Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois
Transcribed by Darrel Dexter
6 Jan 1911:
Serena Caroline Anderson died 2 Jan 1911, of stroke of paralysis, and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. She was born 18 Sep 1844, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Calvin Armstrong. After her parents died she lived with Grandmother McElhaney. She married Ben H. Anderson on 6 Nov 1864. They had five sons and one daughter, Henry H. Anderson, deceased, Charles H. Anderson, deceased, Ernest Anderson, deceased, William S. Anderson, Ben Frank Anderson, and Mrs. Fannie Terpinitz.
Charles D. Culp died Tuesday (3 Jan 1911) of small pox at the Minton Hotel in Alto Pass, and was
buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. He was the son of the Rev. David Culp and was married twice. His second wife died last spring. He was a brother of Dr. Culp of Ava, Mrs. J.L. Nusbaum, and Mrs. George G. Cruse, of Jonesboro.
13 Jan 1911:
Andrew J. Huggins died Thursday (12 Jan 1911), aged 58 years, 11 months, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He was a brother of Mrs. B.L. Boyce and Sheriff George H. Huggins.
Mrs. Nancy Bundy died 6 Jan 1911, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.A. Carlile, aged 58 years, 8
months, 4 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She had a paralytic stroke six years ago. She was born in Belleville and at age 17 moved to Central City. She married at Central City on 19 Jun 1854, John W. Bundy, who died in 1869. They moved to Anna and had three childen, of which one is living. She also left a brother, Thomas Phillips, of Sullivan, one sister, Margaret Sperry, of Cobden, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The mother of George Test, of Alto Pass, died Saturday (7 Jan 1911) at the hospital in Anna, aged about
85 years, and was buried in Charleston, Mo. She was born and reared in Terre Haute, Ind., and moved to Alto Pass 20 years ago with a son and daughter. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She also left another son, Theodore Test, of St. Louis. George D. Test moved to Charleston, Mo., in October 1912 to enter the furniture business (25 Oct 1912, issue).
Elizabeth (Childers) Minton died 7 Jan 1911, at the home of her son, J.W.K. Minton, two miles west of
Alto Pass, aged 82 years, 11 months, 9 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 65 years. She was born and reared in Tennessee and came to Illinois with her husband, Joseph Minton, in 1859. He died six years ago. They had nine children, of which five were living, J.W.K. Minton, James I. Minton, H.C. Minton, Jane Brewster, Elizabeth Cook. She also left 38 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.
Daniel Hartman died last Saturday (7 Jan 1911) at his home in Cairo, aged 76 years.
Joe Thorp was killed last week by a fall from a train engine near Sparta. He was an engineer on the
Mobile & Ohio Railroad.
20 Jan 1911:
James A. Lewis died 15 Jan 1911, at his home west of Jonesboro of pneumonia, aged 62 years, 5 months,
16 days, and was buried in Tripp Cemetery. He was born and reared west of Jonesboro and resided there all his life. He married Anna McNeally, of Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., who died a number of years ago. His older son, George F. Lewis, was killed in an accident two years ago. His father, William Lewis, died at an old age, as did William’s wife. He left four children, Otis J. Lewis, Mrs. W.F. Ferrill, Eva Rinehart, and Miss Oma Lewis. He also left one brother, Henry Lewis, of Alexander County.
Mrs. Jane Gandy died last Saturday (14 Jan 1911) at home in Anna, aged 63 years, 22 days, and was
buried at Dongola.
Joe Luby died last Saturday (14 Jan 1911) in a room of the Lyerla building of paralytic stroke, aged about
60 years. His sister from Cobden lived with him part of the time, but was not there when he died. He had worked at the Cairo Bulletin office.
27 Jan 1911:
Mrs. George Weiss, stepmother of T.G. Weiss, of Petersburg, Mich., died
The widow of James Batson died the latter part of the week at home northwest of Jonesboro. She left
several grown children.
The wife of the Rev. N. Willison, pastor of German Evangelical Church, died last Saturday (21 Jan 1911)
of pneumonia and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery. The Rev. Willison had been stationed here a few months. She left four children, three of them quite small.
Dr. R.M. Pool died 10 Jan 1911, at home in Herrin, Williamson County, aged 77 years, and was buried
beside his twin brother at Princeton, Ky. He was the father of Fred. M. Pool, candidate for state legislature.
Henry Petitt, Phil Malone, and Walter Burns were killed last Saturday (21 Jan 1911) in an explosion at
the powder mill in Fayville, Alexander County. All left families.
