Obituaries and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers

The Pulaski Patriot

 30 Sep 1880; 8 Oct 1881

Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

The Pulaski Patriot, Thursday, 30 Sep 1880:
A man was bitten by a dog in Ballard Co., Ky., last week and died of hydrophobia.  The dog seemed to be well, but at the time the man was bitten the dog was fighting with another dog.

The friends of Mrs. S. J. Delaney will regret to learn that she is and has been for more than week, very sick.  Fears are entertained that she may not recover.

The second clerk on the Paris C. Brown shot and killed a negro at Cairo last Tuesday.  He immediately lowered a skiff from the side of the boat and made his escape into Kentucky.  The reports in regard to the affair are so conflicting that we are unable to state who were to blame.  One witness states that the shooting was unwarranted, while another says that the negro was advancing upon the white man with a knife.  In either event, it is to be regretted that Cairo should be visited with such a tragedy.

We are glad to learn that Mr. Felter was in no way to blame for the bloody encounter in which he was engaged at New Burnside last week.  He was simply defending his person from an unwarranted attack of a notorious ruffian and bully.  It is not true that Mr. Felter was put in jail, but as soon as the Justice of the Peace concluded to bind him over to court, a large number of the best citizens of the town, although comparative strangers, came forward and volunteered to go on his bond.  The case will be tried at the next November term of the Johnson County circuit court, if the grand jury find a true bill against him.

A very sad affair occurred in the death of Mr. Joseph Sprague.  Mr. Sprague had been suffering for over a week with what the physician called neuralgia of the neck and head, and all who were acquainted with the circumstances knew he was in a suffering condition, but no one supposed his case would terminate fatally, until last Sunday morning, when he was found in his bed at the Stoltz House, dead.  Mr. Sprague was a young man who had many warm personal friends among the young men who were his companions, and his death is a sad stroke to them.  He was a member of the R. E. L. Society here and he was buried under the auspices of that society, in a manner very becoming with much credit to the members.  Mr. Sprague has no relatives in this state, his father and mother having died when he was a boy.  An aunt, who resides in Kansas, and who nurtured and cared for his wants in his tender years, was telegraphed, but was not able to attend, on account of the distance.

A large number of our citizens formed the mournful procession that followed, to the cold, narrow house, all that was but a short few days ago, a bright, honest, hardworking and promising young man.

The Pulaski Patriot, Saturday, 8 Oct 1881:
It is reported that Ed Conners had made a confession to his father-in-law Mr. Samuel Moss, that he had killed the organ grinder near Caledonia.  Mr. Moss denies that he ever made any such statements, and says that he knows nothing of the facts concerning the murder of the organ grinder.  And if Ed Conners had anything to do with it, he does not know it and Mr. Moss says that he has every reason to believe that Conners is innocent of the charge and that it can be proved that Conners was not in the vicinity at the time of the murder.

Last Saturday, an old colored lady living three miles east of Villa Ridge, near Emmerson's Mill, died of old age.  Her name was Mrs. Dorcas Moody, and she has for a number of years lived in the family of her son-in-law, Mr. Edward Kay.  "Aunt Dorcas" had seen the seasons come and go, times, men and all things changed had seen generations live and die, until the snows of 115 years had whitened her hair.  She was well known among the people who live in that part of the county and was beloved by all for her kind disposition and pleasant ways.  While here she lead the life of a Christian, but has now gone to the world where the good and the just reap their reward.

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