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Pulaski County, Illinois

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At the age of 70, James Clark of Pulaski County, Illinois, has been made a fond father for the twenty-fifth time.  What's the matter with his claiming to be the Grand One Man of the sucker state? Source: St. Louis Republic Date: 18 July 1897

Attorney Charles L. Rice , Master-In-Chancery of the Circuit Court for Pulaski County, Illinois, still stands by The Broad Ax.
For more than eight years, Attorney Charles L. Rice, of Mound City, Ill., who has honorably served for a number of years as master-of chancery of the Circuit Court for Pulaski County, being the only Colored lawyer in this state to serve its citizens in that capacity, has been a constant reader and supporter of this paper, and the following short letter speaks for itself:
Mound City, Ill., Jan. 6, '16  Mr. Julius F. Taylor , Editor The Broad Ax, Chicago, Ill.
Dear Sir:  I herewith enclose you my check for the sum of four ($4.00) which is for my subscription to The Broad Ax as per your bill recently sent me.  You may continue to send me the paper as I regard it as the most fearlessly edited of any paper of our race.  Yours truly, Chas. L. Rice Source:   Broad Ax  15 Jan 1916 

The Anna fire company was called to Karnak, a few miles east of Ullin in Pulaski County, last Wednesday night to help extinguish a big blaze that originated in the warehouse of the Main Bros. Box & Lumber Company, about 10 o'clock. The warehouse burned with four cars of materials and 30,000 feet of lumber. The box factory and lumber mill was saved by the combined efforts of the citizens of the village and the fire companies from Anna, Cairo, and Metropolis, which were called upon for help, and responded as quickly as the distance would permit. The destruction of the plant would have been a serious blow to the village as nearly 200 are employed there.  Submitted by Darrel Dexter 
Source: Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 1 Jun 1934



And now the town of Mounds, way down almost in the southern point of Illinois, has a sensation about a mob attempting to lynch a disloyalist.  As the offending party is an editor and a Socialist to boot, no doubt he deserves some disagreeable experiences.  Source: Tulsa Daily World 1918 Apr 11 Oklahoma


Personal Mention

Mr. C. S. Bell of Mounds, Illinois is in the city.  Source: The Morning Herald 1901 Jan 16 Kentucky



Special Car of Duncan Clark's Minstrel Troupe Wrecked at Mounds, Illinois

A number of seriously injured--Patrick Patterson was hurled from the car and struck the switch stand, his wife horribly injured, a piece of wood driven through her shoulders.

Memphis, Sept. 12--A special to the Commercial-Appeal from Cairo, Ill., says; The special car of Duncan Clark's female minstrel troupe was wrecked at Mounds this afternoon, and of sixteen occupants nine are now dead and six others are seriously injured, some of them perhaps fatally.  The dead are:  Alice Williams, Ollie Enright, Etta Clark Patterson, Patrick Patterson, Margaret Compella, Anna Bell, Betty Ruby, Kitty Howard, Faith Hamilton.  Seriously injured:  Ettie Foy Elliot, May Martin, Otis Well, Duncan Clark.  The injured are all in the hospital here.  Duncan Clark, the manager will probably recover.  Patrick Patterson, the only male who was killed, was the cook.  He was hurled from the car and struck the switch stand.  Etta Clark Patterson, his wife, was horribly injured, a large piece of wood being driven through her right shoulder.  Source: Butte Weekly Miner 1900 Sept 13 Montana



Cairo, Ill., April 9--Officer left here by motor car shortly before midnight for Mounds, Illinois, a small town about eight miles north of Cairo, in answer to information that a mob has taken possession of Norman M. Harris, formerly editor of the Mounds Tribune, threatening to do him bodily violence.  Harris is under indictment for making alleged disloyal utterances.  Source: The Columbus Enquirer-Sun 1918 Apr 10 Georgia



Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Bell and daughter, Miss Virginia Bell, will leave today for their home in Mounds, Illinois.  Source: The Morning Herald 1901 Aug 18 Kentucky



Do you want a list of 1000 prominent Illinois farmers, covering the State, and just compiled by a country publisher?  Guaranteed almost perfect:  $3.00 will get it.  Three result-getting sales letters $10.00  Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer 1920 Mar 21 Pennsylvania

ARVEL SOWERS,  Ullin, Illinois



At Pulaski, Illinois, Mrs. Electa Olcott, wife of Elisha Olcott, Esq., formerly of Manchester, Conn.  Source: The Connecticut Courant 1841 Apr 03 Connecticut


Two loads of strawberries now arrive daily at Chicago from Camden, Anna and Villa Ridge on the Illinois Central Railroad.  There is an area of over 300 acres of strawberries now ripening in three towns, and promising the heaviest yield that any season has afforded.  Source: Vermont Journal 1866 June 2 Vermont



The Disposition Which the Last Legislature Made Of

P.M. Long in full for his services in apprehending and conveying A. C. Davis, charged with felony from Villa Ridge, Illinois to Clarksburg, West Virginia in July 1893, $75.  Source: The Wheeling Register 1895 Mar 07 Virginia



