and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers
28 Jan. - 9 Dec. 1921
Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois
The Ullin Times
25 Feb 1921
Ullin, Pulaski County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
William Westerman, for over forty
years a resident of this city, died at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Agnes Meyer,
Nearly everyone knew Mr. Westerman
and was loved by all. Funeral services were
held from St. Mary's Catholic Church at
(His marker in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
John Freeman, colored, who on date of June 29th, 1911, shot and killed Lewis Jackson, at Grand Chain, has been located by Deputy Sheriff James Wilson, in Canton, Ohio, where he is under arrest, and will be brought to Pulaski County to await trial by Sheriff Bankson within a few days.
There has been a standing reward of $200 for
the arrest of Freeman, which was
offered by the Governor, and he has been
successful in escaping arrest for the nine
years, although he has been traced from
place to place and several attempts have
been made to secure his arrest.
Walter H. Walker, 45 years old, river
man, who died at St. Mary's Infirmary at
Mr. Walker is a former
Mrs. Lena Fiesche of
Mrs. Mary E. Hawley, age 64 years,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. E.
Mrs. Hawley was the daughter of the late Capt. Coleman Boren, well known river pilot. She had been a resident of Mound City with the exception of about 8 years spent in St. Louis and Genoa, Ill., has resided here ever since her girlhood.
She is survived by her husband, R. H. Hawley, to whom she was married Sept. 10, 1876, her daughter, Mrs. Richey, granddaughter, Miss Averil Richey, sister, Mrs. Carrie Spence, of this city, and one brother, Richard Boren, of New York City. Her daughter, Miss Hattie Hawley and son, Coleman Hawley, died several years ago.
The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from
the residence, Rev. J. B. Cummings,
of the Grace M. E. Church officiating,
deceased being a member of this church since
childhood. Interment in
(Robert H. Hawley married Mary A.
Mrs. Minnie Bour, wife of Joe Bour,
of Valley Recluse, died at St. Mary’s
(Charles Richard Wakeland married
Nettie Graves, daughter of Samuel
Horry Graves and Mary Catherine
Officers of Trinity Lodge No. 562 have
received a resolution of condolence as made
by a Masonic lodge at
in Jonesboro Cemetery reads:
Delphia A. Littlejohn Born
Feb. 5, 1886 Died Feb. 22, 1921.—Darrel
Norman, the 4-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Len Johnson,
"Auntie" Becky Curtis, an old and
highly respected negress of this city died
at her home Friday afternoon. It is said
she was over 100 years old, and she has been
a resident here for over a year. The
funeral was here Monday
afternoon. Interment in
(Augustus Curtis married Rebecca
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our
kind neighbors and friends during the death
of our beloved wife and mother, for their
beautiful floral offerings and to the order
of the Eastern Star.
Earl Charles Waite was born
He received his education at the schools of
the following named places:
He was christianed into the church in early childhood and was a member of the Arch Street Methodist Church of Hannibal, Mo. His life was an exemplary one of true devotion and self-sacrifice to his family, his many friends, and the attainment of noble aims to which he aspired.
There are left to mourn his death, his
father, mother, three brothers, and other
relatives and numerous friends.
William Roscoe Ranney, the only son of A. J. and Jane Ranney, was born about two miles north of Grand Chain, Ill., May 18, 1859. His mother died when he was about six months old and he was then raised by his grandmother Youngblood and his aunt, Mrs. Eliza Bartleson. He was raised on a farm and was himself a farmer. He sold his farm and moved to Grand Chain, perhaps, about three years ago.
On August 30, 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss Tennie Batts. Unto them were born two sons, Elmo and Archie J. and five daughters, Mamie E., Fannie M., Jesse, Ruth and Essie. His wife and all their children, but Essie, preceded him to the spirit land. He has four grandchildren.
Brother Ranney was married the second time to Mrs. Martha Leidigh, on May 2, 1898, nearly 23 years ago. In his newly formed home, he had one stepson, Walter Leidigh. His son, Archie J. served his country as a solder, and was killed in China, and was brought here for burial. His daughter, Essie, is in Washington, but Ruth, with family, is here today. At the age of 27 years, he was baptized into Christ on April 3, 1876, nearly 44 years ago. He enjoyed the glorious hope of eternal life in Christ, from the time his conversion until the time of his death. One week ago yesterday morning, I saw him visiting the sick Uncle Aaron, and Uncle Pres. and on his way to get medicine for his wife. He had at different times, symptoms of apoplexy and after eating dinner and supper on Tuesday of last week, he had a stroke that paralyzed his left side, and in nearly six days terminated his life. At 5:15 p.m. on March 7th, in the twilight of the evening, he fell asleep in Jesus to rest until he is awakened by the trump of God, and the voice of the archangel, when Christ shall come with all his holy angels to gather all nations before him in the judgment of the great day.
He leaves his relatives and friends to mourn his departure from them, but to be consoled by his glorious hope of eternal life in Christ. He lived in this world 71 years, 9 months and 19 days.
Reminds of the Scripture—“The hoary head of a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness."
(William R. Ranney married Tenney
Batts on 30 Aug 1874, in Pulaski Co.,
William Roscoe Ranney married
Mrs. Mariah Leidigh on 2 May 1899, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
Walter L. Leidigh married
Mariah Morris on 13 Aug 1893, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Grand Chain Masonic
W. R. Ranney 1849-1921.—Darrel
Grand Chain had a double funeral Tuesday afternoon, when two of its old residents, both native of this county, and within three months of the same age, was conducted at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. Freeman. Both were in their 72nd year and lived their entire life in Pulaski County. They were laid away in the Grand Chain Cemetery as friends who had learned to esteem them.
The two men were William R. Ranney and Pres. Billingsley. The former died Monday evening at 5:15 o'clock, the other Tuesday morning at 3:00 o'clock, both having been ill for several months.
