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1920
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
Dec (? 16), 1920
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Stanley Kitowski
January 31, 1875 - December 20, 1920
      Joe Kitowski, Theodore Kitowski and Mrs. Martha Jahnke of Bolo were called to St. Louis Tuesday owing to the death of the former's son, Steve Kitowski. the deceased was born in Poland and came to the United States with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kitowski, when a child. He was 44 years old at the time of his death. He leaves a widow with ten children, six of the first and four of his second marriage, also his parents, two brothers, Theodore and Zigmond Kitowski of Bolo, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Jahnke of Bolo and Mrs. Mike Matecki of Du Bois. The remains were taken to DuBois for intement. Reverend J. Ceranski officiated.
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1921
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Prairie Farmer, Chicago, Illinois
Volume 93 Number 4
Saturday, January 22, 1921, Page 31
photo of cow
New Record Cow
      A new record Holstein has been developed by the Beaucoup Farm and Dairy Company of Washington county, Ill. This cow, Beaucoup Sibyl Segis 230680, started on a yearly test Nov. 24, 1919, and in that time produced 25,170.9 pounds of milk and 1060.33 pounds of butter.
 
      A seven-day test was started 323 days after calving, in which she produced 445 pounds of milk and 20.23 pounds of butter. It is claimed these records were made on grain and hay alone. In the pasture season she ran in the pasture with the rest of the herd and received no extra attention, other than to be milked every six hours.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
February 17,1921
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Brief Local News ----
      Peter Bochantin of 5 miles west of Du Bois selling personal property Feb. 24.
 
( Notices like this appeared in the paper just before the individual moved away.)
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1922
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
October 26, 1922
courtesy of Trudy Connor
      Louis Bochantin and Miss Mary Paskiewicz, Bolo, wed at Posen, Monday. Witnesses were Fred Smith, Venice, Miss Eleanor Bochantin, Granite City, Bernard Bochantin and Miss Anna Paskiewicz.
      Bride is the daughter of Frank Bochantin.
      The couple will live in St. Louis.
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1923
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Thity-First Year, No. 155
July 2, 1923, Page 1
WOMAN AND MAN ARE HELD AS KIDNAPPERS
MYRTLE WISEHART AND DAVID KNOTT ARE CAPTURED AT LEROY
      Mrs. Myrtle Wisehart and David Knott, who are alleged to have kidnapped the former's two little sons, Franklin, 11, and Floyd, 9, from the Huddleston Baptist home at Irvington, Ill., are under arrest and in the Champaign county jail.
 
      Officers have been looking for the couple since the boys disappearance from the home, last Wednesday and yesterday Mrs. Wisehart was located at Leroy. She was arrested and brought to Urbana. That night Knott appeared, looking for the woman and he too, was picked, being brought over today.
 
      The Wisehart boys are wards of the Champaign county court and, the charge against the mother and Knott, in this county will be contempt of court. The authorities are advised that Washington county wants them for kidnapping.
 
      The two boys were with their mother when she was arrested, also the latter's young baby. It was because Wisehart's relations with Knott that the boys were removed from her custody in the first place.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
July 26, 1923
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Personal
      Agnes and Mary Dalman of St. Louis visited their father, Michael Dalman at DuBois.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
November 22, 1923
courtesy of Trudy Connor
      Andrew Belinski and Miss Rose Dalman, both of Perry, were married in the DuBois Catholic Church, Tuesday of last week by Rev. Joseph Ceranski. Ignatz Frost and Miss Mary Dalman were the attendants. The groom is a farmer and his bride is a daughter of Michael Dalman.
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1924
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
May 24, 1924, Page 2
GLENN YOUNG AND WIFE WOUNDED BY SHOTS FROM AUTO
Attempt To Assassinate Dry Worker, Fails, Though Gunmen Fire About 20 Bullets
      OKAWVILLE, May 23 -- S . Glenn Young , East St. Louis, Ku Klux Klan dry raider, and his wife, were wounded late this afternoon while riding toward St. Louis, by unidentified automobile gunmen, who tried to assassinate them on the Atlantic Pacific highway at the Okaw river bottoms-near here. Mrs. Young was struck under the left eye and seriously wounded in the volley of shots one of which struck Young in the right leg below the knee. Passing automobilists took Mrs. Young to St. Elizabeth's hospital in Belleville. Young followed with another automobilist at the wheel of his automobile. Young said about 20 shots were fired at his automobile from automatic pistols of large caliber, by four men in a sedan who sped by his car and escaped down the road before he could return the fire. Two of the men he believes he can identify.
 
