Mrs. John Barlow
Mrs. John Barlow died at her residence in the north part of the city on Saturday afternoon. The funeral took place Monday. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 3 May 1894]
Teacher and Five pupils lose lives near Lawrenceville, Ill; Explosion Results when a boy tries to pry open a tin of nitroglycerin, which had been found near creek.
Lawrenceville, Ill, Feb 7 - Emmett Bunyan, school teacher, and five of his pupils were killed outright today at the Gross Roads school house, two and a half miles west of here, when a can of nitroglycerine exploded. Another pupil is expected to die.
The explosion occurred in the noon recess when one of the boys found an old can partly buried in the bank of a creek near the school house. Not knowing its contents, he tossed it across the creek to another boy, and when the latter tried to open it, there was a terrific explosion, crumbling the wall of the school house and hurling the teacher and six of the pupils through the air. The boys ranged in age from 12 to 16 years. The girl pupils were inside the school house, eating their lunches while the boys were outside playing. Bunyan was romping with them.
This is the center of the Southern Illinois oil field and the can was such as is used to start oil wells flowing. It presumably was dropped in the creek some time ago by an oil man passing the school. [February 7, 1921, Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) - KT, Sub by FoFG]
George Corrie, aged 23 years, a farmer living 6 miles south of Sumner, killed himself by shooting. Domestic trouble was the cause. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday, March 9, 1892; Sub. by dmcneeley]
Dr. Asher Goslin
Dr. Asher Goslin died at his home at Oregon, Mo., Tuesday night. He was regimental surgeon of the 48 Illinois infantry volunteers during war and formerly practiced in this city. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois), 12 Apr 1894]
Mrs. Dr. N.S. Marshall
Mrs. Dr. N.S. Marshall died Tuesday evening as a result of a surgical oepration. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois); 25 Jan 1900]
Perry B. McCullough
Hold Rites for G.O.P. Leader on Thursday
Brain inflammation Proves Fatal to McCullough
In Second Term
Lawrenceville, Ill Dec. 22 -- Funeral services for Perry B. McCullough, 62-year-old chairman of Illinois' Republican state central committee, will be held at his home here at 1:30 p. m. Thursday.
The party leader, ill only three days, died early this morning of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, which his physician, Dr. V. M. Brain, attributed in part to the "strain of the recent campaign." Elected last April, McCullough was serving his second term as chairman of the committee, having previously held the position from 1928 to 1930. He had been a member of the committee from Lawrence county for 22 years.
John Tyrrell of Chicago, vice-chairman, will head the committee temporarily pending the election of a successor to McCullough, probably at a meeting in Springfield, Jan 5. A retired merchant, who nevertheless maintained active interest in several Lawrenceville businesses, McCullough had been a leader in many Republican campaigns. Outside of his political positions, his only public office was superintendent of the state foods and dairies department from 1928 to 1932 during the administration of Gov. Louis L. Emmerson. His widow and a daughter, Mrs. Robert Aitken of Smethport, Pa., survive him. [December 23, 1936; Morning Star (Rockford, IL) - KT, Sub by FoFG]
Woman, Wounded in Tavern Battle, Dies
Vincennes, Ind., July 5 -- Mrs. Lucille Potts, 52, of Lawrenceville, Ill., wounded last May in a tavern shooting in that city, died today in a Vincennes hospital.
Ives J. Short, proprietor of the tavern, was shot and killed at the time Mrs. Potts was wounded.
State's Attorney Maurice Gosnell of Lawrenceville filed a murder charge against Orville Stice in connection with the death of Short. Gosnell said Stice shot himself in the head. Stice, a Lawrenceville refinery worker, is still in a hospital. [July 6, 1946; Morning Star (Rockford, IL) - KT, Sub by FoFG]
Miss Nellie Seed, the removed Postmistress, Commits Suicide.
Lawrenceville, Ill., Feb 10 - the inhabitants of this village were shaken from center to circumference this morning over the startling intelligence that the body of Miss Nellie Seed had been found locked in her room under the influence of an overdose of chloroform. When found by friends this morning life was barely perceptible, and the united efforts of Drs. Garrard and Robinson, who were called, failed to have the slightest effect at restoring consciousness. She continued to breathe, however, at slight intervals, until near noon today, when life was found extinct. Miss Seed was for years our Postmistress at this place, and was superseded a week ago by J.H. Roberts. Rumors are conflicting regarding the fatal dose, some of her friends claiming that she had dropped hints that would lead them suppose it was taken with suicidal intent, while others maintain that it was taken to ease the terrible pain occasioned by an aching tooth. Her mother, who has been dangerously ill for some time, is almost wild over the sad and distressing occurrence. The funeral will take place tomorrow. [February11, 1882, Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) - KT, Sub by FoFG]
Frank Vawter, aged 44 years, died at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home in Lawrence county, Illinois, of dropsy. He leaves a wife and 9 children. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois); 25 Jan 1900]
John A. Winter
Killed by Falling Tree
Sumner, Oct. 4--John A. Winter, son of Jacob Winter, and a young farmer on the county line northwest of this city was instantly killed at noon today by a falling tree.
Mr. Winter was engaged with his father in sawing down a tree. When the tree fell the men stepped aside but the young man was caught and crushed. He lived but a few minutes. The farm on which the accident happened is the home place of Jacob Winter of this place. John A. Winter is survived by his wife and one child--Olney Daily Mail
[Source: "Flora Journal Record", October 6, 1921 - submitted by Sue Eskew]
Dead men found on the River Bank near Lawrenceville, Ill.
A Drunken Row at a Funeral, Ruffianism at the Open Grave, and Flight to Avoid Arrest.
Lawrenceville, Ill., Feb 8 - Your correspondent wired the fact of the finding of three dead men seven miles above this place yesterday. Coroner Leach and a posse of citizens reached the spot designated about 9 o'clock last night, and found the bodies all stiff in death, and the faces went to show they had been dead about three weeks. Lying a hundred yards inland, on a little knoll, the men, wet, col, and hungry, had probably perished by exposure. They were last seen at the funeral of James Price, in the lower edge of Crawford County, where they resided, all more or less under the influence of whisky, and it is remembered that they indulged in some of the most disgraceful conduct imaginable, cursing, carousing, etc., which was wound up by one of the being pushed into the open grave made for the old man Price. The friends complained more or less at this lawless state of affairs, and strong talk of arresting and fining them was indulged in. The young men becoming acquainted with the feeling entertained by the neighbors in regard to the matter, prepared to leave the county, and, repairing to the bank of the Embarrass River, where an old and dilapidated boat was tied up, they stole it and launched it in the swollen stream at nightfall, bound for Cairo. From the place of launching the boat to where the bodies were found it is about 14 miles, and it is supposed the trip was made that far without mishap. Near where they were found it is supposed the boat struck an eddy or swirl and capsized them, and being near a large drift in the river, they either swam ashore at once, or waiting till morning dawn gave them an idea of their whereabouts, then made the trip to the little knoll a hundred yards inland. A man living 3/4 of a mile from where they were found now remembers to have heard hallooing from that direction three weeks ago last Sunday. It is plain that, surrounded by water as they were, and not knowing which direction to go, they were in hopes of someone coming to their rescue until, west and benumbed by cold, they finally perished. Marks and tracks are plainly visible where they had run around the trees near by in their efforts to keep warmth in their bodies. An inquest was held and the bodies conveyed to their friends in Crawford County. [February 9, 1882; Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) - KT, Sub by FoFG]