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"The Kinmundy Express" - Kinmundy, Illinois

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Jan. 4, 1912

- A Terrible Explosion: Charles BLAIR, known as "Johnny on the spot" together with a team, wagon and improvised building were blown to the four corners of the earth Wednesday noon by spontaneous combustion of 280 quarts of nitroglycerine which occurred near Sandoval while Blair was transferring the liquid from magazines to a wagon prepatory to haul to Carlyle. The shock was felt and report heard by citizens in Sandoval, Centralia, Odin, Fairman and even Salem. In the business section of Sandoval windows were blown from three buildings - Meyers Millinery, First National Bank, and Purnell & Co.’s Restaurant. Near the south end of town however, houses were jarred as if by earthquake and a large number of windows shattered. How the catastrophe occurred will ever remain a mystery. It is hardly possible that the explosion took place after the stuff had been placed in the wagon as the vehicle was sufficiently equipped with springs to prevent any chance of mishap. Only parts of BLAIR’s body were recovered. The tin roof of the building was found a half mile from the scene of disaster. The horses were blown some distance and badly mutilated. Where the building stood was a large hole several yards across and five feet deep. An assertion was made by a man of great experience in handling the deadly explosive, that had the accident occurred a few days earlier, when there were 1500 quarts of the liquid in the magazine, Sandoval would have been wiped into oblivion. Blair was a young man thirty years of age and is survived by a wife and children. He came from Warren, Ind. some years ago and at the time of his death was in the employ of the Illinois Torpedo Company. An inquest was held Wednesday afternoon by Coroner FOSTER and the verdict stated the man had accidently met his death by the premature explosion of nitroglycerine, cause of which was not to be ascertained. The fragments of the body were prepared for burial by Undertaker Ruddick and shipped to Oakland City, Ind. For funeral services and interment. (Sandoval Independent)

- Charles T. WADE of Farina was in the city Friday evening greeting his many friends and attending the Rebekah taffy pulling. He is being urged by his Republican friends to enter the race as candidate for the nomination of Representative in his district. (* - partial article)

- Geo. W. WHITE was called to Christopher Tuesday by message announcing a mine explosion in which his brother, Sam, was seriously injured and his son William was burned.

- James A. MAHON, of Chicago, died in the North Chicago Hospital Monday Dec. 25, 1911 at 5:30 p.m. after a severe affliction of the throat of two year’s duration following a surgical operation performed ten weeks before. Deceased was born in Boston, Mass., February 9, 1850, and was therefore aged 61 years, 10 months, 15 days at the time of his death. When quite young he moved with his parents to St. Louis, where his mother died a few years later, and from whence he came with his father, two brothers and a sister to Kinmundy in 1865, locating on a farm a few miles northwest of town. In 1871 they moved into the city and with the exception of one year spent in Boston and Indianapolis, Kinmundy was his home until he moved to Chicago in 1881, to engage in railroad clerical work, which he followed successfully until his enforced retirement two years ago. June 25, 1882, he was married to Miss Sarah LAWSON, also of Kinmundy who survives him, with one sister, Mrs. Cyrus ROBB, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, one half-brother, Joseph P. MAHAN of Chicago, and a host of other relatives and friends who will deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones in their great loss. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Chicago, Thursday afternoon, with the full rites of the Roman Catholic church, the funeral being in charge of the Tribe of Ben Hur, of which he was a worthy member. Peace to his memory.

- Monday afternoon as Mrs. A.J. JOHNSON was walking from a shopping tour in this city to her home north of the M.E. Church, her feet became entangled in some of the loose telephone wires on East Street back of the O.N. TYNER property and she was thrown to the rough, frozen ground. She was semi-conscious for an instant, but got up and proceeded home with her head and face badly cut and bruised and blood flowing quite profusely. This is not the first person who has been tripped with loose wires on the streets and on different occasions horses have been entangled and runaways narrowly averted. Is it possible the city authorities are going to allow this condition to exist until some one is fatally injured or killed and then fight a big damage suit? If the owner of this rubbish will not clear it away the council should find somebody that will.

- Pretty Home Wedding: At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clabe COCKRELL, southeast of this city, on Sunday December 31, 1911, at noon occurred the marriage of their only daughter, Miss Jennie, to Mr. W. Earl MORRIS. The bridal party entered the parlor to the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, played by Mrs. R.D. WOODLEY, and were married with the beautiful ring ceremony performed by Rev. R.D. WOODLEY pastor of the first M.E. Church, to which congregation both young people belong. They were attended by Myron ROSS and Miss Elizabeth SWIFT. The bride is an accomplished and highly esteemed young lady, being musician of unusual talent. She is a graduate of the Kinmundy High School, Class 1911, and has hosts of friends in this city. The groom is the youngest son of William MORRIS, residing northwest of this city, and is especially gifted in music; is a graduate of our city schools and also of business college in St. Louis, and is a young man of excellent character. They left on No. 23 I.C. R.R. for St. Louis to spend a few days when they will return and make their home northwest of this city where the groom is building a beautiful cottage.

- New Officers: The Township Mutual Insurance Company held their annual meeting Tuesday and elected the following officers: President - R.C. ROBB; Secretary - W.H. SHRIVER; Treasurer - C.H. WEST; Directors - S.E. HOWELL, Sam PUFFER, S.M. STOKLEY, C.H. WEST. Directors that hold over are T.C. HARKER, W.S. ROSS, Henry STOCK, Henry MOELLER, Elmer STEVENS, R.C. ROBB, W.H. SHRIVER, Harvey KELCHNER, J.W. GARRETT, Geo. WALTON, Geo. BALLANCE.

- Lillian Vivian Rosetta, only daughter of Truman and Grace SPURLIN, was born February 11, 1911. The dear little life was the sunshine of the home she had come to bless. Two weeks ago the parents saw that she was ailing but thought it nothing serious until last Wednesday when the disease began to advance, until seven o’clock when she quietly closed her eyes in the last sleep. We looked into her face and said "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." A very beautiful service was held at their home Sunday afternoon by Rev. J.H. Ballance and the little body laid to rest in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Benjamin H. CRAIG wrote a letter from the U.S.S. Tennessee, N.Y. as he was in the Navy. (*- partial article)

- James GARRETT, George BARGH, and Frank ROHRBOUGH have returned for their studies at the Champaign University after spending their vacation at home.

- I have some pure bred Hereford Bulls old enough for service for sale. E.G. FORD, Alma, Ill.

- In the marriage licenses issued at Vandalia during Christmas week we notice the names of James HARDIN___, aged 58, and Mrs. Eleanor C. SNELLING, age 52, both of Kinmundy.

- Advertisement: The O.H. PADDOCK Lumber Co.; Phone 110; Kinmundy, Ill.; Paroid Roofing, the roofing with the money back guarantee (* - partial article)

- After observing that all similar business firms are adopting this plan, the cash stores over the country are sapping our trade. Therefore, in order for us to meeting this keen competition, we are compelled to take this step. We take this opportunity of thanking you for past patronage and solicit a continuance of same. We will make your living cheaper. You will find our store headquarters for Quality and Low Prices.; J.W. BROOM, Alma.

- Advertisement: Wanted! Every subscriber of the Kinmundy Express in arrears one or more years on subscription to remit by February 1st, 1912. Are you one of ‘em?

- Advertisement: Grip and Colds Cured at F.J. NIRIDER’s.

- Advertisement: Thanks! We wish to thank our many friends and customers for their liberal patronage and announce that we have decided to move our stock to Farina and add General Merchandise. We expect to open our new store in the Osborn building on Saturday, Jan. 13th, 1912, and will be glad to see you all. D.R. HASELDEN.

January 11, 1912:

- Will GRAMLEY Died of his Injuries: The people of Kinmundy were greatly shocked last Thursday morning, Jan. 4, 1912 by the horrifying announcement that William D. GRAMLEY, residing on the Matthew HUMPHREY farm, three miles south of this city, had been probably fatally injured by the running away of four horse team he was driving to the timber for a load of wood which report proved to be distressingly true. Mr. GRAMLEY was standing on the front bolster of the running gears of the wagon and the ground being frozen and rough, caused the king bolt to bounce out, permitting the axle to tip forward, throwing the driver at the horses’ heels at which they took fright and ran, dragged the helpless man for over a quarter of a mile when one of the horses fell down, stopping a few seconds, enabling Mr. GRAMLEY to extricate himself from his perilous position where the horse got up for another half mile dash without the driver. Though his left limb was broken twice between the knee and thigh, his skull cracked and his body badly torn he dragged himself to within hailing distance of the home of Henry STOCK, where his cries were heard Grandma METZGER, who went to his aid and then summoned other help. W.H. LESEMAN appeared on the scene and placing the wounded man on a wheelbarrow conveyed him to Mr. STOCK’s house. Dr.’s SONGER and CAMERER were immediately called and upon examination they soon found his injuries such that it would be necessary to take him to the hospital for treatment. A conveyance was procured and he was brought to this city and taken to Effingham on the fast afternoon train and placed in St. Anthony’s hospital. He stood the trip fine and after his arrival his wounds were dressed and the fracture reduced the same evening. During the night he suffered untold agony and by Friday morning it was found that he was growing weaker and at 10:30 a.m. he passed away. His internal injuries from being dragged were such that medical or surgical skill could not save him. He was accompanied to Effingham by Mrs. GRAMLEY, Mrs. Frank SCHWARTZ, Mrs. Homer STEVENSON, M.P. GRAMLEY, Frank HENSLEY, and Dr. SONGER. The body was returned to this city Friday evening and was taken to the home of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. M.P. GRAMLEY, where it remained until Sunday when the funeral services were held in the Christian Church at 11 o’clock, conducted by Elder Wm. J. SIMER, after which the body was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery, six sturdy nephews acting as the pall bearers. William D. GRAMLEY was born in Omega Township and was 38 years, 1 month, and 29 days old at the time of his death. His entire life was spent in Marion county where he was well known and dearly loved by all who were blessed with his acquaintance. He was married Nov. 7, 1900 to Miss Elizabeth HUMPHREY, who, with one son, Humphrey, aged 4, four sisters, four brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends, survive to mourn the loss of a loving husband, father, brother, friend and neighbor, cut down in the prime of a noble manhood. Mr. GRAMLEY was for 8 years in business with his brother in Kinmundy and spent five years in Salem. For the last 4 years he has been practically in charge of the HUMPHREY farm. He was a member of the M.W. of A. Will GRAMLEY was a manly man for whose living the world will be better, and for whose sad death it will be lonesome for a long, long time. Peace to his precious memory and condolence to the loved ones left to mourn.

- Advertisement: Going to the Texas Panhandle Tuesday! You will never find a more opportune time to make this delightful trip. We promise to show you the Garden Spot of the great southwest. The place where an investment in land will double in value in a very short time. This Soil is very productive and nature provides sufficient rainfall to make crop failures unknown. No chinch bugs to destroy your crops. J.A. ARNOLD, formerly of Kinmundy, Talks about the Panhandle. Read these notes carefully which were written by your former townsman, J.A. ARNOLD, now Sec. of the Commercial and Business Men’s Association of Texas: Iowa capitalists have purchased 18,000 acres of land near Plainview and are dividing it into 40 acre tracts for small irrigated farms. During the past year approximately 90,000 homeseekers and alien immigrants have entered Texas. Texas has 165,747,000 acres of surface land, of which about 30,000,000 are under cultivation. Texas offers the most wonderful opportunity in the world for satisfactory dividends on the investment of money, muscle and mind. The remarkable production of 200 bushels of sweet potatoes grown on one acre of land was achieved by John DeLeauture of Guymon. The potatoes were large and were marketed at 4 cents a pound or $2 per bushel in making four hundred dollars on the one acre tract. In Texas in the year 1910, the average number of sheep per farm was 200 compared with 65 in the United States at large. In a recent deal at Dalhart, 2000 head of steers were sold for $100,000, the entire lot going to Emporia, Kansas. The largest turkey raised in Texas last year weighed 47 lbs. and was shipped to Boston. A California grape grower has purchased 340 acres of land near Plainview and will devote the entire tract to the culture of grapes. A Crosby county farmer recently shipped to Galveston warehouses a full car of cotton raised on his farm. Uncle Sam has been going thru his rye fields and he finds 2, 436, 000 acres in better condition than in the past 10 years. Wisconsin leads all states in the Union in the area, having 391,000 acres. Texas has 4000 acres of rye and is a very productive crop. Arrangements have been made all over north Texas to concentrate hides and wool in Fort Worth for direct shipment to the tanneries.  Make your plans to accompany us to the Panhandle the next excursion, which will be run on Tuesday, January 16th, and if you do not find the conditions good or better than we tell you, we will cheerfully refund your railroad fare and other necessary expenses. Could you expect a proposition to be more fair? By making this trip you are in no way obligated to buy land. We have some choice lands to offer you at a price that will make you more money than Illinois land, bank stock or bonds. Give your children a chance to make money by investing in a Panhandle while the price is right. Call and see W.B. RUSHING at Dad’s Hotel, Kinmundy.

January 18, 1912

- Mrs. Mary WALKINGTON, who resided with her daughter, Mrs. Fred ALVATER in Alma township, about 7 miles southeast of this city, died last Wednesday morning at the age of 82 years. The funeral service was held at the residence on Thursday, conducted by Elder Wm. J. SIMER, after which interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased was born in England, Oct. 16, 1829, and came with her parents to America when quite young. She was married in 1849 to William WALKINGTON, and resided in Michigan until 1882, when they removed to Alma township with her husband, one son, and one daughter. The surviving children are Charles and George of Greenville, Mich; ______ of Covert, Mich.; Lyman, John _____, Enis Davis and Mrs. Fred Alva____ of this county.

- Mrs. Matilda P. YOUNG, widow of the late Andrew M. YOUNG, died at her home in this city, Monday morning, January 15, 1912 at 4:45 a.m., aged 80 years, 8 months, and 7 days. Mrs. YOUNG had been suffering with rheumatism for some time and was not considered dangerously ill until a few days before her death, although she had been failing rapidly for several months. The funeral service was held from the family residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by Rev. J.W. RITCHEV after which interment was made in the Evergreen cemetery.

- George Ruben NELSON was born in Alma, Illinois, September 19, 1891, and died in Kinmundy at the home of his sister, Mrs. Elmer MALONE, on last Thursday, January 11, 1912, aged 21 years 3 months and 23 days. Ruben was a good boy and grew to manhood in Kinmundy, was very industrious, being employed at the butcher trade until failing health compelled him to seek lighter employment. Under the pastorate of Rev. F.O. FANNON, he was converted about 6 years ago and joined the Christian Church. He was a regular attendance at the Sabbath School and will be greatly missed by the members of his class. The funeral service was held in the above church on Saturday January 13 at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, after which the remains were conveyed to the Martin Cemetery, near Alma, and laid to rest to await the coming of the last great day. The deceased leaves a father James NELSON, 2 sisters, Mrs. Wm. HOLMAN and Mrs. Elmer MALONE, all of this city, who have the sympathy of all in their sad loss.

- Miss Margaret ALLEN, the eldest daughter of Robert and Anna ALLEN, was born near Kinmundy, Ill., Dec. 2, 1861, and died at her home in this city Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1912, aged 50 years, 1 month, and 7 days. She was united in marriage to James W. SANDERS Oct. 30, 1881, and to this union were born 6 children - 4 boys and 2 girls - all of whom survive the mother. Besides these she leaves 2 sisters and 3 brothers, the sisters and youngest brother being in attendance at the last services of their departed sister. Mrs. SANDERS was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a kind and affectionate neighbor, and will be greatly missed in the home and vicinity. She was a sympathetic friend in time of sickness trouble, always ready to administer to the wants of others. Her life has gone out but she will not be forgotten. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, and this Order attended the last sad rites to pay their tribute of respect to the deceased. She was also a loyal member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church and this band of ladies deeply feel the loss of one of their most noble members. The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church on Thursday, January 11, at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, assisted by her pastor, Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, after which the body was laid to rest in beautiful Evergreen Cemetery.

- Chas. SIMER died at his home near Omega last Thursday, of creeping paralysis, after a brief illness. He had been confined to the house a short time and his condition was not considered serious and his death was a great surprise to his own family as well as the many friends and neighbors. Charles was 30 years of age and a farmer always on the hustle and he is a man that will be greatly missed in that community.

- Mrs. A.D. MARTIN of Vandalia, arrived in this city, Tuesday evening to attend the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. A.M. Young.

- Mrs. Emmet YOUNG and son, came down from Chicago in answer to a message announcing the death of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Matilda P. YOUNG.

- Mrs. Wm. CHAPMAN and son, Edwin, of New Orleans, arrived in this city Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Matilda Young.

- Mr. Benjamin F. BENNETT, of Iuka, and Miss Myrtle Perry, of this city, were united in marriage Sunday, January 14, 1912, at the home of the brides parents, Frank Perry and wife, Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, performing the ceremony.

- Miss Nellie HERRICK died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Sarah HERRICK, in Indianapolis, Sat., Jan. 13, 1912, and the funeral services were held at the home on Monday and interment made in that city. She grew to womanhood in this city where the family resided for years.

- William PORTER, aged 20 years residing south of Iuka, was frozen to death Monday night within a mile of his home when it is supposed he lost his way and wandered around in the snow for some time. He had been mentally deranged and it was thought his mind was bothering him the night of his death.

- A letter from Ed HERRICK was printed. He was formerly of this city, but now at Paragould, Ark.

- Farina Express: Miss BENDER of Ohio is visiting in this place with her sister, Mrs. BASSETT.

- Farina Express (from last week) - A year old baby of Haman LACEY’s died Sunday night.

- Advertisement: Well, Well, Well! 1912 Found Us right here on the job with the best stock of lumber, dimension, siding, casing, base, shingles, etc., on hand that we ever had at this time of the year and our only excuse for having it was our strong belief that the people of this community in 1912 are going to try out good, sound home investments in preference to a lot of those far away "Get Rich Quick" schemes that are like the song of the sirens. This lumber we have came from some of the best quality mills in the United States and we are not afraid to put it up against any material in the world for home building - price, quality, durability, and long time satisfaction considered. You’ve got to see it to appreciate it, or come in and we’ll talk over that new home of yours. "There’s no Place Like Home". The O.H. PADDOCK Lumber Co.; Phone 110, Kinmundy, Ill.

- Advertisement: DeLaval! 90 percent of the Creameries in the United States use DeLaval Separators. We have them in all sizes. Geo. P. TOMLINSON.

January 25, 1912:

- Four Railroad Officials Killed at Kinmundy. One I.C. and three Rock Island Men crushed to Death While Asleep in Rock Island Private Car. Four Men in the Car Escape Uninjured. The most Disastrous Collision in History, Considering the Prominence of those killed - Three R.R. Men Hurt: Last Saturday evening, about 5 o’clock a party of railroad officials left Chicago in a Rock Island private car hitched to the rear end of the south bound Illinois Central train No. 25. The party were enroute to Memphis on business of interest to the Rock Island Company. The evening in this car was spent in a social way till about 10 :45, when all the party, except the Negro porter, retired. This train No. 25 is followed by another fast train No. 3, and the difference between their schedule time is only about 30 minutes at this place. Sunday night No. 25 arrived at Kinmundy about 30 minutes late and were on _____ time of the second train. The first train stopped for water at the _______ north of the depot and there they were standing - passengers nearly all asleep and perhaps some of them dreaming of the sunshine south for which they were enroute - this private car was ploughed into by the engine on train No. 3, and the standing train shoved toward a distance of 170 feet. The crash of the collision and the jar was felt and heard for several blocks. Two men, _____ B. RUSHING of Plainview, Tex., and Isaac KOPF, who were stopping at Dad’s Hotel, were just preparing to retire, heard the crash and hastened to the scene and seeing the collision of the affair, and the immediate need for help, sounded the bell. In a few minutes, help had arrived and rescue work had begun. Four of the escaped from the wrecked car without injury - 2 white men and two colored - the last two being the _____ and the porter. The white men, Byron V. CURRY, secretary to the 2nd Vice President of the _______ of Chicago, and Hon. T.S. BUZBEE, Rock Island, ____ for the states of Louisiana and Arkansas with headquarters in Little Rock. These men escaped within a few inches as this huge _____ spent its force and stopped a few inches from where they were both sleeping. These called to their comrades, but _____ came, and the escaping _____ was almost suffocating and ______ the true and terrible condition of 4 members of their party, they found the front door of their crushed car and escaped in their night clothes. Kinmundy citizens soon arrived and the relief and rescue work was began. The engine on the rear train, going about 30 miles an hour, had crushed into the back end of this private car. The 2 outside walls remained in tact and were standing on each side of the boiler where they remained until a pull was made by the engine in trying to pull the wrecked car off No. 3's engine, when one of the two dead men fell from the wreckage to the ground. The roof was covering the engine, but the interior of the car was a mass of bodies, bedding, clothing, and other contents of the car. The railroad men and home people went inside and commenced the search for the dead. One by one the dead officials were removed from the debris. The dead men were: J.T. HARAHAN of Chicago, ex-president of the Illinois Central; F.O. MELCHER, 2nd Vice President of the Rock Island Headquarters at Chicago; Judge E.E. PIERCE of Memphis, the Rock Island, headquarters at Chicago; Judge E.E. PEIRCE of Memphis, the Rock Island Attorney fro the State of Tennessee; E.B. PEARCE, of Chicago, General Solicitor for the Rock Island. Those injured in the crash were: R.J. STEWART, engineer on No. 3, thumb broken, head and face cut and bruised; C.M. VERT, fireman on No. 3, cut on head and ankle broken or dislocated; Jesse GILBERT, fireman on No. 25, was thrown from the top of the tender to the ground and had one hip badly wrenched and otherwise badly bruised. The three wounded men were taken to the waiting room at the depot, where they were given surgical attention by Doctors CAMERER and SONGER. They were taken to the hospital at Champaign on No. 10 a few hours after the wreck. The four dead officials were taken to the undertaking rooms of W.W. NEIL and J.H. NELMS, where they remained till after the arrival of the coroner. The news of the terrible disaster was soon spread over the United States over the telegraph and telephone wires, and the news of the disaster was being heralded over many of the large cities before some of the Kinmundy people knew of it. How such a terrible disaster could occur and not kill and cripple more people is a miracle. One good feature of the unfortunate affair is that the wreckage did not take fire, although it was expected that it would be ablaze every minute. To avoid such a fearful thing the engineer pulled the fire in his engine and every precaution was taken to prevent the burning of the ruins. This wreck adds a page in history of one of the most disastrous railroad collisions that ever occurred. Never before were so many prominent men killed at one time. The Illinois Central wreck train arrived from Centralia a few hours later and the work removing the debris was commenced and the men worked unceasingly until their task was completed, which was some time late Monday night. The Company started a special train from Centralia in charge of General Manager FOLEY, and the special arrived here about half past six. The word was then given out that the three dead officials from Chicago would be taken home on this special, and the body of the Memphis man would leave on train No. 5 at 9 a.m. Deputy Coroner Grant FEATHERING came up from Centralia on the special train and empaneled the following jury: H.O. MEYER, merchant; Richard WATTS, deputy sheriff of the City Court, Clyde STEEN, reporter on the Sentinel, all of Centralia, Geo. W. WHITE, T.M. SMITH and Fred O. GRISSOM, of Kinmundy. The jury, after being sworn in, retired to the Private Car of Mr. FOLEY, where the evidence of T.S. BUZBEE, B.V. CURRY and Isaac KUPF was heard, after which the jury adjourned to re-convene at the Coroner’s office in Centralia at ten o’clock the same morning. After arriving in Centralia the evidence of John H. BRAINARD, the conductor of No. 25 was heard. He testified that No. 3 had to be flagged at Effingham and upon leaving that place, he instructed his flagman to look out for No. 3 at Kinmundy as they were going to stop for water. He said he was standing in the baggage car door when his train stopped and his flagman was then out flagging No. 3 and the engineer recognized the flag with 2 blasts of the whistle. He jumped from the train to the ground before the fatal crash and escaped unhurt. BRAINARD testified the crew on No. 3 certainly knew they were following close to No. 25 as they were out of Effingham 10 minutes apart. The flagman on No. 25, Harry J. BROEKER, was the next witnessed examined. His testimony was about the same as his conductors, and he said he obeyed his orders about flagging No. 3 and he jumped from his train while it was in motion to do the work. He run north some distance swinging the stop signal and he says the engineer answered the signal by 2 blasts of the whistle. He says after alighting he ran as fast as he could till he met the approaching engine which was very close when he first left his train. The other witnesses being sent to Champaign, the jury adjourned until 10 a.m., Friday the 26th, to hear the remainder of the testimony. The Railroad Company, The Railroad and Warehouse Commission, and the public commenced an investigation at Champaign on Tuesday to see to where and to whom lies the blame of this terrible affair. At this time it is impossible to say who is to blame but one thing is certain, the schedule time of these two trains is too close for the safety of the passengers. The I.C. officials ran a special train from Champaign Tuesday night, which followed No. 25 from Edgewood to this city, No. 25 arrived here 8 minutes ahead of the Special Train and the torpedoes, whistling, etc. caused considerable uneasiness among many of our citizens who were aroused by the commotion. It was a test run, but what they were trying to test no one seems to know.  (Picture of the wreck was included)

- Mrs. Matilda P. YOUNG, widow of the late Andrew M. YOUNG, who died at his home in this city June 26, 1909, died in the same home January 15, 1912. She was born in Corrinth, New York, May 8, 1831, and was at the time of her death 80 years, 8 months and 7 days. She was married to A.M. YOUNG July 9, 1854, and to this union was born 3 children; 1 son, who died several years ago, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Wm. CHAPMAN of New Orleans, and Mrs. Frank V. DAVIS of this city, both being present at the funeral. The funeral services were held from the home Wed. afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, pastor of the Presbyterian Church after which the remains were laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery.

- J.N. EMBSER, of Alma township, has purchased the Alma lumber and undertaking business and the L.C. PULLEN residence in Alma, which he expects to occupy in a few weeks. He will have a public sale of livestock and other personal property on or about Feb. 6th. "Rome" is a hustler on the farm and we predict that he will succeed in his new business.

- Omega: Born to Mr. And Mrs. A.A. SOUTHWARD last Monday night a baby girl.

Feb. 1, 1912:

- John W. WILSON was born in Alma township, Marion Co., Ill., on Thursday, Nov. 11, 1852. He resided on the farm, attending school in an old log school house in winter, till 1869 when he came to Kinmundy and entered the public schools, and after a two years course went to Lebanon where he attended McKendree College 2 years. After receiving his education he received the appointment of deputy Sheriff under H.R. HALL and for 2 years he filled this office. About Jan. 1, 1876, he engaged in the grocery business in Kinmundy, later going into the general mercantile business, which he followed for about 30 years. As a businessman Mr. WILSON was a hustler and at one time almost controlled the mercantile business of Kinmundy. Something like 5 years ago, Mr. WILSON disposed of his business and engaged in buying and shipping stock, which he followed several months, then accepting a position as a traveling salesman, which profession he followed until the final call came. On Thursday, May 25, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Della YOUNGKIN, of this city, who, with one brother and 2 sisters survive him. Mr. WILSON had been failing in health for 3 or 4 years, and on different times has been confined to his room, but his late illness was of short duration, lasting only 4 days. He was called to answer the final summons on Friday, Jan. 26, 1912, at 6:30 p.m. at the age of 59 years, 2 months, 15 days. The funeral service was held in the Christian Church, of which he was a loyal member, on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. F.O. FANNON, assisted by Rev. F.A. WOODLEY. The church was crowded with relatives friends and neighbors. The burial service was under the auspices of Kinmundy Lodge, No. 398, A.F. & A.M. of which the deceased was a member.

- Mrs. A. A. SOUTHWARD died at his home in Omega Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock. The funeral service will be held from the Omega Presbyterian Church on Thursday starting at 10 o’clock and interment will be made in the Millican Cemetery.

