8 Jan 1909: Convicted Slayer Refused New Trial.
Judge A. W. Lewis denied a new
trial in the case of Elmer Franklin,
recently convicted for the killing of Frank
McClintock here last spring.
McClintock boarded at the home of Franklin,
and in a quarrel McClintock was
shot and killed.
Miss Mary Brassfield died Sunday
night, December 27, 1908,
at her home on Elm Street
(Mounds). The funeral took place Tuesday at , under the auspices of the colored lodges
of this city. Interment at
Friday, 15 Jan 1909:
Walter Wilson (colored) who was
brought here Friday night from
for the murder of Charles Speikert
was released Sunday morning from the county jail because he could not be
identified as the guilty one.
Fredrick Kenneth, the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Scroggins, died at their home on Commercial Avenue
one day last week after a short illness of the measles. The remains
were taken to Grand Chain where they were laid to rest.
married Annie Harrison on 5 Jan
1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Ed Dunn, a switchman at Mounds,
was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary at
Saturday, seriously, if not fatally, hurt. He was caught between cars
and his left arm and shoulder crushed, and he sustained internal injuries,
the nature of which could not be ascertained.
Mrs. A. Murphy received a
telegram Saturday apprising her of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Sarah
Douglas, which occurred at the
home of her sister in Campbell, Mo. Mrs.
Murphy left Saturday afternoon to meet the body as it was taken to
its home at Dongola where the funeral took place.
(Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:Sarah J. Douglas
Arthur C. Smith,
aged about 32 years and unmarried, died Wednesday morning of this week at
the Illinois Hotel from an overdose of morphine tablets. He was
employed at W. S. Sandeson’s drug
store in this city, and was a good and efficient clerk. His home was
in Metropolis, and he had been employed here about a month. His
relatives are highly esteemed citizens of Metropolis. In response to a
telephone message from relatives, the remains were shipped to Metropolis
Wednesday afternoon on the steamer
Dick Fowler, accompanied by relatives. Brief funeral services were
held at the Illinois Hotel conducted by Rev.
John McInturff Kills Thomas Blay
Mo., Last Friday, as Result of Their Family
a farmer residing east of Villa Ridge, shot and killed his brother-in-law,
Thomas Blay, of MoundCity,
last Friday afternoon about
in the railroad depot at Illmo,
Mo. The two men were about
to take a train for their homes when a dispute arose between them and
Blay, according to
McInturff’s statement, advanced with a knife in his hand,
threatening him. McInturff
pulled his revolver out of his pocket and shot five times, three bullets
taking effect in the head and the other two in the body of
Blay, who fell over dead.
The tragedy caused great excitement in the town. The
coroner impaneled a jury and an inquest was held at , resulting in the acquittal of
McInturff on the grounds of self
wife and his daughter, who reside in Cairo, were in Illmo at
the time and witnessed the tragedy. Judge Lyman G.
Caster and ex-State’s Attorney George E.
Martin, both of MoundCity, the two attorneys
having gone there to take depositions in the case of
McInturff vs. the Insurance Company of North
America, which is to be tried in the circuit court here, were
and his brother-in-law had been on bad terms with each other for the past
eight months, when the former replevined the latter’s stock. Later
McInturff’s residence at Villa
Ridge burned and McInturff was
accused of having set fire to the house. His case was tried in the
court at MoundCity and he was found not guilty.
McInturff then brought suit
against the insurance company which resisted payment of the policy he held
on the property, and the attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant had been
in Illmo several days last week for the purpose of taking depositions in the
case. Blay, the dead man,
was the chief witness against
McInturff and affairs between them were at heat of hatred when the
and his family returned to Villa Ridge next day. The dead man leaves a
wife, four sons and a daughter, who live in this city. The decedent
was a brother of McInturff’s wife, but the latter took the side of her husband in his
difficulties with Blay. The
families had not been on speaking terms for the past eight months. The
remains of Blay arrived here
Saturday and on Sunday were buried in the BeechGroveCemetery. Whether
authorities will conclude that
McInturff’s case justifies further investigation and will hold him to
the grand jury is not known at this time.
Mine Explosion Kills Shot Firer.
Junction City Coal Mine exploded Wednesday morning. A shot firer named
John McCally was killed. This is the second explosion since the new
mine was operated and is supposed to have been caused by gas escaping from
Baggott Is Acquitted.
Marion.—After a trial lasting all week, Finley
Baggett was found not guilty of
the murder of LoganBradshaw in Carterville, this
county, a year ago. The first trial six months ago resulted in a hung
Since the death of Mr. Lovellette,
who owned Edson farm, the agent
has placed said farm in the hands of new tenants, viz Frank
Thurston, Palmer &
Steers. (Edith Chapel)
Michael Connelly for over two
years section foreman on the Illinois Central railroad at Villa Ridge,
committed suicide at Mattoon, Ill., recently by shooting himself. He
was 70 years old and was without friends or money. He left Villa Ridge
about ten years ago. (Mounds)
Friday, 22 Jan 1909:
Mrs. Elmer Boyd and Mrs. Hugh
Mason and little daughter Hazel,
of this city, and Mrs. D. Brelsford,
left Monday for Mt.Vernon to attend the
funeral of Mrs. Boyd’s niece.
Little Mary Madaline, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Freeze, died at their home on
Commercial Avenue, this city, of measles, at the age of 15 months, two weeks
and five days, and on January 6th was laid to final rest in
Ward Bird, son of Mr. and Mrs.
George P. Bird, former resident
of Wetaug, died at the home of his parents in Chaffee, Mo., Wednesday of this week, of consumption.
The deceased went to Colorado
some months ago in hopes that the climatic change would prove beneficial and
Death of Patrick Mullen.
one of the oldest residents of Pulaski Precinct, died last Thursday of
pneumonia. Mr. Mullen was
one of the leading men of the town, having been at one time one of the
foremost farmers, but has for the last six years been living in Pulaski
having sold his farm. He was 76 years old and leaves one daughter and
eight grandchildren. He left a will naming H. B.
Eshelman, W. A. Lackey
and J. M. Palmer as executors
without bond. His estate consisted mostly of chattels outside of three
houses and lots in Pulaski, having investing in real estate mortgages to
some extent. The deceased had been considered as a landmark of Pulaski
for years and will be missed. He was a member of the drainage
commissioners and always active in all matters pertaining to the interest of
the community and was up to a few days before his death able to attend to
all his business. He had raised two or three families’ children, and
grandchildren, and left a nice legacy to be divided among them. His
body was laid to rest beside that of his wife, who died about twenty years
ago—in the LackeyCemetery.
Word has been received here of the death of Hilda
Fristow, which occurred at her home in Mayfield, Ky., Sunday, Jan.
10th, after an illness of only a few days. The little girl
was 10 years of age and was the daughter of Mrs. Charlotte
Fristow (neeCarter) who was reared in this
city and who died a few years ago.
(Everet G. Fristoe
married Charlotte Carter on 3
Sep 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
William Sprague, of Pittsburg, Pa.,
brother-in-law of Mrs. J. A. Waugh,
and well known here, died at his home last week the result of an automobile
Dell Pope, daughter of Mrs. C. W.
Pope, died Friday of last week
and was buried Saturday at Concord.
(C. W. Pope
married Mrs. Mary Munford on 26
Apr 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Andrew Nealy, our (Levings’)
fisherman, died Monday morning was buried Tuesday in OhioCemetery.
Mr. Wallace, father of Mrs. John
Powers, is critically ill at the
home of Mrs. Silvers. He is
near 89 years of age. (Villa Ridge)
O’Fallon Pioneer Is Dead.
Henson, one of the oldest resident of O’Fallon, died at the residence of
her daughter, Mrs. George McCommons,
Wednesday, aged 73 years.
McCommons married Katie
Henson on 19 Nov 1891, in Clinton
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 29 Jan 1909:
W. Johnson, of Elgin, nephew of Mrs. G.
Hughes, has been here the past week, visiting relatives. He is
a Y. M. C. A. member and assisted in the service Sunday afternoon. He
was born at Olmsted, and his father is buried in the cemetery there.
A colored man named Dan McCarrol
died near here (Ullin) last week.
Mr. and Mrs. James Lackey were
called to East Prairie, Mo.,
Monday on account of Mrs. Lackey’s
brother, George Turbeyville,
being killed by a railroad accident.
Lackey married Nora
Turbyville on 11 Dec 1892, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Grandma Violet Perkins one of our
oldest citizens is afflicted with blindness and has been quite poorly the
past week. (Edith Chapel)
Friday, 5 Feb 1909:
John Everett, who killed a fellow
colored man on the Cairo
road near the Halfway House last fall was found guilty of murder in the
second degree and sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary by the
circuit court jury here last week.
As “grapevined” by this paper last week, Mrs. Charles
Speikert, widow of the man who was so foully murdered at Mounds
recently, was married Saturday night last at the home of the bride in Mound
to Joseph Roach, whose former
wife died about a year ago. The ceremony was a quiet affair and
performed by Squire A. A. Austin.
The case of too much revolver around the house took place last Saturday
afternoon at Mounds, when the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James
Cloud, during the absence of both
parents, shot his 4-year-old brother in the head while playing at home.
The weapon was a 38-caliber revolver, and the wound is a bad and dangerous
M.____ Edw___ esteemed___ the family___ morning, January 29,___ the face,
and at the age of ___. Mrs. Lawler,
whose maiden was Trail, was born
in Metropolis, Ill.,
and was married to Mr. Lawler at Caledonia when it was the county seat of the county, 51
years ago last September. After the marriage they immediately came to Mound
City, where they have ever since resided.
The surviving relatives are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. William
Cairo, and Misses Carrie and Mamie
Lawler, and William and John
Lawler, all of Mound
City; three bothers, Edward and Victor
Trail of Metropolis, and Kinzer
Trail, of Paragould, Ark.
Mrs. Elmer Little and Miss Doris
Derr and Gilbert
Derr, of Cairo,
are grandchildren of the deceased. The funeral was held Sunday
afternoon at the church of the Immaculate Conception in MoundCity
conducted by the Rev. Fr. Mumbour,
and was largely attended. Interment was made in BeechGroveCemetery.
out of town friends present at the funeral were Mr. Otis
Little of Creal Springs, and Mrs.
David Jones, Mrs. Lovell
Buchanan and Miss Harriet
McMahan, of Cairo.
married Emma Lawler on 9 Jun
1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Carmi—Lotan Davis, tried for the
murder of John W. Fulford, was
found guilty and given a penitentiary sentence of 14 years. He had
testified that Fulford was a
second Stanford White.
Mary Jane Perkins, wife of Harry
Perkins departed this life January 29, 1909, at Her death was quite
sudden, as she ate supper with the family and was apparently feeling about
___ ordinary, although her health has not been in the best for several
years. Deceased was born in
Tenn., Nov., 27, 1853, being 56 years, 2
months and 3 days old. She was a member of the A. M. E. Church and
leaves a husband, one daughter, two sons, besides other relatives and
friends to mourn her loss. (Edith Chapel)
Last Friday night Mrs. Mary E. Murphy
died after a short illness. Her death was a great shock to her family
and friends. She leaves a husband and six children, the youngest only
a few hours old at the time of her death, besides many relatives and friends
to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held Sunday morning at at the M. E. church and
were conducted by Rev. Bush.
The church was filled with people who came to pay the last tribute to the
memory of a devoted wife and mother. The interment was made at Cache
Chapel Sunday afternoon. (Ullin)
Murphy married Mary
Trexler on 8 Dec 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.Her marker at CacheChapelCemetery near Ullin reads:Mary E. wife of J. E. Murphy
Andrew Stubbs, father of Mrs.
Charles D. Coleman, died Monday
night at the home of his daughter. He was 87 years of age and died of
infirmities incident to old age. He was taken to Mendota, Ill.,
Wednesday for interment. (Ullin)
Grandma Rogers still keeps very
poorly as her age is against her. (Pulaski)
Friday, 12 Feb 1909:
Grandma Rogers died about at her home Tuesday
evening Feb. 9th,
Friday, 19 Feb 1909:
R. C. Magill received the sad
news Saturday of the death of his sister, Mrs.
Gantz, of Freedom,
Magill left next morning to
attend the funeral.
At the inquest trial of James
Campbell, a negro, at Cairo
Tuesday last for killing a brakeman on the M. & O. R. R. the officers seem
confident they have found the murderer of the man
Speikert from this city who was murdered at Mounds. They say
his description tallies with that of the fellow who traded the check for
goods at Beech Ridge. As the negro has the M. & O. murder trial
hanging over him it is hard to tell whether he will ever be examined for the
The wife of John Spence, a
merchant in Olmsted in this county, committed suicide at their home last
week Saturday afternoon, by shooting herself in the heart with a gun.
The family have been residents of the place for several years. The
deceased was an adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. A.
Crecelius. Three little
children, one of them an infant, are left to mourn the loss of a loving
$4,500 Verdict for Her Son’s Death.
