and Death Notices
in Pulaski County, Illinois Newspapers
The Mounds Independent and
The Pulaski Enterprise
7 Jan. - 30 Dec. 1927
Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois
Transcribed and annotated by Darrel Dexter
We desire to express our thanks to our
friends and neighbors who extended so many
acts of loving kindness and tender mercy to
us during the illness and death of our
beloved grandmother. We extend our grateful
appreciation to those who sent flowers and
furnished automobiles and all who helped in
any way to comfort us in this sad hour.
New Year’s morning at the hour of 5:45 the ruthless hand of death reached out and removed from life, Mrs. Eleanor Murphy, wife of Granville J. Murphy, of this city. She had been ill a week, being stricken Friday, Dec. 24th, and remained in an unconscious condition when the death angel appeared to take her away from her loved ones. Deceased was born in Vermillion County, this state, and had been a resident of this city, since early girlhood. She was 70 years of age. Mr. Murphy, to whom she had been a devoted companion, and one issue of this union was a son, Lyle, who preceded his mother in death nine years ago.
Surviving Mrs. Murphy are her husband, a brother, W. R. Wilson, of this city, one granddaughter, Mrs. Barney Burns, and four grandsons, Albert, Raymond, Jack and Robert Murphy, all of this city. Albert, who is with the U. S. Marines stationed at Lakehurst, N. J., had arrived last week on a furlough of several days to spend the holidays at home.
Funeral services were held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Monday afternoon at 1:30 of which the deceased was a member. Rev. Charles K. Weller, of Carbondale, conducted the services. Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery. A brief service was held at the residence.
The church was filled with sympathetic friends and sorrowing relatives. There was an abundance of beautiful floral tributes. Mrs. Murphy was held at the highest esteem by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her husband, grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers were as follows:
Honorary: Messrs. Thomas Boyd, R. C. Magill, W. I. Baccus, H. L. Settlemoir, John Trampert, W. T. Kennedy, B. Hutcheson, E. P. Easterday, R. H. Howley, C. E. Richey and William Bestgen.
Active: Messrs. George R. Martin, E. E. Boyd, Al Schuler, George Eichhorn, Earl Karraker, and W. T. Jaccard.
Undertaker G. A. James was the funeral director.
Murphy married Ella F.
Wilson on 28 Sep 1880, in Pulaski Co.,
Viola Jane Sinks, daughter of Robert B. and Eliza Bartleson, was born at Grand Chain, July 30, 1853, and departed this life January 1, 1927, age 73 years, 5 months and 1 day. She was united in marriage to David L. Porter in 1873. To this union was born 3 sons, Claude, Guy and Bruce, the latter being deceased. August 25, 1895, she was united in marriage to John Sinks. She is survived by her husband, John M. Sinks, one grandson, Bruce Porter, Jr.; two brothers, R. B. Bartleson, of West Frankfort, Ill., A. A. Bartleson, of Grand Chain, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. Ella Flynt, of Chandler, Oklahoma. The deceased was a Christian from early girlhood. She leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Porter married V. J.
Bartleson on 24 May 1874, in Pulaski
49, of Grand Chain, Ill., married Mrs. Viola
Porter, 42, of Grand Chain Ill., on 25
Aug 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
50, born in Pulaski Co., Ill., son of Samuel
F. Price and Jane Brown,
married 2nd Mrs. Mary Ella
Pearson, 34, born in Grand Chain, Ill,
daughter of R. B.
Bartleson and Eliza
Youngblood, on 9 Jan 1896, in Pulaski
married Mrs. Ella
Kennedy on 24 Mar 1878, in Pulaski Co.,
Her marker in Grand Chain Masonic
We extend our heartfelt thanks to those who
so kindly assisted us in our recent
bereavement and sorrow caused by the death
of Mrs. J. M.
are especially grateful to Mr. G. N.
the undertaker, for the considerate way in
which he looked after the arrangements for
the funeral, to the minister, Rev. S. C.
Benninger, for his words of comfort and consolation, and also to
those who furnished cars.
Sawing through the steel bars of the cage and digging through the thick brick side walls of the building, Hester Caldwell and Louis Hicks, charged with forgery, escaped from the Pulaski County jail at Mound City about 3 o’clock Saturday morning.
Ned Jones, colored, facing trial on a murder charge, who was in the cage with the white men, refused to go with them to freedom. He called the jailer after Caldwell and Hicks had escaped. Jones is charged with the killing of a negro near the McBride farm in this county Thanksgiving Day.
No trace of the escaped prisoners had been
found by the Pulaski County
authorities. The manner in which
obtained the saws and other tools used in
gaining their freedom is puzzling
officers. They are convinced that the tools
were smuggled to the prisoners by some
person from the outside.
Louis Edward, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
Youngblood, passed away at the home of
his parents, 811 Commercial in this city, at
5 o’clock on Monday afternoon. The little
one was five weeks old and had been ill for
the past four weeks. Funeral services were
held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at
the home. Interment was made in Beech Grove
Cemetery at Mounds by G. A.
Mrs. Julia Loeschner, age 63 years, died at her home three miles north of this city, at 4:15 Tuesday morning following an attack of apoplexy, which she suffered a little after 7:00 o’clock Monday evening at her home. Her husband, Oscar Loeschner, is a well-known farmer of this county. Deceased was born in Carbondale, but when a young girl moved to Pulaski County and was married here. She had resided in the homestead where she died, forty years. Surviving her are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Otto Edwards, of this city, Mrs. John Gardner, of Mounds, and Mrs. Elsie Farmer, who with her husband, made their home with her parents. Six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, besides a large circle of friends are sorrowed by her death.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 from the family residence in Valley Recluse, Rev. Robert C. Dunlap, conducting the services. Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Loschner married Julia
Demarke on 15 Jun 1879, in Pulaski Co.,
Edwards, 23, of Mound City, Ill.,
Leschner, 19, of Villa Ridge, Ill., on
27 Apr 1899, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Gardner, 22, saloon keeper, born in
Tennessee, son of T. L.
Gardner and Amanda Morriss,
Loeschner, 17, born in Beechwood,
daughter of Oscar
Loeshner and Julia
Demarka on 28 Jun 1900, in Pulaski Co.,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 14 Jan 1927:
Card of Thanks
We desire to extend our sincere thanks to all those who gave their sympathy and help following the sudden illness and death of our beloved wife, mother, and sister. Especially do we thank the donors of flowers, those who furnished cars and Rev. C. Robert Dunlap.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Gardner
Mr. and Mrs. O. Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farmer
Mr. and Mrs. James Mahoney
Mrs. Oscar Loeschner Dies Suddenly at Home Northeast of Mounds
Mr. Oscar Loeschner, age 63, was stricken with an attack of apoplexy Sunday evening shortly after 6 o’clock and succumbed to the attack at 4:15 Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Loeschner was born in Carbondale, Ill., and moved to Pulaski County when quite young. She married Oscar Loeschner and has lived in the same home for more than 40 years. Her maiden name was Julia Martin.
She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. J. S. Gardner, of this city, Mrs. Otto Edwards, of Mound City, and Mrs. Lloyd Farmer, who with her husband made her home with her parents, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the family residence one and one half miles northwest of Mounds at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Rev. Robert Dunlap, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Cairo officiated. Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
CHESTER—J. R. Richardson, a prison guard of the Southern Illinois penitentiary, was killed last Sunday morning when his automobile skidded over an embankment at the approach to the bridge over the Kaskaskia River north of Chester. His neck was broken. His 14-year-old daughter, who was with him, was uninjured.—Anna Democrat
CYPRESS—Mrs. Tethel Gore Canupp, wife of Otis Canupp, living one mile north of White Hill, was found lying in the yard beside the house, with a bullet hole through both temples in a dying condition last Friday morning. The children were in the house with the doors closed. They claimed they did not hear the revolver, which was a caliber fire. One of the children went out into the yard and found her. They all began screaming. The husband and father was about a quarter of a mile away from home driving to Cypress. Hearing the children’s screaming, he returned to the home, finding his wife in a dying conditional as stated above. No reason for the act is given or seems to be known. Coroner J. W. VanCleve, of Ozark, was called, who empaneled a jury of six men and held an inquest. The verdict of the jury was “That the deceased came to her death by self-inflicted wounds.”—Times
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 21 Jan 1927:
Major S. O. Lewis Dies Suddenly at His Home in Villa Ridge
Was a Pulaski County Pioneer and a Civil War Veteran
The people of Mounds were saddened to hear of the death of Major Samuel O. Lewis, which occurred at this home after an illness of only a few days.
Major. S. O. Lewis was born at Vicksburg, Miss., July 30th, 1839, and died at Villa Ridge, Ill., Jan.18th 1927, at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 19 days.
Mr. Lewis came to Villa Ridge at the age of 6 years where he has resided until the time of his death. After completing his preparatory education he took up the study of law until the year of 1862. At that time he entered the Civil War serving in Illinois 109 Volunteer regiment and was later transferred to the 11th regiment. He was appointed Major in the early part of 1863.
Shortly before the close of the war, Major Lewis was appointed provost marshal at Mobile, Ala., where he had many friends. After the close of the war citizens of Mobile invited him to make their city his permanent home.
Returning to Illinois, he was married to Miss Sarah E. Walker, in 1871. To this union 8 children were born. Two died in infancy and the oldest son, Samuel Lewis II, just recently passed away. His wife preceded him in death 9 years ago.
Surviving him are three sons, Walker T. Lewis, and Ralph Lewis, of Mounds, and D. D. Lewis, of Villa Ridge, two daughters, Miss Grace Lewis, of Villa Ridge, and Mrs. S.P. Adams, of St. Louis; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Lewis was a man of distinguished bearing and striking personality. He was a frequent visitor here where he had many warm friends.
Funeral services were held at family residence in Villa Ridge, conducted by Rev. O. E. Connett, pastor of the Methodist Church of Cairo. Interment was made in the Villa Ridge cemetery.
Pulaski Officer Shot by Colored Man
Constable and Attacker Both Receive Three Wounds
N. A. Royall, constable at Pulaski, was shot Tuesday afternoon by Tom Allen, colored, a section laborer for the Illinois Central Railroad Company.
Constable Royal had gone to Allen to serve garnishee papers on him and the latter had requested Royal to see Ed Rives, the creditor, and get permission to hold out a dollar of the attached wages. Rives asked for all that was due him, so go the reports, and when Royal returned to serve the papers, Allen became angry and in the argument drew a gun and fired at Royal wounding him three times, once in the hip, once in the side and once in the chest. Royal fired back, shooting Allen in the arm, hip and hand.
Royal was hurried to St. Mary’s Infirmary Cairo, where he is fighting for his life. His condition at latest report was considered satisfactory.
Allen, whose wounds are considered superficial, was taken to the Pulaski County jail at Mound City.
BENTON—David Williams, 21, of St. Louis, died in the Union Hospital in West Frankfort Friday morning from the effect of a bullet wound inflicted by his little four-year-old nephew on Christmas Day. Williams was visiting his sister, Mrs. Niblette, at Christopher, and was assisting his little nephew in making the most of his Christmas toys, at the time of the sad occurrence. The lad, playing about the house, wandered into a bedroom where he found a 32 caliber revolver. Taking the weapon in his hand, the boy returned to the living room, where he aimed the gun at his uncle and pulled the trigger. The bullet took effect in the upper part of one of Williams’s thighs and ranged upward lodging in the second vertebra. The injured man was rushed to the hospital, where he died Friday morning. The body was removed to the Union Undertakers at Christopher. Funeral services were conducted in Christopher Monday afternoon.—Standard
The Pulaski Enterprise,
Friday, 21 Jan 1927:
Major Samuel O. Lewis, aged 87 years, a veteran of the Civil War and a pioneer resident of Villa Ridge, died Tuesday night at 7:15 at his home. Major Lewis’ son, James Lewis, died suddenly on Dec. 20 of last year and the shock of this was so great to Major Lewis that he never fully recovered and his health has been failing rapidly since then.
Major Lewis was of a genial and friendly disposition that attracted to him many friends to whom his death will be a lasting grief.
Surviving the war veteran are two daughters, Miss Grace Lewis, of Villa Ridge, and Mrs. S. P. Adams, of St. Louis; also three sons, W. T. and Ralph Lewis, of Mounds, and D. D. Lewis, of Villa ridge. Major Lewis had lived in Villa Ridge for the past 81 years, coming there with his parents when a child of six years. He was a retired farmer and well known throughout the country.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the family residence in Villa Ridge, conducted by Rev. O. E. Connett, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Cairo. Interment was made in Villa Ridge cemetery.
(His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at Villa
Scalped when dragged 220 yards by a cow at his father’s farm near Miller City in Alexander County, Sunday, Kenneth Ray Billings, 7 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Billings, is in a serious condition at St. Mary’s Hospital.
The boy was left unconscious as the animal galloped away after a rope which had slipped around the boy’s left leg had broken.
The accident occurred while Kenneth was bringing the cow to the barn. The cow had been tired out to graze. The boy, wearing the heavy rubber boots, of his father in his homeward journey with the animal, stumbled and fell and the loop of the rope slipped down from his waist. As he was dragged, his head struck repeatedly against the rough, frozen ground.
Later—The lad passed away Monday and funeral over the body was held Tuesday.
(His marker next to those of Henry O. and
Billings in Baumgard Cemetery reads:
Billings Born May 24, 1919 Died Jan. 17,
Lackey married Nora
Turbyville on 11 Dec 1892, in Pulaski
His marker in Ullin Cemetery reads:
Lackey Born Feb. 23, 1872 Died Jan. 22,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 28 Jan 1927:
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wright and family of Olmsted are here this week, called by the death of the latter’s brother, Mr. James Lackey.
James Lackey, age 54 years, who has been ill for the past three years, passed away at his home Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Ullin, Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1:00 p.m., Rev. S. A. Morgan, officiating. Interment was made in Ullin cemetery.
John Culp, formerly of this city, died at Memphis, Tenn., at 6:45 Saturday afternoon, after several days of illness of pneumonia. He has been located in Arkansas for several years in the lumber business. Deceased leaves several relatives to mourn his death among whom are three sisters Mrs. A. W. Williamson, of Hollywood, Cal., Mrs. Edgar S. Miller, of this city, Mrs. Ernest Crain, of Villa Ridge, also two brothers, Fred and Arthur Culp, of Memphis. A wife and two children of Cairo also survive him. Mrs. Crain and Mrs. Miller were at his bedside when the end came.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Memphis and the remains laid at rest in a Memphis cemetery.
Williamson, 34, born in Chicago, Ill.,
son of David
Williamson and Miss
Dudley, married Alma Inez
18, born in Union Co, Ill., daughter of
Brooks, on 29 Jun 1893, in Union Co.,
Ill. Edgar S.
Miller married Girtrude
on 8 Jul 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Harry Perkins, who recently assumed a position as railway clerk on the M. & O. at West Point, Miss., was called home and joined by his wife and son Thomas, went to Vienna Friday to attend the funeral of his father, A. J. Perkins, who died there Thursday, Jan. 27th.
Deceased had been ill only a few days. He was about 73 years of age, was born and reared in Vienna and has made Vienna his home continually. He was a son of Capt. W. E. Perkins and when the father died many years ago, he succeeded him in the hotel business and has conducted the hotel at the same place for the past thirty-five years. Surviving are four children, one daughter, Mrs. William Sibert, East St. Louis, three sons, Fred, Mounds, Harry, Mound City, and Arthur, of Marion.
He was very active in lodge work, being a member of Vesta Lodge, No. 340 I. O. O. F. and the Masonic Lodge and had at times belonged to other secret organizations.
He was a good law-abiding citizen, well and favorably known all over Southern Illinois. Being in the hotel business so many years, he became acquainted and made friends of many traveling men.
Perkins married Sarah Bowls
on 13 Feb 1876, in Johnson Co., Ill.
Perkins married Eliza
Simpson on 10 May 1840, in Johnson Co.,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 4 Feb 1927:
Culp, a former resident of Mound City, passed away in a hospital at
Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 40 years.
Pneumonia was the cause of his death.
He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss
Sheehan, of Cairo, a son, a daughter,
three sisters, Mrs. E. L.
of Villa Ridge, Mrs. Edgar S.
Miller, of Mound City, Mrs. Albert
Williamson, of Hollywood, Calif., and
two brothers, Fred and Arthur
Culp, of Memphis. Interment was made in Memphis.
Mrs. Mae B. Calvert, of Hurst, was given a verdict of $15,000 and interest in her suit in St. Clair County circuit court in Belleville, Friday, the International Life Insurance Co., of St. Louis being the defendant.
Her husband, Charles Cecil Calvert, lost his life in the Murphysboro cyclone which devastated a path across Southern Illinois on the afternoon of March 18, 1925. Mr. Calvert conducted a store at Hurst, but was at the Missouri Pacific round house at Bush, when the storm struck and demolished the roundhouse.
A large piece of concrete was blown onto the merchant, inflicting injuries that resulted in his death several weeks later.
The suit was for the collection of the principal on an insurance policy for $15,000, which Mrs. Calvert declared was held in the company by her late husband. He later took out a policy for $20,000 which the company paid. However the company contended that Mr. Calvert had written to cancel the $15,000 policy as he wished to take out another kind of policy that cost less.
Mrs. Calvert in her suit contended that her husband did write the company to cancel to $15,000 policy, but telegraphed immediately afterward asking that the policy be continued. After hearing the evidence and arguments the jury at Belleville returned a verdict finding for Mrs. Calvert and against the company, ordering the company to pay the $15,000 principal and interest in the sum of $1,231.10, a total of $16,231.10—Carbondale Herald
Calvert is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.
Deeslie, of this city.
Bird was for many years an esteemed resident of Benton, taking part
in musical affairs of local entertainments
and the First M. E. Church, of which he was
a faithful member.
The boy was returning home from school and upon reaching a small creek found the water so high that his crossing was impossible. Probably thinking a crossing could be made below, he wandered down stream, but before locating a place to cross he grew numb and sat down beneath a tree, where he was later found frozen to death.
He was a crippled boy and is said to
have been large for his age.—Herald
A.J. Perkins, father of Fred Perkins, of this city, and Harry Perkins, of Mound City, died in Vienna, Ill., Thursday of last week.
Mr. Perkins who was a veteran hotel man, sold the Perkins House in Vienna about two weeks before his death. He was born and reared in Vienna and his age was 73 years.
Perkins married Sarah Bowls
on 13 Feb 1876, in Johnson Co., Ill.—Darrel
Sunday morning at about 4 o’clock, Lowell Titus, a car inspector in the local yards of the Illinois Central Railroad, discovered the body of a man lying stretched out on top of a freight car which had arrived from Memphis, Tenn., at 3 o’clock, one hour before the finding of the body.
The dead man’s arm was around the runaway of the car and his hand was gripping it. His feet were hanging over the edge of the end of the car near the ladder. Blood was spattered over the top of the car. A bullet had entered his skull near the top of his forehead and had ranged downward. All evidence points to the history of murder.
The young man was quite handsome and was well dressed, but had overalls over his suit. His pockets had been turned inside out and no money was found on his person.
An inquest was held by Dr. O. T. Hudson, coroner of Pulaski County, and the coroner’s jury returned a verdict of “Death from a gunshot wound inflicted by some person or persons unknown.”
Papers found on the body identified the man as Hubert C. Bankston, age 24. He had been honorably discharged from the Twenty-third Infantry regiment of the United Sates Army at Fort Sam Houston February 2, after serving the regular three year enlistment. He had enlisted at Oklahoma City.
It was learned that a man answering his description had shown a large roll of money at the place where he had stayed in Memphis last Thursday and Friday. This money for which it is believed he was killed had been given Bankston as back pay when he was discharged from the army Feb. 2.
The dead man lay until Wednesday night in the Cole undertaking establishment on First Street and many were the curious who went in to view the body. The American Legion had planned to bury him in the National Cemetery with military honors, but on Wednesday, his father, Ed Bankston, of Enid, Oklahoma, was located and claimed the body, which was fully identified and was forwarded to that place, leaving on No. 204 Thursday morning.
(His death certificate states he was
born in 1904 in Hydro, Okla., died 5 Feb
1927, in Mounds, Ill., and was buried in
The body of Lory Price, who with his wife disappeared from their home in Marion on the night of Jan. 17, was found Saturday, Feb. 5, in a clump of bushes on a farm near Nashville, face downward, gagged and shot. No trace of Mrs. Price has yet been found.
Funeral services for the victim of
gangsters were held in the First Baptist
Church of Marion Tuesday afternoon. He
was buried with full military honors.
Miss Marie Swoboda, age 74, died very suddenly at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Wiedemann Tuesday about noon. A stroke of apoplexy came only a few hours before her death.
Miss Swoboda was born in Germany and came to Cairo when a small child. She was the last of her immediate family, but is survived by several nieces and nephews.
The body was taken to the home of a
Swoboda, of Cairo. Funeral
services were held at the Lutheran Church of
Cairo Thursday afternoon with Rev. C. Robert
Dunlap, officiating. Interment was
made in Villa Ridge cemetery.
Mrs. Elmira J. Pavey, mother of Mrs. George Titus, of this city, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the home of her son, C. W. B. Pavey, of Mt. Vernon, Ill. Mrs. Titus and son, Lowell, had been called to Mt. Vernon and were with her at the time of her death.
Mrs. Pavey, who was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hooppaw, was born near Villa Ridge on Sept. 12, 1853, and had reached the age of 73 years, 4 months and 26 days. She was married to George B. Pavey, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 1, 1872. The young couple came to Villa Ridge to make their home.
For many years, Mr. Pavey owned and managed a drug store in Villa Ridge.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. George Titus, Mrs. Pavey is survived by two sons, C. W. B. Pavey, of Mt. Vernon, and Paul G. Pavey, of Cairo; a sister, Mrs. Ida B. Lufkins, of Steamboat Springs, Colo. ; two brothers, George W. Hooppaw, of Tulsa, Okla., and O. W. Hooppaw, of St. Louis, also several grandchildren.
Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Pavey had spent a part of her time here with her daughter. She had a beautiful personality and was devoted to her family and church.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the M. E. church at Villa Ridge, Rev. J. S. Dever, of this city, officiating. Interment was made in Villa Ridge Cemetery.
Pavey married Elmira J.
Hooppaw on 2 Sep 1872, in Pulaski Co.,
Ill. George H.
Lufken married Nettie V.
Hooppaw on 12 Oct 1882, in White Co.,
Lufkin married Ida B.
Hooppaw on 4 Mar 1885, in Clinton Co.,
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Swoboda Born Nov. 4, 1853 Died Feb. 8,
Henry McCollum, a former resident of this county, passed away at his home in Hurst, Ill., on Sunday, February 6th.
Mr. McCullom was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCullom and was born near New Liberty, Ill., in 1870, but had spent the greater part of his life in Pulaski County. He moved to Cairo about fifteen years ago and had only recently moved to Hurst.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary McCullum, two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Bankson, of Mounds, and Mrs. Kate Inman, of Cairo; also a nephew and several nieces.
Funeral services were held in Cairo at the Church of God, on Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, the pastor, Rev. Raymond Hency officiating. Interment was made in Thistlewood Cemetery, the funeral cortege coming from Cairo via the interurban. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Mrs. Fannie Bankson, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Morgan, and Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Walbridge, of this city, attended the funeral services.
Bankston, 26, born in Alexander Co., Ill., son of Abner
Bankston and Anna M.
Flaugh, married Frances E.
McCollum, 24, of Ullin, Ill., born in
Henderson Co., Tenn., daughter of Andrew
McCollum and Sarah A.
Helton, on 4 Jul 1885, in Union Co.,
Wiesenborn was called to East St. Louis
Monday on account of the death of his
sister-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie
Wiesenborn, whose funeral was held
Tuesday of this week. (Grand Chain)
Mrs. Elmira Jenevieve Pavey, age 73 years, died at the home of her son, C. W. B. Pavey, in Mt. Vernon, Ill., Tuesday, noon, Feb. 8th. She was the widow of George A. Pavy, who was a druggist of Villa Ridge.
Mrs. Pavey was born in Villa Ridge, September 13, 1853, and was married to Mr. Pavey, of Buffalo, N.Y., September 1, 1872. She and her husband went to Villa Ridge where they made their home.
Besides her two sons, Mrs. Pavey is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Anna Laura Titus, of Mounds, two brothers, George W. Hooppaw, of Tulsa, Okla., and O. W. Hooppaw, of St. Louis, and a sister, Mrs. Ida B. Lufkin, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and seven grandchildren. She was a devoted wife and mother and a faithful Christian, spending her entire life in the service of her family and her church.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 10th, by Rev. Dever, pastor of the Methodist Church of Mounds. Interment was made in the Villa Ridge cemetery alongside her husband, who died several years ago. She was the mother of Paul G. Pavey, of Cairo.
Pavey married Elmira J.
Hooppaw on 2 Sep 1872, in Pulaski Co.,
married Anna Laura
on 28 Sep 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
A marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
We wish to express our appreciation and
thanks to those who were so kind to us
during the illness and death of our husband,
father and brother, Mr. Thomas
Masterson, especially Father
Stanley and Father
Monaghan, also St. Mary’s Choir, those who sent floral offerings and
donated the automobiles.
