Obituaries and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers

The Pulaski Enterprise

8 Jan 1911 - 31 Dec 1911

Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter


Friday, 13 Jan 1911:
Mr. James A. Sharp, an old resident of the county and a prominent farmer of Pulaski, Ill., died at his home on Tuesday morning, aged 51.  Mr. Sharp had been sick only a couple of days with pneumonia.
Death of Pulaski County Old Settler

E. B. McClellan, one of the old setters of this county, passed away Wednesday morning after a short illness, at his home in Pulaski.  The deceased was 73 years of age.  He was buried Wednesday afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery near Pulaski.  He is survived by seven children, four daughters and three sons:  Mr. George Lilly, of Olmsted, Mrs. W. Anderson, of Grand Chain, Mrs. Arthur Royal, and Mrs. Imon Bankson, of Pulaski, Thomas, of Villa Ridge, and George and Ollie, of Pulaski.

(Elias B. McClelland married Roda Aldred on 14 Sep 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  George L. Lilley married Anna Elvira McClellan on 3 Mar 1897, in Alexander Co., Ill.  W. H. Anderson married Lilly McClelland on 3 Sep 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  T. Arthur Royall married Lila McClelland on 15 Nov 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Lorin Newell

Lorin Newell, aged 41, died at his home in Ullin, January 10th, at 2:30 a.m.—it is thought from a complication of Bright’s disease and rheumatism.

Funeral services today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at the M. E. church in Ullin, conducted by Rev. E. Bush, of Elkville, assisted by Rev. Jacobs, of Ullin.  Funeral arrangements in charge of the K. of P. and Pythian Sisters Lodges.  Interment in the Anna, Illinois, cemetery.

Lorin Newell was born at Rushville, Ill., Oct. 9th, 1869.  On Sept. 22, 1889, he was married to Elizabeth Lentz, who, with two daughters, Grace and Molly (Mrs. Charles Britt) survives him.

“Low” Newell, as all his friends knew him, was a man that everybody liked.  He usually said what he thought and meant what he said, and had the confidence of all his friends.  “Low” Newell was a square man and Ullin will miss him in more ways than one.

The bereaved wife and daughters have the sympathy of the whole community in their sorrow.

(Lorin O. Newell married Amanda E. Lentz on 22 Sep 1889, in Alexander Co., Ill.  His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Lorin Newell Born Oct. 5, 1868 Died Jan. 10, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Nettie Burns and Mrs. O. E. Richey were in Cairo Sunday, on account of the death of the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Ent, of Twenty-sixth and Park Avenue.
Bessie McAuliffe

Died, at her home in Mounds, Jan. 10th, Miss Bessie McAuliffe, aged about 22, of heart trouble.
Funeral services today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the St. Raphael Catholic Church.  Interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Deceased leaves surviving her father, John McAuliffe, of Columbus, Ky.; brother, John McAuliffe, of Cairo, Ill.; and sister, Mrs. Miles Pulley, of Mounds.

The deceased had been affected by heart trouble for some time, and had been seriously ill about three weeks.  She had for some years been making her home with her aunt, Mrs. Mary Smith, of Mounds, and was well loved by a large circle of friends there, and also here in Mound City, where the family formerly resided.

A large number gathered at the funeral services to pay a last tribute of love and respect.


Richard Burton’s Sentence Commuted to 30 Years.

On Saturday, Governor Deneen commuted to 30 years the life sentence of Richard Burton, who was sent to the pen in 1895 for the murder of James Walker.


L. W. Johnson and wife attended the funeral of Dan Hartman in Cairo Monday.  Mrs. Johnson is a niece of Mr. Hartman.  (Ullin)


Charles and Alex Newell of Indiana were called here Saturday on account of the illness of L. Newell.



Friday, 20 Jan 1911:

Another Old Settler Gone


             In the death of J. H. Kinker, of Villa Ridge, this county has lost another one of its best citizens.  The Villa Ridge community has been peculiarly unfortunate in the last few months in the death of a number of its old and prominent citizens, among whom were Sam Graves, Daniel Prindle, Benjamin Sherrick, Mrs. Maggie Davidson and now John H. Kinker.  With the death of so many of the better class of its older citizens, and the removal to California and Canada of so many of the better class among the younger citizens, this community promises soon to be bereft indeed.

             Mr. Kinker was born in Franklin County, Indiana, October 23, 1836.  He obtained his early education in Indiana and at college in Vincennes.  He taught school and farmed there until 1868, at which time he, with his wife, who was formerly Catherine Walker, removed to Cincinnati, where he engaged in the mercantile business.  In 1874, he came to Illinois and located on his present farm just east of Villa Ridge.  He early took a position of prominence in this community and among his neighbors and was respected as an honest, industrious and capable farmer and businessman by all who knew him.  He was a consistent member of the Catholic Church and one of the trustees of St. Raphael’s Church at Mounds.  The funeral services were conducted by the priest of the church of Grand Chain.  The theme of the sermon was the proper use of time.  This was a fitting theme for the last service over one who had lived such a life as Mr. Kinker had lived.  His life among his neighbors and in his county was always spent in an earnest effort to better all conditions, and especially those surrounding the farmer.  He was a charter member of the Villa Ridge Fruit Shippers’ Association and its treasurer up to the date of his death.  In politics he was an Independent, always voting for what he considered the best interest of his county, state and nation, regardless of party affiliations.  Having been faithful in the use of the opportunities presented to him by time, we trust that in eternity he reaps the reward laid up for the faithful for a work well done.


Mrs. Rob McGill died Jan. 6th, at her home, after a long illness.  She leaves a husband and two daughters to mourn her loss.  For all who die as sister Laura did, it certainly is all gain.  Her demonstration was so great, one could almost hear the flutter of the angels who bore her spirit away.  Funeral was conducted by Rev. Beaver of the Baptist church on Sunday.  Interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Mother is gone, but not forgotten.  (Perks)

             (Robert M. McGill married Laura Gales, daughter of A. Gales and Anna Meisenheimer, on 27 Jan 1887, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Richard Williams, of Olive Branch, died at his camp up near Chester Jan. 9th. Bro. Williams was born at St. McKennize, Texas, Aug. 24, 1866, and came to Illinois in 1901.  He was united in marriage to Josephine Heathcock, July 7, 1892, who, with four children, survives him.  He was a member of the Masonic and Modern Woodman Orders.  The funeral was conducted by the latter lodge of Olive Branch assisted by the Perks lodge.  He united with the Baptist church at his parental home in Texas.  His last words were “I am ready to meet God in peace.”  Funeral sermon was preached by Rev. M. M. Williams and the remains were laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery Jan. 12th.  (Perks)

             (His marker in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Richard D. Williams 1866-1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Death of J. W. Davidge

             Mr. J. W. Davidge, 66 years old, died at Cairo, at the home of his son on 17th St., about 4 p.m. Saturday, last.

The deceased was long a resident of Pulaski County, conducting a store and owning a farm at Olmsted.

The survivors are two sons and two daughters, Walter and Eleanor, of St. Louis, and James and Mrs. Willis Gaunt, of Cairo.

Interment was made at the Olmstead cemetery.

(James W. Davidge married Ann M. Boren on 19 Jul 1864, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Willis Gaunt married Lucy Davidge on 16 Jan 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Henry Hick, a former citizen (of Ullin), who died at Hot Spring, was buried here Friday.



Friday, 27 Jan 1911:

Irvin Moss, of Olmsted, who was charged with the murder of Mid Summersville, of the same place, was given a preliminary hearing before Judge C. M. Thompson Monday and was released.


James A. Sharp

Died, at his home near Pulaski, Jan. 11th, 1911, James A. Sharp, aged 51 years.  The decedent was born in Alabama in 1859 and the family came to Pulaski in 1867.  In 1882 he was married to Miss Annie Chamberlain, and she with one son, William, and brothers, H. B., George W., Burt and Frank, and sisters, Ora and Mrs. Nellie McCluskey, of Elmo, and Campbell, Mo., survive him.

The decedent was a charter member of the Pulaski Camp 7633, M. W. A., which lodge had charge of the funeral arrangements, Rev. Karraker, of Dongola, preaching the sermon.  Interment at Pulaski.

He lived a good and upright life, and was highly respected by all who knew him.  His good name and high character will ever be remembered, and a good example for young men to follow.

             (James A. Sharp married Amey Chamberlain on 2 Apr 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


J. B. McCune

John B. McCune died suddenly at the home of his son, John L. McCune, on Fourth Street at 5:30 o’clock Friday evening at the age of 76 years.  He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for some time, but his condition was not considered serious.  Until just a few minutes prior to his death he had been walking around the yard.  Going into the house he sat in his rocker, and a few minutes later was discovered by his son to have quietly passed away.  He was one of the oldest citizens of Mound City.  He was a Royal Arch Mason and had been a member of that order 51 years.  He was born in Liverpool, England, in 1835.  His parents came to this country when he was a year old and his boyhood days were spent in New York City.  He is survived by his son and granddaughter, Miss Lyla McCune, of this city, a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson, of Seattle, Wash., and a brother, William, of Clinton, Ia.  Funeral services were held at the Episcopal church Sunday afternoon and was in charge of the Masonic Order.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.


Card of Thanks.

             We wish to thank our many friends who were so kind to us during the sickness and death of our husband and brother.

Mrs. Anna Sharp

William O. Sharp


Mrs. R. E. Smith died last Friday a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Aldrich, aged 81 years and 10 months.  Mrs. Smith was born in England, married in Canada to George Smith, and removed to Illinois, where she has resided for many years.  She leaves 7 children, two of whom reside here, L. D. Smith and Mrs. Aldrich.  The funeral was held Sunday p.m., conducted by Rev. Runnals, of Mounds, at the M. E. church.  Interment at Villa Ridge.

             (Robert L. Aldrich married Ruth A. Smith on 22 Sep 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 3 Feb 1911:

Recluse Is Found Dead

Chester—M. Dandagau, a French Canadian who came to Randolph County from Quebec two years ago and led the life of a recluse, was found dead in his shack near Prairie du Rocher, having evidently died from exhaustion due to his efforts in extinguishing a fire that threatened to destroy his home.  He left a bank account and other property.


Mrs. Parker, a very aged lady of Mounds, died about 7 a.m. Thursday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Hulen.  Funeral at the residence 10:30 Friday.  Interment at Liberty Cemetery.

             (John A. Parker married Harriet J. Wright on 10 Dec 1868, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:  Harriet J. wife of J. A. Parker Born April 24, 1890 Died Feb. 2, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Old Soldier Kills Two.

An old soldier at the Home at Danville shot and killed two men last Friday.  Self-defense is claimed.  One of the dead men was a veteran, who it is alleged, began the quarrel—the other was an ambulance driver, who interfered to stop the altercation, and was killed by a bullet intended for the other man.


Mr. Clarence Spraker died at his home in Pine Bluff, Ark., Jan. 25th, 1911, of Bright’s disease, aged about 35 years.  Clarence came to Villa Ridge from Iowa when a boy of 12 years and made his home with his aunt, the late Mrs. M. A. Buckle, for a number of years during which time he made many friends, who will be saddened to know of his untimely death.  He and his family moved to Pine Bluff about five years ago.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.


James Harrison Perkins was born Aug. 27th, 1888, at Edith Chapel, Pulaski County, Ills., and departed this life, Jan. 29th, 1911, at Dumaine, Ills., of pneumonia, aged 22 years, 5 months and 2 days.  He leaves a father, mother, four sisters, six brothers, and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  He was a member of class No. 1 of the Edith Chapel A. M. E. Sunday School.  He was quite apt in answering questions and was always eager when present to have his class win the banner.  His remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon at the Unity and Chapel cemetery.



Friday, 10 Feb 1911:

Mr. Charles Freeman died at Vandalia last Sunday and was buried Tuesday.  Mrs. A. Freeman and Edwin, of this city, mother and brother, of the deceased, were with him in his last illness.