Schrag of Trenton, has been awarded a judgment for $4,500 against the
Southern Coal Co., owner of the coal mine in New Baden. Last August
her son was killed in the mine.
James Haven, of Friendship, died
last Wednesday and was buried Thursday at New HopeChurch
James Havens was born March 21, 1884, and died Feb. 10, 1909, age 25 years,
11 months and 12 days. He was married to Miss Jane
1906, and leaves a wife, infant babe and three sisters. He
was a constant sufferer for six months before his death, and died with faith
in God. The remains were laid to rest in New HopeCemetery,
services were conducted by Rev. Bush.
Mr. Havens was a good citizen and
a devoted husband and will be greatly missed in this community.
Friday, 26 Feb 1909:
Will Montgomery, the Mound
undertaker, was in Cairo
Saturday to get the remains of Maggie
Kelley, a colored woman who died at her home on Fifth Street Friday night. Her
father, who resides at Mound City, directed the remains should be taken to
Mounds for burial and gave the job to his home undertaker.—Citizen
A tornado is reported to have struck Creal Springs last Sunday night causing
the death of three persons and damaging considerable property.
Lightning, rain and fire did considerable damage.
Henry Neistrath, Sr., of near America, is
seriously ill at their home from the afflictions of old age, and with very
little hopes of his recovery. He is a very excellent man.
Walter Davidge, who last fall in Cairo killed the mother of
the girl he had wronged, was declared not guilty of murder by the jury in Cairo Wednesday.
Little Claude, the 6-week old baby of Charley and Lola
Lackey, died very suddenly last Saturday the 20th inst.,
and was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday. Charley and Lola have the
sympathy of the community.
Mabel Goodlow (colored) died
Sunday of consumption and was buried in
Mrs. Morris died at her home last
Tuesday. Services were conducted by Rev.
Bush. Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery here.
Mrs. Morris lived a true devoted
Christian life and passed away at the age of 74 years. (Curry)
C. Albright received word that
his brother, Gus, had been burned to death by the explosion of a powder mill
at Fordville, Ill.
He left Monday morning to attend the funeral. (Olmsted)
Resolutions of Respect.
Resolutions of respect adopted by the Mounds Order of
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen No. 629, as a tribute to the memory of
Edward A. Carter, of Cairo, who
met his death suddenly in the Cairo railroad yards recently:
Whereas, an all wise God has seen fit to call away one of
our brothers who but a few short days ago enjoyed the best of health and
happiness and who so nobly attend strictly to his duties associating himself
among us with a cheerful and friendly recognition, living up to the standard
of righteousness laid down by our order, and we are deeply grieved that he
was hurried from our midst; Therefore be it
Resolved, that we as a Brotherhood, extend our sympathies
to the bereaved family of the deceased. We would commend them to he
who doeth all things well. That in the death of our beloved brother
this Order has lost one of its most valuable active and efficient members,
one who was always ready and willing to do all in his power to advance the
welfare and best interests of our Order. He had much faith and
courage, was modest and unselfish, and indeed endured much in our behalf:
Therefore, be it further
that our Charter be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days; that a
copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family and to the official
and local papers, also a copy spread upon the records of our order at the
next meeting, in memory of our departed friend and brother.
Claude W. Boyd
Byron L. Connell, Committee
Friday, 5 Mar 1909: Deaths
Lewis F. Crain,
postmaster at Villa Ridge for many years past, died at his home in that
place Monday night at the age of 69 years. Mr.
Crain was one of the old and well
known resident of the county, having served the county for two years as
sheriff, prior to becoming postmaster at Villa Ridge. He leaves a
wife, two daughters—Mrs. J. C. Gamble, of Villa Ridge, and Mrs. Adam
Strohm, of Mounds; three sons—Ernest L., the merchant, and Claud and
Ralph, who reside at home. The funeral was held at the M. E. church in
Villa Ridge at
Wednesday burial in VillaRidge
Cemetery, conducted by the
MoundCity lodge of Masons and
of which the deceased was a member. Mr.
Crain was a member of the 11th Illinois Infantry regiment
during the first thee month’s service of the Civil War.
(Lewis F. Crane,
age 22,enlisted as a private in Co. I, 11th Illinois Infantry on 4 Jun 1861, at Camp
and was mustered out 30
Jul 1861.Lewis F.
Crain married Annice L. Murphy on 22 Dec 1870, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.His marker in CairoCityCemetery at Villa Ridge reads:Lewis F. Crain.—Darrel
Mrs. Henry Essex,
of Shiloh, died Tuesday afternoon of last week, after a long
illness. She was the eldest daughter of John
Atherton, and a niece of Mrs. J. F.
Parker, who was buried at Shiloh, a
short time ago. She leaves one child. The interment was held at Shiloh
Thursday, February 25th.
Died, at his farm home near America station, in this county, Friday, Feb. 26, 1909, Henry
Neistrath, at the age of 74 years
and 8 days. Funeral was held at the Christian church near America at Sunday, Feb. 28th,
conducted by Rev. I. A. J. Parker
of Vienna, interment at 1:30 p.m. in Beech Grove Cemetery. The funeral
is said to have been one of the largest held in this county for many years,
the procession from
being over a mile long. The deceased was a most honorable, upright and
popular citizen. Henry
Neistrath was born in Bielefield, West Falen, Germany, Feb. 18, 1835,
and in November 1851, left his parental home and came to America, locating
first in St. Louis, where he married Miss Eva
Beck in 1856. When the
Civil War broke out he enlisted at St. Louis in the Fifth Missouri Infantry and
spent three years as a good loyal Union soldier. He was a cooper by
trade and occupation, but came to Pulaski in 1876 and located upon the farm
where he ever after lived and died, his beloved wife having preceded him
about eleven years. Eleven children were born into the family, five of
whom are now living and married: C. H.
Neistrath, at Cazadero, Cal., E.
G., of Courtland, Cal.; H. A., at Stockton, Cal.; Otto O., at Congress,
Ariz.; and Harry W., upon the old place near America. The deceased
joined the LutheranChurch in Germany and ever
after espoused that faith.
August A. Albright,
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albright
of Tunnel Hill, JohnsonCounty, was born September 17, 1887, and died
February 21st, 1909, age 21 years, at Fordsville, in WilliamsonCounty.
His death was caused by the explosion of powder, which was very unexpected
and without a moment’s warning. The body was brought to his
grandmother’s Elizabeth Dugger,
in Creal Springs,
Ill., Feb. 22nd. Funeral services
were conducted by his uncle, G. B.
Coke, at CountyLineChurch, Feb. 24th,
and interment was made at
The deceased leaves a father, stepmother, three brothers, two sisters, two
half brothers, three half sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to
mourn his sad death. He also leaves a sweetheart which he would have
claimed for his bride on Thursday, Feb. 25th, had not the sad
accident occurred. August was well liked by all who knew him and made
friends wherever he went. He had never made any confession in Christ
that we know of, although he had lived a good moral life. He expressed
his desire to live a better life only a few hours before his sad death
occurred and his last thought was not known to man, and we can now only
commend him to our all-wise and just God who doeth all things well.
(Signed) Claude Albright, Olmsted, Ill.,
brother of deceased.
Albright married Armittie A.
Dugger on 7 Aug 1873, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. A. W. Brown received word
lately of the serious illness of her mother-in-law Grandma
Brown living in Indiana.
She will go to see her this week. (Ullin)
Undertaker Bundschuh was called
to the home of Mrs. M. Silver
near Villa Ridge Wednesday to conduct the funeral of her father, Mr.
Wallace, who died at the advanced
age of eighty-nine years.
Silver married Lizzie
Wallace on 8 Sep 1874, in
Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 12 Mar 1909:
Allie Cutting, aged 11 years,
daughter of Mrs. Charles Pryor,
Sunday from a serious disorder. The remains were taken to Metropolis
Monday afternoon for burial.
Kills Self Like Sweetheart Did.
a sequel to the suicide of Miss Byrl
Somers near here, John Nichols,
25 years old, killed himself by shooting, as did Miss
Somers. He left a note
saying he had nothing more to live for since his sweetheart’s death.
Nichols ended his life within
sight of the home of his sweetheart’s parents after he had told his friends
of his intentions.
TORNADO NEAR CURRY.
George Knight Killed and House Burned—Residences of John Mellick, Rudolph
Kraatz, John Lence and a Mrs. Steers Blown Down—Other damages.
(From our Ullin correspondent)
Monday night, about a severe storm of cyclonic nature devastated the
country around Eastwood, two miles north of Curry post office. The
storm came from the southwest and had a northeast course, destroyed the
substantial farm house of John
Mellick, injuring Mr. Mellick,
his wife and Miss Bertha Blaylock,
who lived with them. Their house was utterly destroyed and its
contents scattered to the four winds. Mr. and Mrs.
Mellick sustained broken ribs and
severe internal injuries. Miss Blaylock received injuries about the head and face. The storm
then destroyed the home of Mr. George
Knight, aged 64 years, killing him and causing the ruins of his home to
take fire and burn. Mr. Knight,
with his son Charlie, were alone in the house. When the storm was
over, Charlie Knight got his aged
father out of the ruins and seeing he was severely injured started for help.
When he returned shortly with his brother-in-law, William
Britt, his father was dead. Mr.
Knight’s injuries were about the head and back. The storm also
destroyed the homes of Rudolph Kraatz,
John Lence, and a Mr.
Steers who lived in James
Crenshaw’s place, and the barn of
Joseph Sichling, scattering his
corn and feed stuffs over the country. The home of James
Sichling was severely shaken but not wrecked. The storm
carried death and destruction before it. Much timber and fencing was
blown down and was the worst storm this section of the country has ever had.
Mr. Mellick, John
Lence and James
Sichling carried tornado insurance. The funeral of George
Knight occurred Wednesday at
Lewis F. Crain
was born near Dayton, Ohio, May 18, 1839, and removed to Villa Ridge a year
or two before the war. He served as a soldier three months. He
filled the office of sheriff two terms and was twice postmaster at Villa
Ridge, filling out the term of Mr.
Galbraith under the Harrison
Administration and again taking charge of the office after the election of
McKinley and holding it till his
death. In December 1870, he married Annis L.
Murphy and after her death Medora
Kennedy on Dec. 23, 1879, who with three sons, Ernest, Claud, and
Ralph, and one daughter, Mrs. Ada
Strohm, of Mounds, survive him, as also a daughter by the first
marriage, Mrs. Nellie Gamble.
In Ohio he leaves one brother and two sisters.
For twenty-eight years he was a member of the Methodist church filling the
various offices with fidelity and to the satisfaction of all. Brother
Crain was a good man, kind in all
his dealings with his fellow man and will be missed by the community, the
church and the home. After being an invalid for a long time, suffering
much, especially in the last three years, he was taken much worse about . March 1st he died about that night aged 89 years, 10 months and 13 days.
The funeral services were conducted at the church by his pastor, and at the
grave by the Masonic Lodge.
Card of Thanks.
to express our thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and
assistance during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.
Mrs. Dora Crain
Mrs. J. C. Gamble
Mrs. W. G. Strohm
E. L. Crain
Born March 3rd to Mr. and Mrs. G.
Young, twin babies—a girl and a boy. The boy died Friday morning
but the girl is doing fine. (Levings)
Friday, 19 Mar 1909:
Ed and William Westerman of this
city, went to Germantown, Ill., Tuesday last to attend the funeral of
their mother, which took place Wednesday.
The 14-year-old son of engineer A. C.
Burr, at Mounds, was drowned last Monday evening, in some back water in
lower part of town. He was boat riding with the telegraph lineman when
the boat was overturned in some manner.
George Knight’s house was blown
over, then caught fire, which finished the ruined building. Mr.
Knight was drug from the burning
building by his youngest son and died before other aid could be secured.
It was a sad night for Mr. Knight’s
boys. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his daughter,
Emma Britt. Remains were
laid to rest in the cemetery at this place (Curry). Mr.
Knight leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn his death.
The children are orphans, their mother having died several years ago.
They have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends.
Mrs. Rev. Bush has received word
that her baby sister was dead.
Resolutions on Death of Brother L. F.
Whereas, death has again invaded our ranks and taken from
us our beloved brother, L. F. Crain,
an earnest and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Resolved, that in the death of our brother, the church has
lost one of its most faithful members and the community an honorable
Resolved, that in his death the official board loses one
of its best friends; we ourselves one of the trusted co-workers and
advisers who was always ready to do his part.
Resolved, that we extend to the bereaved family and
relatives of our decease brother our sympathy in this their sad affliction.
that a page of our records of the church board be dedicated to the memory of
our deceased brother, and that a copy of these resolutions be furnished to
the family of the deceased and that a copy by furnished to the papers.
O. Z. McGee,
C. W. P. Pavey, Committee
Rev. Ernest Bush and wife went to Carbondale Tuesday to
attend the funeral of Mrs. Bush’s
little sister who died Monday.
