Obituaries and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers

The Pulaski Enterprise

12 Jan. - 28 Dec. 1923

Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois

Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter


Friday, 12 Jan 1923:
Mrs. Annie Friels, wife of J. R. Freels, of Holloway, Ky., died at St. Mary’s Infirmary succumbing to an operation for appendicitis.

Aged, Demented Negress Is Burned to Death Monday

Sarah Miller, a well-known negress, age 83 years, was so severely burned early Monday morning that she died a short time after being taken to St. May’s Hospital in Cairo.

She had arisen early and going to a nearby grocery store secured some oil and the authorities state, she deliberately set fire to her home.  She was rescued after considerable difficulties, but her nude body was burned in a most distressing manner.  Her home was entirely destroyed, as well as the contents.  She had been demented for sometime and she is the third of the immediate family to have committed self destruction in this manner.  Deceased was an excellent house maid and had served in many of our best homes.  She leaves one daughter who resides in St. Louis and is also a sister of John Steel, of this city.  Dr. William Wesenberg accompanied her to the hospital and did all that could be done with the assistance of the nurses.  The burns and exposure were too severe.

(The Friday, 15 Dec 1911, issue reported:  “Sarah Miller, colored, sister of coroner John Steel, was adjudged insane on last Saturday and was immediately taken in charge by Deputy Sheriff Edward Parker and taken to the hospital at Anna.”—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 19 Jan 1923:

God in His infinite wisdom having removed from our home our beloved sister, Miss Mary McNeil, we wish to thank our friends and neighbors who administered to us and the sister during her illness and at the funeral and burial especially to Father Pheeney and to those who sent beautiful floral tokens.
McNeil Family

Old Resident of Mounds Dies

John Pletcher, an old resident of Mounds and well known by the older residents of this city, passed away suddenly Monday morning at his home, as the result of heart trouble.  The deceased was 74 years of age and came to this country from Switzerland at the age of 23 years, settling near Mounds shortly after and engaged in farming.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, H. J. and Otto Pletcher, and a daughter, Mrs. Emma Armstrong, all of Mounds.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Congregational Church.  Rev. C. L. Dunlap of Cairo officiating.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Crain Dies in St. Louis
Burial at Villa Ridge
Another Death

Mrs. Dora Crain, age 66 years, a former resident of this county, died in St. Louis Friday afternoon, Jan. 12th, after an illness of several months.

Mrs. Crain was born and reared in Villa Ridge and lived there until six years ago, when she went to Cairo.  She was the widow of the late L. F. Crain, former postmaster at Villa Ridge and also ex-sheriff of Pulaski County. Mrs. D. B. Kennedy, deceased, was a sister.

She is survived by three sons, Claud and Ralph Crain, of Villa Ridge, and one daughter, Mrs. William Strohm, of St. Louis.

She was an active member of the Methodist Church and she had many friends in Villa Ridge and also in Cairo.  All of her children were at her bedside when she passed away.  The remains were brought to Villa Ridge and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, Rev. S. J. Burgess conducting the services.  Many attending from here and surrounding towns.  Interment in Villa Ridge cemetery.

(Lewis F. Crain married Annice L. Murphy on 22 Dec 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Louis F. Crain married Ella D Cheek on 27 Jan 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  L. F. Crain married Madora Kennedy on 23 Dec 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Modora Crain.  Lewis F. Crain.  Annie wife of L. F. Crain Born 1845 Died Jan. 18, 1875, Age 30 Years.—Darrel Dexter)

John M. Lansden, attorney and historian, died in Cairo Tuesday after an illness of several weeks, age 87 years.  He was a wonderful man and had lived a life of usefulness and was typical of our very best American citizenship.  The funeral was held this afternoon.

Friday, 26 Jan 1923:
An Appreciation

At 11:40 o’clock on Saturday morning, Jan. 20th, 1923, there passed from our town and church to the temple of the church triumphant in Heaven, the life of Mrs. Sarah Jane Culp, known as Mother Culp.  A life beloved by all.  A mother of great grace and talent.  A devoted and cultured Christian, a genial friend.  The church has lost a worker of unusual worth.  The sense of the loss is more acute from the fact of the termination of so active a life.  She had been a Christian from an early date in her life and had joined the Baptist Church, which she honored by consistent devotion to its standards of life, and methods of service.  She was filled with the joy of a consecrated fellowship, and holy love.

Wherever Mother Culp went, she shed the fragrance of the rose and bore the white flower of a pure blameless life.  With quiet grace, she moved in the circle of her friends, which are numbered by the hundreds.

Confident in her faith, patient in endurance of trial, gentle in ministries of love, hopeful in distress, genial with everyone alike, she seemed destined to a successful life.  She leaves six lives to bear her nature, and bring in many measures to the world, the gifts and graces with which the mother was so richly endowed.  Nothing has touched the hearts of our citizens more greatly than this sad news of her death. Every person, old and young, poor and rich, sinner and Christian, with one accord were heartbroken.

On Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock funeral services were held at the Baptist church in this city, Rev. W. J. Ward in charge.  Scripture reading by Rev. S. J. Burgess; a very touching prayer offered by Rev. J. B. Cummins, after which Rev. Ward preached using as the subject, “Ye must be born again,” which was the text selected by Mother Culp.  A sermon which touched the hearts of all present and is considered one of the most forceful sermons ever held in our midst.  The music was furnished by the Congregational and Baptist choirs and was very befitting for the occasion.

The bereaved family and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of bereavement.
Mrs. Roy Karraker


Sarah Jane Culp was born at Pleasant Ridge, Union County, Illinois, on November 5th, 1855, died on Saturday, January 20th, 1923, aged 67 years, 2 months and 15 days.  She was the oldest child of John and Rainey Hale Brooks, who were among the oldest residents of that section of Illinois, the father having died about fourteen years ago and the mother, now 87 years old, still survives.  Sarah J. Culp was reared on a farm and attended the district school until she was 17 years old, at which time she was united in marriage with Rev. Marshall Culp, who was then a teacher in the public schools of Union County.  Six children were born to this union, three sons and three daughters, all of whom survive her.  The daughters are Mrs. Albert W. Williamson, of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Edward Miller, of Mound City, Ill., and Mrs. Ernest Crain, of Villa Ridge, Ill.  The sons are Arthur Culp, of New York, John Culp, of Cairo, and Frederick Culp, of Mound City.  Several grandchildren also survive her.

The death of this good woman, although expected for several months, since the disease with which she was afflicted was incurable, fell like a pall upon the people of Mound City, and in effable sadness and grief the people mourn her departure.  For many years she devoted her life to religious service, so much so, that she was regarded by all as the foremost religious worker in the city.  She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church since her early womanhood, but she was more; she worked for the Lord and Master in the great Universal and her influence was felt and her love spread abroad in the world to such an extent that it touched everybody outside as well as inside the church.  The church called her sister and all others called her Mother Culp.  With a kind word here, a kind act there, a smile, a word of encouragement, a prayer of benediction, in short, a saint on earth was Mother Culp.  Her constant all-consuming love for everything good and pure and holy, and her forgetfulness of self in her daily life and in her ministrations to others, so endeared her to the whole community that her death will leave a void in our lives that will be difficult indeed to fill.  She was a meek and humble follower of Jesus, but brave and courageous as an advocate.  Her unbounded love cast out all fear and whether she entered into the silence in the secret place of the Most High, in the church, the home or the brothel to pray, her great faith, her splendid womanhood and her fervent love always commanded the most perfect attention, respect and veneration, for her acts, her words and her deeds were done and spoken as one having authority.  She was the chief organizer of the Baptist Church in Mound City and the chief promoter of the house in which it worships.  With a membership to start with small in number and poverty stricken, financially, she inspired them with confidence, prayed with an unfaltering faith and when she was soliciting for funds to assist in building, it seemed she was continually walking with God.  With this continual constant realization of the spirit of the indwelling Christ in her soul and her complete consciousness of this great truth, she appropriated God to the accomplishment of her noble purpose—the advancement of His kingdom on earth.  She lived the life, and therefore she had the power, she kindled the spark of divine within her into a consuming fire of eternal love and God gave her her reward here to be added to and multiplied in her present habitation.  She was pure in heart here, she was born again, she shall see his face and live with Him forevermore.

The funeral services were among the most impressive ever held in Mound City.  The church was filled to capacity long before the time arrived for the beginning of the service.  Business was suspended and the business houses, plants and factories closed during the solemn hour of prayer and tribute to Mother Culp.  The floral tributes were many and beautiful.  Rev. W. J. Ward, her beloved pastor, spoke feelingly and with tenderness from the text which she had requested him to use upon the occasion, “Ye must be born again.”  With much earnestness and undoubtedly with much effect, the Rev. Ward drove home this demand which the Savior makes up on all mankind and it will take root and grow in many years.  Her body was followed to the grave in Beech Grove Cemetery by a large concourse of her friends and neighbors and there laid to its final rest.

(John Brooks married Louvana P. Hale on 12 Oct 1854, in Union Co., Ill.  Marshall Culp married Sarah J. Brooks on 25 Apr 1872, in Union Co., Ill.  Albert Warren Williamson married Alma Inez Culp on 29 Jun 1893, in Union Co., Ill.  Edgar S. Miller married Girtrude Culp on 8 Jul 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


We greatly acknowledge the many kindnesses of Mother Culp’s friends during her illness and the sympathy expressed by the community at the time of her death.
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Williamson
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Miller
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Crain
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Culp
Mr. John O. Culp
Mr. H. A. Culp

Young Son Dies

Robert Howard, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hite, died at his home in this city Friday afternoon.  The remains were sent to Blandville, Ky., Sunday where the funeral and burial was held.

“Mother Culp” Was Great Church Woman
Has a Large Funeral

To chronicle the death in any of its elements is a sad duty to perform.  But with the future reward of a “crown of glory,” there is a happy consolation to those “who have kept the faith.”  After battling with death for several weeks, Mrs. Sarah J. Culp, age 68 years, passed away at 11:30 o’clock Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Miller.  She had been suffering from a lingering disease and was removed from her own home some several weeks ago to the home of her daughter.
Mrs. Culp was born November 1, 1855, at Pleasant Ridge, Union County, Illinois.  At the age of 17 she was married to Rev. Marshall Culp, of Union County, and by that union six children, three daughters and three sons, were born.

All the children survive her.  They are Mrs. A. W. Williamson, of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Edward Miller, of this city, Mrs. Earnest L. Crain, of Villa Ridge, Archon Culp, of New York City, John Culp, of Cairo, and Fred Culp, of this city.

Her mother, Mrs. Lorena Brooks, age 86, also survives her.

Early in life Mrs. Culp joined the Baptist Church, the denomination to which her parents belonged, and was recognized as the leader in organizing the Baptist Church at Mound City.  Ten years ago she bought an electric sign with the words, “Ye must be born again,” and paid for its operation over the principal street of the town for five years.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at 2:30 Monday afternoon, Rev. W. J. Ward, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. S. J. Burgess conducting the services, the Congregational church choir furnishing the music.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Joe Martin, C. R. Ford, William Danby, Beverly Hendricks, Clyde Richey and Hal Read.  Many floral offerings were sent by sympathizing friends.  The funeral was under the direction of G. A. James, undertaker of this city.

Friday, 2 Feb 1923:

Josephine Douglas Eddleman, was born Aug. 30, 1858, and died Jan. 20, 1923, age 64 years, 4 months and 20 days.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milace Douglas.  She was united in marriage to Jasper Eddleman who preceded her to the grave six years.  To this union eight children were born, five boys and three girls, all of whom survive, besides 23 grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She early in life professed faith in God and lived a faithful devoted member of the Lutheran Church.  Funeral service was conducted by Rev. T. A. Millhouse.  The remains were laid to rest in the Dongola cemetery.

(Miles Douglass married Margaret C. Agner on 4 Mar 1858, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Jasper Eddleman Born Jan. 12, 1854 Died July 5, 1916.  Josephine Eddleman his wife Born Aug. 30, 1851 Died Jan. 20, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Our church (Baptist Church) has had three sad bereavements the past year, namely Mrs. Palmer, Mr. J. R. Henson and Mrs. Culp.  We have also lost some splendid families and efficient church workers who have moved away.

The infant daughter, Mary Margaret, of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fitzgerald, died Friday and was buried Saturday.  Buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery near Mounds.  The babe was only 18 days old.

Miss Edna Hileman Dies

Miss Edna Hileman, age 39 years, died at her home near Olmsted, at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.  She had been ill for about ten days with pneumonia.  Deceased is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Hileman; two brothers, Wayne and Forrest Hileman; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Walker, of Cairo, and Mrs. Florence Hileman of this city.  Mrs. Stella Chittick, an aunt, and Mrs. Florence Hileman, of this city, were called to the bedside last Saturday and have been in constant attendance upon her.  Mr. and Mrs. Hileman have also been ill.

Funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon, Rev. C. A. Dunlap, of Cairo, will conduct the services.  Burial at Concord Cemetery.  Undertaker G. A. James in charge.

(Henry J. Hileman married Alice Bagby on 16 Apr 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Charles Walker married Dazie Hileman on 19 Jun 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Concord Cemetery near Olmsted reads:  Edna Hileman Born Nov. 7, 1883 Died Jan. 3,1 1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. G. C. Trammell left Saturday for Kell, Ill., to which place she was called by the serious illness of her brother-in-law, H. L. Porter, and her sister.  Mr. Porter passed away Saturday night and her sister has been in a very critical condition.

Mrs. Cowels’ Mother Dies

Mrs. Ella Maree, mother of Mrs. G. W. Cowles, of this city, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo Friday evening.  Deceased was 65 years of age and had been taken there for an operation.  The remains were taken to her home in Columbus, Ky., where funeral services and burial were held Sunday.  Anglo Maree, formerly a resident here, is a son of the deceased.  There being two other sons and a husband, who survive her.


James Durning, who has been ill for several weeks, passed away at his home in this city at five minutes till six, Thursday afternoon.  Had he lived until Feb. 22, he would have been 77 years of age.  He was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of the 12th Illinois Infantry and an old resident of this city.  He leaves a widow, one son, Oscar, of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. David Quarles, of Chicago, and several grandchildren.  Also a sister, Mrs. J. D. Kennedy, of East Chicago, Ind., survives him.

(James M. Durning married Lula Michem on 27 Dec 1877, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His death certificate states he was born in Kentucky and was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The 9 Feb 1923, issue stated he was a member of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry, and he was pensioned in 1888 for service in Co. K, 12th Kentucky Cavalry and Co. B, 16th Kentucky Cavalry.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 9 Feb 1923:
Lizzie Henderson

Mrs. Lizzie Little Henderson, of Metropolis, Ill., was born in Massac County, April 27th, 1881, died Jan. 31st, 1923.  Age 41 years, 9 months and 4 days.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Little, of Massac County.  She was married to Oscar Henderson in 1905 at Grand Chain.  She leaves a husband and eight children, seven who remain at home, and a daughter, Mrs. Opal Dover, who resides at Joppa, Ill.  All were at her bedside when Jesus called her.  Lizzie was the first of thirteen children to be called to Heaven by her blessed Savior.

She was converted during a revival meeting at Ohio Chapel in 1908.  From that time on she has been serving her Lord and Savior doing all she could for Him, so as to gain a place in Heaven, which Jesus has prepared for us all who believe on him.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, eight children, a mother, Mrs. J. F. Little, of Massac County, four brothers, George Little, who still resides with his mother, John Little of Morley, Mo., Samuel Little, of Johnston City, Thomas Little, of Mound City, and eight sisters, Effie Cummins, of Metropolis, Dorothy Riley, Artie Farris and Minnie Oltenberger, of Karnak, Allie Eddleman and Ethel Inman, of Grand Chain, Doucie Searls of Benton, Ill., and Lottie Bolen, of Cairo.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Robert Smith, of Boaz, Ill., Thursday at Ohio Chapel and the body was laid to rest in the Ohio Chapel Cemetery.

(Her marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery near Grand Chain reads:  Lizzie Henderson 1881-1923.—Darrel Dexter)


Henry Metzger Hogendobler, whose death occurred at his home near Villa Ridge, last Friday, Feb. 2, in his 71st year, was a resident of the community for more than a century.

He was born in Lancaster County, Penn., November 20th, 1852.  He came with his parents to Clark County, Ohio, and in 1865 they removed to Villa Ridge, Ill., where he had lived 58 years.

On September 5, 1873, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Wright of Villa Ridge and surviving are his wife, four sons, James A., Horace G., and Walter L., of Villa Ridge, and Ernest C., of Olmstead, and four daughters, Mrs. Will Graver, of Mounds, Mrs. Elmer Vick, of Karnak, and Misses Pearl and Onita, of Villa Ridge.  A son and a daughter have preceded their father in death.

He also leaves 28 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. V. H. Leidigh; and a brother, H. G. Hogendobler, both of Villa Ridge.

Mr. Hogendobler was a member of the I. O. O. F., and a charter member of Meridian Lodge No. 439.

(Henry M. Hogendobler married Emma M. Wright on 6 Sep 1874, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

We want to thank our many friends for the kindness shown during the illness and death of dear wife, mother, sister and daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Little Henderson. (Ohio Chapel)


We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their help in our trouble and also for flowers and use of automobiles.
Mrs. James Durning and children

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Fishers died last Tuesday and was buried Wednesday in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. (Maple Valley)

(His marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Harold E. Fisher Born Jan. 6, 1923 Died Jan. 23, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Quarles and son Albert, of Chicago, were called here to attend the funeral of the latter’s father, James Durning who passed away last Thursday.

James Durning Answers Taps

Funeral services over the remains of James Durning were held at the home Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. B. Cummins conducting the services.  The funeral cortege moved to Beech Grove Cemetery in automobiles.  Deceased was a member of Co. K, 12th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry and served 21 months. He was born in Paducah, Ky., Feb. 22, 1846.

Old Pulaski County Resident Dies

Henry Hogendobler, a pioneer citizen of this county, died at his home near Villa Ridge Friday night.  He was ill only a week.  He is survived by his wife, eight children and 16 grandchildren, one brother, H. G. Hogendobler, and a sister, Mrs. W. H. Leidigh.

Deceased settled on the farm where he lived the greater part of his life and where he died when Pulaski County was still a wilderness.  This farm on which he settled was practically unbroken forest, and like the other settlers of that day, he went to work with the pioneer spirit and cleared the woods from his land, it finally becoming one of the valuable farms of the county.

Wealthy Businessman and Prominent Resident for Many Years.

Thomas Higgins, 65 years of age, and one of Mound City’s most prominent businessmen, died at his home in this city at 9:10 o’clock Tuesday night after an illness of several months.

Mr. Higgins was born in Petersburg, Va., September 1859, and lived successively in Richmond, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn.  From the latter place he moved with his parents and sister, Mary, when a small lad to this state.  As he grew to manhood he learned the ship carpenter’s trade and for many years he worked at this occupation in this city, also at St. Louis and Vicksburg.  At one period in his career, he was ship carpenter on the steamer Batler Duncan.

He was united in marriage to Nannie A. Perks in 1888 and she survives him.  He has no other relatives by consanguinity so far as known.

Deceased was a member of the firm of Perks & Higgins, in the real estate business, and was well known throughout southern Illinois, western Kentucky and southeast Missouri.  He is quite wealthy, having been successful in the business management of the farm, which is believed to be the richest in Pulaski County.  He was originally associated with his brother-in-law, L. C. Perks, in the livery business, but with the advent of the automobile and the almost total disappearance of the horse driven “livery rig,” the livery business was abandoned and a garage and taxi service took its place, while the firm increased its activities in the real estate line.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in this city at 8:30 o’clock Friday morning.  Father Charles Feeney conducted the services, the church being filled by friends of the deceased.

The following persons were the honorary pallbearers, W. S. Sandeson, Joe Lutz, L. D. Stophlet, Charles Curren, M. F. Browner, Dan O’Sullivan, James Cannon, Al Schuler, George Eichorn, F. J. Kuny, William Westerman, and B. S. Hutcheson.

The active pallbearers were:  Thomas Campbell, Mike Duggan, Carl Johansen, Frank Campbell, Albert Boekenkamp, William Bestgen, and Peter McNeile.

Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery near Mounds.

(Thomas Higgins married Nannie A. Perks on 17 Oct 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Mounds reads:  Thomas Higgins Born Sept. 18, 1858 Died Feb. 6, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 16 Feb 1923:

We wish to thank our neighbors for their many acts of kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and after the death of our daughter shown us during the illness and sister.  Especially those who lent automobiles and gave the floral tokens.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hileman and family

______ left Tuesday for Pinckneyville, where they will attend the funeral of Mrs. Heisner’s sister. (Tick Ridge)

Mrs. Mike Tharp died at the home of her daughter in White Hill Monday night.  Mrs. Tharp had long been a sufferer of acute stomach trouble.  She bore her afflictions with patience, yet always expressed her readiness to go and be with her Savior.  The family were all present, but one son.  They laid her to rest in the Pea Ridge Cemetery Tuesday.  (Perks)

Miss Florence Hileman has returned to her home in Mound City after spending several days here (Center) on account of the death of her sister, Miss Edna Hileman.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Carlock was killed by an auto wreck last Sunday.  The babe was only 15 months old.  (Maple Valley)

Stricken Second Time

J. C. Mackey, well known here and a former resident of Vienna, suffered another stroke this week and lost the use of his limbs.  He is at home of his daughter, in Marion, and is under the constant care of a nurse.  Uncle John, as he was familiarly called, was 75 years old, August 11th, last.  He has raised a large family and he is spending them with his children.

Pulaski Lady Dies in Washington

The remains of Mrs. Ora Aldred, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Aldred, who passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Finch, of Washington, D.C., early Wednesday morning, of last week, arrived Saturday night in Mounds.  Funeral services were held Sunday with interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Miss Aldred’s death came as a shock to her parents and other relatives as she had just recently returned to Washington after an extended visit with her parents.

(H. C. Aldred married Elizabeth J. Lackey on 11 Nov 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Old Civil War Veteran Suffers a Severe Stroke

W. W. Hough, who has been ill for some time, suffered a paralytic stroke Tuesday night and is in a serious condition.  He is affected about the head and unable to talk and is unable to walk.  Mr. Hough is 79 years age and a veteran of the Civil War.

Former Resident Dies in California.

Mrs. Adelia Ayers, a former resident of Villa Ridge, died in Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 26, following a stroke of paralysis, friends learned here Saturday.  She was ill only three weeks and had been in good health previous to the stroke.  The family moved away from Villa Ridge 16 years ago.  Her husband, E. J. Ayers, passed away after they moved away from Villa Ridge.  He was a prominent fruit grower of Pulaski County and once conducted an expedient station for the government at Villa Ridge.  Mrs. Ayers is survived by one son, Phillip Ayers, and two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Phillips and Mrs. Jennes Mannington.

Former Resident Dies

Friends received word here this week that Richard Ward, a former resident of this city, died at his home in Granite City.  Mr. Ward resided here some 25 year ago and was well known by many of the older residents.

Rev. W. J. Ward was called to conduct the funeral of Mrs. Ora Aldred, which was held near Pulaski Sunday.  Deceased was a member of the Eastern Star and a number of that order attended.

Mrs. G. C. Trammell has returned from Kell, Ill., where she had been for several days, being called there on account of the death of her brother-in-law, and severe illness of her sister.  She left her sister greatly improved.

Friday, 23 Feb 1923:
After Considerable Questioning Admits to the Crime

Vinnie Tansel, a Mounds negress, admitted to an inquest held Tuesday morning that she shot Addie Tucker, a negress, of Future City, in front of Mrs. Allison’s home in North Mounds at 8 o’clock Saturday.  The verdict of murder was returned following the confession Tuesday morning of the Tansel woman. The woman is locked up in jail to await the action of the grand jury.

The motive for the killing was jealousy, according to the story told by the woman.  She had suspected her husband, Arit Tansel, of being too friendly with the Tucker woman and had gone to a house in north Mounds, where she believed her husband would be found with the woman.  She caught the couple together in the house and immediately began shooting.  As the Tucker woman ran from the house, the enraged woman shot her.  One story told by the woman was that she was shooting at her husband and not at the woman killed.

Chief Burnely and Deputy Sheriffs Walbridge and Wilson arrested the murderess Monday morning following an all-night hunt.  The officers received a tip that Men Meadows of Villa Ridge was at the house where the shooting occurred and knew all about it.  He was brought to Mounds and after much questioning admitted that he was present when the Tucker woman was killed and that Vinnie Tansel did the shooting.  Being confronted by the story of Meadows she weakened and finally confessed, having up to Tuesday vigorously denied the shooting.

Clyde Auld Killed by Train

Clyde G. Auld, 40 years old, of 3117 Virginia Place, East St. Louis, a foreman of a switching crew of the Missouri Pacific Railroad at Dupo, Ill., was fatally injured when he was struck by a string of cars, which had been detached from the engine.  He was placed on an engine and rushed to East St. Louis, but died before reaching there.  His lower limbs were badly mangled.  The remains were brought to Mounds Friday and taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Auld, the funeral being held Sunday afternoon at the home, Rev. G. E. Tucker conducting the services.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Deceased is survived by his widow, Mary, four small children, mother and three sisters of Mounds.  His widow will be remembered as Mrs. Nannie Crain Bruner, mother of Misses Dorris and Allie Bruner, former residents of this place.

