and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers
The Pulaski Enterprise
20 Jan 1905 - 29 Dec 1905
Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Friday, 20 Jan 1905:
Cole Hawley departed this life Monday morning at 2 o’clock, Jan. 16th, 1905. Deceased had been a sufferer of consumption for several months. He was 27 years, 5 months and 3 days of age. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Hawley, and leaves, besides his parents, two sisters, Miss Hattie Hawley and Mrs. Clyde Ritchie, to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were held at the
residence Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, conducted by
Rev. A. J. Littell. Interment at Beech Grove
Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended.
(William H. H. Stokes married Mrs. Emma J. Fitzgerald nee Oliver on 1 Sep 1899, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Harry Ulrey, 24, living at 2435 South New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, died at his home yesterday afternoon. He was a soldier in the Spanish-American War and served three years in the Philippine Islands, being mustered out of service after his fourth attack of sickness.
While in the army, Ulrey was laid out for burial four times. The fourth time he was carried to the “dead house” and lay there seven hours before regaining consciousness. Had he remained in an unconscious condition a few hours longer he would have been buried alive.
When the fatal yellow fever broke out in the islands, Ulrey was one of the first men of his regiment to contract it and before he reached the United States he had the fever three times.
The funeral will be held at the house Wednesday morning. The burial will be at Crow Hill.
Mr. Ulrey was a cousin of Mrs.
W. D. Monarch, of this city.
Mrs. Katharine H. Edson, widow of the late Capt. Willis B. Edson, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. G. P. Hartwell, on the morning of Jan. 29th, 1905. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at 2:30 o’clock Monday. The service of the Episcopal church, of which she was a lifelong member, was conducted by Father Rolan, of Cairo. Appropriate and beautiful music was rendered by a quartette during the service and at the close of a short address was delivered by Rev. Fidler, pastor of the church.
Mrs. Edson had been making her home in Westfield, N.Y., with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Fosdie, for the past five years, but has been visiting friends here and in Cairo since early fall. She recently developed a case of la grippe, which gradually suffered her life away. She was a large-hearted, sympathetic, loveable woman, who always carried sunshine with her in her early life, having a kind word for everyone. The world was better because of her life and good deeds, and her memory will be revered longest by those who knew her best.
Having lived to the ripe old age of 83
years, and having the consciousness of having passed a well
spent life, she quietly went to sleep. Her remains
were laid to rest by the side of that of her husband in the
Villa Ridge cemetery.
The relatives of the late Mrs. Kate H.
Edson extend thanks to the friends and neighbors who
rendered material aid and sympathy during her illness.
Ernest Armstrong departed this
life last Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 1905, at the age of
twenty-five years, six months and four days. The
deceased had been a patient sufferer for several weeks with
softening of the brain. Having always lived in Mound
City, he had made a host of friends and acquaintances and
was highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral
services were held at the Grace M. E. Church by Rev. A. J.
Littell at one o’clock p.m., Monday. Interment
at the Beech Grove Cemetery.
Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow; and be it again
Resolved, That we drape our charter for a period of thirty days in memory of our esteem and love for him, and be it
Further resolved, That we set aside a
page in our minute book, and a copy of these resolutions be
spread thereon and a copy be furnished the family of
(Benjamin L. Ulen married Ella
H. Herrick on 5 Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Peter Smith married Mary J.
Byrne on 18 Apr 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Friday Morning, February 17. Pays Penalty of Death on the
Gallows. Nervy to the Last Breath. A Great Crowd
Gathered Around the Place of Execution, and Many Saw the
Mathis Slayer Executed.
Eli Bugg, colored, was duly executed at the county jail in this city, at 10:16 this forenoon. Sheriff James R. Weaver sprang the death trap, and the knot dislocated the neck. About two hundred people witnessed the execution, about one thousand stood around on the commons nearby.
The sheriff permitted the condemned man to walk among the spectators, tell them good-bye, offer advice, and indulge in other talk. He declared that he was innocent of this particular crime.
He admitted having been a bad citizen and hoped that all present would take a lesson from his life.
He declared that he had fully embraced religion, and that he was going to the good world. Following is a history of the crime, trial and other circumstances of the case:
History of Eli Bugg’s Crime.
On July 23, 1894, Eli Bugg and Will Cross went from Mounds to Wetaug together to attend a picnic and barbecue, which was given that day and night near the latter place. They were chums, and on arrival at Wetaug about noon, they proceeded to the picnic grounds, and on a plot of ground near the picnic, they proceeded to erect two gambling devices, in which business they were partners. In the afternoon about dark while Will Cross was returning to the picnic grounds after taking a young woman home, he got into some sort of a difficulty with Christ Mathis, the deceased, in which deceased knocked Will Cross down. Cross became angered at Mathis on account of the difficulty, and had tried to procure a revolver from several parties there for the purpose of shooting Mathis.
In this he was assisted by Eli Bugg, who at various times during the evening had advised Cross to kill Mathis. At one time telling Cross if he could not get a revolver, to get a club and beat the d--- s-- of a b----’s brains out. Charles Bonner and James Bonner, two half brothers of deceased, were doing all in their power to prevent Cross from shooting their brother, and to that end had begged of Bugg and Cross not to shoot their brother.
Bugg, upon several occasions that night stated to Cross: “If that d--- nigger was in Mounds, he would have been dead long ago. Kill the d--- nigger.” Bugg finally succeeded in getting a revolver from one Arch Murphy for Cross, and just preceding the killing, Charles Bonner was talking to Cross, trying to get him to desist from doing his brother any harm, when Chris Mathis came up and made an apology to Cross, saying: “Will, I am sorry I struck you. I thought you were the man who knocked me down on the steamer Stacker Lee, down on the Mississippi River and robbed me of my money. I find I was mistaken, and I want to apologize to you. I have done you wrong. You may kick me, knock me down or do anything to me, but please do not kill me.”
Whereupon Will Cross said: “That is all right.” Then Mathis said: “Take a drink?” offering all present a drink out of a bottle of whisky which he had in his hand. Then Eli Bugg stepped up and said: “That is a d--- poor way to settle a thing like that, with a drink of whisky, Will Cross; if a s-- of a b---- should do me as Chris Mathis did you, the sun would never rise on him. Shoot the s-- of a b----.” Whereupon Will Cross drew a revolver and shot and instantly killed Chris Mathis. Immediately after the shooting both Bugg and Cross fled. Cross has never been apprehended.
