Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
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"The Kinmundy Express", Kinmundy, Ill.(Microfilm Roll #1)
Jan. 4, 1917:
- Katie GREEN HOWELL died at her home in Meacham twp. on Dec. 27, 1916. She was born on Nov. 22, 1874 near Kinmundy, the daughter of Phillip and Sarah GREEN. On Aug. 24, 1902 she married Samuel B. HOWELL, and they had 3 children, 2 of whom died prior. Son, Lester, survives. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Bedelia TOOLEN ELDER died Dec. 30. 1916. She was born Nov. 1, 1834 in Gerchine, Sligo Co., Ireland, and came to America when a little girl. She married J.B. ELDER at Beardstown, Ill. on Dec. 29, 1853, Mr. ELDER dying on Oct. 7, 1871. They had 9 children. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Doris Edith MILLS HENSLEY died on Saturday, with the funeral at the home in Odin, and burial in Evergreen Cemetery. She was born June 18, 1891 in Thayer, Missouri, the daughter of J.F. MILLS and wife. On June 28, 1911 she married Clark HENSLEY, and they had one daughter, Martha, who survives with her husband.
- G.W. WHITE of this city received word telling of the death of his bro-in-law, Henry SHESEELEY, formerly of Kinmundy, at his late home in Cathage, Missouri.
- Richard WILSON, familiarly known as "Doc Wilson" of Alma, and one of Marion countys pioneer residents, died on Dec. 29, 1916. He was born in Ohio on Jan. 18, 1831, and came to Marion Co., Ill. when 11 years old. In 1856 he married Rebecca A. FULTON. Ten children were born, 7 of whom are still living: Seth C., of Seattle, Wash.; Dr. S.A. and Prof. W.T. of Chicago; Dr. J.D. of Danville; Mrs. Frank PURCELL of Alma; Mrs. C.C. SPENCER, of Chicago; and Mrs. Ida HUMES of Vallajo, Cal. Also two brothers survive: Tilton WILSON of Florida, and G.C. WILSON of Farina, and one sister, Mrs. I.T. DILLON of Kinmundy. Burial in Wilson Cemetery.
- Mary Edith ROSS DAY of Alma died on Jan. 1, 1917. She was born Aug. 14, 1869, and married Jasper DAY in 1888. They had 2 children, Ross and Essie. Besides husband and children, she leaves her father and mother, Rev. and Mrs. W.S. ROSS, 7 brothers and sisters: Mattie, Andrew and Mark ROSS, Mrs. Rosa WINKS, Mrs. Hattie SAUNDERS, Mrs. Emma CLAYTOR, and Mrs. Elizabeth WILLIAMS.
- In North Fork, a large crowd of relatives and friends gave Mr. and Mrs. J.W. JONES a surprise in honor their 24th wedding anniversary on New Years night.
Jan. 11, 1917:
- Mrs. Sarah DILLON received word of her cousins death, Montgomery WILSON, last Thursday, of Decatur. He was engaged in a mercantile business here a number of years ago. Also surviving is a brother of the late, John W. WILSON, of this city.
- Eliza Ellen GILLMAN WILSON, known as "Aunt Ellen", died on Jan. 6, 1917. She was born March 26, 1833 in Edwardsville, Ill. On May 6, 1862 she married John C. WILSON, and they had 7 children, 4 of whom have passed beyond. Survivors are Corwin, of Okla.; Everett, of Alma; and Judge WILSON of Salem. The deceased was left a widow on March 17, 1901. Her residence was in Alma for a long period.
Jan. 18, 1917:
- Mary BUSWELL and Herschel WILKINSON were married last Saturday. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BUSWELL of this city, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON, a farmer south of town.
- Mary FANCHER HAMMER, known as "Aunt Mary", died on Jan. 11, 1917 at the home of her son. She was born in Buffalo, New York on Feb. 29, 1832 and removed to this county when 2 years old, coming here in 1835. She married John HAMMER in 1849, and they had 8 children, 5 dying in infancy, one daughter dying about 30 years ago, and a son dying 10 years ago, leaving one son Elisha HAMMER, at whose home she died. She leaves one brother, Dr. L. FAUCHER, and one sister, Mrs. Louise ELDER, and a widowed mother. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- William Xon HARLAN, died last Sunday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NEIL.
Jan. 25, 1917:
- Dellas MALONE died in Jan. 10, 1917 at Ajo, Arizona, where he had gone in an attempt to help his health. He was born on June 2, 1880 in Alma, and married Emma SEE on Aug. 24, 1505. They had 2 children: Neal and Alice. He also leaves his mother, 4 brothers: Ellis, his twin, and Emmit, Lyman and Frank; and 1 sister, Mrs. Bessie BENDER. Burial in Kinmundy.
- Memorial writings to Xon HARLAN
- Marriage of Mrs. Ida M. WHEAT and Dr. DALE, of Sumner.
- From North Fork, the infant son of John MEYER and wife died Saturday of pneumonia. Funeral services were held in English at the residence, and in German at St. Paul Church.
- Word was received of the birth of a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. EAGAN of Alamosa, Colorado. The mother is the former Georgia SMITH.
Feb. 1, 1917:
- The Rebekah Lodge celebrated their 22nd anniversary.
- Monroe NICHOLS, son of J.R. NICHOLS who is County Treasurer of this county, died at his home in Moorcroft, Wyoming on Jan. 21, 1917 at the age of 35 of pneumonia. He was brought to the home of his parents in Salem, and then interment was in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- From Alma News: Jacob BENDER, who was born June 13, 1873 in Richland Co., Ohio, died Jan. 20, 1917. He married Salina Alice POLLACK on Aug. 18, 1877, who with 6 children, survives: LeRoy of Indiana; Oliver of Chicago; Mrs. Hattie GIBSON, of Shank Center, Minn.; Robt. of Alma; Ernest of Centralia; Boyd of Joslin, Montana; also 2 brothers: Ed of Chicago, and Joseph of Indiana.
- From Alma News: The infant of Heck PIGG and wife died on Sunday, with burial in Alma Cemetery.
Feb. 7, 1917:
- Mr. and Mrs. F.M. ROBB celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Jan. 31, 1917 along with their children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends, as they all gathered at their home to celebrate. Fifty years ago, Mr. F.M. ROBB and Miss Julia LOWE were accompanied by John EAGAN and Miss Lizzie WALL of Foster twp. to Salem in a double wedding ceremony. 6 of 9 children survive to help celebrate: Hattie, wife of J.T. ARNOLD; Della, wife of Charles I. DOOLEN; Agnes, wife of Emmet JONES; Emma, wife of Guy ARNOLD; Lulu, wife of Frank JONES; and one son Eli ROBB. Grandchildren present were Mrs. Elno BROWN, Mrs. Berthal GARRETT, Robert and Marion GREEN, Vivian ARNOLD, and Will DOOLEN. Brothers present were: R.C. ROBB, C.W. LOWE, and W.W. LOWE. Two sisters, Mrs. S.M. WALKER and Mrs. James ARNOLD, were unable to attend due to an illness.
- Married Jan. 23, 1917 at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry JACKSON, was their daughter, Miss Nettie, to Mr. Emmit H. GRAY of Kinmundy.
- Mr. Oluf THRANE and Mrs. Kate L. NELSON were married at Snyder, Texas on Jan. 20, 1917. He formerly of Kinmundy, and son of P. O. THRANE and wife.
- A cold snap hit Kinmundy as the temperature dropped 75 degrees in 48 hours. Coal piles are lasting about as long as an icicle in a fiery furnace, and the coal dealers are reaping a harvest.
- Geo. HEICHER residing near Oskaloosa died on Monday of tuberculosis. He was a brother of Mrs. Murry JONES of this city.