John Spire died Sunday (22 Jan 1911) at his home on Spring Street in Anna, aged 75 years, 3 months, 13
days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born 9 Oct 1835, in Serise, Holland, the son of Leonard and Martha Spire. He moved with his family to America in 1849. He was a painter and settled at Buffalo, N.Y., Paducah, Ky., New Orleans, La., and Cincinnati, Ohio, and about 1855 came to Anna. He married in 1857 Emily Knight, a native of Kentucky. He enlisted 15 Aug 1862, in Co. H, 109th Infantry and did active service at the Seige of Vicksburg for 32 days. He was mustered out 15 Jul 1865, from the 11th Infantry with the rank of 1st lieutenant. He was a member of the GAR. He left two children, George Leonard Spire and Ella wife of T.B. Rhodes; one brother, Charles Spire, of Buffalo, N.Y., one sister, Mrs. John Van Blois, of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Clarence E. Spraker died Monday (23 Jan 1911) at Little Rock, Ark. He was the husband of Stella
(Stokes) Spraker, who was a daughter of T.G. Stokes.
3 Feb 1911:
John Pickrell died Tuesday (31 Jan 1911) at home in Anna, aged 81 years. His funeral was at the
Christian church. He was a member of the GAR. He was born in Wilson Co., Tenn., and came to Illinois with his parents at age 6. He settled near Mt. Pleasant and married on 15 Sep 1850, Mrs. Hannah Wiggs, who died 6 Jan 1902. In 1880 he moved to Anna and was a grocer. He was sergeant of Co. E, 109th Infantry. He had six children, four of whom survive: Hogan Pickrell, of Chicago, Andrew J. Pickrell, postmaster at Anna, Carrie Kimball, and Mrs. Lou Stokes.
James Monroe Vest was killed last Friday (27 Jan 1911) by passenger train No. 24 leaving Anna. His
funeral was at the Methodist church. He was supervisor at the hospital in Anna. His cousin, R.W. Vest, boarded the train and James ran along side, throwing his luggage on board. He fell under the train. He was born in Mulberry Grove, Ill., on 29 Nov 1849. He married in Bond Co., Ill., Matilda Fields. He left a widow, two daughters, and one son.
10 Feb 1911:
Mrs. Lou Blankenship died Tuesday (7 Feb 1911) in the west part of Jonesboro. She was blind.
Augusta Brown, widow of Andrew J. Brown, died Wednesday (8 Feb 1911) west of Jonesboro.
17 Feb 1911:
Mrs. Ed Lane died Wednesday (15 Feb 1911) at Makanda, Jackson County. She was the niece of Mrs.
George Owen, of Anna.
Sarah Ann Dillow died 12 Feb 1911, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Robert Willis, in Anna, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church. She was born north of Anna on 15 Feb 1862, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Hartman and was confirmed at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Pulaski County when a girl. She was a member of Dongola Lutheran Church. She married on 7 Sep 1881, Lafayette E. Dillow, who died in 1903. She recently had an operation at Louisville, Ky. She left three sons, Claude Dillow, of Cairo, Rooney Dillow, of Dongola, and Festus Dillow, of Anna.
Willis Rendleman died last Friday (10 Feb 1911) at Los Angeles, Calif., of stomach trouble and heart
failure. He was the second son of Martin and Clara (Lamer) Rendleman and was born and reared on a farm near Mt. Glen. He clerked in Fowley’s Store in Cobden and opened a dry goods store in Alto Pass with John Rendleman. His store burned 10 years ago and he went into the saw mill business. He and his family moved to Los Angeles six years ago. He married Minnie Spann and had two sons and one daughter.
24 Feb 1911:
Capt. James M. Joplin, of Benton, Franklin County, died last Friday (17 Feb 1911) at a hospital in St.
Hugh David Cunningham died 19 Feb 1911, in Jonesboro, aged 59 years, 11 months, 8 days, and was
buried at St. John’s Cemetery. He was born 11 Mar 1851, in Henry Co., Tenn. He was left an orphan at the age of 10 and his family scattered during the Civil War. At age 14 he moved to Union Co., Ill., with another family. He taught school 14 years. In September 1873 he joined St. John’s Reformed Church and remained a member until 1886 when he joined Liberty Presbyterian Church in Johnson County. In 1904 he joined Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. He had three brothers and one sister, all presumed dead. He lived in Johnson County 10 years, but lost everything in a house fire. Ten years ago he moved to Jonesboro. He married in 1872 Susie Meisenheimer, who died in July 1876. They had two children, John Henry Cunningham, who died in 1896, and Mrs. S.W. Ballard. He married in 1877 Alice P. Scott. They had three children, Harrison E. Cuningham, Hugh Roy Cunningham, and Mrs. B.A. Braddy.
Della Lehman died Sunday (19 Feb 1911) at home in Texas, and was buried in Trinity Cemetery. Her
body was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Karraker, in Anna. Her funeral was at the Methodist church.
Harry F. Wilson died Sunday (19 Feb 1911) at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, Alexander County, aged 53
years, and was buried at Villa Ridge, Pulaski County. His funeral was at the home of his sister, Mrs. E.G. Pink, on 6th Street in Cairo. He was operated on at Cairo last fall for gall stones. He was born in 1858 in Middlesex, Pa., and moved to Cairo, then to Anna. He left a widow and one daughter, Mrs. G.H. Bosley, of Little Rock, Ark.