Thomas F. Masterson, age 52 years, died at his home in this city, Friday at 3:45 p.m. He had resided in this city for the past 49 years. Mr. Masterson was born in Rhode Island, coming to this city when three years old. He was married to Miss Mary Richardson, of Mound City, and is survived by his widow, three daughters Mrs. Virgil Clark, of Detroit, Mich., Miss Anna, and Miss Kathryn Masterson, of this city, and son, Bernard; also two brothers, Joseph, of Lake Charles, La., and John of this city; and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Carson, of Memphis, Tenn., and Kate, of this city.
Mr. Masterson was a ship carpenter. He had been ill for the past two weeks. Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Eugene Traynor, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, assisted by Father Bernard Monaghan, of St. Patrick’s Church of Cairo officiated. Interment was made in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Undertaker G. A. James was in charge.
(His marker in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds
Thomas son of Patrick & Anna
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 18 Feb 1927:
Mrs. Emma Britt died at the family home on South Elm Street Tuesday evening at 5:30 o’clock after an illness of several weeks duration. Mrs. Britt had suffered from a complication of disease, pneumonia developing shortly before her death.
Emma Welton Britt was born at Golconda, Ill., January 29, 1866, and died at Mounds, Ill., February 15, 1927, age 61 years, and 17 days. Her husband, Frank Britt died in 1911. Surviving her are six children, one son, Mark Britt, of Mounds, who made his home with his mother and devoted his life to her, and five daughters, namely Effie Stull, of Cairo, Lucy Fennema, of Mounds, Merle Welsh, Attica, Ind., Clara Morford, St. Louis, Mo., and Cynthia Anglin, of Mounds.
Funeral services will be held today at the family residence on South Elm Street at 2 ‘clock p.m. The Rev. J. F. Davault will officiate. Interment will be made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Thus passes a loving mother and kind
George Parsons, former mayor of Cairo, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Erwin Stelzer, on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 23. He had been in good health it seemed until about two weeks ago when a clot of blood that had formed in one of his eyes caused his removal to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.
A hemorrhage of the brain followed and he became unconscious. He was taken from St. Louis to his daughter’s home in Cairo, but he never regained consciousness.
Mr. Parsons served as mayor of Cairo from 1905 to 1913, four terms of two years each.
During his period as mayor, Mr.
Parsons entertained two Presidents of
the United States. Both President
Roosevelt and President Wilson Howard
Taft visited in Cairo during his administration. Both made the
trip at the invitation of organizations
promoting river development.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our
friends and neighbors for their kindness
during the illness and following the death
of our beloved mother. We wish to
thank the donors of the floral offerings and
those who tendered the use of their cars.
Miller was called to Marion Sunday by the death of her
sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank
Lavender. Deceased died at her home in
Marion Friday night aged 46 years. She was
born in Tennessee and lived in Illinois
since she was four years of age. She leaves
her husband and nine children and seven
brothers and sisters. Mrs. John
Hunter is the only one in that
county. She lives at Carterville. The
funeral took place Monday afternoon.
Two of Cairo’s most prominent men, George
Parsons, former mayor, and Dr. S. B.
practicing physician here for many years,
died Wednesday. Both had fairly good health
until about two weeks ago, when they began
failing and both have been critically ill
for several days. The deaths, although
expected, were a shock to the community,
coming so closely together.
When James Hayden died at his home in Altoona last Sunday evening, one of Wilson County’s oldest citizens passed away. If he had lived four more months, he would have been ninety-nine years old.
He was born in Frankfort County, Kentucky, June 20th, 1828. When a small child, he moved with his parents to Terre Haute, Ind., living there only a short time, later locating in Champaign County, Illinois.
When James was only nine years old, he was left to help his mother support and rear a large family, as his father had died. In his early manhood, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Cluster and to this union two children were born.
In 1861, when the call came for volunteers, he left is wife and three small children and enlisted in Company E, 51 Illinois Infantry at Champaign City, in 1861, and was honorably discharged at Chicago, Illinois, at the close of the war in 1865. Most of his family was born in Illinois. He moved to Kansas in 1880 and settled on what is known as the east half of the Argo tank farm. Soon after this, he moved to Greenwood County and lived there two years. Since that time he has lived in Wilson County. For the past twenty years he has resided in Altoona.
For the past three years, he had been in poor health and had been a constant care to his son and his family.
“Uncle Jimmy,” as he was commonly called, has been a staunch citizen and honest and upright in all his dealings, but his life work has ended, and his passing on leaves a vacant place in the home.
Only three children survive him, two daughters, Miss Alice Scudder and Mrs. Cora Johnson, both of Neodesha, and one son, J. S. Hayden, of Altoona, who was almost constantly by his father’s side caring and administering to his comfort.
Deceased was a member of the Christian Church and was superintendent of the Bumgardner Sunday School for many years.
“Uncle Jimmie” Hayden had lived in this county so long that he was known to practically everyone, old and young. He was quite a character in many ways—strong in his convictions, outspoken and full of energy. He made daily trips from his home to town almost every day until a few months ago. He was quick tempered and never went “around the bush,” as the saying goes, about what he had to say. But he was a good soldier, a good citizen and a good neighbor.
In the death of “Uncle Jimmie,” Altoona has lost its oldest citizen. He will be missed and the bereaved relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
The funeral was held Tuesday at the Presbyterian church, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. J. J. Dunham, and was largely attended many people coming from various parts of the county. The pallbearers were Albert Tucker, E. A. DeBolt, Grant Crowder, Meeker Wolfe, Frank Travis, and Arch Demmon. Burial was made in the Altoona Cemetery.—Altoona, Kansas (Wilson County) Tribune, Jan. 27, 1927
Deceased is a brother of William Hayden, of this county, and who has been dead several years.
Hayden married Elizabeth
Cluster on 17 Jun 1853, in Champaign
Hayden enlisted as a private in Co. E,
51st Illinois Infantry on 30 Sep
1861, at St. Joe, Ill.
He was 28, 5’9 ½,” brown hair, blue
eyes, married, farmer, born in Indiana.
He was mustered out on 29 Jul 1865,
in Springfield, Ill.—Darrel
Tuesday evening, Feb. 22, just as the Paducah train arrived at La Center, Ky., Charles Grace, a prominent citizen, of La Center, drew a pistol from his pocket and fired a shot into his body just below the heart. There were quite a number of passengers in the coach with him took the pistol from him and prevented his doing himself further injury.
Mr. Grace on leaving home for Paducah told members of his family that he
would not return. They have been uneasy for
some time fearing he would take his life as
he has threatened to do so a number of times
lately. About three months ago he
disappeared and it was only after a long
search that he was located in Illinois. Mr.
is a brother of J. J.
Funeral services for Mrs. Au___ Mikkin, aged 86, of Olmsted, who passed away in Cairo ___day night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fritz Hagey, ___ Seventeenth Street, Cairo, were held Monday afternoon at the residence near Olmsted conducted by Rev. C. Robert Dunlap, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Cairo. Interment was made in Concord Cemetery, G. A. James directed the funeral.
Mikken had been in poor health for some time and her death was not
unexpected. Deceased was a sister of Mrs.
Wesenberg of America and an ___ of Dr. W. R.
Wesenberg, of this city.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 4 Mar 1927:
Mr. and Mrs. William
were called to Murphysboro Tuesday by the
death of the former’s brother-in-law, Mr. B.
Interment was made at Makanda.
Mrs. Emma Stull died Friday, March 4, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Linder, of this city. She had made her home with Mrs. Linder for the past eleven years.
Mrs. Stull was born at Hoppinville, Tenn., Aug. 6, 1855, and had reached the age of 71 years, 6 months and 26 days.
She was married to James Stull, of Joppa, Ill., on the 18th day of April, 1880. To this union were born four children, James Jr., the youngest of the family, died after having reached manhood. Her three surviving children are Oscar Stull, of Cairo, Ill., Mrs. Maud Newton, of Paducah, Ky., and Mrs. Walter Linder, of Mounds. Besides her children and one sister, Mrs. Josie Davis, of Leesville, Texas, she leaves to mourn her death, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
Mrs. Stull united with the Baptist Church at Metropolis, Ill., in her girlhood days. She lived a devoted and faithful Christian to the time of her death.
Funeral services were held at the
Linder residence on South Elm Street
Sunday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev.
Smith, pastor of the M. E. Church of Mound City officiated.
Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Daniel Hogan, Jr., 45 years old, formerly of Mound City, where he was born and reared, died in New Orleans Thursday of last week. He was formerly an attorney in Danville, Ill., and was the son of Mrs. Dora Hogan, of Maywood Drive, Danville, and the late Daniel Hogan Sr., first clerk of the United States District Court for Eastern Illinois.
Besides his mother, Mr.
is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Blanche
Clements, of Danville, and Mrs. Rose
Elliott, of Lake City, Ark., who were at
his bedside when he died. He left
Danville about three years ago for New
Orleans and has been in failing health for
several years. Funeral services were
held Monday in Danville where the body was
taken last week.
We wish to express our thanks to those
who assisted us during the illness and after
the death of our dear mother. We also
thank those who gave floral offerings and
the use of their cars. Especially to
we thank the M. & O. employees for their
Katherine Farrow, a young colored woman, was killed and John Blakely, eight year-old colored boy, was wounded Sunday afternoon on Thirteenth Street, Cairo, by Georgie Hill, also colored, who fired five shots from a pistol she had taken from a pocket in her skirt.
The Farrow and Hill women had quarreled according to witnesses and had fought, but had been separated. The former, with a companion, walked on and was followed by the latter and her companion.
The Hill woman suddenly pulled out the pistol and fired five shots. A bullet penetrated the brain of the Farrow woman and she died instantly. The little boy, who was sitting on a curb at the corner of Thirteenth and Poplar streets, was hit in the left side and is in a critical condition.
Hill then ran toward the railroad yards, but was apprehended just as
she tried to board a freight train.
Daniel Hogan, Jr., age 45 and a former Mound City boy, died in New Orleans Thursday, March 3rd. He had been in ill health for a number of years. The remains were taken to Danville, Ill., where the funeral was held Monday and the body interred in a cemetery near that city.
Deceased is the son of Mrs. Dora Hogan, who resides at Danville. Besides his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Clements, of Danville, and Mrs. Rose Elliot, of Lake City, Ark., who were at his bedside when he died.
Mr. Hogan was born and reared in Mound City, where his family was very prominent. His father was Major Daniel Hogan, who was a power in Republican politics in Southern Illinois. The elder Hogan was publisher of the Pulaski Patriot, which is now the Pulaski Enterprise, and was later first clerk of the United States District Court of Eastern Illinois.
The Hogan family went to Danville in 1908, when the seat of the newly formed court district was moved from Cairo to Danville. They had lived in Springfield and in Chicago where Mr. Hogan was head of the Illinois Grain and Warehouse Commission. It was during that period that Daniel Jr., who had received some newspaper training on his father’s paper at Mound City, secured a position first on the Chicago InterOcean and later on the Chicago Chronicle, at the head of an important news department. He also worked for a time on other Chicago papers. He was instrumental in unraveling several mysterious murder cases in that city.
Mr. Hogan practiced law in Danville for several years between 1908 and 1921, but his health was so poor that he was compelled to give up his work.
Mr. Hogan was not married.
___ Dougherty, 44 years old, ___ tea and coffee salesman, was run over by a train and killed in Cairo Wednesday on the ___ of the Illinois Central ____ bridge approach. No ___ have been found.
Dougherty had been dead about half an hour when his body was discovered by a small boy, according to Dr. O. M. Dickerson. His wife could offer no information of why he was on the approach.
____ semi-monthly visits peddling his wares.
Daniel Hogan, Jr., former attorney here, with offices in the Daniel building, son of Mrs. Dora Hogan, of Maywood Drive and the late Daniel Hogan, Sr., first clerk of the United States district court of eastern Illinois, is dead at New Orleans. He passed away Thursday.
Meager information was contained in the telegram to his brother-in-law, Louis Clements, also an attorney. Mrs. Clements together with the mother and another sister, Mrs. James J. Elliott, of Lake City, Ark., were at his bedside when he died.
The body of Dan
will arrive at 11:50 o’clock Monday morning
and will be taken direct to Springhill
Cemetery, where short services will be
held. Friends are requested not to send
Mr. Hogan was a native of Illinois. He was about forty-five years old. He was born at Mound City. His father was a newspaper man and a grain man and as for many years a power in Republican politics in southern Illinois. At the time of the organization of the new United States court for Eastern Illinois in 1908, he was named as clerk.
The Hogan family came to Danville at that time. They had lived in
Springfield and Chicago, where Mr.
was head of the Illinois Grain and Warehouse
Commission. It was during that period that
Daniel Jr., who had received some newspaper
training on his father’s paper at Mound
City, secured a position first on the
Chicago InterOcean and later on the
Chicago Chronicle, at the head of an
important news department. He also worked
for a time on other Chicago papers. He was
instrumental in unraveling several
mysterious murder cases in that city.
Mr. Hogan practiced law in this city for several years between 1908 and 1921, but his health was so poor that he was compelled to give up his work. He had been in New Orleans for three years.
Mr. Hogan was not married.
During his residence here he made his home with the parents. He is survived by the mother and two sisters.—Danville Commercial News, March 5th.
Hogan married Dora W.
Carter on 25 May 1876, in Pulaski Co.,
J. Porter Nesbit, age 55 years old, a former resident of this city and well known in this county, died in a hospital at Long Beach, Cal., Tuesday, March 15. Mr. Nesbitt was a clothing merchant here, was postmaster for a number of years and was prominent in county and state politics.
He came originally from Pennsylvania and located in Villa Ridge as a telegraph operator. He was married to Miss Ethel Smith, daughter of the late Mrs. Hester Smith, for a number of years county superintendent of schools.
Leaving here sometime after the death of his wife he went to Chicago, later to California. He had been ill for over two years and had been a patient in a Long Beach hospital. The body was cremated and the ashes to be sent to the Modern Woodmen of America Camp 5151 of this city, in which he retained his membership. Burial in the Smith family lot at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Surviving the deceased are his son, Hugh Nesbitt, of Los Angeles, daughter, Mrs. Margaret Kelso, of Chicago, sister, Mrs. Astra Finen, formerly Mrs. C. Boswell, of Mounds, and another sister and brother.
Nesbit, 24, married Ethel Hope
19, on 26 May 1895, in Pulaski Co.,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 18 Mar 1927:
Word was received here Wednesday of the death of Mrs. Charles Mann, of Flora, who died in an Olney sanitarium. Mrs. Mann was well known in Mounds, having frequently visited her brother, G. E. Chance, and sister, Mesdames Clyde Titus, Seth Titus, and E. W. Park, of this city.
Mann married Mary Chance
on 1 Nov 1892, in Clay Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Lee Onia Stalcup, wife of B. A. Stalcup, died Wednesday at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Cairo. She was taken to the hospital Monday and on Tuesday submitted to an operation which was the third within the last few years.
Mrs. Stalcup was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Phelps, of Grantsburg, Ill., and a sister of Mrs. Ray Scott, of this city.
Interment will be made near Grantsburg
today with Undertaker G. A.
in charge. Rev. J. A.
of Marion, will conduct the funeral.
J. Porter Nesbit, a former postmaster of Mound City, died in a Long Beach California hospital Tuesday.
Nesbit was a brother of Mrs. Aceah
Boswell Finen, and Mrs.
Titus, both former Mounds residents.
His wife who died several years ago,
was Miss Ethel
daughter of Mrs. Hester M.
Jenks married Mary B. Tuthill
on 31 Dec 1878, in Perry Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Dorcas Caster, of Olmstead, died Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Victorine Pride, of this city. Mrs. Caster, who had reached the advanced age of 96, had made her home for a number of years during the winter months, with Mrs. Pride.
Mrs. Caster was the mother of the late Judge Lyman Caster, of Mound City, and the late Robert Caster, a former sheriff of Pulaski County. Besides Mrs. Pride, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Dorris, of Grapevine, Texas, a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a niece, Mr. William Diggs, of Mound City. She had lived in this county most of her life.
Funeral services were held in the
Methodist church of Olmsted, conducted by
the Rev. John
Martin. Interment was made in Cross Roads Cemetery in a
private family burial ground.
___ce Avon, the 11-month-old ____ of Mr. and Mrs. Burl ____ died Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of his parents, cause of his death being pneumonia. Funeral services were held Thursday ___ in Beech Grove Cemetery.
___ Edward, the infant son of Mr. and
Mrs. M. O.
Holdman, died ___day at 4 a.m. at the
home of its parents in this city of
pneumonia. The remains were ___ to Barlow,
Ky., for burial, the funeral services ___
Mrs. Dorcas Caster, age 93 years, practically a lifetime resident of this county, died Sunday at 1:40 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. Pride, in Mounds. Besides Mrs. Pride, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Dorris, of Grapevine, Texas. Mrs. Annie Caster, of this city, is a daughter-in-law and Mrs. William Biggs, a niece. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a large acquaintance of friends mourn her death. Deceased has been a resident of this county nearly all her life time. She was the mother of Judge Lyman C. Caster, and Robert Caster, who served as sheriff and assessor and treasurer of this county.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Southern Methodist Church at Olmstead, the Rev. John Martin officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery at Cross Roads Cemetery in a private family burial plot.
Caster was the daughter of Robert M.
Carns and Nannie Pearson,
who were married on 22 May 1870, in Pulaski
She may have been buried in Carns
Cemetery, but there is only one marker
It is for Warren F.
a nephew of Dorcas
Mrs. Charlotte McCann age 78 years, wife of William McCann, of 401 Commercial Avenue, Cairo, died at her home Sunday morning at 5 o’clock. Deceased is a sister of Chris Keller, of this city. The funeral was held Tuesday, Rev. C. Robert Dunlap, of the Lutheran Church conducting the services. Interment in Villa Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. McCann was born in Germany and came to this county 63 years ago and has been a resident of Cairo for 60 years.
(Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Elvis Frick, age 20, was drowned at 2 o’clock Thursday morning when an Overland coach in which he was riding plunged into a creek north of the viaduct in Mounds. Two others were riding in the car but they escaped by smashing their way out.
The remains were taken to Ullin where
the funeral and burial will be held today.
William A. Lackey, 87 years old, a wealthy and prominent farmer of this county, died at his home one mile east of Pulaski Saturday. Mr. Lackey was one of the pioneer farmers of this section and had wide acquaintance throughout Southern Illinois. He served as county commissioner of Pulaski County for several years. He is survived by his widow and other relatives.
The funeral was held at 2 o’clock at the family residence Monday afternoon and the interment took place in the Lackey Cemetery.
(His marker in Lackey Cemetery reads:
Lackey Born Aug. 25, 1839 Died March 26, 1927.—Darrel
Word was received on Monday by Mrs. E.
Hough, of the death of her cousin, James
Goodloe, a former Mound City boy, born
and raised here. For the past year he had
been in poor health and returned from
California in December last,
unimproved. His home is in Milwaukee, Wis.,
where he was engaged in the drug business
for many years. He leaves a wife and one
son and daughter and one grandson.
Mrs. Charles Curren, age 60, passed away at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo at 4:30 Saturday morning. Mrs. Curren was taken to the hospital two weeks ago and underwent an operation. Her husband is critically ill in marine hospital and has been ___ for several weeks. He was unaware of his wife’s presence in the hospital until the end came. Mrs. Curren before her marriage was Miss Kate Cummins and was a teacher in the schools of this county. She was a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of this city.
Surviving her are her husband, two daughters, Miss Hazel, of this city, Mrs. J. F. C. Berbling, of Cairo; three sons, Charles, of Chicago, John Lloyd and ____ of this city; two sisters, Miss Mary Cummins, of Cairo, and Miss Fannie Cummons of this city; a niece, Mrs. John _____ and nephew, John Shehan, of Cairo.
The body was prepared for burial by Undertaker G. A. James and was removed to the home in this city Sunday ____ many friends of the deceased came and paid their respects.
Funeral services were held _____ morning at 10:30 from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Solemn requiem mass was held with Father Eugene Tranor celebrant; ___ O’Flaherty deacon and ____ of the occasion, and Father Bernard Monaghan, sub____. Interment taking place in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Curren was unable to attend the funeral, as he is in a weakened condition, having been a patient in the hospital for ____ weeks.
Curren married Katie Cummings
on 4 Sep 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in St. Mary’s Cemetery in
Curren Born Sept. 6, 1864 Died March 26,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 1 Apr 1927:
William A. Lackey, a Pulaski County pioneer, died at his house one mile west of Pulaski Saturday, March 26, at the age of 87.
Mr. Lackey was one of the prominent farmers of the county. He had served as county commissioner and was widely known throughout Southern Illinois.
Surviving him are his widow and a number of relatives, among whom is a nephew, Frank Lackey, a former teacher in Mounds Township High School.
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon at 2 o’clock at the family
residence, the Rev. Mr.
officiating. Interment was made in the
Lackey Cemetery on the farm.
Mrs. Charles Curren, of Mound City, died at St. Mary’s Hospital Cairo, at 4:30 o’clock Saturday morning. Mr. Curren who is a patient at the same hospital is critically ill.
Mrs. Curren is survived by her husband, former state representative, and five children.
Funeral services were held in St.
Mary’s Catholic Church, Mound City, at 10:30
o’clock Monday morning. Solemn
requiem mass was conducted by Father
Traynor. Interment was made in St.
Mary’s Cemetery, Mounds.
Lee Onia Phelps Stalcup, daughter of J. P. and Elisabeth Phelps, was born April 1, 1894, and died March 16, 1927, at the age of 32 years, 11 months and 15 days. She was untied in marriage to B. A. Stalcup March 8th, 1914. She was converted early in life and joined the Concord Cumberland Presbyterian Church Sept. 7th, 1913, and lived a devoted Christian life until death. Just before her departure she said, “I have done everything I can. I am leaving it all with the Lord. I am trusting in him. Tell mother I am willing to go.”
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Hill at the First Baptist Church at Grantsburg, Ill., after which interment was made in Wartrace Cemetery near that place.
She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, father and mother, two sisters, Mrs. C. R. Scott, of Mounds, Ill., and Mrs. A. B. Eleam, of Carbondale, Ill., five brothers, Oscar, Orile, Roy and Hillis Phelps, of near Glendale, Ill., and Otis Phelps, of Carbondale, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Farewell dearest, you have left us
but we hope again to meet you
Elvis Frick, of Cairo, age 20, was drowned in Cemetery Creek Thursday morning about 2 o’clock when an Overland coach in which he and two other men were riding plunged into the turbulent waters of creek.
Moore, owner and driver of the car, and Wiley
Williams, were able to extricate themselves from the wreck.
Frick was pinned under the car and was
drowned before he could be rescued.
Young Frick was a nephew of H. E. Rhymer, of this city. He was a former Ullin boy and was married.
At the time of the accident, the water
in the creek was about 4 feet deep, but
later yesterday morning it had risen to a
depth of 12 feet and had completely
submerged the wrecked car.
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks
to our many friends and neighbors who so
kindly rendered their assistance during the
sickness and death of our wife, daughter and
sister, Mrs. B. A.
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Lincoln Bristoe, an employee of Dam 543, found the badly decomposed body of a man in the Ohio River about one and a half miles above the dam.
The condition of the body indicated
that it had been in the river for some time.
Evidently the man was about 60 years of age.
He was 5 feet 2 inches in height, weighed
135 pounds, and had no lower teeth.
Robert Eugene, 18-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Hammett, died early Tuesday morning of strangulation.
Funeral services were held at the home
Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. Rev. J. S.
Dever, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. Burial was
in Spencer Heights Cemetery conducted by
undertaker G. A.
___ay evening the ____ shocked by the ____ ___ Fred Schoenfeld, Sr. ___ dead with a bullet ___ temple.
____ of the W. I.
Con_____ was under the ____ Mr.
Schoenfeld, _____ lying on a bed.
____ suicide was ren___ coroner’s jury at ___ conducted by Coroner ____. ___had been suffering from rheumatism.
___ was swollen and ____ because of this he ___ left hand to fire the ____. He had seemed ____ a neighbor left ____ o’clock Sunday night. ____ when he died. His ____ Cheshire, Ohio, ___ her invalid mother.
Mr. Schoenfeld was born in ____ August 5, 1855, and ____ year. He was first married to Miss Sarah Mason, of ____ Mrs. W. I. Connell, ____ Schoenfeld, both ____ were children of this _____. Mr. Schoenfeld arrived from _____ Wednesday noon.
Funeral services were held at the home
of his daughter. ____ at 2:30 o’clock of
Dever officiated. Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Richey married Josephene
Caster on 2 Nov 1876, in Pulaski Co.,
Fred Schoenfelt, 71 years old, shot and killed himself Sunday night while in bed at his farm home about one mile north of Mounds. He was living alone, his wife having gone to stay with relatives in Ohio. His body was discovered Monday morning by a Negro employee who went to the farm and failing to arouse Schoenfelt by shouting from outside looked through a window and saw his body lying across a bed.
