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Jackson County, Illinois

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Kidnapping Attempt Fails.  An unsuccessful attempt was made to kidnap the 11-year-old son of D. Almo, a wealthy merchant of Murphysboro, John Aimo was on his way to church, and as he passed an alley a negro stopped him and inquired where he was going. Other questions as to his name and residence were put to the lad, who by this time was thoroughly frightened and began calling for help. The negro stuffed a handkerchief into the boy's mouth and carried him into an alley. A crowd of boys playing near saw the negro and frightened him away.

Married, George C. Wainright and Mrs. Belle Adams of Desoto, Ill., were married Saturday afternoon. Mr. Wainright is a well known resident of the city and Mrs. Adams is an old friend of his earlier days. She arrived from the east Saturday noon, and the wedding occurred in the afternoon. The groom is 72 and the bride 41 years of age. Their friends in the city will extend congratulations. [Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 20 Oct. 1902]

Bricker Elliot, the 7 year old son of George Elliot, a prominent farmer at Carbondale, Ill., on the 30th, was leaning out of a window at his father's residence when the sash fell, striking him on the back of the neck and breaking it.  Mower County Transcript (Lansing, Mn), April 8, 1885, page 1, Submitted by Robin Line

Harrisburgh Couple, Wed 60 years celebrates: Harrisburg, Ill Jan 1. (1949), Mr. and Mrs. Mike McDermott, who were married Dec 25, 1888 celebrated the 60th anniversary of the event with open house to family and friends at their home south of Harrisburg Saturday. Both are native and lifelong residents of Saline county. Mr. McDermott is 79, and Mrs. McDermott who before her marriage was Miss Millie Sisk, is 75. Among the guests present for the anniversary celebration was Mrs. Rebecca Ingram, aged 92, a sister of Mrs. McDermott, who lives in Harrisburg.  Sunday, January 2, 1949 Paper: Evansville Courier and Press (Evansville, Indiana) Transcribed by J.M. Kell

 PIONEER ENJOYS STURDY OLD AGE-Somerset Township woman lives on the same farm 68 years, sleeps on same bed. Octavia Johnson King, pioneer of Jackson County, has lived on one farm in Somerset Township for 68 years.   Grandma King is 86 years old. She was born in West Virginia and came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, to St. Louis about75 years ago.  Afterward moving farther south, Ava stands on her fathers old farm site.  At this place Miss Johnson married Moses King and moved to section 2, Somerset Township buying 160 acres of land  at one dollar and a quarter per acre of land, in timber, but a small tract. Mrs. King is from a family of five children, two girls and three boys. the two girls are still living.  Mrs. King being the oldest in the family and her sister Mrs. Ida Cheatham, the youngest.  Grandma King like a majority  of our pioneers brought with them little we call wealth, but they brought what to the settlers in an unbroken wilderness is more value and industrious hearts.  How changed is the scene since first her eyes beheld this country woodsman and its wild beast, before his rifle.  Sleeps on cord  bed.  Mrs. King has much of the same furniture that she began housekeeping  with, when she was a girl of 18 years old.  She has a small stand table with a drawer in one side that is nearly 100 years old today.  She is using  the same bed that had for years called the Cord bed, probably the only one in use in Jackson County.  The ladies have in their possession their Grandfathers the Rev. Taylor's family leather bible.  (leather bound) with  many markings in it.  It contains the old family record, written with a  goose quill pen.  It can be read very readily.  Mrs. King was a great  horseback rider in her days and has run many races, both with women and men  riders.  She is the mother of eleven children, three boys and eight girls.  She has thirty-four grand-children and five great-grand-children the oldest one being 19 years.  Donated by Lauri Gray Stoewsand.