- Advertisement: Public Sale Continued One Week. Because of the extreme cold and almost impossible condition of the roads, and to give all an opportunity to secure some of our Unheard of Bargains, this sale will continue one week more including Feb. 10. Thanking you for your very liberal patronage we ask you to come again and keep coming. Very truly yours, M.A. SONGER and BROWN.

- Advertisement: Change in Firm at the Kinmundy Candy Kitchen. Owing to ill health, Peter PANDEL has sold his interest in the Kinmundy Candy Kitchen to George KLADES, of Effingham, who with the former member of the firm, James PAUPPES, will continue the business. Fresh Home Made Candy on sale every day in the week. Call and See Us! Try a Box of our Candy.

Feb. 8, 1912:

- John EAGAN, the third son of Isaac and Athaline EAGAN was born Sept. 22, 1835, and died Feb. 2, 1912, age 76 years, 4 months, and 11 days. He was married to Miss Mary SOUTHWARD Sept. 20, 1861, to this union was born 7 children: Maggie Eagan HOWELL, Alice Eagan HERRICK, Sidney EAGAN, Delbert EAGAN, William EAGAN, Pearl Eagan BOSLEY, Charley EAGAN. Maggie, Alice and Pearl have preceded their father to the spirit world; Mary EAGAN, his wife, passed away July 22, 1892. He afterwards married Mrs. Kate STEADMAN who survives him. He was converted Feb. 17, 1867, and joined the Presbyterian Church under the preaching of Rev. J.E. SHARP, was elected Deacon in 1870, and was afterwards elected Elder in 1877 to fill a place his father had filled, and which office he held until his death. He was a good Christian character and faithful to his church, always is attendance when health would permit. He leaves besides his wife and 4 sons, 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Erasmus EAGAN, 2 sisters, Mrs. Samuel PUFFER and Mrs. Harriett HAWORTH, a number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends to mourn their loss. He lived in Kinmundy all his life and never lived a quarter of a mile from the place where he was born, but he has bone the way of all the world but his life will not be forgotten. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE when the remains were conveyed to Evergreen Cemetery to await the last great day.

- Thomas J. CHARLTON was born in Holmesville, Ohio, July 24, 1836, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Saturday, Feb. 3, 1912, aged 75 years, 6 months, and 10 days. On Nov. 11, 1859, he was united in marriage to Miss Katherine THOMPSON, of Fredericksburg, Ohio, and the wife passed away about 5 years ago. He enlisted as a private in Company G of the 166 Regiment Ohio National Guard in 1864. After the close of the war he moved with his family to Paxton, Ill., where he resided for several years. In the year 1898 he moved to a Marion county farm where he lived and prospered till he retired and moved to this city 6 years ago. He was again united in marriage in May 1910, to Mrs. Anna BOUGHERS of St. Louis. Besides a widow he leaves 4 sons, 3 daughters, 27 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. The funeral service was held at the residence on Monday, Feb. 5th, at 10 o’clock conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, and the body placed in Evergreen Cemetery.

- William S. NICHOLS, was born in Salem, Marion Co., Ill., on Dec. 21, 1837, and died at his farm home in Meacham twp., 10 miles northeast of Kinmundy, Feb. 2, 1912, age 74 years, 1 month, and 11 days. April 12th, 1855, he was united in marriage to Permelia Ann HOLTZHOUSEN, and to this union was born 9 children - 3 boys and 6 girls. Of this number 2 boys and 2 girls have passed away, and the remaining ones are: Mrs. Kizzie SMITH and Mrs. Viola SMITH of near Farina; Mrs. Ella ALLPHIN, of Doniphon, Mo.; Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL, of near Kinmundy; and Harry NICHOLS, who resides on the homeplace east of Farina. Besides these children, he leaves a wife, 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was a faithful husband and father in reality to his children. About the year 1885, he was converted and united with the M.E. Church South. He was loyal to his Creator and the church, and was conscious to the end, his last words being, "Good bye, ma". The funeral service was held at Union Church, Sunday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. J. H. BALLANCE, after which the body was laid to rest in the Elder Cemetery.

- The members of the Kinmundy volunteers Fire Department met last Friday night in pursuant to a call by Chief Chas. F. PRUETT. The annual election of officers was one of the important features of the evening and resulted as follows: Geo. W. SNELLING - Chief; Ellis WOLFE - 1st Assistant; C.F. PRUETT - 2nd Assistant; J.L. LASWELL - Hose Captain; C.B. MENDENHALL - 1st Assistant; F.W. KILLIE - 2nd Assistant; G.M. NIRIDER - 3rd Assistant; F.E. NELMS - Ladder Captain; B.J. ROTAN - Assistant; J.T. BROWN - Engineman; Andrew JACKSON - Assistant; F.O. GRISSOM - Sec-Treas.

- Miss Myrtle Mae GRAMLEY was born in Omega twp. June 16, 1872, and died at her home in the same vicinity Jan. 29, 1912. On March 4, 1897, she was united in marriage to Arthur A. SOUTHWARD, a prosperous farmer of the same township and the life of the deceased was spent in this place. There is left behind, the husband, three small children - 1 son and 2 daughters - 2 sisters, Mrs. J.S. KNISELEY and Mrs. Charles SEE; 3 brothers, Marion, Martin, and Edward GRAMLEY. The deceased was a faithful member of the Omega Presbyterian church to which she became a member when 14 years of age. The funeral services were held in this church on Thursday, Feb. 1st at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. David RAVENS of Seattle, Wash., and Rev. Wm. J. SIMER of Omega, both being old friends of the family. Interment was made in the Millican Cemetery. The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of all.

- Advertisement: Announcement! The new implement firm of TELFORD & WILKINSON opened today and are ready to supply the public with Harness, Buggies, Implements and Seed Oats. We have a large line of Harness on all kinds that we are going to sell at practically cost, as we do not intend to handle harness on a very large scale. If you need harness this spring don’t fail to call on us. We are expecting several cars of ear corn this week. You will find us every ready to serve you, and give you not only the most, but the best for your money. Come to the H.E. MINER stand and lets start a friendship that will be profitable to us all. Watch for our ads from week to week. It’ll pay. Yours for a Square Deal, TELFORD & WILKINSON.

- Coal and Feed. I wish to announce to the people of Kinmundy and vicinity that I have purchased the W.J. BOCOCK coal business and am prepared to sell you the best Johnson City Coal at the lowest possible prices. Coal and Feed delivered to all parts of the city. Phone us at 85 your next order for coal and feed. Prompt delivery service. G.W. WHITE.

February 15, 1912:

- Clyde Bradley CAMERER, Surgeon in the U.S. Navy stationed on the U.S.S. Yorktown in Guayaquil Ecquador, wrote a letter about the area.(* - partial article)

- Early last Friday morning, George KAMP and wife of Salem were so severally burned in an explosion while attempting to kindle a fire with gasoline, that they died a few hours after the accident in the Centralia Hospital. In the explosion, both man and wife were afire in an instant, as their clothing was saturated with the explosive. The husband rushed out of doors screaming with pain and trying to extinguish the flames of his burning clothing. He soon thought of his unfortunate wife who had gone to the bed room with her clothes ablaze. The room had no outer door and she must have immediate aid. The bed room window was broken out and the beds were already on fire and Mrs. KAMP was taken from the mass of flames and dragged out the window, after which she fainted and fell into a snow drift. One daughter, Bertha, 8 years of age, was badly burned and will recover. Another daughter Effie did not come home Thursday night to sleep as was her custom. Mr. KAMP and wife were carried to the nearby neighbors home, where they were given all possible medical assistance and before leaving of the Illinois Southern train it was decided to take them to the Centralia Hospital which was done. The unfortunate man and wife both died about 10 the same day. The remains were brought back to Salem for burial, the funeral being held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian Church. This is certainly a sad affair and the 2 remaining children have the entire sympathy of everybody. The home and contents were totally destroyed.

- The village of Alma had quite a scare Tuesday when it was found that the J. RHODES hotel was on fire but the prompt work of the city and it’s liberal use of water, had the fire extinguished after considerable damage to the building.

- Vitula PLEASANT of Murphysboro passed peacefully away at the home of her brother, Rev. A. _____ in this city. The funeral will be held at the parsonage conducted by Rev. J.H. _____.

- Advertisement: California Through Tourist Sleeping Cars, March 2, 3, 4, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 13, 14, 15, 16. On the above dates the Illinois Central Railroad will operate a through tourist sleeping car from Chicago to San Francisco, via Omaha, Union Pacific to Ogden, and Southern Pacific to destination. This through tourist sleeping car will leave Chicago on I.C.R.R. train No. 5 at 2:30 a.m. and make connection at Omaha with Special Colonist Train running on the fast schedule from Chicago to San Francisco, Cal.  Dining car serving meals at popular prices will be a feature of this train. Victor Eictrola Concerts will entertain car patrons morning, afternoon, and evening. Second class one way colonist far is $33.60 from Kinmundy via the Illinois Central with corresponding low fares from other points. E. WORMLEY, Agent, Kinmundy. (* - partial advertisement)

February 22, 1912

- Chas. SHUFELDT, one of the prosperous farmers residing 4 miles south of this city has been busily engaged the past few weeks, talking rock roads with farmers, land owners, and business men near and in Kinmundy. The road, so we understand, is to commence at the M.E. church and rocked just as far south as the money permits. A petition is being circulated asking the privilege of issuing bonds to rock roads in the township, and a question will probably be submitted in the April election. (* - partial article)

- James H. LEWIS has returned home from Gray Ridge, Mo., where he accompanied F.E. GILLEY with his car of stock. Jim says Frank has rented a good farm and is in a good country. Mrs. GILLEY and daughter expect to leave in a few days for their new home. Their many Kinmundy friends hope the move will be a profitable one both in health and finance.

- The Wm. CLOW property near the C. & E.I., was sold at public sale last Wednesday and was purchased by T.M. SMITH for $330.

- Martha Elizabeth GUNN MAXON, daughter of John C. and Caroline GUNN, was born at Old Richview, Washington Co., Ill., on the 1st day of May, 1846, and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. W.W. NEIL, in this city, on Feb. 18, 1912, at 7:30 a.m. aged 65 years, 9 months, and 12 days. Mrs. MAXON leaves one brother, 3 sisters, and 1 adopted brother, Hon. J.F. DONOVAN, of this city, with numerous other relatives and friends to mourn her departure from earth. In Nov. 1867, she was married to D.W. MAXON, a soldier of the Civil War, and by calling a locomotive engineer, who was killed by accident in the State of Kentucky in 1886. To them was born one child who preceded her to the world beyond. Most of her life was spent in this vicinity, living for sometime during her married life in the South with her husband and later in life with relatives in St. Louis. For some time she was a great sufferer and all that love and skill could possibly do to relieve was done for her but surgery and medicine alike failed, and she has gone to that farther and more beautiful world in which there are neither sickness nor death. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. R.D. WOODLEY, and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Advertisement: Notice! Having purchased the Lumber Business in Alma, I am prepared to meet your demands in Everything in Lumber, Building Material, Lime, Sand, Cement, Builders Hardware, Coal, and Undertaking Supplies. Give me a chance to "show you" when needing anything in my line. Thanking you in advance, I am yours in business, J.N. EMBSER. Alma, Ill., L.C. PULLEN stand.

- Advertisement: Drink Habit Cured by Neal method at the Institute or in the home in 3 days. A purely vegetable and harmless medicine taken internally. No hyperdermics. More than 50 Neal Institutes now in operation in the United States and abroad. $100,000 capital. For information regarding both Liquor and Drug addictions address, Neal Institute, 316 9th St., Murphysboro, Ill.

- Advertisement: Farmers - Bring in your discs and have them sharpened. It won’t be long before you will need them. I am going to do sharpening at half price till March 15th. Now don’t put it off again. You can’t afford to use a dull disc when you can get one sharpened at such a low price. C.A. HEICHER.

February 29, 1912

- On Feb. 19, 1912, at Chicago, Ill. occurred the marriage of Otis E. SEE and Miss Elizabeth NEWBIESER of Hegewisch, Ill., the ceremony being performed by County Judge SLAUSSER in his office on the 7th floor of the Federal building. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. A.C. NEWBIESER of Hegewisch and is a very charming young lady. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE of near this city. He is an enterprising young man holding a responsible position with the Pennsylvania R.R. at Hegewisch. Mr. and Mrs. SEE will reside at Hammond, Ind. Their many friends extend congratulations.

- Farina: Grandma SWIGGLE died Sunday.

- Omega: Burley SWALLEY, who is teaching school north of Kinmundy, spent Sunday with his parents south of Omega.

- F.M. BASCOM left Sunday for his home in Mott, N.D., after a three months visit in Kinmundy and Farina with home folks.

- Last Friday was the 69th birthday of Ben DOOLEN and in order to celebrate the occasion a dozen or more male friends were invited to spend the evening at his home. Several hours were enjoyed in card playing, eating, smoking, and exchanging "yarns". All present enjoyed the evening and expressed a desire to be present at his next birthday.

- Ben GARRETT and wife and Mrs. Harriett DEW spent Saturday at J.F. HOWELL’S.

- Abbreviated History: The following articles were taken from the Express files and will prove very interesting to our readers. It will be continued from week to week: 

Nov. 7, 1883: The first issue of The Express consisted of 12 pages and contained 17 column of advertising. In it we find the marriage of Mollie REEDER to Sid SMITH; the wooden wedding of G.W. GILMORE and wife of this city and Noah WARNER and wife, of Alma; the public sale of R.F. POPE, the appointment of G. FENSTER as marshal by Mayor DONOVAN, and a strong plea for a coal mine in Kinmundy.

Nov. 15, 1883: The death of Wm. SIMPSON; vote on the proposition to move the court house from Salem to Odin, 2 to 1 against it; E. HERRICK and B. BLAKESLE visit Salem to work up a telephone E.G. MENDENHALL returns from Cincinnati to engage in the nursery business; the burning of D.P. SNELLING’s house on Third Street; editorials advocating coal mine and building and loan association.

Dec. 6, 1883: C. ROHRBOUGH took charge of mill

Dec. 21, 1883: G. HARLAN sold to S. McHATTON house on Monroe Street for $300; Prof. CHILCOAT resigned as Supt. of Schools, Prof. WARNER takes his place;

Dec. 28, 1883: Dr. FORSHEE treating 2 cases of small-pox in Fayette County north of us; marriage of Ben GEE to Matilda WAUGHR

Jan. 4, 1884:W.W. Neil qualifies as collector, bond $21,000 there being over 10,000 to collect

Jan. 25, 1884: Death of G.P. Kennedy, aged 61

Feb. 8, 1884: Unprecedented revival at the M.E. church, many conversions

March 7, 1884: Birth of little Tom HAYMOND

March 16, 1884: Wm. Leseman buys the 160 acre farm of D.C. WHISNANT for $4000; marriage of E.G. MENDENHALL to Alice BOGERT; Early MARSHALL to Rose ORGAN; W.A. SHRIVER’s house struck by lightening; Dan STEVENSON found dead in Alma twp.; death of little Grace CONANT

March 21, 1884: Marriage of Bell WARNER to Cyrus ROSE; death of Scott FISH; S. HURLBUT to W. LAWILL residence for $400 (since sold for $800); FENSTER resigns as marshal and Geo. BEAVER is appointed; Marriage of Charles SEE to Alice GRAMLEY

April 4, 1884: Stock law adopted; Salem creamery started; great riot in Cincinnati - over 200 killed

April 11, 1884: J.P. STEEN comes up from Louisiana and decides to locate (He is now County Treasurer); J.B. LEWIS of Patoka Enterprise visits Kinmundy seeking the nomination for circuit clerk. The Kinmundy Register is revived (but soon expires.)

May 2, 1884: Stella JONES and Lelia JENKINS killed by a cyclone at Jamestown, Ohio, brought here for burial

May 9, 1884: Thos. KILLIE loses $1000 in cash by fire at Farina; marriage of Zarda FROST to Anna WHITE; considerable talk about a new railroad

May 30, 1884: Death of Ella BUTLER

June 27, 1884: G. HARLAN bought Third street property of N. GRAVES, $700; J. B. GARNER returned from Patoka opened shop opposite bank; advertisers blowing about 14 pounds of sugar for $1

July 4, 1884: Death of L.L. HOLLISTER

July 11, 1884: Account of Grand celebration; A.M. YOUNG declines the Republican Nomination for Circuit Clerk

July 25, 1884: First oats marketed by Wm. MORRIS

August 25, 1884: Tin wedding of Wm. CHAPMAN and wife; death of Chalmer SWEENEY

August 29, 1884: A 12 lb. Boy at Thos. HARGRAVES’; Sale of residence by C. ALLMON to H. SIMPSON $700

Sept. 5, 1884: Sale of livery stable H. SIMPSON to T. SMITH

Sept. 12, 1884: Death of E.A. RAY

Sept. 19, 1884: Death of Alice BEAVER

Sept. 26, 1884: James HARLAN left for St. Lawrence, Dakota; L.D. CLINGENPEEL for Kansas; pagoda put up in public square; marriage of Addie COLEMAN to Chas. MELROSE; firm of SONGER & SMITH dissolved; first campfire of Marion County Soldiers’ Association

Oct. 10, 1884: SMITH & DEIWERT bought grocery of Geo. ELDER; marriage of Bettie BROWN to W. TULLY, Mrs. JACKSON to Rev. HALEY; marriage of Theo. GARRETT to Icy DOOLEN; death of Nancy PORTER

Oct. 31, 1884: Frank CHALFANT killed by the cars; death of Nellie DISS and O.H. HAYWOOD; boy at S.J. ALLEN’s; H. SIMPSON sells residence to his mother for $800 and leaves for Kansas

Nov. 7, 1884: Wedding of Homer STEVENSON and Clara HUMPHREY, election of Grover CLEVELAND

Nov. 14, 1884: Wedding of Sumner DILLON to Nellie SNELLING; Frank KAGY to Della COCKRELL; barns of Ben DOOLEN and Mack ROBB destroyed by fire

Nov. 21, 1884: Marriage of Seph BARBEE to Kate ALDERSON; Chas. METZGER to Lucy STOCK; Henry RYA to Mecia POTTICARY; residence of E. HAMMERS destroyed by fire

March 7, 1912:

- Samuel BLAIR: The subject of this sketch was born in Hagarstown, Maryland, May 2, 1833 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.E. CRAIG, Feb. 29, 1912, at the age of 78 years, 7 months, and 27 days. The deceased was of a large family of children and grew to manhood in the town of his birth. In 1855 he was married to Christiana SONDERS; to this union was born 8 children, 4 of whom died in infancy and 1 daughter Catherine at the age of 17 years. In 1862 in came to Illinois and located at Dixon, some 2 years later he came to Marion county and lived on a farm near Alma. In 1881 he moved to Kinmundy twp., where his wife died March 6, 1885. In 1886 he married Mrs. Ellen MILLER, who died in 1892. Since that time he has made his home with his daughters Mrs. James E. PERRY, Jr., and Mrs. J.E. CRAIG. He leaves to mourn their loss, 2 daughters, 1 son Albert, 7 grandchildren, and a host of friends. The funeral services were held at the residence of J.E. CRAIG on Friday March 1, conducted by Rev. A.D. HOCKER and interment made in Wilson Cemetery.

- John HENSLEY left last Thursday for St. Charles, where he has a good position in a tailor shop and leader of the band.

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 1, 1885: Wedding of Noah ROBNETT to Lillie CHALFANT, A. HUMPHREY to Fodie EAGAN

Jan. 22, 1885: Death of Scott ABBOTT

Feb. 12, 1885: Coal Mining meeting, J.C. HAWORTH, chairman, Express Scribe Sec.

Feb. 19, 1885: Charles DENNIS, of Effingham, locates here. A son at the home of Chas. NEAVILL

Feb. 26, 1885: Coal Company organized, capital $12,000; Prof. WARNER resigned as principal of school; and F.A. PRUETT is appointed; marriage of James FISH to Anna HUMPHREY; death of Susan PRUETT, aged 66.

March 12, 1885: C. RYAN sowing oats

March 26, 1885: Wm. CHAPMAN buys BOOTHES residence for $850

April 2, 1885: Death of George ABBOTT aged 31; death of Dudley MAXON is railroad accident.

April 9, 1885: Suicide of James ARNOLD of Foster twp.

April 23, 1885: City election returns, no license, and Mr. DONOVAN downs the scribe in a friendly tussle for mayor; contract for sinking the coal shaft let to Zard FROST, marriage of Robt. ROBB to Hanna SWIFT

May 21, 1885: Death of J.B. REYNOLDS, aged 51

May 28, 1885: Death of J.B. KING, aged 64; marriage of P.A. SHRIVER to Ada KNISELEY; Ed CALDWELL to Ella SWEENEY

June 11, 1885: ROHRBOUGH’s mill destroyed by fire

June 18, 1885: terrible cyclone south of town, a slight earthquake

July 23, 1885: Wedding of George RAY to E.B. VANARNUM; death of General GRANT

Aug. 6, 1885: Death of Dan LOVELL, aged 45

Aug. 13, 1885: Tom WILLIAMS appointed postmaster, vice J.F. DONOVAN

Sept. 3, 1885: Death of Mrs. Mary ANGLIN, aged 73; birth of Grant MELROSE at Grayville

Sept. 10, 1885: Marriage of A. WEARIN to Mary ROBB; Chas. NEIL to Nannie SHRIVER; George McGUIRE to Lizzie PARRILL

Oct. 1, 1885: Organization of the Kinmundy Fair Association; marriage of Myron DEIWERT to Mattie SIMPSON; John GAHAN to Annie HOLLISTER

Oct. 15, 1885: C. ROHRBOUGH located at Larned, Kansas; Owen GEORGE to Dovey GRAY; Oscar CHANCE to Margaret HOLT

Oct. 29, 1885: Chas. WEST buys Hereford Park of his father for $12,000

Nov. 5, 1885:Wedding of Gray WILLIAMS to Maggie HANNA

Nov. 12, 1885: Marriage of Charles DENNIS to Allie PORTER

Nov. 19, 1885: Wedding of Stella FORSHEE to Chas. GAMMON in Texas; Death of A.C. REYNOLDS and Thos. A. HENDRICKS; Rosedale farm sold by EICHATIZ to HACKER for $14,500

Dec. 3, 1885: Sale by John ROTAN of the half section farm of HOYT to ELLSWORTH who goes to Chicago, forges a deed and then raises $1500 on a mortgage; marriage of R.P. MCBRYDE to Mary FOX

Jan. 7, 1886: Will JONES to Lizzie MORRIS; Death of Will NEEPER aged 45; Sarah YOUNG aged 85

Jan. 28, 1886: The Express is to be sued for $50,000 but compromises on a five line local

Feb. 11, 1886: Meeting of Royal Templars Grand Council in Kinmundy

Feb. 18, 1886: Engine House at Coal Mine destroyed by fire; Mollie REYNOLDS to Wm. HYATT

March 4, 1886: Wm. GERARD to Lillie READNOUR

March 25, 1886: Alex MILLICAN to Mattie HART; the diamond drill strikes coal

April 8, 1886: Charles HERRICK to Allie EAGAN

April 22, 1886: 58 against license in the city election

May 6, 1886: Death of Captain SPROUSE

May 29, 1886: Fred KOETCHEAU found dead in bed; marriage of Vernal PRUETT to Emma BROWN; birth of Gail SMITH

June 3, 1886: Coal is reached and there is great rejoicing

June 17, 1886: Earl CROSSETT to Anna CAWREY

July 8, 1886: Birth of Ruby LAWSON

July 22, 1886: Death of James MAHAN

Aug. 5, 1886: Death of Mrs. Lou DAVIS, age 26; Samuel J. TILDEN

Sept. 2, 1886: Marion FISER to Lizzie CRAIG; death of Mrs. Andrew NEEPER aged 50 years; marriage of Seth FOSTER to Annie FENSTER

Sept. 9, 1886: Death of William LAWWILL, aged 54; John LENHART, Sr. 81; marriage of Isaac SHARP to Ida VAN ARNUM

Sept. 16, 1886: Harry WILSON and George WEST, two twelve year olds decamp for Colorado but are captured at Alma

Sept. 23, 1886: Death of Mrs. Joshua DAVIS age 66

Oct. 7, 1886: Annual conference of the M.E. Church South

Oct. 14, 1886: Death of John A. HUMPHREY age 59

Oct. 28, 1886: Marriage of Dan GUNN to Lutie BAKER

Nov. 4, 1886: Death of Philander CURTIS

Nov. 11, 1886: Marriage of Lee BARBEE to Eva GARNER; Mattie ALLEN to G. DEMOREST

Dec. 17, 1886: Birth of Laura CAMERER; Death of Mrs. BUDLONG

Dec. 31, 1886: Death of Athaline EAGAN age 73, and John A. LOGAN; marriage of Mabel HOLLISTER to John MOYER

March 14, 1912:

- EAGAN-PEARSON: Sunday, March 10, 1912 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. PEARSON, west of this city, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Margaret Ann to Mr. Henry Harrison EAGAN, the Rev. E.M. JOHNSON performing the ceremony. The wedding march was played by Miss Lodema CONANT. A few relatives and friends witnessed the ceremony. The bride and groom are both prominent and highly respected young people, she being an efficient and successful school teacher, while the groom is a prosperous farmer in Foster twp. They left Sunday night for Chicago to spend a few days. Their many friends extend congratulations.

- E.G. FORD of Alma was in this city Tuesday on business

- W. Henry ALLEN dead: The citizens of Kinmundy were greatly surprised Wed. morning when the word was circulated the W. Henry ALLEN had been found dead at Dad’s Hotel. He was found by the Proprietor, H.H. CRAYCROFT, lying in the door of the toilet, and had been absent from the hotel office not to exceed 10 minutes. Mr. ALLEN arrived in this city form the soldier’s home at Quincy about 5 or 6 weeks ago to visit relatives and remain till he was ready to return to the home. Coroner FOSTER has been notified and upon his arrival a jury will be selected and an inquest held.

- Ada P. REYNOLDS was born near Dupont, Ind., May 12, 1843, being the eldest daughter in a family of 10 children. Her parents were Abner C. and Nancy H. REYNOLDS. On Sept. 17, 1866, he was united in marriage to Nixon THOMAS, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of this life for more than 45 years. To this union was born 5 children, 2 of whom died in infancy and one at the age of 4 years. In early life she was converted and united with the M.E. Church, where she retained her membership thru life, being at the time of her death affiliated with the Mapleton M.E. Church of Indianapolis, Ind. Before her health failed she was actively identified with various departments of church and Sunday School work and her whole life showed that her one purpose was to run her race as the Master would have her run and she run it well. She constantly sought opportunity for doing good to her neighbor and as an instance of her kindly ministrations to those who were needs and in sorrow, it is known that she prepared for burial 48 persons. In her home life she was a beautiful example. Always considerate of the feelings and needs of her companion and children and always doing something for their happiness and comfort. As a mother she was lovable and self-sacrificing to a fault. Her going away has left a place in the heart and lives of her children that cannot be filled - a wound that only God’s grace can heal. She is survived by her husband Nixon THOMAS; 2 children, Mrs. Will J. CONDREY and Frank L. THOMAS; 2 grandchildren, Nellie G. and Frank Ll, Thomas Jr., all of Indianapolis, Ind.; and 2 brothers, John M. REYNOLDS, Jeffersonville, Ind., and Will D. REYNOLDS, Kinmundy, Ill., and a host of other relatives and friends. Her whole life was build on Jesus Christ in whom she trusted implicitly and to whom she gave her love and service. Her life was clean and white throughout to its close; she fought a good fight, she finished the course, she kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness. She passed peacefully away on the morning of March 1, 1912 at 9 o’clock and on March 4, she was laid to rest in the beautiful Crown Hill cemetery, Indianapolis.