A revolver with one empty cartridge in the chamber was by his side. A bullet had entered his brain.
Ill health was believed to have led the farmer to take his life.
Deceased is survived by his daughter, Mrs. W. I. Connell, and son, Fred Jr., both of Mounds. Mr. Schoenfelt residing in Mound City a number of years ago and served as deputy sheriff of Pulaski County under the administration of Cal Wehrenberg. He had been married twice, his first wife being dead several years.
Schoenfeld married Sarah C.
Mason on 22 Sep 1880, in Pulaski Co.,
Moore, 22, of Benton, Ill., 6’2”, red hair, blue eyes, single,
farmer, born in Franklin Co., Ill., enlisted
15 Aug 1861, in Co. I, 31st
The muster rolls of the 18th
Illinois contain the names of Wilson
Plumlee and William Plumlee,
but not John
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 15 Apr 1927:
Sarah Lucinda Wiggs was born in Union County, Jan. 23, 1854, and died at the home of the daughter, Mrs. E. A. Stokes, of Mounds, April 11, 1927, at the age of 73 years, 2 months and 19 days. She was united in marriage to W. R. Wiggs in the year of 1876. To this union were born eleven children, James Edward and Talbert Adolphus, of Lick Creek, William Fred, of Carterville, Harry Elijah, of Makanda, and Otis Guy, of Goreville, Mrs. Frankie Watkins and Mrs. Carrie Murphy, of Makanda, and Mrs. E. A. Stokes, of Mounds.
Her husband and three children had preceded her to the glory world. She took Jesus as her Savior when very young and through her many years and her sickness and suffering her faith only grew stronger in her Lord. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Camp Ground east of Anna. She was always faithful to her church as long as her health permitted her to attend. For years she had often expressed her desire to go to her Heavenly Home and when dying said, “Goodbye, I am going. I want you all to meet me in Heaven.”
She leaves to mourn her loss the eight children already named, twenty-three grandchildren, one brother, L. T. Lingle, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stokes; Rev. J. S. Dever of the M. E. Church officiated. Interment was made at the Anna Cemetery. G. A. James directed the funeral.
Wiggs, 25, married Sarah L.
on 25 Feb 1875, in Union Co., Ill.
Watkins, 21, born in Williamson Co., Ill., son of Hiram
Watkins and Mary
Cagle, married Frankie Wiggs,
23, born in Union Co., Ill., daughter or
Wiggs and Lucinda Lingle,
on 1 Jun 1900, in Union Co., Ill.
Her marker in Anna City Cemetery
Sarah L. wife of W. R.
Born Jan. 23, 1854, Died April 11,
Campbell, 20, born in Illinois, son of John R.
Campbell and Miss Skelton,
married Ellen A.
Musgrave, 19, born in Illinois, daughter
of A. J.
Musgrave and Miss
on 4 Mar 1896, in Union Co., Ill.
John R. Campbell married Lucinda C.
Skelton on 5 Jun 1870, in Union Co.,
Musgrave married Amanda E.
on 8 Jul 1869, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in Anna City Cemetery
Campbell Born Sept. 3, 1875 Died April
Campbell his wife Born Aug. 26, 1876 Died Feb. 15, 1957.—Darrel
Mr. and Mrs. L. H.
Holstenberg and daughters returned the
last of the week from Houlton, Ill., where
they were called by the death of Mrs.
We wish to express our sincere thanks
to the many friends for their help and
sympathy during the sickness and after the
death of our beloved mother. We desire
to express our appreciation of the beautiful
We desire to thank all those who so
kindly helped us during the decease of our
husband and father, F. A.
Schoenfeld. Especially do we thank
Dever for this consoling message, the M.
E. choir, Mr. E. A.
Hartman, who conducted Masonic rites,
and all those who sent flowers or assisted
us in any way.
Mrs. Lora D. Horrell, daughter of Edward and Lenda Horrell, was born in Old Frankfort, Franklin County, Ill., March 31, 1862, died at her home near Villa Ridge, Ill., April 19, 1927, aged 45 years, 19 days.
She came to Mounds at the age of fifteen and was married to Mr. Elmer Koonce three years later on Nov. 2, 1900. To this union six children were born, namely Clarence F., Harry F., Edward N., of Mounds, Vera Marie and Elmer W. Jr., all of Villa Ridge.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and six children, as above named, her father of Pine Bluff, Ark., two brothers, C. R. Horrell, of Memphis, Tenn., and William Horrell, of Madisonville, Ky., together with many other relatives and friends.
She was a member of the Congregational Church for about twenty years. Though handicapped in many ways it was said that she attended services when she could and took an active part in Ladies Aid and other phases of church life.
Funeral services were held at Villa Ridge Thursday afternoon conducted by Elder H. C. Croslin.
Horrell married Malinda
Penninger on 3 Jan 1880, in Franklin
Koonce, 28, born in Villa Ridge, son of
Koonce and Margaret
Phillips, married Laura D.
Horrell, 18, born in Frankfort, Ill.,
daughter of Edward
Horrell and Malinda
Penninger, on 2 Nov 1900, in Pulaski
Aliff married Nannie Johnson
on 2 Apr 1889, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Grand Chain Masonic
Mrs. Malissa Williams, a colored lady, age 56, died at her home in this city, Sunday. She was a widow, her husband having preceded her in death over a year ago. She leaves three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday, the body being taken by boat to Mounds, thence to Grand Chain by hearse, where interment took place.
(Bennett Williams married Malissa Brown on 25 Nov 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
Prof. M. C. Hunt
was called to Tamms, this week, on account
of serious illness of his wife. Mrs.
who has been ill for a long time, has been
lingering between life and death for some
Mrs. Lora Koonce, age 45, and a highly respected resident of Villa Ridge, died at her home in that place Tuesday afternoon. Surviving her are her husband, Elmer J. Koonce and five children, Clarence and Harry, of Mounds, ___d Elmer, Vera and Marie, of Villa Ridge. All were at her bedside when the end came.
Koonce married Laura D.
Horell on 2 Nov 1900, in Pulaski Co.,
Liggett, 19, born in Staffordshire, England, 5’7,” red hair, grey
eyes, sandy complexion, single, farmer, of
Massac Co., Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 6th
Illinois Cavalry, on 31 Aug 1861, at Alder
He was promoted to 1st
Sergeant on 25 May 1865, and was mustered
out 5 Nov 1865, at Selma, Ala.
Liggett married Martha A.
Thompson on 15 May 1872, in Pope Co.,
___ok No. 1 from the pension rolls when
108, died recently ____, Ky. She was one of
the surviving widows of veterans of the War
of 1812 and was ___ pensioner of all.
E. C. Fletcher, age 51, mayor of Mounds, died at his home in that city at 12:10 o’clock Tuesday morning. He had been ill all winter suffering with cancer of the stomach. About two weeks ago he returned from Rochester, Minn., where he received a course of treatment.
He was born in Dalton, Ga., and came to Mounds from Chattanooga, Tenn., 24 years ago to work at his trade, that of plumber. For the past 16 years he operated a shop of his own. He was mayor of Mounds for two terms and was a loyal citizen to his community.
Surviving him are his widow and three children, Mrs. Frank Reed, Miss Helen and Charles Fletcher, a brother and sister in Chattanooga and a brother in Middletown, Ohio.
(His marker in Spencer Heights Cemetery at Mounds reads: Eustace C. Fletcher 1875-1927.—Darrel Dexter)
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 29 Apr 1927:
Dr. Lyerly held an inquest the following morning and the verdict was accidental death by drowning. The body was prepared for burial by Norris and Son, undertakers and taken to Louisville, Ill., by Cecil Norris, accompanied by the boy’s father Saturday for interment.
The Pulaski Enterprise, Friday, 6 May 1927:
Mrs. Sue Sams, age 60, died at her home in this city last week. She had been ill for several months.
Her husband preceded her in death about eight months ago. She leaves three daughters and one son.
Funeral services were held at the A. M. E. church Sunday, conducted by Rev. Smith. Interment in Spencer Height Cemetery. G. A. James funeral director in charge.
married Mrs. Susan
Williams on 29 Dec 1881, in Pulaski Co.,
Funeral services for Mayor E. C. Fletcher, of Mounds, were held at the family residence at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. S. Dever, of the Methodist church. The home was filled with friends and relatives and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.
Interment was made in Beech Grove
Cemetery. G. A.
was in charge.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 6 May 1927:
Blakely, 21, born in Pope Co., Ill., son
of John A.
Blakely and Rhody C.
Harper, married Mary E.
Little, 19, born in Union County,
daughter of Burrel M.
Little and Sarah A.
on 6 Jan 1889, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in Anna City Cemetery
METROPOLIS—A news dispatch from Cincinnati gives the following about a tragedy in which one of the victims was a prominent river man who has a good many friends in Metropolis.
Wiley Claude Hill, 50, captain of the Kate Adams, a picturesque old landmark of early river days, which was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago, and his wife Edna, 51, lay in White Hospital beds tonight, the victims of a new tragedy.
Hill was shot twice in the back by his wife, who then attempted suicide by slashing her throat with a razor. Hill, who had just returned from a visit to the river boat companies seeking a new craft to captain, was making toast for his wife when she raised from the sick bed, took a revolver from beneath her pillow and shot him.
A neighbor who heard the shots ran into
the room and aided
in wresting the revolver from his wife.
While the neighbor was examining
to determine the seriousness of his wounds,
Hill stepped to a dresser and slashed
her throat with a razor.—Metropolis News.
Although 80 years old, Dunn was apparently in good health up to the time of his death. He had been distressed the last week, however, by the flood situation.
Dunn owned considerable property in Southeastern Missouri, now submerged by floods. More of his holdings were flooded by the break at Cottonwood Point near here which poured water over much of the Big and Little Lake district.
He made the surveys several years ago
for the levee that gave way. He was
president of the First National Bank of
Gorham and treasurer of the drainage
the present Jackson County engineer, was his
Alfred Benton Ledbetter was born three miles east of Pulaski, Illinois, January 4th, 1863, and departed this life May 9th, 1927, at the age of 64 years, eight months and five days. He spent his entire life in Pulaski County.
He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Liberty at the age of 20 years and lived a devoted Christian life.
He suffered a paralytic stroke about four years ago and has been an invalid ever since. During the past six months he suffered three more strokes.
All through his illness she was always cheerful and patient and often spoke of being ready and willing to go home to heaven and that he was just waiting the time to come when he would be called to go.
He was united in marriage to Ettie Hooppaw, Dec. 9th, 1888. To this union four children were born, two daughters who died in early childhood and two sons, David, of Ullin, Ill., and Revis, of Pulaski, Ill.
Besides the two sons, he leaves his wife, a daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, two brothers, Albert of Mounds, Ill., and Wiley, of Olmstead, Ill., several nieces and nephews and a host of friends to mourn his departure.
Funeral services were held at the M. E.
church, Pulaski, by Rev. C. L.
Phifer, of Golconda. Burial was at
Liberty Cemetery with Undertaker W. H.
Aldrich, in charge.
Pulaski loses another well-known and highly respected citizen in the death of Benton Ledbetter, who passed away Monday night at the age of 64. His death was the result of stroke of paralysis, which he suffered several years ago and left him an invalid. He was a pioneer resident of this county, having settled there when the territory was a virgin forest. He is survived by his widow, two sons, David, of Ullin, and Revis, of Pulaski, two brothers, Wiley Ledbetter, of Ullin, and Albert, of Mounds, and three grandchildren.
The funeral was held at the Methodist church in Pulaski Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment in Liberty Cemetery. Wid Aldred was the funeral director in charge.
Ledbetter married Etta Hoopaw
on 7 Dec 1888, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Liberty Cemetery reads:
Ledbetter Born Jan. 4, 1863 Died May 9,
Schroeder, of Grand Chain, died Tuesday after having suffered a
stroke of apoplexy. He was out to his farm
and not feeling well, seated himself on the
running board of the car to rest. Colored
men brought him back to town and he expired
before reaching home. Deceased was a
well-known and highly respected citizen of
that community. Funeral services were held
Thursday afternoon at the residence,
conducted by C. Robert
Dunlap, of Cairo. Interment in Beech
Bodies of two unidentified men were found Sunday lodged in driftwood near
Miller City, Ill., in Alexander County,
normally five miles inland from the
Mississippi River. Both bodies were
decomposed beyond identification. They
showed no marks of death by violence, and it
is assumed that they were flood victims
carried in when the Mississippi inundated
the Miller City region. One was fully
clothed in a dark suit, light shirt and
woolen hose. Two pairs of trousers were
worn by the drowned man. The other body was
clad only in a light cotton shirt.
Two bodies left by the receding flood waters near the Mississippi River and
found Sunday have been identified as those
Wright, 35 years old, and Dannie
Coleman, 42, who left Gale during the heavy ice last winter on a
duck hunt and never returned or were heard
Charles Curren, who has been a
patient at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo for
several months, died at 5:15 Thursday
afternoon. He was born in this city July 26th,
1864, and served five terms in the state
legislature. His wife preceded him in death
several weeks ago and he is survived by five
children, two daughters and three sons.
The cremated remains of John Porter
Nesbit, who died in Long Beach, Cal.,
March 12, arrived here Tuesday by express
and consigned to the Modern Woodman of
America, No. 5151 of this city. The remains
were in a copper container about 6x4x2 and
was sealed. The following description
appeared on the outside.
This package contains the cremated remains of
Age 56 years, 1 month and 18 days, who died March 15, 1927, and the body was
cremated on the above date.
All members of Modern Woodmen of America, Camp 5151 are requested to meet at
I. O. O. F. at Mound city at 9:15 a.m.
Sunday, May 22. Will leave hall promptly at
9:30 a.m. for Beech Grove Cemetery where
funeral will be held by M. W. of A. at the
family lot at 10:00 a.m.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 20 May 1927:
The body of William Wright, of Gale, who was drowned in December while duck hunting, was washed ashore one day last week between Thebes and Fayville. The body was identified and sent to Gale for burial. Wright was a brother of David Wright, of this city.
Another body was washed ashore near Old Willard a few days previously, but because of the condition could not be identified. It is now believed that this was the body of Coleman, Wright’s hunting companion.
(He may have been buried in Hutchinson and Gale Cemetery, where a marker reads: Will Wright.—Darrel Dexter)
Hillard, ten-year-old daughter of Mrs. Tom
Hilliard, and granddaughter of John
Martin, died Monday of peritonitis following an attack of
appendicitis. Funeral services were
Lyerly Adams, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac
Lyerly, was born in Union County, Ill.,
April 1, 1861, and died in Mounds, Ill., at
the home of her son, Walter, where she had
lived for the past six months. She had
reached the age of 66 years, 1 month and 12
days. In 1876 she was married to B. M.
of Jonesboro, Ill. To this union
eleven children were born, seven of whom
preceded her in death.
She was converted and united with the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at about the age of 31 in which church her membership has ever remained. She was persevering and steadfast in faith of her savior.
She had been an invalid for about six years and for the last eight weeks had been confined to her bed, suffering greatly. Through it all she clung to her Savior with an abiding faith that made her loved ones and friends know that she was on her way to that celestial city from whose bourne no traveler shall ever return.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Dongola and interment was made in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Rev. H. C. Croslin, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Mounds, officiated at both the church and the grave.
(Her marker in Jonesboro Cemetery
Adams Born April 5, 1854.
his wife Born April 1, 1859 Died May 13,
A dear one from us is gone.
Our loss is heaven’s gain.
Farewell dear mother, our greetings
are o’er until we meet on the beautiful
N. V. Lewis, of Grand Chain, died Monday night, May 16, at 11:30 o’clock at the home of his niece, Mrs. W. E. Rife, of Villa Ridge.
Mr. Lewis was born in Owensboro, Ky., Dec. 27, 1861. He was married to Miss Jennie Bartleson, Sept. 5, 1888.
At one time Mr.
Lewis was head of the Lewis Mercantile Company, a wholesale grocery
house of Cairo. Later he moved to a
farm on the banks of the Ohio near Lewis
Landing, not far from Grand Chain.
Funeral services were held at the
graveside in Grand Chain Cemetery, Wednesday
afternoon. Rev. O. E.
Connett, pastor of the First Methodist
Church of Cairo officiated. The
funeral was directed by G. A.
We wish to thank each and every one for
their kind assistance in the many different
ways during the illness and death of our
especially appreciate the consoling services
of the Rev. H. E.
pastor of the Baptist Church. We thank
those who gave flowers and the use of their
cars. We also thank the ones for the
beautiful music rendered and those who
assisted in the singing
WHEREAS, It has pleased God, in his wisdom, to call from us, to his eternal reward, our beloved friend and Alderman, Honorable Charles Curren.
WHEREAS, We feel it our duty, as members of the city council, to leave some tribute of respect to his memory and condolence to his bereaved family, therefore,
RESOLVED, That in the death of the Honorable Charles Curren, we mourn the loss of one of the most esteemed and best loved citizens of the city, one who has served the city, state and country as an honorable and efficient officer, one worthy of the positions of public trust, accorded him by the choice of the people, as city alderman, an office which he held for thirty four years, and in the social walks of life.
RESOLVED, That as members of the city council we shall cherish his memory, esteemed his friendship and advise as worthy of imitation, that we sincerely sympathize with his family in their bereavement, and that we will, as a body, attend his funeral tomorrow.
RESOLVED, That a page upon the records of the council be set apart for the record of these resolutions and that a copy of the same be furnished the family, also sent to the Pulaski Enterprise for publication.
Done at Mound City, Illinois this 21st
day of May 1927
A.W. Williamson, formerly of this city, died at his home, 7375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif., Saturday at 11:50, after a prolonged illness of several months. Deceased was a prominent lumberman here for many years. He first engaged in the sawmill business in Kentucky with his brother-in-law, T. M. Ford, later moving to this city and the firm of Williamson-Kuny Mill and Lumber Company, was incorporated with Mr. Williamson as president and this company existed for many years. About twelve years ago he disposed of his interest there and with his family left for California. He also was mayor of this city a number of years and held the office of county commissioner for several terms.
Surviving Mr. Williamson are his widow, a son, Frederick, a prominent attorney of Los Angeles, and a daughter, Miss Alberta. Also a sister, Mrs. Ella Ford, of Hollywood, and other relatives, including Mrs. Edgar Miller, of this city, and Mrs. Ernest Crain, of Villa Ridge, who are sisters-in-laws of the deceased, Fred Culp, of Memphis, and Arthur Culp, of Iowa, brothers-in-law. Mrs. Williamson was formerly Miss Inez Culp of Anna.
Funeral services were held form the family residence at 3 o’clock Tuesday with interment in Hollywood.
Williamson married Alma Inez
Culp on 29 Jun 1893, in Union Co., Ill.
Miller married Girtrude
on 8 Jul 1897, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Mrs. Lola Bunch, age 27 years, wife of John Bunch, of Mound City, died at her home, 626 Main Street, Tuesday night at 11 o’clock following an illness of several weeks. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and a daughter, also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas, five sisters and a number of other relatives. She had made her home in Mound City for eleven years. Mr. Bunch is employed at the grocery of L. D. Stophlet.
Funeral services were held Thursday
afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence
conducted by the Rev. B. E.
Overby, pastor of the First Baptist
Church. The Royal Neighbors of America, of
was a member, conducted the last rites at
Beech Grove Cemetery, where interment was
Henry King passed away at the hospital in Anna May 17th, at the age of 86 years.
The remains were taken to his residence east of Pulaski, now occupied by his daughter, Mrs. Laura McClellan, and arrangements for the funeral were made.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, May 19th, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, of which he was a member. The services conducted by Rev. Vick, pastor of the church, were largely attended.
The body was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery. W. H. Aldred directed the funeral.
King married Mary A.
Ledbetter on 26 Dec 1869, in Pulaski
A marker in Rose Hill Cemetery reads:
1843- (no death date).—Darrel
The death of Charles Curren, of this city, occurred Thursday evening at 5:15 o’clock at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo, where he had been a patient for several weeks. His death as not unexpected, as he had been in a critical condition for over a week. Mr. Curren was born in this city, July 26, 1864, and he has always made this city his home.
He was married in 1889 to Miss Katherine Cummings, and five children were born to this union, all of whom survive their parents, namely Charles Jr., of Chicago, Miss Hazel Curren, of this city, Harold and John Lloyd of this city, and Mrs. J. F. C. Berbling, of Cairo. He also has three sisters, Mrs. J. L. Marooney, Mrs. C. E. Bokencamp and Mrs. Alfred Schuler, of this city. Mr. Curren’s wife died March 26th at St. Mary’s Infirmary where Mr. Curren was a patient at the time. His condition was so grave that he was not informed of his wife’s death for some time after.
Mr. Curren was representative in the general assembly from the Fiftieth Senatorial district for five successive terms. He was a most active member of the house for his district. When appropriations for the levees of Cairo, Mound City and Shawneetown were asked following the 1912 and 1913 floods, Mr. Curren proved to be the main reliance the delegation went to Springfield to enlist state aid.
Impressive funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Sunday morning at which throngs of sorrowing friends gathered at the church to pay their last tribute to the decease. A solemn high requiem mass was sung with the Rev. Walter Mulroney, a nephew of Mr. Curren as celebrant, assisted by Rev. Fathers Eugene Traynor, rector of St. Mary’s Church, of this city and M. O’Flaherty, of Cairo. Miss Margaret Westerman, a grandniece of the deceased, sang Gounod’s “Ave Mari” and the choir contributed beautiful music. Following the services the cortege left by automobiles for St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds where the interment took place.
Active pallbearers chosen from Curren’s most intimate friends were: M. F. Browner, William Bestgen, Pete McNeil, ___ O’Sullivan, B. Hutcheson, and F.J. Kuny.
Many friends from over the state were present at the funeral. Congressman E. E. Denison, George D. T. Hartwell, State Representative Wallace A. Ban ___ of Marion, Claude Rew, of Harrisburg, and Carl Choisser, of ____tor. Others at the funeral were Miss Eva Young, postmistress, O. Lewis, Henry Cohen, L. ___ill, and Harris Schulzee, of ___n and Raymond Curren, of Chicago, Mrs. George Thompson, Louis Cleary, cousins of Chicago.
(A picture of Charles
Curren is published with the obituary.
Boekenkamp married Annie
Curren on 24 Sep 1890, in Pulaski Co.,
Mulroney married Mary A.
Curren on 19 May 1880, in Pulaski Co.,
Schuler married Rosa Curren
on 17 Jun 1891, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in St. Mary’s Cemetery at
Curren Born July 16, 1864 died May 19,
N. V. Lewis an old resident of this place who died at Villa Ridge at the home of his niece, Mrs. W. E. Rife, May 16th right after an illness of several weeks was buried Wednesday, May 18th. Mr. Lewis went to Florida in hope of improving his health, but returned to Cairo without any apparent change. He was a patient at St. Mary’s Infirmary for several weeks and later was taken to the home of Mrs. W. E. Rife. Mr. Lewis was born in Kentucky in 1861. He was married to Miss J. Bartleson in 1888 and to this union were born two children, one daughter Mrs. G. C. Bartleson, of Grand Chain, and one son, Thomas Lewis, of Florida. Funeral services were held at Villa Ridge at 2:30 o’clock by Rev. O. E. Connett, pastor of the Methodist Church in Cairo.
Lewis married Jennie
Bartleson on 5 Sep 1888, in Pulaski Co.,
His marker in Grand Chain Masonic
Mary Lee, a well-known and highly respected colored woman, died Tuesday morning, May 17, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lottie Davis, on 816 Commercial Avenue in this city. Mrs. Lee had lived in this city a number of years and had worked in many of the best homes. She bore an excellent reputation and was a devoted member of the colored Baptist church and also belonged to three secret orders. Her funeral was held Thursday with interment in the cemetery at Pulaski.
(Mary Nutt, born 13 Oct 1877, in Illinois, died 17 May 1927, daughter of Isaac Nutt and Sarah Hurt, married John Lee. Joseph Johnson, 56, of Villa Ridge, born in Tennessee, son of Seazer and Martha Johnson, married Mrs. Sarah Nutt, 50, on 5 Apr 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 27 May 1927:
Hon. Charles Curren, of Mound City, who died Thursday night, May 19, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Cairo, was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mounds, Sunday, following high requiem mass at St. Mary’s Church, Mound City.
Mr. Curren was born in Mound City, July 26, 1864. He was married to Miss Katherine Cummins in 1889. In 1912 he was elected as representative to serve in the general assembly of the state and served five terms or from 1912 to 1922.
Mrs. Curren died only a few weeks ago. Mr. Curren is survived by five children—Mrs. J. F. C. Berbling, Cairo; Charles Jr., Chicago; Miss Hazel Curren, Harold and John Lloyd, of Mound City.
Mr. Curren played a prominent part in securing state aid to strengthen the Cairo and Mound City levees after the high water of 1913.
