1922 Obituaries, January to June
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OBITUARIES TAKEN FROM THE DAILY REGISTER
FOR THE YEAR 1922
Compiled by Rebecca Schmook 1998
It always amazes me that there is so much history, both local and nationwide, contained
in obituaries. Not only do you find information about individuals you also discover how and
where they lived and died. For instance, in these following pages you will see results of mine
strikes, gang violence, ethnic bigotry and, in some cases, outright ignorance on the part of
people in this area. You might also read of courage in the face of death, efforts to survive
amid almost impossible living conditions, and sometimes even humor gleams through the text at
If you read carefully you might find when the Cummins building was constructed or when our
famous hanging scaffold was built. You might see into the local jail and visit many of our
local businesses. During this period you will also find the results of interaction between the
new automobile and local people-most times with death as the result. Electricity became another
wonderful invention-until it was found to be deadly if handled incorrectly. The railroad
continues to be the source of death as more and more people are hit by trains. Diseases that
today we have forgotten-Tuberculosis, Typhoid Fever, Consumption, Polio-are deadly because of
the lack of modern medicine. Few deaths here are from old age and natural causes. Suicide is
common, and couples who have not lost a child uncommon. Murder was nearly an everyday occurrence
and the coal mines took their tremendous daily toll.
However, shining through the sorrow you will see a people who cared for one another. Family was
everything. They spared no expense to bury their loved ones in the family plot-even if it was
in California, Florida or New York. Family came from all across the country to attend the
funeral and stay to visit the relatives a few days or weeks. Neighbors swarmed to the aid of
the deceased's family with food, loan of automobiles, flowers and gifts. Honor was given to
every veteran no matter the color or nationality.
Read these obituaries very carefully, they contain much more than a report of a death in
Saline County, Illinois.
Unknown;Wednesday, January 4, 1922
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Fred Cresswell and her brother, John "Sharkey" Smith, returned home
Wednesday from Alliance, O., where they attended the funeral of a relative. They were
accompanied home by their mother, Mrs. William S. Smith, of Alliance, who will spend several
weeks visiting in Harrisburg.
Funeral services were held at 8:00 o'clock this morning for L. GAINES at the family residence
on West Poplar street. Many friends were present at the service, which was conducted by Rev. J.
H. Davis, the Methodist minister.
Mrs. Ben Bruce of Ridgway and Mrs. Linna Hanutter of Broughton, granddaughters of Mr.
Haines were the out-of-town relatives present and several Harrisburg people accompanied the
funeral cortege to Texas City, where interment was made in the Gaines Family cemetery.
The three-months old- baby of Otis SMITH died at 4:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Smith
home west of Harrisburg. The mother of the child died when it was born and it had never gained
any strength. It was laid to rest beside the mother at Sunset Hill cemetery this afternoon.
STEPHEN STEPHENSON, the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Stephenson of Dorrisville, died at 4:00
o'clock Tuesday afternoon from pneumonia and diphtheria. Funeral services were held this
afternoon and the body taken to the Masonic cemetery near Raleigh for burial.
Thursday, January 5th
HAROLD RAY FARMER, nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Farmer of Wilmoth Addition, died today,
following an injury inflicted Sunday while he and several other boys were playing. They were
rolling down a hill, when the Farmer boy hit a heavy timber, which struck him across the back,
inflicting internal injuries, which are believed to have caused his death.
His funeral will be held at 11:00 o'clock Friday at Mt. Moriah church and will be
conducted by Rev. H. McIlrath. Interment at Mt. Moriah cemetery.
W.F. (Bill) SCHUNEMAN, a day man at Harco, was putting up some heavy timbers yesterday when a
large piece of slate fell from the roof of the mine, striking him against the hip and fatally
injuring him. Dr. R. G. Bond was bringing him to the hospital in this city on the Harco
passenger when he died. His death occurred between Harco and the Blue Bird stop. He was
injured at 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Schuneman was thirty-four years, four months and nineteen days old and was married
to Miss Lillie Oglesby of this city a few years ago. They resided near Sunset Hill.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Schuneman, who live in Oklahoma have been notified and the
funeral will not be held until they arrive.
The body was prepared for burial at the Co-Operative Undertaking parlor and then taken to
the family residence today, where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral. An
inquest will be held tonight at the Co-Operative Undertaking parlor to investigate the
circumstances of his death.
Railroading: Motorman Tom Gram of the 5:45 a.m. south interurban passenger run, laid off today,
following the death of his grandmother, MRS. MARTHA GRAM, which occurred in Stonefort. Extra
motorman Jake Evans will look after the run during Mr. Gram's absence. First Track Dispatcher
C. F. McDowell of the interurban was called to the Western Union office Wednesday to work for
Mr. Cline, who attended the funeral of his step-father, L. GAINES.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Tessie Townsell was called to Carrier Mills Thursday morning -----
the death of her cousin, Mrs. ---Ella TABORN.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Gramm and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gramm of this city attended the funeral of
their grandmother, MRS. MARTHA GRAMM at Eldorado today.
Mrs. Noble King and sister, Miss Olive Parker were called to Marion today to attend the funeral
of their Uncle, JOHN MITCHELL. Mr. Mitchell was a brother of Mrs. Sam Parker of West Church
MRS. MYRTLE MARKUM, wife of William Markum of Gaskins City, died at 6:00 o'clock Wednesday
evening, January 4, after being ill for several months of tuberculosis. She was a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. U. M. Vaughn. Funeral services will be held Friday, followed by burial at Bethel
Carrier Mills: MRS. STELLA TABORN, wife of Hosea Taborn, died at Springfield, Ill., Tuesday
night. Her body was shipped back to her old home in Carrier Mills today and funeral services
were held at the home of her father, A. Allen, of Carrier Mills. Before her marriage to Mr.
Taborn she was known as Miss Stella Casey.
MRS. MARTHA GRAMM, a widow past ninety years old, who made her home with her son, Andrew Gramm
at Stonefort, died of a complication of diseases due to old age Wednesday.
Her body was taken to Eldorado, her old home, and funeral services were held there at
10:30 Thursday morning. It was attended by many friends and relatives of the Gramm family.
Interment was made at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Mrs. Gramm was the widow of the late Squire Gramm of Eldorado and was the mother of
Andrew, Thomas, Lee, James, E. P., Eli, J. F., Laura, Cinthy and Samantha Gramm.
Friday, January 6th
Card of Thanks: We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors for
their kindness shown us during the sad death and burial of our dear husband, father and son.
We are especially thankful to Rev. M. T. Thornton for his consoling words and for the beautiful
floral offerings sent by friends.---Mrs. Ida WILSON, and family, A. J. Wilson and family.
Mrs. EFFIE MAY BRYANT, 24, wife of James A. Bryant, an ex-soldier of the world war and a miner
at Wasson No. 1, died at 3:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon at their home near O'Gara mine No. 3.
She had been ill for several months with tuberculosis.
She was formerly Miss Effie May Dunn and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Dunn of Johnson
county. She is survived by her husband, parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon at the residence and the body
was taken to Palestine cemetery in Johnson county for interment.
News of Egypt: Marion-WESLEY BILLINGSLEY, colored miner, was shot and killed early Sunday night
by Andy North, colored teamster, at North's home in Gents Addition following disputes between
the two following alleged misconduct of Billingsley towards North's wife. North was exonerated
by the coroner's jury at the inquest held at the city hall by Coroner William McCown Monday
morning. According to the evidence before the coroner's jury, Billingsley who recently
received some minor injuries in a mine accident had been staying at North's against the will
of North. It was testified at the inquest that Billingsley had threatened North with a revolver
Sunday morning when North returned home from church and found Billingsley there. Billingsley
had also flourished a gun in North's home Saturday night it was said, and had threatened North
if North's wife continued to live with him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon for W.F. SCHUNEMAN, the Harco miner who was
killed Wednesday afternoon. The service will be conducted at the residence near Sunset Hill
and the body will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Last night an inquest was held at the Co-Operative Undertaking parlor investigating his
death and the verdict returned by the jury was that he died from injuries caused by a fall of
rock in room 14 off the 12th entry of Harco mine. The jurors were: Foreman, Earnest Jenkins,
E. E. Ervin, J. R. Jackson, Nim Penrod, Ed Hensley and O. M. Mick.
Saturday, January 7th
BOYD ALEXANDER, 63, of Dorrisville died at 9:25 o'clock last night after being ill for several
months with dropsy. His condition was such that for one week before his death he was unable to
lie down and had to sit in a chair both night and day.
He was a miner by occupation and formerly worked at O'Gara No. 3 mine. He was injured
while working there last April and following his recovery from the injury he was afflicted with
dropsy. Mr. Alexander was born in Kentucky and lived in Greenville before he moved to Saline
county about fourteen years ago. He has one brother, Pinckney Alexander, who resides in
Other relatives surviving are his wife, three sons, Robert, Jessie and Charles, two
daughters, Mrs. Verna McDowell and Mrs. Minnie Davidson, two brothers, Lee and Hamp, all of
whom reside in this city, and one sister, Mrs. Hattie Crome of Carrier Mills.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 o'clock Sunday morning at the Church of God in
Dorrisville, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Cairo: GLADYS and MARIE HOGAN, age 9 and 17 respectively were burned to death in their home
Tuesday when a still exploded. Their parents and three brothers escaped uninjured.
Monday, January 9th
Personal Paragraphs: Colie Oglesby and brother, Ben, of Providence, Ky., were called to this
city Saturday by the death of their cousin, F. W. SCHUNEMAN. Mrs. Verna Parish, a sister of
Mrs. Schuneman, who came from Providence to attend the funeral, returned home Monday morning.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home and the body laid to rest at Sunset Hill
Carrier Mills: Carrier Mills people were shocked this morning about 10 o'clock when the
lifeless body of JOHN W. PURNELL was found in an outhouse at the home of his daughter, with
whom he has been living for some time.
The daughter missed her father, and as he had been complaining quite a good deal of late
with heart pains, she made a search for him and found him dead. Coroner McCormick was summoned
from Harrisburg and he conducted the inquest at 11:30, Edgar Miller, Chas. L. Campbell, Coy
Russell, Otto Mitchell, Thomas Arnold and F. A. Lewis composed the jury and the verdict was to
the effect that deceased came to his death as a result of heart failure.
Mr. Purnell was nearing his 74th birthday and has lived in this county practically all his
life. He was formerly a resident of Stonefort. No funeral arrangements have as yet been
OBITUARY: LORENZA GAINES was born in the State of Virginia, March 19, 1839. He died at his
home on West Poplar street, Harrisburg, Illinois, January 2, 1922. When he was nine years of
age he came with his parents to Illinois and located on a farm near the village of Broughton.
There he grew to manhood and entered the occupation of farming, in which he was most successful.
Most of his life was spent in that vicinity.
Sixteen years ago he moved to Harrisburg and as a retired farmer spent the remainder of his life
here. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Devern. This union was blessed with seven
children, three sons and four daughters, all of whom with his first wife, have preceded him to
the land beyond.
In March of 1903, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Sophronia Perce, who survives
him. In politics Mr. Gaines was a life-long Republican and contributed much of the success of
his party. While a strict partisan he was considerate of those who differed with him. He was a
man of sterling traits of honesty and character. Always honorable in his dealings with his
fellow man, he was noted for truthfulness and free from deception, always open, candid and
honest in business affairs.
He was considerate of the rights of others and fair in all his dealings. He was charitable
and helpful to those less fortunate than himself. A neighbor and citizen highly respected by all
who knew him. He was patriotic and contributed much to the welfare of his country. He was a
home builder and provided well for those dependent upon him. For several years he was sorely
afflicted, but bore his sufferings with much patience.
He leaves to mourn his death one sister, Mrs. S. M. Keasler, one brother, James Gaines of
Broughton, seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, his wife, Mrs. Sophronia Gaines of
this city and many loved ones.
Tuesday, January 10th
Carrier Mills: The funeral of JOHN W. PURNELL, aged citizen who dropped dead yesterday morning,
was conducted this afternoon at two o'clock. Interment was made at the Little Saline cemetery
Wednesday, January 11th
WILLIAM FOSTER, colored, was shot and instantly killed last Sunday afternoon by E. B. Patterson,
also colored. The tragedy occurred at a camp on the state hard road now being erected from
Marion to Harrisburg. The camp where the shooting took place is known as the Schweitzer camp,
and is just across the Saline --Williamson county line.
Both men were laborers, employed on the grading work by Mr. Schweitzer. It was testified
at the inquest that Patterson walked up to Foster and deliberately shot him with a 45 caliber
automatic revolver. The bullet entered the lower left part of the face and lodged in the upper
part of the vertebra, breaking the neck. Death was almost instantaneous. Patterson fled and
has not been captured.
A handsome B.P.O.E. charm, which was found on the body of a burglar, by the police of Henderson,
Ky., with another charm, a Masonic emblem, have been received by Robert L. Stansfield of Mt.
Carmel. Ill., from whose home the Masonic charm was taken.
It was sent to him by a brother of the dead burglar, having been found in the dead
burglar's clothes. It is stated in the letter which accompanied the charm. The brother believes
that it was possibly secured about the same time as the one owned by Mr. Stansfield.
Mr. Stansfield is trying to locate the owner of the Elk charm. It has engraved on the
back these three letters: "F. C. B." Also, engraved on the back is "From Amanda to Will,
The burglar was known to have been in Harrisburg and Eldorado also about the same time he
was in Mt. Carmel, according to Mr. Stansfield and it is possible that the charm was stolen from
some Harrisburg or Eldorado Elk.
Atty. S. D. Wise will take the matter up at the special meeting of the Elks Thursday night
in an effort to find out if the charm came from Harrisburg. The name of the burglar was not
NEAL GASKINS, 53, son of William Gaskins of this city, died Sunday at his home in Evansville,
Ind., following a long illness of diabetes. He traveled for the Meyer Coffee Co., and has been
visiting Harrisburg, his old town, each week for several years.
His father and three sisters, Mrs. Polly Thompson of Walnut Grove, Mrs. Dolly Cook and Mrs
Jess Miller of this city, have gone to Evansville to attend the funeral. He was married and
leaves a family.
Railroading: MRS. ANNA MARIA FEARHEILEY, mother of Mrs. Carl Fisher, whose husband is employed
in the Big Four offices here, died Sunday at her home near Mt. Carmel. Mrs. Fisher has spent
most of the time since before Christmas at her mother's home, as she was dangerously ill for
several weeks and death was not unexpected.
Thursday, January 12th
Coroner McCormack held an inquest at Martin's undertaking parlor in Eldorado last night over
the body of SAM MILLS, a well known miner of that city, who was killed at No. 8 mine yesterday
According to the evidence Mr. Mills was bailing water out of a hole where the machine was
supposed to have been located when a pile of rock crashed down upon him, crushing him through
the chest. The accident happened at 8:00 a.m. and he died at 11:00 a.m. He was about thirty
years old and is survived by a wife and one child.
His funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, followed by interment at Wolf Creek cemetery.
Friday, January 13th
Card of Thanks: We desire to thank everyone who rendered assistance to us in any way during
the sickness of our family and the death of our loving son, CLARENCE. May God's blessing rest
on each of you. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. FERRELL, and children.
News At Wasson: MRS. JIM BRYANT, late of Wasson, died in Harrisburg Friday last. She was a
member of the Social Brethren church here. All extend sympathy to the bereaved family. MRS.
JOHN DILLARD died Friday morning last, after a brief illness with stomach trouble. The body
was taken to Ridgway Saturday morning for burial, the funeral occurring Sunday. Her death
leaves "Uncle John" alone in the world and we all deeply sympathize with him. A child of Mr.
and Mrs. Spergis CHILDERS died on the fifth, following an attack of whooping cough and pneumonia.
Saturday, January 14th -No obits
Monday, January 16th
MRS. M.C. PUFF of Stonefort, mother of Damon Todd of this city, died Sunday morning, after being
ill with a complication of diseases due to old age. She was a widow and had made her home in
Stonefort for many years.
Her children are: Damon Todd of this city, Mrs. Richard Todd of Sylvis, Ill., Patt Ross
of near Stonefort, and Gentry Todd of Carrier Mills. Mr. and Mrs. Todd and son, Joseph and Mr.
and Mrs. William Downen of this city were among those who went to Stonefort Monday to attend the
funeral, which was held today, followed by burial in the Stonefort cemetery.
MRS. PEARL DILLON, wife of Wm. Dillon, died of tuberculosis at 3:00 o'clock Sunday morning at
their home in Dorrisville. She was 29 years old and was the mother of four children.
Mrs. Dillon had been ill for several months. Her husband is a miner employed at Saline 3.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Dorrisville Baptist church,
followed by burial at Liberty cemetery.
Carrier Mills: JOHN LEWIS, father of Dr. A. C. Lewis and Mrs. Guy Lawrence of Carrier Mills,
died Saturday at his home in Grand Chain. His children from this city have gone down to attend
the funeral, which was held this afternoon. The deceased formerly lived in Carrier Mills and
was known by many of the older residents.
Tuesday, January 17th
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Monta Mills and children, Faye and Louise, who came from Detroit last
week to attend the funeral of the children's father, SAM MILLS, a miner killed at O'Gara Mine
No 8 in Eldorado, departed Tuesday morning for their home. They also visited her mother, Mrs.
Hughes in this city.
Wednesday, January 18th
The mangled body of VIRGIL CLAYTON, who was crushed beneath a motor and killed at Wasson mine
No. 1 Tuesday afternoon, was taken to his mother, Mrs. Lucy Clayton, at Providence, Ky., today.
It was accompanied by his sweetheart, Miss Emma Davis of Wasson, to whom he was engaged to be
married on April 15, and the following friends of his, who were members of the same local union:
Elza Thomas, Everett Cooper, William Smith, Clarence Adams and Claude Greer.
Clayton was 23 years old and one of the youngest trip riders at Wasson mine. He got off
the car yesterday to throw a switch it is said, and fell in front of the oncoming trip of cars.
His head was crushed and bones broken all over his body. The accident happened at 3:45 p.m.
and he lived about fifteen minutes, but never regained consciousness, according to his fellow
workmen. He died before he was brought out of the mine.
The body was taken to Rude's Undertaking parlor where it was prepared for burial and
shipped this morning to his old home in Providence. Elza Thomas and Clarence Adams, two of
the young men who accompanied it, were boyhood friends of Clayton and held him in the highest
esteem. His father was killed about six weeks ago and the mother and brothers and sisters were
the first consideration of those boys when they learned of the accident. This second death in
their family will sadden all Providence, where the family is said to be very popular and well
The young Kentuckian has been working at Wasson for eighteen months and lived in Eldorado
a part of the time. For several weeks before his death he boarded with Mrs. M. Cade at Wasson.
In the absence of Coroner L. McCormack, who is in Murphysboro, Justice A. D. McKenzie
acted as coroner last night and after securing his jury, viewed the remains and released the
body in order that it might be taken to Kentucky this morning. The inquest will be held
Saturday night at 7:30 o'clock at Rude's.
Thursday, January 19th
From the Marion Daily Post of Monday's issue we take the following:
One man dead and the other at the point of death in the West Frankfort hospital is the
result of a shooting affair north of Johnston City on Saturday night. As far as can be learned
two men named Sweet and Dunagan, held up a crap game in West Frankfort. They fled south in a
car. Wessie Freeman, aged 19 of near Freeman, had been to West Frankfort in his car to take
his uncle to that city. He was returning home and just north of the Franklin county line had
tire trouble. He says he drove to one side of the road and was stooped over engaged in
repairing it when the other car drove past, containing the two men, Sweet and Dunagan. In
passing him he said they drove close, seemingly trying to run into him. After they had passed
they stopped the car and returned to him. He paid no attention to them when one of them struck
him in the head with a wrench. He started to straighten up when he was hit again, the blow
knocking him down. He says that as he fell he drew his revolver and shot at his assailants
three times. The first shot killed DUNAGAN. The other two shots struck Sweet, one in the
stomach and one in the neck. Freeman drove to Marion and gave himself up to Sheriff Thaxton
and was placed in jail. The body of Dunagan and the wounded man Sweet were taken to West
Frankfort. Sweet was placed in the hospital and at last report was said to be at the point
of death. On request of the Franklin county officers Sheriff Thaxton took Freeman to West
Frankfort Monday noon.
Friday, January 20th
Miss Wilma Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Davis of this city went to Stonefort Friday
to attend the funeral of her grandmother, MRS. M. CRAGGS, 74, who died at her home there
Saturday, January 21st
Mrs. Robert Eady was called to Cannelton, Ind., Saturday morning to attend the funeral of her
cousin, MICHAEL FISHBACK, whose body was returned from France this week. Fishback was formerly
a miner in this city and enlisted the army from this city.
Monday, January 23rd
Saturday night Coroner L. McCormack held an inquest to investigate the death of VIRGIL CLAYTON,
who was killed at Wasson mine last week. The evidence showed that he started to jump from a
trip of cars to throw a switch when he bumped his head and was knocked down in front of the cars
which ran over him.
The inquest was held at Rude's Undertaking parlor. Clayton's body was taken to Kentucky
Charles Bradley, who is employed in Chicago, was called home last week by the death and burial
of his grandmother, MRS. CRAGG.
Personal Paragraphs: Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Whiteaker were called to Vienna Sunday by the death of
Dr. BURRIS of that city, whose funeral was held at that place Sunday afternoon. They also
visited Dr. Whiteaker's parents, Captain and Mrs. Mark Whiteaker. RAYMOND M. DOUGLAS, Jr.,
fourteen-months-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond DOWDY of Dorrisville, died of pneumonia at
midnight Saturday night. His funeral was held at 10:00 o'clock this morning at the Social
Brethren church at Dorrisville and was conducted by Rev. Joe Rose. Interment was made at
Sunset Hill cemetery.
Thos. Cooper has returned from Mayfield, Ky., to which place he was called by the illness of
his sister, MRS. ELLA RILEY, who died December 22. She was 73 years old. After her death Mr.
Cooper remained in Kentucky visiting until Sunday, when he returned to this city.
Card of Thanks: Raymond and Nelly DOWDY, wish to thank their friends and neighbors for the
kindness shown during the illness and death of their little son, RAYMOND MERLE, Jr., who died
of pneumonia and a complication of diseases Saturday and was buried Monday. The baby was born
Nov. 19, 1920.
Tuesday, January 24th No Obits
Wednesday, January 25th No Obits
Thursday, January 26th
Personal Paragraphs: Don Louette and Napoleon Laninis have returned from Terre Haute, where
they attended the funeral of Latinis' brother, OCEE ( LATINIS) who was killed while working as
a shot firer at one of the mines there.
News of Egypt: Norris City-Word was received in this city Saturday evening by Mrs. Mose
Robinson that her daughter, MRS. JOE PFEFFER, of Tampa, Fla., had taken her life and that the
detective bureau of that city was making a thorough investigation of the case.
After communicating with the authorities there it was found later that she committed the
act in West Tampa and that she had taken a portion of Lysol and no cause for the act could be
It was quite a shock to her mother, brother Harry of East St. Louis and residents of this
community. Harry arrived here Sunday morning to be with his mother in this trying hour.
Owing to the distance and existing circumstances it was decided not to bring the body back
at this time for interment here.
The deceased and her husband had been living in Tampa several months.
Friday, January 27th No Obits
Saturday, January 28th
Police commissioner D. A. LEWIS, of Eldorado died at his home in that city last night at ten
o'clock, after a brief illness, during which time he suffered with diabetes. Deceased was
widely known and was one of the most substantial citizens of Eldorado.
A cloud of sorrow was cast over Herrin and Williamson county this week when three youths lost
their lives by drowning while skating at what is known at the Madison No. 12 mine pond, near
Blairsville, a suburb of Herrin. The terrible accident took place Wednesday night.
A large crowd of skaters were on the pond that night, taking advantage of the first
opportunity of the winter to enjoy ice skating. The large pond was not entirely frozen over,
but near the edges the ice was sufficiently heavy to bear the weight of the merrymakers.
Three boys, LESLIE CHILDERS, aged 20 years; LESTER NEWELL, 14 years, and GILBERT LENNON,
19 years old, ventured out farther than the rest of the party. Whether they did not know how
far the safe ice extended or whether, in a spirit of daring they ventured too far, is not known.
