and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers
The Pulaski Enterprise
7 Jan 1916 - 29 Dec 1916
Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
Friday, 7 Jan 1916:
Mr. Livingston, aged 46 years, died at his home on
Commercial Ave., on Monday of dropsy.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M.
B. Baker at the residence on Tuesday,
interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Again our little city has been called upon to mourn the death of one of its oldest and most highly esteemed residents, Thomas S. Snyder, who passed away Tuesday morning at his home here at the age of seventy years. The deceased had been a resident of this city for the past thirty-three years, having come here from Ozark, Franklin County, in this state, and had always been actively engaged in some kind of work up to a short time ago, when his health began to fail and he was compelled to take to his bed at times. It was while nursing a severe case of grippe that he was stricken with paralysis, which caused his untimely death.
Mr. Snyder leaves to mourn his death his wife and three grown children: Albert and Elihu, both of this city; Mrs. Ray Overstreet, of Harrisburg, and also a stepson, Elmer E. Boyd, of this city, besides a host of near relatives and friends.
The remains were taken to Beech Grove
Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, where they
were interred, Rev. Roy B. Morgan
conducting the services.
Early shoppers were thrown into quite a spell of excitement on last Saturday night when a pair of colored women engaged in a knife fight on our main street near the St. Charles Hotel and the result now is that Stella Warner is quietly lying beneath six feet of earth while three others have been bound over by the grand jury to await the action of the court.
Jealousy over a man with whom the Werner woman lived is said to have caused Grace Smith to attack her with a sharp knife. She lived 45 minutes after she had been stabbed three times. The Werner woman was prepared for the attack and severely cut her assailant about the head, face and breast.
The whole outfit engaged in the fight
are said to have been pretty well tanked up
Miss Mary Kutterer, aged 15
years, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Kutterer, of Grand Chain, died at St.
Mary’s Infirmary at 2 o’clock Friday morning
of appendicitis from which disease she had
been a sufferer for about ten days.
She was brought to the hospital on Tuesday
for an operation.
We sincerely thank the many kind and
considerate neighbors who so tenderly cared
for our dear, departed husband and father,
during his illness, and the earnest sympathy
expressed at the funeral.
(Steward W. Goins married Eunice
Doll Hill on 28 Feb 1897, in Pulaski
Stewart W. Goins married Lula
Shafer on 11 Jun 1899, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John L. Harder married Ella
Tucker on 9 Sep 1889, in Pulaski Co.,
The community of Grand Chain and the people of Pulaski County, as well, were surprised and shocked to learn of the death of Joseph W. Gaunt, of Grand Chain, on Wednesday evening at 9:25 p.m., at his home in that village. He had been ailing for some weeks, but reports were to the effect that he was better and would survive the winter, but a sudden change for the worse hastened the call, and the brittle thread was broken earlier than was expected.
Mr. Gaunt was one of Grand Chain’s most prominent citizens and one of the most prominent citizens of Pulaski County, He was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, on the 23rd day of April, 1827, and was, at the time of his death, eighty-eight years, eight months and twenty-six days old. He came with his parents to Illinois, in 1839, where they settled on a farm on the Ohio River, about two miles north of Caledonia, afterwards locating on a farm near Grand Chain. Some two years afterward his mother died, followed about three years later by the death of his father leaving him an orphan at the age of seventeen to make his way in the world. He married at the age of twenty-three and followed the business of running a flat boat up to about 1860, when he went into the mercantile business at Grand Chain, in connection with farming and handling livestock and wheat, and industriously and successfully pursued this business up to 1902. At this time he turned over the mercantile business to his two boys, Fred and Joe, and continued to deal in commercial paper and look after his various other interests until his death. He accumulated during his business career an estate valued at about $65,000.00
He was a man of sterling honesty, and unimpeachable integrity. He told the truth at all times and under all circumstances. He exacted what was honestly due him and paid without a murmur what was due him from others. He believed a moral obligation to be as strong and binding as a legal one, and acted accordingly. He was a strong and ardent advocate of temperance, and a leading and inveterate foe of the liquor traffic, and was a recognized leader of the antisaloon forces in their various successful battles against the saloons in Grand Chain, and the happiest hours of his life seemed always to be when the results of the elections favored the closing up of the dram shops. To this end he not only used his great personal influence among the voters, but his pocket book was equally open to the practical advancement of the results sought to be attained.
Mr. Gaunt also stood for civic righteousness and high standard of morals in the other avocations of life, as well. His great success financially and otherwise, and the moral tone to which his town has been lifted by those efforts, is sufficient proof of the correctness of his ideas of right living. The life of this man, taken as a whole, was based upon his familiar slogan, “Honesty, Industry and Truthfulness,” and is worthy of the emulation of the future generations and the world is better because of his having lived therein.
In politics, he was a staunch, uncompromising Democrat and was equally helpful and outspoken in the propagation of his political ideas and in assisting results. Being conscientious, he had nothing to fear and therefore nothing to conceal, misrepresent, or for which to render an apology. He believed that one positive man was worth ten negatives and carried this principle throughout his entire life, until the close of the drama.
He was a kind neighbor, and the
community generally was his friend. He
will be missed by the people of Pulaski
County as few other men might be.
There are not many such pillars left.
The community in which he is best known
mourn with his other many friends in the
great loss it has sustained.
The funeral was held at the Congregational church today 2 p.m. in that city and a large crowd from this city were in attendance.
(Joseph W. Gaunt married
Margaret E. Ray on 14 Apr 1867, in
Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We desire to thank our many friends who
so kindly assisted us during the illness and
death of our beloved husband and father;
also for the many beautiful floral
Word has been received here lately as to the finding of a couple of bodies near Karnak, one supposedly of drowning and the other froze to death.
