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 #2)

Jan. 4, 1923:

- The community was in great shock when C.I. DOOLEN received a telegram stating that his son, Frank, passed away. Frank had been failing since be was discharged from the U.S. Army, and had been examined in various hospitals with no results. On Dec. 27 he consented to an operation on his father and brother, and Eli went to be with him. After the operation he came out of the ether alright, and had a long chat with Eli. After this chat he quietly passed away. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Benjamin Francis DOOLEN, second son of Charles and Della ROBB DOOLEN, was born in Foster twp. on Dec. 2, 1895, and died on Dec. 29, 1922 at the U.S. Veteran’s Hospital in Chicago. His mother died June 26, 1918. Poor health had lasted about 3 years. He was a member of the Kinmundy High School class of 1916. After being discharged from the service, he entered Washington University of Dentistry, but on account of his health, he had to give up his school work. He made Master Mason at the age of 21 in the Kinmundy Lodge. He leaves a father; 2 brothers, William and Eli; one sister, Mrs. Ruby GARRETT; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB; and Mr. Ben DOOLEN of this city. (Note: A picture accompanied this obituary.)

- The WILLIAMS Hotel in Salem owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt WILLIAMS burned to the ground this morning. Nothing was saved but a rocking chair and the canary bird. All occupants were rescued.

- Mr. Fred M. WITWER of Danville and Miss Otha HORNING of Urbana were married Dec. 23 at the Presbyterian Church in Urbana. The groom is son of H.T. WITWER, formerly of Kinmundy, but now of Danville. He is also grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. ROTAN of this city. The couple will make their home in Danville.

- The body of Milton SCHOOLEY, who died at the home of his daughter in Chicago on Dec. 25, was brought here and taken to the home of Geo. W. NEWELL. The funeral was held Wednesday in the Presbyterian Church in Omega. The deceased was an old resident of this county coming here in 1880 and residing near Omega until 1917, when he moved to McLean county. He was visiting his daughter when he passed away at the age of 75. He leaves 6 sons and 4 daughters, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

- The M.E. Parsonage caught fire on the roof Wednesday caused by a spark from the flue. It would have been burnt to the ground if not extinguished. The only damage was burning of about 4 square feet of shingles.

- Glenn BRASEL, wife and babe returned to their home in Hoopeston where he teaches, after a visit here with her parents, M.H. SEE and wife.

- 10 years ago - Jan. 2, 1913:

- Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP were in Odin attending the funeral of Mrs. Will FARTHING.

- The residence of Frank PERRY came near being destroyed by fire last Saturday just before noon. The fire originated on the roof from sparks from the flue.

- E.C. BARGH and wife, and Pauline NEIL were in Mason Tuesday attending the burial of Mrs. James HUNTER.

Jan. 11, 1923:

- Myrtal A. PERRY, only daughter of Wm. and Lydia DAWS, departed this life in Salem on Jan. 7, 1923, age the age of 39. She married Albert A. PERRY in Feb. 1915. She leaves a husband, father, step-mother, and 2 brothers. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Burl Eugene, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn PARKER of O’Fallon, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. CHANCE of this city on Saturday morning at the age of 1 month and 22 days. The funeral was held at the J.R. CHANCE home on Sunday. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- An article was copied from a national magazine, "The Music Trades", in regard to O.N. TYNER. He is proprietor of TYNER’s Music House in Kinmundy, and recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He has been in the piano business since 1870, and served as a photographer in the Civil War. He opened a store in Kinmundy 46 years ago, and has been operating there ever since.

- Elder School and Omega: Alvin RHOTAN returned from Princeton, Ind. on Sunday where he attended funeral of his mother.

- Rebecca HULL was born Jan. 28, 1846 in Warwick county, Indiana, and died Jan. 8, 1923 at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 11 days. She came to Marion county Illinois in March 1854 with her parents, George P. and Mary HULL. She was united in marriage to John SHEPARD, Dec. 1, 1864. They both joined the M.E. Church South soon after the marriage. To this union were born five children. The eldest and only son dying 37 years ago at the age of 20 years. Her companion died in 1911. Mrs. SHEPARD is survived by four daughters, two living near Kinmundy, the oldest near Alma, and the youngest at Marcus, Wash. Three grandsons and a great-grandson also survive.

- 10 years ago - Jan. 9, 1913:

- Eli Logan FRENCH died at his home near Alma on Dec. 29.

- Mrs. R.T. BROWNRIGG and son, John, of St. Louis, sailed Jan. 4 with a party from New York for Rome where they expect to be gone a year touring the old World. Mrs. BROWNRIGG is formerly Miss Helen DeVORE of this city.

Jan. 18, 1923:

- Mrs. R.M. ATKINS left Friday for Decatur in answer to a message announcing the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Chas. ROBB.

- Word was received here on Thursday that H.E. MARTIN (BRAKEY) died in Sparta. Burial was at Sparta.

- 10 years ago on Jan. 16, 1913:

- Mrs. Mary TUCKER, aged 72 years, died at her home southeast of here on Saturday after a prolonged illness of paralysis. Interment was at Lone Grove Cemetery. The deceased was a widow of the late Jones W.L. TUCKER and she is said to be the first girl babe ever born in Lone Grove twp.

- Mrs. Harry CRAIG arrived here last Wednesday from West Liberty to visit until the 25th with relatives when she will leave to join her husband, Dr. Harry CRAIG, who has a Civil Service position.

Jan. 25, 1923:

- Paul SANDHOFER of St. Louis, formerly of this city, took sick with pneumonia on Jan. 13 and died on Jan. 19. Interment was made in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. The deceased was born and raised in this community, and moved his family to St. Louis about 12 years ago where he worked as a carpenter. He was 49 years old, and leaves a widow, Mrs. Mary SANDHOFER (nee SCHOENBORN). They had 5 sons and 4 daughters.

- Cynthia Ella JAMESON was born near New Albany, Ind. on Aug. 28, 1858, and died Jan. 22, 1923 at the home of her daughter in East Peoria, Ill. after an extended illness. She married on Aug. 5, 1876 to Robert P. ABBOTT, and they had 9 children, 1 dying in early childhood. Her husband died Jan. 6, 1902. Leaving to mourn her departure are: Mrs. James SCHNEIDER of El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Jett INGRAM of Bragg City, Missouri; Mrs. Bertha STANFIELD of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Cecil NEEPER, Mrs. Elmer THOMAS of Peoria, and Mrs. Thos. W. BASS of Saybrook, Ill.; and sons, Orla RUSSELL and Elmer Eugene ABBOTT, also of Peoria. Besides these a brother, Lewis JAMISON; a sister, Mrs. Laura RICHARDSON of Champaign, and a step-daughter, Cora SIMPSON of California; 21 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. On Feb. 14, 1905 she married William Henry BASS formerly from Pana but who for many years has been a resident of our city. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Dwight SWIFT and wife of Williams, Iowa are the parents of a baby girl born Jan. 18.

- Meacham News: The Old Baptist Church Building will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder on Jan. 29, 1923.

- Mt. Carmel: P.G. BOSTON and family are moving to their new home in Christian county.

- 10 years ago - Jan. 23, 1913:

- A new baby girl arrived at the home of Ren WAINSCOTT and wife last Wednesday.

- Monday night, Grandma KING, who makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. John F. DONOVAN, sustained serious injuries by falling over a piano bench. She was passing over a lighted room into a dark one, and could not see the obstruction. Her injuries are quite painful.

- Married on Jan. 15, 1913, Mr. James L. PERRY and Miss Mabel GARNER, and Mr. Ernest ZINDEL and Miss Frances PERRY, Rev. A.D. HOCKER of the M.E. Church officiating. On Jan. 18, the 2 organized Sunday School classes of the M.E. Church South gave a kitchen shower at the home of Frank PERRY in honor of the newlyweds.

Feb. 1, 1923:

- Mr. and Mrs. Dan DOOLEN celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Jan. 20 surrounded by many old friends and acquaintances. Refreshments were served by the hostess and assisted by her daughter, Miss Melba. Mr. and Mrs. DOOLEN received many handsome presents.

- James R. ABERNATHY, former resident of Omega twp. died at the home of his daughter in St. Louis on Saturday, aged 94 years. He was a newspaper man of the early days.

- Last Sunday at the St. Philamena Catholic Church, the marriage of Miss Julia METZGER of Kinmundy and Mr. George Jhon WALLWEBER took place. Miss Anna KOLB, cousin of the bride was maid of honor, and John SEITZ, also cousin of the bride, was best man. Following the ceremony, a dinner was served at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles METZGER, residing 3 miles north of Kinmundy. Mrs. WALLWEBER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles METZGER, has lived here all of her life. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony WALLWEBER of Kirkwood, Missouri, where he has lived all of his life. The couple will reside in St. Louis.

- Mr. Jesse O. YODER of Portland, Oregon and Miss Lulu ALLEN of this city were married at the M.E. Parsonage in Portland, Oregon on Jan. 20. The groom is a resident of Portland and is engaged in the business of prospecting in Alaska. He will engaged in the meat business in Portland. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Ann ALLEN, and is well known in this community. The couple will reside in Portland.

- Marlin DISS and wife are parents of a 9 pound girl.

- A 10 pound girl was born a the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray MERCHANT on Sunday.

- 10 years ago - Jan. 30, 1913:

-Chas. WETTER, who has been ill the past 2 or 3 weeks, died on Monday night. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Feb. 8, 1923:

- A letter was printed from A.E.W. PRUETT from Madison, Wis.

- Nancy Jane WOOTEN was born Apr. 23, 1843 at Barbers Ville, West Va., and died Jan. 30, 1923. She moved with her parents to Ohio where they remained for a time, Later going to Muncie, Ind. where they remained for a time, later going to Muncie, Ind. where she grew to womanhood. She married John W. ARNOLD on Dec. 11, 1867, and they had 5 children, 2 preceding her in death - one, an infant, and the other Leona ROGERS who died March 20, 1902. Surviving are her husband, and children: Allie LASITER of Centralia, Frank of Nampa, Idaho, and Tom of Omega. Services were held at Lovell Grove Church.

