Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"


"The Kinmundy Express"; Kinmundy, Illinois; F.O. GRISSOM, Editor and Publisher 

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Jan. 5, 1905:

- Gone to His Rest: From a cruel unmerciful competitive field of never ending strife another worn out soul is freed. With another one of God’s creatures the heart breaking, soul trusting struggle for existence is ended. Nathan SIMMONS was born in Perry Co., N.C., June 10, 1813, and with his parents moved to Gibson Co., Ind., date unknown; was there at the age of 20 married to Anna CON. From there in the year 1835, he moved to Edgar county, Ill., in 1837, he moved to Clay county and in 1842, he moved to Marion county, where he remained until the 28th day of last month, Dec. 1904, when calmly, peacefully and gladly he committed his soul to the God who gave it. As one who from his earliest recollection to the date of Uncle Nate SIMMONS death was acquainted with him and knew him, if men ever know each other in this world, we desire as a life long friend to testify briefly to his good traits. Uncle Nate, as he was called by his neighbors, was not perfect he made no false pretentions, like other men he had his faults but his faults were on the outside, an open book to all who came in contact with him. His warmest friends were those most intimately acquainted with him. Though rough hewn on the outside no man carried a bigger, warmer heart on the inside. In the struggle for existence he knew of but one road to success, and that was the one of unquitting toil. He never studied nor did he learn the art of driving sharp bargains. He knew how to take advantage of the necessities of his fellowman; he never learned the art of tax dogging. And in the day of judgement no man can say to Uncle Nate SIMMONS, "I was a bankrupt and a pauper and an outcast, and my children cried for bread because you robbed me." James COCKRELL.

- Another Old Soldier Gone: One by one the veterans of the Civil War are passing away. At least six of the comrades of our local Post have answered the last roll call within the past year. The most recent of these was George H. LeMAY, who died last Tuesday morning at the home of his son-in-law, Marion BRANSON in the north part of town. He was born in Gerrard Co., Kentucky, March 28, 1843, and died in Kinmundy, Ill., Jan. 3, 1895 (DFM note: Should be 1905), being 62 years, 9 months, and 6 days of age. He was married July 11, 1867 to Eliza J. PUCKETT, who with eight children, survive him. They have resided in this community since 1895. Funeral services were held at the BRANSON home by Rev. N.D. SWEENY of the M.E. Church. Mr. LeMAY had been a member of the Baptist church for 40 years and when nearing the end expressed his trust in God and his readiness to depart. Interment was made in the city cemetery under the auspices of Hicks Post G.A.R.

- Gone Home: Charles Homer WILKINSON was born Dec. 11, 1899, and died Jan. 2nd, 1905, aged 5 years and 21 days. Homer was the pride of his parents, the idol of his sisters, and the light and sunshine of the home. He leaves a fond father, a devoted mother, and three loving sisters to mourn his departure while two little brothers welcome him on the other shore. The funeral services were held from the residence at 2 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1905, by Rev. O.E. LOCKART assisted by Rev. W.S. WRIGHT of Moccasin after which interment was made in the Cockrell Cemetery.

Jan. 12, 1905:

- Obituary: Lucy J. WALKER, was born Aug. 20, 1842, and died at her home in Kinmundy, Ill., Jan. 8, 1905, aged 61 years, 4 months, and 18 days. She was united in marriage to Dan S. WOLF in 1870. To this union three children were born, two preceding her to the better world; her husband dying in 1878. She was again united in marriage to Robert ARMSTRONG in 1882. To this union one child was born. She was again left a widow in 1891. Her two sons were at her bedside when the spirit they had striven so faithfully to keep within the loved image winged, it’s flight to the world where rest aboundth and pain cannot enter. She was converted to Christ and united with the Old School Baptist Church at Summit Prairie in 1887. Her life has been the life of a faithful Christian, always ready to lend hand, loved by all who knew her, and one who possessed cheerfulness fortitude and patience to a wonderful degree. After weeks of severe pain she has at last gone to sleep. The funeral service was held on Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock, from Summit Prairie Church, ten miles south of this city, conducted by Rev. Perry VANDEVEER.

- Miss Cecil MAXEY of Mt. Vernon is visiting in this city with her aunt, Mrs. I.F. SUGG.

- Alma Express (written for last week): On Wednesday evening Dec. 27, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. FINCH, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Elva, and Mr. Harry MIDDLETON, of Iuka. Both of these young people are highly respected and their many friends wish for them a long and happy life. They will make their home in Iuka.

- Alma Express: John BURNS is visiting with his sister, Mrs. John EAGAN, and family. Mr. BURNS was recently discharged from the U.S. Army.

- Mrs. B.F. STEVENS of St. Jacobs, returned to her home Thursday after a short visit here with her daughter, Mrs. N.D. SWEENY.

- W.C. INGRAM returned home last evening after spending a few days in Maroa with his daughter Mrs. Nellie HUSTON.

- Ora and Harry BROWN of Pana spent a part of the holidays here with their uncle, W.E. BROWN and family.

- J.L. BALLANCE has opened a grain, hay and feed office in the Bradley building lately vacated by J.H. SPILLMAN’s barber shop.

- Joseph WORLEY of Avena was killed by a Vandalia train last Wednesday while walking on the track. He had been at work in St. Elmo and was enroute home.

- Preston THOMPSON and wife of Findlay, spent New Year’s near this city with her parents, W.H. MAXEY and wife.

Jan. 19, 1905:

- Mrs. A. LOHMAN and children have returned to their home in St. Louis after a visit here with her mother, Mrs. Sarah HARLAN.

- J.E. McCULLEY, the new barber, has a business card in this issue.

- Advertisement: J.E. McCULLEY, Tonsorial - Artist. Agent Centralia Laundry. First door South National Bank.

- R.P. KENNEDY of Waynesville, Ill., arrived in this city last Friday to visit a few days with his brother, L.N. KENNEDY and sister, Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON.

- F.O. GRISSOM and wife attended the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Margaret GRISSOM, in Farina Tuesday.

- Farina Express: A new girl arrived at the home of E.E. BROWN and wife one day last week.

- Farina Express: A few young people celebrated the 13th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. IRISH Wednesday night.

- Farina Express: A daughter was born to Gus SCHWABE and wife a week ago.

- Called Home: Margaret Easter was born in Highlands Co., Ohio, Feb. 18, 1816. She was the fourth child of a family of eleven children, five of whom survives her, three brothers and two sisters. In 1841 she married Isaac GRISSOM. Shortly after her marriage they moved to Hamilton Co., Ind., where they lived until Mr. G.’s death in ____. Of her own family there were four children, three daughters and one son, all of whom have preceded her to their rest except the son, John GRISSOM, with whom she has made her home for the past two years. When just a child, she united with the Christian church, later embracing the faith of a branch of the Church of Christ. One brother and two nephews preached the doctrine of the church with which she first united. In October 1903, when Grandmother came from Maple City, Kansas, to make her home with her son, she was suffering with a heavy cold which resulted in LaGrippe from which she never fully recovered. Since last Christmas she required constant attention and the last ten days was helpless. Grandmother was a very patient sufferer, always preferring to try at least to help herself rather than ask anyone to assist her. On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 o’clock p.m. she passed quietly and peacefully to her rest, at the age of 88 years, 10 months and 28 days. A short service was held at the residence of J.W. GRISSOM Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock after which the funeral sermon was preached at Union Chapel, four miles east of Farina, by Rev. V.W. THRALL. Interment was made in the Elder cemetery.

- In Memory of G.H. LaMAY: George H. LaMAY, late Private of Co. N. 19th Kentucky Inf., departed this life at Kinmundy, Ill., Jan. 3d, 1905, after a short illness. He was born and raised in Kentucky. At the breaking out of the Civil War was a loyal citizen and suffered the persecutions and trials of those who believed in slavery. He enlisted in the Union army, was in numerous battles and proved himself a loyal and brave comrade. He was known to this community as "Old Kintuck". He has gone to the Grand Army above. In the loss of Comrade LaMAY, Hicks Post No. 255 G.A.R. has lost a true, loyal, and brave comrade, and the community a good citizen, the family a kind and indulgent husband and father. Therefore be it, resolved, that our charter be draped in mourning and that these resolutions be spread upon our record. A.W. SONGER, Geo. FENSTER, and J.F. DONOVAN.

Jan. 26, 1905:

- H.M. ARMSTRONG has installed a new gasoline light plant in his grocery store.

- Mrs. Arthur FOX and little son Joe, of Muncie, Ind., are visiting north of town with her parents, Riley WILLIAMS and wife.

- Andrew JACKSON returned home from Matthews Tuesday, where he has been employed for several months. He will remain here and have charge of the Pulliam grocery recently purchased by J.H. JACKSON.

- William HARGRAVES Dead: William Thomas, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George HARGRAVES, residing four miles north of this city died Sunday, Jan. 22d of heart failure, aged 25 years, 4 months, and 5 days. The funeral service was held at the family residence Tuesday at ten o’clock conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE after which the body was laid to rest in the Kinmundy cemetery. A large crowd attended the services. The sorrowing parents, sisters, and brothers have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

- Farina Express: Will HARGRAVES, who lived two miles west of town, died Sunday morning.

- Farina Express: Charlie LEATH and wife came down from Champaign to attend the funeral of her brother, Will HARGRAVES.

Feb. 2, 1905:

- Passed Away: Miss Nancy JONES was born in Alabama July 21, 1826, and moved to Illinois when a mere child and with her parents settled at Fostersburg. She united in marriage in 1844 to John W. ARNOLD, and to this union was born seven children - three boys and four girls, all of whom are living, and all were present at the funeral except one daughter who was unable to attend owing to sickness. The deceased died last Saturday at her home at Vernon and the funeral was held at Arnold’s Chapel Sunday at ten o’clock conducted by Rev. E.B. FYKE of Patoka, assisted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. Interment took place at Sandy Branch cemetery. Mrs. ARNOLD united with the M.E. church at the age of fifteen years and lived the life of a true Christian from that time till her death. She had an extensive acquaintance and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

- Farina Express: Victor PROCTOR, who had his leg cut off at Springfield a few weeks ago while railroading, arrived here last Friday to visit his mother, Mrs. W.B. REYNOLDS.

- Farina Express: John RAUCHMAN of Collinsville was in this city Sunday attending the funeral of his father.

- Farina Express: Mrs. GREENMAN celebrated her 73d birthday last week by giving a splendid dinner to a few friends.

- Farina Express: Uncle Tommy JONES has been examined for imbecility to get an order to take him to an asylum. He is about 85 years old and has lately become quite feeble. He is a man whom almost everybody regrets to lose.

- Mrs. James HUNTER and children of Edgewood are visiting in this city with her sister, Mrs. E.C. BARGH and family.

- I.D. LEAR and wife of Salem were in this city Monday and while here leased the Ryan Hotel of Mrs. C.J. RYAN, and Mr. LEAR will assume control of the business March first. It is the intention of the new proprietor to give the business his personal attention and with his hotel experience he is sure to make it a winner. Mr. LEAR has had 19 years experience as a traveling man and he knows how to cater to their wants. Our citizens are glad to have such people as Mr. LEAR and family locate in our city and all predict he will make the hotel business a success.

- Miss Mae HAUGHTON of Indianapolis, Ind., is in this city visiting her sister, Mrs. J.F. CROFT.

- C.D. RICE of Richview, visited here yesterday with his son, N.A. RICE and family.

- Beautiful: At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1905, the home of Miss O’FLYNN was the scene of a quiet wedding when her niece, Miss May Cecelia PIERSON, was united in marriage to Mr. Walter Leonidas WISE, of Winslow, Ariz. Miss PEARSON is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. PEARSON of Avery, Oklahoma. She was conducted in this city, having attended St. Rose Academy, the High school and Vincennes University. She is a brunette, with loving and charming manners that endeared her to her friends and acquaintances and won her the title of belle in her social circle. The groom was handsome in the conventional black dress suit. He is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. WISE of this city (Vincennes), and has resided here all of his life except the past three years during which time he has been in Winslow, Arizona, where he has a lucrative position with the Sante Fe Railroad. Mr. Walter WISE is one of the most enterprising, energetic young men of this country. He has a host of friends in this city who regret his going, but who congratulate him in winning so winsome a bride to return with him to his home in Arizona. Mr. WISE is a graduate of the Vincennes Shorthand School and Business College. He was formerly an employee of the Commercial, and the entire force extend congratulations and best wishes to Mr. WISE and his charming bride. (The Vincennes Morning Commercial, Tuesday, Jan. 24). Miss PEARSON has been engaged as milliner here during the past two years, and through her nobility of character and charm of manner, won many warm friends who regret to lose her from their midst, but who wish for her future happiness. (*)

Feb. 9, 1905:

- Two Kinmundy Girls Dead: Mrs. George SIMPSON nee Cecil RATLIFF, died Monday afternoon at three o’clock at the home of her uncle, Perry RATLIFF and wife, at Danville, Illinois, of consumption, aged about 22 years. The funeral was held yesterday at Ridge Farm, where she formerly resided and where her parents are both buried. She formerly resided here and was well known by all. Her sister, Miss Jessie, died on Dec. 6th, 1904, of the same dread disease.

- Farina Express: About a car load of flour fell upon John RUSSELL, in GANT’s store Monday. If he had not happened to have had a package of yeast foam in his pocket, he might not have been able to be raised from the debris.

- Farina Express: Old Mr. TURNER who live near LaClede, died last week. He was very old.

- Farina Express: After an illness lasting many months, Mr. Henry LASWELL died last Friday aged about 58 years, and was buried in the Oskaloosa cemetery. His sons, Dr. Sam, of Alma. Dr. Jim and sons, Dr. Sam of Alma, Dr. Jim and M.B. NELMS and wife of Kinmundy, and William McWILLIAMS and family, of Olney, were present at the funeral. He was a pleasant and friendly citizen and respected by all who knew him.

- Farina Express: Derell WHITFORD has just received notice of the death of David COATS in a Soldiers Home in Kansas. He was about 69 years of age.

Feb. 16, 1905:

- Gone Home: Mary SANDHOFER was born Aug. ___, 1880. She was the third child of a family of four girls, all of whom survive her. Her parents have both preceded her to the better world, her father having died when she was but three years old, and her mother one year later. From that time she made her home with her uncle, Henry STOCK, until Feb. 24, 1903, when she was united in marriage to Charlie WANTLAND. She was always a devout and faithful member of the Catholic Church of which faith she died. She passed peacefully and quietly in her rest at her home four miles northwest of this city on Thursday, Feb. 9th, 1905, at 6 o’clock a.m. at the age of 24 years and 3 months. The funeral services ere held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the Catholic church conducted by Rev. Father HENKEN, of Sandoval. She was peacefully laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery of this city. She leaves to mourn their loss a loving husband, three sisters, and a host of relatives and friends.

- BASS-ABBOTT: The marriage of W.H. BASS of Pana, Ill., and Mrs. C.E. ABBOTT, of this city, took place at the residence, of Geo. W. RUTHERFORD at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14th. There were several relatives and friends present and witness the impressive ceremony pronounced by Rev. O.E. LOCKART of the M.E. church South. The newly married couple departed for Pana on the evening train where they will make their future home.

- Alma Express: Miss Grace SHEPARD of Farina visited relatives at this place last week.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Emogene FORD was over from her farm last week.

- Farina Express: Ed FORD was up from Alma one day last week, the guest of N.L. GANT and wife.

- Farina Express: M.M. COLE, who resides three miles west of town, died last Saturday and was buried Monday in the Kinmundy cemetery.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Olive STARKEY died Saturday night and was buried in the Littleton Cemetery east of LaClede. She was about 55 years of age.

- Samuel B. MEEKS for many years a prominent resident of Meacham twp., died Tuesday night at the home of his son, W.H. MEEKS, west of town, of spinal trouble, aged 67 years. The funeral was held today at Union church in Meacham twp., conducted by Rev. V.W. THRALL of Farina and under the auspices of Rosedale I.O.O.F. lodge of this city of which the deceased had been a member for over 30 years.

- Homer MEEKS of St. Louis, returned home last night to attend the funeral of his father, S.B. MEEKS.

- Mrs. S.B. BASCOM of Brubaker left here Friday evening for East St. Louis to spend a month with her sister, Mrs. Geo. HEFTON.

- Meeks Bros. of Fort Wayne, Ind. arrived here last evening to attend the funeral of their brother, Samuel B. MEEKS.

- Mark M. COLE, of Lone Grove, Fayette County, died last Saturday morning at nine o’clock after a brief illness of two weeks, of pneumonia. He was born Dec. 22, 1850. He was married to May F. GEORGE in July 1876. Their children, two sons and one daughter, were born to this union. The funeral services were held at his late residence conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE and his remains laid to rest in the Kinmundy cemetery.

- The coldest weather for years was experienced here Monday when the mercury dropped to 22 below zero and now a number of our people are treating frozen feet and ears. The goose bone prophet said we were to have a mild winter. He is entitled to another guess.

- John R. FRENCH has plenty of coal at his mine west of Alma at $1.50 per ton at the mine.

Feb. 23, 1905:

- Farina Express: John PLETSCH died last Sunday aged 76 years. He died on his birthday. His son, George and wife came up from Centralia to the funeral.

- Farina Express: A party of sleigh riders had a party and taffy pulling at Oscar WELL’s last Sunday night.

- Capt. ROHRBOUGH was in Farina yesterday attending the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James W. McCLURE given by the members of the Masonic ladies.

- Meacham Mentions: Bert COCKRELL and wife are proud over the arrival of new baby at their home.

- Meacham Mentions: Twin babies, a boy and girl, made their arrival at the home of Pat BUTTS and wife recently.

March 2, 1905:

- Old Soldiers Meet: Hicks post No. 255, G.A.R., met at their hall in this city on last Tuesday afternoon. It was on the occasion of a special inspection of the Post by Captain S.L. DWIGHT, of Centralia, Commander for this county. Quite a goodly number of the boys in blue together with members of the Womans Relief Corps, were in attendance and gave the closest attention to the splendid address of Captain DWIGHT, for about one hour. The speakers said, in starting out that he was not present to make an apt speech, but a heart to heart talk." All present fully realized that the orator was filling the mission to perfection, the vibratory chords of each heart responding to perfect harmony to each sentiment uttered. The Post Commander being absent Adjutant J.F. DONOVAN presiding at the organ, rendered sweetly and pathetically "The Old Camp Ground", which brought tears to the eyes of many grizzly veterans. Miss Marcia HANSON recited superbly, the story of a young lady Rebels trip Washington to entreat the "Black Republican President" LINCOLN, to pardon her cousin, who had been condemned as a Rebel Spy. To fully appreciate the story and the elegant manner of it’s delivery one must have heard Miss HANSON. Allusion having been made by one or two of the speakers to the fact that a collegiate education is not an indispensable qualification to the accomplishment of great deeds, brought Mrs. CROFT to her feet to recite a very fine little poem on that subject, which was greeted with laughter and clapping of hands. Adjutant J.F. DONOVAN called on each one present to say a few words or make a speech which all did with the exception of one or two, after which the adjutant closed the talks by some very appropriate the remarks on Fraternity. "Marching through Georgia" was sung all joining in, a genial hand shake, feeling that it was good to be there.

- Alma Express (written for last week): Mr. John HARVEY died Sunday morning at his home, aged about 85 years. The funeral was held Monday at the M.E. church conducted by Rev. HISER. Interment was made in the Wilson Cemetery.

- Alma Express (written for last week): Tom WINKS of Odin spend last Wednesday at the home of his father, N.A. WINKS.

- Farina Express: Elmer CARROLL came down from Chicago Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Edith MUSGRAVE and son, Eugene, who reside in Norway, Mich.

- Farina Express: Miss Gertie CARROLL is in St. Louis attending millinery school. She has a fine position in Greenville, Ala. this season.

- Farina Express: John AMBUEHL, Jr. is building a new house. This is prognostic of something in the future.

- BAYLISS-WILEY: Mr. Alonza BAYLIS and Miss Nina WILEY were happily married on Monday evening, Feb. 27, at the home of the brides’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. William WILEY, five miles east of this city, Rev. J.H. BALLANCE officiating. After congratulations a bountiful repast was highly enjoyed by those present. The following day the happy couple and quite a number of their friends, old and young, again enjoyed a feast at the home of the groom’s parents, George BAYLISS and wife, west of this city. Mr. and Mrs. BAYLISS will reside south of town on the farm known as the A.V. SCHERMERHORN farm. Their friends join in wising them abundant happiness.

- Mrs. Emma HARVEY left last Saturday evening for her home in Denver, Colo., after a two weeks visit here with her parents, H.R. HERRICK and wife, and other relatives.

- Frank EMBSER and wife, residing six miles south of town, have moved to this city to live with their daughter, Mrs. Chas. WETTER.

- Meacham Mentions: Miss Mary SHEPARD spent Sunday the 19th with Mrs. Vard COCKRELL.

- Meacham Mentions: A very quiet wedding occurred in Meacham Monday evening. Alonzo BAYLISS, who lives west of Kinmundy, and Miss Nina WILEY, at her home. Rev. John BALLANCE, performed the ceremony, there being only intimate relatives present. The neighbor boys made the place merry for a time with all kinds of bells until the groom handed out the treat, then they left.

- Col. I.D. LEAR moved his family here from Salem Monday and have assumed control of the new Kinmundy Hotel, formerly the Ryan House.

March 9, 1905:

- Carl JONES: The community has been saddened by the Death Angel coming to the home of William JONES and taking from him and the home circle little Carl, the bright-eyed little boy who was so much to his father and to the home. Carl was born Sept. 16, 1898. After suffering over two weeks with consumption of the brain, he passed out of this life into the Glory world, Thursday Mach 2, aged 6 years, 5 months, and 14 days. Carl will be missed so much in the home. Each member of the family including the grandfather will feel that there is a vacant chair and a voice once so loved and familiar that has been husband; they will feel so lonely without him; he will not sing with grandpa anymore here on earth. The gate will open wide. He will say no more to his father "goodbye papa". After religious services on Friday his little form was laid to rest by the side of his mother at Sandy Branch.

- Oran JACKSON and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a new girl at their home recently.

- C.A. PORTER left yesterday morning for St. Louis after an extended visit in this city with his father, D.A. PORTER and family.

- Mrs. Levi EAST and tow sons of Marion, spent Sunday in this city with her mother, Mrs. M.J. LOVELL.

- Mr. William ORGAN of Tonti, and Mrs. Martha MANION of this city were united in marriage on last Sunday evening at the home of J.T. ARNOLD and wife in this city. Mrs. ARNOLD had prepared an elegant supper for this occasion which was highly enjoyed by all present. Mr. ORGAN and wife will reside 2½ miles south of Alma.

- Mrs. Joseph SULLENS, who resided west of Alma, died Saturday, March 4, after a lingering illness of consumption. She was about 30 years of age and had been a member of the M.E. church South for a number of years. A very large crowd attended the funeral which took place from the Baptist church at Greenridge Sunday afternoon. Her body sleeps in the Martin cemetery. A husband and precious babe, three brothers and four sisters are left to mourn her demise.

- Alma Express: Mrs. Mae SULLENS, wife of Joe SULLENS died at home southwest of ____ last Saturday night. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Greenridge Church conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. Interment was made in the Martin Cemetery.

- Miss Mertia ROTAN is in Neoga assisting in caring for her sister, Mrs. H.T. WITWER, who is quite sick.

March 16, 1905:

- Mrs. Wm. H. HAMMERS of this city died Monday evening after a month’s illness, aged 48 years, 6 months, and 25 days. The funeral service was held in the C.P. church yesterday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. O.E. LOCKERT. The bereaved husband and children have the entire sympathy of all.

- W.O. TUCKER and wife were up from Odin attending the funeral of her sister, Mrs. W.H. HAMMERS yesterday morning.

- Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER and babe of Odin are visiting in this city with her parents, J.H. JACKSON and wife.

- J.L. WHITAKER of Chicago, spent Saturday and Sunday in this city with his mother, Mrs. F.A. PRUETT.

- Joseph WHITE and wife of Kankakee have returned home after attending the funeral of their mother, Mrs. MEADOWS, at this place last Wednesday.

- An infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART, residing southwest of this city, died last Thursday March 9th. On the day following and after religious serves over the remains of this dear little one, it’s little form was tenderly laid to rest in the Eastland cemetery.

- A fine ten pound boy arrived at the home of J.H. LEIS and wife yesterday morning.

- Meacham Mentions: Elmer, the five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Manroe HOLMES who was recently operated on for appendicitis is getting along nicely.

- Meacham Mentions: Jimmie CAMPBELL died Sunday evening after suffering several months with lung trouble. The funeral was held at Union Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. O.E. LOCKERT.

- Meacham Mentions: The Rockhold school closed Friday after a six months term of successful work. The patrons of the school surprised the teacher, Miss Mary SHEPARD with a splendid dinner. In the afternoon the pupils rendered an excellent program. The Booker school also closed last Friday. The patrons of the school gave their teacher, Mrs. Napoleon POTTER a dinner. There was a program given in the afternoon.

March 23, 1905:

- The most disastrous fire that Centralia has suffered for years occurred early this morning when the upper portion of the Hammer Building on East Broadway was completely gutted. (*)

- Farina Express: John FORD and wife of Alma were guests of Mr. and Mrs. GANT, the first of the week.

- Farina Express: Ed FORD was up from Alma on business Monday.

- Farina Express: Friends of Mr. and Mrs. SATTERLEE celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last Sunday.

- Sunday being Mrs. SLAGLEY’s birthday, fifty or more of her friends gathered at her home and surprised her by a big dinner.

