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1920
The Pinckneyville Advocate, Pinckneyville, Illinois
April 23, 1920
courtesy of Connie Edgar
MRS. THETFORD WAS HOSTESS
      Last Wednesday afternoon the Embroidery club met with MRS. LEE THETFORD. The afternoon was pleasantly spent. Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served. Those present were: MESDAMES. WALTER BARTLE, ALEX PEAK, GEORGIA KUGLER, GEO. E. BARTLE, A. P. WOOSLEY, T. E. CLERGY, A. O. BARTLEY, W. C. WALKUP, GEORGE ROGERS, ED. EISFELDER AND HENRY YOUNG. MRS. ARTHUR EISFELDER and MRS. FRANK HATCH of Carbondale were guests.
      The club will meet next Wednesday afternoon with MRS. GEORGE ROGERS
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NORMAL SCHOOL OVERLY LARGE
      The Normal spring term is showing an increase over the last spring term of 60 students and indications point to a total number of students at the university of more than 1000 students including the training school.
      Today the register at the school reported 642 students had enrolled and with the opening of the mid-spring term, which opens May 1st, at least 250 new students will be in for school. At present the attendance is 860 students including the training school students.
      With the increase of this number the school will hit a record attendance. The country schools are out later than usual and teachers are coming each day. And with the beginning of the mid-spring term the large number of students will make the enrollment a record term.
Carbondale Free Press
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RETURNS HOME WITH MOTHER
      FRED MUELLER of St. Louis, was a business caller at The Advocate last Monday. Fritz informed us that he would his mother, who has been in the Hiller Hospital for several weeks, back home with him Tuesday morning, and place her in a hospital in the city where it would be more convenient for him to call and see her.
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ST PAUL'S EV. CHURCH
      Sunday school at 9 A.M. English services at 10 A.M. and don't forget the time! Make Sunday April 25th "Go To Church Sunday". After services extra meeting and all are invited to attend. Services in evening at 7 o'clock. Don't forget the concert at the gym at 8:15 on April 24th, given by the Eden Seminary quartet.
ADOLF FRIZ, Pastor
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FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN DIES IN DUEL
      GREEN SMOTHERS aged 65, and SHERMAN HART of Thompsonville had a duel over a cow of HART'S getting into SMOTHERS' field, and as the result SMOTHERS was shot and killed and HART expected to die of wounds.
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A. S. HEISEL SELLS STORE
      Another change in business occurred in our city last Friday wherein A. S. HEISEL, the grocery merchant on Walnut Street sold his interests to MR. C. LANG, of St Louis, who has taken charge, as you will notice by his half-page advertisement in this issue of The Advocate.
      We haven't learned as to what MR. HEISEL expects to do in the future, but he and his estimable wife, who have made a real team mate in their business, have made many warm friends in our city, who together with The Advocate would be pleased to have them remain among our people, and we can also extend to the new proprietor the warm hand of welcome.
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SURPRISE ON MR. GUENTHER
      On Saturday evening, April 17th, a surprise party was given MRS. CHAS GUENTHER, of near Swanwick, when about fifty-six neighbors and friends gathered at DAN HEGGEMEIER'S as a meeting place and from there all went to the home of CHAS. GUENTHER, where that place was a scene of merry-making. All brought well-filled baskets and lunch was served consisting of sandwiches, pickles, cake and all kinds of pie and coffee. At a later hour they wended their way homeward, leaving good wishes and many happy returns to MRS. GUENTHER
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WILL LEAVE FOR NEW YORK
      MRS. HARRY MALAN and little son of DuQuoin, were Friday visitors in this city with her sister-in-law, MISS EUNICE MALAN. The little boy is recovering from a severe attack of scarlet fever, and when he has gained sufficient strength, MRS. MALAN will join her husband who is employed in a clothing firm in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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JOHN HOLMAN KICKED BY HORSE
      JOHN HOLMAN, son of DR. HOLMAN, living near Rice, met with a very serious accident last Monday while helping a neighbor, who was stuck in a mud hole. While working near the front of the vehicle one of the horses became frightened and kicked MR. HOLMAN in the face, mashing and breaking his nose, the upper jaw bone and most of his front teeth are gone. He received emergency treatment and was brought to DR. TEMPLETON, who accompanied him to St John's hospital in St Louis, where they will proceed to build his face and nose.
      MR. HOLMAN is a man of about 40 years and has a family. We wish for him a speedy recovery.
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THOS POLLEY BURIED SATURDAY
      THOMAS POLLEY of DuQuoin, at one time a resident of Pinckneyville, departed this life at his home on April 14th, after a lingering illness of several months, although his condition had not been considered serious until about one week before his death.
      For many years he carried mail on the rural districts out of DuQuoin, being given the first mail route out of that city, and he had the distinction of being the oldest mail carrier in Perry County.
      Besides his widow he is survived by five sons, TROVER, PAVEY, WILLIAM, FRANK and BRYCE, all of DuQuoin, and five daughters, MRS. ETHEL BEARD, ADDIE and FAY of DuQuoin, MRS. ICEY STEWART of Lecompton, Kansas, and MRS. EARL GREGORY of Centralia.
      Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon and interment made in Odd Fellow Cemetery.
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MARRIAGE LICENSES
ROY JAMES L. QUILLMAN, Campbell Hill; MAMIE MAY LIVELY, Cutler, IL
 
