and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers
The Pulaski Enterprise
10 Jan 1908 - 25 Dec 1908
Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Friday, 10 Jan 1908:
muddy cornfield __ miles east of here, the body of ___ Darnell,
a coal miner, who lived ___ Bush, near this city, was found __ had
been missing from his home ___ Christmas evening. He was 27
years old and had a wife and child.
Mount Vernon—The murder th___ in the case of David B. Ellis,
at ___ in strength here. Ellis invited violence in
Mount Vernon by a frequent display of his money, which he f___ upon
the slightest provocation.
Friday, 17 Jan 1908:
the subject of this memorial sketch, was the son of W. P. and E. J.
Clark, and was born in Annadell, Tenn., Sept. 25, 1883, and
in early life with his parents moved to Jackson where he was
educated and began switching in the Illinois Central yards. He
joined the Methodist Church at 13 years of age and continued a
member till death. In 1904, he married Allice Morrow of
Mounds, Ill., and was killed at 3:35 a.m. December 19, 1907, while
switching in the Iron Mountain yards at Argenta, Ark., and
performing his duties. He was in some manner thrown beneath
the cars, one pair trucks passing over his body. Death was
probably instantaneous. As soon as the accident was known
every man upon the force stopped work and escorted the remains to
Rhinbal’s undertaking rooms in Little Rock where they were
prepared for shipment to the home of the bereaved wife in Mounds,
Ill. Mr. Clark was about twenty-five years of age, five
years of which had been spent in railroading. He had been at
Argenta two years and possibly no man on the yards was more popular
with the men or more trusted by his superiors. He was a member
of the B. of R. T. lodge No. 449, Argenta, Ark., and leaves a wife,
mother, two sister and three brothers to mourn his loss.
Funeral services were held at Baptist church in Mounds, Rev. Bass,
of Cairo, officiating, after which the body was laid to rest in
Beech Grove Cemetery.
Carbondale—Neighbors found the dead bodies of Clarence Snider
and wife in the bedroom of their home in this city. Both had
been killed by revolver shots It is supposed Snider
killed the woman and then himself. They are said to have
Harrisburg—Ames Cowsert, a miner, was burned by an explosion
of gas in Ogara Mine No. 4 here, and will die. A number of
others were injured by the explosion.
Chester—John Reilly, 47 years old, was found dead between the
ties of a trestle of the Illinois division of the Iron Mountain
railway in Lower Chester.
(Her name was
Blanche Theresa Ray, wife of John C. Ray.
Her marker in Anna Cemetery reads:
Blanche T. Ray Born March 21, 1876 Died Jan. 21,
Allen married Ada Drake on 17 Oct 1891, in Alexander Co.,
Edward Ira Schuler, an Illinois Central switchman, at Mounds was crushed to death between two freight cars Monday forenoon while at work in the yards at that place. He was 36 year of age and leaves a wife and two little daughters; also a mother, Mrs. George Schuler, Sr., three sisters, Mrs. L. C. Perks, Mrs. Lylie Murphy and Miss Kate Schuler, and two brothers, Messrs. Alfred and George Schuler, all of Mound City. The funeral was held at the family residence in Mounds Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery. The attendance was one of the largest ever seen in the place. All work in the railroad shops and yards was suspended, the men attending in a body.
Schuler married Emma Stern on 20 Feb 1895, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Hazel Maude Kennedy, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Kennedy, aged 21 years, 4 months, and 22 days, died at the family home on Blanche Avenue, in Mounds, Illinois, January 20, 1908, at 1:15 a.m. Miss Hazel had been a patient sufferer for many months, and when death released the wasted form from further agony and loving hands had prepared it for its last repose, she was placed in the beautiful casket in the parlor of the home, and beneath a canopy of silk, draped on each side with rich lace, and festooned on all sides with beautiful garlands of hot-house and tropical flowers and potted plants. It seemed, as one stood and looked on the beautiful form, that it lay there asleep on a flowery bed of ease. The same sweet smile still remained on her face that she always wore when in health. Many hundreds of people viewed the beautiful scene during the day. At 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, 21st, the remains were taken to the Congregational church where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. F. Utley of the M. E. church in Mound City, assisted by Rev. Johannsen of the Mounds Congregational church. The funeral oration was pronounced one of the finest ever listened to in Mounds. The floral offerings by her associates, friends and railroad employees were simply magnificent. One represented a broken wheel with one spoke gone, another a broken heart, but the best of all was a small pillow of roses on which was inscribed “Our Baby.” It is no wonder the fond father and mother are reconciled to this beautiful death when they were right beside her and saw the last faint spark of life expire, and saw that sweet smile come over her face as her soul took its flight into the great unknown. That sweet smile which remained with her until the last seemed to say: “Papa and Mama, the whole world down there loves your Hazel.”
took place on a lot near a spreading beech tree in Beech Grove
Cemetery, where the grave is marked by a mound of loose earth
entirely covered by a still larger bank of flowers, and on the top
of all is a beautiful wreath bearing the motto: “Gone but not
McIntire married Emma Davis on 18 Nov 1894, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Marion Atherton married Esta Odle on 25 Sep 1892, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
refer to Calvin Bias, who married Fannie Mcguire Corrella
on 11 Nov 1880, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Ridgway—Wilford York, while hunting in company with Joe
Nelson and Harry Linder, was killed by the accidental
discharge of Nelson’s gun. The coroner’s jury returned
a verdict of death by accident.
Goodman held for the murder of his brother, Hugh, pleaded
guilty to manslaughter and was given an indeterminate sentence.
Two months ago Goodman struck his brother with a skiff oar
because he had upbraided his aged father.
(C. C. White married Mary Coyle (?) on 5 Mar 1880, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. His
marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Christopher White Born Oct. 12, 1852 Died Jan. 25,
Joseph H. Lufkin, of Mounds, an old and prominent citizen of Pulaski County, died at his home Tuesday morning at the age of 75 years. His wife died about 6 weeks ago. Mrs. L. Benedict, a step-daughter, a sister and two brothers, residing elsewhere are the only near relatives living. The deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge in this city who will have charge of the burial, which will take place at Villa Ridge Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday. Funeral services at residence conducted by Rev. B. F. Utley.
