Obituaries and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers

The Pulaski Enterprise

10 Jan 1908 - 25 Dec 1908

Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Friday, 10 Jan 1908:
Mrs. Martha T. Hutchinson, aged 49 years, of this city, died Monday morning.  The remains were shipped to Kevil, Ky., for burial.
Found Dead in Field.

Herrin—In a muddy cornfield __ miles east of here, the body of ___ Darnell, a coal miner, who lived ___ Bush, near this city, was found __ had been missing from his home ___ Christmas evening.  He was 27 years old and had a wife and child.
Ellis Invited Trouble.

Mount Vernon—The murder th___ in the case of David B. Ellis, at ___ in strength here.  Ellis invited violence in Mount Vernon by a frequent display of his money, which he f___ upon the slightest provocation.
Ary Hurst, the young man that has been lingering for some time with consumption, died Sunday last at 3 o’clock.  (Pulaski)
Old man Hurst, father of the young man that died Sunday, is very low with the same disease, and has been down much longer than the boy was.

Friday, 17 Jan 1908:
Mrs. J. R. Fullerton received news Sunday morning of the death of her nephew, Frank R. Overstreet, of Indianapolis, Ind.  The deceased was a brother of Miss Mary and Ray Overstreet of this city, the latter of which attended the funeral.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Johnson went to Bloomington last Thursday to attend the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Richard Wood, who died the day before in St. Louis.  Mrs. Wood will be remembered by some of the older citizens here as Miss Bonnie Watkins.
William Lane, aged about 30 years, an employee at the chair factory for some time up to one year ago, died at Bandana, Ky., last Tuesday.  He was a prominent member of the Modern Woodmen Lodge.
Memorial of Jesse Clark.

Jesse Clark, the subject of this memorial sketch, was the son of W. P. and E. J. Clark, and was born in Annadell, Tenn., Sept. 25, 1883, and in early life with his parents moved to Jackson where he was educated and began switching in the Illinois Central yards.  He joined the Methodist Church at 13 years of age and continued a member till death.  In 1904, he married Allice Morrow of Mounds, Ill., and was killed at 3:35 a.m. December 19, 1907, while switching in the Iron Mountain yards at Argenta, Ark., and performing his duties.  He was in some manner thrown beneath the cars, one pair trucks passing over his body.  Death was probably instantaneous.  As soon as the accident was known every man upon the force stopped work and escorted the remains to Rhinbal’s undertaking rooms in Little Rock where they were prepared for shipment to the home of the bereaved wife in Mounds, Ill.  Mr. Clark was about twenty-five years of age, five years of which had been spent in railroading.  He had been at Argenta two years and possibly no man on the yards was more popular with the men or more trusted by his superiors.  He was a member of the B. of R. T. lodge No. 449, Argenta, Ark., and leaves a wife, mother, two sister and three brothers to mourn his loss.  Funeral services were held at Baptist church in Mounds, Rev. Bass, of Cairo, officiating, after which the body was laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery.
G. R. H.
Man and Wife Found Dead.

Carbondale—Neighbors found the dead bodies of Clarence Snider and wife in the bedroom of their home in this city.  Both had been killed by revolver shots  It is supposed Snider killed the woman and then himself.  They are said to have quarreled recently.
Illinois Miners Mortally Burned.

Harrisburg—Ames Cowsert, a miner, was burned by an explosion of gas in Ogara Mine No. 4 here, and will die.  A number of others were injured by the explosion.
Found on Track.

Chester—John Reilly, 47 years old, was found dead between the ties of a trestle of the Illinois division of the Iron Mountain railway in Lower Chester.

Friday, 24 Jan 1908:
A sister of the Rushing brothers died at her home in Anna this week, of blood poisoning.

(Her name was Blanche Theresa Ray, wife of John C. Ray.  Her marker in Anna Cemetery reads:  Blanche T. Ray Born March 21, 1876 Died Jan. 21, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. William Allen, daughter of Mrs. James Drake, of this city, died suddenly at her home in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Saturday.  The body was brought to Mounds Tuesday for burial.

(William Allen married Ada Drake on 17 Oct 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
By the death of Thomas King, a tailor bachelor, 77 years of age, living in Cairo, a negro woman named Bessie Smith, who served as his housekeeper, will come into possession of property valued at from $12,000 to $15,000
Jesse Hutchinson, the negro who at Pulaski last Fourth of July shot and killed another man of his color named Hanse Waters, was last week sentenced to the penitentiary for a period of twenty-five years.  He plead guilty to the act.  He has been in the prison before, and is said to be a bad man.
Ed Schuler Killed.

Edward Ira Schuler, an Illinois Central switchman, at Mounds was crushed to death between two freight cars Monday forenoon while at work in the yards at that place.  He was 36 year of age and leaves a wife and two little daughters; also a mother, Mrs. George Schuler, Sr., three sisters, Mrs. L. C. Perks, Mrs. Lylie Murphy and Miss Kate Schuler, and two brothers, Messrs. Alfred and George Schuler, all of Mound City.  The funeral was held at the family residence in Mounds Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The attendance was one of the largest ever seen in the place.  All work in the railroad shops and yards was suspended, the men attending in a body.

(Edward Ira Schuler married Emma Stern on 20 Feb 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Hazel Maude Kennedy.

Miss Hazel Maude Kennedy, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Kennedy, aged 21 years, 4 months, and 22 days, died at the family home on Blanche Avenue, in Mounds, Illinois, January 20, 1908, at 1:15 a.m.  Miss Hazel had been a patient sufferer for many months, and when death released the wasted form from further agony and loving hands had prepared it for its last repose, she was placed in the beautiful casket in the parlor of the home, and beneath a canopy of silk, draped on each side with rich lace, and festooned on all sides with beautiful garlands of hot-house and tropical flowers and potted plants.  It seemed, as one stood and looked on the beautiful form, that it lay there asleep on a flowery bed of ease.  The same sweet smile still remained on her face that she always wore when in health.  Many hundreds of people viewed the beautiful scene during the day.  At 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, 21st, the remains were taken to the Congregational church where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. F. Utley of the M. E. church in Mound City, assisted by Rev. Johannsen of the Mounds Congregational church.  The funeral oration was pronounced one of the finest ever listened to in Mounds.  The floral offerings by her associates, friends and railroad employees were simply magnificent.  One represented a broken wheel with one spoke gone, another a broken heart, but the best of all was a small pillow of roses on which was inscribed “Our Baby.”  It is no wonder the fond father and mother are reconciled to this beautiful death when they were right beside her and saw the last faint spark of life expire, and saw that sweet smile come over her face as her soul took its flight into the great unknown.  That sweet smile which remained with her until the last seemed to say:  “Papa and Mama, the whole world down there loves your Hazel.”

The burial took place on a lot near a spreading beech tree in Beech Grove Cemetery, where the grave is marked by a mound of loose earth entirely covered by a still larger bank of flowers, and on the top of all is a beautiful wreath bearing the motto:  “Gone but not forgotten.”

Quite a large number of relatives and friends from all parts of the county were present Tuesday to attend the funeral of Miss Hazel Kennedy.
The funeral of Mr. Ed Schuler took place at his home on Oak Street Wednesday at 3 p.m.
About thirty members of the Modern Woodmen camp attended the funeral of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Brown at Jonesboro on Monday.  Mr. Brown was well and favorably known by many of our (Villa Ridge) people.
Ambrose, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McIntire, died at their home Monday, after an eight-day illness of pneumonia.  He was about three years old and a very bright little fellow.  Friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved parents and relatives.

(W. A. McIntire married Emma Davis on 18 Nov 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Atherton is dangerously ill of pneumonia.

(Marion Atherton married Esta Odle on 25 Sep 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 31 Jan 1908:
Mrs. Rachel Harder, aged 70 years, died at her home in this city Sunday.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon.  Rev. Utley officiating.  Burial at Beech Grove Cemetery,
Hess Manley, formerly of Mounds, was run over Tuesday at Harrisburg by a Big Four train and died the same day.
Cal Byas and family, colored, reside on Pennsylvania Avenue, this city.  Cal is an industrious fireman at Bartlett’s hoop factory, and his good wife in order to help support them and two children aged respectively 19 months and about three years, does occasional soliciting.  Wednesday afternoon she locked the children in one of the front rooms and left home.  Some time after and when she was some distance away the house caught fire in some unknown manner.  The alarm was sounded and people rushed to the house and broke in the door and found the baby sitting upon a soft bed burned beyond all hopes of recovery, while the other child stood unharmed near the blaze, which was rapidly enveloping the room.  The children were gotten out instantly, but the house burned to the grounds before the heart rending mother reached the scene almost wild in her despair.  To those who saw it, the sight as the mother saw her children and ruins of the home is said to have been most pitiful.  The baby died during the night.

(This may refer to Calvin Bias, who married Fannie Mcguire Corrella on 11 Nov 1880, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Hunter Killed by Accident.

Ridgway—Wilford York, while hunting in company with Joe Nelson and Harry Linder, was killed by the accidental discharge of Nelson’s gun.  The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of death by accident.
Goodman Pleads Guilty.

Carmi—Thomas Goodman held for the murder of his brother, Hugh, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given an indeterminate sentence.  Two months ago Goodman struck his brother with a skiff oar because he had upbraided his aged father.
Chris White, living near New Hope, died Saturday of dropsy.  The funeral service was held Sunday at New Hope Church and was largely attended. (Ullin)
Charlie Braddock, the 14-year-old son of Rev. A. W. Braddock, fell under the wheels of a moving freight train while hopping on the cars north of Mounds Saturday.  He was completely cut in two just below the arms.  The body was brought down on a handcar by the section men.  The funeral took place Sunday about 3 p.m.  It is no use to say to the boys, take warning.  They won’t do it.
We learn that Julius Derouse, an old time resident of Pulaski, committed suicide on Monday at Ullin.  Troubles and whisky he states in letters left was cause.
The death angel entered the home of Mrs. C. C. White and cut the brittle thread of life and took her companion to a far better world beyond.  Christopher Columbus White was born in Pulaski County, Illinois, October 1852, died Jan. 25, 1908.  He was married to Miss Mary Ann Lentz in 1879.  To this union were born ten children, five of whom preceded the father to the heavenly world.  He was converted and joined the M. E. Church at New Concord about six years ago and lived a true and faithful Christian life until death.  The remains were laid to rest in New Hope Cemetery.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smith at New Hope Church on Sunday at 11 o’clock.

(C. C. White married Mary Coyle (?) on 5 Mar 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Christopher White Born Oct. 12, 1852 Died Jan. 25, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Julius Derouche, the well known ___ster, mysteriously disappeared Sunday night.  He left a note behind to a friend stating that he would find his body at or near what is known as the upper Cache bridge.  Parties were sent there but failed to find any trace of ___.  Mr. Derouche has been acting very strangely of late and his friends fear he has committed suicide.

Friday, 7 Feb 1908:
Death of Two Old Residents.

Joseph H. Lufkin, of Mounds, an old and prominent citizen of Pulaski County, died at his home Tuesday morning at the age of 75 years.  His wife died about 6 weeks ago.  Mrs. L. Benedict, a step-daughter, a sister and two brothers, residing elsewhere are the only near relatives living.  The deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge in this city who will have charge of the burial, which will take place at Villa Ridge Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday.  Funeral services at residence conducted by Rev. B. F. Utley.

