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- 1914 -
Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, January 15, 1914, Page 2
Officials at Higglns Burial.
      Duquoin. Jan. 15. -- The funeral services of former State Senator John J. Higgins were conducted by Rev. Charles J. Eschmann at the Sacred Heart Catholic church here. They were largely attended by relatives and friends from Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis and southern Illinois. State Senator Kent E. Keller of Ava and Representatives A. H. Cohlmeyer of Nashville and Judson E. Harris of Herrin were in attendance.
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- 1920 -
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, August 14, 1927, Page 3
      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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- 1929 -
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, July 6, 1929, Page 3
      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.
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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- 1930 -
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, June 18, 1930, Page 1
Mine Union Row Closes Two Strip Properties
      Duquoin, Ill., -- Two of the largest strip mines of southern Illinois, the United Electric company property west of this city and the Pyramid mine at Pinckneyville, have suspended operations as a result of the rivalry of the Lewis and Howard factions of the United Mine Workers of America. Both unions are demanding that the companies recognize them in their union relations and their rivalry has become so acute that men in both mines quit work in protest.
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- 1932 -
Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, August 25, 1932, Pages 1 & 3

      Duquoin, Ill., Aug. 2. -- (United Press.) -- Four persons, including two women, were known to have been shot and three others were reported wounded, when the caravan of strikers was attacked by deputies near Mulkeytown last night.
      The wounded . were :
      Mrs. Mary Beckabinkis, Auburn, Ill., shot in the hip.
      Mrs. Peter Barorina, Bulpit, Ill., shot in the head.
      John Williams, Gillespie, Ill., shot thru both jaws, condition serious.
      Leonard Cordie. Auburn, Ill., shot in the foot.
      Three other men were reported by strikers to have been shot, but they could not be located today nor their names learned.
      Approximately 100 persons received treatment for wounds inflicted by clubs or caused by glass when windows of automobiles were smashed by deputies. None was seriously hurt.
Invaders, Carry On
      Duquoin, Ill., Aug. 2. -- (United Press.) -- Routed In its first attempt to invade Franklin county to picket coal mines, the army of striking miners from the north reassembled in a field near here today for a possible second assault.
      Leaders gathered approximately 5,000 of the 18,500 union strikers that came down from northern counties last night and held a meeting to consider their next move. Messengers were sent to Pinckneyvllle and Coultervllle where other portions of the army had retreated.
      Across the Franklin county line, a few miles east, 800 deputy sheriff under Sheriff Browning Robinson waited. Dozens of machine guns had been set up to guard the bridge over the Little Muddy river. The deputies were armed also with shotguns, rifles, pistols and tear gas bombs.
8,000 Return Home
      Coulterville, Ill., Aug. 25. -- (United Press.) -- Approximately 8,000 of the "strikers" army met here today and decided to return to their homes inimediately.
      The men were weary and hungry after a sleepless night and without breakfast; except for coffee boiled over camp fires. Those meeting here voted to refuse a plea from a group at Duquoin to return for a second attempt to enter Franklin county.
By GEORGE E . SCHUPPE (United Press Staff Correspondent.)
      Duquoin, Ill. Aug. 25. -- Hopelessly beaten in a battle with deputy sheriffs at the Franklin county line, thousands of striking miners retreated toward their homes today across the strife-torn coal fields of southern Illinois.
      Behind them the disorganized horde of striking marchers left a trail of wrecked automobiles and trucks. In Duquoin they left two comrades suffering from buckshot wounds in their arms. Many of them nursed braised heads and cuts suffered in the battle of the Muddy river.
      Attempts of leaders to reorganize the strikers at Coulterville and Pinckneyville met almost instant failure. Some of the men were angry, ready to go back and fight,but most of the 18,500 who joined the march yesterday had suffered all they cared to and wanted only to get back to their homes . Many of them were hungry. Their trucks, filled with food supplies, were among those wrecked in the mad flight after the battle.
      Rumors that several men were killed when Sheriff Browning Robinson and his deputies opened fire at Mulkeytown last night were denied. Many were hurt, however. Six applied for treatments for cuts and bruises at the Duquoin hospital. It was estimated that probably 25 to 100 others applied their own first aid. The two men who were shot received treatment at a doctor's office here.
      The miners organized yesterday in Macoupin county, several counties north of here. Their intention was to disregard Sheriff Robinson's warnings and to march into Franklin county where mines are being operated under the new scale. They are striking for a return to the old scale of $6.10 a day. Riding in 1,650 automobiles, trucks, the strikers proceeded southward thru Bond and Clinton counties, then into this. Perry county, where they were stopped twice by deputy sheriffs, warned not to proceed and told I that they could not camp for the night at Dowell, in Jackson county, as they had planned.