Some days ago as the logging crew of the Main Brothers Box Company of Karnak were working along the big ditch near that city, a member of the crew noticed what he supposed to be a man’s head protruding through the ice, and which when seen found to be that of a farmer by the name of Lacy who had been missing for a number of ____.
The other case was that of Pack, a well known young fellow who had gone to Tamms to purchase of some boozerine and taking on a good load went ____ to purchase a ticket for his _____ agent noticing his condition _____ make the sale and Bennie _____ walk to his home which _____ twenty miles. It is supposed he became tired and sat down, falling asleep and freezing to death.
Pack is a colored farmer near Grand
Chain. We have been informed as to
just what the verdict was as returned by the
Mrs. George Stubblefield, aged 56 years, died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Cunningham, on Commercial Avenue, about 11 o’clock Tuesday night. Mrs. Stubblefield suffered a paralytic stroke several months ago, but at the time of her death was in good health. She has resided in this city for several years, having moved here from Johnson County, Ark. She is survived by her husband and a daughter.
Funeral services were held at the
residence at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. Roy B. Morgan,
pastor of the Congregational church,
interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.
Little Hazel Hurst, the
8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Hurst, died at the home of her
parents Saturday noon after an illness of a
week of tonsillitis. The funeral
services were held at the residence Monday
morning conducted by Rev. Roy B. Morgan
of the Congregational church.
Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.
Word has just been received in this city of the sudden death of Mrs. Solon B. Prindle, wife of a former Pulaski County boy, at their home in Chicago. As to the funeral arrangement we were unable to learn, but no doubt the remains were laid to rest in Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. Prindle had only been married a little over a year, the wedding being performed in Chicago during the last of November 1914.
The many friends and relatives of Mr.
Prindle in an around Pulaski County
join with us in extending to him our most
Mrs. Emma Schuler, widow of
Edward Schuler, who was killed at
Mounds some years ago by a freight train,
died at her home in this city about noon on
Tuesday, Feb. 8th, after a
Mrs. Schuler leaves surviving her, two daughters, Misses Dorothy and Winifred, her mother, Mrs. Philip Stern, two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Robbins and Lena Stern, and a large number of friends and relatives.
The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Episcopal Church and the remains were laid to rest in the family lot at Beech Grove Cemetery. Rev. Dyke, pastor of the church, conducted the services.
(Edward Ira Schuler married Emma
Stern on 20 Feb 1895, in Pulaski Co.,
(Her marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:
Leona wife of W. D. Hooppaw
Born 1880 Died Feb. 4, 1916.—Darrel
(William H. Finch married Mary
Lindsey on 2 Mar 1865, in Union Co.,
His marker in Alto Pass Cemetery
W. H. Finch Born July 28, 1840
Died Feb. 7, 1916.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Marie Cahill, aged 17, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cahill, at 10 o’clock Thursday morning after an illness of five months. Miss Cahill was a student of the high school in the sophomore class until her illness forced her to give up her studies.
She leaves besides her parents, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Harold Dills and Wilhelmina Cahill and Hugh and Earl Cahill.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Fr. Tecklenburg, assisted by Rev. Fisher, of Cobden, and Rev. Tragressor, of Grand Chain.
Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery at
We desire to thank each and everyone
who so kindly offered and gave assistance to
us during the illness and death of our
beloved mother and daughter, Mrs. Emma
Schuler, also the beautiful floral
We desire to thank our many friends who
so kindly assisted us during the illness and
death of our little daughter, Hazel, also
for the floral offerings.
W. T. Bagby, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of Pulaski County, was found dead in his bed Tuesday morning, by his colored servant, who had gone to call him to arise. Deceased had been in fairly good health for many years and the sad news was received as a great shock to his many friends and relatives about the county. Apoplexy was the cause of his sudden death.
Mr. Bagby had reached the age of over 80 and had been a resident of this county for the past fifty-two years and had resided at Olmsted all that time. He was a veteran of the Civil War and had also been a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Cairo for nearly thirty years and the conducting of his funeral services was partly left in their charge, assisted by Rev. J. Martin, of Olmsted. The remains were laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery at Olmsted.
Among those left to mourn his death are
his daughter, Mrs. Susie Fellinstein,
of Grand Chain, his son, Dr. Burton Bagby,
of Mounds, and a large number of other
(Daniel C. Hurst married Melvina
Dillow on 26 Jan 1871, in Union Co.,
Her marker in St. John’s Cemetery
near Dongola reads:
Melvina wife of D. C. Hurst
Born Sept. 5, 1846 Died Feb. 19, 1916 Aged
70 Yrs. And 14 Ds.
The city council of Cairo voted last Monday to pay $750 and court costs already incurred to Emily Salzner, guardian of Freddie and William Salzner, for the death of their father, Henry Salzner, at the hands of a mob in Cairo a few years ago on the same night that Froggie James was lynched for the murder of Annie Pelly.
The Illinois law holds that a municipality is liable for the damages incurred by a mob and children deprived of their support can sue to recover damages.
The action of the Cairo council was taken on the recommendation of Corporation Dewey and the claim was allowed. The case has been dragging along in the courts for about three years and the time had come for action and the city settled.
It was thought the plaintiff could not
recover damages in Alexander County, but
they took a change of venue and the city
thought it wiser to settle than to take
chances for a higher verdict and more court
costs in some other county.
Lieutenant Governor John M. Eshleman, of California, died very suddenly at his home in that state this week, after a trip to Washington, where he had been called on business.
Mr. Eshleman was formerly a resident of this county, having moved to California some years ago, where he has since resided. Some years ago he was appointed to the office of President of the Railroad Commission and was holding that office at the time of his election to the lieutenant governorship. The popularity of this gentleman was shown when a vote of over three hundred thousand was cast for him, being the largest vote ever cast for any candidate in the State of California. Arrangements were being perfected to place his name on the ticket for governor, and there is not the least doubt but that he would have been elected.
