Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois
Transcribed by Darrel Dexter
1 Jan 1915:
William “Buck” Wright died 20 Dec 1915, at home near Alto Pass, an old man. He was found dead on
Thursday last week (24 Dec 1915) and was blind.
Mabel (Nusbaum) Parker died 26 Dec 1914, of typhoid fever, at the home of her parents in Jonesboro,
aged 31 years, 7 months, 3 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Baptist church. She was born in Jonesboro, the oldest daughter of J.L. Nusbaum. She graduated in 1902 from Jonesboro High School and then taught school for three years at Jonesboro. She was employed in Bottineau, N.D., where she married on 15 Mar 1908, Robert A. Parker. They moved to Winifred, Canada, where he was superintendent of a lumber company. She also left two sisters, Mrs. C. I. Burford and Miss Lorene Nusbaum.
8 Jan 1915:
Frank Simons died Thursday last week (31 Dec 1914) at his home in Anna, of contusion of the brain,
after he fell from a telephone pole near Kornthal last week, and was buried at the home of his parents in Otwell, Ind. His right leg was broken in two places.
Nancy (Dougherty) Zimmerman died 30 Dec 1914, at the home of her daughter, Joan Winn, at
Makanda, Jackson County. Her funeral was at the Baptist church in Alto Pass. She was born 7 Jul 1837, on a farm three miles from Jonesboro, the daughter of George Dougherty and niece of Lt. Gov. John Dougherty. She married at age 15 George Milton Nelson. They had 10 children, of whom seven survive. Her husband died in 1876 and in the spring of 1893 she married Peter Zimmerman, who died 12 Feb 1910.
15 Jan 1915:
Samuel Houston Tripp died 11 Jan 1915, at home two and a half miles west of Jonesboro, from severe
burns caused by setting his clothes on fire while smoking his pipe, aged 66 years, 1 month, 5 days, and was buried in Frick Cemetery. His funeral was at Lockard Chapel west of Jonesboro. He was paralyzed by a stoke on 31 May 1912. His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Robert Davis, put out the fire that threatened to burn the house. He was born on the farm where Henry Williford lives near Jonesboro, the youngest son of Nicholas K. Tripp, who died in 1863. He was one of 12 children. Silica deposits found on his 80-acre farm provided for him comfortably. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He left four sons, William H. Tripp, of Tamms, Alexander County, Samuel H. Tripp, Jr., of Reynoldsville, Ed M. Tripp and Russell Tripp, of Jonesboro; and one step son, Robert Davis, who he reared from childhood.
Anna Rebecca Scheetz died 7 Jan 1915, in Union County, aged 70 years, 1 month, 17 days. She was
born 24 Feb 1844, in Union County, the daughter of Richard Finch. She was associated for five years with Millenial Dawn Church. She was the former wife of Zachariah Lyerla and was married to Val Scheetz for 40 years. She left a husband, one brother, William Finch; four children, Fred Scheetz, Mrs. Ollie Green, Mrs. Louise Minton, of Alto Pass, and Mrs. Serena Wilmouth, of Pomona, Jackson County; and 29 grandchildren.
22 Jan 1915:
Robert Whitfield Rushing died 19 Jan 1915, at Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was
at the United Evangelical church. He was born 17 Jan 1854, in Benton, Ky. He was a butcher at Anna State Hospital. He left a widow, one brother, M. F. Rushing, and seven children, Phil Rushing, of Meridian, Miss., James Rushng and Charles Rushing, of Mound City, Pulaski County, Harry Rushing, of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Ben Rushing, of Cairo, Alexander County, and Mrs. H. L. Baldwin and Mrs. Harrison Absher, of Anna.
Alfred H. Hill died 31 Dec 1914, aged 83 years, 3 months. He lived in Luttrell, Tenn., but had lived in
Jonesboro for 17 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in the 109th and 11th Illinois regiments. He was a member of Warwick Chapel Baptist Church and of McKinley Post G.A.R. He left six children and a number of grandchildren.
29 Jan 1915:
John Franklin Cauble died Sunday (24 Jan 1915) at home on North Main Street in Jonesboro, of heart
disease, aged 62 years, 7 months, 13 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He had been visiting relatives in Tamms, Alexander County, walked home from the Mobile & Ohio depot, and collapsed in his chair while talking to his wife. He was born in Alexander County, the son of Alfred and Nancy Cauble. He married in 1874 Sarah Alice Black. He was a member of the Baptist Church since childhood. He moved from Mill Creek to Jonesboro. He lost an arm in a saw mill accident several years ago. He left a widow, five sons, four daughters, and 13 grandchilren.
Juliet Glassford died 23 Jan 1915, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. B. Williams at Ilmo, Mo., aged
85 years, and was buried in Oliver Cemetery at Vienna, Johnson County, beside her husband who died in March 1911. She left one son, C. A. Glassford, of Vienna, two daughters, Mrs. R. M. McCall, of Vienna, and Mrs. T. B. Williams, of Ilmo, Mo.; 22 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth “Bettie” Pender died 26 Jan 1915, at home in Jonesboro, of cancer, aged 64 years, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Baptist church. She received a large inheritance from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Klutts, but did not live long to enjoy it. She was the daughter of Durham Pender, who lived and died in Jonesboro many years ago. She had one brother who died in his youth and several sisters, also all dead. Frank Tharpe, of Memphis, Tenn., and his sister, Gertie, were nephew and niece. (See also 5 Feb 1915, issue.)
Alonzo K. Vickers died Thursday last week (21 Jan 1915) at home in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, of
pneumonia and asthma, aged 62 years, and was buried in Vienna, Johnson County. He was born in Massac County. He was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court. He left a widow, Leora E. (Armstrong) Vickers, formerly of Metropolis, Massac County; one son, Jay L. Vickers, and two daughters, Mrs. Rev. Derieth, of Carbondale, Jackson County, and Miss Louise Vickers.
Owen Hileman died 21 Jan 1915, at home six miles south of Jonesboro, aged 10 years, and was buried in
Mission Chapel Cemetery. He was the son of Walter Hileman and was kicked in the back of the head by a mule.