They, did, however, skate far out on the pond and either plunged off the edge of the ice or
broke thru the thin ice surface into the depths of the water below. The tragedy was immediately
discovered by the remainder of the party, but efforts to rescue the boys before they were
A party was immediately organized to attempt recovery of the bodies, and considering the
coldness of the water in which it was necessary to work, the recovery was accomplished much
sooner than it seems possible. The body of the Childers boy was taken from the waters about
two hours after he had last been seen. The body of the Newell boy was not found until eight
o'clock Thursday morning, and two hours later the body of the third young man, the Lennon boy,
was brought to the surface.
All three of the boys resided with their parents at Blairsville, where they were well
known and respected. The tragedy caused universal sorrow in both Blairsville and Herrin, and
the funerals were largely attended.
Monday, January 30th
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Burleson left this city this morning for their home near Stonefort. They are
newly-weds of the past week and Mrs. Burleson was formerly Mrs. Flora Lawrence, widow of GUY
LAWRENCE, who was killed at Muddy power plant.
Carrier Mills: A distressing accident took place out in the New Castle community Sunday, when
GEORGE EDWARDS, ten-year-old son of Sylvester Edwards, accidentally shot himself with a
double-barrel shot gun. The accident happened on what is known as the Lee Penninger farm. In
some way the gun was discharged and almost all of the boy's left shoulder was blown off. News
from the home today is to the effect that pneumonia has developed and the boy is in a serious
condition. It is not believed he can recover.
News was received here last Saturday afternoon of the death of JOSH EWELL of this city, who died
on a passenger train while enroute back to his home in this city from Colorado, where he went in
hopes that the climate would restore his health. He remained in the west for two weeks and as
his condition failed to improve he had started home. His death occurred near Kansas City and
the body was taken from the train in that city, after which it was embalmed and then shipped to
Harrisburg. It was accompanied by his brother-in-law, Lucian Colbert, who went west to
accompany him home.
The young man was 23 years old and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ewell, who reside on
South Granger street.
He served in the late war and was gassed while in the trenches in France and it is believed
that the exposure experienced while he was in the service caused him to develop tuberculosis,
which caused his death. After his return from the army he worked at the brick kiln in this
city. He was single and is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
His body arrived here Sunday evening and was taken to the family residence on South Granger
street, where funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday and interment was made at Coffee
Tuesday, January 31st
HORT GRAMLICH of the Buckeye Clothing Co., known to all Harrisburg for his kindness and courtesy
in business and social life, died at 1:30 last night at the family residence at 206 West College
street, after being ill for two weeks with Bright's disease.
Mr. Gramlich became afflicted with Bright's disease two years ago, but had never suffered
any serious effects until two weeks ago, when he was stricken very ill and his condition grew
worse steadily. Last Thursday he began sinking and a specialist was called from St. Louis. He
held little hope for Mr.Gramilch's recovery and so his mother and other relatives were notified.
His mother came, and with his wife and brother, Bert, and other relatives of this city, was
with him constantly until the hour of his death.
Mr. Gramlich was a son of Mrs. B. F. Gramlich of Barnesville, Ohio. His father has been
dead for several years. He was born in Calais, Monroe county, Ohio, in 1877, and was 42 years,
and four months old when his death occurred here January 31.
He is the oldest son and one of five brothers, Bert, Otto, Chris and Jean. He also has a
sister, Mrs. J. A. Conrath of Findlay, Ohio.
Fifteen years ago, at Wellston, Ohio, where he spent most of his boyhood and first
established himself in business, he was married to Miss Pearl Marshall and five years later
they came to Harrisburg, and with his brother, Bert Gramlich, opened the Buckeye Clothing store.
During the ten years that Hort Gramlich has spent in Harrisburg he has made many friends
who will regret to learn of his death and will remember him kindly in years to come. To the
bereaved members of the family we join those friends in offering our sympathy and condolences.
Announcement was made this morning that the body will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill
cemetery, but the date of the funeral will not be given out until relatives from other places
are heard from.
MRS. SARAH SIMPSON, widow of Steve Simpson, an aged resident of Ledford, died at noon today,
after being ill only three days with pneumonia. She was 86 years old and is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Hudgins, with whom she made her home, and Miss Jane Simpson.
Funeral services will be held at the Hudgins home Wednesday followed by burial at Ledford
Wednesday, February 1st
"Scared to death."
The sentence above tells the tragic story of the sudden death of MRS. FRED BURPOE, of 500 South
Chestnut street, Centralia, which occurred last Saturday night, according to stories published
in the Centralia papers.
The ending of the life of Mrs. Burpoe followed the unheralded entrance to her home of John
Jones, a friend, who was badly intoxicated and who it is said, threatened her life. Jones was
not armed. Hastily fleeing from her home, Mrs. Burpoe ran terror-stricken to the home of
William Hayes and family, where she fell to the floor and died before a physician could reach
Fred Burpoe, the husband, was not present when Jones called about 7:30, but two girls,
aged 10 and 8 years respectively, were with their mother. The children remained at home and
were not injured. Jones is now under arrest.
News of Egypt: Murphysboro: ELMER GILBERT, brother of Harry Gilbert, of Murphysboro, and son
of Mrs. J. G. Gilbert, of Marion, succumbed to injuries suffered in a basketball game at
Springfield, Ill., where he was a high school student, according to word received here. Death
is said to have been due to blood poison, which developed from a fracture of his hip.
The funeral of HORT GRAMLICH, Harrisburg merchant who died at his home, 206 West College street,
early Tuesday morning, will take place tomorrow, Thursday afternoon at three o'clock.
The funeral services will be held at the home in charge of Rev. J. H. Davis, pastor of the
M. E. church. Interment will be made in the mausoleum at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Friends of the family are invited.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Conrad of Findlay, Ohio, brother-in-law and sister of the deceased, and
Dean Gramlich of Lawrenceville, Ohio, will be here. The other relatives have not been heard
from and will probably not arrive in time for the funeral.
Regret has been expressed by all our people at the death of Mr. Gramlich, who was held in
the very highest esteem by everybody.
Thursday, February 2nd
MRS. AMANDA GULLETT, 91, a widow and former resident of Pope county, who has made her home with
her daughter, Mrs. R. Z. Gullett at Dorrisville for the past ten months, died at noon Wednesday,
February 1, after being ill for one week with heart trouble, due to old age.
She is survived by one son. Albert Gullett, of Golconda, and her daughter, Amanda of
Dorrisville. Her body was taken to Golconda today and after funeral services were held there
this afternoon burial took place at the Old Home cemetery.
GEORGE EDWARDS, the Stonefort boy who accidentally shot himself Saturday morning, and was
reported very low with pneumonia, has passed the crisis and is much improved today. The bullet
from the gun entered his right arm and came out through his shoulder, causing an ugly wound.
MRS. ELIZA WATKINS, a colored widow, who made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lulu Gray in
Wheatleyville died of heart trouble and dropsy at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening after being ill
for two weeks. She was 57 years old. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the
Gray home, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
At 3:00 o'clock this afternoon, friends of the Gramlich family gathered at the home of HORT
GRAMLICH on West College street, where his funeral was conducted by Rev. J. H. Davis, pastor of
the Methodist church. His impressive service, with sympathetic and consoling words for the
bereaved ones was followed by a song service by the Methodist choir.
Many of the business men of Harrisburg were present at the funeral and accompanied the
cortege to Sunset Hill cemetery where interment was made in the mausoleum. The casket was
covered with beautiful floral wreaths sent by loving friends.
Mrs. Jacob Marshall of Wellston, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Horner of Atlanta, Ga., came to
this city Wednesday evening to remain until after the funeral of HORT GRAMLISH. Mrs. Marshall
was his mother-in-law.
Friday, February 3rd
MRS.. MARY JANE MARTIN, 78 years old, who made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Tom Glass on
West South street, died of pneumonia at 6:00 o'clock last night. She was a widow and had made
her home in this city for several years.
The body will be taken to her old home in Golconda Saturday for burial.
Saturday, February 4th
WILLIAM BRAZIER, 68, a coal miner died last night at his home in Dorrisville, after being ill
for two weeks with a complication of diseases. He had worked as miner in the mines of Saline
county for thirty years and before that was employed in a slope mine in Gallatin county.
Mr. Brazier and his only daughter, Ethel, occupied living quarters over the traction
depot at Dorrisville and were known to nearly everyone of that place, who will regret to hear of
his death. He had one son, Oscar, who is in Corona, Calif., and will not be able to return for
Rev. John Yates, of Logan, Ill., will conduct the funeral service, which will be held
Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. The body will be laid to rest at Liberty cemetery.
The body of MRS. MARTHA MARTIN, who died Thursday at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Fannie Glass on West South street, was taken to Golconda Saturday morning for burial. It was
accompanied by mrs. Glass and Clarence Healey.
Harrisburg friends of Charles Le Tempt, well known plumber, will be sorry to learn of the death
of his father, PASCHAL LeTEMPT, which occurred at the family home in Belleville Thursday of this
The senior Mr. LeTempt was one of the oldest and best known citizens of St. Clair county,
having located there when a small boy. He was 86 years old at the time of his death and was the
son of Joseph LeTempt and wife, pioneer settlers in Illinois, who immigrated here from France.
The funeral will take place in Belleville Monday, interment to be in Green Mound cemetery.
Monday, February 6th
Shortly after partaking of a hearty breakfast at the home of his son, Randall Davenport, a few
miles southeast of Eldorado, CHARLES DAVENPORT, aged 71 years walked into the front room, seated
himself in a chair and began reading. Within a few moments, members of the family heard him
gasping for breath and before aid could be given him, he died.
Coroner McCormack went to the home and conducted the inquest Sunday afternoon, his jury
returning a verdict that deceased came to his death from natural causes unknown to the jury.
About a year ago, Mr. Davenport was afflicted with gangrene and one of his lower limbs
had to be amputated. He seemed to recover from the effects of same, but never fully regained
his former strength. He had been making his home with his son for some time.
OMAR GIBSON, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gibson, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, at
their home on North Webster street, after being seriously ill for two weeks from the after
effects of the flu.
The boy was in the fifth grade at the Horace Mann school, had the flu last year and has
been troubled with leakage of the heart since then. His school work was interrupted about three
weeks ago on account of ill health, and he became seriously ill two weeks ago, growing weaker
each day until he died.
The body will be shipped to Nortonville, Ky., tonight, and funeral services and burial
will take place there tomorrow.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the tabernacle in Dorrisville for WILLIAM BRAZIER,
whose death occurred there Friday night. Many friends of the deceased were present and the
service was conducted by Rev. John Yates of Logan. Interment was made in Liberty cemetery.
The Daily Register has been asked to help locate Mrs. Phyllis Harvey, whose husband was a
lieutenant in the army and is deceased. A letter containing information about some money due
her was received by C. H. Wasson, a well known farmer, who is holding it until effort is made
to find this lady.
Mr. Wasson who lives on the C. V. Parker farm No. 4 on the road south of town, does not
know the lady and has been unable so far to find any trace of her. If any of our readers know
her whereabouts they will do her a favor by calling the Register office or Mr. Wasson.
Railroading: Agent and Mrs. B. W. Henley have returned from Anna, Ill., where they attended
the funeral of Mr. Henley's father, JAMES B. HENLEY, whose death occurred Thursday in Centralia.
The senior Mr. Henley was also a railroader and was employed by the Burlington.
Tuesday, February 7th
News of Egypt: Johnson City-Coroner Wm. McCown was called here Tuesday to hold an inquest over
the body of MRS. FLORINE WEATHERLY, who killed herself Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Weatherly, aged 29, was the wife of Cliford Weatherly and they were planning to leave
Johnston City at noon Tuesday for Lovington, Ill., to make their future home. About nine
o'clock, Mrs. Weatherly went into an adjoining room occupied by Mrs. G. R. Martindale and her
husband, took a revolver she found behind the door and shot herself. She made no statement as
to the reason and none is known. She had been despondent the day before, but without reason.
Wednesday, February 8th
Card of Thanks: We take this method of thanking the B. P. O. E. lodge and the Big Four
employees who sent floral offerings to the funeral of our father, JAMES B. HENLEY, and want
those people to know that their kindness will never be forgotten.-B. W. Henley, Harrisburg,
Mrs. J. G. Clow, Centralia, Bert Henley, Abbingdon.
ROBERT F. CAVINS, a young mechanic employed by the Big Four in the Maintenance of Way department,
died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Cavins, 104 East College St., at 8:00
o'clock Tuesday morning.
He was nineteen years old and had been ill with flu. Pneumonia developed after he
became ill and proved fatal to the young man. He was single and is survived by his parents and
several brothers and sisters. The family came to this city two years ago from Poplar Bluff, Mo.
and the body will be taken back to that city for burial. The funeral cortege will leave here
Thursday, February 9th
Harrisburg people who were acquainted with Thomas Tison, well known farmer, will be sorry to
learn of his wife's death, which occurred at their home in Long Branch township Wednesday.
MRS. TISON was stricken ill with the flu several days ago, which developed later into
pneumonia, her death occurring as above stated. Her funeral took place this afternoon,
interment taking place in the Rhine cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Marbin Ellis of Harrisburg, relatives of the family, were present at the
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Jacob Marshall, mother of Mrs. Pearl Gramlich, who was called to
this city by the death of HORT GRAMLICH, departed Thursday for her home in Wellstown, Ohio.
She was accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Wycoff also of Wellston, who was here to attend the funeral.
Carrier Mills Items: Mrs. G. G. Gowings received a telegram yesterday, which told of the death
of her sister, Mrs. Her---BOZARTH, which occurred in the ----home in Arkansas. Mrs. Bozarth
was laid to rest at that place.
Railroading: The body of ROBERT F. CAVINS, the Big Four repairman, who died of pneumonia, was
taken to Poplar Bluff, Mo., Thursday morning for burial. It was accompanied by the members of
the family and Henry Goings.
Friday, February 10th
The little five months old CHILD of Mr. and Mrs. Cressis EWELL died at 12:30 Thursday at their
home near Somerset, after being ill with pneumonia for a short time. Funeral services were held
Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock and the body was laid to rest at Roark cemetery.
WALDO PICKERING, little thirteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pickering, who reside on a
farm near Raleigh, died at 9:00 o'clock this morning, after being ill for several days with
bowel trouble. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, followed by burial at Sunset
Saturday, February 11th
MRS. ADELINE PUCKETT, wife of John Puckett, a well known farmer of Mitchellsville, died at 4:20
Friday afternoon, February 10, after being ill for two weeks with flu and pneumonia. Her death
was a shock to many friends in this city, who were unaware of her illness. She had been in the
habit of coming to town frequently and enjoyed unusually good health for a woman of her age.
She is the mother of Mrs. Albert Harris, Mrs. Harrison Turner and Mrs. Raymond Turner of
this city, all of whom attended the funeral, which was held at 11:00 this morning at
Mitchellsville, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
MARIE LAURA SHADIX, seven months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Shadix, died at 1:00 p.m.
Friday of Pneumonia at their home in Muddy.
Funeral services by Rev. A. G. Bridwell will be conducted Sunday at the Church of God
followed by interment at Sunset Hill cemetery.
After suffering with pneumonia for the past few days, JOHN RALEY, old-time resident of
Harrisburg, died at 12:10 Saturday. His death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank
Wilson, 119 West South Street, with whom the respected old citizen made his home.
All the children were at the bedside when the end came, also his twin brother, James Raley,
who lives near West End, this county. The children are: Rufe Raley, Henry Raley, Mrs. Ella (M. B.)
Gaskins, Mrs. Anna Pankey, Mrs. Daisy Kirkham and Mrs. Pollie (Frank) Wilson.
Mr. Raley was born in 1848, and had he survived until the 26th of next month he would have
reached the age of 73 years. He had made this county his home for years and years and has been
a prominent figure in its development in the years that have passed by. He held a wide and
favorable acquaintance all over this section of the state, and his death will be universally
Personal Paragraphs: Funeral services were held Friday at Galatia for MRS. OTIS WALLACE, whose
death, caused by pneumonia, occurred there Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace was 33 years old and is
survived by her husband and three children. Her sister, Mrs. James Shirver of this city
attended the funeral. Interment was made at the Camp Grounds Cemetery.
Card of Thanks: We want to extend our thanks to our many friends and relatives for the kind
assistance and the beautiful flowers bestowed during the illness and death of our dear beloved
wife, daughter and sister, and especially to Brother Weir for his helpful sermon and to Mrs.
W. W. Ramsey for her kindness.-Otis Wallace, Mrs. M. A. Hammock, Mrs. James Shriver, and Mrs.
Monday, February 13th
GEORGE WOODARD, a retired miner of Danville, Ill., who has been making his home with his son,
Walter Woodard, a well known resident of Galatia, died Saturday afternoon. He had been suffering
from cancer for eighteen months or more.
Mr. Woodard was a widower and is survived by three sons and two daughters as follows:
Russell, Walter, Don and Esther and Gertrude Woodard.
The body was prepared for burial at the Co-Operative Undertaking Parlor in this city and
was shipped to his old home in Danville Monday morning.
Miss Vivian Smith, the social worker for the Red Cross, received word today of the death of
FELIX GHOLSON, of Broughton, one of the ex-service men, who was examined by the clean-up squad
and recommended for hospitalization.
Miss Smith stated this morning that this is just another case that has been neglected and
that many more will be reported in the months to come, unless the people of the county can be
brought to realize that tubercular cases should be given prompt attention when first reported.
This boy was examined three years ago and the examination showed that he was affected.
DAVID LEWIS DEAL, ten months old baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Deal of Dorrisville, died at 11:30
a.m. Sunday, following a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Monday, followed
by burial at sunset Hill cemetery.
The new air shaft being sunk one and one half miles south of Eldorado by the O'Gara Coal Company
claimed another victim Sunday when WALTER BAUGH died from injuries received earlier in the day
while at work in that hole.
The accident happened about five o'clock Sunday morning. Mr. Baugh was one of the night
shift and had his night's work about completed. A piece of rock, we have been informed, fell
from the siding of the improvised walls and struck the unfortunate man, who was at the bottom,
on the head. His skull was crushed, and one of his shoulders badly mashed. He was rushed to
the Harrisburg Sanitarium, where everything possible was done in order to save his life. After
suffering fifteen hours, death relieved him at 8:20 o'clock Sunday night.
Mr. Baugh had been in this county about three weeks. He and family were residing at
Gillespie, though they were originally from Odin, Ill. Baugh was a personal friend of Sherman
Dowell, who has charge of the sinking of this new shaft and the latter is much distressed over
the sad accident. Mr. Baugh was fifty years old last Saturday and leaves a wife and three
children. One of the sons, Dick Baugh, arrived here Sunday night and will accompany the remains
of his father to Odin, where the burial will take place. Deceased was a member of the Masonic
fraternity, holding membership in the Carlisle lodge.
The body will be shipped to Odin, Ill., this evening and funeral services and burial will
occur there Tuesday.
The funeral of JOHN RALEY, veteran and respected citizen of Harrisburg, who died Saturday noon,
was held this afternoon at two o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Pollie Wilson, 118
West South Street, conducted by Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte. Interment was made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Tuesday, February 14th
Carrier Mills: JOHN R. WILLIAMS, well known colored citizen, died at his home near Saline Creek,
three miles south of Carrier Mills, last night, following a brief illness, during which he
suffered from pneumonia.
Wednesday, February 15th No Obits
Thursday, February 16th
News at Wasson: On February 7th, DARCE MAE PHELPS, five months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Will Phelps died, after an illness with whooping cough and flu. Funeral services were conducted
at the Baptist church here and interment was made at Wolf Creek cemetery.
MRS. CATHERINE THOMAS, who has lived at the corner of Walnut and North Vine street, for the past
forty years, died at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. She had been in bed sick for two weeks,
but had been in poor health due to old age and a complication of diseases for two years.
She had been a widow for thirty five years.
Mrs. Thomas was 82 years old. She had been a widow for thirty five years. Her children,
Frank, Hal, Walter and Alice (Mrs. Alice Whitley) grew up in this city and few people are more
widely known in the city than she and her children.
Walter has been established in the cleaning and pressing business here for several years.
Hal is a cleaner and presser, Frank is in Detroit and is a carpenter by trade. Mrs. Whitley is
in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Thomas was a sister of the late Dr. W. H. Rose and formerly lived in Elizabethtown.
She has three brothers living, Charles, of Perks, Ill., Edd of Elizabethtown, and George Rose of
Samon, Idaho; also a sister, Mrs. J. W. Coker of East Walnut street in this city.
Early in life Mrs. Thomas became a member of the Methodist church and her Christian ideals
were a part of her daily life. During her illness before she died prayer with Rev. Wilhoyte and
Captain Hayes of the Salvation Army occurred often.
She was unconscious for about twelve hours before the end came and died without arousing
from the lethargy. No arrangements will be made for the funeral until the out of town relatives
are heard from.
Friday, February 17th
Mr. and Mrs. George Mayes departed this afternoon for Henderson, Ky., where they went to attend
the funeral of their friend, GEORGE HOFFMAN, who died at his home there Wednesday night.
Personal Paragraphs: R. J. ANGELLY, the little fourteen day old infant of Mr. and Mrs. W. M.
Angelly, died at 10:15 Thursday night at their home in this city and was buried Friday afternoon
at two o'clock at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Several months ago when the bunch of gamblers were held up and robbed in a wayside house just
north of Harrisburg, one of the robbers was recognized as a fellow who was in and around
Harrisburg for a short time. His name was JOHN HUNT, and he is said to have been the man who
rifled the pockets of the men while the others held the guns in place.
Word has reached Harrisburg to the effect that Hunt met a tragic death down near
Breckinridge, Texas, during a raid several days ago. His body was sent to Paducah, Ky., his
home, for burial.
Saturday, February 18th
Friends and acquaintances of JAMES SMITH, for years one of the well known citizens of Galatia,
will be sorry to learn that he died in West Frankfort Saturday morning.
Mr. Smith had been a resident of West Frankfort just a short time, going there to reside
with relatives. He was in his 83rd birthday and a general breakdown in health is attributed as
the cause of his death.
He was the father of Mrs. T. O. Endicott of Harrisburg, and she and Mr. Endicott went over
to West Frankfort Saturday afternoon.
The relatives from out of town who will attend the funeral of MRS. KATE THOMAS are all expected
to arrive by Sunday morning and arrangements have been made to hold the funeral Monday.
The service will be conducted by Rev. J. H. Davis, the Methodist minister, at the family
residence, 215 North Vine street, and interment will be made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
After suffering for several days with pneumonia, death relieved MRS. ELMER THOMPSON last night
and she passed peacefully away. Her illness followed an attack of the flu---the birth of a babe
and her death will be deplored by her many friends in this community. She was the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Cal ---cock, who reside just east of the ---Tipple mine. (note: article in bad
shape, pieces missing .)
Monday, February 20th
Mrs. M. S. Whitley arrived from Colorado Sunday night, coming to attend the funeral services of
her mother, MRS. KATE THOMAS, held this afternoon. Her son, Dr. C. W. Whitley, met her in St.
Louis Sunday afternoon and accompanied her to Harrisburg.
Shortly before noon Monday, WALTER THOMPSON, who lived with his wife and five children on North
Granger street, was shot to death by William Shanks. The shooting took place in the West End
pool room, located far out on West Poplar street.
Thompson was shot five times. Two of the bullets entered the left breast near the heart,
and either would have been sufficient to have caused death. Another bullet entered the right
shoulder, another on the right side of the neck and the fifth lower down on the body.
Shanks was also shot during the battle, one bullet passing through his right leg. He was
removed to his home, while the dead man was taken to the Gaskins undertaking rooms, where the
body was prepared for burial.
Stories vary as to what prompted the killing and what led up to the fatality. One had it
that Thompson had purchased a new pistol at a local hardware store early this morning ant that
he later went out to the pool room. This report has it that he at once began to start trouble
and was shooting through the floor when Shanks, who was employed at the place, ordered him to
stop his rough stuff. Instead, so the report has it, Thompson turned on Shanks and began firing,
one bullet striking him in the leg as above related.