Mr. Edward Graves died at his home west of town last Monday about 4 o’clock a.m. after a lingering illness of consumption, which he contracted as ill effects of the measles.  Mr. Graves was 28 years and 6 months old and had always resided here.  He was an exemplary young man and was loved and respected by all.  He was a member of the Baptist Shiloh Church and took a great interest in the Sunday school.  The funeral services were conducted Tuesday p.m. at Shiloh by Rev. Ferrell, of Mound City.  He leaves a father, mother, one brother and two sisters to mourn his untimely death.


Harry Gaunt, who suffered a stroke of paralysis on last Thursday, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7th, and was buried in the Masonic cemetery on Feb. 8th.  Funeral was conducted by T. C. Gaunt.


Peter Ramseger died at the home of his brother-in-law, Charles Stahlheber, on last Wednesday,


Oliver and Willis Gaunt, of Cairo, attended the funeral of their brother, Harry, here last Wednesday,


The funeral of Mrs. John Parker, of Sandusky, at Liberty Cemetery was well attended,.


Card of Thanks

We are deeply grateful to the kind friends who so kindly assisted us in our late bereavement, the loss of our beloved sister.

Mrs. H. F. Starks

Mrs. Annie L. Gaunt

Mr. Charles H. Beshers

Mr. George A. Beshers

Mr. Robert L. Beshers


Mother Wilson is gradually sinking.  Her granddaughter, Mrs. Nellie Hollands, of DuQuoin, is at her bedside and her son, Willie, who has been in Chicago for a number of years, arrived last Friday.  (Edith Chapel)



Friday, 17 Feb 1911:

Mrs. Parsons, wife of Mayor Parsons, of Cairo, died Friday, at Long Island, N.Y., after a prolonged illness.  Mrs. Parsons removed from Cairo shortly after her marriage about 12 years ago, and has been an invalid for about all that time, having the tender care of her husband and relatives in the east.

             (This may be the same person as Buddie Lochridge, who married Richard Parsons on 15 Jul 1899, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Pearl, the two-and-one-half-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hastings Downing, of upper Commercial Avenue, died at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, after a few weeks’ illness.  Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock.


Mrs. Celia Wilson was born in Virginia about the year 1818.  Moved from there to Kentucky and from Kentucky to Metropolis, Ill.  Her exact age is not known, but from certain statistics she lived to be 93 years old.  She, with her husband and family, moved to Edith Chapel in 1870, and were among the initial members of the A. M. E. church and was a faithful member as long as she was able to attend.  She has been in declining health for some time and has been confined to the house about 6 months.  She was treasurer of Sunday school for eight years and until last September when she resigned on account of disability.  She had been speechless since Feb. 9th and died Feb. 13th.  She leaves a husband, one son, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of friends and old acquaintances to mourn her loss.  Funeral services at the church Wednesday the 16th.

             (Celia Wilson is in the 1880, 1900 and 1910 census of Villa Ridge Precinct, Pulaski Co., Ill., with her husband, Sam Wilson.  The 1880 census states she was born about 1840 in Kentucky, the 1900 census states she was born January 1826 in Virgina, and the 1910 census states she was born about 1831 in Virginia.  The 1880 census states her youngest son at the time, William Wilson, was born about 1877 in Illinois, making the 1818 birthyear unlikely.—Darrel Dexter)


Dan Carson died of consumption Friday, Feb. 19th, and the remains were taken to Olmsted for burial. Sunday. (America)


The wife of Elles Foree died Wednesday of last week and was buried Thursday evening in the Bethlehem Cemetery.  (Levings)



Friday, 24 Feb 1911:

Railroad Man Is Found Shot.

Harrisburg—Charles Hall, a New York Central conductor, who resides in Harrisburg, was found near No. 2 mine with a bullet hole in his left breast.  It has not been determined whether the wound was self-inflicted or the result of an attack by robbers.


Killed in Mine Shaft

Harrisburg—M. A. Holcolm, John Moussino and Frank Macigewski were instantly killed and John Owasianny died an hour later in an accident which occurred at the Saline County Coal Company’s new mine No. 5.


Four Die in Six Days

Taylorville—Scarlet fever and diphtheria have caused the deaths of four children in six days at Palmer.  The schools have been closed and will not be reopened until March.


Hears Fate; Boys Takes Acid.

Centralia—Charley Davidson, 17-year-old son of James Davidson, 15 minutes after overhearing a physician tell his mother that his condition would never be better, swallowed carbolic acid.


Judge Wheatley of DuQuoin Dies.

DuQuoin—Judge R. W. S. Wheatley, city treasurer, died at his home here after an illness dating back over a year.  He was identified with politics for many years and for 12 years was judge of the city court.


The funeral services of the late Mrs. Celia Wilson was held at the church Wednesday the 15th at 12 o’clock.  Rev. Fred Douglas, of Harrisburg, conducted the services, assisted by Father Aaron Perkins, of Villa Ridge.  A large concourse of friends gathered at the house and church to pay their last respects to the departed.  Interment at Unity and Chapel Cemetery.


A young man by the name of Hess, from Wetaug, was accidentally shot at the crusher last week.  He was brought to Ullin for medical aid.  He died the same night.  The remains were taken to Wetaug for burial.



Friday, 3 Mar 1911:

Death of M. M. Wilkerson

M. M. Wilkerson died at his home at Villa Ridge, Ill., at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening, aged 62 years.  Death came after several months’ illness of dropsy.  Deceased had resided the past seven years at Villa Ridge.  He is survived by his widow, four daughters and three sons.  The daughters are Mrs. Charles Benton, of Sparta, Ill., Mr. Loy Bagby, of Olmsted, Mrs. Don Gunn and Mrs. W. B. Kennedy, of Villa Ridge.  The sons are Charles, Frank and James Wilkerson, of Villa Ridge.  Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon by Rev. Bradley, pastor of the Methodist church of Mounds.  Interment at Villa Ridge cemetery.

(Loy Bagby married Mollie Wilkinson on 1 Jul 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Marlin M. Wilkinson Born Nov. 16, 1852 Died Feb. 28, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Andersonville Prisoner Dead

Ridgway.—James Blan, a veteran of the Civil War, died in Ridgway, at the age of 69 years.  During the latter part of the war, Mr. Blan was a prisoner at Andersonville for nine months.



Friday, 10 Mar 1911:

Rev. Beavers’ wife died Sunday, March 5th, after a week illness and was interred in Mt. Olive Cemetery March 7th.  Bro. Henry Karraker officiating.  (Perks)


Isham Pleads Guilty of Killing.

Marion—John Isham pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced by Judge Clements to an indefinite term in the penitentiary.  Isham drove a team of horses over a Mrs. Noreisch and she died of her injuries.



Friday, 17 Mar 1911:

Mrs. Peter Zimmerman died Friday afternoon of last week at Villa Ridge after several weeks’ illness.  Mrs. Zimmerman was born in Cairo, April 29, 1862, and married Mr. Zimmerman August 17, 1882.  She is survived by her husband, Peter Zimmerman, a daughter, Miss Rose, and a brother, Charles Tell, of Cairo.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, interment made at Beech Grove Cemetery.

             (Peter Zimmerman married Amelia Tell on 17 Aug 1882, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Krit Parker, an aged colored man, died at his home Monday, March 6th, 1911, of complication of disease.  He is survived by his wife and a family of grown children.  (Ohio)

             (Crit Parker married Amanda White on 8 Nov 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Crit Parker married Eliza Brown on 5 Dec 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Odie Perkins, son of R. D. Perkins, has been sick for about a year.  He is now in a very critical condition.  (Edith Chapel)



Friday, 24 Mar 1911:

Fatal Shooting at Karnak Last Week

Oscar, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Smith, of Karnak, was accidentally shot and killed by Johnny DuBois, last week Monday night while out with a crowd of young fellows serenading.  The bullet of a 32 caliber passed completely through the body and the young lad only lived a few hours after being shot.  A coroner’s inquest was held as soon as possible and Dubois was exonerated.  The body was taken to Grand Chain for burial.


Railroad Man Killed at Mounds

Frank Britt was killed by the cars at Mounds Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock

Mr. Britt was employed by the Illinois Central as car inspector and he was on duty inspecting cars at the time the accident happened.  It is not known just how it occurred, as no one saw the accident, but it is supposed while he was in the act of inspecting a car, a car had been kicked by a switch engine.  He was caught between two cars and crushed to death.  His remains were taken to the rooms of the Y. M. C. A. and thence to his home on Blanche Avenue.  Deceased was about 50 years of age and leaves his wife, three sons, and two daughters.  Funeral will be held Friday afternoon.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tailors, of Mt. Pleasant, were here (Perks) attending Mrs. Hi Tailors through illness and death, which occurred Sunday at 11 a.m. of pneumonia fever and was laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery Monday, Rev. Williams officiating. 

             (Hiram Taylor, Jr., married Ida Eddleman on 4 Sep 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Ida Belle Taylor 1877-1911.  Mother—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 31 Mar 1911:

Mrs. Emma McNeile, of Mounds, died of consumption Tuesday evening at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sol Dawson.  She had long been confined to her room.


Slayer of Daughter’s Suiter Bailed

Harrisburg—Jefferson Pierson, who shot and killed David Gaddis here last week, because he objected to Gaddis’ paying attention to his daughter, was released on bail in the sum of $5,000


Myrtle Anita Bankson, daughter of Cecil and Flora Bankson, died from a complication of diseases March 26, 1911, aged 4 years, 4 months and 15 days.  (Ullin)

             (Cecil Bankson married Jennie Crippen on 24 Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. Rhymer and family, A. R. Frick and wife, attended the funeral of Amanda Earnhart at Mt. Zion last Thursday.  (New Hope)

             (Her marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Amanda C. Earnhart Born Oct. 7, 1844 Died March 21, 1911.  Lorenzo S. Earnhart Born Jan. 1, 1843 Died Oct. 24, 1902.  There is a bright region above.  We long to reach its shore, To join the dear ones we love, Not lost, just gone before.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 7 Apr 1911:

Rev. Beavers’ little infant babe died at Rago Sunday and was buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery Tuesday.  This is the second one Brother Beavers’ has had called out of his family in a few weeks and his family is indeed broken; the other member called was the mother.  Mr. Huff, his father-in-law, returned to his home in Arkansas today, accompanied by two of his boys, the other one remaining here with his father.  (Perks)


The death angel visited Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Sowers April 1 and wafted away the spirit of their dear little son, Vernon, who in his short sojourn had wove such a strong web of love around his parents’ hearts.  Little Vernon was 1 year, 5 months and 27 days old and was laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Rev. Keslock of Dongola officiating.  (Perks)

             (His marker in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Vernon A. Sowers Born Oct. 4, 1909 Died April 5, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. Vaughn, of Rago, died March 30.  He once lived near here (Perks).


Town Fears a Race Riot.

Harrisburg—Following a riot in a poolroom at Muddy, one mile north of Harrisburg, which in Will Devine, a white man, was shot and killed by a negro, the poolroom was burned.  The negro escaped and has not been captured yet.  It is feared trouble will result between the whites and blacks.


Light Wire Kills DuQuoin Boy

DuQuoin—During a storm here a tree was blown down cutting an electric light wire which struck William Kelley, 14 years old and killed him instantly.



Friday, 14 Apr 1911:

The funeral services of the late Mrs. Lydia White, who died Tuesday evening, were conducted at 1:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church and the remains were laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rev. Baker officiating.  The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rodgers, of this city, and leaves a large number of friends and relatives to mourn her loss.


Mrs. Annie M. O’Leary died at her home near Villa Ridge on Wednesday morning after an illness of only a few days.  The deceased was the wife of the late Dennis O’Leary, who passed away a few months ago.  Owing to the holy days, including Easter Sunday, it is stated that the funeral will be held on Monday of next week.