PERRY CLEAVE FOSTER, Grand Tower; GLADYS TIFFANY, Grand Tower, IL
 
FRED A. A. ZIMMER, Chester; MARY ETHEL REED, Sparta, IL
 
ELVIS SKAGGS, Herrin; MAYME THOMPSON, Herrin, IL.
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MISCELLANEOUS NEWS
      DR. J. S. TEMPLETTON was a business visitor in St Louis Wednesday.
 
      MRS. HENRY KAISER went to St Louis Thursday morning for a few day's stay.
 
      MESDAMES LIZZE CHARLETON and BARNEY SUTLIFF spent Wednesday in DuQuoin
 
      CHRISTOPHER KINSTLER went to Royalton Friday for a visit with relatives.
 
      REV. and MRS. CHAS. BERSCHE were visitors in Murphysboro Wednesday.
 
      MISS GOLDIE GALBRAITH of Tamaroa, is visiting with her sister MRS. ROY MELVIN.
 
      MRS. ENOS WILLIAMS spent last Thursday in DuQuoin with MRS. WM. ROGERS.
 
      MRS. HARRY CRAIN and baby of Vergennes were Thursday visitors in our city.
 
      FRANK BILLS, the only man of his kind near Swanwick, was transacting business at The Advocate last Monday.
 
      MRS. ALBERT BRAWN of Thebes, returned home Wednesday, after a visit here with her sister, MRS. J. L. BREEZE.
 
      MR. and MRS. J. W. LOUIS of Chattanooga, Tenn., who for the past ten days have been the guests of the latter's parents, MR. and MRS. M. L. KUGLER, leave today (Friday) for a visit to their brother and wife, MR. and MRS. FRANK KUGLER in Chicago.
 
      MRS. ARTHUR SPENCER and daughter of DuQuoin spent Thursday here with her mother MRS. J. M. KUNZ.
 
      LLOYD SCOTT of Iowa City, Iowa, went to Percy Saturday to visit with his friend, MISS ELSIE MELVILLE.
 
      MR. and MRS. JOHN ISMERT of Kansas City, were guests of MR. and MRS. GEO E. HINCKE the latter part of this week.
 