- S.S. CORNELL died at his home in Mattoon on Tuesday from cancer of the stomach. The funeral was held there. Mr. CORNELL lived for several years on the Chas. WILLIAMS farm. On account of bad health he moved to Mattoon a short ime ago.

- Mrs. Clara COFFMAN SNELLING died at her home in Chicago on Feb. 1, 1923. She was the only daughter of Albert and Laura HUMPHREY COFFMAN, and was born in Kinmundy on Sept. 20, 1886. She graduated with the class of 1905 at Kinmundy High School. She married Mr. Hallet SNELLING on Dec. 26, 1908. They had a son Elroy Albert. Services were held at the M.E. Church here with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Kitty Mecia NEAVILL of this city and Mr. David M. WATKINS of Hondo, Cal. were married on Feb. 3 in Los Angeles, California. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth NEAVILL of this city, and for the past few years been employed in Battle Creek, Mich. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WATKINS of Murray, Ky. and is a chemist in laboratories in Hondo, Cal. They will reside in Hondo, California.

- William H., son of John P. and Susan SHRIVER, was born in Pike Co., Ohio on Sept. 6, 1868, and died Feb 1, 1923. He was the youngest of 6 children. His father, mother and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He was married to Miss Florence WHITE on Sept. 23, 1903. He resided in Kinmundy until about 2 years ago when he moved to West Frankfort, Ill. He leaves a wife, 2 brothers, P.A. SHRIVER of Sandoval and G.W. SHRIVER of Ordway, Colorado; and one sister, Miss Mary SHRIVER of Kinmundy. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Laura Estelle FISHER married Mr. William Franklin GRESHAM in London, England on Jan. 17, 1923. She is daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth V. FISHER of this city, and she grew to womanhood here, was educated in our schools, and attended the University of Illinois. For the past few years she’s been in Chicago in the Relief Work. The groom is a native of Kansas City in which city his parents reside. He was with the Munson Supply Company in Chicago where he met his bride. For the past year he’s been manager of this company’s office in London. The couple will reside in London.

- The body of Horace LACEY of Chicago was brought to Farina on Tuesday and taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabe LACEY in Meacham twp., from where the funeral was held on Tuesday. Interment in Elder Cemetery. He died at his home in Chicago from pneumonia.

- Born to Gray DAVIS and wife, a 9 pound girl. Grandpas DAVIS and HANNA now wear a smile on both sides of their faces.

- Mr. and Mrs. Clark COCKRELL had the misfortune of losing a baby girl Sat. morning.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Archie PATHEL, a 8 pound boy on Feb. 1. Earl Stanley is his name. Grandpa BRANSON is stepping high.

- The 51st wedding anniversary was celebrated last Thursday by Mr. and Mrs. Isaac WAINSCOTT living in the north part of town. The observance was only a family dinner with their children present. The couple was married on Feb. 1, 1872 in Marion county and have lived in and around Kinmundy ever since. The descendants are 8 children, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Present were Eldo and family, Charley and wife of Farina, Jess and wife of Champaign, R.W. and family of this city, and Mrs. DeVore a neighbor. Those who could not be present were Mrs. James SCHEADENHELM of Iowa, Lou of Huggins, Texas, and Ellis of Coffyville, Kansas. Ellis WAINSCOTT, a grandson, sand "Love Ship".

- 10 years ago - Feb. 6, 1913:

- John Donovan GUNN is the name of the new boy who made his arrival at the home of Dan GUNN and wife in Salem a few days ago.

- A new boy arrived at the home of Lloyd PARRILL and wife in Meacham twp. last Saturday.

- Noah J. ROBNETT was kicked in the face by one of his large stallions. He is pretty bruised about the face.

- Ed GRAMLEY, of Ellsworth is here, called by the death of his brother, M.P. GRAMLEY.

Feb. 15, 1923:

- The body of Mrs. Sam WHITE was brought here from West Frankfort on Sunday and taken to the home of her brother, J.M. WILLIAMS where funeral services were held, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Annie WHITE was born in Lone Grove twp. 5 miles north of Kinmundy on June 27, 1857, and died at her home in West Frankfort on Feb. 9, 1923. She married Samuel WHITE in 1872, and they had 3 sons and 2 daughters. Her husband, sons, Guy and Frank, and daughter Agnes, preceded her in death. She leaves 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 brother, and 3 sisters.

- Stephen Ambrose CORNELL was born in LaSalle Co. on Oct. 15, 1860 and died at his home in Mattoon on Feb. 6, 1923. On Jan. 26, 1888 he married Minnie Carrie GORDON, and they had 11 children, 2 of whom preceded him in death. The 9 children living are: Clayton CORNELL, Mrs. Blanch JASPER of Kinmundy, Mrs. Lena CRAIG of Farina, Mrs. Mary MORGAN, Mrs. Iva WERLEY, Gordon, Glenn, Paul, and Daisy of Mattoon. Others surviving are: one sister, Mrs. Mary WHITTON of Neoga; 2 half sisters - Mrs. Pink WISHARD of Mattoon, Mrs. Sadie BLAIR of Neoga; 1 half brother - Alford ALEXANDER of Louisiana; 1 step-sister - Mrs. Maggie WALKER of Neoga; and 11 grandchildren. Brother CORNELL lived near Neoga many years, from there he moved to Marion county where he lived until 2 months ago when he moved to Mattoon. Services were held at the Baptist Church east of Neoga with interment in Drummonds Cemetery.

- Booker: Pearl YATES and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl born on Sunday.

- Elder School and Omega: George POWELL and wife are the parents of a daughter born Thursday.

- 10 years ago - Feb. 13, 1913:

- Miss Grace HAMMERS of this city and Harry H. LINDER of Centralia were married Jan. 31, 1923 in Mt. Vernon by the pastor of the M.E. Church. Mr. and Mrs. LINDER will reside in Centralia. The bride is the daughter of E. HAMMERS and wife.

Feb. 22, 1923:

- Booker: The infant babe of Frank WILKINSON and wife was buried on Tuesday.

- Booker: Grant ROGERS and Charlie HAMPSTEN passed thru this vicinity on Sunday enroute to Kinmundy for a casket for Frank CURRY’s boy who died Sunday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Harold KETTLES have a baby daughter born Feb. 19 at their home in Gary, Ind. Mrs. KETTLES was formerly Miss Eunice SEE.

March 1, 1923:

- John Benton BRASEL died on Feb. 22, 1923. He had been in poor health for about 10 years, but was confined to his bed just 2 weeks ago. He was born near Paint Rock, Ill. on Feb. 14, 1841, son of Joseph and Virginia HENDERSON BRASEL, both dying when he was just a little child. He was raised to manhood by his grandparents. He married on Feb. 10, 1873 to Celia MADDUX, and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They had 12 children, 1 dying in infancy. Living are: Edward of Wymore, Neb., Harry of Kinmundy, Maude KELL of Benton, Myrtle and May of Kinmundy, Marie BLACKBURN of Wymore, Neb., Roscoe of Riverton, Wyo., Josephine of Decatur, Bessie WEBER of Aurora, John and Leland of Kinmundy, and 22 grandchildren. He had lived at his present home for 47 years. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON has been the latest case of scarlatina to develop. This case was reported Monday and the Board of Education immediately dismissed school for the day, and the school building was thoroughly fumigated. We commend the Board of Education for this step and hope they will cause the building to be fumigated at least once a week.

- Charles WHITE, eldest son of George W. and Sadie RAY WHITE, was born in Kinmundy on March 21, 1881, and died Feb. 20, 1923, after an illness of several months. He lived, with the exception of a few years in Chicago, his entire life in Kinmundy. He married Miss Elizabeth BRAND of Chicago on Sept. 29, 1909. They had a son Glenn Charles. He leaves a wife, son, father, mother, sister - Mrs. SHRIVER, and 1 brother - Ray. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- John W. ARNOLD, son of Luke and Sarah ARNOLD, was born in Clinton Co., Ohio on July 14, 1841, and died on Feb. 18, 1923. He was the youngest of a family of 3 sisters and 6 brothers. His father, a Minister of the United Brethren Church, and died when John was 14 years old. The family remained together until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted. Coming back he located at Merristown, Ind., and married Nancy Jane WOOTEN in 1867. They had 5 children, and 2 preceded him in death - one in infancy and Leona ROGERS who died March 20, 1920. Moving from Morristown in 1872, he came to Marion county and has lived in the vicinity of Omega since that time. Interment in Lovell Grove Cemetery. His wife preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 1923.

March 8, 1923:

- Charles Luther SEE was born in Kinmundy twp. on Apr. 28, 1874 on the farm where he died Feb. 28, 1923. He was married March 3, 1915 to Miss Margaret ROPER, and they had 5 children, 2 dying in infancy. He leaves a wife; 3 small sons - Frederick, John, and Charles; an aged father, and 3 sisters - Mrs. Lida GAFFANEY of Sabastian, Florida, Mrs. Nellie MAZANEK of Alma, Carrie and Gertrude at home. His mother, brother and 2 children preceded him in death. Interment in Eastland Cemetery.

- "K.H.S. goes to the Semi-Finals in Mt. Vernon tournament; Wallops Broughton 44-9; Outplays Coulterville 19-17; Stopped by Sparta’s Fast Five 24-10."

- Mrs. Almarinda WILLIAMS died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank MELTON, in Staunton, Ill. Mrs. WILLIAMS health had been failing for some time and after the death of her husband, she had made her home with her daughters. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Almarinda TUCKER was born in Lebandon, Tenn. on Dec. 31, 1845, and died at the home of her daughter in Staunton on March 4, 1923. On Feb. 26, 1867 she married Alec WILLIAMS. After their marriage they moved from Tennessee to Fayette county, Ill. and made their home their for several years. On March 1, 1910 they moved to Kinmundy which place was their home until 1 year ago. Her husband died in Kinmundy on March 1, 1922. She leaves 7 children.

