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UBERT, CHARLES/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 21, 1840

Died, at his residence in this city [Alton], on Tuesday the 17th inst., in the thirty-first year of his age, Charles Ubert, Esq. Mr. Ubert was a native of the department of Amsberg, Province of Westphalia, in the kingdom of Prussia, from whence he emigrated to the United States about six years ago. In the year 1835 he settled in Alton, and commenced business as a grocer on a very limited capital, but uniting to a clear and discerning mind, habits of economy and industry, he soon, by strict integrity and punctuality in all his business relations, acquired an extensive confidence and credit. Although young, no business man possessed more entirely the esteem and confidence of all, and had it been the will of the Almighty to have prolonged his useful life, no one possessed fairer prospects of acquiring extensive wealth and a high reputation. In his social disposition, he was generous and accommodating, always cheerful, and ever ready to confer a kindness. He was an intelligent and instructive companion - his strong sense, enriched by the treasures of German literature, in social intercourse, rendered him extremely interesting. An uncommonly large procession, accompanied by the Mayor and Common Council of the city, of which body he was a member, attended his remains to their silent resting place. We never witnessed, on any similar occasion, a more striking manifestation of respect for the memory of the dead, or of sympathy for his bereaved widow and children.



UFERT, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 24, 1900             Alton Athlete Succumbs to Injuries

Fred Ufert died Tuesday evening at 4:45 o'clock at the family home, __6 East Third Street, after three years of helplessness and pain from injuries he sustained by falling from parallel bars upon which he was exercising at Gill's Hall. Fred Ufert was then one of the best young athletes in the city, 22 years of age and one of the best liked young men in the East End. He was a member of some of the best baseball clubs, and in the gymnasium he was the leader in performing daring feats. One evening while exercising on the parallel bars, his hand slipped and he fell heavily to the floor, the force of his fall being increased by the motion of his body in the feat which he was performing. He was hurled against the floor and lay there helpless. For months he hung between life and death, during which time he was patient in his suffering and courageously underwent all his pain and all manner of treatments in the hope that he might regain health. It was found that his spinal column was shattered near the neck, and that the pieces of bone had penetrated the cord. Nothing could be done for him, and at last all hope was abandoned. The past few months he suffered great pain, and his condition was most distressing to his family. Death afforded him and his relatives a happy relief when it ended all his sufferings last night. Fred Ufert was the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Ufert, and was 25 years of age. He leaves a large family of brothers and sisters. [Burial was in Alton City Cemetery]



UHL, CLEMENCE/Source: The Edwardsville Intelligencer, June 18, 1901/Submitted by Robert C. Snyder

Deaths Doings - Clemence Uhl died Friday at the advanced age of 72 years. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the interment was at the Mitchell Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Uhl had been blind for eleven years, and had been confined to his bed for the past two and a half years. He lives a wife and five children, three boys and two girls.



UHLE, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 12, 1918

After an illness of only a few days with influenza, Frank Uhle of 2209 Mills avenue died Tuesday morning at his home, aged 43. The end came at 7 o'clock in the morning. It was not believed he could be seriously ill until yesterday, when he took a sudden change for the worse and the end came quickly. Mr. Uhle was formerly a glassblower, but of late had been working for the Standard Oil Co. at Wood River. He had been at his usual place of work on Saturday and was seriously ill only two days. Mr. Uhle is survived by his wife, two brothers, Joseph and Henry, and three sisters, Mrs. George Vieth of Alton, Mrs. Charles Schwartzly and Mrs. J. B. Huber of Nokomis. Burial will be Thursday in St. Joseph's Cemetery.



UHLE, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 15, 1916                     Friend of Little Children Dead

A friend of the little folks has gone away to the land where he will be with more little folks to make them and himself happy. Henry Uhle Sr. died this morning at 4 o'clock at the home of his son, Frank Uhle of 2209 Mills avenue, with whom he has lived for the past five years. The deceased, who was more familiarly known as "Grandpa" Uhle, has been ill for the past eighteen years with complications of diseases. Mr. Uhle was born on July 6, 1846 at Torchhiem, Baden, Germany. In 1883 he came to America and went at once to Brighton, Ill. where he worked for several years for the Chicago and Alton Railroad. After five years in Brighton he came to Alton where he worked as a section hand. In recent years he has been trimming trees and doing other work about the city, being a particular friend of small children whom he met on going around the city doing his work. The little friends of his were always sure of being given a piece of candy or some other small "goody" upon meeting him, as his pockets were always filled with something dear to the heart of a child. The aged man is survived by six children, Frank, Joe, Mrs. G. Veith and Mrs. Charles Schwartzle of Alton; Mrs. John Huber of Nokomis and Henry Uhle Jr. of Halner, Utah. The funeral arrangements were not completed at a late hour this afternoon. [November 18, 1916: Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery]



UHRMANN, EDWARD J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 23, 1909                             Civil War Soldier Dies

Edward J. Uhrmann, aged 80, a resident of Alton many years, died at his home on Shelly street at ___ o'clock this afternoon from old age and maladies due to his years. He was a soldier in the Civil War. Mr. Uhrmann filled the post of watchman in one of the Alton banks for many years. He leaves two daughters. The time of the funeral is not set.



ULMERICH, J. ADAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 29, 1914         Janitor of Turner Hall Found Dead in Bed

J. Adam Ulmerich, aged 72, was found dead in bed at his home, 705 East Third street, Tuesday morning when his wife went to call him for breakfast. Mr. Ulmerich has been ill for some time and his family have been warned by the attending physician that his death was liable to take place at any time, but his death comes as a surprise and a shock to his many friends in the city. He was up and about his home Monday, and seemed much improved. A present he received from a relative in New York seemed to cheer him considerable. He ate well Monday and went to bed in the best of spirits. Mr. Ulmerich had lived in Alton for forty years. He came to the United States from Germany when he was twenty-two years of age, and for ten years made his home in Belleville. Later, he moved to Alton where he had lived since, and raised his family. He is survived by his wife, two sons, John and Adam, and one daughter, Mrs. William Penrose, and one adopted daughter, Miss Elsie Nehls. Mr. Ulmerich is without doubt one of the best known men in the eastern part of the city where he had lived since coming to Alton. For twenty-six years he was the janitor of Turner Hall, and up until very recently he was always in attendance there. Recently, on account of his ill health, his wife had been helping him somewhat with the work at the hall. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the home on East Third street to the City Cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.



ULRICH, CHRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 1, 1913            Member of the Alton Police Force Dies

Chris Ulrich, member of the Alton Police force, died at 1:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his stepson, William Ulrich, 728 East Fifth street, after being disabled a week by paralysis. He was stricken last Monday morning, after rising for the day, and just as he was about to sit down at the breakfast table. He had been helpless ever since he was stricken, and the last two days was speechless and could swallow nothing. He was in his 64th year, and had lived in Alton about forty-two years. He learned the trade of maker of mouth harps in the Hohner factory in Germany, and came to America to take a place in a melodeon factory, but never secured a job at his trade, as the factory failed. He abandoned his trade and devoted himself to other lines of livelihood. He leaves no children, but a number of relatives residing in Alton and vicinity. He was a member of Western Star Lodge I. O. O. F. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of William Ulrich.



ULRICH, GERTRUDE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 26, 1904

Mrs. Gertrude Ulrich, wife of Chris Ulrich, died at noon today at the family home after a four weeks illness. Mrs. Ulrich's condition had been considered dangerous from the beginning, and after much suffering she was relieved by death. She was 25 years old. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. from the family home on Ridge street.



UNDERHILL, ROBERT S./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 19, 1837

(In an article regarding the fire at the Alton House)  We much regret to add that Mr. Underhill, one of Messrs. Godfrey & Gilman's Clerks, who was sleeping in an upper room in the warehouse of these gentlemen, on hearing the cry of fire, sprang out of bed in order to ascertain the cause; and missing his way, fell through an open scuttle into the cellar, breaking one of his thighs, and otherwise sustaining much injury. As he was alone in the building, his situation was not discovered until after the conflagration was over; consequently he must have suffered intensely before he obtained any relief.   P. S. We regret to state that Mr. Underhill died this morning about half past 3 o'clock.


Died - In this place this morning about half past three o'clock, Mr. Robert S. Underhill, late of New York City. His funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Piasa House. Friends and citizens are respectfully invited to attend.



UNGER, ANNIE ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 21, 1912

Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Unger, wife of Louis Unger, died at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning from paralysis at the family home, 625 east Twelfth street. She was stricken with paralysis Monday evening about 5 o'clock while finishing her task of preparing supper for her family. She was in the dining room when she fell to the floor unconscious and did not regain consciousness again. Mrs. Unger had lived in Alton since 1859. She was a native of St. Louis, and came to Alton as the bride of Louis Unger and had lived here ever since. She was a member of a large family, and six sisters survive her: Mrs. Flora Wild of St. Louis, Miss Mary Marks of Edwardsville, Mrs. Katherine Johnson, Mrs. Thomas Hawkins, Mrs. Peter Hawkins, Mrs. Charles Campbell, of Alton. She leaves also, beside her husband, one daughter, Miss Anna Unger and two sons, Albert and Louis Unger of Alton. Mrs. Unger had been failing in health for five years. She suffered a paralytic stroke of a light character at that time and had not been in the best of health since then. Her age, 72 years, made her condition of health worse and although her death was very sudden, it was not a surprise to the members of her family who had been fearing that the mother's end might come at any time. Ever since girlhood, Mrs. Unger had been a member of the German Methodist church, was a faithful, devout church member, a good mother and a kind friend. One of the pretty features of her life was the affection in which she was held by the members of her whole family. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the German Methodist church and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.



UNGER, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 30, 1920

Louis Unger, in his 87th year, a resident of Alton nearly sixty years, died Thursday evening at 6:45 o'clock at his home, 625 East Twelfth street from old age. He had been in bad health for a long time and on Thanksgiving Day took his last meal with his family. The next day he was unable to be up and around and he continued to decline from that time. Mr. Unger was born in Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany. He came to America with his parents when ten years old, and for a while lived in St. Louis. He came to Alton in 1861 and continued to live here the remainder of his life. He learned the trade of blacksmithing and horseshoeing and for a while was in partnership with George Luft. In 1886 he began business for himself in a little shop on Broadway, next to No. 2 hose house, and there he did horseshoeing until he was 70 years of age, when he retired. Mr. Unger was a man of a kindly disposition, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a good husband and father in his family. Mrs. Unger died seven years ago. He was a devoted member of Grace Methodist Church, and for years served the church in an official capacity. He leaves three children, Miss Anna Unger and Messrs. Charles and Albert Unger; also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Nagel of Victor, Iowa, and Mrs. Caroline Brosi of Canton, Mo. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Grace Methodist Church.



UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 5, 1841               Skeleton Found Near Scarritt's Prairie

From Upper Alton, May 31, 1841.  A few days since, a part of a human skeleton was found on the south border of Scarritt's Prairie [Godfrey], about twenty rods west of the road leading from Alton to Monticello. The covering of earth was so slight over the remains, that the bones of the arm projected through it, which led to the discovery. I was present, and assisted in disinterring the remains. The body had evidently been put into a hemp, coffee, or salt-sack, the mouth of which was tied with a piece of vanilla bed cord, which portion was much less decayed than the other portions of the sack. A piece of patched coarse domestic, probably part of a shirt, also a piece of twilled cotton cloth, which was the only cloth found. The flesh, tendons, and cartilages were principally, but not entirely, separated from the bones. The extent of the hole for the reception of the body was distinctly found, the depth of which was about sixteen inches. The bones of the head and of the forearms and hand were not found.  Signed by Dr. B. F. Long.



UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1903

The decomposed body of an infant was found this afternoon by boys playing in Highland Park near the site of the old car barns. The body was apparently that of a week old infant, and was put in a starch box. The persons who put the body where it was found, under a pile of locust brush in a hollow near Washington school, had not the decency to throw some earth on it. The body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to ascertain whether it was that of a white or black child.



UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 22, 1916

The body of an infant evidently a few days old was found yesterday morning on the Ridge street dump by an amateur fisherman. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner John Berner.