3 Mar 1911:
Dewitt Crabtree died 26 Feb 1911, at St. Louis, Mo., and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was
at the home of his parents. He was born 23 Aug 1877, in Union County, the son of H.S. Crabtree. He was a Mason.
Frank Gilman died 25 Feb 1911, at the home of his brother-in-law, J.L. Fuller, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. His funeral was Monday (27 Feb 1911). He was a member of the IOOF. He was born 9 Nov 1869, in Centralia, and grew up in Anna and Cairo. He married on 17 Jan 1882, Addie Lyerle. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and in 1892 was injured in a train wreck at Cairo. He moved to California for his health in 1905 and returned in 1909. He was the nephew of Annie (Barlow) Cotsworth, of St. Louis. He left a wife, two sisters, Fannie Finley, and Lizzie Woods, of St. Louis.
Mrs. Hines died Sunday (26 Feb 1911) in the west part of Jonesboro, and was buried at Lick Creek. She
was elderly and left thee children.
Mary Etta Glasscock died last Saturday (25 Feb 1911) and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She had
moved into her new home in Jonesboro just eight days before she died. She was born 9 Aug 1871, in Cobden, the daughter of J.F. Watkins. She graduated from Armour Institute in Chicago and was a kindergarten teacher there before moving to Texas, where she was on the faculty of Vernon College. She joined the Presbyterian Church at Clarendon, Texas. She married on 2 Aug 1905, at St. Louis, Thomas J. Glasscock. They had two children, Greer Glasscock, age 5 years, and Louise Glasscock, age 3 years. She also left two sisters and brothers.
10 Mar 1911:
James T. Stafford died Monday (6 Mar 1911) at home in Carbondale, Jackson County, and was buried in
Progress Cemetery. He formerly lived in Progress. He was operated on at Murphysboro a month ago for kidney and bladder problems. He was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. He was born 15 Jan 1846, in Tennessee. He was a postmaster and justice of the peace at Progress, justice of the peace at Cobden, and postmaster at Boskydell. He enlisted when 16 in Co. A, 11th Infantry in August 1862 and served until July 1865. He was with Grant in the Vicksburg Campaign. He married three months ago Mrs. Matilda Artz, a near relative of Mrs. Lydia E. Sanders, of Jonesboro. He left a widow, and nine children. Charles G. Stafford of Jonesboro was a son.
Thomas Lackey died 3 Mar 1911, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Minnie Lackey Davis, aged 27 years,
and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was a press feeder in a printing office. He also left two brothers and two sisters.
17 Mar 1911:
Mrs. Adams died and her funeral was Monday (13 Mar 1911) near Friendship.
Anna Margaret Hoffman died 13 Mar 1911, and was buried in Tower Grove Cemetery. She was born in
Rhenish, Bavaria, 21 Mar 1834, the daughter of John and Margaret Hopp. In 1852 she emigrated to America and the same year married Christian Hoffman. He died in 1858. They lived in Nebraska, and in Murphysboro, Jackson County, and in Jonesboro. She had two children, Adam Hoffman, who died in infancy, and Catharine, the wife of M. Ransmeier. She was a member of the German Evangelical Church. Mrs. Foehr, who died a few months ago was her sister. She left grandchildren, John Ransmeier, Robert Ransmeier, and Mrs. Robert Foekel; a niece, Eva Scherrer; and nephews, George Foehr and Phillip Foehr.
24 Mar 1911:
Infant son of G.W. and Florence (Buckingham) Baillio died 6 Mar 1911, in New Orleans, La., aged 10
months, 20 days. The mother was from Alto Pass.
James Waldie died Sunday (19 Mar 1911) of pneumonia, aged 54 years, and was buried in Chicago. He
purchased the Phillip Weber farm southwest of Jonesboro two years ago and it was managed by his son, James R.R. Waldie. He and his wife had just come from Chicago to live on the farm a few weeks before he died. Mr. Thomson was a son-in-law.
Frank M. Shipley died Tuesday (21 Mar 1911) at his home in St. Louis, aged about 50 years, and was
buried in Murphysboro, Jackson County. He was the son of R.T. Shipley, who died recently. He was a carpenter. He left a widow, who was the daughter of Mike Crowell, and three children.
Son of Frank Lentz shot and probably killed himself Sunday morning (19 Aug 1911). He may recover.
John F. Williford died Monday (20 Mar 1911) and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was helping put
out a fire that started in the barn of William L. Wiggins on Main Street in Anna. They were throwing buckets of water on his house. Wiggins’ brother-in-law, D.D. Hacker, stepped on the rear porch to shake hands with Williford and congratulate him on saving the house. He said, “Oh, Will,” and fell and died in a few minutes. He was born 2 Dec 1847, the son of C.H. Williford. He moved to Anna 43 years ago and worked for Wilcox & Willard. He was a deacon of Anna Presbyterian Church. He left an aged wife, three daughters, Mary Williford, Emma Williford, and Carrie Williford; five brothers, William Williford, Emmett Williford, Everett Williford, Henry Williford, and Sam Williford; two sisters, Mrs. C.H. Willard and Mrs. Samuel Mozley.
