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PACK, MARY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 31, 1919

Mrs. Mary J. Pack, wife of James P. Pack, died this morning at 5 o'clock at the family home, East Sixth street. Mrs. Pack would have been 76 years of age in May. She had been in feeble health for a long time. Mrs. Pack had been a resident of Alton for many years. She came here with her husband after the close of the Civil War and settled here and had made her home in Alton ever since. Mrs. Pack leaves beside her aged husband, one daughter, Mrs. Matilda Kaeshammer and three grandsons,  August, James and William Kaeshammer. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.

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PACKARD, E. H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 28, 1910          Found Dead Near Railroad in Godfrey ... Photographs of Victim Send to Sister

Coroner C. N. Streeper buried the body Wednesday afternoon of E. H. Packard, the man found dead last Sunday on the C. & A. cut-off, a mile southeast of Godfrey. Before Packard was buried, photographs were taken of his body in the casket, according to the request of his sister. James English took the pictures, and three different views were taken. The photographs were finished up and mailed to his sister this afternoon, and they were excellent pictures. Coroner Streeper expects a letter from the sister of the dead man tomorrow. This was the first request Coroner Streeper ever had to have a corpse photographed.

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PADDOCK, BENJAMIN F. JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 2, 1901

Benjamin Paddock, aged 40(?), died at his home in East Alton this morning after a protracted illness with heart disease. He leaves a widow and one son. The funeral will be Thursday afternoon from the home to Milton Cemetery.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1901

Benjamin F. Paddock Jr. died at his home on October 2 after a long illness. Rev. Josiah Able from Granite City conducted the funeral services from the house to Milton Cemetery. Mr. Paddock was a well respected citizen, and for many years has been a member of the Baptist church here. He was well thought of in his home community, as was shown by the large gathering at the funeral. He leaves a wife and one son to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.

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PADDOCK, HENRY L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1902

Henry L. Paddock, a resident of Godfrey many years, died suddenly Thursday night after an illness with heart trouble. He was taken ill at noon and lived until evening. He was 60 years of age and leaves a family of a wife, five sons, and a daughter. Mr. Paddock was a native of England and on coming to this country settled near Brighton. He then moved to Godfrey where he followed his trade as a mason. He was well known in the vicinity of Godfrey and Brighton, and also in Alton, and was highly esteemed. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and services will be conducted by Rev. C. Nash, of the Jerseyville Methodist church.  [Burial was at Godfrey]

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PADDOCK, JOSEPHA FOSTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1915

Death claimed Mrs. Josepha Foster Paddock, wife of Gaius Paddock, Monday morning at 3 o'clock at their home in Moro township. Her death at the age of 75 years was the first break in the family that has occurred in the fifty-three years of married life of the couple. They were one of the best mated, happiest old couples to be found. Mrs. Paddock's health began failing long ago, and heer death was due to a general breaking down from old age. The last forty-eight hours of her life she was unconscious. For many years the couple resided in Alton, on Fourth street, in the house now occupied by the family of H. K. Johnston. They moved to St. Louis in later years, and afterward went to Moro, where they settled down to enjoy rural life the remainder of their days. Their home has been a hospitable place indeed for all, and Mrs. Paddock was known as a delightful entertainer. She was highly valued by those who knew her as a friend, and her family were devoted to her. She leaves eight children - Eva, the wife of Brigadier General John B. Kerr, U. S. A.; Gaius F. of St. Louis; R. Allan, a New York attorney; Misses May, Sarah and Alice, residing at home; Lucille, the wife of Lieut. Palmer Swift of Ft. Riley, Kan.; and Orville, an electrical engineer, residing in Chicago. The funeral will be held on Wednesday from the old Paddock homestead, three miles east of Alton, and interment will be in the family burial ground there.

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PADDOCK, LEWIS RAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 28, 1904

Lewis Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paddock of 617 Ridge street, died Sunday afternoon at the family home after an illness of one week from diptheria, aged 10 years 8 months. No other member of the family is ill with the disease. The funeral was in private this afternoon at 4 o'clock.

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PADDOCK, LIZZIE (nee LOHR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1901

Mrs. Allen R. Paddock, nee Lizzie Lohr, died very suddenly yesterday afternoon at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Lohr. Mrs. Paddock has lived in Upper Alton and vicinity all her life, with the the exception of the past two years, which she has spent with her husband in Pueblo, Colorado, where they went hoping to benefit Mrs. Paddock's health. Mrs. Paddock arrived here about three weeks ago and was in great grief over the loss of her little daughter, Clova, and this hastened her own death, which was from heart failure. Mrs. Paddock was in her 29th year. One child, a son, Middleton, is here. Mr. Paddock is expected here Friday morning. Funeral arrangements will not be completed until he arrives.

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PADDOCK, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1908                 Funeral Prevents Murder

A funeral at East Alton Sunday morning, that of Mrs. Mary Paddock, was disturbed by the shouts and screams of a woman who was calling for help. Screams of "Help! Murder!" were the disturbing cause. Tony Siler, who lives close to the Paddock home, was said to be trying to murder his brother-in-law, Oscar Jones. The brother-in-law, according to Mrs. Siler, had called to see Mrs. Siler, his sister, and her husband objected to his being in the house. He procured a revolver and it is said would have killed the brother-in-law but for interference by Coroner C. N. Streeper. Mr. Streeper was in charge of the funeral. He ran over to the place whence the screams were coming and he disarmed Siler and prevented him carrying his threats into effect. Justice S. G. Cooper issued a warrant for the arrest of Siler, and he gave bond for his appearance this morning.

 

Mrs. Mary Paddock, wife of John Paddock, who was buried from her East Alton home Sunday afternoon, had made all arrangements for her own funeral long before her death occurred. She had selected the clergyman, an old friend, to conduct the services; had picked out the text, decided who was to sing at her funeral, and who were to serve as pallbearers. Owing to the fact that some of those who were picked had moved away from the village, some changes were made, but the funeral was carried our almost as the deceased had expressed her wishes. Rev. James Osborn, who officiated at the funeral of Mrs. Paddock, was placed in an embarrassing position just when it was time for the funeral service to begin. Rev. Mr. Osborn had prepared a sermon for the occasion, but just when the funeral party started from the home to the church, one of the relatives of the deceased happened to think that no one had told the officiating clergyman that Mrs. Paddock has asked that the text "She Hath Done What She Could," be used for her funeral sermon. Mr. Osborne said there was a large attendance at the funeral, and he had a very few minutes to think over his subject, but managed to make a thirty-five minutes talk. The hymns selected by Mrs. Paddock were "The Only Remembrance," "Save by Grace," "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown," and "Rock of Ages."  The pallbearers were S. G. Cooper, James Mitchell, R. J. Hoekstra, John Thomas, Al Jones and John Ingals.

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PADDOCK, ORVILLE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 23, 1914             Old Soldier Dies

Orville Paddock, a brother of Gus Paddock of Moro, died at the national soldiers home in Virginia, Sept. 19th and was buried there the following day. Word of the death and burial has been received by Gus Paddock, the brother. Mr. Orville Paddock was born in August 1842, and enlisted with the 97th Illinois Regiment in Alton, 20 years later, in 1862. Capt. John Trilbe had charge of the Company under the command of Col. Rutherford. Mr. Paddock served till the close of the war. It is interesting in connection with the death of this old soldier to mention that the deceased was one of the twenty-two young Altonians who came back from the war in this company, out of eighty who went away. Today there are only three of them in Alton and few more alive. The three are William Ellis Smith of the Drury-Wead Co., Dr. Charles Davis, and his brother Levi Davis, the attorney. All three of these men are active in the pursuits of life they chose, despite it being sixty-two years ago that they shouldered guns and marched away from Alton to go to war.

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PADDOCK, SOPHIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 20, 1918        Rollo Paddock Suffers Loss of Mother and Home

Double misfortunes were visited Monday night on Rollo Paddock of Godfrey, the well known business man of the little village, in that he lost his mother and home within a few hours time. Mrs. Sophie Paddock, the mother, died at her home Monday evening at 10:30 o'clock, and the Rollo Paddock home and place of business was destroyed during the night. The Paddock family went to the mother's home and closed up the house, and were away at the time the fire broke out. By the time the fire was discovered, it had eaten throughout the interior of the house and the fire fighters who arrived on the scene were unable to be of any assistance. The Paddock family resided close to the C. & A. station at Godfrey, and conducted a small grocery store and boarding house. Theirs was one of the best known institutions in the town, and was known to all visitors. The fire will be the cause of a shortage of sleeping accommodations. As the result of the fire, the Kinloch wires were burned out on the east side of town, and telephone connections were broken off. The west side system was not affected. The Chicago & Alton passenger station at Godfrey, which is about fifty feet from where the Paddock house stood, was endangered by the fire. The old station was burned not long ago, and the new one is nearing completion. It stands under roof and is ready to receive the stucco covering on the outside. The fire in the Paddock building would have spread to the station but for the fact there was a full tank of water and strong pressure available from the city water service pipes, and it was possible to keep a stream of water playing on the station all the time. On the other side of the passenger station were two long strings of box cars, and no engine anywhere around to move them, and all the cars were loaded. It was a dangerous time until the fire had died down so that the menace to the depot and the box cars was removed.

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PALMER, FANNY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1902

Mrs. Fanny Palmer, aged 46, died last night at St. Joseph's hospital after an illness of several months. She underwent a surgical operation a short time ago and did not rally from it.

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PALMER, JESSE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 6, 1918

Jesse Palmer died last evening at the Emergency hospital where he was taken upon the advice of his attending physician. He was taken ill a week ago last Monday, and from that time grew worse. He resided with his family just outside of Upper Alton, and worked at the Western Cartridge Company. He leaves his wife and three children, two sons, William and Theodore, and one daughter, Catherine. William is in France with the American Expeditionary Forces. His wife is very ill, having suffered a fainting spell before her husband's death. All day she remained in a serious condition which caused her family much alarm. Besides his wife and children, Palmer leaves his aged mother, Mrs. Sarah Palmer, who resided with him; also three brothers, Charles, Thomas and George; and three sisters, Mrs. Charles Daniels of St. Louis, Mrs. Thomas Payne of Sturgis, Mich., and Mrs. H. Jouett of this city. He was 44 years of age. This afternoon Mrs. Palmer recovered enough for her brother-in-law, George Palmer, to tell her of her husband's death. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday from the Streeper Undertaking Parlors. The services will be private.

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PAPE, LUDWIG/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 26, 1915       Nonagenarian Dies in Old Home Near Moro Where He Lived For Sixty-Five Years

Ludwig Pape, aged 93, died Monday afternoon in the Liberty Prairie neighborhood near Moro, from old age. He had lived there since 1848 and he had raised a large family of children. He is survived by five sons and five daughters. He served in the German army in 1848 as a cavalryman. On coming to America, he took work on the place of Gershom Flagg, and later he married. He bought some land and he added to it and at his death he left about 250 acres of farming land beside other property. He was a highly respected resident of the neighborhood, and even though he had lived beyond the time of men whom he had known in the days of his activity, he had many friends among the younger people.

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PAPE, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1907

Mrs. Mary Pape, who was a resident of Alton for more than half a century, died last night from dropsy at her home, 822 east Fifth street. She is survived by three daughters. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church. Mrs. Pape was 75 years old the 20th of last March.

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PARADEE, UNKNOWN WIFE OF CALEB/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 20, 1875

We have been told of the death of Mrs. Paradee, widow of the late Caleb Paradee, which occurred at Troy, in this county, about a week ago, and if all we heard is true, it would seem that she died by poison administered by herself. We did not hear full and reliable particulars, however, and the poison part of the report may be false. The deceased was a daughter of Stephen W. Gaskill of Collinsville, in this county.

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PARK, CHARLES T./Source:   Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1920          Father and Son Die Same Day - Influenza Cause

John Louis Park, aged 8, died this morning at the family home in Wood River, and this afternoon about 2:30 o'clock the father of the child, Charles T. Park, passed away. Both parents and child were victims of the influenza. Other members of the family are ill with the influenza, and no funeral arrangements have been made.

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PARK, JOHN LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1920          Father and Son Die Same Day - Influenza Cause

John Louis Park, aged 8, died this morning at the family home in Wood River, and this afternoon about 2:30 o'clock the father of the child, Charles T. Park, passed away. Both parents and child were victims of the influenza. Other members of the family are ill with the influenza, and no funeral arrangements have been made.

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PARKER, CHARLES A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1914        President of Parker & Block Commission in St. Louis Drowns Before Eyes of Altonians

While a party of forty picnickers from Alton stood helplessly by on Maple Island Sunday afternoon, Charles A. Parker, aged 52, president of the Parker & Block Commission Co., St. Louis, was drowned a few hundred yards of the island. The Alton party saw the Parker party fight for over fifteen minutes in an effort to save the life of Mr. Parker from the river, and it is very probable that if they had had a skiff, they would have been able to have effected a rescue. Among those who were in the picnic party were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McManus and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Cobus Penning, Mrs. Emma Meyers and daughter, Misses Susie Jones, Amelia Dietschy, Lizzie Berner, Ada Hemkin. Besides these, there were a number of guests. According to the members of the party this is the first time that they have ever made their annual outing trip without taking a skiff with them. Parker, who is well to do, being an owner of stock in the St. Louis Federal League Club, besides his interest in the Parker & Block Commission Co., arrived home from LaGrange, Ill. Sunday after spending several days there on business. He was persuaded by his brother and a number of other business associates to make the pleasure trip to Willow Ben's Island. The party arrived at the island at 1 o'clock, and at once set out for the bar above to go swimming. Mr. Parker had not intended to go swimming, but he found a bathing suit on the boat and decided to use it. The party was taken from the island to the bar in the launch "Let's Go," owned by William Havens, despite the protests of Willow Ben, who advised them not to swim there. Parker was an exceptionally good swimmer, and he was not content to remain in the four foot water over the bar, and struck out into the river. After going for a distance of some 150 yards, he was seized with a cramp and called out to the other members of the party for help. At once Ed Streit, Henry Kulage, and Joseph Abaracherle and Al Brown struck out to save him. All of these men were fairly good swimmers, but the swim out to the drowning man exhausted them to such a degree that it was impossible for them to bring him back to the bar. For fifteen minutes the party of five floated down the river, first one of the swimmers holding Parker above the water and then another would take a turn. In the meantime, Parker's brother, Stanley, hurried back to the boat and started out in the big launch to effect the rescue. From the deck of the boat he kept yelling orders and begged the men in the water to hold on to his brother. Parker's short hair made it impossible to hold him up in this manner, and at one time Brown held him up by the shin and again by the ear, but both times he got away. Kulage, who weighs but 135 pounds was taken down twice by Parker, who weighs 195, before he finally gave up the struggle, and Abarcherie was so nearly drowned that it took the party fifteen minutes to bring him to after getting him to shore. Abaracherle said after coming to, that he would have stayed until the last but he thought of his little children at home and had to leave go of Parker. It was a sad party that left Willow Ben's Island Sunday evening for St. Louis in the launch "Let's Go." It would have been very difficult to find a set of fourteen men than those who confronted a reported for the Telegraph on the island Sunday evening. Parker leaves a wife and three children, who are at present enjoying a pleasure trip in the East. Members of the family said that a liberal reward would be given for the finding of the body. Efforts were made to get it Sunday, but they were unsuccessful.

 

NOTE:  Willow Ben, who advised the party not to swim there, and whose real name was Ben Sawyer, made a living by attending the river beacons to guide steamboat pilots. He also caught and sold fish. He lived among the willows on the island with his dog, cat, and goat, and made trips to Alton to buy provisions and meet with friends. He also enjoyed killing and eating chicken hawks, and considered them a great delicacy.

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PARKER, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 13, 1910

The funeral of George Parker was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his home on State street. A large number of friends of the old soldier attended the services at the home and burial in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden of St. Paul's Episcopal church. The pallbearers were Samuel Pile, John Haven, James Smith, George Berngen, Leo Hale, W. A. Rice.

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PARKER, NEWTON SR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 18, 1913          Residence of Alton For Eighty Years, Civil War Veteran Dies

Newton Parker Sr., after an illness of short duration, died Friday night at 10 o'clock at his home in Hawley avenue, the members of his family with other relatives being at his bedside when the end came. He was 82 years old, and lived here more than 80 of those years. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Parker, who came here from the east something over 80 years ago, when deceased was a small child. He was one of the old time, expert sawmill men in this vicinity, and for many years was employed at the sawmill operated on the riverfront above Alton. He married a Miss Hawley, and several years ago retired from work to the farm on Hawley avenue. He is survived by his wife and three sons, Samuel Parker, Officer Harry Parker, and Newton Parker Jr., all of Alton. He fought in the war of the Rebellion, and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a companionable, genial man and a good neighbor, a devoted husband and father, and a good citizen generally. He lived to see Alton transformed from a little town surrounded by forests, into the fine progressive city it is, and has seen all of the wonderful inventions and improvements the world has made since he was a lad. His own farm he has seen become in part, at least, the sites of happy homes, and he has seen the farms of his early day neighbors become the sites of a city. Charitable, just and kind, his death will be regretted by the citizens generally, and his family has the sincere sympathy of all. For the last forty years Mr. and Mrs. Parker lived on the Hawley homestead in Hawley avenue, and after Mr. Parker quit working in the saw mills for Messrs. George Allen, J. M. Ryrie and the late A. K. Root, he devoted his time to the culture of fruit and kindred pursuits. He was a brother of the late Mrs. William Armstrong, and of the late George Parker. Two of his children died in infancy. Death came to him last night without a struggle, and his end was very peaceful. Mrs. Parker became prostrated and was under the care of a physician for some time. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

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PARKER, ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1910                  Lockjaw Was Fatal

Robert Parker, the 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Parker, living in the North Side on Alby street, died at St. Joseph's hospital Thursday evening from lockjaw, as the result of injuries he received two weeks ago last Tuesday. Parker had lockjaw six days, and two weeks from the day he was hurt he was moved to the hospital. The family first noticed that pains which were troubling him were due to a cold, but on Tuesday morning he became very bad and the doctors who were called decided to attempt an operation at the hospital, and also to inject tetanus anti-toxine. Three treatments of the anti-toxin were given, but they were of no avail, and he died Thursday after suffering agony from the frequently recurring attacks of lockjaw. He would rest quietly at times, but when the convulsions came on, his suffering was terrible. The funeral will be taken to Melville for burial. Parker was caught under a caving bank at the brick plant, and was crushed against the sharp teeth of a steam shovel. His right arm was broken in several places, and his thumb was broken and lacerated against the teeth of the shovel. It was this that caused the tetanus.

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PARKER, W. C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1901

W. C. Parker died Tuesday evening in the 51st year of his age, at his residence on Upper State street. Mr. Parker was a native of Alton, where he has lived his entire life. He was for many years engineer for John Armstrong, and proved himself faithful and competent in the discharge of his duties. He was esteemed by all his acquaintances who will regret his death. His wife and one son survive him. The funeral will take place on Thursday morning from the family residence at nine o'clock, Rev. G. W. Shepherd officiating.

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PARKER, WALTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 19, 1908

Walter, 4 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parker, died last night from stomach troubles at the home in Alby street. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon, and burial will be in City cemetery.

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PARKER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 15, 1916

The funeral of William Parker was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of J. Dorsett. The services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing, and the burial was in the City cemetery.

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PARKER, ZORADA H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 17, 1902

Another old resident of Alton received a sudden summons this morning to the Great Beyond, and although she had been ill for three days with the grip, the end came so unexpectedly as to severely shock her relatives and numerous friends. Mrs. Zorada H. Parker died at 11 o'clock this morning of heart failure at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Levis, 811 State street. She had been making her home with her daughter for some time. Mrs. Parker was 71 years of age and had lived in Alton since 1847. For many years after the death of her husband, she continued to conduct the grocery store at Ninth and Belle streets, and many poor people received much kindly aid from her in time of need. She was of a nature that made friends and retained them, and her death will be sincerely mourned by those who knew her best. She leaves three children, Mrs. Felix I. Wise, Mrs. Charles Levis of Alton, and W. C. Parker of St. Louis.

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PARKINSON, WASHINGTON/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 23, 1846       Murder in Highland!
The following extract of a letter from a highly esteemed friend at Helvetia [Township], in this county, gives an account of a diabolical murder committed in the evening of the 15th inst. We learn from other sources that the unfortunate victim, who was a most respectable citizen, had just risen from the supper table and was sitting near and fronting a window reading a newspaper at the moment when the vile assassin accomplished his atrocious purpose. It will be observed that a son of the deceased has offered a reward for the apprehension of the villain, and we hope every proper exertion will be used to bring him to justice with as much expedition as practicable.

 

"A most foul and cold-blooded murder was committed on Friday evening last, the 15th inst., near Highland, Madison County, Illinois. Mr. Washington Parkinson, an old and highly respectable citizen of this county, was shot while sitting in his own house about 8 o'clock on the night aforesaid, by some unknown person who, under cover of the darkness, discharged a gun loaded with a ball through the window - the ball striking Mr. Parkinson near the center of his forehead. He lived until about eight o'clock a.m. on Saturday, when he expired, having survived the wound about twelve hours.  Rarely, if ever, has there been perpetrated an act of such fiendish atrocity as the one above stated in the state of Illinois - an act that cannot be palliated by any extenuating circumstances, as the vile perpetrator could have been actuated by no other motive than the gratification of his revenge, and his victim, an aged and gray-haired man (being about sixty years of age), a peaceable and quiet citizen, surrounded by a multitude of friends and living in the midst of a moral and religious community. Strong and energetic means should be resorted to, to ferret and bring to justice the guilty actor of this dark and bloody tragedy, for which purpose, Mr. Alfred J. Parkinson, son of the murdered man, has offered a reward of two hundred dollars, and his friends and neighbors have taken steps to increase said reward, the result of which will be announced next week."

 

Notes: Washington Parkinson was born September 3, 1787, and was the son of Peter Parkinson and Mary Morgan. He was born in Washington County, North Carolina, which later became Carter County, Tennessee. He came to Madison County, Illinois Territory in 1814. After his death he was buried in the Parkinson Cemetery in St. Jacob, Illinois. His survivors include his wife, Mary, daughters Mary Ann and Eliza, and son Alfred Jackson Parkinson. As far as I know, the murderer was never found and brought to justice.

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PARKS, AUGUSTUS SHIPLEY/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 5, 1840

Died, in this city [Alton], on the 28th ult., Augustus Shipley, infant son of Lawson A. and Margaret Parks, aged 6 weeks.

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PARKS, ELIZABETH JANE/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 14, 1846

Died in Alton on the 8th inst., after an illness of but six hours, Elizabeth Jane, only child of Lawson A. and Margaret Parks, aged 5 months.

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PARKS, LLOYD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 29, 1914                 Young Boy Dies After Being Thrown From Buggy

Lloyd Parks, the 14 year old boy who was thrown from a vehicle during a runaway near the Milton crossing of the Big Four track when the runaway horse caused the buggy to collide with a Big Four train at the crossing, died at St. Joseph's hospital at 10 o'clock Thursday night. He never regained consciousness. The body was taken in charge by friends of the boy's family. The funeral of Lloyd Parks will be held at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the St. Mary's church to the St. Joseph's cemetery.

 

Mother Invokes Curses on Jury

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 2, 1914

The coroner's jury held no one responsible for the death of Lloyd Parks, after hearing all the evidence in the case yesterday afternoon. There were a number of reasons advanced for the cause of the boy's death, but the jury returned a verdict that he had met his death as the result of a fracture of the skull received when he jumped from a runaway. When the coroner's jury returned a verdict to the effect that the death was the result of an accident and exonerating the railroad company from all blame, Mrs. Parks, mother of the dead boy, arose from her seat and holding both hands high above her head is said to have called down curses on all of the jurors for returning such a verdict. The mother was very much excited according to reports, and was calmed with difficulty. "We could not bring any verdict other than the one we did," said one of the jurors to a Telegraph reported, "for the evidence all tended to prove the accident was unavoidable and unintentional on the part of anybody." Mrs. Parks could not understand why no one was responsible for her son's death, as she felt that some agency was responsible. However, the facts shown at the inquest were that no one was directly responsible for the accident, and the jury could not do otherwise than report the verdict it did. The boy was fatally injured when his runaway horse ran into a Big Four train at Milton crossing one week ago, the boy leaping from the vehicle and being kicked by the horse on the head so that his skull was fractured.

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PARRISH, EMILY L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 31, 1906

Mrs. Emily L. Parrish, wife of William A. Parrish, died Thursday evening at 5:30 o'clock after a brief illness at the family home, 1615 Liberty street. Mrs. Parrish's death was a great surprise and a sad shock to the friends and neighbors who were deeply interested in her. She was taken ill during the afternoon after being apparently in a good state of health and a short time before her death she gave birth to a child, which died after birth. Mrs. Parish never rallied and passed away within a few hours after she had been full of life and strength. There was not the least reason for alarm over her condition, so far as her family and friends knew, and there was no apprehension over her condition until a short time before her child was born. She was a sweet dispositioned woman, who made many friends with her kind manner and her motherly ways. She leaves beside her husband two little girls who have been deprived by death of their mother's care. Mrs. Parish's mother and father are dead. She formerly lived in St. Louis and from there went to Delhi, where her mother owned a farm, and there she was married to William A. Parrish. A few years ago the family moved to Alton and have been living on Liberty street since. Mr. Parish is engaged in the transfer business and is a well known horseman. Since coming to Alton the family have surrounded themselves with a large circle of friends, and in their affliction the family will have the sympathy of the entire community over the death of the young wife and mother.

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PARRISH, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 24, 1908

The funeral of William Parrish was held this morning at the Parish home in Bethalto. Burial was in the Bethalto cemetery. Mr. Parrish was the victim of a fall of slate in his mine at Bethalto about a week ago, and died in St. Joseph's hospital.

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PARTLOW, ARTIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1901

Artie Partlow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Partlow, died Sunday afternoon, aged 10, after a short illness with diphtheria. The funeral was held this afternoon from the family home on Belle street.

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PATTERSON, A. C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 22, 1919

The funeral of A. C. Patterson will be held from the residence four miles out of Edwardsville at 2:30 o'clock on Friday, then to the Liberty Presbyterian church at three o'clock. Interment will be at Liberty Prairie cemetery. Patterson was the father of Mrs. W. I. Wilson of East Alton.

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PATTERSON, EMMA (nee SQUIRES)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1920

Mrs. Emma Patterson, a life-long resident of East Alton, died Thursday morning about 1:15 at her home on Dry street, after an illness of short duration.  The deceased was 76 years of age, and spent all of her life in this vicinity. Death resulted from old age and a complication of diseases. Prior to her first marriage she was Miss Emma Squires, and was one of the pioneer residents of this community. She was married to Charles Fontnier, who preceded her in death about 45 years ago, leaving one daughter who is now Mrs. Orville Sawyer of Alton. About thirty years ago Mrs. Fontnier was married to Louis A. Patterson, who was also very well known here. Mr. Patterson succumbed to an illness about four years ago, and since that time Mrs. Patterson has made her home alone in East Alton. She is survived by two step-children, Gus Patterson and Mrs. Matilda Bright, both of St. Louis, also ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, besides a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Oliver, of Alton. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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PATTERSON, JULIA A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 29, 1909

Miss Julia A. Patterson, youngest daughter of E. C. Patterson of Liberty Prairie, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, after an illness of two months. Mrs. Patterson's parents, four sisters and one brother survive her. The funeral will take place Friday at 1:30 p.m.  Services at the Liberty Prairie Presbyterian church.

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PATTERSON, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 13, 1911            Fatal Shooting Over Game of Craps

Louis Patterson, a negro, was shot in the ear and instantly killed Saturday night at Canal station southeast of Alton, by William Foley, another negro, over a game of craps. After killing Patterson, Foley turned his automatic pistol on about 25 or 30 negroes who were in the tent where a game of craps was going on, robbed them of all they had, and disappeared in the night. Five grat rents in the canvass walls of the tent showed where some of the terrified negroes dived through the sides of the tent when shooting occurred. Coroner Streeper went to the scene of the shooting Sunday morning to hold an inquest. He learned that a gang of men had been shooting craps in a tent when Patterson's wife wanted to participate in the game, and Foley, armed with an automatic gun, refused to let her in unless she paid $2 for admittance. Someone offered to put up the money for her. Foley was rubbing the muzzle of the revolver on the woman's face and neck and Patterson remonstrated. Then Patterson went to the fire to stir it up and while he stooped over, Foley put the weapon to his ear and killed him. The bullet went clear through Patterson's head. Coroner Streeper took the body to Upper Alton and will hold it a short time. The gang of negroes were employed on the drainage canal that is being dug through the bottoms.

