Obituaries and Death Notices
The Cairo Evening Citizen
1 Jan 1904- 29 Dec 1904
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Friday, 1 Jan 1904:
Cairoites will never forget the visit of the gunboat Concord, which
ascended the Mississippi to Cairo, the head of deep-water navigation in May
1892. And those who met the commander of the boat, Commander Edwin
White, will remember him as the very impersonation of courtesy and
kindliness. His death occurred at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Dec. 23,
coming suddenly as he was making a social call upon a fellow admiral, and
was the result of heart trouble.
Saturday, 2 Jan 1904:
(Milton Jenkins married Louiza Anderson on 17 Oct 1864, in
Alexander Co., Ill. He married
Anna Davis on 17 May 1866, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 4 Jan 1904:
5 Jan 1904, issue refers to her as Mrs. Perry Axley.—Darrel Dexter)
(Patrick C. Scullin married Anna Hickey on 27 Apr 1890,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Tuesday, 5 Jan 1904:
and Mrs. Milton Jenkins and family wish to return thanks to all
(white and colored) who showed kindness and respect to them during their
daughter’s illness and death. And to Dr. Dickerson, who has
waited upon her for the past five years, we owe much gratitude as he done
all he could to give ease to an incurable disease.
Manager Davis, of the ill-fated Iroquois Theater in Chicago, was a
resident of Mound City years ago. He and Attorney Henry G. Carter
were on the steamer Black Hawk which blew up near the mouth of Cache
J. F. Keeney, a former resident of this city, residing here for about twelve years, died at 6:30 this morning at his home in Murphysboro.
Mr. Keeney was a railroad contractor and removed his family from this city to Paducah several years ago and has been a resident of Murphysboro for only about a year, going there last spring.
funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon and the interment will take place at
Essex, Ill. The deceased leaves a widow and five children, Mrs.
Keeney and one child residing in Murphysboro. Mrs. Irene Abell,
of this city, is a daughter of the deceased.
Mrs. Phil Brennan, wife of Engineer Phil Brennan, of 724 Twenty-first Street, died very suddenly last night about 6:30 of pneumonia.
Mrs. Brennan had been in poor health for some time, but only confined to her bed about a week and her illness was not regarded as serious. Her sudden death, leaving four young children, makes the incident unusually sad. The deceased was a niece of Mrs. T. Gorman. Her husband, Phillip Brennan, and four children, Tom, Willie, Grace and Phyllis survive her. The funeral will probably be held tomorrow afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge.
(Phillip Brennan married Catherine Naughton on 3 Oct 1887, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 7 Jan 1904:
Saturday, 9 Jan 1904:
James Y. Sloan, the man who tried to commit suicide a few days ago by taking morphine, mention of which was made in The Citizen at the time, died yesterday afternoon from the effects of the drug in St. Mary’s Infirmary.
The cause for this rash act is supposed to be the result of family quarrels and the suicide of his wife in Springfield a short time ago.
Sloan is about 25 or 30 years of age and resided in Mound City, where it is said he has a mother and sisters.
Coroner McManus held an inquest over the remains last night and the jury’s verdict was in accordance with what has been stated above.
(James Y. Sloan married Oma Garrett on 26 Nov 1899, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Elizabeth wife of J. D. Sander Died Jan. 17, 1904 Aged 38
Yrs., 6 Mos., & 15 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 11 Jan 1904:
(William C. Kendall married Kate Scully on 24 Oct 1878, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker
in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Elena Daughter of William & Katie Kendall Born Jan. 4, 1885
Died Jan. 9, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Col. William H. Owen died at his home in Washington on December 31st.
He will be remembered by Cairo people as the engineer in charge of the construction of the National cemetery roads.
belonged to a prominent Maine family, was a graduate of Bowdoin College,
served in the Civil War and rose to the rank of colonel, then followed his
profession of civil engineer and assisted in the construction of the
Northern Pacific Road, and was later appointed a civil engineer in the
quartermaster general’s office of the United States government.
(Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:
Clara Schmitt Born Feb. 24, 1872 Died Jan. 13, 1904.—Darrel
Benton, Ill., Jan. 16.—The hoisting engine of the
West Frankfort Big Muddy Coal mines exploded. Engineer Sells
was instantly killed and Night Engineer Nickerson and Pit Boss
Seymour were probably fatally injured. The mine is a new one and
had been down to coal only ten days.
Fred Kenner, of Santa Fe, Ill., was given a
preliminary hearing this afternoon in Judge Robinson’s court for
murder in connection with the Thebes lynching case. He was represented
by Hon. Reed Green and Thomas B. Whitledge, of St. Mary’s Mo.
The attorney general’s office, which is conducting the prosecution, was
represented by Assistant Attorney General George B. Gillespie, Judge
W. A. Wall, of Mound City, and State’s Attorney Wilson.
The trial in Judge Robinson’s court was by agreement.
Mrs. Anna Kaha, one of Cairo’s old residents, died about midnight Saturday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Charles Frank, 910 Walnut Street, at the age of 89 years. Her death was due to old age and the end came peacefully.
The deceased was the mother of seven children, three
of whom are living, and two of them, Mrs. Charles Frank and Louis
Kaha, in this city. The third, Mrs. J. A. Jennelle, resides
in St. Louis.
The funeral will probably be held tomorrow morning.
Fred Kenner, of Santa Fe, was held under
$1,000 bond Monday in Judge Robinson’s court, to await the action of
the February grand jury to answer to the charge of having participated in
the Thebes lynching case. His father went on his bond and he was
T. H. Smith, better known as “Pap” Smith, died Tuesday morning at his home, Jackson, Tenn. He bore the distinction of being the oldest engineer in the Mobile and Ohio railroad service. The immediate cause of death was flux. The veteran engineer went out upon his final run, with Paradise as the termination, at the good old age of 76 years.
“Daddy” Smith had been in the M. & O. service
for something over thirty years. Some time ago he felt his health
failing and resigned. He was later made “pump man” in Jackson and was
afterwards given a place as oil supplier at the shops. For some time
he has been given a pension of $20 per month by the road, which he served so
long and faithfully. Some months ago Mr. Smith was taken ill
and had not been well since, but it was only two weeks ago that his
condition became alarming.
Friday, 22 Jan 1904:
Mrs. Thomas Casey, wife of Thomas Casey, superintendent of the cooper shops at the Halliday Milling Company, died yesterday afternoon at the age of 41 years, at her home, 315 Twenty-seventh Street.
The deceased had only been ill for about two weeks, but her health has been gradually for the past several months suffering from consumption.
Mrs. Casey was a member of the order of Catholic Knights and Ladies of America, and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She carried life insurance in former order and the funeral services will be conducted under its auspices.
The deceased is survived by her husband and one son,
Gilbert, a young man about 20 years of age.
The members of St. Joseph Branch No. 23 C. K. and L.
of A. are requested to attend a special meeting to be held at their hall at
7:30 o’clock this evening, for the purpose of making arrangements to attend
the funeral of their deceased sister, Mrs. Thomas Casey. By
order of the president.
Joe Bourgois, a brother of John Bourgois, died suddenly last night about 9 o’clock of consumption.
The deceased was 36 years of age and was a widower,
his wife having died some years ago. He was well known in this city
and is a stepbrother of Mrs. Helena Barth, of Sixteenth and Locust
(Joseph Burgois married Mary Ruser on
7 Jul 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Sebastian Barth married Salina Burgois on 9 Aug 1870,
in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Charleston, Ill., Jan. 25.—The jury in the W. K.
Honn wife murder case has rendered a verdict of guilty and Judge
Thompson sentenced the prisoner to the penitentiary from five to
twenty-one years. The prisoner is a son of W. S. Honn, a banker
of Ashmore, and about 25 years of age. He was forced to marry the
woman of whose murder he is convicted.
Died, January 24, 1904, Joseph Bourgois, aged 39 years.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning, at
St. Joseph’s Church, at 8:30 o’clock and the remains will be taken to Villa
Ridge cemetery for interment. Funeral train will leave foot of
Eighteenth Street at 9:30 a.m. Friends of the family are invited to
Matt Roach, of Levings, Pulaski County, one of the thriftiest and best-known farmers in Southern Illinois died very suddenly Sunday morning at his home.
He was attacked with violent pains Saturday and after applying hot water bottles to his side he seemed to feel relieved. On rising early Sunday morning he was seized with an acute pain and fell to the floor and died before a physician could be called.
His death is a great shock to his wife and seven children who survive him. He has a sister, Mrs. Sarah O’Shea, of 414 Eighth Street.
The deceased was a stockholder of the First State Bank of Mounds City and prominent in the business affairs of the county. He was a large raiser and shipper of grain and owned one of the handsomest residences in the county.
The funeral was held this morning and a number of his Cairo friends went up to attend.
(Matthew Roach married Sallie Worthington
on 30 May 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 27 Jan 1904:
Thursday, 28 Jan 1904:
(Clarence H. Brown married Dory Bell Dunning on 25 Jan 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 29 Jan 1904:
Another old and well-known citizen has passed from earth, but his memory will linger.
Last night shortly after eleven o’clock, L. B. Ellis died at his residence, corner of Eleventh and Walnut street, after an illness of some weeks. He has been ailing for some years with Bright’s disease, which has caused him considerable suffering. For the past several weeks he has been confined to his bed and his recovery was doubtful, but during the past few days he seemed somewhat better and his death, which occurred last night, was rather sudden to the members of this family. He died peacefully with no apparent suffering.
The deceased was born in Exeter, England, Nov. 14, 1828, and was brought to this county in his infancy. His parents, Richard and Mary Ann Ellis, settled in Rock Island, Ill. In his youth he learned the trade of marble cutter in Cincinnati and followed this trade for several years, when he became interested in the iron foundry business in St. Louis, which he conducted for nearly fifteen years. During the war he removed to Mound City, where he established a foundry and did work for the government on its ironclad vessels. In 1867, Mr. Ellis removed to Cairo.
In March 1858, Mr. Ellis was married to Miss Otteline Waugh, of Rock Island, who with five sons and two daughters survive him.
The deceased was associated with his brother, T. B. Ellis, in a steam boating in Cairo and ran the first regular ferryboat here. They also owned steamboats in the Ohio and Mississippi and White River trades, retiring in the 70s from this business.
He was for years actively connected with the Telegram, but owing to poor health retired from active business several years ago. The wide circle of friends and acquaintances join in extending their sympathy to the bereaved relatives. Interment will be held at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, in the family lot.
Mrs. C. B. Hill, of Warshaw, Ill., a sister of the deceased, and T. B Ellis, a brother, of Rock Island, Ill., have been notified and will attend the funeral.
(Henry B. Ellis married Ottilive Waugh
on 7 Feb 1858, in Rock Island Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Word was received this morning by the Sondheimer Lumber Company from Mr. Ranger, manager of the company’s plant near Shepard, Tex., that J. H. Shoemaker, who shot and killed a man named J. W. Vaughan, Tuesday night, has been released on a small bond and it is believed that he will be cleared. Mr. Ranger stated that Shoemaker acted in self-defense and that the company would stand by him and see that he received justice.
Mrs. Shoemaker received the following message from the sheriff at Shepard this afternoon: “Your message signed ‘Shoemaker’ sent out to camp. Our friend Shoemaker is all right and free.”
Mr. Shoemaker is superintendent of the
Sondheimer Company’s business at Sheppard and owns the photograph
gallery here formerly owned by F. S. Sloan.
Mrs. J. H. Shoemaker received a letter from her husband this morning relating the circumstance of the killing of J. W. Vaughn. The story as told by Mr. Shoemaker is as follows:
“J. W. Vaughn is a drinking man usually does about as he pleases when under the influence of liquor. Last Sunday he became intoxicated and began to abuse me and every one else about here. I talked nice to him and tried to avert trouble and he took this as cowardly and tried to run over me. He went up and down the street swearing and blowing and had everyone in their houses. He said he intended to run everyone out of the camp and was going to kill everyone. After saying this he started to his house saying to me, ‘I am going to kill you.’ He then began to call me all kinds of foul names. I went to my office and got a revolver in case he carried out his intentions I would have some means of protection, little thinking at the time, however, I would be forced to use it. Now this was after sundown, but I could see things around me. I was standing in front of the cook tent when he came out of his house. In the tent were some women and children, who seemed much alarmed. He came near me and with his hands behind him said with an oath, ‘I have you now where I want you.’
“At this junction I shot, killing him instantly.
“They did not arrest me but put me under $500 bond.
Even the man’s own father-in-law said, ‘You did right,’ while his wife said
that he was a hard man to get along with.”
(Luther S. Taylor married Daisy M. Ellis
on 15 Apr 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 1 Feb 1904:
Mrs. Mary McTigue, mother of Officer Anthony McTigue and Mrs. Kate Thomas, died this afternoon about 3 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Thomas, 311 Twenty-first Street.
The deceased was over 90 years old and her death was due to old age. Her husband died during the yellow fever.
The funeral will probably be held Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Church.
(James W. Thomas married Kate McTigue
on 26 Oct 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.
A marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Anthony McTigue Native of the Parish of Kong, County of Mayo,
Ireland Died Oct. 21, 1878 Aged 69 Years.
Mary wife of Anthony McTigue Died Feb. 1, 1903.—Darrel
Emory Rogers, who married Miss Florence Halliday, daughter of the late Capt. W. P. Halliday, passed away at Colorado Springs this morning, of tuberculosis. He had been there a year seeking restored health.
The remains will be taken to Boston for interment.
The deceased leaves a wife and two children, a boy of 10 and a girl of 7 years.
(Emery H. Rogers married Florence Halliday
on 24 Aug 1892, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wednesday, 3 Feb 1904:
(Thomas Knupp married Mrs. Sarah Simpson
on 18 Jan 1894, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William James Slawson married Mary Jane
Waterman on 16 Oct 1870, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Two important murder trials are on the docket for the February term of circuit court, which convenes at the courthouse next Monday with Judge Butler presiding. One is the trial of Grimes and O’Neil for the killing of Con Sheehan in the Brewery Saloon during the Modern Woodmen carnival last fall. The other is the trial of Dixon, Metcalf and Kenner for participating in the Thebes lynching. Both cases give promise of being hard fought trials.
Twenty-three prisoners are in the county jail waiting trial and the prospect is that the term will be given over largely to criminal business, as is usually the case.
Judge Butler has a number of cases and he will call in Judge Duncan to try them at some time during the term.
Thirty-one cases will be tried during the term.
Saturday, 6 Feb 1904:
A man named James Monahan was brought here yesterday afternoon from Thebes by Deputy Sheriff Hiller and Harry Pettit. He has been employed as a laborer on the bridge at that place until he began drinking, when he was lodged in jail. His actions were very strange and he was thought to be insane.
During his confinement he secured a stove leg and beat himself about the head and body with it. His condition becoming serious, he was brought to this city and lodged in the county jail, where he died in a short time.
Monahan is reported to have relatives in
Wisconsin and Chicago.
Mrs. Wilhelmina Boge, mother of Mrs. Fred Hofheinz, died at the home of her daughter on Sixth Street yesterday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock.
The deceased was 80 years of age and had suffered from catarrh of the stomach for several years from which she died.
Mrs. Boge was born in Berlin, Prussia. She married early to Charles Schmetzstorff, who brought his wife and children to Cairo, in 1854. Of eight children born, Mrs. Fred Hofheinz, is the only one now living.
The deceased has been blind for about twenty years, having contracted a severe cold which settled in her eyes and resulted in the loss of her sight.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with
burial at Villa Ridge cemetery.
R. F. Green, of Cobden, a prominent young man of that place and a member of the firm of S. R. Green & Son, died on an Illinois Central train near New Orleans today. He was returning from Southern California, where he had been for his health, and was accompanied by his wife, when death overtook him. The deceased had the consumption. The body will be brought up tonight for interment at Cobden.
(Robert Franklin Green married Susie Marion
Brown on 1 Jan 1885, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:
R. F. Green 1863-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
(William Joseph P. Wise married Louisa F.
Thomas on 7 Oct 1849, in Johnson Co., Ill.
James Stewart married Sarah A. Wise on 16 Mar 1880, in
Union Co., Ill. His marker in
Anna City Cemetery reads:
William J. Wise 1829-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joseph Farnbaker married Mrs. Mollie
Johnson nee Trigg on 8 Apr 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Tom Whiteaker, a switchman for the Illinois Central at Mounds, was run over by engine No. 620 this morning, in front of the Y. M. C. A. building there. He failed to notice the engine which was backing up, and stepped backward upon the track. One limb was crushed below the hip and the other below the knee. The engine crew did not know that they had run over him until they had passed on down the track.
Whiteaker is a brother of Dr. Whiteaker, of Mound City, and has a wife and one child living at Mounds.
He was brought down to Cairo and taken to the
In the Thebes case the state wants a continuance until the next term of court, and an affidavit is being made out and will be presented this evening.
Louis Blatteau, the eldest son of Mrs.
Margaret Blatteau, of 1009 Walnut Street, died yesterday near Waco,
Texas. The deceased was 38 years of age and had been in poor health
for several years. He was formerly connected with the express company
in this city and was considered a faithful and valuable employee. He
left here several years ago for the south to seek benefit for his health,
which gradually grew worse. A wife and two children survive him.
Thursday, 18 Feb 1904:
Stephen Johnson, charged with murder at Hodges Park, was released this morning, State’s Attorney Wilson entering a nolle in his case. There was no evidence to show that he did not act in self-defense.
Napoleon Hixon, whose case was continued last
evening until the May term, was admitted to bail in the sum of $2,000, but
has not yet given bond. This is the Thebes lynching case.
(James H. Sydenstricker was a private in Co.
E, 35th Missouri Infantry, enlisting Aug. 21, 1862, at St.
Joseph, Mo., and was mustered out June 28, 1865, at Little Rock, Ark.—Darrel
(A marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Reed Gorf Died Feb. 11, 1904 Aged 23 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 28
(Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Ida wife of J. A. Stull Born May 11, 1866 Died July 3,
(Thomas Bechdel married Katie Kaderli
on 15 Apr 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mayor Claude Winter yesterday received word from Chicago announcing the death of Charles B. Fair, a former Cairoite, who was at one time in charge of the Galigher ice plant. He was an expert machinist and came to Cairo every year to superintend work on Winter Brothers Ice Factory.
The deceased leaves a wife and daughter, the latter
about 15 years of age. The remains will be brought to Villa Ridge and
services conducted by the A. O. U. W. or the Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F. as
the deceased was a member of both orders.
Paducah, Ky., Feb. 22.—The Cairo Hopkinsville train
of the Illinois Central which leaves Cairo at 6 a.m., collided with a
freight train here yesterday about 200 yards from the depot. Fireman
Clarence Dazzell, of the passenger train, was killed and Engineer
William O. Burch was injured. The passengers were badly shaken
up, but the freight crew escaped without injury.
Paducah, Ky., Feb. 22.—Felix Hartwig, 14
years old, fell down a shaft at the Consolidated Collar Company’s plant this
morning in this city. He fell three stories and his spine was
seriously injured and he suffered concussion of the brain. It is
thought that he will die.
BRANKEL—Died at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Sunday
morning at 7 o’clock of pneumonia, Feb. 21, 1904, William Brankel,
son of Joseph Brankel, of 2207 Walnut, aged 36 years. Funeral
services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning,
The trial of Thomas O’Neal and William Grimes, charged with the murder of Con Sheehan began in the circuit court this morning. The prosecution consists of State’s Attorney Wilson and Senator Reed Green, while Attorneys Lansden & Leek are counsel for the defendants. The plea of the defense will be self-defense.
The work of securing a jury is difficult.
Twenty-five of the special venire of forty had been examined at 3 o’clock
this afternoon and not a juror secured. Of the number, the State had
peremptorily refused six and the defense two.
(Niles L. Wickwire married Margaret A.
Morris on 22 Dec 1861, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
At 3 o’clock this afternoon eight jurors had been
secured in the O’Neal murder case. They were:
Ninety-one had been examined in securing these eight and the prosecution peremptorily challenged 18 and the defense 11. A special venire for 20 men was issued this morning and sent to the country.
Yesterday Fred D. Nellis failed to answer a
summons to appear for service as a juror and the court sent an attachment
for him and fined him $5 and costs for contempt of the court.
(His marker in Hargis Cemetery reads:
Armsted Wilson Born Oct. 26, 1846 Died Feb. 24, 1904.
Farewell my wife and children all, From you a father Christ doth
Died—Mrs. N. L. Wickwire, at S. Louis, Tuesday, February 23, 1904.