W. V. Allen was called to Salem, on account of the
serious illness of his mother. (Ullin)
Carrol Humble, a well respected
colored man and one of the oldest colored citizens here (Pulaski), got up
Tuesday morning and helped his boy fix the wagon and team after which he
went in the house and laid on the bed and by 9 o’clock he was dead. He
had not been well for some time.
Friday, 2 Apr 1909:
John Ashworth, who for many years
was a resident of this city, died at his home near Rodney, Mo.,
Thursday, March 25th, aged 60 years. His two sons, Elisha
and George, and daughter, Mrs. J. E.
Beaver, left on Friday to attend the funeral, which was conducted
Saturday at Charleston, Mo.,
where the remains were laid to rest.
(J. E. Beaver
married Magenta Ashworth on 21
Mar 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Death of Patrick McNeile
one of the oldest and most respected citizens of MoundCity,
died at his home on High Street at
Wednesday, March 31, 1909, at the age of 83 years.
He was born in the County of Roscommon, Ireland,
in 1826, and came to New York,
when 16 years of age. In 1859 he married Miss Catherine
O’Gara, at Washington Court
House, Ohio. In
1867, they came to MoundCity, and have resided
here ever since. To them were born thirteen children. He is
survived by his widow and 10 children, and a sister, who resides in Richmond, Ind.
Mr. McNeile was
an unassuming citizen and well liked by all who knew him. He had been
confined to his home for the past seven months with paralysis on account of
old age. He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church in
this city Friday, April 2, at Interment in
CatholicCemetery at Mounds.
Thomas Hosler, the old soldier
farmer, now residing two miles west of Mounds on the Cache bottom, is said
to be quite sick at his home with malaria, jaundice, etc. Hope he will
be around again soon to talk over old war time sights and scenes.
The negro arrested at Mounds last week reputed to be the murderer of
Speikert and brought to the
county jail here, has been declared not the guilty person and liberated.
Dragged to Death.
Fred (better known as Fritz)
Wesenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.
Wesenberg, residing about three miles north of America station,
this county, was dragged to death last Sunday about by a runaway colt attached to a
sulky. The deceased was about 29 years of age, resided at home, was a
good horseman and fearless, and was out breaking the animal when the
unfortunate accident occurred. Striking a rough place in the road
while going at a rapid gait, he fell forward out of the seat, his foot
catching in the crossbar while his heard dragged on the ground. This
frightened the colt and it dashed wildly for liberty and never slackened its
pace until it reached the Hughes
farm one mile this side of Olmsted, a distance of three miles. Charles
Wesenberg, a brother, saw the
accident and quickly mounting another horse gave chase, but could not catch
The deceased is survived by his parents and three bothers,
one of the latter is now a practicing physician in New York City, another is studying for a
physician in Nashville
and Charles the youngest resides near home. The family are among the
leading and most prosperous farmers in this county. The funeral took
place Wednesday at
at the family home, Rev. C. H.
Armstrong of Cairo,
conducting the services. Interment took place at BeechGroveCemetery. The family
were all present at the funeral.
Mrs. Thurston, wife of Frank
Thurston, departed this life
March 27th, at .
Her mother accompanied the remains to Makanda their former home.
married Mary E. Steers on 1 Oct
1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Edna Kelly Williams, of Mt.
Vernon, died Monday after several weeks of
suffering. She leaves a husband and two little girl babies only a few
weeks old besides many relatives to mourn her early death. She was the
youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Kelly, of Ullin, was reared and
educated here, and had hosts of friends who are deeply grieved to know of
her death. (Ullin)
We were sad to learn of the death of Gussie
Bundschuh, who was accidentally killed in a run away near Thebes, Ill.
The parents have the sympathy of the entire community.
Mrs. Cheek attended the funeral
of Mrs. Edna Williams at Mt.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew
Chapman died Thursday night at . Will be buried at
Chapman married Dela Pearl
Lackey on 23 Nov 1892, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 9 Apr 1909:
Word was received here last Friday that Frank
Durnell, who about one year ago purchased one thousand acres of best
lands near Wetaug in this county, had this week killed himself at his home
A cyclone struck Marion
Tuesday morning, destroying property valued at $175,000, passed to the east
almost completely destroying the little town of Pittsburg and killed two men and injured
several other persons. The storm was the worst to strike that section
in years. The A. M. E. church and the negro fraternity hall were
completely demolished, the wreckage being piled high on top of the home of
the pastor of the church.
A full account of the accidental death of little Gussie
Bundschuh, of Ullin, will be
found among the Ullin items.
Henry C. Schultz.
Henry C. Schultze,
aged about 35 years employed by J. H.
Hendricks upon his farm 2 ½ miles north of this city for a year or more
past, died suddenly while in his buggy returning from Villa Ridge last
Friday forenoon. He had been sick with heart or stomach trouble for
some time and was returning from a trip to see the doctor but found him
absent. As he passed Tim
Mahoney’s place, one of the men observed him reeling about in the seat
and knowing that he was not a drinking man, stopped his horse which was
walking. Speaking to Schultz
he received no reply, where upon he shook him by the arm when he dropped
over dead. Mr. Hendricks
speaks of Mr. Schultz as having
been a very good and quiet man. He leaves a widow and three small
children. He carried a $250 life insurance policy. His remains
were taken to Evansville, Indiana,
their former home Saturday evening, accompanied by the widow and two
brothers, who arrived here Saturday.
Death of Mrs. Jeff Brown.
Mrs. Jeff Brown
died at her home 4 ½ miles northwest of Olmsted, March 31, 1909, after a
short illness, aged 68 years, 4 months and 21 days. Funeral services
were conducted on April 2nd, by Rev. Otis
Hogue. Interment at CacheCemetery.
The deceased was born in Tennessee,
November 10, 1840.
She was twice married, and is survived by her present husband, a daughter,
Laura E. Bartley, four
grandchildren and one brother, P.
Billingsly, of Grand Chain. For more than thirty years she has
lived an exemplary Christian life being a member of the
Brown was held in esteem by all
who knew her, was a kindhearted neighbor, a loving mother and was ever
willing to lend a helping hand to the needy. Her many friends realize
their loss but trust that their loss is her eternal gain.
married Maria Sibley on 7 Sep 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.Her marker in CacheChapelCemetery near Ullin reads:Marier wife of Jeff Brown
Born Nov. 10, 1840 Died March 31, 1909 Aged 63 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 21 Ds.Here lies one who in this life Was a kind mother, true wife. She was
by many virtues blest And piety among the best.—Darrel
aged 29, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Davidge, of Mound City, committed
suicide last Monday forenoon at Ullin by swallowing an ounce of carbolic
acid. The deed was done about in the
Newell hotel where he boarded. He complained of a pain in his
side and went to his room about
for a little rest and left a call for A little daughter of the proprietor who went to
arouse Davidge could not wake him
and when the door was broken open, later he was found dying.
An empty ounce bottle labeled carbolic acid which had been bought at an
Ullin drug store was found near the dying man.
Davidge left a message unsigned to the bookkeeper at the Defiance
Box Company plant which read that an express package would be due on No. 6
and that he could have it if he would pay the charges.
Davidge left no other word to tell why he committed the act.
He had been in
Sunday and went to MoundCity that night leaving
about for Ullin.
His home was in MoundCity, but recently he has
been working at Ullin.
The father, Undertaker
Montgomery and others of this
city brought the remains here the same night. Funeral was held at the
residence here Wednesday evening, and next morning the remains were taken to
Olmsted for interment.
Matt Davidge committed suicide
Monday at the Newell house by
drinking carbolic acid. He had been working at the mill here (Ullin)
and had laid off for half a day. He requested to be called for dinner
and when Miss Mollie Newell
called him come to dinner he did not answer and upon investigation he was
found to be nearly dead and died a few minutes later. He was taken to Mound
The little sixteen-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. John
Pool died Tuesday morning. Interment was made at Ullin
Mrs. Edna Brown and children, of St. Louis, and Mr. and
Mrs. Willis Hanna and son George,
attended the funeral of little Gussie
Little Gussie Bundschuh was
killed Tuesday evening March 30, near
Ill. Last week while his
papa was in St. Louis
he bought Gussie a little pet billy goat and it was shipped down the river
to Thebes. Mr.
Bundschuh, with little Gussie and
Harry Penninger went with the
wagon after it. While on their way back about five miles east from
Thebes, they were going up a very steep incline when the double tree of the
wagon broke, letting the wagon roll backward and thence over a precipice of
a depth of ten or fifteen feet. Mr.
Bundschuh jumped and grabbed for
little Gussie, but missed him, and he went over the wagon, falling on him
and crushing him. He was killed instantly. Mr.
Bundschuh lifted the wagon off of
him only to find his darling precious little Gussie dead. He carried
him more than half a mile to the nearest house, a Mr. Grover
Koehler, who brought the saddened
father home with the dead body of his child. They got home at where the dreadful news
almost prostrated the mother, and shocked and saddened the relatives and
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday
at . A very beautiful and
impressive ceremony was aside by Rev.
Modlin of Carbondale,
assisted by Rev. Bush of this
place. Interment was at the
ConcordCemetery beside his
mother. Many beautiful floral offerings were received. Little
Gussie’s casket was beautiful and a mass of beautiful flowers, emblems of
sympathy and devotion to the little life we loved covered his bier.
Little Gussie was an unusually bright child and loved by
all who knew him. Although not 10 years old he had been promoted to
the 5th grade in school here. He will be sadly missed by his playmates
and schoolmates. His little welcome smile will be seen no more.
His radiant little face shines with the glory of the angels in the better
Little Gussie we miss you, yes, we miss you
The voice we loved is stilled
A vacant place is in our home
Which never can be filled.
Your soft little footsteps will not be heard
Your little face we’ll see no more,
But we will meet you darling one
On that bright eternal shore.
Gussie, the eldest son of C. S. and Mary
Bundschuh, was born
June 25th, 1899, and departed this life March 30th, 1909, aged 9
years, 9 months and 7 days. Gussie leaves to mourn his great loss, a
father, stepmother whose love for Gussie seemed the same as a mother—always
trying to make his life bright and happy. Ralph, his little brother,
little George and Alice Louise, half brother and sister, are all made to say
goodbye for a while, a few short years at most.
God in his wisdom has called and Gussie has gone to be
with Mamma in that city of gold. While his voice is stilled in this
life we feel that in glory is heard another sweet voice as he joins the
angelic choir in the realms of bliss.
Another little rosebud has been plucked by the angel’s
hand to be borne on their wings with their pinions of gold to be
transplanted in the sweet field of
Eden, there to blossom and bloom through eternity.
Little Gussie in the revival at Ullin, a few days before his death, gave his
young life to Jesus, who has said and is still saying, “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Gone where every eye is tearless,
Gone where pain can never mar
Gone into the golden city
Gone with the gates ajar.
Rev. Charles A. Modlin
Grace M. E. Church, Carbondale
Bundschuh married Mary E.
Hanna on 21 Aug 1898, in Pope Co., Ill.Her marker in ConcordCemetery
reads Mary E. wife of C. S. Bundschuh
Born Nov. 4, 1872 Died June 20, 1903.—Darrel
Little Gussie Bundschuh, who was
instantly killed last Monday, was buried at Old Concord Wednesday. His
death was a shock to his family. Gussie was converted on Monday night
and was killed the next Monday week. A precious one from us is gone.
A voice we loved is still. A place is vacant in the home, which never
can be filled. But one glad thought we all do love is that we can meet
to part no more. (Curry)
Mrs. J. Brown passed away
Tuesday. Mrs. Brown has
been an invalid for ten years, but was able to attend part of the meetings
at this place (Curry). She was a faithful and devoted Christian woman.
The infant son of Mrs. Jane Haven’s
is very low with consumption. (Curry)
Friday, 16 Apr 1909:
Mose B. Harrell, the first mayor
City, and second editor of the first newspaper
ever published in this city and county (in 1856), is dead at his home in
at a every advanced age of life. He came here from Cairo, and was an able man.
Barney Hood Killed.
Barney Hood, of
Olmsted, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
Hood, aged 22 years, was killed Saturday night last by a Big Four
freight train. He was badly mutilated and the only means of
identification was his clothing and the contents of his pockets. The
funeral was held at Olmsted Sunday and was conducted by the Odd Fellows of
which he was a member.
was in Cairo Saturday afternoon in company with Cleve
Lance and returned to Olmsted
that night about
on a through Big Four freight. The train does not stop at Olmsted, but
the speed is decreased on a grade about two miles above there and those who
ride on the train make it a practice to get off there.
Lance got off at the grade, but
Hood either tried to jump or fell off at the station platform.
The remains were found about Sunday morning scattered along the track in the
vicinity of the station. Another freight south about is also thought to have run over him.
When Lance got off, he went home,
thinking that Hood jumped off at
the station. The deceased’s mother is prostrated and is in a critical
Those surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
Hood, of Olmsted; two brothers,
State’s Attorney Fred Hood, of
Mound City, Attorney Harry Hood,
of Muskogee, Okla.; and Mrs. J. L.
Martin, of Olmsted. The deceased was the youngest of the family.