Mrs. Eph Davidge Died

Mrs. Viola Davidge, age 36, died in the hospital at Anna, of a heart trouble.  She had been ill at her home in this city and was removed to the hospital two weeks ago for treatment.  She is survived by her husband, Eph Davidge, and two sisters, Mrs. Scroggins and Mrs. William McCormick, of this city.  The remains were brought to the home in this city Monday evening, and on Wednesday after a brief service conducted by Rev. W. J. Ward, the funeral cortege moved to Grand Chain, where the interment took place in a cemetery near that city.  Undertaker G. A. James was in charge.

Friday, 2 Mar 1923:
Quite a number from Grand Chain attended the funeral of the late Gus Bartleson, of Muskogee, Okla., which was held at Villa Ridge Sunday afternoon.

Fay Stone

Fay Stone, a prominent farmer of Villa Ridge, died Tuesday night at midnight, following an illness of several months.  Deceased was 51 years of age and had resided in Pulaski County for more than 25 years.  He is survived by his wife and six children.

C. F. Dishinger

___ Dishinger, born and reared to manhood in this city, died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Viola ___well in Mobile, Ala., at 7:30 o’clock Sunday evening, Feb. 25.  Deceased had been ill for  ___ time, having been obliged to give up his employment at the Marine Ways, where he worked as a blacksmith.  He went South ___ weeks ago, where he hoped to improve his health by the change of climate.  The disease advanced too far, for he suffered several hemorrhages, and began to decline rapidly.  His wife was summoned and with their children left Sunday afternoon for Mobile, but arrived too late, as death had come the night before her arrival.

If Mr. Dishinger had lived until March 10th, would have been 29 years of age.  Besides a wife and two children, ___ir and Marcella, he is survived by his father, Charles Dishinger, of this city, two brothers, Harry, of this city, and William, of Jacksonville, Fla.  He was a member of Mound City Lodge No. 197 Knights of Pythias and brothers of this lodge and of the Mobile lodge have given comforting assistance to the deceased and the bereaved relatives.

Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. J. B. Cummings conducting the service, which was followed by the services of the Knight of Pythias at the home and at the grave.

The funeral cortege moved to Beech Grove Cemetery in automobiles.

(Charles E. Dishinger married Lillie L. Simpson on 8 Jan 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Former Resident Passes Away in Oklahoma in 96th Year
A. C. Bartleson

Augustus C. Bartleson, one of the pioneer residents of Pulaski County, died Tuesday at his home in Oklahoma.  He was in his 96th year, and a brother of Capt. James Bartleson, formerly of Olmstead (now deceased).

He was born in Ohio on December 6, 1827, and removed to Pulaski County with his parents when he was 16 years old.  He engaged in farming and also the sawmill business and at the time was the owner of several thousand acres of Pulaski County land.  He was also engaged in the mercantile business at Oaktown, which was located where Karnak now stands.  Mr. Bartleson, with his father, enlisted in the Mexican War, his father having been killed in the Battle of Buena Vista.  After the war, Mr. Bartleson went to California, during the gold rush, and returning in 1857, he was elected sheriff of Pulaski County in 1858 and again in 1862, serving each time for two years.

The funeral services were held __nday at Villa Ridge and burial at the cemetery near that place.

(Augustus Bartleson was a private in Co. B, 2nd Illinois Infantry during the Mexican War.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Augustus C. Bartleson 1827-1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 9 Mar 1923:

Lafayette Stone, who passed away at his home at Villa Ridge Tuesday night, Feb. 27, was born in Alto Pass, April 9, 1872.  He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stone.  He was married to Miss Adah Lyerly, of Alto Pass, Jan. 12, 1897.  To this union seven children were born, one having died in infancy.  Those who survive him are Wayne J., Lowell V., Clyde L., Oren H., Elsie Evyln, and Flora.  He also leaves to mourn his loss one brother, William, of Phoenix, Ariz., and three sisters, Mrs. George Bonnell, and Miss Belle Stone of Mattoon, Ill., and Mrs. Alice Newbury, of Alto Pass.

Deceased had been a resident of Villa Ridge for the past twenty-five years and a highly respected citizen, a beloved father and companion.

(Lafayette Stone, son of William Stone and Sarah Rendleman, married Ada H. Lyerly on 12 Jan 1897, in Union Co., Ill.  William Stone married Sarah Rendleman on 16 Nov 1859, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Fay Stone Born April 9, 1872 Died Feb. 27, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Our people (Maple Valley) were very much shocked Tuesday morning to hear of the death of George A. Mallette, one of our most prominent and enterprising citizens, who died very sudden Tuesday morning.  We knew that his condition was serious, but surprised to hear of his death so soon.  His place will be hard to fill.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy.

(A marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Dongola reads:  George A. Malette 1867-1923.  Birdie Malette  1874-1917.—Darrel Dexter)

We were sorry to hear of the death of George Malette, one of our leading citizens of Dongola, he having been a merchant here for a long time.  And also of the death of Mrs. Rosh, who suffered a stroke of paralysis.  We extend our sympathy with their folk, who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Mrs. Edgar Miller and brother, Arthur Culp, of this city, and Mrs. Earnest Crain, of Villa Ridge, went to Anna Monday to attend the funeral of Uncle Joseph Culp.

(Joseph Culp, son of Henry Culp and Mary Powell, married Mary Jane Eaves on 15 Mar 1883, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Anna City Cemetery reads:  Joseph Culp Born Oct. 30, 1856 Died March 1, 1923.  Mary J. Culp his wife Born April 18, 1852.—Darrel Dexter)

William Dishinger, who accompanied the remains of his brother, Fred, here last week, and attended to the funeral arrangements has returned to his home in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dies in Hospital in Cairo
Body Removed to His Home for Burial.

John H. Hutton, age 21, who was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo Wednesday, following injury he received while employed at the Main Brothers Box & Lumber Co., at Karnak, Ill., died Thursday morning.

An inquest into the cause of Hutton’s death was held at the office of Coroner E. A. Burke, that afternoon.  The jury found that Hutton came to his death as a result the accident.  The body was shipped back to Karnak that afternoon by Undertaker Burke.

Hutton was injured while feeding a saw.  A board which he was holding against the saw kicked backward striking him in the abdomen.  He was not thought to be seriously injured immediately following the accident, but a short time later became worse.  Upon examination at the hospital it was found he was suffering from ruptured intestines and bladder.

Friday, 16 Mar 1923:
Gone to Rest

Charles Macel Williams, beloved son and baby child of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Williams, was born May 20, 1919.  Passed away to the bright home above March 12, 1923, aged 3 years, 9 months and 20 days.  He was a pleasant child with a sweet disposition and during his long illness of weeks, was patient and did not complain but very little.

He leaves to mourn his early departure, his father and mother, two sisters, and three brothers, also his four grandparents, with other relatives and many friends of the family.
We loved him, yes we loved him,

But the angels loved him more
And the Savior took him home with Him

To yonder shining shore.

Willis Warner Wright, son of Oscar and Laura Wright, was born Aug. 18, 1921, age 1 year, 6 months and 18 days.  Besides father and mother, she leaves three brothers and three sisters to mourn the loss of the departed one.  He had been sick for six weeks, but he bore his illness with patience and when the time came for the soul to take its flight to Heaven, those present hardly realized he was gone.  Funeral services were conducted by Elder H. W. Karraker at Mt. Zion Thursday.

The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. (Maple Valley)

(His marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Willis son of Oscar & Laura Wright 1921-1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Called by Death of a Sister

Mrs. P. A. Dunsworth has returned from Sagus, Mo., where she attended the funeral of her sister, Mrs. John Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson was formerly Miss Flora Yoakum, of this city.

Old Veteran Answers Taps

William Martin, a veteran of the Civil War, passed away at five minutes past four this Friday morning at his home in this city, after an illness of several months.  He was 80 years old Feb. 5th, and had been in feeble health for some time.  He served with distinction in the navy.

Deceased leaves a widow, three sons, William, George and Edward, two daughters, Mrs. Harry Lawler and Miss Blanche, and an adopted son, Joe Tharpe.  He was well known by nearly all residents here and numbered his friends by the score.

Funeral services will be held from the home at 2:00 o’clock Saturday morning, Rev. Clinton Cromwell conducting the services, interment taking place in the National Cemetery.

(Harry C. Lawler married Anna E. Martin on 4 Nov 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Walter Kittle Dies in California

Walter Kittle, a former Mound City boy, died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. W. O. Oliver, in Colton, Calif., Sunday, March 11th.  He was about 40 years of age and unmarried.  Walter, who was familiarly known as “Bud,” left for California about four years ago and had adopted the golden west as his abiding place.  He leaves a brother, Albert, of this city, and many other near relatives.  It is said he was ill only a brief time.  The body was interred near that place.

Friday, 23 Mar 1923:
Card of Thanks

We desire to express our thanks for the kind sympathy and assistance tendered by the many friends and neighbors during the bereavement of our husband and father, William Martin, Sr.  Also we feel deeply appreciative for the beautiful flowers and service rendered.
Mrs. William Martin, Sr., and family

Mrs. C. E. Livesay joined by her sister, Mrs. Met Quarrels, of Mounds, went to Vienna Saturday where they attended the funeral of Mrs. John Brown.

J. H. Cobbs was called to Russellville, Ky., last week on account of the serious illness of his father.  The latter passed away before the son arrived at his bedside.

Another Veteran Passes Away

William W. Hough, a Civil War veteran, passed away at 2 o’clock Thursday morning, age 79 years.  He had been ill for several weeks and in feeble health for some time.  Deceased came to Mound City April 9, 1867, and had been a continuous resident ever since.  November 25, 1873, he was married to Miss Fannie Schafer, of this city, who survives him.  No children were born to this union and the near relatives are a brother, who resides in Detroit, another brother and a sister who live in Indianapolis, Ind., four cousins, Mrs. Florence Halliday, Jack Morris, Alexander and William Fraser, of Cairo.  He was a charter member of Mound City Lodge 197 Knights of Pythias and the comforts of the lodge were extended to him during his last days.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Clinton Cromwell conducting the services.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

(Will H. Hough married Fannie Shafer on 26 Nov 1873, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Samuel Statts Halliday married Florence M. Morris on 26 Dec 1893, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

At Rest in National Cemetery

The funeral services over the body of the late William Martin were held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the home.  Rev. Clinton Cromwell conducted the services.  Interment took place in the National Cemetery and the cortege consisted of the bereaved relatives and large number of friends of the deceased and family.  The floral tributes were beautiful and many and “the colors” were buried with the body.

Friday, 30 Mar 1923:

I wish to express my appreciation for the sympathy extended to me during the sickness and death of my dear husband, also the beautiful floral offerings will be a bright spot in my memory.  The services at the grave by the K. of P.’s was certainly appreciated, many thanks to friends furnishing cars.  Sincerely,
Mrs. Fannie L. Hough

Negro Shot

William Welch, age 22, a negro, was shot and seriously wounded four miles west of Olmstead, Tuesday night by Fred Clemons, another negro.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo and is reported to be in a serious condition.

Just reported at this writing that Henderson Rose (colored) is dead.  The community has lost a good citizen and one that will be very much missed. (Olmstead)

(Henderson Rose born Feb. 8, 1859, in Kentucky, son of Jake Rose, died March 27, 1923, and was buried in Caledonia Cemetery.  His wife at his death was Martha Rose.  Henderson Rose married Mrs. Nancy Conner on 1 Jan 1884, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Prominent Pulaski Man Dies

T. T. Turner, who for many years has been agent for the Illinois Central Railroad at Pulaski, Ill., died Saturday morning at 2:30 o’clock.  Funeral services were held in Pulaski Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock.  The body being taken to Mt. Vernon, where interment took place Tuesday.

Mr. Turner was well known throughout the county.  He leaves a wife and a daughter.

Mrs. Max Roberson, of Denver, Col., arrived Wednesday, being called here on account of the death of her mother, Mrs. Allie Sadler.

Dies After Long Illness

Mrs. Allie Sadler, who has been ill for the past 18 months, passed away at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  She was 45 years and one month old, having been born in Williamson County Feb. 25, 1878.

Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Max Roberson, of Denver, Colo., and Miss Ethel Stevens, of this city.  She also leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wright, and a brother, Rue Wright, of Mound City, and a sister, Mrs. Artie Weaver, of Mt. Carmel.  All of her immediate relatives, with the exception of the daughter in Denver, were at her bedside when she passed away.
Funeral services were held at 1 o’clock Tuesday from the home.  Rev. W. J. Ward officiated.  Burial taking place at Grand Chain, the funeral cortege moved to the burial ground in automobiles, directed by G. A. James.

Infant Daughter Dies

Mary Viola, age 14 months, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Britt, died at 1 p.m. Friday at their home in this city.  The little one had been ill with measles, but later developed pneumonia.

The remains were taken Sunday to the Concord Cemetery near Pulaski, where the interment took place, Rev. J. B. Cummins conducting the services and G. A. James, the undertaker in charge.