Shanks will be remembered as a former member of the Harrisburg police force and is a man
of large physique. Thompson came here from Carrier Mills some time ago and has always borne a
Sheriff Cummins, as soon as he heard of the shooting, dispatched Deputy Sheriffs Hal Bynum
and Ed King to the pool room. They were accompanied by State's Attorney Thompson and the three
officials made a thorough investigation. They had not returned to the court house at the time
The Register went to press.
Due to his injuries, Shanks was removed to the Harrisburg sanitarium later in the afternoon.
He resided with his family near the Barnes Lumber Company's yards.
MISS MARY TUNISON, formerly a teacher in the high school here, died following several months of
illness and great suffering Tuesday, February 14, at her home in Ann Harbor, Michigan.
News of her death was received today by Mrs. M. B. Gaskins in a letter from her son,
Willard, who is a student at Ann Harbor and was formerly a pupil of Miss Tunison.
Carrier Mills: Mr. and Mrs. Perry Thompson of Harrisburg were here Sunday attending the funeral
of MRS. ELMER THOMPSON, who died at her home here Friday night. The burial services and
interment took place at Salem church and cemetery and were attended by a large number of
sympathizing friends. Rev. Henderson of the Methodist church was in charge. Mrs. Thompson
died from pneumonia, following an attack of flu, superinduced by child birth. The little one,
a sweet baby girl, is getting along nicely, unconscious of the fact that her mother is in the
grave. The stricken relatives have the sympathies of all friends.
Mrs. M. S. Whitley arrived Sunday to attend the funeral of her mother, MRS. KATE THOMAS, whose
death occurred last Wednesday. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. H. Davis at the home this
afternoon, followed by interment at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Many of the friends of Thomas family attended the service at the home, but on account of
the rain few of them went with the funeral cortege to the cemetery.
Tuesday, February 21st
Coroner McCormack will conduct the inquest this evening at seven o'clock and make inquiry in the
death of WALTER THOMPSON who met death yesterday at the hands of William Shanks. The inquest
will be held at Bert Gaskins' undertaking parlors.
State's Attorney Thompson was on the scene several hours yesterday and questioned several
eye witnesses to the tragedy. All told practically the same story, which was to the effect that
Thompson appeared to be drinking and that entered the pool room and started trouble. He shot
twice through the floor and then through the counter, this bullet hitting Mr. Shanks in the leg.
Shanks then succeeded in getting his revolver out of the cash register, Thompson in the meantime
firing three more shots at him. It was at this juncture that Mr. Shanks opened fire on his
Walter F. Thompson was born in Pine Knot, Ky. He is survived by a wife and five children.
He was a miner employed at Blue Bird mine. His body was taken to his home at 708 North Webster
street, where his funeral will be held Wednesday. The service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m.,
by Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte and interment will be made at Sunset Hill cemetery. The pall bearers
will be: Arthur Cragg, George Pierson, Dwight Wilson, Joe Dabney, Pat Costello and J. P.
Word was received here from Creal Springs today from Joe Lauderdale to the effect that his
mother, MRS. MARTHA LAUDERDALE, died at her home in that city this morning at two o'clock.
She had been in poor health for the past three years and contracted flu last week which caused
her death. Her funeral will take place tomorrow.
Harrisburg friends of Mr. Lauderdale will sympathize with him in the loss of his best
Wednesday, February 22nd
John Savant, convicted in Franklin county for the murder of a boy and who was sentenced to hang,
is to pay that penalty on Friday morning of this week. While Savant is said to have abandoned
all hope of being saved, opinion around Benton seems to be divided about equally as to the
Hundreds of people in that county visited the county jail yard in Benton Sunday last in
an effort to get a glimpse of the scaffold that has already hanged three men and is about to
claim its fourth victim, and which is now in place. The scaffold is built immediately east of
the jail and as Savant stands on the trap he will face the east and will go down to his doom
about the time the sun casts its first rays of light over the city hall building. The stockade
is so constructed that it will be impossible for outsiders to see what is going on within. It
was opened to the public for a short time Sunday and hundreds took advantage of the opportunity
and saw the scaffold from which Savant will hang.
Attorneys for the condemned man are making every effort to have sentence commuted or at
least give him a longer lease on life, and it is the belief of many that even if Savant does pay
the penalty, it will not be on next Friday.
It is said Savant spends much of his time in playing a phonograph in the jail and staying
up as late as 2 o'clock in the morning writing letters, most of them to his wife.
Harrisburg will send a few citizens over to witness the execution, but just who will
constitute the contingent from this city we have not learned as yet.
Carrier Mills: D. N. Banta desires The Register to extend his heartfelt thanks to all his
neighbors and friends for the many kind acts and words given him and family during the illness,
death and burial of his wife. He is especially grateful to the Rebekahs for the beautiful
When William Shanks shot and killed WALTER THOMPSON in the West End pool room last Monday
morning, he acted in self defense, according to the verdict returned last night by the coroner's
Dr. McCormack, the coroner, conducted the inquest last evening at Gaskins' undertaking
The evidence that was given was substantially the same as given in the newspapers and
the jury was out deliberating but just a few moments.
The funeral of Mr. Thompson was held this afternoon from the home on Virginia Avenue,
conducted by Rev. Wilhoyte of the Baptist church. Interment was made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Many friends were in attendance.
OBITUARY: MRS. MARTHA ALLARD MORSE was born October 11, 1854, departed this life February 14,
1922, at Carrier Mills, Illinois, age 67 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was united in marriage
to Gilbert Morse on October 18, 1874, and to this union was born eight children of which three
girls preceded her in death. She leaves a husband, two sons, A. D. Morse and A. L. Morse;
three daughters, Mrs. Missouria Cain, Mrs. Annie McCormick and Mrs. Lucy Keasley; thirteen
grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, John and Green Allard, with other
relatives and a host of friends to mourn our loss. A mother dear from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home
which never can be filled.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Glendale, Illinois, Friday, February 17,
interment in the Glendale cemetery, with Rev. A. Q. Bridwell officiating. Text, Ecl. 9:15,
"For the living know that they shall die,"
OBITUARY: CATHERINE YUTHEA THOMAS was born January 8, 1842, near Elizabethtown, Illinois, and
passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 1922, at 3:30 in the afternoon. She was married to F.
M. Thomas, November 10, 1861, to which union there were born six children, Lillie and William
having preceded her in death, Alice T. Whitley, Francis M., Hal P., and Walter E. Thomas
surviving. She is also survived by four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rose, being the eldest of thirteen children. There are
three brothers living, E. G. Rose of Elizabethtown, Chas. Rose of Perks, Ill., and Geo. W. Rose
of Solman, Idaho, also one sister, Mrs. J. W. Coker, of Harrisburg. Her husband, F. M. Thomas,
preceded her April 12, 1886.
She professed Christianity at the age of 24 and united with the Presbyterian church,
changing her membership to the Methodist church at Harrisburg in 1888. She was a faithful
worker in the W. C. T. U., also in the Methodist Aid Society.
Thursday, February 23rd
John Savant, who was to have hanged in Benton tomorrow morning about sunup, has been granted a
stay of execution by Governor Small. Sheriff R. S. Watkins of Franklin county received a
telegram this morning from the governor, telling him that Savant had been granted a stay of
execution until Friday, April 21st 1922.
Up until the telegram from the governor had been received, Sheriff Watkins had been
making preparations for the execution. Everything was in readiness. The death watch was placed
on Savant yesterday and he was constantly guarded. He had even asked the graphophone which he
has been using in his cell be played while he was being put to death and his request had been
Harrisburg was going to send a delegation over to the hanging, and all had completed
their arrangements to go. In the party would have been State's Attorney Chas. H. Thompson,
Deputy Sheriff Hal Bynum, S. B. Bolden, Floyd Lassater, John R. Jackson, Frank Hildebrand,
John Williford, Fred Sisk, Ray Overstreet, Geo. W. Russell, with possibly a few others whose
names we did not get.
Mrs. Mary Thompson of Huntsville, Tenn., arrived Wednesday to attend the funeral of her son,
WALTER THOMPSON, who was killed Monday morning. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Wilhoyte at
the home Wednesday afternoon, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Friday, February 24th No obits
Saturday, February 25th
News At Wasson: MRS. FRANKLIN BRAMLETT of near Eldorado died Thursday night about 10:30 o'clock,
after suffering with pneumonia. She lived on a farm many years near Muddy and moved to
Eldorado about two years ago. She has many friends in this community who will be sorry to learn
of her death, and we all sympathize with the bereaved relatives.
Frank Durand must stand trial at which he will be formally charged with the murder of BOONE
In the circuit court Saturday morning, Judge A. E. Somers overruled motions that had been
made and argued by Durand's attorneys, in which they asked that the indictment against Durand
be quashed, or in other words, thrown out of court, their claims being that it was not drawn up
in the proper legal form. Chas. H. Thompson was on hand a few days ago when these motions were
argued and he made strong replies. He was sustained today by the court and now Durand must go
to trial. He will be permitted, however, to give bond in the he sum of $6,000 in which case he
will be released from the county jail to await the next term of the circuit court, when his
trial will come up for hearing.
Durand is charged with murder. On the 26th day of last December he got into an argument,
so the evidence showed at the coroner's inquest, and he picked up a paving brick and threw it at
Mr. Wilson. The brick hit Mr. Wilson in the head and he died from the injuries received. The
case is going to create interest and will be hard fought.
Judge Somers will convene the circuit court for a short time one day next week, at which
he will hand down a decision in the Thomas Cameron case, also charged with murder and whose
attorneys made a similar motion to that in the Durand case.
Death came as a relief to MRS. NANCY ORR, mother of Mrs. G. B. Conover, at the latter's home
this (Saturday) afternoon, following an attack of pneumonia.
Mrs. Orr was 73 years old and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She
has been making her home with Mrs. Conover, at 302 East McIlrath street, who is the only child
surviving. No arrangements had been made for the funeral at the hour of our going to press.
Carrier Mills News: The friends of FLINT SCOTT, colored, who formerly resided in this city
will be sorry to learn of his death, which occurred at his home on East College street,
Harrisburg, at nine o'clock Friday morning.
Deceased was a victim of tuberculosis. His body will arrive here at ---:15 Sunday, over
the traction, and the funeral services will be held immediately thereafter.
Friends in Harrisburg and vicinity of MRS. FRANKLIN BRAMLETT were sorry to learn of her death
which occurred Thursday at her home near Eldorado. She is to be laid to rest at Union Grove
Sunday morning at eleven o'clock. Interment will take place at the Bramlett cemetery.
Mrs. Bramlett formerly lived with her husband and family near Muddy and had many friends
and acquaintances throughout the county.
The schoolmates and other friends of MISS GRACE HEALEY, 17 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. N. Healey, who reside in the Robinson addition, back of the high school, will be sorry to
learn of her death which occurred at the family home last night at 12:05 o'clock.
Miss Healey attended the Harrisburg high school last year, which was her first year.
However, she was never able to start this term, and has been sick since the beginning of school,.
Death came as a great relief to the suffering girl last night.
Her funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. R.
Steagall. Interment will be at the Sunset Hill cemetery.
The Register joins the many friends
in expressions of sorrow and sympathy to the stricken relatives.
FLINT SCOTT, colored, aged 55 years, died at his home on East College street this morning as a
result of tuberculosis. Funeral services will be held at the A. M. E. church Sunday morning at
10 o'clock, after which the body will be taken to Carrier Mills, leaving here on the 11:45
interurban car and interred in the Carrier Mills cemetery.
Monday, February 27th
DAVID B. YEZNER, Eldorado merchant and proprietor of the Toggery clothing store in that city,
died Sunday in Rochester, Minn., where he had been confined for several weeks.
The news of Mr. Yezner's death will be received with sadness by his legion of friends in
Harrisburg, where he resided and was in business for many years. He moved to Eldorado several
years ago, where he has since resided.
He was stricken ill some time ago and was taken to his old home in St. Paul, where he was
placed in a hospital. Death relieved his sufferings yesterday. He was 61 years old and leaves
the wife, two daughters and one son, viz: Anna Yezner, Mrs. Ludvic Scholem of Evansville, Ind.,
and the son, Stanley Yezner. All members of the family were present when he died. He will be
buried Tuesday in St. Paul.
The funeral of MRS. NANCY ORR, mother of Mrs. Green B. Conover on East McIlrath street, was held
this afternoon at two o'clock at the family residence. Mrs. Orr made her home with the
Conovers and both families have lived in Harrisburg for many years. There are few people better
known and many friends gathered there this afternoon to hear the words of Rev. J. H. Davis, who
conducted the funeral service. Following the service at the home the body of Mrs. Orr was
placed in the new mausoleum at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The funeral of MISS GRACE HEALY, was held at the home yesterday afternoon. The service was
conducted by Rev. Steagall, music being furnished by the young lady's Sunday school class.
Flower girls and pall bearers were also chosen from her friends and classmates. The body was
laid to rest in Sunset Hill.
Tuesday, February 28th
KENNETH LUSTER GIBBONS, the little three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gibbons of
Dorrisville, died at 5:00 o'clock this morning. He had been ill for several weeks with flu
and pneumonia, which is believed to have caused his death. The parents and five other children
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Baptist church in
Dorrisville, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
MRS. EMILY GERTRUDE WHITESIDE, wife of Samuel Whiteside of West Lincoln street, died at 9:45
p.m. Monday, following an illness with pneumonia. The family has lived in Harrisburg for six
years and is known by many people here. Her husband and one daughter, Mary, who is fifteen
years old, survive. Mrs. Whiteside was forty-six years old.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home and
interment will be made at sunset Hill cemetery.
Personal Paragraphs: Mr. and Mrs. James McNab left Tuesday for Clinton, Ind., being called
there by news of the death of her brother, JOHN STEIN. George McNab, of this city, will also
attend the funeral.
R. Nardine, with his wife and child were called to Vincennes Monday by the death of Mrs.
Nardine's mother, MRS. W. S. DILLON. Mr. Nardine is one of the owners of the Chicago Market
recently opened here. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry DEVAR of Ledford was saddened Monday
morning when their little eleven months old baby son, KERNEY RAYMOND, was called by death, to
join his twin brother, whose death occurred last November. Whooping cough and pneumonia caused
the death of the twin. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, followed by burial at
Sunset Hill cemetery.
Wednesday, March 1st
Mine union officials in Harrisburg were notified Wednesday morning of the death of JOHN BLACK,
which occurred at West Frankfort this morning at eight o'clock, following an operation for
Mr. Black was secretary-treasurer of that sub district, the ninth and was unusually
popular with the miners of Franklin county, and, in fact, was well and favorably known all over
Southern Illinois in mining circles. He was a brother of Jas. Black, who formerly resided in
Harrisburg, now living in West Frankfort.
Local officials have not been advised as yet regarding the funeral arrangements.
Mrs. MARY E. MOFIELD, wife of Will Mofield, died at midnight last night at the home of her
father, J. E. Russell on South Land street. She was 25 years, 8 months and 13 days old.
Mrs. Mofield was formerly Miss Mary E. Russell. She graduated from the high school
here and was married one year ago last Wednesday, Feb. 22, to will Mofield, her girlhood
Before her marriage Mrs. Mofield was employed in the newspaper office of the Evening
Chronicle, now the Illinois Miner. In her duties as circulation manager and bookkeeper for
that company she made the acquaintance of a large number of people and was popular socially,
being a member of the Presbyterian church and active in the social affairs of the young people
of her set.
News of her death came as a shock to many who knew her, because until a very short time
ago she was a fine, healthy, robust girl, but she became ill about Christmas time and failed to
regain her health, wasting away until she was a mere shadow of her former self.
When she became so ill and weak she was removed from their new home to that of her father,
and for several weeks it was thought that she would recover, but these hopes were blasted a few
days ago when her heart began weakening and it is believed that leakage of the heart caused her
Her relatives in this city are the husband and her father, her sisters, Mrs. Margaret
Bramlett, Mrs. Edna Law, Miss Ruth Russell and her brother, Howard Russell. They have the
sympathy of a legion of friends in their bereavement.
BEN HARRISON, 32, a miner employed by the Saline County Coal Co., who resides in Dorrisville,
died at 1:50 a.m. today, following an illness of pneumonia and the flu.
Mr. Harrison was married and leaves a wife, and one little son. He was a son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. F. Harrison and has lived in this community for twenty years, receiving his schooling
and training as a practical miner here.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the residence. Interment at Sunset Hill.
Thursday, March 2nd
Personal Paragraphs: The funeral of MRS. GERTRUDE WHITESIDE was held this morning at the home
on West Lincoln street and interment was made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Miss Liza Williams, an accomplished young lady of McLeansboro, came to Harrisburg Wednesday
night, following news of the death of her friend, MRS. MARY MOFIELD. Miss Williams will remain
over for the funeral Friday and is being entertained by the Misses Hensley.
Mr. W. C. Oglesby of Providence, Ky., uncle of Mrs. Lilly Schuneman of this city who was called
to Karbers Ridge by the death of his sister, MRS. JENNIE VINEYARD, departed Thursday morning for
his home. He was accompanied by Mrs. Schuneman, who will visit for several days with relatives
Little KENNETH LESTER GIBBONS departed this life. Born August 8, 1818 (should be 1918), died
February 28, 1922, aged 3 years, 6 months and 20 days. Leaves father and mother, four brothers
and one sister and many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services
conducted by Eld. A. J. Yates and Eld. Henry Estes at the Baptist church in Dorrisville.
Funeral services were held this afternoon for BEN HARRISON of Dorrisville, whose death occurred
early Wednesday morning. The service was held at the home, and the body was laid to rest at
Sunset Hill cemetery.
The funeral of MRS. MARY E. MOFIELD, wife of William Mofield, will be held Friday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock at the home of her father, J. E. Russell on South Land street. Rev. J. H. Davis,
the Methodist minister, will conduct the service and interment will be made at Sunset Hill
Friday, March 3rd
Personal Paragraphs: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Nardine and baby, returned Friday morning from
Vincennes, Ind., having been called there by the death of a relative. Mr. Nardine is one of
the proprietors of the new Chicago Meat Market. Mrs. Louisa Wilson and daughter, Mary returned
to their home in Texas City Friday morning, after being called to this city by the death of his
brother, BEN HARRISON. James Harrison, another brother, who is attending the University of
Illinois at Chicago, was also here to attend the funeral. He will remain for a few days before
returning to Chicago.
WILLARD E. BANKS, the little ten months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Banks of Gaskins City,
died of pneumonia at 7:45 last night. He had been ill for several days. The body will be taken
to Pope county Saturday morning, for burial in the Santy graveyard there.
Saturday, March 4th
Personal Paragraphs: James Harrison, student at the U. of I. In Chicago, who was called home
by the death of his brother, BEN HARRISON, went to Murphysboro Saturday to spend the weekend
with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Mofield and son, Thomas, of Carbondale, who were called
here by the death of MRS. MARY MOFIELD, wife of his brother, Will Mofield, departed Saturday
morning for their home. Henry Allen of Harco passed thru this city Saturday morning enroute
to Marion, having been called there by the death of JAMES CLAYTON. Mr. Clayton was a cousin
of Mr. Allen's. He formerly lived in Saline county. He was 52 years old and died of the flu.
Monday, March 6th
Word has just been received here of the death by asphyxiation by gas in Chicago of MRS. PATSY
LUKOS and her son, PETE LUKOS, who formerly resided in Ledford. This is said to have occurred
several weeks ago, but nothing of the tragedy was told here.
The senior Lukos, whose name was also Peter, was a coal miner living with his family in
Ledford. Due to misfortunes that befell a daughter, the father decided to move to Zeigler which
he did. In order to visit a sister Mrs. Lukos took the older son, Pete, Jr., and went to
Chicago. They were guests at the relative's home and one night the son went into his room to
retire. His mother was also occupying that room, and she was asleep. The son "blew out the
gas," and the next morning their lifeless bodies were found in their respective beds.
To add to the troubles of his family, the senior Mr. Lukos while handling a pistol a few
days ago at the home in Zeigler blew almost the entire right hand off. The above information
was just told The Register today.
Since the last issue of The Daily Register, three homes of Harrisburg have been saddened by the
death of the baby member of the family. On Saturday afternoon GERTRUDE G. BAIN, twelve day old
baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bain, died at 2:00 o'clock. Her funeral was held this
afternoon, followed by interment at Ingram Hill cemetery.
The infant son of Dr. and Mrs. Earl REEL, born Sunday morning, died that afternoon and was
buried this morning at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The little baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Web MORRIS on East Walnut street died at their home
there this morning. Funeral services will be held Tuesday followed by interment at Liberty
Tuesday, March 7th
MISS MATILDA MATTINGLY, a spinster who lived on a farm near Somerset for many years, died at
one o'clock Monday afternoon, after being ill for some time with a complication of diseases.
She was 72 years old.
Miss Mattingly is survived by one brother, John Mattingly, who has been dangerously ill
for some time. She lived alone but was taken care of during her illness by neighbors and
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon, followed by burial at the Coffee
Wednesday, March 8th
Card of Thanks: We wish to thank our friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us in the
sickness and death of our dear mother, JOSEPHINE BRAMLETT and for their beautiful floral
offerings. May God's richest blessings rest on each and every one.-F. M. Bramlett, and
Thursday, March 9th
HEZEKIAH NEWBY, 60 years old, well known farmer who lived a few miles east of Mill Shoals in
White county, was killed by his son, who, in a fit of anger, is said to have hurled a heavy
drinking glass at his father.
Less than a week ago, while at the noonday meal young Newby and his father started an
argument said to have been occasioned over the disposition of a horse. The young man threw the
water glass at his parent and inflicted a deep wound on the forehead. The father, realizing
the danger from the wound, mounted a horse and rode twenty miles to Carmi for medical treatment.
He pulled an old dirty cap down over his forehead and this is thought to have caused an
infection which caused his death Tuesday morning of this week. A few days prior to his death,
the aged man made his will and cut the boy, who struck him, out of benefiting from the large
estate because of the act.
The young man had already been arrested on a charge of assault with intent to kill. He
is now in the White county jail at Carmi.
The killing of Mr. Newby recalls the case of "Rickety Dan", one of the most noted law
suits ever had in Southern Illinois. Hezekiah Newby, the man killed, was the son of
"Uncle Billy" Newby, or, as he was known by some as "Rickety Dan" Benton. Shortly after the
Civil war, Newby attempted to obtain a pension for his services in that conflict. When he
appeared for a hearing, witnesses brought from the south alleged that the plaintiff was not
William Newby, but was "Rickety Dan" Benton, who was assuming Newby's place to secure the
pension. Newby's wife and mother, witnesses for the plaintiff stoutly maintained that the man
was who he claimed. The mother told on the stand of certain scars to be found on the body of
her son. The wife told other circumstances which in their minds substantiated the claims for
the contended. The man himself went to a graveyard and pointed out locations of burial of his
relatives, known only to the members of the family. The evidence for the defendant was almost
as strong and Newby lost the case. It was appealed to the supreme court and decided in his
favor. He received his pension and his back pay.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Harry Taylor, who resides on North Main street, was called to
Crossville Thursday morning by the death of her sister-in-law, MRS. EDWARD SPENCE.
Friday, March 10th
Word has been received in Harrisburg by friends and acquaintances of JOHN T. ROACH, whose home
was in Paducah, Ky., and who was sheriff of Graves county, to the effect that he was shot to
death in his offices at the court house in Mayfield Tuesday night of this week. His assailant
was Sam Galloway, who was serving Roach as deputy sheriff.
According to information reaching Harrisburg today, the sheriff and his deputy met in the
formers office Tuesday night and became involved in an argument relative to the salary of the
deputy. The quarrel grew more heated and Galloway reached in a drawer and got hold of the
sheriff's own revolver. Without any hesitation, Galloway shot his chief officer, death
Mr. Roach served in the World War as a captain and was given a tremendous vote by the
people of Graves county when he applied for the position of sheriff. His death at the hands of
Galloway has created great excitement throughout that county, and Galloway, who is in the
Mayfield jail, is being guarded by special deputies.