- A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gus WILLIAMS of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and named Minyon Rebecca. Mrs. WILLIAMS is the daughter of Mrs. R.F. HAMILTON of Wheeling, W. Va., who was formerly Miss Minnie PERTER of this city.
Feb. 15, 1917:
- Rhoda Emily ROSS, wife of Willis B. ROSS of this city, died last Friday with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Rhoda Emily INGRAM was born in Warwick Co., Ind. on Jan. 10, 1853, the daughter of Samuel and Marnivia INGRAM. A short time after her birth, the family moved to Edwards Co. in this state. Soon they moved to this locality where she since resided. She married May 13, 1875 to Willis B. ROSS, and they had 6 children: Elsie and Mattie died in infancy leaving William, Ethel, Caroline and Myron.
- James COCKRELL, died Feb. 10, 1917 at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd EAGAN, in Salem with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. He was a lifelong resident of Marion Co., and was the son of sturdy, old pioneer, Felix G. COCKRELL, who came to Marion Co. in 1837 from Morgan Co., Ky, settled in Meacham twp., where he resided for 54 years until the time of his death. His mother was Elizabeth CRAIG COCKRELL of Marion Co. Mr. Cockrell was born Jan. 19, 1840, one of 9 children. One brother Clayborn COCKRELL, who lives on the old homeplace in Meacham twp., survives. He was one time a member of the State Legislature and a Civil War vet. His wife preceded him in death five years ago. He leaves 3 sons: Edwin of Chicago, Emmitt of Oklahoma City, and Bert of Springfield, and one daughter, Mrs. Rena EAGAN of Salem.
- Andrew WILLIAMS was born in Clay Co., Ind., and died Feb. 12, 1917, at the age of 79 years, 10 months, and 14 days. On March 29, 1860 he married Elizabeth KERNS and they had 14 children, 7 of whom survive: George of Brazil, Ind.; Mrs. John McKENZIE, Mrs. Dora PARKER, and Andrew, of Harmony, Ind.; Albert, Buckner, Ill.; and James E. and Riley of Kinmundy. Mr. WILLIAMS resided at his birthplace until 4 years ago when his wife died, and he then moved into Kinmundy to live with his son, James.
- J. Etta SARCHET died at her home on Monday. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Married on Feb. 4, James M. TELFORD of Alma, and Mrs. Mildred B. Belleville of Mt. Vernon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph TELFORD. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Emma BELLEVILLE, and granddaughter of John A. WALL. They will make their home in New Mexico.
- Alonzo HAMMERS and wife went to Mt. Vernon on Saturday where Mrs. HAMMERS entered the hospital for surgical treatment being operated on.
- The farm house of Fred HOLTZHAUSEN was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. It was being occupied by Albert BASSETT and family. One son did not escape and died in the fire.
Feb. 22, 1917:
- The Knights of Pythias and Clipper Lodge celebrated their 53rd anniversary. It was founded in the dark days of the Civil War by Justus RATHBONE.
- Miss Emogene FORD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD, married Carl WHITE at the family residence 5 miles southwest of San Angelo, Texas on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, 1917. Mr. WHITE is a prosperous rancher who lives in Amy, Colorado. The grandmothers are Mesdames Rebecca SHEPARD of Illinois, and Emogene FORD, the former having traveled all the way to Texas for the wedding. (From San Angelo Daily Standard.)
- Mary Jane WILLIAMS was born on Jan. 7, 1847 in Shelby Co., Ind., and died on Feb. 17, 1917 at her home near Kinmundy. She married J.M. WILLIAMS on July 24, 1872, and they had 5 children: Bert, Edward, Clarence, Madge and Gertrude.
- Mrs. Louise GEORGE died Feb. 19, 1917 at the home of her daughter and son, Nettie and Walter. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. She was born near Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 1838, and came to Rushville, Ill. in early childhood, then moving to Kinmundy. She married Jesse GEORGE in Kinmundy on Feb. 14, 1856, and they had 12 children - 4 of them have passed away along with their father. The 8 children living are: Mrs. Mary NORTON, of Tuscola; Jessie GEORGE, of Colchester; Mrs. Maude WILLIAMS of Central City; R.A. and F.B. GEORGE, of Centralia; O.W. and Walter GEORGE of Kinmundy; and Charley GEORGE, of Marion.
- Albert JOHNSON, died at his home of pneamonia, at the age of 62 years, 6 months, and 29 days. He had been afflicted for the past 4 years with locomotor ataxia. Burial in Farina Cemetery.
March 1, 1917:
- Martha M. ANDREWS was born in Jefferson Co., Ill. on Sept. 28, 1831 where she grew to womanhood. She married Lorenzo S. HART in 1855, and to this union were born 3 children - all having died young. Mr. and Mrs. HART moved to Kinmundy in about 1856, and Mr. HART died in 1863. Mrs. Hart, a widow for 23 years, was engaged in the millinery business in Kinmundy and Salem. On March 18, 1886 she married Alexander MILLICAN who died on May 12, 1904. Until about 4 months ago she lived in Kinmundy, when she moved in with her niece, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. HASELDEN in Salem. Mrs. MILLICAN died Feb. 20, 1917, burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.
- Word has been received of the injury of Harry PRUETT of Equality, who is the brother of Clyde and Floyd PRUETT, of this city. His left arm was crushed when it was caught by a piece of falling slate while working in a mine, and the arm had to be amputated above the elbow. This leaves 2 out of 5 brothers who are not in some way disfigured.
- On Feb. 27, 1917 a Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. WILLIAMS was performed in front of a large audience at the Christian Church. On Feb. 25, 1867 at the home of the brides parents in Wilson Co., Tenn., were married Mr. R.A. WILLIAMS and Miss Al Marinda TUCKER. Seven children were present: P.A. and R.E. WILLIAMS and wives of Minneapolis, Minn.; W.M. WILLIAMS, H.A. WILLIAMS, and wives of Fairmont, Minn.; M.O. WILLIAMS of DuQuoin; M.E. WILLIAMS, of Mt. Olive with wife, and a sister, Mrs. Stella MELTON of Mt. Olive. Their children presented them with 75 dollars in gold.
March 7, 1917:
- J.R. NICHOLS died of typhoid fever at his home in Salem on March 1, 1917 at the age of 57 years. He married Mary E. MORGAN on Dec. 2, 1880, and they had 9 children - 2 of whom died in infancy, and the eldest son died on Jan. 21, 1917. The family resided on a farm in Foster twp. until Nov. 1914 when Mr. NICHOLS was elected Marion County Treasurer and they moved into Salem. Burial at Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Mary M. ROWLFE died on March 1, 1917. She was born Mary Margaret BALDWIN on Feb. 14, 1851, and she married on Sept. 28, 1871 to George Henry ROWLFE, who died on Jan. 21, 1915. They had 3 children born: Freddie, died in infancy; Minnie, who resides on the old homeplace in Omega Twp.; and Albert G. ROWLFE of Dunn, N.C. Burial in Millican Cemetery near Omega.
- Isaac GEORGE died at his home in Centralia on March 2, 1917. He was brought back to the old home in Kinmundy for services, and burial was in the Harvey GRAY Cemetery. He was born July 19, 1850 in Rushville, Ill, and married Miss Sarah RAY in 1873. They had 3 children - 2 of them along with their mother preceded the father in death. The surviving child is Mrs. Della HANSON of this city. Mr. GEORGE married second in Aug. 1882 to Mrs. Lula BRANAN of Centralia, who survives.
- Martin V. SMITH was born on July 27, 1837 in Green Co., Ill., and died on March 4, 1917. He married Miss Sarah A. McCarty on Aug. 27, 1858, and they had 3 sons and 2 daughters. The wife, 2 sons, and 1 daughter have passed, leaving 1 son, John R. SMITH of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Mary ALDERSON of Omega. Burial in Millican Cemetery.
