Obituaries and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers

The Pulaski Enterprise

1 Jan 1915 - 31 Dec 1915

Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter


Friday, 1 Jan 1915:

Mrs. Senna, who resided for many years on Fourth Street with her husband, died very unexpectedly Christmas night, at the age of 61 years.

It is reported that the deceased had been busy all day and enjoyed Christmas very much, and soon after retiring, she awoke with a strangling difficulty and Mr. Senna proposed to assist her and she informed him that she was dying and soon passed away.

Deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church at Cairo.  She is survived by her husband, Harry Senna, two daughters, Mrs. Harry Goldsmith, of Memphis, and one who resides in Cairo, and several grandchildren.

Funeral was held Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. Robert Dunlap, of Cairo, interment in the Villa Ridge cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Prindel, a widow living in the upper part of town, died Sunday night and was buried Tuesday afternoon.  She is survived by four children.
Mrs. Harry Goldsmith and son Fred, of Memphis, who came up to attend the funeral of the former’s mother, Mrs. Harry Senne, returned to their home Tuesday.  They were accompanied by Harry Senne, who will be their guest for several weeks.

Friday, 8 Jan 1915:
Uncle Henry Udell died at the home of his son, Jan. 2.  Uncle Henry has been a long sufferer of dropsy.

Mrs. George Drake, aged 52 years, died at her home in Chicago, Wednesday, after an illness of many months of dropsy.

Mrs. Drake formerly resided here, but with her family left about three years ago for Chicago, where she has since made her home.  She is survived by two sons, Daniel and Ray, of Chicago, and a daughter, Mrs. James Finley, of this city, who has been in attendance upon her the past two months.

Friday, 15 Jan 1915:
Frank Isler, an old resident who has been sick for several months, passed away Jan. 9, at his home in North Edith Chapel.  He was buried on the 11th at Pulaski.  He leaves two daughters and other relatives to mourn his loss.  (Edith Chapel)

(Frank Isler married Lucinda Jefferson on 10 Nov 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson suffered the loss of a little child, 3 years, 4 months and 26 days old.  Her death was caused from a burn.  She opened the stove down with her dress from which her clothing caught fire and she was so severely burned that she passed away Jan. 11th, after suffering four days.  She was laid to rest Jan. 12th, at the Wafford graveyard.  (Edith Chapel)
Died, at their home in Mounds, Juanita, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elery Atherton.  The remains were brought to New Concord Saturday for burial.  (Bryan)

Henry (Hank) Mills, aged about 54 years of age and a very well known brakeman at Mounds, was almost instantly killed Monday morning while engaged in his duties about the yards.

Mr. Mills tripped on a wire as he was stepping from a flat car and fell beneath the wheels moving train.  He was immediately sent to St. Mary’s Hospital at Cairo, where he died a short time after.

The deceased has been in the employ of the Illinois Central for the past twenty-five years.  He is survived by three daughters, one son and a brother.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Congregational church and conducted by Rev. John P. Galvin.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friday, 22 Jan 1915:
East St. Louis—Harvey Martin, fifteen years old, shot himself through the left arm while hunting for rabbits on the Edgemont hills.  The boy was poking about the bushes with the rifle, which had been given him for a Christmas gift.  The trigger caught on a bramble.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sinks died Wednesday after several days’ illness.  It was about one year old.  (Grand Chain)
Frank Benson died last week of pneumonia fever.  We extend sympathy to the bereaved family.  (Perks)

Died, at his home in Anna, Ill., Robert W. Rushing, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1915, of pneumonia, aged 61 years.  Decedent is survived by his wife, five sons, Philip, of Meridian, Miss.; Harry, of East St. Louis; Benjamin, of Cairo; J. A. and C. F., of this city; and two daughters, married, Alice and Edna, who reside in Anna.  Also ten grandchildren.

Mr. Rushing was well known for many years in Union, Johnson, Massac, Alexander and Pulaski counties, as a livestock dealer.  For several years past he had charge of the Anna hospital butcher shop, but was let out when the present administration took charge.

(Robert W. Rushing married Minnie M. Palmer on 30 Jun 1875, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Robert W. Rushing Born Jan. 17, 1854 Died Jan. 19, 1915.—Darrel Dexter)

Alonzo K. Vickers, judge of the supreme court of Illinois, died suddenly Thursday, at 4 p.m., at his home in East St. Louis.

Judge Vickers was well known in this city, having been circuit judge of this district from 1891 to 1906.  He was a jurist of acknowledged ability and had many warm friends over the entire state.  The remains will be taken to Vienna, his former home, where interment will be made Saturday.
The case of The People vs. Fred Clemons on the charge of murder, the defendant was found guilty of manslaughter and sent to prison for an indefinite period.

Richard Cheery, aged 69 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Slaughter, in this city, last Friday morning, after an illness of several months.  He was a native of Kentucky, coming to this city from Ballard County, Ky., 27 years ago.  He is survived by his wife, three sons, Charles, of Valley Recluse; Thomas, of Champaign; Albert, of Memphis; four daughters, Mrs. Joseph Slaughter, of this city, Mrs. George Slaughter, and Mrs. Harris Colwell, of Cairo, and Mrs. Crawford Irvin, of Memphis
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. M. B. Baker officiating.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

(Joseph Henry Slaughter married Anna E. Cheery, native of Bowling Green, Ky., daughter of R. H. Cheery and Elisabeth Reeves, on 27 Apr 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 29 Jan 1915:
Mr. and Mrs. John Reed have returned from Anna, where they attended the funeral of a relative.

Friday, 5 Feb 1915:

Theodore Kittle, aged about 65 years and for many years past a resident of this city, died Saturday night at his home here after a lingering illness.  He is survived by two sons, Albert and Walter, both residents of this city.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

(Theodore Kittle married Cora B. Stophlet on 19 May 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

We desire to thank our many friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother.
Dr. G. B. Howard and Family

Phoebe Abigail, wife of Dr. George B. Howard, of this city, died Sunday morning at her home in this city after an illness of about five weeks.  Her age was 42 years, 6 months, and 21 days.

She was born July 19th, 1872, at Punxsutawney, Pa., and when at the age of about 17 years was united in marriage to Dr. Howard.  She was a devout member of the Grace M. E. Church, of this city, and was held in the very highest esteem by the many friends who knew her.  She leaves to mourn her death her husband and little son, Lawrence; a daughter, Mrs. Ballard James, of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Lux, of Caruthersville, Mo., and Mrs. Mary Ford, of Ravenswood, W.Va.; and a brother, Charles Clawson, of Tyler, Mo.

The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Grace M. E. Church and conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker.  Interment was made at the Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

(George B. Howard married Abigail Clawson on 1 Jul 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 12 Feb 1915:
Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Perkins was born in McNairy County, Tenn., in 1857 and departed this life Feb. 4th, 1915, at Murphysboro, Ill., where she went only a few weeks ago with the hope of improving her health.  She had been an invalid for several years.  Her husband, the late John Perkins, passed away about two months ago.  She leaves three uncles as her nearest relatives to mourn her loss.  She was converted in 1887 and joined the Edith Chapel A. M. E. Church.  The remains were brought home Saturday, funeral services at church and interment at the Unity and Edith Chapel Union Cemetery.

(John Perkins married Elizabeth Black on 29 Apr 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Sadie Arletta Mayberry was born Sept. 21st, 1896, in Pulaski County near New Hope.  She departed this life Feb. 9, 1915, at 6:30 a.m., being 18 years, 4 months and 18 days old.  She had been in poor health about thee years prior to her death.  She had a relapse last November a few weeks after returning from a visit with her sister, Mrs. Benthal, of Royal, Iowa.  She joined the M. E. Church at Pulaski in 1910.  She told her mother a short time before she died that she regretted having to die so young, but she was ready, then caressed the members of the family and requested them to sing to her and thus sweetly breathed her life away.  She leaves a father, mother, three sisters and five brothers to mourn her loss.  Funeral services Wednesday afternoon, interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Clapp and Moody, the two young men who some time ago murdered the Brown brothers in Alexander County for the purpose of securing their money, was tried before Judge Butler in Cairo this week and given a life sentence.  In applying the sentence, the judge informed them had it not been for their ages, it would have been a sentence of death.
Mrs. Ballard James, who was called here on account of the illness and death of her mother, Mrs. G. B. Howard, returned to her home at Prestonsburg, Ky., Monday.

Friday, 19 Feb 1915:
Mrs. Lee Eastwood was called to Mounds Sunday to attend the funeral of her little nephew, Oscar Bennett’s youngest child.  His wife is reported very low at this writing.  (Bryan)

(Lee Eastwood married Annie E. Lackey on 18 Jan 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
We wish to express our appreciation of the kindness of the many friends for their assistance and expressions of sympathy during the sickness and death of our dear, daughter and sister.
Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Mayberry
Mrs. Julia Biggerstaff  (Edith Chapel)

Mrs. Lillian Boston, formerly for many years a resident of this city, died at the Odd Fellows’ Home for Aged in Mattoon, Ill., Monday night, February 15, 1915, at the age of 71 years.

Mrs. Boston was well known and highly esteemed by her large circle of acquaintances.  She had long been a faithful member of the Rebekah Lodge of this city.  She had been at the Home the past four or five years.  The body was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Mattoon.  She is survived by a son, Stephen, and a daughter, Mrs. Fannie Colvin, and a nephew, Stephen A. Potter, Cairo.

Friday, 26 Feb 1915:

We hereby wish to thank our many friends for the many courtesies bestowed to us during the illness and death of our beloved wife and sister.
A. C. Cochran
Tempie Taylor

Mrs. Malinda Cochran, a highly esteemed colored resident, died in this city last Sunday, after a protracted illness and was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

She was born and raised in this city and was regarded as one of our best citizens.  She was a member of the A. M. E. Church and the S. M. T. Lodge and also the Eastern Star and was buried under the auspices of both these lodges.  Hers was one of the largest funerals that has ever been held in this city.  She is survived by her husband, an adopted son and a brother.