Mr. Ranney leaves a widow and two married daughters, one in Washington, D.C. and the other residing in Anna, ill. Mr. Billingsly also leaves a widow and two daughters.
The double funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The church was packed with interested friends and their bodies were both lowered and covered in the grave at the same time.
By request the families desire to extend
many thanks to all who in any way aided the
bereaved families during the sickness in the
Henry Goings, 50 years old, who has
served on the Cairo division of the Big Four
Railroad for 27 years, dropped dead as the
train on which he was conductor reached
Harrisburg Tuesday. His death was caused by
Earl Charles Waite, age 21, while attending McKendree College at Lebanon (taking a preparatory medical course) was taken ill with appendicitis and last Monday at 4:30 a.m. in a Lutheran hospital in St. Louis succumbed to an operation. He was the eldest son (of four) of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Waite, who reside near Villa Ridge, and in addition to his parents, three brothers and a host of other relatives and friends mourn his death. The body was brought to the home Monday and on Wednesday at 1:30 funeral services were held at the Rose Hill Church. Rev. J. B. Cummins of this city conducting the services. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Deceased was a graduate of the Mounds High
School and was a studious young man, being
industrious and exemplary in his habits and
We wish to thank our many friends for the
kindness and sympathy shown us during the
illness and death of our husband and
father. Also for beautiful flowers.
Hiram Calvin, a prominent farmer, banker and capitalist, died suddenly Saturday afternoon at his home in Olmstead of acute gastric indigestion, being ill only a few days, his demise was a shock to the community. Mr. Calvin was born in Ohio, May 31, 1854, and at the time of his death was 66 years, 9 months and 5 days of age. He retired from active farming about ten years ago and with his family removed to Olmstead, where he has since resided and devoted his attention to his various business interest of which he had many. His wife, who was Miss Gussie Boren, died very suddenly five years ago the 15th of this month. Four children, three daughters and one son, survive him, namely, Mrs. George Schuler, of Mounds; Mrs. A. Reichert, of Grand Chain, Mrs. E. H. Hogendobler, of Olmsted, and Bert Calvin, of Levings. Also a number of grandchildren.
The funeral services were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. M. Hogdendobler at 2:00 Monday afternoon. Rev. Corzine of Cairo conducting the services. Interment in Calvin Cemetery, G. A. James, of this city, being the funeral director in charge.
Both banks in this city were closed during the funeral services in respect of the deceased and many from here attended the funeral obsequies.
(Hiram Calvin married Gussie Boren on 24 Jan 1883,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Calvin-Barber Cemetery
Hiram Calvin Born May 31, 1864
Died March 5, 1921.
Gussie Calvin Born Jan. 29,
1854 Died March 15, 1916.—Darrel Dexter)
Preston Billingsley was born at the
old town, on the Ohio River, east of
America, about March 16, 1849. He grew up
and spent his whole life in Pulaski County,
here within a few miles of his birthplace.
After that, everything he ever said to me elucidated that, if it was the Lord's will for him not to get well, he was willing to go and be at home with the Lord.
After he had been confined to his bed for about four months, and after a profound sleep which lasted about thirty-four hours, he fell asleep in Jesus on March 8, 1921, at 9:10 a.m. From this slumber he will be awakened by the voice of the archangel and the trump of God, when Christ shall come to judge the world.
Brother Billingsly lived in this world 71 years, 11 months and 22 days.
He leaves his relatives and friends to mourn his departure from them, but to be sustained and consoled by his glorious hope of eternal life in Christ.
(Preston Billingsly married Dorcas
Smith on 30 Mar 1871, in Pulaski Co.,
His marker in Grand Chain Masonic
Preston Billingsley Born March
15, 1849 Died March 8, 1921.—Darrel
County Clerk Walter Waite was called
to the bedside of his aged mother, Mrs.
Sophronia Waite, who suffered a
paralytic stroke Tuesday afternoon, while at
her home near Olmsted. She is in her 73rd
year, and her entire right side hAs become
useless and unable to speak. Dr. B. A.
Royal is attending her.
We wish to thank our many friends and
neighbors for their kindness and sympathy
shown us during the illness and death of our
father. Also for the beautiful flowers.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Hough received a paper from Q. A. McCracken, of New Albany, Ind., and in it was related the fatality of Clay Parker, a former resident of this city. Mr. Parker's home in Mesa, Ariz., caught afire and burned down, and he was fatally burned. The full particulars were not given and as to just how it happened is unobtainable. Mr. Parker while residing here was station agent at the Illinois Central Depot and was well known.
(The 15 Apr 1921, issue stated that the
report of his death was false.—Darrel
Mr. and Mrs. James Cannon received a
message Tuesday stating that the body of
their son, Frank, would arrive in New York
Friday (April 9th). Frank
Cannon was with the 50th
Division, Company G, 119 infantry, and was
killed while in action Sept. 29th,
1918. This was in the famous drive against
the Hindenburg line, and was turning point
in the world war. Arthur Betts and
Herschel Scott were two Mound City
boys who were in this same campaign and
Scott was taken prisoner during this
Mrs. A. Y. Beaupre received a letter
from her son, Albert, and he stated it is an
error as to the death of Clay Parker,
as recently reported. He states that Clay
is located at Hayden, Arizona, and is in the
employ of the Eastern Arizona Railroad.
James Painter and sister-in-law Mrs. Will Painter went to Champaign Saturday, being called there by the serious illness of their sister, Miss Clara Painter.
Mrs. James Painter received a message
from Champaign Wednesday stating that Miss
Painter passed away.