5 Feb 1915:
Nettie Cornelia Peeler died 1 Feb 1915, at home in the bottoms, of appendicitis, aged 36 years, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the oldest daughter of Samuel F. Davie and married on 4 Jul 1897, Billy Peeler. She left a husband, parents, a son, Sam Peeler, a daughter, two brothers, Daniel R. Davie and Winstead W. Davie; one sister, Mrs. Frank Ellis, and a grandfather, D. S. Davie, of Jonesboro.
William B. Spiller died 11 Jan 1915, in Anna, aged 25 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His
funeral was at First Baptist Church in Anna.
Oscar F. Thornton died 29 Jan 1915, at Lick Creek, aged 32 years, and was buried in Ebenezer
Cemetery. His funeral was at Ebenezer Church. He graduated from medical school in 1909 and practiced medicine at Willard. He married Flossie Cavender and moved to Oklahoma and then to Arkansas. He returned to the home of his father, J. E. Thornton, in Lick Creek from Bentonville, Ark., five months ago. He left a widow, parents, four brothers, and one stepsister.
Mrs. Lawrence M. Boren died 31 Jan 1915, of pneumonia, aged 26 years, 10 months, 2 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at United Evengelical Church. She was the daughter of Monroe Drummond, of Carterville, Williamson County, and married Lawrence Boren on 23 Jan 1907. She left five children aged between 13 months and 7 years, a husband, and a father.
Jennie Armstrong was buried in Casper Cemetery last Friday (29 Jan 1915). She was from Alpass,
Texas, and was a sister of Mrs. E. C. Smith.
12 Feb 1915:
Mildred Lawrence died Wednesday (10 Feb 1915) at home in St. Louis, and was buried at Ava. She was
the daughter of A. J. Lawrence and used to lived in Jonesboro where her father was the station agent. She would have been 19 years old in July 1915.
James Smith was found frozen to death in a pasture Sunday (7 Feb 1915) by a neighborhood boy, aged
about 50 years. He lived several miles east of Anna and was mentally deficient. His father used to live west of Jonesboro and as a boy was known as “Slippin’ Jim” because he would slip away from home and come to town.
Miss Mayberry died and her funeral was Wednesday (10 Feb 1915) at Pulaski, Pulaski County. She was
a niece of Mrs. Craig Hartman.
19 Feb 1915:
Mary Catherine (Turner) Coleman died 11 Feb 1915, at home near Mountain Glen, aged 65 years, 11
months, 13 days, and was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Her funeral was at Walnut Grove Methodist Church. She was born 28 Feb 1849, in Union County. She joined Walnut Grove Methodist Church. She married Hiram Oller on 24 Dec 1866, and he died in 1870. She married again W. A. Coleman. She left a husband, a daughter, a stepdaughter, 20 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three sisters, and one brother.
Martha Elizabeth (Shipley) Britton died 15 Feb 1915, at home in Anna, aged 77 years, 5 months, 26
days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Christian church, where she was a member. She was born in Granger Co., Tenn., and came to Jonesboro with her parents in 1865. She married David Britton on 5 Nov 1871. They moved to Anna in 1890, where her husband died several years later. She left one daughter.
John B. Bauscher died Tuesday (16 Feb 1915) of lung trouble at Salem, Ore. He used to live south of
Jonesboro and left for Oregon in October 1913 to live with his brother.
David Brown and Adam Brown, bachelor brothers, were murdered on their farm near Thebes, Alexander
County, in December 1914 by Lester Moody, aged 21 years, and Thomas Clapp, aged 18 years. They were sentenced to life in prison at Chester Penitentiary.
William Boatright was shot and killed by James McGowan in the road near his home in Brushy
Township, west of Harriburg, Saline County.
26 Feb 1915:
Lillian Bostain died Monday (15 Feb 1915) at the Old Fellows Home in Mattoon, of old age and stomach
trouble, and was buried in Dodge Grove Cemetery on 16 Feb 1915. Her funeral was at the I.O.O.F. chapel. She had lived at the home since 1911 and was sent there by the Mound City Rebekah Lodge. She was stepmother of the late Thomas Bostain, who lived south of Anna. She left one son, Stephen Bostain, of Emporia, Kan., one daughter, Mrs. Bolden, of Topeka, Kan.
5 Mar 1915:
Captain Bud Byrnes was buried years ago in Jonesboro Cemetery. His widow, Mrs. Mollie E. Wilds, of
Batesville, Ark., visited her sister, the mother of Thomas Rixleben, of Jonesboro. After she remarried she lived in Blandville, Ky., until 1884, then went west. Her second husband died at Albuquerque, N.M.
12 Mar 1915:
Nina (Choate) Goddard died 4 Mar 1915, at Kankakee, of uraemic poisoning, aged 19 years, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Evangelical church. She was born 31 May 1896, the daughter of James Choate. She married on 13 Oct 1914, T. W. Goddard. She moved to Kankakee in November 1914.
Freda (Emerson) Roberts died 8 Mar 1915, aged 26 years, 10 days, and was buried in Campground
Cemetery. Her funeral was at Camp Ground Church. She was a member of the Methodist Church since she was 14. She was born 25 Feb 1889, near Camp Ground Church near Anna, the daughter of G. M. Emerson, now of Corona, Calif. She lived in Anna most of her life. She married on 17 Aug 1911, Harry Roberts, of Miami, Okla. She had one son, Harolde Roberts, aged 17 months. She lived with her grandmother, Mrs. Carrie Utley, for several months before her death. She also left three brothers, John C. Emerson, of Corona, Calif., Charles Emerson, of Natchez, Miss., and Harry Emerson, of Cairo, Alexander County; one sister, Laura Emerson, of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County.
19 Mar 1915:
Charles Francis Willard died 17 Mar 1915, at home in Jonesboro, aged 62 years, 3 months, 17 days, and
was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. He was born in Jonesboro, the son of Willis Willard. He was educated at Agricultural University in Pennsylvania and was manager of the Jonesboro elevator when it was owned by Breelove Smith. He married in the early 1870s Frances Williford, the second daughter of C. H. Williford. He left a widow, three sons, Glenn Willard, of Jonesboro, Charles Willard, of San Antonio, Texas, Leslie Willard, of Hutson, Ill.; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Jones, of Cobden, Mrs. Helen Bacon, of Jonesboro, Mrs. Jessie Boyle, of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Edith Jarvis, of Texas; two brothers, Col. E. A. Willard, of San Luis, Potosi, Mexico, and Dr. Simon Willard, of Mound City, Pulaski County.
