Obituaries

Blackwood, Isaac D.
Isaac D. Blackwood, life-long resident of Murphysboro, died in St. Andrew’s hospital Wednesday, November 11, from the effects of gas poisoning. He had been a patient in the hospital since Monday morning, when he was found unconscious in his home by his son, Ralph.
Mr. Blackwood, the second son of James and Sarah Blackwood, was born in Ralls county, Missouri, near Vandalia, October 21, 1857. He came to a farm 4 ½ miles south of Murphysboro at the age of 6 years with his father and mother and an older brother, Austin, and a younger sister, Addie, who died at the age of two years. He was married October 24, 1880, and moved to Murphysboro in the summer of 1881.
Mr. Blackwood spent his younger days in the building and contracting business. He worked on the Reliance Mill, Southern Illinois Mill, Old Lucier Opera House and several other old structures. Since the year 1896 he had been part owner and owner of the Big Muddy Lumber company located at the corner of 8th and East Walnut streets.
He is survived by a son, Ralph Blackwood, Sr., and a daughter, Mrs. Vereion G. Hallworth, both of Murphysboro, and grand children, Elmo, Ralph Jr., Helen, Esther, Alice and James Balckwood, and a nephew, Ed Blackwood, all of Murphysboro. His wife, Rosa Blackwood, died February 14, 1933, and a daughter, Daisy, died in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Roberts Funeral chapel with Rev. F. W. Pimlott officiating and interment will be in Tower Grove cemetery.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 12 Nov 1936

Brainard, Orrin N.
The body of Orrin N. Brainard arrived in Carbondale Tuesday from Kansas City, Mo., and was interred in Oakland Cemetery. It was accompanied by his daughter, Miss Otta Brainard. Mr. Brainard was an old resident of Carbondale, having resided here when the town was a mere village. He was a man of considerable ingenuity, having been the inventor of several devices. He was 79 years of age.

Source: The Daily Free Press, Carbondale, 1899 Feb 25, page 1.

Brewer, Vernie
Vernie Brewer, 40, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brewer of Granite City, who resided in Murphysboro until about five years ago, was killed there Monday morning, while sitting on the platform at a railroad station.
Besides his parents, Mr. Brewer is survived by two sisters, Berta Davis Brewer of Chicago, and Edna Grammer of Granite City; one brother, W. A. Brewer of Chicago.
Funeral services will be held at the home in Granite City Wednesday morning and burial will be in Tower Grove cemetery, Murphysboro, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 25 Jun 1936

Brown, David
David Brown died at his home in this city Saturday evening, February 11, at 4:30. Services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church by Revs. J. W. Parkhill and W. S. Errett. Interment was had in his brother's lot at the old city cemetery on East Main street.
Deceased was one of the noted characters of this city, where he spent the last quarter-century of his life. Every man, woman and child knew the old white-haired shoemaker. Many a man now grown can recall a childhood acquaintance with him. Though quite eccentric, he was kind and warm-hearted withal, and those who knew him well loved the old man heartily and now sincerely mourn his departure. When it became known that he was sick unto death, nothing but the dindest expressions of sympathetic concern were heard on every hand. The general public and his many friends will long miss the familiar figure from his accustomed haunts.
David Brown was born in 1832 at Wollaston, Northamptionshire, England, which makes his present age in the neighborhood of 67 years. In teh fall of 1867 he crossed the Atlantic ocean and located at Madison, Wisconsin, where his only surviving brother, Stephen W. Brown, yet resides. A few years later he joined his other brother, the late Thomas Brown, in Carbondale and made his home in this city for the rest of his life. About fifteen years ago he professed faith in Christ and became a member of the Presbyterian church. It must be said in his connection that he did all within his power to confrom his after-life to this profession.
Besides his brother Stephen, the only surviving relatives are Mrs. Sophia J. Brown and her son, Thomas Brown, jr., of this city. To them and all sorrowing friends the community extends condolence and sympathy.