David S. Ritchie, age 62 years, died
at his home in this city, Saturday
night. Born in Louisville, Ky., but came to
this city several years ago, being employed
at the Marine Ways. He is survived by a
wife and one brother, the latter residing in
Louisville. Deceased was a member of Lomain
Lodge No. 4 I. O. O. F. and the Ship
Carpenters Union of this city. Funeral
services were held from the home Monday
Rev. J. B. Cummins assisted by
members of the Odd Fellows Lodge were in
charge of the funeral services. Interment
in Beech Grove Cemetery. G. A. James
was in charge.
Mrs. Hannah Rosetta Redmon Meeks was born January 1st, 1860, in Grand Glage, Ark., departed this life April 17, 1921. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Altimore Redman, who were her parents, death claimed them and left her at an early age to be adopted by her aunt, Mrs. Rosetta Watson, under whom by her own willpower received her education and taught her first school in 1883. She labored four years in this profession before and four years after she became united in happy wedlock to Mr. Moses J. Meeks, Oct. 5, 1886, and to this union were born three children, two sons and one daughter, Floyd Webster Meeks, who preceded her to the great beyond, Mrs. Inez Meeks Mosely and Erwin J. Meeks.
She professed a hope in Christian religion
when she was but 13 year old at Muscatine,
Iowa, thus about 48 years of her life was
spent in the service of God and the
development of his kingdom. She was a
lovable, faithful and untiring servant for
the Lord, though in her last days, which
were mingled with nervous prostration and
physical weakness, she never gave up and
always would say, seeing her days here were
growing few, “I am trusting in the
Lord.” She leaves to mourn her absence, a
husband, and other relatives and a host of
Rest from thy loved employ.
Enter then my master's joy.”
Trained in the pursuits of peace, loving
home, hating war, but shirking no duty or
responsibility of citizenship, Frank
Cannon, the younger son of James and
Elizabeth Cannon, responded at the
first opportunity when his country called to
the colors. He sought no easy path nor did
he shrink from any of the necessary hazards
of war. A true patriot, a real American and
a hero who "did his bit" in carrying the
stars and stripes over the shell-swept,
blood-soaked, field of Flanders into enemy
territory. It was this sort of red-blooded
strong-hearted, brave young men from the
great Republic overseas that crumbled the
autocratic thrones of Europe and caused this
Government and its Army to become the envy
of the world.
The body arrived here Saturday and on Sunday
afternoon services were held at St. Mary's
Catholic Church where practically the whole
population of Mound City and vicinity
assembled to pay their respects. After
church services the cortege moved to the
National Cemetery where the body was lowered
to its final resting place with appropriate
religious rites and military ceremony.
(Frank Cannon, Private U. S. Army,
died 29 Sep 1918, and was buried in Section
F, grave 4964L in Mound City National
Dear Little Lois, the beloved daughter of Mrs. and Mr. Thomas Eddleman, was born January 26th, 1919. Departed this life April 24th, 1921. Little Lois lived in the world 2 years, 2 months and 23 days. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, two sisters, one brother, two grandmothers, and a number of other relatives and a host of friends. She was a bright and loving baby, just like the flowers that bloom, and God sent his death angel to carry her over the chilly waters of death to dwell in the beautiful prepared for her in heaven. The grieved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends who assisted them with flower offerings toward the death of their dear little babe. May God in Heaven bless them and keep them from all sin and when they enter the gold gate may the angels let them in. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert Smith of Boaz, the remains were laid to rest in the Ohio Chapel Cemetery.
(Her marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery reads:
Lois Eddleman Born Jan. 26,
1919 Died April 29, 1921.—Darrel Dexter)
John Freeman, colored, who in January
29, 1911, killed Lewis Jackson at
Grand Chain, received an indeterminate
sentence of from 1 to 14 years for
manslaughter in the circuit court this
week. Freeman had been a fugitive
for ten years. Often when about located, he
would evade the officers and go to new
territory. It was in February of this year
that Deputy James Wilson located him
at Canton, Ohio, and there secured the
fugitive for which a $200 reward had been
offered by the state.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C.
Miller died Sunday afternoon. The
remains were taken to Wickliffe, Ky.,
Monday, where burial took place.
(His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery reads:
In memory of John Perry Miller,
Co. G, 119th Inft., 30 Div., Born
Dec. 15, 1893, Killed in action in France
Oct. 18, 1918.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Katherine Gould, whose death occurred in Saskatchewan, Canada, on May 2, was buried at Villa Ridge Sunday, services being held at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. C. W. Campbell. The church was filled with her many friends and neighbors.
Mrs. Gould was a native of __rth Ontario, where she was born on Aug. 23, 1839. She was married to William Gould on April 5, 1859, and in 1889 moved with their family to Villa Ridge, where they made their home until 1910. She was the mother of nine children, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving are Rich__ and Abel, living in Ontario, Mrs. Edward Endicott and George of Saskatchewan; Mrs. Amy ___l, Mrs. C. W. Endicott, and James Gould in Villa Ridge.
Mrs. Gould joined the Methodist Church early in life and her __e was one where religious influence governed.
(Edgar C. Endicott married Sarah L.
Gould on 1 Dec 1891, in Pulaski Co.,
James Gould, son of William
Gould and Katherine Wright,
married Georgian Endicott on 31 Jan
1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Catherine Gould 1839-1921
(David D. Harris, Jr., married Ellen
A. Jones on 26 Jan 1898, in Pulaski
His marker in Friendship Cemetery
near Dongola reads:
Thomas Jones Born Sept. 9,
1842 Died May 14, 1921 Aged 78 Yrs., 8 Mos.,
& 5 Dys.
Sweet the sleep our father takes Till
in Christ Jesus he wakes.
Then will his happy soul rejoice To
hear his blessed Savior’s voice.—Darrel
Mrs. Henry Fritz, who had been ill for three years with cancer, died at her home in Villa Ridge, Wednesday, May 11. She was 69 years of age and leaves a daughter, Meda, the one son. Funeral services were held Friday. Burial in Villa Ridge Cemetery.