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PATTERSON, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 19, 1918

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Patterson, wife of James Patterson, was held this afternoon from the family home at Fosterburg at 1 o'clock. Mrs. Patterson's death occurred last Saturday.

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PATTERSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 30, 1904

Bethalto News - Samuel Patterson, a former resident of this place, was buried here last Sunday morning. He was 79 years of age. He had a paralytic stroke at his home in Edwardsville Thursday, and died from the effects Friday morning.

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PATTON, ADDIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 14, 1921

Mrs. Addie Patton, aged 58, died Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family home, 2117 Lawton Avenue, after an illness of eight months. Mrs. Patton was operated upon at Mullanphy Hospital in St. Louis on July 13th, but her condition failed to improve. She gradually became worse and for some time her condition has been serious. Mrs. Patton is survived by her husband, Thad, two daughters, Mrs. Otto Mossa of Alton, Mrs. Olive Bossatta of New Orleans, and one son, Laverne of Alton. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Lou McGee of Salina, Kansas, and a brother, Edward Marshaw of Dow, Ill. Services will be held at 11 o'clock Wednesday from the home, and afterwards the funeral party will leave for the Presbyterian church at Newbern, where the funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock.

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PATTON, WILLIAM H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1921

Inquest will be held tomorrow into the death of William H. Patton of Wood River, who died suddenly last night in a grocery store there. It had not been determined today if Patton died as the result of drinking from a bottle of liquid thought to be liquor. Patton was last night detailed by the police of Wood River to go to a soft drink place and secure evidence of violations of the prohibition laws. He was working on the case with Officers Holland and Edward Maguire. Patton went inside the place and purchased a soda water bottle full of a liquid with a color similar to that of whiskey. Information secured by Deputy Coroner Streeper shows that Patton was persuaded to take a drink by persons in the soft drink parlor, against his will. It is said that he was not in the habit of drinking. Patton left the saloon shortly afterward, the deputy coroner's office has learned, and went to another place about four blocks distant. Here he purchased a cigar. He then fell over, dead. The place in which Patton died is the Zieggler grocery store, just opposite the main office of the Standard Oil Refinery. He asked for a cigar and reached into his pocket for money. It was then that he fell. It was said today that he never removed his hand from the pocket. Patton was employed at the International Tannery and was married. He leaves a wife and three children. Police of Wood River in the past few days have been conducting an intensive drive on sellers of illicit liquor. Yesterday, and the day before, raids were made and stuff said to be intoxicating liquor was taken. Yesterday the Mithick place, near the Standard Oil Office was raided and a quantity of what is believed to be liquor taken. The bottle of stuff bought by Patton has been retained. The deputy coroner today said it looks like whiskey and smells like a mixture of alcohol and hard cider. The inquest tomorrow night will determine whether Patton's death was due to liquor or other causes.

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PAUL, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 2, 1902

Mrs. Catharine Paul, mother of Mrs. Charles L. Joesting of this city, died suddenly at the home of her son, William Paul of Fosterburg, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Paul was 84 years of age and had been failing rapidly in health. A few days before her death she fell to the floor of her room and sustained slight injuries, which gave her much pain afterward. Sunday afternoon while alone in her room a short time, she was stricken with death and fell from her chair to the floor. When found, she had been dead a few minutes. Mrs. Paul had made her home near Fosterburg nearly 50 years. She visited her daughter in this city at frequent intervals, and had spent much of her life in Alton. She was born in Nassau, Germany. She leaves four children, Messrs. William, George and Charles Paul, Mrs. C. L. Joesting. She leaves also a brother, Philip Maxheiner of Galena. The funeral service will be held at the German Methodist church at Fosterburg. Funeral party will leave the house at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

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PAUL, JOHN H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 3, 1908

John H. Paul, aged 29 years, died Monday, shortly after noon, from appendicitis at his home, 610 east Fifteenth street. He was stricken Friday afternoon suddenly while at work in the St. Louis office of the Illinois Glass company, where he has been employed for several years as bookkeeper and was hurried home as soon as possible. He suffered intensely most of the time up to Monday morning when he became easier. Two of the best physicians in the Altons did what was possible to do for him, and Sunday night at 10 o'clock Dr. Carson, a St. Louis specialist, arrived for the purpose of performing an operation if deemed advisable. Mr. Paul was so weak, however, that Dr. Carson advised against an operation, saying the patient could not survive it.  Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Paul, and was a favorite with all who knew him. He was industrious and ambitious and has been steadily advancing from one position to another, higher and better. His is the first death to occur in a large family, and the grief of those left behind is intensified by this fact. He suffered slight attacks of the trouble that finally caused his death, two years ago, and again just before Christmas, but they soon passed away and left him unharmed, apparently. He is survived by his wife, his parents, four brothers, E. C. Paul and A. W. Paul, the druggists, Harry L. Paul of Alton, A. G. Paul of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and three sisters, Mrs. A. W. Sauer, Mrs. Carl Skaer and Miss Paul. The sudden death of the esteemed young man shocked his many friends sadly, and there will be sincere regret over his demise. Funeral arrangements have not been made.  [Note: Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery]

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PAUL, KATE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 10, 1909

The funeral of Mrs. Kate Paul, widow of Phil Paul, was held yesterday afternoon from the German Evangelical church where services were conducted by the Rev. E. L. Mueller in the presence of a very large number of friends and neighbors of deceased. Deceased was a popular member of the Ladies Aid society of the church and of the Daughters of Rebekah, and the members of both these organizations attended the obsequies in a body. Floral offerings were unusually numerous and very beautiful, and the grave in City cemetery was covered deep with them. Six members acted as pallbearers.

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PAUL, PHILIP/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, November 30, 1854

Yesterday morning a German named Philip Paul accidentally fell over the railing of an outside stairway at his residence near the Piasa House. His neck was broken by the fall and he was taken up dead. He was aged 28 years and leaves a wife. He was a native of Nasaau, Germany, and had been employed at the lumber yard of Allen, Wills, & Co.

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PAUL, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1909

Mrs. John Paul, aged 27, died this morning at her home in Fosterburg, leaving an infant one week old. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

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PAUL, WILLIAM H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 24, 1922

Mr. William H. Paul, one of Fosterburg's oldest residents died at his home at 5:30 a.m., November 24, 1922. He was stricken with paralysis late Monday evening and lingered in an unconscious state until death occurred. He was a veteran of the Civil War and an active member of the Fosterburg post. He was born in Germany, Dec. 1, 1843, and came to this country 7_ years ago and has lived in this vicinity ever since. Mr. Paul was married to Miss Mena Meeden on November 4, 1869. To this union were born ten children, three having died in infancy, also Mrs. Hattie Golike who passed away seven years ago. Those remaining are Mrs. John McCauley, Mrs. Herbert Golike, Miss Lou Paul, also three sons, Phil, John and Herbert, all of Fosterburg. He also leaves his twin brothers, George and Charles Paul and eleven grandchildren. For the past seven years he has been an active member of the Fosterburg Baptist church.

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PAULY, PAULINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 7, 1902

Mrs. Pauline Pauly, wife of Mr. Charles Pauly of Edwardsville, Ill., died suddenly Wednesday evening. She had been in her usual good health up to the time of the fatal attack, had eaten a hearty supper, and shortly afterward became suddenly and violently ill, her death resulting from heart trouble. Mrs. Pauly had many friends and acquaintances in the Altons to whom news of her passing will be a painful surprise.

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PAUST, ADA M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 29, 1921

Mrs. Ada M. Paust, wife of Walter A. Paust, died last night at midnight at her home on the Grafton road, the J. W. Beall farm, after an illness of about three years. She was 37 years of age and leaves her husband, two children, Mildred and Lois, and her father, Harvey Rhyne of Perryville, Mo. She leaves also three sisters, Mrs. Nora Spriggs of Perryville; Gartha Price of St. Louis; and Chloe Ducheau of New York; also two brothers, Austin Rhyne of St. Louis and Edgar Rhyne of Cleveland, O. The funeral will probably be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Jacoby undertaking parlors. Burial will be at Fosterburg.

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PAYNE, JOSEPH F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 14, 1916

Joseph F. Payne died this morning at St. Joseph's hospital where he was taken a week ago Sunday following an attack of appendicitis. At the time he was taken to the hospital, his condition was serious but he showed a great improvement and an operation was not performed. Yesterday he took a turn for the worse and an operation was deemed necessary. The operation was performed but the patient did not rally and died at 9:30 o'clock this morning. Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, also four brothers. He was born on February 15th, 1870. Mr. Payne and wife came to Alton from Mt. Vernon eleven years ago. He was employed since coming to Alton at the Strawboard Plant. Since coming to Alton he has been actively connected with the Upper Alton Presbyterian church and at the time of his death was an Elder in the church. The funeral will be held from the church.

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PAYNE, JULIA DAWSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 22, 1918              Former Alton Hotel Owner Succumbs to Diseases

Mrs. Julia Dawson Payne, aged 51, died in the Christian hospital in St. Louis, Monday evening, after illness from a complication of diseases. She had been very ill for some time and recently was taken to St. Louis to undergo treatment. Two months ago she married B. H. Payne. She was the widow of John Dawson, and for years the family conducted the Dawson hotel in the east end. The property was purchased some time ago by the Illinois Glass Co., and transformed into a lodging house for men employed at the glass works. Mrs. Payne leaves six children: Mrs. David Blackwell of Parkersburg, W. Va.; Mrs. Fred Ernst of Sharon, Pa.; Miss Florence Dawson of St. Louis; John, Miss Julia and Elmer Dawson of Alton. She leaves a brother, Albert Rodgers, of Alton. Mrs. Dawson was a member of the Order of Ladies of the Maccabees. For seven years she conducted the Dawson hotel. Mrs. Dawson was a well known Alton woman and her illness has been the cause of much anxiety to her friends in Alton.

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PEARSON, JOHN MILLS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1910            Self-Education Man, Prominent In Masonic and Public Life Dies

John Mills Pearson, one of Madison county's most distinguished citizens, died Saturday morning at 6 o'clock after an illness of about a year from heart trouble. His end came as he had wished, quietly, peacefully. He had been an intense sufferer for many months, and seldom was able to lie down in bed. Hardening of the arteries was the cause of the illness. In order to facilitate breathing, Mr. Pearson, for many months, had taken most of his rest sitting in a chair, and when he slept he would pillow his head on a desk in front of him. He had been very feeble for a week, but the end was not expected to occur as soon as it did. He was sitting on the edge of his bed and started to fall. An attendant who slept with him attempted to seize Mr. Pearson to hold him up, but the young man's hold was not secure enough and he fell to the floor. The last words he spoke was a request to lay him down, and this was done. He ceased breathing almost at once. Mr. Pearson had been contemplating his approaching dissolution, and Friday he said that he did not know how it would be, referring to a possible struggle when the end came. He had wished for a quiet death, and he experienced it. Mr. Pearson may be said to have been one of Madison county's most distinguished sons. He stood high in the Masonic fraternity, and was honored by all the brand bodies of that order in Illinois. He became a Mason in 1854, and the following year affiliated with the chapter and the council. In 1857 he joined the Commandery, and during the early years of his life he applied himself assiduously to the study of Masonic work. He became an expert on it, and rose in esteem among the men high in the councils of the order. He filled the offices of grandmaster of the grand lodge, grand high priest of the grand chapter, grand master of the grand council, and grand commander of the grand commandery, and by each of those bodies he was presented with a handsome gold jewel, duplicates of the jewels he had worn as emblems of office while filling official positions. Those jewels were recently exhibited in Alton and constituted a rare collection, as it is said but one other man, or possibly two, in the state of Illinois, ever could show a similar collection. He affiliated with the Scottish Rite Masons in 1882, and in 1884 he was elected an honorary 33rd(?) degree mason. During many years he filled the post of chairman of the jurisprudence committees of every one of the Illinois Masonic grand bodies. This is one of the most important offices in these bodies, and Mr. Pearson was kept there because of his eminent ability. His mind was a well trained one, he had depth of reasoning, a wealth of vocabulary, and his logic was sound. At all meetings of the grand bodies he was deferred to, and his opinion was always awaited before action was taken on any important point. John M. Pearson was born at Newburyport, Mass., October 7, 1832, and was in his 78th year. He had few advantages in an educational line, except a high school education he completed at the age of 17. He was a tireless student, however, and determined to educate himself. He aspired to enter Harvard, but never did. A cousin was going through West Point, and young Pearson procured his cousin's books, when he was through with them, mastered them, and afterward examined himself by taking the examinations his cousin had taken in West Point. He learned to be a civil engineer, and did all his own engineering. He came to Illinois in 1849. In 1855 he was married to Catherine Godfrey, daughter of Benjamin Godfrey, the founder of Monticello Seminary. In 1865 he became a farmer. At one time in his career he took charge of the Agricultural works at Alton, and put the institution on its feet. In 1873 he was appointed a member of the state railroad and warehouse commission, and he also served several terms in the Illinois legislature with credit and honor to his district and to himself. He was know as an experienced parliamentarian, and was skillful in debate. For many years he was a political power in Madison county, and frequently presided at Republican conventions. He was interested in public affairs up to the time he became too weak longer to discuss them. Mr. Pearson was a member of the board of trustees of the University of Illinois for a number of years was a representative in the Legislature from 1878 to 1884; was a member of the Madison county board of supervisors for a number of years; was a member of the State livestock commission from 1886 to 1892; was active in the Alton horticultural society for 40 years; and president of that State horticultural society 1885-86. He was a school director for nearly 35 years. His appearance was rugged, he thought little of external show. He read almost constantly and was one of the best informed men in the country. He had an excellent memory, and had a wide acquaintance. During his illness his home was the Mecca of numbers of his friends throughout the state, and many who could not make personal visits wrote letters, which Mr. Pearson read with interest. One of the most pleasing features of the close of his life, to him, was the manifest esteem in which he was held by those who knew him. In the Congregational church at Godfrey he was an active worker. He had a conspicuous part in everything that pertained to the welfare of the church, taught a Bible class for many years, and his talks on religious subjects were equivalent to a sermon by the best of preachers. No where will he be missed more than in the Godfrey church. At the time of his death, none of the children of Mr. Pearson were with him. They frequently came to Godfrey to attend him, but he would not allow them to remain away from their homes to look after him. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Eleanor G. Mason of Minneapolis; and two sons, John L. Pearson of Oak Park, Illinois and Arthur G. Pearson of Chicago. He leaves also six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One of his granddaughters, a student at Monticello, was summoned after her grandfather's death. The other children are expected tonight or tomorrow. No announcement could be made of funeral arrangements until after the arrival of his sons. It is probable that the funeral will be under Masonic auspices from the Godfrey Congregational church, and that there will be many men prominent in the order who will attend. [Pearson is buried in the Godfrey Cemetery.]

 

87 YEAR OLD LADY WRITES INTERESTINGLY OF HON. J. M. PEARSON

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1910

The following interesting communication to the Telegraph was written by Mrs. L. C. Godfrey, now eighty-seven years old and hale and hearty and interested in current events. She lives at the home of her son-in-law, Charles Turner, township clerk of Godfrey township. The article follows:

 

"We came to Godfrey in 1865. At that time Mr. Pearson lived in Alton, but the following year he moved to this place with his family. Our farms adjoined, and he built his house near ours, and from that time until he died we were neighbors and friends. When he first came here he identified himself with this church, and with his wife helped in every good cause and never failed when extra help was needed. In the absence of our minister he was often called on to fill the vacancy, and he was always ready with a sermon which he read with his clear voice and fine expression. Mr. Pearson was a self-made man, and we find very few who with all the help of schools and college could compare with him in general intelligence or the knowledge of those subjects which are supposed to be only learned by years of toil in college or university. He had served one of two terms in the Legislature, and had held several state offices, but we knew him best right here at home where he had a large circle of friends and acquaintances. I was in his class in Sunday school for many years. He was always present, unless absent from town or sick. He made the Bible a wonderful book and could refer to almost any passage called for without other help than his wonderful memory. During his sickness his patience never failed. A few days before he died he said to me, "I feel as if I could not live more than a day or two." I said to him, "Well do you want to go?"  "No, I do not," he said. At the last he raised himself up and fell forward, and found himself in the presence of his Savior."

 

Near End of Godfrey Estate - Two Farms Left

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 9, 1910

The death of John M. Pearson makes it necessary to sell his home place in Godfrey township, and when this sale is held there will be only one piece of property left of the Benjamin Godfrey estate that one time comprised probably 50,000 acres of land in Madison, Macoupin, and Jersey Counties. Capt. Godfrey had sixteen children, and all of them are dead. Also all the wives and husbands of the children are dead, but one, who is Mrs. Lodema Godfrey, widow of James Godfrey. John M. Pearson was a son-in-law of Benjamin Godfrey. Mr. Pearson leaves about 190 acres of land. Mrs. James Godfrey, who is 87, has about 180 acres, and the two pieces, 370 acres, make up all that is left of the holdings of Godfrey. The children of Mr. Pearson do not desire to retain the old home place, one of the finest places in the vicinity of Alton. They will dispose of it as soon as they can. Captain Godfrey bought all the land he owned at very low prices prior to 1840, and he held it many years. Much of it he lost through helping to finance the C. & A. railroad, and much he lost in other enterprises. However, he died possessed of an immense estate, which has disappeared from the family possessions until now, the next to the last piece is to leave the line of descent.

 

Pearson Estate Sale

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 25, 1910

Among the articles sold the other day at the Pearson sale was a large mahogany bureau, which according to markings on the back of it, was brought from New Orleans by Captain Benjamin Godfrey, one hundred and two years ago.

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PEASE, JOHN L./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 28, 1839

Died, in this city [Alton], on Sunday evening last, Mr. John L. Pease, formerly of New Hampshire.

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PEAT, HANNAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 31, 1910

Mrs. Hannah Peat, aged 69, died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Mitchell, 1304 Belle street, after a long illness with cancer of the stomach. She had been in bed twelve weeks. Mrs. Peat came here from Kirkstaff, England, last August, to pass her declining years with her daughter. She brought with her another daughter, Mrs. Ada Hill, and her daughter, Esther Hill. The old lady desired to be near her children when death would come, and she transferred her residence to Alton, as she felt that all she had that was worthwhile in life was her family. Beside Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Hill, she had another daughter, Mrs. John License, of Chicago. Her brother, Daniel Willby, of Springfield, Mo., is in Alton, having come to attend the funeral, which will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mitchell home, Rev. M. W. Twing officiating.

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PECK, HELEN NELSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 12, 1902

The funeral of Mrs. Helen Nelson Peck took place this afternoon from the home of her sisters, Mrs. Lucia I. Priest and Mrs. H. S. Bishop, on Henry street, and the services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt of Cairo, a former pastor and friend of deceased. Interment was in the city cemetery, and the funeral was private.

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PEERS, CYNTHIA S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 5, 1915             Octogenarian Dies From Pneumonia

Mrs. Cynthia S. Peers, aged 83, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. B. F. Bowler, Wednesday morning after an illness of two days. Mrs. Peers was taken ill on Monday evening with pneumonia, and for a time her condition was not considered serious. She died at four o'clock this morning. Mrs. Peers has been a resident of Alton for the past eighteen years, and left a large number of friends. She was well and favorably known about the city. She leaves besides her daughter, three sons, J. N. Peers and M. G. Peers of Collinsville; and Edgar Peers of Vicksburg, Miss. Members of the family had considerable trouble in locating her son, J. N. Peers, who was cruising on the river in his boat, the Lelia. He left Alton on Monday morning and did not know of the illness of his mother. Messages were sent to Havana this morning and there it was learned that he had just left that city for points up the river. Orders were sent to have a speedboat follow him and tell him of the death of his mother. This was done and he will return at once. A short funeral service will be held from the residence at 436 East Eighth street on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. Burial will be in Collinsville, Ill. on Friday. A request has been made by relatives that flowers be omitted.

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PEIPERT, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 14, 1922

Mrs. Elizabeth Peipert, widow of Lawrence Peipert, died at ten o'clock Thursday night at her home, 1110 State street, following a three years' illness with complication of diseases. Throughout her long illness, Mrs. Peipert was very patient, bearing her sufferings cheerfully. She was a well known woman and until ill health confined her to her home, she was active in the social life of the city and was known for her entertaining. She was born and raised in Alton, her maiden name being Tremmel. She was 53 years old last November. Her husband died three years ago last October, and at the time of his death Mrs. Peipert was in very poor health. Few friends thought she would survive Mr. Peipert for so long a time. Mrs. Peipert is survived by one son, William Peipert, and a daughter, Mrs. Charles Smith of Wood River, and eight grandchildren. She also leaves four brothers, Edward N. Tremmel of Carrollton, John Tremmel of Montreal, Canada, Anton and Jacob Tremmel of Alton, and four sisters, Mrs. J. F. Dunlap of Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs. George Keller of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs. John Kies and Mrs. Al Fullager of Alton. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral with interment in Greenwood cemetery.

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PEIPERT/PIEPERT, LAWRENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 4, 1919               Former Businessman Dies

Lawrence Piepert, retired merchant, died this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital at 6:05 after a serious illness of two weeks, and an operation which was performed at the hospital last Saturday. He had been ailing for almost two years when two weeks ago complications set in with gallstone trouble, causing his death. He was 59 years old. Mr. Piepert lived in Alton practically all his life. He was born in Germany and came to America with his parents when two years old. The family settled in Godfrey, and he became a resident of Alton in his early youth. He took out citizenship papers when he was 19 years old, and was engaged in the meat business on Belle street for 18 years. When his health began to fail him two years ago, he turned the business over to his son, William Piepert, retiring from active life and settling with his son's family at 1110 State street. The untimely death of Mr. Piepert causes general sorrow among a large number of friends. During the 18 years that he was actively in business he made countless friends who proved him as a man and those in the same line of business respected him as a competitor in business. His illness has been watched by his friends who held hopes that he would recover until his recent and more serious illness at the hospital. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Piepert, a brother, Jacob Piepert, three sisters, Mrs. Theresa Burmeister of Melville, Ill., Mrs. Vincent Mrasik of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. Gus Hilt of Godfrey, a daughter, Mrs. Charles Smith of Wanda, son William Piepert of Alton, and four grandchildren. The remains may be viewed by friends Sunday afternoon at 1110 State street. The funeral services will be held at the Cathedral at nine o'clock Monday morning. A requiem high mass will be said by Father M. Costello, and interment will be at Greenwood cemetery.

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PELOT, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 3, 1911

Mrs. Annie Pelot, wife of Louis Pelot, died at 4:40 o'clock Friday morning at the family home east of Upper Alton. She had been ill for over a year with tumor of the stomach, and a few weeks ago a surgical operation was performed upon her at St. Joseph's hospital, which failed to give her permanent relief. She was 40 years of age and is survived by her husband and eight children. Mrs. Pelot leaves also some brothers and sisters, William and Chris Horn of Alton; George and John Horn of Jerseyville; Philip of East St. Louis; Mrs. John Hoffman of Alton; Mrs. Martha Kessler of Fieldon. The family lived until a few years ago in Alton, and Mrs. Pelot was well known here. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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PELOT, MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 17, 1907

Mrs. Marie Pelot, aged 73, died Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock after a long illness from asthma. Mrs. Pelot was a native of Germany. She was born in Rhineberg, October 30th, 1833. She came to Alton when a young woman and had lived in the city ever since, raising a large family. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Most and Mrs. Getsinger, and six sons, Frank Pelot of St. Louis, Charles, Louis, Adam, Gustave and August of Alton. She leaves besides thirty grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral will be held Friday or Saturday from the German Evangelical church of which Mrs. Pelot was a member. Mrs. Pelot was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was a woman of a most estimable character, a good mother and a kindly neighbor.

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PENCE, JAMES B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 12, 1902

James B. Pence, father of Dr. C. N. Pence, died suddenly Friday afternoon at the home of his son at East Alton, after a short illness with heart trouble. Mr. Pence was a school teacher fifty-three years, and was a pioneer resident of Lewis county, Mo.  He was former school superintendent at LaGrange, and was well known in Lewis county where he had made his home the greater part of his life. Mr. Pence had been spending the winter with his son at East Alton, and complained Friday of feeling unwell. Dr. Pence was treating him. Mr. Pence had lain on a lounge and while lying there he passed away peacefully and without giving any sign that he was dying. Mrs. Pence was alone in the house, but when it was discovered that her husband's father was dead, Dr. Pence, who was in Edwardsville, was summoned. Mr. Pence leaves his widow and one son. Burial will be at LaGrange, Mo., Sunday.

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PENCE, TILLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 7, 1917

Mrs. Tillie Pence, aged 27, died at her home on State street yesterday morning at 10:30 o'clock after an illness of a very few days with heart trouble. She was well known in Alton and leaves a number of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was born in Bethalto on June 28, 1890. On May 6, 1908 she was married to Oscar Pence of Alton. Besides her husband she leaves a four year old son, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller, and three brothers. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the home. The services are to be conducted by Rev. E. W. Heggemeier.

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PENIFOLD, MILDRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1909

Mildred, 11 years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Penifold, died suddenly Tuesday morning at the family home on Ridge street, near Third, after a long illness from stomach and heart trouble, the latter being super induced by the former. While sick more or less for a long time, she was able to be up and around much of the time and attended school pretty regularly. Monday night she had a bad night and the retching and vomiting caused by the stomach disorder super induced weakness of the heart, it is supposed. Mildred arose this morning and appeared to be no worse than usual, and Mr. Penifold went to work. She died shortly afterwards after a paroxysm of vomiting from heart failure. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Congregational church.

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PENNEWELL, AMY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 24, 1920

Amy, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pennewell, died yesterday afternoon about four o'clock at the home in Yager Park. The child had been sick for two weeks with malaria fever. She is survived by her parents and one sister and three brothers. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the home. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

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PENNING, CHRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 27, 1917

Chris Penning, for many years an employee in the capacity of gardener on the Joseph Krug place, died at St. Joseph's Hospital at 1 o'clock this morning after a long illness. He was 60 years of age and he leaves a son and daughter, also two brothers and two sisters. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Grace Methodist Church.

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PENNING, NORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1919

The body of Nora Penning, colored, who died in Chicago, arrived in Alton and the funeral was held today, interment being in the Upper Alton cemetery.  She lived in Alton until a year ago.

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PENNY, CRECLIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 20, 1902

North Alton News - The funeral of Creclius Penny took place this morning from the home of John R. Batterton to the City Cemetery at Alton. Many friends of deceased attended.

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PENROSE, FANNY L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 18, 1907

Mrs. Fanny L. Penrose, wife of William Penrose, died Sunday morning at 2 o'clock at her home in the Beall flat on eighth street, after an illness of nine days from pneumonia. The death of Mrs. Penrose was a sad shock to her friends who knew that she was very ill, but had every hope that the crisis, which was expected to come Saturday night with the end of the ninth day of the disease, would be passed safely. She was very weak, however, from her illness, and she collapsed shortly after midnight. Mrs. Penrose was born at Warsaw, Ill., June 12, 1867. She came to Alton with her parents, Captain and Mrs. John N. Hamilton, about twenty-five years ago, and had lived here most of the time since then. She was married December 27, 1892 at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. D. Smith, Macon, Mo., having gone there for the purpose of being married to Mr. Penrose. Beside her husband, she leaves a nine year old daughter, Dorothy, two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Smith of Macon, Mrs. J. B. Bemis of St. Paul, Minn., and two brothers, G. H. Hamilton, agent of the Big Four at Alton, and D. H. Hamilton. Her father also survives. Mrs. Penrose's death removes from her social circle and her home a woman who was much loved by all who knew her. She was always bright and cheery, devoted to her family and to her friends, and it was a pleasure to know her. It was not believed that she was as ill as she was, and few gave any thought to a possible fatal termination of the malady from which she suffered. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon from the Congregational church at 2 o'clock.

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PERONNI, JOHN/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 30, 1891

John Peronni, the Italian who had his leg broken and was otherwise badly injured by a fall of slate at the Madison Coal Company's mines at Glen Carbon, a week ago Saturday, died Sunday evening [Dec. 27]. The leg had commenced to mortify and it was thought best by the physicians to amputate it. The operation was performed but the patient was unable to recover on account of other injuries he had received. He has a wife and one son in Italy. He also has a son in Michigan, who has been notified and will likely arrive before the end of the week.

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PERRIN, EMMA (nee KUEHN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 12, 1903

Mrs. Emma Perrin, wife of Will H. Perrin, died Friday evening at 9 o'clock after an illness of six weeks with typhoid fever at the family home on State street. Mrs. Perrin was 32 years of age and is survived by her husband and one son, Courtenay. She was the daughter of Charles Kuehn, the well-known Alton business man. She was born in Alton and lived here all her life. Her marriage to her husband was the culmination of a little romance of her school days, when she was one of the most popular girls of her years and time. She was taken ill six weeks ago, and at the crisis of the fever her heart proved weak and failed. The death of Mrs. Perrin is a sad shock to her husband and to other members of her family. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church and a member of the church choir for many years. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church.

