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. 7, 1926:

- The merchants have agreed to close every evening, except Wednesday or Saturday evening at 6 o’clock beginning next Monday evening and continuing thru April 1st. This is done in order to save fuel and lights.

- Miss Mary ROTAN of Plainview, Texas, formerly of this city, was the first person from the Plainview Hospital passing the state examination on the first trail.

- The following telegram was received by Mrs. Fannie LOWE of this city on Sunday morning:

Corel Gables, Fla.

Jan. 2, 1926.

Trust this telegram may serve as an official announcement of your new daughter. Katherine ARNOLD of Chattanooga and I were married tonight at Coral Gable Congregational church and have moved to our new home in Coral Pines, where we will welcome all relatives and friends after January 20.



The sender of this telegram was Lewis J. CONANT, youngest son of the late Smith CONANT. He is a graduate of the Kinmundy H.S. class of ‘14, and the University of Illinois class of ‘18. For the past several years, he has been connected with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Recently this firm established an office in Coral Gables, Fla.

- Loran Ellis Dwain, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl SHANAFELT, was born May 16, 1924, and died at the home of his parents on Jan. 1, 1926. He leaves a father, mother, one brother - Earl Hugo, and one sister - June Eileen. Services were held at the home of his aunt, Mrs. John PHILLIPS. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. C. GRAY are closing out their stock of merchandise and going to quit business. Their intentions are to go on a small poultry farm.

- Wilson School: A large crowd of neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Amil MEYERS on New Years night and gave him a very pleasant surprise, it being his birthday. Games of various kinds were enjoyed. Refreshments of popcorn and candy were served.

Jan. 14, 1926:

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

- Tuesday being the 68th birthday of T.M. SMITH, he received a birthday greeting by way of telephone from his daughter, Mrs. Georgia EAGAN of Denver, Colorado.

- An 11 pound girl was born to Dr. and Mrs. H.A. LANDESS on Saturday. Jean Louise is her name.

- Riley WILLIAMS has received word that Harold Lee made his arrival Jan. 7 at the home of his grandson, Joe FOX of Calumet City, Ind. "And now they call me great grandpa."

- Omega: The young people enjoyed a coasting party and social at the G.R. LONNON home on Friday in honor of Miss Myrtles 17th birthday.

- Ray GEORGE moved the household effects of the Robb GREEN’s to Decatur on Saturday.

Jan. 21, 1926:

- J.H. MENEELY died in the Sanitarium at Hinsdale, Ill. on Jan. 18. His remains were brought to Kinmundy on the I.C. train accompanied by his sister and brothers. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Eastland Cemetery. John Henry MENEELY was born July 16, 1866 at Port Kennedy, Penn. When 1 year old, he accompanied his parents to southern Illinois. There on a farm near Kinmundy, Ill. he resided until he grew to manhood. His preliminary education was secured in schools in southern Ill. Beginning in 1885 he taught in the schools of Marion Co., and was Superintendent in Kinmundy in 1893. He served in other high schools in both Illinois and in Brooklyn, New York. In 1896 he graduated with a Master’s degree from the Univ. of Illinois, and in 1911 from New York University with a degree of a Doctor of Philosophy. His education was further extended at Oxford University in England. Remaining are 1 sister - Margaret of LaGrange; and 4 brothers - Daniel and James of Champaign, Charles S. and A. Robert of Chicago.

- Dwight ALEXANDER and Miss Ruth SMITH were married on Jan. 16 at the M.E. parsonage in St. James, Ill. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Ida SMITH of St. James, and for the past 6 months she has made her home in this city having been employed at BAKE’s Bakery. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER of Champaign, formerly of this city. He came here a few months ago to accept a position at BAKE’s Bakery. He grew to manhood in this community. The couple will make their home in this city.

- Mr. Dale ARNOLD and Miss Doris SWIFT were married in Vandalia on Saturday. The groom is son of Sam ARNOLD living west of here. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark SWIFT living west of here. The couple will make their home west of town.

- The Kinmundy Express will be moving into the building just vacated by Paddy GRAY in a few days. We are moving for this reason. We have been in our present home for several years and paid at a rate of $12 per month to the owners during that time. Now we have quite a stack of canceled checks to show for this. On our new home we will pay a rental of $14.40 per month to the Kinmundy Building and Loan Association. After 126 month’s rentals should have been paid, they will make a present of the building. Now, do you blame us for moving?

- A letter was printed from Mary MILLARD from Bird Island, Minn.

- Tommy FEATHERSTONE of Odin shot himself Sunday the 16th. He lived until Thursday. Interment in Odin Cemetery. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Ella WICKENHAUSER, and 5 grown children. They made their home here several years. No one seems to know just why he shot himself, but they do know that he was pretty well soaked with while mule when he pulled the trigger.

- Wilson School: A farewell party was given last Tuesday night at the home of Elsworth HARVEY and wife. Dancing and cards were enjoyed till a late hour. The HARVEY family left for Villa Grove on Thursday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Harry NEIL announce arrival of a baby daughter, Ann Marie, at their home in Flint, Mich. on Jan. 16.

- A 10 pound boy made his arrival at the Herschel WILKINSON home in West Frankfort this morning.

Jan. 28, 1926:

- J. Lem BALLANCE who is at present holding the office of County Treasurer. He will be asking for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff of Marion county.

- Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius SEBENS announce the arrival of baby boy, Herbert Beryl, at their home in Lawrenceville on Jan. 11. The mother is formerly Miss Hazel BRASEL of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Lavern GRAY are the proud parents of a 9 lb. boy who made his arrival on Tuesday.

- Alma News: The pupils of the school gave Professor JACKSON a surprise party of his birthday.

Feb. 4, 1926:

- Just as the masculine gender of our town was rejoicing over the fact that there was no millinery store, along came Mrs. Clyde PRUETT and tells us that she will open a millinery store in the building the first door west of City Hall Feb. 13, and will have on display the latest styles in spring hats. Now this makes the feminine gender rejoices and also, upon second thought, make the men rejoice, because we know that the women must wear hats, and we could rather see them bought in Kinmundy than in any other city that we know of, as things are always cheaper in Kinmundy than anywhere else.

- Sarah Elizabeth VERNOSDOLL was born Feb. 4, 1856 and died Jan. 26, 1870. She married Phillip SHORT on Feb. 3, 1870, and they had 12 children - 4 preceding her in death. Mary Bell, Sarah Eveline, William Frances, Charles Adrian, Ira Otis, Ida May, John Alonzo, Carrie Ethel , Bonnie Estella, Flossie Celestia, Harry Wallace, and Roy Harlan survive her. She leaves a husband, 8 children, a half-sister, Margaret E. PERKINS of Coffeyville, Kansas, 38 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Booker Church.

- Mrs. Frank V. DAVIS received a telegram Monday announcing the death of her only sister, Mrs. Florence CHATMAN of New Orleans, La. She was born and raised in this community.

- Jesse L. GRIFFIN of Alma twp. announced his name as a nominee for County Clerk in the Democratic primary to be held on April 13.

- Alma News: Mrs. Della GREGORY assisted by Miss Mary ARNOLD, gave a surprise party on Jan. 27 in honor of her daughter’s birthday.

- Meacham News: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ALLEN attended the funeral of Uncle Gabe LACEY on Sunday. He was past 90 years old and spent most of his life here in Meacham twp.

- Mr. and Mrs. Luther DAVIS entertained at dinner on Friday in honor of their son, Gray’s, birthday. Present were J.L. DAVIS and family, and R.J. ANDREWS and family.

Feb. 11, 1926:

- Mrs. Elizabeth GREEN, former resident of Keota, Iowa, and daughter of the late J.L. RAMSEY of Keota, died at her home in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. Interment was made in Keota Cemetery. Mary Elizabeth GREEN was born June 9, 1858 in Peru, Ill., and died on Jan. 29, 1926. She married H.F. GREEN at Bureau Junction, Ill. on Sept. 13, 1876, and they had 2 children, Ruel Elmer GREEN and Mrs. R.G. COFFMAN, both of Des Moines. The early part of her married life she lived at Kinmundy, Ill. Her husband, H. Forrest GREEN was a druggist in Kinmundy for 30 years. With her husband she moved to Keota, Iowa. in June 1895. He died on Nov. 26, 1897.

- A number of relatives of Dr. and Mrs. H.L. HANNA gathered at their home on Sunday to remind Mrs. HANNA of her birthday. All brought well filled baskets for the noon meal.

- Wilson School: Frank KOLB wears a smile from ear to ear these days. The cause is a 12 pound son who arrived at his home last Wednesday.

Feb. 18, 1926:

- J.H. JACKSON, a well known prosperous merchant of our city, and Mrs. Victoria BAILEY residing on a farm northwest of our city, were married in Carlyle on Feb. 13 at the M.E. parsonage. They will make their home at Mr. JACKSON’s property in the west part of the city.

- A number of young people met at the home of Miss Martha SMITH last Feb. 9, and gave her a surprise, it being her 17th birthday. Entertainment consisted of games and dancing.

- Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JOHNSON announce the arrival of a daughter of Feb. 5 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McCLURE of this city.

Feb. 25, 1926:

- Mrs. Laura Goldia ALVIS died at the home of her parents in Kinmundy on Feb. 20, 1926 at the age of 45 years, 2 months, and 17 days. She leaves 4 children - Lois, Eugene, Roscoe, and Pearl; her parents - Mr. and Mrs. Wm. EAGAN; 2 sisters - Jeanette and Jessie; and 3 brothers - George, Charles and Bert. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. Raymond SWIFT and Miss Evelyn RUSSELL were married in Champaign on Feb. 12. The groom is the youngest son of Mrs. Elizabeth SWIFT of this city. The bride is a native of Farina. The couple will make their home in Decatur where the groom has employment.

- C.E. HULL died in Salem at his home from cancer on Wednesday. Services were held at the Christian Church in Salem.

- Mr. and Mrs. Walter MILLER announce the arrival of a 9 lb. baby girl, Julia Ann, at their home in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 18.

- A fine 9 lb. girl made her arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill SANDERS at St. Louis at Feb. 16th. Margaret Ann is her name.

- Word was received here by Mrs. Effie DOOLEN announcing the arrival of a baby born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice EDMAN of Great Bend, Kansas, on Feb. 20. The mother is formerly Miss Martha DOOLEN of this city.

- Mrs. Chas. ROBB of Decatur arrived here Thursday evening to visit her mother, Mrs. BRATCHER, and other relatives.

March 4, 1926:

- Florence MULVANEY, son of George and Annie MULVANEY, was born on May 4, 1865, and died Feb. 25, 1926. He married Emma G. SMITH in 1885, and they had 12 children - 9 girls and 3 boys. His wife, 1 daughter, and 1 son preceded him in death. He has 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 8 sisters and 6 brothers. Interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- Benjamin DOOLEN, son of Daniel and Elizabeth DOOLEN, was born in Foster twp. on Feb. 23, 1843, and died March 1, 1926 during infancy. He married Miss Laura Ann JONES on Sept. 30, 1860, and they had 4 children: Hattie, Sherman, Icy, and Charley. His wife died March 30, 1894, and Sherman died in infancy. He married Mrs. Inez TATE on March 5, 1901. "Uncle Ben" served in the Civil War with Co. D, 111th Ill. Infantry. He lived his entire life in his native haunts, with the exception of the past 16 years which has been spent in Kinmundy. He was much moved by, first, the death of his grandson, James DOOLEN, then his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Charles DOOLEN, then his 2 son-in-laws, J.W. ATKINS and Theodore GARRETT, then by his granddaughter, Laura CONANT LOWE. He leaves 2 daughters, Hattie and Icy; one son, Charley; 1 brother, Isham of Vernon; 3 sisters - Mary FOSTER and Fannie LOWE of this city, and Clara HOPKINS of Kappa; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday with interment in DOOLEN Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES are parents of a baby boy born at their home in Salem on Sunday, named Charles William.

