer living about 4 miles northeast of Ridgway, near Inman, was burned up in home last night. Bahl was about 50 years of age and lived by himself in an old log shack for many years. He owned a good farm, was a hard worker and very economical. He was known to have saved much money and many thought he kept large sums about the house. For many years his friends feared that he would be killed for his money sometime. The fire was discovered about two o'clock in the morning and by the time the first neighbors arrived on the scene the house was wrapped inflames and no one could enter. When the fire died down a part of his body was found, the head and limbs having been burned away. The coroner held an inquest but no evidence could be found to establish that a crime had been committed. His brother stated that he had no money about his house at the time of his death but most of his neighbors believe he was murdered for his money and his house set on fire to hide the crime. Blood hounds were brought on the ground but so many persons had been around the premises viewing the scene that the dogs could do nothing.--Shawneetown Democrat
24 May 1918
MRS. BELLE REEDER died late Saturday evening at her home in Eldorado after a brief illness. News of her death was received with great sorrow by hundreds of friends about the city who mourn her departure. She was well known, well liked, being a most highly respected Christian lady. She was the wife of Ottie Reeder, proprietor of the Peerless Harness Co., and the daughter of George Martin, and a sister to R. S. Martin, the well known undertaker of this city. Besides those, a brother, Marsh Martin, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., two sisters, Mrs. Jess Wiggins and Miss Aldora Martin and a host of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. W. C. Kane and Simon Reeder at Wolf creek church, followed by interment at the church cemetery. The business houses of the city were closed during the funeral hour and attended the services. It was the largest attended funeral for some time. The bereaved family have the profoundest sympathy of the citizens and neighbors of this city.
Obituary: HEPSIBAH MATILDA JOHNS was born June 4, 1842. Died May 21, 1918, aged 75 years 11 months and 7 days. She was the daughter of William and Catherine Stricklin, and had four sisters and five brothers. All except L. R. Stricklin have preceeded her in death. She was married to J. T. Johns mother of four children, three daughters and one son. Mary C., the oldest daughter, died when about two years old. Another daughter died in infancy. Henry, the only son, died in boyhood. Mrs. Rosamond Glascock with whom she lived, is the only one of the family living. The husband died in the early eighties. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive her. "Aunt Hepsey" as she was familiary called, professed faith in Christ at home during a meeting held by Elder B. F. Rodman about 1884, but never joined the church. She was a kind and loving mother, and was respected by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox at the Raleigh church, interment at Bethel cemetery.
31 May 1918
"UNCLE" NEWT MATHIS, One of Eldorado's old and respected citizens, died at his home Sunday morning suffering from a stroke of appoplexy. He had been about his business, as usual, the past week, closing his store Saturday night going home and retiring as usual showing no signs of illness or any impending danger. But during the night he took ill and in a short time grew very ill, complaining of his head hurting. The family was aroused and the doctor sent for but before the arrival of the doctor he passed away. Uncle Newt was seventy years of age and for the most part has spent his life in Eldorado. He was a kind friend to everybody and a good neighbor, enjoyed a wide acquaintance of warm friends who greatly respected him and who will greatly miss him from among them. He has been in the restaurant and grocery business for a long time, recently conducting a small grocery in the Parish addition assisted by his son, Roscoe Mathis. He is survived by a wife, four sons and two daughters--Edgar, of Hunter, Ark.; James of Greenburg, Kan.; John T. of Evansville, Ind.; and Roscoe of Eldorado; Mrs. Thos. F. Gasaway of Galatia, Mrs. Minnie Tinch of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Young of Oklahoma. C. M. Mathis was born Nov. 6, 1847; departed this life at his late home in Eldorado, Ill., May 26, 1918, aged 70 years 6 months and 20 days. He was married to Sarah E. Karnes Dec. 13, 1868. to this union were born seven children, viz: W. E. , of Hunter, Ark.; J. L. of Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. Minnie Tench, of Muskogee, Okla.; J. T. of Evansville, Ind.; Mrs. Grace E. Gasaway, of Galatia, Ill.; Roscoe C. of Eldorado, Ill; Francis A., preceeding her father at the age of 13 years. At an early age he made a profession in Christ and united with the Methodist church, being a member of the church at Wesley Chapel near Eldorado...(lost in crease of paper)..He lived a quiet but consistant Christian life. He leaves, besides his wife and other children mentioned, one sister Ellen Young, of Helena, Okla., seven grand children and two great-grandchildren. Brother Mathis was a good man and although the call to meet his Maker came suddenly he was prepared to go. His sudden death should be a reminder to all of the uncertainty of life, and the need of being ready to live with God, both in this life and in that which is to come. Funeral services were held at Wesley Chapel conducted by Rev. G. R. Goodman, Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., interment in the Wesley cemetery.
MRS. ANDREW ZIMMER died at her home in this city Saturday after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. She leaves to mourn her death the husband, four small children and many friends. The funeral occurred Monday at 10 o'clock, at St. Mary's church conducted by Fr. L. Gilmartin, followed by interment at the St. Mary's cemetery adjoining Wolf Creek.
7 June 1918
Equality Independent--Another mother was called from the bosom of her family Tuesday night when the angel of death which had been hovering over the home of Wm. Maxwell of Cottage Grove snatched from the bosom of the family the loving wife and mother MAY (PEARCE) MAXWELL. Her demise was not unexpected as she had been lingering for months with that dread disease, tuberculosis. Deceased leaves to mourn their loss in addition to her husband, three sons and two daughters, three brothers, John B. Pearce and E. E. Pearce of this city, and Dr. F. B. Pearce, lieutenant in the U. S. Service; two sisters, Mrs. T. C. Nation of this city and A. J. Sisk, Jr., of Guineaville. The editor of the Independent is her only uncle. May was conscious to the very last moment and gave instructions as to her burial, talked of passing away from a world of sickness, sorrow and pain to eternal peace and happiness. Leaving the blessed assurance with the dear ones left behind that she was possessed of the hope which reaches far into the sacred realms of eternity. She had been a member of the M. E. church at Cottage Grove for a number of years and lived the spotless life of a consistent Christian. Funeral services were held Friday evening conducted by Rev. W. A. Sharp and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery beside the graves of her ancestors for four generations, there to await the coming of the bright eternal morn when the dead in Christ shall be called forth from the grave incorruptible and full of glory.
Local & Personal--ROY GROUNDS aged 24 years, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of his aunt, Mrs. L. D. Travis. He came here from Hardin county with his parents to take medical treatment for epileptics and he became seriously afflicted and died. His body was prepared and shipped yesterday to the old home near Cave-in-Rock.
Obituary: IRA ROGERS was born in Gallatin county, Ill., April 3, 1859; departed this life May 31, 1918, at the home of L. M. Davidson near Eldorado. He leaves one brother, William, of Dexter, Mo., and one sister Mrs. L. M. Davidson, of Eldorado, besides other relatives and friends. Short funeral services were held on Saturday at 10 o'clock by George R. Goodman of the M. E. church, and the remains were interred in the Wolf Creek cemetery.
14 June 1918
The Journal today is announcing the candidacy of WIRT DAMRON for the office of Judge of the County court subject to the will of the voters at the Republican Primany to be held on the 11th day of September, of this year. Wirt Damron comes from good Republican stock and if nominated will prove to be a formidable candidate at the General Election in November. He is a graduate of the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington, Illinois, receiving his degree of Bachelor of Law in 1907; he then engaged in the practice of law at Cairo, Illinois. In April, 1908, he was nominated by the Republicans of Alexander County for State's Attorney and was defeated at the November election by the small majority of five votes. He was elected Judge of the City Court of Harrisburg December 17, 1916, to fill out the unexpired term of the late Wm. H. Parish, Jr., and during his term of office disposed of some sixty six cases and each of his decisions stood the test. His grandfather, the late Major A. J. Kuykendall, of Vienna, who served in the Civil War under John A Logan, represented this district in Congress and was elected on the Republican ticket. His father Almus G. Damron, also of Vienna, served as State's Attorney of Johnson County and was elected on the Republican ticket. Damron has been admitted to practice law eleven years and is competent to handle the matters coming before the County Court. He has made an excellent record while he was City Judge of Harrisburg, and he is running on that record.
MRS. MARY SEBASTIAN died yesterday afternoon at her home on 103 East Elder street, aged 38 years, two months and five days. She had recently been to an Indiana hospital for treatment and had undergone two operations. The physicians said she could be as well cared for at home as there and she was brought home. Her condition did not improve and already stated passed away. Surviving her is three children, Forest D., with the American Army in France, Leland E., and Irene L., the latter at home; her husband Frank Sebastian of Belleville; a sister, Mrs. Harve Hampton and brother, Chas. Diamond of Eldorado. She was a daughter of Pete Diamond, deceased. Funeral plans have not been completed but will not likely be held will occur at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--MRS. HARRISON BROWN died Monday at her home in Rector township after a lingering illness. She was 68 years of age and is survived by a husband and several children. The funeral and interment occurred Wednesday afternoon at Poplar. Mrs. A. G. Hausser was called to Evansville Friday to attend the funeral and interment of MISS EMMA ROACH.
One of the small children of Tom DEAN and wife died last Saturday and short funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home--Company house, near mine No. 10, conducted by Geo. R. Goodman of the Methodist church. The child was ten weeks' old, and the other child is very sick.
21 June 1918
MRS. JOSEPHINE MUSGRAVES, a highly respected citizen and Christian lady, died Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thos. G. Mitchell. She has been seriously ill for several months during which time she has had the most careful care and attention but death came as a relief to her suffering. Until her last illness she resided at her home on Grant street. Deceased was seventy three years of age and was the widow of the late William Musgraves. A large circle of friends were grieved to learn of her death and extend sympathy to the bereaved family. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist chruch Wednesday, two o'clock, by the pastor, Rev. G. R. Goodman, followed by interment at the Raleigh Masonic cemetery.
Norris City Record: JAMES A. QUILLMAN, aged 37 years and 17 days, died at the family home in Norris City at 12;30 o'clock p.m. Tuesday after an illness of nine weeks of pleurisy. "Ed" Quillman, as he was generally known to our people, has been a resident of Norris City for more than a dozen years, coming here from Eldorado. He had conducted a bakery all the time he lived here up to about the time he was taken ill. He leaves a wife and four children. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. E. Bunton, assisted by Rev. W. A. Vinson. The remains were then taken via the Big Four to Eldorado and interment was made in Wolf Creek cemetery Thursday. The family and other relatives have the profound sympathy of the people of Norris City in their bereavement.
Local & Personal--Att'y. and Mrs. Will G. Mitchell of West Frankfort came over Tuesday to attend the funeral of his grandmother, MRS.JOSEPHINE MUSGRAVE. The body of ED QUILLMAN of Norris City was shipped here Wednesday for burial which occurred yesterday at Wolf Creek cemetery. Mr. Quillman was well known here having at one time engaged in business in Eldorado. WILLIS MITCHELL, a former banker and well known business man of Eldorado, died last week at his home in Texarkana, Texas, and his remains were brought to Benton, Franklin county, for interment last Friday. His brother, T. G. Mitchell, and the latter's daughter, Miss Mary Mitchell; C. C. Skelton, Dan Wood, S. A Whitley, John Wes Murphy and W. C. Trusty motored over to Benton attending the funeral and interment.