The Pulaski Enterprise, Friday, 3 Jun 1927:
H. C. Danby, age 60 years, died at his home, 401 Main Street, Wednesday night at 11:40. He suffered a fall during the sleet storm in the early spring and he had been confined to his bed for near ten weeks. Deceased was an industrious citizen and was highly esteemed by all. He had resided in this city for fifteen years. Surviving Mr. Danby are his widow and two stepchildren, Ivan and Miss Ona Calvin, of this city; also two sons by a former marriage, Willard and James Danby, and a daughter, Mrs. George Molter, of Ann Arbor, Mich. He leaves a brother, four grandchildren and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at the residence at 1:30, Rev.
Interment in Beech Grove
Louis Adam Hawkins was born in Germany on December 9, 1844, and died at his home near Mounds on May 29, 1927, age 82 years, 5 months and 20 days. When a small child he came to America with his father and his stepmother and the family located at Grand Tower, Illinois, where the parents died when he was only seven years of age. He was cared for by a family by the name of Lee until he grew to manhood.
In August 1865, he was married to Miss Sallie Evelyn Walbridge, who had been a teacher in the community in which he lived. They were married in the court house in Murphysboro which still stands and their wedding was celebrated with a supper at the Logan House, the leading hotel of that city. They lived for a time near Grand Tower, but they early moved to Mounds, where he has remained for nearly sixty years. His wife preceded him in death ten years ago.
To this union were born eight children, John C. Hawkins, who died in 1925; Frank L., who died in 1884; Addie R., who is now Mrs. W. E. Crain, of near Mounds; May S., county superintendent of schools of Pulaski County; Elizabeth A., now Mrs. M. M. Shifley, of Mounds; Hattie E., now Mrs. P. A. Simmons, living near Mounds; Sally K., now Mrs. A. T. Carson, of Mounds; and Louis R., who lived in the home with his father at the time of the latter’s death. There are in addition to these, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, left to mourn his death.
For a brief time in his life, Mr. Hawkins was a lead miner and for several years he was engaged in the milling business with his father-in-law, Henry S. Walbridge. The mill stood for a number of years southwest of the present Illinois Central depot where the yards are now located. For the greater part of his life, however Mr. Hawkins has operated his own farm near Mounds and he found great pleasure in his growing crops and in the care of his stock. He was planning to oversee the production of a crop this present season.
On last Sunday morning he fed his stock and made calls at two of his neighbors’ homes about noon.
He returned home, ate his dinner and repaired to the front porch, where he was seized with a heart attack a few minutes thereafter and died in about twenty minutes. Dr. Hudson was called immediately and he reached him in time to administer medical aid, but Mr. Hawkins lived for only a few minutes after the doctor’s arrival.
The deceased was a good citizen and an industrious man. He was not an indulgent father, but what he considered to be the best interests of his family was always uppermost in his heart. He professed faith in the Savior a short time after the death of his son, John, and while he has never been a member of a church, he has always believed in prayer and encouraged his children to attend Sunday school and church services.
Funeral services were held at the home near Mounds Tuesday afternoon. Interment was made in the family lot in the Beech Grove Cemetery.
Hawkins married Sarah E.
Walbridge on 21 Aug 1865, in Jackson
27, born in Villa Ridge, Ill., son of W. R.
and Mary A.
Spence, married Addie R.
Hawkins, 22, born in Beechwood, Ill.,
daughter of Lewis A.
Hawkins and Sally E.
Walbridge, on 25 Mar 1896, in Pulaski
George Pearson, age 72, a former resident of Mounds, died in this city Tuesday night. He had been a resident in this community for over 50 years and had resided in this city for the past three years.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Gray, pastor of the Congregational Church at his late residence in Mound City at 10 o’clock Thursday morning.
He was a retired employee of the Illinois Central railway company, having reached the age limit and a pensioner of that company having earned his retirement.
Pearman are two daughters, Mrs. Bailey
Arter, of Chicago, and Mrs. Nettie
Miller, of Mattoon, Ill.; also three sons, Ben
Pearson, of Chicago, P. E.
Pearson, of Evansville, Ind., and Howard
Pearson, of Mound City. His wife
died about ten years ago.
Again the death knell has sounded and it is with deep regret that we announce the death of William A. Dougherty, which occurred at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo at 5:15 o’clock Saturday afternoon. It was a severe shock to this community as well as in Cairo when the message was received of his death.
Mr. Dougherty had been a patient since last Wednesday, May 25th, when he underwent an operation for appendicitis. While his death had not been entirely unexpected to his family and his most intimate friends, as his condition has been grave for two days, news of his untimely demise was received as a blow to his wide circle of friends.
His wife was at his bedside when he died. His only son, William A. Dougherty, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio, who had been summoned to Cairo by his father’s illness, arrived shortly after Mr. Dougherty passed away.
Dougherty was born in this city in 1869, the son of A. J. and Fannie
Dougherty. He was married to Miss Birdie
Simpkins, of Metropolis, who with their only child, William A.,
Dougherty, Jr., a prominent attorney of
Cleveland, survives him. He also
leaves four sisters, Mrs. W. C.
Pfeffer, of Lebanon, Ill., and Mrs.
of Portland, Ore., Miss Flora
Dougherty, of Wyoming, and Mrs. __te
of Portland, also a brother, Col. A. J.
Dougherty, U.S. A., who is stationed at
Mr. Dougherty was a member and active worker in the First Methodist Church and for several years has been director of the church choir, succeeding the late George Parsons, when the latter retired as director some years ago. Under the direction of Mr. Dougherty, the choir has ___ed a high rank in Cairo ____al circles and has become known for the unusually splendid ___y of its music. In addition to his work with the church, Mr. Dougherty was prominent in the men’s club of the ____ and an active worker in Sunday school. The funeral services which were impressive were held at the Methodist church in Cairo, Pastor Rev. O. E. Connett conducting the services, which were largely attended. After the service, the cortege left by automobile for Mounds, where interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery. Karcher Brothers directed the funeral.
The pallbearers were M. C. ____ng, Charles M. Roos, Sam ___lbach, Lee Hileman, Wal____ ___ore, Dr. J. S. Johnson, T. ___ Williams, John Strohm, ___ Trammel, and George ____. The cortege left the residence, 2215 Washington Avenue, at 1:45 p.m. for the church. ___ of beautiful flowers, in great abundance, were sent as ___ of sympathy from friends to the stricken family. Beautiful music was rendered by a quartet of the church.
Dougherty married Birdie F.
Simpkins on 6 Jul 1893, in Alexander
Dougherty married Albertine
on 1 May 1867, in Pulaski Co.,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 3 Jun 1927:
W. A. Dougherty, former resident of Pulaski County, died Saturday evening, May 28, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Cairo.
Mr. Dougherty was born in Mound City in 1869. He was the son of A. J. and Fannie Cheek Dougherty. In 1893 he was untied in marriage to Miss Birdie Simpkins, who with her son, W. A. Dougherty, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio, survives.
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon at the M. E. Church conducted by
the Rev. O. E.
Connett. Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
A shooting which occurred in the alley just west of J. E. Herman’s Garage early Thursday morning, resulted in the death of Sam Bailey, colored. Ellis Bondurant, also colored, fired the fatal shot.
Unverified reports indicate that the trouble started with a dispute as to which of the men should drive Bailey’s car.
The coroner’s jury rendered a verdict of unjustifiable homicide. Bondurant was held without bond and was taken to the county jail at Mound City.
Bailey, who was 22 years old, leaves his mother, wife and a
small daughter. He was the son of the
Bailey. A strange coincidence is the fact that father and son
were killed in the same alley and in almost
the same spot.
Johnson was notified early this morning of the sudden death of his
father, J. T.
Johnson, of Olmstead, which occurred at
the family home at 5 a.m. Coroner O.
Hudson was called and it was determined
that his death was caused by heart trouble.
George Pearson, an old resident of this city, died Tuesday night, June 1.
Mr. Pearson was a retired employee of the Illinois Central Railroad and was on the pension list of the company.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nettie Miller, of Mattoon, and Mrs. B. Arter, of Chicago; three sons, Ben Pearson, of Chicago, P. E. Pearson, of Evansville, Ind., and Horace Pearson, of Mound City.
Funeral services were held Thursday
morning at 10 o’clock conducted by Rev.
Gray, pastor of the Congregational Church, Mound City.
Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Louis Adam Hawkins was born in Germany on December 9, 1844, and died at his home near Mounds on May 29, 1927, age 82 years, 5 months and 20 days. When a small child, he came to America with his father and his stepmother and the family located at Grand Tower, Illinois, where the parents died when he was only seven years of age. He was cared for by a family by the name of Lee until he grew to manhood.
In August 1865, he was married to Miss Sallie Evelyn Walbridge, who had been a teacher in the community in which he lived. They were married in the courthouse in Murphysboro, which still stands and their wedding was celebrated with a supper at the Logan House, the leading hotel of that city. They lived for a time near Grand Tower, but they early moved to Mounds, where he has remained for nearly sixty years. His wife preceded him in death ten years ago.
To this union were born eight children, John C. Hawkins, who died in 1925; Frank L., who died in 1884; Addie R., who is now Mrs. W. E. Crain, of near Mounds; May S., county superintendent of schools of Pulaski County; Elizabeth A., now Mrs. M. M. Shifley, of Mounds; Hattie E., now Mrs. P. A. Simmons, living near Mounds; Sally K., now Mrs. A. T. Carson, of Mounds, and Louis H., who lived in the home with his father at the time of the latter’s death. There are in addition to these, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren left to mourn his death.
For a brief time in his life, Mr. Hawkins was a lead miner and for several years he was engaged in the milling business with his father-in-law Henry S. Walbridge. The mill stood for a number of years southwest of the present Illinois Central depot where the yards are now located. For the greater part of his life, however Mr. Hawkins has operated his own farm near Mounds and he found great pleasure in his growing crops and in the care of his stock. He was planning to oversee the production of a crop this present season.
On last Saturday morning he fed his stock and made calls at two of his neighbor’s homes about noon. He returned home, ate his dinner and repaired to the front porch where he was seized with a heart attack a few minutes thereafter and died in about twenty minutes. Dr. Hudson was called immediately and he reached him in time to administer medical aid, but Mr. Hawkins lived for only a few minutes after the doctor’s arrival.
The deceased was a good citizen and an industrious man. He was not an indulgent father, but what he considered to be the best interests of his family was always uppermost in his heart. He professed faith in the Savior a short time after the death of his son, John, and while he has never been a member of a church, he has always believed in prayer and encouraged his children to attend Sunday school and church services.
As the sun sinks down in the golden
Our loved one sinks to his last rest,
Like fading of the sun’s last ray.
He leaves a place no one can fill
Sorely grieves our hearts would be
But the Master says, ‘Peace be still,’
As he said to Galilee.
With the vision of hope we see afar
Beyond death’s mystic screen
Through faith the substance of things hoped for
The evidence of things not seen
We shall feel the clasp of the welcoming hand
As our feet touch the other shore,
For we shall meet in a better land
Where parting will be no more.”
Instantaneous electrocution was the
fate of Joe
Sullivan, a Big Four section foreman of
Mound City, when early on Monday morning he
threw a steel tape across some high tension
wires while trying to measure the height of
the wires. It is supposed that Mr.
Sullivan was attempting to ascertain
whether these wires were high enough to make
it safe for a trainman to stand on a box car
and pass under them.
At the inquest conducted by Coroner O.
Hudson, a verdict of accidental death
was returned. Mr.
Sullivan was 52 years old and leaves his
widow, two daughters, a son and several
grandchildren, whom he was supporting.
Search for his body was immediately
begun, but it was not found till the
following day.—Herald Enterprise.
Bell held an inquest in J. C.
Walbridge’s undertaking parlor Monday
and a verdict of death from hemorrhage of
the lungs was returned. He was about
thirty years of age and leaves a wife and
two children. He had served in the
Russian Army during the World War.—Progress.
Tiny Blanche Kean Neimeyer, daughter of Charles O. and Mary Alice Kean, was born at Belknap, Illinois, April 14th, 1905, age 22 years, 1 month and 21 days. Her mother preceded her to the great beyond Nov. 16th, 1907.
The deceased was united in marriage to Fred Neimeyer, May 1st 1926. To this union one infant was born at the death of the mother.
Blanche was born into the kingdom of God in Nov. 1924, and remembered to the last the infinite power of God’s love and expressed her willingness to leave this vale of tears to take up her above with the One who bled and died on the cross for her.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her companion, Fred Neimeyer, father, C. O. Kean, brother, Owen Kean, sister, Emma Hogg, and a stepmother whom she loved dearly, stepbrother, Vance Wilson, two half-brothers, Joe and John, five half-sisters, Clarys, Martha, Alice, Mary Louise, Kathleen, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Karnak Tuesday afternoon. Interment was held in the Anderson Cemetery.
(C. O. Kean married Mary Alice Fisher on 1 Apr 1899, in Johnson Co., Ill. Her marker in Anderson Cemetery reads: Blanche Neimeyer 1905-1927.—Darrel Dexter)
Child Suffocated in Bed
Martha Louise, the infant daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Russell
was found dead in bed by her mother Saturday
morning. The little girl was only five
weeks old and the cause of her death was
accidental suffocation. Funeral
services for the little one was held Sunday
morning at the family residence, with
interment in Beech Grove Cemetery by G. A.
J. T. Johnson, age 70 years, died at his home near Olmsted, at 5 o’clock Friday morning. While he had been in poor health for some time, suffering from leakage of the heart, his sudden death was a shock to the family and his many friends. He had been at his daily labor the day before with no premonition of being so near his life’s end.
He is survived by his aged wife, and six children, four daughters and two sons, the daughters being Mrs. C. E. Kendall, of Mound City, Mrs. Hiram Chittick, Mrs. Rudolph Dick, and Mrs. Robert Reichert, of Olmstead, the sons of J. L. Johnson, of Karnak. Also one brother, J. M. Johnson, of Chicago, several grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He had lived all of his life in Olmstead and was universally respected and loved.
Funeral services were held at his late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock and the services were largely attended, the entire country being represented by intimate friends and acquaintances. Interment in Masonic Cemetery near Olmstead, G. A. James in charge.
Johnson married Amanda Eliza
Lipe on 8 Jun 1879, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
His marker in Olmsted Masonic
Johnson Born March 15, 1857 Died June 3,
Joe Sullivan, age 52, section foreman for the Big Four railroad, was instantly killed by electrocution near the station when he threw a metallic tape across a high tension wire while making some measurement at 8 o’clock Monday morning.
A coroner’s jury which convened immediately after the accident returned a verdict of accidental death. Testimony introduced at the inquest showed that Mr. Sullivan had thrown the tape over the power line in an effort to measure the clearance above the railroad tracks and as soon as the tape settled across the wires a perfect circuit was formed between Mr. Sullivan’s body, the wet ground on which he was standing and the power line overhead. The full power of the 15,000 volt line was carried into his body causing instant death.
The deceased has been a resident of this city for several years and was well known to most of the citizens of this place. Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Sullivan, of this city, and Mrs. Pearl Weisker, of Cairo, Mrs. Lucile Moys, of San Antonio, Texas, and a son, Hessie Sullivan, of Cairo. Also several grandchildren who made their home with Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan. Also leaves three brothers, Charles Sullivan, of Holland, Mo., Edward, of Tulsa, Okla., and Al__ of St. Louis, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Maccord, of Shehalis, Wash., and Mrs. Mollie Sortan, of Tulsa, Okla.
Brief funeral services were held at the
home of the deceased at noon Thursday
conducted by B. E.
Overby. Then the cortege departed
for Ballard County, Ky., where the services
were held at North Ballard Church and
interment in cemetery nearby.
Whereas: It has pleased our
Heavenly Father to remove from this life our
friend and neighbor
We desire to express our appreciation of his worth and our sorrow at his departure.
Therefore, be it resolved, that we
deeply sympathize with the members of his
Resolved, that a copy of these
resolutions be sent to the family and that
this token of our esteem be placed upon the
records of M. W. of A. Camp 5151, of which
he was a member and that we also request
their publication in the
Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly
Father to remove from this life, our friend
We desire to express our appreciation of his worth and our sorrow at his departure.
Therefore, be it resolved that we deeply sympathize with the members of his family. We pray for God’s comforting grace upon the sorrowing ones and for a deeper consecration of our own hearts and lives.
Resolved that a copy of these
resolutions be sent to the family and that
this token of our esteem be placed upon the
records of M. W. of A., Camp 5151, of which
he was a member, and that we also request
their publication in the Pulaski
Residents of Hodges Park, Ill., and vicinity are mystified by the sinking of an old negro cemetery west of town. The superstitious Negroes are shaking their heads meaningfully and predicting dire happenings. It is an ill omen, many of them believed. It is reported that about one acre of the cemetery has sunk to a depth of 12 feet, leaving the coffins bodies, and skeletons exposed. It was discovered the bottom apparently had dropped out of the cemetery when the body of Armstead Hayes was taken there for burial Tuesday of last week.
The exposed dead make a health menace. Ed Lathan went to Cairo to report the strange finding to the County Board and ask for help in taking care of the sanitation problem caused by the sunken cemetery.
As far as the residents are aware, no mine has ever existed in the vicinity of the cemetery and all are at a loss to explain the phenomenon. Some think the high water has had something to do with it.
Hayes was born 16 Sep 1870, in Louisiana, son of Joe
Taylor, died 4 Jun 1927, in Unity, Alexander Co., Ill.—Darrel
Wright, age 67 years, died at the home of her brother, W. M.
of Valley Recluse Saturday night, June 11th.
She was the widow of the late Robert
Wright, who preceded her in death in
1923. Deceased has resided in this
county for over _0 years and was highly
esteemed in her community.
Mrs. G. W.
Boyd, of Grand Chain, died at her home in that place Tuesday after
an illness of several weeks. The
funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the
Christian Church. She was a well-known
lady and had a large acquaintance of
When we step across the bridge of death it is no foreign land that we enter, but are made to mourn and miss those loved, familiar forms that pass out constantly from us and the dear home circle and in the light of memory their added forms are vividly kept in view. It is only with deep regret that we chronicle the passing out from life of Mrs. Lucille Hunt, age 30 years, who passed away at 7:45 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Parker in Tamms, following an illness of several months.
Mrs. Hunt was born and reared to womanhood in this city. She resided here with her husband, Prof. M. C. Hunt until she became so ill that she required the constant care of a nurse, was removed to the home of her aunt in Tamms.
She leaves, besides her husband, a little son, Mahlon. Others surviving her are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wehrenberg, of Virden, Ill., and eight brothers and sisters, namely Fred, of Cairo, Ralph, Miss Mary and Mrs. Flora Clohe, of Springfield; Robert, Charles, Paul and Evelyn, of Virden, Also her grandfather, Cal Wehrenberg, of Tamms, William Mertz, of Cairo, Mrs. W. S. Sandeson, of this city, and Mrs. Eva Newhouse, of St. Louis, are uncles and aunts of the deceased. Other relatives and friends are in grief of her passing away.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in this city Thursday at 12:00 o’clock Rev. Laurence Smith conducted the services. Interment in Spencer Heights Cemetery, Queen of Egypt Chapter P. E. S. No. 509 of which she was a member, conducted their burial rites at the cemetery. G. A. James was the undertaker in charge.
Sanderson, 25, born in Decatur, Ill., druggist, son of James
Sanderson and Mary J.
Mitchell, married Jessie Mae
18, daughter of George E. and Susie
on 22 Jul 1900, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
married Susan E.
Hawley on 23 Feb 1876, in Pulaski Co.,
Mertz, 22, farmer and store keeper, born in Mound City, son of
Hawley, married Gracie G.
19, born in Mound City, Ill., daughter of
Snyder, on 28 Jan 1901, in Pulaski Co.,
Her marker in Spencer Heights
Cemetery at Mounds reads:
He who doeth all things well in his interposition has deemed it fitting to remove from among us and take beyond the confines of this earth, Mrs. Matilda Martin. Deceased was 85 years old, passed away at her home, 117 Fourth Street, Friday at 11:50 a.m. after an illness of several months. She was a native of Canada, and the date of her birth, April 22, 1842, at Kingston, Ontario. On April 13th, 1867, she was united in marriage to William Martin, the ceremony was performed in Cairo by Judge Fredolin Bross and they immediately came to this city and took up their residence here. Mr. Martin who was a Civil War veteran, preceded his wife in death some four years ago.
Six children were the issues of this
union, all living except Robert, the eldest,
who died several years ago. Those
surviving are William Jr., of Arkansas,
City, Ark., Edward, of East St. Louis, and
George, of this city, Mrs. Nan
Lawler and Miss Blanche
Martin, of this city. Also a
foster son, George
Thorpe, a nephew of Mrs.
Martin, and whom she reared from
infancy. All of these were at her
bedside when she passed away. Besides
these five grandchildren and one
great-granddaughter, and a brother Capt.
Waggoner, of Norman, Okla. (the latter
in his 88th year), are among the
immediate bereaved relatives.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. Thomas Gray, pastor of the Congregational Church, and the church choir furnished the music. The pallbearers were J. F. Hoffman, Dan Hearly, Joe Layton, E. P. Easterday, George Cowles, and G. C. Trammell. Interment in Spencer Heights Cemetery. G. A. James in charge as funeral director.
Martin married Matilda Wagner
on 13 Apr 1867, in Alexander Co., Ill.
married Anna E.
Martin, 26, on 4 Nov 1898, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Spencer Heights
Cemetery at Mound reads:
Martin Born April 22, 1842 Died June 10,
Five young men are held in Pulaski County jail in this city into the theft of more than $500 worth of tires and accessories that led to the killing of Ott Lough, of Belknap, at Grand Chain by Deputy Sheriff Walter James Sunday night. They are the brothers, Henry and Harry Schmidt, and Cecil Essex, of Pulaski and Jim Barbes and Chet Reed, of Grand Chain.
Lough, known as a bad character throughout this section, was shot when he went to an old shed in an automobile to move some stolen loot that had been hidden there. Deputy Sheriff James was lying in wait near the shed. The officer covered Lough, with his gun, but Lough it is said, replied by drawing his revolver. The officer fired a shot into the air and as Lough was raising his revolver to fire, the officer sent a charge of shot into his body. Dying in about fifteen minutes. The coroner’s jury exonerated the officer at the inquest which was held Monday.
The burglary that resulted in the killing had been committed Saturday night when the garage of Joe Gaunt was entered and a large quantity of tires and accessories were stolen. The goods had been hidden in an old shed near the garage, and it was at this place that Lough and his accomplices had come to secure their loot.
The officers found $128 in silver coins
and a half pint bottle said to be filled
with “white mule” whiskey under the seat of
according to the officials is said to be a
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 17 Jun 1927:
Jennie McIntire Boyd, wife of G. W. Boyd, of Grand Chain, died at the family residence June 14, 1927, at 12:30 a.m. at the age of 64 years.
Mrs. Boyd was born in Pulaski County and lived in the county all her life except a few years during which time she made her home with Mr. and Mrs. M. E. McCammon, at Anna. She was a sister of Mr. George McIntire, of this city.
Early in the spring she was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary, Cairo, for an operation. Since that time she has lingered between life and death, suffering greatly.
Besides her husband and brother, George, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Will Gaunt, of Grand Chain, and Mrs. Robert Copper, of Kansas; three other brothers, William McIntire, of Grand Chain, Staunton, of Mound City, and Thomas, of Kansas.
Funeral services were conducted at the
Christina Church in Grand Chain Thursday
Wehrenberg Hunt, wife of
Supt. M. C.
of the Mound City Grade Schools, died early
Tuesday morning at the home of her aunt,
Parker, of Tamms, after a lingering
During her girlhood she resided for several years at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mason. She possessed a charming personality and was blessed with many friends who are sorely grieved at her untimely death.
Funeral services were held at the
Methodist church in Mound City Thursday
afternoon. Interment was made in
Spencer Heights Cemetery.
Deputy Sheriff Walter James shot and killed Audie Lowe Sunday night at Grand Chain.
The garage of Joe Gaunt had been robbed Saturday night of approximately $500 worth of tires and accessories. These had been carried to a small building back of the garage. Officers lay in wait Sunday night to see if the thieves would attempt to remove the stolen goods. Two men in a Ford runabout drove up to the building and got out leaving the engine running. One carried out the tires and the other placed them in the car. Deputy Sheriff James stepped out and ordered the men to hold up their hands. One of them started to turn and the other grabbed his pistol. James fired his shot gun and Audie Lowe fell fatally wounded. He lived only about 15 minutes.
In the car which was later claimed by twin brothers, Henry and Harry Schmidt, were found a bag containing $127.75 in money and a bottle of whiskey. On Lowe’s body was found a 45 army pistol. The other man was Chester Reed, who has since confessed to his part in the robbery.
Four other men are being held in the Mound City jail as suspects in connection with the crime. They are Henry and Harry Schmidt, Cecil Essex, and Jim Barber.
Special Agent C. H.
was called to Mound City Monday to take
finger prints of the prisoners.