- Meacham News; Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS received the message announcing the arrival of a new granddaughter at the home of their son, Wm. HARRIS at Wichita Falls, Texas on Feb. 12th.

- Alma News: Mrs. Mattie KNIGHT returned to her home in Salem after attending the funeral of her sister, Mrs. B.F. FARTHING.

- Mrs. Chas. ROBB returned to her home in Decatur Saturday after a week’s visit here at the home of her mother, Mrs. BRATCHER, who has been ill but is reported to be improving.

March 11, 1926:

- A picture of the Kinmundy High School basketball team was printed. They were defeated by Centralia in the semi-finals of the Centralia District Tournament.

- Jesse R. VURSELL wrote about himself as he is a candidate for the nomination of Sheriff of Marion county on the Republican ticket.

- Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY received a telegram last Thursday morning announcing the serious illness of her granddaughter, Helen Elizabeth GARRETT, who has pneumonia. Mrs. GRAMLEY departed immediately for Chicago where she is assisting in her care.

- Swift School Items: Mrs. John PUFFER and daughters, Imogene and Mary, left Monday for their new home in Decatur. Mr. PUFFER and son accompanied Ray GEORGE with the house goods Saturday.

- Elder School: G.W. SHAFFER and wife announce a fine baby girl who made her arrival March 2.

March 18, 1926:

- T.E. ROBB accidently struck his little brother with an ax on Wednesday. Mr. ROBB was splitting wood and the boy was playing around in the yard. Thurman said that he was setting the block when he saw the boy about 20 feet away, but as he drew the ax back, the boy ran into it, cutting the bridge of his nose. The wound was sewed and dressed in town.

- The remains of George MAY, who shot himself at home in Decatur, was brought here on Thursday. George MAY was born April 28, 1900 and died March 9, 1926. He was a nice young man. It is thought by his mother that his mind was somewhat demented and this, along with other trouble, was the cause of his premature death. The flu was the cause of his being demented. He leaves a mother and step-father. The funeral was held at J.H. HELMS Funeral Parlors with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Jesse L. GRIFFIN wrote to the voters as he was seeking the nomination of the County Clerk on the Democratic ticket. He has made his home in Alma twp.

- A letter was printed from Mrs. A.J. BOSTON at Albian, Ill.

- Word has been received by friends of the death of the 2 day old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Earl MULLER at their home in Decatur. The mother is formerly Miss Dolerus JACOBS of this city.

- Swift School Items: Charles FORD and wife spent Saturday evening with George COLE and wife.

March 25, 1926:

- A tribute column was written in honor of Miss Clara S. BRANSON, who for the past 6 years was employed at the Kinmundy Express office. Clara Sebring BRANSON was born May 17, 1899 the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harve BRANSON, and died at the family home in this city on March 17, 1926 after an illness of 6 days. She had an only sister, Rena, now Mrs. Archie PATHEL of Crete, Ill. She was devoted to her 2 loving nephews, Earl Stanley and Eugene Edward PATHEL. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A picture accompanied this obituary.)

- An article appeared in the March edition of Vocal Style, a monthly bulletin from the Vocal Style Music Co, telling of O.N. TYNER of Kinmundy. He was born Oct. 9, 1842, has a collection of antiques, and his first interests were wrapped up in photography. During the Civil War, Mr. TYNER was on special detail as one of the Army Photo Corps of Cumberland Terminal and trans Mississippi forces. In 1873 he entered Music field and remained there continuously.

- Word was received Sunday of the death of an infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. CLINEBELL of Springfield. The mother is formerly Miss Clemy WHITTENBURG of this city.

- John WALKINGTON died at his home south of Omega last Thursday at the age of 53 years, 2 months, and 1 day of T.B. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Wilson School: C.R. HEATON and wife entertained at their home last Saturday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Seth DEVORE, who will soon leave for their home in Lakeview, Ore. Music and card games were enjoyed. A delicious midnight lunch was enjoyed.

- A message was received that Ruth Evelyn, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard CLINEBELL died on Sunday. Mrs. J. WHITTENBERG departed for Springfield on Sunday.

- Mr. and Mrs. John DYER of Rantoul announced the arrival of a baby girl born on March 18. The mother is formerly Miss Lela BARBEE of this city.

April 1, 1926:

- The marriage of Miss Lodema, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe WICKENHOUSER, to Mr. Milton BAYLIS, son of Mr. Abe BAYLIS, living near Kinmundy, took place at Salem on Saturday. The couple will make their home on a farm near Kinmundy.

- Wm. Jefferson McCULLEY was born Oct. 13, 1864 near Windsor, Ill, and died at his home near Kinmundy on March 24, 1926. He moved to the latter place about 30 years ago. He married Lilly Ann DOWNHOUR on July 27, 1884, and they had 7 children. Left are his wife, 6 children: Mrs. Emma SWIFT, Thurman A. McCULLEY, Mrs. Fern CHARLTON, Pearl and Florence McCULLEY, all of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Ora LOVELL of English, Ind. Another daughter, Mrs. Fay MORRIS died a few months ago. He also leaves one brother, James McCULLEY of Lawndale, Cal., and 15 grandchildren. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Rhoda E. PATTERSON, eldest daughter of Alexander and Lavina PATTERSON, was born Sept. 20, 1845 in Liberty, Ind. When 18 years old, she came the wife of Henry PRICHARD, and they had 3 children, 2 dying in infancy, and a son who died 25 years ago. In 1868 the husband died. She married Mr. Samuel D. GRAHAM in 1870. They moved to Illinois in 1883, and lived on a farm near Kinmundy. Of 4 children of this union, 1 daughter died in infancy, a son Harvey died in 1904, William lives in Poplar Bluffs, Mo., and the daughter Mrs. Kate HAMILTON lives in Milford, Ind. Mr. GRAHAM died in 1914. She married Mr. S.H. RAY on March 14, 1917, and their home has been here ever since Nov. of that year. She also leaves 15 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She died March 30, 1926. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Lulu Lorena, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John N. DYER of Rantoul was born March 18, 1926 and passed away afterwards.

- Word was received of the death of Mrs. D.D. SMITH of Woodland, Cal. who died March 13. She was a resident here some 30 years ago, and a sister to Mrs. Chas. HOWELL of this city.

- Last Saturday about 40 friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Loren KLINE and wife to help celebrate their wedding anniversary. Loren planned it as a surprise on his wife.

April 8, 1926:

- Mrs. Dora YOUNKER was brought here for burial. George W. NEAVILL was born April 14, 1840. He married Francis L. HINES in 1861 and they had 1 child, Dora, born Oct. 7, 1865. Frances L. NEAVILL died Oct. 7, 1866. On Feb. 28, 1870 Geo. W. NEAVILL married Melvina NICHOLS, and they had 9 children. George W. NEAVILL died Dec. 28, 1909, and his wife, Melvina, died March 22, 1924. Dora married in 1889 to Henry E. YUNKER who died Apr. 9, 1910. Dora died April 2, 1926 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jessie G. NEWMAN after an illness of 6 years. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A 7 lb. girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. F.A. BOSLEY last evening. Now we haven’t seen Ed BOSLEY, but we know that he can’t smile any louder than Harry WARREN when you say "Hello Grandpa".

- Easter Day was celebrated by an all day meeting and basket dinner at Camp Ground Church on April 4. - Anna R. SCHOOLEY PARRISH was born in Tuscaras Co., Ohio on Jan. 2, 1849 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.C. BOLLINGER of Salem, on March 27. She married Nathan PARRISH of Tuscuras Co., Ohio in 1868, who died at his home near Kinmundy on Oct. 4, 1899. They had 7 children born: Leona Myrtle PARRISH, Mrs. W.C. BOLLINGER, Robert PARRISH, Edward PARRISH, Arthur PARRISH, Mrs. Dolly HOLLIDAY, and Mrs. Jun____ CAMPBELL. Six of the children survive - Mrs. Dolly HOLLIDAY having died Jan. 22, 1909. She also leaves 3 brothers and 1 sister: Benton SCHOOLEY of Elsworth, Ill; Mrs. Mollie TUCKER of Olney; Robert SCHOOLEY of Omega; Elmer SCHOOLEY of Chicago; 19 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The stores have changed their minds since last week and will keep open every evening.

- Lem BALLANCE writes about his candidacy for the nomination of Sheriff of Marion county on the Democratic ticket.

- Jesse L. GRIFFIN write of his candidacy for County Clerk on the Democratic ticket.

- Mrs. Gussie BROWN PATHAEL died at her home at Chicago Lawn, Ill. on April 3, 1926. "Gussie" spent her life among us till a few years after her marriage to Mr. John PATHAEL. She was educated in our public schools and taught here several years. She, with her husband and small children, moved to Chicago Lawn many years ago. Surviving are her husband; 4 children: Mrs. J.H. PENNINGROTH, Mrs. H.F. HART, Carl and Roy PATHAEL, and 1 sister, Mrs. W.O. TULLEY of Salem.

- A fierce storm raged in this vicinity Tuesday night. The barn on George ELDER’s farm near Omega was struck by lightening and burned. Francis SIPES, the renter, lost all his horses except 1, all his cattle and sheep, feed, harness, etc. in the fire. Jake POOL’s barn at Alma struck and burned. There was a house or barn near Farina and one near Brubaker burned, but as of yet we haven’t learned the particulars yet. Several bridges thru out the vicinity were washed away.

- Swift School Items: Mrs. Valinda CONANT and son, Elvin, visited the Bert GARRETT home Sunday.

April 15, 1926:

- Mr. and Mrs. H.L. JIMISON of Hammond, Ind. are parents of a 9 lb. girl named Margaret June. The mother is formerly Miss Opal KNIGHT of this city.

- A bright boy weighing 9 lbs. came to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BRIGHT Sunday.

- Mrs. Florence PARKER, wife of Claude PARKER, died this morning at her home in Jonesboro. The cause of death was the flu followed by stroke of paralysis. The deceased is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. E.A. NASH, W.L. FRENCH, and G.E. FRENCH of Jonesboro; Mrs. Irene BECKMAN, Waltonville, Ill.; Mrs. Claudia LEE, Eureka, Cal.; Mrs. F.B. CHASTAIN, Gillespie, Ill.; Gilbert FRENCH, Erie, Penn.; and Eugene PARKER, Jonesboro. She spent a great part of her life in Kinmundy, and was a sister of Lee BARBEE of this city.

- Alma News: Sunday being the 16th birthday of Miss Iris JACKSON, a few of her intimate friends were invited to her home. Those present were Evelyn WILLIAMS, Vera DAY, and Frances CLAYTOR.

April 22, 1926:

- Herbert BYRD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius SEBENS of Lawrenceville, Ill. was born Jan. 11, 1926. He died April 17, 1926. The funeral was held at the Harry BRASEL home with interment in Gray Cemetery.

