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.

Jan. 1, 1925:

- Annie M., daughter of Andrew and Abigail MOORE, was born near Carthage, Hancock Co., Ill. on Dec. 15, 1839. She celebrated her 85th birthday two weeks ago today with relatives and friends in the home of her son, Mr. L.C. ROHRBOUGH, in Salem. She married Calendar ROHRBOUGH on Nov. 29, 1860, and they had 3 sons, Homer Laurentz, Louis Andrew, and Frederick Milton, died in infancy; Helen, wife of Walter MORGAN died in Jan. 1919; and the remainder of the children are: Levi Calendar of Salem; Charles Battelle of Kinmundy; and the beloved adopted daughter, Katherine Grove, wife of Edwin WORMLEY, of Kinmundy. It was in the home of this daughter that Mrs. ROHRBOUGH passed the last few weeks of her life. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. ROHRBOUGH died Sept. 1909.

- During the past week, 3 couples in our city had the pleasure of having Golden Wedding Anniversaries. Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NEIL enjoyed their anniversary Dec. 24. Mr. and Mrs. John GARNER enjoyed theirs Dec. 24th. Mr. and Mrs. S.D. HUGGINS enjoyed theirs Dec. 29.

- Miss Edith MORGAN, who has been attending S.I.N.U. in Carbondale has accepted a position in Alton Schools.

- A homecoming was enjoyed at the home of Jake McCARTY south of town during the Christmas holidays, their children all being home at one time to eat their Christmas dinner for the first time in several years.

- Elder School and Omega: W.H. SHAFFER and Lester YOST and family attended the funeral of Mrs. Henry YOST at Alma.

Jan. 8, 1925:

- Miss Ruth ALEXANDER married Millard H. HART at Centralia on Dec. 26 at the parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church at Champaign. The bride was reared in this area, graduating from the K.H.S. Class of ‘23. She left immediately afterwards for Centralia where she took up millinery until about a month ago. She is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER, who were residents of this city up until 3 months ago when Mr. ALEXANDER was transferred to Champaign. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. HART of Centralia, and is an associate with HART Pharmacy in Centralia. The couple will reside in Centralia.

- On Dec. 29, 1924 at the First Christian Church in South Bend, Ind. occurred the marriage of Mr. Gale McGRUE and Miss Martha HENSLEY, both formerly of this city. The bride is youngest daughter of Mrs. Kate HENSLEY of Centralia, and is a graduate of the K.H.S. Class of ‘18. She has been employed in Chicago for the past 2 years. The groom is the only son of Mrs. Gertie WOOD of this city, and is employed as a mechanic for the Studebaker Mf’g Co. in South Bend. The couple will make their home in South Bend.

- Mel GRAY and Mrs. Margaret SEE, both of this city, were married on Jan. 1 by Rev. J.T. LONG of the M.E. Church South. The wedding was attended by Mr. and Mrs. J.L. DAVIS. The couple will make their home on the groom’s farm north of town.

- On Dec. 28, Fred KLEISS and family were surprised at their home, Sunny Slope Farm, 3 miles south of Kinmundy. They had been away and expected to find the house cold, and everything frozen up. Neighbors and friends welcomed them home with a big oyster supper awaiting them.

- Christmas day proved an enjoyable one for Mrs. S.M. STOKELY, 8 of her children being home for Christmas dinner. Present were: B.A. STOKELY of Union, Iowa; Steven STOKELY of Salem; Mrs. R.W. MECHENER of Indianapolis; B.E. STOKELY, wife and daughter of Whitten, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. PEARCE and son, Gene, of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. H.P. HANNAN of New York City; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. SPIESE and children; and T.H. STOKELY of this city. Misses Laura and Mary FRENCH of Alma, sisters of Mrs. STOKELY were guests; also, Miss Goldia PERRY of Salem.

- Mrs. Maude PORTER received a painful injury on Sunday while riding on a sled hitched behind a car. The sled skidded and Mrs. PORTER’s foot hit the ground bending her limb backwards tearing the ligaments loose about the knee.

- Mrs. Elizabeth NEAVILL received word of the arrival of a new granddaughter at the home of Dr. and Mrs. D.M. WATKINS of Hondo, California on Dec. 24. Mary Elizabeth is her name. The mother is formerly Miss Kittie NEAVILL of this city.

Jan. 15, 1925:

- Frank SHAFER, residing south of town received a deep cut on his head Tuesday while unloading some coal. The coal was being put in the basement by one of his sons and he was in the basement storing the coal back. He stooped to pick up a lump when another lump came thru the window striking him in front of the left ear.

- Mr. Charles Emmett NELMS of Peoria and Miss Melba Ann DUFORT of Burlington, Iowa were married in Peoria Jan. 10. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. DUFORT of Burlington, and the groom is son of J.H. NELMS of this city. He graduated from K.H.S. Class of ‘19, and Gradwall’s School in Laboratory Technique, St. Louis, Missouri, and is employed in Peoria. The couple will reside in Peoria.

- Rev. K.A. WILLIAMS of Alma passed away in the hospital in Danville Wed. of last week. Services were held at the Christian Church in Alma with interment in Alma Cemetery. The K.K.K. held their ceremony at midnight Saturday at the residence. Rev. WILLIAMS was pastor of our local Christian Church.

- Swift School Items: Sam JONES and wife received word of a new daughter at the home of Earl BUNDY and wife.

Jan. 22, 1925:

- On Jan. 16 at the M.E. South parsonage, the marriage of Miss Lela BARBEE of this city and John DYER of Edgewood took place. Mrs. Cora HICKEY, sister of the bride, and Miss Genevieve SMITH, friend, were present. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE of this city, and has grown to womanhood in our midst. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Seth DYER of Edgewood, and is employed by Western Union Telegraph Co. located in Divernon, Illinois. The couple will reside in Divernon.

- The hard road committee met Tuesday and recommended the following route for the hard road: From Farina, running parallel with the I.C.R.R. to Kinmundy, then commencing at the Paddy GRAY corner, running west to the Mill corner, thence south past the park , running under the I.C.R.R. at a point about the place where the limestone bin now stands, connecting with the Alma Road about the Elizabeth NEAVILL corner, then following the Alma Road around by Joe TELFORD’s to Alma.

- W.W. NEIL and daughter, Mrs. Lottie HEINRICH, left Friday for Rochester, Minn. where Mr. NEIL entered the Mayo Bros. Hospital. He was found to have a tumorous growth on the glands of the neck.

- Dr. FOWLER is leaving to got and take his practice to Nortonville, Ky. where his father resides.

- Swift School Items: Word was received that Miss Emogene ORGAN was seriously hurt in an automobile accident in Decatur. She is the sister of Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT.

- Swift School Items: The teacher, Miss Alice READNOUR, with 11 of her pupils surprised Miss Helen WAINSCOTT last Thursday night, it being Helen’s 12th birthday.

- A baby daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin PERRY Monday.

- Alma News: Dr. and Mrs. Harry WILSON and sons, Harry and Francis, of Centralia were in Alma Sunday on account of the death of Mrs. WILSON’s father.

- Mr. C.M. SEE of Alma died at the home of his daughter in Centralia on Friday. Remains were brought to Alma, where the funeral was held Sunday. Mr. SEE was one of the oldest residents of this community. He was a Civil War veteran and a pensioned employee of the I.C.R.R. Interment in Alma Cemetery.

Jan. 29, 1925:

- Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY entertained young friends on Thursday in honor of her son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT. The time was spent in a social way and with music. The hostess was assisted by her daughter, and they served brick ice cream, cake and coffee. We are sorry to lose such a worthy and popular young couple as Mr. GARRETT and family.

- On Jan. 24, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McWHIRTER entertained 50 guests in honor of Mrs. McWHIRTER’s niece, Miss Lodema WICKENHAUSER, it being her 16th birthday.

Feb. 5, 1925:

- Mrs. Chris MARTEN of Champaign entertained Thursday in honor of her father, W.H. BREWER, who was 84 years old. The guests in the afternoon were all former residents of Kinmundy, Mr. BREWER’s hometown. Among those present were 6 old soldiers, comrades of Mr. BREWER during the Civil War.

- A pleasant surprise was spent Jan. 24 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred STOCK, when 35 of their friends and neighbors gathered at their home and gave them a pleasant surprise. The evening was spent dancing, and homemade candy and apples were served thru out the evening. At a late hour, hot wieners, buns, pickles, coffee, etc. were served. Mr. and Mrs. STOCK are moving to Effingham the following Wednesday.

- J.H. JACKSON has moved his household goods upstairs over his store building recently purchased from C.B. ROHRBOUGH. He will handle groceries and meats.

- Swift School Items: A party was enjoyed at the home of Ira MORRIS by the school children and their teacher last Thursday in honor of Loy’s 13th birthday.

- Alma News: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph MAZANEK are proud parents of a baby girl.

- Alma News: The funeral of little Bernadine FARPHNIX was held at the M.E. Church Sunday with interment in Alma Cemetery.

- O.E. GARRETT left Thursday for Chicago where he has employment.

Feb. 12, 1925: (The front page was torn on the upper half of the page)

- "Uncle George" died. (This obituary was unreadable due the torn page.)

- Mr. and Mrs. Willard LIVINGSTON of Charleston, Mo. have a fine baby girl. Grandma JONES is very proud of her new granddaughter.

- Mrs. Clarence SCHOOLEY was called to Martinsville, Ill. on Sunday on account of the death of a relative.

- Mrs. Mary MESSER, formerly of this city but now of Villa Grove, received the announcement of the marriage of her son, John L. BAYLISS, to Miss Francis SIMS, daughter of Mrs. Frances Clementine SIMS of Chester, S.C. The wedding was held Feb. 1 at Chester, where the couple will make their home.

- Alma News: Joe SLAGLEY had the misfortune of getting his leg broken while helping J.F. POOL load mine ties.

- Wilson School: A regular old time dance was held Saturday night at the home of Elsworth HARVEY. A good crowd was in attendance. Music was furnished by Dave ZIMMER and Bill CONANT.

Feb. 19, 1925:

- Last Saturday evening at the home of Rev. Monroe SMITH in Patoka, occurred the marriage of Miss Elsie MAULDING to Mr. Billie MORRIS, Jr. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MAULDING of near Patoka. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira C. MORRIS. The couple will reside northwest of this city.

- All Klansmen and their wives are invited and requested to hear Mrs. S. Glenn YOUNG, co-martyr, with her husband to the cause we espouse on her Life and Romance with S. Glenn YOUNG. Bring your robes and prove your loyalty to this sister. St. Elmo. Feb. 21, 1925. 7:30 p.m. Kinmundy Klan.

- Swift School Items: Several neighbors of Russell SWIFT and wife surprised them on Sunday in honor of their 11th anniversary. A fine dinner was spread at the noon hour. In the afternoon, pictures were taken. Present were: Eli ROBB and family, Ren WAINSCOTT and family, Mark SWIFT and family, Fletch COLE and family, Mack ROBB and family, and Sam LOWE.