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PERRIN, MARY ANN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 31, 1845

Died, in this city [Alton], on the 27th inst., Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. Harrison Perrin, aged 18 months.

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PERRIN, THOMAS H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1910           Prominent Citizen, Newspaper Editor, Church Worker and Business Man Dies

The end came for Thomas H. Perrin Monday afternoon at 4:50 o'clock at his residence, 615 east Twelfth street. He had been very low for a week and his going out was expected at any time. He had retained consciousness up to a short time before the last, when it became necessary to keep him under the influence of opiates to lesson the pain he had been suffering for several weeks. For a week before his death Mr. Perrin had known that the end was very near. He was willing to go, ready to lay down the work of a life that had been full of activities, and enter into his long rest. Surrounded by members of his family who had been watching him closely and had not been away from him for several days, he passed peacefully away. The death of Mr. Perrin has taken from the working world one of Alton's most active energetic citizens. It has removed a man who had the highest conception of his civic duties, was invaluable to the church, and in business was a keen energetic worker. All his life had been a busy one, and he was always ready to do anything his hand found necessary to be done. He was born in Alton on Second street, between Market and Alby, March 1, 1842, and at the time of his death was in his 69th year. His parents were Harrison and Isabel Perrin. He had little advantage of an early education, and at 10 years he began to work in the office of Alton's newspaper, the Alton Courier, where he served seven years apprenticeship. Afterward, he worked as a journeyman printer in the offices of the Alton Democrat and the Alton Telegraph. He gained in the printing offices, and by study the education which made him afterward a leader in church work, an expert on educational subjects, a good speaker, and fitted him for the position he filled when he died. Few men could show such a mental development with a start under such adverse circumstances as he had. He enlisted when the first call for troops was made by President Lincoln, in Co. I, 4th Missouri volunteers under Capt. William Hubbell. The company was raised in Alton but could not get into an Illinois regiment because the Illinois quota was full, but they succeeded in finding a place in the Missouri quota. Under the administration of President Cleveland he was appointed postmaster at Alton, and it was under his term that the first free mail delivery was given in Alton. He made a study of the public school system, and was appointed for the first time on the school board by Mayor McPike. He served 21 years as a member of the board of education, and served many times as president of the board. He still retained the position up to the time of his death. In his school work he manifested an intelligent grasp of affairs which enabled him to make a success. He was always in favor of keeping school expenses down to the lowest figure it was possible to have and get good results. As president of the board of education, he was honored alike by the faculty and all who have served with him. He was a charter member of Robin Hood camp, Modern Woodmen. Mr. Perrin was married to Martha A. Logan, daughter of Rev. J. B. Logan, D. D., June 30, 1864. As his first work was done in a newspaper office, so his first business venture was in the publishing business. His father-in-law was editor of a church paper, the Western Cumberland Presbyterian, and Mr. Perrin became the publisher of it. Dr. Logan's interest was afterward secured by Dr. J. R. Brown, and the firm of Brown and Perrin purchased the Cumberland Presbyterian, another paper, printed at Waynesburg, Pa., merging the two papers. The same firm published also the Ladies Pearl, a religious monthly. Later both of these papers were sold to the Board of Publication of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in 1872, and were re-established at Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Brown going there as editor. Then Mr. Perrin formed a partnership with Edward A. Smith, who survives him, a boyhood friend. In 1876 Perrin & Smith purchased the Alton Daily and Weekly Democrat, which they published 15 years, when it was merged with the Alton Morning Sentinel, owned by the late J. J. McInerney. In 1879 Perrin and Smith started a branch office in St. Louis, of which Mr. Smith had charge, while Mr. Perrin remained as editor of the Alton Democrat. After Mr. Perrin retired from the post office at Alton, the firm of Perrin & Smith having disposed of their interest in the Sentinel-Democrat, Mr. Perrin became president of the Perrin & Smith printing company. Mr. Perrin had a very important part in developing this firm's business and increasing the value of its plant until today it is one, or the largest firms in the printing business in St. Louis, and has a large business in the line of publication of monthly and weekly journals. Although he had been active in business life, Mr. Perrin probably attained his greatest recognition as a worker in the church. Today the Twelfth street Presbyterian church in Alton is a monument to him, and his untiring self-denying liberality. He united with this church in 1861, and soon after was elected a ruling elder. He served in that capacity until the time of his death. In that church he was the motive power to a great extent, that kept the church going. In every department his aid and service were invaluable. He was not merely an adviser, however, for if any difficult task was to be done, Mr. Perrin was the man who did it. He built up the Sunday school, as superintendent, during the 39 years he served in that capacity, and made it a thing of life. He had a Bible class there that was recognized as being the finest Men's Bible class in this part of Illinois. The spirit of the class was excellent, the attendance a marvel to all. In the Twelfth street church, then known as the Cumberland Presbyterian, he gained recognition from the higher bodies of the church. He served as moderator of the Illinois synod several times, was a member of the board of home and foreign missions, with headquarters in St. Louis, for many years, and was president two terms. He was a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian church many times, and was a member of that body when the union of that denomination with the Presbyterian church was affected several years ago. Since the union of the churches, he has been a commissioner to the General Assembly of the merged church and a member of the National Council of Reformed churches of the Presbyterian faith; also treasurer of the church extension association of Illinois. Mr. Perrin is survived by his wife and three children, Charles L., William H. Perrin, and Mrs. Leo F. Winter. Mr. Perrin's illness began several years ago, and his friends and family became somewhat alarmed by several collapses he suffered. Finally he decided to submit to a surgical operation, to stay what was recognized as a dangerous malady. The operation did not result in any permanent good, and from that time he was able to be out but little. Throughout his illness he manifested a splendid courage that enabled him to ignore the advance of disease and the certainty of near dissolution, and every minute of his time that he could do so, he was engaged in some form of work of a public or business character. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Twelfth street Presbyterian church.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1910

The funeral of Thomas H. Perrin was held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Twelfth street Presbyterian church. The church was filled to its capacity and there were many who could not get inside....The funeral cortege was a long one, and there was a large gathering in City cemetery to attend the laying away of Mr. Perrin for his long rest.

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PERRINGS, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 27, 1916

William Perrings, aged 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Perrings, died at 4 o'clock this morning at the home of the parents, 912 1/2 east Sixth streets after an illness with pneumonia. Beside his parents he leaves two sisters. The funeral services tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock will be conducted by Rev. S. D. McKenny at the family home.

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PERRY, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 6, 1904

Upper Alton News - Edward Perry, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Perry, died Monday evening at 6:30 o'clock at the family home on Liberty street in Upper Alton. He was just 21 years old, and had cast his first vote at the Presidential election. The young man had only been seriously ill since Saturday evening when he was brought home from his _____ suffering with pneumonia. He had contracted a cold last week while at work in St. Louis, where he was employed in the freight office of the Frisco Railroad Company, and kept on with his work as usual until Saturday, when he was taken suddenly ill and was removed to his home where he suffered the worst pains of pneumonia until death relieved him last evening. The death of Edward Perry has caused a severe shock to the community. He was one of the most energetic young men in Upper Alton, and all who knew him were his friends. He was liked and trusted by his employers and by his death they lose one of their best employees. The bereaved family have the sincerest sympathy of the entire neighborhood. The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but it will probably be held tomorrow afternoon at the family home if all relatives that are expected arrive in time. The deceased leaves to mourn his death besides his parents, two brothers, Randolph and Wayman Perry, and one sister, Miss Edith Perry, of Upper Alton.

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PERRY, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 26, 1903

The funeral of Frank Perry, who died Sunday morning, took place this morning at 10 o'clock at the family home seven miles north of Upper Alton. The funeral services were attended by many friends and relatives of deceased, who are grieved at his removal in the prime of life. Interment was in the Bates graveyard.

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PERRY, MARIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 31, 1918

The funeral of Mrs. Maria Perry will be held tomorrow morning from the residence of John Winkler of 604 Foest [sic] Home Place. Winkler has taken full charge of the funeral arrangements.

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PETERS, ELLEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1906

Mrs. Ellen Peters, widow of Joseph Peters, died this afternoon at her home, Nineteenth and Belle streets, after an illness of several years. Mrs. Peters had lived in Alton almost all her life, having come here from Charleston, S. C., when a girl. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. J___ Quinn of Peoria, and Mrs. William Winters of Godfrey. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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PETERS, ERHARDT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 16, 1904

Erhardt Peters, a long time resident of Fosterburg, died at his home in that place last evening, aged 71 years. Deceased was a native of Germany, but spent the greater part of his life in Fosterburg, having lived there 38 years. The funeral will take place at the Baptist church in Fosterburg on Thursday at 2 o'clock.

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PETERS, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1901           Electric Lineman Meets Death After Falling From Pole

Joseph Peters, a young electric lineman who was born and raised in Alton, was almost instantly killed this afternoon shortly before 3 o'clock by falling from an electric line pole at the corner of Fifth and Cherry streets. Peters was stringing wires in charge of Foreman William Elfgen on Fifth street, and had been laying the line of wires preparatory to putting them on the pole. He had complained of his spurs hurting him just a few minutes before, and it is believed for that reason he may have lost his hold on the pole upon which he was clinging. The men working with him say they saw him reel backward and fall headlong to the ground. He struck with his head on the brick paving and sustained a long fracture on the top of his head. He was picked up and carried to a house in the neighborhood, but life was extinct in a few minutes after the fall. The exact reason of Peter's fall is not known. By some it is attributed to sunstroke, and by others to electric shock, or to the defect in his spurs. After his fall he did not utter a sound, and the men who picked him up saw he was dangerously injured. He fell a distance of about 25 feet. The body was placed in the care of Undertaker Klunk, and was taken to the home on Belle street. Peters was married, was 30 years of age, and besides his wife he leaves a family of three young children. He was an industrious, sober workman and had been in the employ of the Alton Railway Gas and Electric Company five years. About six weeks ago while working in the vicinity of the powerhouse, Mr. Peters was struck on the back of the neck by a live wire and rendered unconscious.

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PETERSEN, LETTIA D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 13, 1915

Mrs. Lettia D. Petersen, aged 52, died at her home at the corner of Fifth and Ridge streets early this morning after an illness of several weeks. She is survived by a husband and one son. The funeral will be held from the home at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery.

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PETRY, MRS. PHILLIP (nee MERSINGER)/Source: Troy Star, April 19, 1894

The funeral of Mrs. Phillip Petry took place at the Catholic church in Black Jack Saturday. She was a daughter of F. Mersinger and a well known leader in her vicinity. She leaves a husband and three small children.

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PETTINGILL, SUSAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 28, 1901

Upper Alton News - Mrs. Susan Peetingill, widow of the late D. A. Pettingill, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jackson Vaughn on Brown street, May 28, 1901, after a lingering illness, at the age of 72 years and 6 months. There will be a short funeral service at the home at 9:30 tomorrow morning. The burial will be at Mitchell at 1:30 p.m.

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PETTIT, ALEXANDER W./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 14, 1840

Died, in Middletown, on Monday the 9th inst., Alexander W., son of John H. and Mary Ann Pettit, aged 20 months.

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PFAFF, VALENTINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1920     Civil War Veteran Dies at Home - Saw Many Important Battles

Valentine Pfaff, a veteran of the Civil War and a resident of Alton and vicinity for 62 years, died at his home in Fosterburg today. He was 77 years old. Mr. Pfaff was born on February 14, 1843, in Niederschuein, Baden, Germany, and came to America when 15 years old. He located in Alton and for a number of years conducted a tin shop. In 1882 he moved to Fosterburg with his family, and had since resided there. Mr. Pfaff enlisted in the Union Army on August 13, 1861, as a private in Co. D, 17th Missouri Regiment of Infantry. He was 18 years old when he enlisted. He was discharged from the service on March 12, 1864, at the United States General Hospital, Mound City, Ill., with a surgeon's certificate of disability, resulting from a sickness. He participated in the battles of Key Ridge, Arkansas Post, the Siege of Vicksburg, and others. Mr. Pfaff was married on August 5, 1866, to Miss Louisa Hoffer. Of this marriage six children were born, four of whom survive. They are Dr. R. A. Pfaff of this city; Mrs. Emma Walters of St. Louis; and Mrs. Rosa Ihne of Fosterburg. Mr. Pfaff is also survived by his widow. Next August, Mr. and Mrs. Pfaff would have cleebrated their fifty-fourth anniversary of their wedding. Mr. Pfaff, while in business in Alton, made many warm friends and his death causes sorrow both here and at Fosterburg. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and of Fosterburg Post 746, Grand Army of the Republic. Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 2 p.m. Wednesday, by the Rev. Korb, pastor of the Fosterburg Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Fosterburg Cemetery.

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PFEIFFENBERGER, ELIZABETH (nee MATHER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 21, 1921       Widow of Former Mayor Lucas Pfeiffenberger Dies

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Pfeiffenberger, a life-long resident of Alton, died at her residence, 708 State street, Sunday evening at 7:45 o'clock from paralysis following a general breakdown due to her age. She would have been 80 years of age the 11th of next May. Mrs. Pfeiffenberger's death had been expected during all of the week preceding the end. She was stricken with paralysis on the Saturday of the week before, and for eight days she had been unconscious, unable to take any food or water. She had been in bad health for some time previous to the paralytic stroke. At the time of the death of her husband, former Mayor Lucas Pfeiffenberger, three years ago next March 16, it was not believed that Mrs. Pfeiffenberger would long survive him. The couple had been deeply devoted to each other. They had been married over fifty years at the time of the husband's death, and their married life had been one in which both had left nothing undone for the comfort and happiness of the other, and those who knew Mrs. Pfeiffenberger best realized that it would not be her wish to be left alone for very long. She was born in the city of Alton, the daughter of Andrew Mather, and she spent all of her life here. She was married here November 20, 1867, and was the mother of five children, three of whom survive, George, John M. and Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger. Her whole interest was centered in her family and her maternal devotion to her children was repaid to her in her declining years by every mark of filial devotion being bestowed on her by her sons, who were constant in their attention to her and saw to it that she lacked nothing at any time that would comfort her in her declining years. Mrs. Pfeiffenberger is the last of her family, but one, only one sister, Miss Belle Mather, remaining. A few years ago Mrs. Pfeiffenberger's other sister, Mrs. George H. Davis, died, and a number of years before her brother, John Mather, passed away. Mrs. Pfeiffenberger was highly esteemed in the neighborhood where she lived. It was not only as a wife and mother that she was a success, but as a neighbor, and among those who had lived near her there was the deepest concern over her illness, and much sympathy for her. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home on State street, and will be private. The family request that there be no flowers.

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PFEIFFENBERGER, LUCAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1918           Former Mayor and Architect Falls Dead in Home

Lucas Pfeiffenberger, four times mayor of Alton, dropped dead in his home Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, as the indirect result of an accidental fall a few days before, by which he broke two ribs on his right side. He had risen from his bed to go unattended to the bath room, and arriving there he was stricken with death and fell over into the empty bathtub. His death was instant. The opinion of his son, Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger, was that death was due to an embolism of the brain. A blood clot had doubtless formed in the circulatory system of his body as the result of the injuries he had suffered, and when Mr. Pfeiffenberger rose to go to the bathroom the clot was set adrift in the veins and reached the brain, where it obstructed the brain action and caused instant death. Members of the family had known that Mr. Pfeiffenberger's case was a serious one. He had been suffering intensely from the broken ribs and he had also had some loss of blood, indicating internal injuries, but he was in such a resolute frame of mind and so stoutly insisted that he would get well, it was believed that he might have a chance to recover, notwithstanding his eighty-four years. His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mather Pfeiffenberger, was with him just before he died, and he had insisted that he be allowed to go unattended. He refused to consider that he needed any assistance. Lucas Pfeiffenberger was born in Mudau, Baden, Germany, November 14, 1834. He was brought to this country by his parents when he was 18 months old. His parents settled at Dayton, Ohio, and there he apprenticed himself to a carpenter when 15 years of age. He worked by day and at night, studied the theoretical side of building, preparing himself for the profession of architect. In 1852 he went to California, and returned to Dayton, and it was while on his way there a second time he arrived in Alton and stayed here. A drouth on the plains had caused him to postpone his trip. He found Alton so satisfactory to him that he concluded to make it his home permanently, and he later established himself in business. He engaged first as a contractor, then opened an architect's office and continued in that profession. Every day up to the time of his injury he would climb the two long flight of stairs to his third story office, and he never relinquished interest in business. In 1867 he married Miss Elizabeth C. Mather, daughter of Andrew Mather, for many years a well known and prominent business man of Alton. He always had a deep interest in public matters. In 1866 he was elected chief of the Alton Fire Department and continued in that capacity until 1872.  Four times he was elected mayor of Alton. He was prominent in Democratic party politics here, beside being interested in local politics. For many years he was generally the choice of the Democrats as chairman of their party meetings and primaries, and his influence in the party was weighty. In 1866 he organized the first Board of Trade, and in 1885 he was elected president of it, serving in that capacity until the present Board of Trade was organized in 1911. At that time he, with the other officers of that body, turned over their records to the newer and fully financed body. In 1883 he helped organize the Alton Building and Loan Association, and was made its president. He also headed its successor, the Bluff City Workingmen's Building and Loan Association, and when it gave way to the Piasa Building and Loan Association he became that organization's first president, and continued in office ever since. At the time of his death he still held the position of president, and he was among the most regular in attending meetings, no matter how stormy the weather. He assisted in the organization of the Citizens National Bank, and was its first vice-president, later giving place to another, and becoming chairman of the board of directors in the bank. He planned buildings at distant places, among which were a hotel at Manitou, Colo., and the first shelter at the Mineral Springs there. In Alton he planned Lincoln School, erected in 1868, also the Madison Hotel, the Alton National Bank, St. Patrick's Church, St. Joseph's Hospital, the homes of J. E. Hayner, Henry Watson, St. Mary's Church, Garfield School, the Woman's Home, Nazareth Home, the Bowman dry goods store building, the Wood River School, the residences of E. M. Dorsey, George R. Hewitt, the present home of former Mayor Beall, and among industrial plants the Beall Bros. plant at Alton and East Alton, the Illinois Corrugated Paper Co. plant and part of the plant of the Alton Brick Co.  Mr. Pfeiffenberger was a staunch believer in Alton, and he was ever ready to give personal service and his money to help out on public enterprises. He was known as a man of resolute will, and not to be easily deterred from a course of action. One of his best known expressions indicative of his quality of mind, was when he would urge falterers in any enterprise to "take the bull by the horns." There was never any failing about him and he faced death with as much courage as he did any of his minor battles in life. In his passing Alton lost an active and useful citizen. He leaves beside his wife, who celebrated with him last November their golden wedding anniversary, three sons, George D., in business in East St. Louis; John M., who was his father's right hand man in Alton; and Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. In conformity to an oft expressed request, the funeral will be very simple, and there will be no flowers. He loved flowers but he believed they should be given to the living and not for the dead.

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PFEFFER, BARTHOLOMEW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 4, 1909

Bartholomew Pfeffer, aged 74, died Monday morning at 11 o'clock at his home, Bloomfield street and the Vandalia road, where he had lived alone for many years. He leaves two sons, Joseph and Edward Pfeffer, his wife having died a number of years ago. Mr. Pfeffer was an interesting old man, possessed a kindly disposition, and in the neighborhood where he lived he was generally known among the children as Santa Claus. He had lived in Alton over fifty years, coming here when a very young man after serving a term of enlistment in the Germany Army of his Fatherland. For many years he conducted a cooper shop where he made beer and whisky barrels, and in later years he put much of his time doing repair work on barrels for the Bluff City Brewery. After the death of his wife he lived with his children, but finally concluded to occupy two rooms in a house that belonged to him, and there he stayed the remainder of his days. Even when he was taken very ill he would not go to the home of either of his sons. Every day, however, members of his family would look after him and see that he was comfortable. His little "den" was decorated with old time pictures and curios, and he had a large number of little keepsakes he had preserved and of which he was very proud. About three weeks ago the little old man was stricken with his last illness, and uraemic poisoning developed, which proved fatal. The body was taken after his death to the home of his son, Edward Pfeffer, 903 Vandalia road, where the funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, to be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller. The German Benevolent Society, of which he was an old time member, will have charge of the service at the grave, and the White Hussars band will participate in the funeral services.

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PFEIFER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 28, 1912

Joseph Pfeifer, aged 30 years, died Saturday evening in the Granite City hospital after a year's illness. He was employed in the Census department in Washington D. C. until sickness overcame him when he returned to Granite City to the home of his brother, Frank. Recently he became much worse and the Knights of Columbus had him removed to the hospital. His parents are both dead, and for many years lived on a farm the other side of Godfrey. He leaves five brothers, John, who is farming the home place; George of St. Louis; Frank and Anthony of Granite City; and Ed in Brookline, Ark.  He has four sisters, Mesdames Henry and Louis Leady of Alton; Mrs. Dick Welsh of Delhi; and Miss Lizzie Pfeifer of Granite City. The funeral mass will be said tomorrow morning in Granite City by Rev. Fr. Murphy, and he will accompany the funeral party later to Brighton, where burial will be made Tuesday afternoon. The pall bearers will be six members of the Granite City Lodge, Knights of Columbus.

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PFEIFFER, EMANUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 5, 1902

Emanuel Pfeiffer, a retired business man and one of the most prominent citizens of Alton, died this morning at 12:30 o'clock at the family residence on Twelfth street. Mr. Pfeiffer has been an invalid for over eighteen months, during the greater part of which time was confined to his home. During the last four months of his life he was bedfast, and his condition has been such as to cause his family to abandon all hope of his recovery. His death was a relief from great suffering as his malady has been an acute one, affecting his entire system. He was born at Weidenthal, Germany, and was in his 68th year. He came to Alton forty years ago and was engaged in the shoe business 35 years. By careful methods and industry he built up a profitable business in Alton, and he had the confidence of all who dealt with him. His health failing, he was unable to look after his business in later years, and he was compelled to retire. He was married at Prairietown, Madison County, while a resident of Alton, and raised a large family here. He leaves a widow and five children, Mrs. H. J. Bailey, Mrs. J. R. Cartwright, Albert, Harry and Blanche Pfeiffer. His death removes one of the best known business men of Alton, and while his passing is deplored by his family and his friends, it is a relief to know that his suffering has reached its end. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and services will be conducted at the home by Rev. M. W. Twing.

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PFEIFFER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 16, 1903

John Pfeiffer, aged 64, died from paralysis last evening at his home near Godfrey. He had lived there since 1866, and was the father of 10 children now living. He will be buried Saturday morning at Brighton.

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PFEIFFER, NELL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 7, 1916

Mrs. Nell Pfeiffer, widow of George Pfeiffer, who died about a year ago, passed away this morning at her home on lower State street, just opposite Third street. Mrs. Pfeiffer has been in poor health for some years and the shock of her husband's death was very hard on her. She was in her 42nd year. Mrs. Pfeiffer was a member of the well known Noonan family of Russell street, and leaves besides her two little daughters, her mother, one sister, Miss Nonie Noonan, and five brothers, James of Chicago; and John, Edward, Dennis and David of Alton. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning from the Cathedral. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery beside the body of her late husband.

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PHELAN, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 12, 1916           One of Oldest Glassblowers in Alton Dies

George Phelan, one of the oldest glass blowers in the city of Alton, former Upper Alton village official, and member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, died this morning at 6:20 o'clock at the family home on Washington avenue. As stated in the Telegraph last night, Mr. Phelan had been in an unconscious condition for almost three days, and his death was expected at any time. He was 66 years old. Mr. Phelan's death was the result of a sickness that commenced in an unusual manner about two weeks ago. He had been conducting a grocery store for some time, and last winter he put in a truck to deliver goods. He had been running the truck himself a part of the time, and on the 19th day of May he had a slight accident when his truck was struck by a street car in front of his store. While the car was not running fast, the delivery truck was knocked backwards a distance of about thirty feet. Mr. Phelan was not thrown out of the machine, but the shock of the accident was a severe one. Whether the accident had anything to do with his illness is not definitely known, but Mr. Phelan was inclined to believe that it was. He suffered from headaches during the weeks that followed. One week ago last Sunday his fatal illness commenced, and from the first he was in a delirious condition the greater part of the time. George Phelan was one of the oldest glassblowers in Alton. He came here forty-three years ago from Ellenville, N. Y., and commenced blowing glass in the Alton glass factory when it was located on Belle street. He worked at the trade almost up to the time that the hand blower was crowded out by the automatic machine. He was born in Troy, New York, December 7, 1851. He was married to Miss Anna Archer of Alton a couple of years after he came here to take a place at the glass trade. Besides his widow he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edward Dorsey. Mr. Phelan was widely known for the interest he took in public affairs. His political career commenced when he was first elected to the office of trustee in the village of Upper Alton before that section of the city was annexed to Alton. He served several terms as member of the village board, and later he was inspector on numerous street paving jobs when the first street paving in Upper Alton was done. Four years ago Mr. Phelan was elected an assistant supervisor, which gave him a seat on the Madison County Board of Supervisors. He was holding this office at the time of his death. Besides being a member of the board, Mr. Phelan was a member of Western Star Lodge, I. O. O. F., Carlin Rebekah, and the Bluff City Court of Honor. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home at Washington and Sanford avenues, and services will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Burrows, pastor of the Washington Street Methodist Church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Upper Alton, and the services at the cemetery will be in charge of the Odd Fellows.

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PHELAN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1914      Old Time Glassblower Dies - First Apprentice Under William Eliot Smith

John Phelan, an old time glass blower of Alton, died at 5 o'clock Tuesday evening at the family home on Washington avenue in Upper Alton from a stroke of apoplexy, which he suffered Monday morning. Mr. Phelan worked at the glass trade up to three weeks ago, when factory No. 10 in the plant of the Illinois Glass Company suspended operations. Since that time he had done nothing and he complained almost each day of feeling badly. During one of the hot days of last week he was overheated, and he had not entirely recovered from that illness. Monday morning he complained of his head hurting, and he started to go to bed, but before he got there he fell to the floor in an unconscious condition and never rallied. He leaves his wife and three children, one daughter, Mrs. Katie Gerdes of San Francisco; and two sons, John of Alton; and Charles Phelan, whose whereabouts seem to be unknown. He also leaves two brothers, George Phelan, who resides a few doors from the home of deceased; and Alonzo Phelan of Massillon, Ohio, who will arrive in Alton tonight to attend the funeral of his brother. The daughter, Mrs. Gerdes, has started for home but she cannot get here until Saturday, and the funeral arrangements will not be made until her arrival. Charles Phelan, the younger son, is working at the glass trade in the West and up to a short time ago he was at San Francisco. He got out of work there, and he wrote his parents he was going up the coast in Washington State to work in a new plant, but he did not explain just where it was, and therefore his relatives here cannot locate him to inform him of his father's death. Several messages have been sent, but each failed to locate the young man. John Phelan was born in Ellenville, N. Y., and was 58 years old on the 11th day of May. He came to Alton with his brother, George Phelan, in 1872. George was a journeyman glass blower, but his brother ha dnot yet learned the trade. Both men went to work for William Eliot Smith in the Alton glass works, then on Belle street, and John Phelan was the first apprentice put to work to learn the trade by the late Mr. Smith. He continued at the trade and became a glass blower, and for the past forty-two years he has been at work at the trade. He was one of Alton's old time glass blowers, and there are few of the old tradesmen in Alton that have been at the trade longer than he was.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1914

The funeral of John Phelan was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. Patrick's Church. There was a very large attendance at the funeral as Mr. Phelan was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and especially among his neighbors and fellow workmen. The daughter, Mrs. Katherine Gerdes, whose coming from California was being awaited, arrived Saturday night. The son, Charles, who was in the west and whose whereabouts was not ascertained until after considerable delay, could not get here. The funeral services were conducted by Fr. Francis Kehoe. The pallbearers were Adam Kestner, Joseph Wahl, Henry Freark, Joseph Everson, William Jackson, and Fred Green. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery beneath a heavy blanket of flowers.