Mr. Hugh B. Eshleman, of
Pulaski, brother of the deceased, was with
him at the time of his death.
Mrs. Ellen Cordingly died at the home of her son, Rev. George Cordingly, in Chicago, at 7:20 o’clock Saturday morning. The remains were brought to Mounds at one o’clock Tuesday and the funeral services were conducted in the family lot at Beech Grove Cemetery by her son, Rev. George Cordingly, at her last request.
Mrs. Cordingly came to Mound City as a bride when it was a wilderness. She was a great worker during the war days and took great pride in feeding the solders of the North and South. She and her children moved to St. Louis from this city about thirty years ago, where they resided for some time, later moving to Chicago. Her daughter, Miss Nellie Cordingly, was brought to Mounds a few months ago for burial.
She is survived by her husband, John
Cordingly and a daughter, Mrs. Mollie
Pollard, of St. Louis, and one son, Rev.
G. V. Cordingly, of Chicago.
Quite a number of our citizens attended the
After several years of failing health, death, at eight o’clock, ended the earthly career of Henry C. Ashbaugh.
Mrs. Ashbaugh was born in Worthington, Ohio, August 27, 1844. He was the eldest son of Harriet L. and Rev. L. S. Ashbaugh, the latter a Methodist Episcopal minister.
At the age of eleven years, Mr. Ashbaugh began his career in the newspaper business, which business he followed until the year 1909, when on account of nervous breakdown he was compelled to give up his office at Mound City, Illinois, and move to Minneapolis, Minn. He later moved to Denver, where he resided four years and at the time of his death was living at the home of his only daughter, Mrs. S. L. Kern, at Lawrence, Kan.
In the year 1861, at Rock Island, Ill.,
he enlisted in Company H, 45th Illinois
Infantry, better known as the lead mine
regiment. He participated in the
tramps, fights and charges at Forts Henry,
Donaldson, and Shiloh and at the expiration
of his three and one half years services, he
was honorably discharged.
In 1870, at Camden, Ill., he was married to Emeline E. Archer, and in 1872 moved to Newton, Kan., where he started the first newspaper in Harvey County. In 1882 he was appointed by President Arthur as postmaster at Newton, Kan., which office he held for six and one half years. In 1888 he purchased a half interest in the Daily Union at Rock Island, Ill. In 1890 he disposed of his interest in the Rock Island paper and purchased the Evening Free Press at Eau Claire, Wis. In 1902 he sold out and moved to Mound City, Ill., where he published the Pulaski Enterprise until 1909, when on account of ill health he retired form the newspaper work.
To Mr. and Mrs. Ashbaugh were born three sons and four daughters. His wife and four children survive him—Harriet L. Kern, of Lawrence, Kan., Fred N., of Eau Claire, Wis., Louis B., of Chippewa Falls, Wis., William H., of Mound City, Ill.
Mr. Ashbaugh was a member of the Masonic Royal Arch Chapter and Knight Templar Lodges and also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
The remains were taken to Eau Claire, Wis., for burial.
(Henry Ashbaugh married Emma E.
Archer on 27 Apr 1870, in Rock Island
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
I, the undersigned, convicted of murder
at the April 1895 term of the circuit court
of Pulaski County, Illinois, and sentenced
to a life term in the Southern Illinois
Penitentiary, will make application for
parole at the April 1916 meeting of the
Board of Pardons, to be held at Springfield,
Illinois, on the second Tuesday in April
Apparently in her usually good health, Mrs. Gussie Calvin, wife of Mr. Hiram Calvin, one of the most prominent farmers in the county, who resides in Olmsted, died very suddenly early Wednesday night, soon after retiring, the cause was attributed to heart trouble.
Mrs. Calvin, eldest daughter of the late Captain Cole Boren, was born in this county and principally reared in this city. Her age at the time of her death was past sixty-two years.
Mrs. Calvin is survived by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. R. R. Hawley, and Mrs. Carrie Spence, of this city, a brother, Mr. Richard Boren, of Elkton, Md., also a son, Mr. R. C. Calvin, of Levings, Ill., and three daughters, Mrs. George Schuler, of Mounds, Ill., Mrs. Ernest Hogendobler, of Olmsted, Ill., Mrs. Edward Reichert, of Grand Chain, Ill.
Funeral services will be held at the Olmsted M. E. Church, at 9:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. W. T. Graham, of Pulaski. Interment in the Calvin private cemetery.
(Hiram Calvin married Gussie
Boren on 24 Jan 1883, in Pulaski Co.,
Robert H. Hawley married Mary
A. Boren on 6 Sep 1876, in Pulaski
Thomas W. Spencer married
Carrie Frances Boren on 8 Oct 1889,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Coleman Boren married Caroline
F. McDonald on 8 Aug 1852, in Johnson
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
To the many dear friends who so kindly
cared for us during the illness and at the
death of our dear husband and father, and
manifested their warmest sympathy, we extend
our most sincere thanks.
Public notice is hereby given that
application will be made to the state Board
of Pardons of Illinois at its regular
meeting to be held in the City of
Springfield, in said state, on Tuesday, the
11th day of April, 1916, for the
parole of Harrison Owens, who was
convicted at the January Term, 1904, of the
Circuit court of Pulaski County, Illinois,
for the crime of murder and sentenced to the
state penitentiary at Chester, Illinois, for
a term of fifty-five years.
Death has again entered out midst and taken from us one of our oldest and wealthiest citizens, Richard Moore.
