Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"


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

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Jan. 2, 1908:

- BARBEE-WALKER: On Tuesday, Dec. 24th, 1907, Mr. Fred BARBEE of this city, and Miss Mabel WALKER, of O’Fallon, were united in marriage at Belleville, Ill. They came to this city and spent the holidays with his parents, Louis BARBEE and wife.

- BAGOTT-RENNELS: A pretty home wedding occurred Tuesday Dec. 24, 1907, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Riley RENNELS on S. Division St., when their daughter Miss Lillie was united in marriage with Mr. Paul BAGOTT. Just at 12 o’clock the bridal couple entered the parlor unattended and took their places under a beautiful wedding bell, Rev. S.P. TAYLOR of the C.P. Church pronouncing the ceremony which made them husband and wife. After congratulations the bridal couple followed by the guests which numbered 25, repaired to the dining room where an elaborate five course luncheon was served. The decorations were pink and white, carnations being used in profusion thorough the hall, parlor and dining room the color scheme being carried out in the refreshments also. Mr. and Mrs. BAGOTT departed at 1:45 for Kinmundy, where they will go to housekeeping on his father’s farm. Both young people are well and favorably known, the bride having been employed as cashier at J.W. ALEXANDER’s store for the past year. The groom is a native of Kinmundy but for the past few years until a few months ago has been connected with Linder Bros. Clothing store and made many friends while in this city. - Charleston Plaindealer.

- ________________________________________________ 1907, at the beautiful country home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JONES, their daughter, Miss Josie, was united in marriage to Mr. John W. GREEN, of Farina. Mr. GREEN is one of the prosperous young men of the county, being the possessor of something over two hundred acres of good land within two miles of Farina, with good improvements, where he and his wife expect to reside. The bride is a very estimable young lady, possessing all the qualities of noble womanhood and will prove a companion indeed to the one who has won her heart and obtained her hand in marriage. Quite a large number of guests were present. After the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, the guests present enjoyed a bountiful repast. The guests present from a distance were James GREEN and wife, Wm. BOND and wife, Herman TAPPE and wife, Geo. and Roy GREEN of Farina; Geo. NEAVILLE of Kinmundy; and Miss Blanch SWIFT of Ewing, also a number of friends from this immediate vicinity. At the appointed time and just as the last rays of light of the last day of the old year had passed away and the shadows of night had fallen, while Miss Blanch SWIFT was playing a beautiful wedding march, this happy couple entered the parlor filled with guests and standing at the hymenial altar, were joined in holy wedlock. Some beautiful presents were received by them.

- Birthday DINNER: Saturday, Dec. 28th, 1907, being the 83rd birthday of Grandpa CRAIG his children, grandchildren and friends to the number of fifty, gathered at the home of L.N. KENNEDY in honor of the occasion. The day for several years has been the occasion for a home gathering and has long since ceased to be a surprise to the venerable gentleman, but is looked forward to each year as an occasion for hearty good cheer and merry making; accordingly everyone brought well filled baskets and at the noon hour all sat down to well laden tables, feeling it a pleasure to take dinner with Grandpa once more. While outdoors the sky was overcast with clouds, indoors everyone was in their merriest mood. The time was spent with music social conversation and when the hour for departure came, all went home feeling it was a day well spent and wishing for Grandpa many more happy birthdays.

- Harry CRAIG came out from St. Louis where he is attending medical college, and spent the holidays with his parents.

Jan. 9, 1908:

- Geo. T. LLOYD, of Mexico, has arrived in this city to spend a year with his parents, W.B. LLOYD and wife, and assist his father with Glenoak Fruit Farm and Poultry Yard.

- The Farina Express: Mr. GANT has had one of the large ash trees in front of his house cut down. Thus the aged are mowed down without pity.

- The Farina Express: Charles CRANDALL, one of the early settlers of this region, died at this residence two miles west of town last Friday, aged 82 years.

- The Alma Express: Frank COFFIN and sister, Miss Lulu, returned to their studies in Champaign Saturday night after spending the holidays at home with their parents.

Jan. 16, 1908:

- The Alma Express: Herman GRAVES is able to be up around again after a very severe case of typhoid fever.

- The Alma Express: _______ WAKENHAUSER and Miss Cleda ____RTER were joined in wedlock by Justice Ed WILSON.

- The Farina Express: George GREEN and wife are the proud owners of a fine large bouncing boy.

- Arrested for Murder: It will be remembered by our readers of the mysterious death of a Syrian peddler near the Iuka last August. It is said that the man had been shot six times and then the job finished with a club. The officials have been making a secret hunt for the murders ever since the deed was committed, and yesterday Sheriff MICHELS, and two deputies went near Iuka and arrested Len STONECIPHER upon information furnished by Leslie LOTSHAW, a prisoner in the Salem jail. It is said that two satchels belonging to the Syrian were found in STONECIPHER’s home at the time of his arrest. We are informed that another party is implicated in the affair, but up to this time no other arrests have been made. It seems that this Syrian peddler was murdered and robbed and his body hid in the woods a few miles south or southeast of Iuka and the body was not found until October 15th. A liberal reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the guilty ones and if Sheriff MICHELS has the proper ones, he is entitled to the reward as he has worked untiringly in this case.

- Mrs. S.B. McCLOUD: Lucinda BETTNER, daughter of Dr. F.W. BETTNER and Elizabeth, his wife, was born in Paris, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1830. She was married to S.B. McCLOUD Dec. 30, 1855, at Warsaw, Mo. To them was born five children, three boys and two girls, of which three remain, two having died in infancy. The remaining ones are W.H. McCLOUD of E. St. Louis; S.B. McCLOUD, Jr. of Venice; and Mrs. R.A. LAMAR of Kinmundy, who with seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren remain to mourn their loss, together with an aged husband, also a sister in St. Louis. She was converted at the age of 18 years at Jefferson City, Mo., and united with the Presbyterian church at this place, March 24, 1867, and lived a faithful Christian life until death called her home, which occurred at the family home, Sunday, Jan. 12th, 1908, after an illness of several weeks, aged 77 years, 10 months, and 24 days. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, and the body laid to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery.

- The Omega Express: A Basketball team was organized last Friday night and the boys will be ready to play in a few days. The team is composed of the following boys: Jesse SCHOOLY, Roy MILLICAN, Lewin SEE, Ray SCHOOLEY and Chas. BOYCE.

- Henry WARREN, President of the Warren Banking Co., is one of the happiest men in Kinmundy this week. A fine girl babe arrived at his home Tuesday morning.

- Thomas, the 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Buck SCULLEY, residing 7 miles southeast of this city, died last Friday night and was buried Sunday.

- Mrs. Allie DENNIS and daughter, Hallie, went to Cairo yesterday morning to visit her daughter, Mrs. Chas. SEMIER.

- Bruce CLOW and wife of Joliet arrived here Tuesday evening to visit his parents, Wm. CLOW and wife.

- Mrs. Roy FENSTER and Mrs. Howard NELMS went to Louisville yesterday morning to visit their sister, Mrs. Fred DUNCAN.

Jan. 23, 1908:

- At Rest: Isabelle SULLINAN was born in Danville, Va., July 28, 1833. She bid adieu to this life and passed away peacefully and quietly at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. NIRIDER, Jan. 16, 1908, aged 75 years, 5 months, and 18 days. She was converted and joined the M.E. church South in early life and remained a faithful and devoted member of this church until the day of her death. She was united in marriage to William A. TOMLINSON July 26, 1852. To this union, nine children were born, seven of which passed away in early life, only two being left to survive her, Geo. P. TOMLINSON and Mrs. F.J. NIRIDER, both of this city. Her husband departed this life on April 26, 1883, since which time she has been making her home with her children, where to her was always extended a loving hand, nothing being left undone during these years to add to her comfort and happiness. She will be greatly missed in these homes for it was here that she was greatly appreciated and loved. Hers has been a life of tenderness and devotion; she was a faithful companion and affectionate wife, a tender and sympathetic mother. There will be sadness in these homes because mother and grandmother’s chair will be found vacant, but we live in blessed anticipation of the hope of seeing her again beyond this land of parting, losing and learning; far beyond the shadows darkening this, far beyond the sighing and the bereaving has the summer land of bliss. What has become our temporal loss is her eternal gain, for she has gone to reap the reward of a well spent life. The funeral services were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. N.J. NIRIDER on last Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, assisted by Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, and the body laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Obituary: Young BARBEE was born near Kinmundy, Ill., Oct. 1, 1841, and died at his home in this city Jan. 8, 1908, aged 66 years, 3 months and 7 days. He was united in marriage to Rebea CLYMER April 11, 1860. To this union were born four children, two sons and two daughters, one daughter dying several years ago, leaving one daughter, two sons and the mother to mourn their loss. He had been afflicted for several years, but all thro his affliction he would say he had no fear of death. In his last hours he called his companion to him and said: ‘The Lord was with us all; God blesses all who ask." The funeral services were held from the family home conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS and the body laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery.

- Birthday Remembered: Last Saturday evening about 25 neighbors and friends gathered a the home of James COCKRELL in honor of his 68th birthday anniversary. They came with smiling faces, a bucket of oysters and sacks of crackers. Everybody enjoyed the feast as well as the social conversation, games and music. At a late hour they departed for their homes wishing Mr. COCKRELL many happy returns of the day.

- Miss Bessie HENSLEY went to Chicago Monday evening to visit her uncle, W.E. HENSLEY, and wife, who are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine new boy at their home.

- The Farina Express: There have been several fatal cases of scarlet fever near St. Peter.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. William KEPNER of LaClede, daughter of the late Hartman NIRIDER, died a few days ago and was buried Monday.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. Neva LASH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. QUICK, died in St. Elmo ______.

- The Alma Express: One day last week the population of Alma increased by three. The new arrivals being at the homes of Rev. Fred JOHNSON a boy, Sam McNEILL a boy, Harry POLLAND a girl.

- Fred DUNCAN and wife of Louisville spent Saturday and Sunday in this city with her father, S.R. WOOLLEY and family.

- Ufa HOUSH and wife were in Salem last Thursday attending the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of his parents.

- Farina Express: A child of Charles SAPP’s died last week.

Jan. 30, 1908:

- An Aged Citizen: Noah Kenneth LEWIS was born in Jefferson, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1834, where he resided until 18 years of age, he then removed to Indiana with his father, mother, 4 sisters and 4 brothers, where they lived three years; they then came to Illinois and settled in Christian county. In 1864, he enlisted in the 31st Illinois Regiment as a Private; he served one year and was discharged at Louisville, Ky. He then returned to Illinois and in 1866, was united in marriage to Nancy RITTER. To this union six children were born, Wesily, Elizabeth, Ada, Austin, Viana, and James; five of whom with their mother passed away from this earth leaving a lonely father and baby boy 3 years old. He cared for this son until he had a home and family of his own, with whom the father has lived for the past few years and until death called him home at the age of 74 years, 3 months, and 12 days. The funeral services were held from the M.E. church yesterday morning at 11 o’clock conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS.

- Mrs. Julia MARSHALL: Whose maiden name was CROWDER, was born in 1863 and passed away to the spirit world Jan. 21st, 1908, after an illness of about three weeks. She professed faith in Christ five years ago at Arnold’s Chapel and united with the church at that place. In taking with her friends during her sickness, she assured them she had no fears concerning death. On Tuesday a little while before the death angel came to summon her away, she said to a friend, "I am going home tonight." She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, one son, one daughter, a brother, two sisters, and a host of friends. The funeral services were held at Arnold Chapel Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE.

- Mrs. W.C. BUTLER Dead: Mrs. W.C. BUTLER died at her home to Mt. Vernon, Ill, Monday Jan. 27, 1908, after an illness of five weeks of dropsy. The remains were brought to this city Tuesday morning for burial. The funeral services were held in the First Baptist church at 10 o’clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. P.H. WILLIAMS of Mt. Vernon. The remains were accompanied here by her sorrowing husband and four children. Mr. and Mrs. BUTLER formerly resided here, she being a daughter of the late J.W.L. TUCKER. The bereft ones have the sympathy of all.

- L. Llewellyn LLOYD of Denver Mgr. of Insurance for the American Beet Sugar Co. arrived here Tuesday morning and spent the day with his parents, W.B. LLOYD and wife.

- Will MORRIS of Salem was in this city yesterday visiting his father, W.H. MORRIS, who is afflicted with rheumatism.

- Mrs. Sarah PARRILL left last night for Iola to visit her daughter, Mrs. Harrison WISEHART.

- The Farina Express: A goodly number of Mrs. GREENMAN’s friends dropped unexpectedly into her residence Sunday to let her know it was time to cut another notch in the year stick of her life. A very pleasant day was enjoyed.

- The Farina Express: Reported that Elmer CARROLL is married to an esteemable lady in the north part of the state. Hearty congratulations. Elmer is an estimable young man and worthy of an excellent wife.

- The Farina Express: Mrs. GANT and Mrs. Elmer WHITFORD entertained a galaxy of their young friends Tuesday afternoon at the residence of Mrs. GANT.

- Advertisement: Moved. I am now located in the Brick Building one door south of the First National Bank and am prepared to do all kinds of Harness, Buggy, and Shoe Repairing. Harness and Harness Goods at rock bottom prices. Call and see me.

- Martin METZGER returned home yesterday after a week’s visit in Afton, Ark. with his brother, John and family. He reports a very pleasant time fishing and hunting but say that county don’t suit him as well as Marion county.

- R.A. GEORGE of Centralia and Fred GEORGE of St. Peter were in this city Sunday visiting their mother, Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, who is sick.

Feb. 6, 1908:

- Phillip GREEN: Phillip GREEN, who resided in Foster twp., had not been feeling well the first part of last week and on Thursday was taken seriously ill with pneumonia which resulted in his death on Sunday morning Feb. 2, 1908. Mr. GREEN was born in the state of Tennessee April 14, 1849, and moved with his father to Illinois in the early part of the ‘60's, and shortly after coming to this state his father died, and Phillip was left an orphan in his teens. He found a home with Mike MURPHY of Fayette Co., Ill., and in this man, he also found a friend. Mr. MURPHY in speaking of him said "He was always a good boy." It was in this home he grew to manhood and where he was treated as one of the family. He was married twice and was the father of 13 children, 3 having preceded him to the spirit world. He was converted and united with the M.E. church South a number of years ago at North Fork and was an honored member of that class. As a citizen, he was honorable and upright in his dealings with his fellow man. He at different times occupied positions of trust as an official of the township in which he resided, and at the time of his death held the position of treasurer of the Highway Commissioners. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband, an indulgent father. The funeral services was conducted at his late residence by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE of Monday Feb. 3d, at 11 a.m. attended by a large gathering of people, including Mike MURPHEY and son-in-law, and Dave PRUETT of Fayette Co.; Fred KILLIE and sister, Mrs. Fannie EAGAN, L.C. MATTHEWS, and N.A. RICE of Kinmundy. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, ten children, and a brother, also a large number of other relatives and friends.

- Pretty Badly Burned: Chas. EAGAN of this city, who is employed by the LaClede Gas Co. in St. Louis, met with a painful and almost serious accident last Saturday. He was pulling coke from a furnace and accidentally turned over a can of oil which caused an explosion, catching his clothes on fire and burning off most of his clothes with the exception of his undershirt. He retained his mind and ran and jumped into a tank of ice water, and by this means probably saved his life. He was very burned on the hip, breast, and about the face, but he considers himself fortunate to be alive.

- Railroad Man Killed: Oscar ELLIOTT, 26 years ago, residing at Centralia, was killed in the I.C. yards at that place last Sunday night. He was under a car repairing a chain when an engine pushed some cars into the car under which he was working. He had no warning whatever and both legs were crushed and he died a short time after the accident. His working companion who was with him at the time escaped unhurt.

- James BOUGHERS has assumed his duties as city marshal, having about recovered from his broken limb.

- Word has been received here announcing the death of Dr. Fred BECKLER in St. Louis. He formerly resided eight miles east of this city and is quite well known by all.

- H. Leuin ALLMON, of Salem, died yesterday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., aged 73 years, 8 months, and 27 days. The funeral will be held at the late residence tomorrow at 1:30 conducted by Rev. H.C. BIRD.

- Misses Minnie, Martha, Bertha, and Louise STEUBER were called to Xenia Saturday by a message announcing the sudden death of their father, who was almost 83 years of age. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, and they returned home Sunday night.

- Will ROSS of Effingham spent Sunday in this city with his parents, W.B. ROSS and family.

Feb. 13, 1908:

- Letta A. MERCER: Died at the home of her parents, D.N. MERCER and wife, one and one-half miles southeast of this city yesterday evening at 7 o’clock after an illness of about four weeks. The funeral services will be held from the Christian church Friday morning at 11 o’clock conducted by Rev. F.O. FANNON.