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PHILLIPS, JAKE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 29, 1919           Crane Man Saved When Crane Falls - One Man is Killed - Third is Maimed

George Holland seemingly by miracle, escaped injury in a fall of 25 feet with a 15-ton traveling crane at the Laclede steel plant, while Jake Phillips was killed and Thomas Stokes was maimed, losing one leg and the other was badly hurt. The accident, which occurred about 4 p.m., was due to the collapse of the "runway" on which traveled the crane, weighing about fifteen tins and having a fifteen ton lifting capacity, in the open hearth department. Holland was operating the electrically driven crane and fell with it. On the floor were two negroes, Phillips and Stokes, who were caught by the falling crane and pinioned. Phillips was instantly killed. It was believed Stokes was killed too, but when he was taken from beneath the crane he was alive, but had suffered terrible injuries to his legs, one of them being so crushed as to make amputation necessary. Reports that two men had been killed were due to the fact that, until Stokes had been taken out, it was believed that it was impossible for him to have escaped with his life. Stokes was taken to the hospital and Phillips' body was turned over to Deputy Coroner Bauer. Phillips was in his 53rd year and had lived in Alton seventeen years. He leaves his wife, four sons and two daughters. The funeral services will be held from the home, 1022 Gold street, Friday at 2 p.m. and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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PHILLIPS, MATILDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 30, 1904

Mrs. Matilda Phillips, aged 65 years 2 months, died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Shea, at Godfrey, this morning from fatty degeneration of the heart. She weighed 425 pounds and was so large that it was necessary for Undertaker Klunk to send for a casket to be made to order. She had not been able to sleep in a reclining position for a long time, but sat up in a chair because of difficulty in breathing. She leaves only one daughter, Mrs. John Shea. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home at Godfrey.

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Charles PhinneyPHINNEY, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 5, 1904     Veteran Business Man Passes Away At The Age of 94 Years

Charles Phinney passed away at midnight last night after several week's illness from debility. Charles Phinney born born in Wauquoit, Mass., August 25, 1810. His father was a master mariner, and with him Charles, when a lad, made several coasting trips. When he arrived at maturity he, in common with a vast company of Eastern people, came West, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he remained a few years, and then came to Alton in 1838, where he entered the grocery business in which he continued until his death, a period of more than 66 years. This is probably the longest record of an active business career of any man in the West. Mr. Phinney in the early days conducted the "Boston Grocery" on West Second street, about where Hayden's machine shop now is. Afterwards, in connection with the late Samuel DeBow, he began the wholesale grocery business on Third street, afterwards the firm was Phinney & Barr, and after the dissolution of this firm he carried on the business himself until his son, the late H. R. Phinney, became his assistant. Mr. Phinney's vigor and activity was one of the remarkable features of the man. After the death of his son, Henry R. Phinney, it was supposed that he would retire from business life, but the veteran was so accustomed to his career of activity that he continued to supervise his store until a few weeks ago, when he was compelled to take his bed. Mr. Phinney in the early day was a strong anti-slavery man. His sympathies were with the slaves in the South, and when one of them made his way to Alton, Mr. Phinney's pocket book was always open to render assistance to the fugitive. Mr. Phinney was a devoted Christian man, his membership being with the Presbyterian church during his entire residence in Alton, with the exception of a few years when his relations were with the Congregational church. Although of a retiring nature and somewhat of an appearing severity of manner, there was no man with a warmer heart for a cause he deemed right, and no one's face lighted up with more pleasure when it was his privilege to talk with intimate or casual friends. His familiar form on the streets was known to all, and up to a few years ago his brisk walk and activity was a surprise to all. Mr. Phinney married Miss Sarah Allard in this city [Alton].  She was a New England lady. To this union six children were born, all of whom, including his wife, have passed away. Mr. Phinney lived at the old homestead on Twelfth and Langdon, where his granddaughter, Mrs. Robert M. Forbes, kept house for him. The last member of his family was Henry R. Phinney, who died Christmas night, 1901, and his death was a heavy blow to the aged business man; but, as in all the affairs of life, he bore up bravely and continued the even tenor of his way until the message for himself came, and then he was ready.  Of Mr. Phinney's relatives the following survive him: His sister, Mrs. Sarah Sargent of Twelfth street, Mrs. Robert M. Forbes and brother Thomas Lewis (the latter of St. Louis), children of Mrs. Harriet Phinney Lewis, Mrs. Charles L. Phinney and daughter, Mrs. Sadie Phinney Hopkins, Mrs. Henry R. Phinney and children, viz: Mrs. Lulu Phinney Burr of Sicily, Mrs. Harriet Phinney Bennett of Los Angeles, Cal., Miss Mary Phinney and Henry R. Phinney, both of Alton.

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PHINNEY, ELLEN T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, July 24, 1912

Mrs. Ellen T. Phinney died at 2 o'clock this afternoon at her home at Twelfth and Henry streets after an illness extending over a period of four years. Her condition became very acute the past two weeks and the end has been looked for at any hour for several days. Mrs. Phinney became ill with an affliction that baffled physicians and although everything possible was done for her she gradually sank as the malady took her strength. Born in Alton almost seventy years ago, she was one of the pioneer native residents of the city. Her husband, Charles Phinney, preceded her to the grave many years ago, and she is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Sadie Graham, who has been constantly with her mother during her long illness. Mrs. Phinney has resided in the home where she died for over thirty years and her acquaintance in the city, especially among the older residents, was far reaching. Mrs. Phinney had three sisters, Mrs. J. W. Cary, her twin sister, died ten years ago. Mrs. Sarah Adams and Mrs. George Hawley, both of St. Louis, still survive. Mrs. Phinney was a member of the First Presbyterian church and was an interested worker in the church cause.

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PHINNEY, HENRY R./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 26, 1901      Heart Disease Claims Prominent Alton Business Man and Civil War Veteran

Henry R. Phinney died Thursday morning at 2:30 o'clock at the family residence, 302 East Twelfth street, after a two weeks illness from heart disease. Mr. Phinney's death is a crushing sorrow to his family and to his many friends, because of its suddenness, as it was believed he was convalescent and would be able to be downtown in a few days. He had been suffering from heart trouble during his two weeks illness, and his family persuaded him to stay at home and recover his strength. Wednesday evening at 9:30 o'clock he fell into a deep sleep, but his repose seemed natural and caused no alarm. The sleep seemed to be the forerunner of a restoration to complete health, and the suspense of his wife and daughter, who were in constant attendance, was greatly relieved. Until 1:45 o'clock his sleep continued to be natural, but then he became restless and seemed to be suffering pain. He passed away within 45 minutes, without waking from his sleep, which had turned into the sleep of death. Mr. Phinney's death produced a genuine sensation in the business world in which he moved and among his friends who had known him as a successful business man and good citizen for many years. It was not generally known he was dangerously ill until the report of his death gained circulation. For many years he was engaged in the wholesale grocery business with his father, Charles Phinney. Of recent years he has had complete charge of the business, although the venerable father has always been constantly at his own place at the store. He was probably better known in Alton than most of the business men, having been a life-long resident of Alton and always deeply interested in the city and everything that pertained to its interest. His concern in all public events was most prominent among his characteristics and his enthusiasm and interest concerning those around him was always evident. In his family he was the best of fathers, always working for those nearest and dearest to him. By his death he leaves his aged father, the last of his family, his wife, three daughters and one son: Miss Mamie Phinney, Mrs. Harriet Bennett of Los Angeles, Mrs. Lulu Burr of Berlin, and Henry R. Phinney Jr. of Alton. Mr. Phinney was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting when a boy in Co. I, 97th Illinois Volunteers, and served until compelled to come home because of ill health. He served several terms in the City Council and has always been prominent in civic affairs. He was prominent in Masonic circles and had been a member of Piasa lodge and Belvidere commandery of this city. Henry R. Phinney was born in Alton, October 7, 1846, and except a few years he was away from here, he resided in Alton all his life. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be conducted at the family residence.

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PHIPPS, JOHN T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 25, 1916          Dies From Rabies After Bit by Rabid Dog

John T. Phipps, village marshal at Wood River, died shortly after midnight Tuesday morning in St. Joseph's Hospital from rabies, as the result of being bitten by a rabid dog last October 13. The death of Mr. Phipps was expected. He was in a very bad condition when taken to the hospital and he grew steadily worse. He was in a high state of nervous excitement, and manifested all the symptoms of rabies, including a very pronounced aversion to water. The sufferings of the afflicted man were excruciating. He was attended by some of the members of the family up to a point where they became completely exhausted by their vigil and they went home. Phipps was 58 years of age. Before going to Wood River he had been a farmer in Jersey County. He was known as a man with high conceptions of his duty and he made a good officer. It was while attempting to execute a dog which had bitten a child that he was bitten, and he paid no attention to the wound. Phipps leaves his wife and eleven children and step-children. One of his sons has been away from home for some time, and ineffectual efforts were made to locate him and advise him of his father's bad condition. During most of the time that Phipps was in the hospital he suffered from intermittent convulsions. The death of Phipps from rabies is of unusual interest because of the rareness of a fatality from that disease. Ordinarily such precautions are taken after a person has been bitten by a dog suspected as being rabid, that a cure is speedily effected. A number of instances of this kind have arisen in Alton, and the Pasteur treatment has been used. In this case it was not used, nor was it used on the boy who was bitten at the same time. However, other germicides were used and the boy is apparently all right. The rabies germ has great vitality and unless some means of overcoming it is used may be dormant in the system for a long time. The death of Marshal Phipps from hydrophobia, and the fact that several persons in Alton were bitten by mad dogs in the past several months, has caused the attention of the public to be focused on the disease, for which no cure has yet been discovered. "After symptoms are fully developed there is no hope for a cure" is the assertion of eminent expert authority on the subject. It can be prevented, however, by prompt treatment, and this treatment should be used as quickly as possible after exposure to the disease. This preventive treatment costs $50, and the serum must be injected into the patient daily for 25 days. It has prevented the development of rabies or hydrophobia wherever used, it is claimed, and it is further claimed that it would have saved Marshal Phipps if he had used it in time. The period from the time of infection to the development of symptoms is known as the period of incubation, and it varies in human beings from eight days to six months, according to the H. K. Mulford Company, leading chemists of the United States. Mr. Phipps would have been fifty-nine years of age if he had lived until May 23rd. He was born in Jersey County. Three years ago he came to Wood River, and for a year was employed at the Standard Oil Refinery. On the first day of April, a year ago, he was appointed village marshal and served as a very efficient officer ever since. Mr. Phipps was always attentive to duty. One of his principal duties was to collect licenses for dogs and to execute the dogs on which licenses were unpaid. He has killed and buried several hundred dogs during his term of office, and it is a singular coincidence that he should lose his life as the result of the performance of duty of an encounter with a dog, after so much valuable service for the village in the line of doing away with undesirable canines. Mr. Phipps was twice married. His first wife, Mary Bryant, died in '88. He was married a year later to Mary Plumb, who survives him. Mr. Phipps leaves eleven children and two step-children. The children are Thomas K. Phipps, whose whereabouts is unknown as he left home thirteen years ago and has not been heard of since; Louis Paul Phipps of Joplin, Mo.; Mrs. Sam Harris of Wood River; Mrs. William Cartwright of Granite City; John Harrison Phipps of Wood River; Aldred Clyde Phipps of Drumright, Okla.; Charles Phipps of Wood River; and Misses Ruth, Alice, Luella and Mattie Phipps of Wood River. The two step-children are Mrs. Alonzo Cope of Alton and Ed Plumb of Granite City.

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PHIPPS, LAVINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 30, 1900

Mrs. Lavina Phipps died this morning at her home on Silver street, after a long illness with kidney troubles. She was 73 years of age and had lived in Alton many years. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home.

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PICARD, CHARLOTTE A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 6, 1919

Mrs. Charlotte A. Picard, wife of the late P. Picard, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. V. Brown, in Livingston, Mont., on June 3, in the 83rd year of her age. Mrs. Picard was a resident of this city for many years and among the older residents had a great number of friends. She leaves two daughters and one son, Mrs. Leila Calvin of Madison, Wis.; Mrs. A. V. Brown of Livingston, Mont.; and Frank C. Pickard of this city. She leaves also two brothers, J. D. Roper of Springfield, Ill.; and J. S. Roper of this city. The remains are being brought to this city for burial and on account of the uncertainty of the time of arrival the time of the funeral is uncertain. Due announcement will be in the papers Saturday evening.

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PICARD, MARIA (nee STRONG)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 25, 1903             Daughter of Jacob Strong, Pioneer of North Alton, Dies

North Alton News - In the passing away of Mrs. Maria Picard, Tuesday afternoon, a good, charitable, kindly woman, a model mother and excellent neighbor, this community has suffered a distinct loss and her immediate family an irreparable one, tempered only by the belief implanted by Faith and nurtured by Hope that God fulfills all promises, and that the loved departed has been given the peace and rest and rich rewards of a blessed eternity. Mrs. Picard was twice married and leaves seven children: Mrs. Ella Witt of Hettick, Ill.; Misses Buena and Emma Brown; and Lillian and Cecelia Picard of North Alton; and Ed and Will Picard of St. Louis. An aged sister, Miss Emma Strong, who lived at the Picard home, also survives, and there are several nephews and nieces, grandchildren and other relatives left to miss and mourn her. Mrs. Picard was born in Carlyle, England, July 28, 1827, and came to this country with her parents in July 1837. The funeral will be Thursday afternoon, and services will be conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church. Interment will be in Godfrey cemetery. Mrs. Picard's father, Jacob Strong, built the first house, and was the first settler in what is now North Alton. He kept a hotel and was a very extensive farmer and stock raiser. His place was called "The Buck Inn," because of a huge pair of antlers that graced the side of the house just above the door. The post office was "Buck Inn" for years, afterwards changed to Greenwood, then to North Alton. Where are now business and dwelling houses and electric railway telephone and electric light poles, and other evidences of development and progression, was then a dense forest, and Mrs. Picard lived to see and become a part of all these changes. Her home was always the abode of hospitality and love and faithfully did she follow the golden rule of doing unto others as she would be done by. She leaves a blessed memory to her children and a fragrant one to her neighbors. May she rest in peace.

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PICKARD, P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 28, 1895           Owner of Piasa King Farm Dies

Mr. P. Pickard, one of the best known residents of Godfrey Township, died at 9:30 o'clock this morning after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Pickard was 80 years of age, and during his long residence here he made a host of warm friends. He was born in New York State in 1815, and came to Alton in 1846. He engaged in the wholesale liquor business here, and later established the Piasa King Farm. Deceased leaves a wife, three daughters, and one son, viz: Mrs. Mary G. Kellenberger, Mrs. Leila R. Calvin, Miss Hortense Pickard, and Mr. Frank Pickard. The funeral will take place at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the home. Interment in Alton City Cemetery.

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PICKER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF BEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1914

Mrs. Ben Picker, wife of the well known East Alton business man, died suddenly at her home in East Alton Monday morning while sitting in a chair in her bedroom. Mrs. Picker had arisen because she could not sleep, and sat down to read. While sitting on her chair she fell over dead. Mrs. Picker was 67 years of age and had resided for many years in East Alton and vicinity. She had been in her usual health and her death came as a surprise to the members of her family, especially her husband, who was with her at the time of her death. She leaves beside her husband, former Mayor Ben Picker; one son, Harry Picker of Portland, Oregon; and a daughter, Mrs. C. H. Doerr of Herrin, Ill. The arrangements for the funeral will not be made until the children are heard from.

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PICKERING, CYNTHIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 21, 1836

Died, at Ridge Prairie, in this county, on the 8th(?) inst., Mrs. Cynthia Pickering, wife of Mr. Ebenezer Pickering of Prairie du Pont, and eldest daughter of Mr. David Gaskill of the former place.

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PICKERING, MALVINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 10, 1901

Upper Alton News - Mrs. Malvina Pickering died this morning at 5 o'clock after a long illness with Bright's disease. Mrs. Pickering made her home with her daughter, Mrs. H. S. Deem, and has lived here since last August. Her home was formerly in Bethalto. Funeral services will be held from the home of H. S. Deem tomorrow at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. M. L. Cole of the M. E. church. The interment will be at Oakwood cemetery.

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PICKING, W. N. (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1918              Captain Goes Down with Liner Off the Coast of Ireland

Letters received by friends from the wife of Capt. W. N. Picking, for a long time connected with the Western Military Academy, tell that he was drowned off the coast of Ireland when he went dow with a liner that was sunk September 30. He is well remembered here. The couple lived at the home of Mrs. F. L. Wells and Mrs. Picking was well known for her musical ability. She is now in a broken state of health and in a sanitarium in North Carolina.

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PICKETT, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 12, 1918                  Man Dies From Shock After Rescuing Child From Under Automobile

John Pickett, aged 49, died this morning at the home of his nephew, Bert Pickett, in Wood River, as the result of an attack of heart trouble which seized him on July 4 while he was making an effort to save a child from being run over by an automobile in Alton. Pickett was eating a meal in an Alton restaurant where he was taking his meals at the time. He looked out through the window and saw a little child leave the sidewalk in front of a large machine which was moving rapidly along. He leaped to his feet and ran out of the door in time to grasp the child by the waist and draw it out of the way of danger. The driver of the auto and the parents of the child were very grateful for what he had done, and offered a reward which he modestly refused to accept. Pickett went on inside the restaurant and resumed his meal, but his nerves had been so unstrung by the sight of the child who was about to be crushed under the automobile, that he could not eat. Soon afterwards he collapsed, and had been confined to his bed since. Last Sunday he was moved from his home on State street to the home of his nephew in Wood River. His wife and child came along, and they have been doing what they could for him, but without avail. His heart kept getting weaker until his death which occurred at 7 o'clock this morning. Pickett's funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the home. The burial will be in Milton Cemetery in East Alton.

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PIEPER, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 18, 1909             Former Alton Hotel and Saloon Man Dies - Had Long Career in Business

Frank Pieper, aged 65, died suddenly Saturday evening at the hotel that bears his name and was conducted by him. He had suffered several sudden attacks of illness, supposed to be due to kidney trouble, and several times in the past few years had been near death's door. The family had been warned that his death would be likely to occur just as it did. Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock he was in the hotel office when he suddenly fell to the floor. Feeling the stroke coming on him, Mr. Pieper shouted for help, and members of his family upstairs heard him and went down to find him lying on the floor helpless. He did not regain consciousness and died in about three hours. Mr. Pieper was well known to the traveling public. He kept a tidy, neat, home-like hotel, and it was very popular among traveling men. He had not in recent years set a table for his guests. He had the reputation of being very particular who he rented his rooms to, and his place bore an excellent name. In conducting his saloon in connection with his hotel, he had the name of never allowing any loitering around his place, no intoxicated persons ever got any liquor there, nor any minors. He tried and succeeded in living up to the laws regulating saloons as well as it was possible to do, as he desired honestly to do it. He was well liked by everyone he met in a business or social way, and there is many a sincere regret that Mr. Pieper has passed away. He was born in Westphalia, Germany, 65 years ago, and he had lived in Alton and vicinity for 45 years. He leaves beside his wife, five daughters and three sons:  Miss Kate Pieper, Mrs. Annie McCormick, Mrs. Lizzie Wutzler, Mrs. Theresa Jehle, Miss Mamie Pieper, Messrs. Frank, Fred and Fern Pieper. He leaves also a brother, M. Pieper of California, his only other living relative. The funeral of Mr. Pieper will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church, and burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. Mr. Pieper was a member of St. Joseph's society.

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PIERCE, EMILY S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 25, 1903

The venerable Mrs. Emily S. Pierce, mother of W. B. Pierce, died at the residence of her son shortly after noon today, in her 94th year. Mrs. Pierce has enjoyed a fair measure of health for one of so many years. She was born Feb. 25, 1810 in Reading, Vermont. In early life she married Dr. William C. Pierce.  Dr. and Mrs. Pierce came to Alton in 1856, where they continued to reside through life. Dr. Pierce died many years ago. Mrs. Pierce's two children, William B. and Mrs. Carrie Crane, survive her, and are both residents of Alton. The funeral will take place on Thursday from her son's residence on State street at 3 p.m.

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PIERCE, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 25, 1908

Mrs. Emma Pierce, wife of J. A. Pierce, in charge of the quarter boat on the Alton levee, died last night at St. Joseph's hospital where she had been taken suffering from pneumonia several days ago. She was 42(?) years old and leaves her husband and two daughters. The family came from Galena, but the body will be buried here Thursday morning.

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PIERCE, ETTA D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 17, 1906

Mrs. Etta Drury Pierce, widow of W. B. Pierce, died at the residence of her niece, Mrs. George Baker, in St. Louis, May 16, 1906. The funeral of Mrs. Etta D. Pierce, widow of W. B. Pierce, will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the home of Mrs. A. H. Drury, 419 Henry street.

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PIERCE, GEORGE G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 23, 1904      One of Godfrey's Oldest Citizens Passes Away at 86 Years

George G. Pierce died at his home in Godfrey township on Wednesday evening, September 21st, after one week's illness with typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Pierce was born in Hobarth, Mass., in 1819. He came to Alton in 1838, and has resided in the vicinity of Alton since that date. Most of his life was spent on his farm two and one-half miles north of the village of Godfrey. Mrs. Pierce and six children survive Mr. Pierce, viz:  Mrs. Emily Howard of Alton; Mrs. Belle Giles of Springfield; Mrs. Annie Ruckman, living at her parent's home in Godfrey; Mrs. Abbie Regness of South Bend, Indiana; W. A. Pierce of Virden; E. B. Pierce of Alton.  The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from the family home to Godfrey Cemetery.

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PIERCE, JONATHAN L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 15, 1915          Old Time Music Maker Is Dead - Hangs Self From Post of Bed

Jonathan L. Pierce, aged 75, for many years a resident of the Grafton road neighborhood, and for many years the leading spirit at social occasions in the vicinity of Alton, is dead. Suffering from a long illness which he knew would terminate fatally, the aged man lost his mind about ten days ago, and on Sunday morning while mentally unbalanced, he hung himself to a post at the head of his bed using a clothes line to hang himself. Connected with the tragedy was a shocking incident. When he discovered that his father was dead, Moses Pierce, a son, telephoned first to Joseph Kehr to come at once to the house, and then he ran to another neighbor's house to get other help, to be present when the news would be broken to Mrs. Pierce, who is just a year younger than her husband. Mrs. Pierce was worn with the long service to her husband in caring for him through his illness, and the son feared the consequences. Joseph Kehr arrived first, having leaped on a horse and galloped over to the Pierce home. There, Mrs. Pierce saw him coming, and thinking he had come to see Mr. Pierce, she went to call her husband, and discovered just what the son had hoped to keep from her. Mr. Pierce had been ailing for some time, having suffered greatly from kidney trouble, and later from a severe attack of nervousness. Sunday morning his son, Moses Pierce, went upstairs to his father's room, about 7 o'clock, to give the latter his medicine, as he had done for several days. After administering to his father's wants, the son left the room, only to return again at 8:15 o'clock, when he found his father's lifeless body lying on the floor beside the bed. A small piece of clothes line was tied around Mr. Pierce's neck, and also tied to one corner of the bed, which told the sad story. It is the general supposition that after tying the rope around his neck, Mr. Pierce rolled off the bed and expired, as he was in a very weak and feeble condition. John L. Pierce was born in Gorham, Maine, August 12, 1839, therefore making him 75 years and 7 months old. He came to Illinois when a boy fourteen years of age, and with his parents moved on the farm in Godfrey township in 1850, and had lived there continuously until his death. Improvements had been made about the Pierce farm from time to time, until the place became an ideal country home. In 1863 Mr. Pierce was married to Miss Mary A. Wissore. To this union seven children were born: four girls and three boys, namely: Mrs. Walter Welch; Mrs. Jennie Ebbert; Mrs. James Shearlock; Mrs. James Millen; Charles H., Moses G., and Frank L. Pierce, all of Alton and vicinity, who together with his wife, survive. Mr. Pierce leaves one brother, Humphrey Pierce of Appleton, Wis.; two sisters, Mrs. Angie Parks of Appleton, Wis.; and Mrs. Julia Berschi of Denver, Colo.; and also two half-sisters, Mrs. Jane Watson of Newark, N. J.; and Mrs. Sadie Glassbrenner of the North Side. The tragic death of John L. Pierce has cast a deep gloom over all who knew him. He was a public benefactor to the community in which he resided, and was a school director in the district in which he lived - Summerfield - for forty-two years. Mr. Pierce was also highway commissioner of Godfrey township for many years, and was justice of the peace at the time of his death. Mr. Pierce as a farmer by occupation, but also was a great grower of strawberries some years ago. There is not a man in the North Side, who, during his boyhood days, that had not worked for Mr. Pierce. He was a friend of everybody. Everybody was a friend of his. Instinctively kind, warm-hearted and jovial, he imparted to all with whom he came in contact a magnetic mirth of joy and gaiety that was wholly irresistible. His kindness of heart was proverbial and the loyalty and devotion of his friendship knew no bounds. His sociability and ever ready repartee made him a favorite among gatherings, and his story telling and reminiscences of word paintings were always listened to with great interest in the social circles in which he moved. Mr. Pierce was a musician of note, and years ago, when violin playing was in vogue at dances, no gathering was complete unless John L. Pierce wielded the bow. He did much to make people happy and to remove the gloom and sorrow among others. These are the characteristics that made him so many friends, and the sympathy of the community goes out to the family in the loss of a good husband, a kind father, and a truly friend. The funeral will be held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which deceased was a member, and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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PIERCE, MARY ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1918

Word was received in Alton this morning of the death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pierce, at the family home in St. Louis. Mrs. Pierce died Saturday morning at 2:15 o'clock after a very short illness with influenza, which turned into pneumonia. Her little daughter, Catherine, is also very ill with the disease. The dead woman was born and raised in Alton, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Crofton, formerly well known residents of the East End of town. She was married a number of years ago to Frank Pierce, and until two years ago last September the family resided in Alton. At that time the family moved to St. Louis where they have resided since that time. Mrs. Pierce was about 40 years of age. Mrs. Pierce is survived by her husband, Frank Pierce, and two children, Katherine, aged 10, and Kenneth, aged 8. Also by her aged father, James Crofton Sr., of St. Louis; one sister, Mrs. Kitty Crofton Eggleston, St. Louis, and three brothers, Harry of St. Louis; James and Williams of Alton. Many relatives in Alton also survive. Miss Lucille Crofton is a niece. The body will be brought to Alton for burial early next week. Interment will be in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Eggleston and both of Mrs. Pierce's children are ill and will be unable to attend the funeral.

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PIERCE, SAMUEL C. (MAJOR)/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 11, 1840

Died, yesterday morning, after a long and painful illness, Major Samuel C. Pierce, a highly respectable citizen of this place, aged about 45; leaving two children and a very large circle of much cherished acquaintances, to deplore his loss. His remains will be removed from the residence of Mr. William L. Harrison, his brother-in-law, where he departed this life at two o'clock, and reach the Baptist Church at four. His friends are respectfully invited to attend.

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PIERCE, SARAH B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 27, 1909

Mrs. Sarah Pierce, widow of George Pierce, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Ruckman, in Godfrey township, Sunday evening at 9:45 o'clock from old age. She would have been 90 years of age in March. Mrs. Pierce was a native of Virginia, and came to the vicinity of Alton when she was seventeen years of age and had lived in Godfrey and in Alton ever since. Her illness began two weeks ago, and she succeeded in passing through Christmas day, dying the day following. She leaves four children, Mrs. Annie Ruckman, Ezra Pierce, William Pierce, and Mrs. Abbie Regeness of Niles City, Michigan. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from her daughter's home. Mrs. Pierce was a member of the Baptist church.

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PIERRE, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 18, 1912

Mrs. Elizabeth Pierre, wife of George H. Pierre, died this noon at her home, 438 East Fourteenth street, after a week's illness from malaria and lung trouble. She leaves beside her husband, one daughter, Gladys, and a son, George C. Pierre. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home.

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PIERSON, JOHN MILLS/Source: Transactions of the Illinois State Horticultural Society, 1910

One of Madison county's most distinguished citizens, a former member of the State Legislature, for years a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Illinois Railroad and Warehouse Commission and State Live Stock Commission, a man of national prominence in a great fraternal order of which he was a member, and a member of the Alton Horticultural Society died June 2, 1910. Mr. Pierson was born October 7, 1832 in Newburyport, Mass. He came to Illinois in 1849, and in 1855 was married to Katharine Godfrey, a daughter of Benjamin Godfrey, the founder of Monticello Seminary. He became actively interested in agriculture in 1865 and for more than forty years was a member of the Alton Horticultural Society, serving in various capacities as an officer and at all times interested in the work of the Society, and valuable to it by his practical knowledge of horticulture and its needs. Perhaps no man in the membership did more in a practical way for the Society and its members than Mr. Pierson by advice both as to the best methods and what to avoid, and while the work he has done is permanent and the effect of his study and observation is of the greatest practical value, it is also true that his place will not be filled either in the Society or the community in which he lived many years.

