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Obituaries - Surnames Q and R

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Those names in bold, red lettering were well-known, a soldier, or of importance in Madison County.

 

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SURNAMES Q and R

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QUACKENBUSH, ALIVRA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 7, 1900           Goes Into Comatose State for Four Hours, Then Dies

Mrs. Alvira Quackenbush died this morning at the home of her son, George W. Quackenbush, on Mill street, after a short illness. Her death was a peculiarly distressing one in that she was dangerously ill only a few minutes before passing into a trance-like state, and that it was impossible to tell when she did die. She had been suffering with a pain in her side for several weeks, but the illness was considered not serious and she thought she would recover within a few days. This morning at 1:45 o'clock she was taken very ill and went into a comatose state after a few minutes. Mrs. Quackenbush's only son, George W. Quackenbush, C. & A. freight agent with whom she lived, was away from the city and arrived home this morning. Dr. Waldo Fisher was summoned and he made an examination of Mrs. Quackenbush but was unable to say positively whether she was alive or dead. Her extremities were cold, but the warmth did not leave her body, although no respiration or heart action could be detected. Everyone about the bedside was puzzled and until this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock it was thought she was still alive. Dr. Fisher pronounced her dead this afternoon, after making several examinations and tests during the day. Dr. Fisher said this afternoon that death was due to paralysis of the heart, as she had suffered with heart trouble for some time. He believed she died at 6 o'clock this morning after lying in a comatose state four hours. When she was thought to be alive later because of warmth of her body, it is supposed the warmth was due to a reaction caused by the suddenness of her death. Mrs. Quackenbush was 70 years of age and was a large, fine appearing woman. She came from Carlinville to Alton eighteen months ago to make her home with her son. She came from Murrayville originally, where she made her home many years. The death of Mrs. Quackenbush is an unusually sad one and the entire community will sympathize with the family in their affliction. The time for the funeral has not been set.

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QUEEN, MARION R. "BERT"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 31, 1922         Dies in Hopper at Glass Plant

Marion R. Queen, aged 46, butter known as "Bert," was smothered to death this morning at the plant of the Illinois Glass Co., by falling into a coal hopper above an automatic stoker. Workmen who responded to his cry for help as he fell into the coal hopper got to the top of the hopper just in time to see one of his hands, the last visible sign of him, sinking in the finely powdered coal that is fed into the automatic stoking machines which fire the boilers. It was not until the coal had been taken out of the hopper that Queen's dead body could be removed. An effort to get it out at the bottom caused a blocking of the orifice at that part of the hopper, and it was impossible to remove him. The time required to get the body of Mr. Queen out of the hopper was not far from two hours. The circumstances attending the accident are not quite certain. Mr. Queen was foreman in charge of loading coal into the hoppers, which fed the automatic stokers, and getting away the ashes from the furnaces. The hopper was being filled from a pit where a system of buckets takes the coal to the top of the hopper and dumps it. The hoppers feed the coal on down to the moving grate bars of the automatic stoker. Something happened which stopped the feeding of the coal to the moving bars, and it was supposed that the coal had arched over it. Mr. Queen went to the top to attempt jarring the jam loose so the coal would resume feeding. In his efforts to break the arch, it is supposed he fell over into the hopper. His weight may have broken the arch and there was a cave in on top of him, all the accumulation of fuel crowding him down into the funnel at the bottom. He shouted as he fell, and the men below rushed up to render any help they could. As stated, they saw only his hand waving over the top of the sliding coal and immediately it was swallowed up. The pipe from which the coal comes was broken at the bottom after the stoker was shut off. The machine which was dumping coal at the top was shut down too. Queen's body appeared immediately where the pipe was broken, but it was impossible to get it through the opening. The next resort was to get all of the coal out of the hopper and thus took time. It is supposed that Queen lived but a short time after he was covered by the fine coal. He was covered to a depth of five or six feet. Mr. Queen leaves his wife and two sons, Wilford and Reynold. He was a man of excellent character and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was regarded as one of the most faithful employees of the Illinois Glass Co. He was a member of the College Avenue Baptist church. He had resided in Alton seventeen years, part of that time in the North Side. Besides his wife and two sons, he leaves a family of brothers and sisters, Mrs. John Thompson of Alton, George of San Francisco, James of Blackfoot, Ore., Albert of Baker City, Ore., Mrs. Effie May of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Ida Hart, formerly of Blackfoot, Ore., now of Jerseyville. Six years ago a man went through a similar accident at one of the quarries at Alton. He fell into a bin filled with crushed rock, and went through the rock, coming out at the bottom, and he was almost unhurt. An undertaker, who had been summoned, was waiting for him, and great was the surprise of everybody in that case when it was found that the man hardly needed the attention of a doctor.

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QUIGLEY, E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1904

Mrs. E. Quigley, widow of the late Thomas Quigley, died Tuesday night at the home, 329 Dry street, after a long illness. She was a resident of Alton very many years and was respected by all who knew her. She leaves a daughter, Miss Annie.

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QUIGLEY, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 24, 1906

Frank Quigley, a well known resident of Alton, died of dropsy of the heart at St. Joseph's hospital late this afternoon after a long illness. He was born May 21, 1852, in Alton, and had lived here most of his life. He was connected with the Boals planning mill for many years, but in recent years had lived in Springfield. A few weeks ago he returned to Alton very ill, knowing that his death would be a matter of only a short time. He was moved to St. Joseph's hospital, where he passed away after great suffering. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. M. H. Boals and Miss Mae Quigley, and one brother, William Quigley. The time of the funeral has not been set.

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QUIGLEY, JOHN/Source: Alton Weekly Courier, July 13, 1854

We are pained to record the death of Mr. John Quigley, an old and much esteemed citizen of Alton. His loss will be felt in the business circle and in the church of which he was a consistent member.

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QUIGLEY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 11, 1905

John Quigley, aged 46, died Thursday evening at 10 o'clock at St. Joseph's hospital, after a long illness. Mr. Quigley was attacked by a pulmonary malady many years ago, which undermined his health and finally, in the last year, made it necessary for him to seek relief at health resorts. He spent about a year at Asheville, N. C. in the hope of benefiting his health. He returned home little improved, and after his return his health again began to decline steadily. He made his home in Springfield the latter years of his life and he remained there until his condition became hopeless, when he came back to Alton to be with home folks in the final hours. He was taken to St. Joseph's hospital, where he could be given constant attention, and he died there. A sad feature of the death is that Mr. Quigley was engaged to be married during a period of seven years, but the condition of his health would not admit of the marriage taking place. His fiance came from Springfield to be with him and to help attend to him during the closing days before he slipped away into his last sleep. Mr. Quigley was a brother of Mrs. M. H. Boals, Miss Mae Quigley, William Quigley, all of Alton, and Frank Quigley of Springfield. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Quigley, and was born in Alton. He was employed for many years at the Boals planing mill in Alton, and went from here to Springfield to take a similar position. He was an industrious man and never lost any time until ill health forced him to take life easier. He had been away from Alton many years, but he leaves a large number of friends in the city who still remember him for his kindly ways and his true friendship, and they mourn no less deeply than the afflicted family, now that the end has come. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Congregational church.

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QUIGLEY, MARGERY/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 14, 1839

Died, in this city [Alton], on the 10th inst., in the triumph of Christian faith, Mrs. Margery Quigley, wife of Mr. John Quigley, aged 39 years. An affectionate wife, a devoted mother, and a faithful friend, her family, and a large circle of friends deplore her loss.

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QUIGLEY, MARTHA A./Source: Alton Telegraph, April 6, 1844

Died in this city [Alton], on the 21 instant, Martha A. Quigley, consort of _____ Quigley, aged 32. ..... dispensation leaves a husband deeply bereaved, and two little children deprived of a mother's care. She died trusting in the promises of her Savior, in the belief that she was going home to that God she had taken as her portion, perfectly resigned to drink the cup her Father's hand had given. her. [this one was hard to read]

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QUIGLEY, VIRGINIA (nee BUCKMASTER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 16, 1917

Word has been received by Mrs. Curran of the death of her sister, Mrs. Virginia Quigley, at Los Angeles, Cal., June 15. The body is expected to arrive in Alton Tuesday morning, and will be taken from the train to Oakwood Cemetery for burial. Mrs. Quigley was a daughter of Nathaniel Buckmaster. She was born in Alton and lived here in the earlier part of her life. For many years she had been a resident of California. She leaves beside Mrs. Curran, another sister, Mrs. J. W. Davis, of St. Louis. Mrs. Quigley was the widow of Joseph Quigley, an uncle of J. T. Quigley of Alton.

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QUIGLEY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1914           Retired Book Dealer Dies

William Quigley, retired book dealer, a native of Alton, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning. He was found dead by his only sister, Miss Mae Quigley, a teacher in Humboldt school. She had been eyes for her aged brother since his sight had become dimmed, and she had been feet for him in that she gave him constant attention. He had not been very ill, and was merely complaining of a bad cold that had kept him in the house a few days. The end was very unexpected. When he did not rise at his usual time in the morning, his sister went to call him and found him dead. Mr. Quigley was almost 80 years of age. He was born in Alton and would have been 80 years of age next July 6. He spent most of his life in Alton, but for a number of years, when a young man, was in California, and later was in business at Joplin, Mo. He started a book store in 1885 in the room on Piasa street, now occupied by the Mather book store. There he remained for twenty years until advancing age and dimming sight made it necessary for him to retire. There is no man in Alton who was more highly thought of than William Quigley. He possessed an amiable disposition, was at peace with all men. One of the nicest tributes that cold be paid to this quiet gentleman was that given by his only sister now left alone in the world, who said, "I never heard him utter a word that was not pleasant. He was a typical, old fashioned gentleman." And he was. The world knew him as such, and young and old who knew him loved and venerated him. The funeral of Mr. Quigley will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Church of the Redeemer Congregational at Sixth and Henry streets, Rev. I. G. McCann officiating. [Dec. 24, 1914 - Burial was at City Cemetery.]

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QUINLAN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 14, 1911                    Fearing Surgery, Young Man Kills Self

Fearing to undergo a surgical operation, John Quinlan, a former bookkeeper, killed himself at the home of his brother-in-law, Frank Lavick, 916 east Fourth street, about 4:40 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Quinlan shot himself in the right temple and died a few minutes later before a surgeon could reach him. He had used a 32-calibre revolver with a long barrell. He had been threatening for a week to kill himself, but no attention was paid to his threats. About a year ago he came to Alton to visit his sister and remained. He had been working at El Paso, Tex., as a clerk. He made his home with his sister all the time he was here. According to members of the family, he had planned to go to St. Louis in a few days to undergo an operation for some intestinal trouble, and he had brooded over the approaching operation so long he decided to kill himself. The deceased is a brother of Rev. Fr. Quinlan, who came here four years ago to attend the funeral of a child of Mr. and Mrs. Lavick and while here to took sick and died in the same house. The time of the funeral of the young man is not set. He leaves his parents in Ohio, and his mother is very ill. He has a brother in New Mexico. Arrangements for the funeral will be held up until the father arrives. Coroner Streeper held an inquest this afternoon.

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QUINN, AGNES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1900

Miss Agnes Quinn, daughter of Mrs. Mary Quinn, died Saturday night at the family home on East Second street after a long illness, aged 15. She was a well-liked girl and leaves many friends to mourn her death. The funeral will be Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, and services will be in St. Patrick's church.

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QUINN, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 26, 1907

Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn, widow of Henry Quinn, died at her home in Mitchell Wednesday morning, aged 62, after a long illness from dropsy. She had lived at Mitchell forty-two years, and for many years conducted a hotel there. She was a native of Ireland. Mrs. Quinn leaves three daughters, Mrs. Robert Dobbins, Misses Mollie and Jennie Quinn. The funeral of Mrs. Quinn will be held Saturday morning from St. Elizabeth's church at Mitchell. The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from St. Elizabeth's church at Mitchell.

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QUIRK, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1906

Mrs. John Quirk, a sister of Mrs. George Noll, died Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. Noll, 506 East Third street. Mrs. Quirk was 27 of age. She had been an invalid for many months and recently came from her home in Jerseyville in the hope that a visit with her sister in Alton might do her good. She leaves one son, her mother and four sisters. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Noll to St. Mary's church.

 

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RADCLIFFE, OVID H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1918       Soldier Dies From Gas

A message came Saturday night to George Radcliff of the Grafton Road, telling him his son, Ovid, had died in a hospital in France from pneumonia, following gassing. The last previous word from him was a letter dated October 5. The young man died November 8. He left Alton October 5, 1917 with a contingent that was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky., and he left there last spring for France. He was in the 129th Infantry. He leaves beside his parents, six brothers and two sisters.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 7, 1921           Soldiers' Body Brought Home From France

The funeral of Ovid Radcliff, the Alton boy who died overseas on November 8, 1918, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Melville church. The body arrived in Alton this morning and was taken to the home of Mrs. L. Spiess, a sister. The funeral party will leave the Spiess home Sunday at one o'clock for Melville. Radcliff is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Radcliff, six brothers, Zan, Robert, Fred, George Jr., Earl and Bernard; and by two sisters, Mrs. L. Spiess and Miss Electa Radcliff. He was born May 28, 1888. He entered the service of his country during the World War, and was a member of Co. M, 129th Infantry. He died in a hospital and was buried in a cemetery at Nievre, France. After the signing of the armistice, his family made arrangements to have the body brought home and interred permanently in the Melville cemetery.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1919

Memorial exercises for Ovid H. Radcliffe, a former well known Godfrey township boy who died in France, November 8, will be held at Summerfield school house on the Grafton road, Tuesday, May 6, at three o'clock under the direction of Miss Katherine O'Donnell, teacher, and the Godfrey township committee. Some time ago a hard maple tree was planted in the school yard and on Tuesday will be dedicated to Radcliffe's memory. A silver plate with Radcliffe's name and the date of his death will be placed on the tree. During the evening, Attorney Gilson Brown of Alton will deliver an address, and the Western Military band will furnish music. A squad of W. M. A. boys will accompany the band. All patriotic friends, who are owners of machines are asked to loan their automobiles to the school for the transportation of the cadets from Upper Alton to Summerfield School. Those who will lend their machines are asked to drop a card to Miss Katherine O'Donnell or Walter Sloan, of Godfrey, Ill. Ovid H. Radcliffe was the son of George Radcliffe of the Grafton road, and was a former well known young man of the neighborhood. He died on November 8, following being severely gassed. Friends are invited to attend the memorial exercises.

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RADCLIFFE, THOMAS W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 13, 1902         Veteran Expressman Dies at His Home

Thomas W. Radcliffe, one of the most prominent and best known residents of Alton, died Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his home, 1530 State street, after a week's illness. Mr. Radcliffe had been at his desk constantly, although he had been feeling unwell since last fall, but a week ago his condition became such he was compelled to give up his duties and go to his home. For many years he had made his home with his sister, Mrs. Charlotte Cannell, and it was there that his last illness and death occurred. Mr. Radcliffe appeared to be in robust health, and his many friends were surprised to learn that he was dangerously ill. Until Sunday it was believed that he would recover, and his illness was believed to be only a brief one. Yesterday reports were given out indicating the serious form his illness had assumed, and there was much alarm among his friends and relatives. From Sunday noon to this morning, he suffered from an acute and long continued attack of hiccoughs, but it was possible this morning to relieve the malady. Mr. Radcliffe had been in the employ of the United States Express Company nearly half a century, and had filled many positions. He was cashier for the United States and the Pacific companies in St. Louis for a long period, but was returned to Alton as agent and has been here ever since. He started out as a messenger for the company when he was a young man. He was one of the ablest and most efficient of the company's servants, and he was highly esteemed by the officers, many of whom were messengers with him when he was a young man. Mr. Radcliffe was most assiduous in attention to the duties of his office as agent of the United States Express Co..... He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ed Lock, and his sister, Mrs. Charlotte Cannell. His affections were centered in his daughter, sister and his sister's children, and by all of them he will be sorely missed. Mr. Radcliffe was a leading member and one of the vestrymen of St. Paul's Episcopal church, where he was a pillar of strength in all church work and where his counsel was always sought. He was an earnest, consistent Christian and a model of integrity. The time of the funeral has not been set.

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RADER, JOE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1915

Joe Rader, 38, died at his home, 1710 East Second street, shortly before noon today after a lingering illness. He is survived by his wife. Rader came to the United States and settled in Alton about three years ago. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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RAFFERTHY, JOHN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, February 28, 1893

John Rafferthy, a caisson [structure used in underwater work] workman, was stricken with the bends or caisson paralysis last night, shortly after he quit work. He died at an early hour this morning. Mr. Rafferthy, in company with another man, was working at a considerable depth in the caisson. He complained of being threatened with the bends and was warned to leave immediately, which he did. The compressed air, however, did its deadly work and Rafferthy paid the penalty with his life. He had been afflicted several times before and was warned not to again undertake caisson work. He has relatives in Des Moines, Iowa, and a number of friends in this city.

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RAIBLE, JULIUS H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 23, 1903              Prominent Business Man Dies

Julius H. Raible died Tuesday night at 11:30 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. J. Lingenfelder, in St. Louis. Mr. Raible's death has been expected since his return from the west a few weeks ago. While making a trip to Vancouver, B. C. with his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Lingenfelder, he was taken very ill and after being confined to his bed there with an acute kidney trouble, it was decided to make the trip back to St. Louis, to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lingenfelder. Since Mr. Raible returned he had been bedfast. Dropsy set in, and after much suffering the end came Tuesday evening. Mr. Raible was one of Alton's foremost business men. His business acumen was highly developed and there were few men in Alton who stood higher in the commercial world. He was a director in a number of prominent Alton institutions, among them the Citizens National Bank and the Piasa Building and Loan Association. His advice was always esteemed and in both cases he was a valued member of the directorates. One year ago Mr. Raible's health began to show signs of being impaired. A few months ago he disposed of his interest in his wholesale liquor business in Alton and determined to spend the remainder of his life in the enjoyment of the fruits of his business activity. His death will be sincerely mourned by many people in Alton who counted him as a friend. He was public spirited and generous, and always ready to lend a helping hand whenever one was needed. Julius H. Raible was born in Rottweil, Germany, April 12, 1845, of good family. After receiving a fair education he entered a mercantile house where he acquired an excellent knowledge of business methods. He came to the United States in October 1866, settling in St. Louis, Mo., where he remained until January 1872, when he moved to Alton, entering into the mercantile business. He soon became known as one of the most successful business men of Alton, was elected to positions of trust in the municipal government, filling the offices of City Auditor and member of the city council. In 1873 he married Mrs. Fritz, who survives him. His only child is Mrs. E. J. Lingenfelder of St. Louis. Mr. Raible became an Odd Fellow, December 16, 1872, by invitation in Germania Lodge No. 2, in which lodge he soon became an active worker, filling the various positions to which appointed or elected with credit to himself and to the benefit of the lodge. In 1876 he was elected noble grand, serving two terms, and served as treasurer ten years. May 16, 1873, Mr. Raible was exalted to the Royal Purple degree in Wildey Encampment No. 1, and was Chief Patriarch of his encampment in 1875. Entering the Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge at the session of 1885, he soon became known as an earnest, active worker in the Patriarchal field, and was ever ready to aid in any work of the order. He was appointed Grand Marshal in 1891, was elected Grand inside Warden in 1892; Grand Senior Warden, 1893; Grand High Priest, 1894; and Grand Patriarch, 1895. At the establishment of the Old Folks' Home in the Grand Lodge session of 1896, Mr. Raible was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees and reappointed in 1897. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity and was a member of Belvidere Commandery, Knights Templar.  [Burial was in City Cemetery]

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RAIN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 6, 1921                  Slain By His Own Brother, Chris Rain     [this article was hard to read - some words missing]
The turbulent life of Chris Rain came to a climax this morning when he murdered his brother, John Rain, at the home of the latter in Wood River. It was the culmination of a persistent effort of the older brother, John, to break up a companionship between Chris Rain and a woman named Viola Bishop. The beginning of the events that ended in the murder of John Rain was when Christ took Viola Bishop to a dance hall in East End Place in the rear of Jim Riley's soft drink establishment. Incidentally, John Rain accompanied Mrs. Chris Rain to the dance hall for the purpose of inducing Chris to leave and go home with his wife, Chris assaulted his wife, John interfered and therein has born a grudge which resulted in Chris calling his brother to his own door in Wood River about 1 o'clock in the morning and shooting him in cold blood. Local justice courts and the city court have had numerous cases of _____ involving Chris Rain. Part of the troubles involved the Bishop woman. At one trial it was testified by John Rain that he had tried effe__ally to break up the associating of his brother and the woman, as he desired Chris to devote his attention and his affections on the wife and six little children at home. Mrs. Rain had left her husband once, and he had used every endeavor to persuade her to come back and she did return. Once, John testified at a trial before Justice Lessner, he had _______ Mrs. Chris Rain, and finding the Bishop woman had overseen Mrs. Rain horsewhip the Bishop woman. Again, Mrs. Chris Rain, seeing her husband riding with the Bishop woman in Jerseyville, had fired a shot at the woman, the bullet lodging in the ____ of the automobile. The story of the killing of John Rain indicates that John had been ______ earnest in trying to save his brother, Chris, from bad company. Thursday evening when Mrs. Chris Rain told her brother-in-law that she wanted to go to the resort and get her husband, John agreed to accompany her. Driving her there in the automobile, John waited outside while Mrs. Chris Rain sought her husband. When Chris met his wife, he attacked her and began choking her, whereupon John Rain interfered and separated them. Then John telephoned the police department, asking to have his brother arrested for assault. After Chris went home, some officers were sent to the Chris Rain home, 2601 State street to arrest him. They had no warrant, and when Chris defied them to take him without a warrant, they went away. Chris telephoned to _____ Charles Davis of the night police later, that he intended to "get" his brother, John. Thereupon Chris _____ a service car and ordered the _____ to take him to Wood River. Arriving at the home of John Rain, Chris went to the front door, rang the bell, and when Mrs. Rain rose from her bed to answer the alarm, Chris asked to see his brother, John. When John was called to the door, he was in his night clothes. Without any argument, Chris pulled a revolver and fired three times, one bullet entering the breast of John and causing almost instant death. Chris Rain then came back to his home and about 5 o'clock in the morning was arrested there by a squad of police officers, headed by Deputy Sheriff ____ Hermann, and including Officers Dempsey, Stuckey, Neeley and ______. With them were John Tisius, the brother-in-law of John Rain, and _____ Streeper. When arrested by the police, Chris Rain was laying across his bed, fully clothed, his hand on the handle of a revolver which was in his pocket. He made no attempt to resist and appeared to be asleep, but the officers were not certain that he was asleep. The ____ said that he was full of _____ and had every appearance of having been engaged in a hard spree. _____ taken to police headquarters ______ up in a cell..... brought him in found a rope in the house which, he said, he was told, Chris had attempted to use, after killing his brother, in hanging his own oldest daughter. Yesterday Chris Rain was conferring with a lawyer in an effort to collect some insurance on an automobile he had lost by fire within the last week. Some time ago he was tried and acquitted on a charge of conspiracy to defraud an insurance company. It had been testified at that trial by a witness that Chris Rain had hired him, under threats, to destroy a car which had been insured and afterward Chris Rain collected the insurance. The jury acquitted Chris Rain. He had also been indicted on a charge of bootlegging, and was acquitted by a jury. John Rain, the victim of the murderous mania of his own brother, had made long continued efforts to induce Chris to abandon his bad companions and take care of his wife and children. He had interfered several times in behalf of his sister-in-law to save her from brutal treatment by her husband and had resorted to strenuous measures to break up the relationship between Chris and Viola Bishop. John Rain, for a number of years conducted a grocery store in the North Side, but for a long time has been working for the Roxana Petroleum Co. at their refinery. He was regarded as a steady, reliable man by his employers and was highly esteemed. Beside his wife, he leaves one little child. The slayer and the slain are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rain of the North Side. George Rain, a brother of the prisoner, confirmed the story that his brother, Chris, had made an attempt to hang his oldest daughter, Laverne, on his return home and that he had used a little skipping rope. The outcries of the other children dissuaded the father from executing his own daughter. In his cell Chris Rain agreed to waive a preliminary examination and he was held to the grand jury without bond, and was taken to the county jail this afternoon. Coroner Streeper was uncertain as to when the inquest would be held. The funeral of John Rain will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rain, at Elm and State streets. Burial will be at Godfrey. There was a report out that a claim of self defense would be made by Chris Rain and that John Rain had fired a shot at his brother first. This was disputed this afternoon by Coroner Streeper, who secured the revolver owned by John Rain, the only weapon in the house where the killing occurred, and there was no empty cartridge nor any indication of recent discharge of the revolver.

 

[Note: According to the Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1921, Chris Rain was acquitted of murder. However, he was later arrested and convicted for burglary in Jersey County and sent to prison in Chester, Illinois. It was in the prison that his "mind broke," and he was transferred to the prison hospital "on the hill, where the insane are kept." He died there August 11, 1925, and both he and his brother are buried in the Godfrey Cemetery.]
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RAINES, UNKNOWN CHILD OF CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1906

The 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raines died yesterday afternoon after an illness with pneumonia at the family home, 2017 Common street. The body will be taken to Carrollton tomorrow morning for burial.

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RALPH, JENNIE M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 14, 1900

Mrs. Jennie M. Ralph, wife of Mr. Thomas Ralph, died at her home in Upper Alton at 2 o'clock Monday morning, after a long and severe illness caused by stomach troubles. Mrs. Ralph was born September 17, 1846 in Rindge, N. Y.  She was a life-long member of the Baptist church, and affiliated with the Upper Alton church of that denomination. For nearly 25 years Mrs. Ralph has been an invalid, on several occasions being near death's door. Her husband and a son, Richard F. Ralph, survive her. She was a lady who made and held fast many friends, and her death will be deeply mourned by a large circle of friends. The funeral will take place on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the family residence in Upper Alton.

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RAMMES, MARIA M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 17, 1922            Woman Dies on Farm Where She Spent All Life

Mrs. Maria Rammes, wife of Henry Rammes, well known residents of Fosterburg, died last evening about 6 o'clock at the home place, which is located a quarter of a mile north of Fosterburg. The news of the death of Mrs. Rammes came as a great surprise to the residents of that locality, although she had been a sufferer from asthma a large part of the time for several years. Mrs. Rammes had been under the care of a physician several weeks ago, and she had improved to such an extent that she was really better than she had been in a long time, and she and members of her family were rejoicing because of her improvement. She was up and about her home, attending to her usual duties. Sunday she complained of feeling bad and her physician was called from Alton and visited her. She improved at once, and her condition was believed to be about the same as she had been during the majority of the time, and on Monday morning she lapsed into unconsciousness and never rallied, the end coming about 6 o'clock in the evening. When Mrs. Rammes became unconscious, word was sent out to her relatives and friends, and several of them arrived at the home just a short time before the end came. Mrs. Rammes was 66 years old the day before Christmas, December 24. Her maiden name was Maria Ashlock, and she was a daughter of the late Captain Richard Ashlock, one of the old timers of Fosterburg. He was a prominent man in that neighborhood during the Civil War. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Rammes was the Ashlock homestead, and she was born there and lived on the farm all her life. Her death occurred on the home place where she was born. Mrs. Rammes leaves, beside her husband, two sisters and two daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Frank E. Culp of the Fosterburg-Bethalto neighborhood, and Mrs. Ollie Reeker of Upper Alton. The two sisters are Mrs. Milinda Voiles and Mrs. Mary Foster, the latter being a resident of Kansas. Mrs. Rammes was a large woman who carried a great deal of flesh, and the years she suffered from asthma are believed to have weakened her heart. Her death resulted from heart failure, which was brought on by an attack of asthma. She was a member of the Baptist church and had been an earnest worker in the church during the time her health permitted her to do so. She was a most highly esteemed woman in her neighborhood where she had spent her lifetime. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Baptist church in Fosterburg, and an effort was being made today to get word to Rev. Fredrick Webber, the former pastor of the church, of Mrs. Rammes' death. He will conduct the services Thursday at the church.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1922

The funeral of Mrs. Henry Rammes was held this afternoon at one o'clock from the Memorial House in Fosterburg, thence to the Fosterburg cemetery where the body was laid to rest.

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RAMSAY, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1907

Frank Ramsay, the man struck by a Chicago and Alton train at the foot of Ridge street Friday afternoon, died at 7 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital. His death leaves his little son without anyone here to take care of him. An effort will be made to induce his mother, in St. Louis, to take the boy too, as she has his brother, her other son. Deputy Coroner Keiser was unable to get any word from Ramsey's wife in St. Louis. He will probably bury the body tomorrow and will hold an inquest Monday night.

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RANDLE, EDMUND/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 31, 1848

Died on the 20th inst., at the residence of his brother in Scarritt's Prairie [Godfrey], Edmund Randle, aged 56 years; leaving a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

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RANDLE, IRWIN BLACKMAN (JUDGE)/Source:  Alton Telegraph, Thursday, October 5, 1893        Esteemed Citizen of Alton Dies

At 2 o'clock a.m., Friday [September 29], the venerable Irwin B. Randle, one of Alton's most highly esteemed citizens, passed tranquilly away, aged 82 years and 7 months. For the past ten weeks he has been a patient sufferer. During this time he found rest only in an invalid's chair, day and night. The news of his death was received by Altonians with deepest sorrow. His sickness has been watched by them in hopes of a rally. Mr. Randle was a man worthy of the highest esteem. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Madison County, and has held numerous positions of responsible trust. His many sterling qualities won for him the friendship of all who knew him. Three sons and two daughters survive him. They are Messrs. F. A. Randle of Joliet; I. B. Randle Jr. of Upper Alton; and Charles H. Randle of Chicago; and Mrs. John N. Drummond and Mrs. J. W. Kerr of this city.

 

Knowing that Squire Randle was seriously ill, and likely soon to pass over to the great and silent majority, the Telegraph sent a representative to the residence of Mr. James W. Kerr, where Mr. Randle resided, and from his lips obtained the facts concerning his life given below. The genial old veteran received the Telegraph's representatives most kindly, and in his pleasant way detailed to him the events of his long career. Mr. Randle was suffering considerably, and it was a great effort at times to converse, but he persevered until the chief points in his life had been given.  Squire Randle had been a subscriber to the Telegraph since its first issue, January 14, 1836, nearly 58 years ago, and always took the warmest interest in the paper, esteeming it an old and value friend.

 

Irwin Blackman Randle was born in Stewart county, Tennessee, March 24, 1811, and was therefore at the time of his death, September 29, 1893, eighty-two years, six months and five days of age. He was the youngest of ten children, eight sons and two daughters, born to Osband and Elizabeth Randle, a family which proved to be one of remarkable longevity, four members living to be more than 80 years of age.

 

Rev. Osband Randle, who was a prominent Methodist minister, came to Illinois in 1814, and made arrangements to remove to Madison county with his family, his incentive being a desire to cast his lot with the people of a free state, being a strong anti-slavery man. Soon after his return home, and before he was able to carry out his intentions of removal, he was taken sick and died. His widow put his plans into execution, and the next year removed with her family to this county and occupied a farm near Edwardsville until her children were grown and had left the parental roof. The pioneer life of that day was not one of luxury, nor was it free from the frequent depredations of the aboriginal savages, and many incidents of interest were remembered and told by the Squire in his old age.

 

The famous Methodist divine, Peter Cartwright, officiated on the occasion of his baptism, and a number of years later, when he had reached the age of accountability, it was under the influence of a powerful sermon by this great preacher in 1827, that he was brought to repentance and conversion. Mr. Randle regarded it as a somewhat remarkable coincidence that the man who had administered the rite of baptism to him in infancy, should have been the means of his conversion of the occasion of their next meeting thereafter.

 

After his conversion at the age of 16 years, he felt it his duty to preach the gospel, but resisted the call until the year 1837, when he was licensed to exhort, and in 1838 license to preach was granted him. On account of a large family and financial embarrassments under which he was laboring at the time, the young preacher did not apply for regular work, but acted as local preacher as duty seemed to call. During the year 1840, he was preacher in charge of the Alton mission. In August 1842, Mr. Randle was ordained a deacon by Bishop Roberts at Winchester, and in September 1847 he was ordained elder by Bishop Waugh at Jacksonville. In 1849 he was appointed by Gov. French, Chaplain of the State penitentiary at Alton, which position he held for a number of years until the appointment of Rev. Dr. McMasters by Gov. Matteson. In September 1863 he was made Chaplain of the 144th Illinois Infantry Volunteers, which position he held until the close of the war.  Having thus followed his ministerial career, we recur to his early life for the purpose of giving other matters of interest.

 

In the year 1828, he accompanied one of his brothers to Christian county, Kentucky, where he spent two years on a farm, this time being the only part of his long and useful life, after the age of three years, during which Madison county was not his home.

 

On the 24th day of October 1831, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Harrison, daughter of Fielding Harrison of Sangamon county. The union was one of those made in Heaven, and was a most happy one until dissolved by death in April 1889, when Mrs. Randle passed to the echoless shore, whither the aged husband has so lately followed. Ten children blessed this union. Two died in infancy and six survive. Those surviving are Mrs. James W. Kerr and Mrs. John N. Drummond of this city; Mrs. Robert Tunnel of Wichita, Kansas.; Robert, Charles and Fielding Randle of Upper Alton, Chicago and Joliet, respectively.

 

After his marriage and until the year 1836, our subject worked at the cooper's trade. In that year he embarked in a mercantile business in Upper Alton, but soon after becoming involved in litigation over some land he was financially embarrassed and finally driven to the wall. In 1839 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and with the possible exception of one term, held the office to the hour of his death. In later years, until failing health rendered it advisable for him to yield, he has held the appointment of Police Magistrate under various city administrations. For eight years also he was Master-in-Chancery to the City Court. He was also for several years a member of the Board of County Commissioners, and held other positions of trust, in all which he acquitted himself with honor, and none will be found to say that during his long service as Magistrate, Irwin B. Randle ever rendered a decision other than in accordance with his estimate of justice and right under the evidence before him.

 

In 1859, after due preparation and upon the advice of friends, deceased was admitted to the bar and practiced the profession in this city and in Edwardsville until three or four years ago, when the infirmities of age admonished him to relinquish the labor. While never actively entering the domain of politics, the Squire always took lively interest in public affairs and was always found by voice and vote among the progressive, thinking men and on the side of advancement. Allied with the Republican party by inherited instincts, he was in full accord with it at all times and gave his hearty support to its measures.

 

In 1888 he organized the "Tippecanoe Club," composed of men who voted for William Henry Harrison in 1840, and who would vote for his grandson, Benjamin Harrison in 1888. The organization did much to add to the enthusiasm of the campaign, and none were more zealous among the old veterans than Squire Randle. The club was reorganized in 1892, and became a very large organization, and whenever it turned out was greeted with admiration. The club attended in a body a banquet tendered Gov. Oglesby in 1892 by Dr. Guelich. Governor Oglesby was visibly affected by the appearance of so large a body of men who had been voters for 52 years or more.

 

The genial, kindly old man has ceased from his labors. He has fought the battle of life - fought it well and bravely, not forgetting to love his neighbor and do good whenever and wherever opportunity offered. His familiar face and form will be seen no more in the walks of men, but his memory will long be green in the minds of the people of Alton and Madison county. He said to the writer but a few days before his death: "My disease is incurable. I can live but a few days at most, and I hope with my last expiring breath to say with the psalmist, 'Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.'"

 

Bowed with the weight of years, he has crossed the dark river and his bent form has been rejuvenated in the bright beyond, and his voice joins the songs of the ransomed. The funeral of Irwin B. Randle took place Sunday forenoon at ten o'clock from his late residence, corner Fourth and William Streets, to the First M. E. church, thence to the cemetery, Rev. F. L. Thompson officiating. The capacious auditorium was taxed to accommodate the throng of people desiring to testify their respect for the memory of the departed. The pulpit and the chair so regularly occupied by the venerable patriarch at the minister's right, were appropriately draped for the occasion, while liberal contributions of flowers spoke of tender emotions of numerous friends left behind. Among these was a large floral anchor bearing the inscription "Father."  The hymns sung were such as had been selected by deceased as his choice for the occasion. The choir first sand "Rock of Ages Cleft for Me," and after the reading of the 90th Psalm, "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood," and after prayer by the pastor, "Jesus Lover of My Soul" was sung. Then followed an appropriate and interesting funeral sermon by the pastor from the 13th verse of the 14th chapter of Revelations: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."

 

At the close of the sermon and while the song, "Nearer My God to Thee" was sung, the large audience passed in front of the altar, and for a last time looked upon the peaceful face. The procession to the cemetery was a long one. The pallbearers were Messrs. E. P. Wade, J. E. Hayner, Samuel Pitts, C. W. Leverett, Z. B. Job, and Capt. D. R. Sparks. Among those present from a distance were Messrs. Charles H. Randle of Chicago, and Field Randle of Joliet, sons of deceased, and Hon. and Mrs. James T. Drummond of St. Louis.

