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From Republican Herald, Tuesday, July 18, 1922
Submitted by Ann Laird
Old and Highly Respected Resident Passes Away After Lingering Illness.
Many Out of Town Relatives Attend Funeral

William A. Spann, son of Silas H. and Martha Lott Spann, was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, October 6th, 1840. He came to Illinois when 16 years of age. He was married in December 1861, to Narcissa Simpson, and of this union ten children were born, of whom six survive him, namely: Mrs. Flora Hess, Mrs. Mattie Cantwell and Mrs. Lula Smith, of Vienna, Mrs. R.E. Gillespie, of East St. Louis, Hal A. Spann and Wm. S. Spann, of Vienna. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Martin, of Ullin and by two brothers, Dr. C.P. Spann, of Thebes, Ill., and Silas Spann, of Phoenix, Arizona.

Narcissa Spann died in 1885. In 1893 he was married to Mrs. E.M. Blanchfill, who died in 1909. In 1911 he was married a third time, to Mrs. Mary E. Goodall who died the same year.

William A. Spann was admitted to the bar of Illinois in 1875, and in 1877 came to Vienna and entered the practice of law and continued such practice until forced by ill heath to retire a few years before his death. He was elected to the Legislature of Illinois in 1880 and served in that capacity for four years. He was County Judge of Johnson county from 1906 to 1910. He died July 6th, 1922, at 11:25 a.m., aged 81 years and 9 months, and is survived by six children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Throughout a long and active life, in which he was continuously engaged in transactions involving the most important rights of his fellowmen, and in which he was controlled by his conscience alone, he was ever moved and guided by the highest feelings and principles of human kindness, honor and charity. And the record of his life is indelibly impressed upon the minds and hearts of those who knew him well and must ever be an inspiration to those truest traits of human greatness—kind hearts, honorable conduct and charity to all mankind. These were the tenets of his belief and the guide of his conduct, and their influence does not end with human life, but serves to pass along the torch of human progress to coming generations.

Funeral services were held at the home in the south side of the city on Saturday, July 8, 1922, at 9:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. W.W. Kemper, pastor of M.E. Church. Appropriate music was rendered by a choir composed of members of the Methodist and Christian churches. The floral offerings were very beautiful and profuse.

The services were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends of Southern Illinois. The remains were taken to the beautiful Fraternal cemetery north of town and laid to rest in the family lot, by the side of loved ones gone on before. The following attorneys and county officials acted as pall bearers: Hon. P.T. Chapman, C.J. Huffman, Geo. H. Balance, Judge John O. Cowan, O.R. Morgan, E.F. Throgmorton and John W. Carlton.

In the death of W.A. Spann, we have had removed from our city, one of its old land marks. He was well and favorably known all over Southern Illinois. He was a leading attorney of the state and in his practice was called to all parts of this end of the state in important legal cases. About four years ago on account of his age and infirmities he retired from the practice of law.—Vienna Times 

Metropolis Herald, March 8, 1911
Submitted by Ann Laird
Another Massac Farmer of Notes Dies at Ripe Old Age
On Tuesday, February 21, at his home in this county, T.P. Smith, one of our oldest settlers, quietly passed away at the age of 80 years. The funeral occurred last Thursday at the Old Salem cemetery where a large number of people gathered to show their respect and love.

Tenderson P. Smith was born in the State of Georgia in the year 1831 and came with his parents to Illinois when he was four years of age. At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in the Union army, was soon advanced to the rank of lieutenant and served in that capacity until the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Fort Donalson, Vicksburg, Shilo and Gold Harbor. At the close of the war he began farming prospered and at his active time of life owned and was farming about 1000 acres of land in Massac and Pulaski counties.

In 1868, he was married to Margaret Hair, who survives him. Eight children resulted from the marriage; Dr. Alvin Smith, of this county; Mrs. Dr. Mangum, of Johnson county; Rev. Robt. Smith, Atty. Fred Smith of this city, Mrs. Birdie Bivins, Mrs. Dollie Shaffer of Ezanston (Evanston), Ills., and Wilbur and Nathaniel the two younger boys, who are now attending Valparaiso University.

He was well known as a very generous and kindly man. In fact one scarcely hears his neighbors speak about him unless they refer to some act of generosity and his kind disposition.