- Booker: Miss Leona WILKINSON and Jimmie TATE were married on Saturday in Salem.

- An 8 pound girl made her arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL on Tuesday.

March 15, 1923:

- J. Mack HUMPHREY and Miss Josephine SEVERNS of Bridgeport, Ill. were married at Bridgeport on Saturday. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel SEVERNS from west of Bridgeport. The couple will reside in Bridgeport.

- Elisha HAMMERS was born Sept. 19, 1854 in Alma, and moved to Kinmundy when he was about 14 years old where the remainder of his life was spent. On May 1, 1874 he married Miss Rose PRUETT and they had 4 children, 1 dying in infancy, and others are: Frank A. of Chicago, Grace HAMMERS LINDER of Elkhart, Ind., and Lloyd J. of Kinmundy. He also leaves 7 grandchildren. One granddaughter, little Dorcas Maxine, daughter of Lloyd and Alice, preceded him in death. He died on March 8, 1923, with services at the M.E. Church and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Joseph TELFORD wrote a letter to the paper defending his vote as to the action taken by the Board of Supervisors at it’s December meeting relative to the States Attorney. "There has been such a gross representation of the facts by the Marion County Democrats."

- Marian Virginia GREEN was born Aug. 13, 1897 near Kinmundy. Her father, I.D. GREEN died when she was only 6 weeks old, but she was given another father. Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD, father and mother, have nothing to regret, their love has been lavish. Everything that love, science, and money could suggest was done. The brothers and sisters surviving are: Elston GREEN of Vernon, Robb GREEN, Mrs. Mildred GREEN BROWN, and Mrs. Vivian ARNOLD FEATHER of Kinmundy. She died March 8, 1923 with services held at the M.E. Church and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Booker: Fred HANKS and wife have a new baby boy born last Thursday.

- Darrell ARNOLD had the misfortune of falling off a horse, breaking his right arm.

March 22, 1923:

- David C. BEAVER was born in Vermillion Co., Ill. on Feb. 17, 1837 and moved to Marion county at 2 years of age. He came to Kinmundy in 1864 and entered as a clerk in the P.O. Office, and after a few years formed a Mercantile Company known as JONES and BEAVERs Brothers. In the course of a few years, he moved to College Mound, Missouri where he taught music, both vocal and violin, and 5 years in the McGee College located there. He retired to Kinmundy and took charge of his father-in-law’s, L.D. BUDLONG, Business, and later clerked for several years for the late C. ROHRBOUGH. The last 20 years he’s served as township clerk. On May 1, 1866 he married Miss Eliza BUDLONG, who survives, and they had 9 children: Mrs. Myrtle MEEKS of Macon; Miss., Frank W. BEAVER of Chicago; Mrs. Kate BELL MEEKS, San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Mary Alice YATES of Chicago; and Mrs. Nellie B. NELSON of Tolono. Eddie L., Fred B., Lyda May, and Charles D. preceded him in death. Services were held at the Presbyterian Church. By request of the deceased, the choir consisted of singers from all the churches. (Note: A picture accompanied this obituary.)

- March 15, 1923 at the M.E. South Parsonage, the wedding of Mr. Fred CHANCE and Miss Naomi KENNEDY, both of this community, took place. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. CHANCE of this city. The bride is daughter of L.N. KENNEDY who resides 3 miles south of town. The couple will live in Cropsey, Ill.

- Samuel DOLL died in Elkhart General Hospital on March 8 after 3 weeks of influenza. Services were held at STEPHENS Funeral Home in Elkhart, Ind. The groom is son of George and Angeline DOLL and was born in Greensburg, Ohio on Apr. 5, 1858. The family moved to Howe, Ind. where he lived during his boyhood days. He then purchased a farm near Alma where he lived 30 years until 3 years ago when he retired and sold his farm. In Aug. 1921 he went to Elkhart, Ind., and lived there until his death. Surviving are his wife, Grace DOLL, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William FRENCH of Alma, Ill.; 3 sons - Cecil DOLL, who preceded him in death; Leslie of Memsha, Iowa who is here; and Gheron DOLL who has late been in Kentucky; 4 daughters - Misses Nona, Bable, Ruby and Ethel, all at home; 2 grandchildren; and a brother, Joseph of Howe, Ind.

- John Harry SPILLMAN, age 68, who’s home was with his son, Hiatt SPILLMAN of Elkhart, Ind., died this forenoon. Five years ago, Mr. SPILLMAN, who was a pharmacist, was stricken with paralysis, from which he never recovered, his left side being afflicted. He was born in Oakland City, Ind. on Aug. 24, 1854. Surviving him are his wife, Elizabeth SPILLMAN; 4 sons, Hiatt and Seth S. SPILLMAN, the latter a police officer, both of this city; Oliver P. of Houston; and Frost B. SPILLMAN of Alamosa, Colorado; 6 grandchildren; and Harry KIRKPATRICK was given a home by Mr. and Mrs. SPILLMAN when a child.

- Elder School and Omega: The lawsuit of Mason HANKS and Ellis DUNNE was tried before Squire CHEELEY on Wednesday. DUNNE had traded HANKS a horse for a cow, and HANKS claimed that the horse was not as DUNNE had represented to him, and he sued DUNNE for $40 damages. Both sides put several witnesses on the stand and Squire CHEELEY’s decision was in favor of DUNNE. J.A. KAGY was HANKS’ attorney and Tom MULVANEY was DUNNE’s attorney.

March 29, 1923:

- Mary Frances, daughter of Frederick and Virginia BARNETT SEE, was born in Corydon, Iowa on Oct. 25, 1854, and died March 21, 1923. She married Luster L. HULTS on Oct. 28, 1874, and 2 children preceded her in death: a son, Floyd, died 32 years ago, and a daughter, Ruby, 3 years ago. She leaves 2 daughters: Tessa, now Mrs. Ralph E. LOVELL of Wilmington, Ill.; and Ethel; 2 sisters: Mrs. Nancy E. CORLEY of Warsaw, Missouri, and Mrs. Lina PARTLOW of Odin; and a brother, Henry SEE of Kinmundy. Mrs. HULTS moved with her parents from Iowa to Marion county in 1865 when she was 11, and she has spent the greater part of her life in the vicinity of Kinmundy.

- On Sunday morning, the home of Chas. SHUFELDT residing 2 miles south of town, caught fire from a spark in the chimney. It was a good thing it was seen and extinquished, because the winds were high and there were some sick in the family.

- Mt. Carmel (crowed out last week): Mr. and Mrs. John HENKE are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby girl born last Thursday.

- Wm. GARNER received word last Thursday that his son, Clyde, died at his home in Wallace, Idaho. The funeral was held here.

- Elder School and Omega: Stanley WHITE and Marie GOOSETREE of near Iuka were married at St. Louis on Wednesday.

April 5, 1923:

- Charles BUSWELL, son of Franklin and Margaret BUSWELL, was born Aug. 12, 1861 at New Carlisle, Ohio, and died on March 29, 1923. At the age of 21 he moved with his parents to Louisville, Ill. which was his home until he came to Kinmundy where he married Miss Kate SCHOENBORN on Feb. 3, 1898. They had 5 children: Mary (Mrs. H.R. WILKINSON) of West Frankfort; Josephine (Mrs. N.M. WILLIS) of Parsons, Kansas; Stafford, Helen, and Warren; also 4 grandchildren; 2 sisters: Mrs. Ralph McDUFFEE of Chicago, and Mrs. W.C. HARNED of Flora. He was a successful businessman until he had to retire on account of his failing health. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

- On March 28 occurred the marriage of Mr. Sam HOWELL of this city and Miss Florence SEE of near Alma at the M.E. Parsonage in Effingham. The bride is daughter of O. SEE, a farmer residing near Alma. The couple will make their home just south of town.

- On March 31 at the M.E. Church South occurred the marriage of Miss Hazel BRASEL of this city to Mr. Cornelius SEBENS of Windsor, Ill. The bride is daughter of Harry BRASEL residing 2 miles north of this city. The couple will make their home at Windsor.

- Sunday afternoon the marriage of Minnie BRANSON, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. BRANSON took place at the Baptist Church in Smithville, Texas. The groom is Ted A. ELLIOTT of Dallas, who is an electrician.

- The High School was dismissed when 3 of the 5 High School teachers were quarantined with Scarlatina.

- A quiet election was held on Tuesday as the Republicans did not put out a ticket and the entire Democrat Ticket was elected. They are: C.B. SMITH - Supervisor; Frank HELM - Justice of the Peace; and Sam JONES - School Trustee.

- Mrs. Frank BEAVER of Chicago died on Tuesday. Services will be held in Chicago.

- J.W. "Doc" ATKINS, fell Saturday morning with a stroke of paralysis, paralyzing his left side. Doc was employed by C. & E.I. R.R. Co. to open the depot and flag the early morning train for passengers. It was in the depot where he fell. Some passengers came to go on the south bound train and found him lying on the floor. He was taken to his home and could not speak nor swallow but was conscious until Saturday evening. He died Monday, April 2, 1923. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. J.W., son of Nathan and Mary ATKINS, was born in Marion county on March 22, 1858. He was one of a family of 12 children. On Feb. 1, 1881 he married Miss Harriett DOOLEN who survives. He also leaves one brother, R.M. ATKINS; 3 sisters: Mrs. S.W. JONES, Misses Elizabeth and Kate ATKINS.

April 12, 1923:

- Finis HAMILTON, aged 15 years, died on April 7, 1923. He was a member of the Freshman Class of K.H.S. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. The body was under escort of the Freshman Class. Finis, eldest son of Elmert and Yetta HAMILTON, was born Aug. 7, 1907 at Loogootee. Here he spent his boyhood days, until 3 years ago when the family moved to Kinmundy. He leaves a little sister, Dorothy, and brothers - Harold and Donald. In Feb. he was stricken with illness and compelled to give up his social, school and church life.