- The Omega Express: Several friends and neighbors gave Lue BAKER a surprise party last Thursday in honor of his 32nd birthday. Lue says that he was very much surprised. Everybody present reported an enjoyable time.

- Thos. M. WILLIAMS and wife, Robert P. WILLIAMS and family, F.A. SHAW and family, and Thos. WILLIAMS, Jr., and family, all formerly of Kinmundy, Joseph ARRINGTON and family of Farina, and John SUTTON and family of Clay county, all departed Monday for Montoya, New Mexico, where they have homestead land and expect to go to farming.

- G.W. MAXEY of Findlay was in this city last Saturday visited his parents and others before moving to Colorado. Mrs. MAXEY will remain here a few weeks with her parents, D.N. MERCER and wife before going to her new home.

- Rev. J.R. KELLEY of Highland visited here Tuesday with his father-in-law, W.H. SEE, Sr. and family.

- After a two month’s visit in Grayville with his daughter, Mrs. Ada MELROSE, "Uncle Billy" COLEMAN returned to his home in this city last Thursday evening. He remained till Sunday when he left for St. Louis to spend several weeks with his son, Ed and family.

- Miss Mary STOKLEY of Indianapolis spent Sunday near here with her parents, Sam STOKLEY and family.

- Advertisement: See our new line of belts and combs. W.W. LOWE.

Feb. 20, 1908:

- The Small Pox: For several weeks the village of Alma and the country west of Alma, have been having an epidemic of small pox, but now all those cases are about well, and in many instances the "lid" has been removed, we understand that the last case in the village of Alma has been released. Up to last Thursday evening, it was thought that Kinmundy was going to escape the epidemic this time, but hat evening it was discovered that we had two or three cases, and now we have six cases, but all these are confined to two homes and are under strict quarantine, both houses being guarded day and night. The local board of health have posted notices forbidding any public or social gatherings of any sort whatever, and the public schools have been closed for this week. Every precaution is being taken to prevent the spread of the epidemic and it is thought by the Drs. that it is under control and there will be no new cases except in these two homes where there are twelve or fourteen people. None of the cases here are of a serious nature add the afflicted ones are up and about the house. The worst feature of the disease is the confinement. The thought of staying in the house for three weeks, is worse than the affliction. The first cases here came from Tower Hill, where Horace, Robert, Harry and Clyde PRUETT are employed in the mine and it is likely that all the member of these families will have the disease, but there is no danger on the streets or in the stores, and our farmer friends are coming and going just as if there was not a case within 100 miles of Kinmundy.

- Wm. POTTER, one of the oldest residents of Meacham twp., died last night after a long illness. He is well-known by all as he has been connected more or less with the saw mill business for the past 50 years.

- N.S. KENLEY, who has resided southeast of here the past two years left Tuesday for New Mexico, where he expects to take a homestead and make his permanent home.

- On account of the unfavorable weather, the men from here who have been laboring in the forest near Brubaker, returned home Wednesday.

- Uncle John GOODE, who has been spending the winter here with his daughter, Mrs. P.Q. ZIMMER, has returned to Neoga.

- G.W. SNELLING left Monday evening for St. Louis on business. He also spent a few days in Edwardsville with his son Wilfred.

- J.H. NELMS and Miss Lois HEATON were in Iuka Monday attending the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. James HOGUE.

- Wm. JERNIGAN of Mt. Vernon, came up Tuesday night to visit his brother, M. JERNIGAN.

- H.C. COLLIER, wife and son, Joseph, left this morning for Okla., where they expect to make their future home.

- H. BERT of Decatur attended the funeral of his niece, Miss Lettie MERCER, in this city last Friday.

- L.W. OSBORN of Farina, was in this city, Monday evening visiting his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth KILLIE.

- Advertisement: Showing what careless, indifference and neglect, plus the ravages of old Father Time, will do. Mr. Putoff, the owner, is the man you heard tell his neighbor that there was "Plenty of Time" to fix up the place. About 99 8-9 of that "plenty" is gone, but Mr. Putoff still thinks the same thing. We see no reason why some good siding and a bunch or two of shingles from our big stock, with a little energy and elbow grease, wouldn’t have fixed things. Especially with our prices so low and stock so good. E.S. COMBS & Son.

Feb. 27, 1908:

- Small Pox About Over: The small pox situation in Kinmundy is indeed very gratifying to our citizens. Two weeks ago today the first cases were discovered and they were under quarantine with guards day and night and up to this time there have only been six cases and the attending physicians think the danger has been and there will be no new cases. This news is received by everybody with a smile and it will be a few days till the "lid" will be _____ and those afflicted set free once more. The six cases we had were in a mild form, and our ______ have had but little fear of the ____ of the disease after such precautions were taken.

- A Great Surprise: A number of surprises have come to the notice of our citizens, but on last Thursday when it was reported on our streets that Jas. F. HOWELL had gone to St. Louis to be married, it seemed to be one of the greatest surprises that has greeted our people for many a day. On the above day, Mr. HOWELL went to St. Louis where he met Mrs. Mattie ANGLIN on her return home from California, where she has spent the past year and a half. The couple went to the home of the bride’s nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Ben DAY, 734 North 7th St., E. St. Louis, where they were joined in holy wedlock at 4 p.m. by Rev. BASS, pastor of the First Baptist Church. The newly wedded couple returned to this city at 6 p.m. Friday and expect to make this place their future home. Mr. HOWELL and his bride are both highly respected citizens and are well known by every man, woman and child in this locality, and all join the Express in extending congratulations.

- Martin JERNIGAN: Martin JERNIGAN was born near Steeleville, Randolph Co., Ill., June 3, 1837, and died in Kinmundy, Ill., Feb. 24, 1908, aged 70 years, 8 months, and 21 days. He enlisted in Co. I, 22 Reg. Ill. Inf. in June 1861, and was wounded at the battle of Belmont, Mo., in the same year, and was honorably discharged in June 1862 on account of the wound which was finally the cause of his death. He was one of five boys out of six in the family to go to the war, one died in the service and four returned home. On Oct. 13, 1864, he was married to Nancy BROWN, to this union one child, Della, was born, who died when nearly two years old. They moved to Kinmundy in 1880. He was converted and joined the church in 1866 and has been a true, faithful member until his death. He served as Superintendent of the M.E. Church at this place, and was for a time appointed Class leader and was for years a faithful Bible student in the Sunday school. He was a good citizen and was always found on the right side of every moral question. He had a kind word for everybody and he leaves behind a good impress upon the entire community and now that he has gone from us he will be greatly missed for he was highly esteemed. Our loss is his eternal gain; he has departed for his more blessed and glorious home in the sky. The funeral services were held from the M.E. church on Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery under escort of Hicks Post G.A.R., of which the deceased was an honored member.

- SMITH - KING: Last Thursday evening at 6 o’clock in the parlor of the Rexford House of Centralia, Presiding Elder Charles A. BECKETT solemnized a wedding ceremony, the contracting parties being Mr. Thomas M. SMITH and Miss Bessie L. KING, both honored citizens of Kinmundy. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. C.T. WADE of Farina, and the ceremony was witnessed by County Supt. of Schools; J.S. KNISELEY of Salem, Prof. M.A. THRASHER of this city, and Mrs. F.G. GRISSOM, the three last named person just happened to be in Centralia at that time waiting for a train. On Thursday morning the bride went to Centralia to attend the O.E. S. School of Instruction and the same morning the groom went to Salem on business as Supervisor, and while in Salem he called on the County Clerk and left the usual fee and then struck for Centralia and the above was the result. This wedding was not a surprise (and was a surprise) as rumor has had, the couple married on previous occasions. After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. SMITH went to St. Louis where they spent a couple days with his sister, Mrs. Mattie HOWELL, and daughter, Miss Minnie, returning home Saturday night. On Sunday a few intimate friends enjoyed a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.N. NIRIDER in honor of the event. On Monday evening about 30 of their married friends gave them a pleasant surprise at their home and a very enjoyable hour was spent by all. Mr. and Mrs. SMITH are both well and favorably known by all and their many friends wish that their lives many be happily spent together.

- KAGY-HASELDEN: Last Sunday at 8 o’clock at the Presbyterian manse occurred a very pretty wedding, the contracting parties being Mr. Ernest KAGY of Alma twp., and Miss Minnie HASELDEN of this city, the Rev. J.W. RITCHEY presiding at the altar. The happy couple departed on the 8:46 train for St. Louis where they spent several days with relatives. We understand they expect to return to this city to make their future home. This couple are both highly respected young people and all join the Express in extending congratulations.

- Obituary: Lettie A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.N. MERCER, was born April 18, 1875 near Mt. Moriah church, Marion Co., Ill., and died at her home near Kinmundy, Ill., Feb. 12th, 1908. She was received into the Christian church near Omega at the age of 14 by Elder J.W. SIMER. She was a charter member of the Christian church which was organized in this city June 23, 1899, and for the cause of Christ she labored untiringly until the Master called her home. She was a Sunday school teacher, a devoted Christian worker full of faith and love for her Master and His service, active in all departments of the church. Her love and influence will ever abide with us and we hope to meet her in the sweet by and by. The church loses a faithful member, the family a devoted daughter and sister, and the community a model citizen. The funeral was conducted at the Christian Church on Friday, the 14th, conducted by her pastor, Elder F.O. FANNON, attended by a vast throng of friends who were desirous of paying a tribute of respect to the memory of a loving friend. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Word has been received here announcing the death of our former townsman, Geo. W. HARLAN, at Tuscola, where he was visiting his son, Louis. He was taken to Indianapolis for burial.

- The West Side Thimble Club and their husbands met at the home of Mrs. Allie DENNIS on Thursday, Feb. 13th, and marched to the restaurant and gave Mr. and Mrs. E.A. SNELLING a very pleasant surprise, it being their 25th wedding anniversary. The Club presented them with some very pretty silver gifts. The evening was spent in games and jolly conversation and at a late hour they left wishing them many more years of wedded bliss.

- Dan GUNN has sold his 56 acre farm adjoining Kinmundy on the west to Edward DOOLEN of Foster twp., consideration $100 per acre. This is a fine place, well located and will make Mr. DOOLEN and family a beautiful home.

- Called Hence: The community was _______ on learning that death had entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. James WILLIAMS, residing just ____ of town, and took from them the little bright eyed boy, who died Friday Feb. 21, 1908. The funeral service was held from the home on Sunday morning by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE attended by many of their relatives and friends after which the remains of this dear little boy was lovingly and tenderly laid in the grave. Andrew Oliver WILLIAMS was born Jan. 17th, 1903, and after nearly four weeks of sick and much suffering, died at the age of 5 years, 1 month and 4 days. Only a little over two weeks have passed since the death angel visited this home and took from the parents their darling baby, little Jimmie, only 8 months old. How sad it is for Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS to give up these little jewels whom God has loaned for the blessed Saviour has _____ such is the Kingdom of His.

- C.H. and Hershel VALLOW of O’Fallon, arrived her Saturday night to attend the funeral of their little nephew, Andrew WILLIAMS, and spend the day with relatives.

- E.G. FORD was up from Alma yesterday.

- C.E. SWINFORD and family, who have resided west of town the past two years, have moved to Tuscola and engaged in the hotel business.

- Paul BAGOTT and wife have returned home from Charleston, after a week’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Riley RENNELLS.

- Miss Edith WILLIAMS of White Pluffs, Wash. is visiting in this city with her mother, Mrs. Thos. WILLIAMS.

- Advertisement: To the Public! We wish to announce to the people of Kinmundy and vicinity that the firm of A. OSBORN & Co. has changed, A. OSBORN retiring, and hereafter the firm name will be known as F.E. NELMS & Co. The business will be continued at the old stand and we will be pleased to meet our old customers and friends. Call and see us and renew acquaintances. F.E. NELMS & Co.

March 5, 1908:

- Alexander MOORE: Was born Sept. 14, 1842, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Sunday March 1, 1908, at the age of 66 years, 5 months, and 16 days. In 1863 he was married to Miss Nancy Jane DAVIS and to this union eight children were born, the three daughters have preceded him to the better world, the five boys are living. He was again married to Miss Melvina E. HUGHES Sept. 20, 1889, at Mt. Vernon. To this union five children were born, four daughters and one son, one daughter dying. He leaves a wife, three daughters, six sons and other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at _________.

- BURKETT-HEISTAND: On Sunday evening, Feb. 23, 1908, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. HEISTAND in Alma township, occurred a very pretty wedding when their daughter, Nora B., one of the efficient teachers of Marion county and a very highly esteemed and honorable young lady, was united in marriage with Mr. Charles W. BURKETT, a very estimable and enterprising young farmer of Meacham twp., Rev. W.J. SIMER officiating. The groom wore a handsome suit of the conventional black and a bouquet of white lilacs. The bride looked lovely in an all over lace gown and a long veil arranged with white lilacs. She carried a beautiful bouquet of white and pale pink roses tied with white ribbon. About four p.m. the 47 guests gathered in the south room which was beautifully decorated with paper festooning and through which a path had been made by draping chains of festooning on each side from the door to a beautiful bay window where the couple stood on a handsome smyrna rug under a cluster of four lovely bells which hung directly overhead. Soon the strains of the wedding mark, rendered by Miss Pearl BASOM, were heard and the bridal couple marched in along the path and were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony and received the hearty congratulations of all. Both the witnesses chosen at the marriage of the bride’s parents, which occurred 26 years ago, were present and were chosen as witnesses to this ceremony. The guests were then conducted to the dining room where they partook a sumptuous supper. The couple were the recipients of many beautiful and useful presents. After spending the remainder of the evening with the music the guests departed wishing the bride and groom long lives of happiness, health and prosperity. - Tomato Growing: A great deal of interest is being shown by the Tomato Growers of this vicinity in the contracting of tomatoes for shipment to the Effingham Canning Factory. It is a well known fact that a tomato crop in the hands of a careful grower pays more than any other, it sometimes yielding as many as 500 bu. to the acre or $100 worth. It is thought that if the farmers respond promptly and furnish a good crop of tomatoes that it may lead to the establishment of a canning factory here, which is a thing much to be desired. We trust the farmers will decide to grow. Let G.W. SNELLING know at once, he has the contracts and you can sign up with him.

- The Omega Express: Mrs. Mary VANDUSEN died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. MILLICAN Saturday, Feb. 29th, at 5 o’clock at the age of 90 years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W.J. SIMERS at the home at two o’clock after which interment was made in the Millican cemetery.

- Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN and daughter, Ruby, are arranging to go to Ridgefarm where they will make their home and where Mr. SCHERMERHORN has purchased a lumber yard. Misses Nellie and Grace will remain here, where they have employment.

- A tribute was written in memory of G.W. HARLAN. (*)

- Theodore HULTS and family are here from Mattoon visiting her parents, M. DOWNS and family.

- G.C. WARNER and wife have gone to Hot Springs, Ark. where Mr. WARNER will work at the tailoring trade, and they will remain a few months. Mrs. WARNER has been here the past year keeping house for her father, J.F. HOWELL.

- Mrs. W.B. REYNOLDS of Mason visited here Tuesday evening with her daughter, Mrs. R.W. WALTERS.

- Mrs. Bessie WEST of Topeka, Kan., arrived here Monday to visit her Uncle C.H. WEST and family. She stopped here enroute home from Washington, D.C.

- Mrs. E.E. BUCKMINISTER and children of Chester arrived here last Thursday evening to visit a short while with her father, S.J. ALLEN, and other relatives.

- Mrs. Martha MAXON, who has been visiting here the past two or three weeks with her sister, Mrs. W.W. NEIL, returned to her home in St. Louis Saturday.

March 12, 1908:

- Mrs. Harry BRAZEL: Ada M. GRAY, daughter of Denton and Elizabeth GRAY, was born Aug. __3, 1873, and died March 9, 1908, aged 34 years, 7 months, and 26 days. She professed religion at the Sherman school house about the year 1888 and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was married to Harry BRAZEL, Sept. 19, 1895 and to this union was born six children, five of whom, one being a babe three months old, are living, little Edith having departed this life March 16, 1905, leaving with these five children, a husband, one brother, Mel GRAY; three sisters, Mrs. Owen GEORGE, Mrs. Clarence HANNA, Mrs. H.L. HANNA, and a host of friends to mourn their loss. In 1905 she joined the M.E. church South where her husband belonged. She was a great sufferer for several years and had frequently told her sister that she was ready to go only sorry to leave the family but that she knew the Lord would provide some way for them. The funeral services were held at the family home Tuesday conducted by Rev. GUYMAN of Dix, Ill., and the body laid to rest in the Gray cemetery.

