Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"


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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 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Newspaper 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.

"The Kinmundy Express", Kinmundy, Ill. (Microfilm Roll #1)


Jan. 6, 1916:

- Rubin N. CARROLL died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edith Musgrave, in Norway, Mich. For years he was in both the hardware and hotel businesses in Farina.

- Miss Carrie BASCOM died Dec. 27, 1915 in Chicago of pneumonia. She was a nurse in the Chicago area, and was attending to a patient who died of pneumonia. She was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. S. BASCOM, and was born in Farina on Dec. 20, 1878. Her grandfather was Schuyler Stone BASCOM. Interment in Farina Cemetery.

- Mrs. T.J. WADE died at her home in Farina on Wednesday morning.

- Mrs. Elmer C. NIRIDER died of cancer after an illness of several months.

- Albert EAGAN, young auto dealer in St. Peter, died Sunday morning.

- Uncle Philip YUND of this city died at his son’s home on Sunday.

Jan. 13, 1916:

- Hon. W.F. BUNDY, a leading citizen of Centralia died on Sunday. He was son of Rev. Isaac BUNDY, a pioneer resident of Raccoon twp. In 1890 he married Mrs. Mary E. McNALLY, who survives. They had daughters, Misses Dorothy and Margaret BUNDY, and Mrs. Pauline WHAM.

- Kinmundy boy, Luzon JOHNSON, writes about his trip to China.

- Chauncey Valentine RICE married Miss Murile DUGAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DUGAN in Hammon, Oklahoma. Chauncey formerly of Kinmundy and son of N.A. RICE and wife.

- Clarence Durand, son of Mayme MERRITT, died at home of his grandfather J.A. BAYLIS on Jan. 2, 1916. He was born July 23, 1907. Burial at Eastland Cemetery.

- Philip YUND was born in France on April 9, 1845 and died in Kinmundy on Jan. 2, 1916. He came to Illinois in 1848 and located near Belleville, and was a Civil War Vet. He married Miss Elizabeth ARBOGAST on March 11, 1869, and had 4 boys and 1 girl.

- Mrs. Martha KOESECK LAMB died on Saturday in Farina. She was 84 years old.

- Mrs. Elizabeth PORTER suffered a stroke on Monday and her neighbor, John MERCHANT, heard her call for help and came to assist her.

- Oscar MARSLAND of Dexter, Cawley Co., Texas visited his aunts, M.R. LAWWILL and E.R. MARTIN. His parents moved from Kinmundy in 1868.

- Walter SIMPSON and wife had a new son on Friday.

- Coroner Frank FELTMAN of Salem conducted an inquest of D.O. CHAPIN, who died suddenly. He was about 84 years old, and burial was in Hume, Ill.

Jan. 20, 1916:

- Kinmundy had 20,000 fire. John FRENCH, the night telephone operator, and Orlander SCHWABE, night operator at Ill. Central, both saw the fire at about the same time. It began upstairs at the opera house. Losses are: A.J. BORO - $3000; J.D. CAMERER - $500; Nettie HARGRAVE - $1000; Frank CONANT - $100; Edward BAHR - $500; Opera House - $10000; and IOOF - $4500.

- The marriage of Jacob Rudolph Eberenman and Miss Louise STEUBER on Jan. 9, 1916 at Dunsmuir, Calif. She is formerly from Kinmundy.

Jan. 27, 1916:

- Report by John W. DOOLEN’s on his trip to Boy’s State Fair School

- Sarah Jane BLURTON ALLEN died Jan. 22, 1916 at the home of her sons. She was born near Kinmundy on June 4, 1832, and married Miles ALLEN in 1857. He died several years ago. Sons were: John, Henry, George, and William - the last two who have passed away prior. Also survived by her brother, Alex BLURTON of Patoka. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Fannie DAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. DAY of Alma, and John MAZANEK, son of Mr. and Mrs. John MAZANEK of Alma, were married last Thursday.

Feb. 4, 1916:

- Dr. D.M. CAMERER of Chrisman, Ill. died on Saturday. He had been a physician since 1848, and was the oldest Illinois physician. His son is Dr. J.D. CAMERER of Kinmundy.

- Mary J. WELCH WHITE died at her home in Kinmundy on Jan. 29, 1916. She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth WELCH, and was born in Marengo Co., Ala. on July 17, 1843. She married William H. WHITE in Alabama on Dec. 28, 1858. He died in Feb. 1907. They had two children: Dora, passed away as a child, and Mrs. Anna Elizabeth FROST of Kinmundy.

- H.I. LACEY died in Detroit, Mich. and leaves two sons, Guy D. and Harry E. Burial in Detroit. The widow is the daughter of the late Nelson and F.C. GRAVES of Kinmundy.