The Cairo correspondent of the St. Louis Democrat says:  On Saturday night last a desperado of considerable notoriety in that locality, named James Vaughn, in company with one of the operatives at Goodloe's foundry, name unknown, got on a spree and became inebriated to a considerable extent.  Subsequently the two fell in with a carpenter or machinist from Pennsylvania, by name, John K. Charles, similarly inflicted.  They continued together, and in the course of the evening's conversation, there seems to have been a clash of opinion between Vaughn's companion and Charles, resulting in a clash of arms, boots and fists.  They closed, and in the ensuing struggle, Charles, proving to be the more sober man, got rather the better of the foundryman, observing which, Vaughn, who stood by, drew his pistol and deliberately shot Charles through the heart, killing him instantly.  Vaughn as instantly disappeared, and crossing to Kentucky, fled.  He was pursued however, Saturday, by Captain Ferrel and others, who overtook him about ten miles below Cairo.  He was armed with a gun, which he presented, but was, nevertheless, captured without difficulty, taken back to Mound City, and lodged in jail, to await examination.  Last Saturday night a crowd gathered, went to the jail, armed with a log as a battering ram, effected an entrance, and taking Vaughn out, notified him that fifteen minutes would be generously allowed him to say his prayers and attend to any other matters he chose, preparatory to having his "mortal coil shuffled off."  Hardly appreciating the reality of the thing at first, his cries when the truth began to break upon him are represented as heart-rendering--increasing in force and piteousness as the stolid indifference of his captors show how fixed was their purpose for blood, and how surely the retribution for his villainy was at hand.  Neither prayers nor cries could defer the appointed time, however, and at the minute he was run up a tree by the excited throng, where he hung till he was dead.  He was left hanging till this morning, when he was cut down by some of his friends and taken away.  The thing was done determinedly, and at the scene of  blood there seems to have been general unanimity of feeling.  The appearance of his father, an individual enjoying considerable notoriety in the same way as his son, and his companion of Saturday night, had well nigh cost them their lives, and they made themselves scarce suddenly.  Source: The Daily Ohio Statesman 1859 Oct 16


John K. Hickey, Bridget Cannon, and Ellen Gillen have been fully committed to answer for the murder of a German at the junction near Mound City, Illinois.  Murderers seem to have been so common down in that section that the prisoners made no attempt at either escape or concealment, and seemed quite surprised at the Mound City folks making so much fuss about their killing a strange Dutchman.  Source: The Daily Ohio Statesman 1858 Feb 20


John Dwyer was mortally wounded by Nick Smith in a bar-room brawl in Mound City, Illinois, a few days ago.  Source: The Memphis Daily Avalanche 1869 Jan 27




Ferdinand Bange, a late resident of Swansea, died at the Alton Hospital Friday morning at 4 o'clock.  He was born in Sugar Loaf Township, August 19th, 1868?, and was united in marriage with Elizabeth Daab, who preceded him in death.  He is survived by seven daughters and two sons, 3 brothers and one sister.  He was a brick maker by trade and belonged to that union and to the Federal Labor Union.  Burial will be at New Grand Chain, Illinois.  The time for the funeral has not been set at the time of going to press.  Source: Belleview News-Democrat 1918 Oct 11



James Henry, of Mound City, Illinois, on Sunday week shot a new and comparatively unknown bird, on the Kentucky shore, opposite that city, which is thus described by the Cairo Democrat:  "It is larger than the ostrich, and weighs one hundred and four pounds.  The body of this wonderful bird is covered with snow-white down, and it's head is of a fiery red.  The wings, of deep black, measured fifteen feet from tip to tip, and the bill, of a yellow color, twenty-four inches.  It's legs are slender and sinewy, pea green in color, and measure forty-eight inches in length.  One of the feet resemble that of a duck, and the other that of a turkey.  Mr. Henry shot it at a distance of one hundred yards, from the top-most branch of a dead tree, where it had perched preying upon a full sized sheep that it had carried from the ground.  This strange species of bird, which is said to have existed extensively during the days of the mastodon, is almost entirely extinct--the last one having been seen in the state of New York during the year 1812.  Potter has it on exhibition at his office at Mound City.  Its flight across the town and river was witnessed by hundreds of citizens."   Source: Hawaiian Gazette 1868 Nov 4



Man Injured in Nitro Explosion Brought to Hospital Here

GRAFTON, Ill., Nov, 29--(Special),--Funeral services for Samuel Leroy Knight, who was killed Tuesday at the Illinois Powder Co., plant, will be held on Sunday at the Assembly of God Church at 2 p.m., the pastor, the Rev. K. A. Auten, officiating.  Interment will be in I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Knight was born in Pulaski county, Ill., March 15, 1888, and was 42 years old at the time of his death.  He was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle Staton of Thebes, Ill., in 1908, who, with four sons, Dallas, Alois, Curtis and Roy, and one daughter, Irene, survive him.  He also leaves three brothers, Charles and George Knight of Mound City, Ill., and Howard Knight of Nobel, Ark., and one sister, Mrs. Emma Britt, of Grafton.

Joe Arnold, who was injured Tuesday in the explosion, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital at Alton, Wednesday.  He was weak from loss of blood and had suffered cuts about the head.  Source: Newspaper 20 Nov 1930 clipping submitted by Donna (Dailey) Knight


John McCloud died Monday (7 Dec 1896) at his home west of Jonesboro, aged about 40 years. He left a family.


John Stegmueller, formerly of Jonesboro, died 27 Nov 1896, at the home of Mrs. Schlitter in Cobden, aged 82 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.


Infant daughter of George Williford was buried Sunday (6 Dec 1896) in Jonesboro Cemetery. She was born Saturday (5 Dec 1896).


Richard Preston of Cairo, Alexander County, committed suicide Monday (7 Dec 1896) by shooting himself. He was the Illinois Central Railroad supervisor.  Source: Submitted by: Catherine Green; Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette; 1896-1897; Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois; Transcribed by: Darrel Dexter


The plant of the Defiance Milling Company at Ullin was destroyed by fire on Thursday night of last week.  It manufactures various kinds of shipping packages.

Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 31 May 1918.  Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter


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