Friday, 6 Apr 1923:

Brought Here for Burial

Mrs. Myrtle Cudy, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away suddenly at her home Saturday night in that city.  She was brought here to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hayes, and funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.  Interment taking place in Villa Ridge cemetery.

Little Daughter Dies

Mary Lee Koen, age 2 years, 4 months and 20 days old, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Keen, Friday.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home, Rev. W. J. Ward conducting the services.  Burial in the Beech Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Maddox Dies in Cairo

Mrs. M. M. Maddox passed away at her home in Cairo Saturday night, and the remains were laid to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery Monday afternoon.  She was a former resident of this city and many from here attended the services and the burial at the cemetery.

In Memoriam William W. Hough

___ early hour on the morning of Thursday, March 22, ___ were thrown ajar. William W. Hough passed from mortality to immortality at the advanced age of 79, after a long and ___ life.  Oh! Death, where is thy sting?  Oh! Grave, where is thy victory?  

___coming to Mound City ___ early manhood, Mr. Hough ___ home here and for more than a half a century has been identified with its business life, __ for the past years had been active service, devoted ___ life to his real estate ___ in this city.  During ___ residence here, he has ___ of Mound City’s ___ advocates, always ___ her highest interest ___ given the warmest ___ and esteem of her ___.

___Hough married in this city ___ 26, 1873, Miss Fannie ___, a granddaughter of ___ Goodlowe, one of the ___ and builders of ___ and inseparably bound ___ has been the life of ___husband and the wife now left to mourn his loss.  Given no children of his own, he ___ was loved by each ____ group of school boys, ___ now grown to manhood ___ back upon hours ____ their older yet ever ___ comrade and friend as n__ memories of their  childhood.

___ o’clock Saturday afternoon March 24th, after a short ___ prayer, at the home ___ flower, beautiful tri___.  The flower laden ___ was taken to St. Peter’s Church.  Mr. and Mrs. Hough have worshipped for __ years, both as sweethearts and as husband and wife, __ with relatives and ___ to the solemn service of the church, ___ chor and Rector ____ Clinton B. Cromwell.  ___ following this service ___interurban car, bearing the funeral cortege, left for Beech Grove Cemetery, where in ___ lot was laid to rest the remains of this good man.  ___ remains to the graveside were Messrs. ___enship, Albert Mertz, ___ __ts, H. A. Mason, J. T. ____, Tom Darragh.  All _____ of the Mound City ___ 197 Knights of Pythias which Mr. Hough was a member.  Gathered around the grave were many Knights, while Mr. C. S. ___ led the impressive burial __ of that order.  Following ___ Mr. Cromwell read ___tal service of the ___ in the bright sunshine with the covering of ___ beautiful immortal left him in the city of  ___

___ resurrection and the ___ the Lord, he that be___ me, though he we dead, yet shall he live:  and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die.

Honorary pallbearers were:  ____ ___ce, L. D. Stophlet, G. ___, W. E. Sheerer, W. T. _____, W. S. Sanderson, B. _____ and W. T. Kennedy


Walter Huston Kittle, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Oliver, was laid to rest this morning in ___ cemetery, following the funeral services held at the ____ chapel.  In a flower ___ rested all that was ___ this good man and ___ beautiful tributes of ____ around the casket ___ and wonderful and fra___ time blooms, which ___ given a giant ray of _____ the hearts of those who were bowed in sadness Harry Leeds, pastor of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. R. T. Yates, rector of ___ Grace Episcopal Church conducted the service.  

He spoke of the certainty of the resurrection and the immortality of the soul.  ”I am the resurrection and the Life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall live.”  Rev. Yates made the comforting prayer and recited the beautiful poem of Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar.”  ”Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me.  And may there be no moaning of the bar, when I cast out to sea.”  He said that our poets were the sweetest teachers of immortality.  Softly through the silence came the sweet words, “Lead Kindly Light,” sung by Mrs. Anna Jackson and Mrs. George Kinman.  Following the prayer and benediction by Dr. Leeds, the beautiful comforting hymn, “Sometime We’ll Understand,” was sung in conclusion with Mrs. Kate Morris McHargue at the piano.  A wonderfully beautiful piece stood at the head of the casket, a gift and tender remembrance of the California Portland Cement employees with whom the deceased had spent many happy days.

The floral piece was a “Gate Ajar” with a pink and lavender arch of sweet peas while the gates and the Eastern Star which was placed on top were fashioned of pure white sweet peas.  This article piece was the work of the local florist and was a beautiful remembrance.

The Women’s Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church sent a lovely spray of pink and white carnations and the pastor’s Aid Society gave a beautiful spray of pink and white sweet peas.  Bearing the remains to the quiet graveside were Ernest Hendrickson, O. L. Carter, Eugene Stout, A. S. Lewis, F. H. Stone and J. B. Haller.
“Sweet memories we all hold fast

Shall bloom for us in Heaven.”
Taken from a California paper.

Friday, 20 Apr 1923:

Thomas Moran, of 2211 Pine Street in Cairo, died suddenly Saturday morning at 8:30 o’clock at his home.  He was on his way to business stopping at Heinie’s Cafe, 2013 Washington Avenue, where he was taken suddenly very ill.  A doctor was called at once and Mr. Moran was driven to his home in a taxi cab, dying in about twenty minutes after arriving there.

Mr. Moran was born and reared in Mound City and was 48 years old.  He was employed at the Halliday elevator.  He was not married and made his home with his mother, Mrs. Mary Moran.  Besides his mother, he is survived by his twin sister, Miss Mollie Moran, and sister, Mrs. John P. Greaney, brother, John Moran, and half-brother, Edward Dyas.

Mr. Moran’s mother has been seriously ill for some time and the shock was especially great to her as well as to the other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Church, Father James Gillen officiating.  A special Illinois Central train left after the services for Villa Ridge, where interment was made in Calvary Cemetery.  The floral offerings were abundant and the services were largely attended.

The pallbearers were:  Ernest Nordman, Heinie Eichoc, Frank Fitzgerald, Gus Swoboda, Harold Fitzgerald, Gus Swoboda, Harold Hessian, Albert Mertz, Raymond, Aydt, and Edward Shannahan.

(Thomas Moran married Mrs. Mary Dice on 10 Oct 1869, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  His marker in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Thomas Moran 1873-1923  Son.—Darrel Dexter)

Funeral services for the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Egner, who was killed by lightning last week was held at the Catholic church here (Grand Chain) Sunday afternoon, conducted by the priest, buried in the Catholic cemetery here. 

Young Lad Killed by Lightning

Roy Egner, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Egner, who resides four miles west of Olmstead, was struck by lightning Friday at noon and instantly killed.  The lad, who was at the home of an aunt, stood under an oak tree, from which hung a swing fastened by chains.  A bolt of lightning struck the oak tree near the top and descending followed a branch to which the swing was fastened and down the chain the lad receiving the entire charge as it descended.  Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Grand Chain Sunday.  Father Moorman conducting the services.  Interment taking place in the Catholic cemetery nearby.  G. A. James of this city prepared the body for burial and conducted the interment.

(His marker in St. Catherine Cemetery at Grand Chain reads:  Roy D. Egner 1911-1922.—Darrel Dexter)

Dies Suddenly in the West

__dert M. Gray, General Manager of the Olympic Transfer and Fuel Company died suddenly Easter Sunday evening at his home, 3810 10th ___ at 10:05 o’clock.

Mr. Gray had been feeling unwell and had attended ___ services at the University Methodist Episcopal Church of which he was a member at 7 and 11 a.m.  In the afternoon, with his family he ventured to Kent to visit the ___ of his brother, and re___ was enjoying a pleasant ___ing.

Returning about 9 o’clock he __ to his wife that he __ exceptionally well.  About ___ was seized with an attack of acute indigestion and ___ intensely for a few minutes, being taken to the ___ for a moment, he fell __ into the arms of his ___, S. A. Gray, of the ___ Transfer and Fuel Company.

Mr. Gray was reared on a ___ in Illinois.  He taught in the public schools of his native state for five years.  For a ___ was agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company at Mound City, Ill., later he was promoted to assistant attendant for the company at Murphysboro, Ill., where for ___ years he continued in that ____.

___ning from the Metropolitan __ moved to El Modena.  ___ here he continued his insurance business for several years with other companies.  About __ven years ago he came ___ and was associated ___ West Coat Insurance Company until two years ago.  ___mtime he formed the ___ Transfer and Fuel Company with his brother and ___ general manager at his ___.  He was an active worker in the University Commer____.

Mr. Gray was forty-two years old.  He leaves his wife, five ____, seven brothers and ___ sisters.  The funeral services will be held next Sunday ___ at his own church, University Methodist Episcopal at 3 o’clock.  Later the body will be taken to California for burial.—Taken from a California paper

Friday, 27 Apr 1923:
Joe Layton mourns the death of a sister, Mrs. Anna Mason, who died in Memphis of pneumonia, Tuesday evening.  Deceased was 44 years of age.  The remains were brought to Cairo and on Friday the funeral services were held.  Interment at Wickliffe.

Friday, 4 May 1923:
Mrs. Lena Benton

Mrs. Lena Benton, age 67 years and 11 months, died Saturday morning at her home in the north part of the city.  She had been ill for several months.  Deceased leaves a husband, Samuel Benton, and two sons, George and Robert Burns, by a former marriage.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, Rev. W. J. Ward of the Baptist church conducting the services.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.  G. A. James was in charge.

Bessie Billingsley

Bessie Billingsley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Billingsley, age 18 years, 5 months and 19 days, passed away at her home on Commercial Avenue, Saturday evening at 7 o’clock.  Deceased had been ill for several months, and notwithstanding her illness was a devout member of the Salvation Army.  Funeral services were held at Cache Chapel Sunday morning at 9 o’clock by members of the Salvation Army of Cairo.  Interment in the cemetery nearby.  The cortège moved in automobiles with G. A. James in charge.
Deceased is survived by her parents, three sisters and three brothers, who have the sympathy of neighbors and friends in their bereavement.

(O. F. Billingsley, 27, son of Walter Billingsley and Julia Brown, married Lyda Thompson, 24, daughter of William Thompson and Fanny Tucker, on 6 Jun 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Thomas Disbennet

Thomas Disbennet, an invalid for several years, died at his home in this city, Sunday evening at 8 o’clock.  He leaves a wife, a brother, at Caruthersville, Mo., a sister of West Frankfort and a father in Indiana of near kin, besides several other relatives.  Deceased was 44 years of age.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. W. J. Ward conducted the services.  Burial in Beech Grove Cemetery, the body being laid by the side of his mother.  Undertaker G. A. James was in charge.

(Thomas Disbennett, 20, married Maggie Thurston, 15, on 1 Dec 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Lad Hops Truck, Fatally Hurt

Sylvester Williams, a 21-year-old negro, was fatally hurt Monday, when he attempted to get aboard a Cairo Food Products truck, and pulled an ice cream packer, weighing 150 pounds, out upon himself.  He fell on the street with the packer upon him and he was so badly crushed that he was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary and died at 4 o’clock.  The accident happened on upper Main Street near Beaver’s Store shortly before noon.

Friday, 11 May 1923:
Aged Preacher Dies
Villa Ridge, Ill.
May 1, 1923

Brother Edward Fowles was born in the state of Georgia, the year of 1818; he departed this life April 28, 1923; he was 105 years old.  He professed hope in Christ about 52 years ago and joined the Love Joy Baptist Church.  He has been an ordained minister about 38 years.  He lived a Christian life and was a dutiful member to his church until he was taken ill about 3 years ago and he seemed to bear his illness with patience and said all the time he was just trusting and waiting on the Lord.  He was about the oldest colored resident in the community.  On the morning he ceased, before he got up, he began singing.  The first song was “Let’s Go Down the Valley to Pray,” and the second was, “My Lord Says There’s Room Enough for Me.”  He got up and stayed up nearly all day until just before the end came, he pulled his clothes off and his companion helped him in the bed and in a few moments he was gone.  He wanted to talk to the family and tell them he felt his time drawing nigh.  He told his companions to tell his sister he was prepared to go and the only thing he dreaded was to leave his wife behind, but he was ready anytime.  He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, one sister and a host of friends and relatives.  It is our loss and heaven’s gain from the Love Joy Church.

Sleep on dear father, sleep on and take you rest.  We love you, but God loves you vest.
A. C.

Black Cow Cause of Trouble

Lucy Adams is the daughter of Lewis Kedley.  She is no more John Adams’ wife, as she is divorced from him by Heaven also by earth.  Her father was killed at Grand Chain by a train.  A black cow was also killed at the same time.