- Swift School Items: A charivari was given to Billie MORRIS and wife on Monday night. After a good time on the outside, everyone was invited in the house where candy, cigars, and good music were enjoyed.

- Meacham News: On Feb. 8, several young people were entertained at the John WEISS home in honor of Miss Bertha’s birthday.

- Meacham News: Erman and Rollin ALLEN came home Saturday to be at the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. E.P. LACEY, which was held Sunday at Union Church.

- For Sale: 3 good big work horses or mares, 1 pure bred black percheon stallion 3 years old in April, 1 pure bred Hereford bull coming yearling. Will sell on time if desired. E.G. FORD and son, Alma, Ill.

Feb. 26, 1925:

- John Wesley SLAGLEY was born Aug. 13, 1849 and died Feb. 20, 1925. He married Sarah Ann Stansberry on July 12, 1869, and they had 6 children - Matilda FOGERSON, Mary FARRIS, Cora MERRITT, Laura COURSON, all of Meacham; Martha BROWN of Carlyle; and Louise MULVANY of Carlyle. Matilda and Laura preceded him in death. He leaves a companion, 4 children, 23 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters - Jane LONG of Omega, and Martha Chatman of Iuka. Services were held at the M.E. Church South with interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- Alma News: R.E. WALTERS was called to Centralia on account of the death of Dorsey CLOW.

- Alma News: Funeral services of Dorsey CLOW were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Alma Cemetery.

- Mt. Carmel: Wes ALDERSON had the misfortune of falling from his hay mow and breaking 2 ribs.

March 5, 1925:

- Mildred INGRAM died after a brief illness in Carbondale on Friday where she was attending school. She attending school on Friday but complained of a headache. Shortly after eating supper, her pain grew much worse and 2 physicians were summoned. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, were notified and this was the just of the conversation over the telephone, "Mildred has taken seriously ill. Wait a minute. They tell me Mildred has just passed away." This was 6:45 p.m. An inquest was held and the verdict was "hemorrhage of the brain". Her roommate, Miss Alice FRENCH of this city, was with her at the time of death. Services were held in Carbondale, and then the body was brought here where services were held at the Christian Church here with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mildred Yarmouth INGRAM was born Feb. 11, 1907, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM. She graduated from K.H.S. with the class of 1924, and enrolled at S.I.N.U. in Carbondale in the spring of 1924. She died Feb. 27, 1925. (Note: A picture accompanied this obituary.)

- Mrs. Elizabeth MARTIN died at the home of her sister, Mrs. M.R. LAWWILL on Thursday, after a lingering illness of cancer. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Elizabeth ROCKHOLD was born May 29, 1849 in Meacham twp., and died Feb. 26, 1925. She was the 9th child of 10 children, all whom have preceded her in death with the father and mother, except 2 sisters - Mrs. Rachel MARSLAND of Dexter, Kansas, and Mrs. M.R. LAWWILL of Kinmundy. She married Garret C. MARTIN on Feb. 15, 1899 who died Aug. 18, 1916.

- W.W. NEIL and daughter, Mrs. Lotta HEINRICH, are home again from Rochester, Minn. Mr. NEIL says he feels fine and is well satisfied with his operation. He has lost some weight and chances are that the next warm day that happens along we will see him running down town feeling like a boy who just pulled off barefooted for the first time in the spring. Mrs. HEINRICH had her tonsils removed while there, and is also getting along alright.

- O.N. TYNER and Mrs. Nelle REYNOLDS were in Mason on Thursday attending the funeral of Mrs. RAYMONDS’ mother.

- Swift School Items: Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mrs. Marvin CONANT, and Mrs. Elma HARVEY spent Friday with their mother, Mrs. Valinda CONANT and helped celebrate her birthday.

- Meacham News: March 2nd was the birthday of Mr. Frank HARRIS so C.P. BALKE and wife, E.G. DILLON and wife, and T.J. WADE and wife walked down and gave him a surprise of an oyster supper.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.G. SNOW announce the arrival of a fine boy a their home in Moberly, Mo. on March 2. The mother is formerly Miss Josephine O’BRIEN of this city.

March 12, 1925:

- Jessie MERCER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. MERCER was born in Macoupin Co. near Decatur on Jan. 23, 1895, and moved here with her parents and family at the age of 6 weeks. Here she spent her life until she married Mr. Arthur BROWN of this city on Dec. 12, 1910. Soon after their marriage they moved to their home near Cartter and resided there until her death. They had 6 children: Nellie, Martha, Arthur Jr., Margaret Ethel, Mercer and James Harvey. After weeks of suffering she was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and after an operation which proved to be of no avail, she died March 6, 1925.

- Richard Franklin LAWSON was born May 22, 1860, and died March 1, 1925. He was a former resident of Kinmundy, Editor and Publisher of Express, and postmaster in ‘93. In 1882 he married Miss Jennie SIMPSON of this city, and they had 2 children - Eugene and Ruby. He leaves a wife, son, daughter, and 3 grandchildren. Under President Harrison, Richard served 4 years and promptly resigned at the inauguration of Grover Cleveland. (A picture accompanied this obituary.)

- Inauguration day was spent by the Busy Bee Club at home of Mrs. Wes ROBB, where a crossword puzzle quilt was quilted and a general good enjoyed.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rollie ROGERS, a 9 pound boy on Thursday morning.

- James E. ALEXANDER was born March 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HOWELL of Anita, Iowa.

- A 9 pound girl was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE of South Bend, Ind. on March 1st. Helen Jane is her name. The mother is the former Lela SWIFT of this city.

- On Tuesday morning, Joe BACKENSTO’s wash house caught fire and the flames had gained considerable headway before it was noticed. But the fire was extinguished by the bucket brigade consisting of Joe and his next door neighbors. Considerable damage was done.

- John FRENCH departed for Clinton where he has employment.

- A picture of the K.H.S. Basketball team was printed. This team has had the most successful year in basketball known to the high school history.

March 19, 1925:

- Mary Jane ATKINS was born Nov. 1, 1853 in St. Clair Co., and died March 14, 1925 at the home of her niece, Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD in Marion Co. On Oct. 31, 1870 she married Frank EDGAR who died Aug. 30, 1881. They had 1 child who lived only a few months. On Jan. 3, 1883 she married John ATKINS who died 21 years ago. She leaves a sister - Mrs. Lucy GREER of Vandalia; 5 nieces - Mrs. Frank LOWE of Enumclaw, Wash.; Mrs. Richard DARDEN of Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD of Kinmundy; Miss Meda GREER of St. Louis; Miss Elizabeth GREER of Chicago; 4 nephews - Doctors Mark and Frank GREER of Vandalia; George GREER of Vandalia; and Miller GREER of Indianapolis. Services were held at the Ora ARNOLD home with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Harry C. JOHNSON, switchman on the D. & R.G. Western in Pueblo, Colorado, was accidently killed Tuesday night when a Refrigerator car he was riding passed under a derrick and his head struck on a bolt that had been left in the derrick. He was knocked off the car, his head crushed, and was run over the car following the one he was riding. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maude JOHNSON, and daughter, Mary Elizabeth, of Pueblo, Colorado; and his 85 year old mother, Mrs. Adeline JOHNSON of Kinmundy, Illinois. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery. The coroner’s jury ruled that JOHNSON had died due to gross negligence and carelessness on the part of D. & R.G.W.

- John Ebenezer McCULLOUGH, oldest son of Smith and Eliza J. CHEMBERS McCULLOUGH, was born in Ruggles twp., Ashland Co., Ohio on Jan. 3, 1851. He was stricken with paralysis on March 10, 1925, and died March 13. When almost 17 years old he moved with his parents to Alma, and married Effie J. LASATER in 1881 in Carlyle. They had 3 children. They lived in Alma several years later moving to Oklahoma working at his trade as carpenter. His mother died in 1872, his father in 1904, 2 younger brothers in early childhood, his sisters Sarah McCULLOUGH WHITLOW in 1912, and Jennie McCULLOUGH SEE in 1921. He leaves his wife, Effie J. McCULLOUGH, their children - Lawrence A., Ethel J., and John L. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Eastland Cemetery.

- Clara SPENCER ARNOLD was born Apr. 15, 1859 in McLean Co, one of a family of 8 children of which only 2 brothers are living, Charles SPENCER of Chicago, and William J. SPENCER of Kinmundy. On Jan. 1,1879 she married at Salem to J.J. ARNOLD, who died 3 years ago, and they had 12 children: Frank, died 14 years ago; Mrs. Mabel BRACE of Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Maude MERRICK who died 2 years ago; Earl of Los Angeles, Cal.; Clarence of Des Moines; Paul of Kinmundy; Glen, Ivy, and Mrs. May BOEHM of Chicago; and 3 babes who died in infancy. During the World War, she contributed 4 soldiers - Clarence, Earl, Glen and Paul. She died in Chicago on March 11, 1925 and is survived by: 2 daughters, Mabel, and May; 5 sons, Earl, Clarence, Glen, Paul and Ivy; 2 brothers, Charles and William, and 12 grandchildren. Services were held at Sandy Branch with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Omega (from last week): A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Al EDWARDS on Thursday.

- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. F.E. CHEELEY attended Mrs. CRANE’s funeral on Sunday.

- Alma News: Little May WEST died at her home last Tuesday from the effects of the measles.

- Meacham News: On March 14, Mr. and Mrs. C.P. BALKE delightfully entertained a few friends at a St. Patrick’s dinner party.

- Mr. and Mrs. Noah WILLIAMS are the parents of a 10 pound baby girl born Nov. 14.

March 26, 1925:

- A letter was written by Lewis E. ETHERTON, former Kinmundy people, who now live in West Frankfort and experienced the tornado there that killed 200 people in their town and injured about 1000. Their home was destroyed but they were not injured.

- Hattie L. BOUGHERS, daughter of John and Sidney BOUGHERS, was born in Ind. on Nov. 23, 1860, and died after a lingering illness of about 10 years at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pauline SIMMONS MESSNAR of East St. Louis on March 20, 1925. She grew to womanhood in Kinmundy. She was twice married, 1st to John PLUE, and they had 3 children - Alva, Nora and Cecil, the father dying several years ago. She married Mr. H.G. SIMMONS with whom only 1 daughter is left. Of the original family only 2 are left - a brother, Mr. Edd BOUGHERS, and an aged mother. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Rose DILLON WEST, eldest daughter of I.F. and Sarah WILSON DILLON, was born at the "old DILLON homestead" in Meacham twp. on Aug. 28, 1856, and died in Kinmundy on March 21, 1825. She married Chas. H. WEST on Oct. 10, 1877, and they had 3 children - Harry T. of South Bend, Ind.; Anna Mabel, who died in infancy; and Maude L. PORTER of Kinmundy. Grandchildren are: Charles P. and Georgia C. WEST, and Lynne West and Gus Charles PORTER. These last 2 boys have made their home with their grandparents the greater part of their lives. Other relatives surviving her are: her aged mother, Mrs. Sarah DILLON of this city; 3 sisters, Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm; Mrs. T.J. WADE, and Miss Anna T. DILLON of this city; 2 brothers - John R. DILLON of Muncie, Ind., and Edward G. DILLON of this city. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mollie WILLIAMS, wife of George HUGHES, was born in Raleigh, Ill. on March 12, 1889, and died DuQuoin Hospital, a victim of the DeSoto storm on March 19, 1925. She married Geo. HUGHES on May 11, 1909, and they had 7 children: Harold, 14, who died March 18, 1925, a victim of the DeSoto storm; Margaret 12; Maudie 11; Opal 9; Homer 6; Lindel 3; and Mary Maxine 9 months. She also leaves 5 sisters - Mrs. G.A. ROSS of Tuscola; Mrs. Clyde PARKER of Chebanse, Ill.; Mrs. Clara STEIN of Altamont; Mrs. Geo. N. HAWORTH and Mrs. C.B. HARVEY of this city; 2 brothers - T.V. WILLIAMS of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; and P.W. WILLIAMS of Los Angeles, Cal. She was buried at DeSoto Cemetery March 20 with her son, Harold. Two of the other children were hurt in the storm: Margaret is in DuQuoin Hospital, and Homer in Carbondale Hospital. Harold was born in Raleigh, Ill. on July 17, 1910 and died March 18, 1925.

- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn PARKER of Nokomis have a baby girl born Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Chance of this city.

- Swift School Items: Mr. Walter FORD spent Sunday with Miss Pearle ARNOLD.

April 2, 1925:

- Charles Marion JOHNSON, youngest son of George W. and Ann LANE JOHNSON, was born in Potomac, Ill. on Aug. 29, 1868, and died at the family home 3 miles west of Kinmundy on March 22, at Eastland Cemetery. He came to Kinmundy in 1893, and married Ellie E. TAYLOR on Aug. 7, 1895. They had 8 children: Charles Franklin, Salem; Forrest Edward, Harvey, Ill.; Ellis Noble, Chicago; Dorothy Ann, who died at 7 months; Ethel Amy HINES, of Kinmundy; Elva Ruth, Leo Marion, and Loren Clyde residing at home. He also leaves 6 grandchildren.

- Clarissa WALL, daughter of David and Helen WALL, was born Sept. 7, 1856 in Clinton Co., Ill., and died March 25, 1925. Her only sister having passed away in early life, she shared her home with 5 orphan cousins. In 1894 she married A.J. MATTHEWS, Jr. and to his family of 8 children, she became a loving mother. Her husband died Aug. 10, 1907. On Oct. 5, 1916 she married J.H. JACKSON and became mother to his 4 children. Besides the husband, she leaves Mrs. Ada GILLEY, Emmett, Charles, and Oscar MATTHEWS, Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER, Oran, Andrew and Emery JACKSON, all of whom loved her as a mother. Also a number of grandchildren survive. Preceding her in death are: her father, mother, Morris GILLEY, husband of Ada Lee GILLEY, Edward William ROSE, and Mrs. George B. McCLELLAND, children of A.J. MATTHEWS, Jr. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Julia LOWE ROBB, daughter of Samuel and Margaret ARNOLD LOWE, wife of Mack ROBB, died after an illness of a few weeks. Julia Melissa LOWE was born in St. Louis on Jan. 20, 1847, and came with her parents to Foster twp. at early age. On Jan. 31, 186___, she and F.M. ROBB, accompanied by John EAGAN and Elizabeth WALL drove to Salem where a double wedding ceremony performed. They settled on a farm west of town they continued in that location until 1909, when they moved into this city. They had 9 children: Mrs. Hattie ARNOLD, Mrs. Agnes JONES; Mrs. Emma ARNOLD; Miss Lulu JONES, and one son, Samuel Eli, who are all residents of this community. Four children preceded her in death: Martha, Ella, and an infant passed away at an early age; 1 daughter, Mrs. Della DOOLEN, wife of Charles DOOLEN at this city, died in 1918. Besides the husband and children, 22 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, all residing in this county, survive. Also 2 brothers - C.W. LOWE and W.W. LOWE. She was converted in her girlhood, at the old Sandy Branch Campground, and joined the M.E. Church at Arnold’s Chapel of which she was a consistent member until her death. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Word was received of the death of W.T. BOWMAN at Hammond, Ind. who died Tuesday after a short illness of pneumonia. The body will lie in state in Hammond until funeral arrangements are made by Mrs. BOWMAN, who will land at Los Angeles on Saturday returning from a trip with her sister, Mrs. F.D.P. SNELLING of Chicago from Honolulu.

- Mrs. Ella ALLEN of Centralia died on Tuesday. The funeral was held at Salem with interment in Salem Cemetery. Mrs. ALLEN is widow of S.J. ALLEN. After his death went to Centralia to make her home with her daughter.

- The Relief Committee sent a load of provisions to Murphysboro. Ray GEORGE and A.C. DUNLAP left here at 2 a.m. on Sunday and returned at 8 p.m. They could have made the trip in less time but spent most of the day sight seeing.

- A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard CLINEBELL at Springfield on March 22. The mother is formerly Miss Clem WHITTENBURG of this city.

- Mesdames Frank JONES, Harry WARREN, C.B. ROHRBOUGH, and Miss Bertha MILLER motored to Xenia on Tuesday of last week and attended the funeral of Mrs. Gertrude BOSTON’s mother.

- Mr. and Mrs. Edd FORD, Misses Laura and Mary FRENCH, and Mrs. S.M. STOKELY were visitors at the Geo. SPIESE home Sunday.

- The Kinmundy Township Sample Ballot for April 7, 1925 was printed:









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- C.B. HARVEY reports to us that the 2 HUGHES children of Desoto are now out of the hospital and are at the home of Will IRWIN at Elkville. They were severely injured, and the boy had a few ribs torn lose.

April 9, 1925:

- Cynthia Kathryn, youngest daughter of Nathan and Mary ATKINS, was born in Foster twp. on March 14, 1865, and died April 5, 1925. "Aunt Kate" leaves a sister, Miss Elizabeth; a brother, R.M. ATKINS;, another sister, Mrs. Hanna JONES. The services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A message was received by Mrs. Mike SEE announcing death of her uncle, Anderson HARRELL, at Alto Pass, Ill. on April 4, at the age of 81 years. He had resided many years in Marion Co., and was also an uncle of Mrs. Frank COX.

- Word was received by Ida RUTHERFORD that the remains of W.T. BOWMAN were taken from Hammond, Ind. to Louisville, Ky. on Wednesday where the funeral will be held.

- Chas. McGEE of near Omega received word on Tuesday that his daughter, Verne, was killed in an automobile accident in Kansas City on Monday. The body will be brought back here for burial.

- Frank DAVIS received word on Wednesday of the death of his brother, Charles, in Terre Haute, Ind.

- Mrs. Margaret R. LAWWILL, daughter of Hezekiah and Elizabeth ROCKHOLD was born in Montgomery Co., Tenn. on Oct. 26, 1846 and died April 4, 1925. She married W.H. LAWWILL on March 11, 1875. They had no children. Her husband died Sept. 6, 1886. She was a member of Mrs. Rachael MARSLAND of Dexter, Kansas. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Fanny SPRAY was born Sheffield, England on Dec. 8, 1838 where she grew to womanhood. At the age of 20, she came with 1 brother and sister and emigrated to America making up her abode in Canada. She married Charles MISSELBROOK on Sept. 10, 1860, and they had 10 children - 7 having preceding her in death. She leaves 3 children, Roy and Amanda of this place, and Nettie McDONALD at Fontanet, Ind.; 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. The deceased was 86 years, 3 months, and 28 days. Interment in Cockrell Cemetery.

- 50 years ago on April 8, 1875, C.W. LOWE and Edith Ann JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson JONES, were married at the home of the bride by Rev. MANIFOLD of Patoka. Witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Erasmus JONES, brother of the bride and his wife. On April 8, 1925, relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. LOWE gathered at their home in Foster twp. in honor of their golden wedding anniversary. At the noon hour, a bountiful dinner was served of which there were 50 to partake. Of this group there were 5 couples who had been married 50 years, namely, C.W. LOWE and wife; W.J. JONES and wife of Vernon; Alex MAXEY and wife of Vernon; J.W. ARNOLD and wife of Foster twp; Meredith DOOLEN and wife of Vernon. Those of the children who were home on the occasion were: Willie LOWE and family; Elsie DOOLEN and family; Cecil LOWE and family; Sammie LOWE and daughter, Kathryn. One son Frank of Enumclaw, Wash.; and one daughter Mrs. Ethel ROBB of Dewitt, Minn. were unable to attend.

- Mr. Eugene CRAIG and Miss Martha NELMS married in Salem on last Thursday. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. J.H. NELMS, and has been employed as a local operator for Bell Telephone Co. The groom is the son of Mrs. Frances CRAIG, and was reared in this community. He served in the World War. The couple will make their home in Danville.

- Mrs. Frances CRAIG celebrated her 73rd birthday with a dinner to her children on the 5th. Present were: Robert W. CRAIG, Belleville; Chas. CRAIG, Danville; Mr. and Mrs. James O. CRAIG and daughter, Maxine, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene CRAIG of this city.

- Alma News: J.G. DAY and Tom DAY of Centralia attended the funeral of Mrs. H.A. TOMILSON.

- Meacham News: Mrs. Fannie MISSELBROOK, and old resident of our community died Friday and was buried at Cockrell Cemetery next to her husband who died 5 years ago.

- Mrs. Oscar CHANCE, Mrs. Will FORD of Farina, and Mrs. Earl BUNDY of Salem were here Tuesday attending the funeral of Miss Kate ATKINS.

April 16, 1925:

- Verna Irene McGEE, daughter of Charlie and Hattie McGEE was born Sept. 14, 1903, and died April 6, 1925 in Kansas City, Mo. after an automobile accident. She leaves a father, mother, and 1 brother - Earl. The body arrived here Saturday. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Mildred PULLEN of Alma and George H. BARGH of this city were married last Thursday afternoon in Salem. They were met at the parsonage by W.E. WILLIAMS of Alma and Miss Lois SEE of Centralia, who were the attendants. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burd G. PULLEN of Alma, and granddaughter of the late B. PULLEN of Centralia. She attended Centralia H.S. for 1 year and then came to Kinmundy H.S. where she graduated with the class of ‘20. She grew to womanhood in Alma, and since graduation has been employed by her father in the store. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. BARGH of this city growing to manhood here. He attended H.S. in Centralia where he graduated with the class of ‘10, and later attended U. of I. graduating with the class of ‘14. He has served as postmaster at Kinmundy since 1923. The couple will make their home here.

- Euly NOCHMAN met with a painful accident on Sunday while discharging a shotgun. The barrel bursted sending a piece of steel into his forearm. Dr. MILLER dressed the wound and then he was taken to Effingham hospital.

- Word was received here last Thursday by John HOLT of the death of Dave HASELDEN at Shelly, Idaho on Wednesday. The funeral and interment were held there.

- Elsie GEE left for Oklahoma where she will make her home.

- Omega: J.A. KAGY’s home burned Saturday night. Only a small amount of contents were saved.