Deceased was born in Ohio, August 5th, 1835, and died March 17th, 1916, aged 80 years, 7 months and 12 days. Mr. Moore was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hughes June 4th, 1865. To this union was born seven sons, James, Hiram, Robert, and Henry, of Grand Chain; Gip, of Karnak; Andrew, of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Richard, who preceded his father in his youth; and three daughters, Mrs. Flora Ehrstein, Mrs. India Jerdon, of Grand Chain, and Mrs. Fannie Bristow, of Creal Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have sixteen grandchildren living. Uncle Dick, as he was known, was an old soldier. June 4th, 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Moore celebrated this fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Congregational Church by the minister of Karnak, interment at the Calvin Cemetery. The bereaved wife and family have the sympathy of the entire community.
“He is gone, his voice is still. A place is vacant in the home, which never can be filled.”
(Richard Moore married Mary Jane Hughes on 4 Jun 1865, in Perry Co., Ill. John D. Bristow married Fannie Moore on 3 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wayne, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Culp, of Olmsted, was accidentally shot and killed Wednesday morning by his playmate Amos Spence, 12-year-old son of John Spence.
According to the statement of young Spence and all the other boys present, the shooting was purely accidental. Wayne was passing through the fence in the rear of the Crecilius store, and when noticed by Spence was told, “I’ll shoot you,” then fired. The bullet entered the child’s forehead, rendering him unconscious and that evening died.
The remains of the little fellow were taken by auto to Anna where they were laid to rest in the Culp family cemetery.
(His marker in Casper Cemetery near Anna
Wayne W. Culp Born Aug. 5,
1910 Died April 5, 1916.—Darrel Dexter)
G. V. Henderson, one of the old and highly esteemed residents of this county, died early Wednesday morning at his home on Tick Ridge, near Grand Chain, after suffering for the past six months with a severe case of dropsy. He was seventy-four years of age.
The funeral services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the country cemetery near the ridge.
The deceased was an old soldier, having served with an Illinois infantry.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife and daughter, Mrs. W. O. Talley, of Grand Chain, one son, Oscar Henderson, of Grand Chain, and one stepson.
(Gillis V. Henderson, 18, of Johnson
Co., Ill., native of Massac Co., Ill.,
enlisted on 12 Oct 1862, in Co. M, 6th
Gillis V. Henderson, 21, of
Vienna, Johnson Co., Ill., enlisted on 10
May 1864, in Co. A, 145th
Illinois Infantry to serve 100 days and was
mustered out on 23 Sep 1864, at Camp Butler.
Gillis V. Henderson married
Harriett E. Staton on 4 Dec 1864, in
Franklin Co., Ill.
Gillis V. Henderson married
Lucressa Linley on 21 Jul 1867, in
Union Co., Ill.
Gillis V. Henderson married
Julia A. Nicholson on 16 May 1869, in
Williamson Co., Ill.
Giles V. Henderson married
Elizabeth Hayes on 19 Mar 1878, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery
Henderson Co. M, 6th Ill. Cav.—Darrel Dexter)
Sullivan Draper, about nineteen years of age, who resided with his parents in this city, in company with a number of other boys, was footing it to Cairo Sunday afternoon last, and as they arrived at the I. C. bridge junction, near Cairo, a freight train came by and young Draper having the reputation of being an expert train hopper, leaped aboard the train, but it was going too rapidly and he lost his hold, falling along side the train sustaining injuries from which he died that night about eight o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary.
The funeral occurred at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Draper, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Fr. Tecklenburg officiating. Interment at Olmsted.
This deplorable incident should serve as a warning to the many youngsters of this city, who are daily risking their lives in that silly practice, but the warning will doubtless go unheeded so long as there are moving trains and thoughtless boys.
(Clark R. Draper married Emeline
McColgan on 11 Oct 1900, in Alexander
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We wish to thank our many friends and
neighbors for their kind help and sympathy
in our bereavement of our dear husband and
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Armstrong, wife of James Armstrong, of this city, departed this life Monday night and that quite unexpectedly. Her age was 62 years.
Miss Elizabeth Smith was born in the State of Ohio, March 8, 1854, and was married to Mr. James Armstrong in 1870, since which time they have resided in this city and have reared a large family. Those of the family surviving are her husband, three daughters, _____. ____ M. E. Church, Thursday, 12:45 p.m., conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
(James Armstrong married Elizabeth
Smith on 9 Jan 1870, in Pulaski Co.,
William White, of this city, passed
away Friday night, after a continuous
illness of more than a year. His age
being 83 years, 10 months and 2 days, having
been born in Mattoon, Ill., June 13, 1832.
Mr. White had resided in this city about twenty years.
Mr. White enlisted in Company I, 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in the year 1862 and served until peace was restored. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church longer than half a century. He was a member of the G. A. R. Post 558 at Anna, Ill.
Funeral Monday afternoon conducted by Rev.
M. B. Baker, pastor of Grace M. E.
Church. Interred with military honors
in the National Cemetery.
Charles Harvey, a well known colored farmer residing near Mounds and now being held in the county jail on charge of burglary, seems to be well surrounded by trouble of late and all of a serious nature.
Last week the bodies of three babies were found in his barn and concealed in boxes and Harvey states that they were placed in his care by Undertaker Hughes of Cairo, but failure of Hughes to supply funds with which to put the bodies away caused Harvey to lay them aside without burial.
Lack of sufficient evidence to substantiate
the story told by the negro will no doubt
lead to the dropping of the case.
Mrs. Abbie Dougherty, of Villa Ridge, departed this life at the home of her brother, Mr. John H. Conant, Friday, April 14, 1916, aged 71 years, after an illness of several months.
Decedent is survived by a son, Charles Dougherty, and two grandchildren, of Grand Rapids, Mich., four brothers, J. H. Conant, of Villa Ridge, E. T. Conant, of Noblesville, Ind., A. W. Conant, of Smithland, Ky., and P. A. Conant, of Cairo.