- Killed in Salem: Edward COOPER of Salem employed as deliveryman for John T. WHITE was killed by a B. & O. fast train yesterday evening while attempting to cross the crossing just ____ of the depot in Salem. He was in a vehicle at the time of the accident and had been waiting for a freight to pass, and the noise of the train made it impossible for him to hear the fast train and he started to cross when he was struck and killed and carried some distance on the pilot of the engine. One of the horses was also killed. He was about 45 years of age and leaves a family of 8 children, who have the sympathy of all.

- Two Deaths in a Month: Two deaths in one family in one month is the sad occurrence in the home of W.C. BUTLER of Mt. Vernon. Mrs. BUTLER was buried in this city less than a month ago, and the infant was buried here last Friday the funeral being held in the Baptist church conducted by Elder P.H. WILLIAMS of Mt. Vernon. The bereaved husband and father has the entire sympathy of all in his sad bereavement.

- Rev. Thomas CULLEY: Was born in Posey Co., Indiana, Dec. 14, 1819 and died Feb. 13, 1908 at the home of his son-in-law, W.H. HOWELL in Nickerson, Kan., with whom he has been making his home for the past sixteen years. He was a minister of the Christian church being called to this work at the age of 25 years enduring the hardships of the early frontier life, and for 63 years has preached the gospel. He is well known to the older citizens of this city.

- Child Burned to Death: The little two year old son of Rev. and Mrs. Granville E. FYKE of Centralia, met with a very painful death last Sunday afternoon. The little fellow was playing with a toy lamp, when Mrs. FYKE was attracted by his screams. Rushing into the room, the mother found the child enveloped in flames, receiving serious burns in attempting to save the life of her little boy. The child’s face and body were horribly burned and after suffering excruciating torture for four hours, death came as a welcome relief to his sufferings. Rev. FYKE was away from home at the time of the accident, having come to this city on Saturday and drove to Miletus where he was conducting services over Sunday. He was notified of the accident and did not reach home till Sunday night. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all in this city and community. The funeral was held in the First M.E. church in Centralia Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. Monroe SMITH of Patoka, and several from this vicinity were in attendance.

- Alexander BOCZKIEWICZ, a prosperous farmer residing five miles north of this city, died Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, and was buried in the Lone Grove cemetery yesterday afternoon.

- Advertisement: White Feather Poultry Yards. W.H. SHRIVER, Prop., Kinmundy. Celebrated Heavy Laying Wyckoff Strain S.C. White Leg Horns acknowledged to be the best layers in the world. Prize Winners wherever shown. Fishel Strain White Rocks. Can supply you with Eggs from both breeds. If you are looking for the stock that will bring the money. You can’t beat the S.C. White Leghorns. Darlings Feed and Fertilizer. I solicit your patronage.

- Advertisement: Rubber. Yes sir - there are few thing you can’t help doing. If you’re looking for good things in the way of lumber and building material, you’d ought to look this way. If you do, you’re bound to buy from us. There are two reasons. The material is all the best grade and our prices are always right. If you’re not going to build this spring you’ll probably have some repairs to make and will want some odds and ends of boards. Come in any way no matter what you want. E.S. COMBS & Son. C.A. COMBS, Manager.

- Miss Fannie MORROW, residing near Omega, died Tuesday night aged 19 years.

- Mrs. R.W. CHAPMAN of Omega, aged 67 years, died at her home Tuesday night. The funeral was held this morning.

- Harrison WISEHART, wife and babe of Iola, spent Sunday in Kinmundy with her mother, Mrs. S.C. PARRILL.

- Oran JACKSON of Wham, Iowa, is spending the week in this city with his parents, J.H. JACKSON and family.

- F.D.P. SNELLING visited here the first of the week with his father, D.P. SNELLING and family.

- On Sunday evening, March 1st, at 5 p.m., Uncle Will COLEMAN while visiting his sister in E. St. Louis, had a paralytic stroke in the left side and on Tuesday he had a second stroke and was moved to the home of his son, E.A. COLEMAN, St. Louis. He is improving slowly.

March 19, 1908:

- NEMAN-NEAVILLS: Mr. Ernest R. NEMAN, a young businessman of Chicago, and Miss Jessie, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. NEAVILLS of this city, were married at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dora YUNKER in Chicago, on Thursday, March 5, 1908. The many friends of the bride in this city extend congratulations.

- Sweet Repose: Mae E., infant daughter of J.L. and Margaret DAVIS, was born Saturday March 14, 1908, and fell asleep in the arms of Jesus a few hours there after. No sooner had the sweet flower begin to bloom than it was plucked by the Gardener and taken to his beautiful home in Heaven. When Jesus was in the world, He blessed the little children so there is nothing so beautiful, innocent and good as the dear lambs of the gold. Mae was a sweet little babe bringing gladness to the home of our brother and sister for only a few short hours, then the little feet found the Heavenly pathway and she was borne tenderly away to her home above, there to dwell with Jesus forever. Beckoning hands of the little ones see; Loved ones are calling forever to thee; Rosy cheek darling, the light of the home; Taken so early is beckoning come. Rev. J.B. CUMMINS.

- NEAVILLS-FELTON: Mr. Fred NEAVILLS, formerly of this city and a son of Mr. and Ms. Geo. W. NEAVILLS, was married to Miss Leila FELTON of Peoria at her home in that city on Thursday, March 5th, 1908. The groom is a Kinmundy boy and his marriage was a great surprise to his friends here as well as his parents.

- Tuesday was the 87th birthday of Grandma SNYDER and the day was celebrated by most of her descendants in this vicinity gathering at her home.

- E.G. FORD of Alma was here Tuesday.

- Miss Kate TRAINOR, who shot and instantly killed Samuel ROBERTS on the streets in Xenia last Sunday evening, was sentenced to 20 years in the penitentiary at Chester by Judge A.M. ROSE at Louisville Tuesday. This is pretty quick work. The woman formerly resided in Centralia.

- Mrs. Sarah JONES, of Mason, committed suicide last Sunday by drinking carbolic acid. John H. NELMS of this city went to that place Sunday evening to prepare the body for burial.

- A fine boy made his arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John W. ALLEN this morning at 6 o’clock.

- Roy FILSON and wife of Xenia, arrived here Sunday evening to visit her parents, Ben PHILLIPS and wife. Mr. FILSON returned home Monday evening, and Mrs. FILSON remained to visit a week.

- Advertisement: Say! Have you ever looked over our line of Men, Boy’s and Youth’s Clothing that we are closing out at 50 cents on the Dollar? These goods are first class in every respect, but we must move them quick to make room for new goods. If you need clothes call on us. Shoes! We still have a few of those shoe bargains. Can you afford to go with wet feet with Shoes at your own price. L.R. DAVIS.

March 26, 1908:

- J.R.D. SHAHAN: J.R.D. SHAHAN, residing on the Wilson farm, a mile west of this city, died last Saturday morning after a very brief illness, age 61 years, 6 months, and 3 days. The body was shipped to Arcola Saturday morning for burial. Mr. SHAHAN was an honored member of the M.W. of A., I.O.O.F., A.F. & A.M., and G.A.R. lodges. The deceased moved here a few weeks ago from Arcola at which place he was engaged in the hotel business for a number of years and a few weeks ago, he traded his hotel for the Wilson farm near here. He was advised by the physicians to quit the hotel business and get out of doors. A brief funeral service was held at the residence Saturday morning conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS and a number of the M.W. of A. members were in attendance from this lodge.

- The infant of Mr. and Mrs. John SHAW of Foster township died yesterday.

- Farina Express: Monday was Ed WHITFORD’s birthday and he had all his children and grandchildren home to dinner. Many happy returns.

- Farina Express: Bright, beautiful bouncing boy born Tuesday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Herman AMBUEHL. Let the good work proceed.

- Farina Express: Girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore SIGRIST.

- Jack BARBEE, a former resident of Kinmundy, but for the past 18 or 20 years a citizen of Sullivan, arrived here last Thursday to visit old friends and relatives. He is a brother of the late Y.P. BARBEE.

- Mrs. Lillian MORTZ, of Witt, is visiting here with her parents, J.B. GANER and family.

- Farina Express: John FORD has come back from some place in the central part of the state, and has moved onto his mother’s farm in Lone Grove.

April 2, 1908:

- Omega Express: Paul SEE and Miss Hulda MARLOW were married at the home of the bride last Sunday evening at 7 o’clock.

- Farina Express: Tom ARRINGTON and Mart CALVERT and families have gone to New Mexico to make their homes. WE wish them abundant success. Mr. ARRINGTON has been a resident of Farina for years and all regret to see him leaves.

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

- Mrs. Grace TOWNSEND has returned to her home in Kansas City after a visit here with her parents, G.N. HEATON and family.

- Rev. J.B. CUMMINS was called to Harrisburg Friday on account of the death of his sister. He returned home Monday night.

- Rev. and Mrs. G.W. GILMORE have returned to their home in Sulphur, Ind. Ter., after spending the winter here with her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth GRAY, and family.

- Rabe NEIDEFER, a brakeman on the C. & E.I. had the misfortune to lose a foot and a hand Monday morning while in Mode. He was given surgical attention and taken to the Mt. Vernon hospital where he is doing nicely.

- Miss Lois HEATON left yesterday for Chicago to visit her sister, Mrs. Georgia MAIZE.

- H.H. GRAY of Centralia is visiting here with his son, Robt. GRAY and family.

- Earl SEE and wife of Newport, Ind. are visiting south of this city with his parents, Chas. SEE and family, and other relatives and friends.

April 9, 1908:

- Election Returns:


For Supervisor: S.H. GRAHAM - 87; Vard COCKRELL, soc. - 87;

GRAHAM drew the lucky straw.

For Town Clerk: Frank BOUSEMAN, dem. - 90; Art COCKRELL, soc. - 75

For Assesser: Emmitt MULVANEY, dem. - 99; Jas. JONES, soc. - 69

For Collector: John T. BOUSEMAN, dem. - 86; M. SHAFER, soc. - 82

For Com. of Highways (3 years): A.G. SCHWABE, dem. - 95;

Geo. GIGER, soc. - 71

For Trustee of Schools: Charlie KELLER, dem. - 90; Chas. ALLEN, soc., - 75

Shall this town become Anti-Saloon Territory? Yes - 124; No - 52


For Town Clerk: D.C. BEAVER, dem. - 256; J.A. RENNIE, rep. - 122

For Assessor: W.T. HULTS, dem. - 217; E. HAMMER, ind. - 149

For Collector: J.C. LAMBORN, dem. - 146; F.W. KILLIE, rep. - 242

For Highway Com: Lloyd PARRILL, dem. - 190; T.M. HARGRAVES, rep. - 189

For School Trustee: O. SEE, dem. - 174; J.W. SCOTT, rep. - 191

Shall this town became Anti-Saloon Territory? Yes - 280; No - 110

- Election News: Centralia is the only place of any size in Southern Illinois that did not become anti-saloon territory.

- The Omega Express: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SEE were given a kitchen shower last Saturday night by their friends.

- Farina Express: John MEYER has got back from St. Louis where he had a leg amputated.

- Farina Express: The Baccalaureate exercises at the S.D.B. church Sunday night were in the highest degree excellent. The Union choir sang several fine anthems very effectively and the Rev. Mr. ALLEN delivered a strong and impressive sermon to a large and attentive audience. The graduating class this year consists of Misses Olive SEAGER, Aster DAVIS, Frances FERRILL and Mr. George HOWARD which under the efficient instruction of Prof. RHODES is an honor to the school and the community.

- Sam NEAVILLS and wife of Wren City are visiting here a couple of weeks with his parents, C.M. NEAVILLS and family, before going to Florida to decide.

- Miss Bertha MILLER is here from Casey visiting her parents, John MILLER and wife.

- Mrs. Dora BRENNER returned home Tuesday night from Weleetka, Okla., after an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. C.C. FENSTER.

- Geo. WILSON and wife arrived here yesterday to spend a few days with her mother, Mrs. Anna FROST. They stopped while enroute to their home in Clinton from Hot Springs.

April 16, 1908:

- Henry C. FELTMAN, one of the best known and highly esteemed men in Marion county, committed suicide at Salem last Saturday night by jumping into a well. He was born in ________ and spent the great portion of his life in this county, and has been a prominent man in political circles. He was postmaster for four years, editor of the Salem Advocate, a number of _____ the last three terms he served as scribe of the Illinois chapter of the I.O.O.F. The past months, Mr. FELTMAN has been _______ and at times his ___ewat effected, and this the cause of his rash deed on last Saturday. Services were held at the _____ church in Salem. He is survived by a wife, and daughter.

- Corner Stone Laid: Last Monday morning at 8:30 the corner stone of the new city hall and fire engine house was laid with very appropriate ceremony, the principal speaker being Mayor Chas. F. PRUETT and Postmaster John F. DONOVAN. The contractor A.M. ALLEN, assisted by the mayor laid the corner stone, in which was treasured several valuable articles in the way of coins, business cards, etc., with a record of donors. As a whole the ceremony was a very impressive one and a larger crowd should have been present to participate in it. The new building will be two stories high, constructed of concrete building blocks, the lower story to be used as a fire engine house, and the upper story as a home for the city council. When completed it will be a very pretty and substantial building and just what is needed. The city council has met with many obstacles, trials, and tribulations since the erection was first talked of, but now as the war is over and the town has become local option territory everything is lovely and the building is being constructed.

- Mrs. Harry McLEAN: Miss Nola HARRIS, second child of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley HARRIS, was born in Kinmundy, Ill., on Jun 20th, 1882, and passed to the great beyond on Friday morning, April 10, 1908 at five o’clock, at her home in Sandoval, Ill. It was in this city that she was spent with a the exception of the past three years, which were spent in Sandoval. She was married June 20, 1903, to Harry McLEAN. To this union one child, a little daughter, Elizabeth Arbendeen, aged 3 weeks, was born. She was an honored and worthy member of Rosedale Rebekah Lodge No. 371, of this city and was always faithful, cheerful and willing to help in every way for the benefit of the lodge. She was sick only a short time and fell asleep never to awaken again in this world. She leaves to mourn their great loss a loving husband, an infant daughter, father, mother, one sister, and two brothers, also a large circle of friends both old and young. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in this sad hour. The body arrived in this city Saturday morning accompanied by her husband, her mother, her sister-in-law, Mrs. Nan MEDCALF, and two brothers-in-law, Joe McLEAN and Willis MEDCALF, and was taken to the home of her parents, from which place the funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock; conducted by Rev. J.W. RITCHIE, under the auspices of Rose-Rebekah Lodge and interment made in Evergreen cemetery.

- Farina Express: Married last Saturday night, April 11, by Rev. W.D. BURDICK, at the home of the bride’s father, Chas. YOUNG, Miss Kate YOUNG and Mr. Roy GREEN. We extend hearty congratulations and hope their wedded life may be rose strewn and halo arched and may they have at their table YOUNG GREENs at all season of the year.

- Omega Express: Mrs. Paul SEE was thrown from a load of hay last week and sustained a broken arm.

- John MOTCH has several mechanics employed repairing his fruit package factory. Everything will be put in first class condition with the expectation of opening in the next 10 days. An additional room has been built and new machinery installed.

- Mrs. Lulu KELLEY and little daughter went to Bloomington today to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, Herman KELLEY. Mr. KELLEY formerly resided on the FOSTER farm, 3 miles north of here and is quite well known by everybody.

- Miss Kate HULTS left last Thursday evening for Indianapolis to visit her sister, Mrs. Lydia PITTS.

April 23, 1908:

- Herman KELLEY: Died at his home in Sterling Wednesday afternoon at 12:15. He had been ill one week from blood poisoning resulting from erysipelas of the face. Mr. KELLEY was born in Heyworth in 1879 and made that place his home until five years ago when he moved to the Foster farm, three miles north of this city, where he resided until two years ago when he moved to his late home. He was well and favorably known by all. He leaves a wife and five children.

- An Infant Son: Darrel, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William HARVEY, passed away Sunday, April 19, 1908. He was but one month old, yet, was loved so tenderly that he will be missed so much, but in his death there is added to the Heavenly throne a child _______________.

- Mrs. Mary A. SKILLING: Died at the family home in Kiowa, Kansas on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 1908. Her daughter, Miss Ada and son, Chas. C. SKILLING, were at the bedside of the dying mother when she breathed her last. Her son, Wm. L. SKILLING, of Topeka, Kan., received the message of his month’s failing but too late to reach her before he death but was present at the funeral. Mary A. SKILLING was born Feb. 20, 1834, near Columbus, Ohio. At the age of 12 years, she removed with her family to Marion Co., Ill., where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Dr. L.D. SKILLING at Salem, Nov. 10, 1857, at which place she resided a short time when they removed to this city. Here they lived until 1885 when the family removed to Barber Co., Kans. Mrs. SKILLING was well and favorably known by the older people of this city and made many warm friends during her residence here, being of a prominent and influential family.