April 23, 1925:

- Rev. W.R. BRADLEY went to Carbondale Sunday where he will receive medical treatment. He was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. David McGUIRE, J.N. VALLOW, Mrs. BRADLEY, and Mrs. W.W. MAXWELL.

- Results of the election held on Tuesday: Mayor - R.L. INGRAM; Clerk - W.W. NEIL; Treasurer - O.K. MILLER; Alderman: 1st Ward - Clarence GRAY; 2nd Ward - Chas. GAMMON; 2nd Ward - E.K. JUNKINS; 3rd Ward - E. WORMLEY.

- Ona ARNOLD, a Junior, passed the teachers’ examination which was held in Salem a few weeks ago. This is a good record for a Junior because very seldom does a Senior pass the exam the first time.

April 30, 1925:

- Mr. J.M. BRIGHT of this city and Mrs. Pauline SMITH, a native of Neoga, were married on Monday in Effingham. The groom is formerly of Neoga but for sometime has been employed as manager of the Perry LEWELLEN and Co. store in this city. The couple will reside here.

- Mr. Chas. WILSON and Miss Zola LINSLEY both of this city went to Salem on Saturday and were married. Mr. and Mrs. Albert MEYERS accompanied them. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alva PLUE. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis WILSON, and has grown to manhood here. The couple will make their home at the Pete MILLER farm north of town.

- Thurman ROBB was bitten by a mad dog on his left hand on Tuesday while coming home from the field to the house. When the dog did this Thurman seized him with the other hand and choked him to death. The head was cut off and brought to town. Thurman left Tuesday for Chicago to received treatment.

- Miss Lois CAMPBELL, daughter of Mr. George CAMPBELL of Meacham twp., committed suicide on Tuesday at their home one-half miles southwest of Farina. She shot herself with a shotgun. Her step-mother was in the yard and noticed Lois went behind the barn and soon afterwards heard the report of a gun. She rushed to the scene to find Lois dead. She was 25 years old and had been in poor health for some time.

- David HASELDEN was born in Clay Co., Ill. on July 11, 1879, and died Apr. 8, 1925. He grew to manhood in Kinmundy and excepting the last 7 years, spent most of his life here. He moved to Shelley 6 years ago when Wade Brothers, of Idaho Falls, opened a clothing store and he was employed. For 3 years he had been employed by the Shelley Mill. He leaves his wife, 2 children: Christine, age 18, and Johnnie, age 16; brother and sister: Mr. Chas. HASELDEN and Mrs. Minnie KAGY of Emerson, Neb., and his mother, Sarah HASELDEN. Remains were buried at Idaho Falls.

- Swift School News: Russell SWIFT and family and Mr. and Mrs. George COLE attended the funeral of their grandmother at Sandy Branch on Sunday.

May 7, 1925:

- Florence Elizabeth FEIST and Earl WAINSCOTT, son of R.W. WAINSCOTT of Champaign, went to Terre Haute, Ind. And were married April 25. Scott M. FEISH, father of the girl, announced Monday just before the funeral service for the young bride commenced. Neither the girl nor her husband had said anything about the wedding and the first intimation the family of the former had was Saturday night when they found the wedding certificate among her belongings. Florence Elizabeth FEIST, 16 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. FEIST, had left the house and went to the mailbox to get the mail. She saw the pilot, L.B. WEIR around his plane, and learning he was about to take flight, she asked to be taken along. A sister, Elva, saw part of the flight and it’s fatal ending from the house.

- Edith LAUGHMAN of Detroit, Mich., formerly Agnes MARLOW of Omega, arrived at Kinmundy Thursday and was taken to the Olney Sanitarium Sunday to have a cancer removed. Her little daughters, Margarite and Edyth are staying with their grandparents.

- W. E. HARVEY and family motored to St. Louis and spent Saturday and Sunday visiting relatives. Upon arrival home, they found their neighbors and friends awaiting them with a wiener roast.

- Meacham News: Wes ROBB and family and Mrs. R.C. ROBB called at the WADE home Sunday to see Mrs. Glenn ROBB who is sick.

May 14, 1925:

- On May 9, a crowd of young folks gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August JASPER to help celebrate the 16th birthday of their daughter, Mae. Games of all kinds were played and refreshments consisting of cake and fruit were served.

- Miss Joanna HAMILTON was born in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland on Apr. 14, 1834, the 4th of a family of 6 children born to James and May HAMILTON, all of whom preceded her in death. In the spring of 1883, she with her brother, Robert, and sister, Mary, came to America and located in Braidwood, Ill. In July 1888 she came to Kinmundy, which she ever after looked upon as home. She died in Mattoon on May 2, 1925, and the body was brought to Kinmundy and laid to rest next to her brother and sister.

- Mrs. Mary NACHMAN died on May 10, 1925 at her home after an illness of 3 weeks. Miss Mary KSIAZEK was born in Poland on Oct. 30, 1871 and came to America in 1889 locating in Chicago. She married Michael NACHMAN on June 16, 1896 and they had 9 children. She and her husband and 3 small children came to Marion county on Dec. 4, 1903 settling on a farm one-half mile west of Kinmundy. Here their other 5 children were born. Her husband died Sept. 12, 1924. She leaves: Catherine, now Mrs. Stanley GNIADEK; Stanley Anthony and Mary NACHMAN of Chicago; Julian, Sophia, Florence and Annie at home. The eldest child, John, died at the age of 18 months. She also leaves 3 grandchildren: Stanley, Isabelle and Leo GNIADEK; a sister and brother in Chicago, and a sister in Poland. The funeral was held from St. Philamena’s Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Hiram LACEY’s granary containing 300 bushels of oats and several bales of hay and straw were burned Tuesday. It is supposed that spontaneous combustion was the cause of the fire.

- E.L. THOMAS, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. THOMAS, was born in Hart Co., Ky. on Oct. 28, 1854 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tom HYNES in Kinmundy on May 9, 1925. On Feb. 10, 1876 he married Miss Kathryn PAWLEY, and they had 3 children: 1 son, Luther, died in infancy; and 2 daughters - Eva and Frona. In 1883 he and his family came to Marion county and here he spent the remainder of his life. He leaves his wife, Kathryn; 2 daughters - Mrs. George HEADLEY of Alma, Mrs. Tom HAYNES of Kinmundy; 2 sisters - Mrs. John TUCKER of Roundup, Mont., and Mrs. Amanda NICHOLS of Heyworth, Ill.; 4 brothers - Jake THOMAS of Musselshell, Mont., Jim THOMAS of Alluewee, Oklahoma, Wall THOMAS of Alma; and Ike THOMAS of Heyworth, Ill.; 6 grandchildren, Anslem HAYNES of Benton, Ill.; Mrs. Hugh BLAIR, and Mrs. Claude ROBINSON of Salem; Miss Rita HAYNES who is high school in Waverly; Miss Nana HEADLEY, and Dresden HEADLEY of Alma. Interment was at Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Isaac SONGER of near Alma died Sunday. He was taken to Xenia Wed. where funeral held and interment was made. He was nephew of A.W. SONGER of this city and was 70 years of age.

- Elder School: No preaching at Pleasant Grove on Sunday on account of a meeting held at Alma.

- Lewis College: Pearl YATES and wife are the parents of a new baby girl.

- On May 7, the Busy Bee Club paid the long deferred and greatly anticipated visit to the home of Mrs. Will FORD near Farina. Mrs. John FORD was a most welcome guest.

May 21, 1925:

- Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Margaret WOOD was born in Carrol Co., Ohio on Aug. 6, 1848 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cora ARNY of Venice, Ill. On Feb. 19, 1867 she married Amos BOSLEY who died 5 years ago. She is survived by 1 son, Edward of Kinmundy; 1 daughter, Mrs. Cora ARNY of Venice; 3 grandsons, 2 great-granddaughters. The funeral was held in Venice on Saturday and the remains brought here with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Word was received here by Mrs. Frances CRAIG of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Eliza CRAIG CAMPBELL of Delphos, Kansas. Mrs. CAMPBELL was in her 81st year, and daughter of the late Mrs. Margaret CRAIG. Before moving to Kansas, she had been a resident of Patoka and vicinity for many years. She was one of the oldest children of Joseph and Margaret CRAIG and came to America with her parents from the old country when a child. Her husband, Alexander CAMPBELL was well known in this county, and he preceded her in death many years ago. She was the mother of a large family.

- Marjorie JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. JONES was taken to the hospital in Effingham Thursday where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. She accompanied by her parents and Dr. Hugo MILLER. She is in very serious condition as her appendix burst before reaching the hospital.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRAZIL, a fine baby boy on Tuesday.

- The SNELLING Motor Co. delivered cars to Ed HARRELL and Chas. McGEE this week.

- Wilson School. Several from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mildred SIPES at Pleasant Grove on Monday.

May 28, 1925:

- Sarah Elizabeth WILLIAMS was born March 15, 1836 in Wilson Co., Tenn., and died on April 25, 1925 at Alma. She married R.G. WILLIAMS in 1851, and they had 13 children, 3 girls and 10 boys. Her husband died several years ago. She leaves 2 brothers: Felix WILLIAMS and Thomas WILLIAMS; 1 sister, Mary J. CARMEN; 7 children - Miss Laura DISS of Decatur; Charles of Chicago; 64 grandchildren; 122 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of Liberty Church for 58 years.

- Mr. and Mrs. Grover JONES are opening a restaurant in the George ELDER building west of the Nat’l Bank.

- Ira MORRIS and Frank HELM have purchased the grocery store and meat market of R.J. ANDREWS.

- A small daughter of Selby GARRETT and wife was taken to Centralia Hospital on Tuesday where she will be treated for blood poisoning.

- Lester CRANDALL, 16, and Donna DAVIS, 16, both high school students in Sturgis, Mich., were in an automobile when it was demolished by a southbound G.R. & I. passenger train. Donna was granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lou BARBEE of this city, being the daughter of Mrs. Maggie DAVIS formerly of this place.

- Wilson School: Chester KLINE was given a surprise Saturday evening by the Community Club it being his 31st birthday. A large crowd was in attendance.

- Harold BOUGHERS and wife of Bement announced the arrived of a 9 pound girl born at their home on May 24th.

June 4, 1925:

- Hannah I. SWIFT, daughter of James and Elizabeth SWIFT, was born in Kinmundy twp. on Feb. 7, 1866. Here she passed her childhood and girlhood days. She married R.C. ROBB on Apr. 16, 1885, moving to the farm where they raised their family of 15 children, 1 dying in infancy. About a year ago Mr. and Mrs. ROBB retired from the farm and moved to this city. She took seriously ill on May 25, and was taken to Mt. Vernon Hospital immediately, where she died May 31. All 15 children survive except 1: Thurman, Roy, Wesley, Elizabeth (Mrs. Harry CHEADLE), Martha (Mrs. Guy SEE), John, Mack, Bryan, Glenn, Lloyd, Lester, Robert, Rhea and Dora; and 13 grandchildren. Her son, Bryan, went overseas in the World War and at one time stood 57 days on the front firing line. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Anne Winnifred GRAY became the bride of Ora Dale DILLAVON on May 30 at the First Methodist Church in Champaign. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harvey GRAY of Urbana. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. DILLAVON of Champaign.

