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Obituaries - Surname F

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FAHNESTOCK, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 22, 1914

James Fahnestock, for many years a resident of Wanda, and prior to that a resident of Alton, died in Edwardsville last night, aged 74. He was a Civil War veteran. He is survived by his wife and four children. His son, W. H. Fahnestock, is on his way home from California, and the funeral will be fixed when he arrives.

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FAHNESTOCK, NANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 4, 1905

Mrs. Nannie Fahenstock, wife of Thomas Fahenstock, died Friday evening at the family home at Wanda, aged 35. The funeral will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Wanda Methodist church.

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FAHRIG, DORA (nee JOHNSTON or JOHNSON)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 29, 1918

Mrs. Dora Fahrig, wife of Alderman Lawrence Fahrig of the Fourth Ward, died this morning at 3:15 o'clock at the family home at 801 Liberty street. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning from St. Mary's church and will be private, on account of the influenza quarantine. Interment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. Mrs. Fahrig was 59 years of age and was born and raised in this city, being before her marriage Miss Dora Johnston. She was married many years ago to Lawrence, and besides her husband she leaves a family of five children. The sons are Benjamin, Lawrence Jr., and John Fahrig; and the daughters are Mrs. Henry Hartman and Mrs. Walter Boschert. The well known Alton woman also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Theresa Hartman and Mrs. Lena Lang, and two brothers, George Johnson and Mat Johnson. Twelve grandchildren survive the grandmother's loss. Mrs. Fahrig was in good health up until three weeks ago, when she was stricken with paralysis. She suffered during the past three weeks, and last Saturday evening was stricken for the second time. She was a good wife and mother, and her death will cause a great loss in the family circle. She also has many other relatives and friends in the city who will learn of her death with regret.

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FAHRIG, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1906

Jacob Fahrig, who lived in almost 60 years, died last night at the home of his son, John, on Liberty street, after an illness with pneumonia. He was 84 years of age and was quite active until a short time ago. He was an industrious and economical man and amassed considerable property. He is survived by two sons, John, with whom he spent his last years, and Frank, who is in Anna. The funeral will be Friday morning from St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock.

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FAHRIG, KATE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 9, 1916

Mrs. Kate Fahrig, aged 71, died at her home, 930 Union street, at 3:15 o'clock Wednesday morning after an illness which has lasted over a number of weeks. Mrs. Fahrig is survived by two sons, Henry and Lawrence, and one daughter, Mrs. Theresa Crow, and nine grandchildren. She was born in Germany and has lived in Alton for the past forty years. She was a member of the St. Mary's Church and was well known in the eastern part of the city. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock on Friday morning from St. Mary's Church to the St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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FAHRIG, LAWRENCE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, January 4, 1895

Alton --- Lawrence Fahrig died Wednesday afternoon [Jan. 2] at the home of his son of Second street, at the age of 80 years. He was stricken with paralysis early in the morning, and died at one o'clock p.m. He was a native of Prussia and came to this country and settled in Alton in 1844, and has resided here ever since. Seven children survive him. Little Willie, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Fahrig, was also summoned by the dark angel, dying at 12:30 Wednesday morning, after a short attack of membranous croup. The funeral of the child was on Thursday afternoon, and that of the grandfather on Friday morning, both services being at St. Mary's church.

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FAHRIG, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, February 9, 1893

Mrs. Lawrence Fahrig Sr., died at her home in Alton Tuesday evening, January 31. Deceased is the wife of Lawrence Fahrig Sr., who is well known in Alton. Their children are John, Lawrence Jr., Barney, Dora and Frances Fahrig, and Mrs. B. Osterman of this city, and Mrs. N. Damus of Portage [Missouri].

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FAIRBANKS, MARY E./Source: Unknown                                    Submitted by Richard Indermark

Mrs. Mary E. Fairbanks died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma Marcum, in Woodstock, Ill., on September 29, 1910, and the remains were brought to Bethel Church in this county for the funeral services and interment in the presence of the family and a course of friends, on the afternoon of October 2. At the church, the pastor, Rev. V. Colbert, made a brief but impressive discourse, and the choir made a beautiful rendering of several appropriate hymns - among them, "Shall We Gather at the River," .... to the cemetery for interment.  She was the widow of the late James Madison Fairbanks, a respected farmer and a gallant old Union soldier, who died some years ago and was buried in the cemetery, and she was laid by his side by the affectionate hands of his old comrades in arms, members of the Grand Army Post of Collinsville.  Mrs. Fairbanks was born on August 6, 1823 in St. Clair County near Caseyville, Ill.  She was united in marriage with James M. Fairbanks in 1842. From this union four sons and four daughters were born, but none now survive but three daughters. She united with Bethel Baptist Church about 75 years ago, and she was baptized December 3, 1877, by Rev. Moses Lemen, of whom Judge McClean, a former Chief Justice of the United States, said he was the most eloquent speaker he ever heard. It is said she had the longest continuous membership in the same church of any Protestant member in Illinois, and at the time of her death was the oldest native American person then living who was born in St. Clair County. In the discharge of every duty of life, whether to her family, church or society, only fidelity, honor, and faithfulness crowned everyone of her nearly ninety years from the period of her accountability to the latest hour of her life, and the prayers and benedictions and bless .... followed her to her last, long rest.  Of her three daughters living, all were married and reared families, and all reside in Illinois:  Mrs. Sarah Avis at Benton; Mrs. Emma Marcum at Woodstock; and Mrs. Mary Fitzpatrick at Collinsville.  Mrs. Susan Fairbanks, the worthy widow of the oldest son, the late William Fairbanks, also lives in Collinsville, but there is no living children.  Among the grandchildren are some well known ... Clarence Avis, a son of Mrs. Sarah Avis, is .... teacher and school worker well known in Southern Illinois; and of Mrs. Emma Marcum's two sons, Hugh Milton is a well known business man in Chicago, Ill., and Ralph Milton is an excellent machinist in Woodstock ...... some years ago Mrs. Milton moved to Woodstock and was married to Mr. B. J. Marcum, a former resident of this County, and his death occurred a few years ago.

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FAIRMAN, AGNES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 11, 1906

Miss Agnes Louise Fairman, daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Fairman, died this noon at the family home on Seminary street after an illness of several years from pulmonary troubles. She was 35 years of age and was born in Upper Alton. Her father was Prof. Charles Fairman of Shurtleff College in 1892. She leaves two brothers, Willis L. Fairman and Dr. Charles Fairman of Lindeville, N. Y., and one sister, Miss Alice Fairman of Upper Alton. Her mother also survives her. Miss Fairman was a consistent member of the Upper Alton Baptist church, and her death was the fitting climax of a life of devotion to her religious faith. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. Dr. Charles E. Fairman of Lindeville has arrived to attend the funeral, but too late to see his sister alive.

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FAIRMAN, HELEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 24, 1912                       Killed by Auto

Mrs. Helen Fairman, aged 55, a former resident of Upper Alton and teacher in the Alton and Upper Alton schools, was instantly killed Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock by an automobile at State and Eleventh streets in East St. Louis. She had just alighted from a street car at that point when a speeding automobile struck her. The auto was driven by Edmond Bechtold, aged 20, son of Dr. and Mrs. Louis H. Bechtold of Belleville, who were also in the car at the time. The Bechtold party claim the auto was running at a speed of five or six miles an hour, while other witnesses are positive it was running four or five times that fast. Mrs. Fairman was accompanied by Miss Leila McClelland, who saw the danger and tried to warn Mrs. Fairman, who was only ten feet from the auto and did not have time to avoid being struck. The auto passed completely over Mrs. Fairman's body, causing a hemorrhage of the lungs. So far as could be ascertained, her death was instant. After the accident the Bechtold men were arrested, but were released. It was claimed by witnesses, however, that the auto was going faster than five or six miles an hour, and it was said that the Bechtolds would be re-arrested if this could be shown conclusively. Mrs. Fairman was for many years a teacher in the Alton schools, and also taught in the Upper Alton schools. Before her marriage she was Miss Helen Steele, a sister of Mrs. A. K. Van Horne of Jerseyville, O. G. Stelle of Upper Alton, and George Steele of Crete, Neb. After going from the Alton schools she married and later she resumed teaching in Upper Alton, and for seven years had been teaching in the East St. Louis public schools. She had been living with her 15 year old son, Charles, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Percy McNit in East St. Louis. The funeral of Mrs. Fairman will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of O. G. Stelle, 419 Leverett avenue, Upper Alton, Rev. D. G. Ray officiating, and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

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FALKENBERG, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 4, 1912

John Falkenberg of Bethalto, one of the well known residents there, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Stokes, yesterday afternoon of old age. Mr. Falkenberg wa s86 years of age and has since 1862, excepting the past few years, been in the butcher business in Bethalto. Three sons, John, Edward and Peter, all of Oklahoma, and the daughter with whom he lived, survive him. Mr. Falkenberg had been married three times. Mrs. William Monaghan of Alton is a step-daughter. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Stokes Monday evening.

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FALLON, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1906

Mrs. Mary Fallon, widow of William Fallon, died this afternoon at her home, 1233 Wharf street. She had contracted a cold a few days ago, and the physician said she was threatened with pneumonia, but she was not confined to her bed and was up and around the house this morning until about noon, when she complained of a pain in her left side and laid down. Her death followed shortly afterwards. She was born in Ireland 81 years ago but came to America with her parents when 5 years old. She lived in Patterson, New Jersey until after her marriage to Mr. Fallon, then came west and has lived in Alton since 1860. Her husband died in 1898, and she leaves two sons, James Fallon, the well known optician of Alton, and Joseph Fallon of East St. Louis. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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FANNING, JENNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1914

Miss Jennie Fanning, half sister of Rev. Fr. Francis B. Kehoe, and housekeeper at the St. Patrick's rectory, died at 1 o'clock Wednesday morning after an illness of two weeks, aged 52. Miss Fanning had been here ever since Fr. Kehoe came to Alton. She presided over his home and during that time she had endeared herself to all who met her. She had not been in very good health for a long time, but she was not taken to her bed until two weeks ago. Physicians then diagnosed her case as a fatal malady, and the rapid progress the disease was making indicated that the end could not be far off. Miss Fanning gave very material aid to her brohter in the affairs of his parish, and her death is a severe loss to him. Beside Fr. Kehoe, she leaves two other half-brothers, Charles Kehoe of Greenfield and John E. Kehoe of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kehoe and Mrs. John Kehoe were here at the time of their half sister's death. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Patrick's Church, and the body will be taken the next morning at 8:45 o'clock to Waverly, Ill. for burial.

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FANNING, RUSSELL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 31, 1916        Five Year Old Cripple Boy Drowned - Leg Hindered Boy Stepping From One Dock to Another

Russel, the five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fanning, was drowned off the Fluent docks Monday evening about six o'clock. A crippled leg hindered the boy in getting from one dock to another, and he slipped between the two docks, never to be seen again. A brother who was near at the time of the accident said that Russel went into the river head first. At first the parents of the child were not inclined to believe that he had gone into the river. They would not give up hope until they had made a search of the city. Late last evening the drowning was reported to the police. The little boy was crippled as the result of an attack of infantile paralysis, which he suffered when a baby. He never fully recovered the use of one leg. Nevertheless, he was bright and had a smile and managed to get about almost as well as the ordinary boy. For several years he has played about the Fluent Docks. Twice before he fell into the river, but both times it was where the water was not very deep and there happened to be men on the dock who pulled him out. Monday night he was playing about the docks as usual. He was going from the landing dock to the house dock when he missed his footing and plunged down to his death between the two docks. There was a space between the two docks just large enough to allow the body of the child to go down. Once beneath the docks, he never had a chance. One of the docks was moved this morning and a search was started for the little body. The father spent the greater part of the day dragging for the body between the Alton bridge and the Fluent docks. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fanning have been living on the Fluent docks for several years. Mr. Fanning works for Captain W. D. Fluent and his wife takes care of the house. They have several small children who have played around on the docks continually. At different times they have fallen into the river, but it always happened that they were rescued.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 13, 1916

The body of little Russell Fanning, a crippled child who was drowned by falling into the river between two docks at the Fluent place, two weeks ago, was recovered Sunday afternoon. It was seen floating in the water at the head of the Steamer Illinois, by two of the members of the crew, Capt. William McKinley and Bert Rexford. The body was in a badly decomposed condition from its long stay in the water. It is supposed it had been held fast until recently, as it had not floated far from where the drowning occurred, and there is a swift current at that point.....

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FARMER, FLORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 22, 1917

Flora Farmer, aged 10, daughter of F. M. Farmer, died at the home at 121 Illinois avenue yesterday afternoon from the measles. The parents of the child did not know that she was ill until she was very near death. According to the testimony of the father at the coroner's inquest, she complained about being ill on March 10, but had been playing about the home since. Yesterday afternoon he was called home from his work when she became seriously ill. By the time he arrived she was dead. Her body was broken out and the physicians who were called stated that she had died from the measles.

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FARRARA, JOE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1914                  First Hot Weather Victim Succumbs

Joe Farrara, a foreigner living on Cherry street, was the first victim of the hot weather in Alton this year. He dropped dead at the Illinois Glass Co. last evening, just as he was about to finish his day's work yesterday. The doctors pronounced his death due to overheating. According to a member of the section gang who was employed with Farrara, he worked as usual yesterday. Being but twenty-two years of age, he did an exceptionally heavy days work. Just as the boss told the men that they should gather up their tools in preparation to leaving the Glass Co. yard, Farrara dropped down. In a second he was on his feet again, and once more made an attempt to gather the tools, but he fell again. A number of the men who were working with him hurried to his side and raised him to his feet, but he could not talk. He died within thirty minutes. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 from the Bauer Undertaking rooms to the St. Mary's church, and then to the St. Joseph's cemetery. Farrara has been in the United States but six months, and has no relatives here. It is said that he leaves a father, mother and one sister and a brother in Italy.

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FARRELL, PAULINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1907

Mrs. Pauline Farrell, aged 83, died at the Old Ladies Home Monday evening at 7 o'clock from senile debility. She was a sister of the late James Rudd, and had lived in Alton many years. She was an inmate of the Home four years, most of the time being almost helpless. She suffered much inconvenience in recent weeks from her jaw being dislocated every time she would open her mouth very wide to eat or to yawn, and she required frequent visits of a surgeon to reset her jaw, which would not stay in place. The funeral was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Old Ladies' Home, and services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden.

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FARRIS, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 22, 1914

John Farris of Wood River, an inmate of the Madison County home, died Monday morning at 8 o'clock after suffering for some months with tuberculosis. He was past __ [63?] years. He had no relatives and will be buried in the patter's field.

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FAUNTZ, JENNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 26, 1912             Crushed to Death in Train Wreck

The third fatal railroad accident, causing the death of the fourth person in three days in the vicinity of Alton, occurred Saturday night on the C. B. & Q. railroad near East Alton. Mrs. Jennie Fauntz, aged 28, was instantly killed when southbound freight train No. 92 collided with a locomotive extra No. 1071, which had been running light from Brighton to East Alton. All the members of the train crews jumped when the collision occurred and escaped uninjured. Mrs. Fauntz, with her husband, was riding in the cab of the light engine. Her husband tried to save her but failed, although he was not badly hurt himself. The light engine had gone from Brighton to East Alton for water, and was just backing in on a spur switch when the freight train came thundering down and struck it. The front engine of the freight train struck the tender of the light engine in which Mrs. Fauntz was riding. Her husband is cook for an extra gang working on the c. B. & Q., and she, with him, had gone in the engine for a ride Saturday night. Mrs. Fauntz was caught when the crash came, between the tender and the boiler head of the light engine, and crushed to death. The jar of the collision seems to have caused the light engine to suddenly reverse itself, and after the impact the riderless engine started running in the opposite direction, leaving its tender piled up against the freight train, and the engine started off toward C. & A. Wann. There, after a two mile run, it was derailed at the interlocker by E. P. Wooley, the tower man. coroner Streeper took charge of the body of Mrs. Fauntz and shipped it to Atwater, Ill., for burial.

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FAUSEK, CAPITOLA/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, May 7, 1891

Miss Capitola Fausek, daughter of Mr. Henry Fausek, of Kinder, died this morning at 4:17 o'clock at the residence of Mr. Charles J. Wills, 821 East Eighth street. Miss Fausek was brought here about ten days ago from her home at Kinder for treatment. She was 23 years of age and has been a sufferer for about a year. The direct cause of her death was not known, but was supposed to be cancer of the stomach. The funeral will take place tomorrow at Kinder.

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FAUST, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1907

The funeral of John Faust will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home at Second and Oak streets. Services will be conducted by Rev. Ernest Mueller, and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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FAY, AMELIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1908

The funeral services of Miss Amelia Fay were held this afternoon from the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank Shallenberg, at 308 State street, Rev. G. L. Clark of the Twelfth street Presbyterian church officiated. Many offerings of beautiful flowers decked the casket of the young lady.

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FAY, TABITHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1913

Mrs. Tabitha Fay, aged 69, died at the home of her son, James Fay, at 310 Cherry street, today after an illness of several months. She leaves two sons James and Frank Fay of Alton, and Mrs. James Schallenberger of Colorado Springs, Colo. She has been a resident of Alton for the past twenty years. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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FEALK, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 24, 1909            Declares Disbelief in Future Life ... Wanted No Burial Rites

John Fealk, aged 93, died at St. Joseph's hospital Wednesday afternoon from old age. As his last request was that there be no religious ceremonies over him when he was buried, there will be none, and he will be interred in the City Cemetery tomorrow morning as he had wished to be. Fleak had for years expressed disbelief in any future life. He scouted the religious teachings he had received in childhood, and said that he never did believe in them and that when he was dead that was all there would be to it. He thought that funerals were waste of time and money, and his only desire was that he be given a burial just like any brute would be given, without any prayers or religious exercises whatever. He was brought to Alton some time ago to be kept in St. Joseph's hospital until he died. He was a county charge of Greene county, having no money of his own to help himself. He was very feeble and helpless from great age, but in the hours when most human beings begin to think seriously of the next world, whether much attention was given to it earlier in life, this old man became only the more convinced that there was nothing to it and he refused to accept any spiritual advice whatever. A friend from Kane came to Alton to look after the funeral, which will be held tomorrow morning. He will be given a decent burial so far as a good coffin is concerned, but there will be no mourners, nor prayers for the departed soul, and none of the ceremonies which usually attend the burial of a human being.

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FEDERER, EDGAR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1919              Alton Boy Killed By Lightning

Relatives and friends received word yesterday of the death in Highland, Ill., Wednesday night, of Edgar Federer, who formerly lived in this city. Federer, who was known as "Fatty" Federer, was related to the Dietz family and was a cousin of Adam Dietz of the Dietz grocery store. Federer was killed Wednesday night during an electrical storm. He was an electrician and was employed in the Highland Power Company. Lightning struck the power house and the same bolt killed the well known young man. Federer left Alton about four years ago. Nearly two years ago he entered the service and returned from France five months ago. Since his return he has been employed at the Highland plant. His funeral will be held in Highland Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Many relatives and friends are planning to motor over and attend the burial. He was well and favorably known in the city, and his many friends were shocked to learn of his sudden death.

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FEDERLE, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 24, 1922                   Death From Diphtheria

Joseph, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. August Federle, died yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home on the Grafton road [Melville area]. The parents have one other child. The funeral was held this afternoon from the family home, and burial was in Melville cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. O. W. Heggemeier of the Evangelical church.

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FEDERLE, EVA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1910

There will be two funerals from the Melville church Friday morning, the first time in the history of the village, so near as the oldest inhabitants can remember. Elmer, the three years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Langley, died last night of dysentery, and the little boy will be buried from the church at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning. Eva, the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Federle, died last night of the same disease, and the funeral will take place from the church at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon. Rev. E. L. Mueller of Alton conducting the funeral service.  This is the third death of children in Melville in the neighborhood in the last three days, the little child of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lofts having died three days ago. With the high death rate in the list of the older residents the past two months, the residents of the little village feel keenly the work of the Grim Reaper.

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FEDERLE, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 12, 1914       Heat Victim Takes Life by Shooting Self

William Federle, aged 21, son of Joseph Federle living on the old Grafton road, suicided by shooting himself Friday morning at 5 o'clock, using a shotgun. He sent a charge of shot through his heart, holding the muzzle of the gun against his side, and discharging it by fastening a string to his toe and to the trigger, and operating the trigger by jerking it with his foot. On Thursday the young man had been working hard in the field on his father's place, and last night complained of feeling very bad. He said that he was hot and could not cool off. In an effort to cool himself, he went to a pond and took a swim, and returning to the house still continued to complain. He was restless all night and rose this morning still feeling bad. His mother was busy in the house getting breakfast, and the young man had gone out to the barn, ostensibly to help feed the stock. No one noticed that he had his gun with him. His mother heard the sound of the gun going off, and she ran out to investigate. She found her son lying in the yard dead, with his body by the string that the young man had attached to his toe and to the trigger. It is supposed that the young man had become mentally deranged from the effects of being overheated. John Berner, who was called to Belletrees to look after the body of the young man, said that Federle had been working on the Piasa King Farm. He had been complaining of a headache for four days, but kept on working. He left no note to explain why he killed himself, and it is supposed he yielded to an insane impulse. Beside his parents he is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Josephine Vollmer of Melville; Mrs. Barbara Nolan; Mrs. Lora Calame; and Miss Carrie Federle; and three brothers, Gus, Lawrence, and John, all of Belletrees. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Melville church, and burial will be in the Melville cemetery.

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FEHR, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 6, 1904

North Alton News - Frank Fehr died Sunday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fehr, after a long illness with lung troubles. He made a hurried trip to and from Arizona in company with his brother, Louis, but the change was powerless to save him. Sunday morning, just after he remarked that he believed he would recover, he passed away. He was 37 years of age and leaves besides his parents, three sisters and a brother, and numerous friends to regret sincerely his untimely taking off. The funeral took place Tuesday morning from the Cathedral, where a requiem mass was said, to Greenwood Cemetery, and was attended by a very large number of friends. About 200 of the members of the _____ of Eagles met the procession at the city limits and marched to the church. The bartenders union also attended in a body. Floral offerings were many and beautiful.