- Edwin ENGELKENJOHN, of St. Peter, died last Thursday of typhoid fever. This was the third death in that family in 4 weeks. The first was a brother, Albert, and the second was the father.

- Rev. J.W. WILLIS was called to Taylorville on Sunday by the death of his brother, Samuel P. WILLIS.

- Calvin TUBBS, an old and respected citizen of the Elder School vicinity, died on Thursday. He was 73 years old and born in Indiana. Burial in Millican Cemetery.

Feb. 10, 1916:

- Wedding last Wednesday of Frank EMBSER, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. EMBSER, and Miss Mabel WILKINSON, daughter of Mrs. Della WILKINSON.

- Mr. Fletcher COLE of North Fork and Miss Lottie WILLIAMS of Alma were married on Thursday.

- Rev. Perry BASCOM and wife of Bound Brook, N.J. visited in Kinmundy with their niece, Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM, and his brother, Rev. S.B. BASCOM and family of Farina. They also attended the golden wedding anniversary of his brother, Rev. and Mrs. N. BASCOM of Vandalia.

- Rev. J.W. SPICER, died in Odin last Sunday. Interment in Odin Cemetery.

- James C. MAXEY died Jan. 29, 1916 in Mt. Vernon at the age of 88 years. Burchett MAXEY was his father, one of the earliest pioneers in Jefferson county, settling there in 1818. Mrs. MAXEY died about 2 years ago after 60 years of marriage. Mr. Maxey was the father of Mrs. I.F. SUGG of this city.

- Bessie HOWELL MURRAY died last Wednesday. She was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 27, 1884. She married Arthur W. MURRAY at Flora on June 5, 1902, and they had two children: Helen and Arthur W. Jr. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Mattie TOMLINSON of St. Louis, and two brothers, Adolph and Rolla HOWELL of Milwaukee. She moved to Hoopeston 12 years ago, and is the granddaughter of Aunt Menerva HOWELL and a niece of T.M. SMITH of this city.

Feb. 17, 1916:

- Chas. Sumner NEIL was born in Champaign, Ill. on Dec. 27, 1856, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Feb. 12, 1916. On April 1, 1858 he and his parents moved to this city. He married on Sept. 9, 1885 to Miss Nancy SHRIVER, who survives. Five children were born, one daughter dying in infancy: Pauline Helen, William Lloyd, Charles Walter, and Harry Sumner. Also his mother, aged 94 years, and one brother, W.W. NEIL. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Ora WAINSCOTT, of Macon, Miss. was visiting his father, Mose WAINSCOTT.

- Albert Leroy SIMER died on Jan. 18, 1916. He was the son of W.J. and Sarah SIMER, and was born Dec. 20, 1876. He married Miss Golda ALLEN on Oct. 17, 1900. Three children survive: Lois, Eugene, and Roscoe. One daughter, Marie Belle Ester SIMER, was born while he was close to death, and he had never seen her. She did not survive and was buried with him. Interment at Lovell’s Grove.

Feb. 24, 1916:

- Henry G. HOLT died in Anna, Ill. on Feb. 18, 1916. He had resided in Foster twp. almost 86 years, and his wife passed some 8 years ago. The funeral was at Arnold’s Chapel.

- Mary JACKSON THOMAS died at her home near Kinmundy on Feb. 17, 1916. She was born in Polk twp., Crawford Co., Ohio on June 8, 1845, and came with her parents in 1866 to Illinois. She married Levi THOMAS of Clay county on April 25, 1876, and they had no children. He died on Jan. 17, 1916. Her burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- George POWELL and Miss Gertrude BAKER of Farina were married in Effingham on Sunday.

March 2, 1916:

- Sandoval had a $20,000 fire. Among buildings burned were the Bank of Sandoval, WILSON Restaurant, and REISCH Building.

- YOUNG School House, a country school located 3 miles southeast of Kinmundy, burned on Friday.

- Everett POWELL and Miss Myrtle HEISTAND, of this vicinity, surprised friends by being married on Thursday.

- Mrs. Downey BILDERBACK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MERCHANT, died in Evansville, Ind. Her son, Aimsworth BILDERBACK, will make his home here with his grandparents.

March 9, 1916: (Paper misprinted date as March 2, 1916):

- F.O. GRISSOM sold "The Kinmundy Express" to Gus A. SPITZE. GRISSOM had assumed charge the paper in 1898. He will now commit his time to being postmaster.

- Mrs. Gabe S. LACEY of Meacham twp. died on Monday. She leaves a husband, one daughter and two sons.