- From Alma News: Word was received of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles GETTS of Salem, formerly Miss Lottie DUGAN of this city.
March 15, 1917:
- Marriage of Harold W. WILCOX and Miss Elnora BARBEE on March 12, 1917, at the home of the brides sister, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd C. DAVIS of Battle Creek, Michigan. The bride is a Kinmundy girl and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis BARBEE. The couple will reside in Battle Creek.
- The Mayor of Kinmundy, Edward G. MENDENHALL, died March 12, 1917, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. He was currently serving his second term as mayor. He was born on Oct. 18, 1846 in Bath, England, and came to this country with his parents when 7 years old. There are 2 brothers and 1 sister still living, and his father opened the first public library in Cincinnati, Ohio. He married first Miss Ella LEONARD of Cincinnati and they had one son, Talmadge, now living in E. St. Louis. He married second to Miss Alecia BOGART, also of Cincinnati, who survives him. They had one son Chester. Last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. MENDENHALL observed their 33rd wedding anniversary. He came to Kinmundy from Ohio more than 40 years ago, and was a Civil War Veteran enlisting at the age of 15.
- Mary Elizabeth KING was born on Dec. 7, 1864 near Louden, Fayette Co., Ill. She married on Aug. 24, 1897 to Charles LANE, and they had one child Sadie, who died in infancy. In 1902 she married Anderson LEE, who survives. Others mourning the loss are her aged father, Robert KING; two sisters, Mrs. Josephene HUSTON of this city, and Mrs. Florence CAMERN, of Donie; and 1 brother, Wm. KING. She died at the family home in Kinmundy, with burial in St. Elmo.
- Woodrow Gordon, infant son of S.J. and L.E. MULVANEY, died March 8, 1917, at the age 1 year, 4 months, and 20 days. He leaves to mourn his father, mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. His father is the Supervisor of Omega Twp.
- Last Wednesday about 30 relatives and friends gathered at the home of H.H. MAXEY to celebrate his birthday.
March 22, 1917:
- Mrs. Rebecca SHEPARD has returned home after spending the winter in Asherville, Kansas, with her brother T.D. HULL, and in San Angelo, Texas, with her daughter, Mrs. FORD and family.
- At 2:15 Tuesday morning, night marshal, Robert FLANNIGAN, discovered 3 men trying to force an entrance into the Post Office. Shots were fired, but the men made their get-away without being hit.
- From Alma News: Jennie WATTS, born on Feb. 7, 1883, died on March 11, 1917, after 4 days illness. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna WATTS; one brother, Loyd of Alma; and two half-brothers, June SMITH and Ed WATTS of Centralia.
- From Alma News: A daughter was born to B.G. PULLEN and wife on March 11.
- From Alma News: A daughter was born to Chas. SEE and wife on March 13, and died March 17.
- From Elder School: E.O. SHAFFER recently had a 350 pound hog killed by a passenger train on the C.& E.I.
March 29, 1917:
- Taken from the Malvern, Ark. newspaper, since the wife of the deceased grew up in Kinmundy: Tom EDWARDS died of Typhoid Fever on March 19, 1917. He was born in Chicago in 1870, and came to Malvern, Ark. in 1907. He married Miss Josephine HILL.
- Miss Alta JONES and Marlin DISS were married in Salem on Saturday. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. J. DISS, and the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JONES. The couple will live on the H.L. HANNA farm 2½ miles north of Kinmundy.
- Eli NICHOLS, son of the late County Treasurer, J.R. NICHOLS, died in Wyoming last Sunday with interment in Sandy Branch. This was the third member of the family to die within 8 weeks.
- A specimen ballot for the April 3, 1917 election for Kinmundy township was included. The following candidates were included:
Supervisor: Republican - F.W. KILLIE vs. Democrat - J.L. BALLANCE
Commissioner of Highways: Republican - W.C. SOLDNER vs. Democrat - J.S. SEE
Justices of the Peace: Republicans - John CURRY and uncontested vs. Democrats J.M. ROTAN and A.B. STOCKELY
Constables: Republicans - Ray HARGRAVE and contested vs. Myron HAMMERS and Frank CONANT
Trustee of Schools: Republican - John SCOTT vs. Democrat - C.W. HANNA
The Womans Ballot was also printed, and included only the races for Supervisor, Commissioner of Highways, and Trustee of School.
April 5, 1917:
- William E. RYAN died at his home in St. Louis at 35 years of age. Burial was in Kinmundys Evergreen Cemetery. He leaves a wife, and 1 sister, Mrs. Brenice DORR. The father, mother, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He was at one time proprietor of the old RYAN Hotel in Kinmundy, now known as "Dads Hotel".
- Mrs. Cora HARVEY died at Danville Hospital on March 31, 1917. The remains were brought to Kinmundy, accompanied by her daughter, and laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery beside her husband, the late Thos. HARVEY. Mrs. HARVEY was a former Kinmundy citizen residing here with her husband and daughter, Vernie.
- Chester HENSLEY of Kinmundy and Miss Gladys WILLIAMS of Alma were married in Centralia last Thursday. They will reside in Balkan, Kentucky. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. HENSLEY.
- James SWIFT married Miss Nelle ABELL yesterday in Webster City, Iowa. The couple will reside on a farm near Jewell, Iowa. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mose SWIFT of Kinmundy, and the bride is the daughter of Mrs. ABELL.
- BALLANCE and SOLDNER were elected in the recent Kinmundy election.
- Meacham News: Mrs. Ed HARRELL visited her sister, Mrs. Henry JARHAUSE on Sunday.
- Alma News: The twelve-year old son of Mrs. M. FOSTER was biten by a dog on Saturday which showed signs of Hydrophobia. Dr. LASWELL cauterized the wound and the dogs head was sent to St. Louis. Tests showed that the dog was mad, and the boy left for Chicago to be treated.
April 12, 1917:
- On April 7, 1917, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. JONES, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary, to Leland S. BRASEL. They will make their home on the old TSCHUDI farm 5 miles northwest of Kinmundy. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John BRASEL.
- March 24th was Henry BRANNONs 43rd birthday, and he was given a surprise party by neighbors and friends.
- Alma News: The infant of B.G. PULLEN and wife died on April 7, with burial in Kinmundy.
- Odin News: Mrs. Thomas SMITH of E. St. Louis died here at the age of 35 at home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan RIPPEY, on Friday. Interment was in Peaceful Valley Cemetery. She leaves a husband, 1 daughter, a mother, father, 4 sisters, and 1 brother.
April 19, 1917:
- John MOTCH was elected Mayor over J.R. TELFORD. The result was a surprise to many since they had failed to take into account the womans vote, which was the deciding factor in the campaign.
- Caroline BASS, was born in Fayette Co., Ill. on June 11, 1856, and died April 11, 1917. She married George BAYLIS on Feb. 19, 1873, and they had 4 girls and 3 boys. The girls all preceded her to the Great Beyond - 3 dying in infancy, and Emma dying at the age of 9 years. Her husband died on Feb. 10, 1914. She leaves three sons: Elmer, Alonzo, and George; one sister, Mrs. J.A. RENNIE; three brothers: Henry and Hardin of Kinmundy, and Frank of New Florence, Missouri.
- H.H. MEEKS wrote about Texas.
- A daughter was born to a brother editor, L.E. GRISOM and wife, as a girl was born there on April 13.
April 26, 1917:
- Kinmundy will get a Milk Station. Van Camp Condensery will begin operation here on May 1.
- Mack CUNNINGHAM married Miss Gilla, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. BUNDY. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. J.M. CUNNINGHAM of Salem. The bride is a former Kinmundy girl. The couple will reside 20 miles southwest of Gillette, Wyoming.