Special train will leave the Illinois Central depot,
Cairo, for Mounds at 11:15 tomorrow morning and meet the train from St.
Louis, which is due to arrive there at 12:15. The interment will take
place at Beech Grove Cemetery. All friends of the deceased are invited
(Robert Hinkle married Jessie B. Phillis
on 21 Apr 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
This morning in Judge Ross’ court, the case of Thomas O’Neil, charged with assault upon Mike Egan with intent to kill, came up for trial and O’Neil was released. Attorney Angus Leek appeared for the defense.
The court held that O’Neil acted in self
defense and that the evidence was not sufficient to hold him over to the
William McCander, janitor at the post office, died at 4 o’clock after a long illness. He was about 76 years old, was a veteran of the late war, and had been janitor at the post office ever since the building was erected over 35 years. He leaves a widow, a son, and daughter and four stepchildren, John and Jim Foley, Mrs. Wichert and Mrs. Hammell, of Chicago. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with burial at Villa Ridge by the G. A. R. and C. K. of A.
(William McCander was a private, enlisting in
Co. B, 18th Illinois Infantry on 21 Dec 1863, and was mustered
out on 16 Dec 1865. His marker
in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
William McCander 1833-1904 Father.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Herman Schuh died at her home on upper Sycamore Street, this afternoon about 1:30 o’clock, after an illness of two weeks. She had been in poor health for about six months, and went to Chicago, where an operation was performed, which brought some relief, but about two weeks ago she suffered a relapse, which resulted in her death today.
Mrs. Schuh was reared in Mound City, Ill., and was about 40 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Herman C. Schuh, and her two sons, Charlie and Niles, aged 8 and 6 years respectively; her mother, Mrs. E. Frazer, and two brothers, Alex and W. P. Fraser.
The deceased was a member of the Church of the Redeemer and was held in high esteem by her many friends who will regret to learn of her untimely death.
The funeral arrangements have not been entirely perfected, but will occur Thursday.
The many friends of the family extend their deepest
sympathy in their hour of bereavement.
Miss Hattie Gibson and brother, Frank, and
Mr. and Mrs. George Gibson left this morning for Mt. Carmel to attend
the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Robertson. Mr. and Mrs. W. F.
Gibson went up a few days ago.
John Ramer, of Hillerman, son of James Ramer, a wealthy farmer, and Miss Stella Curry, of Belknap, were drowned in Hess Bayou, at three o’clock yesterday afternoon while driving from Belknap to Mound City.
They had just crossed a bridge at Hess Bayou, which was covered with water, and in making a sharp turn after crossing the bridge, the buggy plunged into deep water and both occupants and the horse were drowned.
The bodies were recovered and taken to Olmsted where they were identified.
The affair is a very sad one. It is understood
that the young couple were going to Mound City to get married and then
attend the street fair.
Mount Vernon, Ill., April 30.—Albert Wood, a constable was killed, and Curtis Gregory, another constable, was seriously wounded in a fight in Farrington Township with two men, alleged to have been William and Robert Howard, brothers, one of whom the officers sought to arrest on a warrant. Robert Howard is alleged to have made threats against certain persons in this (Jefferson) County and a peace warrant was procured.
Constable Gregory states that they had
arrested Robert Howard and had proceeded a short distance with him in
their custody when his brother attacked them. Several posses are in
pursuit of the officers’ assailants.
The first accident since the Kelly-Atkinson
Construction Co., began the construction of the false work at the bridge
occurred last Friday afternoon when a pile of ties fell on a man named K.
K., killing him instantly. One other man was injured but not
seriously. The man had only been here a short time. The remains
were shipped to Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday for interment. The victim
of the accident was a resident of Minneapolis.—Thebes Record.
The jury at St. Louis in the case of Robert Barry
charged with manslaughter, returned a verdict of not guilty yesterday.
Barry is a Cairo boy who several weeks ago was attacked by a gang of
drunken ruffians in front of a saloon in St. Louis, while he was passing. He
was knocked down and used his pocketknife in self-defense. He was
arrested and charged with manslaughter. State’s Attorney Alex
Wilson, of Cairo, went up to St. Louis and appeared for the defense.
Barry arrived in Cairo this morning with his mother.
Word was received yesterday by Mr. M. J. Howley, announcing the death of C. O’Callahan, a former resident of Cairo, who died at his home in Cincinnati last Saturday of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of only a few days.
The deceased came to Cairo in 1857 from Ireland. For several years he clerked in a hotel and store for Henry Winter.
During the Civil War he engaged in the hardware business in a building where McManus’ shoe store now stands. He was also a councilman during the ‘60s.
He suffered great loss from a fire a few years later and soon after left for Cincinnati, where he has since resided.
The deceased was 68 years of age and is survived by a wife and three daughters, Delia, Theresa and Kate. The two former are better known as Trixie and Bessie Friganza, and are leading members of the Prince of Pilzen Opera troupe.
The funeral occurred Monday.
The murder case of Frank J. Walters and Robert Williams was continued until the next term of court and bond was fixed in the sum of $3,000. B. McManus, Jr., G. P. Crabtree, John Stoltz and Dan McCarthy went surety for Walters.
The Hickson case will probably not come to
trial, as the prosecution has no witnesses. The case is set for
Mrs. H. H. Cox, of Murphysboro, a niece of Mr. Charles S. Bouscher, of 424 Douglas Street, met with a sad accident Saturday night, which resulted in her death.
Hance Cleland, a high school boy, who roomed
with Superintendent Ellis H. Rogers, was about to retire when he
heard someone prowling about the yard.
Taking a revolver, he stepped out on the porch and asked who was
there and, as he did so, saw the form of someone disappearing in the
darkness. He called to the party to halt, and as the person failed to
do so, he fired several shots.
Again he called out to the party to come out or he would shoot, and hearing no response he again fired.
On investigation it was found that Mrs. Cox had entered her coal shed and the bullet had pierced her body, killing her almost instantly.
The theory is that Mrs. Cox went into her own back yard attracted by the shooting and had entered the shed when the boy fired. It is thought the burglar made his escape when the boy first shot.
The jury exonerated Cleland for the shooting. The boy is very much broken up over the deplorable affair.
Mr. and Mrs. Bouscher were unable to attend the funeral.
(H. H. Cox married Mollie Evans on 25
Nov 1896, in Jackson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Martin Connelly, day yardmaster for the Illinois Central at Mounds, met with a painful accident last night about 7:30 o’clock.
He was driving to Cairo, and after crossing Cache bridge, his horse became frightened and plunged down the embankment. The buggy was overturned and Connelly’s leg was caught and twisted beneath it, and he also received a severe injury to his head.
Connelly was found by Ted Cochran and another young man who were out driving and were passed by Connelly’s runaway horse. When found he was unconscious and his leg broken.
He was brought to Cairo and taken to St. May’s Infirmary, where Drs. McNemer and Gordon attended him.
Mr. Connelly is very low this afternoon. Amputation of his leg may be necessary.
The wound in his head is also a dangerous one and
may prove fatal.
John Thompson, one of Elco’s old residents,
died Sunday night at the age of 73 years, and was buried today.
DuQuoin, May 11.—Six men were killed and twenty
injured in mine explosion at Herrin, Ill., today.
Napoleon Hickson, charged with murder, in
being a participant in the Thebes lynching, was given his freedom today.
State’s Attorney Wilson entered a nolle in his case and that
disposes of the last of the trials growing out of that unfortunate
occurrence. There were not witnesses against the defendant.
Martin Connelly, day yardmaster for the Illinois Central, at Mounds, died at 12:30 this afternoon at St. Mary’s Infirmary, from concussion of the brain, which he received in a runway accident Monday evening.
The accident occurred on the Mound City road while he was driving to Cairo. His horse became frightened and he was thrown out of the buggy and down the embankment.
The remains will be sent to Mounds, his home, where
the funeral will be held.
(John Thompson, 28, born in Thebes, Alexander
Co., Ill., enlisted as a private in Co. A, 15th Illinois Calvary
on 10 Aug 1861, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and was mustered out 25 Aug 1864, in
Springfield, Ill. John
Thompson, 32, born in Alexander Co., Ill., enlisted as a private
in Co. E, 60th Illinois Infantry on 4 Apr 1865, and was mustered
out on 31 Jul 1865, at Louisville, Ky.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Martin Connelly, who died from concussion of the brain received in a runaway accident, were taken to Boston today for interment.
A sister of the deceased and the young lady to whom
he was to have married this month and R. O. Barrett of the Illinois
Central at Mounds, accompanied the remains.
The jury in the case of Sallie Nearon, for
murder, failed to agree after being out all night and were discharged at 10
o’clock this morning.
The mystery which overhung the murder in “Wild Cat Chute,” which occurred a few weeks ago, is thought to be solved.
L. H. Meyers, who has been investigating the case, says he is positive the man’s name is Sullivan and that he had been at work on an island farm near Commerce, Mo. He says that Charles Anderson, of Ullin, contracted with a man named Sullivan near Commerce to work on a drug store he was building and that the man never made his appearance.
It is understood that a sister of this man
Sullivan resides in St. Louis and steps will be taken to locate her and
find out whether or not the murdered man is her brother.
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
John A. Eakin Born Aug. 1, 1817 Died Nov. 16, 1900.
Mary E. Eakin Born Jan. 15, 1818 Died May 21, 1904.—Darrel
We take great pleasure in thanking our many friends
and acquaintances for the many kindnesses shown us during our late
Fred Voselsang, better known as “Big Fritz,” the well-known butcher, died very suddenly last night from loss of blood caused by the bursting of an artery in his left leg.
Several years ago Fritz sustained a broken leg and the fracture never entirely healed. It has given him much trouble and has bled often.
Last night he was walking out Douglas Street when the wound began to bleed and he stopped in Simmon’s Drug Store, when a doctor was summoned and the patrol wagon called. Before the wagon reached the infirmary, Fritz was dead.
The remains were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment.
Fritz has been employed by nearly every meat market in Cairo. He has a mother and two children in Cape Girardeau, who will attend the funeral. Deceased was a member of the local order of A. O. U. W. and the funeral will be conducted by that lodge.
(His name is correctly recorded as W. T. Dwyer
elsewhere in the same issue.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Eakin, mother of Mr. John W. Eakin of the gas office, died at her home at Villa Ridge this morning as a result of a stoke of paralysis, which came a week ago. She had rallied from the first effects of the stroke, and Mr. Eakin, who visited her yesterday, had reason to believe she was recovering from its effects. Reports even as late as this morning were favorable, but he took a sudden turn for the worse and the end came this forenoon.
Mrs. Eakin was 86 years of age, and lived at
Villa Ridge with her two daughters, Misses Maggie and Alma Eakin.
Besides Mr. Eakin of this city, she had one other son, Horton
Eakin, of Dallas, Texas.
Sister Margaret, one of the sisters of the order of St. Benedict, died very suddenly Sunday morning, about 8:45 at St. Joseph’s School.
The deceased had only been ill a few hours from a congestive chill and all efforts to restore her to a normal condition proved fruitless.
Sister Margaret came to Cairo about a year ago from the motherhouse at Jonesboro, Ark., and was engaged as housekeeper at the school. She had been in the order six years, having come to this country from Switzerland eight years ago. She was 23 years of age. Her real name was Ida Heig.
Funeral services were held at 9 o’clock this morning
at St. Joseph’s Church. Father Gillen was the celebrant of the solemn
high mass and Father Downey of St. Patrick’s Church preached the
The pallbearers were: M. J. Howley, C. E.
Hessian, William Oehler, P. T. Langan, Dan Kelly,
J. H. Galligan, B. McManus, Jr., and C. A. Petit.
Emil Rieber, an old German citizen of Cairo, died Saturday night at St. May’s Infirmary. He was 62 years of age and heart failure was the cause of his death. He will not be known to many by name, but he is the brother, of Mrs. Jacob Baur and was a daily visitor to the reference and reading rooms of the Cairo Public Library, where he studied and read and could give information in almost any subject of importance. He was a great friend to the students of the public schools and delighted in helping them in finding references and giving them information. He spoke several different languages. The deceased never married. He lived with his sister, Mrs. Jacob Bauer, and family.
His funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Rev. Sickles, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, conducted the services.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Emil Rieber 1842-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
A wife and two children, a son and daughter, survive
him, his son being city clerk of Mound City.
William Etz, one of Cairo’s oldest residents, died this morning about 1 o’clock of a complication of diseases caused by old age.
The deceased in former years conducted a blacksmith shop but has been unable to work for some time.
His wife, one son, Henry Etz, and three daughters, Mrs. Harry Elias, Mrs. T. L. Richarson and Mrs. Edith Rushing, of this city, survive him.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon with interment at Villa Ridge.
(Thomas L. Richinson married Emma C. Etz
on 18 Jun 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
John Waugh and his brother-in-law, George Willis, who reside near Willard, became engaged in a quarrel Sunday and Waugh struck Willis on the head with some dull instrument, which resulted in his death immediately.
According to witnesses before the coroner’s jury, the cause of the act is as follows:
Willis and Waugh were at the store of George Roth, settling up their accounts. Waugh came out and climbed into his buggy intending to drive away. Willis came out of the store and went to the buggy and asked Waugh if he could pay the money that he owed him (Willis); it seems if was about $10. Waugh said that he intended to pay it, but could not at the present time. Willis became angry and used an oath, calling Waugh vulgar names. The latter resented this and Willis repeated it. This angered Waugh and he picked up some dull instrument, which was wrapped up and lying in the buggy and stuck twice at Willis with it. The first blow, Willis warded off, but the second struck him behind the left ear, causing concussion of the brain, from which he died in a few minutes. Waugh then escaped and went over to Missouri, but was captured by H. Rumfelt, and brought to Cairo last night and lodged in the county jail.
At the coroner’s inquest the jury decided from the
evidence that Waugh was guilty of manslaughter and recommended that
he be held to await the action of the grand jury.
J. B. Dupoyster, of Wickliffe, Ky., who was accidentally shot while out riding Monday with his friend, Will Hawthorne, died Monday night.
The young men were riding horseback near Fort Jefferson when Hawthorne’s shotgun was accidentally discharged and the contents entered the abdomen of Dupoyster, making a horrible wound in his body, which exposed his intestines.
Dupoyster could not be removed to his home in
Wickliffe and died near where he was wounded.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon with
interment at Fort Jefferson. Dupoyster was the son of old settlers in
the section of Kentucky near Wickliffe.
After an illness of only about six days, of appendicitis, Van B. Miller, died this afternoon about 2 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
The deceased was working last Thursday, but was taken ill Friday. An operation was performed Saturday but did not give the necessary relief.
The deceased was about 26 years of age and formerly lived in Henderson, Ky., where his parents still reside.
He married Miss Juanita Nellis last November and she survives him. Besides his father and mother and two brothers Arthur and Ray, the latter residing in Denver, Colo.
Mr. Miller was an employee of the Illinois Central at the stone depot.
He was conscious until the end and knew that death was coming. The remains will be taken to Henderson tomorrow for interment.
His young wife is nearly prostrated with grief and
has the sympathy of her friends.
C. E. Gregory has returned today from
Metropolis where he had the contract for the placement of a very fine
monument over the grave of the late Judge William H. Green. The
monument is made of red Missouri granite and is of rustic design, fashioned
after Judge Green’s own idea. It is one of the finest in this end of
Miss Minnie E. Whitaker, wife of J. H. Whitaker, of Beech Ridge, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 9:30 o’clock this morning of congestion of the bowels. She had been ill only twelve days and was brought down to the hospital Thursday and placed under care of Dr. Sullivan. Her death is peculiarly sad as she leaves three little children in the care of her husband. All are boys, the oldest 7 and the youngest but six weeks old. She was 28 years old and her maiden name was Minnie E. Upchurch. The funeral will be held at Elco Sunday evening.
(Joseph N. Whitaker married Minnie E. Upchurch on 18 Feb 1894, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 30 May 1904:
Miss Mary Higgins died at her home in Mound City Sunday morning, after an illness of several weeks. The funeral occurred this morning at the Catholic Church, with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Miss Higgins formerly conducted a millinery
store in Cairo with Mrs. Wild and removed from here to Mound City,
where she has since been in the same business. She was a sister of Thomas
Higgins of the well-known firm of Perks & Higgins and was
47 years of age. her father, Patrick Higgins, died only a few weeks
Mrs. William M. Williams, wife of Capt. “Billy” Williams, of the Mobile & Ohio, died last night at 8:30 o’clock after a protracted illness, at their home, 438 Ninth Street.
The deceased was 59 years of age and was a native of Charleston, W. Va. She married Capt. Williams at Covington, Ky., in 1863, after which they went to Vicksburg, Miss., to reside.
At the close of the war they removed to this city and have resided here ever since.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband and one daughter, Miss Mary L. Williams, the many friends of the family extend their sympathy to them in their bereavement.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning with
burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.
WILLIAMS—Entered into eternal rest, Monday,
at 8:30 p.m., Rachel Williams, beloved wife of William M. Williams,
and mother of Mary Louise Williams. Funeral from her late residence,
438 Ninth Street, Wednesday, June 1st, 1904, 8:30 a.m., Rev.
Roland officiating. Friends of the family invited to attend. Interment
at Beech Grove Cemetery. Special train leaves foot of Tenth Street at 9:45
Mrs. W. P. June passed away at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon after a long illness. Her death was sudden as this morning she seemed no worse than usual. Up to within a week she had been able to sit up but she had been an invalid for about seven years. Her death was the result of heart failure.
Mrs. June was in her fifty-third year. She was a native of Battle Creek, Mich., and her maiden name was Charlotte Williams. She was married to Mr. June at Battle Creek thirty years ago in August next, and they came to Cairo in 1877. She leaves a husband and two children, Marvin and Miss Katherine.
Mrs. June joined the Methodist church in her girlhood.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but the remains will be laid at rest in the cemetery at Cobden beside those of her sister.
Mrs. June leaves two brothers, one at Cleveland, Ohio, and the other at Creston, Iowa.
(Her marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:
Charlotte M. wife of W. P. June Born July 25, 1851 Died June
1, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Moses Walder, one of Cairo’s early settlers, died at Chicago about noon yesterday, at the age of 75 years.
The deceased was the last of three brothers and came to Cairo in 1839, and resided here some time.
He married Mrs. Garson, mother of Ike Garson, of this city, in Colorado some years later. Returning to Cairo, he engaged himself in the grocery business at Tenth and Washington.
About four years ago he removed to Chicago. He was one of the charter members of the Cairo Masonic Fraternity.
The deceased was an uncle of Ike and Louis Walder and Mrs. William Hodge, of this city.
The time of the funeral could not be learned at this writing.
(William W. Hodge married Clara Walder
on 15 Jan 1890, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 2 Jun 1904:
Died, Wednesday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m., Mrs.
Charlotte M. June, wife of W. P. June. Funeral services will
be held at the family residence, No. 313 Twentieth Street, Friday, June 3d,
at 12:30 p.m. Interment at Cobden, Ill., leaving on the regular train on the
Illinois Central railroad at 2:20 p.m. Friends of the family are invited to
Saturday, 4 Jun 1904:
(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Rev. Philip H. Kroh 1824-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Julius May died at his home on Eighteenth
Street last night about 7:45 o’clock of heart trouble.
He seemed to be feeling in good spirits at suppertime, but after the meal complained of being tired. He seated himself in a large rocker and fell into a sleep from which he did not awake.
Mr. May was born in Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany, and came to the United States in his boyhood. He has been a resident of Cairo for many years and formerly conducted a bakery on lower Commercial several years ago.
The deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F., Modern Woodmen and Improved Order of Red Men. He holds a membership in the Cairo lodge of the latter, but is a member of the Kansas, Ill., lodges of the other orders.
A wife and three sons, Gerson, Morris and Lee survive him. The second named son is a resident of Paducah. Four brothers and one sister also survive him.
The remains will be taken to Paducah for burial at 6
o’clock tomorrow morning over the Illinois Central. The I. O. O. F., Red Men
and Modern Woodmen lodges will have charge of the funeral. Friends of the
family are invited to attend.
(His marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:
William H. Scruggs Born March 16, 1832 Died May 31,
DIED—Julius May, aged 56 years, June 7, 1904,
at 7:30 p.m. Funeral will be held tomorrow morning, when the remains will be
taken to Paducah for burial. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Remains will leave the house at 5 a.m.
All Modern Woodmen are requested to meet at the home
of Neighbor May on Eighteenth Street tomorrow morning at 5 o’clock to
accompany remains to Illinois Central depot. As many as can go to Paducah
are urged to do so.