- The play, "Mail Order Brides", was presented by the Jr. Class on Friday in the high school auditorium to a large audience. Cast members were as follows: Rosewell SPENCER, Dan LAUX, Robert MAXEY, Dorothy SMITH, Howard DOWNEY, Laura DOOLEN, Frances CLAYTOR, Clara DOOLEN, Lynne PORTER, Rada GARRETT, Lela GARRETT, Elizabeth HOLT, and Robert CLOWER. Also presented was a vocal duet with encore rendered by Martha SMITH and Carl JONES, accompanied at the piano by Mary MAXEY, and a vocal solo and encore by Dorothy SMITH accompanied at the piano by Katherine WORMLEY. Martha SMITH furnished instrumental music between acts.

- Last Sunday about 45 neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE to spend the day and help celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. About 10 o’clock cars and buggies began to arrive. Everyone ate until groans were heard on every side. At about 2 o’clock, all gathered on the lawn and forgot cares and age and played old school games.

- Jessie FISH has been promoted to head nurse at Mt. Vernon Hospital. She is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James FISH of this city.

- E.G. FORD and wife, Ed HARRELL and wife, and F.S. HARRIS and wife spent Sunday with H.F. JAHRAUS and family.

April 29, 1926:

- Mr. Walter HARVEY and Miss Carrie CAMPBELL were married April 24 at the home of the bride’s parents, the Mayor and Mrs. C.A. CAMPBELL of Wamac. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. HARVEY of Centralia, and is employed at Centralia Steam Laundry. The couple will make their home in Centralia.

- Mrs. Mat FRAZIER of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth HARVEY and son, Orville, of Villa Grove came Friday to attend the birthday dinner Sunday at the W.F. HARVEY home in honor of Mr. HARVEY’s 65th birthday.

- M.J. LAUX of Alma was in our city on Friday and informed us that his pickles are being moved from the plant on Friday. Three carloads of salt pickles, 80 barrels to the car, have been shipped to Ohio; 3 tank cars, 160 barrels to the car, to Heinz Pickle Works; and 2 cars of dill pickles to Chicago. He says owing to the volume of business, many improvements on the pickle plant at Alma are being contemplated.

- Thomas MANGNER, a former resident of this city, died at his home in Farina, aged 72 years. He had an attack of influenza, and was getting better, out took a backset, which finally turned into an abscess on the brain. His wife had also been seriously ill with influenza and was unable to attend the funeral. Services were held at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in this city with interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. E. WORMLEY and daughter, Kathryn, spent the weekend in Alma attending the funeral of a brother-in-law.

May 6, 1926:

- V.V. BARCROFT has been re-employed as Supt. of Schools. Also a list of teachers were listed for the coming term in Kinmundy. (Note: A picture of Mr. BARCROFT was printed.)

- Charles G. POLLOCK, son of James and Elizabeth POLLOCK, was born in Monticello, Ind. on July 6, 1865, and died in Alma on April 22, 1926. His boyhood was spent in Indiana. About 35 years ago he came to Marion county where he has lived since. On Sept. 3, 1892 to Miss Ida LOYD, who died July 9, 1893. On Dec. 20, 1899 at Savoy, Ill., he married Mary J. WORMLEY who survives him. Besides his wife, he is survived by 3 sisters: Mrs. Martha IMES and Mrs. Alice ROBERTS of Richmond, Ind.; and Mrs. David COONROD of Monticello, Ind. Services were held at the M.E. Church in Alma with interment in Alma Cemetery.

- Hard Road Meeting: There will be a mass meeting of citizens of the city of Kinmundy in the City Hall on May 13 for the purpose of deciding the route thru the city for the Hard Road. R.L. INGRAM, Mayor.

- Word was received last week announcing the marriage of W.C. SOUTHWARD and Miss Ida BALL. The bride is from Salem, and the groom has resided in this neighborhood most of his life. The couple will live in Salem.

May 13, 1926:

- Orcelas SEE, son of Shull M. and Mary DAY SEE, was born in Marion county on Nov. 19, 1849 and died at his home near Alma on May 4, 1926. He grew to manhood on the farm, his father having settled when he, together with his family, arrived in Illinois in about the year 1845 from West Virginia. On Nov. 19, 1871 he married Mary Jane McCULLOUGH, and they had 7 children, 2 sons and 5 daughters. Both boys, Charles SEE and Dr. Clarence SEE, together with their mother, having preceded him in death. Surviving are 5 daughters: Mrs. Lydia GAFFANEY of Miami, Florida; Mrs. Sam HOWELL of Kinmundy; Mrs. Joe MAZANEK of Alma; and Misses Carrie and Gertrude SEE, who both live at home; and 10 grandchildren. Mr. SEE was the last surviving member of his father’s family. His last living brother, the late well known C.M. SEE of Alma, died in Jan. 1925. Mr. SEE was elected the first president of the State Bank in Alma when it was organized in 1908. He spent his entire life on the old SEE farm on which he was born and died. The funeral was held at the home with interment in SEE Cemetery.

- The Senior Class Play was presented Friday and Saturday and entitled, "The Whole Town’s Talking". The cast: Merle NIRIDER, Harold ARNOLD, Ona ARNOLD, Walter DOOLEN, Ralph BASSETT, Margaret WARREN, Dorothy PULLEN, William HUMPHREY, Rhea HILL, and Eva Ruth JOHNSON, and Nelle INGRAM. Specials between acts were a dance by Veda ROBB and Martha SMITH, and a vocal solo by Dorothy SMITH.

- The homecoming and program were held at Camp Ground Church on Mother’s Day. The church was originally dedicated on July 22, 1883.

May 20, 1926:

- Elder School: Our school closed Saturday. A wiener roast and picnic dinner were enjoyed by all. There were contests and ciphering. The visitors were: Bonnie and Hollis MULVANEY, Elizabeth SOUTHWARD, James SIPES, Mrs. Francis SIPES, and W.H. SHAFFER and daughter, Willadene.

- Pictures of the members of the 1926 Kinmundy High School senior class were printed.

- Mrs. Florence SHRIVER went to Sandoval Wednesday to visit Ray WHITE and wife, and to help take care of the twin girls born Wednesday.

May 27, 1926:

- Henry, son of William and Malinda LUX, was born in Iuka on Dec. 19, 1873, and died May 19, 1926. His parents were taken while he was quite young. Henry and his half-sister came to Kinmundy to reside till about 1890, and his home had been in or near here since that time, except for a few months in 1910 when he and his wife resided in California. He married Miss Minnie WADE on Oct. 31, 1900, and they had 2 sons, Willie and Ralph. One sister, Mrs. Ida EADE of Argo, and a half-sister, Mrs. Ada HILL of Benton, also survive. While at work in the field the 11th of Sept. this past year, Henry met with the accident from which he suffered until he died. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ray WHITE of Sandoval buried one of their twin babies here on Friday. Mrs. WHITE has been in critical condition.

- A fall several days ago into a 5 foot concrete pit yesterday proved fatal to Richard W. DARDEN, 58 years old, after he died in a Memphis hospital. He stepped into the pit at the grain plant where he was about to assume his duties as night watchman. He lingered 3 days between life and death in the hospital. He was buried at Memphis Memorial Park. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Minnie DARDEN, 1 daughter - Mrs. A.J. SMITH of Memphis, and 1 son - A.D. DARDEN of Memphis. Also surviving is a brother, J.W. DARDEN of Little Rock, Ark. He was the son-in-law of Mrs. Fannie LOWE of Kinmundy.

- Miss Winifred SEE and Mr. Fred LAMWERSICK of St. Louis, Mo. were married on May 18, at Vinita Park, Mo. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE of this city. The couple will reside in St. Louis.

- The body of Wm. G. PEDDICORD of Springfield was brought to this city Wednesday and buried in Evergreen Cemetery. He died May 24 at the age of 26 years of age after a lingering illness of about 6 months. He leaves a mother, 2 sisters, Miss Ruth and Mrs. MOFFETT of Springfield, and 2 grandmothers.

- Elder School: Frank GARRETT and family and Willie SOUTHWARD and wife of Salem called on Alvin RHOTAN’s Wednesday evening. A bunch over 30 gathered at the home of Alvin RHOTAN that night and rendered a rousing and lively charivari for the enjoyment of Willie and his wife.

June 3, 1926:

- Little Charles Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur on May 30, 1926.

- John BRASEL was severally burned Saturday while driving home from St. Peter. He had a 5 gallon can of gasoline in the buggy with him. The gasoline slushed out onto his legs. For some unknown reason, the battery became shorted by the bail of the can or a wire created a spark, which in turn ignited the saturated overall legs. John received severe burns about the hands and arms trying to extinguish the flame. One limb is severally burned and may have to be amputated. The attending physician’s advice was for him to go to the hospital, but as of yet, John had not made up his mind to that effect.

- Omega: A large crowd attended the surprise social for Douglas MARLOW Thursday.

- Swift School Items: Mrs. Gerald STRONG has gone to South Bend, Ind. to join her husband who has employment there.

- Swift School News: Mrs. Frank GARRETT and children of Salem, visited Thursday night and Friday with her brother, Merle JONES and family.

June 10, 1926:

- Mr. Hubert HASLER and Miss Ruth HOUSER of Olney came Saturday to visit Mrs. HOUSER’s sister, Mrs. E. GREY WININGER. That evening Rev. WININGER pronounced the words that made the young couple man and wife. They will make their home in Olney.

- June 6th, being Mrs. Owen GEORGE’s 60th birthday, relatives and friends to the number of 26 came out with well filled baskets, and surprised her.

- Bryan C. DOOLEN of Kinmundy was recently appointed head coach of major sports and director of Physical Education at Belvidere, Ill. High School, and will graduate from the University of Illinois this June. He won 6 letters in 2 years at Illinois State Normal at Carbondale competing in football, baseball and basketball.

June 17, 1926:

- Abram W. SONGER, son of Frederick and Jane HELM SONGER, was born Nov. 2, 1832 in a log house about 2 miles south of Xenia, Ill. In 1835, he moved with his parents to a farm in Omega twp. This was pioneer life. The nearest and only neighbor was 2 miles away. His home at that time was a preaching place for the early Methodists. He had as much schooling at that time as he could get. Most of his education was obtained while in Libby Prison. The family consisted of 11 children, and all have died except 1 brother, Dr. S.T. SONGER who resides in Ashland, Oregon. He remained on the farm with his parents until he was 21 years of age. He served in the Civil War in a company made up at Xenia. A bright spot in his life was made when Grant visited him while he was sick in Camp. He was in the battle of Chicamauga for 2 days, and it was here that he was made prisoner for 17 months. Most of the time was spent in Libby Prison. In the spring of 1867, forming a partnership with his brother, G.M. SONGER, he came to Kinmundy where the flouring mill was built. In Xenia, he married Miss Margaret C. NELMS on Feb. 5, 1868. In 1870 they moved to the residence which was his home until his death. To this union were born: Mary Elizabeth, Fred Stanton and Anne, who died in infancy. His wife died Sept. 10, 1907. Dr. F.S. SONGER died on July 4, 1919. He is survived by his daughter, who with her husband, James T. BROWN, cared for him during his declining years. He was an active businessman until April 1907 when he sold his milling business and retired. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. S.T. SONGER, nieces and nephews. ( Note: A picture accompanied this obituary.)