MoundCity who attended the
funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Hall
Whiteaker, Dr. H. Rice, James
Moore, and Mr. and Mrs. William
(John L. Martin
married Jennie F. Hood on 25 Feb
1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
William S. Harman’s brother Phil,
died at his home in Dayton,
Ohio, the 9th.
Mr. Harman was well and favorably
known here (Olmsted). Age 84 years.
Barney Hood, who lost his life
Saturday, was buried Sunday and his funeral was largely attended. The
Odd Fellows were out in large numbers. We extend our sympathy to the
bereaved family in the untimely death of their son, who was but 22 years of
age and who was of a bright, sunny disposition and well liked by all who
knew him. The Big Four Railroad was exonerated, we learn, from the
Frank Durnell, the large land
owner near this place (Wetaug), who committed suicide at his home at Hillsboro, Ohio,
was a social, genial man and a hustler. He was spending thousands of
dollars upon his large farm here and we fear that his death will stop it
The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Mowery, which died Tuesday morning at birth was buried at Wetaug Tuesday
Calvin Mowery married Martha
Rachel “Mattie” Bundschuh on 28
Sep 1890, in Pulaski County.—Darrel
Friday, 23 Apr 1909: J. B. Harland Dead.
A telegram received here Tuesday afternoon last announced
the death of J. B. Harland, of
this city, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William
Memphis, Tenn. Aged 72 years. Funeral at
Duvall’s Bluff, Ark.,
on Wednesday. He is survived by a wife and seven children, two of
whom, Mrs. May Turner and Mrs. B.
R. Aldridge, left for his bedside
last Saturday. Mr. Harland
was an excellent citizen, was a soldier for the Southern army during the
rebellion and for the past thirty-five years has been employed as engineer
by the A. J. Dougherty Milling
married Lucy Neil on 2 Jul 1864, in Pulaski Co., Ill.Arthur Lee Turner married Susan May
Harland on 13 Sep
1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.William Henry Peasley
married Martha Elizabeth Harland,
daughter of J. B. Harland and
Lucy Coonrod, on 10 Mar 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Jane Barber, aged 70 years,
died Wednesday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. Andrew
Williams, on upper Main Street. She had resided in Mound
the past forty years and was known to most of the older residents. She
was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church many years. She
is survived by three sons, Sharnan
Cheek, of this city, and Thomas and
MonroeCheek, of Belful, Ark. Funeral service was held Thursday
afternoon at the residence by Rev.
Margraves and interment was in
George W. Richards, a resident of
this city before the way, enlisted here as a soldier, was married at Pulaski
in 1874, was postmaster in Mounds in 1873, and of late years has been
employed as head painter at the asylum at Anna, died in that city last week.
(George W. Richards
married Sallie E. Hastings on
12 Apr 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Death of Thomas S. Hosler.
Died, at the family farm home two miles west of Mounds, Ill., at Saturday, April 17, 1909, of typho pneumonia,
Thomas S. Hosler, aged 69 years,
and 5 days, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were
held at the Congregational church in Mounds at Sunday,
April 18, 1909. Burial in VillaRidgeCemetery. The
funeral and burial services were largely attended.
Mr. Hosler was
an honorable, upright and Christian man, well known and highly esteemed.
He was born in
Chillicothe, Ohio, April 12, 1840, was a veteran of the Civil War,
having served in Company K, of the Fifty-fifth Ohio Infantry, enlisting as a
private and leaving the service at the end of the war as a first lieutenant.
He was in some of the hardest fought battles of that great conflict, from
Bull Run to LookoutMountain
and Sherman’s March to the Sea. He was
also captured and confined in Libby Prison, but was exchanged after thirty
days. He removed to Villa Ridge after the Chicago fire, having been a contractor and
builder there previous to that great holocaust. Since then he has been
a farmer and fruit grower. The deceased had been twice married the
last time to Mrs. Lottie Savage,
the now sorrowing widow, to whom four children now survive—Mrs. J. A.
Childers and Ernest
Hosler, of Mounds, Mrs. Fred
Hodges of Unity, and Archie
Hosler, of near Mounds.
Mrs. Hosler and
children greatly appreciate the courtesies and words of comfort extended
them during this affliction, and asked the Enterprise
to express the same.
(Thomas S. Hosler
married Mrs. Lotta T. Savagenee Purdy on
11 Apr 1874, in Cook Co.,
A. Childers married Dasey May
Hosler on 25 Oct 1900, in Pulaski
Resolutions of Condolence.
Whereas, death has entered our ranks and removed from our
midst our esteemed brother, Barney
Whereas, the intimate relations existing between the
deceased and the members of Olmsted Lodge No. 854, I. O. O. F., render it
proper that we offer our appreciation of his services in the lodge;
Therefore be it
Resolved, that we deplore the tragic death of our brother
Barney Hood with feelings of
regret, softened by the hope that his spirit is in the hands of a kind
Father who doeth all things well.
Resolved, that we tender to his parents our since
condolence in their great affliction.
Resolved, that these resolutions be spread on the records
of our lodge and that they be published in the Enterprise
and a copy be delivered to his parents.
William F. Harman,
R. G. Crecilius
J. H. Harbison, Committee
Card of Thanks
The undersigned desire to hereby extend their appreciation
to the members of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges of Olmsted, Ills., and
to the friends for many courtesies extended during the recent death and
burial of our son and brother, Barney
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hood
Mrs. J. L. Martin
April 20, 1909
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to
our friends and relatives for the kindness and sympathy shown us in our sad
Mr. and Mrs. C. Davidge and
The 16-year-old son of Charles Bergen
was drowned Sunday while out in a boat in CacheRiver.
The heavy wind upset the boat and the boy was drowned. He was buried
Tuesday at Mt.OliveCemetery.
Mr. Turbyville, father of Mrs.
James Lackey, of Ullin, was
drowned at East Prairie, Mo.,
last week. He was well known here (Ullin) and was about 70 years old.
A short time ago his son, George, was killed while working with a log train.
Lackey married Nora
Turbyville on 11 Dec 1892, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Henry Cooper, a well known
colored man living south of town, died last week. Deceased was an old
pensioner and left his aged widow in comfortable circumstances. A
little farm and $600 in the bank.
Mother Rose Ewing was born in Halifax County CourtHouse, Va.,
about the year 1803, and died in Pulaski, April 19, 1909, aged 106 years. She
emigrated to IllinoisSept. 10, 1869, near Pulaski, Ill.,
and has been a resident of
PulaskiCounty ever since.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter, besides fifteen grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. She joined the C. M. E. Church in Denmark, Tenn., during the Civil
War, but later joined the
Church. Sunday morning last she wanted her
children at her beside, for she felt that death was near, and told all her
family to be good and meet her in heaven. She fell quietly to sleep in
the arms of Jesus at , Monday morning last, and thus
ended a noble life. This old lady has been one of the mothers of the
country and was always ready to give her assistance in sickness and trouble.
She settled joining the farm of J. B.
Kennedy, where she owned 80 acres of land and was a good neighbor at
all times. The community will certain miss Aunt Rose. Funeral
was conducted by Rev. R. G.
Stubblefield in the F. W. B. church at Pulaski. Interment at PulaskiCemetery.
(She is in the 1880 census of Pulaski Precinct, Pulaski
Co., Ill., as Rosa
Ewing, born about 1815 in Virginia.She was living in the household with her son, Joseph
Ewing, born about 1840 in Tennessee and a sailor in
the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, and her daughter, Margaret
Ewing, born about 1858 in Mississippi.Rose’s son, Joseph, is buried in HendersonCemetery near Pulaski, where she is
likely buried without a marker.—Darrel
Cuts Throat in Court.
Ridgeway.—After hearing the judge instruct the jury before
which he had been tried in the circuit court here, Arch
Smith, 55 years old, accused of having murdered his brother-in-law,
George Robinson, drew a knife
from his pocket and attempted to cut his throat. A deputy sheriff
summoned a physician and by the time the slight wounds had been dressed the
jury had returned with a verdict fixing
Smith’s punishment at 14 years in
Victim of Cow Dies.
Samuel Anderson, who was gored by a cow a few days ago, died of her
injuries. She was to the barn to milk the cow, when a young calf
became frightened and ran. The cow attacked Mrs.
Anderson and repeatedly knocked
her down and gored her.
Switch Foreman Run Over.
Marion.—Herman Stover, C. & E.
switch crew foreman, was caught under a train in the yards here and his left
Friday, 30 Apr 1909:
The sad news was received here Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Mattie
Durham, sister of W. R.
Rodman, who passed away at her
home in Marion, Ill.,
that day, also of the death of the 10-year-old daughter of the deceased, who
died on Monday. Mr. and Mrs.
Rodman left Wednesday to attend the funeral.
(U. S. G. Durham
married Mattie Rodman on 10 Jun
1888, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel
Speikert’s Murderer in Prison.
Since last week’s issue of the
Enterprise, Henry Escue,
a negro, aged 23 years and a resident of Mounds for 7 years past, has
confessed to the murder of Charles
Speikert in the railroad yards at that place on December 18th
last; been by Judge Duncan
sentenced to the hardest labor in the Joliet penitentiary during his natural
life, and was on Wednesday afternoon of this week taken to Joliet by Sheriff
A. C. Bankson of this county, via
the Big Four Railroad to take up his permanent residence thereat.
A negro named Escue,
who was arrested at Mounds some time ago upon another charge and afterwards
suspicioned of being the murderer of
Speikert in the railroad yards at that place December 18th,
was last Friday with another negro and John
Roach, who married the widow
shortly after the murder of her husband, taken before State’s Attorney
Hood and Justice C. M.
Thompson for examination.
The man Escue charged that the
other negro and Roach were the
most guilty parties of the murder. In the examination it was proven
that Roach and the unnamed negro
were not only innocent, but that
Escue was the much looked for murderer. Thereupon
Roach and his companion were released and
Escue escorted back to the jail. On his arrival at the jail,
Escue made a full confession to
the officers in charge, of being the murderer of
Speikert, telling why and how it was done. The same evening he
was quietly taken to the Cairo
jail for safer keeping and from danger of lynching and next morning removed
to Murphysboro where he will remain until tried.
In his confession
Escue stated that he killed
Speikert with his own knife.
Escue said that he had no money
and while walking through the yard at Mounds met
Speikert. He knew he had
just received his pay and attempted to rob him when
Speikert drew a knife and cut him over the eyes.
Escue took the knife away from
him and cut Speikert’s throat and
stole the check. He went to Beech Ridge and bought clothing at
Daggett’s store with Speikert’s
check. He returned to Mounds that afternoon, went to Cairo on the suburban and retuned to Mounds
next morning. He stayed in Mounds until he was arrested on another
charge about three weeks after the murder and brought to jail in this city
where he has remained since.
To sheriff A. C.
Bankson and his able corps of assistance much credit is due for bringing
to judgment many of the criminals this region seems to be afflicted with.
of sympathy and respect to the memory of our departed friend and brother,
Whereas, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe has in His
infinite wisdom removed from earth our beloved brother, Barney
Hood, an endeared and honored member of Yuba Vern Rebekah Lodge No.
94, of Olmsted, Ills., and
Whereas, in his untimely death we keenly feel our loss of
a true and loyal member. Therefore be it
Resolved, that by his death we are reminded of the
fleeting moments of the uncertainty of life, and that we should prepare
ourselves to answer “It is well with my soul” when we are summoned to leave
this terrestrial sphere.
Resolved, that the heartfelt sympathy of this lodge be
extended to the family in their sad bereavement.
that the charter of this lodge be draped in mourning for a period of thirty
days, the resolutions be spread on our lodge records and a copy be sent to
the family of our deceased brother. Fraternally submitted.
J. M. Walker
Dr. O. Caraker
Claude Albright, Comm.
Alice Walker, Secy.
Friday, 14 May 1909:
Mrs. Sarah Culp left Sunday to be
at the bedside of her son Arthur Culp,
who is seriously ill with typhoid fever in one of the hospitals in St. Louis. His wife
was taken with the same disease Monday and is being cared for at the home of
her sister in St. Louis.
Card of Thanks.
We hereby wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of the
friends of our family for the many kindnesses shown to our mother during her
last illness and death.
Mrs. Mollie Sichling, wife of
James Sichling, was born Oct. 13, 1873, was married to James
SichlingJune 25, 1893. She was the eldest
daughter of Wiley Ledbetter.
Departed this life May 9,
1909, aged 35 years, 6 months and 26 days. She professed
faith in Christ at 16 years of age, joined the Southern M. E. Church, of
which she remained a member until her death. She was a good wife and
mother and lived a consistent Christian life. She leaves a husband,
three children, father, four brothers, one sister and a host of relatives
and friends to mourn her departure into the better land. Before death
she expressed her readiness to go, saying she feared nothing and bade her
family a tender farewell. While it is hard for the family to give up
this dear wife, mother, daughter, and sister, yet we must look beyond the
grave. God in his infinite wisdom knows best. Our loss is her
eternal gain. He has only called her up higher. He has given her
eternal rest, and while you grieve here on earth, she is smiling in glory.
in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:Mollie J. wife of James Sichling Died May 9, 1909 Aged 35 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 26 Dys.—Darrel
Mr. and Mrs. Booth were called to
the bedside of their daughter, who was very sick Monday. (Curry)
Friday, 21 May 1909: Two Venerable Women Dead.
