Will Johnson, farmer living near the Creekpaum school, who was hit by an I. C. train two weeks ago, and who is at the home of his daughter, Edna Anderson, near Pinckneyville, will be able to set up and eat Christmas dinner. It was feared at the time of the accident that Johnson could not get well.
The communication of Mr. E. C. Pace to the Globe-Democrat concerning the aged twins, Joel and Joseph Pace, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, has brought out Mr. W. F. Hopkins of Makanda, who contrutes the following item in regard to James and Joh Kerr, twins of Makanda, Jackson county: "James and John Kerr, twin brothers, residing in the vicinity of Makanda, if they live to see their birthday in this Centennial year, will be ninety-six years old. They are both in possession of giant frames, and if no disease sieze upon their vitals, will, in 1880, celebrate their one hundredth anniversary. John, who boasts of being six hours the oldest, has over seventy descendants, in the way of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; James something over forty. They have fought through every war that the United States has been party to during this century, beginning with the war 1812, and closing with the Mexican war of 1847. John's wife died in 1873; and, not being contented with single life, he was again married in 1875 to a widow lady by the name of Graham, who is about seventy years of age. Both make a living by the sweat of the brow, John being a farmer of no ordinary means.
Grand Tower was the scene of a horrible tragedy Saturday night, by which
one man dies an ignominious death and another sees the hangman's noose or a
life term in the penitentiary staring him in the face. In a drunken frenzy,
without any real provocation, James Goodbread cut the throat of John V.
Callis. Every attention was given the wounded man in the effort to save his
life, but the skill of the physician was unavailing and he died Sunday
Goodbread belongs to a good family but has the reputation of being a "bad man" when drunk. He is a cousin to Dr. Joseph Goodbread and Mrs. Dr. Crawshaw. Callis leaves a wife and five children, most of whom are grown. The two men had never had any difficulty before and the love of liquor is alone responsible for this calamity.
Fire broke out about 8 a.m. in the residence of Peter Becker, of Makanda, and is burning with unabated fury. The wind has fed the flames so much so that practically all the west side of the village may be swept away.
The Becker residence is valued at $2,500, the Ingrham mercantile establishment is valued at $5,000; the Izri Hagler store, value, $3,200, have been destroyed and also the Hopkins Hotel, valued at $4,000. Up to noon the flames had not been arrested. It is believed the loss may readh $30,000, with but little insurance.
Later - The fire burned itslef out shortly after noon, after consuming in addition to those previously mentioned, the residence of Peter Becker, James Gurley and George Seil. The total loss is sestimated at $30,000.
The April grand jury as drawn for service is as follows; E. N. Cochran, Elk; Ed. Barringer, Vergennes; J. N. Perry, Ora; Wm. Finn, Bradley; L. M. Breeden, DeSoto; D. W. Bost and Jesse Clark, Somerset; John Levan, Levan; S. A. Miller, Kinkaid; Alex Hubbard, DeSognia; George Marvin and Webb Laney, Carbondale; John Dixon, F. P. Parish and Will Held, Murphysboro; A. L. Sander, Sand Ridge; John Bradshaw, Fountain Bluff; T. C. Pickett and W. A. Hagler, Makanda; G. W. Fletcher and F. F. Brown, Pumma; C. Goodwin, Grand Tower.
Makanda - ... A. R. Vancil has sold his fine farm of 88 acres four miles east of town. Consideration $1,700. Mr. Vancil and family will move to Denver, Col. They will leave for their new home April 5. Harry Row is the purchaser.
Carbondale - ... Mrs. Joseph H. Ashman, aged 39 years, residing near the Pleasant Grove church midway between this city and Murphysboro, died at 6:39 this morning of pneumonia. The funeral wil probably be held tomorrow from the Pleasant Grove church. ... Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Lewis and family have returned from Goleonda, where they were called owing to the death and burial of Dr. Lewis' mother. ... George I. Tripp, of Makanda, and Miss Nora H. Minton, of Boskydell, were granted a marriage license yesterday. ...
Carbondale - ... John Bayliss, who has been employed in the grocery establishment of M. E. Howell and R. E. Halliday & Co., resigned Saturday night and is succeeded by Marshal Hopper. Mr. Bayliss left today for a brief visit in Herrin, after which he will go to Kansaas City to make his future home. ... O. A. Harker Jr., was in Makanda today in the interest of the candidacy of his brother, Geo. M. Harker, for state's attorney. ...