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RANDALL, JOHN F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 12, 1909               Veteran Officer of Civil War Dies

John F. Randall died Sunday morning at 4 o'clock at his home, 930 Henry street, from pneumonia, after an illness of three days. He would have been 70 years old Tuesday, April 13. Mr. Randall's death was very unexpected. He came home from St. Louis the middle of last week, suffering from a severe pain in his back, which later developed into pneumonia. One week ago last Friday Mrs. Randall departed for Mystic, Conn., to attend her mother, who was very ill, and she arrived there too late to see her mother alive. She was destined to experience a similar bereavement in her Alton home before her return. When Mr. Randall's case began to be very bad, a message was sent to Mrs. Randall to hasten her return to Alton, and she arrived Sunday afternoon, twelve hours after her husband had died. Mr. Randall was not believed to be dangerously ill as he had suffered severe attacks of illness several times in recent years and had recovered. It was not until Saturday that his daughters began to be alarmed over his condition. For ten years he had suffered from hemorrhages of the throat, brought on whenever he would over exert himself, and it was the fear of his family that one of those attacks would prove fatal. Sunday morning, shortly before death, he seemed better, and recognized his daughters, immediately afterward dropping off into sleep and passing from that to death in a few minutes. Mr. Randall was born at Mystic, Conn., April 13, 1839. He would have been a member of the Yale graduating class of 1864, but in his junior year there he gave up his studies and enlisted in the 21st Connecticut volunteers and served throughout  the Civil War. He was mustered out with the commission of a first lieutenant. He was a member of Ransom post, G. A. R., and of the Loyal Legion, an army officers organization. He was a member of the firm of Martin Collins, engaged in the insurance business in St. Louis for thirty-five years. Recently Mr. Collins died. He was married March 15, 1870 to Elizabeth F. Stark. He came to Alton in 1882. During his residence in Alton Mr. Randall was a member of the board of education several terms, was superintendent of the First Baptist Sunday school, a deacon in the Baptist church, and was ever identified with the church work. He was a man of culture, a quiet, good citizen, and an earnest Christian. He leaves beside his wife, two daughters, Misses Adelia and Julia Randall, also a brother, Charles A. Randall of Maxton, Ari., and a sister, Mrs. Adelia M. Noyes of Mystic, Conn. The funeral of Mr. Randall will be held tomorrow afternoon, his seventieth birthday, at 2 o'clock from the family residence. Rev. M. W. Twing will conduct the services, assisted by Rev. L. A. Abbott, D. D.  Burial will be in City Cemetery.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 13, 1909

The funeral of John F. Randall was held this afternoon from the family home, 930 Henry street, at 3 o'clock. There was a large attendance of friends of Mr. Randall, and of those who had been co-workers in the church, in business, and who had also been his daily companions in the rides to St. Louis on the suburban trains. In his long years of service in the Baptist church, Mr. Randall had been earnest and sincere and devoted to his work. He had many friends among the commuters who enjoyed his companionship, and in his business he had made many friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing and Rev. L. A. Abbott, both of whom had worked many years in the cause of the First Baptist church, with Mr. Randall. At the funeral services in the home, a solo was sung by Mrs. Hilton of Marissa. A quartet sang several hymns. At the grave the quartet sang a "Christian's Goodnight." The pallbearers were T. G. Harkins, H. F. Roach of St. Louis; George T. Davis, E. M. Bowman, George M. Ryrie, R. M. Forbes, C. M. Yager, E. M. Caldwell. A delegation of thirteen members of Ransom post, G. A. R., of St. Louis, attended the funeral of Mr. Randall, and in connection with Alton post conducted funeral services at the grave, according to the ritual of the order. Mr. Randall was buried with his little red, white and blue rosette of the Legion of Honor, of which he was very proud.

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RANDLE, LUCIA MARIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 1, 1836

Died - In Upper Alton, on the 31st ult., Mrs. Lucia Maria, consort [wife] of Dr. P. M. Randle, and daughter of Enoc Long, Esq., In the 20th year of her age.

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RANDLE, THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 30, 1874      Veteran of War of 1812 Gone

From Edwardsville - Thomas Randle, who died at Upper Alton last Saturday, at the age of 88 years, was a pensioner and a soldier in the service of the United States during the war with Great Britain in 1812-15. He was a member of Capt. Moore's company of Illinois Rangers, and assisted in building Fort Russell, which was located near this place. He was on duty at Portage Des Sioux during the treaty in 1814. His remains were brought to this city for interment, and his funeral took place from the M. E. church last Sunday afternoon. One by one the old pioneers are leaving us, and soon there will be none to tell their story. At several other places Old Settlers' Societies have been organized, and meet once a year. It has been suggested that such an organization be formed in this county, and we renew the suggestion.

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RANDLE, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 1, 1836

Died - In Upper Alton, on the 25th ult., infant daughter of Doctor P. M. Randle.

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RANKEN, G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1900

Bethalto News - G. Ranken, aged 88, was stricken with paralysis last Saturday and died Sunday. He was born in Rebsholt, Germany, and came to this vicinity when 30 years old. He was a brickmason by trade, but of late years had been a farmer. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fedderson, pastor of the Lutheran church, of which Mr. Ranken was a member. Two sons and three daughters survive him. Mr. Ranken had made his home with Mr. John Burns the last two years.

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RANSOM, ANN (nee MASON)/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 28, 1840

Died, on the 10th inst., at the residence of her father, Captain John Mason, living near Monticello (Godfrey), Madison County, Illinois, Mrs. Ann Ransom, wife of Mr. Hiram Ransom, aged about 32 years. About a year and a half previous to her death, Mrs. R. experienced religion. Near the close of life, being interrogated by a friend as to her religious prospects and enjoyments, she replied that her desire to recover on account of her family was very great; but she had no fear of death, and could say the will of the Lord be done. In her death, Mrr. R. and his two motherless children have met with an irreparable loss, and the cause of Christ a decided and substantial friend.

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RAPHIER, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1910

Tom Jones, a negro, whose right name was Thomas Raphier, died at St. Joseph's hospital Tuesday night from tuberculosis. Jones was engaged at the occupation of bootblack for many years and was about 38 years of age. He had been ill several months.

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RATHGEB, LEO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1910               Alton Boy Loses Life in Quicksand

Frank Elsen this afternoon received a message from St. Charles that his nephew, Leo Rathgeb, 12 years old, was drowned Sunday afternoon while fishing in a lake or morass at St. Charles. The body has not been recovered, and Mr. Elsen left for the place this afternoon. The drowned boy is a son of Mrs. Christine Rathgeb, widow of the late M. Rathgeb and Leo went to St. Charles section about ten days ago to visit an uncle. Elsen's information is to the effect that the lad stepped off a log on a spot covered with green scum, which he mistook for grass. The water and quicksand beneath the scum soon engulfed him. The boy was with Tony and Joseph Rathgeb, his uncles. They cautioned him not to go swimming when they left him for a few minutes. Soon after they heard his cry for help, and when Joe Rathgeb tried to save him he too became caught in quicksand and was barely rescued. The drowning occurred at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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RATHGEB, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1903

Michael Rathgeb, aged 77 years, died Friday afternoon at his home on the Vandalia road after a long illness from the debility of old age. Mr. Rathgeb came to Alton thirteen years ago. He was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, and lived there until he emigrated to Alton, where some of his sons were living. He leaves a family consisting of his widow and eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Rathgeb made their home on the Vandalia road with three of their unmarried sons. Two of their sons are living in Germany, the remaining ones, Eugene, Michael, Adolph, Joseph and Anton Rathgeb, and Mrs. Sophia Huber, being residents of Alton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock and services will be conducted in St. Mary's church.

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RATHGEB, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 18, 1906

Michael Rathgeb, a saloonkeeper doing business at Second and Spring streets, died Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock after an illness from lung troubles. He had lived in Alton many years and was formerly engaged in the tailoring business. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.

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RATHGEB, THERESA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 7, 1911

Mrs. Theresa Rathgeb of St. Charles, aged 75, a former resident of Alton, died at her home last evening. She will be brought to Alton tomorrow morning and will be taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fabian Huber on Garden street, from where she will be buried Saturday at 10 o'clock. Mrs. Rathgeb was born in Germany and came to Alton when she was a small girl. She lived here up to a few years ago, when she moved to a farm on the outskirts of St. Charles.

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RAUTENBERG, MATHILDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1902

Mrs. Mathilde Rautenberg died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Floss, after an illness that attacked her while she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Floss, after an illness that attacked her while she was visiting her daughter. Mrs. Rautenberg made her home at Des Moines, Iowa, but had been spending the winter here. She had frequently visited here, having been a sister of the late Dr. Guelich. She was 70 years of age. She leaves six children, Mrs. A. L. Floss, Mrs. George Aultman of Des Moines, Mrs. Minna Reeder and Theo R. Rautenberg of Syracuse, N. Y., Guido Rautenberg of St. Louis, and Miss Frieda Rautenberg of Alton. The funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Floss, 404 Bluff street. Services will be conducted by Rev. Gebauer of the Unitarian church. The funeral party will leave Tuesday morning for Syracuse, N. Y., where burial will take place.

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RAVENSCROFT, WILLIAM E. (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1903

Rev. William E. Ravenscroft of Edwardsville died at Owensboro, Kentucky on Friday, where he had been visiting his daughter, aged 70 years. He was a well known Methodist clergyman and had presiding elder of the Alton district for a number of years.

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RAWSON, JENNIE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 19, 1897

Miss Jennie Rawson died last night at 12:15 o'clock at her home at Troy. She had been a teacher of the schools for eighteen years among her charges being rooms at Troy and Bethalto. She was 38 years old and leaves surviving her mother, and a brother, Sam W., of Collinsville. She was known to many here, and her death is sincerely regretted by them.

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RAWSON, WILLIAM/Source: Troy Star, March 28, 1895

The funeral of William Rawson, a former resident of this city, occurred here Tuesday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. Mr. Rawson and wife and one child arrived here from their native land about 1872. Shortly after their arrival here, the death of their child occurred. Mr. Rawson followed his trade, that of plasterer, for about 5 years, when he and his family removed to Highland, where he has been a resident since. His death occurred at the latter place on Sunday, March 24, 1895. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, which body conducted the ceremony. He leaves a wife and four children: two boys and two girls; also three brothers, Sam and Andrew of St. Louis; and James, of whom nothing has been heard for years, and the supposition is that he is dead. A host of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

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RAY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1899

John Ray of East Alton was killed Friday afternoon by being thrown from the top of a moving freight car on the C. P. & St. L. near Litchfield. Until a few years ago, Ray was a brakeman on the Big Four, and was employed in the Alton and East Alton yards. He left the Big Four to work for the C. P. & St. L., and worked there continuously until the time of his death. He was about 35 years of age, and leaves a wife, formerly Miss Paddock, and two children at his home in East Alton. Mrs. Ray was summoned to his bedside after the accident. His body will be taken to East Alton for interment.

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RAYMOND, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1918

The funeral of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Raymond will be held Sunday afternoon at the family home on Harrison street.

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RAYMOND, VICTOR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 27, 1905

Victor Raymond, aged 34, died Saturday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Goudie, 415 east Sixth street, after a long illness from pulmonary tuberculosis. He has been staying in Colorado for the benefit of his health, but his condition became so bad he returned to Alton to be with his two sisters, Mrs. Goudie and Mrs. Louis Arrington. He was unmarried. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the family home, and burial will be in City cemetery.

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READER, POLANDERS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 7, 1908      Mourners at Funeral Walk and Pray Aloud - Vehicle Bears Child's Body

Nothing serves to emphasize the cosmopolitan nature of Alton's population more forcibly than the funeral Tuesday morning of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reader, Polanders, whose little one died suddenly Sunday at the home in East End place. In the old country from which they came, the custom is to follow the dead body to its last resting place on foot, chanting prayers as they march along, and that custom was followed in Alton today by the Italian and Pollock neighbors and friends of the bereaved parents. The body of the boy in a coffin was placed in a buggy driven by undertaker Keiser, and the mourners, women and children, followed after on foot, first to St. Mary's church and afterwards to St. Joseph's cemetery, where burial was made. The strange procession and the loud yraping [sic] and sound of lamentations attracted considerable attention. Services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Meckel.

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READER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 28, 1917                    Killed on Way to Funeral

Two were killed and one seriously injured when the southbound C. and A. train this morning at 9:30 o'clock struck an automobile near Miles station. The dead are Harvey Cardiff, aged 30, and Mrs. James Reader, aged 62. Mrs. Cardiff was not killed but is badly hurt. The party were on their way to attend the burial of Mrs. Frank Hupp, who died in Alton and was taken to Piasa for burial. The persons in the auto were old neighbors and friends of Mrs. Hupp, and were of a large number of people who were on the way to attend the services. Other people in the vicinity of the place, where the accident occurred, did not know of it until they had gone five miles further. Mrs. Reader was a guest of the Cardiffs during the trip to the burial of their old friend. At the crossing, a half mile from Miles station, the southbound passenger train struck the automobile, destroying it and hurling two of the occupants to death. The Cardiff family had just recently moved to the place where they lived, and the accident occurred about a mile from their home. The dead were taken to their homes, and Mrs. Cardiff was given surgical attention.

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REAGEN, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1917

The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Reagen was held this morning from St. Patrick's Church, where a requiem mass was said by Rev. Bernard Manning. Deceased had lived in Alton more than 60 years and many of her neighbors and acquaintances attention the obsequies. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery, beneath a coverlet of flowers, the offerings of friends. The pallbearers were S. Bernes, Charles Hammelmann, John Watsker, Jerry Callaghan, Henry Uhle and John Boyce.

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REAMEN, UNKNOWN WIFE OF ANDREW/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 26, 1899

Mrs. Andrew Reamen died this morning at 11 o'clock at her home on East Third Street from the effects of the grippe. Mrs. Reamen was 69 years of age and had been a resident of Alton for years. Besides her husband, she leaves five children: Mrs. L. Arrington, Mrs. Thomas Goudie, George and Victor Reamen of Alton, and Andrew J. Reamen of Cameron, Texas. The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed.

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REAVES, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 1, 1902              Suicide by Morphine

Nearly ninety hours after he took a fatal dose of morphine, George Reaves, an employee at the Charles Seibold livery stable, died Sunday morning at his home on Fifth and Easton streets. Reaves took a fatal dose of morphine last Wednesday evening, and the doctors are unable to account for the fact that he lingered so long before he died. Wednesday afternoon he drove a carriage for a funeral in Upper Alton, and on his return to the livery stable he informed Charles Seibold that he believed he would die in a few days, and he made known what teams and carriages he desired for use at his funeral. He told other people that he believed he would die, and he selected the undertaker and made other preparations for his end. Then he went home and took the morphine. Reaves had been a sufferer from a cancer which had given him great pain, and he had been using morphine to give him ease. He was 55 years of age and leaves his wife and a stepson. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest Sunday afternoon and took charge of the body, and it was buried Monday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. L. M. Waterman.

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REBSTOCK, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1910         Murdered - Infant Found in Clump of Weeds December 13

Coroner Streeper held an inquest at Granite City today over the body of an infant found in a clump of weeds December 13. The jury fixed the responsibility for the death of the child upon the mother, Annie Rebstock, aged 21, and the grandmother, Mrs. William Rebstock, aged 43. Both women were held to the grand jury today without bail for infanticide. The child was born November 23. The girl charges that her mother strangled the child to death and threw it in the weeds, and the mother charges that her daughter did it. As the jury could not decide which was responsible, both were held and both seem to have had guilty knowledge, if not for the act of murder. The father of the child was William Whitlock, Coroner Streeper says. This is the second case of the kind in Granite City recently, but the mystery of the first has not been unraveled.

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RECH, LOUISA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1904

North Alton News - Mrs. Louisa Rech died Monday night at her home in the southern part of the village after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Fred, who is old, partially blind and very poor, and she has, it is said, a brother in Alton. Deceased was for many years janitress of the public school building in School Lane, but lost the position some time ago. She lost her eyesight and was an applicant before the county board for the pension for the blind for which the last Illinois legislature made statutory provisions in each county. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon probably.

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RECHER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1900

Mrs. Elizabeth Recher died Sunday noon at the family home, 811 East Third street, after a long illness, aged 55 years. Mrs. Recher's condition has been a pitiable one for several years, since she was stricken with paralysis. Unable to move herself, she lay helplessly paralyzed. When her son died recently, she was unable to go to see him and his death was a sad blow to her. She was a woman well liked by her friends, and there are many to sympathize with the family in their affliction. The funeral will be Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's church.

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RECHER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1900

The funeral services of John Recher held this morning at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's church. Interment was at St. Joseph's cemetery.

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RECK, ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1922         Head of Reck Brewery Dies

Anton Reck, head of the Anton Reck Brewery, died yesterday at 2:30 p.m. at his home at 227 East Fifteenth street, following an illness of three months. He was 80 years old. Mr. Reck was born in Hund, Germany, on February 5, 1842. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Reck. He came to America in 1865 and located first at Newark, N. J. In 1867 he moved to St. Louis, and inaugurated the business career, which eventually brought him to Alton. He became affiliated with several breweries at different times in St. Louis, and finally became general manager of the Schilling and Schneider Brewery. This brewery was absorbed in 1889 by an English syndicate. In 1890 Mr. Reck decided to enter business, and after visiting several cities for a suitable location, purchased the Alton Brewery here, and removed with his family to this city. The experience gained in his St. Louis connections stood Mr. Reck in good stead, and this, combined with his business ability, enabled him to successfully conduct the local enterprise. He worked diligently for the success of his business, and it was not long until his product became well-known in that trade. Mr. Reck was married in 1877 to Miss Augusta Woeckel, at St. Louis. Four children survive - Louise, Bertha, Amelia and Herman. He also leaves a brother, who lives in Germany. Mrs. Reck died nine years ago. Mr. Reck was a man of winning personality and genial disposition, who made friends rapidly. In his business career here, he built up a reputation for sagacity and honest dealing. His friends were many and his death will be the cause for sorrow to those who knew him. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. tomorrow, at the home by the Rev. H. M. Chittenden, former rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Interment will be in the City cemetery.

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RECK, UNKNOWN WIFE OF ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1913

The funeral of Mrs. Anton Reck was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home on Fifteenth street, Rev. E. L. Mueller of the German Evangelical church officiating. There was a large attendance of friends of the family at the funeral, and many who had been good friends of Mrs. Reck assembled to pay their last mark of respect to the deceased. There were many rich floral offerings. The pallbearers were Mr. Fenerbacher of St. Louis, Messrs. G. A. Joesting, A. Neerman, August Luer, S. H. Wyss and John Jehle. Burial was in City cemetery.

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REDEKER, ELLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1921

Mrs. Ella Redeker, wife of Julius Redecker, of 721 Royal street, died this afternoon at 2:15 at St. Joseph's Hospital where she was taken for treatment seven weeks ago. She has been ill for over eighteen months. She was 61 years of age. Mrs. Redecker was born in Lebanon, Ill., and for some time resided at Marine, Ill.  She came to Alton 23 years ago. She leaves her husband, Julius Redecker; two sons, Fred and William Noblitt, and two grandchildren, Celestine and Helen Noblitt. Her maiden name was Geers. She was a prominent lodge woman and at the time of her death was Secretary of the Mystic Workers. She was well known and her long illness has been watched with interest by her many friends. No funeral arrangement were completed this afternoon, but will be announced Thursday.

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REDMAN, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 9, 1909

Edward, the 3 1/2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Redman, died last night at the home on Vandalia road. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the home, and the body will be taken to Wanda for burial.

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REDMAN, SUSAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1917

Miss Susan Redman died at the home of her brother, George Redman, at 1135 Harrison street, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock after being ill for some time. The funeral was held at 1 o'clock this afternoon from the home on Harrison street to the Wanda Cemetery. The services were conducted at the home by Rev. A. C. Geyer.

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REDMON, EVERETT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 14, 1921

Everett Redmon, residing at 1512 Maupin avenue in this city, died Friday in a St. Louis hospital where he was undergoing treatment. Deceased had been ailing for about ten months prior to his death. He was 44 years of age and is survived by his wife and one daughter, Louise. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ford of this city and Mrs. Park of St. Louis; also two brothers, James Redmon of this city and Luther Redmon of St. Louis. The remains will be brought to this city for burial and the funeral is to take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the A. M. E. church on Fourth street. Interment will be in the City cemetery.

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REDMOND, ANN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1906

Mrs. Ann Redmond, an old resident of Alton, died Sunday morning at her home, 330 west Twelfth street, after a long illness. She was well known among the older residents and leaves many friends who will regret to hear of her death. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Ella Redmond. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 9:30 from the Cathedral.

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REDMOND, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1918       Former Alton Business Man Dies at Medora

Fred Redmond, a native of North Alton, died yesterday at his home in Medora, after a short illness with influenza. His relatives, practically all of whom live in Alton, was not aware of his illness until a few hours before his death. He was a son of the late John Redmond, who for half a century, almost, conducted a harness shop at the corner of State and Short streets. Fred conducted the shop for a time after his father's death, then conducted a shop in North Alton until moving to Medora. He was engaged in the harness business in that town also. He is survived by his wife and two sons. George has been in the service and Eldon is at home. His mother, Mrs. Barbara Redmond, is living in the old homestead at North Alton, and five sisters and one brother survive. The sisters are Mrs. J. G. Melling, Mrs. Samuel Tingley, Mrs. T. A. Miller, Mrs. William E. Miller, and Mrs. Norman Challacombe. The brother is George Redmond of Wood River. It is likely the body will be brought to Alton and that burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

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REDMOND, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 22, 1909         Chose Deadly Place for his Nap

John Redmond, a life long resident of Alton, who has been staying at the Myrtle House, was instantly killed Sunday night by the Chicago & Alton Capital City Flyer near the foot of Walnut street. With two other men, one of whom was Walter Ferris of 931 Tremont street, he lay down in the railroad yards to go to sleep. Redmond laid across the track and the two other men were lying between the track and the siding. The two other men escaped injury, but Redmond's head was cut off and he was otherwise mangled. Engineer George Webb reported that he saw two men lying beside the track and one of them proved to be Ferris, who identified Remond and said he could not remember who the third man was. The third man left and so far his identity has not been ascertained. Coroner Streeper impaneled a jury last evening and will hear Ferris statement tomorrow evening. Engineer Webb will also be here to testify. Redmond was 30(?) years of age and was a nephew of Miss Lettie Coleman. The funeral will be held from the Myrtle House Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial will be in the City Cemetery.

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REDMOND, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 2, 1917        Proprietor of Harness Shop Dies

William Redmond, a well known Alton business man, proprietor of a harness shop for more than thirty years, died Thursday evening at 7 o'clock at his home, 356 Bluff street. Mr. Redmond had been in ill health for several years. He had been in rapid decline for several months and confined to his home most of that time. Since last Sunday he had been unconscious, and his death had been looked for at any time. He was 59 years of age last March 31. He was born in St. Louis, but was brought to Alton when a small child by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Redmond, and all the remainder of his life he spent here. About thirty years ago, after he had completed his trade as harness maker under his father, he set himself up in business in Alton, and the business continued until a few days ago when his family, knowing that Mr. Redmond's death was very near, suspended it. The closing of the store was the passing of the Redmond family from the harness making business in Alton. Thirty-nine years ago Mr. Redmond was married in Alton. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Fred Rust; Mrs. John Simon; Mrs. Arthur Degrand; Miss Iva Redmond; William and Fred Redmond. His aged mother still lives in the North Side. He leaves also two brothers, Fred and George Redmond, and five sisters, Mrs. J. G. Melling; Mrs. Samuel Tingley; Mrs. Norman Challacombe; Mrs. Thomas Miller; and Mrs. Will Miller. Mr. Redmond was known for his kindly disposition and he had a very large number of friends. He was an expert harness maker, and in the face of the passing of the horse with the increase in the number of automobiles, he continued to hold a good trade until ill health made it impossible for him to work any longer. During his long illness his condition has been watched with much interest by friends and relatives.

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REED, ANDERSON/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 6, 1871 (review of 1870)

On February 22, 1870, Anderson Reed, a colored man charged with murder, was forcibly taken from Constable Lammert by a mob, between Venice and Edwardsville, and killed by being riddled with bullets.

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REED, BETSY/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 12, 1842

Died, in this city [Alton], on Friday the 4th inst., after a short but severe illness, Mrs. Betsy Reed, consort of Capt. A. Reed, of the steamboat Eagle, aged about 25 years, leaving a disconsolate husband and two young children to deplore her loss.

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REED, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 17, 1900

George Reed of 827 East Second street died at 12:50 p.m. today after an illness of one week of inflammation of the bowels. He was 30 years old. His wife survives him. Funeral will be on Saturday at 9 a.m. from St. Patrick's church.

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REED, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1916          

Just as Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reed were starting out of Union Station at 2:15 o'clock today, a telegram came to Robert Morrow telling him that Margaret Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reed, had died at Kissimmee, Fla.....Miss Reed, who was 16 years of age, had been a victim of asthma. Her father took her to Florida about six weeks ago for the benefit of her health, and when Mr. Reed returned he left his daughter with her uncle, hoping the climatic change might be beneficial. She was apparently improving and it was a surprise to the parents when the message came saying that their daughter was in a bad way, and to go at once to Kissimmee, Fla. With very little time for preparation, the parents made departure. Then, after their train was moving out of St. Louis, came the message telling of the death of the girl.....Margaret Reed was a charming young girl. She had a host of friends and was the center of the affections of her family. The news of her sudden illness and death caused great surprise in Alton. Late this afternoon word was gotten to Mr. and Mrs. Reed at East St. Louis, telling them of the death of Miss Margaret, and the bereaved parents are returning to Alton to await the arrival of their daughter's body.

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REED, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 19, 1903

William Reed, aged 72, died this morning at 4 o'clock after a long illness at his home, 553 east Third street. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He leaves no family but his wife.

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REEDER, MARANDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1910

Mrs. Maranda Reeder, widow of William W. Reeder, died Monday evening at 5 o'clock at the Reeder homestead on Washington avenue. Her death had been expected all day yesterday. Mrs. Reeder had been seriously ill only a short time. She became confined to her bed about a week ago, and from that time she began to sink, and she continued to decline until death came last evening. She was in her 85th year, and had lived in Upper Alton over fifty years. Mrs. Reeder was born in Virginia and went to Tennessee when very young, where she lived a long time. She came to Upper Alton with her husband from Tennessee, and the couple lived here until death claimed both of them. Mr. Reeder preceded his wife to the grave eleven months. Three children survive the couple, Edward and James Reeder, and Mrs. Margaret Murray, all of Upper Alton, and nine grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and Rev. M. B. Baker, pastor of the Methodist church, of which deceased was a member, will conduct the service.

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REES, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1903

Edward Rees, for many years a resident of North Alton on the coal branch, died Wednesday night at the  home of his sister, Mrs. John Evans, in Yager Park. He was a widower, and about 60 years of age. Several weeks ago he was removed from North Alton to the home of his brother-in-law, where he died. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon.

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REESE, EMMA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 11, 1915

Mrs. Emma Reese, for years afflicted with blindness, died at the Old Ladies Home Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock, aged 77. She had been an inmate of the home for 17 years. First she had an operation performed on her eyes to restore her sight, but it was of no use, and after that she went to the Old Ladies Home. For years she had made her home with the family of the late R. T. Largent in Alton. She had no relatives so far as known to those who were the best acquainted with her. She will be buried in City Cemetery in the lot belonging to the Largent family. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the home, and services will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Burrows.

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REEVES, ORLAND/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 13, 1910                       Drowned While Bathing

Orland Reeves, aged 17, was drowned Sunday afternoon at the foot of Walnut street while swimming there with a party of boys. The lads were close to the Walnut street sewer, and a party of women approached. The boys were partly clothed, but they desired to get out of view of the women, and they moved off toward a point in the willows further out. Although Reeves could swim, he got into too deep water, and while there he took a cramp. He sank before the eyes of his companions, who did not have time to help him. The body was recovered in the outlet of the Walnut street sewer, about two hours after the drowning. The body was taken in charge by Coroner Streeper, who will hold an inquest tomorrow morning. Reeves was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reeves of 212 Cherry street.

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REHER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 19, 1901

Mrs. Mary Reher, aged 66, died at her home in Upper Alton this morning after a short illness. She was the widow of William Reher, formerly a well known business man of Upper Alton. She leaves five children, all of mature years. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. G. W. Waggoner.

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REHER, RUDOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 14, 1903

Rudolph Reher, aged 25 years, died last night at the home of his brother, William Reher, after an illness with tuberculosis. He is a well known and highly esteemed young man and has lived in Upper Alton all his life. He underwent an operation in St. Louis a year ago for the disease from which he was suffering, and was much improved afterward, but he was taken ill again a couple of months ago and his death resulted. Deceased leaves one brother and two sisters, his mother having died about two years ago.

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REID, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 21, 1841

Died, at Troy, Madison County, Illinois, on the 17th August, Mr. John Reid, aged about 40 years, formerly of Botetourt County, Virginia.

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REIDENBARK, HI/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 2, 1915

The funeral of Hi Reidenbark was held this afternoon from the Jacoby undertaking chapel. Reidenbark had a wife and two children from whom he was separated about fifteen years. They came to Alton, identified the body and then went back home, making no arrangements for the funeral as they said they had no money to pay for it. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. Reidenbark was killed by a Big Four engine last week.

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REIGART, JANE/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 5, 1841

Died, on Tuesday night last, the 1st inst., Mrs. Jane Reigart, wife of Mr. Christian K. Reigart of this city [Alton].  She was a devoted wife, an affectionate and faithful mother, a kind and benevolent neighbor, and one of the most exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her loss to her sorrowing husband, and large family of motherless little children, is irreparable; and the community in general will long mourn the unexpected departure from among them at one of their most valued members. Though the summons of the grim messenger of death was sudden, she was not found unprepared for his coming. She died as she had for years previously lived, reposing confidently upon the promises and mercy of her Savior, and with an unfailing assurance that a blessed immortality beyond the skies awaited her.

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REILLEY, MARY D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1903

Miss Mary D. Reilley died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Hastings, at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Miss Reilley's death was caused from nervousness from which she suffered many years. She was born in St. Louis and was 75 years old and was an old resident of Upper Alton. The only immediate relatives she leaves is her sister, Mrs. Hastings, with whom she has made her home while in Upper Alton. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and services will be conducted at the Hastings home on Liberty street. According to Miss Reilley's special request the funeral will be private. Interment in the family burying ground at Paddock's Grove Cemetery at Liberty Prairie.

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REILLEY, PHILIP/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 29, 1918

The funeral of Phillip Reilley, aged 48, was held from the Cathedral to the Greenwood Cemetery Monday morning. Reilley died at the home of his sister, Mrs. William Jackson of the Grafton road, Saturday evening. He was ill but one day. Reilley was born in Alton and has lived here all of his life. He was employed at the Jackson nursery. He is survived by a brother, James Reilley, and two .... [unreadable].

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REILLY, BARNARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1902

Barnard Reilly, generally known as Barney, a well known Alton Glass blower, was killed at Kansas City yesterday, and a message announcing his death was received by his wife last evening. Reilly left Alton several months ago, going first to Litchfield and afterwards to Kansas City, to follow his trade of glassblowing. His wife and children live in the East End place. The news of the death of the husband and father came as a cruel shock to his family. The Alton glass blowers union took charge of the funeral arrangements and sent instructions for the shipment of the body to Alton for burial. The body will arrive Saturday morning and the funeral will probably be Sunday afternoon.

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REILLY, FLORENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 18, 1907         East Alton Girl Commits Suicide Over Love Affair

Miss Florence Reilly, aged 18, a daughter of Edward Reilly of East Alton, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon by drinking carbolic acid at her home. The girl had been under a mental strain for some time, it is said, because of unrequited love, the object of her affection being a man who could not reciprocate and she told members of her family that she would not bother them much longer. She found a bottle of carbolic acid her brother, Will Reilly, was using, and she drank about one ounce of it. After taking the poison she went into the room where her mother was, and Mrs. Reilly noticing the strange look in her daughter's face inquired what was the trouble. The girl would not say, but the next instant she collapsed in her mother's arms. Dr. Pence was summoned but could do nothing for her, and she died in about fifteen minutes after swallowing the poison. Coroner Streeper held an inquest over the girl's body Wednesday evening and a verdict of death from suicide was found. The funeral of Miss Reilly will be held from the East Alton Baptist church at noon Friday, and burial will be at Moro.

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REILLY, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1900   (see Alton Newspaper Clippings for the whole story)

The trial of J. P. Bellenger for the murder of Hattie Watson and Joseph Reilly will come up Monday in the Circuit Court. Bellenger is very desirous of having his case go to trial, as he thinks he will not be convicted of murder. He will plead self-defense and says that he killed Reilly and the Watson woman because he feared he would be killed himself. The Reilly family has employed an eminent St. Louis attorney to assist State's Attorney Staats in prosecuting Bellenger. Col. J. J. Brenholt will conduct the defense. He said today the case will come up for trial Monday, if nothing to prevent it occurs. Bellenger looks well and is bearing up cheerfully under prison rules.

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REILLY, MAMIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 24, 1913

Mrs. Mamie Reilly, wife of James J. Reilly, janitor of the Standard Oil refinery office at Wood River, died at 6 o'clock this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital where she was taken for an operation. The operation was performed by five surgeons, several days ago, for the removal of a tumor, but did no good. For a time she seemed to be getting better, but her condition took a turn for the worse yesterday. Mrs. Reilly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts of Alton, and leaves her husband, one child, Miss Mario Frasier, aged 9, her parents, and one brother, Edward Roberts of Alton. Mrs. Reilly was married twice, her first husband having been killed six years ago in a railroad accident near Springfield when a freight train crashed into a caboose in which he was sitting. His name was Ed Frasier. Two years later she met Mr. Reilly and married him, after which the couple moved to Wood River where Mr. and Mrs. Reilly have been conducting a high class boarding house where the office employees of the Standard Oil refinery eat their meals daily. The funeral will probably be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home in Wood River to St. Patrick's church. The burial is in Greenwood Cemetery.

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REILLY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1901

Mrs. Mary Reilly, widow of James Reilly, died last evening at 7 o'clock after a long illness at her home, 321 Walnut street. She had been an invalid for three years, but was not taken seriously ill until last Sunday. She was born in Evandale, Ireland, and was 68 years of age. She came to Alton with her husband a few years after her marriage, and at the time of her death had been in Alton over 40 years. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. John Sweeney, Mrs. John Gaffney of St. Louis; Mrs. Edward Coyne of East St. Louis; and Miss Annie Reilly of Alton;; also two sons, Messrs. Edward and James Reilly. The funeral will take place Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, and services will be held in St. Patrick's church.

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REILLY, MICHAEL/Source: Syracuse, New York Post Standard, Saturday, August 6, 1904           Alton Father, Daughter And 6 Playmates Drown In Mississippi

While bathing in the Mississippi river tonight, Michael Riley, his daughter and six of the latter's little girl friends were drowned. One child was rescued. Riley lived near the river in the southern part of the city and was accustomed to bathe on the beach in front of his home after his return from work. Tonight his little daughter begged to go with him. and Riley took her and seven of her girl friends to the beach with him. When they entered the water, Riley bade the children join hands and they all waded Into the river and walked along a sandbar which stretches out into the stream at that point. They had gone some distance from the shore, when suddenly the whole party disappeared beneath the water, having in the darkness stepped from the sandbar, into the deep channel. The children struggled and screamed, fighting desperately to reach the sandbar, where the water was only a foot or so in depth. Riley who is said to have been a good swimmer. Is thought to have been made helpless by the girls clinging to him and hampering his efforts to save them. The only one in the party to regain the sandbar was Mary Timiny, 8 years old. The child is unable to tell how she saved herself. Riley was 32 years old, and the ages of the children drowned ranged from 8 to 14 years. Four of the bodies have been recovered.

[Note:  August 6, 1904 newspaper of the Alton Evening Telegraph is missing.  The 7th was on a Sunday, and no newspaper was printed.]

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 8, 1904    Three Double Funerals and One Single Funeral - Sad Sequel of Last Friday's Tragedy in the Mississippi

Three double funerals and one single was the sad sequel Monday of the tragedy of last Friday, by which Michael Reilly and seven little girls lost their lives in the Mississippi River. Owing to the large number of funerals, taken in connection with other funerals set for Monday morning, it was necessary for the undertakers to hold a conference to make arrangements for the use of hearses. The final arrangements made were for the funeral of Michael Reilly to be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church; the funeral of Bessie and Marie Brumm to be held at 3:30 from the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brumm on Brown street; the funeral of Lucia and Eliza Pates to be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. Pates on Garden street; and the funeral of Alice Synar and Ruth Marshal from the Upper Alton Methodist church at 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon. There was little the officiating clergymen and the eulogists of the departed ones could say. Under the circumstances words were useless to express the depth of the grief of the friends of the families and the surviving relatives. Rev. Walter H. Bradley, pastor of the Upper Alton Presbyterian church, expressed the general sentiment that there was little to be said and that human minds could not comprehend the workings of Providence in the taking of the children and a man whose life was so full of good features as that of the victims of the accident. In life, Reilly had loved the children, and in death he was not parted from them, which was probably as he would have wished it had the choice been given him, under the circumstances. In the Upper Alton Presbyterian church, Dr. Bradley preached a special sermon to his congregation, referring to the casualty, on the text "Let not your hearts be troubled." At the Upper Alton Methodist church a committee consisting of R. L. Lowry, Mrs. Lathy Waggoner and Miss Effie Stalder was appointed to draw up suitable resolutions for the Synar and Marshall girls, who attended church there. The funeral of Lucia and Eliza Pates was in private, and was attended only by relatives, neighbors and a few very intimate friends. The services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church of Alton. Lucia Pates was a communicant of St. Paul's church, and both children attended services there. The floral offerings sent by sympathetic friends of the little girls and of the family were rich and numerous.  Rev. Mr. Chittenden read the Episcopal burial service for the dead in the home, and addressed remarks to the surviving parents and members of the family for their comfort in their hour of affliction. The pallbearers for the Pates children were boys, six for Lucia and four for Eliza. They were:  Lucias Cassitt, Middleton Levis, Henry Rodgers, Henry McPike, Edison Herb, Warren Levis and Wallace Dudley. The following young men carried little Eliza's casket: Roland Dudley, Minor Watson, Henry Schwartzbeck, Harry Levis, Harry Herb, and Willie McPike. Burial was in the Alton [City] Cemetery, where the two little bodies were laid away side by side beneath mounds of beautiful flowers.