Young Conducting Talks
      The bone in Young's right leg was shattered by the bullet which struck him.
 
      Young has been conducting a series of talks or klantauguses in cities in southern Illinois and was returning to St. Louis from Harrisburg, where he had delivered a talk last night, when he and his wife were attacked. Young says : My wife and I were driving to St. Louis on the A-l highway when I observed a sedan following us. I think there were four men in it. When I arrived at the embankment near the Okaw river bottoms, the driver of the sedan speeded up his car and passed my machine on the left. Just as the two cars were abreast three of the men in the sedan poured a volley of shot at us. My wife and I both ducked and escaped being killed, bullets passing through the coach work of the automobile right over our heads.
 
No Chance To Retaliate
      I had no chance to get my two .45 caliber automatics or my submachine gun, which I had in my automobile. In swerving my machine to the right I nearly drove down the embankment into the river.
 
      Authorities have notified all towns between Okawville and St. Louis in an endeavor to intercept the gunmen. Mrs. Young is in a very serious condition, physicians state. She is the daughter of George B. Simcox, former deputy United States marshal of East St. Louis, and later chief of police of Danville, who is now in a tuberculosis hospital at Potoka. Young, who for many months was the leader in a series of spectacular raids in Williamson county was sent to East St. Louis recently. He has been active in raiding activities throughout southern Illinois for many months and it is thought the gunmen were among those who have been arrested by Young.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
May 29, 1924, Page 1
Issue Warrants For Attackers
      CARLYLE, May 27 -- Four warrants have been issued by an Attorney of Clinton county, charging assault with attempt to kill in the attack in which S. Glenn Young and his wife, were shot Friday night, near Okawville, it was learned late today.
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1925
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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
January 29, 1925, Page 2
KLAN HOPE SEES YOUNG LAID AWAY
(By United Press)
      Herrin, Ill., Jan. 29. -- The barren plains of southern . Illinois turned out its multitudes this afternoon to pay final tribute to the guerilla-like klan and dry crusader, S. Glenn Young.
 
      Thousands -- estimated ranging from 20,000 to 80,000 -- massed the Baptist church and three over-flow meeting halls, lined the streets by which the funeral procession marched, to pay honor to the man who Saturday night dropped in a death duel which was the outcropping of the bitter hate war of "Bloody Williamson County."
 
      At 10:30 a. m. the Baptist church -- where Young's body has been lying since Sunday, with two robed klansmen as guards of honor -- was filled. The church holds only a few hundred persons.
 
      The klan made good its boast of a multitude to worship at the bier of the fallen leader. Klaverns from over Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas, were represented.
 
Blind Widow Led to Church.
      Mrs. Young, the blind widow, has held silent court at the Lymar hotel over-night and thruout the first part of the mourning. Then dressed in solid mourning, a pair of black glasses covering her unseeing eyes, she was escorted to the church by relatives of Young.
 
      Services in the church were simple. Rev. I. E. Lee and Rev. P. R. Giotfelty praised the work of the dry crusader. Then there was a special musical program. After that relatives were allowed for the last time to view Young's body.
      The great tribute to Young started then, the funeral procession off across town. Down through the streets where Young was known and feared. Past the city hall, the building and grounds decorated with American flags. Thence on out of town across the white snow swept plains to the little village cemetery, where already the body of Ora Thomas -- another of the victims of a Saturday night's outcropping of hate -- lies buried.