NEW TORNADOES KILL OVER SCORE-St. Louis, March 25. Fifteen are reported killed at Makanda, Illinois 100 miles south of here last night. Source: 25 Mar 1913; Newspaper: Olympia Record

NEW CYCLONE BLOWS FREIGHT TRAIN FROM TRACK IN ILLINOIS-Special to Tribune by United Press:  Anna, IL.-March 25-Fifteen were killed at Makanda, Illinois in a cyclone last night. An Illinois Central fast freight was blown from the tracks and twenty-five heavily loaded cars dumped into a ditch. Engineer Waggoner and Fireman Andrews were seriously injured. Following the cyclone rain falling in torrents washed away the contents of the cars. The loss of the freight is estimated at ten thousand dollars.  Source: 25 Mar 1913; Newspaper: Jonesboro Evening Sun

AMERICA’S GREATEST MEDICINE-Greatest, because in cases of Dyspepsia Hoods’ Sarsaparilla has a touch like magic, which just hits the spot, brings relief to the sufferer, and gives tone and strength to the stomach as no other medicine does.  COULD NOT EAT WITHOUT PAIN. “For many years I have been a sufferer from a severe case of Dyspepsia. I could not eat without great pain in my stomach and would be sick and would vomit up what I did eat. One day I read of a case cured by Hood’s Sarsaparilla. I told my husband I believed this medicine would help me. He went right away and got a bottle of Hood’s Sarsaparilla. I took four bottles and I was cured.” MRS. ALLEN STIVERS, Makanda, Illinois. Source: 25 June 1898; Newspaper: Herald Weekly

FIFTEEN KILLED AT MAKANDA, ILLINOIS-Cairo, Ill., March 25--A tornado struck the village of Makanda, Ill. last night, twelve persons are reported killed and a large number injured. Dwellings and barns throughout the vicinity were destroyed. Mrs. Henry Walker was killed and her husband badly injured. An Illinois Central freight train was blown from the track. Engineer Waggoner and Fireman J. C. Andrews were injured.

These newspaper articles was generously contributed by Sheila Cadwalader who obtained the article from a collection of Newspaper clippings at the Brehm Library in Mt. Vernon, IL. Some of the newspapers were not identified. A special thank you goes to Carla Pulliam who aided Sheila in compiling this information. The obituaries are extracts from Harold Felty's Legacy of Kin.  Submitted by Andrew Butcher

"18 Mar 1925--The list of known dead from Wednesday's tornado follows: "

Margaret NEAL       Fay HYDE
Ruth BROTHER, baby Ruby AUSTIN
Mrs. S.O. SOUTH  Mrs. SILB
___ BROWN   Tina May BRYANT
Frank WOODS   Mrs. Arch WILL
Nora WILL Millard BAKER
John BARR  Mrs. Barbara HALL
_____ AUSTIN      Mr. and Mrs. Frank REDD  (REED?)
Mrs. Morton BASH  Mrs. WESTWOOD
Helen WATTS    Viola FORD
Man Named OLIVER (name unclear)  Eula MORRISON
Mrs. Henry BULLARD  Joseph HARTLEY
Richard BEASLEY     R.L. HYDE
Mrs. ____ HUGHES  George HUGHES and daughter
Son of Rev. STECESS    _____ BAINBRIDGE, girl
_____ DICKSON, girl     Three unidentified women
One unidentified boy.

Feet Amputated as Result of Negligence

William Gilette, the young man who suffered amputation of his feet in St. Elizabeth's hospital here last November on account of gangrenous poison, was discharged from the institution yesterday. Gilette immediately left for his home in Grand Tower, Ill., where he will live with his parents. Gilette is the young man who left his feet as the result of his negligence. He worked in an Arkansas lumber camp and spent a week or more in swampy ground, failing to remove his boots during that time. The leather shrunk and his feet swelled. In consequence circulation of blood was impossible and strangulation occurred. This brought on gangrene, and when the young man arrived here his feet were literally dead on his body. Dr. Massie amputated both members and Gilette will spend the rest of his days a helpless cripple, so far as walking is concerned. Belleville Advocate  (Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 15 Feb 1906)