(Lucinda Benedict is described as a niece instead of a stepdaughter in the 28 Feb 1908, issue of the newspaper. His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: J. H. Lufkin 1832-1908.—Darrel Dexter)
James C. Spier, an old resident of Mounds, died at his home
in that city Wednesday afternoon after a short illness of pneumonia.
He was 75 years old and had resided in Mounds the past thirty years.
He leaves five children, two sons, W. A. and C. F. Spiers,
both of Mounds; three daughters, Mrs. Ella Clay, of Oklahoma;
Mrs. Emma Castle and Miss Maude Spiers, both of
Mounds. Mrs. Spiers was an old soldier, having served
over three years in the Union army. The funeral took place
Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church.
Willingham married Ada Wilson on 21 Dec 1897, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Rev. R. W. Purdue, of Grand Chain, died at the Hale Sanatorium, Monday morning of Bright’s disease, where he had been for several weeks receiving treatment. The remains were taken to Cobden, where the funeral was held in the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon and the remains interred in the Cobden cemetery. He is survived by a wife and one son, Dr. Finis Purdue.
The deceased was well known in Anna, Cobden and Alto Pass, where he had served as pastor of the Congregational churches for several years and had conducted a large farm near Alto, now owned by Avery & Hines. He was a man of more than ordinary ability and very energetic in all his work. He was engaged in evangelistic work for several years for the southern Illinois association of Congregational churches. He suffered a stroke of paralysis last August in Ohio and never fully recovered from this attack. Several of the former members of his church in Anna attended the funeral and presented a beautiful offering in token of his work.
Purdue married Mary J. Houser on 25 Jun 1874, in Union
Co., Ill. His marker in
Cobden Cemetery reads:
Rev. R. W. Purdue Born Nov. 11, 1853 Died Feb. 3,
Myers married Ora Williams on 12 Sep 1892, in Alexander
Co., Ill. One marker in
Ullin Cemetery reads:
Edgar on of J. M. & Ora Myers Born Aug. 25, 1907 Died Feb. 7,
Kirkpatrick married Millie Thompson on Oct 1869, in
Alexander Co., Ill. John
Butler married T. Emma Thompson on 31 Jan 1867, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Benedict married Lucinda H. Mattson on 2 Nov
1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:
Lucinda Bendict Born 1844 Died 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
aged about 25 years, unmarried, and an employee at the planing mill
of Williamson-Kuny lumber company of this city, while
en route home Sunday night fell through the Cache River
bridge of Big Four railroad, and was drowned. He had been to
Cairo with a boy named Tapley, and was under the influence of
liquor. The body was found Monday about where it is supposed
he fell in. The drowned man has a brother residing in this
city who is employed at Mounds. The funeral and burial took
place Tuesday afternoon.
Welch, a colored man from Olmsted, inflicted bodily injuries on
his wife at Cairo Monday last from which she died same evening.
They met at the home of an acquaintance and quarreled after which he
beat her over the head with a chair and lamp fracturing her skull
and from which she soon after died at the hospital. Welch
was arrested in Olmsted Tuesday night by Deputy Sheriff R. J.
Caster, and taken to Cairo where the crime was committed.
He has a mother and sister living at Olmsted. He says he had
been separated from his wife for some time and she had left him at
Olmsted and went to Cairo to live, where she said she could make a
good living. Welch tried to induce her to return home
with him and when she refused he killed her.
Thebes—In an effort to repel an invader who forced his way into the
home, Charles Chester, 16, years old, accidentally shot and
killed his mother, Mrs. M. A. Chester. A coroner’s jury
exonerated the lad.
(He is buried in Section F, Site 4831B in Mound City National
Cemetery and died 8 Mar 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Dick, a Missouri Pacific Railroad fireman, whose home is in
McGehee, Ark., was killed and robbed one mile south of here, while
on his way to Chaffee, Mo. The slayer whose identify is not
known, escaped into Missouri.
McGill, a miner was killed in a wreck in No. 3 Peabody coal
mine here when a mule dragged a string of cars from the track.
Marion—Lewis Grimes, 19 years old, was killed by a freight
train at Hudgens, five miles south of here. Grimes
attempted to get on the train while it was in motion and fell under
Newston, 22 years old, while kindling a fire in the stove
with coal oil, her clothing caught on fire and she burned to death.
Mrs. Miller, her mother, was burned so badly that she is not
expected to live.
(This notice probably refers to B. W. Metz.
His fourth marriage
is recorded in Pulaski Co., Ill.
B. W. Metz, 81, of Ullin, married Mrs. Sarah Jane
Cantrell (nee Stevens on 20 Aug 1900. His
marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:
B. W. Metz 1819-1908.—Darrel Dexter)
attempt to take longer strides than his companions will cost John
Finley, 17 years old, his life. Finley and some
companions were walking home when a “dare” was made as to who could
step the farthest. Finley won the “dare,” but his spine
was bent and he fell over, striking his head on a cobblestone.
He was carried home dying.
Carmi—Ezekiel Hunsinger, 82 years old, was kicked by a young horse and died from his injuries. He was born near Carmi and spent his whole life on the same farm.
Hunsinger married Charlotte Hunsinger on 16 Feb 1851, in
White Co., Ill. Ezekiel
Hunsinger married Mrs. Emily White on 27 Oct 1874, in
White Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We desire to
express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our friends for
their sympathy and kindness through the illness and death of our
beloved father. Especially do we wish to thank the Ladies Aid and
the choir for the beautiful singing.
(A marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:
John L. Needham Born Sept. 11, 1881 Died April 2,
1908. Amanda Needham
his wife Born Sept. 1, 1882.
John Needham Born April 18, 1908 Died April 27, 1908.
Della Needham Born June 18, 1906 Died June 22, 1906.