Source: Alton Telegraph, April 3, 1841

An inquest was held on the 28th inst. by I. B. Randle, Esq., upon the body of a white man found opposite Smeltzer's ferry in the Mississippi River. The jury, upon an examination of the body, returned a verdict that the deceased had come to his death by violence. From his appearance, he must have been in the water a great length of time. His ears, eyes and nose were entirely gone, and the greater portion of his hair. His throat was cut on the left side, the jugular vein being entirely severed, evidently by a sharp knife or instrument of some kind, and his shirt collar was also cut, apparently by the same instrument. There was nothing upon his person by which his name could be ascertained. He had on blue homemade jeans pantaloons, white cotton drawers and shirt, a frock coat of blue summer cloth, and a long woolen comforter around his neck. He was decently interred at the foot of the bluff near where he was found.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 3, 1842

Upper Alton, Aug. 31, 1842.  George T. M. Davis Esq.: 

Sir - Yesterday evening I was called upon to hold an inquest on the body of a man, found dead by the side of the road leading from Alton to Edwardsville, near the lake on the west side of the farm of the late Chrisley Stout. His appearance would indicate a man of 35 or 40 years, about five feet nine inches in height, sandy complexion, stout make, some distance between the two upper front teeth, dressed in a mixed summer-cloth frock coat, nearly new, worsted vest (figured), blue jeans pants, coarse cotton shirt, and red flannel under shirt, white woolen socks, kip brogans, black fur hat (much worn); in his pocket, a small leather wallet, and seven machines for cutting screw taps, and three dies for cutting screws. He had stayed at Milton the night previous, and appeared somewhat deranged; said he had been on a spree at St. Louis, and that he was a blacksmith; and that he lived, or had worked, near Salem on the Vandalia road. No papers found by which his name could be ascertained. By inserting the above in the Telegraph, you might confer a favor on the family and friends of the deceased.  Signed, George Smith, Justice of the Peace.



UNKNOWN MAN FOUND IN CABIN NEAR BUCK INN/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 17, 1842

On Monday evening last, the body of a man was found in a cabin near the Buck Inn, about two miles from this city [Alton], on the Carrolton road. Upon examination, it was discovered that his death was caused by the cutting of the main arteries of both arms. He was apparently a man about 40 years of age, well clad, and had a small bundle containing a pair of broadcloth pantaloons, a ladies shawl, and a bottle of whisky. The cabin has, for several weeks, been untenanted. A person passing by observed that the window was barricaded with rails, and the door closed; this led him to examine into the cause of these precautions. From the frozen state of the body, it had probably lain there several days. This undoubted act of suicide appears to have been committed with much deliberation. From the condition in which the body was found, he must have taken off his coat, turned up the sleeves of his shirt, and cut the arteries; then turned back his sleeves, put on his coat, buttoned it up, put the razor in his bosom, and placed himself in the usual position for the shroud. He was probably an Irishman, having several of O'Connel's speeches in his pockets, and from some marks upon him, is supposed to have been a sailor in the English Navy. His name was cut from his linen in two places. The initials T. W. M. C. were pricked upon his arm. A coroner's inquest has been held - verdict, suicide.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 10, 1844

The body of an unknown man was discovered lodged at the head of the island opposite this city, on Tuesday morning last. Nothing was found on the person of the deceased by which his identity could be ascertained, but from appearances he was supposed to be the engineer of the steamer "Bee," who accidentally fell overboard about three weeks since and was drowned.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 7, 1847

On Monday morning last, an inquest was held by William G. Pinckard, Esq., on the corpse of a man found lodged in some driftwood near the middle of the Mississippi River, opposite the eastern boundary of this city [Alton]. He appeared to have been three or four weeks in the water, and was probably a steamboat hand, but his name or place of residence could not be ascertained. A small sum of money was found in his pockets. He had on a dark colored overcoat, checked shirt, and coarse brogans, and supposed to be about thirty years old.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 16, 1847

A coroner's inquest was held in this city [Alton] on Tuesday morning last, over the body of a man found in the river, a few feet from the wharf; but nothing was discovered from which his name or place of residence could be inferred. He was dressed in light summer clothing, and supposed to have fallen overboard from the steamboat Lehigh, on the preceding Saturday. His remains were decently interred in the City Cemetery.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 24, 1847

An inquest was held on Friday last by Frederick Weed, Esq. Coroner of this county, over the body of a man found about three quarters of a mile below Shields' Branch, on the cut road leading from the Edwardsville road to the river, but such was the condition of the remains which had been nearly devoured by the swine, that it was found impracticable to discover either the name of the individual, the place of his residence, or how he had come by his death. All that could be ascertained was that the deceased had red hair, and from the size of the bones, was apparently a small man. Near the body were found a fur cap with a black ribbon, a pair of domestic pantaloons, and a shirt of the same material, a pair of coarse homemade shoes, and a pair of socks. Subsequently to the inquest, a snuff-colored coat with black silk buttons, having a small silk handkerchief with white spots in one of the pockets, has been discovered at a short distance from the body, but nothing by which the person could be identified. It is supposed that the unfortunate man must have been dead about two months.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 20, 1897

Coroner Bailey held an inquest yesterday on the body of the man who was taken sick near Edwardsville Crossing Saturday morning, and who died after being in the hospital but an hour. There was nothing in the unfortunate's clothes to identify him, but he is thought to have been a man who worked in the vicinity of the Crossing for some time. No one knew his name. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes, and the body was interred in Milton cemetery by order of Supervisor Loehr.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 28, 1901

The body of a floater, a negro, was found in the Mississippi river at the foot of Ridge street, Sunday afternoon by two boys who were playing in that vicinity. The discovery was reported to Deputy Coroner Streeper, and he proceeded to hold an inquest. The body was apparently that of a laboring man, and was dressed in overalls. One side of the face was badly mashed, and it is believed the man fell overboard from the Spread Eagle at the Alton wharf several months ago. The body of a roustabout lost then was not found, and it is supposed it lodged under the wharf boat until dislodged recently by the current.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 9, 1901           Body of Negro Found Floating at Hop Hollow With Crushed Skull

The body of a negro was found floating in the river at Hop Hollow last night by George Dick, a laborer employed by Joseph Golike, loading a stone barge. Deputy Coroner Streeper, who held the inquest last evening, thinks the man may have been murdered, as the right side of his head was crushed in and the appearance of the fracture indicated that it was caused by a blow from a heavy club. There were no papers on the body to identify it. coroner Streeper says he thinks the man was a deckhand on a steamboat, and that he was murdered and thrown in the river. The body was dressed in a dark suit of clothes and was that of a man weighing about 160 pounds, and 5 feet 8 inches in height. Mr. Streeper took charge of the body and had it buried today. He having no friends, it is probably the death of the man will not be investigated, and his murderer will probably not be discovered.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 27, 1901           Tramp Commits Suicide by Stepping in Front of C. & A. Train

A poor old man, a tramp without a home, deliberately killed himself this noon by stepping in the way of the C. & A. Prairie State Express near the glassworks. The old man was apparently about 65 years of age, and his clothes and condition indicated he was a tramp. No one knew him and it is probably he left no one to mourn. His head was split open and his body mangled under the wheels of the engine. Engineer Germain said after the accident that a case of suicide was clear. The tramp was standing beside the track watching the on-coming train and was looking straight in the face of the engineer. Germain saw him standing there and expected him to step away. When the train was six feet away the old man deliberately stepped on the track and was instantly killed. He had lost one leg and was using a wooden stump to assist him in walking. Coroner Streeper was notified and he had the body removed from the railroad track to his undertaking establishment. The inquest was held this afternoon at the undertaking establishment of Deputy Coroner Streeper. A verdict of death from suicide was found. No marks were found on the man to identify him. He arrived in Alton last evening, and was seen in the vicinity of Second and Washington streets, where he slept last night. He seemed to be deeply depressed, and was then in a pitiable condition from heat and suffering.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1901      Mysterious Suicide Found Near Brick Plant in North Alton

The dead body of a man in an advanced state of decomposition, indicating that death occurred six weeks ago, was found yesterday afternoon in a dense growth of timber and underbrush on the Youngblood estate, near the North Alton brick plant. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified and is trying to discover who the stranger suicide is. The body was leaning against an old sycamore tree, and was apparently that of a man about 55 years of age. Decomposition had advanced so far that the features would be unrecognizable, and ordinary means of identification can not be used. Beside the man's right hand was a 38 caliber revolver, one chamber empty. In his pockets were a gold watch, Standard Watch Company make, case number 81,624, number of works 1,672.549.  A memorandum book sold at Pittsfield, Ill. was found in the pocket, also some little trinkets and a small amount of money. The coroner's jury found a verdict of suicide. The body was clothed in a brown checked suit, and the appearance of the clothes indicated that the man had been well-to-do. The place where the body was found is out of the way and would not have been visited, only the man who found the body was attracted there by the stench arising from the body. Deputy Coroner Streeper has telegraphed to the makers of the watch to trace it up and discover if possible to whom it was sold.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1901     Well-Dressed Stranger Killed by Big Four Train

Deputy Coroner Streeper has a question to solve that is an interesting one. A body of a young man, apparently about 30 years old, was found Tuesday night by the Big Four tracks, less than two miles from East Alton. The body was well dressed and was attired in a neat suit of new clothes. The cut of the clothes is the latest. The body is mangled almost beyond identification, but the appearance is that the young man was fine looking. It is supposed that he fell from a passenger train on the Big Four upon which he was a passenger, but this is not certainly known. The body was discovered by the engineer of a freight train passing south on the Big Four about 9 o'clock. The discovery was reported at East Alton, and Deputy Coroner Streeper took charge of the body. It is being held in the Streeper undertaking establishment in Upper Alton for identification. An inquest was held this morning, and a verdict was found that the young man came to his death by accident. Not a paper was found on the body by which it could be identified, and there were no marks to indicate that the young man's death was accomplished by foul means. The face is smooth shaven and the general appearance is that of a well-groomed person of affluent circumstances. It is hoped that something will be learned from the passengers or crew of the Big Four passenger train, if the young man was a passenger on the train. The description of the body as taken by Deputy Coroner Streeper is as follows: Height: 5 feet, 9 inches; light brown hair and blue eyes; smooth shaven face, covered with smallpox marks. On the body was a black overcoat, gray chevlot coat and vest, dark blue flannel shirt, dark check trousers, blue ribbed fleece-lined underwear, gray socks. The clothes are good and in the pockets were found $4.  A hat sold by J. L. Wright at Des Moines, Iowa was found beside the body. It has been learned that the dead man had been staying around East Alton for a few days and was with a companion. Both men had been drinking heavily and stayed at the Herman hotel the night previous to the one when the stranger met his death. He was not drinking Tuesday night, and how he came to be killed is not known. One theory is that he attempted to climb a train on the grade where he was killed, and missing his footing he fell under the wheels.


Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 16, 1901

Deputy Coroner Streeper has made a discovery that may disclose a motive in the killing of the stranger found on the Big Four tracks near East Alton, November 26. It is now supposed that the man was murdered and placed on the Big Four tracks to conceal the evidences of a crime. On the body of the man was found no other mark than that on the back of the head of the corpse, where a heavy blow may have been dealt with a coupling pin. Deputy Coroner Streeper has held the body for identification, and this fact has led to the finding of $74.20 that might have been buried with the body but for developments after it had been embalmed. Within the sleeve of the undershirt on the corpse was found a packet containing $70.  The money was sewed securely into the inner part of the shirt where it would escape any but a most thorough searcher. With the stranger, before his death, was a dapper looking young man who was drinking at the East Alton saloons with the man afterward found dead. For several days the couple stayed at East Alton, and the man now at Streeper's undertaking establishment is known to have paid all the bills for hotel expenses and for drinks. He seemed to have plenty of money and told people who drank with him that he was taking his last spree. He said that he was in the habit of going on periodical drinking sprees and that he had left home to avoid disgracing his family. When he was over the spree, he intended to return home. Since the night the body was found, no trace of the well dressed young man who accompanied the unidentified stranger has been found. Deputy Coroner Streeper has authorized the following description of the dead man to facilitate the discovery of his identity:  "Height 5 feet 6 inches; weight about 150 pounds; sandy hair; smooth shaven; two teeth missing on right side of upper jaw close to front; small pox pits all over his face and forehead, deeper on forehead than on face; blue flannel shirt with pockets on each side; dark gray cheviot coat and vest; dark blue striped pants with green thread on inside of vest pocket bearing label of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Hair Clothing Co.; bears inscription on label with ink (E. G. Larson), dark blue Kersey overcoat with welt seams, raw edge and black velvet collar, black satin lining, one inside pocket on facing; black derby hat, size 7 1/8, bought at J. L. Wright's, Des Moines, Ia.; pair black dongola No. 7 shoes, hole cut in right shoe account of sore toe; black string tie; kid mits; blue ribbed fleece-lined underwear.  The man appears to be about 30 years of age. Linen is marked, 'R. Y.'"