History of the Trial.
At the September Special Term of the Circuit Court when Bugg’s case was called for trial, he entered a plea of guilty, and upon being informed by the court that he would not sentence him until he heard evidence, Bugg withdrew his plea of guilty and entered a plea of not guilty. Whereupon a jury was empanelled to try the case and on September 17, the jury returned a verdict of guilty, fixing his punishment at death. A motion for a new trial was made on account of the importance of the case, and in order to give the defendant every show for his life, the court postponed the hearing of the motion for a new trial until November, when the motion was argued and overruled, and Bugg sentenced to be executed on December 16, 1904.
Upon petition, Governor Yates gave him a reprieve until January 13, 1905, in order to allow the case to be presented to the Board of Pardons, and on account of the severe illness of Governor Deneen’s daughter, Governor Yates gave him an additional stay until January 27; when, on the recommendation of the Board of Pardons, and on their recommendation, Governor Deneen refused to interfere with the judgment of the court. It seems from the above that Bugg was given every opportunity to demonstrate his innocence of the crime.
It is reported that Bugg killed a fellow prisoner while serving a term for the killing of Charles Arnold.
The sheriffs who witnessed the execution were: Sheriff Veach, Johnson County; J. G. Moonyham, Saline; G. J. Slem, Franklin; H. S. Harris, Williamson; T. P. Thorp, Jackson; J. M. Connely, White; L. J. Hess, Union; M. R. Waukup, Perry; E. N. Smith, Massac; W. S. Jenkins, Pope; V. A. Mills, Gallatin; J. S. Roach, Alexander; A. C. Hentz, Williamson; and a number of prominent people out of the country; also a large number from the various precinct in this county.
WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom to remove from out midst, our esteemed neighbor, Peter Smith.
WHEREAS, This camp mourns the loss of a highly esteemed neighbor, and his wife a kind and loving husband, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That we, as members of Mound City Camp No. 5151, M. W. of A., extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in this hour of their affliction and sorrow, and be it further
RESOLVED, That as a mark of respect to
our departed neighbor, our charter be draped in mourning for
a period of thirty days, that a copy of these resolutions be
spread upon the records of this Camp, and one furnished to
each of our city papers for publication
(Daniel Horner married Hettie
Lentz on 1 Jan 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
One marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Charley H. Horner Born Oct. 3, 1889 Died March
10, 1905. At
H. L. Boren, more familiarly known as Lawrence in Pulaski County and the south, had the misfortune to run a splinter in his hand while handling baggage on his run from Little Rock to St. Louis and died last week in the hospital at St. Louis from blood poison. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mary, aged twelve, and Earline, aged six; who reside in Little Rock, Ark.
Mr. Boren was for a time
messenger on the Big Four from Cairo to Danville. He
went from here on a run from Memphis to New Orleans, from
this run he accepted one on the Missouri Pacific from Little
Rock to Coffeyville, Kansas, and on this run he was in a
wreck, (one of many) and resigned, accepting a position with
the Hutt Grocery Co., on Main Street, Little Rock.
The World’s Fair creating a big demand for good and reliable
men of experience, he was earnestly solicited to again take
a run from Little Rock to St. Louis, which proved to be his
last. Mr. Boren in his time was one of the best
messengers on the road, and was well liked by the railroad
men and all who knew him, being of a jovial and kind
disposition. He had many friends in this county and
they will regret to learn of his very sad death.
(John Thomas Hayden married Julia Littlejohn on 27 Dec 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
I take this method to express my
heartfelt thanks to our good neighbors and friends
generally, and to Mrs. W. M. Parker and Miss Mary
Mangold in particular, for their kind assistance in our
Moberly, Mo.: Capt. A. W.
Martin died at his home here Friday. He was an old
Wabash conductor and a veteran of the war. He was past
commander of James F. How post of Knights Templar and
a member of the Order of Railway Conductors.
(Gus A. Thompson married Nancy
J. Shoemaker on 6 Dec 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Gus A. Thompson Born March 22, 1841 Died March
23, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas L. Hileman married Etta Hunt on 18 Sep 1897, in Union Co., Ill. Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Etta wife of Thomas L. Hileman Born Oct. 9, 1868 Died March 20, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 7 Apr 1905:
Miss Anna Laura Hayden, aged 19 years, only child of Mrs. Ida M. Hayden, a highly esteemed woman residing 4 miles north of Mound City, swallowed a quantity of corrosive sulfimate last week Monday, thinking it was quinine, and from which she died last Sunday night. Everything possible was done to relieve the unfortunate girl, but the murderous poison had done its work too well before succor came, and death came to her as a happy relief. That entire community has been saddened by the terrible accident, for Miss Laura, was a highly esteemed and lovable girl. She leaves a lone and heart-broken mother to mourn her death. Funeral took place Tuesday, and her remains were laid to rest in Beechwood Cemetery.
Miss Anna Laura Hayden was the only child of Douglas A. and Ida M. Hayden. Her father, the oldest of W. T. Hayden, and her baby brother preceding her, they having died when she was 2 years of age. The deceased was born March 13, 1884, on what is known as the Webster Corner, three miles north of Mound City, Ill. Anna Laura was reared in the Meridian school district, which school she attended and had just finished the grades of the Pulaski County public schools. Her age was nineteen years and nineteen days and was a most lovable disposition, admired by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance; intelligent and of a sunny disposition, the only companion of her now disconsolate mother.
(Douglas A. Hayden married Ida
Mary Galbraith on 31 Mar 1885, in Pulaski Co.,
To the Modern Woodmen of Mound City,
Camp 5151, of which my husband Peter Smith, was a
member, I wish to extend my heart felt thanks for their
prompt settlement of one thousand dollars insurance which he
carried in that lodge. Also for their many kind acts
in the hours of my trouble.
Edward Schuler, aged 52 years, and one of the old and highly esteemed residents of this city, died at his home early Tuesday morning from a stroke of paralysis received the afternoon before while at work in his yard.
Mr. Schuler came to this city from Kentucky when but eight years of age, where he has ever since resided, following the trade of ship carpenter. He is survived by three sons, John and Theodore of this city, and Jacob who resides in Ohio; his wife dying three years ago. The funeral took place Wednesday, interment at Beech Grove.