 
Procession Mile Long
      The funeral procession was more than a mile. Led by the snow-white chargins which is part of the klan ritual -- countless motor cars formed in line across town. Practically all the cars in the parade were big machines, many of them enclosed, denoting the wealth of the mourners.
 
      One contrast, an almster contrast , was in the parade was the battle-scarred sedan, Glenn Youtig drove in his raids across the county. It was in this motorcar that Young was shot in the leg and Mrs. Young blinded when gunmen attacked them near Okawville.
 
      When the procession reached the cemetery as much of the crowd as possible assembled under a large tent, where 500 robed klansmen carried out the final services for the one time kleagle.
 
      The militiamen had little part in the service or in the procession. They scattered thru the crowd, a khaki uniform showing here and there among the assembled mourners. There was no disturbance. Mutterings of trouble current since Saturday night's warfare were quiet.
 
      Mrs. Thomas, widow of the slain deputy sheriff remained at home on the edge of the village during the ceremony and none of the anti-klan leaders were seen in the throng.
 
      Four truck loads of flowers, wreaths, bouquets and floral designs from 19 states, were taken to the cemetery. Two of the floral wreaths were sent by negro organizations.
 
      Another striking, contrast was brought out at the cemetery when it was pointed out that Young's grave was but 50 feet away from tho spot where in 1922 five men were slain in the early warfare of the county.
 
      Young's twin daughters, by his first marriage, and his 23 months-old son by his last marriage, all were in the procession.
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Thirty-Eighth Year Number 71
March 25,1925, Page 2
JUDGE RAVED AND SWORE AT THE LAWYERS
(By United Press)
      St, Louis, Mo., March 25. -- Further evidence of tyranny and the use of profanity was presented against George W. English, East St. Louis, Ill., at the congressional investigation hearing today.
Threatens Removal From Office
      "He told us that if we did not enforce the law we would be removed from office and declared that he had the power to send a thousand to enforce the law if we didn't. He said a lot of people would get to him, but he was not afraid of them." Dow said.
 
      "Later I went to the judge's office to ask him what it was all about. There were a lot of railroad lawyers in his chambers and I thought for a moment the judge intended to assault me. He banged his fist on the table. "I'll send you to jail." He came at me like a mad man."
Used Much Profanity
      H. H. House of Washington county, Ill., state's attorney at the time of the strike, said English used much profanity in his talk to the assembled state's attorneys and sheriffs.
 
      Another witness today was Joseph Maguire, a publisher at Carbondale, Ill.
 
      Maguire testified he had been summoned to English's court and denounced for reprinting in his paper an editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. he said the judge also took him to task for printing hand bills for the strikers.
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Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Volume LIV Number 22
Sunday, June 7, 1925, Page 6
B. O. House Will Wed Miss Holston
      Miss Mildred Irene Holston of Nashville, will become the bride of Byron O. House '25 , Tuesday evening at the home of the bride's parents in Nashville. Miss Holston attended Lindenwood Seminary and was a member of the Class of '22. Mr. House is a member of Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities. He is the son of H. H. House, states attorney of Washington county, and Mrs. House.
 
      The bride will be attended by Miss Florence House, the grooms sister, and the bride-groom will be attended by James B. Holston, the brides brother.
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1926
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Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
September 26, 1926, Page 1
Four Killed
      OKAWVILLE -- Four bodies lie in an Okawville undertaking establishment tonight and one man is seriously injured as the result of a grade crossing accident here today. The car in which the party was riding, struck a Louisville and Nashville passenger train, was demolished and the bodies were scattered along the track for more than 100 feet.
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1927
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Murder Mystery
The Story of the Murder and Trial
State Highway Patrolman's body found near DuBois
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 27, Number 119
Thursday, April 28, 1927, Page 1
County Dad in This State Is Being Sought
      Nashville, Ill.. Apr. 28 --(U.P.)-- An alleged shortage of $2,585 in the accounts of William Hoffman, former Washington county supervisor, was under investigation here today.
 