- Sweetly Sleeping: "Suffer little children to come until me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Charles Calendar ROHRBOUGH was born Sept. 10, 1907, and taken to the arms of Jesus April 16, 1908. For seven months was the little darling permitted to bring sunshine into the home where he was the joy and comfort of his parents who loved him most dearly. His bright face and laughing blue eyes betokened for him a happy life, but Jesus called him early to be with him. During his sickness he was a patient littler sufferer and when death set his spirit free. The peace that came to him gave him the look of an angel. For truly Heaven claims the fairest for its own. Appropriate funeral services were held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. ROHRBOUGH on Saturday afternoon, April 18 at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS. Comforting music was rendered by the M.E. church choir, and interment made in Evergreen cemetery.

- The Midway Hotel: The new Midway hotel located between the two depots, has opened and is ready for business. Ernest KAGY is the proprietor and he informs us that he is doing a nice business for a "starter". Everything is new and clean and the proprietor takes a pride in serving his guests with the best of everything to be found on the market.

- A Kinmundy Boy: Bert E. WILKINSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON, south of this city, who has been in Valpariso, Ind. the past few months taking a course in telegraphy, has completed the course and accepted a position with the Union Pacific Railway Company at Cheyenne, Wyo. Mr. WILKINSON is also a graduate in shorthand, typewriting and is worthy of the high position he has acquired by hard work and study. (This article also included a letter that he had written about his life in Cheyenne.)

- Herman KNECHT and Mrs. Lulu ______ of this city were married _______ evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McGEE.

- John H. ROHRER: John H. ROHRER, father of W.R. ROHRER of this city, died at 2 o’clock Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R.P. KENNEDY, about ten miles south of McClusky. The cause of his death was heart failure. Mr. ROHRER was 79 years of age and had not been in good health for sometime, but for several days immediately preceding his decease he appeared to be much stronger. He was up and around all day Saturday and at night retired in good spirits. At about 2 o’clock Sunday morning, Mr. and Mrs. KENNEDY were awakened by a commotion in the vicinity of Mr. ROHRER’s bed. They heard him gasping for breath and hastened to his bedside, but life had departed. Mr. RORHER leaves a wife, two children, and several grandchildren to mourn his demise. The children are Mrs. R.P. KENNEDY and W.R. ROHRER. John H. ROHRER was born near Tiffen, Ohio, on May 16, 1828, making his age at the time of his death, 70 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He was married to Miss Eliza J. WEDDEL on Jan. 16, 1861, and immediately afterwards removed to Illinois, where they resided until the year 1906, when they removed to North Dakota. About 30 years ago he united with the M.E. Church South and remained a staunch member of this church until his death. He was an upright, honorable man, and highly respected by all who knew him. - McClusky (N.D.) Gazette. (The subject of the above was a former resident of this county, and resided near this city. He was a brother of the late Daniel ROHRER.)

- The School Election: The annual school election was held in this district last Saturday afternoon and there being only three places to fill and three candidates, the excitement did not reach fever heat. Those elected were: W.W. LOWE, President; Mrs. Mamie SONGER-BROWN and L.R. DAVIS members of the Board. The holdover members of the Board are N.A. RICE, J.P. WHITSON, C.S. NEIL, and J.H. NELMS.

- Omega Express: H.F. MILLICAN’s barn was burned last Sunday night. The blood hounds were brought from St. Elmo, but trailed from the barn to the road where it is supposed that the person who started the fire got into a buggy. R.C. ROBB and Dan DOOLEN, president and secretary of the Kinmundy Mutual Insurance Co., were here Monday looking after the fire at H.F. MILLICAN’s.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Hattie MAXON and daughter Miss May have returned from a visit to Chicago and other points in the northern part of the state.

- Farina Express: Gene and John FORD were in town one day last week.

- Farina Express: A large and merry crowd of Roy GREEN’s young friends went out to his residence last Thursday night to cheer him on his matrimonial career.

- A message was received here last Friday announcing the death of Captain ELDER at his home in Sedalia, Mo. Mr. ELDER formerly resided in Kinmundy and is well and favorably known by the older citizens, he having moved away a good many years ago.

- Thursday evening while unloading an organ at the I.C. depot platform, O.N. TYNER’s team became frightened and run away going north past the M.E. church and when near the residence of D.A. PORTER, they run into a telephone pole and broke loose from the vehicle and one of the horse lunged onto Mr. PORTER knocking him under the fence several feet away. He was severely bruised, but fortunately no bones were broken. It was a very narrow escape for Mr. PORTER and his being crippled with rheumatism kept him from getting out of the way as quickly as he would have liked to have done.

- Ellsworth HARVEY, who is employed in the north part of the state was called home Sunday owing to the death of his little baby brother, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. HARVEY, who reside north of this city.

- Clyde CAMERER and Harry CRAIG, who are in St. Louis attending Medical College, came home to spend Easter with their parents.

- The City Election: Tuesday occurred the annual city election and it was a very quiet day for an election. The vote was very light as there was only three offices to fill - one Alderman in each Ward. Following is the vote cast:

First Ward: W.H. GRAY - 55; Geo. N. HAWORTH - 19

Second Ward: John MOTCH - 36; Geo. McGEE - 28

Third Ward: C.H. WEST - 43; E.G. MENDENHALL - 13

April 30, 1908:

- Mr. A.J.G. HALL: Mr. A.J.G. HALL was born in Beeslack, Scotland, April, ______. He is a graduate of the Bavaria, Germany college and speaks seven languages. Mr. HALL came to the United States in 1849, landing in San Francisco. He remained in the west for about twenty years and during those years, many thrilling experiences with the Indians. He was among the ‘49 Gold hunters, and was among the ones who made lots of money, but he accepted the many opportunities of spending lots of it. According to the Doctor’s _______ was "flush today, broke tomorrow." He landed in Kinmundy in 1869 and moved on a farm west of town where he resided till ‘75, when he moved to town. Since his residence in Kinmundy, Mr. HALL has lived life and enjoyed it’s many blessings. The ________ affords him great leisure and in the fishing _______ spends many pleasant hours in this sport. Last Friday was the 89th anniversary of his birth and as a long established custom, he entertained some of his male friends at noonday luncheon and it was greatly enjoyed by all present. The Dr. enjoys good health, and bids fair to spend many more anniversaries of his birth. (A picture was included.)

- Mrs. Agness ROBB: Miss Agness PRUETT was born June 12, 1824 in Virginia, and died at the home of her son, F.M. ROBB and wife on Sunday, April 26th, 1908, aged 83 years, 11 months and 16 days. When but a girl she came with her father’s family to Illinois. On April 23, 1846, she was married Samuel ROBB. To this union 9 children were born, 6 boys and 3 girls, 5 of whom have preceded their mother to the spirit world, her husband died Jan. 23, 1881. Since that time she has made her home with her children and for the last fifteen or twenty years has been living with her eldest son, F.M. ROBB and wife, where she was cared for lovingly and tenderly. She had been in poor health for a number of years, growing weaker as the days passed by, until her deathless spirit took it’s flight for the regions of the blest. Aunt Aggie, as she was generally called, was loved and respected by all who knew her and her acquaintance was extensive. She was converted 60 years ago and united with the M.E. church, living an exemplary life always ready and willing to do her duty. Many have listened with delight hearing her relate her Christian experience as she would tell of that bright hope she enjoyed of meeting loved ones on the other shore. What rejoicing there must have been in Heaven when this precious mother went home. We would place the whitest flower on her grave and with her home church, her circle of friends, her sorrowing sons and daughters and grandchildren bow in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well. Her funeral was held at her late residence on Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE and interment made in Sandy Branch Cemetery by the side of her late husband.

- Farina Express: A barn on the John GING place four or five miles north of town was burned last week with a quantity of hay and grain.

- The 20th annual commencement exercises of the Kinmundy opera house on Friday evening May 8th at 8 o’clock. The graduates are Frank Charles ROHRBOUGH, James Franklin GARRETT, Francis Eugene PRUETT, James Carrol WHITSON, and Royal Edward LOWE. No orations will be rendered this year and the important feature of the program will be a recital by W.W. CARNES.

May 7, 1908:

- Mrs. E. EAGAN: Miss Martha J. JONES was born in Marion Co., Ill., April 11, 1854, and departed this life at her home in Salem Friday May 1st, 1908, making her age at the time of her death, 54 years and 20 days. She was married to E. EAGAN, Nov. 19th, 1874, and leaves to mourn their loss a husband, four children, a sister and a brother. About one year ago, Mrs. EAGAN’s health began to fail and toward the close of her earthly life her suffering was almost unbearable, yet she endured it all with patience and Christian fortitude. When a girl she gave her heart to God and found sweet pardon for her sins at a Camp Meeting held many years ago east of Patoka. A short service was held at the family home in Salem Sunday morning at 8:30; two beautiful and appropriate songs were sung by Miss GARNER and the ALMAN sisters and a few remarks and a prayer by her former pastor, Rev. J.M. WYCKOFF, of Sullivan, Ill. Her remains were then taken to Kinmundy and her funeral was preached in the Presbyterian church to a crowded house of relatives and friends, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Evergreen cemetery to await the last great call when Jesus shall come to gather His own to Himself. J.M. WYCKOFF.

- On last Friday, May 1st, the relatives of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. BEAVER very pleasantly surprised them in their home at a six o’clock dinner, it being their forty-second wedding anniversary. An enjoyable evening was spent and all felt that it was an evening never to be forgotten. A beautiful rug was presented them as a token of appreciation.

- Enis HUMPHREY, of Washington, Ind., son of M. HUMPHREY of this city, an engineer on the B. & O. W.S., was severely and probably fatally injured in a wreck Tuesday. His engine turned over and rolled down an embankment and Mr. HUMPHREY and his fireman were injured. Word received by the relatives this morning stated that he was no better and would probably not recover.

- The saloons closed last night at 10 o’clock and now Centralia is the only town in the county to have saloons.

May 14, 1908:

- (The first part of this article was unreadable, which told of the train wreck that killed Enos HUMPHREY). ..... railroading all of his life, having entered into the employ of the B. & O. S.W. when a youth of nineteen years. He began as a fireman, but his faithful adherence to his duties and industriousness soon became an engineer with runs between Vincennes and Cincinnati. His work attracted the attention of the railroad officials and subsequently was promoted to the position of road foreman of engines which place he resigned two or three years ago to resume his duties at the throttle. In more than thirty years of railroad life, he escaped serious wrecks until the last few years, in which space of time he experienced three bad collisions. On the 20th of last June, he was in the wreck in the tunnel near Ft. Ritner (not far from where he met his death injury) and escaped without a scratch. Just a year before that time he was in the wreck at Brownstown. Although both were mishaps of grave nature, no lives were sacrificed. In the two previous wrecks he had engine 1469. Tuesday he had engine 1472. Ennos HUMPHREY was a native of Hamilton co., Ohio and was born in the year 1854. His early life was passed in the Ohio county, but he drifted to Cincinnati and entered the service of the B. & O. S.W., with which road he was identified until his tragic death. He married Maggie DORAN, a Cincinnati girl, about 27 years ago; and to this union was born five children, four of whom are living, Buelah, Enos, Margaret, and Helen, all of this city. Matthew, a son, was killed in the shop yards about five years ago. The deceased man belonged to the F.O.F., the Masons and the brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He was a son of Matthew and Mary HUMPHREY, who live at Kinmundy, Ill., both of whom have passed the eightieth milestone. He leaves six sisters, Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, Mrs. Anna FISH, Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY of Kinmundy, Ill., Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ, Mrs. Clara STEVENSON, Mrs. Elizabeth GRAMLEY of Salem, Ill., and two brothers, Frank and Arthur of Kinmundy, Ill. The parents arrived Friday afternoon ______________ o’clock in the Presbyterian church; burial to take place at Oak Grove cemetery. In the death of Enos HUMPHREY, Washington, as well as the company in whose service he intrepidly met his death, loses a valuable man. He was a trustworthy, courageous, kindly and self-sacrificing. Washington, Ind., Herald.

- The sad news was received here last Friday of the sudden death of Mrs. Frank J. SNAPP of Paw Paw, Ill. For some time, Mrs. SNAPP had been in ill health and she had been place in a sanatarium at Jacksonville, where she took her own life by hanging to the upper hinge on the door. She tore up a sheet and tied the strips around her neck. Mr. SNAPP and daughter have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends in this city.

- E.A. SNELLING is arranging to move his city restaurant and Candy Kitchen to the Lemp Brewery Room two doors north of the post office.

- The Farina Express: John DILLON was in Stewardson Sunday to attend the funeral of Mrs. F.J. SNAPP.

- Will BRUCE and wife, of Salem, are the proud parents of a fine boy who arrived at their home Tuesday.

May 21, 1908:

- Ephraim CRANK: Was born March 27th, 1831 in Knox Co., Ky., and departed this life May 6, 1908, at his home in Mason, Ill. at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 9 days. In 1886 he united with the Baptist Church in Anderson twp., Clark Co., and held his membership in that church until death. In 1889 he moved to Kinmundy, Ill., where he resided for 18 years. His residence there being near the Methodist church, he attended it’s services quite regularly. In the fall of 1907, he came to Mason, where he remained till God called him home. He was the father of 12 children. Four sons, six daughters, and the widow survive him. He was a member of the Company D, Indiana Volunteers. During his short stay among us, it was apparent to all that he was a true disciple of his Master. He has gone to his reward. A short funeral service was held at the Methodist church on Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Rev. F.C. BROWN preached the sermon taking for a text Luke 12:40. The remains were taken to Kinmundy for burial on fast train No. 1, which arrives here at 2:28, and were accompanied by Mrs. E. CRANK and son Charles and daughter Edith, also Mr. CRANK’s daughter, Mrs. Rebekah McNULTY of Marshall, Ill. A.J. THOMAS and wife, Scott MARQUES, and wife, C.D. WILSON, Ezy HARDSOCK, W.L. TYNER, H.R. THEIS, W.B. REYNOLDS Jr., G.C. NORRIS. At Kinmundy they were met by the G.A.R. Post who had charge of the burial services. - Mason News.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Pearl BURDICK was taken to a hospital in Effingham last week to undergo an operation for appendicitis.

- Farina Express: Canning Company has again engaged the services of Mr. ROSS of Alma, as Professor for the canning season. Mr. ROSS gave excellent satisfaction last year.

- Farina Express: Mrs. Henry SPORLEDER, Jr. of Lone Grove died Sunday after a lingering illness.

- A new girl arrived a the home of Harley HILL and wife Sunday morning.

- Wm. C. PYLES died at his home in this city Tuesday evening at five o’clock. The funeral was held yesterday and interment made in the Omega Cemetery.

- C.H. WEST has purchased the property north of the I.C. DEPOT KNOWN AS THE Brenner lumber yard. It will be converted into a livery barn to be conducted by A.G. PORTER.

- Rev. Granville FYKE of Centralia was here last Friday conducting the funeral of Mrs. D.A. VAUGN.

- H.E. PORTER, wife and son of Minneapolis arrived in this city Sunday night to visit his mother, Mrs. R.F. PORTER and brother, A.G. PORTER and wife.

May 28, 1908:

- Alvin J. GEMMELL: Alvin J. GEMMELL, son of A.J.C. GEMMELL, and grandson of Mrs. Mary E. FENDER of Tuscola, was killed by being struck by a fast moving train in the railroad yards at Lamar, Colorado some time before daylight Wednesday morning, April 29. He was found by the night watch at that place about daylight. Last August he, in company with several neighbor boys went to Power County, Colo., and took up homestead claims, and was on his way to Lamar to make arrangements to prove up on his claim when he met his death.

- A Big Deal: This week a big deal was made and three of our hustling business men became sole owners of the Charleston Opera house which is valued at $50,000. This is conceded to be one of the finest opera houses in Central Illinois and the new owners are indeed very proud of their property. The Charleston opera house has a seating capacity of two thousand and the scenery is the finest that money can by. The three Kinmundy men who are the owners are Chas. W. WITWER, Chas. B. ROHRBOUGH, and W.H. GRAY. Mr. WITWER is one of our leading and popular real estate brokers; Mr. ROHRBOUGH is proprietor of Kinmundy’s largest dry goods and clothing stores and Mr. GRAY is ex-cashier of The Haymond State Bank and is a large land owner.

- Omega Express: Mrs. Alice JONES died last Saturday. The funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church Sunday morning at 11 o’clock and interment made in the Millican cemetery.

- Omega Express: Three men who camped on "Lost Fork" last Thursday night stole Elzie MARLOW’s spring wagon leaving their old one in place of the stolen one. On Friday morning they broke the wagon near Salem and abandoned Mr. MARLOW’s wagon, stole another and resumed their journey. It is reported that they were caught near Kell Friday afternoon.