Delbert Needham Born June 18, 1906 Died July 12,
Pana, Ill.—Floyd Grounds, aged 14 years, and Frank
Willburn, 18, were smothered to death in the J. F. Umpleby
Grain Co.’s elevator at Dunkle. The boys were playing and fell
into the bin, which was being unloaded, and the section drew them
beneath the grain. They immediately sank down into the grain.
Later, a search was made for them and their dead bodies were found
in the bin. Young Grounds lived in Pana and Willburn
To the many kind friends and neighbors who extended us aid and
sympathy during the recent illness and death of our mother and
relative, Mrs. Mary L. Monahan, we hereby extend most sincere
Mrs. Mary L.
Monahan who had been ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Otto Betts the past week, died at 12:30 .m. Saturday.
Her death came as a shock to her family and friends. She
leaves two daughters, Mrs. Otto Betts, of this city, and Mrs.
John Lewis, of Paducah, Ky. , and two sons, Frank who resides
in Cairo and George. Mrs. Monahan’s illness took on the
serious nature at a late hour Friday evening. She has been one
of the most active members of the M. E. church in this city for the
past several years. Mrs. Monahan was born in Baltimore,
Md., and came to Mound City in 1861. She was married to her
deceased husband, Wesley Monahan, in 1862, and resided here
ever since, dying at the age of 60 years, 10 months and 14 days.
The funeral took place at the Methodist church Monday afternoon, and
was largely attended.
Lyerly was born September 28, 1851, and died April 25, 1908,
of heart failure caused by dropsy of long standing, at her farm home
one mile north of America, this county, at the age of 56 years, 6
months and 27 days. She was born and raised, lived and died in
the same house where her mother was born, the fame of which is the
last surviving house of the once thriving county seat town of
America Pulaski County, Illinois. She united with the M. E.
church during the summer of 1866, when Rev. Hill was pastor
of the church at Mound City and has been a member of the
Presbyterian Church ever since. She was a great Bible reader
and was well posted in its teachings. She was generous and
open hearted, and always ready to lend a helping hand. During
later years she suffered such intense pain that none but herself and
the Master can ever know, and she bore her sufferings with more
patience and less complaining than is usual in such afflictions.
The deceased leaves two brothers, J. F. and George A. Lyerly,
and three sisters, Mrs. A. W. Lawrence, of Mt. Vernon, Mrs.
E. E. Boyd, of Mound City, and Mrs. M. D. Brelsford,
of America. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. A.
J. Parker, of Vienna, and the remains interred in the family
burying ground on the farm. Peace to her dust.
Boyd married Eliza E. Lyerly on 4 Sep 1884, in Pulaski
Co., Ill. Milton D.
Brelsford married Cornelia Lyerly on 17 Nov 1897, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. One
marker in Lyerly Cemetery near America reads:
Our Sister, Jemima D. Lyerly Born Sept. 28, 1857 Died
April 25, 1908 Aged 56 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 27 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Koonce, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Koonce, died of consumption at their country home about three
miles west of Villa Ridge on Thursday night, April 23, 1908.
The funeral services took place at Liberty church on Saturday at 3
o’clock p.m. The bereaved family are a part of our best
citizens and have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God in his divine providence to
take from our Camp our beloved and esteemed neighbor, John L.
Needham, We the committee resolve that a copy of these
resolutions be spread on the minutes of the Camp and that a copy of
these resolutions be printed in the county paper and the charter of
Ullin Camp No. 7343 Modern Woodmen of America be draped in mourning
for a term of thirty days.
jury in the case of James Brown, charged with the murder of
Benjamin A. English at Eldorado, several months ago, returned
a verdict of guilty of manslaughter and fixed his sentenced at 14
years in the penitentiary. English, who was a barber,
came to Eldorado from Mount Vernon, Ind., to work in a shop with
Brown, and was killed during a quarrel.
Murphysboro—In a quarrel here Fred Green was probably fatally
shot by Grover Ripley, a constable of Oraville.
Ripley surrendered to Sheriff Hanson after the shooting.
J. N. Miller, one of the old and ___ residents of Pulaski, died at ___ that village, Thursday of ____ at the age of 74 years. Mr. Miller ___ his country during the ___ Ohio Regiment, came to ___ and resided at Villa Ridge ___ years ago when removed ___. He had been an invalid ___ __rs. A wife and six children ___ him, viz: Mrs. C. M. Gaunt, ____ Miller of Mound City, ____ Pulaski, D. E. Miller ____ ___al, Mrs. Ida Forsyth, ___ ___ S. Miller, of Chicago.
Miller married Margaret Albin.
Charles M. Miller married Eleanor Miller on 13
Oct 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
George H. Forsyth married Ida Miller on 7 Apr
1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Vernon—While attempting to drive a wagon across West Muddy Creek,
which was running high, A. Thompson and his wife were thrown
into the steam by the wagon overturning. Mrs. Thompson
was drowned. Thompson saved himself, two married
daughters and two children.
Walschmidt, 2 years old, was run over by an electric car here
and fatally injured.
Hubbard, 40 years old, died after drinking carbolic acid.
(Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Effie V. wife of O. M. Daniels Died May 5, 1908 Aged
24 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 1 Day.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Dille, wife of J. S. Dille, of Villa Ridge, Pulaski County, Ills., died at Pine Bluff Ark., on May 15th, 1908, in the 62nd year of her age. Mrs. Dille had become a victim of a severe attack of rheumatism and complication of other diseases, and in February last her husband took her to Hot Springs, Ark., and placed here in the care of a physician where she could also have the benefit of the curative properties of the baths of that noted resort, but after a visit of three weeks, and constantly growing worse, she was removed to the home of her son-in-law, William Puddephatt, at Pine Bluff, and placed in the care of a skillful physician where she had the constant care of a loving daughter; but all the skill of the physician and care and nursing of loving hands was of no avail, and she gradually grew worse and quietly and peacefully passed away on the above date. The remains of the deceased arrived at her home Saturday evening and funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday morning, May 17, 1908, at 11:00 o’clock, Rev. C. W. Campbell, pastor, officiating; who delivered a most eloquent, forceful and helpful discourse. The music was rendered by a choir consisting of Mrs. P. G. Pavey, of Cairo, Mrs. Dr. Rife, Miss Agnes Gunn, C. W. B. Pavey, and H. E. Jones, of Villa Ridge, with Mrs. C. W. B. Pavey at the organ. The floral decorations were beautiful and abundant, one design a most beautiful anchor presented by the Villa Ridge Telephone Co., another a cross, by the ladies aid society of the M. E. church and another by her little grandchildren of Pine Bluff, Ark., with the inscription “Grandma.” Mrs. Dille had been a loyal, devoted and helpful member of the M. E. church for more than 35 years, and leaves a loving husband and five children. Mrs. Effie Puddephatt and Edney Dille, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Joseph B. Dille, Argenta, Ark.; F. M. Dille and Mrs. Dora Spaulding, Villa Ridge, Ill., besides a host of loving and devoted friends. The pallbearers were C. C. Davidson, Hallack Johnson, G. W. Gunn, G. W. Green, H. M. Hogendobler, and George E. Titus. The remains were laid to rest in a beautiful spot in the Villa Ridge cemetery. Mrs. Dille was more than an ordinary woman. The broad hand of charity was hers, ever ready and helpful to others in time of need; a woman of untiring zeal and devotion to her family and friends. The life work of a noble woman is ended; gone not far, just over there a little way, and the influence of that life will be most indelibly impressed on the memory of those who loved and knew her best, but with the conscious thought of that blessed hope within us, we can bow in submission to Him, who doeth all things well, and say: “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Dille married L. M. Kennedy on 12 Mar 1870, in Pulaski
Co., Ill. William
Puddefhatt married Effie May Dille on 5 Apr 1892, in
Pulaski Co., Ill. Her
marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Elizabeth M. Dille 1848-1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Mound City—The celebrated Blum will case has been compromised
and the suit to set aside the will is ended. Louis Blum left
a will which could not be found, but two of the heirs, Mrs. Clara
Blum Eichhorn and Ben Blum, produced what they
declared was a carbon copy of the will. Jacob and Samuel
Blum took an appeal from the decision of Judge W. S. Dewey
of the probate court to admit the will to probate.
Golconda—Mrs. S. W. Rains, wife of a prominent farmer near this place, committed suicide by jumping into a well.
(Samuel W. Rains married Wendoza Baker on 12 Jul 1893,
in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(Thomas Moseley married Josephine
Hunt on 7 Sep 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Little Jennie Emmert, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Emmert, of Villa Ridge, died at her home Saturday, June 13th, after an illness of only two days. Besides her parents, she leaves two little sisters, Edith and Georgia, to mourn her untimely loss. Funeral was conducted by Rev. F. S. Perry, pastor of the Congregational Church of Mounds. Interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.
(Frank B. Emmert married Alferretta Buckle on 11 Oct 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill. One marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads: Jennie Emmert 1906-1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Illinoisan Killed by Lightning.
Harrisburg—While standing in the doorway of his barn in this city, waiting for a thunderstorm to pass, Clarence Cummings was struck by lightning and killed. His hat was burned from his head and his shoes were torn from his feet.
Friday, 26 Jun 1908:
Ruby Lynn Starks, aged 17 years, died Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Starks, on Main Street. The decedent had spent the past six weeks in Chicago, where he contracted quick consumption and only returned to Mound City the day before his death. Funeral takes place at the residence at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Mary B., wife of Ex-county Commissioner S. P. Gardner, departed this life Thursday night after a long battle with consumption. The funeral services were conducted Saturday evening at the A. M. E. Church by Rev. J. N. Crofford, to a large congregation. The remains were laid to rest in Union Grove Cemetery near Tamms. Mr. Gardner has the sympathy of both the white and colored citizens in this his saw sorrow. Sweet be her rest.
(Samuel P. Gardner married on 30 Jul 1885, in Pulaski Co., Ill., Mary B. King. He was earlier married to Mary E. Posey on 22 Apr 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill. A marker for Mary B. Gardner could not be found, but a marker for the earlier wife in Union Grove Cemetery reads: Mary E. wife of S. P. Gardner Died Aug. 1, 1884 Aged 18 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 9 Ds. Though short my days, Yet now I rest, And praise my God among the blest.—Darrel Dexter)
Roy Andrews received a very sad telegram Thursday telling him of an accident that occurred to his sisters at Oakland, Ill., by the explosion of a gasoline stove. The message stated that they were fatally injured and not expected to live. Mr. Andrews left Friday for Oakland. One of the young ladies, Miss Edith, had many friends here (Ullin) who will regret to hear the news.
C. M. Hileman was called to Anna Monday on account of the death of his brother there. (Ullin)
(A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads: Jacob Hileman Born Dec. 21, 1823 Died June 21, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
May Know Cause of Ellis’ Death.
Mount Vernon—Mrs. Charles Presley is in jail in Mount Carmel, charged with burglary. According to statements of Mrs. Presley’s daughter, the woman is thought to have been identified with the mysterious killings of David B. Ellis, of St. Louis, who was found dead at the west limits of Mount Vernon Jan. 2, with a bullet hole in his heart and one in his head.
(This may refer to Julia Sneed, who married Charles Presley on 13 Aug 1899, in Jefferson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 3 Jul 1908:
Death from Burning.
Marion, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Tucker, residing on Pearl Street, in this city, was fatally burned Sunday evening, and from which she died twenty-four hours later. The little one with others was playing with candle lighted toy street car boxes upon the sidewalk in front of their home when her box suddenly caught fire, setting fire to her clothes. By the time she could be rescued her back from hips to near the top of her head was burned to almost a crisp, and her sufferings were terrible until death came to her relief. She was a beautiful and loving child. The funeral took place Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal church, and burial in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rev. H. W. Anderson of Cairo, conducting the exercises.
Card of Thanks.