- W.B. MILLS and wife of Memphis, Tenn. had an auto accident Sunday near DeSoto when a car loaded with drunks tried to pass them. Mrs. MILLS is sister of Mrs. Nell REYNOLDS and Miss Minnie TYNER of this city.

- Clara GARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, died in the hospital in Centralia on Saturday evening. The funeral services were held and interment made in Sandy Branch Cemetery Monday morning.

- Decoration Day was held at Evergreen Cemetery. A large crowd attended the services. Not many Civil War veterans were present but following is a list of veterans around Kinmundy:






Rev. J.M. LONG









age 92

age 82

age 85

age 77

age 85

age 78

age 79

age 82

age 83

age 84

age 80

age 82

age 80

21st Ill. Infantry

7th Ill. Calvary

7th Ill. Calvary

7th Mich. Calvary

1st Ala. Calvary

4th Ky Calvary

31st Ind. Infantry

154 Ill. Infantry

38th Ill. Infantry

40th Ill. Infantry

111th Ill. Infantry

111th Ill. Infantry

111th Ill. Infantry

June 11, 1925:

- On Saturday night, May 30, 1925 the Heavenly Father called little Clara Irene to join His children’s band, after a brief illness here in her earthly home. She was the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, coming into their home February 18, 1919, and had four sisters and one brother. Her illness first came upon her Monday, May 18, when she awoke and began complaining of her limb paining her. All medical aid in the home failed to relieve her suffering, and on May 26, she was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, where she continued to grow weaker until she was called Home. Everything that her fond parents could do, was done, in an effort to restore her to health or to ease her pain. Though she was so small, she was so patient and brave in her suffering, always willing to take her medicine and never complaining unnecessarily. Why little Clara Irene must leave her happy home here, we cannot understand and again we cannot question, for after all, we know Our Father in Heaven knows what is best for all of us. Again, so comforting is the verse of Scripture: "A little while, and ye shall not see me; and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father." So we now look forward to our meeting Over There where there’s no tears or sorrow. She leaves to mourn their loss: her parents, four sisters, one brother, three grandparents, several uncles, aunts, and other relatives, and many little friends. The funeral services were held Monday, June 1st, and interment made in Sandy Branch cemetery, Rev. Monroe SMITH, officiating.

- Filmore NICHOLS died at his home in Foster twp. on Saturday. Interment in Jones Cemetery.

- Stephen E. STOKLEY and Miss Goldie A. PERRY both of Salem were married on May 8 at Louisville, Ill. at the M.E. Church.

- George MAYER, living west of town, broke his limb after he was up on a ladder picking cherries and along came a bumblebee and just where it stung him cannot be told. It surprised him to such an extent that he jumped from the ladder to the ground breaking his limb.

June 18, 1925:

- William KLEISS Jr., 35, a prominent young farmer residing 4 miles southeast of Petosum died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in Champaign. He was born Nov. 3, 1889 at the home place where he resided. He married Miss Frances HARMON at Sigel, Ill. on Sept. 1915, and they had 3 children - Elizabeth, Luella, and Margaret, who survives. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank KLEISS, and one brother Fred, of Kinmundy; and one sister, Mrs. Emma MAGSAMEN of Rockwell, Iowa. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Crittenden..

- Elder School: An ice cream social supper will be held at the Pleasant Grove Church, Saturday night, June 20th. Everyone is invited to attend.

- Mr. and Mrs. Chas. CONANT parents of little daughter who arrived June 12 named Dorothy Frances.

- A 6 pound girl arrived at the home of Jesse RECCE and wife on Friday.

- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLALOCK of Webster City, Iowa, a baby girl named Mary Arlene. The mother is the former Stella WILSON of this city.

June 21, 1925:

- On June 21st over 40 relatives of Martin METZGER gathered at his home in this city and gave him a very pleasant surprise it being his 65th birthday. Among those present were his brother, Chas. METZGER and wife, 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary ROBB of Springfield and Mrs. Jennie STOCK and son, Arthur, of this city; his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed KRAMER and family of Farina.

- A quiet home wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James E. WILLIAMS on Tuesday. The participating parties were Lura WILLIAMS and Pleasant F. ROBNETT, both of this city. They were attended by Morris and Clara WILLIAMS, brother and sister of the bride. The bride is second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. WILLIAMS, graduate of K.H.S. and Eastern Ill. State School. She had just finished teaching the term in Glen Ellyn. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. N.J. ROBNETT and a successful businessman being proprietor of Star Garage and Ice Plant in this city. The couple will make their home in the residence just completed by groom.

- On June 13, 1923 occurred the marriage of Mr. Gerald STRONG of South Bend, Ind., and Miss Muriel SWIFT formerly of this city. The groom is employed by Studebaker Corp. in South Bend, Ind. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark SWIFT of this city. The couple will make their home in South Bend.

- There arrived a 10 lb. daughter on June 17 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GRAY in Bellflower.

- Roy FENSTER and wife of Champaign motored here Sunday and spent the day with his mother, Mrs. Rachel FENSTER, it being her birthday.

- Mr. and Mrs. L.H. SEE of Paducah, Ky. announced the arrival of a baby girl born June 19.

- Wilson School: A large crowd attended the ice cream supper at Pleasant Grove Church Saturday night.

- Omega: On June 21, Mr. and Mrs. Noah MARLOW held a family reunion at their home for his mother’s family. The dinner consisted of everything from beans and cabbage to homemade candy and angel food cake with ice cream. 32 of the family were present.

- Jim WOOD was in Carter on Friday attending the funeral of his brother-in-law, George POTTER.

July 2, 1925:

- Mrs. Knox LEE died at her home in Salem on Thursday after a brief illness. Remains were brought to Kinmundy with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

July 9, 1925:

- Taylor GRIFFIN died at his home near Brubaker last Thursday after a lingering illness.

- Mr. Hugh PARRISH and Miss Gladys BURNETT, both of this city, left Monday for Effingham where they were married. From there they went to Indianapolis, where the groom has employment. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. PARRISH of this city, and the bride has made her home here with her sister, Mrs. A.H. WILLIS for some time.

- Mr. Henry MOORE and Miss Lena THARP, both of Mattoon, were married Saturday by Police Magistrate, A.C. DUNLAP. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette THARP, and at one time were residents of Meacham twp.

- On June 27, Halice LEWIS and Sophia STANLEY motored to Salem, procured a marriage license and were married. The groom is oldest son of James LEWIS and is employed on the new I.C. Railroad at Greendale. The bride’s parents being dead, she has been making her home with her grandfather, Sam JEWEL, of Greendale.

- Kinmundy witnessed another grand and glorious celebration on Saturday. A large crowd was present. The day opened with a band concert on the square, followed by a parade. Georgia DILLON took first place in the decorated cars, as she had her Ford Sedan artistically decorated in purple and white crepe paper with the letters K.H.S. on the back. Second prize was won by G.W. SNELLING with his Chevrolet Touring Car which advertised the SNELLING Motor Company. Third prize was won by John SEE who had his Ford decorated in leather, advertising his harness shop. At the park at the end of the parade, the following people presented the programs: the Band, J. Lem BALLANCE, HARVEY Trio, Ray and Laura Lee DAVIS, Mayor R.L. INGRAM, Lora Elsie DOOLEN, and H.H. BAILEY of Altamont. In the amusements, the following prizes were awarded: Girl’s Race: Edith SETTON - 1st, Flora Brimberry - 2nd;

Boy’s Race: Merle BAKER - 1st, Carrol GARRETT - 2nd; Fat Man’s Race: Ronald LACEY - 1st, Harvey BAKER - 2nd; Free for all Race: W.E. SCHOOLEY - 1st, Paul WILKINSON - 2nd; Sack Race: Melvin MAXEY - 1st, Homer MAXEY - 2nd. In the Sack Fight there were 6 entries in this contest which was terminated in a draw owing to the fact that the Rod, on which the contest was held, collapsed. Entries were: Homer MAXEY, Marion MAXEY, Melvin MAXEY, Chester JONES, Hubert HEADLEY, and Elvin HULTZHOUSE. The evening session consisted of a concert along with fireworks.

- The old swimming hole is getting popular here lately due to the extremely hot weather. More than 100 spectators lined the bank last Sunday - 75 were bathing, and there were 35 cars parked. This is quite a local pastime for young and old. If you go out be sure to watch your valuables as thieving is becoming popular. A watch and some money have been stolen. They went as low as to take a dime out of one boy’s pocket.

- Mt. Carmel: Mrs. Ed COWGER died at her home on July 4. The funeral was held at Shiloh Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LAMBIRD.

- Swift School Items: A little daughter was born to Orie ATKINS and wife on July 5.

- Wilson School: Ice cream and cake and a general good time was enjoyed at the home of Fred KLEISS last Thursday it being Mr. KLEISS’ 39th birthday.

- Frank GARRETT, wife and children spent Saturday night with Merle JONES and wife. Sunday they all spent the day with their parents, Emmett JONES and wife.

- Frank GARRETT and family of Kell spent the weekend here with his parents, Willie GARRETT and family.

July 16, 1925:

- Frances GARNER was born Nov. 5, 1858 and died July 12, 1925. She was the mother of 6 children, and leaves a husband and 4 children. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Alex McGEE, son of Anderson and Nancy McGEE, came to their home in Carol Co., Va. on April 2, 1864, and died July 7, 1925. When 2 years old, the family moved to Indiana then to Illinois living in Kinmundy and vicinity. He was a coal miner, and married Miss Mattie HOWARD in 1903. They had 2 sons, Divine and Dwight. He moved his family from this city 19 years ago. He leaves 2 sons, an aged mother; 4 sisters - Sarah MILLER and Victoria BAILEY of Kinmundy, Etta SELLERS and Maggie DAVIDSON of Odin; 2 brothers - Wm. McGEE of Freelinville, Ind., and Joe McGEE of Breese, Ill.

- Mr. Edgar JONES and Miss Mary Esther WILLIAMS, both of this city, were married Saturday at the M.E. parsonage. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. WILLIAMS of this city, and a graduate of the K.H.S. Class of 1924. She was employed as a teacher of the Sherman School the past term. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Will H. JONES residing west of this city, and is the local agent for the McNess Medicine Co. A sumptuous dinner was spread at the home of the groom’s parents in honor of the bride and groom, and also to celebrate the groom’s 21st birthday anniversary on Sunday. The couple will make their home with the bride’s parents in this city.

- Miss Hazel BALKE of Kinmundy and Mrs. Clarence H. KAISER of Prairie Du Chien, Wis. were married at Platteville, Wis. on June 24.

- T.M. SMITH delivered a Ford Coupe to Dr. H.L. HANNA, a Touring Car to Bert GARRETT, and a coupe to Chas. MAGNUS this week.

- Elder School: A baby girl made her appearance at the home of Lester YOST and wife on Thursday and named Pauline.