      Friends of MRS. M. D. BOWLIN of our city sympathize with her in the tragic death of her nephew, RALPH BOST, a youth of 19 who was drowned in the Pacific Ocean. He was in the U. S. Navy. His parents receive telegrams each day, and the body will be brought to the Illinois home for burial if rescued. MRS. BOWLIN now thinks it very doubtful - DuQuoin Tribune
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The Quill, La Harpe, Hancock County, Illinois
Volume 28, Number 52
Tuesday, April 27, 1920, Page 9
      Joseph Moody, seventy, coal miner of Duquoin, has filed suit against the Illinois United Mine Workers' union, asking $6,000 damages and reinstatement in the union. He was expelled as an "insurgent" leader during the coal miners' uprising about a year ago. Moody charges his expulsion is an attempt to crush the Illinois Labor party by the union officials.
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1921
True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Sixty-Fourth Year Number 7
Wednesday, February 16, 1921, Page 2
ST. CHARLES MATRON MURDERED BY INMATE
Found Unconscious, and Expected to Die, Her Head Crushed With Stove Shaker. -- Money and Guns Stolen and Boy Fled
      The officers here have been notified to be on the lookout for an inmate of the St. Charles state home for boys, who is believed to have assaulted with probably fatal results Mrs. Jessie Lovelett, 33, of Duquoin, Ill., a matron in one of the four farm houses. She was set upon and beaten so seriously by an unknown assailant Friday, she died on Sunday morning. Her head was crushed in with a stove shaker.
      She was found by her husband at 4:40 o 'clock Friday afternoon. Suspicion has been directed at Frank Dossett, 17, of East St. Louis, one of the inmates of the school, who assisted in the farm house and disappeared shortly before Mrs. Lovelett was found. Nine dollars in cash and a revolver and a shotgun, which were in the sleeping room Mr. and Mrs. Lovelett occupied, are missing, as is also a suit of Mr. Lovelett's clothes.
      The Dorsett boy was committed to St. Charles on a robbery charge 16 months ago and rated an exemplary student. It was because of his good behavior that he was assigned to help in the farm house, a position which gave him more liberty than that enjoyed by the average boy in the school.
      Dorsett, is of dark complexion and slender build. He is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. It is believed that he is wearing Mr. Lovelett's missing suit, as the blue denim uniform worn by the boys would be easily recognizable.
      He is believed to have escaped on a freight train. The Great Western and the North-Western railroads are not much more than a mile from St. Charles.
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The Industry Press, Industry, Illinois
Volume 5, Number 48
Thursday, February 24, 1921, Page 3
      Aurora. The Kane county grand jury returned an indictment charging Frank Gossette, aged sixteen, East St. Louis, with the murder of Mrs. Jessie Lovelett, thirty-two, DuQuoin.
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The Macomb Daily By-stander, Macomb, Illinois
Volume 17, Number 69
Thursday, February 24, 1921, Page 1
ABANDON HOPE OF SAVING LIVES OF SEVEN MEN.
(By Associated Press.)
      Duquoin, Feb. 24.-- Hope has been virtually abandoned today for the rescue of any of the seven men imprisoned by fire, which started yesterday afternoon in a gallery of a mine at Dowell, five miles south of here.
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Daily Illini, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Friday Morning, February 25, 1921, Page 1
SEAL BURNING COAL MINE IMPRISONING SEVEN MEN
(By Associated Press.)
      DUQUOIN, Feb. 24. --The fate of seven men caught in the burning Kathleen mine at Dowell, five miles south of here, was decided today when the shaft was sealed to extinguish the flames. Frank Rosbottom, state mine inspector, ordered this action after rescue squads had reported that there was no other way to check the fire, and all hope of saving the imprisoned men had been given up. The fire started afternoon and the heat was so intense, mine experts said the men could have lived only a short Robert M. Medill of Springfield, state director of Mines, arrived tonight to conduct an investigation into the accident.
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The Advertiser, Collinsville, Illinois
Volume 11, Number 1
Saturday, March 5, 1921, Page 1
ABANDON HOPE TO RESCUE ENTOMBED COAL MINERS
Gas Would Have Ended Life Before This Time Experts Say
      Dowell, Ill., March 2.-- All hope of rescuing the seven miners who been entombed in the Kathleen mine here since last Wednesday has been abandoned. The drill which has been driving down to the level where the men are thought to be went through the roof of the mine last night. No answering tug came from the miners.
      Mine rescue officials declared the gas coming from the shaft would have asphyxiated the men if the raging fire had not reached them first. Drillers were forced back from their shaft by the poisonous gases pouring from the small opening when the drill penetrated the entry.
      Robert Medill, state director of mines and minerals, ordered the drill hole sealed. "No man could live under such conditions." said Medill. "Listening instruments detected no sound.
      The Kathleen mine is the property of the Union Collieries Co. of St. Louis. Four hundred and twenty-two men will be thrown out of work by the disaster.
      The fire broke out late on March 2, some 2,000 feet from the main west entry near the 200 foot level. It is believed to have been caused by a short circuit on a high tension wire. Officials declared that little gas was present.
      Early efforts to reach the men imprisoned proved futile and a call was sent for aid from neighboring towns. Mine rescue crews were despatched, from Duquoin and Royalton while the mine rescue car was rushed from Benton.
      The intensity or the fire, however, prevented all efforts to enter the mine. Rescue workers stated that it was impossible that the men had escaped suffocation but the work continued with the hope that some avenue of entry would be found.