(Lucinda Benedict is described as a niece instead of a stepdaughter in the 28 Feb 1908, issue of the newspaper.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  J. H. Lufkin 1832-1908.—Darrel Dexter)

James C. Spier, an old resident of Mounds, died at his home in that city Wednesday afternoon after a short illness of pneumonia.  He was 75 years old and had resided in Mounds the past thirty years.  He leaves five children, two sons, W. A. and C. F. Spiers, both of Mounds; three daughters, Mrs. Ella Clay, of Oklahoma; Mrs. Emma Castle and Miss Maude Spiers, both of Mounds.  Mrs. Spiers was an old soldier, having served over three years in the Union army.  The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church.
Mrs. E. I. Schuler and children of Mounds, since the death of Mr. Schuler, have taken up their home in Mound City with her mother, Mrs. Stearn.
Rev. Purdue, pastor of the Congregational church at Grand Chain, died at the sanitarium, in Anna Sunday night of heart disease.  His family was with him at the time of his death.  Funeral and burial took place at Cobden Wednesday afternoon.
The undersigned desire to hereby extend thanks to their kind friends for favors and sympathy extended them during the recent illness and death of their little son.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McIntire.
CARD OF THANKS.—The undersigned desire to extend grateful thanks to the good people of Mound City, Mounds, the railroad men and member of B. of R. T. for kindness and sympathy extended us during the recent death and burial of our husband and father.
Mrs. E. I. Schuler and Children.
Quite a number went from here (Ullin) to Pulaski to attend the funeral of Mr. James Sharp, who died at his home Feb. 2nd.
James F. Sharp, aged nearly twenty-five years, died at his home in this place (Pulaski) last Sunday of pulmonary consumption. He was married to Miss Emma Smoot, Sept. 21, 1902.  The wife, two children, father, mother and brother now mourn his death.  He was a constant sufferer for fourteen months.  The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery Tuesday afternoon amid a cold and penetrating rain.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. H. Ballerby.
We will miss our (Curry’s) old citizen, C. C. White.  For six years he has been a member of the New Concord Church.  His remains were laid to rest in New Hope Cemetery Jan. 26, 1908.  A large circle of friends were present. 

Friday, 14 Feb 1908:
The 1-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. James Willingham, of this city, died Wednesday of measles.

(James Willingham married Ada Wilson on 21 Dec 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Anna Democrat, Jan. 7.

Rev. R. W. Purdue, of Grand Chain, died at the Hale Sanatorium, Monday morning of Bright’s disease, where he had been for several weeks receiving treatment.  The remains were taken to Cobden, where the funeral was held in the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon and the remains interred in the Cobden cemetery.  He is survived by a wife and one son, Dr. Finis Purdue.

The deceased was well known in Anna, Cobden and Alto Pass, where he had served as pastor of the Congregational churches for several years and had conducted a large farm near Alto, now owned by Avery & Hines.  He was a man of more than ordinary ability and very energetic in all his work.  He was engaged in evangelistic work for several years for the southern Illinois association of Congregational churches.  He suffered a stroke of paralysis last August in Ohio and never fully recovered from this attack.  Several of the former members of his church in Anna attended the funeral and presented a beautiful offering in token of his work.

(Roland W. Purdue married Mary J. Houser on 25 Jun 1874, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Cobden Cemetery reads:  Rev. R. W. Purdue Born Nov. 11, 1853 Died Feb. 3, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Myers, of Cairo, died Thursday and was brought up here (Ullin) Friday for burial.

(James M. Myers married Ora Williams on 12 Sep 1892, in Alexander Co., Ill.  One marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Edgar on of J. M. & Ora Myers Born Aug. 25, 1907 Died Feb. 7, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 21 Feb 1908:
Mrs. Minnie Kirkpatrick, mother of C. M. Thompson, died Sunday last and was buried Tuesday afternoon.  She leaves the one son and a daughter, Mrs. Emma Butler, both of this city.

(Alexander Kirkpatrick married Millie Thompson on Oct 1869, in Alexander Co., Ill.  John Butler married T. Emma Thompson on 31 Jan 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Singleton died Saturday night of pneumonia.  She leaves a husband and five small children, the youngest being a babe of three weeks. (Ullin)
Rob Ferry, one of our (Villa Ridge) colored boys, was killed at the Cairo bridge a few days ago, the result of jumping trains. 

Friday, 28 Feb 1908:
Mrs. Charlotte Roberson, of America, an old resident of that place, died at her home Thursday last.  The funeral occurred Friday.
Leonard Armstrong, a colored man aged about 45 years, well known here, died at the restaurant of Mrs. Lizzie Glaspy, last Sunday, of consumption.
Mrs. Lucinda H. Benedict, of Mounds, died at her home in that place last Friday, at the age of 64 years and 7 months and 17 days.  Death was caused from pneumonia.  She was a niece of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lufkin, both of whom passed away during the past eight weeks.  Mrs. Benedict has made her home with her aunt and uncle for several years.

(John Benedict married Lucinda H. Mattson on 2 Nov 1865, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery reads:  Lucinda Bendict Born 1844 Died 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Little Glen Edwards, aged 2 ½ years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Edwards, of this city, was accidentally shot Wednesday by his uncle who was cleaning a gun and did not know it was loaded.  The gun was not pointed towards the child, the bullet making a glancing shot, striking the little fellow near the left collar bone and coming out at the back.  He will likely recover.  The family reside in Henry Carter building on upper Main Street.

Friday, 6 Mar 1908:
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Edwards, residing on upper Main Street, which was last week accidentally shot at their home, died Saturday last.
The case of Richard Lindsey, a railroad man at Mounds, who killed Percy Glass, a colored porter for W. M. Stevers’ saloon last fall, is being tried in circuit court here this week.
Drowned in Cache River.

Edward Horn, aged about 25 years, unmarried, and an employee at the planing mill of Williamson-Kuny lumber company of this city, while en route home Sunday night fell through the Cache River bridge of Big Four railroad, and was drowned.  He had been to Cairo with a boy named Tapley, and was under the influence of liquor.  The body was found Monday about where it is supposed he fell in.  The drowned man has a brother residing in this city who is employed at Mounds.  The funeral and burial took place Tuesday afternoon.
Olmsted Negro Murders Wife.

Oliver Welch, a colored man from Olmsted, inflicted bodily injuries on his wife at Cairo Monday last from which she died same evening.  They met at the home of an acquaintance and quarreled after which he beat her over the head with a chair and lamp fracturing her skull and from which she soon after died at the hospital.  Welch was arrested in Olmsted Tuesday night by Deputy Sheriff R. J. Caster, and taken to Cairo where the crime was committed.  He has a mother and sister living at Olmsted.  He says he had been separated from his wife for some time and she had left him at Olmsted and went to Cairo to live, where she said she could make a good living.  Welch tried to induce her to return home with him and when she refused he killed her.
Jim Wright died Sunday evening.  He has been quite sick a while with consumption.  (Levings)
James Wright, colored, died here (Olmsted) Sunday and was buried Monday at 2 o’clock.
Lad Kills His Mother.

Thebes—In an effort to repel an invader who forced his way into the home, Charles Chester, 16, years old, accidentally shot and killed his mother, Mrs. M. A. Chester.  A coroner’s jury exonerated the lad.

Friday, 13 Mar 1908:
Dick Lindsay, the railroad man at Mounds, who killed a negro at that place last fall, was acquitted in the circuit court trial here last week.  His plea was that of self defense.
Charles H. Smith, a former resident of Richview, this state, who died recently at Tarpon Springs, Florida, was one of the best known fruit men of this country, was a veteran of the Civil War from Ohio, and spent some time in Libby prison.  He introduced the strawberry plant in Southern Illinois, bringing them with him from Columbus, Ohio, and furnished the plants for the first Southern Illinois field, which was at Villa Ridge, in this county.
Sergt. Jerome N. Howard, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Howard, of Cairo, was recently thrown from a horse at Fort Riley, Kansas, and killed.  His remains will arrive here Thursday of this week, and burial will probably be made in the national cemetery.  The young man had many friends in Mound City.

(He is buried in Section F, Site 4831B in Mound City National Cemetery and died 8 Mar 1908.—Darrel Dexter)
W. R. Stokes, formerly of this city, and who was reported dead at Chaffee, Missouri, from a wolf bite, is now located in St. Louis hospital improving.
George McDonald, an old and well-known resident of this county, died February 15th, at the Soldiers home in Quincy, Ill.  He was 86 years of age.
Mrs. Mollie Lewis, of Elkville, Illinois, brought the remains of her grown daughter here (Ullin) for burial, Saturday.
The three-year-old child of Daniel McCorrol died Friday.

Friday, 20 Mar 1908:
Arthur Parker, of Cliftondale, Mass., was so badly injured by being thrown from a freight train at Mounds last week Wednesday, that he died from his injuries the next morning.  Previous to his death at the Y. M. C. A. he told of his relatives in the east and to notify them.  This was done and answer from his brother came to ship his remains at once to his home.  C. S. Bundschuh came from Ullin and prepared the body for the long journey, but later a message came followed by money for burial expenses here, and his body was laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday evening, March 17th.  He was a fine looking young man.
Brakeman Killed and Robbed.

McClure—Robert Dick, a Missouri Pacific Railroad fireman, whose home is in McGehee, Ark., was killed and robbed one mile south of here, while on his way to Chaffee, Mo.  The slayer whose identify is not known, escaped into Missouri.
Mule Causes Mine Wreck; One Dead.

Marion—James McGill, a miner was killed in a wreck in No. 3 Peabody coal mine here when a mule dragged a string of cars from the track.
Boy Falls under Train; Killed.

Marion—Lewis Grimes, 19 years old, was killed by a freight train at Hudgens, five miles south of here.  Grimes attempted to get on the train while it was in motion and fell under the wheels.
Les Smith, the 10-year-old son of William Smith, died Saturday and was buried in the Ullin Cemetery Sunday.
One of our old citizens who has lived here (Pulaski) for 25 years, Willis Moore, colored, died Monday night.  He leaves a wife and two children.  Mr. Moore at one time owned 120 acres of land adjoining town, which is now a fine farm.

Friday, 27 Mar 1908:
Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Handley went to Cairo Friday to attend the funeral of the late L. C. Herbert.
Richard L. Powers, Democratic member of the legislature from this legislative district, died Monday last at his home in Cairo, after a long illness.  He was 36 years of age and leaves a wife and three children.
W. R. Stokes, the car inspector, who since February 24 has been receiving the Pasteur treatment at the Frisco Hospital for nine bites inflicted by a mad wolf near his home in Chaffee, Mo., departed for that place last night in company with his wife.  Stokes’ wounds have entirely healed.—
St. Louis Globe-Democrat, March 20.
Woman Burns to Death.

Eldorado—Mrs. Newston, 22 years old, while kindling a fire in the stove with coal oil, her clothing caught on fire and she burned to death.  Mrs. Miller, her mother, was burned so badly that she is not expected to live.
The three-year-old child of Noah Sowers, living east of Ullin, died Saturday.  Rev. P. A. Smith conducted the funeral services Sunday at Mount Olive. 
P. Adkins, an old and respected colored man living south of Ullin, died of pneumonia.
Benjamin F. Mertz died at his home in Mt. Vernon, Sunday evening.  The remains were shipped here Monday to await arrangements for the funeral, which occurred Tuesday evening, at the Congregational church conducted by Rev. Smith.  Many were in attendance.  The deceased was a resident of Ullin over fifty years.  Three years ago he removed to Mt. Vernon.  He was nearly ninety years old and was a good citizen.  He leaves quite a number of children, all of whom are grown.