Mr. Powell moved to Jonesboro in 1860 and built the house that year into which he moved in 1861, where he lived continuously until his death—66 years.—Gazette
Powell married Delilah B.
Rushing on 30 Oct 1859, in Union Co.,
His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery
Powell 1836-1927 Father.—Darrel
Williams has operated a grocery store here for years. Generations of school children have envied the lot of “Candy Dan,” who has had all the sweets he wanted.
A bandit entered the store last night and demanded money. When Williams suggested that they “discuss” the demand, he was shot and instantly killed.
The bandit escaped in a waiting auto
driven by an accomplice.—Marion
J. Paul Gregory, a south end conductor for the Illinois Central Railroad Company, was killed Saturday morning, June 18th, in the local yards. Mr. Gregory, whose home was in Memphis, Tenn., had been cooking and sleeping on his caboose. He had left the caboose and had started across the tracks toward the Y. M. C. A. building when a string of caboose hit him. He was carried to the Y. for first aid, but lived only a few minutes. The coroner’s jury rendered a verdict of “accidental death caused by being hit by a caboose.”
The body was taken to Memphis, Tenn. It was accompanied from here by J. C. Mench, secretary of the Y. M. C. A., J. W. Sawyer, conductor, and W. E. Hartwell.
Funeral services were held at the
family residence in Memphis on Monday, June
20. Interment was made in the family
cemetery at Jackson, Tenn. He is
survived by his wife. Mrs. M. O.
was the undertaker in charge.
The cemetery is situated on a hillside
and the constant rains for the past several
months had so saturated the ground causing a
slide to start and leaving a number of
bodies in plain view.—Bulletin.
She was the sister-in-law of Mrs. Helen Holbrook, who committed suicide a few months ago at St. Petersburg, Florida, and whose name had been associated with Charlie Birger’s in Southern Illinois gang land.
The home of Mrs. Ruby Holbrook had been raised Saturday night by federal officers who obtained a large quantity of liquor.
She had lived in Shawneetown for some time.—Shawneetown News.
Mrs. Emma Jane Boyd, of Grand Chain, was born March 1, 1863, near Grand Chain. She was the daughter of W. B. and Sarah McIntire, and the oldest child in a family of 10 children, of 6 boys and 4 girls. Her brothers living are William A., George, Stant F., and Thomas F. Her sisters living are Mrs. Flora Lanier, Mrs. Mollie Gaunt, and Mrs. Della Cropper. Her brothers, John and James, and an infant sister preceded her to the spirit land. She became a Christian only when she was about 16 years of age. She was baptized by Eld. Higby and married by Eld. Wallace April 20, 1887, to G. W. Boyd. She set a good Christian example and was for years an assistant Sunday school teacher. Preachers and other Christian workers found a resting place in their home.
The sickness that ended in her death, began March 4, 1927, and ended at 12:30 p.m. June 14, 1927, at the age of 64 years, 3 months and 1 day.
A large audience attended the funeral services at 2:30 p.m. in the Christian church at Grand Chain, June 16. The sermon was preached by C. W. Freeman of Sweetwater, Ill. Eld. Calow offered prayer. Singers of both churches assisted in the singing.
Our sister in Christ has left us
And now while her body is with us
She leaves her beloved husband and other relatives and friends to mourn her departure from them, but to be consoled by her glorious hope in Christ.
Boyd married Jane McIntire
on 20 Apr 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Cropper married Delia
McIntire on 3 Dec 1894, in Massac Co.,
Her marker in Grand Chain Masonic
A message was received Tuesday by
relatives announced the death of Mrs. M. L.
Ulen, age 85, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Morgan in San Francisco, Cal., Monday.
She was the widow of the late B. L.
Ulen, who held the office of circuit clerk for several years and was
a highly respected resident of this
community. Three daughters and a son
survive her. Mr. Thomas
Steers, of this city, and George
of Mounds, are daughter and son of the
deceased. The remains will be brought
here to the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Steers. Funeral will be held at the Methodist church at 2:30
p.m. Monday, June 27.
We take this method of thanking our
friends for the kindness and sympathy shown
us at the death of our dear husband and
brother, J. P.
Gregory. Especially do we thank
the members of the Y. M. C. A. and members
of the St. Louis and Cairo divisions for the
beautiful floral offerings.
Gholston, colored, aged 18, was killed Thursday evening at 5:45 by
the southbound passenger train on the Big
Four tracks, about three quarters of a mile
north of America station. The entire
train ran over his body. One leg was
amputated and his head was badly crushed.
It is believed that he was lying across the
track with his head on one rail and his legs
across the other.
Gholston was at the time plowing for Mr.
Brelsford. It was stated by a man
who was working with him that he tied his
team and left the field and presumably went
to get a drink. The verdict of the
coroner’s jury was accidental death.
No reason has been given why he was lying in
the path of the train.
Time did not permit a suitable notice of a well-known and highly respected citizen. Mrs. B. L. Ulen, age 83 years, widow of B. L. Ulen, who was a conspicuous personage in both city and county for many years. Deceased passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Belle Morgan, at San Francisco, Monday, June 20th. The remains were brought here for interment and arrived early Monday morning.
Monday afternoon at 2:20 funeral services were held at the Methodist church. Rev. Laurence Smith, who conducted the services, paid high tribute to Mrs. Ulen, both as a Christian and as a mother. The choir rendered hymns that were favorite selections of the deceased, namely, “How Firm a Foundation” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Many and beautiful floral offerings signified the high esteem in which he was held by her many friends and acquaintances.
Her grandson, Wayne Piland, accompanied the remains to this city. She is also survived by three daughters, Mrs. Belle Morgan, of San Francisco, Mrs. Grace Jenkins, of Beaumont, Texas, and Mrs. Thomas Steers, of this city, two sons, Jerome, who is in Alaska, and George, of Mounds. Also several grandchildren.
Messrs. George R. Martin, E. P. Easterday, C. E. Richey, W. T. Jaccard, J. E. Keller and W. T. Parker served as pallbearers. Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery.
(Benjamin L. Ulen married Ella H. Herrick on 5 Nov 1867, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel Dexter)
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 1 Jul 1927:
Billy Joe Smith, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Smith, passed away at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Dye, of Metropolis, on Saturday, June 25, 1927, after an illness of two weeks. Mrs. Smith, formerly Miss Rachel Dye, and baby had gone to her mother’s for a visit and while there, Billy Joe contracted the disease that caused his death. He was one year seven months and one day old.
The little body was brought to the home
of the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Smith, Sunday morning. A short service was held at the
residence Monday afternoon conducted by Sec.
Mench, of the Y. M. C. A., who also conducted the service at the
grave in Spencer Heights Cemetery.
Ralph C. Crain, of St. Louis, died in a hospital in that city on June 23, following an operation for appendicitis.
Mr. Crain who had reached the age of 40, was born and reared in Villa Ridge and was the youngest son of the late L. F. and Dora Crain. He was a brother of E. L. Crain, merchant and postmaster of Villa Ridge. She is survived by another brother, Claude C., of Cairo, two sisters, Mrs. James Gamble, of Centralia, and Mrs. William Strohm, of Chicago, his wife and four daughters.
Funeral services were held in St. Louis
Saturday, June 25, with interment in
“I’ve lived in this country 38 years, in Herrin 27 years. I shall spend the rest of my days in Herrin among my friends.”
A letter from his old home town of
Turbigo, Italy, the other day told him of
the death of his brother, who left a widow
and an estate valued at the Italian
equivalent of $100,000. The letter was from
the widow and proposed that John return to
Turbigo, marry his brother’s widow, and
share in the estate. There are no
children. No brothers, no sisters.
John has never married. There is no
bar to his going back to Italy and spending
the rest of his day in comfortable ease.
One hundred thousand dollars is a big
fortune in the old country. Turbigo is
a pretty town near Cuggione. It is the
Mira’s childhood and young manhood. But he has been away from
there nearly forty years. His friends
now are all in Herrin and St. Louis.
He prefers to remain among them and put in
his working hours at the kitchen range,
rather than to return across the sea to the
land of his birth, where fortune, a wife,
and a fine home awaits upon is word.—News
We desire to thank all who assisted us
during and after with death of our loved
one, Billy Joe. Especially do we thank those
who sent the beautiful floral offerings and
who gave the use of their automobiles and
for other expressions of sympathy and grief.
Alma Eloise Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Parker, was born June 5, 1927, and died July 2, age 1 year and 27 days.
She leaves to mourn her departure her father, mother, her grandparents and a number of other relatives.
She was a very lovely and lovable child and seemed to understand so well. He was sick only three hours.
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon at 2 p.m. at Central Office, Villa
Ridge, H. C.
Croslin, officiating. Burial was in Thistlewood Cemetery.
Burgois Penrod, age 49, shot himself through the heart at the home of his stepfather, A. J. Warren, near Thebes, Monday morning, July 4, at 9:30 o’clock.
Despondency, caused by ill health, was given as the reason for his suicide.
He is survived by three children,
Albert, of this city, Clyde, of Thebes,
Beulah, of Macon, Kansas.
Mrs. A. B. Roberson died very suddenly at her home in Villa Ridge on Friday night, July 1, 1927, at the age of 81 years.
Mrs. Roberson was sick only about an hour, passing away between 11 and 12 p.m. She is survived by her husband, A. B. Roberson, who is 92 years of age, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Mary Roberson, a teacher in the Mound City Community High School.
Mrs. Roberson’s maiden name was Amanda Jane Essex. She was born near Wetaug, Ill. Four sisters survive her: Mrs. W. A Lackey, Mrs. George Lackey, of Pulaski, Mrs. William Cheniae, and Mrs. Kate Corzine, of Villa Ridge; two brothers, Joe Essex, of Pulaski and Harry Essex, of Villa Ridge.
She was one of the oldest members of Shiloh Baptist Church and had lived a beautiful and devoted Christian life.
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon at 3 o’clock at the family
residence, conducted by Rev. H. E.
Rev. H. C. Croslin officiated at the funeral of Mrs. Walter D. Parmley at Limestone Baptist Church three miles north of Cobden, on Sunday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. Mrs. Parmley was the wife of one of the leading citizens of that community. Not more than one third of the people attended the funeral could find room in the building.
Parmley, 21, born in Union Co., Ill., son of John
Parmley and Sarah
Brigges, married Elizabeth
Sumner, 23, born in Union Co., Ill.,
daughter of Winstead
Sumner and Ellen Ferill,
on 7 Oct 1888, in Union Co., Ill.
A marker in Cobden Cemetery next to
that of Walter D.
Parmly reads: Nancy E.
Mrs. Mary Mulroney, of Mound City, died in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, July 9 at 7 o’clock a.m.
Mrs. Mulroney, who had been in poor health for some time, had gone to Elyria, Ohio, to visit her daughters, Mrs. Edward Williams and Miss Mary Mulroney. She was accompanied by her son, Father Walter Mulroney, who had later returned to his home in San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Mulroney was the daughter of the late Charles and Rosanna Curren and sister of the late Charles Curren, who died but recently. She came with her parents to Mound City in 1861. She was married in 1879 to James Mulroney, who died years ago.
Besides the three children above mentioned, Mrs. Mulroney leaves another son, Lawrence, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Boeckencamp and Mrs. A. L. Schuler, all of Mound City.
Mulroney and Mrs. Boekencamp
have owned and conducted the St. Charles
Hotel for some thirty years and are widely
known throughout this section.
Howard Teeter died at the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago Sunday morning. He had been in bad health for about a year and has been in the hospital about three months. Death was due to cancer of the stomach.
For the last three years he has lived
in Mounds and has served as special agent
for the Illinois Central.
Cox is reported to have had a love affair with the woman and was insanely jealous.
Funeral services were conducted in
Herrin Tuesday afternoon. She was born
in Silversmith, Ky., May 23, 1891. She
leaves her nine-year-old daughter, a father
and mother, four sisters and a brother.
According to witnesses, the boy seemed to be ready to drop off the truck, which was running slowly on the south side of the square when it struck a stone and he was jolted off, falling backward with his head directly beneath the right rear wheel. The boy was picked up and carried to Dr. Lyerly’s office. He was bleeding profusely and moaning, but was unconscious. After a hasty examination, Dr. Lyerly ordered him removed to the Anna City Hospital, where he was conveyed in an ambulance but expired just as the building was reached.—Democrat.
(His marker in Jonesboro Cemetery
Troubridge Born May 31, 1914 Died June 25, 1927.—Darrel
Mrs. Knight had invited relatives to her home Sunday and they arrived shortly after she had taken the fatal poison. One of the relatives asked why she had taken the poison and she replied, “I am tired of living.”
Just before reaching the hospital she lapsed into unconsciousness and in a few moments after arriving at the hospital was dead. Physicians did not have an opportunity to render any aid before she passed away.
The Knight family resides at the east edge of this city.
Funeral services were conducted at the
Salvation Army hall in West Frankfort,
Tuesday afternoon. Interment was at
the Tower Heights Cemetery near West
Like an appalling specter, death haunts every pathway of life and dims every vision of joy.
Noiselessly and ceaselessly it treads in man’s footsteps from the cradle to the grave.
Mrs. Amanda Jane Roberson, wife of Alfred B. Roberson, passed away at her home near Villa Ridge, Friday, July 1st, age 81, following an illness of several weeks.
Deceased was born near Wetaug, April 22, 1846, being the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Essex. At an early age, she united with the Shiloh Baptist Church and ever lived a faithful and consistent Christian. Feb. 8, 1875, she was united in marriage to Alfred B. Roberson. To this union was born one child which died in infancy.
Deceased is survived by her husband, a stepdaughter, Mary Roberson, four step grandchildren, the children of the late George C. Roberson, four sisters, Mrs. William A. Lackey, Mrs. George Lackey, Mrs. William Chenaie and Mrs. Kate Corzine, two brothers, Joe Essex and Harry Essex, and several nephews and nieces.
The funeral services were held Sunday at the home, Rev. Vick, of Tamms, conducting the service. Interment in Villa Ridge cemetery. Many friends and relatives of the deceased were in attendance at the funeral. Mr. Gates, of the G. A. James undertakers, was in charge.
(A.B. Robinson married
on 7 Feb 1875, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Sowers on 25 Dec 1852, in Union Co.,
Chenaie married Ida L.
on 2 Oct 1887, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Lackey married Emma D. Essex
on 3 Nov 1878, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Her marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Roberson Born April 22, 1846 Died July 1, 1927.—Darrel
James Y. Cannon, age 73 years, who was taken to St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo last week passed away Wednesday. Deceased was a well-known resident of this city. He was born in Donagol County Ireland, and came to this country when a young man. He had traveled considerably over this county following the avocation of a peddler. After coming to this city, he settled and was employed as a ship carpenter at the Marine Ways.
His wife preceded him in death several years ago. He leaves one son, James C. Cannon. Another son, Frank Cannon, was killed in action in France while serving in the U. S. Army, and his body was brought here for re-interment.
Funeral services were held Friday morning at 8 o’clock at St. Mary’s Church, Father Eugene Traynor officiating. The Knights of Columbus of this city and of Cairo attended the funeral in a body. Interment was made in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Mounds.
(His marker in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Mounds reads:
Cannon Born May __, 1855 Died July 6,
Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of another well-known and highly respected resident of this city. Mrs. Mary Mulroney, 68, passed away at 7 o’clock Wednesday morning in the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She had been a patient at this hospital for several weeks, but her condition was not considered alarming. The end came however, very suddenly, presumably a heart attack.
It was a shock to her family and many friends here, as she had left some six weeks ago to make a visit with her daughters, Mrs. Edward Williams and Miss Mary Mulroney, of Elyria, Ohio. She was accompanied to Elyria by her son, Father Walter Mulroney, and he thinking her condition far from serious, he departed several days ago for his home in San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Mulroney came to this city with her parents in 1861, being two years old. She was daughter of Charles and Rosanna Curren and a sister of the late Charles Curren. She was united in marriage in 1879 to James Mulroney and the issue of this union were seven children, four daughters and three sons. One son and one daughter died in infancy and another daughter, Mrs. Madge Westerman, passed away several years ago. Surviving her are her two sons, Lawrence, of this city, and Father Walter Mulroney, of San Antonio, Texas, and two daughters, Mrs. Edward Williams, and Miss Mary Mulroney, of Elyria, Ohio. Also two sisters, Mrs. Anna Boekencamp and Mrs. Al Schuler, of this city, and five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Mrs. Mulroney and sister, Mrs. Boekancamp, erected the St. Charles Hotel thirty years ago and have conducted the hostelry ever since.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Father Eugene Traynor assisted by Father F. Tecklenberg, of Evansville, officiating. Father Walter Mulroney, a son, of San Antonio, Texas, arrived Friday morning. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
(James Mulroney married Mary A.
Curren on 19 May 1880, in Pulaski Co.,
Her marker in St. Mary’s Catholic
Cemetery at Mounds read:
I take this method of thanking the many
friends for their kindness and sympathy in
the death of my father. Especially do
I wish to thank Father
Traynor, the choir of St. Mary’s Church and those who sent flowers
and furnished cars.
Young Colored Girl Dies
Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Powell, highly respected colored people
of this city, are grieved in the loss of
their 17-year-old daughter, Louise, who
passed away at the home of her parents,
Tuesday morning at 9:25. She had been
ill for some time with tuberculosis.
She was a junior in Lovejoy High School and
was a bright girl. The bereaved couple
were saddened early in the winter by the
death of a son by the same malady.
The funeral services for Mrs. Mary
Mulroney were held Saturday morning at 9
o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, when
requiem mass was sung. The church
was filled with the friends of the deceased.
Mulroney, a son, was celebrant; Father
Tecklenberg, of Evansville, Ill.,
deacon; Father E.
Jentzen, of St. Joseph’s Church of
Cairo, subdeacon. Father
Traynor, of this city, master of ceremonies, and Father Bernard
Managhan, of St. Patrick’s Church, of
Cairo, assisting. The services were
very impressive. Father
Tecklenberg paid a high tribute to the
deceased. Music was beautiful and was
a very beautiful part of the service.
The pallbearers were Edward
Westerman, F. J.
Hutcheson, Thomas Boyd,
and G. C.
Trammell. The interment took place
in St. Mary’s Cemetery near Mounds.
Oscar Ross, formerly of this city, but who has resided in Mounds for a number of years, died in St. Louis Tuesday. He was 48 years of age, and leaves surviving him his wife, formerly Miss Nellie Blankertz, of Mounds, ___all daughter. The body was brought to Mounds Thursday, where funeral services were held. Burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.
(This may be the same person as Oscar
Ross, 23, of Mound City, who married
Fullerton, 25, on 25 Nov 1901, in
Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
The Mounds Independent,
Friday, 15 Jul 1927:
Word was received here Wednesday of the death of Oscar Ross, which occurred in a St. Louis hospital Tuesday afternoon July 12, at 2:30 o’clock.
Mr. Ross had gone to St. Louis to seek employment. Members of the family have not learned all the particulars of his death, but he died from an attack of pneumonia.
His two brothers went to St. Louis and claimed the body, which was brought here and taken to the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Anna Blanckertz.
Mr. Ross is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Blanckertz Ross, a nine year-old daughter, Elizabeth Lee Ross, his mother, a sister, and two brothers.
Funeral services were held at the
Blanckertz residence this morning at 10
a.m., Secretary J. C.
of the Y. M. C. A. conducting the service.
Interment was in Beech Grove Cemetery
with Mrs. M. O.
undertaker in charge.
Osie Pearl, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cobbs, was born January 4, 1927, died at their home at Mounds, July 8th, 1927, aged 6 months and 4 days, after an illness of one week. Her death was a great shock to her parents and friends. She was a baby of a sweet lovable disposition and all who knew her loved her dearly. She leaves to mourn their loss her parents, one sister, Claudia Marie, aged two years, two aunts, Mrs. Pearl Fagg, of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Frank Aldred, of Pulaski, three uncles, Elvis and Browder Williams, of Bowling Green, Ky., and John Cobbs, of Mounds, also her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Williams, of Bowling Green, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o’clock at the First Baptist Church, Mounds, July 10th, Rev. H. C. Croslin officiating. Interment as made in Spencer Heights Cemetery. Mrs. M. O. Cole was undertaker in charge.
(Her marker in Spencer Heights Cemetery
at Mounds reads:
Born Jan. 4, 1927 Died July 8,
Mrs. Henrietta C. Clanton, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Mounds, died at her home on Wednesday, July 13, 1927, at about 4:30 o’clock.
Spence, daughter of William J. and Christiana
Arbett Spence, was
born at Old Caledonia, Pulaski County, Feb.
23, 1849, and had reached the age of 78
years, 4 months and 15 days.
For 22 years Mrs. Clanton had been a resident of Mounds. Miss Norma had lived with her mother and has tenderly cared for her during her declining days. The whole family has been devoted to her, and children and grandchildren were with her at the “end of a perfect day” as she herself spoke of her life just before her passing.
Funeral services will be held at the Congregational church at 2 p.m. today, conducted by Secretary J. C. Mench of the Y. M. C. A., assisted by Rev. Thomas Gray, of Mound City. Interment will be made in Thistlewood Cemetery with undertaker G. A. James in charge.
Clanton, 23, of Beechwood, carpenter, born in Olmsted, Ill., son of
Clanton and Henrietta
Spence, married Etella E.
Waterman, 17, born in Thebes, Ill.,
daughter of Charles
Waterman and Martha
Cauble, on 31 Dec 1896, in Pulaski Co.,
Spence married Christina
Auberts on 2 Aug 1839, in Union Co.,
Gallion, 21, of Mounds Junction, married Agnes
Clanton, 19, of Mounds Junction, on 1 Jan 1899, in Pulaski Co.,
Yesterday evening about 9 p.m., Chief I. C. Deputy Cruse received a message from Makanda to the effect that two holdup men were aboard a freight train headed towards Mounds. The report first stated that they had held up a trainman, taking his watch and money, but later report is to the effect that it was some citizen around Makanda that was held up.
Chief Deputy Cruse with deputies Wilbanks and Flanningan went to the north yards in time to meet the incoming freight. As the train pulled in, the two men could be plainly seen by the moonlight in the third car back of the engine. Cruse took his station on the west side of the tracks and Wilbanks from the east side climbed the north end of the car. Two colored man were crouched in the south end of the car in the moonlight shadows and as soon as Wilbanks reached the top of the flat car, a fusillade of bullets followed. Wilbanks climbed over into the car firing at the same time and the two intruders climbed out at the other end, one on the west side and the other on east side. The one on the west side stumbled, and fell practically under the car and Mrs. Cruse supposing that he had been hit by the train and knocked down, ran up and pulled him away from the train. It later developed that he had been felled by a bullet from Willbank’s gun. On his person was found a 41 colt revolver. He was identified as Sam Owens, of Brownsville, Tenn. The other negro escaped, armed with a 32 automatic. From the firing it was supposed that Mr. Wilbanks would be found dead in the car, but he escaped untouched.
The body of the dead negro was taken to
the M. O.
The unfortunate driver of the death car was Henry Vinyard, of Hardin County.
Church services had been held at that place and at its close, Mrs. Lucy Zeigler and daughter were outside the church building awaiting the arrival of a son with a wagon. Vineyard and his wife had also attended the services and when he left his automobile he locked the steering wheel. When he and his wife entered the car he started the engine, stepped on the gas and the car moved off rapidly. But Vineyard discovered he could not control the car.
It plunged into three women and Mrs.
Zeigler was killed instantly. Her
oldest daughter, Minnie, 35, was rendered
unconscious as a result of internal injuries
and may die. While the other daughter
suffered a broken leg.
Vineyard’s car also hit a horse, which
was later killed. Mrs.
Vineyard finally reached over the turned
off the ignition before the car was
Mrs. Charles Dishinger and nieces, Miss Iva Mae Felts of this city, and Miss Mary Ellen Felts, of Anna, were called to Cardwell, Mo., by the death of D. A. Felts, father of the Misses Felts and brother of Mrs. Dishinger, which occurred Thursday, July 14, at his home in Missouri.
Felts was an uncle of R. C.
Connell, of this city.
This action followed a rumor originating in Benton at the Birger trial.
It may throw new light on the tragedy
which shocked all Southern Illinois when it
Mulroney, who was called here by the
death of his mother, left Thursday for his
home in San Antonio, Texas. (Mound
Clanton leaves six children, Mrs. William
Gallion, of Champaign, Mrs. Charles
Wilson, of Pulaski, T.
Clanton, of Cairo, Edgar, Sylvester and
Norman, of Mounds, and twenty-three
grandchildren and twenty-two
Clanton was a Christian who exemplified
her faith in daily life. Funeral
services were held Friday afternoon at the
Congregational church of which she was a
Mench assisted by Rev. Gray,
of Mound City, conducted the services.
The profusion of flowers showed the esteem
in which she was held. Interment was
made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mary E. Young, age 92, mother of James S. Miller, ____ Street, Cairo, died ____ night at 8:25 o’clock ____ home of her son where _____ her home for the ____ years. Mrs. Young ____ days of attaining her ninety-third birthday. She was born in Pennsylvania and came to Illinois when a girl with her parents made their ____ Mt. Carmel, and where ___ resided. A number of years after the death of ___ was married to ___ who preceded her in death a number of years ago, ___ son, James S. Miller, of Cairo. Mrs. Young ____ grandchildren and ____ great-grandchildren.