- E.E. CATT, a well known dog trainer living south of Kinmundy, was shot and killed by his wife, Bertha CATT, in an act of self defense. He had been depressed over finances and had been mistreating his wife and children over it. He was about to be violent again when she shot him in the right eye. Drs. MILLER and SOGERN were called but it was too late.
May 3, 1917:
- James WILLIAMS of Kinmundy was seriously injured when attempted to board a moving morning train in Centralia.
- Little daughter, Fanny Ouida, arrived at the home of H.M. DAVIS and wife on April 25.
- A son, Robert Charles, was born at the home of J.C. PINKERTON and wife in Lawrenceville on April 25.
- A baby girl was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn SNOW of E. St. Louis. The mother is the former Miss Josephine OBRIEN, daughter of Dan OBRIEN and wife of this city.
- Burdette BEAVER of Chicago arrived Monday to spend summer with grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. BEAVER. All of the high school pupils having been sent out to work on farms to aid in relieving the food shortage, which is a most serious problem in Chicago.
- Everett Emery CATT, was born in Union, Indiana on Sept. 29, 1881, and died on Apr. 25, 1917. He married Miss Berthal KING, and they had 3 sons and 1 daughter. About 6 years ago they moved from Indiana to Illinois near Kinmundy. One brother also survives, Eldon CATT from Union, Ind. Interment in Eastland Cemetery.
- Odin News: Mrs. J.D. SAMS, aged 76, died April 15, 1917. Interment in Peaceful Valley Cemetery. She is survived by an aged husband, 2 daughters, Mesdames Stanley HEDEVICK and Mrs. Jno. FARTHING of this city, and one son, Geo. SAMS of St. Louis.
May 10, 1917:
- William THIEMAN died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hugo MILLER, from old age. He was born in Hanover, Germany on April 26, 1836, and died in Kinmundy on May 6, 1917. At the age of 20 he entered the German Military Organization and for 9 years served his country. He was married in 1867 to Miss Sophia SEVENSON, and the couple immediately came to this country, making their home in St. Louis. He was engaged in business there for a number of years during which time 4 children were born: Mrs. Alice MILLER of Kinmundy; Miss Elsie THIEMAN of St. Louis; and one son and one daughter passing in infancy. In 1899 the wife died, and shortly after this he returned from business and made his home with his daughter in Kinmundy for several years. He then returned to St. Louis living there for about 5 years, and 2 years ago he returned to Kinmundy where he remained until his death.
- Margaret, wife of Mr. Thos. BOUSMAN, died at the home of her son, Dr. A.W. BOUSMAN of Fountain Green, Ill. last Sunday. The body was brought back to her old home, 3 miles east of Farina. Burial in Elder Cemetery. She was the aunt of Ben PHILLIPS and Dr. A.J. BOSTON.
- Clella Opal BASS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BASS died at her home Tuesday at 7 years of age. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- On April 18, 1917, married at Cairo, Ill. were Clyde SHUFELDT of this city to Miss Lavina BROOM of Alma. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. BROOM, a prosperous merchant of Alma, and the groom is the son of Chas. SHUFELDT and wife at this city. He has been employed from sometime as a foreman in the Silicia Plant at Tamms, Ill. where they will make their home.
- Helen Lucille, daughter of Eldo WAINSCOTT, died at their home in Gelotte, Wyoming on the 1st.
- Odin News: Miss Anna WOLFF of Scottville, Michigan and John SEBASTIAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SEBASTIAN of this city, were married on April 25, 1917 at Luding, Michigan. They will reside here.
May 17, 1917:
- Acquaintances of Clifford M. DOWNS of this city will be glad to hear that he was appointed 1st Assistant to the County Coroner, Roy LOWE, in Madison County.
- Clella Opal BASS, daughter of John and Radda BASS, was born July 8, 1910 and died May 8, 1927. She leaves a father, mother, brother and sister. Her schoolmates, accompanied by the teachers Miss Nancy SHRIVER and Mrs. Fannie EAGAN, attended the services.
- Everett POWELL and wife, George POWELL and wife, Mrs. Nancy POWELL and daughter Ruth went to Cisco to attend the funeral of Mrs. H.F. POWELL, who died Sunday.
- Mrs. Emily HUDELSON, residing 9 miles east of Kinmundy in Omega twp. was found dead in bed on Sunday morning. Death was due to asthma. The funeral was held at Brown Church with burial in Parker Cemetery in Clay Co. Her profession of nurse had brought her to Kinmundy .
- Word was received on Sunday of the death of Mrs. Mary ARMSTRONG at her home in Winfield, Kansas on May 13 at the age of 72 years. She is the oldest sister of T.M. SMITH and well known here by older residents.
- Born on May 10, 1917 was William Bernard at the home of B.L. FLURRY and wife in Oak Park, Ill. The mother is the former Miss Amy BROWN of this city, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BROWN.
May 24, 1917:
- (From Windsor, Ill. Gazette): Died - Mrs. John W. TULL in Terre Haute Hospital on Monday. She had suffered from cancer. The body was taken to Windsor, with burial in Windsor Cemetery. Miss Harriett A. MACJILTON was born Oct. 8, 1841 in Bellmont county, Ohio, and came to Windsor in 1866. She married Mr. TULL on Dec. 15, 1870, and with the exception of a few years in Stewardson and Kinmundy, she had made her home in Windsor.
May 31, 1917:
- Miss Mary GRAMLEY and Mr. GARRETT were married near Dix. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY. She has been teaching school since graduation. The groom is son of Mrs. Fina and the late Ben GARRETT, a prosperous young farmer.
- (From Winfield, Kansas newspaper): Mary Louise SMITH was born in Marion Co., Ill. on Sept. 29, 1845. In 1866 she married Matthew Thomas ARMSTRONG and they had 2 sons - Charles Robert, died in infancy; and John Denby; and one daughter - Mrs. David McKOWEN of this city. She moved with her family to Kansas where she spent the last 40 years near and in Winfield. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Thomas TOMILSON of St. Louis, Mo., and a brother, Thomas M. SMITH at Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Audrey POWELL, wife of Rev. H.F. POWELL died at Cisco on May 13. The deceased was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Nancy POWELL, who lives south of this city.
- Quarterly meetings were held at Pleasant Grove Church on Saturday and Sunday.
- Odin News: Miss Marie ANDERSON of this city, and George SHEPARD of Salem were married on Monday.
June 7, 1917:
- The marriage of Mrs. Edith HAWORTH and Mr. Lewis D. BYRNE, both of Chicago, were married on May 19, 1917. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Sarah WILLIAMS and formerly made this city her home.
- On May 29, 1917 Miss Minnie B. SMITH to Mr. Emmett H. RUDOLPH of Shamrock, Oklahoma were married. They will make their home in Shamrock. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. SMITH of this city and made her home here until 9 years ago.
- Miss Mildred ROTAN and Ralph CROSSET were married last Sunday at the brides home. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. ROTAN, and a graduate of the class of 1919. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loyd CROSSET of this city. He is employed with C & E.I. at Villa Grove, where they will make their home.
- The high waters caused by recent rains almost claimed a human victim on Tuesday when G.W. NEWELL and Jas. SCHOOLEY were thrown into a creek 7 miles southeast of here. The horse became frightened and crowded the mule off of the bridge. The mule drowned but the men saved themselves and the horse. They also lost their hats and coats.
June 14, 1917:
- Virginia A. FUQUA-BROWN, daughter of Ellen A. and Samuel FUQUA was born in Prince Edwards Co, Va. on Apr. 16, 1840, and died at Chicago Lawn on June 9, 1917. At 3 months she removed with her parents to Charlton Co., Mo. where she grew to womanhood. She married Gustavus BROWN on Aug. 29, 1855 and they had 4 daughters. The husband and 2 daughters preceded her in death. She leaves 2 daughters - Mrs. J.F. PATHEL of Chicago Lawn, and Mrs. W.O. TULLY of Odin.