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FEHR, KUNIGUNDA (nee PFAFF)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 21, 1914

Mrs. Kunigunda Fehr, wife of Joseph Fehr, died Thursday evening at 11 o'clock at her home, 201 West Delmar avenue, after an illness of four or five years. Her case was not regarded as serious until Wednesday, when she was taken very sick and was confined to her bed. The end came Thursday night, when all her family were at her bedside. She was in her 74th year. Mrs. Fehr was born in Germany and came to this country at the age of 17 years. She would have been married fifty years next June. Her aged husband survives her, as do three daughters, Mrs. C. P. Hellrung, Mrs. John A. Reis, Mrs. Joseph Merkle; also one son, Louis Fehr, all of Alton. She leaves four grandchildren, and she is also survived by one brother, Valentine Pfaff of Fosterburg. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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FELDWISCH, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 21, 1920            Liberal Giver Dies Suddenly in Her Home

Mrs. Anna Feldwisch, aged 85, died suddenly this noon at her home, 615 Washington avenue, after a brief illness. She had been feeling slightly ill since Sunday, and Monday evening a physician was called and again this noon. Her death occurred while the doctor was visiting her. She was confined to her bed for a day or two but it was not considered that she was seriously sick. In the death of Mrs. Feldwisch there passes one of the most liberal of Alton women. The Evangelical church at Eighth and Henry streets loses also one of its staunchest supporters. She was a constant contributor toward the church and whenever there was any unusual expenditure for the upkeep of the church, there was always Mrs. Feldwisch standing ready to make a liberal contribution to the fund. She had not been able to attend services in her church for four years because she did not feel able to venture so far from home, but she was always up and around the house and active in attending to her little duties at home. She was one of the original members of the ladies society of the church, founded 52 years ago, and was deeply interested in the activities of that organization. Recently, in talking to her pastor, she expressed the belief that she would be taken very suddenly some time soon, and her death was as she predicted and as she had wished. In speaking of her today the pastor, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier, said that he always found financial support for any undertaking in a church way he might have, if he appealed to Mrs. Feldwisch. She gave liberally to mission causes, to the orphans and to all other worthy causes that were called to her attention. It was to the Eighth street church, however, that she gave principally and during all the years since the new church was built, she has been giving regularly large sums of money and by her generosity she has stimulated others to give more liberally. Mrs. Feldwisch was born in Westphalia, Germany, March 15, 1845, and was in her 86th year. She came to America when ten years of age and after a short period in St. Louis she came to Alton where she remained the rest of her life. She married William Feldwisch in 1864. He died in 1907. She leaves two sons, William of Alton and John of St. Louis, also six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Evangelical church at Eighth and Henry. There will be short services at the home just before departing from the house. Friends are asked to omit flowers.

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FELDWISCH, ERNEST/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 13, 1921

Ernest Feldwisch, aged 87, died last evening at his home, 402 Cherry street, from debilities of old age, following an illness which began two months ago. Up until that time Feldwisch was able to take long walks about the city and countryside, and only recently walked to Wood River to visit relatives. Feldwisch had little or no use for an automobile or other form of conveyance, and when he wanted to go any place, he believed in walking. He was a well known figure in the city, and since his illness he has been missed by his friends who were wont to see him walking about. Feldwisch was born in Germany but came to this country, and directly to St. Louis, when he was 18 years of age. Three years later he came to Alton and had resided here since that time. He was a brick worker until years ago when he retired. His wife died five years ago last December. He is survived by three sons, five daughters, 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The sons are Henry of East Alton; Fire Chief William Feldwisch and John Feldwisch of Alton, and the daughters are Mrs. Charles Hull of Alton, Mrs. Henry Fahrig of Alton, Mrs. John Sering of Pasadena, Calif., Mrs. Julia Taylor, and Mrs. Edward Wutzler of Alton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the family home. The services will be conducted by Rev. Heggemeier, pastor of the Evangelical church of which Feldwisch was a member and by Rev. S. D. McKenney of the Cherry Street Baptist church, a neighbor and friend of the deceased. Interment will be in City cemetery.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 16, 1921

The funeral of Ernest Feldwisch was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late home, where Rev. O. W. Heggemeier of the Evangelical church conducted the services. There was a large attendance of relatives and old friends of Mr. Feldwisch. At City cemetery, Rev. S. D. McKenny, for twenty years a near neighbor of Mr. Feldwisch, gave a talk in which he paid tribute to Mr. Feldwisch as a neighbor and friend and the talk was a most affecting one. During the course of the remarks of Rev. McKenny, reference was made by the speaker to the fact that Mr. Feldwisch had for many years been a close student of the Bible in which he had found comfort and consolation and that the Bible had been used as a pillow for his head in the casket and would be buried with him. The Alton Benevolent Society attended the funeral in a body, Mr. Feldwisch having held membership in it for many years. The pallbearers were William Hoff, Henry Wutzler, Robert Denser, Henry Hohmann, Henry Richtter and H. W. Bauer. Burial was in City cemetery.

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FELDWISCH, MINNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 13, 1915

Mrs. Minnie Feldwisch, a long time resident of Alton, died Sunday morning at her home, 402 Cherry street, after a short illness. Mrs. Feldwisch had been up and around until a week ago. She was 69 years of age, and had lived in Alton most of that time and was well known and greatly esteemed by all of the older residents. Her husband and eight children are left to mourn her death - five daughters, Mrs. Charles Hult; Mrs. Henry Fahrig; Mrs. Joseph Taylor; Mrs. Edward Wutzler; and Mrs. John Sering; and three sons, Henry, John and William; the last named being chief of the Alton fire department. She was an excellent neighbor and a good, self-sacrificing mother and wife. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon from the home at 1:30 o'clock, and burial will be in the City Cemetery.

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FELDWISCH, WILLIAM SR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 7, 1906

William Feldwisch Sr. died very suddenly Saturday morning about 11 o'clock at 509 Washington street, from apoplexy. He was 85 years, 7 months and 22 days of age. Mr. Feldwisch's death was just as he had often expressed a wish that it should be sudden and painless and while he was still in the prime of his usefulness. He had just greeted his son, John Feldwisch, who had just arrived with his wife and child to spend Sunday at the old home. Mr. Feldwisch was engaged in laying some bricks in a sidewalk when his son came up and he shook hands with him and told him to go on up to the house and he would follow in a few minutes. Almost immediately after the son arrived at the home, a messenger came running with the intelligence that Mr. Feldwisch had fallen. The son ran to see what was the trouble and found his father dead. Dr. Yerkes, who was summoned, said that death was due to apoplexy and must have been instant. Mr. Feldwisch was in apparently the best of health in the morning and his death was a sad surprise to his family. He was twice married, and leaves two children, John of St. Louis, and William of Alton. Mrs. Feldwisch, who has been his partner for forty-two years, is prostrated by the shock of her husband's death. The aged couple kept house alone and both were in the best of health and were very happy in their old age. Mr. Feldwisch also leaves a brother, Ernest, of this city. William Feldwisch was born in Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany, August 20, 1820. He came to America in 1846 and to Alton in 1854. He was engaged in the business of brick making at the place on Washington street, where now stands a row of houses belonging to him. He did a prosperous business and amassed a comfortable fortune by hard work and thrift. He was a man of the highest character and one of Alton's most substantial and respected citizens. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, 607 Washington street.

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FELHIME, CAROLINE MINNA MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 21, 1906

The funeral of Miss Caroline Minna May Felhime was held from the family home, 1810 Belle street Monday morning. One hour after the funeral a brother, who is in the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., arrived to attend the funeral of his sister. The family had waited for the brother, and knew that he was on the way, but not being able to embalm the body, the funeral was held Monday morning. The burial was in the City Cemetery, and Rev. S. D. McKenny conducted the funeral service.

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FELTER, ANGELINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 14, 1907      Woman Falls Dead Helping Husband

While rendering aid to her aged husband, Mrs. Angelina Felter, wife of W. W. Felter of 1009 State street, fell dead Saturday afternoon just before 2 o'clock. Mr. Felter, who is  ___ years past and is very active, had climbed a step ladder to put up a curtain in their home and his wife, who was 74, was holding the ladder. Mr. Felter heard a thud as of something striking the floor and looking around saw his wife lying prostrate beside the step ladder. He climbed down, found her apparently unconscious, and then summoned neighbors. They in turn called Dr. Frank Worden, who said that Mrs. Felter had been dead for some time and that her death probably occurred when she fell to the floor. The couple had been married 46 years. She was born in Greene County. The couple came her about twelve years ago. Mrs. Felter had no children of her own. No arrangements for the funeral had been made this afternoon. The aged couple were highly esteemed by their neighbors and were very happy in their life partnership. Mrs. Felter had been in apparently good health and there was not a sympton of any physical ailment. Heart disease was probably the cause of her death.

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FEORE, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 1, 1910

Joseph Feore, aged 26 years, died at his home at 1230 east Third street last night. The young man had been ill with rheumatism for along time, but had kept at his duties at the glass works. Two sisters, Misses Beatrice and Mary, survive the young man. Deceased is a son of the late Patrick Feore, who with Delaney was killed by a Burlington train between Alton and West Alton about ten years ago. On a foggy morning Patrick Feore, with a crew, started across to West Alton with a crew on a hand car. The Burlington commuters train overtookthem, and Feore and Delaney were killed. The mother and a brother died a few years later, and the brother has resided in the old home with his sisters.

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FERGUSON, ELIZA J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 28, 1916

Mrs. Eliza J. Ferguson, mother of Dexter Ferguson, died at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of her son, 409 East Eleventh street, from old age. Mrs. Ferguson lived for many years at the corner of Broadway and George streets in a small brick house there. She had become so attached to the place that even when neighboring industry encroached on her property and there was demand for it for business purposes, she could not bring herself to leave the old place. Not long ago her state of health became such that she found it necessary to be where she could have company, and she went to stay at her son's home. Her end came peacefully after a period of weakness due to old age. She was one of the oldest resident of Alton.

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FERGUSON, FRANK H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 24, 1922                  Former Alton City Clerk and City Comptroller Dies

Frank H. Ferguson, aged 84, died Saturday night at his residence, 409 Henry street, in Alton, from a breakdown following an accident he suffered last Tuesday night when he fell in his home, fracturing his collar bone. The injury complicated a condition of health which had caused his family much anxiety the last few months of his life. Early in the summer, he began to show signs of failing in strength, shortly after his birthday in June. He was not able to be out as much as he formerly was. He had been a very active man for one of his years, and enjoying the company of his fellow men, he was out much, up to the time his strength began to fail. Little hope of his recovering from the effects of the fall were entertained, and he survived it just four days. Mr. Ferguson was one of the best known of the older residents of Alton. He had spent almost all of his life here and had always taken a deep interest in civic affairs. He came here when a boy, and in his young manhood he manifested the interest in public matters which later on caused him to be elected city clerk, and at another time he filled the position of city comptroller. He was the first city comptroller in Alton, being appointed when that office was created by the city council. Up to the time of his retirement from politics as a seeker after an elective office, he was regarded as invincible. He made one of the best city clerks Alton ever had, and it was long after his retirement that anyone could give the office the benefits of such ability as he possessed came into it. He was a member of Piasa lodge, No. 7, A. F. & A. M., having affiliated with that fraternity in 1862, and he continued his membership to the end. He bore the distinction of being the oldest Past Master of Piasa lodge and he was also the oldest member of the lodge. His interest in the Masonic lodge never faltered, and even of late, notwithstanding his age, he was an occasional and honored visitor there. He served as secretary of the Alton lodge of Elks, in which he had held membership for many years. Mr. Ferguson was possessed of a pleasing personality and he had a wide circle of acquaintances, not only among the older residents of Alton, but among those who were many years his junior. He had an intellect of a high order, and his views on important subjects were sure to be enlightening. Mr. Ferguson's wife died many years ago. One daughter, Miss Bertha Ferguson, assistant principal of Alton High school, and one son, F. F. Ferguson of the Illinois Glass Co., lived with him and gave him the most devoted attention. At the time of his death his two other children, Warren of Atchison, Kas., and Mrs. Hubert L. Sparks of Oklahoma City, Okla., were with him also. His death occurred when all the members of his family were with him, the distant ones having been summoned because of his precarious condition. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his late home. The services at the home were conducted by Rev. C. C. Smith of the Congregational church. Burial in City cemetery was under the auspices of Piasa lodge.

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FERGUSON, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 23, 1916        

John, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ferguson of Madison avenue died at an early hour this morning from diphtheria. The little one had been ailing all day Monday, and had a bad night, but the parents did not think seriously of the condition of the boy, and this morning he seemed better. He took a sudden turn for the worse and died at 7 o'clock. The child had been playing all day yesterday with other children and there was considerable anxiety this morning among the families of those children, when it was learned the Ferguson child had died from diphtheria after such a short illness. It is supposed the child had diphtheria for some time, but the disease did not develop until Monday night and then it developed rapidly.

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FERGUSON, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 6, 1916            Old Time Godfrey Farmer Dies

John Ferguson, 94 years old, died this morning at 4 o'clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Merriman on Brown street in Upper Alton. The death of Mr. Ferguson comes as the result of a fall he sustained a week ago Sunday while at the Merriman home. As related last Monday in the Telegraph, Mr. Ferguson had been staying very frequently with his daughter, Mrs. Merriman, and while he was at the Merriman home last Sunday he stepped out into the back yard and in some manner he sustained a fall on the ground. Just what caused him to fall is not known, but it is supposed he had a dizzy spell that caused himself to lose control of his limbs and he went down. The fall dislocated his hip and also fractured the bone at the joint. On account of his great age, there was little hope for his recovery, but the following day his great vitality gave evidence that he might recover from the accident. The injury proved too severe, however, and all last week the aged, retired farmer lost strength. He continued to weaken rapidly and the end came at an early hour this morning just a few hours more than a week after the accident that caused his death. Mr. Ferguson was an old time Godfrey farmer. He was a pioneer in the Godfrey neighborhood, and for many years was one of the most prominent agriculturists of that neighborhood. He retired from farming a good many years ago and quit active work. He lived some time on Mayfield avenue in Upper Alton, just back of the Merriman place which fronts on Brown street. A few months ago he moved to St. Louis and at the time of his death he was a resident of that city. Mr. Ferguson was one of the most active men in this vicinity for his years. Although 94 years old, he was very active, his mind was clear, and his usual business ability was not in the least hampered by his great age. Only a few weeks ago he bought a house and lot on Mayfield avenue as an investment, and in this deal he used good judgment and business ability as he had done during the long years of his life. Mr. Ferguson was twice married, and he has a number of children who are scattered over the country. He leaves two grown children by the last marriage. His children are scattered through six or seven different states and messages were sent today to all announcing the death of the father. No funeral arrangements were made at all today and will not be completed until all the children are heard from.

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FERGUSON, JOHN L./Source: Alton Weekly Courier, April 8, 1853

We regret to announce the death of our fellow citizen and esteemed friend, Mr. John L. Ferguson, an old resident and merchant of this city. Mr. Ferguson was about 35 years of age. His illness was brief, and not considered dangerous until just before he expired. He died yesterday morning. He was just and generous - a true friend, and a pleasant acquaintance. His many virtues will long live in the remembrance of our citizens.  A large concourse of our citizens attended the funeral of our lamented fellow citizen, J. L. Ferguson, Esq., yesterday. The funeral procession was very long, comprising the carriages of most of our prominent citizens, and fully testified the high regard felt by our people for the deceased.

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FERGUSON, UNKNOWN WIFE OF CHARLES J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1904    Wife of Postmaster Commits Suicide

Postmaster Charles J. Ferguson of East Alton, awoke this morning about 2 o'clock and found his wife missing. He arose and went in search of her but was unable to find her. The lid of the cistern box in the yard was open, and he feared the worst as he knew the lid was closed when he went to bed. He aroused the neighbors, grappling hooks were secured, and after considerable effort the body of Mrs. Ferguson was brought to the surface and taken into the house. Life was quite extinct, and she must have thrown herself into the cistern before midnight. Mrs. Ferguson has been a sufferer some time from some trouble, and she was very ill for more than a month. She told her husband at different times that she could never get well, and that she must always be a burden to him. He tried to cheer her and console her and infuse hope into her, but succeeded only temporarily, and she continued to worry over conditions until her mind became unhinged and the suicide followed. She dressed herself fully and carefully before committing the act, and it is probable that when she arose she intended only to walk around or sit in the yard for a while and that the sight of the cistern box filled her with a sudden and uncontrollable impulse to end her sufferings. She was a good woman, a faithful wife and mother, and an estimable neighbor, and her stricken husband and daughter will have the sincere sympathy of the people of all the Altons. She was about 40 years of age, and leaves besides her husband one daughter, Miss Katie, who is deputy postmaster at East Alton. Mrs. Ferguson was a daughter of the late John Erdley, who for several years lived on the Z. B. Job ranch near East Alton. Her mother many years ago, when Mrs. Ferguson was but a small child, became insane through sickness and finally committed suicide by jumping into a well on the place. Mr. Erdley was in Edwardsville at the time, and the children - one of whom was Mrs. Ferguson - gave the alarm and neighbors rescued the body from the well. She was always horrified at the tragic death of her mother, and that she would follow her example in that respect is the last thing she or anyone knowing her ever suspected she would do, and the act can be attributed only to temporary insanity. A sister of Mrs. Ferguson committed suicide in St. Louis about five years ago. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest this afternoon, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with above facts. The funeral will probably be Thursday afternoon.

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FERGUSON, UNKNOWN WIFE OF H. J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 17, 1919

Mrs. H. J. Ferguson, wife of a well known barber, died this morning after a protracted sickness with dropsy and complications, at her home in the Job block, at the corner of Henry street and Broadway.  She is survived by her husband and four daughters. Funeral arrangements were not completed this noon, but the funeral will probably take place Monday.

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FERGUSON, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1908           Aged Madison County Pioneer Dies

William Ferguson died at his home in Fosterburg Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock after a two weeks' illness. His death was due to a general breakdown on account of his advanced age. He was 88 years old, and came to Madison county from Scotland when a youth, with several other early Madison county residents who have all passed away. There were only a few houses in Alton when he first saw it. Mr. Ferguson carted cord wood off of the Alton levee, says Postmaster Ferguson, speaking of his father a few days ago, for 25 cents per cord, after the country became somewhat more populated. He settled down on a farm near Fosterburg, on which he lived for over fifty years.  Mr. Ferguson is survived by a wife who is very aged, four sons, Charles Ferguson of East Alton, William Ferguson of East Alton, Ed Ferguson of Fosterburg, and Frank Ferguson of New York City. The latter was summoned from New York and arrived at the bedside a few days ago. Three daughters also survive Miss Alice Ferguson of St. Louis, who arrived at her father's bedside just a few hours before he died; Miss Anne Ferguson, who is staying with her parents at Fosterburg; and Mrs. Al Jones of East Alton. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson had been married 59 years. The funeral of Mr. Ferguson will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Fosterburg Baptist church. Rev. Simeon Hussey will officiate. The remains will be buried in the Fosterburg cemetery.

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FERRIS, D. W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1908

Mrs. D. W. Ferris, who for twenty or more years was an efficient teacher in the Madison county public schools, was buried this afternoon at Alhambra. She, for many years, was principal of the schools at Grant Fork and was highly esteemed as a woman and as an educator. Both herself and husband were teachers and are well known all over this county and section of the state.

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FERRIS, EUGENE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 1, 1917                Drowns in Mississippi River

William Strittmatter, aged 22, who was drowned Saturday afternoon in the Mississippi River, lost his life in a vain attempt to save that of Eugene Ferris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Ferris. Going to the rescue of the Ferris boy, Strittmatter caught the drowning boy by the hair and started ashore with him, but must have been caught in a death grip by the boy and both sank and were drowned. The double drowning was the tragic close of a delightful outing of a troop of boy scouts, organized by Strittmatter, among the boys of the Evangelical Church at Eighth and Henry streets. He was deeply interested in church work, had recently been chosen Sunday school superintendent, and was also secretary of the Federation of Men's Bible Classes and Brotherhoods in Alton. To interest the boys he had planned to organize the boy scouts troop, and a few days before he was drowned had sent away the necessary papers and the middle of this week expected to have the authorization to constitute the troop. Preliminary to this he had taken nine of the boys out for a hike. Part of the boys had gone in the morning, taking their luncheon, and Strittmatter, their scout master, went up in the afternoon and joined the boys on the river bank. Three little boys had joined the party without being included in it. One of these was Eugene Ferris, who would be 10 years of age tomorrow, a brother of Ray Ferris, one of the boy scouts troop. Efforts to induce the little fellow to go on home were unavailing. Some of the boys begged to go swimming, and Strittmatter reluctantly gave consent and they went in. He was swimming farther out in deep water and the little Ferris boy went into the water too. In a very short time the lad was in too deep water, according to members of the party. Fred Kolkmeier, one of the troop, called to the scout master that the Ferris boy was drowning. Strittmatter swam fast to the sinking boy and caught him, but must have been caught and both went down. The boys reported the drowning and a searching part was made up. Meantime, at home, the parents of Will Strittmatter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strittmatter, were all unconscious of the terrible blow that had fallen in the death of their only son. Mrs. Strittmatter was getting supper and the father, recently recovered from a very serious illness, was working in the yard. A neighbor knew of the drowning, having been informed about 4 o'clock by the Telegraph of what had happened, but she, like others, could not believe it was true and did not tell the mother. Finally, the mother was informed that her son would not be home to supper. She immediately was prostrated by the sad news. The Telegraph, possessed the facts of the drowning, and knowing that the paper would be at the Strittmatter home in a short time, omitted to mention the names of the boys, fearing that the parents would get their first tidings in the paper, before neighbors had broken the news to them. Will Strittmatter was for years a faithful employee of the Telegraph, and was one of the very best boys ever employed on the paper. He was regarded as a member of the Telegraph family, and the grief in the Telegraph office over his drowning was keen. The young man was employed by the Beall Bros. at East Alton in a clerical capacity, and was a highly efficient member of the office force of that firm. He was conscientious, of a deeply religious mind, and was a leader in the work of the Evangelical Church, notwithstanding his youthfulness. Not long ago he was drafted for the army, and was very conscientious about it. He refused to consider making any pleas, stating in advance that he had none to make, but the surgeons rejected him because of eye and foot trouble. In the Sunday school, over which he had been chosen as superintendent, he was tireless in his planning. He had planned out the rally day exercises for Sunday. He had also made plans for the work of the school for the year, and it lay very close to his heart. Eugene Ferris, the other victim of the tragedy, was a bright, manly little fellow, very adventurous, and was beloved in the neighborhood where he lived. His mother was not home at the time of the drowning, and was hurried home and the news was broken to her of the death of her son. Deputy Coroner took charge of the two bodies on their being recovered Saturday evening, and held an inquest Sunday afternoon. A verdict of accidental drowning was found in both cases. The funeral of Will Strittmatter will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Evangelical Church. All the members of the Bible Classes and Brotherhoods have been requested to attend the funeral in a body. The funeral of Eugene Ferris will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home.  Burial will be in City Cemetery.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 1, 1917

A suggestion has come out of the drowning of William Strittmatter and Eugene Ferris, that the City of Alton commission someone who would be the official lifesaver for the city - someone who could be looked to for instant help and would have the proper equipment to drag for bodies. The boys who were in the party when the two lost their lives made every effort to get someone immediately after their scoutmaster and the boy had been drowned. They asked some fishermen to help, and they refused, declining even to loan a boat, and then the boys turned to others, who declined to go to the rescue of the boys, according to the young boys. Harry Gissal offered to pay the fishermen for any damage to their nets that might result from the nets dragging over the rocky bottom of the river, but they would not help. Finally, Capt. W. D. Fluent was called upon and he hurried to the scene, leaving his own business without a question, and expecting no compensation.....Capt. Fluent, in speaking of the recovery of the bodies, said today that the recovery Saturday evening made the 108th body he had taken from the river in 32 years.....