      The imprisoned men came from towns adjoining Dowell. Little excitement was manifested and the families of the men took the news of their death quietly. They waited anxiously for a word, but they had been trained to expect the worst.
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Marion Semi-Weekly Leader, Marion, Illinois
Volume 46, Number 253
Friday, April 1, 1921, Page 1
BODIES OF SEVEN DOWELL MINERS WERE RECOVERED
Men Had Evidently Died Instantly; No Burns on Bodies
FOUR RESCUE TEAMS WORK IN SHIFTS
Funeral Arrangements Planned for All of the Men.
Special to Republican Leader
      DOWELL, March 29. -- Helmeted rescue teams from LaSalle, Harrisburg, DuQuoin and Springfield, working in shifts, found the bodies of the seven entombed miners In Kathleen mine about midnight last night. The rescue team was composed of strangers to this field and so the bodies were not brot to the surface until this morning when relatives were summoned and all of the bodies were identified.
      Fire broke out In the Kathleen mine at 1:30 p. m. on Wednesday afternoon February 23d and after an all night attempt to rescue these men, the mine was sealed at mid night that date. Thus It lacked but one day of being five weeks from the sealing of the mine until the bodies were found.
      The bodies were found within twenty feet of the place where they had been at work and the indications were that death had been due to instant suffocation. They had crumpled dead against the walls and the floor. There were no burns on any of the bodies.
      Funeral arrangements have been made for all of the deceased miners. The bodies of Elmer Kirkpatrick and Ellet Alegecki will be shipped to Christopher for burial. The body of Thomas Smith will be shipped to his old home in Tennessee where interment will take place.
      Jake Talerius will be buried at Valier. Zalerius and the other six were working directly under his home when the catastrophy happened. A shaft was drilled on his property in an attempt to give aid to the men until they could be rescued.
      Edward Dowell's remains are to be shipped to his home at Dowell. Mr. Dowell's wife died a month before the fire and his baby died just two weeks before the fire. Thomas W. Wahl will also be buried at Dowell and James Davis will be buried at DuQuoin.
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The Monmouth Daily Atlas, Monmouth, Illinois
Saturday, August 13, 1921, Page 6
Police Arrested
      DuQuoin, Ills. -- The entire police force of DuQuoin was arrested on charges ranging from kidnapping to assault and battery on the district attorney. They were released on bonds and resumed their official duties.
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The Cairo Bulletin, Cairo, Illinois
Volume 53, Number 240
Wednesday Morning, August 17, 1921, Page 1
ESCAPED MURDERER FROM ILL., PRISON HELD IN HONLULU
      Duquoin, Ill., Aug. 10, (by A. P.) Jesse Jopling of this city who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1914 for the murder of Dr. D. Vinton Dunn, a local physician and who escaped from the Southern Illinois penitentiary at Chester nearly a year ago, has been apprehended at Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a cablegram to Warden James A. White of the prison today.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 21, Number 256
Friday, September 30, 1921, Page 1
HENRY HORNES ARE BELIEVED THE SAME MAN
(By United Press)
      Denver, Colo., Sept. 30. -- Police today were working on the theory that Henry Home, a broker whose disappearance was followed by discovery that $45,000 in stocks and bonds in his care were missing, may be the Henry Horne for whom Duquoin, Ill., authorities have been searching for eight years.
      Following the failure of a private bank at Duquoin in 1913, Henry Horne, cashier, fled and - has been hunted ever since. He was indicted on several counts.
      Police here believe Henry Horne, Denver broker, and the missing cashier, may be the same man.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 21, Number 264
Monday, October 10, 1921, Page 1
Duquoin Police Chief Victim of Murderer
      Duquoin, Ill.. Oct. 10. -- Southern Illinois police today sought Cleve Martin, for the alleged murder of Chief of Police John Kelley. According to eye witnesses Martin walked up to Kelley Friday night and without warning pumped four shots into his body. Kelley expired yesterday.
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1922
The Cairo Bulletin, Cairo, Illinois
Volume 54, Number 67
Monday Morning, February 27, 1922, Page 1
SEVEN PRISONERS DIG TUNNEL WITH RAZOR AND ESCAPE
Saw Bars of Pinckneyville Jail With Steel Taken From Soles of Shoes
RECAPTURE OF ONE IS MEANS OF DISCLOSURE
Negro Under Sentence of Death is among Those Who Gain Their Liberty
      Pinckneyville, Ill., Feb 26. -- (By A.P.)-- Seven prisoners made a clever escape from the Perry county jail here last night through a tunnel which they had dug with a razor. The men used steel taken from their shoes to saw the bars of their cells.
      Jailer Tilmig was not aware of the delivery berfoe one of the prisoners, Sam Gilmer, negro, was recaptured at DuQuoin late last night.
      Among those who gained their liberty was Froquette Pursley, negro, of DuQuoin, under sentence of death for the murder of Eugene Watson, a youth in DuQuoin a year ago. A few days ago the supreme court granted him a new trial.
      Others who escaped were Fred Clay, William Cooper and Ed Stewart, negroes, and James Swan and Jack Low, all charged with minor crimes.
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Franklin Reporter, Franklin Grove, Illinois
Volume 55, Number 10
Thursday, March 9, 1922
Springfield --
      Frequette Pursley, convicted of murdering Eugene Watson at Duquoin December 8, 1920, and sentenced to hang, was granted a new trial by the Supreme court. Instructions of the Judge in the trial court were held to be improper, the Supreme court holding that the trial should have been for manslaughter, not for murder. Pursley is a negro and Watson was a white man. They quarreled while at work.
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1924
Daily Illini, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Volume 54 Number 66
Tuesday, December 2,1924, Page 3
DIES AS CAR TURNS OVER.