W. H. Brelsford Passes Away

W. H. Brelsford, age 62 years, passed away at his home in Pulaski at 4:20 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Brelsford was a well-known and successful conductor and resided in Mounds for many years.  He had been in bad health for many months and had located in the rural district in the hope of recuperating his health.  He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. B. Camp, of Memphis, a son, Carroll S. Brelsford, of Johnston City, a sister, Miss Effie Brelsford, of Cairo, and a brother, M. D. Brelsford, of America.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Congregational Church in Mounds, Rev. G. E. Tucker conducting the services.  Members of Ascalon Lodge No. 173 Knights of Pythias of Cairo had charge of the services at the grave.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

(William H. Brelsford married Mary B. Overton on 27 Dec 1886, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 18 May 1923:
Two Men, Two Children Burned to Death

             Lee “Nappy” Roach, 27 years, and Ben Gaffney, age 36, and two little nieces of Roach, Millerine and Cecil White, were pinned beneath an automobile and burned to death when the car (a Hupmobile roadster) plunged down the embankment on the road between the interurban track and National Cemetery, at about 4:40 o’clock Friday afternoon.  It is evident that Roche, who was driving, lost control and the car left the road and turned turtle completely over, pinning the occupants beneath it.

An 8-year-old son of Gaffney, who was riding on the running board of the car, was thrown into a slump of bushes and was only slightly hurt.

Henry Titus, of Mounds, was the first on the scene after the accident.  The screams of the boy and the horrible cries of the human torches attracted him to the spot, but the heat was so intense that he could not get near enough to make a rescue.

Roach is survived by a wife, two sisters and a mother, and Griffney by his wife and son.  Burials take place Saturday afternoon.

Colored Resident Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Maggie Tansil, aged 54 years, a well-known colored resident, died suddenly Sunday evening as she was about to enter her home.  She had been serving as a nurse at various homes in our city and she had just left a home to retire for the evening.  A husband and a son survive her, both being in Chicago at the time.  A sister and a brother also survive the deceased.  Funeral services were held Thursday and interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

(Monroe Tansil, 34, married Maggie Hudson, 25, on 19 Dec 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday 25 May 1923:
Mrs. James Keller passed away May 18, after a long painful illness. Her remains were taken to Dongola for interment.  Rev. Henry Karraker had charge of the funeral, which was held in the Baptist church at Dongola.


Two Men and Two Small Children Are Victims of an Accident

Ben Gaffney and Lee “Nappy” Roach and two little children, Millerine and Cecil White, were pinned beneath an automobile, a Hupmobile roadster, plunged down the embankment on the road between the Interurban tract and National Cemetery, at about 4:45 o’clock Friday afternoon.  It is evident that Gaffney, who was driving, lost control and the car left the road and turned turtle completely over, pinning the occupants beneath it.
The dead:
Ben Gaffney, age 36, switchman
Lee “Nappy” Roach, age 27, switchman
Millerine White, age 4
Cecil White, age 2 1/2 years

Coming east on the gravel road a short distance beyond the National Cemetery, a car with four occupants plunged down the embankment, pinning all four occupants beneath it where all were burned to death, as flames resulting from a bursted gasoline tank which enveloped the car.

The eight-year-old son of Gaffney was riding on the running board of the car, and was hurled into a clump of bushes, escaping injury, said that the car was not speeding and that it had “gone over,” as the driver was looking back.  The boy screamed for help, but before anyone arrived, flames had spread over the car, making rescue impossible and leaving those who had no choice, but to listen to the screams of the dying.

Henry Titus, of Mounds, was the first one the scene after the accident.  The screams of the boy and the horrible cries of the human torches attracted hi to the spot, but the heat was so intense that he could not get near enough to make a rescue.

Roach is survived by a wife, two sisters, a mother and a grandmother, and Gaffney by his wife and son.

An inquest was held Friday night by Coroner P. T. Hudson, of Pulaski County, the verdict being death by accident.

The funeral services Ben Gaffney, Lee Roach, Millerine and Cecil White, were held at the congregational church Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. C. Esque, pastor of the Christian Church, who was a friend of the family.  At the  __of the services the procession wended its way to Beech Grove Cemetery, where interment was made.

The brotherhood of Railway Switchman of which the men were members conducted the services at the grave.

An Aged Woman Dies

Mrs. Lucy Wortham, age 53 years, an aged colored woman, died at her home in Diamond Street, Saturday. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon.  Burial at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Former Resident Passes Away

Friends here have received word of the death of Mrs. Mollie Pollard, formerly of this city.  Her death occurred at the home of her brother, George Cordingly, in Chicago, at which place the body was cremated.

(George G. Pollard married Mary E. Cardingley on 6 May 1882, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

Former County Judge Dies

Judge D. Bristow, for three terms county judge of this county, passed away at Paris, Ill., last Sunday, where he made his home with his son, George Bristow, state’s attorney of Edgar County.

Judge Bristow was elected county judge of this county in 1894 and re-elected in 1898 and in 1902.  Four years later he was defeated for renomination and later removed to Metropolis, where he made his home until a few years ago, when he removed to Paris, Ill.

News of the death of John Bristow at his home in Paris, Ill., reached here (Grand Chain) Sunday.  The deceased will be remembered by our old residents, having resided here years ago and for several years an invalid.

Mrs. Louise Diepenbrock was called to Jefferson City, Mo., this week, because of the illness and death of a relative.

We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Ridge, who died suddenly last Thursday.  She was laid to rest Sunday in the Hinkle Cemetery.  (Maple Valley)

(William A. Ridge married Sarah F. Noble on 4 Jul 1872, in Pope Co., Ill.  Her marker in Hinkle Cemetery near Dongola reads:  Sarah F. Ridge 1854-1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Brother-in-Law Dies

Mrs. George Betts received a message stating that her brother-in-law, Charles Wrennenburg, died at his home in Louisville, Ky.  Mr. Wrennenburg was a former resident of this city and was employed as a salesman in G. F. Meyer’s store.  He leaves a wife and a son.  Rev. Wrennenburg.  His widow was formerly Miss Alice Stoltz and resided here.

(Charles W. Rennenberg married Alice Stoltz on 17 Feb 1886, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter0

Friday, 1 Jun 1923:
Drowns Himself in River

Ben Edmonds, an old colored resident, who had been missing since Friday and for whom his friends had been making a diligent search, the body was found in the rive near the Hendrix Mill Tuesday afternoon.  It is supposed in a fit of despondency over illness, he ended his existence by drowning.  His actions previous to his disappearance bear out the theory.  The body was buried Wednesday morning.

Friday, 11 Jun 1923:
Grand Chain Lad Killed

Bonnard Breazelle, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Breazelle, of Grand Chain, was killed Saturday morning when alone in a field with a team hitched to a harrow appeared that the team ran away and trampled over him or kicked him to death.

He was found by an older brother lifeless, with a wound on his head.

The body was taken to Joppa where burial took place and a number from Grand Chain attended the funeral.

Dies in St. Louis

The remains of Mrs. George Ashworth, who passed in St. Louis, were brought to Mounds Sunday morning and the interment took place in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Rev. J. B. Cummins of this city conducting the services.  Deceased leaves one husband of this city.

Farmer Killed by Mule

Cal Eller, a farmer living three miles east of Grand Chain, was kicked by a mule last ___day, died Wednesday from his injuries.  He was not thought at first to be seriously injured.  He leaves a wife and four children.

(His marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery near Grand Chain reads:  James Calvin Eller 1871-1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 15 Jun 1923:
Villa Ridge Lady Dies in Cairo

Mrs. Emma Parker, age 71 years, whose home was in Villa Ridge, died at 4:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s Infirmary, where she had been a patient for the past three weeks following a surgical operation.

Surviving her are her daughter, Mrs. Albert Fite, of Villa Ridge, and a son, Otis Parker, of Pulaski.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon in Pulaski.

(James F. Parker married Emma A. Atherton on 3 Oct 1869, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Otis Imon Parker married Anna Marie Stringer on 19 Nov 1901, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

The funeral of Cal Eller was held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the Christian church.  Deceased’s death caused by mule kicking him.  There were many in attendance at the funeral. (Grand Chain)

Friday, 22 Jun 1923:
Fred Williams, age 36, a colored resident who had resided here for the past 12 years and longer died Saturday morning of consumption.  Burial took pace at cemetery near Olmstead.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. George Gurley who died Saturday morning with a stroke of paralysis.  (Maple Valley)

(George Gurley married Ollie Penrod, daughter of Calvin Penrod and Miss Lewellin, on 30 Dec 1894, in Union Co., Ill.  Her marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  Olive B. Gurley 1871-1923 Mother—Darrel Dexter)

Man Hit by Auto in Cairo Dies Saturday

Harvey Hill, 25 years old, of this city, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at 11:15 o’clock Saturday night of injuries sustained when he was struck by an automobile at Seventh Street and Commercial Avenue, at 9:05 o’clock Saturday night.

Hill was knocked down by the automobile driven by E. A. Hickcox of Twenty-fourth Street, an employee of Armour & Co., as he ran into the street to board an interurban car.  The car did not stop at Seventh Street.

Patrolman Lamburth, who was directing traffic at Eighth and Commercial, hurried to the scene and sent Hill to the hospital.  He reported that Hill told him Hickcox was not to blame for the accident, as he was driving about eight miles an hour and could not have seen him until he darted in front of the automobile.

Hill was not believed to have been seriously injured.  He had bruises on his hip and cuts believed to have been caused by a bottle broken in his pocket.  A physician stated that he was internally injured, but not until he lapsed into unconsciousness was it realized that he was fatally hurt.

The body was taken to Wickliffe Sunday afternoon and buried in the city cemetery Monday from the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry Bass.  He is survived by his wife and one child, mother and sister.

Mr. E. A. Hickcox was exonerated by a coroner jury at an inquest conducted Sunday by Coroner E. A. Burke.

Friday, 29 Jun 1923:
Old Colored Resident Dies

Mrs. Emma Edney, an aged colored resident, died Sunday from cancer.  She was 70 years of age and had been a resident of this city ever since she was 12 years of age.  She leaves a large number of relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

(Alfred Edney married Emma Clark on 19 Oct 1871, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 13 Jul 1923:
E. W. McClelland Dies at 80

Edwin W. McClelland, a pioneer of Brazil, Ind., and a former resident of this city, died Sunday afternoon after an illness of several weeks, at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 26 days.  Deceased was taken ill last October and had since been unable to leave the house.

Mr. McClelland located in this city, where he engaged in the hotel business for a number of years.  He also served twelve years as county clerk of Pulaski County.  Deceased served in the Civil War, being a member of Company E of the 155th Ohio Infantry.  His only fraternal connection was the Knights of Pythias, being a member of the Mound City Lodge No. 197.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. James McNutt, Sr., Mrs. Harriet Brattin, and Miss Lucy McClelland, of Brazil.  He was the last of four brothers of whom one brother, Frank McCelland, died at Sullivan, Ind., a week ago, another brother, James H. McClelland, died in Brazil over a year ago and a third brother died many years ago.

Mrs. McClelland died several years ago.

The funeral services were held at the residence at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  Dr. S. S. Aikman, of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Interment at Cottage Hill Cemetery.

Friday, 20 Jul 1923:
Lad Unable to Swim Gets Beyond His Depth and Drowns.

Innice Badgley, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Badgley, was drowned Sunday evening between four and five o’clock, while in swimming at the mouth of the Blue Branch Bayou, about a quarter of a mile east of Grand Chain Landing.  Innice and Vernie, his brother, and Luther Fields, were in the water together when Innice was caught in the current and swept out into the river  Bernie and Luther endeavored to rescue him but the body was carried away by the rapid under current.  His brother, in attempting to rescue him, narrowly escaped death.  Rescue parties were immediately summoned to locate the body, but it was not recovered until 8 o’clock Monday morning and was found about 20 feet from where the body went down.  The body was removed to the home and an inquest held.

Innice was born August 19, and was 14 years, 10 months and 26 days of age.  He became a member of the Congregational Church of Grand Chain January 15, 1923, from that time on he has been a true, faithful and loyal child to his Christ.  He leaves to mourn his death, a father, a mother, one sister and one brother, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Guy Harris, Luther Fields, Norman Eddleman, James Bartleson, and Imon Badgley, being great friends to Innice and the ones he loved so well, and chummed with, were the pallbearers.  The flower girls were Louise Talley, Katherine Evers, Hellen Crippen, Hortense Diepenbrock, Ina May King and May Snider.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. R. Belknap, pastor of the Congregational Church of Grand Chain.  The body was laid to rest in the Grand Chain Cemetery.

The grieved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends of the loss of their dear boy.  May God in heaven bless them and keep them from all sin and when they reach the golden gate may the angels let them in.

Dies at St. Mary’s Hospital

Miss Mildred Lewis, age 20, died Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cairo, following a surgical operation.  The young woman who was a beloved young lady, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Lewis, of Villa Ridge.  She was a teacher in the grade schools of our city last year and was appointed to teach room 3 of the Lowell School for the coming term.