(This notice probably refers to B. W. Metz.  His fourth marriage is recorded in Pulaski Co., Ill.  B. W. Metz, 81, of Ullin, married Mrs. Sarah Jane Cantrell (nee Stevens on 20 Aug 1900. His marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  B. W. Metz 1819-1908.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 3 Apr 1908:
George Shaw, the aged father of Mrs. J. H. Crowell, died Wednesday morning at 4 o’clock, at the home of his daughter.  He was a good man.  Funeral exercises Thursday at Methodist church.
An unknown white man was killed last Thursday night by being run over and dragged by a northbound ____.  The body was found next morning about 5 o’clock very badly mutilated and all of his clothes torn off.  He had accidentally been dragged a quarter of a mile, as part of his clothing and garments of his body had been strewn on the track.  Nothing was found to identify the man.  (Mounds).

Friday, 10 Apr 1908:
Everett Eugene, the eleven months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Westeman of this city, died last Thursday and was buried Saturday in the Catholic Cemetery.
The wife of John Miller, residing on upper Main Street, drank a quantity of concentrated lye Monday night with suicidal intent, and from which she died Wednesday of this week.  She was about 45 years of age and leaves a husband and three sons.  Mr. Miller is a sawyer for the Williamson-Kuny sawmills here, and is a good citizen.
“Long Steps” Cause Boy’s Death.

Carmi—His attempt to take longer strides than his companions will cost John Finley, 17 years old, his life.  Finley and some companions were walking home when a “dare” was made as to who could step the farthest.  Finley won the “dare,” but his spine was bent and he fell over, striking his head on a cobblestone.  He was carried home dying.
Old Man Kicked By Horse, Dies.

Carmi—Ezekiel Hunsinger, 82 years old, was kicked by a young horse and died from his injuries.  He was born near Carmi and spent his whole life on the same farm.

(Ezekiel Hunsinger married Charlotte Hunsinger on 16 Feb 1851, in White Co., Ill.  Ezekiel Hunsinger married Mrs. Emily White on 27 Oct 1874, in White Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Card of Thanks.

We desire to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our friends for their sympathy and kindness through the illness and death of our beloved father. Especially do we wish to thank the Ladies Aid and the choir for the beautiful singing.
J. H. Crowell
Mary C. Crowell
Mary M. Crowell
Last Thursday occurred a sad death in Ullin, that of John Needham, who was fatally injured in a runaway near ____ns.  Mr. Needham died at the Newell House about six hours after he was injured.  John Rowe, who was with him also sustained serious, but not fatal injuries.  The funeral of Mr. Needham was held here Friday and was largely attended.  Deceased was a popular man with many friends who ___ his untimely end.  He was a member of the M. W. of A. and K. of P. lodges, the latter order conducting his burial.  He leaves a wife and a ___r who have the deep sympathy of ___ in their bereavement.

(A marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  John L. Needham Born Sept. 11, 1881 Died April 2, 1908.  Amanda Needham his wife Born Sept. 1, 1882.  John Needham Born April 18, 1908 Died April 27, 1908.  Della Needham Born June 18, 1906 Died June 22, 1906.  Delbert Needham Born June 18, 1906 Died July 12, 1906.—Darrel Dexter)
The people of this vicinity (Pulaski) were much grieved to learn of the accidental death of John Needham at Ullin, as he had many friends here.

Friday, 17 Apr 1908:
Mrs. Sim Bray, aged 87 years, an old and well known resident of this city and Villa Ridge, died last Sunday at the home of her son, John Bray, at Kansas City.  Her daughter, Mrs. Jerry O’Sullivan, of this city, left Monday to attend the funeral.
We received news here Wednesday of the death of Mrs. Felix Harvey, which occurred Saturday, April 11th, at her home in McLeansboro, Ill.  Mr. and Mrs. Harvey formerly resided in Mound City.  Mr. Harvey was clerk in Meyer’s shoe store years ago.
Boys Smothered in Wheat.

Pana, Ill.—Floyd Grounds, aged 14 years, and Frank Willburn, 18, were smothered to death in the J. F. Umpleby Grain Co.’s elevator at Dunkle.  The boys were playing and fell into the bin, which was being unloaded, and the section drew them beneath the grain.  They immediately sank down into the grain.  Later, a search was made for them and their dead bodies were found in the bin.  Young Grounds lived in Pana and Willburn in Assumption.  

Friday, 24 May 1908:
Mrs. Barnes, wife of a prominent colored man, who resides near the national cemetery, died Tuesday with a congestive chill.
Word was received here Friday of the death of John Bingham, Sr., who died in Vandalia, April 13th, 1908.  He was several years ago a resident of this city and will be remembered by many of the older citizens.  He was 87 years old.
Undertaker Bundschuh was called to Elco Monday to prepare the body of a man named Woodard for shipment to his old home in Salem, Ill.  Mr. Woodard met his death Sunday evening by a stab in the breast inflicted by a young man named Duncan.  Witnesses stated that the killing was without cause.  Mr. Woodard had only moved there a few weeks ago and was considered a peaceful man.  The murderer is still at large.
J. R. Reynolds is here this week erecting monuments.  One to the memory of Manual Rhoads in the Ullin Cemetery and one to the late C. C. White of New Hope.  Both are massive stones.

Friday 1 May 1908:

To the many kind friends and neighbors who extended us aid and sympathy during the recent illness and death of our mother and relative, Mrs. Mary L. Monahan, we hereby extend most sincere thanks.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Betts
Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Monahan

Mrs. Mary L. Monahan

Mrs. Mary L. Monahan who had been ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Betts the past week, died at 12:30 .m. Saturday.  Her death came as a shock to her family and friends.  She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Otto Betts, of this city, and Mrs. John Lewis, of Paducah, Ky. , and two sons, Frank who resides in Cairo and George.  Mrs. Monahan’s illness took on the serious nature at a late hour Friday evening.  She has been one of the most active members of the M. E. church in this city for the past several years.  Mrs. Monahan was born in Baltimore, Md., and came to Mound City in 1861.  She was married to her deceased husband, Wesley Monahan, in 1862, and resided here ever since, dying at the age of 60 years, 10 months and 14 days.  The funeral took place at the Methodist church Monday afternoon, and was largely attended.
Jemima Lyerly.

Jemima Diana Lyerly was born September 28, 1851, and died April 25, 1908, of heart failure caused by dropsy of long standing, at her farm home one mile north of America, this county, at the age of 56 years, 6 months and 27 days.  She was born and raised, lived and died in the same house where her mother was born, the fame of which is the last surviving house of the once thriving county seat town of America Pulaski County, Illinois.  She united with the M. E. church during the summer of 1866, when Rev. Hill was pastor of the church at Mound City and has been a member of the Presbyterian Church ever since.  She was a great Bible reader and was well posted in its teachings.  She was generous and open hearted, and always ready to lend a helping hand.  During later years she suffered such intense pain that none but herself and the Master can ever know, and she bore her sufferings with more patience and less complaining than is usual in such afflictions.  The deceased leaves two brothers, J. F. and George A. Lyerly, and three sisters, Mrs. A. W. Lawrence, of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. E. E. Boyd, of Mound City, and Mrs. M. D. Brelsford, of America.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. A. J. Parker, of Vienna, and the remains interred in the family burying ground on the farm.  Peace to her dust.

(Elmer E. Boyd married Eliza E. Lyerly on 4 Sep 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Milton D. Brelsford married Cornelia Lyerly on 17 Nov 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  One marker in Lyerly Cemetery near America reads:  Our Sister, Jemima D. Lyerly Born Sept. 28, 1857 Died April 25, 1908 Aged 56 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 27 Ds.—Darrel Dexter)
Miss Lena Koonce

Miss Lena Koonce, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koonce, died of consumption at their country home about three miles west of Villa Ridge on Thursday night, April 23, 1908.  The funeral services took place at Liberty church on Saturday at 3 o’clock p.m.  The bereaved family are a part of our best citizens and have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
Thomas Miller has been employed by the Defiance Box Co., as their bookkeeper to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Needham.  Mr. Miller was the bookkeeper several years ago.
Mrs. John Needham received Monday a check for $1,000 from the Modern Woodman of America, being settlement in full on the policy held by her late husband.  Only about ten days intervened after the death and proof papers were executed until the check was forwarded to the clerk of the camp here.  This is the first claim ever paid to this camp.  It has been organized about ten years and never lost but one member.
Resolutions of Respect.
Ullin Camp No. 7343 Modern Woodman of America.

Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God in his divine providence to take from our Camp our beloved and esteemed neighbor, John L. Needham, We the committee resolve that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of the Camp and that a copy of these resolutions be printed in the county paper and the charter of Ullin Camp No. 7343 Modern Woodmen of America be draped in mourning for a term of thirty days.
Adam H. Bourland
Joseph Marder
Paul Pomeroy

Friday, 8 May 1908:
Mrs. James Read, aged 48 years, died of consumption Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mr. James McNeile, in the lower part of the city, after an illness of eight months.  She leaves three married children, Ernest Read and Mrs. James McNeile, both of this city, and Mrs. Sol Dawson, of Mounds.  The funeral took place Monday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church after which the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Mounds.
The 19-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Starks died Wednesday of last week and was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Thursday afternoon.  Rev. James Davies officiated at the funeral.
To the many kind friend and neighbors who extended us aid and sympathy during the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. James F. Read, we hereby extend most sincerely thanks.
Ernest Read
Mrs. Emma McNeile
Mrs. Edna Dawson
Andrew Essex died at the home of his brother, Isaac, last Friday night and was buried by the Woodmen at Shiloh on Sunday.  He was a victim of quick consumption and only a short time ago seemed well and strong.
Fourteen Years for Slayer.

Harrisburg—The jury in the case of James Brown, charged with the murder of Benjamin A. English at Eldorado, several months ago, returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter and fixed his sentenced at 14 years in the penitentiary.  English, who was a barber, came to Eldorado from Mount Vernon, Ind., to work in a shop with Brown, and was killed during a quarrel.
Illinois Constable Shoots Man.

Murphysboro—In a quarrel here Fred Green was probably fatally shot by Grover Ripley, a constable of Oraville.  Ripley surrendered to Sheriff Hanson after the shooting.

Friday, 15 May 1908:
Albert M. Aliff, aged 41 years, a resident of this city for 15 years past, died at the residence of George Kennedy, here, of consumption, Thursday morning.  He leaves a wife, three children and a brother.  Funeral Friday afternoon and burial at Beech Grove Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Death of J. N. Miller.

J. N. Miller, one of the old and ___ residents of Pulaski, died at ___ that village, Thursday of ____ at the age of 74 years.  Mr. Miller ___ his country during the ___ Ohio Regiment, came to ___ and resided at Villa Ridge ___ years ago when removed ___.  He had been an invalid ___ __rs.  A wife and six children ___ him, viz:  Mrs. C. M. Gaunt, ____ Miller of Mound City, ____ Pulaski, D. E. Miller ____ ___al, Mrs. Ida Forsyth, ___ ___ S. Miller, of Chicago.