             (Dennis O’Leary married Annie Kelley on 25 Apr 1894, in Cook Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Annie M. wife of Dennis O’Leary Born May 10, 1852 Died April 12, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. O’Leary died this Wednesday a.m. after an illness of only a few days.


Negro Suspects Arrested

Harrisburg—Alex King and A. R. Green, negroes, were arrested in Carrier Mills and placed in jail in Harrisburg in connection with the killing of John Mitcheum and burning the body in his home.  Examination of the body showed he had been clubbed to death.

(The 19 May 1911, identified the dead man as John Mitchell.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 21 Apr 1911:

Card of Thanks

We the undersigned parents and members of the family of the late Mrs. Lida White desire to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to our neighbors and friends who were so kind and thoughtful in the many neighborly helpful ways during the sickness and death of Mrs. Lida White

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rodgers

Mrs. W. Monarch

Mrs. Davis

Jessie O. Bowman

Tommy Bowman


Richard Hasseispine, better known to the resident of this city as “Butch,” died Sunday morning at the hospital in Cairo after a few days illness.  The deceased worked here at different times for W. T. Kennedy and others.


Lad Injured at Play Dies.

Mount Vernon—Howard Hicks, 11 years old, who was struck on the head with a rock ten days ago while playing, has died.  The rock was thrown by Walker Kirk, 13 years old.


Brakeman Is Killed

Mount Vernon—Jonathan Mason, a brakeman on the Wabash, Chester and Western Railroad, was killed when struck by a telephone pole and knocked from the car on which he was riding.



Taken from His Obituary Written by Judge Brown in the Mound City Journal, March 2, 1877

“The subject of this notice, says Judge Brown, was much more than an ordinary man and worthy of much more than a passing notice.  The last years of his life was spent in Mound City, Ill., and one of devotion to the interest of the people, always deferring his own interests to that of the public good.  He acted as associate judge with the writer of this sketch because of his knowledge of court matters and large-hearted kindness to all.  Unlike others who started with him in the pioneer life of Mound City, he staked all he had in its welfare and lost all.”

This noble tribute to the memory of my father is only a small appreciation of his real worth not only as a man, but as the real pioneer of Mound City.  The toil, sacrifice and love he gave so freely can never be lost in the history of Mound City—no granite monument erected to his memory could do him justice—is why these brief lines are added as a mark of affection from a daughter.  God never blessed a home with such patience, duty and good influence as in my father, and his pious wife and companion, in his declining years.  His devotion to Mound City and his name should never die in the hearts of the people he loved—for he was the “Father of Mound City”—the true pioneer.

Mrs. Elizabeth Luty


The funeral of Mrs. Annie O’Leary was held last Monday morning at the Catholic church in Mounds, Rev. Fr. Mumbour conducting the services.  Interment at Villa Ridge.


The infant daughter of Henry Crippen died Friday night.  It was 5 days old.  (New Hope)

             (Her marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Baby daughter of W. H. & Ida Crippen Born April 10, 1911 Died April 15,1911.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 28 Apr 1911:


Major B. L. Ulen, aged 76 years, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of this city, died very suddenly at his home here, Wednesday afternoon, after being sick for only a few hours.  The deceased was well known all over Southern Illinois, having lived in Pulaski County nearly fifty years, and a resident of this city for the past thirty-six years.  Mr. Ulen came here from Ullin, and served as circuit clerk here for twenty-four years.  He was an old soldier, having served with distinction during the Civil War, and was in the Battle of Shiloh, where he received a wound, which left him a cripple for life.  He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Thomas Steers, of Grand Chain, Mrs. William Jenkins, of Waco, Tex., and Mrs. Belle Piland, of this city, and two sons, George, of this city, and Jerome, of Jewel Junction, Ia., also two brothers, H. C. Ulen, of Bloomfield, Mo., and Matthew Ulen, of Laramie, Wyo.

The deceased was a member of the Methodist church of this city, the I. O. O. F., and the Board of Education.  The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, Revs. Baker and Whitely officiating.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

             (Benjamin L. Ulen, 23, of Ullin, a native of Greenup Co., Ky., enlisted as corporal in Co. K 9th Illinois Infantry.  He was promoted from sergeant to 2nd lieutenant and mustered out 24 Aug 1864.  Benjamin L. Ulen married Ella H. Herrick on 5 Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, of Rago, Ill., got up in his sleep Sunday night and walked out into a large ditch and was drowned.  His father saw the little fellow, who was about 8 years old, go out, but did not know he was asleep.  He was found about 10 o’clock the same night.  (Perks)


Odie Perkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Perkins, was born March 16, 1891, and departed this life April 18, 1911, aged 20 years, 1 month and 2 days.  He had been sick for over a year, growing rapidly worse the last 3 months.  He was sensitive of his death and expressed to his parents that he was not afraid to die.  He leaves a father, mother, four sisters, and five brothers to mourn his loss.  The funeral was held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. Fisher, of Mounds.  (Edith Chapel)


Several relatives and friends from Dumaine and East St. Louis attended the funeral of Odie Perkins.


Charles Litherland, who went away for the benefit of his health, died at the home of his sister, Maude, in Alexander, La., last Tuesday.  (Grand Chain)



Friday, 5 May 1911:

Death of Mrs. Dougherty

Mrs. A. J. Dougherty died this morning (Thursday) after an illness of only a few days.  The deceased is survived by her husband and six children.  The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 o’clock from the family residence, Rev. Baker, of the Grace M. E. Church, officiating.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Every member of the family, excepting Mrs. Dickson, was at the bedside of their mother when she passed.


Rev. Sam Beavers died at the home of his daughter in Rago Thursday, April 27, after a seven-week illness and was buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery Friday.  He is the fourth one of the family to be laid there in the last seven weeks.  Rev. Dunn officiating.  (Perks)


Illinois’ Largest Man Dead

Cairo—Thomas J. Jordan, known as the largest man in Illinois, is dead.  He was apparently in good health and died while asleep.  Jordan was 54 years old, 6 feet tall and weighed 560 pounds.



Friday, 12 May 1911:

Killed While Playing Wild West

George Gore, colored, aged 16 years, was shot and instantly killed Monday evening by Willie Lane, colored, while they, with other boys, were playing Wild West, at the home of the latter.  The bullet was of 22 caliber and was fired from a rifle in the hands of young Lane, the bullet entering just below the shoulder and piercing the heart.  A coroner’s inquest was held and the lad was bound over to await the action of the grand jury.


Unknown Man Dies at City Jail.

A man, who came to this city last week from Cairo and spent two days on Main Street here begging for money, died Saturday afternoon at the city jail, where he was placed by the city marshal to receive medical attention.  The man was about fifty years of age, had one leg cut off, and refused to tell the authorities where he was from or his name.  He claimed that he tried to get medical help in Cairo from an officer, but was given a dime and told to get out of town.  The body was turned over to Montgomery & Stockton for burial.  There were no cards or papers on his person by which he could be identified.


The body of an unknown colored man was found Monday along the I. C. tracks a short way from Mounds, where he had been hit by a train.  The right side of the man’s head was torn away and he had possibly been dead for at least three days.  He only had one leg.  The coroner’s verdict was accidental killing.


Word was received here Monday night by the M. W. A. Lodge of this city that Sol Davis, a member and former resident of this city, had died at his home in Chicago.  Mr. Davis was a tailor here for a number of years and moved to Chicago last year with his family to reside.


Mrs. Geilser, sister of the late Mrs. A. J. Dougherty, has returned to her home at St. Louis after attending the funeral here.


Funeral of Mrs. A. J. Dougherty

The funeral of the late Mrs. A. J. Dougherty was held Saturday morning from the family residence on High Street, and the remains were laid to rest in the Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds, Rev. Baker of the Grace Methodist Church officiating.  Mrs. Dougherty had been a resident of this city since the year 1873, having come here at that time from Olney, Ill.  She was born Jan. 6, 1855, at Aurora, Ind., and when at the age of 18 years, she was united in marriage to Mr. A. J. Dougherty, one of the old residents of this city.  The deceased was the mother of nine children, five of whom are living, four having died at early ages.  Those living are Capt. A. J., Jr., of Washington, D.C., Mrs. W. A. Dickson, of Portland, Ore., Mrs. W. C. Pfeffer, of Lebanon, Ill., Mrs. Harry Hood, and Miss Flora, of this city.  All the members of the family, excepting Mrs. Dickson, were at the bedside when she passed away, the latter arriving only a few hours too late.


Card of Thanks

We wish to thank all of our friends for their sympathies and help in the loss of our dear husband and father.

Mrs. B. L. Ulen and Family


Card of Thanks

We desire to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us in many ways during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother.

A. J. Dougherty and Family


Mr. Huff, of Arkansas, come and got Bro. Sam Beavers’ little son.  He has the two older children and now he has all the little orphans and he will be father and grandfather to them.  (Perks)


Some of our (Edith Chapel) citizens served on the coroner’s jury in the case of the body of a man found north of Villa Ridge near Edson Crossing.  Coroner Steele held the inquest.



Mrs. Martha Jane Coleman was born May 16, 1888, departed this life April 19, 1911, aged 22 years, 11 months and 3 days.  She was married to Jay Havens Sept. 8, 1906.  To this union was born two children; one survives her.  Jay Havens, her first husband, departed this life Feb. 13, 1909.  After living a widow 18 months, she married John Coleman last fall.  For the last 4 or 5 months she has been in poor health.

She united with the M. E. church at Concord about eight years ago and remains a true and faithful member until her death.  She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a friend to all.  She is survived by her husband, a little daughter, father, mother, four sisters, four brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss.



Friday, 19 May 1911:

Frank J. Littleton Drops Dead.

Popular Mound City Young Man Passes Away Suddenly.

Frank J. Littleton, an employee of the I. C. railroad at Mounds, died very suddenly Monday morning from an attack of heart failure.  Frank was employed as car marker in the yards and was on duty with a friend named Robinson, and while in the act of marking a car, he reeled and fell to the ground, death being instantaneous.  The deceased was about twenty-six years of age and is survived by a wife, and three children, also a sister, Mrs. Hugh Mason, and a brother, Samuel, all of this city.  He was well known here and was an industrious young fellow, having been an employee at Mounds for some time, and a resident of this city for the past four years, where he has made many friends.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. D. Barker, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Mason, at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.


Uncle Jim Curry is very low and very little hopes for his recovery.  (Eastwood)


Mr. Willie Droney died at the home of his uncle, Jim Droney, Saturday morning, May 13, of consumption.  He was respected by all who knew him.  He was a quiet, honest boy and the last of his family, all having gone to the great beyond.  He was buried in Pea Ridge Cemetery Sunday morning.  (Perks)


Died, at her home in Shelbyville, Ills., on Friday, May 5th, 1911, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Emma Atherton, aged 79 years, 3 months and 18 days.  The remains were brought to Villa Ridge for burial on the 7th.  Although her death was not wholly unexpected, yet it cast a gloom over her many friends in this city.  She was a woman possessed of rare loveliness of character and sympathetic disposition and a great lover of flowers, always keeping her home decorated with a large number.  She was a devout member of the First Methodist Church of the city of Shelbyville and was a faithful attendant as long as her health permitted.  She was conscious until the last and every act of kindness shown by her friends was always repaid by a cheerful smile.  Mrs. Atherton was born in Kentucky in 1832. She is survived by a son, R. Atherton, of Shelbyville, one brother, A. W. Lewis, of this city, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Moore, of St. Louis.  Mrs. Atherton was one of the oldest settlers in these parts and was well liked by all who knew her.  The funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Villa Ridge, Rev. Bradley, of Mounds, officiating.  Interment in the family graveyard on the farm she once owned.



First Time Saline County Has Assessed Death Penalty.