- Rev. S.B. BASCOM of Farina died on March 6, 1916 of kidney trouble. He was born March 7, 1838 near Rising Sun, Ind. He married Sarah A. LABOYTEAUX on Sept. 22, 1861, and they had two children: Marion and Oliver. He was a Civil War Vet. and a minister for the M.E. Church. On March 23, 1868, his wife died, and he married Caroline M. CARLTON on May 1, 1872. They had four children: Ora Belle, Fannie B., Carrie I, and Perry E. BASCOM. Among those surviving are his children F.M. BASCOM and Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM, of this city.

- Ex-Mayor, John A. RUSSELL of Farina, died last Thursday of plural pneumonia. He leaves a wife, aged mother, and a sister, Mrs. Mary SHAEFFER.

- Mrs. Josephine SIPES of Omega, wife of Francis SIPES, died on Friday.

- A.F. FUNK, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. FUNK, died at the home of his parents east of this city, at the age of 30. Interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

- Fred J. NIRIDER was sent a message of the death of his brother, George, in Kansas.

March 23, 1916:

- The beautiful home of Chas. B. ROHRBOUGH was completely destroyed by fire. The cause was a defective flue.

- Ida CRAIG KENNEDY died on March 17, 1916. She was born in Omega twp. on Feb. 21, 1863, and married Lemuel N. KENNEDY on March 1, 1863. They had six children: Myrtle, Katy, James, Bessie, Ruth and Naomi. Surviving are her husband and children: Mrs. Oscar P. CURTIS of McClain, Mrs. Earl WILLIAMS of Kell, James KENNEDY of Alma, Mrs. Clarence WALKINGTON of Dix, and Ruth and Naomi. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

March 30,1916:

- James Carrol WHITSON, son of James and Martha WHITSON, died on March 26, 1916. He was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 17, 1889, graduated from Kinmundy High School, studied law, and was elected city clerk of Salem. He also leaves brothers, Harry of St. Louis, and Marvin; and four sisters, Mrs. E.K. ABERY of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mrs. Chas. WILCOX of Chicago, Mrs. James SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy, and Miss Elsie of Salem. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- J. Vard COCKRELL, son of Felix and Martha COCKRELL, died March 23, 1916. He was born near Kinmundy on June 30, 1869, and married Miss Della KNISELEY on Dec. 24, 1890. They had two children: Clark and Eugene. His wife died on Sept. 13, 1895. Then he married Miss Corda JONES on Jan. 15, 1899, and she died Jan. 20, 1900. Third, he married Miss Hattie NICHOLS on Nov. 10, 1901, and she survives. His father, Uncle Felix COCKRELL, was a one of the pioneer settlers of this county coming from Kentucky in 1837. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Sample ballots for Kinmundy twp. election were as follows:

Democrat, D.C. BEAVER vs. no Republican candidate

Democrat, Richard WAINSCOT vs. Republican, Charles WHITE

Democrat, Harvey BRANSON vs. Republican, T.M. SMITH

Democrat, J.A. BAYLIS vs. Republican, Carl A. BOONE

Democrat, J. Ras. JONES vs. Republican, W.H. MAXEY

- Sample ballots for Alma twp. election were as follows:

Democrat, A.E. HUTCHINSON vs. Republican, Arthur WILSON

Democrat, S.E. STEVENSON vs. Republican, James FINCH

Democrat, Clyde HEISTAND vs. Republican, Noah GRAVES

Democrat, D.D. PURCELL vs. Republican, Frank HUMPHREY

Democrat, Homer KAGY vs. Republican, Ira ANGLIN

Democrat, T.J. FRIESNER vs. Republican, Cecil ANGLIN

- Robert, infant son of Walter LESEMAN and wife, died on Tuesday.

- Mr. Alonzo HAMMERS was pleasantly surprised on his 36th birthday at his home by his mother, brothers and families.

April 6, 1916:

- Parent-Teacher Association formed for school

- Winners in Republic-Express Piano Contest were: 1st - Mary BUSWELL who won a piano, 2nd - Martha WALKER who won a diamond ring, and 3rd - Winnie SEE.

- Robert Lawrence LESEMAN, son of W. and Clara LESEMAN, was born on Jan. 26, 1914, and died on March 28, 1916. He also leaves a sister, Mable Lorraine and a brother George William.

April 13, 1916:

- Miss Rochelle BROWN and Mr. Ronald LACEY were married last Thursday. She is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. BROWN of this city, and he is the son of Hiram LACEY of Meacham twp.

- A boy arrived at the home of M.G. LOCKART and wife at Vandalia. The mother is the former Miss Minnie STEUBER of this city.

April 20, 1916:

- Mr. and Mrs. John ROBB had a son on Monday. The mother is the former Miss Lois NELMS.