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1903

Friday morning at daylight the dead body of a man was found by switchmen, lying on the tracks in the Chicago and Alton yards at Seventh and Piasa streets. There had been some box cars standing in the yards all night, and at 4 o'clock this morning the switch engine was hitched to the cars and they were taken away. It is supposed the unfortunate man had crawled under the cars to get out of the rain and had fallen asleep leaning over on the rail. His body was badly mangled and there was nothing about his clothing that would lead to his identity. He had the appearance of being about 30 years old. Deputy Coroner Streeper took charge of the body and removed it to his undertaking establishment in Upper Alton, and will hold an inquest this evening. There was nothing in the pockets of the man that would lead to his identity. He had a package of smoking tobacco and a book of cigarette papers in his pockets, and a slip of paper that was supposed to be a time check of some company for whom he had worked. The name of the first partner of the firm was torn off and all that remained was "& Fell." The man had been loafing around Alton for three days, the police say, but nobody learned his name. He is said to have told a saloon keeper that he was from Kansas City.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 19, 1904        Rats Devour Suicide's Body

The unidentified body of a man, which rats had devoured until it would be almost unrecognizable if known, was found hanging in a barn on George Beer's place near Oldenburg, Monday morning. Deputy Coroner Streeper brought the body to Upper Alton last night and is holding it a short time. The man had apparently been dead since December 23, as he was seen about Oldenburg on that day and was drinking. He said then he had no money and begged for a drink. The clothing on the body was good and the appearance of the man would indicate that he had been in good circumstances. The hanging was done with a light rope which the suicide adjusted to a beam overhead and then tied about his neck as he stood on the floor. Then he left himself down by bending his legs at the knees and there he hung until he slowly strangled to death. Rats had eaten about the face, limbs and body of the man until the sight was disgusting. Deceased was about five feet ten inches, about sixty years old, wore a striped suit, had sandy gray chin whiskers and hair. Not a scrap of paper was in the pockets of the clothing except a piece of newspaper which bore a likeness of Governor Yates. The barn where the suicide occurred is in an unfrequented spot far from the Beer's home and is a tumbled structure. It happened yesterday that the barn was visited and the discovery of the body was made.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 1, 1904

A tramp was run down and instantly killed by the Big Four plug train this morning, Engineer Quiggles and Conductor Charles Miller. The man was lying near a fire he had built at the C. and A. crossing over the Big Four track west of East Alton. Engineer Quiggles said that the man must have left his fire behind the embankment and walked directly down the hill to the Big Four track just in time to be struck by the Big Four train. He was not seen although a sharp lookout was being kept, and it was not known the man was struck until his body, rolling under the train, broke the air pipe and set the brakes on the train, stopping it immediately. The body was horribly mangled and was picked up later and taken to East Alton, where Deputy Coroner C. N. Streeper held an inquest. Not a scrap of paper was found on the person of the dead man. The shoes the man wore appeared not to have been off his feet for months, and he was a typical tramp.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 9, 1904            Mangled Body of Unknown Man Found Lying Beside Railroad Track

The body of an unknown man was found lying beside the Big Four track about one mile east of East Alton Wednesday morning. It is supposed that the man either fell or was thrown from a train during the night and was dragged a distance of half a mile before the wheels released the fragments of the body and it lay beside the track. Parts of the body were found strewed a half mile up and down the track, and the head has not been found. There is nothing upon the fragments of clothing to indicate whose the body was. The section hands were obliged to pick up the fragments with shovels and load them on a hand car to be taken to the East Alton depot. Deputy Coroner Streeper was notified of the finding of the body. The clothing upon the remains, while torn to shreds, seemed to indicate that the man was not a common tramp. The shoes were a good quality of hunting boots and the one hand found did not appear to be that of an idler. The theory has been advanced that the man may have been thrown from a train some time during the night and had lain there a long time when the body was found Wednesday morning.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 9, 1904

A negro roustabout [deckhand] on the Spread Eagle, name unknown, who was on the steamer's list as "Dog," the only name by which he was known, fell off the boat about 2 o'clock Tuesday morning while the Spread Eagle was making a landing at the Alton wharf. An effort was being made to raise the stage plank, and four men were detailed to hold the end of the plank while the rope was passed around the winch for raising it. The men let the plank slip and it fell, bounding from the deck into the river, and with it went the unknown negro. In the excitement the man drowned. He must have been knocked unconscious by the blow from the stage, which struck him in the stomach, as he made no effort to get hold of the stage when it fell into the river, by which he might have saved his life. No effort was made to recover the body after it disappeared.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 30, 1904

Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer buried the unidentified burglar, killed Thursday morning in Yager Park by Nicholas Schwegel. Many people viewed the body in the city building, and some thought that he was a former Alton man, but no one appeared to identify the body positively. The body was buried in Milton cemetery this afternoon. Mr. Samuel Ryan of State street viewed the body of the dead man Friday afternoon, and said he was almost positive it is that of his half-brother, Frank Jiles [Giles?], who left here about a year ago. Mr. Ryan says the only point that causes doubt in his mind is the absence of teeth in the front of his mouth, but that his half-brother might have lost his teeth. Otherwise the dead man bears a remarkable resemblance to Jiles. Mr. Ryan will try to communicate with Jiles' wife.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1906

An old man, unidentified, died yesterday afternoon in a shed back of the saloon at Edwardsville Crossing, formerly conducted by Joe Cooper. The old man had been staying around the place four or five hours before his body was found lifeless in the shed. There was nothing by which to identify him. Coroner Streeper was summoned to hold an inquest, and he took the body to Upper Alton. The man was dressed as a laborer. The jury impaneled by the coroner found a verdict of death from exposure and drink.



UNKNOWN MAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 27, 1908

Coroner C. N. Streeper this afternoon buried in Milton cemetery the remains of an unidentified man who was killed at Benbow City by one of the railroads a few weeks ago, and who had in his possession an Eagle lodge pin. Coroner Streeper said that he had kept the body for the length of time in an effort to identify him. The lodge pin was of no aid in the identification because the number of the local lodge to which the man belonged was not on the pin. The body was well preserved in spite of the several weeks that it had been kept.



UNKNOWN PERSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 25, 1904                       Skeleton Found in Piasa Creek

Henry Heitzman found the skeleton of a man or woman, which is impossible to know, lying in the Piasa creek near the bridge where the Jerseyville road crosses Piasa creek near the division line of Madison and Jersey counties, northwest of Godfrey, Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock. There was not over three pounds of flesh left on the bones. Dogs had devoured the flesh, and if there was any clothing on the body at the time of death they had dragged it away, and there was nothing to indicate to the casual observer whether the body was that of a white or a black man or woman. The only part of the body upon which any flesh remained was one hand and the heel of one foot. The bones had been chewed by the dogs and carried away in part. The findings of the body caused a sensation in the vicinity where it occurred.  Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer was summoned to hold an inquest, and late Monday night he impaneled a jury. Standing in a drizzling rain, the coroner administered the oath to the jury in a cornfield beside the remains of the body, and after the jury had found a verdict that the body was that of an unknown person of unknown sex who came to death in manner unknown to the jury, the body was buried near where it was found. Deputy Coroner Bauer says that the body must have been dead at least four months. It is possible the person was in Piasa creek trying to cross it when the creek was high, and had removed his clothing; that the body may have been carried down the creek a long distance to the place where it was found. The absence of any fragment of clothing on the bones seems to indicate this. Mr. Bauer says the formation of the skull is that of a negro, but it might be that of a white man;  that one way the remaining hand looks like a woman's, and in another way it resembles a man's hand. Farmers living in the vicinity say that three weeks ago a crazy man appeared in the neighborhood, poorly dressed and acting in an insane manner. He disappeared, and it is supposed that the remains found are those of the stranger lunatic.



UNTERBRINK, LUCILLE MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 2, 1922

Miss Lucille Margaret Unterbrink, 28, died Wednesday night at 10:20 o'clock at the Missouri Baptist Sanitarium in St. Louis following a surgical operation for the relief of a throat affliction trouble, which had been troubling her for some time. She was taken to the hospital a week ago to receive treatments, preparatory to undergoing the operation, which was performed Tuesday morning. Surgical pneumonia developed, and her condition became serious immediately. The members of her family were summoned, and remained with her until death came. Miss Unterbrink had been ill for several months. A young woman interested in athletics and other young women's activities, she fought valiantly to ward off her affliction. Though it had been thought for some time that Miss Unterbrink would not recover, she displayed the greatest courage and fortitude in the face of a fatal malady. She was a member of the 1916 June graduating class of the Alton High School, and was the first of her class to die. After her graduation from high school she became a secretary in the offices of the Western Cartridge Co., and later in the offices of the Duncan Foundry and Machine Co. She became interested in Y. W. C. A. work, and was one of the association's most ardent workers. She was a leader in athletic classes and a willing helper in all other activities. It has been said of Miss Unterbrink that she was never too occupied to help. Whenever her services were requested, she responded willingly and gave of her best efforts for the association. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Club of the Y. W. C. A. She was an active member of the Congregational church, and taught a class in the Sunday school. When she became ill some months ago, Miss Unterbrink refused to give up her work. She insisted upon doing her share and often more than her share of the work connected with the young women's organization. Miss Unterbrink was a young woman of charming disposition and her unfailing good nature and willingness to be of service to others made for her countless friends who are grieved by her death. Besides her many friends, Miss Unterbrink leaves to mourn her death, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Unterbrink, one sister, Miss Helen Gertrude Unterbrink. Two grandmothers, Mrs. Sophia Meyer of east Broadway, and Mrs. Margaret Unterbrink of east Fourth street. The body was removed to the family home at 648 east Fourth street, from St. Louis this afternoon. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. C. E. Smith of the Congregational church officiating. The interment will be in the City cemetery. It has not been decided where the funeral will be held from.



UNVERZAGHT, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1900

Fosterburg News - William Unverzaght, who lived with his mother about one mile north of town, died Sunday after an illness with lung fever. He was 37 years of age and unmarried. He was a prominent member of the German M. E. church, a faithful attendant. He owned a farm about two miles from his mother's home, upon which he had built a very nice residence, but had not been occupied by him. Funeral services took place at the M. E. church on Tuesday.



UPCRAFT, EMMA (nee INVEEN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 15, 1920               Alton Woman Dies at Post in Mission Work in China

Mrs. Emma Inveen Upcraft, a missionary in China, died yesterday from cancer, according to a dispatch received through the General Board of Promotions of the Northern Baptist convention at New York. Mrs. Upcraft was a native of Alton and a daughter of Mrs. Inveen, who still resides on Henry street next to the Evangelical Church. In 1879 she went to China and she was married after years of service there to Charles Upcraft. The couple continued their missionary work together for a while, and then they began working independently. Beside her mother she leaves one sister, Mrs. A. E. Bassett of Los Angeles, Calif. The mother, who resides in Alton, is far advanced in years and for a number of years has been practically disabled as the result of a fall she had in her home. Capt. Inveen, the father of Mrs. Upcraft, died many years ago. Mrs. Upcraft was known to many Alton people, notwithstanding her long period of service in China. She had made several trips back home and those who had opportunity to hear her speak enjoyed her appearances before audiences during her furloughs from duty. She was a talented speaker and she was a great drawing card wherever her name was announced for a talk on mission work in China. Rev. M. W. Twing contributed the following: The morning paper reports that a cablegram was received at New York from Chenut, China, announcing the death of Mrs. Emma Inveen Upcraft at that place on December 14. Cancer was given as the cause of her death. This news will bring regret and sadness to the many friends of Mrs. Upcraft here in Alton who were associated with her in her early life and who have known of her work as a missionary in China since 1879. She was born in Alton about sixty-two years ago and graduated from the public schools after which she taught for a number of years. She became a member of the First Baptist Church and was recognized as a leader in Christian work among the young people. She was possessed of a bright, strong mind which she dedicated fully to the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth. Her labors in various fields in China, in teaching and in evangelistic work, were very useful. She was stationed at different times at Ningpo. Yachow, Suifu, Yunnan and Chentu. She was married December 1, 1896, to Rev. William M. Upcraft, who died at Yunnan a few years ago. Mrs. Upcraft had a rare and sympathetic understanding of the Chinese character and a remarkable grasp of things Chinese. Her visits to Alton were always occasions, not only of reviving old acquaintances, but also of enkindling fresh enthusiasm for the great work to which she had devoted her life. Mrs. Upcraft is survived by her sister, Mrs. A. E. Bassett, of Los Angeles, Calif., and her stepmother, Mrs. Mary Inveen of Henry street. Her niece, Miss Beulah E. Bassett, formerly of Alton, for several years stationed at Suifu, West China, has recently been assigned to a position in Chentu and probably arrived at that place just before her aunt's death.