- Mr. and Mrs. Paddy GRAY received a telephone call Tuesday from Glenn KELLY of Sturgis, Ky. stating that his brother, Erwin, had been drowned while swimming in the Ohio River Sunday. The body was found on Tuesday. The funeral and interment were made at Sturgis. The mother is formerly Miss Mabel SEE of this city. The Rev. J.R. KELLY family had made their home on the SEE farm southwest of town the past winter, and on the account of health Mrs. KELLY, the family returned to Kentucky.

- The body of Robert PRUETT who died at his home in Pana, June 9, was brought here on the I.C. train Friday and was taken to the home of his brother, Clyde PRUETT. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Robert Eldridge PRUETT, son of M. and Nelda PRUETT, was born in Exter, Neb. on Nov. 23, 1874. He came to Kentucky with his parents when he was 4 years old. He married Miss Daisy LANSFORD on June 1, 1900, and they had 7 children, 1 daughter, Roberta, having preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 1919. He leaves a loving wife, 6 children: LaVerne, Lawrence, Clifford, Isabel, Vance, and Merlin; 3 grandchildren of Pana; 1 sister, Mrs. Blanche PATTERSON of Taylorville; and 3 brothers, Horace of Flora, Harry and Clyde of Kinmundy.

- Lloyd HINES, 24, of Alma and his sister, Florence of St. Louis, are in serious condition in the St. Louis City Hospital from ptomaine poisoning following a family picnic yesterday at Forrest Park Highlands. Two others in the party, Edith HINES and Gladys CALDWELL, 17, both of Alma, were dismissed after treatment at the hospital. The 4 became ill after eating canned salmon sandwiches.

- Mr. and Mrs. Roy MISSELBROOK are the proud parents of an 8 pound baby girl born June 10.

- Cyrus Edmond ORGAN was born April 7, 1862 and died suddenly at his home in Salem on June 10, 1926. Mr. ORGAN spent the greater part of his life on a farm southwest of Kinmundy. He was the 8th child of a family of 13. One sister, Jane, and 6 brothers having passed before him. He leaves 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and a number of nephew and nieces. Services were held at Sandy Branch on June 12 with interment at Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Joel SIPLE, a resident of Alma twp., died suddenly at the home of Earl FURRY. Mr. SIPLE had come to town to attend the funeral of his old comrade, A.W. SONGER, and had gone to the FURRY home for supper. He was greeted by Mrs. FURRY and invited into the house, but he stated that he was rather warm and would sit on the porch a little while and cool off. He sat down and fell into a faint. A physician was summoned but he was gone before the doctor could arrive. The jury found the cause of death to be apoplexy. He was 87 years old. The funeral was held at Summit Prairie Baptist Church in Stevenson twp. with interment in the church cemetery.

- Mrs. Robert BLACK died at his home in Harvey on June 9. Remains were taken to Salem where the funeral was held at the M.E. Church South with interment in East Lawn Cemetery in that city. The husband is left with 2 small children. The children will be cared for in the home of their grandmother, Mrs. Susan BLACK of this city.

- Wilson School: C.R. HEATON, wife and son, John, motored to Carbondale Wednesday to attend the commencement exercises at the S.I.N.U. of which their daughter, Miss Hester, is a graduate.

- Alma News: Mrs. B.G. PULLEN went to commencement exercises of the University of Illinois in Urbana as her daughter, Edith, graduated.

- A number of friends of June ARNOLD surprised her Thursday with a party, it being her 15th birthday.

- Camp Ground: Roy MISSELBROOK and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ray TOEPKE are the proud parents of a baby boy born June 12.

June 24, 1926:

- An autobiography of A.W. SONGER was printed. It was found after his passing away by his daughter Mamie SONGER BROWN. It includes a lot of family history.

- Otto REESE, a salesman for the Pfeffer Motor Co. who resides in Centralia, suffered a fracture of the kneecap and severe bruises and small cuts after his Ford Coupe was struck by a car near Sandoval. He is resting comfortably now. The car that struck the machine driven by REESE was being towed by another car, and the rope towing the car broke loose. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. REESE of Kinmundy.

- Joel SIPLE, eldest son of Solomon and Lydia SPITLER SIPLE, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio on Nov. 23, 1838, and died on June 11, 1926. When he was but a little boy, his parents moved to Marion County, Ill. in 1841 locating in what was known as Red Lick Prairie. Here he grew to manhood. On Dec. 12, 1861 he married Miss Susan HARLAN, who died Jan. 17, 1919. He had served as Supervisor and Tax Collector in his twp. "Uncle Joe" is survived by 1 son, B.E. SIPLE of Omega twp.; 1 daughter, Mrs. Linna BORING of Stevenson twp.; and a foster son and nephew, Grafton B. HARLAN of Elgin. One daughter, Lillie, died when a little child. Services were held at Summit Prairie Baptist Church with interment in the Church cemetery.

- The Kinmundy Electric Plant was sold to Central Ill. Public Serv. Co.

- On June 18, at the Methodist parsonage in Vandalia occurred the marriage of Miss Florence ARNOLD of this vicinity to Mr. Glenn JOHNSON formerly of Alma, now of Neoga. On Saturday a bountiful dinner was served to about 30 relatives and friends at the home of the bride’s parents, among whom was the grandmother, Mrs. Lucy GREER, and sons, Drs. Mark and Miller GREER of Vandalia, and Mrs. Elizabeth DOOLEN, an aunt from this city. On Sunday an infare dinner was served at the JOHNSON home in Alma. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora ARNOLD residing northwest of this city. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. JOHNSON of Alma, and is employed as a telegraph operator for the I.C. R.R. in Neoga, where the couple will reside.

- The INGRAM families have received word from Mr. and Mrs. M.C. HUSTON of Maroa, announcing the marriage of their only daughter, Fleta Rochelle, to Mr. Herbert MARLOWE also of Maroa. They were married on June 16, and will make their home in Maroa. The mother of the bride is formerly Miss Nellie INGRAM, daughter of W.C. INGRAM of this city.

- Mr. Carl YOUNG of Chicago and Miss Venus KNIGHT of this city were married at Valpariso, Ind. on June 21. They were accompanied by the bride’s sister, Mrs. H.L. JIMMISON. The couple will reside in Chicago where Mr. YOUNG is a barber.

- Elder School: Quite a wreck occurred north of Carlyle on Saturday. Two cars met another and a collision resulted with several people being injured. The occupants of 1 car were from Farina, while one of the other cars belonged to Clyde TROUT.

- Camp Ground: The little son of Samuel PHILLIPS and wife has been named Oliver Dale.

- Swift School Items: A party was given at the home of Billy MORRIS and wife on Saturday in honor of his birthday. A large crowd was present.

July 1, 1926:

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

- Nettie Elaine GARDNER, formerly of this city but now of Kansas City, Mo., and Willis C. BROWNING also of Kansas City, were married at Denver, Colorado on June 14 at the Methodist Church. The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. Bertha GARDNER BROWN and was born and raised in this city. She held the position of telephone operator here. For the past several years she has made her home in Kansas City as a telephone operator. The groom is connected with the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. The couple will reside in Kansas City.

- W.H. BREWER, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to the number of 14 motored here Sunday and spent the day at the BREWER homestead, now owned and occupied by Thurman McCULLEY. A picnic dinner was enjoyed in the walnut grove which was grown from walnuts brought by Mr. BREWER from his boyhood home in Alabama and planted 60 years ago. Those in the party were: Mr. W.H. BREWER, Mr. and Mrs. Chris MARTINS, Mr. and Mrs. Earl SIMMS and daughter, Dorothy, of Champaign, Mr. Noah BREWER, wife and 3 daughters, and Herschel BREWER, wife and babe of Urbana.

- On June 29, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. HEWITT drove down from Farina and took dinner at the J.L. DAVIS home, it being the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. HEWITT, and also Mr. DAVIS’ birthday. In the afternoon they all drove to Farina to attend the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John LACKEY.

- Mrs. Anna STOKELY received word Saturday of the death of her son, Chas. E., better known to his friends here as "Euke" which occurred June 24 at Bisbee, Arizona, at the age of 48 years, 4 months, and 7 days. Interment will be held in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A homecoming and family dinner was very much enjoyed Sunday at the home of Wm. BAGOTT. Those present were: Fred FLETCHER and wife, Paul BAGOTT and family of Charleston, Mrs. Bert GUBBINS and daughter of Muncie, Ind., Mrs. Clark BAGOTT and sons of Lewiston, Idaho, and Lloyd HAMMER and family of this city.

- The annual meeting of the Anti-Poultry Thief Association was held at the town hall in Farina on June 28. The following officers were elected for the coming year: President - Wm. GLUSSENKAMP; Vice President - J.A. NEUBAUER; Secretary - H.B. REISS; and Treasurer - Geo. BOYE.

- Camp Ground: A large crowd attended the Commencement exercises at Omega on Thursday night. There were 40 graduates.

- Alma News: E. BASSETT and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Henry BASSETT.

July 8, 1926:

- Mrs. E.L. THOMAS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Macey PAWLEY, was born in Hardin Co., Ky. on May 26, 1859, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom HAYNES, of Kinmundy on July 3, 1926. She married E.L. Thomas on Feb. 10, 1876, who preceded her in death. To this union were born 3 children: 1 son, Luther, who died in infancy; and 2 daughters, Eva and Frona. In 1878 she and her husband moved to Marion Co., Ill., and here she spent the remainder of her life. She leaves 2 daughters, Mrs. George HEADLEY of Alma, and Mrs. Tom HAYNES of Kinmundy; 1 sister, Mrs. Luis ROBERTS of Washington; 4 brothers, Will of Waverly, Ill., James of Oklahoma, John of Kentucky, and Jake of Idaho. She also leaves 6 grandchildren: Mrs. Frank LEWELLEN of Arcola; Mrs. Hugh BLAIR and Mrs. Claude ROBINSON of Salem; Reta HAYNES of Kinmundy; Anslem HAYNES of Benton, and Dresden HEADLEY of Alma. Funeral services were held at Sandy Branch with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- A family reunion was held on Sunday at the home of Sam HOWELL in Kinmundy in honor of his uncle, W.H. HOWELL of Grunsburg, Kan., and his cousins, Mrs. R.L. DILLEY, and sons, Ebert and Allen of Dodge City, Kansas. A delicious basket dinner was held at the noon hour. A list of those present was printed.

- Thomas B. HANKINS died at his home in Omega twp. on July 1 after several weeks illness of apoplexy at the age of 80 years, 3 months, and 24 days. The body was taken to Arthur, Ill. on Saturday, where services were held and interment was made. He had made his home in this vicinity for several years, and was a civil war veteran. He leaves a wife and 1 son, Fred.

- Charles Euclid STOKELY, son of Samuel M. and Anne FRENCH STOKELY, was born near Omega, Ill. on Feb. 17, 1879, and died June 24, 1926. He is survived by a mother, 4 sisters, and 6 brothers. The funeral was held from the STOKELY home on Friday with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A narrow escape was made by Ronald LACEY and wife, E.E. BROWN and wife, and G.M. NIRIDER, wife and son, Merle, as they set out in a new Dodge car Monday for Centralia to attend the celebration. They didn’t make it as they skidded in the dust and turned over. The occupants were scratched and shook up considerably, but not seriously injured. The car looked like a total wreck.

- Wilson School: Chester KLINE and wife are proud parents of a 10 lb. girl born July 3 named Lois Marie.

- Miss Ida RUTHERFORD left Sunday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Stella FORSHEE GAMMON who died at her home in Indianapolis on Thursday.