Source: The Daily Free Press, 18 Feb 1899, page 1

Cover, Ephriam
Ephraim Cover, born at Fredrickstown, Maryland, Feb. 2, 1830, died at Makanda, Ill. March 4, 1904, age 74 years one month and two days.
He came to Jonesboro, Ill., with his parents in 1840, where he obtained such an education as the common schools fo that day afforded. He worked on the farm and clerked in a store, helping to make a living for the family. He was the last surviving member of a family of nine children. On the 8th day of June, 1851, he was united in marriage to Miss Lydia E., daughter of Col. H.L. Webb. To this union were born five children, two sons and three daughters. Mrs. Mary A. Hartman and Mrs. Fanny Zimmerman live at Mount Vernon, Willis E Clover at Cairo, and Edward W. Cover at Campbell, Mo. All are married except Miss Katie M., the youngest child, who remained with her father to the end. In 1856 he was appointed postmaster at Jonesboro. In 1860 he resigned, and soon after moved to Old Caledonia, on the Ohio river. In 1864 he came to Makanda and lived one year hwere John R. Sill now lives, when he bought and moved on the farm where he has ever since made his home.
He embarked in the mercantile business In 1867, and for several years was express agent and postmaster. His wife died Nov. 9, 1890. Since that time, for the most part, he and his daughter Katie have occupied their sumptious home alone. In politics he was a strong partisan, and took and active part in local campaign work. Two years ago he retired from active business.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 08 Mar 1904

Delano, Mary Margaret
Mrs. Mary Margaret Delano, beloved wife of A. S. Delano, East St. Louis, died Thursday, October 10, at 4:15 a. m. at the Missouri Pacific hospital after an illness of several months.
Mrs. Delano was born in Murphysboro July 16, 1877, where she resided until moving to East St. Louis about 11 years ago. She was a past president of the Grand International Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and took a great interest in all social welfare work of the city.
Surviving relatives include her husband, A. S. Delano, a daughter, Mrs. Alfred Kueneth, East St. Louis, sons, John of Chicago, Arthur and Charles at home, the mother, Mrs. Fannie Brust, Murphysboro, an aunt, Miss Margaret Sundmacher, Murphysboro, two brothers, Fred Brust of Pinckneyville and Charles Brust of Grand Tower and a sister, Mrs. Leonard B. Newkirk, East St. Louis. Mr. Delano, the husband, is a brother of Chester Delano and Mrs. Jennie Ozburn, Murphysboro.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the Kurrus chapel, East St. Louis.
Burial will be made in Valhalla Burial Park, East St. Louis.
Rev. C. D. Bowman will officiate.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 11 Oct 1935

Ducobu, Gustave
Gustave Ducobu, an old and highly respected citizen of Carbondale, died suddenly of apoplexy, Wednesday evening at 9:30, Feb. 22, 1898 [1899], aged 58. Mr. Ducobu was born in Sengilin, Province de Hainaut, Belgium in 1831, came to America in 1871 and has been a resident of Illinois for the past twenty yeras. Deceased was highly educated and well versed both in ancient and modern languages. He leaves a wife and son, to mourn his loss, who have the sympathy and condolence of the whole community. Funeral services to-day, 2 p. m., at the family residence on West South street. Interment in Oakland Cemetery.

Source: The Daily Free Press, Carbondale, 1899 Feb 25, page 1.

Gregory, M. J.
Mrs. M. J. Gregory died at her home near Etherton on the 8th last, of pneumonia, at the age of nearly 56 years. She was married in 1878 to Dan E. Gregory and three children survice - John A., Isaac F. and Edna J. Gregory. Deceased was born in Bollinger county, Missouri, but has resided in Southern Illinois since 1861. She gave her heart to Christ in 1881 and remained an earnest christian worker. Her death is mourned by many friends.