We, the undersigned wish to hereby extend thanks to the many friends for their kindness shown through the illness and death of our beloved son, Ruby Lynn Starks, to the choir we desire to make special mention.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Starks.
Brakeman Killed in Wreck.
Murphysboro—Kenneth West, a brakeman, of Murphysboro, was killed when a freight car fell on him in a wreck below Murphysboro. He was 25 years old, and leaves a widow and baby.
Swimmer Drowns at Centralia.
Centralia—Claude McCoy, a young man living in Centralia, was drowned in Crooked Creek, near here, while in swimming with a number of companions. His body has not been recovered.
Miner Crushed to Death.
Harrisburg.—John Horsick, a miner, was caught under a fall of slate and crushed to death. Jackscrews were required to lift the heavy slab in order to remove his body.
Sam Howard, colored, aged 44 years, died Wednesday of consumption at his home half way between here and Mounds. Leaves a wife, mother and sister.
Mrs. E. C. Fletcher and children went to Chattanooga yesterday where Mrs. Fletcher was called by the death of her father who was visiting his son there.
Friday, 10 Jul 1908:
Died, at her home near Unity, in Pulaski County, June 25, 1908, Mrs. Lizzie Mansperger, wife of John Mansperger, aged 43 years, and 7 months. She leaves a husband, three sons, two daughters, a mother and sister to mourn her loss.
(John Mannsperger married Lizzie Ferenbaugh on 15 Nov 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Hazlewood, who resided with her daughter, Mrs. John Schuler, Jr., died at their home in Cape Girardeau Wednesday from consumption from which she had suffered the past few years. The deceased was well known to a number of our citizens and at one time resided here with her daughter, Mrs. Capt. H. Taylor, now deceased. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Schuler, and one son, Robert Hazlewood, of Bardwell, Ky., to which place the remains were taken for burial.
Dr. George Thomas, for many years a prominent physician of Ballard County, Ky., died while alone in his office at Bardwell last Monday of supposed heart disease.
Death of Rev. Utley.
Rev. B. F. Utley, pastor of the M. E. church in this city during the past nearly two years, died at his home here Wednesday forenoon of this week, of tuberculosis, at the age of 35 years, 10 months, and 26 days. A loving wife and five little daughters, the eldest ten years of age, are the chief mourners of his death. The funeral will be held at the church at 4:00 p.m. Thursday and the remains taken to Belknap Friday morning and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery at that place.
Rev. Utley was born in Johnson County of this state, and educated at the Presbyterian college at Enfield, of which denomination his father was a minister. He had been in the ministry nearly eleven years, had filled several important charges with credit, and was one of the brightest and most promising young ministers of the conference. In his sermons, as also his addresses, he was magnetic and carried his audiences with him. He was always interesting and instructive to the old and young alike, and to hear him preach was to learn something.
Outside the pulpit he was unusually strong. He made acquaintances quick and lots of them who soon became to him friends, and he always had for them a smile and kind word. It was a sad day in Mound City Wednesday when they learned he was dead, and tear stained eyes could be seen among the members of his congregation. They knew of his serious illness for three weeks past, but hoped and prayed that he might recover. It is a short step sometimes from apparent good health to eternity. Rev. Utley was a Christian man, and has gone into that great hereafter where sickness and death never comes—that he never tired of telling his hearers about, and urged them to prepare for it.
(Bennie F. Utley married Sarah Bean on 29 Sep 1897, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 17 Jul 1908:
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. H. Nelms was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday.
(This may refer to a child of Hiram Nelms and Viola Walker, who were married on 10 Aug 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The body of B. F. Utley, accompanied by the bereaved family and a large concourse of friends, was taken Friday morning to Belknap, where it was taken to the M. E church lying in state from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., when services were conducted by Rev. Landis, pastor of the church, and Rev. J. W. McNeile, the presiding elder of this district. A large number of Bro. Utley’s friends from Vienna, Belknap, and the surrounding country crowded the church and there was scarcely a heart in the congregation but felt the pain of this parting. After the service the remains were taken to the Masonic cemetery where they were laid to rest. Mrs. Utley and the fatherless children have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow. The following friends from this city accompanied the remains to their last resting place: Mrs. A. L. Compton, Dr. and Mrs. Hall Whiteaker, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Perks, Mrs. Kate Robards, Mrs. Florence Malone, Mrs. W R. Rodman, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Millis, Mrs. Ruby Richey, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Keller, Misses Kate Schuler, and Hattie B. Hawley, Messrs. A. J. Dougherty, Ben Blum, Roy Moore, Ed Sheerer, William Otter, L. D. Stophlet, Charles Livesay, J. A. Waugh, W. A. Wall, H. V. Handley, J. W. McNeille, ---Williams, and William Montgomery. Mrs. A. L. Compton, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Parker, Mrs. Florence Malone and Mrs. Utley and family remained over in Belknap to visit relatives. William Montgomery, the undertaker of this city, had charge of the corpse and decorations here, upon the train and at Belknap, and his decorations and latest mode of managing the funeral arrangements were pronounced the finest ever seen in this part of the state.
Albert Nelson, a well known and popular Illinois Central engineer at Mounds, died at the Catholic infirmary at Cairo last week Thursday night of typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and daughter.
Miss Willie Tallye, aged 18 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gentry Tallye, colored, died at the family home in this city Monday last and was buried Tuesday at Beech Grove Cemetery. Twelve of her girl school mates dressed in white acted as pall bearers.
CARD OF THANKS.
We desire to extend our since thanks to our many friends who so kindly and nobly stood by us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father. May the God he served, and the Christ he so faithfully represented be accepted as the friend and Savior of his and our many friends.
Mrs. B. F. Utley and children.
Mrs. Thomas Roach, widow, of Grand Chain died at her home Wednesday morning of this week, aged 69 years. She leaves two sons and two daughters and has resided in Grand Chain about thirty-five years, interment at Grand Chain cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hickman lost their infant child Friday. Funeral was held Sunday, burial at Ullin Cemetery.