- Clyde B. CAMERER underwent a surgical operation in St. Louis Tuesday morning and had his eye straightened. He expects to be able to return home in a few days and spend his vacation here.

- Mrs. F.W. WHITLOCK and little daughter, Frances, returned to their home in Dix last Friday evening after a three week visit here with her father, J.T. SEXTON and family. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Emmitt HARGRAVES and son, Lyle, who visited till Saturday evening.

- G.W. SNELLING had three fingers on his left hand smashed Wednesday while working at the Fruit Package factory.

June 4, 1908:

- Thomas WINN Dead: Thomas WINN, an honored veteran who resided in this city several months, suffered a stroke of paralysis on Saturday morning. A few weeks ago, he moved his family to Salem, he remained here to work a _______ at the bakery, and at the ________ misfortune he was staying at the home of Chas. WETTER. He was _______ the C. & E.I. Saturday and taken to his home in ______, he died Tuesday morning.

- Fred W. KILLIE and family left Saturday night for Chicago to visit relatives and attend the wedding of her sister, Miss Julia STEEN, to Oliver SHULTZ, a former Kinmundian, and the many friends of the bride and groom extend their best wishes.

- Paul Kendall, a nine lb. boy made his arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. BRENNER at Indianapolis last Saturday morning.

- Howard LACEY, of Chicago, arrived in this city Sunday to visit a couple of weeks with his brother, Louis F. LACEY, and with his parents, T.S. LACEY and wife, in Meacham twp.

June 11, 1908:

- The Alma Express: J.R. CLOW and wife are the proud parents of a ten pound girl.

- The Alma Express: Earnest RAMSER, who has been attending school at Urbana, has returned home for the summer.

- Elder J.N. CRAIG: Elder J.N. CRAIG, Presiding Elder of the Salem District, M.E. church South, died at the district parsonage in Odin Saturday morning June 6th. The remains were taken to Dix Monday for burial.

- Farina Express: Charles MUNDAY, of Sandoval, and Miss Bessie GRAY of this city, were married last Saturday in Effingham. The wedding was quite a surprise to our people but all extend best wishes.

- Farina Express: The hardware store of NIRIDER & LACEY was entered by burglars Saturday night and merchandise consisting of cutlery and razors valued at $50 was taken. No clue to the intruders.

- Farina Express: T.V. BROOM and family were in Iola Tuesday and Wednesday, having been summoned there by the death of his father, M.A. BROOM.

- Will B. ROSS has purchased the Kinmundy Bakery of B.F. WOOTEN and assume charge of same. Will is a first class baker in every respect, having taken a full course in pastry work in Chicago. He will make a specialty of cakes, pies, etc., and will give special orders prompt attention.

- John B. CABANIS, the youngest son of Col. and Mrs. J.C. CABANIS, of this city, graduated at the University at Champaign yesterday, receiving the civil engineering degree.

- Notice was received here yesterday announcing the arrival of a new girl babe at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John H.N. DAVIS of Chicago.

- Marshall SOUTEER, residing west of town, was on our streets Saturday for the first time in several weeks. He had just returned from St. Louis where he underwent surgical operation and had a stone removed from one of his kidneys.

June 18, 1908:

- SMITH-BLACKBURN: Mr. Jerome SMITH, of Mt. Vernon, and Miss Cleda BLACKBURN, the oldest daughter of Mrs. Rollin WILSON of this city, were united in marriage at the home of the bride last Saturday evening, Rev. J.W. RITCHIE, of the Presbyterian church, performing the ceremony. After the usual congratulations, refreshments were served and a social time enjoyed by all present. The happy pair departed Sunday morning for Joplin, Mo., where they expect to make their future home.

- Birthday Dinner: On the 16th inst., a large number of friends, relatives, and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. SOUTHWARD, of Omega, and celebrated the 36th birthday anniversary of Mrs. SOUTHWARD. A sumptuous dinner was served which was greatly enjoyed by all. A new parlor organ had recently been placed in the home and after dinner was over the guests spent a pleasant hour with vocal and instrumental music. The program closed with a prayer and singing "God Be With You", and all departed for their homes feeling that such occasions added much pleasure to life. Those present from a distance were Prof. J.S. KNISELEY and wife and Mrs. W.D. GRAMLEY of Salem, Rev. J.W. RITCHIE and wife of Kinmundy.

- Mrs. B. CHALFANT wrote a letter telling of the floods they were having in Lawrence, Kansas. (*).

- St. Peter Express: Edd HOLLMANN and Miss Amelia STARKS were married Sunday at 2 o’clock at the church. Quite a large congregation was present. Their many friends and neighbors wish them many happy years.

- The Alma Express: Alma is going to have one of the largest and best 4th of July celebrations ever held in this section of the country. The I.O.O.F. and M.W.A. lodges have united and are doing their best to procure some of the best orators and there will be lots of good music and all kinds of amusements. Everybody is invited and expected to come.

- Last Sunday, Frank, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. EMBSER, residing six miles south of town, met with quite a painful accident by shooting himself through the big toe with a .32 caliber revolver. He was shooting turtles and the gun was accidentally discharged when he shot his toe.

June 25, 1908:

- The Omega Express: Several of our young people attended the baptizing at Brubaker Sunday.

- Mrs. Emma ARNOLD and son Lloyd have returned to their home in Beaumont, Texas, after an extended visit near here with her parents, Samuel HOLT, and family.

- Miss Maggie, the 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman POTTS, former residents of this city, died at her home in Litchfield, Wednesday June 24, and the body arrived in this city yesterday evening and the funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o’clock from the M.E. church conducted by the Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Cora PROUDFOOT of Chicago visited here over Sunday with her grandmother, Mrs. Mary A. BROWN.

July 2, 1908:

- CROSSETT-ROSS: Mr. Claud CROSSETT and Miss Ethel ROSS, two highly respected young people of this city, were quietly married at the M.E. church in Effingham Saturday, June 27, 1908, at 12 o’clock, the Rev. J.G. HERMAN performing the ceremony. They left at 1:40 p.m. for St. Louis and from there they will go to Granite City, where they expect to make their home and where the groom has been employed for the past two years. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. ROSS and is highly esteemed by her large circle of friends by whom she will be greatly missed. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd CROSSETT, prominent citizens residing south of this city, and holds an excellent position in Granite City as electrician.

- HERRICK-COLLINS: George E. HERRICK and Miss Mary COLLINS were married last evening at the home of the bride’s aunts, the Miss McFARLANDs on Pleasant Street, Indianapolis, Ind., the Rev. E.S. RILEY, of Southport, an uncle of the bride, performing the ceremony. The groom is a former Kinmundy boy who made his home here with his mother, Mrs. Sarah HERRICK, until a few years ago when they moved to Indianapolis, and has many friends who extend congratulations.

- John SELLERS, of Salem, was killed near the B. & O. depot in that city by a freight train early last Sunday morning while in an intoxicated condition. He leaves a widow and ten children.

- Mrs. DUNLAP of Chicago is visiting in this city with her son, A.C. DUNLAP and wife, and sister, Mrs. Maria CLAYTOR.

July 9, 1908:

- Gus HANKS, of Meacham, met with an accident Saturday in Centralia. He was on a street car and his hat fell and he tried to catch it and fell from the car and was hit by the second car and thrown about 30 feet. His clothes were almost torn ___________.

- A Grand Celebration: Last Saturday, our nation’s birthday, was observed by at least 5000 people at the beautiful city park in Kinmundy. The St. Peter band arrived early and furnished excellent music for the occasion. At ten o’clock the crowed marched to the city park, where the usual program was carried out, after which Hon. Thos. MERRITT of Salem, addressed the people. Mr. MERRITT is one of the old settlers of Marion county and our people are always glad to have him present on such occasions as his manner of addressing a crowd is always pleasing and his remarks contain enough humor and wit to keep his hearers smiling. In the afternoon, the address was delivered by Congressman Martin D. FOSTER of Olney, who made an excellent talk that appealed to the old soldiers and was well received by all. He talked for 45 minutes and the crowd was very attentive and would have gladly listed an hour more. Our people feel that they were very fortunate in procuring the services of such an able man on such an occasion. The following is the result of the races and contests:  List of Prize Winners - Lightest girl on the grounds under 20 and over 16 - Ethel COX; Youngest married couple on grounds - John SCHOENBORN and wife; Prettiest girl on grounds under 16 - Mildred ALLEN; Heaviest Girl under 18 - Grace CLAYERT; Prettiest baby under 1 year - Lyle JACKSON; Oldest married couple - A.M. YOUNG and wife; 50 yard dash - 1st prize, Oscar COX; 2nd prize, John MAXWELL; Nail Driving contest (substituted for barrel race) - 1st, Clifford DOWNS, 2nd, Forest REEDER; Best Draft Team - 1st prize, N.J. ROBNETT; Best Single Rig - 1st prize, Chas. SWIFT; 2nd, Oscar COX; Candle Race: 1st prize, Katy ENGLEBRECHT; 2nd, Mildred ROTAN; 3rd, Mary BUSWELL; Sack Race - 1st, Ernest GILMORE; 2nd, Raymond MAHAN; Wheelbarrow Race - 1st - Mort SPURLIN; 2nd Wm. SPENCER; The BABCOCK Martial Band proved to be a very novel and pleasing feature of the celebration. The Egyptian Ladies pleased the crowd with their music and met with loud applause. The "Mock" band was certainly a "howling" success but it "peared" that one horn was a little out of tune. The fireworks held the crowd till a late hour and all were well pleased with the exhibition. In the evening at 5 o’clock, the baseball game between the Fats and Leans was very closely contested and resulted in a score of 4 to 3 in favor of the leans. The contest was close and added much pleasure to the day’s amusements. One feature of Kinmundy’s celebration worthy of note is that an intoxicated person was not seen and an arrest was not made. Everybody had a good time and the celebration was a grand success.

- The Farina Express: John MEYERS, residing two miles north of town, died Wednesday at 5 a.m.

- Farina Express: Leonard DORR, and old citizen of this vicinity, and a civil war veteran, died last Friday night.

- The Alma Canning Factory burned early Sunday morning. The loss is estimated at $25,000 with $10,000 insurance. This will be quite a loss to Alma as we understand it will not be rebuilt.

July 16, 1908:

- William ORGAN: William ORGAN was born in Pike Co., Ohio, Oct. 10, 1820, and peacefully passed to his reward July 11, 1908, aged 87 years, 9 months, and 1 day. He was the father of 12 children, nine sons and three daughters, all of whom were present at the funeral of their father except Jessie and Charles who were unable to be present because of affliction. Mr. ORGAN had been an honored member of the Baptist church for 19 years as shown by the church record of the Harmony Society. He was a good citizen, a kind and obliging neighbor and an affectionate father. The funeral was held at his late residence on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. A large concourse of people followed his remains to its last resting place and tenderly laid by the side of his companion at Sandy Branch.

- Mrs. Wm. REDMAN: Mrs. Jenetta Bell REDMAN, nee SWEET, was born near Alma, Ill., Aug. 8, 1874. She was married to William REDMAN, Nov. 27, 1892, and to this union four children, one son and three daughters, were born. Mrs. REDMAN had been in poor health for some time, but was confined to her bed only a short time before her death which occurred July 10, 1908. She was an affectionate wife, a loving mother and tender sister. The funeral services were held at the family residence on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, four children and one sister.

- NORTON-COLE: Mr. James NORTON of Tolono, and Mrs. Mary COLE, of Lone Grove, were united in marriage at the beautiful country home of the bride on Thursday evening, July 9 at eight o’clock p.m., Rev. J.H. BALLANCE performing the ceremony. A number of invited guests were present and witness the ceremony and partook of the delicious supper which had been prepared. Mr. NORTON is a resident of Coles Co., owns a fine farm near Arcola, which place they expect to make their future home.

- Accidently Shot: Monday evening, Harley H. HILL residing on the Geo. W. SNELLING farm, two miles south of this city, met with a serious and almost fatal accident. In company with Wesley CLOW, Joe COLYEAR and Clyde BARROW, the four drove down near Kell to pick blackberries, and had started home and were driving down a hill when the team became frightened and started to run. Mr. HILL and Mr. CLOW were thrown from the wagon and the other two boys jumped out and the team was stopped about three quarters of a mile from where the accident happened. While riding in the wagon Mr. HILL was holding a loaded shot gun and when he was thrown out the gun went with him and one hammer struck a stone and the gun was discharged, the load striking Mr. HILL in the right limb below the knee and several shots entered the right side and breast. When the gun struck the ground, the end of the barrels must have filled with dirt as the end of the discharged barrel bursted. The gun barrel bursting probably stopped the force of the load otherwise Mr. HILL would have been instantly killed. After the accident the wounded man was given surgical attention by Dr. HOLT of Kell, and he was brought home Tuesday morning on the C. & E.I., and is getting along nicely. He complains a great deal of his side, but the doctors think he will speedily recover.

- The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. George WILSON of E. Washington St., whose death occurred Sunday afternoon was buried this morning in Woodlawn Cemetery. Short funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. S.L. BOYERS of the M.E. Church. (Clinton Daily Public - Monday, July 6.)

July 23, 1908:

- Nielda Geneveve PRICE: Infant daughter of Edward A. and Stenia PRICE, died at the home of her aunt in Junction City, Wis., Sunday July 19, aged 1 year, 1 month and 16 days. The body arrived in this city yesterday morning accompanied by her uncle and was taken to her home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob NELSON, where the funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, pastor of the M.E. Church, and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery by the side of her parents, who died several months ago.

- Mrs. H.A. FARTHING Dead: A telegram was received here last Friday announcing the death of Mrs. H.A. FARTHING, of Vinita, Okla., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. COCKERELL of Meacham twp. Mrs. FARTHING has been afflicted with stomach trouble for several years and the disease had caused her a great deal of trouble and the physicians advised an operation and upon their advice the operation was performed the day before her death. She and her husband were visiting at the time in Elreno with her brother, Emmit COCKRELL, who is cashier of a bank and they expected to come to this city about August first. Upon receipt of the sad news, Mrs. COCKERELL, and her son Bert, of Salem took the first train and arrived in Vinita in time to be present at the funeral which occurred on Sunday. Mrs. COCKRELL returned home yesterday afternoon accompanied by Mr. FARTHING and little daughter who will spend a time here before returning to their home in Vinita. The news of the death of Mrs. FARTHING was a shock to the whole community and all sympathize with the bereaved ones.

- There was joy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. DUNLAP on Monday July 20, for unto them a child was born, a son was given, his name is to be Albert Carl and is sole heir to the throne. Grandpa and Grandma MATTHEWS smiled their broadest smile. Grandma DUNLAP is very happy and there is rejoicing in the house of Leander.

- Mrs. Nancy CECIL of Omega, died at her home Tuesday after an illness of eight weeks. She has been a devoted Christian for sixty years. The funeral service was held Wednesday from the Presbyterian Church in Omega, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, after which the remains were laid to rest.

- Farina Express: A severe electric storm visited this place Friday afternoon. Lighting struck a tree in Dr. AKESTER’s yard, running in on the telephone wire doing some damage to the paper and wood work. The fire department responded in the midst of the storm.

July 30, 1908:

- Mrs. Ada DAWKINS: Mrs. Ada DAWKINS died at her home in Effingham Monday, July 27, after a severe illness of but a few hours. Her remains were taken to Farina and the funeral services held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday conducted by Rev. Dr. ROBERTS, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Effingham, assisted by Rev. J.W. RITCHEY of this city.

- Advertisement: I wish to inform the public that I have purchased Mr. LACEY’s interest in the Restaurant and will endeavor to please my patrons at all times. C.L. WILLIAMS. Old Stand - First door south of P.O.

- The Omega Express: Last Sunday, Curt SMITH, being 57 years old, thought he would surprise his friends by having a dinner at his home. About 60 persons were invited and each thought themselves invited to take dinner with him and did not dream of a surprise. Curt had 40 lb. of fish shipped from Indiana and seven freezers of ice cream were made. S.G. COPPLE took first prize for eating the most fish. Everyone went home wishing Curt many happy birthdays and thanking him for the enjoyable surprise.

- Tuesday evening, July 21, Miss Mable BROWN, who formerly resided south of this city, was united in marriage with Mr. Alvin SCHNAKE at the Pleasant Grove church near Ridge Farm, Ill. at 6:30 o’clock, Rev. T.E. HOON performing the ceremony. W.T. WILKINSON and wife and L.N. KENNEDY and two daughters, Misses Kate and Myrtle, of this city, attended the wedding.