 

The funeral of Michael Reilly was held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church, Rev. Fr. P. J. O'Reilly officiating. Requiem Mass was celebrated at the church and there was a prayer at the grave. The attendance at the funeral was large, the church being filled to overflowing with friends of the victim of the drowning. Mr. Reilly was very popular and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was an esteemed member of the Mutual Protective League, the Knights of Father Matthew, and the Knights of Columbus, all of which organizations had large delegations at the funeral. None had known Mr. Reilly except as a true gentlemen, a good friend to those in trouble, and an intense lover of children. His whole life was wrapped up in the little folks, and his life and character are indicated by that fact. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. The pallbearers were S. J. McHenry, C. Davis, Harry Halton, William Wilson, Peter Timoney, Robert Hamilton, Joe Everson and John Phelan.

 

Sunset and evening bell, and one clear call for me

O may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea;

But such a tide as moving seems asleep;

Too full for sound of moan

When that which came from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

 

Twilight and evening star, and then the dark.

O, may there be no sobbing of farewell, when I embark.

Though far from out the bourne of time or place

The moving flood may bear me far.

I hope to see my Pilot face to face,

When I have crossed the bar

 

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Elizabeth Reilly Still Missing/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 8, 1904

All day Sunday and until a late hour at night the fruitless search was continued for the body of the missing Elizabeth Reilly. It was desired to hold the funeral of the girl at the same time as that of her father, Monday morning, and for that reason the efforts of the searchers were redoubled. The force of men hunting for the body all day Sunday was increased fourfold. The sandbar was covered with boats of all descriptions. Men worked incessantly without any thought of reward, their one determination being to find the body of the missing girl. The naval militia crew went down the river in their cutter, taking with them their Hotchkiss gun from which charges were fired at frequent intervals in the hope that the body would be started to the surface. All the expedients reputed to be helpful in such cases were adopted, but all were of no avail. The searchers found a piece of lace which Mrs. Reilly, the mother, identified as having been part of the under-clothing of her daughter, but the body was not near the snag from which the lace was taken. Interest in the missing girl has increased as the time passes, and the one question on everyone's mouth is one of inquiry as to whether the Reilly girl had been found. A reward of $25 has been offered by Branch No. 2, G. B. B. A., for the recovery of the body of Elizabeth Reilly.

 

Search for Elizabeth Reilly Continued

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 9, 1904

Interest in the search for the body of Elizabeth Reilly, who was drowned Friday evening, has not abated. In response to the call issued by Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer Monday, a large party of men went down to the sandbar Tuesday morning to assist in the search for the body of the girl. The whole bar is being gone over again carefully. A report that the body had been found at St. Louis was investigated and proved groundless. Another report was received that men on a down-river steamer had seen the body of a girl floating below Herculaneum, attired in a bathing suit. Large quantities of dynamite are being exploded at the bar this afternoon, and it is hoped thus to displace the body and cause it to come to the surface.  $25 reward will be paid by the members of Branch No. 2, G. B. B. A., to any person recovering the body of Elizabeth Reilly from the river.  John Hurley, President

 

Human Chain was Fruitless

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1904

The search for the body of Elizabeth Reilly proved fruitless Tuesday. A human chain was formed and swept over the entire sandbar in the neighborhood where Friday evening's tragedy occurred, but there was no result. Dynamiting was resumed Tuesday afternoon, and great volumes of sand and water were thrown high in the air, the concussion was terrific, but still the body did not appear. Men kept at their task without losing hope, but now it is believed the body has moved on down the river. Four skiff  loads of men started Tuesday morning to row to St. Louis and to search along the way, but they could find nothing of the body.  Mrs. Reilly, the mother, is almost distracted over the failure of the searching parties to find her daughter, and this fact has caused the friends and sympathizers of the family to work harder. Dynamiting was resumed again Wednesday morning, but it is believed that the body will not be found on the sandbar.

 

Back to Scene of Drowning - Searching for Elizabeth Reilly

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 12, 1904

One week ago this evening Elizabeth Reilly was drowned, and the waters of the Mississippi still refuse to give her up. There is no let-up to the search, however, and no thought of abandoning it. Those who went down the river in skiffs made a thorough hunt on both sides of the stream as far as St. Louis without discovering the body, and efforts to locate the body somewhere near the scene of the tragedy have been redoubled. "There is," said one of the searchers this morning, "a large piece of territory in the 'pocket' near where the drowning occurred - fully a ten acre area, and there are many ledges and deep holes in this area. It has been impossible to make thorough search of all these places, but I believe the body is in some one of these holes, and the only thing to do is to keep hunting until fortune or chance directs to the right spot."  Scores of people are hunting daily for the missing girl, and while some are working under pay or for the reward offered, the big majority are working for humanity's sake - for the sake of the dead and beloved father and for the sake of the mother and brothers who are left behind. Dynamite is still being used, and strong hopes are entertained that if everything else fails that the body will come to the surface on the ninth day - Saturday night or Sunday.

 

Expect Body to Rise Tonight

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 13, 1904

This being the ninth day since the drowning of Michael Reilly and little charges, a close all-night vigil will be kept, it is said, in the vicinity of the accident, as it is thought probably the body of Elizabeth Reilly will come to the surface either tonight or Sunday morning. The increased reward attracted a greater number of searchers than ever Saturday, and unless the body has been taken away down the river it doesn't look possible that it will remain hidden much longer.

 

Still Hoping

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 15, 1904

The body of Elizabeth Reilly, who was drowned August 5, did not rise from the watery depths Sunday as was hoped, but the search will be continued. The water has been cold ever since the tragedy, unusually cold at nights, and this it is said by those qualified to know will have a tendency to keep the body down much longer than of the weather and water were hot.

 

Clairvoyant Tries to Find Girl's Lost Body

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 16, 1904

A woman living in East End place, claiming to be a clairvoyant, and who says she can find the body of Elizabeth Reilly or get no pay for her services, accompanied two men in a skiff for a trip down the river Tuesday morning. The woman said on Monday that she could locate the body, and told Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer she was sure the body was being kept hidden away by men who were trying to get a higher reward for it. She said that the body was being concealed some place under a boat, and described some details which made some of the men who are working for the reward think there was something in her claim. Accordingly, two of the men took the clairvoyant and another woman for the trip down the river in a skiff, and he agreed to find the body for them.

 

Clairvoyant Didn't Succeed

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 17, 1904

The searchers for the body of Elizabeth Reilly returned on the Spread Eagle Tuesday evening from a down-river trip with a clairvoyant without anything having been accomplished. The clairvoyant who had volunteered to find the body or make no charge, and who was employed by two of the searchers for the body, was just as much at loss as anyone else, and notwithstanding her alleged powers of seeing through mysteries, she could do nothing. She didn't show the men any place where the body could be hidden, as she said it was, nor could she give a suggestion about the hiding place. River men now think that the body long ago floated away in the darkness and got far down the river. Instances are told of the body of a drowned man who fell in the river at Alton being found at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and another Alton victim of drowning floated from Alton to Cairo before being picked up.

 

Clairvoyant  Made Another Attempt

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 20, 1904

The female clairvoyant, who made an attempt early in the week to discover the body of Elizabeth Reilly through the use of her occult powers, started down the river again Saturday morning in a boat to make another attempt. Two men and the woman's husband went with her in a skiff. The men are not skeptical of the woman's ability to find the body, and she says she has great confidence in her ability. Capt. E. H. Webb was engaged to go down the river about noon to bring the searchers home, as the woman was sure that by noon she would have discovered the body or failed.

 

Mrs. Michael Reilly Moving to St. Louis

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 7, 1904

Mrs. Michael Reilly is moving her household goods to St. Louis where she and her sons will make their home. Emmett and Archer Reilly went to Springfield last evening to spend a few days with friends. They will return here on Monday and then they and their mother will go to St. Louis to reside.

 

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REILLY, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 13, 1913

Thomas Reilly, the third Benbow City councilman to died within the past few months, died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at St. Joseph's Hospital where he had been taken from Benbow City the night before, supposed to be suffering with malaria. He was unconscious when brought to the hospital, and did not regain consciousness before he died. Reilly was 49, and leaves his wife and three children in the western part of St. Louis county, it is said, although he had not lived with them for many years. He drove for the Jordan lumber yard, and has done odd jobs around Benbow City and Wood River for the past two years. No arrangement has so far been made for his funeral.

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REINDORF, BERTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1906     Wife of Clergyman Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances

Coroner Streeper was notified this morning of the death of Mrs. Bertha Reindorf in St. Joseph's hospital at Highland, Ill. under suspicious circumstances. The woman was the wife of a German Evangelical clergyman who was formerly a Catholic priest but who renounced the Catholic religion, married and became a German Evangelical minister. The circumstances attending the death of the woman indicate that she died from poisoning. She lived at Hoopedale in Bond county, near Greenville. After taking ill, she was put on a train and hurried to Highland to be put in the hospital there in the hope of saving her life, but the malady from which she was suffering proved fatal in a short time. Coroner Streeper was consulted by his deputy at Highland, Albert Koch. The inquest was held this afternoon.

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REINHARDT, ANNA MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1921

Anna Marie Reinhardt, aged 25 years, passed away this morning at the family home at 2301 College avenue after a lingering illness. She is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antone Reinhardt and is survived by one brother, Adolph Reinhardt. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

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REININGER, CLARA MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 14, 1921

Mrs. Clara May Reininger, wife of Frank Reininger, died at her home on the Grafton road very suddenly this morning from a malady that had been causing her trouble for a long time. Mrs. Reininger leaves one daughter, Mae Barton, and one son, Edward L. Maupin.

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REININGER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 16, 1912

Joseph Reininger, aged 28, died late this afternoon at his home in Upper Alton after a brief illness from pneumonia. He was a very skillful glassblower, and one of the best liked young men in Upper Alton.

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REININGER, VALENTINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 10, 1917    Expert Craftsman - Man Who Blew Record Breaking Bottle for World's Fair Passes Away

Valentine Reininger, one of the best known of the old time glassblowers of Alton, died this morning at 5:30 o'clock at his residence on Washington avenue in Upper Alton. Mr. Reininger was 72 years and 8 months old. He came to Alton 27 years ago from Millville, New Jersey, to take a place at the glassblowing trade in the Alton glassworks. He was one of the most skillful of the men who ever worked at the glass trade anywhere. It was because of his wonderful ability to handle glass that the Alton plant went to a good deal of trouble to get him to come here. After he worked in the Alton plant a couple of years, he moved his family from Milville to this city, and they located on Brown street in Upper Alton. After coming to Alton Mr. Reininger never worked any place else, and he wound up his career in the glass blowing business in Alton, retiring from work twelve years ago. For several years he has been in poor health, but after suffering a severe attack he would recover, his wonderful nerve and vitality winning out each time. His fatal illness lasted nine days and he died on the tenth day. It was a week ago Tuesday that the last attack of his old standing trouble made its appearance and took the aged retired glassblower to his bed. From the first it was known that this was the worst attack he had ever suffered, and members of the family had little hope for his recovery from the day he became ill. He suffered intensely until death came this morning early, and ended his suffering. Mr. Reininger leaves his widow and five children - two sons, Joseph and William, having died from pneumonia during the last four years. The death of the two young men very close together was a very hard blow to the father. The children who survive are: Mrs. Walter Bardell of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. James Ray of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. William C. Stork, Frank C. Reininger of Upper Alton; and Mrs. Edward Mahr of Godfrey. The funeral will be held Saturday morning from St. Patrick's Church. Valentine Reininger made the biggest bottle ever blown. He made big ware in the glass trade for many years and on numerous occasions he had broken the record for blowing big bottles when something extra was demanded in the glass business. At the time of the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Mr. Reininger was asked to make some big ware for exhibition purposes as the company desired to place some of their products on exhibit at the fair. It was at that time that he made the biggest bottle ever blow. The bottle that broke the record held 84 gallons and stood higher than a good sized man. It was the bottle that broke the world's record, and it was seen at the fair by many thousands. Mr. Reininger retired from the glass trade soon after he made the World's Fair bottle, and he has not worked any since. He was the owner of some valuable pieces of property on Washington avenue at the time of his death.

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REININGER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 9, 1914

The death of William Reininger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Reininger of Upper Alton, Thursday evening at 8:15 o'clock, marks the third in a series of deaths of sons of this couple in the twenty-fourth year of age. Three of the boys have failed to reach their twenty-fourth birthday after passing the twenty-third. In each case the son sickened and died. Albert was the first one. He came here before the family did from Milville, N. J. Then Joseph died not long ago. Two weeks ago Will Reininger was taken ill with typhoid fever, and in the light of past occurrences in the family there was considerable anxiety as to the outcome of his illness, which was recognized as a serious case. Naturally the family, having lost two sons prior to the twenty-fourth birthday, were somewhat worried over the latest illness of a son in the fatal year, and their forebodings were justified. Mr. Reininger was a glassworker, following the trade of his father who was known as one of the most expert glassblowers in Alton, cunning workmanship being considered. Beside the parents, the deceased is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Walter Bardell of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. James Ray of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. W. C. Stork; and Mrs. Ed Maher of Alton; and one brother, Frank Reininger. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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REIS, VICTORIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 3, 1903

After a long and painful illness, Mrs. Victoria Reis, a resident of Alton for more than forty years, passed away Sunday afternoon at her home, aged 81. She had been a sufferer from cancer. Mrs. Reis leaves a family of six children, John Reis, Mrs. John Luly of St. Louis, Mrs. Conrad Schreiber, Charles Graf, Philip Graf and Jacob Reis. The last is in the Philippines where he went as a soldier and engaged in business after the end of his term of enlistment. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock and services will be held in St. Mary's church.

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REIT, SISTER SOPHIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1914   [note: last name could be Reif?]

Sister Sophie Reit of the Nazareth Home died this morning. Previous to last evening Sister Sophie was up and around and was well with the exception of feebleness occasioned by her great age, she being in her seventy-fifth year. Last evening about seven o'clock Sister Sophie was stricken with apoplexy, and throughout the night remained unconscious. She did not rally at all and died at eight ten this morning. The deceased was born April 27th, 1838 in Freiburg, Baden. She entered the Convent of the Precious Blood Sisters at Gutwell, Baden, at an early age. After having passed the state examination in German and French, she was active for a number of years as teacher in Europe. In 1873 she came to America with the Precious Blood Sisters, whose Mother House is located in Ruma, Ill. For 23 years she taught in various places, here in America, having meanwhile learned English. After 23 years spent here, she went back to Rome where she met Mother Pauline, who had been appointed Mother Provincial at Baujaluka, Bosnia. Seven years ago Mother Pauline came to America in company with six other nuns, Sister Sophie being among the number, and founded the Nazareth Home. The religious community lost in Sister Sophie a valuable member....The funeral will take place from the chapel of the Nazareth Home on Central Avenue Monday morning at nine o'clock. The burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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RENFRO, ARMINDA C. (nee HARNSBERGER)/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 1, 1893

Mrs. Arminda C. Renfro, wife of W. P. Renfro of Troy, died yesterday morning at 5:30 o'clock. The funeral took place today. She was born in Old Ripley, Bond county in 1852. She married W. P. Renfro and moved to this county nine years ago. She leaves surviving her husband, one son and one daughter; also, her mother, Mrs. C. E. Cheney of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one sister, Virginia Renfro, wife of A. T. Renfro of Wayne county; one brother, John Harnsberger, and a half brother D. W. Cheney of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

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RENFRO, CYRUS W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 21, 1904

Cyrus W. Renfro, aged 68, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home, 819 East Fifth street Sunday afternoon after a long illness from pulmonary troubles. He had lived in Alton many years and was a member of Alton post G. A. R., under whose auspices the funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. Mr. Renfro leaves, besides his wife, four children: Mrs. Mattie Cummings of Litchfield, and Messrs. A. E., Scott and Frank Renfro of Alton. Mr. Renfro lived in Troy in this county before his removal to Alton.

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RENFROW, UNKNOWN WIFE OF SCOTT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 11, 1904

Mrs. Scott Renfrow, aged 18, died Sunday night at 8 o'clock after a brief illness at the home, 1016 East Third street. Mrs. Renfrow is survived by her husband and one child, only a few weeks old. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the family home on East Third street.

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RENSEN, CHARLOTTE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 30, 1915

Mrs. Charlotte Rensen, aged 78, died at her home on East Sixteenth street at 2 o'clock this morning following a protracted illness. Mrs. Rensen has been confined to her home since Thanksgiving Day, and her condition has been growing worse daily, so that the end has been expected for some time. Mrs. Rensen was born in England and was brought to the United States when a small child. She has lived in Alton for the past twenty-three years. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Rensen; one daughter, Mrs. Ed Brandeweide; and one son, William Rensen. The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The funeral services are to be conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing.

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RETHERT, T. (newspaper headline listed first initial as R.)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 12, 1919       Death Mystery in Rooming House

Mystery surrounds the death of T. Rethert, white, in the colored rooming house conducted by Rosie Elliot on Piasa street. The police report shows that he died about two o'clock this morning. The cause of his death is not known. Other roomers in the house did not know that his condition was serious until he was dead. According to the story told this morning at the home of Rosie Elliot, Rethert often came to the house to call for Archie Johnson, who rooms there. Last night about ten o'clock he came to the house and asked for Johnson saying he was ill. Johnson was not at home but he was called home from his work in Wood River to look after the man. Johnson said this morning that by the time he arrived Rethert seemed improved. "I gave him my bed, and went to sleep on the floor near him," Johnson said. "I was awakened about two o'clock in the morning by his struggles and he died before I had a chance to call the doctor." The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner William Bauer. There is no mark on the body, and nothing that would indicate the cause of his death. According to Johnson, Rethert has worked in Alton for the past twenty years. He has labored and has often been foreman of the laboring gangs. He was unmarried, and at present was working for the Standard Oil Co. in Wood River. Johnson said he believed Rethert was about 45 years of age.

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REUSS, HENRY (newspaper also spelled the name RUESS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 15, 1909

Henry Reuss, a shoemaker, aged 53, was fatally injured Sunday morning by being struck by a Chicago & Alton train at Illinois Avenue in East End place. He was walking along the track when the train hit him. Reuss was thrown a short distance, and his skull was fractured. He was taken to St. Joseph's hospital where he died shortly after arriving there. Reuss was engaged in shoe repairing and conducted a small store. He has a family consisting of his wife and several children. Coroner Streeper took charge of the body. A son of Ruess, Frank Reuss, was injured several weeks ago and lost a finger in an accident in an Alton factory where he was employed.

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REXFORD, NORMAN GERTRUDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1913

Norman Gertrude, the 10 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rexford, died last night and will be buried at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from St. Mary's church.

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REYLAND, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 11, 1908

Mrs. Margaret Reyland, aged 85, died this morning at 6:15 o'clock at the home of her son, Peter Reyland, on Henry street, of injuries she sustained in a fall two weeks ago. Mrs. Reyland was born in Brandenburg, Luxemburg, Germany. She married Michael Reyland in Germany and came to this country with him. He died fifteen years ago. There are six children living, three sons and three daughters - Peter and Nicholas of Alton; John of Waco, Texas, who will attend the funeral; and Mrs. Katie Connor of Brandenberg, Germany. Mrs. Barbara Herz of Glennonville, Missouri, and another daughter in Gereling Luxemburg, Germany. A brother, John Fauigenburg in Bethalto.  Mrs. Reyland was a member of St. Mary's church parish.

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REYLAND, PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 15, 1918                  One of Alton's Oldest Business Men Dies From Blood Poisoning

Peter Reyland, aged 67, died at midnight Monday night at his home at 816 Henry street, after a short illness. Mr. Reyland sustained an abrasion on one of his hands ten days ago while working for Hartman and Company of East Broadway. He was taking some empty barrels for cider out of the cellar and bruised his hand. He paid no attention to the matter until Tuesday, when the swelling became quite painful. Thursday, while walking on the street, he fell, presumably from the effects of the infection in his hand, and bruised the other hand and hip. These too began to show signs of infection, but Mr. Reyland declined to have an operation performed. Yesterday afternoon Mr. Reyland was compelled to take to his bed and at midnight passed away. Mr. Reyland was married in 1877. He leaves a widow, two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Corrigan of Alton and Mrs. Freda Mahr of Bremerton, Wash.; and three sons, Peter Reyland of Alton, Alphonse Reyland, who is with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and William Reyland, who is in a training camp at Bremerton, Wash. A brother, Nicholas Reyland, lives in St. Louis, and two sisters are living in Germany. Mr. Reyland was one of the oldest and best known business men in Alton. For 36 years he conducted a store at Ninth and Henry streets. For several years he has been associated with Hartman and Company. Mr. Reyland was a member of St. Boniface Branch of the Western Catholic Union. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, pending the receipt of word from the children as to their ability to attend.

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REYLAND, UNKNOWN WIFE OF PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1909

The funeral of Mrs. Peter Reyland was held this morning from St. Mary's church, where a requiem high mass was said by Rev. Joseph Meckel and assistants. The church was filled with friends and neighbors of the deceased, and the cortege that followed to St. Joseph's cemetery where interment was made was a long one. Many floral offerings were made. The pallbearers were:  J. J. Hammond, Nic Wolf, Henry Beiser, John Schmidt, George Geoken and Lawrence Fahrig.

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REYNOLDS, DOW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1902           Body Severed By Train

Dow Reynolds, aged 16, son of Hardy Reynolds, was killed about 5 o'clock Friday evening by being run over by a freight train which was crossing the Alton bridge. The boy had boarded the train and was evidently trying to make his way home. The train, instead of coming up the levee, turned on the "Y" at the approach to the bridge to cross the river. The boy had been standing on the bumpers between two freight cars, and as the train passed the platform at the Langdon street station, he attempted to swing out and jump on the platform. He was seen by Conductor J. E. Williams suspended by his hands from two handholders, one on the end of each car, between which he was swinging perilously. Just before the train reached Williams, the conductor saw the boy lose his hold and fall between the cars to the rail, and the heavy train passed over him, severing his body at the waist. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest and a verdict of accidental death was found, and the railroad company was exonerated. The Reynolds family live in the top story of the old St. Charles hotel building on State street. The boy was the main support of the family, being employed at the glassworks. The funeral services were conducted this afternoon by Rev. S. D. McKenny of the Cherry street Baptist church, from the family home.

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REYNOLDS, ISABEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 12, 1911

After several months illness, Mrs. Isabel Reynolds, 76(?) years of age, widow of James A. Reynolds, ...... the Missouri Baptist Sanitarium in St. Louis yesterday morning of infirmity. Funeral services were from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John R. Beale, Granite City, at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. D. L. Temple, retired pastor of the Cuba, Mo. Presbyterian church officiated. Burial was in Godfrey Cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds is survived by five sons, Rev. John Reynolds of Effingham, Ill., Robert W. and George W. T. Reynolds of East St. Louis; Albert M. and Joseph C. Reynolds of Central Missouri; and three daughters, Mrs. Emma R. Smith of Venice; Mrs. Effie Marr of Godfrey, Ill.; and Mrs. John Beale of Granite City.

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REYNOLDS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 29, 1912

James Reynolds, aged 73, died this morning at his home on Second street next to No. 2 hose house. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

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REYNOLDS, MARIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 7, 1846

Died after a short but severe illness on Thursday, Feb. 19th, at her residence in Marine prairie, Saline Precinct, Mrs. Maria, consort of Reuben Reynolds, Esq., aged 43 years. It is with feelings of the deepest melancholy and poignant grief that we are called upon to announce the sudden departure of our much respected and beloved friend, Mrs. Reynolds. In the prime of life, surrounded by circumstances the most favorable, performing an active part in the sphere of usefulness, a nurse to the sick and afflicted, a friend to the poor and destitute, in the enjoyment of general health with a heart ever overflowing with the "milk of human kindness" to all, the delight of her relations and friends, in whose affections she had obtained a hold never to be obliterated, we would fain have hoped that she might have been spared. But alas "Death loves a shining mark," and our friend, our sister is no more. Could the sighs and tears and prayers of a deeply afflicted and agonizing circle of relatives and neighbors have prevented thy flight, departed spirit! Thou hadst still been here. But thou art gone! Why should we murmur? We humbly trust that what joys, is an irreparable loss, is to them indelible gain, that thou hast but changed the dull scenes of suffering mortality, for the inexpressible glories of eternal bliss.  Mrs. Reynolds removed to this state from Stratford, Connecticut with her parents, Nathan and Rebecca Thorp, in the year 1822; shortly after which she became the affectionate wife of our much esteemed friend, R. Reynolds, Esq.  Thrice had she been called by the grim monster, Death, to follow her tender offspring to the tomb, and it was while endeavoring to soften the bed of affection, upon which her beloved companion had been prostrated, and calm the raging fever which threatened his dissolution, that she received the summons to depart. The disease settled upon her brain, she was deprived of her senses successively, one after the other, and to many of us the news of her death preceded that of her disease. By her demise, a husband has been bereaved of an affectionate wife, two interesting children of a tender and devoted mother, a numerous circle of relatives and friends of their brightest star. The neighborhood has sustained an irreparable loss, for it can be said of her with truth that none knew her but to love her. "Truly in the midst of life we are in death." And how loudly does this affliction call upon us who survive. "Be ye also ready, for in an hour when ye think not, the Son of man cometh."

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REYNOLDS, SAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1916

Sam Reynolds, aged 46, colored, died at his home, 616 Ridge street, suddenly yesterday morning. He had been ailing for about a week, but his condition was not considered serious. He is survived by a wife. The body will be shipped to Vincent, Ind.

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RHOADS, JOHNSON BARNEY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 26, 1922       Struck by Car

Johnson Barney Rhoads, a carpenter who came to Alton about a week ago to work at his trade, was fatally injured, dying Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital from the effects of the injuries he sustained Friday evening when he was hit by a Ford car at Yager Park. Rhoads is the victim of unknown persons who were driving a Ford car on the state road and, it is said, sent their car off the road and on to the walk beside the road where Rhoades happened to be. The car hit him with great violence, breaking ribs on both sides of his body. The ribs were forced into his lungs, and death was due to a form of pneumonia caused by the lacerations in the lungs produced by the broken ribs. Rhoads was boarding with Mrs. Rosie Laird in Sering Place. After the accident, he was able to tell where he belonged and the car which hit him was used to haul him to his boarding place. The two men in the car assisted him to the house and turned him over to the woman who had been his boarding mistress. They left no names and there was neither license tag nor light on the Ford which had so cruelly crushed the man. On Saturday it became evident that Rhoads was in a bad condition and he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. There he lingered until Sunday morning, when death resulted from pneumonia. Rhoads was 45 years of age. So far as known he had two brothers and one sister. Deputy Coroner Streeper is being assisted in his search for information as to the identity of the drivers of the Ford car which was the cause of the death of Rhoads. It is said that the man was an Odd Fellow, and that the members of that order are assisting in the hunt for information. The deputy coroner said today that the identity of the car would be established.

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RHOADS, NANCY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 19, 1917         Wife of Well Known Baptist Minister Dies at Family Home

Mrs. Nancy J. Rhoads, wife of Rev. William M. Rhoads, died this afternoon at 1:50 o'clock at the family home, 2616 Walnut street. Mrs. Rhoads was 67 years old on the 24th day of January. She had long been a sufferer from asthma and bronchial trouble, and at times in her life she had been very ill. During the last two weeks she suffered a severe attack, and for several days it was known her case was serious. She was in a critical condition all the earlier part of the day until death relieved her sufferings shortly after noon. Mrs. Rhoads leaves her husband, Rev. William M. Rhoads, one son, June M. Rhoads, and one daughter, Miss Lulu Rhoads. The son is in Oklahoma, where he has been spending the winter. Word was sent to him this afternoon announcing the death of his mother. Mrs. Rhoads was born in Jersey County and had spent her life in the country north of here and in Alton. The family had lived in Upper Alton about twenty-five years. Funeral arrangements have not been made. The death of Mrs. Rhoads was a sad surprise to her many friends who did not realize that her case was of such a grave character. She had long been a sufferer, and it was generally believed that she would rally from this attack of the malady that had caused her years of suffering. She was very highly esteemed in the neighborhood where she lived. She had a very wide acquaintance through the work that was carried on for many years, in a religious way, by herself and her husband. Among her neighbors she was beloved and to her family her death is a sad shock.

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RHOADS, UNKNOWN CHILD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 15, 1900

The four months old child of Mr. and Mrs. George Rhoads died at the family home in East End Place today. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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RHOADS, VIOLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 27, 1921

Miss Viola Rhoads, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rhoads, died this morning at 4 o'clock at the family home on Watalee avenue in the east end. She was 18 years of age, last Saturday. Her death followed a short illness with pneumonia. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home, and Rev. S. D. Kenny will probably have charge of the services.

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RHOADS, WILLIAM M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 19, 1920      Local Minister and former Trustee of Shurtleff College Dies on Third Anniversary of Wife's Death

Rev. William M. Rhoads died this morning at his residence in Upper Alton, following a stroke of paralysis, aged 74. It was on the third anniversary of the death of his wife, whose passing the aged clergyman had mourned deeply. He had been in bad health for some time, but there was no indication that the end was near. Thursday he received word of the death of his brother, Robert Rhoads, at Madelia, Minn., the brother having been both blind and totally deaf for a quarter of a century. With emotions mixed, grateful that the end of his unfortunate brother had come and that his troubles were over, and with heart filled with sadness on the eve of the anniversary of the death of his wife, the aged minister had no thought that his own death would follow so soon that of his brother. This morning, shortly after he had eaten his breakfast, Rev. Rhoads was stricken with paralysis and died soon afterward. It was just the way his brother had died. Members of the family say that on the evening before his death he was in a contemplative mood and was giving members of his family messages which he wanted delivered to friends of his who had been interested in the news of the death of his brother. Rev. Rhoads was a man of a kindly, loveable disposition. He was forever considering the welfare and comfort of others. Kindly, dignified, courteous always, and a sincere believer in the cause in which he had spent his life, that of giving his best efforts to the cause of salvation of souls, the aged minister will be sincerely mourned by thousands. He was the supply pastor for many years in churches in Macoupin, Green and Jersey counties, and he had given service to Alton churches, too. He was supply pastor of the Cherry Street Baptist Church while Rev. Samuel D. McKenny was in the Y. M. C. A. service overseas. He had married hundreds of couples, had buried many hundreds of persons more, and was constantly subject to call in many hundreds of homes when there was any need for the services of a clergyman. Many of the little churches he served were without a pastor much of the time. He would conduct great spiritual revival meetings and the number of his baptisms runs into the thousands. The death of Rev. Rhoads came as he had wished. He was injured last summer by an automobile which struck him at the crossing of Broadway and Piasa street. He never fully recovered. Arterial hardening had been causing him much inconvenience too. A few days before his death he was conversing with an old friend to whom he said that if he was never to get any better, he would prefer that he would be stricken with paralysis and avoid a long period of weakening down. That was exactly the way the end came. He was born at what is now Medora, then Rhoads Point, about a mile and a half from the present village. He would have been 75 years of age April 15. Fifty-one years ago he was ordained as a Baptist minister, but had been preaching a few years before that. Recently he said that he had seen upward of 2,000 people, of which he had kept count, profess conversion in meetings he had conducted. Of the men who attended his ordination, Rev. T. N. Marsh is the only one still alive. His last preaching service was two weeks ago last Sunday, when he filled the pulpit of the Elm Street Presbyterian Church. The week before, he had conducted a funeral service at Rockbridge over an old friend. Mr. Rhoads is survived by his two children, three grandchildren, also two brothers, P. B. Rhoads of Minneapolis; B. F. Rhoads of Madelia Minn.; Miss Elizabeth Rhoads of Madelia; Mrs. Laura McDonald of the Pacific Coast; and Mrs. Margaret Willson of Point Rock. N. Y. For twenty-nine years he was a trustee of Shurtleff College and was the last of the "old guard" of trustees of that institution, remaining in service. He was a member of Franklin Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and was also a Knight Templar. The burial service at the Rockbridge Cemetery will be under Masonic auspices. The funeral services at the home will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The body will be taken to Rockbridge Monday morning and services will be held there in the Baptist Church at 10:30 o'clock. According to a request of Rev. Mr. Rhoads there will be no funeral sermon. He had told Rev. Henry Dixon, an old friend, that when he died he wanted a spontaneous symposium of remarks by preachers with whom he had been associated in the work of religion for so long. It is expected there will be a large attendance at this service, and that clergymen for miles around will attend.

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RHOADES, SARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 22, 1903

Sara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rhoades, died last night at the family home in East End Place, after a short illness, aged one year. Death was due to whooping cough. The funeral was held this afternoon.

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RHOADES, TILLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1911

Mrs. Tillie Rhoades, wife of George Rhoades, died at the family home in Priest's addition, Thursday evening at 6 o'clock, aged 25. She had been ill a long time with stomach troubles. She leaves her husband and two children. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. from the home, Rev. S. D. McKenney officiating.

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RHODES, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 11, 1904

George, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodes, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock and was buried from the home in East End place this afternoon.

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RICE, FRANCIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1909

The funeral of Mrs. Francis Rice, an aged colored woman, was delayed two hours this morning until the money could be raised to pay half the livery bill. Money was in hand last night to pay the bill, but this morning it was no longer in evidence, and what became of it is a matter of dispute. When the time for the funeral arrived, the livery man insisted upon the promise being kept, that the cost would be paid half down and half later on. There was nothing to pay with and there was no funeral in prospect. The time set for the funeral was 9 a.m., but it had to be postponed until 11 a.m. when someone gave security. The woman was a great-grandmother, and none of her children are living here.

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RICE, HENRY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 28, 1907

The funeral of Henry J. Rice was held this afternoon from the home of his mother in the Turner addition, North Alton, and was attended by a very large number of friends of deceased. Many lovely floral offerings were also made, and the McPike paper mills were closed down as a mark of respect for the dead man who had long been a trusted and respected foreman there. Services were conducted by Rev. Ernest Mueller of the German Evangelical church and burial was in City Cemetery.

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RICE, JULIAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 3, 1905

The funeral of Julian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rice, was held this morning at 10 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church, Rev. H. M. Chittenden officiating. Burial was in City Cemetery. There was a large attendance at the funeral, and many beautiful floral offerings. The pallbearers were six brothers, Edgar, William, Percy, Eugene, Godfrey and Oscar Rice.

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RICE, MARY A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1900

Mrs. Mary A. Rice, wife of Thomas A. Rice, dropped dead at 9 o'clock this morning at her home on Brown street in Upper Alton, without any warning illness. She was a sufferer with asthma and throat trouble for many years, but her illness was not considered as necessarily dangerous and not much attention was given to it. Her heart had probably weakened under the strain of her asthmatic troubles, and this morning it ceased to act. She had been sitting with her daughter and little son eating breakfast and finished at about 9 o'clock. She rose to walk across the room and fell in the floor, dying almost instantly. At the time of her death, her three daughters were with her and they summoned Dr. E. C. Lemen, but it was too late, for she was dead when the doctor arrived. Her death is attributed to sudden failure of her heart to act. Mrs. Rice's death is a sad shock to the community in which she lives and especially to her family. Mr. Rice is a traveling salesman and is far from home, but a message to him summoning him home has been sent, and he will probably be here tomorrow. The oldest son, John Rice, is also traveling and is now on his way home from Iowa. Mrs. Rice was a prominent lady of Upper Alton and was connected with well known families in the village and in the south. She seldom was away from home, her life being given entirely to the management of her home and children, and what is the loss of such a woman cannot be told. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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RICE, MARY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 13, 1901

Mrs. Mary J. Rice, one of the best known residents of Godfrey township, died at her home yesterday after a lingering illness. Mrs. Rice a few months ago underwent a surgical operation at St. Joseph's hospital in this city, which for a time it was hoped would be an aid in restoring her health. Mrs. Rice was for many years a correspondent of the Telegraph at Godfrey, and she proved herself a faithful chronicler of events. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon from the family home.

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RICE, ROSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 21, 1902

The funeral of Mrs. Rosa Rice, wife of Percy Rice, was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and services were conducted in the family home on Bluff street. There were many friends of the young woman and of the bereaved husband at the funeral, and the attendance was large. Services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden of St. Paul's Episcopal church and Rev. M. W. Twing of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the City Cemetery. The pallbearers were Edgar Rice, T. Rice, A. Maxheimer, George Maxheimer, Fred Heskett and Dick Busse.

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RICE, ROSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 31, 1910

Mrs. Rosa Rice, wife of Harry Rice, aged 29, died Sunday from heart failure. Three weeks before she had given birth to a child. Mrs. Rice was a weak woman, having spinal trouble. She leaves her husband and two little children. The funeral will be held from the home, 1421 Monroe street to SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.

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RICE, UNKNOWN INFANT OF HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 24, 1903

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rice died last night at home on Belle street. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.