- Maria A. KELSO died at her home in Xenia on Thursday June 7, 1917 aged 70 years. Her sister was Mrs. A.W. SONGER of Kinmundy, and brother was Mr. John NELMS. She leaves one son, Hugh KELSO, and one grandson. The funeral was held at Xenia where shes been a resident for many years.
- (From Cainsville, Mo. News): Miss Mary PESHEK and Mr. Hary DOWNS were married. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph PESHEK and was reared in these parts. The groom is the son of Mrs. Mattie DOWNS of Kinmundy.
- Alma News: Charles P. SULLENS was born April 24, 1861 and died June 6, 1917. He married Matilda JONAS on Dec. 4, 1879 and they had 5 children - 2 passing away in early life. He is survived by a wife and 3 children - Mrs. Cora SHIPLEY, Everett, and Mrs. Sirena DOWES, all of Poplar, Montana.
June 21, 1917:
- Earnest SHAFFER, living about 7 miles southeast of town was struck and instantly killed by lightening on Wed. afternoon while riding on a disc at the Benson farm. The watch he was carrying stopped at 2:13. Since the death of his wife and child, he had made his home with his mother. The body was found by Marshal HEISTAND, a neighbor, after he noticed the team of horses had stood in the same spot all afternoon. It was about a year ago that his barn was struck by lightening and completely destroyed just previous to his wife and child dying. Earnest Oliver SHAFFER was born in Kinmundy on Apr. 7, 1880 the eldest son of John W. SHAFFER and Amanda, his wife, and died June 13, 1917. He was left fatherless at the age of 12 years leaving him to care for his mother and younger brother and sister. On March 27, 1910 he married Miss Kitty EAGAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. EAGAN of Salem. The had one son - Clyde Wilford. His sister Leitha also preceded him in death. He leaves his mother, and a brother, Guy W., of Champaign. Funeral services at Pleasant Grove Church with interment in Zion Cemetery.
- Mrs. Sarah DILLON and daughter, Miss Anna, C.H. WEST and wife, H.T. WEST and wife, T.J. WADE and wife, E.G. DILLON and wife were in Tennessee Prairie on Saturday attending the funeral of a cousin, John PHILLIPS.
- Mrs. Martha E. EAGAN BEAVER was born near Boonville, Mo. on March 23, 1841 and in about 1864, she with her brother, Lucas, and sister, Mary, moved to Kinmundy where she has since made her home. She married Geo. BEAVER on March 17, 1867 and they had 2 children. A son, Lucas, died at 11 years. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. E.R. HENSLEY and husband and 4 grandchildren. The funeral was held at M.E. South with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- E.M. ARNOLD, wife, son and daughter of Durand, Oklahoma have been visiting here with her mother, Mrs. Susan HOLT.
June 28, 1917:
- Elder School: W.H. SHAFFER and wife had a baby girl born on Thursday.
- J. Harvey BROWN returned Saturday from Wilson Switch, Colorado where he has taken up a claim. He intends to return when his crop has matured there.
- Odin News: A ten pound boy was born at the Hal McCLELLAND farm.
- Oil drilling is taking place on the Wm. MORRIS farm.
July 5, 1917:
- F.A. PRUETT, senior member of the firm F.A. PRUETT and sons was injured on Friday when the one horse wagon tugs became loose and Mr. PRUETT was thrown over the dash board and thrown to the ground rendering him unconscious. He received bruises and a deep cut over the eye.
- Arno MILLER is suffering from malaria and is home visiting from Louisville, Ky.
- Brubaker News: Several people from here attended the ice cream social at Pleasant Grove Church on Saturday.
July 12, 1917:
- L.J. CONANT, who is working at the Globe Democrat, writes of the Race Riot which occurred in St. Louis where the dead are expected to total a hundred.
- Meacham (from last week): Prairie Grove School has employed Miss Jessie FISH as teacher for the coming year.
- The birth of an 8½ pound boy at the home of Frank E. SCHERMERHORN and wife at Seattle, Wash. on July 2, 1917.
- J.H. JACKSON, wife and son have returned home from Plainview, Texas and occupy the Geo. P. TOMILSON property.
- C.F. ROBERTS, who for the past several years was making his home with S.J. WAGGONER of this city died on Tuesday at the age of 52 years. He had been sick with typhoid fever. He was formerly a member of the St. Louis police force. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church with burial in Phillips Cemetery. in Omega twp.
- Elder School: Mrs. MARROW, mother of Albert and Willie MARROW was buried at Lovell on Saturday.
- Elder School: Some gypsies who were camping out at Young School House were arrested for stealing chickens.
- Brubaker News: Monday, July 2nd was Mrs. Gene GARRETTs birthday and neighbors gave her a pleasant surprise.
- Brubaker News: The new C. & E.I. depot here is almost completed.
July 19, 1917:
- Emmett NELMS met with a painful injury when preparing for a squirrel hunt. He and Ray HARGRAVE were arranging to drive up in the woods in a car equipped with the old type of acetylene generator. Wanting to examine it in the dark he lit a match and the gas exploded in his face. He was severally burned but his eyes escaped injury.
- A 10 pound son was born Tuesday to J.A. BROOM and wife of Alma.
- Prof. K.S. KNISELEY came up from Odin on Sunday and attended the 84th birthday celebration of his mother, Aunt Racheal KNISELEY in Omega twp.
- Frederick Arthur was born at the home of Chas. F. PRUETT and wife last Wednesday.
- Mrs. Sarah DILLON and daughter, Miss Anna, C.H. WEST and wife, T.J. WADE and wife, E.G. DILLON and wife and Chas. ALLEN and wife were in Alma on Friday attending the funeral of the former brother Geo. C. WILSON who died Thursday at the home of his son, S.M. WILSON in Farina.
July 26, 1917:
- Guy SHAFFER, wife and babe left on Thursday for their home in Champaign after spending several weeks here with his mother, Mrs. Amanda C. BRANCH.
- Mrs. Frank BURKETT, who resides about 7 miles east of Kinmundy, fell over a wagon tongue at her home striking her head. Upon examination by a physician it was found that he skull was fractured and she was taken to Centralia hospital for an operation.
- Will WEAVER, of about 5 miles northeast of Farina learned a lasting lesson Sunday regarding dynamite. Having lighted one of the fuses it failed to explode and then he did the inevitable and picked up the fuse to examine it and the next day the doctor amputated one arm above the wrist.
- A large number of Kinmundy boys were called up for Army service.
- Elder School: Born to Cecil ANGLIN and wife on Saturday was a 10 pound boy.
- J.A. ARNOLD, wife and little daughter are visiting the formers parents D.A. ARNOLD and family.
- George Corwin WILSON was born in Sharonville, Pike Co., Ohio on Nov. 9, 1840. He came with his parents to Illinois settling on a farm in Alma twp. 1½ miles southeast of Alma and 5 miles north of Salem. The same farm was his home for 72 years. He married Miss Mary Jane LECKRONE of near Salem on Oct. 20, 1864, and they had 5 sons and 1 daughter. The daughter and 1 son died in infancy, his wife died nearly 5 years ago, and the oldest son, T.E. died 3 years ago. The three remaining sons are: S.M. of Farina; Dr. H.E. of Centralia; Rev. F.O. of Jerseyville; 1 sister, Mrs. Sarah DILLON of Kinmundy; and 1 brother, Tilton of Gary. Due to ill health he has spent the last years with his sons, most of the time with son S.M. and family of Farina. He died there July 12, 1917 after a lingering illness. The funeral was at the M.E. Church in Alma with burial in Wilson Cemetery on the old farm.