- J.W. MITCHELL of Farina has sold his hardware store to his competitor, A.E. SCHMIDT. Mr. MITCHELL was forced to sell out on account of ill health.

- A.C. DUNLAP, I.D. INGRAM, and several others from here spent Saturday in Clinton attending the State conclave of the K.K.K.

- Mrs. James BURKETT was quite surprised Sunday by about 40 relatives, who came with well filled baskets to help celebrate her birthday. Aunt Sis was much pleased. One daughter and family, also a granddaughter and family could not be present.

July 15, 1926:

- A family reunion was held at H.H. MAXEY’s July 11. A delicious dinner was served on the lawn with plenty of ice cream and cake. Those present were: Mrs. Daisy MERCER MAXEY and son, Walter, of Monte Vista, Colorado; Walter MAXEY, wife and 2 children from Milledgeville, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. PACE of Mt. Vernon; Preston THOMPSON and family of Findlay; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. SIPES of Maywood, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. W.F. HARVEY and grandson, Lorein CONANT; Mrs. Julia MAXEY, son and daughter; M.R. SPENCER and family; R.F. MAXEY and family; W.H. HILL, wife and son.

- Mr. Darrell ARNOLD and Miss Kate MAULDING of near Patoka were married on July 10 at the M.E. parsonage at Patoka, attended by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. MORRIS Jr. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MAULDING of near Patoka. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD residing west of this city. He holds the position of extra operator for the I.C.R.R.. The couple will make their home with the groom’s parents for present.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

- Miss Ethel MADDEN of Salem spent Sunday as the guest of Miss Florence DOOLEN.

July 22, 1926:

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

- Effie May OWENS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. OWENS, was born March 4, 1877 in Stoddard Co., Missouri, and died July 13, 1926. At the age of 12 years, she and her parents moved to Charleston, Ill. She married Joseph FIELDS on July 28, 1900. She leaves her husband, 1 adopted son, Louis W. FIELDS; 1 sister, Mrs. Valinda CONANT of Kinmundy; 2 brothers, Abe and Elvin OWENS of Gideon, Mo. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- What might have been a fatal accident was narrowly averted by the presence of mind of Vernon and Lowell BURKETT when they rescued Merle KLINE from the lake on Sunday. Merle was wading in deep water when suddenly he went under. When he did not come up, Vernon went down to see if he needed help. Merle grabbed him by the neck and he could not loose his hold until they got to the bottom. Lowell then got ahold of Merle’s hair and swam to shore.

- M.J. LAUX, the Pickle King, was in our city Tuesday and informed us that he shipped 2 car loads of number 1 pickles to the H.J. Heinz Co. on Saturday. He has entire out put for this season sold.

- Len SMALL, Governor of Illinois, wrote a letter to newspapers about Williamson county. He wrote that on several occasions in the past 4 years it has been necessary to use the Illinois National Guard in Williamson county to suppress lawlessness, riot and murder. For the last 3 months, troops have been continuously stationed in that county. The expense to maintain these troops has amounted to more than $200,000. This condition cannot and must not continue. He appealed to law abiding citizens there and elected officials of the county to maintain order and enforce the law. Otherwise he will find it necessary to send troops to Williamson county and declare martial law there, suspending civil authorities in the county.

- Grandma NICHOLS died on July 13. Permelia HOLZHAUSEN, daughter of William and Rachael HOLZHAUSEN, was born in Ohio on Aug. 3, 1839. She married W.S. NICHOLS on April 12, 1856, and they had 9 children, 5 survive here, namely: Kizzie of Farina; Ella ALLPHIN of Chicago; Viola SMITH of Farina; Hattie COCKRELL of Kinmundy; and Harry NICHOLS of Farina. Those preceding her in death: Jerome, Mary MEYERS, Charlie, and Lottie. She made her home at the old homestead 4 miles east of Farina, until his death in Feb. 2, 1912. She then made her home with her son, Harry, until 1916. At this time she went to make her home at Kinmundy with her daughter, Hattie, who just lost her husband. Her health was unusually good until 1 year ago. She kept failing until the daughter, Hattie, could not care for her alone. On Dec. 23, she and daughter came to Farina where they stayed with the daughter, Mrs. Viola SMITH til the end came. She also leaves 19 grandchildren and 40 grandchildren. Services were held at the Union Church with interment in Elder Cemetery.

- Omega: Mrs. SOMER celebrated her 60th birthday on July 14, by inviting the club to take dinner with her. There were 33 present and all enjoyed themselves immensely.

- Young School News: Burle Eugene DISS was 5 years old on July 17 and his mother invited several little boys and girls to help celebrate his birthday. Howard ROBB was the toastmaster of the occasion.

- Alma News: Henry BASSET and wife spent Sunday with his son Ernest.

July 29, 1926:

- James Orval FISH, son of Marshal G. and Sarah ABBOTT FISH, was born in Dupont, Ind. on Sept. 12, 1848, and died July 26. At the age of 13 his family moved to Kinmundy, locating on a farm west of Kinmundy, where he resided until a few months ago. In 1885 he married Anna HUMPHREY, and they had 5 children, 2 dying in infancy. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, and 1 son: Mrs. Jed HARPSTER of St. Peter; Jessie M. FISH of Mt. Vernon; John H. FISH of Chicago; 1 grandson, James HARPSTER of St. Peter, and 1 aged uncle of Dupont, Ind. He was the last of a family of 8 children, 5 brothers and 2 sisters who preceded him in death. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Everett, son of Mr. and Mrs. James HOYT, was born on Feb. 18, 1908, and died on July 26. He leaves a father, mother, 4 brothers - Charles, Frank, William and Ralph; 3 sisters - Mrs. Avery BOUGHERS, Misses Lera and Clara HOYT, all of Kinmundy. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- On July 24, 1926 at the Episcopal Church in Carlyle, Miss Lucille ROBINSON and Francis G. PRUETT were married. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. ROBINSON of Carlyle, and graduated from the high school in Carlyle in the class of ‘25. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. F. PRUETT of this city. He is a graduate from Kinmundy H.S. in the class of ‘21, and the University of Illinois in the class of ‘25. Since graduation he has lived in Carlyle being employed as local manager of F.A. PRUETT and sons branch office at that place.

- Miss Mary ROTAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. ROTAN and Garland WHITT, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. WHITT, of Lockney, Texas, were married at the Methodist Church in Clovis, New Mexico on March 31. The bride is a graduate of K.H.S. with the class of ‘22, and a graduate nurse of Plainview Texas Sanitarium. The groom is engaged in the plumbing business in McAllen, Texas where the couple will reside.

- The RHOTAN family reunion was enjoyed at the home of Alvin RHOTAN on July 25. There were 5 sisters and 1 brother present. Unable to attend was 1 brother, William, of Evansville, Ind. All did ample justice to the dinner set before them at the noon hour. The only regret was that Joseph SMITH was unable to enjoy the feast on account of dieting thru the summer months. Pictures were taken of the group. Present were: Arthur ALCORN and family, Joseph SMITH and wife, Mesdames Mary and Lisa WOODS, and Ellen CRECELIOUS, all of Princeton, Ind., and Clab SIPES and wife, and Harold TROUT.

- About 45 relatives gathered at the home of Orien BUTTS on Sunday to help celebrate his 30th birthday. He was enticed away from his home in the morning and returned to find a long table filled with everything good to eat.

- C.R. (Arkansas) HEATON, residing 2 miles south of this city claims the distinction of being champion Skunk killer in this section of the county. During the past 3 weeks, the HEATON farm has lost nearly 100 chickens and Mr. HEATON decided to find the cause. After many hours he found that skunks were doing the work. Up to this time he has killed 15, and at one shot he got 5.

- Camp Ground: Frederick, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy MISSELBROOK, had the misfortune of falling from a horse last Friday and breaking his arm.

- Camp Ground: Merle JOHNSON broke his arm Sunday while attempting to crank their car.

- Camp Ground: Roy MISSELBROOK’s have named their baby Wanda Marie.

- Swift School Items: Pid BASSETT and Miss Mamie GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday at the Valinda CONANT home.

- Wilson School: This community was shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. Lucy FRADENBURG Friday at the age of 51 years. She leaves 4 children: Bertha, now Mrs. Dave WOODEN, John, Charles and Dorothy at home; 3 grandchildren; 4 brothers - Lon, John, Tom, and Wm. PRESGROVE. The funeral was held at Dunkard Church in Romine twp. The father passed away almost 2 years ago.

- Wilson School: On Sunday a social gathering was enjoyed at the home of J.C. McCARTY, the occasion being a birthday dinner for Mrs. McCARTY. The children were all present except Chas. of Pennsylvania.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER is continued.

Aug. 5, 1926:

- Mrs. H.L. WARREN met with a rather painful accident Wednesday having a rat bite her thru the finger. She saw the rat under a chicken coop, and she wanted to kill it and did. She stopped all places around the coop except one. She then took a broom stick and hit around under the coop, thinking she might cripple it. The rat ran onto her hand and grabbed her by the finger. The rat wouldn’t let loose so Mrs. WARREN choked it to death. Consequently, Dr. FOWLER had some business and Mrs. WARREN had chop suey for dinner.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

- C.I. DOOLEN received word from his son, Eli, who is in the navy and stationed at Mare Island, that he has received his diploma from the School of Technician. He ranked 5th in the class of 18. The four that ranked above him were University graduates. This speaks well for "Poke".

- Swift School: Billie MORRIS, Jr. and wife attended a kitchen shower for Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS at Zion Saturday night.

- Swift School: Miss Darlene COLE entertained some of her friends to a birthday party with ice cream and cake.

- Over the Line: July 29 was Lotta LANE’s birthday and many of her friends remembered her with a card shower.

August 12, 1926: (Misprinted on front page as Aug. 19, 1926)

- E.C. HUGGINS was out in his pear orchard south of town Tuesday looking over his prospects. When he reached the southwest corner he found a Ford truck that had appeared to be there for about a week. Upon his return to town he made due a search and inquiry. The stolen truck belonged to W.F. GLUESENKAMP of St. Peter, who came the same afternoon to get the truck.

- Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON attended the funeral of his uncle, Henry BRADLEY, Saturday at Iuka.

- David Courtsworth WHISNANT was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 18, 1851, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Aug. 5, 1926. At the age of 14, he and his widowed mother came to Illinois locating near Salem. In 1879 he and Miss Anna GALLOWAY were married, and they have lived together almost 48 years. They had 4 children: Boyd, Earl, George, and Noah WHISNANT. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Elder School: A number of relatives gathered at the home of Alvin RHOTAN and family on Sunday and enjoyed a basket dinner and a social good time. The dinner was in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Omar JONES of Chicago, also Willie SOUTHWARD and wife of Salem. It was Mr. and Mrs. RHOTAN’s anniversary.

- Over the Line: Anna Laura MAXEY was 6 years old on August 4 and entertained some of her little girl friends to a party. There was a birthday cake and ice cream cones.

- Mrs. S.E. PRUDEN who has been visiting several weeks with relatives and friends in Kinmundy, Salem, Odin, and Iuka spent last week with her sick brother, Henry BRADLEY, near Iuka, who died Thursday. After the funeral, she returned to her work in Bloomington.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

Aug. 19, 1926:

- Bang it went and the explosion was heard for blocks. Wilfred SNELLING of the SNELLING Motor Co. undertook to solder a gasoline tank for Marshal SPENCER Wednesday but the tank exploded, the end flying in the air and striking Wilford over the heart. This knocked home down for the count but after one-half day vacation he was again on the job. All precautions was taken before the job was started. The tank was steamed and washed out but evidently there was some gasoline in the cracks.