Elizabeth Fly, 83, the oldest native-born person in the county, is dead.
She leaves three sons, prominent businessmen of this city, and two
daughters, Mrs. Eunice M. Youngblood,
73, widow of the late E. D.
Youngblood, who was a circuit judge in this district, for several terms,
died of heart trouble. Both of these venerable women were old-time
residents of the city.
Youngblood married Eunice M.
Kinney on 23 Apr 1857, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel
Boy Killed by a Saw.
Wiseman, 11 years old, fell against a saw mill near here and received
injuries from which he died three hours later.
Resolutions of Respect.
Whereas, it has been the wisdom of the All Wise to remove
from our midst our esteemed sister, Mollie C.
Sichling, beloved wife of brother
James Sichling, and
Whereas, the fraternal relations existing between the
deceased and the members of New Hope Union No. 192, F. E. & C. U. of A.
render it proper that we offer our appreciation of one who was ever ready to
tender service to our order. Therefore be it
Resolved, that in the death of sister Mollie C.
Sichling the lodge lost a worthy
member, the husband a devoted wife and mother, the vicinity an ever ready
Resolved, that we tender to the bereaved husband and
family our sincere sympathy.
Resolved that these resolutions be spread upon the records
of our lodge. Be if further
that these resolutions be published in the county papers and the
Union Farmer and a copy sent to
brother James Sichling,
S. S. Thompson
W. H. Crippen
F. W. Krenning, Comm.
Friday, 28 May 1909: Death of Mrs. Anna Culp.
Mrs. Anna Culp,
the less than six-month bride of Arthur
Culp, both former residents of
MoundCity, died at the hospital
in East St. Louis
at , Thursday, May 20, 1909, of
typhoid fever. Seven weeks ago Mrs.
Culp was stricken with the same
disease and the untiring devotion of his wife who was his constant attendant
proved too great a strain for her, resulting in both being patients in the
hospital during the past two weeks. Mr.
Culp had passed the crisis when
his wife took down, and he is now convalescent.
Mrs. Culp was
formerly Miss Anna Sandberg, a
most popular and admirable young lady of
MoundCity and a leading
milliner by trade. Her marriage to Mr.
Culp at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. S.
Miller, last December was one of the social events of the season.
Two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Bird and
Mrs. J. S. Mertz, of St. Louis, Mo.,
arrived at Villa Ridge from East St. Louis last Sunday at accompanied by Mrs. A. W.
Williamson and Mrs. E. S.
Miller, of this city, and the two
above mentioned sisters of the deceased, where the funeral and burial
exercises took place. A large number of relatives and personal friends
of the deceased were present form
MoundCity and elsewhere.
Rev. A. Monroe conducted the
services. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon among the trees and
fragrant flowers of many kinds, upon the picturesque cemetery hill
overlooking the quiet little town, where the earthly remains of this devoted
young wife were laid to rest forever. The grave was covered with a
profusion of choicest flowers; the choir sang sad requiems to her memory,
while her soul was with her Father in heaven.
Friday, 4 Jun 1909:
J. W. Rowley, the perhaps oldest
citizen of Pulaski, and for many years a merchant of that village, died at
his home at
Tuesday morning, June 1,
1909. Funeral services were held at Pulaski Wednesday
afternoon and remains were buried at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:J. W. Rowly Born April 5,
1822 Died June 1, 1909.—Darrel Dexter)
Samuel Moore was born in Lake County, Ohio,
May 25, 1833, and
died at Grand Chain, Ill.,
June 1, 1909, aged
76 years and 6 days. He enlisted in Company D, of the 18th
Illinois Infantry May 1861 and served 3 months time and then afterwards
enlisted in the same company for 3 years for which he had an honorable
discharge for each time enlisted. He was the ninth one of thirteen
children that was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.
Moore and it now leaves only one
of this large family, R. Moore,
of Grand Chain. He had many friends to mourn his loss.
Moore, 25, born in Madison, Lake
Co., Ohio, enlisted as a private in Co. D, 18th Illinois Infantry
on 13 Jun 1861, at Bird’s Point, Mo., and was mustered out on 7 Jul 1864, at
Little Rock, Ark.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. J. W. Rowely died June 1st,
at and was
interred at Villa Ridge on June 2nd. Mr.
Rowley was one of the old merchants of Pulaski.
Friday, 11 Jun 1909: Card of Thanks.
We desire to hereby extend our thanks to many kind friends
for favors extended the late Samuel
Moore of Grand Chain, Ill.,
during his recent sickness and death.
Richard Moore, and family
Moore, of Cairo, died at that city Friday. The
remains were shipped to Ullin Sunday evening and were taken to the colored
Baptist church, where funeral services were conducted by several laymen,
after which the remains were laid to rest in the UllinCemetery.
Rev. Moore was pastor of the
Baptist church here several years ago and was considered a good citizen.
W. W. Miller left Sunday evening
response to a telegram advising him of the death of his brother.
J. W. Rowley, one of the most
respected old citizens of our community (Pulaski), died in our town.
He first came to Kentucky
and stayed there six years, then
and stayed five years and then to Pulaski, where he run a general store, and
was known all over the county as “Honest Joe.” He was very precise in
his way and was always ready to help the needy. He will be greatly
missed in this community.
Friday, 18 Jun 1909: Pair Held for Baby’s Death.
Murphysboro—Mr. and Mrs. George
Morris, were arrested at their home in Royalton, Franklin County, by
Deputy Sheriff W. H. Roberts, of
Murphysboro, and Constable Charles
Tuthill, of Elkville, charged with murdering their 10-week-old baby boy
and throwing the body into the Big Muddy River. They are in jail at
Murphysboro. Morris is 23
years old and his wife 18. They were secretly married in Murphysboro Dec. 9, 1908. In March 1909, Mrs.
Morris came to Murphysboro and
remained at the home of a Mrs. Rust
until the birth of her son on March 23. The body of a baby was found
in a small creek near the river. Mrs.
Morris came to Murphysboro May 31
and took the child away at night. She described the clothing worn by
the baby at that time, which tallied with that on the body. The skull
of the baby found in the creek had been crushed. Mrs.
Morris was not told of the nature of the charge against her until
she reached the sheriff’s office. She broke down and sobbed, saying
she thought the baby was still in the
___ McClusky died very suddenly
___ lure last Tuesday of a congestive chill. She had gone there a few
___ previous to visit with relatives. The remains were brought home
and burial at New HopeCemetery Wednesday. (Ullin)
McClusky married Sarah J.
Trammel on 11 Jan 1893, in Franklin
Co., Ill.A marker in New HopeCemetery
near Ullin reads:Sarah J.
McCluskey 1861-1909Henry McCluskey
___ Henderson, a young colored woman, died of
consumption Monday and was buried Tuesday in the UllinCemetery.
Friday, 25 Jun 1909: Death of Mrs. Bird Minton.
Mrs. Bird Minton,
age 73 years, died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.
Harper, who resides about two
miles from Mounds. She leaves four sons and three daughters to mourn
her untimely death. The funeral will be held at the ShilohChurch,
Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev.
Ridge of the DongolaBaptistChurch
Interment at ShilohCemetery.
Mrs. Pearl StarksHughes, aged 23 years, former
resident of this city, died at a hospital in
Chicago, last Monday evening. She was a
daughter of W. C. Starks, of this city, and the body accompanied by the husband and
baby daughter, arrived here Wednesday . Funeral services were held at the parental residence
Thursday, at ; interment at Beech
GroveCemetery, both services
being conducted by Rev. A. Monroe.
Father of College President Dead.
Harker, 83 years old, father of Dr. Joseph
Harker, president of the Illinois
Woman’s College at Jacksonville, is dead at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Thomas Thompson, here.
Mrs. Mary Stone, an old one-time
resident of Ullin, died Monday at the Masonic Home in Sullivan, Ill.,
at the age of 80 years. She was brought to Ullin and buried beside her
husband, Dr. Stone, who killed
himself several years ago. Mrs.
Stone had been an inmate of the Masonic Home for a couple of years.
Her funeral services were held in the Congregational church.
Stone married Mary
McElroy on 14 Jun 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker in Ullin
Stone Born Feb.
15, 1829 Died
June 21, 1909.She
was a beautiful character, a true Christian and had the love and respect of
all who knew her.—Darrel Dexter)
The Beulah Tabernacle buried a daughter of Agnes
Roberson at the Villa Ridge cemetery with a large procession.
The colored people of our place (Pulaski) are holding themselves up with
times, and certainly show much respect to their departed friends.
Friday, 2 Jul 1909:
Myles L. Austin, father of Mrs.
C. S. Miller, of this city, died
Thursday morning at his home in St.
Louis, Mo. He
will be buried at Villa Ridge, his old home, Friday at 1:30 p.m.
A. A. Austin, who came home to
attend the funeral of his granddaughter, Mrs. Howard
Hughes, left for Malden, Mo., Friday, where he has a building
Mrs. Jane Carnes died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Caster,
in Olmsted at
Friday. She had been a resident of this county for a number of years
and was 94 years of age. Four generations attended the funeral, which
was conducted by Rev. E. Hogue,
in the Congregational church at
Saturday afternoon. She was a member of the UnitedBrethrenChurch. Rev. E.
Hogue is a minister. Two of
her grandsons, Judge L. G. Caster
and R. J. Caster, reside in this
city. Interment was made in the family cemetery near Olmsted.
Mrs. Etta Moore, wife of James H.
Moore, died at their home two
miles east of town (Grand Chain) early Friday morning. Funeral
services were held at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. T.
Gaunt, Saturday afternoon, June 26th, 1909. Deceased was a member of
the Christian Church and had been for twenty years. She was a faithful
worker in the church and a good woman. A husband, four children,
father, sister, two brothers, grandmother and a host of other relatives and
friends to mourn her loss. The sympathy of the entire community is
extended to the bereaved family, relatives and friends. (James H. Moore married
Ettie Esque on 28 Dec 1892, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 9 Jul 1909:
A colored man of this city named
Hubbard was buried at the National cemetery here Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Minton, of Shiloh, buried their infant son at that place Sunday.
Word was received
here last week of the death of Mr. Yost, at his home in St.
Louis. Deceased was a resident of this city for
several years and was a highly esteemed citizen. The deceased suffered
a severe stroke of paralysis which left him a sadly afflicted invalid and in
this condition he has lingered the past two years. He leaves a widow,
and three children—Mrs. H. Beaupre,
of this city, Eugene Yost, of Carbondale, and Miss
Minnie Yost, of St. Louis.
(Henry S. Beaupre
married Lillie V. Yost on 8
Nov 1885, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel
Friday, 16 Jul 1909:
Mr. Frank Carson, aged 70 years,
has been seriously ill at his home on
south Fourth Street several months.
Mrs. L. M. Arnold received news
Sunday of the death of her aunt, Mrs. John P.
Dilts, at Paducah.
She was unable to attend the funeral Monday on account of illness.
The remains of Josiah L.
Hicks, who died at his home at
Grand Chain Thursday, July 9th, were brought to this city Friday
and were interred in the NationalCemetery.
The body was accompanied by one son, H.
Hicks. Deceased was a
member of Company C, 56th Illinois Infantry, and was 80 years of age.
He was well liked by all his acquaintances.
Hicks, 43, of
Alabama, a shoemaker, born in
North Carolina, enlisted
10 Apr 1864, at
Whitesburg, Ala., in Co. C, 56th Illinois
Infantry, and mustered out at
Little Rock, Ark.,
on 12 Aug 1865.He is buried in MoundCityNationalCemetery
in Section E, Grave 4088C. Harris
Hicks, son of Josiah L. Hicks
and Selaney McKinney, married
Mrs. Eva Robison, on 7 Sep 1896,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
an aged colored resident of this city died here last week Tuesday and was
buried in the National cemetery. The deceased had been a resident here
for the past forty years and served on the gunboat Louisville
during the war. This is a correction of an item in our last week’s
issue regarding the same man.
be the same person listed as Hardy
Hubbard, who married Rebecca
White on 14 Mar 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
a highly esteemed colored resident of this city, died at his home here
Saturday night at the age of 65 years. The deceased has been a
resident of MoundCity
for the past thirty years. The remains were laid to rest in the new BeechwoodCemetery at Mounds Monday afternoon.
Man and His Wife Shot.
DuQuoin—Kelly Jones, a farmer and
his wife, residing near Sesser, are in a critical condition, the latter
being probably fatally wounded. They had forbidden hunting in their
farm, and, hearing the discharge of guns near their home, went out to
investigate. Not being able to locate the intruders, they started back
home and had walked but a short distance when both were shot.