- Mrs. Wm. CRAWREY died at her home in Alma twp. on Saturday. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

April 27, 1916:

- Grandma BASOM died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. HEISTAND, on Monday. Burial at the Baptist Church in Stevenson twp.

- Mrs. Alvin HATHAWAY, aged 25 years, committed suicide on Monday, 2 miles north of Vernon.

May 4, 1916:

- H.A. BROWN was seriously injured last week when the roof of a barn fell on him.

- Mr. and Mrs. D.C. BEAVER celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on May 1st. They came to Kinmundy soon after being married to reside.

- C.J. RYAN, formerly of Kinmundy, died at his home in Elk City, Okla. on April 15, 1916, aged 70 years.

- Married in Chicago last Thursday were Miss Madeline WELLS of Champaign and Mr. Guy SHAFFER, son of Mrs. A.C. BRANCH residing south of this city.

May 11, 1916:

- Edward SPIESE was found dead in bed in Rockyford, Colo. He was the son of G.H. SPIESE of near this city.

- The Blacksmith Shop of JONES and WILKINSON, and the Machine Shop were partially destroyed by fire.

- Wm. HOWELL and Miss Miriam ALEXANDER were married on May 7, 1916 in this city. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. ALEXANDER, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HOWELL of Farina.

- Jefferson ROGERS, was born near Kirkland, Ind. on Aug. 2, 1848, and he died Saturday at the home of Riley Williams of Tonti twp. suffering from Brights Disease. He came from Indiana at an early age, and since living near Alma. He married Hannah COXTIN in 1874, and they had 3 children: Mrs. E.E. POWELL of Patoka, Mrs. Aaron WELLMAN of Cicero, Ind, and Frank F. ROGERS of Tonti. He married Margaret HOWELL in 1895, and born was Clara E. ROGERS of Patoka.

- Birth of Oliver Eugene LOCKART at the home of Rev. and Mrs. O.E. LOCKART at Guilford, Mo. on May 8. His parents were formerly of Kinmundy.

- From North Dakota, Lloyd LOVELL and wife had a daughter, Rosmary Gertrude, on April 28, 1916. She is the great-grandchild of Mrs. M.J. LOVELL of Kinmundy.

- Mose SWIFT Jr. was born at the home of his parents, Russel SWIFT and wife. Grandfather is Mose SWIFT.

- Gene COCKRELL married Miss Erma JAMES of Kingsley, Iowa. They will reside near Kinmundy.

May 18, 1916:

- Ethel Irene PARRILL married Osgood BRIERY in Lewiston, Mont. on May 10, 1916. The couple will live near Winifred, Mont. The bride has many friends here.

- Mrs. M.A. NELSON has gone to Tolona where she and her husband will make their home.

- Jacob B. JAMISON of St. Elmo and Mrs. Mariha CLARK were married in this city.

May 25, 1916:

- A Kinmundy coal mine was destroyed by fire. The mine had been abandoned for many years, and had become a rendevouz for tramps.

- Newt WHITLAND, Arthur SOUTHWARD and families attended the 17th wedding anniversary of W.C. WANTLAND and wife near Alma on Wednesday.

June 1, 1916:

- George W. RUTHERFORD died at his home near Kinmundy on May 20, 1916. He was born in St. Clair county on March 29, 1838 the only child of Joseph P. and Martha COLEMAN RUTHERFORD.

He married Sarah KING in Clay county on June 24, 1858, and they had 4 children: Ida, Martha, Susan and Joseph P., the son dying in 1897. He was a lawyer, and a veteran of the Civil War. He located in Kinmundy in 1880. Burial was in the city cemetery.

- Chicken thieves hit three locations last week.

- Miss Clara HAMMER, who is engaged to Lowell MYERS of Ridgefarm, was given a bridal shower by Miss Emma BROWN.

June 8, 1916:

- Harry F. DENNIS, the only son of Mrs. J. H. NELMS of this city, and Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mose C. SWIFT residing near this city, were married on Saturday.

- Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. DISS was their daughter Miss Lulu to Edward SCHAUFELBERGER of Greenville, Ill.

- Formal steps were taken to organize a Kinmundy troop of the Boy Scouts of America. Scout Master is G.A. SPITZE.

June 15, 1916:

- Miss Josephine O’BRIEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan O’BRIEN of this city, and Glenn SNOW of E. St. Louis were married in June 1916. They will reside in E. St. Louis.

- Word was received on Saturday by Mrs. M.R. LAWWILL of the death of her brother-in-law, Robert MARSLAND, at his home in Dexter, Kans. He was a businessman in this city many years ago.

- Mrs. Sarah SHEPARD of this city continues to receive encouraging news from her daughter, Mrs. Harry CRAIG of Harlen, Mont., who has been dangerously ill for several days.