Source: The Daily Press, Carbondale, 21 Jan 1899

Gurley, Wallace Douglas
Wallace Douglas, son of Jas. F. and Elizabeth Gurley, born March 26, 1883, died in Makanda, Ill., at 12:15 a. m. April 19, 1904, age 21 years and 24 days.
In the death of Wallie Gurley (as he was familiarly known) our town has lost one of its beest and noblest boys. Always kind in everybody, a prime favorite with all our people, a noble boy. He will be sadly missed in the family where he was dearly loved. He was loved by the community for his manliness, honesty and sterling worth. During the past year he was in the employ of the Hall Block Signal company, where in the study of electricity he had made such commendable progress that he was under orders to go to Oklahoma the first of May to install a system of signals for the Rock Island railway company. In his death it can be truly said there is an aching void than cannot be filled. The stricken family has the sympathy of the entire community.
J. F. Greely and family desire to extend their most sincere and heartfeut thanks to the entire community for the sympathy, help and kindness shown them during the fatal illness of their son, Wallice Douglas. And they desire in an especial measure to thank Misses Allie Kelley and Maggie Drake, who by their untiring vigil and unceasing efforts in behalf of the loved one have endeared themselves to the family for all time.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 22 Apr 1904

Guy, John
Rev. John Guy, well known pastor, died Monday night, November 9, at the home of his grand children, 616 North 7th street at 7 o’clock after a short illness.
Rev. Guy was born October 9, 1870, and at the time of death was 66 years of age. He is survived by a brother in Michigan City, Indiana, two nephews, Melford Guy of Danville, Ill., and Henry Griffy of Chicago, Ill., four gran children, Miss Lorraine and Montwella Straton of Murphysboro, Mrs. Bernice Poe of Chicago, and Mrs. Vivian Taylor, of Brooklyn, Ill., also a son-in-law, Frank Stratton, of this city.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow, Friday, at two o’clock at the Free Baptist church with Rev. Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Tower Grove cemetery. The body will remain at the Jackson Funeral home, Carbondale, until the hour of the funeral.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 12 Nov 1936

Heins, Mary Ida
Mrs. Mary Ida Heins of near Gorham, died this morning at 4 o’clock at her home following a three years illness.
Mrs. Heins was born at Mt. Olive, August 13, 1899, and was thirty-six years of age at the time of death.
She had resided in Jackson county since girlhood and was married February 18, 1917, to Arthur Heins.
Mrs. Heins is survived by her husband, Arthur Heins, and the following children all at home: Dorothy, Wilburn, Betty Jane, Harry, Allen, Margaret Ann, and Robert; her mother, Mrs. Dora Phillips, Murphysboro, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Arbelter, Jr., Gorham, and Mrs. John Andress, Grand Tower.
She was a member of the Lutheran church at Neunert and funeral serviceswill be held at that church Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with Rev. Strothman officiating and interment will be in Fountain Bluff cemetery.
The body will be taken to the Heins home near Gorham Thursday morning from the Crawshaw Funeral home.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 25 Mar 1936

Keown, Wanda
Wanda Koewn, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Keown, who resides at 178 North East street [Carbondale], died yesterday noon of pneumonia, following an attack of measles.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 01 Apr 1904

Mackey, Emma
Mrs. Emma Mackey, the beloved wife of Mr. T. K. Mackey, died suddenly Thursday night, Feb. 23, at 12 o'clock from a severe attack of quinsy. Mrs. Mackey was subject to slight attacks but had been in good health, apparently, up to within 20 or 30 minutes of her death. She had complained some during the evening but nothing serious was anticipated until a few minutes before midnight, when Dr. Lightfoot was summoned but all his efforts to save her life were unavailing. Mrs. Mackey was a member of the Presbyterian church of this city and was highly esteemed and loved by all who knew her. She was 45 years of age and been a resident of this city for about ten years. She leaves a devoted husband and loving daughter to mourn her sad and sudden death. Funeral services at the residence on West Main street, at 9:30 a. m. Saturday. The funeral cortege will leave on the fast mail, at 11:48, for Villa Ridge where the interment will take place.

Source: The Daily Free Press, Carbondale, 1899 Feb 25, page 1.

Penrod, Allen
One of the saddest deaths in this  section of late was that of Allen Penrod, which occurred at midnight of the 31st of March. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Charles Stalker, of Percy, Ill., at the Congregational church in Makanda, Sunday, April 3rd.  ...