Carbondale - A sensation was caused by the announcement that Harry Temple and Miss Grace Marshall were married in Murphysboro March 26, and that the event was kept a secret till now. The bride has been a popular school teacher and the groom is a student of the Normal school, where she had gone to better qualify herself for school work.
Makanda - Allie, the 16-year-old son of Jas. T. Stafford, of Cobden,
while trying to board a fast moving south bound frieght train last Friday
night fell under the cars and his right elbow was frightfully mangled.
Peter Becker went to New Orleans Saturday on business for the National Life Incsurance company, ...
Ell Mull, of Cobden, was a business visitor in Makanda Monday.
Mrs. Alexander Beecher, of Buncombe, returned Monday from a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Judge Willard F. Ellis, of Murphysboro.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Foley, of East St. Louis, came down on a visit to Mrs. Foley's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sheppard. Monday they went to Creal Springs for a visit with Mr. Foley's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Foley.
Mr. and Mrs. Harmon F. Whitacre went to Carbondale Sunday evening for a visit to their son, Dr. Newton Whitacre.
W. V. Sanders, of Williamson county, was at Anna visiting his brother, Dr. D. R. Sanders, last week.
W. A. Furgeson is expected home this week. He has been in Louisiana the past sixty days. He came here at this time to look after some of the details of the work on his big cut stone block now under construction three years and over and which we undersrtand will be ready for occupancy about September 1st of this year.
Shipments of asparagus are heavier this year than ever before in history of Makanda. ...
R. S. Henley of Portland, Oregon, who has not been in Dongola for thirty years, and Jas. H. Henley of Shelbyville, Tenn., whose last visit here was forty years ago, were the guests of their brother, T. N. Henley, here Thursday. They were joined by another borther, A. M. Henley of Anna, and departed for Makanda Friday, wehre a reunion was held at the home of W. S. Henley about three miles east of town.
Later - W. S. Henley of Makanda died suddenly of paralysis Monday morning.
Dongola - ... Miss Lulu Mann spent Thanksgiving with relatives near Makanda. On her return she was accompanied by Mr. Florence Green of Cobden. It has leaked out that the couple have been married since the fifth of November. Miss Mann is a teacher in the public schools at this place. ...
To accommodate the public of Makanda and vicinity, R. H. Miller, one of the leading farmers of near Makanda, has opened a first class private bank, says the Murphysboro Republican Era. Mr. Miller has resided near Makanda for about forty-eight years and has the confidence of every one who knows him. He is a thorough business man and the bank will be a grand success. One of the principal features of the bank will be the excellent cashier who will be Mr. Miller's son, Ernest. Ernest Miller is beyond the average for business ability and is much noted for his integrity.
For about one year he was employed in the Jackson State bank of Carbondale and it was here that he first proved himself as a young man capable to do the work in a bank.
He is a graduate of Gem City college and was bookkeeper for a large box factory at Ullin, Ill., for a number of months.
The bank was opened for business February 8th in the new Ferguson building located on the east side of the Illinois Central tracks. This building is one of the best structures in Jackson county and the people of Makanda shoudl rejoice over the fact that such a bank has been opened by such competent people.
Murphysboro, IL Train Wreck, Feb 1909
THREE KILLED AND MANY ARE INJURED.
WRECK NEAR MURPHYSBORO ON ILLINOIS CENTRAL.
TRAIN TURNS COMPLETELY OVER ON APPROACH TO TRESTLE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.
GOING FIFTY MILES AN HOUR.
Murphysboro, Ill., Feb. 17 -- Three passengers were killed and 36 injured when Illinois Central train 105, south-bound from St. Louis to New Orleans, was wrecked by running into a broken rail six miles east of here.
WALTER B. LONG, Joliet, Ill.
MRS. CERENA WALTON, Anna, Ill.
MISS MOLLIE WALKER, Mt. Carmel, Ill.
HARRY COMPTON, of Carbondale, Ill.
C. M. BRADY and wife, of Murphysboro.
WILLIAM ORTH, of Murphysboro.
THOMAS JOHN, of Murphysboro.
REV. H. M. McCLELLAN, of Murphysboro.
L. Z. COOK, of Murphysboro.
Brakeman MOORE, of St. Louis.
H. P. LINDSAY, freight agent N.C. & St. L. Ry.
GUY HOLLINGWORTH and 17 members of Percy Hastings' show troupe.