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FERRIS, JAMES RALPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 27, 1918                Lincoln Hotel Keeper Dies From Pneumonia

James Ralph Ferris, proprietor of the Lincoln Hotel, died this morning at 4:45 o'clock at his room in the hotel after a brief illness with pneumonia. He was 33 years old. Mr. Ferris became ill last Saturday, but was able Monday morning to leave his rooms and seemed on the way to recovery. He suddenly became worse in the evening and continued to grow weaker until the end came. He was born in Alton and for the last three years he had been in charge of the Lincoln Hotel. Surviving him are his wife and mother, Mrs. Alice Ferris of Alton; one brother, Walter Ferris who is at Camp Pike, Ark.; and one sister, Mrs. Grenzebach of Chicago. Mrs. Grenzebach will arrive to attend the funeral. No word had been received this afternoon from Walter Ferris as to whether he would be able to attend the funeral. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Melville Church, and burial will be in the Melville Cemetery. Rev. Brown of Godfrey will probably officiate.

 

"Skippy" Ferris, on Furlough, Shoots Self - Wound Not Fatal

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 7, 1918

Walter Ferris, a drafted man who has been at Camp Pike, Ark., attempted to kill himself in his room at the Lincoln Hotel on State street in Alton Monday night. He shot himself twice in the head behind the left ear with a 22 calibre revolver. Ferris had been allowed to come home to attend the funeral of his brother, who died recently. The time had arrived for his return to Camp Pike, and he was apparently all ready to go. He told all of his relatives and friends goodbye, and they thought he was going to catch the 7 p.m. car for St. Louis to start for Camp Pike. He said he would go to his room for something and when he did not appear, after more than an hour, someone commented on his failure to come back to go to the car. An investigation was made and Ferris was found lying on the bed, covered with blood, and a revolver lying on the floor. Night Watchman Joe Uhle was called at once and he made an examination to see whether Ferris was alive or dead. He found the soldier alive. Officer Uhle rebuked the would be suicide for his attempt to take his life. "Aren't you ashamed of yourself," said the officer, addressing the supposed dying man. "If you wanted to die why didn't you get them to ship you over to France and do something for your country there. You might have got a few Germans while you were losing your own life. This way you just make a muss of it here and don't do any good." The wounded man made no reply to the comments of the officer. Dr. D. F. Duggan was called to take care of Ferris and it was said that he would probably get along all right. The only theory given for the attempt at suicide was that Ferris dreaded going back to the rigid discipline of the army. Being home for a week or so and being with his family and old friends had made him unwilling to go back to Camp Pike. Word was given to the local examption board and the chairman sent a telegram to Camp Pike telling what Ferris had done and asking for instructions. It is believed that Ferris will recover.

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FESSLER, IRENE STANHOPE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 24, 1915

Mrs. Irene Stanhope Fessler, wife of Harry Fessler, died last night at the family home near the Piasa King Farm, near Melville, after a long illness. She was 23 years of age. Mrs. Fessler was a daughter of Abraham Stanhope, who died last September. At the time she was very ill and it was not expected she would long survive her father. She was married one year ago in October to Harry Fessler. The funeral will be Friday morning at 11 o'clock from the family home to Melville Cemetery.

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FEUGELDT, GEORGE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, June 8, 1914/Submitted by Marsha Ensminger            Commits Suicide by Draught of Acid

After attempting suicide a number of times. George Feugeldt, an inmate of the Madison County Home yesterday morning took his own life by the carbolic acid route. He told friends several days ago of his attentions(sic). It is not known where he obtained the acid which he took. Yesterday morning one of the inmates of the Home found Feugeldt prostrate on his bed about 9:45 o'clock. On the bed was a tin cup and nearby lay an empty bottle. The inmate notified Superintendent Patrick Purcell at once who called the doctor. Efforts were made to save the man's life but at 11:30 he died from the effects of the acid. He lived just two hours after drinking the fluid. The bottle was a two-ounce one. He poured the acid in a tin cup and some of it still remained. Where he obtained the acid could not be learned. The label could not be read, as someone had scratched out tbe name of the acid and the drug store from which it had been obtained. Only two words could be made out. They were "east of." About three weeks ago Superintendent Purcell found that the man was in possession of a bottle of laudanum and had told inmates he intended to take his own life. Mr. Purcell took the bottle from him. On several other occasions during the past year he had obtained the laudanum but each time it had been taken from him. Where he obtained the acid which he took yesterday is a mystery, as the man had not been away from the home for a year, since his arrival from Collinsville township, where he worked on a farm for Mr. Kingsbury. Kingsbury said that the man had worked for him about twenty years and on several occasions tried to commit suicide. Feugetldt was said to have once been a wealthy butcher, but later lost his fortune. He has two sons somewhere in the east. He was aged 70 years. Coroner J. Morgan Sims of Collinsville yesterday afternoon conducted an inquest. The jury returned a verdict that he had died from taking carbolic arid with suicidal intent. The jury was: George W. Crossman, foreman; Udell Barco, Robert Springer, Edward J. Marks, Joseph Jedliska and Fred Betzold. The man was buried in the potter's field this morning at 1550 (sic) o'clock.

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FIEDLER, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 2, 1912

W. C. Fiedler received a cablegram a few days ago from the Philippines informing him that the body of his brother, George, who died in that country October 22, had been started for Alton from the Philippines last Monday. It cannot reach here much if any before Christmas, Mr. Fiedler says.

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FIEDLER, HERMAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 13, 1911

Herman Fiedler, aged 76, a resident of Alton forty years, died at 8 o'clock Saturday morning at his home, 1220 Exchange street, after a long illness from heart trouble. He was born in Germany November 21, 1834. Mr. Fiedler is survived by his wife and eight children, five sons and three daughters. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon from the home, Rev. E. L. Mueller officiating. Mr. Fiedler was bitten over 18 months ago by a copperhead snake at his home, and although the poison of a copperhead is supposed to be fatal, he survived the poison through getting prompt surgical attention.

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FIEGENBAUM, E. W., DR./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 28, 1927/Submitted by Jane Denny

Dr. E. W. Fiegenbaum Dies Early Today After Heart Attack: End Came Suddenly after His Most Active Day in Long Time Veteran of Profession Was Pioneer of Illinois In Campaign Against Tuberculosis; Active In Civic Affairs of Community.
Death, striking with unexpected suddenness shortly after midnight this morning, summoned Dr. Edward William Fiegenbaum, for many years one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Edwardsville. … Death was due to angina pectoris, which followed two heart attacks during the night. … His son, David W. Fiegenbaum, was in Hillsboro, Ill., yesterday on business and remained there over night. He was notified of the death and came home on the first train this morning. Dr. Fiegenbaum was a native of Boonville, Mo., where he was born, December 4, 1854. He had attained the age of 72 years 7 months and 24 days. He was a son of Rev. and Mrs. William Fiegenbaum. His father was a Methodist Episcopal minister, occupying pulpits in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota for more than 60 years before his death in this city in 1906. Dr. Fiegenbaum received his early education in the Highland public schools. Then he attended McKendree College at Lebanon for two years, after which he entered St. Louis Medical college for early training in the profession he followed for more than half a century. Leaving the St. Louis school he entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City, at that time the outstanding medical institution of America. He was only 21 years of age at the time of graduation in June 1876 and came to Edwardsville to follow the work he had chosen for his future. Only a few days ago, during a casual conversion with the writer, he discussed his early work in Edwardsville, that of the first fifteen years. He had a small office on Main street where the foundation of his career was laid successfully. It was about 1890 that he purchased the large residence at Main street and College avenue. The place was recently sold to Mark-Weber & Company and he was temporarily living in the Spilman Home on Center street while making plans for a new home to be erected shortly. Like all other young physicians, Dr. Fiegenbaum struggled along during the first few years. Success added new patients rapidly and in former years he had a large practice. Even at the age of three score and ten, when most men are in retirement, he was active, managing an office and attending his patients and looking after many other duties. He was one of the foremost members of St. John's M.E. church and had been for years. Not only was he a liberal contributor to the church but his personal influence was greatly felt. He was a boy of 12 years of age when he identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal church and always found time to do his part. For years he was president of the official board. Dr. Fiegenbaum was a pioneer in tuberculosis work in Madison county and Illinois. It was a question in which he was greatly concerned. He believed, years ago, that the ravages of the disease could be checked and controlled. About twenty years ago, he became interested in the sale of Christmas Seals. In the early days the annual sales amounted to only a few dollars. The money was carefully handled and spent among patients who were provided with required food and medical attention . As years passed the sales increased to such an extent that a manager was employed for two or three months each winter. Sales finally reached an amount that justified the employment of a community nurse and an educational campaign was carried on in the county. Much was accomplished. Finally a campaign was launched to erect a county tuberculosis sanitarium where free treatment was possible. It was Dr. Fiegenbaum, banded with a few others, who laid the way for the special tax levy. For a number of years he was identified in banking circles of Madison county. Being a keen observer and an exceptional business man as well as a leader in his profession made him a valuable asset of anything with which he was affiliated. Dr. Fiegenbaum was twice married. His first wife was Miss Julia Gillespie, member of an old Madison County family, whose death occurred in 1886. His second marriage to Miss Mary E. Springer, descendent of another pioneer family, was solemnized on June 11, 1890. Besides the widow there are two surviving children, David W. Fiegenbaum of this city and Mrs. Edna McCally, wife of Dr. A. W. McCally of Dayton, O. There are six grand children. One daughter, Margaret preceded the father to the grave. The death of Dr. Fiegenbaum is the second in his family of several children. A sister, Mrs. C.. H. Lynch was the first to pass away several years ago. The surviving sisters and brothers are F. A. Fiegenbaum, Edwardsville; Dr. Julius H. Fiegenbaum, Alton; Mrs. Chas F. Blume, St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. C. J. Jacoby, Los Angeles, Calif.
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FIEGENBAUM, FRED A./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 12, 1931/Submitted by Jane Denny

Former Alderman Dies Here Today.  Fred A. Fiegenbaum, Aged Resident of City, Was Nearly 80 Years Old.
Fred A. Fiegenbaum, former Edwardsville alderman for several years and member of an old and widely-known family, died at 11:15 o'clock this morning at his home 817 Kingshighway. Complications incident to old age, with which he had been ailing a year or more, caused death. A week ago he was forced to go to bed. He was born in Watertown, Wis., August 15, 1851, and he had attained the age of 79 years, 5 months and 27 days. His parents were Rev. and Mrs. William A. Fiegenbaum, who lived in Edwardsville for many years. Mr. Fiegenbaum was a young man when his father was assigned to Immanuel M.E. Church and the family moved to Edwardsville while the father filled the pulpit. This city afterwards became the home of the family but three of the children located elsewhere. As a young man he learned the carpenter's trade and followed it for a number of years. He was also engaged in farming in Pin Oak Township for a number of years but after a fire destroyed the residence, the family moved to Edwardsville. While residing in Pin Oak township he served as tax collector. Mr. Fiegenbaum was the father of eight children, his first wife and three of the children preceding him in death. His first wife was Miss Amelia Kriege who died in 1895. His second wife, Mrs. Fredericka Fiegenbaum and five children survive. The surviving children are: Mrs. Theo. C. Prott, Otto A. Fiegenbaum, Mrs. Bertha Sooy, Assistant Supervisor Charles H. Fiegenbaum, Miss Carrie Fiegenbaum. The deceased children were Geo. E. Fiegenbaum, former city treasurer, William P. and Julius Fiegenbaum. A brother and two sisters survive. They are Dr. J. H. Fiegenbaum, Alton; Mrs. Lydia Jacoby, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. C. F. Blume, St. Paul, Minn. A brother, Dr. E. W. Fiegenbaum and sister, Mrs. C. H. Lynch, died here within the last few years. Eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. No plans had been made today for the funeral services.
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FIEGENBAUM, SOPHIA [nee GUSEWELLE]/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Friday, September 9, 1904/Submitted by Jane Denny

Sophia Gusewelle was born 02 Feb 1826 in Pollhagen, Germany. She sailed to America in 1856 [1846], landing in St. Louis on New Year's Day, 1847. She married Rev. William Fiegenbaum in St. Louis in 1849. Their union was blessed with eight children, two of whom died in infancy. The family came to Edwardsville in 1870 and stayed until 1875 and then lived at other places where Reverend Fiegenbaum served. She united with the church the year she came to St. Louis and was not only a helpmate to her husband in the home, but was a "frontier missionary" traveling with him through Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa, in the sparsely settled districts and aiding at all times in the religious work. Hers was a character as strong as that of her rugged husband; and she was ever his aid and helper through their long marriage.
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FIEGENBAUM, UNKNOWN WIFE OF REV. WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 8, 1904

Mrs. William Fiegenbaum, wife of Rev. William Fiegenbaum, a pastor of the German M. E. church in this city from 1888 to 1890, and well known to many of the older citizens, died Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at her home in Edwardsville. Deceased has been in poor health for some time, but the illness which ended in her death was of only a few days duration. Mrs. Fiegenbaum was in her 79th year, and five years ago with her husband celebrated her fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home in Edwardsville, where they have been living quietly since Rev. Mr. Fiegenbaum retired from the ministry a few years ago after a service of 49 years. A number of children of adult years, among them Drs. J. H. Feigenbaum of Alton and Dr. E. W. Feigenbaum of Edwardsville, survive her. Mrs. Fiegenbaum was a lady of many strong traits of character and was beloved by all who knew her. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at Edwardsville.

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FIEGENBAUM, WILLIAM, REVEREND/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 30, 1906/Submitted by Jane Denny

The Reverend Fiegenbaum was born in Lengerich, Westphalia, Germany. He was son of Adolph and Christine (Peterjohann) Fiegenbaum. At the age of ten, he emigrated to America landing at New Orleans and then heading up the Mississippi to St. Louis and finally settling in Femme Osage, St. Chares County, MO. His father took up farming, but young William did not feel drawn to that line of work and went to St. Louis and began clerking in a store. It was there in St. Louis that he discovered his life's work of serving in the ministry. His service began in the town of Highland, IL, in 1847, where his circuit extended over a large area requiring fourteen days of traveling on horseback to cover. From there Reverend Fiegenbaum's territory extended all along the Mississippi valley, to Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and northern Illinois. From 1870-1875, he was pastor of the German Methodist church in Edwardsville. He died at 1:15 this morning, as peacefully as he had lived. Several times of late he had observed that he was glad to state that he suffered not at all.  There are six children, Fred A., Dr. Edward W. and Martha, wife of C.H. Lynch, of Edwardsville; Dr. Julius H., of Alton; Bertha, wife of Rev. Chas. F. Blume, of Winona, Minnesota, and Lydia, wife of Rev., H. C. Jacoby, of Quincy. ... In 1893 after continuous service of almost half a century he retired, and since then lived quietly in a little cottage on Union street, preferring to maintain his own household, look after his chickens and the other routine of a home. He preached frequently here [German Methodist Church, Edwardsville], however, and on September 16 of this year [1906], on the occasion of the conference in Edwardsville, he delivered an address at the church which will always be remembered by its hearers for its force and the deep piety expressed. The excitement of that day and the eloquent effort he made seemed to tell upon him and he was never quite so energetic afterwards, though he got about as usual. Rev. Fiegenbaum was of the old stock, sturdy and strong as to physique and mentally, one who lived well, continued active and thought deeply. He rounded out the Biblical span of years, ministered to with the tenderest care by his children and possessing the veneration and affectionate respect of all who knew him.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1906

Rev. William Fiegenbaum died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. H. Lynon, in Edwardsville, at 1 o'clock this morning. His death was the result of the infirmities of old age. The deceased was 82 years of age at the time of his death, and has been a minister in the German Methodist church for forty eight years. The past few years he has been retired. Rev. Mr. Fiegenbaum was the oldest member of the Alton conference of this church, and one of its best known members and workers. He was pastor of the German Methodist church in Alton for three years. When he was retired from active service, he went to Edwardsville to be near his children. Six children survive him, Dr. J. H. Fiegenbaum of this city, Dr. E. W. Fiegenbaum, F. A. Fiegenbaum, and Mrs. C. H. Lynch of Edwardsville, Mrs. H. C. Jacoby of Quincy, and Mrs. C. F. Blume of Winona, Minn.  All of the members of the family were at the bedside when death came. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Methodist church in Edwardsville.
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FILLEY, ARTHA J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1913         

Mrs. Martha J. Filley, widow of M. H. Filley, died this afternoon at 2:15 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Waldo Fisher, on Summit street, where she had lived the past month. Mrs. Fisher insisted upon her aged mother breaking up housekeeping recently because Mrs. Filley's strength had become impaired by her great age. She had been an active, energetic woman all her life. She had been in failing health for some time, and at last her bodily weakness caused a collapse. She came to Alton with her parents in 1831, and she lived continuously in Alton up to the time of her death. A year ago, when the Telegraph issued its Diamond jubilee number, it contained an extensive account of Mrs. Filley, who had since girlhood read the Telegraph. She said that she had been one of its readers more than sixty years. At the time of her death she was in her 87th year. Mrs. Filley had five children, and but one of them survives. She has also one granddaughter, Miss Myra Filley. Her husband, who was a well known man in Alton, was slain by bank robbers many years ago, and from that time Mrs. Filley's life had been filled with sorrows, which did not, however, blind her to the happinesses of life. She saw her children leave her, one by one, but she always maintained her home and she was happy to be there. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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FINDLEY, ELEANOR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 22, 1918

Word was received in Alton this morning of the death of Miss Eleanor Findley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Findley of Phinney avenue. Death occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 19th, at Albuquerque, N. M., where Mrs. Findley and daughter have been staying for ten months or more. Last year about this time Miss Findley became ill and continued steadily to grow worse, although every medical aid was given the young girl. About ten months ago the attending physician suggested a change of climate, and Mrs. Findley and daughter departed for New Mexico where they have been since that time. At times she was reported greatly improved, and the family was much encouraged. Early this month the father received word that her condition was worse, and he with his daughter, Miss Sadie, and son Samuel Jr., of Jefferson Barracks, left on the 9th to attend her. Miss Findley was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Findley and was born and raised in Alton. She was a bright and lovable girl and with many friends. Up until her illness began, Miss Findley was connected with Kieselhorst Piano Company. Her father is Assistant Postmaster of the Alton post office. The body will arrive in Alton Saturday, and funeral arrangements will be made upon its arrival here. Upon its arrival in Alton, the body will be taken to the family home on Phinney avenue, where it will lie in state all day Sunday, and can be viewed by friends. The funeral will be private. Miss Findley was a member of the Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church. Since the beginning of her illness she has been bright and cheerful, with a smile for everyone, and never once gave up hope of recovering her health.

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FINGLETON, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1904

John Fingleton, a resident of Alton more than fifty years, died last night at his home, 20 East Ninth street, after a brief illness from pneumonia. He was employed by James Bartles and Saturday worked as usual. Sunday night he was taken with a chill and his condition became dangerous at once. He was a native of Ireland, and was born in Queen's county 63 years ago. He leaves one brother, James Fingleton, his wife and five children. Mr. Fingleton was respected by all who knew him. A hard working, honest man, he merited and received the esteem of everyone with whom he came in contact, in business or socially. In every respect he was a good citizen, sober and upright, always ready to lend his sympathy to others in trouble. His death is a sad shock to his friends as well as family, as but few persons outside of his family knew of his serious illness. The funeral will take place on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.

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FINGLETON, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 27, 1909

William Fingleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Fingleton of 1118 Main street, died Monday morning at 6:45 o'clock after an illness of three months. His sickness began with pneumonia and developed into abscesses on his lungs. To relieve these, two surgical operations were performed on him several months ago, but there was no change for the better. His life was despaired of at that time, and the fact that he survived so long gave hope to his relatives and friends that he would ultimately pull through and conquer the disease that had taken such a firm grip on him. He was 23 years of age, a native of Alton. He was employed as clerk for the superintendent of the C. L. Gray Construction Co., who had charge of the building of the Illini Hotel. He was a bright, capable young man and had he lived would doubtless made a very successful contractor, as he showed talent in that line from the beginning of his connection with the Gray company. He leaves besides his parents, four sisters and two brothers. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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FINKE, ADOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 13, 1911                   Alton Druggist Dies

Adolph Finke, aged 73, died at his residence, Third and Henry streets, Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock after a brief illness. He was taken down several days before his death with a very violent case of cholera morbus and this, combined with a kidney trouble which had been affecting him, resulted in a fatal termination. Mr. Finke's case had been regarded as grave all day Wednesday and he was attended by the members of his family at the time he died, they having been summoned during the day. Adolph Finke was one of the best known of the older residents of Alton, although for nineteen years he had lived in retirement from business. He was 35 years in the drug business in Alton, having come here from Marine where he had settled when a boy of 16 he came from Germany to America. Mr. Finke's drug store at Third and Henry was a well known place, and in it he built up a prosperous, profitable business which laid the foundation for his wealth. He was regarded as a highly successful business man. In the Maennerchor, in which he was one of the oldest members, he had been a leading spirit, and he was prominently identified for years in musical circles. He possessed a good voice and had much talent as a musician. He was a careful, conservation man, one who was the life of the social circles in which he was found, and he was known for his jovial disposition and his uniform kindness and courtesy. He was President of the Alton board of education and deeply interested in educational affairs. Of late years, Mr. Finke had done little in a business way, and remained at home most of the time. He had decided to go to California to live and had announced his desire to dispose of his real estate in Alton, of which he possessed a large amount. He is survived by his wife and six children, three sons and three daughters. The children are: Mrs. Behrens of East St. Louis; Mrs. D. W. D. Hoeffker of St. Louis; Mrs. Louis Hoppe of Alton; Emil of East St. Louis; Oscar H. and Adolph of St. Louis. Mr. Finke was born in Clausthal, Germany, in the Hartz mountains. He came to America at the age of 16. In Germany he was a fellow student with Dr. Albert Koch, the great investigator and scientist, who discovered the famous Koch's lymph for tuberculosis. He was a nephew of Dr. C. A. F. Mahn, the entymologist for the Webster dictionary. He was educated in German Universities and was a druggist for Hopkins & Co., at Second Lanadon streets fifty years ago. Later he was with the McPike Drug Co. He left Alton in 1873 for East St. Louis, where he was in business seven years. He came back to Alton in 1880, and went into the drug business at Second and Henry streets. Mr. Finke, beside having served as president of the board of education, was alderman from his ward one term. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from his home, and at his request it will be private and there will be no flowers.

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FINKES, JOSEPHINE (nee THEISEN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1907        Death of Baby Drives Alton Woman Insane

W. T. Gaston has returned from St. Louis with the information that his wife's sister, Mrs. Josephine Finkes, who had been confined to an insane asylum for about two years, had died about a week ago and had been buried in St. Louis by her husband, Lawrence Finkes, although the Alton and Carlinville relatives made determined efforts to secure the body and bring it to Alton for burial in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery, Mr. Gaston says. Mrs. Finkes was Miss Josephine Theisen, member of a well known Alton family, and was about 22 years old. She was married more than three years ago, and with her husband went to St. Louis to reside. A baby was born to the couple and life seemed filled with happiness for the mother for awhile, or until the little one sickened and died. Her grief is said to have been something terrible as well as pathetic, and she gradually became demented, finally becoming so bad that she had to be placed in an insane asylum. She was well known in the Altons and was a very popular girl, and her sad fate which is not known generally will be heard with sincere regret. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. W. T. Gaston, Mrs. William Markle Sr., of Alton; and Mrs. Susie Ramsey of Carlinville. Two brothers also survive, Philip Theisen of Alton and Peter Theison of Carlinville. Mr. Finkes refused to allow the body to be brought to Alton.