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 7, 1887: Four below zero; Death of Jane SWEENEY age 81, John BOUGHERS aged 54, and Noble CRAIG, aged 31

Jan. 14, 1887: The town is written in rhyme by the Express

Jan. 20, 1887: Grant POOL killed by John PHELPS in Alma

Feb. 4, 1887: Wedding of Frank REEDER to Jennie MAHON

Feb. 11, 1887: Death of Bridget RABBITT, aged 65; David KAGY, 55; Wils WHITE found dead in his field near Alma, aged 62

Feb. 18, 1887: Isaac GEORGE to Mahala COLE

Feb. 25, 1887: Frank EAGAN to Sarah JACKSON; lots of Building & Loan talk

March 4, 1887: Residence of Bob ROBB destroyed by fire, marriage of Will INGRAM to Nora GRAY, death of Hattie KING aged 28

March 11, 1887: Austin HANKS killed in Meacham twp. by Charles ROBERTS

March 18, 1887: Death of W.L. PHILLIPS

March 25, 1887: The Express is edited by John DONOVAN while LAWSON is in Kansas

April 1, 1887: Snow a foot thick; death of Eliza HEATON 79, marriage of Percy BALKE to Laura SAPP

April 8, 1887: Death of Sarah PRUETT aged 39

May 6, 1887: Death of P.K. JOHNSON of Salem

May 13, 1887: John PATHAEL to Gussie BROWN, death of Mrs. BOOS.

June 10, 1887: Frank STEVENSON killed by lightening near Salem

June 24, 1887: Will DILLON killed by the cars

July 1, 1887: Death of Belle SMITH aged 27

July 8, 1887: Death of John GUNN aged 45

July 22, 1887: Death of Mrs. Leonard aged 63, Dr. FORSHEE has his collar bone broken from being thrown from his buggy

July 29, 1887: GILLMORE engages in the boot and shoe business

Aug. 12, 1887: A meeting is held in the Express office and steps taken to organize a Building and Loan Association, BLAKESLEE’s recently purchased Commercial House struck by lightening

Aug. 19, 1887: Silver wedding of Thos. NEAVILL and wife Meacham

Sept. 9, 1887: Death of Joe GLAZEBROOK aged 54

Sept. 16, 1887: W.D. REYNOLDS to Nellie TYNER

Sept. 23, 1887: James ARNOLD to Emma HOLT

Oct. 7, 1887: Marriage of Levi ROHRBOUGH to Sallie KING

Oct. 21, 1887: Gustin EAGAN to Jennie DAMEY

Nov. 4, 1887: Ed SWEENEY to Mina CALDWELL; 45th anniversary of the marriage of Uncle Jack JONES

Nov. 25, 1887: Death of Mrs. John DOOLEN age 38

Dec. 2, 1887: Sale of Rosedale farm by HACKER to Rodgers Foundry $12,000; ALLEN Brothers buys CHALFANT’s shop; Golden wedding of John CUNNINGHAM and wife, Salem

March 21, 1912:

- Another Veteran Gone: W.H. ALLEN, 4th son of John and Margaret ALLEN was born in Tuscarawus county, Ohio on Oct. 8, 1844 and died in this city on the 13th of March 1912, aged 67 years, 5 months, and 5 days. He was married to Hannah A. KNISELEY Aug. 4, 1870, and to this union, 9 children were born, 5 with the mother surviving. Only one son, C.C. ALLEN of Chicago was able to be present at the funeral. He leaves 2 brothers, S.J. and A.M. ALLEN of this city and 1 sister, Mrs. Mattie DEMOREST of Carthage, Mo. The deceased enlisted in the Union Army from this county, Aug. 13, 1862, Company K, 111 Illinois Infantry, regiment commanded by James S. MARTIN. In October of that year his regiment proceeded to Cairo, then to Columbus, Ky. For a short season they did garrison duty, but in October ‘63 they joined SHERMAN and followed him to the sea, and were in many of the important battles of that campaign. After JOHNSON’s surrender they marched to Washington, D.C., and were mustered out of service on Jun 7, 1865. In the battle at Fort McAlister, Ga., he was severely wounded and carried the effect of that wound until the close of life, and possibly, at the last, gave his life because of it. Mr. ALLEN was by profession a teacher, and taught for 35 years in the public school, being at one time Assistant Superintendent of school in Henry County, and was an officer in the Soldier’s Home at Quincy. He was a member of the G.A.R., also of Fort Donelson, Reg. 9, and Chaplain of the Ill. Dept. U.V.U. He was at one time a member of the Methodist Church in this city and Sunday school secretary, from which church the funeral services were held on last Friday conducted by Rev. WOODLEY, assisted by Rev. RITCHEY, under the auspices of the G.A.R. and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Charles W. SONGER, son of Frederick and Jane HELM-SONGER, was born in Xenia twp. July 24, 1831, he being the first baby boy born in that township. The greater part of his life was spent on a farm near Xenia. As a well known farmer and representative citizen, his life was one of usefulness and honor. We will remember him as a man of energy, pleasantness, and above all we see in the wearing of his life the golden threads of charity of charity and courtesy that charity that suffereth long and is kind, that courtesy which is "to do and say, the kindest thing in the kindest way" to everyone in his own immediate family and also to everyone with whom he came in contact. Mr. SONGER was married to Miss Evelyn LEWIS in 1851, and to this union, 12 children were born, 6 children and his wife preceded him to the other world. He has been a member of the Methodist Church for 50 years and lived these years a consistent Christian in every respect. His life was one of simplicity always serving the Maser he loved. Later years Mr. SONGER has made his home with his children. After an illness of some time, the venerable gentleman surrounded by loving daughters and sons-in-law, passed to his eternal rest and final reward. "God’s finger touched him and he slept." We will ever cherish his memory. His remains were taken to Xenia where the funeral services were held in the Methodist Church Tuesday morning conducted by one of his closest friends, Rev. BOYER, and interment made in Xenia Camp Ground Cemetery where all the family rest. Besides 6 children, he leaves several grandchildren, 3 brothers, Wm. F., Dr. S.T. SONGER of Ashland, Oregon, A.W. SONGER of Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Mrs. Sarah YOUNG of Iuka, and Miss M.A. SONGER of Kinmundy, and a host of friends and relatives who have been made better by having associated with this good man. 

- J.T. ARNOLD, county treasurer of this county, ordered this paper sent to his brother, E.M. ARNOLD at Shawnee, Okla. For a year. Mr. ARNOLD wishes him to have the best paper in the county, so sends him the Express.

- The barn of the farm of John DAVIS, 4 miles southeast of town, was struck by lightning and burned Tuesday morning during the hail, wind and rainstorm. The stock in the barn was all saved, but feed and all other contents were destroyed. This is a severe loss to the owner and he was fortunate to get out the stock.

- Advertisement: Opera House, Kinmundy, Ill., Wed. Eve., March 20th. Bert J. ROYCE presents The FUN SHOW, of the Season The Mischief Maker, A Comedy in Three Acts with Miss Evelyn May. Feature Specialities Between the Acts. All our own scenery including our own original snow storm. Tickets now selling at TYNERS - Prices 50, 35, 25 cents. Telephone in and have seats reserved, they will be held till night of show. This is a guaranteed attraction. Satisfaction guaranteed. Money refunded after the last act if you are not pleased with the show.

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 6, 1888: The cash system adopted by the Express and reduced to $1 a year; 20th anniversary of TYNER and wife; wedding of Ed GRAY to Mary FENSTER; J.E. CRAIG to Emma BAIR; daughter at home of Chas. NEIL; death of Samuel JONES, aged 49; residence of James ROGERS destroyed by fire in Meacham

Jan. 27, 1888: Death of Fred Wetter

Feb. 3, 1888: Death of Fred BALKE

Feb. 10, 1888: Marriage of Kate ELDER to Walter LARKIN; china wedding of Abraham and Margaret SONGER; Kinmundy 20 years hence

Feb. 24, 1888: Mt. Vernon cyclone

March 9, 1888: Birth of Lincoln REEDER; Death of Lillie BROWN and Sallie MILLER

March 16, 1888: Mose SWIFT to Lizzie GREEN; death of Wm. WALKINGTON aged 80

March 30, 1888: Murder of Alfred KRUTSINGER

April 6, 1888: John MOORE to Sadie SCHERMERHORN

April 27, 1888: Death of Samuel FUQUA age 93

May 4, 1888: CHAPMAN promoted to Tuscola

June 15, 1888: Lou DAVIS to Josie RICHARDSON; Hicks Circle is organized

July 27, 1888: Residence of Kate FROST destroyed by fire

Aug. 3, 1888: Death of Frank SMITH age 27; also Edith POPE COOLEY; 30th wedding anniversary of Frank HOWELL and wife

Aug. 17, 1888: Douglas WILLIAMS to Nellie EAGAN

Aug. 31, 1888: C.H. DEFORD to Fannie INGRAM; Death of Johnnie WHITAKER

Sept. 7, 1888: Grand success of Kinmundy Fair and Old Settlers reunion

Oct. 26, 1888: Wedding of Emma SHRIVER to Dr. EBNOTHER

Nov. 9, 1888: Election of HARRISON and MORTON

Nov. 23, 1888: Residence and office of Dr. DENNIS destroyed by fire; safe in SONGER’S mill robbed; 4 year old daughter of Alex STOCK burned to death

Nov. 30, 1888: Death of Eliza SMITH age 81; sale of 280 acres in Meacham by J.B. McBRYDE to his son, Joseph, for $6000

Dec. 28, 1888: Marriage of Melvin CHANDLER to Allie ARNOLD; James PERRY to Laura BAIR; Death of Martha ROBB, age 83

March 28, 1912:

- William J. TWEED died at his home in Salem Sunday morning after a long and painful illness of Bright’s Disease. He had been in failing health for several months and some weeks ago he rendered his resignation as deputy county clerk. He had been very prominent in republican politics for many years and served four years as deputy sherif under A.C. Barnes. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

- Farina: Cards have been received here announcing the marriage of Martin F. RAUCHMAN and Miss Helen MORIS of Viscount, Canada

- Freda Mildred, only daughter of S.E. and Katie HOWELL died at her home in Meacham, Monday night March 25, 1912, age 6 years, 9 months, and 20 days. She had been sick for many weeks and was under the care of an interested and skilled physician, who when he saw communications asked for help. But she has gone and another cord binds the family to the heavenly home. The funeral services were held from the Christian church last Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock conducted by Rev. E.M. JOHNSON of Mattoon and interment made in Evergreen Cem.

- Township Elections:


For Supervisor: E.S. HOWELL, Dem. - 106; Vard COCKRELL, Soc. - 67

For Town Clerk: J.A. PAYNE, Dem. - 101; T.J. WADE, Soc. - 67

For Assessor: D.E. WILKINSON, Dem. - 101; Ira COX, Soc. - 64

For Collector: Pearl SMITH, Dem. - 110; Chas. ALLEN, Soc. - 60

For Highway Commissioner: Harry THOMPSON - 103; Ellis BUTTS, Soc. - 66

For Justices of the Peace: S.H. GRAHAM, Dem. - 102; A.H. PARRILL, Dem.-101; W.S. JACKSON, Soc.-65; G.S. LACEY, Soc.-64

For Constables: A.J. BOSTON, Dem. - 105; Roy WILKINSON, Dem. - 104; Roy MISELBROOK, Soc. - 60; James KAGY, Soc. - 62

For School Trustee: A.C. BRANSON, Dem. - 104; Ed HENNING, Soc. - 63


For Supervisor: C.W. HADDEN, Dem. - 109; J.M. MULVANEY, Rep. - 31

For Town Clerk: J.M. SCHOOLEY, Dem. - 75; Lee SOUTHWARD, Rep. - 67

For Assessor: L.L. BEARD, Dem. - 79; P.G. BOSTON, Rep. - 61

For Collector: N.B. POTTER, Dem. - 83; Henry JAY, Rep. - 55

For Highway Commissioner: S. CANTRELL, Dem.- 85; Wm. MORROW, Rep.- 56

For School Trustee: W.A. KNISELEY, Dem. - 94; C.L. MILLICAN, Rep. - 44


For Supervisor: J.R. NICHOLS, Dem. - 88; Elmer BASSETT, Rep. - 47

For Town Clerk: Morton PRITCHETT, Dem. - 82; W.C. LOWE, Rep. - 57

For Assessor: Alvin CHANDLER, Dem. - 92; H.W. BECKEMEYER, Rep. - 30

For Collector: Claude FOSTER, Dem. - 84; F.C. LAWRENCE, Rep. - 52

For Highway Commissioner: F.C. NICHOLS, Dem. - 90; Ira BENDER, Rep. - 43

For School Trustee: Geo. FRIZZELL, Dem.- 79; J.J. ARNOLD, Rep. - 48

For Constable: S.H. REESE, Rep. - 48


For Town Clerk: Jesse GRIFFIN, Dem. - 121; Thos. DAY, Rep. - 47

For Assessor: Aaron HUTCHINSON, Dem. - 109; T.B. McCARTAN, Rep. - 58

For Collector: Van MUNDWILER, Dem. - 105; Oscar SMITH, Rep. - 63

For Highway Commissioner: John KOLB, Dem. - 92; Wm. GRIFFIN, Rep. - 67

For Justice of the Peace: Frank HEISTAND, Dem. - 109; Claude RAINEY, Rep. - 53

For School Trustee: Joe E. KAGY, Dem. 108; J.H. SHAFFER, Rep. - 55


For Town Clerk: D.C. BEAVER, Dem. - 299

For Assessor: C.B. SMITH, Dem. - 257; Henry LUX, Rep. - 142

For Collector: Dolph HAMMERS, Dem. - 243; A.C. DUNLAP, Rep. - 166

For Highway Commissioner: W.J. McCULLEY, Dem. - 175; Henry JACKSON, Rep. - 216

For School Trustee: Henry SEE, Jr. - Dem. - 229; R.S. ROWAN, Rep. - 156

Shall this town continue to be anti-saloon territory? Yes - 212; No - 147

For Building Hard Roads -111; Against - 284

- A 10 lb. Boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. NOLLER of Centralia, March 28. The mother was formerly Miss Gertie BELL of this city.

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 4, 1889: Twin daughters born to Sam and Ida McCLOUD; death of little James WILSON, aged 4 years

Feb. 15, 1889: John BRENNON leg crushed by train; Will REYNOLDS kindled a fire with gasoline and went to bed for a month; Constable Geo. BEAVER thrown from his horse; death of Nancy REYNOLDS, age 69

Feb. 22, 1889: Death of James COLEMAN age 30

March 1, 1889: The palatial residence of James GRAY destroyed by fire

March 8, 1889: Postmaster WILLIAMS gently choked by Preacher BELL

March 15, 1889: Death of Hon. R.W. TOWNSEND

April 5, 1889: Marriage of Wm. WILEY to Emma SIMMONDS; Death of Mrs. CORBIN and Mrs. STEEN; Richard F. LAWSON appointed postmaster; Death of Elizabeth Doolen, age 71

April 26, 1889: Twin boys born to Chas. NEAVILLS and wife

May 10, 1889: Death of Uncle Hiram WILLIAMS age 70; Death of Justus FRENCH age 75

June 7, 1889: Birth of Charley LARKIN

June 14, 1889: Marriage of Will LOVELL to Linnie CAWREY

June 24, 1889: Mary MARLOW killed by lightening in Omega

July 19, 1889: Death of James STEWART age 48

July 26, 1889: Death of Matilda SPROUSE age 61

Aug. 30, 1889: Modern Woodmen established in Kinmundy; Will FISH and wife hurt in railroad accident near Streator

Sept. 6, 1889: Death of James ROGERS of Meacham

Sept. 20, 1889: Death of Catherine WETTER age 67

Sept. 27, 1889: Another grand success of the Kinmundy fair; Myron DEIWERT sells the Corner Grocery to CHAPMAN

Oct. 4, 1889: Death of W.C. REEDER; Ed COLEMAN to Sarah STEADMAN

Oct. 11, 1889: Grace HEATON to F.A. TOWNSEND

Nov. 4, 1889: Death of Collin MUCHINSON

Nov. 15, 1889: Double wedding of Noble and Clement NEEPER to Polly and Maggie CONANT; Several burglaries about town; Death of Edward SMITH age 24

Nov. 22, 1889: Death of Sarah SPYKER age 71; Martin GRAMLEY to Maggie HUMPHREY

Dec. 6, 1889: Death of Jeff DAVIS; Adam WESTFALL age 93; Dr. CAMERER buys SHELTONS residence for $1,060

Dec. 20, 1889: MAMOTH illustrated edition of the Express

April 11, 1912:

- Granville GAMMON vs. Nancy Jane GAMMON divorce petition printed. (* - partial article)

- Advertisement: Gem Theatre. The Gem Theatre is now under new management and we will strive to please all by giving Good Shows Every Night. 3000 Feet of High Class Pictures. Illustrated - Special Music. We invite you to come and get your money’s worth. Big Shows every night, beginning promptly at 7:30. Admission 5 and 10 cents. Gem Theatre.

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 3, 1890: A very mild Christmas; marriage of Hugh MEEKS to Kate BEAVER; Mrs. Lou GLAZEBROOK to Doctor HENKIE; Robbery of Mrs. Giles SONGER by tramp and capture of thieves; collision near the coal mine

Jan. 10, 1890: A heavy sleet cyclone in Northern Illinois

Jan. 17, 1890: Every body has the grip

Jan. 24, 1890: Mose WAINSCOTT to Lucy NORRIS; Death of Samuel TELFORD aged 60 years; George MARTIN to Sarah FOSTER

Jan. 31, 1890: Lincoln REEDER is rescued from the cistern by his pa

Feb. 7, 1890: Delbert EAGAN to Alice WILSON; Steve WILSON to Anna BLACKBURN; 50th wedding anniversary of John GUNN and wife; George JONES killed in the Odin Coal mine; David SNAVELY of Omega, blew out the gas at Springfield and was brought home for burial

Feb. 14, 1890: Great band robbery at Salem; Death of C.C. FORD; Death of Lizzie JONES aged 18

Feb. 28, 1890: Death of Edward PURSELL aged 53

March 8, 1890: The Express buys the double brick building in which it was located of Catherine MOORE for $2, 250; A.M. YOUNG buys the REEDER stock of J.C. HAWORTH

March 14, 1890: 6th Anniversary of E.G. MENDENHALL and wife; Death of Denton GRAY aged 59; Stephen SANDHOFER aged 80; William WOOTEN to Ella CLAY; Olney swept by cyclone

April 4, 1890: RYAN’S Livery stable owned by Mike BRENNER destroyed by fire; Archie BRENNER destroyed by fire; Archie BREWER to Lizzie SMITH; Golden wedding of Uncle Billy and Aunt Katy GRAY

April 18, 1890: Marriage of F.A. PRUETT to Anna WHITAKER

April 25, 1890: Death of D.T. MOORE aged 38; Marriage of Roy GREEN to Hattie ROBB

May 2, 1890: Ben McFARLAND moves his family to Flora; George WHITBECK to Effingham; Marriage of Ed HENSLEY to Kate BEAVER

May 8, 1890: Death of Joseph CRAIG age 71; Residence of William ORGAN destroyed by fire

May 16, 1890: Marriage of C.P. CLINE to Maggie CRAIG; and William WILSON to Helen CRAIG

May 23, 1890: Death from paralysis of Capt. George BIDDULPH at Aurora

May 30, 1890: Will BUTLER to Abbie TUCKER

June 6, 1890: Marriage of Etta SEE to Will CROOKER in Alma

June 20, 1890: Marriage of Lizzie SIMPSON to Charles PARRILL; Government street letter box established in Kinmundy; An attempt to assassinate Doctor MATTHEWS at Mason; Organization of the Southern Illinois Immigration Association

June 27, 1890: Big Strike on the Illinois Central; Will JONES runs his hand thru a self binder; Marriage of Ida PHILLIPS to Will WHEAT

July 4, 1890: Steam heat fruit evaporator Ed MENDENHALL, MOTCH, and NEIL engage in the hay business; overground work of Kinmundy coal mine destroyed by fire

July 11, 1890: The first trip of the Illinois Central fast train

July 18, 1890: Marriage of Jennie SMITH to Doctor McDONALD at Hammond, La.; Wm. GRUBER killed by lightning; and Ben CRAIG loses lot of stock the same way

July 25, 1890: SONGER’s Mill puts in new rollers

Aug. 1, 1890: birth of Hazel BALKE

Aug. 8, 1890: The great Farina fire

Aug. 22, 1890: Death of Capt. TRUNKEY

Aug. 29, 1890: A son is born to Lou DAVIS and wife; Death of little Hugh WILSON; Death of Caroline GUNN aged 70 years

Sept. 5, 1890: Wedding of Charlie DOOLEN to Della ROBB; Will EAGAN to Lizzie WILSON; Sanford SCHOOLEY to Addie MARLOW, Joe BARBEE to Mollie HAYNIE

Sept. 12, 1890: Funeral of Archie BREWER; Marriage of Frankie SEE to Doctor HOLSON

Sept. 16, 1890: China wedding of Ras JONES and wife; Lizzie VALLOW to Will BATES; Mollie HAWORTH to Robert MURRY

Oct. 3, 1890: J.M. WYCKOFF locates in Kinmundy; Grace GUNN to Egbert ROBINSON; Henry Jefferson ALLEN to Mary WAINSCOTT; Death of L.B. FRENCH age 78; Richard DARDEN to Minnie LOWE

Oct. 17, 1890: Mary ELDER to Harry MANUEL; J.N. EMBSER accidentally puts a bullet thru his hand; Harry PERRY killed in railroad wreck

Oct. 31, 1890: A turkey goes thru NEIL’s plate glass window

Nov. 7, 1890: James COCKRELL is elected to the legislature; Rosco KLINE is married to Fannie HARRELL

Nov. 28, 1890: Suicide of Anna JONES; Death of Arthur SKILLING

Dec. 12, 1890: Quite a row between Kinmundy and Farina

April 18, 1912:

- William Dolph REYNOLDS, son of Abner and Nancy Lee REYNOLDS, was born in Paris, Ind. July 27, 1866, and died at his home in Kinmundy, Illinois, April 12, 1912, aged 45 years, 9 months, and 15 days, passing peacefully away at 3:45 in the afternoon. He was one of 8 children, only one of whom remains, a brother, whose residence is unknown to the family. He was united in marriage with Miss Nellie TYNER on Sept. 11, 1887, and to this union one son was born, Amy D. who died 5 years ago on April 7. Kinmundy was his home all during his married life, and he was much attached to the city and the people; and while his business called him away much of the time, yet this fact turned to his home city when ever business was over. He was a good man and had friends everywhere whose sympathy and prayers go out to the widow in her sad bereavement. The funeral service was held in the M.E. church Sunday morning at 8 o’clock conducted by R.D. WOODLEY and a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends were in attendance. After the funeral the remains were conveyed to the I.C. depot and shipped on No. 24 to Mason for burial and besides the relatives and friends, Clipper Lodge No. 413 Knights of Pythias was represented by 20 members at the burial service. Mr. REYNOLDS was a charter member of this Lodge and was a very active member and a great advocate of its teachings. Fred NAUMER of Altamont acting as Prelate had charge of the K. of P. burial service which was very impressive.

- John W. MILLER, son of George and Catherine MILLER was born at Washington, Ind. on the 16th day of Aug. 1846, and died at his home in Kinmundy, Ill., at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on the 14th day of April 1912, aged 65 years, 7 months, and 28 days. Mr. MILLER was one of 6 children, 5 sons, and 1 daughter. One brother and sister survives him. He was married to Miss Mary PARSON On Sept. 3, 1873 at Pendleton, Ind., and they immediately came to the city of Kinmundy and have continuously resided here since that time. To them were born 3 children, one dying: Frank MILLER and Miss Bertha MILLER, both of Casey, Ill., remain to comfort the stricken mother. He was a solider in the Civil War, member of the 136 Illinois Volunteers entering the service when quite young, on the 31st day, 1864, and was honorably discharged on the 22nd day of October the same year. He has been a member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M. for nearly forty years. Mr. MILLER has been a resident of Kinmundy for almost forty years and has been a splendid citizen, an excellent neighbor, a kind and loving husband and father, a friend to all. The funeral services were held from the family home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. R. D. WOODLEY, under the auspices of A.F. & A.M. Lodge No. 398, and Hicks Post No. 255, G.A.R., and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Ben GARRETT, wife and daughter, E.S. HOWELL and wife, S.E. HOWELL and wife, A.J. HOWELL and wife, S.E. HOWELL, wife and baby were visitors at J.F. HOWELL’s Sunday.

- On the 7th day of April at the home of Mrs. Della WILKINSON occurred the marriage of her daughter Miss Maude to Mr. Thomas F. McCARRY, of Richview, Ill., Rev. A.D. HOCKER, officiating. Her many friends extend best wishes for their future happiness.

- On Saturday, April 6, 1912, Mrs. Mattie HOWELL and O.T. TOMLINSON were united in marriage in St. Louis. The bride was raised in this city and is a sister of T.M. SMITH and her many friends extend congratulations. The groom is a St. Louis man and has been with the Plant Seed Co. for 16 years. They will reside at 3922 Olive St. Louis.

- Bert LAYTON of 802 N. 9th St., Springfield, and Miss Bernice BAYLIS, of this city, were married at Springfield Saturday afternoon by Probate Judge JENKINS. The bride is a daughter of J.A. BAYLISS and wife near this city and her many young friends extend congratulations. The groom is a cook in a restaurant; they will make their home at 802 N. 9th St., Springfield.

- J.M. GRAY, Theo MILLER, O.W. GEORGE, Lawrence STEVENS and wives, Glen BRASEL, Earl GEORGE, and Earl DISS attended Presbytery at Loogootee last Wednesday.

