Obituaries and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers

The Pulaski Enterprise

8 Jan 1909 - 31 Dec 1909

Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter

Friday, 8 Jan 1909:
Convicted Slayer Refused New Trial.

Harrisburg—Circuit Judge A. W. Lewis denied a new trial in the case of Elmer Franklin, recently convicted for the killing of Frank McClintock here last spring.  McClintock boarded at the home of Franklin, and in a quarrel McClintock was shot and killed.
Miss Mary Brassfield died Sunday night, December 27, 1908, at her home on Elm Street (Mounds).  The funeral took place Tuesday at 11 o’clock a.m., under the auspices of the colored lodges of this city.  Interment at Thistlewood Cemetery.

Friday, 15 Jan 1909:
Walter Wilson (colored) who was brought here Friday night from Missouri for the murder of Charles Speikert was released Sunday morning from the county jail because he could not be identified as the guilty one.
Fredrick Kenneth, the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scroggins, died at their home on Commercial Avenue one day last week after a short illness of the measles.  The remains were taken to Grand Chain where they were laid to rest.

(Thomas Scroggins married Annie Harrison on 5 Jan 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Ed Dunn, a switchman at Mounds, was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary at Cairo Saturday, seriously, if not fatally, hurt.  He was caught between cars and his left arm and shoulder crushed, and he sustained internal injuries, the nature of which could not be ascertained.
Mrs. A. Murphy received a telegram Saturday apprising her of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Sarah Douglas, which occurred at the home of her sister in Campbell, Mo.  Mrs. Murphy left Saturday afternoon to meet the body as it was taken to its home at Dongola where the funeral took place.

(Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Sarah J. Douglas 1851-1909.—Darrel Dexter)
Committed Suicide.

Arthur C. Smith, aged about 32 years and unmarried, died Wednesday morning of this week at the Illinois Hotel from an overdose of morphine tablets.  He was employed at W. S. Sandeson’s drug store in this city, and was a good and efficient clerk.  His home was in Metropolis, and he had been employed here about a month.  His relatives are highly esteemed citizens of Metropolis.  In response to a telephone message from relatives, the remains were shipped to Metropolis Wednesday afternoon on the steamer Dick Fowler, accompanied by relatives.  Brief funeral services were held at the Illinois Hotel conducted by Rev. Monroe.
John McInturff Kills Thomas Blay
At Illmo, Mo., Last Friday, as Result of Their Family Troubles.

John McInturff, a farmer residing east of Villa Ridge, shot and killed his brother-in-law, Thomas Blay, of Mound City, last Friday afternoon about 1 o’clock in the railroad depot at Illmo, Mo.  The two men were about to take a train for their homes when a dispute arose between them and Blay, according to McInturff’s statement, advanced with a knife in his hand, threatening him.  McInturff pulled his revolver out of his pocket and shot five times, three bullets taking effect in the head and the other two in the body of Blay, who fell over dead.

The tragedy caused great excitement in the town.  The coroner impaneled a jury and an inquest was held at 5 o’clock, resulting in the acquittal of McInturff on the grounds of self defense.

McInturff’s wife and his daughter, who reside in Cairo, were in Illmo at the time and witnessed the tragedy.  Judge Lyman G. Caster and ex-State’s Attorney George E. Martin, both of Mound City, the two attorneys having gone there to take depositions in the case of McInturff vs. the Insurance Company of North America, which is to be tried in the circuit court here, were also near.

McInturff and his brother-in-law had been on bad terms with each other for the past eight months, when the former replevined the latter’s stock.  Later McInturff’s residence at Villa Ridge burned and McInturff was accused of having set fire to the house.  His case was tried in the court at Mound City and he was found not guilty.  McInturff then brought suit against the insurance company which resisted payment of the policy he held on the property, and the attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant had been in Illmo several days last week for the purpose of taking depositions in the case.  Blay, the dead man, was the chief witness against McInturff and affairs between them were at heat of hatred when the tragedy occurred.

McInturff and his family returned to Villa Ridge next day.  The dead man leaves a wife, four sons and a daughter, who live in this city.  The decedent was a brother of McInturff’s wife, but the latter took the side of her husband in his difficulties with Blay.  The families had not been on speaking terms for the past eight months.  The remains of Blay arrived here Saturday and on Sunday were buried in the Beech Grove Cemetery.  Whether authorities will conclude that McInturff’s case justifies further investigation and will hold him to the grand jury is not known at this time.
Mine Explosion Kills Shot Firer.

Centralia—The Junction City Coal Mine exploded Wednesday morning.  A shot firer named John McCally was killed.  This is the second explosion since the new mine was operated and is supposed to have been caused by gas escaping from the rocks.
Baggott Is Acquitted.

Marion.—After a trial lasting all week, Finley Baggett was found not guilty of the murder of Logan Bradshaw in Carterville, this county, a year ago.  The first trial six months ago resulted in a hung jury.
Since the death of Mr. Lovellette, who owned Edson farm, the agent has placed said farm in the hands of new tenants, viz Frank Thurston, Palmer & Steers.  (Edith Chapel)
Michael Connelly for over two years section foreman on the Illinois Central railroad at Villa Ridge, committed suicide at Mattoon, Ill., recently by shooting himself.  He was 70 years old and was without friends or money.  He left Villa Ridge about ten years ago.  (Mounds)

Friday, 22 Jan 1909:
Mrs. Elmer Boyd and Mrs. Hugh Mason and little daughter Hazel, of this city, and Mrs. D. Brelsford, of America, left Monday for Mt. Vernon to attend the funeral of Mrs. Boyd’s niece.
Little Mary Madaline, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Freeze, died at their home on Commercial Avenue, this city, of measles, at the age of 15 months, two weeks and five days, and on January 6th was laid to final rest in Beechwood Cemetery.
Ward Bird, son of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Bird, former resident of Wetaug, died at the home of his parents in Chaffee, Mo., Wednesday of this week, of consumption.  The deceased went to Colorado some months ago in hopes that the climatic change would prove beneficial and returned recently.
Death of Patrick Mullen.

Patrick Mullen, one of the oldest residents of Pulaski Precinct, died last Thursday of pneumonia.  Mr. Mullen was one of the leading men of the town, having been at one time one of the foremost farmers, but has for the last six years been living in Pulaski having sold his farm.  He was 76 years old and leaves one daughter and eight grandchildren.  He left a will naming H. B. Eshelman, W. A. Lackey and J. M. Palmer as executors without bond.  His estate consisted mostly of chattels outside of three houses and lots in Pulaski, having investing in real estate mortgages to some extent.  The deceased had been considered as a landmark of Pulaski for years and will be missed.  He was a member of the drainage commissioners and always active in all matters pertaining to the interest of the community and was up to a few days before his death able to attend to all his business.  He had raised two or three families’ children, and grandchildren, and left a nice legacy to be divided among them.  His body was laid to rest beside that of his wife, who died about twenty years ago—in the Lackey Cemetery.
Word has been received here of the death of Hilda Fristow, which occurred at her home in Mayfield, Ky., Sunday, Jan. 10th, after an illness of only a few days.  The little girl was 10 years of age and was the daughter of Mrs. Charlotte Fristow (nee Carter) who was reared in this city and who died a few years ago.

(Everet G. Fristoe married Charlotte Carter on 3 Sep 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
William Sprague, of Pittsburg, Pa., brother-in-law of Mrs. J. A. Waugh, and well known here, died at his home last week the result of an automobile accident.
Dell Pope, daughter of Mrs. C. W. Pope, died Friday of last week and was buried Saturday at Concord.  (Levings)

(C. W. Pope married Mrs. Mary Munford on 26 Apr 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Andrew Nealy, our (Levings’) fisherman, died Monday morning was buried Tuesday in Ohio Cemetery.
Mr. Wallace, father of Mrs. John Powers, is critically ill at the home of Mrs. Silvers.  He is near 89 years of age.  (Villa Ridge)
O’Fallon Pioneer Is Dead.

O’Fallon—Mrs. M. Henson, one of the oldest resident of O’Fallon, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. George McCommons, Wednesday, aged 73 years.

(George M. McCommons married Katie Henson on 19 Nov 1891, in Clinton Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 29 Jan 1909:

W. Johnson, of Elgin, nephew of Mrs. G. Hughes, has been here the past week, visiting relatives.  He is a Y. M. C. A. member and assisted in the service Sunday afternoon.  He was born at Olmsted, and his father is buried in the cemetery there.
A colored man named Dan McCarrol died near here (Ullin) last week.
Mr. and Mrs. James Lackey were called to East Prairie, Mo., Monday on account of Mrs. Lackey’s brother, George Turbeyville, being killed by a railroad accident.

(James M. Lackey married Nora Turbyville on 11 Dec 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Grandma Violet Perkins one of our oldest citizens is afflicted with blindness and has been quite poorly the past week.  (Edith Chapel)

Friday, 5 Feb 1909:
John Everett, who killed a fellow colored man on the Cairo road near the Halfway House last fall was found guilty of murder in the second degree and sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary by the circuit court jury here last week.
As “grapevined” by this paper last week, Mrs. Charles Speikert, widow of the man who was so foully murdered at Mounds recently, was married Saturday night last at the home of the bride in Mound City to Joseph Roach, whose former wife died about a year ago.  The ceremony was a quiet affair and performed by Squire A. A. Austin.
The case of too much revolver around the house took place last Saturday afternoon at Mounds, when the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cloud, during the absence of both parents, shot his 4-year-old brother in the head while playing at home.  The weapon was a 38-caliber revolver, and the wound is a bad and dangerous one.
M.____ Edw___ esteemed___ the family___ morning, January 29,___ the face, and at the age of ___. Mrs. Lawler, whose maiden was Trail, was born in Metropolis, Ill., and was married to Mr. Lawler at Caledonia when it was the county seat of the county, 51 years ago last September.  After the marriage they immediately came to Mound City, where they have ever since resided.  The surviving relatives are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. William Derr, of Cairo, and Misses Carrie and Mamie Lawler, and William and John Lawler, all of Mound City; three bothers, Edward and Victor Trail of Metropolis, and Kinzer Trail, of Paragould, Ark.  Mrs. Elmer Little and Miss Doris Derr and Gilbert Derr, of Cairo, are grandchildren of the deceased.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the church of the Immaculate Conception in Mound City conducted by the Rev. Fr. Mumbour, and was largely attended.  Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery

Among the out of town friends present at the funeral were Mr. Otis Little of Creal Springs, and Mrs. David Jones, Mrs. Lovell Buchanan and Miss Harriet McMahan, of Cairo.

(William Derr married Emma Lawler on 9 Jun 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Carmi—Lotan Davis, tried for the murder of John W. Fulford, was found guilty and given a penitentiary sentence of 14 years.  He had testified that Fulford was a second Stanford White.
Mary Jane Perkins, wife of Harry Perkins departed this life January 29, 1909, at 9 p.m.  Her death was quite sudden, as she ate supper with the family and was apparently feeling about ___ ordinary, although her health has not been in the best for several years.  Deceased was born in McNory County, Tenn., Nov., 27, 1853, being 56 years, 2 months and 3 days old.  She was a member of the A. M. E. Church and leaves a husband, one daughter, two sons, besides other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  (Edith Chapel)
Last Friday night Mrs. Mary E. Murphy died after a short illness.  Her death was a great shock to her family and friends.  She leaves a husband and six children, the youngest only a few hours old at the time of her death, besides many relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  The funeral services were held Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at the M. E. church and were conducted by Rev. Bush.  The church was filled with people who came to pay the last tribute to the memory of a devoted wife and mother.  The interment was made at Cache Chapel Sunday afternoon.  (Ullin)

(J. E. Murphy married Mary Trexler on 8 Dec 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker at Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Mary E. wife of J. E. Murphy 1872-1909.  At Rest.—Darrel Dexter)
Andrew Stubbs, father of Mrs. Charles D. Coleman, died Monday night at the home of his daughter.  He was 87 years of age and died of infirmities incident to old age.  He was taken to Mendota, Ill., Wednesday for interment.  (Ullin)
Grandma Rogers still keeps very poorly as her age is against her.  (Pulaski)

Friday, 12 Feb 1909:
Grandma Rogers died about 6:30 o’clock at her home Tuesday evening Feb. 9th, 1909.  (Pulaski)

Friday, 19 Feb 1909:
R. C. Magill received the sad news Saturday of the death of his sister, Mrs. Gantz, of Freedom, Ind.  Mr. Magill left next morning to attend the funeral.
At the inquest trial of James Campbell, a negro, at Cairo Tuesday last for killing a brakeman on the M. & O. R. R. the officers seem confident they have found the murderer of the man Speikert from this city who was murdered at Mounds.  They say his description tallies with that of the fellow who traded the check for goods at Beech Ridge.  As the negro has the M. & O. murder trial hanging over him it is hard to tell whether he will ever be examined for the Speikert murder.
The wife of John Spence, a merchant in Olmsted in this county, committed suicide at their home last week Saturday afternoon, by shooting herself in the heart with a gun.  The family have been residents of the place for several years.  The deceased was an adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Crecelius.  Three little children, one of them an infant, are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother.
$4,500 Verdict for Her Son’s Death.