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PIERSON, REBECCA STETSON (nee BARRY)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 19, 1902

Mrs. Rebecca Stetson Barry Pierson, widow of Mark Pierson and mother of William M. Pierson, died Sunday noon at the home of her son, 321 East Fifth street, from the debility of old age. Mrs. Pierson was for many years one of the best known residents of the city of Alton, and in the Baptist church she was an earnest worker. She united with the Alton Baptist church when she came to the city a bride, in 1837, and had the distinction of being the oldest member of the church in Alton. Mrs. Pierson was born in Boston, June 26, 1814. In 1837 she was married to Mark Pierson, who was for many years one of the most prominent business men of Alton. Since coming to Alton as a bride she made her home here continuously and was much attached to the city of her adoption. The last of a family of thirteen children, Mrs. Pierson bore the weight of her years in patience, calmly awaiting the call to her Heavenly home which she confidently expected would come soon. Her health has been failing for some time, and during the last week her death was expected at almost any time. Mrs. Pierson's husband died in Alton in 1855. In her church she never lost her interest, and until feebleness prevented her regular attendance at the church services, she was always one of the most regular. Her church was dear to her as her family, and in her life she followed closely its teachings. She was an interested worker in the church. Mrs. Pierson came of a distinguished family, her brother, Rev. John Stetson Barry having been known as an eminent Massachusetts historian; and her brother Rev. William Barry, having been the founder of the Chicago Historical society. She had two other brothers well known in the early days of Alton - Amasa Barry and B. F. Barry. For thirty-seven years she made her home with her son in this city. The declining days of her life were made pleasant for her by kindly attentions, and she slipped away into her last long sleep in the full enjoyment of the benefits of love and affection of her children, Mr. and Mrs. William Pierson. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home.

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PIGGOTT, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Friday, February 3, 1899

Mrs. Elizabeth Piggott, wife of Squire W. L. Piggott, died Thursday, January 25, at her residence in Bethalto, aged 65 years. Mrs. Piggott had been in poor health all winter, having suffered from the grip, which culminated in typhoid fever. The deceased was a lady highly respected by all her acquaintances, and a most excellent wife and mother, beloved not only by her own family but by all within the radius of her acquaintance. She was a faithful and consistent member of the M. E. church of Bethalto. The funeral services were held in the church. Her pastor, Rev. S. E. Turner, conducted the exercises, paying a high tribute to Mrs. Piggott. Her husband, Squire W. L. Piggott, and one son, Eugene Day, of Denver, Colorado, survive her. Mrs. Piggott was married to Squire Piggott twenty eight years ago. She had been married previously. The pall bearers were John Jarvis, John S. Culp, Irby Williams, J. T. Ewan, A. J. Canipe, H. S. Deem.  J. Piggott and Levi Dunnegan of Alton were in attendance.

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PIGGOTT, ISAAC N./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 1, 1906

Isaac N. Piggott died after a long illness at his home, 224 Fourth street, where he conducted a boarding house for the past couple of years. He is survived by a wife and several children. The funeral was held this morning, and the body was taken to Elsah for burial. Mr. Piggott was about 63 years of age.

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PIGGOTT, W. L. (JUSTICE)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 15, 1902       One of Madison County's Oldest Inhabitants Dies

Justice W. L. Piggott died at 3 o'clock Saturday morning at his home in Bethalto. Justice Piggott was one of Madison county's oldest and most honored citizen. His 74th birthday occurred on the 10th inst.  He had held the office of Justice of the Peace for many years, and was an honor to the bench. He was well and favorably known throughout the county. Mr. Piggott was born in St. Louis, March 10, 1828. He went to Bethalto in 1856. He built the first sawmill in Bethalto, and ran it for several years. He sold the business and began to practice the profession of law before Justices' courts. President Grant appointed him Postmaster of Bethalto, which he held for fourteen years. He was elected a Justice of the Peace in 1872, which he continued to hold until his death. Politically he was a Republican, and was an earnest advocate of his party principles, and was identified with that party since its organization, and in whose councils locally he had great weight. He was married three times. His first marriage was in 1849 to Miss Hannah Gillespie, who died in 1852. He married again in 1856 to Miss Sara Deck. Six children were born of this union, two of whom, sons, are still living. In 1872 he married his third wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Day of Jerseyville, who died three years ago. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from the M. E. church. The services at the cemetery will be conducted by the Masons, Mr. William Montgomery of Moro acting Deputy Grand Master will officiate. The pallbearers will be Judge William P. Early, John James, Jacob Frey, J. S. Culp, Irby Williams, Dan Stoeckel.

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PILE, IDA E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 12, 1910

Mrs. Ida E. Pile, wife of Samuel B. Pile of 1201 Norton street, died at St. Joseph's hospital Sunday evening at 7 o'clock from heart failure, following a surgical operation. Mrs. Pile had been suffering for some time and it was decided that a surgical operation might prolong her life. She passed safely through the operation, and seemed to be recovering, and her friends and relatives were very hopeful. She was taken suddenly worse Sunday, her heart showing a weakness, and she died without rallying. She leaves no children. The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mr. Pile's sister, Mrs. James Smith, 1246 State street. The body was moved to the Smith home Sunday evening. Mrs. Pile was 41 years of age. She is survived by her husband and a brother, G. A. Kincer of St. Louis, and a sister, Mrs. H. A. Town of Salt Lake City. She was a member of the Daughters of Rebekah, and the funeral will be attended by that order. Rev. H. M. Chittenden will conduct the funeral services.

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PILGRIM, FREDERICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 2, 1902

Frederick Pilgrim, one of the best known residents of Alton and a model of industry and sobriety, died Wednesday morning at an early hour at his home on East Third street after a short illness from pneumonia. He had been ill about four weeks and was believed to be convalescent, when he became worse a few days ago and it was evident that he was on the decline. His age was 66 years, and was telling heavily against him in his fight for recovery. He passed away surrounded by members of his family who gathered to watch him during the last moments. For fifty years Mr. Pilgrim lived in Alton, and as an illustration of his steady application it is related that for 37 years he was employed at one place and lost only six weeks time in all those years. He leaves his widow and seven children. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be in the German Evangelical church.

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PILGRIM, LOUISE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 15, 1918

Mrs. Louise Pilgrim, widow of Fred Pilgrim, a resident of Alton for sixty years, died from paralysis Sunday while visiting two of her daughters in Nokomis. She was at the home of Mrs. E. L. Schwartzle when on Friday morning, just as she went down stairs to breakfast, she was stricken with paralysis. She did not regain consciousness, and her death occurred nearly forty-eight hours later. With her when she died were four of her daughters, Mrs. Schwartzle, Mrs. Leonard Lahman, Mrs. Annie Brenner, Miss Emma Pilgrim, also Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pilgrim. Beside these children she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Charles Raith of Kansas City, Mo., and Fred Pilgrim of Alton. Mrs. Pilgrim would have been 78 years of age in October. She came here when a young woman and was married here. She had resided for many years at 814 East Fourth street. Her husband was one of the best known east end residents. Mrs. Pilgrim had been in failing health for some time, but there was no particular alarm and she was considered well enough to make the trip to Nokomis with her daughter, Miss Emma, to visit the two daughters living there. Mrs. Pilgrim will be buried Wednesday afternoon. The funeral will be at 2 o'clock from the Evangelical Church and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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PILKINTON, LARKIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1845        Revolutionary War Soldier Dies

Died, at the residence of his son, Hobert, in Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, on the 6th inst., Mr. Larkin Pilkinton, aged 83 years, some months, - a Revolutionary soldier. He bore his affliction with Christian fortitude, and left this world with a full belief of going to a better.

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PILLEN, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 29, 1908          Child Killed by Passenger Train

Annie Pillen, aged 18 months, whose parents live near Benbow City, was instantly killed Tuesday evening by a Bluff Line passenger train which went south that evening, leaving here at 6:45 o'clock. The child was in a growth of weeds alongside the track and just as the engine came up to her she stepped up out of the weeds onto the track, and while she gazed with wide open eyes in wonder at the oncoming monster she was hit by the engine and her body was badly cut and crushed. Engineer Clark, seeing the child, made a desperate effort to stop his train but failed to do so in time as there was only a few feet space left between the child and the engine as she stepped on the track. The little girl never spoke a word and when the trainmen hurried back to see what had been the effect of the engine hitting her, they found the child quite dead. The body was turned over to Coroner Streeper. The parents lived close by where the child met its death. When informed of what had happened they were in deep distress. The child had just strayed away from home playing, and the parents did not know she was in danger until they knew she was dead. The parents are foreigners living near Benbow City.

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PINCKARD, JOSEPH HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 14, 1843

Died, on Saturday last, Joseph Henry Pinchard, infant son of William G. Pinckard, Esq., of this city [Alton].

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PINCKARD, THOMAS STANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 24, 1911                Old-Time Alton Printer, Part Owner of The Telegraph, Dies

Thomas Stanton Pinckard, aged 78, died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. N. Bullard, in Mechanicsburg, Ill., after a long illness. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Bullard residence, and burial will be in Springfield. Mr. Pinckard was at one time part owner of the Telegraph, and also was employed on the Alton Courier. The following is from the Springfield Journal:  "Mr. Pinckard went to Los Angeles, Cal., about one year ago to visit his daughter, Mrs. Edmund Patton. He started for home about April 1, making the trip alone. The long journey caused a general breakdown, and he had since been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. J. N. Bullard of Mechanicsburg. Decedent is survived by two sisters and seven children: Mrs. J. N. Bullard, Mechanicsburg; Miss Hattie Pinckard, Springfield; Charles Pinckard, Kansas City; Mrs. Emma Patton, Los Angeles, Cal.; Preston F. Pinckard, Chicago; and Mrs. Jennie De Jarnatt, Evansville, Ind.  Mr. Pinckard was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Typographical Union.  Thomas Stanton Pinckard was one of the oldest printers in the west. He was born in Upper Alton, June 19, 1833, and was educated in the common schools. At the age of fifteen years he was indentured as an apprentice to the firm of Bailhache & Dolbee, proprietors of the Alton Telegraph, and became a foreman in 1852. In 1853 Mr. Pinckard crossed the plains to California. He aided in putting up the first line of telegraph wire between Sacramento and San Francisco, and was the first messenger boy in the Sacramento office. He returned to Alton in 1854, and cast his first vote for Judge Lyman Trumbull for Congress in that year. Mr. Pinckard was foreman of the Alton Courier office until Messrs. Bailhache & Baker bought the Illinois State Journal from Simeon Francis. In July 1855, Mr. Pinckard came to Springfield and was foreman of the State Journal until President Lincoln called for volunteers in 1861. Mr. Pinckard enlisted as a private in the Yates Dragoons. Later he entered Company F, First Illinois Cavalry, which company was captured at Lexington, Mo., where General Mulligan surrendered his brigade to General Price. The company was mustered out of service by order of Governor Fremont. By order of the war department, the company was reorganized and Governor Yates commissioned Mr. Pinckard as First Lieutenant, which office he resigned a few months later. He served as clerk in the quartermaster's department in West Virginia until 1864, when he bought an interest in the Alton Telegraph, and supported Mr. Lincoln for re-election. Mr. Pinckard returned to Springfield in 1865, and was foreman of The State Journal until 1879. That year he moved to Atchison, Kan., taking the foremanship of The Champion, of that city. He returned to this city with his family in 1880, and became foreman of The State Register news room in 1883, filling that position until 1886."

 

NOTES:

Thomas Stanton Pinckard was the son of William G. Pinckard. William G. Pinckard, along with William Heath and Daniel Crume (who was Pinckard's brother-in-law), came to Illinois from Ohio, and first settled at Hunterstown [Alton] in the fall of 1818. On their four-week journey to Hunterstown, they occasionally met emigrants eastward bound, who declared that if they went to Alton, they would all die, as the country was very unhealthful and was the "graveyard of the West." The cabin in Hunterstown was about sixteen feet square, and had a clapboard roof with a hole in it through which the smoke of their fire escaped. That winter had some of the coldest and most disagreeable weather. During the winter of 1819-19, William G. Pinckard and Daniel Crume made a contract to build a house for Colonel Easton. This house was became a hotel for the small village of Alton. It stood near the corner of Broadway and Piasa Streets, and was torn down in 1868.
The group later moved to Upper Alton, where Thomas Stanton Pinckard was born, and together lived in a log cabin of two rooms. That winter Pinckard and Heath constructed a pottery, and in the spring of 1829 began the manufacture of pottery, making dishes, cups, crocks, and all kinds of vessels of which there was a great demand. Nathaniel Pinckard, father of William G. Pinckard, became a resident of Upper Alton at this time.     Burial of Mr. Pinckard was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

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PINCKARD, UNKNOWN WIFE OF THOMAS S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 14, 1897, as appeared in the Springfield Journal

The funeral of Mrs. Thos. S. Pinckard occurred Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family residence, 720 N. Seventh street. The services were largely attended and were conducted by the Rev. D. F. Howe, pastor of the First M. E. church. The choir of the Second M. E. church rendered several hymns. The last remains of a loving mother and devoted wife were laid to rest in Oak Ridge cemetery, and the grave was left under a covering of many beautiful floral designs. The pall bearers were J. D. Roper, B. F. Talbott, Jacob Decker, T. F. Lennox, W. H. Good and Frank Hudson. Mrs. Pinckard was for many years a resident of Alton, where her husband is well known to most of the older citizens.

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PINCKARD, WILLIAM G./Source: The Christian Advocate, Thursday, March 29, 1866

Wm. G. Pinckard, Sr., of this city [Alton], died yesterday afternoon at 4 1/2 o'clock, at his residence on Third street. Mr. Pinckard was born in Culpepper county, Virginia, July 13, 1793, and was consequently in his 73d year. Early in 1800 his parents emigrated to Ohio, where he grew to manhood amid the hardships and dangers to which early pioneers were generally exposed. Volunteering in the service of his country in the War of 1812, he was among those in Gen. McArthur's command, who were surrendered to the British as prisoners of war by General Hull at Detroit. On the 15th of December, 1814, he was married to Elizabeth Warner, at London, Madison County, Ohio, by Rev. Jonathan Minchell. In the fall of the year 1818, he emigrated to the Territory of Illinois, and reached what is now known as Upper Alton, on the 20th of November of that year, and determined to make it his home. At that early day there was not more than twenty families within a circuit of fifty miles from the present location of this city, except at the village of St. Louis. But two log cabins stood upon the ground now occupied by the city of Alton. All was a vast, unbroken wilderness. Milton, where the road crossed the Wood river, was then the place of importance and trade. Several stores and dwellings were erected there when he first reached the county. Here among the early settlers, he found a pleasant, happy home, and with his well-beloved wife, and in the bosom of his family he saw the wilderness disappear, and the large city and the thickly-settled country take its place. Here he resided for more than forty-seven years. The last twenty-five years he served his fellow-citizens in various offices of trust and confidence in the city government. He had a most rugged and powerful constitution, and until attacked by paralysis, the disease of which he died, he enjoyed most excellent health. Last November he was stricken down with paralysis, and for several weeks his life was despaired of; but he rallied, and was able to be about, although quite feeble, until the 9th of the present month, when he was again brought down by the disease, and his silver cord of life finally gave way yesterday, while he was surrounded by his wife and children and friends. A good man has gone. Mr. P. was a life-long Christian and a consistent member of the Methodist Church.  His house was ever the home of the minister, and to the weary, hungry or sick, his latch-string was ever out. He was the father of fourteen children, six of whom live to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. His life-long and devoted wife has been in feeble health for many years, but yet lives to mourn the loss of him with whom she spent more than half a century of useful, happy married life.

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PINEMANN, LENA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1902

Mrs. Lena Pinemann died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Boedy, 827 east Fifth street, after a long illness. She leaves one daughter, five grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pinemann was a woman most respected and loved by all who knew her. She was a quiet, motherly woman, always having a pleasant word for her acquaintances, and there are many who came within range of her genial, sunny disposition who sincerely regret her death. She had lived here many years.

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PINKERTON, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 20, 1906            Cancer Claims Life of Hard-Working Woman

Mrs. Margaret Pinkerton, aged 75, died at St. Joseph's hospital this morning after an illness from cancer of the liver, resulting from an accident she suffered last fall. It was her pride that she could do any kind of physical labor, no matter how hard, and even in her old age she continued to do what she considered her share of the farm work. Mrs. Pinkerton thought it no disgrace for a woman to do a man's work, in face she insisted upon woman's rights and she would do a man's part in the field. She could plow a furrow as straight as any man who ever held a plow, and she could hew a log with as true an aim as any woodsman that ever chopped a tree. She could do any kind of work around the livestock on the farm and knew as much about farming as any man in this part of the country. She was considered one of the most remarkable women in the state of Illinois. Her boast was that she did not lose her strength as she grew older, and that she was able to do anything that anyone else could do about the farm. Last fall while she was feeding the cattle on her farm near Belletrees where she lived alone with her son, Louis Pinkerton, she carried a heavy sack of corn and was trying to throw it over a fence when she staggered and fell toward the fence. The sack of corn pinioned her down, sliding down on her body and holding her there until she was almost exhausted from struggling. Finally she managed to struggle free by throwing the sack of corn off of her to the ground. She did not tell anyone of her injury until she was brought here to be treated at the hospital, her son said. She then told him what she believed to be the trouble with her. The attending physicians found that a cancer of the liver had developed and it proved fatal. Mrs. Pinkerton was twice married, first to a man named Brewer and she was known by both names, Brewer and Pinkerton. Indeed her son, by her second marriage, was known by both names and said today that it made little difference to him which name he was called, whether by that of his own father or that of the man his mother married the first time. Mrs. Pinkerton was born of French parents in France, but came to America and settled at Portage des Sioux when a young girl. Her parents were driven across the river by floods in the early days, principally the flood of 1844, and they settled at Belletrees, where she lived until she was brought to Alton to die. The body will be taken to Belletrees for burial, and services will be held here tomorrow morning at 7:45 o'clock at St. Mary's church.

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PINKSTONE, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 6, 1915          Old Soldier Dies

The funeral of Samuel Pinkstone, old soldier and former resident of Alton, was held this morning from Union Depot. The body arrived from Shipman and was met at the train by a squad of old soldiers and Women's Relief Corps and Daughters of Veterans members. The flag of the Daughters of Veterans at the Myrtle House was at half mast from the time the funeral party left Shipman until after the funeral. Seven members of the G. A. R. served as pallbearers. Burial was in City Cemetery.

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PINTA, DOLDASSARE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1919      

Doldassare Pinta, the four year old daughter of J. Pinta of 2000 East Broadway, died at the home last evening following an accident in which the little girl was scalded in catsup. During the catsup making time at the Pinta home the child was playing around the yard. The catsup was being made in a big kettle so that an open fire could be made under it. Not noticing where she was going, the little tot fell into the kettle of catsup. Her cries attracted other members of the family who were nearby, and she was pulled from the catsup but not in time to keep her from being seriously burned. The child lingered between life and death until last evening. She died at 4 o'clock. The funeral was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the St. Mary's Church. The services were conducted at the church by Father Tarrant.

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PISWULSKI, UNKNOWN CHILD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, July 24, 1912

Coroner Streeper held an inquest this morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hess, where a little child, five months old, died Tuesday morning without medical attention. The parents of the child gave their name as Piswulski, and they crossed the ocean on their way to Alton six weeks ago. Neither one could speak English and it was necessary to have an interpreter to give their evidence to the coroner's jury. Mrs. Peter Herzog, a neighbor of the family, explained their conversation to the jury. Mrs. Piswalski said the child was born on February 21, 1912, in Germany, and had been in perfect health all its life. She said that while the family made the voyage across the water, it seemed to enjoy the trip and was never sick. Last Sunday, shortly after dinner, the child became very sick and had vomiting spells. It continued ill and on Monday a neighbor gave the German family a prescription, saying their child had been sick, evidently with the same disease, and that their physician had given them this prescription to have filled. The German family sent the prescription to the drugstore and gave the child the medicine according to the directions. The child died at 2:30 the next morning without further medical attention. Dr. L. L. Yerkes was sworn in as foreman of the coroner's jury and he said that from the evidence given by the parents about the child's sickness, he would infer the cause of its death was cholera infantum. Upon his recommendation the jury gave a verdict to that effect. The body was taken immediately to St. Joseph's cemetery.

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PITTS, GEORGE/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 27, 1847

Died on Saturday last, George, youngest son of Captain Samuel Pitts of Alton, aged 17 months.

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PITTS, ISABELLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1914

Mrs. Isabella Pitts, widow of Samuel Pitts, died at the home of her daughter Tuesday morning at 4:30 o'clock from a general break down of her system due to old age. She was in her eighty-second year. After the death of her husband 18 months ago, Mrs. Pitts went to live with her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Fiegenbaum at Seventh and Henry streets. About four months ago she began to show signs of a breakdown, and she continued to grow weaker from day to day. She had possessed a strong constitution and it took a long time for the powerful body machine to wear out completely.....Mrs. Pitts was a native of Scotland. She came to this country with her parents when an infant, and after being in New York awhile she went to Cincinnatti where she attended the public schools. In 1850 the family moved to Upper Alton, and after living there a while they moved to Springfield. In Alton she had met Samuel Pitts, and he went to Springfield and claimed her as his bride in 1857. The couple had five children, four of whom died. Mrs. Pitts was a member of the First Presbyterian church. The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the home of Dr. J. H. Fiegenbaum, and will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Gibson. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

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PITTS, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 11, 1912

Samuel Pitts, in his 80th year, died Monday night at 10:30 o'clock at his residence, 607 State street, from uraemic poisoning. Mr. Pitts had been ill about two weeks. He was taken down suddenly and his case developed a very grave aspect early, but his strong constitution seemed to be giving great assistance in overcoming the disease, and there was some hope that he might rally. The last few days of his life, however, his condition had become such there was no hope for his recovery. Mr. Pitts was one of the best known and oldest residents of Alton. He had lived in the city over 76 years, having come here with his parents when he was 3 years of age. He was engaged in business many years until a few years ago, when he retired from the firm of Pitts & Hamill. Mr. Pitts was one of the few survivors of the old days in Alton. He was engaged in the tinsmith business, first with his brother. In 1879 he took in as his partner, Joseph Hamill, and they remained together until recently. Mr. Pitts was in business in the olden days when a tin roof put on a building stayed as long as the building lasted. There are many old roofs still doing good service on old business houses which Mr. Pitts put there. His memory of olden times was good, and it was interesting to hear him recount his early experiences. He filled the post of trustee and also that of elder in the First Presbyterian church for many years. During his long life in Alton he had made for himself a reputation of strict honesty. He was a man of cheerful disposition and scattered sunshine and happiness wherever he went. It was one of his rules not to say evil of anyone. Mr. Pitts' death was expected, but it is nevertheless a sad event for the large circle of friends who had learned to love and respect the kindly old gentleman. He is survived by his wife and by one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Fiegenbaum. Samuel Pitts was born at Boston, Mass., March 14, 1833. He came to Alton with his parents in 1836. He went into business with his brother, William Pitts, in 1856. He was married fifty-four years ago. His only sister is Mrs. Eli T. Hollister of St. Louis, Now the last of the family. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the home, and will be private. [Burial was held at City Cemetery.]

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PITTS, UNKNOWN WIFE OF AMOS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1903

Mrs. Amos Pitts, aged 60, died at her home in NOrth Alton, Friday evening. She leaves four children. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Union Baptist church to Rocky Fork Cemetery.

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PLUMB, CORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 7, 1920

Many friends gathered at the Cathedral this morning at 9 o'clock to attend the funeral of Mrs. Cora Plumb, whose death occurred on Saturday night at 8:30 o'clock, following an illness of over a year. The interment was in the Melville cemetery. The pallbearers were George Bowen, Frank Bowen, Frank Demuth, Frank Bauer, Frank Merkle and John Gissler. Among those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Willia LaFaivre of Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Denham of Elsah, Mrs. Wiseman, twin sister of Mrs. Plumb of Jerseyville, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank LaFaivre.

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PLUMMER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 25, 1903

The funeral of Joseph Plummer will take place Thursday morning from the home of his sister, 726 East Second street, to Milton Cemetery.

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POAG, LUCINDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1920

Mrs. Lucinda Poag, a life long resident of the neighborhood of Wanda, died Wednesday night at her home from arterial hardening, in the 83rd year. She was born and reared and passed all her life near the one place and was one of the best known of the older rural residents of the county. Mrs. Poag's son, John L. Poag, died February 11 from arterial hardening, and after his mother learned of his death she failed rapidly. She had been paralyzed for eight months prior to her death. She was a daughter of Samuel Sanders, and was born April 25, 1837. When she was 16 she united with the Baptist church at Bethalto, but later joined the Methodist church at Wanda, which was nearer to her home. She was married July 6, 1863. She leaves four children: Harry, Hugh and Curtiss Poag, and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Smith. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. from the home, Rev. C. W. Webb of Wood River officiating.

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POEHLMAN, BARBARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 26, 1910

Mrs. Barbara Poehlman, aged 86, died at the home of her son-in-law, Theodore Masel, Ninth and George streets, at 2:30 o'clock Saturday morning. She had been suffering from pneumonia for a week. Mrs. Poehlmann was born in Germany and came to America in 1883. She had lived fifteen years in Alton. Her daughter, Mrs. Masel, died, and she continued to make her home with her son-in-law and his children. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Fred Dietz of Seattle, Wash., and six grandchildren, five of whom are children of her deceased daughter, Mrs. Masel. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Masel home, and services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.

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POELING, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 18, 1910                Saloon Porter Stabbed to Death in Saloon

Henry Poeling died at St. Joseph's hospital Monday afternoon from the effects of wounds inflicted by Robert Smith, negro porter at the Lincoln hotel. Poeling was porter at the Aswege saloon and boarded at the Lincoln. Late Saturday evening the negro and white man, with another white man, had been drinking beer. Later Poeling accused Smith of stealing a beer bottle from him, and following that, when Poeling had retired to his room, the stabbing occurred. The fight was not reported to the police, and the officers discovered it by accident. Officer Richey stumbled across the negro in Sugar alley, but being unable to get any information from anyone around the hotel, turned Smith loose after questioning him. Smith led the officer to believe he was going home. The full details of the fight were not obtained until Sunday morning, and then Chief Maxwell, assisted by Officers Lewis and Fahrig, made the arrest. When taken into the police court Monday morning, Smith at first pleaded not guilty, then consented to waive a preliminary examination and was held under $1,000 bond. At that time it was not known whether Poeling would die. Poeling was much worse Sunday night, and it became necessary to remove him to St. Joseph's hospital. There he very soon became so bad that it was impossible for assistant states attorney Wilson to get a statement from him. Dr. Duggan said that Poeling was in a dying condition and could not last through Monday night. Assistant States Attorney Wilson, unable to get a dying statement from Poeling, secured a very good statement from Smith, the accused negro, in which Smith, in the presence of three witnesses, told the story of the stabbing to Mr. Wilson, and this was taken down. Smith claimed that after Poeling had retired to his room he went to the door and demanded admission, for the purpose of being revenged for an epithet Poeling had applied to him. Poeling refused to answer, and when Smith continued demanding that he open the door, using threatening language, Poeling did open the door. Smith claims Poeling had a beer bottle in one hand and a club in the other. He claims Poeling threw the bottle at him and that he then got in the room and took the club from Poeling. Then Poeling started to run away, and as he ran down the stairs, Smith admits, he stuck the long knife in Poeling's back. Assistant States Attorney Wilson says the story, told as it was in the presence of witnesses, would convict Smith of a penitentiary offense at least. The fact that he roused a sleeping man to renew a quarrel might be made a case of murder in the first degree in event of a fatal outcome of the wound inflicted when Poeling was trying to run away from Smith.