Alley Briscoe, age 71 years, died at her home on Main Street Sunday, May 15, and the funeral was held Monday, interment taking place in Beech Grove Cemetery, the services being conducted by the pastor of the Church of God. Deceased leaves a husband. Undertaker G. A. James was in charge of both burials.
(Henry Fritz married Mrs. Julia A. Henry, daughter
of William Henry and Eliza Burgess,
on 11 Sep 1882, in Union Co., Ill.
John A. Evans married Julia
Ann Henry on 3 Mar 1872, in Union
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:
Julia A. Fritz
Private James Boyd Metcalf, serial no. 414, Army number 1757669, Co. C, 147th Inf., 37th Division, second child of Otho and Lottie Metcalf (both deceased) was born Feb. 11, 1896.
He enlisted at Mound City, Ill., April 29, 1918, just three months from the time of his father's death. He was sent to Camp Dix, but being undersize for the requirements of this camp, he was transferred to Camp Lee, here the remained only a short time, landing in France on July 12, just three months and thirteen days from the date of his enlistment.
His last letter to home folks dated Oct. 27, 1918, stated that he had been in a hard drive Sept. 26-27 and had been in the hospital three weeks, but was OK again.
Four days from the date of this letter he was against the front and fell fighting. The message announcing his death to his family, received Nov. 30, stated that he was killed in action Oct. 31, 1918. This was only 6 months and 2 days from date of his enlistment.
The body was buried in East Flanders, near
the place where he was killed.
The body was again disinterred brought home and buried in the family cemetery at Ohio Chapel near Grand Chain, Ill., U. S. A.
Rev. Robert Smith conducted the funeral services.
(A marriage license was issued for Otho M.
Metcalf and Lottie Gray on 20
Jul 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery
James Boyd Metcalf Died Oct.
31, 1918 Pvt. 147th Inf. 37
Mrs. Armand Cummings, age __ years, died at her home in ___ Street, Saturday night. She had been ill since December with ___dice. Funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Baptist Church, Rev. Azbil of the Calvary Baptist Church conducting the service.
The remains were taken to __ug Monday
morning by Undertaker G. A. James.
E. V. House, 56 years old, died at his home Wednesday evening at 9:45 o'clock from injuries received when he fell through the elevator shaft of the Sears-Nichols Canning Company. At 3:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon Mr. House was loading the elevator with canned goods and while he turned for more, the elevator was sent to the third floor. He fell from the second floor to the basement, crushing his skull and fracturing his collar bone in two places. He is survived by his wife and three children, two sons, Bernie and Kenneth, of this city, and Mrs. Harry Rutledge of Marion, Ill. Mr. House had been employed at the canning factory for a number of years and was a valued employee.
The funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of
the deceased Rev. Joel Burgess will
conduct the services assisted by the choir
of the Pilgrim Congregational Church. The
interment taking place in Beech Grove
Cemetery. The canning plant closed down in
respect to the deceased.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to thank our many friends for
their kindness and sympathy shown us during
the death of our beloved husband and father,
also those who used their cars and sent the
Mrs. Masy M. Gibson, a highly
esteemed colored woman dropped dead Tuesday
afternoon in the upper part of the
city. She left a husband and five
children. Funeral services were held
Thursday with burial in Beechwood Cemetery.
Margaret Campbell, age 10, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Campbell, died
Thursday morning after a short illness of
three days. Funeral services were held at
10 o'clock this morning. Rev. J. B.
Cummings conducted the services.
Frank Mathies, a colored lad, was
drowned Monday morning in the chute just
above the town. He and several companions
were in swimming and it was while they all
were having a good time when suddenly
Mathies disappeared. The others at once
reported the absence of Mathies, and
after several hours of fishing with lines
and poles, the body was located near the
tank. Mathies was 17 years of age
and was a son of Pearl Davis, the
colored woman who is known to everyone in
this city and surrounding territory. The
funeral was held Wednesday afternoon with
burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B.
Delony, which was born on Thursday, died
Friday morning and the body was interred in
notice of the death of John L. Cordingly, former
resident of Mound City, has just been
received. He died on June 13th,
1921, age 89 years, at the home of his
granddaughter, Mrs. John Curren, of
St. Louis, with whom he has lived for the
past few years. He was born in Cincinnati,
Ohio, in 1830, and moved to Mound City in
the early fifties. One daughter, Mrs. Mary
E. Pollard, of St. Louis, and one
son, George V. Cordingly, of Chicago,
survive him. According to his wish and
will, his body was cremated at the Missouri
cemetery. His son was not present.
Michael F. Murphy, who had been ill for several months, died last Friday night at the home of his brother, Edward Murphy, at 213 Twentieth Street, Cairo.
He had received a medical treatment from a number of specialists, but to no avail, and the end of his suffering came Friday night. He had been suffering for several months with a tumor, but until a few weeks ago was at his store each day and was downtown Wednesday.
Mr. Murphy leaves a sister, Mrs. Jane Price, three brothers, Patrick and Martin, of Levings, Ill., and Edward, of Cairo. Until recently, Mr. Murphy was in business in Mound City, where the conducted a grocery store, and later a dry goods establishment. He then embarked in the dry goods business in Cairo last September and was among the prominent merchants of that city.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, conducted by Father Feeney.
Automobiles left the residence in Cairo at 1:30 for Mound City. The cortege leaving the church for Villa Ridge, where interment took place in Calvary Cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus and there was a large turnout of friends of the deceased at the funeral and burial.
(William R. Price married Jennie M.
Murphy on 16 May 1900, in Alexander
Accompanying the obituary in the
newspaper is a photograph of the deceased.)
James Frederick Brooks, the
11-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse W.