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 13 Apr 1904

Perkins, Mary Hanna
Mrs. Mary Hanna Perkins, colored, aged 75 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Irene Russell Holder, 301 East Walnut street at 6:00 p. m. Sunday, following an illness of fourteen years.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lorene Wise of Carbondale and Mrs. Maude Lovings and Mrs. Holder here; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Rowden of Carbondale; three grandchildren, Wilda and Mildred Farrar of Colp and Edgar Dean Russell of Murphysboro; one great grandson, Delbert Watson of Carbondale and two great, great grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at the A. M. E. church at 1:30 Wednesday by Rev. J. W. Kelley. Burial in Oakland cemetery in Carbondale.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 01 Jul 1935

Powers, Newton J
Newton J. Powers died yesterday at his home, 424 Union street, aged 74 years. The cause of his death was heart failure. He leaves his widow and one sister, Mrs. Mary A. Eller, of Grand Chain. He was born in Marshall county, Tenn., Dec. 15, 1837. Deceased was employed for some time by the National Lumber and Woodenware Co. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 1 o'clock this afternoon and the remains will be taken to Makanda for interment.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 02 Apr 1911

Rendleman, Mastin
Mastin Rendleman, father of J. J. Rendleman of htis city passed away at his home in Makanda yesterday morning following an illness of several months. The deceased was in his eightieth year.
Mr. Rendleman was a pioneer settler of Illinois and one of it's best known inhabitants. He came to this state with his parents in 1818 from North Carolina the family settling down to prosperity in the southern part. The Rendleman family today is the largest family in Southern Illinois and their yearly reunions have been events that have chronicled far and wide. The deceased was prominent in these affairs and was one of the originators in having this annual gathering of the family.
Mr. Rendleman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Rendleman, his daughter Mrs. Amanda Crenshaw and his son Dr. J. J. Rndleman, as well as four grandchildren and many other relatives. He was amember of the Masons and also the Baptist church.
The direct cause of Mr. Rendleman's death was cancer of the throat from which he had been afflicted for some time past. His son Dr. J. J. Rendleman of Cairo, was at his bedside when death came.
The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. N. Edmonson of Makanda and the interment will be made in the church yard cemetery where a mausoleum has been erected.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 04 May 1913

Rice, Ella
Miss Ella Rice, of Makanda, Ill., died at St. Mary's infirmary yesterday afternoon at 12:15 o'clock. She was operated upon last Wednesday. Her death was caused by peritonitis. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Rice, who reside upon a farm near Makanda. She leaves besides her parents, two sisters and two brothers. The remains were prepared by E. A. Burke yesterday and sent to Makanda where interment will take place Monday.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 19 Mar 1911

Roberts, John Frank
After three months' illness, J. F. Roberts, vice-president of the Gholson Dry Goods Company, died yesterday morning at 11:20 o'clock, at his residence, 3404 Washington avenue of brights disease. Mr. Roberts was taken ill Dec. 24.
Mr. Roberts came to Cairo with his family six years ago from Makanda, where he was engaged in the retail dry goods business. He has been connected with the Denison-Gholson Dry Goods Co. since that time, being one of the largest stock holders and was vice-president of the organization at the time of his death.
Mr. Roberts was the traveling representative of the firm in southern Illinois although his illness had prevented him from serving in that capacity for several months.
The Denison-Gholson Co. yesterday issued a memorial letter which reads as follows:
"Deceased, Friday, march the Twenty-second, Nineteen Hundred Twelve, our Vice-President, John Frank Roberts, aged 43 years.
"He has been actively associated with our company since its inception several years ago. A gentleman of the highest character, gentle as a woman, courteous and considerate as a knight of old, ever mindful of the interests of those who trusted him, he has always been a high example to all of his associates and he will continue to be in the years to come."
Mr. Roberts was born Jan. 9, 1869, on a farm near Marion, his family being pioneer settlers in southern Illinois. He was educated in the common schools and finished at Ewing Colletge and at a Chicago business school. He was married twenty-two years ago to Miss Effie Link of Ewing, who with his two daughters, Mrs. Homer E. Elkins of Paris, and Miss Roberta Roberts, survive him. A sister, Mrs. G. C. Patterson of Makanda and two brothers, Edgar Roberts of St. Louis, Mo., and C. W. Roberts of Makanda, also survive. All were present at the time of his death.
The funeral will be held at 2:45 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Cairo Baptist church, of which he was a deacon. Rev. A. P. Garrett, the pastor, will conduct the funeral. The cortege will leave the residence at 2:30 o'clock.
At 5 o'clock Monday morning the body will be taken to Makanda where services will be held. At Makanda Dr. F. M. Agnew will assist Rev. Garrett. The Masonic order will have charge of the burial.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 23 Mar 1912