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RICH, CARRIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 7, 1918                    Teacher Since 1886 in Alton Dies From Pneumonia

Miss Carrie Rich, for many years a highly efficient teacher in Alton High School, died Friday night at Washington, Ill., at the home of her brother, and was buried there Monday. Word of her death was sent to Rev. C. C. Smith, pastor of the Congregational Church at Alton, by a nephew of Miss Rich, who wrote in behalf of his aunt, Miss Mary Rich. The letter said that Miss Rich was taken down the day after Christmas with what appeared to be a cold, but which developed into pneumonia. The death of Miss Rich will be the cause of profound regret in Alton. She was one of the best known women in Alton. Until her retirement from teaching, Miss Rich had held a post in Alton High School for close to thirty years. She was the possessor of a life certificate from the state and was one of the few in Madison County to hold such a certificate. She began teaching in Alton High School when the High School was in Rooms 1 and 2 at Lincoln School. She taught there for a number of years, then when the new High School was built, she went over there and continued her work. Miss Rich began teaching in the Alton schools in 1836 [sic - should be 1886], and she retired two years ago, making almost thirty years of service to the cause of education in the one school. She was known as a very efficient teacher, and her giving up of school work in Alton was regretted by the other members of the faculty and by the Board of Education. She was drawing a pension as a teacher under the Illinois law. Her sister, Miss Mary Rich, had been in poor health for some time. She had given up her work as teacher some time before Miss Carrie Rich decided to discontinue her work. After ceasing to teach, the two sisters moved to Washington, Ill., to be with their brother. In Alton, the two sisters had been inseparable, had lived together, and were deeply interested in each other. Miss Rich was a devoted member of the Congregational Church. She was a woman of high intellectual attainment, was possessed of a gracious disposition, and she had a very large number of friends.

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RICHARDS, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 8, 1906

Mrs. Elizabeth Richards died at her home on Washington street at 11:30 o'clock last night after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Richards was 40 years of age and has been a resident of Alton for several years. Her son, R. H. Higgins, manager of the Collinsville lead plant, was with her at the time of her death, and a daughter, Mrs. R. T. Rutter of Centralia, arrived today. The remains will be shipped to Georgetown, Ohio, this evening. A short funeral service was held at the home at 5 o'clock by Rev. S. D. McKenney.

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RICHARDS, EUGENE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 2, 1902             Drowned in Alton Slough

Eugene, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Richards of Madison street, was drowned in Alton slough on Labor Day. The Richards family, with some other families, went across the river on the ferryboat to spend the day fishing, and all the picnicers were enjoying the day. The party was near the point where the old road crosses the slough from McPike's Island to the main shore. The road is submerged slightly, and Eugene was wading on the roadway and fishing in the lower sine where the water is very deep. The boy became over-balanced and fell backward from the road, plunging into the deep water on the lower side where the current had washed a hole about twenty feet deep. His father and mother saw him fall but could do nothing to save him because of the distance they were from the place at the time. The body was recovered an hour after it had disappeared and was brought up from the hole by W. D. Fluent, who used a line carrying hooks to drag for the body. The body was brought home on the ferryboat, accompanied by all the members of the party and was taken to the Richards home. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. from the home of the parents, Madison street near State.

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RICHARDS, HOMER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1911      Commits Suicide at Edwardsville by Drowning Himself In Wolf's Pond at Leclaire

Homer Richards, aged 21, a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Richards, formerly of Alton, committed suicide at Edwardsville Wednesday evening by drowning himself in a pond known as Wolf's pond at Leclaire. The young man had been sick for seven years and unable to do much work. Despondency over ill health is the reason given. He left two notes, one telling where his body could be found. The family were going to the High school commencement exercises at Edwardsville last night, and Homer at first intended to go. However, after the remainder of the family had left, the young man changed his clothes, putting on an old suit, and going about a mile from his home, drowned himself. The body was found late the same night, according to the directions found in the notes. The father of the young man is connected with the Alton Plumbing & Heating Co., and formerly lived on Madison avenue in Alton. While the family were in Alton, a little son was drowned across the river, and he is buried in City cemetery. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home in Edwardsville.

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RICHARDS, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 25, 1908             Death by Drowning

Joseph Richards, aged 20, a young man employed at the glass works, who boarded at the McCarthy boarding house on East Second street, was drowned Tuesday at Mobile island. Richards, being out of work, went down to Mobile Island to stay with Willow Ben, and last Tuesday he was missing. Willow Ben, supposing that he had come to Alton where his brother, Robert Richards lives, came up here to make report but could find no trace of him in Alton. His hat and shoes were found on the river bank and the conclusion was then reached that he was drowned. When the report came to Alton that the young man was missing, his brother organized a searching party and went down the river to drag the river for the body. They expected that by today the body would be floating, unless it was held down by brush or had been buried in the sand, and the members of the party were very hopeful of success. Richards came here from Georgetown, Ohio. He has no relatives in Alton but his brother, and his parents are dead. The body was recovered this noon, and Coroner Streeper was notified. He went down to bring the body back to Alton. Owing to the distance from the home of the St. Charles county coroner, the body will probably be brought here before an inquest is held and the coroner of St. Charles county will be asked to authorize Coroner Streeper to hold the inquest.

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RICHARDS, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1922         Father Dies With Child in His Arms - Sacrifices His Life to Save His Son From Train

Thomas R. Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richards, of 2429 Sanford avenue, was killed last night in a crossing accident at the foot of Main street by a C. & A. train. Richards, when he realized that it was impossible to avoid a crash at the crossing, thought only of his two children with him in the automobile. With him also was his brother, James, aged 18, who leaped in time to escape injury. According to the story told by James Richards, the father tried to save his two little boys, Harold and Charles Edward, the latter 5 and the former 3 years of age. When the father noticed the nearness of the train he exclaimed, "Oh, my children," and seizing the younger by the arm he tossed him to the ground in a place of safety and gathered the other child in his arms and tried to leap from the car, but was too late. Instead he was hurled from the car by the impact to the pilot of the locomotive, and there he was found after the train had been stopped, his son still held in his arms, and the child comparatively unhurt. The father was dying, having given his own life to shield that of his offspring. The child the father had in his arms sustained an arm fracture and a shoulder break, but was otherwise unhurt. It was taken to the hospital. The child thrown to the ground escaped with very slight injuries. Bystanders said that the automobile, a Dodge, was carried a long distance by the train after the crash and was destroyed. The train was traveling at high speed when the wreck occurred. James Richards said that his brother, who was employed at the Schuessler Foundry, had been called back to the foundry, had been called back tonight to get a key that he should have had with him. He took his brother James and the two little boys with him. They were on their way back home and were nearing the C. & A. track on the lane leading out from the foundry to the state road. Traveling ahead of them was a Ford car which had slackened its speed to make the ascent of the grade at the crossing and this forced the car carrying the Richards party to slow down also. This fact undoubtedly cost the life of Richards as, had he been going normal speed, he would have gone over in safety. The Ford car got over the track all right, and Richards drove up on the track, noticing the close approach of the train when it was too late. Then followed the tragic sacrifice of the life of the father to save the lives of the two babies. He was careless of his own safety in his desperate efforts to put his little ones out of harm's way, according to the brother, who was riding in the seat behind. The brother is under the impression that Thomas, after throwing out the first child, must have leaped with the second squarely onto the pilot of the fast approaching train. The victim of the tragedy was 28 years of age and had been married eight years. Beside his wife, he leaves four children, the eldest 7 years old, Francis; and the youngest six months old. Mr. Richards had been living with his parents of late, and his wife had been living in their own home. Members of the family are recalling that a year ago the two brothers in the accident last night were in a dangerous experience. They had been canoeing and the canoe overturned. James Richards, the survivor of the tragedy last night, was drowning, and his brother, Thomas, went to his rescue and saved his life.

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RICHARDSON, DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1914

David Richardson, the blacksmith, died Monday night after a long illness with erysipelas. For several days Richardson has been confined in his room on Ninth street near Henry, since his rejection at St. Joseph's hospital on account of the nature of the disease. Richardson is possessed of some means, and while being alone in the world could not be regarded as a dependent, and a private nurse was selected to take care of him in his room. Mr. Richardson is single, but has a brother, William Richardson, and a sister of McAlester, Ok., who came to Alton on receipt of word of his serious illness, and were with him at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chappee, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Mann, and William Richardson are here on account of Mr. Richardson's death, two being sisters and one a brother. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Bauer undertaking establishment, and burial will be in City Cemetery.

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RICHARDSON, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 15, 1903

Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson, widow of Thomas Richardson, died Saturday night at her home on Seventh street after a long illness brought on by old age. She was a resident of Alton fifty years, and was well known. All her children, William R.; Mrs. J. B. Mann of McAlester; L. T.; and Mrs. Joseph B. Chappee of Roodhouse; and DAvid Richardson of Alton; were at her bedside when the end came. Mrs. Richardson was born in St. Monia's, Fifeshire, Scotland, and was 81 years of age. She died Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and services were conducted at the family home by Rev. J. H. J. Rice. Burial was in City Cemetery. The pallbearers were Nik Seibold, J. W. Beall, William Flynn, H. O. Tonsor, Henry Meyer and H. William Baner.

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RICHARDSON, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1902

Frank Richardson, aged 61, died this morning at 10 o'clock at his home, 536 East Seventh street, after a short illness. Mr. Richardson was the well known piano tuner and music teacher, and was the father of Mr. B. C. Richardson, assistant principal of the Alton High school. Two weeks ago he was taken ill with a severe cold that resembled the grip, and last week the malady settled in his ear. He suffered great pain from the trouble in his ear, and two days ago congestion of the brain set in. His condition was pronounced hopeless yesterday, and this morning he passed away. He leaves his widow and one son, Mr. B. C. Richardson. He was well known in Alton and during the time he has lived in this city he made many friends. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock from the family home.

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RICHARDSON, JOHN R./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 25, 1917

John R. Richardson, aged 46, died at his home on McClure avenue this morning at 8 o'clock after an illness with pneumonia. He was a long time resident of Alton. Mr. Richardson was born near Moro, but when a young man came to Alton and worked for the Illinois Glass Co. for years. He leaves his wife and four children. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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RICHARDSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 26, 1918

Samuel Richardson, aged 32, died this morning at his home, 1816 Market street, after a long illness. Previous to his illness Richardson was employed at the Bauer Barber shop. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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RICHARDSON, SUSAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 30, 1846

Died on Thursday morning last, of a pulmonary complaint of long standing, Miss Susan Richardson, late of Londonderry, Vermont; aged about 28.

 

Source: Alton Telegraph, June 13, 1846

Died in Alton on the 28th May, Miss Susan Richardson, aged 29 years. "And I heard a voice in Heaven saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."  The deceased was early the subject of serious impressions, and at the age of 18 became a member of the Baptist Church at Londonderry, Vermont, her native place. In the spring of 1834, she came to reside at Alton with the hope that a change of climate might alleviate a severe asthmatic affection, from which she had suffered from a child. This hope was in a good degree realized, but in February last her health was again prostrated by a severe attack of pleurisy, from the effects of which she never recovered. The disease changed its form, and she became the victim of a lingering and painful decline, which terminated to her death. During the earlier part of her sickness, she manifested much anxiety to recover, or to regain at least sufficient strength to return to the East. There was her home - her parents and the companions of her youth, and it was hard for her to think of dying before she had looked once more upon the faces of those she most loved. She did not, however, tho' far away from home and kindred, lack the sympathy and kindest services of friends. No attention or care was wanting that could tend to alleviate her sufferings, or minister to her comfort. But her chief source of comfort was in the Christian's hope. This grew stronger and stronger, and more and more precious, the nearer she approached toward the grave. The anxiety and occasional doubts and fears that had harassed her during the former part of her sickness gradually left her, and she emerged, before her departure, into the sunlight of perfect peace. Death lost its sting, and the grave its victory. Her end was emphatically peace. She suffered in yielding up her spirit, no agonizing struggle, and apparently no pain, but calmly and a sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.

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RICHARDSON, UNKNOWN "GRANDMA"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1916         

The death of "Grandma" Richardson, which occurred Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Monaghan of 411 Market street, disclosed the fact of her being a member of a family remarkable for longevity. At the time of her death, Mrs. Richardson was 86 years of age and she is survived by six brothers, all residents of Taylorville. One of the surviving brothers is older than Mrs. Richardson, while the other five are younger. The brothers are Charles, Roni, Thoomas, John, William and Richard Oscland. Occasionally one hears of a family remarkable for having two or three members reaching an advanced age, but rarely has it ever been known when a family of seven reached such an advanced age as did the Oscland brothers and sister. The funeral of Mrs. Richardson will be held Friday morning from the Monaghan residence on Market street, Rev. M. W. Twing officiating. Burial will be in Short cemetery. Besides her two children, Mrs. Monaghan and John Richardson, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren are left to mourn her loss.

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RICHARDSON, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 26, 1904

William Richardson, who has lived in the vicinity of Moro since 1852, died at his home yesterday after an illness with pneumonia. He was well known throughout the county and generally respected. He was the father of the late James Richardson of Alton, and of Mrs. John Monaghan also of this city. Another son, John Richardson of Moro also survives. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon.  [Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery]

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RICHEY, FELIX/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 28, 1914

Felix Richey, aged 30 years, died this morning at 2 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank Dashley, 1025 Easton street, after a sickness caused by pneumonia. He was a native of Jersey County, and the family moved here about 16 years ago. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Matilda Richey of East Fourteenth street; three brothers, Albert, Ernest and Oscar; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Dashley and Mrs. George Delp. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning from the Cathedral and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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RICHEY, STEPHEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 9, 1909

Stephen Richey, in his sixtieth year, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at his home, 1287 Easton street, after a long illness from Brights disease. He was born May 21, 1849, near Fieldon, Jersey County, Illinois. Mr. Richey worked at the Illinois glass works the past few years and was well known and liked. He leaves his wife and six children, Felix, Albert, Ernst and Oscar, all living at the family home, Mrs. George Delp of Alton, and Mrs. Frank Dashley of South Dakota. Mrs. Dashley arrived several weeks ago to attend her father. He leaves also a brother, Jonathan Richey of Alton, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Smith of Hardin, Illinois. The funeral will be from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Thursday morning, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

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RICHIE, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 23, 1904

The funeral of Harry Richie took place Saturday morning from the Cathedral, where services were conducted by Rev. George Hensey. There was a very large attendance at the funeral, and many beautiful floral offerings. He leaves a wife - a bride of five months, and his parents and brothers and sisters.

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RICHMOND, EVA (nee WEISS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 7, 1920

Mrs. Eva Richmond died Friday night at 10 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lee Turner of 1642 Main street. Mrs. Richmond, who was the widow of William Richmond, who died in 1908, celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of her birthday on February 5, the day before her death. Mrs. Richmond has been a sufferer from rheumatism for many years but was able to be up and around. She was taken ill with an attack of heart trouble Friday night and death resulted twenty minutes later. She was born and raised in Brighton, coming to Alton as a bride in 1888 to reside. Since her marriage she has made her home in this city. Her maiden name was Eva Weiss. Mrs. Richmond is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lee Turner, and one grandchild. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Emma Kolk of Alton, and Mrs. Robert Paddock of Benld, and two brothers, John Weiss of Romona, Kansas, and William Weiss of Brighton. She was an active member of the Washington Avenue Methodist church and Rev. Frederick Sielzeriede of the church will have charge of the funeral services. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the family home. Interment will be in City cemetery.

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RICHMOND, VOLNEY P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 15, 1901         One of Madison County's Old Time Settlers Dies

Volney P. Richmond, one of Madison county's oldest residents, died at his home at Paddock's Grove on Monday, in his 82d year. Of all the old residents of the county, Mr. Richmond was probably the best known. Below is a short biography of Mr. Richmond, written for the Telegraph some two years ago by Mr. Richmond. The funeral will take place tomorrow at the Presbyterian church at Liberty Prairie.  [Note:  to read the incredible biography of Mr. Richmond, click here.]

[Volney was the son of Barney and Jane (Paddock) Richmond. His father died in Vermont.]

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RICHTER, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 5, 1916

Mrs. Annie Richter, wife of Henry Richter of 1227 east Fifth street, died Monday afternoon at the family home after an illness of many months with cancer. Mrs. Richter was a well known resident of the part of the city where she died. She was 65 years of age and a resident of Alton for many years. Beside her husband, she leaves two sons, Henry and William; one daughter, Mrs. William Buesher; and two brothers, Henry and William Vahle. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the home, and services will be conducted by the German Evangelical pastor, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier.

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RICKEY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 17, 1902

Mary Rickey, aged 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rickey, died yesterday at the family home on Alby street after an illness with whooping cough. A child in this family died the preceding Sunday from the same disease. The funeral was held today, and the body was sent to Plainview for interment.

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RIDDER, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 14, 1909

The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Ridder, who died Sunday, was held this morning from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Tarrant officiating. Mrs. Ridder was an old resident of Alton and had lived here since she was a young woman. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery.

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RIEFFER, JENNIE (nee CAMPBELL)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 5, 1903

Mrs. Adam Rieffer died at her home in East Alton Sunday afternoon.  Jennie McDowell Campbell, daughter of John A. and Mary A. Campbell, was born November 1869 at St. Charles, Mo., married to Adam Rieffer, July 28, 1889. Five children were born to them:  Maggie A.; Eva May; Ray James; Verrion C.; Lloyd C.; two of whom are dead. Early in life she was converted and united with the First Baptist church in Alton. The funeral services will be held at the family home tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock.

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RIEFGRABER, MADELINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1918

The residents of East Alton were saddened this morning when they learned that Mrs. Madeline Riefgraber, wife of Hugo Riefgraber, had died after an illness of one week with the Spanish influenza. From the first her illness was known to be serious, but her death was a shock, nevertheless. Mrs. Riefgraber is the only daughter of William Irby of East Alton, and was married seven years ago to Riefgarber. The couple have no children. She is survived by her husband, father, and one brother, Harry. Her mother died in East Alton less than two years ago.

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RIEHL, MATHILDE H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1910                      Old Time Resident Dies

Mrs. Mathilde H. Riehl, wife of Emil A. Riehl, the well known horticulturist, died at the family home, Evergreen Heights, at 10 o'clock Friday evening. She was the mother of nine children, and her death is the first break in the family circle, the married life of the couple having been remarkably free from sorrow due to deaths. She was born in Germany, September 12, 1841. Mrs. Riehl came to America 56 years ago, and forty-five years ago she was married in St. Louis and went as a bride to her home, that is known as Evergreen Heights. She had much to do with the making of the place what it is, and was deeply interested in her home and her family. She never affiliated with any church, although she was a devoted Christian. Her home being distant from all churches it was difficult for her to attend services any place. Her health began to fail many years ago, and about six years ago she became unable to walk, from a slow paralysis. The last of ______  _______ sinking steadily and her death was expected by her family. She leaves three sons, F. C. Riehl of Tacoma, Wash., E. H. and Walter Riehl, and six daughters, Mrs. Helen M. Lennan of Covallis, Wash; Mrs. Alice Starr of Olympia, Oregon; Mrs. Annie Thompson, a missionary at Songdo, Korea; and Misses Julia, Emma and Amelia Riehl, who live at home. Mrs. Riehl's children who live at a distance will be unable to attend her funeral, which will be held Sunday morning from the home, Evergreen Heights.

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RIGGS, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1900

John Riggs of Godfrey died Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock after an illness of four weeks from la grippe and lung fever. Mr. Riggs was born in Putnam county, N. Y., June 25, 1820. He came to Godfrey in 1856, where he has since resided. He was one of the oldest residents of Godfrey, and was highly respected for his virtues and kindly disposition. During his entire residence in Godfrey he was a member of the Congregational church there, an earnest worker, and always present at the services when possible. He was a good man and full of faith, and proved by his work his profession. Up to the time of his death he was the oldest living member in the church. Nine children survive him, all of whom are alive. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Congregational church at Godfrey.

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RIGGS, RAYMOND/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 18, 1922           13 Year Old Boy Crushed to Death While in Chicago

Raymond Riggs, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Riggs of Wood River, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon in Chicago, where with his parents, he was enjoying a vacation. According to a brief message received at the Riggs' Drug Store in Wood River this morning, the boy was riding in a machine, seated on the lap of an uncle. As the machine was traveling along, it went over a bump and [the] jar knocked the child out and threw it in the path of a truck. The truck passed over the body, killing the boy. Mr. and Mrs. Riggs and Raymond, an only child, went to Chicago to visit a couple of weeks ago and planned to return home last Wednesday. However, at the pleading of the little boy to extend their vacation, Mr. and Mrs. Riggs decided to remain over until the last of the week. Little Raymond was a bright and studious lad, and was much beloved by friends of the family and of the patrons to the Ratz and Riggs Drug Store in Wood River. The news of the death of the child was the cause of much sadness in Wood River this morning. A message received later in the day stated that the body will not be brought to Wood River, but that the funeral would take place in Chicago Monday afternoon.

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RILEY, JOHANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 10, 1910

Mrs. Johanna Riley, aged 57, died this morning at her home, 916 Main street, after an illness with rheumatism. She was a native of county Kerry, Ireland. Mrs. Riley leaves three sons and three daughters, Theresa, Rose, Nellie, James, Thomas and Stephen. Her husband died seven years ago. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

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RILEY, KATE A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 23, 1906

Mrs. K. A. Riley died at noon Thursday at the home of her sister, Mrs. B. M. French, 205 Walnut street, her demise being caused by old age infirmaties. She was 82 years old and leaves no immediate family. The body will be taken to Kirkwood, Mo., Saturday morning for burial.

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RILEY, MATHILDA E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1921

Mrs. Mathilda E. Riley, wife of Dr. C. M. Riley of 2329 Central avenue, died Sunday afternoon at the family home. Mrs. Riley, who was about 73 years of age, has been ill for the past two years, and since last September her condition has been serious. Dr. and Mrs. Riley came to Alton 22 years ago and purchased a home on Central avenue. Dr. Riley was a former college professor but recently he retired. Besides her husband, Mrs. Riley leaves one sister, Mrs. L. E. Minton. The funeral will be held from the residence at 1 o'clock Tuesday.

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RINGERING, ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 19, 1904

Anton Ringering, aged 66, died very suddenly Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock in the jewelry store of Joseph Bauer on East Second street, from the effect of an injury he sustained last summer. An aneurism of the artery on the left side of the shoulder, one of the largest in the body, broke, and Mr. Ringering lived only a few minutes. Last summer he was standing on a ladder, and becoming overbalanced he started to fall but caught himself. The strain produced by his effort to save himself caused the weakening of the wall of the big artery, and Dr. L. M. Bowman, who was attending Mr. Ringering, warned him that death might result very suddenly at almost any time. Friday afternoon, with his wife, Mr. Ringering had been in Alton on business and had made a social call on Joseph Bauer, who is an intimate friend of the family. Later he returned to the store in company with Mrs. Ringering and told Mr. Bauer that he felt sick. While Mr. Bauer was starting to give him some attention, Mr. Ringering fell to the floor with a hemorrhage from the mouth and nose and was dead in a short time. Mr. Ringering was 66 years of age and had lived east of Alton near Wood river for forty years. He was the father of ten children, and besides his children and wife, leaves two brothers, Albert, whose place adjoined his, and Ernst, who lives at Poag. His home was one of the most hospitable in the American Bottoms, and the latch string always hung outside, with a place at the table and a bed for anyone who desired to accept of the hospitality. He accumulated considerable wealth and was financially one of the most substantial farmers living near Alton. The funeral will be held Monday from the family home, Rev. Theodore Oberhellman officiating, and burial will be in City Cemetery. Mr. Ringering made his will Thursday evening and expected to submit to a surgical operation Wednesday in a St. Louis hospital.

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RINGERING, LUCY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 24, 1920           Scarlet Fever Claims Second in Ringering Family

Lucy, the three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ringering, died at noon today from scarlet fever. This was the second death from the disease in the family, and there were five members, including the father, who were down with the disease. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, and will be private. Interment in City Cemetery.

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RINGERING, WILBUR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 11, 1920            Third Victim in One Family to Succumb to Fatal Complications Following Scarlet Fever

Wilbur Ringering, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ringering, residing near Wood River, died at 5 o'clock this morning from complications following an attack of scarlet fever. The child was thought to be recuperating from the disease, but after his attack it was feared he would lose his sight and hearing, however these fears were dispelled when his condition seemed better. Complications set in and a relapse followed resulting in his death today, which marks the demise of the third child in the Ringering family dying after an attack of scarlet fever. There are three other children in the family, however none have been affected with the disease, but at the present time the father, Albert Ringering, is in a serious condition from the same plague. The boy will be buried this afternoon, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier officiating at the funeral services, to be at 1 o'clock.

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RINKER, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1914           Well Known Fosterburg Woman Dies

Mrs. Catherine Rinker, 76, widow of Henry Rinker, died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of her son, John Rinker, in Bunker Hill. Her death came on the 9th day of illness from double pneumonia. She was the widow of Henry Rinker, who died in Foster township in 1883. Mrs. Rinker was born in Wittenberg, Germany on the 2nd day of October, 1837. She came to this country at the age of 7 years, and located in Foster township where she lived all her life up to 12 years ago, when she retired from work and went to Bunker Hill to make her home with her son. The family is an old time and well known one around Fosterburg. The deceased lady leaves six children as follows: Mrs. Jacob Hunt of East Alton; Mrs. C. E. Holyman, St. Louis; John Rinker, Bunker Hill; Miss Mollie Rinker, Bunker Hill; Edmund Rinker, Upper Alton; and Henry Rinker of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Saturday morning. A brief service will be held at the home after which the funeral party will leave over land for Fosterburg, where the funeral will be held at the Methodist Church, and the body will be buried there in the cemetery beside that of her husband, who preceded her to the grave thirty years.

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RITCHEY, MINERVA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 20, 1911

Mrs. Minerva Ritchey, aged thirty-two years, wife of Maude Ritchie, a smelter at the Federal Lead works, died at the home of her father, Simon Prough, at 100 east Second street, at three o'clock this morning after an illness of about a year's duration with tuberculosis. Mrs. Ritchie leaves besides her husband and father, a daughter, Miss Maggie Smith. The remains will be shipped to Kane, Ill., tomorrow morning, where internment will take place tomorrow afternoon from the Christian church. Mr. Prough with his daughter moved to Alton from Kane last February.

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RITTER, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1909               Commits Suicide by Drinking Carbolic Acid

Charles Ritter, aged 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ritter of 409 Ridge street, committed suicide this noon by drinking a half pint of carbolic acid. He sought the river end of the embankment at the Alton bridge approach. Sitting down underneath the railroad track leading on to the bridge, he swallowed the fiery drink and fell over dying. He made a very complete job, drinking all of the acid except a little he spilled on the ground, and a very small amount he left in the bottle. The cause of the suicide is not known. Men working in the glassworks with him said he had not been working steady, and that he frequently complained of being sick. They said he would lay off from his work frequently before the day was done, and that he did not have a steady job. This noon Harry Schreiber, who knew him, met him walking down Ridge street and spoke to him. Later, Ritter bought the bottle of carbolic acid at the Wyss drug store, and about 11:30 he was seen by Lein Boren, fireman on the bridge train, walking briskly along the bridge approach toward the bridge. That was the last seen of him alive. Shortly after one o'clock, some boys noticed the body lying stretched out under the track and reporting it to Len Whetzel, who investigated and found the man was dead. The fact was reported to relatives of Ritter, and they took charge of the body. Ritter belonged to a large family living on Ridge street, and he has brothers and sisters who are highly respected.

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RITTER, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 4, 1918

Charles Ritter of Wood River, aged 84 years, died yesterday and was buried this afternoon in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Ritter was a Hungarian.

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RITTER, HENRY/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 1, 1870/Submitted by Jane Denny

"Two Old Citizens Gone. - It is our painful duty to record the death of two of our oldest citizens - Henry Ritter and Louis Klingel. They are associated with our earliest recollections and were men of standing and influence before Edwardsville assumed to be a city. Mr. Klingel, for a number of years, has carried on the brewing business, but on account of so much competition, he did not meet with success more than enough to defray the expenses of carrying on the business. Mr. Ritter, at the time of his death, was making preparations for building seven or eight frame cottages on Hillsboro street, besides the three now nearly completed. Mr. Ritter was very eccentric in his habits ... in his business relations he was scrupulously exact and straightforward. He was always building in some shape or other, and has done more in that line for the advancement of the town of Edwardsville than any other living man. His death is to be much regretted on that account. His funeral took place on Tuesday. The Turners, of which order Mr. Ritter was a member, followed him to the grave in full regalia.  Mr. Klingel was a worthy member of Edwardsville Lodge No. 46, I.O.O.F., and at his request he was buried in accordance with the rites peculiar to that order. His funeral was one of the largest that has ever taken place in Edwardsville. He was a good citizen and was beloved and respected by all."
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RITTER, HENRY JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 8, 1921           Wealthy Land Owner Dies at Age of 77 Years

Henry Ritter, well known in Alton, and making his home at Liberty Prairie, died at midnight Thursday, after an illness extending over a period of about three years, with gangrene responsible in part for his death. The deceased was 77 years of age, and resided in or near Edwardsville for some 70 years. He was the son of Henry Ritter, who was the discoverer of coal near Edwardsville over a half century ago, and later became a coal operator accumulating considerable wealth, and who died a number of years ago. The late Mr. Ritter had retired from active life some time ago and spent the greater part of his time looking after his extensive holdings. Henry Ritter is survived by his wife and one daughter. The funeral will be held at Edwardsville on Monday.

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RITTER, NELLIE/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, June 13, 1884              Accidently Shot by Husband

Edwardsville, Ill., June 12 - A terrible accident happened here this morning at about 11 o'clock, resulting in the death of Mrs. Nellie Ritter, wife of ex-City Attorney Herman Ritter. It seems that Mr. Ritter was cleaning a breech loading gun under the impression that it was not loaded. Suddenly the piece was accidentally discharged, the entire contents of the shell entering his wife's left breast, killing her instantly.  The frantic screams of the husband attracted the neighbors, and though medical aid was on hand promptly, it was not needed, as the poor woman died almost instantly, the heart and vitals being riddled with the shot. Mrs. Ritter was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Friday, old residents of this city, and they, together with the husband and other relatives, are almost distracted over her tragic and untimely death. The accident has sorrowed the hearts of our whole community, as Mrs. Ritter was known and loved by all.

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RITTER, WILLIAM J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 26, 1922

William J. Ritter, aged 80, died last night at 7 o'clock at his home, 614 East Third street. Ritter has been in poor health for a number of years and for five years was blind and bedfast. His fatal illness began one week ago. Ritter was born in St. Louis on November 7, 1841. After residing in St. Louis for some time, he came to Illinois, and 20 years ago moved to Alton from Bunker Hill. He was well known throughout the city. He has been a very patient sufferer, bearing his blindness and ill health with much fortitude. He was an excellent husband and father, a kind neighbor and friend. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five daughters. The sons are William and Leonard Ritter of Alton, and the daughters, Mrs. Oscar Kellar, Mrs. William Meyer and Mrs. John Berner Jr., of Alton; Mrs. William Lewis of Belleville and Mrs. James McKelvey of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from St. Mary's church, Requiem Mass to be sung by Rev. J. J. Meckel. Interment in the City cemetery.

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RIXON, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 3, 1900

Mrs. Jane Rixon, widow of the late James Rixon, died this afternoon at the family home in Upper Alton after a short illness. She was stricken with paralysis a few days ago, and since then her condition had been precarious. She passed away without regaining consciousness. Mrs. Rixon would have been 66 years of age November 24, and was a resident of Madison county, in the vicinity of Upper Alton, since 1855. She was married in England in 1855, and then came to America. After living a short time in Macoupin county, Mrs. Rixon and her husband came to Upper Alton. Mrs. Rixon was a devout member of the Upper Alton Presbyterian church thirty years. She was well known in Alton, having conducted a vegetable stand here many years. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be held at the Upper Alton Presbyterian church.

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ROACH, DAVID/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 24, 1848

Died on the 10th ult., at Lamb's Point in this county, after a short illness of only 35 hours, Mr. David Roach, in the 63rd year of his age.

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ROACH, FRANCIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 2, 1845

Died on the 9th ult., at the residence of his son, at Lamb's Point, ten miles northeast of Edwardsville, Mr. Francis Roach, aged 106 years. Mr. Roach was a native of Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was born in the month of April, 1739. Being an orphan boy, he was bound to a master who removed with him to the state of North Carolina in early life, where he married. In the year 1770, he emigrated to the state of Kentucky, where he spent the first six years in a fort at Dougherty's Station near Danville, Mercer County, and after residing at several other parts of that state, moved in 1806 to Illinois and settled in this county, where he resided till his death. Mr. Roach was a man below the middling stature, of a swarthy complexion, gray eyes, and of active bodily faculties, which he retained to a remarkable degree till the time of his last illness - was naturally of a cheerful disposition - rather weakly the first thirty-one years, which probably taught him how to be prudent in the managing of his health, having enjoyed, uniformly, with the exception of two or three attacks of the fever and ague, good health during that period. He was always an "early riser," day rarely dawned before he was out of bed, "winter or summer."  Mr. Roach was always a temperate man, using enlent spirits only in the shape of "morning bitters," as was the custom in his day, ate meat generally at every meal, never liked nor drank coffee, but tea occasionally for the last ten years, and totally disused ardent spirits for the same period. He became a professor of religion and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 1787, in which he remained a devout member the balance of his life. Mr. Roach had drawn a pension since 1832, having served one campaign in NOrth Carolina, between the years 1778 and 1779, and two other campaigns into the Indian country in the present state of Ohio, in one of which he helped to cut up and destroy their corn at "Old Chillicothe of the Little Miami," now known by the name of Old Town, three miles from Xenia, and at Piqua on the Big Miami. After he was one hundred years old, his eyesight became so dim that he could with difficulty discern one person from another, being guided more by their voice then otherwise. He never had the benefit of an education, and consequently had not as much need for spectacles as the peruser of books. Mr. Roach was a hatter by trade, but most of his labor was spent on the farm, which never ceased as long as his eyesight served him. The writer of this has seen him cutting cornstalks in the field with a hoe after he became a centenarian.

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ROACH, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 15, 1844              Penitentiary Guard Dies

On Thursday morning last, an inquest was held by H. S. Summers, Esq., coroner of this county, over the body of a man discovered floating down the river, close to the wharf. It appeared in evidence that the name of the deceased was John Roach, that he had been for some time past employed as a guard at the Penitentiary, and that he was last seen alive about daylight on Monday morning, walking outside of the prison wall, and seemingly somewhat indisposed. As his head was very much cut and his neck dislocated, the jury arrived at the conclusion that he had come to his death either by falling or jumping off the high bluff just above the Penitentiary, upon the rocks on the river bank, and rendered a verdict accordingly, after which his remains were decently interred. The deceased was an Englishman, and about 24 years of age.

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ROBBINS, RUFUS PUTNAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 4, 1911                 Bandmaster Dies in Cairo, Illinois

R. P. Robbins, who many years ago was a director in an Alton band, and who often visited Alton in later years, died Sunday night at his home in Cairo. He was 88 years old, and was a grandson of General Rufus Putnam. He has lived in Cairo since 1862. One son and three daughters survive him, one of the latter being Mrs. Russell, wife of State Treasurer Andrew Russell of Jacksonville. Between sixty and seventy years ago, Mr. Robbins resided in Edwardsville and was the organizer and leader of a famous band of those days. He also directed the musicians in the Alton and Bunker Hill bands.

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ROBERTS, EDWARD F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 28, 1914

Edward F. Roberts, aged 35 years, son of John Roberts, died at 4 o'clock this morning at his home on West Ninth street. The funeral will be held from Lock's tomorrow, thence to the Cathedral where Father Tarrent will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Funeral at 9 o'clock.

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ROBERTS, I. F. (D.D. AND M.D.)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 29, 1901

Dr. I. F. Roberts died at East Alton Saturday afternoon at the home of his niece, Mrs. S. G. Cooper. He was 84 years of age and was one of the most remarkable men ever known in this section of the country. Notwithstanding his great age, he pursued the life of a nomad and seemed unable to content himself unless he was traveling. Roberts had been making visits at East Alton occasionally the last three years. He seldom rode on trains, as his means would not permit it. When he received his quarterly pension allowance from the government, he would set out on a journey and traveled in the most economical mode. It is said that he had made the trip overland to California at least a dozen times, walking all the way. He had crossed the Atlantic ocean at least fifteen times. One week ago Sunday he arrived at East Alton after a journey on foot from California, and he was on the way to Indianapolis. He was taken ill and suffered a physical collapse.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1901

The body of Dr. I. C. Roberts, the old nomad who died at East Alton at the home of S. G. Cooper Saturday, was buried this morning at 10 o'clock at Milton cemetery. The old man was a Seventh Day Adventist Preacher. Services were conducted at the Cooper home by Rev. Josiah Abel of the Granite City Methodist church. Roberts is said to have had relatives in the east who are well off, but they decline to assume the responsibility of burying the old man.