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FINKINKILLER, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 23, 1913               Mother Finds Son Dead

George Finkinkiller, aged 48, 2621 Maxey avenue, Upper Alton, was found dead Wednesday afternoon by his aged mother, who is above 87 years old. He had gone out to the well for a bucket of water, and a short time after he left the house his mother heard him fall while out in the yard. He was subject to fits, and it is supposed that he was taken with a fit and that he fell face downward in some soft mud. When his mother found him, he was still face downward in the mud and the air passages of his nose and throat were choked with mud. It was supposed that he had died from suffocation. It was believed by the mother, however, that he had broken his neck in the fall, as the time that elapsed between the sound of his fall and her finding him seemed hardly long enough to have admitted of death from suffocation in that period. Mrs. Finkinkiller summoned neighbors, who attempted to give aid in reviving her son, but it was of no avail. George Finkinkiller had lived in Upper Alton all his life. The mother and son lived together. Mrs. Finkinkiller has not been in the best of health, and the tragedy found her in poor condition to endure the shock. Beside his mother, he leaves two brothers, John of Upper Alton and Steven of St. Louis. Steven Finkinkiller arrived last night from St. Louis upon hearing of his brother's death. The coroner's undertaker was notified and he took charge of the body, and Coroner J. M. Sims will be here this evening to hold the inquest. The funeral of George Finkinkiller will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the undertaking rooms of C. N. Streeper on Washington avenue. Rev. W. I. Terhune will conduct the service and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

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FISCHBACH, AUGUSTA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 20, 1919

Miss Augusta Fischbach, 55, died at the Nazareth Home Monday noon from a complication of diseases from which she has suffered for over six months. Her death had been expected for several weeks.  Miss Fischbach was born in Alton in 1864, and she has lived in Alton all her life. She was a member of the St. Mary's church, and was very well known, especially in the eastern part of the city. Her death will bring sadness to a great number of friends. She is survived by one brother, Edward Fischback of Denver, Colo., and one sister, Miss Louisa, who is living at the Nazareth Home. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9:30 o'clock from the St. Mary's Church. The burial will be held in the St. Joseph's Cemetery. The body will lie in state after 6 o'clock this evening at the home of John Berner, 718 Langdon street.

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FISCHBACH, CHRISTINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 30, 1911

Mrs. Christina Fischbach, widow of Martin Fischbach, died at her residence on Weigler street in Alton Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock from old age. She had been ill about two months, and during that time her death was expected. Mrs. Fishbach was 86 years old the sixth of October. Until recent years her strength had been good. She lived with her two daughters, Misses Christina and Louise Fischbach. Two sons, John and Edward Fischbach, both of Denver, survive her also. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Theresa Berner, mother of Deputy Sheriff John Berner. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's church, and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Fischbach was born in Germany. She arrived in St. Louis July 4th, 1844, and was married there in February 1845. Then she went to live on a farm and in 1849 came to Alton.

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FISCHBACH, MARTIN/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, September 26, 1878

Mr. Martin Fischbach, an old resident of this city and one of our most estimable citizens, died on Wednesday morning of some pulmonary complaint, aged 65 years and 10 months. Mr. Fischbach had been a resident of this city [Alton] for almost 30 years, and had been engaged in business during that time. He was born at Baden, Germany, and leaves a widow and five children, two daughters and three sons beside a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his death. Deceased came to the Coal Branch in 1833, and while there engaged in coal mining and gardening. He removed to this city about the year 1850, and has resided here ever since. He became indisposed last winter but has been confined to his house but about eight days. The funeral will take place at the family residence on Second street at 1 o'clock tomorrow, after which the remains will be taken to the Upper Alton Cemetery for interment.

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FISCHBACK, LOUISA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1920

Miss Louisa Fischback, a lifelong resident of Alton, died at the Nazareth Home this morning about 4:30 o'clock, after a long illness. Her only sister, Miss Augusta Fischback, died last August 4, at the Nazareth Home, where the two sisters had been making their home for six months preceding. Miss Fischback became ill at the same time as her sister, but seemed to be recovering, then had another spell of sickness from which she rallied and was doing well when she was taken down with the influenza. Her death was the seventh death that has occurred from influenza in the Nazareth Home, but is the only death of an inmate of the home, not a member of the sisterhood in charge. Her death had been expected for several days. Miss Fischback leaves one brother, Edward M. Fischback, of Denver, Colo. She was born in Alton October 14, 1868, and was in her fifty-second year. The funeral will be private, and will be held tomorrow morning from the Nazareth Home. Friends who desire to see Miss Fischback for the last time may do so at St. Joseph's Cemetery at 9 o'clock.

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FISCHER, DOROTHY LOUISE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1917

Dorothy Louise Fischer, aged six weeks, died this noon at the family home, 508 East Third street, after an illness with bronchitis. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon from the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Fischer to St. Patrick's Church, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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FISCHER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1922

Mrs. Elizabeth Fischer, 80, widow of Louis Fischer, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Hoffmann, in Wood River. Mrs. Fischer, who moved to Wood River last September, had been a resident of Alton 21 years. She was born in Germany in 1841 and came to America in 1869. While living in Alton she made her home with her son, Albert Tegethoff of West Ninth Street. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hoffmann, and Mrs. Edward Putze of Wood River, and two sons, Albert Tegethoff of Alton and Theodore Tegethoff of St. Louis. She was a member of the Evangelical church of Alton and gave much of her time and effort to church work. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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FISCHER, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 3, 1911

Henry Fischer, aged 55, died unexpectedly late this afternoon at his home on Fifth street near Alby. He had been suffering from blood poisoning in the head. He was formerly on the police force and formerly conducted a saloon.

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FISCHER, HIRAM EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 16, 1918              Marine Dies in Action (World War I) While Serving in France

First Man From Alton Gas and Electric Company Office to Enlist Killed June 15, Fighting in France

Mr. and Mrs. George Fischer of O'Fallon, Ill., received official notice from the government last evening that their son, Hiram Edward Fischer, had been killed in action June 15. The young man was twenty-one years of age. For a year before going into the service he was employed as ticket seller at the office of the Alton Gas and Electric Co. He was the first to leave the service of the company for the war. On May 19, 1917 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, and has since been in the 86th Company, Sixty Machine Gun Corps of the Marines. He has been in the thick of the fighting since the middle of February, according to word received in Alton. The official notice from the government says no more than the lad was killed in action on June 15. While in Alton the boy made a large number of friends here. He made his home while here with his sister, Mrs. Elmer Woods, of 1219 Diamond street. The relatives and friends of Fischer celebrated his birthday last Sunday. He wrote to his parents some time ago asking them to celebrate his birthday even though he could not be here. "I will be at the party in spirit," he wrote, "even though my body is thousands of miles away." The birthday party was held in honor of the boy twenty-nine days after he died. Relatives are wondering whether or not Fischer attended the party in spirit.

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FISCHER, LOUIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, July 25, 1878

Louis Fischer, a veterinary surgeon of this city, who removed here from North Alton a few months ago, died suddenly last night at Wyss' boarding house in Hunterstown. He seemed in usual health at supper time yesterday evening, but a few hours afterwards was a corpse. It is not known what caused his death. One reason probably was the overpowering heat. He leaves a wife and two children. His burial took place today.

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FISH, ELLEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 28, 1904

Miss Ellen Fish, a resident of Alton for forty years, died very unexpectedly Monday morning at her home on Belle street. She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for over a year, but the attacks were of a mild nature and her health being good otherwise her death was not expected. She was taken with a violent attack of indigestion Saturday night, and her indisposition continued over Sunday. Monday morning she was somewhat worse, and about 10 o'clock she suddenly died from heart disease. Mrs. Fish was 68 years of age. She was born in Ireland but came to Alton when a young woman, and lived in this city ever since. She leaves two children, Mrs. T. J. McInerney of Alton, and Mr. Harry Fish of Chicago. Mrs. Fish was a most estimable woman, a devoted member of her church, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was an excellent mother, and her sudden death is a sad blow to the members of her family. The time of the funeral has not been set.

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FISH, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 24, 1914         Dies From Heart Disease - Grieved Over Sister

Harry Fish, aged 49, died Saturday afternoon at his room in the Illini Hotel where he was taken the preceding evening following a stroke of heart failure. His illness began the preceding Monday, when he learned that his only sister, Mrs. T. J. McInerney was dead. He was very devoted to his sister and had been very attentive to her during her illness, as the two were the last of their family. When Mrs. McInerney died, the brother was overcome and had an attack of heart failure, from which he rallied. Friday evening, while riding in his auto, he was stricken again and was taken to the Illini Hotel and carried to his room. Saturday he seemed much better, and it was expected he would be able to get out again. Late in the afternoon he collapsed, and death followed very shortly afterward. His death was a great surprise to everyone. So little was thought of his case that his wife, who was in Minneapolis, was not notified until after he had died, that he was sick. She arrived in Alton Sunday afternoon after being summoned to return home by a telephone message to Minneapolis. It is said that when she was told that her presence here was necessary at once because of her husband's condition, she swooned at the telephone. She was not told that he was dead. Mr. Fish was a native of Alton. He returned here several years ago after a long absence and took up the work of promoting a mausoleum in City Cemetery. It was due to his efforts that the local association was formed and the mausoleum stands completed. It was his arguments against interment of bodies and his advocacy of entombment that made sufficient sentiment in Alton to make a success of the enterprise. It had been the wish of Mr. Fish that his body be laid away in the Grandview mausoleum, which will be done, and as Rev. S. D. McKenny was one of his best friends and had been associated with him in the mausoleum work, he was asked to conduct the funeral services, which will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of William M. Sauvage at Sixteenth and Henry streets. The body was taken there after the arrival of Mrs. Fish Sunday evening. With Mrs. Fish now are her two sisters, Mrs. Walter Heath of Litchfield and Mrs. Arthur Uhl of St. Louis.

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FISHBACKER, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 15, 1918

Margaret Fishbacker, aged 52, died today at Alton State Hospital. The woman has been a state charge for five years and belonged to the great unclaimed lot. The woman will be buried in the small cemetery at the Wood River Monument, which the Alton State Hospital is now keeping up. The hospital will bury all its unknown dead, and those bodies which relatives do not care to have moved, in this cemetery. The cemetery is being fixed up and will furnish a good burial ground for the unfortunates who are left for the state to handle.

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FISHER, CLARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 24, 1907

Miss Clara Fisher, aged 25 years, died Monday evening at St. Joseph's hospital following a surgical operation for the relief of bowel troubles. She was a telegraph operator and was well known and esteemed in Alton, her native city. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Eva Blunk and Mrs. Ada Rich, and two brothers, Harvey and Everett Fisher, all of Alton. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Blunk, 917 East Third street, where services will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Twing.

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FISHER, EMELIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 16, 1911

Mrs. Amelia Fischer, in her 78th year, died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. L. Winter, in Godfrey township, after a long illness. Heart trouble and asthma with dropsical complications caused her death. Mrs. Fisher was one of a large family herself, and she also raised a large family of children, living to see many grandchildren. She was born in Minden, Germany December 22, 1833, and came to Alton in 1848 when she was 15 years old. She was married in Alton, and her husband died 38 years ago. She leaves four daughters and two sons. Mrs. H. L. Winter of Godfrey; Mrs. F. M. Ferguson of Grinnell, Iowa; Mrs. W. D. Thorn; Mrs. E. E. Samuelson, and Fred W. Fischer of Alton; and W. J. Fischer of St. Louis. She leaves also five sisters, Mrs. J. Lampert, Mrs. Bertha Hibbeler, Mrs. Caroline Atland, Miss Sophie Gottlob of Alton; and Mrs. Mary Hackethal of Belt, Montana. Mrs. Fischer's daughter, Mrs. Samuelson, who has been home from India after a seven year's absence, was with her mother when she died. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon from the Winter home and will be private. The pallbearers will be her grandsons. Rev. M. W. Twing will conduct the services. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

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FISHER, LOUISA B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 5, 1915

Mrs. Louisa B. Fisher, widow of Rev. Dr. Judson Fisher, a former pastor of the Unitarian Church at Alton, died Monday evening at her residence, 503 Summit street, after an illness of about one year. Her malady had been very serious the past two weeks and kept her confined to her room. The end came peacefully and she dropped away into her last long sleep while being attended by her son, Frank Fisher, and after listening to him read the day's news to her. Mrs. Fisher's condition was known to her family to be grave and her two sons, Dr. Waldo Fisher and Frank Fisher, were unremitting in their attendance upon her. She was born in Templeton, Mass., January 18, 1831, and was married at Hinsdale, N. H., April 10, 1850 to Rev. Judson Fisher, at that time a Universalist preacher. Mrs. Fisher was a lifelong Unitarian and deeply interested in that church. She lived in the east with her husband until 1868, when he came west and took charge of a church at Monroe, Wis., where the couple lived ten years, then came to Alton. Rev. Dr. Fisher was pastor of the Unitarian Church at Alton for eight years....Shortly after her husband's death, Mrs. Fisher, a woman with remarkable mental ability and culture, began devoting her mind and time to working in behalf of women. She organized the Browning Club and was its leader ever since, and she also organized the Woman's Council, which she was president of until last year when she declined to remain at the head of it, owing to her belief that her strength would not admit of her giving it the attention she believed the organization merited.....She was a talented writer, a deep thinker, and she kept closely in touch with all current events....The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. C. W. Reese of the Unitarian Church. Burial will be in City Cemetery beside the body of her husband.

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FISHER, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 14, 1881

From Bethalto - Deaths - The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Fisher, died at the residence of Mr. J. B. Bangert, Mrs. Fisher's father, at four o'clock Sunday evening, aged 15 months; was buried at the Bethalto cemetery, Monday, at three o'clock p.m. This was their only dear little one, and it seemed very hard to give it up. They have the sympathy of many friends in their sore affliction.

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FITTON, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 19, 1920        Inmate of State Hospital Killed by Freight Train

Charles Fitton, who was the first patient to be accepted by the Alton State Hospital, was killed by a C. B. & Q. freight train at Woods Station about midnight Monday. The body which was badly mangled by the wheels of the train was carried to Brighton, and later was brought back to Alton by a passenger train. It was identified by Dr. Zeller, superintendent of the institution. Dr. Zeller said Fitton was Number 1 at the hospital, having been the first inmate received after the institution was opened. He escaped from the home some time Monday, Dr. Zeller said, and apparently had wandered to Woods Station. No record of Fitton's connections is available at the hospital, Dr. Zeller said, except that he had told attendants he was born in England and had worked as a coal miner there. He was about 45 years old.

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FITZGERALD, TIM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 17, 1920      Midget Dies in State Hospital - Was in P.T. Barnum's Show, Driver of Carriage for Tom Thumb

Timothy Fitzgerald, a midget in size, age 56, died last night at the Alton State Hospital where he had been an inmate for a year. Fitzgerald, though small of stature, for years worked at the trade of glass blowing, and until ten years ago was in Alton. He made bottles at the plant of the Illinois Glass Co., and because of his small size, which made it difficult for him to work on the "bench" using the blow pipe, he was kept at the finishing work while the other members of his shop would play the bottles. Fitzgerald came here from Zanesville, Ohio, when a young man to work at his trade. He had done considerable traveling in his younger days. Ed Conley said today on learning of the death of Fitzgerald, that his father, the late Frank Conley, had known Little Tim when both had been living in Pittsburg. It was there that the smallness of Fitzgerald attracted the attention of P. T. Barnum, the showman, and he engaged Little Tim to drive the carriage which used to convey the famous midget, Tom Thumb, when he was showing under the management of Barnum. Little Tim drove the diminutive carriage which Barnum provided for Tom Thumb, drawn by a team of tiny ponies and the size of the driver was in correct keeping with the size of the equipage. Tim was not much less of an attraction than the famous midget who had a world fame. About ten years ago Fitzgerald left Alton. He went to East St. Louis and there he lost his mind, and was sent to the State hospital. The body will be sent to East St. Louis for burial.

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FITZGIBBONS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 10, 1904

James Fitzgibbons, former captain of the night police, aged 36, died this morning at 5 o'clock from heart trouble after a long illness. He leaves his wife to whom he was married only a few years ago. During the time he was captain of the night police, his health became so bad that he was compelled to make a trip to Hot Springs for the benefit of a bad case of inflammatory rheumatism. He returned home much improved in health, but subsequently he suffered another breakdown while working at Granite City as watchman at a big manufacturing plant. He returned to Alton, and for several months his health has been such as to preclude his working. He died unexpectedly this morning. James Fitzgibbons had many friends in the city who will sincerely regret his death. He was a member of Robin Hood Camp, Modern Woodmen.  [Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery]

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FITZGIBBONS, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1918

The body of Private John Fitzgibbons arrived in Alton this morning from Camp Stanton, Mexico, where the young soldier died last week. The body was delayed in arriving due to the fact that there are but two trains a week out of the town where he died. The body was taken to the Fitzgibbons family, two and one half miles south of Delhi, where it will remain until Sunday. The funeral will be held Sunday at 10 o'clock from St. Alphone's Catholic Church at Brighton, Rev. John Marion officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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FITZPATRICK, LUCIAN CASWELL/Source:    Unknown                    Submitted by Richard Indermark

Lucian Caswell Fitzpatrick, age 63 years and 10 months, died at the family home at 428 West Main St., Collinsville, Ill., at 1:50 p.m., Thursday, September 4, as the result of Brights Disease, from which ailment the deceased had been a sufferer for some years. Mr. Fitzpatrick suffered a partial stroke of paralysis 22 years ago, and for the past 18 years has been helpless and confined to the house. Previous to his affliction the deceased worked at the carpenter trade and has been a resident of this city for the past forty years, coming to this state from Indiana, where he was born. He leaves six living children, and three have passed to the shore in advance of the father. Of the surviving children, four are boys and two are girls. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 8 o'clock from the Baptist Church, and the interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. The afflicted family have the utmost sympathy of the community. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a man who bore his ailments most patiently during the long period of his illness, and kept in touch with public affairs by reading, and his views on affairs were particularly definite and pronounced.

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FITZPATRICK, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1920

Mrs. Mary Fitzpatrick, a 53 year old inmate of the Alton State Hospital who had been in the institution ever since she was 20 years old, died last night and was buried today in the hospital cemetery.

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FITZPATRICK, MARY B./Source:  Unknown                      Submitted by Richard Indermark

Mrs. Mary B. Fitzpatrick, 81 years old, a life-long resident of Collinsville, died at 7:50 A.M. Wednesday at her home, 200 W. Church St.  Her body will be at the Schroeppel Undertaking Co. Funeral home until 11 A.M. Friday, then will be moved to the First Baptist Church to lie in state until 2:30 P.M., when funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Percy Ray. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born in Collinsville July 1, 1861. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Stella Dunn of E. St. Louis; two sons, Claude C. Fitzpatrick and Raymond F. Fitzpatrick of Collinsville; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Isabella E. Fitzpatrick; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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FITZPATRICK, ROY J./Source: The Collinsville Herald, February 28, 1930               Submitted by Richard Indermark

Roy J. Fitzpatrick, son of Mrs. Mary Fitzpatrick of Church St., Collinsville, Ill., died in Buffalo, N. Y. Friday evening of injuries suffered earlier that day when he was struck by a train. The family have received no details of the accident as yet, but know that he was injured so that it was necessary to amputate both legs below the knee. Roy Fitzpatrick was born in Collinsville and spent most of his life here. He is a World War veteran, and left here about eight years ago. Since then he was been working in Chicago and New York City, and the family believe he was on his way to New York City when the accident occurred. He was 34 years, 5 months, and 26 days old. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Fitzpatrick, his twin brother, Ray, of Indianapolis, Indiana, another brother, Claude of this city, and a sister, Mrs. George Dunn, of East St. Louis, Ill.  The body was shipped here for burial, and funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from Schroeppel Undertaking Co. Funeral Home. The Rev. Percy Ray, Pastor of the Baptist Church, and Rev. Eugene Frierson of E. St. Louis conducted the services. Six members of the American Legion, John Appel, Steve Shea, Walter Hoge, George Klopspisch, John Blyth and Walter Lepp acted as pallbearers. He was a railroad worker. He was buried March 5, 1930 at St. John's Cemetery, Lot 100, Grave #5, in Collinsville, Ill., Madison County. He also was in the military as a Pvt. of the 325th Infantry.

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FITZPATRICK, WILBUR W./Source:  Unknown                           Submfitted by Richard Indermark

Wilbur W. Fitzpatrick, 41 years old, was killed at 8:45 o'clock Saturday night when he was struck by a street car on the East St. Louis A Suburban line at the Granby Station, four miles northeast of East. St. Louis. The car was headed towards Collinsville. Fitzpatrick was laying on the track when the car struck him. The manner in which he got there is unknown. An inquest was held in East St. Louis Tuesday morning. A verdict of accidental death was returned by the jury. Robert Peretti, the motorman in charge of the car, testified that the car was travelling about fifteen miles per hour, and had just passed Granby Station, when he noticed a dark spot to the left of the rails, about twenty feet ahead. He applied the brakes, he said, but struck the object before the car could be stopped. Fitzpatrick's body was picked up about seventy-five feet behind the car, his left arm mangled and his head crushed. Frank Bravada of this city was conductor on the car. Wilbur W. Fitzpatrick was born in Collinsville on January 28, 1881, and lived in this city all his life. At the time of his death he was 41 years, 4 months and 27 days of age. He resided with his mother at 200 W. Church St.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Fitzpatrick, three brothers, Claude, Roy, and Ray, all of Collinsville, and two sisters, Mrs. George [Stella] Dunn of East St. Louis and Miss Mary Fitzpatrick of St. Louis, Mo. Funeral services were conducted at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the residence on W. Church St. to the Baptist church. Rev. George F. Eadie officiated. Interment was made at St. John's Cemetery. The Fitzpatrick twins, Roy and Ray, who are both in the West, one in California, were unable to get here for the funeral. The out of town people who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Bert Gugger of Troy, Mrs. Monerva Kincaid of Troy, Mr. and Mrs. James Foster of Troy, Mr. and Mrs. Mack Foster of Troy, Mrs. Pete Craney of Troy, John Malter and daughter Irene of St. Louis, Mo., Sam Avis of Troy, Mrs. Susie Snody of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Bertha Utley of East St. Louis, John Devenbaugh of East St. Louis, Mrs. George Dunn of East St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Elkins of East St. Louis.