28 June 1918
MRS. SENIA MARIE MORGAN was born in Wadesville, Ind., Oct. 9, 1858; died at her late home in Eldorado, Illinois June 25, 1918. She united with the A. C. church in Elba, Ill., about thirty years ago where she was a member at the time of her death. She leaves one son, by a former marriage, Edgar Watson of near Eldorado; three brothers, W. E. Ramsey and C. S. Ramsey of Elba, Ill., and I. D. Ramsey of Jonesboro, Ark., also one sister, Mrs. Ellen Dickey of Eldorado, besides other relatives. Short funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 9:00 o'clock by Rev. Geo. R. Goodman of the Methodist church, and the remains were taken to the Union Chapel cemetery for burial.
Local & Personal--The baby daughter of Andrew ZIMMER in Beulah Heights, died last Thursday of stomach trouble. It had never been well since the mother's death three weeks ago. Funeral occurred at the St. Mary's Catholic church last Friday followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. The little three month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. DEAN died Thursday morning of last week. Funeral and interment at Wolf Creek Friday by Rev. Goodman. The little twin brother died just a week previous. MOLLIE SISK, wife of Douglas Sisk, died at her home in Equality last week after a lingering illness of cancer of the stomach. She was a sister of Mrs. Rachel Prather and Mrs. Sam Houston of Eldorado. A letter at hand from Hattie Endicott relates the sad news of the death of her brother, WILLIAM WARREN BUTLER of Marion, Ill., who was crushed to death June 18, in a mine at Whiteash, Williamson county. He is survived by a wife and two sons. MRS. MORGAN SPENCER, an elderly lady died at her home in the west part of the city Tuesday morning. Deceased has been a resident here for many years and enjoyed a wide acquaintance of admiring friends. She is survived by one son, Ed Watson. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday followed by interment in the Gregg cemetery northeast of the city.
5 July 1918
ORLANDO TRAIL, aged 22 , met death in No. 8 mine Friday night. There were no eye witnesses to the fatality but indications were that death was caused by a car which passed over his body. He was working on the night shift and had been employed in the mine about five months moving here from Norris City. He is survived by a wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Trail of Omaha, two brothers here Calvin and Gilbert, another brother, Albert, at Omaha, and a sister, Etta, also at Omaha. Funeral services were held Sunday at Powell church, southeast of Norris City.
Rev. D. Breeze and Miss Elizabeth Breeze of Madison have been visiting several days with friends in this city and relatives in Harrisburg. He officiated at the double funeral Tuesday of WILL G. TAYLOR and ROBERT KENNEDY. J. ARKLEY ADAMS, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Arkley Adams, died Tuesday morning after a brief illness of stomach trouble. The little fellow was aged one year, eight months and nineteen days. Funeral services were conducted from the home of its grandmother, Mrs. J. J. Adams, this morning by Rev. H. B. Cox, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Shawneetown News-Galeener: Arrangements were made through special asistant Attorney General J. E. Bartley, acting for Attorney General Edward J. Brundage and Marshall Wiseheart, State's Attorney of Gallatin county for the calling of a special grand jury at the adjourned June term of the Circuit court which convened Monday of this week for the purpose of investigating the murder of FRANK BAHL and the burning of his house, which occured on the night of May 8, last, and resulted in the indictment of Leonard Bahl for the murdering of his brother. The indictment contains six counts, the first count charging Leonard Bahl with unlawfully, willfully, feloniously and with malicious forethought murdering his brother by stabbing him in the right side of his chest between the low lobe of his right lung from the upper lobe. The second count charges the crime to have been committed by crushing the skull with a blunt instrument, causing instant death. The third count charges the murder was committed by cutting the head from the body with some sharp edged instrument. The fourth is like the third excepting that it charges that the head was decapitated by an axe held in the hands of Leonard Bahl. The fifth count charges that Leonard Bahl willfully and feloniously and with malicious forethought set fire to the dwelling house in which Frank Bahl there and then was, mortally burned Frank Bahl, from which burning he died. The sixth count was a combination of the first and fifth counts, charging the stabbing and burning as the cause of the death. The indictment is thus framed to cover each of the acts separately which were done at the time Frank Bahl was murdered. The investigation before the grand jury was thorough, some sixty witnesses of more or less importance being subpoenaed to appear before that body, many of whom appeared and testified, among whom was Supervisor of Investigation A. H. Bogardus of the State Fire Marshall department, who, it will be remembered, made an investigation after the first inquest held upon the body of Frank Bahl which resulted in the exhuming of the body of the murdered man and demonstrating the fact that the death of Frank Bahl was not due to accident, but the result of cowardly, foul and cruel murder, and thereby led to the citizens of Ridgway petitioning Attorney General Brundage to assist in causing a thorough investigation of the crime. When the Department of Justice the Attorney General's office, placed the power of the State of Illinois behind the investigation, directing Bartley & Bartley to assist the State's Attorney in investigating the crime, supervisor of Investigation Bogardus in company with John G. Gamber, returned to Gallatin county May 28th and in connection with Bartley & Bartley resumed the investigation, resulting in the indictment of Leonard Bahl for the cold blooded murder of his brother. The grand jury was in session from one o'clock Monday noon until midnight and was thorough and painstaking in its investigation and proceeded cautiously so as to avoid indicting in the absence of substantial evidence. It is rumored that there is sufficient evidence to convict an accomplice in the crime, but the state did not insist upon the indictment of such person at the present. By arrangement Leonard Bahl was released on $20,000 bond and the cause continued until the October term of Circuit court. This is the most important arson and murder case ever occurring in this section of the state and will be watched with interest by the public. We express no opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the indicted man. We published a summary of the facts soon after the crime was committed. If Leonard Bahl is convicted the entire estate of Frank Bahl. which is estimated from $60,000 to $75,000, will possibly go to his sister, as in some of the states it is held that where a crime is committed for the purpose of succeeding to an estate, the guilty party cannot succeed to its inheritance and that may be the law in our state.
Local & Personal--the four months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Ed GOFORTH of Grayson which died Tuesday was interred at Wolf Creek cemetery Wednesday. Prof. C. O. DuBois left Monday being called to Shelby, Ohio, to attend the funeral of his brother's wife, MRS. HOBART DUBOIS. The body of LOREN WHITLER was shipped Sunday night to his old home at Fordville for interment, and was accompanied by the following: From the W. O. W. lodge, John Bowling and Lonnie Smith; from No. 10 local, Ed McGinnis and Columbus Ritchey; from No. 11 local, Jas. Baird and Albert Cuthbertson, from No. 8 local, Ed Kirk and Chas. Sisk.
THELMA LOUISE, the beloved daughter of Edward and Ida GOFORTH, born February 13, 1918, died July 2, 1918, aged four months and 18 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Grayson by Geo. R. Goodman, pastor of the Methodist church in Eldorado, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m Interment at Wolf Creek Cemetery.
Most profoundly we extend thanks to those who extended sympathy and rendered aid during the sad hour of misfortune in the death of our husband and brother. Also thanks is expressed to those furnishing cars and remembering us by sending flowers. Mrs. Robert Kennedy and family, & Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy.
Relatives in this city received the sad news Sunday afternoon of the death of JOE ROHR, who was killed in the collapse of a large factory building at Sioux City, Iowa. Deceased was well known in this city. His wife was Miss Helen Gram, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Gram, and a sister of Mrs. Dan McKillop also of this city. He is survived by the widow and one child. Funeral and interment occurred Tuesday at Sioux City, Ia.
A distressing tragedy occured Saturday night at No. 1 O'Gara mine near Muddy when three highly respected Eldorado miners were the victims losing their lives while in the course of duty. Some weeks ago a portion of the mine was sealed to extinguish a fire which could not be controlled otherwise. Saturday night five men--Robert Kennedy, William G. Taylor, Loren Whitler, Joe Goff and Harry Kennedy--went to investigate the condition, breaking the sealed portion and making an examination before admitting air. "they donned their helmets and after making their examination were returning from the scene of the recent fire when their oxygen failed and ROBERT KENNEDY went down. Taylor and Goff picked him up and were carrying him to safety, when Whitler was seen to fall, about the same time Taylor also fell to the ground. Goff and Harry Kennedy carried Kennedy to the pure air and returned for the other victims but were too late. The rescue team from Harrisburg hastened to the scene and brought the men to the surface, where every effort was made to restore them. If the pulmotor had worked Kennedy's life would probably have been saved, as he was still breathing when brought to the top." Their bodies were removed to Martin undertaking parlors in this city where they were prepared for burial and where Coroner Ozment held an inquest. The jury decided they came to death from insufficient oxygen in their helmets. Robert Kennedy for years has lived in Eldorado, having purchased property here and made a nice home for his family. He and TAYLOR both were natives of Scotland and were close friends. Mr. Kennedy was an active member of the Presbyterian church and his presence there will be sadly missed. He was an honest man, a good husband and a kind neighbor. Everyone knew and liked this splendid man. He is survived by a wife and seven children, and one brother, Harry. He was near 44 years old. WILLIAM G. TAYLOR was perhaps the best known man in Eldorado and in fact all over the mining district. He was one of the best first aid men in the country and has gone into the depths of the mines, regardless of danger and rescued his fellow workers time and again. His every thought was to serve humanity and to ease the suffering and pain of the injured. The physicians have considered his help invaluable and will greatly miss the aid he so gladly gave. He has instructed a number of classes in first aid work recently finishing a class of ladies in Red Cross work. He had just finished instructing a class of miners and was soon to have started another ladies class. He had just lately been appointed as superintendent of the O'Gara rescue work, a hospital now being erected for this work. No man in this part of the country has rendered the services to humanity that Will Taylor has, and in his death Eldorado suffers a great loss. Mr. Taylor was also a talented musician and has had charge of the Presbyterian choir for years, oftentimes assisting in musical programs at the different churches. He was also a member of the Presbyterian church. He leaves a wife and two small children. His age was __. LOREN WHITLER came to this city from Kentucky several years ago and entered the mines of our city and has worked steadily until the day of his death. Mr. Whitler was a man who loved his family and home; and whose heart was in his work that he might make for them a home. He was a most worthy citizen and man who was liked by his fellow citizens. His wife and children were in Fordsville, Ky., at the time of his death, at the bedside of his wife's mother, who is seriously ill. He is survived by the wife and seven little children. His remains were shipped to Fordsville Sunday night for funeral services and burial Tuesday afternoon. A double or united funeral service was held at the Methodist church Tuesday at two o'clock over the remains of William G. Taylor and Robert Kennedy who lost their lives in No. 1 O'Gara mine Saturday night. The services were conducted by Rev. Daniel Breeze who paid high tribute to the two men who were faithful members of his church when he was pastor here. His sermon was appropriate and very touching. The Red Cross class in first aid honored their instructor, who had devoted so much time to their successful training, by being present in a body dressed in uniforms of his designing, and carried the floral offerings which were placed upon his grave. The Masons and Moose had charge of the remains of Mr. Kennedy, and he was buried with Masonic ceremonies. The mine rescue team marched with the bodies to the cemetery. The men were buried with all honors and deepest respect. Deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved by all who knew these gentlemen.
Oak Grove--Marsh Quick and family and John Quick and wife of Eldorado attended the funeral of MRS. TOM QUICK at Adkin Sunday.
12 July 1918
We desire to extend thanks to those of our friends who rendered aid and remembered us with flowers and shown sympathy during the sad hour of our bereavement in the death of WILLIAM G. TAYLOR, our husband and brother. Mrs. Maggie Taylor, John Taylor.