Saturday afternoon the remains of Albert
Till were found along the C. and
E. I. Railroad. He was evidently struck by a freight train Friday
night while riding or walking upon the railroad from Tamms to Ullin.
He was a young man about 25 years old and had been at work near Pulaski on a
farm and Friday drew his money and went to Tamms and proceeded to “dope”
with Tamms poison with the above result.
Mrs. Josie PenrodZimmerman, a former resident of
Ullin, died Sunday night at the residence of her mother, Mrs.
Penrod, in Dongola from the effects of blood poisoning. She
leaves a husband, infant son, a mother and sister and numerous friends to
mourn her loss. She was buried Monday afternoon at Dongola. (Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:Josephine L. wife of Joseph L.
Zimmerman Born Sept. 4, 1882 Died July 11, 1909.—Darrel
Friday, 23 Jul 1909:
A white man named William McDaniels,
residing at Beech Hill, near Olive Branch, was struck and instantly killed
Sunday evening at Mounds. He got off Billy
Bryan’s train as the Thebes
accommodation is known, and started towards the depot when he was stuck by
the engine which hauls the suburban from
Cairo. He was in an intoxicated condition at
the time and when his person was examined whiskey was found in one of his
Death of F. M. Carson.
Frank M. Carson,
aged 69 years, died at his home in this city, Thursday afternoon, July 15,
1909, after an illness of ten weeks and was buried in the Olmsted cemetery
the day following, a large number of old friends besides ship yard
companions accompanying the remains to their last resting place. Mr.
Carson came to this county from Tennessee in 1861 and
located near Grand Chain. Nineteen years ago he came to MoundCity,
since which time up to his illness he has been employed at the ship yard.
The deceased is survived by the bereaved widow; Samuel, of Seattle, Wash.;
Jesse, of Mounds; Courtney, of Bibgy, Miss.; James, of Ullin; Edward, of
Memphis, Tenn.; Perry and Miss Mary, of this city; and two stepchildren:
Harry Lawler, of this city, and
Mrs. Lula Skelton, of Texas.
Another Man Killed.
Hayes Gratty, a
well known switch engineer of Mounds, was shot in the back of the head about Monday morning last by
some unknown person a short distance south of the Halfway House causing
instant death. Mr. Gratty
with John (Bud) Crain, employed
in the railroad blacksmith shop, were
en route to Cairo in a buggy and as the report goes met a man in the
road afoot, going the same direction. In the extreme darkness they
called to him to get out of the road, which he evidently did, but had gone
but a short distance when he fired a shot at the buggy party hitting
Gratty with the above results.
Gratty is said to have had some
unpleasant words with an unknown man in the Halfway House saloon, and it is
thought that he did the shooting.
Gratty leaves a wife and two children, with a good home in Mounds
and $3,000 life insurance.
A colored man by the name of Allen
died Tuesday of consumption in Ullin.
The only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. V.
Allen died Saturday evening of a
congestive chill. The child was past two years old and was healthy and
robust, but was soon wilted away when stricken. The passing of the
little one left behind two parents with broken hearts. The funeral
service was conducted by Rev. Bush
Sunday evening and the little remains rest in the Ullin cemetery.
in UllinCemetery reads:Ora Vanoene Allen Born Sept.
14, 1905 Died
May 4, 1906.Helen
Waneta Allen Born March 22, 1907 Died July 17, 1909.Daughters of W. V. & Ida Allen.—Darrel
Friday, 30 Jul 1909:
Three bad negro residents were murdered Sunday and Monday in Cairo, one man and two women being aggressors,
as many more were shot in a crap game, and 48 other persons of various
nationalities were before the police court Monday for unlawful doings.
Still more, some interurban cars to and from the Halfway House Saturday and
Sunday night were ditched and the switches spiked by gangs of drunken
hoodlums, who also insult decent women on the cars. Some of the
perpetrators have already been locked up, and the line is to be closely
watched by county officers hereafter.
Walter Morrow, who was born at
Villa Ridge 30 years ago and later was in a restaurant business in Cairo, died in St. Louis Tuesday of this week.
McDonald Ozment, of Pulaski, was
born January 8, 1830,
and died July 26, 1909,
aged 78 years, 6 mos., 17 days. Was married times and leaves wife and
eleven children; was a soldier of the Civil War. Laid to rest in LibertyCemetery.
Ozment was a private in Co. D, 18th
Illinois Infantry, enlisting on 20 Jul 1861.He was 27, born in Lebanon, Tenn.,
and was discharged 19 Apr
1862, at Pittsburg
Landing, for chronic diarrhea.
McDonald Ozment married Julia Ann
Horn on 29 Dec 1863, in Franklin Co., Ill.He has a military marker in Liberty Cemetery that reads:McDonald Ozment Co. D, 18th
Ill. Inf.—Darrel Dexter)
Mack Ozment, an aged pensioner,
living seven miles south of here (Ullin), died Monday morning.
Pearl Smith, Pink
Beck, and Eli
Smither who were called to
Saturday to attend the funeral of John
Beck, a relative, returned
The infant child of Mike Moyers,
and wife, of Moorehouse, Mo., was brought here (Grand Chain) for
burial last Saturday.
Friday, 6 Aug 1909: Obituary.
Esta May Adkins,
little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T.
Adkins, died Thursday, July 29th, 1909, at her home near
Ullin, Illinois, of a complication of diseases of which whooping cough was
the most severe. She was aged 8 mos. and 25 days. Was an
unusually bright and charming child and had a smile for everyone, bearing
all pain without a sigh or tear although they were so great that no medical
aid could relieve her, but short sweet life was gone to the one who gave it.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. A.
Russel at the residence Saturday
at Interment in cemetery
near Ullin, Ill.
Thomas Adkins married Flora Bell Shivelyon 15 Aug 1897,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.Her marker in ButterRidgeCemetery near Ullin reads:Esta May Adkins Born Nov.
4, 1908 Died July 29, 1909.—Darrel
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mackey have
returned from Ashley, where they were called on account of the death of Mrs.
Mackey’s father. (Grand
Friday, 13 Aug 1909:
Jesse Armstrong, aged 32 years,
son of Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong,
of this city, and a former resident here, last Friday fell from a boat at Memphis, on which he was
working as ship carpenter, and was drowned. He leaves a wife and two
children. His wife was Miss Callie
Spencer, of this city. At
last accounts the body had not been found.
Armstrong married Callie Belma
Spencer on 28 Jan 1899, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A grown daughter of A. J.
Britt, living south of town
(Ullin), died last Thursday.
departed this life August 5th, after a long struggle with dropsy.
was a young lady loved by all who knew her, and bore her long illness
without a murmur. She was never heard to complain and had a smile for
everyone. She was laid to rest in the ConcordCemetery
Friday, 20 Aug 1909:
offers a reward of $200 for the capture and conviction of the murderer of
The adopted child of Mr. and Mrs. T. J.
Kinney died Tuesday and was
buried Wednesday morning in the Catholic cemetery at Mounds.
The body of Jesse
Armstrong, who was drowned at Memphis about ten days
ago, was found Wednesday near where he went down.
aged 78 years, one of the well known farmers residing northeast of Villa
Ridge, has been seriously ill for some time past.
Death of Mrs. Black.
beloved wife of Samuel Black, of
this city, aged 65 years, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in
last Saturday evening after a short illness. Mrs.
Black was a sister of the late Louis
Blum, was born in
and came to this city about 40 years ago. She was a perfect lady,
courteous, agreeable and highly esteemed by all. Sunday night the
remains were taken to St. Louis
for burial in the Jewish cemetery Tuesday, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
Blum, of Mounds, Mrs. George
Eichhorn and Ben
Blum, of MoundCity and the bereaved
Train Kills a Farmer.
West Frankfort.—While crossing the tracks of the Chicago &
Eastern Illinois Railroad Co. in Benton, R. P.
Parker, a prominent farmer near this city, was hit by a southbound
passenger train and killed instantly. He is survived by a family.
Friday, 27 Aug 1909:
M. L. Rosenbarger,
of Grand Chain, has a large farm nine mile north of that place
near Ridenhour station, upon which he has several men employed, among whom
was Henry Hitchcock, aged 61 years. Last Saturday afternoon, Allen
Johnson, another employee, and
Hitchcock went into a cornfield
in search of squirrels. Johnson
saw one and in swinging his gun around to fire, the gun went off, shooting
Hitchcock, who was several yards
away, in the face with most of the shot, killing him instantly.
Johnson is said to be almost
crazy over the unfortunate affair.
Smith, aged about 80 years, a
resident of old Caledonia up to about four
years ago, died at the Anna insane asylum a few weeks ago. He was a
former boat and raft pilot on the Ohio River.
O’Fallon.—George T. Crosby, a pioneer of
Illinois, died here, aged 79. He is survived
by a widow and four children.
Death of Mrs. James Finley.
E., beloved wife of James W. Finley,
died at the family home in Mound
City, Ill., last Sunday at of paralysis, at the age of 72 years.
The deceased came here from Memphis
with her husband and family 42 years ago, and was one of the well known and
highly esteemed women of the city. She leaves a husband and four
children to mourn her death—Mrs. Kate
Sneed, of McAllester, Okla.; Frank, of
Cairo; Ira S., of Hamilton, Ohio;
and James A., of this city. Funeral at the residence Tuesday at , conducted by Rev.
Whitley, of Episcopal Church.
Interment in Beechwood addition cemetery.
Sneed married Kate Finley
on 17 Feb 1896,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.T. W. Finley, son of James
W. Finley and D. E.
Braden, married Lillie M.
Wright on 2 Dec 1896, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Armstrong, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James
Armstrong, of this city, was drowned at Memphis, Tenn.,
Thursday, Aug. 5th, at the age of 34 years and five days.
He was employed on the government shipyard works and lost his balance on the
beam on which he was working and fell 30 feet through the air when he struck
a barge, which crushed his skull and threw him into the river which was 35
feet deep at that point.
employed; watchmen were stationed at points along the river below the city.
A reward was offered and notices were posted in all the towns from Memphis
to New Orleans, in fact, every method was employed by the grieved relatives
in an effort to locate and recover the body, all proving fruitless until
Tuesday, Aug. 17th, when a body was found by some fishermen 60
miles below Memphis and was about to be buried on the banks of the river
when the notices were remembered and a telegram sent to Memphis brought the
deceased’s brother, William Armstrong,
and a few friends on a launch to the scene. The brother identified the
body by the teeth and clothing and it was brought back to the city on the
launch and was taken to the undertaker’s establishment where it was prepared
for burial. The funeral was conducted in the undertaker’s parlors by a
minister of the Methodist church of which deceased had been a member since
his early manhood. The remains were laid to rest in ForestHillCemetery.
Deceased had clung to his religion and always wrote to his
parents in this city where he was born and reared telling them of his church
and his attendance upon the religious services. His mother was
prostrated with grief and was unable to attend the funeral, but the father
attended returning home Sunday. Deceased left a wife, three children,
two boys and one girl, a father, mother, three sisters, three brothers.
One brother, Enos, preceded him in death four years ago. He was a
member of the Woodmen of the World and the Carpenters’
Union, both of which attended the funeral in a body. The
deceased was reared and married in this city. A host of friends extend
their sympathy to the bereaved wife and parents in this sad addiction.
Friday, 3 Sep 1909:
Last week Friday, Henry
Lee, a negro fireman at the chair
factory, was for some unknown cause struck in the back of the head with an
iron bar by a fellow workman named Jim
Williams, crushing his skull, and from which with other injuries he
died Sunday. Lee fell
across a hot oven door of the furnace where he had lain several minutes
before discovered. He was an unmarried man and one of the oldest
employees of the factory.
Williams at once left for parts unknown.
Slate Crushes Illinois Miner.
Herrin.—William Martin, 25 years old, was crushed to death by being caught under a
heavy fall of slate in Jeffrey’s mine, east of here.
Relatives of Mrs. Bert Barnett
were sorry to hear of her death in
last week. (Pulaski)
Friday, 17 Sep 1909:
J. G. Steers,
aged 84 years, died at his home near Olmsted,
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1909. Mr.
Steers was highly esteemed by all
who knew him, being one of the oldest pioneers of PulaskiCounty and one of the last charter
members of the Masonic fraternity there.
(This may refer to
John G. Steers, who married
Rachel Keller on 17 Jun 1850, in
Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
of Mounds, aged 45 years, a plasterer by trade, died suddenly at his home
Monday morning. A wife survives him. Funeral was held at the
residence Wednesday afternoon and interment had in
Cemetery, conducted by the I. O. O. F.
Louis, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C.
Tuttle, died at their home on
west Main Street, at , Saturday, at the age of six years. He had been
ill two weeks developing a bad case of diphtheria and after suffering a few
days, he improved so that he was playing in the yard Friday, but that night
grew worse and suffered intensely until death relieved him. The
funeral took place Tuesday afternoon.
of Kentucky, died the other day in a room he had
not left for fifty years. Mr.
Hayden stayed there all this time, not because he was ill or imprisoned,
but because he had made a vow that if Lincoln
were elected president, he would never leave his room again.