- Considerable excitement has been caused west of town by a naked human being, supposed to be a woman, running at large. The Sheriff was in that vicinity Wednesday but no trace of the person could be found. He left orders with the inhabitants that upon sight of her, to notify him immediately. The natives are somewhat terrified.

- Mrs. Frank ROGERS underwent an operation for a tumor at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on Tuesday. She is reported as getting along fine.

- Wilson School: Miss Helen McCARTY had the misfortune of running a needle thru her finger last week which as quite painful.

- Teddy Lee, while visiting the Wes MORGAN farm, fell from a horse fracturing his collarbone. The horse stepped on his foot which caused more pain.

Aug. 26, 1926:

- Last Friday in Paxton occurred the marriage of John LEE to Alta McCLAIN both of this city. The bride is daughter of Chas. McCLAIN living southwest of town. She is a graduate of K.H.S. class of ‘25. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. LEE. He graduated with the K.H.S. class of ‘22, and is employed on the I.C. Extra Board of Telegraphers.

- In Memoriam was written "for mother, who died 19 years ago, and father who died 8 years ago today; Cynthia Anna and William Richard BEARD" from the daughters.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

Sept. 2, 1926:

- Oscar Newton TYNER of Kinmundy was son of Major Harrison TYNER, who was born in Scott Co., Ky in 1813. He married Miss Levina PENWELL in Franklin Co., Ind. in 1832. They lived together for 68 years. Major TYNER of the 143rd Ill. Infantry came to Mason with his family in 1859, his son, Oscar being born in Elkart, Ind. on Oct. 9, 1842 and passing on in the TYNER home in his 84th year. He married Miss Gertrude HORTON in Niles, Mich. on Dec. 24, 1867, who died in Kinmundy on Aug. 10, 1914. One son came to this union who died at the age of 9. O.N. TYNER was known to his many friends as Ock. He lived in and near Mason for over 65 years. In his early manhood he was a photographer, one of the best. He left a valuable collection of photo plates covering the years 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. In later years he was engaged in selling musical instruments, especially the piano. One brother, Charles TYNER of Omaha, Neb. survives him; and 2 nephews, Will TYNER of Mason, and Charles TYNER of Chicago; and 5 nieces, Mrs. Ada HILDERBRAND, Miss Minnie TYNER, Mrs. Jennie BOSTWICK, Mrs. Nellie REYNOLDS, and Mrs. Gertie MILLS, all present. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Mason Cemetery.

- Mrs. J.W. SCOTT received word Wednesday of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth WELDER of Corvillis, Ore. The deceased lacked only 2 weeks being 100 years old. She was born in Penn. and in early childhood she moved with her parents to Fayette Co., Ohio.

- Mr. Coy INGRAM and Miss Veda JONES accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BARCROFT, motored to Vandalia Sunday in downpour at rain where they were married at the M.E. parsonage. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. JONES of this city, and graduated with the K.H.S. class of ‘21. After finishing school she took up the teaching profession, and for 3 years taught in country schools, and for the past 2 years taught in the local school. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM of this city, a graduate of the K.H.S. class of ‘20, and a graduate of University of Ill. class of ‘26. He was employed as principal of our local high school term ‘24 - ‘25. The couple will reside in Taylorville where they will teach school.

Sept. 9, 1926:

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

- Last Tuesday a few friends of Walter DOOLEN gathered at the K. of P. Hall and staged a farewell party in his honor. He departed for Mahatten, Kansas where he will enter Kansas State University.

- Sept. 7 being the 83rd birthday of John LENHART, His children, grandchildren, and only grandson and a few friends gathered at his home in honor of the occasion.

- Mr. Harold MAXEY formerly of this place, and Miss Oneta HUCKE of Mascoutah were married at the home of the bride on Sept. 3. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Mary HUCKE of Mascoutah, and a graduate of Mascoutah in the class of ‘21. The groom is son of Mrs. Julia MAXEY of this city, and a member of the K.H.S. class of ‘21. He graduated from S.I.N.U. in the class of ‘23, and then taught at Mascoutah H.S. for 3 years. From there he went to the American Bond and Mortgage Co. of St. Louis. The couple will reside in Denver, Colorado where the groom will be employed with the Designing Department of the Denver Terra Cotta Co.

- The announcement was received here by Mrs. Alice MOTCH of the marriage of her youngest daughter, Millie of Chicago, to Phillip HANDLER of Omaha, Neb. on Aug. 28 at Beverly Hills. The couple will make their home in Chicago. The bride graduated with the K.H.S. class of ‘22, and since has made her home in Chicago where she is employed with A.T. & T. Co.

- Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD returned home Tuesday from Decatur where she had been in the hospital having a tumor removed from her arm.

Sept. 16, 1926:

- I.D. INGRAM has added another industry to our list by installing a cider press on his farm.

- Mr. Walter McHATTON of this city and Miss Sadie WILLIAMS of Salem were married on Sept. 11 at Carlyle. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Granville McHATTON, and has spent his entire life in our community. The couple will live in Wood River.

- On Sept. 7 at Vincennes, Ind. occurred the marriage of Mr. Sherman LOGAN of that place to Mrs. Matilda PYLES of this city. The groom has been manager of a fruit farm there for 5 years.

- The Marion County Clerk, W. Hamp BETTS died after an illness of 40 minutes. The cause was heart failure.

- On Wednesday, Ank GRAY was preparing to do a little work and went to the old jail to get a wheel barrow. He noticed the jail door was opened a little. He went to close it when a very offensive odor met his nostrils. Upon investigation, he found a dead man lying on the bed in one of the cells. He at once notified Mayor INGRAM of his finding, who in turn notified J.H. NELMS, and the coroner, Ed ANDERSON of Patoka, who came at once. The coroner’s jury decided that he was an unknown white man about 65 years of age, died from cause unknown, and had been dead for about 8 days. The body was in such a high state of putrefaction that it was taken to the cemetery immediately after examination.

- News reached this city of the terrible tragedy in which 7 people lost their lives, including Mrs. Lem MEADOR and her daughter. Six of the people died nearly instantly, and the 7th lingering until Tuesday, after the accident occurred Sunday when Mrs. Grace MEADOR-HOAG driving an auto, drove into the path of the Transcontinental Limited of the South Pacific at Puento, California. She lost her life, as did her husband’s father and mother, a sister and her son, and a minister who was with them. Mrs. Lem MEADOR, who was visiting with them lived until Tuesday. The bodies were to leaves California on Thursday and should reach Vernon about Tuesday. (Taken from the Patoka Register on Sept. 10.)

- G.M. NIRIDER has been nominated by the Democratic party for the office of County Clerk. He is a local townsman, and for several years was employed at his father’s drug store, went to farming, and has for a few years been employed as manager of the Farmer’s Store.

- Wilson School: Charles FREDENBURG and Alice GORDON of Romine twp. were married on Tuesday. On Thursday they were given a charivari and kitchen shower at the home of his sister, Mrs. Dave WOODEN.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER was continued.

Sept. 23, 1926:

- J.L. Davis has returned home from St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he underwent an operation for the removal of a tumor.

- Sept. 21st being the birthday of Mrs. Mary KOLB and Mrs. Ella HUBERT, and the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank KOLB, a sumptuous dinner was served by Mrs. KOLB and daughter, Anna. Those present were Mrs. Mary KOLB and daughter, Anna, Mrs. Ella HUBERT and Frank KOLB of this city, and John KOLB of Denver, Colorado.

- Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BRIMBERRY are parents of a baby girl born Sept. 18.

- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. CRAIG of Danville are the parents of a 10 lb. girl, Norma Jean.

- News has been received here of the death of Harry R. FINKE of Los Angeles, Cal. He was united in marriage here 35 years ago to Lula BLAKESLEE, a former Kinmundy girl.

- The autobiography of A.W. SONGER is concluded in this edition.

- Class officers of K.H.S. are was follows: Senior Class: President - Robert MAXEY, Vice President - Gilbert DOOLEN, Secretary and Treasurer - Lela GARRETT. Junior Class: President - Mark ARNOLD, Vice President - Elizabeth HOLT, Secretary and Treasurer - Muriel MULVANY. Sophomore Class: President - Charles PRUETT, Vice President - Dosh NIRIDER, Secretary and Treasurer - Julia SLOVICK. Freshman Class: President - Merle JACKSON, Vice President - Helen WAINSCOTT, and Secretary and Treasurer - Freda LENHART.

- Swift School News: Ren WAINSCOTT, wife and daughter spent Sunday with Wes ROBB and family.

Sept. 30, 1926:

- Sunday, being the (?) birthday anniversary of Mrs. Eli ROBB, several came with well filled baskets and gave her a pleasant surprise. Those present were Ren WAINSCOTT and family, Russell SWIFT and family, Merle JONES and family, and Sam LOWE. J. Lem BALLANCE and wife arrived rather late, much to their sorrow.

- E.O. ZIMMER has sold his restaurant to Loren KLINE, who will take charge Oct. 1.

- A picture was printed of Gilbert M. NIRIDER of Kinmundy, Democratic candidate for County Clerk of Marion county.

- Word was received here by his daughter, Mrs. John BROOM of Alma, and sister-in-law, Miss Anna DILLON of this city, of the passing away of A.V. SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm, Ill. on Wednesday. He had submitted to an operation for gallstones in the Danville hospital, but the operation was much more serious than it was thought for.

- Omega: Mr. HUSH died last Friday and was buried on Saturday in Salem.

- Swift School Items: Claude GARRETT and family, and Mr. Pid BASSETT and Mamie GARRETT spent Sunday at the Valinda CONANT home.

- Meacham News: While Thos. WADE and Bob OUTHOUSE were grading the road, the grader struck a stump and threw the lever against T.J.’S side and back fracturing 2 or 3 ribs.

Oct. 7, 1926:

- The announcement was received of the marriage of Miss Erma HAMMER to Leo James HARDEN, both of South Bend, Ind. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HAMMER, formerly residents of this city.

- A letter was printed from Elizabeth S. PARRILL, nee Lizzie Simpson, of Chicago.

- A letter was printed from S.H. RAY of Elkhart, Ind.

- L.J. CONANT of Miami, Florida tells his eye witness account of the Florida hurricane as he lay on a cot in the American Legion Emergency Hospital recovering from injuries received in rescue work following the storm. He is associated with the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

- G.W. ELDER’s barn was "re-burned". A few months ago the barn southeast of town, owned by G.W. ELDER and occupied by Francis SIPES, was struck by lightening and burned, and a new barn was built. Last Friday night, this barn was again struck by lightening and reburned. About 200 bushel of oats, some hay, and 56 stacks of red seed went up in smoke with it.

- The body of A.V. SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm arrived here Friday and was taken to the home of Miss Anna DILLON. The body was accompanied by the widow, son, E.M. SCHERMERHORN and family of Ridgefarm, and E.G. DILLON of this city. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Mary HUMPHREY celebrated her 98th birthday on Saturday. The festivities were carried over until Sunday. All her children, except Clara STEVENSON who resides in California, enjoyed a slumber party with her Saturday night. She is in the best of health at present, and can see better than any of her children. She does not use spectacles and can thread a fine needle.