(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa Ridge reads:  Mildred V. Lewis 1902-1923.—Darrel Dexter)

The 18-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald died Saturday evening and was buried Sunday afternoon in St. Mary’s Cemetery near Mounds.  G. A. James was in charge.

Mound Citian Dies Suddenly in Texas City

William A. Montgomery, formerly of this city, and who was an undertaker here, and at Mounds, for a number of years, died early Sunday morning at his home in Breckinridge, Texas.

According to Associated Press dispatch from Breckinridge, Montgomery went to his undertaking establishment late Saturday night, dressed him for interment, laid on the embalming table and drank poison.  His body was found by friends who made a search, following his failure to return to his home.
Deceased leaves a mother, Mrs. Jennie Montgomery, of this city, a brother, Vivian, who left last week for California, a sister, Mrs. P. A. Niegren, of Hannibal, Mo., and a wife, the latter accompanied the remains here for interment.

Funeral services were held at the James’ undertaking parlors in Mounds at 10 o’clock Thursday, only the immediate family, a few friends of the family were in attendance.  Rev. Joel Burgess conducted the services.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Mr. Montgomery was a K. of P., his only fraternal connection.

Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Negren, of Hannibal, Mo., arrived Monday evening, being called here by the death of the latter’s brother, W. A. Montgomery.

Friday, 27 Jul 1923:
Father Mumbour, who was a pastor of St. Mary’s Parish here for a number of years, died in St. Louis last week in a hospital which he has gone for treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Nigren have returned to their home in Hannibal, Mo.,  Mr. and Mrs. Nigren were called to Mound City on account of the death of the latter’s brother, W. A. Montgomery.

O. J. Jackson, who was called to Galesburg last week on account of the death of his father, D. A. Jackson, returned Friday, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Alice Jackson.

A funeral service of Mrs. Ike Tharp and an all-day dinner was held at the colored M. E. church Sunday.  (Perks—left out from last week)

(Ike Tharp, son of Solomon Tharp, married Alice Bell, daughter of George and Mariah Bell, on 28 Jun 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Both were natives of Henry Co., Tenn.—Darrel Dexter)

Mrs. W. A. Montgomery who accompanied the remains of her husband to Mounds has returned to her home in Breckenridge, Texas.  She was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Vivian Montgomery.

Funeral of Mildred Lewis

Funeral services for Miss Mildred Lewis, who died at St. Mary’s Infirmary, in Cairo, Thursday, were held at the family residence in Villa Ridge Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. O. F. Culver, pastor of the Methodist Church.  The services were largely attended and a profusion of beautiful (flowers) were sent by sympathetic friends.

Widow Made Sole Heiress

The will of Thomas Higgins has been filed and probated.  The entire estate was left to his widow, Mrs. Annie Higgins.

Mrs. Cole Seriously Ill

W. J. Biggerstaff, of Mounds, was called to Orleans, Ill., Monday night on account of the illness of his mother, Mrs. J. W. Cole, who is in her 93rd year.

Undertaker Found Dead in Morgue
By Was Shipped to Mound City for Burial.

The following taken from the Breckenridge (Tex) Daily American of July 16, 1923:

W. A. Montgomery, age 42, ___ undertaker here, was found dead about 2 o’clock Sunday morning in the morgue of his establishment.

The body was on the “dead table” where he had embalmed the bodies of many persons since he entered the undertaking business here several months ago.  A ____ that had contained carbolic acid was found nearby and his ___ was raised, stiff in death, ___ death came suddenly as the ___ was turned loose.
Deceased had stripped himself, having on only fresh underwear and hose.  He had greased his lips and mouth and there were no external burns from the acid.

He and his wife had gone to their apartment across the street from the undertaking establishment to retire.  He is said to have left the room after a little ___ and went to the Pierce Store and then went to the undertaking parlors and broke open the door, his wife having the key at the apartment.

After an hour and a half or two hours, it is said, Mrs. Montgomery telephoned the office and getting no reply went to the ____ and found all the lights burning and the body of her husband on the morgue embalming table cold in death.

A coroner’s inquest by justice of the Peace J. W. Castleman rendered the verdict that the man took his own life.  No note was found and Mrs. Montgomery ___ the cause as ill health.

Deceased had appeared to be in ___ spirits the day before, but at 9:45 that evening returning from the railroad station where he had gone to ship the body of a man to another city for burial, he is said to have had a collision with an automobile, ____ his fine new hearse that he had purchased only a few days before.  The corner ___ that he had purchased fifteen cents worth of carbolic acid at the drug store about 11 o’clock.

Deceased had been in the meat ____ business until a fire ___ his place of business and ___ of one or two store ad___ last winter.  When the building was rebuilt he opened the undertaking establishment.  Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery have many friends in this city.

Deceased was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge which will conduct a brief service at the chapel tonight at 8 o’clock before the body is shipped to Mound City.

__ C. Smith, an undertaker, and traveling salesman for the Memphis Coffin Co., whose who m ___ Childress, and who has __ for the Montgomery Undertaking Company here at in___ is when Mr. Montgomery __ Breckenridge last night at 3 1.m. ___ of the city, arrived in ___ and announced to the Daily American today that he will take charge and operate the establishment.

Friday, 3 Aug 1923:

We desire to extend our sincere thanks to our friends for their sympathy and kindness shown us in the long illness and loss of our mother and grandmother.  Especially we thank Rev. Burgess, those who furnished music, those who loaned their automobiles, and those who sent flowers.
Mr. W. J. Biggerstaff and Family
Rev. and Mrs. Pease and Family
Mr. and Mrs. George Keller and family

In Memory of the Soldier Dead

The Pulaski County Memorial Association is desirous of obtain the name of all Soldiers in Pulaski County who were killed in action or died in the service for the purpose of having same inscribed on a monument to be erected and unveiled in Mound City on Armistice Day, November 11th, 1923.

The following are the names of soldiers known to have died in service or to have been killed in action in the World War.
Sherman Bell, Pulaski
Stephen A. Carney, Ullin
Charles B. Crippen, Ullin
W. Floyd Derr, Mound City
George S. Lampley, Villa Ridge
Robert Meals, Ullin
Roy Mekort, Grand Chain
Henry Reese, villa Ridge
George Ross, Pulaski
Ralph Vick, Ullin
Nelson, Willis, Mound City
Frank Gannon, Mound City
Barney Crouch, Mound City
Elijha J. Duckworth, Perks
Orin Koonce, Mounds
James B. Metcalf, Grand Chain
Louis S. Phares, Mound City
John P. Miller, Wetaug
Ray C. Rhymer, Ullin
Virgil Taylor, Mounds
Otis Turbaville, Mounds

Should you know of any others whose names belong on these lists, pleas notify the paper or
O. L. Bartlett, Solicitor for Pulaski County Memorial Ass’n, Mound City, Ill.


___da Cheniae Hawkins, passed away at 9 o’clock ____ morning at her home in Mounds, following a sudden action of pneumonia.

____old son John William _____cely.  She was in no ___ until a cold taken Tuesday developed into fatal complications the following morning.

Death comes as a terrible shock to the many friends who ____ her sweet disposition ___ her to be in good ___.  Married only two years ___ survived by her husband, ____ Hawkins, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. William ____, of Villa Ridge, two ___ in Mounds, E. Cheniae and ___ Chenaie, a smaller ____ and sister of Villa Ridge, ___ Ruth Chenaie.

Funeral services were held at ___ o’clock Sunday afternoon in the Baptist church in _____.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Undertaker G. A. James in charge.

(George Hawkins married Malinda Chaney on 20 Dec 1879, in Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)

J. W. Cole Passes Away at the Age of 92 Years

Mound City lost one of her old settlers when Mrs. J. W. Cole, 92, died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Pease, of Orleans, Ill. where she had resided for a number of years with her daughter, Mrs. George Keller, but about ___ years ago she went to her ___ daughter to make her ___ __nd with illness and in___ of old age was never ___ make the return home.

___ her two daughters she ___ son, W. J. Biggerstaff, of Mounds, who was at her beside when she passed away.  Grandchildren and several great grandchildren were left ___ ogeny.

___ Tennessee October 7, ___ and moved to this vicinity when only six years old and lived here since growing up with ____.

Her remains were brought ___ morning to the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Keller ___ viewed by her many friends and acquaintances.  Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. at the Congregational church, Rev. Joel Burgess, conducting the service.  Interment was in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Undertaker G. A. James.

Mr. and Mrs. William Pease and children accompanied the remains and Mr. and Mrs. Hironimous, of St. Louis were in attendance at the ____.

(Josiah Cole married Rebecca Biggerstaff on 21 May 1862, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  William Pease married Emma D. Cole on 16 May 1892, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  George W. Keller married Ella Ira Cole, daughter of Josiah Cole and Elizabeth Rebecca Delaney, on 25 Jul 1894.—Darrel Dexter) 

Friday, 10 Aug 1923

We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness during the illness and death of our father.  Especially do we thank the Masonic Order and Rev. Culver.  Also those who so kindly loaned their cars and sent the beautiful flowers.
Mrs. Essie Mayberry and Family

(Manalchus Powell Mayberry, son of Andrew Jackson Mayberry and Amanda J. Merriman, married Essie Olive Lentz, daughter of Jeremiah Luther Lentz and Julia Emmeline Mowery, on 12 Nov 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  He was born 23 Jul 1861, in Hamilton Co., Ill., died 29 Jul 1923, in Pulaski Co., Ill., and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery near Pulaski.—Darrel Dexter)

Thomas Johnson died at West Frankfort the first of August.  No doubt his many friends will be surprised as well as grieved to hear of his death, as he only moved to their present home last spring.  (Perks)

We received the sad news that Dr. Ernest Earnheart of Oklahoma, a former resident of Dongola, died a few days ago.  (Maple Valley)

We were sorry to hear of the death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Toler, which was born and died July 19.  The mother was formerly Mennie Fisher. (Maple Valley)

Mrs. James Cannon Dies

Mrs. James Cannon, age 58 years, died suddenly at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at her home in this city of an apoplexy stroke following a prolonged illness.  She leaves a husband, James, a son, James, and an adopted son Charles Campbell.

She had been a sorrowing mother ever since her son Frank was killed in action on the battlefields of France and the grief was never overcome.

Funeral services were held at 8 o’clock Thursday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Father Feeney conducting mass.  Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds.  G. A. James conducted the funeral.

(Her marker in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds reads:  Elizabeth Cannon Born Jan. __, 1865 Died Aug. 7, 1923.  Wife.—Darrel Dexter)

Drowned in Ohio

Dewitt Hayes, colored, was reported drowned in the Ohio Rive near the Inman Veneer Plant just as we go to press.  The body had not been recovered.

Friday, 17 Aug 1923:

We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness during illness and death of our beloved wife and mother.  We also thank those who sent the beautiful flowers.
James Cannon and Son

Word was received here that Mrs. Bikey, of Karnak, mother of Mrs. Theodore Reichert, of this place(Grand Chain) died Monday evening at her home.

Body Recovered Sunday

Dewitt Hayes, colored, age 19, who was drowned Friday inside the boom at the Inman Veneer Plant, was buried Monday afternoon at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Young Hayes was working with logs about the boom at 10 o’clock Friday, when suddenly he was seen splashing in the water.  Scarcely any attention was paid to the incident for he was known to be a fair swimmer, the water was warm and still since the head of the chute was shut off from the river.  Hayes was seen to swim from log to log and finally to hold himself to the end of one.  Then without a word, his grasp relaxed and he sank slowly beneath the surface.

It was thought that he fainted or suffered a sun stroke.  Previously to his falling into the river, he had taken a big drink of ice water.  His body never came to the surface until Ed Clark brought it up with a pike staff.  It was not in the least bloated.

Joseph O’Sullivan, age one year and six months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan, died at 9 o’clock Monday morning of summer complaint.  Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Earl Karraker was called to Dongola Thursday of last week on account of the funeral of her father, W. D. Lockhard.  Deceased died at the home of daughter, Mrs. J. C. Messenger, in Chicago, and the body was brought to Dongola for burial.  He resided here for a short time.

Mrs. Vogel Dead

Mrs. Mary Vogel, age about 85 years, died at the hospital at Cairo Tuesday where she was taken two months ago for treatment.

The deceased was one of the old residents of this city and ___ars conducted a bakery on Main Street.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. L. Karmer of Memphis.

Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery Friday morning, Rev. W. J. Ward conducted the funeral services.

Friday, 24 Aug 1923:
Brother Dies in Memphis

Mr. H. S. Salmon received word Tuesday of the sudden death of his brother, Oscar, who passed away at Memphis.  Mr. and Mrs. Salmon drove to Hickman, Ky., Wednesday, where the funeral and burial took place.

Friday, 31 Aug 1923:
Former Resident Dies in Cairo

Mrs. Mary Moran, an old and former resident of this city, died in Cairo Saturday morning at the age of 77 years after an illness of several months.