Miss Rica Dauksch died at 10:45 o’clock this
morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Emmet Atherton, at
Twenty-sixth Street and Commercial Avenue. The deceased had for three years
been a sufferer from tumor of the brain and for two years had been totally
blind. Frequent trips were made to St. Louis with her, and she was in the
infirmary here for treatment at other times, but received no permanent
benefit. Her home was at Olmsted, where her parents Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Dauksch reside. The deceased was 24 years old.
Died Thursday, June 9, 1904, George Gibson, aged 26 years.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Saturday
afternoon. The remains will leave the family residence at 1 o’clock for the
Calvary Baptist Church, where services will be held, and will be taken to
Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. Funeral train will leave foot of
Fourteenth Street at 2:40 p.m. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
Representatives of Safford Lodge accompanied the remains of their Brother Brewster to Pulaski yesterday afternoon. At Villa Ridge they were joined by a large delegation of Meridian Lodge I. O. O. F., of which deceased was a member and proceeded to Pulaski, near which place was the home of the deceased.
Egypt Lodge 789 united with them in procession to convey the remains to Liberty Church cemetery, where they were laid to rest. Both of the above lodges united in performing the beautiful and impressive ritual ceremony for the dead, which was conducted with touching solemnity.
Through the courtesy of Francis Stringer, “Egypt” male quartette rendered two most appropriate selections in very impressive manner—”In the Beautiful Land” and “Silently Bury Our Dead.” The esteem in which deceased was held is attested by the fact that more than 40 Odd Fellows and a large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral obsequies.
The sudden and tragic death of Mr. Brewster in the wreck on the Big Four Thursday morning has caused profound gloom and sorrow in his home community.
Ernest Merce, a white deckhand on the towboat
Exporter, fell off the boat as she was backing down here last
Thursday night, and was drowned. News of the accident did not reach here
until yesterday; the boat did not land after the accident occurred. Merce
lived in St. Louis, but his home was in Toledo, Ohio. The body has not been
We most sincerely desire to express our deep and heartfelt thanks to all our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy in our sad bereavement which came upon us so suddenly in the untimely death of our son and husband, George R. Gibson.
We know that the sympathy of true friends cannot
bring back to us our precious loved one, but it helps us to bear our grief.
So with a deep feeling of gratitude in our hearts for one and all, we humbly
lay our sorrow at the feet of our kind Heavenly Father and trust him for
guidance, comfort and support until the dawn of that better day, when we
shall fully know and understand what is now dark and mysterious.
(John Dublin married Margaret Mary Stack
on 24 Nov 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Alice Dublin Born March 4, 1899 Died June 13, 1904.—Darrel
Johnson Fisher, one of the best known colored men in Cairo, died at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Lewis, 2112 Sycamore Street, at 3:30 this morning. The deceased had been ill since last April, suffering from asthma, but it was not until last Saturday that he was compelled to take to his bed. He was 40 years old and unmarried. The funeral will be held at the Twelfth Street church Saturday.
(Johnson Fisher married Fannie Barton
on 23 Jun 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Matthew Lamb married Mary A. Bates on
22 Sep 1889, in Union Co., Ill.
John B. Bates married Ellen J. Lasley on 23 Nov 1864, in Union
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Acting coroner John Coleman was called to the
gravel pit to hold an inquest over a man who was killed there. The
message gave no details.
Tired of living, Mrs. Lutie Bruce, wife of George Bruce, of 231 Sixteenth Street, took her own life last night by sending a bullet from a 38-calibre revolver through her temple.
The story of the sad affair is about as follows:
____ 5 years of age, had gathered some flowers and going into the house was going to give them to her mother. Hearing no answer to her call, the little girl went to her mother’s room and there she found the lifeless body of her mother lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
The little girl ran out of the house into the street, crying, “My mamma is dead.” Neighbors hearing the child’s screams, hastened to the room where the woman was found.
A note was found addressed to her husband, which read as follows:
“George, forgive me, but I can’t help it. I can’t put any confidence in you. Goodbye. And oh, my little babes, that’s what makes me suffer. Keep them together. Don’t let them be separated and try to bring them up pure and virtuous. Please don’t drink any more. Whiskey robbed me of you. Always tell Vivian and Mary to be good and pure and be careful in ways they go. Yours, who has given up all, I can’t stand it any more when you don’t respect me.
“Yours lovingly, Lutie.”
“I am not mad, but heartbroken.”
Bruce and his family came from Mound City to Cairo, but had formerly resided at Fulton, Ky., some time. They came here last winter and he procured a position as bartender for Nichols & Stegg, but later went to Riddle’s place.
Acting Coroner John Coleman removed the remains to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms where an inquest was held. The following were the jurors in the case: Richard Powers, foreman; Alderman John Snyder, George O’Donnell, Mike Higgins, Ben Hamilton, M. J. Duobschutz.
The jury found that the deceased came to her death
by a bullet fired from a pistol in her own hand.
Mr. E. P. Haynes, the aged father of C. C. Haynes of the boat store, died at his home in Smithland, Ky., at 9:20 o’clock last night, after a long illness.
The deceased was in his 86th year. He leaves besides his son, C. C. Haynes, another son, H. L. Haynes, of Austin, Texas, and two daughters, Mrs. B. A. Bunn, of Smithland, Ky., and Mrs. Frank Phillips, of Paducah.
The remains will probably be interred at Smithland.
James Munnel, of Metropolis, Ill., brother of Mrs. C. H. Brackett, the well-known milliner of this city, lies in a precarious condition at his home in Metropolis, suffering with a severe case of blood poison.
About two weeks ago, Mr. Munnel, who is city
marshal, arrested a man for some offense. The man showed fight and in
the scuffle, Munnel was bitten severely on the left thumb. He
had the injured member dressed and thought no more of the incident. A
few days later his thumb began to swell and the swelling extended to his
arm. Physicians think here is no chance for his recovery.
James A. White received a telegram from
George W. Smith, at Washington, D.C., this morning, which states that
Miss Alice McClintock is very sick and is growing worse. She
was taken to the hospital Thursday and another operation will be performed
this morning. Her many friends in Murphysboro are very sorry to hear
that the operation is the last hope entertained for her recovery, but hope
it will be successful and that Miss McClintock will soon regain her
Miss Alice McClintock, niece of Congressman
George W. Smith, died Saturday night after a prolonged illness.
The remains will reach Murphysboro Tuesday when the funeral will be held.
Capt. Ed Renfro, for many years master of the
Margaret, died on his farm at New Denison, in Williamson County, last
Wednesday. He leaves a wife but no children.
The inhabitants that reside on the east side of Commercial Avenue between Twelfth and Fourteenth Street, commonly known as “Wild Cat Chute,” have been rapidly moving out in the past two or three days and bidding farewell to their coveted home of crime and filth, and if their exodus continues it is likely this spot will be as desolate as a last year’s bird nest.
The cause for all this disturbance is not the result of police orders to “Move out,” but a much graver circumstance.
It will be remembered that a few days ago Kate Stancil, a poor white woman, who made her home anywhere, was found in Wild Cat Chute alley in a dying condition. She was removed to police headquarters where death called a halt to her miserable life.
Kate’s dying statement was to the effect that she desired to be buried in the alley, where she had spent so many years of her life.
The news quickly reached the residents of Wild Cat Chute and spread like forest fire.
They began to flock to police headquarters in great numbers, to remonstrate.
But the officers told them Kate’s wishes had to be granted and one of the officers walked over in front of Keevy Anne’s house and began to measure off a space about the size of a grave. Keevy was up in arms and declared if Kate’s remains were buried in front of her house, she would remove from Cairo. Not wanting to lose Keevy as a resident, the officers said they would find another place.
During the night someone upturned some dirt in the alley and rounded it up in the form of a grave, planting a head and footboard there and placing a bouquet of flowers upon it.
The next morning a negro woman started down the alley and catching sight of this, gave one wild scream and started back to her abode. The rest of the inhabitants were “put next” in an instant, and all that day not a negro ventured down the alley.
The climax was reached at night when a bucket with holes cut into it, in the form of a face with candles inside, was seen on the grave. The negroes were terrified and Keevy Anne trembling declared, “I see’d Kate blink them eyes; I know’d that blink.” She also declared that during the night Kate’s spirit made several trips up and down the alley, and looked like a sheet of fire.
The exodus commenced and they have been leaving ever since.
In the past day or two, however when they learned
and were fully convinced that it was all a “fake” the braver ones came back
and have resumed their residence in “Wild Cat Chute.”
Capt. Sam Green died at 4 o’clock this afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Musa Woodward, at Eighth and Walnut streets. He had been failing in health for a long time.
(Robert K. Woodward married Musie D. Green
on 18 May 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Miss Alice McClintock, who
died in Washington, D.C., Saturday evening, reached this city at a late hour
Tuesday night and were conveyed to the home of Mrs. Alice Dishon on
South Fifteenth Street, where they lay in state Wednesday until noon, says
the Murphysboro Independent. Wednesday afternoon at 2
o’clock the funeral services were held at the Episcopal church, the Rev.
Richards of Belleville delivering the funeral oration. A large
concourse of friends of deceased was present for the obsequies, a number
from abroad being in attendance. Numerous floral offerings were banked
on and about the bier, some of them being tributes from Southern Illinois
friends, while many others were sent from the national capital. The
remains were accompanied to the city by Congressman and Mrs. G. W. Smith,
and Mr. Smith’s private secretary, Daniel G. Davis.
Interment took place at the city cemetery, where deceased’s mother and other
relatives lie at rest.
Robert White, an engineer for the Illinois Central railroad, died at his home on Twenty-eighth Street last night of a complication of pneumonia and small pox.
He was 40 years of age and is survived by a wife and four small children, the oldest seven years of age, the youngest, twins, of seven months.
The deceased was only sick about two weeks, but had received the best of nursing. Some time ago he suffered with a case of the measles, which later developed into pneumonia and then he was taken down with the smallpox.
His wife is a daughter of Casper Slackert. The report that she fell and broke a limb last night is untrue. She fell in a faint when her husband died but was not injured.
The remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery early
this morning for burial. Mr. White was a member in good
standing of Alexander Lodge I. O. O. F.
Capt. Samuel Green, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Musa Woodward, yesterday afternoon, celebrated his sixty-seventh birthday on June 3rd. For many years he was one of the best-known pilots on the Ohio and Mississippi river steamers. In later years he handled harbor boats at this port. He was compelled to retire several years ago on account of failing health. The surviving members of his family are Mrs. Musa Woodward and Capt. Harry Green of this city. The funeral was held this afternoon and the remains taken to Smithland, Ky., for burial.
The pallbearers were Capt. W. M. Williams,
Capt. Frank Cassidy, Charles Mitchell, Capt. Fred Bennett,
Herman C. Schuh, Dr. Davis, Fred Nellis and C. C.
Alto Pass Ill., June 27.—A tree under which Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Dehart and little girl aged 8, and three children of a neighbor family were taking shelter was struck by lightning at 5 o’clock p.m. Saturday. The girl was killed instantly and Mrs. Dehart died yesterday afternoon at 1 o’clock. All of the six were thrown to the ground by the shock and one boy was badly lacerated by splinters from the tree. No more deaths, however, are expected to result from the accident.
The Dehart home is on Ed Clark’s farm one half mile north of Cobden.
The parties injured were picking blackberries when the storm came up and sought the shelter at hand under the tree. Mr. Clark’s family left the tree and ran to the house only a few moments previous to the coming of the fatal crash.
The child was buried yesterday and its mother’s
funeral took place this morning.
Wednesday, 29 Jun 1904:
DIED—William E. Hendricks, Tuesday evening,
June 28th, 1904. Funeral services will be held at the
family residence, 219 Eighteenth Street at 8 o’clock tonight. The
remains will be taken to Paducah at 6 o’clock tomorrow morning for
interment. Rev. T. J. Porter will conduct the services.
Sunday evening, as the steamer Dick Fowler was nearing Brookport, a young man named Erwin A. Albritton, of Mayfield, Ky., was seen to mount the rail of the cabin deck and then plunge into the river. No cause for the act could be assigned. His body disappeared in the waters and was seen no more.
As soon as the boat landed at Brookport, his father,
who is a wealthy tobacco buyer at Mayfield, was notified and on Monday
morning men were put to work dragging the river and searching for the body,
which was found after a few hours.
William E. Hendricks, attorney at law, died at his home on Eighteenth Street at 8 o’clock last evening, of dropsy, after an illness which confined him to his bed for only two days. The deceased had been in poor health all winter, suffering first from an attack, which developed later into dropsy.
Mr. Hendricks was a native of Hannibal, Mo., where he was born 52 years ago. He came to Cairo when a very small boy and grew up here, spending nearly his whole life in Cairo. About twenty years ago he removed to Kansas and lived there for ten years, but nine years ago he returned and has made his home here since.
He leaves a widow and two children, a daughter, Miss Eloise and a son Thompson, both of whom are grown. Besides he has three sisters living, Mrs. Laura Bettis, of St. Louis and Mrs. Will Beverly and Miss Beatrice Hendricks, both living in New Mexico.
The remains will be taken to Paducah on the early train tomorrow for burial in the family lot in the cemetery there.
Mr. Hendricks was a member of the A. O. U. W.
and the Masonic lodge in addition to the Alexander County bar. He was
formerly city attorney of Cairo, having been elected at two different terms.
Whereas, God in his wise providence has seen fit to remove from among us our beloved brother, J. C. Barnett, an efficient member of our official board and of the church, be it
Resolved, That we deeply appreciate our loss and are grateful for his useful life, his blessed spirit of loyalty and liberality.
Resolved, That we extend our sympathy to his wife
and children, who are deprived of such a presence, and that we express to
them our high regards for them and pray that his example may be emulated by
them and us.
Another fatal railroad accident occurred last night about 9 o’clock, when James, better known as “Jack” Hawkins, was killed by an Illinois Central switch engine.
The jury in the case rendered the following verdict. “We the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of James Hawkins, on oath do find that he came to his death by being crushed by I. C. R. R. engine No. 139 jumping the track, crushing the deceased, James Hawkins, under the front footboard in the front part of the said engine. The cause of the accident was due to a defective curve being too sharp. Said accident on I. C. R. R. switch leading from the M. & O. “Y” to the Cairo Mill & Lumber Company’s yards and Redman-Magee elevator at Cairo, Ill., July 1, 1904. John Farrell, Ed Koehler, J. S. LeMay, Louis C. Kohler, H. M. Hilburn, Charles Quinn.
On investigation it was found that the track was in good condition, the ties and the rails being new, but the curve was very sharp.
When the engine jumped the track, the cars broke loose and ran down the hill, only the car next the engine being derailed. Switchman W. K. Gillespie, who was on the rear car, was not injured and he soon succeeded in setting the brakes.
Hawkins was not heard to utter a sound and probably never knew what struck him. He was thrown from the front foot board against the M. & O. “Y” track which runs parallel to the I. C. track at the curve, and crushed by the front of the engine. The wheels did not pass over his body.
The engine remained in an upright position, not turning over.
Engineer Julius Weber, of the ill-fated switch engine, told the following account of the accident to a Citizen representative this morning:
“We were pulling out of the Redman-Magee elevator, headed northward, with six cars loaded with grain. We were going up the grade and were moving at the rate of eight or ten miles per hour.
“We had not gone far, when for some unknown cause the engine jumped the track on the left side, but retained its upright position. Hawkins, who was on the front footboard of the engine was thrown in front of the engine before he could get away. He was killed almost instantly.
“The accident occurred about 8:55 p.m.
“I do not know what caused the engine to leave the track.”
Mr. Hawkins was about 50 years of age and leaves a wife and three small children, two girls Eunice, and Mary, aged about ten and twelve years respectively, and a boy, Jesse, aged about eight years. The mother is nearly prostrated over the terrible accident and the loss of a husband and father. They reside at 623 Sixteenth Street.
Mr. Hawkins was engine helper. His body was badly mangled and his face disfigured. The remains were taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms where the coroner’s inquest was held.
The deceased was a member of the A. O. U. S.
The funeral arrangements have not been made.
The other members of the crew are Julius Weber,
engineer; Ed Myers, fireman; Matt Ramsey, engine foreman.
They escaped uninjured.
Dr. Harry S. Torrance, son of Smith Torrance of Cairo, was killed Tuesday in a railroad wreck near Cripple Creek, Colo. His wife, who was with him, escaped with slight injuries. The car in which they were riding jumped the track and two were killed and fifteen injured.
Harry Torrance was a graduate from the Cairo High School, class of 1887. He took up the study of medicine, and graduated from a Philadelphia College. After practicing there for a few years, he removed to Cripple Creek, Colo., where he has lived for five or six years. It was at Cripple Creek that he married. He leaves no children. As a boy, Harry Torrance was always well liked. He was a success as a physician and built up a good practice. His untimely death will be regretted by all of his old-time friends.
His father received the news of the accident this
morning and the sad intelligence was a great shock to him.
Joe Terrell, better known “Big Buck,” was
drowned in the Ohio this afternoon. He was standing on the head of the
transfer boat Pacific as she was landing at Eighteenth Street at __
o’clock this afternoon, and as the boat struck the cradle, he was knocked
off, his head striking on the cradle. He fell into the river and was
drowned. Terrell was a deck hand on the Pacific and had
worked for the Illinois Central at the roundhouse for several years.
Thebes, Ill., July 9.—Yesterday about 4 o’clock, one of the saddest accidents that was ever witnessed by the people at Thebes, occurred on the new bridge across the Mississippi River. The men were working on the false work on the Illinois side, when a very dangerous cloud came up. They were about to move the great traveler, which is a massive framework of heavy timbers, consisting of three bents framed together as solid as human skill could make them. This was mounted on trucks and before it could be secured to the iron rails on which it was being moved, the wind caught it and broke away towards the east where it collided with the steamer crain and turned over crashing to the ground followed by the crain, engine and men. The three whom were killed were Thomas Clayton, Chicago; William Miller, Pittsburg; John Rinde, Minneapolis. Two of the wounded were taken to the Cape hospital.
One man was on the very top of the traveler. He held firmly to the timbers and rode her down, receiving several bruises, but was not seriously hurt. This was almost a miracle as the bridge at that point is 73 feet and the traveler 100 feet on trop of the bridge making in all 173 feet.
The dead bodies were taken to the city hall.
Deputy C. S. Richards held an inquest and they will be sent to their
home today. The C. & E. I. train was two hours late and barely stopped
in time to save a much worse accident. Fortunately, the engineer
looked up and saw the great mass of timbers moving without control and
stopped his train. It took until 6:30 to remove enough of the debris
to let the passenger train up to the depot. The property loss is
estimated at $20,000.
Mrs. Ida Harper, wife of Conductor Harper, of the Mobile & Ohio railroad, died at the home of her husband’s sister, in London Mills, Ill., this morning at 1:15 o’clock of consumption. She was 37 years of age.
The deceased had been in poor health for some time and went to London Mills last week to visit relatives.
She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Miss Gertrude, aged sixteen, and a little daughter aged two years.
Mrs. Harper is a sister of Mrs. Jesse E.
Miller and a daughter of F. A. Short, of Elco.
The sad news was received in a dispatch to Mr. Jesse E. Miller today.
(James M. Harper married Ida Short on
19 Oct 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Jesse E. Miller married Fluanna Short on 1 Sep 1889, in
Alexander Co., Ill. Francis A.
Short married Fluann Reader on 2 Apr 1863, in Pulaski Co.,
Harry Grear, the druggist, at Thirty-third and Sycamore streets, fell down stairs at his home over the store about 10 o’clock last night and sustained injuries from which he died at 12:30 o’clock. He never regained consciousness after his fall.
Mr. Grear’s family lives upstairs over the drugstore. A stairway leading from the street in front is the entrance to the apartments above. Halfway up this stairway is a screen door. Mr. Grear entered the front door, and locked it and started to ascend the stairs. When he reached the screen door he lost his balance as he opened it and fell back to the bottom of the stairs. The noise of his falling attracted the attention of Mrs. Grear and she called for help and Mr. Kuykendall and Mrs. Johnson came to her assistance and carried him upstairs. Dr. Gordon was summoned, but nothing that he could do brought any relief, and he died from concussion of the brain at 12:30 o’clock.
Harry Grear was born at Jonesboro on May 2, 1858. He learned the drug business in the store of his brother, Walter Grear, at that place, and afterward went into business for himself at Jonesboro. He also at different times, conducted drugstores at Cobden, Evansville, Ind., and Mound City. For a number of years he was manager of the Bross Pharmacy, at 1113 Washington Avenue. A few years ago he opened his present drug store at Thirty-third and Sycamore streets.