- Mrs. Frances CRAIG celebrated her 71st birthday on April 7 at her home in this city. Children and friends gathered at her home and a beautiful birthday dinner was enjoyed by all.

- Word was received that a 7 pound boy arrived a the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kleon HAYWORTH in Shelbyville named John Charles.

April 19, 1923: No newspaper at library.

April 26, 1923:

- Mr. Leo STOCK and Miss Velma WILSON of St. Louis were married on April 17 in the Holy Trinity Church in St. Louis. The groom is youngest son of Mrs. Jennie STOCK of this city. He’s been an employee the last 3 years working in the barber trade and now has a shop of his own.

- Elder School and Omega: Uncle Tom MARLOW, an aged citizen, died Monday at the home of her niece, Mrs. Allie WHITE, at the age of 86. Services were held at Lovell Grove Church with interment in Lovell Grove Cemetery.

May 3, 1923:

- Dwight CARPENTER died at his home in Mt. Vernon. His death was caused by measles followed by pneumonia. He was a student in our high school the past 2 years, and a brother of Miss Hattie CARPENTER who taught in our school for several years.

- The Hard Road Bill has been introduced in Washington.

- On Sunday, the home of Mrs. Mary KOLB, 3 miles south of town was burned to the ground. Only the cook stove was saved. The fire was caused by a spark flying from the chimney onto the roof. Mrs. KOLB and her daughter, Anna, had just finished cleaning house and had stuffed several papers in the heating stove. Sparks from these papers were caused the fire. At present Mrs. KOLB and daughter are making home with Fred KLEISS and family.

- A boy was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Truman SPURLIN on Monday.

May 10, 1923:

- Henry BASS died a the home of his son, in Saybrook, Ill. Funeral services were held there.

May 17, 1923:

- John M. ROTAN, youngest son of John M. and Cynthia ROTAN, was born near Sparta, White Co., Tenn. on Sept. 4, 1837, and died at the home in Kinmundy on May 9, 1923. He came here in 1838, went to Missouri in 1849 where he remained until 1862, when he returned to this county. In 1867 he took up residence in Kinmundy, coming here when it was a prairie with homes far apart, is connected with the early history of our city. He married Miss Martha V. TUCKER on Jan. 25, 1870. He is survived by his wife; 1 daughter, Merti B.; and 2 sons, Louis M. and Byron J. One daughter died Nov. 13, 1902. Also leaves 6 grandchildren: Mrs. Mildred A. CROSSETT, J. FYKE, Mary M. and M. Annaton ROTAN, Fred M. and Martha N. WITWER; and 1 great-grandson, Louis Lloyd CROSSETT; and 1 brother, Randolph SMITH of Flora. He was converted in early manhood during a meeting held at the Sandy Branch Campground. Services were held at the M.E. Church South with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A good deal of commotion was caused a few days ago when J.F. HELM was ordered to stop building his house. This property located within the fire zone, and according to the city ordinance, no wood building can be built within this zone. On account of this being a stucco building, the order was restrained and a permit granted Mr. Helm to proceed.

- (From Farina News): Monday in Vandalia occurred the marriage of Kathryn Constance BRASEL to John G. HOHLT. The bride is oldest daughter of A.T. BRASEL and wife, and a graduate of Farina H.S. Class of 1916. The groom is a prosperous businessman of this city, and oldest son of Feb HOHLT and wife residing south of town. He was employed by H.A. HOWELL in his restaurant here for a number of years until he purchased the same about 1 years ago.

- Ronald "Bunk" LACEY, former Kinmundy boy, is making good. He has been reemployed as Principal of Washington School in Murphysboro and will make $200 per month.

- Leslie Clyde BLACK was born April 2, 1922 and died May 10, 1923. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BLACK. He leaves his parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles. Services were held at Sandy Branch with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert SMITH of Centralia was brought here for burial on Friday. Interment in Phillip’s Cemetery.

- The remains of Mrs. A.F. MEEKS of Macon, Miss. were brought here Sunday and laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. She was the former Miss Myrtle BEAVER. She had returned to her home attending the funeral of her father, D.C. BEAVER, about 2 months ago, and was ill when she reached home. The cause of death was influenza. She died last Saturday morning.

- Samuel MORRIS, second son of Jesse and Mary MORRIS, was born in Kinmundy twp. on Sept. 5, 1852. He was reared at the place of his birth, and lived there until about 8 years ago, when he moved to Patoka where he resided until 2 years ago, when he and his good wife came to our city to make their home. He died May 11, 1923. On Dec. 9, 1875 he married Mary E. EAGAN, and they had 2 children: Mary M. (Mrs. Ed KIDDER), who died Nov. 13, 1912; and Arvilla Stella (Mrs. Abby COX), who resides on a farm west of Kinmundy. He leaves a widow, 1 daughter and family, grandchildren; 1 brother, Wm. MORRIS; 2 sisters: Mrs. Lucy WAINSCOTT, and Mrs. Harriet JACKSON. His sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth JONES, and Mary JONES preceded him in death. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A tramp, beating his way on the northbound freight train, had the misfortune of getting both of his legs cut off near Alma on Monday. He attempted to jump out of a stock car and his overcoat caught on a nail swinging him under the train. He was picked up by the train crew and brought here and taken on the No. 22 to Effingham.

- John MOTCH fell yesterday with a stroke of apoplexy which affected his left side. He is just past the 4 score mark.

- Wm. H. BASS died at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Harve MOSE in Independence, Mo. on May 8, 1923. He was born north of Kinmundy on Oct. 7, 1850, and leaves 5 children: Chas. E. BASS of Decatur; Myron M. BASS of Ziegler; Rev. T.W. BASS of Saybrook; Mrs. Jess FERGUSON of Beardstown; and Mrs. Harve MOSE of Independence, Mo; also 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Hardin of Kinmundy, and Francis of New Florence, Mo.; and 1 sister, Mrs. James RAINEY of Shenandoah, Iowa. The body was brought back to Nokomis, Ill. for burial in Nokomis Cemetery, was laid by his first wife, Nancy A. (nee BREWNER), who died Oct. 22, 1893. One son, Isaac Elroy, died in 1892. He had been afflicted for 2 years.

- Word was received announcing the arrival of a baby daughter, Betty Jean, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SUGG in Hartsburg, Ill.

May 24, 1923:

- John MOTCH, son of Michael and Abigail MOTCH, was born on May 6, 1837 at Buffalo, NY, and came to Ill. when yet a young man. He married Sarah Alice COZAD in this city on Apr. 26, 1882, and they had 7 children: Harry, George, Forrest, Florence, Mahan, Edna, and Mildred, one daughter dying in infancy. Also, there’s 1 grandson, John Jr., living, and 2 infant daughters deceased from a former marriage. He died May 19, 1923. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- There will be an anti-saloon lecture at the M.E. Church South on Sunday, June 3 at 11 o’clock.

- Born to Harley HILL and wife a baby boy, last Saturday.

- Last Friday, Mrs. Roy ROBB, residing 2 miles south of this city, committed suicide by hanging herself in the barn while her husband was in town trading. It will be remembered that the ROBB home and their 3 month old daughter was burned just a month ago Friday. Mr. ROBB was rebuilding his house and was in town gathering some lumber. Mrs. ROBB left a note in her apron pocket written to Mrs. Chester KLINE, which is included in the obituary. After the burning of the home, Mr. and Mrs. ROBB had been living in the garage building but slept at the Chester KLINE home. Mrs. KLINE was to have gone to visit Mrs. ROBB on this morning and we believe Mrs. ROBB thought Mrs. KLINE would be the one to find her, hence the note was written to her. When Mr. ROBB got home later that morning, he went to put the horses in the barn, and found her. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Etta May SPENCER, second child of Wm. J. and Eva STORMANT SPENCER was born July 15, 1892. Etta came to Kinmundy with her parents in 1906, and graduated with the Class of 1911 from K.H.S. She taught in the rural schools of Marion county for 3 years. On Dec. 24, 1915 she married James Leroy ROBB, and they had a daughter Margaret Jean, who died as a baby. Mrs. ROBB died on May 18, 1923. This great sorrow was more than this mother seemed to bear. "Nell, you and Check have certainly been friends to me, so I wish to bid you goodbye. I can’t express how much I think of you. I don’t see how I could ever be happy again so I am going. I hate to leave, but I believe it best. Comfort Ray if you can, I would like you to do the best you can for him. He is such a good man, he is not to blame for this, or anything as you know, but, Oh! My brain will burst if I don’t. Etta."

May 31, 1923:

- Ben BALDWIN, Civil War veteran, celebrated his 90th birthday in Missouri last week. He wrote a letter to the Washingtonian to tell of his trip of 2135 miles from the Harbor in 3 days, and he wrote the letter "without glasses". He also wrote the letter to clear up an article that was printed earlier about a man in New York aged 78 years old claiming to be the oldest living veteran of the Civil War. B.E. BALDWIN is an old Kinmundian and moved away from here 26 years ago. He was raised in this community and married Miss Nettie GUNN, a sister to Mrs. W.W. NEIL. He is at present visiting at the W.W. NEIL home. He is over 90 years old and traveled over 2500 miles alone, just to see some of his old Kinmundy friends. Lieut. BALDWIN’s home at present is south of Seattle, Wash. He also visited his son in Mulberry, Kansas.

- On May 24, 1923, Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS entertained 30 of their friends and neighbors to an ice cream supper in honor of Miss Anna KOLB and their daughter, Mildred’s birthday, who’s birthdays are a day apart.

- A quiet wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. CHANCE on Sunday. The parties were Mr. Seymour CHANCE and Miss Stella BRIMBERRY. The bride is eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art BRIMBERRY. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. CHANCE, and is employed by I.C.R.R. on a signal gang. The couple will make their home in this city.