(Frank Hickman and his wife Margaret Hickman have grave markers in Ullin Cemetery, but there is not a marker there for their infant child.—Darrel Dexter)
The mother of John Sadler died at his home on south Front Street (Mounds) Saturday.
Albert Nelson, one of the old and highly esteemed engineers resident this place (Mounds), died at the hospital in Cairo last week Thursday from typhoid fever after a three-week illness. He leaves a wife and daughter. The interment took place in Beech Grove Cemetery. The Masons, Odd Fellows, K. of P. and Engineers have charge of the funeral, which was largely attended by a host of members of the orders and friends of the family.
Friday, 24 Jul 1908:
The aged mother of Miss Lottie Chittick, of this city, died Monday last at the family home half a mile north of the Cross Roads Schoolhouse, and where she had resided for thirty five years.
Mrs. Chittick, wife of the late S. F. Chittick, died Tuesday night and was buried at Concord Cemetery. (Olmsted)
(Samuel T. Chittick married Emily Bagsbee on 14 Aug 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill. Her marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads: Emily E. Chittick Born Oct. 25, 1834 Died July 21, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Thomas Roach, of Grand
Chain, Ill., died Wednesday morning, July 15, 1908, of cancer, after
a lingering illness of four months. The interment took place in
Grand Chain Cemetery Thursday afternoon. Rev. Father
Rhinehardt officiated at
the funeral, which includes
requiem mass with appropriate sermon. The deceased was an
estimable woman, beloved by all who had the pleasure of her
acquaintance. She bore her terrible sufferings with heroic patience,
never complaining or troubling those about her. May she rest in
peace is the profound wish of her relatives and hosts of friends
throughout southern Illinois. Mrs.
Roach is survived by
three sons and two daughters: Louis Edward, her oldest son, is a
lieutenant in the regular army, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.;
Matthew is a switchman in the I. C. R. R. yards at Mounds, but
resides in Cairo; Dallas, the youngest, resides at home; one
daughter, Mrs. Albert Reichert, resides at home; Miss May, who is a nurse at the southern
Illinois hospital for the insane at Anna, was kindly given a leave
of absence to nurse her mother during this last illness.
Nashville, Tenn., July 27.—The police are puzzled over the case of a young man who gives his name as E. E. Merchant, and who approached a patrolman Sunday morning with the request that he be locked up for the double crime of murder and robbery.
According to his story he formerly resided in Grand Chain, Ill., where he says his sister was wronged by a man named James Andrews. He claims to have shot Andrews in cold blood and immediately afterward robbed his employer, the American Express Company of about $800, after which he fled.—“From that day to this,” he says, “my life has been a hell. My wife, who left for Salt Lake City this morning, advised me to give myself up. I cannot stand it any longer.”
After looking the man up, the police wired the chief of police at Grand Chain, Ill., and received the following answer:
“No charge that I know of.”
however, who is apparently perfectly sane, insists that he is a
murderer, and with tears streaming down his face adheres to the
minutest details of his story of the crime. Since coming here
recently, Merchant has
been something of a high roller and ready spender.
(Her name was recorded as Maggie
Heisner in the 31 Jul 1908, issue.—Darrel
Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell Mason, beloved wife of the late Benjamin F. Mason, residing two miles north of America station this county, died at her home Monday, August 3, 1908, at 2 a.m., at the ripe age of 76 years, 8 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held at the home August 4th, at 1 p.m. conducted by Rev. I. A. J. Parker, followed by interment in Villa Ridge Cemetery. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large number of relatives and friends. Mrs. Mason was married in Franklin County, Ind., in 1850, and came to this county, April 1, 1865, landing from a steamboat at Caledonia, going from there to the home where herself and family have since resided. Mr. Mason died in 1899. She leaves a highly esteemed family of eight grown children: Mrs. Sarah Wilson, Mrs. A. L. Full, Oscar and W. C. Mason, Mrs. S. A. Steers, and Mrs. C. E. Leidigh, of America Precinct, H. A. Mason, of Mound City, and Charles H., at Belknap.
(Andrew F. Fell married Alice
Mason on 11 Mar 1877, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
Stephen A. Steers married
Mary E. Mason on 10 Mar
1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Harrisburg—Arthur Dale, 16-year-old son of J. W. Dale, of Dahlgren, Ill., has been missing since July 1, and all efforts to find any trace of him have proven futile. When last seen he appeared to be bewildered. Fear is expressed that he has become mentally unbalanced or has met foul play. He has dark brown hair, brown eyes, slightly stooped shouldered and walks with a long step. A reward is offered for information leading to his whereabouts.
(The father may be the same person as John W.
Dale, who married Jane Eldora
Stinson on 1 Feb 1891, in Saline Co., Ill.—Darrel
Carbondale—Charles C. Lawrence, a veteran of the Civil War and an old resident of this city, died here, aged 71. He served in the Second Colorado Cavalry during the war. A sister, Mrs. Rachel Curtis, aged 79, died the same day at Paris, Ill. He is survived by a wife and five children, one of the latter being Prof. J. Hamilton Lawrence of Park College, Parkville, Mo.
(Charles C. Lawrence married
Ellen J. Hamilton on 16
May 1867, in Jackson Co., Ill.
His marker in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale reads:
C. C. L. Lawrence
1837-1908. 2 Colo.
(Rafe Henderson married Mrs.
Annie Robison on 10 Nov
1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Cook married Ella B. Crary
on 2 Oct 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:
Metropolis—When Jim Kelley, a
19-year-old youth met his sweetheart Miss Eva
Sleefer and Link James, a
young butcher, driving near Metropolis, he killed
James, shot the girl in the abdomen and blew out his own brain.
Kelley was crazed with
Sparta—Matthew McClurken, the oldest native citizen of this town, is dead. He was 81 years old. McClurken was the first white child born in Sparta, and had lived here all his life. In 1839 he engaged in the manufacture of castor oil and continued in that business until 1860, when he took charge of the Sparta Woolen Mills. He was also engaged in the dry goods business since 1860 and was one of the wealthiest men in the country. The funeral was from the family residence.