Friday, 24 Sep 1909:
Frank Duty Dead.
The death of
Frank Duty, which occurred Thursday of last week, was quite a surprise to
his host of friends in this city. Mr.
Duty was taken ill Monday and very few knew that he was sick, hence
his death was quite a surprise. It is said that his ailment was a
complication of diseases. Frank has lived in this county about 25
years, was a good mechanic, and had worked many years for the I. C. railroad
at Mounds. He is survived by two sons, Henry of Wyoming, and Albert,
on the U. S. battleship
Georgia, one of the fleet that
recently made a trip around the world, and he has a brother, Albert, living
in Cairo. Frank was
well and favorably known, an honest, industrious and pleasant gentleman.
He was a member of the Court of Honor. The remains were interred in
GroveCemetery Friday afternoon,
services conducted by Rev. E. H. Cunningham,
pastor of the Baptist church.—The Sun
Death of Mrs. Karraker.
Karraker (neeDillow), wife of Thomas N.
Karraker, cashier of the First
State Bank of Mounds, died of tuberculosis at their residence in that city
, at the age of 26
years, 5 months and 13 days. The funeral was held at the home of her
parents in Dongola at
Thursday, Sept. 23. Interment in AnnaCemetery.
The deceased was a very highly esteemed woman.
(Her marker in AnnaCityCemetery reads:Elsie wife of Thomas N. Karraker Born April 8, 1883 Died Sept. 21, 1909.—Darrel
The 6-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Rushing died Wednesday morning at
their home and was buried Thursday afternoon.
The 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E.
Coulter died suddenly at their
home in this city Wednesday forenoon of membranous croup.
M. Mozolewski, 96 Years Old,
Mozolewski, one of the oldest residents of WashingtonCounty,
died at his home in BoloTownship. He was 96
Black Hand Note Kills Him.
City.—John Swan, a farmer living east of this city, while sitting on his porch
with his family fell into the arms of his son, dead. The cause of
death was heart trouble, thought to be induced by fear, having just read a
black hand letter threatening his life if he did not leave the country at
Friday, 1 Oct 1909:
Harry Slack is
seriously ill with typhoid fever at a hospital in
Indianapolis. His wife,
nee Miss Mabel
Kennedy, of this city, and their
little daughter are with him.
Moore, son of Henry and Gertie
Moore was born Aug. 26, 1907, died Sept. 22, 1909, aged 2 years
and 1 month. He leaves a father, mother, sister and a host of other
relatives and friends. (Grand Chain)
Friday, 8 Oct 1909:
Casper, who had one of his legs
badly broken a short time ago while employed at the
Williamson-Kuny log pond,
died at his home Wednesday morning, aged 35 years. He had resided here
nearly all his life. He was a good citizen also a good husband and
father. He leaves a widow and a little son. Funeral took place
at the residence Wednesday afternoon. Interment at BeechGroveCemetery.
Casper married Bell Mullins
on 9 Apr 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
The Late Col. William R.
The death of
Col. William R. Morrison at his
home at Waterloo, Ill.,
last week, removed a man who years ago was a prominent figure in public
affairs. Born in Illinois in 1825, he fought in the Mexican War, was a
Forty-niner in California, became a lawyer in Illinois, went into the war of
the rebellion as a colonel of the Forty-ninth Illinois infantry, was wounded
at Fort Donelson, was elected to Congress while in the army and served in
Congress until 1887, was in that year appointed a member of the interstate
commerce commission and became its chairman. He had been defeated for
the U. S. Senate by one vote in 1885. In the house he was chairman of
the committee of ways and means and as such presented the famous horizontal
tariff bill. Col. Morrison
was described by a friend as a “pure and gallant gentleman, brave of heart,
clean of life, loyal to a friend, frank to a foe; with a conscience void of
offense and a love for truth that nothing could daunt.” When a
candidate for the senate, Morrison
declared that he would not shake the hand of a thief to be elected to any
office in the gift of human power.” He was several times mentioned for
nomination of the presidency, the last time in 1896.
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many fiends
and neighbors for their many acts of kindness shown me during the recent
bereavement of my mother.
9 Lost Lives in Mines.
Belleville.—County Mine Inspector Henry
Church in his report for the year
ending August 30, shows that nine lives were lost from among 4,634 employees
in and about St. Clair County coal mines; that there were 120 accidents,
which disabled miners for periods of less than thirty days and thirty
accidents which cost miners to lose more than thirty days from work.
Olney Man Dies at Ball Game.
Urfer, 30 years old, died at AthleticPark
during the progress of a baseball game. A coroner’s jury declared that
apoplexy caused his death.
Shot Over Crap Game.
three-cornered fight arose over a negro crap game Sunday in which two of the
participants were wounded. The pistol battle drew a large crowd to the
rear end of a blind tiger on
West Main Street. John
Smith, of Cairo, and B.
Sanders, got into a heated argument and drew revolvers. Harry
Sanders stepped in as peacemaker
and was shot in the left hand, the ball entering the thumb. B.
Sanders backed off a few steps
and shot Smith in the neck, the
ball ranging downward and lodging behind the lungs, causing a serious wound.
Falling Tree Kills Honey Hunter.
Charleston—James F. Ashbrook, a farmer living five miles southwest of Charleston, was
killed Saturday morning by a falling tree which he had cut to get a store of
Friday, 15 Oct 1909:
died Friday at the home of her uncle Charles
Abbott and was buried Saturday at
Cemetery. The deceased has suffered long
Samuel, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Guy, died at his home near Grand
Chain Tuesday, Oct. 5th, at 10 o’clock a.m., of a complication of
diseases, aged 3 years, 4 months, and 17 days. The family wish to
thank all those who were so kind to them in the last days of their little
one and trust you will be rewarded in the near future by a higher power.
The remains were laid to rest in the Grand Chain cemetery Wednesday
afternoon. The family has the sympathy of the community.
Perkins Sr., was born in McNary
County, Tenn., in 1829 and departed this life, Oct. 7th, 1909, aged 80
years. He had been confined to his bed about sixteen days with
infirmities of old age and chills. He had been a member of the Edith
Chapel A. M. E. church for twenty years. He was an exemplary
Christian, patient in his afflictions and was faithful to his church until
death. He leaves a number of relatives and a host of friends to mourn
his loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev.
Rooks Oct. 8th.
Hines aged 5 years, granddaughter of the deceased, John
Perkins Sr., departed this life
Oct. 8th, of a complication of throat trouble. Funeral was
held Sunday at
conducted by Rev. Reddick.
The pall bearers were four little girls selected from the Juvenille Club.
The family has the sympathy of all in their double bereavement. They
have left us but we will meet them in the great beyond.
Dyke Acquitted of Killing
Harrisburg.—The jury in the case of John
Dyke, indicted by the recent
grand jury for the killing of Louis
Boskosky, returned a verdict of not guilty. The case occupied the
court over a week and was the hardest fought in the history of the county.
Boskosky was killed in a riot at
Ledford last spring and Dyke was
arrested, charged with firing the shot.
Two Murderers, Sentenced.
the circuit court, Ben Dagenhartt
pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to serve fourteen years in the
penitentiary at Chester. In a fit of anger several
months ago Dagenhartt struck Fred
Zerbt, a fellow workman, and
22 Oct 1909:
Death of Thomas Smith.
Mr. Thomas J.
Smith, who departed this life at Friday morning in St. Louis, was an old citizen of this city.
He was well known here and had a wide circle of friends in this city.
He left here a few years since for St. Louis, where he has resided with his
sister, Mrs. Mary Warren.
He has suffered with cancer of the throat the past two years and it was this
malady which caused his death. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary
Warren, of St. Louis, a daughter,
Mrs. William Mertz, of this city,
and two sons, Guy and Thomas, of St. Louis, and one stepson, Ray
Olmsted of this city. The remains were laid to rest at 1
o’clock in the Beech Grove Cemetery Sunday afternoon Rev. W. D.
Smith married Mrs. Mary C.
Olmsted on 25 Dec 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Mary Pool
died at Mounds Sunday, Oct. 17th, after a long illness with
consumption. Her funeral was conducted Monday at Ullin M. E. church by
Rev. Ernest Bush after which she
was laid to rest in the UllinCemetery.
The bereaved relatives have our deepest sympathy.
(Her marker in UllinCemetery
Pool Daughter of J. & G.
Beedle Born March 7, 1887 Died Oct. 17, 1909.—Darrel
29 Oct 1909:
Card of Thanks.
We extend our
heartfelt thanks to our many neighbors and friends who were so kind to us
during the illness and death of our dear husband and father.
Mrs. H. Bever
departed this life
October 23rd, 1909, aged 53 years and 20 days.
He was born and raised in
PulaskiCounty. He married
Miss Maggie Lyerly when near the
age of 21 years. She lived but a few months. On February 5,
1885, he married Miss Isaphine Flaugh.
Into their home there came four daughters, Alice, Mary, Grace, and Maude and
one son, Everett Houston. The second daughter, Mary, died at the age
of 6 years. He was a constant and devoted member of the Christian
Church for many years. He was one of the best known and most highly
esteemed citizens of the county. His well known intelligence,
integrity, business ability commanded the confidence of all who knew him.
He was loved by all who knew him intimately for his kindness and generosity.
He was ever ready to render assistance in time of sickness or trouble of any
He was a loving
and faithful husband, and affectionate and indulgent father, and the welfare
and happiness of his family was always the object nearest to his heart.
His death is an irreparable loss to his wife, children, brothers, sister and
to all who knew him.
Bever married Mary Lyerly
on 10 Jan 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
5 Nov 1909:
a citizen of this place, was killed Friday at Point Pleasant,
Mo. He was engaged in clearing land and was struck by a
falling tree. He, with his family, had gone to
Point Pleasant about two weeks ago, expecting to spend the
greater portion of the winter at that place. He leaves a wife, two
daughters, and fours sons. They resided on
in this city. The sympathy of the community goes out to the family in
(The 17 Dec 1909,
issue reported that he was not killed, but seriously injured.—Darrel
Hallenberg, well known here, died last Sunday at Chamite, N. M., aged 18
years, of consumption. Miss Gussie was a great favorite when here, and
her friends will be saddened to know of her death.
At a meeting
of the Farmers Union No. 188, the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas it has
pleased the All Wise Creator to take from our midst Brother H.
Bever, Be it resolved:
That we extend to
the family our heartfelt sympathy and aid in time of need.
That in the death
of Brother Bever, we and the
community at large have lost a good citizen, a true friend and neighbor.
That we drape our
charter with mourning for a period of six months.
That we send a
copy of these resolutions to our county paper for publication and also to
J. W. Mathis
Died from Eating Saur Kraut.
Vernon.—After making almost a meal of saur kraut, Elmer
Landgraf, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.
F. Landgraf, died here of
Founder of IllinoisTown
John Hodges, of Cairo, died at Dawson Springs. He was one of the
pioneers of Alexander County,
having been sheriff 24 years. He was the founder of the town of Hodges Park.
Friday, 12 Nov 1909:
What is it in our civilization of today that produces such
man beasts as that murderer of Miss Anna
Pelley, at 26th and Elm streets
at Cairo, about
Monday? Is such vicious brutality hereditary? Can a human soul
come into this world predisposed to brutality and lust? Is it a result
of lack of early training? Will the father and mother of this man
beast be held responsible by the Great Creator? Is it a result of
legal union of male and female criminals? Is it a result of blood
mixtures, combining all the evil tendencies of both natures? Is it a
result of our growing ridicule, and flaunting, and sneering disregard of
This one man beast will be swiftly obliterated legally.
But must we live in dread of other man beasts of the same sort? The
same condition that produced and developed this one will develop others.
History records much of crime and bloodshed, but this kind of bestiality is
only of recent frequency. The conditions now demand the best thought
of the wisest men of our nation—a drastic corrective must be found, and
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mackey were
called to Cypress
Sunday on account of a death in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Will
Mackey. (Grand Chain)
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Loys
Willis, which died at birth, was buried Tuesday at Anna. (Ullin)
Mrs. Alice Coleman, wife of John
Coleman and daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. George Burgeois, died Sunday
night after an illness of two weeks resulting from confinement. Her
death was a great shock to her friends. Gentle and lovable in
disposition, she was loved by everyone. She was a devoted wife and
mother. She leaves a husband, three little children, parents, two
sisters and a brother to mourn her loss. The funeral was conducted
Tuesday afternoon in the Congregational church by Rev.
Runnels, of Mounds, after which
the beautiful white casket was lowered to rest in the Ullin
Cemetery. Many beautiful flowers were
received as expressions of the grief that is felt for one who was so sweet
and lovely in character—who is at rest forever.
in UllinCemetery reads:Alice Burgeois Coleman
Born Feb. 2, 1882 Died Nov. 8, 1909.Allison R. Coleman Born Oct.24, 1909 Died July 23, 1910.—Darrel
Mrs. Charles Murray, of Cairo,
died here (Ullin) Sunday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Joseph
Mordar, after a long illness. She was buried at Dongola
Friday, 19 Nov 1909:
Mrs. Kate Davidge, wife of
Charles Davidge, died Monday
morning at 2:00 o’clock, after a lingering illness of several months.
