Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"

(Including summarized information from Births, Marriages, Death Notices and other miscellaneous articles.)

Compiled, transcribed, and printed by Dolores Ford Mobley.

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").  Please note that the years of 1883-1884 and 1904-1914 (minus 1913 which is unavailable at this time) include COMPLETE articles, while Oct. 1914 - 1959 contain SUMMARIZED "gleanings" from the newspaper articles (in most cases) with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.  (Note: The years of 1914-1959 are available in the complete form from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in the Newspaper Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois.)  You can also contact me for information on complete articles or other questions by clicking the e-mail link at the bottom of this page.

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Gleanings from1883, 1884, 1891, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959  (Note: 1944-59 "Gleanings" are very large!)

I have attempted to collect and record all articles relating to births, marriages, deaths, birthday and anniversary celebrations, as well as articles related to the history of the town of Kinmundy. I also found a several miscellaneous articles, some quite humorous, which I couldn’t let pass, for the editors of this paper had a wonderful sense of humor. It probably helped to have this gift when reporting the local news, since it was often intertwined with such devastating events as the influenza epidemic of 1918, World War I, and mothers who almost always lost at least one of her babies from illnesses while they were still infants. At the same time though there were also far less serious events to report such as chivalries, picnics which included "well filled baskets", and show downs in the "fat man" race category during the 4th of July celebrations.   Fires were burning down sections of town, but another threat had to do with the way that people traveled in those days ... whether it be horse, train or cars, there seemed to be a lot of accidents were people were badly hurt or killed.  World War II brought many sad moments as well as happy reunions.  Letters that were sent to the "Express" from "the boys" have been printed in complete form on this website.  (How could anyone ever summarize one of those letters home ... especially since some were their last.)  

You will notice several different spellings for some surnames. Occasionally surnames are spelled two different ways in the same article. I have copied these names as they were printed, without trying to correct with my interpretation since names did occasionally change through the times. Therefore, when using the index of this compilation, be sure to check various spellings of names.

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