Brooks, died at 6:30 Tuesday after a
10-day illness. The body was prepared for
burial and taken to Barlow Tuesday afternoon
and on Wednesday the body was laid to rest
in the cemetery near that place. Mr. and
Mrs. Brooks have the sympathy of the
neighbors in their sad bereavement.
Margaret Frances Castle was born
April 16, 1844, at Piqua, Ohio, and departed
this life July 3, 1921.
She was married on April 9, to Lewis Nelson Redden, who died April 18, 1905. To this union four children were born: Otis Winans, of Decatur, Ala., David Milton of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. L. E. Endicott, and Mrs. J. A. Hogendobler, of Villa Ridge.
One sister, Mrs. Sarah E. Hubbard, is the sole surviving member of the Castle family of five sisters and one brother.
(Lewis Redden married Margrett F.
Castle on 9 Apr 1867, in Pulaski Co.,
Louis E. Endicott married
Martha E. Redden on 20 Dec 1899, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.
Albert Hubbard married Sarah
Castle on 28 Aug 1866, in Pulaski
Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Harriet Finn, age 81 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Adrian Schneider on Monday morning of general debility, having been ill for some time. Deceased was one of our oldest residents and made her home with her daughter. She leaves besides her daughter, Mrs. Mary Schneider, three grandchildren, namely Mrs. John Starks, of Thebes, William, of Cleveland, and Charles, of this city. Funeral services were conducted from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 Rev. J. B. Cummins officiating. Interment taking place in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Harriet Anne Reed was born near Olmstead, Ill., April 23rd, 1840. She lived the most of her life in the vicinity of her birth.
She was united in marriage to Thomas Finn in June 1868, to this union six children were born. She united with the Christian Church at the age of 16 years, remained a member of the church until the day of her death. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond about 42 years ago.
Since her husband's death she has spent the greater part of her life with her only surviving daughter, Mrs. Schneider, with whom she made her home for a number of years.
She was a quiet, unassuming woman, always patient and faithful in all the tasks of life. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed because of her patience and love which she always expressed.
She leaves to mourn her loss, one brother, John C. Reed, of Grand Chain, one sister Mrs. White, of East St. Louis, one daughter, Mary F. Schneider, of Mound City, Ill., three grandchildren, Charles and William Schneider and Mrs. Marjorie Starks and a host of friends.
(Adrin Schneider married Mary Ellen
Finn on 19 Jul 1892, in Pulaski Co.,
Mrs. Christine Clements, wife of Col. Isaac Clements, formerly Congressman from this district, later United States Sub Treasurer and who passed the final years of his life as governor of the Soldiers' Home at Danville, passed to the peace of the fathers on Sunday, July 10th, at 11:00 a.m. at the residence of Mrs. Centers, where she was a constant visitor at the magnificent monument erected to her husband's memory at the Soldiers' Cemetery. Her courtesy was perfect, her charities and real motive of her life.
She leaves surviving her, Mr. Frank
Clements, of Carbondale, Dr. Robert and
Louis Clements of Danville, Louis as
the wife of the former Miss Blanch Hogan,
is well known and equally well liked in
Mound City and Cairo.
Samuel H. Tripp, age 42, a telegraph operator at Ballard Junction, died Saturday after several days' illness. The body was taken to Cobden Monday for burial. Mr. Tripp was for a brief time agent at the Illinois Central station in the city and became quite well known to many of our residents.
(His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:
Samuel H. Tripp Born Feb. 10,
1879 Died July 9, 1921.
Julia E. Tripp Born Oct. 4,
1877 Died Nov. 28, 1979.—Darrel Dexter)
William Harris, age 62 years, of Cairo, died on a Chicago & Northwestern train Wednesday, being en route to Rochester, Minn., where he was to visit a nephew who is under treatment at Mayo Bros. Institute. The body was removed from the train at Barrington, Ill., where an inquest was held at that place.
Heart trouble made acute by the intense heat is presumably the cause of his death. The body was brought to the home of his brother, D. D. Harris, in this city, and from the home the funeral will be held. Besides his brother, he leaves a sister, Mrs. R. D. McFarland, of Graham, Texas, who is expected to arrive to attend the funeral.
Mr. Harris was born in Independence,
Mo., Feb. 15, 1855, and came to Mound City
with his father when a lad. He was a
printer by trade and had been employed in
nearly all of the offices in Cairo, for the
past 40 years, but of late was ad man on
The Bulletin. He was a charter member
of the local union and was held in high
esteem by all his fellow craftsmen.
Death in any form or from whatever result brings sadness to our homes, but in the death of Mrs. Gladys Winifred Miller, who passed away Wednesday evening at 7:15 p.m. brings unusual bereavement. Deceased became a mother of a fine girl some two weeks ago and from the ordeal never gained strength enough to leave her bed. She was the wife of Ralph Miller and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Devore and was 24 years of age. She leaves, besides her infant daughter, her husband and parents, all of whom have the sympathy of the entire community. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Rev. Father Feeney will conduct the services.
(Andrew Devore married May Seawell on 10 Jun 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery reads: Gladys Winifred wife of Ralph Miller Born March 11, 1897 Died July 13, 1921.—Darrel Dexter)
Sophia Jane Benton Dies at Age of 67 Years
Sophia J. Benton, age 67, died at
10:30 Wednesday night at her home in this
city. She was the widow of Henry Benton,
deceased, and had been a resident of this
city for 29 years. She leaves a daughter,
Mrs. William Powers, of Bush,
Ill. Edward Armstrong, who now
resides in Chicago, is a grandson of the
(His marker in Rose Hill Cemetery at Pulaski
Otis A. Turbaville
G. A. James and family returned
Wednesday from Lawrenceville, where they had
been in attendance at the funeral of the
mother and brother of Mr. James. Mrs.