(Edward Schuler married Irene
Gregson on 10 Nov 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
The county board of Alexander County
has authorized holding services over the dead paupers at the
county farm, and the first funeral was that of a colored man
known as “Hominy” Ransom, who died of lockjaw.
Chairman J. J. Jennelle of the county board requested
Rev. Kilgore of Klondyke, to conduct the funeral.
Hereafter a minister will be secured to conduct each funeral
and the county will stand the expenses.—Citizen
(His marker in section E grave 3494C in
Mound City National Cemetery reads:
John Walker SN US Navy Died April 12,
(Nicholas B. Price married Mary
F. Roach on 18 Feb 1868, in Alexander Co.,
Mrs. John Allen received a message Friday of the death of
her father at ___e, Ohio, and left Saturday for ___ce.
(George I. Pettit married Sarah
J. Cantrell on 2 Dec 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Sarah J. wife of George Pettit Born July 22,
1859 Died April 16, 1905, Aged 45 Yrs., 7 Mos., 24
(Michael Ulrich married Mary
Agner on 8 Mar 1886, in Jasper Co., Ill.
One marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Wetaug reads:
Mary Clara daughter of Michael Ulrich and Wife
Born March 22, 1905 Died April 15, 1905.
Gone to a better land.—Darrel Dexter)
Fritz Neilson, aged 32 years, a
bartender in William Neadstine’s saloon, this city,
shot here through the head Tuesday noon, expiring instantly.
He had been on a drunk for two days and had sobered up
preparatory to going to work, but in a supposed fit of
melancholia, in his efforts to keep sober, grabbed a
revolver behind the counter and committed the act in the
presence of a crowd of customers and before none could
interfere. Fritz came to this city less than two years
ago, and was a good hearted and industrious man when sober.
His relatives all reside in Germany. A coroner’s
inquest was held over the remains, and next forenoon they
were buried in Beech Grove Cemetery.
T. M. Hileman, a prominent merchant at Ullin in this county, shot and killed an unknown negro supposed burglar in his store at 1:30 Tuesday morning. Hileman has been sleeping in his store lately because of the many robberies and fires thereabouts, and was awaked this time by the breaking of one of his front windows. Within half an hour the man returned and crawling through the broken window entered the store. Hileman spoke to him and receiving no reply fired hitting in the face and killing him instantly. A well-loaded revolver was found on his person. Hileman was exonerated by the coroner’s jury.
(The 19 May 1905, Jonesboro Gazette
identifies the man as Arthur Ralling.—Darrel
At Cairo last Friday, Clarence Irvin was sentenced to the state penitentiary for life for the killing of a saloonkeeper at Thebes. The Citizen thus reports in part:
“Young, handsome, in the full flower of his young manhood, it is no wonder that his face was ashen and his chin trembled with strong emotion as he faced his punishment.
“The trial of Clarence Irvin for the murder of John Petit at Thebes on July 15th last came to an end this morning, when the work of securing a jury was stopped and the defendant determined to throw himself upon the mercy of the court. Four layers had been retained to defend him and they would have gone ahead and done what they could for the young man, but the evidence was against him, he confessed the killing, and there was not hope before him of escaping punishment.
The scene was an impressive one.
While the court admonished the defendant no other sound
could be heard in the courtroom. Judge Butler
told young Irvin that he had known his father and
mother and had always respected them. He told him that
he had watched him and his sister grow up from childhood.
She said that he had esteemed them both, and for that reason
it was very hard for him to pass sentence upon him.
‘This is the sixty-fourth homicide case that I have in the
twenty-two years since I began to practice as an attorney in
this county,’ added the court, ‘and I have yet to find one
in which whisky was not at the bottom of the trouble.’
He pointed out to the young man that his punishment was the
result of his own misdeed and referred to his service for
his country in the Spanish-American War. ‘Yet,’ he
added, ‘the jury might go so far as to exact the extreme
penalty—the death sentence, after hearing the evidence that
has been presented.’ The court was visibly affected,
as was nearly everyone in the room.”
Marion, Ill.: O. W. Lamb,
23 years old, a teacher in the public school while bathing
in the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad point at
Hudgens, five miles south of this city, was drowned Sunday
evening. The body was recovered about 10:30 Monday
Mrs. James Holmes, A Mound City Pioneer, Passed Away in St. Louis, on Monday
Mrs. Mary A. Holmes, one of the pioneers of Mound City, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed. H. Bintliff, 5540 Clemens Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 1905, in the 87th year of her age.
Mary Ann Sidebottom was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, Nov. 26, 1818. When a mere child she removed with her parents to Lexington, Ky., so that it may be said that all of her young life and her earlier married life were passed in that city. September 2, 1838, she was united in marriage to James Holmes. The fruits of this marriage were six children—two sons and four daughters. Both sons died in early life. The daughters, Mrs. Josephine Goodloe and Mrs. Ed. H. Bintliff, of St. Louis, Mrs. F. H. Wait, of Chicago, and Mrs. H. H. Rogers, of Highland Park, survive her, as do six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In the fall of 1856, in company with her husband and small family, she came to Mound City, being, as before stated, one of the pioneers, and almost the last. Mr. Holmes came here with the Emporium Co., which founded the city, and it was practically a wilderness at that time, the family having to go through the woods from the river landing to one of the Emporium Co.’s houses, which they occupied.
When a young girl, Mrs. Holmes united with the Christian Church, and the Christian principles there inculcated have lasted her a lifetime, and have been a great source of comfort to her, especially in the declining years of her life, although she has not been an active church member for many years.
Mrs. Holmes left Mound City, July 3, 1887, to live with her daughters in Kankakee, Chicago and St. Louis.
Mrs. Holmes was in many ways a remarkable woman. An indomitable and constant reader, there were few books worthy of note that she had not read, and was a persistent investigator in realms of thought not usual to women. In addition to this, she has not let a daily paper pass without a close perusal. Living in the greater part of a century that has been replete with history making epochs, she has kept in close touch with everything that has been of interest throughout the globe. She has been especially interested in the conflict between Russia and Japan, hoping most earnestly for Japan’s success. Last year she was only able, owing to advancing infirmities, to visit the World’s Fair but once, but on that visit she saw a Japanese, and made her companions stop while she went and shook hands with him, and congratulated him on the success of his countrymen in the field and on the sea. And now, with the end of that great conflict in sight, with victory perched upon the Japanese banners, and peace in sight, she has passed from the activities of this life into the peace and unknown joys of the perfect life to come. Vigorous in the body and mind, the struggle of the great conqueror for victory has been terrible, and was only won inch by inch.