E. G. Smith died Wednesday (17 Mar 1915) at home in Anna of typhoid fever, aged 30 years. He was a
professor at the academy in Anna. He left a small family.
26 Mar 1915:
Dr. A. M. DuBois died last Sunday (21 Mar 1915) at Cobden of infirmities from old age, aged 90 years.
He came to Cobden from Wisconsin 50 or more years ago. He practiced medicine, established a newspaper at Cobden, and published a horticulture journal.
2 Apr 1915:
Eli Mull died 25 Mar 1915, at home in Cobden, of paralytic stroke, aged 61 years, 8 months, 8 days. He
was a former county assessor and treasurer. He left Union County several years ago because of financial difficulties, but returned home to die.
G. T. “Tom” Miles died 30 Mar 1915, at home in Jonesboro, of cancer, aged 70 years, 8 months, 5 days,
and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal church. He was born in Union County. He left a widow, two daughters, Mrs. Walter Rinehart, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. James Linn, of Anna; one son, Austin Miles, section foreman at Ava. He was a brother of Mrs. Mattie Applegate, of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, and Joe Miles, of Vienna, Johnson County (See also 9 Apr 1915, issue.)
Richard M. Nimmo died 18 Mar 1915, aged 74 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was
at the chapel in Anna Cemetery. He was born 13 May 1848, east of Anna near Nimmo School. He left a widow, who went to live with her daughter, and one daughter, Julia Martinsdale, of St. Louis. Sadie Martinsdale was a granddaughter.
9 Apr 1915:
Maggie Crawford died in Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 39 years. She was the daughter of
Charles Johnson, who used to live in Anna and Alto Pass, where he killed a man, was tried, and acquitted. He died a few years ago in Murphysboro. She was born in Anna and lived there until 19 years old.
16 Apr 1915:
William Elmer Reed died Tuesday (13 Apr 1915), at the home of his father, Alonzo Reed, northwest of
Jonesboro, aged 21 years, 4 months, 16 days, and was buried in Tripp Cemetery.
Roy Glenn Green died 12 Apr 1915, in Visalia, Calif., of tuberculosis, and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. His body was sent to his brother, John H. Green, on Chestnut Street in Anna. He was born 10 Dec 1883, near Jonesboro, the son of F. W. Green. He was a member of the Presbyterian church in Cobden. He had lived in Visalia for about nine years. He left five brothers, Otis Green, of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Dan Green, of Christopher, John H. Green, of Anna, Florence Green, of West Frankfort, Franklin County, and James Green, of Cobden. All of his brothers were at his funeral except James Green, who had gone to Visalia, Calif., to take care of his brother’s millinery store. (See also 23 Apr 1915, issue.)
Infant son of William Uselton died 12 Apr 1915, at home on Green Street in Anna, and was buried in
23 Apr 1915:
Henry Staudt died in Reading, Pa., aged 65 years. He fell from a heavily loaded wagon which ran over
his head. He was the father of J. S. Staudt.
Helen M. (Cozby) Mangold died 20 Apr 1915, at home in Cobden of lung trouble, and was buried in
Cobden Cemetery. She was born 30 Jan 1887, in Jonesboro, the daughter of H. P. Cozby. She married on 9 Aug 1906, Willis E. Mangold and moved to Cobden in 1909. She left a husband, a son, Harry Mangold, aged 7 years, her parents, sisters, Mrs. Elsie Dorris, of Vienna, Johnson County, and Erma Cozby and Ina Cozby, of Jonesboro; three brothers, George Cozby and Murel Cozby, of Jonesboro, and Harry Cozby, of Anna.
Sarah Serena Lingle died Friday (16 Apr 1915) at Bondurant Hospital in Cairo, Alexander County after
an operation, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the wife of C. J. Lingle, of near Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of Trinity United Evangelical Church.
Herman Clyburn died Thursday last week (15 Apr 1915) at home in Carbondale, Jackson County, and
was buried at Makanda, Jackson County. He was a brother of H. E. Clyburn, of Anna.
23 Apr 1915:
W. A. Ridge died in Dongola. His funeral was last Sunday (18 Apr 1915). He was a county
commissioner, justice of the peace, and Baptist preacher.
W. C. Dowell died Monday (19 Apr 1915). He was the deputy warden of Chester Penitentiary.
30 Apr 1915:
Will Snyder died last Sunday (25 Apr 1915) at home in Herrin, Williamson County, aged 46 years, 3
months, 9 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the Lutheran church, where he was a member. He was born and grew up in Jonesboro. He was a Mason. He was a brick mason. He left a widow, Ada Snyder; a son, Frank Snyder, and two brothers, Frank Snyder, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Charles Snyder, of Jonesboro. Thomas C. Ury was a nephew. (See also 7 May 1915, issue.)
John W. Burton died Saturday (24 Apr 1915) at home in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the Supreme
Court clerk for the Southern Illinois district at one time.
George W. Cline died last Saturday (24 Apr 1915) at home in Jonesboro, aged 79 years, and was buried
in McGinnis Cemetery. He came to Union County from North Carolina. He left a widow and six children.
William J. Standard died 25 Apr 1915, aged 81 years, and was buried in Sitter Cemetery. He was born
in the South and came to Union County many years ago. He taught school. He married in 1863 Elizabeth J. Sitter, the daughter of Solomon Sitter, of near Mt. Pleasant. He had two sons and one daughter, all now dead. He was a Mason, a Democrat, and a Cumberland Presbyterian.
7 May 1915:
Alemda Juanita Hileman died last Friday (30 Apr 1915), aged 3 months, and was buried in St. John’s
Cemetery. She was the daughter of Everett Hileman of south of Jonesboro.