William James, the mother, passed
away at Summerville, Mo., last Thursday
after a siege of heart dropsy, and the
brother, Wiley James, was drowned at
Cushing, Okla., while he was endeavoring to
rescue a man from drowning. Mr. James
received messages of both of the deaths
within 35 minutes of each other and
immediately left for his mother's home which
he reached with some difficulty. The bodies
were both shipped to Lawrenceville, Ill.,
and the funeral services held Wednesday
morning, the mother being buried in a
cemetery near Sumner, Ill. and the brother
near Lawrenceville. This double bereavement
was a very trying ordeal for Mr. James,
as it required most of his time to reach his
mother and arrange the burial, as well as to
escort the body of his brother home from St.
Charles J. Richardson, known by his fellow workman as "Spot," died Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in this city, after an illness of several months with brain trouble. He was 38 years of age and leaves a widow and two children, Lucille and Eva. Also survived by his parents, a brother, George, of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Lille Watts, of Jacksonville, Ill., and Mrs. Thomas Masterson, of this city. Deceased was employed at the Marine Ways and was well liked by his associates.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The rector of Cairo conducting the services. Burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Lily Watts, of Jacksonville, a
sister of the deceased, and Guy Reed,
of Kennett, Mo., a brother of Mrs.
Richardson, were in attendance at the
There was a double funeral held Sunday from
the Main Street Baptist Church over the
remains of Mrs. James Hart, age 58,
and Mrs. Lucinda Marr, age
51. Deceased were highly respected colored
women and been ill for several days. There
was a large concourse of friends in
attendance at the church service and at the
interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Elsie Gertrude Bartleson was the youngest child of Captain James Bartleson and Sarah ___ his wife. She was born at the old Bartleson homestead near Grand Chain, Ill., April 30, 1876 and was the youngest of a family of seven children. Two brothers, James W. and Fred, and sisters preceded her to the other land. Her father died about 7 years ago and her mother died 31 years ago.
She became the wife of W. J. Davidson, January 13, 1901, and to that union was born 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys, and had the reputation of being a hardworking, industrious woman, and who was willing to do well her part in life, striving hard to give her children the best religious and educational and physical training possible. When she was about 15 years old, she gave her life to the Lord and was buried with him in baptism. From that time until her death, we believe she kept up the good fight of faith to lay hold on eternal life.
The illness that terminated in her death began about 6 months ago, being confined to her bed for about 4 months, and was practically helpless for about 3 months, enduring her afflictions with great patience.
Under all her trials and perplexities, she may have said or done some improper things, but the superintendent, who stood by to hear her last words tells us that she said, "I am gone" and died with the words, "God" and "Lord" on her lips. Our Lord said, “whosoever cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." J. 6:37. She professed to be a Christian for years.
On August 8, 1921, at about __ a.m. Sister Davidson fell asleep in Jesus, having lived in this world 43 years, 3 months and __ days. She leaves to mourn her departure, her beloved husband, 5 children, one sister, Mrs. Heacock, of San Francisco, Cal., one brother, George G. Bartleson, of Grand Chain and many good friends, and all to be consoled by her __ous hope for eternal life in Christ.
The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. W. Freeman at 2:00 p.m. August 9th. It was largely attended and the ___ was L 8:52. Weep not: he is not dead, but sleepeth. ___ Fellenstine was at the piano and the singing was good. Many relatives and friends from a distance were in attendance.—Communicated
(John M. Doty, 21, married
Elizie G. Bartleson, 16, on 6 Sep
1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Residents of this city were shocked to hear of the arrest of the three Jones brothers, Ivey, Jessie and Orville Jones, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Jones, who are in jail charged with the murder of two police officers, who were shot down in a daring attempt to rob the paymaster at the Ford plant in Memphis last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones, formerly resided
in this city some twenty years ago, and were
a highly respected family, this city being
also the birthplace of two of the boys under
arrest, Ivey and Jessie. Mr. Jones
was employed at the old pump factory about
the time it was destroyed by fire, later
moving to Memphis, where he now resides.
Richard Hamilton (colored), age 52 years, died Sunday night
after a lingering illness of several
weeks. The body was shipped to Clinton,
Ky., for burial by G. A. James,
Mrs. Henry Goldsmith, age 76 years, died at her home in this city at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. She had been troubled with a stomach ailment for some time. Deceased leaves five children, three sons, Mason, of Cairo, and Harry and Sam, of Memphis, and two daughters, Mrs. James Fisher, of Memphis, and Miss Belle, of this city, with whom she lived, and a number of grandchildren. Her husband died several years ago and she and her daughter made their home here, she being a resident of this city for many years.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Episcopal church at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon by Rev. Peter Langendorf, who is supplying the pulpit at the Church of the Redeemer in Cairo. Burial will be at Beech Grove Cemetery.
(Henry Goldsmith married Harriet L.
Hardin on 26 Jan 1863, in Pulaski
James Marvin Fisher married
Mary Olive Goldsmith on 28 Dec 1887,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Koonce of Mounds, have received word from the Department of State, that the remains of their son, Orin, killed in France, had arrived in Hoboken, and will be shipped to Mounds for burial as soon as arrangement could be made.
Orin R. Koonce volunteered his service to his country April 30, 1918, joining Co. K, 148 Infantry and crossed the waters a few weeks later.
He was killed in action Sept. 28, 1918.
Arrangements for the funeral will be
announced as soon as the date for the
arrival of remains is ascertained.
Lee Salmon, 35 years old, was struck
by a train on the Big Four Railroad and
killed early Saturday morning. His right
foot was severed and his head crushed and a
number of bruises about the body.
He leaves a wife and four children who reside in Hickman, Ky., a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Salmon, of this city, and several brothers and sisters. He has been here for some time, being employed by his brother, in a garage at Mounds.
His body was found mangled between the shipyards and the trestle over Trinity slough. The north bound freight train due at about midnight ran 12 cars over his body before it could be stopped.