(Aurelius Cochran married Malinda Wood, daughter of Washington Woods and Martha Hockens, on 12 Mar 1896, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many friends who were so kind and sympathetic during the illness, death and burial of our dear wife and mother, Mrs. Margaret Darragh. Their kind attentions have been a great comfort to us.
H. Darragh and Family

The funeral of the late Mrs. Margaret Darragh, wife of Henry Darragh, who died suddenly at her home in this city last Friday morning, were held at the family residence at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. Tucker, pastor of the Congregational Church, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

Mrs. Darragh had been a resident of this city for a number of years and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.  She had been ill of pneumonia for a week and was apparently recovering.  She was a member of the Congregational Church.  She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Kate and Blanche; three sons, Thomas, Henry and Paul; a sister, Mrs. Kate Gott, Berea, Ky.; and one brother, William Willis, of Vanceburg, Ky.

Friday, 5 Mar 1915:
William Martin, Sr., received a message Monday informing him of the death of his sister, Mrs. Mary Atohoff, at her home in St. Louis Monday morning.
Quite a number of our citizens attended the funeral of Charles Felter at Mounds on Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Felter was a former resident of this city, having moved to Cairo about thirty years ago.

Friday, 12 Mar 1915:

Mrs. Adelia Lackey Needham, died at her home at Pulaski, Ill., Tuesday, March 2, 1915, aged 56 years, 6 months and 2 days.

Mrs. Needham was born Sept. 1st, 1858, and was united in marriage to John Needham Dec. 12, 1875.  She joined the M. E. Church at Liberty, Ill., in 1886.  She was highly respected, a good Christian woman and was well liked and leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, sister, brother, a host of other relatives and a multitude of friends.  The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery March 4, 1915.

Robert J. Caster, former assessor and treasurer of Pulaski County and one of the highly esteemed residents of this county, died on Sunday morning at his home in Olmsted, Illinois, after an illness of about three years.

The deceased had just returned a few days ago from Texas, where he had gone for the benefit of his health, and as his condition grew steadily worse, it was decided to bring him back home, where he quietly passed away with his family about him.

He is survived by his wife, five children and aged mother.

The funerals services were held Tuesday afternoon from the residence of the deceased and the remains were laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery at Olmsted.

Through the columns of the Enterprise I wish to thank one and all for their great kindness during the illness, death and burial of my wife.  I also extend thanks to the church choir for their services so nicely rendered.
John Needham
Pulaski, Ill.
Friday, 26 Mar 1915:
Died, Sunday morning at 6 o’clock at his home at the county line on the river, Thomas Riley, of pneumonia fever.  Interment at Salem graveyard at 11 o’clock Monday morning.  Deceased leaves a good many relatives and a host of friends to mourn his loss.  (Tick Ridge)
Those from out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. S. M. Porterfield were Messrs. and Mesdames Holbrook, Hagen, Karraker and Carin and Mrs. Fisher, of Mounds, Mr. and Mrs. Gadbois, of Cairo, Mrs. Beaver of America and a number of Carbondale.
Mr. Bykay, of Karnak, brought his son here (Grand Chain) for burial Wednesday morning.  After funeral service, which was held in the Catholic church, the remains were interred in the Masonic Cemetery.  Deceased hurt his foot more than a year ago, which terminated in his death.  The family formerly resided in Grand Chain, and their many friends here extended their sincerest sympathy, in this there darkest hour of trouble.

(He is identified as Frank Beyke in another notice in this issue.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Thomas Riley, a well known farmer of our vicinity, died at his home March 21, aged 52 years, 7 months and 5 days.  Mr. Riley was well known and liked by all and this was well demonstrated by the large crowd that paid their last tribute of respect to Mr. Riley.  The remains were laid to rest in Salem Cemetery.  Mr. Riley leaves a wife, five children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community. (Wilmothville)

Robert J. Caster, subject of the sketch, was born at Cross Roads, near Olmsted, Ill., Dec. 15, 1868, died at his home in Olmsted, March 7, 1915.  Married to Kittie Welker, of Golconda, Pope County, Ill., Feb. 14, 1897.

He served his county in various ways, the last being as assessor and treasurer (the term having expired a short time before his death).

About twenty years ago he was converted and united with the M. E. Church at Center, this county, and proved an ardent worker in that body for some time.  Later, on entering into politics, he drifted away from God and his people.  On Sept. 7, 1912, God in His infinite mercy stooped and picked him up and re-established him in the faith of God of his parents, and he united with Faith Congregational Church of Olmsted, in which he proved a faithful, tireless worker, so long as health would permit.  Especially was he noted for his generosity in giving in this he was not unlike some of the Macedonian churches in the time of Paul.

He was left to mourn his departure a wife, five children, an aged mother, three sisters, a number of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

His last words to me, “I am not afraid to die, I only dread the pains and sufferings of the body.”
A Friend

Frank Beyke, of Karnak, Ill., aged 20 years, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at Cairo about 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon, a few hours after he was taken to the hospital.  The young man was suffering with tuberculosis which disease he had been afflicted for the past sixteen months.

The body was taken to Karcher Bros. undertaking room, where it was prepared for burial and left Thursday morning on the Big Four train, accompanied by the parents for Karnak, where interment took place Wednesday.

(Another item in this issue states he was buried in Grand Chain and gives his name as Mr. Bykay.—Darrel Dexter)

We take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors for kind assistance and sympathy during the illness and death of our beloved husband, father and son.   Such kindness will not be forgotten.
Kittie Caster and Children
D. A. Caster
Among those from out of the city who attended the funeral of Floyd Easterday, Thursday afternoon, were Mrs. John Pearce and Mrs. William Strohm, of St. Louis, Miss Hazel Conyers, of East Prairie, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Easterday, and Allcie Doyle, of Vandalia.


Deputy Circuit Clerk Floyd E. Easterday, son and only heir of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Easterday, passed from this life at the home of his parents, in this city, Monday evening, March 22nd, 1915, at 6:30 p. m., at the age of 23 years and 7 months.

Floyd was born and reared in this city and grew up to be quite a popular and highly esteemed young man.  He possessed excellent business and clerical ability, and having served as deputy circuit clerk under his father for about three years, he proved himself a kindly disposed, efficient and accommodating officials, exercising like courtesy to all.

About fifteen months ago he was married to Miss Allie Betts, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Betts, of this city, a popular and accomplished young lady, who, with her companion, was very proficient and very devoted to music.

Floyd was a member of Trinity Masonic Lodge and of Queen of Egypt Chapter O. E. S.  Besides his bereaved wife, father and mother, many relatives in this county and elsewhere deeply mourn his departure.

The high esteem in which Floyd was held throughout the county and in Cairo, and the profound sympathy for the bereaved young wife and the sorrow stricken parents was manifested in all that human efforts could do, by the very large attendance at the funeral, which occurred at Grace M. E. Church, Thursday afternoon.  The floral contributions in point of extent, beauty and appropriateness has never been surpassed, if equaled in this county, all of which were emblematic of the young man’s fine characteristics, his high standing in society, his fraternal and official positions.  Out of unfeigned regard for the departed one, stores were closed and business generally suspended during the funeral.  Rev. Dr. Tucker, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church, of this city, delivered the funeral sermon, and was assisted in conducting the funeral by Rev. Baker, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church, of this city, delivered the funeral sermon and was assisted in conducting the funeral by Rev. Baker, pastor Grace M. E. Church, and Rev. Dunlap, of Cairo.  When the funeral services were conducted Trinity Lodge A. F. & A. M. took charge and conducted the interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.  It required five interurban coaches and a number of automobiles and other conveyances to take the vast cortege to the cemetery.

(Elmer P. Easterday married Bertha Kennedy on 25 May 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 2 Apr 1915:
Mrs. William Mowery and Mrs. Robert Rider have been called to the bedside of their mother, Mrs. Adam Lingle, who has been suffering the past four months with cancer.  (Jump Off)

(Adam M. Lingle married Sarah Elizabeth Lentz on 28 Aug 1873, in Union Co., Ill.  William Jacob Mowery married Cora Maria Lingle on 25 Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Wetaug reads:  Sarah E. Lingle 1853-1915.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Joe Johnson, father of Monroe Johnson, an aged resident of this vicinity (Edith Chapel) who has been in poor health for some time, passed away last Wednesday morning about 9 o’clock.  He leaves two sons and two daughters besides a number of relatives and acquaintances to mourn his loss.  He was buried Thursday afternoon at the Unity and Edith Chapel Cemetery.  Hartwell & Co. undertakers.

WHEREAS, the Great Creator having been placed out of his infinite mercy to remove from our midst Brother Floyd E. Easterday, who passed to eternal rest Monday, March 22nd, 1915, and just why the Reaper would choose to reap in this part of the field may have been that the cup of his fruition of life was filled.  Therefore be it

RESOLVED, That in the death of Brother Easterday his parents have lost a faithful and dutiful son, his young wife an affectionate and devoted husband, and the Chapter an honorable and earnest member.

RESOLVED FURTHER, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the parents, a copy to his wife, a copy to be filed in the archives of the Chapter, and that a page in the record book of the Chapter be set aside and dedicated to the memory of Brother Easterday, and that a copy of these resolutions be given to the local papers for publication.
J. A. Waugh
Clyde Richey
J. G. Trampert
Queen of Egypt Chapter No. 509 O. E. S.

(The notice also includes a photograph of Floyd E. Easterday.—Darrel Dexter)


William Williams, aged about 45 years, died at his home in this city Tuesday evening, after an illness of several months.  He was employed for a number of years as night watchman at the Marine Ways and is survived by his wife and four small sons.  The funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. Fr. Tecklenburg, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds.