OBITUARY: JAMES K. POLK MILLIGAN was born in Tennessee July 30, 1846, died in Hardin county,
Illinois, March 4, 1922, aged 75 years 7 months and 4 days. His parents left Tennessee when he
was six months old, going to Missouri and during the Civil War came to Illinois in an ox wagon.
He was united in Marriage April 10, 1866, to Celia M. Womack, and to this union were born ten
children, seven boys and three girls, who are all living as follows: John A. of Somerset, Ill.,
James L. of Derby, Ill., Abner W. of Portersville, Calif.,, William H. of Harod, Ill., Lewis N.
and Thomas J. of Equality, Ill., Robert G. of Dorrisville, Ill., Nancy L. Hooten and Martha A.
Banks of Karbers Ridge and Rhoda E. Modglin of Derby, Ill. The children were with him in his
last hours except Abner and Rhoda.
He professed a hope in Christ in 1889 and was added to the Church of God at Honey Comb
Rock in 1918, and was baptized in water a short time after and lived for the Lord until his
death. He was a devout Christian and ready to go to his eternal home.
He leaves to mourn his death a wife and ten children, sixty-seven grandchildren and 47
great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He will be missed greatly by friends
and the community in general. His wife has lost a loving and true companion, the children and
kind and loving father, the community a good citizen. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother P. A. O'Neal at the home and the remains laid
to rest in Good Hope cemetery to wait the resurrection of the dead.
Saturday, March 11th
Carrier Mills: (note...the paper is cut so that parts of the notice is not available)
BROTHER, 80, widow of _____Brothers, died yesterday at the home of her son, west of Carrier
Mills. She had been ill for ___weeks with complication of diseases due to old age. She was
the mother of Henry, ____, and Wilson Brothers, all ____ town businessmen of Carrier Mills and
is survived by several _____children. Funeral services were held today, followed by interment
at Sunset Hill cemetery.
ORAL E. McGILL, ten months old baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGill died Saturday morning at
5:30 o'clock at their home in Ledford and will be buried at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at
Ingram Hill cemetery.
Monday, March 13th
Personal Paragraphs: LOUIS WILLIAM FINCH, infant of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Finch (colored) was
buried Saturday at Sunset Hill cemetery. EARNEST EUGENE OVERTON, the little nine months old
baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Oval Overton, died of pneumonia Saturday morning, after being ill for
a brief time. The body was taken from their home on South Ledford St., to Omaha Sunday for
Tuesday, March 14th
Mrs. Lois Roach, widow of Sheriff JOHN ROACH of Graves county, Ky., who was shot and killed in
his offices at Mayfield on Monday of last week, has been appointed sheriff to succeed her
husband. She qualified for the office and is now the full fledged sheriff of that county.
The slain sheriff was a cousin of W. B. Ford, taxi man of Harrisburg. The appointment of
Mrs. Roach was in accord with the sentiment of the entire citizenship of Graves county. Scores
of petitions were submitted to the county judge, asking for her appointment.
Mrs. John Williford and Mrs. John Rude of this city left Tuesday for Sikeston, Mo., called
there by the death of their father, W.H. WOODS, who died suddenly Monday, following a stroke of
Mr. Woods was 68 years old. He spent his youth in this city and will be remembered by
many of the older residents. A retired farmer by occupation he has lived in Sikeston for the
past eighteen years. His wife survives.
Mrs. Williford and Mrs. Rude will remain in Sikeston until after the funeral, which will
be held Wednesday, followed by burial at Sikeston cemetery.
Wednesday, March 15th
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Taylor received word today of the death of the sixteen year old son of Rev.
and Mrs. Resho ROBERTSON of Centralia, who formerly lived in this city when he was pastor of the
Methodist church. The boy was blind and was a student at Jacksonville, Illinois. He was a
talented musician and will be remembered by many of the residents of this city. His death
occurred yesterday at the school in Jacksonville, following a sudden attack of double pneumonia.
Rev. and Mrs. Robertson were enroute to Jacksonville when his death occurred.
Carrier Mills: Miss Anna Gillian, who has been at Peoria was called to Pittsburg, Pa., by the
death of a sister. On her return home she visited at Linton, Ind., and is here now for a visit
with her sister, Mrs. Claude Bean.
Friday, March 17th
ANDREW JOHNSON, 67, a bachelor and a retired farmer who made his home with his sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore in Gaskins City for five years, died of tuberculosis
at 2:00 a.m. Friday.
Mr. Johnson came to Gaskins City from Hardin county. He had been in poor health for
several months. The body will be taken to Lavender cemetery in Hardin county Saturday for
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Phillips returned Wednesday evening from Farmersburg, Ind., after being called
to that place two weeks ago by the illness of two of his sisters. One died Sunday morning and
was buried Tuesday. The other sister is much better and was reported out of danger when Mr.
and Mrs. Phillips left her.
Saturday, March 18th
Mrs. ZELPHIA STIFF, 90, who lives on South Ledford street, is ill and is not expected to live
through the night. Her son, John "Red" Stiff, was called to her bedside from Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Riley Brown departed Saturday for Earlington, Ky., called there by the death of his
grandfather, WILLIAM RILEY BROWN, who died yesterday of influenza and will be buried tomorrow at
the Earlington city cemetery.
Monday, March 20th
News was received in Harrisburg Sunday to the effect that one of the two men burned to death
near Belleville early Friday morning, mentioned in our United Press telegrams on that afternoon,
was HERMAN NELSON, well known in Harrisburg. Nelson was a musician and was quite an expert
with a guitar. He played with several young men around this community at dances and other
John Hayden of Dorrisville was in Belleville Saturday and Sunday on a business errand and
viewed the body of Nelson before the funeral, which was held Saturday afternoon. It was burned
beyond recognition and was distinguished from the other body by the size, Nelson being far the
James T. Barron, also well known here, who played with Nelson and the other boys, had gone
to Belleville a few days ago to visit Nelson. It seems that Nelson and "Chief" Howell, another
musician, had been around several places in Belleville Thursday night, in company with Mr.
Barron. They wound up at a resort near Belleville and far in the night they retired. Barron
went with another friend, close by, and Nelson and Howell went to a small shed in which was a
bed but no stove, and went to sleep. About five o'clock Friday morning the building was seen
on fire and before assistance could arrive it burned completely, both men being burned almost
to a crisp. A cigarette is supposed to have caused the fire. When the fire was discovered the
shack was burning so fiercely that it could not be approached by other persons. After the
flames had subsided, the charred bodies of Nelson and Howell were found in the wreckage. Both
were so badly burned as to be unrecognizable, and only the sizes of the two men told which was
the body of Nelson and that of Howell.
Mrs. IDA PERKINS, sister of Mrs. J. E. Whitchurch died at the Whitchurch home here Saturday.
She was past fifty years of age and formerly lived in Odin, Illinois, and in Salem. The remains
were shipped to Salem Saturday night and were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Whitchurch and Miss
Card of Thanks: We take this method of expressing our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our
friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness, death and
burial of our husband and father, JOE GIBBONS. To each we are under obligations and shall
never forget the many kind acts shown us.-the Wife and children.
MRS. ZELPHIA STIFF, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dorris, pioneer residents of Saline county,
died at her home at 709 South Ledford St., at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, after being ill for some
time suffering from a complication of diseases due to old age. She was 89 years old.
Mrs. Stiff is the last of a family of several brothers and sisters of the Dorris family
to die. She had lived in Harrisburg all her life and witnessed the many changes that have taken
place here in the past seventy-five years.
She was married to Thomas Stiff when a young girl and they reared a family of six children,
three of whom died after they were grown and had families of their own. Mr. Stiff has been dead
for several years. During her widowhood Mrs. Stiff maintained her home and was living there
when she died.
She is survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and three great, great
grandchildren, besides her sons, Pleas and J. L. Stiff and Mrs. Florence Weir. Mrs. Mollie
Feazel, Phiney Evans and Robert Stiff were her other children. Mrs. R. T. Hamilton of Harco
is a half-sister of the deceased.
Mrs. Stiff was a Baptist and was a member of the Baptist church at Liberty. Her funeral
will be held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the McKinley Avenue Baptist church, Rev. E. R.
Steagall will officiate and the body will be taken to Sunset Hill for burial.
The pall bearers are: Mose Weaver, Weden Sleet, Perrry Cain, Perry Dorris, A. J. Cook and
JOSEPH GIBBONS, 61, a retired farmer, who moved from Somerset to Dorrisville five years ago,
died at 2:00 o'clock Saturday morning from the after effects of influenza. He had been ill for
Mr. Gibbons leaves a wife and four sons, William H., Pleas, Luther, and Jack. He also has
one brother and one sister, John Gibbons and Mrs. Mary Miller, both of Somerset.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at 10:00 o'clock by Rev. Hancock at the
Baptist church in Dorrisville, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Tuesday, March 21st
Farm Adviser, J. E. Whitchurch and daughter, Louise, have returned from Salem, where they
attended the funeral of a relative. Mrs. Whitchurch, who accompanied them to that place,
remained for a more extended visit.
One of the saddest affairs that ever occurred in Marion took place there last Friday when Ina
Norris, aged twenty years and unmarried, killed her little daughter, almost three years old.
The tragedy took place about noon.
According to the Marion Daily Post, the child was born out of wedlock, May 22, 1919. The
father is alleged to have been a young man of that city named Greer. The mother lives at the
home of her parents. It is said she is again in a delicate condition, accusing the same young
man. The story as related at the inquest is about as follows:
"About eleven o'clock Claude Greer drove up to the home and Ina Norris went out and got
in the car with him. They talked about twenty minutes when she got out and entered the house.
Greer drove away in the car and Ina took the child up stairs. The mother of Ina was uneasy and
went up stairs to see what she was doing. She pushed the door of the room open and saw that
Ina had given the child a dose of carbolic acid and was attempting to drink some herself. Mrs.
Norris snatched the bottle away from the girl and hastily summoned a physician. The child lived
about thirty minutes after the arrival of the physician."
ELLA U. WHITEAKER, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Whiteaker, died at their home
on West Lincoln street at 10:30 p.m. Monday night, following an illness from stomach trouble.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. E. R Steagall at the home Wednesday afternoon
at 2:00 o'clock, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
MRS. EMILY FLORENCE SMITH, mother of Amon Smith of North Jackson street, died at 2:00 o'clock
this morning at the Smith home, after being ill for four weeks with bronchial trouble and
pneumonia. She was a widow and was 58 years old. Her husband, William Larkin Smith, died
several years ago and she has made her home with her children since that time.
Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Maclin and was born at Raleigh. She had
lived in Saline county all of her life. Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons, Amon and Oscar
Smith, one brother, Hiram L. Upchurch, and Mrs. Margaret Gore of Raleigh.
She was a member of the Primitive Baptist church and Rev. W. C. Kane, pastor of that
church will conduct her funeral which will be held at 11:00 o'clock Wednesday morning at New
Prospect church in Ryan township. Interment is to be made in Ryan cemetery.
Wednesday, March 22nd
State's Attorney Chas. H. Thompson is getting all evidence possible which he will submit at the
three murder trials which are to come up at the circuit court here next month. These cases are
those against Tom Cameron of Eldorado, Robert Killman of Harco and Frank Durand of Harrisburg.
The Cameron case is the first to be tried of the three. Mr. Cameron is charged with the
killing of JAS. PATTERSON in Eldorado on last Christmas night. The men, according to the
evidence at the coroner's jury, had become engaged in a slight argument. Patterson was shot by
Mr. Killman will go on trial the second time for the killing of MILTON STILLEY, which took
place at Harco some time ago. At the first trial, Killman was convicted the jury giving him a
manslaughter verdict. His attorneys appealed for a new trial, which was granted by the
presiding judge, A. W. Lewis.
Frank Durand will go on trial charged with the killing of BOONE WILSON, which took place
out near Sunset Hill cemetery on the afternoon of December 26th last. According to the evidence
already submitted, Mr. Wilson was endeavoring to quiet some boys who were apparently in an
argument. Durand came up and interceded and the two men became involved in a dispute. Durand
picked up a brick and threw it at Mr. Wilson, breaking the skull and from which injury he died
just a few moments after being hit.
The criminal docket also has many other cases up for trial of all charges and Mr. Thompson
is going to be a busy man. He has not selected an assistant state's attorney yet, the vacancy
being caused by the resignation of K. C. Ronalds, who is now making the race for the legislature.
JAMES L. MAYNARD, little eight months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maynard, died at 2:00
o'clock Tuesday afternoon at their home at 721 South Granger street. He had been ill with
whooping cough and influenza for several days. Mr. Maynard is the superintendent at Saline
Mine No. 3.
Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at St. Mary's church, followed by
burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Bertis Stiff, formerly of this city, who are now residing in Marion, were called
back to this city Tuesday by the death of his grandmother, MRS. ZELPHIA STIFF. Mr. Stiff
returned to Marion this morning, but Mrs. Stiff will remain for a few days visiting Mrs. Fred
Card of Thanks: We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for their kind favors during the
illness and death of our dear brother, ANDREW JOHNSON, also Rev. Hugh Roberts for the consoling
words which he delivered at the burial services.-C. S. Moore, Barbrie E. Moore
Thursday, March 23rd
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Jennie Whiteaker, Ella and Virginia Rose Whiteaker and Mrs. Allie
Grasty and Merl Whiteaker, relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Whiteaker, were called to this city
from Henderson, Ky., Wednesday by the death and burial of the little child of Mr. and Mrs.
Everett Whiteaker. Miss Marguerite Cope was called to Vienna Thursday morning by the death of
her grandfather, W.H. COOPER, who died of leakage of the heart yesterday. Mr. Cooper is a
brother of Thomas Cooper of this city.
Card of Thanks: we desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our neighbors and friends for the
many kind acts and words of sympathy extended us during the illness, death and burial of our
baby, JAMES LELAND; the beautiful floral offerings were especially appreciated.-Mr. and Mrs.
Frank MAYNARD and children.
ERNEST M. CONKLE, the one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Conkle of Gaskins City, died this
morning at 1 o'clock, from the after effects of whooping cough. His death is mourned by his
father, mother, two sisters, one brother and a host of friends to the little fellow. Interment
will be made this afternoon at the Ingram Hill cemetery.
E.J. JACKSON, colored, age 56, died at his home in Muddy yesterday afternoon. He is said to
have sprained his back some time ago, and Hemiplegia resulting from the same caused his death.
He is survived by his wife. The funeral will be conducted at the second Baptist church Friday
at 2 p.m. by Rev. Skates. Interment will be made at Sunset Hill.
Word was received here this week by Mrs. Marie Ingram that her uncle, E.E. SMITH, a prominent
farmer of near Paris, Tennessee, died last Sunday, as a result of the flu. Also that her
grandmother, Mrs. N. A. Redmond, a resident of Big Sandy, Tennessee, is now very ill.
Mrs. Ingram has been sick for some time and was thus detained from attending the funeral
of her uncle.
Friday, March 24th
Mr. and Mrs. John Wunderlich and their daughter, Mrs. Elmer Gibbons of this city, attended the
funeral of W. H. COOPER of Vienna, which was held at that place today. Mr. Cooper was a brother
of Mrs. Wunderlich.
Our readers will recall The Register's story, which told of the burning to death of HERMAN
NELSON in a house near Belleville which occurred one week ago today. Nelson was known here in
Harrisburg as a musician, and a friend of his, James T. Barron, also of Harrisburg, was in
Belleville on a visit, and the two men had been together the night before, evidently drinking
Before Justice of the Peace Wangelin in Belleville Thursday four people arrested at the
Woodlawn Park saloon after the fatal burning of the two men, waived preliminary hearing and were
held under bond for their connection in the affair. All are now in jail with one exception, and
will await the action of the grand jury.
Ira Maddox and wife, Oscar Mank and James T. Barron were the four people arrested. Maddox's
bond was fixed at $2,000, the charges being selling liquor, having a still, operating a still
and having gambling devices. Mrs. Maddox is accused of selling liquor and having gambling
devices. Her bail is $1,000. That of Barron, accused of selling liquor, is $500.
Saturday, March 25th
HELOISE, the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude INGLE, formerly of Equality, died at
ten o'clock Thursday night in St. Louis, after being run over by a street car in that city
earlier in the day.
The body is being shipped to Equality today and will be taken to Karbers Ridge for burial.
The Ingles are related to W. T. Shell of this city and are known by several people in this city
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Toby Kling has returned from Marion, where she attended the funeral
of her sister's child.
Carrier Mills: MISS MARY MARIE HAY, sixteen year old school girl of Ledford died of
tuberculosis at 5:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, after being ill for several months. She was a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hay. Mr. Hay is a miner and the family has lived at Ledford for
several years. They have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their young
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Walnut Grove church,
Rev. A. J. Yates officiating and the body will be laid to rest at Walnut Grove cemetery.
Monday, March 27th
While suffering from a prolonged nervous breakdown, MRS. CHARLES BROWN, 40 years old, wife of a
prominent merchant of Carmi, sought an unused room in their home Saturday noon and swallowed
carbolic acid, dying in the presence of their two small daughters, who came into the house and
began seeking their mother.
Mrs. Brown was prominent in social and religious circles in Carmi and the death is
deplored by her large friendship.
Tuesday, March 28th
Bert Gaskins, one of the undertakers of this city was called upon this week to care for the
cremated remains of a human body for the first time since he has been in the undertaking business
and perhaps the first cremated body that was ever known in Saline county.
The ashes of the body of DAVID ONSTOT, a former resident and an old soldier of Saline
county, who died in Oakland, California, and whose body was cremated there was shipped back to
this city for burial and will be interred at Sunset Hill cemetery Friday, March 31, almost two
months from the date of his death. He died February 4.
He was 78 years old and when a boy enlisted as a Union soldier during the Civil War. At
the close of the war he returned to this city and made his home here until after the death of
his wife and he himself became old and feeble. Four years ago he went to California in hopes
that the climate there would benefit his failing health and he did grow stronger for awhile,
and then grew worse again. He talked with his son before his death and asked him to see that
his body was cremated and that the remains be shipped to Harrisburg and buried beside the body
of his wife.
His only living relative in Saline county is David Onstot of Gaskins City, who is a son.
This man, with the old soldiers of the county who are able, will attend the funeral which will
be held Friday in the chapel at Gaskins' Undertaking Parlor. All of the old soldiers are asked
to meet there at 2:00 o'clock that afternoon. No arrangements have been made to have a minister
perform the burial service and probably no religious service will be held.
Friends in Harrisburg of Mr. and MRS. J.C. TRUHILL, will be sorry to learn of her death, which
occurred at their home in Pittsburg, Pa., last Thursday.
The Truhills were former residents of Harrisburg, where they acquired many close friends.
Mr. Truhill was employed by the O'Gara Coal Company and had charge of the company's farms. Mrs.
Truhill had been in poor health for the past two or three years and the malady from which she
suffered culminated in her sad death as above states.
OTTO EWELL, 33 years old, a Harrisburg man, who lived at Benton and worked at one of the mines
there as a hoisting engineer for several years, died at noon Monday at the home of his brother,
Clarence Ewell, who resides at 708 North Main street. He had been suffering from tuberculosis
for a year and during that time made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ewell.
Otto Ewell was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ewell. He was reared on a farm near this city
and was well known here. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Benton.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 o'clock Wednesday morning at 708 North Main street,
and will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte, the Baptist minister, under the auspices of
Harrisburg lodge No. 325 A. F. & A. M. acting for Benton lodge No 64. Interment will be made
at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Wednesday, March 29th
Mrs. Harve Ferrell received a telegram Monday telling of the death of her sister, MRS. LYDIA
SANDERS, at Wichita Falls, Texas. Mrs. Sanders was a daughter of Andrew and Harriet Dorris of
this city and a sister of Mrs. Ed Lewis and W. L. Dorris.
She lived here thirty five years ago and was the widow of George Sanders. She made her
home since leaving this city with two daughters in Wichita Falls. She was a Christian and
expressed herself as happy to die.
Funeral services and burial occurred Tuesday in Wichita.
Thursday, March 30th no obits
Friday, March 31st
Four little graves were prepared today to receive the bodies of children who died last night and
this morning, all from natural causes. The oldest one, GLENNARE McKEEVER, two years old, son of
Mr. and Mrs. William McKeever of Gaskins City, died after being ill with influenza for a week or
more. His funeral will be held Saturday at the family residence, followed by burial at Sunset
JAMES COY DAVIDSON, one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Davidson of West Walnut street,
who have only lived in this city a short time, died of whooping cough and pneumonia at 9:30 last
night. Funeral services and burial will occur Saturday at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Bert VAN BIBBER of Harco died at 1:25 o'clock last night and
was buried today at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at Gaskins City for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
George GOODMAN and burial will take place at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Saturday, April 1st
The ashes of DAVID ONSTOT, Civil war veteran, whose body was cremated in California and brought
to this city for burial, were given full military honors at the funeral service held Friday
afternoon at the chapel in the Gaskins undertaking parlor.
Several of the old soldiers were present and the following relatives of Mr. Onstot:
Gladys Onstot, Grace Onstot Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Karnes of Eldorado and Miss Georgia
Dunn and James Winkleman of Harrisburg.
Monday, April 3rd
Card of Thanks: We thank our many friends for their kindness and their help through the
sickness and death of our darling little baby, JAMES COY DAVIDSON, son of S. F. Davidson and
Minnie Davidson, Harrisburg, Ill.
THOMAS P. FOSTER, who has been working at the power house at Muddy for several years as a
laborer was stricken ill with pneumonia about a week ago and died at 10:30 o'clock Sunday night
from the disease. He was 67 years old.
Mr. Foster lived at Dorrisville and was known there as a good citizen and a kind and
faithful husband and father. He had been afflicted with heart trouble for several years and it
is believed that this contributed to his early death, following the attack of pneumonia.
His wife and four children, Mrs. Mary Zimmer of this city, Mrs. Madeline Cornett of
Equality, Mrs. Julia Felkins of Terre Haute, and Joe Foster of Dorrisville and three brothers,
J. C. of Whiteside, Tenn., William of San Antonia, Tex., and E. R. Foster of Gallatin county
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic church on North Jackson street,
Wednesday morning at 8:00 o'clock. Fr. J. B. Henkin will officiate.
The body will be taken to Gallatin county, where the Foster family formerly lived and
interment will be made at Rose Hill cemetery near Ridgway.
The little six months old baby of Mrs. Cuma IRWIN of West Frankfort, formerly of this city is
very low and is expected to die hourly, owing to an accident which occured at their home there
Sunday. Two other children, both less than six years old of the Irwin family pulled the baby
off the bed, fracturing its skull and injuring it otherwise, which caused its present state.
Mrs. John Russell of East Locust street is Mrs. Irwin's mother and she was notified last
night of the child's condition. She left this morning for West Frankfort to remain until the
crisis is past. Mrs. Lawrence Bartness of West Lincoln street is a sister of Mrs. Irwin.
Tuesday, April 4th
MRS. HATTIE CUMMINS, widow of William J. Cummins and step-mother of Sheriff John D. Cummins,
died at 7:00 o'clock this morning at her home in Gaskins City, following an attack of stomach
trouble, from which she had suffered at intervals for the past three years. She was 53 years
Mrs. Cummins was Miss Hattie Rice before her marriage and she was a sister of Mrs. Joe
Hughes and Green B. Rice. Her father was Benjamin Rice. She had lived here almost all of her
life. She is survived by four children besides her stepson, John Cummins. They are: Mrs.
Stella Yates, Miss Eva Cummins, Nina Cummins and Harry Cummins.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Yates at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon
at the home in Gaskins City, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The following young men who are friends of the family, will act as pall bearers: Hal Bynum,
Claude Parish, Badge Barker, J. Love, B. J. Stanley and Oscar Rude.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Campbell, aged residents of Mt. Carmel, were called to this city last week
by the death of the little child of Mr. and Mrs. Marion McKEEVER. They departed Tuesday morning
for their home.
Thursday, April 6th
JOHN MARSHALL JONES, aged 27, a colored man residing in No. 3 patch, who was shot by Reuben
Jones, at Kent's pool room on East Walnut street March 4, 1921, died at 2:30 this morning. He
was shot in the leg, but blood poison developed and caused him to suffer for many months,
finally causing his death.