Mr. Grear was married at Jonesboro and his widow survives him and one daughter, Mrs. Anna Montgomery, who became the wife of William Montgomery, of Mound City, on Wednesday of last week.
Mr. Grear also leaves and aged father, John Grear, at Jonesboro, and two brothers John W. Grear, of DuQuoin and Walter Grear of Jonesboro. The latter came down this morning to take charge of the funeral arrangements.
Service was held at the family residence at 1
o’clock this afternoon and the remains were taken to Jonesboro, and the
funeral will be held from his father’s residence tomorrow afternoon at 3
(John Greer married Cyndonia Meadows
on 13 Apr 1847, in Union Co., Ill.
Harry Grear married Lizzie Reese on 5 Sep 1877, in
Union Co., Ill. His marker in
Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Harry
Grear Born May 2, 1856 Died July 9, 1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Patrick Clancy, one of Cairo’s pioneer
citizens, died Sunday morning shortly after 5 o’clock at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Ira Parker, of 2710 Poplar Street. Death was due
to general debility.
He was married to Miss Mary Burke shortly after coming to Cairo and ten children were born to them, five of whom are now living.
Deceased is survived by one brother, Col. John Clancy; two sons, Mr. Michael L. Clancy and Mr. Ed. J. Clancy, and three daughters, Mrs. J. P. Hogan, Mrs. James G. Cowell, and Mrs. Ira Parker, all of this city. He was also an uncle of Dr. R. E. Clancy.
The funeral was held this afternoon from St. Joseph’s Church and the remains taken to Villa Ridge for interment.
The deceased assisted in building the Illinois Central Railroad and was a resident of Cairo when the first train pulled into the city.
(Patrick Clancy married Mary Burk on
31 Jan 1854, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Ira O. Parker married Katie R. Clancy on 10 Jan 1900,
in Alexander Co., Ill. John P.
Hogan married Nellie A. Clancy on 9 Sep 1884, in Alexander
Co., Ill. John G. Cowell
married Jane B. Clancy on 22 Apr 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. George Schoembs died Saturday evening at her home, 2035 Walnut Street, after a lingering illness. She had suffered from a cancer for about a year and an operation was necessary which failed to permanently remove the growth. She had been gradually sinking and took to her bed about two weeks ago.
Mrs. Schoembs was born in St. Louis where she married Mr. Schoembs in September 1888. She is survived by her husband, a son, Arthur, aged 12 years, three sisters, Mrs. Fred Boede, of Cairo, Mrs. E. Kusman, and Mrs. John Lambert, of St. Louis, and two brothers, John Zimmerman and George Stamps, of St. Louis.
The deceased was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the Catholic Knights and Ladies of America.
The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge
reads: Rosa F. Schoembs
Mrs. James Hawkins desires to express her
thanks and appreciation for the kindness bestowed upon herself and children
during their late bereavement, especially to the I. C. employees A. O. U. W.
lodge and neighbors.
Harry Bagby, son of Matt Bagby, of Olmstead, met his death last night while driving home from this city, where he had been on business and trading.
He was almost home, being only a few miles west of Olmsted, when the storm came up.
The heavy downpour of rain caused the creek near Olmstead to swell, and in crossing this, the wheels of his wagon went down and the coupling broke.
The bed of the wagon sank in the mad waters and was carried down stream, and Bagby was drowned before he could get out.
The mules with the rest of the wagon were uninjured.
The wagon was heavily loaded with provisions and it is thought caused the wheels to sink in the water.
His little nine-year-old boy, Ney, who was with him, managed to climb into a tree, where he remained all night and escaped harm.
Mr. Bagby was about 36 years of age and leaves a wife and several children.
The accident is a sad one and the wife and children are nearly prostrated with grief.
The deceased’s father, Matt Bagby, is a
member of Safford Lodge I.O. O. F. of this city.
(Matthew T. Bagby married Anna C. Ayers
on 1 Aug 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The grand jury found indictments this morning as follows:
John Waugh, murder; trial set for Friday at 9
a.m. Attorneys for defense M. S. Gilbert, Reed Green.
George Dennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Dennis, of 1807 Washington Avenue, died this morning at 9 o’clock after a lingering illness, caused by a complication of diseases.
The deceased was born on July 18, 1882, and would
have been 22 years of age next Monday.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at the house with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(Amos C. Dennis married Kate G. Harte
on 22 Oct 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.
The case of John Waugh, charged with murder,
was continued until the next term of court.
Mrs. D. Langsdon, mother of Mrs. Fred D. Nellis, died this morning at 9:50 o’clock, at the home of her daughter on Center Street.
The deceased had been in poor health for about four months, suffering with asthma.
Mrs. Langsdon was born on July 26, 1842, at
Philadelphia. She is survived by
her husband, three brothers and six children, three boys and three girls.
They are Mrs. G. C. Searight of Denver, Col., Mrs. Minnie Butler
of Eldorado, Ill., Mrs. Fred D. Nellis, of this city, and B. A.
Langsdon, of Chicago, C. C. Langsdon of St. Louis and Fred
Langsdon of Jonesboro, Ark., all of whom, except the latter, are here.
The funeral will probably be held on Sunday morning with interment at Beech
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Doris Helm Born March 18, 1904 Died July 15, 1904.—Darrel
Thebes, Ill., July 16.—Harvey Pettit, a saloonkeeper, was shot by Clarence Irvine last night and lies in a dying condition.
Irvine and Pettit had a quarrel two or three hours before the shooting occurred.
Irvine went up in town and procured a gun, then he slipped around the house and shot Pettit.
The latter had refused to sell Irvine a drink on credit, and this is thought to be the cause of the crime.
Pettit lies in a dying condition at his home, and the doctors say there is no chance for him to recover.
(The 26 Jul 1904, issue gives his name as John
Petit. John Pettit
married Amelia Brinkman on 12 May 1881, in Randolph Co., Ill.
His marker in Old Thebes Cemetery reads:
John Petitt Born April 8, 1860 Died July 18, 1904 Aged 44
Yrs., 3 Mos., & 10 Ds.
Cornwall, England, July 20.—Mrs. Florence Maybrick is now free, after having been a prisoner for more than a score of years, charged with the crime of killing her husband.
She left here this morning on her way to France.
Mrs. Maybrick is a relative of the
Holbrooks, former residents of Cairo.
The many friends in this city of Emmett Dowling will regret very much to learn that he is in a precarious condition at Humboldt, Tenn., and is not expected to live.
Mr. Dowling was taken to Humboldt a few weeks ago. He had been suffering from an illness for several months and was taken to Humboldt with the hope that his health might be benefited.
His brother, Herman, left today for Humboldt to be
at his bedside.
(J. H. Earl married Mrs. P. C. Clawson
on 12 Sep 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Emmett Dowling died last night at 12 o’clock at the home of his mother at Humboldt, Tenn., after a lingering illness of several months caused by a tumorous growth on his right shoulder and arm, which gradually spread covering a portion of his neck.
Over a year ago the deceased, in company with several young people was returning in a hack from a pleasure trip to the country when an accident occurred and his right shoulder or arm was badly bruised. Mr. Dowling paid little attention to the injury and it apparently disappeared when suddenly a growth commenced which the physicians were unable to check. Operations were performed and Mrs. Dowling went to Colorado and Mexico hoping to benefit his health, but gained little benefit, the growth continuing and finally developing into tuberculosis of the throat. He returned to Cairo and made trips to St. Louis and Chicago, consulting the best physicians, but they have him no hope and he became resigned to his fate.
Knowing that death was near, he frequently spoke of
the end and expressed himself as being ready to die. For weeks he
remained at the home of his sister, Mrs. Annia McCallum, 410 Fourth
Street, but desiring the quiet atmosphere of his birthplace, he was removed
a few weeks ago to Humboldt, Tenn.
The many friends in this city of Mr. Dowling
extended their sympathy to his relatives during their bereavement.
Charles Fox, of East Prairie, attempted to
get off the Cotton Belt train at Whiting this morning and his head struck
against the timbers of the trestle over which the train was passing and he
was instantly killed. His head was split open as if by an ax. The body was
picked up and taken back on the train to East Prairie. Whiting is only
a mile from East Prairie and Fox boarded the train to ride that
distance and then fearing that the train would not stop, attempted to jump
off. He was about 19 years of age.
The report reached here today of a homicide at East Cairo last evening about 4 o’clock, when Andy Kimmons, aged 11 years, shot and instantly killed John McMurray, his playmate, while engaged in playing soldiers.
The boys hearing their parents speak of the Japanese-Russian War, were fighting some of the battles they had heard them talk about in boyish fashion.
Kimmons had a 22-caliber rifle while McMurray was playing with an old musket. The former was loaded but the latte was empty.
The boys had been pointing the weapons at each other
and then falling as if shot and killed.
It is probable that the boys were unaware that the gun was loaded.
Young Kimmons is a son of Joe Kimmons of East Cairo, while McMurry is a son of a section hand residing there.
The case is a particularly sad one from the
Charles R. Arter, Jr., died at the home of his parents, No. 313 Eighth Street Friday evening at 5 o’clock, of consumption.
The deceased had been in very poor health for the past nine months. Had he lived until next Friday he would have been 29 years of age. He was a bright young man, and quick to learn, so that he had no trouble in securing good positions. His last employment until poor health made him give up work, was with the Andrew Lohr Bottling Company.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev. Porter, of the Cairo Baptist Church, and the remains will be taken to Villa Ridge cemetery on a special train for interment.
The train will leave the foot of Eight Street at
Herman Roby, the oldest resident of Massac County, and the grandfather of Mrs. Harry Morehead of this city, died yesterday at this home in Metropolis, at the age of 96 years.
He had been active until about three years ago, when he lost his eyesight and since then has been failing in health.
He was taken to his bed last Monday.
His wife died several years ago, but he is survived by four children, the youngest being 59 years old.
Mr. and Mrs. Morehead will attend the
funeral, which will be held tomorrow afternoon at 22 o’clock.
Two negroes became engaged in a quarrel last night on upper Poplar street over a dusky maiden when Bob Miller shot Amos Gibson.
Amos Gibson with his brother, John Gibson, had come down from Mounds to attend Rev. Knowles’ revival meetings and was walking home with his friend when Miller appeared on the scene in a fit of jealousy.
Gibson is in St. Mary’s Infirmary with an ugly wound in his abdomen. An operation was performed on him this afternoon. He is expected to die.
Miller escaped and nothing has since been
heard from him.
Two colored men, brothers-in-law, living at Willard,
got into with each other over family matters, and resorted to the use of
edged tools. As a result, one of them, Charles Roberts was so
badly cut about the face and neck that his recovery is doubtful. Dr.
Lawrence sewed up the rents, but it was so long before he was called
that Roberts was nearly dead from loss of blood. Jackson
claims self defense.
Willie Harold, the two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Butler, of Villa Ridge, died last Friday and the remains were buried at Villa Ridge cemetery Saturday. The funeral, which was largely attended, was conducted by Rev. Fidler, pastor of the Methodist church.
(A marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Harold Butler 1902-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
George P. DeGelder died at his home at Beech Ridge Monday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock of acute stomach trouble.
He had been ill for several months and had sought relief at West Baden, but received only temporary benefit and for two weeks prior to his death he was confined to his bed.
Mr. DeGelder would have been 56 years of age on next October. He came to Alexander County in 1865, and after a year spent in Cairo, removed to the arm at Beech Ridge, where he spent the balance of his life.
Besides his farming interest there, Mr. DeGelder conducted a general store, and for fifteen or sixteen years prior to his death was postmaster.
He leaves a widow and three children, two girls and a boy, besides his mother, two sisters, Miss Minnie DeGelder, and Mrs. Van Vark, the latter of Pella, Ia., and one brother, Peter A. DeGelder, also living at Beech Ridge. He was also a brother of the late Mrs. George F. Ort.
Mr. DeGelder was one of the best citizens of the county. He was a man of sterling integrity. Quiet in his manner, he went ahead tending strictly to his own affairs. But he could always be relied upon implicitly.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon by Rev. T. J. Porter, of the Cairo Baptist Church. The funeral train will leave the Illinois Central depot to take the friends of the family to the cemetery. Running out on the Olive Branch line to Cache, it will meet the family with the remains and the train will then return to Beech Grove Cemetery where the interment will be made.
(George P. DeGelder married Minnie B.
Zonne on 22 Apr 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
To the kind friends who ministered to us during the
illness and at the death of our son and brother, Charles Arter, Jr.,
we desire to extend our grateful and heartfelt thanks. It is our prayer that
they may long be spared the affliction which ahs been ours.
Edwin O. Caswell, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs.
Eli Caswell, died at Skagway, Alaska, last Thursday morning of
Bright’s disease. The deceased was 35 years of age. He went to
Skagway six years ago and has been conducting a telephone system. The
remains are now en route to Villa Ridge, where they will probably
arrive next Sunday, when the interment will be held. Cairo friends
will be advised more fully of the funeral. Mr. Caswell was an
Elk and also a member of the Arctic Brotherhood.
DIED—Monday, Aug. 8, 1904, George P. DeGelder, at his home at Beech Ridge, Ill.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Wednesday)
afternoon. The funeral train will leave the Illinois Central depot at
1:45 o’clock p.m., going to Cache station, where the family and remains will
be met. The train will then proceed to Beech Grove cemetery, where the
interment will be held. Friends of the family ate intuited to attend.
Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F. will hold a meeting
tonight at their hall to arrange for the burial of their deceased brother,
L. E. Falconer.
Passed Away This Morning after an Illness of Several Weeks of Typhoid Pneumonia.
William Madison, one of the Cairo police force, died at 9:15 this morning, at his home on Fourteenth Street, after an illness of five weeks’ duration. His death was the result of typhoid pneumonia. The deceased was 50 years of age and leaves and widow and three children. Funeral services will be conducted Friday by Rev. Sides of the A. M. E. church and the remains will be buried at Villa Ridge.
William Madison was one of the best-known
colored men in Cairo. Before he was appointed on the police force by Mayor
Winter he held the position of janitor at the courthouse.
L. E. Falconer, the well known undertaker, passed away very suddenly at his home on Sixth Street last night about 7 o’clock.
The deceased had complained of feeling ill during
the afternoon, but his death was not expected.
When asked the direct cause of Mr. Falconer’s death, Dr. Bondurant stated to the Citizen this morning that it was caused by alcoholism. Dr. Bondurant further stated that he had been told by Mrs. Falconer that her husband said he had taken some embalming fluid which continued wood alcohol, but it is not known whether he really did or not.
Mr. Falconer was 51 years old on August 5th, and has been a resident of Cairo for nineteen years, coming to Cairo in 1885, when he engaged in the undertaking business.
The deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Miss Virginia, aged 17 years, and Miss Mary, aged 14 years. Miss Virginia was visiting the World’s Fair and the sad news of her father’s death was telegraphed to her last night. She arrived home today.
Mr. Falconer was also survived by one sister, Mrs. Kate Storm, of Boonsboro, Md.
The deceased was well known in Cairo and vicinity and was a member of the Masonic, Modern Woodmen and Alexander Lodge, I. O. O. F.
The funeral services will be held here tomorrow with interment at Louisville, Ky.
Mr. Falconer at one time studied for the
priesthood, but later gave up the idea and entered into the undertaking
By Gov. Yates for the Arrest and Conviction of Will Cross the Wetaug Murderer.
Springfield, Ill., Aug.11—Gov. Yates issued a
proclamation today offering a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction
of Will Cross, colored, who it is alleged shot and killed Chris
Matthis, also colored, on the night of July 23, 1904, at Wetaug, Pulaski
Sheriff Roche has returned from Cobden where
he went to identify a man arrested there who was thought to be Clarence
Irvin, who is charged with the killing of John Petit at Thebes.
The sheriff did not bring back his man, but he says he thinks Irvin
is in that locality.
(William S. Gassaway married Ida Leota
Wilson on 2 Nov 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(H. T. Melton married Mary J. Collins
on 21 Mar 1891, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The remains of Thurston W. Burnell were recovered at 10 o’clock this morning. Word to that effect was received at the boat store at noon today. A raft had to be constructed before the body was secured. Diver Charley Hill worked at the task from the time he went over last evening, and this morning he feared that his efforts going to be unsuccessful.
William Burnell, father of the deceased, arrived from Memphis this afternoon. He was met at the station by J. B. Warner, of the boat store and a delegation from Ascalon lodge No. 51 Knights of Pythias. Arrangements for taking care of the remains were made as soon as the members of the lodge could confer with the father. A delegation was sent over on the Iron Mountain train with an undertaker to take charge of the remains and bring them over to Cairo. It is the intention, if they arrive in time, to have the remains taken to Memphis tonight.
A justice of the peace went out from Bird’s Point this afternoon to view the remains. Whether an inquest would be required was not known here.
“Tom” Burnell as he was called, has one brother who is now in South Africa. The two boys are the only children. Their mother died a dozen years ago and the elder Burnell married again. Mr. Burnell, Sr., was quite overcome by the tragic death of his son. He is an invalid, and the sudden announcement of his son’s death was a great blow to him.
Thurston W. Burnell, known to many as Tom Burnell, was drowned yesterday afternoon in Brewer’s Lake shortly after 4 o’clock.
Burnell in company with I. A. Andrews, Robert Lewis, Henry Halliday and Charles Gilhofer, had gone down the river on a several days’ camping expedition and were enjoying themselves, swimming, hunting and fishing.
Yesterday afternoon they were in bathing and had a light skiff or “dug out” on which they were hanging and splashing in the water. (The report that they were in the boat is contradicted.) Burnell asked his friends not to rock the boat, so as he could not swim, if he should lose his hold.
The boys asked him if he wasn’t able to hang on, but Burnell again implored them to stop rocking the boat and splashing the water.
Hardly had he asked them to stop the second time, he lost his grip on the boat and sank in the water.
One of the boys made heroic efforts to save him, and
in doing so, was nearly drowned himself.
The deceased had resided in Cairo for several years and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Resch on Eleventh Street.
He was 22 years of age and just recently joined the
Ascalon Lodge No. 51, Knights of Pythias.
The deceased had been employed at the boat store for
James Wilson, an employee of the Singer factory, fell head first into a vat of boiling water this afternoon.
He was rescued almost immediately, but was horribly burned and is now under treatment of Dr. Clark at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
Wilson was filling the tank with wooden blocks. One of them did not roll straight and he attempted to straighten it. He used for the purpose a short hook and had to lean over the tank in doing so. Losing his balance, he pitched headlong into the boiling water. George Liggins, another employee, rescued him almost immediately.
Wilson lives on Cedar Street. He is a small light colored negro, and served in the company, which went to Cuba. He has a family and is about 35 years old. The men at the factory have been repeatedly cautioned not to use the short hooks in guiding the blocks into the tanks. Long hooks are provided, and Wilson had been warned of the danger of using the short hook. His terrible injury is the result of his own carelessness.
When asked about the man’s condition, Dr. Clarke
stated to The Citizen that it would be a close shave for him to
recover, and that he would probably die.
James Wilson, the negro who was scalded yesterday afternoon at the Singer factory, by falling head first into a vat of boiling water, died from his injuries last night.
He resided at 1505 Cedar Street and leaves a family.
The late Thurston W. Burnell had a policy for
$1,000 on his life in the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.
The application was made on Aug. 15th. The policy was in
force at 1 o’clock on Wednesday, the 18th, and as he was drowned
at 4 o’clock on the same date it was in force three hours before his death
and his estate will get the money. The policy, however, did not arrive
in Cairo until today.
Died—Harry Clyde Metzger, born February 8,
1885, died August 21,1904. Services at Church or the Redeemer at 1:30
Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 1904. Funeral train leaves Sixth Street at
2:30 for Villa Ridge cemetery. Funeral will leave residence at 1
It was with the greatest of sorrow that the many friends of Clyde Metzger, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt C. Metzger, learned the sad news of his sudden death Sunday, which had occurred early Sunday morning.
The young man had been in the bests of spirits Saturday night, joking and seemingly in the best of health. He was employed in his father’s drug store, 1915 Washington Avenue, and had worked Saturday night until about 10 o’clock, when he closed the store as usual and went to his home next door and retired.
Before getting into bed he took a hot water bath. His bed was near a window and the cool night air blew over him as he fell asleep. It was first thought that this caused a congestive chill, but the doctors believe that his death was due to heart trouble, to which the deceased had been afflicted. It is also thought his heart was weakened by the young man’s rapid growth.