Carlyle.—Mrs. Maria Schrag of Trenton, has been awarded a judgment for $4,500 against the Southern Coal Co., owner of the coal mine in New Baden.  Last August her son was killed in the mine.
James Haven, of Friendship, died last Wednesday and was buried Thursday at New Hope Church yard.  (Ullin)
James Havens was born March 21, 1884, and died Feb. 10, 1909, age 25 years, 11 months and 12 days.  He was married to Miss Jane Schultz Sept. 11, 1906, and leaves a wife, infant babe and three sisters.  He was a constant sufferer for six months before his death, and died with faith in God.  The remains were laid to rest in New Hope Cemetery, services were conducted by Rev. Bush.  Mr. Havens was a good citizen and a devoted husband and will be greatly missed in this community.  (Curry)

Friday, 26 Feb 1909:
Will Montgomery, the Mound City undertaker, was in Cairo Saturday to get the remains of Maggie Kelley, a colored woman who died at her home on Fifth Street Friday night.  Her father, who resides at Mound City, directed the remains should be taken to Mounds for burial and gave the job to his home undertaker.—Citizen
A tornado is reported to have struck Creal Springs last Sunday night causing the death of three persons and damaging considerable property.  Lightning, rain and fire did considerable damage.
Henry Neistrath, Sr., of near America, is seriously ill at their home from the afflictions of old age, and with very little hopes of his recovery.  He is a very excellent man.
Walter Davidge, who last fall in Cairo killed the mother of the girl he had wronged, was declared not guilty of murder by the jury in Cairo Wednesday.
Little Claude, the 6-week old baby of Charley and Lola Lackey, died very suddenly last Saturday the 20th inst., and was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday.  Charley and Lola have the sympathy of the community.
Mabel Goodlow (colored) died Sunday of consumption and was buried in Ullin Cemetery Tuesday.
Mrs. Morris died at her home last Tuesday.  Services were conducted by Rev. Bush.  Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery here.  Mrs. Morris lived a true devoted Christian life and passed away at the age of 74 years.  (Curry)
C. Albright received word that his brother, Gus, had been burned to death by the explosion of a powder mill at Fordville, Ill. He left Monday morning to attend the funeral. (Olmsted)
Resolutions of Respect.

Resolutions of respect adopted by the Mounds Order of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen No. 629, as a tribute to the memory of Edward A. Carter, of Cairo, who met his death suddenly in the Cairo railroad yards recently:

Whereas, an all wise God has seen fit to call away one of our brothers who but a few short days ago enjoyed the best of health and happiness and who so nobly attend strictly to his duties associating himself among us with a cheerful and friendly recognition, living up to the standard of righteousness laid down by our order, and we are deeply grieved that he was hurried from our midst; Therefore be it

Resolved, that we as a Brotherhood, extend our sympathies to the bereaved family of the deceased.  We would commend them to he who doeth all things well.  That in the death of our beloved brother this Order has lost one of its most valuable active and efficient members, one who was always ready and willing to do all in his power to advance the welfare and best interests of our Order.  He had much faith and courage, was modest and unselfish, and indeed endured much in our behalf:  Therefore, be it further

Resolved, that our Charter be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days; that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family and to the official and local papers, also a copy spread upon the records of our order at the next meeting, in memory of our departed friend and brother.
Joseph Roberts
Claude W. Boyd
Byron L. Connell, Committee

Friday, 5 Mar 1909:

Lewis F. Crain, postmaster at Villa Ridge for many years past, died at his home in that place Monday night at the age of 69 years.  Mr. Crain was one of the old and well known resident of the county, having served the county for two years as sheriff, prior to becoming postmaster at Villa Ridge.  He leaves a wife, two daughters—Mrs. J. C. Gamble, of Villa Ridge, and Mrs. Adam Strohm, of Mounds; three sons—Ernest L., the merchant, and Claud and Ralph, who reside at home.  The funeral was held at the M. E. church in Villa Ridge at 2 p.m.  Wednesday burial in Villa Ridge Cemetery, conducted by the Mound City lodge of Masons and of which the deceased was a member.  Mr. Crain was a member of the 11th Illinois Infantry regiment during the first thee month’s service of the Civil War.

(Lewis F. Crane, age 22, enlisted as a private in Co. I, 11th Illinois Infantry on 4 Jun 1861, at Camp Hardin and was mustered out 30 Jul 1861.  Lewis F. Crain married Annice L. Murphy on 22 Dec 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Lewis F. Crain.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. Henry Essex, of Shiloh, died Tuesday afternoon of last week, after a long illness.  She was the eldest daughter of John Atherton, and a niece of Mrs. J. F. Parker, who was buried at Shiloh, a short time ago.  She leaves one child.  The interment was held at Shiloh Cemetery Thursday, February 25th.

Died, at his farm home near America station, in this county, Friday, Feb. 26, 1909, Henry Neistrath, at the age of 74 years and 8 days.  Funeral was held at the Christian church near America at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28th, conducted by Rev. I. A. J. Parker of Vienna, interment at 1:30 p.m. in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The funeral is said to have been one of the largest held in this county for many years, the procession from America being over a mile long.  The deceased was a most honorable, upright and popular citizen.  Henry Neistrath was born in Bielefield, West Falen, Germany, Feb. 18, 1835, and in November 1851, left his parental home and came to America, locating first in St. Louis, where he married Miss Eva Beck in 1856.  When the Civil War broke out he enlisted at St. Louis in the Fifth Missouri Infantry and spent three years as a good loyal Union soldier.  He was a cooper by trade and occupation, but came to Pulaski in 1876 and located upon the farm where he ever after lived and died, his beloved wife having preceded him about eleven years.  Eleven children were born into the family, five of whom are now living and married:  C. H. Neistrath, at Cazadero, Cal., E. G., of Courtland, Cal.; H. A., at Stockton, Cal.; Otto O., at Congress, Ariz.; and Harry W., upon the old place near America.  The deceased joined the Lutheran Church in Germany and ever after espoused that faith.

August A. Albright, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albright of Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, was born September 17, 1887, and died February 21st, 1909, age 21 years, at Fordsville, in Williamson County.  His death was caused by the explosion of powder, which was very unexpected and without a moment’s warning.  The body was brought to his grandmother’s Elizabeth Dugger, in Creal Springs, Ill., Feb. 22nd.  Funeral services were conducted by his uncle, G. B. Coke, at County Line Church, Feb. 24th, and interment was made at County Line Cemetery.  The deceased leaves a father, stepmother, three brothers, two sisters, two half brothers, three half sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his sad death.  He also leaves a sweetheart which he would have claimed for his bride on Thursday, Feb. 25th, had not the sad accident occurred.  August was well liked by all who knew him and made friends wherever he went.  He had never made any confession in Christ that we know of, although he had lived a good moral life.  He expressed his desire to live a better life only a few hours before his sad death occurred and his last thought was not known to man, and we can now only commend him to our all-wise and just God who doeth all things well.  (Signed) Claude Albright, Olmsted, Ill., brother of deceased.

(William H. Albright married Armittie A. Dugger on 7 Aug 1873, in Williamson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. A. W. Brown received word lately of the serious illness of her mother-in-law Grandma Brown living in Indiana.  She will go to see her this week.  (Ullin)
Undertaker Bundschuh was called to the home of Mrs. M. Silver near Villa Ridge Wednesday to conduct the funeral of her father, Mr. Wallace, who died at the advanced age of eighty-nine years.

(James A. Silver married Lizzie Wallace on 8 Sep 1874, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 12 Mar 1909:
Allie Cutting, aged 11 years, daughter of Mrs. Charles Pryor, died at 12:10 o’clock Sunday from a serious disorder.  The remains were taken to Metropolis Monday afternoon for burial.
Kills Self Like Sweetheart Did.

Benton—As a sequel to the suicide of Miss Byrl Somers near here, John Nichols, 25 years old, killed himself by shooting, as did Miss Somers.  He left a note saying he had nothing more to live for since his sweetheart’s death.  Nichols ended his life within sight of the home of his sweetheart’s parents after he had told his friends of his intentions.
George Knight Killed and House Burned—Residences of John Mellick, Rudolph Kraatz, John Lence and a Mrs. Steers Blown Down—Other damages.

(From our Ullin correspondent)

Monday night, about 11:30 o’clock a severe storm of cyclonic nature devastated the country around Eastwood, two miles north of Curry post office.  The storm came from the southwest and had a northeast course, destroyed the substantial farm house of John Mellick, injuring Mr. Mellick, his wife and Miss Bertha Blaylock, who lived with them.  Their house was utterly destroyed and its contents scattered to the four winds.  Mr. and Mrs. Mellick sustained broken ribs and severe internal injuries. Miss Blaylock received injuries about the head and face.  The storm then destroyed the home of Mr. George Knight, aged 64 years, killing him and causing the ruins of his home to take fire and burn.  Mr. Knight, with his son Charlie, were alone in the house.  When the storm was over, Charlie Knight got his aged father out of the ruins and seeing he was severely injured started for help.  When he returned shortly with his brother-in-law, William Britt, his father was dead.  Mr. Knight’s injuries were about the head and back.  The storm also destroyed the homes of Rudolph Kraatz, John Lence, and a Mr. Steers who lived in James Crenshaw’s place, and the barn of Joseph Sichling, scattering his corn and feed stuffs over the country.  The home of James Sichling was severely shaken but not wrecked.  The storm carried death and destruction before it.  Much timber and fencing was blown down and was the worst storm this section of the country has ever had.  Mr. Mellick, John Lence and James Sichling carried tornado insurance.  The funeral of George Knight occurred Wednesday at Eastwood.

Lewis F. Crain was born near Dayton, Ohio, May 18, 1839, and removed to Villa Ridge a year or two before the war.  He served as a soldier three months.  He filled the office of sheriff two terms and was twice postmaster at Villa Ridge, filling out the term of Mr. Galbraith under the Harrison Administration and again taking charge of the office after the election of McKinley and holding it till his death.  In December 1870, he married Annis L. Murphy and after her death Medora Kennedy on Dec. 23, 1879, who with three sons, Ernest, Claud, and Ralph, and one daughter, Mrs. Ada Strohm, of Mounds, survive him, as also a daughter by the first marriage, Mrs. Nellie Gamble.  In Ohio he leaves one brother and two sisters.  For twenty-eight years he was a member of the Methodist church filling the various offices with fidelity and to the satisfaction of all.  Brother Crain was a good man, kind in all his dealings with his fellow man and will be missed by the community, the church and the home.  After being an invalid for a long time, suffering much, especially in the last three years, he was taken much worse about noon.  March 1st he died about 9 o’clock that night aged 89 years, 10 months and 13 days.  The funeral services were conducted at the church by his pastor, and at the grave by the Masonic Lodge.
Card of Thanks.

We desire to express our thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and assistance during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.
Mrs. Dora Crain
Mrs. J. C. Gamble
Mrs. W. G. Strohm
E. L. Crain
Claude Crain
Ralph Crain
Born March 3rd to Mr. and Mrs. G. Young, twin babies—a girl and a boy.  The boy died Friday morning but the girl is doing fine.  (Levings)

Friday, 19 Mar 1909:
Ed and William Westerman of this city, went to Germantown, Ill., Tuesday last to attend the funeral of their mother, which took place Wednesday.
The 14-year-old son of engineer A. C. Burr, at Mounds, was drowned last Monday evening, in some back water in lower part of town.  He was boat riding with the telegraph lineman when the boat was overturned in some manner.
George Knight’s house was blown over, then caught fire, which finished the ruined building.  Mr. Knight was drug from the burning building by his youngest son and died before other aid could be secured.  It was a sad night for Mr. Knight’s boys.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of his daughter, Emma Britt.  Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place (Curry).  Mr. Knight leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn his death.  The children are orphans, their mother having died several years ago.  They have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends.
Mrs. Rev. Bush has received word that her baby sister was dead.
Resolutions on Death of Brother L. F. Crain.

Whereas, death has again invaded our ranks and taken from us our beloved brother, L. F. Crain, an earnest and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Resolved, that in the death of our brother, the church has lost one of its most faithful members and the community an honorable citizen.

Resolved, that in his death the official board loses one of its best friends;  we ourselves one of the trusted co-workers and advisers who was always ready to do his part.

Resolved, that we extend to the bereaved family and relatives of our decease brother our sympathy in this their sad affliction.

Resolved, that a page of our records of the church board be dedicated to the memory of our deceased brother, and that a copy of these resolutions be furnished to the family of the deceased and that a copy by furnished to the papers.
O. Z. McGee,
C. W. P. Pavey, Committee
Rev. Ernest Bush and wife went to Carbondale Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Bush’s little sister who died Monday.
W. V. Allen was called to Salem, on account of the serious illness of his mother.  (Ullin)
Carrol Humble, a well respected colored man and one of the oldest colored citizens here (Pulaski), got up Tuesday morning and helped his boy fix the wagon and team after which he went in the house and laid on the bed and by 9 o’clock he was dead.  He had not been well for some time.