We desire to thank our friends for the kind words of sympathy, the beautiful flowers, and the many acts of kindness rendered us during the sickness and death of the late Floyd E. Easterday
Allie M. Easterday 

Bertie K. Easterday
E. P. Easterday



Friday, 9 Apr 1915:

We wish to thank our many friends for their kind assistance and sympathy in our late bereavement, the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. Patrick McNeil.  Their kind attentions have been a comfort to us.
The McNeil Family

Pleas Hardesty, aged about 58 years, and one of the well-known farmers of Pulaski County, on Monday night was kicked by a mule on the farm of Mrs. Huston Beaver, where he had made his home for years, and died Tuesday near midnight.  He never gained consciousness after the accident, although he had medical attention as soon as possible.  Mr. Hardesty is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ed Smoot, of Pulaski, Mrs. Otto Smoot, of Mounds, Mrs. Hess Reeves, of America, and three sons, Gus, Frank, and John, of America.  He had lived at America, near thirty years and enjoyed the highest esteem of a large circle of acquaintances.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Holman, a Christian minister of Anna, interment was made in the cemetery at America on Thursday.

(P. Hardesty married Mrs. Mary W. Orm on 1 Feb 1893, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Frank Orm married Mary W. Waugh on 13 Apr 1883, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Tuesday afternoon our people were surprised and grieved to hear of the sudden and unexpected departure of Mrs. Bridget McNeile, widow of the late Patrick McNeile, at her home on High and West First Street.  Although she had been ill a few days and had the attention of the family physician, it was not thought by the family that the end was near, as she was sitting in her chair in the presence of members of the family, the good woman, mother and neighbor passed quietly and painlessly away, from those for whom she had labored so patiently and hopefully for many years—merely looked about her and passed away.  Her age was about 73 years, having come to this city with her husband nearly fifty years ago, the young couple having married in Ohio just previous to their departure for this city, Mrs. McNeile was very domestic, giving little attention to society, but looking after the welfare of her large family, composed of, besides her husband, thirteen children, nine of whom are now living, all in their city, except Sister Sebastina (Ella), instructor in music at the St. Joseph Parochial School in Cairo, the other daughters are Mrs. Dan O’Sullivan, Misses Mary, Rose and Kathryn.  The surviving sons are Peter, Patrick, John and William.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Thursday morning at 8:30 by Rev. Father Tecklenburg, the decedent’s beloved pastor.  Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery at Mounds.

(Daniel O’Sullivan married Julia McNeile on 9 Nov 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 16 Apr 1915:
Mrs. Hez Reeves and Mrs. Ed Smoot were called to America last week by the sudden death of their father, the late Pleas Hardesty.  (Pulaski)

Frdiay, 23 Apr 1915:
Uncle Jap Weaver departed this life Saturday evening and was buried Sunday afternoon in Masonic Cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted by Brother Harris at the cemetery.  Uncle Jap was an old citizen here and an upright and honest man in all his dealings.  He leaves a wife, two sons and daughter and other relatives to mourn his loss.  (Grand Chain)

(This may be the same person as Jasper N. Weaver, who married Sarah J. Gaunt on 4 Jun 1865, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
James Weaver, of Mounds, attended the funeral here Sunday of Mr. Weaver.
John Weaver, of Kansas, was called here by the recent death of his father, Jap Weaver.

Isaac Cecil, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Smith, of Frankfort Heights, Ill., died at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Culbertson, at West Frankfort, of that dread disease of childhood, whooping cough.  He was born at Stonefort, Ill., Feb. 1, 1912.

Funeral services were conducted by E. R. Brown, at the Christian church of West Frankfort Sunday afternoon, interment at the Frankfort Heights Cemetery.  He leaves his parents, one little brother, a sister and a host of other relatives to mourn his loss.
Friday 7 May 1915:
Mrs. Hannah Watkins, an aged citizen of this place, died suddenly Sunday evening.  Mrs. Watkins was born at Richmond, Va., about 1844.  She was loved by all who knew her and we regret the loss of such citizen as she was, yet our loss is heaven’s gain.  She was a faithful member of the church, also a member of Beulah Tabernacle.  She is survived by three daughters, Mary Nutt, of this place, Sallie Wood, of St. Louis, and Bertie Brasel, of Chicago.  Funeral services were conducted by Revs. McCauly and Stovall, interment at Pulaski.  (New Hope)

Friends here (Bryan) received the sad news of the death of Mrs. Minnie Stringer of Eureka.  She will be remembered as Minnie Curry.  We haven’t heard the particulars.

(Francis M. Stringer married Minnie M. Curry on 31 Aug 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Grandma Oglesby died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Flowers, Monday evening after an illness of several months with dropsy.  Remains were taken to Joppa Tuesday afternoon for burial.  Mr. and Mrs. Flowers have recently moved here from Joppa and have the sympathy of their friends in their trouble.  (Grand Chain)

Mrs. Sarah Smith, 80 years old, died at her home at Olmsted, Ill., Tuesday morning.  She was among the oldest residents of this county, having lived at Olmsted, all her life.  A few weeks ago Mrs. Smith fell and broke her left hip while going to the door to admit lady callers.  The injury resulted in her death.

Mrs. Smith was the widow of Judge Henry M. Smith, who was circuit judge at Olmsted when that town was the county seat of Pulaski County.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Belle Bullock, of Marston, Mo., and Mrs. Elizabeth McDonald, of Enid, Okla.  Funeral services were held at the residence at 11 o’clock Thursday morning, interment in Olmsted Cemetery.

Mr. Joseph Bise, aged 70 years, one of the most highly respected and prosperous farmers of Pulaski County, died at his home near Levings, Sunday evening.  While reading for his aged wife from the Bible, was suddenly seized with an attack of heart failure and died within a few moments.

Mr. Bise has been a resident of this county for 60 years and was in splendid health up to the time of his death.  He was a veteran of General Logan’s regiment of Illinois Volunteers during the Civil War.
Mr. Bise is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.  The funeral was held Tuesday at 11 o’clock.  Interment was made in the cemetery at Cache.

(Joseph Bise was buried in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin.—Darrel Dexter)

After an illness of two months, Frank H. Schuler, aged 19 years, died at 5:30 o’clock Monday morning, May 3rd, at the home of his aunt, Miss Laura Gregson.

Frank was born and reared in our city, and was a young man of excellent habits.  He has been quite successful as a writer of motion picture plays.  He is survived by two brothers, Edward and Joseph Schuler.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church conducted by Rev. F. Tecklenburg, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.  The following young men were pallbearers:  James O’Sullivan, Fred Armstrong, Tom Armstrong, Frank Cannon, Albert O’Sullivan, Prentis Buie, and Hugh Cahill.

Friday, 14 May 1915:
Charles Silliman and family returned from Metropolis on Tuesday, where they attended the funeral of his brother-in-law. (Grand Chain)
Mrs. George Patterson, who was called here (New Hope) on account of the death of her grandmother, returned to her home in St. Louis this week. 

Joseph Bise was born in Adams County, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1847, departed this life May 2, 1915, aged 68 years, 3 months and 28 days.

He moved to the state of Illinois with his parents when but a child.  He enlisted in the war when he was 16 years old.  He was married to Minervia Vickers in the year 1871.  To this union was born five children, one of whom is living to mourn his loss, Mrs. Francis Ledbetter.  His wife died in 1886.  He was converted in 1873 and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was still a member when he died.

In the year 1887 he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Harold.  To this union was born five children, four of whom survive him, namely, Ralph Bise, Robert Bise, Russell Bise, and Miss Marnie Bise.  His health became impaired about two years ago, but when death came he apparently was improving.  Dr. Robinson and his wife of Ullin, his family physician and a special friend of his, was at his home to pay them a visit.  He and the doctor were sitting in the parlor talking when he fell out of the chair in which he was sitting and died instantly.  His death came as shock to all.  Mr. Bise was a hard-working man and had made a success as a farmer.  He is survived by his wife, five children, one sister and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at New Hope at 11 o’clock Tuesday by Rev. M. S. Bumpus, his former pastor, who spoke from the subject, “The Journey Through Life.”  The services were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

(Joseph Bisse married Minerva Vickers on 6 Mar 1871, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Joseph Bise married Annie Herald on 29 Nov 1887, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Jerome Price married Frances Bise, daughter of Joseph Bise and Manerva Vickers, on 27 May 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in New Hope Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Joseph Bise Born Jan. 30, 1847 Died May 2, 1915.—Darrel Dexter)
George McIntyre died suddenly at his home on upper Commercial Avenue at 5:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Adams, of Perks, and Mrs. Ellis, of Grand Chain.  The funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker, interment at Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds.

Friday, 21 May 1915:
B. F. Johnson, aged 79 years, 10 months and 2 days departed this life Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. R. Aliff, after several months’ illness.  He was laid to rest Monday in the Masonic Cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harris. (Grand Chain)

(James R. Aliff married Nannie Johnson on 2 Apr 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
A. Pluck attended the funeral of Jess Edmonds at Villa Ridge Sunday.  (New Hope)

John W. McEntyre, whose death occurred so suddenly in this city, on May 8th, 1915, was born June 16, 1853, at Brookport, Ill.  Funeral was conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker, pastor of Grace M. E. Church, this city, interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Decedent leaves four daughters, Mrs. Jennie E. Smith, of Olmsted, Ill.; Mrs. May Ellis, Caruthersville, Mo.; Mrs. Mary Belyew, Olmsted, Ill.; Mrs. Clara Adams, Perks, Ill.; and one son, Willie McEntyre.  Three children preceded their father to the other life several years ago.  Besides his relatives, he leaves a host of friends to regret his departure.  He was an honest and true Christian man and a devoted father.

The bereaved children extend their sincere thanks to the many friends for the sympathy expressed and the kindness shows at the funeral and burial of their dear departed father.

Friday, 28 May 1915:
Mr. and Mrs. Rhine laid to rest in the Butter Ridge Cemetery their little 11-month-old daughter.  Weep not, dear parents, your loss is your little darling’s gain.  She will be waiting for you on the other shore. Perks)
Friday, 11 Jun 1915:
Word was received here (Bryan) of the death of James Crenshaw, at Clarkston, Mo., (formerly of this place).  His body was taken to St. Louis to be buried by his wife. 

Adrain Schneider, aged about 50 years, died at his home in this city last Friday afternoon, after an illness of several months of heart trouble.