- Miss Leona ODELL of this city and Mr. Robert MARTIN of Champaign were married in Champaign on May 19. The bride’s parents resided east of this city. She graduated last year from the high school, and taught this year in the rural schools. The groom is a brakeman for the I.C.R.R. with his headquarters in Champaign, where the couple will make their home.

- Mrs. M.H. SEE and Mrs. Ed HARRELL were in St. Louis attending the graduation exercises of Nurses at St. John’s Hospital. Miss Winifred, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE were one of the 19 graduates.

- A bridal shower was given for Miss Georgia NIRIDER, who is engaged to Victor BARCRAFT, and for Miss Agnes FISHER, who is betrothed to Mr. John MAHAN.

- Decoration Day was observed Sunday afternoon at Sandy Branch Cemetery with a large crowd in attendance. Judge WILSON was the speaker of the day. Music was furnished by local talent. Several from here attended the services and many more would have attended had it not looked like rain.

June 7, 1923:

- The death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack ROBERTS of Dewitt, Mich. occurred. The mother is the former Miss Margaret ROBB of this city.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO on Tuesday was a 7 pound boy. Joseph Richard is his name and Grandpa ATKINS sure is stepping high.

June 14, 1923:

- Mr. Victor BARCROFT and Miss Georgia NIRIDER were married at the M.E. Parsonage in Salem on June 4. This was a surprise to everyone because the date set for the wedding was June 7 at Centralia and the announcements were ordered accordingly. Present at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. G.M. NIRIDER and Miss Ruth ROHRBOUGH of this city. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. NIRIDER. She is a life long Kinmundian, and a graduate of the K.H.S. Class of 1918, teaching in the primary schools last year. The groom is from Keysport, Ill., that is to say his parents live in Keysport, but he has been a resident of our city the last 2 years, having been principal of our High School the past 2 years. The couple will make their home just east of the I.C.R.R. station.

- Mr. Lloyd THRASHER of Chicago and Miss Mary MORGAN of this city were married in St. Louis on June 9. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN of this city. She is a graduate of the K.H.S. Class of 1916, and graduated from S.I.N.U., teaching in Decatur the past 2 years. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. THRASHER of Wheatland, Wyo., and a one-time Supt. of our school, and later Marion County Supt. of Schools. He graduated from U. of I. last year and has been employed as a bank auditor in Chicago the past year. The couple will make their home in Chicago.

- Miss Marie Catherine MOORE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry MOORE of Chicago, and Warren Arthur SCHULTZ occurred on May 23rd at the Normal Park M.E. Church. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph of Chicago, but formerly of Kinmundy.

- W.W. McCLURE moved his household goods to Salem. Mac has the position of relief agent for the C. & E.I. R.R. Co., and will make his headquarters in Salem. While working in Arcola, Ill. last week, a gang was robbing the post office at that place, and he happened along about that time. The robbers seized him, relieved him of $57, and then made him stand in front of the post office while they completed their work. After a little while, a few citizens gathered on the opposite side of the street and opened fire to frighten the robbers away. This put Mac in a terrible predicament but he came through without a scratch.

June 21, 1923:

- The secret romance, marriage and honeymoon of a former U.S. Senator and a widow of 20 years his junior came to light yesterday, "because" as the bride explained, "friends talked to much and surmised too much". The former senator is Richard F. PETTIGREW, 75 years old of Sioux Falls, S.D. His wife formerly was Mrs. Roberta SMITH of Chicago. Mrs. PETTIGREW was formerly Miss Bert HOLLISTER of this city.

- Born to Chris MEYERS and wife, a baby girl born Thursday.

June 28, 1923:

- June 23rd at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth FISHER occurred the marriage of her daughter, Frances Agnes, to Mr. John W. MAHAN. The bride is youngest daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth FISHER. She is a graduate of our high school, was a student at the U.of I. at Champaign for 3 terms, and attended business college at Des Moines, Iowa. Since then she has been employed with Rev. Dr. GAMMON of Chicago, and the past term a teach in our local high school. The groom is eldest son of Mrs. Jennie MAHAN and grew to manhood in our city. Since the organization of the WITWER-TATE Grocery Co. in Centralia, he has been it’s manager.

- John HAMMER sold his barber shop to Bob EASLEY of Salem. John and his family will move to Decatur where he will again engage in the barber trade.

- Edler School and Omega: Earl VANDEVEER and Fay BEARD of here were married on Wednesday. Both are school teachers.

- Sunday afternoon, J.A. BROOM, wife and family of Alma were motoring between here and Farina when their car skidded into a ditch throwing their 3 month old out of the car and fatally injuring her. The road between Farina and Kinmundy has been graded and very deep ditches were made. Mr. BROOM stopped the car, jumped out, and ran back and picked up the baby, and turned around and went back to Kinmundy to the home of Dr. Hugo MILLER. An exam was made and found that the skull had fractured and she was bruised. The baby died at the home of Dr. MILLER. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church in Alma with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. Mrs. BROOM was formerly Miss Nellie SCHERMERHORN, and Mr. BROOM is employed as an agent at the I.C. Station in Alma. Martha Arabelle BROOM, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM was born March 19, 1923 and died June 24, 1923.

- At a meeting at the Board of Education, they passed a resolution to build an Auditorium and Physical Education building on either the NEIL lot or on the school grounds. The proposition will be put before the public July 14.

- Meacham News: Elston GREEN and family spent Saturday night at the COX home and Sunday Mr. and Mrs. COX entertained their children and Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD to a birthday dinner in honor of Miss Audrey’s 10th birthday.

- O. SEE and daughters, Carrie, and Gertrude, attended the wedding of Miss Ethel GRAY of Tonti twp. to Mr. Rolland DAVIDSON of Chicago on June 24. Miss GRAY is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. GRAY. Mr. DAVIDSON is a mail clerk in the Jefferson terminal in Chicago.

July 5, 1923:

- Wm. ROADMAN sold his restaurant to Mrs. Kate BUSWELL on Monday. Thos. SCHOENBORN of Kingsley, Iowa is going to help run it.

- NELMS vs. BARBEE: Mr. George BARBEE of Hoquiam, Wash. came on Thursday to visit his brother, Lee BARBEE. He also came to pay an honest debt contract 35 years ago. He has been gone from Kinmundy for 20 years without a visit back to his hometown on account of this debt, but he came with the full intention of paying it. When he arrived he changed his mind because of the fact that no sooner did he get into our city, he was "dunned" for the debt. As George is one of the many thousands that does not like to receive "duns", he absolutely received to pay the debt. Thirty-five years ago he and John NELMS traded a pair of skates while skating on the Mill Pond, and George was to give John 2 cents boot which is the debt that remains unpaid. Of course John immediately brought suit against him for the debt and accrued interest. After a lot of red tape, a new set of officers were appointed to hear the case. W.W. NEIL was appointed as Justice of the Peace, and Jake WILLIAMS as Constable. John has employed E.C. HUGGINS as his lawyer, and as George is connected with a large lumber corporation, he has employed a corporation lawyer of Chicago, Hon. Lut WILBURN. Both lawyers have agreed to take on the case on a commission basis. The date set for the trial was Friday, July 6, and as the weather was extremely warm at the time the case was set, permission was granted to hold the trial in the band stand at 8 p.m. The authorities did not think about the concerts being given on this night when they set the trial, but the band has agreed to stop playing long enough for the trial. It was not supposed to be such a public affair, but as this is the date set, this is the date it is to be held unless the debt is settled before then. We understand the F.O. GRISSOM is John’s star witness. Although Mr. GRISSOM did not know there was a place such as Kinmundy until about 15 years afterward, he swears he was present at the time the trade was made. Another witness, Perry NEAVILLE, swears he was there and if he was not he should have been because he did not like for anyone to go skating on the mill pond unless he was there. Both lawyers and clients have been very busy all week collecting data.

- Elder School and Omega: News reaching here last week that Wesley SWAVILEY of near Kilbourn had been killed in an auto accident. He was a former resident of this neighborhood.

July 12, 1923:

- Note: The "Spitting on the Sidewalk" ordinance is being violated to a very great extent. Let this be a warning because hereafter the offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. -

R.L. INGRAM, Mayor.

- An address was printed on the history of Marion county which was given by C.E. HULL at the Centennial Celebration in Salem on July 4 as copied from The Republican.

- Editorials were written as to the location of the new school building.

- Elder School and Omega: Van D. BROWN of Siloam Territory died on Thursday aged 75 years 10 months and 10 days. He leaves a wife, 5 daughters, and several grandchildren. He was widely known for his veternary services. The funeral was held Sunday at the home after which interment was made in Lovell Grove Cemetery.

July 19, 1923:

- Marie O’BRIEN wrote a thank you concerning the contest she won for most popular young lady. It was a close race between she an Miss Florence BUNDY.

- James Alexander TAIT was born Oct. 25, 1857 and died June 20, 1923. The greater part of his life spent in Ill. He married Frances E. WILLIAMS of Farina, Ill. and they had 3 children: Mrs. Olive CATLIN of Hammond, Ill.; a daughter who died in infancy; and Sebron L. TAIT of Mullinville, Kan. The deceased moved to Mullinville, Kan. 12 years ago. Interment in United Brethern Church Cemetery in Mullinville. He was a brother to Mrs. George MESSER of this city, and he was a former Kinmundy citizen.

- July 3, 1923 was the birthday of Mrs. Allie CATLIN, who is oldest daughter of Mr. J.A. TAIT, the friends decided to have reunion of all the relatives within reach before they separated to go to their homes at different places.

- The marriage of Zula BABCOCK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. BABCOCK, to Mr. Thomas E. CADZOW occurred on June 7 in Asotin, Wash. The couple will make their home in St. Maries, Idaho.

- The History of Marion county is continued in this week edition.

- Lyle TOMILINSON met with an auto accident, and both arms were broken in 2 places. He is at a St. Louis hospital.