July 23, 1925:

- Mrs. Sarah LANSFORD STEPHENS, daughter of Wm. and Eliza LANSFORD, was born on Jan. 4, 1846, and died July 14, 1925 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louise WARREN in Mt. Vernon. She married Mr. Leroy STEPHENS and they had 6 children: 2 were early crowned, Frank, aged 21 years, and Ida, aged 18 years. 4 are still living: Lawrence STEPHENS and Mrs. Margaret HAMMER of Kinmundy; Mrs. Etta NELMS of Centralia, and Mrs. Louise WARREN of Mt. Vernon. Also surviving are 2 great-grandchildren, Lowell WARREN and Marjorie NELMS. She was left a widow many years ago. The funeral was held at the Dolph HAMMER home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Dr. M.M. FOWLER of Nortonville, Ky. will locate in our city again to practice medicine.

- Omega: A pair of twins arrived at Paul SEE’s Sunday morning July 19th. Mother and calves are doing nicely.

July 30, 1925:

- Arthur DOOLEN of Manhatten, Kansas arrived here Tuesday to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN and family.

- Mr. and Mrs. John R. DILLON and son, Eugene, motored here from their home in Muncie, Ind. to visit their mother, Sarah DILLON, who is seriously ill.

Aug. 6, 1925:

- Kathleen Mavourneen CLAYTOR born Sept. 1, 1907 at Alma daughter of J.T. and Emma CLAYTOR. Three years ago she became afflicted with the disease which caused her death on July 31. She leaves her father, mother, 4 sisters, and 6 brothers. Services were held at the Christian Church in Alma with interment in Alma Cemetery.

- A funeral was held Monday for Frederick B. SIPLE, Civil War Veteran, who died Saturday in Sullivan. Burial was made in Greenhill Cemetery there. He was 83 years old, and he leaves 2 daughters: Mrs. Guy CONKLIN with whom he had made his home, and another daughter living in Arcola.

- Mr. and Mrs. Chester HENSLEY of Chicago are the parents of a baby girl born July 27th.

- Mrs. Russell SWIFT underwent an operation Wed. in Effingham Hospital. An internal abscess on her side was found to be the cause of the trouble.

- A letter was printed from J.D. CAMERER of Glendale, Cal.

- Omega: A baby boy arrived at Donald MARLOW’s Saturday named William Monroe.

- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ALEXANDER of Effingham announce arrival of a 6 pound boy Wednesday.

- Carl WHITE and son of Amy, Colorado are visiting relatives here.

Aug. 13, 1925:

- Sarah WILSON DILLON was born in Sharonville, Pike Co., Ohio on July 18, 1838, and died Aug. 3, 1925. Her parents, Samuel and Eliza FOSTER WILSON, with their family of a children moved to Alma, Ill. when she was 4 years old. On Sept. 13, 1855, she married Isaiah T. DILLON of Meacham twp, and they had 9 children, 4 of whom preceded her in death. The following children survive: Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm, Ill.; John R. of Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. T.J. WADE, Miss Anna T., and Edward G. DILLON of this city. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. In 1907 they moved from their farm in Meacham twp. to Kinmundy, and in 1910 her husband died. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Charles Daniel DISS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, was awarded 1st prize at the Better Baby Conference held at the Marion County Fair last week. He was 12 months old on Aug. 5th, was 23 pounds, and was walking at the age of 11 months. His score was 98. Grandpa DISS believes, heart and soul, that it was nothing more than his first name that brought his score up so high while Grandpa ARNOLD thinks it was nothing else but the middle name. Mary Jane MAZANEK, 6 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe MAZANEK of Alma tied Charles Daniel with a score of 98. In case of a tie, first always goes to the older baby, this leaving Mary Jane MAZANEK with second. Mr. and Mrs. DISS will take their prize to Springfield and enter him at the State Fair.

- Gwendolyn Annette VALLOW, the 18 month old ruler of the editorial mansion, scored a 96 at the Better Baby Conference. The other ruler, Joseph GUIN scored 93.5, his measurements being above normal.

- J.H. NELMS was called near Salem Friday to prepare the body of Mrs. Frances GARNER for burial. The funeral was held Sunday with interment in the Old Baptist Cemetery in Stevenson Twp. Mrs. GARNER was a resident of Meacham twp. at one time, being the daughter of late Luke COMBS.

Aug. 20, 1925:

- A.C. DUNLAP’s Ford Coupe was partially burned Sunday night while standing in the garage in back of his store. Mr. and Mrs. E.O. ZIMMER, in going home from their restaurant, passed the building and smelled something burning. It was caused by a short circuit in the battery as the fire was entirely in the rear end.

- Miss Emmogene DOOLEN of this city became the bride of Mr. Horace M. GRAY of Champaign on Saturday at the home of the bride. Flower girls were Eugenia ETHERTON and Lora Elise DOOLEN. The couple will make their home in Champaign. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN and a graduate of the K.H.S. class of ‘17. For the past 5 years she has been employed as a stenographer in Champaign. The groom is a student at the U. of I. and also an instructor. He will obtain his Doctor’s degree next spring.

- Miss Veda JONES entertained a number of young friends at her home last Tuesday. The affair was a prenuptial shower given in honor of her cousin, Miss Emogene DOOLEN, who became the bride of Horace M. GRAY.

- Mr. Ellis BUTTS and Miss Anna MEYERS went to Effingham Wed. of last week where they were married. The bride is daughter of W.F. MEYERS, residing west of this city, while the groom is the son of Mrs. Roy MISSELBROOK, residing east of here. The couple will make their home in our community.

- Kinmundy has the distinction of being the largest shipping station for lima beans.

- Mr. D.W. McKOWEN of Winfield, Kansas is visiting her uncle, T.M. SMITH of this city. Mrs. McKOWEN was formerly Miss Anna ARMSTRONG of near Camp Ground neighborhood and this is her first visit since leaving 53 years ago.

- A letter was printed from Will ROONEY of Chicago, who is a former Kinmundian.

- Mr. and Mrs. CALDWELL and son, Paul, and family and daughter, Ruby (Mrs. APPLETON) of Marion, Ohio, are visiting at the Ida RUTHERFORD home. Mrs. CALDWELL was formerly Miss Ella SWEENY of this city, and this is her second visit here in 27 years.

- Swift School Items: Frank ARNOLD left Monday for St. Louis where he has employment.

Aug. 27, 1925:

- An announcement was made of the arrival of a 9 pound daughter at the home of Mr. and H.F. ROE in Beardstown, Ill. The mother is formerly Miss Edna HALEY of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Archie PATHEL announce the arrival of an 8 pound boy, Eugene Edward, at their home in Crete, Ill. The mother is the former Miss Rena BRANSON of this city.

- Miss Helen KILLIE of Centralia married Mr. Amos WHITLOCK of Centralia last Sunday at the home of the bride. Miss Elizabeth KILLIE, sister of the bride, and Theodore GRAGG were the attendants. The couple will make their home with the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. KILLIE of Centralia. The bride was reared in this community.

- Luther BASOM of Brubaker died at St. Mary’s hospital in Centralia on Wednesday of last week after undergoing an operation for a hernia. The funeral was held on Friday. Mr. BASOM was probably the heaviest man in Marion county weighing 420 pounds.

- Miss Pauline HILLER left Tuesday for Effingham to care for Mrs. Joe BACKENSTO, who had an attack of pluerisy last Thursday and is in the hospital.

- Meacham News: A few neighbors gathered at the BALKE home Monday to charivari the newly wedded pair, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence KAISER, and also to remind Mr. and Mrs. TRACEY that we remember them slipping away about 5 years ago. Ice cream and cigars were served.

- Swift School Items: A birthday party was held at Mark SWIFT’s for his birthday. Those present were: Otis CHARLTON and wife, Thurman McCULLEY and family, Jeffie McCULLEY and family, Ellis WOLFE and wife of Centralia, and Gerald STRONG, uncle and aunt of Champaign.

- Omega: Mrs. Alice BENNET of Xenia attended the anniversary dinner at F.E. CHEELEY’s on Aug. 16.

- Mr. and Mrs. David ZIMMER, Mrs. Anne STOKELY and son, HAYS, J.N EMBSER and son, Ted, Fred and Jesse GRIFFIN, John FORD, Miss Lois SEE, Mr. and Mrs. Art PARRISH and daughter, L.L. HULTS and Mr. and Mrs. S.E. STOKELY of Salem, were visitors at the SPIESE home Sunday.

- Lon HAMMER, wife and son of Decatur, spent the weekend here with their mother, Mrs. Matilda HAMMER and Mrs. BRATCHER.

Sept. 3, 1925:

- There was an arrival of a 6 pound girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford JACKSON of Charleston, Ill.

- On Friday night, the Alma State Bank, located in Alma was broken into and the safe blew. The yeggs first went to the section toolhouse and obtained some picks and crowbars. They gained entrance to the bank by breaking the lock on the back door. Then they picked a whole in the brick vault, large enough to crawl through. They then blew the small money safe inside. The amount of the loot was about $500. Mrs. Claude RAINEY, who lives across the street, heard a noise which aroused her at about 12 midnight to 2 a.m.

- Chas. CRAIG died in the State Hospital in Anna on Sunday. The body was brought here for burial. The funeral was held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He was 48 years, 1 month and 6 days old. He leaves a brother, Myron CRAIG, residing southwest of this city, and Mrs. Gertie WOOD of Salem.

- W.E. MORRIS and family have moved from their home in Salem to Marshall, Ill., where Earl has accepted a position as Vice President at the State Bank there.

Sept. 10, 1925:

- On Monday night, Arthur BROWN, living near Cartter, had the misfortune of having his barn, silo, 1 horse, all his harness, garage and Studebaker car go up in smoke. The origin of the fire is believed to have been touched off by human hands. The garage stood a distance from the barn and it seems as though fire broke out in both of them at the same time.

- Mr. and Mrs. Jim KENNEDY have had their guests for the past few days, all of his sisters and their families. His sisters are as follows: Mrs. Oscar CURTIS of Bloomington, Ill.; Mrs. L.E. WILLIAMS of Benton; Mrs. C.E. WALKINGTON and Mrs. Fred CHANCE of Vienna; and Mrs. Clinton SMITH of Westfield, Ill. Sunday morning was spent in visiting the old home about 3 miles southeast of Kinmundy which was started in March 1, 1883, when L.N. KENNEDY and Ida CRAIG were united in marriage. The 6 children, were all born and raised in this neighborhood. The old schoolhouse was visited and the Camp Ground Church, where the father, children, and their families met again in Sunday School and Church as in days gone by. Their mother died March 17, 1916. Present at the noon hour besides sisters and their families were: L.N. KENNEDY, the father and his present wife, an uncle, T.M. SPYKER of Streator, Ill.