GEORGE WICHERT, Cairo, Ill.
JOHN B. SHEA, JR., and family, St. Louis.
MRS. MARY DAYTON, of Marion, Ill.
Three-year-old son of MRS. DAYTON.
J. E. BENTLEY, of Carbondale, Ill.
The train was running 50 miles an hour on a trestle when the engine hit the broken rail. The engine passed over safely, but the baggage car and smoker went off the track and threw the four remaining cars down the embankment.
Cairo, Ill., Feb. 17. -- Among the survivors of the wreck were Mr. and Mrs. John B. Shea, Jr., and little daughter, of St. Louis, who were on the wrecked train en route to Cairo to visit the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Shea, of Walnut Street.
The Shea family arrived in Cairo last evening as No. 1 at 6:35 o'clock and by orders of Dr. W. F. Grinstead, the Illinois Central Railroad company's surgeon, were conveyed at once to St. Mary's infirmary. Mr. Shea had both shoulders injured, his head, leg and ankle cut. Mrs. Shea suffered greatly from shock and had frequent spells of vomiting which gave some cause to fear internal injuries. Their little daughter was badly bruised.
Mr. Shea, at the hospital, said:
"We are hurt, but we are thankful that we escaped with out lives. We left St. Louis at 8:20 o'clock about 35 minutes late, having waited the arrival at the station of a theatrical company, which was due to play at Marion last night. There was a jolly crowd in the chair car in which we were seated which was next to the last car of the train. My wife and daughter, aged 7 years, were seated back of me and I had taken my wife's hat out of the rack. She was pinning it on when we heard the wheels grind along on the ties and the next thing we knew the cars turned over and went down into a ditch 25 feet below. The wreck occurred on a high curve and we were going at a high rate of speed.
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When we came to our senses, we found ourselves sprawling on the ceiling of the car. My wife was near me and my daughter, who had been seated back of me, was nearby about eight feet in front of us. We called to her and when she answered our relief may be imagined. I broke a window with something, I do not know what, and got out and helped my wife and child out. I also took another woman and child out through the window."
"When we looked around I cannot tell you the scene that met out eyes. It was agonizing, that is all that I can say. Two coaches were turned completely upside down and another was lying on its side in the ditch, while the baggage car was turned completely across the tracks, but did not fall into the ditch. The relief train took us to Carbondale. As far as I learned there were seven killed, four killed outright and three who died afterward from their injuries. Everyone seemed to be injured and the scene was awful."
Col. Reed's Story.
Col. George W. Reed, of Omaha, Neb., state manager of the Woodmen of the World, who arrived in Cairo last evening on train No. 1, told in a graphic manner of the horrible scenes he had witnessed. Colonel Reed was so overcome by the rehearsal of the suffering that he witnessed that he wept as he told of it.
"I just missed the train wrecked at Pinckneyville and the thought of my escape makes me very grateful. When we arrived at Carbondale I saw four bodies taken from the train and I learned afterward that three others died from their injuries."
"On the station platform the sight was awful. There were men and women whose bloody bandages told the story of their injuries, while men carried injured women from the train, improvising chairs from their hands. The sight beggars description, and although I served for several years in the Civil War, I have never had anything affect me so deeply as the scenes of this horrible accident."
Fifty Miles An Hour.
Carbondale, Feb. 17. -- Three people killed, several probably fatally injured and a score of others more or less seriously injured, resulted from the wrecking of Illinois Central passenger train No. 205 due here from St. Louis at 11:25 a.m.
The wreck occurred near the northwest city limits of Carbondale, about a mile west of St. Louis junctions. The train was 20 minutes late out of Murphysboro, and at the time of the accident was running at a high rate of speed, some say between 50 and 60 miles an hour.
Fifty yards or so west of the trestle, west of the Oakland cemetery, the engine left the rails and every car following was either partly or completely overturned. Of the three passenger coaches two were turned bottom side up, the other coach turning over on its side. The coaches were all well filled.
MISS GRACE PERRY, one of those injured, is a daughter of Mrs. Frank Perry and a sister of Mrs. Dr. H. E. Lightfoot, of this city. She but recently returned, with her twin sister, Miss Rose Perry, from Kansas, where they had been employed during the millinery season.
MRS. CERENA WALTON, one of the dead, is the mother of J. K. Walton, of Anna, and is well known to many Carbondale people, the younger MRS. WALTON being a daughter of Mrs. E. H. Storm, of this city.