The remains were taken to Mt. Carmel ___ morning on the ____ and interment ____ following the ____ at 2:30 o’clock ___Methodist church of that _____, the Rev. Wilson ___ pastor of the First ____ Church at Cairo officiating.
(She is in the 1860 census of Mt.
Carmel, Wabash Co., Ill., with her husband
Miller, a sadler. James
Young married Mrs. Mary E.
Miller on 29 Mar 1869, in Wabash Co.,
Young was born 8 Aug 1834, in Northumberland, Pa., daughter of E. P.
Shannon, died 22 Jul 1927, in
Cairo, Ill., and was buried at Mt. Carmel,
Mrs. Henrietta Clanton, 78, a highly respected resident of Mounds, died at her residence in Mounds Wednesday afternoon, July 13th, following an illness of more than a year of heart trouble. She is survived by six children, 22 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at the
Congregational church Friday afternoon at 2
o’clock and was one of the largest attended
ever held in Mounds. Only about one
third of the people were able to get in the
church. The floral offerings were many
and beautiful. The grandsons were
pallbearers and the granddaughters carried
the flowers. The choir sang many
beautiful songs. J. C.
secretary of the Y. M. C. A. assisted by
of Mound City, conducted the services.
Sam Owens, negro, aged 20, of Brownsville, Tenn., was killed in a gun battle with I. C. Special Agent Earl Millbank on a train of coal cars in the railroad yards at North Mounds about 10 o’clock Thursday night when the officer attempted to arrest Owens and another negro for the robbery of William Albright, of Elco, on the same train as it sped southward between Carbondale and Makanda.
Owens opened fire on
Millbank when the officers discovered
him and the other robber hiding in an empty
Millbank ducked low and returned the
still firing climbed to one side of the car
and leaped toward the ground. One
Millbank’s gun struck the negro in the
right breast and he fell mortally wounded.
The other negro leaped from the opposite
side of the car and escaped.
A verdict of justifiable homicide was
returned by the jury at the inquest
conducted last Friday morning by Coroner O.
Hudson. When Owens
fell dying he had fired four shots from a 41
caliber Colt revolver at
Millbank, for four empty cartridges that
smelled strongly of freshly burned powder,
were in the gun.
The jury at Benton, Ill., has found Birger, Newman and Hyland guilty of conspiring to murder Mayor Adams of West City, as charged by the State. Birger has been sentenced to hang. Newman and Hyland are given imprisonment for life.
No other verdict was possible in the
face of the overwhelming evidence—the
evidence which, as one of the defense
attorneys admitted, was “unpeached and
undenied.” The testimony of
Thompson, who, with his brother, did the
killing under the direction and hire of
Birger, was so corroborated in essential circumstantial details by
an array of witnesses that the defense was
hopeless. No question as to the guilt
of the conspirators entered the jurors’
minds. The one debatable point in
their length consideration was as to the
measure of punishment. The judgment
finally prevailed that
Birger as the leader was responsible in a further degree than his
associates, and, accordingly, the extreme
penalty was assessed against him.
They have had a long and bitter experience with machine gun government in southern Illinois. At different times in the violent and bloody annals every class of society has lent its sanction to force and terrorism. Glenn Young, under the banners of the Ku Klux Klan, was a professional gunman and desperado and as destructive an enemy of law and order as was Birger. The veracity of the ancient mandate that “They who live by the sword shall perish by the sword” was exemplified in his case just as it has been decreed in the case of Birger.
Reproaches are not in order now. Public sentiment throughout the entire country congratulates Southern Illinois on its conclusive demonstration of the supremacy of law over lawlessness. Public sentiment congratulates State’s Attorney Martin for his courageous devotion to his oath of office and his duty as a citizen and the ability displayed in bringing these murderers to justice. That public opinion in his community and the whole gang ridden areas of Southern Illinois was stalwartly back of him in his efforts is evident in the reception of the verdict and in the thoughtful and determined deliberation of the jury.
But Southern Illinois, in this moment
of victory, should take serious counsel of
its conscience and its civil obligations.
The price of liberty—the price of the
supremacy of the law—is eternal vigilance.
The gunman, whatever mission he pretends to
serve, is the agent of anarchy, and
criminality and ruin follows him. That
is the great lesson for Southern Illinois to
remember as it reestablishes the law at the
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 29 Jul 1927:
Later—It is reported that two of the
men have since died.—Herald Enterprise
Alice May Blasdel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blasdel, born June 14, 1917, died July 28, 1927, Age ten years, one month and fourteen days.
She leaves to mourn her death her father and mother, four brothers, Earl and John, of Centralia, and Vernon and Elijah, of Grand Chain, and one sister, Marie, of Grand Chain, and a host of other relatives and
A little one from us has gone
God doeth all things well
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Isaac, of Joppa, Illinois, Friday, 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:
Blasdel Born June 14, 1917 Died July 28,
Funeral services of Dr. B. A. Royall, who died in Hickman, Kentucky, Saturday night, July 30, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stella Moore, were held at the home of his other daughter, Mrs. Lily Rife, Monday afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. Thomas Gray, pastor of the Congregational church of Mound City conducted the services. Interment was made in the Villa Ridge cemetery.
Dr. B. A. Royall was 78 years old at the time of his death. He had been a practicing physician for many years in Villa Ridge and vicinity where he had built a large and lucrative practice. Dr. William Rife, his son-in-law, whose death occurred a few years ago, was associated with him for many years in the medical profession. Both were capable physicians.
Dr. B. A.
Royall was born in Carroll County, Tennessee, September 27, 1849.
He received his common school education from
the school of that place. He then took
the medical course at Rush Medical College
in 1870 and 1871, then coming to Villa Ridge
to engage in the practice of medicine.
Dr. Royall was a highly respected citizen of the county. Besides his practice of medicine, Dr. Royall was the overseer of an excellent fruit farm and other activities creditable to his good name. He leaves many friends to mourn his departure.
Royal married S. J. Bankston
on 26 Nov 1872, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
25, physician and surgeon, born in Pulaski,
Ill., son of W. V.
married M. Lilley
Royall, 22, born in Villa Ridge, Ill., daughter of Dr. B. A.
Royall and Jane
Bankston, on 10 Sep 1895,
in Pulaski Co., Ill.
28, merchant, born in Pulaski, Ill., son of
and Cynthia Ann
Littlejohn, married Stella Ethel
Royall, 22, born in Villa Ridge,
daughter of Berry A.
Royall and Jenny
Bankston, on 15 Jun 1898, in Pulaski
His marker in Cairo City Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Dr. Berry A.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 5 Aug 1927:
Dr. B. A. Royall, for more than 50 years a practicing physician in the three counties of Pulaski, Alexander and Union, passed peacefully away on Saturday night, July 30, 1927, at about 9 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stella Moore, at Hickman, Ky.
Dr. Royall had been sick for a number of years. During this time every care and attention possible had been given him. At his death he was in his 80th year, having been born on Sept. 27, 1847, at Buena Vista, Tenn.
He attended school in his early years
in Tennessee, at the same time assisting his
father on the farm.
In November of 1871, he was married to Miss Sarah Jane Bankson, and the young couple settled in Villa Ridge, where Dr. Royall lived and practiced his profession continuously for half a century and more. He was interested in all community affairs, was an active member of the Masonic order and was known professionally throughout Southern Illinois.
Dr. Royall is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Stella Moore, of Hickman, Ky., and Mrs. M. Lilly Rife, of Villa Ridge; three grandchildren, Mrs. Luby Roper, of Hickman, Ky., Dr. Berry V. Rife, of St. Louis, Mo., and William E. Rife, of Villa Ridge, also a great-granddaughter, little Mary Jane Rife, of Villa Ridge.
Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. Lilly Rife, of Villa Ridge at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thomas Cray, pastor of the Congregational Church of Mound City. Interment was made in Villa Ridge cemetery.
(A picture is of Dr.
Royall was printed with the
John L. Roberts, of near Lick Creek, Union County, father of Mrs. T. L. Shaffer, of this city, died on Friday, July 29, at the age of 85 years and 6 months.
A little more than a week before his death, Mrs. Shaffer was visiting at the old home and the family had just dined when Mr. Roberts fell and sustained injuries from which he never recovered.
Roberts married Lucinda Rich
on 16 Apr 1865, in Union Co., Ill.
Roberts, 54, from Lick Creek, born in
Perry Co., Ill., son of William
Roberts and Mary
Gallegly, married 3rd Hazy J.
36, born in Johnson Co., Ill., daughter of
and Milley J.
Spence, on 3 Nov 1897, in Union Co.,
His marker in Ebenezer Hall
Cemetery near Lick Creek reads:
Roberts 1842-1927 Father.
Roberts 1889-1927 Daughter.—Darrel
Bobby Eugene Smith, the three-week-old son of Mrs. and Mrs. Joe E. Smith, died of accidental strangulation early Tuesday morning at the home if its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Smith. The baby was born July 15, 1927, and died Aug. 9th, at the age of 21 days.
Rev. H. C. Croslin conducted short funeral services Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Spencer Heights Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs.
Smith are doubly bereaved, having lost their first born, Billy Joe,
on June 25, at the age of 19 months.
Mrs. Roy Crissman died suddenly Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, at 9 o’clock at her home on First Street. She had been ill only a short time suffering an attack of acute indigestion.
Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist
The accident occurred about two miles south of Makanda shortly after 12 o’clock Saturday night. It was a freight train that hit the man, Treece barely escaped with his own life, but did not have time to rescue Canerdy.
The man’s body was badly mangled by the train.
The victim’s funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the First Baptist Church just east of Makanda.
He leaves a wife, who is in bad health, and an invalid
child, five years old.—Carbondale
The Pulaski County circuit court
adjourned last week after being in continued
sessions since July 25th.
Two murder cases were disposed of.
Bondurant, negro, was sentenced to twenty years for the murder of
Bailey, at Mounds. Will
was given a sentence of 18 years for murder.
Court adjourned until August 30th
for a brief session.
B. F. Parkman, age 74 years old, a resident of this city, for over 40 years, died suddenly at 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. T. Kennedy. He had worked until 1 o’clock that morning in the bake shop and no signs of ill health were visible when he retired to go home. Members of family were awakened at 4:30 o’clock by Mr. Parkman roaming about the house and complaining of a pain in his chest. A physician was called by Mr. Parkman passed away before medical aid could revive him.
Deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. T. Kennedy, of this city, and Mrs. C. L. Rew, of Harrisburg; two sons, Carl, of Anna, and John, of Tulsa, Okla. Eight grandchildren are also among the mourners. Burial will be held at Metropolis, where he will be laid by the side of his wife, who preceded him in death years ago.
Kennedy married Francis
Parkman on 18 Aug 1900, in Massac Co.,
Art Newman and Ray Hyland were taken to the southern Illinois penitentiary at Menard near Chester Saturday morning by Sheriff Pritchard of Franklin County and three deputy sheriffs.
Newman and Hyland were found guilty in circuit court at Benton a week ago Sunday on a charge of murder in connection with the slaying of Mayor Joe Adams, of West City in Franklin County last Dec. 12, and were sentenced to serve life in the penitentiary. Charley Birger the gang leader who was found guilty with them was sentenced to hang on Oct. 15.
It has been agreed that
Birger’s sister, Mrs.
Shamsky, of St. Louis, is to have the
custody of his eldest daughter, Minnie, nine
year of age.
We wish to express our profound appreciation to our many friends, for their kind words of sympathy, services, and remembrances during our recent bereavement, the loss of our father and grandfather, B. W. Parkman.
To the choir who rendered such
beautiful songs and to Rev. Thomas
for his kind words of consolation and the
donors of the beautiful floral offerings and
also the use of their cars. Also to Mr. G.
James and Mr.
Gates, the assistant, the under takers in charge, whose services
were much appreciated.
Mrs. W. T. Kennedy
Benjamin Wyatt Parkman was born December 22, 1852, in Obion County, Tennessee, died August 11, 1927, in Mound City, Illinois, age 74 years, 8 months and 19 days.
He was united in marriage to Susan M. Smith, of Cumberland County, Tennessee, in 1874. His wife preceded him in death, passing away in Metropolis, Illinois, and October 6, 1905.
To this union were born six children, two passing on in infancy and surviving him are two sons, John Andrew Parkman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carl G. Parkman, of Anna, Illinois, two daughters, Mrs. Francis Kennedy, of Mound City, and Mrs. Florence Rew, of Harrisburg, two sons-in-law, W. T. Kennedy and Claude Rew and two daughters-in-law, Myrtle Parkman, of Tulsa, and Laura Parkman, of Anna, and eight grandchildren. He also leaves a large acquaintance of friends. He has been a resident of Mound City for 40 years.
The funeral was held at the residence
of W. T.
Kennedy, 402 Main Street, at 9:00
o’clock Saturday morning. The cortege
left immediately after the services for
Metropolis, where interment was made in the
Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Thomas
of the Pilgrim Congregational Church
Bolan, a well-known and highly respected colored resident of this
city, passed away Friday, Aug. 12. She
was _0 years of age and had been a resident
of this city for 53 years. Surviving
her is a son, James
of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. Sarah
Washington, of this city, and Martha
Cotton, of St. Louis. Funeral
services were held Sunday. Interment
in Beech Grove Cemetery. G. A.
was in charge.
Life an appalling specter, death haunts every pathway of life and dims every vision of joy noiselessly and ceaselessly it treads in man’s footsteps from the cradle to the grave.
Mrs. Laura Amelia Johnson, age 67 years, passed away at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Cairo at 1:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13th, following an operation.
Mrs. Johnson, who has been a resident of this city for many years, was a devoted mother and much beloved by her children. She was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church, a faithful attendant at the church services and active in all church work.
Mrs. Johnson was born November 20, 1861, at New Columbia, in Massac County, and was married April 29, 1877. She was the mother of five children, one of whom died in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death about 20 years ago.
She leaves to mourn her death, four children, two sons, Claude, of St. Louis and Fred, of Crocket, Calif., two daughters, Miss Ida, of New York City, and Mrs. Arta Palmer, of this city.
Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Thomas Gray, of the Congregational Church conducted the services, paying tribute to the deceased. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful, a testimony of the esteem in which deceased was held. The choir of the Congregational Church rendered beautiful hymns, “Face to Face,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Nearer Still Nearer.” Interment was made in Spencer Heights Cemetery. The pallbearers were E. P. Easterday, George Betts, A. Schuler, C. E. Richey, W. T. Jaccard, and A. F. Koontz.
Johnson married Laura A.
Austin on 29 Apr 1877, in Massac Co.,
Her marker in Spencer Heights
Cemetery at Mounds reads:
Johnson Born Nov. 20, 1861 Died Aug. 13,
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 19 Aug 1927:
Mrs. Laura Amelia Johnson, of Mound City, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Cairo, at 1 o’clock p.m. Saturday following an operation for gallstones. She had been sick at her home in Mound City for eight weeks or more and she was taken to the Cairo hospital on Wednesday.
Laura Amelia Austin was born November 20, 1861, at New Columbia, Massac County. She was married to J. W. Johnson on April 29, 1877. To this couple were born five children, one of whom died in infancy. Mr. Johnson died some 20 years ago.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by four children, two daughters, Miss Ida Johnson, of New York City, and Mrs. Art Palmer, of Mound City, two sons, Claude, of Mounds, and Fred, of Crockett, Calif., three grandchildren, Austin Palmer, Frederick Johnson, Jr., and Miss Claudine Johnson.
For many years she had been a member of the Congregational Church. She was a devoted mother, a kind neighbor and a loyal friend.
Funeral services were held at the
family residence Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 2
p.m. Rev. Thomas
pastor of the Congregational Church
officiated. Interment was made in
Spencer Heights Cemetery with G. A.
Mrs. Susan Park, age 78 years, died Sunday, Aug., 14, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. T. Barrett, of East St. Louis.
Mrs. Park was the mother of E. W. Park, of Spencer Heights. She had frequently visited her son and his family and the news of her death will be heard with regret. She and her husband lived in Cairo for many years. It was there they reared their family.
She is survived by four sons, E. A., of Mounds, H. R., of Chicago, Albert, of Cairo, Mack, of Pineville, Ky., and one daughter, Mrs. E. T. Barrett, of East St. Louis. Mr. Park died a number of years ago.
Funeral services were held Tuesday
morning at 9 o’clock, the four sons and two
grandsons, William and George
acting as pall bearers. Interment was
in a cemetery near East St. Louis.
Jimmy Weeks, of Cairo, was mortally injured in an automobile accident which occurred on Route 2 about one mile north of Cairo Saturday night at 9 o’clock. Bradley Prince and Tilman Wimpy, his two companions, escaped with slight injuries.
According to testimony at the coroner’s inquest, Bradley Prince, who was driving a borrowed Studebaker sedan, had been joined at 34th and Sycamore streets by Weeks and Wimpy and the three were on their way to Tri City Park. At a point opposite the Raddix garage, a Ford coupe driven by Richard Walsh, also of Cairo, which was moving along in front of the Studebaker, was seen to turn off the concrete as the driver intended to stop at a barbecue stand on the right of the road. Apparently, he changed his mind and swerved back onto the concrete. The Studebaker was sideswiped and turned over. Weeks was thrown out onto the hard surface of the road and the car fell on him. The other two boys evidently were thrown clear of the car, for they escaped serious injury.
Weeks was a graduate of the Class of 1927 of the Cairo High School. For two years he had been editor of the high school weekly paper and last year was editor-in-chief of the Egypti, the high school annual published by the senior class.
He was the son of Mrs. Nellie F.
Death was due to tuberculosis, from
which she had been suffering for some time.
She is survived by her husband and ten
children, the youngest of whom is aged two
From the Metropolis Herald we take the following sketch pertaining to the death of the mother of our fellow townsman, Luther Hodge.
“Mrs. Sarah Hodge, wife of John Hodge, died at the family home, 620 Metropolis Street, at the age of 78 years, 6 months, and 22 days. Rev. W. E. Baker, of Hamberg, conducted the service.
“Mrs. Hodge was born in Kentucky, January 19, 1849. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Bishop. She was married to John Hodge, November 5, 1865. Nine children were born to them, one, James E. Hodge, dying in 1916. The children now living are: Luther Hodge, of Mounds; John, of Lockerby, Utah; Harry, of St. Louis; Percy, of Carbondale; Mrs. O. E. Babb, of Portageville, Mo.; Mrs. C. Z. Berry, of Metropolis. There are also 22 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hodge was a life-long member of the Baptist Church in which she was a great worker.”
Hodge married Sarah Isabel
Bishop on 5 Nov 1865, in Pope Co., Ill.
married Sarah Ethel
on 27 Apr 1904, in Pope Co., Ill.—Darrel
Civil War Veteran Dies at Age of 84
Keller, for many years a resident of Mound City, died Wednesday,
Aug. 24, at 9 o’clock. While he had
been in failing health for some time, a fall
several weeks ago hastened the end.
In October 1867, Mr.
Keller was married to Miss Elizabeth
Revington and he is survived by his
widow, three sons, one daughter, nine
grandchildren, and seven
great-grandchildren. Among the
grandchildren are Mrs. T. B.
Thomasson, Mrs. Sam
Roberson, and Mrs. Roy
Mulcahy, of Mounds.
He was hanging from a sewing machine belt fastened to a pipe near the ceiling.
Coroner F. C.
Schilling declared the death could not have been accidental and the
boy’s parents could see no reason. The
older lad said they had been playing and he
went to find Harold when he discovered the
Theodore Ruther, 67 years, an old resident of Grand Chain, died Saturday night at his home in that place. He had been a resident of Grand Chain for 40 years and for 31 years of that time he conducted a blacksmith shop in that place and five years in Karnak. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday and interment was made in the Grand Chain cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons, Monta, Alva, Charles, and Theodore Ruther, all living at home, two sisters and a brother at Louisville, and a sister at Eldorado. G. A. James of this city was the undertaker in charge.
(His marker in Grand Chain Masonic
Ruether Born May 14, 1859 Died Aug 22,
Christian Keller, Sr., age 84 years, last April, and a veteran of the Civil War, passed away at his home on Main Street at five minutes after nine Wednesday morning after a lingering illness of eight weeks. He fell several weeks ago and the injury confined him to his bed ever since.
Deceased was born in Ostophn, Whorms, Germany, April 1, 1843, this making him 84 years, four months and 27 days old at the time of his death. Coming to this country at the age of 14, he made his home with his sister, residing at Mascoutah, Ill. When the war broke out, he enlisted in the Forty-third Illinois Infantry. With his regiment he participated in the campaign at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., and at the battle of Shiloh he lost his leg.
In October 1867, Mr. Keller was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Revington, and to this union four children were born, three sons, namely George, who has recently taken up his residence in Maplewood, Mo., J. E. Keller, of this city, and Christian C. Keller, Jr., of Lakewood, Ohio, and one daughter, Mrs. Ira Finley, of this city, all of whom with the widow survive the deceased. Nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also mourn the passing away of this well-known citizen. A brother, Jacob Keller, of Alton, also survives him.
Mr. Keller was a barber by trade but had retired from this occupation several years ago.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the residence, Rev. Charles K. Weller conducting the services. Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery. G. A. James funeral director in charge.
Keller, 18, of Venedy, Washington Co., Ill., born in Germany, a
barber, 5’5”, brown hair, grey eyes, dark
complexion, enlisted in Co. B, 43rd
Illinois Infantry on 28 Aug 1861, in
was discharged on 5 Nov 1862, for wounds
received at Shiloh.
Keller married Lizzie
Revington 28 Oct 1867, in Pulaski Co.,
Ill. Ira. S.
Finley, 29, married
Keller, 24, on 25 Dec 1900, in Pulaski
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks
for the sympathy and kindness extended us in
the bereavement of the loss of our dear
husband and father.
To our many kind friends and
neighbors—We are at a loss to know how to
express our gratefulness to you for your
kindness to us and our Dear Mother who
passed away. We only wish we could
thank each one personally, but as that is
impossible, we will ask you to consider this
The remains of Jimmy Weeks, Cairo youth killed in an automobile accident on the hard road near that city Saturday night, August 13, was brought to Anderson Cemetery in Massac County Tuesday afternoon and laid to rest. Members of this family formerly lived in Joppa where he was borned and educated in Joppa and Cairo.
Jimmy Weeks was only 18 years old, a graduate of the Cairo high school last June. For more than a year he had been a member of the staff on the Cairo Bulletin and correspondent of the Associated Press. He had been editor in chief of the Cairo High School annual. Weeks was a brilliant writer for one so young. He specialized in sports. Nearly everybody in Cairo knew him and his sunny disposition and pleasant manners made him immensely popular.
He was a son of a widowed mother and her support. After graduation he left the newspaper field and accepted a good position with Writer Brothers Ice & Coal Company, of Cairo.
The car he was riding in was hit by a machine driven by Richard Walsh, of Cairo. Weeks lived a few minutes after he was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital.
Mrs. Nellie F. Weeks will receive $4,000 from the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company as damages for the death of her son, Jimmy Weeks. The insurance company acted for Richard Walsh, driver of the other automobile that figures in the fatal accident. The settlement it is said, is one of the few instances on record in Cairo where so large of the percent of the face value of the policy ash been paid in an out of court settlement. The settlement is within $1,000 of the face value of the policy.
One peculiar feature in connection with the case is that both cars which were involved in the accident were completely insured in the same company.
(His marker in Anderson Cemetery reads:
Jimmy son of W. F. and Nellie
Born Jan. 8, 1910 Died Aug. 13, 1927.—Darrel
Mrs. Fred Hallerberg, age 30 years, died Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at her home in Mounds. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Christine, age 9 years, and a fine infant son. Mrs. Hallerberg was born in 1897 in Dongola and was reared there. She was married ten years ago and was formerly Miss Gladys Gurley. Her parents lived in Cobden, Ill.
(A marker in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery
at Dongola reads:
Hallenberg Born Aug. 28, 1927 Died Oct.
Hallenberg Born Sept. 8, 1880 died Oct. 30, 1967.
Hallenberg Born Aug. 30, 1895 Died March 6, 1979.
Hallenberg Born Sept. 20, 1897 Died Aug. 28, 1927.—Darrel
Funeral services over the body of
Keller, who passed away at his home on
Main Street Wednesday morning, Aug. 24th,
was held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock
from the residence, with interment in
Spencer Heights Cemetery. Ven. Charles
Keller conducted the services. Joe
Bestgen, George R.
Martin, Dan Hurley and E.
Easterday served as pallbearers.
James was the funeral director. An
abundance of beautiful flowers covered the
casket, a testimony of the esteem in which
the deceased was held by his friends.
Smith, colored, was held for the grand jury Monday on a murder
charge at the inquest conducted by Dr. O. T.