Mrs. Holmes’ last illness began February 8, with a severe attack of the grip, which was all but fatal. She recovered from this, however, only to fall a victim of senile gangrene, superinduced by her advanced age, a system depleted by the previous attack, and a long period of sedentary habits. Her daughters, Mrs. Goodloe, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Bintliff were with her during her last sickness.
The interment occurred at Beech Grove on Wednesday afternoon, her remains being placed beside those of her husband, who had preceded her to the other side some twenty years. Many old friends paid their last tribute.
An active life is ended, a wonderful brain is still forever, but many remain behind to tell of the good done them by contact with this superior among womankind.
Friday, 23 Jun 1905:
(Harry Lee Baggott married
Gertrude Brown on 20 Sep 1896, in Union Co., Ill.
Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Gertrude wife of Harry L. Baggott Born March
17, 1876 Died June 14, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
William P. Howell, an elderly
citizen of DuQuoin, was almost instantly killed by the
accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of C. N.
Benton, a prominent merchant, in the latter’s place of
business. The coroner’s jury exonerated Benton.
Samuel J. Hayden desires to
hereby express his deep gratitude and appreciation for the
kindness and sympathy extended him by many friends during
the recent illness and burial of his wife.
We desire to express through the Enterprise our heartfelt gratitude to our kind and affectionate friends and neighbors who so tenderly ministered to our dear departed son and brother, Claude, during his illness and at his death and burial. We shall ever hold those dear friends in fond remembrance.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stout and Family.
The beloved wife of Samuel J. Hayden,
aged 23 years, died at the family home three miles north of
this city, Tuesday night of this week, June 27. While
attempting to arise Tuesday morning to prepare breakfast,
she was taken with spasms, and never regained consciousness.
Drs. Hargan and Rife labored with her
constantly for seventeen hours. Mrs. Maud Essie
Hayden was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Curry,
of Curry. She leaves a sorrowing husband, to whom she
was married February 28, 1901. Funeral took place
Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Littell of the M. E. Church
officiating, and of which church the deceased had been a
member for seven years. Interment in Beech Grove
Stout man, well built; weight about 180
or 190 pounds; fair complexion; sandy mustache and hair;
blue eyes; six feet 1 inch in height. When found he
had on blue pants outside, dark pair underneath; brown
woolen top shirt; light underclothes; wore about No. 9 ½ or
10 shoe; had tattoo of ship on left arm; on right arm figure
of a woman sitting on chair with hands clasped behind head.
General appearance of a working man; nationality, Irish or
Norwegian. No history of case at all. Death
caused by apasia.
(Fines E. Hogg married Florence
A. Sheerer on 21 Jul 1878, in Johnson Co.,
James on 20 Feb 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Helen E. wife of John Gleason Born Jan. 23,
1857 Died July 1, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Jesse M. Gaines, aged 29 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Gaines, of this city, was run over and killed by an Illinois Central freight train at Marissa Tuesday night. Jesse was born and raised in this city, and served two years as a soldier on the Philippine Islands during the Spanish American War. He was a painter by trade, and had been at work in East St. Louis and was evidently en route home. The remains arrived here Wednesday evening over the Big Four Railroad. Funeral took place yesterday afternoon and body was laid to rest in the National Cemetery.
(His marker in Section F Grave 4681D in
Mound City National Cemetery reads:
Jesse M. Gaines Cpl. U.S. Army Died July 11,
“No death has occurred in Mayfield for many years that has shocked the whole community more than that of Mrs. E. G. Fristoe, at her home in this city last evening about 8:30 o’clock. While it was known that she was sick of typhoid fever, yet no one thought her to be as near death as she was. In fact, her physicians had dismissed the case, and she was thought to be on the road to a speedy recovery. But the disease that oftimes comes without warning, heart failure, stole upon her while she was thought to be resting peacefully, and she passed away with no one in the room with her. Her family, with a few friends, were on the porch talking, and when her death was discovered, half an hour after it occurred, it came upon them with a blow that has been hard for them to bear, and the sympathies of the entire community are extended them in this sad hour.
“The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church in this city, and was one of the most beloved Christian ladies of the town. In her home life she was loving, kind and gentle with her children and was a helpmate to her husband in all that word implies, sharing his sorrows and triumphs as though they were her own.
“Mrs. Fristoe’s maiden name was Charlotte Corday Carter, and she was born in Mound City, Ill., in the year 1873, being at the time of her death aged 32 years. She was married to Mr. E. G. Fristoe, of this city, in September 1893, and three children, Margaret, Eiltz and Hilda, blessed their union of nearly twelve years. Besides these of her immediate family she leaves a father, H. G. Carter, and one brother, Harry Carter, both of Mound City, Ill. These are expected tonight.”
Mrs. Fristoe was well and favorably known to all of the earlier residents of Mound City. She was a niece of Mrs. D. Hogan, who because of an accident last week, was prevented from attending the funeral, which with the burial took place at Mayfield.
(Everet G. Fristoe married
Charlotte Carter on 3 Sep 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Daniel Hogan married Dora W. Carter on
25 May 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Fred Dumm, aged 35 years, head sawyer and mill foreman of the O. L. Bartlett hoop factory in this city, was so badly injured at the mill about 2 p.m. Monday, that he died at Dr. Hall Whiteaker’s office an hour later.
Mr. Dumm has been a resident of Mound City for 19 years past, and had been a foreman at the Williamson-Kuny Mills there for many years up to eight days before his death, when he resigned to accept his position at the hoop factory.