- Mrs. Alice PHILLIPS of Louisville is visiting here with her sister, Mrs. L.R. DAVIS.

- Mrs. Chas. LEATH, of Champaign, is visiting near this city with her parents, Geo. HARGRAVES and family.

- Edith Opal, the infant daughter of Harry BRASEL and wife, died last Thursday after a brief illness, aged 1 year, 6 months, and 26 days. After religious services at the family residence the remains were tenderly laid to rest. Four little girls acted as pall bearers.

- Earl BARBEE of this city and Miss Ollie WILEY of Patoka were married last Thursday evening at the residence of and by Squire J.W. HAWORTH. The happy couple will make their home in this city.

- James CAMPBELL was born in Marion county, Ill., April 4, 1886, and died at the home of his mother, Sunday March 12, 1905, aged 18 years, 11 months, and 12 days. His death came after a lingering illness, but he was a patient sufferer and was ready to go. He was well known and was highly esteemed by those with whom he came in contact. He leaves to mourn his loss, a mother, three sisters, and three brothers.

March 30, 1905:

- J.H. JACKSON spent Sunday in Daily with his son, Oran, and family.

- Mrs. Chas. CLAYTOR and Mrs. FINCH of St. Elmo, are visiting in this city with Mrs. CLAYTOR’s mother, Mrs. Joseph CRAIG.

- Four Deaths: Mrs. Barbara SCHOENBORN, of this city, died very suddenly last Sunday evening at six o’clock of heart trouble, aged 63 years, 10 months and 26 days. She had been enjoying good health up to the time of her death and it was a great surprise to all. The funeral was held at the Catholic church Tuesday morning at 10:30 conducted by Rev. Father HENKEN. She leaves an aged and helpless husband, four sons and two daughters to mourn to departure all being present at the funeral except the baby boy, John, who is in the U.S. Navy and now stationed at San Francisco.

- Mrs. Elizabeth WILSON, a former resident of this city, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary GOOD, in Lawrence, Kansas, Tuesday, March 28th, aged 93 years, 3 months, and 20 days. The body will arrive here this evening and will be taken to the home of her son, John W. WILSON, and the casket will be open from 9 to 10 o’clock tomorrow. At 10:30 a memorial service will be held at the M.E. church, conducted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY and assisted by Capt. ROHRBOUGH. The friends of the family are invited to attend.

- Mrs. Jane VALLOW of this city, died at the home yesterday morning, aged 78 years, 10 months, and 11 days. The funeral service was held at the M.E. church this afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, after which interment was made in the Kinmundy cemetery.

- Mrs. Barbara SCHATZ, and aged German lady residing west of Farina, died in the hospital at Effingham Tuesday night and the body arrived here this morning for burial, the funeral service being held at the Catholic church at 10 o’clock.

- Geo. H. VALLOW, of Plainsville, Kan., arrived here last night to attend the funeral of his mother.

- O.P., Chas., Ellis and Hershel VALLOW came up from O’Fallon to attend the funeral of their mother and grandmother, Mrs. Jane VALLOW.

- Rev. John VALLOW of Nebraska arrived here last night to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Jane VALLOW.

- Chas. W. JONES of Decatur and Miss Susie PEARSON, of North Fork were married Sunday evening at six o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. PEARSON, five miles northwest of this city by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. The wedding march was played very beautifully by Miss Rena JONES. After the ceremony and congratulations, the guests were invited to the dining room where all enjoyed an elegant supper, after which the evening was very pleasantly spent with music and social conversation. A large number of relatives and friends were in attendance. On Monday an infair dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. JONES by 18 couples. To say that all were royally entertained would be a very mild expression of the occasion, but all present think it was one of the most enjoyable occasions of the kind ever attended. The happy young people will leave Saturday for Decatur, where Mr. JONES is employed as fireman on the I.C.R.R. and where they will make their future home. The best wishes of all follow them.

- Geo. WEST of Topeka, Kansas, arrived in this city last evening to visit a few days with his uncle, C.H. WEST, and family. He just recently returned from the Philippines where he has spent the past few years.

- Alma Express: T.E. MAULDING of East St. Louis, visited last week with his mother, Mrs. I. MAULDING.

- Miss Ida RUTHERFORD was in Hagarstown Friday attending the funeral of her grandfather, Rev. Joseph RUTHERFORD.

- Farina Express: Billy BIRCHMAN was found dead in the road near Henry IRISH’s last Saturday. It is supposed he had a fit and his team either threw him out, or he fell out and broke his neck.

- Farina Express: Lizzie DUNHAM CHESHIRE is a happy mother of a boy.

- Farina Express: Wylie HUSTON and Miss Bessie HARKEY were married Tuesday night. Congratulations.

April 6, 1905:

- John W. HALL Dead: Notice was received here last evening of the death of John W. HALL at his home in Dublin, Ind. He was born Dec. 16, 1859, and died April 3, 1905. A private funeral was held at the home at 2 o’clock p.m. April 5. Mr. HALL and family resided here for several months on what is known as the Eckels farm and moved to Indiana only a few months ago. He was thorough business man and was respected by all.

- Election Returns:

Kinmundy Township:

   For Supervisor: William MORRIS, dem., 208; J.T. ARNOLD, rep., 200

            (Next week’s paper made the correction the J.T. ARNOLD received 209)

    For Town Clerk: D.C. BEAVER, dem., 242; C.S. NEIL, rep., 157

    For Assessor: Elisha HAMMERS, dem., 192; E.A. SNELLING, rep., 216

    For Collector: Chas. F. PRUETT, dem., 189; M.B. NELMS, rep., 226

    For Com. Of Highways: John EAGAN, dem., 208; J.O. FISH, rep., 189

    For Justice of the Peace: J.M. ROTAN, dem., 217; J.A. BAYLIS, dem., 210

    J.R. YOUNGKIN, rep., 150; J.M. BASS, rep., 158

    For Constable: A.G. PORTER, dem., 241; W.H. HAMMERS, dem., 183;

    Emmit HARGRAVES, rep., 153; Robert FLANNIGAN, rep., 170

    For Trustees of Schools: Orcellis SEE, dem., 239; Early MARSHALL, 147

- Memorial Service: Memorial services were held last Friday morning March 31, at 10:30 at the M.E. church, in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth WILSON, who, with her husband and family, was a well known and highly respected citizen of our community until a few years ago. The following obituary presents a brief sketch of her life: Mrs. Elizabeth WILSON (nee CORWIN) was born Dec. 10, 1812 in Maysville, Ky. In 1827 removed to Pike Co., Ohio, where on June 12, 1834, she was married to Richard T. WILSON. They came to Illinois in 1841 and settled on a farm south of Kinmundy. Here her children were brought up and here in 1867, her husband departed for the better land. After the death of her husband she came to town and here resided for about 12 years, since which time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mary GOOD in Lawrence, Kan. She was converted in 1839, and has spent 36 years as a devout Christian and faithful member of the M.E. church. She was ever a devoted wife and a kind hearted mother, always looking on the bright side of life and cheering others by her kindness and good advice. Of their seven children, four remain, two sons, Montgomery, of Decatur, and John W. of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. T.D. SPYKER of Paris, and Mrs. Mary GOOD of Lawrence, Kan., at whose home she died on Tuesday, March 28, 1905, at the age of 92 years, 3 months, and 18 days. The funeral service were held at the home of her daughter, Wed. March 29 by the pastor of the M.E. church after which the remains were brought here. The memorial services were conducted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY assisted by C. ROHRBOUGH. After prayer and reading of an appropriate Scripture lesson from the 22d chapter of Revelations, tributes were paid to her life and influenced by C. ROHRBOUGH, Mrs. M.M. HENSLEY, Mrs. A.E.W. PRUETT and the pastor. The music was beautiful and appropriate as were also the floral offerings. Thus has passed from labor to reward a faithful follower of Jesus. The sympathy of every friend is extended to the bereaved. The prayer of every faithful Christian goes up to God in their behalf.

- Limb Broken: Early this morning Y.P. BARBEE met with quite a serious accident, which resulted with a broken limb. Mr. BARBEE was working with a sick horse and the animal fell on his leg breaking it between the ankle and knee. It is quite a serious accident for a man of his age and may prove fatal.

- Dr. DILLMAN of Ingraham, died Tuesday from injuries received from being thrown from a buggy while on his way to make a professional call.

- B.W. BLAKESLEE returned home Tuesday from Sedalia, Mo., where he spent a portion of the winter with his daughter, Mrs. Harry R. FINKE.

- A.L. COX has sold his livery stock to Capt. A.S. GRAY of Patoka, and the business will be conducted at the old stand by E.S. GRAY. Ed is a hustler and thoroughly understands the livery business. New stock will be added and everything will be up to the standard.

- Caroline NEAVILL whose maiden name was HENSLEY, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lizzie HOLT near Vernon, Ill., March 23, 1905, in her 75th year. She was a good Christian woman and has many friends. She was buried by the side of her first husband, Avad COLBURN in the city cemetery Friday, March 24.

- John SCHOENBORN returned to his city Sunday to spend a week with homefolks. For the past four years he has been a member of the U.S. Navy and his time will expire in May. He is being transferred from the Western coast to the Eastern and while enroute East got permission to spend a few days at home. He is looking fine and his many home friends are glad to see him.

- Misses Ethel GEORGE and Grace SHEPARD left Monday morning for Charleston, where they will attend the spring term of school.

- Death of Rev. Joseph RUTHERFORD: Rev. Joseph RUTHERFORD, better known by the appellation of "Uncle Joe" died at his home in Hagarstown last Wednesday after a protracted illness and breaking down. He was 87 years old and was one of the oldest and best known Methodist preachers in southern Illinois. He was a circuit rider in the early days with all that implies of hardship and privation. We hope to be favored with a brief history of his life from some one better acquainted with it than we. The funeral services were held in church at Hagarstown Friday afternoon and were of a "memorial" character conducted by Rev. O.H. CLARK, assisted by Revs. CROW, BASCOM, and SULLENS. The remains were brought to this city for burial. (Vandalia Union)

April 13, 1905:

- Obituary: Mrs. Jane VALLOW (nee KENNEDY) was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, May 18th, 1826. She was united in marriage to Geo. W. VALLOW in 1846, and after some years spent in Ohio, removed to Indiana. In1874 they came to Illinois where the remainder of their lives were spent. To them were born ten children, one of whom died in infancy, another at the age of 19 years, while eight survive; four sons and four daughters, namely, Oliver P. of O’Fallon; Rev. John L. of Fullerton, Neb.; Emmet A., of LaJunta, Col.; George W., Plainville, Kan.; Mrs. Armande C. BRANCH, Mrs. Matilda G. SPICER, Mrs. Elizabeth A. BATES of this city, and Mrs. Mary L. BRADLEY of Norris City, Ill. Mrs. VALLOW was converted at thee age of 11 years and has spent 68 years in the service of Christ as a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She loved God, partook much of His spirit and labored faithfully for the promotion of His cause. Funeral services were held in the M.E. church Thursday afternoon, March 30, conducted by N.D. SWEENY. Text: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Appropriate remarks were made by Capt. C. ROHRBOUGH, expressing the high esteem in which she had been held by the church. Interment made in the city cemetery.

- Farina Express: The families of Mr. DUDMAN and Geo. NORMAN went over to the funeral of Mr. DUDMAN’s daughter, Myrta, last Wednesday.

- Meacham Mentions: Ed Huts LACEY and wife left one day last week for Barstow, Texas. Ed has severe throat and bronchial trouble and things he will be benefitted by the change of climate. At Barstow they would meet his father, A.H. LACEY and two children, who have spent the winter there. And together they will probably locate in Mexico.

- Frank MILLER of Casey is visiting in this city with his parents.

- I.D. INGRAM and family left Monday night for Ephrates, Washington, where Mr. INGRAM has large land interests and where they will make their future home. They leave hosts of friends here who wish them success in their new home.

April 20, 1905:

- Seven Graduate. Gray’s Opera House Well Filled. Excellent Program Throughout - Audience well pleased - Bertha STEUBER won first in Oratory; Hallett SNELLING second: In Gray’s Opera House on the evening of April 13 was one of the most brilliant entertaining and instructive exercises in the history of the high school of Kinmundy. The large hall, with a seating capacity of 500, was well filled by an eager and appreciative audience. The curtain rose exactly at 8 o’clock, the Orchestra inaugurating the performance by rendering in sweet harmony The Eclipse Galop, followed by the Class March, Miss Gail GRAY, Invocation, Rev. O.E. LOCKART, and selected Instrumental solo by Miss Grace MACE. The Graduating class consisted of Misses Edna M. SEE, Burnie BAYLISS, Nellie B. BEAVER, Mr. Hallett M. SNELLING, Misses Clara E. COFFMAN, Bertha W. STEUBER, and Paulene H. NEIL. (*)

- George W. POWELL: George Washington POWELL was born in Worcester Co., Maryland, Feb. 1, 1840. He came to Indiana in 1881 and engaged in farming and on Jan. 22, 1874, he was married to Miss Nancy ALSUP. To this union was born eight children, four daughters and four sons; two daughters and one son have preceded the father to the better world. Mr. POWELL moved from Indiana to Kansas in 1880 but not liking the climate there he came to Illinois the following year and settled in Cumberland County. He lived in Cumberland and Shelby counties until four years ago. Then he moved to Marion county, where he died April 19, 1905. The funeral was conducted from the church on his farm by the Rev. HISER. He told his family and friends that he was not afraid to die and was ready to go. And proved his faith by the cool manner in which he consciously became unconscious to things of this world. We need not say that he was a loving husband, a kind father and loved by those who knew him for to say that he was a true earnest Christian means all that and more.

- Obituary: Miss Nevada WICKENHAUSER was born at Alma, Ill., Oct. 27, 1881, and was married to Mr. Noah SULLENS, of Alma, Dec. 12, 1899. To this union was born two children, Neoma and Leona. She professed faith in Christ Jan. 1, 1905, and was buried with Christ in baptism Jan. 8, 1905, of that dread disease, consumption, at the age of 23 years, 5 months, and 20 days. She leaves to mourn their great loss two little children, a father, mother and two sisters, Mrs. Ella FEATHERSTON of Odin, and Miss Ruby WICKENHOUSER of this city, an aged grandmother and a host of relatives and friends. When dying she said to her parents "this is my last night. I’ve got to go, I would love to live longer, but I am ready to go." Just before the breath left her body, she told her father to raise her up, and said "I am gone, goodbye."

- Chas. C. FENSTER has sold his brick building occupied by J.H. NELMS, to the Springfield Brewing Company, consideration $3550. It is reported that Lee HAWORTH will occupy the building.

- Harry and Chas. PORTER of Chicago, are visiting in this city with their mother, Mrs. R.F. PORTER, and brother, A.G.

- At the city election held Tuesday the entire Citizen’s Ticket was elected. The following is the vote:

First Ward

For Mayor: W.W. LOWE - 51; G.L. EAGAN - 62

For City Clerk: D.C. BEAVER - 47; G.N. HAWORTH - 67

For City Treasurer: Hugo MILLER - 39; F.W. KILLIE - 75

For City Attorney: E.C. HUGGINS - 46; G.W. RUTHERFORD - 68

For Alderman: C.W. WITWER - 46; J.C. CABANIS - 67

Second Ward

For Mayor: W.W. LOWE - 20; G.L. EAGAN - 55

For City Clerk: D.C. BEAVER - 21; G.N. HAWORTH - 54

For City Treasurer: Hugo MILLER - 16; F.W. KILLIE - 57

For City Attorney: E.C. HUGGINS - 21; G.W. RUTHERFORD - 52

For Alderman: A.M. YOUNG - 60

Third Ward

For Mayor: W.W. LOWE - 31; G.L. EAGAN - 47

For City Clerk: D.C. BEAVER - 40; G.N. HAWORTH - 39

For City Treasurer: Hugo MILLER - 34; F.W. KILLIE - 45

For City Attorney: E.C. HUGGINS - 38; G.W. RUTHERFORD - 41

For Alderman: O.L. EIKENBERRY - 34.; E.G. MENDENHALL - 44

- The School Election: The annual school election was held here last Saturday and the following is the vote:

For President: N.A. RICE - 215

For Directors (Two to elect): Thos. BAGOTT - 175; Jno. MOTCH - 114; Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH - 81; L.R. DAVIS - 174

April 27, 1905:

- Meacham Mentions: Wm. NICHOLS, wife and daughter, Mrs. Ella ALLPHIN, of Missouri, visited with their daughter and sister, Mrs. Vard COCKRELL Saturday and Sunday.

- Meacham Mentions: Last Wednesday, April 12, occurred the 50th anniversary of W.S. NICHOLS wedded life and the relatives planned and executed a complete surprise for them. They found it necessary in the morning to go to Farina to take the weekly marketing and upon their return at noon they were met at the gate by a daughter who lives in Missouri and they had not heard of her coming home. But the surprise was indeed complete when they entered the house and found it well filled with their children and grandchildren and other relatives to the number of about 80, who had brought their dinner baskets full of good things to tempt the appetite. It is needless to say that a splendid dinner and a genuine family reunion was enjoyed and a good social time in general by all present. Rev. LOCKART and wife, of Kinmundy, and Dr. THOMPSON, of Oskaloosa, were the only persons present besides relatives. Some beautiful presents were given them in remembrance of the occasion.

- A Former Citizen: The sudden and untimely death of John W. HALL, Monday morning at his home in Dublin, cast a shadow of gloom over this city where at the head of the Hall Mercantile Co. he had been in business for the past year. He was taken sick on Thursday and sought medical advice. A consultation of physicians determined the disease as appendicitis and as a last resort an operation was performed by Dr. BOWERS on Sunday. The disease was present in it’s most virulent form and there was no hope of continuing life beyond a few hours. He accepted the situation with the philosophy of a hero, gave his family the last touch of a loving husband and father, and closed his eyes in peaceful death. No man was more respected in all walks of social and business life; his courteous and dignified manner and great natural kindness of heart, the beauty and felicity of his home life; his large and cultivated experience and practical judgment; his firm and unflinching adherence to the Golden Rule, endeared him to men and his death will be universally regretted. Mr. HALL was a native of Indiana. He was born at Red Key, Dec. 14, 1859, the second son of Thomas and Emily HALL. His early inclinations were toward mercantile life and he laid the foundation of his success by entering the trade at Portland while yet a boy. He possessed that geniality that commanded respect and it was not many years until he embarked in business fore himself, stimulated by the friends who were cognizant of his ability and worth. In Feb. 1904, he purchased the Main street opera house and converted it into a department store, which he conducted with unvarying success. At Nashville, Tenn. he married Miss Libbie BENIDICT, who survives him. They were the parents of five children, four girls and one boy, who are thus deprived early in life of an affectionate father. The remains were opened to the public at the family home in Dublin, Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and many called to pay the last tribute. The business men of Cambridge City went in a body and also contributed a beautiful floral piece. Private services were held at the home at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. WALTERS, of the M.E. Church of which Mr. HALL was a consistent member, after which the body was buried beside that of his father in the cemetery at Dublin. (Cambridge City Tribune, Thursday, April 6.)

- 86th Mile Post: Last Monday was the 86th birthday anniversary of Dr. A.J.G. HALL of this city, and according to his usual custom the day was celebrated at his home by about 40 of his gentleman friends at the noon hour by a fine spread of good things to eat, etc. In honor of the event the Dr. was presented a handsome Morris chair, of which he is very proud. The doctor enjoys his usual good health and bids fair to enjoy many more such occasion.

- Farina Express: Shelley MAXON of Chicago, is visiting his mother, Mrs. Hattie MAXON.

- Farina Express: Lester J. STORMENT, of Centralia, and Miss Jessie GLICK were married at the home of the bride’s parents, at eight o’clock yesterday evening. They will make their home in Centralia.

- A Family Reunion: A family reunion was held at the home of J.B. CONANT and wife on Easter. A large crowd was present and a good time was enjoyed by all. At 11:30 an excellent dinner was served in the dining room. The center of the table was ornamented with a dish filled with eggs to which A. CONANT did justice, while Big and Mr. BARBY served cake right and left. We wish this good couple many more happy Easters with their children and grandchildren.

- D.R. HANNA spent Sunday in Odin with his sister, Mrs. E.A. COLE.

- Mrs. Dora BRENNER returned home Tuesday evening after spending a month in Weleetka, Ind. Ter. with her daughter, Mrs. Chas. C. FENSTER.

- Miss Anna CRAIG came down from Chicago last Thursday evening to visit her mother, Mrs. Joseph CRAIG.

- H.G. WHITSON and wife of St. Louis arrived her last evening to visit a short while with his parents, J.P. WHITSON and family.

- Mrs. J.F. CROFT has moved from this city to Oaktown, Ind., where she will make her future home. Mrs. CROFT is highly esteemed by every Kinmundy citizen and all regret to have her move from our city. She was accompanied by sister, Miss May HAUGHTON, who has been here the past winter.

- J.E. LASATER has sold all his property in this city, including two residences and the brick barber shop, to Thos. W. HAYMOND. The barber supplies were purchased by Sullens & Malone, who will continue business at the Lasater Brick. Mr. LASATER and family will leave about the 15th of next month for Ashland, Oregon, where it is hoped the health of Mrs. LASATER will be improved.

May 4, 1905:

- Wind and Water: Kinmundy Suffered Great Loss: This locality was visited by a tornado last Friday evening about six o’clock and the wind blew a terrific gale for almost thirty minutes, uprooting trees, demolishing small buildings, unroofing barns, falling chimneys and doing a great damage to the electric light and telephone systems. Many orchards in this vicinity suffered great loss and many of those in the path of the storm were almost totally destroyed. The city park happened to be in the right place to be struck by the strongest part of the storm and the large maple trees were broken and many of them ruined. The old warehouse east of the park used by Mathews and Miner for storing hay was completely torn to pieces and they hay was somewhat water-soaked after the storm. The roof of Harmony Baptist church, a mile south of town, was blown off and the church furniture was greatly damaged. A few miles west and northwest of town several barns were unroofed and some were blown down and several horses were reported killed. Chimneys in all parts of town were destroyed and in some instances damage was done to the buildings by the falling chimneys. Frank McCONNELL had a narrow escape from being hurt while driving home from Salem. He was about two miles south of town when the storm struck him and the strong wind and flying debris made it almost impossible for him to control his horses. When he arrived at Gray’s livery, it was found that one of his horses had a severe wire cut on the front leg and it was some time before the flow of blood could be stopped. John HARGRAVE had his buggy and horses hitched near the JONES Brick under the large maple trees and after the storm he found his buggy had been struck by a large limb and was badly torn up, but very fortunately the horse was unhurt. The storm could be heard coming for several minutes before it struck here and our people were expecting almost anything to happen. It seems as though two clouds met here - one from the southwest and the other from the northwest and when they struck they put "People to talking". This is the most severe storm that this locality has witnessed in 20 years and it is hoped by all that it will be 120 before we have another. Taking evening into consideration our people consider themselves very fortunate in escaping with no one killed or even hurt. Of course the loss of property is a great deal, but it might and could have been more.

- New Restaurant: I wish to inform the general public that I will open up a firstclass Restaurant in two weeks. Everything new and up-to-date. Never out and never over. Meals at all hours. Give me a call and you will find just what you are looking for. Located in the new brick known as Gray’s Opera Block. A.L. COX, Prop.

- Farina Express: The storm last Friday night was quite severe hereabouts. Two windmills were blown down for Charlie WADE and a barn unroofed. Thos. SWITZER’s barn was blown down, a good many orchard trees were destroyed for E.M. WHITFORD and considerable damage was done to Henry IRISH’s house.

- Advertisement: New Location! On and after today you will find me in the Bargh Brick, formerly occupied by F.E. NELMS, where it will carry a full line of Restaurant Goods. Ice Cream, Soft Drinks, Cigars, Tobacco, Fruits, Nuts, &c. We invite a share of your trade. Art SULLENS.

May 11, 1905:

- LAMBORN-NICHOLS: The chime of wedding bells is again heard in our own community. Mr. I. Lenard LAMBORN and Miss Gertie NICHOLS were united in marriage at the home of the bride, seven miles west of Kinmundy on Wednesday, May 10. The bride is a charming and very highly respected young lady of the North Fork district. The groom is a prosperous young farmer of Scottsville, Kan. He met Miss NICHOLS about three years ago while visiting friends and relatives in this locality and their friendship has grown to such an extent that he has now come and claimed her as his bride. The happy couple entered the parlor at seven o’clock. The bride was robed in a dress of snow white persian. The groom was dressed in the usual conventional black. The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. After congratulations, they repaired to the dining room where and excellent supper was served. The remainder of the evening was spent in a social way until ten o’clock when the guests began to depart with many good wishes for the bride and groom. The bride and groom will spend a few days visiting friends when they will leave for Scottsville, Kan., where they will make their future home. They received many beautiful wedding gifts.

- MINER-TAYLOR: Harry E. MINER, of this city, and Miss Anna TAYLOR of Noble, Ill., were married last evening at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Hugh SANDERSON, Sr., there being present only a few intimate friends. Mr. MINER and bride are expected to arrive in this city tonight and they will stay at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. MATTHEW until their home is completed and furnished. The many friends of Mr. MINER are arranging to give him a warm reception upon his arrival here. Cow bells and tin horns are in demand.

- Walter GEORGE Injured: Last Saturday morning Walter GEORGE of this city met with a serious accident at Odin. He was attempting to board a northbound I.C. freight train and in some way missed his footing and slipped under, cutting his right limb off between the knee and ankle. He was taken to the office of Dr. TRACEY where he was given medical attention and the leg dressed. He was brought home in the afternoon on a freight and seems to be getting along nicely.