- A Brief History of Kinmundy by Leon HANNA: It now becomes the pleasure of the Senior Class of 1912 to have the privilege of presenting to the public an authentic history of our native city. The History of Kinmundy will take us back to the early pioneer life amid the picturesque scene of primeval forests and verdant undulating prairies. The life history of the ordinary individual finds its multitude of interested readers, but the thought of having the pleasure of perusing the history of the city in which we share alike as well wishers for its continued growth and prosperity is far superior. The stimulus of the early of Kinmundy was the survey and construction work on the Chicago branch of the Illinois Central railroad. In 1856 the depot was erected and the station named Kinmundy, this being the only point in the United States bearing a like cognomen. There is some dispute about the origin of the name, and several theories are advanced, but what seems to us the most authentic and authorative is the following extract taken from the Illinois Central Employees’ magazine. "Kinmundy was named after the birthplace of Wm. FURGURSON, a native of Scotland, who visited Illinois in 1856, and who was a member of the firm of Robert Benson & Co., at that time the Illinois Central R.R. Co’s agents in London."  In April 1857, Kinmundy was laid out east of the railroad by W.T. SPROUSE, WATSON and BARNARD and contained 15 blocks of various forms and sizes. The first addition was platted by Isaac EAGAN in 1858. The first store was built and owned by W.B. EAGAN, and was erected in 1854 on the site of the present residence of Mrs. Sarah PARRILL. It was a 2 story building, the first floor being a grocery store and also the first post office in Kinmundy, while the upper story served as the residence of the store keeper. In 1858 he and MONGER erected a store room near what is known as the ELDER corner, the spot now occupied by C.B. ROHRBOUGH’s clothing store.  The first church was a Cumberland Presbyterian, erected in 1858, Rev. Wm. FINLEY being the first pastor. Four or five years later the M.E. Church was built. The M.E. South in 1869, Roman Catholic in 1870, Christian in 1902, and the Baptist in 1904-5.  The first saw and grist mill was built by W.T. SPROUSE in 1858. He used it for some time, then sold it and it was moved away. In 1864 he erected another mill, then in 1868 SONGER Bros. built the present brick mill, making the brick themselves. The "Kinmundy Mill" was built in 1877 by Robert McCREARY, who sold it to Capt. ROHRBOUGH in 1878, who operated it until it was destroyed by fire in 1885. The city has now in successful operation a large three story grist mill, with full roller system, capacity of one hundred barrels per day, with local and foreign reputation for first rate flour.  The first blacksmith was Henry EAGAN, first physician and druggist Dr. W.W. ELLIOT, and the first lawyer Wm. HUBBARD.  The first school building erected in this vicinity was constructed of round, unhewed logs, on or near the spot known as the John CARMAN property; but the first school built since the town was founded, was located in 1858, between the residences of Chas. FRENCH and Mrs. R.F. PORTER, the lot being donated by D.P. SNELLING. The first teacher was James Parker SMITH.  The town of Kinmundy was incorporated as a city and given a charter of its own in 1876. The first officers of this new born city were: Mayor W.R. HUBBARD; Treasurer, C.H. MUNGER; and City Clerk, W.M. HUMBLE.  It would seem that the press has had the most varied experience of any business in Kinmundy. The Kinmundy Telegram is credited with being the first newspaper established in 1867 by Col. J.W. FULLER. During the campaign of 1868, the name was changed to Kinmundy Democrat. After the election it was again changed to Kinmundy Independent. At frequent intervals it has changed names and owners. In 1875 it was the Kinmundy Bulletin, then the Register. The Reform Leader, and on Nov. 8, 1883 what is now The Express was originated by Richard F. LAWSON. In 1898 it came into the hands of Mr. F.O. GRISSOM from Patoka, and in May 1900 was merged into the Express.  The banking business was begun here sometime early in 1867 by Messrs. McCREARY and MONGER who continued banking and brokerage for about 2 years. On Nov. 1, 1899 the Merchant’s and Mechanic’s Bank was established with a capital of $45,000; later it became the Haymond State Bank. The First National Bank came into existence in 1902 with Mr. Calendar ROHRBOUGH as the first president. In 1906, Mr. Henry WARREN & Sons started a private bank, but it has since changed into the Farmer’s & Merchant’s Bank and has a capital stock of $50,000 with individual liabilities amounting to $1,000,000.  The completion of the C. & E.I. railroad in 1895 gave an impetus to business and several large brick buildings were erected, but unfortunately nearly one half of the business part of the town was destroyed by fire in 1904. It was soon rebuilt but not long after a large part was swept away by a second fire, and now, as all has been rebuilt again, we are determined to take all precaution against a third disaster.  The citizens of Kinmundy are proud, not vain. We are proud of our city on account of its past achievement, present prosperity and future prospects. We are proud of our location, being in the northeast portion of Marion county and by logical deduction we can prove to our own satisfaction that Kinmundy is the garden spot of the world. The soil in this vicinity is very productive and in raising wheat, corn, oats -in fact all the cereal, our portion is the peer of any other. Our attitude is the greatest of any in this part of the state being located on the Apex of the great watershed between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. These natural advantages make Kinmundy the most picturesque place in "Egypt".  In the governmental affairs of both county and state, Kinmundy has sent her representatives. She has furnished the following county officers: Associate Judge, D.P. SNELLING; County Judges, Tillman RACER and C.H. HOLT; County treasurers: J.L. SMITH, J.P. STEEN, W.W. NEIL, and J.T. ARNOLD.  Among the visitors to Kinmundy are some very important personages. There have been some noted temperance lecturers, among whom were Gov. P. ST. JOHN, of Kansas; Geo. W. PAINE or the silver tongued orator of Kentucky; and Colonel John SOBIESKI, who were entertained at Capt. ROHRBOUGH’s home.  The buildings and edifices of our city are not so grand and magnificent as some, but are modern and substantial. Our water supply is unlimited, the veins are strong and contain pure and healthy water. Kinmundy is illuminated by electricity and has an excellent fire department.  This pleasant and growing city has over a thousand inhabitants comprising some of the best men and women in the world. We say best because of charity without manifestations, beneficence without display, and sympathy without flourish; our people cannot be surpassed anywhere. Kinmundy commands the trade of a large section of country and her business men are very energetic and enterprising.  But with all its abilities for business Kinmundy is not surpassed in facilities for modern education in minds and morals. We have a new school building erected in 1910, which has all the modern improvements and in which and taught all the common branches, with an up-to-date High school with ambitious pupils and competent teachers.  Kinmundy has, as we have heretofore mentioned, six large, imposing churches, representing as many denominations and in the stillness of a Sabbath evening can be heard harmonious chimes of the many pealing bells. "Here’s to Kinmundy; Place of my birth; May she ever remain; ‘Mong the fairest on earth."

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 2, 1891: Wedding of George MORGAN to Louise MERBOTH; Vard COCKRELL to Della KNISELEY; Gold medal won by Lotta NEIL; Death of John NELMS, aged 53

Jan. 9, 1891: Wedding of Ellis WOLFE to Dudie NELMS

Jan. 16, 1891: George BARBEE to Emma BALDWIN

Jan. 23, 1891: Death of Wesly BLURTON, age 41

Feb. 6, 1891: Sallie DARDEN to O. DORSEY; Chas. DISS to Etta HANNA; SWEENEY & CALDWELL buy the Corner Grocery of CHAPMAN; Death of Robert ARMSTRONG, age 80; Death of Louise WOOTEN, age 66; J.W. TULL & Son buy the hardware and harness business of J.C. HAWORTH

Feb. 27, 1891: The firm of WILSON & DAVIS is announced; death of the aged wife and young son of James K. CRAIG

March 4, 1891: Death of Al TOMLINSON of Alma, aged 56; John WILSON buys the opera house block for $8,500; Jonathan WALLS comes to establish a brick yard in Kinmundy; A daughter is born to John PATHAEL and wife; the election of PALMER to the senate.

April 3, 1891: Charles HERRICK is killed by the cars

April 10, 1891: A small cyclone unroofs John LENHARTS’ barn; Death of the wife of J.L. McHATTON, age 39

April 24, 1891: John METZGER to Lillie KRUTSINGER; Dan GUN elected Mayor; 26 against license; John WILSON is elected Supervisor for the third time.

May 1, 1891: Wedding of Lulu BLAKESLEE to Harry FINKE; Death of Sarelda BRADLEY aged 64; Death of Grandma SWIFT, age 95; John G. HANSON killed by falling timbers at Waverly, Miss

May 22, 1891: Chester STEVENS killed by the cars at Tonti

May 27, 1891: A son is announced at the home of Charles PARRILL and wife in Evanston; Train wrecked at Odin; Pat QUICK killed

June 5, 1891: 13th anniversary at Kinmundy Lodge 1091; Knights of Honor big time

June 10, 1891: George SPIECE to Sallie POOL

June 26, 1891: Death of Anderson McGEE, aged 63; Wedding of Thomas WADE to Gertrude DILLON

July: Death of William FISH, aged 48; Marriage of John STEEN to Johanna EAGAN

July 10, 1891: Full account of our grand annual celebration; Steam Heat Evaporator doubles her capacity; Death of Oscar RUSH by accident; PRUETT’s fruit evaporator begins business

July 17, 1891: Birth of Gene Stoker LAWSON; Mrs. DOOLEN burned to death in Texas; Death of little Ruby ROBNETT

July 24, 1891: Death of Eugene NELMS

July 31, 1891: Death of Elizabeth WEST, age 72; also that of Simon VAN ARNUM.

Aug. 7, 1891: Marriage of Ed BARGH to Nellie HOLBROOK; birth of fifth son to Charles and Alice FRENCH; Death of John H. ROSE, age 53

Sept. 11, 1891: Death of Cynthia SMITH, aged 80

Sept. 18, 1891: Mayflower Chapter Order Eastern Star organized in Kinmundy; Death of Simon COCKRELL age 43; store of WILSON & DAVIS burglarized

Sept. 25, 1891: W.H. MAHON to Celia BEHR; Luther DAVIS to Margaret MORRIS; Death of Fred HARLAN, aged 17

Oct. 3, 1891: The worst earthquake ever felt in this section; Linzie MARLOW to Hallie SCHOOLEY; a son is born to Chas. and Nannie NEIL

Oct. 22, 1891: Jerome EMBSER to Jessie SPIESE; Death of Edith BASS, aged 26; Edward FENDER to Mary CLAY; Death of Asenath STOKLEY, aged 86

Nov. 6, 1891: The marriage of Charles GIFFIN to Gertie EMERY

Nov. 20, 1891: Death of Lester WHITE of Alma; Josie ROCKHOLD to Fred ROCKWELL

Nov. 27, 1891: Ed DOOLEN to Myrtle HEADLEY; Jennie WILLIAMS to Chas. SULLENS; Death of Rev. M.R. JONES

Dec. 4, 1891: Marriage of Sarah GLAZEBROOK to John MOTT; a daughter born to Chas. and John MOTT; a daughter born to Chas. and Allie DENNIS, and a son to Levi and Sallie ROHRBOUGH

Dec. 25, 1891: Death of Martha HEISTAND, aged 38.

April 25, 1912:

- Mike PURTILL, for many years section foreman for the Illinois Central at Farina, died at his home in Chicago last Wednesday, aged 82 years. The body accompanied by his children and grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends, arrived in this city Saturday afternoon at 2:50 on I.C. train No. 1. The remains were conveyed to the Catholic cemetery, where a prayer service was held, the funeral service being held in Chicago. Mr. PURTILL was quite well known to the Kinmundy people many years ago and was a man highly respected by everybody. He was employed by the I.C. company for 40 years and was retired on a pension. He left Farina some 10 or 12 years ago and has made his home with his children since that time.

- Commencement will be this week. The class this year consists of Clarence CONANT, Leon HANNA, Josephine O’BRIEN, Elsie ROHRBOUGH, Vera BARGH, Ruth DOOLEN, Lauretta SCOTT, Hugh SPENCER. (* - partial article)

- Sunday, April 21, being the 80th birthday of Mrs. D.R. HANNA, her children planned a surprise. About the noon hour all gathered at the old home with well filled baskets and spent the day rejoicing that they were again permitted to be with their mother, grandmother and friend. Those present were W.G. WILLIAMS and family, who reside at the old home, Chas. DISS and family, C.W. and H.L. HANNA and families, Ed BRASEL and wife, A.D. WILLIAMS and family, of Centralia; Mrs. T.W. WILLIAMS, C.T. NICHOLS and family; C.L. PRESTON and family, Ardery PHELPS and wife, Gilbert and Miss Josephine WILLIAMS, of Salem. Those present besides the family were Rev. K. JONES of Centralia; Mrs. Henry WARREN and daughter, Mrs. John BRAZEL and Mis Iva WARREN. There were 52 present in all. Mrs. HANNA received scores of post cards from those who could not be present sending love and best wishes. May there be many more such happy birthday.

- Elder School: A surprise party was given Will SHAFFER Saturday night in honor of his birthday and a pleasant time enjoyed by all.

- The Senior Play at GRAY’s Opera House; Wednesday, May 1st, Cupid at Vassar. A College Comedy in Four Acts. Cast of Characters; Myron ROSS, Clarence CONANT, Leon HANNA, Hugh SPENCER, Lauretta SCOTT, Elsie ROHRBOUGH, Josephine O’BRIEN, Ruby HULTS, Ruth DOOLEN, Vera BARGH, Bess BRYAN, Dorothy DOOLEN, Marcelline WOLFE. Doors Open 7:30. Curtain 8:30. Admission 25 cents. Children 12 years of age 15 cents. (* - partial article)

- Advertisement: J.D. CAMERER, Physician and Surgeon, Kinmundy, Ill.

- Abbreviated History:

Jan. 8, 1892: Wedding of Edward COCKRELL to Edith DECKEY; Death of Uncle Fred SMITH aged 66; Maggie HAMMERS SULLENS aged 26; A son is born to A.M. ALLEN and wife; Sudden death of Buckner WILSON aged 58; Grandma SONGER, GED 86; John ROSE, 80

Jan. 22, 1892: John MAGINNIS to BROCKWAY; Henry DORR to Eunice WILLIAMS

Jan. 29, 1892: Death of John METZGER aged 68

Feb. 5, 1892: Death of Margaret SHRIVER, 61; Elizabeth SHELTON, 79

Feb. 12, 1892: Death of Mollie MURRAY aged 24; Poisoning of the MORTON family; Death of Nancy CLARK, aged 95

Feb. 26, 1892: Death of Mariam ALLMON; a son born to Gustin EAGAN and wife

March 11, 1892: Death of Harry SEE aged 21

March 18, 1892: Death of Bessie SMITH

March 31, 1892: Levi BROOKS buys the old and popular Squiers House

April 7, 1892: Wedding of Frank BEAL to Myrtle VANGEISON, Frank HAMMILTON to Minnie PORTER; Herbert SMITH to Bertha HOLLISTER

April 22, 1892: Susie LAWSON to Harrie McGREW; Geo. WILSON to Nannie BOWEN

May 6, 1892: A son is born to Ed and Nellie BARGH

May 13, 1892: Scott MATTHEW buys the Kinmundy coal mine; Death of Grandpa McCARTY, aged 85

May 20, 1892: Marriage of Walda TULL to Hattie GRAY

May 27, 1892: 86th birthday of Eliza WILSON; Death of Rubin ALDERSON, aged 74

June 17, 1892: Death of James ROWAN in a collision; Charles EMERY aged 21; Marriage of Joseph McBRIDE to Hattie SEITER, a daughter at the home of Arthur HUMPHREY and wife

June 24, 1892: Death to Grandma POWER Aged 81

July 1, 1892: Residence of William RENO burned; marriage of Lyman WALKINGTON to Carrie RAVENS

July 8, 1892: Ed GARNER to Ethel KING; Another big celebration of Independence Day

July 15, 1892: A son is born to John MOYER and wife at Fairfield

July 22, 1892: Death of Isaac N. MEEKS aged 85; the wife of John EAGAN aged 52

July 29, 1892: A son born to Ephrim CRANK and wife, infant son of A.M. ALLEN and wife is buried.

Aug. 5, 1892: Mattie FOSTER married to J.E. BURTIS at Van Couver, Wash.

Aug. 12, 1892: Foil PARKINSON is sentenced to 14 years for poisoning John MORTON; Luther DAVIS and wife are the proud parents of a son; Death of Nancy WILLIAM age 73

Aug. 19, 1892: Death of Louis WHITAKER aged 18

Sept. 9, 1892: Death of Sophy HARRIS aged 67

Sept. 16, 1892: 37th anniversary of William COLEMAN and wife; 13th anniversary of Mike BRENLER and wife; Death of Willie CONANT aged 7

Sept. 23, 1892: Death of a daughter of Henry STOCK and wife, and Lee HOWELL and wife with scarlet fever

Sept. 30, 1892: Ira ANGLIN to Mary KAGY, Frank ROGERS to Lillie KAGY

Oct. 7, 1892: 50th wedding anniversary of Elias NEIL and wife; wedding of Robert GRAY to Lizzie BOWERS; Death of Mrs. Ira CURRY aged 30

Oct. 14, 1892: Death of Giles SONGER, aged 63

Oct. 21, 1892: The wife of T.E. MAVES badly burned at Alma

Nov. 4, 1892: Death of Aunt Katy GRAY aged 70; Marriage of Will EAGAN to Jennie LOWE; Richard ATKINS to Elizabeth LANSFORD

Nov. 11, 1892: A great political cyclone and the election of Cleveland, Stevenson, Altgeld and others too numerous to mention; A ten pound democrat at the home of Scott MATTHEWS and wife; Death of Mrs. Alex FERGUSON at Dighton, Kan.

Nov. 25, 1892: Death of D.S. HASELDEN aged 84 years, also Sam GRAY and John SHAFFER

Dec. 2, 1892: Annual meeting of the County Horticultural Society; Death of W.T. BRENNAN aged 54

Dec. 23, 1892: Death of Mrs. Wm. CAWREY, aged 45; the Kinmundy Creamery begins operation

Dec. 30, 1892: Silver wedding of O.N. TYNER and wife; the death of little James NEEPER.

May 2, 1912:

- While driving in the field on his farm with his six year old son, Harry, by his side, Robert L. POTTER, of Maple City, Kan., was instantly killed by a flash of lightening while the little boy remained uninjured. Johnnie, the 8 year old son, was walking along a short distance from the wagon; they had noticed a small cloud passing over and he noticed a slight flash of lightening and thought something had happened to his father. He ran to the wagon and found him dead, then ran back home to tell his mother. She could not believe it but went with him to where the team had stopped; they had not become frightened but had walked quietly on almost to one of the neighbors and stopped under a tree. Mr. POTTER had not fallen from the seat, but was leaning backward. A slight hole in his hat showed that the lightning had passed through it. The left side of his neck and his left arm and hand were scorched black. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Maple City, Rev. NIXON of the Presbyterian church of Arkansas City officiated. It was largely attended, fully five hundred people being present. Robert L. POTTER was born in Meacham twp., about 48 years ago, and his boyhood days were spent here. When a lad not quite grown, his father’s moved to Kansas where he has resided ever since. He was married to Miss Jessie JACK of this city, April 9, 1901, who with the 2 little boys mentioned, survive him, also one brother, John POTTER of Maple City, and a sister, Mrs. Allie WATSON, of Ill., who was present at the funeral. Many other relatives reside in this county and Cowley Co., Kan.

- William H. MAXEY, little son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. MAXEY, died early Wed. morning April 17, aged nearly 6 years and 4 months. He was born in Shelby co., Ill., Dec. 27, 1905. The little fellow had for a couple of years been a suffer from inflammatory rheumatism, which finally affected the heart, causing death. Funeral services were held at the home, 9 miles south of Monte Vista, on Thurs. afternoon conducted by Rev. E.N. EDGERTON, and interment in the Monte Vista cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sincere sympathy of all their friends in the loss of their little son. San Luis Graphic, Monte Vista. The subject of this sketch is the grandson of W.H. MAXEY of this city, and the parents are well known here and their many friends send sympathy.

- Joseph DOWNS, of this city, who is employed as baker in Derry’s 4th street bakery, Litchfield, and Miss Minnie THORNTON, daughter of Albert THORNTON and wife of Litchfield, were married at the residence and by Rev. G.W. MORTON, pastor of the Central Christian Church at 8 p.m. Saturday evening April 27, 1912. They will resided at 316 E. 7th St. The groom is the son of M. DOWNS and wife of this city, and his friends here extend congratulations.

May 9, 1912:

- 1912 Commencement was held at GRAY’s Opera House, and there were 8 graduates from Kinmundy High School: Lauretta SCOTT, Ruth DOOLEN, Josephine O’BRIEN, Elsie ROHRBOUGH, Vera BARGH, Leon HANNA, Hugh SPENCER, Clarence CONANT. (* - partial article)

- W.H. BREWER was in Farina Tuesday attending the funeral of T.P. ANDREWS, who died Sunday afternoon of heart failure.

- Ira SPURLIN was born at Windsor, Ill., Aug. 15, 1892. She was married to Ray JONES July 25, 1909. In December 1909 she was baptized and united with the Christian Church in this city under the pastorate of Elder F.O. FANNON. She was afflicted with that incurable disease consumption and gradually grew weaker with each passing day until Friday May 3, 1912, when she passed away. The funeral services were held at Sunday Branch Thursday, conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, after which the body was laid to rest beside her mother who died Sept. 6, 1910.

- Farina: T.P. ANDREWS died very suddenly Sunday morning.

- A Great Showing of everything new in Buggies & Harness. Right now we are prepared to show you the greatest line of new and up-to-the-minute buggies, surreys, single and double harness, whips, dusters, etc. to be found in the county. The spring weather for driving is upon us and we have the new buggy you have been talking to "her" about for months. Surprise your wife of the girl you would like to make your wife by hitching to one of these new rigs. We want to see you in our store and remember we sell buggies and harness. H.A. BROWN.

May 16, 1912:

- Andy CRAIG’s shoe shop was burglarized Saturday night and a lot of tools and other valuables taken.

- Jacob JAHRAUS, A German farmer, residing 8 miles north of this city, died Sunday night, aged 80 years. He was one of the prosperous and highly respected citizens of his neighborhood.

- E.G. FORD was up from Alma Tuesday on business.

- Advertisement: 30 days special begins today. Closes Wednesday, June 12th. For 30 days I will take 25 pictures for 25 cents. This is a rare opportunity to get another lot of penny pictures. This offer is good for 30 days only as I have an outfit rented for that time and no longer. Don’t fail to improve this opportunity. Bring the children and come yourself. C.L. Williams, Photographer.

- Ancient History:

Oct. 1, 1880:

+ Harvey BUNDY took his colt to the Centralia Fair last week and got a blue ribbon.

+ Charley LOWE got the second premium on his colt.

+ We have had to chronicle the arrival of a number of new comers in the past few weeks, but this week we tally twins - a boy and a girl - and Thomas HARGRAVES is the happy father.

+ Jeremiah ALLEN died at his residence four miles southeast of Kinmundy, on last Tuesday, aged 52 years. He had been a resident of this county for 16 years.

+ John SEITZ of St. Louis and Miss Mary STOCK of Fayette Co., were married at the Catholic Church in this city last Monday by Father John ECHERMAN.

+ The following is the greenback ticket for this county - For Circuit Clerk: Richard WILLIAMS; for Sheriff, John EDDINGS; for Attorney, B.F. HUFF; for Coroner, James EDDINGS; for SURVEYOR, Seth HILL.; The following are the city Officers - Mayor, Calendar ROHRBOUGH; Clerk, Wm. H. FREEMAN; Treasurer, L.F. BOOTHE; City attorney, Tillman RASER; City Marshal, J.C. GUNN; police magistrate, D.C. BEAVER; Street Commissioner, James MAHAN; Councilman, First Ward, J.P. WHITSON, S.J. ALLEN; Second Ward, Edward HERRICK, Abraham SONGER; Third Ward, John B. KING, Geo. W. HARLAN.

Oct. 8, 1880:

+ I.D. LEAR, candidate for sheriff, was in town, Tuesday.

+ Mrs. Mary A., wife of Simpkins DOWNS, died in this city on last Thursday morning after a lingering illness and was buried Thursday.

+ Miss Anna J. LEFFEL, formerly of Kinmundy, was married on Thursday, Sept. 16, to W.F. WOLFE, at Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

+ Lizzie, daughter of Zack BARBEE, died Wednesday last, aged about 3 years.

+ Good wheat is selling on the market for 84 cents per bushel.

+ S.J. ALLEN has tendered his resignation as alderman in first ward.

+ Hon. G.W. RUTHERFORD, candidate for congress in this district, and S. FRAZIER, candidate for the state legislature, on the Greenback ticket, gave us a call on Wednesday. They are both good solid citizens and well posted politically.

+ North Fork Items:

- INGRAM & FUQUA are going to build a house for John DOOLEN for $460.

- Mack ROBB is going to commence building on Ben DOOLEN’s house next week.

- J.T. ARNOLD had a cow died with milk sick last week –two more down with it.

- Billy, Bob and Eli ROBB, Charley and Meredith DOOLEN, James FINCH, John and William JONES, Dock ATKINS, Isam DOOLEN, Wes MORGAN, Jay ARNOLD, all started for St. Louis Fair Monday in their wagons.

- John GREEN and wife have returned from Saylor Springs, where they have been drinking the water for their health.

- About half the folks on North Fork have gone to St. Louis to the Fair - some went on the cars and some went in wagons.

+ Meacham Items

- Matt LACEY is teaching the Farris School.

- Lizzie PARRILL is teaching the Switzer School.

- The school at Maple is progressing nicely under Mr. ALLEN.

- Aaron YANTIS has been engaged to teach this winter at Lacey.

- G.S. LACEY and daughter visited the Springfield Fair last week.

- I.T. DILLON and A.V. SCHERMERHORN visited the St. Louis Fair this week.

- Ab PARRILL and others started Monday via wagon route to attend the St. Louis fair.

- Alice MEEKS, Maggie McCLUER, Ella PARRILL, Ida ROGERS, Ella LACEY, Sumner DILLON and G.S. LACEY are attending school at Kinmundy.

May 23, 1912:

- Elder School Express: Anyone finding a black mustache, please return it to the owner, L.B. BAKER.

- Farina Express: A boy arrived at the home of Ed LACEY and wife last Thursday.

- Hon. M.A. FYKE of Kansas City, arrived here Monday evening to visit a few days with his daughter, Mrs. L.M. ROTAN and family.

- S.E. WHITE, who resided near this city many years ago on what is now known as the SCHERMERHORN farm, and who is known by many of the older residents here, died at the home of his son George near Windsor, Thursday, March 21, and he was buried in the little Wabash Cemetery. He was a member at the time of his death of Kinmundy Post G.A.R.

- Ancient History

Sept. 26, 1879:

+ Kinmundy Markets - wheat 95 cents; corn 28 to 30c; oats 15 to 20c; flour $5.20 to $5.60 per bbl; corn meal per bu 40 to 50c; butter 10c; hams 12 ½ c; bacon 8c; shoulders 6c; chickens $1.20 to $2. Wheat was one dollar per bushel on Wednesday. Yesterday everybody brought in their wheat to find the price reduced to 95 cents.

+ Sale of property by FREEMAN & ROTAN; Charles SCHLEFFLER house and lot No. 6, SNELLING’s edition to Richard F. LAWSON, consideration $160 cash.; E.H. MILLER farm, 2 miles west of Kinmundy, to Wm. ORGAN, consideration $525, part cash.

+ J.P. WHITSON has dropped his harness making and is hauling sugar cane this week.

+ Rev. T.M. PRICKETT held services at the M.E. Church South last Sunday morning and evening.

+Miss Ella WILSON, aged 18 years, died near Omega last Thursday morning, Sept. 25, 1879. She was a niece of Mrs. I.T. DILLON. Her remains were laid to rest in the WILSON cemetery near Alma.

+ On the 18th of Sept. 1879 at the residence of the bride’s father, 3 miles north of Kinmundy, occurred the marriage of Daniel B. ROBB and Miss Mary L. FOSTER. A number of people were invited and after the ceremony partook of a supper prepared. The table was nicely prepared and all were amply provided, but the expression of "Hamer, isn’t this glorious" capped the climax.

+ Rev. N.B. COOKSEY and family moved to town Thursday.

+ Rev. G.W. GRABE preached at his new location - Patoka - last Sunday.

+ Do you want a good newspaper and pay for it in wood? If you do, bring the wood and we will furnish the paper.

+ The largest pumpkin that ever grew in this vicinity, if not in Marion county, is on exhibition at L.F. BOOTH’s. It weighs 132 lbs., is 6 feet and 9 inches in circumference, and was raised on the farm of Capt. TAYLOR, near Alma, by Nannie ROBERTS. The pumpkin will be cut tomorrow and the seed sold. Everybody attend and see the fun.

+ CRANDALL & BALDWIN, of Farina, have purchased the livery stock of Chas. MOORE, to which they have added their livery stock of Farina.

+ J.B. McBRYDE is in Chicago making his purchase of a full stock of goods.

+ North Fork Items:

George ATKINS and Dock are going to Texas with their families.

John DOOLEN says the next time he goes to the fair he is going with George MORGAN and John IVY, for he wants to sleep a little at night.

Geo. ATKINS and William JONES have made their fortunes hunting this fall.- they have killed 3 chickens and 1 snipe.

Ben DOOLEN, John JONES, Frank LOWE, John DOOLEN, Frank LOWE, John DOOLEN, Mos ROBB and Philip GREEN all went to Vandalia last week to the fair.

+ Meacham Items: Wheat sowing is nearly done.

Levi THOMAS has built a new grainery.

E.S. GIBSON has moved to Wm. NEEPER’s place.

The WILSON reader is now used at the Maple Grove school.

The home literary held their last meeting at Fletch ROGERS.

Mrs. Ab PARRILL has ben staying at Saylor Springs for her health.

Old Mr. SHAFFER has gone to Paulding, Ohio, for a visit with his children. Mrs. BALKE and son have moved back to Pennsylvania.

Henry says he is looking around for a wife - look out girls.

Wes ROCKHOLD had quite a reunion of his family last Saturday. His son from Kansas, his daughter and husband from Kentucky were with him.