31 Mar 1911:
William R. Reed died suddenly last Saturday (25 Mar 1911) at his home west of Jonesboro, aged 65
years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He left a family.
John H. Barton, of Carbondale, Jackson County, died.
14 Apr 1911:
Mrs. Charles Bartruff died 27 Mar 1911, at home near Salem, Ore.
Fannie Norris, wife of L.P. Norris, died Thursday (6 Apr 1911) at home on the W. Mitchell place near
Anna, aged 51 years, 3 months, 13 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was born 23 Dec 1859, in White County and lived in Anna a number of years. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
21 Apr 1911:
Infant son of Adam Cauble died Thursday (13 Apr 1911) in Alto Pass.
Mrs. W.W. Stokes died 19 Apr 1911, at home in Anna, aged 34 years, 10 months, 28 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery.
5 May 1911:
Thomas J. Jordan died Wednesday (26 Apr 1911) at home four miles east of Thebes, aged 54 years, and
was buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. He was the largest man in Illinois and weighed 560 pounds. He lived on the R.B. Bledso farm.
Father of the Rev. R.E. Carney died at home in Virginia before his son could reach his bedside, aged 90
years. (See also 21 Apr 1911, issue.)
James Hilderbrand was killed Saturday (29 Apr 1911) at Dixon, Mo., by a young elephant. He was an
animal trainer and was in Anna with Kit Carson’s Wild West Show.
William Bruchhauser died and his funeral was Sunday (30 Apr 1911) at the Lutheran church in Anna.
His body was placed in R. Johnson’s mausoleum until the family could have a similar one built. They planned to build a mausoleum that would contain 300 crypts on one acre near Anna Cemetery for $26,700. (See also 28 Jul 1911, issue.)
Nora Wheeler Treese died 1 May 1911, at the home of her mother, Mrs. J.M. Wheeler on Chestnut
Street in Anna, of consumption, aged 27 years, and was buried in Casper Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal Church. She graduated from Anna High School in 1902 and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She left her mother, one sister, Mrs. Robert Treeese, and two small children, a son and daughter.
12 May 1911:
John Donehew died Wednesday (10 May 1911) at home in St. Louis. He was the son of the late Kennedy
Donehew and like his father was a train engineer. Will Williford of Jonesboro was a relative.
Lawrence F. Meyer died Thursday (11 May 1911) at home in Jonesboro, aged 71 years, 7 months, 23
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was a gardener. He left two sons, Fred Meyer and Will Meyer, and three daughters, Lydia Meyer and Lena Meyer, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Lizzie Norris, of Murphysboro, Jackson County.
Mary Louise Williams died Tuesday (9 May 1911) in Cairo, Alexander County. She was the daughter of
Capt. W.M. Williams.
19 May 1911:
Charles T. Hamilton died 15 May 1911, at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. John Crowell of
Jonesboro, of consumption, aged 29 years, 4 months, 7 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He left a widow, a sister, Mrs. Ed. Gholson, of Jonesboro, and a brother, John Hamilton, of Carbondale, Jackson County.
26 May 1911:
Child of Mike Camden died Tuesday (15 May 1911) at the home of Tom Ferguson on Vienna Street in
Anna, aged 5 months. Mrs. Camden died at the child’s birth.
Thomas M. Shick died 19 May 1911, in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the
home of Lee Halderman, where he had been living. He was born 23 Mar 1847, in Chester Co., Pa., and married in 1877 at Aurora, Addie Ives. She died a year or so ago. He came to Anna in 1865 and was in the cork and lime business as Finch & Shick. He was committed to the Anna hospital last week.
2 Jun 1911:
Jesse Parris was shot and killed in Luxora, Ark., in an argument over a small amount of money. He was
the son of S.W. Parris and brother-in-law ofGeorge Hardin, of Alto Pass. The perpetrator was placed in jail. (See also 9 Jun 1911, issue.)
9 Jun 1911:
Col. J.C. Andrews died recently in Dayton, Ohio. He was the brother of Capt. Hugh Andrews, of Anna.
Catherine Bier died Wednesday last week (30 Apr 1911) and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral
was at the Catholic church. She came to America from Germany when 13 and lived in Chicago and Milwaukee before coming to Anna 50 years ago. Her husband died 34 years ago. She left a son and a daughter, Mrs. W.H. McRae, of Anna.
Infant son of George Goodman, of Anna, died Tuesday (6 Jun 1911) and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Mary Miller Norris died 5 Jun 1911, at the home of her son, G.W. Norris, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. She had lived with her son for 36 years. She was born 23 Jan 1816, in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, and married on 12 Jun 1836, Robert Norris. She came to America and settled in Portage, Wis., where she lived 12 years before coming to Union County. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She had 10 children, three of whom were living, James Norris and George W. Norris, of Anna, and Mrs. Mary Bennett, of Redlands, Calif.