Mr. Schneider had been a resident of this city for about twenty-five years and was an industrious and upright citizen, and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.  He was employed as clerk at the Bestgen & Westerman grocery store until a few months ago, when he resigned on account of ill health.  He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Miss Margery, and two sons, William and Charles.

The funeral services were held at the Grace M. E. Church Sunday at 1:15 p.m. conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.  The burial services at the grave were conducted by the I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 250 and Rebekah Lodge of this city, assisted by a large number of Odd Fellows from Cairo.

(Adrin Schneider married Mary Ellen Finn on 19 Jul 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 18 Jun 1915:

To the many friends who so kindly aided us in our dark hour of grief and sorrow in the tragic death of our dearly beloved Myrtle, we extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks.  We also feel deeply moved and appreciate very much the beautiful floral offerings and kind sympathy received from everyone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jasper N. Miller
Paul Miller
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Stringer
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Parker


There was quite a sad accident happened Wednesday when a bunch of young people went for a picnic on Cache. They were all enjoying themselves immensely until about 3 o’clock, when a skiff capsized in which there were two girls and three boys, Myrle Miller Flora Hennington, Chris Rife, Clyde Bankson and Archie Kennedy.  They all went down twice, but all were rescued before they went down the third time, but Miss Miller and Chris Rife.  The boys and girls all worked heroically and several of the boys almost drowned themselves trying to save others.  After being under water ten minutes, Chris Rife was brought to the shore, apparently dead, but was revived after several minutes by artificial respiration.  Miss Miller was found after being under water twenty-five minutes.  No effort was spared to bring her back to life, but all in vain.  Doctors Whiteaker, of Pulaski, Rife, of Villa Ridge, and Bondurant, of Cairo, were summoned, but their efforts were of no avail.  Miss Miller with her mother and brother, Paul, of Herrin, Ill., were visiting with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Stringer, of Pulaski.  Her father arrived the night of the accident.

Those on the picnic were Misses Lois and Mona Bankson, Ethel and Inda Little, Edna and Flora Henington, Ruby Royal, Ruth Eshleman, of Centralia, Beulah O’Daniel, Delsie Davis, Eula Brown, Altha Lackey, Anna Taylor and Messrs. Earl Lewis, Bird Peek, Henry Bowlers, Chris Rife, Clyde Bankson and Archie Kennedy.

Friday, 25 Jun 1915:
The stork visited Mr. and Mrs. Smith and left with them a darling boy, who only tarried a few hours and was borne back to the portals of glory.  Jesus said, “Suffer little children and come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven.”  After song and prayer they wended their way to Butter Ridge Cemetery and confined it to the tomb to await its final call.  The family has the sympathy of the community (Perks).

Sames William Pamplin was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., November 15, 1833, departed this life June 21, at 11:15 p.m., 1915, aged 81 years, 7 months, 6 days.

The deceased married Miss Nancy Ann Pamplin (his second cousin) in the year 1855.  Her departure from this life occurred July 2, 1900.  Mr. Pamplin was the father of ten children, four of whom are living:  Mrs. Ellen McCowen, of Lincoln County, Tenn., George Pamplin, of Carlisle County, Ky., W. F. Pomlin, Mound City, Ill., Caturah Scott, of Avala, Tex.

Mr. Pamlin was a believer in Christianity, although he never joined any church, but claimed to have been converted about twenty years ago.  He was stricken with paralysis about nine years ago, soon thereafter he suffered another attack of that terrible affliction and on Feb. 14, he was stricken the third time, and was speechless and entirely helpless ever since.  He was one of a family of seven children. He had made his home with his youngest son, W. F. Pamplin, during the past eight years.

Friday, 1 Jul 1915:
Harrisburg—Bruce McKenzie, a ball player, was drowned while bathing in the powerhouse reservoir. His companions attempted to rescue him when he cried for help.
Word was received here by friends of the death of Mrs. E. W. McClelland, who died at her home in Brazil, Ind., Friday, June 25th.  Mrs. McClelland formerly resided in this city and has many friends here who were much grieved to hear of her death.  She was about 70 years old and had been ill many months.


Friday, 9 Jul 1915:
Cairo—Bert Roberts, who operated a gasoline ferryboat between Cairo and the Kentucky shore, was shot and killed by Ed Houchan, who was with a man named McCanleyHouchan also runs a ferry and a dispute arose over a landing place.  The shooting took place in the middle of the river.  Houchan continued on to Kentucky and it is not known whether he has been caught.
T. Fogel, of Echols’ Landing, received word last Thursday that his aged mother, who lives in Metropolis, was dead.  He went home and found her alive, but she died a short time after he got there.  She was about 75 years old.  Mr. Fogel has our sympathy.  (Ohio)

George W. Wilson, one of the most highly esteemed residents of this city, passed away early Thursday morning after an illness of only a few days.  The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Episcopal church and the remains will be laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery along side of his son, Everett, who passed away only a few months ago.

Mr. Wilson has been an employee of the navy yards here for the past forty years, starting as a water carrier and working up to foreman.  He was always regarded by his employers as a responsible and valuable employee, by his working associates as a true friend, and by his family as a kind and loving husband and father.

The deceased leaves to mourn his untimely death his wife, two sons, Roy and Roscoe, his aged mother, Mrs. America Wilson, who lies in a serious condition, three sisters, Mrs. G. J. Murphy, and Mrs. E. A. Hayes, of this city, and Miss Clara McNeese, of Cincinnati; two brothers, William Wilson, of this city, and Edward Wilson, of Metropolis.

Mr. Wilson has always been a member of the Episcopal Church and was also a member of the Modern Woodman Lodge of this city, who most likely will have charge of the funeral.

(Granville J. Murphy married Ella F. Wilson on 28 Sep 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Edward A. Hays married Caroline M. Wilson on 10 Dec 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 16 Jul 1915:
Benjamin Allen, an old resident, passed away on July 7 about 5 p.m.  He had been afflicted with cancerous ailments for several years.  He leaves a wife and other relatives to mourn his loss.  He was a member of Missionary Baptist Church at Villa Ridge and also a member of the G. A. R.  He was buried Thursday at the Unity and Edith Chapel Union Cemetery. 



As we go to press, we learn of the death of Mrs. D. C. Williamson, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. M. Ford, at 1:00 o’clock this morning after an illness of many months.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Friday, 23 Jul 1915:
Murphysboro—Willard Wall, president of the First National Bank of Murphysboro, was killed when a motorcycle he was riding plunged from a bridge near here.  George Nelson, who was on the machine with him, was injured seriously.
Murphysboro—Ed Hayes, wealthy Murphysboro citizen, died at his home in Los Angeles, Cal., and the body is en route to this city for burial.  He was born in England, December 2, 1848.  He established the Murphysboro Bottling Company in 1877.
Murphysboro—Rev. Charles A. Beckett, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Murphysboro, died in a Chicago hospital, where he underwent an operation.  He was chaplain of the Fourth Infantry Illinois National Guard and came to Murphysboro last September from Granite City, where he was pastor three years.  He was fifty-five years old and leaves a widow, a son, Attorney Paul A. Becket, of Richmond, Ind., and a daughter, Madelin, of Murphysboro.



Died at her home in Perks, Ill., Mrs. W. R. Irvin, of paralysis.

Mrs. Irvin was born March 1st, 1857, and died July 17, 1915, being 58 years, 4 months and 16 days of age.  Her maiden name was Perlima Clemendine Smith and she was united in marriage to Mr. W. R. Irvin on Feb. 14, 1878.  To this union 11 children were born, 9 of which are living, 2 having died in infancy.  Mrs. Irvin was a loving wife and mother and had an ever-ready smile for those with whom she came in contact.  She bore her long illness with a patience and Christian fortitude that was beautiful to behold.  She was a consistent member of the Christian Church and ever had her eyes on the cross.  Besides her children, she leaves a sister, Mrs. Burklow, of Carterville and three brothers residing in Johnson County.  Mourn not dear ones, remember, your loss is her gain and that she awaits you in that world where sorrow never comes and where there are no partings. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Williams and the remains were laid to rest in the Cache Cemetery.

(William Irvin married Palina C. Smith on 14 Feb 1878, in Johnson Co., Ill.  Henry Burklow married Amanda M. Smith on 2 Aug 1882, in Johnson Co., Ill.  Her marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Clementine Ervin March 1, 1857 Died July 17, 1915.  William R. Ervin Born Nov. 16, 1849 Died June 8, 1922.—Darrel Dexter)

The death of Peter W. Thompson, of Wetaug, occurring on the 17th of July, 1915, at the age of 62 years, 10 months and 13 days, is regarded as a personal bereavement on the part of hundreds of citizens of this county and all over Southern Illinois.  Perhaps no other citizen of this county had won as many friends during his 27 years residence at Wetaug and Ullin.  He was a generous hearted man, generous even to a fault.  His happy nature influenced all alike, both high and low, rich and poor, cultured and uncultured, no one escaped his good will or failed to recognize his cheery, sunshiny nature.

Squire Thompson since coming to this country from Tamaroa, Ill., where he was born and reared and married, has held some office of trust, responsibility and honor continuously and for many years held more than one important office, and his official activity and efficieny were observed by his constituents generally.  He served as Justice of the Peace for many years, postmaster over twenty years, county commissioner twelve years, was a member of the K. of P. and Odd Fellows lodges.

Funeral was held Monday afternoon at Ullin, conducted by the local minister, Rev. Hollinghead, assisted by Rev. Pennock, of Cairo, and the fraternal lodges of which he was so devoted a member.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, mother, aged 93 years, and two sisters, Mesdames Reed and Pyle, the latter three residing in Springfield, Ill.

(Peter W. H. Thompson married Rebecca E. Evans on 21 Apr 1878, in Perry Co., Ill.  Orren Z. Pyle married Nancy Jane Thompson on 23 Dec 1874, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. Angeline S. Williamson, aged 85 years and 6 months, relict of Mr. D. C. Williamson, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 16, 1915, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. M. Ford, this city, surrounded by her surviving family, daughters, Mrs. Ellen Ford, and son, Mr. Albert W. Williamson and family.