July 26, 1923:

- Lorene HAMMERS was born in Kinmundy on July 2, 1888 and died July 21, 1923. She married Henry L. MARTIN on Jan. 15, 1906 and they had one son, and then married Pano YOVAN on April 19, 1923. She was taken to a hospital in Kankakee on June 4, coming home from the hospital on June 19. She leaves a husband, one son, Raymond MARTIN; 2 brothers - Bert and William HAMMERS of Kinmundy; and 1 sister - Mrs. S.M. HAGENSEE of Chicago. Services were held at the M.E. Church South with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- O.P. VALLOW stirred up quite a commotion in the community on Monday when he disappeared. He makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. James WILLIAMS, 3 miles north of town, and was in the habit of taking short trips but would always return. The searching party searched that evening, but gave up until daybreak. They thought he had gone into a patch of 80 acres of woods just south of the home. He was found about 2:00 p.m. the next day just east of the Harvey Gray Cemetery by James WILLIAMS.

- James C. BROOM and family of Edgewood, John A. BROOM and family of Alma, E.G. DILLON and family of Meacham twp.; and Miss Irene SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm spent Wednesday here with their mother and grandmother, Mrs. Sarah DILLON, in honor of her 85th birthday.

Aug. 2, 1923:

- Dr. Scott M. DAVIDSON, sold his dentist office here to Dr. LANDERS sometime ago and will locate in Chicago. Mrs. DAVIDSON entertained the "band boys" last Friday to a farewell party, which was a total surprise for her husband who is a member of the band.

- Mrs. Alonzo BAYLISS and little daughter and Abe BAYLIS Sr. returned Wednesday from Illiopolis where they had gone to attend the funeral of the former’s grandfather.

- Mr. and Mrs. Edward LOWE of Collinsville have a baby daughter born on July 25 named Nancy Emmogene.

- St. Peter: Ben LOTZ and wife, after a honeymoon trip to Beardstown, returned last week.

- St. Peter: Talk about someone being happy. Oh boy! You should see Wm. HENRICHS since the arrival of a big Republican baby girl born last Saturday but we hope by the time she is old enough to vote she will vote Democrat.

Aug. 9, 1923:

- The sad news of the sudden death of Our Beloved President Warren G. HARDING prompts us to stand with bowed heads. Friday will be observed as the day of mourning.

- Pat COUGHLIN, a farmer residing east of town, had a narrow escape Saturday. He started home from town and was about to drive up on the railroad crossing when he saw a freight train approaching. He quickly stopped his team but as the team was near the train they became frightened. Pat was thrown from the buggy landing on a concrete walk. He was unconscious temporarily, but a the doctors office he came to. He ended up only having bruises on his face.

- A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. L.E. WORMLEY of DuQuoin on July 22.

- A quiet wedding was solemnized at the home of J.T. SMITH on Monday. The contracting parties were Mr. Howard WILLIAMS of Staunton and Mrs. Emma MALONE of this city. Both are well known in this community. The groom is son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.A. WILLIAMS, and the bride is the daughter of Mrs. H.W. SEE Sr. The couple will make their home in Staunton.

- St. Peter: Fred ARNDT, a bachelor and an old resident of Fayette county, died suddenly last Thursday while enroute to his sisters, Mrs. LEONARD, accompanied by Fred DORR. Burial was in Farina Cemetery.

- St. Peter: Mrs. A.F. MORRIS, after a short illness, passed away on Thursday on Aug.2. Services at West Point Church with interment in Faulk Cemetery. Mrs. MORRIS was a sister to Esly and Harm NIRIDER.

- St. Peter: Susan, wife of James GREEN residing near Farina, died on Saturday aged 83 years, 1 month and 29 days. She was one of the old settlers of LaClede twp. She leaves a host of children and grandchildren.

- Meacham News: T.J. WADE and wife, Rob GREENs and Mrs. Glenn ROBB and sons were entertained to dinner Sunday at the Dillon home in honor of Mildred’s birthday.

Aug. 16, 1923:

- MORGAN Reunion: For the first time in 40 years all of the family of 9 have been together. Last Wednesday they met at the home of Mrs. Bettie NICHOLS near Zion. There are at present time in the family, besides the 9 mentioned, 35 children and more than 40 grandchildren, 40 of whom ate dinner at the reunion. Present were: Miss Sally MORGAN, the eldest who is 71 years old, and Eli MORGAN, the youngest who is 54. Others present: George W. MORGAN of Wheatland, Okla.; Nathan H. MORGAN of Shawnee, Okla.; Hon. John R. MORGAN, member of the 24th General Assembly of Colo. of Montrose, Colo.; Wes H. MORGAN of Kinmundy; Betty NICHOLS of Patoka Prairie; Mathilda FRENCH, Dep. County Assessor of Gillette, Wyoming; James T. MORGAN, merchant and businessman of Gillette, Wyoming. Six boys and 3 girls are still living and never a death in the family, a record that is hard to beat. This is one of the oldest families in the county. B.A. MORGAN, the father having settled here upon land and taken from the government for $1.25. The mother was the daughter of Hardy FOSTER, the first settler in Foster twp. and after whom it was named.

- Born to Emil MEYER and wife on Aug. 15, 1923, a 9 pound girl.

- Born to Robert GREEN and wife, a 9 pound boy born Aug. 13.

- Elder School and Omega: Mr. Alvin RHOTAN and Mrs. Kate SOUTHWARD were married on last Wednesday.

- St. Peter: Next Sunday, Mr. MIRROW of Evanston, Ill. will be married to Agnes SCHWACHMIER, daughter of Rev. SCHWACHMIER of St. Paul.

- St. Peter: Miss Jane FORD, who has been ill for some time, is rapidly improving and will soon be able to return to her home from the St. Louis Sanitarium.

Aug. 23, 1923:

- (From the St. Louis Globe Democrat): Raymond Francis BARBEE, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred BARBEE of O’Fallon, Ill. was drowned in Ogle’s Creek about 2 miles north of O’Fallon on Sunday. The BARBEE boy with 6 other boys walked to the swimming hole. Raymond walked out on a log that extended over the water with the intention of diving. Before he had a chance to jump he slipped from the log and fell into the water. It is believed that he was seized with a cramp for he did not reappear. The boy was born in Kinmundy on July 5, 1910. He is survived by his parents, and several brothers and sisters. Services were held at the Baptist Church with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

- Mrs. J.C. LEE received a letter from a naval recruiting office about his son who joined the navy.

- Mr. Clinton SMITH and Miss Ruth KENNEDY were married in Salem on Friday. On the return home they were greeted by about 75 of their friends and of course a charivari followed. The bride is daughter of Lem KENNEDY, residing south of town, and the groom is son of Rev. and Mrs. J.T. SMITH of this city. The couple will make their home in this city.

- Miss Edith CRAIN and Raymond MULVANEY, both of Meacham twp., motored to Salem on Saturday where they were married by J.P. STONECIPHER. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John CRAIN and was reared in this community. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley MULVANEY and has lived in Meacham twp. all his life. The wedding was attended by Mrs. Sarah MULVANEY, mother of the groom, and Mrs. Reuben CRAIN, sister of the bride.

Aug. 30, 1923:

- Ida Laura CONANT GRAY, daughter of John Berry and Mary Elizabeth CONANT, was born July 19, 1872 and died Aug. 24, 1923. She married James Melvin GRAY on July 4, 1894 and they had 4 children: Emmit, Denton, Beth and Fred. Denton and Fred preceded their mother in death - Denton died in infancy and Fred died at age 20. She leaves a husband, son - Emmett, daughter - Beth, and foster daughter - Dot; 5 grandchildren, brothers and sisters. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The marriage of Miss Fern BRADLEY to Mr. Edward Davie McGUIRE of Makanda, Ill. took place in this city at the home of the bride’s parents, Rev. and Mrs. Wm. R. BRADLEY on Aug. 28. Following the ceremony, breakfast was served for the guests.

- On Aug. 29, Aunt Harriett DEW celebrated her 85th birthday. Twenty-five of her relatives, mostly nephews and nieces, came with well filled baskets.

- (From the Sandoval Independent): Wm. ROADMAN of Alma, former owner of the west side bakery, has purchased the business from R.S. JONES and took possession this week.

- Born to Ruben ALPHIN and wife on Monday, a fine baby girl.

- E.C. HUGGINS and family departed Monday for their new home in Leroy, Ill. where Dick will practice law. He has practiced law in Kinmundy for over 20 years.

- Mrs. Alonzo BAYLISS and little daughter, Lorraine, left Wednesday for Decatur to attend the funeral of a brother-in-law.

Sept. 6, 1923:

- A letter was printed that was sent from T.M. SPYKER of Delphos, Kansas.

- Wedding bells chimed on Aug. 25 at Sibley, Ill. when Miss Lois KLINE of Kinmundy and Mr. Earl GREENWOOD of Sibley, Ill. were married. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. KLINE of near Kinmundy, she’s a graduate of the K.H.S. Class of 1920, since successfully teaching in both Marion and Ford counties. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. William GREENWOOD of Sibley, and is a farmer in Ford county. The couple will live near Sibley.

- Mrs. Enolia FOSTER WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claybourn FOSTER, was born on Jan. 17, 1872 in Foster twp. in Marion Co., and died Sept. 1, 1923. She married Sylvester WILLIAMS and they had 2 children. She became afflicted, almost being an invalid 19 years ago. She leaves a husband, one daughter - Flossie COLE, and one son - Relzia WILLIAMS, her father, 2 brothers - Charley and Emery FOSTER, and one sister - Mrs. Fannie THOMAS. The funeral was held at the Sandy Branch Campground with interment in the cemetery.

- Glenn ROBB of Salem, formerly of this city, had the misfortune of having his car stolen at the Marion Co. Fair at Alma on Saturday.

- A dinner was enjoyed Sept. 2 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. BAGOTT, the occasion being in honor of Mrs. BAGOTT’s birthday anniversary.

- Shriver: Mrs. Cecil LANE has been employed to teach at Wilson School the coming year.

- Grandma REBBE, who has been visiting her children in St. Louis, took ill about 2 months ago at her son’s, and died last Friday and was buried in St. Louis on Monday. Fred REBBE and children, and Mrs. Gust FELLER attended the funeral.