Aug. 6, 1908:

- W.E. NELMS: W.E. NELMS was born in Xenia, Clay Co., Ill., Jan. 1st, 1864, and died in Kinmundy, Ill. at 12 o’clock (noon) July 31st, 1908, aged 44 years, 6 months, and 30 days. The funeral service was held at the residence of his brother, Frank E. NELMS on Saturday afternoon Aug. 1st, at 4 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, assisted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS after which interment was made in the beautiful Evergreen Cemetery. "Billy" as he was called by his friends has been afflicted with consumption for many years, and has traveled thousands of miles and tried various treatments in hope of curing his affliction but all this only gave temporary relief. He possessed a will power beyond the ordinary man and he still had hopes of his recovery till a few weeks before death relieved him of his suffering. He had a serene faith and was confident of his acceptance with God and expressed his readiness to depart this life. For years "Billy" has been engaged in the fire insurance business and had health permitted would have held one of the highest salaried positions in that line. He was well posted in this line of work and his dealings with men were always fair and honest. He acquired the art of making friends and knew just how to keep them. In the death of W.E. NELMS, the citizens of Kinmundy have lost an honored citizen and one who was loved by all.

- Kicked and Killed: Last Saturday William F. RITTER, residing eight miles southeast of this city, was kicked by a horse and died on Monday from his injury. At the time of the accident one of the horses kicked at the other and Mr. RITTER was struck in the stomach. The funeral service was held Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. W.J. SIMER of Omega. Mr. RITTER was born in Hamilton Co., Missouri, Jan. 27, 1845, and when a boy moved to Indiana and from there moved to Illinois. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Olive BAILEY, of Indiana, on Aug. 1st, 1868, and to this union twelve children were born - five boys and seven girls, six of this number remain to mourn the death of the father. Mr. RITTER was converted at the age of 24 and since that time has lived a Christian life. The family have the sympathy of all in their sad hour.

- Mrs. Nancy J. BASS MORGAN died at her home in the east part of Kinmundy, Tuesday morning, aged 83 years. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, and interment made in Eastland Cemetery.

- Mrs. Martin SMITH, residing near Brubaker, died Tuesday and the funeral was held yesterday, and interment made in Phillips Cemetery.

Aug. 13, 1908:

- Brubaker Express: Thirty-one farmers close to Brubaker put up hay for Robt. FOSTER on account of Mr. FOSTER being unable because of sickness in his family.

- Nancy J. MORGAN: Passed away at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1908 after a protracted illness, aged 82 years, ____ months, and 2 days. She was born in North Carolina on Oct. 2, 1865 (DFM note: should be 1825?), and had accepted Christ as her _____ always endeavoring to live a _____ life. She was twice married. She married Jacob BASS in 1845, and to this union was born 12 children. Her second marriage was with Geo. MORGAN. Both husbands and five children preceded her in death.

- WILCOX-WHITSON: A pretty home wedding took place at four o’clock on Monday Aug. 10, 1908, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. WHITSON as their daughter, Miss Susie, was united in marriage to Mr. Chas. WILCOX of Chicago. A beautiful and impressive ceremony was said by Rev. CUMMINS of this city, in the _______ goodly number of _________. (*)

- Farina Express: A new girl babe has arrive at the home of Mat WILSON and wife.

- Farina Express: About 25 young married people gathered at the home of H.E. TODD and wife last Thursday and reminded them that it was their fifth wedding anniversary. Refreshments were served. A handsome rocking chair was left as a reminder of the occasion.

- Geo. W. WEST and Miss Mae BROWN were married Saturday, Aug. 8th at Belpre, Kan. They will make their future home in Havana, Cuba. The groom is the son of Geo. G. WEST, a former Kinmundian.

- A new boy made his arrival at the home of Lawrence CRIST and wife Tuesday night.

- Dr. Merle BARBEE of Iuka, a former Farina boy, and Miss Jennie EDDINGS of Iuka, were married at the home of the bride’s parents on Tuesday, July 28.

Aug. 20, 1908:

- Brubaker Express: The new platform at the C. & E.I. station is about competed helping the appearance greatly.

- VAILE-BRADLEY: A pretty wedding ceremony was witnessed by 125 guests on Saturday evening, Aug. 1, at 8 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. BRADLEY in Charleston, when their daughter, Miss Irma, became the bride of DeWitte C. VAILE of Rochelle, Ill. Among the guests present were Mrs. J.D. CAMERER and Miss Martha STEUBER of this city.

- Mrs. Emmet HARGRAVES and Miss Julia SEXTON were in Gilmore yesterday in answer to a message stating the death of their cousin, Harry BONNER, who was killed by an engine in Hannibal, Mo.

- G.L. EAGAN has moved into the Kinmundy hotel lately vacated by W.W. WILLIAMS. The house has been cleaned, painted, papered, repaired, and other improvements made in a way of a bathroom and Mr. EAGAN proposes to run a firstclass hotel in every particular. He expects to be open and ready for business about next Saturday after which time he can accommodate the traveling public.

- Dr. Noah DEAN has moved his office into the Brenner Building north of the brick barber shop, which he recently purchased. The Dr. has had his building thoroughly overhauled and a new front added and it makes a fine office.

Aug. 27, 1908:

- BEAUCOCK-ROGERSON: On Wednesday, Aug. 19th, Ulysis J. BEAUCOCK and Lulu A. ROGERSON drove to Salem and were united in marriage. After the ceremony they returned to the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. D.O. CHAPIN, in this city, where an elaborate dinner was served to a few invited guests. The bride is a highly respected young lady of this city, and the groom is a prosperous farm living near St. Peter, at which place they will make their home. Their many friends join in wishing them a long and happy future.

- J.H. SHAFFER and son Thomas, returned home Tuesday night from Glasgow, Mont., where they went to look at the country. They were well pleased with the new country and filed on homesteads and expect to return in a few months.

- Ed WILLIAMS and family of Texas arrived in this city last Thursday to make their home. They have been absent 4 years and decided Kinmundy was the best place on earth to live.

- C.F. PRUETT was in St. Louis Friday where he met his wife and little daughter on their return from a 3 week visit in Eldorado, Okla. with her sister, Mrs. Dan ARNOLD.

- Advertisement: Noah DEAN. Physician & Surgeon. Office over Rohrbough’s Store. Mutual Phone.

Sept. 3, 1908:

- Tenth Anniversary: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. ROWAN was the scene of a happy gathering on Tuesday evening Sept. 1, 1908. This being the 10th anniversary of their marriage, Mrs. ROWAN invited the members of the West Side Thimble Club with their husbands or friends to spend the evening. ‘Tis needless to say nearly everyone accepted the invitation. The crowd gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. SHRIVER and proceeded in a body to the home of Mr. and Mrs. ROWAN, where they gave the couple an old fashioned "Charivari".

- A Happy Day: One of the most delightful occasions of the season was enjoyed by Capt. C. ROHRBOUGH and family at his palatial home, Tuesday, Sept. 1, it being the 74th anniversary of his birth, also Charles’ 42nd birthday. In honor of this happy event, the entire family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH and children Frank, Elsie and Ethlyn of DuQuoin; Mr. and Mrs. W.M. MORGAN of Denver; Mr. and Mrs. C.B. ROHRBOUGH and daughter Ruth, and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin WORMLEY and sons, Lorentz and Eugene of this city were present. At the dinner hour, Mr. ROHRBOUGH sat at the head of the table surrounded by sixteen bright happy faces all ready to do justice to a dinner such as only his amiable wife and lovely daughters could prepare. During the hour, Mr. ROHRBOUGH gave a brief reminisce of his family in which he stated that his grandfather lived to the age of 94 years and that there were 260 of his descendants at the time of his death. He also noted the many changes from his early boyhood days, which were spent in Virginia, down to the present time; this was very much enjoyed by all. Though this family is few in number and have enjoyed many like occasions, this is the first on which the entire family could be present and the day was far too short. On the same evening, Mr. and Mrs. MORGAN departed for their home in Denver. May the giver of all good gifts grant to this worthy family many more reunions here and when no more fond goodbyes are to be said, may they re-unite an unbroken family in their home above.

- Noble HEATON, of Guthrie, Okla., after an absence of 25 years, arrived in this city Monday evening to spend a month with his brother, George N. HEATON, and sister, Mrs. A. SPEECE.

- Miss Kate HULTS returned home Saturday evening after spending 3 weeks in Indianapolis with her sister, Mrs. Lydia PITTS.

Sept. 10, 1908:

- Mrs. Wm. MORRIS has returned home from Centralia, where she underwent an operation for an abscess on the cheek bone. She is in a very critical condition.

- Mrs. Chas. CLOW of Decatur visited here last week with Wm. CLOW and family.

- Brubaker Express: Ed RAINEY returned to Champaign Tuesday to resume his University work.

- Mrs. Mary MANUEL and three daughters left Saturday morning for their home in El Paso, Texas, after spending the summer here with her mother, Mrs. J.B. ELDER and family.

- Jas. PHILLIPS and daughter of St. Louis visited here Saturday with his brother, Ben.

- C.W. WITWER and wife, and R.W. WITWER and wife returned home Friday morning from Casey where they attended the funeral of their brother, Walter R. WITWER, who died Tuesday night at 11:25.

- Advertisement: We Trust You For House furnishings. Furniture and Household Goods, Morris Rocker - $4.95; Empire Steel Range, $19.95; Beckmann Piano - $175; Graphophone - $15.95; Gingham Aprons, 25 cents; Blankets, $1.15; Sweet Orr Overalls, 79 cents; Men’s Hats, 50 cents. Yours for Quick Sales and Small Profits. R. DAVIS, Kinmundy.

Sept. 17, 1908:

- Both Arms Broken: Last Sunday evening, Everett, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles VAN DORN, residing a mile south of Kinmundy, had the misfortune to have both arms broken. He was in town and in company with some other boys, were on an I.C. freight train and in some way the VAN DORN boy lost his footing and fell, breaking both arms between the elbow and wrist. The lad was taken to the office of Dr. CAMERER where he was given surgical attention after which he was conveyed to his home where he is getting along nicely. The boy was very unfortunate in receiving such an accident, but his parents are glad it was no worse. The habit of boys to ride trains seems to be growing and the wonder is that more of them are not killed or crippled. We understand the VAN DORN boy was climbing over the train when this accident occurred.

- Struck By Train: Last Thursday, about five o’clock, John BROWN, employed on the I.C. section, was struck by the southbound passenger engine and thrown at least 20 feet. A freight train going north was passing the section men and Mr. BROWN could not hear the danger warnings of the approaching passenger train. He saw the engine just before it struck him and he jumped and was struck while he was in the air, the pilot of the engine caught his left arm, and he was thus saved from instant death. Mr. BROWN was pretty badly bruised and his arm is very sore and is glad he is alive and able to be up and around.

- Isham LANSFORD: Was born Jan. 22, 1854, and died at his home north of Kinmundy, Sept. 9, 1908, aged 54 years, 8 months, and 18 days. When he was quite young his mother died and he lived for awhile with his uncle Samuel JONES and family of Foster. He also made his home with Samuel HOLT and family for seven years. On Oct. 13, 1881, he was married to Miss Fanny CONANT. To this union five children were born, four of whom have preceded their father to the spirit world. His health began to fail him about a year ago and for several weeks and even months he loved ones realized that he was not long for this world and on the 9th of Sept., his deathless spirit took it’s flight. Mr. LANSFORD was a good citizen, a good neighbor, a kind husband and father. After religious services conducted at this late residence by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE on last Thursday, he was tenderly laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, one daughter, two brothers, and one sister. May Heaven’s blessings rest upon the bereaved ones and God’s grace sustain them in this hour of deep sorrow.

- Mr. Jerome ADAMS and Miss Lillian TULP were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence TULP in Tonti on Sunday evening, Rev. J.H. BALLANCE performing the ceremony.

- Uncle Jack BLURTON, a pioneer of this vicinity, died at his home in Queen City, Mo., yesterday, aged 91 years. He at an early date cultivated a part of the ground where Kinmundy now stands.

- Mrs. C.S. FUQUA, widow of the late Samuel M. FUQUA of this city, died at her home near Wylliesburg, Va., Monday, Aug. 31st, 1908. She was a former resident of this city, having resided here a number of years and is quite well known by the older citizens among which she has many friends.

- Abraham BUSS, the oldest resident of Patoka, died Tuesday while sitting in a chair. He was a shoe maker and 82 years of age.

- Fred BEISMAN, aged 85 years, of Sandoval, was taken to the Anna asylum Tuesday. He lived alone in a hotel, and was known about town as "Black Hawk".

- Farina News: Lon HANKS and Miss Allie GILLILAND were married in Xenia Wednesday evening and will make their home in Farina.

Sept. 24, 1908:

- Born Oct. 27, 1822: Uncle John GOODE, who has resided the last two years with his daughter, Mrs. P.Q. ZIMMER in this city, and suffered a stroke of paralysis five weeks ago, died last Sunday and the body taken to Neoga to the home, on Monday where services were held after which interment was made. Mr. GOODE was born Oct. 27, 1822, and was an active man and for years engaged in the livestock business. At one time, he was a expansive land owner in the district, but he met with adversities and lost most of his possessions. During his residency in this city, his acquaintances here were most extensive. The body was accompanied to Neoga by ________ and Mrs. ZIMMER, and two daughters, Mrs. Alice BLAND, of ______, and Mrs. Nan HARTE of Texas.

- A Close Call: Last Saturday afternoon Al HANKS and wife narrowly escaped instant death while in this city. They were driving two young horses to a buggy and when going over the railroad at the CRAIG crossing, their team became frightened at No. 1, the approaching vestibule train and the horses turned and started south on the track in front of the train. The engineer applied the air and the train was stopped almost instantly and by this time the team and left the main track and was over on the "house track" where the occupants were thrown from the buggy and the vehicle torn ti pieces. The team did not get away from Mr. HANKS even though he was unable to control them. Mr. and Mrs. HANKS were bruised considerably, but fortunately neither was seriously hurt, but badly scared and it is a miracle how they both escaped death. The CRAIG crossing is a very dangerous one and the high banks on both sides of the tracks makes it impossible to see an approaching train till a person is almost on the track. It is the wonder of everybody that more such accidents do not occur at this place.

- A Pleasant Day: Last Thursday, Sept. 17, 1908, will be long remembered by the relatives of Mrs. Amanda WILKINSON EASTMAN of Tonkawa, Okla., when they gathered to the number of 75 and spent the day at the home of her sister Mr. and Mrs. James COCKRELL and some of those present had not met in many years. After an excellent dinner was served, the photographer, C.L. FOSTER of Kinmundy, arrived and photographed the entire company. Those present were Mrs. EASTMAN of Okla., Mrs. Mary BURK ALLEN, of Parson, Kan., Mrs. Jessie POTTER and two children, of Maple City, Kansas, M.M. CRAIG and wife of Farina, F. WATSON and wife, Geo. WISEHEART, wife and son Paul, and G.W. WILLIAMS and three children of Iola. T.M. SMITH and wife, W.T. WILKINSON, wife and daughter Irene, Vard COCKRELL and wife, Bert COCKRELL, wife, three children, T.M. SPYKER and wife, J.R. TELFORD and wife, Clabe COCKRELL and wife, Ellis WILKINSON and wife. Mrs. Mary E. JACK, Della KAGY, Martha WILLIAMS, Emma CRAIG, Myrtle and Ida KENNEDY, Kate and Della CRAIG, Sadie and Eva SEE, W. ROCK and wife, Stella and Maude WILKINSON, Irene and Hazel SEE, Mary KAGY, Zelia COX, Rena COCKRELL, Helen and Grace CRAIG, Mrs. Coon HOWELL and two sons, Idella KAGY, Margaret LAWWILL, Della WILKINSON, Abbie JONES, Elizabeth MARTIN, Kate BOYCE, Mrs. M.J. BOONE, Mrs. Maggie SCULLEY, Thos. POTTER, J.E. WILKINSON, Harry CRAIG, Jack ALLEN, M.H. and Otis SEE, Jay CRAIG, Edwin HOWELL, Raleigh C. COCKRELL, J.E. and Floyd CRAIG, Donald and Harley HOWELL.

- The Farina Express: A double wedding occurred at the home of Hobert PARRILL and wife in Meacham twp., Sunday evening the contracting parties being their daughter, Miss Agnes and William E. LEE, and their son, Ellis G. PARRILL and Miss Lena M. MILLER.

- The Farina Express: The Hardware store of Nirider and Lacey was entered Tuesday night and about $50 worth of knives and guns taken. The blood hounds were secured from St. Elmo and the trail taken to Kinmundy, where two or three houses were searched by no property found.

Oct. 1, 1908:

- BRYAN-STEVENSON: A meeting of the democrats of the Kinmundy township, will be held at the headquarters over C.B. ROHRBOUGH’s store tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 for the purpose of organizing a BRYAN-STEVENSON Club. All interested are requested to be present and assist in the organization of the Club and prepare for a big rally to be held in the near future.