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ROBERTS, LEROY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 18, 1922           Fell 60 Feet to Ground, Flaming on Fire as He Fell

Tragedy shifted yesterday from one home to another, one home first being prostrated with grief, then lifted to heights of ??. In the other home, where compassion was being felt for the folks in the first one, the tragic pall suddenly dropped as if lifted from the other. Little LeRoy Roberts, 13 year old son of Richard Roberts of 626 East Fifth street, was instantly killed by connecting up with a high tension wire on the steel tower of the power transmission line, at the foot of Central avenue. He fell about 60 feet to the ground, flaming as he fell, and parts of his body were burned to a crisp. At first it was thought the boy was Evanal Collins of 448 East Broadway, son of Mrs. Georgia Collins. When the lad fell, someone thought he was the Collins boy, and sent word to the mother. The Collins boy was not at home, but had been a short time before the accident, and the mother hurried to the scene of the tragedy. There, she was not permitted to look at the body, owing to its condition, and she, accepting the story as correct, believed it was her son. She went back home, weeping and mourning her boy. Fifteen minutes later, into the house walked the son, alive and well. He had heard on the street he was dead, and he hastened home to cheer his mourning parent. His sister, Mary, fainted when she saw her brother walk in alive. Then Deputy Coroner Streeper told that the identification was false, got busy on the telephone. He spread the tidings all over the city that the boy had not been identified and sought information as to any boy who had failed to return home to supper. The Roberts family had such a boy and investigation revealed he was the victim of the tragedy. According to men who saw the boy fall from a distance, there were two of them who had climbed to the first deck wires, about 60 feet from the ground. One of the boys must have touched one of the wires carrying about 16,000 volts. There was a sudden flash of fire, and the boy was seen to plunge to the ground. The other lad did not fall. He climbed down the tower, and reaching the ground he fled as fast as he could go. Efforts were made last night and this morning to ascertain who he was. When the flash came which killed the boy, set fire to his clothing and hurled him to the ground, the short circuiting of the high tension current caused trouble at the power house, so workmen there reported. Mrs. F. A. Voorhees was sitting in the office at the H. Winters planing mill, and she saw the boy fall from the tower in flames. She it was who reported another boy being there with him. It was learned today that the boy who was with the Roberts boy at the time of the accident was Evanal Collins, the boy who was reported killed. He did not make this known until today. The funeral of the Roberts boy will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.

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ROBERTS, MARY E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 26, 1914

Mrs. Mary E. Roberts, wife of John F. Roberts, died at 3:35 o'clock Monday morning after a two weeks illness with pneumonia at the family home, 100 west Ninth street. Mrs. Roberts death followed a very painful illness. She was the last of her family, and hers was the third in a series of deaths within her family circle within the last three months. Her daughter died last October, and her only sister died in December. She leaves her husband, who is crossing watchman for the C. & A. at Third street, and one son, Edward Roberts. She leaves also one grandchild. Mrs. Roberts was born at Warsaw, Ill., March 2, 1857. She came to Alton when a young girl, was married here thirty-eight years ago next May, and had spent most of her life in Alton. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral and burial will be in City Cemetery, where he daughter was buried.

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ROBERTSON, PETER B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 8, 1910                 Well Known Paving Contractor Dies - Paved Roads in Rock Springs Park

Peter Robertson, the well known paving contractor, is dead. The end came very unexpectedly after a brief illness, Friday evening about 9:45 o'clock. Mr. Robertson went to the state fair Thursday and returned that evening. He rose Friday morning, apparently in his usual robust health, and after milking his cow he ate breakfast. Soon thereafter he complained of feeling ill, and a doctor was summoned. During the afternoon he took a sudden turn for the worse, and the doctors told him when he inquired that he had slight chance for recovery. Mr. Robertson then arranged all his business affairs and prepared for death. The attending surgeons say that Mr. Robertson must have been suffering for a long time with an intestinal ulcer in the appendix. It was supposed the ulcer broke and the resultant perforation of the bowel caused his death. Two years ago he had an attack of typhoid fever, which may have left him in bad condition. Mr. Robertson was born in the vicinity of Pittsburg, Pa., September 7, 1865, and was just past 45 years of age. He came to Alton when a child with his parents. His aged mother, Mrs. Isabelle McPhillips of the North Side, is living, and beside her he leaves two half sisters, Mrs. George Rain and Mrs. Henry Stuart, and one half-brother, E. J. McPhillips. He leaves in his immediate family, his wife, two daughters, and a son, Pearl, Frances and Alex Robertson. Mr. Robertson laid more street paving than any other man in the vicinity of Alton. It was estimated today by David Ryan, his partner, that he had done $150,000 worth of street work in the Altons since their partnership was formed. All the contracts were taken in Mr. Robertson's name. He was a very successful contractor, and during his career as such in Alton he did good work. He had the reputation for being a rapid workman, and executed his contracts in the shortest possible time. In this way he crowded much work into the four years he was in partnership with David Ryan. At the time of his death he was engaged on the contract of building the roads system in Rock Spring park, and was nearing completion. He was known as a hard working man, strictly honest, and in every way reliable. He was quiet, but had many good friends, and every one respected him. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, 1002 Stanton street, Rev. W. H. Bradley officiating.

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ROBERTSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1908                  

Samuel Robertson, aged 19, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson, in Upper Alton, of typhoid pneumonia, with which he has been ill eighteen days. Mr. Robertson showed a remarkable tenacity in clinging to life as he had been dying for the last seven days,  but his strong constitution kept him alive and it even appeared to give him a chance for recovery. Mr. Robertson has a host of friends and was well liked by everyone who knew him. He leaves his father and mother, two brothers, James and Harry, and four sisters, Mrs. Beneke, Mrs. Joseph ]Kohler, Mrs. William Everts and Mrs. James McManus, all of Upper Alton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. [see Samuel Robertson, December 21, 1908)

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ROBERTSON, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 21, 1908               

In connection with the funeral of Samuel Robertson (see December 17, 1908), it is recalled that on June 14, 1889, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson, Samuel Robertson [yes, same name] was killed by a train while on his way between the glassworks and his home. S. H. Cossaboon at that time was working with the boy and he was invited to conduct the funeral services. On the following November 17th, another son was born in the family, and he was named Samuel for the boy who was killed. This was the son whose funeral was held Sunday, and Rev. Cossaboon was asked to conduct the funeral services over the second Samuel Robertson.

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ROBIDOU, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 23, 1906              Civil War Veteran Dies

Charles Robidou, a member of one of Alton's old families, died at midnight Wednesday at his home on west Seventh street after a long illness from Bright's disease. He was about 73 years of age and spent most of his life in Alton and immediate vicinity. He was a lieutenant in the federal army during the war and saw considerable service on the battlefields of the South. He is survived by four brothers, Mark, David and John Robidou of St. Louis; Joseph of Whitehall; and one sister, Mrs. Julia Wood of Milwaukee, Wis.  Alfred DeGRand of the firm of Luft & DeGrand is a nephew. His wife died several months ago, and there were no children. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.

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ROBIDOU, EMILY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 4, 1909

Mrs. Emily Robidou, widow of Paul Robidou, died Saturday morning at 7 o'clock at the home of her nephew, Alfred DeGrand, 516 Summit street, after an illness of nine weeks from the effects of injuries she sustained by falling. Her hip was fractured and she failed to rally from the effects of the hurt. Mrs. Robidou was 77 years of age and had lived in Alton over fifty years. Her husband, Paul Robidou, who conducted a blacksmith shop in Alton for many years, died five years ago. She had been living with her nephew as she left no children. She is survived by a brother, John D. Mayville, of Windsor, Canada, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Morse of Bay City, Michigan. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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ROBIDOU, EMMA STARR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 5, 1901

A telegram from Anna, Ill., to Mr. Charles Robidou announced that his wife, Mrs. Emma Starr Robidou, died in the asylum at that place this morning. Mrs. Robidou was taken to the asylum three months ago. Her husband was not aware of her severe illness and was much surprised when he learned of her death. Mrs. Robidou was born in Alton about sixty-two years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist church here, and as long as her condition permitted, was a regular attendant of the church. She is survived by her husband only, leaving no children. Mrs. Robidou was a daughter of the late Thomas Starr, formerly a prominent business man here. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral, as Mr. Robidou does not know when the body will be shipped to this city.

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ROBIDOU, PAUL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1905

Tuesday evening at his home, 618 west Seventh street, Mr. Paul Robidou, a well known and generally respected citizen of Alton, died after an illness of several weeks duration, the start of which was an attack of grip. He was born in St. Louis in 1828, but moved to Alton in 1861, and since that time has resided in this city. Nearly all of the time he conducted a blacksmith and horse-shoeing shop on west Fourth street, retiring only a few years ago. His widow survives him, as does also a brother, Charles, of this city, and Mark of St. Louis, both of whom were with him when the end came. Mr. Robidou was a most genial man and was never at a loss to say some happy thing or utter a good word for any person under discussion. He was charitable, honest and industrious - a good man in all respects. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 from the Cathedral.

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ROBINSON, ANNE E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1917

Mrs. Anne E. Robinson, wife of A. R. Robinson, died at 7:20 o'clock Friday evening at her home, 716 Euclid place, after a long illness with heart trouble. Mrs. Robinson had been improving, but on Thursday she took another backset and hope of her recovery was very slight during the day. Mrs. Robinson was taken ill before Christmas and had been bedfast ever since. During part of the time of her illness her husband was very sick also, and there was a time when his recovery was a matter of grave doubt and there was much anxiety over this condition. He regained his strength, however, and has been able to be downtown again. Mrs. Robinson was a daughter of Dr. E. C. Eliet, of Bunker Hill, coming of a family that was famous in the state of Illinois. She was a close relative of Charles R. Eliet, who made fame for himself during the Civil War by her services to the government. She was born in Bunker Hill and lived there a number of years. Her only sister, Mrs. E. M. Dorsey, is a resident of Alton and it was because of her sister being here that Mr. and Mrs. Robinson came to Alton to make their home. The couple have a very large number of friends, and there are many who regret exceedingly the passing of Mrs. Robinson and sympathize deeply with her husband in his affliction. Mrs. Robinson was 64 years of age. Mrs. Robinson, after her marriage to Mr. Robinson, moved to Kansas City where the couple lived many years, then moved to St. Louis and ten years ago they came to Alton to make their home in this city. Friends are requested to omit flowers. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home. Rev. E. L. Gibson officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery at Bunker Hill, Monday.

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ROBINSON, AMASA REED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1918               Retired Traveling Man Dies 20 Minutes After Being Paralyzed

Amasa Reed Robinson, aged 68, died Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock at his home, 716 Euclid Place, from paralysis, following a brief illness with the grippe. It was not generally known that Mr. Robinson was in a serious condition. He had been stricken with the grippe on Thursday and on Saturday he found it necessary to take to his bed. He seemed no worse than he had been Tuesday, but about 20 minutes before the end came he was stricken with paralysis and he passed away quickly. While grippe may be the reason that medical men assign for the death of Mr. Robinson, his friends, and they are counted by the hundreds, know that there was quite another. He had mourned for his wife, who died a year ago last March, and though his outward appearance did not indicate the burden he was carrying on his heart, those who knew him closely knew that he could not refrain from talking of the loss he had suffered in the passing of his wife. At the time she died he had been very ill too, and it was uncertain which of the devoted couple would die first. Many of their friends had hoped that there would be no parting and that they would pass away together. Mr. Robinson, however, rallied, and his partner in life passed away. He had not been in robust health for years, and since Mrs. Robinson died he had been declining appreciably. Relatives were summoned to attend Mr. Robinson Tuesday evening by word that he had been taken much worse, and he died a few minutes later. Mr. Robinson was a widely known traveling salesman. For years he lived in St. Louis, and about a dozen years ago came to Alton to make his home. He was one of the very best known men in Alton. When home, he was almost constantly in the company of Mrs. Robinson. There was no man in Alton of his years who had any more friends among the younger set of men, his cheerful, happy disposition making his society much in demand. To those who were sick Mr. Robinson was ever kind. It was his practice to seek out his sick friends and take them out for drives in pretty weather. It was his wish that his body be cremated, and it was also his wish that there be no flowers at his funeral. The services will be held Thursday morning at 10:15 o'clock at his home, and in the afternoon the body will be cremated in St. Louis. Mr. Robinson was born in Ohio. He was married in 1880. He leaves two ______ers, George and William Robinson. When it became generally known in Alton that Mr. Robinson was dead, there were general expressions of regret. He was known as a man of sunny disposition, and a persistent maker of friends. When he made a friend he kept that friend and there will be hundreds in Alton who will miss his cheery smile and his pleasant greetings. The opinion was general that life held no more charms for Mr. Robinson after the death of his wife, and that he was glad to go.

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ROBINSON, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 21, 1841

Died, at Silver Creek in Madison County, on the 31st July, Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, widow of the late William Robinson, deceased.

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ROBINSON, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1901

Henry Robinson, one of the best known of the oldest residents of Alton, died this morning at his home, 438 East Fourteenth street, after a painful illness with erysipelas. He was 83 years of age and was one of the oldest residents of Alton. He was a voter in 1840, and when the Tippecanoe clubs were organized in Alton in 1888, Mr. Robinson was one of the members, having voted for William Henry Harrison in 1840, and he voted for his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, in 1888 and 1892. He was a devout member of the First Baptist church and was janitor there many years, where his services were most faithfully given. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his death will cause regret in the heart of many friends who had learned to admire the true worth in him. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be held at the late home of Mr. Robinson on Fourteenth street.

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ROBINSON, ISABEL J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 6, 1904

Mrs. Isabel J. Robinson, widow of S. B. Robinson, aged 60, died Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock at her home after a long illness. She had been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Robinson leaves two daughters, Mrs. H. A. Bryan and Miss Margaret Robinson, and one sister, Mrs. Quick of Bunker Hill. She was a member of a well known family of Liberty Prairie.

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ROBINSON, ISABELLE H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 10, 1904

Moro News - Mrs. Isabelle H. Robinson, widow of the late Sidney Robinson, died at her home, Liberty Prairie, Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. after a long illness. The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the residence at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Safford officiating.

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ROBINSON, SIDNEY Z./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 15, 1893

Sidney Z. Robinson died at his home in Liberty Prairie, at 4:15 o'clock p.m. Sunday [Feb. 12], after a lingering illness. The funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon by Rev. James Lafferty, of this city, assisted by Rev. Allison Hunter of Liberty Prairie. The pallbearers were: John Hays, C. E. Arbuthnot, C. M. Belk, W. W. Head, Andrew Patterson and D. C. Scheer. Among relatives who attended the funeral were: B. W. Trabue and C. E. Edwards of Dorchester; O. C. Denny and wife of Sorento; C. A. Quick and wife of Bunker Hill; and Thomas W. Springer of Edwardsville. Deceased was born May 19, 1834, at the home in which he died. He was 58 years, 8 months and 23 days old. In early manhood he entered Shurtleff College, Upper Alton. He afterwards went to Plattville, Wis., and engaged in business. In August 1862, he enlisted in the service of his country, being mustered in as orderly sergeant of Company D., 117 Ill. Vol.  He served three years, and was mustered out August 9, 1865. He returned home, and on December 12th, 1866 was married to Miss Isabel Harlan of Bunker Hill. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Anna and Margaret, to mourn the loss of a kind father and loving husband. He was one of five sons of the late W. S. B. Robinson, only two of whom survive, W. J., a twin brother to the deceased, who resides in Kansas City, Mo., and Joseph A., who lives at Baldwin, Kansas. For a number of years he has been ruling elder in the Presbyterian church of this city. He was a member of Edwardsville Post No. 461, G.A.R.

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ROBINSON, WILLIAM C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 23, 1911            Fatally Injured by Train

William C. Robinson, aged 55, was fatally injured Friday evening by being hit by a train on the Chicago & Alton track at Canal Station. His home was at Federal, where he and his wife conducted a boarding house. Robinson was able to speak but a few words after being picked up. He said he was dying, and asked for his wife, and afterward spoke her name, "Emily," several times, but was unable to tell where to find her or where he lived. Robinson fell into the hands of two good Samaritans by the name of A. O. DeMoulin and J. W. Derrington, who did not know him, but nevertheless beneath their mud bespattered clothes there beat hearts that were in sympathetic tune with the unfortunate. They said that they are employed on the Cahokia diversion canal, working for Robinson & Co., the contractors. Someone reported to them that a man's screams of pain had been heard at the railroad, and they went over at once and found the man mangled and bleeding to death. They did what they could for him, had him moved to East Alton, and then brought him to Alton on the Big Four [railroad]. They took charge of what money the man had, $4.60, also an insurance policy and a bank book, and aided in locating the man's wife. Mrs. Robinson could not be found until her husband had died. It is said that Robinson was of a nervous disposition. During the afternoon he bought some medicine at Paul Bros. drug store, and it was through this that the man's wife was found. Robinson's left leg was cut off and he was otherwise badly broken and bruised. Robinson's wife says that her husband is 43 years of age and that he leaves his wife and three children. She says she could not understand why he went to the place where he was killed. Robbery was suspected at first, but as Robinson had almost all the money he had drawn for wages, this theory was not accepted.

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ROCHESTER, WALTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1918                     Dies in Battle in France

Mrs. Mary Rochester of 1319 East Fourth street received a telegram telling her that her husband, Walter Rochester, aged 23, had been killed in France August 12. The young man went from Staunton, Ill., October 3, 1917. He left his wife, who has a child five years old. Mrs. Rochester came to Alton after her husband went away and she procured work here, trying to do her part while her husband was fighting in the army. He leaves his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

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ROCKWOOD, G. B./Source: Alton Telegraph, May 9, 1846

Died in Alton on the 3d instant, Mr. G. B. Rockwood, formerly of New York, about 30 years of age.

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RODEMEYER, CHARLES JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 24, 1914                  Former Manufacturer In Alton Passes Away At His Home

Charles Rodemeyer, aged 69, died at 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening at his home, 431 Alby street, after an illness of two years. He had been bedfast since the first of this year, and his end was expected several times during the period that he was unable to be out of bed. Mr. Rodemeyer is survived by his wife and two children, Miss Arnot Rodemeyer and Charles Rodemeyer. He was for many years engaged in manufacturing enterprises in Alton. He conducted a wagon and buggy shop on Third street between Market and Piasa streets. The funeral will be strictly private Saturday noon, it was said today by Mrs. Rodemeyer, and the service in the family home will be conducted by Rev. J. A. Scarritt, an old time friend of Mr. Rodemeyer. The body will be taken to St. Louis to be cremated at 12:50 noon.

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RODEMEYER, CHARLES SR./Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, July 11, 1878             Owner of Rodemeyer Wagon and Buggy Factory Dies

Mr. Charles Rodemeyer, one of our oldest and most esteemed manufacturers, died at his residence in this city, Thursday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, after a painful illness of seventeen weeks. He was born in the province of Pfaltz on the Rhine, in Bavaria, in 1812, came to this country while young, and first settled in Pennsylvania and engaged in coal mining. He married Miss Miller in St. Louis in 1838, and came immediately to this city [Alton] and took charge of the mechanical department of the Penitentiary, which position he held for twenty-two years. He then embarked in the carriage and wagon manufacturing business, which industry he conducted on a large scale until his last sickness. Deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church, and had established an enviable reputation in this community as an honest, upright, straight-forward business man, one whose word was good as his bond. His manufacturing enterprise, for many years, was of great advantage to the prosperity of the city, and his death is a public loss and will be much deplored not only by his business associates, but by the community at large. He leaves a widow and six children, four daughters and two sons, all adults, and all married except two, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn the loss sustained in his death.

 

Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 8, 1878

A vast concourse turned out yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mr. Charles Rodemeyer, one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens. The funeral took place at the family residence, west of State Street in Sempletown, concluding at the cemetery, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Wilken of the Lutheran Church, of which denomination deceased was a member. He also belonged to the Odd Fellows, and the Order turned out in force in regalia, making an imposing part of the very large procession. Gossrau's band in full uniform led the procession and performed slow music at intervals during the march and after arriving at the cemetery. The pallbearers, members of the Odd Fellows' Lodge, were Messrs. George Formhals, J. H. Raible, George Meissel, John M. Tonsor, John Roe, and F. H. Ullrich.

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RODGER, JANE G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 13, 1908

The funeral of Mrs. Jane G. Rodger was held from her late home in the Northside Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. A large number of old time friends attended. Services were conducted by REv. W. H. Bradley. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery, Upper Alton. The pallbearers were Alex Rodger, James Rodger, John Rodger, J. H. Baumann, Frank Stalder and Elmer Rodger, sons, son-in-law and the last a grandson of the deceased.

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RODGERS, ANDREW FULLER (COLONEL)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1922       Hero of Two Wars Dies at Home Here ... Son of Rev. Ebenezer & Permelia Rodgers

The adventuresome career of one of Madison County's most picturesque pioneers came to an end when Col. Andrew Fuller Rodgers, veteran of two wars and prominent in civic life, in Alton, died this morning at 7:20 o'clock at his home on College avenue, after an illness of about two weeks. His death due to a physical breakdown from old age. He would have been 95 years of age next October 13. Col. Rodger's life was one singularly full of stirring adventure. It was a life remarkable for a connecting up of the past with the present. The fact that he was fortunate enough to live to an old age, blessed with bodily and mental vigor, interested in all that went on about him, made it possible for Col. Rodgers to connect threads that were broken off in his early life, and he found the ends later on. Numerous incidents can be related of the strange linking together of old time events of his younger day experiences he had in his later years. His breakdown was recognized as the probably beginning of the end. The fact that he was content to remain in bed was the most discouraging fact about this old soldier and adventurer, who had never in his long life confessed his inability to combat physical weakness. That he was not going to rally was a foregone conclusion when he showed no inclination to be up and about. Up to the time he broke down two weeks ago, about the only sign of failure was the loss of his eyesight. That had taken effect a few years ago, but beside that he was in good condition. The aged wife, from whom he had been separated but a few times since he married her back when both were young, is prostrated. She has been anticipating such an end as came this morning to her aged partner in life, but the crisis found her unprepared, and she has since been confined to her bed. Col. Rodgers did not know that his last brother, Reynold Rodgers, was buried the afternoon before his own end came. He was not told of the death of his brother.

 

That type of American immortalized in song, story and history, he blazed the trail of progress, participated as a leader in the great movements of his time. Resourceful, energetic, enterprising, courageous, upright, his experiences included service in two wars - in one of which he was a prisoner for more than a year - participation in the gold rush of '49, shipwreck with 250 others on an island in the Pacific, service in the State Legislature. No task was too great, no duty too tedious for this man, who was a living example of that American of which the world is so envious, and unable to completely fathom. Of indomitable will, he accomplished what he set out to do. Nothing seemed impossible to him, no situation too trying. Whatever the circumstances, however great the chances against him, Col. Rodgers did that which always seemed right, and did it well.

 

Col. Rodgers was born in Howard County, Missouri, on October 13, 1827. He was the son of a pioneer Baptist minister, the Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers. The Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers was born in England and came to America in 1818, locating at Louisville, Ky.. In 1819 he accompanied Cyrus Edwards to a new home in Howard County. Mr. Edwards was prominently identified with the early history of Alton. In 1834 the Rev. Mr. Rodgers moved to Upper Alton and located on a farm of 40 acres, since included in the limits of Upper Alton. He was one of the founders of Shurtleff College, and one of its early trustees. In 1823 he married Permelia Jackson, of a family that settled in Howard County in 1818. Col. Rodgers was one of twelve children.

 

Col. Rodgers was one of the early students of Shurtleff College. In 1844 he became a clerk in a St. Louis hardware establishment, but returned to Upper Alton before the beginning of the war with Mexico. When the war with the southern republic broke out, Col. Rodgers became a member of Col. Bissell's Second Illinois Infantry under Captain Lott in Company E. It was in the Mexican War that the career of adventure of Col. Rodgers dawned. Brave and possessing that fire and determination so necessary, he was the ideal soldier. He gave distinguished service with his regiment in a number of engagements, the chief of which was at Buena Vista. After the war he returned home. But farm life was without the excitement and thrills sought by this conquering American. He joined the gold rush to California in 1849. A year at the mines was followed by service more suitable to young Rodgers. He served as a deputy sheriff of Sacramento County, and was a member of the famed Sutter Rifle Company. He returned home for a visit, and on his return voyage to California added to his adventures that of being shipwrecked. His vessel was wrecked in the Pacific in 1853 with the loss of 250 passengers. Col. Rodgers, with a few other survivors, was cast on Margueretta Island. At that time he saved the life of a girl passenger. Fifty years later he learned that the girl he saved was living in St. Louis, the mother of a clergyman of the Episcopal Church. The survivors were finally picked up by a whaling vessel, which landed them at San Francisco. Col. Rodgers again served as a deputy sheriff and lived in Sacramento County until 1853, when he went to the mines. The following year his father died, and he returned to Alton in July 1854. He was married on May 31, 1860, to Jane E. Delaplain, a member of one of Madison County's oldest families. Young Rodgers continued at home, tending the farm and sawmill, until the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1862 he entered the service as Captain of Company B of the Eightieth Illinois Infantry, and when the troops were mustered in on August 25 of the same year, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. His service in the Civil War was arduous, eventful and of a distinguished order. He was carried from the field of battle at Perryville, Ky., wounded. In April 1863, having recovered, he commanded his regiment in a raid against Bragg's army.  His audacious leadership won for his regiment many victories. The resourcefulness of the young commander made of the outfit an efficient, able fighting force. In 1863 his force was captured at Rome, Ga. He and his fellow officers were made prisoners and kept at Danville. Later, they were transferred to the notorious Libby prison. Col. Rodgers spent 12 months there. He was afterward transferred to the prison at Macon, and finally to Charleston. At Charleston, Col. Rodgers and his fellow officers were placed in a cell directly in line with the enemy's fire, and in this perilous position remained for six weeks, until released by exchange. While in the Southern prisons, Lieut. Col. Rodgers was commissioned Colonel, a title he had fully earned, by his service in the field and exposure in the prisons. Upon his return to the North, he recruited 500 men for the 144th Illinois regiment, at the request of Governor Yates and General Rosecrans. He resigned from the army on November 25, 1864.

 

When his regiment was captured at Rose, a sword given Col. Rodgers by Alton friends upon his departure from home, was stolen. On the handle of the sword were a Masonic emblem and the name of the owner. Fifty years later, Col. Rodgers was informed by the adjutant general of Illinois that a man in Texas was seeking an officer by name of A. F. Rodgers. The sword was returned to the Alton officer by a brother of the man who led the Southern troops which captured Col. Rodger's force. The sword had been used in a Texas Masonic lodge as the tyler sword.

 

Col. Rodgers was a leader in civic affairs. His energy and ability were in demand when a public movement was projected. In politics, he was a staunch Democrat, and in his earlier years was devoted to Stephen A. Douglas. He was frequently a delegate to district and state conventions and in 1870 was elected to the state legislature. He was prominent in Masonic circles, and was the oldest Knight Templar in the city. He was made a Mason in Upper Alton in 1852.  Following his retirement from the army, Col. Rodgers lived on his estate near Upper Alton. Col. Rodgers was one of Alton's most picturesque characters. Many anecdotes are told of him. One of them is that he attached a small bell to his fishing pole when fishing, so that he might be warned when fish were biting. Mr. Rodgers' surviving children are John B., Catherine, William, Sarah H., and Henry F. Colonel Rodgers engaged in two wars, and lived during four of the nation's six important wars. A veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars, he lived during the Spanish-American and Great wars. After having fought in two, he had sons and grandsons in the other two. Colonel Rodgers' death was the first in his own immediate family, all his children and grandchildren being alive. On the other hand, he was the last of his father's children, the funeral of his brother taking place the day before his death. Describing the meeting with the girl he saved in the shipwreck in the Pacific, in "Reminiscences," as prepared from Col. Rodgers' story by a daughter, the colonel said:  "A few years ago (the Reminiscences were collected in 1910) the Rev. Henry Watson Minzer, of St. Louis, read an account of a gathering of the few remaining Mexican soldiers in Alton. Later, when here, he asked to be taken to see them, as he wished to know if they remembered his father who was at Buena Vista with the same regiment. I happened to be chosen. At college and in the Mexican war I knew his father well, and immediately asked if it was true that he had married Ella Watson. Strange to say, the answer was 'Yes,' and I could scarcely realize that before me stood the son of the beautiful young girl I last saw during the wreck of the 'Independence.' Several months later, when Mrs. Ella Watson Mizner was visiting her son, they stopped at Alton, and although after a lapse of 55 years, we were immediately taken back to our last meeting on the burning 'Independence.'"  The reminiscences of Col. Rodgers are concluded with: "With all the children away, we are alone again, just as we started our journey together, 50 years ago."

 

[Note:  According to the Alton Telegraph, April 18, 1999, Ebenezer Rodgers was a circuit minister who was brought to the area by John Mason Peck, an early Alton area minister and founder of Shurtleff College. Rodgers' sermons are a source of insight into the cultural environment of the early 19th century in the Alton area, according to Ella Anschuetz of Alton, who is a great-granddaughter of Ebenezer Rodgers']

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RODGERS, EBEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1959               Member of Distinguished Family Dies in St. Louis

Eben Rodgers, member of a distinguished Alton family and one of the city's outstanding men, died at 7 a.m. today in a St. Louis Hospital. Mr. Rodgers, former president of Alton Brick Co., was 85 years old. He had been in failing health for several years and was a patient in the St. Louis hospital for 20 months. Mr. Rodgers' public service in Alton embraced many fields. He served as president of the Alton Board of Trade, a body that was the forerunner of the present Association of Commerce. He served as president of the Alton Board of Education; as president of Piasa Bird Council, Boy Scouts; as president of the board of Monticello College; as president of Alton Park Commission. Mr. Rodgers was a member of the board and of the executive committee of Alton Memorial Hospital, and was a director of the Better Business Bureau of St. Louis. He was a member of First Unitarian Church of Alton, and served the church as president. In industry, Mr. Rodgers achieved notable success. He took a position in 1892, at the age of 19, with Alton Brick Co., which was founded by his father, the late Edward Rodgers. The brick company grew into an important industry, and Eben Rodgers guided it after his father's death. Eben Rodgers became a leader in the brick industry. He was elected president of the National Brick Manufacturers Association in 1937, and in 1941 was named as "No. 1 Man" of the Structural Clay Products Institute. He also was president of American Facer Brick Assn. in 1914, and was president of Structural Clay Products Assn. from 1937 to 1941. He also was a member of American Ceramics Society. "Alton Brick" became widely known as first-class product. The company expanded and erected a plant near St. Louis. Mr. Rodgers' association with the company extended from 1892 until 1955, when it was sold to Cincinnati interests. The career of Eben Rodgers was marked by devotion to his city and to its institutions. In the field of business, social service, education, church he gave of his talent, his time, and his money. He lent his intelligent leadership to projects that were calculated to benefit the community to which he was so loyal. It was recalled that Mr. Rodgers, out of his own pocket, made up a part of a deficit in park funds traceable to another member of the commission, after the latter's death. Mr. Rodgers was wholly without responsibility, but because he was chairman of the park body during part of the time the shortage took place, he gave of his own money so Alton would escape any financial loss.  Mr. Rodgers was born in Upper Alton, August 12, 1873, a son of the late Edward and Ella Hewit Rodgers. He attended the Alton schools and Bingham Military Academy in North Carolina, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first wife, the former Miss Annette Schweppe, to whom he was married in 1900, died July 6, 1938. On July 18, 1942 he was married to Miss Tilton Wead, who survives him. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Preston Levis, Toledo, Ohio; and a son, Eben Rodgers Jr. of San Francisco; a sister, Mrs. Mather Pfeiffenberger Sr., Alton; and a brother, E. Hewit Rodgers, El Paso, Texas; four grandchildren: Mrs. Harriet Levis Belknap, Waco, Texas; Mrs. Annette Levis Minns, Marion, Indiana; John Preston Levis Jr., Toledo, Ohio; and Jane Rodgers, San Francisco, California; and seven great-grandchildren. The body is at Morrow-Quinn Mortuary, pending funeral arrangements.

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RODGERS, EBENEZER (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 12, 1883      Pastor of Alton & Upper Alton Baptist Churches Dies

Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers was a young man of Welsh parentage but English birth, whose missionary promptings had led him to America some five years before, since when he had been laboring successfully in Kentucky for several months, and some four years previous had organized a Baptist church in Capt. Jackson's neighborhood, of which he was pastor at this time. In 1834 Mr. and Mrs. [Permelia] Rodgers moved to Upper Alton. For one year Mr. Rodgers was joint pastor of the Alton and Upper Alton Baptist churches, and afterwards for two years he gave his time exclusively to the church in Upper Alton. Upon leaving the pastorate, he devoted himself to missionary and associational work throughout the State, and was probably the most active and efficient minister in the denomination in all this section. His efforts for the advancement of Christianity and education were untiring, and much of the success attained in these directions is due to his labors. In April 1854, Father Rodgers died at his home in Upper Alton at the age of 66 years.

 

[Note:  According to the Alton Telegraph, April 18, 1999, Ebenezer Rodgers was a circuit minister who was brought to the area by John Mason Peck, an early Alton area minister and founder of Shurtleff College. Rodgers' sermons are a source of insight into the cultural environment of the early 19th century in the Alton area, according to Ella Anschuetz of Alton, who is a great-granddaughter of Ebenezer Rodgers']

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RODGERS, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 26, 1920        

Founder of Alton Brick Co., Farmer, Upper Alton Businessman ... Son of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers

Edward Rodgers, in his eighty-second year, died in his room at the Illini Hotel today from old age. Since Sunday night he had been unconscious. His death had been expected for some time. His strength had been failing for years, but he had an indomitable will that kept him up. Last summer he insisted on making a trip to Alaska. He started with Mrs. Rodgers, and they got to Vancouver, B. C., where they were forced to delay on account of difficulty in getting passage on a steamer, and there Mr. Rodgers was stricken. It was not believed at first that he would be able to get back home, and most men would not have survived the trip, but he did. He wanted to come back to Alton and after further delay the trip was begun and he arrived here safely. He was never able to be out any more after his return. His condition became weaker and weaker day by day, and this morning he passed out peacefully. In the passing of Edward Rodgers there went a man who had all his life been deeply engaged in successful business. He was the founder of the Alton Brick Co. During the 28 years of its existence, up to the time of his death, he remained its president. He was also president of the El Paso Brick Co., and was interested in the Fernholtz Brick Machine Co. Though he has been known in recent years to have been heavily interested in the manufacture of brick, it is interesting as a fact that Mr. Rodgers did not engage in the manufacturing business until he was 54 years of age. He had been a farmer, and he farmed on the place which was sold to the state as part of the hospital site. He was a highly successful farmer too, and not only was he able to make satisfactory sales of his own products, but he was engaged for a long time in marketing the products of the other farmers in his neighborhood. He was filled with business ability and his judgment was relied upon by all the farmers who lived in his vicinity. In 1871 he built the homestead that was afterward sold to the state of Illinois. He built it for his fiance, who was Miss Ella Hewitt, and the next year the couple were married. There they lived until just before the property was sold to the state. Mr. Rodgers was born in Madison County, August 18, 1839, and lived in the county all his life. His birthplace was in Upper Alton, and at no time in his long life counted any other place as his home. He was a great traveler and frequently made long trips. In the later years of his life he spent his winters in El Paso, a city he had seen grow to fine proportions from a group of adobe houses. In his birthplace he had great interest. He always wanted to see the city improve go ahead, and pay more attention to beautifying itself. He could always be counted on for a liberal subscription to any cause for the public good. One of the latest benefactions in his life was the providing of a handsome gateway and brick wall for Oakwood cemetery, where he had planned to be laid away when his end came. He paid for the work that was done there and it will be a fine monument to his memory. Even when he was weakening rapidly in the last week of his life, he was interested in planning to do things of a similar character. His family say that he never allowed them to know he realized his end was near. He was planning, he told them, to go to El Paso for the winter, even up to the last, though the family knew that he must understand that the end was very near. Mr. Rodgers is described by one who knew him well as a man who was always sure of himself. He knew what he wanted to do, and he had unbounded confidence in his ability to make a successful conclusion of any enterprise he started. His enthusiasm carried others along with him, and his energy seemed to be tireless and inexhaustible. Illustrative of his clearness of head, even in his old age, he insisted on driving his automobile and one night last spring, when he got into a jam and a street car struck his auto, he calmly laughed at the evidences of anxiety on the part of others around and he extricated his car from the jam and drove away chuckling over the thought that others considered him unable to drive the car. His mind remained keen and perfect to the time he became unconscious and sank into his last sleep. Mr. Rodgers comes of a family that has been very prominent in Madison county. He leaves two brothers, Colonel A. F. Rodgers, who is 93, and Rynold, who is 78 and lives at El Paso, but has been here attending his dying brother. Mr. Rodgers also leaves his wife and three children, Eben of Alton; Hewitt of El Paso, Tex.; and Mrs. Mather Pfeiffenberger of Alton. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the home of Eben Rodgers, 531 Summit street, and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery, the place he had helped by liberal gifts to make beautiful.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 28, 1920

The funeral of Edward Rodgers was held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the home of his son, Eben Rodgers, where funeral services were conducted by President George M. Potter of Shurtleff college, the selection of the officiating clergyman being made because of the interest of Mr. Rodgers in the college during his lifetime. There was a large attendance of friends, relatives and old business associates of Mr. Rodgers at the funeral. The floral offerings from friends and organizations in which Mr. Rodgers was interested were numerous and unusually fine. The pallbearers were William, John, F_____, and Clark Rodgers, all nephews of the deceased, and Edward Watson and Harry Meyers. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

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RODGERS, ELMER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 14, 1916

Elmer Rodgers, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rodgers, died at 1:40 a.m. at the home of his parents after an illness of several months with tuberculosis, aged 27 years and 6 months. Three months ago, accompanied by his mother, he went to Denver in the hope of recovery, but the trip did not prove beneficial. He returned home three weeks ago, and has been in a very serious condition since that time. Elmer Rodgers was a young man of exceptional qualities counting as his friends, all who knew him. He was a member of the Cherry street Baptist church, where he has held several offices. He has been employed at the office of the Illinois Glass Co. for a number of years, giving up his position when his health failed. He leaves his father and mother, one sister, Miss Leila Rodgers, one brother, James Rodgers, and a large number of relatives to mourn his early death. One very sad feature of his death is that he was soon to be married to Miss Carrie Grissom, to whom his death is a great sorrow. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the family home, No. 1716 Alby street. Rev. S. D. McKenny and Rev. M. W. Twing will officiate. Burial will be in the City cemetery.