Friday, 2 Apr 1909:
John Ashworth, who for many years was a resident of this city, died at his home near Rodney, Mo., Thursday, March 25th, aged 60 years.  His two sons, Elisha and George, and daughter, Mrs. J. E. Beaver, left on Friday to attend the funeral, which was conducted Saturday at Charleston, Mo., where the remains were laid to rest.

(J. E. Beaver married Magenta Ashworth on 21 Mar 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Patrick McNeile

Patrick McNeile, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Mound City, died at his home on High Street at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 1909, at the age of 83 years.

He was born in the County of Roscommon, Ireland, in 1826, and came to New York, when 16 years of age.  In 1859 he married Miss Catherine O’Gara, at Washington Court House, Ohio.   In 1867, they came to Mound City, and have resided here ever since.  To them were born thirteen children.  He is survived by his widow and 10 children, and a sister, who resides in Richmond, Ind.

Mr. McNeile was an unassuming citizen and well liked by all who knew him.  He had been confined to his home for the past seven months with paralysis on account of old age.  He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church in this city Friday, April 2, at 8:45 a.m.  Interment in Catholic Cemetery at Mounds.
Thomas Hosler, the old soldier farmer, now residing two miles west of Mounds on the Cache bottom, is said to be quite sick at his home with malaria, jaundice, etc.  Hope he will be around again soon to talk over old war time sights and scenes.
The negro arrested at Mounds last week reputed to be the murderer of Speikert and brought to the county jail here, has been declared not the guilty person and liberated.
Dragged to Death.

Fred (better known as Fritz) Wesenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wesenberg, residing about three miles north of America station, this county, was dragged to death last Sunday about 10:30 a.m. by a runaway colt attached to a sulky.  The deceased was about 29 years of age, resided at home, was a good horseman and fearless, and was out breaking the animal when the unfortunate accident occurred.  Striking a rough place in the road while going at a rapid gait, he fell forward out of the seat, his foot catching in the crossbar while his heard dragged on the ground.  This frightened the colt and it dashed wildly for liberty and never slackened its pace until it reached the Hughes farm one mile this side of Olmsted, a distance of three miles.  Charles Wesenberg, a brother, saw the accident and quickly mounting another horse gave chase, but could not catch the runaway.

The deceased is survived by his parents and three bothers, one of the latter is now a practicing physician in New York City, another is studying for a physician in Nashville and Charles the youngest resides near home.  The family are among the leading and most prosperous farmers in this county.  The funeral took place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the family home, Rev. C. H. Armstrong of Cairo, conducting the services.  Interment took place at Beech Grove Cemetery.  The family were all present at the funeral.
Mrs. Thurston, wife of Frank Thurston, departed this life March 27th, at 1 o’clock.  Her mother accompanied the remains to Makanda their former home.

(Frank Thurston married Mary E. Steers on 1 Oct 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Edna Kelly Williams, of Mt. Vernon, died Monday after several weeks of suffering.  She leaves a husband and two little girl babies only a few weeks old besides many relatives to mourn her early death.  She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly, of Ullin, was reared and educated here, and had hosts of friends who are deeply grieved to know of her death.  (Ullin)
We were sad to learn of the death of Gussie Bundschuh, who was accidentally killed in a run away near Thebes, Ill.  The parents have the sympathy of the entire community.
Mrs. Cheek attended the funeral of Mrs. Edna Williams at Mt. Vernon Wednesday.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Chapman died Thursday night at 11 o’clock.  Will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.  (Pulaski)

(Andrew Chapman married Dela Pearl Lackey on 23 Nov 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 9 Apr 1909:
Word was received here last Friday that Frank Durnell, who about one year ago purchased one thousand acres of best lands near Wetaug in this county, had this week killed himself at his home in Ohio.
A cyclone struck Marion Tuesday morning, destroying property valued at $175,000, passed to the east almost completely destroying the little town of Pittsburg and killed two men and injured several other persons.  The storm was the worst to strike that section in years.  The A. M. E. church and the negro fraternity hall were completely demolished, the wreckage being piled high on top of the home of the pastor of the church.
Gussie Bundschuh

A full account of the accidental death of little Gussie Bundschuh, of Ullin, will be found among the Ullin items.
Henry C. Schultz.

Henry C. Schultze, aged about 35 years employed by J. H. Hendricks upon his farm 2 ½ miles north of this city for a year or more past, died suddenly while in his buggy returning from Villa Ridge last Friday forenoon.  He had been sick with heart or stomach trouble for some time and was returning from a trip to see the doctor but found him absent.  As he passed Tim Mahoney’s place, one of the men observed him reeling about in the seat and knowing that he was not a drinking man, stopped his horse which was walking.  Speaking to Schultz he received no reply, where upon he shook him by the arm when he dropped over dead.  Mr. Hendricks speaks of Mr. Schultz as having been a very good and quiet man.  He leaves a widow and three small children.  He carried a $250 life insurance policy.  His remains were taken to Evansville, Indiana, their former home Saturday evening, accompanied by the widow and two brothers, who arrived here Saturday.
Death of Mrs. Jeff Brown.

Mrs. Jeff Brown died at her home 4 ½ miles northwest of Olmsted, March 31, 1909, after a short illness, aged 68 years, 4 months and 21 days.  Funeral services were conducted on April 2nd, by Rev. Otis Hogue.  Interment at Cache Cemetery.  The deceased was born in Tennessee, November 10, 1840.  She was twice married, and is survived by her present husband, a daughter, Laura E. Bartley, four grandchildren and one brother, P. Billingsly, of Grand Chain.  For more than thirty years she has lived an exemplary Christian life being a member of the United Brethren Church.  Grandma Brown was held in esteem by all who knew her, was a kindhearted neighbor, a loving mother and was ever willing to lend a helping hand to the needy.  Her many friends realize their loss but trust that their loss is her eternal gain.

(Jefferson Brown married Maria Sibley on 7 Sep 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Marier wife of Jeff Brown Born Nov. 10, 1840 Died March 31, 1909 Aged 63 Yrs., 4 Mos., & 21 Ds.  Here lies one who in this life Was a kind mother, true wife. She was by many virtues blest And piety among the best.—Darrel Dexter)
Matt Davidge

Matt Davidge, aged 29, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davidge, of Mound City, committed suicide last Monday forenoon at Ullin by swallowing an ounce of carbolic acid.  The deed was done about 10 o’clock in the Newell hotel where he boarded.  He complained of a pain in his side and went to his room about 10 o’clock for a little rest and left a call for 11 a.m.  A little daughter of the proprietor who went to arouse Davidge could not wake him and when the door was broken open, later he was found dying.
An empty ounce bottle labeled carbolic acid which had been bought at an Ullin drug store was found near the dying man.  Davidge left a message unsigned to the bookkeeper at the Defiance Box Company plant which read that an express package would be due on No. 6 and that he could have it if he would pay the charges.  Davidge left no other word to tell why he committed the act.

He had been in Cairo Sunday and went to Mound City that night leaving about midnight for Ullin.  His home was in Mound City, but recently he has been working at Ullin.

The father, Undertaker Montgomery and others of this city brought the remains here the same night.  Funeral was held at the residence here Wednesday evening, and next morning the remains were taken to Olmsted for interment.

Matt Davidge committed suicide Monday at the Newell house by drinking carbolic acid.  He had been working at the mill here (Ullin) and had laid off for half a day.  He requested to be called for dinner and when Miss Mollie Newell called him come to dinner he did not answer and upon investigation he was found to be nearly dead and died a few minutes later.  He was taken to Mound City for burial.
The little sixteen-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. John Pool died Tuesday morning.  Interment was made at Ullin Cemetery Wednesday.
Mrs. Edna Brown and children, of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hanna and son George, of Cairo, all attended the funeral of little Gussie Bundschuh.
Little Gussie Bundschuh was killed Tuesday evening March 30, near Thebes, Ill.  Last week while his papa was in St. Louis he bought Gussie a little pet billy goat and it was shipped down the river to Thebes.  Mr. Bundschuh, with little Gussie and Harry Penninger went with the wagon after it.  While on their way back about five miles east from Thebes, they were going up a very steep incline when the double tree of the wagon broke, letting the wagon roll backward and thence over a precipice of a depth of ten or fifteen feet.  Mr. Bundschuh jumped and grabbed for little Gussie, but missed him, and he went over the wagon, falling on him and crushing him.  He was killed instantly.  Mr. Bundschuh lifted the wagon off of him only to find his darling precious little Gussie dead.  He carried him more than half a mile to the nearest house, a Mr. Grover Koehler, who brought the saddened father home with the dead body of his child.  They got home at 10 o’clock where the dreadful news almost prostrated the mother, and shocked and saddened the relatives and entire community.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday at 11:30.  A very beautiful and impressive ceremony was aside by Rev. Modlin of Carbondale, assisted by Rev. Bush of this place.  Interment was at the Concord Cemetery beside his mother.  Many beautiful floral offerings were received.  Little Gussie’s casket was beautiful and a mass of beautiful flowers, emblems of sympathy and devotion to the little life we loved covered his bier.

Little Gussie was an unusually bright child and loved by all who knew him.  Although not 10 years old he had been promoted to the 5th grade in school here.  He will be sadly missed by his playmates and schoolmates.  His little welcome smile will be seen no more.  His radiant little face shines with the glory of the angels in the better land.
Little Gussie we miss you, yes, we miss you

The voice we loved is stilled
A vacant place is in our home

Which never can be filled.
Your soft little footsteps will not be heard

Your little face we’ll see no more,
But we will meet you darling one

On that bright eternal shore.


Gussie, the eldest son of C. S. and Mary Bundschuh, was born June 25th, 1899, and departed this life March 30th, 1909, aged 9 years, 9 months and 7 days.  Gussie leaves to mourn his great loss, a father, stepmother whose love for Gussie seemed the same as a mother—always trying to make his life bright and happy.  Ralph, his little brother, little George and Alice Louise, half brother and sister, are all made to say goodbye for a while, a few short years at most.

God in his wisdom has called and Gussie has gone to be with Mamma in that city of gold.  While his voice is stilled in this life we feel that in glory is heard another sweet voice as he joins the angelic choir in the realms of bliss.

Another little rosebud has been plucked by the angel’s hand to be borne on their wings with their pinions of gold to be transplanted in the sweet field of Eden, there to blossom and bloom through eternity.  Little Gussie in the revival at Ullin, a few days before his death, gave his young life to Jesus, who has said and is still saying, “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Gone where every eye is tearless,

Gone where pain can never mar
Gone into the golden city

Gone with the gates ajar.
Rev. Charles A. Modlin
Grace M. E. Church, Carbondale

(C. S. Bundschuh married Mary E. Hanna on 21 Aug 1898, in Pope Co., Ill.  Her marker in Concord Cemetery reads Mary E. wife of C. S. Bundschuh Born Nov. 4, 1872 Died June 20, 1903.—Darrel Dexter)
Little Gussie Bundschuh, who was instantly killed last Monday, was buried at Old Concord Wednesday.  His death was a shock to his family.  Gussie was converted on Monday night and was killed the next Monday week.  A precious one from us is gone.  A voice we loved is still.  A place is vacant in the home, which never can be filled.  But one glad thought we all do love is that we can meet to part no more.  (Curry)
Mrs. J. Brown passed away Tuesday.  Mrs. Brown has been an invalid for ten years, but was able to attend part of the meetings at this place (Curry).  She was a faithful and devoted Christian woman.
The infant son of Mrs. Jane Haven’s is very low with consumption.  (Curry)

Friday, 16 Apr 1909:
Mose B. Harrell, the first mayor of Mound City, and second editor of the first newspaper ever published in this city and county (in 1856), is dead at his home in Chicago at a every advanced age of life.  He came here from Cairo, and was an able man.
Barney Hood Killed.

Barney Hood, of Olmsted, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hood, aged 22 years, was killed Saturday night last by a Big Four freight train.  He was badly mutilated and the only means of identification was his clothing and the contents of his pockets.  The funeral was held at Olmsted Sunday and was conducted by the Odd Fellows of which he was a member.

Hood was in Cairo Saturday afternoon in company with Cleve Lance and returned to Olmsted that night about 10 o’clock on a through Big Four freight.  The train does not stop at Olmsted, but the speed is decreased on a grade about two miles above there and those who ride on the train make it a practice to get off there.  Lance got off at the grade, but Hood either tried to jump or fell off at the station platform.  The remains were found about 6 o’clock Sunday morning scattered along the track in the vicinity of the station.  Another freight south about 2 a.m. is also thought to have run over him.  When Lance got off, he went home, thinking that Hood jumped off at the station.  The deceased’s mother is prostrated and is in a critical condition.