      The procession, stretching for many miles along the highway, then was headed straight across the eastern border toward Franklin county, the men determining to enter the forbidden territory at once instead of waiting.
      Traveling slowly, the caravan passed thru Duquoin about 6 p. m. and about 8 o clock, the first automobiles reached the county line. Suddenly, as they drove over a hill, the leaders came face to face with Sheriff Robinson and his army of deputies, estimated at from 300 to 600 men.
      While the procession waited, Robinson conferred with the strike leaders, told them they could not enter or Interfere in any way with their brother union miners who were working in Franklin county under the new scale.
      There was not room at that point for the automobiles to be turned around, so Robinson said the men could drive on to Mulkeytown east across the border line, turn and recross the Muddy river homeward.
      There are many versions of what happened after that. In the darkness something happened that started the battle. Some witnesses say the deputies, most of them citizens unused to firearms, shot first. Others say the strikers started the trouble.
      That there was considerable shooting was witnessed by the automobiles which the men drove back thru Duquoin. Many were sprinkled with buckshot. Between 70 and 150 were so badly damaged that their drivers abandoned them. Many were run into ditches in the rush to retreat when the shooting started. A United Press correspondent counted 72 overturned automobiles in a stretch of six miles between here and Mulkeytown early today. Many of them were being stripped, he said, by thieves.
      Scores of the men whose automobiles were wrecked were stranded here with no food, no money, orders to move on and nothing to move in. They did not know what to do next. Many of the automobiles still in running order had broken windshields, smashed out, the owners said, by blackjack wielding deputies. Most of those who were injured were cut by flying glass.
      As the flight began, leaders rushed orders along the lines for the men to drive to the fair grounds at Pinckneyville and the ball park at Coulterville, 20 and 32 miles away respectively, to camp there overnight and be ready for a new march this morning. Some who followed the orders were ordered to move on when they reached those towns.
      Some of the miners stopped long enough in their flight to express bitter hatred toward the Franklin county authorities. They claimed the firing was unjustified.
      The authorities, on the other hand, pointed out that they had warned the men repeatedly not to enter Franklin county, which contains one of the richest coal fields In the world. Citizens of Franklin county backed Robinson almost to a man and hundreds of them were in the army waiting last night at Muddy river bridge. Some carried baseball bats. Others had guns. A few had blackjacks. One elderly man was seen tottering about among the deputies with a pistol in one side of his belt and a long knife in the other.
      Robinson maintained his army line this morning along a two-mile front even tho it appeared that the trouble was over. His men searched every automobile crossing the county line.
      Chief Walter Moody of the state police, remained on duty thruout the night near the boundary. He advised every motorist to turn back. A score of his men were stationed in Duquoin and others were in neighboring towns.
      Authorities agreed it was not probable troops would be asked for as they believed the miners all would return home today. Col. R. J. Davis, Carbondale, toured thru the battle area and reported to Adjutant General Carlos Black at Springfield that all the men were "retreating in the general direction from which they came."
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, September 16, 1932, Page 1
      PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill., Sept . 15. -- (AP) -- After a meeting of citizens here tonight, to discuss the attitude of Perry county toward a possible attempt of upstate miners to come here to dissuade local miners from working under the $5 wage scale, State's Attorney M. E. Hanson said "Perry county is quiet and we are going to keep it quiet."
      Both the state's attorney and Sheriff Albert Davis attended the meeting.
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- 1936 -
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, August 6, 1936, Page 2
      PINCKNEYVILLE, Jan. 30. -- (AP) -- One miner was killed and another was injured slightly today by the delayed explosion of a shot they were firing.
      Charles Reisinger, 55, was killed. Walter Feltmeyer, his companion worker in the Dold Langwith mine just north of here, suffered cuts and bruises.
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, August 6, 1936, Page 2
      PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill., Aug. 1. -- (AP) -- Dean Wright, 16, was killed and his father, Albert Wright, 52, seriously injured when their car was struck by a southbound Illinois Central passenger train at a crossing at Winkle this afternoon.
The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, September 23, 1936, Page 8
State WPA Graft Charged by G. O. P. National Committee
      WASHINGTON, Sept. 22. -- (AP) -- The Republican national committee today cited two alleged happenings in Illinois to support charges that the Works Progress administration is "shot through with, inefficiency, graft, payroll padding, intimidation and political discrimination in New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. In relation to its Illinois charges, the committee statement said :
      "In DuQuoin, Ill ., seven affidavits in the possession of the Republican committee show WPA workers were discharged for supporting George Dowell, candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, in the primaries this year. Dowell, who is also chief counsel of the Progressive Mine Workers union In Illinois charged that C. E. Monteith, WPA director at Pinckneyville, Ill., discharged the workers because they were Progressive Mine Workers and supported Dowell's candidacy. Monteith replied only that he had the authority to hire and fire WPA workers as he saw fit.


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