Funeral Sunday afternoon.
John Thompson, aged 30 years, died in this city, at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Rucker, April 24th, 1916, after a lingering illness of several months with a complication of troubles. He was a stepson of Judge C. M. Thompson, was born and reared in this city and has employed for a period of fifteen years as colored porter at the St. Charles Hotel, this city. He was a member of the A. M. Church and a member of the Masonic order. Funeral services were held in the A. M. E. Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Cole. The funeral cortege was one of the largest, yet witnesses in this city, under the conduct of the Masons. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery, Wednesday afternoon, April 26, 1916.
(Benjamin F. Rucker married Mrs. Anna
Lightfoot, 50, on 18 Jul 1899, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Jennie Armstrong aged 74 years died at the home of her ____, T. A. Armstrong, on Tuesday morning, May 2nd, at 10:30 o’clock after an illness of many months. Mrs. Armstrong was one of the oldest residents of this city and was highest esteemed and respected by all. She was a devout member of the Congregational Church and was very faithful to the church until ill health compelled her from being in attendance at church.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Ida Hallin, of Chicago, and two sons, Charles Armstrong, of Peoria, and J. T. Armstrong, of this city.
The funeral was held at the residence at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. Morgan, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.
(George W. Armstrong married Jennie
Conaway on 1 Nov 1863, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Flora Curtis, a well known and highly respected colored resident of this city, died at 11:00 o’clock Monday night from burns received when she attempted self-destruction that afternoon.
She went a short distance from her home and built a fire, after which she saturated her clothing with kerosene and sat down in the flame. When her clothing caught fire and began to burn, she screamed for help. Several persons went to her rescue and removed her to her home and a doctor was called. It is believed she was insane. When questioned about her strange action, she said the Lord commanded her to be cremated. She is the wife of James Curtis, and a sister of Coroner J. C. Steele.
(James A. Curtis married Flora
Steel on 24 Oct 1889, in Pulaski Co.,
(Walter D. North married Katie
Howard, 32, on 26 Nov 1898, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Public notice is hereby given that the
undersigned, Silas Howard, Prisoner
No. 6864 of the Southern Illinois
Penitentiary, who was convicted of the crime
of murder at the October term of the Pulaski
County Circuit Court, A. D. 1898, will file
his application for pardon or commutation of
sentence, being life imprisonment to the
July meeting of the Board of Pardons of the
State of Illinois, to be held at
Springfield, Illinois, on the 11th
day of July 1916.
Mrs. Sarah C. Wilson was born in
Mixerville, Ind., August 26, 1851, and
departed this life June 26, 1916, at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Barnett,
of America. She was a devoted mother,
a noble sister, and was beloved by all who
knew her. She, with her parents, came
to Illinois in 1855.
The funeral services were held at the
residence Wednesday afternoon, interment at
Beech Grove Cemetery.
Must live, fade away and die
Our mother, our sister, whom we must bid
So beautifully, peacefully sleeping
Hush be still, cease thy weeping
Is not dead, but lives again
Wherein peace and love doth reign.
(Charles D. C. Wilson married Mrs.
Sarah Mangold on 30 Dec 1883, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
Thomas E. Mangold married
Sarah C. Mason on 1 Jan 1873, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
Stephen A. Steers married Mary
E. Mason on 10 Mar 1897, in Pulaski
Andrew F. Full married Alice
Mason on 11 Mar 1877, in Pulaski Co.,
Mrs. J. W. Rowley, of Pulaski, and
one of the oldest and most highly esteemed
residents of this county, died suddenly at
her home there Monday afternoon. Mrs.
Rowley was as well as usual Monday
morning, when her daughter, Mrs. A. M.
Brown, left her to go to her son’s home.
She returned about 3 o’clock and found Mrs.
Rowley sitting in chair and supposed
she was asleep. She sat down and read
a paper and before she started home found
that Mrs. Rowley was dead. The
funeral was held Friday.
Funeral services were held at the residence
Wednesday afternoon, interment at Beech
Grove Cemetery. (America)
We desire to thank the many friends and
relatives who so kindly assisted us during
the illness and death of our beloved mother
and sister, Mrs. Sarah C. Wilson.
George W. Green, one of Pulaski County’s most highly esteemed farmer residents, died last Tuesday night at his home near Villa Ridge of Bright’s disease, from which he had been a sufferer for some time.
Mr. Green had been a resident of this county nearly all his life and had reached the age of 74 years.
He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and
two sons, Harry and George, both of Villa
S. D. Woods, aged 72 years, colored, was shot and instantly killed by Obe McCallister, colored, Wednesday night, about midnight, when Woods was prowling around the home of Chris McCallister, of Olmsted.
Mrs. Chris McCallister awakened by a noise, called her brother-in-law, who armed himself with a shotgun. He fired once and Woods dropped dead.
All the parties were neighbors.
The coroner’s jury after hearing the
evidence exonerated the McCallisters.
F. W. Callan, formerly a citizen and businessman of Mounds, was located and arrested in East St. Louis this week by Sheriff Mannon Bankson, who brought the prisoner to this city and placed him in county jail to await the action of the grand jury.
Some months ago, Mr. Callan, purchased an automobile from Mr. Samuel Blum, of Mounds, and upon making a small advance payment, Mr. Blum took a mortgage on the machine for the balance due. The first trip out of Mounds in the machine resulted in a terrible accident, in which Mr. Callan’s son was killed and a number of others hurt.
The machine was put in good order and Mr.
Callan departed for parts unknown and
disposed of the machine, which has not yet
been located by the officials.
Rosalee, the three-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hutcheson, of Metropolis, but former resident of this city, died on last Tuesday morning at the home of its parents after brief illness.
The funeral services were held in that city Wednesday afternoon and the remains of the little one were laid to rest at the Metropolis cemetery.