      Hoffman was defeated for re-election and disappeared yesterday after a meeting of the county board of supervisors at which the body was reorganized with Herman Steuver taking his place.
 
      Hoffman excused himself for failing to turn over his books at the meeting and a hasty inspection of the accounts later was said to have revealed irregularities.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 27, Number 304
December 5, 1927, Page 6
Admits Murder of Uncle When Robbing Home
      Nashville, Ill., Dec. 5 --(U.P.)-- Authorities of Washington county are holding Estel Franklin, 16, of East St. Louis, following his confession that he shot and instantly killed George Prusz, 35, his uncle, when surprised while ransacking the Prusz home here late yesterday.
 
      Franklin was arrested by Sheriff Martin Petri and deputy sheriffs on the highway three miles west of here enroute to St. Louis. Later he made a complete confession of the crime, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Byron O. House.
 
      The shooting occurred when Prusz and his wife returned to their home from a call at a neighbor's home on Sunday afternoon, Franklin admitted in his confession. Mrs. Prusz first heard a noise in the house and told her husband, who went to a back door to investigate. As Prusz entered a hallway at the foot of a stairway, the boy told House, he shot at the elder man and then fled out the back door. Later he threw his revolver into a creek, he said. Bloodhounds were employed by Sheriff Petri to substantiate the confession.
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1928
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
February 1928
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Maier -Merrick
      The many friends of Wallace Maier and Miss Mary Merrick were taken by surprise Saturday when the marriage of the couple was announced, the ceremony having occurred at Carlyle on Wednesday, Feb. 22, Rev. H. Karle, pastor of the Methodist church of that city, performing the ceremony.
 
      Mr. Maier is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Maier, who operate the Merchants hotel, and he is employed as a lineman for the Illinois Light and Power Corporation. He is an industrious and well liked young man. His pretty bride is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Merrick of Coulterville and has been employed at the Merchants hotel for some time. They will reside at the hotel for the present time.
 
(Note: the name of the bride should have read Miss Mabel Merrick, Mary was the name of her mother.)
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Newspaper clipping, Unknown publication
1928
courtesy of Marci
Ashley Town Marshal's Daughter Slain in St. Louis
      Mabel Smith was born 7 Feb 1903, the daughter of Hugh "Barry" Smith and Etta Belle Summers Smith.
 
      Hugh was the Town Marshall of Ashley, at the time of the Murder. It seems that Mabel had married and moved to St. Louis. She had a room in what is now the area of the St. Louis Public Library. Back then though, she was a dishwasher at the Marquette Hotel. She had married one John Yohannan (a.k.a.: John Lockman). The Lockman name had come from the Stepfather that had raised John. He was a soldier and was stationed at Jefferson Barracks. He spent most of the week at the Barracks and would come to visit his young wife only on Wednesday and Saturday. Then one early evening everything changed.
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St Louis Globe Democrat, St. Louis, Missouri
Thursday Morning, March 22, 1928
courtesy of Marci
newspaper headlines
      Mrs. Grace Yohannan, 24, discovered lying in 18th, between O'Fallon and Division Streets. Police have no clues to Crime. Persons residing in vicinity hear scream and pistol shot, but see no one fleeing from scene.
 
      Grace (Mabel) had been walking home, like every other night, only this night she met a bullet. It entered her back on the left side and exited on the right. She died in route to the Hospital, but not before telling her neighbor, Mary Sankovisch "Mary, I'm dying for nothing" No one was seen running from the scene, but a car was heard speeding away.
 
      ater as the investigation went on, it was discovered that Grace (Mabel) had been going out with one George William Hellig from East St. Louis. Love letters had been found. Mabel's husband at the time had an alibi; he had been playing cards at the Barracks and had his Sergeant give testimony to that fact. Hellig had later been arrested, but because of lack of evidence, he was released.
 
      To date no one has been arrested for this murder.
 
