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Auguste De Mun
Fatal Encounter of Captain De Mun: An ancient family known as Despeste, and also one known as De Mun settled in St. Genevieve in the year 1808. A melancholy death occurred to one of them, being Auguste De Mun, the son of Jacque De Mun, captain of dragoons of St. Domingo. He had made, from information, injurious remarks of Mr. William McCarthur, about coining money. Mr. McCarthur being well connected and a brother-in-law of Dr. Lewis F. Linn, sent a challenge to De Mun, which was not accepted, because he thought him unworthy of his steel. McCarthur denounced De Mun in public, which gave him greater offense. They met at the old Territorial court house, whilst court was in session, at St. Genevieve. As McCarthur was coming down and De Mun was going up the stair-way, they both fired, and poor De Mun fell mortally wounded, and expired shortly afterwards. They were at the time, both candidates for the Territorial House of Representatives. Mr. De Mun was buried in the Catholic graveyard in St. Genevieve, August 28, 1816, but no tombstone marks his place of burial. [Source: Rozier's History of the Early Settlement of the Mississippi Valley, By: Firmin A. Rozier, St Louis, G. A. Pierrot & Sons, Printers, 1890; pgs 128 - 129 Transcribed by: Debora C. Reese]

Severin Eckenfels
02 Jan 1888 Zell, St. Genevieve Co., MO
Severin Eckenfels:  Aged 63 yrs., 2 mos. and 11 days. On Monday last, January 2nd, 1888, at his home near Zell, Ste. Genevieve, Co., Mo., departed this life Mr. Severin Eckenfels, after a lingering illness of several months' duration. The funeral which was held on Wednesday, the 4th inst., was very properly made the occasion of one of the largest gatherings of our people that ever assembled to home interment of a private citizen (illegible) is county. Not only the inhabitants of the parish, but friends (illegible) a neighborhood for miles around were present. A high mass of requiem was celebrated at St. Joseph's Church by the pastor, Rev. Henry Pigge. The deceased was born on the second day of October, 1824, near Offenberg, Ramerschweier, Baden Germany. In comp (illegible) with Mr. Joseph Kiefer, Sen., (illegible) came to the United States in 18 (illegible) and settled in this county. His first employment was under Mr. Benedict Huber, Sen., and his next work was done for Mr. Goss in the rock quarry. Being economical he saved some money, with which he purchased forty acres of land, and commenced farming. In the year 1848 he espoused Miss Catherine Kiefer, a daughter of Mr. Joseph Kiefer, deceased. Of their happy union were born eleven children, four of whom are dead. Seven children survive, three sons, namely Joseph and Xavier, both married, and Theodore, unmarried. The daughters are Sophia, Franciska, Mary and Eliza. There were twenty nine grandchildren, of whom seven are dead and twenty-two living, as follows, Mrs. Sophia Schwent, nine children, six living; Mrs. Franciska Wilder, five children all living; Mrs. Mary (illegible) nine children, eight living, Mrs. Eliza Peterson, two children, (illegible) living, Mr. Jos Eckenfels, (illegible) children, one living, and Mr. Xavier Eckenfels, two children, (illegible) dead. Of the character of (illegible) can only speak with praise and admiration. he was an honest man, a kind husband, a loving father and a devout Christian. It may be truthfully said that, through his demise, German Settlement has lost one of the best members of its society, St. Joseph's Church one of its worthiest parishioners, and Ste Genevieve county one of its most estimable citizens. [Submitted by: Brandi Smith]

Died of dyptheria, after a short illness, in Ste. Genevieve Mo., on the 19th inst., in the 14th year of her age, Mary Elvina, daughter of Simon A. and Carmelite Guignon, formerly of Fredericktown Mo.,
Source: Fair Play, Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Nov. 21, 1872

Entered into rest, Wednesday, April 22, at St. Louis, Zeno LaRose, beloved father of Joseph, Henry, Jacob and Frank LaRose, and Adeline LaRose, Pauline Jones and Cora Reppy, at the age of 84 years. Funeral from residence of his son, Frank LaRose, April 24, to Calvary Cemetery.
Source: Fair Play, St. Genevieve, MO, April 25, 1914

J. W. Limbaugh and Col. J.W. Russel
The cholera:  The cholera is raging fearfully at Jackson, Mo.  On the 21st of June the town was nearly deserted not enough remained to bury the dead and some ten or twelve corpses were lying in the houses unburied.  The deaths number between forty and fifty.  Among the victims were Col J W Russel and J W Limbaugh, Editor of the Southern Democrat. [The Columbian-Olympia, Puget Sound, Ore Territory; 11 Sep 1852; Submitted by: Chris Chambers]

Margarette Moore
Died, on the 2[?]th Oct., 1848, while on a visit to her daughter, in St. Genevieve county, Mo., Mrs. Margarette Moore, consort of Major Robert Moore, proprietor of Linn city, at the falls of the Willamette, in Oregon Territory, in the sixty-sixth year of her age, leaving a disconsolate husband and a family to deplore their loss.  But they are not called to mourn as those who have no hope.  Mrs. Moore, in her early youth, became a follower of Christ, and united with the Presbyterian church.  Her Christian profession she maintained with fidelity until her Savior called her to receive her reward in the better world. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." [Thursday, October 4, 1849 - Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) Submitted by Jim Dezotell]

Williamson Child
The high water that has covered the Boise Brule bottom for the past six weeks has driven all the animals that infested that section to the bluffs.  Yesterday a report reached here that a panther killed the child of Mrs. Williamson.  The latter was engaged in some household work and left the baby on the porch. A panther slipped up and grabbed the infant.  Mrs. Williamson gave the alarm at once, and the animal was pursued and killed a half mile away from the house.  It was too late to save the child, however.  The wild beast had almost eaten it's head off.
Source: New Ulm Review, New Ulm MN, June 29, 1892


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