She is survived by a husband, two daughters, and a son. The funeral
was conducted at the family residence by Rev. A.
Monroe of the Congregational
church Wednesday afternoon, interment in the MasonicCemetery
married Kate Bayne on 8 Feb
1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Judge’s Niece a Suicide.
Fairfield.—Apparently disappointed in a love affair, Miss
Carrie Creighton, committed
suicide by swallowing carbolic acid a short time after calling at the post
office and not receiving an expected letter. Miss
Creighton was 20 years old and a
daughter of John Creighton.
She was a niece of Judge James A.
Creighton, of Springfield
and Circuit Judge Jacob R. Creighton,
of this city.
Mrs. Sarah Margurite Galbraith
was born at Springfield, Ohio, January 25, 1832, died at Grand Chain, Ill.,
Nov. 12, 1909, aged 77 years, 10 months and 12 days. She was buried at
Villa Ridge on Nov. 14,
1909. Funeral services were conducted by Rev.
MoundCity. She was a member of the
Congregational church. She leaves a stepson, Ed
Young, of Cairo,
and two sisters, Mrs. A. C. Bartleson,
of Grand Chain, and Mrs. Polena
Miller, of Villa Ridge, and a number of other relatives to mourn her
Galbraith married Mrs. Sarah M.
Young on 23 Mar 1890, in Pulaski Co.,
Ill.Thomas A. Young married Sarah A. Wilson
on 31 Dec 1872,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.Augustus C. Bartleson married Susan
Friday, 26 Nov 1909: Card of Thanks.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to our many friends who
were so kind to us during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother.
Mrs. A. H. Perrine
Mrs. L. R. Davidson
54 years old, who was a shift workman at the __ mine, north of this city was
crushed to death while unloading a ___ which had been sent down ___ with gas
Annie Pelley’s Chum Buried.
Anna.—The burial of Miss Mary
Whalen occurred Tuesday, the grave being less than 50 feet from Miss
Anna Pelley, her chum.
in Anna City Cemetery reads:
Maymie M. Whalen 1888-1909.—Darrel
Friday, 3 Dec 1909:
W. G. Mitchell received word
Saturday of the death of his father at Washington, D. C. (Mounds)
Friday, 10 Dec 1909: Judge Lyman G. Caster
Born September 7th, 1872
Died, December 9th, 1909
In the death of Judge Lyman G.
Caster, PulaskiCounty loses one of her
foremost citizens. Judge Caster
was a man of broad intellect, sterling character, of kindly heart and of
gracious personality. Every man who knew him well, loved him, and
there will be thousands of saddened hearts in this his home county when is
death is known.
was born near “Cross Roads” on the old home place. As his boyhood
years passed, he developed a thirst for knowledge, ambition, energy.
Teaching school and studying law calls for persistence and self denial, but
the Judge did this, and, later, in his chosen profession, forged his way to
the very front by sheer force of merit. Had he lived, there is not a
doubt that he would have been circuit judge, and his known ability and rigid
fairness would probably have called him to higher places of honor.
Judge Caster’s memory will live
long in the heart of his friends, in love and honor and reverence, and his
name will take a place in the history of the county along with those of the
leaders who have stood for all that was good, and true and upright and
Little Willie Williams, aged 3
years old, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Kreitner, after a
short illness of membranous croup. The funeral was held Wednesday
afternoon from the residence on Main Street,
interment at BeechGrove
Mr. John Bise, who died at his
home on upper Main Street
in MoundCity last week, after a short illness,
was one of the old citizens of the county. He served a long and
honorable term in the army of the Civil War, and came to the county shortly
afterwards with his brothers, Robert and Joseph. Mr.
Bise lived for years around Ullin, and was liked by all who knew
him. His brother, Mr. Joseph
Bise, is one of the prosperous farmers and timbermen of the upper
The funeral of the late David Woods
was held Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church, interment at the Beech
Woods was one of our most highly
esteemed old colored residents and has lived here for many years.
Alfred Hargan Dead.
Dr. J. F. Hargan,
of this city, was advised by wire Tuesday morning of the death of his
father, Mr. Alfred Hargan, at Louisville, Ky.,
which occurred Monday night. The doctor and his brothers, Ben and
Virgil, all went to Louisville
to be present at the funeral exercises. The sympathy of all friends is
extended to these gentlemen in their sorrow.
of Judge Caster will take place
Sunday afternoon at BeechGrove
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Newlon were
called to Robinson, Ill., Monday on account of serious sickness
of Mrs. Newlon’s father.
Friday, 17 Dec 1909:
Miss Eula Ritchie left Monday for
her home in East St. Louis
after attending the funeral of her uncle, L. G.
(Eli M. Ritchey
married Josephene Caster on 2 Nov
1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Ausbury Benton and family who
have spent the past three months at Point Pleasant, Mo., returned home
Sunday. Mr. Benton was
seriously injured by a falling tree at Point Pleasant,
but was not killed as was at first reported.
Aunt Zettie Gill, one of the
oldest and best known colored women in the city, has passed into the great
unknown. She had been visiting a friend Tuesday, was taken ill while
there, and was conveyed to her home, and there died about Wednesday. “Aunty” was always
motherly and cheerful and was well liked by all who knew her. She
lived at Mrs. H. M. Smith’s a
long time and was an aunt of Eli Bugg.
Lyman G. Caster
Born September 7th,
Died December 9th,
Interment Dec. 12th,
Hundreds of loving friends of Judge Lyman G.
Caster braved the inclement
weather Sunday that they might be present at his funeral exercises, as the
last mark of respect and honor they might give to him.
The uniformed rank of the Modern Woodmen acted as pallbearers. Members
of the Bar of this and
AlexanderCounty, the county
officers, and the Knights of Pythias, were honorary pallbearers, and cared
for the floral offerings which were of great beauty and in profusion.
A short, simple service was held at the home. From
here the funeral cortege went to the Methodist church, where the more
lengthy exercises were very beautiful, solemn and impressive. There,
in the presence of the throng, looking down upon the casket, banked with
flowers, the Rev. Margraves spoke
words of comfort and solace to the family and relatives and sorrowing
friends, words that can come only from the Word of God in such hours of
At the grave, the service of the Knights of Pythias was
read, with ceremonies solemn, beautiful and simple, as the Judge would have
wished, could he have spoken.
There are many, many men in the county whose hearts will
throb and whose eyes will mist with tears at merely the mention of Judge
Caster’s name, and yet also his
name brings to them the memory of his great heart, and a desire to
emulate the sterling qualities of his character. His life here will
long have its strong influence in the county in all things looking towards
Tribute to Lyman G. Caster
(By. Rev. Alex Monroe.)
Great, wise and good men are God’s best gifts to a nation
or a community. They mold and lead the thoughts of the people
influence their conduct and establish those principles of truth, justice and
righteousness, which exalt a nation or community. When they pass away
the people suffer a great loss, greater than the loss of property or
physical things, and were it not for the influence they leave to the world
we would be poor indeed. As Christians we cannot believe with the
teachings of the scriptures before us with regard to death, that it can be a
loss to the good who pass out from us. So we do not celebrate, as one
has said, the death of a good man with dirges and mournful chants, but with
hymns and songs of praise, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he
enters upon a divine heritage.
As a great man said about the death of Saipio.
Saipio was a good man, and if it be true that those who live best go to God
soonest, Saipio is with God. But if death be an eternal sleep, it is
not grievous to sleep. But Saipio was a good man and served well the
Republic and mankind and this Republic will always rejoice and mankind will
always rejoice that Saipio lived. So we say of Judge
Caster.He was a good
man, a man of strong, rugged character, blameless integrity and a staunch
lover of justice, that kind of justice from which no one could suffer, but
those who should suffer and that would protect all in their rights and
privileges. He served well his county, his community and mankind, and
those who knew him best esteemed him most highly and all we who have felt
his influence are glad that he lived and we knew his noble life. But
we cannot think of death in connection with Christian and modern thought, as
an eternal sleep. We say with
Milton, Who would lose, though full of pain, his conscious being?
Those thoughts which wonder through eternity, swallowed up and lost in the
wide womb of uncreated night. Devoid of sense and feeling.
While nobody knows what the controlling entity called
life, soul, spirit and by other names is, yet common sense rebels against it
being nothing. No genuine science has presumed to call it a purely
imaginary nonentity. No really existing thing perishes; it only
changes its form. Science shows this clearly enough concerning energy
and matter, and it must also so regard mind, consciousness, will, memory,
love, adoration and all the other manifold activities which strangely
interact with nature and appeal so the bodily senses. They are not
nothing and will never vanish into nothingness. They are as eternal as
the Godhead itself and will in eternal being endure forever. The best
thought of the world is coming to agree with the scriptures that we are an
emanation from God, that we have in us a piece of divinity, something that
was before the elements and owes no homage to the sun.
The spirit never was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Birthless and deathless and changeless
The sprit remaineth forever
Death hath not touched it at all.
Dead though the house of it seemeth.
If it be true that matter mute and inanimate, though
changed by the forces of life and nature can never perish or be annihilated,
can we believe that the spirit of man can perish after making like a royal
guest a brief stay in its tenement of clay? Can we believe that God
who conserves all the forces of nature so that nothing is lost—not even a
dew drop, a withered leaf or a gentle sighing zephyr—can we believe that he
who makes all things work out his eternal purposes, can have no great and
ultimate purpose in man? Do the great and good, just when they are
beginning to learn how to live, sink like babies into the unfeeling weaves
of oblivion? Shall we not rather believe that he has gathered to
himself the mind, thought, love and spirit, all that constituted the real
life, character and manhood of him who was loved as a husband, son, father,
brother, neighbor and friends?
There is no death; An angel form
Walks through the earth with silent tread.
He bears our best loved things away
And then we call them dead.
Born into that undying world
they leave us but to come again
With joy we welcome them the same
Except in sin and pain,
And ever near us though unseen
The dear immortal sprits tread
Throughout this boundless universe
there are no dead.
Friday, 24 Dec 1909: Judge Caster’s Picture.
With this issue we present to our readers a splendid cut
of Lyman G. Caster suitable for
The cut is made from one of the best photographs now in existence, and shows
the Judge with alert facial expression called out by any conversation or
circumstances which interested his thought. This look, as shown, will
be remembered by hundreds of the judge’s friends, and the engraving will be
valued for its faithful reproduction of a characteristic expression.
Card of Thanks.
We desire to express our thanks and heartfelt gratitude to
the many good friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted in the late
sickness and death of our beloved husband, son and brother, Judge Lyman G.
Caster. And especially do
we thank from the bottom of our hearts all those organizations and
individuals who contributed the many beautiful floral tributes. May
the blessings of the Great Eternal God be with you all is the sincere wish
of the undersigned.
Mrs. Annie L. Caster
Mrs. Dorcas Caster
Robert L. Caster
(Lyman G. Caster,
son of Jacob Caster and Dorcas
Carnes, married Annie
Linehan on 23 Jan 1897, in Union
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Lodge No. 197
Knights of Pythias. Mound City, Illinois
Whereas, It has pleased the Almighty Ruler of the universe
to take from our mist our beloved Brother Lyman G.
Caster by death,
Therefore be it resolved by Mound City Lodge No. 197
Knights of Pythias, that by the death of brother
Caster our lodge has been
deprived of a valuable member, a true and loyal hearted Knight;
That the community has lost a noble and benevolent
That the family has been deprived of a loving companion
and one that was true to every sacred tie that bound him to his family.
That as a token of our estimation of his many virtues,
that our lodge charter be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that a
copy of this resolution be sent to the family of our deceased brother.
That a copy be spread upon the lodge records and that the
same be published in the PulaskiEnterprise.
H. G. Carter
J. R. Fullerton
E. P. Easterday, Comm.
Shot Down in Street
and ___ Adams met on the streets
and engaged in a quarrel in the course of which the latter reached for his
gun and Lyles, on the alert,
fired the ball, ___sing into Adams’
face, inflicting a serious wound.
Dies as a Result of Privations.
Harrisburg.—Mrs. Clara Monetto
died at the poor farm here following an illness caused by want and
privation. Mrs. Monetto was
found by neighbors in an old shack where she and her three small children
had taken refuge.
Friday, 31 Dec 1909:
Mr. Ves Sheaves was accidentally
killed last week while felling a tree. He leaves a wife and two
children to whom is extended our sympathy. (Perks)
Marshall O’Hara was called to
Pulaski Friday on account of his sister’s death. (Ullin)
Mrs. Adams, the aged mother of
Dr. L. F. Robinson, fell from an
upper story window Saturday morning and was very seriously injured. She was
taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary at
Cairo, where she now is, and the family entertains
but slight hopes of her recovery.
Tom, the 17-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. T. L.
Donovan, died Sunday night. The funeral was conducted by Rev.
Bradley at the Congregational
church Tuesday morning. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the