The remains of ROY THOMPSON, the young Harrisburg boy, who was in the service of his country, a member of the Signal Service corps at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, who died from injuries received in a collision Monday, will arrive in this city Thursday morning. Roy was one of three brothers who were doing their part in the fight for a world democracy. He was in training at Camp Wheeler and met with the unfortunate accident while out on a motorcycle scouting exposition. His skull was crushed and death came after a few hours suffering. The body left Macon, Ga., this morning and will arrive here at 9:20 Thursday morning. The death by accident of Roy Thompson marks the first Harrisburg boy's death since the war began. Ferdinand Alvey died at Camp Taylor, but so far as we have any record, this is the first death by accident or while in action. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Thompson of 728 South Main street. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon, provided the body arrives Thursday morning. Should anything occur that prevents the body from getting here before Friday morning, the funeral will not be held until Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. Emanuel Breeze from the Presbyterian church. Interment will be made at theVincent-Moore graveyard, west of the city.--Harrisburg Register.
Mrs. Emma Baker, 18 year old daughter of Charles Baker, and who is making her home with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lane, in this city is in the county jail at Harrisburg charged with the murder of her 18 day old baby boy. The child died Wednesday following spasms supposed to be caused by carbolic acid administered by its mother. Charles Baker, the father, deserted the wife and child several days ago at Wasson and she had gone back to her parents home. It is said Baker was angry about the birth of the child and had quarreled with her saying that he would live with her if she got rid of the "brat." County officers are after the father and will bring him to account for whatever part he may have played in the death of the child and the mistreatment of its mother. Further investigation is in progress and the inquest of the child will be held in Eldorado tonight at the Martin undertaking parlors.
19 July 1918
Local & Personal--City Judge H. R. Dial of West Frankfort came over Monday attending the funeral of Atty. and Mrs. W. G. MITCHELL's little daughter. Judge is the law partner of Atty. Mitchell. LORENE, the twenty months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis YOUNG, died at their home in this city Tuesday afternoon. It had suffered from severe stomach trouble. Funeral services were conducted at Wolf Creek by Rev. John Yates, followed by interment in the church cemetery.
The bright little daughter of Atty. and Mrs. Will G. Mitchell of West Frankfort died Sunday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Mitchell. Little NELL E MUSGRAVES MITCHELL was twenty months old, the only child and the jewel of the parents and grandparents, and her death is a great blow to them. The heartbroken family have the sympathy of their host of friends in their bereavement. The little one took seriously ill with stomach and bowel trouble at their home in West Frankfort several days ago and the parents removed her here to give every medical aid available but nothing did any good or relieved her--death followed. Funeral services were held at the Mitchell home two o'clock Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. G. R. Goodman, pastor of the M. E. church, interment followed at the Masonic cemetery. A large crowd attended the funeral and the local attorneys acted as pall bearers.
26 July 1918
In the casualty list of the week appeared the name of Sergeant WALTER E. SCROGGINS an Eldorado boy, who was killed June 28, while in action in France. He was in service with the Marine Gun Battallion and enlisted through the local recruiting office several months ago. He formerly resided near Shawneetown but before enlisting came to Eldorado making this city his home. A sister, Mrs. John Harrelson, resides in this city on West Locust street. The news of his death is greatly deplored by relatives and friends in this city.
Growing tired of being hunted by the officers, Roy Weatherly, charged with killing a man at Logan several months ago, and who escaped from the Franklin county jail in Benton, gave himself up to the United States recruiting officers, Capt. Dawson in this city Tuesday. Weatherly got into an argument with a fellow miner at the Logan mine and in the fight which followed Weatherly killed his adversary. He was arrested and locked up in the Benton jail. He was in that bastille just a few weeks when he made his escape. Nothing was heard of him until Tuesday, when he walked into the recruiting station and after having been asked several questions, broke down and told that he was wanted on a charge of murder. Officer Dawson notified and turned him over to the sheriff's deputies who came over and taken him to Harrisburg placing him in jail there until Sheriff Watkins of Franklin county came yesterday to claim his prisoner and take him back to Benton to answer for his crime.
Local & Personal--The eleven months old little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will DODGE, died at their home last Friday from that fatal malady of stomach and bowel trouble which is so prevalent about the city just at this season. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. John Attey followed by interment at Wolf Creek. P. W. REDDEN, aged 62 years died at his home in Christopher last Wednesday after a brief illness. His body was shipped through this city enroute to New Burnside where interment occurred Sunday. He was for years a well known clothing dealer of New Burnside but for the past several years has been a resident of Christopher. Accompanying the remains Friday were his two sons Eric and Carl, both young men being called home from training camps on account of his death. Walter Lowe and his mother left Tuesday morning for Cynthiana, Ind., being called there on account of an accident in which his uncle LONNIE LOWE and daughter, IRENE were killed. A new arrival of a fine boy took up board Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Gordie MILLS. The young fellow has been given the title of OSCAR GORDON. LAFE JUSTICE, Jr., an Equality boy, lost his life while in active service at the battle front in France. He was well known in this city and was among the number of volunteers enlisting through the Eldorado recruiting office. The seven months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. RODGERS of Muddy was buried at Wolf Creek cemetery Tuesday afternoon. It suffered from stomach and bowel trouble which has been so prevalent in this city and vicinity this summer.
2 August 1918
Local & Peraonal--MISS MAY HANDLE, aged 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Handle, after two months of illness died Saturday at their home near Wasson. Funeral services were held Sunday and interment followed at Wolf Creek cemetery. The eighteen months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie SMITH died Sunday from bowel trouble. The body was shipped Sunday night over the Big Four to Fordsville, Ky., for interment. PAUL BLUFORD, the twenty months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar SWITZER of Beulah Heights died at their home Wednesday of the prevalent malady bowel trouble. The little one was laid to rest yesterday in Cottonwood cemetery. MISS CECILLA MUNSTERMAN, aged 17 years died Monday afternoon after a two weeks' illness at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Munsterman northeast of this city. She was highly respected and enjoyed the acquaintance of a score of friends who are greatly grieved by her death. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning at St. Mary's church conducted by Rev. Fr. L. Gilmartin followed by interment at the church cemetery.
MRS. ANNA BARTON, wife of John Barton, died last Friday at Evansville following an operation. Her body was shipped to this city and removed to their home in Beulah Heights Friday night. At first it was thought the operation was successful but later hemmorrhage developed and all medical aid was to no avail. The deceased was a Christian lady and had a host of friends who are grieved by her death and whose sympathy is expressed for the husband and six children. A large crowd of relatives and friends assembled Sunday morning at the home where funeral services were conducted after which the body was laid in its final resting place in Wolf Creek cemetery.
9 August 1918
Obituary: MILLIE ANNIE BARTON was born in Gallatin county, July 17, 1885. She was the eldest of seven children. Her mother died when Annie was ten years of age, leaving her at that tender age to bear many of the responsibilities of the home. Life was sad for sometime, for within one year two others of the children were taken away. Shortly afterward Annie went to live with her grandmother, with whom she spent eight years during which she had grown to young womanhood. May 28, 1905 she was married to J. M. Barton. To this union God gave six children, three boys and three girls all of whom survive her. About six years ago while a revival was in progress in the community, she professed faith in Christ. Two years later at the Beulah Camp grounds she found the healing comforts of entire sanctification. She continued faithful to her Master even until death. Her only social enjoyment was found within her church. Her class will long miss her presence. Most of her married life had been spent in Beulah Heights. Amid the common struggles and difficulties of life, increased by special troubles that were her own, she remained ever bright and helpful. The writer has personally known the family for several years, and knows whereof he speaks. She loved her husband, and children most ardently. For the foolish pearsures of society she cared little or nothing. Her whole thought was for her family. Still she did not seem to think of it as a responsibility or duty. she served merely through love. Those of her many friends and relatives know too well the truth of what follows, to need to hear it, but it may help some stranger to know: Recently the prospects of life had been brightened. The father and mother together looked forward very hopefully to a happier future for their family with the joyous anticipation that only parents can know. But Fate interferred to throw a dark mantle over their vision. Or, was it Fate? Perhaps not. Nay, but it is the works of Him alone who holds our destinies in His hand. In familiar tones the Master said: "I have fought a good fight." Yet, weep not, dear ones. These words are not written to cause you to weep. It is all to common, to simple to say she is at rest. A far greater comfort is in store for you. The good God who was so kind to her in her childhood will also take care of her children though orphans they are, and the deep gash of grief in the husband's heart will surely be healed, life is short. This is not a sad fact but a joyous one. You shall soon meet, and that "to part, no never." Sister Barton leaves to mourn her apparently untimely death, a brokenhearted husband, six children, a father, two sisters and a brother. The father lives with one of the sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Saddler at Jonesboro, Ark. The other sister, Mrs. Carrie Hilderbrand, lives at Paragould, Ark. Her brother, Jacob Evans, is in France with the colors.
Uncle TOM HUDGINS, one of the oldest residents of this county, died at his home north of Eldorado Monday after a lingering illness of internal cancer. Mr. Hudgins was 84 years old and was a highly respected and well known citizen. He is survived by three sons, Rev. J. L. Hudgins of Nashville, Tenn., Richard of Eldorado and Ben F. of Cairo, and a daughter, Mrs. Ed Burns of Johnston City. Funeral services were held at Wolf Creek cemetery Tuesday morning at 10:00 o'clock.
Card of Thanks: We desire to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends who rendered kindly aid to us during the sickness and death of our darling son, PAUL BLUFORD SWITZER.--Edgar and Pearl Switzer.
16 August 1918
The funeral of WYMAN DUMPFORD, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Presley Dumpford, who died Tuesday from injuries received Sunday when he was kicked by a horse, was held yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. Rev. C. B. Whiteside conducted the services in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends of the family. The body was laid to rest in Cottage Grove cemetery.
Obituary: CYNTHIA PEARL BAKER was born at Eldorado, Ill., March 31, 1882; died at Humboldt, Tenn., August 9, 1918; aged 36 years, 4 months and 9 days. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 20 years, and united with the First Baptist church at Eldorado, moving her membership to Harrisburg in 1908. In 1916, she moved her membership to the First Baptist church at Humboldt, where she remained an active member until her death, being particularly interested in the mission work of the church. She was united in marriage to W. E. Stuart in the year 1906. To this union one daughter was born. After his death in 1914, she was married to W. J. Baker of Humboldt, Tenn., where she resided at the time of her death. She lived a consecrated Christian life and often remarked that she was ready for the final summons from her Master, and when she realized that the end was near she told her husband that there was nothing between her and her God. She leaves a husband and little daughter, father and mother and two brothers, besides a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 13th from the Baptist church, Pastor Cox officiating. Interment was at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Pesonal--the second member of P. A. STIERWALT's family died last week with typhoid fever, a 14 year old daughter and a six year old son. The mother is also in a dangerous condition with the same fever. An obituary of the death of MRS. ALICE SLOAN was promised for publication this week but has not reached us yet. Will some relative please see to this for next week.
Harrisburg Register--The sad news of the death of W. A. McHANEY reached Harrisburg late Tuesday afternoon. His death occurred at the old soldiers' home in Quincy, where he had been for several months. Mr. McHaney was one of the oldest citizens of Saline county and during his long life has always held the highest esteem of the people. He was for many years county surveyor and was considered one of the best skilled surveyors in Southern Illinois. He has been in feeble health for some time, but his death was sudden. The body is expected to arrive here Thursday morning. Until that time there will be no arrangements for the funeral. We hope to have a suitable obituary for this old time Civil war veteran within a few days. The bereaved relatives have the profound sympathy of the entire community.