- Teachers Employed: The school board met Tuesday night and employed the entire corps of teachers for the next term of school. The corps will be as follows: J.A. DAVIS, Superintendent; Evangeline PARRILL, Principal; Grace WILLIAMS, No. 5; Pauline BAGOTT, No. 4; Martha PRUETT, No. 3; Fredreka STEUBER, No. 2; Mrs. A.E.W. PRUETT, No. 1; Harvey BRANSON, Janitor.

- Lyman COX has purchased the Fenster soda fountain and other restaurant goods and is ready for business.

- Mrs. T.W. WILLIAMS and Dug WILLIAMS of this city, received a telegram Friday evening from Fort Lipcomb, Alaska, stating that their brother, Charles WILLIAMS, had died there that day. He was a member of Company E, Third U.S. Infantry and has been in Alaska for several months. The deceased had been in the service since the Spanish-American War and went through the Philippine campaign. After returning from the Phillippines he went to Columbus, Ohio, where he went into the regulars and upon his re-enlistment in this branch of the service last June he was sent to the post at which he died. Mr. WILLIAMS will be remembered by our people having been a resident of our city for some time, he being at one time interested in the barber business with the late Ferdinand KAISER at this place. The remains will be shipped here and taken to Kinmundy for burial. The time of arrival of the body is not known but it will probably take about thirty days for the body to reach this place. The death of the brother was the more startling owing to the fact that Mrs. WILLIAMS received a letter from him a few days since stating that he was in excellent health and was looking forward to a time when he would return home. (Salem Republican)

May 17, 1905:

- Music Hath Charms: Last Monday evening about 9 o’clock, about 30 persons met at the store of J.H. NELMS with musical instruments of various kinds, consisting of cow bells, tin horns, etc., etc., and marched to the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. MATTHEWS, where Mr. and Mrs. H.E. MINER were staying. Upon the arrival the crowd filed up on the porch where two very beautiful and harmonious musical selections were rendered, when Mr. MATTHEWS appeared on the scene with light refreshments which he passed with the compliments of the bride and groom. This part of the program was well performed and of course each serenader "took a bite" before he or she discovered the cakes had been flavored with coal oil. This did not satisfy the trespassers and they rendered another very thrilling selection when the lights were turned on and the large double doors opened and the crowd invited in. After extending congratulations to the bride and groom the orchestra rendered a few selections when Mrs. MATTHEWS and her daughter, Miss Hulda, served ice cream and cake. The remainder of the evening was spent in a social and musical way when the crowd departed, everyone feeling as though the evening had been an enjoyable one and welcoming Mr. and Mrs. MINER to our city.

- New Meat Market: I have opened a new Meat Market in the Dr. Miller building, lately vacated by Sullen’s restaurant and carry a full line of fresh and salt meat. Give me a trial order and you will be convinced we handle only the best. E.B. BARBEE.

- John G. BRENNER came home from Indianapolis and spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. Dora BRENNER.

- R.W. WALTERS spent Sunday in LaClede with his parents and attended the marriage of his brother, Dense WALTERS, of Centralia, and Miss Mae KEPNER, of LaClede.

- Farina Express: Geo. STARKEY and Miss Mary HUSTON were married Wednesday night.

May 25, 1905:

- Prof. DAVIS Resigned: Our people were somewhat surprised yesterday when it was learned that Prof. Jas. A. DAVIS had tendered his resignation as superintendent of our public schools to accept a similar position in Flora at an increase of $200. The board of education met here a few days ago and re-employed the entire corps of teachers at the same salary as last year for a seven months school. It had been talked on the streets that the school board would make the term eight months, but when they met at the regular monthly meeting, a motion to that effect died for the want of a second, and consequently, Dr. DAVIS did not feel that he could teach a seven months school for $700 when he could go to Flora and teach a month longer for $200 more money. A city like Kinmundy should have an eight months school for many reasons, one being that every other school in the Association has eight and eight and half months, and their contestants have that advantage over ours. Another reason is that when a pupil goes from an eight months school to the State University to complete the course, he or she is not required to take a rigid examination, while one from a seven months school is compelled to do so. We are of the opinion that eight months in school is none too long for the majority of pupils and the expense of the extra month will not burden the people with extra taxes. If Flora, Salem, Odin, Sandoval, Patoka, and other neighboring towns can enjoy an eight months school, why can’t Kinmundy? We are sorry to have Prof. DAVIS leave our school as the past year has been one of the best and most satisfactory school year’s Kinmundy he had for a long time. His services have been first class and have given entire satisfaction to all. We can cheerfully recommend him to Flora as an instructor and a gentleman.

- Meacham Express: Aunt Kitty RICHARDSON is visiting her son, Jim RICHARDSON and family and her daughter, Mrs. Clabe COCKRELL and family.

- A quiet wedding occurred at the parsonage of the M.E. church South yesterday evening, the contracting parties being Harry NICHOLS and Miss Anna COURSON, both of Meacham twp., Rev. O.E. LOCKART officiating. These young people are highly respected and their many friends wish them a long and happy life.

- The body of Charles WILLIAMS arrived in this city Saturday night from Fort Liscum, Alaska, where he died April 26th. The funeral service was held in the M.E. Church South Sunday afternoon at 1:30 conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. The services at the grave were conducted by the members of the Spanish-American war, there being present - Col. J.C. CABANIS, Major F.S. SONGER, J.T. BROWN, S.B. PARRILL, A.B. SWITZER, Fred BARROW, George MESSER, S.B. BASCOM and Carl BOONE. Clyde CAMERER and John SCHOENBORN, of the U.S. Navy, were also present. The floral tribute was very fine. The deceased was 35 years of age and leaves a wife, mother, five brothers and one sister to mourn their loss of their loved one.

- A.D. WILLIAMS and family of Salem were in this city Sunday attending the funeral of his brother, Chas. WILLIAMS.

- Orville FOSTER came down from Matteson Sunday morning and visited till Monday evening with his parents, A.J. FOSTER and wife.

- Chas. W. HANNA, of Alma, was in this city Monday, on business. He has just returned from Florida where he has been for several months running a saw mill. He expects to spend the summer at Alma and return to Florida again in the fall.

June 1, 1905:

- A Surprise: On last Sunday morning while Mr. and Mrs. Wilford SMITH were at church about thirty relatives and friends met at their home in honor of Mrs. SMITH’s 28th birthday. She was agreeably surprised on returning home to find the table well filled with a variety of good things to eat and appreciated the kindness of these good people. The occasion was a pleasant one of which will long be remembered by each one present. Those from a distance were Mrs. O’CONNELL and son, of Effingham, and Harve and Robert BRANSON and families, of Kinmundy. We hope Mrs. SMITH will live to enjoy many more birthdays and that she will always look back with pleasure to the year of 1905. Mr. and Mrs. S. formerly resided near this city and their friends here are pleased to know they are so highly esteemed in their present location near Louisville.

- A Good Horse Dead: The loves of good horses will no doubt regret to learn that Colonel Rene, the noble trotting stallion at Farina, is dead. He was kicked by another horse and his leg broken, which necessitated the killing of the animal. Colonel was the first trotting horse in this section of the country and his colts have demanded a good price. He had a race record of 2:35 and made trial miles in ten seconds less time. One of the best colts ever sired by this great horse is Pat Rene, the sorrel trotting stallion owned by N.J. ROBNETT of this city. Pat has all the necessary qualifications of a trotting horse and is a beautiful sorrel. He has the size and his colts are well marked with trotting points. If you are looking for a horse to fill the place of Colonel Rene you will have to go to his favorite son Pat Rene. He can be found at the place of N.J. ROBNETT a mile northeast of Kinmundy. Mr. ROBNETT has two other young horses sired by Colonel Rene that are excellent breeders and will make as powerful horses as their sire. If it’s a good horse you are looking for call and see what Mr. ROBNETT has to show you.

- J.R. CLOW drove up from Alma yesterday afternoon on business. He has just returned from Florida, where himself and family spent the winter.

- Levi EAST, wife and two sons of Marion, are visiting in this city with her mother, Mrs. M.J. LOVEL.

- Mrs. Elizabeth BARGH, wife of Joseph BARGH, died at her home in this city Monday, May 29th, at 6 p.m., at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 20 days. The funeral services were held at the Christian church yesterday afternoon at 2:30 , conducted by Rev. F.O., FANNON, assisted by Revs. N.D. SWEENY and W.J. SIMER, after which interment was made in the city cemetery.

- Miss Ethel ROSS arrived here Friday morning from Chicago to spend a month with her parents, W.B. ROSS and family.

- Dwight MORRIS and wife, of Cairo, left Monday morning for Salem after spending Sunday here with his father, Wm. MORRIS, and family. They were accompanied by Mrs. Della CHARLTON and children, who will visit her brother.

- Farina Express: Miss Hattie DEAN, residing northwest of town, died last Friday of consumption.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Ed RICHARDSON and two sons of Hammond, La., are expected arrive here Saturday to spend a month with her parents, P.S. PARRILL and family.

June 8, 1905:

- At Rest: Elizabeth HAIGH, was born in Leeds, England, Dec. 9, 1832. She was the eldest of seven children and the care of the younger brothers and sisters was largely entrusted to her. Her parents were very strict in their religious beliefs and customs, being regular attendants at the services of the High Church of England and the Wesleyan Methodists. She united with the Wesleyan Methodists in early childhood. She was married to Joseph BARGH, Aug., 17, 1856. Two sons were born to them, Edwin Charles and George William BARGH. They came to America in 1859 landing at New Orleans. The first sight that greeted them was a sad one - the sale of slaves - often spoken of and commented upon in after years. They proceeded north and settled in the Southern part of Illinois. Her husband enlisted early in the conflict of the North against the South of Freedom against Slavery. Then came the severest struggles and hardships of her life; none can justly describe but those who endured the like. After a long sick spell in the hospital her husband was returned home on a furlough and afterwards received a discharge of final disability. In 1864, they moved to Knox Co., Ind., and the same year their youngest, George W., died. In company with her husband during the ministry of Elder B.F. TREAT, she united with the Christian church in August 1865. She was always a most faithful and zealous worker in the cause of Christ, ever impressed with the beauty and honor as a Christian of wearing the name of Christ only. They moved from Oaktown, Ind. to Kinmundy, Ill., in 1876. She was ever faithful in attendance at the church services and was a charter member of the Christian church, in this city organized June 23, 1899, and was a most zealous and ardent worker in every good work of the church until sickness and finally death came. She was called to her rich reward and to wear the crown that awaits all who are faithful to me, blessed Savior. She was also a loyal and active member of the Ladies of the Grand Army. She was loved and esteemed by all who knew her, which was beautifully shown by the many kind acts and words of love and sympathy during her sickness, and the many beautiful floral tributes from friends and neighbors, for all of which the family and relatives are most grateful appreciative. We can all join and say to her goodbye, sweet peace and rest, till we meet to enjoy that eternal bliss with all those whom the Lord will call blessed.

- WALTERS-REYNOLDS: Mr. Raymond W. WALTERS, of this city, and Miss Abbie REYNOLDS, of Mason, were married last Sunday at high noon at the home of the bride’s parents, W.B. REYNOLDS and wife, in Mason, Elder H.H. SMITHSON of Loogootee, officiating. Those who witnessed the ceremony were the parents of the contracting parties and Miss Nondas MONROE of LaClede. Mr. WALTERS is employed as bookkeeper in the _____ National Bank and is esteemed by everybody. The bride is one of the highly respected young ladies of Mason and is very popular where she is known. The newly wedded couple are stopping at the home of Mrs. Fannie SIMPSON, but will soon go to housekeeping in the Joseph BARGH property on Quality Hill. Congratulations.

- Miss Merta ROTAN returned home Thursday evening from Neoga where she has been several weeks with her sister, Mrs. Henry WITWER.

- L.L. LOYD and wife of Denver, Colo., arrived in this city recently to visit his parents, W.B. LOYD and wife.

- S.R. WOOLLEY is visiting in Mattoon with his daughter, Mrs. Roy FENSTER.

- A.S. SCHERMERHORN of Flora is visiting in this city with his son, A.V. SCHERMERHORN and family.

- Harry L. HOLLISTER and family of Tuscola, visited here over Sunday with her parents, Jas. RICHARDSON and family, east of town.

- Oran JACKSON, wife and babe, of Matthews, visited in this city Saturday and Sunday with his parents, J.H. JACKSON and family.

- Mrs. Geo. BLURTON, formerly of this city, died at the county home at Salem yesterday morning. The funeral service was held at Patoka today.

- Mrs. Jas. COCKRELL received word Monday evening from Burden, Kans., that her step-father, Solemon SMITH, had died that afternoon in that city at the age of 76 years. He was formerly a resident of Meacham twp., and joined the Masonic lodge here in the 60's and was, no doubt, buried by that order. He was a Mexican soldier.

- Miss Irene MAHAN of Chicago, arrived here Friday night to spend a month with her mother, Mrs. W.C. MAHAN.

- Mrs. Ella McADOO THOMPSON and babe, of Champaign, are visiting in this city with her father, Wm. McADOO and family.

- Fred VANDEVEER of St. Elmo, but formerly of this city, died last Monday night from injuries received by being kicked by a horse. He was taken to Louisville for burial.

- Pauline, the infant daughter of Ralph FORGERSON and wife, of Penfield, Ill., died last Friday and the body arrived here Saturday morning, accompanied by her parents. Interment was made in the Phillips Cemetery.

June 15, 1905:

- Alma Express: Little Frank CHANCE, son of Robert CHANCE, met with quite a serious accident last Friday while riding in a buggy with his father and H.P. WINKS. They were leading two horses with the halter lines tied together. By some misfortune the lines got wrapped around the little boys leg and the horses made a sudden stop, breaking the child’s limb at the thigh. The limb was set by Drs. S.L. LASWELL and Hugo MILLER. He is doing well.

- R.W. WALTERS and wife spent Sunday in Mason with her parents. Mrs. W. remained there to assist in caring for her sister, who is seriously ill.

- H.E. MINER and Jas. WOODS were out to Theo. GARRETT’s yesterday and Harry says it’s sure a good place to eat.

- A.V. SCHERMERHORN has purchased the property commonly known as the Jones Brick. He expects to move his lumber business to this place as soon as a new building can be erected on the lot. The new building will be 56x80, one story high and be built of cement building blocks, which Mr. SCHERMERHORN is preparing to manufacture in this city. The present brick building and the new one will make more room than ever for his business and in the new location the insurance rate will be much cheaper and it will be more convenient for him in many respects. Mr. S. has the push to make a success of his business and he is to be highly commended for his enterprise in erecting such a building. It will be another improvement in the right direction. Every new house erected makes a greater Kinmundy and that is what we all want to see.

- Advertisement: Ever Eat Meat? I wish to inform the public that I have purchased the Lamont Meat Market in the C. ROHRBOUGH building and will continue the business at the present location. I will keep Fresh and Salt Meats of all kinds and solicit a share of your patronage. J.W. WHITTEMORE.

- Mr. and Mrs. Jasper YOUNG of Iuka are visiting in this city with her brother, A.W. SONGER, and family.

- Advertisement: Teeth. Until June 1st I will make regular $20.00 teeth for $17.00. All mouths prepared during time at the same price. A fit guaranteed. J.L. LASWELL. Resident Dentist, Kinmundy, Illinois.

June 22, 1905:

- Solomon SMITH: The funeral services of Mr. Solomon SMITH of Burden, was held in the Lyceum building, June 7, at 12 o’clock high noon. The building was crowded to it’s fullest capacity. The services were conducted by Rev. Jesse H. JONES of this place. Solomon SMITH was born in Clinton Co., Tenn., March 6, 1828. In 1829 he moved to Marion county, Ill., with his parents. He was made a mason at Kinmundy, Ill. at the age of 21, affiliated with Dexter Lodge, A.F. & A.M., some 30 years ago, and for the past 20 years has been on the rolls of said lodge as an honorary member. He served with Company "C" First Illinois Volunteers, in the Mexican war, being mustered out with the company Oct. 13, 1848. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth WALL, Feb. 9, 1850, this union being blessed with seven children, six of whom survive him, the oldest, Mrs. James ETHERINGTON, who departed this life in December, 1903. This union was broken by death in June, 1876 and in January 1880, he was again united in marriage with Carrie HARRIS. To them were born five children, two of whom are living. Death again broke this union in 1897. He moved from Illinois to Cowley Co., Kansas, in Oct. 1870, settling upon a farm near Tisdale. From there he moved to Winfield, and in the past 17 years has been a respected resident of Burden. He died June 5, 1905, aged 77 years and 3 months. He was baptized May 18, 1905 by Rev. OWENS of the Christian Church of this city. The Masons took charge, being well represented. The deceased was a member of the Dexter Lodge A.F. & A.M. and by the request of that lodge the lodge of this place, No. 233 took charge. The remains were buried with true Masonic honors at the Tisdale cemetery, at which place, W.P. HACKNEY delivered an address over the grave, after which the Masons concluded with their beautiful ritualistic services and benediction by Rev. Jesse H. JONES. (The Burden, Kansas Eagle, June 15)

- Farina Express: Martin SHORT’s little girl, who has been attending the Jacksonville school for the Deaf and Dumb, is home for the summer weather.

- STEVENSON-HANSON: A quiet home wedding was celebrated at the home of Mrs. Tillie GEE, on Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock, the contracting parties being Mr. Albert E. STEVENSON of Brownstown, Ill., and Marcia C. HANSON of our city. It was strictly a private affair only the immediate family being present. The ceremony was performed by Rev. N.D. SWEENY of the M.E. Church. The bride was beautifully attired in white silk, the groom in the conventional black. Mr. STEVENSON is a promising young teacher, a recent graduate of McKendree college and highly respected by his many friends. Miss HANSON was also a McKendree student, a young lady of superior ability and culture and deservedly popular. They will for the present make their home among us. The Express joins their many friends in congratulations and best wishes for a long, useful and happy voyage of life.

- A fine boy arrived at the home of Chas. KELLER in Meacham the first of the week.

- Mrs. N.D. SWEENY and children are spending a few days in St. Jacobs with her father, Dr. B.F. STEVENS.

- Dr. CAMERER reports the arrival of a new girl at the home of C.D. RIDDLE and wife in Meacham one day last week.

- Mrs. E.C. BARGH and children went to Mason Monday to attend a reunion of the HOLBROOK family given in honor of Mr. Chas. HOLBROOK, who left yesterday for Oklahoma to remain indefinitely.

- J.F. MORGAN returned home Monday evening after a two months visit in Denver, Colo. with his son, Walter M. MORGAN and wife.

June 29, 1905:

- Serious Poisoning: The family of Dr. H.S. LAUCHNER had a narrow escape from fatal poisoning Sunday evening through the mistaken use of Tartarized Antimony in place of Cream of Tartar in making cakes. About a year ago what was purchased for a package of Cream of Tartar for use in baking, was labeled and put away without opening. Saturday Mrs. LAUCHNER, Mrs. Retts ARBUTHNOT, of Flora, and Mrs. Ben PHILLIPS of Kinmundy desired to use Cream of Tartar in some cakes, and this package was brought out and used, two cakes being made. One of them was eaten Sunday evening and in a short time, Dr. and Mrs. LAUCHNER, Mrs. ARBUTHNOT, and Miss Jennie PHILLIPS were all desperately sick. Mr. and Mrs. Ben PHILLIPS, who had been visiting Dr. and Mrs. LAUCHNER, had started for their home at Kinmundy before meal time taking the other cake with them. They stopped at the home of J.J. PHILLIPS in Marion County for supper and were notified by telephone of the serious condition of the family here, and a little later Dr. LAUCHNER having discovered the cause of the trouble, were informed of the other cake. Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS returned as soon as they could drive back, but the worst was over before their arrival. Mrs. LAUCHNER and Miss Jennie PHILLIPS were unconscious for several hours, they being the most seriously affected. All were able to get up Monday, but showed the effects of the experience they had been through. (Louisville Ledger)

- COPPLE-KLINE: About 25 invited guests assembled at the residence of Samuel HEISTAND, near Brubaker, last Sunday evening to witness the marriage of his niece, Miss Etta Agnes KLINE to Mr. Chas. E. COPPLE, of Omega. At 7:30 the wedding march was played by Miss MACE of Kinmundy and to it’s beautiful strains the wedding party entered the parlor. The bride and groom were attended by Chas. SIMER and Miss Amy HULTS. The impressive ceremony which made this loving couple one, was performed by Elder W.J. SIMER of Omega. After congratulations were offered all repaired to the dining room where all excellent supper was spread to which these guests did ample justice. The bride was attired in a beautiful dress of white soft silk and carried a bouquet of white carnations and ferns. The groom wore the conventional black. A number of pretty and useful presents were received consisting of table linen, handsome silver, china and glassware. Mr. and Mrs. COPPLE will for the present reside with his parents in Omega. On Monday Gorman COPPLE and wife of Omega, gave an infair dinner to about 100 of their friends in honor of their son, Chas. and wife. The day was enjoyed in spite of the intense heat and it can be truly said that Mr. COPPLE and his estimable wife are among the most hospitable entertainers of the little hamlet of Omega.

- FRENCH-YOUNG: On last Tuesday evening, a pretty wedding was observed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick YOUNG, three and one-half miles west of this city, when their daughter, Miss Lucy, was united in marriage to Mr. Alonzo FRENCH of this city. Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, performed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. FRENCH will make their home for the present with his father, C.B. FRENCH, in this city. Their many friends join in wishing them unbounded happiness.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Emogene FORD was the guest of Mrs. GANT last week.

- Farina Express: Miss Grace SHEPARD visited Miss Eva SATTERLEE last week.

- Roy HUGGINS of Venice visited here a few days this week with his parents, S.D. HUGGINS and family, returning home Tuesday.

- Jas. YATES and wife of Chicago spent Sunday here with her parents D.C. BEAVER and wife.

- Walter GEORGE, who lost a leg May 6 while attempting to board a freight train at Odin is getting along nicely and is able to ride out occasionally.

- J.P. SHRIVER and wife left Monday for Lincoln to visit their daughter, Mis Mary, who is employed in the I.O.O.F. school.

- Meacham Express: Miss Grace SHEPARD of Farina, visited last week with her sister, Mrs. Ed FORD, near town.

- Meacham Express: Mrs. W.H. BOLES and daughter, Miss Clara, have returned from Kirksville, Mo., where Mrs. BOLES has just graduated from the school of Osteopathy.

- Alma Express: The ice cream supper at Maple Grove last Thursday evening under the auspices of the Sunday School was quite well attended and proceeds were about $15.

July 6, 1905:

- A Big Fourth: The 129th anniversary of our nation was celebrated by one of the largest crowds every assembled in Kinmundy and the day was an enjoyable one for everybody present. The weather was as fine as could be asked for and it seemed that everything favored our celebration. Green’s Cornet Band arrived early in the morning and met the passenger trains on both roads which brought large delegations. About ten o’clock the crowd gathered at Gun’s beautiful Grove where everything had been arranged for their convenience. The program was given as advertised and the address by Rev. Nathaniel CROW of Vandalia was very appropriate and pleased his hearers. The Glee Club entertained the program with some excellent music which had been especially prepared for the occasion. In the afternoon short addresses were made by Rev. J.S. McCLUNEY, Hon. J.F. DONOVAN, Rev. N.D. SWEENY, and Hon. G.W. RUTHERFORD after which the amusement portion of the program was given and created a great amount of fun for the visitors. The prizes and Prize winners are as follows:

C.B. ROHRBOUGH, pair of fancy baby shoes to the youngest girl babe - Dortha THORP, 4 months

WILSON & DAVIS, pair fancy baby shoes to youngest boy baby present, Max KELLER, 1 month

TOMLINSON & WOLFE, nickel plated tea pot to the oldest married couple present, I.T. DILLON and wife

Phillips Bros., 1 doz. Mason fruit jars to the lady present that has been a widow the longest, Mrs. THORP, 23 years

W.W. LOWE, to the youngest married couple present a nickel plated coffee pot, R.W. WALTERS and wife, 1 month

J.H. NELMS, to the youngest babe present, a rocking chair, Max KELLER, 1 month

Fred W. KILLIE, $1 worth of sugar to the largest family present, R.C. CLAYBOURN’S

A fancy meat platter to the lady living the longest in Marion county, Mrs. I.T. DILLON

E.C. BARGH, a fancy bottle of perfume to a young lady under 18 who has the most family relatives present, Katie KENNEDY

J.H. JACKSON and son, a sack of best flour to the married couple coming the greatest distance to the celebration, J.H. ROBERTS, 558 miles

S.L. BUNDY, a nice calico dress to the oldest lady present, Mrs. I.T. DILLON, 67 years

A.L. COX, a box of bon bons to the young lady throwing a base ball the farthest, Clara FISH

M.P. GRAMLEY, a pail of roasted coffee to the oldest gentleman, Geo. MORGAN, 82 years

F.J. NIRIDER, a nice Bible to the person belonging to the church the greatest number of years, I.T. DILLON, 56 years

Sack Race, 1st prize, $2 Chas. LARKIN; 2nd prize $1 Carroll WHITSON

Egg Race, 1st prize, $2 Ed ADAMS; 2nd prize $1 Howard NELMS

Hitching Contest, $2 Clara FISH; $1 Grace HAMMERS

About five o’clock the crowd returned to the city where they witnessed the rag muffin parade, which attracted the attention of all and each of the participants were well adapted for their place. Following was the fire drill by the Kinmundy Volunteer Fire Department, which did not materialize. The fire was started and the alarm sounded, and everything went all right till the engine was turning the corner at ROHRBOUGH’s when a wheel on the engine broke and the engine turned over, scattering the men, ladders, hooks, etc. in all directions, and very fortunately no one was hurt. About this time the "Burlesque Fire Department" appeared on the scene with a spray pump in an old wagon and used their best efforts to put out the fire, but their labor was in vain. The Twilight Balloons sent up from the depot platform were sure a success and everyone (but one) sailed eastward till they went out of sight. The fireworks display was very elaborate and was witnessed by a large crow. The committee deserve a vote of thanks for their excellent work in handling this part of the program. From morning till late at tonight the crowd had entertainment of some sort and everyone returned home feeling that Kinmundy was one of the best places on earth to spend the fourth.