16 Jun 1911:
Two men were burned to death early last Sunday (11 Jun 1911) in a boarding house fire at Cairo,
Alexander County. Polk Barringer, son of George Barringer, of Jonesboro, helped fight the fire.
23 Jun 1911:
Miss Polly Crabtree died Saturday (17 Jun 1911) at the county alms house east of Anna, aged 74 years.
She was born 26 Jun 1837, in Tennessee and came to Union County with her family in 1845, locating near Dug Hill west of Jonesboro. She lived with the George W. Sitter family, but refused to move with them to Texas, instead moving into the alms house. She was a sister of H.S. Crabtree.
B.W. Dillow died last Monday (19 Jun 1911) at his store in Anna of paralysis of the heart, aged 58 years,
and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was a grocery man. He was a member of the Masons, Odd Fellows, Court of Honor, and Presbyterian Church. He left a wife and son.
Martha W. (Kerley) Day died 16 Jun 1911, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D.J. Hess, in Jonesboro,
aged 90 years, 7 months, 4 days. She was born in Tennessee 12 Nov 1820, and married Henry D. Day in Tennessee on 22 Dec 1845. He died in 1878. They had five sons and five daughters. The family moved to Arkansas in 1859 and to Illinois in 1861, settling near Anna. She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1908. She left four sons, W.S. Day, of Santa Barbara, John W. Day, of Oval Bay, Ala., George W. Day, of Jonesboro, and Henry B. Day, of Greenville, Miss.; and three daughters, Amanda E. Davis, of St. Louis, Dorthula J. Hess, of Jonesboro, and Louisa Bean, of Anna; 35 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren.
Frank Crowell, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday (20 Jun 1911) at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Murphysboro,
Jackson County, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His legs were run over by train cars at the Illinois Central yards Tuesday while unloading street rails from a flat car near the power plant. Another car ran into the one he was on and he was thrown over. They waited for his wife to arrive and then he was taken by train to the hospital in Murphysboro. He was operated on, but died a short time after. The brakeman named Rhymer was held to blame and charged with criminal neglect. His brother, Ollie Crowell, was killed in a railroad accident in July about 12 years ago. He left a wife, son, mother, Mrs. John Crowell; a brother, Robert Crowell; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Hamilton and Miss Cleta Crowell. (See also 7 Jul 1911, issue.)
30 Jun 1911:
Mrs. Huldah Whittington died Sunday (25 Jun 1911) in Benton, Franklin County. She was the sister of
Judge Crawford of Jonesboro.
Mollie Casey died Tuesday (27 Jun 1911) of tubercular meningitis, aged 30 years. She was an attendant
at the hospital in Anna.
James Turnage was shot and killed last week near Marion, Williamson County, supposedly by Speck
Holman. He chased Elbert Dickson, former representative from this district, 8,000 miles and finally captured him in Washington, and he is now in prison at Chester.
7 Jul 1911:
J. Michael Craver died 1 Jul 1911, in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the
Lutheran Church where he was a member. He was born 20 Jul 1854, in Jonesboro, the son of Daniel and Mary Craver. He lived with his sister, Mrs. Mary Cover, for the past 15 years. He left three sons and two daughters.
Lieut. Thomas Ozborn, of the U.S. Navy, shot and killed himself last Monday (3 Jul 1911) on the
gunboat Tacoma at New York navy yard, and was buried in Murphysboro, Jackson County. He left family in Murphysboro and a wife and child.
Silas Morey died at the Soldiers’ Home in Danville. He had been ill at Susie Conklin’s and she
suggested he leave his estate to First Methodist Episcopal Church in Jonesboro since he had no family. The church received $244.
14 Jul 1911:
Son of John A. Henley, formerly of Anna, died Friday (7 Jul 1911) at home in Litchfield, aged 15
John Albon died Tuesday (11 Jul 1911) at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Murphysboro, Jackson County, of
paralysis of the throat, aged about 60 years. He was a printer for the Carbondale Herald. He was a brother of George Albon, of DeSoto.
21 Jul 1911:
Arthur L. Simmerman died 15 Jul 1911, at the home of his father, Charles S. Simmerman, east of Anna,
of consumption, aged 32 years, 8 months, 17 days. His funeral was at Trinity Church. He left a wife and two children.
Cassius Finley drowned Tuesday (18 Jul 1911) at Goldsboro, N.C. His mother was the former Fannie
Gilman of Anna.
Maria L. Collins died Tuesday (18 Jul 1911) at home on Williamson Street, Anna, aged 73 years, and
was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was born 3 Jun 1838, in Pulaski County. Her husband died in the Civil War. She left a son, Rolla B. Collins, of Sedalia, Mo., and a daughter, Mrs. Annie Lackey, of Anna.