John Marshall Jones was a son of James Jones. He was born in Kentucky and was a miner by
occupation. He worked at O'Gara mine No. 1 near Muddy. He was single and is survived by his
father, three sisters and one brother. They are Mrs. William George, Mrs. Della Moss, Miss
Dora Jones and Journ Jones.
The Jones family are respectable colored people who have lived in Harrisburg for several
years. Their friends regret the shooting affray and the death of John.
No arrangements have been made for the funeral.
Funeral services were held at 8 o'clock this morning at St. Mary's church for THOMAS P. FOSTER,
whose death occurred at Dorrisville Monday. Fr. J. B. Henken conducted the service. The body,
accompanied by the family and several friends, was taken to Ridgway for burial in the Rose Hill
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Stella Owens and son, Carl, left this city Monday for Colemount, Ind.,
called there by the death of GEORGE GRIFFIN, the boy's grandfather.
Thursday, April 6th
(note that this paper is dated the same as above)
Following the death of JOHN MARSHALL JONES, who was shot in the leg March 4, 1921, by Reuben
Jones, both colored, and died Wednesday, April 5, 1922, of septic poison caused by the infection
from the gun shot wound, the charge of assault to murder against Reuben Jones was not changed by
the coroner's jury. Unless the person shot dies within one year and one day of the shooting,
murder charges cannot be filed.
Reuben Jones was already indicted for assault to murder and his case set for trial during
this term of circuit court. The death of the man he shot will not change the evidence greatly,
but he will not be charged with murder.
The inquest was held last night at the Co-Operative Undertaking Parlor.
FRANK GRESIAK, the little two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Gresiak of Dorrisville, died at
9:15 o'clock this morning of a complication of diseases. Funeral services will be held Saturday
at St. Mary's church, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The funeral of JOHN MARSHALL JONES, will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the A. M. E.
church and will be conducted by Rev. C. W. Thompson. Interment at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Friday, April 7th
MRS. ISAAC LINDENMUTH, who resided near the high school on South Granger street, died at 1:30
o'clock this afternoon after suffering for many months with cancer. She had been bedfast for
over eighteen months.
Mrs. Lindenmuth, before her illness, was active in civic and social affairs and was a
devoted Christian, being a member of the Presbyterian church. Her kindness to her family and
friends will be remembered by all who knew her. She was 55 years old.
She is survived by her husband and six children as follows: Mrs. Ethel Rice, Mrs. Olive
Snyder, Isaac Lindenmuth, George Lindenmuth and William Lindenmuth. No arrangements have been
made for the funeral.
MISS INA WOODS, the young girl of Marion who killed her two year old baby by giving it carbolic
acid and at the same time attempted to take her own life and was rescued, succeeded in
committing suicide Thursday by drowning herself in a well near their home in Marion.
She was eighteen years old and when her lover, Claude Greer, refused to marry her after
getting her into trouble for the second time, she determined to kill herself and made two
attempts before the third and successful one. When she was arrested for the homicide of her
baby she told the coroner's jury that she did not care if they hanged her and if they didn't
she would kill herself anyway. Later she tried to hang herself but was rescued.
Claude Greer, who, it is charged procured the carbolic acid with which she killed her
baby, was arrested soon after the baby's death and because of threats to mob him he was taken
from the Williamson county jail to some other county.
Miss Woods was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Norris and is a sister of Mrs. Toby
Klinge of this city. Her folks are highly respected and their friends keenly regret the girl's
misfortune and death.
Mrs. Klinge was notified this morning of her sister's death and left on the morning train
for Marion to remain until after the funeral.
Saturday, April 8th
The funeral of MRS. CLARA LINDENMUTH, wife of Isaac Lindenmuth, who died at 1:30 Friday
afternoon will be held at the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Rev.
W. A. Bodell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. G W. West of Equality, will
conduct the service.
The body will lie in state from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the church. Interment at Sunset Hill
cemetery. The pall bearers are: John Ford, J. N. Healey, Lloyd Duncan, Isaac Empson, D. H.
Hurner, and C. Owens.
Card of Thanks: We wish to thank the many loving friends and neighbors who so kindly helped us
during the sickness and death of our darling mother, and for their beautiful floral offerings.
Especially do we thank Rev. A. J. Yates and the Baptist church. May God bless you is our
prayer-Stella Yates, Harry Cummins, Eva Cummins, Nina Griffen, J. D. Cummins.
Monday, April 10th
Personal Paragraphs: Journey Jones, who was called to Harrisburg by the death of his brother,
JOHN M. JONES, departed Monday for his home in DeKoven, Kentucky.
Tuesday, April 11th
Mrs. Alice Whitley, mother of Dr. C. W. Whitley, who was called to this city from Los Angeles by
the death of her mother, MRS. KATE THOMAS, departed Tuesday morning for California.
Wednesday, April 12th
FRANK ZIGNANT, a farmer living a mile and a half from Herrin was instantly killed when he was
fired upon with a rifle and revolvers by officers searching for illicit liquor, when Zignant
appeared on his porch and leveled an automatic shotgun at Police Officer Ross Liseby.
The officer, accompanied by Ceasar Cagle and Harry Walker, who had been deputized to
search Zignant's house with a search warrant, carrying on a campaign of Herrin officials, who
are attempting to discover and destroy the sources of illicit liquor.
Zignant came out on his front porch and leveled an automatic shotgun at the face of
Liseby. The officer jumped aside and fired three shots with his rifle. Cagle and Walker both
fired their revolvers. Zignant, with five bullets in his body, fell dead.
A quantity of "white mule" was found in Zignant's house and a still was discovered on the
premises. At a warehouse in Herrin the police found twelve barrels of white mule and outside
the city limits they found a vat with a capacity of 5000 gallons filled with mash. Six men are
now under arrest and are being held by the Federal authorities.
Personal Paragraphs: The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. ROBERTSON of North Sherman street,
was buried today at Ingram Hill cemetery. Mrs. Irene Butler and baby left this city Wednesday
for Mt. Vernon, Ind., called there by the death of her brother, ROBERT SCOTT, son of Mr. and Mrs.
News of Egypt: West Frankfort---WALTER AMOS, the little three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John
W. DEASON, residing near Freeman, died at the Union hospital Saturday night about 6 o'clock from
the effects of poisoning received when he ate a number of cold tablets kept for use by the
family. The little fellow, about noon Saturday climbed to the kitchen cabinet and there found a
box containing the cold tablets. When purchased the box is said to have contained 100 doses of
the cold remedy, and only five or six had been taken. Mt. Vernon-ELCY WITHEROW, 15 years old,
was shot and killed and his brother Otis, seriously wounded last Saturday. The shooting is said
to have been done by George Harl, 18, and to have been the outgrowth of a feud between the
Witherow and Harl families, residing on adjoining farms. The Witherow boys were driving past
the Harl farm when fired upon, it is alleged.
Thursday, April 13th
Mrs. Julia Felkins of Terre Haute, Ind., who was called to this city by the death of her
grandfather, THOMAS P. FOSTER, of Dorrisville, had been visiting relatives here since the
funeral, and departed Thursday morning for her home.
Personal Paragraphs: Floyd Souders of Battle Creek, who was called to this city by the death
of MRS. ISAAC LINDENMUTH, has returned to his home.
Friday, April 14th
Obituary: MARY EVELYN, the little two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde WASSON died
Tuesday morning at 9:35 o'clock of membranous croup and was laid to rest at 11:00 o'clock
Wednesday morning at Sunset Hill cemetery, the funeral being conducted by Rev. Yates. (long
Obituary: CLARA JONES was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., August 31, 1868, and died April 7,
1922. She was married to Isaac LINDENMUTH September 6, 1888, and to this union were born eight
children, two of whom have gone before. The six remaining to mourn their loss are: Ethel
Rice, Olive Souders of Battle Creek, Mich., Henry and Isaac, Jr., George and William of
Harrisburg. There are nine grandchildren besides the husband and a host of friends who were
grieved by her death.
She was converted and joined Trinity Reform church at Shenandoah, Pa., March 30, 1890, and
later joined the Presbyterian church when she moved to Harrisburg and remained a member until
With her death the husband has lost a faithful companion, the children a kind and loving
mother and the church and community a good and faithful friend.
Saturday, April 15th
A recent indictment by the grand jury against Eugene Simpson for perjury will, according to the
opinion of State's Attorney Thompson, do more than anything else to stop willful perjury in
future cases tried in the Saline county circuit court.
Simpson was indicted for perjury arising from the alleged false testimony given in the
case of the People vs. Leamon Heard, who was tried for the murder of FLOYD PHILLIPS, which
occurred at the home of Gibb Hall, a farmer living in the northwest part of the county on the
4th day of June 1921, and who was tried at the following September term of the Saline county
court and convicted of manslaughter before a jury, which carries with it a sentence from one to
ninety nine years.
In the trial of this case Eugene Simpson was called as a witness for the defendant,
Leamon Heard, and, notwithstanding the fact that six eye witnesses, who were within two to six
feet of Floyd Phillips at the time Heard fired the fatal shots, stated that Phillips had nothing
in his hand, Simpson swore positively that Floyd Phillips was armed with a weapon commonly
called a "black jack." State's Attorney Thompson stated this morning that he was well pleased
with the investigation made by the grand jury of the testimony that Simpson gave in this case.
Simpson will be tried at the next term of the circuit court for giving false testimony and
that he will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and further that a close check will be
made upon the testimony of all witnesses in future criminal cases in Saline county court and
that where it is felt that false testimony is given an immediate investigation will be made and
the facts presented to the grand jury and if an indictment is returned prosecution will follow.
A conviction for perjury carries with it imprisonment in the penitentiary for not less than one
year nor more than fourteen years.
Monday, April 17th
THOMAS HENRY HUDDLESTUN, after having been ill since Friday, died at his home, 206 East Locust
street, this morning at two o'clock. Mr. Huddlestun's ailment was pneumonia, superinduced by
The news of his death came as a surprise to his large acquaintance here, many being
unaware of his illness. Deceased was born and reared here and was the son of William and
Harriet Huddlestun. He was born on Nov. 17, 1872, making his age 50 years and 5 months. He is
survived by the widow, Mrs. Jennie Huddlestun and three step children-Will Ewing, Mrs. Nina
Simpson, both of Harrisburg, and Mrs. Ada Emerson of Christopher. At the time of his death Mr.
Huddlestun was engaged in the restaurant business on East Walnut street.
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, from the home, 206 East Locust
street, conducted by Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte. Interment will take place at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The Register joins in expressions of sorrow.
Personal Paragraphs: The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde WASSON was buried this afternoon at
sunset Hill cemetery. ANDY SLATON, Jr., little fourteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy
Slaton who reside at 308 North Gum street, died of pneumonia at 5:00 o'clock Saturday morning.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the home,
followed by interment at Dorrisville cemetery.
Tuesday, April 18th
Evidence was being submitted in the murder trial of Tom Cameron as the Register went to press
this afternoon. The jury was secured just before the noon hour adjournment was taken. The
jury is made up of the following: P. J. Walker, Galatia; Arthur Kinchloe, Stonefort; Chas.
Taylor, (Carpenter) Harrisburg; Noah Miller, Carrier Mills; Oliver Cozart, Ledford; C. H. Capel,
Carrier Mills; J. O. Thaxton, Eldorado; R. B. Russell, Carrier Mills; W. M. Busler, Long Branch;
Joe Ryan, Tate; H. I. Adams, Brushy; Willie Tanner, Stonefort.
Immediately after the lunch hour, Attorney D. F. Rumsey made the opening statement for the
people, to be followed by Attorney A. C. Lewis for the defense, after which the taking of the
evidence was begun.
Mr. Cameron is charged with shooting JAMES PATTERSON in Eldorado last Christmas day.
According to the charge made by the state many threats had been made by Patterson against Mr.
Cameron prior to the day of the trouble, the same having been made at the coal mine. The
defendant is a highly respected man of Eldorado and has a large friendship all interested in
his behalf. He was at the time Eldorado representative of the Illinois Miner and in every way
a splendid citizen. It will probably be Thursday or Friday before the case is ended.
Following the Cameron case, Frank Durand will be placed on trial for the killing of BOONE WILSON
near the city cemetery here on December 26th last.
Attorneys for the defense in the case of People vs. Robert Kilman, charged with the murder
of MILTON STILLEY at Harco asked for and were given a postponement in that trial, which was to
have been had this week. Judge Somers set May 22 as the date for this trial, and all witnesses
are asked to be on hand on that date. No change of venue was asked for in the case as had been
SYBIL M. GIROT the little nineteen months old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Girot of Muddy died while on the operating table Monday night at 8:45 from effects of
diphtheria. Physicians were preparing to operate on her throat when death claimed her.
The child had been sick since Friday afternoon. A private funeral will be held Wednesday
afternoon followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Aaron White, aged man of Springerton, who shot and killed his wife at their home in that city a
few days ago, has been held to await the action of the grand jury without bail by the coroner of
White, who was kept in the office of Sheriff Charles Gibbs for two days and nights, and
then taken to the circuit court room where he spent a couple of days, has been placed in the
large cell room generally used for female prisoners.
He seems satisfied, or if not, makes no complaint. He does not complain so much of his
wounds hurting him. This was his chief trouble when first taken into custody. None of the
bullets or shot have been removed. There is an unknown number of shot in his legs, as well as
two bullets, and one bullet in the back of the neck, between the shoulders. This is the bullet
that entered the neck from the front, and to the left. The pellet passed back of the jugular
vein which prevented this wound from proving fatal. After reaching the center of the neck the
bullet diverged, going downward and outward, its circular course extending a distance of
several inches, and terminating between the shoulders, several inches below the nape of the
neck. The bullet reached a point near the surface and may be extracted later. However Dr.
Frank C. Sibley, attending physician, has not decided to remove any of the bullets or shot as
White made no inquiries regarding the funeral of his wife which took place Friday and
which was largely attended.
There was a pathetic scene at the county jail Sunday afternoon when his daughter and other
relatives, including a son, visited him. What the conversation was about is largely a matter of
conjecture, however the daughter upon issuing from the Bastille showed evidence of having wept
at the plight of her aged father.
Wednesday, April 19th
JOHN ALVEY, a well known farmer residing east of town, is very ill and his death is expected
before morning. He is suffering from blood poisoning, said to have been caused from getting a
small sore on his hand infected by touching an ulcer on the shoulder of one of his horses.
Thursday, April 20th
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Floyd Souders and two daughters of Battle Creek, Mich, who have been
in this city for three months, visiting with relatives and friends, have returned to their home.
They were called to this city by the illness and death of MRS. ISAAC LINDENMUTH. Mrs. D. A.
Lehman has returned from McLeansboro, where she attended the funeral of J. H. WILSON. She also
visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Lane.
JOHN ALVEY, 55, a farmer residing three miles east of Harrisburg, who has been suffering from
blood poisoning, died at 5:00 o'clock this morning. He had been very ill for several days and
death came as the only relief.
This is the fourth death in this family within the past three years, and two of those
preceding this one were soldier boys. The widow and two sons survive, besides several other
relatives and many friends.
Mr. Alvey moved to the farm near this city from Eldorado several years ago. He was a
progressive farmer and a leader in the community. He was a good and faithful Christian, devoted
to the Catholic faith.
His funeral will be held at 9:00 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Mary's church on North
Jackson street, Fr. J. B. Henken officiating. Interment at Sunset Hill cemetery.
John Savant, who was to have been hanged at Benton tomorrow, has been once again saved, this
time for final. Governor Small has commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment in the
Friday, April 21st
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's church Saturday morning for JOHN ALVEY, a well known
farmer, who died at his home east of town Thursday morning. Fr. J. B. Henken will conduct the
The following nephews of Mr. Alvey will act as pall bearers: Fred, Vern and Harry
Devillez, Raymond, Roscoe and Virgil Alvey. Interment will be made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Saturday, April 22nd
There was no verdict in the murder trial of Tom Cameron, and late Friday afternoon Judge A. E.
Somers, after having been informed by the foreman of the jury that they were hopelessly divided
and unable to reach a verdict, discharged them. That necessitates another trial.
Mr. Cameron went on trial Monday morning. The jury was given the case Thursday afternoon.
Late Friday afternoon it asked to be taken before the court, with the above result. Several
reports have been told as to how the jurymen stood on the many ballots taken, but sufficient is
known that they were so divided there wasn't any chance of a verdict being reached.
Railroading: C.H. RENO, for many years an officer in the B. of R. T., died at Indianapolis
Wednesday and was taken to his home in South Bend, Ind., for burial. He was chairman of the B.
of R. T. on the Cairo division for many years and was one of the most admired leaders of the
organization. Nearly all of the railroad men of this city are acquainted with him and many are
good friends of him and his family. A wife and one daughter survive.
JOHN HORTON, 27, a railroader, who came to this city from Gallatin County, died at 5:15 o'clock
this morning, following a brief illness caused by congestion of the stomach. He was stricken
ill only three days ago.
He was married and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Horton. His body will be taken to
Equality Sunday, for burial in the family cemetery near there.
MRS. MARY ROBERTSON, mother of J. C. Robertson of this city, died at 3:00 o'clock Friday
afternoon at the home of her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Floyd at Golconda.
She had been ill for one week with pneumonia.
C. A. Benham, claim adjuster for the Aetna Insurance Company is a grandson of Mrs.
Robertson. He and Mr. Robertson will remain in Golconda until after the funeral, which was
conducted by Rev. E. R. Steagall of this city at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon.
Monday, April 24th
Evansville, Ind.---DR. EDWIN WALKER, age 68 years, president of Walker hospital, member of the
American College of Surgeons and pioneer physician of Southern Indiana, died Sunday morning at
6:30 o'clock at his home, 5 Cherry street.
He had been in declining health for the past six years due to a spinal disease which a
laminectomy disclosed to be a neoplasm.
About three years ago, Dr. Walker's condition had grown so serious that as a question of
an operation was performed by his partner, Dr. J. Y. Welborn, assisted by Dr. William McCool
and Dr. William Hurst. The operation was one of the most delicate known to surgery.
Saline county lost one of its most patriotic American citizens today with the death of SAM
WATSON, a Union soldier in the Civil war, who died at 1:00 o'clock this morning at his home in
Mitchellsville, following a sudden attack of heart trouble.
Mr. Watson was 82 years old. His death closes a long and useful life, that was spent in
the interest of his country, his home and the welfare of the community. For forty years he
lived on a farm near this city and during that time became well known by people all over the
He was a successful farmer and had accumulated enough wealth in his youth to enable him to
spend his declining years in an enjoyable and leisurely manner. His patriotism was the
outstanding trait of character and he was at all times one hundred per cent American. During
the war he bought Liberty bonds and war stamps and was deeply interested in the activities of
the American army. A few years ago he had a uniform like those worn while he was in service
during the Civil war made and it was his request that he be buried in the uniform and that his
casket be draped with an American flag.
Mr. Watson had been married five times, all of his wives, except the last one, preceding
him in death. He is the father of two children, both girls, who have grown to womanhood and
married. One lives in Tennessee, the native state of Mr. Watson, and the other in Kansas. He
enlisted in Tennessee and was a member of the Fifth Tennessee regiment.
A large attendance is expected at the funeral which will be held at Spring Valley church
at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow. Rev. Rose will conduct the funeral and interment will be made at
Spring Valley cemetery.
Railroading: JOE HORN, an aged news vender for the Big Four, who has been working on the
passengers operating between Cairo and Paris for several years, was killed Saturday night at
Paris. He stepped off the depot platform in front of an engine, which ran over him, killing
him instantly. He was about sixty years old. He had no family and is reported to have
considerable property. He is said to have about seven thousand dollars in a bank in Cairo and
was the owner of a farm in Kentucky.
Carrier Mills: Citizens of Carrier Mills were saddened Sunday by the death of WILL EMMETT
AZBILL, twelve year old son of Rev. and Mrs. Azbill of this city, whose death occurred in the
Harrisburg sanitarium about eight o'clock.
The young man had been in poor health for several months and grew considerably worse
Friday. Saturday his condition became alarming and a trip planned for a Paducah hospital had
to be abandoned and he was hurried to the Harrisburg hospital on the 9:15 car Saturday night.
His condition upon reaching there was such as to forbid an operation and death relieved the boy
of all his suffering Sunday morning.
The remains were taken to Marion this morning, accompanied by the family and several
friends, where it was shipped to the old home at Lexington, Tennessee. The funeral will take
place there Tuesday afternoon.
The Register desires to be numbered among the many friends of the bereaved family in
offering sympathy and condolence to them in this their saddest of all hours.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Kain of Paducah, Ky., arrived here (Carrier Mills) Sunday night and
accompanied Rev. Azbill and family to Lexington, Tenn., to be present at the funeral of WILL
EMMETT AZBILL. Mrs. Kain and Mrs. Azbill are sisters.
Tuesday, April 25th
Thomas Gallagher, who was formerly a resident of Harrisburg, where he was employed in the coal
mines, is reported as having shot and materially wounded his wife last night. The tragedy
occurred at Logan, over near Benton, where the Gallaghers have been living for several months.
If the reports reaching The Register are true, Mr. Gallagher imbibed too freely of liquor,
and in one of his rampages shot his wife several times. She is now at the hospital in West
Frankfort in a dangerous condition, and Gallagher is locked up in the jail at Benton.
Mrs. HELEN INGRAM, a widow who made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. Elmer Pelhank, at
Gaskins city, died at 8:30 last night following several weeks of illness caused by tuberculosis.
She was 57 years and 24 days old.
Mrs. Engram was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Sherfield. She had lived in Harrisburg
for many years and was well known here. Two sons, Robert and Joe Ingram survive besides her
daughter, Mrs. Pelhank.
Rev. G. E. Slavens will conduct the funeral which will be held at Ingram Hill at 2:00
o'clock tomorrow afternoon, followed by burial at Ingram Hill cemetery. The following ladies
who are members of the Baptist Ladies' Aid of which Mrs. Ingram was a member, will act as
honorary pall bearers: Mrs. Dean Mitchell, Mrs. Julia Baker, Mrs. Mary Pelhank, Mrs. Ella Sisk,
Mrs. Ella Goard and Mrs. Ida Prowell.
The acting pall bearers will be: Ed Sisk, H. Pelhank, Louie Yates, Logan Johnson, O.
Sherfield and Joe Stricklin.
Wednesday, April 26th
Frank Durand, who has been on trial here in the circuit court since last Friday afternoon
charged with the unlawful killing of BOONE WILSON, was convicted by the jury and his punishment
fixed at fourteen years in the penitentiary.
The crime was committed out near the city cemetery on the afternoon of December 26th last.
Briefly, the evidence showed that Mr. Wilson, who was an elderly man and a minister of the
gospel, had stopped where several boys were engaged in a quarrel. While endeavoring to pacify
the lads, Durand came up and began to take part in behalf of the boys. He is reported as having
said to Wilson: "Why don't you jump onto a man?" and then threw a brick, which hit Mr. Wilson
behind the left ear. The aged man sank to the ground and died within a few moments. The jury
was ready to hand in the verdict this morning when the court convened at 9:30. Fowler & Rumsey,
attorneys for Mr. Durand, are to make a motion for a new trial, as is customary in such cases,
and pending that motion Durand is still out on bond, which holds good until the court passes
sentence on him.
Thursday, April 27th
MRS. MAUDE BIRKETT, 23, wife of Thomas Birkett, died at 7:00 o'clock last night at their home
in the high school addition, after being ill for a week or ten days with nephritis.
Mrs. Birkett was a daughter of Frank Ledford, Sr., who is dead. Her mother, Mrs. Faith
Ledford and one sister, Mrs. Nell Cook of Dorrisville and one brother, Frank Ledford, Jr.,
Funeral services will be held at the Dorrisville Baptist church at 2:00 o'clock Friday
afternoon and the body will be placed in the mausoleum at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Mrs. L. L. Puckett of this city was called to Creal Springs Friday morning by the death of her
brother, DAN NEEDHAM, who was shot and killed there Thursday. Mr. Needhamm was married and
leaves a wife and one child. The details of the shooting were unknown to Mrs. Puckett.