Harrisburg—The jury in the case of Alexander King, accused of the killing of John Mitchell, at Carrier Mills, south of Harrisburg, April 3, found him guilty and fixed punishment at death.  This is the first time in the history of Saline County the death penalty has been passed.  The date of execution has not been set.

A. R. Greene, an accomplice of King’s, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the penitentiary for life.

Mitchell was murdered and buried.  King is a native of Lyle, Ind.

             (The 14 Apr 1911, issue identified the dead man as John Mitcheum.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 26 May 1911:

Virgil Lane, colored, died Tuesday at his home in this city, after a long illness.  He leaves a wife and several children.


Noble, the little twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Otho Metcalf, died May 20th.  He was 3 months and 20 days old.  He was laid to rest at Ohio Chapel Cemetery, Revs. Smith and Brown officiating.  (Tick Ridge)

             (A marriage license for Otho M. Metcalf and Lottie Gray was issued on 20 Jul 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


There was no Sunday school here (New Hope) Sunday, on account of the funeral of Mr. Curry, of Eastwood.  We are sorry to lose a good citizen like Mr. Curry.

             (James Curry married Mary E. Moore on 2 Mar 1856, in Johnson Co., Ill.  His marker in Concord Cemetery near Ullin reads:  James B. Curry Born July 28, 1832 Died May 20, 1911.  Mary E. Curry, his wife, Born April 21, 1836 Died Feb. 2, 1865.—Darrel Dexter)


Miss Ida Lescher has gone to St. Louis to accompany her brother, Oscar Lescher, home with the remains of his wife, who died Monday and will be brought here for interment.  Arrangements have not yet been made.  (Grand Chain)


Woman Killed, Man Shot in Quarrel.

Carterville—Cornelius Steward is dying and Clara Edwards is dead as the result of a fight at a negro mining camp at Dewmaine.  Steward threatened to kill Robinson in a bootlegging joint.  As Steward fired at Robinson, the woman ran between the two men and was killed.  Robinson then shot Steward in the abdomen.



Friday, 2 Jun 1911:

The trial of ex-sheriff Bankson for murder of night policeman French at Cairo is now going on at Jonesboro.  Both sides have a strong force of attorneys and the case will be strongly contested.  Bankson’s plea for killing the officer will be self-defense.  The jury is composed entirely of farmers.  The defense will try to prove that French struck Bankson first with a weapon supposed to be brass knuckles and that from behind that Bankson then tried to defend himself.


Anna L. Barbour was born Dec. 31, 1882, at Lenzburg, Ill.  At the age of 8 years she lost her dear mother and thereafter made her home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Henry, of St. Louis, until she became the happy bride of Oscar Lescher, of Grand Chain, Ill., June 11, 1907.  In course of time, two bright boys came to bless this happy union.  After spending almost 4 years of happy married life in her St. Louis home with her loving husband and dear children, she was, after a brief illness, taken from her loved ones by the angel of death on the 21st day of May 1911, to her home above.  She was 28 years and 5 months old.  She leaves her sorrowing husband, two sons, Henry, 2 years of age, and Clarence, 5 months, her father, Robert Barbour of New Athens, Ill., and her grandparents of St. Louis and many relatives and friends to mourn the loss of one so dear.  May her soul rest in peace.

             (R. P. Barbour married Mattie E. Henry on 27 Jan 1881, in Randolph Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 9 Jun 1911:


So Says Jury at Trial in Jonesboro This Week.

After being out nearly sixty hours, the jury at Jonesboro, in the trial of ex-sheriff A. C. Bankson, charged with the murder of policeman Wilfred French, of Cairo, last December, returned a verdict Tuesday morning of not guilty.  The verdict did not come as much of a surprise after reading the testimony put up by the prosecution and learning that the jury stood at 11 to 1 for acquittal.  The evidence of the Cairo police seems to have been a little benefit to the prosecution, leaving them with little or no convincing testimony.  The family and some relatives of Mr. Bankson did not leave the courthouse day or night during the trial, and when the verdict was announced greeted him with congratulations and tears, as did many friends at Ullin and Pulaski, on the way to his farm home near Pulaski.


James Dyson, the negro who killed James White, another negro, about two weeks ago at the Planters Hotel in Cairo, was captured Friday at Mounds by the clever detective work of Chief Egan.


Mr. Seth Gaunt, aged nearly 34 years, younger brother of C. M. Gaunt, of this city, and W. A. and T. C. Gaunt, of Grand Chain, died last Saturday afternoon at the home of his sister, at that place, from an unknown cause and after an illness of about 14 hours.  He was a single man and his occupation was that of a painter and paperhanger.  He has always resided in Grand Chain.  Funeral was held Sunday afternoon.


William H. H. Stokes, one of our old residents, passed away Sunday, June 4, at his home east of town, leaving a wife and four children to survive him.  (Pulaski)

             (W. H. H. Stokes married Mary J. Coble on 23 Dec 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William H. H. Stokes married Mrs. Emma J. Fitzgerald nee Oliver on 1 Sep 1899, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The report reached Pulaski about 9 o’clock Tuesday morning that A. C. Bankson had been acquitted of the charge of murder at Jonesboro and would be down on the 9:30 train and when the train pulled in, the platform was crowded with people to greet and meet him but he failed to arrive, and yet everybody had a smile on their face, for they knew he was a fee man and had proved himself clear in a hard fought trial.


Mr. and Mrs. Caudle and Mrs. James Curry attended the funeral of Mr. Stokes at Mt. Pleasant Monday.


Pink Beck, son of Mrs. Annie Beck Perkins, was found dead on the banks of Cache in north Edith Chapel on the farm of D. Drury.  He and some of his chums on Decoration Day got in some difficulty in the way of assault, etc., with some other parties and Pink was evading the officers in hiding in the woods.  His body was found on the 5th.  The coroner’s inquest was held by Coroner Steele that night about 12 o’clock, but owing to the body being so mutilated, it was difficult to render a very satisfactory verdict as how he came to his death, whether from foul play, accidental, suicidal drowning or natural causes.  He leaves a wife, mother, sister and brother who have the sympathy of the community.  His remains were deposited Tuesday morning in a cemetery near the place where the body was found.  (Edith Chapel)


The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown only tarried seven days in their care and then the spirit was carried back to its home in glory where it waits the coming of its parents.  So don’t grieve, for Jesus said, “Suffer little children and come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”  (Perks)



Friday, 16 Jun 1911:

Two lives were lost in a fire at Cairo early Sunday morning, which destroyed one of the oldest landmarks in that city.  The fire was at the boarding house of Mrs. Ida Hogan at Twelfth and Poplar streets, and Alex Gorgson, a brick mason, and Powell Hibert, a traveling man, were burned to death thereat.  Both men were roomers at the house and were asleep when the fire broke out.


Mrs. Samuel Hill, of Karnak, was laid to rest at the Ohio Chapel Cemetery.  The deceased was 22 years of age and leaves a husband and little babe and many friends and relatives to mourn her loss.


Death of Mrs. Smothers

             Mrs. Mary Smothers, of America, who died June 9th, 1911, was the daughter of Robert Gordon, of Fulton, Ky., was born September 21st, 1855, aged 55 years, 8 months and 18 days.  Was married to A. Smothers in 1874, and moved to America in 1880, where they have lived since, upon their commendable farm.  She leaves a husband, father, four sisters, and one brother, four children, one girl and three boys.  She was a member of the church for thirty-five years and leaves a host of friends who mourn her loss and sympathize with the bereaved family.  Her little granddaughter, the child of W. E. and Lucy Lenox, died nine hours before its grandmother and both were carried from home to the church, where the funeral services were conducted by Revs. Washum, of Grand Chain, and Moore, of Mound City, and from there to the cemetery at Mounds, for interment, followed by friends from the home settlement, Mound City and Mounds.  Mrs. Smothers has left a splendid record for other mothers of this county and members of her race, as to the influence of a mother in the rearing of a respectable family, the assistance to her husband in the securing of a valued homestead and the exemplary life of a Christian citizen.



Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Morris, of Cairo, widow of the late J. W. Morris, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary on Sunday morning, June 11th, at three o’clock of paralysis.  Her husband came to Mound City in the early fifties, established himself and was one of the leading businessmen of the place.  He was married to Miss Mary E. Wilhelm, of Quincy, Ill., in 1870 and brought her as a bride to reside in our midst, where for years they made Mound City their home.  Deceased leaves two children, George W. Morris and Mrs. Florence Halliday, and one grandchild, Miss Lillian Halliday.  Funeral was held at the late residence, 813 Walnut St., services conducted by Rev. DeRossiset.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery, where a large concourse of friends from Cairo and Mound City witnessed the last sad rites of the beloved dead, where we left her in the silent city covered with a mantle of flowers, tributes of love and friendship.

(John W. Morris married Mary E. Wilhelm on 7 Apr 1870, in Adams Co., Ill.  Samuel Staats Halliday married Florence M. Morris on 26 Dec 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 23 Jun 1911:

The remains of the late Mrs. Bessie Cowgill were taken to Olmsted Saturday where they were interred in the cemetery at that place.  Mrs. Cowgill had been sick only a short time, and it was when the family had left her alone that she passed away.  She was married about a year ago to Harry Cowgill, who is at present employed at Cairo and they have been making their home with his parents.


Death of Mrs. John H. McDowell

News reached this city Saturday apprising friends of the death of Mrs. John H. McDowell, which occurred at her home in Indiana at 7 o’clock, Wednesday evening, June 14.  Mrs. McDowell with her husband and family resided here several years when Mr. McDowell owned and operated a large sawmill.  McDowell retired from business and died here about 10 years ago.  Soon after his death, Mrs. McDowell and two sons moved to their former home in Brazil, Ind.  Since then, although quite aged, she had spent two months in California making the trips unaccompanied.  A few months since, she fell, breaking the bones of her hip and on account of her age, her physician despaired of her recovery; but her unusual vitality asserted itself and she had recovered sufficiently to be taken out in a wheel chair and had been out in the afternoon just previous to her death.  She was born in Franklin, Ind., May 30th, 1832, being in her 80th year.  She was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church.  She is survived by her two sons and two brothers, Q. A. McCracken, of New Albany, Ind., formerly of Mound City, and Richard McCracken, of Brazil.


Throngs See Negro Hanged.

Harrisburg—Declaring his innocence to the last, Alex King, a negro, was hanged from a scaffold within a large stockade.  The city was thronged with persons from all over the country.  Roofs of buildings, telephone poles and fences held spectators, who were unable to enter the stockade.  King was convicted of the murder of his father-in-law, John Mitchell, last April.  His was the first legal execution in Saline County.

(Alexander King married Maggie Mitchell on 8 Oct 1898, in Saline Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Forbidden Beau, Girl Kills Herself.

Harrisburg—Miss Myrtle Walls, 17 years old, committed suicided at the home of her parents near Harrisburg by taking laudanum.  She was keeping company with a young doctor, but on account of her age, the parents objected, which weighed on the girl’s mind, and in a fit of despondency, she took the poison and died before medical aid could be summoned.


Killed by Falling Revolver.

Carterville—Ben Connor, 45 years old, night watchman at Coal Mine No. 9, was shot by his own revolver and killed.  As he was stooping, the weapon fell from the holster, striking the floor.


Negro Hanged at Harrisburg.

Harrisburg, Ill., June 17.—Declaring his innocence to the last, Alex King, alias Alex Lyles, a negro was executed Friday morning in the county jail yard.  King walked up the steps without assistance, stepped upon the platform and made a short talk in which he said he was prepared to meet his Jesus, and hoped to meet his wife and children.  Just before the trap was sprung at 9:19, he said:  “Here goes an innocent man.”

Harrisburg was thronged with people from all over the county, and all buildings, telephone poles, fences and every elevation was filled with men, women and children unable to gain admittance to the stockade.