- DAWN-ZINDELL: On July 2d, at the residence of Mrs. Frances COLE at North Fork, occurred a pretty wedding, the contracting parties being Ruby DOWNS and Miss Lizzie ZINDELL, Rev. J.H. BALLANCE performing the ceremony. Their many friends join in congratulations.

- Passed Away: Samuel Gola, son of J.I. and Fannie LANSFORD, died last Saturday after an illness of several months with that dreaded disease consumption. He was born July 22, 1886, and just as he was entering upon young manhood, the Reaper cut him down. The father and mother and two affectionate sisters are left with saddened hearts and will miss their son and brother so much. A large crowd of relatives, friends and neighbors attended his funeral Sunday at the family residence. May the blessings of our Heavenly Father comfort the bereaved ones.

- Horse and Buggy Stolen: Last Monday evening about ten o’clock someone stole a horse and buggy from the hitch rack near Armstrong’s Store belonging to J.H. FOGERSON, of Meacham township. The rig was being used by Mr. FOGERSON’s nephew, Alonzo HANKS, who went to the rig about nine o’clock and it was all right, but about an hour later when he went to start home, the horse and buggy were gone and have not been heard of since. Description: A bay mare, 5 years old, about 15 hands high, weighs about 1000 lbs., with white strip in face, a small bunch about middle of right side near where backband works; a Victor buggy almost new, with black bed and red gear. Mr. FOGERSON has sent cards over the country describing the stolen property and offers a liberal reward for the return of same or any information leading to the arrest of the thief. This business is getting to be a very frequent occurrence in this part of the state, and the proper steps should be taken to put a stop to it.

- Jesse WHITAKER came down from Chicago and spent a few days here this week with his mother, Mrs. A.E.W. PRUETT, and brother, Fletcher.

July 13, 1905:

- E.S. GRAY has sold his livery stock to J.H. WILEY of Patoka. Mr. WILEY has taken charge of the business and is a very pleasant gentleman and will no doubt succeed in his new business. He has moved his family onto the E.G. FORSHEE property.

- Shot Index Finger: Last Sunday while handling a 32 caliber revolver Clyde VAUGHN was accidently shot through the index finger on his left hand. The bullet passed through his finger shattering the bone and making an ugly wound. The attending physicians, Dr. SONGER and CAMERER, think the finger can be saved and amputation will not be necessary.

- Record Breaking Babe: What is claimed to be the largest baby ever born in Illinois arrived last Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph ROBERTS in Centralia. The little lady weighs just 18 lbs. (Salem Republican.)

- DAVIS-WALKINGTON: Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock at the home of the bride’s mother, six miles southeast of this city, occurred the marriage of Mr. E.B. DAVIS and Miss Rachal WALKINGTON. A few intimate friends and relatives were present to witness the ceremony which was performed by Rev. J.S. McCLUNEY, of this city. The contracting parties are both quite well known in Kinmundy and their many friends extend congratulations.

- Yesterday morning Art SULLENS closed a deal with WILLIAMS Bros. of LaClede, and now the new firm have charge of the restaurant located in the BARGH brick. They are both young men full of enterprise and we see no reason why they should not succeed in their new venture. Mr. SULLENS has not decided what he will do in the future.

- Mrs. Henry LESMAN died at 6 o’clock this morning at the home of Floyd CRAIG.

- Miss Anna SEXTON, the Kinmundy Telephone Central girl, is enjoying a two week’s vacation in Dix with friends. Her position is being filled by her sister Miss Julia.

- Fred ALEXANDER and wife, of Odin, are happy over the arrival of a new girl at their home.

- North Fork Express: We are sorry to report the death of Mrs. Lucinda JACKSON, wife of David JACKSON, who died last Thursday morning. She retired as well as usual and about three o’clock her husband was awakened and discovered something wrong and she died in a very few minutes, without ever speaking. In her death he lost a good and faithful wife and the children a good, loving mother. She was a member of the Christian church and died in the triumph of a living faith. She was loved by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in the Patoka cemetery. (*)

July 20, 1905:

- Mrs. Anna LESEMAN: Another Promising Young Life Cut Short: Last Thursday afternoon at the residence of Floyd CRAIG, three miles southeast of town, was held the funeral of Mrs. Henry LESEMAN. The services were conducted by Rev. J.J. BOYER, a superannuated member of the Southern Illinois Conference of the M.E. church residing at Xenia. The following obituary was read by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, of the M.E. church in Kinmundy. Anna May HACKETT was born in Boulder, Colorado, April 20th, 1876, and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Floyd CRAIG, near Kinmundy, Ill., July 13, 1905, aged 29 years, 2 months, and 23 days. She was raised at Xenia, Ill., which was her home until her marriage to Mr. Henry LESEMAN, March 28, 1900, the ceremony being performed by Rev. J.I. BOYER. Her illness was of about five months duration, but she proved an unusually patient sufferer. Though realizing that death might be her lot, she expressed a willingness to go if necessary, saying, she was not afraid to die. She leaves as immediate relatives her husband, and one sister, and a number of other relatives most remote. The remains were brought to Kinmundy and laid to rest in our city cemetery. A remarkable co-incident in this funeral service was the fact that the same minister who officiated, had, on previous occasions, not only performed the ceremony at the double wedding in which she and her sister became the wives of Mr. LESEMAN and Mr. CRAIG, but had also conducted the funeral services of her mother, her father, and her grandfather. The Express joins their circle of friends in sympathy.

- Frank HOWELL Shot: A penny was the cause of a shooting affray between newsboys at Leffingwell and Washington avenue last evening, Canton CARR, a negro, 15 years old of No. 2736 Morgan Street, is locked up at the Ninth District Police Station charged with the shooting. About six o’clock last night the CARR boy became involved in a quarrel with Frank HOWELL, aged 14, of No. 3408 Washington Ave. They soon came to blows and CARR, being worsted in the fistic encounter, drew a revolver and fired one shot. Young HOWELL sank to the ground, the ball having entered the right leg near the knee. His assailant started to run away but was arrested before he could escape. He was taken to the Dayton street police station and locked up, pending the result of the HOWELL boy’s injury. HOWELL was removed to his home where a physician was called and dressed his injury, which was pronounced painful but not serious. The above was taken from yesterday’s St. Louis Republic. Frank HOWELL, son of Mrs. Mattie HOWELL, will be well remembered in this city as he resided here several months last winter with his uncle, T.M. SMITH.

- An Old Settler Gone: On last Saturday morning at three o’clock, Francis EMBSER quietly passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles WETTER, in this city. He had been a sufferer for about 11 months, his affliction being brought on by a hurt caused by a horse, afterwards paralysis fastened it’s fatal prey upon him. He was born in Prussia, Germany, April 22, 1834. He was christened when a child and when about sixteen years of age was confirmed into the German Lutheran church. He came to America in company with his with his brother, Peter John EMBSER in 1850. He was married twice, has lived in this county since 1869, devoted his life to farming and had a good home six miles south of this city. He held the highest esteem of all who knew him. He leaves to mourn their loss a devoted companion, two sons, and one daughter, Peter John EMBSER, Jerome EMBSER and Mrs. Margaret WETTER, all of whom were present at his death. His age at the time of his death was 71 years, 2 months, and 23 days. The funeral services were held Sunday morning July 16, 1905, at ten o’clock from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WETTER, conducted by Rev. J.S. McCLUNEY, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery.

- Ground Breaking. Unique and Interesting Service held at the M.E. Church. Last Saturday, July 15, 1905, the contract for building the new Methodist Episcopal Church in Kinmundy was let to H.A. GRIFFITHS, of Sullivan, Ind., for the sum of $9475. The building to be of first class quality of pressed brick with slate roof, of modern style and finish. The extreme dimensions of the building to be 50 ft. 2 in. by 73 ft. 8 in., and including auditorium, Sunday school room and classroom. Just such a building as the Christian people of our city need and ought to have. On Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock a "Ground Breaking" service was held on the ground and the first dirt removed in preparation for the building. The services opened by singing the hymn "Jesus, Lover of My Soul. Let me to the bosom fly." after which Rev. G.W. SCAWTHON, a former pastor who is now superannuated and lives here, led in prayer as follows: "O Eternal God, mighty in power and of majesty incomprehensible, whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with hands; and who yet has been graciously pleased to promise they especial presence wherever two or three of Thy faithful servants shall assemble in Thy name to offer up their praises and suppucations unto Thee; Vouchsafe, O Lord to be present with us, who are here gathered together, with all humility and readiness of heart, to consecrate this ground to the honor of Thy great name; separating it thenceforth from all unhallowed ordinary and common uses, and dedicating it to thy service. Accept O Lord this service at our hands and bless it with such success as may tend most to Thy glory, and the furtherance of our happiness both temporal and spiritual. Blessed be Thy name, O Lord God, for that it hath pleased Thee to have Thy habitation among the sons of men and to dwell in the midst of the assembly of the saints upon the earth, bless, we beseech Thee, the religious performance of this day, and grant that in this place now set apart to Thy service, Thy holy name may be worshiped in truth and purity through all generations, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen." After the prayer, Rev. J.S. McCLUNEY, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, read the scripture lesson comprising a part of Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the Temple. The pastor, Rev. N.D. SWEENY, then delivered a brief address appropriate to the occasion, after which Samuel INGRAM or "Uncle Sammy", as he is affectionately called, formerly, "broke ground" for the new building, while the whole congregation enthusiastically sang "Praise God from Whom all Blessing Flow." The service closed with the son "Savior, more than life to me. I am clinging, clinging close to Thee." And prayer by Rev. O.E. LOCKART, pastor of the M.E. church South. After this the officials the members and friends, old and young took turns in continuing the work of breaking ground. Uncle Sammy INGRAM is the oldest member of the M.E. Church, is over 80 years of age, and has been an official member of the M.E. church for sixty years, having served at various times as Class Leader Sunday school Superintendent, Steward and Trustee. The latter office he still holds. He was accompanied by his esteemed and faithful wife to whom he was married over 61 years ago. A photograph of the group was taken just as he was removing the first direct. The Methodist people have surely planned wisely and worked faithfully and every good citizen will be glad to see it successful consummation of the work they have undertaken. Notes: J.S. NICHOLS of Sullivan, Ind., who was in our city Saturday has secured the sub-contract for the brick and stone work on the new M.E. church. H.A. GRIFFITH, of Sullivan, Ind., was in our city Saturday closing the contract with the M.E. church people for erecting their new building. The spade used at the groundbreaking exercises of the M.E. church Monday was donated for the purpose by our enterprising young hardware men, TOMLINSON & WOLFE. This spade is to be kept until the cornerstone laying, when it will be put up auction and sold as a souvenir to the highest bidder. The donors have already authorized a bid of ten dollars to start it. Such interest manifest by our young business men in this church building enterprise is very commendable indeed. Will someone make it $25 or $50? (A picture of the ground-breaking accompanied this article.)

- Farina Express: Miss Flossie REED of Chicago is visiting at her aunt’s. Mrs. Hattie MAXON.

- Farina Express: Mr. and Mrs. Dan CRANDALL have gone to Battle Creek, Mich., to see his mother.

- Farina Express: A son was born to Rob ROWE and wife a few days ago. It is sad to think he will find life a hard row. (This is a joke, worth half a dollar.)

- Farina Express: Miss Edna SCHLAGENHAUF was married about a month ago to Mr. WILLIAMS formerly agent at St. Peter. They have gone to Southern Missouri to reside.

- North Fork Express: Mrs. Ellen CARMAN departed this life July 14, 1905, after being in poor health for about three years. She confessed her faith in her Lord and Master a few months ago. She leaves a husband and three sweet little children to mourn their loss. The funeral was conducted by J.A. SHEPARD and the remains laid to rest in the Idelville Cemetery.

- Mrs. Mary JONES left Monday for her home in Chicago after a visit here with her parents, J.M. BASS and wife.

- S.R. WOOLLEY has sold his interest in the general merchandise business to his partner, N.A. RICE, who will continue the business at the present location in the opera house block and invites a continuance of your liberal patronage. Mr. WOOLLEY will devote his entire time to the real estate business and especially looking after homeseekers going to the southwest.

July 27, 1905:

- Fletcher WHITAKER: Last Sunday evening, about 9 o’clock, at the home of his mother in our city, Mr. Fletcher WHITAKER, one of Kinmundy’s brightest young men, closed his earthly career. For some months he had been in poor health, and while death was inevitable, the end came quickly and the sad news was a surprise to his friends and a shock to the family. His brother Jesse had come in about 1 o’clock p.m., and Fletcher was feeling so well he went to the table and ate dinner with the family. He received a few friends in the afternoon, but by nine o’clock had departed. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, pastor of the M.E. Church, assisted by Rev. G.W. SCAWTHON. The Scripture lesson was from the 14th chapter of the book of Job. The music, by Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM and Mr. Emmet PRICKETT, was appropriately rendered. The abundant and beautiful floral sufferings bore silent testimony of the affection of a large circle of friends. The following obituary was read by the pastor: Fletcher WHITAKER, second son of Rev. W.E. and A.E. WHITAKER, was born at Shawneetown, Ill., on the 18th of January, 1870, and died at Kinmundy, Ill., July 23, 1905, aged 35 years, 6 months, and 5 days, having been preceded to the other world by his father, two brothers, John and Louis, and his only sister, Anna. He received his education in the public schools and at the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, Ill. Fletcher enlisted in the 2d Miss. Reg., during the Spanish-American war, served till its close and was honorably discharged. Fletcher enlisted in the army of the Lord at the age of nine years. He was faithful to God and the church till he left Kinmundy; regular at Sunday School, the Tuesday night class and the prayer meeting. For some months previous to his death, and during all his days of lingering illness, he constantly read or meditated upon God’s Word; and as he neared the end his hope and faith grew stronger until he could say, "This all right with me." "The father will soon take me." A tribute to his memory was read by Mrs. M.M. HENSLEY and a beautiful and appropriate poem was read by Miss M.A. SONGER, who also spoke of his attendance at her Sunday school class. The remains were laid to rest in our city cemetery.

- Farina Express: Miss Hattie DEAN’s sister Jennie and two sons, from Albany, N.Y. are visiting her.

- Farina Express: Allie PERSELS has sold his grocery and meat market to AMBUEHL Bros.

- Farina Express: James ARRINGTON and son are guests of his mother, whom he has not seen for about half a dozen years.

- Farina Express: Reported that Will ARRINGTON and Miss Laura ROWE are to be married this week.

- Farina Express: Martin RAUCKMAN left last week for Canada where his father has located. The remainder of the family expect to go in a few weeks.

- Mrs. J.E. McCULLEY and children left last Friday for Terre Haute to visit her parents a few days.

- R.W. WALTERS and wife of this city, and Dense WALTERS and wife of Centralia, drove to LaClede Sunday afternoon to visit their parents.

- Mrs. E. HAMMERS has returned from Chicago where she has been visiting her son, Frank. She was reaccompanied by her little granddaughter, Venice.

- North Fork Express: It is reported that Levi COX has blood poisoning in his foot.

- North Fork Express: Roy JACKSON traded for a pony last week. Now girls you had better look a little out.

- Alma Express: Don’t forget the Sunday school picnic at WILSON’s grove next Saturday July 29.

- Alma Express (intended for last week): Mrs. K.A. WILLIAMS and children of Johnson City, are visiting her parents, W.S. ROSS and wife.

Aug. 3, 1905:

- A Good Man Gone: Rev. I.H. LEWIS was born in Stewart Co., Tenn., Jan. 22, 1851, the parental home. He was converted and united with the M.E. Church South, in early life; was licensed preach at the age of 21; came to and was admitted in the Illinois conference of same church in 1878. In due time he was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop J.C. KEENER; Here he spent seven years of his life. During these years he has filled circuit and station work and at our last conference he was appointed by Bishop SMITH to the Salem District, and it is reported that here as in other works, he has served, he was very popular doing the work of a presiding elder as a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, until the early spring when he became unable any longer to travel his District. He with his family came to their home near Waggoner, Ill., where for three months he suffered, but patiently and hopefully endured as seeing one invisible and all the time kept in touch with his preachers and their work by corresponding with them. On Sunday morning July 9, after calling his own dear loved ones to him and bidding them goodby, he also called all present and gave them words of comfort as to his condition and then passed away in the triumphs of the gospel he had preached to others - aged 54 years, 5 months, and 17 days. He was married to Miss Minnie ROGERS, the only daughter of the sainted Theodore ROGERS, Nov. 16, 1886. To this union was born five children, the eldest dying in infancy. Four- Willie, Mary, Bertha, and Geo., are left with their kind mother to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father and a faithful and true husband. Besides these he leaves five brothers, three sisters, together with Sister LEWIS’ mother and brothers and the preachers of the Illinois Conference to feel their loss in his death and add tears of sympathy with the bereaved. Surely a good man has fallen. Funeral services at New Hope church on the Girard Circuit Monday evening, conducted by W.D. BLAYLOCK, P.C., assisted by Revs. O.E. LOCKHART of Kinmundy, G.M. BUFORD, of McVey, and H.D. DENNING of Nilwood, which services were attended by a large and sympathetic congregation. The body was laid to rest in Sulphur Springs cemetery to await the resurrection of the just. (St. Louis Christian Advocate.) The unexpired term of Rev. Lewis will be filled by Rev. J.W. WESCOTT. (A picture was included).

- Last Saturday was the birthday of Uncle Geo. HERRICK, he being 90 years old and in honor of the event, the relatives, friends and neighbors surprised him by coming to his home and spending the day very pleasantly with him.

- Farina Express: G.W. PAARL of Michigan, Miss Lizzie PAARL, of Washington, Ind., Mrs. Byron SIPLE and Mrs. Daniel SMITH of Iuka, visited in this city Friday with their parents, P.S. PAARL and wife. The occasion was the birthday of Mrs. PAARL, and all the members of their family were present but one son, Frank PAARL, who resides in Moberly, Mo.

- Farina Express: T. ZINN made his regular trip to Chicago as trustee for the Blind Institute. His daughter Ruth accompanied him.

Aug. 10, 1905:

- The wedding of Robert SPROUSE and Miss Edna HILL both of Alma, occurred at the parsonage of the M.E. church South Wednesday evening, Aug. 3, Rev. O.E. LOCKART, officiating.

- John MITCHELL and Miss Lou PUFFER, of this city, were married in Salem last Wednesday evening. They returned to this city Saturday evening when they were given a serenade by the youngsters.

- Lincoln REEDER returned home from Venice to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth REEDER McCANN.

- Mrs. David WICKHAM and little son left Saturday morning for Martinsville in answer to a message announcing the serious condition of her husband, who is there receiving medical treatment. She was accompanied by her sister, Miss Maud LOW, who has been visiting here.

- Mrs. Fannie GIFFIN: Mrs. Fannie GIFFIN was born July 27, 1835, in Machionville, Hamilton Co., Ohio, and departed this life Friday, Aug. 4, 1905, aged 70 years and nine days. She was married to John GIFFIN Sept. 23, 1856. To this union was born four children, three sons and one daughter, two of whom have preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn their loss two sons, Wm. and Charles GIFFIN, two brothers, A.B. WARD of Newton, Ill., E.B. WARD, of Wilmington, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Harriet STITES of Mattoon, and a host of friends. The funeral service was conducted at her residence Saturday afternoon at two o’clock by Rev. S.B. BASCOM, followed by interment in Baptist Cemetery, nine miles south of Kinmundy.

- An Old Citizen Dead: Mrs. Elizabeth REEDER McCANN died at her home in this city Monday evening, Aug. 7 at 7:50, aged 74 years, 8 months and 22 days. The funeral services were held from the family residence Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, of the M.E. Church of which she was a member. The body was laid to rest in the city cemetery.

- A Complete Surprise: Last Saturday was the 75th birthday anniversary of Jones W.L. TUCKER residing six miles southeast of this city and in order to make the event a memorable one Mrs. TUCKER planned a surprise on him. Early in the morning, Mr. TUCKER was sent to this city in company with some other member of the family to do the usual Saturday marketing and at 11:30 when he returned home he found the house and yard filled with a jolly crowd of relatives, friends, and neighbors. The noon hour was spent disposing of the good eatables that the good wife, and others had prepared and to say the least, it seemed like a feast to all present. The children and relatives present from a distance were W.C. BUTLER and family of Mt. Vernon; W.O. TUCKER of Odin; J.W. TUCKER and family of Alma; Art WHITE and family and Wade TUCKER and family of Iuka. The total number present almost reached fifty and the day was a very enjoyable one that will be remembered by Mr. TUCKER.

- Farina Express: It is reported that H. LACEY has bought the place known as the "nigger farm" lying east of Kinmundy.

- Obituary of Mrs. Harriett H. CROFT: Mrs. Harriett H. CROFT was born Oct. 4, 1831 at Clarendon, Niagra Co., New York. Her father and mother, Hiram and Elizabeth POTTER HAUGHTON, were the parents of six children, Dr. Andrew J. HAUGHTON, Mrs. Harriet H. CROFT, Miss Mary L. HAUGHTON, Mrs. Hannah HILL, Charles L., and Edward HAUGHTON. Of her brothers and sisters there yet remain to mourn her death, Miss Mary L. HAUGHTON, Mrs. Hannah HILL and Charles L. HAUGHTON; Edward HAUGHTON having lost his life in the defense of the Union in the late rebellion, at the battle of Cedar Mountain Aug. 1862, and Dr. Andrew J. having departed this life in the year 1890. Soon after the birth of Mrs. CROFT, her parents moved to a small town by the name of Cambria, near Buffalo, N.Y., where the deceased received her education by attending public school until she was 18 years of age; she then taught in the public schools until 1853, when she married to John E. CROFT at Wilson, N.Y. where she and her husband resided for about twenty years, he being engaged as a shoe-maker, they then moved to Oaktown, Ind. Where they resided only a few years and then went to Kinmundy, Ill., where they dwelt in happiness until May 20, 1903, when Mr. CROFT was called to answer the summons of his Maker, to enter the Kingdom of the Righteous. She resided at their home in Kinmundy until April 1903, when she moved back to Oaktown to live with her sister, Miss HAUGHTON and there resided until her death July 25, 1905. Mrs. CROFT received her early education under great disadvantages, by walking many miles to attend the district school and afterwards endeavored instruct and help to enlighten others in teaching school at a school house six miles from her home, to and from which she made her morning and evening journey’s afoot. Soon after he marriage she entered the Baptist church, and worked faithfully for the success of her church by teaching and advancing it’s doctrines until after she moved west from New York to Kinmundy, and there being no Baptist church at that location, she attended the M.E. church, faithfully supporting it by being a liberal contributor and devoting enthusiastically her spare time teaching the righteous principles of womanhood. Although the deceased lived a happy and contended life with her husband until his death and for a period of more than fifty years, no children were born to this happy union. But, along with her untiring efforts to make others happy she visited a sick neighbor, who afterwards died leaving several small orphan children; she benevolently undertook the tasks to rear and educate a small girl who was then three years old, by the name of Libby FLYNN. By the careful guidance of the diligent hand of the decade, Miss Libby grew to woman hood and it’s respected and loved by all who know her. She married a Mr. Horace McCLURE and from the happy union, there are now living three intelligent and accomplished daughters; Miss Nellie, the oldest, now a teacher engaged in teaching in the public school of Oaktown, Ind., Miss Myrtle, who some few years ago was married to Mr. C.E. COLEEN, and is now living happily and successfully in Delta, Colorado, and Miss Irene the youngest daughter still resides with her parents. It can well be said of the decade that she was ever active inexcellerating the cause of the just in endeavoring to make others happy in every intellectual opportunity that presented itself to her observation, and after living about 74 years, all those who knew her learned her only to love her, and the principles of true womanhood that have permeated far and wide through the hearts of those who knew her, were accompanied by the beautiful life which she lived in endeavoring to perpetuate the priceless jewels found in the charities of religion in the philosophy of nature in the truths of history and in the experience of common life, will continue to magnify in other human souls and shall always be a blessing to mankind in the vicinities where her beautiful life was ________.

Aug. 17, 1905:

- H.J. SWAIN of St. Louis, and A.S. SWAIN of Odin are in this city visiting their parents, G.F. SWAIN and wife.

- Corb SARCHET, wife and daughter, of Guthrie, Okla., visited here Saturday with his father, S.B. SARCHET, and wife, west of town.

- Mrs. M.J. BOONE and Miss Florence STORRS spent several days in Vernon and Patoka and attending the 105th birthday of Uncle Frank BINNION.

- I.D. LEAR was in Salem Sunday attending the funeral of Dr. TRACEY of Odin, who died last Friday at the hospital in Olney of typhoid fever.

- North Fork Express: A fine baby girl was born to Martin HOPKINS and wife Friday.