In a large sawmill the sawyer does not ride the carriage, as has been before published, but stands upon the floor and handles the levers that control the log carriages and saws. On the occasion of the accident, which causes Mr. Dumm’s death, he had stopped the carriage at the further end of the truck and left his post to fix something about the saw, neglecting to lock the lever as is the rule. The shaking of the mill by the rapidly moving machinery and saws soon threw the lever over and set carriage in motion, and before Dumm realized his situation he was pinned between oncoming carriage and the corner of the saw standard, where he was at work. He was caught on the left side just above the hip and his right leg thrown forward onto the saw. His brother, Charley Dumm, who was at work near him at the time, rushed to the lever and reversed the machinery, but it was too late, he was mortally injured and his right leg badly lacerated by the saw. Mr. Bartlett ordered the mill shut down and the injured man taken to Dr. Whiteaker’s office where, with the assistance of Dr. Boswell, of Mounds, everything possible was done, but he never regained consciousness and died a few minutes later. From there he was taken to the undertaker’s and in due time to the family home.
Mr. Dumm was a man of excellent
character, a loving husband and father, and leaves an
invalid wife and an eight-year-old daughter to mourn his
untimely death. The funeral was held at the M. E.
church Wednesday and burial followed in Beechgrove Cemetery,
attended by the mill hands, the mill having by order of Mr.
Bartlett, remained idle from time of accident until
Charles Dunn pleaded guilty
before Judge Duncan at Vienna to the murder of his
father, W. R. Dunn, at their home in Goreville
Township, last February and was given a life sentence at
hard labor in the state prison. Dunn has been in the
We desire through these columns to
extend our heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to all who
by their generous sympathy and many kind acts have in some
measure assuaged the bitter grief and sorrowful bereavement
we have suffered in the death of our beloved son and
brother, Jesse M. Gaines. Words cannot express
the deep sense of gratefulness we feel for the consolation
those kindnesses have given us. We shall ever cherish
the thoughtful attentions that have helped to brighten one
of the darkest days of our lives, and our fervent prayer
will ever be that all who condoled with us in our sad loss
may be spared such affliction themselves.
(Tellis Theodore Lentz married
Lillie Mowery on 20 Apr 1898, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in the German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug
reads: Tellis T.
Lentz Born May 7, 1875 Died July 7, 1905.
Dying is but going home.—Darrel Dexter)
Being the victim of a serious accident on the railroad a number of years ago that rendered his eyesight very defective, he made but a few new acquaintances but was openly cordial to anyone who sought to become acquainted. For more than ten years he had had a serious form of heart trouble and about two months ago it assumed new and portentous aspects. He realized that this soon meant his end and he so stated his mind to his physicians. His last illness was a decided battle between life and death and was a losing fight. For three days and nights the watchers by his bedside waited and expected the end hourly. He sank by stages and would maintain a stage for hours at a time that would give hopes that he might be able to rally from the attack, but each state left him a little less vitality to meet the next attack, and at 1:30 Thursday morning he sank into a stupor that continued to the end. His wife and sister were constant attendants at his bedside until death relieved the soul of their beloved. Friends and neighbors and the lodges to which he belonged rendered every assistance possible to make his last hours on earth as easy as they might be made.
The funeral was conducted Saturday,
July 29, at the Baptist church, Rev. T. E. Watt of
the Congregational church officiating; interment in
(Isaac Porter married Mollie
Stroud on 6 Apr 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Elihu T. Snyder married Minnie Rodman on 20 Nov
1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(William Bestzen married Mina Meyer on 12 May 1868,
in La Salle Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John D. Shaddrick married Mamie Spurr on 20 Sep
1893, in St. Clair Co., Ill.
One marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Mamie Leona Born March 14, 1902 Died Aug. 18,
(B. F. Porterfield married Mrs. Sarah M. Porterfield
on 5 Jun 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Chamber A. Porterfield married Sarah M.
Hunter on 8 Jan 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Yes, these old comrades are passing away, one by one. They
have fought a good fight and saved the Union. They
paved the way that gave the opportunity for our people to
bring forth the greatest nation on earth—by throwing all
factions back into the bonds of union, which creates
strength. United in the right, as this country is, the
balance of the world could hardly put it asunder. You
have preserved the old flag under which you fought and
suffered, and you are each surely entitled to one over your
grave as long as flags are made.
(Elihu T. Snyder married Minnie Rodman on 20 Nov
1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Joseph E. Lowe married Mrs. Sarah Steers on 16 Aug
1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Payton Johnson married Sallie Barker
on 20 Jun 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Robert C. Stewart was born at Newark, N.J., March 26, 1860, and died in Villa Ridge, Sept. 6, 1905, aged 45 years, 5 months and 20 days. He was married to Miss Nancy Hoffner May 11, 1880, and to them nine children were born. He was the first of the family to leave this life. He leaves his wife, children, relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was a barber by occupation. Funeral was held at the home last Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock conducted by Rev. George Fidler and the K. of P. lodge.
(Robert C. Stewart married Nancy A. Hoffner on 11 May 1882, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 22 Sep 1905:
Death of F. G. Ulen.
Frederick G. Ulen, one of Pulaski County’s best citizens and leading farmers, died at his home near Wetaug last Saturday, September 16, 1905, at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 27 days. The supposed cause of his death was catarrh. He leaves a widow and four grown sons: James resides in Indian Territory; Samuel, who is county treasurer of Stoddard County, Mo.; Daniel, a merchant at Dexter, Mo.; and Frederick, who resides at home. The deceased was born in Greenup County, Ky., and came to Illinois in the early ‘50s and married Miss Rebecca Nalley, the widow, in 1853. He was a farmer by occupation, and located upon the present home place shortly after their marriage. The funeral took place last Sunday, conducted by the minister of the M. E. Church, of which denomination Mr. Ulen was a member, and the body was laid to rest in Wetaug Cemetery. The funeral was very large, notwithstanding the rain, a respect for their deceased friends and neighbors, which the people of that locality are said to universally accord.
(His marker in Wetaug German Reformed Cemetery reads: Frederick G. Ulen Born June 19, 1831 Died Sept. 16, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
The little one-year-old girl of Ed. Reeves died last Monday morning after an illness of about one week. Funeral and burial at Rose Hill, Monday at 2 o’clock, Rev. Karaker conducting the services. Mama and Papa can meet their sweet little angel again some day, where sorrow, death and parting is no more.
Mrs. Monroe C. Crawford, wife of Judge Crawford, of Jonesboro, a former judge of this circuit, died at her home last Friday. Mrs. Crawford had suffered of stomach trouble for several years. She became seriously ill about five weeks ago. Judge Crawford and several sons and a daughter who are prominent citizens of Southern Illinois survive their mother.