Deceased was born in the vicinity of Oswego, N.Y., January 16, 1830.  From there the family migrated to Kentucky and after fifteen years of residence in that state, they removed to this city and have resided here the past thirty-four years.  In her early days, Mrs. Williamson was related to the Presbyterian Church, but later united with the Congregational Church at Paducah, Ky. and after her removal to this city became an active member of that denomination here.  The good woman was ever ready with her wise counsel and prompt and effective efforts to advance the Christian purpose of higher ideals in life.  Three of her children, Hattie, Jessie and Fred, preceded her to other world.

The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Dr. H. A. Tucker, at the Congregational church.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

The sudden death of Mrs. Joe Young, of this city, which occurred on Friday night of last week, was quite a shock to her many friends, who had known her as well and hearty only a few hours before.

The lady was quite well Wednesday morning, but was seized that forenoon with severe cramping in the stomach, when everything that could be was done, by physician and neighbors to relieve her of the terrible suffering, but all efforts were of no avail, as death in a few hours came to her relief.  It is thought she was afflicted with ptomaine poison.

Mrs. Young was about fifty years of age, wife of Mr. Joseph Young, employed at the Williamson-Kuny M. & L. Company, and is left entirely alone, having no children left him.

Funeral service were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Hoar, of Cairo, as the pastor, Rev. Baker, was absent.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. May Rekhoff, of Paducah, and her daughter, Mrs. Lillian Gullett, of Memphis, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Crain and Edward Grave, of Villa Ridge, attended the funeral of Mrs. D. C. Williamson here Sunday afternoon.

Friday, 30 Jul 1915:

George E. Pritchett, who, until about a year ago, lived out at Center Station, became ill with some disorder of the stomach, the nature of which the doctors did not fully decide upon and expired at the hospital in Cairo, Friday, after an illness of about 54 hours.  Funeral occurred at his home, near La Center, Ky., Monday forenoon, conducted by Rev. Fr. Tecklenburg, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, this city, Besides the priest, those who attended from this city were L. C. Perks, Will Perks, and Doctor J. F. Hargan, the latter having been the decedent’s family physician for nearly twenty years, but was not permitted, by reasons of other engagements, to see him during his brief, fatal illness. Decedent is survived only by his wife.

We earnestly desire to extend our sincere thanks to our very dear neighbors, who so diligently and affectionately watched at the bodies of our dear mother during her long illness and ministered so tenderly to her every want and comfort, and at her death and burial joined us in mourning her departure.  Though hundreds of miles away from you, each and every one of you will ever remain fresh in the memory of our thankful hearts.
A. W. Williamson
Mrs. T. M. Ford
Mrs. J. L. McCune received word this week of the death of her sister, Mrs. Adah Kelley, which occurred Tuesday morning at the home of her brother in Los Angeles, Calif., where she was visiting.  The remains will be brought to the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Bethel, of Cairo, arriving early Monday morning.

Friday, 6 Aug 1915:
Mrs. Anna West, who was taken to the hospital at Cairo for an operation for appendicitis, never recovered.  Her remains were brought home to Salem for burial, where she was born and raised. To know Anna was to love her and we can only say the relatives’ loss is heaven’s gain.  She leaves a husband and one dear little girl, father, mother and sisters, besides so many friends to mourn her loss. (Grand Chain)

After an illness of many months, Ira Armstrong, the youngest son of Mrs. Ora Powers, of this city, died at his home early Thursday morning.  The deceased had reached the age of about eighteen years.
Ira, who had been a constant sufferer for many years with a severe hip disease and was a cripple, took seriously ill about six weeks ago with stomach trouble, which was pronounced cancer, and although he was given the very best of medial attention, the young man grew weaker until all hopes of his recovery were abandoned and he passed away with all the members of his family at his bedside.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon from the Congregational church with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.  Rev. Baker, pastor of the Grace M. E. Church will conduct the services.

(James G. Powers married Mrs. Ora Armstrong, daughter of B. F. Garrott and Sophia Dowlin, on 31 Oct 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William Armstrong married Ora Garrott, daughter of Frank Garrott and Caroline Trott, on 18 Apr 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Death of Mrs. Johnson

Mrs. Dora Walker Johnson passed away at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. G. Hughes, at the age of 53 years, 1 month and 9 days, having been born at Caledonia, this county, June 22, 1862.  She was united in marriage to Mr. Henry Johnson, at Olmsted, Illinois, October 28, 1883, the latter having died five years thereafter.  Her surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs. G. Hughes, of this city, and a brother, R. M. Walker, of Seattle, Wash.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker and early Monday morning the remains were conveyed to Olmsted, and interment made in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson met with a railroad accident up in the north part of the state about nine years ago, and has been an invalid ever since.  She had been with her sister, Mrs. Hughes, for more than a year.

(Gibson Hughes married Fredonia Walker on 14 May 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Alonzo D. Butler, a retired merchant, 74 years of age, died at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the family home, 1920 E. 1 Street, Long Beach, Calif.  He was a native of Villa Ridge, Ill., and had lived in Long Beach nine years.  Besides the widow, he leaves one daughter, Myrtle M. Farrin.

The G. A. R.’s had charge of the funeral assisted by Dr. Rassuns of the First Methodist Church.  Funeral from Holton & Son parlors.

(Alonzo Butler married Nannie J. Baty on 28 May 1871, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

The people of Cairo and all Southern Illinois were most sadly surprised upon hearing Monday night of the self-inflicted death of Rev. A. P. Garrett, during the past four years pastor of Cairo Baptist Church.  The surprise was all the greater by reason of his ability, his popularity with his large congregation, and the community in general, and his age, being only about 38 years.

The minister had tendered his resignation to the Cairo Baptist Church, and had answered a call to the pastorate of a church in St. Louis, and it was in a few minutes after his return to the Cairo church that he committed the deplorable act.

Upon his arrival from St. Louis, he was immediately conveyed to the parsonage and entered the basement, after dispatching a package of letters to Dr. Dunn, shot himself in the head with a 38-caliber pistol and the indications were that death was instantaneous.

The cause of the rash act was reported to have been some scandalous gossip derogatory to his character, yet his written denial of the gossip concerning his conduct in the very face of death seems to have a mellowing effect upon many who perhaps did not exercise the charity that was due him.  He died praying for the unity of his church, but since his death, another circumstance is revealed which affords a new phase to the tragic event:  The photo of a young lady, of Green Bay, Wis., was discovered attached to his clothing just over his heart.  And the fact is revealed by a party near his life, that the minister was in love with and had been betrothed to this young woman, but their plans to wed had been objected to by her parents.

The lifeless remains of the minister were shipped to his parents in Hillsboro, N.C., early Wednesday morning.

We hereby desire to extend our sincere thanks to our dear neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness of our dear sister and also the dear friends who contributed the beautiful floral offerings.
Mr. and Mrs. Gib Hughes

The remains of Mrs. Dora Johnson, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Gibson Hughes, Saturday were taken to Olmsted Monday morning for interment.  Mr. and Mrs. Hughes were accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Mathis, Rev. and Mrs. M. B. Baker, Mrs. John Armstrong, Mr. W. A. Wall, Mrs. W. R. Rodman, Mrs. J. A. Waugh, Mrs. Charles Wehrenberg, Sr., Warner Wall and the pallbearers, John Armstrong, W. S. Sandeson, L. C. Parks, W. T. Jaccard, Judge W. A. Wall, Dr. J. F. Hargan, R. D. Mathis, and H. A. Mason.

Friday, 13 Aug 1915:

Belleville—James H. Thomas, Sr., the negro mayor of Brooklyn, a negro settlement, and five negro policemen of the town, were found guilty of murder in the circuit court here and sentenced to 14 years in the penitentiary.  The men were charged with the killing of Robert Jackson, a policeman under a former administration.  The trouble grew out of an election row.
Benton—Sam Brayfield, sixty-one years old, a farmer living near Sesser, committed suicide by taking carbolic acid.

Friday, 20 Aug 1915:
Mrs. William Biggerstaff died at her home at Mounds Thursday afternoon after an illness of many months.  Mrs. Biggerstaff has a host of friends in this city, where she formerly resided.  She is a sister of Mrs. L. D. Stophlet, of this city.

             (William J. Biggerstaff married Dora E. Fain on 20 Jan 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Loren Stophlet married Annie Fain on 28 May 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Perkins and son have returned from Vienna, where they were called by the death of Mr. Perkins’ mother.

Friday, 27 Aug 1915:
Monday night of last week, Mrs. Sallie Adams, of this place (Grand Chain), very suddenly died, only lived a few minutes after arousing her husband, supposed to have been heart failure.  Mrs. Adams’ mother, Mrs. Tom Echols, died the same death, only she was found dead in the morning.  Mrs. Adams was born and raised here only living away a short time at Chester, Ill., where the remains were taken Tuesday for burial beside her infant boy.  Deceased leaves three sisters, Mrs. Dr. Woelfle, of Cairo, Mrs. Jessie Moore, of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Mrs. Mabel Price, of this place, and a lone husband to mourn her loss.  While all will miss her, it will be the husband most of all.  To know Sallie was to love her and all who knew her held her in the highest esteem.

(James S. Adams married Sallie A. Echols, daughter of Thomas B. Echols and Annie Brown, on 27 Oct 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Thomas B. Echols married Ammon Brown on 1 Dec 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  James E. Woelfle married Hortense Hannon Echols on 10 Oct 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Andrew Moore married Jessie Echols on 18 Feb 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

James Keesee, aged about 25 years, was shot and instantly killed Thursday night on the interurban station platform in this city, after he had shot and probably fatally wounded Winchester Standard, aged 28 years, conductor on the line between Mounds and Cairo.

It is reported that Keesee had boarded the car in the drainage district where he is employed by the Chicago Mill & Lumber Co., and paid his fare to Mound City.  He fell asleep and was not awakened until the car had passed this city and was nearing Center Station, when Standard is said to have asked for additional fare.  This Keesee could not do, but demanded that he be carried to Mounds and return home.  The conductor refused to do this and ejected Keesee from the car.