Harlan P. Tuthill, son of L.B. Tuthill, died at a hospital in St. Louis, aged 2 years, and was buried in
Isabel (Smith) Platt died 12 Jul 1911, in Shreveport, La., after an operation, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. Her funeral was at the home of her sister, Mrs. B.W. Dillow. She was born 26 Jul 1881, in Anna. She was the wife of W. Platt. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She left a husband, two sisters, Mrs. B.W. Dillow and Miss Addie Smith, of Anna; two brothers, Frank Smith, of Anna, and Fred Smith, of Cobden.
Louise B. Magee died 4 Jul 1911, at the Eastern Star Home in Macon. She married first Robert
Buckingham, one of the first fruit growers in Alto Pass. She married second Dr. Magee and returned to Ohio where she was born. She was the aunt of H.R. Buckingham, of Alto Pass.
Infant of Henry Phillips died Tuesday (18 Jul 1911) in the southeast part of Jonesboro, and was buried in
Casper Cemetery. The mother of the child died six weeks ago.
Caroline Roberts died and her funeral was last Friday (14 Jul 1911) in the shade of the trees of the hotel
lawn. She was the mother of A.H. Roberts, of Murphysboro, Jackson County. Her grandsons were pall bearers.
28 Jul 1911:
Zach H. Corzine died 24 Jul 1911, at home five miles northwest of Jonesboro, and was buried in Morgan
Cemetery. He was born in North Carolina, the son of Andrew Corzine, who settled a few miles south of Jonesboro. He joined the Baptist Church at Jonesboro when young. His wife died four years ago. He was a farmer and lived on the farm where he died for 50 years. They had no children, but reared almost from infancy John Treece and Bertha Biles. He was a farmer. He left two brothers, Giles Corzine, of Anna, and Andy Corzine, of Balcom.
Benjamin F. Anderson died 25 Jul 1911, of face cancer at home on Tennessee Street in Anna, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born in Pope County 25 Oct 1845, and lived in Union County 22 years. He was a farmer and conducted the Cottage Hotel in Anna until his wife died on 20 Jun 1910. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He left four daughters, Mrs. Ernest Cates, of Cobden, Mrs. J. Emmett Norris, of Anna, Mrs. Oved Groom, of Carbondale, Jackson County, and two sons, Luther Anderson and William Anderson, of Anna.
Dr. J.G. Lindsey died 13 Jul 1911, Creal Springs, Williamson County, aged 83 years. He formerly lived
near Goreville. Mrs. J.P. Grear, of Anna, was a granddaughter.
Belle Little died 21 Jul 1911, at a hospital in St. Louis, aged 27 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
Her funeral was at the home of J.J. Richardson. She was the wife of Ray Little, who left Anna several years ago to go to Coffeyville, Kan., when Henry Vilm’s family moved there.
4 Aug 1911:
Ethel May Wilkins, daughter of B.F. Wilkins, was buried Saturday (29 Jul 1911) in Anna Cemetery.
11 Aug 1911:
Ruby Bell Firestone, daughter of John Firestone, died 28 Jul 1911, at home in Jackson, Mo., of whooping cough, pneumonia, and tuberculosis, aged 14 months, and was buried in Jackson.
25 Aug 1911:
Robert Chasteen was shot and killed last Saturday (18 Aug 1911) while standing in a saloon. He was
city marshal of Ullin, Pulaski County, and the father of a boy he had had trouble with threatened revenge. Will Ferrill, of Cobden, also received shots to the head, but was not seriously injured. Three men named Neal were arrested, but claimed Owen Neal, who escaped, was the guilty one.
8 Sep 1911:
Charles S. Simmerman died 4 Sep 1911, at home in Anna of tuberculosis, aged 64 years, 5 months, 15
days, and was buried in Trinity Cemetery. His funeral was at Trinity Church four miles east of Anna. He had served as constable. His son, Arthur Simmerman, died of tuberculosis a few weeks ago. He left a wife and children.
Nathan Fineberg was killed Tuesday (5 Sep 1911) by electrocution in Anna, aged 25 years, and was
buried at Plattsburg, N.Y. He and Charles McLane were repairing telephone wires on Main Street in front of W.W. Thomas’ home. He threw a telephone wire over an electric line and was electrocuted when he grabbed it. He died before he reached Hale Sanitarium. He worked for Ohio & Mississippi Valley Telephone Co. He was a Mason. He left a father and three sisters.
An unidentified man was found dead on an island in the Mississippi River and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. The coroner said he had been dead about a month. He wore an apron imprinted “U.S. Engineer-Dept.” and was probably on the crew of a government boat.
John Wagner died Wednesday (6 Sep 1911) at the Anna hospital and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
He had been at the hospital for several years. He was born in Austria and conducted a livery stable in Jonesboro. He married Mrs. Brown, the widow of the former liveryman. Herman L. Brown, of Hecla, Neb., was a son (stepson?).