Sept. 17, 1925:

- Theodore GARRETT was born Aug. 18, 1862, in Foster township and departed this life Sept. 14, 1925, at the age of 63 years and 25 days. He was the third of six children of Thomas and Catherine GARRETT, and of his parental family, is survived by only one brother, William GARRETT. On Oct. 21, 1881, he was united in marriage to Icy DOOLEN, and to this union were born eight children: Emma, Claude, Gene, Laura, Hattie, Minnie, Lela, and Dorothy, all of which are living, save, Laura, who was called to her eternal Home, May 25, 1924. Then, too, they took into their home when very small, a niece, Allie JONES THOMAS, who was to them, as an own child, and who received the same devotion and love as the other children. He became a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Vernon on Aug. 17, 1899, of which he was always a faithful member. He was a friend to all, and will ever be remembered by his neighbors as an upright, just, unselfish man, who ever upheld the standard of honor, truth, and love, and always stood ready to play the part of the Good Samaritan, when occasion demanded. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Icy GARRETT, one brother, William GARRETT, two sons, five daughters, 16 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. C.H. CARLTON, of Vernon, and the body was laid to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery. The I.O.O.F. Lodge of Vernon rendered a beautiful service at the grave.

- Swift School Items: We were sorry to learn of the death of Theodore GARRETT which occurred Monday.

- Mr. Walter MILLER and Miss Hilda NEAVILLE, both of this city slipped away to Salem Sept. 16 where they were married. Immediately after the ceremony they went to Centralia where they spent the day at the Clarence JOLIFF home, Mrs. JOLIFF being a sister of the groom. They will make their home in South Bend, Ind. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry NEAVILLE of this city, and a graduate of the K.H.S. class of ‘22. Since that time she has been employed as operator for the Bell Telephone Co. in this city. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore MILLER, and has grown to manhood in this community. He served in the World War.

- The remaining part of the old HULL building collapsed on Monday. Part of the building fell a few years ago, so we are glad this "eyesore" is gone.

- Mrs. Laura LAMBIRD, wife of Wm. H. LAMBIRD, died at her home in Meacham twp. Tuesday after a lingering illness. She was aged 57 years and 10 months. Interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.B. VALLOW of Detroit, Mich. have a 9 pound daughter at their home born Sept. 10.

- A letter was printed from Clyde FOSTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. FOSTER, who is in France.

Sept. 24, 1925:

- The TYNER sisters have discontinued their millinery and dress making business and will go to Chicago in a few days.

- J.A. KAGY of Omega has bought the Luther BASOM store in Brubaker.

- A fire broke out in the warehouse of the MORRIS and HELM store Wednesday morning. A few paper cartons and a couple of banana crates were burned in the wareroom, but after this, the fire seemed to have burned itself out.

- Meacham News: Several of our people attended the funeral of A.H. LACEY Sunday afternoon at Union Church.

- Mr. and Mrs. George B. HEEG of Springfield, Ohio announced the arrival of a 9 pound boy born Sept. 5, 1925. Bernard, their oldest child, celebrated his 9th birthday on the same day.

Oct. 1, 1925:

- William Ralph, 8 lbs., and Wanda Elizabeth, 7 lbs. made their appearance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert MAXEY on Sept. 25. Wanda Elizabeth died Sept. 29th. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. J.D. LASWELL died on Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maurice NELMS, of Hindsboro. The body was brought to Farina with interment in Oskaloosa. Besides Mrs. NELMS, she leaves Dr. S.L. LASWELL of Alma, and Dr. J.L. LASWELL of Decatur, but formerly of this city.

- Miss Lucy DEW was called to Jasonville, Ind. on Monday on account of the death of Mrs. Frank DEW, which occurred Sunday. Interment was made at Jasonville Cemetery.

- A letter written by Frank HAMMERS was printed.

- Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN announce the arrival of an 8 lb. boy at the home in Vernon on Sept. 26.

- Swift School Items: The scholars gave a party at the home of Ren WAINSCOTT and wife on Wednesday in honor of their teacher, Miss Thelma BOYD’s birthday.

- Frank HUMPHREY and wife, Albert MALINSKY and wife were in Flora Monday attending the funeral of a sister-in-law.

- Omega: We are sorry to hear of the death of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde SIPES.

- Swift School Items: Frank JONES and family spent Sunday with Bert GARRETT and family.

Oct. 8, 1925:

- On Oct. 2, Mrs. Mary HUMPHREY (Grandma HUMPHREY) passed the 97th milestone of her life. The old homestead doors are always open, and the children came home to visit her. On that day those that were able to be with her were: Mrs. Elizabeth HUMPHREY GRAMLEY, Mrs. Margaret H. GRAMLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HUMPHREY and son, Wm., Mr. and Mrs. James FISH, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank SCHWARTZ. A wonderful dinner was served at noon.

- Hugh COUGHLIN was jolted up considerably when he was struck by a car near Trenton. He was fixing a blown out tire along side the road when a car, driven by an unknown driver, struck him. He awoke in the hospital in Breese. He was injured about the hips and ribs, and received bruises about the face.

- Mrs. Clyde DAVIS of Sturgis, Mich.; Mrs. Harold WILCOX of Battle Creek, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. FOWLER of Chicago were called here Sunday morning on account of the serious illness of their father and grandfather, Lou BARBEE.

- Alpha Lorraine, 4 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold BOUGHERS of Kinmundy, was found dead in her bed Tuesday morning. An inquest was held by Ed ANDERSON of Patoka, and a verdict of indigestion was returned by the jury. The funeral was held from the home of James BOUGHERS Wednesday with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. She was born March 24, 1925, and died Oct. 6, 1925.

- Miss Ruth I. STOUT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. STOUT of South Bend, Ind., and William SWIFT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark SWIFT of Kinmundy, were married Oct. 1 at the home of the bride’s parents. The couple will reside in Kinmundy.

- Marlin DISS and wife are the proud parents of a 9 pound boy.

Oct. 15, 1925:

- R.J. ANDREWS returned Saturday from Memphis, Tenn. where he was called by the serious illness and death of his father.

- Swift School Items: Roy JONES and family of Patoka, and Miss Mamie GARRETT and Pid BASSETT spent Sunday evening with Marvin CONANT and wife.

Oct. 22, 1925:

- On Oct. 15th, 35 relatives gathered at the home of James BURKETT in Meacham twp. to help celebrate his 67th birthday. All brought well filled baskets. Fried chicken was 1st in favor with banana cake a close 2nd. The 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren were allowed to occupy 1 table. A daughter and granddaughter of Salem were unable to attend being sick with the measles.

- Mary Frances ROSS was born near Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 8, 1845 and died Oct. 10, 1925. She married W.S. ROSS on Oct. 13, 1864, and they had 8 children, 7 of whom survive. Interment in Alma Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BUTTS are the parents of an 8 pound boy born Oct. 20.

Oct. 29, 1925:

- Fred A. BENKE of Salem will open a studio in this city on Nov 4th in the room formerly occupied by the PORTER Studio. He will be here each Wednesday for business.

- Word has been received here of the marriage of Melvin HULTS of Beardstown, grandson of Mrs. Mattie DOWNS and Mrs. Lettie HULTS of this city, to Miss Clara BOWMAN.

- Dr. and Mrs. S.M. DAVIDSON of Chicago announce the arrival of a son, Scott Bargh DAVIDSON on Oct. 23rd.

- Mr. and Mrs. George MILLER of South Bend, Ind. are parents of a baby daughter. The mother was formerly Miss Charlene SEE of this city.

- Mrs. Effie DOOLEN and family and Mr. and Mrs. Claude HANNA motored to St. Louis Saturday and spent the weekend with Miss Florence DOOLEN who is employed there.

- Omega: Frank SHAFFER purchased an engine of Chas. SIMMONS and moved it to Edd FORD’s near Alma.

- A little son named Merle, arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD at Sibley, Ill. on Oct. 19th. Mrs. GREENWOOD was formerly Miss Lois KLINE.

Nov. 3, 1925:

- Klan Holds Funeral: As the clocks were striking the midnight hour Saturday evening, 20 or more Klansman were seen wending their way to the J.H. NELMS funeral parlor. There they held their funeral ceremony over the body of their departed brother, George SPIESE. Immediately after the ceremony, a fiery cross illuminated the skies in front of the parlors.

- W.W. NEIL has transformed his insurance business to J.N. VALLOW.

- Not much damage done on Saturday night on Halloween. Ed PERRY’s barber pole was seen the next morning on top of the I.C. Water Tank. The red "keep to the right" lantern was hoisted to the top of the flag pole.

- Clarence ALDERSON was injured when he went to drain the radiator of his car at 10 o’clock one evening so that the low temperature wouldn’t burst the cylinder heads. But when he started he found that ice had already formed at the pet cock. As he tried to start the engine to warm it, the starter wouldn’t work on account of the low batter. Then he attempted to crank it and it started the wrong way throwing the crank against Clarence’s jaw and lips. The pain was so great that he thought it was best to have Dr. MILLER take a look at his jaw. The next morning his wife hardly knew him and he didn’t look familiar to many other people, but now is getting better looking. Now there are 3 morals from this little story: 1) If you have a car that when being cranked will tap you on the jaw, better have your wife crank it. 2) If you must crank a car, crank a Ford. They never tap you on the jaw; they break your arm. 3) Do as the writer did and let the cylinder head burst.

- Frank and Pearl ARNOLD and Florence DOOLEN of St. Louis spent the weekend here with homefolks.

- Meacham News: Mr. and Mrs. John WEISS returned home Saturday after spending several days in Vernon helped care for her father who died Tuesday.

Nov. 12, 1925:

- George Heaton SPIESE, son of Willard H. and Alice HEATON SPIESE, was born near Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., Ill. on Aug. 16, 1860, and died at the Dr. Perry Nichols Sanitarium in Savanna, Missouri on Oct. 29. At the age of 21 years he moved with his parents to the home where he has lived till his death. In 1891 he married Miss Sally POOLE, and they had twin boys - Edward and Edgar. In 1901 his wife died, and in 1915 Edward died in Rocky Ford, Colorado. In 1913 Mr. Spiese married Caroline BECTHLER, and she died in 1916. On Feb. 1, 1920 he married Fern C. STOKELY, and they had 3 children, 1 dying in infancy, George Emmett, Jr., and Florence Suzanne survive with his wife.

- Mrs. Frances CRAIG of this city received news last Wednesday of the death of her grandson, Ernest D. CRAIG, son of Robert CRAIG, a former resident of Kinmundy, but now of Belleville. Ernest was at work in a mine in Glen Carbon, Ill., and was caught by a fall of slate and crashed. He was 25 years old and leaves a wife and 3 children.

Nov. 19, 1925:

- A letter from W.H. BREWER of Biloxi, Miss. was printed.

- Mrs. Mary J. SWAIN (nee HAWKINS) was born in Mt. Summit, Ohio on May 5, 1858. She married George F. SWAIN on Aug. 25, 1875 at Cliff Valley, Hamilton Co., Ohio, and they had 8 children - Henry, Emma, Sherman, Nora, Elsie, Leatha, Willard and Iva. Emma and Willard preceded her in death. In the fall of 1900, Mr. and Mrs. SWAIN moved to Kinmundy, her daughter Iva, being born here Feb. 21, 1903. On July 25, 1921 her husband died, and she has lived in Kinmundy since his death. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elise McANINCH in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 11, 1925, where she had gone to spend the winter.