- O.N. TYNER is building a new one-story brick business room on the lot he recently purchased of Mrs. Dora BRENNER opposite the Company Store. The room will be used by himself for the piano and organ business.

- Mrs. Anna SKINNER and little son of Bloomington are visiting here with her uncle, J.T. SEXTON and family.

- Miss Savilla SANDS, aged 17 years, who was employed at the S.C. DAY home in Salem, committed suicide Tuesday Sept. 22, by drinking a quantity of carbolic acid. No cause is given.

Oct. 8, 1908:

- A Birthday Dinner: Last Sunday was the 77th birthday of Mrs. Jane GARNER of this city, and in order to make the day a memorial event in her life her children and relatives gathered at her home and spent a very enjoyable day and at the noon hour a grand feast was enjoyed by all. Mrs. GARNER is one of the oldest inhabitants of Kinmundy and is highly esteemed by everybody. Her life has been an open book and her good deeds for others number in the thousands.

- ROBB-BALLANCE: On Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1908, Eli ROBB and Miss Josie BALLANCE prominent young people residing near this city, drove to Vandalia and were united in marriage by Rev. Naaman BASCOM at his home. They were accompanied by Thurman ROBB and Miss Rena JONES. Upon their return home that evening, a wedding dinner was served to a few relatives at the bride’s home. The bride is the youngest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J.H. BALLANCE, and is held in high esteem by her many friends in this city. The groom is a prosperous young farmer and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. ROBB residing northwest of this city. They will commence housekeeping next week on the Guy ARNOLD farm nine miles west of Kinmundy, where they will be at home to their many friends.

- WHITAKER-PARKER: The marriage of Miss Ella R. PARKER and Mr. Jesse L. WHITAKER took place on Saturday, the ceremony being performed at the home of the bride by Rev. Dean Walter SUMNER of the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, of Chicago. As the family of the bride are in mourning, the arrangements were all very simple, the bride being attended only by her sister, Mrs. Howard HALL, as matron of honor, and Mr. James McINTYRE serving the groom as best man. The bride was gowned in white satin, simply designed and trimmed with lace, the tulle veil being held in place with a coronet of lillies of the valley. She carried a shower of the same blossoms. Mrs. HALL, who was before her marriage, Miss Jean PARKER, wore her own bridal robe and carried white roses. After receiving the congratulations of the assembled relatives, the bride and groom left for Asheville, N.D., where they will spend their honeymoon. Upon their return they will be at home to friends in Chicago. - St. Louis Globe Democrat., Sunday Oct. 4, 1908. (The groom, Jesse L. WHITAKER, is a Kinmundy boy, a son of Mrs. A.E.W. PRUETT, and spent his boyhood in this city, where he graduated from the high school. He then attended school at Carbondale and alter entered the State University at Champaign. He has been in Chicago for the past ten years and at present is one of the firm of Haskell-Reid Leather Co., of that city which is doing an excellent business. His genteel and courteous manner has won for him many friends in this city who extend congratulations.)

- In Memoriam: Amelia Malissa HERRICK, was born in Grand Detour, Ogle Co., Ill., Dec. 31, 1843, the only daughter born to George Leonard HERRICK and his wife, Julia MUZZEY HERRICK. She removed with her parents to Dixon, Ill. in early childhood and spent her maidhood in that city. She was married to Albert A. VANGIESON, Dec. 31, 1863. To this union, three children were born, Geo. L., Julia H., and Myrtle M., two of whom preceded her to the spirit land. In 1890 the family located in Kinmundy, Ill., where her father and mother passed away. Amelia HERRICK and Geo. W. RUTHERFORD were united in marriage at Kinmundy, April 4, 1900. Ill Health came to her about six years ago. She was a constant by patient sufferer until death released her at her home "Sunny Cottage", Kinmundy, Ill. At 4:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1st, 1908. She leaves her husband, her daughter, Mrs. J.B. MINOR, and four grandchildren to mourn their loss. An impressive funeral service was held at the home of the deceased at 2 p.m. Oct. 2, and she was laid to rest beside her father, mother, and brother in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. James E. HOWELL of Ploesti, Roumania, announce the birth of their son, James Francis, on Tuesday, Aug. the 25th.

Oct. 15, 1908:

- A Quiet Wedding: Marion SHAFER and Miss Mary KAGY of Meacham were married at the M.E. parsonage Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1908, at 1:00 p.m., Rev. J.B. CUMMINS performing the ceremony in a very impressive manner. The bride’s mother, brother, and cousin. Mrs. Floyd ROCKHOLD of Colo., and the groom’s sister Ruby, were in the wedding party. About 60 neighbors and friends charivaried the newly wedded couple at their home in Meacham on Tuesday evening. The crowd was nicely treated to cigars, lemonade and cake.

- An Aged Lady Burned: On Monday just before noon, "Aunt Merniva" HOWELL, residing in the west part of this city, met with a very painful and serious accident. She was engaged in preparing the noon day meal and in some way her apron caught on fire and while attempting to extinguish the flames with her hands, the other clothing caught and she was severely burned about the head, face, breast, and hands. Mrs. HOWELL finally extinguished the flames by throwing water upon herself, but she was unable to do so before she was badly burned. She is very old to suffer such an ordeal as this, but it is hoped by all that her injuries may not prove fatal.

- Surprised: Friday evening while Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, wife and daughter, Mrs. MALONE, were sitting quietly at home, quite a large number of the good people of Kinmundy came in a body, all unexpected by the occupants of the manse, bringing presents in the form of fruits, groceries and provision, cash and other useful articles, with smiling faces and expressions of good will and fraternal co-operation with the pastor in his work for the people. Short talks were made by Rev. and Mrs. J.B. CUMMINS and the pastor when a song was sung and prayer offered by the pastor of the M.E. Church. Then a pleasant social hour was spent, after which all departed leaving many pleasant memories to cheer theses workers who now begin their second year in Kinmundy. Mr. and Mrs. RITCHEY desire that we express their hearty thanks for these manifest token of the good will of all who in any way sided in these expressions.

- Next week is the event of the year - Kinmundy’s first Chautauqua. Oct. 20 - 25.

- Helen Marie, two months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HARPER, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 14, at 11:30 p.m. The funeral service was held at the family residence this afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS.

- Mr. and Mrs. C.J. QUICK returned to their home in St. Louis, Monday, after an extended visit here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. HILLER and family.

Oct. 22, 1908:

- Miss Georgiana WEST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo W. WEST of Tampico, Mexico, and Mr. Geo. Whitside ALLEN, of the same city, were married in the Methodist Church at Eagle Pass, Tex., on Wed., Sept. 23, 1908, Rev. J.W. NELSON. They will make their home in Tampico, Mexico.

- WANTLAND-DAVIS: Mr. Charles WANTLAND, a prosperous young farmer residing southeast of this city, and Miss Maggie DAVIS, only daughter of Sam’l DAVIS, residing near Omega, were married Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the reception room of the Catholic church in this city, Rev. Father Joseph VOLL of Salem performing the ceremony. They will make their home with her father.

- Large Barn Burned: Early last Friday morning the barn and contents on the farm of Thomas S. LACEY in Meacham twp. about six miles northeast of this city was completely destroyed by fire, the origin of the fire being unknown. The barn contained one spring colt, about ten tons of hay, a quantity of oats and corn, harness, etc. It was only by hard work of the crowd assembled that other outbuildings were saved and in this way the residence was not destroyed. The burned property was insured in the Kinmundy Twp. Mutual Fire Insurance Co., but for only about 1/3 of it’s value. The origin of the fire is a mystery to Mr. LACEY, as he is not known to have an enemy in the world, and he is a man that is highly respected by everybody.

- E.G. FORD of Alma was here yesterday on business and called at this office and left an order for printed stationery.

- Last Saturday morning a large crowd of our citizen gathered at the I.C. depot to see Adlai E. STEVENSON who was enroute from Centralia to Effingham.

- John HAMMERS and wife of Chicago, arrived in this city Saturday morning to spend their vacation with his parents, J.W. HAMMERS and family.

Oct. 29, 1908:

- GORDON-CRAIG: Mr. Charles W. GORDON and Miss Edith Edna CRAIG, both prominent young people of Omega township were united in marriage last Saturday evening at the Presbyterian Parsonage in this city, Rev. J.W. RITCHEY officiating. The happy young couple will reside in Omega twp. where they will have hosts of friends.

- Joined U.S. Army: John N. MAXWELL, son of W.A. MAXWELL, of Kinmundy, enlisted at the U.S. Army Recruiting at 918 Main St., Mt. Vernon, Ill. The 16th, for Coast Artillery branch of the service. Mr. MAXWELL passed an excellent physical examination and was forwarded to Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, where he will be instructed in the duties of a solider prior to being assigned to the organization for which he enlisted.

- Elizabeth Pauline QUICK, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. QUICK, died Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. QUICK, before her marriage, was Miss HILLER.

- A new son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank HUMPHREY on Monday.

- A new daughter, Helen Alice, arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Franklin MAGILL at Maplewood, Mo., on Tuesday Oct. 20, 1908. Mrs. MAGILL was formerly Miss Edith DeVORE of this city.

- For Sale: 3 Thoroughbred Hereford male calves, E.G. FORD, Alma, Ill.

- Mrs. C.L. EBNOTHER returned to her home in Downs, Kansas Saturday morning after a visit here with her father, W.A. SHRIVER and family.

Nov. 5, 1908:

- A Darling Child: We are sad to announce the death of little Wesley Lansford ATKINS, the precious son of Richard and Lizzie ATKINS, of just a little more than two summers, who died on the morning of Oct. 30, 1908, after several hours of great suffering. Medical skill did all it could, also loved ones did all within their power to relieve the suffering of this dear little one, but all could not avail. The angel kissed his life away and he is now in that beautiful home on high where sickness suffering and death are unknown. The death of this dear little boy has brought deep sorrow to the found parents and cast a gloom over the community. His little chair will be vacant his little toys will ever remind loved ones of the happiness, joy and sunshine he brought to their lives and home. After a brief funeral service on Friday afternoon, which was attended by many of the friends and neighbors, the remains were conveyed to Sandy Branch and lovingly and tenderly lain to rest in the silent grave until the resurrection morn.

- The Farina Express: Word was received here Monday evening of the death of Dr. M.E. KEPNER in LaClede. Funeral services were held yesterday morning.

- The Farina Express: The residence of Peter SWITZER was burned to the ground Sunday morning, but nearly all the household goods were saved. The fire was so well under headway when the fire engine arrived, that the house could not be saved.

- D.H. HANNA will sell at public sale his stock, farm machinery, household and kitchen furniture, and other articles at the GEE farm, 2 miles southwest of Kinmundy on next Wednesday. He is going to move to Popular Bluff, Mo.

- Wm. B. ROSS has purchased the Newstand of Miss Margaret WILLIAMS.

- W.S. FOSTER and wife of Granite City spent Saturday and Sunday here with his brother, C.L. FOSTER and wife.

- Frank HOWELL, the 17 year old son of Mrs. Mattie HOWELL, died at his home in St. Louis last Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock after an illness of about three weeks. His body was taken to Flora Saturday where funeral services were held and interment made in the cemetery at that place. Frank is quite well known here having spent a part of his time with his uncle, T.M. SMITH, and has many friends who mourn his early demise.

- Albert ADAMS and wife of Minneapolis, Kansas, who have been visiting here with her mother, Mrs. Joseph CRAIG, left Tuesday for Iowa to spend a few days with relatives before returning home.

Nov. 12, 1908:

- BROOM-SCHERMERHORN: At the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN on College Ave., Ridgefarm, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 8th, at 2:00 o’clock p.m., occurred the marriage of their charming daughter, Nellie Belle, to Mr. John A. BROOM, of Alma, Ill. To the strains of a wedding march played by Miss Grace WATSON, the young couple descended the stairs into the front parlor, preceded by Miss Ruth PULLEN, of Alma, and Mr. Jesse BROOM, brother of the groom of Kinmundy. The ceremony was said by Rev. Frank M. HARRY, of the First M.E. church at Ridgefarm. After congratulations the guests were invited to the dining room which was beautifully decorated with white chrysanthemums, and where a sumptuous repast was served. Covers were laid for eighteen, and the dinner favors were large white chrysanthemums. Those present were Misses Stella and Gertrude BROOM, of Mason, sisters of the groom; Miss Ruth PULLEN of Alma; Mrs. Minnie KOSS of Weltion, sister of the groom; Jesse BROOM, of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. E.M. SCHERMERHORN and daughter Irene, Rev. and Mrs. Frank M. HARRY and daughter Lois, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN and daughters, Misses Grace and Ruby. The bride was attired in an exquisite dress of white lace over white silk, and the bridesmaid was gowned in beautiful pink silk and lace. The groom and groomsman were faultlessly attired in black. The happy young couple were plentiful showered with rice as they departed on a honeymoon trip to New Orleans. On their return they will be tendered a reception at the home of the groom’s parents, and after December 1st will be at home to their friends at Alma. The best wishes of a host of friends will follow this promising young couple to their new home.

- CORE-MORRIS: A pretty home wedding occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel MORRIS of North Fork on Thursday evening, Oct. 29, the contracting parties being their daughter, Miss Stella, to Mr. James CORE. A large number of invited guests were present. After the ceremony which was performed by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, a bountiful repast was served. They departed for their new home near Thebes, where the groom has a farm of 80 acres.

Nov. 19, 1908:

- BROWN-KLINE: A quiet and beautiful wedding took place on last Tuesday evening at seven o’clock at the M.E. parsonage when Mr. William A. BROWN of Salem and Miss Carrie KLINE of near Kinmundy, were united in holy wedlock. A beautiful and impressive ceremony was said by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS of this city in the presence of a few invited guests. The bride was attired in a beautiful suit of brown while the groom wore the conventual black. The young couple departed the same evening for St. Louis, accompanied by the best wishes of their many friends.

- Wm. ROONEY Shoots His Cousin, Patrick ROONEY; Then Takes his own life with a shot gun; Pat ROONEY in Hospital and will Recover: Yesterday morning about nine o’clock, Wm. ROONEY left this city with a shot gun on his shoulder and a pocket filled with shells for the purpose of shooting a few quails, so he said. He walked west near the Gunn Grove when he turned south going through the Charlton pasture and over the I.C.R.R. land until he reached the pumping station. Pat ROONEY, the day pumper, and a cousin to Wm. ROONEY, was in the pump house and was standing on a ladder cleaning the flues. Pat heard a noise at the door and looked down and at this instant two shots from a shot gun were heard, and Pat saw Will standing in the door. After firing the gun he run to the railroad track and started toward town. Pat climbed down off the ladder, shut down the pump, pulled fire, washed and started to town, walking in the private road along the west side of the I.C. right-of-way. When thirty rail lengths south of the signal tower, Pat found the section men at work and he being unable to speak pointed to Wm. ROONEY, who was a few hundred feet ahead walking on the track. The section men brought Pat to town on the handcar and he walked to the office of Drs. CAMERER and SONGER, where his wound was examined and the doctors thought it best to take him to Effingham to the hospital of surgical treatment. When Wm. ROONEY saw Pat on the handcar, he started to run and when he reached the wagon road he turned to the east and went over south of the school house where he was found in a few minutes lying by the side of the road. Upon examination it was discovered that he had taken off his shoes, placed the shot gun to his left side and pulled the trigger with his toe. After he was found, he breathed a few times but never spoke a word. He was taken to the undertaking rooms of J.H. NELMS and Deputy Coroner GEROULD of Centralia, arrived about two o’clock and held the inquest. The verdict of the jury was suicide. There was no eye witness to the deed, but one or two persons saw him fall after the report of the gun was heard. The funeral was held at the Catholic church today at 2 o’clock. Pat ROONEY, the wounded man, was taken to Effingham yesterday morning on No. 24, accompanied by Dr. CAMERER. About 2 o’clock he walked into the operating room at the hospital and seated himself on the table. The doctors stated that he had the most nerve of anyone that ever visited the hospital. The contents of the shot gun had struck him on the right side of the chin and the chin and the lower jaw bone were completely torn away. A few shot struck in the right shoulder, but this part of the wound is a scratch compared with the face. He stood the operation fine and the doctors all say that he will recover, but the lower part of his face will be badly disfigured. The wonder is how he escaped instant death, as the muzzle of the shot gun was not more than six or eight feet from his head when it was fired. ________ marked that he would bring his game all back in one piece. Wm. ROONEY was 52 years of age; he has been in the hospital for the insane at Anna at various times, and he was considered by many as a dangerous man, and yesterday he proved himself to be so. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad hour.