William McRoberts was killed Monday (3 May 1915) by a falling tree while digging ginseng, aged 44
years. His body was not discovered until the next day. He lived with his brother on Hudgeons Creek.
Martha Wilson died Sunday (2 May 1915) at the home of her daughter near Decatur. Her funeral was at
Delta, Alexander County. She was the maternal aunt of Ed Lee and Mrs. George W. Morris.
14 May 1915:
William Ely Townsend died 6 May 1915, at home near Cobden. He was born 11 Sep 1850, in Hartford,
Ky. He attended college, studied law in his father’s law office, and was admitted to the bar. He married on 10 Sep 1874, Margaret Elizabeth Sutton, of Sulphur Springs, Ky. In 1883 he moved to Cobden. In 1890 he was appointed deputy county surveyor and was elected county surveyor in 1892 and 1900. He was a Democrat and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He left a widow, three sons, two daughters, one sister, and 6 grandchildren. (See also 28 May 1915, issue.)
John H. Cox died Friday (7 May 1915) of pneumonia, at home at Thomasville, three miles west of
Jonesboro, aged 62 years. He moved from Ware two months ago. He left three daughters and eight sons. Six children were still at home. Mrs. Ollie Patridge of Peoria was a daughter.
21 May 1915:
Almeda Aber died Wednesday (19 May 1915) at home at 227 South Fourteenth Street in Murphysboro,
Jackson County, of heart trouble, aged 60 years, and was buried at Murphysboro. Her funeral was at the Presbyterian church. She was born 17 Feb 1855, in Cobden, the daughter of Martin Rendleman. She married E. C. Aber when she was 26. He was the foreman of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. They moved to Jackson, Tenn., and later to Murphysboro, where he became bridge foreman. She left her husband, two daughters, Helen Aber, a teacher, and Hattie Aber, both of Murphsyboro; three sisters, Mrs. George Rich, Mrs. James Venerable, and Mrs. Charles Norris, all of Cobden; and one brother, Thomas Rendleman, of Alto Pass.
Will Wilson was shot five times and killed last Friday (14 May 1915) at Poplar Bluff, Mo. He shot and
killed Thomas Logan at Cairo, Alexander County, on 13 Jan 1914. He also shot Sheriff J. E. Kearbey of Butler Co., Mo. He escaped from jail in Cairo 2 Apr 1914.
J. E. Kearbey died Monday (17 May 1915) after being shot by Will Wilson.
Elizabeth E. Miller died 13 May 1915, and was buried in the family plot in Carbondale Cemetery. She
was born 10 Oct 1838, in Hardin County and was orphaned at 1 year old. She was raised by her grandmother in Franklin County east of Benton. She married in 1857 John Nave, who died in the service during the Civil War. They had two children, Mrs. S. N. Glick, of Plaza, N.D., and Della A. wife of P. E. Hileman, of Jonesboro. She married in 1867 Henry C. Miller, who was also a Union soldier in the Civil War. She was a member of the Methodist Church since girlhood.
Susanna (Jines) Dirks died 15 May 1915, at home in Jonesboro, aged 73 years, 12 days. She was born 3
May 1842, in Kentucky. She married in 1861 Moses Ratliff, who died in 1897 They had five children, two of whom preceded her in death. She married Frederic Dirks in 1905. She joined the Methodist Church at age 17. She left a husband, three children, Allie Coulter, of Lick Creek, James Ratliff, of Jonesboro, and Noah Ratliff, of Vienna, Johnson County; six grandchildren, one brother, Joseph Jines, of Dahlgren.
28 May 1915:
Patsy Jane (Dougherty) Kimmel died 23 May 1915, at the hospital in Anna, aged 64 years, 9 months, 20
days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the home of her sister, Mrs. Matilda Misenhimer, in Jonesboro. She was born 27 Jul 1850, in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., the daughter of William and Jane Dougherty. She married Joseph Kimmel. They had two daughters, of Mrs. Fannie Ramsey, of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Mrs. Minnie Ground, of Desoto, Texas. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She also left two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Anderson, of Goreville, Johnson County, and Mrs. Misenhimer; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Helen Frances Karraker died Friday (21 May 1915) at home at 2901 Sycamore Street, Cairo, Alexander
County, aged 3 years, and was buried Monday (24 May 1915) at Mounds, Pulaski County. She was run over by a hay wagon belonging to Swoboda Brothers in Cairo at 29th and Sycamore streets. She was running home ahead of her mother. She was the daughter of Homer Karraker and a granddaughter of D. W. Karraker. Her parents had just purchased the home of Charles Phillippy at 28th and Park Avenue and expected to move on Monday (24 May 1915).
Margaret (Lingle) Rendleman died 22 May 1915, aged 77 years, 8 months, 2 days, and was buried in
Cobden Cemetery. She was born 20 Sep 1837, the daughter of Paul and Rachel Lingle. She married on 1 Sep 1857, Jacob Rendleman. They had 12 children, four of whom were deceased. She joined the Lutheran Church. She left eight children, Crittenden Rendleman, Albert Rendleman, Miss Jessie Rendleman, Mrs. J.C. Holliday, of Mountain Glen, Mrs. Sarah Underwood, of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Mrs. Ella Penrod, Mrs. Alice Mullineau, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Mrs. Minnie Condon, of Cobden; 22 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers, and one sister.
11 Jun 1915:
Hezekiah O’Neal died last Sunday (6 Jun 1915) at home in the eastern part of the county, aged 80 years,
and was buried in Lick Creek Cemetery. He was a Civil War veteran and a pensioner.
Alfree Comings died Sunday (6 Jun 1915) in Cairo, Alexander County, aged 85 years.
Samuel Woody was killed Thursday last week (3 Jun 1915) when a team of horses he was driving
became frightened and dragged him several hundred yards on the Boland farm. He worked for Penninger Brothers east of Anna. His funeral was at Big Creek Church.
18 Jun 1915:
Susan Gattinger died at home at Godfrey near Alton and was buried there on 6 Jun 1915. She used to
lived in Jonesboro.
James M. Kelley died recently at home near Reynoldsville, lacking a few days of being 48 years old. He
was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
Joseph Sparanze was lynched Thursday last week (10 Jun 1915) at Johnston City, Williamson County.