- Meacham News: A baby boy arrived at the Ira MERRITT home on the 9th.

- Alma News: Virgil McNEIL, who was called here on account of the sickness and death of his mother, Mrs. Clara McNEIL, has returned to his home in Washington, D.C.

- Alma News: The funeral services of Arch ARNOLD were held at the M.E. Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. Monroe SMITH of Patoka officiating. Interment in the Alma Cemetery.

- Omega: About 15 children of the neighborhood met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben MILLICAN, Saturday afternoon in honor of their daughter, Neva’s 6th birthday.

Nov. 25, 1925:

- Samuel Roger DAVIS was born in Harrison Co., Ohio on July 13, 1844, the eldest son of Nicholas and Suzanne DAVIS. He had 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Rolland died at age 4, Martha at age 5, and Otis at age 29. He has lived in this vicinity since he came to this country at the age of 26 years. On Apr. 28, 1872 he married Mary Baldwin SOUTHWARD, and they had 2 children - Margaret WANTLAND of this vicinity, and Freddie who died at the age of 3 years. His wife died in 1879. On Nov. 18, 1925 he died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. WANTLAND. He leaves a devoted daughter, Mrs. Chas. WANTLAND, and a granddaughter, Helen; a sister, Mrs. Sadie TURNER of E. St. Louis; 2 brothers - Enos DAVIS of this vicinity, and Lewis R. DAVIS of Salem. The funeral was held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Omega with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Martha P. WALKER, one of Kinmundy’s former teachers, now at Wood River, Illinois was run over and injured by an automobile on Friday. Two bones below the knee were broken twice. Her sister, Jane WALKER is at her bedside. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simp WALKER residing west of town.

- A birthday dinner was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM last Friday in honor of Mrs. Caroline BASCOM’s 80th birthday. Guests were Mrs. G.W. HEFTEN of East St. Louis, a sister to Mrs. BASCOM; Mrs. Adeline JOHNSON and F.M. BASCOM.

- Alma News: Ed POOL died at the home of his brother and sister on late Saturday evening after a long illness. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church with interment in Jones Cemetery.

- Max Lee was born at the home of Rev. and Mrs. T.A. MARTIN at their home in Ziegler, Ill. on Nov. 20.

- Mrs. J. SMITH returned home from Sonnett where she was called by the sudden death of her brother.

- Last Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. CRAYS dropped in at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. PARKER,as this visit had been prearranged. In the meantime the CRAYS home was filled to overflowing with friends and relatives who took possession during their absence and filled the dining room and kitchen with food. The "guests" were completely surprised. (Taken from the Deiterich newspaper.)

- Vandalia is to have a new hospital which will open Nov. 30th for patients.

- Meacham News: T.J. WADE was agreeably surprised last Sunday by a large crowd of relatives in honor of his 61st birthday. A sumptuous dinner was held at the noon hour. Present were: Glen ROBB and family of Salem; Robb GREEN and family; E.G. DILLON and family, Mrs. Maude PORTER and sons, Gus and Lynn, and Miss Mary MAXEY being the guest of Georgie DILLON.

Dec. 3, 1925:

- Fay McCULLEY MORRIS, daughter of W.J. McCULLEY and wife residing 3 miles west of Kinmundy, died Nov. 21, 1925 at Healthwind Hospital in South Bend, Ind. after an illness of several months at the age of 32 years, 1 month and 9 days. She married Harry A. MORRIS of South Bend, Ind. on Aug. 3, 1912 at Cassopolis, Mich. Interment at Highland Cemetery in South Bend. She leaves a husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, a father and mother, 5 sisters, and 1 brother. Among these of her own family attending the funeral were Mrs. J.W. McCULLEY and Mrs. Otis CHARLTON of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Loyd VAN LOVELL of English, Ind.; and Miss Pearl McCULLEY of South Bend, Ind.

- Mr. W. W. NEIL died at his home in this city on Monday. He was one of Kinmundy’s oldest businessmen having been in business 44 years. Services were held at the M.E. Church. The interment will be made in the beautiful mausoleum which adorns Evergreen Cemetery.

- Word was received here that Scott MATTHEWS was killed by a train in his hometown of Ware, Ill. The funeral will be held in Centralia.

- Thomas W. WILLIAMS died at his home in Salem on Nov. 29 after a brief illness at the age of 88 years, 6 months, and 7 days. The funeral was held in Salem with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- N.J. ROBNETT and Mr. and Mrs. P.F. ROBNETT were in Centralia on Tuesday attending the funeral at N.J.’s brother.

- Meacham News: Mr. and Mrs. John WEISS were called to Farina on Wednesday on account of the death of Mr. WEISS’s father-in-law, Mr. SPORLEDER.

- About 25 neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MORRIS met at their home on Sunday and surprised Mrs. MORRIS in honor of her birthday.

Dec. 10, 1925:

- W.W. NEIL, son of Elias and Sarah NEIL, was born in Georgestown, Ohio on Oct. 31, 1850, and came to Kinmundy with his parents when he was 9 years old. Since then he resided in Kinmundy with the exception of 4 years in Salem while he was holding the office of County Treasurer. He was also City Clerk for a number of years, City Mayor, and Director of the Kinmundy Building and Loan Association. He was the member of a quartette with Messers W.S. PRUETT, W.E. MORRIS, and C.B. HARVEY. On Dec. 24, 1874 he married Miss Fannie GUNN, and they had 1 daughter born - Charlotta, now Mrs. HEINRICH. During the year 1924, Mr. and Mrs. NEIL planned to celebrated golden wedding anniversary, but since ill health came to Mr. NEIL shortly before this date. He died Nov. 30, 1925. The greatest sorrow that ever came to Mr. NEIL was the death of his only grandson, Xon HARLAN, who died at the age of 22 years. (This obituary was accompanied by a picture.)

- Last week we made the announcement of the arrival of a fine boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN. We gave his name as Sherman Lee. The other day Grandpa (C.I.) DOOLEN came in with that grandpa grin from 1 end of his face to the other and told us that we had better change that name to Charles Lee. Now do you blame grandpa for grinning.

- The men of the neighborhood have been putting a new roof on the Camp Ground Church during the past week.

Dec. 17, 1925:

- Mrs. Lina SAGE, whose maiden name was THOMAS, daughter of David and Eleanor THOMAS, was born March 23, 1846 on the farm owned by her father in Chippewa twp., Beaver Co., Penn. about 3 miles from Beaver Falls, Penn. where she lived until her marriage to Frederick BALKE, while yet in her teens. After marriage she resided for a time in a house on her father’s farm within sight of her girlhood home. Shortly, however, she and her husband removed to Allegheny, Penn., where their first and only child, Percy BALKE, was born. They removed next to Illinois where a farm was purchased near Kinmundy which the son now owns and still resides. Frederick BALKE died in 1889, after which she traveled in the south and lived at various times in Boston and Springfield, Mass., and Buffalo, New York. About 14 years ago she married Franklin SAGE of Hartford, Conn., who died some years ago. For past 12 to 13 years she has lived in Penn. in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, living a time with her youngest sister, Mrs. Robert RICHARDSON of Ellwood City, Penn. On Sept. 3 she suffered a severe stroke of apoplexy, while on a visit with her sister, Mrs. W.W. ABBOTT of Crafton, Penn., where she was removed to the home of her son, where she died Dec. 8, 1925. Her son, Percy BALKE, and 3 sisters: Mrs. Belinda BROOKS of Knoxville, Penn., Mrs. W. W. ABBOTT of Crafton, Penn., and Mrs. Robt. RICHARDSON of Ellwood City, Penn. survive her. An eldest sister, Mrs. Lou NEIL of EDINBURGH, Penn. died 5 years ago. She also leaves 2 grandchildren - Mrs. C.H. KAISER of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mrs. W.C. TRACY of Plattesville, Wis. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Sarah Elizabeth NOWELL was born in Merietta, Ohio on March 22, 1852 and lived there until about 1876, coming with her parents to Odin, Ill. In March 1885 married Edwin DAVIS of Odin, and they had 2 children, Harry of Bloomington, Ill, and Edwin who died in infancy. In 1887 he moved to the farm near Kinmundy where she lived until her death Dec. 8, 1925. Her husband died Feb. 20, 1894. Since that time she had lived with her step-son, familiarly known as John.

Dec. 24, 1925:

- Jesse GEORGE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE, fell while playing breaking his limb below the right knee. He was running to jump on an old table that was sitting in the backyard, and slipped and fell.

Dec. 31, 1925:

- On Christmas Eve at the parsonage of the Logan St. Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon occurred the marriage of Edgar SPIESE of Kinmundy and Miss Hattie CARPENTER of Mt. Vernon. They were attended by Ruby CARPENTER and Charles CARPENTER, Jr., sister and brother of the bride. The bride is a K.H.S. graduate and was an instructor in the schools here a few years ago. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. CARPENTER, former residents of here. The groom is eldest son of the last George H. SPIESE, and was raised here, serving overseas in the world war. For the past 4 years he has made his home in Mt. Vernon. The couple will reside in Mt. Vernon.

- It was 31 years ago Saturday when the C & E.I. rails were laid thru Kinmundy. It was a cold day but never the less several of our citizens watched the spectacle.

- Kinmundy is without a hotel for the first time in many, many years. Mrs. BLACK moved her hotel furniture from the Dad’s Hotel building to the Kate BUSWELL property yesterday.

- Florence DOOLEN of Salem, spent Christmas here with her mother, Mrs. Effie DOOLEN and family.

- G.D. SHEPARD and daughters, Misses Hazel and Emogene, and son, Carl, of Pittsburg, Kansas, spent the holidays with their cousins, Mrs. E.G. FORD, Mrs. Edward HARRELL, and Mrs. H.F. JAHRAUS.

- Mr. and Mrs. R.W. WAINSCOTT of Champaign announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Estella WAINSCOTT, to Millard LANE at Urbana on Dec. 23. Mrs. LANE is a graduate of Kinmundy High School class of ‘18, and for the past several years has been employed at the tailor shop of Mrs. Mary COSTELLO. He is a graduate of Urbana High School. The couple will make their home in Urbana.

- Omega: Little Viola Leone, daughter of Leonard Cecil and Lena POTTER was born March 24, 1923 and died Dec. 26, 1925. She leaves a mother, father, and an aged grandfather and grandmother.

- Omega: Zilpa SEE entertained a number of guests to a social on Friday it being her 17th birthday. The evening was spent in various games and contests. Merle WALKINGTON won the jug of cider and See MILLICAN the box of candy.

- Mr. and Mrs. Millard HART of Champaign received a fine Christmas present when old Santa delivered them an 8 pound boy on Christmas day named Billie Dean. The mother is formerly Miss Ruth ALEXANDER of this city.

- E.G. FORD and wife spent Xmas at Ed HARRELL’s.


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

Compiled, transcribed, and printed by Dolores Ford Mobley. (March 1999) Questions, comments, suggestions should be directed to the e-mail address below.    Permission to copy,  is requested.

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