It was the custom for Clyde on Sunday morning to help his brother Arthur carry papers and when Arthur went to awaken Clyde, about 4:45 o’clock, he could not rouse him or get him to move. He felt of his hands and they felt cold. Becoming alarmed, and fearing that his brother was dead, Arthur hastened to his parents’ room and they hurried to their son’s bedside. They found him to be dead. Drs. Bondurant and Walsh were called and stated that from appearances he had been dead for some time.
The deceased’s body lay in peaceful repose and death
came with apparently no pain or suffering.
Clyde was a member of the graduating class of 1902 and immediately after graduating went to Chicago where he studied in the pharmaceutical department at Northwestern University, where he graduated in December 1903.
The deceased was recently elected president of the newly established order the Coming Men of America.
He had marked business ability and had many ideas which he intended to put into execution into the future, in the up building of his father’s business, in which he took a great interest. He was 19 years of age on February 8th, and it was his intention when 21 to take the examination for a full registered pharmacist.
Besides his parents, the deceased is survived by two
brothers, Arthur, aged 17, and LeRoy, aged 7.
(Matthew C. Metzger married Augusta L.
Schuh on 23 Apr 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.
His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
H. Clyde Metzger Born Feb. 8, 1885 Died Aug. 21, 1904.—Darrel
The remains of Clyde Metzger were laid to
rest this afternoon in Villa Ridge cemetery.
The funeral was largely attended by the many friends of the young man and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful, among them being a beautiful wreath from the C. M. A. of which the deceased was president, with the letters, C. M. A. upon it; another beautiful piece from the class of the Cairo high school of 1902, of which the deceased was a member; a beautiful floral harp from the families of Mr. J. D. Ladd, Mr. B. McManus, Jr., and Mrs. Thomas Gannon, besides many other beautiful pieces.
The pallbearers were classmates and friends of the deceased.
They were Albert Nelson, Otto Lee,
August Bode, Frank Milne, Harry Becker, Paul
Clendenen, Phillips Redman, Charles Waggener, Oris
Hastings, Flint Bondurant, Monte Sadler and Myron
Sam Higgerson, night porter for the Illinois Central railroad, was seriously and probably fatally stabbed last night by an unknown white man.
The affair occurred in the ladies’ waiting room of the depot, while Higgerson was discharging his duties.
The man was raising some annoyance and the porter ordered him out, when the man took a knife from his pocket and attacked Higgerson.
The latter received a cut across the left wrist and
an ugly gash in the breast. He bled considerably.
He is described as a short, heavyset man.
Higgerson was said to be a quiet, peaceable negro, and formerly worked at the American Express office.
Dr. Bondurant attended him and says his wounds will probably result fatally.
Dr. Bondurant stated this afternoon that
Higgerson was still unconscious. His most serious cut is in the lung
cavity, the knife severing one of the ribs. There were numerous other
(George W. Morris married Edith Whitcamp
on 14 Feb 1898, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Helen Morris Born March 24, 1904 Died Aug. 26, 1905.—Darrel
A head-end collision on the Mobile & Ohio railroad yesterday afternoon near Murphysboro caused the death of Engineer J. J. Frizzell, one of the oldest engineers in point of service on the road. No one else was seriously injured.
Engine No. 125 in charge of Engineer Frizzell, of East St. Louis, and Fireman E. J. McEvelly, of Murphysboro, and engine No. 52 with Engineer W. O’Connell, of Cairo, and Fireman, C. J. Miller, of Murphysboro, were double heading a northbound freight train from Murphysboro, in charge of Conductor Wheeler, of this city. When a few miles north of Murphysboro, near Oraville, the engines collided with Engine No. 185 on the main track. The engines were badly wrecked and Engineer Frizzell killed almost instantly.
He was formerly on the passenger run but was put on freight about three years ago. He was very well known and quite popular.
Engineer Will O’Connell resides on west Sixteenth Street, this city, and Conductor Wheeler on upper Walnut Street. They were not injured.
The cause of the wreck could not be learned but was,
it is understood, due to a misunderstanding in train orders
Elmer Kennedy, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Kennedy, of 1008 Poplar Street, died last evening about 6:30 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary, where he had been confined for several weeks with typhoid fever.
The deceased was 37 years of age, and was well known in this city. He had a wide circle of friends who with much regret learned of the sad news of his death.
The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Kennedy, two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Johnson and Mrs. Maude Bently, and one brother, Lester Kennedy.
The remains were taken to Villa Ridge this afternoon on the 5:15 train, that place being his old home. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Methodist Church, Rev. T. J. Porter, pastor of the Cairo Baptist church of this city, officiating. The remains will be interred in Villa Ridge cemetery.
(David B. Kennedy married Louisa M.
Greaddy on 28 Aug 1862, in Union Co., Ill.
C. Bentley married Maud Kennedy on 22 Oct 1890, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. His marker in
Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Elmer B. Kennedy 1862-1904 Brother.—Darrel Dexter)
Coroner James McManus was called to Tamms
last evening to hold an inquest over the remains of Alexander Thomas,
a negro of that place, who died of exhaustion from chopping wood in a grove
near his home. His death was due to heart failure. He was about
50 years old.
Mrs. Egbert Kerth died at 6 o’clock this morning at her home in Anna. Her death came very suddenly. Yesterday, Mrs. T. J. Kerth went to Anna and Mr. Kerth went up today. Paul Kerth and W. J. Johnson, Mr. Kerth’s partner in the Anna store, will go tomorrow.
The death of Mrs. Kerth was a great surprise to her friends here. What funeral arrangements will be made were not known this afternoon.
(Egbert G. Kerth married Minnie Sifford
on 15 Nov 1894, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John C. DeWitt married Luedella Shaddrick
on 8 Sep 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.
Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Elsie DeWitt Born Feb. 23, 1884 Died Aug. 31, 1904.—Darrel
(Walter W. Whitaker married Mary S. Thomas
on 7 Nov 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joseph G. Steger married Fannie Schlamer
on 2 Apr 1877, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Labor Day saw one death. John H. Schroff,
of Anniston, Mo., a former resident of this city, dropped dead yesterday
afternoon at the residence of Mr. P. I. Nassauer, 2701 Washington
The deceased was about 40 years of age and is survived by his wife, two children and his parents, all of whom reside at Anniston.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.
The remains will be taken to Charleston and thence to Anniston. Mr. M.
E. Feith had charge of the remains here.
The local order of Ben Hur has lost its first member by death. Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers, of Spokane Wash., formerly a resident of this city, and the mother of Mrs. E. E. Gordon, died on June last and the life insurance policy for $1,200 was recently paid. The deceased’s name before marriage was Allen, and some may remember her better by that name.
She was a member of the local court of Ben Hur.
Alto Pass, Ill., Sept. 14.—Arthur Gates has just received notice of the death of his brother, Marshall Gates, in Central America, resulting from the bite of a snake. He was about 30 years old and single, a native of Gallatin County and resided here several years previous to his departure for Central America a few years ago to engage in coffee growing. He had planned to return here within a few weeks.
His death occurred about 12 days ago. His older brother, W. B. Gates, a wealthy mine owner in Mexico, first received the word six days afterwards and wrote such meager particulars as had been given him to Arthur Gates, of this city, adding that their brother had been given a decent burial at the place of his death if there could be such a thing as a decent burial in the God-forsaken country.
Marshall Gates was an exceptionally bright
young man, well educated and well liked by his numerous friends in Southern
Dennis Coleman, an old resident
of Cairo, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 2 o’clock this afternoon, after an
illness there of a couple of weeks. The deceased was nearly 80 years of age
and came to Cairo in the later 50s. He leaves three children, Mrs. M. E.
Feith, Mrs. John T. Watkins, and John Coleman.
(H. G. “Ray” Yoacum married Mary
Alice Ulen on 23 Feb 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Frederick Green Ulen married Rebecca J. Nally on 30 Oct
1853, probably in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Dennis Coleman, Father of Mrs. M. E. Feith, Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon.
Another of Cairo’s old citizens has passed away. Dennis Coleman, the father of Mrs. M. E. Feith, passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Mary’s Infirmary at the age of 80 years.
The deceased had been ill for some time and while his death was unexpected it came as a surprise yesterday, as he had seemed much better then usual.
Mr. Coleman had lived in Cairo for forty-six years and came from Ireland to the United States when quite young.
The deceased is survived by three children, Mrs. M. E. Feith and John Coleman, of this city, and Mrs. John Watkins, of Mt. Carmel, who is here.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
(William Feith married Mary E.
Coleman on 21 Oct 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Williamsburg, Ky., Sept. 17.—After
being out forty-eight minutes the jury today imposed the death sentence on
Floyd Hilton, who murdered the Bray brothers at Hellico on
Charles Hill, the well-known diver, died very suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home on Ninth Street, after an illness of only a few days.
He had been suffering the past week with malaria fever, but was able to be about the house. He was taken suddenly ill in the afternoon and died about 5 o’clock. Death was due to apoplexy and hemorrhage of the brain.
The deceased was 38 years of age and had lived in this city nearly all his life. He was a diver by trade having learned the business from his father, the late Hiram Hill.
The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Caroline Hill, and his sister Miss Maggie Hill. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge.
The funeral services will be held at
the residence tomorrow afternoon with interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
The trial of Eli Bugg, a colored man, terminated Saturday afternoon ____ with a verdict of guilty, punishment fixed at death.
Bugg was charged with being accessory to the murder of Chris Mathis, a colored man, who was murdered by Will Cross, at Wetaug on the 29th day of July, 1904, Cross not yet having been captured. It was established in the course of the trial that Bugg urged Cross to kill Mathis after the two last named had settled the difficulty between them.
The trouble was the outcome of drinking and gambling.
Bugg was sent to the penitentiary several years ago charged with the murder of Mr. Arnold, and was pardoned by Gov. Yates, about two years ago.
The prosecution was ably conducted by State’s Attorney George W. Martin, and the defense was vigorously presented by Attorneys Hood & Hood.
Motion for a new trial will be heard Monday, September 26th.
The jury was out about six hours.
The verdict is generally accepted as just finding.
The following representative citizens
composed the jury: M. M. Avant, S. B. Wood, William Edwards,
O. T. Judge, Elihu Snyder, Adam Bourland, Will
Keeler, W. F. Gill, R. N. Kelly, Matt Davidge, J.
C. Littell, Will Tapley.
The Hicks v. the Illinois
Central Railroad Company trial for $5,000 damages on account of the death of
Mr. Hicks, a car repairer at Mounds, terminated Friday morning,
giving the complainants $2,750, whereupon the attorneys for the company made
application for a new trial.—Mound
George Zook, car inspector for the Big Four Railroad, was shot Sunday night by an unknown party and lies in St. Mary’s Infirmary in a precarious condition.
When asked about his condition, Dr. Bondurant, who is attending him stated to The Citizen that the wound may prove fatal and again it may not. He stated that Zook was shot about two inches to the right of the navel and that the bullet passed through the abdominal cavity and lodged about twelve inches to the left of where it entered. It did not penetrate the bowels, however. The bullet has been extracted.
Zook made a statement to Dr. Bondurant to the effect that a man whom Zook said he thought was a negro, came up to him and said, “I’ve got you now,” or words to that effect. Zook said that he was standing by a car at the Big Four crossing near Washington Avenue when the affair occurred. He did not mention any woman’s name to Dr. Bondurant, but it is reported that there is a woman in the case.
After the shooting, Zook made his way to Myer’s Saloon on Ohio near Second Street, where his brother, Isaac Zook, is employed as night bartender. It was here that Dr. Bondurant was called and later had his patient taken to the infirmary.
The story learned from the police is that Zook in company with a woman, whose name is said to be Minnie Lasater, was walking along by the car when a man approached and shot Zook. The latter claims that he was a negro, but it is understood that the woman claims that he was a white man. The unknown man is said to have asked Zook what he was meddling with his affairs for and Zook replied that he was not, whereupon Zook was shot.
Zook is reported very low this
George Zook Who Was Mysteriously Shot Sunday Night Is Dead.—Minnie Lasater Locked Up.
George Zook, who was mysteriously shot Sunday night, died from his wound Monday night about 8 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
Zook made no statement before death that would solve the mystery, but it is thought he knew more than he told.
Minnie Lasater, the woman whose
name was mentioned in the case, has been arrested and placed in jail. It is
thought that she may be induced to make a statement that will throw some
light on the situation.
The jury selected by Coroner McManus viewed the remains today of George Zook, who was mysteriously shot Sunday night and who died from his wound Monday night, but rendered no verdict and may not until several days.
The woman, Minnie Lasater, who was arrested, is being closely questioned and has made some statements that have thrown some light upon the affair.
The jury will await further
developments, before rendering their verdict.
The funeral of Charley Hill, the diver,
was held this afternoon. Services were held at the residence on Ninth Street
by the Modern Woodmen and the remains were taken to the Villa Ridge cemetery
for interment. The pallbearers were A. Piepmer, Hammond Guenter,
Louis Frank, Will Hock, A. Goodman and R. A. Julian.
Trenton, Ill., Sept. 20.—William R.
Gudersohn, a farmer, shot and killed his wife last night, fired
ineffectually at his daughter and then shot himself.
There was no development in the Zook
case today. The woman, Minnie Lasater, who was with Zook at
the time he was shot, is being sweated with the hopes of learning something
new in the case. The police are doing their best to solve the mystery.
H. E. Cruse, died at Elco last Friday of pneumonia, and the remains were buried Saturday afternoon in St. John’s Cemetery. Mr. Cruse owned part of the old Alf. Cauble farm near Elco. He was 30 years of age and leaves a wife and one child. He was a good citizen, respected by all who knew him.
(Earnest H. Cruse married
Almedia Dillow on 7 Feb 1894, in Union Co., Ill.
Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery reads:
Almeda wife of H. E. Cruse Born June 15, 1873 Died Nov. 21,
1899. His marker in St. John’s
Cemetery reads: Harrison E. Cruse Born Oct. 26, 1869 Died Sept. 15,
1904. Effie F. Cruse Born
Aug. 20, 1876 Died Jan. 11, 1928.—Darrel Dexter)
Carlisle, Ky., Sept. 21.—William
Desha, who murdered Walter Harris some time ago, died in the
county jail last night from poison self administered.
Friday, 23 Sep 1904:
Robinson, Ill., Sept. 23.—Tim Barrack, aged 10 years, committed
suicide because his mother refused to take him with her to pick grapes in a
nearby pasture. He used a shotgun, pulling the trigger with string attached
to his toe. His head was frightfully mangled.
A terrible accident happened Sunday night near the Mobile & Ohio round house in which two men, strangers in Cairo, were killed.
About 6:15 o’clock, when switch engine No. 91, in charge of Engineer Gunsher and Fireman Dezonia was leaving the round house, it struck two men who were on the track and killed them instantly. The affair is a strange one and no one seems to know just how the men were killed.
Engineer Gunsher, when seen by The Citizen this morning, made the following statement: “It was about 6:15 o’clock. I was a little late and was leaving the switch track by the water tank near the round house. Fireman Dezonia was with me. I did not know that we ran over anyone at all, but when we reached the yards we were told that two men had been killed at the roundhouse. We went back and found the men lying on the track horribly mangled and mutilated.”
When asked whether or not he felt any jar or any sliding of the engine when he struck the men, Mr. Gunsher replied that he had not, nor did he see anyone on the track. Mr. Gunsher stated that he was backing down a freight train was going out and it is possible that the noise made by this train deadened the sounds of the men’s cries, if they made any at all. However, judging from the horrible manner in which the men were mutilated, it would seem that running over them would cause some jar or noticeable motion to those in the engine.
One man had his head completely severed from his body and the remains of it were picked up in a handkerchief. He also received other injuries about the shoulders and body. The other man was caught in the abdominal region and his legs simply twisted and torn from his body, exposing his intestines. His ankles and feet were also terribly bruised. The engine was not running fast when the accident occurred. Mr. Gunsher said that it was running at a gait that a man can walk.
The men are supposed to be Clem Staght and Charles Adamson. The former carried a traveling card issued from Union No 51, Iron Moulders Union of Evansville, Ind., and his dues were paid up to September 17th. He had evidently left that city only a few days ago. His face and head were so badly mutilated that his age could not be determined. Charles Adamson was in the neighborhood of 35 or 40 years of age and wore a smooth face. He was a member of the Buffalo Marine Fireman’s Benevolent Association of the Great Lakes with headquarters at Buffalo. His home is at Marville, Mich.
A copy of the Mt. Carmel Evening Register was found in one of the dead man’s pockets and it goes to show that the men were in Mr. Carmel Saturday.
The men were short of finances only a couple of pennies being found in their pockets.
An old colored woman living near the roundhouse claims that she saw the accident, but did not know what engine it was that struck them.
The inquest over the remains was held this morning. The following served as jurors: James Fitzgerald, Mily Axley, Herman Gander, Joseph Ediker, James Hill and Hal Sullivan.
The verdict of the jury exonerated the railroad company from all blame.
Coroner McManus received the
following dispatch from Buffalo: Charles Adamson is a suspended
member and is not entitled to benefits. No trace of relatives can be found.
Fred Whitcamp, Sr., lies unconscious at his home, 1806 Poplar Street, in a critical condition, as a result of being knocked in the head Sunday night by a negro named Charley Bradley.
The affair grew out of some trouble between Gus Lummer, who is employed at Conant & Rennie’s store at Thirty-fourth and Commercial, and Bradley, Sunday afternoon.
Both Lummer and the negro were drinking and became engaged in a quarrel. Lummer claimed that the negro had insulted him.
At about half past 6 o’clock Lummer and Fred Whitcamp were in Swoboda’s saloon at Eighteenth and Poplar Street. When they left the place, they walked west on Eighteenth to Washington and thence to Nineteenth. On reaching that street they noticed Bradley following them, accompanied by a negro named John Lattimore. Lummer was telling Whitcamp about his trouble with Bradley. When the negro reached the men, it is said Lummer made a remark about Bradley. The negro resented this, and assaulted Lummer, knocking him down. Not satisfied with this, he turned on Whitcamp, who had said nothing, and struck him with some dull instrument, without provocation on Whitcamp’s part. Bradley then made his escape, but was arrested later at his home and placed in the county jail. Lattimore was also arrested and placed in jail.
A few minutes after the affair happened
Whitcamp was picked up in an unconscious state and has remained so
since. He has an ugly wound on the right side of his head behind his ear. It
is more than probable that the blow was struck with brass knucks or some
other dull instrument. Bradley denied that he had had any such
weapons, but Dr. Walsh, who is attending Whitcamp, stated to
The Citizen today, that the injury could not have been sustained by a
mere fist blow or a fall. Dr. Walsh stated that Mr. Whitcamp
might recover, but it was doubtful from the nature of his injury.
The inquest over the remains of the late George Zook was held this morning in the city council chamber and a verdict rendered as follows:
“We, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire into the death of George Zook, on oath, do find that the deceased came to his death from bullet wound being fired from a gun held in the hands of Henry Agson, without being justified in the act, and we recommend that he be held for the crime, until the same is duly settled by law.”
The jurymen were as follows: August
Bode, Rudy Hasenjaeger, Claude Shanessy, M. Leuschen,
Herman Cander, and Joe O’Loughlin.
Minnie Lasater, the woman in the case, was the first to be examined. She told the following story: “I was walking down the Big Four track with George Zook on Sunday night, September 18th, near the Washington Avenue crossing and the gas house. I had never known Zook before and met him that night near the Big Four depot. He asked me to take a walk with him and I consented. We were walking alongside a boxcar when I saw someone walking near us, and seemingly trying to listen to what he had to say. I had Mr. Zook’s arm. The man I saw was a negro. We had not gone far when the man came and said to Zook, “___ you, you’re interfering with my business, are you?” Whereupon he pushed Zook backwards and shot him. I did not see this negro again until Monday, when he was brought before me in the jail. After the shooting, I went on and wandered around to a saloon, Myer’s I believe it is, on Ohio Street, and there I found Zook lying on the floor. I stay lately at the Kentucky House (it is more commonly known as the Farmer’s Hotel) but my home is at Poplar Springs, Tenn., where I have a husband. I have been in Cairo about two or three months.”
When asked by State’s Attorney
Wilson whether or not she ever saw the negro that shot Zook or
ever knew him, she said, “I have known him about two months and recognized
him the night of the shooting. I knew his face.”
The Lasater woman has been
sweated each day by the police in an effort get at the bottom of the story,
for they were confident that she knew more than she was inclined to tell.