May 30, 1912:

- A Boiler Explosion: Last Thursday morning between 8 and 8 o’clock the boiler at the saw mill of Boyd FOGERSON, eight miles east of this town, exploded and seriously injured Mr. FOGERSON and Otis HARRIS, a young man employed at the mill as fireman. Mr. FOGERSON was injured about the head and body, had a shoulder broken and one limb so badly torn and broken that Dr. MILLER of this city and Dr. BOSTON of Oskaloosa decided it best to take him to the Effingham Hospital for treatment. He was accompanied to the hospital by Dr. BOSTON, Ralph and Jeff FOGERSON. He reached the hospital in good condition and now seems to be getting along nicely. It was first thought the bone of the broken limb was so badly crushed that amputation would be necessary, but the doctors have since decided it might be possible to save it and are trying hard to do so. Young HARRIS was considered the most seriously injured of the two. He had a large hole blown or torn to his side so deep that it was thought he could live but a short time and the two physicians dressed his wound and it was thought best not to take him to the hospital. Reports received Monday were that he was some better and slight hopes of his recovery entertained. The exact cause of this terrible explosion is unknown, but it is thought by many to be caused by gas, although many steam engineers contend that such a thing is impossible. The explosion was heard for almost 20 miles. The engine was facing the north and after the accident what was left of it had been blown half around and was facing the south. The pieces were scattered in all directions for several hundred yards. How these two men escaped instant death no one can tell. It was a very unfortunate affair, but could have been more so.

- Almost Lost an Eye: Martin P. GRAMLEY of this city, met with a very painful and almost serious accident last Thursday morning. He rode out the HUMPRHEY farm to assist in marketing some hogs belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth GRAMLEY. Martin and Chas. WAINSCOTT were loading the hogs and one extra large one made up his mind to stay on the farm and refused to be loaded. Martin procured an old pitchfork with a short and slivered handle and was assisted Mr. Hogship to ascend the chute when the animal turned and ran back, striking the fork. The end of the fork handle caught the inside corner of the lower lid of Mr. GRAMLEY’s right eye and almost tore the lid off. He was immediately brought to Dr. CRAMER’s office where the wound was dressed and the eyelid stitched in place. This was a very painful accident but fortunately the sight is uninjured and Martin is glad its no worse that it is and feels that it was his lucky as well as unlucky day.

- Ben H. CRAIG wrote a letter from his ship, the U.S.S. Tennessee while they were at Philadelphia.(* - partial article)

- Alma Express: Leander ARNOLD and team near Salem, were killed Friday about noon.

- Farina Express: Born to D.W. SWITZER and wife, a 11 lb. girl May 26.

- Aunt Mandy ROWE died at her home, 3 miles south of Kinmundy last Wednesday aged 74 years. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon and was attended by Mrs. Louis BARBEE and son, Guy and Mrs. Kate THOMAS of this city.

- Leander ARNOLD of Foster twp., employed on the LECKRONE farm at Salem, was killed by lightning last Friday afternoon during the wind and electric storm. The team he was working was also killed. The body of ARNOLD was buried Sunday at Sandy Branch and at least 500 people were in attendance.

- Ellis McHATTON, of Champaign, attempted to kill his wife and them himself by shooting with a 22 caliber revolver on the streets of that city last Saturday. It is thought she will recover, but his condition is considered dangerous. She is a daughter of James RICHARDSON and wife of Meacham twp.

- Mrs. Emma LLOYD, mother of W.B. LLOYD, died at Glen Elyn, Ill., May 25, 1912, aged 86 years. Burial was at St. Charles, Ill. on May 27.

- Ancient History:

Nov. 14, 1879:

+ Number one weather for corn huskers.

+ Whole number at the M.E. Church last Sunday, 96.

+ "Boss" CRAIG is repairing the railroad at the station.

+ A child of D.A. PORTER’s died last Saturday, aged about 15 months.

+ W.B. EAGAN is making a decided improvement in his hall by ceiving overhead.

+ The outside of the M.E. Church is receiving the attention and labor of the painter.

+ Smith, the tenser, continues to play the razor and shears, with an occasional bath thrown in.

+ Hugh PUFFER has built a new barn on his premises. The boys say he must buy a "plug" hat now.

+ We learn that I.V. SAWYER, formerly a resident here, died at his residence in Taylor Co., Iowa. He was about 60 years of age.

+ The Vandalia District Conference will be held in the M.E. Church in this city on Nov. 18th to 20th. Quarterly meeting on Tuesday the 18th.

+ On a piece of land 13 rods long and 5 ½ rods wide near Kinmundy, was raised this year 39 bushels of potatoes 9 bushels of modoc corn, 1 bushel of white beans, and 2 loads of pumpkins, by J.F. CROFT.

+ R.F. LAWSON and wife and James MAHAN visited Vandalia this week. Miss Sarah LAWSON accompanied them to this place enroute to Kansas on a visit to her brother, W.J. LAWSON at Osage, Kan.

+ A little son of W.L. KING met with a severe and painful accident Tuesday and falling and breaking his arm in 2 places below the elbow. Dr. W. FORSHEE set the broken limb and the boy is doing as well as could be expected.

+ It was quite lively around police headquarters last Saturday in our city, several interesting cases being disposed of. His honor, Judge DONOVAN, thought he would not assume jurisdiction in the case of the City vs. delinquent aldermen, he therefore dismissed the suit.

+ The series of meetings at the M.E. church South still continues, conducted by Revs. ROBB and PRICKETT, of that church, assisted by Rev. W.N. GERARD of the C.P. Church.

+ We received the obituary of Dr. D.J. FOX too late for this issue.; SIPLE & MARTIN have opened a new meat market one door south of BOOTH’s where they will keep choice meat and sausage and sell at the very lowest prices.

+ City Government: Mayor John J. RASER; Clerk W.L. FREEMAN; Treasurer L.F. BOOTHE; City Attorney Tilman RASER; City Marshal, E.D. PORTER; public magistrate, John F. DONOVAN; councilmen, S.M. FUQUA, J.P. WHITSON, E. FREEMAN, E. HERRICK, W.R. HUBBARD, Y.P. BARBEE.

+ Township Government - Supervisor, W.C. REEDER; Clerk, Isaac N. MEEKS; Assessor, T.W. WILLIAMS; Collector, D.C. BEAVER; Highway Commissioners, Thos. NEAVILL, Michael SEE, A.W. EAGAN; Justices of the Peace, John J. RASER, J.H. BALLANCE; constables, Geo. W. BEAVER, John EAGAN.

+ School Government - Directors, C. ROHRBOUGH, J.B. McBRYDE, L.L. HOLLISTER; School Trustee, R.E. SHELTON; Principal of Schools, N.S. SCOVILL.

+ Foster Items: John IVY is about to make a trade on land with his dad.

-Ras ARNOLD is building a house

-Ben GARRETT is a carpenter

-Mrs. Nancy JONES has gone to Vandalia to have her eyes doctored and expects to stay 3 or 4 months.

-Miss MAHON, of Breakneck, says she is going to have a spelling the first snow that comes.

-Mose GARRETT has quit hauling logs to the lake.

-There was a singing match at North Fork last Sunday evening - the Zion school came up to sing with the North Fork School.

-Every lady on North Fork has a new coat now - Hattie, Ann and Ivy DOOLEN, Tack CONANT, Polly MORRIS, Clara DOOLEN, Lucy DEW, Molly SPENCER, and a great many others.

June 6, 1912:

- Boyd FOGERSON, who was injured in the sawmill explosion, 8 miles east of this city, on Thursday, May 23, and was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital at Effingham for Treatment, died there on Wednesday of last week of his injuries. It was thought up to a few hours before his death that his recovery was almost sure but it is supposed he received internal injuries that the physicians were unable to locate. The body arrived here Thursday morning on No. 5 and was conveyed to the home of John SMITH, his father-in-law, where it remained till Friday, when the funeral was held in the Miletus church conducted by Elder J.W. SIMER, after which interment was made in Phillips Cemetery. The deceased was 40 years of age and was one of the highly respected citizens of his neighborhood. He leaves a wife and 2 children, besides several brothers and sisters and many other relatives.

- Last Sunday just at noon our citizens were aroused from their quiet and peaceful Sabbath by the sound of the fire alarm. The sound of the bell caused church services to adjourn before the benediction, as those in attendance were too anxious to get out to wait for any further ceremony. The fire was the residence of Arthur HUMPHREY, and for a few minutes it looked like it would be utterly impossible to save the house as the smoke was pouring out of every crack and crevice. The fire department was soon on the scene and had the water flowing in a very few seconds, and the flames were soon extinguished. The interior of the two one-story rooms were badly burned and charred and the roof was considerably damaged. The fire originated form a coal oil stove.

- Elder School Express: Services were held at Pleasant Grove Sunday afternoon.

- Anti Dust Movement: The Kinmundy Business Men’s Association met in special session last Friday night to think over the advisability of oiling the streets and make them dust proof. Mr. MOORE, a representative of the Standard Oil Co., was present and addressed the meeting, giving prices and telling how to apply the oil and giving other information. Several of the towns in Southern Illinois have been using this plan to keep down the dust and it has been very successful. The cost is very nominal and it is claimed a good application will last the entire season. This plan is much cheaper than water sprinkling and there is no reason why Kinmundy should not try it at once. (* - partial article)

- Elmer WARD of Charleston, Mo., visited here a few days last week with the BOUGHERS families. He was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by Constable PORTER by request of the sheriff of Mississippi Co., Missouri and the sheriff arrived here Monday and returned WARD to his home for trial. He is charged with assault with intent to murder, and Constable PORTER received a reward of $30 for his capture. WARD is 18 years of age and formerly resided here, bing the son of Frank WARD.

- Alma Express: E.G. FORD spent Monday in Kinmundy on business.; Born to Mr. and Mrs. Truman DUGAN, a 10 lb. Boy, Monday, May 27.

- Ancient History:

June 13, 1879:

+ The number present at the different Sunday Schools last Sunday was 255.

+ The committee on arrangements are pushing matters for celebrating the coming fourth of July in Kinmundy.

+ James MAHAN has had a relapse and is very sick this week, which is unfortunate.

+ Another saloon is being agitated. Business in that hue seems to be prospering. We see but little improvement in other lines of trade.

+ G.M. SONGER left on Friday evening last Danville, Ky., intending to spend two or three weeks visiting friends.

+ J.F. DONOVAN left for Bloomington Friday evening to attend the grand lodge of the Knights of Honor as the representative of Kinmundy Lodge.

+ R.F. LAWSON was here a few days this week from Kansas. Mrs. J.W. LAWSON and children of Osage Mission, accompanied him as far as Edgewood, where they are visiting and will come here in a few days. Dick left for Kansas again on Wednesday.

+ Mr. Geo. W. SMITH, county superintendent of Clay County, and lady, spent a few days in our city recently, the guests of J.M. ROTAN.

+ The band wagon, for the first time, was rolled thru our streets Thursday night. THOMPSON with his "grays" done the moving. The boys were in a good humor and did the music well, stopping at the corners for the benefit of the old and young.

+ Mr. ANDREWS, of Pana, is trying to get the people of Kinmundy to organize and run a public library. He wants 50 subscribers at 2 dollars each and when he gets them he will furnish and library 100 books of good reading.

+ Jonathan GREEN, aged 67 years, died in Foster twp. Wednesday night at 8 o’clock after a short illness.

+ William ROSE and Mrs. Elizabeth H. ABBOTT of Mulberry Grove; were married Monday June 9th at Vandalia by Rev. SHEPPARD.

+ S. HULBERT left Sunday night on a visit to his old home in West CORNWALL, Vt., and will be absent some weeks.

+ Meacham Items:

-Early flax is looking fine.

-Levi THOMAS has been fishing. Got back last Sunday.

-Mrs. MOORE, of Ohio, is visiting her sister, Mrs. STORRS.

-Miss Maria MAHON closed her school Friday with a picnic.

-For the information of those who have lived in Meacham, we will say that the corn is as fine as it ever was in this township.

-Miss Mat LACEY’s school closed last Thursday. The crowd present numbered 62.

-The Sunday school at the Camp Ground is prospering under the superintendency of Uncle Jimmy CRAIG. They are to have a picnic soon.

+ Foster Township Items:

-A general turnout from Buzzards Roost last Sunday to hear Bro. SNELL preach.

-Filmore GARRETT left for Kansas on Tuesday, the 10th. We hope he may have a pleasant trip.

-Isam DOOLEN, Hattie DOOLEN and Sis LOWE were visiting friends near Brownstown last week.

-Jack FOSTER and family, from near Buzzards Roost, visited friends on North Fork Saturday and Sunday.

-A good old fashioned gum such party at Frank LAND’s Friday night.

-Noll JONES has traded his mules for a span of horses. The boys say that one of them is only 27 years old.

-Smith CONANT and FISHER have bought a harvester and will cut all the Wheat on Buzzard Roost prairie for $1.25 per acre.

-Look out everybody for the grand picnic at North Fork on Saturday the 21st.

- John ATKINS gives a free swing that day.

-Preaching at ARNOLD’s Chapel last Sunday by Rev. SNELL. House full and good order, with the exception of some loud snoring by those who went to sleep.

June 13, 1912:

- Alma Express: Miss Emogene FORD and Mr. Carl WHITE attended the chautauqua at Kinmundy Friday evening; A large crowd attended the dance Friday evening at the MAZANEK Hall.

- A pretty home wedding was solemnized at 8 o’clock last night when Miss Julia Maude NEWMAN became the bride of Harry Cameron JOHNSON at the home of Miss NEWMAN’s sister, Mrs. J.E. WHITLEY at Pueblo, Colo. (* - partial article)

- Arthur CURRY died at his home in Salem last Saturday last Saturday after an illness of several weeks, of lung trouble. He was well and favorably known in this vicinity and was a son-in-law of B.D. CRAIG.

- Geo. REESE gave his berry pickers a picnic at his home last Saturday. About 45 were in attendance and the day was very much enjoyed. Mrs. REESE served dinner to the crowd and several gallons of ice cream were used in the entertainment. This jolly crowd assisted Mr. REESE in caring for his berry crop and to show his appreciation he gave them a picnic. The crowd all join in giving Mr. and Mrs. REESE a vote of thanks for their courteous treatment during the season and for the enjoyable day at the picnic.

- J.F. HOWELL and wife spent Thursday with Ben GARRETT and family.

- Ancient History:

Oct. 10, 1879:

+ Mr. and Mrs. GUNN are at Nashville this week.

+ Mike BRENNER looks natural in his old position in the lumber yard.

+ W.H. WHITE attended the grand lodge of Masons at Chicago last week.

+ John WARICK is on hand again and will do some carriage trimming for W.H. WHITE.

+ W.B. EAGAN and B.C. PRUETT are witnesses at St. Louis in the Marsh HARVESTER case.

+ Mrs. Geo. W. RAY, Mrs. Newton SEE and James RAY left Tuesday on a visit in Park Co., Ind.

+ J.T. PLIEU and S.B. GRAY had a little difficulty at the brick yard Monday. They paid their fines - $3 and costs.

+ Quite an exhibition on Saturday last of the effects of "tanglefoot" on the streets. The calaboose had only 1 victim, however.

+ Fifty bushels of fine large potatoes from one bushel. Sample left here by W.A. TOMLINSON. The land, with many acres adjoining, can be bought for $2.50 to $3.00 per acre. What is the use of going to Texas for cheap for more productive land?

+ On Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1879, in Salem, by C.H. FELTMAN, occurred the marriage of James L. McHATTON and Cynthia J. LOCKE, both of Kinmundy twp.,

+ The city council held a warm session this month, and the proceedings read as follows: "After some wrangling, and no business being done, FREEMAN and HUBBARD left. There being no quorum the council adjourned."

+ Farina:

- W.W. NELSON has been appointed station agent at this place vice Mr. LENZ resigned

- Our little village was in a fever of excitement for 2 or 3 days this week about the death and postmortem examination of John RYDER. Dr. SMITH of Kinmundy had charge of the case, and on Friday last a new doctor was called. On Monday RYDER died. A postmortem was held Tuesday afternoon revealing the disease to be cancer of the stomach, which was what Dr. SMITH treated for, also a wonderful enlargement of the liver, which organ weighed over 8 lbs. The physician who was last called claimed this for his own, intending to preserve it, but the other doctors present and the citizens insisted that it be sent to the medical college at Chicago in order that the profession at large might have the opportunity of investigating the phenomena. It was so disposed of.

+ Country Items:

- Jerry ALLEN went to Indianapolis Thursday.

- N.H. HEATON went to St. Louis Tuesday.

- Geo. W. SHRIVER has commenced school at Scrutchfield prairie.

- Alice KAGY is teaching at the Shriver School house.

- P.A. SHRIVER killed 23 rattle snakes this summer and it was not a good summer for snakes either.

+ Meacham:

- Ella LACEY is very low.

- Wm. WATSON is still down sick.

- Jim COCKRELL says he can say "girls" now.

- SUMNER and Amos DILLON are attending St. Louis fair.

- Wes ROCKHOLD and son and Seth FOSTER are at the St. Louis fair. They went the old way - by wagon route.

+ North Fork:

- Joe HINDMAN has the dropsy.

- John COLE has a new buggy to go to the St. Louis fair in.

- John GREEN is building a fine 2-story house.

- Isam DOOLEN had the west side of his house turned to the east the other day.

June 20, 1912:

- Alma Express: Miss Emogene FORD entertained the "Good Indians" and the "Time Killers" at her home Friday evening. All were present and the evening passed quickly in games. At the close dainty refreshments were served by the hostess.

- Elder School Express: Frank SHAFFER has a telephone now.

- Dr. J.D. CAMERER reports the arrival of a fine boy at the home of Ira CONANT and wife last Thursday.

- A new babe was born at the home of Oscar RENNIE, southwest of town, Tuesday night.

- Ancient History:

Oct. 10, 1879 - North Fork Items:

+ We were glad to be permitted to attend the camp meeting on Sunday, Rev. MARLOW, of the C.P. Church, preached a very interesting sermon at 11 o’clock to a large congregation. There was also preaching at 3 o’clock by a Baptist minister, and at night by Rev. G.W. GRABE, late of Kinmundy, of the M.E. Church. It is due him to say that he labored hard to impress upon the minds of the people the importance of becoming religious. We were glad to hear of the good that has been accomplished. Quite a number of people from North Fork were there. All seemed to be enjoying themselves, especially Ben DOOLEN and John ATKINS, who were camped.

+ Quite a number of the boys of this neighborhood in company with John DOOLEN, "Mack" ROBB, Willie MORRIS and James ARNOLD left home on the 5th. They will attend the St. Louis Fair, via wagon route.

+George CONANT, Phillip GREEN, Samuel MORRIS, and families will also attend the fair. They are going by rail. George and Phillip will explore the city and examine the different departments of the fair; a part of the time will be spent at the river viewing and examining the boats and bridge. Some of their time will be spent, doubtless, in fishing. They will also visit the poultry yards, and make some choice selections of the feather stock tribe, then NELMS and TUCKER will have to advance on prices.

+ Gibson CONANT and wife, of Crackers Neck, and Smith CONANT and wife, of Buzzard Roost, have gone to Lebanon via wagon route. From there they will travel by rail to St. Louis. It is expected they will examine the stock departments and also the Union Stock Yards. SMITH wants to get a stock of hots called the "hazel splitter", while GIBSON wants what is called the "blue" stock.

+ Geo. ATKINS has returned from St. Louis. He says times are about the same.

+William EAGAN is still making molasses. He has a great pile of cane there.

June 27, 1912:

- The 86th birthday of Lieutenant W. J. YOUNG was celebrated at his farm home near Iuka, on last Friday, the 21st. Twenty-eight of his soldier comrades gathered to spend a pleasant day with this venerable gentleman and to cheer him on this 86th milestone of life. The combined age of the 28 soldiers present was 2029 years or an average of 72 ½ years. Lieut. YOUNG and his good wife, she being 84 years of age, are among the early pioneers of Marion county; they have been married 65 years and for 60 years of that time have resided at their present farm home near Iuka. Besides the soldiers and their wives there were about 75 relatives and friends present to enjoy this occasion with "Uncle Jasper". Dinner was served on the lawn and the table was arranged in the form of the letter "E" in honor of Company E, 111th Illinois Volunteers, of which Mr. Y was a faithful and honored member. A.R. BASDEN of Xenia was present and made pictures of the dinner and the guests present. This enjoyable occasion will long be remembered and these soldiers fought and refought many hard battles during the day, but fortunately not a musket was fired and everyone was allowed even honors at the dinner table. The following is the names of the soldiers present: Robt. MARTIN, 111th Ill. of Salem; T.G. MARTIN, 22nd Ill. of Salem; B.E. MARTIN, 40th Ill. of Salem; S.G. TATE, 22nd Ill. of Salem; Tilton WILSON, 111th Ill. of Salem; Henry YURSELL, 10th Ky, of Salem; Wm. MOORE, 62nd Ill., of Salem; J.E. CASTLE, 111th Ill., of Salem; S.E. PAINE, 19th Ia., of Xenia; J.P. LAWSON, 11th Mo., Xenia; G.L. HOLEMAN, 11th Mo., of Xenia; John CROGHAN, 111th Ill. of Xenia; Aaron McKENDREE, 111th Ill. of Xenia; G.W. CAMPBELL, 1st Va., of Xenia; J.W. SLOVER, 111th Ill. of Xenia; J.M. ALDERSON, 111th Ill. of Xenia; S.K. OGLESBY, 48th Ill. of Xenia; G. GREENWOOD 11th Mo. Of Xenia; R. SOUTHARD, 111th Ill., of Xenia; J.J. BOYER of 11th Ill. Cav. Of Xenia; Isaac COPELIN of 111th Ill. of Iuka; Geo. DABNEY of 111th Ill. of Iuka; J.H. JONES of 111th Ill. of Iuka; H.F. KELCHNER OF 33rd Ill. of Iuka; H.C. FARSON of 111th Ill. of Iuka; C.A. NEFF of 111th Ill. of Iuka; A.W. SONGER of 21st Ill. of Kinmundy. S.K. OGLESBY age 65 was the youngest, and Capt. S.E. PAINE age 87 was the oldest soldier present.

- Alma Express: Quite a number from here attended the ice cream supper at Sandy Branch.; Misses Emogene FORD and Anna MAZANEK, accompanied by Carl WHITE and Tots SPIESE were at Arnold’s Chapel Sunday afternoon.

- Ancient History:

July 2, 1880:

+ Population of the city of Kinmundy 1100.

+ The assessed value of real estate in Kinmundy is $50, 797.

+ Mrs. G.W. MILLER has had a severe stroke of apoplexy.

+ Ex-Alderman BARBEE’s sidewalk to the cemetery is not yet completed.

+ The hay presses are now idle, but preparing to commence next month.

+ T.W. HAYMOND has been visiting in West Virginia. Returned this week.

+ Considerable grain, flour and stock is being shipped from this point on the I.C. Railroad.

+ The city park presents the same appearance under the new council that it did under the old.

+ Extensive preparations have been made for a grand celebration at Farina on Monday, July 5, 1880.

+ L.C. ROHRBOUGH has two of his fingers done up in a rag as a memento of his harvest experience.

+ The assessed valuation of personal property within the corporate limits of the city of Kinmundy is $127,469.

+ Our band boys will visit Salem tomorrow evening and dispense some of their music to the inhabitants of that place.

+ Sale of property - CORMICK, of Centralia, to John WEST, lot No. 67, block 6, corner Jefferson and Second streets, consideration, $125 cash.

+ Never in the history of Marion county has there ever been such a wheat crop as now. Farmers are engaging from 500 to 1500 bushels now and say they are holding back some for a better price. They are now getting 80 cents per bushel.

+ In this issue Judge RASER is announced for representative from this, the 43d district, in the state legislature. No better selection could be made so far as qualifications are concerned.

+ W.C. SQUIERS has purchased the right to sell and manufacture BEAZELL’s double rotary harrow in Marion and Fayette counties. It is guaranteed not to clog on any kind of ground.

+ People vs. J.M. MARTIN on Monday last before justice D.C. BEAVER on complaint of E. HERRICK for stealing hayseed. The jury brought in a verdict of "not guilty" and Jacob was happy.

+ One peculiarity of Kinmundy township is there are no citizens but of pure white or Caucasian race and not a blind, deaf, dumb, idiotic, or insane person in it. The population of the township is 1960.

+ North Fork Items:

- Ben DOOLEN has had another horse to die.

- Icy DOOLEN was visiting her Uncle Eli JONES last week.

- Miss Lucy DEW was visiting on North Fork last week and trying to sell some books also.

- John ATKINS has laid his new self twine binder in the shade - said he could not make it work.

+ Country Items:

- CLINGENPEEL boys have traded a horse for a buggy - now girls, you’ll get a buggy ride.

- Tom ALLEN has bought a team of mules from T.M. PRICKETT.

- Lightning struck J.P. SHRIVER’s barn last week - no serious damage done.

- The most of our young folks are going to spend the 3d at Salem, but some will go to Centralia the 5th.

- Ben and Jay CRAIG are threshing in our neighborhood with a steam thresher.

- Mrs. Ben CRAIG returned home Monday evening from Indianapolis, where she had been called by the death of a sister.

Farina Notes:

- The wheat has been all harvested without much loss and the chinch bug is taking his revenge on the corn and oats.

- Elder TITSWORTH of the Baptist Church, has returned from a trip to Ohio where he attended the minis ____.

July 4, 1912:

- A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. CANTRELL, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock before a large number of relatives and friends. The contracting parties being Miss Olga CANTRELL and Clarence K. ALDERSON both of Iuka, Ill. Rev. Seibert BAKER of Vandalia, Ill., officiating. The bride was dressed in white messaline silk and carried brides roses while the groom wore the conventional black. The house was very beautifully decorated, the color scheme being pink and white. The MENDELJOHN wedding march was played by Miss Pearl YOUNG of Iuka, Ill. A dainty two course luncheon was served after which the parties returned to their respective home wishing the couple a full measure of wedded bliss. Many beautiful presents was presented. The groom who has a position with the First National Bank in Kinmundy, Ill., has a cottage attractively furnished to which he brought his bride Monday evening.

- 25 years ago last Sunday, Fred E. HEWITT and Miss Minnie SWITZER drove to Vandalia, procured a license and were married. They were accompanied on their "voyage" by Carroll A. DAVIS and Miss Ada HARVEY. To appropriately celebrate the quarter century period of their married life, over 200 relatives and friends by invitation gathered at their beautiful country home one half mile south of Farina Sunday afternoon and partook of their hospitality. A well arranged program was given consisting of short talks, vocal and orchestra music a two course lunch on and reading regrets from absent ones. A number of interesting letters were read from relatives and friends from all parts of the United States, and a few from foreign lands. Mr. and Mrs. HEWITT were given a large number of beautiful and useful presents, although their invitations read "no presents". Sunday was a beautiful day for the occasion and the crowd was entertained on the lawn, where ample table room and seats had been prepared. After the luncheon the photographer got busy and made 2 photos of the crowd, after which the visitors soon departed wishing Mr. and Mrs. HEWITT many more happy anniversaries.

July 11, 1912:

- Lewis E. SANDERS was born in Salem, Ill. March 22, 1853, and departed this life July 3rd 1912 at the age of 59 years, 3 months, and 11 days. He was married to Miss Katherine MORRISON Dec. 3, 1874. To this union was born 9 children, 2 having died in infancy, one son at the age of 19 being killed by a falling tree, leaving his wife and 6 children, Mrs. E.C. WRIGHT of Sandoval, Ill., Mrs. H. EDWARDS of Clinton, Ill., Mr. Walter SANDERS of Flora, Ill.; Louie, Mary and Warren at home, also 2 grandchildren to mourn their loss of a kind husband, an indulgent father and grandfather. He was one of a family of 13 children; has one surviving brother, John SANDERS of Pigott, Ark., two sisters, Sarah MALCOM of Salem, Ill., and Josephine DAVIS of New Mexico. Mr. SANDERS lived and died in this community an honored citizen. He was no demonstrative in his style as a man, but took great pride in bing just and upright toward his neighbors. His occupation being that of farming, placed him in position to appreciate a favor. His life in this county is an open book, to those who might criticize, but today, we will let the mantle of charity fall upon his faults, and endeavor to emulate his virtues.