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FLACH, CHARLES M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 11, 1907

Charles Flach, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Flach of Tenth and Alby streets, was drowned in the river Monday afternoon about 4:20 o'clock by falling from the Fluent dock at the foot of Market street. He was one of a big throng of men and boys who gathered on the Fluent dock to watch the coming of the steamer Alton. The boy was accustomed to being around the dock and frequently assisted in handling the boats, so he was considered as being perfectly safe and able to take care of himself. It was his interest in the place and his desire to prevent damage being done to one of Capt. Fluent's skiffs that was the immediate cause of his drowning. The boy was standing on the upward end of the dock when he noticed that the choppy waves on the river were battering a skiff against the dock, and he picked up an oar and attempted to hold the boat away from the dock. It is supposed that his hold on the boat or his footing slipped and he plunged forward over the end of the dock and was carried underneath before he could make a single stroke to save himself and before any of the hands outstretched could catch him. It was impossible to do anything to save the boy. The series of docks is about 125 feet long and the boy sank under these. Within a short time Capt. Fluent, Harry Ashlock and others were dragging the river bottom trying to get the body. It was not recovered until about 7:30 o'clock when Charles Homer caught the hooks of his drag in the trousers of the boy's clothing, and brought him up. The body was taken in charge by Deputy Coroner Keiser. The boy was the only son of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Flach. His mother was at the Fluent dock a few minutes after the drowning and was assisted home. The drowning of Charles Flach is an unusually sad occurrence. He was a boy of rare intelligence and was faithful in every trust. He was employed several years as a carrier on the Telegraph, and during that time he had the rare record of having done his duty so well that never a complaint was entered against him personally. He was considered a model boy for faithfulness. He was a favorite among the other boys and everyone who knew him admired him. He was a bright-eyed, manly young fellow, and no doubt would have developed into a useful citizen. His death is a crushing blow to his parents and his friends as well. The funeral will take place on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home, corner of Tenth and Alby streets, Rev. A. G. Lane will conduct the services.   [Burial was in City cemetery]

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FLACH, VERENA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 1, 1915

Mrs. Verena Flach, widow of John Flach, died at her home at Second and Alton streets Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock, after an illness of several weeks from old age. The condition of Mrs. Flach has been growing worse steadily, and the end has been expected for several days. Mrs. Flach was born in Selbach, Switzerland on September 2, 1833. She came to the United States in the early fifties, and was married in 1859 in Belleville to John Flach. During the early sixties they moved to Alton where they have made their home. Mrs. Flach had led a quiet life in Alton, living all the time in about the same neighborhood on East Second street. She was a member of the German Evangelical Church and was a member of the Ladies' Aid Society of that church. Mrs. Flach is survived by four sons, Frederick, Otto, Henry and Louis, and two daughters, Misses Emma and Anna, all of whom live in Alton. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon from the home on East Second street. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.

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FLACHENECKER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 5, 1908                Dies a Few Days After the Death of Her Granddaughter

Mrs. Elizabeth Flachenecker, wife of Leonard Flachenecker, died Monday night at midnight at the family home, 1120 east Fifth street, after an illness of only a few days. Mrs. Flachenecker was taken ill a few hours after the death of her little grandchild, Helen, the 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Flachenecker. The grandmother was devoted to her little grandchild, as the parents had lived in the home of the grandparents, and the constant association had developed a very strong attachment. When the child was taken ill, Mrs. Flachenecker would not believe that it could recover, and when the surgeons held out no hope on the last day, the grandmother was almost prostrated. She suffered a nervous chill two hours after the death of the child in the hospital, and nervous prostration resulted, finally ending in heart failure. Members of her family believe that the death of the child was the direct cause of the death of the grandmother. Mrs. Flachenecker was 59 years of age. She was born in Pittsburg, Pa., January 2, 59 years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gutzweiler, and with her parents came to Alton when she was 12 years of age. She was married when very young to Leonard Flachenecker. She leaves three children, Charles T., George H., and William C. Flachenecker, beside her husband. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church. The oldest son of Mrs. Flachenecker, Charles T., the well known druggist, has been ill for nine months and is just recovering. It is expected he will be able to attend his mother's funeral, although he has been almost helpless since he was taken ill. In the afflictions which have befallen their family, the Flacheneckers have the sincere sympathy of the entire community. Among her neighbors and acquaintances, Mrs. Flachenecker was highly esteemed and to her family she was all that a good mother could be.

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FLACHENECKER, FERDINAND/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 14, 1881

Ferdinand Flachenecker, a native of this city, we believe, quite a promising business man but a few years ago, and well connected, was found dead about 7 o'clock Tuesday eve in an enclosure at the rear of the saloon at the corner of State street and Sugar alley. This sad ending was not unexpected by the acquaintances of the deceased, as he had long been a confirmed inebriate, had at times been a county charge, and had apparently lost all ambition and all desire for anything except the means to procure alcoholic stimulants. Coroner Youree was notified by Marshal Kuhn, arrived on the early train and impaneled a jury of inquest with Dr. C. M. Smith as foreman. The witnesses examined were Dr. Smith, who was called when the discovery of the death was made, Henry Nienhaus, at the rear of whose saloon the body was found, Eli Stone, and James Hendy, the latter the policeman who was first notified and who assisted in taking the remains to the police station. A blank book of the Germania Life Insurance company, some unimportant papers, a lead pencil and two Roman Catholic medals were all the effects found on the body of the deceased. These were turned over to his relatives. The evidence was to the effect that deceased was in the saloon mentioned, yesterday afternoon from 4 to 6 o'clock, greatly under the influence of liquor, sitting asleep near a stove in the back room. It was finally proposed to put him in the open air in order that he might become sober. This was done, and after a short time, perhaps an hour, Mr. Nienhaus tried to arouse him and found that he was helpless and in a dying condition. Dr. Smith was notified and went to the place, but found that death had already taken place. The body was removed to the police station at 8:30 o'clock. The verdict was to the effect that death ensued from alcoholism and exposure. Deceased was about 35 years old. He left relatives living in St. Louis, Edwardsville and in this city. It is a sad ending, through intemperance3, of a life that at one time gave fair promise of usefulness, and should serve as a warning, especially to young men, that danger lurks even in the "first glass."

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FLACHENECKER, HELEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1908

Helen, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Flachenecker of 1120 east Fifty street, died Thursday evening at 10 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital, where she was taken just twelve hours before to undergo a surgical operation. The story of the child's illness was told in the Telegraph last evening. The operation which was held out as a last desperate remedy did not give the relief it was hoped it might do, and the child died. In their trouble which has come upon the family the entire community will join in the heartiest sympathy with them. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

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FLACHENECKER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 15, 1906

Joseph Flachenecker, aged 37, died Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the family home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Flachenecker, on east Fifth street. He had been a sufferer for nearly four years with cirrhosis of the liver. The attack which proved fatal began about seven weeks ago, and during his last illness he suffered severely. His death was expected to occur almost any time during the past few weeks. He was unmarried. Mr. Flachenecker is survived by his parents and four brothers. He was a member of the order of Eagles, also of the bartenders' union. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.

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FLACHENECKER, LEONARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 28, 1911           Retired Alton Businessman Dies

Leonard Flachenecker, a retired business man of Alton, died Thursday evening at 5:30 o'clock after a long illness from stomach troubles. He would have been 76 years old next November 6. Mr. Flachenecker had been in bed since a week ago last Sunday, when his malady took a sudden turn for the worse and his condition showed little change for the better from that time. He was a native of Effigen, Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to America with his parents, direct to Alton, in 1846. He lived in Alton all the time except for a period of eleven years he was in the grocery business at Edwardsville, and he returned to Alton in 1884. He assisted in erection the building since remodeled on Third street, and occupied now by the Alton Water Co.  He followed the occupation of mattress maker in Alton for many years. Mrs. Flachenecker died three years ago. Mr. Flachenecker is survived by three sons, Charles T., the druggist; George, who conducts a transfer business; and William C., the township collector. He was in the early days a member of the volunteer fire department in Alton. The funeral will be at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from St. Mary's church.

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FLACK, ELLEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 14, 1919

Mrs. Ellen Flack of Moro died Monday morning at 5:10 o'clock at the home of her son, Ben Flack, at the age of 73. Mrs. Flack's husband, the late John Flack, died just two months ago. Mrs. Flack had been in pretty good health, but she worried over the death of her husband. Her 73rd birthday occurred the first of the month and upon this occasion she baked her own birthday cake. She had been ill with the influenza, but had almost recovered from it when she became ill again just a week ago, and her death resulted Monday morning. During the last two or three days of her life, her relatives knew she could not recover. She leaves three sons and four daughters. William Flack of Main street, Upper Alton, is one of the sons.

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FLACK, JENNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 21, 1908

Mrs. Jennie Flack, aged 47 years, died at her home near Bushy Grove at 8 o'clock this morning. She suffered a paralytic stroke two weeks ago, and died from weakness resulting from the stroke. Deceased is a brother of Frank Worthington. The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home, and burial will be in the Vaughn Cemetery.

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FLAGG, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 31, 1905      

A telegram was received yesterday from Denver, Colo., conveying news of the death of Charles Flagg, son of Mrs. Hannah S. Flagg of Alton. He was in the twenty-seventh year of his age. The death of Charles Flagg follows a long illness which began in Alton prior to his departure for Colorado three years ago for the benefit of his health. The young man passed his boyhood days in Alton, and during the period of his residence in Alton he made many friends who have been following the course of his illness with the greatest interest, and were much grieved on receiving news that his illness had taken what was thought to be fatal turn about a week ago. His mother, Mrs. Flagg, and his brother, Barry Flagg, his grandmother, Mrs. Caldwell, his uncle, Martyn Caldwell, and aunt, Miss Emma Caldwell, were with him when his death occurred.  Mr. Flagg was a young man of most admirable and sincere character. He was quiet, but made warm friends, and was loved by all who knew him intimately. He was of cheerful disposition and never complained of his sufferings during his long illness. Although he knew that his illness would probably terminate fatally before long, he bore with patience his exile from home and made the best of his condition. His health improved first after going to Colorado, but beginning in January with an attack of the grip his health began to fail. The reports from him for several months were of a very discouraging nature, and while the news of his death was no surprise, still the shock coming with the knowledge that the end had come is no less grievous for his friends and relatives to bear. The body will be brought to Alton for burial as soon as arrangements can be made at Denver for its shipment.

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FLAGG, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1907

Charles Flagg, engine foreman for the Illinois Terminal, whose foot was cut off by accident last week, died late Monday night at St. Joseph hospital, from nervous shock. There is said to have been contributory causes of his death through the desire of some of his friends to give him some luxuries which were slipped to him while the friends were making a social call. Flagg was in a very nervous condition from the shock of the accident and when his friends had departed, in his bad condition he made an unwise use of the gift of his friends and he became so violent that he could not be controlled. His death followed a short time later.  Flagg was one of the best known railroad men in Alton. He was a hard working, industrious man, and was a good railroader according to his fellow workmen. His death is greatly deplored by them. He was 40 years of age and was unmarried. Flagg leaves four sister and three brothers. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, 712 1/2 east Second street.

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FLAGG, MARY (nee RICH)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1917

The change, as she referred to it, came to Mrs. Mary Flagg, widow of Richard Flagg, Saturday evening, and she passed out of this life peacefully, quietly. She had not been very sick, and was merely suffering a little shortness of breath, due to her great age. She had been weaker than usual, and was being attended by some of her neighbors and her stepdaughter, Mrs. Sloman, and a few of her friends had been dropping in. But there was no evidence of death being close, as far as filing mentality was concerned. She was bright and cheerful and greeted her friends just a short time before she passed out of this life. The following was written by an intimate friend of the aged woman:  Mrs. Mary Flagg, who died at her home, 910 Alton street, Saturday night, of old age, was the widow of the late Richard Flagg. Mrs. Flagg was born in Devonshire, England, July 29, 1821, so she was very close to 96 years old. Her maiden name was Mary Rich. In 1841 she came to America and settled in or near Fidelity, Ill. At the age of 17, Mrs. Flagg was converted, was baptized and united with the Baptist church in Hatherleigh, England. When she came to this country she was one of the charter members of the Baptist church in Fidelity. Mrs. Flagg was married to Deacon Richard Flagg, December 3, 1862, and had lived in Alton ever since. Her husband was for years, one of Alton's largest dry goods merchants. Mr. Flagg died November 16, 1885. Mrs. Flagg has been remarkably active all her life. She retained her strength and faculties to a surprising degree. Her mind was bright, and she was talking with friends until within an hour or two of her death. Mrs. Flagg was wide awake to all the interests of the day. She was a woman of strong convictions and always sought to do right as she saw it. She leaves a number of nephews and nieces in this country, and some in England. The funeral will be held at her late home on Alton street on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, and services will be conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing, assisted by Rev. L. A. Abbott, and probably Rev. Melvin Jameson, all of whom have been pastors of Mrs. Flagg during the most of the last 55 years. Interment in City cemetery.

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FLAGG, RICHARD/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 19, 1885             Esteemed Alton Business Man Dies

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, Mr. Richard Flagg, one of Alton's old and honored citizens, passed peacefully away. For some years he had been in feeble health, owing to disease of the heart, and last Wednesday experienced a severe attack of his complaint, but rallied from it, and was able to be about the house; but last evening he had another attack which speedily proved fatal. He was conscious up to a moment before his death. Mr. Flagg was one of our oldest and most esteemed business men. Almost all his active life was spent in this city, and none among our business men had a higher reputation for honor and integrity than he. Although modest and retiring in disposition he was active in every good work, and no worthy cause ever appealed to him in vain. Devoted to his church, charitable to all, a worthy citizen, a kind neighbor, a loving husband and father, he has gone to his rest after a long and useful life, mourned by all and leaving fragrant memories of a noble life behind him. Richard Flagg was born in Worcester county, Mass., May 24, 1814, being, therefore 71 years and one month old at the time of his death. At the age of 14 he removed to Boston where he subsequently engaged in business. He there became a member of the Federal street Baptist church. In 1887 he came west and located in Alton in the spring, or summer, of that year. He at once united with the Baptist church, of this place, and was connected there-with until his death, filling the offices of Deacon, Clerk and Treasurer of the charitable fund for 44 years. Soon after arriving in Alton he engaged in the dry goods business with Elijah North, under the firm name of Flagg & North, and after the death of Mr. North was connected with the firm of Godfrey & Gilman. In 1841 he went into business with Mr. Mark Pierson, under the firm name of Mark Pierson & Co. The firm was dissolved in 1855 by the death of Mr. Pierson. From that date until 1859 he was in business by himself and then became associated with the late Robt. Barr (under the firm name of Flagg & Barr) until the death of the latter in 1866. After this he was alone in business, or in connection with his son, until 1882, when, feeling the approaching infirmities of age, he retired, therefore devoting his time, as strength permitted, to the care of his attractive and beautiful home. Mr. Flagg was twice married, first to Sarah A. Barry, of Boston, in 1837, by whom he had six children, four of whom survive. She died in this city in 1859. In 1862 he married Mary Rich, of Fidelity, who survives him. The children of Richard and Sarah A. Flagg are: Mary, wife of Rev. A. F. Randall, of Tampa, Fla.; Martha, wife of Mr. A. B. Chamberlain, of Ashland, Neb.; Richard Henry, of this city, and Addie wife of Mr. Mark Sloman, of White Oak, Christian county. In the death of Mr. Flagg one of the old landmarks of the city is removed, one more of Alton's pioneers, who laid the foundations of the city, has passed away. His death will be deeply mourned not only by his family, relatives and the church, but by the entire business community, with which he was so long associated, and by the lessening list of old settlers to whom he was united by life-long ties of esteem and affection.

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FLAGG, SARAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 17, 1905

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Flagg, widow of Willard C. Flagg, will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the family residence at Liberty Prairie. The services will be conducted by Rev. George Gebauer of Alton, assisted by Rev. J. W. Richey of Liberty Prairie.

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FLAHARTY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 8, 1914           Flag At Half Mast For Old Soldier

When John Flaharty, an old soldier who has lived in Alton many years, died yesterday, the stars and stripes were run upon the iron flagstaff at the Myrtle Hotel in Front street and were kept at half mast since then. Inquiry by a Telegraph reporter resulted in the information that the Daughters of Veterans of Alton had decided to hoist the stars and stripes whenever a veteran dies, and to keep the flag at half mast until after the funeral in each instance. The flag is displayed to honor the dead soldier and to show respect to his memory. It is a beautiful practice and is one that will probably grow until it becomes a custom in all parts of the country where veterans of the Civil War may be found. Miss Lottie Coleman, who conducts the Myrtle Hotel, is an officer of the local Daughters of Veterans, and is an enthusiastic worker in the cause. She saw to the running up of the colors when Mr. Flaharty died.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 9, 1914

The funeral of John Flaharty, the old Union soldier who died Wednesday morning was held today from the home of Mrs. Ed Young on Belle street, and burial was in City Cemetery. He left but few relatives in Alton, but several friends attended the obsequies.

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FLAHERTY, EMANUEL/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, October 11, 1892              Old Soldier Dies

The funeral of Emanuel Flaherty took place this afternoon at 1 o'clock from his late home on North street. A large concourse of friends of the deceased soldier followed the remains to Milton cemetery, where the interment took place.

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FLAKE, UNKNOWN WIFE OF HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 11, 1915

Mrs. Henry Flake died in Edwardsville this morning and the body was brought to Alton to be held until arrangements can be made for the funeral. Mrs. Flake has been in a dying condition for some time, and was but recently moved from Alton to the county hospital at Edwardsville by Overseer of the Poor Joseph Hermann.

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FLANDERS, LYMAN C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 7, 1913      Former Resident of Upper Alton Dies at Solders' Home

Word came today to F. A. Flanders that his father, Lyman C. Flanders, had died in the Soldiers' Home at Quincy. The message contained no particulars, but it is believed the death was sudden, as no word of a previous ailment, except a stroke of paralysis last February, had been received. Mr. Flanders had been at the Soldiers Home five years last August. He would have been 73 years old November 1. He was an old soldier, and had lived in Upper Alton since 1890, when he moved there from Chapin, Ill. He served as clerk of Keen Kutter Camp, M. W. A., for a number of years, and was also a justice of the peace in Wood River Township for nine years. He is survived by three sons, Charles of Kirkwood, Ill., F. A. of Alton, and Thomas V. of St. Louis. His wife died nine years ago. Mr. Flanders had been in feeble health since he was stricken with paralysis, but his family had no warning that his death was near at hand. The body will be brought here for burial, and funeral arrangements will be announced later. His was the second death in a few days in Keen Kutter Camps' membership. Mr. Flanders leaves a brother and a sister, Mrs. Maria Fischer and George Flanders of Crescent, Okla.

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FLANDERS, SARAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1904

Mrs. Sarah Flanders, wife of L. C. Flanders of Upper Alton, died this morning at 11:30 o'clock after a short illness. She was 54 years of age and had lived in Upper Alton 18 years. She leaves her husband, three sons and her mother, Mrs. E. M. Vanvean. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Upper Alton Baptist church.

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FLANDERS, UNKNOWN WIFE OF FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 24, 1909

Mrs. Frank Flanders, aged 37 years, died at her home in Forest Park Place early this morning after an illness of several days. The sudden death of the young mother has spread a veil of gloom among those who were her friends and acquaintances. She was in good health several days ago, and her death came as a great shock. A little daughter 3 years old and her husband, who is a solicitor for the Metropolitan Insurance Co., survive her. Funeral arrangements have not been made. Mrs. Flanders had been slightly ill, and last night was somewhat worse, but no alarm was felt. This morning she complained of being worse, and as her husband attempted to raise her in bed to ease her, she expired in his arms. She has a brother in Texas and a sister in Minneapolis.

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FLANDERS, UNKNOWN WIFE OF L. C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 24, 1904

The funeral of the late Mrs. L. C. Flanders took place this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The casket, which was covered with many beautiful floral offerings from sympathetic friends, was conveyed to the Baptist church where services were conducted by Rev. L. M. Waterman. There was a very large attendance of friends and relatives of deceased. Music was furnished by the choir of the Baptist church. The pallbearers were Philip Hehner, Capt. William Wright, William Reeder, Enos Johnson, T. G. Emerson and J. T. Atchison.

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FLEIG, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 4, 1907

The funeral of George Fleig was held this morning from the home of his mother, Mrs. Ida Brandenberg, on east Third street, where services were conducted by Rev. A. A. Tanner of the First Congregational church. There was a large number of friends at the obsequies and many lovely floral offerings were made. Burial was in City cemetery.

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FLEMING, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 30, 1905

James Fleming, aged 47, died at 5 o'clock Monday morning after a long illness from brain troubles, at his home, 1918 Belle street. His death was very unexpected, as he was not considered as being dangerously ill. Sunday, just before noon, he became suddenly worse and he did not revive again. He leaves a family consisting of his wife and two daughters. Mr. Fleming was a lifelong resident of Alton. He was a most industrious man, and until his illness compelled him to give up work he was steadily employed at the plant of the Illinois Box Company. Mr. Fleming is survived by his father, John Fleming Sr., four brothers: John Jr., Richard, William, and Edward; and four sisters, Mrs. James Wilkinson, Mrs. George Maesears of St. Louis, Mrs. O. D. Sleet of Buffalo, N. Y., Mrs. Thomas Canavan of Godfrey. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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FLEMING, JOHN W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1921

John W. Fleming, aged 62, died this morning at 11:30 at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Cannavan of Godfrey. The death of Mr. Fleming was very unexpected, although he had been suffering for the past four years with heart trouble. He arose as usual this morning and had his breakfast. Some time after eating he became ill and before a physician could be procured, death had occurred. An inquest will be held tomorrow. For the past several years he has resided with his sister. The deceased is survived by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Thomas Cannavan of Godfrey; Mrs. Lena Sleeth of Northport, Virginia; William Fleming and Edward Fleming of this city. Mr. Fleming has a number of friends here who will regret very much to hear of his death. Every two weeks he used to come into Alton and spend the weekends with his two brothers. He was a former well known railroad man. Arrangements for the funeral are incomplete. Mr. Fleming was a member of the Mystic Workers. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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FLEMING, RICHARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 7, 1910

Richard Fleming, a well known resident of Alton, who for many years occupied a clerical position with the Illinois Terminal and the Illinois glass works, died Wednesday night at 11:45 o'clock at his home, 1918 Belle street, after an illness of several weeks from nervous prostration. He was born in Alton forty years ago, and spent most of his life here. He had a large circle of acquaintances, and all who knew him were friends. His wife and five small children, four daughters and son, survive him. His father, John Fleming Sr., four sisters (Mrs. James Wilkinson of Alton, Mrs. George Masears of St. Louis, Mrs. O. W. Sleet of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Thomas Canavan of Godfrey; and three brothers, John, William and Edward Fleming, all of Alton) are left to mourn his death. Deceased was a member of Lodge No. 198, Mystic Workers of the World, a fraternal insurance order. The funeral will be held Saturday morning from the Cathedral and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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FLESSNER, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 18, 1904

Louis Flessner, who lived in the old Alton park east of Alton, died Sunday morning at his home after an illness of a week from pneumonia, aged 65. He had lived in Alton fifteen years. Flessner is survived by his wife and two children. He will be buried Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home to City Cemetery, services to be conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann.