King was convicted and sentenced to hang for the murder of his father-in-law, John Mitchell, last April.  His was the first legal execution in the history of Saline County.


Little Norris, the other twin son of Mrs. Otto Metcalf, was laid to rest by his little brother’s side at the Ohio Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Brown officiated.  “Gone but not forgotten.”  (Tick Ridge)

             (Otto M. Metcalf married Julia Dixon on 5 Nov 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 30 Jun 1911:

Sudden Death of Man in Mounds.

Marion P. Mitchell, aged 48, of Mounds, a Fruit Dispatch messenger, died suddenly Tuesday morning at Waukesha, Wis.  The cause of his death is not known.  Relatives received word from the authorities at Waukesha stating his death.  The body has been shipped and will arrive in Mounds in a few days.  He is an old resident of Mounds and is survived by a wife and several children.

Mitchell left Mounds Monday in charge of a banana train and arrived in Waukesha the next morning.


Death of Mrs. Benjamin Hargan

             Ida May Hargan, wife of Benjamin Hargan, of Valley Recluse District, died Monday evening at the home of her father in this city.  The deceased had been a sufferer of tuberculosis for a long time and was recently removed to the home of her father, where she could receive medial attention.  She is survived by her husband and four children.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. Bradley of the M. E. Church of Mounds.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.


Selma Easter Wright

Zelma Easter Wright, the daughter of Lincoln and Mary Wright, both of whom are dead, was born at Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois, March 19, 1891, and died at Valley Recluse, Pulaski County, Illinois, June 22nd, 1911, aged 20 years, 2 months and 24 days.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home of T. C. Mahoney at Valley Recluse, conducted by Rev. J. H. Runnals, of Mounds Congregational Church.  The house and yard was filled with relatives and sympathizing friends.  The floral offerings were magnificent and fourteen young ladies, all dressed in the purest white, carried them from the house to the wagon which took them to Beech Grove Cemetery, Mounds, where a very large congregation awaited the funeral procession of which more than seventy buggies formed part.  A quartette consisting of Mrs. J. B. Healey, Miss Nellie Runnals and Messrs. W. Gallion and J. C. Mench sang both at the home and the graveside.  Only one sister, Miss Ella Wright, remains of her family, and the large gathering at the house and cemetery was an evidence of the wide spread sympathy with her in the great loss she has sustained.  The grandparents, both on the side of the father and mother, of the deceased were all present at the services, one of them being past 84 years of age.  Bulletin

             (Lincoln Wright married Mary Mahoney on 20 Jun 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Card of Thanks

             We wish to tender our heartfelt thanks to the many friends for their many acts of kindness during the sickness and death of our dear sister and granddaughter, also for the beautiful floral offerings and to the Congregational Church choir at Mounds.

Ella Wright

Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Mahoney


The wife of Allen Foill died Wednesday night at ten o’clock.  She was buried at Grand Chain Cemetery Thursday afternoon.  She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss.  (Levings)



Friday, 7 Jul 1911:

Claudean, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Stout, died at their home on First Street Monday morning at 10 o’clock, at the age of 1 year and 7 days, after an illness of three weeks.  Funeral services were held at the residence at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. J. Ferrill, pastor of the Baptist church, and the remains accompanied by the bereaved parents and relatives were taken Tuesday to Vienna for interment.


Death of Mrs. Bagby

Died, at her residence 3 miles northwest of Olmsted, Ill., at 12 o’clock noon Monday, June 26th, 1911, Mrs. Katherine Bagby (nee Osman) aged 59 years, 3 months and 3 days, after a lingering illness lasting over six months.  She bore her sufferings bravely and was ready to meet her maker.  She leaves seven children, three sons and four daughters, to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, as follows, James Robert, Loy and Annie Bagby, of Olmsted; Mrs. James A. Rushing, of Mound City; Mrs. Dave Butler, of Mounds; and Mrs. Will Manwaring, of Pulaski; also three sisters, one brother and grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  The funeral was conducted at the residence Tuesday, June 27th, at 4 p.m., by the Rev. Schefney, of Dongola, Ill.  Interment at Concord Cemetery.

(Adolphus Bagby married Catherine Osman on 26 Sep 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Concord Cemetery reads:  Adolphus Bagby 1849-1899  Catharine Bagby 1852-1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Card of Thanks.

We are deeply, greatly to the kind friends who so kindly assisted us in our late bereavement, the loss of our beloved mother.

James Bagby, Brothers and Sister.


Peddler Stabbed to Death.

Herrin—A man identified by a laundry slip found in his pocket as C. E. Randolph, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was stabbed to death in a fight.  Clyde Taylor is suspected, but cannot be found.  Marion Redfearn, of Hamilton County, Ill., is held on a charge of complicity.  Arthur Neely, of Herrin, is said to have been in the fight.  He has departed.


Sparta Merchant Dies.

Sparta—William Anderson, a merchant of Sparta, died Monday, June 26, aged 77 years.  Mr. Anderson was a member of Sparta Lodge of Odd Fellows for forty years.


Farmers Duel, One Dead.

Marion—In a duel, fought on a public highway, James Turnage, former county supervisor, was instantly killed and “Speck” Holman, a former hired hand, was wounded.



Friday, 14 Jul 1911:

Death of James Mills

James Mills, aged 51 years, died Saturday morning in this city and was buried Sunday afternoon from the family residence of his father-in-law, Edward Lawler.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Mumbour.  The deceased was well known here, having made this city his home for many years.  He had been ill for some months past, suffering from a complication of diseases, but was not thought to be serious until the night of July 4th, when medial attendance was called.

Mr. Mills has made his home on a houseboat near this city for some time past and has been engaged in business of picking up logs for the Williamson-Kuny Mill of this city.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Little, of Cairo, also a sister, Mrs. Lena Fleet, of Anderson, Ind.  The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Mounds.

(James Mills married Sarah Lawler on 16 Feb 1881, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter0


Joseph Turbyville, of Mounds, who was seriously injured a few weeks since, when he was struck by a falling round house door, was considered improved until Tuesday, when his condition became decidedly worse and it is not thought he can survive much longer.


Mrs. Lena Fleet returned to her home in Anderson, Ind., Monday after attending the funeral of her brother, the late James Mills.


Price Lon died at his home at 4 o’clock Sunday.  Gone but not forgotten.  (Perks)



Friday, 21 Jul 1911:

Several of our (Edith Chapel) citizens attended the funeral of young Mr. Gibson at Villa Ridge last Tuesday.


Farmer Kills Himself.

Mount Vernon—Levi Fuller, aged 41, was found in a field on his father’s farm near here with the top of his head blown off by a shotgun.  Despondency over the loss of two barns by fire is the probable cause of the suicide.



Friday, 28 July 1911:

Death of Pulaski County Resident

William Frederick Harmon died Thursday, July 20, at his home at Olmstead, Pulaski County.  He was one of the old and esteemed residents of the county and an old soldier.  He was born Oct. 4, 1836, in Cambleton, Pa., and was 74 years, 9 months and 16 days of age.  He enlisted in Co. D, 127 Pennsylvania Volunteers, the Army of the Potomac and served in the Virginia Campaign.  He was a member of Huner Post G. A. R. of Villa Ridge, and of Lodge 854 I. O. O. F.  He was a Lutheran originally, but joined the Congregational church at Olmsted later.

Deceased is survived by his widow, Sallie E. Harmon, a son, Seymour, and a daughter, Mrs. Stella Chittick, all of Olmsted.

The funeral was held Friday, services being conducted by Rev. Joseph Buie, of the Congregational church of Mound City.  Interment being made in the cemetery at Olmsted.


Funeral of Frederick Bergman

The remains of Frederick Bergman, who died at Anna, Ill., last week Thursday, were brought to this city and taken to the home of his son, Frank, where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker, of the M. E. church, of this city, and the remains were laid to rest in the Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

The deceased had been a resident of this city for over forty years until about two years ago, when he was taken to the Anna hospital for treatment.  He is survived by three sons and one daughter, Henry, of Cairo; Edward, of Paducah; Frank, of this city; and Mrs. H. W. Lathrope, of Greenville, Miss.

Deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church, but owing to their being no Lutheran minister at Cairo, Rev. M. B. Baker, pastor of the Methodist church of this city was asked to officiate at the funeral.

(Harry W. Lathrop married Anna C. Bergman, daughter of Fred Bergman and Margareth Newkamp, on 24 Apr 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Edward Bergman, son of Fred Bergman and Margaret Neukam, married Mary Slaughter on 17 Nov 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill..—Darrel Dexter)


Sheriff and Deputies after Bad Negro.

Sheriff Charles Wehrenberg and his deputies have spent the past few days near Grand Chain and Olmsted, where they are in search of Irvin Rose, who last week murdered his wife at a picnic at Grand Chain.  This same fellow also murdered a negro at Olmsted on last Christmas Day and was tried and acquitted.  Rose and his wife have not lived together for the past few years.  Rose had heard that his wife had gone to Grand Chain, where she was in company with another fellow and he immediately left for that place where he found her sitting on a bench.  He walked up behind her and drawing a revolver shot her dead.  No attempt was made to arrest the fellow at either Olmsted or Grand Chain.  The sheriff was not notified of the affair until the next day and went immediately in search of him.  It is stated that he was in the woods near Olmsted armed with a Winchester and two revolvers and plenty of ammunition.  He told ____ near Olmsted that he wanted to kill the fellow that was with his wife when he killed her and then he was willing to give himself up, but not until then.


The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Taylor, of Karnak, were laid to rest at Ohio Chapel Cemetery Monday.  Rev. Robert Smith conducted the funeral service.  (Tick Ridge)



Friday, 4 Aug 1911:

William F. Harman

The subject of this sketch, whose obituary appeared in the last week county papers, was a man that will be sadly missed and long to be remembered in the village and precinct wherein he resided, as he filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and notary public a number of years to the satisfaction of all.  And being a leader in the church and Sunday school work, he will be very hard indeed to duplicate and always being a devoted husband and father, his death will surely be felt as an everlasting blow to his family.

A Friend


Murderer Caught at Columbus, Ky.

Irvin Rose, the colored fellow who a few weeks ago went to Grand Chain from Olmsted and murdered his wife while she was attending a picnic at that place, was captured at Columbus on Wednesday and brought here and placed in the county jail where he will be tired for murder.  Sheriff Wehrenberg and his deputy, Edward Parker, have been in the woods near Grand Chain in search of the man a number of times.  A negro came here Tuesday from Columbus and told the sheriff that he had seen Rose at that place and had talked to him.  Word was immediately sent to the marshal at the town and the man was arrested.  Edward Parker went after the man and brought him here.


Bail Denied to Husband Slayer

Herrin, Ill.—Mrs. Dan Morning, who shot and killed her husband a week ago, was given a preliminary hearing and denied bail.  She was returned to jail in Marion.  Strong legal talent has been obtained by both parties.


Negro Murders His Wife

A negro named Lee Murrell, of Vienna, shot and instantly killed his wife, Lilly Murrell, in this city, Monday about noon.  Murrell came down from Vienna Monday and located his wife at the home of her aunt, Sallie Hall.

According to the evidence before the coroner’s jury it was learned that Murrell and his wife had trouble before she left Vienna.  She had accused him of associating with another woman.  She had left him once before on this account.  She left Vienna for Mound City, he followed her and going to the home of her aunt, he asked to see her.  He was given permission to do so and after a short talk he left saying he intended to go back home, but instead he returned and went into the dining room where the family were at dinner.  His wife got up to go to the kitchen for something and he followed her.  For a minute a quarrel ensued and the aunt went to stop it, when Murrell pulled a revolver and fired at his wife, the ball striking her in the head causing instant death. He ran out of the house and over the back levee and disappeared.  Sheriff Wehrenberg and his deputies searched the woods for him and a telephone message was sent to Sheriff Frazier and he made a trip out in the drainage district to get him should he cross over into Alexander County.  The murderer is still at large.