Carrier Mills: Friends of REV. ALLEN FERRELL, the Baptist minister who formerly resided in
this city and was pastor of the First Baptist church received word yesterday of his death which
occurred at his home in Carterville Wednesday morning. Rev. Ferrell was a member of the Masonic
lodge of Carrier Mills and a large number of Masons from this city went to Carterville today to
attend the funeral. Dropsy is said to have caused the death of Rev. Ferrell, although he had
been in poor health ever since he underwent an operation about a year ago. He was about forty
years old and was the father of two sons, Donald and Leo. His wife also survives. The family
is well known here. The Ferrells left this city three years ago. The new Baptist church
building was erected while he was pastor of the church and both he and Mrs. Ferrell worked hard
in the campaign to raise funds for the new building. The people of Carrier Mills, especially
the members of the Baptist church, were very sorry to hear of the death of their former leader.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chamness of Harrisburg were among those who went to Carterville to attend
Obituary: S.H. WATSON---The subject of this sketch was born near Chattanooga, Tennessee,
June 1, 1840. He died April 24, 1922, at his home near Rudement, Ill., at the ripe old age of
81 years, 10 months and 23 days.
His early life was spent near his birth place until the rebellion broke out, and he was
compelled to choose between his Southland home or his government, but like the patriot he was,
loyal to his country and flag, he enlisted in the Union army and was a valient soldier for the
cause he espoused, until mustered out of service.
At the age of 57 years, he professed faith in Christ and became as true a soldier for his
Savior as he was for his country, ever ready to stand for right, avoiding neighborhood
differences, but giving his time to making peace and happiness among his fellow men, and always
giving liberally to worthy causes.
About four weeks ago, he was stricken with an illness too severe for his aged body.
Though a severe sufferer, he bore his pain patiently until the end of a useful life came.
He died as he lived, with the triumph of a Christian Soldier. He was buried at Spring
Valley cemetery where he had held membership in the Social Brethren church since its
He leaves a companion, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Hunter living in Tennessee, and Mrs.
Sallie Dungan, living in Kansas. Several grandchildren and a host of friends are left to mourn
his departure.---Mrs. H. P. Blackman.
Friday, April 28th
Weighing twenty-two ounces when it was born, the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson BUTLER on East
Poplar street lived sixteen days and died last night. It was buried today by Undertaker Rude at
Sunset Hill cemetery.
This is next to the smallest baby whose birth was ever recorded in Harrisburg. The
smallest one, which weighed one pound was born during the time an emergency hospital was being
operated at the First Baptist church. It also lived for several days and when it died was
embalmed by Undertaker Rude and kept at the undertaking parlors for several days. It is said
that the one pound baby was the smallest one ever embalmed, according to all reports.
The Register was visited by several gentlemen from Eldorado today who informed us that our story
relative to Tom Gallagher's shooting his wife at Logan this week was untrue. These men say that
after the story was read in the Register about Mr. Gallagher being in the Benton jail and Mrs.
Gallagher in the West Frankfort hospital, they went over to Logan and found the story was not as
related. Mr. Gallagher had been out in the yard of his home a few days before and was shooting
his pistol and cleaning it up, which probably gave rise to the unwarranted story. Mrs.
Gallagher, so we were informed, is now visiting friends in Eldorado.
Saturday, April 29th
In Memoriam: In memory of our beloved daughter, ALINE McCLANNAHAN, who died April 29th, 1921.
---long poem follows:---Ben Aman
Monday, May 1st
MRS. CRESSIE EWELL, 30 years of age, who lived at "Riverside," a farm near Somerset, died at
6:30 o'clock Sunday evening, following an illness of several years causes by tuberculosis. She
is survived by three children, Gladys, Thurman and Vernon Ewell.
Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. and the body was taken to Roark cemetery
Tuesday, May 2nd no obits
Wednesday, May 3rd
MRS. JACK WILSON, of Dorrisville, mother of Sam Wilson, both well known residents, has been told
by physicians that she has only six weeks or two months more to live.
Saturday she was taken to the hospital in this city, where an examination was made and it
was found that she is suffering from cancer. She has one large cancer and the poison from it
has spread all through her system, making her recovery impossible.
Mrs. Wilson is a brave woman and she evidently suspected that her condition was serious,
because she asked to be told exactly what her condition was. She received the information that
she could not recover calmly and has gone through the ensuing ordeal of discussing her
condition with her friends and family without breaking down.
Her spirit is wonderful and is comforting to the other members of the family, who were
shocked and saddened by the words of the physicians.
Mr. B. F. DAVIDSON, a confederate soldier in the Civil war, who lived in this city for many
years and has been in the soldiers home at Danville, fell and broke his shoulder bone about a
week ago and died early Tuesday morning, May 2, from the effects of the injury. He was 77
The body will be brought to this city this afternoon or tomorrow morning and will be taken
to the home of his sister-in-law, Miss Anna Wilson on East Lincoln street. Funeral services
will be held there, but the time of the funeral has not been decided.
Mr. Davidson spent most of his life in Harrisburg. He was well known in this city. The
surviving relatives are : His daughter, Mrs. A. R. Slaughter, of Nashville, Tenn., and his two
sons, Burdett and Harry Davidson, who also live away from Harrisburg. They are expected to
arrive tonight to attend the funeral.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. A. R. Slaughter arrived today from Nashville, Tenn., called to this
city by the death of her father, B. F. DAVIDSON, whose body will be shipped form the old
soldier's home in Danville to this city for burial.
Carrier Mills: After lingering several months, during which he suffered with heart trouble and
dropsy, BRIT NUNN, familiarly known as "Uncle Brit," died at his home in East Limits last night
at 10:30 o'clock.
Mr. Nunn, who has lived here for years, was 74 years and 10 months old and leaves a large
family to mourn his death. The funeral took place this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Dunn.
Interment was made at the Liberty cemetery.
Rev. C. E. Azbill and family have returned from Lexington, Tennessee, where they went to lay
the body of their son, WILL EMMETT, in its last resting place. Mr. AZBILL is pastor of the
First Baptist church here and he and family have made many friends since becoming residents of
Carrier Mills. Our people deeply sympathize with them in the loss of their son.
Thursday, May 4th
Harrisburg was shocked this morning when the death of W.I. REYNOLDS was announced. While he had
been in poor health and in a serious condition for some time, it was not thought that the end
was so near, and his death comes as a great shock to his large friendship
Deceased was a son of T. Y. Reynolds, pioneer citizen of this community, for years
numbered among the substantial citizens of Saline county. He served many years as circuit
clerk and was always identified with progressive movements of any nature. W. I. Reynolds has
lived here since childhood and was a dealer in real estate the greater portion of his life. He
was twice married, the first Mrs. Reynolds being Miss Addie Wallace, who died several years ago.
To this union were born six children, two of whom are dead. The children are, Joe and Leece,
both dead, and Harry and Robert Reynolds, Mrs. Lennie Mofield and Mrs. Ella Turner, the last
named residing in Mexico. Mr. Reynolds was married the second time to Miss Dora Guihan, who
survives with the four children. Three sisters also survive, Mrs. Nora Roart of Kansas, Mrs.
Helen Mitchell and Mrs. Julia Gregg, both of this city. Sherman Reynolds, a brother, well known
here, died some few years ago.
No citizen of Harrisburg was held in higher esteem that was Mr. Reynolds and his death
will be deplored by people in all sections of the county. The funeral will probably be held
Sunday, but definite arrangements have not been made as yet. The Register joins all friends in
extending to the stricken family heartfelt sympathy.
Personal Paragraphs: Harry F. Davidson, nephew of Miss Anna Wilson of East Lincoln St.,
arrived Wednesday from Ottumwa, Iowa to attend the funeral of his father, B. F. DAVIDSON.
Mr. B. F. DAVIDSON, the old soldier whose death occurred early Tuesday morning at the
soldiers' home in Danville, was brought to this city this morning for burial. He was a Union
soldier in the Civil war and his funeral will be under the auspices of the local G. A. R. post.
Members of the post will act as pall bearers and will conduct the regular army service at the
Harry A. Davidson of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Mrs. A. R. Slaughter of Nashville, Tenn., children of
Mr. Davidson will be present at the funeral, which will be held Friday morning at the chapel in
Gaskins' undertaking parlor, followed by interment at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Card of Thanks: We desire to express our thanks to all who assisted us in the sickness and
death of our beloved wife, daughter and sister, MRS. MAUDE BIRKETT, also for the many floral
offerings. Mr. Hensley the undertaker, Brothers Yates and Steagall for their words of comfort
and all those who furnished cars. May God's richest blessing rest upon all.-Mr. Thomas Birkett,
Mrs. Faith Ledford, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Birkett, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Byrne Birkett and children,
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Cook and children, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ledford and children, Mr. Charles
Friday, May 5th
Owensboro, Ky.---NED H. IRVIN, colored, who has been living in Owensboro for more than a
century, died yesterday morning of infirmities at the age of 118 years.
He was born in Tennessee in the year 1804, and his age was established by members of the
family that owned him during the times of slavery. He has been a conspicuous figure on the
streets for years.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence for W. I.
REYNOLDS, prominent Mason and retired business man of this city, who died early Thursday morning.
Mr. Reynolds was a leader in the community for many years and a large crowd is expected at
his funeral. The services, under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, will be conducted by Rev.
J. H. David, the Methodist minister.
The following men will act as pall bearers: John T. Gaskins, C. P. Skaggs, Albert Pruett,
Frank M. Pruett, Dr. J. V. Capel and Harry Taylor, and the honorary pall bearers are: Dr. G.
C. Stephens, G. H. Dorris, George T. Mugge, Jr. W. Davis, A. G. Abney and John L. Seten.
The body will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill cemetery. Two of his daughters, Mrs. Lennie
Mofield of Courtland, Ariz., and Mrs. W. E. Turner of Columbus, N. Mex., arrived today to
attend the funeral.
MRS. EFFIE CHILDERS, wife of Jack Childers on East Lincoln street died following a nervous
breakdown, said to have been caused from stomach trouble. She was 48 years old.
Mrs. Childers was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Stiff, pioneer residents of Saline
county and was born and reared in Harrisburg. She was the mother of five children, all of whom
survive, as follows: Mrs Vena Vaughn, Violet, Ray and George Childers, all of this city, and
Mrs. Fay Risley of Alton and three sisters, Mrs. Gus Cain, Mrs. Mollie Moore of Harrisburg and
Mrs. Ora Stiff of Oregon, also a brother, O. R. Stiff of Long Branch, California.
Mrs. Risley of Alton will probably be the only out of town relative who will attend the
funeral, which will be held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home, followed by burial at
Sunset Hill cemetery. Rev. Milligan and John Yates of the holiness faith will conduct the
Monday, May 8th
THOMAS POYNTON, a well-known concrete contractor of Carmi, who had charge of some of the first
paving work done in Harrisburg and will be remembered by many who made his acquaintance then,
is dead at his home in Carmi.
He has one nephew, J. Roy Staiger, and one niece, Mrs. L. G. Wolf, who live in this city.
Mr. Staiger went up this morning to attend the funeral.
Tuesday, May 9th
Personal Paragraphs: E. B. Webster, the druggist, has returned from Terre Haute. He and Mrs.
Webster were called to that city Saturday by the sudden death of MRS. R. E. FARMER, a sister of
Mrs. Webster, who has visited in this city and was well known. She died of heart trouble. Mrs.
Webster remained in Terre Haute for a more extended visit. Mrs. Farmer left her husband and
four children. The children are also well known here, as they usually spend several weeks of
the year with Mr. and Mrs. Webster.
Mrs. A. R. Slaughter of Nashville, Tenn., who was called here by the death of her father, B. F.
DAVIDSON and remained for a brief visit with her aunt, Miss Anna Wilson, departed Tuesday
morning for her home.
Railroading: Jack Corder, the yard master formerly employed by the Big Four at Danville, who
was convicted of the murder of a young lady of that city in the April term of court in Danville,
was sentenced to forty years in the state penitentiary. Corder was known by several Harrisburg,
Wednesday, May 10th
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Laura Hood of Raleigh was through this city Wednesday morning enroute
to Vienna, where she will attend the funeral of her uncle, W. E. GALEENER, horticulturist of
that city, who died suddenly Tuesday. Mr. Galeener was past 80 years of age and was a leading
citizen of Johnson county.
In Tuesday's Register it was announced that E. B. Webster had returned from Terre Haute where
he attended the funeral of a relative. The paper stated that Mrs. R. E. Farmer had died. This
was an error. It was MR. R. E. FARMER who died. Mrs. Farmer accompanied Mrs. Webster back to
this city to visit her mother, Mrs. S. C. Weeks, who lives at the Webster home.
Thursday, May 11th
WILLIAM L. SPURLING, who was well and favorably known in Harrisburg and all over the Cairo
division of the Big Four, was murdered in cold blood in the rear of his home on East Church
street about nine o'clock last night.
According to the officers, a colored man, Ike Cash, is thought to have been the man who
killed Mr. Spurling. Cash lives in a hut just to the rear of the Spurling home, and has not
been seen since about 7:30 last night. The facts in the case as near as we could get them
About 8:45 o'clock, Will Hill, son-in-law of Spurling, drove to the rear of the house in
his Chalmers car. He saw a man in the back yard and as the lights on the car were turned out,
the man was seen to jump over the fence and run over into the Pruett field. Hill, was shot at
two times by the man. About that time James Spurling, a son of the deceased, and Otis Feazel,
son-in-law, drove up in a Dort car. Hill told the two men to look out, that there was a thief
over in the Pruett field. While the men were near the house taking the man was seen coming
back from the field and young Spurling started after a shot gun. The man disappeared and the
three men then began to search for him. Mr. Spurling came out of the house and walked to the
rear yard joining the others. He took the shot gun from his son, James and took a hand in the
search. He looked into the small closet in the rear of the yard and there was a man. Spurling
told him he was going to hold him there for the law, and the unknown man says, "no, you'll do
nothing of the kind."
"Who are you and where do you live?" asked Spurling.
"I live right here in this hut and I'm coming out of here." With that he fired three
shots at Mr. Spurling, one taking effect in the center of the breast, another entered the left
side and passed through the body and the third bored a hole through the right wrist. The man
then jumped over the fence and has not been seen since. Mr. Spurling was carried into his home,
where he died within a few moments.
The officers were notified and after being told of the circumstances went to the hut
occupied by Cash. A coal oil lamp was burning low, which the officers blew out. Cash has been
searched for but without success. His home is being guarded but he has never showed up there
since the shooting.
Mr. Spurling leaves the widow and seven children to mourn his sad death. The children
are: Byrum Spurling of Rileyville, Mrs. Otis Feazel of this city, William, Jr., James and
Theodore Spurling, Mrs. Earnest Booten and Mrs. Jane Hill.
MARY ELLEN JACKSON, six weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Jackson, died at 4:00
o'clock this morning at the home of her grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. A. Q. Bridwell of
Dorrisville. She had been ill for several days with yellow jaunders.
The funeral will be conducted by Rev. I. N. Heddin at the Bridwell home Friday morning,
followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Friday, May 12th
Evidence submitted at the inquest held last night, to inquire into the death of WILLIAM
SPURLING, shot to death in his own yard Wednesday night, pointed strongly toward Ike Cash,
colored, as the slayer of the popular and well known Big Four railroad man.
Coroner McCormick conducted the inquest in the circuit court room of the court house and
the jury was composed of Earnest Jenkins as foreman, Chas. Birger, J. H. Rude, Earnest Hagler,
E. J. Gibbons and J. N. Phillips. After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict to
the effect that deceased came to his death by a gunshot wound inflicted by unknown hands.
The evidence, however, tended to show that Cash, the suspected Negro was the guilty man.
One lady witness, Mrs. Alice Stunson, testified that a man whom she recognized as Cash, almost
knocked her down as he ran past her in her yard immediately after she heard the shots that
killed Mr. Spurling. Mrs. Stunson lives in the immediate neighborhood and knew Cash.
Other witnesses swore practically to what appeared in The Daily Register yesterday
afternoon. Spurling was shot by the man as the latter rushed out of the closet he was concealed
in when discovered.
Another evidence that pointed strongly against Cash was the fact that he left a lamp
burning in his home, which the officers found and extinguished. Cash has never showed up
around his home since. The house is being secretly guarded and if Cash shows up day or night
he will be grabbed.
A report reached Harrisburg that Cash had been apprehended over in Kentucky, but this
proved to be false. Several colored men here who knew Cash in Kentucky say he is a dangerous
man, and has been here about one year. He was working as a coal miner in O'Gara No. 1 when the
strike came on. We were informed this morning that he got into some trouble with a white man
in No. 1 about three months ago and threatened to kill him. He served a term in the Eddyville
(Ky.) penitentiary for killing a white man and was still under parole, we were told. Sheriff
Cummins expects to affect his arrest within a few days.
News of Egypt: MAE WILLIAMS, 27, whose husband and little son live at Sesser, lost her life
as a result of rocking the boat and causing it to overturn while she and Matt Harris was
spending an afternoon on Big Muddy river. Harris went under, caught hold of the overturned
boat when he came up, and was saved.
Zeigler---Mrs. William Dugan appeared in Police court at
Zeigler, Tuesday morning and confessed to having killed her husband. According to her story
which she sobbed out to the court officials and policemen, it was Monday night that her husband
came in late drinking heavily. After abusing her he attempted to choke her. She could not
stand the abuse further and in self defense secured a hammer and struck her husband over the
head. The blow was harder than intended and the man fell at her feet dead. She said the body
was at the family home awaiting removal to the undertaker. Police immediately rushed to the
home. the door was unlocked, but the body was not to be found. The case was developing into
a murder mystery. An investigation was made. Neighbors stated that Dugan had just left the
house stating that he was going to get another drink. The last one was no good and it had given
him a headache.
MRS. MABEL MARTIN, 22, wife of Allen Martin, a farmer of Somerset, died at 9:00 o'clock Thursday
morning, following a long illness, caused by tuberculosis. She is survived by the husband and
one little child.
Mrs. Martin was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cummins of this city. She was born and
reared here and was known to a large number of people.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon, followed by burial at Big Ridge
cemetery. Rev. Black conducted the funeral service.
The funeral of WILL SPURLING, the Big Four yard conductor, who was murdered in his own yard
Wednesday night, will be held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the family residence on East
He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and B. of R. T. lodges, and the funeral rites of those
two orders will be held in connection with the religious burial service. Interment will be made
at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Saturday, May 13th
Word comes from Paxton, in the northern part of the state, saying that a man was run over by a
train in that city a few days ago and that the body was so badly mangled that it was impossible
to tell enough about him to give a description. The only thing that would give any clew at all
was a slip of paper on which the name of Harrisburg, Illinois, could be discerned. A cap which
he wore had been bought at Omaha, Illinois.
The Register is pained to announce this afternoon the dangerous illness of W. P. (PEYTON)
OLLIVER, who is at Mineral Wells, Texas, where he went some time ago in quest of better health.
Up until Friday noon, Mr. Olliver had been gradually improving and he had notified his
wife here that he would leave Mineral Wells next Monday for Harrisburg, and preparations were
being made here by the family for his reception. His health had improved so much that the
attending physicians decided he could return to his Illinois home.
Late Friday afternoon, however, a sudden change for the worse was noted in the Harrisburg
man and he apparently began to sink rapidly, as a telegram was sent to Mrs. Olliver here telling
of his condition and advising that she hurry to his bedside. Accordingly, Mrs. Olliver departed
Friday night for Mineral Wells, going via St. Louis. Mrs. Bryan Stanley accompanied her as far
as that city.
The suffering man has friends in all sections of Saline County, and universal sorrow will
be caused by the above announcement. He had been in poor health for a long time and has made
trips to various health resorts without success. Finally, he decided to go to Mineral Wells and
up until Friday noon the visit to that place was having good results, but the change came as
above noted. Harrisburg people will await with anxiety further news from Mineral Wells, all
hoping that the next word will tell that Peyton Olliver is again on the road to better health.
Monday, May 15th
NEWTON C. HENDERSON, the aged father of Rev. N. C. Henderson, pastor of the Methodist church,
died at the Methodist parsonage here Sunday morning, May 14, at the age of 84 years and 5 months.
Deceased was born in Monroe county, Tennessee, and was one of 14 children, being the last
one of the family to cross the great divide. He came to Illinois in 1862, and has made his home
in Hamilton county since that time. He is survived by eight children in addition to his wife.
The children are: A. H. Henderson of Bloomington; Mrs. Nellie Suttle of McLeansboro, S. W.
Henderson of Brazil, Ind., Mrs. Robt. Morris of Granite City; Mrs. John M. Presley of Calhoun;
Rev. N. C. Henderson of this city; J. M. Henderson of Patricksburg, Ind., and Mrs. Mansel Casey
The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at Mary's Chapel, near McLeansboro, where he has
been a member of that church for nearly sixty years. By his request, his son-in-law, Rev. Robt.
Morris of Granite City will have charge of the funeral services.
All Carrier Mills people are in sympathy with the bereaved family.
Tuesday, May 16th ---no obits
Wednesday, May 17th
FRANK FOX, the young man who was manager of the confectionery stand on the west side of the
square for awhile, and has been seriously ill, suffering from heart trouble for several weeks,
died at 7:00 o'clock Tuesday night. He was about 28 years old.
Mr. Fox was taken to the home of his father-in-law, Ed Burklow on E. Walnut street, when
he became dangerously ill and it was there that his death occurred yesterday evening. His
parents and his wife survive.
This morning the body was taken to the home of his father near Big Ridge church east of
town, and funeral services will be held there Thursday at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Big
Personal Paragraphs: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Matthews of Creal Springs, arrived here Wednesday
morning, called to this city by news of the death of FRANK FOX.
JAMES WARFORD, known familiarly among his friends as "Jimmy," the popular Eldorado high school
student, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Warford, in that city last night
about 9:20 o'clock. The young man was the victim of an automobile accident which happened Monday
morning shortly before nine o'clock.
The young man had borrowed a Moon roadster from his friend David Beverly of Equality, and
was out on a short ride with Miss Johnny Stiles, also a student in the high school.
The pair had driven out on the hard road leading beyond the high school and were returning
to town at a rapid rate of speed. A Ford car came out onto the hard road and in passing it the
Moon car hit the front wheel of the Ford, and before he could regain control of the car the Moon
ran into a telephone post and turned over three times. Young Warford sustained frightful
injuries and death came as a relief to the suffering boy.
Word reaching The Register this afternoon was to the effect that Miss Stiles is injured
more seriously than was at first thought.
No information has reached this paper relative to the funeral. The unfortunate affair
has cast a gloom over Eldorado, especially at the high school, where both students were very
popular. The dead boy was a junior and one of the leaders in the school. His father works at
the Webber drug store in Eldorado, and his mother is a daughter of Dr. W. A. Mowack, widely
known Equality physician. The Register joins the friends in expressions of sorrow to the
"Father died this morning at 3:05."
Those words constituted a telegram received this morning by Otto Olliver from his nephew,
Roy Olliver, which told of the death of W. P. (PEYTON) OLLIVER.
While this announcement had been expected for the past few days, hope was held out that
the sick man might undergo a change and show improvement. The death occurred at Mineral Wells,
Texas, where Mr. Olliver went several weeks ago in quest of improved health. He had been in
poor health for the past year or more and had gone to several health resorts and finally sought
the Texas springs. At first he showed signs of improvement there, but last week a telegram came
from that place to Mrs. Olliver, telling of a change for the worst and advising that she hurry
to that city, which she did.
Roy Olliver, the only child, left here Monday for Mineral Wells and reached his father's
bedside just a few hours before the death.
The body will be brought back here for burial, but just when it will arrive is not known
yet. Due announcement will be made in The Register as to all funeral arrangements.
Mr. Olliver was well and favorably known here, where he has resided all his life. He was in
the tin business here for years and also engaged in the moving picture business for several
years. He held the highest esteem of all and the community is in sorrow as a result of his
death. He was in his 56th year and had been married twice. The first wife died several years
ago, while the present wife, with the son, and many relatives, survive. The Register desires to
be numbered among the friends in sorrow.