- Martin HUSSEBROCK thinks very big over the new and only boy that arrived last week. There are 5 girls in the family and each will have a brother now.

Sept. 13, 1923:

- Mr. and Mrs. Earl LEWIS of Sesser are the parents of a baby girl born Sept. 9. The mother is the former Miss Zola HAMILTON.

- The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. MAHAN has been quite sick caused from eating screen wire.

- Mrs. Mabelle BLAKESLEE, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward G. FORSHEE, former residents of Kinmundy, was married on Sept. 2 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. GAMMON in Indianapolis, Ind. to the Hon. George Ira KISNER of Terre Haute, Ind.

- The tipple and many other buildings of the Odin mine buried Monday. This has caused the mine to suspend operation for quite awhile.

- While Mayor INGRAM was roaming the highways and byways of the city of Kinmundy last Sunday evening, he discovered a few bottles of booze hid in the weeds in an uptown alley. He moved the booze to another place and then hid himself to await the coming of the owner. In a little while Clayton MESSER came to get the booze and when he found it was gone, he began to stampede a little, but Mayor INGRAM soon consoled him. Clayton claimed the booze belonged to him and it was not very long before Clayton was on his way to Salem. In a little while Sheriff VOGT made another trip to Kinmundy and with the assistance of Mayor INGRAM raided the residence of James BOUGHERS. There they found every vessel in the house filled with working mash. Jim was still in bed but they soon got him out and took him to Salem. They could not find the still. MESSER and BOUGHERS appeared before Judge WILSON on Monday. MESSER was fined $400 and give 90 days at the State Farm. BOUGHERS was fined $800 and given 90 days at the State Farm in Vandalia. Alderman A.C. DUNLAP assisted Mayor INGRAM.

- George Able BAYLISS, youngest son of Geo. and Caroline BASS BAYLISS, was born Nov. 12, 1887 on a farm 1 miles west of Kinmundy, and died in Decatur, Ill. on Sept. 9, 1923. He married Miss Jennie NICHOLS on Nov. 24, 1907 and they had 2 children - Xelpho and Dorothy. The wife and mother died Nov. 27, 1914. He married Miss Lela MULVANEY on Sept. 25, 1920 and they had one son, Gerald. George was employed as a car inspector in the Wabash yards in Decatur. He leaves a wife, a little son, Gerald, Xelpho and Dorothy; 2 brothers, Elmer of Salem, and Alonzo of Kinmundy. The body arrived on Nov. 22 and was accompanied by his wife and brothers, and taken to the home of Alonzo, the old home where he had spent the greater part of his life. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Born to Chas. COUTNEY and wife, a 9 pound baby girl on Tuesday.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ROBB, a 10 pound boy born on Tuesday.

Sept. 20, 1923:

- John Shull SEE, son of John and Mary SEE, was born April 21, 1858 and died Sept. 12, 1923. He married Sarah Elizabeth WILKINSON on Oct. 10, 1883 and they had 6 children, Oscar Clyde having preceded him in death. Shull had been a sufferer for almost a year. He leaves a wife; 5 children: Chesley Paul SEE, Hazel Harriet MILLICAN of Omega; Edgar Mason SEE of Ellsworth, Ill.; John Shull and Mary Eva at home with their mother; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Mason SEE of Tuckerman, Ark.; a sister, Bertie POWNELL of Canton, Okla. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Maria CLAYTOR LILLY died suddenly of typhoid fever at her country home at Servilleta, New Mexico. She lived in Kinmundy for 50 years.

- The Marion County Institute will be held in Kinmundy this year from Sept. 27-29.

- St. Peter: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver GLUESENKAMP, a fine baby boy. The mother is getting along fine and the father feels better over the arrival of new cashier for the F.M. State Bank.

- St. Peter: Grandma LENZ, aged 79 years who has had cancer of the bowels, died Sunday and buried at St. Paul. She leaves 2 daughters - Martha and Anne.

Sept. 27, 1923:

- On Sept. 22, 1923 occurred the marriage of Miss Bessie Leon SEXTON to Mr. Ray F. HARGRAVE, performed by F.O. FANNON at his home in Centralia, in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. James T. SEXTON. The bride is daughter of Mr. James T. SEXTON and has always lived in Kinmundy. She is a graduate of K.H.S. and has been employed in the P.O. The groom is son Mr. Thos. HARGRAVE and is also a Kinmundy product. He is employed with WITWER-TATE Wholesale Co. at Centralia. At present they will make their home in this city with the bride’s father owning to the continued ill health of Mr. SEXTON.

- Virgil F. HOWE, a former Kinmundian, passed away at his home in Decatur in Saturday, and the body was brought here on Monday and taken to the Tom PHILLIPS home. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Virgil Floyd HOWE, son of Wm. J. and Emma HOWE, was born in Marion county near Iuka on July 29, 1879. He married Nora Myrtle PHILLIPS on July 25, 1904, and had one child born, William Floyd, who died in infancy. Virgil died Sept. 22, 1923 at Macon Hospital in Decatur. He leaves wife, his father, a brother, Forrest W. HOWE, a sister, Mrs. Croy HOWARD.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.H. JACKSON went to Sandoval on Friday to answer a message announcing the death of their son-in-law, Morris W. GILLEY of that place.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred WITWER of Danville are parents of a baby daughter named Patricia Ann.

Oct. 4, 1923:

- John Bennett CARMAN was born near Kinmundy on Jan. 28, 1840 and died in Odin on Sept. 25, 1923. He married Mary J. HALEY on June 4, 1872, and they had 9 children: Bennett, Josephine, Estella, Isarh, Harry, George, Grover, Rue, and an infant, of whom 4 preceded him in death - Josephine, Harry, George, and the infant. He leaves his wife, 5 children, 3 brothers, 1 sister, 22 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Oct. 11, 1923:

- O.N. TYNER celebrated his 81st birthday in Mason on Tuesday. Uncle "T" says he’s good for 81 more years and we believe him.

- St. Peter: After a long illness, Mr. Thev GERHARDT died at his home near St. Peter on Friday, and was buried at St. Peter Cemetery. He leaves a widow, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. He was 74 years, 9 months, and 4 days.

- Helen and Mary MAXEY spent the weekend in Mt. Vernon attending the funeral of their uncle, Allen MAXEY.

Oct. 18, 1923:

- Blancette Jefferson BAILEY was born in Elizabethtown, Ky. on Feb. 9, 1843 and died Oct. 13, 1923. He married Jemima E. HOLSTEN on March 4, 1866, and she died April 5, 1877. They had 3 children: Thomas G., Ada Loyd, and William E. On July 3, 1881 he married Victoria McGEE and they had 5 children: Cora V., Grover D., Bert S., Bernie R., and Pearlie May, all who survive except 2, who died in infancy. He leaves his wife, Victoria BAILEY, 6 children: Thomas G. BAILEY of Paragould, Ark.; W.E. BAILEY of Coltewah, Tenn.; Cora V. HECKLEBECK of Beckemeyer, Ill.; and Bernie R. BAILEY at home; 2 sisters: Miss Lucetta BAILEY of Louisville, Ky., and Mrs. Susan TOLSON of Washington, Ind. Services were held at the M.E. Church South with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- At her parent’s home in Kinmundy on Oct. 16, 1923, Miss Gladys, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. SMITH, formerly of Moccasin, married Ivan HOLLINGSEAD, son of J.J. HOLLINGSEAD of Altamont.

- The body of L.B. BRANSON was brought here for burial on Wednesday from Chicago where he died at the home of his son, Anson, on Oct. 15. The body was taken to the home of his son, Harve, and from there to Meacham Baptist Church where funeral services were held. Interment was in Elder Cemetery. He had been a resident of Meacham twp. for many years and after the death of his wife he moved to the home of his son, Anson, who lived in Meacham twp. until a few months ago when he moved his family to Chicago. Death was caused by heart disease.

- At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry JASPER was the scene of a wedding when their only daughter, Alice, married Arthur HOEHNE, son of Mrs. Henry HOEHNE, residing west of St. Peter. They were married on the 20th anniversary of the bride’s parents, and the 45th anniversary of the bride’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SCHNEIDER.

- Booker: The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl YATES of Alma was buried at Elder Cemetery on Wednesday. They were formerly of this place.

Oct. 25, 1923:

- Ben F., son of Benj. F. and Mrs. Ida JOHNSON, was born in Kechi, Kansas on Nov. 3, 1889, one of a family of 9 children, and died Oct. 21, 1923. One sister preceded him in death. He leaves 4 brothers: Louis and Buford of Harrington, Kan., J.B. of Pratte, and Cecil of Kechi; 3 sisters: Mrs. W.H. WARREN of Chanute, Kan., and Mrs. H.M. CHAMNESS, and Mrs. C.C. HAMMOND of Wichita; father and mother, devoted wife; and a long son. By occupation he was a railroader having the position of conductor, and he fought in the world war. He married June 21, 1920 to Miss Pauline Helen NEIL of Kinmundy, and they had one son, Ben Neil. He came to Kinmundy with his wife and son a few months ago. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Lewis Bryant, son of Luke and Malinda BRANSON, was born Feb. 15, 1840 near Raleigh, N.C., and died Oct. 16, 1923 at the home of his son, Anson, of Chicago, aged 83 years, 8 months, and 1 day. He married Ann Eliza SEBRING, and they had 5 sons, all living: Sanford of Linton, Ind.; Anson of Chicago; Marion of Smithville, Texas; Robert of Rantoul; and Harve of Kinmundy. He leaves 1 brother and 1 sister, 19 grandchildren, and 8 grandchildren. The 15th day of the month seems to have been the eventful day in his life as he was born on the 15th, enlisted in the service for war on the 15th, taken prisoner on the 15th, released on the 15th, discharged from the service on the 15th, married on the 15th, and he always said he’d die on the 15th, but he died in the early hours of the 16th. Services were held at the Baptist Church in Meacham twp.