(Jasper Newton Miller married Margaret Albin.  Charles M. Miller married Eleanor Miller on 13 Oct 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  George H. Forsyth married Ida Miller on 7 Apr 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Wife Drowned Fording Creek.

Mount Vernon—While attempting to drive a wagon across West Muddy Creek, which was running high, A. Thompson and his wife were thrown into the steam by the wagon overturning.  Mrs. Thompson was drowned.  Thompson saved himself, two married daughters and two children.
Cairo Car Fatally Hurts Girl.

Cairo—Alice Walschmidt, 2 years old, was run over by an electric car here and fatally injured.
Swallows Acid and Dies.

Centralia—John Hubbard, 40 years old, died after drinking carbolic acid.
J. N. Miller, who has been sick for over a year, died this Thursday morning.
Carl Miller, of Chicago, Ed Miller and Mrs. Gaunt, of Mound City, and Mrs. Forsythe, of Tamms have been at the bedside of their father.
Mrs. Ollie Daniels died lat week Tuesday at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Cairo.  Her death followed an operation performed on Monday, and was a shock to her many friends here.  The funeral services was held at the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon, after which the remains were shipped to Anna for burial.

(Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Effie V. wife of O. M. Daniels Died May 5, 1908 Aged 24 Yrs., 5 Mos., & 1 Day.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 22 May 1908:
The widow of the late J. N. Miller, of Pulaski, and mother of Mrs. C. M. Gaunt and E. S. Miller of this city, has taken up her home with her children.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shearer died at their home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Monday, and was brought by the parents to Mounds Tuesday for interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mr. C. R. Mohundro, aged 64 years, died at his home in the upper part of this city Monday evening of congestion of the brain.  He leaves a wife and six grown children.  Funeral took place at Ohio Chapel near Grand Chain Tuesday. Montgomery & Stockton, of this city, cared for the remains.
W. H. Harley, aged about 45 years, a foreman at the chair factory, and residing in Wall’s row of houses on Poplar Street, committed suicide early Saturday morning.  He had been suffering with rheumatism and, finding no relief elsewhere, took a heavy dose of morphine.  He leaves a wife and six children mostly grown.  He was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. J. S. Dille Has Passed Away.

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Dille, wife of J. S. Dille, of Villa Ridge, Pulaski County, Ills., died at Pine Bluff Ark., on May 15th, 1908, in the 62nd year of her age.  Mrs. Dille had become a victim of a severe attack of rheumatism and complication of other diseases, and in February last her husband took her to Hot Springs, Ark., and placed here in the care of a physician where she could also have the benefit of the curative properties of the baths of that noted resort, but after a visit of three weeks, and constantly growing worse, she was removed to the home of her son-in-law, William Puddephatt, at Pine Bluff, and placed in the care of a skillful physician where she had the constant care of a loving daughter; but all the skill of the physician and care and nursing of loving hands was of no avail, and she gradually grew worse and quietly and peacefully passed away on the above date.  The remains of the deceased arrived at her home Saturday evening and funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday morning, May 17, 1908, at 11:00 o’clock, Rev. C. W. Campbell, pastor, officiating; who delivered a most eloquent, forceful and helpful discourse.  The music was rendered by a choir consisting of Mrs. P. G. Pavey, of Cairo, Mrs. Dr. Rife, Miss Agnes Gunn, C. W. B. Pavey, and H. E. Jones, of Villa Ridge, with Mrs. C. W. B. Pavey at the organ. The floral decorations were beautiful and abundant, one design a most beautiful anchor presented by the Villa Ridge Telephone Co., another a cross, by the ladies aid society of the M. E. church and another by her little grandchildren of Pine Bluff, Ark., with the inscription “Grandma.”  Mrs. Dille had been a loyal, devoted and helpful member of the M. E. church for more than 35 years, and leaves a loving husband and five children.  Mrs. Effie Puddephatt and Edney Dille, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Joseph B. Dille, Argenta, Ark.; F. M. Dille and Mrs. Dora Spaulding, Villa Ridge, Ill., besides a host of loving and devoted friends.  The pallbearers were C. C. Davidson, Hallack Johnson, G. W. Gunn, G. W. Green, H. M. Hogendobler, and George E. Titus.  The remains were laid to rest in a beautiful spot in the Villa Ridge cemetery.  Mrs. Dille was more than an ordinary woman. The broad hand of charity was hers, ever ready and helpful to others in time of need; a woman of untiring zeal and devotion to her family and friends.  The life work of a noble woman is ended; gone not far, just over there a little way, and the influence of that life will be most indelibly impressed on the memory of those who loved and knew her best, but with the conscious thought of that blessed hope within us, we can bow in submission to Him, who doeth all things well, and say:  “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

(J. S. Dille married L. M. Kennedy on 12 Mar 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William Puddefhatt married Effie May Dille on 5 Apr 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Elizabeth M. Dille 1848-1908.—Darrel Dexter)
Blum Will Case Is Settled.

Mound City—The celebrated Blum will case has been compromised and the suit to set aside the will is ended. Louis Blum left a will which could not be found, but two of the heirs, Mrs. Clara Blum Eichhorn and Ben Blum, produced what they declared was a carbon copy of the will.  Jacob and Samuel Blum took an appeal from the decision of Judge W. S. Dewey of the probate court to admit the will to probate.

Friday, 29 May 1908:
John R. Ford, a saloonkeeper of Cairo, who killed one Jones W. Lewis last October, was found not guilty of murder in that city by a jury last Sunday morning.
Andrew Walker died at his home near Holloway’s Landing, Ky., one day last week, and because of the high waters which were still so obstructive to travel over there, the remains were taken to Mounds for interment.
Mrs. James B. Wall, of this city, stepmother of Judge and Miss Maude Wall, died at her home in this city Wednesday evening of this week, at the age of 72 years.  Burial will take place Friday in Pisgah Cemetery in Johnson County.  She had been a member of the Methodist church 56 years.
Woman Leaps into Well.

Golconda—Mrs. S. W. Rains, wife of a prominent farmer near this place, committed suicide by jumping into a well.

(Samuel W. Rains married Wendoza Baker on 12 Jul 1893, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Robertson, mother of Mrs. Daniels, was called to the bedside of her daughter who is dangerously ill.  (Ullin)
J. M. Fridle died at his home southeast of town (Mounds) Saturday morning, May 23, 1908.  He was about 73 years old and had lived for many years in this county, where he was well known.  He was of German descent and was a sober industrious and honest truck gardener, who was well respected by all who knew him.  The funeral services were held Monday in the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. J. H. Albright.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Friday, 5 Jun 1908:
Mrs. Josephine Moseley, an aged colored woman, died suddenly of heart trouble Saturday at her home on Big Four Railroad Street.

(Thomas Moseley married Josephine Hunt on 7 Sep 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Lizzie Aliff Schwartz died at her home 1 ½ miles west of town (Grand Chain) on last Saturday night, May 30, 1908.  She was a bride of three months.  She leaves a husband, father, mother and two sisters to mourn her loss.  The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.  Lizzie was well liked by all who knew her and we should say to the relatives your loss is heaven’s gain.

Friday, 12 Jun 1908:
Frederick, the 14-year-old son of Lum Meecham, of this city, was drowned in the river near the Metal Bound Wednesday afternoon.  He was fishing with a little colored boy off a log and is supposed to have taken with an epileptic fit, to which he was subject, and never raised again.  The body was found near where it went down.
James H. Crowell of this city died at his home Monday, June 8, 1908, at 9:25 a.m., at the age of 68 years and 7 months.  He was an Indiana soldier during the war, a member of the K. of P. and leaves a wife and adopted daughter.  Funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from M. E. church.  Burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.
James Huckleberry, an uncle of Ira B. Huckleberry, and Mrs. M.N. McCartney, and Mrs. Minnie Dwyer and Mrs. W. E. Beal, family and friends from Vienna, attended the funeral of Mrs. Friganza in this city last Sunday.
Death of Mrs. Friganza.
(This obituary was clipped from the paper that was microfilmed.—Darrel Dexter

Friday, 19 Jun 1908:

Little Jennie Emmert, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Emmert, of Villa Ridge, died at her home Saturday, June 13th, after an illness of only two days.  Besides her parents, she leaves two little sisters, Edith and Georgia, to mourn her untimely loss.  Funeral was conducted by Rev. F. S. Perry, pastor of the Congregational Church of Mounds.  Interment at Villa Ridge Cemetery.

             (Frank B. Emmert married Alferretta Buckle on 11 Oct 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  One marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Jennie Emmert 1906-1908.—Darrel Dexter)


Illinoisan Killed by Lightning.

Harrisburg—While standing in the doorway of his barn in this city, waiting for a thunderstorm to pass, Clarence Cummings was struck by lightning and killed.  His hat was burned from his head and his shoes were torn from his feet.



Friday, 26 Jun 1908:

Ruby Lynn Starks, aged 17 years, died Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Starks, on Main Street.  The decedent had spent the past six weeks in Chicago, where he contracted quick consumption and only returned to Mound City the day before his death.  Funeral takes place at the residence at 10:30 a.m. Friday.


Mary B., wife of Ex-county Commissioner S. P. Gardner, departed this life Thursday night after a long battle with consumption.  The funeral services were conducted Saturday evening at the A. M. E. Church by Rev. J. N. Crofford, to a large congregation.  The remains were laid to rest in Union Grove Cemetery near Tamms.  Mr. Gardner has the sympathy of both the white and colored citizens in this his saw sorrow.  Sweet be her rest.

             (Samuel P. Gardner married on 30 Jul 1885, in Pulaski Co., Ill., Mary B. King.  He was earlier married to Mary E. Posey on 22 Apr 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.   A marker for Mary B. Gardner could not be found, but a marker for the earlier wife in Union Grove Cemetery reads:  Mary E. wife of S. P. Gardner  Died Aug. 1, 1884 Aged 18 Yrs., 3 Mos., & 9 Ds.  Though short my days, Yet now I rest, And praise my God among the blest.—Darrel Dexter)


Roy Andrews received a very sad telegram Thursday telling him of an accident that occurred to his sisters at Oakland, Ill., by the explosion of a gasoline stove.  The message stated that they were fatally injured and not expected to live.  Mr. Andrews left Friday for Oakland.  One of the young ladies, Miss Edith, had many friends here (Ullin) who will regret to hear the news.


C. M. Hileman was called to Anna Monday on account of the death of his brother there.  (Ullin)

             (A marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Jacob Hileman Born Dec. 21, 1823 Died June 21, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)


May Know Cause of Ellis’ Death.

             Mount Vernon—Mrs. Charles Presley is in jail in Mount Carmel, charged with burglary.  According to statements of Mrs. Presley’s daughter, the woman is thought to have been identified with the mysterious killings of David B. Ellis, of St. Louis, who was found dead at the west limits of Mount Vernon Jan. 2, with a bullet hole in his heart and one in his head.

             (This may refer to Julia Sneed, who married Charles Presley on 13 Aug 1899, in Jefferson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 3 Jul 1908:

Death from Burning.

             Marion, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Tucker, residing on Pearl Street, in this city, was fatally burned Sunday evening, and from which she died twenty-four hours later.  The little one with others was playing with candle lighted toy street car boxes upon the sidewalk in front of their home when her box suddenly caught fire, setting fire to her clothes.  By the time she could be rescued her back from hips to near the top of her head was burned to almost a crisp, and her sufferings were terrible until death came to her relief.  She was a beautiful and loving child.  The funeral took place Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal church, and burial in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rev. H. W. Anderson of Cairo, conducting the exercises.