A gas explosion occurred at No. 10 O'Gara mine Wednesday afternoon in which two men lost their lives--GEO. WILLIAMS and DOMINIC LAGOD, familiarly known as "Fargo." Five other men were in the entry but fortunately were not killed or seriously injured. They were Lloyd Butler, Luther Smith, Frank Day, Joe Gray. And had the mine been in regular operation a large number of men would have been in the mine and a terrible tragedy would have occurred. The force of the explosion blowed the men down and as soon as they recovered they began the work of rescue of the injured and the dead. but slow progress could be made on account of the after damp. The Harrisburg and Eldorado rescue teams responded as soon as they could after getting word of the accident. The body of "Fargo" was recovered about eight o'clock Wednesday night and that of Williams about three o'clock yesterday morning. Their bodies were removed to the Martin undertaking parlors. Bert Beare, while doing rescue work, was overcome, and was brought to the top and given proper attention. George Williams was about thirty two years of age, well known and well respected gentleman and was a member of the M. E. church in this city. He leaves to mourn his death a wife, a step daughter, his parents at Scranton, Pa., two brothers--Chas., of Eldorado and Rev. J. W. of Coulterville, four sisters--Mrs. Elizabeth Green of Eldorado, Mrs. Thos. Heron of Trops, Pa., Misses Anna and Mary Williams of Scranton, Pa. the widow has twice been married--the first time to Jack Mean who lost his life at No. 8 mine in this city about ten years ago. At this time no funeral arrangements have been made but it is expected that services will be held Sunday. Dominic Lagod was a foreigner who enjoyed a wide and favorable acquaintance, kind hearted, good natured and well liked by his fellow workmen. He leaves a wife and baby. Funeral services are being planned for Saturday morning. A coroner's inquest will be held tonight at eight o'clock at the Martin undertaking parlor.
Card of Thanks--We desire to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved little daughter, ETTA ELMADINE. Words cannot express to you our great appreciation, but may He, who gathers the lambs with his arms and carries them in His bosom, be your friends and comforter in all times of need, is the sincere desire of our hearts for you. Thanks for the flowers so lovingly given.--Mr. and Mrs. J. B. HARBISON.
ETTA ELMONDINE HARBISON, the one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cassel Harbison, died at the home in Parish addition Friday afternoon about 2:30 after an illness of several weeks with bowel trouble. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. B. Cox, and the little body laid to rest in Wolf Creek cemetery.
23 August 1918
Card of Thanks--We take this means of thanking our many friends and neighbors for their kindness shown us during the sickness and death of our beloved sister, MRS. JANE HILL. The kindness shall be long remembered.--Mrs. Ellen Gram and family.
Obituary: WYMAN DUMFORD, the 13 year old son of E. P. Dumford, whose death was recorded in this paper last week, was a Christian boy, a devout and faithful attendant at Sunday School, and in every way exceptionally bright for one of his years. He was the pride of the bereaved father and his death was a great and almost unbearable shock to him. The editor joins his friends and neighbors in extending deepest sympathy to Mr. Dumford and family in their sad bereavement.
The funeral of GEORGE WILLIAMS whose death was mentioned in these columns last week, occurred Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church conducted by Revs. Goodman and Whiteside. A large crowd attended the last sad rites. The Equality band rendered appropriate music escorting the corpse from the residence to the church and to Wolf Creek cemetery where the body was interred. The Moose and Redmen members marched carrying the American flag and the Moose service flag, the latter containing seventeen stars.
Aunt JANE HILL, an old and respected citizen of Eldorado passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ellen Gram, Friday morning three o'clock. She was 78 years of age and had been seriously ill for several weeks. Mrs. Gram has lived in and near Eldorado for many years and is known by all the older residents. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist church at Wolf Creek. She leaves to mourn their loss, one son, Mack Hill, three brothers, Henry, Bryant and Joe Cheek, and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Gram. Aunt Jane will be sadly missed by the many friends and neighbors who loved her presence in their homes and to whom she and endeared herself by her kind and gentle disposition. Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 o'clock, at Wolf Creek church, conducted by Rev. W. C. Kane.
MRS.ALEX HATLER died at her home in the north part of Eldorado last Thursday after several months of illness. She had been taken to the hospital in Evansville sometime ago where she received every medical attention but all to no avail. Death only came as a relief to her sufferings. Deceased was a Christian lady and her death is mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. She is survived by a husband, two sons, Will and Joseph, and two daughters, Edith and Audrey. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. G. R. Goodman, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Card of Thanks: To our neighbors and friends who so kindly remembered us and rendered aid during the illness and death of our beloved mother we desire to deeply express our thanks; and special thanks is extended to Mrs. Marvin Wilson, Mrs. Ed Bays and Mrs. Taylor Carter. M. A. Hatler, Will Hatler, Joe Hatler and wife, Edith Hatler, Audrey Hatler, C. C. Karnes and wife.
MRS. AMANDA MASSEY, wife of William Massey, died Saturday night at her home on Dewey street, after a very brief illness, taking violently sick from headache that day. A physician was summoned and all medical aid rendered but she steadily grew worse until death came. She was a respected lady and enjoyed a large circle of warm friends. Deceased was fifty three years of age. Her funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the home followed by interment at the Wolf Creek cemetery.
Marion, IL--August 21--the fourth annual homecoming of the Norman family, decendants of the pioneers of Williamson county, was held August 11th, to celebrate the birthday of 'Aunt Susan" Norman, mother of the family who, on August 12, was 95 years old. Three hundred members from Williamson and surrounding counties took part in the celebration at the Williamson County Fair Grounds. "Aunt Susan," smoking her clay pipe, was the happiest member of the party. She was born August 12, 1823, in Tennessee, and came to Illinois in 1843. She was the daughter of John and Susan Klope. She married Judge David Norman on March 7, 1844. He had seven children by his first wife, who were reared by "Aunt Susan." She had seven of her own, and besides, reared five grandchildren, three great- grandchildren and adopted seven children.
Obituary: ALICE BUTLER, daughter of Amos and Elizabeth Butler, was born in the state of Kentucky, on the 22nd day of August, 1844. Her father dying while she was quite young her mother moved to Illinois, bringing the children with her, Alice being then seven years old. She knew the hardships of the frontier life, but helped with raising the family and helping the mother. Their home was near Cottage Grove. Here she grew to womanhood, and on the 23rd day of February, 1860, she was united in Holy wedlock to John M. Sloan. This was truly a union blessed of God. Brother and Sister Sloan lived near Cottage Grove for a few years, and then moved to the community near Zion church. And here, for 52 years, they have labored to build up the church and community. At an early age Sister Sloan was converted and united with the M. E. church. She was not a Christian just in name only, but in words and deeds. The home of John and Alice Sloan has always been the home of the ministers, and the church people in general. Every pastor that served the Zion church found a home and welcome at their fireside. And if the minister ever became discouraged, they always found help and comfort in the motherly advice of Sister Sloan. No doubt but there has been as many prayers gone to the throne of God from the lips of Alice Sloan for the church and the unsaved as from any one in the community........the union of Brother and Sister Sloan was blessed by the birth of eight children. Three have preceded her across the river of death, and five still survive, namely: Mollie Maxwell, Mrs. John Cloud, James Warren Sloan, Minnie Etherton and John Wesley Sloan. Sister Sloan has been in failing health for some time, continually growing weaker physically, but never losing faith or growing faint in spiritual things.......she was ready for the summons when it came on the eve of Aug. 9th, at 7:30 the call came, and while being surrounded by her husband, who had walked with her for 58 years, and her children, who were watching the last moments, she closed her eyes to all things earthly, and the soul of Alice Sloan rested in the Paradise of God. A life of 73 years 11 months and 17 days came to an end with her, but her work will continue to follow, and many will rise up to call her blessed. Besides the husband and children Sister Sloan leaves one brother, W. K. Butler, two sisters, Mrs. Hughey and Mrs. Shewmaker, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a host of friends that will ever cherish the memory of the life of this woman of God, and we only say farewell for a short time here, for she has gone before, and as her custom was here to bid any and all welcome to her home, she will await us at the gate of Heaven and give us a welcome there. The funeral services were conducted at Zion M. E. church, where she had been a faithful attendant for more than a half a century, on Sabbath evening, August 11th at 2:30 o'clock. The pastor, Rev. E. Connett of Ridgway was assisted by the following ministers: Rev. B. A. Hoar, Rev. G. R. Goodman, Rev. C. B. Whiteside and Rev. O. E. Connett.
30 August 1918
Local & Personal--Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Flannigan of Harrisburg were here Tuesday to attend the funeral of their granddaughter, LOVENA, the nine months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SWEARS, who died Monday from stomach trouble. The funeral occurred Tuesday followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery, Rev. White of Tennessee conducted the services. Mrs. C. O DuBois and daughter, Addie, went to Urbana, Ill., on Wednesday in answer to a telegram stating that GRANVILLE REESE, the brother of Mrs. DuBois died the night previous. It was taken erroneously to be the son who bore the same name as his uncle. Mr. Reese had been very low for a long time and had been taken to Florida last Fall for the sake of a better climate. He had trained nurse and his sister with him for more than a year. We thank the public for the interest in the son and his welfare--C. O. DuBois. The little six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank THORPE died of spinal trouble Sunday at their home in the High School addition. The eighteen months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. PRITCHETT died at their home on Big Four street yesterday. The remains will be shipped today to Clay, Ky., for interment.
Card of Thanks: To our friends who so kindly remembered us and rendered aid and sympathy during our sad bereavement in the death and burial of our beloved daughter and sister, MRS. W. J. BAKER, of Humboldt, Tenn., we desire to deeply express our thanks; and especially to Mrs. Laura Cox, Isabella Hancock, Mrs. Sena Armstrong and Hanna McCord, Mrs. Martha Jones of Harrisburg, Mrs. Clyde Songer, Mrs. Geneva Parker and Miss Luara Threlkill, for their beautiful spray of flowers.--W. J. Baker and daughter, Ethel. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Carner, Charley Carney.
Obituary: AMANDA J. MASSEY was born in Tennessee, July 5, 1855. Died in Eldorado, Ill., Saturday, August 17, 1918. Aged 63 years, one month and twelve days. Mrs. Massey had been a Christian since 1878, and was a member of the Social Brethren church. She was united in marriage to William Massey January 5, 1874, at Eldorado, Ill. Mrs. Massey is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Dora Overton. There was three children, two having preceeded her to the other world--Nannie and Noah. Seldom has it been our duty to record so sudden a death. A dark gloom spread over the whole community when it was whispered from one to another in the evening of August 17th that Mrs. Massey was gone. Indeed it may be said of her that none knew her but to love her. She was a good true Christian woman and was always ready and willing to do something for her blessed Master. She had written on a piece and put in her Bible for her grandchildren. She said she wanted them to see what a life grandmother had lived and these are the words that she wrote: "Professed faith in Christ in 1878, and to day I feel that I am a servant of the true and living God, marching onward and upward to that Heavenly land. Only a few days more and I will be where there will be no more sickness, sorrow, pain and death can enter there. Husband and children, when I am gone you can say your mother has gone to Heaven, and do meet me is my prayer to God is that my children will meet me there. So husband and children and brothers, say farewell for a little while and I will meet you." She leaves to mourn their loss a loving husband and one daughter, Mrs. Overton and six grand children and two brothers, John and Neal Shaver, and a host of relatives and friends. She is gone but not forgotten.