Accused of Night Riding

According to the press dispatches about a dozen citizens of Makanda and vicinity are charged with night riding and intimidation and warrants issued for their arrest.  Among them are Ernest Miller, bank cashier; Rev. E.A. Ziprobt, pastor of the Baptist church; Dr. D.F. Bennett, Arthur Bradley and Herbert Bradley, Harrye E. Rodman, and Ed McGuire.It is alleged that one night recently they armed themselves with buggy whips and went to the Clyburn home in the country near Makanda and told the Clyburn boys what would happen unless they aided their father in supporting the family.  It is asserted that they then compelled the Clyburns to shake hands all around, the minister led in prayer, and the party departed. (Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 16 Feb 1912) Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

Band Leader Comes Home

Arno Terpinitz, who has been traveling in the West Indies, Central America, and other tropical points as the leader of a circus band, is visiting his brother, Emil B. Terpinitz, in Carbondale.
(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, 27 Mar 1914)  Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

A Big Rattler

Mr. and Mrs. Alex DeRossett, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dietz, Arthur Imhoff and Pearl Imhoff, when hunting golden seal in the woods Sunday, made the biggest snake catch of the season. They came upon a rattler which measured 8 feet and 8 inches, from button to fangs, and whose body was as thick as an ordinary person's leg at the snake's middle. This big rattler is a good snake now. He is dead. The skin was taken and will be kept. The snake had eight rattles. Had the customer struck one of the party, a death would have been recorded. He was especially vicious, and well supplied with virus. --Murphysboro Independent  (Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 22 May 1914)  Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

Holy Rollers Egged

Lindsey and Shelton, who have been putting on a big show at Macedonia in the southern part of the county, were given a "shower" of eggs and a good beating last Tuesday night according to the statements of a well known farmer of that section of the county.  A big revival meeting has been in progress there for some time and Tuesday evening some of the young men procured a number of eggs that were said to be real antique and attempted to break up the show by showering them at the preacher's head.  Although an egg is said to have hit one of the sky pilots in the face the meeting was pulled off exactly as advertised until it came time for the "tarrying."

  At the end of the regular service the Rollers hold what they call a tarrying meeting when the candidates are given the real secret work of the order, such as the laying on of hands and the unknown tongue.  When it came to this part of the service all who were not members of the Holy Roller sect were asked to leave the building.  Some of the young men present objected to this saying that they had helped build the church and as long as they behaved themselves properly had a right to stay.  The preachers attempted to eject them from the building and the result was a big rough house in which the preachers received a good beating.

  The gentlemen of the cloth made a hasty departure Tuesday night and have not been seen or heard from since and have probably gone to a place where their services will be more appreciated.  --Murphysboro Independent.  (Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 7 Aug 1914) Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

The Holy Rollers at Gorham were judged insane the other day and committed to the state hospital at Anna.   (Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 25 Sep 1914)  Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

Cairo City Weekly Gazette, Thursday, 13 Jun 1861

James D. Morgan and R.M. Morgan, his brother, prominent citizens and old residents of Carbondale in Jackson County, were arrested and brought here Wednesday night and placed in the guard house. They were accused of treason, but we have not learned the exact nature of the charges against them. J.D. Morgan once went to Arkansas to reside, but returned saying it was impossible for a northern man to live there in peace.  Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter.


Dec. 11-Charles Mulrich, of Fountain Bluff, Illinois, fatally shot his wife and then killed himself, on Saturday last. Family difficulties caused the tragedy. (December 22, 1877 Burlington Hawk Eye, Burlington Iowa Submitted by S. Williams)

KNOCKED HIM DOWN—A few days ago F. E. Albright, Esq., was trying a case before a justice of the peace at Murphysboro, and while in the midst of his address to the court, the prosecuting witness called him a "liar." He did not have time to repeat it, however, for Albright, reaching out his right hand, brought it in contact with the witness’ mouth and he (the witness) went spinning over a lot of nail kegs. The "court" fined Mr. Albright five dollars for contempt, but afterwards remitted the fine.--Cairo Daily Bulletin, Saturday, 4 Jul 1874; transcribed by Darrel Dexter.