The young fellow ploughed his way back home through the rain and mud and told his experience to his friends and then went to the station to meet the conductor when he came in on his return trip.  When the conductor alighted from his car, the two had a few words and then drew revolvers, Kesee firing the first shot, which struck the conductor in the right breast, whereupon Standard then fired, the shot striking Kesee just above the eye causing instant death.

At the coroner’s inquest, it was stated that Kesee had not enough money with him to pay his fare to Mounds, but informed the conductor if he would carry him on to Mounds, he would get enough money from his friend there to pay his fare both ways.  Standard refused even to do this, but instead ejected Kesee from the car.  The coroner’s jury exonerated the shootist.

Mrs. Will Montgomery, formerly for many years residing in this city with her husband, Undertaker and Embalmer W. A. Montgomery, but recently having took up their residence in Mounds, was suddenly stricken last night about 8 o’clock with uremia coma and for about four hours remained unconscious, death ensuing at 1:20 o’clock this morning.

Mrs. Montgomery had recently completed a postgraduate course in embalming in Chicago and has since entered the practice of embalming with her husband.

Mrs. Montgomery, formerly Miss Anna Grear, was an accomplished musician and enjoyed the society of a host of warm friends.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, of this city.  She is survived by her husband and her mother, who resided in Chicago.
Murphysboro—The funeral of James H. Martin, who fell dead at West Baden, Ind., took place here.  His death was attributed to heart disease brought on by grief over the murder of his wife at their home in Murphysboro July 30.  Rev. J. S. Cummins, of Carbondale, conducted services at the residence and the bearers at the funeral of Mrs. Martin were the bearers.  The Knights of Pythias conducted a service at the cemetery.  Joe DeBerry, the confessed slayer of Mrs. Martin, now in jail at Harrisburg, will be placed on trial before Judge D. T. Hartwell of Marion, at a special term of court in Murphysboro August 30, two weeks before the September term.
The funeral of Mrs. William Biggerstaff, who died Thursday afternoon, occurred at her home in Mounds at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon and was attended by a large number of friends from this city.  The services were conducted by Rev. John P. Galvin, pastor of the Congregational Church, and the remains were interred in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friday, 3 Sep 1915:
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Rodgers and little Lena Shook, of Paducah, attended the funeral of Mr. Shook, the little girl’s father, at Grand Chain Cemetery Thursday.
Quite a number from Ohio attended the funeral of Mr. Shook Thursday.
Mr. Shook, an aged man living on the Flowers’ place, died last Monday and was buried at Grand Chain Wednesday.  (Ohio)

We desire to thank our many friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us in our bereavement, in the death of our beloved son and brother, James Kesee, also for the many beautiful floral offerings.
Mrs. S. Dever and Family

The coroner’s jury empanelled to enquire into the fatal shooting of Horace Morgan alias “Meanness,” by Marion LeMay, in Cairo, on Tuesday evening of this week, after deliberating over the case one hour and thirteen minutes, decided that Mr. LeMay was justified in slaying his assailant.

It appeared on evidence that Morgan had invited his own tragic death by hounding LeMay around all that day in a threatening manner, and had attacked Mr. LeMay when shot down.  Morgan was a bartender and it was in evidence that he was quite boozy on the occasion of the shooting.

The moral to the sad event is that “bad” fellows frequently go to the limit of their badness.  It is reported the LeMay had avoided him all day and the only remedy was to shoot him out of the way.
Mrs. Rafe and daughter Jennie received a message Sunday of the death of a relative, Mrs. Dave DeBaun, of St. Louis, whose remains were brought to Cobden for burial.  They left Monday morning to attend the funeral and returned Monday night.  (Edith Chapel)
Mrs. P. A Nigren, who was called here on account of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. W. A. Montgomery, returned to her home at Hannibal, Mo., Tuesday.

Friday, 10 Sep 1915:

Asking that her husband, J. N. Smith, a barber at Mounds, and her father, William Knight, of Charleston, be notified that she had committed suicide, Mrs. Lulu Smith, 30 years old, sat in a chair at the interurban station at Mounds shortly before 8 o’clock Monday morning and calmly awaited death.
The young lady had just returned to Mounds from Cairo, where she had purchased a bottle of carbolic acid and some peroxide and upon entering the station asked the proprietor for some water.  As soon as the same was handed to her she emptied the carbolic acid in the same and drank the entire dose.  Physicians were called, but it was too late to do any good.

Mrs. Smith had entered suit for divorce and was in this city Friday looking after the matter.

Smith is reported to be an exconvict, having been sentenced to a term in prison in Missouri for bootlegging.  It is said Mrs. Smith secured his parole immediately before they were married.

Entered into rest at her home in this city on Wednesday afternoon, September 8th, 1915, Mrs. America A. Wilson, aged 87 years, 8 months and 16 days.  Beloved mother of Mrs. E. A. Hays, W. R. Wilson, Mrs. G. J. Murphy, George W. Wilson (deceased), Mrs. Clara McNeece, and Edward A. Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church conducted by Rev. J. Anderson at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon.  Funeral train leaves at 3:15 for Beech Grove Cemetery where the remains will be interred.
There is no death.

The stars go down to rise upon some fairer shore.
And bright in heaven’s jeweled crown

They shine forever more.
And all around us though unseen,

Beloved immortal spirits trend,
For all boundless universe is life.

There is no death.
Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Mathis left Thursday for Bloomfield, Ill., where they will attend the funeral of Mrs. Mathis’ sister, Mrs. Dannie Moray, who died Tuesday morning at Colorado Springs, Colo., where she had been for several months on account of her health.  Mrs. Moray was well known here, having visited here often.
Word was received by relatives here of the death of Fred Harland at his home in Memphis, Tenn., which occurred Tuesday morning after an illness of several months of tuberculosis.  He was born and reared in this city and has many friends here.  His mother and sister, Mrs. Richard Aldridge, left Tuesday afternoon for Memphis to attend the funeral.

Friday, 17 Sep 1915:
Mrs. John Moore returned Monday from St. Louis and left the same day for Sedalia, Mo., to attend the funeral of a relative.  (Pulaski)
The little adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Irvin passed away suddenly in the doctor’s office where they had taken it for treatment.  (Perks)

Sheriff Mannon Bankson is this week in receipt of notices to the effect that he is appointed special deputy sheriff of Jackson County to be present at the execution of Joseph DeBerry, colored, recently sentenced to death by Judge Hartwell for the murder of Mrs. Martin, of Murphysboro.

Sheriff Bankson and party will leave here the night of Oct. 15th, so as to be there in time the following morning to witness the execution at nine o’clock.

After an illness of many months, Capt. N. B. Thistlewood, formerly Congressman and one of the best-known residents of this state, died on Wednesday evening at the Bondurant Hospital in Cairo where he had been taken for treatment.

The deceased had been a resident of Cairo for the past 35 years and was mayor of that city for eight years.  In 1897 he was appointed to Congress to fill the unexpired term of George W. Smith, deceased, and after that term expired he was elected to the office filling the same with great credit to himself and the grand old state of Illinois.

It was he who was responsible for the grand celebration which was held at the National Cemetery on May 30th, this year and his untiring efforts in the interest of the welfare of the G. A. R. won for him high honors in that order.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the First M. E. Church in Cairo, of which he was a member, by Rev. Cummins, and the remains were laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery.
The three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jobe died Saturday and was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Sunday.

Friday, 24 Sep 1915:

A very sudden and apparently unprovoked murder occurred in a rear room of the Harry Handley saloon, last Saturday evening at near 9 o’clock.

Both parties, the murdered man and the slayer, were colored.  The man who was killed, Babe Jones, who went by the names Babe, Big Boy, Fatty, etc., was seemingly a quiet, inoffensive fellow, a steady worker, and was quite well respected by the colored citizens.  His age was about 30 years and had no family.  The name of the shootist seems to be not definitely known by the citizens generally, was called by several different names.  He came here from Kentucky about five years ago and returned to that state Saturday night in great haste, with Sheriff Bankson a good second in the race.  What led up to the shooting appears not to be known.  Jones left the Red Front Saloon only a few minutes before and went into the Handly saloon, when the fellow promptly drew a pistol and shot him at close range, and it is said the man lived only about five minutes.  Since the killing Sheriff Bankson made a trip to Kentucky, but failed to locate his man.

A quarrel over the making of a cigarette ended in a murder last week near Villa Ridge, when Odie Nutt, shot and fatally wounded his friend, Atchison Dickson.

It is stated that the two men met along the road near the home of County Commissioner Henry Bride and Atchison was smoking a cigarette.  Odie came to the conclusion that he wanted one and asked for the “rollins” which Atchison could not supply.  Odie then demanded the one which Atchison was smoking and upon being refused, he immediately pulled a revolver from his hip pocket and cracked loose, the bullet penetrating Atchison’s head and from which he died Wednesday.

As soon as Sheriff Bankson was notified of the death of Atchison departed for Villa Ridge where he captured Odie and brought him to police headquarters, where he was given a hearing before the coroner’s jury and was bound over to await the action of the grand jury.
Attrice Dixson, a young lad of this place (New Hope), was shot last Saturday evening.  The shooting was done by Oddie Nutt.  It is reported that it was an accident.  This we do not know to be true, for a wagonload of youngsters were on their way to a picnic and they were all somewhat intoxicated at the time of the shooting.  Nutt was escorted to the county jail Tuesday by Sheriff Bankson.

Friday, 8 Oct 1915:
The death of little Lovi Faught was sad news to her many friends here (Perks).  Lovi was 13 years old and was a nice, sweet child and loved by all.  She died at Moorehouse, Mo., and was buried there.  He said, “Suffer little children while on earth and forbade them not for such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Goldie Dry, aged about 14 years, daughter of John Dry, living about five miles northwest of Grand Chain, formerly of this place (Tick Ridge) was buried here Monday.  She was sick about a week with typhoid fever.
Goldie Dry, aged about 13 years, died Sunday evening of congestive chill.  Goldie was the only daughter of John and Annie Dry, formerly of Tick Ridge.  Goldie’s mother preceded her to the world beyond several years ago.  Remains were laid by her mother Monday at Ohio Chapel.  (Grand Chain)

(John Dry married Annie Shanks on 8 Mar 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery reads:  Goldie O. Dry Born June 11, 1904 Died Oct. 3, 1915.—Darrel Dexter)
Murphysboro—After being out nearly twenty-four hours, the jury in circuit court here found Lonie Rogers guilty of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.  Rogers murdered his brother while they were at work in a sawmill near Elkville.