UTT, GARRETT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1917

Garrett Utt, aged 84, died this morning at 1:10 o'clock at his home, 229 West Twelfth street, after a long period of disability due to weakness of old age. Mr. Utt had been a resident of Alton for many years. He was born in Alton February 5, 1833, but soon afterwards with his parents left Alton. He returned here just as he was coming into young manhood and he spent almost all of the remainder of his life in Alton. He was twice married. He leaves his wife and six children, two of them, Mrs. Sophronia Mareing of Alton, and Sidney Utt of Wichita, Kan., by the former marriage, and Thomas Utt of St. Louis, Louis of Webster, Fla., August M. Utt of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Lena Timmons of Alton by the last marriage. Mr. Utt leaves 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the First Baptist church in which Mr. Utt held membership, and burial will be in the City Cemetery.



UTT, UNKNOWN CHILD OF C. E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 13, 1903

The 6 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Utt died last night from an attack of whooping cough. The baby had been ill for three weeks, but it appeared to be better yesterday. This morning when the mother awoke, she found the child dead in bed. The father was at his work in the lead plant at the time of the child's death. Interment in Shipman.



UZZELL, GEORGE C./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 21, 1907      Born in St. Jacob, Madison County in 1833, Man Dies After Sun Stroke

George Carr Uzzell, father of County Superintendent John C. Uzzell, died at his home in Bethalto at 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. He was aged 74 years. Mr. Uzzell was surrounded by the members of his family at the time of his death. Two months ago Mr. Uzzell was sun struck, and laid in the hot sun for several hours before he was found. He never rallied from this illness, the end coming yesterday afternoon. The deceased leaves a wife several years his junior, and six children, three daughters and three sons as follows:  Mrs. J. E. Kelsey and Mrs. Florence Day, both of Bethalto; Mrs. T. C. Preuitt of Canyon City, Colorado; and John U. Uzzell, County Superintendent of Schools, residing at Alton; Charles A. of Granite City; and Albert W. of Staunton, Illinois. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Bethalto Methodist Church. The death of Mr. Uzzell removes one of the pioneer residents of Madison county. He had lived here for almost three quarters of a century, and his father came here almost a century ago, having removed to St. Jacob after the battle of New Orleans in January 1815, where he fought under Andy Jackson. For the past twelve years Mr. Uzzell has been retired, living a quiet life in Bethalto. Up to that time he had been active as a farmer, and during his life held many positions of trust in the township in which he lived.



UZZELL, MALINDA LOUISE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 20, 1919

Mrs. John U. Uzzell, a former resident of Alton and a wife of a former county superintendent of schools, died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday at her old home in Foster township where she had been living for some time. Mrs. Uzzell was well known in Alton, her husband having for a few years served as principal of Humboldt school, prior to his taking the office of county superintendent of schools. Mrs. Emma Uzzell, of Alton, was summoned to Fosterburg yesterday by news of the serious illness of her sister-in-law. Mrs. Uzzell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Neuhaus. She is survived by her aged parents, several sisters, and one son, Robert, and a daughter, Mabel. Mrs. Uzzell was 50 years of age, and death was due to uraemic poisoning. Her maiden name was Malinda Louise Uzzell [should be Neuhaus?].



UZZELL, MARY J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 21, 1914                Mother of Prominent Family Dies

Mrs. Mary J. Uzzell, widow of George C. Uzzell, died at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Kelsey, at Fifteenth and Henry streets, after a twenty-four hour illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Uzzell was taken ill about four years ago, and while she regained much of her strength, she was never completely well since then. She had been a resident of Alton about six years, moving here soon after the death of her husband, who died at the family home at Bethalto. She was born in Bond County, and lived there until 1866, when she moved to Madison County and settled down at Bethalto. There she stayed until after her husband died. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Kelsey of Alton; Mrs. Larkin C. Prewitt of Canon City, Colo; Mrs. Florence L. Day of East Alton; and three sons, John U. of Alton; Charles A. of Granite City; and Albert W. Uzzell of Staunton. Mrs. Prewitt is on her way to Alton, expecting to reach here in time to see her mother alive. Mrs. Uzzell was 75 years old last August. She had been suffering from general debility, and had been growing weaker steadily when the attack of pneumonia came just 24 hours before she died. Mrs. Uzzell was a deeply religious woman, and she held a membership in the Methodist Church for many years. She was highly esteemed in the community where she lived many years, and when she came to Alton she made many friends here. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning. There will be short services at the Kelsey home at 8:30 o'clock, and the cortege will leave there at ____ o'clock for the Methodist Church at Bethalto, where services will be conducted by Rev. W. T. Cline of Alton and Rev. J. J. Armitage of Bethalto. Burial will be in the Bethalto Cemetery beside the body of her husband.



UZZELL, WALTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 17, 1905

Walter Uzzell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Uzzell of 609 east Fourth street, died at St. Joseph's hospital at 1:30 o'clock Friday morning after a short illness with appendicitis. The boy was taken ill a few days ago at school and was sent home, where medical examination showed him to be suffering from a very advanced case of appendicitis. An operation was performed on the boy Wednesday at the hospital and the conditions were found to be very bad, inflammation having advanced until the child's life was in a desperate condition. He was 13 years of age, and a bright, intelligent lad, and his death is a sad shock to the members of his family and his many friends. He is a son of Principal John U. Uzzell of Humboldt school. The funeral services will take place at the family home on Fourth street, Sunday morning at ten o'clock. Rev. M. H. Ewers and Rev. S. D McKenny officiating. The body will be taken to Fosterburg for interment. Services at Fosterburg will be at the Baptist church. The body will lie in state all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Friends desiring, can view the body on those days.


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VAHLE, FRANCES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 18, 1904

Frances Vahle, aged 7, an inmate of the Cathedral orphanage, died Sunday from measles and pneumonia. The child's body will be taken to Jerseyville tomorrow for burial.



VALARIOUS, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 30, 1902

North Alton News - Joseph Valarious, the young man killed in the stamping works at Granite City the other night by a flywheel, was a relative of the Elfgens of this place, and the funeral at Belletrees yesterday was attended by B. F. Elfgen and others from here.



VALENTINE, CYRUS B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 28, 1901                      Civil War Soldier Dies

Died, in this city, Wednesday at 4:30 a.m., Cyrus B. Valentine, aged 70 years and 5 months. Mr. Valentine was born March 17, 1831 in Lyons, N. Y., and came to Cleveland, Ohio, where he resided until his enlistment in the Federal Army in 1861, where he served the entire period of the Civil War, being in active service nearly the entire time. Immediately after the war he came to Alton and was engaged in farming near Upper Alton for a number of years. At the time of his death he resided with his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Kellenberger, on Common Street. He leaves in addition to this daughter and her children, one sister, Mrs. L. Vallean, as the only immediate relatives. The funeral will take place Thursday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m., from his home to Upper Alton Cemetery. The Grand Army will participate.



VALENTINE, MARY ANN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1904               Don't Mourn For Me

According to the dying request of Mrs. Mary Valentine, there must be no ostentatious show of grief at her funeral Thursday morning. Before her death Tuesday afternoon she exacted from her children a promise that there would be no crepe on the door of the home after he death, that her children would wear no emblems of mourning, and that the pallbearers wear, instead of gloves and crepe armbands simply a white carnation in the lapel of their coats. Mrs. Valentine died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. She did not believe in ostentation in grief, and she believed her death was a happy release from an illness which had held her bedfast and in suffering for many months. She was a good mother, revered by her children, and because of that love she bore them and they reciprocated, she thought that they ought not to grieve over her departure for her own sake. Mrs. Mary Anna Valentine was 57 years of age. She was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, the daughter of Evans Johnson, who was an old slave owner and today live in the same house in which he was born and in which the family were born for a century back. One of her father's old slaves still lives in the family of the father across the river. Mrs. Valentine was twice married, her name by the first marriage being Ward. Her last husband, Frederick Valentine, died recently, an old soldier who never recovered from his Civil War experiences. Mrs. Valentine leaves five children, Miss Jeannette Ward and Mrs. Katherine McNair of Chicago, by her first marriage, and Clementine Valentine, Walter and Amelia by her second marriage. The funeral services will be Thursday morning from the family home, 924 Tremont street, at 9:30 o'clock and will be conducted in private by Rev. J. H. J. Rice.



VANCE, ANDREW/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 14, 1903

The remains of Andrew Vance, the aged houseboat resident whose death was caused by exposure, was buried yesterday from St. Joseph's hospital. The son, who is also at the hospital, is yet quite ill.



VAN BUSKIRK, LUCAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1901          Oldest Engineer on the Alton, Fatally Injured in Alton

Lucas Van Buskirk, probably the oldest engineer on the Chicago & Alton railroad, was run over this morning by the yard engine of the Bluff Line, No. 32, Engineer Spreen and Fireman Rodgers. When Van Buskirk rolled out from under the engine after it had passed over his body, he suffered injuries from which he died one hour and a half later, at 10:45 a.m.  He was picked up tenderly by the railroad men who gathered around his body as it lay between the rails, and was carried to the Bluff Line Depot, where he was placed in an ambulance and taken to his home on Market street. Themen, who saw the accident, say that Van Buskirk stepped on the Bluff Line tracks while the switch engine was backing west near the point where the pumping station of the Alton is situated. Van Buskirk had been running the pump there and was going across the tracks to the depot for a few minutes. A Big Four engine on the next track distracted his attention, and before he heard the Bluff Line engine he was struck by the tender and rolled over and over underneath. The ashpit of the engine is about seven inches from the ground, and he was crushed between this and the ties. The crew did not know of the accident until Dan Sullivan, who was on the pilot foot-board, saw the body rolled out at his feet. He signaled Engineer Spreen and stopped the engine. The victim of the engine was able to talk, but was in great pain. Nearly all the bones in his body were broken, and it seemed that he would hardly live until he could be taken home. Lucas Van Buskirk had been in the employ of the Alton forty years, and in his younger days was a daring engineer. A few years ago old age incapacitated him for road work, and it was decided that he must retire to a position of round house foreman. He served at Venice and Alton, and at last was given the position of crossing watchman at Third and Piasa streets. When the pumping station was built on the river front, he was given the position of engineer there. Mr. Van Buskirk was born in New York and was 75 years of age. He had worked on the Chicago & Alton since the road was started. He leaves his wife and three children: L. Van Buskird Jr. of Venice, Addie Van Buskirk of Alton, and Mrs. Ella Ward of Water Valley, Mississippi. The time of the funeral is not set, but burial will be at Lousiana, Missouri. Coroner Streeper will hold an inquest this evening.



VAN DEEN, MARY ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 24, 1906

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth VanDeen, who was 80 years of age last December 7, died this afternoon at the old Ladies Home from old age. She had been a member of the Methodist church for over sixty years, and she will be buried from the old church at Winchester, where she held her membership. Mrs. VanDeen had been making her home at the Old Ladies Home for about six years. Her illness began about six weeks ago. She suffered no pain, but was taken with a progressive weakness which continued until death came. She leaves one son-in-law, Frank Flanders of Upper Alton, and three grandsons, Thomas and Frank Flanders and the Rev. Charles Flanders.