He was a Sicilian coal miner and was lynched because of the assassination of W. E. Chapman, a wealthy man in Johnston City.
W. E. Chapman was shot through a window of his home in Johnston City. His daughter was wounded.
25 Jun 1915:
Elzie Brooks died Friday (18 Jun 1915) at home in Carterville, Williamson County, and was buried in
Anna Cemetery. He took poison on 11 Jun 1915. His funeral was at First Baptist Church. He was the son of James Brooks. He was the police chief at Carterville and had lived there five years. He was a nephew of Sheriff W. E. Kimbro, of Anna. He left a widow, a 4-year-old daughter, his parents, two brothers, Alvin Brooks and John Brooks, of Anna; and one sister, Mrs. Charles Boyd, of Jonesboro.
Henry C. Sloan died 16 Jun 1915, in San Francisco, Calif., aged 47 years, and was buried Wednesday (23
Jun 1915) in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the home of his sister, Mrs. R. A. Carlile. He was a Mason.
2 Jul 1915:
Charles A. Gilbert died recently in Murphysboro, Jackson County, aged 50 years. He was a railroad
agent in Jonesboro 25 years ago. He left a widow and six children.
William C. Mulkey died last Saturday (26 Jun 1915) at home in Metropolis, Massac County, aged 68
years. He was the oldest son of Judge John H. Mulkey. He was a lawyer and left a family.
Henry W. Schuh died last Friday (25 Jun 1915) of apoplexy, aged 63 years. He was the vice president of
Schuh Drug Store in Cairo, Alexander County.
Clarke McLellan died Saturday (26 Jun 1915) at the home of his son, George McLellan, near Mounds,
Pulaski County, of Bright’s disease, aged 76 years, and was buried in Villa Ridge Cemetery. He was the father of Maude McLellan, of Kankakee, and the brother-in-law of Mrs. George Hileman, of Anna.
Ellen (Applegate) Higgens died 27 Jun 1915, at her mother’s home in East St. Louis, St. Clair County,
aged 27 years, 6 months, 22 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. Her body was sent to her uncle, Mr. Miles, in Anna. She was born 4 Dec 1887, at Litchfield, Ill. She left a husband, a mother, two sisters, and three brothers.
John M. Rich died 29 Jun 1915, at the home of his daughter near Mountain Glen, aged 83 years, 4
months, 11 days, and was buried in the cemetery beside Walnut Grove Church. His funeral was at Walnut Grove Church. He was born 18 Feb 1832, in Canada. He married in May 1853 Merry A. Babcock. They had four children, all living. His wife died in 1868. He married in November 1878 Frances Babcock. She died in 1913. He joined the Methodist Church in his youth. He left four children, George Buck, of Canada, Darin Buck, of East St. Louis, Mrs. Jennie Davis, of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Anna Norton, of Cobden; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
16 Jul 1915:
Helen Louise (Dougherty) Rowe died 8 Jul 1915, at home in Los Angeles, Calif., suddenly of apoplexy
while eating ice cream with family members. She was born 7 Nov 1867, in Jonesboro. She married on 5 Dec 1888, A. L. Rowe. She left a husband, a daughter, Mrs. Harry West, of Los Angeles, Calif., and brothers and sisters, Mrs. Charles H. Chase, Mrs. D. D. Hacker, of Jonesboro; Mrs. Jack Sarsfield, of Peoria, A. R. Dougherty, of Thebes, Alexander County, Charles D. Dougherty, of Chicago, and Will Dougherty, of California. (See also 23 Jul 1915, issue.)
Willard Wall was killed Tuesday (13 Jul 1915) while riding on a motorcycle driven by patrolman Nelson.
He was thrown against a curb on a brick street and struck his head. He was the son of George W. Wall. He was president of the First National Bank at Murphysboro, Jackson County. He left a widow and daughter. His parents were in California and his wife and daughter were in a northern resort when he died.
Nicholas F. Hacker died Tuesday (13 Jul 1915) at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, Alexander County, of
typhoid fever, aged 29 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. His funeral was at the Church of the Redeemer in Cairo. He was born in Jonesboro, the son of Capt. J. S. Hacker, of Cairo. He contracted typhoid at Johnston City, Williamson County, where he was sent as a member of Company K of the Illinois National Guard was sent after the lynching in that town. He was employed at the Alexander County National Bank in Cairo.
Preston Ray died Saturday (10 Jul 1915) of malarial fever, aged 29 years, and was buried beside his
father, George Ray, in Knupp Cemetery, south of Anna. He left a mother, Mrs. Nancy Ray; two sisters, Effie Ray and Bertha Ray; and five brothers, John Ray, Oscar Ray, Charlie Ray, Walter Ray, and Fred Ray.
Clyde Landon was killed Tuesday last week (6 Jul 1915) by a train near Pomona, Jackson County. He
was trying to go to Kokomo, Ind., where he was promised work, by riding the freight cars. He fell from the train. His body was found Wednesday (7 Jul 1915) by an employee of the M. & O. Railroad. He was the son of W. T. Landon, of Cairo, Alexander County.
23 Jul 1915:
David R. Rushing died 21 Jul 1915, in Santa Monica, Calif., of pneumonia, aged 66 years, 8 months, 7
days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born in Decatur Co., Tenn. He went West to California about a year ago for his health. He was a brother of L. P. Rushing, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Joshua Misenheimer, of Portland, Ore. (See also 30 Jul 1915, issue.)
Jefferson Lafayette Ury died Wednesday (21 Jul 1915) at home in Jonesboro, aged 77 years, 7 months, 4
days, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. He was born 17 Dec 1837, about four miles south of Jonesboro, the son of Martin and Christena (Craver) Ury. He had a sister, who died young and a brother, Carroll Ury, who went to California years ago and has not been heard from in several years. He lived with his parents and then moved to town and conducted a hotel. He engaged in the marble and monument business. He was a member of the 11th Illinois during the Civil War. He was a member of the Anna G.A.R. and the Jonesboro Masonic lodge. He married about 50 years ago Eliza Lovelace, of Johnson County. They had two sons who died young and one daughter. He married 25 years ago Margaret Reitzel, of Anna. He left a widow and one daughter, Margaret wife of David F. Mowrey, of Lincoln, Ill.