Those surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hood, of Olmsted; two brothers, State’s Attorney Fred Hood, of Mound City, Attorney Harry Hood, of Muskogee, Okla.; and Mrs. J. L. Martin, of Olmsted.  The deceased was the youngest of the family.

Those from Mound City who attended the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Hall Whiteaker, Dr. H. Rice, James Finley, Roy Moore, and Mr. and Mrs. William Bacchus.

(John L. Martin married Jennie F. Hood on 25 Feb 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
William S. Harman’s brother Phil, died at his home in Dayton, Ohio, the 9th.  Mr. Harman was well and favorably known here (Olmsted).  Age 84 years.
Barney Hood, who lost his life Saturday, was buried Sunday and his funeral was largely attended.  The Odd Fellows were out in large numbers.  We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family in the untimely death of their son, who was but 22 years of age and who was of a bright, sunny disposition and well liked by all who knew him.  The Big Four Railroad was exonerated, we learn, from the accident.
Frank Durnell, the large land owner near this place (Wetaug), who committed suicide at his home at Hillsboro, Ohio, was a social, genial man and a hustler.  He was spending thousands of dollars upon his large farm here and we fear that his death will stop it all.
The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mowery, which died Tuesday morning at birth was buried at Wetaug Tuesday afternoon.

(Edward Calvin Mowery married Martha Rachel “Mattie” Bundschuh on 28 Sep 1890, in Pulaski County.—Darrel Dexter) 

Friday, 23 Apr 1909:
J. B. Harland Dead.

A telegram received here Tuesday afternoon last announced the death of J. B. Harland, of this city, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Peasley, at Memphis, Tenn.  Aged 72 years.  Funeral at Duvall’s Bluff, Ark., on Wednesday.  He is survived by a wife and seven children, two of whom, Mrs. May Turner and Mrs. B. R. Aldridge, left for his bedside last Saturday.  Mr. Harland was an excellent citizen, was a soldier for the Southern army during the rebellion and for the past thirty-five years has been employed as engineer by the A. J. Dougherty Milling Company.

(James Harland married Lucy Neil on 2 Jul 1864, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Arthur Lee Turner married Susan May Harland on 13 Sep 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.  William Henry Peasley married Martha Elizabeth Harland, daughter of J. B. Harland and Lucy Coonrod, on 10 Mar 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Jane Barber, aged 70 years, died Wednesday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. Andrew Williams, on upper Main Street.  She had resided in Mound City the past forty years and was known to most of the older residents.  She was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church many years.  She is survived by three sons, Sharnan Cheek, of this city, and Thomas and Monroe Cheek, of Belful, Ark.  Funeral service was held Thursday afternoon at the residence by Rev. Margraves and interment was in Beech Grove Cemetery.
George W. Richards, a resident of this city before the way, enlisted here as a soldier, was married at Pulaski in 1874, was postmaster in Mounds in 1873, and of late years has been employed as head painter at the asylum at Anna, died in that city last week.

(George W. Richards married Sallie E. Hastings on 12 Apr 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Thomas S. Hosler.

Died, at the family farm home two miles west of Mounds, Ill., at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 1909, of typho pneumonia, Thomas S. Hosler, aged 69 years, and 5 days, after an illness of several weeks.  Funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Mounds at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 1909.  Burial in Villa Ridge Cemetery.  The funeral and burial services were largely attended.

Mr. Hosler was an honorable, upright and Christian man, well known and highly esteemed.  He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, April 12, 1840, was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in Company K, of the Fifty-fifth Ohio Infantry, enlisting as a private and leaving the service at the end of the war as a first lieutenant.  He was in some of the hardest fought battles of that great conflict, from Bull Run to Lookout Mountain and Sherman’s March to the Sea.  He was also captured and confined in Libby Prison, but was exchanged after thirty days.  He removed to Villa Ridge after the Chicago fire, having been a contractor and builder there previous to that great holocaust.  Since then he has been a farmer and fruit grower.  The deceased had been twice married the last time to Mrs. Lottie Savage, the now sorrowing widow, to whom four children now survive—Mrs. J. A. Childers and Ernest Hosler, of Mounds, Mrs. Fred Hodges of Unity, and Archie Hosler, of near Mounds.

Mrs. Hosler and children greatly appreciate the courtesies and words of comfort extended them during this affliction, and asked the Enterprise to express the same.

(Thomas S. Hosler married Mrs. Lotta T. Savage nee Purdy on 11 Apr 1874, in Cook Co., Ill.  J. A. Childers married Dasey May Hosler on 25 Oct 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter) 
Resolutions of Condolence.

Whereas, death has entered our ranks and removed from our midst our esteemed brother, Barney Hood, and

Whereas, the intimate relations existing between the deceased and the members of Olmsted Lodge No. 854, I. O. O. F., render it proper that we offer our appreciation of his services in the lodge; Therefore be it

Resolved, that we deplore the tragic death of our brother Barney Hood with feelings of regret, softened by the hope that his spirit is in the hands of a kind Father who doeth all things well.

Resolved, that we tender to his parents our since condolence in their great affliction.

Resolved, that these resolutions be spread on the records of our lodge and that they be published in the Enterprise and a copy be delivered to his parents.
William F. Harman,
R. G. Crecilius
J. H. Harbison, Committee
Card of Thanks

The undersigned desire to hereby extend their appreciation to the members of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges of Olmsted, Ills., and to the friends for many courtesies extended during the recent death and burial of our son and brother, Barney Hood.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hood
Mrs. J. L. Martin
Fred Hood
Olmsted, Ill., April 20, 1909
Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our friends and relatives for the kindness and sympathy shown us in our sad bereavement.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Davidge and family
The 16-year-old son of Charles Bergen was drowned Sunday while out in a boat in Cache River.  The heavy wind upset the boat and the boy was drowned.  He was buried Tuesday at Mt. Olive Cemetery.  (Ullin)
Mr. Turbyville, father of Mrs. James Lackey, of Ullin, was drowned at East Prairie, Mo., last week.  He was well known here (Ullin) and was about 70 years old.  A short time ago his son, George, was killed while working with a log train. 

(James M. Lackey married Nora Turbyville on 11 Dec 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Henry Cooper, a well known colored man living south of town, died last week.  Deceased was an old pensioner and left his aged widow in comfortable circumstances.  A little farm and $600 in the bank.
Mother Rose Ewing was born in Halifax County Court House, Va., about the year 1803, and died in Pulaski, April 19, 1909, aged 106 years.  She emigrated to Illinois Sept. 10, 1869, near Pulaski, Ill., and has been a resident of Pulaski County ever since.  She is survived by two sons and one daughter, besides fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She joined the C. M. E. Church in Denmark, Tenn., during the Civil War, but later joined the Freewill Baptist Church.  Sunday morning last she wanted her children at her beside, for she felt that death was near, and told all her family to be good and meet her in heaven.  She fell quietly to sleep in the arms of Jesus at 7 a.m., Monday morning last, and thus ended a noble life.  This old lady has been one of the mothers of the country and was always ready to give her assistance in sickness and trouble.  She settled joining the farm of J. B. Kennedy, where she owned 80 acres of land and was a good neighbor at all times.  The community will certain miss Aunt Rose.  Funeral was conducted by Rev. R. G. Stubblefield in the F. W. B. church at Pulaski.  Interment at Pulaski Cemetery

(She is in the 1880 census of Pulaski Precinct, Pulaski Co., Ill., as Rosa Ewing, born about 1815 in Virginia.  She was living in the household with her son, Joseph Ewing, born about 1840 in Tennessee and a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, and her daughter, Margaret Ewing, born about 1858 in Mississippi.  Rose’s son, Joseph, is buried in Henderson Cemetery near Pulaski, where she is likely buried without a marker.—Darrel Dexter)
Cuts Throat in Court.

Ridgeway.—After hearing the judge instruct the jury before which he had been tried in the circuit court here, Arch Smith, 55 years old, accused of having murdered his brother-in-law, George Robinson, drew a knife from his pocket and attempted to cut his throat.  A deputy sheriff summoned a physician and by the time the slight wounds had been dressed the jury had returned with a verdict fixing Smith’s punishment at 14 years in the Chester penitentiary.
Victim of Cow Dies.

Fairfield—Mrs. Samuel Anderson, who was gored by a cow a few days ago, died of her injuries.  She was to the barn to milk the cow, when a young calf became frightened and ran.  The cow attacked Mrs. Anderson and repeatedly knocked her down and gored her.
Switch Foreman Run Over.

Marion.—Herman Stover, C. & E. switch crew foreman, was caught under a train in the yards here and his left leg crushed.

Friday, 30 Apr 1909:
The sad news was received here Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Mattie Durham, sister of W. R. Rodman, who passed away at her home in Marion, Ill., that day, also of the death of the 10-year-old daughter of the deceased, who died on Monday.  Mr. and Mrs. Rodman left Wednesday to attend the funeral.

(U. S. G. Durham married Mattie Rodman on 10 Jun 1888, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Speikert’s Murderer in Prison.

Since last week’s issue of the Enterprise, Henry Escue, a negro, aged 23 years and a resident of Mounds for 7 years past, has confessed to the murder of Charles Speikert in the railroad yards at that place on December 18th last; been by Judge Duncan sentenced to the hardest labor in the Joliet penitentiary during his natural life, and was on Wednesday afternoon of this week taken to Joliet by Sheriff A. C. Bankson of this county, via the Big Four Railroad to take up his permanent residence thereat.

A negro named Escue, who was arrested at Mounds some time ago upon another charge and afterwards suspicioned of being the murderer of Speikert in the railroad yards at that place December 18th, was last Friday with another negro and John Roach, who married the widow shortly after the murder of her husband, taken before State’s Attorney Hood and Justice C. M. Thompson for examination.  The man Escue charged that the other negro and Roach were the most guilty parties of the murder.  In the examination it was proven that Roach and the unnamed negro were not only innocent, but that Escue was the much looked for murderer.  Thereupon Roach and his companion were released and Escue escorted back to the jail.  On his arrival at the jail, Escue made a full confession to the officers in charge, of being the murderer of Speikert, telling why and how it was done.  The same evening he was quietly taken to the Cairo jail for safer keeping and from danger of lynching and next morning removed to Murphysboro where he will remain until tried.

In his confession Escue stated that he killed Speikert with his own knife.  Escue said that he had no money and while walking through the yard at Mounds met Speikert.  He knew he had just received his pay and attempted to rob him when Speikert drew a knife and cut him over the eyes.  Escue took the knife away from him and cut Speikert’s throat and stole the check.  He went to Beech Ridge and bought clothing at Daggett’s store with Speikert’s check.  He returned to Mounds that afternoon, went to Cairo on the suburban and retuned to Mounds next morning.  He stayed in Mounds until he was arrested on another charge about three weeks after the murder and brought to jail in this city where he has remained since.

To sheriff A. C. Bankson and his able corps of assistance much credit is due for bringing to judgment many of the criminals this region seems to be afflicted with.
In Memoriam

Resolutions of sympathy and respect to the memory of our departed friend and brother, Barney Hood.

Whereas, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe has in His infinite wisdom removed from earth our beloved brother, Barney Hood, an endeared and honored member of Yuba Vern Rebekah Lodge No. 94, of Olmsted, Ills., and

Whereas, in his untimely death we keenly feel our loss of a true and loyal member. Therefore be it

Resolved, that by his death we are reminded of the fleeting moments of the uncertainty of life, and that we should prepare ourselves to answer “It is well with my soul” when we are summoned to leave this terrestrial sphere.

Resolved, that the heartfelt sympathy of this lodge be extended to the family in their sad bereavement.

Resolved that the charter of this lodge be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days, the resolutions be spread on our lodge records and a copy be sent to the family of our deceased brother.  Fraternally submitted.
J. M. Walker
Dr. O. Caraker
Claude Albright, Comm.
Alice Walker, Secy.

Friday, 14 May 1909:
Mrs. Sarah Culp left Sunday to be at the bedside of her son Arthur Culp, who is seriously ill with typhoid fever in one of the hospitals in St. Louis.  His wife was taken with the same disease Monday and is being cared for at the home of her sister in St. Louis.
Card of Thanks.

We hereby wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of the friends of our family for the many kindnesses shown to our mother during her last illness and death.
Edward O’Hara
William O’Hara
Nora O’Hara
Jennie O’Hara
Mrs. Mollie Sichling, wife of James Sichling, was born Oct. 13, 1873, was married to James Sichling June 25, 1893.  She was the eldest daughter of Wiley Ledbetter.  Departed this life May 9, 1909, aged 35 years, 6 months and 26 days.  She professed faith in Christ at 16 years of age, joined the Southern M. E. Church, of which she remained a member until her death.  She was a good wife and mother and lived a consistent Christian life.  She leaves a husband, three children, father, four brothers, one sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure into the better land.  Before death she expressed her readiness to go, saying she feared nothing and bade her family a tender farewell.  While it is hard for the family to give up this dear wife, mother, daughter, and sister, yet we must look beyond the grave.  God in his infinite wisdom knows best.  Our loss is her eternal gain.  He has only called her up higher.  He has given her eternal rest, and while you grieve here on earth, she is smiling in glory.

(Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Mollie J. wife of James Sichling Died May 9, 1909 Aged 35 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 26 Dys.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. Booth were called to the bedside of their daughter, who was very sick Monday.  (Curry)

Friday, 21 May 1909:
Two Venerable Women Dead.

Mount Vernon—Mrs. Elizabeth Fly, 83, the oldest native-born person in the county, is dead.  She leaves three sons, prominent businessmen of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. Eunice M. Youngblood, 73, widow of the late E. D. Youngblood, who was a circuit judge in this district, for several terms, died of heart trouble.  Both of these venerable women were old-time residents of the city.

(Edward D. Youngblood married Eunice M. Kinney on 23 Apr 1857, in Franklin Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Boy Killed by a Saw.

Murphysboro—Albert Wiseman, 11 years old, fell against a saw mill near here and received injuries from which he died three hours later.
Resolutions of Respect.

Whereas, it has been the wisdom of the All Wise to remove from our midst our esteemed sister, Mollie C. Sichling, beloved wife of brother James Sichling, and

Whereas, the fraternal relations existing between the deceased and the members of New Hope Union No. 192, F. E. & C. U. of A. render it proper that we offer our appreciation of one who was ever ready to tender service to our order.  Therefore be it

Resolved, that in the death of sister Mollie C. Sichling the lodge lost a worthy member, the husband a devoted wife and mother, the vicinity an ever ready neighbor.

Resolved, that we tender to the bereaved husband and family our sincere sympathy.

Resolved that these resolutions be spread upon the records of our lodge.  Be if further

Resolved that these resolutions be published in the county papers and the Union Farmer and a copy sent to brother James Sichling, Ullin, Ill.
S. S. Thompson
W. H. Crippen
F. W. Krenning, Comm.

Friday, 28 May 1909:
Death of Mrs. Anna Culp.

Mrs. Anna Culp, the less than six-month bride of Arthur Culp, both former residents of Mound City, died at the hospital in East St. Louis at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 1909, of typhoid fever.  Seven weeks ago Mrs. Culp was stricken with the same disease and the untiring devotion of his wife who was his constant attendant proved too great a strain for her, resulting in both being patients in the hospital during the past two weeks.  Mr. Culp had passed the crisis when his wife took down, and he is now convalescent.

Mrs. Culp was formerly Miss Anna Sandberg, a most popular and admirable young lady of Mound City and a leading milliner by trade.  Her marriage to Mr. Culp at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. S. Miller, last December was one of the social events of the season.  Two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Bird and Mrs. J. S. Mertz, of St. Louis, Mo., survive her.

The remains arrived at Villa Ridge from East St. Louis last Sunday at 1 p.m. accompanied by Mrs. A. W. Williamson and Mrs. E. S. Miller, of this city, and the two above mentioned sisters of the deceased, where the funeral and burial exercises took place.  A large number of relatives and personal friends of the deceased were present form Mound City and elsewhere.  Rev. A. Monroe conducted the services.  It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon among the trees and fragrant flowers of many kinds, upon the picturesque cemetery hill overlooking the quiet little town, where the earthly remains of this devoted young wife were laid to rest forever.  The grave was covered with a profusion of choicest flowers; the choir sang sad requiems to her memory, while her soul was with her Father in heaven.

Friday, 4 Jun 1909:
J. W. Rowley, the perhaps oldest citizen of Pulaski, and for many years a merchant of that village, died at his home at 2 o’clock Tuesday morning, June 1, 1909.  Funeral services were held at Pulaski Wednesday afternoon and remains were buried at Villa Ridge cemetery.

(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  J. W. Rowly Born April 5, 1822 Died June 1, 1909.—Darrel Dexter)
Samuel Moore was born in Lake County, Ohio, May 25, 1833, and died at Grand Chain, Ill., June 1, 1909, aged 76 years and 6 days.  He enlisted in Company D, of the 18th Illinois Infantry May 1861 and served 3 months time and then afterwards enlisted in the same company for 3 years for which he had an honorable discharge for each time enlisted.  He was the ninth one of thirteen children that was born to Mr. and Mrs. R. Moore and it now leaves only one of this large family, R. Moore, of Grand Chain.  He had many friends to mourn his loss.

(Samuel Moore, 25, born in Madison, Lake Co., Ohio, enlisted as a private in Co. D, 18th Illinois Infantry on 13 Jun 1861, at Bird’s Point, Mo., and was mustered out on 7 Jul 1864, at Little Rock, Ark.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. J. W. Rowely died June 1st, at 2 o’clock and was interred at Villa Ridge on June 2nd.  Mr. Rowley was one of the old merchants of Pulaski.

Friday, 11 Jun 1909:
Card of Thanks.

We desire to hereby extend our thanks to many kind friends for favors extended the late Samuel Moore of Grand Chain, Ill., during his recent sickness and death.
Richard Moore, and family


Rev. Moses Moore, of Cairo, died at that city Friday.  The remains were shipped to Ullin Sunday evening and were taken to the colored Baptist church, where funeral services were conducted by several laymen, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Ullin Cemetery.  Rev. Moore was pastor of the Baptist church here several years ago and was considered a good citizen.
W. W. Miller left Sunday evening for Carbondale in response to a telegram advising him of the death of his brother.  (Ullin)
J. W. Rowley, one of the most respected old citizens of our community (Pulaski), died in our town.  He first came to Kentucky and stayed there six years, then Cairo and stayed five years and then to Pulaski, where he run a general store, and was known all over the county as “Honest Joe.”  He was very precise in his way and was always ready to help the needy.  He will be greatly missed in this community.

Friday, 18 Jun 1909:
Pair Held for Baby’s Death.

Murphysboro—Mr. and Mrs. George Morris, were arrested at their home in Royalton, Franklin County, by Deputy Sheriff W. H. Roberts, of Murphysboro, and Constable Charles Tuthill, of Elkville, charged with murdering their 10-week-old baby boy and throwing the body into the Big Muddy River.  They are in jail at Murphysboro.  Morris is 23 years old and his wife 18.  They were secretly married in Murphysboro Dec. 9, 1908.  In March 1909, Mrs. Morris came to Murphysboro and remained at the home of a Mrs. Rust until the birth of her son on March 23.  The body of a baby was found in a small creek near the river.  Mrs. Rust said Morris came to Murphysboro May 31 and took the child away at night.  She described the clothing worn by the baby at that time, which tallied with that on the body.  The skull of the baby found in the creek had been crushed.  Mrs. Morris was not told of the nature of the charge against her until she reached the sheriff’s office.  She broke down and sobbed, saying she thought the baby was still in the Rust home.
___ McClusky died very suddenly ___ lure last Tuesday of a congestive chill.  She had gone there a few ___ previous to visit with relatives.  The remains were brought home and burial at New Hope Cemetery Wednesday.  (Ullin)

(Henry McClusky married Sarah J. Trammel on 11 Jan 1893, in Franklin Co., Ill.  A marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Sarah J. McCluskey 1861-1909  Henry McCluskey 1854-1910.—Darrel Dexter)
___ Henderson, a young colored woman, died of consumption Monday and was buried Tuesday in the Ullin Cemetery.

Friday, 25 Jun 1909:
Death of Mrs. Bird Minton.

Mrs. Bird Minton, age 73 years, died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. Harper, who resides about two miles from Mounds.  She leaves four sons and three daughters to mourn her untimely death.  The funeral will be held at the Shiloh Church, Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ridge of the Dongola Baptist Church at 2:00 o’clock.  Interment at Shiloh Cemetery.
Mrs. Pearl Starks Hughes, aged 23 years, former resident of this city, died at a hospital in Chicago, last Monday evening.  She was a daughter of W. C. Starks, of this city, and the body accompanied by the husband and baby daughter, arrived here Wednesday noon.  Funeral services were held at the parental residence Thursday, at 1:30 p.m.; interment at Beech Grove Cemetery, both services being conducted by Rev. A. Monroe.
Father of College President Dead.

DuQuoin—Ralph D. Harker, 83 years old, father of Dr. Joseph Harker, president of the Illinois Woman’s College at Jacksonville, is dead at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Thompson, here.
Mrs. Mary Stone, an old one-time resident of Ullin, died Monday at the Masonic Home in Sullivan, Ill., at the age of 80 years.  She was brought to Ullin and buried beside her husband, Dr. Stone, who killed himself several years ago.  Mrs. Stone had been an inmate of the Masonic Home for a couple of years.  Her funeral services were held in the Congregational church.

(William F. Stone married Mary McElroy on 14 Jun 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Mary Stone Born Feb. 15, 1829 Died June 21, 1909.  She was a beautiful character, a true Christian and had the love and respect of all who knew her.—Darrel Dexter)
The Beulah Tabernacle buried a daughter of Agnes Roberson at the Villa Ridge cemetery with a large procession.  The colored people of our place (Pulaski) are holding themselves up with times, and certainly show much respect to their departed friends.

Friday, 2 Jul 1909:
Myles L. Austin, father of Mrs. C. S. Miller, of this city, died Thursday morning at his home in St. Louis, Mo.  He will be buried at Villa Ridge, his old home, Friday at 1:30 p.m.
A. A. Austin, who came home to attend the funeral of his granddaughter, Mrs. Howard Hughes, left for Malden, Mo., Friday, where he has a building contract.
Mrs. Jane Carnes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Caster, in Olmsted at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  She had been a resident of this county for a number of years and was 94 years of age.  Four generations attended the funeral, which was conducted by Rev. E. Hogue, in the Congregational church at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.  She was a member of the United Brethren Church.  Rev. E. Hogue is a minister.  Two of her grandsons, Judge L. G. Caster and R. J. Caster, reside in this city.  Interment was made in the family cemetery near Olmsted.
Mrs. Etta Moore, wife of James H. Moore, died at their home two miles east of town (Grand Chain) early Friday morning.  Funeral services were held at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. T. Gaunt, Saturday afternoon, June 26th, 1909.  Deceased was a member of the Christian Church and had been for twenty years.  She was a faithful worker in the church and a good woman.  A husband, four children, father, sister, two brothers, grandmother and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family, relatives and friends.
             (James H. Moore married Ettie Esque on 28 Dec 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter


Friday, 9 Jul 1909:
A colored man of this city named Hubbard was buried at the National cemetery here Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Minton, of Shiloh, buried their infant son at that place Sunday.

Word was received here last week of the death of Mr. Yost, at his home in St. Louis.  Deceased was a resident of this city for several years and was a highly esteemed citizen.  The deceased suffered a severe stroke of paralysis which left him a sadly afflicted invalid and in this condition he has lingered the past two years.  He leaves a widow, and three children—Mrs. H. Beaupre, of this city, Eugene Yost, of Carbondale, and Miss Minnie Yost, of St. Louis.

(Henry S. Beaupre married Lillie V. Yost on 8 Nov 1885, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 16 Jul 1909:
Mr. Frank Carson, aged 70 years, has been seriously ill at his home on south Fourth Street several months.
Mrs. L. M. Arnold received news Sunday of the death of her aunt, Mrs. John P. Dilts, at Paducah.  She was unable to attend the funeral Monday on account of illness.

The remains of Josiah L. Hicks, who died at his home at Grand Chain Thursday, July 9th, were brought to this city Friday and were interred in the National Cemetery.  The body was accompanied by one son, H. Hicks.  Deceased was a member of Company C, 56th Illinois Infantry, and was 80 years of age.  He was well liked by all his acquaintances.

(Josiah L. Hicks, 43, of Alabama, a shoemaker, born in North Carolina, enlisted 10 Apr 1864, at Whitesburg, Ala., in Co. C, 56th Illinois Infantry, and mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., on 12 Aug 1865. He is buried in Mound City National Cemetery in Section E, Grave 4088C.  Harris Hicks, son of Josiah L. Hicks and Selaney McKinney, married Mrs. Eva Robison, on 7 Sep 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Harley Hubbard, an aged colored resident of this city died here last week Tuesday and was buried in the National cemetery.  The deceased had been a resident here for the past forty years and served on the gunboat Louisville during the war.  This is a correction of an item in our last week’s issue regarding the same man.

(This may be the same person listed as Hardy Hubbard, who married Rebecca White on 14 Mar 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Robert Clemons, a highly esteemed colored resident of this city, died at his home here Saturday night at the age of 65 years.  The deceased has been a resident of Mound City for the past thirty years.  The remains were laid to rest in the new Beechwood Cemetery at Mounds Monday afternoon.
Man and His Wife Shot.