5 September 1918
LAPRADE DAYTON BROWN of Eldorado was killed late Sunday evening near Herrin by a stray or wild shot intended for another. Brown was only a victim of circumstances and was shot as an innocent bystander. Mr. Brown and father went to Herrin Sunday to remain over for a visit until after Labor Day, and in their rounds Sunday afternoon were thrown in comapany with HARRY JACKSON all who later met Will Colyer who held a grudge against Jackson, and who began firing on Jackson, shooting him to death, a wild shot hitting Brown from which he died an hour later. Brown's body was brought here Monday evening and taken to his home on North State street. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. R. M. Davis of Boston, Mass., followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. Brown was a highly respected man, 29 years of age, and an employee of the Purcell & Trout garage. He is survived by a wife and two small children, the father, E. T. Brown, two brothers, Carl and Charles, and a sister, Mrs. Larkin Trout. An account of the affair as given by the Marion Republican follows: "Will Colyer is in the county jail on charge of murdering two men at Freeman on Sunday night. The killing occurred about 6 p.m. when the murdered men were returning from a baseball game. Coroner William McCown held the inquest at Herrin and at the inquest it developed that Colyer had had an argument in the morning with the father of Harry Jackson and that Colyer had been placed in the Herrin city jail. He was released in the afternoon and his gun returned and he then went to Freeman, according to the testimony. "An auto containing a Mr. Brand, E. F. Brown and Harry Jackson was at Domick's place in Freeman, when Colyer is alleged to have jumped on the running board with two revolvers and to have opened fire on Jackson. About 20 shots were fired all of which took effect in Jackson's body, except one, which killed Brown. Colyer is a brother-in-law of Jackson and Brown is a cousin of Jackson. Brown was visiting with his cousin and was accidently killed. His home is in Eldorado. "Colyer was held to await the action of the grand jury by the coroner's jury."
Obituary: JAMES A. BOURLAND was born in Saline County, Illinois, November 30, 1830, died August 19, 1919. Age 88 years 8 months, 19 days. Married to Nancy Strong September 22, 1853. To this union was born eight children: Gabriel A. Bourland who died at Equality October 7, 1909; Mrs. A. G. Proctor at Winslow, Arizona; Dr. I. N. Bourland, and Mrs. Chas. Guard Sr., of Equality; Gertrude Pearce of Cottage Grove; Mary and James A., who died in infancy; and T. D. Bourland of Cottage Grove where he died. He leaves one brother, Gabriel Bourland of Cottage Grove and Susan Moore at Equality and Martha Mick of Eddyville. Twenty three grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home at two o'clock Thursday August 21, 1919, by Rev. W. C. Kane.
Obituary: LaPRADE D. BROWN was born near Rockport, Kentucky, July 20, 1890, and was accidently shot August 31, 1919. Age 29 years, one month and seven days. He had been living in Illinois about ten years and has been mining at different places almost all the time. He was married to Miss Leona E. Thompson, daughter of Jonah and Lydia (Gould) Thompson Sept. 1, 1913, and two children were born to this union. Albert, age five years, and L. D. Jr., six weeks old. Besides his wife and children he leaves a father, two brothers and one sister and many friends who deeply regret his untimely death. The Funeral services occurred at the home of his father, Mr. E. F. Brown and was conducted by Rev. R. M. Davis of Boston, Mass. The body laid to rest in Wolf Creek cemetery. LaPrade as he was familiarly called had many friends wherever he lived, he was a genial, big hearted whole souled fellow, and was very much devoted to his wife and children. After the fatal shot until death he spoke of his little family and died praying. The family have the sympathy of many friends in this their sad hour. May they all be reunited in the great beyond where there are no more partings.--Emma Summers.
Card of Thanks: We desire to thank the many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy rendered us in the sad hour of the death of our husband, son and brother.--Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Trout, Carl Brown, Leona Brown.
Arrangements are being made for a military funeral at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the Masonic cemetery near Raleigh in Honor of CHAS. BRADEN, son of Alex N. Braden, who died last Saturday at the U. S. hospital of Oteen, near Asheville, North Carolina. His remains were shipped here and taken to the home of his parents on North Carnahan street. The funeral party will start from the home at two o'clock this afternoon going direct to the cemetery where the funeral and interment will be conducted. He responded to the call to services in September in 1917, and the following January landed with the American Expeditionary forces in France, spending eighteen months there experiencing hard service Returning eight weeks ago he was placed in a hospital for treatment of his lungs, which had been afflicted while in service. He was given every medical attention but could not recover. He was twenty five years of age and a splendid young man who had many friends who are grieved to learn of his early demise. He is survived by the parents, three sisters and two brothers. Elders W. C. Kane, Simon Reeder and Henry Joyce will assist in the funeral service.
Center Twigg--Mr. and Mrs. Wily Roberts of Lostant, Illinois were called to the bedside of her brother, B. H. HUGGINS who passed away to the great beyond Sunday evening.
Local & Personal--WILLIAM BERRY, resident of this county, and who has been confined in the Anna hospital for the past four years died there last Tuesday. His body accompanied by his brothers, George and John, was shipped to Eldorado Wednesday and taken to Cottage Grove where funeral and interment occurred yesterday morning. Deceased was well and favorably known throughout the county.
Obituary: MRS. LAURA B. QUISENBERRY, wife of A. H. Quisenberry, was born at Cottage Grove, Saline County, Ill., March 12, 1877; departed this life at Evansville, Ind., where she had gone for an operation, September 1, 1918. She was 41 years, 5 months and 21 days old at the time of her death. For three years Mrs. Quisenberry was a sufferer from goitre, her condition grew worse until an operation was advised with hope of curing the malady, but her system was so weakened she could not stand the shock, and after a brief rally she passed quietly into that land where suffering is no more. In early life she professed faith in Christ and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Cottage Grove, later removing her membership to Carrier Mills where they resided for several years when on last Easter she placed her membership in the church in Eldorado. Altho unable to attend the services she always manifested an interest in the work of the church and assured us of her prayers for the success of the Master's kingdom. She was united in marriage to A. H. Quisenberry, who survives her. Her mother, Mrs. Crabtree , two sisters and a number of other relatives are also left to mourn their loss. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church in Eldorado, conducted by Rev. Geo. R. Goodman the pastor Wednesday at 2 p.m. The interment which was at Cottage Grove cemetery was deferred until Thursday on account of the rain.
13 September 1918
Harrisburg Daily Register: CAL STEPHENS, an aged resident of Harrisburg, was struck by the north bound Big Four passenger train last Monday evening and injured so badly that he died within an hour. Mr. Stephen's occupation was that of a gardener and it was while he was enroute to his home that he was injured. He was coming up the railroad track from near No. 9 mine and in getting out of the way of a coal train on the siding stepped directly in front of the passenger engine on the main track, it knocking him down and breaking his hip, his back was also injured. He was taken to Dr. Turner office where he died about seven o'clock. Deceased leaves a family and the body was removed to their residence on West Lincoln street, where the funeral was held Wednesday.
Rector--Several from here attended the funeral of Uncle JIM MAXFIELD at Douglas Monday.
Local & Personal--MRS. JOSEPHINE McMURTY, a well known and well respected lady of near Gosset, died Monday following a stroke of paralysis. Deceased was 64 years of age and is survived by a husband and four children. Funeral services were held at Mt. Olive Tuesday followed by interment at the church cemetery. Little five months old daughter of Mrs. Grace BLANKENSHIP died Monday afternoon of bowel trouble. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday eve followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. Deep sympathy is expressed for the bereaved mother.
John Hart received a telegram yesterday from the government announcing the death of his son, CORPORAL GEORGE HART, who was killed in action on the battle front in France where he has been in service since last January.
20 September 1918
The sad news came to Eldorado Sunday of the death of FOREST SEBASTIAN who was killed July 20th while in active duty in defense of our country. Only last week we published a letter from him mourning the death of his dearest friend, his mother, and in which he expressed a hope that he might do his bit and be spared to return home to his sister and brother. His many friends and relatives who know of his hardships and his loyalty to his country are deeply touched and grieved to learn of the last fatal chapter to his career. He was among the first to volunteer to fight overseas. His sister, Irene, and brother, Leland, who reside in this city, have the sympathy of everyone in this, their saddest hour of bereavement.
EARL JOSEPH GERHARDT, oldest son of Franklin and Mildred Gerhardt, was born in Marion, Williamson county, Nov. 9, 1909. He met his death very suddenly on Sept. 13, 1918, at about 5:30 o'clock p.m., at the age of 8 years, 10 months and 4 days. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure his heart broken father and mother, his two brothers, besides his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends, especially his playmates and school mates by whom he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace and may his sudden departure be a lesson to all his dear little friends and playmates. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Beulah Heights by Pastor Cox Sunday morning, burial at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--The four months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh CURRAN died at their home Monday afternoon after a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. CLARENCE E., the little year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy BIXLER died Tuesday afternoon. The little fellow was ill only a few days suffering from stomach and bowel trouble. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the M. E. church conducted by Rev. G. R. Goodman, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. MRS. SARAH MORRIS, an old and respected lady of this city, aged 70 years died last Thursday morning at the home of her son, Zack Morris. Her death was a great sorrow to a large circle of friends and relatives of Eldorado and vicinity. Funeral and interment at Cottage Grove, Rev. Sharp, officiating. The body of GEO. HENSON, a former well known Eldorado citizen was shipped here Sunday night from St. Francis, Ark. His death occurred last Friday from typhoid fever. Funeral and interment occurred Tuesday at Wesley Chapel. He is survived by the wife, one brother, Joe Henson, and sister, Mrs. Thos. Scott, both of this city, besides a host of friends.
Obituary: MISS ISABELLA HANCOCK--A gloom of sorrow was cast over our city Saturday when the sad news reached here of the death of Miss Isabella Hancock at the hospital in Evansville. Miss Hancock was operated on for appendicitis Wednesday, and although the operation was very serious she rallied and Saturday morning a letter was received saying that she was getting along nicely and out of danger, but she grew worse in the afternoon and relatives were notified to come. She passed away at seven o'clock Saturday evening before they arrived there. Her sister, Mrs. Lucian McCord, was at ther bedside, remaining with her from the time of the operation. Isabella was perhaps one of the best known citizens of this city. For years she was in business here, having first the variety store in this city. After the death of her mother a few years ago she sold the store to keep house for her father and has since held the position as night operator at the Independent telephone office. Isabella was surely what someone has called her, "a little bunch of sunshine." Although a cripple from childhood, the result of a spinal trouble, she was always cheerful. Wherever a crowd was gathered and she in their midst, she was the life of the crowd. Always looking on the bright side and always ready for a laugh and fun. it was indeed a pleasure to be in her company. She was a member of the Rebecca and Pocahontas orders of the city, each order sending a representative to Evansville to be with her during her illness. She was 40 years of age and a greater part of her life has been spent in Eldorado. She was a good Christian and before her death expressed her willingness to die. The remains were brought to the home on First street in this city Sunday night. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the M. E. church at 2:30 and was attended by one of the largest crowds ever gathered for such occasion. The Rebekahs and Pocahontas attended the funeral in a body as did also the ladies of the W. C. T. U. of which she was a member. The crowd of sorrowing friends and the many floral offerings which completely filled the altar denoted the esteem in which this dearly beloved lady was held by Eldorado citizens. Rev. Goodman delivered a beautiful sermon and every eye was filled with tears as he told of the sweet life she had lived and how she would be missed not only by the aged father, sisters and brothers, but by everyone in the city. The body ws brought to the church at twelve o'clock and lay in state until the funeral hour, that the many friends might view her remains. The body was laid to rest in Wolf Creek cemetery beside the mother. She leaves to mourn her death the aged father, one brother, Harry, and three sisters, Mrs. Lucian McCord, Mrs. Frank Armstrong of this city, and Mrs. Sam Russell of Harrisburg.
27 September 1918
Local & Personal--The two and a half year old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad SWINNEY died Sunday night after a lingering illness. Funeral services and interment occurred Monday at Cottage Grove.