June 22, 1916:

- John MAGNER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. MAGNER who live 4 miles northeast of this city, was instantly killed on Friday evening, by a bolt of lightening that also killed the two horses he was driving.

- Kinmundy is trying to organize a band for outdoor concerts

- Theo. GARRETT went to Mt. Vernon Sunday with his daughter, Hattie, where she entered the Egyptian Hospital and was operated on for appendicitis.

- Born June 12, Cleland Neeper CONWELL, at Bisbee, Ariz. The mother is the former Miss Dot, daughter of Mr. and Thos. NEEPER of Kinmundy.

June 29, 1916:

- The Kinmundy boys have organized a band. They will be playing for such occasions as the 4th of July, and the Farmers Institute, as well as free outdoor concerts every week in the summers.

- Mr. and Mrs. Thos. J. WADE of Meacham twp. celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Among those assisting were their two daughters, Mildred and Marjorie.

- Tony YOUNG and Miss Annie HAYDEN of Carbondale were married in Carbondale last Saturday. They will reside in this city.

- On Sunday, G. Fred PRUETT, son of Mrs. Anna ORCUTT married Miss Della BAYLIS, daughter of Mr. A.J. BAYLIS.

- Horace B. McCLURE died in Rupert, Idaho on June 4. He was born in Oaktown, Ind, and was married to Miss Lizzie CROFT of Kinmundy on Nov. 16, 1876. They had three daughters, Mrs. Nellie MARTIN of Kinmundy, Mrs. Myrtle COLEAN of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Irene LEMON of Meeker, Colo.

July 6, 1916:

- Miss Dorothy DOOLEN and Lewis ETHERTON were secretly married in Elkville on May 6. She was a teacher of the 3rd grade in Kinmundy, and he was Asst. Principal and basketball coach at the high school. She’s the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN of this city, and he’s the son of L.E. ETHERTON of Carbondale. They will reside in Carbondale.

- Miss Clem WHITTENBERG and Howard CLINEBELL were married on June 29. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBERG of this city, and had taught in both the Alma and Kinmundy schools. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John CLINEBELL of Galsford, Ill. They will live in Lafayette, Ind.

- Chas. WILCOX of Hillsboro and Miss Effie SUGG were married on Saturday. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank SUGG of Kinmundy. They will live near Hillsboro.

July 13, 1916:

- Morton GREEN and Miss Mattie MORGAN surprised their friends with their marriage on June 15 in Charleston. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clem GREEN of this city, and she is from Newton.

- Frank McGEE, son of Joseph McGEE and wife of this city, married Miss Esther PRUETT of this city.

- Miss Hattie GARRETT, daughter of Mr. Theodore GARRETT of near this city, married on July 2, 1916, Mr. DOWL GREEN, son of Gus GREEN formerly of Mt. Vernon but now of Montana.

July 20, 1916:

- John JESSMAN, son of John JESSMAN Sr. a farmer residing west of Kinmundy, was critically injured while raking hay last Thursday. He had fallen from the rake and died the next day. Interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

July 27, 1916:

- Married in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on May 30, James SCOTT and Miss Freeda LUMAN. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John SCOTT of near this city. They will live in Columbus, Ohio.

- Chester Clarence CONANT was born in Denver, Colo. on last Friday, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence CONANT. The grandfather is Ed DOOLEN of this city.

Aug. 3, 1916:

- Ira MORRIS, son of William MORRIS and a prominent farmer in North Fork, was accidently shot by his son while they were out shooting birds. He should recover.

- A son was born to Dwight DAY and wife of Alma.

- Delila A. RHOADS ALDRICH died July 27, 1916. She was born in Logan, Ohio on Feb. 25, 1857, and married David ALDRICH at Custer, Ohio on Nov. 9, 1878. They had three daughters and one son. About 25 years ago she converted and united with the M.E. Church in Alma. Interment in Allmon Cemetery.

- From Alma News: Joe MAZANEK and Miss Nellie SEE were married at the home of the groom’s parents.

Aug. 10, 1916:

- Thomas BOUSMAN and wife, residing 8 miles east of the city, and their son, Elmer, and his wife were in critical condition as a result of being poisoned by their drinking water. The roof of the house is painted and poison is thought to have come from the paint. This family was afflicted in a similar way about a year ago, but this time much more serious.

- Mrs. Geo. H. SPIESE died on Aug. 2, 1916 when she failed to survive an operation. Caroline YOUNG, daughter of Phillip J. and Barbary YOUNG, was born on Dec. 22, 1868 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married Fred C. BECHTLER in St. Louis and they resided in Omega twp., later living in St. Louis. She married second to Geo. H. SPIESE on April 2, 1913 in St. Louis. They lived on a farm near Alma.