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RODGERS, HENRY P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 30, 1905              Civil War Soldier, Brother of Col. A. F. Rodgers Dies ... Son of Rev. Ebenezer & Permelia Rodgers

Mr. Henry P. Rodgers died today at 1:38 o'clock at the family home on Garden street in Upper Alton. Mr. Rodgers was one of the best known old residents in Southern Illinois, and had been in a bad state of health for six months. He gave up his business duties last winter on account of his health, and went to San Antonio, Texas, where he spent the winter in the hope of regaining his health. He returned to Upper Alton in the spring, and has been confined to his bed ever since. Mr. Rodger's illness was from liver trouble and dropsy.  Henry P. Rodgers was born in Upper Alton in 1844, and spent his young manhood there, being a scholar in Shurtleff college for several years. After leaving school he went to Bolivar, Tennessee, where he engaged in business for a number of years. Later he was married to Miss Jennie Upshaw of Mariana, Arkansas, and he then went to that place and started in business. Thirteen years ago his wife died, and Mr. Rodgers returned to Upper Alton and lived a short time. He later returned to Marianna, where he was married to his second wife, Mrs. Jennie Watson. He moved his family to Upper Alton after this marriage, and has resided here since, he being kept in Marianna a large part of the time attending to his cotton farm at that place composed of 6,000 acres. Mr. Rodgers was 61 years of age and was a soldier of the Civil War. He leaves three brothers, Edward and Col. A. F. Rodgers of Upper Alton, and Mr. Rinhold Rodgers of Marianna, Arkansas, one daughter and one son by his first wife, Mr. Henry Rodgers, of Marianna, Arkansas, and Mrs. Dr. Williams of that place; his step-children are Mrs. R. E. Bassett of Chicago, and Messrs, Edward, Roe and Minor Watson of Upper Alton, and one son by his last wife, Clary Lemen Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers was an active business man all his life, and he leaves a large number of men who have been associated with him in his business at different times. He was known and liked by a large circle of acquaintances, and all who ever had dealings with him were his friends. The funeral services will take place tomorrow at the family home, and the body will be taken to Marianna, Arkansas, the funeral party leaving tomorrow evening.

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RODGERS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 26, 1902

James Rodgers died Friday at 5:45 p.m. from heart failure from feebleness of old age. He was as well as usual yesterday morning, but towards evening he began to sink and before his children from Alton could reach his bedside, life had passed away. He was 74 years of age and a native of Scotland. He had lived in North Alton fifty years and was highly respected by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and six children. His oldest son, Alex Rodgers, lives in Decatur; Mrs. J. H. Baumann, James and John Rodgers live in Alton; and Misses Agnes and Leah live with their mother in North Alton. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home in North Alton to Oakwood cemetery.

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RODGERS, PERMELIA [nee JACKSON]/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 12, 1883              Wife of Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers Dies

This venerable lady whose residence in Upper Alton for nearly half a century has won her the respect and esteem of all who have been honored with her acquaintance, passed to her rest on Wednesday, March 28th, at the age of 77 years and 7 months. While to those who knew her best no word of praise for her many virtues is needed, a brief sketch of her life will be of interest. Mrs. Rodgers was born at Shelbyville, Kentucky, on August 13th, 1805. Her father, John Jackson, was a farmer.  A few years later he entered the War of 1812, where he commanded a company of Kentucky volunteers. Returning from military life, Capt. Jackson resumed his former pursuits in Tennessee, whence in 1818 he removed to Howard county, Missouri, locating near the present town of Fayette. On the 28th of August 1823, she was married to Rev. Ebenezer Rodgers, a young man of Welsh parentage but English birth, whose missionary promptings had led him to America some five years before, since when he had been laboring successfully in Kentucky for several months, and some four years previous had organized a Baptist church in Capt. Jackson's neighborhood, of which he was pastor at this time. In 1834 Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers moved to Upper Alton. For one year Mr. Rodgers was joint pastor of the Alton and Upper Alton Baptist churches, and afterwards for two years he gave his time exclusively to the church in Upper Alton. Upon leaving the pastorate, he devoted himself to missionary and associational work throughout the State, and was probably the most active and efficient minister in the denomination in all this section. His efforts for the advancement of Christianity and education were untiring, and much of the success attained in these directions is due to his labors. In April 1854, Father Rodgers died at his home in Upper Alton at the age of 66 years. For several years after her husband's death Mrs. Rodgers lived at the old homestead till the marriage or removal of all her children, since when she has made her home with one and another of her children, they sharing the pleasure of caring for her and having her with them. Latterly she has been with her younger daughter, Mrs. E. C. Lemen, at whose house she took the leave of the sorrowing friends who had gathered at the news of the approach of the dark messenger. To Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers there were born ten children, six of whom survive them: Mrs. S. A. Badley, Col. A. F. and Edward Rodgers who live near town; Rynold; Hon. H. P. Rodgers of Marietta, Arkansas; and Mrs. E. C. Lemen of Upper Alton.  From a large family of brothers and sisters, there remain but one, Milton Jackson, who lives on the old place near Fayette, Missouri, himself now bending beneath the burden of 76 winters. The remains of Mother Rodgers were tenderly borne to their last resting place on Friday last by her four sons, Fuller, Edward, Rynold, and Henry, her son-in-law Dr. E. C. Lemen; three grandsons, John Rodgers, Henry Seiter and Henry Hart Jr., Joseph Burton, an old neighbor and valued friend, and Zephaniah Lowe, the first man to greet Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers when they came to Upper Alton, and probably the only one now living among their earliest acquaintances here. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church and were conducted by Rev. Dr. Bulkley, a warm personal friend and former protege of Father Rodgers, Rev. D. T. Morrill, late pastor of the church, and Rev. Dr. Kendrick, President of Shurtleff College.

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RODGERS, REYNOLD or RYNOLD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 16, 1922          Only Surviving Brother of Col. A. F. Rodgers .... Son of Ebenezer & Permelia Rodgers

Reynold Rodgers, aged 79, died this morning at 8 o'clock at El Paso, Tex., after undergoing a surgical operation in a hospital there. He was the only member of the family of Rodgers surviving, except Col. A. F. Rodgers, who is confined to his bed at his home on College avenue by a serious illness. Reynold Rodgers was the treasurer of the El Paso Brick Co. For many years he was connected with the Alton Brick Co., and was employed in the company's office. He left Alton to take the position with the El Paso Brick Co. He was born on the Rodgers farm, east of Alton, now the site of the Alton State Hospital. He never married. He was here for the last time at the time of the last sickness and just preceding the death of his brother, Edward Rodgers. He had been sick only a few days. He had sustained a rupture of the gall bladder and underwent an operation for its relief last Friday. His death followed the operation three days. The body will be brought to Alton for burial and will be accompanied home by his nephew, Hewitt Rodgers. It is expected they will arrive here by Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The body will be taken to the home of his niece, Mrs. D. A. Wyckoff, and the funeral services will be from there. The time of the funeral will be announced later. Mr. Rodgers was a quiet unobtrusive man, and not so well known in Alton as other members of the family. Much of the time he made his home with his sister, Mrs. E. C. Lemen, and after her death he made his home with his niece, Mrs. Wyckoff. He leaves many relatives, friends and acquaintances here. The death of his only brother is being kept from Col. Rodgers, who is believed to be not strong enough to withstand the shock such information might cause him.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 18, 1922

The body of Reynold Rodgers, who died at El Paso, Texas, is expected to reach Alton at 9:40 a.m. tomorrow. Funeral services will be at three o'clock at the home of Mrs. D. A. Wyckoff in Washington avenue, and interment in the Upper Alton cemetery.

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ROEDER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1907

The funeral of William Roeder was held this afternoon from the home in Illinois avenue, and services were conducted by the Salvation Army officers, Capt. McDavie in charge. Burial was in City Cemetery.

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ROESCH, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 6, 1917                Aged, Retired Druggist Killed by Car

Charles Roesch, nearly 82 years of age, was fatally injured Tuesday morning just before 10 o'clock by an interurban car near the baseball park in the east end of the city. He died soon after being taken to the hospital. The fatal injuries were on his head and chest. Mr. Roesch, it was said by spectators, was attempting to go across the interurban track ahead of the approaching car. He had been troubled for a long time with the weakness of advancing age, and he had much difficulty in getting around. He insisted upon walking about the city, seeing his friends, and it was while so engaged he was struck by the interurban. He seemed dazed, and his mind did not act quick enough to admit of his making a successful move out of the way of the oncoming car. The aged man was brought uptown on the interurban, and moved from it to the hospital where he died soon afterward. Charles Roesch conducted a drugstore in Alton for twenty years or more. He was born in Germany in 1835. He came to America in 1853 and in 1863 he enlisted for three years in the Union Army. He was wounded in battle. After the war he came to Alton in 1865, and the remainder of his life he passed in this vicinity. He leaves a wife and three daughters, Mrs. C. W. Koenig and Miss Bertha Roesch of Webster Park, Mo., and Mrs. H. J. Christoe of Alton. The body will be taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Christoe, and the funeral will probably be from there Thursday afternoon.

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ROESSEL, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 17, 1905                 Fatal Accident to Aged Farmer

John Roessel, an aged farmer living near Moro, was almost instantly killed, and Mr. and Mrs. Adam Roessel, his son and daughter-in-law, were badly hurt in a runaway Sunday afternoon, which occurred about three miles east of Moro. The party were on their way home from attending the St. John German Evangelical church on the Springfield road near Moro. While going down a long steep hill there was an accident to the harness, which permitted the carriage to run down on the spirited team of horses and they took fright and ran away. The horses dashed down the steep hill to a bend in the road at the bottom, where they were unable to turn and dashed into a rail fence, throwing the three occupants of the wagon to the ground. Mr. Roessel, the father, living only a few minutes after being carried to his home nearby. The accident occurred as the party was almost at their home. The son and his wife are thought to be in good condition for recovery. Mr. Roessel had lived in the vicinity of Moro many years and was a well to do and highly respected farmer. He was over 75 years of age. He leaves two children, Adam Roessel and Mrs. Louis Hencke.

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ROGERS, ALICE JULIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 7, 1905

The funeral of Mrs. Alice Julia Rogers was held Tuesday afternoon from St. Patrick's church, where services were conducted by Rev. P. J. O'Reilly. There was a large attendance of friends at the funeral, and many floral offerings were made.

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ROGERS, ALMA MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 26, 1914

Alma Marie, the twelve year old daughter of Mrs. Mary Rogers, died at the family home, Twelfth and Alby streets, this morning after an illness with Bright's disease. She leaves only her mother. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the home, and services, which will be only at City Cemetery, will be conducted by Rev. M. W. T______.

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ROGERS, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1917            Body of Colored Man Found Near Wood River Crossing - Killed by Train

The body of a negro was found near Wood River last night by the crew of a northbound freight train. The body was seen on the track by the engineer and he stopped his train before running over it. The unidentified negro was killed by being run over by a C. P. & St. L. freight train earlier in the evening. The crew of the train that went through Alton at 8 o'clock last evening sent down word from Lockhaven that they found parts of a man's clothing on the wheels and tracks of the train, and they asked that the Alton police make an investigation. This was done, but the police found no trace of the body. The negro is apparently about 25 years of age. It is believed that he might have been hit while making the crossing and then ran over by the train. The crew knew nothing of the accident. The body was identified today by Mrs. Hattie Bell as that of James Rogers of Alton. The inquest was held at a late hour this afternoon.

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ROHAN, DANIEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 24, 1919

Daniel Rohan, aged 71 years, a long time resident of Alton, died Saturday after an illness with a combination of diseases. He is survived by one daughter and two sons, his wife having preceded him to the grave. The funeral was held this morning from the Cathedral, where a requiem mass was said in the presence of many friends of the deceased and of the family, by Rev. Fr. Costello. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery, and short services were conducted at the graveside by Father Costello.

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ROHLAND, CHARLES B. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 29, 1910          Dean of Alton Dentists, Foremost in His Professions, Dies

Dr. Charles B. Rohland, the Dean of Alton dentists, and one of the foremost men of the profession in Illinois, died at his residence, 1217 State street, Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, after a long illness. Death was due to heart trouble resulting from kidney disease. It had been expected for several days. Dr. Rohland, about three months ago, concluded it was time for him to take life easier, and he decided to get an assistant in his office and leave the burden of his work on him. Since then he has been very little at his office on Third street. He was taken much worse a few days ago, and since then his family were much alarmed. His case became desperate Tuesday afternoon, and Tuesday night the attending physician gave up all hope of prolonging his life beyond a few hours. He was born at Lebanon, Pa., March 24, 1845. He was educated in the public school there, and also went through Union Seminary at New Berlin, Pennsylvania. Afterward he taught in the seminary. Later he studied at Dickinson college, Carlisle, Pa., and there was given his degrees of bachelor of arts and master of arts, and graduated with the second honors of his class. President Soper, head of Ohio University, was the Valedictorian of the class. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Dental college and was given his degree of doctor of dental surgery there. Dr. Rohland came to Alton in 1869 and opened an office for the practice of his profession. From that time he has been identified among the greatest dentists of the state of Illinois, and in Alton he was looked up to by all who practice the profession. He believed in organization among dentists, and he was active in his efforts to form and maintain societies. He was the founder and first president of the Southern Illinois Dental society, and had filled the offices of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Illinois State Dental society. He was a life member and a member of the executive board of that society. He was a member of the Dental Protective Association, and was often representative from Illinois to the American Dental Association and various international meetings of members of the profession. During the term of Governor Fifer, he was a member of the state examining board, being selected by the Illinois society. Dr. Rohland was a man of cultured mind and considerable literary attainment. A number of years ago he surprised many Alton people by composing a little farce, which was given in Temple theater, and in which he took a leading part. There was a beauty in his literary compositions as well as in his musical works. He was a skillful musician, and could play a cello or organ. He was always faithful to his profession and worked hard, as he had a big practice. He had attended to the dental needs of Alton people, many of them from childhood to middle life. He found time, however, to contribute to dental papers, and he also was the author of articles and notes in the Dental Encyclopedia. His opinion on professional subjects was given great weight by men eminent in the profession. As a man, he was courteous, refined and elegant. He was devoid of ostentation, made warm personal friends, and had not an enemy on earth. Among men practicing the profession, he was very highly regarded and he might be termed the highest exponent of profession ethics. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cora D. Rohland, and his daughter, Miss Constance Rohland. He has no other immediate relatives. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church, also of Belvidere commandery, Knights Templar. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

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ROLIER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF OTTO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 22, 1915

The funeral of Mrs. Otto Rolier was held this morning from the family home on Gold street to St. Patrick's Church, where a Requiem Mass was sung by Rev. F. B. Kehoe at 10 o'clock. The funeral was the largest seen in Alton for some time, and gave evidence of the love her many friends had for the deceased. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, where the newly made grave was covered with a blanket of beautiful flowers.

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ROLLER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 18, 1910

Mrs. Mary Roller, only daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Maxwell, died Thursday morning at her home, 119 east Ninth street, after an illness with cancer of the stomach. She was a sister of Chief of Police John Maxwell, and beside her aged mother and her brother, she leaves one daughter. Mrs. Roller had lived with her mother almost all her life. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home on Ninth street.

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ROLOFF, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 29, 1893

Mr. John Roloff, veteran of the late war and a resident of Upper Alton for the past 36 years, died Thursday morning at 11 o'clock of lung complications. Mr. Roloff was widely known and greatly respected for his many sterling qualities of mind and heart. A native of Germany and a plasterer by trade, he had actively followed his chosen vocation until about a year ago, when failing health compelled him to desist. Besides his widow, he leaves two sons, John and William, and four daughters, Mrs. McIntosh and Mrs. Henry Hesnauer, of Upper Alton.  Mrs. Eaton Barnard of St. Louis and an unmarried daughter, Annie, who resides at home. He was about 64 years of age and leaves numerous friends to mourn his death. He will be buried Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Masonic honors. This sad bereavement follows swift upon the terrible Wann disaster, of which Mr. Roloff's son, George, was a victim.

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ROLOFF, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 12, 1917                      Killed in Auto Accident - Collides With Train

John Roloff, aged (65 or 55 ... hard to read), was instantly killed, and Daniel Haller escaped unscratched when an automobile in which they were riding collided with a Chicago and Alton train at the Ninth and Piasa street crossing Saturday evening at 7:20 o'clock. The automobile in which they were riding caught fire and was destroyed after the collision. According to a statement made by M. Haller, who is a building contractor and for whom Roloff worked, he was taking Roloff out State street to see a man on business. Crossing down at Ninth street, Haller shut off the engine as he passed Market street going west, and was coasting down the Ninth street grade. He said he heard no warning signals of any kind, neither the engine whistle or the bell nor the ringing of the electric crossing bell. Just as he came to the east line of Piasa street where the banks and buildings no longer shut off his view of the track north of the crossing, he saw the train running down grade and just upon him. He tried to stop the automobile but did not have time. The auto struck the engine just behind the pony trucks and was carried on down the track about 100 feet. Roloff was sitting on the right hand side of the front seat beside Haller, who was driving the car. Being on the right hand side, Roloff received all the force of the shock of the collision, and his skull was crushed and his left arm was mutilated. He died instantly. Haller was so confused by the accident that he did not know whether Roloff was still in the car when it broke away from the engine, or had been thrown out to one side. One witness at the coroner's inquest testified that he helped lift Roloff out of the wreckage of the burning car. Haller was still in the car when it became detached from the engine and he climbed out unhurt. Bystanders who witnessed the accident hurried to pick up the body of Roloff and conveyed it to the sidewalk. The fire department was called to put out the burning car, but it was of no use. The engineer and fireman testified at the inquest yesterday that the whistle was sounded, the locomotive bell was ringing, and that the automatic bell at the crossing was ringing. Haller testified that the crossing bell was ringing ten minutes after the accident, or as long as the train stayed in the circuit. It is a remarkable fact that the death of Mr. Roloff is the third accidental fatality in his family. One brother, George, was burned to death in the Wann oil explosion, and another brother, William, was killed in an accident at the Luer Packing Co. plant. John Roloff leaves his wife, two daughters and three sons. He had been working as a carpenter helper under Haller at Wood River. He was a member of a large family well known in Alton. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, Main and Brown streets.

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ROLOFF, W. J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1918

W. J. Roloff, son of the late William Roloff and Mrs. Henrietta Roloff, died this noon at 11:35 at St. Joseph's Hospital where he was operated upon two weeks ago for an infection of the ear. The little fellow was 9 years and 10 months of age. His mother conducts a confectionery store on Washington Avenue.

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ROLOFF, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 7, 1908            Instantly Killed by Fall - Scaffold Breaks

William Roloff, aged 32, was instantly killed just before noon Thursday by falling in the engine room of the Luer Packing Company, where he was at work doing some whitewashing. Roloff's death was probably due to the breaking of a plank on which he was standing, just over the engine which operate the ice machine. He was struck on the back of the head by the crank of the engine, and he was thrown under the engine. His neck was broken and his skull was crushed. The machinery was stopped and the unfortunate man was taken out from underneath the engine, but nothing could be done for him. It is supposed that he did not breathe after he fell on the engine. It is said that no one was watching at the time the accident occurred, and it is not known exactly how it happened. The appearance of the plank, however, indicates that the breaking plank was the cause of Roloff's fall. The deceased leaves his wife and one child at the family home in Upper Alton. He was a brother of George Roloff, who was one of the victims of the Wann oil disaster many years ago. His father, John Roloff, died shortly after the death of George, and it was said that grief over his son's death brought on the malady that caused the father's death. The body of Roloff was taken to the undertaking establishment of Deputy Coroner Keiser shortly after the accident occurred.

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ROLOFF, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 6, 1871 (review of 1870)

On January 14, 1870, Mrs. John Roloff, of Upper Alton, was burned to death by the explosion of a coal oil lamp.

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RONSHAUSEN, JOHN C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 23, 1904

John C. Ronshausen, who for many years was in the boot and shoe making business in Alton, but who for several years has resided in North Alton, died this morning after an illness with pneumonia. He was 66 years of age and leaves a wife and six children: Henry, Fred, and Charles Ronshausen; Mrs. Elizabeth Drisdall of St. Louis; and Mrs. Valentine Baudendistel Jr.; and Mrs. Andrew Mayford of North Alton. Two brothers, Charles and J. P., live in Chicago, and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Weidner, lives in St. Louis. Deceased was a member of the German benevolent organization, the Harugari, and of the A. O. U. W. and the Frohsinn Singing Society. He was a kind hearted, charitable man, and would go any distance in any kind of weather, night or day, to visit or do some service for a sick friend or neighbor. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

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RONSHAUSEN, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 10, 1916

Mrs. Katherine Ronshausen, aged 69, widow of the late John C. Ronshausen, died early this morning following an illness of three weeks with pneumonia. She had been a resident of Illinois for the past sixty years. She came to this country from Germany when she was two years of age and has lived since in the State of Illinois. She has been in a serious condition for several days, and her death had been expected at any time. She leaves six children, Mrs. Lena Baudendistel and Charles Ronshausen of Alton; Henry and Fred Ronshausen of St. Louis; Mrs. Andrew Mayford of Milwaukee; and Mrs. Reinfelt of Memphis, Tenn. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Evangelical Church.

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Augustine Kilburn RootROOT, AUGUSTINE KILBURN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1906               Self-Made Business Man, Banker, Dies

Augustine K. Root, who had been in for 18 months at his residence, 1511 State street, died Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock. During the last 18 months of his invalidism, he was bedfast and was almost helpless, requiring the constant attention of members of his family. His death was expected to occur at any time as he had been sinking slowly and only a very strong vitality kept him alive so long. Mr. Root lived in Alton fifty-seven years, and for many years he was very prominent in the business world of Alton, also in St. Louis. He was the owner of extensive real estate holdings in Alton and elsewhere, and was prominent in financial circles, being connected with many banks and other business institutions. He was a native of Montague, Mass., and was born December 8, 1829. He came to Alton when 20 years of age, and he lived in the city continuously. He was engaged in business here for many years with the firm of Root & Platt. In St. Louis he was connected with the firm of J. E. Hayner & Co., Paddock & Hawley, and the Sligo Iron Store. He was vice-president of the St. Louis National bank from 1889 to 1892, he was connected with the State National Bank of St. Louis, and a director of the Alton Savings Bank. During the more than half century that Mr. Root lived in Alton he was regarded as one of Alton's most prominent and progressive citizens. He was a good business man and very aggressive in carrying out his business transactions. Mr. Root leaves besides his wife, four children, George E. Root, Miss Lillian Root, Ralph Root and Mrs. A. C. Mills.  Mr. Root was a self-made man, having started with nothing and accumulated an estate that is very valuable. Mr. Root used to relate that he left his old home in Vermont at the age of 20, having made his own trunk and took a hide to the tannery to have it prepared to serve as a trunk cover. When he came to Alton he had no money, having borrowed $40 to make the trip, and he had great difficulty in getting the trunk. He worked most of his life in the hardware business, and by hard work and strict economy he managed to get a good start in life. He became connected with the firm of Root & Platt in 1857, and built the building on Third street now occupied by Sutter & Dreisoerner, also the Mercantile building long known as Root's opera house on Belle street. This place was long the only place of amusement in Alton, except the city hall, before the erection of Temple theater. He built the house which he occupied as a residence the remainder of his life, over 38 years ago. He was married in Alton. A son of Mr. Root, Ralph, who was at Wichita Falls, Texas, was intending to leave for Alton this morning to make a visit at his home, but received a telegram last night apprising him of his father's death, and that he must come prepared to attend the funeral of his parent. Mrs. Mills will probably not come to the funeral. Rev. George Gebauer, who is at Cambridge, Mass., will come home to conduct the funeral services. The funeral will be private and will be held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the residence.

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ROOT, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1908

Mrs. Elizabeth Root, widow of Thomas Root, died Friday morning at her home in Fosterburg township after a year's illness from old age. Mrs. Root was born in Wood River township and lived there until her marriage over fifty years ago when she went with her husband to Fosterburg and passed the remainder of her life there. She was a member of the Christian church. Mrs. Root leaves three sons, James with whom she lived, John of Coffeen, and Francis of Dorchester. She leaves also two daughters, Mrs. Edward Voumard of Fosterburg and Mrs. Evert Meeden of Brighton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home of her son, James Root, and services will be conducted by Rev. Austermann of the Brighton Methodist church.

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ROOT, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 27, 1901         

Thomas Root died at his home in Foster township this morning at 7:30 o'clock after a week's illness caused by a fall and the infirmities of old age. A week ago Thursday, Sept. 19, Mr. Root got up early in the morning and fell just after getting out of bed. The shock was too great for his feeble constitution, and he never recovered. The last two days he was unconscious. Thomas Root was a native of Lincolnshire, near Boston, England, where he was born Oct. 31st, 1816, being almost 85 years of age. He came to America in May 1837, and to Alton in August of the same year. He worked in Alton for some time, and became a subscriber to the Telegraph soon after his arrival, and continued to the day of his death. He also worked in Quincy and in St. Louis. He went to Foster township and began farming where he afterwards resided. He married Elizabeth Bevill 43 years ago. Of this union six children were born, five of whom still survive, viz: John T., Francis T., James I., Mrs. Hannah Voumard and Mrs. Margaret Meden. His wife also survives him. Mr. Root was one of those sturdy emigrants who came to Illinois many years ago, and who had so much to do with building up the country. He was scrupulously honest, an economical and industrious farmer, a good and kind husband and father. In his passing away, one of the old landmarks disappears whose demise is regretted by all. His many pleasant calls at this office are kindly remembered and his interesting talks about the early times were always eagerly listened to. His favorite newspaper, the Telegraph, was never forgotten, and the old gentleman used to say that whatever household matters were necessary to curtail, he could not get along without the Telegraph. The funeral will take place from Ingersoll school house in Foster township on Sunday at 2 p.m.  [Burial was in Ingersoll Cemetery]

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ROPER, JOHN S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 22, 1920        Prominent Citizen and Quarry Operator Dies - Civil War Veteran

John S. Roper, in his seventy-ninth year, died at 10 o'clock Tuesday evening at his residence, Fourth and George Streets, following an attack which prostrated him less than a week before his death. Mr. Roper had not been in the best of health for some time, advancing years having caused him to fail somewhat in strength. However, he was able to be up and around until the day he was stricken with what appeared to be a paralytic stroke. He was able to recognize his family and make known his wants. He was very low all of Monday and Tuesday, and the end was expected. Mr. Roper was born in Ligonier, Pa., January 10, 1842. He went to Springfield, Ill., _t Olive in about 1856. During the Civil War he served as a commissary clerk in the army, most of the time with Gen. Thomas in Kentucky and Tennessee. He witnessed the battle of Missionary Ridge and was with Gen. Sherman's army in the "March to the Sea." After the war he settled at Elsah, Ill., and on November 2, 1867 he married Adelaide T. Benner, at the residence of his sister, the late Mrs. Charlotte A. Pickard, the ceremony taking place in the room next adjoining that in which he died. He moved to Alton in 1872 and in 1881 into the house which has since been the family residence. Since early in the 70s he was secretary of the Grafton Quarry Co., and until recently he maintained an office in St. Louis. For many years he was superintendent of the Unitarian Sunday school. He served as a member of the city council and was for many years deeply interested in municipal affairs. He was known as a public spirited citizen, a good friend and neighbor and he had a large circle of friends, both among young and old, who deeply regret his passing. Mr. Roper is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jessie A. Roper, his son, Denny W. Roper of Chicago, and one brother, Joseph D. Roper of Springfield. The funeral services tomorrow afternoon will be private. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

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ROPER, WALTER JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1912

The funeral of Walter Roper Jr. was held this afternoon from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roper Sr., 3029 Alby street, where services were conducted in the presence of a very large gathering of friends and sympathizing neighbors. Floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful, and burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The pallbearers were former schoolmates and life-long companions of deceased and many high school and McKinley school pupils attended the obsequies.

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ROSA, JOE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 18, 1918

Joe Rosa, two months old son of Madison Rosa, died yesterday at the family home, 103 Missouri avenue, and was buried in the City Cemetery today.

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ROSE, BEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 27, 1916          Kind-Hearted Officer of the Law Dies From Pneumonia

"Old Ben Rose" is dead. For many years he served as an officer of the law, and he personified the tenderer, more merciful side of justice. He had one of the kindest hearts that ever beat under the badge of authority. It was a well known fact that Old Ben Rose could be relied upon when he was forced to evict anybody from a house, when he was constable, he was very considerate. It was equally well known that when anyone came before Ben Rose when he sat in judgment as magistrate or justice, that the penalty was sure to be light. The absolute rule in his court was $3 and costs. So far as he was concerned there was no other penalty for ordinary offenses. Sometimes those who thought that heavier penalties ought to be imposed were disgusted with Ben's penalties, but Ben could not be moved. He always had sympathy for the fellow who was being tried and he was inclined to practice the rule of mercy rather than exact the fullest measure of eye for eye and tooth for tooth. Soft voiced, gentle mannered, Ben Rose for years used the hand of velvet in his discharge of duties of officer of the law where he would have to inflict penalties or enforce claims for other people who applied to him for redress. Ben Rose was born in Virginia and was in his 78th year. He came to Alton forty-five years ago from Louisiana, Mo., where he had worked in a tobacco factory, and he started to work in the Drummond factory. He was a highly paid man in the days when tobacco workers were the princes among Alton laboring men, considering their income. He did not leave Alton when the tobacco factory moved, but remained here and made a living as a constable, later as a justice of the peace, then as police magistrate and for the remainder of his life as justice of the peace. It is related that when a culprit would come before Ben he would ask, "Have you an attorney?" and when the usual assurance was given that he had none, Ben would say, "Well, I'll be your lawyer and look after your interest," and protest as much as they might, lawyers on the other side could do nothing to shake Ben in his view that it was his duty to help protect those who were handicapped by lack of legal counsel in his court. He leaves his wife and eleven children, six daughters and five sons. They are Mrs. John Holl; Mrs. Richard Strong; Mrs. Charles Hale; Mrs. Clarence Weeks; Mrs. August Hoppman; Mrs. Minnie Allen; Harry, Homer, Ben, Albert and Sherman Rose; the last named being a son by a former marriage and his whereabouts is unknown. He leaves eight grandchildren and one sister. He was a member of the Odd Fellows order, and was a soldier in the Confederate army. His illness began three years ago and he had done little in an official way. For ten days he had been ill with pneumonia and this caused his death at 2 o'clock this morning. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, Rev. Arthur Goodger officiating.

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ROSE, FRANCES J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 25, 1902

Frances J. Rose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rose, died this morning after a three week's illness, aged 8 years and two weeks. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and services will be conducted at the family home, 714 Langdon street.

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ROSE, MYRTLE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1912

Myrtle Rose, aged 14, a pupil of the Upper Alton school, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Alice Rose, this morning after a lingering illness. She leaves three brothers and two sisters. The body will be shipped to Golconda on Monday morning for burial.

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ROSENBERGER, ANDREW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1914             Man in his Ninety-Fourth Year Found Dead in His Bed

Andrew Rosenberger, in his ninety-fourth year, was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning at his home, 930 Staunton street. His death must have come as he slept, and was peaceful and unexpected. Mr. Rosenberger had been in perfect health. He was known for his physical strength, his activity, and energy. He continued working almost up to the very end of his life. The aged man was a familiar figure on the streets of Alton. He would never consent to give up going downtown, driving his wagon about, and hauling loads on his wagon. He could see no use in a man quitting work as long as he felt perfectly well and able to do things. He had no idea that his end was fast approaching, as except for a slight illness which began a month ago, the aged man had always been strong and well. He was the oldest member of the German Evangelical church, having affiliated there since the church was organized. Mr. Rosenberger was a native of Marjosz, Hessen, Germany, and was born on Christmas day, 1820. He came to America in 1838 and arrived at Richmond, Va. on the Fourth of July of that year. There, he with other young Germans who had come to America, took service with some Virginia planters who needed strong young men to help them with their work. It had taken two months for him to cross the Atlantic Ocean. As overseer, he with his father, stayed on the plantation 3 years. They started west in wagons in 1840 and stopping at various places, they arrived in Alton in 1844, having spent some time at Nashville, Tenn. After coming to Alton, Mr. Rosenberger bought two teams and began hauling rock and lumber. In 1847 he bought the house in which he died from a man named Brodt, who had built it many years before. The timbers are solid oak, with the exception of a floor in one of the rooms, no important repairs have been made since the house was bought. Mr. Rosenberger was of the opinion that the place is over a hundred years old. It is one of the oldest houses still used in Alton. When Mr. Rosenberger first bought the house, there was only one other in the vicinity, that belonging to the father of George Alt. Mr. Rosenberger cared for a cow and horse of his own up to the last. He made his home with his daughters, Misses Amelia, Elizabeth, and Dora Rosenberger, and his son, Andrew Rosenberger, at 930 Staunton street. His other children are Mrs. John Lampert, Mrs. John Stupprich, and Louis Rosenberger of Macoupin. Two children are dead. He has twenty-four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. During his long life Mr. Rosenberger was an abstainer from the use of tobacco and he attributed his good health and strength to the fact that he had refrained from vices.

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ROSENTHAL, THEODORE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1919

The funeral of Theodore Rosenthal was yesterday morning. Services were conducted at the home at 813 State street by Rev. E. L. Gibson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. The body was taken to St. Louis and interment was in Valhalla Cemetery there, the service being under the ritual of the Modern Woodmen of America, and conducted by Frank Fisher. The pall bearers, all members of the Woodmen lodge, who accompanied the remains to St. Louis, were: Maurice Hoffmann, Ross McPherson, Thomas Hunt, C. E. Wright, M. Jenkins and Thomas Rowan.

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ROSINE, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1914

Louis Rosine, a tailor, employed for many years at the Joesting Company place, died at St. Joseph's Hospital after a three years illness from pernicious anemia. He was a member of the tailors' union, and as he had no relatives in this country, that organization will see to his burial.

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ROSS, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 12, 1913        Woman Fatally Injured When Horse Is Frightened By Automobile

Mrs. Anna Ross, aged 32, wife of J. S. Ross, was fatally injured Saturday night, dying Sunday morning at 7 o'clock, from being thrown from a buggy in a runaway. Her husband and her son, Howard, were thrown out too, but they escaped serious injury. Mrs. Ross' death was due to a fracture of her skull at the base of the brain. With her husband and son, she had started driving Saturday evening and they were going through Rock Spring Park, when they met an automobile. The horse shied when the auto dashed past at high speed. According to the survivors of the accident, the driver of the auto paid no attention to what followed, and drove on under full speed. Mr. Ross was first thrown from the buggy and carried the reins to the ground with him, leaving his wife and son in the buggy, helpless to attempt controlling the frightened horse. The horse dashed through the park to Staunton street, then on Central avenue, Phinney avenue, and over to Bloomfield street, where Mrs. Ross was thrown out near Gold street, after a three-quarter of a mile run. She had first pitched her son out of the buggy, hoping to save him from injury, and a short distance further on she tried to jump out herself, but failed to make a safe escape. Her screams and shouts at the horse had attracted attention along the way and a number of attempts were made to stop the horse, but the horse ran on. It is supposed that Mrs. Ross feared a fatal accident would result if she continued in the buggy, and so she tried to get out with fatal results. The horse was stopped less than 150 yards from where Mrs. Ross was thrown and the buggy was not injured in the least. Mrs. Ross was carried into the J. P. Hanlin store, and after a delay of over an hour the ambulance was procured and she was moved to the hospital. It was found there that she was probably fatally injured. The son and husband of the woman had escaped with slight injuries. Coroner J. M. Sims came over Sunday and held an inquest, a verdict of accidental death from a fracture of the skull. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home on Powhattan street in Upper Alton.

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ROSS, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 11, 1921

Frank W. Ross, aged 80, died this morning at his home, 1825 Evergreen Avenue in Upper Alton, from old age. Mr. Ross was a retired farmer. He had lived in the Delhi neighborhood for many years and he gave up farming fourteen years ago and moved to Alton where he has lived ever since. He began to show the effects of advancing age last July when he complained of suffering from neuralgic pains of the heart and he had been in a bad way most of the time since then. He leaves his wife, three daughters and one son, Mrs. Emma Craig, Mrs. Fred Breitweiser, Mrs. Dixon Mundle and Edward Ross. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home and services will be conducted by Rev. O. W. Heggemeier of the Evangelical church. Burial will be in the Marston cemetery on the Jerseyville road, about ten miles out of Alton. Mr. Ross was highly respected in Alton where he had passed the declining years of his life. He was a highly esteemed man in the neighborhood where he spent the greater part of his life near Delhi.