Smith, Mary Jane
Mary Jane Smith, wife of James M Smith, died at her home in Du Quoin, Sunday, June 30, at the age of 67 years, 6 months and 27 days.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and four children, Ray of Vergennes, Mrs. Alva Crain of Du Quoin, Mrs. Joe Schafer of Vergennes and William at home. Two children died in infancty. Seven grand children, a brother, Hadley Henson of Willisville, a sister Mrs. Rebecca Crain of Du Quoin, and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.
She was a member of the Baptist church at Sato, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at the Creekpaum church, Tuesday, July 2, at 2 o’clock, by Rev. Vernon G. Miles of the First Baptist church of Du Quoin, in charge.
Interment will be made in the Creekpaum cemetery.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 01 Jul 1935

Walker, Mrs. Henry
Mrs. Henry Walker was killed last night and her husband had both legs broken when the storm of Monday night completely wrecked their home. Several persons residing in teh surrounding country are reported to have been killed and injured, but definite information cannot be obtained regarding the casualties.

Source: The Cairo Bulletin, 26 Mar 1913

Waller, Anna Rose
Anna Rose Waller, thirteen year old daughter of Mrs. Lois Waller, Carbondale Route 4, died Tuesday evening at 6:30 at her home south of Easterly corner.
She had been ill about six weeks, suffering from an abscess on the brain. She had been a patient in St. Andrew’s hospital but had been removed to her home a few days ago. She was born in Murphysboro township July 31, 1922.
The little girl is survived by her mother, Mrs. Lois Waller, two brothers at home, Glenn and John Waller, grandmother, Mrs. Rose Jenkins, Murphysboro, and grandfather, John Waller of Murhphysboro.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls’ drill team and of Mt. Pleasant church.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two O’clock at Mt. Pleasant church with Rev. Ross Smith officiating, and interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial cemetery.
The body was removed to the Waller home at 5 p.m. today from the Crawshaw Funeral home.

Source: The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, 25 Mar 1936

Wright, Rachel
Mrs. Rachel Wright died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sue Aldrige in Carterville, Ill., February 8, 1899. She was confined to her bed three weeks with la grippe, complicated with asthma. She had been a great sufferer with asthma for many years. Mrs. Wright was born in Jackson county, Alabama, November 23, 1820. She was 78 years and 3 months at her death. Her parents were John and Elizabeth Keer, faithful members of the M. E. Church. She was converted at the age of fourteen years and united with the M. E. Church, and lived a devoted christian life. She was married early in life to James Wright, who lived but a few years, leaving his wife and little daughter Sue. They moved from Alabama to Cobden after the close of the civil war, where they lived for a number of yeras. For the past six years the family lived at Carbondale and recently moved to Carterville. Mrs. Wright leaves a daughter, Mrs. Sue Aldridge, with whom she has always made her home, and agrandson, Roy Aldridge, also three sisters, Mrs. Martha Ridgeway of this place, Mrs. Mary Bradley and Mrs. Susan Cast in Toppinton neighborhood, besides a number of relatives. Interment in Carterville cemetery Feb. 9. A true, devoted christian and loving mother has passed over death's cruel wave and entered into rest. Freinds here extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Source: The Daily Free Press, 18 Feb 1899, page 8.

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