A pair of bloodhounds was secured from Charleston, Mo., and they were set to work in the woods near Mound city Monday afternoon, but failed to capture the murderer.

Word was received here Tuesday night that he went right back to his home at Vienna and committed suicide.


Card of Thanks

To all those who rendered their much needed assistance and sympathy during the last illness and death of our beloved husband and father, we extend out sincere thanks.

Mrs. S. Harmon

Mr. and Mrs. S. Chittick

Seymour Harman

Marie Harman


Quite a number of our (Edith Chapel) citizens attended the funeral of Father Jim Murphy, at Villa Ridge, last Sunday.  He was 96 years old and had lived at Villa Ridge a long time.  He was an industrious, quiet, law-abiding citizen and was highly respected by the white people as well as the people of his own race.



Friday, 11 Aug 1911:

B. K. Lee, colored, a former teacher in the public schools here, died last week at his home in Kankakee.


Mr. Otis Miller died at his home in this city Thursday after a short illness.  He was employed at the Williamson-Kuny mill and was also a member of the M. W. A. Lodge.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


Death of Mrs. Crowell

Mrs. Mary Catherine Crowell died at her home in this city Tuesday morning at 3 o’clock after a long illness.  She was the only daughter of the late William C. and Marie E. Shaw, and was born in Madison, Ind., Oct. 6th, 1856.

In 1892 she married James H. Crowell, at Jeffersonville, Ind., at which place they resided until Aug. 28th, 1896, when they came to this city to reside.  The deceased was an earnest Christian, having united with the Methodist Church in January 1866.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at Grace M. E. Church, conducted by the Rev. M. B. Baker.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.  She is survived by one daughter, Miss Mary, aged 15, and a large circle of friends, for Mrs. Crowell having made this her home for the past fifteen years was well known to the people of this vicinity.


Eludes Hounds, Kills Self

Cairo—Eluding officers of three counties and a brace of bloodhounds, Lee Murrell returned to his home at Vienna, Ill., and committed suicide by shooting himself through the head with the same revolver with which he slew his wife at Mound City.  Murrell’s wife deserted her home and two children at Vienna, and her husband followed her to Mound City.  Failing to persuade her to return home, he shot the woman to death.


Card of Thanks

I desire to thank the many friends and neighbors who rendered assistance and comfort in the loss of my beloved mother.

Mary Crowell


Howard, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hiatt, of Arkansaw, was laid to rest at Ohio Chapel Cemetery.  The child was 3 years old.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Brown.

             (The Ohio correspondent identifies the father as Sam Haight.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. and Mrs. Guy attended the funeral of Sam Haight’s infant, which was buried at Tick Ridge Saturday.  The remains were brought here (Ohio) from Arkansaw City.

             (The previous notice records the father as Samuel Hiatt.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 18 Aug 1911:

Two Meet Death in Mines

Herrin—Robert Stucker, aged 40, was killed at the Pond Creek Mine, and Steve Pegosh, aged 38, met death in the same manner at the Freeman Mine of the Southern Illinois Coal Company.


Cliff Litherland died on Aug. 11, and was interred in the Masonic Cemetery on August 12. (Grand Chain)



Friday, 25 Aug 1911:

Negro Attacks Flagman

Newton Adair, a flagman on the Illinois Central, was badly cut early Tuesday morning at Mounds while on his caboose at Mounds by an unknown negro.

It is not known what caused the negro to do the cutting.  He entered the car and without any provocation rushed upon Adair with a knife in his hand and slashed him across the breast, inflicting three wounds, two of which were nearly twelve inches in length. 

Adair is said to be seriously injured and may not recover.


Mrs. G. A. Lyerly Dies.

Mrs. Nellie Lyerly, wife of G. A. Lyerly, died at nine o’clock Tuesday, at America of consumption.  She was 39 years of age and has been ill for several months.

She leaves her husband, three sons and three daughters, her father, Mr. English, at Defiance, Mo., and a brother in St. Louis, Mo.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at America School.  Rev. Joseph Buie, pastor of the Congregational church at Mound City, officiated.  Interment occurred at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

Deceased was a sister-in-law to Mrs. Elmer Boyd, of this city.

(Elmer E. Boyd married Eliza E. Lyerly on 4 Sep 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill.


Death of Officer Chastine

Robert Chastine, the subject of this sketch, came to his death Saturday night, August 19, 1911, while in the act of trying to quiet a crowd of boisterous negroes, the shot being fired through a window at Rysinger’s saloon and killing the officer instantly.  The murderer made his escape, but the authorities are holding two others who seem to know a great deal about the shooting.

It was a terrible shock to the little village of Ullin, causing great excitement.  Mr. Chastine was a fine marshal and a good citizen and Ullin regrets very much to lose such a good marshal and extends sympathy to his wife and loved ones.  Funeral services were held at his residence Monday, August 21, at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Albright of Elco, who preached a very impressive sermon.  The music was furnished by the M. E. choir.  The pallbearers were Juston Hemenway, Roy Wichling, Mervin Palmer, James Bise, V. C. Beisswingert and John Kelley.  The service was well attended by the best citizens of Ullin, who assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to Mr. Chastine.  He leaves a wife, two sons, one sister, a niece and a host of friends to mourn his loss.  He will be greatly missed in the village of Ullin for he was liked by all who knew him and never tiring in his efforts to minister to those in distress and it is hoped the murderer will be apprehended and punished to the full extent of the law. 

A precious one from us is gone,

A voice we loved is still

A place is vacant in our hearts

That never can be filled.

Contributed by Friend


Card of Thanks

We desire to express our thanks to the people of Ullin for the kindness shown us during the loss of our dear husband and brother.

Minnie Chastine

Vaughn Chastine

Lane Williams

Pearl Wells

Zella Crawford


Washing Machine Crushes Baby

Mount Vernon—The infant son of William McGuire was crushed to death when caught under a washing machine.  The baby was just learning to walk and took hold of the machine for support.  Being top heavy, it fell over.



Friday, 1 Sep 1911:
Muke Young, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed colored residents of this county, died last Sunday night at his farm home near Levings.  The remains were laid to rest Thursday morning at Bethlehem cemetery.
Card of Thanks

We desire to express to the people of America our thanks and appreciation for their kindness and help during the sickness and death of our wife and mother.
G. A. Lyerly and Children
Sheridan Case Continued

Thomas H. Sheridan, state’s attorney of Johnson County, under indictment for the murder of Harry Thacker, at Vienna, Sept. 10, has been granted a change of venue to another judge and a continuance to the November term of court.  The case will be tried before Judge Deneen.
Mr. Logan Tharpe, the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Tharpe, departed this life Aug. 18, 1911.  Logan was afflicted with epileptic spasms and while fishing Friday is supposed he was taken with a spasm which rendered him helpless, although they never allowed him to go unattended, he evaded his parents and on not returning at the usual time a search was started.  His poles were found and soon his body was found and was tenderly laid to rest in Pea Ridge Cemetery Sunday.  The family have the sympathy of all, as this was the second son to meet death by accident.  Six years ago Joe was mashed by a piland while endeavoring to load the same. (Perks)

(Ike Tharp married Alice Bell on 28 Jun 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 8 Sep 1911:
Cecelia, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Masterson, died at their home at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon aged 4 years, 3 months, 19 days.  She had been ill a few days of tonsillitis and her condition was not considered serious until a few hours before her death.  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds.
The two-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Seivert, who live on the Robert Endicott farm, was drowned a few days ago by falling head first into a four-gallon jar that had only about six inches of water in it.  (Villa Ridge)

Friday, 12 Sep 1911:
Sam Wilson, one of our (Edith Chapel) old settlers and a member of the G. A. R., is contemplating going to Danville to the Soldiers’ Home in the near future.  Last Wednesday eve a number of the citizens met at the church to listen to a synoptical narrative of the life from boyhood to the present.  He related some very thrilling incidents that occurred in his life.  And some of the older people responded in the way of comment and also related their own like experience.  Good order was preserved and all listened attentively to perhaps the last talk of Father Wilson, as he was visible trembling with the infirmities of old age and he could scarcely suppress himself during the talk.  Having been there about 35 years the thought of leaving brought a feeling of sadness and regret. 

             (His wife, Celia Wilson, died 13 Feb 1911.  He was born about 1836 inTennessee and was admitted to the Soldiers’ Home in Danville, Ill., in 1911.  His nearest relative at the time of admittance was his sister, Francis Wilson, of Metropolis, Ill.  He enlisted on 13 Aug 1864, at Clarksville, Tenn., in Co. E, 17th U.S. Colored Troops.  He was discharged 25 Apr 1866, in Nashville, Tenn.  His pension certificate number was 595,374—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 22 Sep 1911:
Death of Mrs. Handley

Mrs. Margaret Handley, aged 60 years, 1 month, and 26 days, died at home on Saturday morning from dropsy, from which she had been suffering for some time.  She is survived by two sons, Harry and Frank Handley, of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. Harry Smith, of this city, and Mrs. Fred Ward, of Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral services were held at the family residence on Monday September 18th, at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Whitley officiating.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Special Detective Killed at Mounds.

Charles O. McKnight, of DuQuoin, Ill., a special detective employed by the Illinois Central Railroad Company, was shot and killed Sunday morning in a duel with Charles Walbridge, of Mounds, and his son, John Walbridge.

According to the testimony of witnesses at the inquest held by Coroner John Steele, McKnight was the aggressor in the fight and Marshal Walbridge and son did not discharge their revolvers until after the detective had shot at and wounded young WalbridgeWalbridge and his son were exonerated by the jury.

The murdered man was recently paroled from the state prison, having been sent there for the murder of his brother and a city marshal and the attempted murder of his father.  He was looking for trouble, when he left the yards
Card of Thanks

We wish to thank the many dear friends who were so kind to us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother
Mrs. Harry Smith
Mrs. Jessie Ward
F. W. Handley
H. V. Handley

Friday, 29 Sep 1911:
The 11-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Thomas, of Oscar, Ky., died Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Pyle, of this city.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ferrell, pastor of the Baptist church, at the residence at 11 o’clock Monday morning.  The remains were taken to Oscar, Ky., for burial.


Mr. A. J. Warden died at the home of his parents, Sept. 18, 1911, of consumption, after a long illness.  Jack, as he was called, was born April 4, 1873.  He leaves a mother, stepfather, one sister and several stepsisters to mourn his loss.  He professed faith in Christ and realized with a Christian peaceful assurance his time was almost ebbed away.  He was buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery Tuesday the 20th.  (Perks)



Friday, 6 Oct 1911:

Death of Mrs. Ellen Snyder

             Mrs. Ellen Snyder, aged about 59 years, died Sunday evening at her home at America where she had resided for the past twenty-five years.  She has been a sufferer with stomach trouble for some year past, but not until a few years ago was it thought to be of a serious nature.  She is survived by two children, Mrs. Flossie Littlejohn and son Edwin.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the America Church conducted by Rev. Buie pastor of the Congregational church of this city.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.


Mrs. George Kruse, of Olmsted, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo Monday.  The remains were shipped to Olmsted where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Buie, of this city.  Interment at the cemetery near Olmsted.  Mrs. Kruse formerly resided in this city.


Killed by Train

             Thomas Parrish, son of Rev. Daniel Parrish, a colored minister of this city, was killed here by the cars of a Big Four freight train Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock.  He attempted to board the train while it was rapidly moving past the station and missed his hold.  He fell under the wheels and was dragged a hundred feet or more.  Both arms and both legs were cut off and his body battered up so badly that he was almost unrecognizable.  He was about 30 years old and a widower.

             The coroner’s jury composed of George Parker, John Edwards, B. F. Deal, R. E. Cahill, A. M. Palmer, and Ed Powell rendered a verdict that placed no blame upon the railroad company.