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ROSS, WEBB/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, January 26, 1893                Engineer of train at Wann disaster

The funeral of Webb Ross, the veteran engineer who was burned to death in the wreck of the Big Four limited at Alton Junction Saturday morning, took place in Mattoon, Illinois yesterday from the Methodist church. Mr. Ross was 62 years old, second oldest engineer on the Big Four road and an active member of the Methodist church. Nothing but words of praise can be said of him by all who knew him. Hale and hearty he was one of the most trusted engineers of the road. The church was crowded with friends from far and near and the occasion was a sad one. Members of the Brotherhood of Engineers acted as pallbearers among, then, being Patrick Vaughn, the oldest engineer on the road. The people turned out in one accord and fairly enveloped the casket of their fellow citizen with flowers. An enormous funeral procession followed the remains to the cemetery. Among the number was Mr. George W. Cutter of this city [Alton], one of the oldest engineer's on the C. & A. [Railroad].

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ROST, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1905

Henry Rost died at his home at 915 Hapton street at 9 o'clock this morning, after a lingering illness from consumption. The deceased was 43 years of age, was a glassblower, and has been a resident of Alton many years. A wife and seven children, and also three brothers survive him. The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann of the German Evangelical church officiating.

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ROTH, MRS. WENZEL/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, January 18, 1893

Mrs. Wenzel Roth, of Ft. Russell Township, died yesterday morning of old age and bronchial troubles. She was in her 72nd year. She was an old resident of the county. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon. She leaves one son and one daughter, Louis Roth and Mrs. Adam Fuhrman.

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ROTSCH, AMELIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 2, 1913       Two Die From Auto Accident

Two are dead and two men are held to the grand jury in connection with the automobile accident of Monday afternoon near Second and Cherry streets. Miss Amelia Rotsch died at the home of William Penning in Upper Alton Monday night at 10:10 p.m., and Maurice Meehan died Thursday morning at 3 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital. The death of Miss Rotsch was unexpected. She was not believed to be seriously injured. Not a mark that was given in the wreck was on her person, the only bruise being due to a fall on a table after she had been carried into the office of the Sweetser Lumber Co. She had not even been thrown from the car when the wreck occurred, and was lifted from the tonneau where she had slipped down in a faint after the collision. It was supposed she was suffering from nervous shock and would recover in a few days. Surgeons had pronounced her case not to be of a serious nature. Monday night she collapsed about a half hour before her death occurred, and her mother, who had been with her all day, had gone to the family home in Bethalto. Her death was a great surprise to everyone. Miss Rotsch was 25 years old, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rotsch of Bethalto. She had taught at the Brushy Grove school and had been transferred to the East Alton school where she was teaching. The theory of Miss Rotsch's death is that when the collision occurred, one of the men in the Granite City car was hurled at her and struck her on the breast and head, as one of the men was lifted out of the Clark car where he was hanging after the accident. Maurice Meehan's death occurred Thursday morning at 3 o'clock. He had regained consciousness only a few minutes during Wednesday, but at the time he was conscious he began to show certain indications of dissolution, and the surgeons gave it out that he could not last 24 hours. He continued to sink steadily. His wife attended him constantly from the time of the wreck. Meehan was 43 years of age and leaves his wife. He had conducted a saloon in the city of Madison, Ill.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1913

Miss Amelia Rotsch, one of the two victims of Monday's auto accident at Second and Cherry streets, was laid away today in the pretty pink silk gown which she made for a birthday celebration postponed from Christmas until New Year's eve. She also wore a ring which was presented to her as a Christmas present a year ago by the pupils of the East Alton school in token of their appreciation for her faithful services. The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock at the Bethalto Presbyterian church, the Rev. E. L. Gibson of Alton officiating. The pallbearers were selected from her school friends at Bethalto by her fiancÚ, Samuel Pressey, assistant foreman at the Western Union Cartridge plant at East Alton....

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ROTSCH, MARIE (nee SCHMIDT)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1912                    Wife Follows Husband to Eternal Home

Mrs. Reinhold Rotsch, aged 64 years, died last evening at 5 o'clock at her home on Washington street from cancer of the face, after having suffered from the malady for the past year. She was born in Independence, Mo., and was before her marriage Miss Marie Schmidt. She came to Alton when about 6 years old and has lived in this vicinity ever since. The family into which she married is an old Wood River township one, and she resided in that township for several years with her husband. She leaves eight children: Mrs. Tuetkin of Fidelity, and Mrs. Ahe, Cora, Gustave, Frank, Herbert, Frances, and Robert Rotsch of Alton. Her mother, Mrs. Marie Schmidt, and three brothers, Charles, William and Jacob Schmidt, also survive. A stepson, William Rotsch, lives in Collinsville, and there are fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Gustave Rotsch, the well known police officer, gave up his position five weeks ago in order that he could devote all of his time to caring for his mother. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the German Evangelical church, and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery Upper Alton. Her husband died two weeks ago after a short illness. Both were well known and respected throughout the county.

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ROTSCH, REINHOLD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 10, 1912

Reinhold Rotsch, aged 77, died at his home on Washington avenue in Alton at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after an illness of a week. He had been a sufferer from asthma for a long time, and a week ago the trouble was complicated with a bad cold which disabled him. He was not regarded as being in a serious condition, and no alarm was felt about him. His wife, who has been a sufferer for a long time with a cancer on her face, and is in a very bad condition, has been expected to die at any time, and her death has even been reported. The wife is in such a state that she would not realize her husband's death, and so she has not been told of it. Tuesday afternoon, while Mr. Rotsch was being helped to his chair, he was suddenly stricken and he died a few minutes afterward. He is survived by his wife and nine children, William, Gus, Frank, Herbert, Robert, Mrs. Mamie Tuetken, Mrs. Julia Ahe(?), Misses Frances and Cora Rotsch. He leaves also two brothers, Adolph of Carthage, Mo., and Charles of Bethalto; and two sisters, Mrs. John Dressler of Melville, and Mrs. M. Moll of Alton. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday from the Washington Street Methodist church.

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ROUTLEDGE, WILLIAM H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 31, 1903

The funeral of William H. Routledge was held this morning at 10 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church. Services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden, and burial was in City Cemetery. There was a large attendance of friends and relatives of Mr. Routledge. The members of the orders, Modern Americans and the Mystic Workers, attended the funeral as a mark of respect to their deceased brother.

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ROWAN, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 9, 1914

The funeral of Mrs. Ann Rowan was held this morning at 10 o'clock from the home of her son, Thomas Rowan, on Mechanic street. Rev. M. W. Twing conducted the funeral services. The pallbearers were grandsons Charles and H. J. Rowan, L. H. Howe, J. Lemon, Thomas H. Williams, Thomas Miller. Mrs. F. B. Browning and Mrs. Havey Wells sang several duets. All the children were present, including Mrs. C. L. Kolb of Newton, Kas.; Mrs. Harry Isaac of Rosedale, Kas.; Mrs. T. J. Williams of Sparks, Nev.; Mrs. H. E. Bay of Venice. Burial was in City Cemetery.

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ROWAN, UNKNOWN WIFE OF WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, July 15, 1907            Submitted by Colleen Stutz
Mrs. William Rowan, a native of Godfrey township, where she spent most of her life died Sunday afternoon at her home in Bunker Hill, aged 79 years. She was a sister of James Smith, sexton of the Godfrey cemetery, and of Samuel Smith, of this place, and was well known by Godfrey and Alton people generally. Funeral services were conducted at the home this afternoon and the body will be taken to Kinmundy, Ill., this evening for burial. Mrs. Rowan leaves her husband and four children, two sons and two daughters. She was the third member of the Smith family of brothers and sisters to die within the year, Benjamin dying a few months ago at his home in Godfrey and William less than a year ago. Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Mather and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Smith attended the funeral from here.

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ROWLEY, BELLE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1906      Child Killed by Falling Bar Fixture

Belle Rowley, the 4 years old daughter of John Rowley, living in the upstairs of the building at Second and Ridge streets over Putze's saloon, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon by being crushed under a bar which had been taken from Putze's saloon almost two weeks ago and which was standing in the back yard which served as an access to the living apartments of the Rowley home. The bar has a narrow base and widened at the top, and the top was of heavy wood, making the piece of furniture top-heavy and very unsteady when not strongly braced. A loose board was lying at the base of the bar and was struck by the older sister, dislodged the bar and caused it to topple over. Belle was running behind and was caught beneath the heavy piece of furniture. Her head was pinned down to the brick pavement by the heavy top of the bar, and she was killed instantly. The father, hearing the screams of his little daughter, Lulu, ran down and found his daughter Belle, pinioned to the pavement by the bar. He lifted the heavy weight and bore the body of his little girl, bleeding from frightful wounds, to the apartments upstairs. The mother, who gave birth to a child the night before, was overcome by the shock of seeing the bleeding form of her little daughter carried into the room to her. Physicians were called at once, but the child was dead. Her skull was crushed and the doctor said that death was instant. Deputy Coroner Keiser was summoned and will hold an inquest tomorrow. The funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Cherry Street Baptist church, where services were conducted by Rev. S. D. McKenney, and the inquest will be held Tuesday evening, a jury being impaneled to view the body by Deputy Coroner Keiser this morning. The condition of Mrs. Rowley, mother of the victim, is reported greatly improved today.

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ROWLEY, JOHN A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 26, 1907        Man Collapses Upon Hearing Immoral Charges Against His Daughter

John A. Rowley, whose home was in the alley between Second and Third streets, Cherry and Walnut, died this morning from typhoid fever. The wife says that her husband's death was due to grief over the arrest of his 16 year old daughter, Katie Rowley, who was sent to the county jail Saturday after being given a hearing on a charge of having very bad morals. Mrs. Rowley said that her husband was so shocked on being informed of his daughter's wickedness, that he collapsed. Dr. J. N. Shaff, who visited him several times, says that death was due to typhoid fever. The man had been in ill health for some time, and had what is known as the walking typhoid fever. The family are very poor. One year ago a little child was killed by being crushed under a saloon bar which fell in the back yard at the saloon of Louis Putze. Rowley was 42 years of age and leaves beside his wife some small children. The funeral will be held tomorrow.

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RUCKER, RANSOM/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, February 9, 1893

Ransom Rucker, aged 72 years, died Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  Mr. Rucker is the father of George Rucker, who died a short time ago from injuries received in the oil explosion.

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RUCKMAN, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1910          Fatally Crushed Under Wagon Loaded With Wheat

George Ruckman, the 16 year old son of S. C. Ruckman of West Alton, Mo., was fatally injured Sunday afternoon by being run over by a wagon loaded with wheat. The boy was driving the wagon, and the reins becoming tangled up where wheated was to be loaded in the car, he attempted to get out and straighten out the reins. In so doing, he fell down in front of the front wheel of the wagon, and before the horses could be stopped both back and front wheels had run completely over his body at the waist. He was taken home, and Dr. G. Taphorn of Alton was summoned to attend him. Dr. Taphorn found that the boy's kidneys had been ruptured. He died two hours afterward.

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RUCKMAN, LEROY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1919          Worried Over Debts Man Kills Self By Slashing His Own Throat

Worry over debts and money due on a Liberty Bond, which he thought he would never be able to pay, and the fear of being sent to prison, are thought to have been the cause of Leroy Ruckman taking his own life this morning. Ruckman slashed his throat with a razor at 10:30 this morning, and died a half an hour later before a physician reached him. He lived on Fourteenth street. Ruckman was 33 years old and married. His wife, who is at the home of Mrs. Arthur Thomas, 401 East Fourteenth street, said today that her husband had been worrying for some time over debts he owed and the money due on the Liberty Bond. He often expressed the fear of being sent to prison, she said. He frequently grew very discouraged, Mrs. Ruckman said, and was heard to say, "I haven't a friend in the world." Mrs. Ruckman said she believed her husband was greatly in debt, and to many people, though he seldom told her of his affairs. Ruckman was an oiler at the plant of the Sparks Milling Co., and worked last night. He complained this morning, his wife said, of being tired. The family had prepared to move, and Ruckman had loaded several sacks of coal. Ruckman leaves his widow, Mrs. Carrie Ruckman, and two children, James, four years old, and Bertha May, 14 months old. She came here from St. Charles, Mo. Ruckman was born at Hardin and has been living in Alton about 25 years. He leaves a brother who resides .. The body was taken in charge by Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer, who ...... [unreadable] Ruckman lived in a house he purchased from Yager on the building and loan plan. He had been unable to meet the payments and grew discouraged. Yager took the house back from him some time ago, and yesterday suggested that Ruckman move from the house, which, Yager said, was in dangerous condition and liable to collapse at any time. Mr. Yager planned to make repairs. Ruckman refused to move, even when Yager offered to find another house for him and stand part of the expense of moving, saying his stay longer would be at his own risk. Preparations for moving had been completed this morning, Mrs. Ruckman said, before her husband ended his life.

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RUDD, ALFRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 11, 1919                  Soldier Dies From Tuberculosis

Alfred Rudd, aged 33, one of the men who was sent into the army from Alton, died at Mt. St. Rose Sanitarium in St. Louis at 4 o'clock this morning from tuberculosis. He was sent home disabled and given his discharge because of the malady from which he suffered. The body will be brought to Alton tomorrow and the funeral will be Friday morning from the home of his sister, Mrs. Joshua Craig, to the Cathedral. An infant child of Rudd died June 13, and the father came home eight days after the burial of the babe, and had been sick ever since.

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RUDD, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 3, 1907

James Rudd, a well known Alton character, died Saturday night at his home in Ninth street after a long illness caused by old age maladies. He was 76 years of age and is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Joshua Craig and Alfred Rudd of Alton, and Franklin Rudd who is somewhere in Canada. The funeral was held today and burial was in City cemetery. A sister of Rudd, Mrs. Amelia Farrell, is dangerously ill at the Woman's Home, and it was through the solicitude of his sister that Rudd professed conversion to the Episcopal faith before his death. The funeral services were held this afternoon, Rev. H. M. Chittenden officiating.

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RUDDY, DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 4, 1918

David Ruddy, better known as "Shorty" Long, aged 59, died last night at ten minutes after one, after a short illness of one week brought on by a severe attack of asthma last Monday. Several years ago Ruddy was very ill with asthma and it was thought that recovery was impossible but he pulled through. Monday he was taken ill but his condition was not thought to be serious until Saturday when pneumonia developed. "Shorty" Long was one of the best known men in the city of Alton, being in business for the past 34 years. He was born and raised in Alton where he has a large host of friends who will regret to learn of his death. His father died when he was quite young, and his mother remarried. After his mother's re-marriage he was called "Shorty" Long among his intimate friends. He was married and is survived by his wife and two daughters, Irene and LaVern, besides a large number of other relatives. He was the son-in-law of Mrs. Carolne Yeake_. He was a member of St. Patrick's church, and of the Western Catholic Union and Holy Name Society of that church. He was a prominent Eagle and took an active interest in the business and social affairs of the organization. Besides his immediate family he leaves six sisters and two brothers. Sisters are: Sister M. Catherine of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Chicago; Mrs. John Steinmetz, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Jerry Kennedy; Mrs. James Hanlon; Mrs. George Marsh of Alton; and Mrs. W. Hill of Chicago. He also leaves two brothers, John Long of Edwardsville and James Long of Pana. Mrs. W. C. Clark, Mrs. William Weisback, Miss Caroline Yeakel and John Yeakel are sisters and brother of Mrs. Ruddy. Nearly three years ago Ruddy sold his place of business on East Broadway on account of ill health, and went to work for the Western Cartridge Company. He was greatly interested in the successful outcome of the war and was happy in doing his all in the making of ammunition. He felt better last Monday evening and talked of going to work Tuesday but was unable to do so. The funeral will be held Wednesday, but the time has not been set. The body is at the family home at _28 East Fifth street, where death occurred. Mrs. Caroline Yeakel and Miss Yeakel are at the Ruddy home. Following the death of Mr. Ruddy, Miss Yeakel took a nervous chill and has been very ill since that time.

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RUE, HARRY F. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1904         22 Year Old Alton Dentist Dies of Brain Tumor

Death came Monday morning at St. Joseph's hospital to relieve the long suffering of Dr. Harry F. Rue, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. rue, of Grove street. The young man passed away peacefully, having had the full knowledge for a week that he could not recover. Several weeks ago surgeons pronounced his case a hopeless one. He was suffering from a malignant tumor which started its growth at the base of his brain and developed rapidly. Just after the young man had completed his course of study in dentistry, had opened an office with his brother in the Spaulding building for the practice of his chosen profession, his health broke down. The sudden collapse of his health was ascribed to nervous prostration brought on by too close application to his studies. He had graduated among those who received honorable mention in the dental college, and his rank was very high. For several months he suffered the most excruciating tortures from the mysterious malady which baffled the physicians. Finally, the tumor began to develop and produced paralysis from the waist down, also causing him great inconvenience in swallowing and breathing. The worst symptoms of the disease had passed when death came, and the end was a peaceful one. Dr. Rue was 22 years old last April, and had lived most of his life in Alton and vicinity. He was a bright, cheerful lad, and had shown great adeptness in the dental profession. His death comes as a sad bereavement to his family and to his many friends in Alton. [Burial was in City Cemetery]

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RUECKGAUER, BARBARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1903

The funeral of Mrs. Barbara Rueckgauer took place this afternoon from the Evangelical church, where services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Theo. Oberhellman to the City cemetery, where the body was laid to rest. Very many friends of the deceased and of the family attended the obsequies and many beautiful floral offerings were made by them.

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RUEDIN, CATHERINE (nee LONG)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 3, 1913

Mrs. Catherine Ruedin, wife of Martin Ruedin, died Thursday night at her home on the Grafton road from pneumonia. A few days ago she was in St. Louis suffering from what was believed to be a heavy cold. She was brought home in an automobile Monday, and later pneumonia developed. Her death was expected all day yesterday, and occurred at 9:35 o'clock Thursday night. She leaves beside her husband, four children, Henry and Everett, and Miss Bertha Ruedin and Mrs. Harry Coleman. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home to Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. W. T. Cline and Rev. S. D. McKenny will have charge of the funeral.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1913
The funeral of Mrs. Martin Ruedin was held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home on the Grafton road, where services were conducted by Revs. W. T. Cline and S. D. McKenny. Notwithstanding the disagreeable weather, a large assemblage of friends of the deceased escorted the funeral cortege to Oakwood cemetery, where interment took place. Floral contributions were many and most beautiful, showing the high esteem in which deceased was held. Following were the pallbearers: A. T. Hawley, John Hall, George Mattie, August Brecht, Edwin Riehl, and Fred Boehner. Mrs. Ruedin's maiden name was Long. She was born in Indianapolis, January 13, 1856, and came to Illinois when a young girl. She became the bride of Martin Ruedin in 1877, and had since resided in the vicinity of Alton. Through her illness she was a patient sufferer, and was hopefully looking forward to the time when she could resume her place in the household where she had been a guide and reliable adviser to her family. She was kindly, charitable and was ready to lend a helping hand to those in trouble.

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RUEGGER, ADOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 19, 1907             Former County Treasurer Kills Self

Adolph Ruegger, a well known resident of Edwardsville and formerly county treasurer, killed himself this morning at his home in Edwardsville. Ruegger was a well known figure around the county seat for many years. He was a member of Belvidere Commandery, Knights Templar, of Alton.

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RUMMERFIELD, ARTHUR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 17, 1910

Arthur Rummerfield, aged 77, died at his home on Jefferson avenue Sunday morning at 1 o'clock, from loss of blood. He ruptured a blood vessel in his lungs and was taken down at 8 o'clock Saturday evening, dying five hours later. Mr. Rummerfield had worked all day  Saturday, and after the close of his day's labor he went home and complained of feeling poorly. He had lived in Alton many years. Mr. Rummerfield leaves his wife, three sons and three daughters, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His children are William, Perry and Harry Rummerfield; Mrs. Amelia Riester, Mrs. Estella O'Hare, and Martha Foreman. The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the home, and burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Rev. H. M. Chittenden officiated.

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RUMMERFIELD, CHARLES A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 5, 1901

Charles A., the three years and a half old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Rummerfield, died at the family home on Jefferson avenue this morning of troubles induced by the heat. The funeral will be at 9:30 Tuesday morning, and interment will be at Melville.

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RUMMERFIELD, [HIRAM] PERRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 11, 1916           Dies After Falling Off Roof

Perry Rummerfield, who fell from the roof of a house owned by Mrs. White on Bellevue avenue Tuesday afternoon, died at his home, 1213 Norton street this morning at 10:40 o'clock, without regaining consciousness. Mr. Rummerfield's death was considered almost a certainty after his fall, as the attending surgeon declared that he believed the injured man had a very slight chance to live. Mr. Rummerfield was 42 years of age. Mr. Rummerfield was a former resident of Elsah. He moved to Alton about 25 years ago. He was a member of Fleur de Lys Lodge K. of P., and also of Mt. Hood Tent, Knights of the Maccabbees at Portland, Oregon, and of the Alton carpenters union. He leaves his wife, Carrie Rummerfield, his mother, three sisters: Mrs. William Reister, Mrs. Ed O'Hare, Mrs. Samuel Foreman, and two brothers, William and Harry Rummerfield. He was a man of excellent character, a kind husband and was beloved in his family. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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RUMSEY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1903

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Zene Rumsey was darkened Wednesday evening by the death of their 6 year old daughter, Mary, from paralysis, resulting from scarlet fever. The funeral was held this afternoon in private from the family home on Ninth street.

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RUNDELL, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1922          Crushed Under Train

Frank Rundell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rundell, was killed yesterday afternoon on the Big Four tracks near the plant of the Equitable Powder Co. by the train due to arrive at East Alton at 4:20 p.m. Rundell's home was at 522 Shelly street. He had been married two years, and is survived by his wife. Members of the family said that he had been out of work for a few days, and that he was searching for a job with the construction gang building an electric circuit from East Alton to Bethalto. He was formerly a lineman and wanted to take up his old work. He inquired of the men in the gang about the chances of getting a job, and was directed down the track to where the foreman was to inquire of him. That walk down the track proved fatal to him as he was overtaken by the Big Four passenger train and run down. Evidently he did not hear the approaching train in time to get off the track in safety. In addition to the wife and parents, the deceased leaves four sisters, Mrs. Harry Raymond, Earl Coatney, Clara and Millicent Rundell, and four brothers, Walter, Harry, John and Carl Rundell.

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RUNDLE, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1907             Death From Ptomaine Poisoning

Thomas Rundle died at his home on Ridge street this morning before 6 o'clock from a blood clot in his heart resulting from ptomaine poisoning. Dr. H. R. Lemen was called to attend him Sunday evening at his home. Rundle had been working in the Frisco yards at Mitchell and had been living on commissary stuff, chiefly. It is supposed that some of the food he ate Sunday was poisoned and shortly after he returned home he was taken very ill with all the symptoms of heart trouble. He was attended by members of his family at the time of his death. He was 57 years of age.

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RUPPRECHT, ALBERT CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 25, 1918               Soldier Killed in Action

Notice has been received by Mrs. Mamie Brakenhoff of Nokomis, that her brother, Albert Charles Rupprecht, had been killed in action October 7 in France. The notice from the Adjutant General was the first news the family had of the death of the young man. The soldier lived in Alton all of his life, until he was drafted and sent to Camp Taylor last February. From there he was sent to Camp Sevier in a few days, and in May he was sent to France. He was in Co. H, 119th Infantry. He was twenty-eight years of age. The family lived at 3007 Alby street for many years. He leaves two brothers, John of Alton; and William F. of Co. D, 333rd Infantry, now in France; and one sister, Mrs. Mamie Brakenhoff of Nokomis.

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RUPPRECHT, FRED J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1913

The funeral of Fred J. Rupprecht will be from his late residence, 3007 Alby street, at 2 o'clock Sunday, April 20, Rev. G. L. Clark officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

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RUPPRECHT, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1904       12 Year Old Newsboy Killed by C. & A. Train

Harry Rupprecht, the 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rupprecht, living on upper Alby street, was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon by being struck by the second section of the Chicago and Alton Prairie State Express, about 5 o'clock. The boy was on his way downtown from his home to carry papers, he being an agent for the Sentinel-Democrat and the St. Louis Star. He was running along the railway track, going down the street, and when passing the C. & A. roundhouse the train was coming around the curve and hit him. The boy probably did not hear the approach of the train. He was struck squarely in the back, the worst injury being inflicted to the back of his head and the base of his spine. The boy was picked up by the trainmen and carried down on the train to the depot. He was afterward moved to Seibold's livery stable office, where surgical attention was given him, and from there to St. Joseph's hospital. His skull was fractured and his spine bruised. The injuries proved fatal Tuesday night about 9 o'clock. Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer has impaneled a jury to hold an inquest when he can get hold of the members of the train crew.

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RUPPRECHT, MAGGIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, March 6, 1899

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rupprecht on Alby street has been bereaved by the death of their two years old daughter, Maggie Rupprecht. Death was due to spinal meningitis. The funeral was at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the family home and services were conducted by Rev. William Hackman.

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RUPPRECHT, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1921             Alton Soldier Killed In France

Word was received today that the body of William Rupprecht would be sent to Alton for burial. He was killed overseas while performing a volunteer mission. His parents are dead and the other members of his family have departed from Alton. A sister residing at Nokomis has been notified of the shipment of the body here and has asked undertaker William Bauer to receive and hold it until members of the family can arrive.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1921

Funeral services for William Rupprecht, a former Alton soldier, who was killed in France, will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the German Evangelical church with Rev. Heggemeier officiating. Alton post of the American Legion will have charge of the services and the Legionnaires are asked to assemble at City Hall Square at two o'clock Sunday afternoon to accompany the remains from the Bauer Undertaking establishment to the church, and following the services, from the church to the City cemetery where interment will be made. The Legion firing squad composed of the same members who served in previous funerals will serve at the Rupprecht funeral on Sunday, and all members of the Legion are urged to turn out for this funeral. Pallbearers will be selected from among the soldiers who served in the same company with the deceased.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1921

Funeral services over the remains of William Rupprecht, a former Alton boy who met his death while serving with the American Expeditionary forces overseas, were held here Sunday afternoon under the direction of Alton post American Legion. The Legionnaires congregated in City hall square and accompanied the remains from the Bauer undertaking establishment to the Evangelical church where Rev. Heggemeier conducted a funeral service in the presence of many friends of the deceased. The funeral procession then went to the City Cemetery, where Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger, commander of Alton post American Legion, carried out the Legion burial ritual with the assistance of a firing squad. Pallbearers were chosen from among friends of the deceased who served with him overseas. They were: Warren Ash, Jack Kinney, Tom Dugan, May Campbell, Elza McCann. Legionnaires in the funeral procession were commenting today upon respect shown the Flag when the cortege was enroute to the church Sunday afternoon, and thence to the cemetery. It was observed that on one street where a large number of men were passed, only one individual removed his hat at the passing of the colors.

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RUSSELL, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 5, 1901

Mrs. Annie Russell, aged 60, died Wednesday night at St. Joseph's hospital of dropsy. Mrs. Russell lived alone in a little house on the coal branch, and refused to leave her home when urged to do so by persons willing to help her. She was taken to the hospital about ten days ago. The funeral will be Friday afternoon from the hospital to the City Cemetery.

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RUSSELL, BIRDIE HUGHES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 5, 1918                  Woman on Bond After Shooting Woman in St. Louis Dies

The body of Mrs. Birdie Russell, a negro woman, was shipped to St. Louis today to be identified there as the body of the woman who slew a negro woman in St. Louis a month or so ago. After the Russell woman had shot another negro woman five times and had killed her, she was arrested and held, but managed in some way to give bond and was released. She came to Alton to make her home the balance of her life, as she was known to be in bad health. Her illness was probably one of the reasons why she was released at the time. Monday afternoon she had just been lifted from her bed while a change of bedding was being made, and an old friend was calling to see her. She suddenly collapsed and in a few minutes was dead. Owing to the fact that she had given bond it was considered necessary to satisfy the St. Louis authorities that she had died, so the body was shipped to St. Louis this morning for identification there, in order to release her suretise on the bond. She was about 30 years old.

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RUSSELL, FRANK G./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, June 29, 1880

Mr. Frank G. Russell died at his mother's residence on State street at 2:40 o'clock this morning, of consumption, after a lingering illness of over two years. Deceased was a most worthy and estimable young man, a favorite with all who knew him, and warmly beloved by the relatives and intimate friends who were best acquainted with his high character and many noble and generous qualities. During his long illness he was watched over and cared for by his relations with the most assiduous care and devotion, and every means that human skill could apply, or tender affection suggest to arrest the progress of his disease was employed, but the most that could be done for the sufferer was to smooth his pathway to the grave. Something over a year ago he spent the winter in San Antonio, but the genial climate, which has helped so many invalids, brought no healing to him, and he returned only to linger out days of pain and nights of waking. He bore all his sufferings with patience and fortitude4, and peacefully awaited the inevitable end. His widowed mother, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of all their neighbors and friends in this affliction. Mr. Russell was a native of Alton, where he spent his brief life. For several years he was a compositor in this office, always faithful, prompt and efficient. The funeral will take place from the family residence at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. The remains will be taken to St. Louis for interment in Bellefontaine cemetery.

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RUSSELL, J. E. JR. "BERT"/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 4, 1918                Young Soldier Dies in Training - Influenza the Cause

J. E. Russell Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Russell, died at Stamford, Conn., Thursday, from influenza, after a brief illness. The message telling of the reassuring replies from his superior of great surprise to his relatives in Alton. They had known of his illness, but in response to messages they had sent making inquiry they had received very reassuring replies from his superior officers which allayed somewhat the anxiety the family felt. The message giving information of his death said that the fatal illness was influenza, followed by pneumonia. "Bert" Russell, was born in Alton and had lived in Alton all his life. He was a fine specimen of young manhood, physically, and he was one of the most highly esteemed young men in Alton. He was a graduate of Alton High School, and he had, for some time, been employed as an assistant to the head chemist at the plant of the Federal Lead Co. He was making good in his chosen profession of chemist when he was called to the colors. At first his employers filed an industrial claim for him, but he at last made arrangements for a successor on his job and he then reported himself ready to go into service. He was sent away to training camp, and for some time he had been on duty at Stamford, Conn., in a position where his scientific training made him peculiarly valuable to the government. A remarkable coincidence is that just the day he died, and less than 24 hours before the death message was received, the parents received the life insurance policy which he had taken out on his life, and coming as it did at a time when the parents were anxious over their son's welfare, it did not tend to allay apprehension. "Bert" was 22 years old and left Alton May 29, 1918 with the contingent for Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss. The body will be brought to Alton for burial, but owing to the nature of the malady from which he died, it may not be possible to hold a public funeral.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1918

A telegram was received by J. E. Russell today from Ira Oetrli, former instructor in Alton High School, that he would arrive in Alton Sunday night with the body of Bert Russell, from Stamford, Conn. Oetril and Russell were both engaged in chemical work at the arsenal at Stamford. After being sent to Camp Shelby they were transferred to the arsenal at Edenwood, and thence to Stamford, and had been together all the time. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home at 1004 Alby Street, and will be private. Interment will be in the Upper Alton Cemetery.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 7, 1918

A large crowd of friends and relatives assembled at Union Station Sunday night to meet the 10 o'clock Chicago and Alton train, which brought in the body of J. E. Russell Jr., who died at Stamford, Conn., where he was stationed. The telegram received last week notifying the family of Bert's death bore the tidings that the young soldier died of Spanish influenza. When the body arrived it was accompanied by Ira Oertli, who told the father, J. E. Russell, that there was a message inside the box telling that the young man died from pneumonia, and not influenza. The friends went to the Lock undertaking parlors where the notice was read which confirmed Oertli's verbal announcement. The body was taken upstairs and prepared, and the friends invited to view the remains. No change was made as to a private funeral arrangement, and they were carried out as planned this afternoon from the home on Alby street, attended by the members of the immediate family only. Services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Geyer of the First Methodist Church. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery under a heavy blanket of flowers. Rev. Geyer also conducted services at the grave side.

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RUSSELL, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1911

James Russell, a member of a former well known colored family in Alton, died in St. Louis, and the body was brought to Alton today for burial in the City Cemetery.

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RUSSELL, REUBEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 7, 1902          School Boy Commits Suicide

Reuben Russell, son of Joel Russell of 1049 Union street, drank carbolic acid Friday evening at the family home because he had been reproved for misconduct at school. The boy had a fight with a schoolmate, and when his mother punished him for fighting, the boy went home and finding a bottle of carbolic acid, drank the contents and died shortly afterward. He was 11 years old. The boy had been attending Lovejoy school on Union street. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified and held an inquest this morning, and the jury found a verdict of suicide, and that the boy committed the deed because he had been reproved for fighting.

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RUSSELL, WILLIS L. (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 5, 1919

Dr. Willis L. Russell, aged 46, died at his home, Third and Piasa streets, today, after an illness of more than two years. He was bedfast since last May. His death was due to tuberculosis. Ten years ago Dr. Russell came to Alton and established himself in the practice of the dental profession in the Snyder building at Third and Piasa. He leaves his wife and one daughter, Charlotte. The body will be taken to Cairo for burial, and Mrs. Russell plans to take her daughter there to make their home.

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RUST, JAMES W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 20, 1922

James W. Rust, aged 33, died this morning at 11:30 o'clock at his home, 1506 Clawson street, after an illness of four months. Mr. Rust had been near death a long time. All hope of his recovery was abandoned some time ago and then he began to show signs of improvement and again hopes were held that he would get well. His attending physician expressed the belief that it was only the strong will power of the man that tided him over at one period when he was in the worst condition. The number of friends Mr. Rust had manifested in his long illness by the large number of visitors who called or inquired for him, manifesting a deep interest in his condition. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and the encampment, also the Rebekahs, and also of the First Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the First Presbyterian church, Rev. Edward L. Gibson, officiating. The body will be taken to Perry, Ill., for burial, Tuesday morning. Mr. Rust leaves his wife and one daughter, Harriet, aged 9. He was employed at the plant of the Illinois Glass Company at the time he was taken sick. The struggle of Mr. Rust to conquer the malady which had attacked him attracted much attention. Conflicting reports as to his condition were abroad, and in all cases they were justified, as when he seemed the worst he would take a sudden turn for the better and it appeared that he might have a chance to get well. It was these changes in his condition that attracted so much attention.

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RUTHERFORD, LETITIA V. (nee SLOSS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 20, 1910            Resident of Alton Since 1858 Dies - Wife of Col. Friend S. Rutherford

Mrs. Letitia V. Rutherford, a resident of Alton since 1858, died at 7:15 o'clock Wednesday morning, at her home, 431 east Ninth street, after an illness of two weeks. Her death was due to a breaking down of her system from old age, and had been expected for almost a week. She was taken ill two weeks before her death with what was believed to be a slight ailment, and she never was able to be around again. Up to the evening before her death she was conscious, her mind was undimmed, and while she knew for several days she was dying, she was glad and ready to go and was happy with the members of her family around her. Up to the time she lost consciousness finally, the evening before her death, she conversed about current events, seemed to be still as deeply interested in her friends and her family as ever, and was not in the least perturbed by the certainty of her near dissolution. Mrs. Rutherford had always maintained her youthful interest in the young people. Her family and friends said she would never grow old in spirit, because she loved children so well, and this prediction was borne out to the last. She had a sweet simplicity of soul that would not countenance any display, her family and her friends were her little world, and she was never so happy as when, surrounded by many of her descendants, she lay on her dying bed. She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church and had held membership in the First Presbyterian church of Alton since she came to this city. Her father was Rev. James Sloss, a Presbyterian minister. She was born in Florence, Ala., and would have been 79 years of age June 13. She was married on her 18th birthday to Friend S. Rutherford, at her home, and she was separated from him by death in June 1864. Her husband was the colonel of the 97th Illinois volunteers, and he was taken sick after a long campaign in the neighborhood of Vicksburg, and at New Orleans. His wife went south and brought him home, and soon thereafter she was left with a large family of children, by her husband's death. She always maintained her home circle, made it the center for the other home circles that grew from her own, and was imbued with the spirit of hospitality that made her home a delightful place to be. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. W. C. Johnston of St. Louis; Miss Mary Rutherford; Mrs. John F. McGinnis; Mrs. William Russell of Alton; and one son, F. S. Rutherford of St. Louis. She leaves also an adopted daughter, her niece, Miss Grace Sloss. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Sloss of Memphis, Tenn., and Robert Sloss. She leaves thirty-six of grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. In 1852 Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford and their 13 months' old daughter, Anna, later Mrs. J. A. Cousley, now deceased, removed to Edwardsville, where Mr. Rutherford began the practice of his profession, the law. The family resided in Edwardsville until 1858, until Mr. Rutherford received an appointment as one of the officials of the Illinois State Penitentiary, then at Alton. Their residence was continued here until the present time. Mrs. Rutherford's brother, Joseph Sloss, is the only survivor of the persons who participated in the original Lincoln-Douglas debate. Prior to the arrival of the principal speakers it was planned that speeches would be made by local talent. Her husband, F. S. Rutherford, and her brother, Joseph Sloss, both attorneys, were the speakers selected to represent the two parties, the brother being on the Douglas side and her husband on the Lincoln side. Later both enlisted in armies, the one to fight for the Union, the other for the Confederacy. Later her brother was elected as representative in the United States congress, and was later appointed U. S. Marshall for the North District of Alabama of the Federal Court, by President Grant. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and services will be held in the First Presbyterian church by Rev. A. O. Lane. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

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RUTLEDGE, ANDREW J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1910

Andrew J. Rutledge, aged 80, father of Mrs. Fulk, died at the home of his daughter in the North Side, Saturday night, from paralysis. The funeral was held Monday afternoon and burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Upper Alton. It was just one week to the day from the time of the funeral of the husband of Mrs. Fulk, who was killed in a railroad accident at the foot of Ridge street. Mr. Rutledge had been ill a long time.