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POGUE, JOSEPH, DR./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 20, 1919/Submitted by Jane Denny

Dr. Joseph Pogue, resident of Edwardsville for over 60 years, last night slipped away to the realm beyond. The end came at 8:05 o'clock after a marked decline in health since last November. He had attained the ripe old age of 84 years, 4 months and 29 days. The death has been expected during the past few days, but with his wonderful recuperative powers in the past there were possibilities for a recovery and hopes were not given up to the very last breath. The end is attributed to bronchial pneumonia. Plans for the funeral were made today. Services will be held at the family residence at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. Jas. R. Sager of the First Presbyterian church will conduct the religious services. Afterward services at the grave in Woodlawn cemetery. Five of his oldest friends are to serve as honorary pall bears. Two, Gains Paddock and Major W. R. Prickett, have been friends since young men.  Dr. Pogue, at the time of his death, was one of the oldest physicians in Illinois and Madison county. He is one of the few Illinois doctors whose careers began before the Civil War and he served many second and third generations as the family physician. With only one important interruption the serving his county as an army surgeon - Dr. Pogue practiced in Edwardsville since 1858. When the war of the Rebellion ended, he launched his career in Edwardsville. He was one of a number of Madison county boys with a Missouri regiment and in a short time became chief surgeon of the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry. It was known as the Western Sharpshooters. His regiment was afterwards transferred and became the Sixty-sixth Illinois. Dr. Pogue was born at Philadelphia, Pa., on March 20, 1835. He was a son of Joseph and Jane Knox (Cooper) Pogue. His father was a prominent business man of Philadelphia. He added to his reputation as a merchant broker on the Board of Exchange in connection with cotton manufacture and a print works. The father came from Ireland and his mother, a highly cultured woman, belonged to a Quaker family. Dr. Pogue acquired his early education in the public schools and in private instructions at home. He entered Pennsylvannia [sic] College to finish his medical education and came west to practice. He located in Alton, but a year later came to Edwardsville. Three wives have preceeded [sic] Dr. Pogue to the grave. The first was Miss Sarah Whitesides, to whom he was married in February, 1860. Her death occurred two years later. The second was Miss Elizabeth Hoaglan, whom he married in March 1866. She passed away during 1894. Three daughters survive by the union. They are Mrs. L.T. Milnor of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. C. H. Ford and Miss Katherine B. Pogue of Edwardsville. A son died in early life. The third wife was Mrs. Mary Littleton McCorkle who died.  Dr. Pogue and his family have long occupied one of the most beautiful homes of Edwardsville at Hillsboro avenue and Commercial street and within a stone's throw of the heart of the city. The natural lay of the ground permitted a beautiful landscape with a babbling branch, rustic bridges and a beautiful flower garden.  One of Dr. Pogue's greatest losses occurred April 2, 1912 when his office was burned to the ground. Before the fire it was filled with some of the finest surgical instruments in state, a medical library which would be envied by any physician and tens of thousand of perscriptions [sic] which he had filled in the years of practice and most were lost.  Dr. Pogue was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Edwardsville.
 

Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 21, 1919
Dr. Pogue Laid Away. Masonic Service Conducted at Woodlawn Today. G. A. R. Attend In a Body and Fire Farewell Salute.
The last sad rites for Dr. Joseph Pogue, whose death was told in the Intelligencer yesterday, were held this afternoon. Services were conducted at the family residence, many friends and acquaintances being present. Burial was made at the Pogue lot in Woodlawn cemetery. The home was fragrant with odor from the many floral designs. The active pall bearers were Judge J. F. Gillham; Fred C. Gillham, Dr. C. C. Corbet, Jesse George, E. D. Bell and Alvin C. Bohm. The honorary pall bearers were six old friends and the physicians of Edwardsville. They were Major W. R. Prickett, A. P. Wolf, Gaius Paddock, A.L. Brown, George Leverett of Edwardsville and Dr. H. M. Bascome of Peoria; Drs. R. S. Barnsbach, E.C. Ferguson, E.W. Fiegenbaum, J.A. Hirsch, A. H. Oliver, S.T. Robinson, J.R. Sutter, Eugune [sic?] F. Wahl, H. T. Wharff and H.E. Wharff.  Gaius Paddock, long time resident of Ft. Russell, has had intimate relations with Dr. Pogue since the day the family arrived in Alton 55 years ago. Yesterday he came to town to pay his respects to the family. He brought with him an interesting and well prepared account of the family's arrival at Alton. Yesterday was another sad day for Mr. Paddock. Besides losing whom he declared his best friend, it was the anniversary of the death of his brother, Thomas B. Paddock, on the ramparts at Paris, France, on Aug 20, 1871. At that time the Germans were making a drive on Paris. Mr. Paddock's brother had served as an officer in the Civil War and was touring Europe when the war between France and Germany started. He enlisted as a soldier to help the French. "Dr. Pogue was prominent in raising a company in Edwardsville for the Civil War" said Mr. Paddock yesterday. "but did not get to go with them. He was rejected for the Illinois volunteers but on August 21, 1862, received a commission with a Missouri regiment. Those days saw many copperheads. Someone raised a question about Dr. Pogue's stand and defeated him here, but he made a glorious record in helping saving [sic] the union. "I well remember the arrival of the family at Alton in 1854. At the time Dr. Pogue had not completed his medical education. Members of the family were intelligent and highly cultivated and soon became prominent. "I attended Dr. Pogue's first wedding and it was one of the truly social events of the country at that time. Many of his friends and acquaintances from far and near were present."
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POINTSALOT, PHILIP/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 30, 1918

Philip Pointsalot died this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital where he has been for the past three weeks. Pointsalot resided on Atwood avenue, and did gardening work for the residents of Middletown. He leaves a son and a daughter.

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POLLARD, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 14, 1919               Suicide by Carbolic Acid

Joseph Pollard killed himself by drinking carbolic acid at noon time today at the family home in the Paul flats, 533 1/2 East Third street. His wife was just making ready to go out seeking another house as they had been given a five day notice to vacate the place they were occupying. His wife said that she saw her husband after he had swallowed one ounce of acid, and she poured whisky down his throat but it did no good. She called a doctor, but he was dead in a few minutes after swallowing the acid. Pollard was 83 years of age.

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POLLARD, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1908

Mrs. Martha Pollard, aged 64, died Sunday afternoon from consumption at the home, 912 Belle street, after a long illness. She is survived by three children, a son and two daughters. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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POLLARD, THOMAS JEFFERSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 8, 1908

Thomas Jefferson Pollard died at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. F. Lindley, 600 east Second street. He had been suffering from the infirmities of age, and coupled with pneumonia the malady proved fatal. His body will be taken to Keokuk, Iowa, for burial, and the party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Lindley and Mrs. Marian Sharretts of Chicago will leave Sunday morning. Mr. Pollard was born at Lexington, Ky, June 3, 1823, where he lived until 1848, when he moved to Keokuk, Iowa. He was elected sheriff of Lee county, Iowa three terms, and for many years was engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business. He retired fifteen years ago and two years ago he came to Alton to live. His widow to whom he was married six years ago survives him, and is 81 years of age. The couple were members of the Methodist church from childhood and both were always faithful, conscientious Christians. Mr. Pollard leaves, besides his widow, six children - Thomas Pollard of Lee county, Iowa, Amos Pollard of Keokuk, Mrs. Dora Henson of Revere, Missouri, Mrs. L. M. Carter of St. Louis, Mrs. Marion Sharretts of Chicago, and Mrs. J. F. Lindley of Alton. He leaves also twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

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PONTIOUS, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1904

Mrs. Emma Pontious, a stepdaughter of Mrs. Eliza Drowson, died this morning from stomach trouble at Mrs. Crowson's home on Henry street. Mrs. Pontious lived in St. Louis, but came to Alton during her illness. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and services will be conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann.

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POPE, HON. NATHANIEL/Source: Oneida Morning Herald, Utica, New York, January 31, 18(50?) [unreadable]

Information has been transmitted to this city by telegraph, of the death of Hon. Nathaniel Pope, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the District of Illinois. He died some four or five days since, at Alton, Illinois, of paralysis, at an advanced and green old age. He was among the earliest settlers of that State, and exercised for many years a large influence with all classes and conditions in society. He was a profound jurist, an able, upright and impartial Judge, a most worthy citizen, and the kindest of neighbors. His loss will be deeply deplored throughout the length and breadth of the State where he has so long resided.
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PORTER, BLANCHE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 9, 1922

A woman who said she was Mrs. Blanche Porter of East Alton, Ill., died at the City Hospital at 11:45 o'clock last night of a broken back sustained yesterday noon when she fell 15 feet from a window of the Municipal Courts Building. Fred Knittell, Clerk of the Court of Criminal Correction, glancing up from his desk, saw the woman's legs dangling from a window across an areaway. She appeared to be trying to reach a ledge 3 feet below the window, and reaching it slipped and fell to the ground. At the City Hospital she would not explain her action. She was poorly dressed.

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PORTER, HANNAH I./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 22, 1903

Mrs. Hannah I. Porter, wife of William E. Porter, died Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the family home, Tenth and Alby streets, after a long illness from a complication of diseases. She was in her 37th year. Mrs. Porter was an invalid the last three months of her life, but it was believed until Monday that she was improving. A nervous collapse occurred Monday, and she did not rally from it. She had been married twelve years, and beside her husband leaves one son, Harold. Mrs. Porter was born in McHenry county, Ill. She was a woman who made many firm friendships and to her family was all that a wife and mother should be. Her death is a very sad affliction not only to her family but to her many friends who have learned to highly esteem her during period of residence in Alton. The funeral party will leave this evening for Woodbine, Iowa, where interment will take place. The body will be accompanied by Mr. Porter, Miss Ada Porter, and Harold Porter.

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POTTER, CORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1918

The funeral of Mrs. Cora Potter was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Free Methodist Church on Main street, Upper Alton. The Pastor Rev. Richard C. Nowlin officiated. The burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

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POTTS, UNKNOWN WIFE OF WILLIAM F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1911

Mrs. William F. Potts died this morning at her home at 1210 East Second street after an illness extending over two years. Several weeks ago her case became alarming, and she sank rapidly till the end. Mrs. Potts leaves beside her husband two sons, Matt E. Robinson of the Alton post office, and Gary W. Robinson of St. Louis, also one step-daughter, Mrs. R. W. Stanton of Gas, Kansas. Mrs. Potts was married twice, her first husband being a prominent farmer in Jersey county. The funeral services will be from the home on East Second street, Friday morning at 10 o'clock, the service being conducted by Rev. G. L. Clark. Interment will be in the Upper Alton cemetery.

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POUNTIOUS, CHARLES H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1904      Man of Many Aliases Buried in Milton Cemetery

Deputy Coroner Streeper today buried at Milton cemetery the man of many aliases killed three weeks ago by falling from the roof of a boarding house on Second street while trying to extinguish fires in the roof started by brands from the Wheelock & Ginter lumberyard fire. The man was known as Stallings where he boarded, but his wife says his real name is Pountius. He has a son at Versailles, Ind., known as St. Clair, and the dead man also was known at various times as Hilbert and Williams. In the absence of any positive proof as to the name of the man, he was buried as Pountious. His first name was always Charles H.  There is a deep mystery in the case, which the woman claiming to be his wife will not, or can not, unravel.

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POWELL, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 7, 1912            Fell Dead in Street on Way to Theater

Mrs. Anna Powell, wife of Benjamin S. Powell, a glassblower, of 1327 east Fourth street, was stricken with an attack of organic heart trouble while walking in the street with her daughter, Catherine, last night, and died within twenty minutes after being seized with the attack. Mrs. Powell had been in the best of health with the exception of her usual complaint of unsteadiness of her heart, which had been bothering her for years, but did not give her any unusual pain. The mother and daughter were going to the Princess theater to attend the high school benefit, and had gone as far as the Weisert barber shop on east Second street, when the mother complained of a pain in her heart. A second later she fell unconscious, and several men helped carry her into the barber shop. Dr. J. N. Shaff was summoned, but death occurred within twenty minutes. Mrs. Powell leaves a husband and five children, Misses Emily, Catherine, Agnes, George, and Benjamin Powell. Mrs. Powell was 55 years of age, and is one of the well known ladies of the east end. She was a home woman and mother, and devoted to her family, making her loss all the more keenly felt in her household. George Powell, the son, arrived this morning from Chicago, having left last night in answer to a telegram announcing his mother's death. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Patrick's church.

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POWELL, FLORENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1901

Florence, the 20 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Powell, died last evening with spasms at the family home, Fourth and Plum streets. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Services will be in the Cathedral.

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POWELL, PARTHENIA F. (nee SCOTT) AND WILLIAM C./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 13, 1892               Husband and wife die on same day

Mrs. Parthenia F. Powell and William C. Powell, wife and husband, both died at the family residence in Pocahontas, on the 6th inst., she at 3:30 p.m. and he at 6:00 p.m. Both were residents in years past of this county and are known to the older settler. Mrs. Powell was a daughter of Cyrus and Cynthia Scott and was born one and one-half miles west of Troy on the farm owned by J. A. Vance. Her parents came to this county from Tennessee and were among the first settlers. Their daughter Parthenia married Garrett Crownover, of Highland, and after his death, William C. Powell. He was born in Cumberland county, Tenn., and resided several years in this county. She was 57 and he was 74 years old. The funeral services took place in the M. E. church at Pocahontas, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Barnsback and Mrs. S. T. Kendall of near this city attended. Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Kendall and the mother of Mrs. Barnsback were sisters.

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POWERS, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 6, 1901

Mrs. Catherine Powers, wife of John Powers, died at midnight Saturday after a long illness at her home on Dry street, with heart disease. She was 65 years of age and was formerly a well known resident of Godfrey. With her husband she has been living in Alton of recent years. Death was due to heart disease. The funeral will take place Tuesday morning at nine o'clock from the Cathedral.

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POWERS, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 24, 1901

John Powers, a resident of Alton and Godfrey for many years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. H. Hays, in East St. Louis this morning, aged 70. His death was due to heart failure. Mr. Powers had been ill several months before the death of his wife in this city, and he went to the home of his daughter to stay for a few weeks. He was taken very ill Saturday, and his children were summoned. The body will be brought to Alton Wednesday evening, and the funeral will be Thursday morning from the home of John E. Hanlon on Bluff street to the Cathedral. Mr. Powers leaves three children, Mrs. J. E. Hanlon, Mrs. P. H. Hayes, and Miss Lizzie Powers.

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POWLESS, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1903

Mrs. Mary Powless, wife of Lewis Powless of Upper Alton, died very suddenly this morning at the family home near Upper Alton. Mrs. Powless had evidently been as well as usual, and this morning the family ate breakfast as usual. Mr. Powless left for town on an errand after breakfast was over, and left only his wife and their oldest son at home. The latter, who is almost blind, had not arisen. When he got up and went downstairs, he stumbled over the dead body of his mother. A physician was summoned, but when he arrived he could do nothing as the woman had died from heart failure. Mrs. Powless was 64 years of age and had lived in Upper Alton and vicinity for many years. Besides her husband, she leaves four children: Francis and Guy Powless and Mrs. Lenis McGowen, all of Upper Alton, and Alvin Powless, who is now in Alaska. Funeral arrangements have not been made but it will probably be held next Sunday.

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POWRIE, JANE/Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, January 4, 1900

Mrs. Jane Powrie, wife of James Powrie, who is known up and down the river as "Scotch Jimmy," died at her home on Scotch Himmy's Island Thursday morning, at age of 60 years. She had been ill one year, and death resulted from the feebleness of old age. She leaves her husband and two children, one of whom, Mrs. Lewis Young, lives in Alton. Mrs. Powrie came from Scotland when a young woman and settled on the island that has been known by the soubriquet of her husband ever since. They made their home there for over forty years, and were known to all river men and hunters.

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PRAGER, ROBERT P./Source: The Troy Call, Troy, Illinois, April 5, 1918             Alien Enemy Hung

Robert Paul Prager, an alien enemy, 39 years old, and suspected of being a German spy, was hanged by a mob at Mahler Heights, west of Collinsville, about 1 o'clock this morning. Prager had been under surveillance for some time because of alleged disloyal remarks. He was in Maryville yesterday, where he posted a proclamation declaring his loyalty, and as a result he was run out of town. He was followed to Collinsville by a number of men, and a mob soon assembled at the Suburban "Y."  It proceeded to the Bruno bakery where Prager was found and taken out and marched down the street in his bare feet with an American flag wrapped around his body. Police rescued Prager from the mob and took him to the city jail in the city hall. The crowd then went to the jail and demanded that Prager be turned over to them. In the meantime, Mayor Siegel had been summoned and pleaded with the men not to resort to violence. It was then Prager was taken out of his cell and concealed among the rubbish of the city hall. The mob dispersed after the talk by Mayor Siegel, but returned after several hours and made a search for Prager, who was taken out and hurried down the street. The police say they were unable to handle the situation. Prager was marched out to Mahler Heights, a rope placed about his neck and swung to a tree for several seconds. He was then let down and asked if he had anything to say and requested that he be permitted to write a farewell to his parents in Germany. His brief letter follows: "Carl Henry Prager, Dresden, Germany.  Dear Parents: I must, this the fourth day of April 1918, die. Please pray for me, my dear parents. This is my last letter and testament. Your dear son and brother, Robert Paul Prager."  After being permitted to write the note, Prager was again drawn up by the rope and left hanging, and the mob dispersed quietly. Prager had worked as a baker at the Bruno bakery for several years, but of late had been trying to secure employment at the coal mine at Maryville. He was denied union membership there because of his disloyal remarks against the United States. He was registered in St. Louis as an alien enemy. The authorities are indignant over the affair. Attorney General Brundage and State's Attorney Streuber have denounced the lynching as a disgrace, and declare that the members of the mob must suffer for the act which was as unlawful as it was heinous and horrible. President Wilson and his cabinet have also denounced the affair. Attorney General Brundage is expected in Collinsville today, and the inquest into the death of Prager is expected to be held Monday.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 11, 1918

Springfield, Ill. - That the Swiss legation at Washington, which is attending to German interests in this country, has offered to pay the funeral expenses of Robert P. Prager, alleged pro-German who was lynched by a mob at Collinsville last Friday night, was made public from the office of Gov. Frank O. Lowden here tonight. The offer, which is believed to be initiated by the German Government, was made by the Swiss officials through Secretary of State Lansing. A message to Gov. Lowden on Monday from Secretary Lansing bore the information of the offer, reading that the Swiss legation "would bear all reasonable expenses" attending Prager's funeral.

 

Collinsville, Ill., April 11 - The funeral of Robert P. Prager, German alien enemy, lynched at Collinsville last Friday morning by a mob for alleged seditious utterances, was held in St. Louis, following information from the German Government that it would guarantee the funeral expenses. The services of the Harmonie Lodge of the I. O. O. F., of which Prager was a member.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 12, 1918           Man Hung in Lynching by Five Men in Collinsville

Joseph Riegel, Wesley Beaver, Richard Dukes Jr., William Brockmeier and Enid Elmore, all of Collinsville, were arrested last night at the request of the coroner's jury investigating the death of Robert P. Prager, German alien enemy, who was lynched at Collinsville last Friday morning. The inquest closed. The men were placed in automobiles following their arrest, and driven to Edwardsville, where they will be held in the county jail to await the action of the Madison County Grand Jury, which will meet Wednesday. Riegel, the first man arrested, had previously admitted that he was the leader of the mob which hung Prager. He is proprietor of a shoe repair shop at Collinsville, and three are miners and one a porter in a saloon. It was announced at the conclusion of the coroner's investigation that the grand jury of Madison County would convene Wednesday morning at Edwardsville to take up the evidence submitted against the five men. Also it was stated that several other men against whom evidence of guilt appeared strong would be investigated by the grand jury. Mose Johnson, district board member of the Illinois Miners' Union, yesterday submitted to the coroner's jury a written statement as to the causes that led to the lynching of Prager. The statement had been prepared by John Lobenad, examiner for a Marysville mine owned by the Donk Brothers' Coal and Coke Company.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1918

The state of Illinois will pay the funeral expenses of Robert Prager, alleged pro-German lynched at Collinsville. The Swiss legation received a bill for $197 from the undertaker, who buried Prager, who turned it over to Secretary Lansing. The $197 will be paid by the state, which it would have been done had not the Swiss legation asked for it.

 

Source: The Troy Call, Troy, Illinois, May 17, 1918

The eleven defendants in the Prager lynching case go from jail to courtroom wearing American flags. Cut it out! This is a trial, not a celebration.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 28, 1918

The jury which is to try 11 defendants for the murder of Robert Prager, enemy alien, was selected late Monday. The 12 men were finally accepted after 11 days of examination, during which time more than 725 talesmen, called from all parts of Madison County, had been questioned. The men selected are:  Keith Ebey, clerk, Edwardsville; T. Benett, railroad car accountant, Edwardsville; George Neary Sr., janitor, Edwardsville; Walter Solterman, teamster, Worden; W. C. Dippold, flour miller, Edwardsville; Marion Baumgartner, tailor, Edwardsville; D. W. Fiegenbaum, manufacturer, Edwardsville; John Groshans, farmer, Edwardsville; A. H. Challacombe, plumber, Alton; Frank Oben, horse and mule buyer, Alton; F. W. Horn, tailor, Alton; Frank Weeks, clerk, Edwardsville.

 

When Judge Bernreuter, who is presiding, announced that a jury had been chosen, the 11 defendants who during the past 11 days have viewed the examination almost with impatience, burst into a loud cheer and clapped their hands. They were not rebuked by the Judge. As soon as the jury was sworn in, State's Attorney Streuber made an opening statement. Contrary to expectation, he spoke only briefly.  "We do not represent Prager nor any pro-German nor any pro-German sentiment," he declared. "We have made an effort to keep possible pro-Germans off the jury and I believe we have one that is 100 per cent loyal. Our only interest is to see that the law is upheld. If Pprager was either a pro-German or a spy, there was a remedy at law, and we aim to show that a mob took the law upon itself, which is in itself a violation." 

 

James M. Bandy, chief counsel for the defense, then spoke briefly. He declared there was evidence to show Prager's disloyalty and that "after all the evidence is in, the jury will not return a verdict of guilty."

 

The taking of evidence will begin tomorrow morning. More than 100 witnesses have been summoned and it is believed more than two weeks will be consumed in getting their evidence before the jury. Prager, accused of being a pro-German, was lynched by a mob at Collinsville on the morning of April 5.  After the adjournment of court, Sheriff Jenkin Jenkins, who was disqualified about a week ago at the instance of the State in the Prager trial, made an assault on State's Attorney Joseph P. Streuber, striking Streuber in the face with his fist. Streuber had gone to restaurant to get supper and was followed by Jenkins, who charged him with "putting out stuff about him." Streuber said that he was nervous over the ordeal of selecting a jury in the Prager case, but at some other time he would talk with him about it. Jenkins replied, it is reported, that he had come to settle it there. Streuber's face was cut by a ring Jenkins is said to have had on his hand. They were separated by friends, who took Jenkins away and Streuber to a surgeon, who dressed his wound.  ~From the St. Louis Republic.

 

Source: The Troy Call, Troy, Illinois, June 7, 1918       Men Charged With Prager Lynching Found Not Guilty

The eleven men on trial in the Madison county circuit court at Edwardsville for the lynching of Robert Paul Prager, an alleged German spy, at Collinsville, on April 5th, were declared not guilty by the jury in the case last Saturday evening and were set free. The trial was in many respects a sensational one. The selection of a jury was begun on May 14th and was not completed until May 27th, after nearly 700 talesmen had been examined. The taking of evidence began on Tuesday of last week, and was completed Friday, and the attorneys made their closing arguments Saturday. The case went to the jury Saturday afternoon, and after deliberating but a few minutes, a verdict of "not guilty" was returned. The announcement of the verdict was greeted with loud cheers, and when the men filed out of the courthouse, they joined in a parade headed by the Great Lakes "Jackie" Band. The acquittal of the prisoners was no great surprise to those who heard the evidence in the case. The state was absolutely at a loss to prove the actual participation of any of the accused men in the hanging of Prager. Every man arraigned for complicity in the crime swore he had no part in it, and the state failed to prove otherwise. As a result, one county paper ventures the assertion that Prager must have hung himself. The defendants who were acquitted were: Joseph Riegel, coal miner; Cecil Larrsmore, coal miner; James DeMatties, coal miner; Frank Flannery, coal miner; Charles Cranmer, clerk; John Hallsworth, coal miner; Calvin Gilmore, plumber's helper; Wesley Beaver, saloon porter; Enid Elmore, coal miner; and William Brockmeier, coal miner.  Following announcement of the verdict, State's Attorney Streuber dismissed the charges against five others who were implicated in the Prager case. They were George Davis, Martin Futchek, Fred Frost, Harry Stevens, and John Tobnick. The latter four are police officers and were charged with malfeasance in office. State's Attorney Joseph P. Streuber and C. W. Middlekauff of the attorney general's office at Springfield conducted the prosecution, and the defense was handled by James M. Bandy & Son of Granite City and Thomas Williamson of Edwardsville.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 22, 1918

That the lynching of Robert P. Prager by a mob at Collinsville, three months ago, will be made a matter of representation by the German government some time in the future is indicated in a letter which has been received by John Mellon of Edwardsville, county clerk of Madison county. The letter is from Henry Nussie, consul at Chicago, who signed himself "in charge of German interests," and stated that he had been requested by the legation at Washington to "ascertain the true facts regarding the case of Robert P. Prager, who was killed at Collinsville, Ill., on April 5, 1918." Prager, whose name the consul spelled "Praeger," was suspected by coal miners of the region with being a German spy. He was registered as an enemy alien. He disregarded warnings from the Maryville miners to remain away from that place, and in placards which he posted up accused their president of keeping him out of a job. He was sought at his boarding house in Collinsville, paraded through the streets, made to kiss the flag, and toward midnight, when the tar with which he was to be coated could not be found, he was hanged.

 

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, September 30, 1919                   To Have Rich Tomb

Robert Paul Prager, victim of a Collinsville mob on April 5, 1918, is to be moved Sunday from one of the humblest graves in St. Matthew's Cemetery in St. Louis, to one of the prettiest spots in the burial grounds. A costly monument will also be erected by Harmonic Lodge, No. 353, I. O. O. F., of which he was a member. Collinsville Odd Fellows, members of Lodge No. 43, have been invited to attend the ceremony which will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. After Prager's death, his body was claimed by the St. Louis lodge of which he was a member. At that time there was a question as to his patriotism. He had been suspected of being a German spy, and his acts and doings prompted the formation of a mob which hung him to a tree on the outskirts of Collinsville after taken from the city jail. Prager was formerly a baker and later a coal miner. His death attracted international attention, and Germany made threats against Americans. The German government filed a complaint with the State Department at Washington. Prager was a German alien.  A federal and state investigation followed. Grand jury investigations were made which resulted in the indictment of a dozen persons. Eleven were tried in Edwardsville for murder, but in June, sixty days after the death, the jury acquitted the defendants.

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PRATHER, RAYMOND/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 12, 1907           Rifle Accident Proves Fatal

Raymond Prather, the Upper Alton boy accidentally shot by a 22 caliber rifle in his own hands on Labor Day, died this morning at 7 o'clock as the result of the accident. The death of the boy caused a gloom over the neighborhood in which he lived and a general regret over the entire village. The boy was the son of Mrs. Joe Hern and was 14 years old. He was a very good boy and is spoken of in the best manner by his school teacher, school mates and all who knew him. The fatal accident occurred on Labor Day one week ago last Monday. The Prather boy and Wesley Christy had gone out to shoot with a target rifle. The Prather boy was sitting on a rail fence holding the gun in front of him with his hand over the muzzle. He tried to cock the rifle and the hammer slipped from his thumb and the rifle was discharged. The bullet passed through the boy's hand and upwards going through the end of his nose and lodging in his forehead fracturing the skull. Blood poison resulted from the wound in the skull, which caused the boy's death this morning. He leaves beside his mother and step-father, one little sister. His uncle, Rev. S. A. Teague, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Table Grove, Ill., arrived yesterday. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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PRATT, HARRY AND WIFE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1902

Moro News - The Telegraph's Moro correspondence told of a queer request made by a dying woman being fulfilled by her friends. Mrs. Harry Pratt, formerly of Moro, died at Peoria December 23. During her lifetime she had been inseparable from her husband, and at his death one year before her own, she is said to have been heartbroken. Her death is attributed to mourning for her dead husband. Mr. Pratt died in Texas and was buried there. His wife, before her death, requested that her body be taken back to her old home at Moro and that it be interred in the old burying ground. That she might be united in the grave with her husband, she requested that the body of her dead husband be removed from the Texas cemetery where it was sleeping, and that it was place din the same grave with her. This was done by friends a few days ago. Mrs. Pratt's grave was opened and the body of her husband placed therein.

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PRENDERGAST, UNKNOWN WIFE OF CHRISTOPHER C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 12, 1914        Woman Dies Under Queer Circumstances

Mrs. Christopher C. Prendergast of Union and Ridge streets died Friday evening from heart trouble. A coincidence in connection with her death was that when she had difficulty in breathing, either from pleurisy or heart trouble, her husband allowed her to breathe some chloroform. However, it is believed she would have died anyhow. There was no doctor regularly attending her as she had two and after her death a third one saw her. She had been ill for some time, and her husband had been trying to give her relief. He bought one ounce of chloroform, which seemed to relieve her pain, and then yesterday afternoon he got the bottle refilled. He gave her some more, but her heart succumbed and she died. A hurry up call was made for the city ambulance, and the lung motor and this was taken out and used, but the woman was dead and the lung motor was of no use....She was 45 years of age and leaves her husband and two children. Coroner Sims was notified and will hold an inquest into the cause of her death....Those who know the family exonerate the husband of any blame, inasmuch as he was merely trying to give his suffering wife relief.