Friday, 15 Oct 1915:
Mrs. Jacob Studer died at the home of her son, Fritz Stephoney, Tuesday the 12th, at 1 o’clock,  Aged 72.  (Bryan)

(Jacob Studer married Mrs. Armaida Stephani on 22 Jun 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Benton—Thomas Capello was found guilty by a jury in Franklin County circuit court of the murder of Robert T. Hill, chief of police of Sesser, on July 12.  He was sentenced to serve a life term in the Chester penitentiary.  This was the third trial.  The killing resulted from Hill’s efforts to enforce an ordinance prohibiting the shipment into and delivery of liquor in Sesser.  Capello was unloading a car of beer when Hill attempted to arrest him.  Capello seized a wagon stake and struck the police officer on the head, death resulting almost instantly.  This is the first life sentence imposed by a jury in the history of Franklin County.  Feeling between the wets and drys at Sesser has been bitter since the spring election.
___ Frances Lackey departed this life Friday, Oct. 8th, 1915, at the age of __ years.  Decedent was married to William A. Lackey 53 years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Lackey have resided ___ their lives and have been ___ most popular people of this vicinity.  Decedent was a daughter of ___ Biggerstaff, prominent citizens of this county. 

(Her marker in Lackey Cemetery reads:  Frances Lackey 1843-1915.—Darrel Dexter)

The passing away of Judge A. J. Ross, which occurred last Sunday at his home in Cairo, removes from the activities of this life one of the most energetic and popular citizens in the memory of the older people of this city and Cairo, and within a radius of several hundred miles.  His age at the time of his demise was about 68 years.  For several years, up to about twenty-five years ago, he served in the capacity of city marshal for this city, and it is the unanimous verdict of those acquainted with his official efforts that he was one of the most alert, considerate, fearless and efficient officers this city had ever employed.  When in the discharge of his official duties in this city, he lost a leg, but several years previous he had lost an arm, having passed the greater part of his active life badly crippled.  During the quarter of a century or longer that he resided in Cairo, he occupied the offices of constable and justice of the peace, to the entire satisfaction of all law-abiding people, but he was a terror to the law breaking, tough element.  The last several years and to the time of his death, he held the office of police magistrate in Cairo.

To the many neighborly friends, who so kindly and considerately watched at the bedside of our departed wife and dear relative, Mrs. Frances Lackey, during her long and painful illness, ministering with tender hands and hearts of the warmest sympathy to her every want, we extend our sincerest gratitude.
W. A. Lackey


Mr. Alvara Austin, aged 78 years, a popular citizen of this city for many years, departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Johnson, on High Street, Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1915, of the infirmities of old age.

Mr. Austin was a native of New York and was a veteran in the War of the Rebellion.  Until the infirmities of age disabled from active duties, he was engaged for many years in this city as contractor and builder.

He had been for many years a member of Lodge No. 250, I. O. O. F., and the Rebekah Lodge of this city.

He served this community many years as Justice of the Peace.

He is survived by three children, two daughters and one son, Mrs. J. W. Johnson, of this city, Mrs. W. C. Starks, of St. Louis, and Frank Austin, of Memphis, Tenn., nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roy Morgan, at the residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

(James W. Johnson married Laura A. Austin on 29 Apr 1877, in Massac Co., Ill.  W. C. Starks married Ida E. Austin on 11 Aug 1886, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 22 Oct 1915:
Mr. William Churchill died at his home Sunday night, he having been ill some two weeks with stomach trouble and fever.  He died with perfect hope he would soon be with his savior and would say, “I can’t praise my savior enough,” although racked with pain.  He leaves a wife, nine children and six grandchildren to mourn his loss.  He was a kind husband, a loving father and was a good citizen and friend to the friendless and dear wife and orphans.   You don’t have to sorrow as they that have no hope, for you soon can be permitted to meet your dear one in heaven where there will be no parting.  The funeral procession left the home at 11 o’clock a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1915, and buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. (Perks)

(His marker in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola reads:  William Churchill Born March 30, 1852 Died Oct. 17, 1915 Age 63 Yrs., 6 Mos., & 17 Ds.  Emma Churchill his wife Born Dec. 18, 1870 Died March 17, 1954.  Each of us hopes to join you at last on the beautiful heavenly shore.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Churchill, of St. Marie, came down to be with his father during his illness.

David A. Connell, a former resident of this city and for a number of years editor and manager of the News-Tribune, which is now located at Mounds, committed suicide at his home in Chicago by asphyxiation, according to news received in this city last Saturday.

His son, Fred, who was engaged in business here with his father, died some time ago at a hospital near Chicago, and it is stated that this sad affair, connected with his financial difficulties was the cause of the suicide.

He is survived by his wife and a number of relatives.
Blanche, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Hawf, died at their home on Main Street Tuesday and was buried at Beech Grove Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, 29 Oct 1915:

James Solomon Heath, aged 77 years, died at the home of his son, Pleas Heath, Sunday afternoon, as a result of a paralytic stroke from which he suffered a week ago.  Mr. Heath was born in Edmondson County, Kentucky, but had lived in this city for a number of years.  He was a member of the Third U. S. Artillery during the Civil War and served over three years.  He is survived by seven children and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the son’s residence, conducted by Rev. M. B. Baker.  Interment was made in the National Cemetery.

(James D. Heath Pvt. U.S. Army Civil War died 24 Oct 1915, and was buried in Section F Site 4384B in Mound City National Cemetery.  This may be the same person as James S. Heath, who married Anna Duncan on 7 Jun 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Pleasant A. Heath married Annie E. Trail on 15 May 1892, in Massac Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. M. J. Knowlton died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Painter, early Friday morning, after an illness of many months of dropsy.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

(James W. Painter married Hannah May Knowlton on 20 Oct 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 5 Nov 1915:
Willie Tolley, a young man that musseled on the river at Echols all this spring and was taken to the hospital at Paducah last Saturday a week ago and died on Tuesday of typhoid fever.  He left a wife, small baby, a mother, brother, and two sisters.  (Ohio)

At a regular meeting of Queen of Egypt Chapter No. 509, Order of the Eastern Star, held October 28, 1915, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted.

WHEREAS, The hand of Divine Providence has removed from the scene of his temporal labors our late brother, Daniel Webster Prindle, and

WHEREAS, It has been just that a fitting recognition of his many virtues should be had, therefore be it

RESOLVED by Queen of Egypt Chapter No. 509 O. E. S., that while we bow with humble submission to the will of the Most High, we do not the less mourn our brother who has been taken from us.

RESOLVED, That we tenderly condole with the family of our deceased brother in their hour of trial and affliction and devoutly commend them to the keeping of Him who looks with pitying eye upon the widowed and fatherless.

RESOLVED, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Chapter and a copy thereof be transmitted to the family of our deceased brother and a copy to the newspapers of Mound City.
Respectfully submitted,
J. G. Trampert
W. E. Read
George R. Martin
The remains of John Coldwater, who died last week Tuesday at Napa, Calif., arrived at Mounds Monday morning and were interred in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The deceased is a son of Peter Coldwater and a brother of Mrs. J. T. Betts, of this city.  A brief funeral service was held at the grave, Rev. Roy B. Morgan officiating.

(Peter Coldwater married Maggie Hahn on 9 Feb 1866, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  John T. Betts married Minnie Coldwater on 3 Sep 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 12 Nov 1915:

Mary Mansparager, eldest daughter of John Mansparager, was born Feb. 2d, 1894, passed away Nov. 2d, 1915, being 21 years and 9 months.  She was of a quite amiable disposition and had been in poor health about two years, but grew worse about three weeks before her departure and rapidly declined until the end came.  She bore her illness with the same patience and forbearance that had characterized her life.  A short time before her death she bade the family farewell and peacefully passed to her reward and to join her mother who departed this life several years ago.  Mary is survived by a father, three brothers, one sister and other relatives to regret her absence.  Funeral services were conducted at Shiloh Church by Rev. Pennock, of Cairo.

Gone to the grave is our loved one, gone with a youthful bloom; but with the blest, fair land of rest, sorrow will come nevermore.  She’s gone down the valley—the dark deep valley; we’ll see her face nevermore, until we pass down the valley, the dark death valley and meet her on the other shore.”  (Edith Chapel)

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

Henry Goldsmith, probably the oldest residence of Pulaski County, died at his home in this city at 7:45 o’clock last Friday evening from the effects of injuries sustained in the fall at his home a week ago.

Mr. Goldsmith was born Oct. 29, 1825, in Rochebuneete, New Brunswick, and at the age of seven years with his parents moved to Periott, New Brunswick.  He moved to this city from Periott in 1859.  In 1862 he was married to Miss Harriet Harden, of this city, and to this union eight children were born, five of whom survive.

He was employed at the Marine until about eight years ago, when through a painful accident he began to lose his eyesight.  In spite of his years, the deceased was able to be up and around most of the time until the day after Oct. 30, his birthday, he met with the accident which caused his death.

The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Harriet Goldsmith, two daughters Miss Belle Goldsmith, of this city, and Mrs. James Fisher, of Memphis; three sons, Mason Goldsmith, of Cairo; Harry Goldsmith, of Memphis; Sam Goldsmith, of Metropolis, all of whom were at his bedside when death came.  He also left surviving him twenty-one grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the residence at 1:15 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Thomas Dyke of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church officiating.  Special cars left at 2:15 for Beech Grove Cemetery, where interment was made.