Mr. B. S. Hutcheson and family from
this city and a party of relatives and
friends from Cairo attended the funeral.
We desire to express our thanks to our many
friends who ___ sympathy and services were
so beautiful ___tended to us during the
illness and death of our darling baby
Sister Elizabeth Evers presiding
officer of Yuba Vern Rebekah Lodge of which
both parents are members had charge,
assisted by the sister members of the order
acting as pallbearers and flower bearers.
Interment 4:30 at Masonic Cemetery (Grand
Fade and pass away
They only wait through wintry winds
The coming of the May
The dear immortal spirit is tread
is Life. There is no death.
Winifred, the thirteen-month-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Aldrich,
died Monday morning. The funeral was
held at the residence Tuesday morning at 9
o’clock conducted by Rev. Galvin of
Mounds. (Villa Ridge)
William Hays, aged about 46 years, and for a number of years one of leading grocery merchants, shot and killed himself on last Saturday morning at his home on Maine Street.
Deceased had been in poor health for a number of years and it is thought that his failing health was the cause of the act.
He leaves to mourn his death, his mother, Mrs. Caroline Hays, and sister, Mrs. Pearl Hoffer, of Indianapolis.
The funeral was held from the Episcopal church and the remains laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery.
(Edward A. Hays married Caroline M.
Wilson on 10 Dec 1866, in Pulaski
Charles D. Hoffar
married Pearl May Hayes on 23 Jul
1897, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
George Blank, aged about fifty-one years, died on last Monday at his home in Mounds, after suffering for almost a year from injuries received while employed as conductor on the Illinois Central railroad.
The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. Hoar and Rev. Baker. The services at Beech Grove Cemetery were conducted by Trinity Lodge A. F. & A. M., he being a member of that order in Hammond, Ind.
The deceased is survived by his wife and one daughter, eight brothers and six sisters.
The floral offerings were most beautiful and
were received from many cities where he was
well known and interested in lodge work.
Frank W. Handley passed away at his home in this city at 2:15 o’clock Saturday afternoon, after an illness of several months of a complication of diseases.
Mr. Handley was born at Grand Tower, Ill., on September 20, 1876, but moved with his parents to this city shortly afterwards. He was a graduate of the Mound City High School and a member of the Mason, Knights of Pythias and Elk lodges.
Mr. Handley for a number of years held the position as sales manager and bookkeeper for the Williamson-Kuny Lumber Company, but up to the time of his illness was superintendent of the O. L. Bartlett Hoop Mill. He was a director of the Mound City Building and Loan Association, and was prominent in the business affair of the city.
The deceased is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Smith, of this city, and Mrs. Jessie Baker, of Detroit, Mich.; and one brother, Harry Handley of this city.
The funeral services were held at St.
Peter’s Episcopal Church at 2 o’clock Monday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Mizner,
of the Holy Cross Mission of St. Louis,
assisted by Rev. Thomas Duke, of this
city. J. A. Waugh, master of
the Masonic lodge delivered the address of
that order at the grave. Interment at Beech
We wish to express through The Enterprise
our sincerest thanks to the many dear
friends who so thoughtfully and tenderly
cared for our beloved husband and dear
brother, Frank W. Handley, during his
long illness and at his death and burial.
Ralph Cauble, who resided with his parents on a farm near Pulaski, was accidentally shot and killed on Sunday afternoon by Orval Rife, the 15-year-old son of Henry Rife, of Pulaski. Young Rife got hold of a pistol, which he thought was not loaded, and was merely demonstrating to Cauble how the gun was used. The ball entered just below the heart and he died in about fifteen minutes.
The coroner’s inquest found that the
shooting was entirely accidental.
Jerry Nance, one of the most prominent and highly respected colored men of this city, died early Monday, Sept. 11, 1916. Funeral and interment occurred Monday afternoon.
The deceased was past 75 years of age. He was born and reared in Kentucky, not far from this city, and came to this county about 45 years ago, locating near America, and later came to this city, where he has resided ever since, having been employed many years as a blacksmith. He was devoted member of the A. M. E. Church, the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Household of Ruth. Funeral was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Cole.
Deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. James Bolen and Mrs. Frank Cornet, each of whom reside in this city.
(James R. Bolen married Lula A.
Nance, 20, born in Ballard Co., Ky.,
daughter of Jeremiah Nance and Mary
Mahan, on 20 Dec 1894, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
Frank Cornell married Ora
Nance on 25 Nov 1896, in Pulaski Co.,
About midnight Monday, Mr. and Mrs. Cassel and a colored maid, Ethel Mandelson, were driving up from Cairo to see the big factory fire here, and when near the National cemetery the car skidded, both tires one side gave down, the car turned over twice, throwing the occupants out.
The colored maid was killed almost
instantly. Mrs. Cassel’s jaw
Mr. Cassel’s collarbone and
wrist were broken. The parties were
brought to Dr. Wesenberg’s office,
where the doctor attended to the injuries.
The remains of Miss Mandelson were
brought to Montgomery & Stockton’s
After a long and patiently borne illness, Mrs. Ellen Lewis, wife of Otha O. Lewis, died last night at 11 o’clock at her home on Reynolds Street, east.
Mrs. Lewis was about forty-one years of age, and a native of Illinois. She was the daughter of the late W. N. Atherton, and is survived by her husband and three children, two girls and a boy, also her mother, Mrs. Sarah Atherton, to whom sincere sympathy will be felt in their time of sorrow. The children bereft of their mother’s love and affection are all quite young.
The funeral will be held at the residence at 3 o’clock this afternoon. The services will be conducted by Rev. M. J. Hoover, of the First Baptist Church, in the absence of Rev. R. F. Hodnett, of the First Methodist Church, who was pastor to the deceased. Interment will be made at Oaklawn.—Platt City, Fla., paper.