- Hallet, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. CRAIG of Omega twp., married to Miss Lena, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. CORNWELL last Thursday.

- Miss Mary CONANT, daughter of Ayers CONANT of near Kinmundy, and Otto REESE, son of Frank REESE were married last Wednesday. They will move to Robnett.

- Erasmus EAGAN, a long time resident of Kinmundy but late of Patoka, died at his home on Monday. Interment was at Kinmundy. Three daughters and three sons survive him.

- A number of Kinmundy people attended the picnic at ARNOLD’s Chapel on Saturday, and although hot and dusty, reports a large crowd and a good time.

Aug. 17, 1916: (Paper copy says Aug. 24, 1916)

- George Frederick YUNG, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred YUNG, died near this city on Aug. 16, 1916, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. George was born in Kinmundy on April 5, 1890, and had become afflicted at the age of 14.

- The Directors of Elder School let the following contracts to the lowest bidders:

Cleaning School Room .......... W.H. SHAFFER ....... $1

Hauling Coal........................... E.O. SHAFFER......... $1 per ton

Cleaning School Yard............. W.C. SOUTHWORD.. 95

Putting in new seats ............... W.H. SHAFFER........$6.75

Cleaning out well ................... E.O. SHAFFER and W.C. SOUTHWARD .......$2.25

Re-roofing out buildings ........ G.R. LONNON .......$2

- Ed FORD and wife of San Angelo, Texas are visiting home with relatives.

- Frank HENNEMAN of Omega received a letter from a ranchman in Texas announcing the murder of his brother Henry by Mexican bandits. Henry had left this part of the country several years ago, but was known by almost everyone, especially the neighborhood of Omega.

- J.H. NELMS and H.F. DENNIS were in North Fork on Tuesday preparing the body of Mr. TACKETT for burial. Interment will be in Elder Cemetery.

Aug. 24, 1916:

- Garret C. MARTIN was born in Mercer Co., Kentucky on Sept. 11, 1843, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Aug. 18, 1916. He served with the Indiana Infantry in the Civil War, and then married Emma J. BOUSMAN on Dec. 1, 1867, moving to Illinois in 1873. Mrs. MARTIN died on Feb. 23, 1895. They had 9 children, 5 of which preceded him. Left are Daisy MERRITT of Champaign, Anna MERRITT of Kinmundy, Mary TARTER of Champaign, and Ruth WILKERSON who resided with her father until his death. Interment in Elder Cemetery.

Sept. 7, 1916:

- Nellie E. SNELLING DILLON died on Sept. 1, 1916 in Chicago. She was born in Kinmundy on March 1, 1859, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David SNELLING, and married on Nov. 13, 1884 to George Sumner DILLON. In 1890 she and her husband moved to Chicago. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Abbie BABCOCK, and brothers Frank, Elroy, George, and Fred SNELLING. Interment in Kinmundy’s Evergreen Cemetery.

- Jas. FLYNN, an aged man, was found dying in a deserted house near Omega. He was known for the past forty years in the Omega area because of his traveling thru the country selling spectacles. He had sought shelter from the rain when he was overcome by disease. He died soon after.

Sept. 14, 1916:

- From all reports after a cursory investigation by two civic authorities Saturday night, we are harboring within our doors an institution which is virtually a house of ill fame.

- Mrs. Rebekah SHEPARD, Mrs. Ed FORD, Henry JARHAUSE and wife, and W.F. HOWELL spent Tuesday at J.F. HOWELL’s.

Sept. 21, 1916:

- Married in Lebanon, Ill. were Miss Bertha MORRIS and Robert J. ANDREWS. The bride is the daughter of Wm. MORRIS of Foster twp., and the groom is from Lamar, Miss. The couple will make their home in Lamar.

- Ben H. CRAIG writes from the navy about what it was like to be aboard the U.S.S. Memphis as it wrecked.

- Word has been received of death on Saturday of Chas. NELSON of Williamson Co., who was the brother of Minerva HOWELL of this city.

Sept. 28, 1916:

- D.S. WHITE, familiarly known as "Dug", died on Monday at his home south of Kinmundy. Surviving are two children, Rea and Carl, of Amy, Colorado.

- The Rebekah Lodge is celebrating their 65th anniversary.

- Lloyd LOVELL of Kinmundy was ordained a minister of the Christian Church.

Oct. 5, 1916:

- Douglas WHITE, son of William and Mary WHITE, was born in Marion Co., on April 4, 1861, and he died at his home 4 miles south of Kinmundy on Sept. 25, 1916. He married Miss Florence SEE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael SEE of near Kinmundy, on Dec. 7, 1881. They had 4 children, 2 of which, Rea and Carl, survive.