Republican Herald, July 9, 1925
Submitted by Ann Laird

James A. Burris, a veteran of the Civil War, died at 5:30 o'clock Saturday morning, July 4, at his home near Hillerman, following a several weeks illness. Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Hillerman Baptist church conducted by Rev. Troutman. Burial was in Hillerman cemetery.

Mr. Burris was seventy-nine years old. He leaves a widow, two sons, Walter and Fred Burris, two daughters, Mrs. S.E. Culver and Mrs. Cagle and several grandchildren. He was a member of the Baptist church at Hillerman. An old resident of the county, he was known to almost everybody and held in the highest respect. During his illness and at his death and funeral neighbors and friends extended every aid and sympathy possible for which the family is deeply grateful and extend their sincere thanks.

From Republican Herald, Tuesday, July 18, 1922
Submitted by Ann Laird

Has Been Prominently Connected With Official and Business Life Of City.
The death of August Quante Sunday came as a shock to the people of Metropolis and Massac county. In his death the county loses one of its most noted citizens. He has been a prominent figure in the official and business life of the city and county for the past 60 years. Mr. Quante was born in Hanover, Germany, August 29, 1841. In 1846, his father, Henry Quante, with his family came to America and settled for a short time at Cincinnati, Ohio. From there he moved to Princeton, Ind., where he resided until about 1855, when he moved to Massac county and with his family, entering 160 acres of land, in township 14, range 5, eight miles northeast of Metropolis.

About 1860 August Quante, with his brother, Hiram, started their business career in Metropolis, opening a general grocery store in what is now known as the Moreland building across the street from the post office. Later on the store was moved across the street where Gullett's store is now located. Here they conducted a general merchandise, grocery, hardware, furniture, dry goods and clothing store. In 1882 they created the Riverside Flouring Mill. Shortly after 1900 he disposed of his mercantile business and gave his attention to his milling business until July 15, 1919, when he disposed of his mill.

He has been connected with the First National bank since its organization in 1884, being a director until March 20, 1902, when he was elected President to fill the vacancy caused by the death of this brother Hiram. He has remained its president since that time. Mr. Quante served the city as alderman from 1887 to 1891. In 1891 he was elected Mayor and served until 1897. During his term of office the present water and light plant was started. On August 7, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, 15th Illinois Calvary, and served four years during the civil war, receiving his honorable discharge August 25, 1864. He has been a member of the Lutheran church a boy. Mr. Quante was also prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of Metropolis Lodge No. 91, A.F.&A.M., Metropolitan Chapter No. 101, R.A.M. and Gethsemane Commandery No. 41, Knights Templar. In 1864 he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Foreman of this city. To this union three children were born, one son, Hiram W., who died Nov. 29, 1917, and two daughters, Mrs. Addie O. McCawley and Mrs. W. H. Sielbeck of this city, who survie him. His wife died on June 7, 1904. He is also survived by one grandson, August Bivins Quante, and many other relatives in the city. Mr. Quante had three brothers, William, John and Hiram, and one sister, Justina Schulte, all of whom have passed away.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the home, 414 Metropolis street. Services will be conducted by Rev. Temple. Burial will be at the Masonic cemetery. Mr. Quante was 80 years, 10 months, and 17 days old at the time of his death.

This ends the life of a man who has been a leader of the community for over 60 years. One in whom every citizen of the city and county had the utmost confidence. His advise in financial affairs was often sought and freely given. He had the utmost respect of all who knew him, as a man, a citizen and a public official, his record has been one that stood out as a bright example and one that was an honor to the community, in which he has lived so many years. 

From Republican Herald, Tuesday, July 18, 1922
Submitted by Ann Laird

Mrs. Agnes H. Evers died at her home in Johnston City at 4:00 o'clock a.m. on July 17th, 1922. She was born March 1st, 1889 and resided in this county the greater part of her life. She conducted a store and confectionery in Johnston City. Surviving her are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carson of near Joppa, a son George Campbell, two brothers, A.M. Carson and H.E. Carson; also two sisters, Mrs. O.A. Reed and Mrs. Ethel Wilks. Funeral services will be conducted at her home 1 ˝ miles from Joppa, at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

Metropolis Planet, Aug. 7, 1996
Submitted by Susan (Powell) Cook
Marshall "Shorty" Powell, 57 of Round Knob died Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. Mr. Powell had worked at Southern Illinois Steel for 17 years.  He most recently owned and operated Powell's Saw Shop in Round Knob for over 20 years.  He was of Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Clarkson Powell of Round Knob; two daughters; Deborah D'Ambrosi and her husband Anthony of Lady Lake Fl. and Susan Cook of Round Knob and one son Michael Powell of Metropolis.