July 18, 1912:

- On Thursday, July 11, at the home of Rev. Father V. HARTUNG in Sandoval occurred the marriage of Miss Marie WOODS and Mr. D.F. McGUIRE. The ceremony was witnessed by Miss Jessie ALLEN of this city. After the wedding the happy couple left for St. Louis and Mt. Vernon where they visited till Sunday night, when they returned to this city and remained until Monday noon, returning to Mt. Vernon, where they will reside. The bride is a prominent young lady of this city, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James WOODS. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh MAGUIRE of Mohawk, N.Y., and for the past 5 years has been engaged as a traveling salesman for the Brown Shoe Co. of St. Louis. All join in wishing the newly wedded pair much joy and happiness.

- Three prisoners dug out of the Salem jail Tuesday night, and city Marshal FLANIGAN captured one of them in this city about 4 o’clock Wednesday morning and he was taken back to Salem at once in an auto. At last reports the other two were still at large.

- 50 or more friends gathered at the home of A.W. SONGER Monday night and gave Miss Minnie STEUBER a surprise. A number of beautiful presents were given her, among them being some beautiful cut glass. A short musical and literary program had been arranged, which added to the pleasure of the evening. Light refreshments were served by Mrs. James T. BROWN and the time was enjoyed by all.

- Farina Express: A large number of neighbors, relatives and friends gathered at O.B. HEWITT’s Sunday and gave him a surprise in honor of his birthday.

July 25, 1912:

- Last Wednesday evening at half past eight o’clock at the home at A.W. SONGER and Mr. and Mrs. James T. BROWN, Rev. R.D. WOODLEY, pastor of the First Methodist Church, pronounced the ceremony that joined in holy wedlock Hon. Mont. G. LOCKART of Chicago, and Miss Minnie STEUBER, of this city. Those witnessing the ceremony were only a few relatives and most intimate friends of the couple. It was a very quiet parlor wedding, although many beautiful and useful presents were received. The groom is a prominent young attorney in Chicago, where he has been located the past few years. He is a product of "Egypt" having resided in Fayette county until he moved to his present location. He is quite well known here, especially among the K. of P. boys, as he is a member of the Clipper Lodge. For several years the bride has resided at the SONGER home, having moved here from Xenia. Probably no young lady in Kinmundy had a larger circle of friends or was more highly respected. Minnie was an earnest worker in Church, Epworth League, Sunday School and Rebeckah Lodge work and her services will be greatly missed. Mr. and Mrs. LOCKART departed on the 11 o’clock train Wednesday night for Chicago, where they will reside. The best wishes of all follow them.

- T.E. MAULDING, of Alma, was in this city Friday on business. He is the owner of the SEE & CROOKER stock, having moved back to Alma a few months ago. He says he likes the business very well and trade is much better than he anticipated.

- Tuesday evening Mrs. I.A. SPROUSE, of Alma, in company with 2 other parties, started to drive out west of Alma, and when the vehicle started to go down the Bob MALONE hill, the horse they were driving took fright and started to run. Mrs. SPROUSE jumped from the buggy and in doing so dislocated one arm and broke one limb above the ankle. The other two occupants remained in the buggy and were unhurt.

- Alma Express: Misses Emogene FORD, Agnes CROOKER, Rhea and Estella FRAMPTON, and Carl WHITE, Glen WILSON, Tots SPIESE, and Samuel PURCELL spent Sunday afternoon at Rainey’s Lake near Salem.

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Kinmundy Independent - Oct. 22, 1880:

+ Wheat is selling on this market for 84 to 86 cents per bushel.

+ Are you registered and ready for the question, Hancock or Garfield.

+ We notice in the North Fork items that Eli JONES has threshed about 800 bushels of wheat. If he can thresh the democrats about that number on Nov. 2d in the county, for the office of circuit clerk, he may be set down as the premium thresher in the county.

+ Our young friend, Chas. B. FRENCH, by industry has steadily worked himself up until he has obtained a foremanship of a gang of men. This is his eleventh year in the employ of the I.C. Railroad as carpenter. We hope to see him the "Boss" carpenter of the road er long.

+ We were amazed on entering the store of C. ROHRBOUGH to see the immense piles and variety of goods and boxes yet unopened. The ladies and everybody else can be suited in anything expected to be found in a general dry goods store.

+ SMITH, The Tenser, has capped the climax in the way of improvements in his tonsorial parlor. He has added a new article of furniture in the way of a chair that is a real curiosity.

+ Died at her residence in Kinmundy, Oct. 6, 1880, Sister DOWNS, wife and S. DOWNS.

+ RUTHERFORD will run the race for Congress in this district and no mistake.

Boyd PATTERSON, of Tonti, was a passenger on the ill fated steamer Alpena lost in the storm on the lake Sunday night last. He was on his way home. Mr. PATTERSON was a soldier in the late war and lost one arm in the service.

+ John F. DONAVAN, republican candidate for state’s attorney, is a young men of exemplary good character, well known thru out the county, throroughly informed on legal, political and general topics, would fill the position of state’s attorney faithfully and discharge the duties of the office honestly, fairly, and promptly.

Kinmundy Independent - Sept. 3, 1880:

+ The 25th wedding anniversary of H.L. ALLMON and wife, of Alma, was celebrated on Monday last at their residence. Several of the guests present were at the marriage 25 years previous and added very much to the pleasure of the occasion. The Alma Cornet band was present and discoursed some excellent music.

+ Hard cider is very near ripe, in fact, its effects are already visible.

+ Mrs. COMBS, wife of Lewis COMBS, died in Meacham twp. last Monday, aged about 40 years.

+ Hogs still have the freedom of the city, diving into every available place, annoying everybody, a pleasant sight to strangers, destroying property, turning over sidewalks, and a general nuisance. Such is the wisdom of the average voter.

+ James R. GRAY, son of J.H. GRAY, is now very low with no hope of recovery. He has been sick a long time.

+ Every exertion has been put forth to find the rascal that swindled SONGER Brothers, but thus far without success.

+ James WHITE and family have removed to Buckley.

+ The whole number of the M.E. school last Sunday was 133 and the collection for singing books was $27.60.

+ The Greenback convention for nominating county officers will close the numerous political convention in this section for this year.

+ George ADKINS and Miss Mary JONES were married at the home of B. NICHOLS of Foster twp. Aug. 24th, by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE. A fine supper was partaken of by the friends present and a general good time had.

+ Henry JACKSON and Miss Harriet MORRIS were married by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE last Thursday, Aug. 26th. A large number of people were present and the occasion was pleasantly enjoyed by all.

+ There are papers in circulation to build a new church on John ROHER’s farm southeast of town.

+ The firm heretofore existing under the firm name of CRANDALL & BALDWIN has been dissolved by mutual consent.

+ Barnum’s Circus will be in Centralia Sept. 22 and the I.C. will run special trains to accommodate the people. The train will leave Effingham at 7 a.m. and arrive in Centralia at 9 a.m. The fare from Kinmundy and return will be 70 cents.

+ Go away and don’t bother your neighbors. A man never peeps through a key hole but what he finds something to vex him.

Aug. 1, 1912:

- Sunday afternoon , July 28, 1912, friends and relatives assembled at the home of Levi THOMAS three miles east of Kinmundy by invitation to celebrate his 75th birthday. "Uncle Levi" as he is familiarly called is one of the few survivors of the Civil War and for one his age, he is hale and hearty. He and his wife have resided at their home in Meacham twp. for more than a quarter of a century and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Guests present on this delightful occasion presented Mr. THOMAS a beautiful rocking chair as a token of their esteem. Delicious refreshments, consisting of ice cream, lemonade and fruit were served to the great joy of Frank COX and Frank BRITTON, who consumed such a vast amount of ice cream that they evidently thought it was the best part of the program. After partaking in the refreshments, the male portion of the crowd retired to the lawn, where in the shade of the beautiful maples they enjoyed their cigars. The out of Meacham guests were Mrs. Rebecca SHEPHARD and grandson, Glen JAHRAUS, residing north of Kinmundy, Mrs. JACKSON and daughter, of Iola, and William THOMAS of Fairfield.

- The infant son of A.G. PORTER and wife, met with a very serious accident last Saturday afternoon. His grandmother, Mrs. C. WEST, was preparing to scald a chicken, and set a pile of boiling water on the table and turned around to do something else, and while doing so the baby reached up and overturned the bucket, the contents striking the little fellow about the neck and badly scalded the upper portion of his body.

- Farina Express: Grandma SOLDNER died very suddenly last Thursday morning at 10 o’clock aged 73 years. The funeral service was conducted Saturday morning at the German Church.; Dr. BOGGS is busily engaged tearing down the East Side Livery Stable and is thereby removing one of the old landmarks.

- G.N. HEATON received a letter a few days ago from Guthrie, Okla., announcing the death of his brother, Noble HEATON, aged 84 years. He resided near this city a number of years ago and was well known by many of the older residents.

- John P. EDWARDS, of this city, has been granted a patent on a lawn mower sharpener that will prove of great benefit to the man who pushes the mower. It is a device that fastens on the mower and does the sharpening while the machine is in operation. Mr. EDWARDS says it can be retailed for about one dollar and a quarter and every owner of a lawn mower will have one just as soon as he sees it in operation. He is now looking for some party who will manufacture and put the new patent on the market. Anyone interested can communicate with him at this place.

- D.C. BEAVER has bone to Mt. Vernon hospital to undergo a surgical operation for neuralgia of the face. He has been treated in several cities for his affliction and finally had to resort to the knife as the last remedy.

- Thomas MANAGAN, a colored employee of the I.C., was shot and instantly killed about 12 o’clock Saturday night in a restaurant on North Oak Street over a nickel, by Linzie O’BRYANT, the owner of the restaurant. After holding an inquest, and examining several witnesses, the evidence showing that he acted in self defense.

- St. Peter News: Lightening struck and burned the barn on Will HARKEY’s place Sunday evening. One colt, hay, grain, harness, and buggies were among the property destroyed.

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Kinmundy Independent - July 16, 1880:

+ Tom BOONE’s wheat averaged 17 bushels per acre.

+ Rev. J.F. ROBB is at Niagara Falls. Left for there on Tuesday evening.

+ Miles PARKS of Delphos, Kan. came last week to visit here at his old home.

+ Rev. PRICKETT will preach at the Shriver school house next Sunday at 3 o’clock.

+ Blackberries are abundant and are selling for 30 to 40 cents per water bucket full.

+ Jerry ALLEN has sold 40 acres of his land to Henry SEE, consideration $500.

+ We learn that W.R. HUBBARD formerly of this city, has an office in the Chicago Board of Trade.

+ The thermometer stood as follows at 2 o’clock each day this week: Monday, 92; Tuesday, 94; Wednesday, 94; Thursday, 91.

+ Population of cities and villages: Kinmundy, 1102; Salem, 1327; Odin, 700; Farina, 317; LaClede, 121; Flora, 1496; Carlyle, 2019; Vandalia, 2052.

+ A new temperance society to be known as "Circle of Safety" was organized last Friday night at ROHRBOUGH’s Hall. The night of meeting is every other Friday night.

+ The remains of Mrs. Robert NEVINS was brought here Wednesday for interment. She died at Pana and was 75 years old. Services at W.B. EAGAN’s residence at 10 o’clock.

+ A Garfield & Arthur ratification was held at Alma Saturday night. Dr. JOHNSON and Capt. TAYLOR spoke. The Alma Band furnished some excellent music. Everybody was out and hurrahed for Garfield.

+ We notice in the Mattoon Journal that our former citizen, W.R. FISH has a steam engine, a new coffee roaster capacity 3000 lbs. a day, and other improvements, and is pushing things generally. FISH always keeps pace with the trade and takes the papers.

Kinmundy Independent - May 28, 1880:

+ Thanks to Willie REYNOLDS for a beautiful bouquet.

+ Strawberries are plenty selling from 7 to 10 cents a quart.

+Will SKILLING is studying law under the supervision of Judge Tilman RASER

+ Alex HUMBLE and family, of Vandalia, visited relatives in Kinmundy this week.

+ Henry HALL has announced as a candidate for the renomination for the office of circuit clerk.

+ Town Clerk MEEKS has ornamented the doors and windows in his residence in highly artistic style.

+ R.F. LAWSON, the "short" editor and pictorial artist of the Reform Leander, was in town Wednesday.

+ Captain R.W. ELDER has gone to Independence, Kan., having purchased a book and stationery store in that city.

+ We understand that Frank BLURTON and Mrs. Dr. BOND are the two most popularly married people in Farina, as they received prizes at a lecture held there recently.

+ Thirty persons were baptized by immersion near Arnold’s Chapel last Sunday, Rev. GABE performed the ceremony. Rev. BALLANCE delivered a discourse at the Chapel. + There was present a large congregation.

August 8, 1912:

- In the death of Capt. A.S. GRAY, Patoka loses one of her prominent men and Marion county one of her well known and highly respected citizens. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a Mason. The deceased was an invalid the past 2 years. Several times during the past year his condition had been considered critical, but owning to his cheerful disposition, he always rallied and improved sufficiently to be able to get out a few days, when suddenly he would be seized with his affliction and be confined to his bed again. He was a good neighbor, always willing to help a worthy cause and never failing a friend who ask a favor of him. As has been stated in our column before Capt. GRAY responded to the call for volunteers during the civil war by organizing Company F, 111th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, of which he was made Captain. He was a faithful soldier and a true patriot; a commander who will long be remembered for the kindness shown his men who served under him. It was only a short time ago (Decoration Day) that he invited the few remaining fellow soldiers of his company to spend the day with him, to which of the remaining eight, all but two responded. Although on his sickbed, he insisted they have a good time and how well pleased he was to see them once more. While the family mourns the loss of husband, father and brother, the community is overshadowed in sadness in she passing from our midst such a friend and neighbor. Funeral services were conducted from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (of which he was one of the founders) yesterday at 2 p.m., under the auspices of the local G.A.R. camp and Masonic Lodge, Rev. F.M. SMITH officiating, assisted by the pastors of the various churches. Interment in the Patoka Cemetery. (Patoka Register)

- Dr. Harry CRAIG and wife of West Liberty, arrived here Wednesday night and on Thursday Harry accompanied his father, Jay CRAIG, to Effingham hospital for treatment. Mrs. CRAIG remained here to visit her mother, Mrs. Rebecca SHEPARD, and other relatives.

- Miss Fay McCULLEY, of Kinmundy, and Harry MORRIS, of South Bend, Ind., were united in marriage on Saturday, Aug. 3rd at Cassopolis, Mich. They expect to make their future home in South Bend. The bride is a daughter of W.J. McCULLEY and wife, residing northwest of this city.

August 15, 1912:

- PARRILL Reunion: The descendants of Silas PARRILL held their 8th annual reunion in A.J. PARRILL’s grove, in Meacham twp., last Thursday and about 75 of the relatives were in attendance. It was a beautiful day for a day in the woods, as the rain the night before had settled the dust and the day was not too hot. At the noon hour a long table laden with good fried chicken and every thing else to go with it, was prepared and the crowd sure did justice to the elegant spread. After dinner the time was spent in a social way till the time of the business session, when the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, A.J. PARRILL of Meacham twp.; Vice President, Mrs. Ed F. HOHLT of Farina; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Evangeline PARRILL of Kinmundy; Committee on Arrangements, F.O. GRISSOM, Kinmundy; P.S. PARRILL of Farina; and Miss Evangeline PARRILL of Kinmundy. It was voted to hold the next reunion in the same place on the second Thursday in August, next year, and at which time the SWITZER family would be invited to attend and participate. The two families are very closely related and were among the pioneers of this county. After some interesting talks and musical numbers, the photographer appeared and made some pictures of the crowd. In the late afternoon this happy crowd departed for their homes feeling that it had been a day of joy and one long to be remembered. Such occasion are always enjoyable and have a tendency to more closely bind the family ties.

- Chas. WHITE and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a new boy at their home.

- Ben H. CRAIG, of the U.S.S. Tennessee, arrived here last Friday morning from the Newport News, in answer to a telegram announcing the serious illness of his father, Joseph CRAIG. This was Ben’s first trip home since his enlistment a little over three years ago, and the old town looked mighty good to him.

- A large crowd from this locality drove to the Arnold Chapel Saturday to attend the annual Sunday School picnic.

- Ephraim HYDE was born in Ohio in 1835 and moved with his parents to Indiana when 9 years of age, where he grew to manhood and was married in 1859 to Miss Sarah WAINSCOTT. To this union there were no children. He came to Kinmundy in 1865 and lived here a number of years. In 1889 he moved to Edgewood where he resided until 1910 when he returned to Kinmundy, where he remained until he departed this life Aug. 12, 1912. In early life, he joined the M.E. Church, but the last few years he had been unable to attend services on account of failing health. He leaves to mourn their loss an adopted son, one brother and many friends. A short funeral services was held at the residence by Rev. A.D. HOCKER, after which his remains were taken to Edgewood for burial.

August 22, 1912:

- Alma Express: William McCARTY, one of Alma’s esteemed and pioneer citizens, died last Wednesday.; Misses Nellie SEE, Anna MAZANEK, Ruth SEE, Emogene FORD, Tog HEFTON, and Bunk HARVEY, Messrs Joe and John MAZANEK, Tots SPEISE, Carl WHITE, Glen WILSON, Sam PURCELL, and Harry TUCKER enjoyed a picnic in the woods Wednesday.

- Herman SCHNEIDER and wife, who are residing at the home of Web ALLEN and wife during their absence, met with quite a serious and almost fatal accident while driving a young horse of Mr. ALLEN’s last Friday evening. The animal became frightened and commenced to run and kicking. The occupants were thrown out and Mr. SCHNEIDER was kicked in the face and Mrs. SCHNEIDER sustained a severely sprained ankle. The buggy and harness were some what demolished but the occupants were very fortunate that the affair was no worse.

- Farina Express: Misses Mabel and Marie CRANDALL of Milton, Wis. are visiting in this city and vicinity with the CRANDALL and LACEY families.

- G.S. DOOLEN and wife, residing west of town, are rejoicing over the arrival of a new babe at their home Friday morning.

- The colored bunch the I.C. had here working on the track have moved on to the next neighbor. Colored people do not find a very warm reception in Kinmundy.

- The Kinmundy Athletics went to Xenia Sunday and played that team a return game. The game was a good one, but our boys met defeat the score being seven to six. Our team is playing good ball of late and deserve the encouragement of the people generally.

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Kinmundy Independent - August 6, 1880:

+ Master Willie REYNOLDS has been sick but is now convalescent.

+ The shed in the rear of BARGH’s shop fell with a crash Monday night.

+ The Republican County convention will meet Sept. 2nd to select the county officers.

Camp Meeting will commence at Sandy Branch Aug. 12. Rev. D.W. PHILLIPS, president of McKendree College, and other prominent ministers will assister Rev. GRABE.

+ The total number present at the M.E. school last Sunday was 134.

+ Wheat hovers around 80 cents a bushel.

+ Peaches are plenty and are selling from 40 to 60 cents a bushel

+ John E. SIMPSON, General Manager of the Vandalia Railroad, died Monday in St. Louis.

+ Jefferson street had an increase in population Saturday at the residence of Joseph CRAIG, Jr. A bright little girl.

+ The city of Kinmundy has been sued by E.D. PORTER on an old claim against the city. The case is set for trial tomorrow in Salem.

+ A republican voter at A.W. FOX’s Sunday last. He weighed 10 lbs.

+ W.W. NEIL and wife, Miss REEDER, and Dan GUNN visited Sailor Springs last Sunday.

+ Richard, who’s surname is LAWSON, has pitched his tent in the north part of this city.

+ The democratic county convention held at Salem last Monday was well attended and a great deal of interest manifested. Quite a large number of office seekers were disappointed. The following is the result of the deliberations: For Representative, Tilman E. RASER; For Circuit Clerk, Henry R. HALL; For Sheriff, Isaac D. LEAR; For State’s Attorney, W.D. FARTHING; For Coroner, C.M. WILLIAMSON.

+ Melvin DOWNS and Miss Mattie TAYLOR were united in marriage Wed., Aug. 4, 1880 by Squire Tilman RASER.

+ S.M. FUQUA, George and Samuel NEAVILL and George HARLAN are attending the Baptist Association which is in session this week at Little Prairie Church, 6 miles south of Kinmundy.

+ Jay CRAIG turned their steam engine over into a ravine one day last week.

+ Greenback picnic and pole raising tomorrow at Greendale.

August 29, 1912:

- Joseph CRAIG was born in London, England, Sept. 29, 1850, entered to rest at his home in Kinmundy on Aug. 23, 1912 at 5:45 p.m. At the age of 3 years, he came with his parents to America, settling in Canada. When about 11 years of age, he came to Illinois and for the last 32 years has made his home in Kinmundy. He was married to Miss Frances PORTER, of Iuka, Ill. on Dec. 25, 1870, who with 9 children - Robert W., of Christopher; Anna ADAMS of Tescott, Kan., Chas. W., of Centralia, David F., of Urbana; Jessie CLAYTOR of Kinmundy; John H. of Tripp, South Dakota; James O. of Central City, Ky., Benjamin of the U.S. Navy, Eugene of Kinmundy - survive him. He also leaves 3 sisters and 2 brothers - Maggie CLINE of Chicago; Helen WILSON of Cuba, Ill.; Eliza CAMPBELL, of Delphos, Kan.; Robert CRAIG of Windsor, Ontario; and John CRAIG of Covington, Tenn. At an early age he, with his wife, united with the Christian Church. While for many years he lived away from his Savior, his thoughts often turned to Him during his later life and the last weeks, in spite of the pain almost too great to be borne, was made sweet and sacred by his trust in God’s goodness. One evening 2 weeks before his death, he realized that life was growing short and while most of his children were present, he expressed his wishes for his wife and gave his farewell advice to his children. Then he asked them to sing, and he helping them a little at a time, they sang "Just as I am without one plea. O Lamb of God I come." He asked his children to pray, after which he confessed his love for Christ and said he was ready, that he had often wished to tell them that he and his Savior understood, but now he was satisfied. Shortly afterward he grew much worse and never again had an opportunity to talk much at a time. His nine children were at his bedside much of the time and did all that loving, reverent hearts could do to relieve his suffering. His kindness in his home was unbounded and he was indeedly loved. His patience during such intense suffering was remarkable and once his daughter remarked to him "Daddy, dear, you are so brave and patient." He looked at her, and smiling said, "That is right; Christ was patient and He was crucified." The funeral was held at the Christian Church in this city Sunday at 2 p.m., Rev. BALLANCE, an old friend, officiating, and the remains laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery near his father and mother.

- Coming from Oklahoma City, Ok., in an automobile, with the understanding that the hour he arrived Miss Susie M. BARTLETT of Louisville, Ky., would become his bride, Ernest CASAD arrived Saturday midnight and at 2 o’clock Sunday morning they were married in that city by Magistrate J. S. KEIGWIN. The bride was employed in the office of Western Union Telegraph Co., and is a daughter of E.E. BARTLETT, an Iron Worker. The groom is the son of Tossey CASAD, a wealthy planter. Miss BARTLETT formerly resided near Kinmundy and is the niece of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MISSELBROOK.

- A Bad Wreck on the I.C.: Tuesday night about 11 o’clock, the Illinois Central had quite a bad wreck north of the SEE crossing. It was caused by the journal on a car loaded with coal burning off and six or seven cars loaded with coal, lumber and cooperage, left the track, going in all directions and both tracks were blockaded till nearly noon the next day. The "Jumbo" had been called to the St. Louis Division to clean up a wreck and the men were greatly handicapped in clearing the tracks on this line. The wrecker from Mattoon was sent here, but it is a mere toy compared with the "Jumbo" and the work progressed slowly. The Champaign work crew finally arrived about 9 o’clock Wednesday morning and then better progress was made. After the wreck here the Company stopped No. 3, the fast passenger train going from south thru here about midnight, at Effingham and transferred to the Vandalia Line, and was to run over their line to Vandalia, where they would again transfer to their own line and run into Centralia. Everything went well with No. 3 till they got to St. Elmo, when the Vandalia Line Pilot, who was riding the engine, told the engineer the track was clear and about this time they hit the D rail and left the track. In this smash-up one man passenger was killed and 3 hobos injured. This wreck tied up traffic on the Van Line several hours.

- Alma Express: Miss Agnes CROOKER left Tuesday for Mt. Vernon, where she will spend a week with her grandparents, Major CROOKER and wife.

- Alma Express: The infant child of Frank HEADLEY and wife died early last Wednesday morning. Interment was made in the village cemetery.

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Kinmundy Independent - Aug. 27, 1880:

+ The whole number at the M.E. church last Sunday 74.

+ Camp meeting at Sandy Branch closed last Sunday night.

+ The Kinmundy Circle of Safety meets every alternate Friday night.

+ E. NEIL is raising his new house this week.

+Two articles are in demand - butter and water.

+ George ROHRBOUGH left for his home in West Virginia Tuesday this week.

+ Geo. FENSTER and son Charlie have gone on a visit to their relatives in Ohio. They went Tuesday to Cincinnati on the excursion from Edgewood.

+ W.M. GARNER and Miss Laura NELSON were married the 26th, inst. By D.C. BEAVER, Esq.

+ We hear that John HARLAN has a new boarder at his home, but we did not learn date of birth or gender.

+ Sweet, hard or boiled cider in any quantity for sale by C.H. WEST, half mile east of Kinmundy.

+ Miss Nellie REYNOLDS of Mason has spent some time visiting in this city, the guest of Mrs. O.N. TYNER.

+ Joel YOUNGKIN had the misfortune on Tuesday evening to accidently saw his thumb nearly off.

+ One entirely new event occurred at the home of Al EAGAN on Saturday and the girl’s name will now have to be selected.

+ Farina Items:

- Two deaths this week - Alfred WEHL and little Nettie CLAYTON.

- E. RICHARDSON has some relatives from Maryland visiting him.

- A.H. MOTT’s blacksmith shop burned down on last Saturday morning. Total loss - no insurance. It was hard to keep the fire from spreading. He is preparing to build again immediately.

Sept. 5, 1912:

- The First Colt Show: The first annual colt show given by the Kinmundy Business Man’s Association was held in the City Park last Saturday afternoon and hundreds of people were in attendance and it reminded one more of a county fair than a colt show. The exhibits were all fine, extra fine, and one could not help but note what a great improvement this section of the country has made in the last ten years in horses and mules. Many of the colts exhibited were good enough to go to any county fair and even some to the state fair. Our farmers have come to the right conclusion in deciding that the cost of raiding a good one is no more greater than for a scrub. The Judges selected were E.E. FINNEY and Chas. ZOLAR, of the Borden Farm, and Dr. DITZLER of Centralia. The following were the prize winners:

Draft Colts: 1st prize - Edward G. FORD; 2nd prize - Van C. MUNDWILER; 3rd prize - Joseph CLINE

All Purpose Colts: 1st prize - Cal R. KITCHEN; 2nd prize - Thos. SPYKER

Mule Colts: 1st prize - Geo. A. CONANT; 2nd prize - J. Lem BALLANCE; 3rd prize - J.W. BASOM

- Mrs. NEEPER thinks he Did Not Kill Father: LaPorte, Ind., Aug. 28 - With faith in the innocense of her brother, Samuel R. HULL, of Gibson Co., Ind., who is serving a life sentence in the Michigan City prison for the murder of his father, William HULL, Mrs. M.I. NEEPER of Kinmundy, Ill., a sister, has filed a petition with Harry B. DARLING, secretary of the State Board of Pardons, praying for his pardon. The sister will appear before the board to plead for the liberty of her brother, with the belief that the assassin of her father is still unpunished, and that an innocent man was convicted.