Card of Thanks.

             We, the undersigned wish to hereby extend thanks to the many friends for their kindness shown through the illness and death of our beloved son, Ruby Lynn Starks, to the choir we desire to make special mention.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Starks.


Brakeman Killed in Wreck.

             Murphysboro—Kenneth West, a brakeman, of Murphysboro, was killed when a freight car fell on him in a wreck below Murphysboro.  He was 25 years old, and leaves a widow and baby.


Swimmer Drowns at Centralia.

             Centralia—Claude McCoy, a young man living in Centralia, was drowned in Crooked Creek, near here, while in swimming with a number of companions.  His body has not been recovered.


Miner Crushed to Death.

             Harrisburg.—John Horsick, a miner, was caught under a fall of slate and crushed to death.  Jackscrews were required to lift the heavy slab in order to remove his body.


Sam Howard, colored, aged 44 years, died Wednesday of consumption at his home half way between here and Mounds.  Leaves a wife, mother and sister.


Mrs. E. C. Fletcher and children went to Chattanooga yesterday where Mrs. Fletcher was called by the death of her father who was visiting his son there.



Friday, 10 Jul 1908:

Died, at her home near Unity, in Pulaski County, June 25, 1908, Mrs. Lizzie Mansperger, wife of John Mansperger, aged 43 years, and 7 months.  She leaves a husband, three sons, two daughters, a mother and sister to mourn her loss.

             (John Mannsperger married Lizzie Ferenbaugh on 15 Nov 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. Hazlewood, who resided with her daughter, Mrs. John Schuler, Jr., died at their home in Cape Girardeau Wednesday from consumption from which she had suffered the past few years.  The deceased was well known to a number of our citizens and at one time resided here with her daughter, Mrs. Capt. H. Taylor, now deceased.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Schuler, and one son, Robert Hazlewood, of Bardwell, Ky., to which place the remains were taken for burial.


Dr. George Thomas, for many years a prominent physician of Ballard County, Ky., died while alone in his office at Bardwell last Monday of supposed heart disease.


Death of Rev. Utley.

             Rev. B. F. Utley, pastor of the M. E. church in this city during the past nearly two years, died at his home here Wednesday forenoon of this week, of tuberculosis, at the age of 35 years, 10 months, and 26 days.  A loving wife and five little daughters, the eldest ten years of age, are the chief mourners of his death.  The funeral will be held at the church at 4:00 p.m. Thursday and the remains taken to Belknap Friday morning and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery at that place.

Rev. Utley was born in Johnson County of this state, and educated at the Presbyterian college at Enfield, of which denomination his father was a minister.  He had been in the ministry nearly eleven years, had filled several important charges with credit, and was one of the brightest and most promising young ministers of the conference.  In his sermons, as also his addresses, he was magnetic and carried his audiences with him.  He was always interesting and instructive to the old and young alike, and to hear him preach was to learn something.

Outside the pulpit he was unusually strong.  He made acquaintances quick and lots of them who soon became to him friends, and he always had for them a smile and kind word.  It was a sad day in Mound City Wednesday when they learned he was dead, and tear stained eyes could be seen among the members of his congregation.  They knew of his serious illness for three weeks past, but hoped and prayed that he might recover.  It is a short step sometimes from apparent good health to eternity.  Rev. Utley was a Christian man, and has gone into that great hereafter where sickness and death never comes—that he never tired of telling his hearers about, and urged them to prepare for it.

(Bennie F. Utley married Sarah Bean on 29 Sep 1897, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 17 Jul 1908:

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. H. Nelms was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday.

             (This may refer to a child of Hiram Nelms and Viola Walker, who were married on 10 Aug 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The body of B. F. Utley, accompanied by the bereaved family and a large concourse of friends, was taken Friday morning to Belknap, where it was taken to the M. E church lying in state from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., when services were conducted by Rev. Landis, pastor of the church, and Rev. J. W. McNeile, the presiding elder of this district.  A large number of Bro. Utley’s friends from Vienna, Belknap, and the surrounding country crowded the church and there was scarcely a heart in the congregation but felt the pain of this parting.  After the service the remains were taken to the Masonic cemetery where they were laid to rest.  Mrs. Utley and the fatherless children have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow.  The following friends from this city accompanied the remains to their last resting place:  Mrs. A. L. Compton, Dr. and Mrs. Hall Whiteaker, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Perks, Mrs. Kate Robards, Mrs. Florence Malone, Mrs. W R. Rodman, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Millis, Mrs. Ruby Richey, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Keller, Misses Kate Schuler, and Hattie B. Hawley, Messrs. A. J. Dougherty, Ben Blum, Roy Moore, Ed Sheerer, William Otter, L. D. Stophlet, Charles Livesay, J. A. Waugh, W. A. Wall, H. V. Handley, J. W. McNeille, ---Williams, and William Montgomery.  Mrs. A. L. Compton, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Parker, Mrs. Florence Malone and Mrs. Utley and family remained over in Belknap to visit relatives.  William Montgomery, the undertaker of this city, had charge of the corpse and decorations here, upon the train and at Belknap, and his decorations and latest mode of managing the funeral arrangements were pronounced the finest ever seen in this part of the state.


Albert Nelson, a well known and popular Illinois Central engineer at Mounds, died at the Catholic infirmary at Cairo last week Thursday night of typhoid fever.  He leaves a wife and daughter.


Miss Willie Tallye, aged 18 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gentry Tallye, colored, died at the family home in this city Monday last and was buried Tuesday at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Twelve of her girl school mates dressed in white acted as pall bearers.



             We desire to extend our since thanks to our many friends who so kindly and nobly stood by us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.  May the God he served, and the Christ he so faithfully represented be accepted as the friend and Savior of his and our many friends.

Mrs. B. F. Utley and children.


Mrs. Thomas Roach, widow, of Grand Chain died at her home Wednesday morning of this week, aged 69 years.  She leaves two sons and two daughters and has resided in Grand Chain about thirty-five years, interment at Grand Chain cemetery.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hickman lost their infant child Friday.  Funeral was held Sunday, burial at Ullin Cemetery.

             (Frank Hickman and his wife Margaret Hickman have grave markers in Ullin Cemetery, but there is not a marker there for their infant child.—Darrel Dexter)


The mother of John Sadler died at his home on south Front Street (Mounds) Saturday.


Albert Nelson, one of the old and highly esteemed engineers resident this place (Mounds), died at the hospital in Cairo last week Thursday from typhoid fever after a three-week illness.  He leaves a wife and daughter.  The interment took place in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The Masons, Odd Fellows, K. of P. and Engineers have charge of the funeral, which was largely attended by a host of members of the orders and friends of the family.



Friday, 24 Jul 1908:

The aged mother of Miss Lottie Chittick, of this city, died Monday last at the family home half a mile north of the Cross Roads Schoolhouse, and where she had resided for thirty five years.


Mrs. Chittick, wife of the late S. F. Chittick, died Tuesday night and was buried at Concord Cemetery. (Olmsted)

             (Samuel T. Chittick married Emily Bagsbee on 14 Aug 1863, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Her marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Emily E. Chittick Born Oct. 25, 1834 Died July 21, 1908.—Darrel Dexter)



Mrs. Thomas Roach, of Grand Chain, Ill., died Wednesday morning, July 15, 1908, of cancer, after a lingering illness of four months. The interment took place in Grand Chain Cemetery Thursday afternoon. Rev. Father Rhinehardt officiated at the funeral, which includes requiem mass with appropriate sermon. The deceased was an estimable woman, beloved by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She bore her terrible sufferings with heroic patience, never complaining or troubling those about her. May she rest in peace is the profound wish of her relatives and hosts of friends throughout southern Illinois. Mrs. Roach is survived by three sons and two daughters: Louis Edward, her oldest son, is a lieutenant in the regular army, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Matthew is a switchman in the I. C. R. R. yards at Mounds, but resides in Cairo; Dallas, the youngest, resides at home; one daughter, Mrs. Albert Reichert, resides at home; Miss May, who is a nurse at the southern Illinois hospital for the insane at Anna, was kindly given a leave of absence to nurse her mother during this last illness.

Friday, 31 Jul 1908:
Cyrus N. Walls, a brilliant newspaper writer, and at one-time editor of the defunct Mounds Leader, died at the Kankakee insane asylum last week, at the age of 62 years.

Says He Committed Murder and Robbery in Grand Chain.

Nashville, Tenn., July 27.—The police are puzzled over the case of a young man who gives his name as E. E. Merchant, and who approached a patrolman Sunday morning with the request that he be locked up for the double crime of murder and robbery.

According to his story he formerly resided in Grand Chain, Ill., where he says his sister was wronged by a man named James Andrews. He claims to have shot Andrews in cold blood and immediately afterward robbed his employer, the American Express Company of about $800, after which he fled.—“From that day to this,” he says, “my life has been a hell. My wife, who left for Salt Lake City this morning, advised me to give myself up. I cannot stand it any longer.”

After looking the man up, the police wired the chief of police at Grand Chain, Ill., and received the following answer:

“No charge that I know of.”

Merchant, however, who is apparently perfectly sane, insists that he is a murderer, and with tears streaming down his face adheres to the minutest details of his story of the crime. Since coming here recently, Merchant has been something of a high roller and ready spender.

___ the home of her parents, one ___ of town, Maggie, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heisner, aged about 13 years. Maggie was ___able girl. Funeral at Grand ____ Wednesday, July 29. Interment ____ Cemetery. (Grand Chain)

John Bugle, about 18 years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Bugle, was drowned in Cache on Saturday last. He had a crippled arm and while in swimming in some way got beyond his depths. (Villa Ridge)

Mrs. John Arnold finished her toils of life and was called away last Friday, leaving a husband and four small children to mourn her loss. (Curry)

John Holden, a prominent farmer residing between Unity and Olive Branch, was killed by lightning last week while working in a field upon his farm. He was found lying in the field after the storm had passed. He was 65 years old.

Friday, 7 Aug 1908:
Died at the home of her parents at Grand Chain, Ill., on Tuesday, July 28, 1908, Miss Maggie Hysner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hysner, aged 14 years and 4 months. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thomas C. Gaunt, at the Congregational church by a very impressive sermon to a large assembly of relatives and friends. The remains were then laid to rest in the family lot in the Masonic cemetery. Her death was removed one of the brightest and most lovable young lives our community afforded, and she will be greatly missed at home and amongst her associates. The community and friends extend to the bereaved family their most sincere sympathy.

(Her name was recorded as Maggie Heisner in the 31 Jul 1908, issue.—Darrel Dexter)

Death of Mrs. Mason

Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell Mason, beloved wife of the late Benjamin F. Mason, residing two miles north of America station this county, died at her home Monday, August 3, 1908, at 2 a.m., at the ripe age of 76 years, 8 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held at the home August 4th, at 1 p.m. conducted by Rev. I. A. J. Parker, followed by interment in Villa Ridge Cemetery. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large number of relatives and friends. Mrs. Mason was married in Franklin County, Ind., in 1850, and came to this county, April 1, 1865, landing from a steamboat at Caledonia, going from there to the home where herself and family have since resided. Mr. Mason died in 1899. She leaves a highly esteemed family of eight grown children: Mrs. Sarah Wilson, Mrs. A. L. Full, Oscar and W. C. Mason, Mrs. S. A. Steers, and Mrs. C. E. Leidigh, of America Precinct, H. A. Mason, of Mound City, and Charles H., at Belknap.