VAN CLEVE, REV. DR./Source: St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat, Thursday, December 16, 1875

The Alton Telegraph of Tuesday thus chronicles the particulars of the funeral of Rev. Dr. Van Cleve: The funeral of this distinguished divine took place yesterday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal Church, as per previous announcement. There was a large attendance on the occasion both from this city and from abroad, called together by feelings of sorrow at the loss of one so eminent in the councils of his denomination, and a desire to do honor to his memory. A large number of clergymen from neighboring towns and cities were present, among whom were Rev. Messrs. Scarritt, of Brighton; Phillips, of Lebanon; English, of Piasa; Grant, of East St. Louis; Thompson, of Jerseyville; Gibson, of Brighton; Sly, of Upper Alton; Fahs, of Kane, and Dr. Fry, of St. Louis, editor of the Christian Advocate. All of these divines, with Rev. Mr. Morrison, of this city, took part in the impressive services at the church or the cemetery. No regular sermon was delivered, but in lieu thereof were several brief addresses by the clergymen present on the life and character of the deceased, and embodying warm tributes of respect and affection. The pallbearers were Rev. Messrs. Scarritt, Phillips, English, Grant, Fry and Thompson



VANDEVER, NANCY and children: GERTRUDE, BESSIE, EARL AND WANDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1911   Mother and Four Children Burned to Death in Home

Mrs. Virgil Vandever, three daughters, and one son, were burned to death at Mitchell about 5 o'clock this morning, when their home burned following the explosion of a can of coal oil, with which the husband and father was starting fire to cook breakfast. The mother and four of her children were burned to death as they were penned in the house. One step-son of Vandever and one son escaped. The family lived in the section house at Mitchell. The father was employed by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad. The home consisted of four rooms, the upstairs part being the living rooms, and it was reached by a flight of stairs. The father attempted to throw the coal oil can out when it caught fire, and in so doing found the screen locked. Then he threw the oil can down the stairs, and it landed on the stairway where the flaming oil spread over the stairs and set fire to the building. Penned in the house, there was no escape for the family. Mrs. Vandever could not rouse her children in time to make their escape. The father, with one son and his stepson, who was a son of Mrs. Vandever, succeeded in leaping out of the window, barely saving their own lives, when they found they could not get through the raging furnace that was burning on the stairway. It was several minutes before the situation dawned upon the people of Mitchell, but they rushed to the scene to save the lives of the inmates, who by that time had been overpowered by smoke and heat and were in no condition to do anything for themselves. The section house was completely destroyed. The story told by Vandever, the father, was that he had attempted starting the fire, and thinking it was not burning, he went back with the coal oil can to put on more oil. Then the explosion occurred, and Vandever says he was unable to throw the oil can out of the window, as there was a screen in the window, locked on the outside. Mrs. Vandever heard her husband, and she ran to see what was the trouble. He shouted to her to go rouse the children as the house was afire, and she ran back into the room where the children were asleep. Vandever said he never saw her again. Vandever, surrounded by flames, leaped out the window to save his life, and he jumped through the window. In falling, he straddled a wire cable and injured himself, which disabled him so he was able to do nothing more. Arthur Langford, aged 19, jumped out of the same window. It is supposed that Mrs. Vandever did succeed in dropping out of the window her seven year old child, Thuri, who was found outside the house and badly burned. She is burned about the arms, face and breast, and one ear is almost off. The father and Langford are badly burned too, but it is supposed that all of the injured ones will recover. The victims of the fire are Mrs. Nancy  Vandever, aged 36, the mother; Gertrude, aged 13; Bessie, aged 10; Earl, aged 6; Wanda, aged 3. Wanda Vandever owned a little poodle dog, which is said to have escaped in some way from the house. After the fire, a big crowd gathered and began searching the ruins for the bodies of the victims. Before 10 o'clock all the bodies had been recovered. The Frisco railroad sent an engine down to the fire and furnished the water to be thrown on the timbers to cool them off, so a search could be prosecuted. The bodies taken from the ruins were charred almost beyond recognition. Coroner Streeper was notified and he went to Mitchell to take charge of the bodies of the victims. The bodies were removed from the ruins and taken to a nearby building to be held until the coroner could take charge. After the fire, a body was found, and it was in doubt as to whether it was that of the smallest child, or that of a dog, and after careful inspection the body was identified as that of the baby. The dog afterward turned up safe. Mr. Vandever says that he thinks his wife threw their child out of the window and saved his life. The child does not remember how it happened. Then when Mrs. Vandever had done that part, she probably fainted from smoke and over exertion and she collapsed, and the other children probably were burned to death in their beds. The father and stepson slept in one bedroom, and Bessie and Gertrude in another, while the mother with the other children was in the third room. The father, on noticing the danger, called his stepson, while the mother went to rouse the others. The family came from English, Indiana, and had lived at Mitchell about nine months. Mr. Vandever was section boss for the Big Four until a week ago, when he took a position with the C. & E. I.



VANHOOSER, SINA KEOWN/Source: Troy Call, October 13, 1922/Submitted by Linda Peters       Long Illness Ends - Was Widow of the Late Wm. VanHooser of This City

Mrs. Sina VanHooser, widow of the late Wm. VanHooser Sr., passed away at her home at 4:25 o'clock Monday morning after an illness due to stomach trouble and complications extending over a period of fifteen months. Her age was 66 years, 9 months and 9 days. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the residence to the Baptist church. Rev. M. F. Gilbert conducted the funeral service and interment was in the Evangelical Friedens cemetery. Deceased, whose maiden name was Keown, was born December 29, 1862, and was a daughter of William and Elizabeth Keown, old settlers in the vicinity of New Douglas. She was married 43 years to Wm VanHooser and seven children were born to them, four of whom died in infancy and a daughter, Myrtle, at the age of 17 years. The two survivors are a daughter and son who are Mrs. Mary Tillison of Wellston, Mo. and Wm. VanHooser of this city. The husband and father died in Florida in 1917 and is buried in Oak Hill cemetery at Arcadia. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. VanHooser resided in Edwardsville one year, and then came to Troy where they remained until 1908, going to Worden. The following year they moved to Florida, where they remained until the death of Mr. VanHooser in ??? after which Mrs. VanHooser and son returned to Troy. Mrs. VanHooser was a member of the Baptist church and a devoted mother who will be greatly missed, and whose passing is mourned most by those who knew her best. [Also on same page:]  Among those from out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. Sina VanHooser here Wednesday afternoon were: Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Olive and son of Mulberry Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Olive; Mrs. Nancy VanHooser; Mr. and Mrs. John VanHooser; and Arthur Bishop, of Alhambra; and Charles Tillison of Wellston, Mo.


[note from Linda Peters:  dob in obit does not match with dob in my database, that date taken from: Marriage Record Book for William H. and Elizabeth D. (VanSant) Keonw, (n.p., n.d.) privately held by private individual, digital copy in my possession.]



VANPRETER, CHARLES A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, July 24, 1912

Charles A. Vanpreter, in his 58th year, died very unexpectedly Tuesday night about 10:45 o'clock at his residence, 443 East Fourth street, from heart trouble. No one but his wife was with him when death occurred, and even Mrs. Vanpreter did not suspect there was anything seriously wrong with her husband until she noticed that he was dying and after a very brief interval he was dead. His daughter, Mrs. Robert Goff, was at Chautauqua, and a message was sent there for the daughter to hasten home. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Levis brought the couple to Alton in their automobile, and arrived at 2 o'clock. Mr. Vanpreter had been a sufferer for 26 years. He was formerly a carpenter and was permanently injured by a fall. His back was so injured that he was never again able to walk and was forced to use crutches. His business ability was remarkable. He had a good wife who was possessed of extraordinary business ability, and in her he found a helper who laid the foundation of a fortune which would have been creditable to any able bodied couple to have amassed in 26 years. Some time ago considerable comment was given to the fact that Mr. Vanpreter, who worked as a carpenter on the Madison hotel building, a year ago bought the property he had helped build and paid cash for it, over $30,000. Beside that he owned a big store building, a heavy stock of goods and other real estate and personal property, showing what an advance his fortunes had taken in less than thirty years through the efforts of himself and his wife. When Mr. Vanpreter was rendered helpless 26 years ago his wife engaged in business on a very small scale, but she gradually and rapidly extended it until she had started a store at Second and Ridge which she and her husband conducted until eleven years ago. They then bought the uptown business building and opened a big store there where fortune still favored them, and they continued to prosper. The couple had the active assistance of their two children, Bert Vanpreter and Miss Rose, now Mrs. Robert Goff. Some time ago Mr. Vanpreter decided to retire from business and he transferred the business to his two children, although he continued to exercise a certain degree of supervision over the place. There was probably not a day in his life that his body was not racked with pains from his injured spine. Those who knew with what bodily pains he contended, and how he longed to be active as he once was, remember how much of the time he was cheery and happy, and marvel that he was able to do what he did. Mr. Vanpreter was able to be in the store yesterday morning. At noon he complained of feeling ill, and stayed home, but no serious thought was given to that as it was his practice to remain at home at times when his ills made it imperative. Dr. Shaff was summoned at 4 o'clock and the doctor felt no apprehensions that there would be any serious results. Mrs. Vanpreter was shocked a few seconds before he died to detect indications of sudden and speedy dissolution and before she could call help it was all over. The funeral will be Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.



VANPRETER, FELIX/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1917              Dies From Injuries in Runaway Accident

Felix VanPreter, aged 59, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Thursday evening from injuries he sustained in a runaway a week ago in Upper Alton. Friends and relatives of Mr. VanPreter were surprised at the fatal turn of the case, as they supposed he was getting along all right and would recover. He was hurt when, in a runaway, his team threw a wagon in which he was riding against a tree in front of the Capt. Worden place in Upper Alton. Mr. VanPreter was thrown out and sustained a facture of an ankle and internal injuries. He was taken to the hospital, where it was supposed by his relatives he was doing well. Mr. VanPreter was born east of Alton at the old home place where his family still live. He was formerly a painting contractor in Alton and was known for his absolute honesty in his work, and his services were much sought. He discontinued the contracting business and engaged in truck farming on the old home place. Not long ago he tore down the old house and rebuilt it, using the old material. Relatives explained today that the fatal runaway was caused by a boy jumping on the back end of the wagon to which Mr. VanPreter's team was attached. When nthe boy jumped on the real end of the wagon this caused the front end gate to fall out on the horses and started them on a wild run. The horses brought the wagon up against a tree in their wild dash and he was thrown to the ground and hurt. He was known as a man of the gentlest manner, and he had a very large number of friends. He had, when a painter, a large number of patrons who would not allow anyone else to do their work but Felix VanPreter, because of the excellent satisfaction he always gave. Mr. VanPreter leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Augustine Head and Mrs. George Niederkorn, and one son, Earl. He leaves also one sister, Mrs. Mary Altendorf, and two brothers, John B. and Thomas L. VanPreter. The late C. A. VanPreter was a brother also. The funeral of Mr. VanPreter will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from St. Patrick's Church. The body has been taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Head, on Benbow avenue. The family this afternoon requested that friends omit flowers.



VANPRETER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 18, 1902

John, the 3 years old son of Felix Vanpreter, died this morning after a short illness of cholera infantum, at the family home near East Alton. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m., and services will be conducted in St. Patrick's church in this city.



VANPRETER, MARGARET H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 13, 1907

Mrs. Margaret H. Vanpreter died Friday shortly after noon at her home east of Upper Alton, after a long and intensely painful illness from stomach and liver troubles. She was born in Jefferson county, Mo., at Hillsboro, in 1831, and was the widow of Judge Thomas Vanpreter, a prominent lawyer and judge of that circuit, and she was the mother of well known Altonians. She fell while playing with a grandchild and broke one of her hips, but despite her age recovered from the accident after a time. She has lived on her farm between East Alton and Upper Alton for more than 40 years, and was known by her neighbors and acquaintances as a great hearted, charitable woman, a good Christian, a fine mother and a splendid neighbor. Her children, Charles A., Felix, John and Thomas Vanpreter, and Mrs. John Altendorf of Janesville, Wis., and Miss J. Vanpreter, were with her when the end came, as were Mrs. Charles A. Vanpreter, her daughter-in-law and her two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Fulcher of DeSoto, Mo., and Mrs. Kate Cook of Pontiac, Ill. Funeral arrangements have not been made.



