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Jackson County, Illinois

Donated by Shauna Williams

Nov. 26, 1874

Sam BARTON of Carbondale Illinoisan, has "gobbled" one of our last week's locals.

Four prisoners confined in the Murphysboro jail, made their escape on Sunday night of last week, and have not been recaptured.

The Carbondale Illinoisan says it is reported that a petition to the Governor for the pardon of I. W. MCDONALD, will be circulated in that county before long.

Dec. 3, 1874

Died, Monday last, at Carbondale, Mr. --- BARNARD. Mr. BARNARD was well known by our business men, as he has been canvassing this part of the State for some time, as a runner or a boot and shoe house in St. Louis.

Dec. 10, 1874

Our young friend, Geo. A. CULP, of Ava, is in town. He called today, and we were pleased to see him looking hale.

MARRIED, at the residence of Mrs. Ed. BROWN, in Marion, on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9, 1874, by Rev. C. E. CLINE, Mr. P. LEARY, of Carbondale, to Mrs. Julia A. SMITH, of this city.

Dec. 17, 1874

About nine o'clock last evening, Thursday, a fellow named INSCORE stabbed a man named, MCDONEL, living three miles south of Carbondale, letting out his bowels. As we learn the facts from Dr. WAGGONER, who was called in to attend the wounded man; there was a party of young folks at MCDONEL's house at which INSCORE became very insulting to the females, using most obscene language. The young men attempted to induce him to cease, but finding it only made him ore violent, they called MCDONEL, who was sick in bed to expel him. MCDONEL rose and ordered INSCORE, out; he refused to go, and hit MCDONAL in the face, cutting his cheek, and then struck him an underhanded blow in the abdomen; the poor fellow staggered to the bed, and when his friends went to him his bowels were falling from his body. The fellow, INSCORE ran off, but was pursued and after three hour chase he was arrested by Constable HIGHTOWER and lodged in the calaboose. -[Observer.]

Dec. 31, 1874

Fanny JAMES, a colored woman of Murphysboro, who works at different places during the day, has been in the habit of leaving her children at home and returning at night. On last Friday evening the youngest child about six years age, was playing around the fire place when its clothing caught fire and it was burned so badly that death ensued the following night.

The Murphysboro Era gives the following account of a suicide in Jackson county: Another poor, unfortunate creature, a young, unmarried woman, named Martha AIKEN, about 18 years of age and weary of the trails and tribulations of life committed suicide last Thursday night between eight and nine o'clock, by drowning herself in the Big Muddy river near the Mount Carbon saw mill. The facts in regard to this unfortunate occurrence as elicited from the testimony before the coroner's jury is about as follows: The young woman had made preparations to go away, but being too late for the train, she returned to her father's home near the scene of the tragedy. She appeared to be much depressed in spirits and went to bed early, but did not remain long. Between eight and nice o'clock she rushed out of the house leaving the door open and was not seen again until her lifeless corpse was found lying on the surface of the river, frozen in the ice, Friday morning.

Feb. 1, 1877

One O. W. CATLIN, a young lawyer of Carbondale, has mysteriously disappeared.  His hat was found by the edge of a slough and suspicions of foul play were aroused. But as dragging the water failed to bring the body to light, and knowing him to be badly in debt, the Carbondale Observer is of the opinion that the placing of the hat where it was found was a “put up job,” and that the young gentleman has slid out of the country and that the country can be easily consoled. He leaves a wife in ------ --------.

May 10, 1877


Mr. and Mrs. Ed. BROWN, former citizens of Marion are nicely situated in a new residence in the southwest part of town, their only inconvenience being the lack of sidewalks. Mr. BROWN is still in the milling business, and evidently prospering.

We enjoyed the hospitality of our good looking young friend, Willis WESTBROOK, at the residence of Mr. Wm. HADLEY. Mr. HADLEY and his good lady will long be remembered for their kind efforts for our entertainment.

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. John ODGEN at his residence in the south part of the city. Mr. ODGEN is a gentleman of the old school, hospitable and courteous, a firm friend of the Monitor, and we passed a very pleasant half hour at his house.

The murder of KENDRICK at Boskydell, by Jake HIGHTOWER, an account of which we gave last week, was the general theme of conversation on the corners. A coroner’s jury sifted the affair to the bottom, and returned a verdict that KENDRICK came to his death from pistol shots fired by Jake HIGHTOWER, and that said HIGHTOWER was comforted, aided and abetted by O. P. HIGHTOWER, Rachel KENDRICK and Cary COX. All the guilty parties, except Cary COX, are now in jail at Murphysboro.

July 19, 1877
Volume 4
Number 4


[From the Denver News.]

    Sheriff Thomas J. PORTER, of White County, Ill., arrived here Monday evening, having in custody a man named John AIKEN, who is charged with the murder of one Tesh STUART, in While Co., Ills., in 1864. The crime, which was committed so long ago, was one of unusual barbarity; in which this prisoner had as associates two men named Thomas and Andrew GLIDE. The victim was a wealthy farmer, and the killing was prompted by the hope of securing a large amount of money which he was supposed to have in the house. AIKEN confessed his crime, and was to have been executed, but he succeeded in breaking jail before the day arrived for the hanging. Coming at once to Colorado, he has since resided in the Territory and State for some years living in Custer county, where he has a cabin, from 75 to 100 head of cattle, and a family of nine children. The officer and his prisoner left yesterday on the east bound train. Sheriff POTTER thinks there is but a slight chance to escape the  gallows, as there are still living two of the murdered man’s children and a hired man who witnessed the shooting.”

    This John AIKEN, spoken of above by the Denver News, was well and unfavorably known in Williamson county, and, it is supposed, wrote a few pages of our county’s history in blood. In Erwin’s History we read of AIKEN’s as follows:
    “After George AIKEN was frustrated in his efforts to sell out the 128th at Cairo, he went to Missouri and got Allen GLIDE and Charley GLIDE and came back here. These, and his son John, are the ones supposed to compose the “AIKEN gang” This gang flourished here in the spring of 1863, in the north
part of the county, during which time several murders were committed, and no less than fifty of our citizens robbed. Dr. BANDY was taken out and whipped unmercifully, and George COX was attacked in his house and fired on several times.”
    One by one the outlaws are coming to time, and the law being honored by sacrificing the wretches upon the altar. There are yet others at large who in the fullness of time will receive a “just ecompense of reward.”

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