- Thos. HARGRAVES, who lives 3 miles north of Kinmundy fell at his home and broke his hip. He was accompanied by his sons Ray and Harry.

- Mrs. F.A. PRUETT returned home from visiting at the Posey County Celebration in Mt. Vernon, Ind, where she spent her girlhood.

- A new baby girl was born at home of Jas. CRAIG and wife of Litchfield.

Oct. 12, 1916:

- Roy STEVENS and Ethel R. KAGY were married on October 1, 1916 at the M.E. Parsonage in Alma.

- Dwight DAY, wife, and son have gone to Folley, Minn. to make their future home.

Oct. 19, 1916:

- Mattie Belle DOWNS, daughter of Mrs. Mattie DOWNS of this city married Howard CARSELL of Moweaqua on Monday. They will make their home in Moweaqua.

- Work has begun in earnest on the new Star Garage, as the old building is now inadequate in meeting the growing demands. The entire new structure was planned by Mr. ROBNETT.

- Birth of a son to Jas. LOWE and wife of Hercules, California. This makes two grandsons within a space of a few days for Grandpa LOWE, and both named Warren. An awful responsibility to bear, says Warren, Sr.

- Teachers who are teaching near the Elder School area:

Elder School - Ethel PAINTEER

Allen - Eva BEARD

Shriver - O.H. SWALLEY

Omega - John KAGY

Wilson - Grace JOHNSON

Young - Orville FYKE

Siloam - Loren MIDDLETON

Oct. 26, 1916:

- D.C. BEAVER writes of early Kinmundy history

- Wm. THOMPSON and wife of Oakland, California returned home after spending 3 weeks with her mother, Mrs. A.E. WADE and her sisters, Miss Lydia and Mrs. Henry LUX, and Mrs. Mel BOYD and brother, T.J. and families.

Nov. 2, 1916:

- Anita Mae, infant daughter of Robert Franklin and Edna ELDER MAXEY, was born on May 13, 1916 and died on Oct. 23, 1916. She leaves two brothers, Robert Walter and Marion Henry, and one sister, Edna Lucille.

Nov. 9, 1916:

- The house and barn of J.H. LEWIS located south of Kinmundy, was totally destroyed.

- John KAGY and Miss Katie SWALLEY were married on Thursday. The bride is the daughter of Sam SWALLEY and wife, and the groom is the son of W.B. KAGY and wife of Alma Twp.

Nov. 16, 1916:

- Orlando SCHWAB, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. SCHWAB of Farina, and Miss Pansy BOUGHERS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed BOUGHERS of this city, were married on Sunday.

- Will EAGAN left for St. Louis where he is now employed. Mrs. Eagan will soon join him there.

Nov. 23, 1916:

- Ben GARRETT was born July 26, 1851, the youngest son of Moses and Hannah GARRETT. He lived in Foster township until he married Miss Fina HOWELL on April 26, 1883, then moving to Kinmundy twp. They had six children, three having died in infancy. He was killed when a large hollow log fell on him as a group of men were balancing it, and it was going to be set up as a torch in a bonfire at a Democrat celebration party for the recent election. They took him to Effingham hospital where he died soon after on Nov. 19, 1916. Left to mourn with his widow are his children: James F. of Long Island, Orville E. and Mable.

- Rebeka CLIMER BARBEE died Nov. 14, 1916 at her home in this city. She was born on Sept. 30, 1843 in Walnut Hill, Ill., and married Y.P. BARBEE in 1860, who died nine years ago. They had four children born: Florence, Lee, Etta and George. Mourning her loss are Mrs. Florence PARKER and Lee PARKER of this city, George BARBEE of Hoquaim, Wash.; a brother, Frank CLIMER of this city, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah PANCOST of Mattoon. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery.

- Bartholomew FRITZCI of Ramsey is to be married on Tuesday to Mrs. Anna CHARLTON of Kinmundy, and they will make their home in Kinmundy. His bride-to-be is of German descent, and as Mrs. FRITZCI puts it, smokes the same pipe he does.

- A new boy was born at the home of R.L. INGRAM and wife last Thursday.

- While cleaning up the old REEDER property this week, Henry WARREN discovered an 8 ounce bottle of nitro glycerin. Thinking it was only the common glycerin, he took it home, and there he discovered it was the highly explosive nitro glycerine. It is still a mystery as to how it reached its place or for what purpose it was left there. A worthy subject for some budding Sherlock Holmes.

Nov. 30, 1916:

- Minnie Elizabeth NICHOLS passed away on Nov. 23, 1916. She married Andrew NICHOLS, and lived south of Kinmundy. Interment in Alma Cemetery. She leaves a husband, 3 daughters, and 1 son.