VANSANT, MELISSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1914             Upper Alton Women Dies - Had Traveled from California to Illinois to Vote For the First Time in April Elections

Mrs. Melissa VanSant, in her 86th year, died Sunday noon at her home, 2027 Main street in Upper Alton, from heart trouble and old age. She had been sick for two years and seriously sick for six months. She had been visiting her daughter in Los Angeles, Cal., and when Illinois women were given a vote, she determined to come back to her home to cast her ballot. She made the long trip from Los Angeles to Alton, and got here in time to participate in the election last April. She was delighted that she had been given the opportunity for which she had waited and believed in for many years. She was soon afterward taken ill, and her case had been a very serious one for some time. Her daughter in California started here last week to attend her mother, but was forced by illness to return home after making the start. Mrs. VanSant was a daughter of John Sallee, and was born at Montgomery City, Mo. in 1829. She came to Alton with her parents in 1841. She was twice married, first to Francis W. Parker, and next to James VanSant, both times in Alton. Her first husband died fifty years ago, and five years later she remarried. She leaves two sons, Washington Parker of Elgin, Ill., and F. W. Parker, a Chicago attorney. She leaves also two daughters, Mrs. Clara Ritchie, at whose home she died, and Mrs. Ireland of Los Angeles. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. W. I. Terhune conducting the services. Burial will be in City Cemetery.



VAN STICK, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 27, 1900

Charles Van Stick died at St. Joseph's hospital yesterday afternoon and was buried this afternoon. Van Stick went to the hospital eight weeks ago and was well dressed and apparently not a tramp. Nothing is known of him at the hospital, as he said nothing of his people.



VAN WAGENEN, HUBERT G./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 3, 1844

Died, at Upper Alton, on the 30th ult., of consumption, Hubert G. Van Wagenen, late merchant of this city and formerly of the city of New York, aged 30 years. He has left a wife and four children, who are now in New York, to deplore his loss.



VATTEROTT, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 30, 1912                      Dies From Blood Poisoning

Jacob  Vatterott, aged 55, died this afternoon at 3:40 o'clock at his residence, 1107 East Fifth street, from blood poisoning due to handling weeds while his hands were in a cracked condition. Mr. Vatterott was working at the Glass Works and his work as blower had caused the skin on his hands to become cracked. While they were in this condition, he went out in the yard at his home and began tidying up the place, gathering up and destroying weeds which had been killed by the frost. The breaks in the skin of his hands became infected, and blood poisoning set in which forced him to discontinue work last Thursday. He continued to grow worse, and for the past forty-eight hours before he died he was unconscious. He was born in Alton and lived here all his life. He was highly regarded as a citizen, was a steady, industrious, sober man. He leaves his wife and one daughter, Miss Minnie Vatterott.



VAUGHN, DENNIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, October 15, 1891

Dennis Vaughn, an aged and highly respected gentleman, for many years a resident of Wann, died Monday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital, aged 75 years. The funeral occurred yester - morning at 8:30 o'clock from St. Patrick's church, Rev. Father Fallon officiating.



VAUGHN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 16, 1910                  Starved Self to Death

John Vaughn, the 76 year old man who was taken to the St. Joseph's hospital last Friday, died last night after having gone for many days without food or medicine, despite the efforts of physicians and hospital nurses to aid him. Vaughn was suffering from an incurable disease and could not have recovered anyway, but would have lived longer had he not resolved to die by starvation. Vaughn had in his time been well to do, and claimed through his aid of others he was reduced to poverty and forgotten. At one time $3,500 was stolen from him, soon after his wife divorced him and the old man was gradually reduced until he lost every thing, and believed he was friendless in the world. When taken to the hospital by Supervisor Faulstich, he stated he wanted to die and that he intended to starve himself to death, and this resolution he clung to until the end came. Undertaker Streeper has taken charge of the remains and will give the old gentleman a good burial. Mr. Vaughn was known as a kindly generous man, and was the victim of persons who took advantage of him from time to time. He leaves three children, Ed Vaughn, Mrs. John Stolp of Alton, and Mrs. Walter Seago of St. Louis. The funeral of Mr. Vaughn will be held Thursday afternoon at the home of his son, Ed Vaughn, Revs. Bradley and McKenny will officiate. The remains will be taken to Rockbridge for burial.



VAUGHN, JOSHUA F./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 22, 1842

Died, in the American Bottom, in this county, on the 26th September last, of congestive fever, after an illness of about four days, which he bore with Christian fortitude, Mr. Joshua F. Vaughn, aged 25 years, 11 months, and 18 days; leaving an aged mother to mourn the loss of an affectionate and dutiful son; and his numerous acquaintances, the loss of a highly respectable and useful member of society.



VAUGHN, THAD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 9, 1918                   Soldier Killed in France

Edward Vaughn received a telegram Friday afternoon from the War Department announcing that his son, Thad Vaughn, had been killed in France on the 30th of September. No other word had been received by the father up to that time. The dead soldier was a member of the 138th, enlisting in Alton when Company B was stationed here. After a lengthy stay on this side he was shipped to the other side, and for some time past has been in the midst of the fight. He was scouting when he met his death. Vaughn is the son of Edward Vaughn, a gardener, and was a well known messenger boy before entering the service of his country. His mother is dead, but he is survived by two brothers.



VEECH/VEECK, EDWARD JULIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 13, 1918

Edward Julius, the nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Veech of 826 Hawley avenue, died last night at 9:45 o'clock from influenza, taking ill with the disease last Friday. The little boy had been sickly since birth, and the dreaded disease was too much for his frail constitution. The little fellow was a bright and lovable child and his death is a great shock to the family. He was born on the second of July. The entire family, consisting of mother, father, grandmother and two other children, are ill, all but the father being influenza victims. The mother was up and around today, but was in no fit condition to be attending to matters pertaining to the funeral arrangement. The grandmother is Mrs. Lottie Veech, and the grandchildren are Albert and Alvena. [Note: last name was also spelled Veeck.]



VEECK, LOTTIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1918

Mrs. Lottie Veeck, wife of Frederick Veeck, died this morning at 20 minutes past 2 o'clock at the home of her son, Julius Veech [sic], of 826 Hawley avenue. Mrs. Veeck was a sister of the late Charles A. Schlueter, who died recently. Mrs. Veeck was born in Germany, but came to America at an early age, settling in Alton about twenty-five years ago. She was 71 years of age on the last day of last April, and up until her last illness she was a very active woman. During the past few months the family of Julius Veeck was stricken with the influenza, the aged mother being one of the victims. Pneumonia followed the influenza attack, and Mrs. Veeck was unable to stand the dreaded disease. Five weeks ago today Mr. and Mrs. Julius Veeck buried a little son, Edward, who was an influenza victim. Mrs. Veeck is survived by her husband, one son, Julius Veeck, her daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. She also leaves one brother, Rev. Henry Schlueter, of Baltimore, Md. The funeral arrangements are not completed but will be held most probably on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.



VEITH, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1918

Louis Veith, for the past two years as watchman in the government slough, died last evening at St. Joseph's Hospital after a short illness. He was known around town, having been a requent visitor in town. His body was shipped out today to his old home in Keokuk, Iowa.



VERNARDOS, INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 31, 1907

The funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Venardos was held this morning from the home in Oak street, and was attended by many friends and relatives of the afflicted parents. Burial was in City Cemetery beneath a coverlet of flowers, the offerings of sympathizing friends.



VERMILLION, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 8, 1921            Dies From Accident in Paper Mill - Caught Between Two Revolving Rolls

Fred Vermillion, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Vermillion of Humbert street, died at St. Joseph's Hospital this morning from injuries he sustained a week ago today in the plant of the Alton Boxboard and Paper Company. The young man, in his eighteenth year, was employed in the plant and was working around the paper drying machine. The machine includes a number of rolls which are heated by steam to a temperature that will dry the wet paper pulp. Vermillion, in some way that is not fully explained, slipped while working over two rolls, which were revolving toward each other. His right foot went between the two rolls, which were about 8 1/2 inches apart, and his whole leg slipped in. He dropped astride one revolving roll with the two rolls continually dragging him downward. While he was seated astride the roll he suffered fearful injuries at the base of his body, including a fracture of his pelvis and internal injuries due to the grinding action of the roller revolving against his body. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where at first it was believed he had not been seriously hurt as the injuries were not apparent from external observation. The next day it was recognized that he was worse hurt than at first thought. His death followed a week of intense suffering. This was the first fatal accident in seven years at the plant of the Alton Boxboard and Paper Company. In the plant every precaution is taken against accidents and the result of it has been that though a big crew has been worked there the plant went a seven-year period without a man being fatally hurt. He was employed at the Box Board Paper Co., and last Tuesday met with a serious accident while at work which proved fatal. Besides his parents he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Fish of St. Louis, Mrs. Bertha Yother of Denning, Ark., and Mrs. Louise Smith of Alton. Two brothers, Arthur and Raymond Vermillion, both of Alton. The funeral arrangements have not been made.



VERMILLION, MILFORD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1904

Milford, the 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vermillion, died Sunday from diphtheria at the home on State street, between Fourth and Fifth. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, and was private.



VEST, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1916           Victim of Burns Dies at Hospital

William Vest, aged 38, of Wood River, formerly a baseball player on several Alton teams, died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock in St. Joseph's Hospital, as the result of burns sustained in a still "flash" at one of the Standard Oil refinery stills four weeks ago. Vest was badly burned about the arms and face and chest. The flesh on the upper part of one of his arms was burned to the bone. He was getting much better, and last Thursday was sitting up. His wife made daily trips to Alton to see him, but on Friday he was so delirious that he could not be seen by anyone except the nurses. On Saturday his condition was much worse and hope for his recovery was given up. Vest was a large man, weighing about 225 pounds. He was formerly an Alton street car conductor, and he was at one time an organizer of the Moose lodges. He was recognized as a good ball player and sided Alton teams in winning many games. He lived on Whitelaw avenue in Wood River. The body was not brought home, but was taken to the home of his mother on Feldwisch avenue, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.



VETALIA, PHIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 2, 1917       Foreigner Mysteriously Murdered - No Clue Left

A deep mystery surrounds the murder of Phil Vetalia, an Italian. Vetalia was shot three times at the corner of Ninth and Piasa streets Thursday evening. Switchmen were working on the top of box cars nearby, and a gang of boys were playing on the corner at Ninth and Piasa streets, but the assailant made his getaway leaving not a single clue behind him. The police have been unable as yet to find anyone who can even give a description of the man who might have committed the crime. A switchman on the southbound C. & A. freight train reported to the police last evening that he had seen two men standing on the track but paid no attention. When his back was turned the shots were fired. Although some of the people were only a half a block away when the shots were fired, the man was dead when they got to him. He had been shot three times. Once through the eye, again through the abdomen, and once through the groin. Boys playing on the corner reported that the man who did the shooting escaped through Duncan's Foundry yard. Further than this they could not tell. The stories they told the police were very conflicting. Vetalia was identified last evening as one of a gang of foreigners who had been employed on the C. & A. section in Upper Alton. Passenger Agent T. R. Whray of the C. & A. railroad told last evening how his waiting to take a later train out of Alton had cost his life. During the afternoon he appeared at the C. & A. ticket office with about $19 on him. After purchasing a ticket to Springfield, he asked about the time for the trains. Whray advised him to take the 6 o'clock train, as that would get him there at a good time at night. Vetalia decided, however, to wait until the 9:58 train and it cost him his life. The police were unable to get the name of the foreigner last evening. He had some receipted bills from the Cartwright store in Upper Alton, but the name was not plain. This morning Alva Ranker, section foreman on the C. & A., gave the name of Vetalia to the police. Mr. Ranker stated that he had two brothers in Detroit, Mich. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner Wm. Bauer last evening. He will notify the relatives if it is possible to find them.


Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 3, 1917

The police have been unable to find any new clue to the murderer of Phil Vetalia. Several men were held as witnesses for the inquest last evening, but nothing new developed there. One of the men, a brakeman, testified that he was a very short distance from Vetalia at the time the shots were fired, but it was so dark that he could give no description of the man who committed the act. He says that the man who did the shooting was smaller than Vetalia. The police arrested a friend of Vetalia and held him on suspicion for the coroner's jury, but nothing against him developed and he was allowed to go free.


Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 6, 1917

It is believed in some quarters that Philip Vetalia, the Italian who was murdered at Ninth and Piasa streets last week, was the victim of a vendetta. He was buried yesterday, his brother having declared he would have nothing to do with him. The brother was notified that Philip was dead, and the message came back to Deputy Coroner Bauer to do with the body as he pleased. Mr. Bauer has been informed that Vetalia had admitted that he feared some vengeance being visited on him as he was wanted in Italy for killing a man. The suspicion is growing that the friends or relatives of the victim of Vetalia in Italy followed Vetalia to this country, hunted him up and executed the vengeance that is often visited in cases of a vendetta.



VICHE, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 15, 1908

Mr. and Mrs. William Richards of Glen Arm, Illinois came to Upper Alton yesterday and viewed the remains of the man who was found dead at Wood River between the Big Four tracks and the C. & A. tracks, and identified the body as that of Mrs. Richards' brother, George Viche. They said that he was 27 years of age and that they had not seen him for over two years, although they heard from him a month ago and learned that he was either at Granite City or Alton. They do not know what he was doing in this vicinity, but supposed that he had been looking for work. They went away, promising to return and let Mr. Streeper know whether they wanted the body shipped home or buried here. The identification was accomplished through a letter in the pocket of the dead man. Operator Harry Cole of East Alton said that he heard five shots fired down the Big Four and C. & A. tracks toward Wood River on the same night that the man, believed to be Richards but who has proved to be George Viche, was killed, and suspected that he might have been shot and then thrown on the track. Coroner Streeper does not believe this known. There were a few cents in change on his body, and had he been met with foul play or by robbery this surely would have been taken. The position of the body  made is appear that he had been struck by the train, knocked down and partly ground up under the wheels.



VICKES, J./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1918

J. Vickes died suddenly this morning at the Alton State Hospital from what is reported to have been a stroke of apoplexy. Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer was notified and will hold an inquest this afternoon. Vickes formerly lived at Madison, Ill.



VINSON, JESSE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 7, 1904

North Alton News - Considerable excitement prevailed here yesterday evening when it was discovered that the surviving members of the Vinson family, living on the branch, had deserted their home, clothing, furniture and had departed for unknown parts sometime during Sunday night. The family was afflicted with smallpox, and Jesse died from that disease Saturday. They came from Jersey County originally, and are supposed to have returned there, abandoning all their belongings in the hope of getting away from the disease which is said to have been of the malignant type. The family lived in Godfrey township, and it was the duty of the officers there to look after the matter.....



VIOLET, ROSA MAY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 6, 1903

Upper Alton News - Mrs. Rosa May Violet died yesterday afternoon at her home on South Main street after suffering about six months with tuberculosis. Her husband survives her, also one sister, Mrs. Thomas Rodie. Mrs. Violet was born in Philadelphia in 1876. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, and the body will be taken to Brighton, her former home, for interment.



VISSERING, JAMES P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 30, 1919              Aged Stockman Dies From Injuries in Auto Smash

James P. Vissering, in his 74th year, retired stockraiser, died at 9 o'clock this morning at his home, 2930 College avenue, after being bedfast four months. Mr. Vissering was hurt four months ago when an automobile ran into a horse he was riding. The aged man, an expert horseman, was hurled from his seat in the saddle and thrown against a curbstone, and the horse was knocked over and fell on top of him, crushing him. He sustained injuries to his hip and back from which he never recovered. His advanced age contributed to his bad condition, and though he was able to get up and around on crutches and went out in an automobile, he failed to regain his strength and a decline set in. Mr. Vissering was a man of progressive ideas, a great believer in taking the initiative, and was a pioneer in the mail order system of selling registered live stock. He was a specialist in raising Angus cattle and Poland China hogs, and his reputation as a breeder of both kinds of stock brought him a widespread business through the mails, the purchasers not even seeing their purchases until delivered. At the age of 19 years he came here from Germany, where he was born in Otsfriesland, September 27, 1845. He entered Shurtleff College soon after coming to Alton, as he discovered that handicapped as he was by a defective hand, he would have to depend upon his brains to make a living. In Shurtleff he worked hard to get an education, going without any luxuries and even doing with few necessities, but he won out. He engaged in various lines of work until he went to farming at his old home place on the Grafton road in 1878, where he remained until 1911. He retired from farming then, but continued his activities as a mail order stock dealer. Mr. Vissering was a great lover of fine horses, and he always kept a fine saddle horse for his personal use. He was one of the most graceful of riders and he presented an appearance that would attract attention. It was his love for horseback riding that ended in the accident, April 12, that caused his death. After his retirement from his farm he moved to Upper Alton where he made his home up to the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and two children, Harry of Chicago, and Mrs. George K. Worden of Upper Alton. It was his wish that he be entombed in the Grandview Mausoleum, and his wish will be respected. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home.



VITKEFSKY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 10, 1919

The funeral of Miss Mary Vitkefsky, who was instantly killed when struck by a Chicago and Alton passenger train at noon Saturday, was this morning from St. Patrick's church, where Requiem Mass was celebrated, and interment was in Greenwood cemetery. Miss Vitkefsky was struck by the train near South Wood River while going from work at the International Tannery. She was about to cross the track when the pilot of the engine struck her. She was thrown against a pole near the track and her body badly mangled. Her father, also an employee of the tannery, saw the accident. An inquest into the death of the girl will be conducted this evening by Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer.



VITT, MARGUERITE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 3, 1922

Mrs. Marguerite Vitt, wife of Thomas Vitt, died at the family home on Bluff street yesterday morning at 2:30 o'clock after a long illness. She had been an invalid many months and the past few months had been confined to her bed. A month ago it was recognized that her case was an exceedingly grave one, and that the end would not be long deferred. Patiently she bore the most intense suffering and in her lucid moments in the days when she knew she was dying, she was always cheerful and thoughtful for others. Even before her family admitted to themselves that there could be only a fatal termination of the illness, Mrs. Vitt referred to her approaching "recovery" as she tactfully expressed it in her full consciousness, that she was not to get well. Mrs. Vitt was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. McGinnis. Her death is the first break in that family circle. She was born in Alton and lived here most of her life. She graduated from the Eastern Illinois Normal school, and also took a course at Chicago University. She taught in the Alton public schools and also in the Edwardsville schools prior to her marriage to Thomas Vitt. After her marriage she lived in Danville for a short period, returning to Alton to make her home here. Mrs. Vitt is survived by her husband and three children, William, Marguerite and Grace. The youngest child is less than ten months old. The second child, namesake of the mother, is ill at the home of the grandparents, on State street. She leaves also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McGinnis, two brothers and three sisters, John F. Jr., and William McGinnis, Mrs. John O'Connell, Mrs. Walter Flable, Miss Grace McGinnis and Sister Clotilde, a member of the Ursuline order. Mrs. Vitt was a woman of strong personality, was most efficient as a teacher and possessed a disposition that won for her the love and respect of all who knew her. She was a good mother to the little family who have suffered the calamity of losing the wife and mother. The funeral will be held at nine o'clock tomorrow morning from SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral.



VOELKEL, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 17, 1920

Louis Voelkel was found dead this morning at the Alton State Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past year and one half. He was an employee of the Stanard mill for approximately 12 years. Before coming to Alton he made his home in Bunker Hill. Louis had reached the age of twenty-seven years. He is survived by one aunt, Mrs. Gotlieb Steinbrook of Bunker Hill. Funeral arrangements have not be made.



VOELLNER, ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 25, 1914            Young Man Falls From Balloon Into River And Drowns - Mother Charges Balloonist

Thomas Cowan or Cohn, the aeronaut who was responsible for Robert Voellner, aged 19, losing his life as the result of making a balloon ascension which ended in his falling in the river and being drowned, was arrested early Sunday morning on a warrant sworn out before Justice G. B. Pfeiffer, charging him with allowing a minor to engage in a hazardous act without consent of his legal guardians. When taken into custody Sunday morning by Deputy Sheriff Fitzgerald, Cowan, or Cohn, made frantic attempts to get out. He had no money, and could give no bond. He attempted to interest Alton people in going bail for him, but none of the local Moose would take the chances of having to pay any penalty that might be in store for the balloonist. It was therefore impossible for an ascension to be made Sunday afternoon. The ascension was barred by another reason. Capt. W. D. Fluent, indignant over the treatment and abuse heaped on him by members of the carnival company, refused to surrender the parachute until a gasoline bill for $2.40 was paid. The bill was not paid and the parachute remained at the Fluent dock all day Sunday. The parachute is a damaging bit of evidence should there be any prosecution of Cowan. Witnesses who found the parachute will swear that the trigger used for releasing the parachute from the balloon was so jammed that the more the balloonist would pull it, the tighter it would be. The warrant for Cowan's arrest was issued on complaint of the stepfather of Robert Voellner, Leonard Nottebrock. The boy's mother accompanied her husband, to whom she was married a week ago, about the time that the boy left home and joined the carnival company. Cowan was taken before Justice Pfeiffer at noon today, pleaded guilty to a charge made against him and was fined $25 and costs, which was paid. Cowan was faced by the mother of the boy and his stepfather. Nottebrook seemed very indignant at Cowan and he refused to shake hands with Cowan when the latter approached and tried to express his sympathy. Cowan told the court that the boy had insisted upon making the ascension, and he claimed he believed the boy was over 21 and his mother was willing. He claimed he didn't know the boy's name until after the fatal termination of the ascension. Mrs. Nottebrock intimated after the trial that she was dissatisfied. She claimed that her son had a gold watch, and Cowan denied any knowledge of it. Mrs. Nottebrock said that she was sure the boy had a watch and that he would not have taken it in a balloon ascension. The family blamed the carnival management for not taking precautions to insure the boy having a chance for his life, and said they had evidence that the parachute was defective. Mrs. Nottebrook exhibited a photograph of her son, which she said was a good one. This picture was identified by the balloonist as a picture of the boy he had sent on the ride to his death. The balloonist claimed that the boy was merely a partner of his. This claim was made to evade any claim for damages which the mother might make, it was believed, as it would be claimed the lad was not in the employ of the carnival company. The carnival company left this morning for Jacksonville.



VOGEL, EMIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1906

Emil Vogel, aged 42, died Sunday noon at the home of his brother-in-law, Julius Nichols, on Holman street, after a long illness with Bright's disease. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Nichols home.



VOGEL, MORRIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 16, 1909

Morris Vogel, aged eighty-four years, died Monday night at the home of his son-in-law, Charles Graff, 822 east Second street, after an illness of seven weeks. While attending services at St. Mary's church several weeks ago Sunday, he was stricken with paralysis and while he partially recovered, he had no chance to get well since that time. He was a resident of Godfrey for almost sixty years and was known to almost everyone in that township. About four years ago he moved to Alton with his wife, whose health was bad. She died three years ago. He is survived by four daughters and a son, Miss Rose Vogel and Mrs. William Wheyers of Alton, Mrs. Philip Walters of Godfrey, Mrs. Annie Willing of Los Angeles, Cal., and Frank Vogel of Palmyra. A daughter-in-law, the widow of his son William also resides in Palmyra with her children. The funeral will be held Thursday morning from St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.



VOGELPOHL, CAROLINE HUMMERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1910               Sold Candies in Upper Alton for 40 Years

Mrs. Caroline Hummert Vogelpohl, aged 70, died Thursday morning at her home in Upper Alton, from the effects of cerebral hemorrhages. She had conducted a candy store in Upper Alton forty years, and for many years her place of business was the one visited by the children when they had nickels and pennies to spend. She had been in bad health about three months, and she sold her confectionery at the corner of College and Washington avenues in Upper Alton, and had gone into retirement. She was born April 10, 1840, in Germany. At the age of 7 she came to America with her parents, who settled at Fosterburg. She moved to Brighton, then to Upper Alton, where she married F. L. Vagelpohl, a baker, who died in 1884. She had several paralytic strokes. Mrs. Vogelpohl was about her home as usual this morning, when she was taken with severe bleeding of the nose, and when the bleeding stopped, death followed. She leaves seven children: Charles, Milton, Edward and Lenus Vogelpohl of Upper Alton; Emil of Hardin; George of Alton; and Miss Lillie Vogelpohl of Upper Alton. The time of the funeral is not set.