15 Sep 1911:
Marshall Judson Grear died 8 Sep 1911, during a terrible storm, at home two miles southwest of
Jonesboro, of heart disease, aged 60 years, 5 months, 16 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He arrived at home after visiting a son and had to be helped into the house by his other two sons and died within a few minutes. His funeral was at the Methodist church. He was born two miles southwest of Jonesboro 22 Mar 1851, the oldest child of Jacob and Rebecca Grear. He was a clerk in the dry goods store of Oliver Alden in Jonesboro, but in 1882 moved to a farm four miles east of Cobden near Bethel Church. On 8 Sep 1892, he moved to the home where he died. He married on 13 Jun 1875, Sheba Elizabeth Hines, the oldest daughter of Edwin and Emily Hines, of Neely’s Landing, Mo., who died 16 Mar 1906. They had five sons and one daughter. An infant son and daughter preceded him in death. He left an aged mother, four sons, Edwin Hines Grear, telegraph operator at New Roads, La., Cheney Grear, farmer three miles northwest of Jonesboro, and Clyde Grear and Clarence Grear, both at home; three grandchildren; two brothers, Frank P. Grear, of Jonesboro, and Dr. D.W. Grear, of Anna.
Walter Kelley died Saturday (8 Sep 1911) at home in a room over John Ragsdale’s barber shop, of
typhoid fever, aged 14 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was the son of Mrs. Alice Kelley and was in the 6th grade last year.
Berry W. Pulley died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Minton, at Mounds, Pulaski County, aged 73
years, and was buried Thursday last week (7 Sep 1911) in Anna Cemetery. He was a G.A.R. member.
22 Sep 1911:
Seth Tripp died last week at home, aged over 60 years, and was buried in Trinity Cemetery west of
Jonesboro. He was born and reared west of Jonesboro. He left a family.
Charles O. Knight was shot and killed at Mounds, Pulaski County. He was a special detective for the
Illinois Central Railroad and was shot in a pistol duel with City Marshal Charles Walbridge and his son, John Walbridge. The yard clerks at Mounds were on strike and Knight had been warned to stay away. The Walbridges were exonerated since Knight fired first.
6 Oct 1911:
Miss Maria Norton died Monday (2 Oct 1911) at the home of her brother, James Norton, aged 72 years,
and was buried in the family cemetery. She was “never right in the head,” but the family preferred keeping her at home instead of institutionalizing her. She was sitting in a chair watching her brother drill wheat. He carried her back into the house and she died in a few minutes. She also left an aged stepmother.
13 Oct 1911:
Robert M. Hight, of south of Anna, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T.A. Corzine, in Mound City,
Pulaski County, of tuberculosis, and was buried in Big Creek Church Cemetery. He left a widow, two daughters, Mrs. T.A. Corzine, of Mound City, and Mrs. C.W. Davis, of Salem; and a son, A.F. Hight, of Centralia.
20 Oct 1911:
Pauline Davenport died recently at home in Fort Smith, Ark., aged 2 ½ years. She was the daughter of
J.T. and Clyde (Sanders) Davenport.
27 Oct 1911:
Joseph Treese died Tuesday (24 Oct 1911) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.A. Mangold, of kidney
trouble, aged 79 years, 2 months, 22 days, and was buried in Casper Cemetery. He was born in 1832 near the hospital in the home now occupied by A.J. West, the son of Alexander and Catherine Treese. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church. He married in 1860 Margaret Ann Lingle, who died several years ago. He left one brother, George Treese, of Anna; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Sharp and Mrs. Elizabeth Hartman, both of near Anna; three children, Mrs. Thomas Plemon, Mrs. C.A. Mangold, and Miss Dora Treese; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
3 Nov 1911:
Charles Cox Spann died 30 Oct 1911, at The Dalles, Ore., of diabetes, aged 22 years, 6 months, 21 days,
and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. His funeral was at the Congregational Church in Alto Pass, which he joined when 11. He was born 9 Apr 1889, in Alto Pass, the youngest son of J.L. and Mary E. Spann. His father died when he was 5. He graduated from 8th grade in 1902 and from Alto Pass High School in 1906. He attended Southern Collegiate Institute at Albion and spent two years at Union Academy. He was a member of the volunteer fire department in The Dalles, Ore. He also left an aged grandmother, Harriet Spann; two brothers, Floyd M. Spann, a lawyer in Temple, Texas, and Ralph Spann, a law student in Austin, Texas; two sisters, Harriet Spann and Elizabeth Spann. (See also 10 Nov 1911, issue.)
10 Nov 1911:
Norman B. Coleman died Friday (3 Nov 1911) on a train near St. Louis, aged over 80 years.
Charles M. Willard died recently at home in Elgin, aged 68 years. He used to live in Anna.
Frank W. Musgrave died Thursday last week (2 Nov 1911) of emphysemia, aged 41 years, 4 months, 17
days. His funeral was at the Baptist church. He was born 15 May 1870, in Union County, the son of Andrew J. Musgrave. He taught school several years and was a salesman for W.W. Stokes. He was the agent for Standard Oil Co. in Union County when he died. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Court of Honor, and Modern Woodmen lodges. He was the guardian of the children of Mrs. W.W. Stokes. He left three children, a mother, and several sisters.