(Andrew F. Fell married Alice Mason on 11 Mar 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Stephen A. Steers married Mary E. Mason on 10 Mar 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Reward for Missing Boy.

Harrisburg—Arthur Dale, 16-year-old son of J. W. Dale, of Dahlgren, Ill., has been missing since July 1, and all efforts to find any trace of him have proven futile. When last seen he appeared to be bewildered. Fear is expressed that he has become mentally unbalanced or has met foul play. He has dark brown hair, brown eyes, slightly stooped shouldered and walks with a long step. A reward is offered for information leading to his whereabouts.

(The father may be the same person as John W. Dale, who married Jane Eldora Stinson on 1 Feb 1891, in Saline Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Illinois Veteran Dies.

Carbondale—Charles C. Lawrence, a veteran of the Civil War and an old resident of this city, died here, aged 71. He served in the Second Colorado Cavalry during the war. A sister, Mrs. Rachel Curtis, aged 79, died the same day at Paris, Ill. He is survived by a wife and five children, one of the latter being Prof. J. Hamilton Lawrence of Park College, Parkville, Mo.

(Charles C. Lawrence married Ellen J. Hamilton on 16 May 1867, in Jackson Co., Ill.  His marker in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale reads:  C. C. L. Lawrence 1837-1908.  2 Colo. Cav.—Darrel Dexter)

Rafe Henderson, one of our (Mounds) thrifty west side colored farmers, dropped dead near the Half Way House while returning from Cairo Tuesday morning. He died from heart trouble.

(Rafe Henderson married Mrs. Annie Robison on 10 Nov 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

The funeral of Miss Lulu Hogendobler which occurred at Villa Ridge Tuesday, August 5, 1908, was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Miss Hogendobler was born and raised in this county and educated in the common schools and then graduated at the S. I. N. at Carbondale. She was a fine instructor and had taught successfully in the Shawneetown public schools and in the high school at Cairo. She was taking a post graduate course in Chicago at the time of her death. (Mounds)

Our entire community was shocked to hear the first of the week of the death of Miss Lulu Hogendobler, which occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago after an operation for appendicitis. Miss Lulu was loved by all who knew her for her many sterling qualities, and her loss is felt by many friends and relatives. The funeral was conducted at the Congregational church on Wednesday morning by Rev. Humberd of Cobden. (Villa Ridge)

Mrs. Cecil, wife of Rev. Cecil, living near Elco, died Friday after a lingering illness of consumption. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smith to a large congregation. The remains were laid to rest in Hazlewood Cemetery.

Esquire Hudson lost a child last week about two years old. The little fellow was playing in a ten-gallon jar full of water and fell in on his head and was drowned when found. Mr. Hudson and family are among our best colored citizens. (Ullin)

S. C. Cook died at his home in Ullin Monday morning. Mr. Cook was a sufferer of an incurable disease for several months. He was treated at several hospitals, but was only relieved temporarily. He was a good citizen and neighbor, a kind husband and father. He leaves a wife, a daughter and son to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Tuesday evening, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Ullin cemetery. May he rest in peace.

             (Sylvester C. Cook married Ella B. Crary on 2 Oct 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  S. C. Cook 1851-1908.  Ella Cook 1864-1950.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 14 Aug 1908:
On Monday the body of a man was found floating at the mouth of the America Bayou, about four miles north of town, and was buried the same day. He had a sandy complexion and appeared to be about 35 years of age, and wore a small plain gold ring on his little finger and no coat.

Jealousy Cost Two Lives.

Metropolis—When Jim Kelley, a 19-year-old youth met his sweetheart Miss Eva Sleefer and Link James, a young butcher, driving near Metropolis, he killed James, shot the girl in the abdomen and blew out his own brain. Kelley was crazed with jealousy.

The two-year-old child of Henry Williams died Monday morning and was taken to Villa Ridge Wednesday for burial.

Friday, 21 Aug 1908:
John B. Calhoun, aged 50 years, a well known and highly esteemed old resident of the county, died at his home in Grand Chain last Sunday afternoon and was buried in the cemetery at that place Monday afternoon. The cause of his death was disease of the stomach, with which he had been afflicted for some time. He leaves a wife and little daughter. Mr. Calhoun was a carpenter and builder by trade and was a strictly moral and upright man, highly esteemed by all who knew him. During the past year or more the family resided in Mound City, and returned to Grand Chain but a few weeks ago.

George Mumford and family attended the funeral of the infant daughter of S. Welch Sunday (Curry)

As floater was picked up here (Olmsted) Tuesday evening by Jencks Knight, a fisherman, making the second one in a week or so.

John B. Calhoun was buried in the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon. Rev. T. C. Gaunt conducted the services. Mr. Calhoun leaves a widow and young daughter and many relatives and friends all of whom have the sympathy of the entire community (Grand Chain).

Quite an excitement prevailed here (Ullin) Wednesday evening when a colored man by the name of Sam Green was shot and killed by some unknown party. The shooting occurred in Oscar Coleman’s corn field. After the inquest, the said Oscar Coleman was held for trial on charge of killing the man. Green’s remains were shipped to Tennessee Friday for burial.

Oldest Sparta Native Dies.

Sparta—Matthew McClurken, the oldest native citizen of this town, is dead. He was 81 years old. McClurken was the first white child born in Sparta, and had lived here all his life. In 1839 he engaged in the manufacture of castor oil and continued in that business until 1860, when he took charge of the Sparta Woolen Mills. He was also engaged in the dry goods business since 1860 and was one of the wealthiest men in the country. The funeral was from the family residence.

(Matthew McClurken married Rachel McNeall on 17 Jul 1845, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Shaves Before Killing Self.

DuQuoin—Jasper Woods, a miner, and for many years a resident of this city, committed suicide at his home by cutting his throat with a razor, with which he had just finished shaving.

Friday, 28 Aug 1908:
Crazed by Stigma, She Dies.

DuQuoin—Mrs. Ransom A. Youngblood, a member of one of the best known families of Benton, died suddenly in the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna, where she was taken a month ago. Her mental derangement was the result of grief over the penitentiary sentence imposed upon her husband, R. A. Youngblood, for defalcation during his connection with the Coal Belt National Bank of Benton, of which he was president.

(Ransom A. Youngblood married Mamie Hubbard on 17 May 1882, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. Kate Howard, one of the leaders in the recent riots in Springfield, and who was indicted for murder of the negro Burton, ended her life Wednesday by swallowing acid while being placed under arrest.

I. H. Edwards, who has been laid up so long by a stroke of paralysis, is not expected to live. (Mounds)

Little Walter, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, of North Mounds, died Wednesday the 19th of August. Funeral took place on Saturday, the 22nd, conducted by Rev. H. C. Burton, of the A. M. E. church. Interment at Lincoln Cemetery.

Ward, the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Cole, died Saturday morning of membranous croup. The remains were shipped the same day to some point above Benton for burial. Bereaved parents have our deepest sympathy. (Ullin)

Friday, 4 Sep 1908:
News has been received here of the death of Mrs. Dillow of Fort Smith, Ark., who formerly resided in this city at the national cemetery.
George Bankson, one of our neighborhood boys, died after a long illness from consumption at the home of his sister, Mrs. Will Gandy, of Ullin, last week, where he had been for some time. The funeral took place Friday at Liberty. (Curry)

(William F. Gandy married Iallie I. Bankson on 13 Apr 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Barney Davidson, living near Karnak, fell from a wagon, and the load of heavy timber falling on him, killed him instantly last Saturday. (Grand Chain)

Byron Shelton, a fisherman at this point (Olmsted), caught another floater here Sunday evening making three for the month of August. This last one was a colored boy said to have drowned at Paducah ten days ago.

Mrs. Sue Mock died at Cairo Tuesday and was brought to Ullin for burial. She was a sister of Mrs. B. Seals. (Ullin)

George Bankson died last Wednesday night, Aug. 26, at the home of his sister, Mrs. W. F. Gandy, after an illness of three weeks He was buried Friday at Liberty church yard.


We wish to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us during the recent illness, death and burial of our dear brother, George W. Bankston, Our heartfelt thanks are tendered to all.
Mrs. Simon Aden
Mrs. W. Gandy
Cecil Bankson

D. A. Hurst, the brother who has been lingering for eighteen months, passed away last Wednesday night, and was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery. The I. O. O. F. had charge of the funeral. Rev. Kelley of Makanda preached the sermon. (Pulaski)

Friday, 11 Sep 1908:
A message from Red Bud to Masonic lodge at Olmsted was received Tuesday notifying them of the death of Julius B. Derouche, a former citizen of the town, which took place at Red Bud, Sept. 1. Mr. DeRouche disappeared from his home mysteriously last February, and had not been heard of.

(J. B. DeRouche married Mrs. Amanda M. Bankson on 27 Jan 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Frank Waters, a quiet colored citizen of south Mounds, was killed by one of his neighbors near Cache bridge as they were coming home from the half way house Saturday afternoon.


Jack Evett, the man who fired the fatal shot near Cache bridge, is in the Mound City jail to await the action of the grand jury. He was held for manslaughter by the coroner’s jury. (Mounds)

Friday, 18 Sep 1908:
Mildred D. Crippen, the little 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Crippen, died at her home on Railroad Avenue, at 8 o’clock p.m., Sept. 13, of membranous croup. She started to school on Monday, but was taken sick in the afternoon and grew rapidly worse. She was the only child and Mr. and Mrs. Crippen have the sympathy of all their friends in this great sorrow. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Whitely of the Episcopal Church, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

(William F. Crippen married Lillie Bell Beaver on 18 Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  The 25 Sep 1908, issue gives the girl’s name as Deloris.—Darrel Dexter)

John Burnett, of Ullin, a long-time and faithful employee of the Defiance Box Co., as night watchman, was seriously injured Tuesday evening by an accidental shot from his own revolver. The discharge was caused by dropping the gun on the floor. Mr. Burnett was hurried to the hospital in Cairo and at last reports was getting along as well as could be expected.

Death of J. H. Brown.

Dr. James Harvey Brown died at his residence on the Louisville Pike, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 11, of diabetes.

Dr. Brown was born at Bradstown, Ky., Oct. 12, 1823, and was in the 85th year of his age. He was one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of this community. He has been an elder of the Bradstown Presbyterian church and a member of that church nearly all his life, and was an earnest and devout Christian gentleman. In early life he was engaged in the drug business with Dr. William Nall as a member of the firm of Nall & Brown.  Afterwards he graduated from the Louisville Medical College and located at Mound City and was a successful physician.  He remained there until the late seventies, when he returned to Bradstown, where he resided until his death. He is survived by two sisters, Mesdames T. D. Elliott and Edmonia Roberts. Funeral was held Thursday at 10:00 o’clock at the Presbyterian church, Rev. W. R. Anderson conducting the services. Interment at Bradstown Cemetery.—Bradstown, Nelson Enterprise.

Isaac H. Edwards, who had suffered for so long from a stroke of paralysis, died at his home on Front Street, Friday evening, Sept. 11. He was one of our patriotic, honorable, Christian citizens. The funeral occurred Saturday and was largely attended. Interment at Shiloh Cemetery west of Villa Ridge. (Mounds)

The little 1-year-old child of Mrs. Will Seals died Monday of membranous croup and as buried in the Ullin cemetery Tuesday.