      Mabel was only 25 years old.
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Now a little bit of "The rest of the Story"
      John Yohannan gave permission for the body of Grace Yohannan (Mabel Smith) to be released to Hugh "Barry" Smith for burial. John Yohannan did not have the money for her burial so Hugh paid all the expenses. John told Hugh that he would pay him back as soon as he got his pay. This never happened. John Yohannan (a.k.a.: John Lockman) went AWOL soon after the burial of Mabel and no one ever heard from him again.
 
      According to Helen Smith Lamar (sister to Mabel) "It was so sad, there was Papa getting the body of his girl and John acting like he really cared, but there was something sinister about him. I really do think that he had Mabel killed, and then just skipped town."
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
April, 1928
courtesy of Trudy Connor
[(45 Years Ago) = 1884]
      Mrs. Sarah Lively died at Richview; Burial at Grand Point Church.
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1929
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
January 20, 1929, Page 1
FORMER HORTICULTURE BOARD MEMBER IS DEAD
      Word has been received of the death Friday of J. W. Stanton of Richview, a former member of the horticulture advisory board of the University. Prof. J. C. Blair, head of the department of horticulture, will attend the funeral services, which are to be held tomorrow from the home in Richview. Mr. Stanton, next to State Senator Dunlap of Savoy, had the longest term of service as an official of the state Horticultural society. He was actively interested in everything pertaining to Illinois horticulture and for more than 30 years was treasurer of the state body. He was elected to the University Advisory committee in 1906 and served in this capacity for 10 years. Mr . Stanton was a great supporter of the University in all its undertakings, Prof. Blair said.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
1929 from a clipping
courtesy of Trudy Connor
[(35 Years Ago) = 1894]
      Robert East and Mrs. Allie Hildabrand Maxwell were married by Rev. Ritchie.
 
      Mrs. Eliz. Martin, wife of the late Berry Martin, died at the home of her father, Isaac Reynolds, age 35 years, 5 mos., of consumption. She leaves two children, her father, one brother. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
March / April 1929 from clippings
courtesy of Trudy Connor
[(45 Years Ago) = 1884]
      Washington County marriage license issued to J. C. Auld & Belle M. Hood
John C. Auld and Belle Hood married at Oakdale by Rev. D. G. Thompson.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
April 17, 1929, Page 1
Simon T. Gore '76 Dies In Washington; Four Left In Class
      Simeon T. Gore '76, who was one of five living graduate members of his class, died last month in his home at Walla Walla, Wash., according to word, received yesterday by Carl Stephens, secretary of the Alumni association.
 
      Death came rather suddenly to Mr. Gore, who was more than 80 years old. In the latter years of his life he was actively engaged as an architect and builder in Walla Walla; but from 1894 to 1903 he was a farmer.
 
      The deceased was born on March 8, 1849, in Richview. He married Phoebe Farmer of Ashley in 1880. When in school here he was a member of Philbmathean literary society.
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Daily Illini, Cahmpaign-Urbana, Illinois
Volume 58 Number 249
Saturday, June 29, 1929, Page 1
BANDIT IS ARRESTED
      MURPHYSBORO, June 28. --(AP)-- Byron Beason, alleged highway bandit and fugitive from Washington county officials following a series of holdups on the highways, was arrested at Hurst early today by Jackson county sheriffs after an all night hunt.
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 51 Number 151
Thursday Evening, June 27, 1929 Page 10
HOUSE LOOTERS POSE AS VOLSTEAD AGENTS
      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 Bliss Opal Beason, 20, held without bond on a charge of robbing the Elmer Stephens inn at Du Quoin 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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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
October 17, 1929
courtesy of Trudy Connor
      Washington County marriage license issued to Perry Ritchie of Sedalia, MO. & Miss Anna Jahnke, Du Bois
 
(Wedding in same paper . This is an excerpt---)
      Perry Patrick Ritchie of Sedalia, MO. and Miss Anna Jahnke wed at St. Charles on Monday. Witnesses were Don Jahnke and Miss Stella Kitowski of Du Bois. Conrad Schleuter and family of Alton attended. Bride is the d/o Mr. and Mrs. Herman Jahnke of Du Bois. They will reside at Sedalia, MO.
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