Thursday, May 18th
The Methodist church of this city lost one of its leaders today with the death of MRS. EFFIE
ALICE DAVIS, wife of Rev. J. H. Davis, Methodist minister, who has always taken a leading part
in missionary work wherever they have been. Her death occurred at 7:45 at the parsonage on West
Mrs. Davis was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hoskinson of Benton. She was born
and reared in Benton and was married there thirty-four years ago to J. H. Davis, who was then in
the mercantile business with her father.
After their marriage her husband felt called to preach the gospel. She proved a great
help and inspiration to him in his study of the ministry and later when he was ordained and took
up his career as a Methodist minister.
They held their first church at Vergennes, from there they went to Chester, Pinckneyville,
Marion, and Granite City, and were in Granite City for five years before they came to Harrisburg
Shortly after they moved to this city Mrs. Davis' health became impaired. She suffered a
paralytic stroke three months ago and has been failing steadily since then. Organic heart
trouble is believed to have caused her death.
Mrs. Davis was fifty two years old and was the mother of five children who survive as
follows: Mrs. Pauline Montague of Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Faye Couch of Murphysboro, harry E. Davis,
a travelling salesman who makes his home here, Mrs. Beulah Smith of West Frankfort, and Chester,
the younger boy who is a high school student in this city. There are also eight grandchildren
surviving besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hoskinson of Benton, who have been with her
during her illness, and two brothers, R. E. Jr., in Buffalo, N. Y. and W. W. Hoskinson of St.
During her illness hundreds of letters were received by Mrs. Davis from parishioners in
other towns. She was noted in those places for her cheerfulness and pleasing personality and
in one which she received a few hours before her death mention was made of the joy spread by
her sweet smiling face.
The out of town relatives have all been notified and are expected to arrive in time for
the funeral which will not be held until Saturday. Before the body is taken to her former home
in Benton on the noon car Saturday, a brief service will be held at the home here and Bishop
Quayle or Dr. C. C. Hall will conduct the service at the Methodist church in Benton Saturday
afternoon. Interment will be made in the I. O.O. F. and Masonic cemetery at Benton.
Coroner McCormack went over to Eldorado last evening and conducted the inquest, inquiring into
the death of JIMMY WARFORD, whose death occurred as a result of the automobile accident Monday
The verdict of the jury was in accordance to facts published and made known through the
Concerning the funeral of PEYTON OLLIVER, who died at Mineral Wells, Texas, word was received
today that the Ollivers started from Fort Worth last night and they expect to come by the way
of St. Louis, arriving on the 10:00 p.m. I. C. passenger Friday night at Raleigh, where they
will be met by the Gaskins motor hearse and a party of friends from this city. No arrangements
for the funeral have been made.
Just when LEOLA THOMAS, 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Thomas, was in her happiest of
all school days, at the time when she was preparing for her graduation, she was seized with
illness which resulted in her untimely death last night, at the family home on West Lincoln
The young girl was stricken ill one week ago last Tuesday and from that time until her
death she showed no signs of improving. The child returned home from her studies in the Junior
High school shortly after the noon hour the day she was stricken, and complained of being sick
as the result of having eaten an ice cream cone and went to bed, never to get up. However, the
attending physicians state that the death was not wholly due to the cone, if it did contain
poison of any nature.
Leola was fourteen years old and was one of the most popular girls in the city schools.
She was to have graduated with the other eighth grade pupils at the close of this year's term.
No arrangements have been made as yet for the funeral, as word from out of town relatives
is awaited. However, it will probably take place Sunday afternoon.
Friday, May 19th
MRS. ROSA GREER, wife of Raymond Greer, after suffering some eighteen weeks with tuberculosis,
passed away at the home in Gaskins City this morning about four o'clock.
The funeral services will be held tonight at seven o'clock, at the home on State street,
conducted by Rev. Hugh Roberts. Tomorrow morning the body will be taken to Norris City, where
interment will be made.
The funeral of LEOLA THOMAS, school girl who died yesterday morning, will be held Saturday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the family home on West Lincoln street, conducted by Rev. Q. V
Williamson, former pastor of the Christian church here, who is coming from his pastorate in
Iowa to preside at the funeral. All friends of the family are invited.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Faye Couch of Murphysboro and Mrs. Beulah Smith of West Frankfort
arrived Friday, called to this city by the death of their mother, MRS. J. H. DAVIS. Harry
Davis, who is a commercial salesman, arrived home Thursday night.
The funeral of MRS. J. H. DAVIS, wife of the Methodist minister, who died at 7:45 Thursday
morning will be held at 12:30 o'clock at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon and the funeral
cortege will leave in time to catch the I. C. train at Raleigh for Benton, where interment will
Among the out of town guests who were at the Methodist parsonage was Rev. C. B. Whiteside,
a former minister, who called to pay his respects to the Davis family.
The funeral Saturday will be conducted by Dr. C. C. Hall, district superintendent of the
Methodist church. The following resolutions were adopted by the church committee:
Whereas, in the providence of God, our Heavenly Father, has deemed it wise to remove from
our midst the wife of our beloved pastor, Rev. John H. Davis, we wish to express our heartfelt
sympathy for our pastor and his family I their bereavement; and the community as well as the
church, will deeply feel the loss of her beautiful Christian personality and her Christ like
service among the people.
We will pray for God's blessing on those who mourn.---R. O. Burke, G. F. Huffman, G. O.
Saturday, May 20th
The funeral of MISS LEOLA THOMAS, daughter of Mr. and MRs. Ed Thomas, the school girl who died
of ptomaine poisoning will be held at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at the home on
West Lincoln street.
Rev. Q. V. Williamson, formerly pastor of the Christian church of this city, was called
from Colgate, Iowa, to preach the funeral. Interment will be made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Friends in this city and from other places who heard of the death of two of Harrisburg's well
known citizens, MRS. J. H. DAVIS, wife of the Methodist minister, and PEYTON OLLIVER, a tinner,
who has made his home here for many years attended those two funerals which were held today.
The Davis funeral was held at the Methodist church at 12:45 o'clock and was attended by
the church members and many others who are friends of the Davis family. The body was taken to
Raleigh and on the I. C. from there to Benton, where it will be laid to rest in the Masonic
The body of Mr. Olliver was brought to his home on North Vine street in this city Friday
night, and the funeral was held at 3:00 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. E. R. Steagall conducted
the service. The rooms of the Olliver home were filled with friends saddened by his death.
Internment was made at Liberty cemetery.
Carrier Mills: Mrs. S. P. Hicks was in Harrisburg today, attending the funeral of MRS. JOHN H.
DAVIS, wife of the Methodist minister. The body of Mrs. Davis was taken to Benton for burial.
Obituary; JOHN FRANKLIN FOX was born October 29, 1897, died May 16, 1922. Age 24 years, 6
months,17 days. Son of J. W. and Mary E. Fox, youngest of a family of eight children.
He was born at Big Ridge, where he spent his lifetime excepting the last two years which
were spent at Harrisburg.
On December 19, 1918, he was joined in holy wedlock to Elva Burklow, youngest daughter of
C. E. and Sallie Burklow by Rev. W. A. Wiegant.
Frank was in poor health from infancy excepting when he was from fourteen to eighteen
years of age.
On May 6, 1916, he was stricken with rheumatism and leakage of the heart, from which he
Everything that medical science, or loving hands could do to relieve his suffering was
done. He was given the best medical attention in the country, but his sufferings were only
partly relieved for periods for short duration. On April 25, 1922, he was taken down and his
condition gradually grew worse until the end came, despite the efforts of his physicians and
About three years ago during one of his weakest periods he professed to his wife that he
was ready to go.
During his last two weeks he reiterated his former statement, saying he was only waiting
During his last day he told his wife and relatives who were at his bedside that he was
going home and asked his wife if she was going up there too. He seemed to know that we all
have a cross to bear, although at times his burden seemed greater than mortal could bear and
yet he bore it bravely and patiently and never complained.
He leaves to mourn his death a loving wife, father and mother, three brothers, Walter,
Riley and George; three sisters, Minnie, Hattie and Mollie, one sister, Ollie, having preceded
him in death by twenty seven years. Besides the above he leaves a host of other loving
relatives and friends.
The body of MRS. ROSA GREER, wife of Raymond Greer of Gaskins City, who died Friday was taken
to Norris City Saturday morning and the funeral will be held at Powell church there Sunday
morning, followed by burial at Powell cemetery.
Among the out of town relatives who were called here by her death and accompanied the
grief stricken husband and the body to Norris City were: Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bryant of Ashley,
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Farless and Mr. and Mrs. Orval Spence of Norris City. Others will go up this
evening to attend the funeral tomorrow.
Monday, May 22nd
MARGIE LAXTON, the little girl baby born by a caesarian operation a few days ago, died at 1:21
o'clock Sunday afternoon. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Laxton of 511 West
Church street. Interment was made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Carrier Mills: Citizens of this place will learn with regret of the death of BUD WILLIAMSON,
which occurred early Monday following an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was about 71 years old
and has resided here for many years. We did not learn as to the funeral arrangement.
Card of Thanks: We are taking this method of thanking our many neighbors and friends for the
many kind words, the beautiful flowers and other acts of kindness given us during the illness
and death of our son and husband, FRANK FOX. Especially do we thank Dr. R. B. Nyberg for the
faithfulness and Rev. Steagall for his consoling words. These kind acts will never be forgotten
-Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fox, Mrs. Frank Fox.
Mrs. Harry Wirth went up to Mt. Carmel Monday to attend the funeral of MRS. A. E. FROMAN of
Danville, wife of a Big Four express messenger. Her funeral will be held in Mt. Carmel Tuesday
and will be attended by Mrs. Walter Wirth from this city.
Personal Paragraphs: Ezra Healy and daughter, Pearl returned Monday from Norris City, where
they spent the weekend visiting friends and attended the funeral of MRS. RAYMOND GREER. Mrs.
Booker Shell went up to Norris City Monday to attend the funeral of her aunt, MRS. SARAH
HORNING. Mrs. Horning formerly lived in Harrisburg and has several other relatives in this
city who are expected to attend the funeral. PAUL CHOETOS, little four weeks old son of Mr.
and Mrs. Barney Choetos of Harco, died of cholera infantum at six o'clock Sunday evening,
after being ill for only twenty four hours. It was buried today at Sunset Hill cemetery. The
little five months old child of Mr. and Mrs. William STRICKLIN on West Lincoln street, is ill
and is not expected to live through the night. He has brain fever and meningitis and has
been in a critical condition for three or four days.
Many friends of the family and of the dead school girl attended the funeral of LEOLA THOMAS held
Sunday afternoon. Rev. Q. V. Williamson preached the sermon and conducted the services,
interment being made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Leola was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Thomas, and was born in Glenroy, Ohio, on the
28th day of January 1908. She leaves to mourn her sad death the loving parents and two sisters,
Bernice and Marcella. The floral offerings were profuse, which showed the large number of
friends the popular girl had. Her death is deplored by all and the sorrowing relatives have
the profound sympathy of all Harrisburg.
JOHN BOOTEN, a Harrisburg boy who was gassed during the world war and has been in the army
hospitals for several weeks, died in Denver Saturday night. His sister, Rachel Booten, of this
city was with him when he died and started with the body to this city Sunday. They are expected
to arrive on the 1:30 p.m. I. C. train in Eldorado Tuesday and will be met by the motor hearse
and brought to this city.
Mr. Booten was thirty years old. He enlisted in the regular army several years ago and
was over seas during the world war for over a year. Tuberculosis caused by the exposure he
experienced was the cause of his death.
He is a brother of Mrs. F. M. Hart of this city and has other relatives in the country
near Eagle. The body will probably be taken to the family cemetery near Eagle for burial. This
was not decided today.
Tuesday, May 23rd
The body of JAMES BOOTEN, the ex-soldier who died in a government hospital in Denver, arrived on
the 1:30 p.m. I. C. train today and was brought to Rude's undertaking parlor in this city. No
announcement was made concerning the funeral arrangements, as they were left to his sister,
Rachel Booten, who accompanied the body home.
Personal Paragraphs: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Horning and Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Guard were called to
Norris City Monday to attend the funeral of Aunt SARAH HORNING. Mrs. Booker Shell returned
Tuesday morning from Norris City where she attended the funeral of her aunt, MRS. SARAH HORNING.
Wednesday, May 24th
Personal Paragraphs: The funeral of JAMES BOOTEN, the ex-serviceman who died in a government
hospital in Denver was held at 9:30 o'clock this morning at the home of Dr. F. M. Hart on West
Lincoln street. Rev. E. R. Steagall conducted the service. The body was taken to Eagle
cemetery for burial.
Thursday, May 25th
Carrier Mills: Residents of Carrier Mills were shocked when the sudden death of ROBERT S.
BARGER was announced late Wednesday afternoon, as he had been down town in the forenoon and
was seen working in his garden just a short time before his death. Heart trouble was attributed
as the direct cause of his death.
Mr. Barger was 71 years, 6 months and 18 days old, and had been in the mercantile business
here for many years. He leaves the widow and several children to mourn his sad demise. The
funeral and interment will be at the Salem church and cemetery, but the time had not been
decided on at noon today. Deceased was a prominent member of the First Baptist church here,
and all our people are in sympathy with the heart broken family.
Friday, May 26th
Through some unknown cause, probably haste, The Register erred yesterday in stating that Judge
Hartwell had overruled the motion made by Attorneys A. C. Lewis and Rufus Neely, upon behalf of
their client, Robt. Killman, asking that the case be taken from the jury and the defendant
discharged. After his lengthy discussion of the matter yesterday, Judge Hartwell sustained
the motion of the defendant's attorneys and instructed the jury to find a verdict of not guilty.
Mr. Killman's many friends have been offer congratulations and the attorneys have also
come in for their share of praise. Mr. Killman was charged with killing MILTON STILLEY at Harco
on December 23, 1919. The court this morning took up the case against Sam Estes, charged with
burglary. Attorney C. T. Flota represented the defendant.
Carrier Mills: the funeral of ROBT. S. BARGER, who died here suddenly Wednesday afternoon, will
be held tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at the First Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev.
Azbill. Interment will be made at the Salem cemetery. Friends are invited.
Saturday, May 27th
MRS. MARTHA JANE PICKERING, wife of Squire J. Franklin Pickering, died at 5:00 o'clock Friday
afternoon at the family residence on W. Sloan street. She had been ill for three weeks,
suffering from a complication of diseases.
Mrs. Pickering was 76 years old, and was born in Tennessee. She had made her home in
Harrisburg for many years and was well known here. Before moving to West Sloan street, Mr. and
Mrs. Pickering lived on a farm near Walnut Grove.
There are nine children surviving besides the husband. Their names are: L. Pickering,
George Pickering, John Pickering, Clinton Pickering, Mrs. Mary Dew, Mrs. Anna Cremmons, Mrs.
Ida Rudd, Mrs. Elizabeth McClusky and Bert Pickering.
The body was taken to Walnut Grove church this afternoon and funeral services were
conducted there by Rev. E. R. Steagall at 2:00 o'clock, followed by interment at Walnut Grove
Monday, May 29th
Personal Paragraphs: The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Howard HEADRICK of Mitchellsville died at 6:30
Sunday evening and was buried today at the Gulley graveyard. Mrs. Bert O'Brien departed Monday
for Danville, called there by news that her mother, MRS. W. D. BALES, is not expected to live
thru the week.
Wednesday, May 31 no obits
Thursday, June 1st
Personal Paragraphs: William B. Orr, a well known Scotch miner of this city, received a letter
from his sister, Mrs. Janet Allen of Burnbank, Scotland, this week, telling of the death of
their mother, MRS. MARGUERITE ORR. Mrs. Orr was quite old and had been ill for several weeks.
Card of Thanks: We wish to take this method of thanking our many friends and neighbors who were
so loyal and kind during the illness and death of our dear husband and father, R. S. BARGER. We
wish to thank those who sent the beautiful flowers and those who loaned the use of their
automobiles. May God's blessing be yours. ---Mary E. Barger and children.
Friday, June 2nd
Little KATHLEEN INGRAM, a primary student in school this year, failed to complete her first year
of school work, because of illness caused by diphtheria, which resulted in her death last night.
She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ingram at 306 West Church street. Her father is
a well known brick mason of this city.
Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte will conduct the funeral service which will be held at 2:00 o'clock
Saturday afternoon at the family residence, followed by interment at Ingram Hill cemetery.
Saturday, June 3rd ---no obits
Monday June 5th
Mr. W. H. LEDBETTER, the restaurant man, who owned the little restaurant near the Horning hotel
on South Main street, suffered a stroke of apoplexy Thursday, which caused his death Saturday
afternoon at 5:00 o'clock. He was 56 years and 21 days old.
Mr. Ledbetter had lived in Southern Illinois all his life. He was born at Cairo and was
in business there before coming to Harrisburg three years ago. His wife is the only surviving
relative who lives in this city.
Funeral services at the chapel in Gaskins' undertaking parlor were conducted at 2:00
o'clock this afternoon by Rev. J. H. Davis, followed by interment at Sunset Hill cemetery.
While visiting at the home of his brother, Henry Baker, Sunday afternoon about six o'clock,
PETER BAKER, widely known farmer citizen of the "Baker Settlement," northwest of Harrisburg a
few miles, died suddenly, following an attack of heart ailment, with which he had been afflicted
Mr. Baker, outside of his heart trouble, was apparently in good health. He had attended
his church services in Harrisburg (Presbyterian) Sunday morning, and had also made a short tour
of his farm Sunday afternoon. Later in the afternoon he went over to his brother's home and
while the two families were in pleasant conversation on the front porch of the Henry Baker home,
Mr. Baker, deceased, was seen to fall out of his chair to the floor, where he died almost
Peter Baker had for years and years been one of the successful and prominent farmers of
Saline county. He was born in Ohio on March 20, 1857, making his age 67 years, 2 months and 14
days. He was the son of Phillip Baker, who was killed in a runaway many years ago. The son was
then without any of this world's goods, but started out and in a few years was comfortably
supplied. At his death he was the owner of one of the best farms in the county. He leaves to
mourn his death the widow and one son, Otto. Another son, Henry Baker, was one of the
unfortunate Harrisburg men who drowned when the Dubalong sank on the Mississippi River a few
years ago. Three brothers and two sisters survive-Henry, Louis and Charley Baker, and Mrs.
Elizabeth Johnson and Mrs. John Small, all prominent in this county.
The Register desires to be listed with the many friends now in sympathy with the stricken
Tuesday, June 6th
MRS. FRANCES AMANDA BAKER, widow of James Baker, died at midnight last night at the home of her
son, Simpson Baker, in Dorrisville. Enfeebled by old age Mrs. Baker died from the effects of a
shock received last Friday when she slipped and fell from her chair at the Baker home. She was
85 years old.
She was the daughter of George Horning, a pioneer resident of Saline county and the large
family of that name here are nearly all related to her. She is survived by eight children as
follows: John W. Baker, Sarah Davis, Mary Pelhank, Simpson Baker, Laura Conway, Cora Hall,
Newt Baker of Brooklyn, Ark., and B. B. Baker of Somerset. Forty nine grandchildren and twenty
great grandchildren also survive.
Before the death of her husband, which occurred many years ago Mrs. Baker made her home
on a farm south of town. Since then she has lived among her children.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, followed by burial at
Ingram Hill cemetery. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. J. M. Rose.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Fred Baldwin and Mrs. Lee Leslie of Anna, arrived Monday morning to
attend the funeral of W. H. LEDBETTER. The funeral of PETER BAKER, the prominent farmer of
Brushy who dropped dead Sunday evening, was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at Mt. Moriah
church. The service was conducted by Rev. W. A. Bodell, pastor of the Presbyterian church of
this city and was attended by a large crowd from all over the county. Interment was made at
Mt. Moriah cemetery. Mrs. W. J. Whiteaker of this city and her brother and sister-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. F. L. Mathis of Montpelier, Idaho, who are visiting here, were called to Vienna
Tuesday by the death of a relative.
Wednesday, June 7th
Mr. W. B. HUDSON, son of Joseph Hudson, the well known mine manager of this city, died of
tuberculosis at midnight Tuesday night at the home of W. B. Vaughn, where he boarded in Gaskins
City. Mr. Hudson was 52 years old and was single.
He was born in England but came to the United States many years ago and has been making
his home here for a number of years. He was a miner and before his illness worked at Wasson
mine No. 1.
Funeral services will be held at the Vaughn home in Gaskins City Thursday afternoon,
followed by interment at Ingram Hill cemetery.
Thursday, June 8th
A wave of sorrow was sent broadcast over Harrisburg early Thursday morning when the death of
MRS. BETTIE HAWKINS, nee GASKINS, was announced. With that announcement practically every
school child in the city and every school patron became saddened. Death had taken from our
community probably the most universally loved teacher in Harrisburg.
Mrs. Hawkins' tragic death occurred at the Harrisburg sanitarium at five o'clock this
morning, following a brief illness. Complying with a request by the popular lady, the funeral
will be held without delay, and this will occur tomorrow, Friday, afternoon, from the First
Baptist church at two o'clock, the pastor, Rev. H. B. Wilhoyte, officiating. Interment will be
in the mausoleum at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Bettie Gaskins was the daughter of Malberry and Susan Gaskins, both long since deceased,
and was born and reared in this community. She graduated from our schools here and began
teaching school twenty years ago. Her first two terms were at the old Ledford school. Then
for one year she taught at the south side school. Beginning with the next term, seventeen
years ago, she was transferred to the primary department of the Logan school, where she has
taught continuously since. No teacher was ever more universally loved than was Bettie Gaskins.
A tear dampened the eye of every school child in Harrisburg today when they heard of the death
of their former teacher, a teacher whose every word, every act was that of kindness. She was
popular not only with the children, the teachers and patrons all admired her for her devotion
to the pupil and for her Christian like manner in the instruction of the little ones, whose
first school days began with her.
Surviving Mrs. Hawkins are three sisters, Mrs. L. W. Cummins and Mrs. John (Ada) Boatright,
both of this city, and Mrs. Dillie Carter, now residing at Hillsboro, who is on her way here now.
The Register keenly feels the loss to our city schools in the death of this estimable lady,
and we desire to be listed with the hundreds of sorrowing friends. Mrs. Hawkins was nearing her
38th birthday and all her life was spent in Harrisburg. Friends of the deceased are invited to
attend the funeral tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock, at the First Baptist church.
The following will act as pall bearers: J. C. Robertson, Walter Wilson, Cyrus Steinsultz,
E. M. Morris, Perry Cain and T. O. Elliott.
Card of Thanks: For the kind deeds and words of comfort of our friends during the illness and
death of MRS. FRANCES BAKER, we extend our heartfelt thanks. Especially do we thank those who
sent flowers and the minister for his services.---Her children, grandchildren and great
Friday, June 9th
Mrs. BETTIE HAWKINS (GASKINS) beloved school teacher who died here yesterday morning, was
tenderly laid to rest this afternoon, the body being placed in the beautiful mausoleum at Sunset
The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in Harrisburg, and showed in what high
esteem the deceased teacher was held by everyone. The spacious Baptist church was filled to
overflowing with sympathizing friends, and a mountain of flowers, emblems of every description,
surrounded the casket.
The music was impressive and Rev. Wilhoyte delivered a touching eulogy, after which the
long procession wended its way to the cemetery, where the last sad rites were performed.
Harrisburg people realized the worth of Bettie Gaskins and the whole city bowed this
afternoon in her remembrance.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Lizzie Parks came to this city Friday morning from Creal Springs,
to attend the funeral of her cousin, MRS. EVERETT HAWKINS.
Saturday, June 10th no obits
Monday, June 12th
MRS. JANE NEILSON DEWAR, widow of the late Matthew Dewar, who had been steadily failing since
her husband's death several months ago, died at 9:30 o'clock Saturday night at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Thomas Lippiat on Dayton avenue.
Ms. Dewar was past 77 years old. She was brought from the home of her son, Matthew in
Pittsburg, Ill., to this city about two weeks ago. She was born in Scotland but had lived in
Harrisburg for sixteen years.