Hudson, coroner of Pulaski County, at Mounds, Monday.
shot and killed Joe
Blakemore, colored, on a farm near
Mounds, Saturday night. The two men
had quarreled over crops and other matters.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 2 Sep 1927:
Joe Blakemore was fatally shot Saturday night by George Smith. There were no witnesses but when Blakemore’s body was found it was crumpled up over a pitchfork held in his hands. Smith refused to testify at the coroner’s inquest and was placed in the county jail pending further investigation.
Blakemore was out on parole.
The sudden death of Mrs. Fred Hallerberg, which occurred Sunday at her home on McKinley Avenue saddened the whole community early Sunday morning she became the mother of a fine baby boy.
Between 12 and one o’clock of the same day death claimed her.
Gladys Gurley Hallerberg was born Sept. 20th, 1897, to Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gurley at Dongola, Ill., and departed this life Aug. 28th, 1927, age 29 years, 11 months and 8 days. She spent her school days in Dongola attending grade and high school there.
June 2nd, 1927, she was married to Fred Hallerberg, of Mounds at which place she spent the remainder of her life.
She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Those so deeply hurt are Fred W. Hallerberg, husband, and two children, Christa Mae and John Burton, of Mounds; George W. Gurley, father, Dongola; Ralph Gurley, brother, Mounds; Raleigh Gurley, brother, Cobden; Mrs. Lois Hight, sister, Wetaug; John Hallerberg, East St. Louis, Mrs. Frank Bauer, Mounds, together with many other relatives and friends.
The funeral was held at the First Baptist Church of Mounds with Rev. H. C. Croslin, minister and she was laid to rest in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery at Dongola.
Gurley married Cynthia A.
Brooks on 31 Dec 1874, in Union Co.,
We wish to express our appreciation for
the many kind expressions of your sympathy
shown us during our bereavement.
George Elkins, of Buncombe, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1927, at the ripe old age of 102 years, 4 months and 25 days. He had lived on the same farm for eighty years and until four months ago had led an active life. He was known far and wide as America’s oldest farmer.
Elkins was an uncle of Dr. H. J.
Elkins and Mrs. Burton Bagby
of this city.
The Jackson County gallows, on which three
men have been hanged, was today being
prepared for shipment to
Benton for use in the execution of
Birger, Southern Illinois gangster,
condemned to die in Franklin County jail
yard between sunrise and sunset October 15,
for the murder of Mayor Joe
of West City, however many expect a delay
while the Illinois Supreme Court acts on a
petition for a new trial which
Birger’s attorneys are now preparing.
Rev. and Mrs. C. W.
Scates were bereaved last week in the
death of their daughter, Getha Lee, age 18
years, 5 months and 6 days. She had
been ill for some time. Funeral
services were held Friday afternoon at the
F. B. Church. Rev. J. S. Hines, the
pastor, conducted the services, assisted by
Dr. W. M.
of Carbondale, and Rev. J. B.
Jacobs, of Culp, Ill. Interment in
Beech Grove Cemetery.
We thank the many friends and neighbors
who so devotedly and kindly administered to
us and to dear Grandma during her illness
and to those who bestowed such loving
devotion in home and at the church.
Also to those who furnished automobiles and
sent such beautiful floral tributes.
We thank you all.
The finding of human brains spattered
on the pilot of a locomotive at Cairo
junction about 12 o’clock Thursday night
Sept. 1st that a man, thought to
Curren, an East Indian, had been struck and instantly killed on the
Illinois Central Railroad at a point midway
between Villa Ridge and Pulaski.
After the human brains had been
discovered on the pilot of the locomotive
north of Cairo, a switch engine and crew
were dispatched to search along the right of
way for a body and the gruesome find was
Mrs. Sarah E. Livesay, aged 82 years, 7 months and 15 days, passed away Monday morning at 7:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. F. Koontz, 416 High Street, with whom he had resided for a number of years. Mrs. Livesay was affectionately known among her many friends as “Grandma” Livesay. She was the widow of the late Nelson J. Livesay, who passed away nine years ago in this city. She had been ill for several weeks and when the end came, it came peacefully and sweetly to awaken in a brighter and more beautiful land where there will be no sorrow.
Mrs. Livesay was a beautiful Christian character and was greatly loved by all who knew her. She was a devoted member of the First M. E. Church of this city. She was a valued member of the Home Department of the M. E. Sunday School. Until recent years, when “Grandma’s” health and age deprived her of the privilege of taking an active part in the church, she was one of its most active members in all departments. Just a short while before her last illness, she did quite a lot of work for the church in her home. She was so willing, never saying, “I can’t.” Her disposition was funny and cheerful always having a kind word or bright smile for everyone.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Anna F. Koontz, of this city. Six grandchildren, Lawrence Livesay, of Toledo, Ohio, Mrs. E. L. Ledbetter and Victor Koontz, of Chicago, Mrs. Sam Roberson, of Mounds, Mrs. Bernard Kreager, and Miss Edena Keller, of this city. Three great-grandchildren also survive. Albert Koontz and J. E. Keller, sons-in-law, are among those bereaved. She also leaves a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn her passing.
Funeral services were held at _:00 p.m. from the First Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Laurence Smith, the pastor officiated, assisted by Rev. Thomas Gray, pastor of the Congregational Church. Rev. Smith’s remarks were very impressive, and the subject of “Mother” was beautifully portrayed. The choir sang one hymn, “Rock of Ages.” Miss Cora Fullerton sang sweetly “Sweet Bye and Bye” with the choir joining in the chorus. A duet, “The Old Rugged Cross,” was sung very beautifully by Miss Cora Fullerton and Mrs. Edgar Miller. The pallbearers were M. L. Capoot, ___ Schuler, W. T. Parker, L. D. Stophlet, Georg R. Martin, and ___ B. Blankenship. Interment in the family lot in Beech Grove Cemetery. Undertaker G. A. James assisted by W. D Gates directed the funeral and burial arrangements.
Keller, 22, born in Mound City, Ill., barber, son of Chris
Keller and Lizzie
Revington, married Adelia
Livesay, 21, born in Villa Ridge, Ill.,
daughter of Nelson
Livesay and Sarah Hankins,
on 31 Jan 1894, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Koontz married Annie
Livesay on 22 Jun 1893, in Pulaski Co.,
Jean Junior, the infant son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. C.
Patterson, passed away Sunday morning at
12:15 at the home of his parents in this
city. The little one was sick a few
days. His body was taken to Barlow,
Ky., Sunday afternoon, where interment was
made in the Barlow Cemetery.
Mrs. Ella Austin, mother of Mrs. C. S. Miller, died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, after an illness of several weeks. She was 71 years old age and had been in ill health for a long time. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and made her home for the greater part of her life in Villa Ridge, Ill., but for the past year lived with her daughter in Mound City, after residing for some time in St. Louis and Mounds. Surviving Mrs. Austin are four sons, C. H. Austin, of Mounds, Miles K. Austin and Howard B. Austin, of St. Louis and W. R. Austin, of Spokane, Wash.; her daughter Mrs. Miller and a sister, Mrs. Kate Hanagan, of Baltimore, Md., and two brothers, Philip Messenger, of Cincinnati, and James Dudley, of Bessemer, Ala. She also leaves twelve grandchildren.
Mrs. Austin was a member of the Congregational Church at Mounds, in which she was an active worker until her death made it impossible. She was a cheerful sunny disposition and had endeared herself to the greater part of the community through her long life of simple service to her friends and her church.
Funeral services were held at the home of Judge and Mrs. Miller at 2:30 Monday afternoon. Rev. Thomas Grey of the Congregational Church officiating.
The floral tributes were numbers and very beautiful and the funeral was largely attend by friends of this city, Mounds and Villa Ridge. The pallbearers were G. C. Trammel, E. P. Easterday, W. S. Sanderson and W. T. Jaccard, of this city and Richard Broyhill and Clyde Titus of Mounds.
Interment was made in Beech Grove
Cemetery G. A.
was the funeral director.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 16 Sep 1927:
Mrs. D. N. Baker, died at her home in Springfield, Ill., on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Marion, on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The body lay in state from Friday evening until one p.m. Sunday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary C. Duncan, of 415 S. Duncan St., Marion.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker and family resided here a number of years while Mr. Baker was head engineer of the local plant of the Central Illinois Public Service Company.
Baker is survived by her husband, one daughter, Miss Madge
one son, Leamon
all of Springfield, and her aged mother,
Mrs. Mary C.
Duncan, of Marion.
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Haller died in Shiloh at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Beagle, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 18 days.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Haller, one daughter, Mrs. Homer Beegle, and two sons, S. L. Atherton, of this city, and Robert Atherton, of Tower Hill, Ill.
Funeral services were held at Shiloh Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. W. J. Ward, of Jonesboro, preached the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the Shiloh Cemetery with G. A. James in charge.
(Her death certificate states that
Haller was born 25 Jul 1850, in
Tennessee, the daughter of George
Foster and Mahalia Shelton,
and died 14 Sep 1927, in Pulaski Co.,
Mrs. Ella Austin, age 71 years, died Saturday afternoon at 2:35 o’clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. S. Miller, of Mound City.
Mrs. Austin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. For many years she lived at Villa Ridge and for a time she made her home with her son, C. H. Austin, of Spencer Heights. For the past years she had lived with her daughter.
She is survived by four sons, C. H. of this city, Miles S., and Howard B., of St. Louis, and W. R., of Spokane, Washington; one daughter, Mrs. C. S. Miller, of Mound City, one sister, Mrs. Kate Managan, of Baltimore, Md., two brothers, Phillip Messenger, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and James Dudley, of Bessenmer, Ala., and twelve grandchildren. She was a member of the Congregational Church of this city.
Funeral services were held at the Miller residence Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock Rev. Thomas Gray, minister. Interment was made in Beech Grove Cemetery with G. A. James directing the funeral.
(Her death cetificate states that Ella
Austin, wife of Miles L.
Austin, daughter of Mary A.
Dudley, born 11 May 1856, in Ohio, died
10 Sep 1927, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
Prof. S. E. Harwood, of Carbondale, died at his home in that city early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 15th. He had reached the age of 78 years.
For nearly twenty years Prof. Harwood was a member of the Faculty of the Southern Illinois Teacher’s College known then as the Southern Illinois Normal University. He taught in the departments of mathematics and pedagogy and later was made head of the training department.
He was an active member of the
Methodist Church for many years and was the
only honorary member of the Carbondale
Rotary Club. His personality was vivid
and striking. He was a clear cut
thinker. Once known he was never
Whitaker was hunting with another boy, Woodrow Aldridge, a cousin, 14 years of age, on the William Sharp place. They were sitting down, the Aldridge boy testified at the coroner’s inquest, when they saw a squirrel and Whitaker shot at it twice and missed. He called to Aldridge, who was behind him about 12 feet, to shoot at it. He got up to shoot and as he raised his fun it was accidentally discharged, the shot hitting Whitaker in the right leg below the hip, severing the femoral vein. The wounded man had lost so much blood, however, that he could not recover.—Democrat.
Whitaker, 27, born in Union Co., Ill., son of John M.
Whitaker and Ophelia
Whitlock, married Lucinda E.
Aldridge, 22, born in Union Co., Ill.,
daughter of N. M.
Aldridge and Nancy
on 20 Dec 1896, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
William Denny Beaupre was born in Oswego, New York May 13th, 1842. His father being a ship builder caused his early childhood to be spent in various points in Canada on Lake Ontario and the Ste. Lawrence River. His father brought his family west to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, when he was only thirteen years of age where they lived for five years and while there worked with surveyors in vacation period. They moved to St. Louis where his father had charge of building gunboats during the Civil War. During this period he spent two years in St. Paul, Minn., working in his Uncle Bruno Beaupre’s wholesale grocery store and granary. In 1864 he moved with his father’s family to Metropolis, Ill., where they built a home and where they intended to permanently locate. There he married Mollie Isabelle Bowles and a family of three children were born: Lottie in 1868, Nettie, in 1870, Bruno in 1872. His work of ship building caused his home to be divided between Metropolis and St. Louis for many years but the latter part of his active work took him west to California and north to Alaska. He returned to Vienna, Ill., eleven years ago where he lived with his daughter, Lottie E. Beaupre, and where he died September 12, 1927. He was interred in the Beaupre family burial lot in Metropolis, Ill.—Vienna Times
William Beaupre was a brother to Henry Beaupre, of this city.
Beaupre married Mary I.
Bowles on 29 Dec 1867, in Massac Co.,
Walsh married Anna M.
Leverings on 28 Jun 1899, in Alexander
His marker in Calvary Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
Edward Rieves, 49 years old, one of Pulaski’s prominent businessmen, died at his home Friday morning at 6 o’clock. Mr. Reives became seriously ill several weeks ago but had been able to be out, attending to business for a few days, and told his friends he was feeling much better. His death came as quite a shock to his family and friends.
He was a member of the Baptist church, where his funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o’clock with interment at Rose Hill cemetery. W. H. Aldred had charge of the funeral arrangements.
Reeves, 20, born in Union Co., Ill., son of W. T.
21, born in Pulaski Co., Ill., daughter of
Curry and Miss
Rogers, on 6 Aug 1899, in Pulaski Co.,
Rives, 23, married Barbara A.
Smoot, 19, on 23 Jan 1876, in Union Co.,
marker in Rose Hill Cemetery at Pulaski
Born Sept. 28, 1878 Died Sept. 23,
In an answer to her tearful plea to “give me death or send me back to my children,” Mrs. Elsie Sweetin was acquitted Saturday in Mount Vernon at her second trial for the poison murder of her husband, Wilford three years ago. The jury deliberated less than thirty minutes.
The jurors said the verdict was reached on the first ballot, taken five minutes after they had received the case.
Sweetin made a brief speech thanking the jurors.
The remains of Lorenzo D. Smith who passed away in the U. S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, arrived in Mound City Saturday morning and was taken to the home of Sylvester Thomas, where on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thomas Gray, of the Pilgrim Congregational Church.
Mr. Smith was 77 years old and was a Civil War veteran. His only living relatives are nephew, Sylvester Thomas, and a niece, Mrs. Garland Youngblood, both of this city. Interment was made in the Thistlewood Cemetery at Mounds by G. A. James funeral director.
(He enlisted as a 1st boy in the U. S. Navy on 2 Nov 1864, at Mound City, Ill., and was discharged on 29 Oct 1865.—Darrel Dexter)
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 30 Sep 1927:
Early Saturday morning a man identified
Bergman, a flood refugee from Missouri,
was found on the Illinois Central track at
Hallidayboro, The head had been severed from
the body, supposedly by one of the fast
passenger trains of the Illinois Central
railroad. Cards in the pockets of the
man’s clothing led to his identification.
He had a wife in Missouri and was in
Illinois seeking employment.
John Edward Rives was born in Union County, September 28, 1878 and died September 23, 1927, at his home in Pulaski, Illinois, at the age of 48 years, 11 months and 26 days. He was united in marriage to Essie Curry August 6, 1896. Unto this union eight children were born. He professed faith in Christ at the age of 17 and united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church near Dongola, Ill., late moving his membership to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Pulaski, of which he was a member until his death. He was teacher of the Young Men’s Bible Class and was beloved by each member of the class. He was also a member of the Caledonia Lodge No. 47 A. F. and A. M. and Caledonia Chapter 587 Order of Easter Star, also the Modern Woodman of America Camp No. 7632 Pulaski, Illinois. He was a devoted father and a loving husband and was beloved by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, his widow, seven children, Bertha, Olga, Wilda, Winda, Charles and Billie, all of Pulaski, and Hazel Griffith, of Cairo, Illinois, Verna having died in infancy. A father, mother, three brothers, Hezz, Frank and Arthur, of Pulaski, two sisters, Emma Graham, of Dongola, Illinois, and Lizzie Lackey, of Pulaski, two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held in the
Baptist Church, Pulaski on Sunday afternoon
at 2 o’clock, Rev.
preaching the sermon. Interment was
made at Rose Hill Cemetery with W. H.
Aldred in charge.
The ex-minister is in charge of the
prison gasoline and oil station located
inside the high walls of the penitentiary.
His “office” consists of a small room in
front of which are the oil and gasoline
pumps. He fills tanks of prison trucks
and keeps a record of the amount given
The proposed material will commemorate
a school teacher’s valorous act in saving
the lives of sixteen pupils at the loss of
her own when the Centerville school house,
Green County, was struck by a tornado on
April 19 last and demolished. It is
said that Miss
Keller had trained herself for such an
emergency over a period of years and when
the emergency came she was prepared to meet
it so far as the charges under her were
Martin, Joe Martin, John
Birkichyer motored to East St. Louis
Saturday evening and visited Edward
Martin and family. Sunday they went
over to St. Louis to visit relatives and
upon reaching the home of a cousin they
found it was in the storm district and had
suffered much damage. Another cousin,
Fahrenholz had passed away. Mr.
Fahenholz has been in ill health and it
is thought the shock of the storm hastened
his death. None of the family were injured
but the home was badly wrecked. Daughters
of the deceased, Miss Augusta and Mrs.
Elenore, have visited in this city
several times and have a number of friends
here who will regret to learn of their
misfortune and bereavement.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 7 Oct. 1927:
John Burton Hallerberg, infant son of F. W. Hallerberg died Monday morning at six o’clock following a short illness. The baby, whose mother died at his birth, was only five weeks old. His father, F. W. Hallerberg, and a nine-year-old sister, Christa Mae, survive him.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the family residence by Rev. H. C. Croslin.
Interment was made in Dongola Cemetery by the side of the infant’s mother.
(His marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at
Hallenberg Born Aug. 28, 1927 died Oct.
Dora Ridens, 17, her companion in the sidecar, was reported seriously injured. Jewel Jones, 21, driver, of the motorcycle, escaped without injuries.
The accident occurred a short distance
north of Bellmont on a straight stretch of
the state highway.
testified that there were two log wagons in
front of his motorcycle both on the right
side of the pavement, but that the second
wagon did not have a light at the rear.—Grayville Mercury, Ind.
The boy had been bitten by a dog as the
lad lay asleep in the yard at the home of
Elliott, southeast of town a few miles. The boy’s face was
lacerated somewhat by the bite of the dog.
Sometime later the dog was killed and its
head sent to the department of health at
Springfield where an analysis showed
“positive” for rabies. Drs.
Harlan and Hilliard then
begun the serum treatment, but the course of
the treatment had not gone far enough to
prevent development of the disease.
The boy continued to go to school until the
first of the week. On Monday morning,
while in bed at his home with another boy,
Hume, a thirteen-year-old boy of Oscar
painter at Sexton’s, he bit the
boy on the face. The
boy is now taking the serum treatment.—Wayne
We wish to extend our thanks to our
friends and neighbors for their sympathy and
kindness in our bereavement over the loss of
our little son and brother, John Burton
Hallerberg. We also wish to thank those who sent flowers and
who furnished cars.
Lloyd French, a veteran of the Civil War and a member of Company G, Kentucky Cavalry, passed away at his home in Villa Ridge Friday morning at 3:30 after an illness of two _____ following a paralytic stroke which he suffered at the death of his wife. Three sons survived the deceased, William H. French and Wilburn G. French, of this city and Wencelius L. French, of Villa Ridge; also two daughters, __annie, of Villa Ridge, and Mrs. D. S. Kimzey, of Evansville, Ind. All of the children with the exception of Mrs. Kimzey were at his bedside when he passed away. Mrs. Kimzey had just returned to home after making an extended visit with her father.
Funeral services were held ___y morning at 10:30 o’clock at St. Raphael’s Church in Mounds. Rev. Eugene Traynor conducting the services. Interment was in Villa Ridge cemetery. G. A. James was the funeral director in charge.
French was born 9 May 1845, in Kentucky, the son of Henry
French and Penelope
died 7 Oct 1927, at Villa Ridge, Ill., and
was buried in Calvary Cemetery.
His marker in Calvary Cemetery at
Villa Ridge reads:
French 1870-1910, Son.—Darrel
Dunsworth was given a surprise this week when her brother, Lyman
Chamberlain, dropped in
Chamberlain arrived from Truman, Ark.,
to visit his sister whom he had not seen for
over twenty years. Mrs.
Dunsworth had given up her brother as
dead. The reunion was a most happy one.
Cyrus Lackey, who resides one mile east of Pulaski, died at his home Saturday evening at 8 o’clock at the age of 74 years.
Deceased was born in Pulaski County and has spent his life in this community and was a splendid citizen. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Stringer, who died 21 years ago. He is survived by six daughters, Mrs. C. O. Waite, Mrs. Andrew Chapman, Mrs. Will Milford and Mrs. Amos Thompson, of Pulaski, Mrs. George Castle, of Belleville, Ill., and Mrs. Krous, of Vincennes, Ind.; one son, Everett Lackey, of Commerce, Mo., and a number of grandchildren and other relatives, who will sadly miss him, besides a host of friends. The funeral services will be held in the Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery. W. H. Aldred was the funeral director in charge.
Lackey married Mary M.
Stringer on 20 Mar 1875, in Pulaski Co.,
married Ida L.
Lackey on 21 Mar 1897, in Pulaski Co.,
Chapman married Dela Pearl
Lackey on 23 Nov 1892, in Pulaski Co.,
His marker in Rose Hill Cemetery at
Lackey Born Dec. 20, 1853 Died Oct. 8,
Mrs. Emma Wisdom, Negro, whose age was recorded in her death certificate as “123 years” died in Cairo Saturday. She came there before the Civil War from Maryland. Relatives said she reached her one hundred and twenty-third birthday the day she died.
Wisdom was likely between 85 and 90 years old when she died.
Wisdom married Emma
Walker on 15 Aug 1871, in Alexander Co.,
The 1920 census of Douglas Street,
Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill., shows H. C.
Wisdom, 81, born in Kentucky, and Emma
Wisdom, 77, born in Maryland.
The 1880 census of 13th
Street, Cairo, Alexander Co., Ill., shows
Wisdom, 41, born in Kentucky, and Emma
Wisdom, 42, born in Mississippi.—Darrel
Boudinut, age 84, and a familiar character, who has resided in this
city for many years, died at his home Sunday
evening. He was known to many as “Steamboat
Bill” and his employment as a river man gave
him this sobriquet. The burial took place
at Beech Grove Cemetery with G. A.
Mrs. Persia Kirkpatrick, a former resident of this city, died at her home in Springfield, Ill., last week. The remains were brought here Sunday evening and the funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock from the A. M. E. Church, Rev. G. S. Shaw officiating. Interment in Beech Grove Cemetery. G. A. James was the funeral director in charge. Mrs. Kirkpatrick will be better remembered as Mrs. Persia Duncan and was one of the most highly respected and best known colored citizens of this city, having been in the employ among some of the leading families of this city.
Chavis, (col.), married Pursea
on 23 May 1870, in Pulaski Co., Ill.
Duncan married Mrs. Persia
Chavis on 19 Mar 1882, in Pulaski Co.,
Martha Bernice, the infant daughter of
Bunch, passes away Wednesday morning at
6:15 at the home of her grandparents on
North Main Street. The little one was
nineteen months old and had been ill for
several weeks. A few months ago her mother,
passed away and since that time little
Martha Bernice has made her home with her
grandparents Mr. and Mrs. L.
Erwin, age 40 years, 1 month and 14 days, died at her home in
Olmsted, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. She had
been ill for several days. Funeral services
were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. conducted by the
pastor of the Methodist Church. Undertaker
Aldred, of Pulaski, was in charge of the
John Kischner, age 66 years, died Wednesday night, October 19th, at 9 o’clock at his home in Olmstead, Ill., following a year’s illness. He had made his home in Pulaski County for about forty years and was a well-known and prominent resident of the county. Surviving him are his widow and the following sons and daughters: Otto, of Boone Terre, Mo., George, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Paul, Anna, and Lena, of Olmstead; Regina of Chicago, and John Jr., of Olmstead. Two children, Theresa and Elizabeth, preceding him in death. Besides his family he leaves a twin sister of Arcadia, Mo., and two sisters and a brother in Bayruyth, Germany.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Lutheran church in Olmstead, the cortege leaving the home for the church at 1 p.m. The pastor, the Rev. J. A. Huebotter, conducted the services. Interment was made in the Concord Cemetery.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 21 Oct 1927:
We desire to extend our sincere thanks
to our many friends who so kindly assisted
us during the sickness and death of our
beloved son and brother, also for the
beautiful floral offerings and to the
minister who conducted the funeral.
The body of a stranger, a colored man,
was found by section men between Mounds and
Cache early Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, and
was brought by them to the M. O.
undertaking parlor where an inquest was held
by Coroner Otis T.
Hudson. The coroner’s jury
returned a verdict of accidental death
caused by being run over by a train.
The head was crushed one foot was cut off
and the body was bruised and skinned. The
man was identified as James Edward
Thompson, of Memphis, Tenn.
He was about 30 years of age.
His father was located at an address in
Memphis and he wired instructions to send
the body of his son to Memphis for burial.