- Mrs. L.M. ROTAN called to Odin on Tuesday by the death of her uncle, Dr. FYKE, who was one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Marion county.

- From Alma News, Roy GREGORY and Miss Leona FOX were married last Friday at the home of Dr. and Mrs. S.L. LASWELL. The groom is the son of J.E. GREGORY, proprietor of the Alma Restaurant and the concrete works. The bride is the daughter of the late Chas. FOX. The couple will reside in Alma.

- Frank GARRETT returned Thursday from the North where he has been several weeks shucking corn.

Dec. 7, 1916:

- From North Fork, Lloyd HAMMERS, wife and son returned Tuesday from Erie, Penn. to assist his father with the farm, and help care for his grandmother.

- The John DAVIS home southeast of town was destroyed by fire.

- Miss Anna PAONKA and Emmit MALONE were united in marriage on Saturday. They will reside north of Alma.

- Mrs. Frances SULLENS died on Saturday at her home was of Alma. Interment was in Martin Cemetery.

Dec. 14, 1916:

- John Wesley DOOLEN, son of Daniel and Betsy DOOLEN, was born in Foster twp. on Feb. 21, 1845, and died on Dec. 9, 1916, burial in Doolen Cemetery. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and on Nov. 2, 1865 he married Martha ROBB. They had 9 children: Cora, Emma, Edward, Aggie, Daniel, Samuel, George, Stella, and Grover C. DOOLEN. Emma died in 1880, Samuel in 1893, and George in 1913. Also two brothers, Benjamin and Isham DOOLEN, and sisters, Mrs. CHANCE, Mrs. FOSTER, Mrs. BENNETT, Mrs. LOWE, and Mrs. HOPKINS. His wife died Nov. 20, 1887, and he then married Laura E. ARNOLD on Jan. 9, 1895, and they had a son John Wesley, who was born Aug. 24, 1897 and died in infancy.

- C. H. WEST and wife returned home on Saturday after visiting in Topeka, Kansas with his brother, John WEST and wife, formerly of Kinmundy.

Dec. 21, 1916:

- James Wesley ROBB was born in Hillsboro, Ill., on Jan. 7, 1829, and died on Friday. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. He was a resident of Springfield for the past 34 years. On Jan. 27, 1848 he married Christean ALLMAN who died Aug. 23, 1872. They had 7 children, 6 of whom are living: Mrs. Mary ALLMAN, Omaha, Neb; Cyrus E. ROBB, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Henry ROBB, of Charter Oak, Iowa; Mrs. Jennie E. MAHAN of Kinmundy; Mrs. Emma J. CONANT, of Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Martha A. TUCKER, Sioux City, Iowa; Daniel ROBB who died on Jan. 30, 1881. On Jan. 9, 1873 he married to Miss Mary A. METZGER and 7 children were born, 6 of whom are living: Mrs. Katherine PEDDICORD, Mrs. Addie STEVENS, Emmet T. ROBB, Mrs. Bessie KOCHENSORFER, all of this city, George R. ROBB of Detroit, Mich, and John W. ROBB, Tulsa, Okla; Charles H. ROBB died March 24, 1894.

- William Henry LESEMAN was born in Pruess-Minden, Germany on Oct. 10, 1835, emigrating with his parents to the United States in 1843. His parents, Henry and Christina LESEMAN, settled in Washington Co., Ill. He married on June 18, 1862 to Catherine DWYER, daughter of James and Cathrine DWYER. They had 8 children, 7 of whom mourn the loss with their mother: Eddie, deceased in infancy; Katie, now Mrs. Wm. Seidel, Ponca Beach, Okla.; Henry, Long Beach, Cal.; James of Champaign, Ill.; Albert, of San Francisco, Cal.; William, of Chicago; and Alice and Walter of Kinmundy. He came to here from Hoyleton, Ill., in the early 80's. He died Friday evening with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

- From Elder News: There will be a Christmas tree and program at Pleasant Grove on Saturday night.

Dec. 27, 1916:

- Mr. Austa B. WAINSCOTT and Miss Carrie SWIFT were married on Dec. 24. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard WAINSCOTT, and the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark SWIFT. They will reside in Ivesdale where he is a successful teacher.

- Married last Saturday in Salem were Samuel LOWE and Miss Laura GARRETT, a prominent young couple from Foster Twp. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore GARRETT, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. LOWE. They will reside on the Dan DOOLEN farm west of town.

- Mr. Earl M. GEORGE and Miss Zella BARNHART were married last Saturday in Shelbyville. The wedding was intended to be a surprise, but word leaked out, and they were met at the depot Sunday by a large crowd of friends.


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

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