(Monroe C. Crawford married Sarah Illinois Wilbanks on 1 Nov 1858, in Franklin Co., Ill. Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Sarah I. Crawford 1842-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 29 Sep 1905:
Mr. James Scott died at the home of J. A. Boyd in this city Saturday morning at 1 o’clock of heart failure. Deceased was about fifty years of age. The remains accompanied were taken to Anna, Sunday, for burial.
Friday, 6 Oct 1905:
The 5-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Miller died last Thursday, and was buried at Belknap.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Starks died Friday evening and was buried Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Starks, who had been quite ill, is now improving.
Mrs. Poole, an old lady, mother of Mrs. Earle, of this place (Mounds), died suddenly Sunday evening at the residence of her daughter, of heart disease. She had been ill all summer. She was a highly respected woman.
H. A. Collins, aged 61 years, died at the family home in this city last Thursday, the 28th ult., after an illness of nearly a year. The family came to this city from Kentucky 17 years ago. Mr. Collins served in the Confederate Army during the rebellion and for several years past he had been employed at the shipyards. He leaves a wife, three daughters, and four stepsons. Funeral was conducted by Rev. T. E. Watt, of Mounds.
Captain Richard M. Johnson, of Levings, this county, aged 63 years, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, Thursday, Sept. 28, 1905, after an illness of several weeks, from typhoid fever. Capt. Johnson came to this county soon after the war of the rebellion, after serving in the Union Army, and made this county his home ever since. He has served this district as representative in the state legislature, and he was always very popular wherever known. Two sons and one daughter survive him.
Friday, 13 Oct 1905:
Death of S. L. Curry.
Samuel L. Curry, aged 53 years, died at his family home at Curry, Ill., Friday, Oct. 6, 1905, after an illness of about ten days, from malarial fever and heart disease. He had been a faithful member of the M. E. Church about 18 years. He leaves a wife, daughter, son, brother, and sister and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The funeral was conducted at the M. E. church Sunday at 11 a.m. and the body was laid to rest in the Concord Cemetery.
(Samuel Curry married Mrs. Phena Thompson on 25 Feb 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His marker in Concord Cemetery reads: Samuel Curry Born June 26, 1859 Died Oct. 5, 1905.—Darrel Dexter)
The eighteen-year-old daughter of S. S. Manis, of Perks, died October 1.
Mrs. Ben Parkman, of Metropolis, died last Friday night. She is the mother of Mrs. Will Kennedy of this city, and was a former resident here.
Mrs. A. W. Williamson and mother have been at the bedside of the mother’s father, Rev. Marshall Culp, who now resides near Anna. He is still quite ill.
(Albert Warren Williamson married Alma Inez Culp, daughter of Marshal Culp and Sarah J. Brooks, on 29 Jun 1893, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A daughter of Mr. Wheeler, a respected citizen of our city (Mounds), died Saturday of consumption.
Friday, 20 Oct 1905:
Grandma Mary Mertz.
Mrs. Mary A. Mertz, relict of Judge George W. Mertz (for several years deceased), died at her home in this city on Monday, October 16th, 1905, at the advanced age of nearly 89 years.
Deceased was a native of the east, Maryland, and her maiden name was West. She resided, was reared and educated in the state of her nativity until after her marriage.
The couple immigrated to Mound City when this entire section was hardly more than a dense wilderness—57 years ago.
Her passing most assuredly removes a veritable landmark.
Four children were born to the twain. Three of these, Capt. George E. and Charles Mertz, of this city and Harry Mertz, of Carbondale, survive the venerable subject of this brief sketch. An unmarried daughter, Miss Ida M. Mertz, departed this sphere of existence in Mound City about eighteen years ago.
Mrs. Mertz left ten grandchildren, namely: Mrs. Charles Wehrenberg, Jr., Willie Mertz, Mrs. Will S. Sanderson, of this city and Mrs. Robert H. Newnhouse, of Fulton, Ky., children of George E. Mertz; Albert, Joe S. and Miss Allie, of Mound City, children of Charles W. Mertz; Misses Bertie and Dora of Carbondale and George of Ashley, Ill., children of Harry Mertz. She also left seven great-grandchildren —the four children of Charles Wehrenberg, Jr., the one of Will S. Sanderson and the two of Willie Mertz.
The deceased was a lady of bright intellect, unusual strength of character, charitable disposition and consequent popularity.
Her last illness was of several weeks’ duration and, notwithstanding the suffering she endured and her unusual age, she bore it with consummate patients, fortitude and composure.
A funeral service was conducted at the home, corner of Main and Second streets—on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, led by Rev. Humnberd, pastor of the Congregational Church, and the interment occurred at Beech Grove Cemetery, train per I. C. R.R. leaving this city at 2:25 p.m.
The following named well-known citizens comprised the pallbearers: Al Schuler, A. W. Williamson, L. D. Stophlet, Ed Keller, John T. Betts, George E. Martin, George Martin, Joseph Lutz, A. J. Dougherty, William Shearer, William Kennedy, Charles Read, J. P. Nesbitt, William Martin, Frank Bergaman, G. J. Murphy, and James Rushing.
Out of profound respect for the estimable lady’s exemplary life and character, business was suspended during the funeral hour.
(William S. Sanderson married Jessie Mae Mertz on 22 Jul 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Benton, aged about 45 years, who kept a restaurant on Main Street north of Blum’s Store, died yesterday morning. He has been an invalid for several years.
Mrs. William Kennedy returned on last Thursday from Metropolis where she attended the funeral of her mother a week ago. She was accompanied home by her sister, Miss Florence Parkman, who will hereafter make this city her home.
(William T. Kennedy married Francis Parkman on 18 Aug 1900, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
J. N. Atherton died very suddenly at his home two miles west of Villa Ridge on Sunday evening, from heart trouble. Mr. Atherton served three years in the Civil War being a member of the 11th Ill. Inf., and was a good soldier, and was one of our most highly respected citizens. Funeral ceremonies were conducted Tuesday by Rev. A. Ridge, pastor of the Baptist church, of which he was a loyal member and his remains laid to rest in the Shiloh Cemetery.