- North Fork Express: Prayer meeting was held at J.A. SHEPARD’s Saturday night. The meeting was interesting, almost every member taking part.

- North Fork Express: Joe EVELAND of Irishtown, visited his brother John the first of the week.

- North Fork Express: A fine little girl came to Geo. KINNEY’s Monday night intending to stay about 18 years.

- North Fork Express: A fine boy was born to Lon EVELAND and wife Tuesday. There is some hope of Lon’s recovery.

- Farina Express: Married, Aug. 16, at the home of the bride’s father, Dr. A.C. DAVIS, by the Rev. C.A. BURDICK, Mr. John William JOHANSON of Quincy, and Miss Carrie Fern DAVIS.

- Chas. STEPHENS Drowned: First Accident in the Lake Occurred Sunday Afternoon. Last Sunday afternoon, Chas. STEPHENS, P.Q. ZIMMER, Clyde HARVEY, and Will HOLMAN were walking around the I.C. Lake a mile south of the I.C. depot and when on the south bank a few hundred miles from the pump house some one tied a small boat on the opposite side and Chas. remarked to his companions that he was going to get that boat and take a ride. He undressed and started to swim across, a distance of some two hundred feet or more, and when within a few feet of the north bank he called for help. His companions were at a loss to know what to do as they could not swim. Ellis WOLFE, J.W. ALLEN, and E.E. BUCKMINISTER were in another boat a few hundred feet west and they started for Mr. STEPHENS at a rapid rate telling him to hold on and they would rescue him. He finally told them he could hold on no longer and he went down. The occupants of the boat kept rowing for him and thought they could catch him when he came up but he went down the second time when they were within ten or twelve feet of him. This time he did not come up, and work was then commenced to locate the body. About this time, G.W. SNELLING, N.A. RICE, and Geo. MOTCH appeared on the scene and the body was located. Mr. MOTCH dived to the bottom, but the drowning man had clinched the root of an old tree and he could not break his hold. Other parties came up and John PUFFER and Howard NELMS went after the body and finally Howard brought it to the top. About thirty minutes had elapsed from the time he sand til the body was rescued. The men worked hard to restore life, but their labors were all in vain. The unfortunate man was placed on a cot and brought to town and placed in the undertaking rooms of J.H. NELMS where it remained till after the arrival of Dr. T.F. GEROULD at 8:30 when he empaneled a jury and held an inquest. The verdict of the Jury was that the deceased met his death by accidental drowning in the I.C. Lake about 3:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon Aug. 13, 1905. The evidence before the coroner’s jury was all about the same and the witnesses testified that after the deceased called for help he battled with the water with his hands, but his feet seemed to be motionless. The exact cause of his drowning is not known but many think it was from fright, while others say he had the cramps. The body was prepared for burial and shipped to Neoga Monday morning where the funeral services were held. A large crowd attended the services and the citizens of that place say it was one of the largest funerals there in years. The body was accompanied to Neoga by the widow of the deceased, P.Q. ZIMMER and wife, and Stephen GOODE and wife. The M.W.A. lodge of this city sent J.W. WILSON and T.M. SMITH with the body. Mr. STEPHENS and family moved to this city a little over a year ago and during that time they have made hosts of warm friends. The whole community deeply sympathize with the widow in her bereavement. The deceased was thirty years of age.

- Wm. MORRIS and family have moved to the flat over ARMSTRONG’s store.

- Hershel VALLOW and wife, of O’Fallon, attended the funeral of his mother, Mrs. O.P. VALLOW in this city Monday.

- A Respected Citizen: Mrs. O.P. VALLOW of this city, died at her home early Sunday morning after a brief illness, aged 56 years, 7 months and 6 days. She was married to Oliver P. VALLOW Oct. 15, 1868 and to this marriage 12 children were born, 5 of whom have preceded the mother to the other world. Mrs. VALLOW was converted and united with the M.E. church when 17 years old and since that time has lived a devoted Christian. She leaves a husband, seven sons and daughters, two brothers and hosts of warm friends to mourn her departure. Religious services were held at the family home Monday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE after which the departed one was laid to rest in the beautiful city cemetery to await the call of her Master. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of all in their hours of bereavement.

- Advertisement: WILEY’s Livery. J.H. WILEY, Prop. Open Day and Night. Horses Boarded by day or month. Good rigs and prompt service. Bus to and from all trains to all parts of the city. Bus calls answered day or night. Fare 10 cents. Your Patronage Solicited. Phone 45.

Aug. 24, 1905:

- WARREN-SHRIVER: Mr. Henry WARREN, one of the wealthiest farmers in this vicinity and Miss Ida SHRIVER, residing three miles southeast of this city, were united in marriage last evening at the parsonage of the M.E. church South, the Rev. O.E. LOCKART officiating. Mr. and Mrs. WARREN will reside at the beautiful home of the from three miles north of this city. The Express extends congratulations.

- COX-DOOLEN: Mr. Thos. R. COX, a prominent young businessman, of Vernon, and Miss Nannie DOOLEN, one of the most highly esteemed young ladies of Vernon, were married last evening at 6:30 at the home of the bride, Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, officiating. A large crowd of friends and relatives witnessed the ceremony, after which all present enjoyed refreshments. The Vernon Cornet Band was present and enlivened the occasion with some of their excellent music. The Express extends congratulations.

- SCOTT-STOKELY: General W. SCOTT, of Tuscola, and Miss Jessie STOKELY, daughter of Sam STOKELY and wife, south of this city, were married in Charleston last Wednesday afternoon. The bride visited a short time here with her parents and upon her return to Tuscola began housekeeping in a newly furnished home which the groom had prepared. Many beautiful presents were received among which as a handsome new sewing machine. Mr. SCOTT is a rural mail carrier.

- D. WICKHAM Dead: David WICKHAM died last Thursday morning at 3 o’clock, at Martinsville, where he had gone to receive medical treatment. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon and the body laid to rest in the Macidonia cemetery.

- Ed DRYLICK Shot: Edward DRYLICH, a farmer living two miles east of Vernon, was shot and killed by the discharge of a shot gun yesterday evening about 5 o’clock. He had been in the field at work during the day and when he returned he stepped into the house to get his shot gun and in some way the gun was discharged and the top of his head was blown off. The coroner was notified and an inquest was held, but we are not able to get the verdict of the jury at this time. The deceased leaves a widow and four or five small children and was about 35 years of age. Later - The Coroner arrived on the scene this morning and empaneled a jury and held an inquest, and the verdict of the jury was "Suicide". It seems that the deceased started to the house with the gun and one of his children started to follow him and he told the child to go back. DRYLICH passed into the house and stopped in the pantry where he pulled off the right shoe and stocking and used on of his toes to discharge the gun with the above result. During this time, the wife was out in the hen house gathering eggs and when she heard the report of the gun, she rushed into the house and found her husband lying dead on the floor.

- Mrs. R.F. HAMILTON and four children, of Wheeling, W. VA., arrived in this city Tuesday evening to visit her father, D.A. PORTER, and other relatives.

- Died in St. Louis: George W.B. WEESE, only son of Reuben and Phebe STOKELY WEESE, was born near Mercer, Mercer Co., Pa., March 17, 1853, died in St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 17, 1905. At the time of his death he was a member of Trinity M.E. Church south and for a number of years had been the Recording Stewart of Neideinghans Mission and a zealous worker in the church. He was married April 4, 1899, at Springfield, Mo. to Miss Elsie MOSIER, who is left with two little children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and a kind father. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. B.D. CRAIG, and a host of other relatives and friends. A short time before his death he expressed a willingness to die and told his Pastor he was ready and wiling to go. The body was brought to Kinmundy where services were conducted on Sunday Aug. 21, 1905, by Rev. O.E. LOCKART of the M.E. Church South and Rev. Wm. SIMERS, of the Christian Church, after which the body was laid to rest by the side of his loved mother in the City Cemetery of Kinmundy.

Aug. 31, 1905:

- The M.E. Church. Historical Sketch of Kinmundy Methodism: From the time of the incarnation to the present day, throughout all ages and in various lands, Jesus, the Christ has had his followers who recognized Him as "The Son of God, the Saviour of the world". His first followers were called disciples and those among them who were appointed leaders and teachers were known as "apostles". In the days of Paul they began to be called "Christians", the name that is still applied to all His followers. As the truths of Christ were carried to the peoples of different countries, their various degrees of intellectual and spiritual development together with their differences in language, their national prejudices, etc., gave rise to many denominations, but all branches of the same vine. To these were given other names which generally designated some characteristic which distinguished them from others of their brethren. From time to time God raised up great leaders, under whose labors and through whose influence as "ambassadors for Christ" the church would be roused to newness of life and activity and old truths, long forgotten or unheeded would be revived and emphasized and some prominent in the creed of the new sect. Second only to the great reformation led by Martin Luther and others in the sixteenth century and far surpassing it in depth of spirituality, was the great revival begun in England under the leadership of John and Charles Wesley and their companions in the middle of the eighteenth century. One of the great results of this movement was the formation of the "United Societies" which later were organized into "The Wesleyan church" in the British Isles and "The Methodist Episcopal church" in America. The former became and still is, one of the most powerful factors in molding the moral and religious life of Europe, the latter becoming the largest and most influential body of Christians in the new world. Among the early settlers of Illinois came many Methodists, from the eastern states and from the old world. The "circuit" system of Methodism made it peculiarly adapted to the situation in those days and the "circuit rider" was a familiar figure throughout this and all other communities in the state while yet the settlers were "few and far between". It is therefore impossible to tell just when or by whom the first Methodist meeting was held in this vicinity. According to our best information "The Grand Prairie Mission" was formed in 1830, "including all the territory between the Little Wabash and the Okaw from Maysville to Vandalia" and Rev. Simeon WALKER was placed in charge. It is said that he preached the first Methodist sermon ever delivered in Salem by a regularly appointed pastor and also organized the first society there. The portion of country now occupied by Kinmundy and surrounding villages was for years a part of Salem circuit. Before the railroad was built or the town of Kinmundy located, there were a number of regular "preaching places" in the adjoining territory. One of these was at the home of Mr. Hugh GIBSON at Mt. Liberty, 3 miles east of where Kinmundy now stands. Here "Uncle Jimmie WOLARD" and others proclaimed the Word of God to the early settlers and some glorious meetings were held at the home of his brother, John GIBSON, who later became an exhorter and a factor in planting Methodism in the new village of Kinmundy. Meetings were also held in the home of Mrs. George DILLON in the same neighborhood. Sandy Branch, Fosterburg, and Pleasant Grove were also among the early preaching points. Dr. ELLIOT, a local preacher from Salem preached in Kinmundy in the summer of 1858. In the fall of the same year a "class" was organized and became a part of Salem circuit, Rev. James WOOLLARD being the first pastor. The class was composed of the following members: Waller HENSLEY and wife, Samuel TORRENCE and wife, Geo. MARSLAND and wife, Mrs. Malinda SPROUSE, Clara RUSSELL, Wm. BLURTON, and Marshall G. and Sarah FISH, Samuel TORRENCE was the first class leader. The first Sunday school was organized in 1862 with Elias NEIL as superintendent. His widow still lives within a block of the new church and his son, Ex-mayor, W.W. NEIL, is one of the building committee. Kinmundy circuit was formed in 1863 and Rev. P.P. HAMILTON was appointed pastor. During this year the frame building was erected which still serves as a house of worship and to replace which the present brick structure is being built. The church was dedicated by Rev. T.F. HOUTS, Presiding Elder. Kinmundy charge has had the following pastors: 1863-4: Rev. Presley P. HAMILTON; 1865-6: Rev. John H. LOCKWOOD; 1867: Rev. I.N. STAGG; 1868: Rev. Winfield S. SLY; 1869: Rev. L. SAULSBURY; 1870-71: Rev. V.D. LINGENFELTER; 1872-73: Rev. Albert RANSOM; 1874-76: Rev. W.F. WHITAKER; 1877-78: Rev. Geo. W. GRABE; 1879-81: Rev. N.B. COOKSEY; 1882-83: Rev. Naaman BASCOM; 1884: Rev. Robt. M. GWINN; 1885: Rev. John W. BAIN; 1886-87: Rev. J.G. DEE; 1888-92: Rev. W.T. BRANNUM; Rev. A. VANDAVERE; 1893: Rev. J.E. NICKERSON; 1894-97: Rev. G.W. SCAWTHON; 1898-1900: Rev. M.B. BAKER; 1901: Rev. J.H. JONES; 1902: Rev. Gye PARK; 1903: Rev. N.D. SWEENY, who is still in charge at the time of this writing.  Volumes might be written of the labors of these noble men of God, but we can only pause to record a few historical facts, and personal notations.  Kinmundy charge at first comprised several outlaying appointments among them Pleasant Grove and Alma, Mt. Liberty, Parrills, Asbury Chapel, Omega, Siloam and Doolen’s. In 1867 it was made a station, Rev. I.N. STAGG being appointed pastor and Rev. J.S. BARNES placed in charge of the circuit. The next year Rev. Winfield Scott SLY, a mere boy of 19 years, was placed in charge. But God blessed his labors and some fifty souls were converted and joined the church. The following year the circuit was again attached and thus remained until the second year of Brother BRANNUM’s pastorate when Kinmundy was again made a station and so remains to the present time.  Presley P. HAMILTON, the first pastor of Kinmundy charge, was a young man of great zeal. Much credit is due to him for the success of the first church building enterprise. On the day of dedication in order to free the building from debt, he advanced $500 out of his own personal means. This sum, however, was later returned to him with interest by the church. He died at Litchfield, Ill. In 18__9.  Dr. John H. LOCKWOOD, the second pastor still lives at Beloit, Kan. in the active service and is a presiding elder.  Rev. I.N. STAGG, the third pastor, came to us from the Wisconsin Conference and served till 1873, when he located.  Rev. W.S. SLY is still in labors abundant at Lansing, Mich., being especially devoted to the work for orphan children.  Rev. L. SAULSBURY, was but four years in S. Ill. Con., when he returned to Rock River Conf. from whence he came.  Rev. V.D. LINGENFELTER was admitted to the S. Ill. Conf. in 1854 and served faithfully until 1892 when he superannuated and located Kinmundy, where with his devoted wife he has spent his declining years, loved and respected, as good man, and useful in the service of the Master. His wife was called to the glory land last year and he is now with his daughter in Fairfield, Ill. Albert RANSON was one of the early preachers and spent 52 years in the ministry. He died in Newton, Ill., in 1902.  W.F. WHITAKER was a young man of unusual talent and his sermons and ministrations are among the cherished memories of many of our people. He died in Belleville, Ill. while presiding elder of Lebanon Dist. in 1882 in his 40th year. His body rest in our city cemetery.  Geo. W. GRABE transferred to Northwest Kans. Conference in 1883.  Rev. N.B. COOKSEY is in the active service and having good success as pastor of Benton.  Rev. Naaman BASCOM is superannuated and lives in Vandalia, occasionally preaching with much of his former vigor.  Robt. M. GWINN transferred to Idaho in 1887. I have no further record of his ministry.  John W. BAIN came to us from the M.E. church South in 1883 and transferred to Southern California in 1889.  J.G. DEE is in active service and has filled a term in the presiding eldership successfully. He is now in charge at Jerseyville, Ill.  W.T. BRANNUM was one of the saintliest men of Southern Illinois Conf. He died at the old parsonage in Kinmundy, Dec. 5, 1892, in the fifth year of his pastorate, the twenty-fifth year of his ministry and the fifty-fifth year of his age. His term as pastor was finished by Rev. A. VANDAVEER, who had just come from college. He is now pastor at Troy, Ill.  J.E. NICKERSON, the next pastor, is now in active service at Big Prairie in Mt. Carmel Dist.  Rev. G.W. SCAWTHON served thirty-three in the effective ranks of the S. Ill. Conf., and is now superannuated and resides with his two lovely daughters in our city. His beloved wife was called to the home above during his pastorate here and her body lies in our city cemetery. Bro. SCAWTHON holds a warm place in the hearts of our people.  Rev. M.B. BAKER went from Kinmundy to Sumner, where he still labors.  Rev. J.H. JONES is pastor at Pinckneyville.  Rev. Gye PARK is now pastor at Richview, Ill.  Many of our people as they read the names of these pastors will recall precious memories of their services which can not here be written. Their record is kept on high to be revealed in the last great day amid the shouts of the redeemed whom they pointed to "The Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world." Among the early members of the church were many whose names are worthy to be recorded on a scroll of fame; men and women who loved God and wrought faithfully in His service. Christians in the true sense of the term, with positive and definite experiences of sings forgiven and peace with God. Pure in heart, in labors abundant, loving God supremely and their fellow men sincerely, happy even amid privations and enduring all "for Jesus sake", they laid well the foundations upon which we build today. Among those who have served as class leaders we note the following, at Siloam, R.W. CHAPMAN; at Omega, T.M. CHAPMAN, T.M. JONES, and R.R. REDPATH; Pleasant Grove, R.T. WILSON; Asbury Chapel, Charles M. SMITH and D.H. YOUNG; Mt. Liberty, Hugh BIGSON and I.T. DILLON; Parrills, Silas PARRILL; Doolens, J.D. DOOLEN; Alma, F. McCONNELL; Kinmundy class leaders were as follows: Geo. MARSLAND, A.M. JACKSON, C.P. ROHRBOUGH, D. L. STRADER, Isaac D. BOSWORTH, I.V. SAWYER, Samuel INGRAM, G.M. SONGER, C. ROHRBOUGH, F.A. PRUETT, M.B. ROE, J.M. JOHNSON, Waller HENSLEY, J.L. HOUCHEN, Dennis HOPPER, Mrs. A.E. WHITAKER, Mrs. M.J. SQUIER, A.S. SCHERMERHORN, G.W. VALLOW, Dr. J.W. MITCHELL, J.W. PRUETT, and Martin JERNIGAN. Among the superintendents of Sunday school the following are especially remembered: I.V. SAWYER, W.D. PHILLIPS, F.A. PRUETT, J.L. HOUCHEN, C.P. ROHRBOUGH, A.S. SCHERMERHORN, and C. ROHRBOUGH. Most of these class leaders and superintendents were blessed with good Christian wives whose names are worthy to be written beside their husbands as devoted workers in the Master’s vineyard. There were others not officially connected but devout and useful members. Time and space would fail us to mention every worthy one but we record the names of a few. Dr. ELLIOT, Dr. YOUNG, Grandma BULL, Mrs. M. BAXTER, Catherine MILLER, Coe ROE and wife, Jane SONGER, Martha WOLFE, Elizabeth WILSON, Margaret ELDER, Annie HARGRAVES, Wm. and Sarah SIMPSON, Bro. and Sister HOLBERT, Nancy REYNOLDS, Nancy J. PORTER, Ambrose YOUNG and wife, Mrs. Martha BOOTHE, F.W. FORSHEE, Andrew and Abagail MOORE, E. FREEMAN, Marshal and Sarah FISH, Samuel HULBURT and wife, Mrs. Ellen SCHERMERHORN, Mrs. Susan PORTER, M. E. HOLLISTER and a host of others blessed the world with their lives and then went home to glory. The officers of the Kinmundy M.E. church at the present writing, (Aug. 29, 1905) are as follows: Presiding Bishop, C.C. McCABE; Presiding Elder, J.W. FLINT; Pastor, N.D. SWEENY; E.L. Pres., Ernest SCHERMERHORN; S.S. Supt., C. ROHRBOUGH; Pres. Ladies Aid, Miss M.A. SONGER. Trustees, C. ROHRBOUGH, S. INGRAM, M. FERNIGAN, Jacob NELSON, F.A. PRUETT, M.A. SONGER, W.H. GRAY, and W.W. NEIL. Stewards: C. ROHRBOUGH, F.A. PRUETT, W.W. LOWE, Jacob NELSON, W.E. BROWN, C.F. PRUETT, S.L. BUNDY, E. HAMMERS, Mesdames M.A. PRICKETT, F.O. GRISSOM and E.C. BARGH. The membership numbers are 120 besides 36 probations soon to be received into full membership. Last year Kinmundy charge paid the pastor $800 including rental value of parsonage; to presiding elder, $50; Bishop $2; Conference Claimants $30 benevolence $136; current expenses of church and S.S. $221; improvements $300, a total of $1539, not including subscriptions to the new church fund. During the present year there have been over fifty conversions and more than fifty accessions to the church. The old parsonage situated one block east and half a block south of the church, was occupied by the pastors till May 1st, 1904, when the Hollister place two lots and a nice room frame house adjoining the church property, was bought and occupied by the pastor. The movement for building the new church took definite from at a meeting of the Official Board held in Jacob NELSON’s Jewelry store, in January 1904, where a resolution to build a new church was passed and a committee was appointed composed of C. ROHRBOUGH, F.A. PRUETT, Miss M.A. SONGER, W.W. NEIL, and W.H. GRAY. They heave worked faithfully and the success of their labors is now assured. A copy of this paper is to be deposited in the cornerstone which is to be laid on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1905.

- MALONE-SEE: Mr. "Hancock" MALONE of Chicago, but formerly of Alma, and Miss Emma, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. SEE, Sr. of this city, went to St. Louis last Thursday and were united in marriage. The wedding was quite a surprise to their many friends in this vicinity but all wish them happiness in abundances. They have gone to Chicago to reside.

- Joseph GRAHAM and wife left Monday from their home in Rush county, Ind. after a week’s visit here with his brother, Doc GRAHAM and wife.

- Mrs. J.W. BLAKESLEE of Carthage, Mo., and Mrs. C.W. GAMMON and little son, of Effingham, are visiting in this city with their parents, Dr. and Mrs. E.G. FORSHEE.

- Mrs. Mary MANUEL and children left Tuesday for their home in San Jose, Cal., after a visit here with her mother, Mrs. J.B. ELDER.

- E.S. GRAY and family left last Monday morning for Weleetka, Ind. Terr., where Mr. GRAY has a position with the Frisco Railroad Co. Their many friends here regretted to see them removed from our city, but wish them success in their new home.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. Emogene FORD is spending a few days at her village residence.

- Farina Express: W.B. WRIGHT, for many years a prominent citizen of this township, died last Sunday in a hospital in St. Louis where he had gone for medical treatment. He was a little past sixty years of age and leaves a wife and two children who reside in LaClede.

- The 40th Mile Post: Thursday, Aug. 24, was W.H. MEEKS 40th birthday and to impress the matter upon his mind, his wife and friends determined to give him a surprise. His sister and husband a few others came in and took dinner with him and in the evening departed for their homes, he supposing this was all for this time, but not so. About 8 p.m. a company of about 40 headed by Wes HAMMERS, Bob ROBB and Dick ATKINS, marched boldly up the hill, took possession and proceeded to make themselves at home. Mr. MEEKS was completely surprised but taking in the situation concluded that discretion was the better part of valor and gave himself up to his fate, but when a nice new willow rocker was presented and he endeavored to take a seat, he turned many colors, and he and Dick had an old fashioned boyish tussel. Excellent music was rendered by Misses Laura FISHER, Josie BALLANCE and others. A large amount of ice cream and cake was disposed of and a general good time enjoyed. At a late hour the friends departed for their homes with pleasant recollections and many kind wishes.

- Alma Express: Miss Jessie CRAIG has returned home after a months’ visit in Champaign with her aunt, Mrs. Jas. MENEELY.

- Alma Express: A baby girl arrived at the home of Sam McNEILL and wife.

- Alma Express: The ice cream supper at Clows hall last Saturday night was well attended.

- Alma Express: Verne, the little year old daughter of Claude DUESE and wife, died last Monday night and was buried in the Boring Cemetery.

- The Past and Present. A Brief History of Kinmundy: Docile reader, we propose to prove to you at the outset something you never thought of before. You perhaps never caught onto the fact that Kinmundy is, in the language of Esq. ROTAN, "the best place on earth." The following evidence makes it quite plain to everyone except some sour pessimistic non-resident-to-wit. North America is the best part of the whole earth; the United States are the best part of North America; Illinois is the best state in the Union; Marion county is the best county in the in Illinois, and Kinmundy is the best town in Marion county. Of course admitting all premises you cannot deny the conclusion. There have been in the past, been various theories of legends as to the origin of the name of "the best town on earth." A wag, by the name of Oliver Perry DeLONG, of French extractions, as you would naturally suppose from the name, lived in an adjoining county always spelled this city "Killmondy", giving as a reason that during the time of the construction of the I.C.R.R., an Irishman was killed near where the Electric Light plant now stands, by a stroke of thunder; hence it’s name. But Y.P. BARBEE says that De LONG is slightly mistaken, that the man who was killed was an old bachelor by the name of Mundy and that he was killed by Jersey lighting instead of a clap of thunder. These stories concerning the origin of the name of "the best town on earth", Uncle Sam McCLOUD says are all a pack of lies and gives the following as the true origin of our name. (Uncle McCLOUD is an unadulterated Scotchman and no doubt gives the real truth.) All or nearly all of the stock that built the I.C.R.R. was owned by foreigners, among whom was a wealthy Scotlander, the proud father of an only daughter, a bewitching lassie of 18 summers, who took a great interest in her fathers business affairs. Her name was Annie Laurie, a name sake of the famous old sweetheart of Bobby BURNS - we don’t vouch for that last sentence, still we have no right to doubt anything that Bobby BURNS would write about, provided we knew he said this about our 18 year old summer Annie Laurie. At any rate Uncle Sam says the story we are now writing of the origin of the name Kinmundy is true, to the best of his knowledge and belief. Annie Laurie had a laddie Scotchman, a distant relative of Sir Walter Scot, whose pap owned a large tract of land near the city of Edinburgh. On that land was a beautiful loch of lake on whose placid bosom floated a beautiful boat in which he road often together Annie Laurie and her laddie. One day as the boat rose and fell on the gentle undulations of the crystal lake, Annie Laurie thought to call the new town just laid out on her fathers road, away out in the country where William Jennings BRYAN was to be born, over in Illinois, "Kinmundy", for the name of that beautiful lake. This being more to our liking, we have adopted it as the real truth in the matter.