Aug. 2, 1917:
- George Summer DILLON, son of Isaiah Tevis and Sarah WILSON DILLON was born at the Dillon home east of this city on Jan. 24, 1861, and married Nellie E. SNELLING in this city on Nov. 13, 1884. He received his early education at his home school and at Kinmundy High School later attending business college at Janesville, Wis. After marriage they resided on a farm south of this city until 1890 when they moved to Chicago and he worked with the Ill. Central Railroad until he was stricken with his last illness. He died on July 28, 1917, and preceding him in death were his wife, father, and sisters, Margeret E. and Estelle W. Surviving are his mother; sisters - Rosetta A. WEST, Helda A. SCHERMERHORN, Gertrude L. WADE, and Anna T. DILLON; brothers - John R. and Edward G.; and uncles - Tilton WILSON and Amos DILLON. Just a little over 11 months ago he had accompanied the body of his wife Nell from Chicago back to the old home for burial. He was stricken with paralysis a month ago. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery.
- Charles BURNELL, son of Fred and Pearl ALEXANDER was born Jan. 29, 1916 and died July 29, 1917. He leaves a father, mother, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
- Sarah Margaret RAVENS was born in Omega twp. and died July 29, 1917. In 1871 he married Robert J. MILLICAN, and they had 7 children, the following 5 which passed before her: Elwin, Herbert, Ina, Eva, and Mamie. She leaves a husband, son Roy O. MILLICAN, daughter Lora A. MARLOW of Ogden, Iowa, half-brother David RAVENS, and 2 half-sisters May E. BAKER and Carrie A. WALKINGTON. Burial was in Millican Cemetery. The community of Omega was shocked to hear of the death as she was in good health but found dead in bed on Sunday morning.
- Elizabeth SEE died on July 21, 1917, at her home in Hegewisch, Ill. after a short illness. She was born on Nov. 23, 1894 at Hegewisch, daughter of Mrs. Anna C. NEWBIESER, and it was here that she grew to womanhood. On Feb. 19, 1912 she married Otis E. SEE, and they had 2 sons - Elroy H. and Maurice R. Interment was in Oakhill Cemetery in Hammond, Ind.
- Alma News: S.G. WILLIAMS and wife celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Those present were the children, Roy WILLIAMS and family, Noah WILLIAMS and family of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Sam GWATEMY of Greenridge.
- Wm. EUBANKS and family have moved here from Missouri, where they will reside.
Aug. 9, 1917:
- Mr. Ross BLANKENSHIP, son of Mr. Edward BLANKENSHIP, was drowned in the Okaw last Sunday while in the company of his bride of a few months. He and his wife and others had gone to Okaw for the day and they were paddling out on a log when he lost his hold and sank, not being able to swim.
- Among the Diamond Medal Contest contestants were Mrs. Vera McCULLEY and Miss Bertha HEISTAND of near this city. The winner was Miss HINES of Salem. These contests were originated several years ago for the purpose of creating an interest and enthusiasm in the fight against liquor traffic among young people.
- The Silver Medal Contest at Pleasant Grove Sunday night was won by Helen MAXEY.
- A wedding took place between Mrs. Lenore E. PRICKETT in St. Louis on July 28 to Mr. WEGMAN. The bride is a former Kinmundy girl having made Kinmundy her home until about 10 years ago when she moved to St. Louis. She is youngest daughter of the late D.A. PORTER, and a graduate of the Beethoven Conservatory of Music of St. Louis. He is employed as a traveling salesman with a large hardware firm of St. Louis.
- Frank WOTKE, a retired farmer and prominent resident of St. Peter, died in an auto while enroute to Vandalia, accompanied by August BRAVER, also of St. Peter. Mr. BRAVER was driving and Mr. WOTKE was in the rear seat. When in the vicinity of Crooked Creek, Mr. WOTKE suddenly uttered a cry and threw his hand to his heart. Mr. BRAVER turned suddenly and lost control of his car and overturning it in a ditch. Mr. WOTKE was dead when found but it is supposed that he died of heart failure before the car turned over. After the accident, the car was uprighted and the body was brought back to St. Peter by Mr. BRAVER.
- Wm. HANKS, former resident of Meacham twp., died at the Hospital for the Insane in Anna on Aug. 4, 1917 at the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 4 days. He had been an inmate there for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and insanity was attributed by physicians to have been due to the effects of the firing of cannon during the war. He is survived by 2 brothers, Steward of near this place, and Acklund of Missouri; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Jim FERGUSON and Mrs. Curtis SMITH both of this place.
- Miss Irene SEE recently graduated from Southern Illinois Normal at Carbondale visiting here before opening of her school works in Sandoval, where she is Principal.
Aug. 16, 1917:
- (From the Vinita Leader, Vinita, OK): N. Henryetta PITTMAN was born Jan. 2, 1844 at Dixon, Montana, and married to the late Rev. John Wesley RITCHEY in 1862. They had 6 children of whom 3 survive - Dr. James of Kansas City, Albert of Useful, Mo.; and W.M. MALONE of this city. Father and mother RITCHEY came to make their home in Rest Cottage as to be close to their daughters in their reclining years in 1913. (Note from Express: She had made her home for several years in this city, with her husband.)
- Evergreen Cemetery will soon have a mauseleum. It is being built for Mrs. Charlotta HEINRICHS, and will be used for 4 people - son Xon, who died last winter; her parents, W.W. NEIL and wife; and herself.
- (From Patoka Register): Frank, second son of Charles ADAMS and wife, and Miss Nellie, daughter of Mrs. Martha ORGAN, both of this place, were married in Kankakee on July 28, 1917. (Express Note: The bride is a former resident of Kinmundy and sister of Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT of near this city.)
Aug. 23, 1917:
- Ann Eliza PRICKETT was born in Madison Co, Ill. on Sept. 24, 1828, and died Aug. 14, 1917. She was the oldest of a large family of children, all of whom have passed before. She married James Russell PRICKETT, a local preacher in the Methodist Church, and was the mother of 2 children - 1 dying in infancy, and the other, the Rev. Thomas PRICKETT, who died 20 years ago. Her husband died about 15 years ago in the state of Washington. She leaves a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary PRICKETT, and one grandson, Thomas PRICKETT. Burial in Pleasant Plains, Ill.
- The old basket factory has been torn down to give way to a dwelling being constructed ty Mr. A.S. PARRISH. C. & E.I. passengers will now be greeted by a pleasant site of a substantial home rather than a dilapidated factory.
- In order to accommodate a growing business, G.B. SWAIN is adding a large room on the north of what is known as the Home Hotel.
- Elder School: Last Wednesday evening occurred the wedding of Mr. Francis SIPES and Mrs. Amy SIMER at the home of the bride, Rev. W.J. SIMER performing the ceremony.
- Nye VAN DORN, a former Kinmundy boy, and Miss Georgia Z. FENCH married in Danville. He is son of Charles VAN DORN and wife, and the bride is daughter of Deward B. FENCH and wife.
- The home of C.F. PRUETT was burglarized and fifty dollars, a gold watch and an ivory hair brush were taken. The robbers cut thru the front screen door and entered the room where Mr. PRUETT was sleeping.
Aug. 30, 1917:
- Mr. John JACKSON, who has been a familiar figure in Kinmundy for the past several years, mysteriously disappeared from his late home in Texas last May and has yet to be discovered. He had disposed of his farm of 320 acres and was preparing to return to his farm in Meacham twp.
- Aug. 19, being 30th birthday of Eli ROBB, his parents, F.M. ROBB and wife, and brother, sisters, and family gathered at his home.
- John FRENCH returned home Sunday night from Detroit, Michigan, and then left for Chadron, Neb. for a good position.
- Meacham: Carpenters are remodeling Maple Grove School which is to be taught the coming year by Miss Lucy GASKILL of Kell.
Sept. 6, 1917:
- Guy ARNOLD and wife are the parents of a little daughter born recently. Earl BUNDY and wife, a boy, and Luther BASOM and wife, a boy.