Surviving her are the following children: James Dewar of California, Matthew of Pittsburg,
Henry and Mrs. Thomas Lippiat of Harrisburg and Rev. William Dewar of Washington, Missouri.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. W. A. Bodell, the Presbyterian minister at 2:30
o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Lippiat home, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The pall bearers are: William McNab, William B. Orr, James and William Lang, Will Taylor
and John Mitchell.
June 11 marked the beginning and the close of life for SAM R. COZART, a well known resident of
this city, whose death occurred Sunday, June 11, 1922, his sixty fourth birthday anniversary.
He was born June 11, 1858, on a farm near Harrisburg and lived here all his life.
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cozart, early settlers in Saline county, and was one of
four children in that family. His sisters are Mrs. Martha Odum of Carrier Mills and Mrs.
Rebecca Hensley of Ledford. Oscar Cozart who lives on a farm near this city is his only brother.
Mr. Cozart had been married three times. His first wife was Miss Mary Jane Moore and to
this union were born two children, Oliver and Neal. The latter died.
Following the death of his first wife, Mr. Cozart married Drucilla Empson and during her
life six children were born, three boys, James, Hugh and Ray, and three daughters, as follows:
Mrs. Grace Cannon, Cleo Yeatts and Oma Cozart, who is dead. This wife died several years ago
and about ten years ago he was married to Miss Carrie B. Parish, who with their only daughter,
For several days before his death Mr. Cozart was critically ill and was bedfast for over
two months. With his death Harrisburg and community loses a useful, honored citizen. He
possessed considerable property, and was a substantial member of the First Baptist church in
this city. Before moving to this city Mr. Cozart was a farmer and he kept up an active interest
in the farming industry until the illness which caused his death.
A brief funeral service will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the family
residence on West Poplar street and then the body will be taken to Liberty church where Rev.
Wilhoyte, assisted by Rev. J. B. Davis, will conduct the funeral. Interment will be made at
Sunset Hill cemetery.
The pall bearers are: Ace Gaskins, Perry Cain, Austin Rann, Roy Harrell, Gus Cain, Archie
Ohl, J. W. Shaw and George Hensley.
MRS. LAURA MICK, widow of Harvey Mick, a Civil War veteran and former resident of this city,
died at Carbondale Saturday, June 10, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Carter. She has
been away from Harrisburg for about thirty years but will be remembered by many of the older
Mrs. Ella Adams of Equality is her only sister, and among the children surviving who
attended the funeral here today were: Mrs. Carter, Jean Mick, Dolly William and Horace Mick of
Carbondale, Mrs. Clyde Randolph of Metropolis and Mrs. Earl Madden of Evansville.
The body arrived on the 9:30 Big Four train this morning and was taken to Sunset Hill
cemetery, where interment was made.
Tuesday, June 13th
CHARLES S. MOORE, 54 years of age, a retired carpenter of Gaskins City, died at 2:30 o'clock
this morning. He had been suffering with a complication of diseases.
The body will be taken to Gallatin county and laid to rest at the Cottonwood cemetery
Frank Smith, prominent farmer of near Fredricktown, Mo., is the guest of his sister, Mrs. W. H.
Ledbetter. Mr. Smith was called here by the sad death of MR. LEDBETTER and he is taking
advantage of the occasion to visit the sister. He is very much impressed with Harrisburg.
Personal Paragraphs: EMMA LOUISE, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ike MILLER of this city
died last night and was buried today at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Wednesday, June 14th
YONTINE CRETAL, eleven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cretal, respected citizens of
Dorrisville, met with a frightful and painful accident Tuesday afternoon, from which it is
believed she can not possibly survive.
The child was assisting her mother in the washing. The two were in the act of lifting a
large boiler filled with boiling water. The handle held by the girl tore loose and the child
fell backward into a tub. Upon her fell all the boiling water and she sustained frightful
burns. The injuries were from the waist downward.
Dr. F. M. Hart was called and he hurried with all speed to the Cretal home, where he
administered the proper treatment. The shock, however, will probably be more than the child
can survive. The family is popular with everybody and they have many friends, all of whom
deeply sympathize with them in this trouble.
Personal Paragraphs: Freeman Parks of Marion came to this city Monday to attend the funeral of
SAM COZART, returning home Tuesday morning.
Thursday, June 15th no obits
Friday, June 16th
NOAH S. BARGER, 90 years old,,, of Eddyville, died at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning at the home
of Simon Groves, south of Mitchellsville, where he had been visiting for a few days when he was
stricken with paralysis which caused his death.
He is the father of Rev. Ira S. Barger of Battleford, and of Burton S. Barger of Eddyville
and usually made his home with their families. The body was taken to the family cemetery near
Eddyville today for burial.
Saturday, June 17th
Friends and acquaintances in this community of H. J. GAHM, widely known citizen of Gallatin
county, were sorry to learn of his death which occurred at his home in Ridgway Friday. Mr.
Gahm had been sick for some time and for several days his condition had been serious.
Deceased was the father of J. J. Gahm and grandfather of Kenneth Gahm, who lives here.
The funeral will be conducted Sunday morning at eleven o'clock from the family home in Ridgway.
The services will be conducted by the Masonic lodge of Ridgway, and by special request, W. T.
Cable of Harrisburg will officiate. The deceased Mason was a member of Saline chapter, No. 165,
of Harrisburg. Friends are invited to the funeral, and many will go from this vicinity.
HAZEL DILLARD, little twenty two months old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Green Dillard, died of
cholera infantum at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at their home in Muddy. It had been ill only
a few days.
Two sons and a daughter survive besides the grief stricken parents. Mrs. George Smith,
the Christian minister, will conduct the funeral service, which will be held at 2:00 o'clock
Sunday afternoon at the Christian church, followed by burial at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Monday, June 19th
Personal Paragraphs: RUSSELL SMITH, the little nine months old baby son of Mr. and Mrs. S. R.
Smith of Harco, died of meningitis Sunday afternoon. Because of the contagion of this disease
no funeral will be held. The body will be taken to Christopher this afternoon for burial in the
Harrison cemetery there Tuesday.
MRS. CLAUDE MOYERS, wife of Till Moyers, a young farmer of Pope county, lost her life in a run
away accident and Mr. Moyers was seriously injured Saturday night. The run away occurred at
9:00 o'clock between Oak and Blanchard, country communities in the edge of Pope county.
Mr. and Mrs. Moyers were returning to their home in Eddyville from a visit with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Green Moyer at Oak, when some small animal is supposed to have run across
the road, frightening their team and causing the run away which resulted so disastrously.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Moyer tried to jump out of the buggy. Mrs. Moyers got her foot caught
in one of the wheels and was found later with her neck broken.
Mr. Moyer was also caught in one of the wheels and he was bruised all over and rendered
unconscious. His groans attracted a farmer who was passing about two hours after the accident.
The dead body of Mrs. Moyer was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Green Moyer and Mr.
Moyer was also taken there where he is said to be in a very serious condition due to the shock
of his wife's death and the injuries received in the run away.
The couple had been married only a few months. Mrs. Moyers was formerly Miss Claudia
Blackman, and a sister of Mrs. S. D. Hancock, Mrs. Oscar Church of Somerset and John Blackman,
who are well known in Harrisburg.
Mr. Moyer is a nephew of Drs. F. M. and Ezra Hart of this city, and is related to Mrs.
Boyd Lankford, Mrs. Ezra Hancock of Dorrisville, Mrs. Everett Ferrell, Mrs. Leslie Hartley of
Dorrisville and Mrs. John Owen of Pankeyville.
The funeral of Mrs. Moyer was held this afternoon and interment was made at the family
cemetery in Pope county.
MRS. VIRGIE BACON, 27, wife of Henry Bacon of Wilmoth addition, died of tuberculosis at 6:30
o'clock Sunday morning. She had been ill for several weeks. Mrs. Bacon was well known in this
city. She came here from Elizabethtown and was a granddaughter of Mrs. E. Jackson of Wilmoth
The body will be taken to Elizabethtown via Parker this afternoon and interment will be
made at the city cemetery there.
Tuesday, June 20th
The funeral of MRS. VERGIE BACON, wife of Henry Bacon, who died Sunday at their home in Wilmoth
addition, was held at the C. M. E. church, Rev. C. Thompson officiating and the body was taken
to Elizabethtown Tuesday morning for burial.
Among the relatives and friends who were in the funeral party were Mr. and Mrs. Charles L.
Brown, Mrs. Evelyn Jackson, Mrs. Lela Taylor of Carrier Mills, George Bacon, Henry Bacon and
Mrs. Letha Jones.
Wednesday, June 21st
During the war with Germany, AL LOWE, well known young man of Shawneetown, was assigned to the
air service and he finally became a flying lieutenant. When the war came to a close, young
Lowe returned to his native land, but he kept up the flying game.
Last week he flew from St. Louis to Shawneetown for the purpose of visiting his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lowe, Sr. Young Lowe had a lady friend from St. Louis accompany him to his
Shawneetown home. The trip was made in good time and without accident. Sunday last he made
several flying trips at Shawneetown and took several of his friends on a visit up in the clouds.
Monday had been advertised as another day on which Lowe would give some flying trips,
and also that he would pull off several stunts in the air, such as looping the loop, etc. A
great crowd assembled and were watching the young man in his perilous stunts. Suddenly the
people were horrified when they saw that something was wrong with the boy and his machine, who
were one thousand feet up in the air. Lowe had lost control of the Curtis plane and it fell to
the ground. He was injured, but not fatally. The machine was completely wrecked.
ARIENER OFFETT, 59, a colored woman of this city, who has been suffering from cancer, which
affected her head and face for several months, died at 3:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. She
resided in Wilmoth addition and was the wife of Wallace Offett.
Surviving her are three children, Morton of Tennessee, Fred of Minneapolis, and Miss Sadie
Offett and Richard of this city. Her funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock
at the colored Methodist church, Rev. C. Thompson officiating. Interment will be at Sunset
Personal Paragraphs; Mrs. Lizzie Blackman who makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chamness
here, was called to Stonefort Wednesday morning by the news that her youngest brother, JEFF
ANDERSON, who has been an invalid for six years is expected to die. Mr. Anderson, who is a
bachelor, makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson on a farm near Stonefort. The infant
son of Mr. and Mrs. William SANOVICK of Dorrisville, was buried today at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Thursday, June 22nd
By his friends keeping up his local union dues, L. S. SIMPSON, an aged miner of this city, who
was formerly president of Local Union No 12, was saved from a paupers' grave today.
He became disabled for work five years ago and has been living at the county poor farm.
Wednesday he suffered a stroke of apoplexy which caused his death at 6:00 o'clock this morning.
Mr. Simpson was 60 years old. He had lived in Harrisburg for several years and was
employed at No. 12 mine before he was forced to retire. He was a widower, but has two sons,
Frank and Posey, who live in Williamson county.
Undertaker Ed Hensley is trying today to locate his sons, to make arrangements for the
Before his death Mr. Simpson talked with John Vaughn, Vice President of this sub district
of miners, and asked him to see that he was buried beside his daughter, Mrs. John Alsop, who
died a few years ago, and was buried at Sunset Hill cemetery.
Till Moyers, the man who was injured in a runaway Saturday night when his wife was killed, is
reported greatly improved today. For two days after the runaway he was in a state of coma and
he did not show any improvement until late Wednesday afternoon. Since the turn for the better
the doctors think he has a chance to recover.
Friday, June 23rd
The funeral of L. S. SIMPSON, the aged coal miner, who died at the county farm will be held
this afternoon. Rev. W. A. Bodell of the Presbyterian church will hold a brief service at
Sunset Hill cemetery, where the body will be laid to rest.
WILLIAM K. PATTON, eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Patton of Gaskins City, died at the
Harrisburg sanitarium at 10 o'clock this morning, from blood poisoning, caused from a ruptured
appendix. He had been in a critical condition for the past three days.
William was an unusually bright boy, being promoted to the fourth grade this Spring and
was a leader among his schoolmates.
No funeral arrangements, except that they will be made Sunday, have been made.
MISS CLARA GADDIS, a Stonefort girl, who has been in the North for a few years, nursing in one
of the State hospitals in Iowa, and was forced to quit work and return to her home because of
illness, died of tuberculosis at 1:30 o'clock this morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George
Mitchell, 709 south McKinley street.
She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Gaddis of Stonefort. Miss Gaddis was a girlhood
chum of Mr. Mitchell and had made her home there during the recent weeks of her illness. She
has one sister and two brothers. They have been notified of her death and are expected to
arrive this evening.
Rev. E. R. Steagall will conduct the funeral, which will be held at 8:00 o'clock Saturday
morning, after which the body will be taken to Stonefort by Undertaker Ed M. Hensley in the
motor hearse, and interment will be made in the family cemetery there.
Personal Paragraphs: Mrs. Bertha Carlew and children were called to Essex, Mo., Friday morning
by news that her brother-in-law, HARLEY CARLEW, was drowned while swimming in a lake near that
place Thursday. They will remain until after the funeral.
Saturday, June 24th
DANIEL PEARCE, a retired plasterer of this city, who has been suffering from Bright's disease
for three months at his home on West Logan street, died at 8:00 o'clock this morning. He was
61 years of age.
His wife and one daughter, Mrs. Rena Phillips of Paris, Ill., and three sons, Fred, Leslie
and Marion of this city, survive. Also one brother and one sister.
Funeral services at the home Monday afternoon, will be conducted by Rev. J. H. Davis at
2:00 p.m. and interment will be made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
The funeral of WILLIAM K. PATTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Patton of Gaskins city, who died at
the Harrisburg sanitarium Friday morning will be held at Bethel A. M. E. church Sunday morning
at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. C. W. Thompson will officiate and the body will be laid to rest at
Sunset Hill cemetery.
MRS. LUCINDA GOODALL, best known as "Aunt Dude" who was 104 years of age Thursday, celebrated
her anniversary by arising and cooking dinner for her children, at her home in Marion.
Mrs. Goodall was born in Saline County, twenty miles from her present home, the year this
state was admitted to the union. She is well known here. Mrs. Goodall is active and walks a
mile or more every day the weather will permit. Her recipe for long life, given in her own
words is, "work hard, work right, eat meat and bread, drink coffee, don't fear rain or sun and
treat everybody alike."
She married at the age of 18 and during the Civil War while her husband fought with the
northern army, she maintained a family of nine. Three children survive with the centurion, Mrs.
John Clariday, Mrs. D. L. Thompson and Mrs. George Pulley, all of Marion. Mrs. Goodall comes of
a family noted for long lives. Her grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Ward, celebrated her 115th
birthday by walking from Marion to Herrin, a distance of over six miles.
More than one hundred members of the family from the children to the great, great, great
grandchildren were present and the dinner table had to be spread across the long yard and into
the street to make room for the crowd. (Note: this is definitely not an obituary, but was
full of useful family information!)
Personal Paragraphs: Funeral services were held this morning for MISS CLORA GARRIS, at the home
of her sister, Mrs. George Mitchell, at 709 South McKinley avenue. Rev. E. R. Steagall
conducted the funeral and the body was taken to Stonefort for burial.
Monday, June 26th
HERRIN, IL: C. K. McDowell, the one legged superintendent of the Southern Illinois Coal company's
strip mine, half way between Herrin and Marion, Ill., was the only man charged with murder by
the coroner's jury which concluded its investigations last night into rioting last week, which
resulted in approximately fifty deaths.
The non union men, the coroner's jury decided, came to their death "by gunshot wounds at
the hands of parties to this jury unknown" as the result of the activities on the part of
officials of the wrecked Lester mine.
The remaining verdicts, twenty in all, stated that each individual "came to his death by
gunshot wounds at the hands of persons unknown."
"We, the jury, find from the evidence, that the deaths of decedents were due to acts
direct and indirect of officials of the Southern Illinois Coal company. We recommend that an
investigation be conducted for the purpose of fixing the blame personally on individuals
This was the verdict of the coroner's jury in the he other twenty verdicts.
"GERODIE" HENDERSON, one of the union men slain, was killed by C. K. McDowell,
superintendent of the Southern Illinois Coal company, according to the verdict of the jury.
This was the only murder verdict returned.
No additional information concerning the identity of the sixteen unknown dead was unearthed
during the course of the inquiry, which took the jury to the local hospital and into the rooms
of wounded non union men.
Allen Findley, wounded time keeper for the Southern Illinois Coal company, now in the
Herrin hospital, gave the jury the information on which it based the verdict of murder returned
against McDowell, the dead superintendent.
"McDowell and I were standing on the edge of the pit when he asked me, as he pointed to a
dark object in the nearby woods, "Is that a man?" said Findley.
"No, I replied," he continued "but he fired, and the man threw his hands in the air and
fell. McDowell was a good shot."
The verdict of the jury, according to the coroner, "Bill" McGowan, the foreman of the
coroner's jury, Joe Barringer, represents the "united sentiment of Williamson county on the
massacre of Thursday and the events leading up to it."
The unknown dead of Herrin's labor war went to their graves yesterday. Sixteen of them
were buried in the potter's field, while union men who had dug the graves leaned on their
spades and held their shapeless hats in work gnarled hands.
The summer sun beat down on the long grass of the Herrin cemetery the daisies and red
clover, and the singing of meadowlarks mingled with the words of the four pastors who conducted
the brief service. Perhaps seventy five persons were present, most of them miners who had dug
the sixteen graves since dawn.
Sen. William J. Sneed, in khaki overalls-he had been digging too-was there; the mayor of
Herrin, George Pace, and Colonel Samuel Hunter of the adjutant general's staff.
The caskets of the unknown unwept dead, bore stamped plates of aluminum "at rest." No
more is recorded on the marker of the graves' head than each "died June 22, 1922."
The preachers spoke and prayed. The miners shifted sometimes, for they were tired from
digging in the sun, but there was no sign of disrespect. The sixteen dead were borne down the
road to the cemetery in ambulances and hearses. In the afternoon several thousand turned out
to honor a young union man shot down near the ill fated mine. His death was unprovoked, his
The coroner's investigation got under way early in the afternoon and adjourned to permit
the jurors to attend the services for JOE PICHOVICH, 22 year old Lithuanian union miner, slain
in the skirmish Wednesday which preceded the massacre of non union men Thursday morning, June 22.
It resumed deliberations late yesterday afternoon.
Members of the jury were Robert Clem, superintendent of the Herrick water works; Louis
Gibbons, Carterville, Ill., union miner; John Arms, Johnson City, Ill., merchant; Philip Noakes,
Carterville, Ill., union miner; Joe Barrington, Marion, Ill., union miner; Tom Thornton, Heddin,
The first witness heard was William A. Thornton, a Marion, Ill., policeman.
"You don't know who did the shooting, do you?" asked Coroner William M. McCowan.
"No, sir," replied the witness. "I don't know anything about it."
That was the substance of his testimony and of those who followed him.
Col. Hunter told of being held up by mine guards and taken to Mine of the strip mine of
the Southern Illinois Coal Company last Sunday night. Colonel Hunter testified he urged McDowell
to confine the activities of his guards to the mine property and that he also urged that these
sentries walk their posts without arms.
McDowell agreed to carry out these suggestions, Col. Hunter said in his testimony.
A member of the jury asked Col. Hunter:
"Is it true, Colonel, that they had machine guns mounted?"
"I searched the mine property three times and failed to find any," Col. Hunter replied.
(It was suggested yesterday to Major Milton J. Foreman that the miners had mistaken high angle
sections of pipe, used for pumping, for machine guns. This suggestion came from Col Hunter.
"What did they have?" Col. Hunter was asked.
"Shot guns, rifles and ammunition," Col. Hunter replied.
He was followed by Claude Holmes of Herrin, a taxicab driver, who told of being held up a
week ago Saturday by mine guards when he attempted to pass along a public road that skirted the
Mr. J. H. Henderson said he was inside the power plant of the Coal Belt railway between
the mine and Herrin when he heard shots Thursday morning and later heard that bodies had been
found in the woods.
"Of course," interjected the coroner, "as to how they got killed, you don't know anything
about that, do you?"
"No sir," said the witness.
Mr. B. C. Hamilton, a machinist of this place, said he saw the mob coming down the road
and heard 75 to 200 shots fired. Who fired them was unknown to him, the witness said.
Mr. W. M. Burton, a traveling salesman, testified:
"I heard the miners had captured the men at the strip mine. Later in the day I went out
to the power house and saw the dead. I don't know who did the shooting and saw no guns.
Elsea Cash and Albert Strom, undertakers, told of the bringing in of nineteen bodies and
the finding of six men in the cemetery, two of whom died later.
Strom said he got three bodies from the road east of Herrin and eight from the power plant
woods. The body of McDowell, the superintendent, was found a mile east of these woods, the
undertaker said. In another woods, four more bodies were found, the witness declared.
Mr. J. W. Henderson, a union arbitrator, said two union men were killed June 21, and that
he, Hugh Willis, district sub board member and "Mr. Fox," another union official, and Col.
Hunter arranged the truce which preceded the killing of the workers at the Lester mine. Col.
Hunter was not questioned regarding this truce.
KANKAKEE; MRS. LEN SMALL, died today from overjoy as a result of the report of a jury which
found the governor not guilty of a charge of conspiracy to defraud the state of interest and
also after the excitement of a demonstration which had been staged by the people of Kankakee.
She suffered a stroke of paralysis shortly after the conclusion of the reception and remained
in a stupor until her death came at 9 o'clock this morning. After a blood vessel in her head
burst Saturday night there was no hope for her recovery.
Specialists were rushed to her bedside from Chicago but the joy over the verdict and the
nerve strain of the long trial had been too great for her. She was stricken late Saturday night
after the conclusion of a reception which had been given at the home upon the arrival of Gov.
Small and his party from Waukegan where a jury in the afternoon had said "Not Guilty" to charges
against him. Turning to the husband at the conclusion of the reception which had been attended
by many hundred of the people of the town who were elated at the verdict she said: "I believe I
am going to be ill." These were he last words and she collapsed in the arms of her husband.
The kind and tender attention which she had given to the governor all during the trial
when she was at his side constantly won for her the admiration of all who attended the trial.
The effect her death will have on the husband is feared by the physicians of the governor. He
remained at her bedside and when told of her condition he said: "Thank God she lived to see me
vindicated." He also added: "My enemies have brought the other great sorrow on me."
In addition to the governor those at her bedside this morning when she passed away were
her daughter, Mrs. Inglish, and two sons of the governor and wife, Bud and Claude.
The death came at 9 o'clock this morning after throngs had stood about the home all of last
night watching the bulletins issued by the physicians. The governor had refused to take any
sleep or nourishment and remained at her side all of the time. He sat crushed and broken at her
side. "Saturday was the happiest day of her life" he said.
Gov. Small and wife had lived in Kankakee ever since their marriage in 1882, and she had
watched him rise from assistant road supervisor to the highest office in the state. She had
been closely associated with Mr. Small in all his business and political life and to her he said
he owed much of his success for her advice. She had preferred to remain at home and as the
first lady of the state found more pleasure at home than at Springfield.
Personal Paragraphs: the infant of Mr. and Mrs. Joe BORDERS was buried at New Hope today.
Tuesday, June 27th
From all parts of the country messages of condolence were sent to the SMALL home here today.
The funeral of MRS. SMALL is to be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and the body will be
interred in Mound cemetery. The governor is said to be near a collapse as a result of the
strain through which he has passed. He remained at her bedside constantly from the time she
was stricken until her death occurred.
All state offices will close tomorrow and flags will fly at half mast. Lieut. Gov.
Sterling has issued a proclamation asking that all citizens of the state pause at 3 o'clock
tomorrow afternoon for a moment of silent prayer.
Funeral services were held Monday for DAN PEARCE, the plasterer, who died Saturday afternoon.
The service was conducted at the home by Rev. J. H. Davis, the M. E. minister, and interment
was made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
ROSALEA HARRIS, little eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harris, who reside on
Washington street in the high school addition, died at 7:30 o'clock Monday night, following an
illness of five weeks caused by typhoid. She was on the road to recovery and last week suffered
a relapse which caused her death.
Rosalea was in the second grade and was a student at the McKinley school on South Granger
street this year. The parents and two other children survive.
Rev. A. J. Yates conducted the funeral at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon, and the body was
taken to Salem cemetery near Carrier Mills for burial.