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RUTLEDGE, IRETTA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1906

Iretta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Rutledge, died last night at the family home on Fourth street between Market and Piasa streets, after two years illness with paralysis. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning. The child was 3 years old. Deputy Coroner Keiser held an inquest, and a verdict of death from paralysis was found.

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RUTLEDGE, MARIE ENO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 16, 1922               Was Nearing Sixty-Fifth Anniversary of Her Marriage

Mrs. Marie Eno Rutledge, wife of Walton Rutledge, died this morning at 8 o'clock at the family home, Fourth and Market streets, from the effects of pneumonia. She had been suffering from the disease nearly a month. With her at the time of her illness, for most of the time, were all the members of her family. Her aged husband, Walton Rutledge, who has been suffering from arterial hardening, is in a very bad condition, and the death of his wife has added to the gravity of his case. Mrs. Rutledge was married in Alton nearly sixty five years ago. She was only 15 years of age when she was married in Alton, and the observance of the sixtieth anniversary about four and a half years ago, was a big event with the family. They were looking forward to the sixty-fifth anniversary, which would have fallen the 4th of next December, and planned to make it a notable occasion, as there are few couples who live to celebrate that anniversary. Mrs. Rutledge was born in Boston, England, March 27, 1842, passing her eightieth birthday last March. She came to America with her parents when very young, going first to Winona, Minn., and afterward coming to Alton at the age of 10. She was married at Edwardsville, December 4, 1857. Since girlhood, she had been a member of the First Baptist church and her religious interests centered there. In her home she was a good mother and wife, and in her closing hours her devoted family of children were around her. She leaves her aged husband, Walton Rutledge, and six children, William A. of St. Louis, Elmer E. of Alton, Ella S. of Alton, John J. of Urbana, Mrs. Zeb Lapelle and Herbert Rutledge of Washington, D. C.

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RUTLEDGE, WALTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1922           Former Alderman, City Engineer, State & County Mine Inspector and County Engineer

Walton Rutledge, one of the best known residents of Alton, and for many years prominent in public life, died this morning at his home on Fourth and Market streets, after a long period of physical disability. His death follows closely that of his wife, and at the time of her death Mr. Rutledge, who had suffered a collapse, did not realize that his partner of nearly 65 years of married life had passed over. His death was not unexpected, and was a happy release from suffering. He was born in Haswell, Durham county, England, April 18, 1836, and came to the United States when he was nineteen years of age. Mr. Rutledge was in his early days a coal miner in the old mines on the coal branch, at North Alton, and it was there he acquired the experience which fitted him for valuable public service to the state in the years to come, in various capacities, all of them connected with the mining industry. He served as county mine inspector for several years and he also held the position of county surveyor of Madison county, for twelve years. For five years he was city engineer of the city of Alton and he rendered capable service in that time. Two years he served as a member of the Alton city council. For more than thirty years Mr. Rutledge served the state of Illinois in the capacity of a state mine inspector. He was retained in the service under one governor after another, and he did not give up his state work until old age made it necessary for him to do so. During the Civil War he served in two regiments, first in the 132nd and next in the 144th, in both instances being a first lieutenant. He had a prominent part in the framing and passing of the mining laws of Illinois which formed the basis of mining legislation in other states. He was an honorary member of the Mine Inspectors Institute of America, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. For many years he had been a member of the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Piasa lodge at Alton, and he was also a member of Belvidere commandery, Knights Templar. He was the first president of the board of trustees of the village of North Alton, now a part of Alton. Mr. Rutledge was a good musician, and was especially skillful in playing the violin. Old timers recall that in the olden days there would seldom be a social gathering in the North Side that would be without some musical background furnished by Walton Rutledge. He was a kindly, courteous, friendly man, and he was known as a good citizen, an upright man in every particular, and he was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. The children surviving are William A. Rutledge of St. Louis, E. E. Rutledge and Miss Ella Rutledge of Alton, J. J. Rutledge of Urbana, Ill., Mrs. Zeb Lapelle and Herbert W. Rutledge of Washington, D. C. The funeral of Walton Rutledge will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the home. The distant members of the family are expected to be here.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1922

The funeral of Walton Rutledge was held this morning at 9:30 o'clock from his late residence, Fourth and Market streets. There was a good attendance of old friends and relatives at the services, which were conducted by Rev. D. T. McGill of the College Avenue Baptist Church. The burial service in the City Cemetery was under the auspices of the Masonic order. Mr. Rutledge having held membership many years in Piasa lodge. The Knights Templar furnished an escort of honor for the deceased. There were many floral offerings from those who had know Mr. Rutledge in his long career in public life. The pallbearers were J. W. Beall, George T. Davis, J. D. Broome, P. B. Cousley, H. T. McCrea, J. T. McClure.

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RUTLEDGE, WILLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 16, 1905

The funeral of Willie Rutledge, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rutledge, who died from the effects of burns he sustained one week before, was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of Walton Rutledge on Market street. Services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Twing. At the funeral announcement was made of the death of the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rutledge, from diphtheria, at Baltimore, Maryland, on the same day and at the same hour as the death of a son of William Rutledge. The announcement at the funeral was the first information Mr. and Mrs. William Rutledge had received of the affliction that befell Mr. and Mrs. John Rutledge. The pallbearers for Willie Rutledge were five little friends of the boy, Arthur Krone, Randolph Richardson, Grover Casper, Joseph Klein, and Marion Richardson. Burial was in City Cemetery.

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RYAN, ALICE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 5, 1920

Mrs. Alice Ryan, a resident of North Alton for more than sixty years, died last night after a lingering illness caused by old age infirmities, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ignatius Walter, on Elm street. Mrs. Ryan would have been 80 years old March 17 next, and most of her life was spent in Alton. She was a kindly, charitable woman, and made and retained friends because of her lovable characteristics, and her death will be regretted by all who knew her. She is survived by three sons and four daughters, and all the children but one, who lives in Oregon, were with her before she passed away, peacefully as if sleeping. The children are John T. Ryan and Mrs. Ignatius Walter of Alton; Mrs. Charles Lyle of Malavoh, Oregan; Mrs. W. H. Staley of Sioux City, Iowa; Miss Katherine Ryan of St. Louis; James Ryan of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Thomas Ryan of Wichita Falls, Texas. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

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RYAN, ANNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 14, 1900

Mrs. Annie Ryan, wife of John Ryan, died this morning at the family home at Sixth and Walnut streets. She was 40 years of age and had been ill only a short time. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and services will be at the home.

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RYAN, BRIDGET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 10, 1907

The funeral of Mrs. Bridget Ryan was held this morning from the Cathedral, and was attended by a large number of friends of the family. Services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Fennessey and burial was in Greenwood cemetery. The pallbearers were Joseph and Thomas Broderick, David Walsh, James Kirwin, Fred Havens and James Hagen.

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RYAN, DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 3, 1917              One of Alton's Most Progressive Builders Dies

David Ryan, aged 78, died at 4:30 o'clock Friday morning at his home, 318 Prospect street, after a long illness from a cancerous trouble in his jaw and throat. The funeral will be held Monday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral at 9 o'clock, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In the passing of Mr. Ryan, Alton loses one of her most progressive citizens, a builder of the city, and a man whose work had done much for the improvement of the city. He had laid more miles of street paving and sewers in the city of Alton than any other man, and he was the first Alton man who did a job of street paving in this city. He was awarded the second paving contract ever given out in Alton, and until old age forced him to retire, he was a bidder on all jobs of public improvements. He was also a builder of homes in the city and among the real estate possessions included in his valuable estate are some of the nicest houses in the city that are rented. He had great confidence in Alton realty as an investment, and what money he made he quickly put into houses. He would buy old houses, enlarge and remodel them, and turn them into handsome places in which first class families lived. He had done much to set the example in building of homes in Alton. David Ryan was a man of great native shrewdness. He was born in Ireland and came to the United States when a young man. More than fifty years ago he came to Alton. He was known for his great energy and his constructive ability. When they were starting a building and loan association in Alton the first time, he was a member of it and he stayed with the Piasa until a month ago, when approaching death caused him to get out of the directorate. It is said that when the first street paving job was done he was a constant watcher of operations. He learned how it was done, put in a bid for the next job, and he made money out of contracting. Prior to that he had been a contractor in house building, his trade being that of carpenter. He conducted the Alton house at Second and George streets, and while there he sat as a member of the City Council for several terms. He was always deeply interested in politics. He began failing in health a few years ago. The first indication of that was when he no longer felt able to appear as a bidder for public work. He had for years dominated the paving contracting in Alton by "sharpening his pencil," as he expressed it, in his figuring on a job. He was more often the low bidder than not. In later years he had taken in other men as his partner, on various jobs. Mr. Ryan is survived by his wife, to whom he was married over forty-nine years ago. He leaves also six children: Miss Mary, who resided with her parents; Fr. Dennis Ryan of Granite City; Mrs. Theresa Beiser; Mrs. Agnes Meyer; Sister Felicitas; and David Ryan. He leaves also seven grandchildren and three brothers, the latter in Ireland. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul's branch of the Western Catholic Union. It is recalled of Mr. Ryan, illustrative of his retentive memory, that when he was a boy he worked on a Catholic Church in Ireland. When Fr. O'Mullane, who came here to the Cathedral, was talking with Mr. Ryan, he told him that there was a window broken in the church, a very fine art glass window, and that there was no record of the place where the glass was made, and there was some delay being experienced in getting the window replaced. Mr. Ryan told the young priest that he could give the information. He said that the glass was made at a certain place in Munich, and he gave the firm's name. Fr. O'Mullane sent word back to Ireland, and the glass was ordered from the firm that had made the original window many years before. It is planned to have the funeral services conducted by a son, Fr. Dennis Ryan, and two nephews of Mrs. Ryan, Fr. Patrick Bresnahan of Tallahassee, Fla., and Fr. D. L. Scully of Granite City. Fr. Tarrent will be master of ceremonies and Rev. E. L. Spaulding, V. G., will preach the funeral sermon.

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RYAN, EFFIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 20, 1919

Mrs. Effie Ryan, wife of Frank Ryan, died at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Ryan was operated upon at the hospital Thursday last, but failed to recover. She was born and raised in Wanda, and has many friends in the vicinity who will regret to learn of her death. She was married in 1896, and is survived by her husband and one son, Clarence Ryan, aged 22 years. She also leaves one brother, A. L. Dolbow, and one half-brother, Harry Oliver, who resides in the West. Mrs. Ryan was a member of the Methodist Church and was a very active worker. She was also a member of the Court of Honor. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

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RYAN, JOHN D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1909

John D. Ryan, in his 71st year, died Thursday evening at his home, 1735 Market street, after a long illness from cancer. He was known generally at Captain Ryan, and for many years he was on the Alton police force, filling the positions of night captain and also patrolman. Everyone in Alton knew Capt. John Ryan in the days when he was active. He served on the police force fifteen years. He leaves one brother, David Ryan of this city, and three brothers in Ireland, Martin, Dennis and James. He leaves also five children, Dennis Ryan of St. Mary's, Kansas, John Ryan of the Illinois Glass Company, Mrs. James O'Brien of St. Louis, Misses Bridget and Nellie Ryan of Alton. Capt. Ryan had been an invalid for several years and was unable to get around much. He had been dangerously ill for several months. He was a good provider, a kind father, and an agreeable neighbor. Word was received this morning from Dennis Ryan of St. Mary's, Kansas stating that he would arrive Saturday morning to attend the funeral. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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RYAN, JOHN T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1910

John T. Ryan, superintendent of the packing department at the glass works, died very unexpectedly Tuesday morning, five minutes after midnight, at his residence, 410 Belleview avenue. Cancer of the throat and mouth was the cause of his death. He had been a sufferer for a long time from the disease, and had made several trips to Chicago to be operated upon by specialists in the line of cancer surgery. He was able to do very little work after he was taken by the latest form of the disease. All day Monday Mr. Ryan was able to be up and around his place and he seemed much better than he had been. About 10 o'clock Monday night he became worse and he sank rapidly for over two hours before the end came peacefully. The death of Mr. Ryan is a sad event in his large circle of friends. He was _7 years of age. Recently his father died from the same disease that caused the son's end. At the glass works he was considered a very valuable man. On several occasions he was taken to wage conferences to assist in settling wage scales. He discharged the duties of his position there with great satisfaction to his employers. He leaves his wife and seven children. Mr. Ryan had been married 14 years. He was a well doing industrious young man, and had a nice home he bought a few years ago. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

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RYAN, JOHN T./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 6, 1922

John T. Ryan, aged 45 years, a life long resident of North Alton, passed away Monday morning at 15 minutes to eight o'clock after a lingering sickness that began two years ago. Everything that could be done or tried to give him relief was done by his family, but all was in vain. Specialists were able to afford only temporary relief and for several months he has been bedfast, and death came to him as a relief. He was a fine young man, genial and charitable in word and deed, and his friends are limited only by the number of those acquainted with him. There will be genuine regret in all parts of the city to learn the outcome of his long, brave fight against disease. He is survived by his wife, two brothers, Tom and John of Texas and Oklahoma respectively, and four sisters, Miss Kate of St. Louis, Mrs. Ignatius Walter of North Alton, Mrs. Lizzie Staley of Iowa and Mrs. Charles Lyle of Oregon. He also leaves a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ada Roller, who with her husband lives at the Ryan home, and two stepsons, Raymond and Will Leonard, both of here. Funeral arrangements have not been made, awaiting the arrival of the brothers and the Iowa sister. Mrs. Lyle will hardly be able to come from Oregon to attend the obsequies.

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RYAN, LEILA L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1904

Mrs. Leila L. Ryan died this afternoon, aged 41 years, at her residence on Staunton street. She was the widow of the late William H. Ryan, who died last spring. Two children survive her, and three brothers: Thomas and Peter Hawkins of Alton, Clement L. Hawkins of Golden, Adams County, Ill., Mrs. Mary E. Fites of Farmington, Tennessee, and Mrs. Mary B. Callahan of Fairweather, Adams County, Illinois.

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RYAN, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 28, 1905

Mrs. Margaret Ryan, widow of the late Daniel Ryan, died Thursday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock at her home, 1731 Alby street, after four month's illness superinduced by old age. Mrs. Ryan came to Alton about 63 years ago and has resided here since. Her husband and children all preceded her to the grave, and for some time a niece, Miss Mary Mulcahy of Brighton, has been living with and taking care of her. Deceased leaves many friends but few relatives. A brother, Daniel Mulcahy in Brighton, and a sister, Catharine in East St. Louis.  Mrs. Ryan was born just 90 years ago last month in Waterford, Ireland. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.

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RYAN, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 30, 1918

Only relatives attended the funeral of Miss Mary Ryan, which was held this morning from the home on Prospect street to the Cathedral. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery under a heavy blanket of flowers. Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral by Rev. Dennis Ryan of Granite City, a brother of the deceased. Rev. Scully was Deacon and Rev. M. Tarrant was subdeacon. During the services at the church Miss Mary Maguire sang a solo. Music was also furnished by the Cathedral choir, of which Miss Ryan was a member. Professor Rene L. Becker presided at the organ. On account of the quarantine [influenza epidemic], the services, although solemn, were shortened as much as possible. Rev. M. Costello was master of ceremonies. Rev. M. O'Mullane of Michaels, Ill., Rev. E. L. Douglas of Kampsville, Rev. Scully, cousin of the deceased, of Granite City, Rev. S. Scheuwecker and Rev. J. J. Brune of St. Mary's Church were in the sanctuary. The pallbearers were Joseph Sharkey, Rudolph Meyers, Dennis Noonen, Michael Fitzgerald, Henry Kopp and James Mahoney.

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RYAN, THOMAS/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, May 31, 1892

Mr. Thomas Ryan, a well known resident of this city living on Market street, died today about one o'clock under the following circumstances. Mr. Ryan had been working on the Bluff Line, and last Friday evening as he was returning from work, when near Mr. Deterding's store, corner of Second and Market streets, he had a slight stroke of paralysis. Some friends who were with him aided him in getting home, and he recovered so much as to be able to walk around the house. Today, about noon, he went into the cellar of his residence, and while there received another stroke which caused his death. His wife found him in the cellar and immediately sent for Dr. Haskell, but Mr. Ryan was past human help before the Doctor arrived. Deceased is a brother of Messrs. John and David Ryan. He leaves no family but his wife, his children having died a number of years ago. He was about 50 years of age and had lived in Alton since 1866.

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RYBURN, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 5, 1901                  Murdered at East Alton
A man, who appears to be James Rayburn of St. Louis, aged about 34, was found dying in a boxcar this morning at East Alton, his head crushed in by blows from a piece of heavy iron and his body covered with bruises and with blood. The body was found by a harvest hand named Lou Barber, who was passing the car in the Big Four yards and heard the dying man's groans. Making an investigation, he discovered the body in the car covered over with straw. Rayburn lived one hour after being carried to the town hall at East Alton, and died at 7 o'clock. He did not regain consciousness, and the identification was by means of papers in his pocket. The head of the man was beaten almost into a shapeless mass. On the back of the head was a big hole and the skull above the left eye was crushed in. The ear was knocked off and a hole made in the bone. On top of the head was a hole and a heavy blow had been struck over the mouth, knocking out Rayburn's teeth. All but one of the pockets in Rayburn's clothes were turned inside out, and the motive of the murder was apparently robbery. In the one pocket that had not been searched by the murderers were three silver dollars, and in his sock was a paper dollar bill. Rayburn's clothes were of good texture and his body was clean. He wore silk underclothes, a stiff hat, blue check suit of clothes, blue tie, blue shirt and tan shoes. In the clothes was a check for baggage, and he was evidently going from East St. Louis to Kansas City and was beating his way. It is said at East Alton that two suspicious characters boarded a freight train for St. Louis at 5:30 o'clock this morning. The murder was probably committed at 5 o'clock, as the blood on him was still fresh and the wounds were new. No one knows how the murdered man happened to be at East Alton, nor had anyone seen him there before. Deputy Coroner Streeper held the inquest this morning and a verdict was found that Rayburn came to his death by blows inflicted by unknown persons.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 8, 1901              Ryburn's Murderer in County Jail

Thomas Johnson [also spelled Johnston], the confessed murdered of James Ryburn of Bloomington, was lodged in the Alton jail Sunday night by Chief of Police Volbracht, Mayor Young, and C. W. Watkins, who went to St. Louis after him. Chief Desmond cautioned the officers to be very careful of Johnson, as he believed him to be a dangerous character. Johnson confessed to having served penitentiary terms in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and a reform school sentence at Pittsfield, Mass., when he was 16 years old. His Wisconsin name, he says, was Maloney. He is 24 years of age and a large, well built young man, 5 feet, 10 1/4 inches in height. He brutally laughs as he tells of the killing and seems to feel little regret except, as he said, it was a bad hole he was in and that if he could have foreseen what was coming he might not have committed the murder. He says he did not intend to kill Ryburn, but acted in self-defense. He claims to have played a game of cards with Ryburn by moonlight in the car, and that in a quarrel over the game Ryburn kicked him in the stomach. He says he picked up the iron rod he stumbled over in the car and struck Ryburn on the head one blow. The story of the murderer is obviously untrue, as the car was closed with the exception of a narrow opening at one side, and the moonlight could not have illuminated the car to furnish light for a card game. Ryburn did not know how to play cards, Mr. Watkins says. On striking his victim, Johnston says, Ryburn began groaning and he covered him up with straw after taking his watch and money. He came to Alton, took breakfast at the Model restaurant, and from here he crossed the river, walking to West Alton, and took the Burlington train to St. Louis. There he disposed of the watch and traded his clothes, which resulted in his arrest. In the police station this morning Johnston told the story of his life and the tragedy without the least semblance of a feeling of remorse. He says he believed Ryburn intended to kill him and that he struck his man only once, although the dead man's head was pounded to a jelly. He says robbery was not his motive, or he would have taken all the money in Ryburn's pocket, and that the reason for his seeming fearlessness in coming to Alton and then going to St. Louis to pawn the watch was because he did not believe he hurt the man. He said he ran away from his home in Paintsville, Ky., when he was nine years old and joined a circus. When he was 16 he was sentenced to the reform school at Pittsfield, Mass., for larceny, and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the heavy artillery, battery D of the Fourth regiment. He was discharged three years later, and then went to Wisconsin where he was caught stealing and served a year at LaCrosse for larceny. Then he went to Kansas City and has since been traveling over the country, plying his profession of thief. He went from Kansas City to East St. Louis, arriving at the latter place July 4, when he met Ryburn. In speaking of the card game in the box car, Johnston says: "At East Alton we entered a box car to play cards first for small nails and then for money. Ryburn lost $3 in bills to me and he accused me of cheating after he staked his watch against the money and lost it too. He snatched the money and I picked up the watch, after which Ryburn kicked me in the stomach, and I said I would fix him for that. I was in an ugly mood after he kicked me, and when I saw him reach back as though to draw a revolver, I struck him a blow on the head and he fell to the floor 'hollering.' I covered him with straw and left the car, taking the watch. I came to Alton, took breakfast at the Model restaurant and went to St. Louis."  He says no one was with him. The prisoner refuses to give the name of his people and admits he has not given his true name. He says his people are poor and cannot help him, and that he is willing to take the consequences. He was held to the Circuit Court grand jury without bail, and was taken to Edwardsville this morning.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 7, 1901        Cold Blooded Murderer Real Name is Chris Stockstile

The cold blooded murderer of James Ryburn, who said his name was Thomas Johnson, and who admitted having served penitentiary sentences under various aliases, has been identified. His identity was established through a letter he wrote to his brother at Springfield, Mo., asking him to assist him in getting out of the trouble. Johnson's name is Chris Stockstile. He seems to have been in trouble many times, and to have made many calls on his brother for assistance in clearing himself. Since his incarceration in the county jail, he wrote a letter to his brother at Springfield, Mo., and the Sheriff read it, according to the custom in the county jail. Stockstile told his brother that he was in serious trouble, and that he needs assistance. He said that unless he had a good lawyer he would likely lose his head. He told the brother he could not write everything in a letter, as the letters were read, but that he would like to see him and urged the brother to come at once. It is not believed the brother will help the murderer, as the tone of his letter indicates that the prisoner has been in trouble frequently and has made other appeals for aid. The brother at Springfield is supposed to be a well-to-do farmer. When John Ryburn, brother of the murdered man, visited Stockstile in the county jail, the prisoner reached out his hand to shake hands. Ryburn had been introduced under a fictitious name and Stockstile did not know that he was a brother of his victim. Ryburn refused to make the murderer's hand, but talked to him of the murder.
 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 21, 1902        Thomas Johnson Pleads Guilty of the Murder of James Ryburn

After three days efforts to get a jury in the case of Thomas Johnson, charged with the murder of James Ryburn last July at East Alton, Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of murder. Thomas Williamson, one of the defendant's attorneys, offered a strong plea for mercy for his client, and Mr. Gillham, the other attorney for the defense, followed Mr. Williamson in a similar strain. State's Attorney Brown demanded justice upon the atrocious murderer, who no doubt stole upon his victim beating the life out of him while he was asleep. Mr. Brown demanded that Johnson suffer the extreme penalty of the law, and asked the court to sentence Johnson to be hanged until he was dead. Judge Harizell announced his decision, premising that he had no doubt as to the guilt of Johnson, but there were some circumstances that were not sufficiently evident that would warrant him, instead of fixing the extreme penalty, of sending the prisoner to the penitentiary for life, which he did. The prisoner had shown no interest in the proceedings in court up to the point where the judge gave judgment, and when the sentence was given - life imprisonment - he looked up and smiled. The members of the family of the murdered man, who were present, were not satisfied with the judgment of the court, they naturally felt that the brutal murderer of their brother demanded the severest punishment, and in this feeling the general public strongly sympathizes. James Ryburn was found unconscious in a box car at East Alton one morning early in last July. When an examination was made, it was found that his skull had been crushed in by some heavy instrument in five different places, any one of which, the doctors said, was sufficient to cause death. A coupling pin was found to have been the instrument used in beating Ryburn. Johnson was arrested in St. Louis and was found to be in possession of Ryburn's watch, and confessed that he killed the man. He afterwards withdrew his confession made to the officers, but a confession made to a Telegraph reported was probably instrumental in deciding his attorneys to persuade Johnson to plead guilty. Johnson had shown not the least emotion until yesterday. He said this morning he had been unable to sleep for a few nights and was much worried over his situation. It is said that the jury's verdict would probably have been for the death penalty, if the case had gone to the jury. Sheriff Hotz will take Johnson to the Chester penitentiary Tuesday morning, where he will begin serving his life sentence. When asked by the court if he had anything to say before being sentenced, Johnson said, "I have nothing to say, except that I thank the court for its mercy."

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1902

Attorneys attending the trial of Thomas Johnson, the confessed murderer of James Ryburn of Bloomington, say that they never before saw such an impassive, self-controlled criminal as Johnson. Not a feature of his face betrayed an emotion; his face was as expressionless as that of a statue as he sat before the court while the jury was being selected. His immobile countenance concealed emotions that were well nigh wearing his life out from anxiety. As the plea of guilty was entered by Johnson, he was asked if he understood the nature of the plea he was making, and he replied that he did, fully. "And you still plead guilty," the Judge asked. "Yes sir, I do," he replied. Then the Judge proceeding, expressed the belief that Johnson was guilty of cold-blooded murder, but after a few minutes of talk he said that it could not be proven satisfactorily that robbery was the motive. At this time it seemed from Judge Hartzell's remarks that he was about to sentence Johnson to the gallows, and the prisoner felt it. A physician in court called attention to the fact that close scrutiny of the prisoner's face showed not a muscle move, not a nerve twitch, and the only indication that the face was not that of a graven image was a sudden paleness and then the violent beating of the carotid artery in his neck, showing the excitement under which he was laboring and which was being repressed. When Judge Hartzell pronounced the penitentiary sentence, the drawn muscles of the face relaxed into a smile, and the prisoner sank but said nothing. Not until he was congratulated by his attorneys did he make a move, so great had been the strain, and even then he had remarkable self control. When asked by the court if he had anything to say before being sentenced, he replied, "I have nothing to say, Judge, except that I thank you for your mercy." Johnson says that he will never let his relatives know his predicament and he will go to the penitentiary to be forever dead to them. So great has been the mental strain on the prisoner and his dread of hanging, that he has passed many sleepless nights and has lost his appetite. The night before he pleaded guilty, he said he had not slept one minute.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 11, 1902

The murdered, who was sent up from Madison county and was shot down by penitentiary guards while attempting to escape from the Chester institution last week, an account of which has been published, turns out to have been James L. Johnston. He killed James Ryburn in a box car at East Alton, and after being incarcerated in the county jail, led a desperate attempt to escape in which seventeen prisoners figured. Last week he succeeded in almost getting away, and was shot in the legs and lower parts of the body by the guards and severely injured. He will recover.

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1904       Murdered by Thomas Johnson in Box Car at East Alton

Thomas Johnson, the cold-blooded murderer of James Ryburn, of Bloomington, who is serving a life sentence in the penitentiary for killing Ryburn in a box car at East Alton, may now pay the extreme penalty for gratifying his passion for murder. Johnson's appearance when in Madison County jail and in the courtroom frequently called forth the expression that he was the worst man who ever lived. His cast of countenance would indicate a conscienceless body, who could murder without any remorse. A fellow prisoner whom he assaulted with a knife without any cause in the penitentiary has died, and Johnson will be hung for his offense. Johnson's guards say that he would frequently look at them with the most malignant hatred on his countenance and cursing them saying that he would kill them the first chance he had. Shortly after his confinement in the penitentiary he tried to escape and was shot in the arm by a guard. When charged with Ryburn's murder, Johnson was wearing his victim's coat and coolly admitted the killing, but set up self-defense as a plea. When tried, he pleaded guilty to murder. It was generally believed that Johnson had committed murders before and he had spent most of his life in prison.

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RYDER, NELSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1921

Several Alton people went to Edwardsville yesterday to attend the funeral services of Nelson Ryder, attorney. Burial was at Marine. Mr. Ryder had some good friends in Alton who regretted to hear of his death. A memorial service for him is set for October 20 in the Circuit court. At the services yesterday Rev. Thos. Dyke officiated.

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RYRIE, GEORGE M./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 10, 1915          Well Known Wholesale Grocer Dies

George M. Ryrie, aged 50, died at 4:30 o'clock this morning at his residence, 1308 Henry street, after an illness of about seven weeks. His death was due to typhoid fever, the final diagnosis of the malady was declared to be. For a long time the malady puzzled the attending physician and specialists who were called in to attend him. Mr. Ryrie, about seven weeks ago, went to St. Joseph's Hospital to undergo an operation for a rupture, which had long troubled him. He was in good condition and was feeling so well he decided to have the long standing trouble attended to. He underwent the surgical operation in good shape, but afterward there developed an insidious sickness that could not be defined. He suffered from a fever after awhile and his condition continued to grow worse and worse. He was removed to his home, and there grew a general alarm over his condition. Recently he had shown signs of being better, and members of his family were filled with confidence that he would recover. They had ceased almost entirely to be alarmed over his condition when yesterday he was taken with a chill and he continued to grow worse. The doctors had decided finally that the malady was typhoid fever, and the chill was due to a perforation of the peritoneum. The announcement of his death this morning was a great surprise all over Alton. Mr. Ryrie was a native of Alton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ryrie. He leaves his wife and two children, Miss Helen Claire and Jack Ryrie. The son had been attending Brown University at Providence, R. I., and he was summoned home to be with his father when the illness began to be alarming. He had not finished his school year, but his presence here was deemed necessary. The business which Mr. Ryrie founded, G. M. Ryrie & Co., wholesale grocers, was built up by him until it had become a large enterprise in the city of Alton, with a wide reputation, and it did an enormous trade. It was the outgrowth of the grocery store conducted by J. A. Ryrie for many years. When a young man, George M. Ryrie engaged in the wholesale line of the grocery business, and he made it prosper from the start. He was a man of the highest character. His word was never questioned and he was never known to drive a mean bargain, though a business man of high quality, and a man of the best of judgment. He possessed a great number of personal admirers who knew him for a high class man and had utmost confidence in whatever he would say. It is doubtful that Mr. Ryrie had an enemy in the world.....He was a member of the First Baptist Church....His death is a sad loss to the members of his father's family, who had always regarded him as the head of the family since the father's death. He was their counselor and advisor. Mr. Ryrie leaves one brother, Herbert, and six sisters: Misses Effie and Rue Ryrie; Mrs. A. M. Scott; Mrs. Jessie Cross; Mrs. Irene Hutchinson; and Mrs. Harriet Swain. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from his late home, and services will be conducted by Rev. M. Jameson. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

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RYRIE, J. MAGNUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 20, 1913                    Retired Businessman Dies - Also Built Many Alton Roads

J. Magnus Ryrie, aged 61, retired manufacturer, died suddenly at his residence Friday evening, 424 East Fourth street, from apoplexy. His death was unexpected. He had not been in good health for a number of years, and had been complaining of pains in his shoulder as if of rheumatism. Physicians say it was merely an indication of arterial hardening, and that this was what caused his death. A blood vessel on his brain, which had been weakened, gave away, and Mr. Ryrie's death from cerebral hemorrhage resulted. He had been spending the evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George S. Milnor, next door. On returning home a little after 10 o'clock, he had retired to bed and was suddenly stricken. Mrs. Ryrie procured help, and Dr. Taphorn, a neighbor, was hastily summoned. He reached Mr. Ryrie before his death. Mr. Ryrie passed away without any suffering. Mr. Ryrie was a native of Alton and lived here all his life. He was a son of D. D. Ryrie, who was one of the founders and the first cashier of the First National Bank of Alton. Mr. Ryrie engaged in business in the box making firm of Allen & Ryrie, and for many years he was one of the owners of a very prosperous saw mill and box manufacturing plant, which stood near the site of the present Alton Water Co. pumping station. After the transfer of the Alton Box Factory to St. Louis, Mr. Ryrie continued in business for a while in the firm and then he retired, disposing of his interest. Mr. Ryrie was a very successful business man, and was rated as one of Alton's very wealthy citizens. In recent years he had given much attention to the upbuilding of Alton. He was deeply interested in the work of the Alton Board of Trade. As a member of the Good Roads Committee of that organization, he had been very active. It was due to the advice of Mr. Ryrie and his very active efforts in that behalf, the project of improving the country roads about Alton was taken up. He made long tours in his automobile, gathering information, and when he went he would take with him other men whose influence he felt was necessary to show to them the benefit of road improvement in other places. He advocated making the best of what we have in the way of roads, until there is opportunity and means of doing better. He was one of the advocates of the Alton Way, and helped much in putting that project through. He was an officer of several of the good roads associations organized in this vicinity, and through personal effort, personal contributions, and personal influence, he accomplished much. He had direct charge of the work of dragging the country roads about Alton, and supervised the expenditure of the fund raised for that purpose. He was engaged in the work of raising another fund for next season. The death of Mr. Ryrie removes one of Alton most interested and most useful citizens. He was a gentleman who never forgot to fulfill his obligations to his fellowman, and he will be remembered with the greatest kindness by many who have good reason to remember him. Mr. Ryrie is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. George S. Milnor and Miss Mary Adams Ryrie. It is an interesting fact that Mr. Ryrie died in the place where his grandfather, Magnus Ryrie, built a home in the earliest days of Alton, and where Daniel D. Ryrie was born, and where Mr. Ryrie was born. It is the old homestead of the family, and Mr. Ryrie had never lived any place else. A friend, in speaking of him today, said that a few weeks ago he had a talk with Mr. Ryrie in which the remark was made by Mr. Ryrie that everything he had attempted to do in the year that was nearing an end had turned out just a she had hoped for, and the one thing that remained was to accomplish getting the Alton Way recognized by the county board in deciding where the first state aid road in the county would be built. He succeeded too. It may be added that friends believe that Mr. Ryrie's end was just as he would have wished. Without warning with no trouble to others or himself. The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Arthur Goodger and Rev. M. W. Twing officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

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RYRIE, JOHN A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 27, 1902              Alton Businessman Dies

At 10:30 o'clock Sunday night, John A. Ryrie passed away after a lingering illness in the 76th of his age. Mr. Ryrie has, for more than one year, been confined to his home from the effects of paralysis, and has constantly grown feebler. During his illness he has been a most patient sufferer, waiting the call that would relieve him from weakness and permit him to enjoy the presence of his Master whom he had so long served faithfully and well here.  John A. Ryrie was born June 9th, 1827, in Wick, Scotland. He came to America, arriving in New York in 1835, and moved to Alton in 1837, a few weeks before the assassination of Elijah P. Lovejoy. He has lived in Alton since that date, making him one of the oldest, in point of residence, among Alton business men. There are probably two men in Alton now who are his senior - Charles Phinney and Edward Levis Sr.  When a boy, Mr. Ryrie clerked for W. A. Holton & Co., druggists. At the age of 18 he engaged in the book business, and later was a member of the firm of Metcalf & Ryrie, booksellers. In 1850, in connection with his brother, the late Daniel D. Ryrie, he established the grocery business in which he continued until last year. In early life Mr. Ryrie had a narrow escape from death. He was a passenger on the steamer Kate Kearney, then running between Alton and St. Louis. The boilers of the boat exploded in the afternoon while lying at the St. Louis levee, just before it started for this city. Mr. Ryrie was blown into the river, but was able to get to land without damage. Many others were killed or badly scalded with steam. In 1854 he married Elizabeth Stanton, a union that proved a happy one until its ending at the death of his wife in 1891. Nine children, seven daughters and two sons, survive him, viz: Mrs. A. M. Scott, Mrs. Charles Koch, Mrs. F. J. Williams, Mrs. L. A. Welton, Misses Effie, Rachel and Harriet Ryrie; and George M. and D. A. Ryrie. One sister, Mrs. Jane Hood, also survives him. To these relatives he leaves a fragrant name - that of a good father, a kind brother, a merchant whose honesty and high character were never questioned, and whose word was accepted wherever known. In early life he became a Christian, and his walk, conservation and all his acts adorned the holy name he bore so long. Of a meek and quiet spirit, firm in the right, faithful in every undertaking, he was an example not only to his large family of children, but also to the entire city. Such men are rare indeed, and their lives should make a deep impression upon the community in which they live and when their life's work is done. Any community must be enriched from a life like John A. Ryrie's spent in its midst. The funeral will take place at 10:30 o'clock a.m. on Wednesday, October 29, from his late residence on Sixth street.  [Ryrie is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.]

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RYRIE, MAGNUS/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1846

Died in Alton, on Sabbath morning last, Mr. Magnus Ryrie, aged 24(?) years. Mr. Ryrie was a native of Scotland, where he lived until the year 1835, when, with his family, he came to America. They resided in the city of New York about two years, and then removed to Alton, from which place he was never afterwards absent a single day. He was a bright Christian, an affectionate husband, a kind father, and devoted friend. To know him was to love him. No man was more different in business, or constant and single in all his duties. The Bible was his polar star. He long since made a public profession of religion, and manifested it in his life and conversation. For the last five years he was a strong pillar in the Baptist Church in this place. He was one we could most desire should live, yet one we would be most willing should die. He was emphatically a good man. In death (as in life) he was apparently in the enjoyment of perfect peace.

 

 
 

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