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FLETCHER, HENRIETTA (nee HAYNER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 13, 1918                     Sister of John E. Hayner dies

The death of Mrs. Henrietta Hayner Fletcher occurred Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at her home, 1417 State street. Mrs. Fletcher had been in poor health the last fifteen years, and had been confined to her home most of the time. She would have been 87 years old May 14. The aged woman had been in bed since Christmas time, when she began to show more pronounced indications of a decline. Her death had been expected during the last week. Mrs. Fletcher's maiden name was Hayner. She was born in Charleston, N. Y., May 14, 1831. She was a sister of John E. Hayner, deceased, and was the widow of Sanford K. Fletcher, whom she married September 10, 1856, at Ann Arbor, Mich.  Her husband died June 4, 1873, less than two years after the family moved to Alton. Mrs. Fletcher leaves four daughters - Mrs. K. H. Taylor, Mrs. W. P. Didlake, Misses Laura and Linda Fletcher. She leaves also two nieces, Mrs. W. A. Haskel of Alton, and Mrs. Charles W. Sayers of Albion, N. Y. She leaves also five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Fletcher was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church, and until feebleness of advancing years came upon her, she was among the most regular in her attendance at the church services. Hers was the second death among the oldest members of that church within a few days. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home on State street, and services will be conducted by Rev. Edward L. Gibson. Flowers are to be omitted.

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FLOCK, MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1913

Mrs. May Flock, aged 72, died at St. Joseph's hospital last night, and the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon, Rev. S. D. McKenny officiating. She had been in the Old Ladies Home before going to the hospital. Mrs. Flock was the widow of a soldier and drew a pension.

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FLORI, UNKNOWN DAUGHTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 13, 1911

This afternoon at 2 o'clock friends of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Flori gathered at their home on Evergreen avenue to share with them their trying hour that of laying to rest their little daughter in Oakwood cemetery. A service was conducted at the home by Rev. M. H. Day, pastor of the Baptist church, and he was assisted by Rev. Carl Jackson. Many beautiful flowers were sent by sympathetic friends. After the service at the home, the funeral party went to Oakwood cemetery where interment was made.

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FLYNN, ELIZABETH C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 3, 1920

The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth C. Flynn, wife of Ralph Flynn, was held this morning at 9 o'clock from S. S. Peter and Paul's Cathedral where a requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Tarrant. There was a large attendance at the funeral services. Mrs. Flynn had a large circle of friends who were well represented at the church. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery. The pallbearers were W. S. Richards, J. M. Malcolm, J. A. Giberson, George Milnor, E. H. Beall, and L. A. Schlafly.

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FLYNN, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 23, 1916

Michael Flynn, aged 61, died at his home, 1114 Belle street, Wednesday morning at 3:30 o'clock after an illness which began with the grippe last December. He had not been in good health since the death of Mrs. Flynn about four months ago. He had grieved deeply over losing his wife, to whom he had been married for many years. He became an easy victim of the grippe, which attacked him in December and he failed to rally from it. About a month ago he was forced to give up his position with the Chicago & Alton railroad because of ill health, and he has been confined to his home since then. For sixteen years he was agent for the Big Four at East Alton. Prior to that Mr. Flynn was engaged in business as a member of the firm of Flynn & Schwartze, which was in business on Belle street. Four years ago he took a place with the Chicago & Alton, where he remained until illness forced him to remain at home. During his illness he refused to go to bed, and insisted upon sitting up in an easy chair. However, it became necessary the day before he died to put him in bed because of his great weakness. He was a native of Ireland, and came to America when a young man. After staying at Grafton a short time he came to Alton. He leaves one son, John Flynn of Denver, and three daughters, Mrs. Fred Sims, Mrs. Harry Pfeiffer and Miss Nellie Flynn. He leaves also three sisters, Mrs. Mary Looker of St. Louis, Mrs. William Boylan of Jacksonville and Mrs. Jacob Amberg of Grafton. The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. John Flynn will come from Denver to attend the funeral.

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FLYNN, NELLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 24, 1919

Many friends gathered at the Cathedral this morning to pay their last respects to Miss Nellie Flynn, the Alton woman who died last week in Chicago. The body was brought to Alton on Saturday and was taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. Harry Pfeiffer, of Alton street. Solemn High Mass was celebrated at 9 o'clock by Rev. E. L. Spalding, V. G., assisted by Rev. M. A. Tarrant, and Rev. M. Costello, sub-deacon. After Mass, Rev. Tarrant spoke a few words of consolation to the bereaved family. Mrs. James B. Cahill sang "Ave Marie" during Mass. The body was laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery, besides that of the parents of the deceased, Mr. and Mrs. M. Flynn, who died three years ago. The grave was covered with handsome floral offerings. Miss Alice Sharkey also sang a beautiful solo. The pallbearers were James Green, Harry Moore, Lewis Brandenberg, William Meehan, David Noonan, and Daniel Cahill. Among those present from out of town were her brother, John F. Flynn of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Jacob Amberg of Grafton, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Loaker of St. Louis.

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FLYNN, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 4, 1899

Patrick Flynn, age 73, died January 4, 1899. He was born in Ireland. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

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FLYNN, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 30, 1923

The funeral of William Flynn was held this afternoon from the family home, 1000 Langdon street, where services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Townsend of the Congregational church. There were many old friends and neighbors of Mr. Flynn at the funeral services. He had made many friends in Alton during the long period he resided here and he was well liked in the neighborhood where he had lived so many years. He was one of the oldest members of the Robin Hood camp, Modern Woodmen, and also of Western Star Lodge, I. O. O. F., and both those organizations were represented at the funeral services. Burial was in City cemetery. The pallbearers were Dr. H. L. Dickinson, Judge L. D. Yager, Ray Goddard, J. A. Miller, H. H. Hewitt, Dr. F. W. Jones.

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FOEHRKALB, WILLIAM A. JR./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, July 5, 1933/Submitted by Sharon Inman

William A., Jr., four-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Foehrkalb, Sr., of this city, died at the Bethesda Hospital, St. Louis, 1:05 o'clock yesterday afternoon of septaemia. The child suffered a minor bruise of the right hip in a fall down porch steps at his home Friday noon, but no developments were noticed until Sunday, when fever was observed.  His condition grew steadily worse and yesterday morning he was removed to the children's hospital in St. Louis.  A post mortem was performed. Born in Edwardsville on August 8, 1928, the boy was a son of William A. and Hilda Take Foehrkalb.  He was a member of the Eden Evangelical Church and the Sunday school.  Besides his parents he is survived by both maternal and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Take and Mr. and Mrs. George Foehrkalb. The body will remain at the Marks Weber Funeral Home until tomorrow afternoon, when it will be returned to the residence at 206 Franklin ave., where funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon.  Services will follow at the Eden Evangelical Church at 2 and interment will be made at the Valley View Cemetery.  Rev. H. J. Bredehoeft will have charge.

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FOERE OR FEORE, MARTIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 15, 1906

Martin Foere, in his 21st year, died this morning at the family home, 1230 east Third street, after a brief illness from uraemic poisoning. He had been suffering from kidney trouble for a long time, and for years was not in the best of health. He was employed at the Illinois box factory. Yesterday he was around his home and out in the yard and late in the afternoon his sister found him sitting in the kitchen with his head lying on his arms on the table, near the stove. He could not be aroused, and a physician was summoned. It was found he had passed into a state of uraemic coma, and it was impossible to rouse him. He died at 3 o'clock this morning. He leaves two sisters and one brother. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.

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FOLEY, ELLEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 27, 1911

Mrs. Ellen Foley died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Finnegan, 719 east Third street, aged 75, from old age. Mrs. Finnegan is very ill at the home, also, and will be unable to accompany the funeral party to Ottawa, where the body will be taken this evening. Mrs. Foley is survived by her husband, three daughters, and one son. The funeral will be from the son's home at Ottawa Tuesday morning.

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FOLEY, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1914

Patrick Foley, aged 70, died today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Katherine Finnegan, on East Third street near Turner Hall, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. He was unmarried and leaves three sisters. One is in Chicago and the third sister is in Massachusetts.

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FONES, CHARLES L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 8, 1914        Killed by His Team On His Way Home - Boy Stumbles Over Body in Road on Sixteenth Street

Charles L. Fones, aged 35, a teamster, was killed Wednesday evening when he was thrown from his coal wagon on Sixteenth street, west of Belle. His neck was broken and his skull fractured. Fones was employed by T. P. Dooling hauling coa. Mr. Dooling said that on Wednesday Fones had hauled five loads of coal. He was going home at night to 118 West Fifteenth street. It was his custom to drive out on Belle street, turn in at Sixteenth street, and then down an alley to the barn where he kept his horses. He had a spirited team, and it is said that the horses were so full of fire that even after a hard day's work such as they had done, they were in a run-away state of mind. As Fones drove past the corner of the Hellrung store at Sixteenth and Belle streets, his horses were trotting along and the wagon struck a depression in the road, which caused a jolt that shook Fones off his seat. He fell down at the feet of the horses and one horse stepped on his head, causing the fatal injuries. A short time afterward the body was discovered by Edward Miller, a ten year old boy, who stumbled over the body of Fones as it lay in the roadway in the dark. He gave the alarm and an investigation revealed that the man was dead. The team had gone on home, and by that time the family had become alarmed over the non-appearance of Fones and they had started a search for him. Fones is said to have been a hard working, industrious man. He has a wife, three sons, and one daughter. Recently one of the children lost an eye by a piece of weed that had been hurried as a "spear" struck the eye. Coroner J. M. Sims held an inquest this afternoon over C. L. Fones. The verdict was accidental death from a fracture at the base of the skull, with a probably dislocation of the first cervical vertebra, due to falling from his wagon. The jurors were John Hellrung, foreman; Thomas O'Leary; John Cunningham; and Frank Wilkinson.

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FONES, EMILINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 26, 1918

Mrs. Emiline Fones, 72 years old, died yesterday evening at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Arnold, on Hamilton street. She had been an invalid for the past five years but had been critically ill only during the past month. The body will be shipped tomorrow to Carlinville, where Mrs. Fones formerly lived. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Jessie Arnold and William Fones of Alton, and Mrs. William Morgan of Macoupin Station. The Fones family is well known in Macoupin County.

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FORBUSH, SARAH M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 10, 1911

Miss Sarah M. Forbush, in her 78th year, died at midnight Sunday night at her home, 265 Madison avenue. She had been in feeble health for some time, and her sister, Mrs. Hapgood, had been living with her at the old Hayden place. Miss Forbush came to Alton with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hayden in 1866, and had spent most of the time since then in Alton. She was born July 15, 1833 at Westboro, Mass. She was well known in Alton, having made many acquaintances since she came to Alton. Miss Forbush was found unconscious on the floor at her home Saturday morning. She never regained consciousness. It is supposed her death was due to apoplexy. For many years she was engaged as an expert seamstress, and made a specialty of making coasts and vests. She discontinued this work when old age made it difficult for her to follow it. The funeral will be Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from her late home.

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FORD, ALICE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1917

Mrs. Alice Ford, aged 53, died at her home on East Broadway shortly after midnight last night after an illness of eight days. Although she had been ill with pneumonia, her condition was not considered serious. At 9 o'clock last evening she took a change for the worse and three hours later she died. Because her condition was not considered serious, her sons and daughters in Detroit had not been summoned home. Mrs. Ford was born in Pittsburg, Pa., and came to Alton 33 years ago with her husband, Cornelius Ford. He was a glass worker and was among the first to come to Alton. Mrs. Ford had lived the greater part of the time since being in Alton on East Broadway, but she was well known all over the city. She was a devoted mother to her large family of children. She was a member of the C. K. and L. of A., and belonged to a number of smaller social organizations in the city. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Anna Rhoades of New Orleans; and nine children: Mrs. May Graham of Kansas City; Mrs. H. B. Thames of Detroit; Miss Mildred Ford of Detroit; and Alice and Gertrude Ford of Alton, and Walter, Cornelius and Ed Ford of Detroit, and Leo Ford of Alton. The sons and daughters are expected to arrive in Alton this evening or tomorrow morning from Detroit for the funeral.   [later - burial was in Greenwood Cemetery]

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FORD, RUSSELL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 19, 1918               Drowned in Mississippi

Russell Ford, a switchman employed on the Illinois Terminal, was drowned Sunday evening about 6 o'clock while swimming in the Mississippi at the mouth of Wood River. The drowning was witnessed by Mrs. Ford and a number of friends of the drowned man. An effort to save Ford was made by his brother, John Ford, who just failed because instead of getting hold of his brother's hair as he attempted to do, he caught hold of the cap on his head, the cap came off in the hand of John Ford and the brother sank without coming up again. The party was spending the day at the John Ringering place, and late in the afternoon it was proposed that the men take a swim. Donning bathing suits they entered the water, while the other members of the party were on the bank watching them. Russell Ford began to go down in deep water and called for help. His brother went to the rescue, and reached for the head of the drowning man, hoping to catch him by the hair. A cap that Russell Ford was wearing plastered the hair close to the head, and the brother, catching it, got no hold on the hair and the cap came off in his hand while the brother sank. Search for the body was started immediately, and for hours dragging was kept up without success.

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FORD, UNKNOWN CHILD OF ROY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 7, 1917            Child Eats Poison Tablets, Dies

The eighteen months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ford of East Alton died late Friday night from the effects of eating poison tablets. The tablets, it was said by Dr. McKinney, contained arsenic, strychnine and corrosive sublimate, and on account of the multiplicity of poisons, it was impossible to get an antidote that would give any relief. Beside, the child had the tablets in her system so long before the fact became known, that they had dissolved and had been absorbed, and were doing their deadliest work when the parents learned that the little one had swallowed them. The tablets, in a box, had been left in a place where the child could get access to them. No one knew she had swallowed them until late in the evening, about three or four hours after they had been swallowed. It was said that it was supposed she had taken three or four of the tablets, but just how many could not be established. The tablets which were taken by the child were small bright red tablets, about the color and size of a "cinnamon" drop. They were being taken by the mother, who was recuperating from an attack of the grip, and are regarded as a highly efficient remedy for adults in such cases. While healing to an adult, the strychnine contained in them would cause the death of a child by throwing it into strychnine convulsions. The mother had left the pills on the dresser near her bed, on which the child was sleeping, and it is supposed that the child crawled from the bed to the dresser, believing the pills were candy, and swallowed three or four of them before the mother knew what had happened. The tablets were taken about 6 o'clock, and the child was dead at 11 o'clock, notwithstanding all that the family physician could do to relieve its suffering.

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FORMAN, WILLIAM C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 27, 1910

The funeral of W. C. Forman was held Saturday morning from the residence at Moro, and was attended by practically all residents of that part of the county as well as by many from other places. Services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Groner and the Odd Fellows lodge of Bethalto participated in the services at the cemetery. His grave in the Moro cemetery was covered deep with flowers, the mute but expressive tokens of esteem in which deceased was held by those who knew him best.

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FORREST, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1911

The funeral of Mrs. Forrest was held this afternoon from the home of Mrs. John Hoppe, 415 Ridge street. Services were conducted by Rev. S. D. McKenny, and burial was in City cemetery.

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FORRISTER, ALEXANDER/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 19, 1897

Alexander Forrister, a pioneer resident of near Highland, died Tuesday morning [Feb. 16] at the advanced age of 95 years, 6 months and 5 days. For nearly sixty years he resided four miles east of Highland. He was a thrifty farmer and stockman and had acquired in the neighborhood of 600 acres of land. Notwithstanding his old age, he was surprisingly active in affairs of life. He was married three times, the third wife dying about two years ago. He leaves eight children, some of whom are over sixty years old. The funeral took place yesterday morning from the residence to the Highland cemetery. "Uncle Aleck" as he was familiarly known, was the oldest person in the county. He possessed the sturdy characteristics and rugged honesty of the early settlers and contributed his full share to the development and prosperity of the county.

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FOSS, CHARLES 'BISMARCK'/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 9, 1913

Charles Foss, better known as "Bismarck," a purveyor of hot tamale's and wiener sandwiches, died Sunday night at 10 o'clock at his home, 410 East Seventh street, after an illness which began Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. He was standing in front of a house at 304 East Seventh street, which he owned, when he was stricken with apoplexy. He did not regain consciousness. Bismarck was a model of thrift and industry. He came to Alton about thirty years ago and engaged in the business of serving luncheons on the streets downtown. He did well, and by saving he managed to acquire some houses, as well as live in comfort and raise a family. He was a good citizen, a quiet, sober man, genial, and had hosts of friends in Alton who will miss his query of "mit or mit out," referring to whether a sandwich was to have mustard on it or not. He was born in Germany 64 years ago, and came to Alton thirty years ago. He leaves his wife and three children, two sons, William and Fred, and one daughter, Mrs. G. W. Gulart of San Francisco, Cal., who will arrive here Thursday and will attend her father's funeral Friday. The death of "Bismarck" was a great surprise all over Alton, as there were few who knew he was prostrated Saturday afternoon. So generally was the name "Bismarck" applied to him, there were very few people who knew his real name, and most people believed that the popular name he bore and responded to was his own.

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FOSTER, ALFRED F./Source: Alton Telegraph, February 13, 1902          Prominent Manufacturer

Alfred E. Foster, for many years a prominent manufacturer of drain tiling, died Monday at his home in Euclid place, after a long illness from bronchial trouble. Mr. Foster's illness was giving him trouble two years before his death, but no alarm was felt until six weeks ago. Then his malady took a severe form and he had been sinking steadily until death came at noon. He was 65 years of age and was born in England, where he made his home until about 38 years ago, except during the time he was in India as an agent of the East India company which controlled India until the formation of the British empire. He was married in this country and engaged in manufacturing pursuits. Twenty-two years ago he came to Alton and remained here but a short time, returning to East Alton seventeen years ago. There he took charge of the tile works which was being conducted on a small scale. The business qualities of the man were shown in the rapid growth of the business of which he was president. Mr. Foster was the first man in the west to make 32-inch tile and was the second man in the United States. He became president of the Stoneware Pipe Company of East Alton, making a thriving institution of it. Seven years ago he retired from business to live in enjoyment of the fruits of his hard labors. He has lived on Euclid place in a beautiful home he erected there. He leaves his wife and four children, Mrs. A. L. Chapman of St. Louis, George E. Foster of East Alton, Mrs. George F. Kirsch and Mrs. C. N. Pence. The funeral was held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock and services were conducted at the family home by Rev. J. H. J. Rice and Rev. George Gebauer. Burial was in the city cemetery.

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FOSTER, JOHN/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, July 6, 1854

Coroner Robbins yesterday summoned a jury to inquire the cause of the death of John Foster, who died suddenly at the house of Jacob Bush. Suspicion had been entertained that he had been foully dealt with. The jury returned a verdict of death by apoplexy or a drunken fit.

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FOSTER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 16, 1917            Old Man Found Dying in Barn

An old man named John Foster, apparently about 70 years of age, was found dying yesterday in a deserted barn near Hop Hollow. He had worked on a farm there last year, and being old and finding it hard to get work in his bad condition, he recalled the family for whom he had worked the year before and went back. He applied Tuesday morning to the family for a job, but they told him they would not need him, as they were preparing to move. The old man was fed and then he complained of feeling sick and asked permission to go into the old barn and take a rest. Later in the day the man of the house happened to enter the deserted barn and found the old man unconscious. He reported the fact to Alton. Dr. G. K. Worden, the county physician, was notified, and he went out to look after the man. He had him conveyed to the hospital, where the man died without regaining consciousness. The doctor was of the opinion that death was due to apoplexy, but referred the cause to Deputy Coroner Bauer, who conducted a most mortem to ascertain the cause of death.

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FOSTER, LUCINDIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1906                   Pioneer Woman Dies - Widow of O. P. Foster [Son of Oliver Foster, founder of Fosterburg]

Mrs. Lucindie Foster, widow of O. P. Foster, died at her home in Fosterburg Saturday morning at 7:10 o'clock. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age. The deceased is one of the true pioneers of Madison county. She came to the county when a mere child, and has spent more than eighty years in the county, residing all of this time in the same place in the village of Fosterburg. She was one of the few remaining members of those rugged pioneers who stuck to Madison county, and aided in the work of making it a valuable farming district. Ten years ago her helpmate died, and since that time she has resided with her children, enjoying good health until this winter when she became very weak and almost helpless. She leaves four sons: Theodore of Kansas, Decatur and Oliver of Fosterburg, and Abraham, who is a traveling solicitor for the M. K. & T. railroad, running between St. Louis and San Francisco; and three daughters, Mrs. Stephen Holt of Upper Alton, Mrs. Hopper of Kansas, and Mrs. Adeline Titchenal of Fosterburg. The arrangements for the funeral have not been made. The muddy roads will not in any way interfere with the funeral, as the home is only a half mile from the cemetery and the trip can be made across the fields, thus avoiding the muddy roads. In their present condition the roads are such that no one can go over them, even on horseback, as the farmers will not risk their horses. Mrs. Foster was the widow of the son of the man for whom Fosterburg township was named. [Note: Burial was in Fosterburg Cemetery by sons and sons-in-law. She left seven children, twenty-seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.]

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FOSTER, SOPHIA M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 22, 1913

Mrs. Sophia M. Foster, widow of Alfred Foster, died from paralysis at 4 o'clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles N. Pence in East Alton. She had been a victim of paralysis since January 10, and for some time her condition had been so bad that her death was expected to occur at any time. Her children had been with her, looking for the end of their mother's illness, and had been giving her the most devoted attention. Mrs. Foster leaves two daughters, Mrs. George F. Kirsch and Mrs. Charles N. Pence, and one son, George Foster. She was 77 years, 5 months of age. Mrs. Foster was born in Richmond, Va., and came to Illinois when a child. She lived first at Chester, and in 1865 she came to Upper Alton to live. Most of the time, with the exception of a few years she lived in St. Louis, she had lived in Alton and East Alton. Some time ago she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Pence, at East Alton. The funeral will be held from the residence of Mrs. Pence, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, and burial will be in City Cemetery. It will be private.

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FOULDS, THOMAS L. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1911       Prominent Specialist Dies at Residence on Bluff Street

Dr. Thomas L. Foulds died at his residence, 23 Bluff street, Tuesday evening about 10 o'clock, after a long illness. His death had been expected, although from time to time it was thought he had shown some improvement in condition. He had not been in good health for about a year. Last summer he took a long vacation in the east in the hope of being benefited physically, but the return to his duties was soon followed by another breakdown. He had been very ill almost the entire winter, and part of the time was in a hospital in St. Louis. Six weeks ago he returned to his home, and most of the time he was confined to his bed. The cause of his death was kidney trouble. Dr. Foulds was one of the best known residents of Alton. He had lived in the city for many years, and in recent years he had practiced the profession of specialist in eye, ear, throat and nose diseases, and he had made a success of this profession, which he had taken up late in life. He was a talented man, a good conversationalist, and he had many good friends. He was the possessor of much real estate in Alton, and it was through his belief in the future of Alton that Bluff street west of State street owes its present fine condition. Dr. Foulds was the principal one to agitate the cutting of the grade of that street which left all the old property high above the street. Later the property was improved and the street was lined with fine residences. He did much to develop that very desirable residence part of the city. Thomas L. Foulds was born in Bradford, England, and was 57 years of age. He was married twice, first to Miss Alvena Crowe, who died eight years ago, and to Miss Mamie Crowe. He came to Alton about 28 years ago. He leaves his wife and two children, Vena and Mary. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church. He had attended Oxford University in England, and was a man of intellectual culture and refinement. He was deeply interested in civic improvement, in golf and automobiling. He was a graceful conversationalist, and was keen of mind and had a clear grasp of affairs. He had built up a good practice in his profession in Alton, and was highly regarded by the other members of the Alton society in which he affiliated. The funeral will be Friday afternoon from St. Paul's Episcopal church at 2:30 o'clock.