Undertaker James took charge of the
body and prepared it for burial. The body
being shipped to Hickman where the funeral
Clarence Ford was bereaved this week
in the death of his mother, who passed away
at Dongola at midnight Wednesday. The
funeral will be held Saturday. The son and
wife have gone to the home of the mother.
The funeral of Orin R. Koonce, of Mounds, Ill., was held Sunday afternoon at the Congregational church in Mounds, with full military honors. He was formerly a member of the old K Company of Cairo and was in border service with that company. He enlisted April 30, 1918, with a detachment of railroad men and took part in many active engagements in France and was killed in action Sept. 28, 1918.
The attendance at the funeral services was exceptionally large with a fine attendance of members of the Winifred Fairfax Warder Chapter of the American Legion, members of which furnished the firing squad. A large arch covered with flags was placed at the front of the interurban station, thru which the cortege passed going to the church. Two large floral emblems presented by railroad men who were former companions of Koonce were suspended on the arch. Many other beautiful floral offerings were sent by others friends.
The pall bearers were members of the
American Legion at Mounds as were also the
color guards and bugler.
Last week word was received from Memphis
that A. P. Smith had passed away in
that city. Mr. Smith and family
resided here several years ago and was
superintendent of the pump factory.
The 16-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Bees died last Thursday on the
steamer Tra___ at the Marine
Ways. The family who had been living in a
tent for several months just beyond the
shipyard, the father being out of work, and
when illness came to them they were ___en
the steamer for better quarters. The
funeral was held ___day and the body
interred in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mayor Browner received a telegram
from St. Louis Tuesday announcing the death
of Gus Michels. Mr. Michels
was a former citizen of this place and
conducted a clothing store in the Phoenix
(George Britt married Ida Kennedy
on 9 May 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(His marker in Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery
Walter Victor Born May 25,
1915 Died Oct.15, 1921.—Darrel Dexter)
John A. Saint, 69 years old, who died at the hospital at Anna Thursday, was buried Sunday at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds. Funeral services were conducted at the grave at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Mr. Saint is survived by his son John Saint, of Cairo, and daughter, Mrs. George Childers, of Grand Chain. Undertaker G. A. James, of this city, conducted the funeral.
(John A. Saint married Sarah C.
Lawrence on 19 Oct 1876, in Pulaski Co.,
The very sudden death of Dr. Charles James Boswell was a most severe shock to the city of Mounds, the surrounding community and the entire county, which has been received in recent years. He became ill on Thursday eve, but was some better Friday, and while he was seriously sick it was though not dangerously so, until Saturday morning, when he began to grow worse until Sunday morning at twelve fifteen a.m., when the end came and his soul left all that was mortal behind, and wandered away to that haven of eternal rest where angel's hands strew heavenly flowers and angel voices sing heavenly hymns and troubles are unknown. Dr. Boswell was born on October 12th, 1876, near Mount Pleasant, in Union County, Illinois. He was the youngest of two children born of the marriage of John Hogan Boswell, the father, and Lucy Major Boswell, the mother, both of whom have long since passed through the Valley of the Shadow, and crossed the Great Divide that separates mortality from soul, terrestrial from celestial body from spirit.
Being born on a farm, Charlie as he was then called, attended the country school until he was fourteen years of age, when his parents, foreseeing the great promise there was in him, raised the money and sent him for three years to the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, and immediately upon his return home at the end of the last school year, he entered the Marion Sims College of Medicine, St. Louis (now Washington University) and in March 1895 he graduated with the highest honors of his class, with the degree of M. D., whereupon he at once took the necessary steps to secure a license to practice in Illinois, and although at the time he was only eighteen years of age, the Board of Health gave him the required license on the grounds he was exceptionally bright, resourceful, and well qualified that the public needed his professional knowledge and skill. He at once moved to Mounds and actively entered the practice of medicine and surgery—small in stature, a beardless youth, a mere "lad of a boy" with no money, few clothes, not many books or instruments, but with a well poised mind an indomitable will, a most resourceful mentality, and an aggressive unconquerable soul. In less than two years, his practice had grown so large and his success so great as to attract the attention of the General Surgeon of the great Illinois Central Railroad system and he was appointed over the heads of many older local surgeons to the office of Division of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, which position he continued to hold for twenty-five years and to the time of this death. In 1906, was appointed a member of the State Board of Health by Gov. Charles S. Deneen and again reappointed in 1910 and held this position for seven years and until a political change in the state administration when he voluntarily resigned. This exalted place in the medical fraternity had never heretofore been accorded a physician in Pulaski County.
Dr. Boswell was equally prominent and useful in the practical world of business. A young man in a young town, he grew even faster than his environment. Starting with nothing but pluck, perseverance and a will to win, he marched to the head of the column and became the commander in chief of the material interests of Mounds. Rapid and phenomenal as the city grew and prospered, his growth and prosperity were greater still. He was one of the founders of its first bank (now the First State Bank of Mounds) and has been its president since its organization. It is the largest bank in Pulaski County—a monument of his splendid integrity, his business sagacity and his untiring help the community. He was president of the Mounds Building and Loan Association, the largest in the county, and a member of its Board of Health at the time of his death and for many years prior thereto. What a record of achievement to twenty-seven years. What an example for the young men of our city and county to emulate and to follow. Truly and indeed he was one of the great men of Illinois and the most prominent citizens of Mounds and her greatest representative.
His heart was kind and his social life democratic. He abhorred display, hated hypocrisy, despised double dealing and loathed the untruthful. He loved the good, stood for the square deal, protected the truthful and fought for civic righteousness. His success was won as the result of these qualities, put in action by faith, hope and the love he had for his fellow man. Mounds, Pulaski County, southern Illinois and the medical fraternity of the whole state will miss him. Mounds perhaps more than the loss of any other of her citizens, for he was a builder, using the choicest granite in the progressive construction of the character, the durability her people. He was married in the beauty and the prosperity of 1917 to Miss Aesa Nesbitt, of Chicago, who for many years was a prominent teacher in the public schools in Pulaski County. No children were born to this union and the widow is left alone in her great sorrow, but the universal sympathy and love of the people of the city of Mounds and the countless number of friends of him who has gone, is extended to her in this the greatest of her earthly sorrows.