- Wilson School: Last Saturday was the 98th birthday of grandmother HUMPHREY and those who helped her celebrate it on Saturday and Sunday were her children: Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, Mrs. Anna FISH, Mrs. Frank SCHWARTZ, Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY, Mrs. Elizabeth GRAMLEY, and Frank HUMPHREY. Also Henry SEE and family, Mrs. Fred KLEISS, and C.R. HEATON.

- Meacham News: F.S. HARRIS received the message Saturday of the death of their grandson, Myron HARRIS of Oklahoma.

- Earl SHANAFELT and wife are parents of a 9 lb. daughter born Wednesday.

Oct. 14, 1926:

- Senator R.F. PETTIGREW of South Dakota died Oct. 5 at his home in Sioux Falls. Sen PETTIGREW’s wife was formerly Miss Bertha HOLLISTER of Kinmundy.

- Mary EAGAN, daughter of Wm. and Martha HOLT EAGAN was born in Foster twp. on Aug. 8, 1852, and died Oct. 6, 1926 at her home in this city. Her early life passed with her parents in Foster twp. until she married Samuel MORRIS on Dec. 9, 1875. He died May 11, 1923. To this union were born Mary Martha (deceased) and the surviving daughter, Mrs. Estella COX. Mrs. MORRIS was a member of a family of 5 brothers and 3 sisters: John F., Catherine (Mrs. CONANT), Elizabeth (deceased), James Wesley of Shenandoah, Iowa, Harrison, Arvilla (deceased), Andy I., William S. (deceased), Samuel B. of Rialto, California, and Erasmus (deceased). Her nieces, Misses Martha and Sarah EAGAN, left their home and came to live with her as she had been a constant sufferer for years. She also leaves 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The City Council met in Regular Session on Monday evening with 4 alderman present. An ordinance was granted giving C.I.P.S. the right to operate a light and power plant in Kinmundy. Mr. BURKE, a representative of C.I.P.S. was present during the issue. The remainder of the evening was spent in discussing the World Series. All 7 games were played inning by inning. All present seemed to be Cardinal fans.

- Pictures were printed of J. Lem BALLANCE, Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Marion Co., and T.E. IRVIN of Patoka, Democratic candidate for Treasurer of Marion Co.

Oct. 21, 1926:

- Mary ROWAN, daughter of Thomas and Margaret ROWAN, was born on Oct. 2, 1928 at Loveland, Hamilton Co., Ohio. She was second in a family of 9 children, all of whom preceded her in death. She married Matthew HUMPHREY on Aug. 21, 1851 at Sharronville, Ohio, and they had 9 children: Harriett, Ennis, Arthur, Annie, Clara, Fannie, Margaret, Frank and Elizabeth. The husband and 2 sons preceded her in death. She leaves 7 children - 1 son and 6 daughters, 29 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. They moved from Cincinnati, Ohio in 1874 to a farm 3 miles south of Kinmundy where she resided over 50 years. When quite a young woman, she would card and spin the thread and weave the cloth and make the garment ready to wear. She made her own candles to light the home, and knitted stockings and socks for 11 members of her family. The funeral was held from the home south of this city. All of the family except 1 daughter of California, accompanied the body to Miamiville, Ohio, where they laid her to rest besides her husband.

- Vernon L. BRIGHT of this city and Harriett SWEAZY of Effingham were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Effingham on Sunday. There were about 60 guests present to witness the ceremony who presented the bride and groom with about 20 pounds of rice. The groom is the brother of J.M. BRIGHT of this city and has been employed here in the Red Front for sometime. The couple will make their home in this city.

- Word has been received here of the recent death of Mrs. Caroline WILSON (nee HERRICK) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.J. McKABE in Decatur. Interment was in Decatur. She was married to Montgomery (Gum) WILSON in Kinmundy in 1862. They resided here for several years while he was engaged in the Mercantile business. About 45 years ago, they removed to Minneapolis, Minn. to live. Later they resided in Decatur which has been their home for 5 years. Mr. WILSON died in 1917.

- C.J. LEWIS of Mount Ayr, Iowa is visiting Kinmundy. He is an old resident of this community, and is Mayor of Mount Ayr and a retired attorney.

- Herman SCHNEIDER and wife are the parents of a 9 lb. baby girl born Oct. 15.

Nov. 4, 1926:

- Laura Malissa, daughter of James and Caroline SAPP, was born Dec. 22, 1866 near Iola, Ill., and died Oct. 28, 1926. She was the second child in a family of 5 and the only one of 3 girls to reach maturity. Her entire girlhood was spent in the community in which she was born. She married Charles Percival BALKE on March 5, 1887. They made their home on a farm 4 miles east of Kinmundy where they spent their entire married life. They had 2 children, Hazel Dolore and Nyta Grace, both of whom are now married and are living in Wisconsin. She leaves a husband; 2 daughters - Hazel KAISER and Nyta TRACEY; a mother, Caroline GENTRY of Farina; 2 brothers - W.N. SAPP of Iola and C.N. SAPP of Farina. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The county election results were as follows:

Sheriff: Republican MAY - 5166, Democrat BALLANCE - 4818

Treasurer: Republican WINKLER - 4873, Democrat IRVIN - 4765

Supt. of Schools: Democrat KNISELEY - 5044, Republican BLAIR - 4867

County Clerk: Republican KRAMER - 5322, Democrat NIRIDER - 4304.

- The Kinmundy Express office has installed a new type setting machine. This piece of machinery has cost us a considerable amount - in fact, it is the most expensive piece of machinery that has been shipped to our city for sometime. It has been our dream to have one of these machines in our office. We invite everyone to stop by and see it.

- On Oct. 30 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Rectory in Chicago, occurred the marriage of Mrs. Kate HENSLEY and Mr. Louis E. EARLE. Mr. EARLE was formerly a telegraph operator of the C. & N.W. R.R. and is now connected with the auditing department of the C.B. & O. R.R. in Chicago. He is a former resident of this city.

- Mrs. E. CRANK celebrated her birthday on Oct. 28. A chicken dinner with all the trimmings were served, along with the ice cream and cake served.

- Henry WARREN, son of Asa and Sina HOWELL WARREN, was born on Dec. 4, 1845 in Marion Co., Ill., and died at his home in Kinmundy Oct. 29. He was reared in this county and attended district schools in the log school houses with their primitive furnishings. During these years he worked on his father’s farm near Kinmundy. When about 12 years old, the family moved to Texas, but a year after his father’s death, he returned to his home in Illinois, and has since lived near or in Kinmundy. In 1867 he married Miss Mary C. NICHOLS, and they had 5 children: William, Harry L., Charles W., Emma, who died in infancy, and Nettie. Mrs. WARREN died in 1903. He married Miss Ida SHRIVER in 1906, and they had a daughter, Margaret. He was a veteran of the Civil War of Company E, 136th Ill. Infantry. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in the Harvey GRAY cemetery.

Nov. 11, 1926:

- Theodore Davis SPYKER, son of Henry and Susan SPYKER, was born in North Woodbury, Morrow Co., Ohio on July 30, 1846, and died in Crawfordsville, Ind. on Nov. 1, 1926. They moved to Wyandotte Co., Ohio in 1852 where their son, Theodore, who has been so widely known as Rev. T.D. SPYKER, received his common school education. In 1864 he moved with his parents to Marion Co., Ill. where in early life he entered the teaching profession, in which he taught for 13 years in 1 district. He was licensed to preach in the fall of 1869. He married Miss Huldah WILSON on Apr. 16, 1868, and they had 6 children, 4 whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mrs. C.L. STINE of Crawfordsville, Ind., and Mrs. G.W. BONEBRAKE of Bloomington, Ill.; 3 grandchildren, Miss Nesta BONEBRAKE of Hoopeston, and Lorine and Katherine STINE, students at Ind. Central College; 1 sister, Mrs. Mattie KLINGENPEEL of Delphos, Kansas; and 1 brother, T.M. SPYKER of Streator, Ill. The funeral was held at Crawfordsville, Ind. with burial at Westfield.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.H. HILL announce the marriage of their daughter, Louise, to William R. HATFIELD of Ridgeway, Ill. on June 16, 1926.

- Mrs. Henry JACKSON died on Nov. 7 at her home. She was born Nov. 13, 1857, the daughter of Jessie and Mary WHITESIDE MORRIS. Her parents resided 7 miles northwest of Kinmundy and in this community she grew to womanhood. She one of seven children, all whom preceded her in death, except 1 brother - Wm. MORRIS, and 1 sister - Lucy WAINSCOTT, both of this place. When a young girl, she united with the M.E. Church at Arnold Chapel, and has since been a faithful member. She married Henry JACKSON on Aug. 26, 18__, and he took his bride to the farm home where they spent all the happy years of their married life. They had 9 children, 1 son and 1 daughter preceded her in death. Cora, Effie, Floyd, Nettie, Clifford, and Pearl are left with the husband, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Services were held from the family residence with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- A small blaze slightly damaged the roof of the Ora SCHWABE home on Wednesday.

- Places of business to close each night at 6 p.m. except Wednesday and Saturday from Nov. 15 thru April 1 are: MAHAN & MOTCH, MORRIS & HELM, A.J. JACKSON, J.M. BRIGHT, Farmers Co-op Mercantile Co., E.L. PERRY, J.A. CURRY, C.B. ROHRBOUGH, and W.W. LOWE.

- Omega: On Sunday, several afternoon callers visited to see the new boy at Paul JENKINS.

- Swift School: The sale at Billie MORRIS’ was well attended. We regret to lose them from the neighborhood, but wish them well in their new home.

- Mr. and Mrs. Willard ABNEY of Chicago are the parents of a baby daughter, Betty Ann. The mother is the former Miss Elizabeth GRAY of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE are the parents of a 7 lb. son born on Nov. 1.

- East Side Items: Mr. and Mrs. Ed HARRELL were dinner guests at the J.E. CRAIG home last Sunday.

Nov. 18, 1926:

- Mrs. Ina MORRISON died at her home in Chicago on Nov. 10. She was brought here for burial on Saturday with services at the J.H. Nelms Chapel and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. The body was accompanied by one of the most elaborate floral displays ever seen in Kinmundy. The deceased was sister to Mrs. A.A. COFFIN of near Salem.

- J.H. NELMS has installed a new radio and now furnishes the business district with music. It is so loud that he has to set the speaker in the wareroom to keep from deafening you while in the store. It’s an Ortho-sonic.

- Swift School: A surprise party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT on Nov. 11, it being Marvin’s (?) birthday. Oysters were served, rook played, and a good time had by all.

Nov. 24, 1926:

- Wm. B. KAGY died at his home near Brubaker Tuesday at midnight after an illness of a few weeks. He was 86 years old, and was one of the pioneer residents of the county. The deceased was the father of Mrs. Frank ROGERS of this city. Services were held at the Old Baptist Church in Stevenson twp. with interment in the Baptist Church cemetery.

- Mrs. Caroline BASCOM celebrated her 81st birthday on Sunday at the F.O. GRISSOM home. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. G.W. HEFTON of East St. Louis, and F.M. BASCOM of this city.

- Nov. 14 being the birthday of Clark COCKRELL, a few of His Kinmundy friends gathered at his home in Detroit, Michigan. A delicious dinner was served by Mrs. COCKRELL, assisted by her mother, Mrs. Lizzie SWIFT.

- Meacham News: Friday being T.J. WADE’s birthday, several of the neighbors came to a surprise party, bringing with them plenty of pumpkin pies. Mrs. WADE made coffee and furnished the apples, and everyone had a good time.