      DUQUOIN, Dec. 1 -- Fred McCullough, coal miner of Dowell, was instantly killed north of here today when his automobile turned over at a sharp curve.
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1925
The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 25, Number 125
Saturday, May 2, 1925, Page 1
Find Dead Man In Sangamon River Today
(By United Press)
      Springfield, Ill., May 2. -- Working on the theory that he is a victim of foul play, police today searched for a tangible clue to determine how John Napoli, Duquoin, met his death.
      His body, with a concrete block wired to it, was found in the Sangamon river here late yesterday. Wounds about the head indicated he had been beaten to death before being thrown into the river.
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 48 Number 212
Tuesday Evening, October 13, 1925, Page 1
Champaign Police Nab Alleged Thief
      Champaign police last night were responsible for the arrest of Cecil Mezo, who is wanted at Duquoin for the theft of a watch.
      Following receipt of a message last night from the sheriff of Duquoin that Mezo had boarded a train coming in this direction, police met the train as it pulled into the station and seized him. Duquoin authorities will come to Champaign for Mezo at 6 o'clock this evening.
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1926
The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 26, Number 77
Tuesday, March 9, 1926, Page 1
Indian Mound Is Unearthed Near Duquoin
      Duquoin, Ill., March 9 --(UP)-- One of the largest Indian burying mounds ever unearthed in Illinois has been brought to light at Sesser, near here, by two school boys who were digging for arrowheads.
      Excavation revealed a large number of Indian skeletons in a remarkable state of preservation. The site of the burial ground is on a high mound, possibly two or three acres in extent. Three dim circles can be seen, indicating that perhaps the mound was also the scene of Indian encampments, the circles marking the location of the tepees.
      The skeletons were found from two to three feet underground and were buried after the fashion of spokes in a wheel hub, lying straight out from a center point. A great many relics also have been found. The site is Bald Hill township, Franklin county, near the Perry county line.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 26, Number 247
Monday, September 27, 1926, Page 2
New Mine Will Be in Service Near Duquoin
      Duquoin. III., Sept. 27 --(U.P.)-- The new strip mine of the United Electric Coal company, two miles west of here will open in the next few days, G. F. Fairchild, manager, announced today. The company is now engaged in moving 200,000 cubic yards of earth in order to change the course of the Beaucope river which passes through the mining property. Four stripping shovels, two of which will lie the largest in the world, will be used in the mine, Fairchild said. He expects to employ between 450 and 500 men.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 26, Number 264
Saturday, October 16, 1926, Page 2
Fire Damages Small Hamlet in This State
      Tamaroa, Ill., Oct. 16. --(U.P.)-- Fire which raged in the business section of Tamaroa for several hours yesterday, did damage of $50,000, authorities estimated today. The fire started in a restaurant and worked up and down the main street, seriously damaging the post-office, farmers' bank, Masonic Hall and George Brothers building.
      Engines from Carbondale and Duquoin assisted the Tamaroa department in quenching the flames.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 26, Number 267
Wednesday, October 20, 1926, Page 2
Little Boy Is Killed by Coal Wagon Wheels
      Duquoin, Ill., Oct. 20 --(U.P.)-- Adolph five-year-old son of Herman Hirsch, farmer, was killed when he fell under the wheels of a coal wagon. The boy was attempting to climb on the moving vehicle when he slipped. He was dead when members of his family reached him.
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1927
The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 27, Number 61
Saturday, February 19, 1927, Page 7
Bootleg Gang Suspected of Bomb Outrage
      Duquoin, III., Feb. 19. --(U.P.)-- A filling station owned and operated by Joe Ferro an Italian, was dynamited early today by two unknown men. The front of the building was blown out and gasoline pumps were broken. Damage was estimated at $3,000.
      The two men believed responsible for the blast were seen in front of the station shortly after the dynamite charge placed in the front door had been set off.
      The station is located on the St. Louis highway near the city limits. Apparently, the bombers were enemies of Ferro intent upon destroying his business. Police were inclined to blame members of a bootleg gang.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
August 14, 1927, Page 3
ALLEGED FREIGHT THIEF ARRESTED IN WYOMING
      EAST ST. LOUIS, Aug. 12. --(AP)-- Earl Smith, wanted in Danville, Ill., for alleged interstate freight robberies, has been arrested in Cheyenne, Wyo., and will be returned to Illinois to stand trial, United States District Attorney Baker was notified here today.
      Baker said Smith is thought to be the head of a gang responsible for a series of robberies near Pinckneyville, Ill. Two men, a woman and two youths, believed to be members of the gang, have received prison sentences.
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Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Volume LVII Number 34
Wednesday, October 19, 1927, Page 5
FRESH EVlDENCE REVIVES ILLINOIS TREASURE HUNT
Discoveries Show That Col. George Rogers Clark Probably Buried Something At Wine Will
      TAMAROA, Oct. 15 --(AP)-- Search for another "hidden treasure" for another "hidden treasure" in Illinois has revived following the discovery at Wine hill, near Campbell Hill, of evidences that Col. George Rogers Clark, had buried something there on his way to take Kaskaskia in 1778.
      State Representative Elbert Waller of Tamaroa, author of a History of Illinois, has investigated the reported find. He told of the probable source of a story that Clark had buried a treasure in Southern Illinois. Temple Bodley's "George Rogers Clark" lately published, tells a graphic story of the march on Kaskaskia but does not mention the buried money.
 