Hallie Collin fell dead Tuesday (20 Jul 1915) on the streets of Valpraiso, Ind., aged 21 years, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. She was a Union County school teacher.
Elsie Dunn committed suicide Saturday (17 Jul 1915) by shooting herself with a revolver, aged 13 years.
She planned to elope with Bryan Brown, 19 years old, that night and was writing him a letter. She was discovered by her grandmother, Mrs. B. McCuan, who told her she was too young to write to boys.
30 Jul 1915:
Eight coal miners were killed Tuesday (27 Jul 1915) by a gas explosion at Christopher.
R. Johnson died Saturday (24 Jul 1915), aged 15 days short of his 80th year, and was buried in Anna
Cemetery. He was born 10 Aug 1835, on a farm near Villmond, Hanover, Germany. He learned the tailor’s trade in Germany and came to Jonesboro in 1854. He married Mary Cox. They moved to Anna in 1863 and he opened a tailoring and clothing business. He retired in 1902. He was elected president of First National Bank of Anna in 1894 and held the position at his death. He was a member of the Anna Masonic Lodge and Cairo Knights Templar. He joined the Lutheran Church at age 15. He had no children. He left a widow and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Koch, of Cairo, Alexander County.
6 Aug 1915:
Mrs. James H. Martin was murdered 30 Jul 1915, in Murphysboro, Jackson County, by being beaten to
death with a poker. She was murdered by Joe Deberry, who was paroled by the Martin family from Pontiac Reformatory, while he was “gin crazy.” He was working as butler and cook. He was arrested and taken to Harrisburg, Saline County, to prevent his lynching. He was tried and sentenced to hang on 16 Oct 1915. (See also 20 Aug 1915, and 3 Sep 1915, issues.)
Lourena (Lyerle) Davis died 31 Jul 1915, at home four and a half miles east of Anna near Hess School,
aged almost 72 years, and was buried in Lyerle Cemetery, one mile southeast of Balcom. She was born 10 Aug 1843, and married James Davis.
13 Aug 1915:
Mary Elizabeth Morgan died 12 Aug 1915, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fannie Wiggins, in
Jonesboro, of pneumonia, aged 88 years, 8 months, 23 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at Salem Lutheran Church. She was born 19 Nov 1826, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married on 27 Sep 1842, Hezekiah Hargrave, who died 8 Apr 1851. They had three sons and three daughters, all deceased. She married on 29 Jan 1852, James Morgan, who died 27 Oct 1895. They had five sons and six daughters, Walter Morgan, Albert Morgan (deceased), George W. Morgan, Allie Gray, Fannie Wiggins, Emma Rinehart, America Snyder (deceased), Douglas Morgan (deceased), Samuel Morgan, Ada Arbogast, and Dannie Morgan (deceased). One report states she died Wednesday (11 Aug 1915). (See also 20 Aug 1915, issue.)
20 Aug 1915:
James H. Martin died last Saturday (13 Aug 1915) in West Baden, Ind., aged 60 years. He lived in
Murphysboro, Jackson County. His wife was murdered on 30 Jul 1915.
Alice Atwood died 17 Aug 1915, at the home of her son, Julian Atwood in Jonesboro, aged 60 years, and
was buried in Cana Cemetery. Her funeral was at Cana Church near Creal Springs. She was the wife of the Rev. T. Y. Atwood. Her son, Julian Atwood, was pastor of the Baptist church in Jonesboro. She lived in Texas a number of years and about a year ago she and her husband came to Jonesboro to live with their son.
Nathan Brown died last Friday (13 Aug 1915) at the hospital in Anna and was buried in Jonesboro
Cemetery. He used to drive a hack in Anna.
William J. Misenheimer died 14 Aug 1915, in Anna, aged 52 years, 1 month, 15 days. His funeral was
at the Methodist church. He was born 29 Jun 1863, in Shelbyville, Tenn. He moved to Anna with his parents when young. He married on 3 Jul 1888, Ella Robinson, of Anna. He left a widow and two sons, Samuel Misenheimer and Edward Misenheimer; two sisters, Mrs. A. Craver, of Anna, and Mrs. Sophia Spaulding, of Mattoon, Ill.; and three brothers, Rufus Misenheimer, of Portland, Ore., John Misenheimer, of Mattoon, Ill., and Robert Misenheimer, of Anna.
27 Aug 1915:
William Weston committed suicide Tuesday (24 Aug 1915) by taking two ounces of formaldehyde from
Norris & Son funeral parlor where he worked, aged about 57 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He was born in 1858 in Franklin County. He left a father, two sisters, and two brothers.
3 Sep 1915:
Effie Jane (Cauble) Ross died 23 Aug 1915, aged 34 years, 5 months, 22 days, and was buried in St.
John’s Cemetery. Her funeral was at Mill Creek Baptist Church. She was born 1 Mar 1881. She married on 31 Mar 1912, Charles D. Ross, of Caruthersville, Mo., and moved there. She recently joined the Baptist Church. She left her husband, father, mother, two sisters, and one brother.
Nancy Lumae (Clingingsmith) Mangum died 31 Aug 1915, aged 20 years, 1 month, 5 days, and was
buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at the Baptist church. She had been ill since the birth of her son. She was born 26 Jul 1895, in Jonesboro, the daughter of William M. and Mary Clingingsmith. She attended Jonesboro public schools and Anna Academy. She attended Baptist Sunday school, but never joined the church. She married on 4 Sep 1913, Glenn Mangum. She left a husband, an infant son born 15 Jul 1915, a father, a mother, two sisters, and two brothers. T. A. Moore, of White Water, Mo., was the brother of her mother, Mrs. William Clingingsmith. He and his daughters, Cora Moore and Laura Moore, came for the funeral. (See also 10 Sep 1915, issue.)