4 October 1918
A most distressing tragedy occurred north of Eldorado just across in Hamilton county last Sunday when Howard Rettinger coldly murdered both Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM T. REASONS old and highly respected people. Rettinger was an old man about 78 years of age and a county charge, he was being cared for at public expense, and had been making his home with the Reasons family for the past three years. The family had been planning to move to Arkansas and wanted him to find another home at which it is said he became violently mad running into his bedroom returning with a gun he opened fire on Mr. Reasons, as he was trying to get out of his way. After this fatal shot he turned on Mrs. Reasons, shooting her in the breast. Both dying instantly. Cries from the children brought in the neighbors and later a phone dispatch to officers of Hamilton and Saline county. In the meantime Rettinger hurried away, hiding in the woods and it was necessary to use bloodhounds of J. W. Beasley's of this city to locate him. As the officers approached Rettinger fired upon them resisting arrest, and it was not until several shots had been exchanged before it was safe to go to him--well not until the officers were sure he could not kill anyone else. The coroner and the undertaker finished the job. In the skirmish John Hutton of this city was shot (not seriously) through the hand and a few shot perforated his hat. The call however, was close enough, that Rettinger's intention were understood. All in all it is a most deplorable affair and has cast gloom over several homes.
Local & Personal--The infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. VEMAR HARDESTY died Tuesday. Interment occurred at the Masonic cemetery near Raleigh. Mrs. Ellen McDaniels of Collinsville who attended the funeral of her father, WM. REASONS near here, Wednesday returned home yesterday.
The funeral of ERNEST SULLIVAN who died from injuries received at Grayson mine last week, was held at Cottage Grove Monday afternoon, Rev. H. B. Cox conducted the services in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. A wife and two children are left to mourn the departure of this good man. Interment was made in Cottage cemetery.
11 October 1918
EVA CARLILE, daughter of Robert and Darthula Carlile, was born at Galatia, Ill., January 4th 1894, and died in Denver, Colorado, Sept. 27th 1918; aged 24 years 8 months and 23 days. Lived in Galatia until she was five years old, then moving with her parents to Harrisburg, living there until 17 years of age, was converted at the age of 12 years, and united with the Baptist church at Harrisburg, at which place her membership remained until she was called from this earth life, to enter the church Triumphant. She was married to Cleo Keler of Herrin, in Jan. 1913, making that place her home until about 2 years ago, at that time going to Colorado, in search of better health. She leaves a father, sister and other relatives to mourn her untimely death, relatives to mourn her untimely departure. The remains were brought to Galatia, and at the home of H. C. Somers, on Monday, Sept. 30th the funeral services were held, being conducted by Rev. B. H. Batson, pastor of the M. E. church, after which interment was made at Webber camp Ground.
The most important trial of this term of circuit court was concluded this morning, when a verdict was returned at 8:30 o'clock sentencing Logan Mayfield for the murder of BRODIE RILEY for the term of twenty years. Logan Mayfield was the marshal of Ridgway and on December 22 last killed JAMES BRODIE RILEY. The case went to trial Monday afternoon and Wednesday, after hearing the evidence, argument and instructions, the jury went to the jury room at 8 o'clock last night and reached a verdict at 4 o'clock this morning, which was returned in open court and read as follows: "We, the jury, find the defendant, Logan Mayfield, guilty of the crime of murder in manner and form as charged in the indictment and we fix his punishment at imprisonment in the penitentiary for a term of twenty years--Will Robinson, foreman; Thos. Mahan, Walter Lacey, Frank Elliott, Ed Bruce, James Kinder, Jim Hasat, Thos. J. Floyd, Proctor Williams, Worley Payne, A. S. Evans, Bert Stein--News Gleaner Shawneetown.
W. H. MAY, working on the steel tipple at Grayson mine fell about sixteen feet from off the structure breaking his back and dislocating his neck, death resulting in thirty minutes. He and his son John came here from Bloomington, Ind., and have been working several months at this time. His body was prepared for shipment to his Indiana home where interment was to take place. He is survived by the wife and seven children.
Dr. J. S. ORGAN, a former and well known citizen, died Thursday at his home in Broughton, after suffering many years with hay fever. He had just returned last Friday from Colorado, where he had been for the benefit of his health. Deceased is a brother of E. B. Organ of this city and will be remembered by many of the older people. Dr. Organ was well known throughout this district having creditably served the people as a member of the Illinois legislature in 1905. The funeral services will be held Sunday.
18 October 1918 (no obits)
25 October 1918
JOSEPH PAPE and Emory Garbor, both Austrians, and who boarded out near the new Dering mine, were driving home from Eldorado last Friday about six o';clock, when out near the I. C. crossing on Locust street their horse became frightened and started to run, throwing both men out on the pavement, killing Pape almost instantly. Garber was injured very badly being hurried to the sanitarium at Harrisburg, where he is now recovering. The body of Pape was entered Sunday at Wolf Creek cemetery with funeral services at the grave by Fr. Gilmartin.
JOHN the youngest son of Patrick and Bridget GILMARTIN died at Camp Taylor Thursday Oct. 10. He was the brother of Rev. Fr. Gilmartin, Miss Katie, Mrs. Carrie McTaggert and Tom Gilmartin, all of this city, Fr. Gilmartin and Miss Katie were with him at death. His body was shipped to Trenton, Ill. the family home and later interment was in Mt. Carmel cemetery, East St. Louis. From the depot at East St. Louis, to the Sacred Heart church, where the older brother, Rev. Fr. Charles is pastor, eight soldiers from Scott Field escorted the body. At the church doors and at the grave Rev. Charles Gilmartin performed the ceremony, assisted by Rev. Lawrence Gilmartin, of Eldorado, Frs. Slattery, Goelz and Brown of East St. Louis. He is survived by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. This young man was a student at the Central Officers training school at the Camp. His officer has written his mother as follows: "My Dear Mrs. Gilmartin: Allow me to share with you the loss of your beloved son. He was s true and loyal soldier. His work at his school was well done and very gratifying to his instructors. May you take comfort in the knowledge that your son, just as much as the heroes in France, has given his all that freedom may be maintained. Kindly accept my sincere sympathy." --Lieut. Ingle.
CECIL GRATTON PINNELL, son of Willis and Carrie Pinnell, was born Sept. 12, 1918, near Eldorado, Ill., departed this life at Lebanon, Ill., Oct. 18, 1918, ate 19 years, l month and 6 days. (note the inaccuracy of the dates according to his age) Gratton when a mere child showed great fondness for books and a desire for an education. His father and mother gave him the best chance they could and they rejoiced with him when he graduated from the Eldorado Township High school with the highest honors in his class, he having been valedictorian. He was converted during the Burke and Hobbs meeting November 28, 1915, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church of this city December 12, 1915. Since then he has been actively engaged in some work of the church. For two years he was librarian for the Sunday school and served one term as president of the Epworth League, in which he was an active and most dependable member. He was an exemplary young man with high moral ideals, studious and anxious to fit himself for a worthy career. he was of a retiring disposition but his sincere purpose and noble life won many friends who loved and admired him. During his High school life he felt a call to the Ministry and made plans to enter McKendree college this fall to lay the foundation for a life of usefulness in this work, but his country called him into service in this World War for human rights and he willing laid aside his own plans and entered the Student's Army Training Corps at McKendree College to fit himself for the life of a soldier. Ten days ago he was stricken with the influenza and after a weeks illness he was called into the presence of the Captain of the Salvation army to give an account of his stewardship here. His life was short but having "Fought a good fight and kept the faith" he has received the crown of life. The funeral services were held at the home near Eldorado, Monday Oct. 21, at one o'clock. Addresses were made by Rev. C. B. Whiteside, a former pastor, Mr. A. P. Cox, his Sunday school teacher and Geo. R. Goodman his pastor. After which the remains were laid to rest in the Wesley cemetery. The community has suffered a distinct loss in the passing of one so full of promise, but he did his part in life well. In school, in church and for his country he gave his best service and is sure of the reward. His influence for good will be felt for years to come, and the world is better that he lived in it. The Major under whom he received letter of appreciation and condolence his training at McKendree wrote a letter from his corporal in which he paid high tribute to the soldierly bearing and fine spirit of Gratton. This soldier sleeps, and it is ours to carry on the warfare that he so nobly begun.
Little RUTH STUART, died Friday afternoon at the home of her uncle with a severe attact of tonsilitis. Ruth had been living at the Carney home since the death of her mother, MRS. PEARL BAKER, who passed away only a short time ago. Ruth was a favorite among relatives and friends and all rendered every aid possible but to no avail. Funeral services was conducted from the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. H. B. Cox, interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Local & Personal--MRS. JAMES DEVILLEZ died today at her home on Mitchell street. She became ill a few days ago with influenza which developed into pneumonia, death following. As we go to press no arrangements have been made for the funeral. MRS. CLYDE MOSBY died today at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eebon (?) Allyn, south of this city. There are a large number of cases in Eldorado and vicinity. The quarantine regulations are still being observed--no public gatherings being permitted. C. C. Shuman received a message October 19th informing him of the death of his son, PRIVATE ORVILLE GRANT SHUMAN, reported killed in action on September 20th. the little three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin GWALTNEY, who live west of town, died Wednesday and was buried Thursday at Hazel Ridge cemetery.
FREDERICK FERGUSON JOHNSON, son of Henry and Mary Johnson, was born at Lebanon, Wilson county, Tennessee, November 20, 1833, and died at Stonefort, Illinois, October 15, 1918, aged 84 years, ten months and fifteen days. His ancestors were from Sweden settling in Delaware in 1750, thence removing to North Carolina, thence to Tennessee, thence to Raleigh, Illinois, in 1860. Dr. Johnson began public life as a teacher in the public schools at Raleigh, Ill., in 1855, 1856 he began the study of medicine, with Dr. Rathbone of Raleigh. On Aug. 28, 1856, he was married to Minerva Burnett, with whom he lived happily for 41 years. The winter of 1857-1858, he attended the Medical College at Nashville, Tenn., returning to Raleigh the following spring, where he was engaged in the practice of medicine until 1859, when he entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., graduating the following spring in 1860, soon after he enlisted as assistant Surgeon in Co. E 29th Regt. Ill., V. I. He served until compelled to resign on account of disability. He was in the battle of Columbus, Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. He engaged in the practice of medicine until 1865, when he was elected Supt. of schools for Saline county and served two terms; while serving in this capacity he made his home in Harrisburg. He afterwards returned to his farm at Raleigh, where he engaged in the practice of medicine for a time, when he removed to Eldorado and entered into the drug business and the practice of medicine. Believing that a more elevated region would be healthier for his family he removed to Old Stonefort in 1879. One year late, removed to the farm above Stonefort, which became his home for the remainder of his life. April 20th 1898, he was again married, choosing as his companion, Mrs. Matilda (Burnett) Cox, who survives him. His family consisted of 12 children, 7 sons and 5 daughters, two of whom died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Emaline Lewis, of Stonefort; Mrs. Catharine Grace, of Harrisburg; Mrs. Nannie Bramlet, of Eldorado; Dr. Paul W. of Clarkston, Wash.; T. B. of Stone Fort; Dr. H. M. of Chicago, and Ewing of Lewistown, Idaho. There are also 32 grand children and 16 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Carrie Neil of Harrisburg, and a brother, Henry, of Ark., survive him. Bro. Johnson was ever active in religious affairs. He was licensed to preach in Raleigh. While living at Harrisburg, he organized the First Baptist church becoming its pastor, and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1867. In 1870 he was led to consider the claims of the 4th commandment, and was compelled to sever his affiliation with the Baptists, afterward becoming a member of S. D. B. church of Stonefort, which he has served as pastor, together with Elder Robert Lewis, until the infirmity of age no longer permitted. He was employed for a time by the S. D. B. Missionary and tract Society, laboring in the interests of this denomination, visiting localitys in four different states. Bro. Johnson has ever stood for advancement in education, in religion, in the State and in the homes of the people. He leaves a good name and memories of pleasure and gratitude to those who were his, and to all who knew him. We can truly say "a great man has fallen, this day in Israel." 2nd Sam., 3:38 and "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them," Rev. 14;13. The funeral services was conducted by Rev. L. D. Seager, of Farine, Ill., at the Baptist church in Stonefort, Thursday Oct. the 17, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Burial at Trammell cemetery.