Mrs. Frank Miller died of tuberculosis Thursday morning.  She leaves a husband and three little girls to mourn her loss.  Interment at Rose Hill Friday morning. (Pulaski)


Uncle Marion Badgley suffered a paralytic stoke on last Saturday and is in a very bad condition.  (Grand Chain)


Card of Thanks.

             We desire to express our sincere thanks to the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved mother.

E. S. Snyder

Mrs. Flossie Littlejohn



Friday, 13 Oct 1911:

Death of William J. Powell at Mounds

             William J. Powell, a well-known resident of Mounds, died at his home in that city Tuesday morning from pneumonia with which he had been suffering for only a few days.  He had been a resident of that city for the past twelve years and for the past two years had been engaged in the saloon business.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.


Mrs. Rebecca Ulen Dies

             Mrs. B. L. Ulen, of this city, received the sad word Sunday notifying her of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Rebecca Ulen, 78 years old, at her home in Dexter, Mo., Saturday.  The body was taken to Wetaug, Ill, for interment.

             Mrs. Ulen was the widow of Fredrick Ulen, eldest brother of the late B. L. Ulen.  Frederick Ulen died seven years ago.

             Mrs. Ulen was born and reared at Wetaug, and she was Miss Rebecca Nally.  Three sons, Samuel, Frederick and Daniel, all of whom live at Dexter, survive.

             (Benjamin L. Ulen married Ella H. Herrick on 5 Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.  Frederick Green Ulen married Rebecca Jane Nally on 30 Oct 1853, probably in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in the German Reformed Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  Frederick G. Ulen Born June 19, 1831 Died Sept. 16, 1905.  Rebecca J. his wife Born May 30, 1831 Died Oct. 8, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)


Robert M. Hight Dies.

             Robert M. Hight, of Balcom, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. A. Corzine, in this city, Sunday of tuberculosis.  He was 57 years old and had been visiting her the past two months.  His wife from Balcom, daughter Mrs. C. W. Davis, of Salem, and son, A. H. Hight, of Centralia, were all at his bedside at the time of his death.

             He was born March 1, 1854, at Vienna.

             Funeral services were held at 12 o’clock noon, Tuesday, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Corzine, in this city, Rev. Allen Ferrell pastor of the Baptist church conducting the services.  The remains were taken Tuesday afternoon to Balcom where interment was made at Big Creek Cemetery.

             (Robert M. Hight married Eliza E. Brown on 10 Sep 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


George Ulen attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Rebecca Ulen, which was held at Wetaug Monday afternoon.


Death of Carl F. Meyer

             After an illness of about two weeks, Carl F. Meyer, one of the most prominent citizens of this county, passed out of this life shortly after ten o’clock Wednesday morning.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock and conducted by Rev. Fr. Mumbour of the Catholic Church of this city.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

             Mr. Meyer was born in this city December 23, 1862, and was in his 49th year, he having made his home here ever since.  The deceased was the only living child of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Meyer, two early settlers in this city.

             Mr. Meyer was married Oct. 26, 1909, to Miss Agnes Westermen of this city.  His wife and little son, Carl F. Jr., aged about five months, and a few cousins are the only survivors.

             For many years the deceased was engaged in different business enterprises in this city and recently retired from the active business pursuits.  He at one time was owner of the furniture factory, stave factory, and the largest general store in the county, the latter now being owned by Bestgen & Westerman, of this city.


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Mosley, died Oct. 7th, at 4 p.m.  It lived only 12 hours and was buried Sunday afternoon at Warsord graveyard.  (Edith Chapel)



Friday, 20 Oct 1911:

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kern, of Waterloo, Iowa, spent a few days here this week with the latter’s brother, W. H. Ashbaugh, and wife.  While here Mr. Kern settled the insurance claim of Harry Handley for the death of his mother, the late Mrs. Margaret Handley, the policy being with the American Nobles.


Mr. W. H. Humphrey was born August 8, 1827, in Crota Co., Ohio, where he lived until he came to manhood.  He then moved to Ceilieville, Ind., where he still owns property.  He was married to Mary A. Melvin, Sept. 25, 1863.  To this union five children were born, three of which preceded their aged father to the glory world.  He leaves one daughter, Mrs. John Wolf, and one son, George Humphrey.  He died Oct. 15, 1911, at the age of 84 years, 2 months, and 7 days.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. M. Williams and the remains were laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  (Perks)


The final child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lackey died on Thursday of last week and was buried at Rose Hill.  (Pulaski)


J. W. and C. S. Bundschuh departed Sunday for California, being called there by the death of her brother-in-law, A. J. Lentz.  (Villa Ridge)


H. E. Spaulding, who has been seriously ill for some time, is now in a critical condition and little hope extended by the physicians for his recovery.  (Villa Ridge)


Oct. 13th, at 5 a.m., little Arnetta, the grandson of Mrs. Delilah Perkins, passed away after a lingering illness of over a year.  Funeral was conducted Sunday morning by Rev. McFall at the church.  He was buried in Union Cemetery.  (Edith Chapel)

             (Samuel Perkins married Delilah Perkins on 25 Jul 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 27 Oct 1911:

Former Pulaski County Farmer Dies

             Andrew G. Lentz, for many years one of the leading farmers of this county, died Friday, October 19th, at his home in Elmodena, Cal., and the remains were laid to rest October 19th.  The deceased moved with his family about four years ago to California from his farm near Ullin.

             Mr. Lentz is survived by a widow and four daughters, two brothers, and a sister, Dan Lentz, of California, Silas Lentz, of Iowa and Mrs. Hudson, of Mounds.


Death of George A. Pavey

             George A. Pavey, aged about sixty-five years, died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Villa Ridge.  The deceased had been in very poor health for some months past, but about two weeks ago his condition grew worse and he took to his bed from which he never rose.

             Mr. Pavey has been a resident of this county ever since 1868, and upon his arrival here he entered into the grocery and general merchandise business, up to about four years ago, when he opened a drug store.

             He is survived by his wife, two sons, Paul G., of Cairo, and G. W.B., Pavey of Mt. Vernon, and one daughter, Mrs. Annie L. Titus, of Villa Ridge.

             The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the Methodist church at Villa Ridge, the services being conducted by Rev. B. A. Hoar, of Mounds.  Interment at the Villa Ridge cemetery.

             (George A. Pavey married Elmira J. Hoopaw on 2 Sep 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads:  George A. Pavey.  Elmera G. Pavey 1853-1921.—Darrel Dexter)


Death of Mrs. Mary Bucher at Mounds.

             Mrs. Mary Valley Bucher, wife of Silas Bucher, one of the prominent farmers of this county, died Wednesday noon at her home near Mounds, after an illness of only a few days.

             The deceased was born in July 1868 and at the time of her death was about 43 years and 4 months of age.  She was united in marriage to Mr. Bucher about twenty years ago at Cairo and to this union four children were born, all of whom are living.  She was a devout Catholic and a highly esteemed citizen.

She is survived by her husband and four children, two sons, Alois and Charles, and two daughters, Misses Thresa and Pauline.

             Funeral arrangements are not completed as yet, but will probably be held Saturday afternoon at St. Raphael Catholic Church at Mounds, conducted by Rev. Fr. Mumbour of this city.  Interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Mounds.

             (Silas Bucher married Caroline Zimmerman on 25 Oct 1888, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Frank S. Bucher married Mary Valley on 25 Nov 1891, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Death of Mrs. Mary Browner

             Mrs. Mary Browner, wife of the late Thomas Browner, died at her home in this city last week Thursday night, at the age of 80 years.  During the past two years the decline of her health has been gradual, and about eleven months ago her condition became so serious that she was forced to take to her bed from which she never rose.  While her death was not unexpected, yet the word came as a great surprise and shock to the many friends of the family.

             Mrs. Browner was born in New Ross, Ireland, in 1831.  Mr. and Mrs. Browner and family moved to this city in 1863 where her husband then engaged in the grocery business.  While her health permitted, she took active part in the affairs of the Catholic Church, of which she was a member.

             She is survived by three children, Mayor M. F. Browner, Mrs. W. A. Wall, and Miss Mary Browner, all of this city.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Mumbour Sunday morning at the Catholic church in this city and the remains were laid to rest in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Mounds, along side the grave of her husband and three children.


Eight Miners Killed at Harrisburg

             Eight miners were killed and eight others temporarily overcome by gas following an explosion in the O’Gara Mine No. 9 at Harrisburg on Monday.

             The explosion occurred at just the time when the men were changing shifts and only sixteen men were in the end where the explosion took place.  Three hundred and fifty men had reported for work but only a few had gone to the workings.


Card of Thanks

             We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted and sympathized with us in the late bereavement, the death of our dear mother, Mrs. Mary Browner.  Their many acts of kindness will long be remembered.

M. F. Browner

Miss Mary Browner

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Wall



Friday, 3 Nov 1911:

Veteran Clubbed to Death

             Harrisburg—Joshua Lane, a G. A. R. veteran, was clubbed to death at Carrier Mills by Peter Scanlon, in the presence of several witnesses.  An old grudge is said to have existed between the two for some time.


Little Alta Weaver was born Nov. 19, 1899, and passed away Oct. 29, 1911, aged 11 years, 11 months and 10 days.  She was the only daughter of John Weaver and was taken sick Oct. 20th, which developed into typhoid malaria fever, being sick only nine days.  She leaves a father, mother and a number of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  Funeral was held at the church Tuesday at 12 o’clock.


Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Wilson buried their little son Tuesday in Perks Cemetery.



Friday, 10 Nov 1911:

Death of J. W. Walker

             J. W. Walker, whose serious illness caused by cancer of the larynx, was noted a few days ago, died at 5:15 o’clock Sunday morning at Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

             Mr. Walker was the proprietor of Walker’s Veneer and Panel Factory of this city and a similar plant at Portsmouth, Ohio.

             Hugh A. Swisshelm, manager of the Mound City plant, left Sunday night for Portsmouth, Ohio, to attend the funeral.  Deceased was a cousin of Mrs. Swisshelm.  He underwent an operation of cancer of the larynx, which at the time it was thought would save his life, but render him speechless.  His death followed the operation very soon.


James White, a former ____man at Cairo, was tried and convicted for the murder of Fred Otterson, and sentenced to the penitentiary for life.


Wendall, the infant son of Charles and Nannie Estes, was legally adopted by the latter’s parents, Mr. and Ms. Watson Wright, of Valley Recluse.


Death of Isaac W. Read.

             Isaac W. Read, one of Mound City’s oldest and most highly esteemed residents, died Sunday night after a serious illness of only a few days, although he had been in poor health for some time past.

             “Squire” Read, as he was familiarly known, has been a resident of this city for the past forty years, having come here from Paducah.  He was born on June 5th, 1840, at Lexington, Tenn., and when at the age of nineteen years he was united in marriage to Miss Tennessee Anne Pillow, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., who now with a family of six grown children are left to mourn his loss.  All members of the family were at his bedside when he passed away.

             At the time of his death deceased was conducting a confectionary and newsstand on Main Street and was also police magistrate, having also held other public offices since living here.  He was a member of the G. A. R. post of Cairo.

             The remains were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in the family lot at Beech Grove Cemetery along side of his parents and one son.  The services were conducted at the Grace M. E. Church by Rev. Baker, of this city, and Rev. Margrave, of Herrin.  He is survived by his wife and six children—four sons, Charlie, John, Lee and William, and two daughters, Mrs. George E. Martin and Mrs. Ben Blankenship, also a number of grandchildren and relatives.

             (The obituary also includes a photograph of Isaac W. Read.  George E. Martin married Ada L. Read on 24 Dec 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  J. B. Blankenship married Kate Read on 31 Dec 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.)