- On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1, 1912, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WOLFE in the presence of a few relatives and friends, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Marceline E. to Mr. Edwin D. WILLIAMS, of Terre Haute. At 2:30 o’clock the bride and groom attended by Miss Lois NELMS, of this city, and Mr. Arch MORROW, of Chicago entered the parlor to the strains of the wedding march played by Mrs. Frank DAVIS, where the beautiful ring ceremony was pronounced by Rev. R.D. WOODLEY of the First Methodist Church. After hearty congratulations the guest were invited to the dining room where delightful refreshments were served. The couple received many beautiful and useful presents. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WOLFE and enjoys a large circle of friends and acquaintances and is one of Kinmundy’s most highly respected young ladies; she will be greatly missed by her many friends and classmates. The groom is a young man of high, moral character, and holds a good position in the Auditing dept. of the Vandalia Line at Terre Haute; he has quite a large acquaintance here, especially among the young people. The happy couple departed Monday morning for Terre Haute where they will make their future home.

- Dr. Harry F. CRAIG returned to his home in West Liberty Monday evening after visiting here a few days with his mother after attending the funeral of his father, Jay CRAIG.

- Harry CRAIG and wife, of West Liberty, were called here Wednesday by the death of his father, Jay CRAIG.

- Mary Ann, daughter of Silas and Elizabeth PARRILL, was born in Pike Co., Ohio on July 14th, 1829. In the year 1830, she along with her parents moved the Vermillion County, Ind., and to Marion county, Ill. in 1840, where she grew to womanhood and spent a long and useful life ministering to the wants of the sick and afflicted. In 1849 she was united in marriage to Jaeb J. WOLFE, and to them were born 9 children. The husband and four children preceded the mother and 4 children to the grave. Those who survive are P.A. WOLFE, of Iuka, Ill., Mrs. Susan MORRIS, of Edina, Mo., Mrs. Rhoda SMITH of Centralia, Ill. A.A. WOLFE of Bellingham, Wash.; Mrs. Mollie BASS of Elkville, Ill.; besides these she leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. John W. GRISSOM, of Farina, Ill., and Mrs. Seth FOSTER of Los Angeles, Cal., 3 brothers, Peter S. PARRILL of Farina; J.W. and A.J. PARRILL, both of Meacham twp.; besides these she leaves 13 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Mrs. WOLFE professed religion and united with the M.E. Church in 1850, reexamining a true and loyal member to the cause of Christ until death called her to her eternal reward on Friday, Aug. 30, 1912, aged 83 years, 1 month, and 16 days. On Sunday morning, Sept. 1st, a short service was conducted at the family residence in Omega twp., water which the funeral was held at the Union Church, 8 miles east of Kinmundy at 11 o’clock conducted by Rev. D.O. McROBERTS, after which interment was made in the Elder Cemetery.

- Jay Hugh CRAIG: The subject of this sketch was born in Marion Co., Ill., Sept. 12, 1860. He spent his boyhood at the parental home until Feb. 4, 1883, when he joined in marriage to Delia S. RUSH. They resided on their farm, 3 miles southeast of Kinmundy, until the death angel called on the evening of Wed., Aug. 28, 1912, he being 51 years, 11 months, and 16 days of age. To this union was born one son, Harry F. of West Liberty, Ill. Besides the son, he leaves a wife, 2 brothers, B.D. and J.E. CRAIG, 2 sisters, Mrs. T.M. SPYKER and Mrs. L.N. KENNEDY, and a host of other relatives and friends. The deceased was converted 23 years ago in a meeting held by Rev. GARRETT, after which he joined the M.E. Church South. The funeral service was held at the residence on Friday morning at 10:30 conducted by Rev. W.J. SIMER, assisted tby Rev. A.D. HOCKER, father which interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. In the death of Jay CRAIG the community has lost a good citizen and the home a kind and loving husband and father.

- Alma Express: Miss Emogene FORD has returned home after a visit in Enfield with relatives.

- Mrs. Sam PUFFER Dead: Sarah EAGAN PUFFER was born Sept. 3, 1849, and died very suddenly at her home four miles northeast of Kinmundy, in Meacham Twp., at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 1912, and only lacked two days of being 72 years old. She was first united in marriage to Clifton WOLFE, and to this union, one son, Joshua, was born, and still survives. The husband and father passed away, and she was again married to Samuel PUFFER on Feb. 2, 1872, and to this union, 4 children were born: two daughters, Mrs. Charles WENCK, and Mrs. Mark BOYD, surviving. Three years ago last April the wife and mother was stricken with paralysis which steadily progressed till death resulted. She had a great desire to recover and remain in the home with her loved ones. Some 25 years ago the deceased professed religion and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kinmundy. The funeral service was held a the family home on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. JOHNSON of Mattoon, after which interment was made in Kinmundy Evergreen Cemetery.

Sept. 12, 1912:

- Robert Samuel RENO was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 6th, 1838, and died in St. Louis, Sept. 6, 1912. He was married to Mary M. STOKLEY in 1866, and she preceded him to the better world on the 18th day of March 1898. He leaves 2 children - Mrs. Edith Estella AMBRUSTER and Joseph M. RENO, both of St. Louis. He was an honored member of Summit Lodge 277, I.O.O.F. of St. Louis. The body arrived in Kinmundy Monday morning and the funeral service was conducted in the First M.E. Church at 3:30 the same afternoon by the pastor Rev. WOODLEY and under auspices of Rosedale Lodge I.O.O.F. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery beside his wife.

- A poem was published in memory of Mrs. Cynthia Anna BEARD, who passed away five years ago Aug. 27, 1912.(* - partial article)

- North Fork Items: John Mass ARNOLD has gone to St. Louis to work this winter.; Leroy GREEN and Monroe ARNOLD took their best girls to meeting at the Chapel the other night. On their way home, the horses ran away and demolished the top of the buggy, but no one was hurt.; The North Fork brass band is learning fast and their music can be heard a great ways of a night.; Monroe GREEN has gone to St. Louis to take medical treatment for heart disease.; Mrs. Isaac JONES died last Sunday night. She leaves many friends to mourn her loss.

- A girl baby arrived at the home of M. BOLLINGER and wife, of E. St. Louis, the 3d inst. Mrs. B. is a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. WOODLEY of this city.

- Walter B. MARSHALL and Miss Rena Mildred JONES were united in marriage on March 21st 1912 at high noon in Kansas City. The groom is of Washington, D.C. and is a graduate in medicine and is a young man of noble character. His bride is a Kinmundy girl, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JONES, and no young lady is held in higher esteem than she. This announcement is a great surprise to the "folks" at home and they certainly did a good job in keeping the secret.

- Ancient History:

Kinmundy Independent - Sept. 24, 1880:

+ N.S. HUBBARD occupied some time in Chicago this week.

+ A new Kinmundy girl arrived at the residence of Mr. GAMMON Monday night.

+ George WEST and wife will spend some time in the far west visiting relatives.

+ P.O. THRANE has a new tailor at his residence. We wish the old and new tailor success and prosperity.

+ S.M. FUQUA has a contract to build a district school house 8 miles west of Kinmundy in Foster twp.

+ J.H. JOLIFF has sold his place, consisting of a house and 2 acres of land, in the north part of the city, to S. HULBERT. Consideration, $230.

+ E.G. MENDENHALL put in his appearance Wednesday, having traveled over a large section of the country the past few weeks. He says times, prospects, crops and politics are booming.

+ We regret to learn that Henry SHEESLEY, formerly a resident here, now of Annapolis, Ind., had the misfortune to lose his left hand recently, it being drawn into some machinery while he was at work at the Rockport flouring mills.

+ Our former townsman, Dr. T.W. FORSHEE, has removed to Madison, Ind. Dr. FORSHEE has long been a resident of this city, as a physician and surgeon. He is experienced, competent and successful, and as a physician he intends making Madison his future home. We hope he may be successful in his practice there and find many new friends.

+ Miss Elsie ROHRBOUGH passed from earth to heaven at the home of her brother, C. ROHRBOUGH, in Kinmundy, Sept. 15, 1880. Deceased was born in Buchanon, W. Va., May 29, 1855, and was the youngest of 13 children.

Sept. 19, 1912:

- When Mrs. Dora BUNDY went home to dinner last Friday, she found awaiting her the house full of guests, composed of the Ladies Aid Society of the Christian Church and their families. These ladies had taken possession of the house during Mrs. BUNDY’s absence and from the depths of well filled baskets had spread the table with flowers, fruit, fried chicken, and every other good thing imaginable. To say that all enjoyed the day and the dinner is saying but little. With the enjoyment there was a tinge of sadness at the thought that Mrs. BUNDY was soon to leave her many Kinmundy friends and move to Washington. This church society will greatly miss her, and it is the wish of all that she will sometime decide to return to Kinmundy.

- Chas. D. BEAVER, of Houston, Tex., arrived in this city Tuesday morning to visit his parents, D.C. BEAVER and wife. Chas. says Texas is a fine place and he expects to spend the remainder of his days in that country.

- Uriah S. ALLEN and wife, of St. Louis, are the proud parents of a new boy.

- Advertisement: Fall Opening! Our Fall Exposition of Millinery Models takes place on Friday and Saturday Sept. 21 and 22. Our assortment of Millinery this season far exceeds our previous efforts and covers every style detail as shown in the leading millinery centers. Your inspection is requested. BEAVER Millinery.

- Advertisement: Special Notice! Having purchased the DENNIS Restaurant, I wish to inform the public that I am prepared to serve meals and lunches at all hours. Everything cold and sparkling in the drink line. Genuine Coca Cola. DuQuoin Cream and Pop. Give us a call. DENNIS’ old stand. A.W. CRUTCHFIELD.

- Ancient History:

Kinmundy Independent - Aug. 20, 1880:

+ A.M. YOUNG and wife are visiting relatives at Cobden.

+ A.S. SCHERMERHORN is now behind the counter at L.F. BOOTHE’s.

+ The number of Sandy Branch last Sunday is estimated at 3000.

+ G.N. HEATON raised very fine peaches this year on his farm near Kinmundy.

+ G.W. HARLAN is taking in Chicago this week, sight seeing and looking after business.

+ J.W. WILSON, having purchased the FISH property, is having the same remodeled and generally renovated.

+ Jasper STEELE and family of Randolph Co., arrived Wednesday and occupied the property recently purchased of A.S. SCHERMERHORN.

+ R.P. McBRYDE has recently been the recipient of a fine gold watch. He seems to take a good deal of pride in telling you the time of day.

+ M. JERNIGAN of Randolph Co., was in town Monday. We learn he purchased the fine property of M. WILSON for $1100, and will make this his home in about 2 weeks.

Enoch HILL, in moving his gun, at home, accidently discharged it shooting one finger nearly off. Dr. CAMERER operated on the finger and it is doing nicely.

+ A house on the farm of I.T. DILLON caught fire it is supposed from the careless lighting of a pipe, about seven o’clock Wed. evening. It was occupied by John SCHAEF. The building and contents were entirely destroyed, loss about $150.

Sept. 26, 1912:

- Miss Elizabeth Easter YOUNG was born in the state of Tennessee, Jan. 1, 1831, departed this life Sept. 19, 1912, aged 81 years, 7 months, 18 days. She was married to Samuel GRAY Feb. 9th, 1843, and to this union 4 children were born, 3 of whom preceded her to the Spirit world. One son, Samuel, still surviving. The husband and father departed this life May 20, 1854. In 1866 she was married to S.D. ELDER, and to this union 6 children were born, 2 of these having died several years ago. Three sons, Thomas, Marion, and Joseph, and one daughter, Mrs. Rebecca ZEIGLER, still survive. The mother had made her home with the daughter for several years. The deceased was converted when 13 years of age and united with the Methodist Church and lived a consistent Christian until death. The funeral service was held in the M.E. Church South Saturday morning at 10 o’clock conducted by her pastor, Rev. A.D. HOCKER, and interment was made in the Evergreen Cemetery.

- Dan C. ROBERTSON, formerly of this city, was shot in the breast with a shotgun and killed last Saturday afternoon. The affair occurred in Robertson’s barn near Vienna, Johnson Co., where he moved from Tuscola a few months ago. (* - partial article)

- Floyd JACKSON and bride, of Jefferson Barracks, Mo., arrived in this city Thursday evening to visit northwest of Kinmundy with his parents, J.H. JACKSON and wife.

- Earl LOY of this city, and Miss Frances HARMISON, of Sullivan, Ill., were married last Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the home of the groom’s parents, Squire John M. ROTAN officiating.

- Samuel GRAY, of Sullivan, was here Saturday attending the funeral of his mother, Mrs. ELDER.

Oct. 3, 1912:

- Hallie H. ALLEN of Granite City and Miss Ketheryn BRESSNER of Breckenridge, Ind. were married at her home last Wed. morning at 11 o’clock, arriving in this city at midnight and visiting Saturday morning with his relatives. They will reside in Granite City, Ill.

- Alma Express: Carl WHITE entertained a number of Alma’s "notorious" young people at the Mazanek Hall Wed. evening in honor of his sister, Rhea.

- J.W. BURKETT’s barn, about 3 miles west of town, burned last Saturday afternoon.

Oct. 10, 1912:

- Farina has a Fire: Last Saturday evening just about dark the village of Farina had quite a fire scare when it was discovered that along the I.C. right-of-way was on fire. The fire is supposed to have originated from the local freight engine that passed the barn several times while doing it’s switching. The building contained two hundred and fifty tons of bailed hay and Mr. WADE had paid $11 a ton for the hay. The contents were insured for two thousand dollars and the loss to Mr. WADE on the building and hay is about $2000. The Farina Fire Dept. was successful in keeping the flames confined to this one building. The building was located south of the business part of town . This is the fourth hay bar, Mr. WADE has lost by fire on this same site and the ordinary man would become discouraged and build elsewhere, but we understand he expects to build another one at once.

- Times Changed: Thirty years ago an old fashioned steel tired spring wagon was a luxury. In a funeral procession you would perhaps see two or three of them. Twenty years ago a top buggy was a rich man’s fortune and but few of them were to be seen. Today a top buggy with rubber tires is as common as a democrat in Texas. Anybody and everybody has them. A farm wagon in a funeral procession would be a novel. The upper ten ride in automobiles and they are getting to be common. It is a fast age we are living in. If a letter is 24 hours traveling a thousand miles, there is a kick. Ten dollars doesn’t last as long as ten cents did with our grandfathers. We spend more for socks than our grandfathers did for their Sunday go-to-meeting clothes and we wonder what is the matter with the world that it does not grind out the many rich blessings that it did a century ago. - Ex

- Alma Express: A large number from here attended the pie supper at the Green Ridge school house Friday evening. Miss Mae GRAVES received a cake for being the prettiest young lady and Leslie HICHENS a box of candy for being the hungriest looking man.

- Farina Express: Born to Harry HOWELL and wife a boy Sept. 29 and died Oct. 1.

- Seymour ANDREWS, of Centralia, aged 87 years, 8 months, and 19 days, died at his home in that city Sunday night, after a lingering illness of two years. Mr. ANDREWS was well known throughout southern Illinois and leaves hosts of warm friends.

Oct. 17, 1912:

- George MILLER Kills Self: Because he believed he had failed to provide sufficiently for his wife, George MILLER at 704 West Market Street, East St. Louis, shot himself in his home Sunday afternoon. He died a few minutes later at Henrietta Hospital without recovering consciousness. His wife became hysterical from grief. MILLER has been in financial stress recently and feared that his wife had ceased to love him because of his failing to provide well for her. Jealously caused by imagined lack of wifely affection caused his act, the wife declared. A friend of MILLER’s came to the home for a short visit. MILLER in his despondent mood was roused to jealousy. "Well, here goes." He said bursting into the room where his wife, Mary and his friend were sitting. "This is the last act." Pulling out a revolver, he grimly brought it to the position of salute and then as the two, crying pleas to him, rushed across the road, shot himself in the right temple. MILLER had been employed as a head waiter, his wife said. Recently he lost his position and went to work at a reduced salary. Brooding over this caused him to become irrational at times, she asserted. MILLER’s 6 year old daughter, Mary, was in the adjoining room and rushed to her father a minute after he had shot himself. The first shot MILLER fired went wild and clipped a lock of hair from the wife’s head. The second penetrated his brain. (The Republic). The above is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Theo MILLER, residing north of this city, and he is well and favorably known here by all. He always went by the name of Jack when he was at home. He has been away several years and this awful deed is a very sad blow to his parents. The body arrived in this city Tuesday night and conveyed to the home, where the funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. BALLANCE.

- Clara Elaine CREA was born in Jacksonville, Ill., July 6, 1864, departed this life Oct. 11, 1912, at the age of 48 years, 3 months, and 5 days. She came to Kinmundy about the year 1880 and resided with friends, she having no known relatives living; was married to LeRoy GRAVES during the year 1882. To this union was born 4 children, 2 of which died in infancy. Mrs. Elaine McCONNELL of Carthage, Missouri, and Mrs. Lotta WEAVER of Villa Grove, daughters, survive her and deeply feel the loss of a mother. She professed faith in Christ and joined the Christian Church of this city, Dec. 11, 1904, under the pastorate of Rev. F.O. FANNON, and has lived a consistent member of the church until the last hour. Mrs. GRAVES leaves a host of friends who appreciated her worth as a fond mother, a kind neighbor and an honored citizen. Funeral at Christian church, conducted by R.D. WOODLEY of First M.E. Church. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A Prominent Farmer: Died at his home four miles southeast of Kinmundy on Friday, Oct. 11th at 5:45 p.m., Henry STOCK aged 51 years, 2 months, and 21 days. He was born in St. Clair County near Belleville, Ill., July 19, 1861, and moved to Fayette County near St. Paul when quite young. He was united in marriage April 14, 1885, to Jennie METZGER; to this union 6 children were born, two of which preceded him to the better world. The funeral service was held from the Catholic Church in this city, Monday, Oct. 14, 1912. High Mass was read by Father MENIER of Sandoval, and funeral service by Rev. Father HARTUNG of Breese. Rev. Father BELLMANN, of Sandoval, was also in attendance. The pall bearers consisted of 8 nephews of Mr. STOCK; Paul, Joe and Henry STOCK, John, Joe, and Henry METZGER, and John and Jake SEITZ. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery in this city. Mr. STOCK was one of our best citizens, a kind father and husband and an active member of the Catholic Church of which he will be greatly missed.

- Elder School Express: Guy SHAFFER of St. Joseph, Ill. is visiting in this vicinity with the SHAFFER families.

- Farina Man Killed: Last Sunday afternoon, James DRUMMINS, of Farina, was struck by an Illinois Central Freight Engine, and died in a few minutes from his injuries. He was employed on the section and was working about a mile north of that town when the accident happened. The train stopped and picked up, the injured man and carried him into town, when he was taken to Dr. J. AKESTER’s office where he died soon after his arrival. The body was then taken to the home of Ed THREEWIT, where he boarded. It seems that the section gang was working north of Farina, and DRUMMINS was following back of the other men and was engaged in tightening bolts on the east or north bound track. A freight was coming south and for some cause it was running on the north bound track and if the man hear it he supposed it was on the other track. Two of the section men saw him struck, and they say the man had no warning of the approaching train. The man was knocked off the track by the engine and the body was not mutilated. He was bruised and cut about the head, one side was badly crushed, an arm broken, and otherwise bruised. The DRUMMINS family moved to Farina a few years ago, and some months ago, the husband and wife agreed to disagree and she left town. Since that time he had charge of his little son an has been boarding. He was a hard working man and was well respected by the Farina people and was about 55 years of age.

- Ben DOOLEN is suffering from injuries received by falling down stairs Monday night. It is a wonder he was not seriously injured, as he is pretty old to be pulling off stunts of that kind.

- Martha Annalou, a fine 11 lb. girl, made her arrival at the home of L.M. ROTAN and wife Monday afternoon.

- Last Thursday while returning home from town with a load of shingles, Eli ROBB met with quite a serious accident. He was standing on top of the load and one of the wagon wheels struck a rut and Eli was thrown to the ground, striking on one shoulder. The attending physician was unable to exactly determine the extent of the injury and he was taken to the Mt. Vernon hospital and given an Xray examination, and it was discovered that one bone was badly cracked. The injury is said to be more painful than a broken bone. He returned home from the hospital the same day, and seems to be getting along nicely.

- Farina Express: H.E. LITTLETON and Miss Clara CRAMER were married in Edgewood on the 8th inst.

- Robert GRAY and wife, Walter GEORGE and wife and O.W. GEORGE were in Central City Sunday attending the funeral of Art GEORGE.

- Advertisement: Apples for Paring Purposes Wanted! 20 cents to 30 cents for Apples at the Evaporator. 10 Girls Wanted. Girls are making from $1.00 to $1.25 per day. WETTER & LEE.

Oct. 24, 1912:

- Wedding a Surprise: Last Thursday night, Miss Bessie HENSLEY of this city, went to Chicago to spend a few days with relatives and on Friday night, S.B. PARRILL went to Chicago on business for the Signal Company for which he is working. No one thought anything strange of this, but on Monday, when the marriage of this couple was announced the people of Kinmundy were greatly surprised. They were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the M.E. Parsonage by Rev. Rudolph DOUGENS. The happy couple returned home Sunday morning on No. 5 and that morning the young people gave them a serenade.

- Miss RAINEY, one of the teachers in our public school, is in the Salem hospital afflicted with the typhoid fever. Her place in the school is being filled by Miss TROUT, of Nashville.

- A.W. CRUTCHFIELD has sold his restaurant to Miss Elsie TATE, of Xenia, and Lloyd EAGAN, of this city, the firm style will be TATE & EAGAN.

- Last Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., the Shanghai Sunday School rushed in on Mr. and Mrs. O.W. GEORGE and gave them a surprise, and dedicated their new house by holding prayer meeting. Mr. GEORGE’s brother, Jesse, was also present and said the prayer meeting brought memories of his boyhood days, when with his father he used to attend at Old Sherman. After prayer meeting refreshments were served to about 55. The Sunday School presented them with a nice bible. They then adjourned, wishing Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE many happy returns of the day.

Oct. 31, 1912:

- In Salem Thursday, Oct. 24, occurred the marriage of Miss Carrie BROOM and Mr. Dwight PURCELL. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. BROOM and has a large circle of friends in Alma where she spent most of her life. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. D.D. PURCELL, and is held in high esteem by his many friends. Friends of this splendid couple join in extending congratulations and best wishes for a bright and happy life together. They will reside in Alma.

- Ben PHILLIPS revisited the "old town" last Friday. Ben left Louisville just eight years ago, right after the elections when everything went republican, and at that time he thought democratic Marion county a good place to move to - and it was, for Ben is prospering at Kinmundy. But Marion county has since gone republican, too! - Louisville Republican.

- Alma Express: Born to Mr. and Mrs. B.G. PULLEN Tuesday morning a fine 10 lb. baby girl.

- Miss JACKSON, who has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Levi THOMAS in Meacham twp., for several years, died Wednesday of consumption. The funeral was held Thursday at Keen’s Chapel near Iola.

- Dorothy Gwendolyn is the name of the little Miss that arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. LLOYD, Glasgow, Mont., Wednesday, Oct. 23.

- Lewis COMBS died at his home eight miles east of Kinmundy on Wednesday, Oct. 23. He was born in Harrison Co., Ind., Nov. 20, 1828, and had been a resident of Meacham twp. since 1864. He served as the Miletus postmaster for 14 years. The funeral was held on Saturday, the 26th, conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE Uncle Luke, as he was called, enjoyed a large circle of friends and was one of the prosperous and thrifty farmers of that township.

Nov. 7, 1912:

- Tuesday’s election was a landside for the Democrats and Gov. Woodrow WILSON received 322 electoral votes, awhile Theodore ROOSEVELT got 110, and William H. TAFT, 16, according to the latest returns.

- Elder School Express: Uncle Martin WANTLAND died at his home in this vicinity last Sunday morning at 11 o’clock after an illness of several weeks. He was a man that was held in high esteem by every man, woman and child in the community, and he will be greatly missed. The county has lost a good citizen, the family a loving father, and the neighborhood one of its most thrifty farmers. He has been a resident of the county a number of years and was one of the old landmarks.

- Farina Express: Mrs. McHOTTON was buried Sunday. Services were held at the C.P. Church at 10 o’clock.

- Farina Express: Grove COURSIN and wife are the proud parents of a girl, born Oct. 31.

- Fred ALEXANDER and wife of Odin, are rejoicing over the recent arrival of a new girl at their home. The mother was formerly Miss Pearl JACKSON of this city.

Nov. 14, 1912:

- Popular Salem Couple Marry: J. Mac HUMPHREY and Miss Hattie VAWTER Married at Bridgeport: Another wedding of particular interest to Salem folk was that of John Mac HUMPHREY and Miss Hattie VAWTER which was solemnized at Bridgeport last Tuesday. They are most excellent young people and by this marriage two of the best known and highly respected families of the county are united. The bride is a daughter of former mayor and Mrs. J.H. VAWTER of this city and is one of the leaders in society circles of the city. She is a most exquisite little lady and her friends are legion. "Mac" is one of the most generally beloved fellows that has ever resided in Salem. He is genial and whole souled and his friends are only limited by his acquaintance. For some years Mr. HUMPHREY was employed here but later represented the Swift packing Co., in the southern Illinois territory. Some months ago he bought a large meat market in Bridgeport and his success has been beyond his most sanguine expectations. His success is most gratifying to Salem citizens and future prosperity will be equally pleasing to all, Mr. HUMPHREY was born and reared near Kinmundy and is well known throughout the north part of the county. It is the intention of the young couple to make their home in Bridgeport. Here’s a wish that a full measure of wedded bliss may be their portion. (Salem Republican).

- Advertisement: We Live to Eat and Eat To Live: When why not get the best when in Kinmundy by patronizing our newly remodeled restaurant??? We will serve regular meals, lunches and short orders, oysters any style, ice cream, soda water and fruits. When you get hungry, thirsty or want a good smoke call on us, we will appreciate your trade. TATE & EAGAN

- Advertisement: If You should want to sell, don’t forget that a well-painted barn has a real estate value. You judge a farmer to be thrifty who keeps up his outbuildings - makes you think he must have good land.  How about YOUR barn?  Saves Gallons! Saves Money! Saves Your Barn!   We have the B.P.S. Barn and roof paint in Big 4 Yellow at $1.25 gal. Red $1.05 gal. five gallons $1.00.  Lakewood Red at 80 cents per gal. five gallons at 75 cents; Other roof paints at 50 cents and 75 cents per gallons; House Paint, Lead, Oil, and Varnishes; Paint and Whitewash Brushes; The O.H. PADDOCK Lumber Co.  W.M. KELLOGG, Manager. Phone 110; Kinmundy, Ill.

Nov. 21, 1912:

- Nellie Katherine COCKRELL was born March 14, 1886, and died at the residence of her uncle, James RICHARDSON, near Kinmundy, Nov. 4th, after an illness of about 10 months. She was united in marriage to Edward HOWELL on Jun 18, 1905, and to this union three children were born - two boys, Harley and Donald, and one daughter born Oct. 27, 1912 who with the father are left to mourn the loss of the wife and mother. Besides these she left two brothers, Art COCKRELL of Meacham twp., and Waldo COCKRELL of El Paso, Texas; 5 uncles, 2 aunts, and a large circle of friends.

- Harry HARRIS of Centralia a miner employed at the Marion County Coal Company mine, was caught in a fall of coal Sat. morning about 11 o’clock; and was covered by several tons. He died about 2 o’clock Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was 29 years of age and is survived by a wife and 2 children.(* - partial article)

- Eli FRENCH and wife, residing near Alma, have a fine new girl at their home, arrived Sunday.

- Ernest STORCK, a prosperous young farmer, residing northwest of Farina, and Miss Edna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HOWELL, of Meacham twp., were united in marriage Sunday, Nov. 17th, at the bride’s home, Rev. E.M. JOHNSON of Mattoon officiating.

- A new girl made her arrival at the home of Geo. FIELDS and wife Monday morning.

- Mr. and Mrs. H.B. McCLUER are receiving from their many friends upon the arrival in their home Wednesday of a fine son, whom the family have about decided is Hugh BREVARD, Jr. (The Clarion-Leader, Jackson, Miss.)