Mr. Waller wrote as follows :
      "Many interesting stories have been told far and wide concerning Col. George Rogers Clark and the daring exploits of his brave band but the recent unearthing of a few pieces of implements of warfare of Revolutionary days, at Wine Hill, near Campbell Hill, has revived some old traditions in the minds of people.
All Is Excitement
      "When Gov. Patrick Henry commissioned Col. George Rogers Clark to make an expedition against Old Kaskaskia, then an English possession, he gave him 1200 pounds in English money to pay the expenses of the expedition. There were few occasions for the expenditure of money and it was a great problem how to take care of it as well as how to take Kaskaskia."
      "On July 4, 1778, they were nearing the hills that overlooked Kaskaskia and they decided to bury the money because they expected a desperate encounter. The exact place where this treasure was hidden no one knows but according to tradition it was somewhere near where Steeleville now stands, in a little ravine known as 'Big Mary Bottom.' They reached Kaskaskia that night and the story has been told many times as to what happened. All was excitement then and for several days thereafter."
Makes Few Inquiries
      "As soon as possible, men were sent back to get the treasure and bring it to Kaskaskia but in the meantime it had rained and Big Mary had gotten out of its banks. So far as is definitely known they could not find the spot and the money was never found, though there are various tales told about it."
      "One story is that two of his men deserted him at the crucial moment, going practically as they had come and crossed the Ohio river into Kentucky. Another is that in better days when the war was over and some of Clark's men were settling in the American Bottom, near Kaskaskia some of them must have gotten the money. Still another story is that long years afterward, after Illinois had become a state and the Red Man had disappeared from her soil, a lone. Indian came. He was old, so old that it is said that he looked like the "'last leaf on the tree." He made a few inquiries as to the location of certain bluffs, then went down to the banks of the stream and finally emerged with a good load of something on his back. He went down the Mississippi and ferried across to Missouri and went on to the unknown West."
      "Many believe that he was one of the Indian guides whom Clark compelled to go with him and that after the passing of many years he carried off the hidden treasure."
      "Many accept none of these stories and still believe that it is in its old hiding place. They have searched diligently but have searched in vain."
     