They had become somewhat discouraged over the outlook, after trying
everything in their power to induce the woman to confess and make known the
truth. She was told that if she did not tell all she would be held as an
accessory to the crime. This worried her and Monday afternoon she asked for
Officer Wilson, who had pleaded with her every day. She told him of
the affair, and implicated a negro named Henry Agson, who she
recognized as the same man before the coroner’s jury this morning. She said
the reason that she had not told his name before was because she was afraid
that he might kill her.
A Mrs. Dixon, who resides on Cedar Street between Douglas and Fourteenth streets, was examined after Minnie Lasater and told the following story: “Yes, I know Minnie Lasater. I have known her about two months, but have not seen here lately until today. About two months ago I was awakened about 2 o’clock in the night by a rapping at my door, and after some hesitation, I went to see who it was, and found it to be a negro man and Minnie. He said that she was sick and wet, for it was raining and asked me if I would let her in. I did, and she stayed with me for about four days. She was a good seamstress and helped me with my sewing while she stayed with me.”
When asked if Agson, the
defendant, had ever been in her house in company with Minnie Lasater,
Mrs. Dixon replied that he had been there on several occasions with
Minnie. She contended that she had never heard much of their conversation.
Mrs. Belle Vincent, a colored
woman, was the next witness to testify and her story was as follows: “Yes, I
know Minnie Lasater. The first time that I ever saw her was at Mrs.
Dixon’s house. Minnie was there several times with this man here,
pointing at Agson. Agson asked Minnie the time that I was
there to be his sweetheart or his ‘woman’ and she replied that she would
think about it and let him know.”
Henry Agson, the defendant, was
the next to testify and told a questionable story, which seemed very
conventional at times. His story: “I have only been with Minnie Lasater
three times, and none of these times did I do anything wrong. Yes, I was
with her at Mrs. Dixon’s house. Yes, what the Vincent women
said is true. I did ask the Lasater woman to be my sweetheart and she
replied that she had a sweetheart. Well, I thought it was just as well as I
had no money to support her, but as to the shooting of Zook, I know
nothing of it. I have never been out at night since I have been in Cairo
after 10 o’clock, and I can prove this by the people with whom I stay.
Agson went on in an innocent way, as naturally he would, but made a statement that proved that he was interested in the Lasater woman. He said that the evening after the shooting of Zook, Fannie Stephens, the woman with whom he boarded on Seventeenth Street, was reading the account of the affair and that he had inquired about the Lasater woman. Agson no doubt did not think what he was saying when he made this attempt. He seemed nervous at the inquest, and when taken down in the patrol wagon from the county jail, in company with Chief Ben Price and a Citizen representative, he kept talking about how good his record had been.
Agson has been in Cairo for several months and came here from Fulton, Ky.
Another incident that points strongly
to the guilt of Agson, is the statement made by Zook before
his death: “I think it was a negro that shot me.”
The statement made by Minnie Lasater,
at the time, that she thought it was a white man that shot Zook, is
in accordance with her statement before the coroner’s jury, and Officer
Wilson that the reason that she had not told the truth was because she
was afraid Agson might kill here.
According to the statement made to
Officer Wilson by Minnie Lasater, she had once lived in good
circumstances and had been born of wealthy and well-to-do parents. She
married a wealthy doctor and had always enjoyed life and the best of
society. She has always had plenty of servants and never had to do any hard
work. A short time ago, however, she caught her husband in intimate
relations with one of the female servants and of course a quarrel followed.
She seeked revenge, and also compromised herself with one of the negro male
servants. The family ties were then broken and she left her home to lead a
life of shame and crime. That she had finally drifted to Cairo and had
received attention from colored as well as white man. She stated that
Agson had paid her some attention and had asked her to be his
sweetheart. And now she is an eye witness to the murder of George Zook,
who was a car inspector for the Big Four railroad and who was shot in the
night of Sunday, September 18th, and died from his wounds the
The Carbondale Free Press contained the following account of the death of Miss Arista Burton, a former teacher in the Cairo schools.
The news has just reached here of the death in Colorado Springs, Colo., September 23, of Miss Arista Burton. The disease was typhoid fever and its duration four weeks.
Charles Burton, Miss Burton’s father, came to Carbondale from Johnson County and bought the property now occupied by Dr. John Keesee, in this city. Miss Burton entered the normal university as a student in 1874 and graduated in 1877.
After graduating she taught with unusual success in the public schools at the following places: Carbondale 1877-8, Elgin, 1879-81; Effingham, 1882-85; Mt. Vernon, 1885-87.
Miss Burton taught history in the Normal university here four years 1889 to 1893, when she went west.
She was born at Sulphur Springs, Ill.,
October 29, 1856. Her life has been one of usefulness and filled with
Christian virtues. She has a large circle of warm friends in Carbondale and
southern Illinois, who will mourn her death.
Fred Whitcamp, Sr., who was
assaulted by the negro Charles Bradley, Sunday night, is still
unconscious and in a very precarious condition. He is not expected to live.
He has been removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary where an operation was performed
Fred Whitcamp, Sr., who was knocked in the head Sunday night by Charley Bradley, a negro, died from his wound at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 11:45 o’clock this morning. Mr. Whitcamp never regained consciousness after his injury.
It will be remembered that Whitcamp in company with Gus Lummer was going home Sunday evening about 6:30 o’clock. Previous to this Lummer and the negro had quarreled, both being intoxicated at the time. Whitcamp was sober and was taking Lummer to his home. On reaching Nineteenth Street, the negro passed them and Lummer made a remark to him that angered Bradley and he struck Lummer, knocking him own. He then turned on Whitcamp and repeated the performance without the slightest provocation.
Bradley then fled but was later caught and placed in the county jail.
Mr. Whitcamp was well known in Cairo and was a butcher by trade. He served at one time on the police force. He is survived by his wife and five children, three daughters and two sons.
The coroner’s jury viewed the remains this afternoon at Mrs. Feith’s undertaking rooms and then adjourned to the courthouse where the inquest was held.
The jury was composed of the following: John Snyder, foreman; John Coleman, J. H. Mulcahy, Herbert Walters, Michael Higgins, and Hal Sullivan.
The jury reached a verdict holding Bradley responsible for the act.
Lattimore’s story to Officer Wilson was that he and Bradley came out of Swoboda’s saloon about 6:30 o’clock Sunday evening. Bradley asked Lattimore to go with him as he expected trouble. Lattimore said that at first he hesitated, saying that he had to go to the drug store, but thinking that Metzger’s would do he consented. Lattimore said that he did not strike Lummer or Whitcamp and did not try to take a hand in the trouble and Bradley bears out this statement.
Bradley’s story to Officer Wilson was that he struck Lummer, and knocked him down because Lummer had called him a vile name and said that if he had a gun, he would have killed him (Bradley). He said that Whitcamp had not said a word to him or did anything, but he struck him for fear that he might do something.
The jury considered it a cold-blooded murder and recommend that Bradley be held as the murderer.
(Frederick Whitcamp married
Maggie Krutzer on 15 Oct 1872, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Her marker in Butter Ridge Cemetery
near Ullin reads: Elizabeth
Andleton Born Oct. 20, 1854 Died Sept. 23, 1904 Aged 58 Ys., 11
Ms., & 29 Ds. With Christ
in Heaven.—Darrel Dexter)
(The 1 Oct 1904, Jonesboro Gazette
identifies his name as Walter Forbush and his slayer as Robert
“Bob” Elder.—Darrel Dexter)
Saturday, 1 Oct 1904:
Martin Ritter, aged about 40, threw himself under the rear wheels of a wagon loaded with coal at the hospital last Saturday. The wheel passed over his chest and he died within half an hour. His home was at Murphysboro. Before he was adjudged insane, he killed his sweetheart at Pinckneyville by knocking her on the head with a hammer. The girl’s relatives and friends thought the insanity plea was brought out to defeat justice, but the patient’s conduct at the hospital has removed any doubt as to his mental condition. He was melancholy at times and had previously attempted suicide.
The coal wagon was driven by Henry
Morris, of Anna, who was not aware of the patient’s intentions until it
was too late.—Anna Talk
Bereft of his reason by a severe illness, Charles Gattrell Sunday evening shot and killed two persons at O’Brien’s Landing, Mo., and injured a third. The dead are James Weaver, foreman of Bates’ camp and Alice Ward, colored woman. The tragedy occurred between 4 and 5 o’clock at Bates’ camp, of which Gattrell is the commissary clerk. After the shooting, Gattrell fled through the woods bareheaded and in his stocking feet, carrying the Winchester rifle with him with which he had committed the terrible deed. The injured person was a boy named Tdam. It is believed that he will recover.
(The name of the injured boy was
published as Tdam, but is likely a typographical error.—Darrel Dexter)
George Latham died suddenly Sunday evening at his home on Eleventh Street of neuralgia of the heart.
The deceased was 43 years of age and was employed as a bartender at R. Smyth & Company’s saloon on Ohio Street. He had been complaining of feeling ill for several days. When he went to work Sunday morning Mr. Smyth noticed that he looked badly and advised him to return home, which he did. He remained at home during the day and after he had eaten supper at night, went out on the front porch to sit, where he died suddenly and without speaking a word.
The deceased is survived by his wife
and four children, three daughters and a son. He was a member of the
Bartender’s Union, who will have charge of the remains. The funeral
will probably be held tomorrow.
Ab. S. Passmore, of Anniston, Mo., died very suddenly at Botto’s restaurant at 2 o’clock this morning of heart failure.
He was sitting at a table with some friends conversing when suddenly he fell over against the wall and died. Dr. E. E. Gordon was called and pronounced him dead from heart failure.
Coroner McManus was notified and held and inquest over the remains. The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the doctor’s testimony.
The deceased was a merchant at Anniston and also the railroad express agent there. He did most of his trading in Cairo and came here Saturday for that purpose. He seemed in perfect health and was not heard to complain of feeling ill.
The remains were taken to Mrs.
Falconer’s undertaking rooms. The deceased was a member of the
Modern Woodmen Lodge of Anniston. Messrs. Murphy and Smith
of the lodge at Anniston, came here and took the remains to Carroll, Tenn.,
this afternoon for burial.
Columbus, Ky., Oct. 5.—Charles Geitrell, who shot and killed four persons at O’Brien’s Landing, Mo., Sunday night, while, it is alleged he was in a fit of delirium caused by fever, arrived here at daylight yesterday morning and surrendered to Mayor J. S. Davis. Geitrell stated he had committed a crime but claims to know nothing about how it was done. A slightly pale look was the only indication of recent sickness.
An attempt to interview Geitrell was entirely futile, he refusing absolutely to give any account of the shooting and how he spent the time from then until he surrendered. Geitrell objected to being taken back to Missouri without a requisition.
Mayor Davis notified the sheriff of Mississippi County at Charleston, Mo., of the fugitive’s surrender. Mr. William M. Bates, of Memphis, and relatives at Horn Lake, Miss., telegraphed to young Geitrell today. He is guarded by Special Deputy John Muscovalley.
Geitrell was without arms when taken in custody and was wearing good clothes. This seems to refute the statement that he escaped in his nightdress, shoeless and hatless and with two pistols.
The sheriff at Charleston, Mo., is
expected today to take the prisoner there.
Louie Smith, an oiler at the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, was seriously if not fatally injured this morning while oiling the machinery.
He was down underneath some machinery and was struck on the side of the head by a portion of the machinery that revolved. It was several minutes after he received the injury that his fellow laborers found him, in an unconscious condition.
He was removed to St. Mary’s Infirmary, where Dr. E. E. Gordon was called and gave the man attention.
On examination it was found that his skull had been fractured and portion of the bone had to be removed.
The injured man was resting as easy as could be expected this afternoon and Dr. Gordon stated to The Citizen that there was a slight chance for his recovery.
is a single man and resides on Union Street. He is about 23 years of
Charles Bradley pleaded guilty
to murder. He is the man who assaulted Whitcamp.
(Rufus Miller married Julia Ann
Casper on 1 Nov 1854, in Johnson Co., Ill.
He married 2nd Emma Eddleman on 15 Mar 1866, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. He married 3rd
Catharine Lavina Mowery on 1 Sep 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Charles Bradley was given a life sentence in the penitentiary by Judge Butler in the circuit court this morning. Bradley had pleaded guilty to the murderous assault on Whitcamp and this morning after hearing all evidence the judge passed sentence upon him.
Mr. David B. Smith, of Jacksonville, Ill., brother of Mrs. John M. Lansden, of this city, died yesterday after an illness of several days. Mrs. Lansden was at his bedside when the end came. Hon. John M. Lansden left for Jacksonville this morning to attend the funeral.
(John M. Lansden married Effie W. Smith on 25 Sep 1867, in Morgan Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Thursday, 14 Oct 1904:
DIED FROM INJURIES.
Louis Smith, who was stuck on the head by a flywheel while oiling some machinery at the Chicago Mill several days ago, died this morning at St. Mary’s from his injuries.
ZOOK’S ASSAILANT IS ON TRIAL.
Henry Agson is on trial in the circuit court for murder. This afternoon eight jurymen had been secured as follows: Ezekiel Barnes, Unity. Miness Honey, Delta. Edward Stegmiller, Elco. C. M. Braddy, Elco. Logan Bowers, Goose Island. Alfred Huffman, Elco. Albert Turner, Unity. F. M. Hargrave, Diswood.
All but Hargrave were taken from the regular panel.
Attorney Spann, of Vienna, is assisting in the prosecution and Attorney Patterson is conducting the defense.
Silas Eastwood died in Missouri last Saturday. He leaves a wife and child. He was buried in the family graveyard at Eastwood. (Curry)
Monday, 17 Oct 1904:
AGSON SENTENCED TO THE PENITENTIARY.
The jury in the Agson murder case returned a verdict this afternoon about 4 o’clock sentencing him to the penitentiary for life.
The Agson murder case went to the jury at 2:45 o’clock this afternoon.
During the morning, witnesses were examined and then the attorneys made their arguments to the jury. It was 12:45 when Attorney Spann concluded his speech and the court took the noon recess. When court reassembled at 2 o’clock the instructions to the jury were given and then they filed out.
Wednesday, 19 Oct 1904:
Mr. Lee, a fisherman here (Olmstead), lost his 12-year-old daughter Tuesday morning from malarial fever and its complications.
Thursday, 20 Oct 1904:
SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. P. A. TAYLOR
Passed Away This Afternoon at Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. Wenger.
Readers of The Citizen will be surprised and shocked to learn that Mrs. Phoebe A. Taylor died at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wenger.
She had been ill for about a week from a stomach trouble, which it is believed affected her chest and probably her heart. She was around the house until this morning, when she did not leave her bed. This noon even no apprehension was felt that her condition was critical, and her death was as much of a shock to her family as it is to the community.
Mrs. Taylor was one of the noblest women of Cairo. Quiet and unassuming in her manner, she was a woman who had a high conception of life and its duties and who lived as near her lofty ideals as it was possible. As county superintendent of schools she labored earnestly for the advancement of the education interest of the county. In the Cairo Woman’s Club she was earnest and faithful and was ever striving to make the club a helpful influence in the lives of the women of Cairo. She was a woman who was truly loved for her gentle disposition by all who knew her.
Friday, 21 Oct 1904:
SHOOTING SCRAPE AT NOON TODAY
Bob Williams Was Perhaps Fatally Shot by Negro Employed by Doctor Clarke
Affair Claimed to Be an Accident.—Shooting Occurred at Bell’s Saloon on Lower Commercial.
A shooting scrape occurred today at Bell’s saloon on lower Commercial Avenue, in which Bob Williams, a negro employed by Stoltz & Walter, was perhaps fatally shot by a negro named Snap or Snappy, who is employed by Dr. W. C. Clarke.
The exact particulars of the affair are not known, but it is said that Snappy was waiting with his carriage at the depot for Dr. Clarke to arrive from his hunting trip. While waiting he went to Bell’s saloon just above Second Street on Commercial and meeting Bob Williams there, asked the latter to set them up. Bob replied that he had no money, whereupon Snappy asked the bartender to give him a gun and he would make Williams set them up to the whole bunch. The bartender gave Snappy the gun, whereupon the latter shot Williams. The bullet went clear through his stomach and came out his right arm. Williams was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary where Dr. Clarke attended him and performed an operation. It is thought that Williams cannot survive.
Those who saw the shooting say that it was an accident, and that Snappy was only fooling.
It will be remembered that Williams is implicated in the killing of a negro at the stone depot several months ago named Blackman, and whose trial has been postponed until the February term of circuit court.
The funeral services for Mrs. P. A. Taylor will be held at the Church of the Redeemer Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The interment will be at Beech Grove. The funeral train will leave the foot of Sixth Street promptly at 2:45.
SORROW OVER HER DECEASE UNIVERSAL
All day long a stream of sorrowing friends have called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wenger, on St. Mary’s Place West, to testify their deep regret over the death of her mother, Mrs. P. A. Taylor.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Church of the Redeemer and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
The deceased was 65 years of age and the widow of A. S. Taylor, who died many years ago. She has resided in Cairo since 1861.
Surviving her are two daughters, Mesdames J. W. Wenger of this city, and Mrs. David B. Lewis, of Chicago, and two sons, Samuel S. Taylor, of Cairo, and A. F. Taylor, of Leadville, Colo. Mrs. Lewis is in Berlin, Germany, having sailed from the United States only a fortnight ago.
(Augustus F. Taylor married Phebe Alice Rice on 13 Jul 1860, in Winnebago Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Clem Spencer, of Pulaski, died on Monday last and was buried here (Villa Ridge). He was a brother of the late H. H. Spencer, of this place.
Saturday, 22 Oct 1904:
The funeral service over the remains of the late Mrs. P. A. Taylor was held this afternoon at the Church of the Redeemer and the remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment. The pallbearers were C. L. Kenton, H. A. Cushman, J. H. Jones, J. D. Ladd, P. C. Barclay, J. A. Aisthorpe, P. P. Gooding, A. Lewis, W. R. Halliday, W. B. Gilbert, W. N. Butler, and Samuel White.
Monday, 24 Oct 1904:
Mrs. Joseph Oehler died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cavender, at Willard, Saturday after an illness of several months of lung trouble. Her husband was most devoted to her during her illness leaving his work here to spend the entire time with her.
(Bertha Cavender Oehler born March 28, 1871, died Oct. 22, 1904, is buried in Cavender and Schindler Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)
Albert Ketter died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Sunday afternoon after an illness of several weeks. The deceased was a merchant of Charleston, Mo., and was 27 years of age. The remains were taken to Charleston for interment.
Tuesday, 25 Oct 1904:
BOB WILLIAMS DEAD
Bob Williams, the negro who was shot in the stomach by “Snappy” Jackson, another negro in Bell’s saloon on lower Commercial Avenue last Friday, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary last night shortly after 11 o’clock.
As stated in The Citizen at the time, Jackson was employed by Dr. W. C. Clarke, was waiting at the depot for the doctor to return from a hunting trip. He went into the saloon of Bell and seeing Williams there asked the latter to “set ‘em up” whereupon Williams replied that he had no money. Jackson then asked the bartender for a gun and said that he would make Williams set them up to the whole bunch.
He then shot Williams, the ball entering the stomach and lodging in the abdomen.
Jackson then put the horse up and skipped out and has since been unheard of.
Williams was removed to the hospital where he was attended by Dr. Clarke and died as stated above.
Those in the saloon at the time claim that the shooting was merely an accident and Jackson had not intended to injure Williams. Others contended that Jackson had an ill feeling against Williams and to back this statement up they say that if the affair had been only an accident, Jackson wouldn’t have left so unceremoniously.
Williams was implicated in the killing of John Blackman, a negro at the stone depot some months ago and was released on bond. His trial was postponed to the February term of circuit court.
He was employed by Stoltz and Walters.
Wednesday, 26 Oct 1904:
OFFERED $7,500 FOR LOSS OF HUSBAND.
It is stated that the widow of H. M. Detrich, formerly proprietor of the Anna Democrat, and who was killed in the Wabash wreck at Litchfield, last summer, has been offered $7,500 as a basis of settlement on her claim against the company.
DEATH OF FORMER M. & O. CONDUCTOR.
James Young, well known in Cairo and formerly a conductor on the Mobile and Ohio railroad, died at Cape Girardeau last night.
The funeral service of Charley, the 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roeper, was conducted this morning at 8 o’clock by Rev. A. S. J. Baldridge. The remains were taken to Beech Grove for interment.
FELL TO THEIR DEATH
Two Men Killed on the Bridge at Thebes
ONE PICKED UP DEAD
And the Other Fatally Injured.—Rope Supporting Their Scaffold Broke.—Accident Witnessed by a Number of People.