Robert Spence died Sunday (5 Sep 1911) at a hospital in Elgin, aged 37 years, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He used to live in Anna. He was the son of Robert Spence, who died a number of years ago. He was the brother of Mrs. Samuel Speck, of Anna, Mrs. Jean Hargrave, of Jonesboro, Alfred Spence, of St. Louis, and Ray Spence, of Denver, Colo.
Daughter of Oscar King died Saturday (4 Sep 1911) of diphtheria, aged 1 ½ years, and was buried in
17 Nov 1911:
Dr. H.C. Barkhausen died Thursday last week (9 Nov 1911) at Unity, Alexander County, aged 93 years.
He was born in Prussia and came to America in 1835. He left a daughter, Mrs. L.C. Gibbs, formerly of Jonesboro.
Mrs. Robert McCormick died yesterday (16 Nov 1911?) at the hospital in Anna, aged 30 years. She was
committed to the hospital a few weeks ago and lived in the western part of Jonesboro. She left a husband and a little son.
24 Nov 1911:
Addie (Vancil) Plater died 20 Nov 1911, at Carbondale, Jackson County. She was born 24 Oct 1847, in
Jonesboro. She was the wife of Dr. W.W. Plater, of Carbondale. She left a husband, five children, and one brother, Marshall Vancil, of Cobden,
1 Dec 1911:
Capt. H.F. Potter died last Friday (24 Nov 1911) at Cairo, Alexander County, aged 74 years. He was a
well known Cairo newspaper man and established the Cairo Daily Argus and published a newspaper in Mound City, Pulaski County.
Child of Oliver Scarsdale died Sunday (26 Nov 1911) of scarlet fever, aged 1 year.
Bertha (Vinson) Harris died 24 Nov 1911, at the home of Mrs. M.E. Harris, in Anna, of tuberculosis,
aged 27 years, 9 months, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She left a husband, William R. Harris, an aged mother, and several brothers and sisters.
8 Dec 1911:
Adam Holshouser died Tuesday last week (28 Nov 1911) of cancer at home in Mill Creek, aged 65 years,
and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. He left a widow and four daughters.
15 Dec 1911:
Infant daughter of Mrs. L.E. Holcomb died, aged a few hours.
William K. Murphy died Friday (8 Dec 1911). His funeral was at Pinckneyville, Perry County.
Daughter of G.B. McGee died Sunday (10 Dec 1911) at home east of Anna of diphtheria, aged 3 years.
H.T. Letts committed suicide by swallowing morphine, aged 65 years. He lived in Cairo for more than
20 years and had just started working for Hynes Brothers at Anna as a lumber inspector.
22 Dec 1911:
Tom Ferrill was killed by a train at Decatur. He was a brother of Mrs. Charles Snyder.
29 Dec 1911:
George Griffith died last Tuesday (26 Dec 1911) at home in the bottoms, aged 36 years, and was buried
in Morgan Cemetery.
Lucy F. Ware died 21 Dec 1911, in Omaha, Neb., aged 49 years and 4 days, and was buried in Forest
Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, Neb. Her funeral was at Hanscom Park Methodist Church. She was born 17 Dec 1862, in Anna, the daughter of James M. Furnas, of Guthrie, Okla. She married on 1 Jan 1890, in Belle Plains, Iowa, Charles Ware, the assistant general manager of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1905 one of the famous Mayo brothers operated on her for appendicitis and discovered a tumor. Another operation in September showed it was cancerous. She received a syrum treatment in Detroit, Mich. She also left sisters, Dr. Eunice B. Hamill, of Guthrie, Okla., Mrs. W.A. Goodell, of Guthrie, Okla., Mrs. J.H. Henry, of Monticello, Iowa, and Mrs. W.E. Snyder, of Belle Plains, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Anna Ware, of Anna.
5 Jan 1912:
Mollie Goodall Spann died 27 Dec 1911, at Marion, Williamson County. She married Judge W.A.
Spann, of Vienna, Johnson County, last October.
Miss Kate Nimmo died in South Bend, Ind., aged about 75 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She
was a sister of A.J. Nimmo, of Jonesboro. Elmer Mangold accompanied the body.
Infant daughter of Gus Thomas died Sunday (31 Dec 1911), and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was
born on Friday (29 Dec 1911).
Jacob Rendleman died Saturday (30 Dec 1911) at home in Mountain Glen, aged 80 years. He was
confined to a chair with palsy or paralysis for the last 16 years. He was the second son of Henry and Mary Rendleman. He left six brothers, Harris Rendleman, Henry Rendleman, Joseph Rendleman, John Rendleman, Fay Rendleman, and Frank Rendleman; one sister, Harriet Spann; a widow; two sons, Albert Rendleman and Crit Rendleman; six daughters, Mrs. D.W. Underwood, Mrs. Allen Penrod, Mrs. W. Mullinaux, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, Mrs. Jack Holliday, and Mrs. Ross Condon, of Cobden, and Miss Jessie Rendleman, at home; and a number of grandchildren.