- Mrs. Emma PREWITT of Oakley, Cal., died Nov. 12, aged 77 years and 3 months. She was raised in Kinmundy twp., but for the past 20 years, has resided in California. She leaves 2 sons - Joseph and Orlander, 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters - Mrs. J.F. HOWELL, of this city, and Mrs. T.S. PARKINS of Tum Water, Wash.

- News from the Kinmundy Independent: Edward FREEMAN was the Editor; Items taken from Issue of

- Advertisement: Poultry Wanted! We have opened our Poultry House for the winter and are ready to buy all kinds of poultry and rabbits. Highest Market Prices will be paid. Same place in Brubaker that you came before. E.E. MCCOLM.

- I have a car of Northern Potatoes that will arrive in Kinmundy in a few days.   Buy now for winter’s use and see for next spring. Special Prices at car.  Phone us for particulars. T.M. SMITH.

- Ancient History

May 20, 1881:

+ Straw Hats are now fashionable.

+ The band occasionally discourses sweet strains of music.

+ J.B. GARNER was happy Friday. A new girl claimed his attention.

+ The carpenters have been making some changes in the store building of C. ROHRBOUGH.

+ Produce dealers look out, a new peddler started out yesterday - a dutchman and a blind horse.

+ George BRADLEY, the corner groceryman, gave Charleston a business visit this week.

+ More noise at the residence of Rev. J.F. ROBB, on Third Street, Friday last. A large fine boy was the author of the noise.

+ Census Bulletin Number 120 for 1880, gives the following: Population of Kinmundy twp. including Kinmundy city, 1941, Kinmundy city 1096.

+ Preliminary steps have been taken by the I.C. Railroad Co. to erect a large reservoir south of the south switch, to be several hundred feet in length; also to build a fine brick tank and engine house north of the sidewalk leading to the school house and remove the old tank that has stood the storms for many years past.

Nov. 28, 1912:

- Uncle David HANNA called at this office Tuesday and left an order for bills advertising a public sale of his stock and other personal property on Thursday, Dec. 5th. After the sale he expects to move to this city to reside.

- Marshall HEISTAND, of Alma twp, and Miss Dillie SIPES, of near Omega, were united in marriage in the M.E. Parsonage in this city by Rev. R.D. WOODLEY, last Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. On Friday an infair dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. HEISTAND, only the members of the 2 families and a few intimate friends being present. These are two prominent young people and their many friends join in extending congratulations.

- Mrs. Harriet TUBBS was born in Jennings Co., Ind., July 3rd, 1820, and departed this life at her home, one and one-fourth mile west of Omega, on Friday, Nov. 22, 1912. On Sept. 15, 1839, she was united in marriage to Aliah TUBBS and to them were born 6 children - two sons and 4 daughters, all of whom survive. They are Calvin TUBBS of Omega; Mrs. Wm. GARGES of Iuka; Mrs. Mary CHESLEY of Louisville; Mrs. Wm. SWITZER of Farina; Miss Ella TUBBS of Omega; and Geo. TUBBS of Iuka. Besides these she leaves to mourn her demise 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a large circle of friends. Mrs. TUBBS professed religion and united with the M.E. Church in her youth and lived a consistent Christian, a life no one need to be afraid to imitate. About 40 years ago the husband and father passed away, and since that time the widow kept up the home for her children.

- Mrs. Carrie E. NORMAN: Entered into rest Wednesday Nov. 20, 1912, Carrie E. BOLAND-NORMAN (nee RYAN), wife of Elmer NORMAN, daughter of Mrs. Alice RYAN, sister of Brenice DORR and William RYAN, at the age of 39 years. She had been in poor health for about a year and had undergone an operation which was decided successful and the family had looked forward to a complete recovery, but when all were so hopeful she was suddenly stricken with paralysis from which she never rallied. While in California for her health she was baptized and was afterwards married in San Francisco and she and her bereaved husband came home full of hope for the future. In life she was loved by all who knew her for her willingness to help those in distress. She is survived by her husband, a dear mother, one brother, one sister, and one little unfortunate nephew. The burial service was held from the Methodist Episcopal church in this city on Sunday Nov. 24, Rev. R.D. WOODLEY officiating. The body was laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery. The regular funeral services were held at the home of her sister, Mrs. DORR, 2324 Olive St., St. Louis, Rev. Marvin HAW, of Saint Paul’s Methodist church officiating. The body of Mrs. Homer HILL, sister of the deceased, was brought here at the same time for re-interment.

- Elder School Express: Marshal Heistand son of Mr. and Mrs. Abe HEISTAND, and Miss Dillie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SIPES, drove to Kinmundy last Thursday afternoon, where they were united in the holy bonds of wedlock. Their many friends extend congratulations.

- Advertisement: Eventually Gold Medal Flour - Why not now?  We have a car of Gold Medal Flour on the road and are in a position to supply dealers in Kinmundy and vicinity. If your grocer does not have it, call his attention to this ad, and he can get it for you or call on us direct.; G.W. WHITE & Son; Distributors, Kinmundy, Ill.

- Local Items taken from Kinmundy Independent under Date of Aug. 19, 1881:

- R.P. McBRYDE Got Excited

- Gastin EAGAN spent Tuesday in Olney.

- John W. WILSON was in St. Louis this week.

- Wheat selling from 75 cents to $1.15 according to quality.

- John G. WEST stepped off some St. Louis sidewalks this week.

- Patoka has a newspaper. Alma will probably have one next.

- Farmers are saving their hay seed this year more than ever before.

- W.L. KING, who has had a severe spell of sickness, is rapidly improving.

- J.O. DUMOND is building a new barn for Mr. SHAFFER in Meacham twp.

- Miss Surie LAWSON returned Monday from a 3 weeks visit in Lebanon.

- G. W. HARLAN departed on Tuesday morning for the watermelon fields of Missouri.

- Frank REEDER went to Centralia on Monday, where he has a situation at his trade.

- The SQUIERS House still holds its reputation as being one among the best hotels on the I.C. road.

- Van RAWLINGS put in his appearance this week. He intends to move his family to Chicago soon, where he has a good situation.

- Jos. CRAIG, for some time past at work on the P. & E. railroad in Kentucky, returned to his home in his city last Friday.

- Will FREEMAN has been suffering very severally with sore eyes during the past week and has succumbed to the necessity of taking a rest from the labors of the office, in consequence hereof R.F. LAWSON has adjusted the type in this issue.

- The camp meeting at Sandy Branch commenced on Thursday and closed on Sunday night last. The attendance during the week was small, but on Sunday was much larger, with all the variations generally attending the camp meetings of the present day.

- It is wonderful the difference there is in the application of certain medicines. Put a mustard plaster on the outside of a man’s stomach and he will paw around and swear that it will burn him up. But put it on a ham sandwich and he will put it on the inside without a murmur.

- R.P. McBRYDE was so excited at camp meeting last Sunday that he could not distinguish the horse he drove from the numerous others that were hitched near it. Fortunately for Dick he knew his fair companion among the other ladies present, and she pointed out the right animal.

Dec. 5, 1912:

- Charles C. TOOKER, of Edgewood, was instantly killed Monday forenoon when hit by the new north bound I.C. train No. 22. His body was hurled a distance of 40 feet and was not mutilated. His son, Wilbur TOOKER, has been employed by the I.C. company for several months as a night operator in this city, and the father was expecting the boy home on Monday, as he was relieved here Sunday night by the regular man, L.L. BOSLEY. On Sunday, the I.C. put a new time card into effect and it is supposed Mr. TOOKER did not know of the change of time in the trains and was one the way to the depot to meet his son when he was struck and killed. For a number of years, the unfortunate man was a resident of Farina, but about fifteen years ago he moved his family to Edgewood, where they have since resided. He was a harness maker by trade and worked the greater part of last winter in this city for H.A. BROWN. Mr. TOOKER was a Civil War veteran and was about 75 years of age.

- Mrs. Elmer BASSETT, residing west of this city, underwent a surgical operation in the Mt. Vernon Hospital on Monday.

- Mr. Jesse W. BROOM, of Thomasboro, and Miss Grace SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm, were married at the home of the bride’s parents at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28, by the pastor of the First M.E. Church. Only the immediate family witnessed the ceremony. This young couple has a host of warm friends in Kinmundy and all wish them a happy voyage through life. They will reside at Thomasboro, as he is employed as station agent that place.

- Local Items Taken from Kinmundy Independent under Date of Aug. 19, 1881:

+ The thermometer in our office last Friday reached 107. In some places in town it indicated 112.

+ The depot at Central City burned Friday last, supposed to have caught from the sparks of a passing engine.

+ The flouring mill of SONGER Bros. is in full blast, turning out No. 1 flour and meal. Their brand is known far and wide.

+ Four car loads of corn have been shipped to this place during the past 2 weeks, which is something very uncommon for Kinmundy

+ Farmers will have to be very careful about selecting their seed wheat this fall, as the greater part of wheat raised this year will not grow.

+ Dr. T.O. HATTON has returned from Mississippi, and taken up his residence in Farina.

+ TYNER reports the largest organ trade of any month since he has been in business.

+ Prof. ANDERSON has become a resident here, and school will commence the first Monday in Sept.

+ Farina seems to be enjoying a big boom in building and trade. Large quantities of brick are being hauled from here to that place and several of our industrious citizens are there at work.

+ A letter from Mrs. Dr. SMITH reports G.M. SONGER still at Golden. Col., with health very little if any improved; uncertain about moving westward or returning home in the near future.

+ On Wednesday a match game of croquet was played by John DONOVAN and William CAWREY, against R.H. HENDERSHOT of Chicago, and Capt. ROHRBOUGH. DONOVAN and CAWREY carried off the laurels by the best 2 out of 3.

+ Mr. YERYIAN informed us yesterday evening that he had just passed thru another small vein of coal and is now in gray slate and coal mixed, under which the vein reached by BUTTS in boring is said to exist. He feels confident that he will reach coal by Monday night.

+ In the manufacturing establishment of W.H. WHITE we notice several improvements, among which is an apparatus invented by himself for priming wheels with oil. It consists of a large zinc-lined box, filled with linseed oil, through which runs a steam pipe from the engine, heating the oil, in which all his wagon and carriage wheels are steeped, by placing them on a pivot and turning them slowly through the boiling oil which covers the felloes and thus the most important part of the wheel becomes saturated and the grain of the wood filled with oil in a very short time. This preserves the timber, improves the wheel for tiring, takes less paint and when finished is more durable, holds the paint and keeps the tire from becoming loose. Wagons put through this process are a great advantage to the buyer and should command a better price.

+ A telegraph company has been organized in this city, known as the Kinmundy Short Line. H.F. GREEN’s drug store and HERRICK & YOUNG’s dry goods house are the two extremities.

Dec. 12, 1912:

- Seymour JONES was born Jan. 19, 1894, age 18 years, 10 months and 20 days. He was converted 4 years ago at Arnold’s Chapel and united with the Chapel class. Seymour was attending the Kinmundy High School until 2 weeks before his death. He was an obedient pupils and teachers. His modesty and sincerity won the hearts of the people wherever he went. He will be missed by his associates, but althou he is gone, the kindness and beauty of the life will live on. He was sick but a short time, during which he received the best care and medical attention that could be given. At the time of his death he was making his home with his uncle, William MORRIS. An only brother and a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn his untimely departure. However, all feel that their loss is his gain, as he has paid the penalty that all must pay and has passed into the beautiful beyond from which no stranger returns and where sorrow and death are not known. Rev. J.H. BALLANCE conducted the funeral service and delivered a beautiful discourse on "Remember they Creator in the days of thy Youth, etc." Supt. LATHAM, of the Kinmundy schools, spoke a few words in behalf of the teachers and pupils. A large number of the pupils attended, the remaining boys of the first year class acting as pall bearers.

- Miss Flossie YOST of Alma, and Mr. Guy BARBEE, of this city, were married at the home of the groom’s parents. Lewis BARBEE and wife, Sunday noon, Dec. 8, 1912 Rev. H. BALLANCE officiating. The family and a few friends witness the ceremony after which a splendid wedding dinner was served. The happy couple will make their home in this city. Their many friends extend congratulations.

- Gideon Henry CONANT, son of Wm. R. and Anna CONANT, was born on Dec. 9, 1856, and departed this life Dec. 7, 1912, at the medium age of 56 years. He lived at his early home until the age of 18 years. In 1875 he was married to Ellen ARNOLD, and to this union was born 5 children, 4 boys, and 1 girl. The others are George Fletcher, Springfield, Ill.; Minnie OLDNER, Fayette Co., Frank Everette and Chas. Henry, the two younger boys reside at the old home, all still survive him. In 1876 he moved to a farm 3 miles northeast of Kinmundy, where he has since resided. Never ceasing work of improving that which might be made better and laboring faithfully to modify and distinctly benefit the never ending uplift of humanity. He was always well respected among his neighbors, who helped to care tenderly for him in his time of his illness. About 2 years ago he began failing in health and has constantly lost his strength ever since until he became unable to bear the trials and troubles of everyday life, and telling his son Fletcher (that they were waiting for him on the other shore) he died in the early dawn of feathery winter. He leaves to mourn their loss, three brothers, Geo. A., and W.S. CONANT of Kinmundy, John R. CONANT of Springfield, and a wife and four children. "Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

- J.L. FRADENBURG, residing four miles south of this city, has sold his farm to Frank HUMPHREY and will remove in a short time to Paragould, Ark., where he has purchased another farm. He will sell his personal property at public sale today. (Thursday)

- The 9 year old daughter of Bert COPPLE and wife, of near Omega, died Sunday night of diphtheria and was buried Monday.

- Advertisement: Go to TYNER & HENSLEY’s Jewelry Store For your Christmas Gifts.  Bracelets, Chains, Lockets, Rings, Scarf Pins, Tie Clasps, Cuff Buttons, Watch Fobs, Cut Glass, Elegant Souvenir Spoons - Churches, School House and Soldiers’ Monument;  Come and examine our stock.

- Advertisement: Christmas Goods; At our store can be found Christmas presents for the whole family. We mention a small list to give an idea of what we have: Handkerchiefs, Suspenders, Neckwear, Hosiery, Gloves, Shirts, Hats, Caps, Fur Caps, Fur Gloves, Suits, Overcoats, Shoes, Dress Goods, Mufflers, Sweaters, Sweater Coats, Fancy Pieces, Dishes, Dry Goods, and Notions of all kinds.   A Big Line of Candy at Rock Bottom Prices.  Come in and see our stock. D.R. HASELDEN.

- Advertisement: General Real Estate. See R.W. WITWER for farms, houses, or vacant lots. He looks after rents, writes, insurance and furnishes abstracts. Come and see me if you want to buy, sell or trade.

- Advertisement: First National Bank; A.W. SONGER, Pres.; Wm. MORRIS, Vice President; R.P. MCBRYDE, Cashier; Herman SCHNEIDER, Bookkeeper; C.R. ALDERSON, Asst.; Capital Stock $50.000; Surplus $10,000.  Interest paid on time; certificates of deposit at the rate of 3% per annum.  Do general banking business; Your patronage solicited.  Directors: A.W. SONGER, F.A. PRUETT, J.F. HOWELL, WM. MORRIS, J. NEILSON,  A. BORCHELT, R.P. McBRYDE, Ben GARRETT.

- Items of Interests Taken from Kinmundy Independent - March 10, 1882

+ Dr. CAMERER has returned from Charleston and reports his wife improving.

+ F.W. KING was confirmed as city clerk and entered upon his duties on Monday night.

+ W.L. SKILLING has settled at Topeka, Kansas.

+ Mrs. FOX and her children leave for the Sunny South Friday morning this week. She has rented her house to W.D. PHILLIPS, the crayor artist. He will use the front room for a studio and let the rest to Henry SIMPSON. Notices of receptions and art exhibition in due season.

+ Married at the residence of the bride’s parents, Miss Lou McCLOUD of Kinmundy, to Mr. Alva LAMAR of Georgetown. The happy couple visited a few days here with relatives and friends after which they started for Georgetown where they will make their home. May joy, peace and prosperity be their happy for through the rough and uneven journey through life is the wish of the printers.

+ Dan GUNN returned to the city on Tuesday morning. His western trip was brief. He reports many young men west looking after soft jobs.

+ A carload of the finest ice we have seen for years was received by Capt. C. ROHRBOUGH and W.C. SQUIER. It has been stored away for the coming summer.

+ What Willard’s Hotel and the Ebbitt House are to the Washington politician, Squier’s House is to the homeless and hungry traveler. Mr. SQUIER has built up an enviable reputation as a caterer and his tables are always loaded with the best the markets afford and crowded with those who know what a square meal is.

+ In our announcement column will be found the name of J.W. ROBB, one who has been a resident of this township for nearly 40 years and will make a good assessor as he is acquainted with every foot of land in this township. We recommend him to the voters as a reliable, straightforward gentleman, every way worth the suffrages of the people.

Dec. 19, 1912:

- Mrs. Emma PREWITT (nee EASTLAND) was born in Tennessee, Aug. 15th, 1835, died at the home of her son, O.C. PREWITT, near Oakley, Cal., on Nov. 12, 1912. She was aged 77 years, 2 months, and 28 days. Her parents moved to Marion Co., Ill., while she was but a child, there she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Grafton H. PREWETT Jan. 1st, 1857. To this union 5 children were born, 3 of them being taken from them in youth. In 1869 they moved as far west as Bates county, Mo., and resided there until 1891 when they went to California and located in this section where she has lived since. Her husband died Jan. 12, 1902. While yet in her girlhood she gave her heart to God and united with the Baptist Church and lived a consistent Christian life until she was called to join the church triumphant, which is without fault before the throne of God. She lived her religion, the influence of which was felt in the communities in which she lived and by all who became acquainted with her. She made friends readily and held the respect and love of young and old. She had been in poor health for a year and for the last month her suffering was intense, but she was patient and uncomplaining and grateful for every favor given her. The faith that had supported her through life was her strength to the last. In her death we grieve for one worthy of our love and esteem. A faithful wife and mother, a devoted friend and a true follower of Christ. She leaves to mourn their loss tow sons, 3 grandsons, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Tina PORKINS of Tumwater, Wash., and Mrs. Mattie HOWELL, of Kinmundy, Ill. The interment was in the Mason’s and Odd Fellow’s Cemetery near Antioch. (Rich Hill, Mo. Mining Review.)

- 215 cases of diphtheria were reported in St. Louis last week, and 7 deaths resulted from the epidemic. During the week, 208 deaths from all causes occurred in that city.

- On Saturday morning, Dec. 14, 1912, Miss Jessie ALLEN and F.B. GEORGE, both of Sandoval, autoed to Salem and were united in marriage, the Rev. H.W. SCHWAN, minister of the Christian Church officiating. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. Wm. EAGAN, formerly of this city, and has many friends here who extend congratulations. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GEORGE of Sandoval, at which place they will reside.

- I.D. INGRAM and son Cloy left Monday for Wellston, Okla., to visit a couple weeks with his brother, Chas. INGRAM. Dennie left there 18 years ago when wagon roads were not as numerous as railroads now.

- Wilfred SMITH of Farina, has accepted a position with the Kinmundy Milling Co. and will move his family here in the near future.

- The Omega Express: Forest CHEELEY and wife will have charge of the switch board for the coming year.

- Alma Express: Miss Emogene FORD returned home Thursday from Ottowa where she has been for her health. She left Tuesday for Plainview, Tex., to spend the winter accompanied by her father, E.G. FORD.

- Alma Express: Homer OSBORN and Mis Alice WARREN, who were married recently in Colfax, have returned here to spend the winter with relatives.

- Advertisement: TYNER’s Music Store; Holiday Bargains; House Full of Standard Goods: Piano, Player Pianos and Musical Mdse.; Prices Low; Terms Easy; Make Your selection early.

- Advertisement: C.B. ROHRBOUGH, Kinmundy, Illinois; Now on Special Reduction Sale on Ladies, Misses, and Children’s Cloaks; The continued open fall leaves us largely overstocked on the above lines. We have decided to move them at once and offer you the loss we must take. Right now in the midst of the season, your are looking for Cloaks, Skirts, etc.  The Newest Models. The Newest Fabrics. Note these very attractive prices:  Ladies and Misses Cloaks Value $2.50 now .... $1.78; $3.50 now ....$2.38; $5.00 now ...$3.78; $7.50 now ...$5.78; $10.00 now ...$7.98; $12.50 now ...$9.28; $15.00 now...$11.48; $17.50 now ...$13.28; $18.50 now...$13.98; $20.00 now...$14.78; $22.00 now...$16.48; $25.00 now...$19.48; About 40 or 50 Ladies Dress Skirts: Value $2.50 now offered for $1.88; Value $3.00 now offered for $2.28; Value $4.00 ............... $2.98; Value $5.00 now offered for $3.12; Value $6.00................ $4.48; Value $7.00 now offered for $5.18; First Come, First Served. These goods certainly will not last long at these prices.

- Advertisement: Headquarters for Stoves of all Kinds; L.C. ROHRBOUGH & Co.

- Interesting Items from the Kinmundy Independent - Apr. 28, 1882:

+ Farmers are busy planting corn

+ H.R. WILLIAMS of Alma, was in town this week.

+ Photographs! New Styles, minette cards $1.50 a dozen at O.N. TYNER’s.

+ J.B. GARNER’s new barber shop next door to ELDER’s is the place to get shaved.

+ J.F. REEDER has moved back from Decatur. Mrs. REEDER’s health still continues poorly.

+ Miss M.A. SONGER has just returned from the city with a large and well selected stock of millinery goods which must sell cheap.

+ Married at the residence of W.B. EAGAN, esq., Tuesday evening April 25th, by Rev. D. Cohn MURCHISON, Mr. John MOTCH, and Miss S. Alice COZAD of Kinmundy.

+ Miss Gussie BROWN will have a picnic with her school in Shelton’s grove May 5. Singing, declamation, etc. The public is invited.

+ The dogs killed 18 lambs for I.T. DILLON this week. Probably two worthless curs did the mischief. Kill the dogs and bring suit against the owners thereof.

+ We take pleasure in calling attention to the new, clean meat market of Henry SIMPSON’s advertised in our columns. If your good wife is anxious about what to get dinner and where to buy it, let her try the newly married butcher.

+ Our friend and fellow soldier Isaiah D. LEAR, sheriff of Marion county, is announced as candidate for re-election, subject to the decision of the Democratic primary election June 31, 1882. So far as we know he is the first one in the field and we would hate to be his rival under the circumstances. A public officer who has done his duty faithfully and is a candidate for the second term, ought to be retained, everything else being equal. We don’t see how the democrats can go back on him.

+ New Milliner store! New goods! Miss Kate ELDER has just received and opened out a full line of latest hats and bonnets, watered silks and ribbons. Next door to GREEN’s drug store.

+ Mrs. Sarah JONES, Mrs. Lida TRUNKEY, Mrs. Harriett JENKINS, daughters of Capt. and Mrs. POWER, in attendance upon their golden wedding, left for their respective homes on last Monday.

+ Married on last Tuesday evening at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. S. CARLETON, in Farina, by Rev. T.M. PRICKETT, Miss Ida May to Mr. Sam McCLOUD of Kinmundy. May good luck and happiness attend them.

Dec. 26, 1912:

- William O. SMITH was born in Jennings Co., Ind., June 10, 1837, and died at the Soldier’s Home in Quincy, Ill., Dec. 20, 1912, aged 75 years, 6 months, and 10 days. In early life, he was a carpenter and in 1857 moved westward, locating in Salem, where he assisted in the erection of the Marion county Courthouse. He was one of the finest workmen on the job, and built the stairs, circle windows, and other prominent parts of the building. Having a natural ability and an inclination he took up the study of medicine, and after serving three years in the 40th Illinois Volunteers, he graduated from the Cincinnati Medical College in 1873. In 1863 he was united in marriage to Miss Parmelia E. SONGER of Xenia, Ill. The wife preceded him to the world beyond, having died July 12, 1898. During the 70's Dr. SMITH located in Kinmundy, and for many years enjoyed a large practice in his profession. He was a successful physician, an excellent nurse and was always ready and willing to administer to the sick and afflicted whether they be rich or poor. His kindness will long be remembered , not only as the family physician, but as but as a friend who never believed in oppression. He was always blessed with good health until a few months ago when he was stricken with a general break down of the vital forces which culminated in his death after he became an inmate of the Soldier’s Home. The body arrived in Kinmundy last Sunday morning and was conveyed to the home of A.W. SONGER where the funeral service was held at 2 o’clock, conducted with a solo by Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery, the burial service being conducted by Hicks Post G.A.R., of which the deceased was an honored member.

- Elder School Express: Tom TRADER and wife are the proud parents of a baby girl born last Wednesday.

- Advertisement: The Farmers & Merchants Bank; Kinmundy, Illinois; Capital Stock $50,000.; J.W. DOOLEN, President; R.C. ROBB, Vice President; H.L. WARREN, Cashier; Louis J. LACEY, Asst. Cash.  Individual Liabilities $1,000,000; Solid and reliable in every respect; Your business strictly confidential; 3% on time deposits.  Your acct. solicited.  Directors: J.W. DOOLEN, R.C. ROBB, H.E. MINER, HENRY WARREN, A. CONANT,  W.H. MAXEY, W.T. WILKINSON, S.H. GRAHAM, J.T. ARNOLD.

- Advertisement: J.D. CAMERER, Physician and Surgeon, Kinmundy, Illinois; Office in Opera House Block.

- Advertisement: J.M. ROTAN & Son; Real Estate, Loan and Insurance Agts; Notary Public; Real Estate bought, sold or exchanged. Money loaded on short notice. Your business solicited. Kinmundy.

- Advertisement: J.L. LASWELL, Dentist.  Office in Masonic Temple over Geo. TOMLINSON’s Hardware.

- Interesting Items From Kinmundy Independent - May 19, 1882:

+ GUITEAU will hang.

+ J.S. HASELDEN has gone to Missouri on a visit.

+ Sheriff LEAR was in town this week candidating.

+ Mrs. J.B. ELDER has been visiting relatives in Beardstown.

+ We are indebted to Zarda FROST for late Kentucky papers. The Knights of Honor will have a basket picnic at Sheldon’s Grove May 31.

+ Another voter in the 3d ward. He weighs 9 lbs. Arrived at G.W. GILMORE’s a few evenings since.

+ Rev. L.B. DYE, of Ashley, has been engaged to supply the Cumberland Presbyterian pulpit. He preached for them last Sabbath morning.

+ Miss Lotta B. THOMPSON of Indianapolis is visiting with her sister, Mrs. M.J. SQUIER.

+ In addition to winning the gun, ELDER and CAWREY came out second best at the shooting tournament at Mt. Vernon. We will give the score next week.

+ Rev. J.H. BALLANCE, H.L. WARREN, and T.M. SMITH drove to Tonti Tuesday in Mr. WARREN’s auto to attend the funeral of Thos. NEAL, who has been a resident of this county since the 20's.

+ Word has been received here of the arrival of a new son at the home of John G. BRENNER and wife at Clarion, Ia.

+ Alma Express: The body of Mrs. Bob SPROUSE, arrived here from Bloomington Sunday evening. Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Monday morning conducted by Rev. J.H. BALLANCE and interment made in the Martin cemetery.

+ Alma Express: A fine baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman FOX last Thursday.

+ Alma Express: Born to Chas. E. SILLS and wife, a fine baby girl, Dec. 18.

+ Alma Express: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack GUTHERIE on Dec. 16, a fine baby girl.

+ Omega Express: The lodge had an oyster supper at the town hall Saturday night.

+ North Fork Items:

- Sam BUNDY sold his house recently for $175.

- There was a dance at Doc ATKINS one night last week.

- Miss Laura FRENCH, of Alma, is staying at Eli W. JONES’.

- Miss Jane GARNER, of Kinmundy, was visiting at Felix ARNOLD’s last week.


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

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


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