Another accident occurred on the Thebes bridge this morning in which two men were fatally injured one of them meeting instant death.
The men were working on a scaffold suspended from a span on the Missouri side. While hanging in mid air, a hundred feet or more above the water, the rope gave away which supported the scaffold and they fell into the river. The tug went at once to their relief, but one of the men was dead when he was picked up and the other was so fearfully injured that it was feared he would not survive the trip to the hospital at Cape Girardeau.
The accident was witnessed by a number of people. A passenger train was being taken across on the transfer boat as it occurred and the passengers witnessed the awful sight.
Minnie Lasater, the women who was involved in the Zook case, has returned to her home at Poplar Springs, Tenn. Her husband came after her last night and will again take her into a good home, to forgive, but not to forget her past deeds.
Mrs. M. T. Bagby died at her home Monday morning after a lingering illness of consumption. (Olmstead)
(Matthew T. Bagby married Anna C. Ayers on 1 Aug 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Bud Thorp, a young colored man of Perks, was killed accidentally Friday by letting a log fall on him that he was trying to load on a wagon. He was aged 22 years and was very highly respected in that community.
Charles Middleton, a former resident of this place (Wetaug), died a few days ago in Mississippi from blood poisoning.
A daughter was stillborn Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Sampel Huston of Wetaug.
Saturday, 29 Oct 1904:
Coroner James McManus was called to Elco today to hold an inquest.
Mr. E. T. Spencer, of Pulaski, who died on October 17th, and was buried in the cemetery at that place, was a brother of the late H. H. Spencer. He was born Sept. 24th, 1826, and was a few days over 78 years of age. He joined the Baptist church in New York State in his boyhood and remained a faithful Christian all his life. His wife, Mary T. Spencer, was born in 1826 and died in 1888, aged 61 years. She was a member of the Congregational church. Three children, F. M. and C. J. Spencer and Mrs. Alcie.
Friday, 4 Nov 1904:
Philip Lentz, a farmer who resided two miles east of town (Wetaug), died Saturday after a lingering illness from malaria and liver disease. He had been ailing about three years and his decease was not unexpected. He was aged about 42 years and was the eldest son of Henry Lentz, deceased, and a brother to U. C. Lentz, Tellis and Charles Lentz. He leaves a wife and five children. He was a good citizen and was well respected by everybody. The remains were interred in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m. and the funeral services were largely attended.
(Philip M. Lentz married Sarah L. Crite on 7 Sep 1884, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Ira Edwards received a telegram Monday from Roswell, New Mexico, announcing the death of his son, Lloyd, who went out there about two weeks ago for his health. We did not hear particulars. The body will be brought back for burial. He was a well-respected young man. Last spring he was attacked by hemorrhages from the lungs and rapidly declined. Had he remained here under proper treatment he might have lived several years. It is all mistake to rush a patient off among strangers far from home, expecting any benefit in incurable diseases. In fact, a cure at home is more certain always. (Wetaug)
Saturday, 5 Nov 1904:
BABY FOUND IN VACANT LOT.
A colored baby about two weeks of age was found this morning in the vacant lots on Seventeenth and Washington Avenue and adjoining the Presbyterian church property.
The child had probably been buried only a short time and was found by some boys, John Mulvihill and Chancy Ricketts.
The remains were taken to Mrs. Feith’s undertaking apartments.
A fine monument is being placed over the grave of the late Col. C. O. Patier at Beech Grove Cemetery. The large granite vase of the monument is ten feet long, seven feet wide, eighteen inches thick and weighs 17,000 pounds. It will require six horses to haul it to the cemetery.
EDWARD CLANCY DEAD
Edward Clancy died last night at 11:20 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. John T. Hogan, of Twenty-seventh Street. The deceased was twenty-seven years of age and had been ill for several weeks. He was unmarried and was a member of the bartender’s union, which organization will have charge of the funeral.
(John P. Hogan married Nellie A. Clancy on 9 Sep 1884, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 7 Nov 1904:
STABBED IN THE THROAT
A man whose name is said to be Thomas Callahan and who claims Dawson Springs, Ky., as his home was stabbed in the throat early Sunday morning at Fourth and Ohio streets, at “My Brother’s Place,” and is in a critical condition at St. Mary’s Infirmary. The name of the man who did the cutting is George Moore. Dr. Cary attended the injured man.
Thursday, 10 Nov 1904:
Word has been received here today of the death of Mrs. Long, mother of Miss Fannie Long, formerly bookkeeper and cashier at the Blue Front Restaurant. She died at her home in DuQuoin, Ill. Miss Long’s many friends in this city will be grieved to learn of this sad news. Miss Long recently resigned her position here and returned to her home owing to poor health and has just recovered from an attack of typhoid fever herself.
Friday, 11 Nov 1904:
DEATH OF FORMER CAIRO CITIZEN
Charles H. Ward, the Well Known Painter and Musician Died of Lock jaw at Sulphur, I. T.
Charles H. Ward, formerly of Cairo, and well known here as a painter and musician, died Monday at Sulphur, Indian Territory, after an illness of only a few days which was caused by running a nail into his foot which produced lockjaw.
The deceased resided on Holbrook Avenue when he lived in this city and was the leader of Ward’s orchestra. About a year ago he moved his family to Oklahoma City, Okla., where he was engaged in the painting business.
He is survived by his wife, a son Fred, and daughter Doris.
FORMER CAIRO PHYSICIAN
Dr. Horace Wardner Suffering with a Severe Case of Blood Poison and His Condition Is Alarming.
Word has been received in Cairo by some of the friends of Dr. Horace Wardner of La Porte, Ind., formerly of this city, that his health is rapidly failing and there is some fear about his condition.
Some time ago, Dr. Wardner performed an operation on a patient and by an accident a drop of blood fell on a small sore on Dr. Wardner’s hand. It was not noticed at the time and later when his arm began to swell it was discovered that he had contracted blood poison, which his friends are now worried about.
Dr. Wardner came to this city in the sixties and built up a large practice here. He was also greatly interested in Cairo’s welfare and owned considerable property here.
When he left Cairo a number of years ago, he went to Anna, Ill., where he accepted the position of superintendent of the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane.
On leaving Anna, he went to La Porte, Ind., where he established a sanitarium and to which he devoted much of his time until recently.
Dr. and Mrs. Wardner are now in Colorado and will soon return to La Porte.
Their many friends in this city will await the outcome of Dr. Wardner’s condition in hopes that he will soon recover.
Mrs. D. E. Myers, of 1608 Poplar Street, died very suddenly last night of consumption after an illness of only two days. The deceased was 39 years of age and is survived by five children, three daughters and two sons. She was a member of the Presbyterian church at Kenswick, Mo.
Saturday, 12 Nov 1904:
DEATH OF ERNEST REES
Died Very Suddenly of Heart Trouble While on a Hunting Trip
Deceased Was 37 Years of Age and Was the Youngest of Three Brothers Who Constitute Firm of Rees Brothers Bakery.
Earnest Reese went out to Dogtooth Bend Wednesday morning with a hunting party to spend a few days in the woods. Today his corpse was brought back to his stricken family. Death came suddenly to him at five minutes past 3 o’clock this morning, his demise being the result of heart trouble.
His companions in the camp were aroused by his violent coughing. They spoke to him, but received no answer. This happened three times, when they went to him and only then learned of his condition.
With him in the party were Louis Zanone, Albert Swoboda, Tony Ehs, Frank Gorman and a few others.
Ernest Rees was 37 years of age. He was the youngest of the three brothers, who constitute the well-known bakery firm. Besides his brothers, Adolph and John, he has two sisters, Miss Louise Rees and Mrs. F. M. Nordman. He leaves a wife and two boys, Wallace and Fred, upon whom the blow fails with unrelenting force.
Mr. Rees was a member of the Elks, Knights Pythias and of the K. M. K. C.
Cairo, Ill., Nov. 12. A special meeting of the B. P. O. of Elks will be held tonight at 8:00 o’clock at their hall for the purpose of arranging to attend funeral of their deceased brother, Ernest W. Rees.
H. H. Halliday, Exalted Ruler
C. W. Logan, Secretary
The funeral of Mrs. D. E. Myers was held last night at her home on Poplar Street, Rev. J. T. M. Knox, pastor of the Presbyterian church conducting the services. The choir of the Presbyterian church rendered some selections. The Eagles attended the funeral in a body. The remains were taken to Ullin for interment.
(David E. Myers married Sarah M. McMillin on 2 Jan 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in Ullin Cemetery reads: Sarah M. wife of D. E. Myers Nov. 20, 1864-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Monday, 14 Nov 1904:
DEATH OF THOMAS H. BOYD
Civil War Veteran and Old Citizen of Cairo Passed Away Sunday.
His Patriotism and Loyalty Manifested to the End, When He Cast His Vote on Election Day.
Thomas H. Boyd, one of Cairo’s oldest and highly respected citizens, passed away Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
Mr. Boyd had been in poor health for some time and suffered from a complication of diseases, which finally resulted in Bright’s disease.
About two years ago the deceased underwent an operation by a specialist in Chicago, but only temporary relief resulted. Last Tuesday Mr. Boyd underwent another operation, which was performed by Dr. W. C. Clarke, of this city. While the results of the operation were considered doubtful, it was thought wise to have it performed as a last resort in hopes that relief might be obtained.
The deceased was in his sixty-seventh year and had been a resident of Cairo for twenty years. During this time he held several offices, being at one time pound master and the last number of years janitor at the customhouse.
Mr. Boyd was a war veteran. He was born in Nashville, Ill., and served as a volunteer in the 48th Illinois Infantry. He received wounds at the Battle of Shiloh. He waived examination though he was walking with a crutch as a result of a hip wound and reenlisted in the 13th Illinois Cavalry. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, two grown boys, C. W. and J. T. Boyd, and one daughter, Mrs. H. W. Hovey, of Houston, Texas.
One incident that marked the patriotism and loyalty of Mr. Boyd occurred a few days before his death. He had postponed the operation, which he was going to have performed, until after he had cast his vote on Election Day. After he had marked his ballot and had seen it dropped safely into the ballot box he gave a sigh of relief and had the feeling of satisfaction that he had performed his duty.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon 3 o’clock at the family residence, 715 Twenty-first Street, and the remains will be taken to Ashley, Ill., for burial.
Mrs. Hovey arrived today from Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. Boyd have also arrived.
Mr. Boyd had one sister, Mrs. George Seivert, who resides in St. Louis and who will go to Ashley to attend the funeral.
FUNERAL OF ERNEST REES
Held This Afternoon and Largely Attended –Floral Offerings Profuse.
The funeral of the late Ernest Rees was held this afternoon at the family residence, No. 321 Twentieth Street, and was largely attended.
Rev. Charles Armstrong, pastor of the Lutheran church, conducted the services and the Germania Maennerchor rendered several beautiful selections.
The remains were taken on a special train to Villa Ridge for interment. The Elks, K. M. K. C., Knights of Pythias and Egypt Hunting and Fishing Club, all organizations of which the deceased was a member, attended the funeral in a body.
The floral pieces were profuse and very beautiful. Besides countless cut pieces, a broken column was given by Adolph Rees, standing wreath by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nordman, Jr., standing anchor by the bakers of Cairo, wreath from the Egypt Hunting and Fishing Club, anchor from Mesdames George Koehler and Mrs. Dr. Davis, wreath from Angus Leek, pillow from the family, large casket bouquet and cypress leaves and yellow chrysanthemums by the Elks, large casket bouquet of cypress leaves and American Beauty roses by the K. M. K. C., large wreath of cypress leaves and white carnations by the Knights of Pythias.
The pallbearers were Charles Carey, Charles Patier, Gus Swoboda, George Schoembs, Walter Denzel, John Fry, Frank Storman, Edward Pink, Thomas W. Gannon, F. E. Davis, Daniel Kelly, and Joseph Bucher.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads: Ernest W. Rees 1870-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Anna Ion Pell is very low this afternoon and her death is expected any hour.
Boyd—Died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in this city on Sunday, November 13, 1904, at 1 o’clock p.m., Thomas H. Boyd, aged sixty-six years, six months and twelve days.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 15th. Services at residence No. 715 Twenty-first Street, conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, at 3 o’clock p.m. The burial will be at Ashley, Illinois, the remains leaving here on Illinois Central train No. 24, Wednesday morning. Friends of deceased and family are respectfully invited to the funeral.
Tuesday, 15 Nov 1904:
DEATH OF MISS ANNA VAUGHN PELL
Passed Away Last Evening about 7 O’clock of Consumption.
Deceased Retained Consciousness to the End.—Was a Well-known and Popular Young Lady.
Miss Anna Vaughn Pell, one of Cairo’s most popular and charming young ladies, passed away last evening about 7 o’clock at the home of her mother, Mrs. Anna Pell, of 330 Twenty-fifth Street, after an illness of several weeks of consumption.
The end came peacefully and the deceased was conscious to the last. As death approached to claim this young soul as its own, she sank into a peaceful slumber and died without a struggle. Before her death she realized that the end was not far off and she asked to have her friends come in and see her for the last time, as they had not been permitted to see her for the last several weeks of her illness.
Two weeks ago Miss Pell expressed a desire to unite with the Presbyterian church and Dr. Knox, the pastor, called and administered the obligations.
The deceased was a member of the graduating class of Cairo High School of 1904 and was a student that commanded the respect and love of teachers and scholars alike.
She is survived by her mother, one sister, Mrs. John Thistlewood, and one brother, Sam Pell. The
the remains will be taken to Lewisport, Ky., tomorrow at 5 o’clock where interment will be made beside the father and brother of the deceased.
FUNERAL SERVICES OVER REMAINS OF MISS PELL.
Funeral services were held over the remains of Miss Anna Vaughn Pell at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The class of ‘04 of the Cairo High School, of which the deceased was a member, attended in a body. The floral offerings were very profuse and beautiful. A large number of friends attended the services to pay their respects to the one who had been such a favorite among them. The remains will be taken to Lewisport, Ky., tomorrow morning at 5 o’clock for interment.
FUNERAL OF THOMAS BOYD.
The funeral of the late Thomas Boyd was held this afternoon at the family residence on west Twenty-first Street. The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, pastor of the Methodist church. The funeral was largely attended by the friends of the deceased. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Wednesday, 16 Nov 1904:
MRS. JOHN LATTNER DEAD.
Mrs. John Lattner, wife of the well-known baker, died suddenly this afternoon at her home, 1207 Washington Avenue. She has been in poor health for several years, suffering from asthma.
Thursday, 17 Nov 1904:
MRS. JOHN LATTNER
Mrs. John Lattner, the wife of the well-known baker, mention of whose death was made in Wednesday’s Citizen, was 45 years of age. She had been a sufferer of asthma for several years. Wednesday she was taken to her bed, but was not considered critically ill and it is stated that her death was due to heart failure.
The deceased was born in Bavaria, and came to the United States when a young girl. She has resided in Cairo for twenty-two years and was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.
Mrs. Lattner is survived by her husband, John Lattner, one brother, Fred Wehner, of St. Louis and a sister, Mrs. Clara Cleine, of St. Louis.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Patrick’s Church.
CARD OF THANKS.
We desire to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the members of the K. M. K. C., the Elks and Knights of Pythias lodges, the Egypt Hunting and Fishing Club to Rev. C. H. Armstrong and Rev. J. T. M. Knox and other friends for their kind attentions after the death of our dear husband and brother, Ernest W. Rees.
Mrs. Rees and family
John McGuinn, of Chicago, who was employed at Thebes on the new bridge, was killed yesterday. He received a fall that broke both legs below the knees. His remains were brought to Cairo and taken to the undertaking rooms of Mrs. M. E. Feith. They were shipped to Chicago last night.
Willie Karraker, Albert Karraker’s oldest son, died from pneumonia Tuesday the 15th. (Cypress)
(Albert Karaker married Nancy J. Hinkle on 1 Sep 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, Saturday evening, after a long illness, little Bertha, a child of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hargis. Funeral services were conducted by T. O. Milton, pastor of the Baptist church. The parents have the sympathy of all. (Delta)
(Her marker in Hargis Cemetery reads: Bertha Hargis 1903-1904.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 18 Nov 1904:
DEATH OF FORMER CAIRO CITIZEN
Judge O. A. Osborn Passed Away at Ranfield, Mich., on November 12th.
Judge O. A. Osborn, a former resident of Cairo, died November 12th, at the home of a grandson, Mr. M. Pickle, in Banfield, Perry County, Michigan. This news has just reached Cairo friends of the deceased. The older residents of this city will remember Judge Osborn.
The deceased was born in Connecticut and came west while a young man. He resided in Mound City for a time and then moved to Cairo. He was a justice of the peace for a time and also conducted a grocery store.
The deceased was 86 years of age at the time of his death. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. A. A. Poor, of Denison, Texas, and Mrs. Almira Poor, of Dolwing, Mich.
Saturday, 19 Nov 1904:
Mrs. J. W. Rule received a message of the death of her sister, Mrs. _ontrief of Greenfield, Ind., this afternoon.
Monday, 21 Nov 1904:
Mrs. Anna Pell and son, Sam, returned from Lewisport, Ky., where they accompanied the remains of the former’s daughter, Miss Anna Pell.
Dr. J. S. Petree, once a resident of Cairo, and kindly remembered by our older readers, died recently at his home in Bardwell, Ky., aged about 78 years.
Tuesday, 22 Nov 1904:
FUNERAL OF JUDGE WILDERMAN
Messrs. P. W. Barclay and George E. Ohara have gone to Belleville, Ill., to attend the funeral of the late Judge Alonzo S. Wilderman, who died at his home there Sunday.
The deceased was the Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Illinois and was well known throughout the state. The deceased was also a circuit judge of the Belleville district.
Judge Wilderman visited Cairo last June on official business and was the guest of the Cairo Commandery.
The funeral was held this afternoon.
“LINK” DOWELL REPORTED KILLED
And Six Non Union Miners Fatally Injured at Zeigler.
SHOTS FIRED INTO LEITER’S STOCKADE
Sheriff Stein Takes Posse of 75 Men to the Scene of the Battle.—Communication with Zeigler Cut Off.
Benton, Ill., Nov. 22.—A crisis in the Zeigler strike began last night when a hundred shots were fired into the southern boundary of Leiter’s stockade. Deputy United States and six non-union miners are said to have received wounds from which they died. Sheriff Stein left Benton this morning with a posse of 75 men for the scene. All communication with Zeigler is cut off and further information is impossible.
(The 3 Dec 1904, issue reported that Link Dowell was not killed.—Darrel Dexter)
Ethel Hill is very ill with typhoid and pneumonia fever; her recovery is doubtful. (Thebes)
Wednesday, 23 Nov 1904:
DEATH OF E. D. BELL
E. D. Bell, of 2043 Walnut
Street, died Tuesday at the age of 51 years of cancer of the stomach.
The deceased was formerly a resident of Charles, Mo., and was county clerk there from 1895 to 1897. He was re-elected at the end of his term, but resigned on account of ill health, being an invalid at the time of his election. He was at one time superintendent of the water works at Evansville, Ind. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World.
The deceased had been married twice. Besides his wife he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Clara Miller, of Charleston, Mo., Mrs. Daisy Mitchell of Pennsylvania, Misses Flora and Pearl Bell, of Charleston, one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Rhodes, of Mt. Vernon and his brother, Mr. Bell, of Cairo.
The funeral will be held at the house
tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Richard Maupin died about 10 o’clock this morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary of consumption after an illness of several weeks.
The deceased was about 50 years of age and is survived by a wife and an adopted daughter.
Until recently he was employed as
bartender at Wilmot’s Saloon, 1115 Commercial Avenue.
E. A. Snow died at his home, 3503 Elm Street, Thursday morning about 3:30 o’clock after an illness of only two days.
Mr. Snow had been complaining of feeling bad for some time and Wednesday was advised by a friend to consult a doctor. He said he would and went downtown to see one. He met some friends downtown who told him that there was nothing the matter with him, that they had been feeling the same way for some time. Mr. Snow returned to his home about 5 o’clock and seeing the friend who advised him to go to the doctor, he was asked what the physician said. Mr. Snow replied that he had not gone to the doctor.
That night he was taken seriously ill and died yesterday.
The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. He was a member of Safford Lodge, I. O. O. F., and Ben Hur tribe.
A short service was held this afternoon at the house after which the remains were taken to the Calvary Church where memorial services were held.
The remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
(Edward A. Snow married Etta E.
Walker on 26 Jan 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Daniel Fitzgerald died at his home No. 514 Thirty-fourth Street, Friday afternoon after an illness of about three week’s duration of pleural pneumonia.