(William N. Atherton married Sarah A.
Stringer on 5 Aug 1864, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(George W. McCorkle, son of James A.
McCorkle and Nancy J. Mayo,
married Julia V. Fisher on 13 Jul
1889, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
(John Sowers married Sarah E. R.
Patterson on 30 Jun 1898, in Union Co.,
His marker in Mt. Olive Cemetery near
Vermont son of John and S. E.
Sowers Born Sept. 5, 1910 Died Sept. 21,
1916 Aged 6 Yrs. & 16 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Died, at his home in this city, Saturday, September 30, 1916, Payton Johnson, aged 80 years lacking 1 month and 1 day. Funeral occurred Monday afternoon from the A. M. E. Church, of which he had been a member many years, conducted by Rev. Sims, the pastor, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
The deceased was born in Crittenden County, Ky., October 29, 1836. He came to this city in the year 1867, forty-nine years ago and has resided here continually since. He was one of the most popular colored citizens in the city, industrious, trustworthy and law-abiding. He is survived by seven children. He had accumulated some real and personal property and was comfortably situated.
(Payton Johnson married Fanney
Freeman on 9 Mar 1870, in Pulaski Co.,
Payton Johnson married Sallie
Barker on 20 Jun 1882, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. David Doddridge Harris, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of this city, passed away at the home of his son, David, at 10:30 o’clock Sunday night, October 8, aged 85 years and 1 month.
Mr. Harris has resided in this city for the past forty-five years and was one of the most widely known contractors in this part of the state, and worked at his trade up until the past few years. He was very active for one of his years and mingled among our citizens up to Friday before his death, when he was stricken with his last illness. Mr. Harris had been a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge for over fifty years and on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary, as a member, was presented by the Grand Lodge with a jewel in honor of his fifty years as a member in good standing.
He is survived by two sons, William Harris, of Cairo, and David Harris, of this city, one daughter, Mrs. Margaret McFarlain, of Greenwood, Ark., and several grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 2:00 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. J. Batty of Cairo. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.
(R. W. McFarland married Maggie P.
Harris on 29 Nov 1887, in Pulaski Co.,
Elston Scott, the convicted negro
murderer at Murphysboro, has been once more
reprieved by Gov. Dunne until
December 15, if then. The Governor and
Sheriff White it seems have not been
able to agree on how Scott should be
hanged as regard publicity and he will no
doubt go down in history as the most
reprieved prisoner ever known in Illinois,
this making the sixth or seventh time, as we
remember. Of course, Scott, is
not objecting to the disagreement between
the Governor and Sheriff.
NEGRO LYNCHED AT PADUCAH NOT CRIMINAL WANTED
The negro lynched at Paducah Monday morning for an attack on a woman was not the one whom committed the crime, according to many Mound City persons, who declare he was in Mound City at the time the crime was committed. Brock Kenley, they declare, was working there until last Saturday morning, when he went to Paducah.
Kenley, according to State’s Attorney Miller, had been released on parole from the penitentiary at Chester only a short time ago, and was sent back to Mound City, where he had been convicted of burglary. He was charged with robbing a house early one morning and was arrested. The circuit court was in session and the petit jury was summoned as a special grand jury. He was indicted, tried and convicted in less than six hours after the crime was committed.
It is said that while Kenley had a
hole in his cheek, he did not otherwise
answer the description of the negro wanted
No mention was made, it was said, of
a limp in the description of the negro sent
out and Kenly had a decided
impediment in his walk.—Bulletin
We take this means of expressing our sincere
appreciation and earnest thanks to the many
very kind and faithful friends, who so
tenderly cared for our dear father and
grandfather, David Doddridge Harris,
during his recent illness and at his death
and burial. And we especially remember
the loving kindness manifested by the I. O.
O. F. Lodge No. 250.
Mrs. Sadie Schwartz, wife of Walter Schwartz, of America, died very suddenly at her home at 5 o’clock Sunday morning. She had been awake at 4 o’clock and was apparently in good health, but when her husband awakened later he found her gasping and in a few moments she was dead. Death was due to heart failure.
Mrs. Schwartz was formerly Miss Sadie Richards and spent her childhood in this city. She was married to Mr. Schwartz in St. Louis on December 13, 1915. She is survived by her husband, a four-week-old daughter, mother, one sister and four brothers.
The funeral services were held at the
residence at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon
conducted by Rev. C. Root Dunlap, of
Cairo. Interment was made at Beech
John W. Simmons, of Mounds, well and favorably known in this city, passed away at his home, Sunday night at 11 o’clock at the age of about 53 years.
Mr. Simmons had lived in Mounds about 25 years following the occupation of blacksmith until five or six years ago, when he was appointed Chief of Police of this city, making a very credible officer until Mayor Hudson’s incumbency, when he resigned but was soon appointed to the position of Street Commissioner, which office he held very efficiently until incapacitated by ill health a few weeks ago. Mr. Simmons was well known in this city in the discharge of his official duties.
Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
Funeral services and interment occurred
Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Grim,
the local Baptist minister. The K. of
P. Lodge, of which he was a member, attended
the services in a body.
I desire to thank the many friends who so
kindly assisted me and extended sympathy
during the time of death of my beloved wife
Henry Clarry was born in Tennessee,
McNairy County, March 1856 and departed this
life Oct. 20th, 1916, at Edith
Chapel, Ill., being 60 years, 7 months and
19 days old. He professed a hope in
Christ in April 1893, and joined Edith
Chapel A. M. E. Church, remaining a member
of same until his demise. He served as
class leader and steward for a number of
years respectively. He served as
superintendent of Sunday school 14 years.