VOGELPOHL, FRIEDRICH LUDWIG/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 26, 1884

Upper Alton News - Died, in this place on Sunday morning, Friedrich L. Vogelpohl. Deceased was born in Hanover in 1820. Was for 20 years a sailor, came to Washington County, Illinois to visit relatives, and from there to this place where he has resided for over 15 years. He was married in 1864, and leaves 7 children, the oldest 19, youngest 3 years of age. Funeral took place yesterday (Monday) at 2 p.m. from the family residence, and was largely attended. The business places of this town were closed from 2 till 3:30 yesterday on account of Mr. Vogelpohl's death.



VOHWINKLE, OTTO/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, March 27, 1899

Crazed with Bad Whisky, Otto Vohwinkle, of East Alton, Stabs Himself Twelve Times with a Dull Pocket Knife in the Breast.

Otto Vohwinkle, of East Alton, while crazed with delirium tremens, committed suicide Sunday night at 8 o'clock by stabbing himself in the breast with a dull pocket knife. He had been on a protracted spree and had not breathed a sober breath since last December, so his associates say, and for several days he had been raving crazy. He had frequently said he would kill himself, and his friends who were attending him took the precaution of taking from him all weapons that might be used for suicidal purpose. Vohwinkle was determined to end his life, and while left alone, he managed to procure a pocket knife, with a 2 1/2 inch blade, and with it he effectually ended his troubles. J. H. Devanney, who had been looking after Vohwinkle all day, left the crazy man alone for a short time before 8 o'clock Sunday night. When he returned he found his late charge lying on the bed with twelve knife wounds in his breast, over and around the heart, and the knife laying beside the body, covered with blood. Vohwinkle had lived at East Alton about twelve years. He came from Germany and worked hard until last summer, when he received notice that had been left a small fortune in Germany. He went back home and returned when he had received part of it. On December 2, $704 was sent him from Germany, and December 19 he placed $450 of it in the National bank. The remainder he spent for whisky, and then he began drawing his money from the bank. Within one month he drew all his money from the bank, and during all that time he was continuously drunk. When his money gave out he said he would kill himself, but made no attempts until the fatal one. He was 45 years of age and had no relatives in this country. Coroner Bailey held an inquest and turned the body over to Undertaker Bater, who will have it buried at public expense.



VOISILIST, STEF/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 9, 1911        Bystander Fatally Wounded by Cheap Revolver

Stef Voisilist, an Italian, died at St. Joseph's hospital at 3 o'clock this morning from a wound in the abdomen inflicted by Andrew Salee, in a little house near the Federal Lead works work, Saturday evening. According to the stories told by the men, the shooting was accidental. They were practicing with a cheap revolver at their home and were shooting at a barrel head. Volsilist had been shooting and could not hit the barrel head, and then Salee claimed that it was his turn to take a shot. The revolver shot so crooked that the bullet struck Volsilist, who was standing close by, the ball entering his abdomen and making a fatal wound. A dying statement was made by Voisilist at the hospital exonerating Salee of any blame. Other witnesses gave similar statements. The wounded man made a statement before he died, which was interpreted by N. S. Wittles, saying that Salee was free from any blame in the matter, and it was purely accidental. The two had been friends for many years, and the dying man was sure that the shot was not fired on purpose. As a last request embodied in the statement, he asked that Salee donate seventy dollars toward his funeral expenses if he died, and in case he got well, to assist in the paying of the doctors bills. Salee agreed to this. The statement was made out in writing and was sworn to before police magistrate William Ash.



VOLZ, EDITH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 28, 1908         Young School Teacher Dies - Just Graduated Last Year

Miss Edith Volz, a teacher in the public schools, aged 20 last March, died Thursday at 3:20 o'clock a.m. at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Henry Loarts, on North street. She had gone there from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Volz of Franklin street, in the belief that the change might be beneficial to her. Miss Volz had been suffering from a complication of diseases arising from a complete nervous prostration. One year ago when she graduated in the Alton high schools, she was a picture of perfect health and one of the most beautiful girls in her class. She had made a good record in her school work, and she had qualified for appointment as a teacher in the public schools. At the January meeting of the board of education she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the eighth grade of Lincoln school. She was not in the best of health at the time she accepted the appointment, but nothing serious was apprehended and she undertook the difficult task of teaching in the eighth grade. Miss Volz made a good teacher, and her conscientiousness and determination to succeed, in the face of failing health, contributed to her breakdown. She became a victim of nervous prostration after she had taught school several months, and at last was obliged to give up her work. It was regretted exceedingly by the board of education, as she was an efficient teacher and gave excellent satisfaction. Her death has been expected for the past week, although for three or four days she had been showing signs of being somewhat improved. Her death is a sad blow to her parents, who have lost in her their only child. Miss Volz was much admired for her personal beauty and her loveable traits of character. Among the teachers who had so recently been her instructors and still more recently her associates in the work of instructing, her death is the cause of deep grief. Members of her family do not believe that her attack was wholly due to her work as a school teacher, although her devotion to her work probably did cause the final collapse. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the home of Henry Loarts, 1408 North street.



VOLZ, ELIZA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1910

Mrs. Eliza Volz, a resident of Alton for the past 53 years, died Tuesday afternoon at her home, 1217 east Fourth street, after an illness of two months. She was born in Germany and was 76 years of age. Her husband was in the cypress hauling business here for many years before his death. Four children survive Mrs. Volz, all residents of Alton: Mrs. Fecht, August, John, and Leonard Volz. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home where services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller.



VOLZ, GUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1915

Two of the bodies of the ill-fated victims of the powder works explosion yesterday will be shipped away, and the other three buried in this vicinity....The funeral of Gus Volz will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John DeSilvey, at the Tile Works hotel. Services will be held afterwards at the M. E. church, and the burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. DeSilvey said today that Volz was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and took the name of Miller at times, by which he was known by many of his friends. He married Miss Esther DeSilvey three years ago, and leaves his wife and one child, who will remain at the DeSilvey home.



VON BINZER, CARL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1903

Carl, the one year old son of Major and Mrs. Max Von Binzer, died Saturday night at St. Joseph's hospital from cholera infantum. The members of the family were passing through Alton on the way to Chicago when two of the children became ill, Friday morning, and were removed to the hospital. The child's body will be buried at Davenport, Iowa. Major Von Binzer was formerly commandant of the Western Military Academy and subsequently went to the Bleese Military Academy at Macon, Mo.



VON BINZER, FREDERICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 8, 1903

Frederick Von Binzer, son of Major and Mrs. Max Von Binzer, died in St. Joseph's Hospital Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock after an illness of two weeks. The child is the second of the family to die in the last two weeks. Major and Mrs. Von Binzer were passing through Alton on their way from St. Louis to the north, during the time when passengers were being transferred by the railroads here. While the family were spending the night at the Madison hotel, the two children became very ill and were moved to the hospital. A few days later the youngest child died and was taken to Davenport, Iowa for burial. The oldest child continued in a doubtful condition until the last few days when it began to grow worse. Death was due to summer complaint. The parents, accompanied by the mother of Mrs. Von Binzer, will depart this evening for Davenport where the funeral will be held.



VONNAHMEN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 18, 1922          Dies on Site of House In Which He Was Born, 64 Years Ago

John Vonnahmen, aged 64, died Saturday night at his home at Wood Station, on the same site on which he was born. He had been ailing for three or four months, but was only seriously ill for the past week. He was married on the ninth of June, 1885, to Mary Huebener of Brighton. His wife died ten years ago. He farmed all his life and was one of the best known residents of the Wood Station neighborhood. He was a successful and prosperous farmer, operating a large farm. He is survived by three sons, Lawrence, Anthony and John, and one daughter, Minnie, all of Wood Station. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Frank Banger of Edwardsville, Mrs. Ann Mahler of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Frank Wolf of Upper Alton, and a brother, Frank Wolf, of Wood Station. He also leaves three grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday at ten o'clock from St. Mary's church. Interment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.



VONNEMANN, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 31, 1910

Henry Vonnemann, aged 54, died Friday morning at 11 o'clock at his home in Foster township after an illness of two months from asthma and heart trouble. Mr. Vonnemann was born and raised in Foster township and lived there all his life. He is survived by his wife and seven children, four sons - John, William, Joseph and Henry, and three daughters - Kate, Rose and Mary. He leaves also three brothers, John Vonnemann, Joseph and Frank Wolf, and four sisters, Mrs. Alexander Wegener, Mrs. Anna Mueller, Mrs. Rose Bange and Mrs. Emma Sturgeon. The funeral will be held Monday morning from St. Mary's church at Alton, at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.



VOSS, JEANETTE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 19, 1916

Mrs. Jeanette Voss, aged 91, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma Eden, of 1036 Union street, at noon today after an illness of some duration. Mrs. Voss has been a resident of Alton for the last 23 years, coming here from her old home in Germany. She is survived by two sons, Theodore and Julius of Alton; and two daughters, Mrs. Emma Eden of Alton and Thresa of Germany. The funeral services will be conducted at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the German Evangelical Church to the City cemetery. The services will be conducted at the church by Rev. E. L. Mueller.



VOTTEROTT, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 31, 1901

Louis, the 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Voterott, died this morning at 7 o'clock at the family home on Fifth street, after an illness from scarlet fever. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Voterott has been singularly unfortunate and in their affliction the family will have the sympathy of the entire community. Six out of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Voterott have died, and five of these have succumbed to contagious diseases and private funerals have been held.



VOUNBERGEN [VonBergen?], SOPHIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1904

Mrs. Sophia Vounbergen, a sister of Mr. Charles Schleuter, wife of Andrew Vounbergen, died at her home in Fosterburg Tuesday at 2 p.m. from pulmonary troubles, aged 54 years 6 months. She leaves four sons and four daughters, her husband, two brothers and a sister. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. from Fosterburg.



VOYLES, STELLA BOWEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 10, 1909

Mrs. Stella Bowen Voyles, wife of Robert Voyles, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bowen of Melville, died at her home in Marine last night after a long illness. She had been very ill at her father's home, and when it became apparent she could not last much longer, she was taken back to her own home to die. She was 27 years of age and leaves beside her husband, four children. The body was taken today to the home of the parents at Melville.



VUKOVIC/LUKOVIC, LUKA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1920              Shot Nine Times and Killed by Prohibition Enforcement Officer

Luka Vukovic, 37 years old, of 1327 G Street, Madison, was shot nine times and killed by S. Glenn Young, a prohibition enforcement officer, when Vukovic resisted a raid on his home Saturday night. Young, with Walter Cowgill and E. J. Tieney of the Granite City police force, had learned that Vukovic was making liquor and storing it in the home of his cousin, Mike Sever, 1325 G street. At this address they found a still and a quantity of liquor, which they confiscated, and then proceeded next door. Peeping through a rear window, the officers saw Vukovic drinking some liquor out of a milk bottle, and knocked on the door demanding admission. Eliciting no response, the raiders went to the front door, which they broke in when the occupant refused to open it. They found Lukovic in bed. A trap door was discovered leading to the cellar, where a 20 gallon keg, nearly filled with raisin whisky, was found. Young commanded Lukovic to remain in sight while the officers carried the whisky upstairs. Lukovic stood in the doorway a moment, and then disappeared, to return with a revolver he pointed at the policeman and pulled the trigger. The weapon failed to go off, and Young emptied his revolver at Lukovic, who ran to the rear of the porch. Gowgill followed him, but was knocked down by a blow on the head. Young took up the pursuit and fired three shots from a second revolver, at which Lukovic fell dead. All nine bullets had entered his body, two in the chest, one in the neck, wrist, right shoulder, each hip, left temple, abdomen, and right leg. A jury called by Coroner Joseph Krill returned a verdict of justifiable homicide. Vukovic will be buried in St. Mark's Cemetery, Granite City, Monday afternoon.    [name was spelled with a "V" and an "L"]


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