Runaway Accident Fatal.

Mount Vernon—Mrs. William Banes, wife of a well-known farmer, is dead as the result of injuries received in a runaway. The team was frightened by an automobile.

Friday, 25 Sep 1908:
Word has been received here of the death of Dr. William T. Eckley, of Grand Haven, Mich., who died at that place last Saturday of heart trouble. Mrs. Eckely was firmly Miss Crim B. Cheek, and was a teacher in the Mound City public schools.

(William Thomas Eckley married Corinne B. Cheek on 12 Apr 1896, in Cook Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Death of John Burnett.

John Burnett, who accidentally shot himself last Tuesday evening at Ullin, died Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo at 6:20 o’clock. The decedent was employed as a night watchman at the Defiance Box Company’s mill at Ullin and while handling his revolver he accidentally discharged the weapon and received a fatal wound. It was hoped that surgeons might be able to save his life and the young man was taken to Cairo to St. Mary’s Infirmary where he underwent a surgical operation. All efforts in his behalf, however proved unavailing.

The decedent was about 25 years of age and is survived by his brother, Charles Burnett, who was at his bedside. He was a nephew of F. M. Burnett, of Pulaski. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and Knights of Pythias lodges at Cobden and was a popular, and highly esteemed young man. During the time he was at the hospital a large number of his friends from Ullin and Cobden came to visit him.


We hereby extended thanks to our many friends for the kindness shown us through the illness and death of our beloved daughter, Deloris.
Mr. and Mrs. W. M.

(The 18 Sep 1908, issue of the newspaper recorded the girl’s name as Maggie D. Crippen.—Darrel Dexter)

Last week section foreman, John Plott, of the I. C. R. R., found a man above Ullin along the right of way in a dying condition. Mr. Plott brought the sick man to the section house and Dr. Robinson was called to see him, but medical aid came too late and the man died in a few hours. He gave his name as W. T. Rossow and was a member of the Journeymen’s Tailor Union and that order telegraphed Mayor Mathis to give the remains a respectful burial here.

James Baker, an old soldier who has worked at the box shops for years, died at the soldier’s home at Danville on Sunday after a stay there of only two weeks. Mr. Gamble went to Danville Monday and brought the remains here (Villa Ridge) for burial.

Friday, 2 Oct 1908:
Ella, wife of Hardamon Perkins, departed this life Sept. 27, at 8 o’clock a.m., aged 34 years. She is survived by a husband, two children and a number of relatives to mourn her loss. (Edith Chapel)

The little 3-year-old son of Will Cline, who lives near Elco, died Sunday and was buried Monday at Delta.

Friday, 9 Oct 1908:
Mrs. Lizzie Hammond, aged 64 years, died at her residence on Railroad Avenue in this city last Tuesday at 1:30 a.m. of tumor and was buried next day at the Hogendobler Cemetery. She had no known relatives here.

Tragedy at Cairo.

Cairo—Drew Marshall shot Mrs. Frank Bechtel twice and then turned the gun on himself. He died instantly and Mrs. Betchtel is now lying in a dangerous condition at the city hospital. Marshall was angered by the refusal of Mrs. Bechtel to leave her husband and two small children and elope with him.

Ex-Postmaster Dies Suddenly.

Centralia—William H. Cullimore, former postmaster of this city, a retired businessman and pioneer resident, died here at the age of 72 years. His death was sudden and unexpected, an attack of heart trouble, following soon after he ate his breakfast. His wife died a few months ago.

Oldest Nashville Citizen.

Nashville—Henry Bultman, the oldest citizen in Nashville, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. F. Finke, from the effects of a paralytic stroke. He was 90 years old. The funeral services were conducted at the Finke home and burial at Hoffmann, Ill.

Girl Ends Life After Quarrel.

Mount Vernon.—Miss Annie McComb, 22, drank three ounces of carbolic acid and died in great agony five minutes after. Miss McComb, who had a quarrel with her sweetheart, left a note giving her reason for committing suicide, that as no one cared for her, she was tired of living and wants to die.

C. W. Pomeroy has returned from attending his sister’s funeral at Carmi. He was accompanied home by his __ther.

Friday, 16 Oct 1908:
C. R. Avant, son of M. M. Avant, a highly esteemed colored farmer residing west of Mounds, died last week Thursday evening at the county jail, the result of having eaten a quantity of fine glass two days previous from fear of being taken to the penitentiary. The young man was awaiting trial for forgery committed last summer and being exposed to the small pox in the jail, the authorities would not permit his removal.

Jeff Oglesby, a well known and highly esteemed colored farmer residing west of Villa Ridge, was shot and mortally wounded and robbed early Thursday morning between the national cemetery and Mounds, while en route to Cairo with a load of produce. No clue to the murderer.

Mr. and Mrs. Dow McClellan of Mounds lost their little 4-year-old boy by death. He died of diphtheria and was buried at Villa Ridge Tuesday, October 13th, 1908.

(Dow McClelland married Mrs. Eliza Dillinger on 13 Dec 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Two Miners are Killed.

Eldorado.—Three miners in the Harrisburg and Southern Illinois Coal Company, two miles south of Eldorado, accidentally touched off three cans of powder. Two died in a few hours after the explosion and the other is not expected to live.

Cairo.—Mrs. Ellen McClarney, a widow, was shot and instantly killed here by Walter Davidge. Davidge was out with the 16-year-old daughter of Mrs. McClarney. She followed them and made an attack on Davidge. He shot her and then escaped.

Friday, 23 Oct 1908:
The verdict of the coroner’s jury at Mounds last Friday was that J. D. Oglesby, the negro farmer, who was killed near that place early Thursday morning, as published in last week’s issue, came to his death by a gun shot wound fired by a party unknown.

Miss Caroline Myers, aged 55 years, died at the family home three miles north of Mound City last Sunday night, October 18, of a complication of ailments. Funeral was held at the residence Tuesday afternoon and burial at Beech Grove Cemetery. The deceased had been a resident of this county for many years, and leaves a mother, two brothers, (Gus and Simon Myers) and two sisters, (Mrs. Robert Wright and Mrs. L. A. Deason).

(Leander Deason married Minnie Myers on 21 Feb 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

T. S. Steers, of the First National Bank, was in Grand Chain Tuesday to attend the funeral of his uncle, Mr. William Steers, who died at Metropolis, Monday. A further account of his life and earth will be found today among our Grand Chain items.

Mrs. Franziska Baader died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Fisher, of Wetaug, on the 15th inst., at the age of nearly 78 years.

(Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Our Mother Franziska Buchiwiller wife of Sigmund Baader Oct. 28, 1831 in Germany Oct. 15, 1908 Ruhe in Frieden.—Darrel Dexter)

Mother of Illinois Banker Dies.

Nashville—Mrs. Mary White died at the home of her son, O. N. White, in Robinson, Ill. The funeral services were conducted at Beaucoup, in this county by Rev. J. W. Cummins of Mt. Carmel. Mrs. White was the mother of Milburn J. White, one of the organizers of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank in this city, now cashier of the American National Bank at Mt. Carmel.

Mrs. Ellen Kever Dead.

DuQuoin.—Mrs. Ellen Kever died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Cunliffe. She was 69 years old and was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1839. She came to this country at the age of 15.  At 16 she married Mr. Kever and five children were born, three sons, James Kever, of Chicago, Frank, of Herring, and John, of East St. Louis, and two daughters, Mrs. Harry Neill, of East St. Louis, and Mrs. William Cunliffe, of this city.

(William Cunliffe married Bridget Kever on 28 Sep 1892, in Perry Co., Ill.  Harry Neal married Katie Kever on 24 Sep 1889, in St. Clair Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wal___ ___oss died last Tuesday after a lingering illness of typhomalarial fever and a complication of other ailments was buried at the Concord Cemetery.

Obituary of William Irvin Steers, who was born Nov. 29, 1824, near where the present city of Springfield, Ill., now stands, moved to Pulaski County when about 8 years of age, settling with his parents family near where Olmsted now stands. He departed this life Oct. 19, 1908, aged 78 years, 10 months and 15 days. He was married to Miss M. E. Taylor, Feb. 7, 1867. From this union four children were born, only two of whom are living, W. A. and H. I. Steers. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one brother, J. Gilbert Steers, one sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Gaunt, and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Brother Steers became a Christian about 55 years ago and has lived near Christ all these years without a waver, his faith being the kind which Paul had, worthy to be kept.

Friday, 30 Oct 1908:
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham died at their home Monday morning. The funeral was held Tuesday at the residence, and burial was at Beech Grove Cemetery.

George Stubblefield received a telegram Saturday telling him of the death of his father at Ullin.

The 2-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James McNeile died at heir home on Elm Street at 8 o’clock Saturday morning, after suffering for the past few days. The little one was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Mounds Saturday afternoon.

A colored man from Wetaug named Gager Borine, died in the county jail Wednesday of small pox and was buried same night. His family had left him.

(The surname is recorded as Bolin in the 20 Nov 1908, issue.—Darrel Dexter)

Throat Cut in Fight.

DuQuoin—A jealous quarrel between Robert Kirkpatrick and Mack McCreery, son of a wealthy hotel man, rivals for the hand of Miss Cecil Moore, daughter of a wealthy banker, resulted in a fight at Benton, Ill., in which McCreery was stabbed, probably fatally.

J. W. Harvey Dead.

DuQuoin—J. W. Harvey, son of former Alderman James H. Harvey, died here after an illness of seven months’ duration.

Child Victim of Typhoid.

DuQuoin—George, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Bishop, died at his parents’ home in Sunfield, a village four miles north of this city, of typhoid fever complication with cerebro-spinal meningitis.

DuQuoin—Miss Grace Rogers, daughter of Alva H. Rogers, a prominent farmer northeast of this city, committed suicide by taking poison.

Friday, 6 Nov 1908:
The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bennett (colored) died Monday afternoon at their home on Diamond Street. The little one choked to death from a goiter. She was 10 years old.

Carbondale Police Judge Dies.

Carbondale—Police Magistrate J. H. B. Renfro died here after several months’ illness from blood poisoning. He was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Jan. 2, 1842, and was a member of Company C, Forty-eighth Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. For several years he has been commander of John W. Lawrence Post G. A. R. of this city.

(J. H. B. Renfro married Fannie Holden on 29 Apr 1894, in Jackson Co., Ill.

The 5-year-old son of Robert Schaffer of Friendship died Thursday of membranous croup and was buried Friday at Concord Cemetery. (Ullin)

William Thompson, a veteran of the Civil War, died at Elco Friday and was buried in Hazlewood Cemetery Saturday. (Ullin)

After several years of suffering with the dropsy the life of Mrs. Rice ebbed out Monday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law William Farrell. The deceased was 70 years old and was the widow of a soldier of the Civil War. The remains were taken Tuesday to Dongola for burial. William Farrell and family wish to extend to those who so kindly assisted them during the sickness and burial of their mother.

(William Farrell married Katie Rice, daughter of Mahaley J. Willson, on 11 Dec 1890, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

A. D. Anglin, formerly of this place (Ullin) but now of Pulaski, lost a 5-year-old child Sunday of diphtheria.

(Adolphus Anglin married Mary bell Milford on 28 Apr 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Reynolds & Bundschuh last week erected a monument to the grave of the late John Needham. The stone is one of the latest designs and is a work of art.

