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.  Information concerning how to order is listed below.)  

If you would like to search all the Gleanings for a name, please enter your request below and click the Search button!

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.

If you would like obtain complete a copy of the one of the original articles, there are several different ways to so. For Illinois residents, the price is quite reasonable to obtain the copy directly from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library located in Springfield, IL.   Instructions are listed below and the cost is $1. For Non-residents the price is considerably higher at $10 per search. Both residents and non-residents of the State of Illinois can borrow the microfilm through their local library via an interlibrary loan. If you’re visiting Springfield, Illinois, you can also visit the Newspaper Microfilm library, and obtain copies for only 25 cents. A very good deal especially if you need copies of many articles.  Please note that the years of 1904-Oct. 1914 are not available from the library at this time.  These articles were copied from original copies of "The Kinmundy Express".

The newspaper search policy for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum  quoted from their website is as follows:

All search requests must include specific information for a search to be performed. Those specifics include the full name(s), exact date (day, month, and year), and exact location (city and county) of the occurrence. If such information is unavailable and you live in the continental United States, you may borrow newspaper microfilm on interlibrary loan through your local library to do your own research. Each search consists of looking for articles on one occurrence (obituary notice, birth announcement, marriage announcement, etc.) for one person.

Each letter must be accompanied by a self addressed, stamped, business sized envelope. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. A response will be sent for successful and unsuccessful searches. Do not send a second letter until you have received a response to your first.

The newspaper collections may be searched online at the Rolling Prairie Online site. Find more information on the Illinois Newspaper Project.

Illinois Residents:   A non refundable copy fee of $1.00 must accompany each letter. Each letter must be limited to no more than two (2) search requests.

Non Illinois Residents:   A non refundable fee of $10.00 per search must accompany each search request.   Each letter is limited to no more than four (4) search requests.

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