DuQuoin—Kelly Jones, a farmer and his wife, residing near Sesser, are in a critical condition, the latter being probably fatally wounded.  They had forbidden hunting in their farm, and, hearing the discharge of guns near their home, went out to investigate.  Not being able to locate the intruders, they started back home and had walked but a short distance when both were shot.
Saturday afternoon the remains of Albert Till were found along the C. and E. I. Railroad.  He was evidently struck by a freight train Friday night while riding or walking upon the railroad from Tamms to Ullin.  He was a young man about 25 years old and had been at work near Pulaski on a farm and Friday drew his money and went to Tamms and proceeded to “dope” with Tamms poison with the above result.
Mrs. Josie Penrod Zimmerman, a former resident of Ullin, died Sunday night at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Penrod, in Dongola from the effects of blood poisoning.  She leaves a husband, infant son, a mother and sister and numerous friends to mourn her loss.  She was buried Monday afternoon at Dongola.
             (Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Josephine L. wife of Joseph L. Zimmerman Born Sept. 4, 1882 Died July 11, 1909.—Darrel Dexter


Friday, 23 Jul 1909:
A white man named William McDaniels, residing at Beech Hill, near Olive Branch, was struck and instantly killed Sunday evening at Mounds.  He got off Billy Bryan’s train as the Thebes accommodation is known, and started towards the depot when he was stuck by the engine which hauls the suburban from Cairo.  He was in an intoxicated condition at the time and when his person was examined whiskey was found in one of his pockets.
Death of F. M. Carson.

Frank M. Carson, aged 69 years, died at his home in this city, Thursday afternoon, July 15, 1909, after an illness of ten weeks and was buried in the Olmsted cemetery the day following, a large number of old friends besides ship yard companions accompanying the remains to their last resting place.  Mr. Carson came to this county from Tennessee in 1861 and located near Grand Chain.  Nineteen years ago he came to Mound City, since which time up to his illness he has been employed at the ship yard.  The deceased is survived by the bereaved widow; Samuel, of Seattle, Wash.; Jesse, of Mounds; Courtney, of Bibgy, Miss.; James, of Ullin; Edward, of Memphis, Tenn.; Perry and Miss Mary, of this city; and two stepchildren:  Harry Lawler, of this city, and Mrs. Lula Skelton, of Texas.
Another Man Killed.

Hayes Gratty, a well known switch engineer of Mounds, was shot in the back of the head about 2:30 o’clock Monday morning last by some unknown person a short distance south of the Halfway House causing instant death.  Mr. Gratty with John (Bud) Crain, employed in the railroad blacksmith shop, were en route to Cairo in a buggy and as the report goes met a man in the road afoot, going the same direction.  In the extreme darkness they called to him to get out of the road, which he evidently did, but had gone but a short distance when he fired a shot at the buggy party hitting Gratty with the above results.  Gratty is said to have had some unpleasant words with an unknown man in the Halfway House saloon, and it is thought that he did the shooting.  Gratty leaves a wife and two children, with a good home in Mounds and $3,000 life insurance.
A colored man by the name of Allen died Tuesday of consumption in Ullin.
The only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Allen died Saturday evening of a congestive chill.  The child was past two years old and was healthy and robust, but was soon wilted away when stricken.  The passing of the little one left behind two parents with broken hearts.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Bush Sunday evening and the little remains rest in the Ullin cemetery.

(A marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Ora Vanoene Allen Born Sept. 14, 1905 Died May 4, 1906.  Helen Waneta Allen Born March 22, 1907 Died July 17, 1909.  Daughters of W. V. & Ida Allen.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 30 Jul 1909:
Three bad negro residents were murdered Sunday and Monday in Cairo, one man and two women being aggressors, as many more were shot in a crap game, and 48 other persons of various nationalities were before the police court Monday for unlawful doings.  Still more, some interurban cars to and from the Halfway House Saturday and Sunday night were ditched and the switches spiked by gangs of drunken hoodlums, who also insult decent women on the cars.  Some of the perpetrators have already been locked up, and the line is to be closely watched by county officers hereafter.
Walter Morrow, who was born at Villa Ridge 30 years ago and later was in a restaurant business in Cairo, died in St. Louis Tuesday of this week.
McDonald Ozment, of Pulaski, was born January 8, 1830, and died July 26, 1909, aged 78 years, 6 mos., 17 days.  Was married times and leaves wife and eleven children; was a soldier of the Civil War.  Laid to rest in Liberty Cemetery

(McDonald Ozment was a private in Co. D, 18th Illinois Infantry, enlisting on 20 Jul 1861.  He was 27, born in Lebanon, Tenn., and was discharged 19 Apr 1862, at Pittsburg Landing, for chronic diarrhea.  McDonald Ozment married Julia Ann Horn on 29 Dec 1863, in Franklin Co., Ill.  He has a military marker in Liberty Cemetery that reads:  McDonald Ozment Co. D, 18th Ill. Inf.—Darrel Dexter)
Mack Ozment, an aged pensioner, living seven miles south of here (Ullin), died Monday morning.
Pearl Smith, Pink Beck, and Eli Smither who were called to Carbondale Saturday to attend the funeral of John Beck, a relative, returned Sunday.
The infant child of Mike Moyers, and wife, of Moorehouse, Mo., was brought here (Grand Chain) for burial last Saturday.

Friday, 6 Aug 1909:

Esta May Adkins, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Adkins, died Thursday, July 29th, 1909, at her home near Ullin, Illinois, of a complication of diseases of which whooping cough was the most severe.  She was aged 8 mos. and 25 days.  Was an unusually bright and charming child and had a smile for everyone, bearing all pain without a sigh or tear although they were so great that no medical aid could relieve her, but short sweet life was gone to the one who gave it.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. A. Russel at the residence Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in cemetery near Ullin, Ill.
A Friend

(John Thomas Adkins married Flora Bell Shively on 15 Aug 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Butter Ridge Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Esta May Adkins Born Nov. 4, 1908 Died July 29, 1909.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mackey have returned from Ashley, where they were called on account of the death of Mrs. Mackey’s father.  (Grand Chain)

Friday, 13 Aug 1909:
Jesse Armstrong, aged 32 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong, of this city, and a former resident here, last Friday fell from a boat at Memphis, on which he was working as ship carpenter, and was drowned.  He leaves a wife and two children.  His wife was Miss Callie Spencer, of this city.  At last accounts the body had not been found. 

(Jessie M. Armstrong married Callie Belma Spencer on 28 Jan 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


A grown daughter of A. J. Britt, living south of town (Ullin), died last Thursday.


Miss Pearl Britt departed this life August 5th, after a long struggle with dropsy.  Pearl was a young lady loved by all who knew her, and bore her long illness without a murmur.  She was never heard to complain and had a smile for everyone.  She was laid to rest in the Concord Cemetery Aug. 6.



Friday, 20 Aug 1909:

The state offers a reward of $200 for the capture and conviction of the murderer of Hayes Graddy.


The adopted child of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Kinney died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday morning in the Catholic cemetery at Mounds.


The body of Jesse Armstrong, who was drowned at Memphis about ten days ago, was found Wednesday near where he went down.


James Browner, aged 78 years, one of the well known farmers residing northeast of Villa Ridge, has been seriously ill for some time past.


Death of Mrs. Black.

             Mrs. Fannie, beloved wife of Samuel Black, of this city, aged 65 years, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cairo last Saturday evening after a short illness.  Mrs. Black was a sister of the late Louis Blum, was born in Germany and came to this city about 40 years ago.  She was a perfect lady, courteous, agreeable and highly esteemed by all.  Sunday night the remains were taken to St. Louis for burial in the Jewish cemetery Tuesday, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Blum, of Mounds, Mrs. George Eichhorn and Ben Blum, of Mound City and the bereaved husband.


Train Kills a Farmer.

West Frankfort.—While crossing the tracks of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Co. in Benton, R. P. Parker, a prominent farmer near this city, was hit by a southbound passenger train and killed instantly.  He is survived by a family.



Friday, 27 Aug 1909:

M. L. Rosenbarger, of Grand Chain, has a large farm nine mile north of that place near Ridenhour station, upon which he has several men employed, among whom was Henry Hitchcock, aged 61 years.  Last Saturday afternoon, Allen Johnson, another employee, and Hitchcock went into a cornfield in search of squirrels.  Johnson saw one and in swinging his gun around to fire, the gun went off, shooting Hitchcock, who was several yards away, in the face with most of the shot, killing him instantly.  Johnson is said to be almost crazy over the unfortunate affair.


Robert Smith, aged about 80 years, a resident of old Caledonia up to about four years ago, died at the Anna insane asylum a few weeks ago.  He was a former boat and raft pilot on the Ohio River.


Illinois Pioneer Dead.

             O’Fallon.—George T. Crosby, a pioneer of Illinois, died here, aged 79.  He is survived by a widow and four children.


Death of Mrs. James Finley.

             Mrs. Dorothe E., beloved wife of James W. Finley, died at the family home in Mound City, Ill., last Sunday at 1:30 p.m. of paralysis, at the age of 72 years.  The deceased came here from Memphis with her husband and family 42 years ago, and was one of the well known and highly esteemed women of the city.  She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her death—Mrs. Kate Sneed, of McAllester, Okla.; Frank, of Cairo; Ira S., of Hamilton, Ohio; and James A., of this city.  Funeral at the residence Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Whitley, of Episcopal Church.  Interment in Beechwood addition cemetery.

             (Joseph H. Sneed married Kate Finley on 17 Feb 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  T. W. Finley, son of James W. Finley and D. E. Braden, married Lillie M. Wright on 2 Dec 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



             Jesse Armstrong, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong, of this city, was drowned at Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, Aug. 5th, at the age of 34 years and five days.  He was employed on the government shipyard works and lost his balance on the beam on which he was working and fell 30 feet through the air when he struck a barge, which crushed his skull and threw him into the river which was 35 feet deep at that point.

Divers were employed; watchmen were stationed at points along the river below the city.  A reward was offered and notices were posted in all the towns from Memphis to New Orleans, in fact, every method was employed by the grieved relatives in an effort to locate and recover the body, all proving fruitless until Tuesday, Aug. 17th, when a body was found by some fishermen 60 miles below Memphis and was about to be buried on the banks of the river when the notices were remembered and a telegram sent to Memphis brought the deceased’s brother, William Armstrong, and a few friends on a launch to the scene.  The brother identified the body by the teeth and clothing and it was brought back to the city on the launch and was taken to the undertaker’s establishment where it was prepared for burial.  The funeral was conducted in the undertaker’s parlors by a minister of the Methodist church of which deceased had been a member since his early manhood.  The remains were laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Deceased had clung to his religion and always wrote to his parents in this city where he was born and reared telling them of his church and his attendance upon the religious services.  His mother was prostrated with grief and was unable to attend the funeral, but the father attended returning home Sunday.  Deceased left a wife, three children, two boys and one girl, a father, mother, three sisters, three brothers.  One brother, Enos, preceded him in death four years ago.  He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Carpenters’ Union, both of which attended the funeral in a body.  The deceased was reared and married in this city.  A host of friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved wife and parents in this sad addiction.



Friday, 3 Sep 1909:

Last week Friday, Henry Lee, a negro fireman at the chair factory, was for some unknown cause struck in the back of the head with an iron bar by a fellow workman named Jim Williams, crushing his skull, and from which with other injuries he died Sunday.  Lee fell across a hot oven door of the furnace where he had lain several minutes before discovered.  He was an unmarried man and one of the oldest employees of the factory.  Williams at once left for parts unknown.


Slate Crushes Illinois Miner.

             Herrin.—William Martin, 25 years old, was crushed to death by being caught under a heavy fall of slate in Jeffrey’s mine, east of here.


Relatives of Mrs. Bert Barnett were sorry to hear of her death in Oklahoma last week.  (Pulaski)



Friday, 17 Sep 1909:

J. G. Steers, aged 84 years, died at his home near Olmsted, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1909.  Mr. Steers was highly esteemed by all who knew him, being one of the oldest pioneers of Pulaski County and one of the last charter members of the Masonic fraternity there.

             (This may refer to John G. Steers, who married Rachel Keller on 17 Jun 1850, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Thomas Dickey, of Mounds, aged 45 years, a plasterer by trade, died suddenly at his home Monday morning.  A wife survives him.  Funeral was held at the residence Wednesday afternoon and interment had in Beech Grove Cemetery, conducted by the I. O. O. F.


Louis, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Tuttle, died at their home on west Main Street, at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, at the age of six years.  He had been ill two weeks developing a bad case of diphtheria and after suffering a few days, he improved so that he was playing in the yard Friday, but that night grew worse and suffered intensely until death relieved him.  The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon.


Basil Hayden, of Kentucky, died the other day in a room he had not left for fifty years.  Mr. Hayden stayed there all this time, not because he was ill or imprisoned, but because he had made a vow that if Lincoln were elected president, he would never leave his room again.



Friday, 24 Sep 1909:

Frank Duty Dead.