- Swift School: Marvin CONANT and family spent Sunday at the home of Jeems ARNOLD and wife, it being Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD’s 57th wedding anniversary, the 4th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. CONANT, and the birthday of Elmer ARNOLD, a family reunion was held at the ARNOLD’s.

- Over the Line: The infant child of Elmer NEAL died Saturday after a short illness of pneumonia.

- Omega: A baby girl arrived at Paul SEE’s Tuesday.

Dec. 2, 1926:

- Martha FRETZ was born Jan. 9, 1862 in Fayette Co., and died Nov. 23, 1926. Her father’s family moved to Clay Co., Ind. when Martha was 5 years old. Here she grew into womanhood. On Feb. 21, 1886 she married John W. SCOTT, and their home was near Tuscola, Ill. until 1900 when they moved to Kinmundy where they have lived ever since. They had 3 children: James FRETZ of St. Mary’s, Ohio; Lauretta (Mrs. L.V. SHRIVER) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Maude who died at the age of 16 months. Besides the husband, son and daughter, she also leaves 1 grandson, John Lyle SHRIVER; 2 brothers, Noah FRETZ of St. Louis, and Jacob FRETZ of Sharpsville, Ind.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Sue SHAFFER of New Castle, Ind., Mrs. Lavina ATKINSON of Clay City, Ind., and Mrs. Rhoda MURPHY of Tuscola, Ill. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church in Kinmundy on Thanksgiving morning. The body was taken to Tuscola afterwards to the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. James MURPHY, where services were held Friday. Interment in Tuscola Cemetery.

- The ashes of Frank ELDER who died at his home in Los Angeles last July were received here by his cousin G.W. ELDER on Saturday. The urn will be buried in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

- On Nov. 30 at the M.E. Parsonage, the wedding ceremony was performed where Miss Rhea ROBB of this city became the bride of Evan MORRILL of Martinsville, Ill. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL. The bride is the daughter of R.C. ROBB of this city, and attended K.H.S. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. MORRILL of Martinsville, Ill, where he was reared, and graduated from high school. For the past 2 years he has been employed in this city as an apprentice carpenter to W.H. ALLEN. The couple will reside in Lansing, Michigan.

- Loren KLINE has sold His restaurant to Frank SHAFFER, who took charge Wednesday.

- Dr. Hugo MILLER departed Wednesday for Biloxi, Miss., where he will attend a Convention of the Railroad Physicians.

- Meacham News: Uncle Alex WILSON has moved to the Bob OUTHOUSE home for the winter. Mrs. OUTHOUSE is His grandchild.

Meacham News: Mr. and Mrs. Ed HARRELL entertained at dinner last Sunday Geo. MAYER, Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS and daughter, Mrs. Olin BLAIN.

Dec. 9, 1926:

- Elder School: A baby girl arrived at the Alfred MULVANY home on Monday.

- Pumpkin Center: Brother SILKWOOD has been visiting at the N. BASSETT home.

- Thanks go out to August JASPER, residing north of town for the gratuitous work done on the Egyptian Trail last Saturday. Mr. JASPER started at His home with His drag and put the road in good condition to the city limits on the north, dragging a mile or more of the much advertised Egyptian Trail. We feel this particular road work was worthy of mention as it was the first time it had been touched for months. Oh your State Aid Roads - we do not want them anymore. They are a disgrace to this twp. and many of them dangerous.

- Thomas Addison GUNN was born Aug. 4, 1861, son of John H. and Sue MITCHELL GUNN, and died on Dec. 2, 1926. His parents dying when he was quite young, he came to Kinmundy and lived with His grandparents. Here he spent much of His boyhood life. The past 16 years he has made His home in Salem. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery with services held at the grave.

- Little Pauline SEE was born Nov. 23, 1926 and died Dec. 7, 1926. She was the 11th child born to Chesley Paul SEE and Huldah MARLOW SEE. She leaves her parents; 4 sisters: Zilpha, Elsie, Inez, and Mary; 5 brothers: Virgil, Merle, Virl, Earl, and Leroy; 1 brother, little Shull Monroe died April 21, 1914; and 2 grandmothers.

- Mrs. Adeline JOHNSON died at the J.E. WHITTENBURG home on Wednesday after an illness of 1 week with pneumonia at the age of 88 years. Services were held at the M.E. Church on Dec. 10. The body will be taken to Richview, Ill. for interment.

- What might have terminated in a very disastrous fire Thursday night was soon put to an end by the efficient service of night watchman DAVIS when he discovered a blaze in the office of Dr. H.A. LANDESS at 9:30 p.m.

- Swift School: Mrs. Valinda CONANT and son spent Sunday at the Bert GARRETT home.

- Mrs. Julia MAXEY received word Wednesday that a 9 lb. girl had made her arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. SIPES of Chicago on Wednesday.

- Pumpkin Center: Brother Silkwood has been visiting at the N. BASSETT home.

Dec. 16, 1926:

- William B. KAGY, the last surviving child of Christian and Annie KAGY, died age the age of 80 years, 1 month and 1 day. Uncle "Bill" was born and reared in Marion Co., Ill. and practically spent his whole life within a radius of a few miles of the farm on which he was born. In 1860 he married Elizabeth Jane PHILLIPS, who after 66 years of marriage, survives. He is also survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters, 5 sons having preceded him in death. He also leaves 37 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

- A farewell surprise was given by neighbors, relatives, and friends of Mrs. Elizabeth GRAMLEY at the home of her sister, Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY. She departed for her new home in West Wood, Cal. on Sunday to join her son, Humphrey, who has been there for 2 years.

- Lewis RICHARDSON and family, who live in the James KENNEDY property just north of Evergreen Cemetery, sustained quite a loss Monday when their home was nearly burned. Mrs. RICHARDSON went out to get a bucket of water and discovered the whole roof at the house was on fire. She spread the alarm and the fire made quick work on the fire but not until the whole upper story was burned.

- News was reached here of the death of Ernest Parker McBRYDE, which occurred Dec. 10 at the home of his sister, Mrs. W.G. HIRSIG in Nashville, Tenn. He is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. W.C. HIRSIG and Mrs. Curtis B. HALEY, both of Nashville, Tenn., and 2 brothers, R.P. McBRYDE of St. Louis, and R.J. McBRYDE of Chicago. He was born and raised in Kinmundy, and was 58 years at the time of his death.

- Mrs. Lawrence STEVENS suffered a stroke of apoplexy last week, which proved fatal, death coming Tuesday. Mary Annetta, daughter of Mollie and the late Henry WARREN was born near Kinmundy on Sept. 21, 1880, where she grew to womanhood. On Dec. 27, 1900 she married Lawrence STEVENS, and a son, Otis Lee, was born, who preceded his mother in death at the age of 1 month. "Nettie" died Dec. 14, and leaves a husband; 3 brothers, Will, Charles, and Harry; a sister, Margaret; 3 nieces, Iva Holiday, Comileth Warren, and Leo Bosley; and a nephew, Lowell Warren. Services were held at Shanghai Church with interment in Harvey Gray Cemetery.

- Mrs. Adeline JOHNSON, daughter of William and Avarilla BROWN of Steeleville, Ill., was born Jan. 8, 1838, and died Dec. 8, 1926. She married Isaac R. JOHNSON, and they had 6 children. The children and husband all preceded her in death. She leaves 3 grandchildren, and a nephew. About 40 years of her widowhood have been spent in this community. Lately, the winter has been spent in the home of her son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William WHITTENBURG, where she was at the time of her death. The body was taken to Richview, Ill. on Saturday for burial.

- Mary Allie FARSON, daughter of Henry Clay and Frances FARSON, was born in Omega on July 14, 1866. She married W.J. SIMER, a Christian Minister, on May 18, 1893, and they had 2 sons, both of whom are living. She died Dec. 7, 1926 at the Centralia hospital. She leaves 2 sons: Clay of Winslow, Ariz.; and Frank of near Omega, who lived at the parental home; and a sister, Mrs. Nellie GAMMON. Services were held at the Lovell Grove Church with interment in Lovell Grove Cemetery.

- The following article was accompanied by a cut of the clock appeared in Sunday’s Decatur Herald: The old grandfather clock in the accompanying picture has more of a history than most of the time pieces of its day, for it claims the distinction of having told time for George WASHINGTON. The clock is owned by Mrs. Alice MENDENHALL of Kinmundy, and has come down to her thru succeeding generations from her great-great-great-grandfather, Benjamin PITNEY. Benjamin PITNEY’s farm home was at Trenton, N.J., and during the Revolutionary War, George Washington and his soldiers found shelter one winter in the house and buildings on the farm.

- Mrs. ROGERS is recuperating very nicely until last Friday when she sustained a very painful injury. She left the hospital and was on the way to a fruit stand. As she stepped from the sidewalk to the pavement, her ankle turned, and she fell. Just then an auto passed by and ran over the injured ankle. There were no bones broken but the flesh was badly bruised.

Dec. 23, 1926:

- At about 6:30 on Dec. 16, the home of Noah MARLOW was found on fire. Gene and Merle KLINE were the first ones to arrive and to help carry things out. Others soon came along to carry things farther back, and keep the smoke house from going up in flames too. The son, Monroe, received a bad cut on his foot when he kicked out a window pane so his mother could escape from a room. They are staying at the Floyd CRAIG’s.

- Over the Line: Orville DISS and family were business visitors in St. Peter on Saturday afternoon, and spent Saturday night and Sunday with Dan ARNOLD and family.

- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT are the proud parents of an 8 lb. son, John McKENDREE, who arrived Monday, Dec. 20. (DFM note: Their son was named Berthol Jr.)

- Charles MANGNER of near Farina and Miss Hulda GRAUMENZ of St. Peter went to Salem Dec. 22 where they were united in marriage. The bride, although a resident of St. Peter, is well known here, having spent a number of years in the SONGER-BROWN home in this city. The groom is son of Mrs. Mary MANGNER of Farina. The couple will make their home on the MANGNER farm near Farina.

- East Side Items: Ed HARRELL and wife spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. H.F. JAHRAUS and family.

Dec. 30, 1926:

- Orville BALL married Miss Margaret SHOOK of Woodriver, Ill. on Dec. 2 at the M.E. Parsonage in Woodriver. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. SHOOK of Woodriver. Mr. SHOOK is a Foreman at the Standard Oil Refinery, and son of W.M. BALL of this city. He has made his home here for the past several years with the exception of the last few months spent in Woodriver where he is employed at the Roxanna Refinery Corp. He attended K.H.S. The couple will make their home in Woodriver.

- Alice L., daughter of Thomas and Emeline BOGART, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Dec. 22, 1847 and died at her home in this city on Dec. 27, 1926. She married E.G. MENDENHALL on March 12, 1884 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they had 1 child, Chester MENDENHALL, of this city. She had lived in Kinmundy about 42 years. She leaves 1 son; a step-son, Talmage MENDENHALL of St. Louis; and 1 grandchild, Alecia MENDENHALL. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The marriage of Donald L. LASWELL, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.L. LASWELL formerly of this city but now of Decatur, and Miss MARQUARDT of Oak Park, Ill. took place on Oct. 20 at the First Congregational Church in Chicago. The groom is a senior at the School of Dentistry at the University of Illinois.

- Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES announce the arrival of a baby boy born Dec. 29.

- Mrs. Frank GARRETT and children of Salem, spent Sunday at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Emmett JONES and family.


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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