James R. Scott, son of John M. and Alice Scott, was born near Simpson, Ill., February 23, 1891, and died at St. Mary’s Infirmary, Cairo, Oct. 15, 1927, at the age of 36 years, 7 months and 22 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his father and stepmother, of Simpson, one brother, Ray, of Mounds, two sisters, Mrs. Dimple Calhoun, of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. J. H. Hester, of Mounds, three half-sisters, Mrs. Harry Cook and Mrs. Ralph Summer, of Marion, Miss Mary Scott, of Simpson, and one stepsister, Mrs. Dewey Russell, of Ozark, also a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nov. 9, 1901, and two sisters, who died in infancy.
The deceased had been failing in health for some time and about three weeks ago took a severe attack of appendicitis. An operation was deemed necessary, which together with other complications proved fatal in spite of all that medical aid and loving hands could do. Roy, as he was known, was converted and united with County Line Missionary Baptist Church about one year ago.
During his illness he expressed himself as being ready to go and that mother was beckoning him to come. He also prayed a number of times that the Lord would take him out of his suffering.
Peace to his memory.
One that we loved so well;
Eternity only can tell.
Scott married Lenora Alice
Martin on 18 Aug 1887, in Johnson Co.,
Two of the injured men were taken to the Harrisburg
Hospital for treatment while the other six
were not thought injured badly enough to be
taken to the hospital. The man that
was killed was a resident of Harrisburg.
We have no further particulars at hand.—Times
Mr. Hanford was born in Yonkers, N.Y., July 31, 1852. About 38 years ago he was married to Miss Anna L. Pease, of Carbondale, and made their home in Makanda until about 22 years ago when the family moved to Carbondale.
The deceased is survived by his wife
and three children, Dr. A. Chester
Hanford, dean of Harvard College,
Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. Benjamin
Bills, of Chicago, and Miss Juliette S.
Hanford, of this city.
(A marker in I. O. O. F. Cemetery at
(His marker in Cache Chapel Cemetery
near Ullin reads:
Bailey Born Feb. 9, 1892 Died Sept. 28,
Bailey Born May 4, 1881 Died Oct. 20, 1924.—Darrel
James Hayes, formerly of this city, who has been condemned to die for the murder of Mrs. Dollie Flatt, of Berlin, near Springfield, will be hanged between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, December 16th. Circuit Judge Briggle ruled this decision Tuesday morning. Hayes was denied a rehearing of the plea by his lawyers that he was insane when he committed the crime.
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 4 Nov 1927:
Allen Glenn, prominent colored citizen, of Mounds, died every suddenly at his home at the corner of Blanche Avenue and Sycamore Street, Sunday night, Oct. 30. He had come in home from his run as fireman on the Illinois Central to Fulton, Ky., and he and his wife were talking when suddenly he was silent, a gasp of breath and he was gone. Dr. O. T. Hudson was called and apoplexy was found to be the cause of death.
Funeral services were held at Pilgrim
Rest Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 2
Millich was executed for the slaying of Ward
at Birger’s Shady Rest resort.
Millich was 36 years old, a Montenegrian
and had been in America since childhood.
His father was a naturalized citizen of the
United States. So far as authorities
know Rado had no relatives in this country
at the time of his death.—Cobden
Laura Weldy Davis was born in Pulaski County March 22, 1892. She died in Florida Nov. 4, 1927 at the age of 35 years, 7 months and 13 days.
She was married on Aug. 6th, 1910, to Grover Atherton, formerly of this city. To this union was born one daughter, who died in infancy.
In May 1920 she was married to J. Harold Davis of Ft. Myers, Florida.
She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, J. Harold Davis; father, D. H. Weldy, of Mounds; two brothers, Claude Weldy, of Chicago and Albert Weldy, of Middletown, Ind. Also three sisters, Mrs. Anna Minton, of Mounds, Mrs. Orpha Galbraith, of Valley Recluse, and Mrs. M. B. Mulcahy, of East St. Louis. She leaves besides these a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. H. C. Croslin, pastor. Interment was made in Thistlewood Cemetery with G. A. James in charge.
Minton, 23, born in Pulaski Co., Ill., son of Bird
Minton and Julia
Graddy, married Anna Weldy,
17, of Beechwood, born in Rain Co., Kan.,
daughter of David
Devore, on 15 Oct 1895, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
We desire to express our sincere thanks
for the kindness shows us at the death of
our beloved wife, daughter and sister, Laura
We also wish especially to thank the donors
of the flowers, the minister, the choir, and
those who lent their automobiles.
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks
to our friends and neighbors for their
sympathy and kindness in our bereavement
over the loss of our husband and father,
Glenn. We also wish to thank those who sent flowers and who
Burnett, 22, born in St. Cyrus, Scotland, son of George
Burnett and Jane
Sinclair, married Nannie
Hileman, 21, daughter of C. M.
Hileman and Harriet J.
Robinson, on 30 Nov 1898, in Union Co., Ill.
His marker in Anna City Cemetery
Hileman Born Aug. 20, 1844 Died Nov. 1,
Several people collected at the ferry and found that the ferryman, Archie Mounts, and his companion, Warren Williams, had pushed the ferry out about fifty, sixty or seventy feet from the Illinois bank and were out there doing nothing and making no effort to rescue the woman who had fallen in the river.
These two men were out in the river on this ferry boat for
about two hours, when Tony
Arbaugh and Robert
of Maunie got in a boat and went out to
investigate. They discovered that
Mounts was on the ferry and
Williams was in the gasoline boat that
pushed the ferry, both badly under the
influence of liquor and knew practically
Dunn, 50 years old, of Karnak, was killed Sunday evening at Dam 53,
when the roof of the cement shed in which he
working collapses and he was crushed by
falling timbers. The body was removed to
Karnak where his wife and family reside.
The Mounds Independent,
Friday, 18 Nov 1927:
Anna Louise, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Monaghan, died at the home of her parents Tuesday morning at 7:44 o’clock after a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at the home
Wednesday morning. Interment was made in
Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mowery, son of Edward Calvin
Mowery and Martha Rachel
married Reola I.
Crippen, daughter of William Henry
Crippen and Ida Jane Hurst
on 2 Feb 1918, in Pulaski Co., Ill.—Darrel
We take this means of thanking our
friends and neighbors for the kindness shown
us during the sickness and after the death
of our beloved daughter and sister. We
also desire to thank the minister. The
singers, and the businessmen who furnished
Grear, age 74, died Nov. 21, in West Frankfort. Mr.
established newspapers in Murphysboro, Mt.
Vernon and Herrin. He was a musician
and conducted bands in those same towns.
He was the father of D. C.
Grear, editor of the Herrin
We desire to express our sincere thanks
to the friends who so kindly assisted us
during the illness and after the death of
our beloved little daughter and sister.
Especially do we thank Ben Fred
for conducting the funeral service.
Harney Wise died at the home of his son, Chris Wise, at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, November 20, after an illness of several years duration.
Mr. Wise was born in Parker, Ill., in 1853 and was 74 years old at his death. His wife died some seventeen years ago and for the past four years he had made his home with his son, Chris Wise and family of this city.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Brummett, of St. Louis, three sons, Ira, of Olmsted, Frank, of Carrier Mills, and Chris, of Mounds. Another daughter preceded him in death. Five grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive him.
He was a member of the Methodist Church at Belknap.
Funeral services were held Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o’clock at the First
Methodist Church. Rev. H.
Shoaff minister. Interment was
made in Beech Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Eliza A. Hamilton, mother of Mrs. Mary B. Brelsford and Mrs. Frank Casey, died at the home of Mrs. Casey in Johnston City, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 12, at the age of 93 years and 7 months. The Johnston City Progress says of her, “She had enjoyed perfect health practically all her life. With almost the same case that plant life dies in the fall, Mrs. Hamilton who had lived for almost a century, passed out of this life.”
Hamilton was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., April 9, 1834. For
many years she had lived in Metropolis,
Ill., where she was reared, but since 1901,
she had made her home with Mrs.
She was Johnston City’s oldest resident.
The body of Mrs. Esther Weaver was found in a grove of trees not far from her home near Grand Chain last Saturday, Nov. 19.
It is believed that Mrs. Weaver, who was 79, burned to death the preceding Tuesday night, as she has been missing since that time. She lived alone. When found her underclothing was charred and her body blackened from flames. In her bedroom was found a lamp without a chimney sitting on the floor, her outer garments scattered about the floor and her night gown lying on the bed, all mute evidence that she had been preparing to retire for the night.
Weaver was the widow of the late J. W.
Weaver, who served as sheriff of Pulaski County about 40 years ago.
Weaver was related to J. R.
Weaver, who also served Pulaski County
as sheriff in later years. She is
survived by a daughter, Mrs. Maggie
Bartleson, of Muskogee, Okla. and three
sons, Fred, of Mt. Carmel, Roy, of St.
Franklinville, Ill., and Ray, of St. Louis,
Monaghan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C.
Monaghan, was born Oct. 19, 1923, and died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1927,
at 7:40 a.m., at the home of her parents,
after an illness of only four days.
The little one had suffered an attack of
cold the week before last, but was
considered greatly improved until Sunday
when she seemed to be growing worse.
The family physician being out of town did
not reach the home until Monday. In
this time pneumonia had developed and her
condition was hopeless, death exulting a few
hours later. She was 4 years and 26
days old. A bright, swell little girl,
much moved by all, the favorite among
relatives. She will be sadly missed at
home, but we feel despite our gloom, our
earthly loss is heaven’s gain. No
funeral services were held, as the family
was quarantined from diphtheria. Prayer
services were held at the cemetery by
elder of the Christian Church.
Brown married Sarah J. Watson
on 22 Dec 1859, in Saline Co.,
Herman Junior had just got out of
school and going home, took a 22 rifle,
telling his mother that he was going outside
to shoot it. His mother told him to
put the gun down, and as he did so, it
discharged in some way. The bullet
struck the little one just at the inside of
the right eye. It lodged in the back
of the head, killing the baby instantly.—Johnston
Orbs Hayes, 64 years old, a farmer living near Bardwell, Ky., was shot through the heart and killed by J. E. Allcock, 64, neighboring farmer Friday during a quarrel that followed a charge by Allcock that Hayes, while hunting in a nearby field, had so aimed his shotgun that many pellets struck Allcock’s house.
Authorities charge that
Allcock was intoxicated at the time of
the shooting. Allcock
said he shot in self-defense when
made a move as if to draw a gun from his hip
pocket. No weapon was found on the body. Allcock
is held in a charge of murder.
Brown, a former resident of this county and a son of Judge
who held a judgeship in this county in the
early ‘70s, passed away last Wednesday, Nov.
16, in Webster Grove. He was 72 years of
age. He is survived by three sons,
Alexander B., Jr., Louis E. and J. Durand
Brown, one daughter, Mrs. Marie
Brown Sterns, and two
sisters, Miss Jennite T.
and Mrs. Emma
services were held Saturday from the
residence, 1509 Annalee Avenue,
Brentwood. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The body of Mrs. Esther Weaver, age 79 years, was found a quarter of a mile west of her home, two and one half miles west of Grand Chain, Saturday afternoon. Clad only in thin underclothing, the charred body was found in a grove of trees lying face downward in some sage grass.
She had been missing since Tuesday of last week and her body was located by a searching party that had been looking for the aged woman for several days. The supposition is (there being no witnesses to the grim tragedy that invaded the old lady’s home) that Mrs. Weaver had accidentally set fire to her underclothing from the open flame of a lamp, while preparing to retire Monday night, and being terror stricken she fled through a cornfield and to the grove where the body was found.
At the home a lamp without a chimney sitting on the floor of her bedroom, her outer daytime garments scattered about the floor, her nightgown lying across the bed, and charred pieces of clothing. The front room rug had burned a piece about two foot square.
A thorough search was organized upon the request of Fred Weaver, a son, who resides at Mt. Carmel. The son had become alarmed when he had failed to hear from his mother, with whom he kept in communication regularly.
Deceased was born near the place where she died, Nov. 14th, 1848, this making her 79 years of age to a day, of her disappearance. She was united in marriage to John Weaver at the age of 19 years, and to them seven children were born, namely: James, Barney, and Frank, who died several years ago, Fred Weaver, of Mt. Carmel, Ray Weaver, of St. Franksville, and Roy Weaver, of St. Louis, and Mrs. Maggie Bartleson, of Muskogie, Okla., survive her. Also nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband passed away in ____1 as assessor and treasure and one term as sheriff of Pulaski County.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the family home near Grand Chain and interment in the Grand Chain cemetery. The services were conducted by the pastor of the Christian Church, which Mrs. Weaver had been a lifelong member.
With the exception of eight years which she spent in Mound City, while Mr. Weaver was in public office, deceased had spent the greater portion of her life in Grand Chain.
(John Weaver married Esther Youngblood on 29 Oct 1867, in Pulaski Co., Ill. G. A. Bartleson married Maggie Weaver on 19 Nov 1890, in Pulaski Co., Ill. Her marker in Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery reads: Esther Weaver Born Nov. 4, 1848.—Darrel Dexter)
The Mounds Independent, Friday, 2 Dec 1927:
Sitter, 22, born in Union Co., Ill., son of Isaac J.
Sitter and Anna
Sifford, married Isabel
Penrod, 22, born in Union Co., Ill.,
daugher of Peter
Penrod and Martha Wheeler,
on 25 Dec 1878, in Union Co., Ill.
Sitter married 3rd Kate Ann
Kelley, 18, born in Whiteside Co., R.I.,
daughter of Thomas
Kelley and Anna
Pearce, on 4 Dec 1889, in Union Co.,
Henard, 21, born in Union Co., Ill., son
of F. M.
Henard and L. A.
Bridgers, married Tempa A.
Sitter, 18, daughter of Isaac J.
Sitter and Anna
Sifford, on 20 Nov 1881, in Union Co., Ill.—Darrel
His age was 58 years, 3 months and 27 days. He
worked at Sunnyside until it ceased
operation some three and a half years ago.
He lost such wages as were due him when the
company became financially involved.
Later he worked at the Carterville
Black Diamond Coal Company, but had been out
of employment for some time. This
together with failing health for the past
several months, is thought to have affected
his mind and led to the suicide—Carbondale
Charles Lane was born in St. Louis, Mo., May 4, 1848, and departed this life Dec. 3, 1927, aged 79 years, 7 months and 29 days.
He and Miss Mary Vickers, of East St. Louis, were united in matrimony February 24, 1870.
Mr. Lane was locomotive fireman on the Wabash Railroad at St. Louis from 1870 to 1872 and from 1872 to 1876 for the same road at Decatur, Illinois. In 1876 he moved to Ullin, Illinois, and settled on a farm where he remained until 1881, when he moved to Mound City, Illinois. He was jailor from 1881 to 1884, under Sheriff Wehrenberg. He made it his work to treat well who were so unfortunate as to come under this charge. During the years 1884 to 1888 he was in business at Mound City later going into business at Mounds, where he continued until 1915.
He is survived by his wife and other
relatives and friends.
Mr. George Burgeois, an old resident of Ullin, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Binkley, of Thebes, Thursday, December 1. Mr. Burgeois was 83 years of age and has been ill for about a year. Funeral services were held at the Ullin Baptist Church Saturday afternoon. Rev. H. B. Atherton officiating. The deceased is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Binkley and Mrs. Roy Sichling, of Taft, Calif., and one son, D. A. Burgeois, of Cobden. Interment was made in the Ullin Cemetery.
(George Burgeois married Mrs. Nancy E. Parker on 27 Jul 1876, in Pulaski Co., Ill. His marker in Ullin Cemetery reads: George Burgeois Born Feb. 14, 1843 Died Dec. 1, 1927 Father.—Darrel Dexter)
The Pulaski Enterprise, Friday, 9 Dec 1927:
Mrs. Belle Welch, wife of Elmer Welch, passed away Wednesday at her home on Commercial Avenue in this city, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Welch was 38 years of age and had been a resident of this city for a number of years. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon with interment in Concord Cemetery. G. A. James was the funeral director in charge.
(Her marker in Concord Cemetery near
Welch Born March 19, 1879 Died Dec. 23, 1948 Bell
Born April 9, 1890 Died Dec. 7, 1927.—Darrel
Haynes, formerly a resident of this city, was hanged at Springfield
today for the murder of Mrs. Dolly
is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack
of this city. His wife and child, from
whom he separated before the commission of
the crime for which he was hanged, also
reside here. The body of
will be brought here and the funeral
services held Sunday morning in St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in which faith
had had since his conviction.
Ernest D. Martin, lineman for the Central Illinois Public Service Co., with temporary headquarters in Mounds, met his death Sunday night as the result of an automobile accident which occurred at about 8 p.m. on Route 2 between here and Anna.
Mr. Martin had driven to Carbondale and was returning to Mounds. Evidently blinded by the fog, he left the pavement while coming down a steep hill just north of the intersecting Balcom road. For some little distance the car ploughed along the side of the pavement then turned over into a ditch. Passersby took Mr. Martin from the wreck and to the Anna Hospital where he died at 10 p.m., his ribs having been crushed into his lungs. He was conscious when found.
Martin who was forty years old, was a resident of Henderson, Ky.
His brother, Oscar
Martin, of 817 E. Clay Street,
Henderson, came to Mounds and from here went
to Anna to take the body to Henderson for
Davis was atop the first of a long pull of cars being switched
and were moving at a slow rate of speed.
Davis evidently slipped, as it was raining at the time of the
accident. His fellow workmen found the
body lying across the rail on the right side
of the track. The wheels of the second
truck had passed over his head and both
hands were crushed.—Journal
The jar had been found in a rear room never used by any of the apartment occupants, a sort of storage room in the rear. None of the present occupants have any idea as to whom it might belong.
Bell was called, but after examining the remains decided it was
below the statutory age which required an
inquest, which we are informed is five
months in Illinois. The wee form
wrapped in a small strip of cotton had been
placed on Mr.
Walbridge’s embalming table when the
The Rev. George H.
Williams, widely known Presbyterian
minister, and prelate of Beausent
Commandery, Knights Templar, embracing
Southern Illinois, died Dec. 19, at his home
in Cobden, where he was pastor. He had
held several important Masonic lodge
It is believed Mrs. Newman, who had been in failing health for several years, died suddenly Saturday night.
Funeral services were held at the
Presbyterian church at Enfield Tuesday and
conducted by Rev. A. R.
of Terre Haute.
On the fifth of last June our deceased
friend was married to Miss
Crowell of this city. The marriage
took place at Nashville, Ill. It was a
secret affair and was not known even to the
groom’s relatives and intimate friends until
after his death.
The Pulaski Enterprise, Friday, 23 Dec 1927:
Ten minutes after he had held up J. W. Broman, landscape engineer of Muncie, Ind., in front of the Elks’ Club in Cairo at 4:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, Willie Stevens, negro, was shot and killed in a revolver fight with City Detective Earl Shepherd, who was wounded, Sergeant William ___ns and Police Chauffeur ___ed McChesney.
The robber was found in his __ and was washing the blacking from his face, used to disguise himself, when the police broke in.
Stevens was a negro with brown skin and he had blackened his face apparently not only to disguise himself, but also to make his victim believe that he was a white man with blackened face.
Detective Shepherd met the __ of the robber toward the ___. The first shot of the negro struck the detective in his right thigh and passed entirely through his hip. Shepherd returned the fire and emptied his revolver into the negro, all six shots taking effect. His body riddled with bullets, Stevens fell down a stairway, but regained his feet and attacked McChesney, who ___cked his escape through a dark hallway.
McChesney and the negro grappled and fell on the floor still gripping his revolver in his hand, Stevens attempted to ___ at the officer. The men regained their feet. The Negro recovered from a blow across the head from McChesney’s gun, but ___ed to the attack again. The ___ stepped back and fired one shot through the robber’s heart, killing him instantly. During the fight, Stevens shouted repeatedly, “I won’t give up, I won’t give up.”
Stevens was identified as the same man who held up A. C. Jackson, night clerk at the Halliday Hotel, twice here recently, and who held up the night man in Rickett’s cafe here two months ago.
Shepherd’s wound is serious, but physicians believe he will recover.
Lewis, age 55, an Illinois Central freight conductor, between
Memphis and Cairo, was killed at a signal
station 10 miles below Fulton, early Friday
morning. The supposition is that a
lurch of the train threw him to ground and
he died instantly. Deceased was a
resident of this city many years ago.
He is survived by his wife, who before her
marriage was Miss Daisy
Monohan, of this city, and one daughter,
Miss Dorothy, a young lady. He was a
brother-in-law of Mrs. Otto
of this city. Mr. and Mrs.
left immediately for Memphis to the home of
the bereaved. The body and funeral
party arrived in Mounds Monday noon in a
special coach provided by the railroad
company. A brief funeral service was
held at 12:30 at the grave conducted by Rev.
Weller, of Cairo. The music was
furnished by the choir of the Congregational
Church of this city. A number of
persons from here met the funeral party at
Mounds. Interment in the
Monohon family lot in Beech Grove
Cemetery. G. A.
James was the funeral director in charge.
Welty, 38 years old, of St. Louis, died in Cairo, Sunday of injuries
suffered when his automobile ran off the
government road and overturned in three feet
of water. The automobile had been
damaged shortly before in a collision with
another car. Mrs. Jennie
of Cairo, and Mrs. Clara
Warden, of St. Louis, who were riding
with him, were injured slightly.
is survived by his father, George
and a brother, Miles, both of St. Louis.
Shot when he was said to have resisted
arrest on a minor charge by Constable Tom
Butler, at Olmstead, Monday night, Irvin
is not expected to live. One bullet
penetrated his abdomen.
was freed on charges of killing a man
several years ago. He later killed his
wife and was sent to prison, but finally
regained his freedom. All parties are
McCammon passed away at the Methodist Old Folks Home in
Lawrenceville Friday and the body was bought
to Mounds and funeral services were held
Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from the
Methodist church at Mounds with interment in
Beech Grove Cemetery. Mr.
McCammon was a former resident of Mound City, moving to Mounds
several years ago where he resided until
about six weeks ago when he went to the Old
Folks Home in Lawrenceville. He had
been in failing health for some time due to
his age, which was about 86 years. He
leaves to mourn his loss, his widow and two
sons, Rev. E. A.
McCammon and Rev. Charles
McCammon. Rev. E. A.
McCammon was pastor of the M. E. church
in this city several years ago.
Undertaker G. A.
had charge of the funeral arrangements.
John Lewis, who for many years had been a freight conductor on the Illinois Central System, was killed at a signal station ten miles below Fulton, Ky., last Friday morning.
Mr. Lewis whose home was in Memphis, Tenn., had formerly been a resident of Mound City and was well known in Mounds.
The body was brought here Monday Dec.
26. Interment was made in Beech Grove
Cemetery. Brief services were held at
Word came to Mounds last Saturday that M. E. McCammon had died at the Methodist Episcopal Old Folks Home at Lawrenceville, Ill., where he and his aged companion had gone a little more than a month ago.
The body was brought on Saturday by his son, Edward McCammon, to the James Undertaking Home in Mound City and from there to Mounds at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. A brief funeral service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, Rev. H. B. Shoaff, pastor, conducting the service. Interment was made in Thistlewood Cemetery. Mrs. McCammon, who had been ill, was not able to come to Mounds for the funeral.
Michael Elrod McCammon was born near Bowling Green, Ky., Sept. 17, 1839, and died at Lawrenceville, Ill., Dec. 22, 1927, at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 5 days.
At the age of 10 years he joined the M. E. Church.
In 1861, Mr. McCammon was united in marriage to Miss Mary Evelyn Purdom, both having come with their respective families from their native state Kentucky to Metropolis, Ill. In 1861 they moved to Cairo, then to Anna. From Anna they moved back to Cairo, then to Mound City, where they lived 12 years. From that place they came to Mounds 19 years ago and have resided here from that time. On Nov. 7, 1927, this venerable couple quietly celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Two sons, Edward and Charles, were born to this union. Both are ordained ministers in the M. E. Church. At present neither is serving a pastorate. Edward, a former president of McKendree College, is located in Springfield. Charles is in business in Madison, Wis., with his home at Lake Mills.
McCammon was in business for himself as a butcher for many years,
retiring only a few years ago when he was no
longer active enough to conduct the
Harry Welty, of St. Louis, Mo., was fatally injured and his two companions, women, were seriously hurt as the result of an automobile accident, near the first turn on the gravel road between here and Cairo Saturday evening.
Mr. Welty accompanied by Mrs. Jennie Brown, of Cairo, who had been visiting in St. Louis, and Mrs. Clara Warden, of St. Louis, were on their way to Cairo for the holiday. The old style Ford roadster he was driving left the road and overturned in deep water. Passing motorists rescued the three from the water and it was at first thought all had been drowned. They were hurriedly taken to Cairo where artificial respiration restored all three to life. Welty, however, had suffered internal injuries and died Sunday afternoon.
The coroner’s inquest revealed the fact that just previous to the accident Welty’s car had collided with another car going in the opposite direction. It was thought no serious damage had been done to either car, but the supposition now is that the radins rod of Welty’s car has been broken.The victim, who was 38, was the son of G. W. Welty and was associated with his father and brother in the furniture business in St. Louis.