He was of a quiet, unassuming character and
a loyal citizen. He leaves a wife, two
daughters, one son, an aged aunt and a large
circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn
his loss. But their loss is heaven’s
gain, as he told his wife and others at his
bedside that there was a portion of that
Heaven for him and he was not afraid to die.
Funeral services conducted Sunday afternoon,
Oct. 22, by Rev. Douglas of Cairo.
Interment at Lincoln Cemetery north of
Mounds. (Edith Chapel)
Joseph Gamble, a highly respected and esteemed resident of Villa Ridge, was found dead on the porch of his home early Monday morning by his son, J. C. Gamble, who was going to work at Mounds.
Mr. Gamble had lived alone since the death of his wife and there was no one in the house when he died. Death was due to heart trouble from which he had been a sufferer for several years. He was 72 years of age and was born in Perry County, March 28, 1844, and been a resident of Villa Ridge since 1875.
Mr. Gamble at one time conducted a box factory at Villa Ridge and was formerly agent for the Illinois Central railroad. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Knights of Pythias. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon conducted by the I. O. O. F. lodge. Interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.
(Joseph Gamble married Alice Price
on 24 Oct 1869, in Perry Co.,
Joseph Gamble was born near Swanwick, Perry County, Illinois, March 28, 1843, died Nov. 6, 1916, aged 73 years, 7 months and 8 days. He was the son of William and Rebeccah Hood Gamble, who with all others of the immediate family have preceded him to the great beyond.
He was married in October 1869, to Alice Price, of Perry County, to which union three children were born, namely, Ella and William, who died in early life and James C. of Villa Ridge, Ill.
He studied telegraphy and in 1872 accepted a position with the Railroad Company at Chester, Ill. In 1875 he removed to Villa Ridge as agent for the I. C. Railroad Company. Later in 1893 he gave up his work with the railroad company and went into the box business, conducting the same successfully until his death.
He was Justice of the Peace and a member of the school board and had served the people in this capacity faithfully for several years and always took an active part in any enterprise that worked for the good of the community.
He held a membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Rebekahs. Formerly he belonged to the Presbyterian Church, but after coming to Villa Ridge, joined the Congregational Church. In his death, the lodges have lost a faithful member, the school a strong supporter, the church a consistent member and the community a clean, conscientious citizen.
Death resulted from heart failure, the deceased having suffered attacks at intervals for several years. The sudden demise was a great shock to his relatives and friends, as he appeared Sunday evening to be in fair health and excellent spirits. Being active in politics he was looking forward to the national election with much interest and pleasure.
He leaves behind one son, James C., and wife, and five grandchildren, Alys, Willie, James, Lewis, and Robert, besides other relatives and a host of devoted friends in all walks of life.
The funeral was held at the Methodist church
Wednesday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. John
P. Galvin, pastor of the
Congregational Church at Mounds. The
service at the grave was conducted by
members of the I. O. O. F. Lodge, of which
he was a member. The pallbearers were
chosen from the order of Knights Pythias
Lodge 444 and the I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 439,
namely, William Pearson, R. L.
Spaulding, G. E. Titus, Thomas
Clancy, H. G. Hogendobler, and J.
F. Parker. From the church to
the cemetery the remains were followed by a
large concourse of sorrowing friends and
relatives, preceded by the pupils of the
Columbia School carrying the floral
offerings, which were very beautiful and
many in number, showing the high esteem in
which he was held in the community.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schofner’s
8-month-old baby died Nov. 15, 1916.
It had the whooping cough and pneumonia.
To the dear friends and all who assisted us
so kindly by act or sympathy in the death of
our beloved father and grandfather. No
words can express our thankfulness.
May God bless and sustain you in any such
bereavement you may be called upon to endure
is our earnest prayer.
Public notice is hereby given that
application will be made to the Illinois
State Board of Pardons, for the pardon or
commutation of sentence of Irvin Rose,
who was at the October Term A. D. 1911, of
the Circuit Court of Pulaski County,
Illinois convicted of the crime of murder
and sentenced to the Southern Illinois state
Penitentiary at Chester, Ill., for a term of
In keeping with his promise to prisoners at the Chester penitentiary working upon good roads and in honor camps, in order that all of them may be credited with the actual time so earned, Gov. Dunne on Thursday reduced by commutation sentences of five Pulaski County prisoners and over a hundred others.
The five prisoners from this county whose
sentences were commuted are Jack Everett,
Jesse Hutcheson, Homer Travis,
Erwin Rose and William Meals.
A. M. Palmer, for many years past an employee of the Enterprise, died at his home in this city very suddenly Friday night of heart failure, and the remains were laid to rest Sunday afternoon at the Beech Grove Cemetery. Rev. Roy B. Morgan, pastor of the Congregational church officiating.
The deceased was born in Alexander County about sixty years ago and when a young man came to this city to reside and edited the Mound City Patriot and later on establishing the Sun, which was conducted for many years. For the past four years he has been employed in the composing room of the Enterprise.
Mr. Palmer leaves to mourn his death his wife and two children, Miss May Palmer, a teacher in the public schools in this city, and Ray Palmer, of Texas. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. R. W. Rushing, of this city.
(Robert W. Rushing married Minnie M.
Palmer on 30 Jun 1875, in Union Co.,
We desire to thank our dear friends for the
kindness and sympathy shown us in our recent
bereavement, the death of our dear husband
and father, also for the beautiful floral
Friday, 29 Dec 1916:
The Grand Chain correspondent regrets to hear of the death of Mr. Palmer. No doubt several will remember when Mr. Palmer edited a paper here at Grand Chain and all who knew him held him in the highest esteem. I was correspondent for some time to the Patriot and Sun, when Mr. Palmer run them and therefore extend my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Palmer and the son and daughter. May their path be smooth till they meet their husband and father in the world beyond where no parting is no more and joy complete