- While working in the Egyptian Garage at which he is proprietor, Mr. W.E. HALEY was seriously injured by the explosion of a piston head which he was repairing.
- Ben C. TATE and wife of the city received bad news this week about their 2 sons. One son, V.A. of Springfield, had just taken the job of brakeman for B. & O. Railroad one week ago, and last Saturday had his hand badly mashed requiring the amputation of one-half of the hand including 3 fingers. On Tuesday morning, the other son, S.M., residing on a farm near Odin was killed when he was helping a neighbor to build a silo, and it collapsed, Mr. TATE falling beneath the timbers.
- Mrs. Joe WHITE, better known as Miss "Pinkie" MEADOWS, formerly of this city, died at her home in Kankakee on Aug. 27, 1917, aged 55 years. The body arrived in this city on Wednesday accompanied by her husband, and daughter, Miss Mamie, and two sons, Chas. WHITE of Oklahoma City, and Toby WHITE of Norfolk, Va. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
Sept. 13, 1917:
- Miss Sarah Ann EVANS was born on a farm near Georgetown, Brown Co, Ohio on July 15, 1823, and married Elias NEIL on Oct. 6, 1842, who died March 1, 1900. They had 5 sons: 3 dying in infancy; Charles S. d. Feb. 12, 1916, and W.W. who lives in this city. They came to Illinois in the early 50's and settled in Urbana, coming to Kinmundy in 1858 and she has lived here 59 years. After her husbands death, she had been living with her son, Charles, until his death. Since then she has been cared for by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Nannie NEIL. She died Sept. 5, 1917, leaving one son, 2 granddaughters, 3 grandsons, and 1 great-granddaughter. One great-grandson, William Xon HARLAN preceded her in death.
- The Alma Fair is to held this weekend and will include many agriculture speakers.
- A 10 pound girl arrived at the home of Robert MAXEY and wife on Tuesday.
- Word was received on Monday by Mrs. Jas. T. BROWN concerning the death of Chas. MELROSE of Grayville. Mrs. MELROSE was formerly Miss Addie COLEMAN of this city.
- Mrs. Matilda WYATT, age 79 years, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. SOUTIER in Foster twp. on Friday night. Interment in Jones Cemetery.
Sept. 20, 1917:
- On Sept. 15, 1917 at the M.E. parsonage occurred the marriage of Miss Hazel BAYLIS and Mr. Thomas JONES.
- Mr. J. Raymond MAHAN and Miss Florence MOTCH were married last Wednesday at the Presbyterian parsonage in Salem, having quietly given everyone the slip. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. G.P. TOMILSON.
- Kinmundy bid the soldiers farewell with speech, song and story. Orville GARRETT, Frank McGEE, Oscar COX, Ener ZIMMER, John BARBEE, Rudolph SOLDNER, Loren KLINE, M.B. JONES, Warren SMITH, Ernest HARRIS, Charles SUCCO and Benjamin BUTTS were the men in whose honor the occasion was held as they were off to training camp.
- Francis Asbury PRUETT, eldest son of J.W. and Susan M. PRUETT was born Dec. 8, 1845 on a farm southeast of Kinmundy. He lived on this farm until 20 years of age when he moved to this city, and lived here until his death. Of a family of 6 children consisting of 4 boys and 2 girls, only the sisters, Mrs. Elisha HAMMERS of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Elizabeth LANGDELL of Eau Claire, Wis., survive. The brothers, Benjamin Corwie, died in 1893; McKendree Meredith - died in 1906; and the youngest brother, Burrell Simpson, died in 1913. He acquired his education first in the public school, later he attended a Seminary, then to Salem, and then College at Westfield, Ill. He became a teacher and taught almost continuously from 1865 - 1890 in Marion Co. schools, and was superintendent of Kinmundy schools for several years. At the end of this quarter century, he entered into business life in our city. He with his sons, C.F. and W.S. have erected a business institution. Mr. PRUETT was married to Miss Sara Archibald FUQUA on Sept. 21, 1869 and they had 6 children. Francis Edward passing in his 4th year, Mary ?_____, familiarly known as Nellie, later Mrs. Ufa HOUSH, passing in the year 1909; Charles F.; Martha, now Mrs. E.C. HUGGINS; Walter S.; and Pearl A., now Mrs. A.B. MERCER of Kankakee. His wife died April 7, 1887 after a brief illness. He married second to Mrs. Anna SHEPARD WHITAKER on Apr. 16, 1890, and they had one son - Francis Eugene. He has 10 grandchildren: Charles Nelson and Raymond Walter, children of Ufa and the late Nellie HOUSH; Francis Gordon, Dorothy Louise, Charles Edwin, and Frederick Arthur, children of C.F. PRUETT and wife; Harold Richard and Francis Stephen, sons of E.C. HUGGINS and wife; Roberta Eloise, daughter of W.S. PRUETT and wife; Jeanetta PRUETT, daughter of Rev. A.B. MERCER and wife. He died Sept. 11, 1917 with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Brubaker News: Henry BRANNON and wife have a 10 pound boy who arrived Sept. 16, 1917.
Sept. 27, 1917:
- Mary Gail ARNOLD, daughter of Dan and Agnes ARNOLD was born Aug. 7, 1897 at their home about 8 miles west of Kinmundy, and died Sept. 19, 1917 in Egyptian Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Gail, along with her parents, moved to Oklahoma about 12 years ago, but about 2 years ago return to Illinois with her sister, Bessie. Soon after, the remainder of the family came back and took up residence on the farm west of Kinmundy. She entered SONGER and BROWN store as a millinery apprentice and remained until she took a position in the establishment at Lewis ZUKOSKI of St. Louis. She had just entered Browns Business College Sept. 3 when she took ill on Sept. 7. Her father received word and immediately came and got her and she was hurried to Mt. Vernon Hospital. She leaves a father, mother, 5 sisters, and 3 brothers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank LEZY are planning to depart next Wednesday for Rhode Island to live.
- Meacham: The pie supper held at Prairie Grove last Wednesday was well attended. The cake was awarded to Miss Vera HOLT for the most beautiful young lady, and a pillow top to Tommy MANNGER for the laziest man.
- Mrs. M.J. BOONE has returned home from Martinsville, Ind. where she has been receiving treatment at the Sanatorium.
Oct. 6, 1917:
- Lea Harriett was the name of the little girl who made her appearance at the home of Elno BROWN and wife on Saturday. Both mother and child are doing well, and "Peck", the father, well under the circumstances, he is doing as well as could be expected.
- Alma News: Born to Mr. T.E. DUGAN and wife, a daughter, on Sept. 16, 1917.
Oct. 11, 1917:
- The funeral of little Roberta Eloise, little daughter of Walter S. and Bertha PRUETT took place, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Last Wednesday, she had been playing in the yard and came across the platform covering a well, and it gave way. She was born Oct. 6, 1914.
Oct. 18, 1918:
- Lura E. ABERY was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 15, 1873, and died at Fort Wayne, Ind. on Oct. 15, 1917. She married Edward ABERY on Oct. 13, 1895, who survives her along with parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. WHITSON of Salem; 3 sisters - Mrs. Lena SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy; Miss Elsie WHITSON of Salem; and Mrs. Susie WILCOX of Chicago; 2 brothers - Harry WHITSON of St. Louis, and Marvin WHITSON, who is with the U.S. Infantry. She went to Fort Wayne in 1906. The funeral was at the ME Church South in this city with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- A letter was written from Camp Merrit soldier, Orie WAINSCOTT.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.H. WEST celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with 50 of the members of the Clipper Lodge and the Pythian Sisters at the K of P Hall last Wednesday.
- The infant daughter of Gideon CARMON and wife of Centralia died on Sunday and the body was brought to this city on Wednesday. The funeral was held at the home of her grandfather, John CARMON with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Ivy GARRETT of Chicago attended the Homecoming and visited relatives here last week.