- Frankie Mable TAYLOR: After weeks of suffering with consumption peacefully passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 1908 at the home of her brother-in-law, Chas. JOHNSON and wife, residing west of Kinmundy. She was born Jan. 3, 19___, and when only a small child her father died and later in life her mother died leaving her an orphan. She was a member of the Latter Day Saints church, having united with the church lat May. Mable was a good girl, loved by all who knew her, and will be missed so much by her friends and loved ones. Just as she was entering young woman hood she was stricken by the ruthless hand of death. She dwells with us on earth no more but has just crossed over the river and is now at Home. The funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE and the body laid to rest in Eastland cemetery.

- The sad news was received her Sunday night that the Angel of Death had entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. WHITLOCK, in Barton, N.D., on Saturday evening at eight o’clock, and take from them their darling little daughter, Frances Elane, after a two week’s illness of pneumonia. The mother was formerly Miss Anna SEXTON of this city. The fond parents have the sympathy of their many friends in this their deep bereavement.

- C.E. BOGART of Cincinnati is visiting in this city with his sister, Mrs. E.G. MENDENHALL.

- Wm. MALONE left Saturday for Vinita, Okla., where he will engage in the newspaper business. Mrs. MALONE remained here to visit her parents, Rev. and Mrs. J.W. RITCHEY, a few days.

Nov. 26, 1908:

- Clara HERRICK, a Christian Practitioner, who lived at 1131 _____ St. (Indianapolis, Ind.), fell down the elevator shaft at the Indiana Pythian Building to her death yesterday afternoon. Miss HERRICK, who resided with her mother, Mrs. Sarah HERRICK, had lived in Indianapolis 8 years. As a Christian Science practitioner for a year and a half, she had office with Miss Ollie ALLISON in the K. of P. building in Indianapolis. Her brother is George E. HERRICK. Miss HERRICK was quite well known in this city where she grew to womanhood, and the community was greatly shocked upon learning the news of her terrible death. (*)

- The Farina Express: N.L. GANT is quite sick this week.

- Frances Elaine, daughter of Francis Waine and Sarah Anna WHITLOCK, was born near Dix, Ill., Sept. 28, 1907. There she spent the first ten months of her little life, where she was loved by all. At the age of ten months she moved with her parents to Barton, N.D., where she won the hears of all she met. Her sufferings were brief and endured with so much patience, she being sick ten days with dysentery from which, however, she was recovering when she contracted pneumonia which crushed her little life in two short days. She left this world Saturday evening Nov. 14, 1908, age 1 years, 1 month and 17 days. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church at Willow City, N.D., on Monday afternoon Nov. 16, conducted by the pastor, Rev. RHEINHART, and she was laid to rest in Willow City cemetery. (*)

Dec. 3, 1908:

- Harold GARRETT; Harold, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William GARRETT, was born Sept. 9, 1907, died Nov. 25, 1908. Little Harold had not been well for some time, in fact, he had been afflicted nearly all of his short life, and now while the fond parents are so lonely and sad without him, he lives in the Paradise of God, where afflictions are unknown, and where death cannot come. Religious services were held at the family residence after which this dear little body was laid to rest in the family cemetery.

- Accidentally Shot: Last Thursday, Elmer ROBINETT and two other gentlemen, of Centralia, went hunting and after walking for some time, two of the crowd sat down on the ground to rest and in a few minutes the third party walked up and dropped his gun on the ground and it accidently discharged and the load struck Mr. ROBINETT in the knee. The wounded man died from the loss of blood before medical assistance could teach him, as he was five miles from Centralia when the accident happened. The funeral was held Sunday and was attended by his uncle, N.J. ROBINETT, wife and son, Pleasant, of this city.

- Dr. Hugo MILLER has purchased a new autobuggy, the first vehicle of it’s kind to be owned in Kinmundy. The Dr. has not ventured very far from home yet, but will be ready to go anywhere in a few days.

Dec. 10, 1908:

- Fatally Burned: Lillian Amelia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL, was fatally burned at their home near Alma on Thursday, Dec. 3, 1908, aged 2 years and 25 days. Her short life was all sunshine as she was of a bright sunny disposition and she was the light of the home. The Angel of Death has taken this household pet, the only child, and all their sunshine has grown strangely dark, yet with blinding tears they can look up into the face of their Heavenly Father and say God’s will be done. Mrs. COLLINS and daughter of Vandalia, mother and sister of the weeping ones, were with them to comfort them as only a kind mother and an affectionate sister can. The funeral services were held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the family residence, conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, after which interment was made in the Sandy Branch Cemetery. Special mention is made of the Alma choir for their assistance by furnishing such beautiful musical selections.

- Farina Express: Felix BOCZKIEWICZ and family were at Lone Grove Tuesday attending the funeral of his mother.

- Advertisement: Thankful we are for the very large amount of poultry we received the last few weeks. You know when people come 15 miles with poultry to sell to us, as some have recently done, it might pay you to investigate the Reason for this is we pay the highest market prices for all kinds of produce, and therefore all thrifty farmers who have any to sell, all Things taken in consideration, should do as their neighbors do, take them to E.E. McCOLM & Co. Brubaker, Ill.

- A telegram was received here Monday from Benton, Mo., announcing the death of John JOLIFF, a former resident of this place.

- Mrs. Harriett DeVORE returned home Saturday night from Maplewood, Mo., where she had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. John McGILL. She reports her improved in health.

- Dr. CAMERER reports the arrival of a new girl at the home of Frank JONES and wife, west of town.

- Earl SEE and wife of Fairview, arrived in this city Saturday morning and are visiting south of town with his parents, Chas. SEE and family.

Dec. 17, 1908:

- Quiet Wedding: Sunday evening at 6 o’clock at the M.E. parsonage occurred the marriage of Mr. John A. HOLT and Miss Maud M. DAVIS, the Rev. J.B. ____ officiating. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel HOLT, residing six miles northwest of this city, and is one of the most prosperous farmers of his neighborhood. He is known by everyone and is highly esteemed by all. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. DAVIS of this city, is well and favorable known by everybody. For many months she has been employed in her father’s store, and has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, all of whom regard her one of the most sociable and refined young ladies of Kinmundy. After the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. HOLT went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.R. HASELDEN where they spent the evening with a few young friends, after which they drove to his home on his farm, where they will reside. The Express joins their many friends in extending congratulations.

- The marriage of Mr. Frank B. CUNNINGHAM and Miss Mattie MIDDLETON took place on Monday, Dec. 14 at 6 o’clock at the bride’s home, 1022 St. Clair Ave., E. St. Louis, Ill. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. MIDDLETON, formerly of this city, and she has many friends here who extend congratulations. The groom is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. F.C. CUNNINGHAM, of Kansas City, Mo. The marriage ceremony was solemnized by Rev. George E. McCUMMAN, of Carbondale, where the bride attended Normal School. The wedding was a very quiet home affair with relatives from neither side except Mr. and Mrs. H.G. WHITSON, sister and brother-in-law of the bride, and Mrs. I.E. BROKAW, aged grandmother of the bride, who makes her home with the family. After the ceremony a wedding supper was served and the bride and groom left for a short wedding trip. The bride wore a French gown of cream satin and carried white carnations. The groom was dressed in black.

- PALMER-HEATON: On Sunday, Dec. 13, occurred a pretty wedding at the beautiful country home of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. PALMER, residing northwest of Tonti, when their daughter, Miss Edith was united in marriage with Mr. Henry HINES, Rev. J.H. BALLANCE performing the ceremony. The bride and groom are popular young people of Tonti, and are starting out in life with a bright future before them, and have a large circle of friends who wish them unbounded happiness. A bountiful repast prepared for the occasion was enjoyed by all present.

- On last Sunday the 40 acre peach orchard of G.N. HEATON was burned over and we are informed it was only by hard work of the neighbors that Mr. HEATON’s barn and other outbuildings were saved. Just how the fire originated we are not informed, but the loss to Mr. HEATON is quite extensive.

- On Monday fire burned over a part of the farms of Dr. J.D. CAMERER, D.T. SCHOOLEY, Joseph KLINE and Mrs. Mary PRICKETT, a mile and a half south of this city. No particular damage was done except on the SCHOOLEY farm where three racks of hay and some fence were burned. At this place the barn was also damaged and it was only by heroic efforts the flames were put out before going through the orchard.

- The Farina Express: F.C. BULLINGTON, wife and 2 children, of Albuquerque, N. Mex., arrived Monday afternoon bringing their little child here for interment, the funeral being held at the home of W.W. WILLIAMSON Tuesday at 1:30 o’clock.

Dec. 24, 1908:

- Georgia HEATON MAIZE: Mrs. George HEATON MAIZE was born July 14, 1874, two and one-half miles south of Kinmundy, and departed this life Monday Dec. 14, 1908, after a lingering illness of malarial fever. She resided at the home of her parents until about nine years ago when she was employed in the postoffice at Centralia for two years, when she went to Chicago and was employed as bookkeeper, holding the position five years. She was married to Wm. Rankin MAIZE of Chicago on Nov. 1, 1906, at which place they resided until Sept. 25, 1908, when her health began to fail and she returned to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.N. HEATON, with the hope of regaining her health. Preparations were being made at the time of her death to remove with her husband, who was with her, to Williamsburg, Pa. The funeral services were held at the home of her parents on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10 o’clock a.m. conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, pastor of the M.E. Church in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends and the body was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. The bereaved husband, the aged father and mother, the devoted sisters and brothers have the sympathy of all in this their great loss.

- Liquor Law Violated: Last Friday morning a warrant was sworn out for Josh WOLF for G.H. NAYLOR, charging WOLF with violating Section 1 of Ordinance No. 186 by selling intoxicating liquor within the city limits without first obtaining a license to do so. The case was before Police Magistrate W.G. WILSON, and WOLF entered a plea of "guilty" and a fine of $25 and cost were assessed him, making a total of $27.30. While Mr. WOLF was arranging to give bond, five other complaints were issued against him charging the same offense on different dates. After the last complaints were made and he was arrested the second time the bondsmen surrendered to the court, at WOLF’s request, and he was turned over to city marshal PRUDEN who placed him in the city jail for safe keeping. A guard was placed over him Friday night, but early Saturday morning when the city marshal went to the jail to look after his prisoner, he found he had escaped through the front door by breaking the fastenings. At what hour he escaped it is not known, but Bert HAMMERS, the guard, thinks it was after 6 o’clock Saturday morning. This case was worked up by one G.H. NAYLOR, assisted by Eugene TRENT. The above named gentlemen had been in this city the past two weeks and just how they happened to be here is not generally known, but it is not known why they were here. On Friday evening about six o’clock Eugene TRENT was arrested with a states warrant by Constable HAMMERS, he being charged with carrying concealed weapons, the complaining witness being A.G. PORTER. TRENT gave a bond with C.F. PRUETT as surety for his appearance the next day. At the trial on Saturday States Attorney Wm. D. FARTHING, of Odin, was in attendance, and after hearing the evidence, Justice WILSON assessed a fine of $25 and cost against TRENT, who gave bond for 60 days for the payment of same with Geo. H. NAYLOR, C.F. PRUETT, John MOTCH, and W.W. LOWE as sureties.

- Ben PHILLIPS and family are in Farina today attending the funeral of his father, J.J. PHILLIPS, who died Tuesday morning, after an illness of several months.

- Mrs. Chas. ARNOLD returned home last Friday evening from Effingham where she has been the past few weeks in the hospital. She is very much improved in health.

- Advertisement: L. WILLIAMS Restaurant and Confectionary. Don’t forget the place for Rock Bottom Prices on Christmas Candies, Nuts, Fruits, Etc. We have in operation an up-to-date Hot Soda Urn, Lemonade, Hot Chocolate, Hot Beef Tea, Hot Tomato Bouillon, Hot Tomato Flip. Lithia Water, Coca Cola, Ginger Ale. A fancy line of Bon Bons, home-made candy, etc.

- Chas. HARVEY, late of the state of Washington, visited here over Sunday with his son, Clyde and family. He expects to return to Washington in the spring.

Dec. 31, 1908:

- Big Fire at Alma: On Monday afternoon about three o’clock, fire was discovered in the large barn of J.R. CLOW at Alma. The barn contained a large quantity of baled hay, 50 tons belonging to Mr. CLOW, 53 tons to E.G. FORD, and 20 tons to John POWELL. From the barn, the flames soon spread to the CLOW business block and in a few minutes these buildings were in flames. The wind was from the southwest and the fire soon crossed the street and consumed six business houses and a portion of the contents. The telephones were but in immediate use and the Kinmundy Fire Dept. responded to the call and in about thirty or forty minutes after the call for help was received, the engine was in Alma. When the fire company arrived the flames had reached the business house of C.M. SEE & Co., and by hard work the fire spread no farther. By the use of the engine the Baptist church, the Tomlinson Hotel, the Henry YOST meat market and probably several other buildings were saved. If the engine had been on the scene at the beginning the fire could have been confined to the barn where the fire originated. The value of buildings and contents are as follows:

J.R. CLOW, barn and contents, $3,500; insurance $1,600. Store buildings $5,500; insured for about half their value.

J.W. BROOM, stock of merchandise, estimated value $7000; insurance $3000.

Mrs. Jennie DEAN, restaurant stock, value $1000, insurance $400.

E.G. FORD, 53 tons of hay, no insurance.

John POWELL, 20 tons of hay, no insurance.

Citizens Bank, building and fixtures, value $1730; insurance, $400.

I.O.O.F. Lodge room and contents, value $800; insurance $300.

C.D. TOMLINSON, two business rooms, loss $500, insurance, $300.

Roy GREGORY, restaurant stock, value $400, insurance, $250.

C.M. SEE & Co., store building and stock of merchandise, value $8500; insurance, $2500.

BEECH & FULLER Basket Co., fruit packages, loss $4000, no insurance.

J.W. WALKER, harness shop, contents nearly all saved.

B.G. PULLEN, building and contents, hardware and groceries, value $4500; insurance $1100.

H. CLARK, store building, loss $2000, insurance $800.

In many of these stock of merchandise, a large quantity of the goods were saved, but badly damaged in removing them from the buildings. This fire leaves only one general store in the village of Alma, and the loss is great for a town of that size.

- Wm. A. SHRIVER: Wm. A. SHRIVER, an old resident of Marion County, died at his home in this city this morning at 12:35, after suffering for several months with a cancer of the ear, at the age of 84 years, 11 months, and 22 days. Funeral services will be held from the M.E. church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, under the auspices of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M.

- RICHARDSON-BASS: On Thursday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John BASS occurred a pretty wedding when their daughter, Miss Elsie was given in marriage to Mr. Lewis RICHARDSON, Rev. J.H. BALLANCE performing the ceremony. Edd RICHARDSON, brother of the groom, and Miss Belle MULVANEY, acted as best man and bridesmaid. After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served and the evening enjoyed very much by all. Some very beautiful presents were received. On Friday Mr. and Mrs. Jas. RICHARDSON, parents of the groom have a dinner in their honor.

- 5th Wedding Anniversary: The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. James T. BROWN assembled at the beautiful home of Mr. A.W. SONGER to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their marriage on Monday evening Dec. 28, 1908. The bride and groom were at their best receiving the guests and in every way possible trying to see that everyone was enjoying the evening. The house was artistically decorated with red and green. (*)

- SNELLING-COFFMAN: A quiet home wedding occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Albert COFFMAN on last Saturday, Dec. 26th, at high noon, when their daughter, Miss Clara, was united in marriage with Mr. Hallett SNELLING. A beautiful wedding march by Mendelssohn was rendered by Miss Bertha STEUBER. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, pastor of the M.E. church. Mr. SNELLING is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. SNELLING, having been reared here, he is well and favorably known. He now resides in Ensley, Alabama, where he is prosperous in his chosen profession which is that of a draughtsman. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert COFFMAN and has always lived in this city where she has a host of friends. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a bounteous wedding dinner was served which was highly enjoyed by all present. The young couple took their departure on the 11:30 p.m. train for their future home in Alabama, accompanied by the best wishes of their many friends.

- Chas. E. HOSKINSON of Odin, and Miss Martha CARMAN of this city, were married in St. Louis Thursday, Dec. 24th. The many friends of the bride in the city extend congratulations.

- Advertisement: 20 Per Cent discount on all our goods except flour. Commencing Saturday, Jan. 2d, and continuing for 10 days, I will refund to every cash purchaser 20 cents of every dollar’s worth of good bought, nothing reserved but flour. My stock consists of Groceries, Dry Goods, Shoes, Rubber Boots, and shoes, Overalls, Queensware, Ladies and Gents Underwear, and all goods usually carried in a general merchandise stock. Produce taken in exchange for Goods. N.A. RICE.

- A new son arrived of the home of E. WORMLEY and wife Monday afternoon.

- Henry SWAIN, wife, and three children, and Miss Nora SWAIN of St. Louis, and Sherman SWAIN and wife of Odin, spent Christmas here with their parents, Geo. F. SWAIN and family.


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.

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