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FOULK, ALICE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 5, 1917

Mrs. Alice Foulk, wife of John Foulk, died at 2:20 a.m. today at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dennis Driscoll, 1906 Beall street. She leaves her husband, her mother, Mrs. Margaret Laughlin, four sisters: Mrs. Driscoll, Misses Nellie and Laura Laughlin, and Mrs. Frank McAlaney; and two brothers, Arthur of Spokane, Wash., and Francis of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's Church. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

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FOUNTAIN, WILLIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 15, 1905

Willis Fountain, aged 51, colored, died at his home on Smith avenue this morning at 3 o'clock from pneumonia. The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the A. M. E. church.

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FOVEL, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 7, 1920

Miss Emma Fovel, aged 41, died this morning following an operation for the relief of cancer, which had proved of no avail in improving her condition. She resided at 116 Central avenue.

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FOX, LAVINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 5, 1910

The funeral of Mrs. Lavina Fox, of St. Louis, was held this morning on the arrival of the funeral party from St. Louis. The body was taken direct to City cemetery for interment, where services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden. The pallbearers were J. J. Brenholt, C. W. Milnor, G. H. Smiley, U. S. Nixon of Alton, A. A. Paxon and H. P. Brewer of St. Louis. Before her death Mrs. Fox had made a request that these gentlemen serve as her pallbearers, and she had also asked that she be taken to Alton for burial. The request that she be brought here was natural, as her family in Alton was one of the oldest ones, and had been very prominent in the early days. She was the last of her family, all of them having died before her. Her father conducted the Piasa House in Alton, where the Beall mining tool plant is located, a very pretentious hotel in the early days of Alton.

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FOXX, ANDREW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 23, 1909              Victim of Chicago 'Crib' Disaster Dies - Veteran of War With Spain

George Foxx, former janitor of the city hall, received word last evening that his son, Andrew, was one of the victims of the disaster at the "crib" in Chicago, in which over fifty lives were lost. The body was so burned it could not have been identified but for the letters he was carrying in his pocket. One was a letter from an Alton colored girl, and another from an older woman. The family were notified the body was being held subject to their order, and Undertaker W. H. Bauer went to Chicago last evening to take charge of the body and bring it back to Alton. Andrew Foxx was 28 years of age. He was a member of the 8th Illinois volunteers during the war with Spain, and saw service in the Philippines. He was, until recently, porter at the Barth pharmacy, and had been in Chicago only a short time. His parents knew he was expecting to go to work on the "crib" in Lake Michigan, and since the accident have been watching for his name or looking for word from him, but none came until the message was received from the coroner, giving notice he was dead. Among the letters in the pocket of the deceased was a letter from his fiancé, Miss Evangeline Barton, to whom he was to have been married in April. He leaves beside his parents, four sisters and one brother.

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FRANCIS, JAMES K./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1910      Commander of Alton Post G. A. R. Dies From Paralysis

James K. Francis, aged 71, died Friday morning shortly after midnight at his home, Fifth and Alby streets, from paralysis. Mr. Francis had been ill many months and was beginning to get well apparently, when he was stricken with paralysis last week in his home. His condition was alarming to his family from the time paralysis set in and during most of the time all his family have been attending him. During yesterday his condition was known to be worse, and his death was expected. Mr. Francis had been a resident of Alton many years. He was an old soldier and a member of long standing in Alton post, G. A. R.  He was elected commander of the post at the last election, but was never able to take charge of the duties, owing to his long continued illness. Mr. Francis was a brave soldier during the Civil War. He enlisted in Co. K, 97th Illinois volunteers under Col. Rutherford of Alton, and later when a G. A. R. post was organized at Elsah he insisted upon it being named for his old colonel. After fighting at the siege of Vicksburg where he was wounded, he was sent to New Orleans and on the way the train was wrecked. The man who was sleeping in the same blanket with him at his side was killed. A car wheel ran over Mr. Francis' left leg near the thigh, and he was permanently crippled. He did not desire to be discharged, but owing to his disability he was sent home and could not serve as a soldier any longer. He was a man of many good parts, quiet and genial, a good friend to those who knew him, and always an honest, upright man with high ideals of good citizenship, which he endeavored to practice. He was born at Francis Mills, N. J., and would have been 71 years old the first of next June. Many years he lived in Jersey and Greene counties, and since 1894 had lived in Alton. During most of the time he conducted a boarding house, as his war injuries prevented him doing any active work. He leaves beside his widow, four children, Miss Lucy P. Francis, Mrs. Martha Schall, Richard and William Francis. He leaves also one sister, Mrs. Mary J. Holman of St. Louis, and three brothers, Nathan of Decatur, John of Francis Mills, N. J., and Dr. E. T. Francis of Columbus, Ind. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home under G. A. R. auspices.

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FRANCIS, JESSE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 4, 1904        Epileptic Burned to Death by Falling in Fire

Jesse Francis, aged 19, a member of a well known Alton family, was burned to death Thursday night at the home of J. L. Harris, two miles from Upper Alton. Francis was an epileptic and it is supposed he fell into an open fireplace while combing his hair and he died without regaining consciousness. Francis was working at the Brown dairy near Upper Alton. Thursday evening Mrs. Harris called him to go to supper, and when she saw him he was standing before the fireplace in his room combing his hair. He did not go to supper when called, and a few minutes later he was found laying with his face and one arm in the fire. The young man's clothing was afire, and at that time his face and arm were badly burned. The horrified members of the household dragged the burning body of the young man from the fireplace and out through the house into the yard, where the flames in his clothing were put out. When the fire was out the young man was found to be dead. His face and arm were badly burned, and it is supposed he had inhaled the flames while his face was in the fire. Mr. Harris says that the fire was in an old fashioned fireplace, and that the young man fell with his face in a bed of coals. While the members of the family were dragging the young man from the house, the carpet was set afire and they had great difficulty in preventing the burning of the house. Francis leaves four brothers, J. A., J. W., E. E., and A. J. Francis, and two sisters, Mrs. H. R. Wolf of Alton, and Mrs. Charles Ross of Keithsburg, Ill.  Deputy Coroner Streeper impaneled a jury this morning to hold an inquest over the body, and a verdict of accidental death in accordance with the facts related was found. The body was taken to the home of A. J. Francis, 228 Hamilton street.  [Interment was in City Cemetery]

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FRANCIS, JOHN E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 23, 1908

Following the death of John E. Francis at St. Joseph's hospital late Saturday afternoon, Newton A. Hines, the Belle street grocer, was required to give additional bond in the sum of $5,000 in Justice Nathan's court. The bond was signed by seven neighbors of Mr. Hines, and he was detained only a few minutes while the bond was being signed up. The body of Francis was taken to the morgue of Deputy Coroner Keiser, where an inquest will be held tonight by Coroner Streeper. The funeral will be held Tuesday a.m. from the morgue, the wife of Francis being in such a condition of health that it was deemed inadvisable to take the body home. Mrs. Francis' condition is very grave, and her relatives are fearful of the consequences of the shock attendant upon the death of her husband. Burial will be in the City Cemetery. An interesting coincidence is that about 18 months ago Fred Boehm was killed in the same neighborhood under similar circumstances, and his wife was in similar condition. John Lawrence, another resident of the neighborhood, was killed by a train within the 18 months also. Coroner Streeper impaneled a jury to hold the inquest, consisting of business men. He said that inasmuch as so much was dependent on the verdict of the jury, he desired one that would give careful consideration to the evidence and draw out all that could be known at such an inquiry, so the jury could find a verdict that would be just.

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FRANCIS, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 12, 1911

Mrs. Martha Francis, widow of James K. Francis, died Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock at her home, Fifth and Alby streets, after an illness of many months. She had been near death for weeks, and when the end came it was expected. Mrs. Francis underwent a surgical operation in St. Louis for the relief of the malady which caused her death, but her age and the gravity of her case precluded recovery. Her husband died one year ago last March. Mrs. Francis was 67 years of age and had lived in Alton about twenty years. She leaves four children, Mrs. L. D. Yager, Mrs. Martha Scheil, Messrs. W. J. and R. I. Francis of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, Rev. W. T. Cline, officiating.

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FRANKE, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 22, 1917                Killed by Train

Fred Franke, aged 24, third trick operator for the Wabash at Mitchell, was instantly killed at 9:30 o'clock this morning by being struck by the northbound passenger train No. 4 on the Chicago and Alton. Franke was running across the Chicago and Alton tracks to get on a southbound Big Four train, which stops at that place. In running to get the Big Four train he did not notice the on-coming Chicago and Alton passenger train. He was hurled clear of the track and death was believed to be instantaneous. When he was picked up he was lifeless and nearly every bone in his body was broken. Franke's father is a well known farmer at Wanda.

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FRANKE, MARY RITTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1909

Mrs. Mary Ritter Frank, wife of Edward Franke, died this morning at 2:30 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ritter, 409 Ridge street, after an illness of six months. She is survived by her husband, one child, her parents, six sisters, and four brothers. Until a few weeks ago there had not been a death in the family of twelve children when a brother died a violent death, and now hers is the second death. The time of the funeral is not set.

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FRANKFORD, ANDREW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 29, 1916

Andrew Frankford died at the Nazareth Home this noon after being at the home for three days, and after an illness of about three weeks. For a number of years Mr. Frankford has lived by himself at Worden, Ill. Recently he was taken ill and he was in a serious condition before neighbors in Worden found him and notified his brothers in Fosterburg. Later he was brought to Alton in a very serious condition. He is survived by three brothers. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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FRANKLIN, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 29, 1916               Claimed to be 106 Years of Age

Edward Franklin, a very old negro resident of Alton, died at his home on Belle street. He was a county pensioner for many years and today one of his sons asked that a county order be given for the burial of his father. The son said that he had $60 he could spend on a funeral, but did not consider that enough. The request for county aid for the funeral was refused by the overseer of the poor, who said he believed $60 was plenty for the funeral expenses. Franklin was a very old man, but his exact age was not known. Joseph Hermann, overseer of the poor, thought at first that the county would be liable for the funeral of Franklin, who was reported to be 106 years of age..... [April 3, 1916 The funeral of Ed Franklin, colored, was held from the North Alton church to the Godfrey cemetery yesterday morning. Franklin claimed to be over 106 years of age. He had a large number of relatives and friends in Alton who attended the funeral.]

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FRANKLIN, FRANCES LEONA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1918

Mrs. Frances Leona Franklin, aged 63, wife of Thomas Franklin of East Alton, died last night at 9:30 at St. Joseph's Hospital, three weeks after the death of her son, Gordon Franklin, without the knowledge of her son's death. The fact that her son had died was kept from her, relatives said, because her condition was so serious that she would have completely collapsed, it was feared, on the moment of receiving the news. For the past month since an operation for an abscess of the liver, Mrs. Franklin has been hovering between life and death. Members of the family said that only in case she recovered would she be told of the death of her son. Her son, Gordon Franklin, died at his home in East Alton after a long illness from lung troubles. Both mother and son asked for each other during their long illness, the son having requested that his mother be brought home that he might see her before he died, but her condition made it impossible. The mother kept inquiring about her son, and her questions were always met with some sort of evasive answer which served to satisfy the mother's longing to know how her son was getting along. The Franklin family is one of the oldest and most highly respected families in East Alton. Mrs. Franklin leaves her husband, who is not in the best of health, and several children, three of whom have been under the doctor's care at various times during the winter. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and the burial will be in Milton cemetery.

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FRANKLIN, HERBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1909

The body of Herbert Franklin, the negro boy was drowned Friday afternoon near the Alton Lime and Cement Co. plant, has not been recovered. The parents of the boy, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Franklin of 18th and Belle streets, have a little farm in the country on the Grafton road, and they were on the farm when the accident occurred, so they know nothing of it until their return. Henry Geisel of the Alton Lime and Cement Co. says that the river front at the company's property is a favorite, if dangerous, place where a large number of boys and men swim daily. It is remarkable that this is the first life lost by drowning this summer at Alton. Mr. Geisel says that the men and larger boys carry off all the planks at the quarries and use them for spring boards, and that it is impossible to keep any boards there. Every time a blast is about to be fired, it is the custom of the men to ascertain whether anybody is in swimming, and warn them to get out of the way of falling rock.

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FRANKLIN, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 2, 1904

Mrs. Jane Franklin, colored, aged 82, died Monday morning at her home in Godfrey township after a long illness with cancer. The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

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FRANKLIN, MATTIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1914

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin of East Alton, who are suffering from failing eyesight and have raised a large family of children, one of whom Mattie Franklin, aged 16, their youngest, died and was buried this week, send a notice to the Telegraph thanking friends and acquaintances and also state that on account of their near blindness, they do not wish any of those friends or acquaintances to take offense in case they should pass them in the future without recognizing them. The card of thanks reads as follows: "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin and family desire to thank each and every one that befriended our dear little Mattie at her bedside and for their devoted attendance to her and family through those dark days gone by, and for so many beautiful flowers. We do not know how to express how much we do appreciate it all, only by constant thanking them and also our dear Lord for all. Now as wife and I are so near blind, we hope that if we pass any of those friends and fail to recognize them, they will know what the cause is. We never will forget you all. Thanking you one and all forever, we hope to always be your friend and meet again at last in the glory world with Mattie.  Thomas Franklin and Family."

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FRASIER, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 1, 1906         Killed in RR Accident South of Springfield

Edward Frasier, former yardmaster for the Chicago & Alton in this city, was fatally injured this morning at 7:30 o'clock as the result of a rear end collision about two miles south of Springfield. Frasier was a brakeman on a freight train of which James Noonan is conductor. The train was standing at a crossing when an extra pulled by engine 360 came up behind and struck the train. Frasier was seated in the caboose eating his breakfast when the collision occurred, and he was fatally injured. Mrs. Frasier was notified by telegraph of the injury of her husband, and later received a message that he had died a half hour after being hurt. She was notified that the body would await her orders and at noon she, accompanied by her father, John Roberts, and Edward Motherway, representing the railway trainmen, went to Springfield to accompany the remains back to Alton. The Frasier family lived at Ninth and Piasa streets. He was 27 years of age, and besides his wife he leaves one child. He was a brother of Mrs. G. W. Quackenbusch, formerly of Alton. Mrs. Frasier said before leaving for Springfield that she would bring her husband's remains back to Alton for burial, and she expects to arrive here with them tomorrow morning. The victim of this accident was highly esteemed in railroad circles. He was a quiet man, and faithful in the discharge of his duties, and was much liked in Alton and vicinity.

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FRAZIER, EDNA SCOTT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1917                 Kicked by Little Child, Woman Dies From Internal Hemorrhage

Torn by the conflicting calls of duty made by safety for the traveling public and the affection for his wife, Collins Frazier, Telegraph operator at the Wann tower for the C. & A., was obliged to stay at his post, while in St. Joseph's Hospital the life of his young wife and the mother of his two children was rapidly coming to a close. If he left the post in the tower, there would be wrecks and catastrophes, perhaps. It was impossible to get relief for him before the end came to the life of the pretty young wife he had left at home, apparently in good health, Wednesday morning. Mrs. Edna Scott Frazier, adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Kellenberger of Godfrey, died at St. Joseph Hospital this morning at 11:30 o'clock. Mrs. Frazier was in her usual state of health this morning, apparently, when her husband left to go to his work. He is a Telegraph operator for the C. & A., and the family have been living in Upper Alton. Soon after her husband left to take up his duties, Mrs. Frazier was taken violently ill. A doctor was summoned and she was hurried to St. Joseph's Hospital, as it was seen at once her case was a desperate one. Within a few hours after her illness made itself apparent, she had died. Mrs. Frazier was not feeling well on Tuesday. She had done the washing in her home Monday and she seemed to be suffering from a malady like pleurisy, believed to be attributable to breathing the hot steam and running in and out doors, as she would hang up clothes on the line. Medical attention was given her Tuesday and that evening she was much better. On Wednesday morning she was apparently all right, as mentioned, when her husband left. However, during the night as she was sleeping with one of her two little children, it is said, the child in his sleep kicked violently and struck the mother in the stomach. She suffered much pain in consequence, but that seemed to have passed away by morning. The appearance of an internal hemorrhage was the first alarming symptom. Mr. Frazier's mother was in the house and she called the doctor again. He saw that there was very little hope. Ordering the husband be notified, the doctor rushed Mrs. Frazier to the hospital, but she was too far gone to undergo a surgical operation and besides did not last long enough. The husband had to call for relief as the track under his control is very busy. Trains were rushing up and down while Frazier pulled the levers, unable to respond to the call to the bedside of his dying wife. She was dead before relief could be sent to the husband so he could leave and go to see her before the end. Mrs. Frazier was the daughter of John Scott, but when she was very young she was taken by the Kellenberger family and to the couple she became as a daughter. She had a big circle of friends in Godfrey and sudden death caused great distress among them.

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FREDERICH, ELIZABETH 'LIZZIE' (nee TELGMAN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, March 5, 1923
Mrs. Lizzie Telgman Frederich died yesterday at her home in Hastings, Nebraska, and the body will be brought to Godfrey on Wednesday for burial. The funeral will be held at two o'clock Thursday from the Congregational Church at Godfrey and interment will be in the Godfrey Cemetery. Mrs. Frederich was a member of the well known Telgman family at Godfrey, and will be well remembered by the older residents of that place. She is a sister of Mrs. Cornelia Reader of this city and of Henry and John Telgman of Godfrey. Friends of the family will regret to learn of Mrs. Frederich's death, few knowing that she was ill.

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FREDERICH, REV. ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, October 9, 1934
Former Pastor of Foster Circuit Dies in Missouri.  Rev. Robert Frederich to be Buried at Godfrey
The Rev. Robert Friedrich of Beloit, Wisconsin, died at the home of a friend he was visiting in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Saturday evening. His death was sudden, and supposed to be caused by heart failure, as life was extinct when his host called him in the morning. He was pastor of the Fosterburg Presbyterian Church, Salem, and Woodburn churches, more than 40 years ago, and of a St. Louis church. The Rev. Kinzler of Bay, Missouri, and the Rev. Ratz will conduct the funeral services, which will be held in the Godfrey Congregational Church Wednesday at 3 o'clock. He will be buried in the Godfrey cemetery beside his wife, Lizzie Telgman Friedrich, who preceded him in death 12 years ago. He is survived by his son, Adelbert Friedrich, an instructor in University of New York, who has come here for the services, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. E. Reeder of Alton. A niece, Mrs. Irene Witte, of Beloit, Wisconsin, is also here for the services. The body may be seen at the Streeper funeral home this evening and until time of funeral Wednesday.
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FREDERICK, INEZ/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 16, 1920

The funeral of Miss Inez Frederick was yesterday, from the home at 1112 1-2 [sic] East Fourth street to the Evangelical church, where services were conducted by the Rev. O. W. Heggemeier. The pallbearers were Paul Kolk, Arthur Kolk, Albert Kolk, John Fredericks, John Laux and Nathan Edsell.

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FREDERICKSON, IDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1914

Miss Ida Frederickson, aged 55, died at the home of her nephew, Henry Chapman, 1007 East Second street, this morning. She had refused to have a doctor, saying that she did not believe they would do her any good. She had been sick so long she had abandoned hope and refused any longer to take medicines to give her relief. The night before she died her nephew took things in his own hands and he called in a doctor to take charge of her, but the doctor could not give a death certificate because she died soon after he saw her for the first time. A coroner's inquest was therefore necessary. Miss Frederickson had maintained an industrial policy in an insurance company to pay her way back home and defray the expenses of her burial. She had longed to go back to the old place, and even if she could not go in life she wanted to make the trip after she was dead. Therefore she kept up the insurance policy. In accordance with her last wishes, the body will be taken to Montour Falls, N. Y., where burial will take place in the old family burying ground with the rest of her people.

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FREEMAN, BESSIE EDITH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 30, 1904

Mrs. Bessie Edith Freeman, wife of Matthew Freeman, died Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family home, 1522 Henry street, after a month's illness. She was 25 years of age last December 1, and had been married six years last October. Mrs. Freeman's illness began a few days after Christmas and she has been unable to leave her home since then. Recently her illness developed into blood poisoning. Her condition was considered critical the last few days and she seemed about to improve, but the turning point of the crisis was not reched and death intervened. Mrs. Freeman was the daughter of Mr. William Ash, and had lived in Alton all her life. She was a beautiful young woman, both in face and in character. She was much admired by all who knew her and there are very many who are filled with regret because of her untimely death. She leaves, beside her husband, one daughter aged 5 years. The funeral of FMrs. Freeman will take place on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home on Henry street.

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FREEMAN, ELIZA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 21, 1908

Mrs. Eliza Freeman, wife of Charles Freeman, died Sunday morning shortly after midnight at the family home, 1522 Henry street, after a long illness which was attended with intense suffering. Her death had been expected at any time during the last four months, and many times she seemed near death, but she would rally and pass through another stage of apparent improvement, but would always become worse again. Mrs. Freeman was well known as a business woman. She was engaged for a number of years in the Kirsch market on Second street where she conducted a stand which she gave up only when age compelled her to do so. She appeared to be in perfect health and few knew there was anything wrong with her health until the breakdown came. She had borne her years well and was a remarkably young looking woman. Mrs. Freeman leaves besides her husband, three children, Mrs. Thomas Lasberry of St. Louis, Charles E. and Matthew W. Freeman of Alton. She was 66 years of age. The funeral was held this afternoon from the family home, Rev. A. G. Lane of the First Presbyterian church and Rev. G. L. Clark of the Twelfth street Presbyterian church officiating. Burial was in City cemetery.

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FREEMAN, GERTRUDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 27, 1911

Mrs. Gertrude Freeman, wife of W. F. Freeman, died Saturday night at her home, 209 Oak street, after an illness that began over 20 years ago, resulting from a fright she had when she was not in the best of health. Mrs. Freeman's death was immediately due to kidney trouble, but it is said by members of her family that she never recovered from the effect of a fright when two boys discharged a heavy charge of powder in an old musket close to the room where she was lying down and trying to rest. At that time she almost died, and the attending physician told her family she would never be well, and his prediction was justified by the fact that she was always a sufferer thereafter. She was born in Alton, and was the daughter of Mrs. Meta Hoppe, who resides next door to where her daughter died. Mrs. Freeman was 52 years of age January 27. She was married twice, her first husband being Theodore Knecht, who died. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Nina Tribble, who is now at Norfolk, Va.; and Mrs. Alma Schulke of Alton. She leaves also beside her mother, husband, and children, two brothers, W. F. Hoppe and Anton Hoppe, both of Alton. The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Evangelical church, Rev. E. L. Mueller officiating.

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FRERICHS, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 30, 1907

Mrs. Emma Frerichs, aged 20 years, died this morning from heart trouble at the home, 1700 Common street. She is survived by her husband, John Frerichs and two children, one of the latter being but nine days old. Deceased was the youngest daughter of Joseph Merckle, and was well known and generally respected in the Altons. The funeral will be held Friday morning from St. Mary's church.