Mrs. Moran was born in Kings Co., Ireland.  She has lived in Cairo the past 33 years.  During the past six months she has been confined to her bed by illness and has been a patient sufferer.

Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. John Greaney and Miss Mollie Moran, of Cairo, two sons, Edward Dyas, of Cairo, and John Moran, of California and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Church, of which Mrs. Moran was a devout member for many years, by the pastor Father James Gillen, at 8 o’clock and the cortege left by special train for Calvary Cemetery near Villa Ridge for interment.

The pallbearers were William Aydt, Frank Fitzgerald, Edward Walder, J. H. Galligan, Thomas Riley, and David Barry.  Karcher Brothers directed the funeral.

(Thomas Moran married Mrs. Mary Dice on 10 Oct 1869, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge reads:  Mary Moran 1844-1923 Mother.—Darrel Dexter)

Friday, 7 Sep 1923:
Honor Roll of Soldiers Dead Added to List

Two more names, Silas C. Moore, of Pulaski, deceased in service, and Loren Lentz, of Olmsted, killed in action, have been added to the list of soldier dead that will be inscribed on a marble monument to be unveiled and dedicated Armistice Day, Nov. 11, in Memorial Park.

Friday, 7 Sep 1923:

Mrs. Frank Gustavson and sons were called to Union County Tuesday on account of the death of a brother, who died from injuries received from a kicking mule.


Friday, 14 Sep 1923:

John Sheffer is seriously ill.  The doctor says there is no hope for him.  (Maple Valley)

             (His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola reads:  John E. Sheffer Born Nov. 6, 1880 Died Sept. 15, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 21 Sep 1923:

Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Helms came down from Vienna Friday on account of the illness and death of Mrs. Helms’ father, J. F. Fisher.  (Grand Chain)


John Franklin Fisher, who was born in Johnson County, Jan. 1, 1862, died at his home here Sept. 13, 1923, age 61 years, 8 months, and 12 days.  He was married to Sidney E. Mathis Sept. 27, 1888.  To this union three children were born.  Mr. Fisher has been failing in health for some time and on Tuesday he was stricken with paralysis about 3:30 p.m. and died about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

             (John F. Fisher married Sidney Mathis on 27 Sep 1888, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Mother Passes Away in Anna

             Mr. John Marr was called to Anna Sunday on account of the death of his mother, who passed away at the hospital age 53 years of pulmonary tuberculosis.  Mr. Marr is the only near relative, as he had no brother and sisters and his father died several years ago.


Friday, 28 Sep 1923:

Tribute to Fallen and Deceased Soldiers—Unveiled Nov. 11

A beautiful memorial of stone will be erected in the triangle park at intersection of Walnut Pearl and Third streets.  Also a life size statue of a soldier will be erected there, and will be dedicated on next Armistice Day (Nov. 11) to our Soldier and Sailor Boys who did not come back.  The face matter engraved on the stone in well-arranged fashion will appear as follows:
To Our 468 Men Enlisted for World War 1917-1918
With Reverent Memory to Those

Sherman Bell
Stephen Carney
Charles Crippen
Floyd Derr
George Lampley
Robert Meals
Roy Morket
Henry Reese
George Ross
Ralph Vick
Nelson Willis
Thomas Price
Silas Moore
Frank Cannon
Barney Crouch
Elijha Duckworth
Orin Koonce
Boyd Metcalf
Louis Phares
John Miller
Ray Rhymer
Virgil Taylor

Otis Turbaville
Loren Lence
David Fitzpatrick

Mrs. Ben McDaniel Dies

Mrs. Ben McDaniel, age 50, died at her home in this city at 12:45 Tuesday morning from a paralytic construction of the throat, following an illness of a few days.  She had lived here for 18 years.

She is survived by her husband, her three sons, Charles, of Cairo, Ben Jr., and Wilson, both of this city; four daughters, Mrs. Emma Talley of Mound City, Mrs. Lillie Maxwell of Ullin, Elizabeth Calvin of Cairo, and Connie Smith, of Cairo; and 13 grandchildren and her mother.

Funeral services were held at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon at the home of the deceased.  A pastor of the Holiness Church officiating.  Interment taking place in Concord Cemetery.  Many beautiful floral tokens were bestowed upon the deceased.

(Benjamin Harrison McDaniel married Nettie Bell Gilmore.  Her marker in Concord Cemetery near Olmsted reads:  Nettie Bell McDaniel Born Aug. 31, 1873 Died Sept. 25, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)

Takes Life Outside of Dance Hall—Jealousy Over Husband Cause

Mrs. Milford Whitaker, generally known under her maiden name of Katherine Dunn, 813 ½  Commercial Avenue, Cairo, committed suicide outside a dance hall at Ullin, Ill., Thursday mid___ by shooting herself in the ___breast with a 32-calibre ___ revolver.  Jealousy ag____ ___ed by intoxication, was responsible for her act.

About 7 o’clock Thursday ____ Mrs. Whitaker called ____ Hunt, a taxi driver, and asked him to drive her to Ullin.  ____ drove around Cairo and ___ up a girl friend of Mrs. Whitaker.  When they arrived at the dance hall, she found her husband and asked him to return home with her, but he refused.  She started back to the ___ Mrs. Whitaker stood in the ___ ___or and Hunt was upstairs ____ dance hall.  A shot was fired and she was found lying ____ the taxi, fatally wounded.  Whitaker and Hunt placed the body in the machine and drove madly to Cairo, but she died before reaching the hospital.  ___ they turned the remains over to E. A. Burke.

Both she and her husband ____ had police records.


Friday, 5 Oct 1923:

Mrs. Mattie Hutton, of Valley Recluse, died last week and was buried Friday afternoon.  Mesdames John Reed, Jennie Montgomery and Walter Settlemoir attended the funeral.  Deceased was an aunt of Mrs. W. T. Parker, of this city.


Young Farmer Passes Away

             Loren Yokum, who had been ill for some time, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. U. G. Yoakum, Monday morning at 1 o’clock.  Deceased was 18 years and 10 days of age, leaves a wife and infant son only 5 days old.  Funeral services were held at Mounds at the Methodist church.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.

             (U. S. G. Yoakum, 30, born in Johnson Co., Ill., son of Jackson Yoakum, married Mrs. Anna Jacques, 35, born in Grand Chain, daughter of John Barbour and Mary Cane, on 25 Jun 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 12 Oct 1923:

Old Resident Dies in Cairo
Lived Here

             Mrs. Augusta Nordman died Friday evening at her home at Thirty-third Street and the Big Four Railroad, in Cairo, after a prolonged illness. Although she was ailing for some time no especial alarm was felt for her until a week or two ago, when her daughter, Mrs. Kate Wright, came from Orlando, Fla., to be with her.  She has resided in Cairo since 1888, making her home with her son James, since her husband’s death many years ago.  She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Kate Wright, of Orlando, Fla., Mrs. William Beier, of Centralia, and four sons, Fred, Ernest, George and James.

Mrs. Nordman was a former resident of this city and is known to many of our older residents.
Negro Driver Instantly Killed on Cairo Road

Monroe Jones, negro, 21 years old, of Tiptonville, Tenn., was instantly killed when a large touring car, which he was driving left the road at the turn between the National cemetery and Cache Bridge at 6:30 o’clock Sunday night.  The automobile overturned on the embankment, pinning Jones beneath it and breaking his neck.

With Jones in the car were his mother and father, a brother and two sisters none of whom were badly hurt.  Jones never had driven over the road and as he passed another automobile, he drove to the edge, not knowing that it was an embankment.

Coroner Otis T. Hudson of this county convened a jury and conducted an inquest into the case, a verdict of death by accident being returned.

G. A. James prepared the body for burial and was shipped to Tiptonville for interment.


Old Colored Veteran Dies

             John Adams, a well known colored character about town, and who was a veteran of the Civil War, died Saturday evening at 3:30.  He was aged somewhere up in the 80s.  Funeral was held Tuesday and the body was laid to rest in the National Cemetery.

             (John Adams, LDS U.S. Army, died 16 Oct 1923, and was buried in Section F, grave 4953D in Mound City National Cemetery.—Darrel Dexter)


Friday, 19 Oct 1923:
Mrs. Billingsley Passes Away

Mrs. Dorcas Billingsley, of Grand Chain, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith ___, of Mounds at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon.  She was __ years old and had been a member of the Christian Church 18 years.  She ___ suffering ___ was long and severe ____ patiently.

Mrs. Billingsley leaves a son ___ Billingsley, of Cairo, two daughters, Mrs. H. C. Bartleson, of Fort Smith, Ark., and Mrs. ____ and 11 grandchildren.

Her remains were taken to Grand Chain Sunday afternoon and the funeral services were conducted at the Christian church at 2:30 o’clock ___day afternoon.  Burial was ____day afternoon.  Burial at Grand Chain cemetery.

(Preston Billingsley married Dorcas Smith on 30 Mar 1871, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery reads:  Dorcas Billingsley Born Sept. 28, 1853 Died Oct. 13, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 26 Oct 1923:
Mounds Girl Dies in Cairo

Evelyn Charlotte Childers, the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Childers, of Mounds, who died at St. Mary’s Infirmary Sunday afternoon, following an operation a week ago for appendicitis was buried Tuesday.  Funeral services were conducted at the resident of her parents at 2 p.m. by Rev. George Waldron of the Congregational Church and Rev. H. L. Spencer of the Mounds Baptist church. 

Undertaker G. A. James of this city directed the funeral.  Mr. Childers is agent for the Metropolitan Insurance Company at Mounds.
Two Colored Residents Die

Roy Vaughn, a colored resident, age about 28 years, died after a lingering illness Thursday.  The body was interred in Beech Grove Cemetery Friday.  He was well known having been employed at the St. Charles Hotel as a waiter for a number of years.

Mrs. Grace James, an aged colored lady, died Thursday after several months’ illness.  She is said to have been over 90 years of age.  Funeral was held Saturday from the Baptist church on Main Street, and the order Household of Ruth attended in a body at the funeral/
Friday, 2 Nov 1923:
Resolutions of Respect
Mound City, Illinois
October 27, 1923
Dear Bereavers:

The Pulaski County Teachers Association received a statement from Miss May S. Hawkins, County Superintendent, of the death of Mr. John W. Crawford, Olmstead teacher, and member of this association.

We feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of ours which should attempt to beguile you from a loss so overwhelming.  But we cannot refrain from tending to you the consolation that we join with you in your grief.  We offer you our sincere sympathies, and pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.
Yours and very sincerely and respectfully
Pulaski County Teachers Association
By M. E. Greensbury
Former Resident Dies in Ohio

Mrs. Charles Weeks, sister of Commissioner Alexander Wilson, of Cairo, passed away at her home in Akron, Ohio, Sunday.

Mrs. Meeks who formerly lived in Mound City, left about thirty years ago.  She is survived by two grown sons.
Friday, 9 Nov 1923:
Miss Maud Beaver died at the home of her parents.  She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Beaver, besides her parents, she leaves two brothers, together with a host of relatives and friends to mourn.  She was converted four years ago and lived a sweet clean life and was willing and ready to make the change which would relieve her from all sickness and glad to be home with her savior.  She was laid to rest in the Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Rev. Troutman, the Johnston City minister, officiating.  Gone but not forgotten. (Perks)

(Her marker in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Dongola has her image on the stone and reads:  Maude M. dau. of Sam & Mary Beaver 1904-1923.—Darrel Dexter)
Mr. Henry Eller died in Johnston City Oct. 29.  Henry moved from here (Perks) some 12 years ago.  He was buried at that place but still has many friends here to mourn his loss.
Mr. and Mrs. Mowery, of Cairo, Mr. and Mrs. John Sidenstricker, of Ullin, attended the funeral of their niece here (Perks) Wednesday.

(John B. Sydenstricker married Laura Casper on 7 Jul 1895, in Union Co., Ill.  Jacob Mowery married Huldah Casper on 24 Jun 1888, in Union Co., Ill.  Charles Mowery married Eleanora Casper on 17 Aug 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  The brides were all daughters of Moses Casper and Anna Hoffner.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 16 Nov 1923:
Walter Steers Dies in Cairo

Walter Steers, 26 years old, employed as machinist at the Vulcan Iron Works died at 10:30 o’clock Thursday night at St. Mary’s Infirmary, following an operation several days ago for appendicitis.  He made his home in Cairo.  The body will be removed to the residences of his parents near Olmstead this afternoon.
P. A. Nigren, of Hannibal, Mo., was called here Sunday on account of the death of Mrs. Jennie Montgomery.  Mr. Nigren preceded her several days and was here when her mother passed away.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the friends who were so kind through the illness and death of our mother and sister.  For the use of their cars and for the many beautiful floral offerings and especially to Father Feeney for his comforting words and the sweet singers who gave their best.
George Stocton and family
Mrs. Jennie Montgomery Passes Away Sunday—Ill Three Days

Mrs. Jennie Montgomery, age 73 years, died of pneumonia at 9 o’clock Sunday morning after three days illness.  She was an old resident of this city, having lived here 66 years, accompanied her parents from Cincinnati, Ohio, when she was seven years of age.  She was of a lovable and happy disposition which won for her many close friends among whom she will be greatly missed.

Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. P. A. Niegren, of Hannibal, Mo., who was at her bedside when she passed away, a son, Vivian and a grandson, George Montgomery, of Los Angeles, Calif., and a brother, George Stockton, of this city, who is in his 80th years and who has resided with his sister for many years.  Her husband preceded her in death 17 years ago.

The funeral services were held Tuesday morning at eight o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Rev. Charles Feeney officiating.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The floral tributes were elaborate and profuse and sorrowing friends were in attendance at the funeral in large numbers.

The pallbearers were G. J. Murphy, Jerry O’Sullivan, John Betts, William Read, William Price, and E. P. Easterday.
Friday, 23 Nov 1923:
Card of Thanks

We desire to thank all those who in any way assisted during the bereavement of Lafayette Deahl.  For the beautiful flowers, the use of automobiles, to Rev. Burgess, the choir and to the representatives of the O. R. C. who accompanied the remains and rendered services at the grave.  Especially to the employees of the Sears & Nicholas plant for the beautiful wreath.
W. L. Deahl
Ella Louise Deahl
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Deahl
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Biggs
Negro Shot in Crap Game Here Saturday

Charles Seals, negro, died Monday morning from a bullet wound in the stomach which he received in a gun fight at the home of Nettie Turner, a negress residing on Diamond Street, Sunday, following a quarrel over a crap game, another negro named Brydock, did the shooting.  Several shots were exchanged it is said between Seals and Bruydock, but the latte was not hurt.  Bruydock was exonerated at the coroner’s inquest as it is claimed he did the shooting in self-defense.
Passes Away at His Home Near America—Resident for 60 Years

Again the death knell has sounded and one of our oldest residents has answered the last call.

Elisha Lewis, aged 76, passed away at his home near America Monday morning, following an illness of several weeks of kidney trouble.  Deceased was the first member of his immediate family to die and leaves a widow and five children, Mrs. Pearl Martin, of this city, Mrs. Mary Helwig, of St. Louis, Mrs. Leona Unger, of America and Miss Minnie Lewis, George Lewis, who reside at home.  Also several grandchildren.

Mr. Lewis followed farming and was considered one of the leading agriculturalists.  He has resided in Pulaski County for 60 years.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.  Rev. Joel Burgess, pastor of the Congregational Church conducting the services and burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.  The honorary pallbearers were L. C. Perks, Thomas Boyd, M. F. Browner, William Bestgen, Charles Curran, Judge Wall, William Sandeson, and Dan O’Sullivan, Active S. A. Steers, M. D. Brelsford, Will Mathis, Ernest Steers, Oscar Mason and Loren Boyd.  G. A. James, undertaker in charge.

There was a large attendance of friends and neighbors at the service.

(Elisha R. Lewis married Alice Beaver on 29 Apr 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Mrs. Rebeccah Sams, age 30, a highly respected colored lady, died this week and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.  She was a member of several orders and a church worker.  She leaves a husband and a son.
Lafayette Deahl Dies

Lafayette Deahl, age 42, died in Chicago Saturday from a hemorrhage.  The body was brought to Mounds Tuesday and funeral was held at the Congregational Church in Mounds, Rev. Joel Burgess of Mound City, conducting the services.  Deceased is survived by his father, W. L. Deahl, a sister, Mrs. Harry Biggs, of Mounds, a brother, Frank Deahl, of this city, and a 10-year-old daughter, Ella Louise Deahl, who resides with her aunt, Mrs. D. D. Harris.  He was a veteran of the World War with the 121st  Engineers and was buried in his uniform.

Deceased was a conductor on the C. & E. I. railroad and a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. J. W. Jones, of Div. 127 of Danville, Ill., E. Vandenberg, G. J. Armstrong, and F. C. Barnett, Div. No. 1 of Chicago and William Hull, Div. No. 518 of Hammond, Ind., accompanied the remains and gave the last rites of order at the grave.
Friday, 30 Nov 1923:
Mrs. Belle Burgeon died at her home near Mt. Pleasant Sunday morning and was buried Monday at Friendship Cemetery. (Perks)
Friday, 7 Dec 1923:
News reached here (Ohio Chapel) Sunday evening of the sad accident that occurred in Centralia Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Blaisdel’s little four-year-old daughter was run over by a car and killed while on her way home from Sunday school Sunday.  Their many friends here extend their sympathy.
Passes Away Following the Amputation of His Legs

Robert Wright, 63 years old, of near Valley Recluse, who has been an invalid for several years, having lost the use of his legs, died at St. Mary’s infirmary in Cairo Saturday morning following the amputation of both legs in the hope of saving his life.

Mr. Wright has been helpless for three years following a stroke of paralysis, which was threatening to spread over his body and caused his death.  The operation was the last resort and although it was regarded as successful, his condition was such that he could not survive.

Wright was cheered to the last.  He sang nearly all night before the operation.  After his legs had been removed he joked about his condition and hoped to be able to walk in a short time.

Funeral services were held Sunday from his home in Valley Recluse.  Rev. S. J. Burgess conducted the services.  Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Word was received here (Ullin) Sunday morning of the serious injury to the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Blaisdale, at Centralia, by having been run down by an automobile.  So seriously was the little girl injured that death came early in the afternoon.  The driver of the car, Charles Robinet, was held by the police pending an inquiry by the coroner’s jury.  The little girl is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bundschuh, of Ullin, and was brought here Tuesday for burial.
Mrs. Davidge of Olmsted Dies

Mrs. Minerva Davidge, age 90 years, of Olmsted widow of the late Judge Davidge, died at her home at noon Wednesday. A daughter, Mrs. Jennie Riddle, of Chicago, survives her.

Services will be conducted at the residence at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon and burial will be at the family cemetery at Olmstead.

(James M. Davidge married Mrs. Minerva Riddle on 13 Apr 1881, in Pulaski Co., Ill.  Her marker in Olmsted Cemetery reads:  Minerva R. Davidge Born Sept. 10, 1833 Died Dec. 5, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)
Resident Passed Away

Stonewall Jackson Meisenheimer was born in Illinois on the Mississippi River March __, 1861 and died with cancer of the liver at his home three miles east of Ullin in Alexander County, Nov. 29, 1923.  His age at the time of his death was 62 years, eight months and __ days.

He was married to Miss Etta ___hart October 15, 1890.  To that union were born __ children, six boys and __ girls.  Two boys and girls have preceded their father to the other world.  Those living are:  John F., Marion H., and George Meisenheimer, Mrs. Coba Schaffer and Mrs. ___ Sharp, living near Beech Grove Church, Bertie and Villa living at home.

Besides there and his wife he leaves eleven grandchildren and _____.

He was buried November 30 at St. John’s Cemetery after funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. C. Phifer, pastor of the Ullin M. E. Church.

(Stonewall Jackson Misenheimer, son of Alexander Misenheimer and Matilda Brown, married Etta Arnhart on 15 Oct 1891, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in St. John’s Cemetery near Mill Creek reads:  Stonewall J. Meisenheimer 1861-1923.  Etta Dora Meisenheimer 1871-1947.  Jacob Meisenheimer Born July 29, 1858 Died July 7, 1932.  J. Franklin Meisenheimer 1891-1953.—Darrel Dexter)
Friday, 14 Dec 1923:
Upon the return from the funeral of their daughter at Grand Chain last Friday, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Blaisdel took sick and has been pretty bad for the past few days.  (Ullin)

Little Juanita Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Blaisdel, was born near Ullin, Illinois, November 6, 1919, and died in Centralia, Illinois, December 2, 1923, aged 4 years and 26 days.

Juanita was a very loving and affectionate child, a jewel in the home and an inspiration to all who knew her.  She loved to attend Sunday school and every Sunday morning found her in her class.  She was returning from Sunday school with several other children when she was run down by the automobile causing her death.

She is gone and we remain to be consoled by the Master’s invitation to “Suffer the little children to come unto Me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Left to mourn her demise besides her parents are:  one brother, Homer William; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blaisdel, of near Grand Chain, and Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Bundschuh, of Ullin.  Many other relatives also survive her as well as hundreds of friends of the families who sympathize with the relatives in the hour of their greatest bereavement.

Funeral services were conducted from the Ullin M. E. Church Wednesday, December 5, 1923, by Rev. S. Albright of Odin, Ill., and C. L. Phifer, of Ullin.  Interment was made in the family cemetery east of Grand Chain.

(Her marker in Ohio Chapel Cemetery near Grand Chain reads:  Juanita Ruth Blasdel Born Nov. 6, 1919 Died Dec. 2, 1923.—Darrel Dexter)
Card of Thanks

We desire to express our sincere thanks to those who were so good and kind during the illness and death of our dear husband and brother, Robert Wright.
Mrs. Anne Wright
Mrs. Emma Hogendobler
Harry Wright
James Wright
James Wright
Watson Wright
Fugitive Escapes with Woman in Skiff to Kentucky Shore

Frank Lentz, age 30, was fatally shot at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon by William “Red” Herrin, 25, of Paducah, Ky., in a quarrel over a woman said to be Herrin’s wife.  Herrin escaped with the woman in a skiff and the Kentucky authorities have been asked by Sheriff I. J. Hudson to capture him.

Herrin, who made frequent trips to Mound City, found the woman, known as Flossie, would not return to Kentucky because she wanted to be near LentzHerrin is said to have crossed the river from Kentucky Monday morning to search for her.

Armed with a double-barreled shotgun, Herrin encountered Lentz near the north levee late in the afternoon.  They quarreled and Herrin fired two charges from the gun into Lentz’s body.  He and the woman then ran to the river where Herrin had secreted a skiff and rowed across the river to the Kentucky shore.

Sheriff Hudson and deputies investigated the shooting, but when they arrived at the river, they saw the skiff nearly across to the Kentucky side.  They followed as quickly as possible in a motor boat, but the fugitives could not be found.  The sheriffs at Wickliffe and Paducah were notified.

Lentz received one charge from the gun in the right side, but most of the shot entered his right forearm and the wounds were not regarded as serious.  The second charge, however, entered his left breast and penetrated deep into is body and he died Tuesday at 1 o’clock.
Mrs. Lawrence Herald was called to Joppa this week to attend the funeral of a little child of her brother, which occurred the forepart of the week.
Friday, 21 Dec 1923:
Grand Chain Boy Dies

A bursted appendix caused the death Thursday morning of Mose Patrick, 14 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Patrick, of Grand Chain, who was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary Tuesday night for an operation.  Peritonitis had set in and his life could not be saved.  Burial will be at Grand Chain today.

(Moses Henderson Patrick married Nettie Latham on 8 Mar 1891, in Union Co., Ill.  His marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin reads:  Mose O. Patrick Born Aug. 9, 1909 Died Dec. 19, 1923.  Albert B. Patrick Born March 27, 1911 Died May 19, 1926.  Children of M. H. & N(arcissa). E. Patrick.—Darrel Dexter)
Aged Man Hit by Auto

U. S. Harper, a veteran of the Civil War, was struck by an automobile on the street near his home in Mounds Monday and was reported to be in a crucial condition.  Examination showed that two or three ribs had been broken and he was otherwise injured.

Mr. Harper who is nearly blind and infirm was crossing the street when the machine struck him.  He was carried to his home and fear is that the accident would prove fatal.

____ Mayes, 21 years old, ____ America, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary and Will Robinson, another negro, is in jail at Mound City, when it was ____ Robinson beat Mayes about the head with a shovel at ___ Saturday afternoon.

The two men were working to ____ with a section crew and Robinson is said to have struck him because he thought some___ ___d him.  Mayes was re____ unconscious and was taken to Cairo, but there were not ____ his head and it was thought he was only stunned.

Mayes did not show improvement and ___sday morning an x-ray ___ was made and dis___ at the skull was badly ___ and a blood clot had formed in the brain.

He had no chance to recover ____ated.

He has a wife and a month-old _____.  He was said to be regarded as a hardworking and ___ worthy negro.

Friday, 28 Dec 1923:

             PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given That application for the pardon or parole of Lee Kennison who is now confined in the Southern Illinois State Penitentiary at Chester, Ill., for the crime of murder, and who was sentenced to said prison from the County of Pulaski and State of Illinois for a term of fifteen years.
Charles White, who lived east of Pulaski, died last Monday about noon, of pneumonia and was buried at Mounds Wednesday morning.  Mr. White was a brother to Mrs. Artie Lentz, of this place, and a nephew of Mrs. Mary White, also of Ullin. 

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