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1928
The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 28, Number 126
Monday, May 7, 1928, Page 5
Car Tips Over and Drowns Its Driver
      Duquoin, Ill., May 7 --(U.P.)-- Augustus Willhartz, 24. was found drowned Sunday underneath his over-turned automobile in a roadside ditch three miles east of here. His body lay in three feet of water.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 28, Number 217
Thursday, August 23, 1928, Page 1
Judge Kelly of DuQuoin Hurt in Auto Mishap
      Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23 --(U.P.)-- Judge Louis R. Kelly, 45, postmaster and prominent attorney of Duquoin, was cut severely about the face last night when his automobile, in trying to avoid colliding with another machine, crashed into a culvert. The accident occurred near Barry. Three other persons riding with Judge Kelly were uninjured. He received treatment at St. John's hospital, here, remaining there until this morning. Judge Kelly and his friends were enroute to this city to attend the Republican day program at the Illinois state fair today.
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1929
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
February 22, 1929
HELD ON LIQUOR CHARGE
      G. H. Smith, Utah, and Harry Freeman, DuQuoin, will appear today before Champaign Police Magistrate George James to answer to charges of intoxication. The pair was arrested yesterday morning by Officers Dobyns and L. Frizzell of the Champaign force.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 94
Monday, April 1, 1929, Page 6
Church Is Destroyed
      Duquoin, Ill., April 1 --(U.P.)-- The First Baptist church at John's, Ill., near here, was destroyed in a severe windstorm which caused thousands of dollars damage to crops in this vicinity late yesterday. No casualties were reported. Five large smokestacks at the Security mine, owned and operated by the Security Coal & Mining company of St. Louis and Chicago, were blown down, causing considerable damage to roofs and the boiler rooms.
      Apple and peach orchards suffered most, according to farm bureau officials.
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Farmers' Weekly Review, Joliet, Illinois
Volume 7 Number 28
Wednesday, May 29, 1929, Page 2
      Through the efforts of the Illinois Coal Sales association , the Union Electric Light and Power company, of St. Louis has reopened its Dowell mine south of Duquoin and will again use Illinois coal. The mine had been closed since March, 1927, and the company had been buying its coal in Kentucky
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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 51 Number 151
Thursday Evening, June 27, 1929, Page 10
HOUSE LOOTERS POSE AS VOLSTEAD AGENTS
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      Nashville, Ill., June 26. --(United Press.)-- A justice of the peace hearing, was ordered, here today for John Sizemore, 25, his wife, 22, Ross Parsons, 25, and Miss Opal Beason, 20, held without bond on a charge of robbing the Elmer Stephens inn at DuQuoin June 18 after posing as prohibition agents. About $100 in loot was taken by five men who conducted the robbery, Sheriff Petri of Washington county said.
 