(Matthew McClurken married
Rachel McNeall on 17 Jul
1845, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel
DuQuoin—Jasper Woods, a
miner, and for many years a resident of this city, committed suicide
at his home by cutting his throat with a razor, with which he had
just finished shaving.
DuQuoin—Mrs. Ransom A. Youngblood, a member of one of the best known families of Benton, died suddenly in the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna, where she was taken a month ago. Her mental derangement was the result of grief over the penitentiary sentence imposed upon her husband, R. A. Youngblood, for defalcation during his connection with the Coal Belt National Bank of Benton, of which he was president.
(Ransom A. Youngblood married
Mamie Hubbard on 17 May
1882, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel
(William F. Gandy married
Iallie I. Bankson on 13
Apr 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
We wish to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us during the
recent illness, death and burial of our dear brother, George W.
Bankston, Our heartfelt
thanks are tendered to all.
(J. B. DeRouche married Mrs.
Amanda M. Bankson on 27
Jan 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Evett, the man who fired
the fatal shot near Cache bridge, is in the Mound City jail to await
the action of the grand jury. He was held for manslaughter by the
coroner’s jury. (Mounds)
(William F. Crippen married
Lillie Bell Beaver on 18
Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
The 25 Sep 1908, issue gives the girl’s name as
Dr. James Harvey Brown died at his residence on the Louisville Pike, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 11, of diabetes.
Dr. Brown was born at
Bradstown, Ky., Oct. 12, 1823, and was in the 85th year of his age.
He was one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of this
community. He has been an elder of the Bradstown Presbyterian church
and a member of that church nearly all his life, and was an earnest
and devout Christian gentleman. In early life he was engaged in the
drug business with Dr. William
Nall as a member of the
firm of Nall &
Brown. Afterwards he
graduated from the Louisville Medical College and located at Mound
City and was a successful physician.
He remained there until the late seventies, when he returned
to Bradstown, where he resided until his death. He is survived by
two sisters, Mesdames T. D.
Elliott and Edmonia
Roberts. Funeral was held Thursday at 10:00 o’clock at the
Presbyterian church, Rev. W. R.
Anderson conducting the services. Interment at Bradstown Cemetery.—Bradstown,
Mount Vernon—Mrs. William Banes,
wife of a well-known farmer, is dead as the result of injuries
received in a runaway. The team was frightened by an automobile.
(William Thomas Eckley
married Corinne B. Cheek
on 12 Apr 1896, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel
John Burnett, who accidentally shot himself last Tuesday evening at Ullin, died Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo at 6:20 o’clock. The decedent was employed as a night watchman at the Defiance Box Company’s mill at Ullin and while handling his revolver he accidentally discharged the weapon and received a fatal wound. It was hoped that surgeons might be able to save his life and the young man was taken to Cairo to St. Mary’s Infirmary where he underwent a surgical operation. All efforts in his behalf, however proved unavailing.
The decedent was about 25 years of age and is survived by his brother,
Charles Burnett, who was
at his bedside. He was a nephew of F. M.
Burnett, of Pulaski. He
was a member of the Masonic lodge and Knights of Pythias lodges at
Cobden and was a popular, and highly esteemed young man. During the
time he was at the hospital a large number of his friends from Ullin
and Cobden came to visit him.
We hereby extended thanks to our many friends for
the kindness shown us through the illness and death of our beloved
(The 18 Sep 1908, issue of the newspaper recorded the girl’s name as
Maggie D. Crippen.—Darrel
Cairo—Drew Marshall shot Mrs.
Frank Bechtel twice and
then turned the gun on himself. He died instantly and Mrs.
Betchtel is now lying in a dangerous condition at the city hospital.
Marshall was angered by
the refusal of Mrs. Bechtel
to leave her husband and two small children and elope with him.
Centralia—William H. Cullimore,
former postmaster of this city, a retired businessman and pioneer
resident, died here at the age of 72 years. His death was sudden and
unexpected, an attack of heart trouble, following soon after he ate
his breakfast. His wife died a few months ago.
Nashville—Henry Bultman, the
oldest citizen in Nashville, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
C. F. Finke, from the
effects of a paralytic stroke. He was 90 years old. The funeral
services were conducted at the
Finke home and burial at
Mount Vernon.—Miss Annie McComb,
22, drank three ounces of carbolic acid and died in great agony five
minutes after. Miss McComb,
who had a quarrel with her sweetheart, left a note giving her reason
for committing suicide, that as no one cared for her, she was tired
of living and wants to die.
(Dow McClelland married Mrs.
Eliza Dillinger on 13 Dec
1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Eldorado.—Three miners in the Harrisburg and Southern Illinois Coal
Company, two miles south of Eldorado, accidentally touched off three
cans of powder. Two died in a few hours after the explosion and the
other is not expected to live.
(Leander Deason married
Minnie Myers on 21 Feb
1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery near Wetaug reads:
Our Mother Franziska Buchiwiller wife of Sigmund
Baader Oct. 28, 1831 in
Germany Oct. 15, 1908 Ruhe in Frieden.—Darrel
Nashville—Mrs. Mary White
died at the home of her son, O. N.
White, in Robinson, Ill.
The funeral services were conducted at Beaucoup, in this county by
Rev. J. W. Cummins of Mt.
Carmel. Mrs. White was
the mother of Milburn J.
White, one of the organizers of the Farmers and Merchants
National Bank in this city, now cashier of the American National
Bank at Mt. Carmel.
DuQuoin.—Mrs. Ellen Kever died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Cunliffe. She was 69 years old and was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1839. She came to this country at the age of 15. At 16 she married Mr. Kever and five children were born, three sons, James Kever, of Chicago, Frank, of Herring, and John, of East St. Louis, and two daughters, Mrs. Harry Neill, of East St. Louis, and Mrs. William Cunliffe, of this city.