Well, to go more into details, we continue by saying that Kinmundy was incorporated March 26, 1867, laid out on Section 22, Town 4, Range 3, being 12 miles northeast of Salem, the county seat of Marion county on the line of the Chicago branch of the Illinois Central railroad; crossed in the south part of the city by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad. It is surrounded by as rich farming land as this part of Illinois affords. Fruits of many varieties, berries and melons are grown in abundance.

Two families were living within the confines of the town when first laid out. The family of John BLURTON, whose family cabin stood very near to the present site of the C. & E.I., depot; the other also a log cabin was occupied by Isaac EAGAN and stood near the city cemetery in the northwest portion of the city. The first church building was the C.P. church in the north part of the city, where it still stands in which religious services are held every Sunday. The first mill stood near where the Electric Light Place is now located.

The first school ever taught in the town was superintended by Miss Analine PREWETT now Mrs. A.C. PARKER. She says that she was teaching in a house that stood over northwest near the present site of the city cemetery, and that a difficulty arose among the patrons over some trivial affair, and they moved her and a portion of her scholars to one room of a log dwelling that stood about where the City Park is now located, being the property of the father of George NEAVILLE, of our city. Wm. HUBBARD taught the first school in the first school house built in Kinmundy.

Stokes PREWETT, the father of Mrs. A.C. PARKER, was the first Justice of the Peace and about the time of Kinmundy’s advent into the world, Squire PREWETT was called up in the night to marry a couple and while performing the ceremony the old grease lamp, the only light, went out and the ceremony had to proceed amid total darkness. What effect that incident had on the life and progeny of the married couple we have no means of learning.

It would be a great deal of pleasure if we had the time and space to tell of all the old tried and commended citizens of the "best town on earth", but we must be content with only the few names that we can but hurriedly call up as memory flits along. The lives of the following are bound in a bundle with the life and times of Kinmundy for more than a third of a century. Capt. C. ROHRBOUGH, J.F. DONOVAN, W.H. WHITE, all of whom have served the people as Mayors; the first named, Calender ROHRBOUGH, J.F. DONOVAN, W.H. WHITE, all of whom have served the people as Mayors; the first named, Calender ROHRBOUGH, was elected in 1880; W.H. WHITE in 1877, both serving two years each; J.F. DONOVAN first elected in 1882 and re-elected for eight or ten terms thereafter. These three gentlemen are the oldest citizens of the city, now living, that served in that official capacity. Among the oldest inhabitants now living and longest connected with the history of the city are Samuel McCLOUD, Frank HOWELL, W.M. CLOW, O.N. TYNER, Samuel INGRAM, William INGRAM, Judge D.P. SNELLING, Dr. E.G. FORSHEE, Nelson GRAVES, Y.P. BARBEE, A.M. YOUNG, A.W. SONGER, John EAGAN, C.H. DENNIS, J.W. WILSON, L.R. DAVIS, R.P. McBRYDE, J.M. ROTAN, Alex PORTER, Chas. WEST, M. JERNIGAN, Joe CRAIG, E.G. MENDENHALL, J.P. WHITSON, F.A. PRUETT, John WADE, W.H. HAMMERS, J.B. GARNER, Frank REEDER, G. FENSTER, Thos. BAGOTT, W.W. NEIL, W.H. GRAY, the ALLEN brothers, Harvey GRAY, Jacob NELSON, Ed BARGH, Hiram HERRICK, Joel YOUNGKIN, Geo. and D.C. BEAVER, and many others of the male kind that we cannot recall.

Kinmundy has first-class grade school, six churches, and the prettiest mothers, the fattest babies and the sweetest lassies on earth. Stores where any customer many suit his fancy from a necktie to all the luxuries or necessities of life. Two harness shops whose genial proprietors will sell you the best from a ham string to a sidesaddle.

In the way of Medical men, we have Drs. FORSHEE, SMITH, CAMERER, MILLER, SONGER, and HALL, all ready and qualified to relive pains and cure all kinds of diseases.

Ministers or D.D.’s, we have Revs. McCLUNEY, LOCKART, SWEENY, KELLY, pastors of the various churches and G.W. SCAWTHON superannuated.

Kinmundy can point with pride to her Building & Loan Association, which has aided families to acquire good homes and bids fair to help many more homeless ones to do likewise.

We also have two good banks in which to deposit our surplus money, facilities exchange and to accommodate all those who wish to avail themselves of that privilege.

"The best town on earth" is proud of three Rural Mail Routes with three more to follow Oct. 16. A lumber yard, flowering mill, basket factory, two brick factories, coal mine, natural gas that flows heavenward from the direction of Sheol within a short distance of the corporation, a concrete factory turning out the best of artificial stone, like those in the pyramids of Egypt, and good things galore for the comfort of both man and beast.

Don’t fail to secure a home within the confines of this city, where water flows in abundance, electricity cheaper than day light, reservoir, in which to bathe and fish to your hearts content and learn how to obtain happiness and health that your days may be long to the land of milk and honey. This is the Kinmundy of today compared with the Kinmundy away back in the fifties.

We would if we dared draw aside the veil and let your eager gaze feast on the grandeur and greatness of Kinmundy in 1925, but we forbear and must be content by urging you and must be content by urging you to improve the golden moments as they fly.

Sept. 7, 1905:

- Col. CABANIS Resigned: Col. John C. CABANIS, who has been in our city for several years serving in the capacity of manager of the Kinmundy Coal Co., has resigned that position. He will now devote his entire time in working for the Aetna Life Insurance Co.; with which company he has been connected for the past two or three years in a small way. The Colonel has a good knowledge of the insurance business and this company is very fortunate in procuring his service. It has been reported that Mr. CABANIS and wife would remove from our city, but such reports are not true, and they have no such intentions at this time. Their many friends here are glad to know that they are going to remain with us.

- PRICE-NELSON: A very pretty home wedding was celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob NELSON, Tuesday evening, Sept. 5, 1905, at 8 o’clock, when Mr. Edward A. PRICE of St. Louis, Mo., and Miss Kristenia NELSON of our city, were pronounced husband and wife. The bride and groom were attended by H.C. ARMSTRONG of St. Louis and Miss Minnie STEUBER of this city. The wedding march was skillfully executed by Miss Grace MACE. The nuptial knot was tied by the impressive ring ceremony performed by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, of the M.E. Church and was witnessed by a select company of relatives and near friends. The bride was charmingly attired in white crepe de chine, the bridesmaid in blue mousseline. The groom and groomsman wore the conventional black. After the ceremony and congratulations, the guests re____ to the dining room where a bountiful repast of choicest dainties was served. The moments sped rapidly in song and social conversation till at a late hour the guests departed having enjoyed a delightful evening. They will make their home at 7223 a. Old Manchester Rd.; Maplewood, Mo. Those present were Jacob NELSON and wife, Rufus WITWER and wife, Rev. SWEENY and wife, Misses Minnie STEUBER, Grace MACE and Amy BROWN, and Messrs W.H. STORRS, E.G. DILLON of Kinmundy; H.C. ARMSTRONG, Mrs. CULLEY and daughter, Hazel of St. Louis.

- Farina Express: Mr. A. Shirley COON, editor and proprietor of the Farina News, and Miss Mae SMITH, daughter of W.M. SMITH, proprietor of the Carroll House were married last Saturday night by Rev. C.A. BURDICK. These young people have many friends because they are worthy of them and all join in congratulating them and wishing a large measure of happiness and success in life.

- Farina Express: Marion, James, and John ARRINGTON are home this week with their mother, who lies near to death.

- Farina Express: Miss Grace SHEPARD was the guest of Miss Eva SATTERLEE this week.

- Farina Express: Mrs. FORD is having her house raised and a new foundation put under it.

- A fine ten pound girl arrived at the home of Marion BRANSON and wife this morning.

- John CLOW and wife came up from Centralia yesterday to visit his parents, Wm. CLOW and family.

- I.D. LEAR was in Salem Sunday attending the funeral of A.C. GARNER who died last Friday of Bright’s disease. He has been city marshal at Salem for many years and at one time was a candidate for the nomination of Sheriff and is well known over the country.

- Last Friday a fine ten pound girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. PRUETT.

- Carroll WHITSON returned home Sunday night after a week’s visit in St. Louis with his sister, Mrs. Ed ABERY.

- Geo. GILLMORE of Sulphur, Ind. Ter., visited in this city over Sunday with his grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth GRAY.

Sept. 14, 1905:

- CRAIG-KLATT: John H. CRAIG, formerly of this city and son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph CRAIG, and Miss Minnie KLATT were married at the home of the bride in Tripp, S. Dak., on Wed. Sept. 6th, at 4 o’clock p.m. by the pastor of the M.E. church. John is a Kinmundy product and is a young man of good habits and is a rising young teacher in the S. Dakota schools; he is highly respected by everybody in Kinmundy.

- HAMMERS-STEPHENS: Adolph HAMMERS, son of J.W. HAMMERS, and Miss Maggie STEPHENS, sister of Mrs. F.E. NELMS drove to Salem Wednesday and were united in marriage. They will go to housekeeping in the Chas. STEPHENS property, north of the city park, where they will reside till spring when they will move to a farm west of town. Mr. HAMMERS is employed in the implement store of MATTHEWS & MINER.

- Accidently Shot: Last Saturday afternoon Clyde VAUGHN, residing three miles east of this city, met with a severe and probably fatal accident. He and another boy were in the woods hunting squirrels and they shot a squirrel and crippled it and were unable to get it out of the tree. The other boy proposed to climb the tree and the VAUGHN boy was trying to assist him by pushing him with the butt of his shotgun. The gun was in some way discharged, and the whole load went into his right leg just below the thigh. The muzzle of the gun was against his leg when the accident happened and he was severely burned. Dr. CAMERER was called and dressed the wound and removed the shot, cloth, gun wads, etc. from the wound. The Dr. says it is one of the worst lacerated wounds he ever had any experience with and it may prove fatal. About three months ago this same young man accidently shot his finger with a revolver and it seems that it is unsafe for him to handle fire arms of any kind. The accident last Saturday should be a lesson to all boys using a shot gun.

- Farewell Dinner: Rev. J.S. McCLUNEY has resigned the Pastorate of the C.P. church and will in the near future remove with his family to Middle Tennessee where he, feeling that his calling is in a larger field of labor, will engage in Evangelical work. Mr. McCLUNEY and his estimable wife are highly appreciated by his congregation and friends of it is with profound regret that we give them up. He has been here but about five months, but during that time, much progress has been made. The congregation has become more firmly cemented together, a good feeling prevails, four have been received to the church, the church ediflee and parsonage have been repaired and painted and all bills paid including pastor’s salary. A six o’clock dinner was tendered them by the members and friends of the C.P. church at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. BEAVER Wed. evening Sept. 13, 1905. About 75 persons were present and a very enjoyable evening spent. The tables were tastefully decorated with ferns and cut flowers. An elegant dinner was severed to which all did ample justice. The evening was spent in a social way. Rev. SWEENY and Thos. BAGOTT with their inexhaustible store of wit and good stories kept the audience in an uproar.

- Farina Express: It is reported that OSBORN & SCHLAGENHAUF have rented the store building now occupied by Mr. GANT.

- Farina Express: Miss Grace SWABE came down from Effingham last week to visit her father and other friends. She was married Thursday.

- Farina Express: I.T. DILLON and wife celebrated their golden wedding yesterday.

- Alma Express: Miss Lena CLOW very pleasantly entertained a goodly number of her little folks on Monday afternoon. It being in honor of her 9th birthday.

- Alma Express: A large crowd attended the baseball game last Friday between the Mt. Vernon ball team and Alma Gems. Score 11 to 4 in favor of the Gems.

- In Memoriam: Written on the death of Mrs. Nevada SULLENS, who died April 16, 1905, her husband having died March 14, 1904.

- Advertisement: May I Speak? Something New at Lowe’s! New Dress Goods, New Calicoes, New Ginghams, Ladies’ Collars of all kinds, Muslin at the right price. New Good coming in every day and we want to sell them. Don’t fail to call and see our line. W.W. LOWE.

Sept. 21, 1905:

- Corner Stone Laid. Large Crowd in Attendance. The corner stone of the new M.E. church was laid Tuesday, September 19th, 1905, with the beautiful and impressive ceremony of the Masonic Lodge. Though the weather outlook during the morning hours was very threatening, the clouds cleared away and by the time the hour of service arrived a large and enthusiastic crowd was assembled on the grounds. The public schools were dismissed, business houses closed and the day given up to the general season of gladness and thanksgiving. The foundation and basement of the building had been completed and the sills and joice laid for the first floor. The corner stone with neatly beveled edges and appropriately inscribed had been suspended on a crane ready for the ceremony. The Masonic Grand Lodge under escort of Oyrene Commandry No. 23 of Centralia, Il., the following named Knights: D.B. ROBERTSON, Jacob PEIFER, C.D. TUFTS, L.M. BOSTWICK, Jas. A. GREER, J.W. LARIMER, A.W. GAUSE, N.M. REXFORD, H.M. CONDIT, W.H. GRAY, arrived at 11:15 and with the city officials, choir and officers of the church, took possession of the platform. The Grand Lodge then proceeded to lay the corner stone according to the ancient order of their craft. The following is the roster of the Grand Lodge: C. ROHRBOUGH, G.M.; C.A. BECKETT, D.G.M.; J.M. MARROW, S.G.W.; E.G. FORSHEE, J.G.W.; F.A. PRUETT, G.T.; W.W. NEIL, G.S.; J.H. BALLANCE, G.C.; T. DeWitte PEAKE, G.O.; G.W. SCAWTHON, G.P.; T.S. MARSHALL, G.M.; A.M. YOUNG, G.S.B.; A.M. ALLEN, S.G.D.; S.L. BUNDY, J.G.D.; John LACKEY, W.H. WHITE, C.S. NEIL, A.S. SCHERMERHORN, G.S.; C.S. GURNEY, G.T.; S.S. CHANCE, Master of oldest Lodge; Fred PULLEN, Grand Architect. The exercises began with a beautiful Organ Voluntary by Prof. Jakie CHANCE, of Salem. The Pastor at the order of the Building Committee, formally invited the Grand Lodge to lay the cornerstone, which invitation was accepted by Grand Master C. ROHRBOUGH. Invocation was then offered by Grand Chaplain, J.H. BALLANCE, followed by a beautiful anthem "The Lord is King" by the M.E. Church Choir. The Grand Master then proceeded with the assistance of the Grand officers to place the corner stone in position, which ceremony closed at high noon. A beautiful and appropriate solo by Thos. E. PRICKETT closed the morning service. A recess was then taken for the noon hour during which time the guests partook of a bountiful and delicious dinner, which was served by the Ladies Aid Society in the old church. After dinner the services were resumed in C. ROHRBOUGH’s yard, which had been provided with seats; the front porch being used as a platform for the speakers. The exercises opened with an anthem by the choir, who sustained their well deserved reputation as excellent singers. Rev. D. R. DeWitt PEAKE, grand Orator, was then introduced and spoke in a clear and pleasing voice on the theme "The relation of Masonry to the church." The orators words were well chosen and not easily misunderstood. Evidently many who were not familiar with the teachings of the fraternity were enabled to see their principles in a clearer light, and if anyone failed to receive deep impressions of the Spiritual life and teaching of the church it certainly was not the fault of the speaker. A quartet of preachers composed of Revs. C.A. BECKETT, E.B. FYKE, C.F. THRALL and V.W. THRALL, sang the very appropriate selection, "On Christ the solid rock I stand." Rev. C.A. BECKETT of Centralia, was then called upon for an extemporaneous address which did full credit to the speaker and the occasion. Revs. FYKE and CUNNINGHAM sang a duet which was well received. Dr. BECKETT by special request sang a solo, entitled, "Unanswered Yet" which was fully appreciated. A few closing remarks were made by the pastor and C. ROHRBOUGH, expressing appreciation for the occasion; the preacher’s quartet sang a beautiful selection and the meeting adjourned with the benediction by the Grand Chaplain, J.H. BALLANCE. The following is a list of articles contained in the casket deposited in the corner stone of the new Methodist Episcopal church, Kinmundy, Ill., on Sept. 19, 1905:

1. General subscription list to church erection fund.

2. Brief sketch of organization of the first City Council, also roster of the present Council.

3. Book of Constitution and By-laws Kinmundy lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M.

4. Holy Bible.

5. Discipline of the M.E. Church.

6. Roll of Membership prepared by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, Pastor.

7. Copy of Christian Advocate date Aug. 10, 1905.

8. Copy of Central Christian Advocate, date Sept. 6, 1905.

9. Copy of Epworth Herald date Sept. 9, 1903.

10. Copy of Kinmundy Express, date Aug. 31, 1905.

11. Photo of old church.

12. Copy of Kinmundy Express dated July 20, 1905.

13. Photo of Ground Breaking service.

14. Church card.

15. Portrait of Bishop David H. MOORE.

16. Portrait of Rev. J.W. FLINT, D.D., Presiding Elder.

17. Portrait of Rev. E.B. FYKE, Dist. Epworth League Pres.

18. Minutes of Southern Ill. Conference session 1904.

19. Copy of Sunday School Journal and Bible Students Magazine.

20. Brief sketch of earlier Kinmundy prepared by some of the oldest inhabitants.

21. E.L. list of friends of the cause.

22. Copy of poster advertising corner stone laying.

23. Silver dime issue 1905.

24. Copy of Royal Templar date March 1891.

The copy of the Christian Advocate placed in the corner stone contained pictures of the Russian-Japanese peace commissioners and an account of the settlement of the war. The Bible was a beautiful copy in soft leather binding and was presented to the church for this purpose by Fred J. NIRIDER. J.S. WILLIAMS gave the silver dime. The neat copper box in which the articles were placed was made and donated by TOMLINSON & WOLFE. The occasion was a great success and marks an era in the history of Methodism in Kinmundy. The ministers present were Revs. C.A. BECKETT, Centralia; T. DeWitt PEAKE, Salem; J.E. McCRACKEN, Xenia; C.F. THRALL, Patoka; E.B. FYKE, Vernon; V.W. Thrall, Farina; W.L. CUNNINGHAM, Mason; V.D. LINGENFELTER, Fairfield; G.W. SCAWTHON and N.D. SWEENY of Kinmundy, and O.E. LOCKART, and J.H. BALLANCE, of the M.E. Church South, F.O. FANNON, of the Christian Church.

- Farina Express: Among the out of town people who were doing business here that past week we noticed, Mr. SPRINGER of LaClede; J. SHEPARD of Lone Grove; Henry WARREN, Hiram NIRIDER of Loogootee; John HAWKEY of West Point; Mr. HOCKMAN of Oskloosa, and Adolph AMBUEHL of St. Peter.

- Farina Express: Friends of Wm. J. CRANDALL and wife celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary last Friday.

- Farina Express: The sisters of Mrs. Mary BOND celebrated her birthday last Thursday with appropriate feasting and revelry.

- WAINSCOTT-LYNCH: On last Tuesday evening, Sept. 19, 1905, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John LYNCH, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Lotta, to Eldo WAINSCOTT. At 7 o’clock p.m. the couple entered the parlor attended by Miss Beaulah BUNDY and Harry CRAIG, where the beautiful and impressive ceremony was performed by their pastor, Rev. F. O. FANNON, in the presence of the relatives and a few intimate friends. After congratulations were extended a sumptuous dinner was served. The affair throughout was of a very quiet nature, but yet, was a very pretty home wedding. The bride is a young lady who has a large circle of friends and is admired and loved for her many graces of character. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac WAINSCOTT, and is one of our rising young men. A number of beautiful and useful presents were received by the bride and groom. Mr. and Mrs. WAINSCOTT left Wednesday morning for Bloomington their future home, where he has a good position. Their many friends wish for them a long and happy life.

- Ed BOSTON Dead: Edward BOSTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.K. BOSTON, residing six miles east of this city, died in Kansas City, Mo., the 16th inst. of typhoid fever. He was there working in the harvest fields when he contracted the disease. The body arrived here Monday morning and was taken to his father’s home where the funeral services were held.

- Mrs. L.F. DICKENS of Aurora is here visiting her sister, Mrs. A.W. SONGER.

- S.J. ALLEN spent Sunday in Champaign with his daughter, Mrs. E.E. BUCKMINISTER.

- Mrs. A.E. BURT of Decatur, spent Saturday and Sunday with her brother, D.N. MERCER and family.

- J.W. BARNES died at the home of his son, A.C. BARNES, in Centralia, Sunday afternoon, aged 87 years, 2 months, and 15 days. The funeral and burial services were held in Richview Tuesday at 11 o’clock.

- William (Billy) ROONEY returned here from Centralia Saturday after a months’ absence. He is suffering with a broken arm he received while at work in the round house by falling from an engine.

- C. ROHRBOUGH received a telegram this morning announcing the death of W.C. SQUIER, a former citizen of this city, who died a this home in Aurora this morning at 8 o’clock.

- Golden Wedding: On Thursday, Sept. 13th 1855 at the home of the bride eight miles south of this city, occurred the marriage of Mr. Isaiah T. DILLON and Miss Sarah WILSON, the Rev. D.H. STUBBLEFIELD officiating. To this union was born seven children, all of whom are living, they being Mrs. C.H. WEST and Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN, of this city, G.S. DILLON of Chicago; J.R. DILLON of Farina; Mrs. T.J. WADE and Miss Anna and E.G. DILLON of Meacham.

- On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1905, this aged couple enjoyed the celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their beautiful home, four miles east of this city and a large number of invited friends and relatives were present. By 11 o’clock the crowd had assembled to celebrate the occasion and about 12 o’clock a place was arranged in the front yard and the crowd formed a circle and the contracting parties marched from the house to the yard, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILSON of Alma, were they were re-united in marriage by Rev. S.B. BASCOM, after which Rev. N.D. SWEENY offered a prayer. After the ceremony was over, congratulations were in order. The visitors were invited to the dining room where they found tables heavily laden with good things to eat that always make such occasions more pleasant and to say that all did justice at this time does not express it. The daughters and others who assisted in preparing this spread should have been given a vote of thanks as they rightly deserved it. Those who participated in good eatables were: S. INGRAM and wife, C. ROHRBOUGH and wife, Rev. S.B. BASCOM and wife, Rev. N.D. SWEENY and wife, Mrs. Dolly KAGY, Mr. JERNIGAN and wife, G.N. HEATON and wife, Dr. E.G. FORSHEE and wife, Mrs. Mary JACK, Jas. COCKRELL and wife, M.A. SONGER, Mrs. J.B. ELDER, Mrs. T. NEAVILL, Mrs. M.J. LOVELL, J.W. WILSON and wife, Chas. ALLEN and wife, Frank BRITTON and wife, C.H. WEST and wife, F.O. GRISSOM and wife, Mrs. J.F. DONOVAN, C.P. BALKE and wife, Mrs. M.R. LAWWILL, Sel HOWELL and wife, J.M. HOLMES and wife, A.V. SCHERMERHORN, Mary HOLMES, Maud WEST, Mrs. M.J. BOONE, Miss Bertha HOLTSLAW, Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, Mildred and Marjorie WADE, Nita BALKE, Flossie SWEENY, Chas. ALLEN, Jr.; Elmer HOLMES (of Kinmundy); Eugene and Edward DILLON, John MAXFIELD and wife, R.W. AUSTIN and wife, T.D. SWITZER and wife, T.S. LACEY and wife, J.R. DILLON and wife, J.W. PARRILL, Mrs. Sarah PARRILL, of Farina. J.R. HALL of Sandoval; Mrs. J.W. BLAKESLEE of Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. Chas. COPPLE, S.W. S.W. LOVELL and wife, H. FARSON and wife, Mrs. Raechel KNISELEY of Omega; Robt. McKEE and wife of Odin; R. WILSON and wife, and Geo. WILSON and wife of Alma; Geo. MARTIN and wife of St. Elmo; Tilt WILSON of Salem. Those present who attended the Silver Wedding 25 years ago were: Richard WILSON of wife, T.D. SWITZER, J.W. WILSON, and wife, Dr. E.G. FORSHEE and wife, C.H. WEST and wife, Mrs. J.B. ELDER and Henry BALKE. Those present who attended the wedding fifty years ago were Geo., Richard and Tilt WILSON, the three brothers of the bride. Among the crowed was to found eight members of the 111th Illinois who were in Sherman’s March to the Sea and the first seven named were in Co. H., and the latter in Co. E. - T.S. LACEY, T.D. SWITZER, Henry FARSON, S.W. LOVELL, Robt. McKEE, Tilt WILSON, I.T. DILLON and James COCKRELL. These eight "boys" spent this day in special enjoyment if the day was ever spent that way, and after the entire crowd had been photographed they had a separate picture made of the members of this regiment. This was a grand day for everybody was greatly enjoyed by all.

- BALLANCE-GARRETT: Mr. Tom BALLANCE and Miss Emma GARRETT drove to Vandalia yesterday and were married at the home of and by Rev. Naaman BASCOM at 3 o’clock p.m. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ATKINS. They will reside on the J.B. MORGAN farm.

- Advertisement: Fashionable Dressmaking. Prices Reasonable. Your Patronage Solicited. Mrs. Clara GRAVES over BARGH’s.