(Jasper N. Atherton enlisted as a private in Co. K, 109th Illinois Infantry on 15 Aug 1862, age 21 years, and was mustered out of Co. F, 11th Illinois as a sergeant. Jasper V. Atherton married Jezable Lackey on 15 Apr 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Jasper E. Atherton married Mrs. Lucinda Farr on 10 Feb 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Jasper N. Atherton married Mrs. Sarah A. Smoot on 9 Sep 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Lillie McFarland was buried at Ohio Chapel on the 17th. (Conner)
Two children died in Grand Chain Sunday, and a boy 9 years old died Monday—all from throat trouble.
Friday, 3 Nov 1905:
Mrs. Anna Douglas, aged 92 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sallie Douglas, of this city, last Sunday, and was buried Tuesday afternoon at Mounds Cemetery.
We wish to thank our friends for their kindness and their sympathy extended to us in our late bereavement.
George E. Mertz and family.
H.C. Mertz and family.
C. W. Mertz and family.
Mr. John Brooks, the aged father of Mrs. Sarah Culp, of this city, died Monday aft his home near Anna. Mrs. Culp, A. W. Williamson, and wife E. G. Miller and wife of this city and E. L. Crain and wife of Villa Ridge attended the funeral, which took place Tuesday.
(John Brooks married Louvano P. Hale on 12 Oct 1854, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in Brooks Cemetery in Union County reads: John M. Brooks Died Oct. 30, 1905 Aged 72 Yrs., 10 Mos., & 28 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Maud L. Brown, wife of Warren O. Brown, aged 28 years, died Monday of this week, of valvular disease of the heart, after an illness of about three years. Her death, though not unexpected, was rather sudden, and her husband, who is an engineer between here and Centralia, did not arrive here until after her death. In the morning when she left, she was as well as usual. Her sudden death was caused by an accumulation of fluid in the internal organs and around the heart. She was the daughter of W. W. Colvin of this city, and was born at Carbondale, Ill. She was a very intelligent and worthy young woman, esteemed by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and one child. Interment was made Wednesday at Anna.
(Warren Orby Brown married Mandy Colvin on 22 Jul 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 10 Nov 1905:
Dynamiter Is Killed.
William Kerry, head dynamiter of a Big Four construction company, was killed by a train at Carmi.
Mrs. Lucretia Smoot, wife of Thomas Smoot, died Thursday night of last week. She was the widow of the late Col. E. M. Low before her marriage to Mr. Smoot. Funeral services were held at Old Liberty and burial was made at Lackey Cemetery Thursday.
(E. M. Lowe married Lucretia M. Atherton on 12 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 17 Nov 1905:
James F. Connell.
Born Nov. 25, 1850.
Died Nov. 10, 1905.
James Franklin Connell, the well known ex-newspaper man and popular resident of this city, died at his home about 11:30 a.m. last Friday, November 10, 1905, of pneumonia, after an illness of nearly ten days. His illness was very severe from the first, and though he rallied at times, the weakened condition of his system occasioned by attacks of various kinds during the past year, was unable to overcome the disease, and be quietly passed away surrounded by all the members of his family and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral services were held at the residence Sunday at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. A. J. Littell. The attendance was large and the exercises quite impressive. The funeral sermon was from Rev. 22:5. “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever.” Four hymns entitled “Rock of Ages,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” “It is Well with My Soul,” and “Asleep in Jesus,” were sung at the residence. “Jesus Lover of My Soul” was sung at the grave. The funeral train of four coaches left this city at 2:30 p.m. for Beech Grove Cemetery where the interment took place. The pallbearers were George E. Martin, Al. Schuler, John Dishinger, Charles Curren, M.F. Browner, J. P. Nesbitt, J. Lutz and George Martin.
Mr. Connell was born in Cheatham County, Tennessee, Nov. 25, 1850. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1863 and located at Marion. His father was a cabinetmaker by occupation, but James F. learned the printer’s trade, and later was editor and publisher of the Egyptian Press at that place. May 1, 1869, he married Miss Lizzie Broad of that city, and to them was born six children, four of whom, Frank of Cairo, James A. and Dana of Chicago, and Irvin of this city now survive.
His first wife having died at Marion in 1883, he married again the following year, in the same city to the present widow. To this union were born Bryson of St. Louis, Roy of Chicago, and Miss Mona at home, all of whom are well grown and living from home, excepting the last named. After thirteen years residence at Marion, the deceased moved to Cairo, where he was publisher of the Argus, and filled other positions of trust in the same line of business. Two years later he came to Mound City and assumed management of the Enterprise and here he has ever since resided, having been editor and publisher of this paper continuously up to December, 1903, since which time he has been engaged in other pursuits. He was a man of feeble physical statute but strong will power and personality, a ready and able writer, good printer, and a popular justice of the peace, which office he has filled for two years past.
During the residence here of the present editor and publisher of the Enterprise, Mr. Connell has been a frequent and sometimes daily visitor to the office. He used to say that water from this office hydrant tasted better to him than any other. He always had a pleasant greeting for all, and no one was more welcome here than was he. He was almost a human encyclopedia of Pulaski County, and could recall names, dates and locations in a moment’s time, and knew nearly every newspaperman in southern Illinois. Many pleasant and interesting hours were spent with him talking over these matters, and when we heard last Friday that he was no more, notwithstanding his expected death, we felt that another friend had gone to that great and unknown hereafter, and at once realized his loss.
For him tears, pain and fears and all this life’s poorly requited toils and empty honors are past. If there is a bright and beautiful home on high for people here below, he knows it now for a certainty. If he shall meet loved ones there he must be happy with his own.—Or shall we never meet again? But the same sun will continue to shine and the stars to twinkle over his grave as they do today; and people will be born and die again, forever.
(James F. Connell married Lizzie Broad on 1 May 1870, in Williamson Co., Ill. He married Mary Felts on 11 Oct 1884, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Five sons of the parents of the late J. F. Connell, of this city, were printers by trade. J. F. Connell has six sons living and every one of them learned the printer’s trade, and all but one (Irving of this city) are now working at the business.
Friday, 24 Nov 1905:
Another Fatal Accident.