1 November 1918
The remains of MRS. MARY CATHERINE BOZARTH, aged sixty four years, were brought here from her home in Fairfield Tuesday morning and interred in the Wolf Creek cemetery. Mrs. Bozarth was a resident of this city until a few years ago, when the family moved to fairfield. Deceased is the mother of C. L. Bozarth of this city and Will Bozarth who is now in training at Camp Custer. MRS. ELLEN GLASCOCK, widow of John Glascock, and aged sixty two years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jas. Gasaway in this city Monday following an attack of influenza and pneumonia. OWEN SPEES of Carrsville, Ky., and who with his wife and little daughter, were here visiting at the home of Mrs. Spees, Mrs. Arsula Wilferson, passed away Wednesday. Mr. Spees had just returned from a trip to Colorado where he had been for the benefit of his health. On reaching this city he was seized with influenza which developed pneumonia and resulted in death. Mr. Spees was a splendid young man and was at one time employed as barber in this city. The remains were shipped this morning to Carrsville, Ky., for interment. MRS. JOHN BIXLER and two children died at their home at Grayson, of influenza. The children passed away Tuesday afternoon and Mrs. Bixler Wednesday morning. Interment was at Wolf Creek cemetery Thursday afternoon. Wednesday the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. J. McKinney and claimed their little daughter (page wrinkled..unable to read.) BARBARA NEIL, who had been ill only a few days with influenza. Barbara Neil was a sweet little girl and loved by everyone. The remains were shipped to Centerville, Ky., Thursday morning accompanied by the family. LESLIE B. HINES died at his home in the north part of town Sunday after a short illness of influenza. Mr. Hines was 29 years old and a nice fellow and had many friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday by Rev. H. B. Cox. Interment at Wolf Creek cemetery. This family have all been stricken with influenza and on Thursday the little son, JAMES LESLIE, aged 18 months, passed away. Funeral services will be held today and the little body will be laid to rest beside his father.
CHARLES DELBERT, son of Thomas and Odelya HINES, was born at Belknap, Johnson county, Illinois., August 4, 1904, and died at Ullin, Illinois, Oct. 25, 1918, aged 14 years 2 months, and 21 days. He spent the early part of his childhood days on a farm near Junction, Gallatin county, Illinois, until the spring of 1918, when his parents moved to a farm near Ullin, Illinois. Delbert was a witty lad making friends readily and numbering them by the score, he was liked by all who knew him, both young and old. He was very energetic for his age and always took great interest in farming. We shall forever hold the fond memories within our hearts, his loving and gentle nature held a wide space in our home, he will be missed every hour. He leaves his parents, four sisters, One Ethel Delcie, a twin, and four brothers. Funeral services were held at Mounds, Illinois, Sunday after which the remanin were laid to rest in the Beech Grove cemetery at that place.
Harrisburg citizens were shocked Tuesday morning by the announcement of the death of MERRELL W. WHITESIDE, 20 year old son of Rev. and Mrs. C. B. Whiteside, which occurred at the home on West Poplar street at six o'clock. Merrell was stricken ill one week ago last Saturday while working for the J. K. Dering Coal Co., in Eldorado with whom he had been employed for the past year and a half. He was brought to his home in Harrisburg and after being in bed one day and night, felt so much better he got up and was around town a little. However, that was at the time when the young man should have been more cautious. He was seized with a chill, took back to his bed and never recovered. His condition grew alarming the latter part of last week, and death came as a great relief to his suffferings at the hours above mentioned. Merrell was born at Shawneetown on the 9th day of March, 1898, during the pastorate of his father at the Gallatin county capital. He was from the first day of his school an unusually apt scholar and graduated from the eighth grade in the Eldorado city schools. A few years later he graduated from the Eldorado Township High school and was the Valedictorian of his class. He then attended the Illinois University at Urbana one year, after which he accpeted a position with the Dering Coal Co., and worked with them until taken sick, as above stated. The death of this young man came as a terrible shock to the parents and sisters and brother. In addition to the parents, there are four sisters and one brother left to mourn the loss of this sterling young man. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and was in every way a splendid type of American manhood....(torn area) people of this community go out to the stricken and bereaved parents and relatives, and The Register desires to be numbered among those who are offering condolences. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, according to the wishes of Rev. Whiteside, the funeral services will be simple and brief, due to the epidemic prevailing throughout the county and state. For the benefit of friends who desire to take a last look at the departed boy, the body will lie in state at the church or residence a short time Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Taylor, district superintendent, will have charge of the funeral. Deceased was 20 years, 7 months and 20 days old. All the members of the family were present at the bedside with the exception of one sister, Mrs. Eula Chestnut of Chicago, who may be unable to be here on account of being sick herself.--Harrisburg Daily Register.
C. E. Webber arrived this morning with the remains of his father, S. T. WEBBER, who died in Charleston, W. Va., of pneumonia. The Masons in a body met the train and escorted the remains to the Webber home where the body will lie in state from two o'clock this afternoon until tomorrow nine a.m., when funeral services will be held at the Masonic cemetery at Raleigh at 10 o'clock. Mr. Webber was a former well known business man of this city. Is the father of C. E. and Willie Webber of the firm of Webber Bros., also Mrs. Ross Cline of Harrisburg.
Mrs. Phoebe Bradley received a message Wednesday telling her of the death of her son, BERTIS BRADLEY, who was killed in action in France, October 1st. Bertis was quite well known in this city and will be remembered as going with the September contingent of Saline county boys to Camp Taylor in 1917, and has been in France for several months, always writing cheering news to his mother, and of his eagerness to do his bit to win this great war. Mrs. Bradley is one of the First Aid Class of Red cross nurses and was very anxious to go to France as a Red cross nurse. To the mother we extend our deepest sympathies in the loss of her son.
To those of our friends and neighbors, who so kindly ministered to us, during the sickness and death and burial of our dear little son, CARL EUGENE (WALLACE) who died Sunday morning the 27th. We wish to express our sincere thanks, and hope that you too, in the time of bereavement, may be accorded the same help and sympathy given us. --Roy Wallace, Anna Wallace of Galatia.
ORA AUSTIN SAPP was borned June 21, 1888 at Boone, Iowa, and died October 12, 1918, at Eldorado, Ill., at the age of 30 years, 3 months and 21 days. He made Boone his home all his life until about three years ago, when he came to Eldorado, where he was married to Miss Effie Davis. To them was born one child, James Matthews, who is now 16 months old. About a year ago he moved back to Boone with his wife and baby, and had made that city his home since that time. Two weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Sapp and little son came to Eldorado to visit his wife's parents, where he died after a short illness of about six days. Besides his wife and baby he leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rogan, three sisters, Violet of Boone; Mrs. J. C. Dake of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. Mabel Wilcox, of Chicago; and one brother, Gora Rogan, of Boone, Iowa; one brother, Clarence Sapp, preceded him in death.
ELLEN WHITTINGTON GLASCOCK was born Dec. 14, 1854, near Benton, Ill. Was united in marriage to the late John H. Glascock Sept., 1887. To this union was born four children, Willis T. of the Officers Training School, Camp McArthur, TX; James R. of Ridgeway; Mrs. Aro Gasaway of Eldorado who survive and an infant son who has preceded her to the land of sunshine. There also survives six step children, Dr. G. W. of Raleigh; Henry of Galatia; Commodore of East St. Louis; Ed of Sherman, Texas; Dr. E. N. of Mill Shoals; Mr. Mattie Naugle of Harco, three brothers, Wiley A., of Ardmore, Okla; Monroe and Joseph of Benton. Two sisters, Mrs. Emma Jones, of Benton and Mrs. Elizabeth Pane of Ewing. Two sweet grandchildren, Anita Ruth and Little Virginia Elanor. She was converted under the ministry of Dr. Throgmorton during his pastorate at Benton, and became a member of the M. B. church of that place. At the time of her departure she was a member of the Raleigh Baptist church. The Supreme Ruler of the Universe called her home last Monday at three o'clock aged 63 years, 2 months and 14 days. May she sleep in peace. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor H. B. Cox, in the Masonic cemetery.
Local & Personal---the funeral of THEODORE KELLY, son of Thos. Kelly, who was killed in Dering No. 2 mine last Friday, was held at the home Sunday morning with interment at Wesley cemetery. MRS. KATE KURKENDALE died at her home on First street Tuesday noon. Death resulting from influenza and pneumonia. The body was shipped Thursday to Central City, Ky., for burial. Mr. Kirkendale and children were not able to accompany the remains. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Flannigan of Harrisburg, returned home yesterday from Flora where they had been to attend the funeral and interment of their daughter, MRS. HATTIE BRADLEY, who was a victim of influenza. She was thirty two years of age and leaves five small children. Mr. Flannigan reports that dreaded disease is raging in Flora; at the station he saw 37 caskets containing corpses to be shipped away for burial.
The death angel has again appeared in our midst and taken from us BEATRICE MOSBY, the wife of Corporal Clyde Mosby. Mrs. Mosby was born near Mr. Vernon, Ind., August 22, 1897, but spent the greater part of her life in this neighborhood, living with her parents at Brooklyn Switch. She was united in marriage to Clyde Mosby Oct. 27, 1917, and died Oct. 25, 1918. Although their married life was very short it was a very happy one. Death was caused from double pneumonia following an illness of influenza. Her husband was called from Camp Taylor, Ky., where he was in service and was at her bedside when death came. Beatrice was a very accomplished young woman and her sweet disposition endeared her to her many friends who were numbered by her acquaintances. She was taken from us just in the bloom of life and although it was very bitter to give her up, we know that the Lord knows best. Besides her husband, she leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ezbon Allyn of Brooklyn, three sisters, Mrs. Van Reed of Eldorado and Misses Vivian and Edna Allyn and one brother, Ezbon Allyn, Jr., and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her untimely death. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, at three o'clock the services being in charge of Brother Dawson. Interment at Cottage Grove cemetery.
8 November 1918
LELAND STANFORD LATIMER died at his home in St. Louis Monday, November 4, aged 30 years, 10 months and 4 days, after a short illness of influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Latimer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Latimer of Omaha. He was married bout two years ago. To this union one child was born, aged two months. Mr. Latimer is well known in this city, living here for a number of years. Has been in business here, being proprietor of the Hub Clothing Store until a few months ago, when he disposed of his stock and went to St. Louis to accept a position with the Aetna Life Insurance Company, in the claims department. Mrs. Latimer and baby went to St. Louis two weeks ago, and were planning to move their household goods and make that their home, but like so many others, their plans were in vain. Mr. Latimer had many friends in this city who mourn with the family in this their sad trial. The remains were brought here Wednesday night and taken to the S. A. Whitley, country home north of this city. Funeral was from the home yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. R. Goodman, with interment at Wolf Creek cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic order.