Mr. Fitzgerald had been a resident of this city for a number of years and was a ship carpenter by trade. He was a native of Ireland and came to this country when a young man, and located at Mound City.
The deceased is survived by his wife, three daughters, Misses Florida, Veronica, and Augustine, and a son, Daniel. He also has a sister residing in Mound City, Mrs. M. Herley.
The funeral will be held tomorrow
afternoon at St. Joseph’s Church with interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
Two sad and unavoidable accidents happened Friday when two boys were accidentally shot while playing with rifles. The coincidence lies in the fact that one of the accidents occurred in the upper part of the city and the other downtown.
Richard Champion, a lad about 15 years of age, residing at 2409 Park Avenue, was playing with John Sarber, son of Mrs. J. C. Gholson, a boy about the same age. In some manner the weapon was discharged and the bullet from a 22 caliber entered the Champion boy’s neck, fracturing the spinal column and paralyzing the spinal chord. The boy’s body is completely paralyzed and his recovery is considered impossible by Dr. Bondurant, who attended him.
Young Sarber is nearly prostrated by the sad affair, but there is no blame attached to him as the accident was purely accidental.
The boys were scuffling with the rifle when it was discharged. It seems they had been told not to play with it, but boys will be boys and did not mean to do any harm. The two boys were the best of friends. Everything possible is being done for the injured boy.
Harry Schuh, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Schuh, was playing with a toy pistol with some other boys when in some manner it was discharged and shot Frank Schoembs, Jr., in the side. Fortunately this case is not considered dangerous by the doctor and he will soon be all right again.
Young Champion is still alive at the time of going to press.
(John C. Gholson married Mary F.
Sarber on 3 Sep 1900, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Another of Cairo’s old and respected citizens has passed away.
John Cannon died very suddenly Saturday at his home, 421 Douglas Street, about 6:45 o’clock. He had been in poor health for nearly a year, but was able to get about. Thanksgiving Day he was taken ill, but rallied and seemed to be feeling pretty well until Saturday, when he complained of feeling worse. His wife assisted him in retiring and before he had got in bed he breathed his last. His death was due to heart failure.
Mr. Cannon was 75 years of age and was born in Ireland, King’s County, and came to Cairo in 1853. He was married in this city in 1859 and has resided here ever since. Mr. Cannon assisted in the building of the Illinois Central Railroad and was employed for over forty years with that company in various capacities.
The deceased is survived by his wife and three sons, Messrs. John Cannon, of Chicago, Thaddeus, of Hazlehurst, Miss., and Edward of Cairo.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Patrick’s Church.
All of the family are here to attend
the funeral, John arriving from Chicago and Thaddeus from Mississippi today.
F. M. Beaver also came down from Centralia to attend the funeral.
Cannon—Died at his home, 421 Douglas Street, at 6:20 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, of heart disease, John Cannon, aged 74 years.
The funeral cortege will leave the late residence Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29, at 1:30 o’clock for St. Patrick’s Church, where services will be conducted.
Special train will leave the foot of Eighth Street at 2:45 for Villa Ridge cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited to
Eli Bugg, who was convicted in the September special term of circuit court of aiding and abetting Will Cross in the murder of Chris Mathis, at Wetaug, sometime during the summer just passed, appeared before Judge Butler Saturday afternoon and received the death sentence. The time of execution being set on Friday, Dec. 16, 1904, just twenty days from the day of sentence to the day of execution.
The judge went over the case with the utmost care, reviewing the trial and answering the objections presented by Attorney Fred Hood, Mr. Bugg’s faithful attorney.
The doomed man listened to the death
sentence with a stolid, undisturbed appearance. His reply to the
judge’s interrogation: “Have you anything to say, why the sentence of
death should not be pronounced?” was “My life is being taken
without just cause.”—Mound City Sun
Sheriff J. R. Weaver, of Pulaski
County, was here today to secure a rope with which to hang Eli Bugg
on Dec. 16th, if Gov. Yates does not interfere in the
meantime. He was shown the rope which hung Riley Powell and
will probably use it. The rope was one Sheriff Hodges had made
for the purpose and is extra strong, as the sheriff did not want to have any
trouble. It was borrowed for an execution at Caruthersville, so
Bugg will be the third to feel its coil about his throat.
Demosthenes L. Davis, formerly
proprietor of the Cairo Evening Sun, died in Chicago recently at the
age of 73 years. Mr. Davis was a resident of Cairo in the 70’s,
finally disposing of his business to T. L. Jay, now of Centralia.
He left a son, Louis L. Davis, and two daughters, Miss Minnie L.
Davis and Mrs. Be. Esmonde.
Ashland, Ky., Nov. 29.—Word reached
here today of a terrible tragedy at Shelbyville, Pike County. Enoch
Sloan, while in a drunken rage, shot and killed his wife and four
children and then committed suicide. When the neighbors reached the
scene all were dead but one child, which died later.
(William A. English married
Hannah Powers on 2 Sep 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joshua Lee married Mrs. Nancy
Elizabeth Graham on 25 Mar 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Col. Louis Krughoff and H. F.
Reuter, of Nashville, were in Mound City Monday, superintending the
erection of a monument at the grave of Gen. John B. Turchin, in the
National Cemetery at that place. Senator Foraker and
Congressman Grosvenor, of Ohio, and Col. Krughoff were the
promoters of the movement to honor the memory of the dead soldier.
Gen. Turchin was a brigadier general in the Federal army during the
War of the Rebellion and Senator Foraker and Gen. Grosvenor
were members of this staff.—Carbondale Free Press.
William Johnson was refused a pardon by the State Board of Pardons at Springfield Wednesday. He was sent up from Alexander County for murder.
Frank Jones, sentenced for life from Pulaski County for killing his wife, had his sentence commuted to twenty years. Jones met his wife on the street with another man and killed her in 1895.
A petition is being circulated in
Pulaski County asking Governor Yates to commute to life imprisonment
the sentence of death given Eli Bugg on a murder charge. The
execution had been set for December 16.
Mrs. Frederick Rose, mother of Mrs. Frank Schoembs, of Seventh Street, passed away early this morning after several weeks of illness. She had suffered from a complication of troubles.
Mrs. Rose was one of the oldest residents of this city, having come to Cairo in the 60s. Her husband, who died several years ago, conducted a tailoring establishment on Commercial between Sixth and Seventh streets.
The deceased is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Frank Schoembs and Mrs. W. O. Worstman, of Dongola, Ill. She was in her 65th year.
The funeral will be held Saturday
afternoon from the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Falconer has charge of
DuQuoin Call: The daily exodus from Zeigler, renewed the past week, still continues with marked activity and every day sees the departure of from 5 to 20 men and families. The nightly shooting affrays have had a terrorizing effect on the miners in the place and are in large degree responsible for the wholesale desertions of late.
Late yesterday afternoon a party of stranded Austrians arrived in this city with stories of distress. The contingent composed of 16 men, 2 women and 3 children, took leave of Ziegler late Sunday afternoon, arriving in Christopher about sundown. The women and children rode in open side conveyances while the men walked. The former were given lodging in the Swafford Hotel, the miners rendezvous for the night, while the latter remained at Camp Turner. One of the most pathetic scenes was enacted at the Christopher hotel, Sunday night. The three-week-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Roninotlyock, members of the party, was found by the mother to be cold in death. She at once hastened to Camp Turner and informed her husband of the death of their babe. The coroner was notified and arrived a few hours later. The verdict of the jury was that the child had died of congestive chills contracted from the exposure of the journey overland. The party were provided here with transportation back to Pittsburg, from whence they were imported.
There are at present about a score of
men employed in Leiter’s mine according to information from the Camp
and the outpost the past 20 days is estimated by an authority to be 27 tons.
Lucy, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Madden, of lower Walnut Street, died very suddenly this morning at 5:45 o’clock after an illness of only two days of spinal paralysis.
The deceased was a bright child and was a great favorite in the neighborhood where she lived. Her untimely death will be deeply regretted by her many friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Madden are nearly prostrated over the sad affair and The Citizen united with their many friends in extending to them the deepest sympathy in their hour of bereavement.
The funeral arrangements have not as yet been completed.
(A marker in Calvary Cemetery bears the
name Lucy Madden, but has no dates.—Darrel Dexter)
(His marker in the Poor Farm Cemetery
reads: Arthur Frederick
Stevens Born Feb. 3, 1863 Died Dec. 9, 1904, Aged 40 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 6
Days. God gave, He took, He will
restore. He doeth all things
George C. Christman is dead. His long, hard fight against consumption ended this morning when he passed away at his home in St. Louis at 2:30 o’clock. For many months he has been very low. Last July he was compelled to give up work entirely and his condition has grown gradually worse since.
George C. Christman was born in St. Louis on July 11, 1861. During the war Cairo became the home of his parents and he grew up here and attended the public schools. He worked for a time for Mr. M. J. Howley and from that turned attention to a mercantile agency for Cairo, which he established himself. Later he attracted the attention of the R. G. Dun Mercantile Agency and when they established an office here, Mr. Christman became its manager. In 1885 or 1886 he went to St. Louis to work for the St. Louis office of the same agency and his connection with that institution was only severed by his death. Three years ago Mr. Christman was very low and made a trip to the southwest on what seemed to his friends a last resort, but it proved beneficial and he became very much better.
Mr. Christman is survived by his mother, a sister, Mrs. J. F. Stephens, and a younger brother, Frank Christman.
About a month ago Mr. Christman
joined the Catholic Church and his funeral will be conducted by that church.
The funeral of the late George C. Christman will be held at Villa Ridge cemetery tomorrow afternoon. A special train will leave at 12 o’clock for the cemetery to convey the friends from Cairo to the cemetery. The remains will be met there and the interment will be held.
Father Gillen of St. Joseph’s Church will have charge of the ceremonies at the cemetery.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery
reads: George O. Chrestman
Miss Georgia Fields, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fields, died at 3:15 this morning of dropsy at her
home, No. 711 Twenty-first Street. She had been a sufferer for months.
The family came here from Obion, Tenn., during the summer. Mr.
Fields and a son, Harvey Fields, are coopers by trade. The
young lady was 25 years of age. Funeral arrangements had not been
completed this afternoon.
(Jacob Wiley Barnhart married Sarah Matilda Mowery on
27 Apr 1871, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola reads:
Jacob W. Barnhart Born Dec. 15, 1840 Died Dec. 11,
Mound City, Ill., Dec. 15.—Eli Bugg will not hang tomorrow morning as was intended. A petition circulated by Bugg’s friends for signatures asking Governor Yates to grant a reprieve and allow the case to be taken before the state board of pardons, was sent the governor who sent a long message to State’s Attorney George E. Martin calling him to appear before the governor and five reason why the case should not go before the state board of pardons, which convenes on January 10th. Governor Yates declared in his message that he had established a precedent that sentence should be stayed in all capital cases which have not been passed upon by the Supreme Court to give the defendant a chance to get his case before the state board of pardons. Martin was ordered by the governor to meet him at Springfield at a specified time and Mr. Martin wired back that he would do nothing of the kind. At any rate it is probable that Bugg’s neck will be spared until after January 10th.
Sheriff J. R. Weaver of Pulaski
County also received a message from Governor Yates, which was as
In the case of Eli Bugg I have
granted a reprieve of four weeks. A copy of the formal order will
follow by mail. See to it that the execution does not occur Friday.
Clifford Sloo, son of Mr. Thomas J. Sloo of the Cairo post office, ended his own life at Poplar Bluff, Mo., sometime today or last night.
The terrible news was received late this afternoon by the officers of the Alexander County National Bank and was immediately communicated to Postmaster Miller and to the boy’s family on upper Washington Avenue.
Postmaster Miller left this afternoon for Poplar Bluff to bring back the remains.
Clifford Sloo has been employed as messenger at the post office.
He had been ill for two or three weeks, but returned to work Wednesday. Yesterday he was missing and inquiry developed the fact that he was a passenger on the 3:25 Iron Mountain train last evening, having bought a ticket for Charleston. Before leaving he had drawn $35 from his deposit at the Alexander County National Bank and had taken his bankbook with him. It was this book found on his lifeless body, which led to the telegram to the bank officials here.
The young man is 23 years of age.
Postmaster Miller met him at the station yesterday and the young man acted as though he did not want to meet his employer, but Mr. Miller thought little of it at the time, as the boy was naturally very diffident.
The news came to the bank, about 3
o’clock this afternoon in a telephone message. The young man went out
into the woods near Poplar Bluff and hanged himself. Some boys who
were out hunting found the body this forenoon and it was till warm.
William T. Raefsnider, one of Cairo’s oldest citizens, died at his home at Fifteenth and Cedar streets this morning at 1:30 at the age of 86 years.
The deceased had been confined to his bed since last Monday, but has been in poor health for some time.
It will be remembered that the day after Christmas last year Mr. Raefsnider had the misfortune of losing his home by fire. Steps were taken last summer to rebuild it and during the summer and fall Mr. Raefsnider spent much of his time in overseeing its construction. The house was recently compiled enough so as to allow Mr. Raefsnider and his daughter, Miss Kate, to move in. The strain upon Mr. Raefsnider in getting ready to move and the excitement connected with it was too much for the old gentleman, and he broke down immediately after he had moved, and had been poorly ever since. Monday he was taken to his bed and gradually grew weaker. He was unconscious at the time of his death.
Mr. Raefsnider was born in Pottstown, Pa., on October 9, 1818, and came to Cairo in the early 50s, when a young man. He was married on November 11, 1856, at Chicago and returned to Cairo to reside. His wife died in November 1903, at the age of 73 years. She had been an invalid for a number of years before her death.
Mr. and Mrs. Raefsnider were the parents of several children, one of whom survived him, Miss Kate Raefsnider. William, the eldest son, died in 1890. The others died in infancy. He was a life member of the Masonic lodge of Chicago and had been connected with that order since 1854.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church of this city and attended the services regularly.
The deceased was wonderfully preserved for a man of his age. He was a great reader and seldom used spectacles to read, as he could see better without them.
He was perhaps, better known by the name of Snider.
It is especially sad that he had to be taken away at this time and could not be allowed to enjoy the home in which he took so much interest, on which he spent so much of his time.
The funeral will be held tomorrow
afternoon at the house at 1:30 o’clock and the remains taken to Beech Grove
for burial. The Masons will have charge of the funeral.
Donald Sinclair, head of Sinclair Construction Company, died at Kankakee, Ill. He was a brother of William Sinclair, Manchester, England, Angus Sinclair, a New York __sher, and Alexander Sinclair, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Mr. Sinclair was the head of the
company, which did all of the con____ work for the Illinois Central.
___ built the stonewall on the Ohio Levee.
The body of one of the steel workers
who fell from the Thebes bridge about three weeks ago was found on a sand
bar near Santa Fe this morning by a small boy. A reward of $200 had
been offered for it.
The remains of Clifford Sloo arrived from Poplar Bluff, Mo., this forenoon on the Iron Mountain train, accompanied by Postmaster Miller, who went after them. A number of the attaches of the post office met the train on its arrival. The remains were taken to Falconer’s undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. The funeral will be held tomorrow from the family residence and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for burial.
Upon his arrival at Poplar Bluff Thursday Clifford Sloo went to the Crown Hotel where he engaged a room for the night. He registered as Clifford C. Lee, of Carmi, Ill. He stated at first that he did not want any supper, but later he came down from his room and went to the table. He ate but little and appeared very nervous. Retiring to his room he remained until about 3 o’clock when he arose and inquired for a drug store. He was told that none were open at that hour. He went to his room again and about 4 o’clock came down and paid his bill and left without breakfast. As soon as the stores were open he went to Quinn’s drug store and tried to buy some morphine. It was refused him. Then he went to a hardware store and purchased seven feet of half-inch rope and a good pocketknife. He said that he wanted the rope to tie a box at the depot. Then he went out into the woods about a mile from the hotel, but inside the corporate limits of the town, and hung himself to a maple tree. Before ending his life he attempted to cut his throat with his knife as was shown by several cuts in his neck and blood upon the knife blade. Then he closed the knife and put it in his pocket, climbed the tree and sitting upon one limb, tied the rope to the limb above his head and slid off, his neck breaking with the fall. This must have occurred about 8 o’clock, for between 9 and 10 o’clock the lifeless body, still warm, was found by some boys.
Postmaster Miller was assisted very materially in his arrangements for the care of the body by Mr. Paul Saup.
The family are quite prostrated by the
terrible calamity and have the sympathy of the entire community.
Died, Saturday morning, Dec. 17, 1904, William T. Raefsnider, aged 86 years.
Funeral services will be held at the
family residence, No. 1413 Cedar Street, Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock
and the remains will be taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.
The Masonic lodge will attend in a body and have charge of the services at
Members of Cairo Lodge, No. 237, A. F. and A. M., are requested to meet at their hall at 1:00 o’clock on Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral of the late brother, W. T. Raefsnider. Visiting Masons are fraternally invited to attend.
W. F. Gibson, Worshipful Master
William Woods, of Sparta, has been visiting friends in this city for several days. Mr. Woods claims to be the youngest Civil War pensioner on the government list and documents, which he possesses, seem to bear out his statement.
He enlisted in an Illinois Regiment when he was less than 13 years of age and was discharged in October 1865, when he was less than 15. He has been in the Klondike regions twice and contemplates making the trip again next summer.
formerly resided in this city and worked on the old Carbondale & Grand Tower
railroad and is well remembered by Horace Teerter and J. C. Bryden
and others.—Carbondale Free Press.
John Buck, one of the pioneer citizens of Union County, and one of Cobden’s leading merchants, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 5 o’clock last evening, at the age of 77 years.
John Buck was a native of Cork, Ireland. He came to America when 18 years of age, studied to be a civil engineer. When the Illinois Central railroad was surveyed, he was one of the engineering corps which did the work and when the road was opened became master of the Southern division.
In 1864 Buck formed a partnership with his brother, Adam, in a general store in Cobden and in 1879 became the sole owner of the business.
Buck was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Oriental
Consistory of Chicago.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon.
marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:
John Buck Born Jan. 4, 1827 Died—Darrel Dexter)
Ransom Thompson of Santa Fe, in Alexander County, is dead.
was one of the pioneer citizens of Alexander County, and was born in Cape
Girardeau County, Mo., on January 16, 1815, so that had he lived until next
January he would have been 90 years old.
was married three times. His son survives him at Santa Fe and he has a
brother living in Arkansas.
Captain Joseph Fowler, the veteran steamboat man known from Pittsburg to New Orleans, is lying at his home on Kentucky Avenue in a very dangerous condition, and the doctors are considerably exercised. He is suffering from congestion.
Wednesday afternoon Capt. Fowler left the boat store and went to his
home on Kentucky Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, where a short
while thereafter he had a congestive chill of the most serious nature.
All of yesterday and last night the attending physicians kept close at his
bedside. He was resting well early this morning.—Paducah Register
doors of the Chester penitentiary swung open at noon Saturday for Frank
Jones, a resident of Olmstead, Pulaski County, and he was given his
liberty. Jones was convicted of the murder of his wife in the
circuit court of Pulaski County in 1897. Recently the matter was taken
before the board of pardons and they became convinced that he killed her
wholly by accident.
Paducah, Ky., Dec. 26.—Lon Hinton was accidentally shot and killed by Rube Barlow here this morning.
(Another notice in the same issue states the alleged murderer was Rube
Smith, of Barlow, Ky.—Darrel Dexter)
Hinton, of Barlow, Ky., was accidentally shot and killed yesterday by
Rube Smith. Several men who are prosperous farmers of that
community had gathered at Smith’s home and engaged in target
practice. In some way Smith’s revolver accidentally exploded
and the charge entered the lower portion of Hinton’s abdomen.
The affair occurred at 1:30 o’clock.
Pass, Dec. 27.—Harvey, the 4-year-old son of Neiri Lyrila, principal
of the Namric School, west of this city, was accidentally shot by Bennie
Winn, 11 years old, yesterday at the home of his grandfather, Moses
Lyrila. The two boys were playing in the yard when the older boy
pulled the trigger of the gun, thinking it was not loaded. The entire
charge struck the body on the side of the neck, inflicting a probably fatal
Vienna, Ill., Dec. 28.—Mrs. Elizabeth A. Beal died last night at the
age of 77. She was the mother of Mayor W. Beal.
Mr. John A. Miller received a dispatch from Providence, R. I., this morning announcing the death of his brother last night. He was a prominent attorney at Providence and twelve years his senior. Death was the result of heart failure.