William F. Gill, an employee at the Metal Bound plant, was fatally injured while at work last Thursday forenoon, and died Friday night. He was engaged in running one of the machines, and in his efforts to shift a belt of the same, used a long and heavy stick, when a very short one would have been proper. The stick caught in the belt and was thrown in some manner with force striking him in the stomach. The injury was not considered dangerous at first. The factory closed down Saturday in respect to his memory, the workmen attending his funeral and escorting the remains to the I. C. train, to be taken to Marion for burial. He leaves a wife. The coroner’s jury rendered a verdict in the case, exonerating the Metal Bound Company from any and all blame in the matter.
S. J. Burford, heard of the Rhodes-Burford Co., died Monday at his home in Louisville, Ky.
Died, in San Francisco, Cal., Nov. __, 1905, Muriel Rutherford, infant daughter of Claude E. and Ernice___nce, aged 3 ½ months.
Henry Oliver, colored, of St. Louis, aged 17 years, died here Friday of pneumonia and was buried at Mounds. His mother arrived in time to attend the funeral.
Thomas Buchanan, a colored man, died here Saturday from the effects of injuries received the day before by a falling sidewall of an old building. He was badly injured about the head and side and suffered intensely.
Friday, 1 Dec 1905:
Another Man Killed.
Otis Cauble, aged 26 years, assistant engineer for the Wisconsin Chair Factory in this city, was instantly killed last Friday morning about 7:30 o’clock. The engine upon which he was employed, is located on the ground or basement floor, under the main building, and from some cause got up too much speed on this occasion and was shaking up things at a terrible rate. Cauble ran to the throttle valve, which is near and in direct line with the large cast iron pulley wheel, as soon as he could, and began shutting off the power, when in an instant the wheel burst into numerous pieces, flying with terrific force. One of the large pieces struck the unfortunate man in the stomach in its passage, and landed in the other end of the building. Cauble was knocked about two feet, and killed instantly. Every big spoke of the immense iron wheel was broke off close to the hub. The conclusion is almost self evident that in his haste Cauble must have shut off the power too quickly causing the engine to stop, and with the rushing of the machinery held by the enormous belt, smashed the wheel like it had been so much wood. The young engineer leaves a wife and a son about two years of age. His parents reside near Olive Branch, Alexander County, and he is highly spoken of by all who knew him. The funeral and burial took place at Thebes, Monday of this week.
Miss Bessie Biggerstaff, residing two miles west of Villa Ridge, committed suicide last Monday by shooting herself in the heart. She was 14 years of age and was found dead in her bedroom with a revolver by her side. Her mother died a year or more ago, and she was living with her grandfather, Gus. Biggerstaff.
(Augustus F. Biggerstaff, 40, son of Thomas Biggerstaff and Susan Dilts, married Esther E. Emerson on 14 Sep 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Fatally Burned Lighting Pipe.
George W. Scurlock, aged 50, agent for the Standard Oil Company at Anna, was fatally burned, his clothing igniting while he was lighting his pipe. He leaves a wife and three grown children.
(George W. Scurlock married Minerva E. Harper on 1 Dec 1877, in Union Co., Ill. His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Dongola reads: G. W. Scurlock Born Sept. 4, 1855 Died Nov. 14, 1905. Gone but not forgotten.—Darrel Dexter)
Two prominent river men of Louisville, Ky., died last week. Capt. James Duffy died at Rochester, Minn., where he went to undergo a surgical operation for stomach trouble on Friday, aged sixty-one years. His intimate friend and business association, Capt. A. H. Dugan, died on Saturday evening of heart trouble, induced by grief over the death of his friend. Capt. Dugan was eighty-one years old. Both of them left large estates.
A brakeman named J. F. Kelly was run over by a switch engine in the yards Saturday night and had both legs cut off. He was taken to the hospital at Cairo, and last reports were that he could not live. (Mounds)
Mrs. Martha Buckner, mother of the Robinson boys who are employed on yards, died last Thursday of pneumonia fever, aged about 58 years. The remains were taken to Belknap and interred.
(Joseph Buckner married Martha Robertson on 8 Nov 1891, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 8 Dec 1905:
Hall of Golden Rod Lodge
No. 105, I. O. O. F.
Pulaski, Ill., Nov 13, 1905
Whereas, death has crossed the threshold of our lodge once more, taking from us our beloved sister May Smoot, and leaving another void which can never be replaced; and
Whereas, It has pleased the Supreme Ruler of the universe to remove from our midst our worthy sister and esteemed member, be it
Resolved, that our deepest sympathy be extended to the family of our deceased sister, while fully realizing that these lines of condolence do not afford sufficient comfort to an aching heart, as they fail to explain the mysterious dispensation, yet we know that God’s ways are not our ways and to him the distressed in spirit may go and be comforted;
Resolved, That the charter of this Lodge be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that these resolutions be placed upon the records of the lodge and a copy be sent to the bereaved family, also a copy to the county papers for publication.
Mary A. Brown,
Ida A. Lewis,
Lizzie F. Lewis, Committee
(This likely refers to Lucretia M. Smoot, whose obituary was published in the 10 Nov 1905, issue.—Darrel Dexter)
J. F. Johnson, aged 36 years, a five-year resident of this city, and a employee at the Metal Bound factory, died at his home in this city Tuesday and was buried Wednesday at Shiloh Church. He leaves a wife and three children.
Mr. Adolph Swoboda, one of Cairo’s oldest and highly respected citizens, passed away at his home last Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 55 years of age.
(Adolph Swoboda married Selma Kobler on
20 Jan 1880, in Alexander Co., Ill.
His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge
Swoboda 1850-1905.—Darrel Dexter)
Mine No. 2 of the O’Gara Coal Company at Harrisburg exploded at 5
o’clock Thursday evening with such force as to blow the roof
off the fan shaft and otherwise damage the mine. Two shot
firers, James Lyden and William Watters, were
in the mine when the explosion occurred. A fire alarm was
turned in, which brought assistance. After setting the fan
at the airshaft to work, a rescuing party was organized and
lowered into the shaft. Lyden was found in the pump
unconscious, having been blown there by the force of the
explosion. He was brought to the surface and resuscitated.
Watters had not been found owing to the difficulties
encountered by the rescuing party on account of afterdamp in
the rooms. He is believed to be dead. Fifty miners had left
the mine but a few moments before the explosion occurred.
(Harry E. Daniels married Bettie Trainer on 5 Aug
1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Charles Crippen married Annie Mize on 21 Oct 1883,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
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