- Last Monday in Salem at the M.E. Parsonage occurred the marriage of Mr. Sam REESE and Miss Elva KIDDER, both of this city. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Georgia REESE. The bride is granddaughter of Mrs. Pauly MORRIS, and has made her home here since the death of her grandfather, the late Samuel MORRIS.

- On Friday, Mrs. W.C. INGRAM received the word that the lingering illness of her brother, Lemon F. BOOTHE, of Spokane, Wash., terminated in death on Oct. 18. Mr. BOOTHE was a Kinmundy boy, and for a few years he was a merchant in our town. He married Miss Emma POWER who died several years ago, and leaves 3 children: James W. of Spokane; Power of Calif.; and Stella of New York; and 2 sisters: Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of this city, and Mrs. G.W. GILMORE of St. Louis.

- Charles HOLLISTER died at Moberly, Mo. "Tod" left Kinmundy in early manhood, and was born in Grayville, Ill. some 45 years ago, and died Oct. 3, 1923. He leaves 2 sisters: Mrs. Mable MOYER of Pueblo, Colo., and Mrs. Bert SMITH of Chicago; and 1 brother, Harry HOLLISTER of Graham, Texas.

- Our electric lights now burn all night. All night services is just another step in progress in our little city.

- Born to Mrs. Luther BARNES, a baby girl on Oct. 19th.

- Friday being Alvin RHOTAN’s 73rd birthday, Marshall HEISTAND and Clabe SIPES and families spent the day with him.

- A 6 pound boy was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette CHAPMAN in Muncie, Ind. on Oct. 20.

Nov. 1, 1923:

- Oct. 23 was the birthday of Miss Thelma DOWNS, and a number of the members of the American Legion Auxillary met at her home.

- A girl was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Verchial TROUT on Tuesday.

- Elder School and Omega: Guy SHAFFER and wife are the proud parents of a baby boy.

- Shriver: Ed AUMILLER’s baby received serious burns from hot coffee.

- On Sunday, Oct. 27, the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the church at ARNOLD Chapel was celebrated. Our District Superintendent, Bro. WHITESIDE, was present and delivered an address suitable for the occasion and uplifting to the whole community. In the afternoon we had love feast and short talks by Bro. BRADLEY, Bro. WATSON, of Alma, and Bro. CARLETON, of ARNOLD Chapel. There was a large crowd in attendance and the services were enjoyed by all as it brought back many memories of the past. While all of the original members are gone, it makes the present members feel like carrying one. May God’s richest blessings rest on ARNOLD Chapel. One who was there.

- Ensign M.E. ARNOLD writes on Sept. 14 to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. ARNOLD of Kimberly. He tells of earthquakes in Yokohama, Japan as he was one of the two naval officers assigned to the work of rescue in Yokohama. A large number of people were killed in this earthquake. This article was published by the "Daily News" of Twin Falls, Idaho. He is the grandson of Mrs. Susan HOLT, also a nephew of John HOLT, J.T. ARNOLD, and Mrs. Mrs. Elizabeth DOOLEN from the Kinmundy area.

Nov. 8, 1923:

- Thelma Helen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd CRAIG, of Kinmundy, and Mr. Vernon SIPES of Salem, were married at the M.E. Parsonage in Salem on Oct. 27, 1923. The bride is a graduate of Salem high school. The groom is youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. SIPES of Salem, an efficient and trustworthy employee of the government in Chicago, for which place they departed the following afternoon.

- St. Peter: Miss Janah FORD, who has been in St. Louis for some time for her health, returned home feeling fine.

- St. Peter: Mr. Wm. MEYER at W. St. Paul, one of the oldest settlers of that community, died after a short illness at the age of 81. He leaves a widow and several daughters and sons.

- The canary bird of Mrs. Chas. VALLOW died on Monday morning. This bird was about 14 years old.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. MEYER west of town, a baby boy yesterday.

Nov. 15, 1923:

- Emily BURTON was born July 8, 1848 in Piqua Co., Ohio and married Christopher SHAFFER on Jan. 31, 1870, after which came to their present home where she has spent the last 50 years of her life. Mrs. Shaffer died Nov. 11, 1923. She had been an invalid for many years. Funeral services were held at her home in Meacham twp. with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Nov. 10 at the home of Rev. Monroe SMITH of Patoka occurred the wedding of Raymond C. MAULDING of this city, and Miss Merle LUCAS of Patoka. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank LUCAS of near Patoka where she grew to womanhood. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MAULDING of Patoka, and is employed at present as third trick man at the I.C. Tower. The couple will make their home in this community.

Nov. 22, 1923:

- Louiza HANKS was born in Indiana on Dec. 16, 1849 and died Nov. 18, 1923. She came to Marion county as a small child, and married James FOGERSON on Oct. 15, 1874. They had 4 children, who preceded her in death. She leaves a husband; 2 brothers - Arland HANKS of Mo., and James Steward HANKS of near Miletis; 2 sisters - Lucindy HOCKADAY of Clay Co. and Alice C. SMITH of near Omega. Interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- St. Peter: George DIPPOLD and wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last Saturday. A large crowd was present.

- St. Peter: On Nov. 13 a large crowd gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry YUND to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary.

Nov. 29, 1923:

- James A. RENNIE was born in Aramah Co., Ireland on Sept. 30, 1837, son of Thomas and Mary STRATTON RENNIE, who’s family consisted of 3 sons: William J., James A., and Samuel RENNIE. James came to America with his parents and brothers in 1847 and settled in Rhode Island, later moving to Boston, Mass., then back to Provdence, Rhode Island working in cotton factories. In 1850 the family moved to Perry Co., Ind. where he engaged in the cotton mills. After working her a short time he went to work for the U.S. carrying horseback mail. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the Indiana Volunteers. His father was disabled in services and went home to die, and his older brother had his limb shattered making him a cripple and he went home. After leaving the service, James married Mariah E. FULKENBARRA of Perry Co., Ind., and they had 3 children: Samuel G., James L., and Elizabeth RENNIE, the 2 sons and their mother passing away. In 1877 he married Eliza Ellen BASS of Marion Co., Ill. having moved to this place, and they had 3 children: Rosa M., Gertrude, and Oscar, the 2 daughters having preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, and one son, Oscar, who he was residing with at the time of his death. Mr. RENNIE moved from Kinmundy in 1918 to Shenandoah, Iowa having retired from his farm. Funeral services were held in Shenandoah, Iowa, with interment in Shenandoah Cemetery.

- Meacham News: Mr. and Mrs. Ed DILLON entertained to supper Sunday evening the BALKE and WADE families in honor of T.J.’s and Percy’s birthdays.

- Booker: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie TATE of Salem. Mrs. TATE is formerly Miss Leona WILKINSON of this vicinity.

- Booker: Ira MERRITT and wife had a little son born at their home and Ray JAMISON and wife a new baby girl.

Dec. 6, 1923:

- On Oct. 7, 1923 at the Christian Church in Murphysboro occurred the marriage of Miss Mary INGRAM, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM and Mr. Claude WRIGHT of Carbondale. She graduated from the K.H.S. class of 1922 and from S.I.N.U. in Carbondale in the class of 1923. She will continue to teach in Belleville. The groom is a world war veteran and employed as principal of Pomona High School.

- St. Peter: Last Thursday occurred the marriage of Henry KRUSE to Martha LENZ both of near St. Paul. W. KASTNER served as best man and Miss Sophia RUBIN was the maid of honor. The newlyweds have been neighbors since childhood.

- St. Peter: Fred HASSEBRUCK, a former resident of here but for the past few years a merchant in Centralia, died suddenly with a stroke of paralysis.

- St. Peter: Miss Emilia SHAFFER married to Mr. DUNN of near Mason last Monday.

- Booker: Mr. and Mrs. Orien BUTTS announce the arrival of a baby girl born Tuesday.

Dec. 13, 1923:

- Mr. H.H. ELLIOT of Carlyle and Mrs. Nora PRUETT of Kinmundy were married at the M.E. parsonage in Staunton, Ill. on Dec. 6. He is a retired mining engineer and has for the past 5 years made his home in Carlyle. Mrs. PRUETT is a well known Kinmundy lady. The couple will reside in Salem.

Dec. 20, 1923:

- Phoebe Ellen CHEADLE (nee McKEE), widow of Richard CHEADLE, was born in Union Co., Ill. on Feb. 23, 1833. She was married June 9, 1857 at Pontoosnc, Ill. and they had 5 children: Joseph R. of Kinmundy, Charles B. of Joliet, Hattie L. KASER of Britton, Okla., C.M. CHEADLE of Asheville, N.C., and Thomas A. CHEADLE of Joliet, Ill., all of whom as well as a large number of grandchildren and several great-grandchildren survive her. Besides her own children, she also raised from infancy, 3 stepchildren: S.R. CHEADLE of Ft. Landesdale, Fla., George CHEADLE, now deceased, and Edwin F. CHEADLE of Niota, Ill. Of recent years she made her home with her oldest son, Joseph of Kinmundy, where she died Dec. 12, 1923. Mrs. CHEADLE’s active life after her marriage was spent on a farm near Dallas City, Ill. where her children were born and grew to manhood and womanhood. The body was taken to Niota, Ill. where interment was made.

- Joseph BULLMAN died at his home in the south part of town on Friday from apoplexy. The body was taken to Mt. Vernon where interment was made.

- St. Peter: Mrs. Andy STEIN, who has been ill the past 2 years, died last Saturday and was buried at Loogootee.

Dec. 27, 1923:

- Mrs. Walter PUFFER, formerly Miss Cloe GREEN, died in Centralia on Dec. 21.

- Christmas has come and gone. It was not a white Christmas, but we believe it was an enjoyable one for everyone. Santa Clause made his yearly visits to the churches Monday eve and left a large supply of presents as well as candy, nuts and oranges for everyone. Appropriate programs were rendered by the little folks which were enjoyed by all.


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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