C. C. WILSON was born June 10, 1849, and departed life on Nov. 2, 1918, at the age of 69 years, 4 months and 23 days. He was married May 9, 1875, to Mrs. Emely Nash, to this union was born one child, Minnie, who is now Minnie Endicott, wife of Marshall Endicott. Bro. Wilson was well known in the community and adjacent one as well as an auctioneer. He was a very useful man and will be very much missed. About thirteen years ago he professed faith in Christ when the sweeping revival was at Texas City. While he never attached himself to any church yet he always was a close friend to all the churches. He held largely to the Primitive Baptist views, and because of that Rev. Chas. Arnold of Carmi was chosen to preach the funeral sermon. These arrangements were made by Mr. Wilson himself sometime previous. The pastor of Poplar church assisted Rev Arnold. Bro. Wilson in his going leaves an aged companion, one daughter before mentioned. Two grandchildren, Doil and Don, and four step children, Jim, John and Jess Nash and Jennie Gram and a host of friends and acquaintances. We do not fear for the future of Bro. Wilson for the God in whom he trusted will guide him safely through. In a few more years we hope to meet again. The day was ideal for the funeral and bro. Arnold gave an excellent address, and to add to the impressiveness of the occasion the fraternal Society of Masons rendered their part well at the grave, closing with a benediction by Rev. Baughman.
Card of Thanks: We desire to thank our many friends for their love and sympathy shown us during our trial in the death of our son and brother, DEFOREST GOLDMAN.--Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Goldman, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Holt, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson.
Card of Thanks: We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly assisted to the last hour in the sickness and death of our beloved stepfather, CLINT WILSON, who will be greatly missed by all.--John Nash and family, Jesse Nash and wife, Jim Nash family, Jim Gram and wife.
OBITUARY OF WM. JESSE DODD: On Saturday the 26th day of October, A. D. 1918, there passed to his reward one of the oldest citizens of this part of the county, WILLIAM JESSE DODD, as he was familiarly called, thus passed away one of the last of the old pioneers of the vicinity of Eldorado, a man who had known this country when in reality "Wilderness was King." William Jesse Dodd was the oldest son of Josiah Dodd, one of the early settlers in this Township, who entered a farm lying just East of the Dodd cemetery, and it was here that the subject of this biography was born July 3, 1844, being aged seventy four years, three months and twenty three days at the time of his decease. He lived his entire life with the exception of 18 months within sixty rods of the place of his birth. On April 9th 1865, he was united in marriage with Hannah Stocks of Williamson county, Illinois, and of their nine children, six yet survives him. He was a man of kindly demeanor and was respected by all who knew him and regarded as a noble Christian character living a life above reproach and criticism, there being nothing of pretension of hypocrisy about him, in fact were the men of this time of the same character and turn of mind there would be no stirife, blood shed and contentions now rocking this earth, but such does not seem to be the way of human nature in general. He was early in life an ardent supporter and advocate of the free school system of Illinois, seeing in that system the means of the poorer classes getting that which would have been denied them by some, namely an education a heritage that could not be taken away from the possessor, and in connection with this work was for at least 27 years a member of the board of school directors of Cross Roads District and for two or three terms member of the board of township school trustees, always striving to advance the educational facilities of his community. He was collector of taxes the first two terms when this township went under township organizaton and was justice of the peace one term and was defeated for coroner of this county in the 80's by only a few votes at none of these times putting forth any effort or striving in any way to gain election by the modern methods now employed. At an early age he professed a faith in Christ and was united with the Primitive Baptist church at Wolf Creek and lived a life consistent with his belief until his death, although by his studies of the scriptures he had in late years arrived at conclusions not get generally adopted or believed by the modern church, possibly even his own church, yet that did not lessen his devotion but rather augmented the same. The subject of this our biography was the father of nine children, six of which survives, he was the grandfather of twenty seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He does not need any eulogy, his life was a monument unto himself, a rich heritage to his children, worth more to them than gold or silver, and as a beacon light guiding their lives, as well as these of his many friends and neighbors who mourn not because they are without hope but only because of his departure.
Card of Thanks: We desire to extend our heart felt thanks for the many acts of kindness and consideraton shown to our dear husband and father and to us during his last illness, funeral and burial and desire to assure you of our great appreciation and that your kindly acts will not be forgotten, we are Sincerely yours, Mrs. William J. Dodd and family.
Obituary: Ere sin could blight are sorrow fade, death came with friendly care, on opening buds to Heaven conveyer and bade it blossom there. 'Tis sad to part with one so sweet and loving, but God knows best. Parents weep not for him, but be ready when God calls for you to meet your darling boy, where there will be no more parting. Bro. JOHN OMER BEAULEAU was born Sept. 21, 1895, aged 23 years, 1 month and 13 days. He was married to Sister Ada Coffee near Raleigh, Ill., to this union one child was born, Omer. Professed a few days before he died. He testified that he was ready to meet his Savior in peace and also sung a song. "All to Jesus Surrender," after which he prayed a beautiful prayer to God, and held out to the end that he was still trusting Jesus for everything. He lives to mourn his loss. A wife and one child, little Thelma, and father, mother and one sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. The deceased was laid to rest in the Rhine cemetery, services were conducted by Rev. W. W. Stevens.
Local & Personal--A. J. SISK, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Henry, at Equality, Monday. Mr. Sisk was 84 years of age, was a Civil war veteran, a member of the G. A. R. Post, was a member of the Masonic order. He is survived by his family, also two brothers, Joe Sisk and J. S. Sisk, of this city. Funeral services were held at Cottage Grove, Wednesday and the body laid to rest in the Cottage Grove cemetery. CLINT WILSON, a well known farmer, living east of town died last Saturday morning of influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Wilson had lived in Eldorado township most all his life and was considered a prosperous farmer, was 68 years of age and leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. M. S. Endicott. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 o'clock at Poplar church, conducted by Revs Arnold and John Beaughman. MRS. WM. GRAY died at her home on Locust street, after a short illness of influenza. Mrs. Gray was a young woman and had been clerking at Demis Stricklin's store since her husband entered Camp Taylor for training. ARCHIE CLINTON HIGGINS was born May 1, 1892, departed this life Oct. 31, 1918, at his home in Logan, Ill. He was a resident of this community for several years and has many friends and relatives who mourn his death. He was a miner and provided well for his family and worked hard to make a home for his wife and four small children, but was stricken with pneumonia and died after a short illness. He professed in Christ as his Saviour during his last sickness and gave testimony that he was ready to meet his God in peace. The remains were shipped to Eldorado on Sunday and were taken to the Wesley Chapel cemetery, where after a short funeral service, conducted by Geo. R. Goodman, they were laid to rest. The infant daughter of C. H. and Naoma MITCHELL, died at the home of Mrs. Mary Hall on Glenwood Avenue last Sunday morning. The funeral service and interment were conducted at Cottage Grove by Geo. R. Goodman at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. MRS. STELLA GILLESPIE, who died in Athens, Ohio, was well known here, having lived in Eldorado before her marriage to Jack Gillespie. She is survived by her husband and three children. The remains were brought here and the funeral service was held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Joe Mongel, by Geo. R. Goodman and the interment was at Wolf Creek. She was a good woman, greatly loved by all who knew her. Her father and mother and sisters who live in Kentucky were present at the funeral. MRS. ED KIRK died Wednesday night at her home of influenza followed by pneumonia. Deceased was thirty two years of age and a splendid Christian lady who will be greatly missed by her many friends in this city, and her husband and three small children who are left to mourn her death. Her remains were shipped last night to Fordville, Ky., for interment at the old home cemetery.
Obituary of A. J. Sisk--ANDREW JACKSON SISK was born in Saline county near Cottage Grove, Dec. 14, 1834, and departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nellie McHenry in Equality, Illinios, Nov. 3, 1918. He lived in this world 83 years and 10 months. In those years he formed many acquaintances and made many friends, all of whom felt the influence of his life in theirs. In 1862, he answered the call of his country by volunteering for the defense of the flag and the righting wrong. He served until the close of the war, being a good soldier, brave and true. At the early age of 12 years he answered the call of the master above by volunteering for the duration of his life in His service. He united with the M. E. church at Cottage Grove before there was any building and lived a member of church in answer to the promise made the Savior for over 72 years or until mustered out by the great General above. Crowned with victory, with life, joy, forever. Deceased was married to Hannah Wilson Jan. 10, 1856. To this union 13 children were born, 9 of whom survive. H. Freeman of Marion, Ill.; A Jackson, Jr. of Equality, Ill.; Georgia Devely of Creal Springs; Rebecca Crest, Equality, Ill.; Nellie McHenry, Equality, Ill.; Sallie Hellen, Danville, Ill.; S. Timothy of North Dakota, Aubrey R. of Equality, Ill; and Roscoe B. of Cottage Grove, all of whom were at his bedside on the day of his death. He leaves behind in this world the wife of his youth, his 9 children, 40 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. He will be missed but we are all hastening on to land beyond where we can be united again forever.
DEFOREST GOLDMAN died at the home of his parents on State street, Saturday, Oct. 27, aged 18 years. He had been ill for several days being threatened with typhoid, but was up about the house when he suddenly developed double pneumonia which in four days resulted in death. Mr. Goldman came to our city with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Goldman, from Thackery about six years ago. Had been employed at Johnson's Cafe and had been local agent for the Sugar Creek creamery for several months. Was a pleasant young man and had many friends. He is survived by his parents,and two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Holt and Mrs. George Wilson, both of this city. Funeral was from the home Sunday at 2 o'clock with interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
15 November 1918
A message was received Saturday by Isaac E. Turner of Equality of his son, PRIVATE HERBERT D. TURNER died in France Oct. 16th. His death was caused by pneumonia. Private Turner was a brother of Mrs. Ray C. Purcell of this city.
LELAND EARL, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lige HARRIS, died Wednesday at their home in the east part of this city, a victim to influenza and pneumonia. The little fellow was taken to Ridgway where funeral and interment occurred yesterday. ADA BELL, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HUMPHREY died Wednesday of influenza and pneumonia. Funeral and interment occurred yesterday. COYNE, the seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Esco GRAM died Wednesday morning of influenza and pneumonia. He was a bright little fellow, the oldest of their three children. Funeral services were conducted by Mrs. Gifford Ernest, followed by interment at Wolf Creek. Mrs. Gram and the other two children are suffering seriously from the same malady and their recovery is doubtful.
RUTH, the wife of J. T. MUNSELL died Monday after several days illness, at the home in the west part of this city. Her remains were shipped to McLeansboro where interment occurred. He and Mrs. Munsell removed to Eldorado from McLeansboro about three years ago. They were highly respected people and had many friends in this city.
MAUDA LEE (GENTER), was born July 5, 1910, and died at ther home in Equality, Ill., November 10, 1918, age eight years, four months, ten days. She leaves to mourn her death, father and one brother, Claudie, grandmother Mrs. Laura Bleaueau, grandfather Philip Genter. One Aunt, Myram Miller, and five uncles whose names were not given, and a host of other relatives and friends, whose bright little life will be missed by all. And especially her little schoolmates as she was a very bright and pleasant little girl and loved by all who knew her. She is gone but not forgotten as the Lord giveth the Lord taketh away. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. W. Stevens, followed by interment at Rhine cemetery.
Eldorado loses another of its brave and true young men at the battle front. News of the death of TOM MURRAY, October 13, came Tuesday to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Murray, residents of this vicinity. Before going into service he was an employee of the Buchanan garage. He was a splendid young man and had a large acquaintance about this city.
MRS. D__ORA MITCHELL, wife of Fred Mitchell died at her home in the west part of the city Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Mitchell had been in ill health for several months and recently suffered an attack of influenza. She was a highly respected citizen, a good Christian and a kind neighbor. She leaves a husband and four small children to mourn her death. Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon at two in Wolf Creek cemetery.
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