Dr. Boswell is also survived by his
elder brother, Edward Boswell, who
lives at Anna.
Mrs. E. M. Titus, age 88 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Buckle, of Villa Ridge, at 9:30 o'clock Saturday night after an illness of several weeks due to infirmities of old age. Mrs. Titus has resided in Villa Ridge for more than half a century and is well known and a favorite among hundred of friends. She is survived by two daughters Mrs. Buckle, of Villa Ridge, Dr. Frankie Titus, of Colorado Springs, three sons, Fred, of Kansas City, Mo., John and George, of Mounds, a number of grandchildren.
The funeral was held at the residence Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Tucker of the Congregational church officiating.
Mrs. Titus also adopted and reared from infancy, Mrs. Clara Perks Bonner, of this city.
(J. W. Buckle married Mary E.
Titus, daughter of S. M. Titus
and Christina Montgomery, on
28 Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
(Rufus C. Lipe married Eliza A.
Moore on 10 Jul 1862, in Pulaski Co.,
Word was received Sunday of the death of Roy N. Adams, former county clerk of Pulaski County, at Little Rock, Ark.
The end is reported to have come suddenly as he was on his way to church.
Mr. Adams was a native of Ullin, Ill., where his father was in business, was for a time a resident of Cairo. His mother, Mrs. Jennie Adams, later moved to Mound City, where she purchased the Casey property and lived for many years.
He served two terms as county clerk and was
identified in business interests of this
city in the mercantile line and also was at
one time editor of the Enterprise. He
left here in 1916 for Warren, Ark., where he
went into the lumber business. His wife
After being confined in the county jail for several days, Albert Mowery, white, age 35, admits the slaying of Arthur Brown, aged bachelor and sort of hermit, at the home of the latter on the 18th of last month.
The confession of Mowery clears up one of the most deplorable murders ever committed in this county. Mowery is a resident of Cypress in Johnson County, where he has a wife and four small children, a mother in this county and several brothers.
Mowery's past life, it seems, has been more or less peaceful with an obsessing hatred for any sort of honest toil.
It seems that Mowery and Brown were strangers, and a short time ago someone told Mowery that Brown always carried a large sum of money on his person, that he lived alone, etc. This information was too much for Mowery's cupidity and on the morning of the murder he left home with a single barrel breech loading shot gun of ancient model, presumably to go hunting. He walked to Brown's some seven miles southeast of Cypress, arriving here about ten o'clock in the forenoon. Mowery claims that he was attacked by the old man with a stick and in defending himself shot Brown in the forehead, killing him instantly, then robbing him of twenty-five dollars in gold and ten dollars in greenbacks. Mowery then walked to Ullin some seven miles southwest, throwing his gun in a thicket on the way, where he caught the train for Mounds. He left Mounds in the afternoon for his home at Cypress by train and taxicab. Upon arriving home he purchased a coon dog with fifteen dollars of the gold he had stolen and his sudden display of wealth proved his undoing as he had been known as a man wholly without means.
Brown was discovered lying in his yard late in the afternoon of the murder, his right trouser pocket turned out, and his money gone. Brown was a peaceable law-abiding man with a few acquaintances, and no intimates.
Before the arrest of Mowery, several
persons had taken a charge by the sheriff,
but after carefully checking up each was
released. The mystery became deeper, but
with persistent energy and determination,
the sheriff kept going day and night and the
more puzzling the mystery became the harder
the sheriff worked until traveling to
several counties his efforts were rewarded
by the arrest and confession of the
(William H. H. Stokes married Mrs.
Emma J. Fitzgerald, daughter of
Richard Oliver and Mary Harper,
on 1 Sep 1899, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in Rose Hill Cemetery near
Emma Jane Stokes
Floyd Boren, age 35 years, died at
10:40 Thursday morning at his home in this
city, death being due to a siege of
appendicitis. Deceased has lived in this
city all his life and lived with his mother,
Mrs. Mary Moyers. Besides his
mother, he leaves a father, John Boren,
three brothers, Fred, of this city, Edward,
of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Charles, of
Pittsburg, Ill. Also one sister, Mrs. Hazel
Baccus, of this city.
Funeral services over the remains of Floyd
Boren were held from the home of the
deceased at 2 o'clock Sunday
afternoon. Rev. J. B. Cummins
conducting the services and music was
furnished by the Methodist
choir. Automobiles conveyed the bereaved
relatives and friends to the Beech Grove
Cemetery where interment was made.
Casper Jones, a former resident of this city, died at his home in Indianapolis this week. He was married to Mrs. Martha Dolan, of this city, and is survived by his widow, a daughter, Miss Hazel Jones, and a son, Casper Jr. Deceased had been ill for two years. The body was brought to Paducah, his former home for burial. He had many friends here and in Cairo.
(Casper Jones married Martha Dolan on 1 May 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)T
The Ullin Times
The Ullin Times, Friday, 25 Feb 1921:
Mrs. Sam Carney has been in Jonesboro the past week, where she was called by the illness and death of Mrs. Sam Littlejohn.
Mrs. Sam Littlejohn Dead
Mrs. Sam Littlejohn died Monday night in Jonesboro, Ill. Mrs. Littlejohn was a former resident of this place and had a large circle of friends here. She leaves to mourn her death her husband and five children.
(Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery reads: Delphia A. Littlejohn Born Feb. 5, 1886 Died Feb. 22, 1921.—Darrel Dexter)