      Sizemore, he said , had been identified by Stephens as a participant in the holdup and as the man who allegedly hit him on the head with a gun-butt. The women were said to have been implicated in the case by discovery of a flashlight taken in the holdup, at their home in Du Quoin.
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Farmers' Weekly Review, Joliet, Illinois
Volume 7 Number 35
Wednesday, July 17, 1929, Page 3
ILLINOIS BREVITIES
      Jacob Nevlll, seventy-two, for many years a resident of Duquoin, died of injuries received when he was struck by a passing automobile.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
July 6, 1929, Page 3
SHELBY BUYS PAPER
      DUQUOIN , July 5. --(AP)-- Shelby , former city editor Duquoin Evening Call, has purchased the Pinckneyville Democrat, from Joseph Brey, it was learned here today. Brey has published the paper for many years as a Democratic organ.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 198
Friday, August 2, 1929, Page 1
Duquoin Boy Killed In Hunting Accident
      Duquoin, Ill., August 2 --(U.P.)-- Louis Doerr, 17, died of shotgun wounds in his side received while hunting when he stumbled and discharged the weapon.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 198
Friday, August 2, 1929, Page 8
Strip Mine On Huge Scale Is Soon To Start
      Duquoin, Ill., Aug. 2 --(U.P.)-- Large scale production in the world's largest strip mine now being equipped here will begin September 1, it was announced yesterday. Four carloads of coal brought from another mine have been run through the equipment of the mine to test the huge tipple built to handle 1,000 tons of coal an hour, cleaning, crashing, grading and loading it in railroad cars ready for shipment. Stripping operations already have been started on a small scale.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
August 7, 1929, Page 5
Ruth Caldwell, W. L. Cupples Wed In Wilmette
      Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Caldwell, 930 Linden avenue, Wilmette, announce the marriage of their daughter Ruth to William Lester Cupples, Pinckneyville, which took place Saturday afternoon in the First Congregational church, Wilmette.
      Rev. W. V. Loper performed the ceremony, Miss Willetta Hawkes, Lansing, Mich., and W. B. Cleland, Chicago, were the attendants. After the wedding a dinner was served in the Shawnee Country club. Mr. and Mrs. Cupples are taking a trip through Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada.
      Mrs . Cupples is a member, of Sigma Alpha Iota, and Cupples is a member of Pi Tau Pi Sigma and Scabbard and Blade. They will make their home, in Urbana while they complete their work here.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 229
Monday, September 9, 1929, Page 1
Hold Suspect For Stealing Huge Payroll
      Murphysboro, Ill., Sept. 9 --(U.P.)-- Ernest L. Bowman, 40, Carbondale, arrested Saturday at the Duquoin fair in connection with the alleged robbery of a $21,974 payroll enroute to the Royalton, Ill., coal mine will be taken to Danville to appear before the federal grand jury convening today. He was held under $22,000 bond before U. S. Commissioner Charles L. Porter. He had been discovered cashing new bills at the fairgrounds. The registered mail bag containing the payroll, reached Royalton still locked, but without the money. Bowman formerly was employed as Illinois Central baggageman and brakeman between Christopher and Royalton.
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