(William Cunliffe married
Bridget Kever on 28 Sep
1892, in Perry Co., Ill.
Harry Neal married Katie
Kever on 24 Sep 1889, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel
(The surname is recorded as Bolin
in the 20 Nov 1908, issue.—Darrel
DuQuoin—A jealous quarrel between Robert
Kirkpatrick and Mack McCreery,
son of a wealthy hotel man, rivals for the hand of Miss Cecil
Moore, daughter of a
wealthy banker, resulted in a fight at Benton, Ill., in which
McCreery was stabbed, probably fatally.
DuQuoin—J. W. Harvey, son of
former Alderman James H.
Harvey, died here after an illness of seven months’ duration.
DuQuoin—George, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John T.
Bishop, died at his
parents’ home in Sunfield, a village four miles north of this city,
of typhoid fever complication with cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Carbondale—Police Magistrate J. H. B. Renfro died here after several months’ illness from blood poisoning. He was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Jan. 2, 1842, and was a member of Company C, Forty-eighth Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. For several years he has been commander of John W. Lawrence Post G. A. R. of this city.
(J. H. B.
Renfro married Fannie
Holden on 29 Apr 1894, in Jackson Co., Ill.
Farrell married Katie
Rice, daughter of Mahaley J.
Willson, on 11 Dec 1890,
in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
Anglin married Mary bell
Milford on 28 Apr 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Benton—The bodies of four shot fliers who were
killed and entombed in the Rend Coal mine here were recovered.
Rifner married Sallie
Calvin on 15 Oct 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
James A. Barber
married Elizabeth Calvin
on 3 Jul 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
N. A. Keller married Mattie B.
Calvin on 20 Jan 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
John Lewis married
Lina Calvin on 14 Oct
1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
remembrance of Minnie (Morrow)
Harris my dearly beloved
daughter and our dear sister, who departed this life suddenly,
November 23, 1907. Aged 28 years, 2 months and 2 days.
___n at Wetaug, in Pulaski County __ months ago a negro named Cag__ Bolin, broke into an old house which was temporarily occupied by an old ___ whose earthly possessions consisted of one feather bed and a quilt, or _____ and a few dishes, and stole everything the old man had, who happened to be absent from the house at the time and carried them away in broad daylight. The negro took the bedding to his cabin in Wetaug, while the dishes he dumped into a swamp nearby. Said gentleman on his return to his house found that he had been robbed, __ reported the theft in Wetaug, whereupon he was informed that the ___ Bolen had been seen taking his ___ his cabin. The old man then decided to do a little piece of detective work and accordingly sought shelter __ negro cabin for the night, and ___ mitted. When he retired for the night he found he was covering with his own cover. Next morning he arose early, ate his breakfast and __ work, leaving the white man in bed. After while he got up, ate his breakfast, which the colored woman prepared for him. While eating he was telling the colored woman of the stealing of his goods the day before and offered to pay for his breakfast, which she declined to accept. Not only did she refuse the money, but told the old man that he had slept upon his own bed, telling him that her husband had stolen them. Bolin was arrested and given a preliminary trial, bound over in circuit court, and taken to jail in Mound City. Last week he was __d into court to answer the charge of house breaking. The next day Bolin died in the county jail from small pox. Thus he escaped a term in the ___ but may have something worse to ___.
(The name is recorded as Gager
Borine in the 30 Oct 1908, issue.—Darrel
(This may be a son of William O.
Tally, who married Stella A.
Henderson on 30 Nov 1899, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel
Campbell, aged 74 years
and residing with his son, James
Campbell, one mile east of O’Fallon, was found dead in a nearby
field, where he had been hunting. The coroner’s inquest decided that
his death was accidental.
Hall, of Girard, Ill.,
died Saturday from burns received Friday evening while burning
leaves. The flames ignited her clothing and before aid reached her,
she was fatally burned.
Sparta—The funeral of John
Watson, Sr., a business
man of this city, 83 years old, who died of injuries received in
being run over by a team of horses, was held from the First
Presbyterian Church. Mr.
Watson was a member of the church.
(Her marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:
Speikert, of Mound City, a scrap iron gatherer, employed by the
Illinois Central railroad, was found murdered in the railroad yards
at Mounds last Friday afternoon. There were nine stab wounds in his
back and chest, and his throat was cut until the head hung to the
body of a small piece of flesh.
The murder was one of the most cold-blooded
imaginable—money being the sole object—but who it was and whether
one or more persons is as yet unknown, though detectives and other
officers have been at work on the case ever since it was first
discovered. The most general belief now is that
Speikert was murdered by
a big negro man who the same day was seen at Cache Station four
miles west of Mounds, and there bought an overall suit of clothes
with the pay check. and at once left for parts unknown. A reward of
$200 is offered by the county for his capture.
At a regular meeting of this camp at Grand Chain on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1908, the following resolutions were ordered:
Whereas, our esteemed neighbor Fred Berry, was called Sunday at 2 o'clock a.m. Dec. 13, 1908, aged 17 years, 7 months and 19 days, from the jurisdiction of this local camp into the presence of the Divine Consul, of the Supreme camp of the universe, there to give a true and faithful account of his life.
And whereas, this neighborhood having lost a good citizen, the family a food and loving son, and brother, and this camp a true and faithful member, therefore be it
Resolved, that Grand Chain Camp No 6663 M. W. A. extend to the bereaved family our fraternal sympathy, in this their distress, reminding them that the temporal loss is but the necessary prelude to the eternal gain. And be if further
Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon
one exclusive page of the minutes of the next regular meeting of the
camp on Jan. 6, 1909. Also a copy of the came be published in the
county papers and one copy impressed with the camp seal and properly
framed be delivered to our esteemed neighbor’s family.
Mahoney married Corda
Welton on 6 Feb 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
married Cynthia Welton on
24 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Theodore Newton married Francis E.
Welton on 28 Feb 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Sparta—A telephone message has been received here announcing that Simpson Moore, a former resident of this city, was instantly killed at Tilden, five miles north of this city, by an Illinois Central train.