Sept. 28, 1905:

- Geo. W. BEAVER: George W. BEAVER was born in Vermillion Co., Ill., Sept. 20, 1834. When five years of age he removed with his parents to Marion County, where he has lived ever since. He was married to Martha EAGAN, who survives him, March 19, 1867. To this union two children were born, Luther F., who died at the age of 11 years, and Mrs. E.R. HENSLEY, who is still living. He professed faith his Christ some forty years ago, but never identified himself with any branch of the church but was inclined to the Primitive Baptist in which church he was raised. For more than a year he was shut in on account of failing health, gradually growing more feeble and on Friday, Sept. 22, 1905, he peacefully passed away, at the age of 71 years and 2 days. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church South, Saturday morning, Sept. 23, 1905, at ten o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, assisted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY, after which the body was laid to rest in the city cemetery.

- Martin BEAVER and wife of Iuka, were in this city last Saturday attending the funeral of his brother, G.W. BEAVER.

- The Fire Bell: Aroused our People from their slumbers early Tuesday morning. At 2:30 Tuesday morning our people were aroused from "sweet slumber" by the mournful chimes of the city fire bell. People responded promptly and it was soon learned that the fire was in the interior of S.L. BUNDY’s general merchandise store and the blaze was all on the ceiling. The bucket brigade soon got to work and the flames were almost extinguished by the time the engine arrived, but after it’s arrival the fire company made a quick job of putting out the fire. The fire is supposed to have originated in the room above the store used as a lodge room by the U.M.W.A. and the A.F. of L. In this room were several small boxes filled with sawdust and used as cuspidors. The evening before the miners Union met and it is supposed someone dropped a lighted cigar in one of these boxes and it caught the saw dust on fire and smouldered, there for several hours before a blaze was started. It burned through the floor and ceiling and made an opening about six feet long and two feet wide. It was the making of a good fire when it was discovered by night watchman HULTS and prompt action is all that saved another disastrous conflagration. This is one occasion when a night watch proved beneficial and in this one occasion earned all the money that has been paid him. The damage to Mr. BUNDY’s stock is estimated about $150 and that to the building at $50. The parties concerned are glad it was no more and are very thankful for the prompt work of our citizens.

- Farina Express: Horace CHAMPLIN was 84 years old the 20th inst.

- M. DOWNS left Saturday night for Chicago to receive treatment for his left eye, which is badly effected. He has completely lost the sight of his right eye.

- The fourth annual reunion of the WILLIAMS descents will be held in the city park next Saturday.

- Miss Susie WHITSON returned home Sunday evening after an extended visit in St. Louis with her sister, Mrs. Ed ABERY, and brother, H.G. WHITSON.

- Advertisement: Cement Building Blocks and Foundation Pillars, Fire Brick and Clay, Builders’ Hardware, Nails, Etc. A full line of Shingles and all kinds of Building Material. A.V. SCHERMERHORN. Lumber Yard.

- Advertisement: Things like mother used to make were good, oh! "So good!" You can travel back to boyhood’s happy hours by buying your eatables at this store. Our food products are inviting and appetizing. Ask for these: New Buckwheat and pancake cake flour, the pkg. 10 cents; Maple Syrup, the gal. $1.20; New Country Sorghum, the gallon 50 cents; Fancy Comb Honey, lb., 15 cents; New mince meat the pkg. 10 cents; Parties holding cards for a sample package of Father Kneipp’s Malt Coffee will please, bring them in as we have the goods in now. Cranberries, Tokay, and Concord Grapes and a full line of Vegetables. Eggs, 18 cents. Killie the Grocer. Phone Service. Delivery Service. The different store.

Oct. 5, 1905:

- Death of W.C. SQUIER: The funeral services of the last W.C. SQUIER of Seminary avenue was held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24, at 2 o’clock, Rev. E.J. AIKEN officiating. The G.A.R. and Relief Corps were in charge. Mr. SQUIER was born in Clyde, N.Y., Dec. 3, 1825 and came west when about 25 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Hattie B. SQUIER and four children, C.H. SQUIER, Mitchell, Ind.; Mrs. Lena LAWSHA of Rockaway Beach, New York; L.A. SQUIER of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Burton E. SQUIER of Aurora. These were all present together with the granddaughter, Miss Martha LAWSHA. Mr. SQUIER enlisted as a private Feb. 1, 1864, for three years for the end of the war. He belonged to the 12th Illinois regiment and marched with Sherman to the sea. He was honorably discharged June 13, 1865, at Washington, D.C. He became a Christian early in life and united with the M.E. church, of which he was a consistent member until the day of his death. He has lived in Aurora since 1891, having moved here from Kinmundy, Ill. He was a highly respected citizen, charitably inclined and possessed a high sense of honor. (The Aurora Beacon.)

- Farina Express: John FORD of Tonti, was in town a few days ago.

- Farina Express: Friends of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RANDOLPH celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary last Saturday evening.

- Farina Express: E.S. CARLTON has sold his clothing stock to F. RICHARDSON and Mel MAXFIELD, who will open a clothing emporium on the corner occupied by MAXFIELD’s barber shop.

- Mrs. E. PRICE of Maplewood, Mo., spent Sunday in this city with her parents, J. NELSON and wife.

- Geo. BUTTS has gone to Arcola and taken charge of his father’s grocery store.

- The St. Louis Cardinals and the Centralia team will play baseball at Centralia tomorrow afternoon. The I.C.R.R. will sell tickets for this occasion at rate of one and one-third fare for the round trip.

- Mrs. Margaret MOELLER, residing one miles south of St. Paul, died Monday, aged 69 years. The funeral service was held yesterday afternoon and interment made in the St. Paul cemetery.

- John (Deacon) SCHOOLEY met with a serious and painful accident about two o’clock Saturday morning while asleep by walking from an upstairs room out on the porch roof and falling off a distance of about twelve feet. He fell on his head and shoulder and was in an unconscious condition for about 3 hours and during that time he laid on the ground where he fell. He has been confined to the home all week but is getting along nicely.

Oct. 12, 1905:

- Man Found Dead: Last Friday evening, about 5:30 o’clock, J.C. ANDREWS, the C. & E.I. section foreman, was standing on the depot platform while the local freight was doing some switching and as a car passed by him he noticed a man lying on the floor. After the car was located, it was entered by the section men and the man was found to be dead. The Supervisor, J.T. ARNOLD, was notified and he at once telegraphed Coroner GEROULD at Centralia who arrived here at 8:30 the same evening and held the inquest. Several witnesses were examined, but nothing leading to the cause of his death was ascertained. When found the man had taken off his coat and shoes and it seemed that he had made a pillow of them. His shirt was unbuttoned and his pipe was lying close to his head as though it had fallen from his mouth. In his pockets were found a razor; some soap a needle and some thread, a fish hook a railroad time table, a package of tobacco and some other worthless articles. Near the car door was a place where he had burned a letter and a few pieces of the charred paper were picked up and "Frank" was the only visible word. It is thought by many that it was a case of suicide, while others will not entertain that theory. The man had been seen in various places the evening prior to his discovery and seemed to be in good health. After the arrival of the Coroner he was taken to the undertaking rooms of J.H. NELMS, where he remained till Saturday afternoon when he was buried in the city cemetery after a short funeral services conducted by Rev. N.D. SWEENY. Description: White man about 40 years old, height 5'9"; weight about 160 lbs. Face long, nose prominent, teeth large. 3 gold crowns. Sandy mustache; forehead narrow and low, eyes grey, hair thin on top of head, no beard, light complexion. Large scar on left side of neck and throat a small scar on left knee. He had the appearance of a laboring man.

- J.O. DUMOND Dead: The community was inexpressibly shocked Tuesday morning by the announcement that J.O. DUMOND was dead. The fact of his death was discovered shortly after 7 o’clock a.m. when "Shorty" HOOVER, a workman of W.R. CRANDALL, went into the carpenter shop for some tools and discovered the body. He at once notified Mr. CRANDALL, who with Dr. ROWND made an examination and no marks of violence were found. The rear part of the furniture store is used as a carpenter shop and off from this were two rooms which were Mr. DUMOND’s living apartments. His death occurred after he had retired for the night; and it is thought he may have felt ill and started out where the cool breeze might refresh him, or was merely up to get a drink, as his water bucket stood on a bench just where he fell. From the position of the body it seems that not a muscle moved after he fell. Of the many who saw Judge DUMOND Monday none thought the end so near. He was in good spirits and to all appearances as well as he had been at any time during the past year. As late as 10 o’clock that night B.W. BESHEARS and another young man were in his store making some purchases and he laughed and joked with them with almost boyish enthusiasm. At the time of this death Judge DUMOND was 75 years old and for 20 years he has been a resident of Lan county. Until the past two years he worked actively at the carpenters trade and since then has been engaged in the furniture and implement business. He built many of the best residences and business houses in the city including the High School building at the First State Bank. As a citizen and a business man no was more highly esteemed than he. The funeral will be held from the M.E. church probably tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. (The Dighton, Kansas Herald, Sept. 28, 1905.)

- Advertisement: Look Here. We have come to stay and with our new lights will drive all shadows away with hot lunches every day. Steak, Ham and Eggs, Hamberger, Cream and Brick Cheese, All kinds of Cold Drinks, Fancy Candies, Canned Goods, Cookies, Tobacco, Cigars, Melon on Ice, Etc. Ice Cream $1 per gal. Call and see us. Kinmundy Restaurant. Bargh Brick.

- Mrs. H.R. FINKS of Sedalia, Mo., is visiting in this city with her father. B.W. BLAKESLEE.

- The street fair in this city begins next Tuesday morning for five days of fun and amusements.

- Miss Junia DAVIS left Saturday night for Villa Grove in answer to a message announcing the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Mattie COMPTON, but upon her arrival found her sister dead. The body went through here Monday morning on it’s way to Keensville for burial.

- Thos. E. PRICKETT returned to St. Louis Friday evening after spending the summer at home with his mother, Mrs. Mary PRICKETT.

- Miss Pearl VAUGHN, residing eight miles east of town, died Monday night and was buried Tuesday afternoon in Phillips Cemetery.

- Wm. B. ROSS, the city baker, is now prepared to bake your cookies and pies. Leave orders at the bakery.

- Kinmundy Circuit by Rev. O.E. LOCKART. About the first of that movement within the bounds of what is now the Kinmundy Circuit, which finally became known as the M.E. Church South, was the organization of a society under the name of the Evangelical church at Asbury Chapel about five miles southeast of Kinmundy. This society was organized by Rev. J.W. WESTCOTT in the last part of July or early part of August, 1864. It was composed of 28 members and soon became known as the Union Campground Class. The persons who were most prominent in this society were Uncle Thos. SMITH, Chas. SMITH, James CRAIG, Henry WILKINSON, and their wives, all of whom have gone to their rest except Uncle James CRAIG and Aunt Harriet WILKINSON. The records show that J.W. WESTCOTT was the first pastor in 1865, followed by W.S. HALSEY in 1866-67 and J.L. BRANSTETTER in 1868-69 and many others whose names we cannot record here. These were the days of campmeetings. In this neighborhood there was a campground where small houses had been built and meetings held each fall. From this the society took the name of the Union Camp Ground Society and afterwards built a church on the old campground hill. Their first meetings were held in Asbury Chapel, then in the Camp Ground school house until 1883. The first Sunday school superintendent was Uncle James CRAIG which place he filled for a number of years and has been class leader since the organization. September 1864 brings us to a historic gathering of the Evangelical church within the bounds of this circuit. It was the assembling of the first council at Shanghai, about three miles northwest of this city. Rev. J.W. WESTCOTT was president, having been elected in July by the Committee who drafted the form of doctrines and discipline for the government of the societies. Writing of this gathering Brother WESTCOTT says, "Holy power descended upon the people and shoutings and rejoicings were the order of the day." He was continued as president for the next year; the second council was appointed to meet at Asbury Chapel Union Campground. In September of 1865, the Evangelical Church, through a convention with other parties from both the northern and southern part of the state which convened at Xenia, Illinois, took the name of Christian Union church and according to appointment the second council met at Asbury Chapel in the early fall of 1865 duly organized under the name of the Christian Union church, Oct. 19. At this conference, for that it was, five persons were ordained to the full work of the ministry. Rev. M.R.R. JONES was appointed presiding elder of the Salem District; Rev. J.W. WESTCOTT to the Cairo District and the preachers to the work with Rev. N.B. HALSEY as pastor of the Asbury Church, which place he filled for two years. In 1867, the Christian Union Church assumed the name of the Episcopal Methodist Church under the jurisdiction of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in June was constituted into the dignity of an annual conferencelly Bishop DOGGETT. The first annual conference was held at Nashville, Ill. Oct. 16, 1867, Bishop DOGGETT presiding. W.B. HALSEY was returned as pastor of Asbury Church in the fall of 1868 (according to records before us.) Rev. J.L. BRANSTETTER came as pastor of Union Campground for it was now known by that name. In the same year he and Rev. M.R. JONES organized the Kinmundy society in the C.P. church with Wm. GRAY and wife. R.C. PARKER and wife, J.B. McBRYDE and wife, Geo. HULL and wife, David SHULTZ and wife, J.B. ROTAN, Isabelle TOMLINSON, Martha BEAVER, Julia and Robert WHITE, with others as charter members. The services were held once a month in the Presbyterian church until 1870 when a cornerstone was laid under the auspices of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Illinois and the church we now worship in was built at a cost of $2200. The fourth session of the Illinois Annual Conference of the Episcopal Methodist church met in Kinmundy Oct. 16, 1870, with Bishop McTYEIRE presiding; T.D. DEEDS was secretary. The following Sunday Bishop McTYEIRE preached and dedicated our church. Dr. J.B. McFERRIN Missionary Secretary of Nashville, Tenn., raised over $1000 to pay the indebtedness. While this was a glad day for our people in Kinmundy, there was a sadness in the Campground Class caused by the death of Martha SMITH, the wife of Uncle Thos. SMITH and a charter member. The funeral was preached by Rev. J.W. WESTCOTT. In 1877, a memorial was sent from the Illinois Annual Conference to the General Conference which met a Atlanta Georgia, in 1878, asking that our conference be known as the Illinois Conference of the M.E. church South, which was granted. Sept. 13, 1870 the thirteenth session of the Illinois Annual Conference met in Kinmundy under the above name with Bishop WRIGHTMAN presiding. Colis MURCEINSON, secretary and pastor. At this conference Rev. T.M. PRICKETT was assigned to the Kinmundy circuit which place he served four years. In 1883, under his pastorate the Union Campground church was built on the old Camp Ground hill. The first services was held in the church Saturday evening July 21, opened by singing "Home of the Soul", reading Psalms 103, and prayer by Uncle James CRAIG. On Sunday morning July 22, Rev. J.W. WESTCOTT dedicated the church. Kinmundy Southern Methodist church was honored Oct. 6, 1886 for the third time by the twentieth session of the Annual conference, Bishop DUNCAN presiding, the late Rev. C.T. McNALLY secretary and J.W. WESTCOTT, pastor. Had we the time and space we would gladly give it to the worthy men who have served here, such as Revs. T.C. HAWKINS, B.F. HAYS, G.W. GILMORE and several others who are still in our conference. Among those who have served as our presiding elders we note: Revs. M.R. JONES, J.W. WESTCOTT, C.C. MAYHEW, J.N. CRAIG, J.D. CROOKS, W.L. NELSON and our much esteemed J.H. LEWIS, deceased. The writer was appointed to three of the churches of this circuit Oct. 7, 1902 under the name of the Miletus Circuit. In April 1902, the Camp Ground church was moved to a new location and repaired which was much needed. It was rededicated by J.W. WESTCOTT Aug. 17, 1902. One year later, Kinmundy was added to the circuit, which place we served for four years. The Lord has blessed these years of service with over 100 conversions, about 90 additions to the church, 46 adults and four infants baptized, two Epworth Leagues organized and churches repaired. Southern Methodism is represented on this circuit by 236 members, 3 1-3 church buildings, 3 parsonages, 3 1-3 Sunday schools with 200 scholars, 2 Epworth Leagues with 58 members, who are looking forward to the gathering of the State Epworth League Conference here next summer. Among the heroes and heroines who have fallen in the work of the Master we have the remains of Revs. Colin MURCHINSON and wife, T.C. HAWKINS and wife, and the two wives and a child of Rev. L.H. DAVIS sleeping in our city cemetery, whose lives are not forgotten in our midst.

- Farina Express: Miss Flossie REED, who has been spending the summer with her aunt, Mrs. Hattie MAXON, has returned to her home in Chicago.

- Farina Express: Charles CARLTON has not bought out the barber shop as reported last week.

- Farina Express: One of Tom MANGNER’s sons sliced a toe off while cutting corn. This should be a warning to boys who are addicted to the pasttime of cutting corn.

Oct. 19, 1905:

- A Public Reception: Four years ago this October, Otis and Ellis SEE bade goodbye to friends and relatives and left to join the U.S. Navy. They served one year on the Training ship, and then they were transferred to the Battleship Oregon in which they remained the entire time with the exception of 56 days on land in the Philippines. They have certainly had a wonderful experience on the deep blue seas, and they know what it means "to pour oil on the troubled waters." They have distinguished themselves among a crew of 500 and won the praise of the Captain and navy officers and the respect of all of the friends and relatives. These young men have dreamed dreams and have realized the visions which appeared before young minds while other boys with less faith and nerve have kept on dreaming on what might happen. Upon their return the relatives and friends arranged to honor them with a reception which took place last Saturday, Oct. 14, 1905, at the Shriver School House. The people began to assemble as early as ten o’clock, and with them came all the good things of the land ready to be served in the fashion of a good old picnic. The number eating dinner, not counting Raymond CRAIG, was 87. After all had eaten a "sufficiency", even Charley SEE, the fragments were gathered up and the gathering which was increasing assembled themselves in the school house to listen to a program that had been hurriedly prepared. J.S. KNISELEY was asked to preside and he introduced the program by reading a poem written and composed by Rev. T.D. SPIKER and entitled "When the Kids Come Home", and although written for a "Thanksgiving dinner", was very appropriate for the occasion. The first speaker called was the Rev. T.D. SPIKER, who was once a Marion county boy and a teacher in the public schools. He assured all that he was proud of the fact and always had a warm feeling for the people of this county where he spent the best part of his life. The earnestness which characterized his address from start to close, captivated the audience, soul and body, and the only disappointed look that came to their faces was when he quit. Such lofty ideals and manly principles were not dwelt upon by the speaker half long enough. The next speaker called to the front was Hon. James COCKRELL who spoke earnestly upon the question of the duty of the American citizen. He emphasized the fact that the hero of the day and the hour is the man that stands upon principle and faces bravely the opposition, though he stands alone. Uncle Thos. POTTER cleared his throat and came to the front and said when he heard that the boys were gone he knew they would get back all right for, he said he had known the CRAIGS and SEES for over 50 years, and never knew of them undertaking anything and fail. Clayborn COCKRELL next arose and told a story of the Irishman and welcomed the boys home and would have them not to forget the honor the old pioneers who came to this country and worked to make it possible for us to enjoy all that we have today. Woodson LOVELL of Omega was next called upon and he came forward and contrasted the hardships of the old soldier in the Civil war with those who now enter the service of Uncle Sam. He soon became too full for utterance and went quickly to his seat. He was followed by O. SEE, Ed PARISH, and Mrs. W.H. SEE who made appropriate and touching remarks. In response to all these talks, James CRAIG, the grandfather of the boys, took the floor. His extreme old age and white hair though tall and straight for, commanded entire silence of the audience now packed in the school house. The effect was indescribable. Suffice it to say that "Uncle Jim" was one of the happiest men present and no one doubted that he did not feel every word that he uttered. We were also favored with a recitation by Miss Irene SEE. The meeting was adjourned by all joining in a song and the spirit that prevailed throughout the day shows how quick the people of Marion county are to recognize and honor true worth when exhibited by our boys and girls. We wish for these two boys, and we have a right to expect a happy and useful career now that they have ben made to realize the magnitude of the earth and some of the things in costume.

- Jas. BARBEE of Sullivan visited here this week with his sister, Mrs. Kate THOMAS.

- Mrs. Mary P. HOOVER of Ashley is visiting in this city with her parents, Samuel INGRAM and wife.

- The Salem high school football team will play the Kinmundy high school football team in this city Saturday.

- Mrs. J.C. CABANIS has returned home after a two weeks visit in Chicago with her daughter, Mrs. Bessie MARKS.

- Thos. STEEN, wife of Springfield, Mo., and sister, Miss Julia of Chicago, visited in this city last week with their father, J.P. STEEN, who is sick.

- W.H. ALLEN, a resident of the soldiers home at Quincy, arrived in this city last Friday and visited till Tuesday night with his brothers, A.M. and H.L. ALLEN, and other relatives. He is more than pleased with the home and speaks of it with words of praise.

- Advertisement: The Star Grocery is still in line with everything that’s good to eat. Favor us with $2.50 of your patronage and pay 98 cents and take a Nice Mirror. It’s something useful. Give us a trial and be convinced. J.H. JACKSON & Son.

- Advertisement: N.A. RICE. Successor to WOOLLEY & RICE, Deal in Dry Goods, Notions, Shoes and Groceries. Prompt Delivery Service Opera House Block, Phone 110.

- Advertisement: Bargains in Buggies and Surries! I have a nice line of medium priced and high grade Buggies and Surries that I am selling at very low prices. If you want a vehicle of any kind cal on me and be convinced that I can save you money. Prices and Qualities is what talks. T.M. SMITH.

Oct. 26, 1905:

- Two Good Men Gone - Uncle Joe BARGH and Ex-County Treasurer John P. STEEN Gone to Their Reward:

- Joseph BARGH was born in Derbyshire, England, March 20, 1832, and died in Kinmundy, Ill. Oct. 19, 1905. He was the fourth of a family of five children, four sons and one daughter. He worked as an apprentice in his trade (blacksmithing) for seven years. Commencing while very young, his opportunities for an education were the odd moments, at meal time and before and after work hours. Being brought up by religious parents, he gave himself to the Lord early in life uniting with the Weslyian Methodists when he was fourteen years of age. He was married to Elizabeth HAIGH, of Leeds, England, Aug. 17, 1856. Two sons were born to them, Edwin Charles and George William BARGH. They came to America in 1859. Landing at New Orleans, proceeding northward till they reached Illinois, remaining in the southern part of the state for a time. While there he enlisted in the service of the United States, joining the 40th Illinois Regiment, Company E. He came near losing his life in the terrible battle at Shiloh; his health failed him shortly after and he was in the hospital for several months until finally discharged on account of disability. They moved to Knox Co., Ind. in 1864, and on July 26, 1865, their youngest son, George W., died. During the ministry of Elder B.F. TREAT, he, with his wife united with the Christian church in 1865. He was always a faithful and zealous worker in the church. They moved from Oaktown, Ind., to Kinmundy, Ill. in 1876. He was always interested in Church work and all movements that would better mankind. He was a charter member of the Christian church in this city, organized June 23, 1899, and was ever hopeful and prayerful for it’s success. His duties to the church were always first. He was a faithful member of the I.O.O.F., the Rebekah, the G.A.R. lodges and for several years he was Chaplain of these orders, until by ill health he was unable to attend. He was loved and respected by all who knew him, as was beautifully manifested by the elegant floral gifts from the members of the orders and the church and the many kind remembrances and words of sympathy and respect during his illness. We believe the Master will be ready to say to him as he enters "through the gate that stands ajar", "Well done thou good and faithful servant, though hast been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things enter thou into the joys of they Lord." Funeral services were held from the Christian church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. F.O. FANNON under the auspices of the different lodges of which he was a member.

- John P. STEEN: Was born in Wilcox Co., Alabama, July 3, 1849. He was converted early in life and joined the M.E. church South. He was united in marriage with Miss Sarah P. McBRYDE on Oct. 16, 1872, in the state of Alabama. To this union six children were born one having died in infancy. He with his wife and children came to Illinois in 1885 and settled in Kinmundy. Shortly after arriving here he united with the M.E. church South, in which he lived an honored and useful member until death. The companion of his youth died in April 1889. His second marriage was with Miss Joanna EAGAN, June 28, 1891. Her death occurred Oct. 16, 1899. Mr. STEEN filled positions of trust of the people of Kinmundy twp. and so endeared himself to the hearts of the people that he was called by the Democratic party, in the fall of 1899, to make the race for the office of County Treasurer of Marion county, in which race he was successful receiving a number of votes from the opposite party. In Dec. 1899, he moved to Salem, took the oath of office and appointed as his deputy, D.W. PATTERSON, who assisted him during his four years of service to the people for Marion county. His term of office having expired he returned to Kinmundy in 1884. At one time and for a number of years he resided in Chicago, but had again returned to Kinmundy and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. F.W. KILLIE. Mr. STEEN had planned to visit his daughter who resides in California, also an aged father. But fate would not have it so, and failing health caused him to change his plans. His family and friends realized at the first of last week that he was failing and gradually sinking, and on Oct. 20, 1905, John P. STEEN bade adieu to friends and loved ones, to pain and suffering, and his deathless spirit took it’s flight for the regions of the Blest. His death has cast a gloom over our community and brings deep sorrow to the family circle. He leaves to mourn their loss five children: Mrs. Henry SCHOLING of Los Angeles, Cal., who, on account of poor health, was unable to be present at the funeral; T.M. STEEN of Springfield, Mo.; Robert T. STEEN of San Francisco, Cal; Mrs. F.W. KILLIE of Kinmundy; and Miss Julia STEEN of Chicago. Also J.B. McBRYDE and wife, of Nashville, Tenn., and R.P. McBRYDE and wife, of this city. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE at residence of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. KILLIE on Sunday afternoon at 2:30, reading the 103 Psalm, this being the scriptural lesson used by Rev. CORBIN at the funeral of his wife in 1889. The body was gently laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Kinmundy to await the resurrection morn.