             The death of Frank Duty, which occurred Thursday of last week, was quite a surprise to his host of friends in this city.  Mr. Duty was taken ill Monday and very few knew that he was sick, hence his death was quite a surprise.  It is said that his ailment was a complication of diseases.  Frank has lived in this county about 25 years, was a good mechanic, and had worked many years for the I. C. railroad at Mounds.  He is survived by two sons, Henry of Wyoming, and Albert, on the U. S. battleship Georgia, one of the fleet that recently made a trip around the world, and he has a brother, Albert, living in Cairo.  Frank was well and favorably known, an honest, industrious and pleasant gentleman.  He was a member of the Court of Honor.  The remains were interred in the Beech Grove Cemetery Friday afternoon, services conducted by Rev. E. H. Cunningham, pastor of the Baptist church.—The Sun


Death of Mrs. Karraker.

             Mrs. Elsie Karraker (nee Dillow), wife of Thomas N. Karraker, cashier of the First State Bank of Mounds, died of tuberculosis at their residence in that city Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., at the age of 26 years, 5 months and 13 days.  The funeral was held at the home of her parents in Dongola at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.  Interment in Anna Cemetery.  The deceased was a very highly esteemed woman.

             (Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Elsie wife of Thomas N. Karraker Born April 8, 1883 Died Sept. 21, 1909.—Darrel Dexter)


The 6-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rushing died Wednesday morning at their home and was buried Thursday afternoon.


The 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Coulter died suddenly at their home in this city Wednesday forenoon of membranous croup.


M. Mozolewski, 96 Years Old, Dead.

             Nashville.—M. Mozolewski, one of the oldest residents of Washington County, died at his home in Bolo Township.  He was 96 years old.


Black Hand Note Kills Him.

             Johnston City.—John Swan, a farmer living east of this city, while sitting on his porch with his family fell into the arms of his son, dead.  The cause of death was heart trouble, thought to be induced by fear, having just read a black hand letter threatening his life if he did not leave the country at once.



Friday, 1 Oct 1909:

Harry Slack is seriously ill with typhoid fever at a hospital in Indianapolis.  His wife, nee Miss Mabel Kennedy, of this city, and their little daughter are with him.


Whitlaid Clayborn Moore, son of Henry and Gertie Moore was born Aug. 26, 1907, died Sept. 22, 1909, aged 2 years and 1 month.  He leaves a father, mother, sister and a host of other relatives and friends. (Grand Chain)



Friday, 8 Oct 1909:

Charles Casper, who had one of his legs badly broken a short time ago while employed at the Williamson-Kuny log pond, died at his home Wednesday morning, aged 35 years.  He had resided here nearly all his life.  He was a good citizen also a good husband and father.  He leaves a widow and a little son.  Funeral took place at the residence Wednesday afternoon.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

             (Charles Casper married Bell Mullins on 9 Apr 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The Late Col. William R. Morrison.

             The death of Col. William R. Morrison at his home at Waterloo, Ill., last week, removed a man who years ago was a prominent figure in public affairs.  Born in Illinois in 1825, he fought in the Mexican War, was a Forty-niner in California, became a lawyer in Illinois, went into the war of the rebellion as a colonel of the Forty-ninth Illinois infantry, was wounded at Fort Donelson, was elected to Congress while in the army and served in Congress until 1887, was in that year appointed a member of the interstate commerce commission and became its chairman.  He had been defeated for the U. S. Senate by one vote in 1885.  In the house he was chairman of the committee of ways and means and as such presented the famous horizontal tariff bill.  Col. Morrison was described by a friend as a “pure and gallant gentleman, brave of heart, clean of life, loyal to a friend, frank to a foe; with a conscience void of offense and a love for truth that nothing could daunt.”  When a candidate for the senate, Morrison declared that he would not shake the hand of a thief to be elected to any office in the gift of human power.”  He was several times mentioned for nomination of the presidency, the last time in 1896.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many fiends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness shown me during the recent bereavement of my mother.

Harry Orm.


9 Lost Lives in Mines.

             Belleville.—County Mine Inspector Henry Church in his report for the year ending August 30, shows that nine lives were lost from among 4,634 employees in and about St. Clair County coal mines; that there were 120 accidents, which disabled miners for periods of less than thirty days and thirty accidents which cost miners to lose more than thirty days from work.


Olney Man Dies at Ball Game.

             Olney.—Samuel Urfer, 30 years old, died at Athletic Park during the progress of a baseball game.  A coroner’s jury declared that apoplexy caused his death.


Shot Over Crap Game.

             DuQuoin.—A three-cornered fight arose over a negro crap game Sunday in which two of the participants were wounded.  The pistol battle drew a large crowd to the rear end of a blind tiger on West Main Street.  John Smith, of Cairo, and B. Sanders, got into a heated argument and drew revolvers.  Harry Sanders stepped in as peacemaker and was shot in the left hand, the ball entering the thumb.  B. Sanders backed off a few steps and shot Smith in the neck, the ball ranging downward and lodging behind the lungs, causing a serious wound.


Falling Tree Kills Honey Hunter.

             Charleston—James F. Ashbrook, a farmer living five miles southwest of Charleston, was killed Saturday morning by a falling tree which he had cut to get a store of wild honey.



Friday, 15 Oct 1909:

Mrs. Henson died Friday at the home of her uncle Charles Abbott and was buried Saturday at Cache Chapel Cemetery.  The deceased has suffered long with consumption.


Samuel, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Guy, died at his home near Grand Chain Tuesday, Oct. 5th, at 10 o’clock a.m., of a complication of diseases, aged 3 years, 4 months, and 17 days.  The family wish to thank all those who were so kind to them in the last days of their little one and trust you will be rewarded in the near future by a higher power.  The remains were laid to rest in the Grand Chain cemetery Wednesday afternoon.  The family has the sympathy of the community.


John Perkins Sr., was born in McNary County, Tenn., in 1829 and departed this life, Oct. 7th, 1909, aged 80 years.  He had been confined to his bed about sixteen days with infirmities of old age and chills.  He had been a member of the Edith Chapel A. M. E. church for twenty years.  He was an exemplary Christian, patient in his afflictions and was faithful to his church until death.  He leaves a number of relatives and a host of friends to mourn his loss.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Rooks Oct. 8th.


Little Birdell Hines aged 5 years, granddaughter of the deceased, John Perkins Sr., departed this life Oct. 8th, of a complication of throat trouble.  Funeral was held Sunday at 1 p.m. conducted by Rev. Reddick.  The pall bearers were four little girls selected from the Juvenille Club.  The family has the sympathy of all in their double bereavement.  They have left us but we will meet them in the great beyond.


Dyke Acquitted of Killing Boskosky.

             Harrisburg.—The jury in the case of John Dyke, indicted by the recent grand jury for the killing of Louis Boskosky, returned a verdict of not guilty.  The case occupied the court over a week and was the hardest fought in the history of the county.  Boskosky was killed in a riot at Ledford last spring and Dyke was arrested, charged with firing the shot.


Two Murderers, Sentenced.

             Murphysboro—In the circuit court, Ben Dagenhartt pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to serve fourteen years in the penitentiary at Chester.  In a fit of anger several months ago Dagenhartt struck Fred Zerbt, a fellow workman, and killed him.



Friday, 22 Oct 1909:

Death of Thomas Smith.

             Mr. Thomas J. Smith, who departed this life at 9:00 o’clock Friday morning in St. Louis, was an old citizen of this city.  He was well known here and had a wide circle of friends in this city.  He left here a few years since for St. Louis, where he has resided with his sister, Mrs. Mary Warren.  He has suffered with cancer of the throat the past two years and it was this malady which caused his death.  He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Warren, of St. Louis, a daughter, Mrs. William Mertz, of this city, and two sons, Guy and Thomas, of St. Louis, and one stepson, Ray Olmsted of this city.  The remains were laid to rest at 1 o’clock in the Beech Grove Cemetery Sunday afternoon Rev. W. D. Margrave officiating.

             (Thomas J. Smith married Mrs. Mary C. Olmsted on 25 Dec 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. Mary Pool died at Mounds Sunday, Oct. 17th, after a long illness with consumption.  Her funeral was conducted Monday at Ullin M. E. church by Rev. Ernest Bush after which she was laid to rest in the Ullin Cemetery.  The bereaved relatives have our deepest sympathy.

             (Her marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Mary E. Pool Daughter of J. & G. Beedle Born March 7, 1887 Died Oct. 17, 1909.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 29 Oct 1909:

Card of Thanks.

             We extend our heartfelt thanks to our many neighbors and friends who were so kind to us during the illness and death of our dear husband and father.

Mrs. H. Bever and children.



             Houston Bever departed this life October 23rd, 1909, aged 53 years and 20 days.  He was born and raised in Pulaski County.  He married Miss Maggie Lyerly when near the age of 21 years.  She lived but a few months.  On February 5, 1885, he married Miss Isaphine Flaugh.  Into their home there came four daughters, Alice, Mary, Grace, and Maude and one son, Everett Houston.  The second daughter, Mary, died at the age of 6 years.  He was a constant and devoted member of the Christian Church for many years.  He was one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of the county.  His well known intelligence, integrity, business ability commanded the confidence of all who knew him.  He was loved by all who knew him intimately for his kindness and generosity.  He was ever ready to render assistance in time of sickness or trouble of any kind.

             He was a loving and faithful husband, and affectionate and indulgent father, and the welfare and happiness of his family was always the object nearest to his heart.  His death is an irreparable loss to his wife, children, brothers, sister and to all who knew him.

             (Husten Bever married Mary Lyerly on 10 Jan 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 5 Nov 1909:

Asbury Benton, a citizen of this place, was killed Friday at Point Pleasant, Mo.  He was engaged in clearing land and was struck by a falling tree.  He, with his family, had gone to Point Pleasant about two weeks ago, expecting to spend the greater portion of the winter at that place.  He leaves a wife, two daughters, and fours sons.  They resided on First Street in this city.  The sympathy of the community goes out to the family in this bereavement.

             (The 17 Dec 1909, issue reported that he was not killed, but seriously injured.—Darrel Dexter)


Miss Gussie Hallenberg, well known here, died last Sunday at Chamite, N. M., aged 18 years, of consumption.  Miss Gussie was a great favorite when here, and her friends will be saddened to know of her death.



             At a meeting of the Farmers Union No. 188, the following resolutions were adopted:

             Whereas it has pleased the All Wise Creator to take from our midst Brother H. Bever, Be it resolved:

             That we extend to the family our heartfelt sympathy and aid in time of need.

             That in the death of Brother Bever, we and the community at large have lost a good citizen, a true friend and neighbor.

             That we drape our charter with mourning for a period of six months.

             That we send a copy of these resolutions to our county paper for publication and also to the Union Farmer.

J. W. Mathis

E. Steers

John Clancy, Comm.


Died from Eating Saur Kraut.

             Mt. Vernon.—After making almost a meal of saur kraut, Elmer Landgraf, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Landgraf, died here of ptomaine poisoning.


Founder of Illinois Town Dies.

             Cairo.—Capt. John Hodges, of Cairo, died at Dawson Springs.  He was one of the pioneers of Alexander County, having been sheriff 24 years.  He was the founder of the town of Hodges Park.



Friday, 12 Nov 1909:
Cairo’s Awful Horror.

What is it in our civilization of today that produces such man beasts as that murderer of Miss Anna Pelley, at 26th and Elm streets at Cairo, about 7 p.m. Monday?  Is such vicious brutality hereditary?  Can a human soul come into this world predisposed to brutality and lust?  Is it a result of lack of early training?  Will the father and mother of this man beast be held responsible by the Great Creator?  Is it a result of legal union of male and female criminals?  Is it a result of blood mixtures, combining all the evil tendencies of both natures?  Is it a result of our growing ridicule, and flaunting, and sneering disregard of law?

This one man beast will be swiftly obliterated legally.  But must we live in dread of other man beasts of the same sort?  The same condition that produced and developed this one will develop others.  History records much of crime and bloodshed, but this kind of bestiality is only of recent frequency.  The conditions now demand the best thought of the wisest men of our nation—a drastic corrective must be found, and nationally applied.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mackey were called to Cypress Sunday on account of a death in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Will Mackey.  (Grand Chain)
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Loys Willis, which died at birth, was buried Tuesday at Anna.  (Ullin)
Mrs. Alice Coleman, wife of John Coleman and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Burgeois, died Sunday night after an illness of two weeks resulting from confinement.  Her death was a great shock to her friends.  Gentle and lovable in disposition, she was loved by everyone.  She was a devoted wife and mother.  She leaves a husband, three little children, parents, two sisters and a brother to mourn her loss.  The funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon in the Congregational church by Rev. Runnels, of Mounds, after which the beautiful white casket was lowered to rest in the Ullin Cemetery.  Many beautiful flowers were received as expressions of the grief that is felt for one who was so sweet and lovely in character—who is at rest forever.

(Her marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:  Alice Burgeois Coleman Born Feb. 2, 1882 Died Nov. 8, 1909.  Allison R. Coleman Born Oct.24, 1909 Died July 23, 1910.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Charles Murray, of Cairo, died here (Ullin) Sunday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Joseph Mordar, after a long illness.  She was buried at Dongola Tuesday.