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PRENTISS/PRENTICE, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 2, 1909

Fred Prentiss, the Federal Lead Co. foreman who fell ten days ago and was found unconscious after tumbling twelve feet from a platform to the ground, died Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital. He was 38 years of age and leaves his wife, one child, his mother, and two brothers, all of whom had been attending him. Only for a few minutes at a time would he regain consciousness from day to day, and the doctors attending him said they could do nothing for him. His spine and brain were injured by the fall. The body of Prentiss was taken to his home on Pleasant street, and the funeral will be held tomorrow, and the body will be taken to Bunker Hill for burial. He was a grandson of General B. M. Prentiss, of the United Army, one of the first Brigadier Generals commissioned in 1864. Mr. Prentiss was a young man of high character and much ability. He was a hardworking, industrious young man, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a member of Bunker Hill lodge, A. F. & A. M., also of the Bunker Hill camp, Modern Woodmen. He also belonged to the Alton Mutual Society, an insurance organization. An inquest will be held by Coroner Streeper, as Prentiss' death was due to the accident he suffered ten days before his death.

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PRESTON, SARAH ANN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 19, 1838

Died, in Marine Settlement, on the evening of the 8th inst., after a severe illness of one week, Mrs. Sarah Ann Preston, wife of Doctor W. E. Preston. [Editors in N. Hampshire are requested to notice the above.]

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PREUITT/PRUETT, ELIAS K./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 11, 1917             Old Soldier and Old Time Resident of Madison County Dies

Elias K. Preuitt, in his seventy-ninth year, died Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Frances Duffy at Bethalto, from heart trouble. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the Fosterburg Baptist Church, in which he had held membership and had served as deacon for many years. Interment will be under auspices of the Fosterburg G. A. R.  Mr. Preuitt was one of the most prominent residents of Fosterburg, having lived there and at Dorsey almost all of his life. He had been in poor health for about one year, and went to Eureka Springs, Ark., about three weeks ago for the benefit of his health. The change did not prove beneficial. He was returning with his wife to his home in Fosterburg, and when he reached Bethalto Wednesday afternoon he was unable to travel further and was taken to the home of Mrs. Duffy, who was an old friend of the family. He rapidly grew worse and death came less than 24 hours later. Mr. Preuitt leaves besides his wife, many cousins and other relatives, he being the last of his immediate line. He was married to Miss Mary M. Kirkpatrick at Washington, Wis., March 22, 1860. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary seven years ago. Mr. Preuitt comes of a family of pioneers. His grandfather, Solomon Preuitt, settled near Bethalto about 1804. He was a captain in the Black Hawk war, and also took part in the events subsequent to the massacre of the Moore family July 10, 1814, in the Wood River massacre. Mr. Preuitt's father was born on the farm south of Bethalto. Mr. Preuitt was born at Dorsey. He enlisted as a volunteer in Co. K of the 20th Illinois, as orderly sergeant, and served throughout the remainder of the war. He was filled with intense patriotism and he always had a warm place in his heart for the old soldiers. Nearly all of the men in Co. K. were from Bethalto and Fosterburg. He was adjutant of the G. A. R. Post at Fosterburg. Mr. Preuitt was a very religious man and a good citizen. He was among the most faithful members of the Baptist Church, always being present at the church services when he was able to do so. He was deeply interested in assembling historical facts and his contributions to historic literature was voluminous.  [Later: Burial will be in Fosterburg Cemetery.]

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PREUITT, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 6, 1908                  Born Near the Original Town of Milton - Oldest Native Resident of Madison County Dies

Jacob Preuitt, the oldest native resident of Madison county, died Thursday morning at 7 o'clock at his home in Fosterburg, aged 93. He celebrated his birthday very quietly on New Year's day, and at that time he was in apparently good health and promised to live for some time. He was taken ill a few weeks ago with infirmities of old age, and he gradually sank until the spark of life fluttered out. In the death of Jacob Preuitt there passes a man who was always known for his kindness of heart, and it is generally believed among his neighbors that he attained the fullest significance in his character of the term, a good man. He was never very conspicuous in public life, nor did he ever attempt to appear as a better man than his neighbors, yet he was faithful in his duties of neighborliness and friendship, and he was ever kind and sympathetic with those in trouble. He was born near the site of the present Milton bridge, east of Alton, being of a family which settled originally in the old town of Milton, now extinct, and of which the old Milton cemetery east of Alton is the last trace. He probably was the last person living in the county who could go back as far in his recollections, and his mind was full of memories of early day events. It was a remarkable fact that "Uncle" Jake, as everyone knew him, preserved his faculties to the last, and he was always glad to see and talk with anyone, and he kept posted on current events, even up to his last illness. In politics he was a staunch Democrat, and he probably took greater pride in his fealty to his party than most people. He was a farmer by occupation for many years. His wife died many years ago. Four children survive him: Mrs. John Thompson and Mrs. Moses Thompson of Fosterburg, Frank Preuitt of Texas, and Shields Preuitt of Oklahoma. The funeral of Mr. Preuitt will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. W. M. Rhoades of Upper Alton will have charge of the funeral service.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 8, 1908

The funeral of Jacob Preuitt, the 93 year old native of Madison county, was held Saturday afternoon from the home in Foster township, and was attended by practically some members of every family in Foster township, and many from other parts of the county. Services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Rhoads of Upper Alton. The following brief review of the life of the old gentleman has been furnished the press by his nephew, E. K. Preuitt of Fosterburg, and he got the facts from deceased himself:

 

"He was born in a log cabin near the site where East Alton now is. His father owned 200 acres of land at that time, but on account of an epidemic of milk sickness and ague, he sold out and moved to the homestead south of Bethalto, where he lived until his death. 'Uncle Jake' was six months old when they moved. Mr. Preuitt was no doubt at all the oldest person who was born in the county. I will not attempt to give a history of the family, but will leave that until another time, but will give a few recollections of the early days. He told of the early history of Alton, Milton, and many other towns. Many of the first towns laid out are extinct and forgotten. Milton was laid out before Alton had a store. William Barrett built the first house in Alton. He clerked for Atwater at Edwardsville. The next two houses built in Alton were log houses, one a saloon the other one story, for a hotel. The saloon was on Piasa street. A man by the name of Bradley built the first water mills. Bradley was sent out to this country by the government and built the first flour mill for Morrison on Cahokia. Seely had the second mill, built on Wood river at Milton. Seely went to San Antonio, Texas. Returned and died at Milton. The first sack of coffee sold in Upper Alton was sold by St. Clair and A. Neil, at one dollar per pound. In the early days log school houses were the rule. Mr. Preuitt told of how they used to do in that day. Teachers taught for $10 per month and boarded around.  At the same school he attended, daughters of Bradley attended. His wife was an Indian. The teacher made a rule that the scholar getting to the school house first on Monday morning could have the pick of the seats for the week. One morning he and the Indian girl met at the school house and they had a tussle which should get in first. The girl was too much for him, but as the door was fastened he went around and climbed in at the window and gained the seat. Another story is when Mr. West bought out B. Collet, his money was in St. Louis. He had $4,000 in silver. On his return with the money from St. Louis he stopped on the way and stayed all night, leaving his money out all night wrapped in a buffalo robe.

 

'Uncle Jake' remembered the cold winter of '32 when the hogs froze to death in heaps. He well remembered the campaign when Gen. Harrison ran for President, and how they drank hard cider. Maj. Hunter was the leader in Alton, and on his way through to some speaking he stopped at Mrs. Foster's in this township and she made him a present of a nice, long handled gourd. After the election a crowd went over to Edwardsville from Upper Alton in a four horse wagon. Mr. Binging holding the reins, as he was an expert driver.  He told of a trip he made on horseback in 1834 to Greene county. The time was in August. He started out early in the morning, crossing Wood river at Pullman's ford, for there were no bridges, and wending his way through this township only passing four houses on the way. After considerable effort, they landed at Uncle Jim's. On Monday after his arrival the state election was held and the site for the state house was voted on. Of course, all the relatives voted for Alton."

 

[Jacob Preuitt, son of Solomon Preuitt, was buried in the Fosterburg Cemetery.]

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PREUITT, WILEY G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 12, 1908

Wiley G. Preuitt, aged 82, one of the oldest residents of Madison county, died Monday evening at his residence, one mile south of Bethalto, from the effects of old age. Mr. Preuitt was known throughout the county as one of the old timers. His recollections of old days were always interesting. He had been in poor health for some time, and his death was expected. He leaves two children, Mrs. Ida Pritchett of Fairbury, Nebraska, and Mrs. Charles Cotter of Edwardsville. Mr. Preuitt was an old time member of the Masonic fraternity. He had been a faithful member and was one of the most respected members of the fraternity in the county. Members of the lodges in Bethalto, Alton, Upper Alton, and Edwardsville have been invited to attend the funeral, which will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the family home. The services will be conducted by Rev. T. N. Marsh of Upper Alton. The pallbearers selected for the funeral are Hiram Stahl, Irby Williams, Herman Kabel, Jarvis Richards, Alonzo Wood, D. W. Stoeckel, all old time friends of Mr. Preuitt.

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PRICE, ELLA MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 5, 1906

Ella May, the 17 years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Price, died yesterday afternoon at 1:10 o'clock at the family home on east Third street after an illness of three days. The girl had over 300 convulsions in the three days, and during Wednesday, up to the time of her death, she had over 80. Friends and acquaintances of the family wishing to view the body may call Friday between 9 and 12 o'clock in the morning. The funeral will be private.

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PRICE, JAMES ISAAC/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1920          9 Deaths in Family in 18 Months

James Isaac Price, in his 72nd year, died Monday afternoon at his home in Wood River. His death was largely due to enfeeblement entailed by eighteen months of worry over the death of his wife, to whom he had been married many years and by whom he had raised a large family. Mr. Price's death was the ninth in a series that began when Mrs. Price died there 18 months ago, according to C. N. Streeper, who has buried all of the family who have died in that time. In the year and a half, Mr. Price buried his wife, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren, and now he in turn will be buried. He leaves two sons and two daughters. Friends say that Mr. Price never recovered from the blow caused by the death of his wife and that he never ceased mourning her. He began to break down, kidney trouble developed and his death resulted.

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PRICKETT, ISAAC (COLONEL)/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 27, 1844, researched by Hayner Public Library researcher, Pam Bierman/Submitted by Jane Denny

On Monday week last, Col. Isaac Prickett departed this life at Edwardsville, in the 53 year of his age. He was one of nature's nobleman; as honest, upright, self-made man, and his loss will be deeply felt by the whole community. Col. Prickett emigrated to this State from Kentucky in the year 1817, and followed his calling - that of a shoemaker - until the year 1820. He then commenced mercantile pursuits, and continued engaged therein until the day of his death. He has filled several offices of honor and trust, and at the time of his decease, was Receiver of Public Moneys, having been first appointed under Mr. Van Buren, and re-appointed under the lamented Harrison. Mr. Prickett's loss to the town of Edwardsville, as well as to the county at large will be deeply felt; for he was one of our most estimable and exceptional citizens. He was cut off in the midst of his usefulness, and with but a few hours' notice. He was, however, bound his lamp trimmed, and his house set in order to exchange the scenes of earth for the instant immortality beyond the skies, which awaits the just made perfect. Mr. Prickett was an exemplary member of the Methodist Church, and departed in full faith of a glorious and triumphant resurrection at the day of final accounts.

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PRICKETT, ISAAC/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 2, 1886

From Highland, IL, November 25 - Isaac Prickett, a farmer living about two miles west of this city, died yesterday evening of abscess of the liver, at the age of 43. He leaves a wife and several small children.

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PRICKETT, JOHN ADAMS/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Friday, February 19, 1897

John A. Prickett is at rest, life's battle is over. For several days his dissolution has been a question of hours only. He was growing weaker every minute. He was unconscious most of the time. Once or twice he rallied and tried to speak to members of his family but his voice forsook him. At five minutes after six o'clock last evening he sank to sleep, the long last sleep that knows no waking. The news spread rapidly, and soon every one in the city knew it. He had been known long and well. There were only expressions of sorrow. John Adams Prickett was a native of Edwardsville, a son of Abraham Prickett who was born in 1790 and in those early days grew to be a prominent man, being a member of the territorial legislature, and of the convention that framed the constitution for the state in 1818; he died at Quincy in 1836. Thomas J. and John A. were twin children, the date of their birth being May 4, 1822. John A. acquired his early education in the log school houses of early days. He supplemented the splendid foundation gained in this way by studious application. He had a most excellent library and it afforded him real pleasure. When his father died in 1836, he was taken by an uncle, a lawyer, who thought of preparing his charge for admission to the bar. He became dissatisfied and ran away, with a view of engaging as cabin boy on a steamboat, but he was induced by his brother to return home. Upon leaving school, he went to Alton and learned the saddlery trade, which pursuit he followed six years. When the Mexican war broke out, he assisted in organizing a company and was elected first lieutenant. The company was known as Company E, 2nd Regiment Illinois Volunteers, with Governor Bissell commanding. He remained with the regiment and participated in all battles including the battle of Buena Vista, in which he was injured, a bullet shattering his left shoulder. As a result of this wound, he returned home before his enlistment expired. In 1847 John A. Prickett was elected recorder of deeds, which office he filled two years. At the end of his term, he was elected county clerk and was twice re-elected, serving twelve successive years. He gave close attention to his duties and made a faithful public servant. In 1864, he purchased a flouring mill in Edwardsville and operated it until the mill was destroyed by fire in 1869. He founded the Farmers' Exchange Bank which was afterwards succeeded by J. A. Prickett & Sons. The institution continued in business nearly 28 years, up to two months ago, when an assignment was made on account of inability to realize on assets. When township organization was adopted in Madison county, Mrs. Prickett was elected the first supervisor to represent Edwardsville. He served in this capacity two terms and was the first chairman of the board. When Edwardsville was incorporated as a city in 1872, John A. Prickett was elected the first mayor. He was for many years a member and repeatedly president of the school board. Mr. Prickett, in politics, was a Whig until 1855, when he became a democrat. Religiously he was a firm believer in the teachings of the scriptures. He was a member of the Masonic order, and also of the Odd Fellows. Of the latter organization, he was the only remaining charter member. Nearly fifty years ago, on November 4, 1847, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth M. Barnsback, daughter of Julius L. and Polly Barnsback. The wife and five children survive, viz: Julius L.; Clara P., wife of William H. Jones; Minnie P., wife of Cyrus Happy, Harris E. and Jessie E.  John A. Prickett had been identified with Edwardsville and Madison county as much as any other man. He was a citizen of individuality. Before disease wasted his body and mind he was strong, positive and aggressive, a man to make his personality felt wherever he went and in whatever company he might find himself. He knew the triumphs of life and he tasted its sorrows. Man is the creature of forces beyond his control. The arrows that sting deep in life fall pointless in death. After life's fitful fever he sleeps well. To his ashes may peace be forever. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock from the family residence to St. Andrew's Episcopal church, thence to Woodlawn. The obsequies will be conducted under auspices of the Odd Fellows. A special meeting of the lodge will be held tonight to make arrangements. Members are requested to assemble at the hall tomorrow at one o'clock. The active pallbearers will be selected from among lodge members, and the former mayors will serve as honorary pallbearers. Bishop George F. Seymour, of Springfield, was expected to preach the funeral sermon, but a telegram has been received from him stating that he is to officiate at the funeral of a minister of this diocese at that hour, and it will be impossible for him to be here. Rev. Clarence D. Frankel, rector of St. Andrews, will conduct the services.

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PRICKETT, VIRGINIA FRANCES (nee WEST) and daughter, NANNIE JULIA PRICKETT/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 4, 1874/Submitted by Jane Denny

DEATH IN THE LAMP.  A HAPPY HOME MADE DESOLATE.   MRS. WM. R. PRICKETT AND DAUGHTER BURNED TO DEATH.
A most shocking accident, causing the death of two persons, occurred here Monday night. It is the same old story - explosion of a coal oil lamp. Between seven and eight o'clock on the night mentioned, an alarm of fire was raised in the vicinity of the residence of Wm. R. Prickett, on Hillsboro Avenue. A few neighbors rushed immediately to the scene. Screams were heard issuing from the house and those who first heard the alarm, on entering the dwelling, saw a sight that made their blood curdle in their veins. There were Mrs. Prickett and her eldest daughter, Nannie, aged eleven years, enveloped in flames; the former standing in one corner of the kitchen with her clothing, with the exception of a leather belt and corset, all burned from her body. She was standing with a blanket about her head; Nannie was lying in the sitting room. The servants in the house were panic-stricken and were powerless to render any assistance, with the exception of a man servant, by the name of Fritz Winters, who had nursed Mrs. Prickett when she was a baby. The accident occurred in this manner: After tea Mr. Prickett walked out to town. Mrs. Prickett and her eldest daughter, Nannie, were sitting at a table in the sitting room, upon which were two lamps burning. Suddenly one of the lamps exploded, falling into the lap of Nannie. Her mother tried to extinguish the flames, but failing in this, she ran up stairs for a blanket. She went up the front stairs, and in the excitement, she did not discover for the moment that her own clothing was on fire. As soon as she was conscious of this fact, she ran down the back stairway which leads into the kitchen. Before she reached the kitchen, however, all her lower garments were burned off, and she stood in one corner with the blanket over her head, crying aloud for someone to unfasten her belt. In the meantime Winters had discovered what was going on, and in his endeavors to save the poor little child, was burned considerably on his hands and knees. A bucket of water was thrown over each of the victims and by this time Mr. Prickett had returned home, and the house at the same time was filled with people. But the mischief had been done. A once happy home had, in a few hours, been made desolate. Mrs. Prickett lingered in great agony until five o'clock the next morning. Nannie died two hours earlier. They were both conscious until they expired, and Mrs. Prickett, two hours after the sad occurrence, was able to explain how the accident occurred. Mrs. Prickett was the daughter of M. E. M. West, and was his favorite child. She was married to Mr. Prickett in 1857. There are three other children surviving her -one boy and two girls. Mrs. Prickett was an accomplished lady in every sense of the word and her husband and family have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock today.

A follow-up appeared in the Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11 November 1874:
Mrs. Virginia F. Prickett
In that beautiful life which so suddenly went out, on the early morning of the 3rd instant, there was so much to love and remember that the simple announcement heretofore made of the sad event, is insufficient to express the deep feeling of her friends, and the felt loss of the community where she lived. Mrs. Prickett was born in Edwardsville and her whole life was here - where she had acquired universal esteem and love. Never in the history of this city has there occurred an event which caused such profound sorrow as the sudden and distressing casualty that caused the death of the wife and daughter of our esteemed citizen, Major Wm. R Prickett. Perhaps no one person had done so much to promote a refined state of social life in Edwardsville than had she. Her pleasant home was always open to all who sought a pleasure to be derived from refined social intercourse, which was enlivened by the conversation of her whose mine was enriched by an extended acquaintance with the best writers of the past and present age. From childhood she was exceedingly fond of books. The writer has never known any one, how in a given time could read so much, and who retained so fully in knowledge of what was read, as Mrs. Prickett. The hospitalities and entertainments of herself and husband, free from all taint of ostentation, were the charm of social life in our little city, and so generous as to leave not jealousies behind them. Of beautiful presence, cordial and easy manner, cultivated taste, and pure Christian spirit, it was impossible to be with her without being impressed with the excellence of her character, and being made better from the association.  With a fine mind, cultivated by an education at Monticello Seminary (the queen of female colleges), an aesthetic nature, and means to gratify taste, she had made her home as near an earthly paradise as may anywhere be found. A devotion to the happiness of her family, she has given her life to the purpose of making home everything that could be desired, and in every part of that home was the impress of a refined taste and pure nature. It is the wife who fills the largest place in the domestic heaven; and the mother whose unmeasured love, watchful care, holy teachings and deeds registered above, are as a holy presence and charm. It is she whose province and power it is to preserve from evil; influences, and guide to a higher and purer life - and truly did she come up to all those trusts. Her noble Christian spirit went out in deeds of love and charity to others. No opportunity by her was ever avoided or lost, to contribute to the happiness of others, or to aid those in need. Truly did her minister say of her that "her charities were only limited by her opportunities," and yet so silently done that usually none but those receiving, knew of them. To her husband she was all he desired; to her children all a fond mother could be; to her sisters a charm and a joy; to her parents, who have frequently before been called to bear deep afflictions in the loss of their children, her death causes most poignant sorrow. Their oldest child, she was their counselor and companion, and in their oft repeated bereavements they had learned to lean on her for comfort and support. Desolate, indeed, and full of anguish must all those loving hearts be, which once formed so happy a family circle. Her last hours, though amid such sufferings as cannot be described, were made impressive and hold by such an exhibition of affection for family and fair in God, as was never the privilege of the writer before to witness. When, as the clock told the hour of twelve, and the new day had begun, she was told that her little daughter had gone to heaven, her face brightened, she raised her hands, all charred by the flames, and said: "Oh, I am so glad that in going I take her with me, who least of all could do without me," and looking up to her mother with countenance of holy expression said: "I shall die, and soon I shall know all." Then with sweetest words of love to the husband, and expressions of confidence in the future goodness of her children, and with an earnest desire to be gone, she laid her down to sleep, and as the first grey dawn of the morning appeared, there went out forever from the light of this world a life which for thirty-six years and gladdened all who beheld it. All her life a follower of the Great Teacher, and for more than twenty-five years a member of his church. "For her to live was Christ; but to die was gain." The little daughter, Nannie Julia, of eleven years, who by a few hours preceded the mother to the better land, was a child of much promise and sweetness of disposition: with a mind quite in advance of her age, she was an experienced Christian. On an occasion not many days before, she expressed the desire that she might die when Mama did, and that her last act might be to kiss her. A bright, winsome thing, with eyes of lustre and hair of gold, she seemed sent by God to bless the parents, and to leave behind her sweet memories. But the light has gone out of those beautiful eyes, and the gold will fade form the silken hair, but the spirit bright and pure as the flowers strewn by her schoolmates at her grave, has gone up to God. By and by the morning will come, with its sunlight and fragrance; by and by there will be gathered again the strands of that broken chord, which will lead the loved ones all to that paradise of the angels of heaven, where the pure dwell, and where they have gone, and "where we shall know even as we are known."
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PRICKETT, WILLIAM RUSSELL (MAJOR)/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 23, 1922/Submitted by Jane Denny

MAJOR WILLIAM RUSSELL PRICKETT CLAIMED BY DEATH -- EDWARDSVILLE'S NOTED OLD TIME CITIZEN PASSES SUDDENLY AWAY
Major William Russell Prickett, retired Edwardsville banker and financier, died at his home, 210 Kansas street at 12 o'clock today. The end was due to a heart attack with which he had been suffering since Tuesday but yesterday and today seemed greatly improved. The end came as he was receiving some mail from a messenger who had just returned from the post office. He sank to the floor and expired within a few moments, without a struggle. Telegrams were sent to the three children, Mrs. H. Clay Pierce and E. I. Prickett of New York City and Mrs. H. L. Drummond of Pasadena, Calif., early this afternoon. The three are expected to come here and plans for the funeral will be deferred until they answer. Major Pricket was born in Edwardsville, September 21, 1836. He is of Southern ancestry. His mother was Kentuckian, having been born in Hopkinsville, August 6, 1806, and his father, Colonel Isaac Prickett, a native of Georgia, was born in Savannah, December 22, 1790, but at an early date migrated to Illinois and was prominently identified with its history, both as a territory and as a state. He embarked in merchandising at Edwardsville, in 1818, and continued in the business until his death, in 1844, in the meantime filling numerous offices of public trust, viz: quartermaster general of the Illinois militia, paymaster of militia, inspector of the penitentiary, public administrator, coroner and postmaster. In 1838 he was appointed by President Van Buren to the responsible position of receiver of public moneys for the United States land office, and was re-appointed to the office by President Tyler in 1842, which position he held at the time of his death. The mother of Major Prickett, whose maiden name was Nancy A. Lamkins, was a daughter of Captain William Lamkins, of Christian county, Kentucky, who was a soldier in the war of 1812. Her marriage to Colonel Isaac Pricket took place in Edwardsville, Illinois, on February 123, 1821. The eldest son of the family, Nathaniel Pope Prickett, was an officer in the United States navy, and died of yellow fever on board the United States storeship Lexington, in the harbor of Rio de Janiero, South America in 1850. The youngest son, Major W. R. Prickett spent his life in his native town with the exception of the years that he was a student at the Western Military Institute in Kentucky and afterward at the Illinois College at Jacksonville. He entered the latter institution in 1855, and there, through application and industry, laid the foundation for a business life of activity and usefulness. Major Prickett became identified with the Masonic order at the age of twenty-one years, joining Edwardsville Lodge No. 99. He was also a member of the Army of the Cumberland, Grand Army of the Republic, and the Loyal Legion of the United States. Although he had always been a Democrat, he followed the example of the great Douglas in being loyal to the state and country, and entered the Union army as lieutenant in the One Hundred and Fiftieth Infantry. Before leaving Camp Butler he was made Major of the regiment. He had command of the forces between Bridgeport, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was in command of the left wing of the regiment while it was stationed at Spring Place, Georgia. In July he was appointed Judge Advocate of the court martial, which office he filled until the regiment left Atlanta, August 14th, when he had command of companies E, F, G, H, and K., with his headquarters at LaGrange, Georgia. He was honorably mustered out of the service in 1866, at Springfield, Illinois. In 1868 Major Prickett engaged in the banking business at Edwardsville. He incorporated his banking interest into the Bank of Edwardsville on January 1, 1896, and at the same time assumed its presidency. He continued in it successfully until the year 1899 when he retired, selling out his interest in this bank. As an illustration of his financial standing during the panic of 1873, when so many hundreds of the banks in the country suspended payment, the banking house of West & Prickett continued to pay and discount as usual during the stringency. As evidence of the confidence still reposed in him by the people, it may be mentioned that during the panic of 1893, his deposits increased rather than decreased.  Major Prickett has been twice married. His first wife, whom he married 1859 and who died in 1874, was Virginia Frances, daughter of Hon. Edward M. West, who until his death in 1887 was engaged in the banking business with Major Prickett. Three children born of this marriage are living. The son, Edward Isaac, is a resident of Pasadena, California. The elder daughter, Virginia Russell, is the wife of Henry Clay Pierce, of New York City. The younger daughter, Mary West, is the wife of Harrison I. Drummond, of Pasadena, California. Major Prickett's second marriage took place in 1888, and united him with Mary Josephine, daughter of the late Judge Joseph Gillespie, who was one of the pioneers of Illinois history in politics and statesmanship.
 

Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 26, 1922
As the Years Pass:
The death of Major William R. Prickett on Saturday impressed those who really knew him with a sense of irreparable loss as their first thought on learning of the demise. The major was the last of the old-timers - octogenarians - who were native to the city and who helped build it and who grew with it in the formative days. With his passing we now skip a decade to those in the seventies. People of the present day rarely have the opportunities for commercial, financial, civic, political and patriotic participation that were his. He had many sides and only a limited number knew more than a few of them - perhaps none knew all. The expression "a gentleman of the old school," naturally comes to mind in thinking of the major. He was a gentleman born and bred and he never lost nor diminished his native courtesy. To those who entered his home, or whom he encountered in public he was ever the same, suave, considerate and deferential. His home was to him the pleasantest place in the world. Life brought to him a bounteous measure of good things. He was wealthy and could have traveled when and where he would but he wisely knew that the greatest contentment is in the intimate surroundings of the home and he rarely left it. In the earlier days that home was the scene of many social gayeties. The major was a host par excellence; he loved to be surrounded with intellectual, cultured people of social nature, and as a result the gatherings, both formal and informal, at his home, were notable. The major's memory continued bright and clear up to the last moment of his life. He linked the old Edwardsville of the pioneer days with the city of the present. In his young manhood skins of animals were exchanged for dry goods and provisions. The only industries of Edwardsville in the way of manufacturing were a brewery and a distillery, at each of which tin cups sat on a bench beside the front door and the wayfarer was welcome to help himself. Indians were no uncommon sight in the streets. People traveled by pack horses, and it was a great day when daily transportation by road was established and the first stage coach of the Springfield-St. Louis line dashed up to the door of the Wabash hotel. Time went on and the Civil War cast its shadow over the land. The major enlisted and went with Sherman to the sea. After the war politics attracted him and he served in many positions. His calling was that of a banker and it is difficult to make clear to present day thought how much this meant to the earlier day. He and his father-in-law, the late E. M. West, operated the bank of West & Prickett. There was no bank supervision then. No skilled experts dropped in unexpectedly as they do now, to keep the present banks up to the highest efficiency. Banking was a private business and its character depended absolutely upon the individual. Mr. West and Mr. Prickett were conservative by nature. They had the highest personal standards of honor and integrity. Their business was administered conservatively and honestly. No shadow ever fell across their floor. No suspicion ever entered any mind as concerned them. During times of stress when others suffered from the unrest of the day, the deposits of West & Prickett increased, the finest testimonial of human confidence possible. And when in course of years, their well-established business passed on to others, it was with a stainless and unblemished reputation. In his personal side it has been stated that the major was ever courteous. He was more - he was kindly. No one will ever know of his benefactions. He performed them in a quiet way and said nothing about them. He sent money and boxes of commodities. He looked around at home and dropped benefactions here and there. He would stop into a grocery store and leave a ten-dollar bill with orders. He aided various churches. For many years he literally kept the Baptist church going and when Miss Maggie Fruit, upon whom usually devolved the necessity of getting together the deficit, would go to the major, he would always give her a check for whatever was lacking. This was a side to his nature that few knew about. The major was a great home body. In the years of his first marriage when the children were little, he and "Old Fritz," his faithful retainer and house man, took the greater part of care of them. Fourteen years after his bereavement he was married to one who had always been a very dear friend, and this happy union endured for more than a third of a century until the major's cycle was completed last Saturday. There is no doubt that his span of life was lengthened ten or perhaps twenty years by the tender ministration of his devoted wife. Mrs. Prickett's life has been one of devotion to those near her, first to her beloved sister, then to a brother who depended greatly upon her, and then to her husband. The major knew how greatly he leaned upon her ministrations and at times stated that her care was prolonging his life. And having lived long and well he went away on the last journey just as he would have wished. In full possession of every faculty, clothed and moving around his home, about to examine the holiday greeting of friends, as he stretched forth his hand to take the letters and cards that were presented to him, another hand - an irresistible one - intervened, and without sorrow or pain he departed. It was as he would have wished. Major Prickett has passed on. There is none who can or will take his place.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 27, 1922

The funeral of Major William R. Prickett was held this afternoon from his late home in Edwardsville at 2:30 o'clock and were attended by a large number of friends of the deceased from all parts of Madison county. His death Saturday surprised and shocked many people. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thomas Dyke of St. Andrews Episcopal church. The Masonic fraternity had charge of the burial services in Woodlawn cemetery. The active pallbearers were six members of the lodge, C. W. Burton, Frank B. Sanders, W. L. Estabrook, douglas M. Hadley, R. D. Griffin and Judge G. W. Crossman. The honorary pallbearers were A. P. Wolf, E. W. Mudge, S. O. Bonner, Gaius Paddock, Charles Boeschenstein and A. L. Brown. With the exception of one, Mr. Boeschenstein, all are men of advanced years who have known Mr. Prickett during a long period.

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PRIEST, HENRY C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 31, 1900           Death of Old Business Man

After an illness of several years duration, Henry C. Priest, one of the oldest and best known business men of Alton, died this afternoon at 1:15 o'clock at his home, corner of Sixth and Henry streets. He was seventy years of age and had lived in Alton forty-four years. Mr. Priest was one of the pioneer lumber merchants of the west, having come to Alton when the lumber business was an unimportant industry, and built up through a thriving business one of the largest fortunes in the possession of any one person in Alton. He was born in Belchertown, Massachusetts in 1830, where he passed his earliest days on a farm. He came to Illinois in 1854, and after spending a few years teaching school in Macoupin county, he came to Alton and entered into a partnership in the lumber business with Henry C. Sweetser. At that time, all the lumber used in a territory within a radius of fifty miles of Alton, came from Alton, and was brought down the river in rafts. By careful methods and strict attention to business, he and his partner made their business an extensive one, and there were few people in this part of the state during the earlier days of Alton who had not heard of Sweetser & Priest. They had a lumber yard on Piasa street at Fourth street, and on Second [Broadway] street near Weigler, where the business is now conducted. On the death of his partner, Mr. Priest took charge of the business and conducted it himself with the assistance of his cousin, William C. Sweetser, who is now in charge of the property. Mr. Priest married Miss Imogene Brown in 1884, who was his first wife, and he leaves no children. He leaves two brothers, Willard E. Priest of Chicago and William A. Priest of Northfield, Mass.  William C. Sweetser and Mrs. Albert Wade of Alton, and J. E. Sweetser of Brighton, are cousins of Mr. Priest. A confident of Mr. Priest stated today that throughout his career he confined himself closely to business, not giving up his favorite pursuit even for recreation. He adhered to a strict rule of fidelity to business, and he leaves a large amount of personal and real property as the fruits of his long life of hard work. He was a Mason, and was also identified with the Methodist church, toward the support of which he has been a liberal contributor. The time of the funeral is not decided upon, but will be announced tomorrow. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery]

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PRINGLE, ALEXANDER/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 10, 1881

Mr. Alexander Pringle, father-in-law of Mr. Samuel Pitts, died at Springfield, Sunday, in the eighty-first year of his age. He formerly resided in Alton, removing from here to Springfield about twenty-four years ago. He leaves five adult children and a large number of grandchildren. The remains were brought here [Alton] for interment - the funeral taking place on Tuesday morning, at 10 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. Samuel Pitts on State street. [He was buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.]

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PRITCHETT, HENRY/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, July 9, 1852

Henry Pritchett, son of James Pritchett, who resides in Looking Glass Prairie, was killed a few days ago while engaged in cutting wheat with a reaping machine. In attempting to stop his horse from running, he fell on the point of the reaper and was injured so severely that he survived but an hour or two after the accident.

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PRITCHETT, JOHN WESLEY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 1, 1921

John Wesley Pritchett, a coal miner at Troy, killed himself with a shotgun last night under circumstances that were very peculiar. Pritchett's wife had gone to Highland where she was to undergo a surgical operation for the relief of appendicitis. Whether the absence of his wife had anything to do with the suicide of Pritchett is not disclosed. It is recalled that when he married last September 14, he forgot his wedding date and went hunting. Five hours after the time set for the marriage he arrived on the scene and the wedding proceeded. A coroner's inquest will be held this evening.

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PRITZ, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 23, 1907

Henry Pritz, aged 60, was rundown and instantly killed by an Illinois Terminal train near the eastern city limits Tuesday evening. Pritz was deaf and did not hear the approach of the train. He was employed at the Federal lead works and was on his way home from work. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner Keiser and he will hold an inquest and ......[unreadable] a few weeks ago, had his wife arrested charging her with being with another man. When the case came up before Justice Nathan, the woman showed she was not his wife as she had a copy of a divorce decree Pritz had obtained, and she denied his claim that they had been remarried. Assistant State's Attorney Wilson dismissed the case, as the woman had a witness to prove her innocence of the charge - the mistress of a boarding house where she stayed. Pritz had a little boy with him, and Mrs. Demuth threatened to take the child from the father.

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PROFITH, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 20, 1908

Mrs. Mary Profith, aged 24, wife of Edward Profith, died at her home in Granite City yesterday from catarrh of the stomach. She had been ill a short time. Mrs. Profith was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Collins of Second and Alby streets, and her death is a sad blow to the parents as well as to the husband. She leaves also two brothers. Mrs. Profith was deeply attached to her parents and spent much of her time with them looking after them in their advancing years. All last summer she visited her parents in Alton. The body arrived here this afternoon and the funeral will be held tomorrow from the home of the parents. The funeral of Mrs. Profith will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of her father, Clement Collins.

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PROHO, EUGENE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1907

An inquest was held last evening over the body of Eugene Proho, who died from injuries sustained Saturday noon by falling down a flight of stairs at the Empire house. So far nothing can be ascertained as to relatives of where he had the money he claims he had in St. Louis banks, or where is situated the real estate he would claim he owned at times when he was drinking. A verdict of accidental death was found by the jury empanelled by Deputy Coroner Keiser.

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PRUE [PRUGH], CORA D. HARRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 1, 1909

Miss Cora D. Harris Prue, wife of William Prue, died last night at 11 o'clock at the family home on Brown street, Upper Alton, after a three years illness. Death was caused by an abscess of the lungs. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Harris, who resides northeast of Upper Alton. She was born thirty-eight years ago on the old Harris place, and married Mr. Prue thirteen years ago. Since that time they have traveled in Ohio and Kansas, returning to Upper Alton a year or so ago, where they have lived ever since. One child survives her, Marie, aged 12. Besides her father and mother and husband, she leaves four brothers, John V., Samuel S., both of Upper Alton; John S. of Portland, Oregon; and Jesse O. of Upper Alton; and four sisters, Mrs. Carrie D. Titchenal of Macoupin County; Mrs. Rilla Dooling; Mrs. Fannie Campbell; and Mrs. Rebecca Budde, all of Upper Alton. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the house. Rev. Powell of the Upper Alton Baptist church will officiate. The burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery.

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PRUETT, MARTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1920

The body of Mrs. Martha Pruett, a former resident of Bethalto who died June 29 at Fairbury, Nebraska, reached Alton from Fairbury today. The funeral was held at the old family burial grounds in Behtalto.

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PRUITT, LUCY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1919            Death Divides Couple After 72 Years Together

Mrs. Lucy Pruitt, wife of William Pruitt, died Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from old age at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Weiss, 2220 Belle street. The death of Mrs. Pruitt followed a period of seven days in bed, and it was the first time in her life she had ever been confined to her bed by illness. Ten months ago she began to show signs of breaking down and her daughter, Mrs. Weiss, went to Fidelity where the aged couple were living and brought her father and mother to Alton to make their home with her. They had been married seventy-two years and had not been separated. In their old age they had happily lived together on their country home place near Fidelity, and when the aged wife showed indications of a collapse due to old age, it was deemed best to get them to leave their home and come to live with their daughter. Mrs. Pruitt was a woman of remarkably good health, notwithstanding the fact that she was 92 years of age. Her husband is exactly the same age. Their life had been a very happy one together, and it was one of very beautiful cases of love lingering in great age, as the couple were strongly attached and deeply devoted to each other. They were the parents of nine children, only three of whom survive - Mrs. Frank Walters of Alton; Mrs. Thomas Moran of Fidelity; and Mrs. Brux Weiss, at whose home the aged couple lived and where Mrs. Pruitt died. Mr. Pruitt was for many years a prosperous farmer in the Fidelity neighborhood and he also owned land in Greene County, most of which he had disposed of. The body of Mrs. Pruitt will be taken to Jerseyville for burial, and the funeral services will be from the home of her niece, Mrs. Hattie Woodruff, tomorrow at 10:30 o'clock, and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Jerseyville. Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt were the oldest residents of the Fidelity neighborhood. They had a very wide acquaintance and everyone was deeply interested in the aged pair who had lived so many years in the one neighborhood.

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PRUITT, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 9, 1919

William Pruitt, aged 93, a son of Maj. Pruitt, famous in the early days of Madison County, died at the Nazareth Home, Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from old age. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Frank W____, Mrs. Frank Walters, and Mrs. Thomas Moran, all of Alton. His wife died five months ago ..... [unreadable].

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PUCKETT, JOHN W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 6, 1906

John W. Puckett, the fourteen months old child of John Puckett, is dead at the home at 313 east Second street. The burial will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment in Milton cemetery.

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PUETZ, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 10, 1908

Joseph Puetz, aged 27 years, a native of North Alton, died Friday morning at the home of his cousin, Mrs. John L. Krug, 2606 State street, after a long and painful illness which began more than a year ago. Deceased spent last winter in Florida for his health, but after returning to St. Louis where he lived for several years, he was compelled to submit himself to the surgeon's knife on three different occasions, and the debilitating effects of these operations caused other complications which resulted in his death. Three months ago he went to New Mexico, hoping to benefit his health, but remained there only eight days, coming direct from there to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Krug, where he has been receiving the best of care since. He was a ticket seller at the Union station, St. Louis, for nine years and was held in high esteem by his employers and by his fellow workers, many of whom have come to Alton on different occasions to see him and help, if possible, since his last illness began. He is survived by his father, Louis Puetz of St. Louis, a brother, Tillman Puetz of Alton, and a large number of cousins and other relatives. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the Krug home, and burial will be in the Oakwood cemetery. Services will be conducted by Rev. Walter H. Bradley.

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PUETZ, MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 4, 1918

The death of Mrs. Marie U. Puetz, 80 years old, formerly of Alton, occurred Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. F. Felber, in St. Louis. The body will be brought to Alton for burial, the funeral being Friday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Puetz was the widow of Tilman Puetz. The family were well known residents of North Alton. After the death of her husband five years ago, Mrs. Puetz moved to St. Louis, where she made her home with her daughter. Surviving her are her daughter, Mrs. L. F. Felber, and a son, Louis Puetz, both of St. Louis, and two sons, Joseph and Rudolph Puetz, both of Alton.

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PULLEN, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 13, 1902

North Alton News - Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen, widow of Charles Pullen, died Thursday morning at 5 o'clock after an illness beginning the first of November. She was 77 years of age, and that operated actively against her recovery. She was born in Leadberry, Herefordshire, England, but came to this country when quite young. She had lived in this vicinity many years and leaves numerous friends to mourn her demise. She leaves seven children: William Pullen of Alton; James P. of Bethalto; and Mesdames [sic] John Mathle, North Alton, Jacob Luly, St. Louis, Charles Koehne, Alton, Frank Long, Whiting, Indiana, and Henry Rhoads of Kansas. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Upper Alton.

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PULLEN, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1910

William Pullen died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew Bensman, in Main street, after a long illness. He was 60 years old March 9, and lived many years in Alton. Two years ago while fishing he sustained a paralytic stroke and fell out of his skiff into the river, and would have drowned but for the prompt assistance of others. He never recovered fully from the stroke, and at intervals since has been very sick. He leaves a son, Joseph Pullen, and his daughter, Mrs. Bensman. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home to Godfrey cemetery.

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PULLIAM, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 1, 1918

The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Pulliam will be held tomorrow at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in the Liberty Prairie Cemetery.

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PUMP, CAROLINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 11, 1910

Mrs. Caroline Pump, aged 64, a resident of Alton for many years, died Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Howell, on Seminary street in Upper Alton. Death was due to an abscess on one of her feet, which resulted in gangrene. She leaves only the one daughter, Mrs. Howell, and a brother at Brighton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Howell home. Mrs. Pump's husband died in Alton fourteen years ago.

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PURCELL, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1914     Little Boy Killed Under Steamroller at Sixth and Central Avenue in Alton

James Purcell, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Purcell was fatally crushed at Sixth and Central avenue by being run over by a 5,000 pound steam roller, almost in front of the home of his parents on Sixth street. The child, though crushed from the feet to the waist, made no outcry. He died at St. Joseph's hospital, and to his parents, as he was dying, he kept trying to explain that "I couldn't get out of the way of the old thing." The lad was caught while trying to jump off in front of the roller, which was moving along at the rate of about one and one half miles an hour, according to the owner, Fred Gerdes. Gerdes had been using the steam roller to roll down a job of paving at St. Patrick's church, and was on his way home up Central avenue. He had gone just two blocks when the fatal accident occurred. Mr. Gerdes was driving the steam roller along and he says that he did not see the little boy who had leaped on the front part of the roller frame and was riding along. The lad jumped off and fell as he jumped. Bystanders who witnessed the accident said that he scrambled along in the path of the roller on hands and feet, trying to get out of the way. The machine was making such a racket as it progressed, Gerdes could not hear the shouts of warning, if any were uttered in time. It was only after the child had been caught, Gerdes said, he was warned by a little boy that the child was being crushed to death forward under his steam roller. He stopped the machine, backed it up, and the child was tenderly picked up and borne to the hospital two blocks away. Dr. J. N. Shaff said that although the child was crushed from the feet to the waistline under the roller, when the surgeon arrived there was not any visible evidence of the crushing in so far as there might be flattened flesh and muscles. The tenacious character of the child's bones and muscles was shown by the fact that they very soon resumed their normal shape. However, the child's internal organs had been fatally injured by the crushing process, and the lad succumbed to his injuries in the hospital one hour after he was hurt. He astonished everybody by retaining consciousness up to the last minute, and he talked to his parents up to the last. The inquest was held over the lad this afternoon, and the body will be shipped tomorrow morning for Scholes, Ind. for burial.

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PURCELL, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1917

Mrs. John Purcell died at her home at 1017 East Sixth street at 11:30 o'clock this morning after an illness of several months. Mrs. Purcell is survived by her husband and seven children. The body will be shipped to Shoals, Ind., on Friday, and the funeral will be held there on Saturday morning.

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PURVIS, BERNARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 5, 1918

Bernard Purvis, aged 37, was a victim of influenza. He died last night at his home, 712 1/2 East Broadway, aged 37. He leaves his wife and two children. He will be buried Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

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PUTZE, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 22, 1908

Louis Putz, a prominent east end business man, died Wednesday morning after a long illness. Paralysis was the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Putze's illness had its beginning over ayear ago. His condition was known to be grave and he continued to grow worse, failing to realize the hopes of his family and his friends that there might be ultimate recovery. His malady finally attacked his brain and for several months his mind had been clouded by the paralysis which had affected him. Tuesday evening he sustained another stroke of paralysis, and relatives were summoned to attend him. Two of the members of his family went to attend him, and Wednesday morning they sent word that the illness had proved fatal and that Mr. Putze was at rest. Louis Putze was one of the best known residents of the east end of the city. He was engaged in the saloon business for many years, and conducted the saloon at Second and Ridge streets until failing health made it necessary for him to see out. Louis Putze was born May 3, 1850 in Saxony, Germany. He came to America in 1867, and to Alton in 1868, where he has lived ever since. He was engaged many years in the cracker business and had conducted a saloon for thirty years. He married Caroline Yeakel in Alton, November 24, 1875, and he is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Lem Malone and Messrs. Edward and Arthur Putze. His death occurred at midnight last night. He leaves one sister in Germany. Mr. Putze was a member of the German Benevolent society, also the A. O. U. W.  Burial will be in City Cemetery.

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PYLE, GEORGE W. (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 24, 1846           Monticello Seminary Chaplain Dies

Died at Monticello Seminary on Thursday, 22d inst., in the blessed hope of a glorious resurrection, Rev. G. W. Pyle, Chaplain of the Seminary and Pastor of the church in Monticello [Godfrey]. His funeral will take place from the Seminary Chapel at 11 o'clock a.m. on Saturday 24th. A sermon will be preached on the occasion by Rev. A. T. Norton. A more extended notice hereafter.

 

Source: Alton Telegraph, January 31, 1846

In last week's Telegraph was a brief notice of the death of Rev. George W. Pyle, with an intimation that a more extended notice would be furnished. It is not our purpose on the present occasion to furnish an extended memoir, or portray in full the excellencies of our departed friend. The one would require a volume, and the other older hands than those to whom the present duty has been assigned. The most that will at present be attempted will be to furnish a very brief outline of his history, and some specimens only of his views and feelings and conversation, just as he was about to leave this world of sin and enter into his rest, for the gratification of his distant friends, and that we all may see something of the life of a devoted Christian minister, and how a holy man can die.

 

From some brief memoranda and information obtained from his friends, we learn that our beloved brother was born near the city of Philadelphia in 1813; that his childhood was spent without any advantages of education; that at a suitable age he was bound as an apprentice to learn a trade, and brought up in ignorance and sin; giving himself up to follow the unrestrained inclinations of his youth. Next we find him a young man of twenty, in company with some horse racers on his way to North Carolina. Making a brief stop in Virginia, he is induced by the over-ruling providence of God, by curiosity perhaps, to attend a camp meeting in the neighborhood. His attention is arrested by what he sees and hears. Conviction of sin enters into his soul. After a hard struggle, he forms the resolution to go forward to be prayed for. Pressing his way through the crowd, he loses his hat, but fearing if he went back to recover it his purpose might be changed, he presses on, leaving his hat behind. There he humbles himself, submits to God, and comes away rejoicing in the Savior. New views, new feelings, new hopes, new fears, possess his soul. New motives are the spring of his actions. Scarcely being able to read it, he purchases Janeway's Token for Children, the only religious book to be found, and the first book he ever owned.

 

Arriving at his journey's end, he finds that his religion is not a mere impulse, without reality. It has entered deeply into his views, his feelings, his purposes. Like Paul, he was now led to inquire, "Lord what wilt thou have me to do?"  The inquiry is scarcely raised before he finds the purpose formed in his heart, and suddenly expressed, "I will be a Minister." He next inquired how it is to be accomplished. By some means he had heard of Illinois College at Jacksonville, where young men can be educated for the Ministry at little expense. Finding a family about to remove to Illinois, He accompanies them - driving one of their wagons. With no acquirements except barely being able to read, he enters the Preparatory Department. By alternately studying and working at his trade to obtain the means of subsistence, living much of the time on 25 cents per week, in the short space of two years he is prepared to enter fully upon his college course, goes through the whole course, and comes out with the first honors of the College. His room at College was directly over that of President Beecher. And he has often remarked that often, when his prospects seemed dark and cheerless, and he was sinking under discouragement in view of the difficulties before him, he has been cheered onward by hearing the voice of that devoted Minister, in secret prayer for his pupils.

 

We next find him in Lane Seminary, prosecuting with his accustomed zeal and industry his Theological studies, and living in the most frugal manner. His course accomplished, he is recommended by the distinguished faculty of that institution to a committee of a church who were seeking his services, as a young man of rare qualities and attainments, who for thoroughness, originality and depth of thought, was surpassed by few. Immediately after the completion of his studies, he removed to Illinois as the chosen field of his labors. He first preached a few months in Springfield, to supply a church during the absence of their Pastor. He next labored for about one year in Peoria, till September 1844, when in compliance with an invitation from the church and the Trustees of the Seminary, he removed to Monticello, where he continued his labors as Pastor of the church and Chaplain of the institution until Thursday 22d instant, when after sixteen months' useful labors among them, and a whole ministry of only about three years - by a painful sickness of only seven days, he was, by "the Master" called away from the scenes of his earthly toils.

 

Having followed our departed brother to the verge of Jordan, some of his expressions and specimens of his feelings in the full view of death and Heaven, may here be interesting and instructive.  Until the day before his death, there was but little apprehension that he would not recover. He was then told by his physician that his case was critical. To this announcement, he made no reply nor manifested the least agitation. One of the Elders of the church coming in, he said, "I think it is God's will that I should die. Your church will be left destitute, but trust in God. He will provide." After a little interval, with much animation and a countenance beaming with Heavenly joy, he exclaimed, "Can it be! Can it be! Can it be! O! Glorious thought, that I shall so soon be with Christ!" He soon after clasped his hands and prayed audibly, and with great apparent fervor. His prayer abounded with thanksgivings and rejoicings in God. His faith in Christ seemed firm, and his hope unclouded. He said, "O God! I have proved thee, and tried thee, under all possible circumstances, and have never known thee to fail me. And now in this hour of affliction, yes even if it be of death, I will not distrust thee. 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.'"  He prayed also most earnestly for his wife and little son. A lady coming into the room, on taking her hand he said, "They tell me I shall soon be well." "Are you glad? Does Heaven appear better than earth?" With a heavenly smile upon his countenance, he replied, "O yes, yes, yes. I have thought I enjoyed glorious views of Christ and Heaven during this winter. But oh! Such flights as I have had during this sickness! 'O! Glorious hour, O blest abode, I shall be near and like my God.'  Tell the young ladies that if I had strength, I would repeat with tenfold solemnity every truth I have uttered in their ears this winter. Tell them it is my dying message, that they give their hearts to Christ, and consecrate their all to Him."  He at one time remarked that if he should die now, he should have commenced his ministry about the same time of life, and ended it about the same time that Jesus Christ did. During Wednesday night his mind was a good deal bewildered. But even then his conversation was in Heaven. It ran upon the last supper, the last alike to his Lord and to him. His last public service was to administer the Communion. Turning his eyes to his wife he said, "None of us fully comprehend the glorious doctrine of the resurrection." It was a theme he had thought and conversed much about during health. On Thursday morning, seeing the music teacher standing by his bed, he requested her to sing, "Jerusalem, my glorious home."

 

His weakness increasing, he said, "I can't pray aloud nor talk much," but on seeing the teachers and pious scholars, he earnestly exhorted them all to live for Christ. He then called for two of the impenitent young ladies, for whose salvation he had been much interested. He told them he had "felt much and prayed much for them, as eternity will show," and exhorted them with all the earnestness of a dying "ambassador of Christ," "to be reconciled to God." The scene was impressive and affecting beyond description. Upon bidding his wife farewell, he said, "You will soon be at your home I suppose," meaning her father's house. "Yes," she replied, "but I shall return, not as I came; I shall leave you in Illinois, I feel as if I would rather go with you." With her hand in his, and with a look of inexpressible tenderness, he quickly replied, "But Jesus Christ says, you can't come yet; finish your work, and then Christ will bring you to His home." His dying message to his father, mother, brothers, sisters, classmates, and all his friends, absent or present, was "Live by Christ," "My sentiments and feelings are expressed in my last sermon. 'God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Christ.'" He said he had a premonition when he was preparing that sermon that it would be the last, and wished all to regard it as his dying message. He said nothing more till about a minute before he died, when addressing Rev. Mr. Chamberlin, he said, "Brother Chamberlin, what is the difference between the revolution of a minute and a year?" and slept in Jesus. O! who would not say, in view of such a scene, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!"

 

Religion, in his view, was the first, the chief concern of man, and that too, as a thing to be practiced, not merely experiment, and all other things subordinate. His daily intercourse, his conversation and his prayers, clearly evinced this. In regard to his daily deportment, we "all are witnesses how holy and justly and unblamably" he behaved himself among us. His prayers impressed every one who heard them with the conviction, that he was a man who lived in close communion with God. The last public prayer he offered was with his hand upon the head of a young lady whom he was consecrating to God in the solemn act of baptism. One has remarked that on that occasion, "he soared so high it seemed to her he could hardly get back again to earth." In preaching, his subjects were always selected with a special reference to the education of Christians, and the conversion of sinners. His last sermon may be regarded as a specimen. Everybody who heard that sermon must have felt that he regarded all the possessions and splendors and glories of earth as _______, as shadows; evanescent as the morning cloud, compared with those Divine, unutterable glories that cluster around, center in, and radiate from the cross of Christ. Although he had a portion for every class of his congregation, must of his sermon was directed to the young ladies of the Seminary. And Oh! how insignificant and worthless did those things appear in which young people usually "glory!" God grant the impressions then made may never be effaced till all who heard it may glory in nothing "save in the cross of Christ." In his dying message to the teachers also, he evinced the superlative value he attached to religion. "The salvation of the soul, said he, should be the first and great object of the faculty of every literary institution."

 

To be a faithful minister of Jesus Christ was in his estimation the highest honor to which man could attain, while he considered it the most responsible ever entrusted to man. Deeply imbued with these sentiments, from the time he first set his face towards the ministry, he resolved not to spend his time in pursuing any branches of study, however useful in themselves, which had not an immediate tendency to qualify him for preaching the gospel. For, said he, not long since, to the writer of this notice, I commenced preparation so late, I saw that unless I pursued this course I should utterly fall of the attainment of my great object. This rule which he formed for himself so early, he seems to have observed to the end of his life. It seemed impossible to interest his mind in anything else except those subjects immediately connected with his appropriate work. His library consists almost exclusively of commentaries and works explanatory of the Scriptures. The Bible was, therefore, his almost exclusive study. In his preaching he magnified the Bible as the charter of man's salvation, and the only and all-sufficient rule of human duty; while he pointed out the fallacy and danger of substituting for it human reasoning and vain philosophy. His estimate of the ministry, as well as his own humble views of himself, may be inferred from his dying injunction respecting his beloved, his only child, a boy but 10 months old [Theodore]. "Whatever you neglect," said he to his wife, "don't neglect the education of that boy - give him a good education, and train him for the ministry." After kissing this dear child and saying "farewell," as it was borne from his embrace, looking after it with inexpressive tenderness, he said to him, "Serve Christ - live holy - and be a better minister than your father ever was." But this notice has already extended far beyond the original intention of the writer, and must here be closed, though many things still remain unsaid. May we all profit by these very brief memorials of the life and death of a good man!    Signed C.

 

[Note:  Rev. George W. Pyle is buried in the Godfrey Cemetery.]

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PYLE, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1900           Dies After a Half Century of Residence in Alton

Mrs. Jane Pyle, a resident of Alton more than fifty years, died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Smith, on State street, after an illness of over one year's duration. Mrs. Pyle was one of the oldest residents of the city, having come to Alton when a young woman and lived here continuously with her family. She was 72 years of age. Since the marriage of her children, she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. James Smith. Of late years her health was not good, and the last year she has been an invalid. She leaves two sons, Messrs. George and Samuel Pyle. The funeral will be Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden of St. Paul's church, of which Mrs. Pyle was an almost life-long member.

 
 

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