- Joseph F. FIKE: A highly respected citizen of Marion county, residing in Tennessee Prairie, died at his home Wed., Oct. 18, after suffering from a paralytic stroke some few weeks. He was born in 1833, was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. WIMBERLY in 1858. Funeral services were held at Fairview Church Thursday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. A large crowd attended the funeral. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, 3 sons and 1 daughter.

- Theodore HULTZ and Miss Gladys DOWNS, both of this city, were married at the parsonage of the M.E. church South last Thursday evening by Rev. N.K. HOGAN. They have gone to Salem to reside.

- Cliff WILLS, an aged and highly respected citizen of Fayette Co., residing near Vandalia, was killed one day last week by the train.

- C.W. WITWER is placing the material on the lots formerly owned by W. BRADLEY and Ed SWEENY, south of Elder’s block for a two story brick building, 50 X 80 feet. The work laying brick has been awarded to Watts Bros. of Newton and the work will be commenced next week. T.M. SMITH will also build a room on his lot west of WITWER’s 25 X 80 feet one story high. When these buildings are completed, it will add much to the appearance of the burned district.

- Mrs. W.H. SHRIVER was in Mattoon Monday, having accompanied her niece, Miss Nellie SHRIVER, that far on her way to Lincoln, where she has employment at her Orphans home.

- Herman KELLY, residing two miles north of town, received a telegram Monday morning announcing the sudden death of his brother, Homer, at Hayworth, Ill. Herman left Monday night to attend the funeral.

- In the foreclosure suit brought by H.A. GREENING against S 1-2 Sec. 18 T. 4 N. R 4 E. of 3 p.m. Marion Co., Ill., the court decided in favor of Mr. GREENING, assessing all cost of attorney fees against the defendants. This is the farm known as the Negro Farm. We understand Hiram LACEY has purchased it and will improve it and make it is home.

- L.C. MATTHEWS and wife went to Odin this morning to attend the funeral of their nephew, Wm. J. MATTHEWS, a brakeman on the Frisco who was instantly killed in a wreck at St. Clair, Mo., last evening. He was about 30 years old and a son of Andrew MATTHEWS.

- North Fork Express: A fine boy arrived at the home of H. WILLIAMS and wife since our last report.

- North Fork Express: George CARMAN and Miss Mary CHATHAM were recently married by Rev. SHEPARD.

- North Fork Express: Jewett MILLER has purchased the sawmill of Elder HOPPER and has taken possession and is ready to fill all bills on short notice.

- North Fork News: Our school is progressing nicely under the teaching of John ANDERSON.

- North Fork News: Edward HOWELL and Miss Rebekah MOORE were united in marriage a few days ago by Rev. SHEPARD. After dinner was served, Mr. SHEPARD preached a very able discourse.

- The Farina Express: MAXFIELD & RICHARDSON have opened their clothing emporium on the corner formerly occupied by the barber shop. Mr. TITZELL who has for many years had charge of RICHARDSON’S clothing department will conduct it.

- The Farina Express: Misses Grace SHEPARD and Ethel GEORGE and Messrs. CRAIG and SMITH spent Sunday with Miss Eva SATTERLEE.

- The Farina Express: Elmer WHITFORD has brought Abby SWITZER’s interest in the harness shop.

- The Farina Express: Eugene FORD and wife were in town Monday.

- The Farina Express: John DILLON’s celebrated their tin wedding Monday night.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. Emogene FORD is spending a few days in her town residence.

Nov. 2, 1905:

- MORITZ-GARNER: About 5 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 1, 1905, Mr. Joseph L. MORITZ of Stonington, Ill., and Miss Lillian GARNER, of this city, accompanied by the father and sister of the bride to be, appeared at the parsonage of the M.E. church South and requested that words he said that would make them man and wife. They were met with a hearty response and the ceremony was performed by Rev. S.K. HOGAN. After the ceremony the party, accompanied by the Pastor and wife, proceeded to the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. GARNER, where a few near relatives and an elegant supper awaited them. Mr. MORITZ is to be congratulated for his good judgement in selecting a partner for life. The same may be said of the bride as Mr. MORITZ is one of Stonington’s enterprising young men, at present filling the responsible position of hoisting engineer. They departed today for their future home in Stonington, bearing with them the good wishes of many friends.

- 60th Birthday: On last Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. C.H. WEST entertained the members of the Rathbone lodge in honor of Mr. WEST’s sixtieth birthday anniversary. The evening was very pleasantly spent with music and games. Elegant refreshments were served. The evening was very pleasantly spent by all present and they departed wishing Mr. WEST many more such happy birthdays.

- Miss Mae SCHERMERHORN left Tuesday morning for Seattle, Washington to spend the winter with her brother, Frank SCHERMERHORN.

- PEDDICORD-WATSON: A beautiful October wedding was solemnized Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, at 5:30 o’clock at "Rockview", the country home of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry WATSON in Grant district, when Miss Caroline Fleming WATSON became the wife of Mr. Geo. Eyster PEDDICORD. At the appointed hour Rev. M.A. BARNES of Christ Episcopal Church, the officiating minister took his place in the parlor and awaited the arrival of the bride and groom. The path of the bridal party was guarded by Charles PEDDICORD and Harry WATSON, who held ropes of white satin ribbon. The above is a paragraph taken from an article in the Fairmont (Va.) Index, the bride being a sister of Mrs. C.B. ROHRBOUGH, of this city, and will be well remembered having visited here last summer.

- Mrs. Sarah SILL, better known as Grandma SILL, died at Omega, Oct. 27 at five p.m., age 88 years. The funeral services held at Omega church at 11 a.m. Oct. 29th.

- A fine boy was born at the home of Clyde PRUETT and wife Monday.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. Emogene FORD has improved her residence with the addition of a new porch.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. Emogene FORD gave a dinner to her sisters and others Monday.

- The Farina Express: Clark CRANDALL of Decatur is visiting his brother, Horace and sister.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. A.C. BOND gave a dinner to her sisters and other friends Wednesday.

- Advertisement: Get Ready for Winter! If you have not bought that Heating Stove, Range or Cook Stove. Everything in Hardware. TOMLINSON & WOLFE.

Nov. 9, 1905:

- DONOVAN-KING (1880-1905): One of the most pleasant events of the social season was the Silver Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DONOVAN, Friday evening, Nov. 3rd. The occasion was planned as a surprise by their sister. Miss KING, she having invited the members of the E.O.W. Club, their husbands, the immediate relatives of the family, and Rev. and Mrs. N.D. SWEENY. The surprise was complete. The guests arrived prompted at 7:30 o’clock and a few minutes later when Mr. and Mrs. DONOVAN came home from the office they were greeted by the smiling faces of their many friends and showers of congratulations. For an instant consternation sat upon their faces, then true to the instinct of this estimable couple, they not only responded to the greetings and congratulations, but at once began extending a hearty welcome to all. The home is known not only in Kinmundy, but throughout Southern Illinois for it’s generous hospitality. During the evening Mrs. Lotta SHARPE played several sparkling instrumental compositions. Mrs. GRISSOM sang James Whitcomb Riley’s "Rock me to Sleep", and as an encore his beautiful little poem "Just Be Glad". Mr. W.W. NEIL sang that old favorite "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep" in his usual pleasing way. Miss Alta BAGOTT sang a catchy little Chinese song. Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH read the beautiful poem by Ella Wheeler, Wilcox "Life’s Journey", and Mrs. A.E.W. PRUETT an original poem entitled "Husband and Wife". Many beautiful presents were received by Mr. and Mrs. DONOVAN, among others, 25 bright new silver dollars from Mr. Frank KING of Wakeeney, Kansas. Dainty refreshments of brick cream, delicious cake, coffee and fruit were served. Throughout the rooms were stately palms and bowls of chrysanthemums, artistically arranged. The evening ended all to soon, such evening will and at a late hour as the guests departed, after wishing Mr. and Mrs. DONOVAN a long and prosperous life and many more happy anniversaries.

- School News: The girls are still practicing basketball. When their first game is to be played is yet unknown.

- North Fork News: M.S. SHEPARD, who went to Yale last Spring to reside, contemplates returning. He says Yale’s alright, but it is too far from Boulder for Bliss.

Nov. 16, 1905:

- A Pleasant Surprise: The members of the West Side Thimble Club with their husbands very pleasantly surprised Mrs. F.J. NIRIDER on last Thursday evening, it being the anniversary of her birthday. The evening was spent with games and an old fashioned taffy pulling. The guests remembered Mrs. NIRIDER with many beautiful presents. At a late hour the guests departed for their various homes, having spent an evening long to be remembered by all present, and wishing Mrs. NIRIDER many more such happy events.

- 56 years Ago: The relatives and friends of Mrs. Harriett HAWORTH gathered at her home Tuesday evening, Nov. 14th, 1905, for the purpose of celebrating the 56th anniversary of her birth. The happy party was a complete surprise, and as Mrs. HAWORTH answered the call of the doorbell, to her great surprise the people began to take the place by storm, so that within a few minutes the house was packed to its full capacity with the good natured people. The evening was spent with vocal and instrumental music, rehearsing events of the past and enjoying such social games as go to make life happy. At a reasonable hour supper was announced and all enjoyed the good things prepared. Among the beautiful presents presented her was a rocking chair, a $5 gold piece, a beautiful pair of slippers and several other articles. Mrs. Anna WHITE, of Danville, an old time neighbor and friend of Mrs. HAWORTH, was present, and with the 42 friends present will long remember the enjoyable occasion.

- Advertisement: Eat at the Farmers Restaurant and Lunch Room in the Opera House Block, where you will find everything neat and clean and served in first-class style and at the right price. We cater to the demands of our customers. You can also find a nice line of Fine Candies, Fruits, Cigars, Tobacco, Canned Goods, Etc. Give us a share of your patronage. Lester L. DOUGHTY.

Nov. 23, 1905:

- A crowd of young people very pleasantly surprised Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM last Friday evening the occasion being in honor of her birthday. The evening was spent in playing flinch after which refreshments were served. A beautiful silver spoon was presented her by the crowd as a token of their esteem.

- Arthur M. HASELTINE and Miss May D. MARSHALL, both of Olney, were married Oct. 31st at the home of the bride’s brother, Henry MARSHALL, Rev. T.E. SISSON officiating. The groom was formerly a Kinmundy boy.

- Montgomery WILSON of Decatur arrived in this city Saturday night to visit his brother, J.W. WILSON, who is ill.

- A Family Gathering: On Last Sunday, Nov. 19th, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. BROWN, their children and grandchildren with a few near relatives met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. BRANSON and spent the day in honor of Mrs. A. WALKINGTON and son, who have been visiting here the past few weeks, but are soon to return to their home in Michigan. Each took baskets well filled and at the noon hour the large table was loaded with such things necessary to make a good dinner, the center of the table being occupied by a most delicious turkey, which had been prepared by Mrs. BROWN. The entire day was enjoyed by all present; words fail to express the delight in having the occasion brightened by the presence of one who had been absent so long.

Nov. 30, 1905:

- Thos. W. HAYMOND returned home last week from Los Angeles, Cal., where he has purchased property and expects to reside. He and his mother will leave for that city the first of next week to spend the winter.

- Farina Express: A large number of Mrs. Lucy CHILD’s lady friends gave her a surprise party last week on her 47th birthday.

- Farina Express: Word has just been received that Mrs. Lewis JOHNSON died recently in Nortonville, Kan.

- Farina Express: Joel FISHER, formerly a resident of this place, lastly died at Waco, Texas.

- North Fork Express: Walter COLE and wife are the happy parents of a baby girl.

- North Fork Express: The home of John BELCHER was blessed last week by another girl.

- North Fork Express: James SHEPARD and Bert REED, of East Fork, visited one evening with their uncle, Dock SHEPARD.

- North Fork Express: Jewett MILLER has moved his saw mill to Geo. POTTS’ place and is now ready for business.

- North Fork Express: Sunday school is being held in the town hall since the Mound Chapel church has been undergoing repairs.

- BRENNER-GEIS: Mr. John G. BRENNER, formerly of this city, and Miss Mayme Clara GEIS, were married at the home of the bride in Indianapolis, Wed., Nov. 29, 1905, at 11:30 a.m. The newly wedded pair arrived in this city this morning to spend a few days with his mother, and in honor of the event, a number of the intimate friends of the family were entertained at Thanksgiving dinner at the BRENNER home today. The many friends of Mr. BRENNER in this city extend the usual congratulations.

- JONES-ROBB: On last Thursday evening, Nov. 23 at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. ROBB at North Fork, in the presence of a few near relatives of the bride and groom occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Lulu ROBB to Mr. Frank JONES. While the wedding march was being played by Miss Rena JONES the contracting parties were escorted to the alter by Mr. Sam ROBB and Miss Ethel LOWE, where they were joined in holy wedlock. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. ROBB and has the genial and clever young men of Kinmundy township, highly respected by all who know him. After congratulations supper was announced and the bountiful repast prepared by the hostess was highly enjoyed by all present. An infair dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JONES on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. JONES received a number of beautiful and useful presents, expressing in a small degree (only) the high esteem in which they are held by their many friends.

- Landed in Jail: Last Thursday night, some one entered the home of W.W. NEIL on Quality Hill and took the most of their silverware, a quantity of groceries and a small amount of money. The next morning a search was made and the stolen goods were found in the possession of Thomas GUNN, who was arrested and on failure to give a two hundred and fifty dollar bond was taken to Salem and placed in jail to await the action of the circuit court. During the trial here Tom refused to tell anything about the matter and would not acknowledge his guilt, but plead "Not Guilty".

Dec. 7, 1905:

- Daniel HOLTSLAW, an old resident of Iuka, died last Sunday, aged 92 years.

- Wm. CECIL, an old resident of Omega, died Tuesday, aged 69 years. He was taken to Indiana today for burial.

- Paul SANDHOFER and wife, of Flora, were in this city Saturday, attending the funeral of her father, Martin SCHOENBORN.

- Frank SCHOENBORN arrived here Saturday morning from Springfield to attend the funeral of his father.

- John SCHOENBORN, who is attending college in Quincy, arrived home Saturday to attend the funeral of his father.

- Mrs. ANDREWS and son, Lewis, have moved to Farina, and her son, A.R., has gone to St. Charles, Ill.

- Mrs. Blanche USEMAN returned to her home in Chicago Tuesday after a two months visit in this city with her parents, M.M. PRUETT and family.

- Mrs. G.W. NEWELL of Grayville, is visiting in this city with her father, D.T. SCHOOLEY, and family.

- Miss Grace TOWNSEND and son left Friday morning for their home in New York City after an extended visit in this city with her parents, G.N. HEATON and family.

- Farina Express: George BOND celebrated his 73rd birthday last Sunday.

- Farina Express: Will AMBUEHL, one of Mr. GANT’s clerks, was married to Miss LASH in St. Peter last week. We extend hearty congratulations.

- Farina Express: The required number of shares (65) necessary to build a canning factory have been subscribed and the work on it will soon be commenced.

- Lester News: The many friends of Mrs. Francis ________ and Wm. JONES were both surprised and pleased to learn of their marriage.

- An Old Citizen Gone: Martin SCHOENBORN, an old and highly esteemed citizen of this city, died at his home on Thursday evening at 10:00 p.m. The funeral service was held in the Catholic Church Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by Father John B. HENKEN of Sandoval. Mr. SCHOENBORN has resided in Kinmundy for about 35 years and was a tailor by trade working at that business till his health would not permit it. He leaves four sons, two daughters, and a host of warm friends to mourn his departure.

- Advertisement: The Troy Wagon is the only wagon that carries the guarantee of its material. Do not waste your money on a wagon when you cannot see the material for the paint, but one that carries the guarantee with the material. Sold by WITWER & BALLANCE, Kinmundy, Illinois.

Dec. 14, 1905:

- Death from Injury: William COZAD, a well known citizen of Alma, was killed at Marion, Ill., Saturday where he had been residing for the past four weeks. The details of the affair are unobtainable at this time but it is reported that COZAD was either passing or standing in front of Geo. LONG’s saloon talking to a party of friends when some one struck him over the head with a heavy instrument of some kind from which injury he died a few hours later. After his death the coroner held an inquest and Sam LONG, proprietor of the saloon and Bartender Drew REYNOLDS were held without bail for the murder. Two brothers of the unfortunate man went to Marion Sunday in response to a telegram from the authorities there, and they accompanied the remains to this city from which point they were taken to the home of his mother near Alma. The funeral was held Monday afternoon. COZAD went to Marion four weeks ago in search of employment and it is stated that he had been working in one of the coal mines there. He had intended to remove his family, which consists of a wife and four children, to Marion just as soon as a suitable residence could be secured. The COZAD family is one of the largest and most widely known in the county. They are excellent citizens and the untimely and terrible death of one of the family to be regretted. (Salem Republican.)

- Lester News: Aunt Easter HOLT is very sick and under the care of Dr. JONES.

- Lester News: Ed ZINDEL celebrated his 21st birthday last Saturday night by entertaining a number of friends. An enjoyable evening was spent by all present. Those present were Herman ZINDEL, Rollen EVANS, Frank V. ARNOLD, Ely ROBB, Ora and Wren WAINSCOTT, Emmit JONES, Jim ARNOLD, Cleve, Orville and Chester DOOLEN, Monroe LANSFORD, Claude, Berthol and Selby GARRETT, Roy MEADOWS, Ray JONES, Whitta JONES, Norton PRITCHETT, Sam ROBB, Fletcher COLE, Misses Emma and Lydia ZINDELL, Pansy COLE, Maggie and Delsie STEEL. Many beautiful presents were received.

- Lester News: Miss Laura FISHER, teacher of breakneck school, arranged an excellent program at her school last Friday night and ended with a supper. A large crowd was present and all appreciated her hard work in their behalf.

- Farina Express: Mr. STEWART’s baby died last week.

- Rev. N.D. SWEENY and family returned home Tuesday evening after attending the funeral of her father, Dr. B.F. STEVENS, who died last Saturday at St. Jacobs.

Dec. 21, 1905:

- China Wedding: The elegant home of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. McBRYDE was the scene of a happy gathering of friends and neighbors to the number of fifty or sixty on Friday evening, Dec. 15, 1905. The event was the 20th wedding anniversary of the host and the hostess. The evening was spent in games, social conversation and congratulations. The ceremony was performed by Hon. J.F. DONOVAN, after which an elaborate three course lunch was served which was enjoyed by all, as indeed was every feature of the evening. The gifts were beautiful and suited to the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. McBRYDE have lived among us the greater part of their lives; their home is commondious and their friends always find a welcome there. We, who have often enjoyed their hospitality, wish for them many years of health, prosperity and happiness, and when the noonday of life is past, and they go down the westward slope, toward the end of the journey, may the quiet and halo of the evening time settle around them and the beauties of an unclouded sunset be theirs and in the morning a home where the light never grows dim and we never say "Good bye".

- Farina Express: It is reported that Scott LACEY is married.

- Farina Express: Arthur BURDICK has gone to Chicago where he has employment with a photo Engraving company.

- Invitations are out announcing the wedding of Fred M. GARNER and Miss Edith Lillian SIMONS to take place at the home of the bride’s father, W.A. SIMONS in Sacramento, Cal., on Monday evening, Dec. 25, 1905. Fred is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. GARNER of this city, was formerly a Kinmundy boy and has many friends here who extend congratulations.

- W. Earl HENSLEY of Chicago, spent Sunday in this city with his mother, Mrs. J.R. HENSLEY, who is quite sick.

- Dan ARNOLD, of North Fork, left Tuesday on the excursion for Oklahoma with the view of buying a farm if he likes the country. He has sold his farm here to Guy ARNOLD, consideration fifty dollars per acre.

- Harry CRAIG is out of school till after the holidays filling a teachers vacancy at Sandy Branch.

Dec. 28, 1905:

- DOOLEN-HARP: A very important society event occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ATKINS of North Fork on Sunday Dec. 24, 1905, the occasion being the marriage of Miss Mary HARP to Mr. Chas. DOOLEN, both of Vernon. A few of their friends being notified of their coming were present to witness this union of hearts. While Miss Ruby DOOLEN played a beautiful wedding march, the happy couple was escorted to the parlor by Samuel ARNOLD and Miss Isabel NICHOLS, where they were joined in holy wedlock by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. Mr. DOOLEN is one of Vernon’s clever Rural Route men, receiving the first appointment on the Vernon route. He is careful, painstaking, obliging, giving entire satisfaction. Mr. and Mrs. ATKINS were not aware that wedding was to take place at their home until a short time before the wedding and although taken by surprise, they nevertheless proved themselves equal to the occasion, giving to all a warm reception. The bride and groom departed for Chicago Tuesday to spend a few days; they will return via Champaign. Their many friends extend congratulations.

- A Good Firm Dissolved: The firm of MATTHEWS & MINER, of this city, have by mutual consent, dissolved partnership, by dividing the stock and Mr. MATTHEWS retaining the present location and Mr. MINER purchasing what is known as the Eagan shop and moving his portion of the goods to that place. Mr. MATTHEWS has been engaged in the grain, hay, and implement business in this city for a number of years and has built up a nice trade. One year ago he and Mr. MINER entered into partnership and by some cause unknown to us the union has not proven satisfactory to the two members of the firm and they have dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. MINER is a thorough young business man and for 12 years prior to his locating here and was engaged by the Moline Plow Co., and was considered one of the most able men they employed. While he has been in business here, he has made hosts of warm friends. Both firms are worthy of your patronage, and solicit a liberal share of it.

- Agents Quits Their Posts: Within the course of the next few days, both the Illinois Central and the C.H. and D. will have new agents, as Harry L. HOLLISTER, who for the past four years has been the head man of the Illinois Central in Tuscola, and C.V. ABRAHAM, who occupied a similar position the two years past at the C.H. & D., have resigned, will leave the city. Mr. HOLLISTER has accepted the joint agency of the Central and the Frisco at Johnson City, where he will draw a salary of $125 per month, about $40 more than he has been getting here. Johnson City is said to be the coming town in the southern part of the state, and Mr. HOLLISTER will have under him six clerks. Mr. HOLLISTER came here from Kinmundy three years ago and is one of the most popular agents the Central ever had at Tuscola, both with the traveling public and the business men of our city. He will probably be succeeded by Lou HARLAN, another Kinmundy graduate, who has been chief operator here for the past 16 years. A petition was circulated among the business men and signed by all of them, requesting the Central to give Mr. HARLAN the place made vacant by Mr. HOLLISTER’s resignation. Mr. HARLAN is well qualified to fill the position and his appointment to the agency would cause general satisfaction among the patrons of the road. (Tuscola Review)

- Obituary: John H. WILKINSON was born Oct. 3, 1855, and died at her home near this city Dec. 19, 1905, at the age of 50 years, 2 months, and 16 days. He was the oldest son of Henry C. and Harriett A. WILKINSON. He was united in marriage with Miss Della J. FISHER April 28, 1880. To this union was born six children; three little sons and a father preceded him to the better world and were waiting to welcome him home, a wife, three daughters, a mother, one brother and two sisters beside a host of relatives and friends are left the loss of a loving husband, father and friend. The funeral services were held at his late residence conducted by Revs. BALLANCE and HOGAN and was largely attended by relatives and sympathizing friends. The remains were laid to rest in the Cockrell Cemetery. John H. WILKINSON was a model citizen, a kind and devoted husband and friend, one who gave special attention to the care and comfort of his family. He had never made any profession of religion until a few days before his death, but before he passed away, and while his mind was perfectly _______ professed faith in the power of ____ to save. God bless and comfort his bereaved family.

- Lester News: The quail season is closed. Big chief John SHAW has the record of the most game killed this season. Ras EAGAN, Doc ATKINS, Tom BUNDY and Harry SPEAR are among our best hunters.

- Lester News: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie G. ARNOLD are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy, Darrell Wesley ARNOLD, who has had visitors from Kinmundy to Vernon, including his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD of Kinmundy.

- Lester News: Dan ARNOLD has left for Oklahoma to look up a good farm where he will take his family soon. His many friends here will regret his departure.

- Lester News: Aunt Ester HOLT is better.

- Lester News: At the pie supper at Buzzard Roost school house last Friday night, Miss Elsie ARNOLD won in the contest for the prettiest and most popular young lady. John CHANCE, through the efforts of his Lester and Doolen school friends, won in the gentlemen contest.

- Lester News: George C. PRITCHETT, one of our most highly respected farmers passed to the great beyond Christmas morning. He was an old settler and greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and a large family of children to mourn their loss and who have the heartfelt sympathy of all. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

- Henry COLEMAN and wife of Pittsburg, arrived in this city Sunday to spend the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Henry COX.

- On Saturday Dec. 30, Uncle Sam McCLOUD and wife will pass their 50th wedding anniversary.

- Hugh B. BAKER and Miss Mabel JONES both of Sumner, were married Monday evening at the home of the bride’s parents. Hugh was a former Kinmundy boy, his father being pastor of the M.E. church in this city five years ago.


Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Illinois Historical Library in the Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.

Compiled, transcribed, and printed by Dolores Ford Mobley. (February 2003) Questions, comments, suggestions should be directed to the e-mail address below.    Permission to copy,  is requested.


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