The other of those killed is WALTER B. LONG, of Joliet, a traveling salesman.
One of the most seriously injured is MR. J. T. BENTLEY, proprietor of the American House, Carbondale. He was pinned under some of the wreckage and could not be removed for quite a while. ED E. PATTERSON, of Carbondale, is another of the seriously injured. MRS. JOHN DOUGLAS, of this city, is also reported seriously injured. She was returning from a visit to St. Louis.
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Several of the train crew, mail clerks, etc., were badly injured. Conductor PINHAM was one of these. Flagman GEORGE MOORE was also injured. Neither Engineer MULCONNERY or Fireman LAVENDER were injured, neither leaving the engine.
The four mail clerks were all more or less injured, the most seriously being C. M. BROWN, of Covington, Tenn. The others were:
O. B. MAXWELL, Troy, Tenn.
FRED J. BRANTIGAM, Belleville, Ill.
JOSEPH M. GREEN, Covington, Tenn.
DENNY SULLIVAN, express messenger, was considerably bruised.
The "news butch" on the train, whose name we have failed to learn, was also among the seriously injured.
It is reported that the first word received at the division headquarters was from Walter C. Krieckhaus, Manager of Elles Store company, of Herrin, who climbed out of a window in one of the overturned cars and hurried into town and brought the word. He was bruised more or less.
Among the injured were several member of the "Boston Belles" show troupe.
Mound City - ... Mr. Guy Rodman of Vancouver, B. C., spent Wednesday with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Rodman on High street. He was accompanied here by his brother, Mr. Everet Rodman of Makanda, who spent a few hours in the city. ...
The following marriage licenses were issued during the past week: Herman Shadowen, Makanda, Essie Acklin, Makanda; James Burgess, Dongola, Clara Leonard, Dongola; Chas. A. Eader, Anna, Ora Henderson, Anna; Orley Menees, Lick Creek, Letha Williams, Anna; Calvin Blessing, Makanda, Margaret Harbaugh Dobden; Chas. Ray, Anna, Maggie Winters, Jonesboro; Burl B. Moss, Jonesboro, Minday Winn, Jonesboro.
Anna - The following marriage licenses were issued last week at the court house: Luther D. Anderson, Anna, Laura A. Treece, Anna; Guy Terry Goreville, Bertha Ollis, Goreville; John Koss, Makanda, Rosa Sanford, Makanda; Chas. V. Grable, Cairo, Minnie Mowery, Dongola; Fred Brewer, Carbondale; Issa Barringer, Wayside, Bertha A Tripp, Wayside; Roy Reynolds, Reynoldsville, Helen Lightner, McClure; Jesse H. Bizzel, Anna, Kitty English, Jonesboro; Lewis S. Schumacher, Anna, Emma Hunsaker, Cobden; Harry Piersol, Cairo, Georgia Smith, Anna.
Mrs. H. S. Antrim, Mrs. J. D. Ladd and Miss Nell Loftin lest yesterday for Makanda, where they will attend the golden wedding anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. F. M Agnew.
Anna, Ill. - Fifteen persons killed in Makanda, Ill., near here in a cyclone which struck the village last night, according to dispatch just received here. A fast freight train on the I. C. Ry. was blown from the track and 25 heavily loaded cars were dumped into the ditch.
Dr. J. J. Rendleman was called to Makanda yesterday on account of the critical illness of his father, M. Rendleman.
Cover - Died Jan. 19, Mrs. Mary A. Cover, aged 42 years, at family residence, 4011 Sycamore street, Cairo. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Henry, pastor of the Church of God, at residence Sunday, Jan. 11, at 12 o'clock. Funeral cortege will leave residence at 1 o'clock p. m. for Illnois Central passenger station. Interment at Makanda, Ill. No floral tributes. Friends of family invited.
The Independent Congratulates
Mr. and Mrs. Lionell Glass on the birth of a daughter, Carol Jane, born Saturday at St. Andrew’s hospital. This is the first child in the family, Mr. Glass is a son of City Clerk and Mrs. Dave Glass.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. Short of 720 South Jackson, Belleville, Ill., on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Rita Ann, born at St. Elizabeth’s hospital at 10:30 p.m., Monday, June 24. This is the first grandchild in either of the families. Mrs. Short and baby are getting along nicely.