Friday, 19 Nov 1909:
Mrs. Kate Davidge, wife of Charles Davidge, died Monday morning at 2:00 o’clock, after a lingering illness of several months.  She is survived by a husband, two daughters, and a son.  The funeral was conducted at the family residence by Rev. A. Monroe of the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon, interment in the Masonic Cemetery at Olmsted.

(Charles Davidge married Kate Bayne on 8 Feb 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Judge’s Niece a Suicide.

Fairfield.—Apparently disappointed in a love affair, Miss Carrie Creighton, committed suicide by swallowing carbolic acid a short time after calling at the post office and not receiving an expected letter.  Miss Creighton was 20 years old and a daughter of John Creighton.  She was a niece of Judge James A. Creighton, of Springfield and Circuit Judge Jacob R. Creighton, of this city.
Mrs. Sarah Margurite Galbraith was born at Springfield, Ohio, January 25, 1832, died at Grand Chain, Ill., Nov. 12, 1909, aged 77 years, 10 months and 12 days.  She was buried at Villa Ridge on Nov. 14, 1909.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Monroe of Mound City.  She was a member of the Congregational church.  She leaves a stepson, Ed Young, of Cairo, and two sisters, Mrs. A. C. Bartleson, of Grand Chain, and Mrs. Polena Miller, of Villa Ridge, and a number of other relatives to mourn her departure.

(J. M. Galbraith married Mrs. Sarah M. Young on 23 Mar 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Thomas A. Young married Sarah A. Wilson on 31 Dec 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Augustus C. Bartleson married Susan Wilson.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 26 Nov 1909:
Card of Thanks.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our many friends who were so kind to us during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother.
Charles Davidge
Eph Davidge
Mrs. A. H. Perrine
Mrs. L. R. Davidson
Miner Killed.

Herrin.—Joe Ashman, 54 years old, who was a shift workman at the __ mine, north of this city was crushed to death while unloading a ___ which had been sent down ___ with gas pipe.
Annie Pelley’s Chum Buried.

Anna.—The burial of Miss Mary Whalen occurred Tuesday, the grave being less than 50 feet from Miss Anna Pelley, her chum.

(Her marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Maymie M. Whalen 1888-1909.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 3 Dec 1909:
W. G. Mitchell received word Saturday of the death of his father at Washington, D. C. (Mounds)

Friday, 10 Dec 1909:
Judge Lyman G. Caster
Born September 7th, 1872
Died, December 9th, 1909

In the death of Judge Lyman G. Caster, Pulaski County loses one of her foremost citizens.  Judge Caster was a man of broad intellect, sterling character, of kindly heart and of gracious personality.  Every man who knew him well, loved him, and there will be thousands of saddened hearts in this his home county when is death is known.

Judge Caster was born near “Cross Roads” on the old home place.  As his boyhood years passed, he developed a thirst for knowledge, ambition, energy.  Teaching school and studying law calls for persistence and self denial, but the Judge did this, and, later, in his chosen profession, forged his way to the very front by sheer force of merit.  Had he lived, there is not a doubt that he would have been circuit judge, and his known ability and rigid fairness would probably have called him to higher places of honor.
Judge Caster’s memory will live long in the heart of his friends, in love and honor and reverence, and his name will take a place in the history of the county along with those of the leaders who have stood for all that was good, and true and upright and square.
Little Willie Williams, aged 3 years old, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kreitner, after a short illness of membranous croup.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the residence on Main Street, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mr. John Bise, who died at his home on upper Main Street in Mound City last week, after a short illness, was one of the old citizens of the county.  He served a long and honorable term in the army of the Civil War, and came to the county shortly afterwards with his brothers, Robert and Joseph.  Mr. Bise lived for years around Ullin, and was liked by all who knew him.  His brother, Mr. Joseph Bise, is one of the prosperous farmers and timbermen of the upper county.
The funeral of the late David Woods was held Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church, interment at the Beech Grove Cemetery.  Mr. Woods was one of our most highly esteemed old colored residents and has lived here for many years.
Alfred Hargan Dead.

Dr. J. F. Hargan, of this city, was advised by wire Tuesday morning of the death of his father, Mr. Alfred Hargan, at Louisville, Ky., which occurred Monday night.  The doctor and his brothers, Ben and Virgil, all went to Louisville to be present at the funeral exercises.  The sympathy of all friends is extended to these gentlemen in their sorrow.
Funeral Notice

The funeral of Judge Caster will take place Sunday afternoon at Beech Grove Cemetery at 2 o’clock.
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Newlon were called to Robinson, Ill., Monday on account of serious sickness of Mrs. Newlon’s father.  (Grand Chain)

Friday, 17 Dec 1909:
Miss Eula Ritchie left Monday for her home in East St. Louis after attending the funeral of her uncle, L. G. Caster

(Eli M. Ritchey married Josephene Caster on 2 Nov 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Ausbury Benton and family who have spent the past three months at Point Pleasant, Mo., returned home Sunday.  Mr. Benton was seriously injured by a falling tree at Point Pleasant, but was not killed as was at first reported.
Aunt Zettie Gill, one of the oldest and best known colored women in the city, has passed into the great unknown.  She had been visiting a friend Tuesday, was taken ill while there, and was conveyed to her home, and there died about noon Wednesday.  “Aunty” was always motherly and cheerful and was well liked by all who knew her.  She lived at Mrs. H. M. Smith’s a long time and was an aunt of Eli Bugg.
Lyman G. Caster
Born September 7th, 1872
Died December 9th, 1909
Interment Dec. 12th, 1909, Beech Grove Cemetery.

Hundreds of loving friends of Judge Lyman G. Caster braved the inclement weather Sunday that they might be present at his funeral exercises, as the last mark of respect and honor they might give to him.
The uniformed rank of the Modern Woodmen acted as pallbearers.  Members of the Bar of this and Alexander County, the county officers, and the Knights of Pythias, were honorary pallbearers, and cared for the floral offerings which were of great beauty and in profusion.

A short, simple service was held at the home.  From here the funeral cortege went to the Methodist church, where the more lengthy exercises were very beautiful, solemn and impressive.  There, in the presence of the throng, looking down upon the casket, banked with flowers, the Rev. Margraves spoke words of comfort and solace to the family and relatives and sorrowing friends, words that can come only from the Word of God in such hours of heart ache.

At the grave, the service of the Knights of Pythias was read, with ceremonies solemn, beautiful and simple, as the Judge would have wished, could he have spoken.

There are many, many men in the county whose hearts will throb and whose eyes will mist with tears at merely the mention of Judge Caster’s name, and yet also his name brings to them the memory of  his great heart, and a desire to emulate the sterling qualities of his character.  His life here will long have its strong influence in the county in all things looking towards human uplift.
Tribute to Lyman G. Caster
(By. Rev. Alex Monroe.)

Great, wise and good men are God’s best gifts to a nation or a community.  They mold and lead the thoughts of the people influence their conduct and establish those principles of truth, justice and righteousness, which exalt a nation or community.  When they pass away the people suffer a great loss, greater than the loss of property or physical things, and were it not for the influence they leave to the world we would be poor indeed.  As Christians we cannot believe with the teachings of the scriptures before us with regard to death, that it can be a loss to the good who pass out from us.  So we do not celebrate, as one has said, the death of a good man with dirges and mournful chants, but with hymns and songs of praise, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon a divine heritage.

As a great man said about the death of Saipio.  Saipio was a good man, and if it be true that those who live best go to God soonest, Saipio is with God.  But if death be an eternal sleep, it is not grievous to sleep.  But Saipio was a good man and served well the Republic and mankind and this Republic will always rejoice and mankind will always rejoice that Saipio lived.  So we say of Judge Caster.  He was a good man, a man of strong, rugged character, blameless integrity and a staunch lover of justice, that kind of justice from which no one could suffer, but those who should suffer and that would protect all in their rights and privileges.  He served well his county, his community and mankind, and those who knew him best esteemed him most highly and all we who have felt his influence are glad that he lived and we knew his noble life.  But we cannot think of death in connection with Christian and modern thought, as an eternal sleep.  We say with Milton, Who would lose, though full of pain, his conscious being?  Those thoughts which wonder through eternity, swallowed up and lost in the wide womb of uncreated night.  Devoid of sense and feeling.

While nobody knows what the controlling entity called life, soul, spirit and by other names is, yet common sense rebels against it being nothing.  No genuine science has presumed to call it a purely imaginary nonentity.  No really existing thing perishes; it only changes its form.  Science shows this clearly enough concerning energy and matter, and it must also so regard mind, consciousness, will, memory, love, adoration and all the other manifold activities which strangely interact with nature and appeal so the bodily senses.  They are not nothing and will never vanish into nothingness.  They are as eternal as the Godhead itself and will in eternal being endure forever.  The best thought of the world is coming to agree with the scriptures that we are an emanation from God, that we have in us a piece of divinity, something that was before the elements and owes no homage to the sun.
The spirit never was born

The spirit shall cease to be never
Birthless and deathless and changeless

The sprit remaineth forever
Death hath not touched it at all.

Dead though the house of it seemeth.

If it be true that matter mute and inanimate, though changed by the forces of life and nature can never perish or be annihilated, can we believe that the spirit of man can perish after making like a royal guest a brief stay in its tenement of clay?  Can we believe that God who conserves all the forces of nature so that nothing is lost—not even a dew drop, a withered leaf or a gentle sighing zephyr—can we believe that he who makes all things work out his eternal purposes, can have no great and ultimate purpose in man?  Do the great and good, just when they are beginning to learn how to live, sink like babies into the unfeeling weaves of oblivion?  Shall we not rather believe that he has gathered to himself the mind, thought, love and spirit, all that constituted the real life, character and manhood of him who was loved as a husband, son, father, brother, neighbor and friends?
There is no death; An angel form

Walks through the earth with silent tread.
He bears our best loved things away

And then we call them dead.
Born into that undying world

they leave us but to come again
With joy we welcome them the same

Except in sin and pain,
And ever near us though unseen

The dear immortal sprits tread
Throughout this boundless universe

In life there are no dead.

Friday, 24 Dec 1909:
Judge Caster’s Picture.

With this issue we present to our readers a splendid cut of Lyman G. Caster suitable for framing.
The cut is made from one of the best photographs now in existence, and shows the Judge with alert facial expression called out by any conversation or circumstances which interested his thought.  This look, as shown, will be remembered by hundreds of the judge’s friends, and the engraving will be valued for its faithful reproduction of a characteristic expression.
Card of Thanks.

We desire to express our thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the many good friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted in the late sickness and death of our beloved husband, son and brother, Judge Lyman G. Caster.  And especially do we thank from the bottom of our hearts all those organizations and individuals who contributed the many beautiful floral tributes.  May the blessings of the Great Eternal God be with you all is the sincere wish of the undersigned.
Mrs. Annie L. Caster
Mrs. Dorcas Caster
Robert L. Caster

(Lyman G. Caster, son of Jacob Caster and Dorcas Carnes, married Annie Linehan on 23 Jan 1897, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Castle Hall Mound City
Lodge No. 197
Knights of Pythias.
Mound City, Illinois

Whereas, It has pleased the Almighty Ruler of the universe to take from our mist our beloved Brother Lyman G. Caster by death,

Therefore be it resolved by Mound City Lodge No. 197 Knights of Pythias, that by the death of brother Caster our lodge has been deprived of a valuable member, a true and loyal hearted Knight;

That the community has lost a noble and benevolent citizen;

That the family has been deprived of a loving companion and one that was true to every sacred tie that bound him to his family.

That as a token of our estimation of his many virtues, that our lodge charter be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the family of our deceased brother.

That a copy be spread upon the lodge records and that the same be published in the Pulaski Enterprise.
H. G. Carter
J. R. Fullerton
E. P. Easterday, Comm.
Shot Down in Street

Marion.—Henry Lyles and ___ Adams met on the streets and engaged in a quarrel in the course of which the latter reached for his gun and Lyles, on the alert, fired the ball, ___sing into Adams’ face, inflicting a serious wound.
Dies as a Result of Privations.

Harrisburg.—Mrs. Clara Monetto died at the poor farm here following an illness caused by want and privation.  Mrs. Monetto was found by neighbors in an old shack where she and her three small children had taken refuge.

Friday, 31 Dec 1909:
Mr. Ves Sheaves was accidentally killed last week while felling a tree.  He leaves a wife and two children to whom is extended our sympathy.  (Perks)
Marshall O’Hara was called to Pulaski Friday on account of his sister’s death.  (Ullin)
Mrs. Adams, the aged mother of Dr. L. F. Robinson, fell from an upper story window Saturday morning and was very seriously injured. She was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary at Cairo, where she now is, and the family entertains but slight hopes of her recovery.
Tom, the 17-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Donovan, died Sunday night.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. Bradley at the Congregational church Tuesday morning.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community. 

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