Friday, 13 Nov 1908:
Andrew Freeman, an old resident of this city, died here Thursday morning an remains were taken to Vandalia Friday for interment.

Mrs. Dora A. Royer, aged 18 years, and 4 months, wife of George Royer, died at their home in this city Tuesday last. Funeral services at M. E. church at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Interment at Beechgrove Cemetery.

Miners' Bodies Recovered.

Benton—The bodies of four shot fliers who were killed and entombed in the Rend Coal mine here were recovered.

___ the infant daughter of William ___ Talley died Friday Nov. 6, 1908 and was buried on Saturday at Ohio Chapel Cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Robert Smith. (Grand Chain)

Friday, 20 Nov 1908:
Mrs. Albert Rifner, who a few years ago resided at Levings, died at her home in Malden, Mo., Friday evening at 5 o'clock. The body with the bereaved relatives passed through this city Saturday afternoon en route to the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Barber, (the old Calvin homestead) at Levings, where the funeral was conducted at one o'clock p.m. Sunday by Thomas Gaunt, of Grand Chain. Mrs. Rifner is survived by her husband and one child, Miss Angy, and mother, Mrs. Robert Calvin, of Levings, and one brother H. Calvin of Levings, and two sisters, Mrs. Lina Lewis, of Levings and Mrs. Norman Keller, of St. Francis, Ark. Interment was made at the family cemetery at Levings.

(J. A. Rifner married Sallie Calvin on 15 Oct 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  James A. Barber married Elizabeth Calvin on 3 Jul 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  N. A. Keller married Mattie B. Calvin on 20 Jan 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  John Lewis married Lina Calvin on 14 Oct 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

In Memoriam

In remembrance of Minnie (Morrow) Harris my dearly beloved daughter and our dear sister, who departed this life suddenly, November 23, 1907. Aged 28 years, 2 months and 2 days.

__d One Day and Died the Next.
(From the Christopher Record

___n at Wetaug, in Pulaski County __ months ago a negro named Cag__ Bolin, broke into an old house which was temporarily occupied by an old ___ whose earthly possessions consisted of one feather bed and a quilt, or _____ and a few dishes, and stole everything the old man had, who happened to be absent from the house at the time and carried them away in broad daylight. The negro took the bedding to his cabin in Wetaug, while the dishes he dumped into a swamp nearby. Said gentleman on his return to his house found that he had been robbed, __ reported the theft in Wetaug, whereupon he was informed that the ___ Bolen had been seen taking his ___ his cabin. The old man then decided to do a little piece of detective work and accordingly sought shelter __ negro cabin for the night, and ___ mitted. When he retired for the night he found he was covering with his own cover. Next morning he arose early, ate his breakfast and __ work, leaving the white man in bed. After while he got up, ate his breakfast, which the colored woman prepared for him. While eating he was telling the colored woman of the stealing of his goods the day before and offered to pay for his breakfast, which she declined to accept. Not only did she refuse the money, but told the old man that he had slept upon his own bed, telling him that her husband had stolen them. Bolin was arrested and given a preliminary trial, bound over in circuit court, and taken to jail in Mound City. Last week he was __d into court to answer the charge of house breaking. The next day Bolin died in the county jail from small pox. Thus he escaped a term in the ___ but may have something worse to ___.

(The name is recorded as Gager Borine in the 30 Oct 1908, issue.—Darrel Dexter)

Alva, the 3-year-old son of William and Stella Talley died on the 15th and was buried at Ohio Chapel on the 16th.

(This may be a son of William O. Tally, who married Stella A. Henderson on 30 Nov 1899, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thomas the 4-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Reed died last Sunday Nov. 15, and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery here (Grand Chain) on the 16th.

Friday, 27 Nov 1908:
Mrs. J. W. Ware left for Henderson, Ky., Thursday morning to attend the bedside of her father, who is not expected to live.

Tweed Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dyas F. Parker, of Cairo, died Sunday at St. Mary’s Infirmary from injuries received Saturday while at work in the plant of the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company at North Cairo. He was 19 years of age and had relatives in Mound City.

O'Fallon Man Found Dead in Field.

O'Fallon—John Campbell, aged 74 years and residing with his son, James Campbell, one mile east of O’Fallon, was found dead in a nearby field, where he had been hunting. The coroner’s inquest decided that his death was accidental.

Woman Fatally Burned.

Carlinville.—Mrs. Ben Hall, of Girard, Ill., died Saturday from burns received Friday evening while burning leaves. The flames ignited her clothing and before aid reached her, she was fatally burned.

Friday, 4 Dec 1908:
P. G. Cabell, father of Mrs. J. W. Ware, died Nov. 28, and was laid to rest Nov. 30th, in the family cemetery at their homestead near Henderson, Ky.

C. C. Davidson was called to Joliet on Monday last by the death of his brother, Thomas Davidson. (Villa Ridge)

John Blaisdale was buried at Ohio Chapel Sunday. The deceased was a highly respected citizen, a good man and neighbor. He had suffered for several weeks from a stroke of paralysis.

Runaway Fatal to Aged Man.

Sparta—The funeral of John Watson, Sr., a business man of this city, 83 years old, who died of injuries received in being run over by a team of horses, was held from the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Watson was a member of the church.

Friday, 11 Dec 1908:
Andrew, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. John Trout, died Friday at 2 a.m. of measles. He was 3 years old.

P. W. Thompson was called to Smith’s sawmill east of Ullin Monday to hold an inquest over a man by the name of Thompson who fell dead from heart trouble.

A little child of Harry Moore is reported dangerously ill with croup.

Blanche, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Pyle, residing at Center Station, died Wednesday night of tonsillitis.

Anderson Cheek, residing in upper part of town, died Thursday morning from paralysis. He was a grass widower and is survived by his mother.

Walter Johnson, a colored teamster, was buried alive while working in the Hogan gravel pit Thursday afternoon. A large mass of earth caved in on him and killed him instantly. The body was exhumed at once and the funeral took place at Bethel Saturday. (Mounds)

Friday, 18 Dec 1908:
The 9-month-old child of Mrs. A. Aliff living on North Main Street, died Monday afternoon and was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday.

The murder case wherein Anson Tandy killed Fred Roper (both colored) at Grand Chain a few months ago, was tired Wednesday and the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty. Fred Hood for the prosecution and Wall & Caster for defense.

Aurline, the 13-year-old daughter of John Taake, living near Olmstead, died Tuesday of heart trouble. Funeral was held Thursday at Concord Cemetery. This is the second child Mr. Taake has lost within two weeks, a little son having died of throat disease a short time ago. (Ullin)

(Her marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Aurline Taake 1895-1908.—Darrel Dexter)

Billie, the little son of James Lackey, is quite sick with the measles.

Fred H. Berry died here Sunday Dec. 13th, 1908, after a brief illness of congestion of the lungs. He was the second son of James and Cora Berry and was born near here on April 25, 1891, and was 17 years, 7 months and 19 days old at the time of his death. He had many friends and was well liked and was a social member of the Grand Chain Camp No. 6663. M. W. A. and was buried with all the honors of wood craft by the camp Monday afternoon in the Masonic Cemetery. He leaves a father, mother, two brothers and sister besides other relatives and a host of friends to mourn. The family and friends have the sympathy of the community (Grand Chain)

The little 4-year-old daughter of H. C. and Clara Rife died Monday night of tonsillitis, which was a great shock to the parents, as the child was ill but a few days. Interment at Rose Hill cemetery Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Rife have the sympathy of the entire community (Pulaski).

Friday, 25 Dec 1908:
Horrible Murder Case.
In the Freight Car Yards at Mounds—Murderer Unknown.

Charles M. Speikert, of Mound City, a scrap iron gatherer, employed by the Illinois Central railroad, was found murdered in the railroad yards at Mounds last Friday afternoon. There were nine stab wounds in his back and chest, and his throat was cut until the head hung to the body of a small piece of flesh.
Mr. Spiekert was a Kentuckian, about 50 years of age, married but without children, and had resided in Mound City for several years past, being employed at the Metal Bound mill until it shut down, since which time he had been employed in the railroad yards at Mounds, residing in the upper part of this city. He was a quiet and inoffensive man and liked by all. He must have been dead two or three hours when two railroad men passing between the trains saw the marks of scuffling and blood and soon discovered the dead body under some cars. All the marks around the fatal spot showed that the struggle was a long and desperate one, the murderer seeking only to rob Speikert of the supposed money he had received from the pay car the day before. In this he was successful, securing the deaf man's pay check for $37.50, which it is reported was signed by Speikert ready to be cashed when presented at the bank for payment. The body of the murdered man was brought to his home here Saturday and Sunday forenoon was taken to Hazlewood, Ky., a dozen miles or more east of this city, and his former home for burial.

The murder was one of the most cold-blooded imaginable—money being the sole object—but who it was and whether one or more persons is as yet unknown, though detectives and other officers have been at work on the case ever since it was first discovered. The most general belief now is that Speikert was murdered by a big negro man who the same day was seen at Cache Station four miles west of Mounds, and there bought an overall suit of clothes with the pay check. and at once left for parts unknown. A reward of $200 is offered by the county for his capture.


At a regular meeting of this camp at Grand Chain on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1908, the following resolutions were ordered:

Whereas, our esteemed neighbor Fred Berry, was called Sunday at 2 o'clock a.m. Dec. 13, 1908, aged 17 years, 7 months and 19 days, from the jurisdiction of this local camp into the presence of the Divine Consul, of the Supreme camp of the universe, there to give a true and faithful account of his life.

And whereas, this neighborhood having lost a good citizen, the family a food and loving son, and brother, and this camp a true and faithful member, therefore be it

Resolved, that Grand Chain Camp No 6663 M. W. A. extend to the bereaved family our fraternal sympathy, in this their distress, reminding them that the temporal loss is but the necessary prelude to the eternal gain. And be if further

Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon one exclusive page of the minutes of the next regular meeting of the camp on Jan. 6, 1909. Also a copy of the came be published in the county papers and one copy impressed with the camp seal and properly framed be delivered to our esteemed neighbor’s family.
Rolla B. Evers, clerk; W. J. Davidson, consul; L. P. McDowell, Dr. A. W. Tarr, F. R. Badgley, committee.

Mrs. Lucy Welton, aged 66 years, and 6 months died last Sunday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Mahoney, in Mounds, of consumption. Funeral was conducted from the Congregational church last Tuesday; interment at Thistlewood Cemetery. The deceased is survived by her three daughters, Mrs. John Mahoney, Mrs. James Gatton, of Mounds, Mrs. Florence Newton, of Kentucky.

(John Mahoney married Corda Welton on 6 Feb 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Eugene Gatton married Cynthia Welton on 24 Dec 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Theodore Newton married Francis E. Welton on 28 Feb 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

The remains of Charley Bellew were brought here (Olmsted) Sunday and interred in the Masonic cemetery.

The only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Taake died very suddenly last week. The parents have the sympathy of the whole community (Olmsted).

The oldest son of Mr. Richom is very low with pneumonia. Dr. Karraker is the attending physician. (Olmsted)

Killed by Train at Tilden, Ill.

Sparta—A telephone message has been received here announcing that Simpson Moore, a former resident of this city, was instantly killed at Tilden, five miles north of this city, by an Illinois Central train.



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