Oct. 25, 1917:
- The Post Office Department has raised 1st class mail to 3 cents.
- Helen Marie, 8½ pound girl, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey V. RICE of Forgan, Oklahoma.
- Mrs. A.C. BRANCH has gone to Champaign to make her home with her son, Guy SHAFFER and wife. Albert MAXWELL and wife will reside on her farm south of this city.
- Mrs. Julia LASWELL of Hindsboro is visiting here with her son, Dr. J.L. LASWELL and family.
Nov. 1, 1917:
- James Robert, 8½ pound boy, was born last Friday to Mr. and Mrs. R.J. ANDREWS residing on the north edge of town. Earl GEORGE and wife are the proud parents of a 7½ pound boy born on Monday.
- Scott DAVIDSON of Salem, who is attending dental college at Washington University in St. Louis is a delegate in New York this week for the school. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. DAVIDSON of Salem.
Nov. 8, 1917:
- The Marion County Fair Association of Kinmundy organized on Friday. The grounds are to be held on E.W. DOOLENs place.
- Mrs. S.A. HASELDEN and son, Charles and daughter, Mrs. Minnie KAGY arrived here Monday from Emerson, Nebraska and will remove to the LEZY farm which they purchased.
- Nov. 1, 1917 was the 80th birthday of Mrs. Mary SMITH, and her children and grandchildren planned a surprise for her.
- A.W. SONGER, known as Uncle Abe, celebrated his 85th birthday on Nov. 2, 1917. He is an old time resident of this city, and was owner and operator of the SONGER Mill and is now president of the First National Bank.
- Glenn PARRILL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd PARRILL residing 2½ miles southeast of Farina, escaped injury on Tuesday near the IC Depot. The boy was waiting for the freight train to pass unaware that the approach of the fast passenger No. 1, and apparently he stepped in front of it, and was thrown 35 feet. Those who witnessed the accident, thought they would find him dead. Geo. MESSER of this city was working at the depot and with the aid of others, carried him into the office of Dr. HOLSON. The boy escaped with bruises and scratches.
Nov. 15, 1917:
- A letter was written by George H. BARGH from Camp Custer, Michigan.
- A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. L.W. KING at their home in Champaign on Nov. 5, and named Charles Wesley. Lou is a former Kinmundy boy.
- Bryan DOOLEN whos attending Souther Illinois Normal at Carbondale spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents, E.W. DOOLEN and family, while enroute to Charleston where he played football on Friday.
- A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. F.B. GEORGE in Flora on Nov. 9. The mother is the former Miss Jessie ALLEN of this city.
- S.E. RAY and wife of Milford, Ind. have moved to this city and occupy the S.D. GRAHAM property east of town. Mrs. RAY is formerly Mrs. GRAHAM and was recently married to Mr. RAY.
Nov. 22, 1917:
- Mary Ann HATTON was born near Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 14, 1833. She moved to Illinois when quite young, and on June 21, 1855 married David SCHULTZ at Alma. They had 12 children, 8 along with the husband preceded her in death. Left are 2 sons - E. Oliver and Arthur Adolph SCHULTZ of Chicago; 2 daughters - Mrs. A.W. AVERY of Aurora, and Mrs. H.P. SAWYEAR of Chicago; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was one of the oldest members of the ME Church South of Kinmundy. Known as Aunt Polly, she resided at Kinmundy until 1892, then moving to Aurora, then to Chicago to live with her son. After a brief illness of pneumonia, she died Nov. 10, 1917 with interment beside her husband at Aurora.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMERS are paretns of a new son, Stanley Dale, who was born on Saturday.
Nov. 29, 1917:
- A letter was printed from Eugene CRAIG from Camp Logan in Houston, Texas.
- Mrs. Nan NEIL and daughter, Miss Pauline, returned home after spending a month in Kechi, Kansas with her sister, Mrs. J.S. SILLS and husband.
- Little Miss HOLT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HOLT, had a scare last Tuesday when she was walking home from school. Just after crossing the I.C. tracks, an automobile bore down upon her. She didnt have enough time to step out of the way but with remarkable presence of mind, laid herself flat on the ground between the wheels of the machine, the car passing directly above her did not touch her.
- Ed GREEN and wife of Chicago are visiting here with his mother, Mrs. Mary SMITH and family, and Mose SWIFT and family.
Dec. 6, 1917:
- Amanda Elizabeth WADE, daughter of Absalom and Lydia TUCKER was born in Todd Co., Ky. on Sept. 18, 1845, and died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Janie BOYD on Dec. 2, 1917. Her parents moved to Illinois in 1854 to a farm near Kinmundy where she grew to womanhood. She married John WADE on Feb. 11, 1864, and they had 6 children: 1 daughter, Bessie, dying in infancy; Thos. J., Minnie LUX, Lydia, and Janie BOYD all living near Kinmundy; and Mary L. THOMPSON, of Oakland, California. Also leaves 10 grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. Martha ROTAN of this city. Her husband died May 26, 1909. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Miss Nellie COUGHLIN and Chester KLINE were married Nov. 18, 1917 in Bloomington. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick COUGHLIN. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Cal KLINE, and one of the industrious young farmers of this community. The couple will make thier home for awhile with the grooms parents southeast of town.
- James RENNIE, a former resident, writes from Shenandoah, Iowa.
- Ira MARSHAL is in Springfield hospital taking Pasteur treatment after being bitten by a mad dog on his farm west of Kinmundy.
Dec. 13, 1917:
- A letter from Luzon JOHNSON is written from his trip to Tongshan, China.
Dec. 19, 1917:
- Frank FARRIS, son of Cord S. FARRIS and wife of Meacham twp., and Miss Lota, daughter of Joe MULVANEY and wife of Omega twp., were married in Effingham on Monday.
- Chas. A. KLEISS and family, former residents of Kinmundy residing 1 mile south of town and now from near Tuscola are gaining quite a reputation as corn huskers. They have husked 17,000 bushels of corn on one farm this fall. Three of the best huskers are his wife and 2 daughters, Ella and Frances, 16 and 18 years old.
- Mrs. Alice TIPPS, sister of Mrs. J.W. McNEILL, died at her home near Winchester, Tenn. on Dec. 15.
- Mrs. Edwin WILLIAMS and little daughter, Valeda, of Pittsburg, Pa. are visiting here with her parents, Ellis WOLFE and family.
- Willard E. TANNER of Farina died last Friday after a lingering illness. He was a life long resident of Farina, and leaves a wife, one son, and his father.
- Dec. 15 was the 50th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. GRISSOM of Farina, and some hundred of the Masons and O.E.S. together with a number of relatives gathered at the Masonic Hall where a feast was served. C.T. WADE served as toastmaster. The couple was married on Dec. 15, 1867, on what was known then as the Silas PARRILL farm now owned and operated by A.J. PARRILL residing east of Farina in Meacham twp. Of the original guests at the wedding, there are only 6 survivors: A.J. PARRILL, Farina; Mrs. Seth FOSTER, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Spence PHILLIPS, of Oskaloosa; Mrs. Maria BOSTIC of Carmargo; and John WELSH of Oklahoma.
Dec. 26, 1917:
- A new son arrived at the home of Fred STOCK and wife on Saturday, and he is called Fred Jr.
- A letter is printed from Milton L. HALL from a Base in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY.
- Mildred WHEELER, wife and son, of Springfield came Saturday to visit her mother, Mrs. Ella HUBERT.
- Earl SEE and wife of Gays, are visiting south of here with his parents, Chas. SEE and wife.
- J.C. WILLIAMS is preparing to move his family to Beardstown where he has a position as C & E.I. Railroad Agent.
- Elder School: Frank HEISTAND and Miss Ethel KAGY went to St. Louis on Dec. 10 to be married.
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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