(Henry Goldsmith married Harriet L. Hardin on 26 Jan 1863, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  James Marvin Fisher married Mary Olive Goldsmith on 28 Dec 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 19 Nov 1915:
Mrs. W. W. Hough has returned from Anna, where she was called by the death of a relative.
Obe Clayborn, one of the oldest and most highly respected colored residents of our city, died Wednesday afternoon after an illness of many months of dropsy.

Friday, 26 Nov 1915:

Leona Katherine, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hannan, died Friday, Nov. 10, at 20 minutes of 1 o’clock aged 4 years, 5 months and 13 days, of membranous croup.  Rev. Father Tregressor of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church of Grand Chain conducted the services at Wetaug on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  She leaves her parents, three sisters and five brothers to mourn her loss.
“Weep not father and mother for thou waitest in glory for thee.”

(Her marker in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Wetaug reads:  Leona K. daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Hannan June 6, 1911-Nov. 19, 1915.  In heaven there is one more.—Darrel Dexter)
Edna Brown died at the home of her grandfather Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1915, after some five days’ illness of throat disease.  Little Edna’s severe suffering was born with a Job-like patience.  She never complained and was the sunshine of the home.  She leaves father, mother, grandfather and several uncles and aunts to mourn her loss.  All that willing hands could do was done, but the angel death knew best and took her home in her sweet innocence.  Her gain is our loss.  She was buried in the Wetaug Cemetery, Rev. Lanxton and Williams officiating.  The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of all.  (Perks)
The remains of Samuel O’Donell, who died at his home in Memphis Monday, were interred in Beech Grove Cemetery at Mounds Wednesday afternoon.  Mr. O’Donnell and family were former residents of this city and are well known here.  Quite a number of our citizens went over to Mounds to attend the burial.

Friday, 3 Dec 1915:
James Edward Farnsworth was born February 16, 1854, and departed this life November 25, 1915, being 61 years, 9 months and 9 days.  He was in poor health all winter, but as spring opened, he improved to the extent that he resumed his routine duties of light work about the farm until about three weeks prior to his death he was stricken with chills; from this and the chronic spinal ailment he grew weaker and weaker until death came to his relief.  He was a kind father, an indulgent grandfather, an agreeable neighbor and a law-abiding citizen.  He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 26th at 3 p.m. Rev. Peneuck of Cairo officiated.  Mr. Farnsworth leaves one brother, one sister (both residents of California), two sons, five grandchildren and other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
May God who have our bounteous store

Make happiness abide once more.
And sweet hope lift the faltering soul

sustained by mercy’s kind control. (Edith Chapel)

(James E. Farnsworth married Mary E. Chenier on 28 Nov 1880, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

We desire to express our appreciation of kindness shown and attention given to our dear departed father by our neighbors and friends during his illness and also for the consoling expressions of sympathy extended to the bereaved families.
Charlie Farnsworth
A large number from here (Dongola) attended the funeral of Festus Dillow, at Anna Monday afternoon.

(His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Festus Dillow 1886-1915.—Darrel Dexter)

Mr. James Jenkins died at his residence near Pulaski, Ills., Nov. 24th, 1915, was born Jan. 29th, 1845, in state of Kentucky and came to this state at the age of 7 years. He was 70 years, 9 months and 25 days old.

The deceased was married to his first wife in 18_5 and to this union seven children were born, four of whom have preceded him to the other world.  Those living are U. S., of Mounds, E. E., of Pulaski, and Miss Mamie L., of St. Louis.  He was married to his present wife Oct. 18th, 1889.  Bro. Jenkins professed faith in Christ in the year of our Lord 1879, and united with the M. E. church in Buncombe, Ill., transferred to Anna, Ills., in 1884 and has lived a constant Christian to the end, to which is the promise for God has said, “Be you faithful until death and I will give you eternal life.”  Bro. Jenkins numbered his friends by his acquaintance, for to know him was to love him.  He was a private in Company M, 6th Illinois Regiment Calvary Veteran Volunteers, enrolled Nov. 2d, 1863, discharged from the service Nov. 5th, 1865, at Selma, Ala.

Bro. Jenkins leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Jenkins, three children, one sister, Mrs. Colman, of Buncombe, Ills., and a host of other relatives and friends.  He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Thursday, Nov. 25th.
Marion—Judge W. W. Clemmens, seventy-six years old, former judge of the municipal court bench in this city, former acting attorney of Williamson County and for half a century or more a leading Democrat of Southern Illinois, shot and killed himself at his home.  Ill health and fear of paralysis was the cause of his act.  Judge Clemmens had lived in this city since 1862, when he came from a farm in Livingston County, Ky.  He was a cousin of Mark Twain.
Charles A. Barnett, a prominent young farmer residing near Villa Ridge, died at his home Monday at the age of about 23 years.  The deceased leaves to mourn his death his young wife to whom he had been wedded only a short time and a number of relatives.  The remains were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friday, 10 Dec 1915:
Johnston City—Edward Wise, a carpenter fell down the 600-foot shaft of a mine.  Death was instantaneous.

We desire to thank the persons who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and brother.
Ella Barnett
Henry Barnett

We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness, flowers, service of autos and sympathy shown us during the prolonged illness and death of our husband and father.
Mrs. May Beaver
Edward Beaver
Mrs. William Crippen
Mrs. Maud Culbertson
Mrs. Oscar Atherton
Arthur Beaver
Christina Beaver

After an illness covering a period of about eight months, Charles R. Barnett, one of our best known and most highly esteemed young men, passed out of this life at his home on Monday, Nov. 29, 1915, at 9 o’clock a.m.  While his death was not unexpected, yet it came as a distinct surprise and shock to his many friends and relatives.

“Slats” Barnett, as he was family known, has been a resident of Villa Ridge all his life, having been born here on Oct. 13, 1892.  On April 11, 1915, he was united in marriage to Ella A. Wright, of Villa Ridge, who is left to mourn his life.

Died of a complication of diseases at his home on North Main Street, Sunday, Dec. 5th, at 7 p.m., Leander Beaver, aged 70 years, 11 months and 6 days.

Mr. Beaver was one of Mound City’s oldest, best-known and highly respected citizens.  He first came to Mound City 57 years ago from Clay County, Indiana.  He afterwards returned to Indiana and came back to Mound City in the year 1887.  He served in the Union Army in the War of the Rebellion for 6 months.  He has been U. S. Government lighthouse tender here for 22 years.

The deceased is survived by his wife, May Beaver, three sons, Loyal Beaver, of Dayton, Ohio, Edward and Arthur Beaver, of this city, four daughters, Lillie Crippen and Maud Culbertson, of Grand Chain, Laura Atherton and Christina Beaver, of this city, one stepdaughter, three stepsons, seven grandchildren, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn his loss.  The funeral services were held from the home Monday, Dec. 6, at 1:15 p.m.  Rev. R. Morgan officiating.  Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

(Leander Beaver married Amanda Alton on 28 Jan 1861, in Alexander Co., Ill.  Leander Beaver married Maria May Harper on 25 Aug 1896, in Alexander Co., Ill.  William F. Crippen married Lillie Bell Beaver on 18 Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter) 

Friday, 24 Dec 1915:
Mrs. Agnes Stephenson departed this life Monday morning, age 48 years.  (Grand Chain)
Rev. Rufus Karraker was called here (Grand Chain) Tuesday to conduct the funeral ceremony of Sister Agnes Stephenson.

Marvin, the thirteen year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Painter, of this city, died very suddenly Sunday evening from a malady believed to be diphtheria and membranous croup, from which he had only been a sufferer for a few days past.  Antitoxin was administered in an effort to save his life.
The remains of the little fellow were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in Beech Grove Cemetery.  He is survived by his father and mother and little sister, Pearl Vivian.

(James W. Painter married Hannah May Knowlton on 20 Oct 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 31 Dec 1915:
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dover was buried at Grand Chain cemetery last Thursday.  The parents have the sympathy of the community (Ohio).

Mrs. Agnes Stephenson departed this life Dec. 20th, after a long illness and a struggle to be spared to her husband and children. Mrs. Stephenson was Miss Agnes Field.  She was first married to Steve Farmer, to this union two sons were born and preceded their mother to the other world.  She was later married to Louis Stephenson.  To this union one little daughter, Alein, was born and is left with her half sister, Ethel, to care of their kind father.  Everything was done by a kind and loving husband and friends that could be done.  After all medical skill was exhausted her kind husband and little daughter, Ethel, aged 13 years, did all that loving hands and hearts could do to make her life as pleasant and cheerful as it could be made with all her sufferings with the dreadful lingering tuberculosis.  Deceased leaves a husband, two daughters, aged 8 and 13 years, an aged mother, one sister, Mrs. Theo Reuther, and several distant relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  Deceased was a devoted Christian having united with the Christian Church in her early days and died in that faith, not lost, but gone to a peaceful home where no more pain or suffering are to be endured.  Rev. Rufus Karraker preached a beautiful sermon at the home and paid the highest tribute to the living sister that would make the father and children know to see mother again is to live a pure and Christian life and meet her in a brighter world.  Your loss is heaven’s gain.  By your work and life you can see your mother again.  She will be waiting on the beautiful shore with beckoning hands to welcome you home.
Her chair is empty and we’re alone.

Her voice is hushed and still.
A place is vacant in our home

That can never be filled.

(Stephen Farmer married Agnes Field on 22 Aug 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. Mary B. Lacy died early Tuesday morning at her home in this city of tuberculosis of which she has been a sufferer for some time past.  She was about thirty-three years of age.

The funeral services were conducted at the residence Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Baker of the Grace M. E. Church and the remains were laid to rest in the Thistlewood Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband and one son.

Word has just been received by a number in this city of the death of Rev. J. C. Anderson, a former pastor at the Episcopal Church here, but who for the past few months has been residing in Detroit, Mich.

Some time ago while Rev. Anderson was out on a business mission he was struck by an automobile and rendered unconscious and which no doubt was the direct cause of his death.

The deceased was born about seventy-two years ago at Fort Erie, Canada, and to that city the remains were taken for burial.  He is survived by his wife and two sons, Donald and Douglas, all of whom were at his bedside when he passed away. 

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