One sister Frances Holder of Metropolis; 4 brothers Donald Powell of Elgin, Ralph Powell and Billy Powell both from Metropolis Il.  and a brother Johnny Powell from Hampshire Il. One granddaughter Brandy Nichole Cook of Round Knob.  Several nieces and nephews and cousins... Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his parents, William Omer and Daisy Aline Davis Powell.  3 brothers Robert Jr., William Paul, and Jerry and a half brother, Omer Powell.
Grave side services was Friday at Massac Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Paul McGinnus officiating. Miller Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements...

Metropolis News, June 12, 1947
Minnie Maggie Bell, was born near Brookport, August 14, 1875, and passed from this life June 4, 1947, being the age of 71 years, 9 months and 20 days. She was the daughter of Sidney and Julia Bell.
On September 4, 1892 she was united in marriage to Will J. Sharp, and to this union was born three children who survive her passing: Ray M. Sharp, Madison; Audrey M. Johnson, Brookport; Howard D. Sharp, Carbondale. Also surviving are ten grand children, four great grandchildren, two brothers, W.H. Bell, Rockford, David S. Bell, Carbondale; two sisters, Josie Athy, St. Louis, Mo., and Lura Bell, Carbondale; a number of nephews and nieces, and other relatives, also a host of friends who will sadly miss her.

Mrs. Sharp was united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Mt. Sterling in her girlhood days, and has remained a constant and devoted member her entire life. Relatives and friends have always known this loved one for helping others along the rugged pathways of life. It seemed that her motto in life was this: Lord help me live from day today, In such a self-forgetful way, That even when I kneel to pray, My prayers shall be for others.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 2:30 p.m. from the Mt. Sterling Presbyterian Church with Bro. D. Wayne McFarland officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Grace Garrett and Mrs. Lorraine Kerr, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ruth McFarland. Pall bearers were Gordon Kerr, Robert Welch, Clarence Wallace, Andrew Henderson, Lawrence Johnson and John Copeland
Interment was made by Kennedy Funeral Home in the Mt. Sterling Church cemetery.
(Metropolis News, June 12, 1947 - Transcribed by Shauna Williams)

Card of Thanks
Metropolis News, June 12, 1947

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to our many friends and neighbors for the expressions of sympathy and kindness in the death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Maggie Sharp. To those who offered assistance in any way; to the donors of the beautiful floral offerings, and to those who furnished cars. Especially do we thank Bro and Sister D. Wayne McFarland for the beautiful service rendered and Bro. Richard Kerr for his comforting prayer Also the singers, Grace Garrett and Lorraine Kerr, and the pallbearers. May God's richest blessings be with each and every one of you.
Mrs. Audrey Johnson -- Ray M. Sharp -- Howard D. Sharp
(Transcribed by Shauna Williams)

William SHARP
Metropolis News, September 6, 1945
Will J. Sharp
The grim reaper of death makes his own decisions, whether he will reap a bud, blossom or a full grown rose. This time, he decided to enter the home of Mrs. Will Sharp, taking from this family a loving companion and a dear dad.
Will J. Sharp, son of Peter and Sophia Sharp, was born in Sciota County, Portsmouth, Ohio, June 28, 1860, and departed this life, August 26, 1945, 6:55 p.m. at the Illinois Central Hospital, Paducah Ky., being the age of 85 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Bell, September 4, 1892. To this happy union was born three children. Mr. Sharp affiliated with the I.O.O.F. lodge 50 years ago. To this organization, he was a faithful and loyal member until death.
Those who are left to mourn the loss of this dear one, his wife, Mrs. Maggie Sharp; three children, Ray M. Sharp, Madison; Mrs. Audrey Johnson, Brookport; and Howard Sharp, Carbondale. One brother, T. Warren Sharp, Springfield; two half-brothers, Charles Sharp, Paducah, Ky., and Robert Sharp, Phoenix, Ariz. One half-sister, Cora Hogan; Paducah, Ky. Ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Besides a number of other relatives and friends whose lives will be empty without his presence.

"Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me; And may there be no moaning at the bar, When I put to Sea. Twilight and evening bells; And after that the dark, And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. For though from out our bourne Of time and place, The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face, When I have crossed the bar."

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mt. Sterling church at Unionville, with Rev. T.E. BRIGHT, of Paducah, Ky., officiating. Music was furnished by the Kennedy Funeral Home Quartet.
Interment was made in the church cemetery. (Transcribed by Shauna Williams)

Card of Thanks
Metropolis News, September 6, 1945

We would like to thank all our friends and neighbors for the kindness shown us during the illness and after the death of our dear husband and father, Will J. Sharp. Especially do we thank the minister, Rev. T.E. BRIGHT; the pianist; the singers; the Odd Fellows; those who sent the beautiful flowers; flower girls; those who furnished cars. These acts of kindness will always be remembered. Mrs. Will J. Sharp and Children. (Transcribed by Shauna Williams)

Helen Henderson, daughter of Elmer and Anna Henderson, died at her home, in Brookport, Illinois, recently of pneumonia, following the influenza. She was a child (o)f seven when her parents left here and was twenty four at the time of her death. She had been for some years a teacher in her home school. They sympathy of their many friends in this community will go out to the bereaved family. They have lost two grown girls and their eldest boy in the last few years.
(October 31, 1918 Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake Iowa Submitted by S. Williams)

Daniel WOODS
Dies at Age of 104 Years
Daniel Woods Was Oldest Man in Massac County, Ill.
Metropolis, Ill. Jan. 22-Daniel Woods, the oldest man in Massac county, died yesterday at the age of 104 years.
He was born at Portsmouth, O., in 1802. He is survived by a wife and four children.
(January 23, 1906 Decatur Herald, Decatur Illinois Submitted by S. Williams)

Services for Reba E. Volle, 90, of Massac County will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Lisa Goodwin will officiate, and burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Volle died at 12:45 p.m. Monday [Jan. 24, 2000] at Lourdes hospital in Paducah.
She and her late husband, Calvin Volle, operated Volle Grocery Store for 16 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Wanda Kommer and Joyce Dassing, both of Metropolis; one son, Harold Volle of Metropolis; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, four sisters and two great-grandchildren. Her parents were William H. and Fannie Quertermous.
Friends may call after 6 tonight at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the church.
[Unknown newspaper, Contributed by Faye Bowman]

Jacob Fry
Honored Career
Ended in the Death of Mr. Jacob Fry at Melber
The following details of the death of Mr. Jacob Fry, a prominent resident of Melber, have been received by the Sun:
Jacob W. Fry was born Aug 22, 1833, in Green county, Tenn., and died at the home of his son in Melber, Ky., Feb 12, 1906, age 72 years, 6 months and 20 days.
He moved with his father and mother to Massac county, Illinois, in 1843 and was married to Mary A. Dye, September 6, 1854.  Their union being blessed with 10 children as follows:  Emily E., James H., Maggie J., mary E.P., John W. Lagan M., Dollie, Oscar, Jacob and Samuel.  All of whom have preceded him except one son, John W. Fry, of Melber.  He leaves one brother, Henry D. Fry, of Metropolis, ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Dye and Mrs. Katie Armstrong, of Brookport, Ill.  He moved to Metropolis, Ill., shortly after he married and resided there until April 3, 1883, at which time he moved to Melber, Ky., and engaged in the milling business.  Selling his interest in the milling business at Melber to his son, he moved to Brookport, Ill., and engaged in the flour mill business there, but moved back to Melber in February, 1904.  His wife died February 29, 1904, and since then, he has made with his home with his son.  His death was caused from the effects of grip he contracted several years ago. [The Paducah sun. (Paducah, Ky.), February 14, 1906, Page 4]

James Yost
Mr. James Yost, of the firm of Yost, Bigelow & co., one of the leading business and manufacturing firms of Metropolis, died Saturday and was buried Sunday.  [The Daily Cairo bulletin.(Cairo, Ill.), August 19, 1884]

Egleton Carmichael
Col. Egleton Carmichael, an old and prominent citizen of metropolis, Illinois, died at his home in that city during last week.  his death leavs a vacancy in the county treasurer's office to which he was elected last fall. [The Daily Cairo Bulletin.(Cairo, Ill.), February 20, 1881]


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