Lawlessness in Illinois

Jackson County is falling into the habits of Williamson, and becoming utterly lawless. If the Jackson County Era is not mistaken in the information it has received and published. "The fact is now established beyond a question," says the Era, "that there is a regularly organized band of robbers in the county, who, in mask and costume, are coming down upon persons who live in the rural districts that are supposed to have money in their possession. This band of Ku Klux also make it their business to take persons from their homes at night and whip and otherwise abuse them."

The spirit of lawlessness prevails in this part of the State, and it has been greatly encouraged by the failure of the officers of the law to punish the guilty rascals who have inaugurated and are carrying on a reign of terror in not a few localities of Lower Egypt. It is a well-known fact that in Williamson County here is a regularly organized secret society of regulators, bound together by oaths, the members of which disguise themselves, and in the night time descended upon citizens, take them from their beds, scourge them, and even drive them out of the county. There is no longer any doubt of this fact. At the time the bill to appropriate $10,000 for the purpose of suppressing lawlessness in Williamson County was pending in the General Assembly, a detective from Carlyle, Illinois, visited Marion, representing himself as a newspaper advertiser, and got himself into communication with certain of the Ku Klux. One of these made an agreement with the detective to have a meeting of the Ku Klux at a certain place in the county at a time to be designated and deliver them over to the law for the sum of $1,000. The bill did not become a law, the Judas of the Ku Klux still continues with them, and the spirit of Williamson County lawlessness, as rampant as ever, intimidating the officers of the law and all quiet citizens, is spreading to other counties. Since the lawless element of Williamson may defy the law, why may not the lawless element in other counties do the same?

If the Ku Kluxism of Illinois were practiced in a Southern state the Radicals of the North would probably raise a great outcry; but our home Radicals seem to enjoy lawless violence and murder as a local institution that ought to be preserved. Ku Kluxers roam about neighborhoods, and assassinations the most shocking startle the public, but this does not disturb His Excellency, the Governor. He looks down this way with his quiet eyes, and does nothing. He don't care that the good name of Illinois is outraged; and the Radicals, and indeed also the Democrats, of the State take the bloody business as a matter of course.  Well, so be it. Who cares?  --The Cairo Daily Bulletin, Wednesday, 21 Jul 1875; transcribed by Darrel Dexter

LARGER TOMATO CROP LIKELY IN ILLINOIS - Reports Received From Growers and Shippers Indicate the Acreage is Somewhat Larger This Season Compared With Last -- Some Shippers Being Done Now. Chicago, May 24.--In reports made to the Packer by growers and shippers a swomewhat larger crop of tomatoes, compared with last season, is indicated for Illinois. In most districts from which reports were received the acreage has been increased. Some districts are shipping now and others will commence later. A number of varieties are produced, among them being Baltimore, Detroit, Globe, June Pink, Bonnie Best, Marglobe, and Livingston Pink Globe. the reports follow: Alto Pass, Ill. - The tomato acreage shows an increase here this year, being 100 as against 75 acres last season. Ten cars will be shipped starting July 1 and lasting to September 1. Detroit and Globe varieties are grown. Four-basket crates will be used as the container. Half of the stock will be moved green wrapped and half pink. Weather conditions have been unfavorable for getting plants in fields. J. J. K. ~ Cobden, Ill. - There will be a normal tomato crop in this section this year, with probably 150 acres now in, compared with 140 acres last year. There will probably be 250 cars moved from here commencing July 10 and running through August 15. The Bonnie Best, Marglobe and June Pink varieties are grown and about 10 per cent will be green wrapped and the balance pink wrapped. All shipments will be made in four-basket crates. G. B. A. ~ Cobden, Ill. - The tomato acreage shows an increase this year, being 250 as against 200 last season. Around 200 cars will be shipped from July 1 to August 20. June Pink, Globe and Acme varieties are grown. Four-basket crates will be used. R. D. K. Source: Chicago Parker, Saturday, May 25, 1929





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