10 Sep 1915:
Ewing Adolphus Sessions died 8 Sep 1915, at the home of his brother, A. Ney Sessions, and was buried
in Anna Cemetery beside his parents. He was born 8 Mar 1858, two and a half miles east of Anna, the third of five children of Richard W. and Mary (House) Sessions. He spent three years in Illmo, Mo., and the rest of his life in Union County. He left three brothers, Oscar V. Sessions, of Los Angeles, Calif., Orrill J. Sessions, of Blythe, Calif., A. Ney Sessions, of Anna; and one sister, Dr. S. Kenosha Sessions, of Indianapolis, Ind.
I. G. VanZandt died 2 Sep 1915, at Royalton, of typhoid fever, aged 58 years, 5 months, 4 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. He was formerly a jewler in Anna and Jonesboro. He left three sisters and one brother.
17 Sep 1915:
John Atkinson was shot through the heart and killed Thursday last week (9 Sep 1915) by Bracey Foree.
He was a miner and labor leader at Murphysboro, Jackson County.
Child of David Sharp died Monday (13 Sep 1915), aged 4 months, and was buried in Beech Grove
1 Oct 1915:
Rebecca Ellen Andrews died 27 Sep 1915, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was born 20 Dec
1866, the oldest daughter of George W. Elms. She married George Andrews on 27 Apr 1890. She joined the Methodist Episcipal Church in her youth. She left a husband, one daughter, Susan Hallie Clark, of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Mrs. Emmett Williford and Mrs. Jesse Parker, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Ed Burchett, of Chicago.
Jacob Lawrence Rendleman died 27 Sep 1915, at his home where he had lived 19 years. He was the son
of Jefferson Rendleman. He married on 5 Mar 1896, Josie Helm. He joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Williamson County in 1885 and transferred membership to Anna Baptist Church. He left two children, Roy L. Rendleman and Abbie Mildred Rendleman.
William J. Stout died 26 Sep 1915, at home east of Cobden, aged 86 years, 11 months, 21 days, and was
buried in Water Valley Cemetery. He lived in Union County over 84 years. He married in 1852 Minerva Clutts. He left six daughters, three sons, two brothers, two sisters, 28 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.
8 Oct 1915:
Mert Hagler was killed Tuesday (5 Oct 1915) by an M. & O. Railroad train at Murphysboro, Jackson
County, while trying to board a moving passenger train, aged about 40 years. He lived one and a half miles south of Pomona, Jackson County, and was not married. He was a cousin of W. S. Hagler, county commissioner.
15 Oct 1915:
Thomas J. Aldridge was struck and killed 11 Oct 1915, by an Illinois Central freight train while crossing
the tracks in front of his home at Aldridge, aged 65 years, 7 months, 14 days, and was buried in Grand Tower Cemetery in Jackson County. He operated a farm of 2,200 acres and a store. He left an invalid wife and two sons, Thomas F. Aldridge and James Aldridge. (See also 22 Oct 1915, issue.)
29 Oct 1915:
Mrs. A. P. Hacker died Sunday (24 Oct 1915), aged 89 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
She was born 30 Sep 1826, in Annanpolis, Md. Most of her early life was spent in Washington, D.C. She married William A. Hacker and moved to southern Illinois. They moved to Cairo, Alexander County, during the Civil War and he died shortly after. William A. Hacker and Henry C. Hacker were brothers and sons of Col. John S. Hacker, an early citizen of Jonesboro. She left two sons, W. W. Hacker, of Washington, D.C., and Capt. John S. Hacker, of Cairo; and one daughter, Mrs. Mary H. Fletcher, of New Orleans.
5 Nov 1915:
George L. Townes died 7 Oct 1915, in a hospital in Seattle, Wash., following surgery, aged about 50
years. He was the oldest son of R. R. Townes, who moved from Jonesboro to Alabama about 1880. About 27 years ago he moved to the Northwest. He published Sedrowooley, Washington, Courier. He left a daughter, mother, two younger brothers of Huntsville, Ala., and two sisters, Mrs. Emmett Russell, or Wartrace, Tenn., and Mrs. Ira B. Clark, of Nashville.
Roy Whitehead shot shot and killed months ago by the Bonner boys at a country dance in Johnson
County. John Bonner and Herman Bonner was sentenced to 20 years and Harold Bonner was sentenced to 30 years. Ben Bonner was not sentenced.
Harry F. Brown died 28 Oct 1915, at home southeast of Anna, aged 42 years, 4 months, 25 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. He left a widow and three sons.
12 Nov 1915:
Mrs. Emily Hines died 31 Oct 1915, aged 84 years, 8 months, 13 days. Her funeral was at Neeley’s
Landing, Mo. She was the mother of Mrs. Judson Grear, who died a few years before her husband. She was the grandmother of Hines Grear, telegraph operator at Garnet, Kan., Clarence Grear and Clyde Grear, of Jonesboro, and Cheney Grear.
Myron Dewey Tygett died 6 Nov 1915, at home in Jonesboro, of typhoid fever and pneumonia, aged 10
years, 7 months, 26 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the Baptist church. He was third child of John J. Tygett.
Mildred Smith died Saturday (6 Nov 1915) of diphtheria, aged 2 years, 1 month, 16 days, and was
buried in Anna Cemetery. She was the daughter of J. R. Smith. Her family came to Anna just 24 days before her death from Laredo, Texas, to visit relatives.
19 Nov 1915:
Earl David Grear died 12 Nov 1915, at the home of his parents in Herrin, Williamson County, of
pneumonia, aged 9 years, 6 months, 8 days, and was buried in Herrin Cemetery. His funeral was at the Presbyterian church. He was the older son of David C. Grear and the older brother of Harold Grear. J. W. Grear, of Jonesboro, and J. M. Baillie, of Herrin, were his grandparents.
William Walter Thomas died 13 Nov 1915, at home on Main Street in Anna, of typhoid fever, aged 44
years, 21 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He had been ill since 1 Oct 1915. He was born 22 Oct 1874, in Makanda, Jackson County. He married on 3 Jun 1889, at Makanda, Clola McGuire, daughter of John McGuire. He began strawberry raising at Makanda and then moved to Anna. He was vice president of the Illinois State Horticulture Society, deputy grand master of the Masonic Lodge, and member of the Mystic Shriners in St. Louis. He was county chairman of the central committee of the Republican Party for many years. He had one daughter, Edna Blaylock, of St. Louis, and one son, James Thomas, of Anna. He also left his mother, his father, J. W. Thomas, and a brother, J. Ed Thomas, an attorney in Westville, Ill.