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FRESE, BERNADINE (SISTER MARTINI)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1907             Aged Sister of Charity Passes Away

Sister Martini, who was Bernadine Frese before taking the vows of the order of Sisters of Charity, died this morning at 11 o'clock at St. Joseph's hospital. The death of Sister Martini was looked for several weeks as she had been in failing health. She gave her life to the work of her order and was ever faithful, kind and benevolent, and it was a well earned rest she entered into Thursday morning after a period of nearly a week of unconsciousness. The strong old physical being of the Sister of Charity gave away about one month ago, and since then there has been no hope of her recovery. She had been a member of the order of Sisters of Charity fifty-one years, and she had been connected with St. Joseph's hospital in Alton thirty-five years. She was a native of Germany and came to America when very young. She made her home at Baltimore first, and from there entered the institution at Emmetsburg, where she took her vows as a Sister of Charity. She did mission work in Buffalo, N. Y., Milwaukee and Chicago, then came to Alton. She remained here the remainder of her life. She was the housekeeper of the convent and was not assigned to duty over the patients. She has one sister living in Baltimore and another sister in St. Vincent's hospital in St. Louis. The funeral of Sister Martini will be held Saturday, and services will be held in St. Patrick's church, but the hour is not announced. In the death of Sister Martini the sisterhood to which she has belonged has lost a valued member. Her associates in the work have nothing but recollections of a sweet, loving disposition, always patient and ready to do what came into her hands to do. Her work did not call her to a position where others could see and appreciate, but she was none the less faithful, and her death was the close of a life that was as good as the end was peaceful.

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FRETZ, CAROLINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 15, 1923

Mrs. Caroline Fretz, wife of Andrew Fretz, retired glassblower and East End business man, passed away this morning at 5:45 o'clock, following a stroke of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Oglesby, all of Alton. Caroline Fretz was the mother of ten children, nine of whom survive her. They are John Fretz, Mrs. James Brewer, Mrs. L. Oglesby, all of Alton, Andrew Fretz and Mrs. Ida Grassm of St. Louis, Philip, Walter, and Frank of Detroit, Mich., FMrs. F. L. Johnson of Kansas City, Mo. She leaves also three brothers, John, Theodore and August Hafley and one sister, Mrs. Ida Sangert, all of St. Louis. Mrs. Fretz was 67 years of age. She was born in Newark, N. J., and moved from St. Louis to Alton in 1889. She was a member of the Washington Street Methodist church and was also a member of the Court of Honor lodge. The end came peacefully for Mrs. Fretz, with members of her family close to her until the end. The funeral services will be held from the home of her son, J. H. Fretz, 1817 Liberty street, Monday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Theodore Cates officiating. Friends of the family and members of the Court of Honor are invited to call at the home of her son Sunday and Monday. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of her son, John Fretz, 1817 Liberty street. Burial will be in the City Cemetery.

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FREY, MELISSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 1, 1906

Mrs. Melissa Frey, aged 68, died yesterday from pneumonia at her home near Mitchell, and the funeral will be held tomorrow from her home to East Alton cemetery  (Milton Cemetery?).

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FRIEDLIN, KARL T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 18, 1904

The funeral of Karl T. Friedlin took place this afternoon from the home, 619 East Second street, and was attended by a large number of friends and former associates. Rev. Theo. Oberhellmann conducted services and interment was in City Cemetery. The Butchers Union attended in a body.

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FRIEDRICH, WILLIAM A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1922

William A. Friedrich, aged 64, died at St. Joseph's Hospital this morning at 5:45 o'clock after an illness of three months from cancer of the throat. He had been forced to remain away from his work the past two months. The case of Mr. Friedrichs was a most distressing one and during the last few months of his life he suffered greatly from the malady that was to prove fatal. He had been foreman of the wood working shop of the Duncan plant on Piasa Street. He was highly valued by his employers, and had in the thirty-three years of her service there, demonstrated that he was a man to be trusted implicitly. He retained the position until two months ago when his bad condition forced him to give up his work. The throat trouble made it impossible for him to swallow anything of late, a difficulty in that direction increasing until it became necessary to make an artificial opening by the surgical process, through which to introduce food. This last resort proved to be of no great value and the end approached rapidly. Mr. Friedrichs was born in Germany, near Berlin. He came to this country when a young man and was married here. Beside his wife he leaves three children, William O. of Alton, and Henry of Chicago, and Mrs. A. H. Meyer, Paullina, Iowa. Mr. Friedrichs was a devoted member of the Central Avenue Lutheran Church and had reared a family that shared his interest in the work of that organization. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon. The funeral cortege will leave the home, 1001 Alby street, at 2 o'clock and the services will be in the Central Avenue Lutheran Church at 2:30 o'clock.

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FRIEND, L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 1, 1904

The funeral of Mrs. L. Friend, who died Sunday at her home on State street, took place this morning, services being conducted by Rev. S. D. McKinney of the Cherry street Baptist church. Interment was in City Cemetery.

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FRIES, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 15, 1917

Joseph Fries, who was removed from the second story of his home in East End place when he was very sick, died at the hospital last night. Fries had to be carried out in a boat from the house in which he was living, because of the depth of water surrounding it.

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FRIES, KATE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 8, 1916

Mrs. Kate Fries, aged 56, wife of William Fries, died at her home, 627 East Fourth street at 2:30 o'clock this morning after an illness which started on Monday. She has been suffering from time to time with appendicitis for a number of years and it is believed that this led to her death, a quick attack of peritonitis proving fatal. Mrs. Fries is survived by her husband, William Fries; two sisters, Mrs. A. K. Heskett and Mrs. Mary Freark; and one brother, John Holl. Joseph E. Holl, who died several months ago, was also a brother of Mrs. Fries. She leaves her aged mother, Mrs. Mary Holl, who is very frail; and three sons, John, William, and Walter; and one daughter, Irene, all of whom are grown and reside in Alton. Mrs. Fries was born in Alton on East Fourth street, and has lived her entire life on that street. For many years she has lived at the home where she died. Mrs. Fries cared little for social activity, and spent her time looking after her home and her family. There are a large number of friends in all parts of the city who will mourn her loss. The funeral will be held on next Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home on East Fourth street. The services are to be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.

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FRIES, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1907

Mrs. Mary Fries, widow of the late Theodore Fries, died Friday morning at 2 o'clock from gastritis, at the home, 1117 east Fourth street. She was born in Germany, but came to America when young, and for more than fifty years has lived in Alton. She was married twice, and for many years conducted with her first husband and later with Mr. Fries the Empire House on west Third street. William Fries, her stepson, is the only one of the family surviving. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the German Evangelical church and services will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. Mueller. She was about seventy five years old.

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FRITZ, W. H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 9, 1920           Death Ends Citizenship Proceedings

W. H. Fritz, one of the petitioners for naturalization in the City Court of Alton, whose case has been postponed from time to time during the last four years by the government because he was of German nativity, but who was to have a hearing next Monday by order of the naturalization officers, will not be present at the hearing, and his sincere ambition to become a naturalized citizen of the United States will never be realized. Yesterday the Clerk of the Court was visited by a young man who explained that the family had received the Clerk's notice to attend the naturalization proceedings next Monday, and that he had been sent to convey the information that Mr. Fritz had died the second day of April 1920 at his home in this city. He declared his intention to become a citizen several years ago, and would have been admitted to citizenship long ago but for the war, as in all respects he was a good man, and believed in our institutions and government. The fact that he was a native of one of the countries at war against the Allies was the only bar to the realization of his desire to become a full-fledged American citizen.

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FROELICH, CHRISTINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1909

Mrs. Christina Froelich, aged 83, died from a paralytic stroke Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Gabriel, two miles north of Fosterburg. Mrs. Froelich leaves two daughters, Mrs. Gabriel of Fosterburg and Mrs. Mary Beinneke of Alton. She leaves also ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two brothers, J. G. Benner of Bunker Hill, and John Benner of Louisville, Ky. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon from the home, Rev. Ratz of Fosterburg officiating. Her seven grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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FROELICH, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 16, 1918

F. W. Schneider, the East Broadway grocer, has received a letter telling of the death in the east of Michael Froelich, a well known bricklayer of this city, from influenza. Mr. Froelich was employed by the Illinois Glass Company for many years, and being efficient in his trade, notice was taken of him and his work, and the government about six weeks ago made him an offer he could not afford to refuse. He moved his family east, and their friends thought everything was well with them. This will be the first news they will get to the contrary.  Mrs. Froelich is very ill in a hospital, where he husband died, and she may not recover. The Froelich family lived for many years at 708 Broadway, in the upstairs apartments.

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FROHIL, MAGDALENE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 29, 1904

Mrs. Magdalene Frohil, aged 66, died this morning at 6 o'clock after a long illness at her home on Jefferson street North Alton. She was a native of Switzerland and had lived in Alton about 16 years. Her husband died about two years ago. Mrs. Frohil leaves two daughters in Alton, Mrs. William Markie and Miss Mary Frohil. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. Mary's church.

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FRUITIGER or FRUTIGER, JACOB/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 31, 1899

A very peculiar suicide took place Saturday afternoon at Marine, in this county. Jacob Fruitiger, of that place, a bachelor aged 62 years and ten months, put a ladder down in a cistern, went on the ladder, either stood or sat on a rung, and shot himself in the forehead, falling into the water, where his body was found Sunday about 11 a.m. The old man had visited his nephew, Fred Imler, living four miles from Marine, On Friday. Before leaving his nephew's residence, Fruitiger made Mr. Imler promise to come to his (Fruitiger's) home on Sunday. When Mr. Imler arrived Sunday morning, Fruitiger's residence was closed and he could not be found. After investigating the premises, Imler forced an entrance through a window. In searching, several notes were found written in German by Fruitiger. One of the notes told that he had at one time been a Christian, but had changed his views, from the fact that he was poor and had become the "underdog" - and that he now was a "heathen." In this note he lauded several persons in the community, among them a boy, whom he said was the best boy he ever knew. In the room several pictures were hung up, among them one of Robert G. Ingersoll. Another note told of where he would be found and the cause of his taking off. He said he had placed a ladder in the cistern and would go down on it and shoot himself on the ladder.  He said he first thought of shooting himself in a well on the place, but did not care to poison the water by his body falling therein. Search was made in the cistern and the ladder discovered. Grappling irons were let down into the cistern and the body pulled up. A bullet hole was found in Fruitiger's forehead. The cistern was drained of water, and an old-fashioned 32 caliber revolver was found on the bottom, with which Frutiger, while sitting or standing on a rung of the ladder, had shot himself. The note found stated that his nephew, Imler, had his will and indicated that he had appointed Squire Tuffle executor. The note also stated that $153 in cash could be found in a drawer, locked, in a cupboard. The key to the drawer was discovered in the vest pocket of the dead man. Mr. Eph Eaton opened the drawer, took the money out, and delivered it to Mr. Imler. Frutiger was worth from $12,000 to $15,000, and was therefore not necessarily very poor, nor much of an "underdog" in the battle of life. Evidently while methodical, he had many peculiarities which rendered life a burden, and he therefore deliberately planned his death. Coroner Bailey was summoned Sunday and arrived at Marine Sunday night about 11 o'clock. He empanelled a jury and held an inquest. The verdict was according to the facts above given.

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FRY, JESSAMINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 18, 1908        Child Dies After Severe Burns

Jessamine Fry was taken to the hospital last evening and she died after midnight. The child never rallied from the shock of being so severely burned. It was decided to move her from the Munger home on State street for the sake of having better facilities of caring for her in the hospital, but the change was of no avail. The body will be shipped from Alton to St. Louis at 5 o'clock, and the remains will be taken to the home on Vernon avenue. The funeral has not been set on account of the condition of the mother. The mother will recover it is believed. It was not decided today whether she would be left at St. Joseph's hospital or not, but in case she recovers sufficiently she will be taken to her home in St. Louis. The child's father was wired at Memphis, Tenn., but will not be able to reach Alton until after 7 o'clock and will very probably meet the body of his child in St. Louis, not coming to Alton. Deputy Coroner Allen Keiser held the inquest this morning and the verdict of the jurors was that she met death "from a shock due to being burned by fire at the house of Carl Munger on State street."

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FRYE, LEE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 12, 1918               Man Dies Suddenly After Taking Bath

Lee Frye of St. Louis died suddenly Tuesday evening at his home north of Upper Alton from the effects of taking a plunge into a swimming hole while he was overheated. Frye bought a small farm north of Upper Alton and came out from St. Louis to do some work there, as a truck farm is conducted on the place. He was very warm, Tuesday afternoon, and went down to a swimming hole in the creek to take a plunge in the water. He returned to the house and a short time afterward was dead. He was 47 years of age. His wife, who resides in St. Louis, was notified and summoned to go to the farm where her husband died. Deputy Coroner Bauer was also notified to hold an inquest. Mr. Frye had come to Alton yesterday morning to assist with work on his five acre truck farm one mile north of Upper Alton. After his day's activities in the sweltering heat, he went to a small creek near the farm to swim, and after remaining in the water for nearly half an hour, he emerged and returned to the home of his tenant, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson. Mr. Frye complained of feeling ill and a physician was summoned. Before he could reach the suffering man, however, Mr. Frye had died. It was believed that the plunge in the cold water while he was extremely warm had caused Frye to be attacked by a congestive chill. That he was not stricken while in the water and drowned is considered strange. He is survived by his widow and one child. The body will be shipped to St. Louis Thursday morning for burial.

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FUCHS, MARIE MAGDALENA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1915

The funeral of Mrs. Marie Magdalena Fuchs was held this afternoon from the home at 615 East Second street, where services were conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller, pastor of the German Evangelical Church, in the presence of many friends of the family and of deceased. Floral offerings were numerous and beautiful, and the mound in City Cemetery was covered with them. The pallbearers were H. O. Tonsor, Henry Meyers, Charles Steizel, S. H. Wyss, H. A. Wutzler, August Luer.

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FUCHS, PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 4, 1905         Accidentally Shoots Himself While Handling Revolver

Peter Fuchs, a glassblower living at No. 4 Shields street, killed himself, it is said, accidentally, Sunday evening at his home. His family refuse to believe that he committed suicide, and the coroner's jury which was impaneled by Deputy Coroner Keiser found a verdict that death was accidental. The testimony given to the jury tended to show that Mr. Fuchs did not intend to kill himself. He was at Turner Hall Sunday afternoon spending the time with some of his friends and returned home in the evening for supper. It was said that when he reached home he was in a very playful mood and was chatting and playing with some neighbor's children outside his own home. When he entered his home he continued in a jovial mood and while his wife prepared supper he went into an adjoining room to change his clothes, he said. He was in there only a few minutes when a revolver shot was heard, and Mrs. Fuchs discovered her husband lying in an unconscious condition with a bullet wound on the right side of his head above the ear. He died about one hour after. A long scratch on the side of the head showed where the bullet had ploughed its way through the scalp before it entered the skull. There were no marks of powder burns on the flesh, and for that reason the jurors thought that it was not a case of suicide. Fuchs was 43 years of age and had lived in Alton five years. He was a native of Germany. He leaves his wife and five children. To all who knew him the death of Fuchs is a sad shock. He was well liked, being a most companionable man and there is sincere regret among his intimate friends over his sudden death. None of them will believe that he committed suicide.

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FULK, JAMES G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 26, 1910

James G. Fulk, aged 41, was instantly killed Saturday evening at the foot of Ridge street as he was driving to the stables of the Alton Builders Supply Co. with his team and wagon. One horse was killed and the other had to be shot. A boy of 11 years, Arthur Smith, son of Robert Smith of 1026 east Second street, escaped death by a miracle. The man and two horses were killed by the Big Four plug engine, which was going to the round house. Engineer William Hays did not see the man on the track, and Fulk did not notice the approaching engine. He had stopped his team on the Big Four track while the C. & A. Prairie State express was passing on another track a short distance away. Fulk was so engrossed in watching the C. & A. train, he paid no attention to the other engine, and the pilot of the Big Four engine struck the wagon, dragging man, wagon and horses several engine lengths. Fulk was rolled along under the pilot, his neck was broken and many bones in his body broken also. The Smith boy was thrown on the pilot of the engine and clung there until the engine was stopped. He received no injuries whatever. Fulk came to Alton several months ago from Carrollton, and his family lived on Mildred avenue in the North Side. He leaves his wife and four children. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from his home, and burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Coroner Streeper will hold an inquest this evening.

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FULKS, AARON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1919

A family consisting of a wife and nine children have been left with a main support in the death of Aaron Fulks, who died at St. Joseph's Hospital Wednesday morning from injuries he sustained a week before while at his work at the Illinois Terminal roundhouse. Fulks was a helper for the hostler at the roundhouse. He was coaling an engine at the coal chute when the breaking of the cable by which the apron is dropped that lets the coal fall into engine tenders, caused the heavy apron to fall and strike Fulks on the head, inflicting a skull fracture and other injuries that proved fatal. Fulks was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. His mind remained cloudy, but he was partially conscious. Fulks was 53 years of age. In his home neighborhood in Yager Park, he was known as one of the most devoted of Christians. Neighbors said that his religion was reflected in his home life, that he was good to his family and that in the home which he still had not completed payments upon, he was always soft voiced, kind and gentle, and the same spirit pervaded the whole family. He would have prayer service in his home and would conduct these services for the circle of neighbors who would come in to get new strength to go ahead in their Christian experience. The death of Fulks is a sad shock to the many friends in Yager Park, and everyone there respected him and admired him, as he was known as a man of strong principle and adhered strictly to what he thought was right. He had been married twice, by the first marriage having four children, one of whom is now married. By his second marriage he had five children, all of them small.

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FULL, HARRY L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1918

The health authorities of Madison county yesterday received from Dr. J. E. Lee, Mayor of Venice, a report on a strange case which had just come under his observation. The doctor said that when Harry L. Full, a 70 year old resident of Venice, died Thursday night, his heart continued to beat for five minutes after the breath had left his body and respiration......

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FULLAGER, ROSANA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 15, 1905

The body of Mrs. Rosana Fullager, who died in Upper Alton and was buried in the Godfrey cemetery three weeks ago, was taken up yesterday and buried in Oakwood cemetery, Upper Alton. The remains of her husband, who died twenty-three years ago, were taken up and interred in Upper Alton also. The children of the couple, after seeing the beauty of Oakwood Cemetery, determined to have the remains reinterred there.

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FULLER, ASA C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 16, 1906

Asa C. Fuller, formerly an engineer on the K-Line, died this morning at the home of his father-in-law, Adam Ulmrich, after a long illness from consumption. He was 30 years of age. His illness was the result of a cold he contracted one night last winter while following his occupation of railway engineer. He was making a run near Old Monroe and had orders to be on the lookout for some cars on the main track. He carried his head outside the window of the cab, and became so thoroughly wet in a pouring rain that he took cold from which he never recovered. He leaves his wife, formerly Miss Lizzie Ulmrich, of 705 east Third street. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, and the body will be taken to Hannibal, Mo., for burial.

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FULLER, RUBY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1914      Young Girl Commits Suicide - Wanted to Leave Her Brother Comfortable - World Looked Dark

Because the outlook seemed black and hopeless, Ruby Fuller, aged 22, daughter of Mrs. Hattie Dorworth Fuller, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon at her home on Mill street in Alton, the old Basse homestead. Turning on the gas in the kitchen gas stove, she lay down on a pallet she had prepared on the floor beside the stove and waited for death, which took her before she was discovered. The girl had made elaborate preparations for death. She had been contemplating suicide for some time. Several weeks ago she threatened to kill herself, and since then, without attracting attention of anyone, she had been making her plans. Her whole interest seemed to be centered in the welfare of her brother, Millard Fuller. The two children were the offspring of their mother's first marriage. In preparing for suicide, the young woman planned that her brother, Millard, should receive everything she owned, and that nothing should be diverted to her mother or to anyone else, except a few trinkets she wished to be given to some of her girlhood friends. The final note she left was in the form of a will, directing to whom gifts should be made. Her entire interest was that her brother should receive enough to enable him to complete his education, and to take his place as a great and wealthy man in the world. To this end she directed that he educate himself with the money she would leave him. The two owned a farm of 245 acres in Calhoun County, left them, and the day before she suicided she had a deed executed for her half interest ot her brother. She also made over her life insurance policy to her brother, for $2,000, and she wrote out two checks for $5 each to cover the amount she had in the bank, payable to her brother. On the table she had laid out the trinkets she wanted to be given away to her friends, and had them labeled, directing who was to receive each article. The brother took charge after the discovery of the suicide, and will carry out her wishes. Wednesday morning she had been entertaining some relatives, Fay Twitchell and Harry Fulkerson, and just before they left for their homes the party were taking pictures. Miss Fuller snapped the visitors and then they snapped her. To add a touch of gayety to her attire, she had donned a pink cap and a pink apron and she seemed happy and carefree. Immediately after the company left she must have set herself about her preparations for death. She tidied up the house, wrote a long letter or two, gave directions as to the disposal of her property, made a pallet on the kitchen floor beside the gas stove, pulled down the shades and laid down to die. In the note she expressed the wish that she might not be found before the end, but that if she was found she wanted Dr. Fisher called. The girl's body was found lying on the floor when Rosalie Fluent, daughter of Capt. W. D. Fluent, came in from school. An alarm was given and doctors brought, but they decided that she was dead. Her brother did not arrive home for some time after the discovery of the body. He was overwhelmed with grief as the brother and sister had been very close. Especially was he touched with the fact that his sister had made such provisions for his future welfare. In her talks the girl had indicated that she was tired of being a drudge, that she had worked hard, had broken her health, and she manifested extreme bitterness over her lot. One thing that seemed to annoy the girl was the departure of her mother, Mrs. Hattie Dorworth, for the south, where she met Capt. W. D. Fluent and they were married down south. The mother had left the daughter to run the house in her absence. The girl is said to have had no love affairs. She was a hard working girl, and when her mother was conducting the Dorworth Hotel at Hardin, she was the chief in charge of the culinary department and had built up a wide reputation for the hotel as a good place to get meals. According to her request, the girl will be taken to Hardin tomorrow morning for burial. She did not wish to have a public funeral, did not want the casket opened, did not wish to be taken to a church for burial, and made many other requests which would tend to indicate that her mind was astray. A telegram was sent to the mother, who is down the river with Capt. Fluent. In the absence of any older members of the family, the brother, Millard Fuller, took charge of the funeral arrangements. Coroner Sims arrived this afternoon to hold the inquest over Miss Fuller, beginning after 4 o'clock.

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FUNKE, SIMON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 23, 1909

Mr. Simon Funke, aged 81 years, died Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock at his home, ____E. Fifth street. He has been sick only ten days with kidney trouble. Mr. Funke was a native of Germany, being born at Lippe ______, Germany, September 21, 1828. He came to this country 41 years ago and settled in Upper Alton, where he conducted a truck farm for 25 years. The rest of his life he lived in Alton. Mr. Funke's wife died three years ago. He was the father of Mrs. Chris and Mrs. William Horn, who survive him, and also ten grandchildren. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his home to the German Evangelical church of which he was a member. Rev. E. L. Miller will officiate.

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FUNKE, UNKNOWN WIFE OF SIMON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 7, 1906

The funeral of Mrs. Simon Funke was held this afternoon from the German Evangelical church on Henry street, where services were conducted by the Rev. Theo. Oberhellman, who came up from his St. Louis church this morning for the purpose. There was a very large attendance of friends and neighbors at the obsequies and many beautiful floral offerings were made. Burial was in City Cemetery.

 

 

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