Mr. Sam Shreaves died Friday Nov. 3, at Rago.  He leaves two small daughters and two sons.  He was buried at Cache Chapel, where his wife was laid to rest some years ago.  He embraced a hope in Christ before the end came and went home to glory to meet his God in purity.  (Perks)

             (This may be the same person as Samuel Shreeves, who married Nancy Ann McIntosh on 26 Aug 1847, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 17 Nov 1911:

In the case of the People vs. Sam and Will Meal, for the murder of Robert Chastaine, marshal at Ullin on the night of August 19th, the two fellows were sentenced to twenty-five years each.  Judge Wall was retained by the village of Ullin to assist in the prosecution, and the defendants were represented by Attorneys S. Miller and Charles Rice.  A new trial will be asked for.


In the case of The People vs. Irvin Moss, for the murder of his wife, the defendant pled guilty and was sentenced to sixteen years.


Card of Thanks

             We wish to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted and sympathized with us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. I. W. Read and family


Mrs. Oscar Corzine, who has been at her father’s since the death of her husband and has been sick with pneumonia, is able to be up again.



Friday, 24 Nov 1911:

Death of Mrs. Francis S. Williams

             Mrs. Francis S. Williams, colored, age about 56 years, died Tuesday morning at her home near Levings, from a severe case of blood poisoning and the remains were interred Thursday at the Bethlehem Cemetery, Rev. Pride of the A. M. E church officiating.  The deceased came to this county a number of years ago from Tennessee and located on a farm near Levings where she resided until her death.  She is survived by nine children, three sisters and two brothers, also a number of grandchildren.  Carter B. H. Ransome, a well-known schoolteacher of this county, is a brother of the deceased


Death of Mrs. Sophia Fair

             Mrs. Sophia Fair, aged 79 years, died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. D. Stophlet, in this city, after an illness of only a few days.  The deceased was taken suddenly ill at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Moll, at Cairo, and was removed here Thursday in an auto.

             The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. L. D. Stophlet, and the remains were laid to rest at Beech Grove Cemetery.  The services were conducted by Rev. Buie, of the Congregational church.

             Mrs. Fair, whose maiden name was Kupp, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1832, and was married to Frank Fair, Jan. 4, 1853, at New Albany, Ind.  She lived in this city until 1887 when she and her husband went to California.  Mr. Fair died at LeMoore, Calif., June 21, 1893.

             She is survived by two sons, Frank and Edward, both of Hanford, Calif., three daughters, Mrs. Kate Moll, of Cairo, Mrs. Dora Biggerstaff, of Mounds, and Mrs. L. D. Stophlet, of this city.

             (Loren Stophlet married Annie Fair on 28 May 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Louis J. Moll married Kate Fair on 7 Jan 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mrs. C. A. Compton was called to Vienna Saturday on account of the illness of her father.

             (C. A. Compton married Amelia Black on 2 Oct 1887, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Card of Thanks

             We desire to thank our many friends for their kind help and sympathy in our past bereavement.

Mrs. Kate Moll

Mrs. Dora Biggerstaff

Mrs. Anna Stophlet



(From the Orange Daily News)

             There has probably never been a larger gathering of the kind in El Modena than that which filled the Friends Church on last Thursday afternoon to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of Andrew J. Lentz.  Mr. Lentz has lived in our midst only a few years, but through his strict business integrity and his strong Christian life, he has endeared himself to a large circle of friends.  He was a man who carried his Christianity strongly into his daily life, and there are only words of praise from all whose privilege it was to know him.

             The death of Mr. Lentz occurred on Friday, Oct. 13, 1911, at a little after 6 o’clock in the afternoon.  It came as a terrible blow to the family, for while he had been in poor health for a good many months his friends had great hopes for his recovery.  He had been about the neighborhood and at the store during the morning chatting, returning about 10 o’clock and sat for a while on the porch.  His wife noticed as he spoke to her his speech was not quite right, and while busy at her work, kept watch to see that he grew no worse.  In a short time he went into the house and sat down in a chair, one side of his body seeming powerless.  Mrs. Lentz hastily ran for her daughter, Grace, who was in his store, and with help they got him to his bed.  He slept for a while and they hoped the trouble would soon pass away, but early in the afternoon he became much worse, entered into a deep sleep and as the shades of evening were coming on, surrounded by a few friends, his wife, two daughters and his son-in-law, he passed quietly to be with the Savior he loved so well and had served so faithfully for some many years.

             As one of his daughters and two brothers had their homes in the east, funeral services were delayed until Thursday.  His daughter, Mrs. Doris Gray, and his sister, Mrs. Annette Hudson, of Mounds, Ill., arrived in time for the services.

The funeral services conducted by Rev. B. C. Corey, of the M. E. Church of Orange, and Rev. H. M. Moor, of El Modena, were very impressive and full of comfort.  Mr. Cory spoke as one can speak when he feels assured that the life has been filled with Christian service.  His sermon centered on the thought, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”  He spoke of the fruits of a godly life, of the assurance of the home beyond, of the influence that live on long after the mortal has passed to his reward, and the great comfort the knowledge of a godly life is to those left in sorrow.

Mr. Moore added words of personal testimony of the strong friendship that lay between them, of the Christian life that had been the departed one’s daily life, and of his great interest in everything pertaining to the upbuilding of Christ’s kingdom in the community.  Mr. Moore spoke in the highest terms of the firmness of his character, saying that it had never been the speaker’s privilege to know a more Christian man, nor one more ready to do for the advancement of Christian work.  He was ever ready to offer a prayer, a word of testimony, give the goods with which the Lord had entrusted him, or speak boldly to a friend or neighbor as to his soul’s welfare.  El Modena has truly lost one of the noblest of God’s gentlemen.  Not only the family, but the whole community has the heritage of this Christian example, and his words and prayers will surely have a righteous influence upon those who will hold him long in their memory.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gleason sang very beautifully “Some Day We’ll Understand,”  “The Birthplace of the Soul,” and “When Our Ships Come Sailing Home.”  The floral offerings were beautiful and they were very many.  Among them were handsome offerings from the many Sunday school classes and church circles with which Mr. Lentz and his family were connected.

Mr. Lentz had the elderly people’s Bible class, the Sunday school, attended the prayer meeting, and was always actively interested in all work here, although a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He felt that so long as his home was in this community, it was but right that his interest should center in the church life here.

Mr. Lentz was born in Union County, Ill., August 16, 1858.  There were eight children born to Paul and Elizabeth Lentz, of which Andrew G. was the sixth.  He was converted at the age of 13, joining he German Lutheran Church, of which he was a member until 1881, when he entered the Methodist Episcopal Church, remaining a staunch member until his death.

He was married September 8, 1880, to Mary Bundschuh, eldest daughter of August Bundschuh, of Pulaski County, Illinois.  There were six children born to them, five daughters are still living.  The daughter are Mrs. Etta Short, of El Modena, Mrs. Doris Gray, of Murphysboro, Ill., Mrs. Elwood Paddock, of Santee, Calif., and Miss Grace Lentz, of El Modena.

The family have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends and neighbors who feel that all are untied in a common bereavement.

(Andrew G. Lentz married Mary S. Bundschuh on 5 Sep 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Paul Lentz married Elizabeth Crite on 31 Jul 1845, in Union Co., Ill.  Henry J. Hudson married Annitta Lentz on 4 Oct 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  George Washington Short married Alma Wyette Lentz on 17 Sep 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Billy Milborn, an old pioneer colored man of this county, dropped dead while in the field at work about 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  Uncle Billy was one of our largest tobacco raisers and will be greatly missed as he has furnished tobacco for the smokers of the community (Olmsted) for years.

(William Milburn, born about 1830 in Kentucky, is in the 1880 census of Ohio Precinct, Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


The infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. J. Guy, of Mounds, died Thursday, Nov. 16, of pneumonia fever, at the home of Charles Abbott, and was buried at Cache Chapel Saturday (Friendship)

             (Joseph Guy married Ollie Ferguson on 24 Jun 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 1 Dec 1911:

Mrs. W. E. Cowgill, of Mound City, was up Monday at the bedside of her mother-in-law, Mr. Nancy M. Bellows, who is very low with bronchial pneumonia.  (Olmsted)

             (George W. Bellows married Mrs. Nancy Cowgill on 31 Jan 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Farmer Accidentally Killed

             Golconda—B. M. Lewis, one of the wealthiest landowners in Pope County, died from the effects of an accidental shot received from a gun in the hands of his companion while out hunting.



Friday, 8 Dec 1911:

The infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. John Lence, of Grand Chain, died last Friday, Nov. 24, with pneumonia and brain fever and was buried at Cache Chapel near Friendship.

             (John H. Lence married Clara Della Mowery on 4 Jun 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Lelian son of J. H. & C. D. Lence Born June 21, 1911 Died Nov. 24, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 15 Dec 1911:

Card of Thanks

             We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kind aid and assistance shown us during the sickness and death of our husband, son and brother.

Mrs. Belle Hoffner

Mrs. John Benton

Earl Hoffner


Died at his home at Perks, Illinois, December 6, 1911, Emery Charles Hoffner.  Born near Wetaug, June 12, 1883, aged 28 years, 5 months, and 25 days.  The cause of his death was pneumonia complicated with other serious diseases.  He was only sick a short time, but his suffering was great.  But he said, God could cool his fever, which He did.

             He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, three little sons, Guy, Clyde, and Cecil; a mother, Mrs. John Benton, of Ullin; two sisters, Mrs. John Swink and Mrs. Samuel Shifley; two brothers, Earl and Henry; a half sister, Georgia Benton, and a host of relatives and friends.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. George Carlock, of Dongola, at Mt. Pisgah Dec. 7.  Interment there also. 

Dearest one, thou has left us

             Here thy loss we deeply feel

But tis God that has bereft us

             He can all our sorrows heal.

             (John T. Benton married Mrs. Frona Hoffner on 26 Feb 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Henry A. Hoffner married Sophronia George on 12 Sep 1875, in Union Co., Ill.  John L. Swink married Ida A. Hoffner on 12 Nov 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Emery C. Hoffner Born June 12, 1883 Died Dec. 6, 1911.—Darrel Dexter)



Friday, 22 Dec 1911:

Again the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Kelsaw and wafted away the spirit of their little 10-year-old son, Wheeler.  This little one was the youngest and as we all agree the pet of the family.  No words of consolation, no matter how kindly or affectionately they may be uttered, can ease this broken-hearted family, but God doeth all things well and we have no right to question.  The funeral services were held at the Baptist church and the remains were laid to rest in the church cemetery.


Death’s angel visited Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stubblefield’s home and claimed their darling little child some 15 months old.  Sorrow not dear parents, for the Lords says, “Suffer the little children to come unto me for such is the kingdom of heaven.”  So your loss is her gain and your sorrow is not without hope,



Friday, 29 Dec 1911:


             The funeral services for the late Mrs. Luella Hutcheson were held Tuesday evening at the family residence on Main Street, Rev. J. Anderson of the Episcopal Church officiating.  The remains were taken to Mt. Carmel on Wednesday for interment.

             The deceased at the time of her death was 52 years and 6 days of age.  Her home life was always a happy one and as a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church she was a Christian in every since of the word.

             She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Miss Florence, and four sons, Roderich, Seymour, Fred and George.


Miss Bertha Harris, colored, niece of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Isbell, of near Villa Ridge died December 15th, at the latter’s home, aged 26 years, after an illness of about seven months.  The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Villa Ridge, Rev. Fischer of the A. M. E. church officiating.


Mrs. Chamberlain, one of the oldest of our (Pulaski) citizens, passed away on Saturday and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday.  Funeral was conducted by Rev. Karaker, of Dongola.  She was 77 years old and had lived here most of her life.


Rev. Williams and wife were called to Mounds to the deathbed of their grandson, who was fatally burned some days ago.

[The 1912 issues of the Pulaski Enterprise have not been preserved.—Darrel Dexter]

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