Martha A. (Hunsaker) Kelley died 17 Nov 1915, aged 85 years, 10 months, 10 days, and was buried in
Union Cemetery near Balcom with her husband and three daughters. She was born 7 Jan 1830, in Alexander County, the daughter of John Hunsaker, a sheriff of Union County. She moved to Union County when very young. Most of her life was spent near Dongola. Her husband died many years ago. She lived in Jonesboro 20 years with her son, W. A. Kelley, as an invalid on account of a broken hip.
Theodore Julius Peters died 13 Nov 1915, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery. His funeral was at
Ebenezer Church. He was born 14 Dec 1850, at Groslepein, Prussia, Germany, the son of Christopher and Christena Peters. He came to America in 1867 with his parents, brothers, and sisters and settled at Cairo, Alexander County, before moving to Union County. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evengelical Church at Kornthal. He married on 21 Dec 1875, Eva Sauerbrunn. They had four sons and three daughters. Two daughters died in infancy. He left four sons, Carl Peters, Hugo Peters, Julius Peters, and Henry Peters, and one daughter, Lena Peters; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Otto Grabow, of Cobden, and Carl A. F. Peters, of West Frankfort, Franklin County; two sisters, Mrs. Herman Theiss, of Balcom, and Mrs. Fred Sauerbrunn, of Jonesboro.
26 Nov 1915:
Judge W. W. Clemens shot and killed himself last Friday (19 Nov 1915) at his home on South Market
Street, Marion, Williamson County, aged 76 years. He was born 29 Sep 1839, on a farm in Kentucky. He was a cousin of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). In the fall of 1862 he moved to Marion.
3 Dec 1915:
Dott Sitter died yesterday (2 Dec 1915?) of typhoid fever, aged 7 years, and was buried in Camp Ground
Cemetery. He was the son of Charles O. Sitter.
Festus Jacob Dillow committed suicide Saturday (27 Nov 1915) at Anna Hotel by taking carbolic acid,
aged 29 years, 10 months, 14 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. His funeral was at the Lutheran church. He left his hardware store, purchased the poison at Owens Drug Store, and then went to the hotel. His wife was at the hardware store when he left and fainted in the arms of her father when she was told. He purchased Rinehart’s hardware store last June. He was born 13 Jan 1886. He left a widow, the daughter of D. H. Mohler; and two brothers, Rooney Dillow and Claude Dillow.
Martha Little died Saturday (27 Nov 1915) of typhoid fever, aged 18 years, and was buried in Casper
Cemetery. Her funeral was at Big Creek Church. She lived with her parents southeast of Jonesboro. She was a sister of Ray Little, of Coffeyville, Kan.
10 Dec 1915:
Frederick Kies died last Friday (3 Dec 1915), at his home in Jackon, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., aged 78
years. His funeral was Tuesday (7 Dec 1915) at Jackson, Mo. He moved to Missouri in 1865. He married in Jonesboro Theresa Wimmer. He was pastor at Pocahontas, Mo., and moved to Jackson in 1868. He founded Volksfreund about 1880, which two of his sons, Fred E. Kies and Gottfried Kies, still publish. He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on 22 Oct 1914. He left a widow, five sons, and seven daughters.
17 Dec 1915:
Cynthia Ann Moore died Saturday (11 Dec 1915) at Pulaski, Pulaski County, of liver trouble, aged 74
years. She lived with her son, Harry H. Moore. She was a sister of R. A. Littlejohn, of Jonesboro, and aunt of Morris Littlejohn.
Benjamin Franklin Hartline died Friday (10 Dec 1915) at home on Freeman Street in Anna, of heart
trouble, aged 80 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery. He celebrated his birthday the Sunday before his death (5 Dec 1915). His wife died on 17 Aug 1912. His unmarried daughter lived with him. He left seven sons, John W. Hartline, of Portland, Ore., Herman Hartline, of Ruttle, Mont., Oliver Hartline, of Roy, Wash., Charles W. Hartline, Jasper L. Hartline, Willis Hartline, and Homer Hartline, of Anna; and two daughters, Mrs. O. L. Casper and Miss Ella Hartline, of Anna.
Mrs. J. E. N. Edwards died last Monday (13 Dec 1915) at home in Anna, aged 46 years, and was buried
in Anna Cemetery.
24 Dec 1915:
Alexander S. Cauble died 15 Dec 1915, at Wolf Lake, aged 63 years, and was buried in St. John’s
Cemetery. He was county commissioner in Alexander County. He left a widow, a son, Dan Cauble, of near Wolf Lake, and a daughter of Tamms, Alexander County.
Ernest R. Hamilton died east of Anna. His funeral was last Sunday (19 Dec 1915).
Orvil M. Smith died 14 Dec 1915, at the home of his father, David Smith, two miles northeast of Alto
Pass, of heart failure, aged 39 years, 5 months, 13 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Alto Pass for 20 years. He left an aged father, a mother, two brothers, N. S. Smith and Albert Smith, of Alto Pass; two sisters, Mrs. Effie Harris and Mrs. Jennie Gates, of Herrin, Williamson County.
31 Dec 1915:
William Carroll Rich died last Monday (27 Dec 1915) at home in Cobden, aged 96 years, 1 month, 9
days, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery. He was born 18 Nov 1819, in Alabama, the son of Thomas and Catherine (Noah) Rich. He married Millie C. Guthrie, daughter of Ansalen Guthrie. He was the founder and president of First National Bank in Cobden. He had 11 children, Samantha Tripp, Catherine wife of Louis McMahan, of near Goreville, Johnson County, Matilda Moreland wife of John Halterman, Eliza Condon, Lafayette Rich of the western part of the county, Amalphus Rich (deceased), William Rich, of the eastern part of the county, Maria wife of John Hilton, Lou Rich (who lived with her father), Lizzie wife of Crit Rendleman, and George Rich (who died a few years ago).